Bandit Lures welcomes BASS Elite Series pro Marty Stone to National Pro Staff

SARDIS, Miss. (Jan. 20, 2010) – Bandit Lures Inc., a respected manufacturer of quality crankbaits since 1976, is proud to announce the addition of BASS Elite Series pro Marty Stone of Linden, N.C., to the Bandit Lures National Pro Staff.

Stone, a 15-year BASS pro and two-time winner on the BASS Elite Series, brings a wealth of real-world crankbait expertise to Bandit Lures.

“To become a part of Bandit Lures at this stage of my career is the ultimate compliment,” Stone said. “Bandit Lures is rich in history and tradition. Their 100, 200 and 300 Series have been bass fishing staples in the world of professional fishing for over 30 years.”


As a member of the Bandit Lures Pro Staff, Stone is looking forward to working closely with tackle industry icon Chris Armstrong who has assumed the role of Sales and Marketing Manager for Bandit Lures.

“I have worked with Chris on other projects in the past and he is the best when it comes to growing a brand in the fishing industry,” Stone said. “When I found out there was an opportunity to work for Chris at Bandit, it was a no-brainer. I’m really looking forward to teaming back up with him again.”

As part of his role with the Pro Staff, Stone will provide input on the design and construction of lures, an assignment that he welcomes.

“Helping Bandit with lure design is an opportunity that I’m especially looking forward to,” Stone added. “I cut my fishing teeth in the Carolinas winding a crankbait – it’s one of my favorite ways to fish. Over the years I’ve used dozens and dozens of different designs in plastic plugs; I know the critical elements that make a crankbait right and Bandit’s current line of baits are dead on. My input will be applied as Bandit moves forward and forges fresh ground with new products.”

Armstrong echoed Stone’s sentiments in working together again.

“We’re tickled to death to have Marty flying the raccoon flag with Bandit Lures,” Armstrong said. “I’ve worked with Marty before and have come to know him, not only as a great fisherman, but as a true professional and tireless promoter as well. We at Bandit certainly look forward to good things to come with Marty on board.”

For more information on Bandit Lures contact Chris Armstrong at 662-563-8450 or