MLF Unveils 2025 Bass Pro Tour Schedule

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 18, 2024) – Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today at ICAST the schedule for the seventh season of professional bass fishing’s most competitive circuit – the 2025 Bass Pro Tour. The 2025 season will showcase 65 of the world’s top professional bass anglers competing for millions of dollars, including the sport’s top award of $150,000 at every regular-season event, plus valuable points in the Fishing Clash Angler of the Year (AOY) race, and qualification into REDCREST 2026 and the General Tire Heavy Hitters all-star event.

The 2025 Bass Pro Tour season, consisting of seven stages, begins in late January with Bass Pro Tour Stage One at Lake Conroe, where all anglers start with zero AOY points and look to get their season off to a strong start in the race for the Fishing Clash AOY title. The schedule continues through six more regular-season events – with three venues never fished before on the Bass Pro Tour – along with REDCREST 2025 and the sixth annual General Tire Heavy Hitters All-Star Event (also at a new venue). The seven-event regular season culminates with REDCREST 2026 in the spring of 2026.

“We’re excited about the rollout of the Bass Pro Tour 2025 schedule and what the season will offer to our fans: a fun mixture of new and familiar destinations, with a variety of fishery types and styles,” said MLF Executive Vice President & General Manager Kathy Fennel. “The schedule includes some of the best bass lakes and rivers in the country, which will create consistent excitement for our fans. We’re grateful to our fans, local partners and Bass Pro Tour anglers as we’re set up for an exciting 2025 season.”

For the first time in Bass Pro Tour history, the full field will compete simultaneously in the Qualifying Round on days one and two. From there, top anglers will advance to the Knockout Round on day three and ultimately the Championship Round on day four. Every day of catch, weigh, immediate-release competition will be broadcast live on MLFNOW! and streamed to the Major League Fishing app, MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) and Rumble apps, and at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

2025 MLF Bass Pro Tour Schedule:

Jan. 30- Feb. 2                 Stage One at Lake Conroe                                                          Conroe, Texas
Hosted by Visit Conroe

Feb. 13-16                        Stage Two at the Harris Chain of Lakes                                    Leesburg, Fla.
Hosted by Discover Lake County Florida

March 6-9                         Stage Three at Lake Murray                                                       Columbia, S.C.
Hosted by the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board

April 3-6                            Bass Pro Shops REDCREST 2025 at Lake Guntersville           Huntsville, Ala.
Hosted by Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association and the Madison County Commission

May 1-4                             Stage Four at Lake Chickamauga/Nickajack Lake                  Chattanooga, Tenn.
Hosted by Chattanooga, Tennessee and Fish Tennessee

May 17-22                        General Tire Heavy Hitters at Smith Mountain Lake             Franklin County, Va.
Hosted by Visit Franklin County, VA and Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge

June 5-8                             Stage Five at Kentucky Lake                                                       Calvert City, Ky.
Hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

June 26-29                       Stage Six at the Potomac River                                                   Marbury, Md.
Hosted by Charles County Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Aug. 7-10                          Stage Seven at Saginaw Bay                                                       Bay City, Mich.
Hosted by Go Great Lakes Bay and the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Proud sponsors of the MLF Bass Pro Tour include: Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, BUBBA, Epic Baits, Fishing Clash, Garmin, General Tire, Humminbird, Lowrance, Mercury, MillerTech, Minn Kota, Mossy Oak Fishing, NITRO, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Onyx, Plano, Power-Pole, PowerStop Brakes, Rapala, REDCON1, Star brite, Suzuki, Toyota, U.S. Air Force and WIX Filters.

For complete details and updated information on Major League Fishing and the 2025 Bass Pro Tour, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at FacebookX,  Instagram and  YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 17 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.


THE LAST WORD IN 36V TROLLING MOTOR RIGGING

Today’s Powerful, New 36-Volt Direct-Drive & Lithium-Powered Trolling motors require special, high-performance connections… which 6 Gauge Wire configured Connect-Ease® 36V PRO provides.

PRIOR LAKE, MN (July 16, 2024) - Today’s powerful, new 36-volt direct-drive and lithium-powered trolling motors require special, high-performance connections…

Enter the Connect-Ease® 36V PRO Kit, which features 6 gauge wire, onboard charging leads, 60 amp circuit breaker, negative connection block, and direct connection leads with heat-shrinkable butt splices for a quick onboard charger connection—offering anglers hassle-free installation with everything preconfigured for proven, reliable performance.

The 36V PRO features tinned marine-grade wire and materials that will provide corrosion-proof reliability for the life of your boat. Provides up to 110 Amps power and is lithium battery compatible. The Connect-Ease 36V Pro kit brings a quick, easy installation and powerful, proven performance to any 36V trolling motor installation.

Ultimately, this easy-to-use multiple 36V series quick connect/disconnect lithium compatible system keeps serious anglers on the water longerguys like top-winning professional walleye angler, Brett King, and numerous others.

The perfect 36V in-series connection with multi-12V batteries and onboard charging leads provides the perfect connection for optimal performance from high-output trolling motors. Keep spare batteries on board with our additional 12V easy battery connections for quick battery replacement in seconds for extra-long days, weekends or tournaments out on the water. This is the solution for those who want a trouble-free way to maintain and replace trolling motor batteries with onboard charging systems.

Everything stays perfectly connected! Protect your expensive equipment. Easily replace batteries in tight compartments without the hassle of dropping nuts, connections or tools in the bottom of the boat. This easy to use product allows batteries to be removed in seconds and 36V in series systems to be hooked up in a snap, easily and correctly every time.

Once Connect-Ease products are installed, no tools are needed for the removal, replacement or storage of expensive marine batteries. Using the Connect-Ease series of products allows connecting any 12V marine battery with any 36V trolling motor at any time, any place, easily and quickly, by simply snapping the connectors together.

FEATURES/SPECS:

  • Plug & Play Connections; Lithium Compatible
  • 60 Amp Circuit Breaker and ground block included
  • 6 Gauge Marine Grade Wire with Heat Shrinkable Butt Splices
  • Integrate Your Onboard Charger through Pre-Wired Connections
  • Makes Rigging and Battery Removal Foolproof
  • UL1426 Tinned Marine Grade Wire
  • Saltwater Approved
  • One-Year Warranty
  • Made In the USA  

MSRP $164.99

 


CPF Lures Wins 10th-Annual ICAST Cup Presented by Major League Fishing on Lake Toho

A Total of $8,200 Raised for Keep America Fishing™ Foundation

Link to Full Image Gallery from 2024 ICAST Cup

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (July 16, 2024) – The CPF Lures team, represented by Chuck Pippin and Jason George, brought a three-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 7 ounces to the stage Tuesday to win the 2024 ICAST Cup at Lake Toho Presented by Major League Fishing (MLF). The four-hour bass-fishing tournament, hosted by the Kissimmee Sports Commission, was the kick-off event to ICAST 2024 and raised a total of $8,200 to benefit the industry’s angler advocacy program, Keep America Fishing™.

The field totaled 41 boats, including a handful of MLF Tackle Warehouse Invitationals and Toyota Series anglers, as well as outdoor media and industry representatives from popular tackle brands and non-profits. In its ten-year history, the charity tournament has raised more than $89,200 for Keep America Fishing™.

George and Pippin are partners in CPF Lures and said they leaned exclusively on one of their own baits for the winning bag.

“We caught every single one of our bass on a 10-inch ribbon tail worm from CPF Lures,” said Pippin. “We’re really known for our 8-inch trick worm, but sometimes this time of year when the weather’s hot and the water’s dirty, they want a little more action, so we slipped over to the ribbon-tail.  You can never go wrong with a june-bug-colored bait on this lake.”

Pippin said they caught their limit early, in an area about the size of a bass boat.

“We caught them all by 8 a.m. this morning and just got really fortunate,” said Pippin. “A lot of guys were here from all across the country, and I think they were speeding up because we only have four hours, but we just drug that worm real slow and it paid off.”

George echoed Pippin’s sentiments.

“It was a good day,” said George. “Chuck put us on some really good fish, and we just ran the ribbon tail worm – just old-school-style fishing all morning. The bites were pretty consistent, so when they would stop, we would just go to the next spot and get a few bites and continued that pattern all morning.”

Pippin said the bite slowed later in the morning and the duo felt incredibly fortunate to have gotten the winning bass in the boat within the first few hours of the competition.

“Even though we only fished four hours, we probably would have weighed-in about the same if we’d fished eight hours, because they just kind of shut down on us,” Pippin said. “But this win feels pretty good! I’ve fished the ICAST Cup a couple times, but I didn’t watch the weigh-in because I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. However, now that we’ve won it, we’re already making plans to win it again next year!”

The top 10 teams finished the tournament in:

1st:          CPF Lures – Jason George and Chuck Pippin, three bass, 15-7
2nd:        American Baitworks – Robert Greenberg, JT Kenney and Justin Harant, three bass, 12-8
3rd:        10 CAN INC – Robert Isom, Michael Wilson and Stevie Brave, three bass, 12-6
4th:         Gary Ford Well and Pump – Thad Ford and Nick Hawkins, three bass, 11-12
5th:         Bull Bay Tackle – Jake Stines and Danny Hamm, three bass, 11-4
5th:         T.A. Mahoney Co. – Mike Hardy and Tom Mahoney, three bass, 11-4
7th:         Glacier Outdoor – Christine Hayton, Daniel Valois and Horaciso Clare, three bass, 10-11
8th:         USA Bass – Nicole Abrams and Julie Leavitt, three bass, 10-8
9th:         Bob’s Machine – Steven Pelini, Bryan Honnerlaw and Betty Bauman, three bass, 10-8
10th:       Amera Trail, Steve “Boogie” Brown, Terry Segraves and Cindy Joint, three bass, 10-4

Complete results and photos from the tournament will be posted at ICASTCup.com.

