Pros Trust their Boats to Gator Guards

Pros Trust their Boats to Gator Guards

Arey, Latimer, Scanlon, Card, and Shryock protect their hulls with KeelShield

Farmington, IL January 18, 2018 - Gator Guards, the American manufacturer of innovative industry-leading marine protection accessories is excited to announce their 2018 pro team.

Headlined by anglers who embody the values of our company on and off the water, we’re happy to welcome FLW Tour anglers Matt Arey, Brian Latimer, Casey Scanlon, and Bassmaster Elite anglers Brandon Card & Hunter Shryock into the Gator Guards family of American-made marine protection products, including industry staples such asKeelShield®,Skegshield®, and more.

In addition to a variety of regional and local team members across the country. Each of them will have a KeelShield protecting their hulls and leading the way as their boats endure the rigors of the tournament season.

Matt Arey, running a Ranger 521L from Shelby, NC won the Forrest Wood Cup as a co-angler in 2006 and has consistently pushed himself to upper echelons of the sport as an FLW Champion and ambassador to the sport. You can catch Matt on Facebook via his new live talk show with Bryan Thrift, called“Let’s Talk Fish”. Matt needs few words to explain his decision “Gator Guards provides American-made lifelong lasting products like the KeelShield to protect my investment through a rugged season.”

Brian Latimer, running a Falcon Boats F205 from Belton, SC is a rising star on the FLW Tour and social media as his down to earth approach with fishing and fans allows him toshare his daily experiences on the road and connect with anglers who wish they were out there with him. Latimer insists protecting what is valuable to him on tour. “The Gator Guards KeelShield is my first line of defense to protect my boat from damage.”

Hunter Shryock, a Phoenix Boats 21PHX pro from Newcomerstown, OH is a rookie on the BASS Elite Series after qualifying last year through the Opens. Not a stranger to high-stakes competition, a former motocross professional. You can follow the trek into his rookie season on the elite’s by following his excitingYouTube series - 496Films.Hunter knows that confidence and convenience with his equipment is key. “Gator Guards protection will allow me to keep focused on fishing and less worrying about damaging my boat.”

Brandon Card, a Bass Cat Lynx pro from Knoxville, TN competed for the University of Kentucky and is the first Bassmaster College Series angler to qualify for the Elite Series. Brandon is now a consistent veteran on the Elites and spends much of his time helping support outreach missions with his local church. He has trusted Gator Guards for his protection needs throughout his career. “The affordable price to protect my investment is the reason I made my first purchase, but the performance and lifelong durability are the reasons for a KeelShield on all my boats since.”

Casey Scanlon, a Nitro Boats & Bass Pro Shops pro from Lake Ozark, MO is one of the most successful up and coming anglers from the Midwest. Recently switching from BASS to the FLW Tour, he found much success with a 20th place AOY finish and continues to build on a solid resume on and off the water within the midwest fishing community. Scanlon understands that protecting your boat is a no-brainer investment. “If you own a fiberglass boat, a Gator Guards KeelShield is a must. A smart and simple investment to protect your hull.”

In addition to our tour level pros, you can find a variety of regional and local team members who trust their boat and kayak protection needs to Gator Guards on a daily basis...on the waters you boat and fish.

To find a local Gator Guards team member near you, just clickHere to view our roster.


Gator Guards is a family-owned, Christian-based small business proudly making all products right here in the USA. With almost 25 years in the business and over 100,000 satisfied customers, Sue and her team have worked tirelessly to research, develop and bring the best protective technologies and products to the marine industry - backed with superior warranties for boaters complete satisfaction. Trusted by over 30 OEM Boat Builders, you can put your confidence in the Gator.

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