Original Caption: Five of America's top professional anglers have joined forces with Toyota. From left, Rick Clunn, Lendell Martin Jr., Kevin VanDam, Penny Berryman and Tommy Martin appear in 'Toyota Presents - Anglin' America,' a 40-minute video offering a definitive course on techniques, equipment and tricks used to successfully catch bass. Team Toyota's pro anglers drive to fishing competitions in T100 intermediate-size trucks, above, the 4Runner compact sport utility and Toyota's luxury sport utility vehicle, the Land Cruiser. The Press Tribune, August 1994, no photo credit.

For today’s Friday Finale historical photo, we go back to 1994, to a news release promoting the Team Toyota pros.  It’s a great photo featuring not one or two, but five great professional anglers from that time period.  Toyota had released a video, available for purchase ($9.95), featuring their national pro staff, giving tips and tricks for anglers across the country.

Excerpted from the press release:

“Five of America’s top professional anglers have joined forces with Toyota to provide bass fishing enthusiasts with a unique and comprehensive video…and it’s not just another fish story.

“‘Toyota Presents – Anglin’ America’ offers a definitive course on the techniques, equipment and tricks proven successful in landing bass.  Filmed at the backwoods and The Lakes of Danbury, Texas, the video covers preparation, getting to the water, the gear, finding the fish, casting and fishing techniques and advice on turning pro.

“Providing instruction throughout the nearly 40-minute video are five of the all-time, top-money winning professional anglers:  Rick Clunn of Montgomery, Texas, four-time Bass Masters Classic winner and the first pro to earn more than $1 million in prize money; Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., 1992 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year; Tommy Martin of Hemphill, Texas, winner of the Bass Masters Classic in his rookie year; Penny Berryman of Dardanelle, Ark., 1993 Bass ‘n Gals World Champion and inductee to the Bass Pro Shop’s ‘Living Legends of Fishing’; and Lendell Martin Jr. of Nacogdoches, Texas, three-time Bass Master Classic qualifier.

“Team Toyota Pro Anglers not only share their experiences and secrets on how to find and catch bass, but also provide helpful tips on how to tow and launch boats.”