USA Bass partnered with MLF and Keep America Fishing™ to award the top-finishing women’s pair at the ICAST Cup a spot on the 2025 USA Pan American Bass fishing team. The highest-finishing team of female anglers was Nicole Abrams and Julie Leavitt, who brought three bass to the stage totaling 10 pounds, 8 ounces to earn their spot on Team USA Bass at the 2025 Pan American Bass Fishing Championship, alongside other top pros.

Keep America Fishing™ is leading the fight to preserve our right to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways. As the voice of the American angler, Keep America Fishing works to keep our public resources – our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams – open, clean and abundant with fish. For more information, please visit KeepAmericaFishing.org.

For more ICAST 2024 coverage, details and tournament information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at FacebookXInstagram and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 17 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.


MLF Set to Wrap Tackle Warehouse Invitational Season Next Week with Stop 6 at Detroit River Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches

Tackle Warehouse Invitational set to visit Detroit next week to compete for top prize of up to $115,000 and qualification into REDCREST 2025

DETROIT (July 16, 2024) – The incredible bass fishing that the Detroit area offers to anglers will be on full showcase to a worldwide audience next week.

Major League Fishing (MLF) is set to visit Detroit and the Detroit River next week, July 26-28, for the sixth and final Tackle Warehouse Invitational event of the season – the Tackle Warehouse Invitational Stop 6 at the Detroit River Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches. The three-day tournament will feature a roster of up to 150 professional anglers competing for a top prize of up to $115,000 and an invitation to compete at REDCREST 2025 – MLF’s most prestigious event – for the chance to win up to $300,000.

Hosted by the Detroit Sports Commission, the event also features the competitors competing in their last event of the season for valuable points to claim the coveted Fishing Clash Angler of the Year (AOY) title – including a $50,000 payout – and to qualify for the 2025 Bass Pro Tour, MLF’s premiere circuit.

“The Detroit Sports Commission is excited to welcome the competitors and spectators to the Tackle Warehouse Invitational on the Detroit River,” said Dave Beachnau, Executive Director of the Detroit Sports Commission. “We are extremely proud of our relationship with Major League Fishing and look forward to showcasing not only our great local fishing and recreation, but also the opportunities for visitors to enjoy all the Detroit region has to offer, including terrific attractions, restaurants and lodging.”

This tournament marks the 99th time that MLF (and FLW) has hosted an event that launched from the Detroit River, although if you add in the events that have taken place on Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie – also options for tournament anglers in this event – the number balloons to 184 events. The glacier blue waters are known for its massive smallmouth bass populations, and local competitor Troy Stokes of Trenton, Michigan, says that right now, the fishery is on fire.

“Looking at results from recent tournaments, it’s clear that the bite is extremely good right now and the fish are very healthy,” said Stokes, who has eight top-10 finishes on the fishery in MLF competition. “I was blown away by the weights at the Bassmaster Open last week. I’ve never seen weights that high, throughout the field, ever. The fish are fat, they’re biting, and we’re going to see a really exciting tournament next week.”

Stokes said that he expects to see all three fisheries in play for competitors.

“I predict the majority of anglers will be fishing in Lake St. Clair, partly because the Open just smashed them there,” Stokes said. “But it’s also the most consistent. Lake Erie definitely has winning potential, but you’re going to have to be really careful going out there. You’re much more susceptible to the wind and inclement conditions. And you also have to be familiar with the Detroit River – if it was later in the year the river would be a much bigger factor in this event. But you can’t discount it, especially on windy days. If the weather is bad and we end up having to fish in the river, it could derail your tournament if you’ve never fished there before. So there is definitely a lot in play.”

Stokes said that the majority of anglers would be weighing in large limits of smallmouth bass, but he expects to see quite a few largemouth bass visit the scale as well.

“There is some really good largemouth fishing – I’ve weighed in quite a few mixed bags over the years,” Stokes said. “But in this tournament, with the smallmouth biting as good as they are, it’s going to be extremely hard to compete with just largemouth. A guy might catch one big bag, but it’d be very tough to compete over the multiple days.

“With fishing this good, it’s going to take more than a 22-to-23-pound average each day to be there at the end,” Stokes went on to say. “I’m thinking someone is going to catch a mega bag one day, then back it up with a couple of very solid limits. I predict the three-day winner will have 74 pounds, 7 ounces.”

Anglers will launch at 6:30 a.m. ET each day from Elizabeth Park, located at 202 Grosse Ile Parkway in Trenton, Michigan. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park and will begin at 2:30 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend all launch and weigh-in events and also encouraged to follow the event online throughout the day on the MLFNOW!® live stream and coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The 2024 Tackle Warehouse Invitationals feature a field of professional anglers competing across six invitational tournaments around the country, for a total purse of $3.9 million and valuable Fishing Clash Angler of the Year (AOY) points to qualify for a coveted spot on the MLF Bass Pro Tour, the sport’s top level.

In Tackle Warehouse Invitational competition, the full field compete in the two-day opening round on Friday and Saturday in a five-fish, weigh-in format. Only the top 30 pros, based on their two-day cumulative weight, advance to the final round on Championship Sunday, where they will compete for the grand prize of up to $115,000. The winner of the Tackle Warehouse Invitational Stop 6 at the Detroit River Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches will be determined by the heaviest three-day cumulative weight and will receive an invitation to compete at REDCREST 2025 on Lake Guntersville in Huntsville, Alabama.

The MLFNOW! broadcast team of Chad McKee and Rob Newell will break down the extended action live all three days of competition from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET. MLFNOW! will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the MLF Tackle Warehouse Invitationals Stop 6 at the Detroit River Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches will air as a two-hour episode, premiering at 9 a.m. ET, on Saturday, Nov. 9 on CBS Sports Network.

Proud sponsors of the 2024 MLF Tackle Warehouse Invitationals include: 7 Brew, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, BUBBA, E3 Sports Apparel, Epic Baits, Fishing Clash, General Tire, Lew’s, Mercury, Mossy Oak Fishing, Onyx, Phoenix Boats, Polaris, Power-Pole, PowerStop Brakes, REDCON1, Strike King, Suzuki, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, WIX Filters and YETI.

For complete details and updated information on Major League Fishing and the Tackle Warehouse Invitationals, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Tackle Warehouse Invitational updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the MLF5 social media outlets at Facebook,  Instagram and  YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 17 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.


Three Must-See New Products

NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE

The long wait is over. The doors are about to open. And Whitewater Fishing invites you to see their latest offerings in ICAST’s New Product Showcase, and then visit our booth (#5812) to learn more about the brand, our design philosophies, and certainly look over all that Whitewater Fishing has to offer. We look forward to meeting you...

RAYS PERFORMANCE HOODIE

Rays Against Sunrays

Whitewater Fishing’s new Rays Performance Hoodie keeps sunrays and perspiration out, while delivering unmatched performance and comfort on the water.

Rays Performance Hoodie FEATURES:

  • Lightweight, breathable polyester for incredible stretch
  • Touch-Activated cooling fabric technology
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, & cooling treated to keep you fresh & cool when your body temp rises
  • Ergonomic 3-panel hood with a snap to keep it in place on the water
  • Built-in neck gaiter for sun protection and laser-cut holes for breathing

MSRP $79.99

PREVAIL FISHING PANT

Destined to Prevail

Whitewater Fishing’s new Prevail Pant fuses functionality, fit, and freedom of movement.

Prevail Pant FEATURES:

  • Quick-dry nylon/spandex stretch twill fabric
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Stain resistant
  • Antimicrobial treated
  • 7 pockets: 2 front waist, 2 thigh zip, 2 back zip, 1 knife pocket
  • Side seam vent zippers allow for temperature regulation
  • Articulated knees & gusseted crotch for mobility
  • Available in Charcoal and Khaki
  • SIZES: 32R – 42R

MSRP $99.99

GREAT LAKES PRO INSULATED JACKET

Best Cold Weather Raingear Ever Designed

Whitewater Fishing’s new Great Lakes Pro Insulated Rainsuit is the ultimate outerwear for fishing the coldest and wettest freshwater and saltwater conditions. 

