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(January 2, 2014) -- Premium-quality American fishing rod manufacturer Cousins Tackle Corporation has joined forces with the Top Stick Tour, sponsoring this one-of-a-kind bass fishing tournament series that kicks off its 2014 season on January 25 at Castaic Lake, one of Southern California’s premiere trophy bass waters.


The Top Stick Tour is designed to bring low cost, high-quality bass fishing events to tournament anglers across Southern California.  As part of this tour’s unique format for 2014, the first 50 people who sign up for Top Stick membership will have their Bassmasters Team Championship entry included (an optional $10 thereafter) — including a subscription to BASS Times worth more than $20.  This format will provide one team for every 50 participating two-man teams a chance to quality to fish the 2015 Bassmasters Classic — the world’s most prestigious bass fishing event.  One or more of the Top Stick teams will be sent to the Team Championship where they will fish against other teams from across the nation for a chance at a Classic berth.  The top three teams from that event will be split into six single anglers and the winner will be invited to fish the 2015 Classic.


The Top Stick Tour was created to attract the best bass fishermen from the Southern California region and provide them with a series of competitive, challenging events close to home.  “This is a great match for Cousins Tackle, as our series of premium quality, American-made bass rods is designed to help the best bass anglers perform at an even higher level,” said Bill Buchanan, Cousins Tackle President.   “Every Cousins bass rod is hand-crafted in our Huntington Beach, California factory by rod-building experts, using state-of-the-art materials, the finest components and meticulous attention to detail.   And at the heart of each Cousins bass rod is a blank developed with input from California’s best anglers, with actions fine-tuned for a variety of specific bass tackle and fishing techniques,” added Buchanan.


“We couldn’t be happier to have Cousins join our family of prestigious sponsors,” said John Barron, Top Stick Tour President.   “The Cousins bass rod line is truly impressive, from top to bottom.  When you tour their factory, you immediately recognize that they understand the mindset of competitive bass fishermen, and their desire for ‘just the right tool’ for every fishing style.  I was equally impressed with the size and scope of their operation — Cousins is clearly a solid company that is in it for the long haul,” added Barron.


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The Cousins Tackle bass rod line includes dozens of spinning, casting and specialty models crafted from IM-8 and High Modulus graphite blanks to optimize angling performance — and make the world’s best bass fishermen even better.  These rods are available exclusively through a growing network of authorized Cousins Tackle dealers across the country — including 16 premium tackle retailers in California (with more to come).


To learn more about the 2014 Top Stick Tour and upcoming events, visit and Facebook/topsticktour.  For more information about Cousins rods for bass fishing — or the company’s complete line of premium quality, American-made rods for fresh and saltwater fishing, contact Cousins Tackle Corporation at (714) 893-0423 or visit


About Cousins Tackle Corporation


Cousins Tackle Corporation is run by real-life cousins and fishing industry legends Bill Buchanan and Wade Cunningham, who together helped create iconic brands including Sage, Seeker, Fenwick, Sevenstrand, Berkeley, Spiderwire, Stren, Abu Garcia, Abel and Shikari.   Cousins manufactures a full line of premium quality rods for most styles of fresh and saltwater fishing, as well as a selection of proven trolling lures and skirts, all in its Huntington Beach, California facility.   American made Cousins products are available nationwide through select independent fishing tackle retailers.





















5770 Research Drive • Huntington Beach, CA 92649 • (714) 893-0423