Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published August 9, 2017
Adding to a promotional staff that includes world renowned professional anglers and promoters is no easy task. Rapid Fishing Solutions; based in Mechanicsville, Va., has signed two top quality national pros, and a well-known regional angler to their already impressive team of Pro Ambassadors.
Rapid Fishing Solutions, a company that produces products that make fishing easier and more enjoyable, has added Elite Series pro John Murray, FLW Tour pro Bill McDonald and regional angler Nicholas Bodsford to the team that already includes Shaw Grigsby, Ish Monroe, Mark Menendez and Bill Lowen.
Mitchell Grant, president of Rapid Fishing Solutions said that the new additions are people he has known by record and reputation, and has enjoyed becoming acquainted with. "I have followed this sport for many years, and these anglers are not only great on the water, but they are exceptional off the water as well," said Grant. "As a company, we look to work with not only strong anglers, but also people of character; and these men represent those qualities."
Murray, who claimed his third career B.A.S.S. title earlier this year when he won the Elite Series event on at Toledo Bend Reservoir in Many, La., is known as one of the best anglers to come from the Western Coast, and one of the true good guys in the sport of fishing. Murray is a three-time Bassmaster Winner, an FLW Outdoors winner and a two-time U.S. Open Champion. He is the only angler to have won a fully rigged boat on every major tournament waterway in the Western United States; he is a seven-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and has earned more than $1.8 million in career earnings. Murray lives in Spring City, Tenn.
McDonald is a resident of Greenwood, Ind. with 10 years of FLW professional experience. In his career, McDonald has competed in more than 170 FLW events, has claimed four victories, 18 top 10 finishes. Along the way, he has earned berths into the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup, and three FLW Costa Series Championship events.
Bodsford is a 21-year-old angler from North Chesterfield, Va., who has competed locally on the Fishers of Men and Priority Fishing Trails, earning points championships while posting numerous high finishes. He has recently begun competing in Bassmaster Opens as a pro, and from 2009 to 2011, he competed in the B.A.S.S. and TBF Junior Divisions, earning State Championships with both organizations. He is the son of Ricky Bodsford, a fishing industry professional, known most notably as being the founder of BASS365.com (formerly basseast.com).
Rapid Fishing Solutions has taken the fishing industry by storm in the little more than a year since making its debut at ICAST 2016 in Orlando. The company currently manufactures the Rapid Line Guide and Rapid Line Guide Micro; tools that make threading fishing line through rod guides easier, The Rapid Line Clip, which helps anglers store and identify their fishing rods and reels more efficiently, as well as the Rapid Hook All, a tool designed to make it safer to install trailer hook keepers and secure soft plastic baits on hooks and lures.