Great Lakes Pro Insulated JACKET FEATURES:

  • 100% Waterproof (30,000 mm rated)
  • 100% Windproof
  • Exclusive 3-layer waterproof/breathable material
  • 4-way stretch nylon-based shell with smooth polyester lining
  • Thermal Mapped Primaloft® Silver insulation (133 grams front, 170 grams back, 100 below the waist)
  • Articulated shoulders and elbows
  • Skillfully taped seams
  • High insulated collar
  • 3-panel, adjustable, and insulated hood
  • Adjustable waist
  • 2 sewn-in D-rings (lower ring for safety cord, upper ring for trolling motor fobs)
  • 5 pockets for storage and warmth: 2 AquaGuard® water-resistant zip chest, 2 AquaGuard® water-resistant zip waist, 1 interior zip chest for smartphone
  • Reflective material

MSRP $499.99

AVAILABLE FALL 2024

GREAT LAKES PRO INSULATED BIBS

Great Lakes Pro Insulated BIB FEATURES:

  • 100% Waterproof (30,000 mm rated)
  • 100% Windproof
  • Exclusive 3-layer waterproof/breathable material
  • 4-way stretch nylon-based shell with smooth polyester lining
  • Thermal Mapped Primaloft® Silver insulation (60 grams front, 80 grams back, 100 grams sleeves, and 80 grams hooda/collar)
  • Gusseted crotch for added mobility
  • Articulated knees for added mobility
  • Skillfully taped seams
  • Waist tighteners to lessen pull on shoulders
  • BEMIS PVC on knees for added durability and waterproofness
  • Waist high side zippers for easy in and out
  • Adjustable suspenders with silicone grip to stay in place
  • Adjustable wrist closures
  • 6 pockets with highly water-resistant AquaGuard® zippers (2 chest, 2 waist, and 2 cargo)
  • Zippers for dry storage
  • 2 sewn-in D-rings (lower ring for safety cord, upper ring for trolling motor fobs)
  • Reflective material

MSRP $499.99

AVAILABLE FALL 2024


Japan’s Top Brand Comes to North America

New extreme low diameter X-BRAID FINESSE developed through exclusive manufacturing processes. 

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (July 16, 2024) – It’s often said, “the devil is in the details”. It means the down-in-the-weeds-details are complicated, and if not managed with precision, are likely to produce a poor result. The axiom surely applies to manufacturing fishing products, too. Think about that realistically shaped and attractively painted off-brand crankbait that comes out of the box running like a bottle rocket off the stick. Sadly, it happens.

The good news is that DAIWA pays painstaking attention to detail, and it shows in their high performance rods, reels, lures, accessories, and fishing line.

Japan’s premier X-BRAID fishing line brand vexes over the details as well. And it’s why DAIWA partnered with X-BRAID to bring the world’s best fishing lines to the North American market, to include the new X-BRAID FINESSE.

Quite literally, those details start at a molecular level. For years, braided lines woven with Dyneema® were at the top of the food chain, but that’s all changed as IZANAS® takes the lead. The ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene material has the highest strength and modulus of a manmade fiber. How strong? Try nearly 8 times stronger than piano wire of the same weight.

We turn to DAIWA Field Marketing Manager, Chris Martin, to further the discussion. “Beyond IZANAS being an unrivaled base material, it’s how individual weights of the entire X-BRAID family are manufactured that makes it far superior to the competition. Other companies take a single base material and stretch it to achieve the desired diameter and weight. This creates inconsistencies, which can lead to weak spots.”

Uniquely, each diameter and weight of X-BRAID is produced from a dedicated spool. So, for example, if 10-pound X-BRAID FINESSE is the desired final weight, the base material fiber is 10-pound. No stretching. No inconsistencies.

Martin goes on to underscore the weaving process employed for all X-BRAID lines. “The actual weaving machines are proprietary and built in house to create the ‘WX Weave’. In traditional weaving used by other brands the line comes off multiple bobbins. That means an in an 8 strand weave there are 8 bobbins spitting out line. That results in line twist and inconsistencies.”

In X-BRAID’s “top secret” WX Weave, the strands come together uniformly to yield exceptional consistency. Moreover, the X-BRAID process produces a denser weave – 1.5 X the competition – with more material in the finished product. That tighter weave results in a smoother, more abrasion resistant fishing line. The meticulous process also takes twice as long as the competition, and anglers are the beneficiaries of the patient production.

The WX Weave also generates a rounder and slightly stiffer line. This modest amount of stiffness makes it much easier to handle and tie, closer to how monofilament feels. This manageability translates into fewer bird’s nests on the cast, too. But if you happen to snarl, the micro stiffness makes it much easier to untangle the knot.

The awesomeness of X-BRAID FINESSE doesn’t end there. “The line making process concludes with the addition of a specialized coating that allows for extremely low friction, as well as heat, abrasion, and chemical resistance…not to mention longer casts,” said Martin.

Lastly, X-BRAID FINESSE comes in high visibility white to make the line easier to manage and visible in low-light conditions.

WHY X-BRAID FINESSE?

The 8-carrier X-BRAID FINESSE was originally conceived in Japan to fish through current and in deeper water for tai (sea bream). The revered fish is used in celebrations to bring in good luck, which is associated with the tai’s vivid red color and beautiful shape.

Stateside, the benefits of such an extremely low diameter line are manifold. “Bass anglers will love it for throwing superlight jigs, as well as fishing deep with spoons and bladebaits,” said Martin. He notes that the line’s supreme sensitivity makes it possible to feel the bait in those situations. He added, “There’s an incredible transfer of energy from the line to the rod tip. To that, its narrow diameter greatly reduces the formation of wind knots because X-BRAID FINESSE cuts wind on the cast.”

Its abilities to slash wind and provide unmatched sensitivity will make X-BRAID FINESSE popular with panfish and trout anglers as well. “Think about casting 1/32nd and 1/16th ounce jigs. You need a line of this caliber to do that. And trout anglers will be able to gun inline spinners and spoons, not to mention feel the blade rotating and body wobbling.”

In freshwater rivers, X-BRAID FINESSE will better slice the current – reduce bowing – so you can maintain contact with your bait. Walleye and smallmouth bass anglers will surely appreciate this feature.

Martin concluded by touting the line’s breaking strength. “Don’t be fooled by X-BRAID FINESSE’s super low diameter. The breaking strength is unbelievable.”

X-BRAID FINESSE FEATURES:

  • Constructed of revolutionary IZANAS® polyethylene fibers
  • 8-carrier braid
  • Proprietary WX Weave process
  • Multi-color green, tan, and black for camouflaging
  • Perfectly round
  • Extreme low diameter
  • High breaking strength
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Specially coated to lower friction and repel oil, chemicals, etc.
  • 165-yard spoon
  • Available in 4-lb to 20-lb weights

MSRP $25.99

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For Daiwa’s latest color catalog and/or information on Daiwa dealers in your area, call Daiwa’s Customer Service Department at 562-375-6800 or e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]. The URL for Daiwa’s web site is daiwa.us

 


Best Cold Weather Raingear Ever Designed

Whitewater Fishing’s new Great Lakes Pro Insulated Rainsuit is the ultimate outerwear for fishing the coldest and wettest freshwater and saltwater conditions. 

MUSKEGON, Mich. (July 15, 2024) – In the Gregorian Calendar – the one we use – fishing is a yearlong enterprise. There are surely peaks, closed, and open seasons, but for anyone dedicated to the sport, there’s always something to fish for, somewhere.

That brings us to the “tweener” seasons. Tourism calls them the “shoulder” seasons. To summarize, it means those off-peak periods when many folks stay home because the weather is too cold and crappy. Guess what? If you’re determined to fish when the weather is frightful, you have a new bestie in Whitewater Fishing’s new Great Lakes Pro Insulated Rainsuit (Jacket and Bibs).

“We wanted a late season rainsuit for those seasonal crossover periods, like the months of October, November, and December,” said Whitewater Fishing President, Aaron Ambur. “The early spring months of March and April can be equally as miserable outside.”

Clearly, the Midwest and Great Lakes Region offers a natural laboratory for designing and testing extreme weather raingear, presenting ‘worst case scenario’ weather conditions to really put outerwear to the test. And the good news for anglers throughout North America is that the Great Lakes Pro Insulated Rainsuit passed the Great Lakes test, so it’s certain to perform in your region as well.

Cold fishing conditions aren’t unique to the north. Try bass fishing in central Texas in January. How about springtime stripers on the Atlantic? Same goes for northern California, Oklahoma, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New England, North Carolina, and on and on.

Speaking of Oklahoma, the recent Bassmaster Classic was held on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees and it was friggin’ cold. So icy in fact that Whitewater Pro Jay Przekurat donned the new Great Lakes Pro Insulated rainsuit and was shall we say…warmer than the rest of the field.

Whitewater Fishing President, Aaron Ambur, who has over 20-year experience designing outdoor apparel, said, “We considered every square inch of the Great Lakes Pro Insulted Rainsuit. We wanted to change the way anglers go to battle in cold conditions. That’s our promise,

ULTIMATE MOBILITY, WATERPROOFNESS, AND DURABILITY

We’ll get to the sophisticated ‘zone-insulation’ system in a moment, but first Ambur talked about mobility. “Our design team knew insulation would be part of the package, but before sewing a single stich, we knew creating a highly mobile garment was job one.”

‘Fabric first’ is a Whitewater Fishing mantra. “Selecting the right fabric is ground zero for everything we do,” said Ambur. “The fabric package in the Great Lakes Pro Insulated Rainsuit is nylon based with a remarkable 4-way stretch and unmatched durability. The material is also ripstop, so an accidental puncture doesn’t further tear.”

Next, you need precision cuts and fabric panels to facilitate mobility. “This rainsuit is fully constructed to move with the normal motions you make while fishing, like casting, bending, and kneeling.” To enable these actions, Whitewater cut and sewed patterns in the elbows and knees to promote articulation. That means the fabric panels are preformed to bend in the elbows and knees without pulling on the surrounding fabric.

Smooth and comfortable polyester lining.

Same goes for the crotch area. The Great Lakes Pro Insulated features a gusseted crotch. That means a separate and precise fabric panel is sown-in to eliminate resistance and expand motion. In many lesser suits, the leg sections are simply sown into a bunch, which really bunches up when you walk or bend.

On the topic of patterns and cuts, Ambur mentioned a key component to the Great Lakes Pro Insulated Rainsuit. “Each pattern was measured and cut to exactness to eliminate any extra material that would add bulk. This also gives the rainsuit a sleek and clean look.”

