Wiley XFor true professionals like Edwin Evers, Stephen Browning and Scott Ashmore, fishing isn’t just how they have fun — it’s their passion and how they earn a living. Having the best equipment on the water is critical to their success, especially when there’s thousands of dollars on the line — and dozens of other great fishermen who want to win as much as they do — at every event.

Each of these top touring bass pros is sponsored by eyewear innovator Wiley X®, Inc., supporting their tournament efforts all season long and equipping these pros with the company’s premium-quality protective eyewear. Wiley X polarized sunglasses provide these proven winners with sharp, glare-free vision to help them spot fish, read the bottom, or even pick up the glimmer of schooling shad below the waves. Each of these top anglers know that much of their fishing success comes from using their eyes, as well as their instincts. In addition to sharp vision, Wiley X also provides these anglers with state-of-the-art ANSI safety protection against the many hazards these competitors face every day on the water.

Nowhere is there more on the line than at the annual Bassmasters Classic, pitting more than 50 of the world’s best bass fishermen against each other in a three-day fish-off for fame, respect and a six-figure payday.  Evers and Browning are both highly regarded contenders in the upcoming 2015 GEICO Bassmasters Classic, coming to Lake Hartwell in Greenville, South Carolina February 20-22 — and Wiley X shades will play an important role in their fishing strategy.

Talala, OK resident Edwin Evers’ recent tournament success has earned him a 14th appearance in the “big dance.”  With more than $2 million in career earnings, Evers is at the top of his game and will be a force to reckon with on Lake Hartwell. In addition, he’s also a star player on Jack Link’s Major League Fishing, a top-rated competitive fishing show on the Outdoor Channel.

Hot Springs, Arkansas native Stephen Browning will be making his 10th journey to the Classic in 2015. Browning has racked up more than $1 million in his fishing career, and has to be considered among the top fisherman in the country, if not the world.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native Scott Ashmore is also a fierce competitor on Jack Link’s Major League Fishing show. In addition, Ashmore will be fishing a full slate of Bassmasters Elite Series tournaments and Bassmasters Open events across the country during 2015.  Ashmore lists fishing the shallows among his angling strengths, and the vision provided by Wiley X is sure to help him stay on the fish and ahead of the competition this year.

Serious protection is just as important as sharp vision to these hard-fishing, hard-working anglers. The shades Evers, Browning and Ashmore wear on the water meet stringent ANSI-Z87.1 High Velocity and High Mass impact safety ratings — for protection against everything from flying lures to airborne debris when blasting across the lake. Furthermore, models from Wiley X’s Climate Control Series offer patented removable Facial Cavity™ seals that keep the elements out while enhancing polarization and reducing peripheral light. Wiley X is the only premium sunglass brand with this level of protection in every pair of adult glasses it makes. In addition, almost every Wiley X eyewear style is Rx-Ready, making these glasses an ideal, no-compromise solution for fishermen and outdoor adventurers who require prescription lenses. In fact, both Browning and Ashmore rely on Wiley X’s new DIGIFORCE™ digital Rx lens technology for superior prescription accuracy and visual clarity —along with the widest possible field of clear vision.

To learn more about Wiley X’s team of top professional anglers for 2015 — or the company’s complete line of premium protective eyewear models for fishing, boating and more — visit Wiley X, Inc. at 7800 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94550 • Telephone: (800) 776-7842 • Or visit online at www.wileyx.com.