Gary Klein, a two-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year and 30-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, has joined Duckett Fishing’s professional staff, company president and CEO Boyd Duckett announced today.
Klein will compete with Duckett Fishing rods and work with the company on the development of new, specialized rods, including a signature series. Klein was previously a long-standing member of Quantum's pro staff.
“We are honored to welcome Gary Klein to Duckett Fishing," said Duckett. "Any company in our business would be extremely excited to bring in a record-setting pro angler. Gary has been to 30 – I’ll repeat that, 30 – Bassmaster Classics. That’s almost unbelievable.
“On a personal level, I have enormous respect for Gary. He brings experience, class and a world of expertise to every aspect of his pro fishing career, and we’re lucky to have an opportunity to lean on Gary for some of that knowledge and experience. This is a good day for Duckett Fishing.”
Klein, who lives in Weatherford, Texas, began his pro fishing career in the late 1970’s and is one of the sport’s Top 10 all-time money winners. He and Duckett have worked closely together over the last 5 years on the formation and growth of the Major League Fishing organization.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to be able to work with a company and a group of people that have a true passion for the sport of fishing," Klein said. "Duckett Fishing has a commitment not only to creating and manufacturing the highest quality products, they stand behind their products and their people.
“The bonus to this is getting to work with Boyd. I have gotten to know Boyd well during the past 5 years, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a businessman and a person,” Klein added. “Boyd understands how to do things the right way, and that’s how he and Sean Schuyler operate the business.”