“We don’t add extra material to achieve freedom of movement. Rather, we promote mobility through exactness in design, fit, and fabrication.”

Obviously, premium raingear also needs to be waterproof. Whitewater’s intelligent 3-layer fabric-build on the Great Lakes Pro Insulated Rainsuit is 100% waterproof. The suit’s 30,000 mm waterproof rating is best of class, while still maintaining breathability. It means the 3-layer material is fully rainproof and waterproof under very high pressure, but at the same time perspiration can escape. Heavy rain, wet snow, and high pressure are no match for the Great Lakes Pro Insulated Rainsuit.

AquaGuard® water-resistant chest zippers.

THERMAL MAP INSULATION

Insulation doesn’t have to mean bulky, at least in the minds of Whitewater Fishing. First, you need exceptional insulation, like the Primaloft® Silver found in the Great Lakes Pro Insulated Rainsuit. Next, that insulation must be precisely placed – thermal mapped – to achieve warmth while not hindering mobility.

What is Primaloft Silver? The exceptional insulation is made from ultrafine, soft microfibers from polyester, connected at millions of contact points. They create a tightly cross-linked tangle of fibers with countless little air chambers that trap body heat, allow air to circulate, while also protecting against cold from the outside.

We’ve established that Primaloft Silver is a technologically advanced insulation. But it’s how Whitewater distributes the material throughout the jacket and bibs that maximizes its effectiveness, while at the same time enabling mobility on the water.

“Thermal mapping is key,” said Ambur. “For example, in the chest area we included 133 grams of Primaloft Silver and 170 grams in the back. That’s for maximum warmth. In the sleeves we dropped down to 100 grams to emphasize motion. We went even further and insulated the hood and collar, too.”

“You pair the insulation package with the rainsuit’s 100% windproof distinction, and you are talking about unreal thermal results. The physical weight of this garment to its thermal value results is off the charts.”

Thermal mapping is a tenet of the bibs, too. The chest sports 60 grams of Primaloft Silver; the back 80 grams; and 100 grams below the waist.

Ambur sums it up this way: “We set out to design cold weather raingear with maximum thermal value and minimal physical weight, along with mobility, stretch, and durability. The Great Lakes Pro Insulated rainsuit even exceeded our expectations…”

Waist tighteners to reduce weight on shoulders.

Full-leg zippers with strorm flap.

BEMIS PVC on knees for added durability and waterproofness.

Great Lakes Pro Insulated JACKET FEATURES:

  • 100% Waterproof (30,000 mm rated)
  • 100% Windproof
  • Exclusive 3-layer waterproof/breathable material
  • 4-way stretch nylon-based shell with smooth polyester lining
  • Thermal Mapped Primaloft® Silver insulation (133 grams front, 170 grams back, 100 below the waist)
  • Articulated shoulders and elbows
  • Skillfully taped seams
  • High insulated collar
  • 3-panel, adjustable, and insulated hood
  • Adjustable waist
  • 2 sewn-in D-rings (lower ring for safety cord, upper ring for trolling motor fobs)
  • 5 pockets for storage and warmth: 2 AquaGuard® water-resistant zip chest, 2 AquaGuard® water-resistant zip waist, 1 interior zip chest for smartphone
  • Reflective material

MSRP $499.99

AVAILABLE FALL 2024

 

Great Lakes Pro Insulated BIB FEATURES:

  • 100% Waterproof (30,000 mm rated)
  • 100% Windproof
  • Exclusive 3-layer waterproof/breathable material
  • 4-way stretch nylon-based shell with smooth polyester lining
  • Thermal Mapped Primaloft® Silver insulation (60 grams front, 80 grams back, 100 grams sleeves, and 80 grams hooda/collar)
  • Gusseted crotch for added mobility
  • Articulated knees for added mobility
  • Skillfully taped seams
  • BEMIS PVC on knees for added durability and waterproofness
  • Waist high side zippers for easy in and out
  • Adjustable suspenders with silicone grip to stay in place
  • 6 pockets with highly water-resistant AquaGuard® zippers (2 chest, 2 waist, and 2 cargo)
  • 2 sewn-in D-rings (lower ring for safety cord, upper ring for trolling motor fobs)
  • Reflective material

MSRP $499.99

AVAILABLE FALL 2024


FISHING: Forward-Facing Sonar Beast

FFS Beast

Ever Green’s new Last Ace 128 arrives as a bigger offering for forward-facing sonar enthusiasts. 

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (July 11, 2024) – The advent of forward-facing sonar (FFS) has hatched numbers of nouveau techniques to tempt fish marked in front of the boat. There’s ‘moping,’ ‘hover strolling,’ and ‘mid-strolling’. And now, Ever Green launches its new 5-inch Last Ace 128 for ‘power mid-strolling’ with the aim of enticing alpha bass in the pack.

LAST ACE 128 (BABY GILL) rigged on a jig.

DAIWA’s Field Marketing Manager, Chris Martin, explained. “The Last Ace 128 offers a slightly larger profile than most FFS minnow-style baits on the market. The bigger silhouette is designed to root out the biggest, most aggressive fish in the pod.”

The Last Ace 128’s power mid-strolling effect is accomplished by its noticeably up-curved tail design. “The unique shape and angle of the tail makes it effortless for anglers to achieve that tantalizing rolling action so popular with FFS,” said Martin.

Its action is further enhanced by a specialized salt constitution. “The salt composition is evenly dispersed through only the belly half of the Last Ace 128,” said Martin. “Rigged weightless and power strolled, it causes the bait to sink horizontally and produce a shimmy akin to an injured baitfish. Its offset weighting is the key.”

Infused with baitfish scent throughout, the Last Ace 128 has an exceptionally flexible belly and tail, while the purposely denser top yields exceptional durability around the hook.

Cosmetically, fish will appreciate the Last Ace 128’s raised, 3D “real eyes” and dotted lateral line, which accentuate its authenticity.

ARMANDO GOLD

SUPER WAKASAGI

BABY GILL

WHITE CLEAR

NATURAL SHAD

NEON MOROKO

RIGGING THE LAST ACE 128

The slow sinking and exceptionally durable Last Ace 128 can be rigged weightless with a swimbait hook. Downward into the nose, back up through the body, and then slide the hookpoint into the molded notch on the bait’s back. The hookpoint stays hidden but is easily activated by a striking fish. Rigging as such also makes the Last Ace 128 virtually weedless for operating through vegetation.

It can also be paired with a jig. Go lighter for working the middle of the water column and heavier if you want to operate near or on the bottom. Long-shanked jigs with quality baitholders work best.

Lastly, and most simply, impale the middle of the Last Ace 128’s back from side to side with a kahle-style hook. Flip it out, let it sink, and twitch it around. Looks like a baitfish taking its last gulp of air.

Unique upturned tail produces lifelike rolling action.

LAST ACE 128 FEATURES:

  • 5-inch minnow-style bait
  • Slow sinking
  • Ideal for forward-facing sonar (FFS) techniques
  • Unique upturned tail produces lifelike rolling action
  • Specially balanced with a salt formulation for a horizontal fall
  • Infused with baitfish scent
  • Raised 3D “real eyes”
  • Dotted lateral line for authenticity
  • 6 proven colors: Baby Gill, Super Wakasagi, Natural Shad, Neon Moroko, Armando Gold, and White Clear

MSRP $11.99 (4 pack)

For Daiwa’s latest color catalog and/or information on Daiwa dealers in your area, call Daiwa’s Customer Service Department at 562-375-6800 or e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]. The URL for Daiwa’s web site is daiwa.us


“Never Seen Anything Like It” Rod

DAIWA’s new ARDITO travel rod series includes a premium telescoping model that morphs into its own case and fits in your backpack or briefcase. 

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (July 14, 2024) – Bass fishing for a 10-pounder in Mexico. Floatplane only access to remote walleye and smallmouth lakes in Canadian glacial shield lakes. Big trout that seldom see a lure on hike-in-only Alpine mountain lakes. And that’s just the first page of your bucket list...

In concert, DAIWA has rewritten what it means to be a destination angler with its new ARDITO travel rod series. The first-of-its-kind assortment includes featured-filled telescoping and multi-piece spinning and casting rods you can take on planes, trains, and automobiles, as well as bikes, motorcycles, UTV’s, and golf carts – although we don’t endorse sneaking onto golf courses to fishwink, wink.

ARDITO Jitte spinning (guides and sections collapsed)

ARDITO Jitte spinning (fully collapsed and self-contained)

Of special note are the new ARDITO ‘Jitte’ casting and spinning rods, with a self-contained telescoping rod design concept that will have most anglers saying, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The groundbreaking design of the ARDITO travel rod is how the 6’7’ARD67B-TR casting and ARD67S-TR spinning rods – each with a full train of eight guides – can telescope into themselves with the handle used to make it completely protected and self-contained. Collapsed and contained, it’s like holding a baton.

Since first touch, DAIWA’s staff has been coming up with new locations and ways to travel with the ARDITO Jitte telescoping travel rods.

ARDITO Jitte casting (guides and sections collapsed)

ARDITO Jitte spinning (fully collapsed and self-contained)

“In our discussions with product development, sales, and marketing staff about the Jitte rod introduction at ICAST, our talks always drifted into unique ways and where these rods would be ideal to use,” said DAIWA’s Field Marketing Specialist Chris Martin. “Those ideas went everywhere from packing them in your Harley saddlebags for a ride to Sturgis and chasing northern pike, yellow perch and crappie in Bear Butte Lake – it’s a short 8 miles from DAIWA headquarters – to that lake or creek you keep seeing on your business travels and daydream about. Now, you have legitimate, packable rod that’ll put you on the water after a long day of meetings.”

