James Watson Signed to Pro Staff

Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour angler James “Worldwide” Watson has signed on with Megaware KeelGuard for the 2019 bass fishing season.

Meet James Watson


Bass Pro Tour angler James “Worldwide” Watson

Since going pro in 2010, the Missouri-based angler has been a quick rising star. His fishing successes include three FLW Cups, one Bassmaster Classic and three wins among B.A.S.S., FLW and MLF events. His entertaining personality has also made him a well-known crowd favorite.

“James is a highly likable guy that is simply an angler’s angler,” said Megaware KeelGuard’s Tori Reed. “People can really relate to him because he’s fun to watch, tells it like it is and has the kind of do-it-yourself common sense approach to everything he does. That makes him a great fit for representing our company and our lineup of DIY products.”

In 1992 Megaware KeelGuard introduced the way for boat owners to buy a do-it-yourself keel protector, the KeelGuard. It addressed one of boating’s most common encounters – damage to the keel.

“You know, I don’t think these guys picked me because I tear my boats up, but rather because I take care of them,” Watson said. “I’m thrilled with the association since they are the innovators of so many great and practical products. They keep boats looking good and on top of the water where you always want your boat to be. It’s also cool that I’ll get to rub elbows with the KeelGuard folks at MLF events; they’re as good as they’re products.”

Megaware Product Overview

Megaware’s keel protectors have earned their places on watercraft of all kinds and sizes, including Coast Guard fleets. They come in several different colors and sizes to fit a wide range of boat lengths. Custom sizes are also available.

In 2016, the company developed a similar protective product for pontoons, the Pontoon Guard. It protects the sides of the aluminum tubes against dock scrapes and other obstacles.

SkegGuard and SkegPro are additional products in the lineup. They are designed to protect a motor’s most vulnerable part, the skeg. They can even repair or replace a broken skeg.

The FlexStep Pro is one of Megaware’s newest products. The lightweight adjustable trailer step is easy to install, and a quick and safe way for anglers to get in and out of a trailered boat.


Megaware KeelGuard invented a way for boat owners to protect their watercraft against the common problem of keel damage with a protective product that can be applied by marine dealers and do-it-your-selfers.

James Watson on Megaware

The Hamby’s Beaching Bumper is also part of the Megaware family of brands. Hamby’s is a popular professionally-installed keel protector and a popular choice of many tournament bass anglers across the country.

The Megaware KeelGuard is a do-it-yourself product and can also be applied by marine dealers.

“I don’t know if it’s my Army training or the fact that I’ve always had a ‘take care of my equipment’ attitude, but I can assure you’ll always find Megaware products on my boats whether sponsored or not. They’re the best in the market at protecting my ‘office,'” Watson said about his boat.

Megaware KeelGuard is also one of MLF’s longest-running sponsors.

“We’ve always liked the MLF format and for us to be involved with them is good for our company and the many retailers who carry our products,” said Megaware KeelGuard President David Shumway. “James will be a good guy for fans to root for during the new Bass Pro Tour events We’re pleased to have him flying our colors.”

More information on Megaware and James Watson

For more information on Megaware products, visit www.keelguard.com.

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