“Always being on the road with my role at DAIWA means I’m traveling to fishing shows, events, and dealer meetings, and it’s a complete hassle to take a rod tube along,” continued Martin. “You can bet I’ll have an ARDITO Jitte rod, or two, at my side in the future.” Martin reminds ARDITO Jitte travel rod users not to forget your reels and lures!

The telescoping ARDITO Jitte ARD6106TLFS-TR spinning travel rod is a medium-power, fast action and designed for 1/16- to 3/8-oz lures and 3- to 10-lb line. The telescoping ARDITO Jitte ARD6106TMFB-TR casting travel rod is medium-power, fast action and designed for 3/16- to 5/8-oz lures and 7- to 16-lb line.

MSRP $199.99

Jitte might be the flagship ARDITO travel rod, but there’s an entire series behind it. DAIWA’s technology and construction features are evident throughout the ARDITO telescoping and multi-piece family, making them the new standard in travel rod design and performance.

The 6’8” ARD684MLSF-TR ARDITO Premium Travel Rod is a medium-light, 4-piece spinning rod for use with 5- to 12-pound test with a split-grip cork handle. There’s a full cork handle on the 6’10” ARD6104MHFB-TR medium-heavy casting rod, which is rated for up 20-pound test to tackle big bass and more.

“Feels like you’re fishing a one-piece due to DAIWA’s V-Joint technology,” said Martin. “By wrapping the rod blank’s carbon material at 45-degrees around the connecting ferrules, we eliminated any flat or dead spots in the rod. You won’t know it’s a four-piece rod.”

The four-piece ARDITO travel rods also feature DAIWA’s HVF Nano plus carbon blank material for lightness and sensitivity, along with DAIWA’s X-45 Bias construction process to prevent blank twisting, while adding further sensitivity and durability. Both models sport high-quality Fuji Alconite guides and come standard with a sturdy yet pliable, semi-hard travel case.

The 6’ 10” four-piece ARDITO ARD6104MHFB-TR travel rod is a medium-heavy, fast action rod designed for ¼- to ¾-ounce lures and 8- 20-lb line. The 6’ 8” spinning version (RD684MLFS-TR) is a medium-light, fast action rod designed for 1/8- to ½-ounce lures and 5- to 12-pound line.

MSRP $249.99

With the ARDITO Premium Telescoping Travel Rods – both a 6’10” casting and spinning model – DAIWA again employs its V-Joint flexing ferrule joint system to make it fish like a traditional one-piece rod.

“Anglers will be shaking their heads that these are telescoping rods that fish like one-piece rods,” stated Martin. Both rated to handle lures up to 5/8-ounce and for use with 7- to 16-pound test line, depending on your preference for casting or spinning, you can target everything from panfish, trout and crappies, to walleyes, bass, pike.

The super-compact ARDITO Premium telescoping rods feature a full cork handle, O-ring guides, and come with a softshell structures travel case.

The 6’ 10” ARD6106TMFB-TR ARDITO (casting) Premium Telescoping Rod is medium-power, fast action and rated for 3/16- to 5/8-ounce lures and 7- to 16-lb line, and features Fuji O-Ring Guides. The 6’ 10” ARD6106TLFS-TR ARDITO (spinning) Premium Telescoping Rod is light-power, fast action and rated for 3/16- to 5/8-ounce lures and 7- to 16-lb line, and features Fuji O-Ring Guides. 

MSRP $199.99

For Daiwa’s latest color catalog and/or information on Daiwa dealers in your area, call Daiwa’s Customer Service Department at 562-375-6800 or e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]. The URL for Daiwa’s web site is daiwa.us

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About Daiwa Corporation

Daiwa's first spinning reel rolled off the assembly line in 1955. Since then, the company has grown into one of the largest and most influential tackle companies in the world today. To handle sales and distribution in the United States, Daiwa Corporation first opened its doors on September 26, 1966, operating from a small facility in Culver City, California. Today, based in Foothill Ranch, California, Daiwa Corporation sells tackle throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America. From the very beginning, Daiwa's emphasis has been upon innovation and quality. The result is a long list of product features, design and materials that have become standards for the fishing tackle industry. Daiwa’s long-standing record of innovation has left a visible mark on the majority of tackle manufactured today and continues to advance the sport of fishing. Learn more at daiwa.us

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New Products from AFTCO - ICAST Edition

New Product Showcase

We're stoked to unveil our new lineup at the ICAST 2024 New Product Showcase! Check them out below and visit us at booth #3030.

Fortress Rain Suit

Your Fortress from the storm. When it comes to staying dry, Fortress over-delivers. Constructed with a Toray® 100% nylon membrane that’s 30K waterproof and 7K breathable, it features the innovative SpeedVent™ hood that stays in place even at high speeds, YKK® AquaGuard® zippers, “Double-Dry” cuffs that prevent water from seeping up your sleeves, a reinforced pliers pocket, ultra-comfortable shoulder straps, and a killswitch D-ring attachment for safety.

Fortress Rain Suit
Deckhand Pants

The Deckhand pants cater to the needs of professional guides and deckhands who live their lives on the water. From blood and guts to saltwater and slime, Deckhand work just as hard as you do to get the job done. Enjoy comfortable 4-way stretch fabrics and a hidden elastic waistband for optimal mobility. These pants prioritize durability, reliability, and functionality to meet the demands of a life spent at sea.

Deckhand Pants
Coastal Layer Hood

“Soft” is an understatement. Experience the comfort of Coastal Layer, the hoodie that stands out on its own and excels as a key component of your layering system. Made with lightweight, moisture-wicking fleece, it offers UPF 50 sun protection and advanced stain resistance, making it perfect for on and off the water.

Coastal Layer Hood
Women's Armorloft Sweatshirt

Meet Armorloft, your go-to when temperatures drop. Built with a hyper-grid fleece that locks in heat while encouraging airflow to keep anglers comfortable, especially when layering. Armorloft moves with you thanks to 4-way stretch, and a stain-resistant DWR coating ensures it stands the test of time.

Women's Armorloft Sweatshirt
Women's Coastal Layer Funnel

Coastal Layer is the ideal lightweight fleece option for sunrise sessions or evenings by the water. It features moisture-wicking and quick-dry properties to ensure comfort all day long. Plus, its pouch-style front pocket not only keeps your hands warm but also offers convenient storage.

Women's Coastal Layer Funnel
Titan Landing Net

Introducing Titan, the last net you’ll ever need. Proudly made in the USA with a lifetime guarantee, Titan's hoop is meticulously crafted from top-tier aircraft-grade aluminum. Its heavy-duty machined yoke guarantees maximum durability, and an extendable locking handle offers versatility for any catch. The hand-sewn 100% latex-infused 1” knotless netting protects fish's slime coat and scales.

Titan Landing Net
Aluminum Deck Brush

You asked, and we delivered. Introducing the Aluminum Deck Brush — a perfect blend of timeless aesthetics and utility for your boat wash-down needs. Proudly crafted in the USA, the shaft features the same premium gold aluminum as AFTCO gaffs.   When using as a deck brush, either use the included AFTCO soft brush head or remove the screw top adaptor for the shaft to become compatible with Shurhold® Brush heads and other push-button accessories.

Aluminum Deck Brush
Bank Patrol X-Pac Backpack

The bank fisherman's best buddy. Built with advanced X-Pac® sailcloth fabric, the Bank Patrol backpack is lightweight, durable, and 100% waterproof. It's designed with a trampoline-style mesh back suspension pad, ventilated shoulder straps, and an internal 1.5L bladder with a drink tube. With storage for your 3600 and 3500 tackle boxes, three bait/lure binder pages, and convenient rod holder straps, your gear is readily available whenever you need it.

Bank Patrol X-Pac Backpack
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Light Jigging and Power Come Together

 

DAIWA’s new Saltiga Light Jigging rods accentuate popular light jigging techniques while adding the oomph required for saltwater fishing. 

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (July 14, 2024) – As the saltwater fishing world continues to evolve with anglers looking for lighter jigging rods that handle maximum pressure and big, heavy jigs it takes to hook land big, heavy fish, DAIWA answers the challenge with its new Saltiga Light Jigging rods.

Saltiga Light Jigging CASTING

The new series includes two 6’2” conventional rods – the SGLJ62MB to handle up to 160 grams (5.5 ounces) jigs and SGLJ62MHB for up to 200 grams (7 ounces) jigs, and two 6’6” spinning rods – the SGLJ66MS (160 grams max jig weight) and the SGLJ66MHS (200 grams max jig weight). The new rods are being introduced at ICAST ’24, filling out DAIWA’s saltwater jigging rod matrix to provide anglers with power slow super light rods jigging rods.

Key to the new Saltiga Light Jigging rods is DAIWA’s use of its MegaTop solid carbon construction throughout the entirety of the blank. There is virtually no unidirectional spine in the rod tip, so it bends at the same angle in all directions, leading to more rod control when using heavier jigs and while fighting a fish.

“An additional bonus is of the MegaTop construction process is the immediate transfer of even the lightest bite from the rod tip through the blank and into the DAIWA Air Sensor reel seat on the spinning rods, or into the DAIWA custom reel seat on the conventional models,” explained Chris Martin, DAIWA’s Field Marketing Manager.

“In many situations when using light jigging gear, a fish spanking the bait as it flutters down is the most difficult time to detect a bite,” continued Martin. “With the enhanced tip to reel seat sensitivity from our MegaTop construction, you’ll feel that weird little difference when a fish does hit the jig on the way down, and then the fight is on.”

DAIWA employs its X45 carbon fiber weave within the rod blank to not only ensure a robust backbone, but also contribute to less rod twisting for more fish-fighting power. Fuji K guides and all SIC rings transfer the line smoothly, reducing friction when reeling under heavy loads. Martin noted that all these features come together to create a combination super light/traditional jigging rod that performs as needed for deep water use, as well as the finesse needs for light jigging.

All Saltiga Light Jigging rods are designed for use with up to the maximum of 20-pound test J-Braid. “Ideally, anglers should focus on using 100- to- 150-gram – and up to the 200-gram max rating in select situations,” Martin said. “These rods can put it to big fish so they can used when targeting tilefish, grouper, snapper, and pelagics on the East Coast, along with West Coast waters for lingcod, rockfish, and pelagics.

Saltiga Light Jigging FEATURES:

  • Four Spinning and Casting models
  • Light rods with exceptional power
  • MegaTop solid carbon bends in all directions
  • X45 carbon fiber weave eliminates blank twist
  • Durable and smooth delivering Fuji K guides and SIC rings
  • Air Sensor reel seat (spinning)
  • Custom reel seat (conventional)
  • Soft, grippy, and durable butts
  • Luxurious finish
  • Premium components
  • Japanese blank
  • Rated up to 20-lb. test

MSRP $449.99

PERFECT PAIRING

Match up the conventional rods with the new Saltiga 15 jigging reel, Saltiga 15 Lever Drag, or Saltiga Star Drag 10, while our Saltiga G 4000, 5000, and 6000 size or new Certate SW 5000 and 6000 size spinning reels match the Saltiga Light Jigging spinning models. “You’ll take the jigging success for big fish to a next level, and you’ll be fighting the fish, not the tackle,” Martin said in closing.

For Daiwa’s latest color catalog and/or information on Daiwa dealers in your area, call Daiwa’s Customer Service Department at 562-375-6800 or e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]. The URL for Daiwa’s web site is daiwa.us

 


Kentucky’s Godwin Gets His First Career Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event at Ohio River in Paducah

Missouri’s Welch Tops Strike King Co-Angler Division

PADUCAH, Ky. (July 15, 2024) – Boater Bryan Godwin of Marion, Kentucky, caught a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 9 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Presented by T-H Marine on the Ohio River at Paducah. The tournament was the third event of the season for the BFL Illini Division. Godwin earned $2,977 for his victory.

From the launch in Paducah, anglers could stay on the Ohio River, or they had the option to run up the Cumberland River to the Lake Barkley tailrace, or up the Tennessee River to fish below Kentucky Dam. These large tailraces are popular fisheries all year, with good populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass, in addition to a variety of other species.

Godwin, a local, chose to run up the Cumberland.

“I ran all the way to the (Barkley) dam, and then I fished a few spots I’ve got on the way back down,” he said.

“The fish bit the first hour. After that, it was just scattered here and there. They’re not everywhere. You’ve got to find specific spots that they’re sitting on.”

Godwin says the Cumberland is all a timing deal, usually depending on the current flowing through the dam. But lately, just getting on the right spot first thing in the morning has led to some quality limits.

He targeted his tailrace fish in 4 to 6 feet of water on natural rock.

“It’s a current-break spot,” he said. “And they just happened to be on it, and I got lucky. I’ve got three spots that are like that, and they were on one and not the other two. After that it was stragglers here and there. But that first spot I pulled up and in 20 casts had five fish.”

Rotating back and forth between baits was another key. His rotation included a Rapala DT6 crankbait and a 3/8-ounce Greenfish Tackle Bryan New Bad Little Dude Jig. He occasionally mixed in a tube, but the crankbait and jig were his go-tos.

“If you’d catch one or two off of one, you could turn around and throw the other,” added Godwin, whose limit included four smallmouth bass and one largemouth.

Due to the water spilling through Barkley Dam, the tailrace currents are constantly swirling and changing, flowing upstream and downstream and forming eddies. Godwin carefully monitored the flows to present his lures naturally.

“I used the current to wash my bait,” he said. “That’s the key within the key, the spot within the spot. You let the current do the work for your bait so it’s more natural and not you doing it.”

Once he left the tailrace, Godwin targeted humps and other structure in the mouths of creeks. He used the crankbait and jig in these areas as well.

The top 11 boaters finished the tournament:

1st:        Bryan Godwin, Marion, Ky., five bass, 13-9, $2,977
2nd:       Peyton Coleman, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 12-14, $1,989 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
3rd:       Andrew Harper, Shelbyville, Ill., five bass, 11-10, $1,292
4th:        Joe Johnson, Clarksville, Tenn., five bass, 11-8, $695
5th:        Colby Schrumpf, Highland, Ill., five bass, 10-10, $595
6th:        Justin Berger, Murray, Ky., five bass, 10-6, $546
7th:        Jason Jacobs, Charleston, Ill., five bass, 9-10, $496
8th:        Kyle Dowdy, Sunrise Beach, Mo., five bass, 8-13, $447
9th:        Mario Rossi, Granite City, Ill., four bass, 8-10, $397
10th:     Travis Boley, Weldon, Ill., four bass, 8-3, $330
10th:     Coty Fowler, Brookport, Ill., five bass, 8-3, $330

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Jeffrey Lee of Olney, Illinois, caught a bass that weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and earned the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $340.

Caleb Welch of Bolivar, Missouri, won the Strike King co-angler division and $1,489 Saturday, after bringing five bass to the scale that totaled 8 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers finished:

1st:        Caleb Welch, Bolivar, Mo., five bass, 8-7, $1,489
2nd:       Aaron Wehmeyer, Normal, Ill., five bass, 7-8, $744
3rd:       Ryan Murphy, Paris, Ill., five bass, 6-14, $497
4th:        Kim Sapetti, Chatham, Ill., three bass, 6-8, $517
5th:        Jason Halverson, Belvidere, Ill., three bass, 6-3, $298
6th:        Dale Renth, Mascoutah, Ill., four bass, 5-11, $273
7th:        Eugene Kim, Lindenhurst, Ill., four bass, 5-9, $248
8th:        William Stokes, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 5-4, $210
8th:        Gary Huber II, Saint Charles, Mo., four bass, 5-4, $210
10th:     Michael Ratts, Iuka, Ill., two bass, 5-3, $174

Kim Sapetti of Chatham, Illinois, earned the Berkley Big Bass co-angler award of $170, catching a bass that weighed in at 4 pounds, 12 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.

After three events, Jeffrey Lee of Olney, Illinois, leads the Fishing Clash Illini Division Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 726 points, while Ryan Murphy of Paris, Illinois, leads the Fishing Clash Illini Division Co-Angler of the Year race with 736 points.

The next event for BFL Illini Division anglers will be held Aug. 3, at Lake Shelbyville in Shelbyville, Illinois. To register for the event as a boater or a co-angler, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com or call (270)-252-1000.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five tournament winners of each qualifying event, will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional tournament on Pools 13-17 of the Mississippi River in Quad Cities, Illinois. Boaters will fish for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will compete for a top award of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard.

The 2024 Phoenix BFL Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 events throughout the season, five qualifying tournaments in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five qualifying event winners, will advance to one of six BFL Regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American.

Proud sponsors of the 2024 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 7Brew, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, BUBBA, E3, Epic Baits, Fishing Clash, General Tire, GSM Outdoors, Lew’s, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, PowerStop Brakes, REDCON1, Strike King, Suzuki, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, WIX Filters and YETI.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 17 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.


Pinckney’s Sitko Posts Sixth Career Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event at Detroit River

Indiana’s Bohland Tops Strike King Co-Angler Division

TRENTON, Mich. (July 15, 2024) – Boater Michael Sitko of Pinckney, Michigan, caught a five-bass limit weighing 24 pounds, 13 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Presented by T-H Marine on the Detroit River . The tournament was the second event of the season for the BFL Michigan Division. Sitko earned $10,917, including the lucrative $7,000 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus, for his victory.

From the Detroit River, anglers had three options: stay in the river, run to St. Clair or head out to Lake Erie. Sitko chose the latter, making a long run out to Erie.

“I was just fishing isolated things – rocks, rises, irregular features on the bottom – which there’s a ton of them out there, and they’re not all created equal,” he said. “So you just have to run a gamut of spots and try to get a game plan.”

Sitko said he struggled to piece together a really strong pattern. He made up for it by running a couple dozen spots.

“It was patience,” he said. “It was literally, I couldn’t freak out if I pulled up to a spot that I knew I’d caught fish off of (in the past) and not catch them (during the tournament).

“If you hit enough of them, maybe you hit enough of the right fish, and that’s kind of what happened today (Saturday).”

Sitko fished spots as tiny as a single boulder and areas as big as 20-by-20. Most of his fish came out of about 18 feet of water.

“All my fish came on drop-shots and tubes,” said Sitko. “Literally, when I’m fishing Erie, I fish with four rods: two drop-shot rods and two tube rods. For me, I’ve got four rods on the deck, and it’s the same thing for St. Clair for me except I use different weights.”

Sitko’s baits all mimicked gobies or smelt. They included a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Flat Worm and Flatnose Minnow plus a green pumpkin tube.

For Sitko, this makes MLF win No. 6 on the Detroit River and its connected waters, which is quite the accomplishment among a stacked field of anglers. When asked to sum up how he got it done, Sitko was honest and humble.

“Luck,” he said. “I really didn’t think I was going to catch what I caught today. It had nothing to do with my practice. It was just my time. It was my day. You need a bunch of that (luck), especially with this division and with these guys, ’cause they are just insane.

“I remember the very first FLW event I won was a Costa Series. And that was pretty special. And then the first BFL I ever won was pretty amazing. And, I’m not going to lie, this was equally as amazing as all of them, and it’s my sixth one. I really cherish the fact I have done this well and won these because it’s so hard. It’s just an amazing feeling..”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

1st:        Michael Sitko, Pinckney, Mich., five bass, 24-13, $10,917 (includes $7,000 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
2nd:       Noah Stauffer, Gowen, Mich., five bass, 24-1, $1,958
3rd:       Nolan Mandel, Harrison Township, Mich., five bass, 22-12, $1,307
4th:        Matthew Davis, Morenci, Mich., five bass, 22-11, $914
5th:        Jonathon Dewey, Fort Gratiot, Mich., five bass, 22-3, $783
6th:        Gary Greenwood, Taylors, S.C., five bass, 21-7, $718
7th:        Dan Mittlestat, Woodhaven, Mich., five bass, 20-11, $953
8th:        Eric Sanders, Lexington, Ky., five bass, 20-1, $555
8th:        Tony Hansen, Vermontville, Mich., five bass, 20-1, $555
10th:     Buddy Benson, Dahlonega, Ga., five bass, 19-15, $457

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Scott Delpha of Noblesville, Indiana, caught a bass that weighed 6 pounds and earned the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $520.

Mason Bohland of Noblesville, Indiana, won the Strike King co-angler division and $1,958 Saturday, after bringing five bass to the scale that totaled 21 pounds, 4 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers finished:

1st:        Mason Bohland, Noblesville, Ind., five bass, 21-4, $1,958
2nd:       Kendra Mueller, Fowlerville, Mich., five bass, 21-0, $979
3rd:       Brian Townley, Wyoming, Mich., five bass, 20-9, $653
4th:        Scott Davis, Morenci, Mich., five bass, 20-1, $457
5th:        Trent Wilt, Manitou Beach, Mich., five bass, 19-4, $392
6th:        Spencer Phelps, Bangor, Mich., five bass, 19-3, $359
7th:        Ben Schenck, Huber Heights, Ohio, five bass, 19-1, $326
8th:        Rich Richardson, Lufkin, Texas, five bass, 18-7, $294
9th:        Brady Metzger, Zionsville, Ind., five bass, 17-12, $244
9th:        Ashley Shirto, Novi, Mich., five bass, 17-12, $504

Ashley Shirto of Novi, Michigan, earned the Berkley Big Bass co-angler award of $260, catching a bass that weighed in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.

After two events, Nolan Mandel of Harrison Township, Michigan, leads the Fishing Clash Michigan Division Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 498 points, while Scott Davis of Morenci, Michigan, leads the Fishing Clash Michigan Division Co-Angler of the Year race with 491 points.

The next event for BFL Michigan Division anglers will be held Aug. 10, at Detroit River in Trenton, Michigan. To register for the event as a boater or a co-angler, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com or call (270)-252-1000.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five tournament winners of each qualifying event, will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional tournament on Pools 13-17 of the Mississippi River in Quad Cities, Illinois. Boaters will fish for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will compete for a top award of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard.

The 2024 Phoenix BFL Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 events throughout the season, five qualifying tournaments in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five qualifying event winners, will advance to one of six BFL Regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American.

Proud sponsors of the 2024 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 7Brew, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, BUBBA, E3, Epic Baits, Fishing Clash, General Tire, GSM Outdoors, Lew’s, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, PowerStop Brakes, REDCON1, Strike King, Suzuki, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, WIX Filters and YETI.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 17 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.


Logan Junk-Fishes for the Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event at Neely Henry

Huntsville’s McBride Tops Strike King Co-Angler Division

GADSDEN, Ala. (July 15, 2024) – Boater Wes Logan of Springville, Alabama, caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 3 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Presented by T-H Marine on the Neely Henry Lake. The tournament was the fourth event of the season for the BFL Choo Choo Division. Logan earned $3,917 for his victory.

Competing in another tournament during the week prevented Logan from practicing for the BFL. But it didn’t stop him from getting the job done. Logan rolled in on a few hours of sleep and put his experience on the Coosa River chain to work.

“I just kind of went fishing,” he said. “I ran a couple different things, different patterns – wood, grass, docks.

“Basically, I just junk-fished all day, and when I happened to get a bite it was a good one.”

According to Logan, the grass bite never really panned out. Wood and docks became his primary targets, all in less than 5 feet of water.

His strategy relied on timing and covering a ton of water, hitting 50 to 60 places throughout the day.

“Neely’s not that big of a lake,” he said. “But I probably burned 25 to 30 gallons of gas just running back and forth. I try to treat the place like a tidal fishery. Obviously, there’s not a tide. But it’s a big timing deal on that place. So I’ll fish a certain stretch two or three times in a day. I might run 15, 20 minutes to fish a place 5 minutes and then I’ll run the other way.”

Logan opened the morning with a nice keeper then put a couple other smaller fish in the livewell. After that, it slowed down, and he was able to add a fish here and there to assemble a decent limit. It all came together at the end of the day. That’s when Logan was able to capitalize after Weiss Dam, located upstream, started generating electricity, which created current. “Turning on” the power also turned on the fish.

“From 2 to 3, I think I culled three times,” Logan added. “Being in that last flight really helped, to be honest.”

Key baits for Logan included his signature Team Ark Wes Logan Swim Jig in a color called “the one.” He also caught fish on a square-bill crankbait, Zoom Z Craw and Team Ark Randall Tharp Flipping Jig .

“The swim jig did most of the heavy lifting, but I caught them on a hodgepodge of baits,” Logan added.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

1st:        Wes Logan, Springville, Ala., five bass, 16-3, $3,917
2nd:       Dillon Falardeau, Hixson, Tenn., five bass, 14-2, $2,478
3rd:       Tanner Hadden, Appling, Ga., five bass, 12-6, $1,307
4th:        Austin Shields, Lake View, Ala., five bass, 11-15, $1,214
5th:        Corey McMullen, Gurley, Ala., five bass, 11-7, $783
6th:        Caleb Hudson, Lincolnton, Ga., five bass, 11-6, $718
7th:        Kent Ware, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 11-1, $1,153 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
8th:        Tim Miller, Springville, Ala., five bass, 10-12, $588
9th:        Ty Garrett, Pulaski, Tenn., three bass, 10-11, $522
10th:     Adam Brown, Rainbow City, Ala., five bass, 10-9, $457

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Dillon Falardeau of Hixson, Tennessee, caught a bass that weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and earned the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $520.

Todd McBride of Huntsville, Alabama, won the Strike King co-angler division and $1,958 Saturday, after bringing four bass to the scale that totaled 12 pounds, 1 ounce.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers finished:

1st:        Todd McBride, Huntsville, Ala., four bass, 12-1, $1,958
2nd:       Timothy Sutherland, Elizabeth, Ind., five bass, 10-4, $979
3rd:       Kyle Kimbrell, Jasper, Ala., five bass, 10-3, $653
4th:        Frank Mackin, State Line, Miss., five bass, 10-1, $457
5th:        Michael Corbett, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 9-11, $392
6th:        Rodney Stewart, Town Creek, Ala., three bass, 8-13, $359
7th:        Michael Jones, Rome, Ga., four bass, 8-12, $326
8th:        Colton Jennings, Moody, Ala., five bass, 8-10, $294
9th:        Dennis Sandoval, Decatur, Ala., five bass, 8-4, $511
10th:     Randy Wiggins, Birmingham, Ala., four bass, 8-2, $228

Duane Parker of Calhoun, Georgia, earned the Berkley Big Bass co-angler award of $260, catching a bass that weighed in at 4 pounds, 3 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.

After four events, Matt O’Connell of Brooks, Georgia, leads the Fishing Clash Choo Choo Division Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 933 points, while Todd Mowery of Madison, Alabama, leads the Fishing Clash Choo Choo Division Co-Angler of the Year race with 953 points.

The next event for BFL Choo Choo Division anglers will be held Sept. 28-29, at Wheeler Lake in Rogersville, Alabama. To register for the event as a boater or a co-angler, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com or call (270)-252-1000.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five tournament winners of each qualifying event, will qualify for the Oct. 17-19 BFL Regional tournament on Clarks Hill Lake in Appling, Georgia. Boaters will fish for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will compete for a top award of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard.

The 2024 Phoenix BFL Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 events throughout the season, five qualifying tournaments in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five qualifying event winners, will advance to one of six BFL Regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American.

Proud sponsors of the 2024 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 7Brew, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, BUBBA, E3, Epic Baits, Fishing Clash, General Tire, GSM Outdoors, Lew’s, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, PowerStop Brakes, REDCON1, Strike King, Suzuki, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, WIX Filters and YETI.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 17 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.


Your Own Pet Rat

NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE

 

Ever Green’s new Combat Rat elevates wakebait fishing for giant bass.

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (July 12, 2024) – You might associate rats with the sewers of New York City or alleys in mythical Gotham City. Possibly those dastardly roof rats that wreak havoc on soffits and eaves. Or the ones dodging in and out of the rocks along lakes, rivers, and coastal zones. Fact of the matter is that rats are one of the most populated pests in the world…and they swim.

So, it makes sense that bass consider these oft encountered critters a meal. And that’s precisely why Ever Green introduces the most accurately looking and swimming rat ever developed, the new Combat Rat.

While rat-style baits have been around for years, most imitate them in looks only. Ever Green’s Combat Rat, on the other hand, sports a spot-on profile with authentic cosmetics, while motoring across the surface just like the real thing. All told, the Combat Rat epitomizes the beautiful blend of technology and realism. This incredibly accurate wakebait was meticulously designed alongside Evergreen Pro, Justin Kerr.

We went to DAIWA Field Marketing Manager, Chris Martin, for the dirty rat details: “So much technology and locomotion details went into creating the nearly 11-inch long (nose to tip of the tail) Combat Rat. For starters, the keel design is significant, as it stabilizes the bait for accurate swimming and substantial water movement. And that swimming action is accentuated due to the two-piece jointed design.”

Those joints are dual-plated for an ironclad connection that increases durability, while also producing a “squeaking” sound. The Combat Rat’s stainless steel weight system adds enticement with a one-knock sound.

The Combat Rat’s tail was well conceived, too. The durable material yields just enough suppleness for a realistic snaking action. And Ever Green’s tail keeper design securely holds the PVC tail intact, cast after cast, fish after fish. But, if you do eventually lose a tail, replacements are available through Ever Green.

It’s hook system wasn’t left to chance, either. Bass are notorious for throwing the hooks on topwaters and wakebaits when the fish goes airborne. Not the case with the Combat Rat. It’s swiveling hook hangers take leverage away from a fish trying to throw the hooks.

The Combat Rat comes in an palette of natural to high-visibility patterns for all wakebait fishing situations, including overnight, when rodents are most active.

NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Your Own Pet Rat

Ever Green’s new Combat Rat elevates wakebait fishing for giant bass. 

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (July 12, 2024) – You might associate rats with the sewers of New York City or alleys in mythical Gotham City. Possibly those dastardly roof rats that wreak havoc on soffits and eaves. Or the ones dodging in and out of the rocks along lakes, rivers, and coastal zones. Fact of the matter is that rats are one of the most populated pests in the world…and they swim.

So, it makes sense that bass consider these oft encountered critters a meal. And that’s precisely why Ever Green introduces the most accurately looking and swimming rat ever developed, the new Combat Rat.

While rat-style baits have been around for years, most imitate them in looks only. Ever Green’s Combat Rat, on the other hand, sports a spot-on profile with authentic cosmetics, while motoring across the surface just like the real thing. All told, the Combat Rat epitomizes the beautiful blend of technology and realism. This incredibly accurate wakebait was meticulously designed alongside Evergreen Pro, Justin Kerr.

We went to DAIWA Field Marketing Manager, Chris Martin, for the dirty rat details: “So much technology and locomotion details went into creating the nearly 11-inch long (nose to tip of the tail) Combat Rat. For starters, the keel design is significant, as it stabilizes the bait for accurate swimming and substantial water movement. And that swimming action is accentuated due to the two-piece jointed design.”

Those joints are dual-plated for an ironclad connection that increases durability, while also producing a “squeaking” sound. The Combat Rat’s stainless steel weight system adds enticement with a one-knock sound.

The Combat Rat’s tail was well conceived, too. The durable material yields just enough suppleness for a realistic snaking action. And Ever Green’s tail keeper design securely holds the PVC tail intact, cast after cast, fish after fish. But, if you do eventually lose a tail, replacements are available through Ever Green.

It’s hook system wasn’t left to chance, either. Bass are notorious for throwing the hooks on topwaters and wakebaits when the fish goes airborne. Not the case with the Combat Rat. It’s swiveling hook hangers take leverage away from a fish trying to throw the hooks.

The Combat Rat comes in an palette of natural to high-visibility patterns for all wakebait fishing situations, including overnight, when rodents are most active.

OLIVE GOLD FLASH

BIG BITE CHART

PINK RAT

GREY FLASH

MATTE BROWN

WHITE MATTE

MATTE BLACK

Combat Rat FEATURES:

  • Premium rat-style wakebait
  • Anatomically accurate
  • Authentic swimming action
  • Exceptional buoyancy
  • Two-piece jointed for extra motion
  • Durable joint system
  • Stainless steel knocker weight system
  • Durable yet supple PVC tail (replacements available)
  • Swiveling hook hangers to keep fish pinned
  • SIZE: 5.8-inches (body) 10.75-inches (nose to tip of the tail)
  • WEIGHT: 2.3-ounces
  • HOOKS: Premium 1/0 treble (front) and #1 (rear)
  • COLORS: Big Bite Chart, Matte Black, Matte White, Grey Flash, Pink Rat, Matte Brown, and Olive Gold Flash

MSRP $54.99

For Daiwa’s latest color catalog and/or information on Daiwa dealers in your area, call Daiwa’s Customer Service Department at 562-375-6800 or e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]. The URL for Daiwa’s web site is daiwa.us 

 


Z-Man® Develops Groundbreaking Shad Style Swimbait

New Product

New Shadtron™ LT merges realism & durability with cutting-edge line-through hook system

Ladson, SC (July 15, 2024) – A golden age of angling now under the bridge, the era of true-to-life swimbaits and bass of freakish, blimp-like proportions still reminds us of the lures’ potentially outlandish attracting power. Everyone who once slung these big slabs of PVC has a crazy fish story to tell. But what swimbait practitioners today still mourn are the number of fish most of these lures fail to hook— and how frequently the gill-rattling headshake of a big bass can eject the baits and crush our spirits in one breath.
Exactly one year ago, Z-Man® innovations in swimbait design nullified previous hookset and hardiness standards immediately, as the Mulletron™ LT (line-through) shined the spotlight on a new swimbait archetype, winning the 2024 ICAST Best Saltwater Soft Lure award, and showing Florida and the world what was possible when smart lure-making melded with 10X Tough ElaZtech®.
New for 2025, the Z-Man Shadtron™ LT has shifted the swimbait paradigm once again. Visually stunning and seemingly primed to flop out of your hand, the Shadtron LT exhibits all the realism of a live shad, while a groundbreaking dual line-through system empowers incredible upticks in hookset success and holding power to the nth degree.
A fresh batch of lively new Shadtron LT Swimbaits in 4.5" and 6" baitfish sizes. 

“Empowered by its soft, buoyant, durable ElaZtech body and precision line-through harness, the Shadtron LT is perfectly balanced to maintain a natural, upright posture at all times— including on the freefall and at rest on the bottom,” notes Z-Man Director of Product Development Jose Chavez.

A true-to-nature shad-mimicking swimbait in 4.5- and 6-inch sizes, Shadtron LT is equipped with an industry-first over/under line-through harness that allows for both dorsal rigging with an included single hook or belly rigging with a treble hook (not included). “The result is a high-performance swimbait that affords optimal fish-hooking and holding performance in all conditions,” adds Chavez.

“Some pretty impressive engineering went into the Shadtron’s internal Y-harness, giving anglers the best of both worlds,” suggests Z-Man pro Luke Clausen. “If I’m swimming the bait around laydowns, docks or vegetation, I’ll rig up with the single hook, which allows the Shadtron to swim cleanly through heavier cover, bouncing off rocks and logs with ease. Or, for fishing open water or for smallmouth or spotted bass, I’ll deploy the belly treble and skyrocket my hookset stats.

“And because both hook systems allow the bait to slide up the line and out of the way after a hookset, even the gnarliest headshakes are negated, so you land almost every bass that eats,” adds Clausen.

Chavez elaborates: “We wanted to arm anglers with the ultimate two-way swimbait hook system, which meant constructing our line-through harness a little differently.”

Topside, Chavez notes, the Shadtron LT is equipped with a specialized hook pocket and harness that stations a custom, heavy-duty 3/0 (4.5”) or 5/0 (6”) sickle-shaped, black nickel needlepoint hook parallel to the dorsal fin.

“The harness is designed so the hook slides in and sits recessed within the bait’s spine,” explains Chavez. “Thread your line through the bait’s nose and out the slot, tying to the single hook. Pull the line tight and the hook clicks back into place, giving the whole bait a clean, seamless appearance, like a molded-in jighead. Hook eye and knot are recessed and completely protected inside the bait. But when a fish eats the Shadtron and attempts to dislodge the hook, the bait body slides up the line, where fish can’t leverage its weight to come unbuttoned.”

The Shadtron LT is already producing big bites in Florida and everywhere shad land on the largemouth menu.

Alternatively, to utilize the secondary belly line channel and a treble hook, Chavez suggests folding a crease in the fishing line, inserting it into the nose in a downward orientation and back out the lower exit point. Tie to a treble hook of your choice and click the shank into the specialized friction clip, which positions the treble parallel to the bait for a stealthy, seamless presentation. When the hook sets, force from a fish releases the hook from the Shadtron’s body, allowing for a pure, unencumbered fight to the net.

To assure predators engulf the bait without hesitation, Z-Man sculpted the Shadtron’s physique with anatomical precision and true-to-life photo-printed and hand-painted eye, scale, gill and fin patterning. Beneath the surface, the Shadtron springs to action like a live shad, subtly tail-thrusting itself through strike zones, activating at the slowest retrieve speeds.

Generating the most realistic shad-swimming action attainable, the Shadtron’s rounded wedge-shaped tail empowers a versatile range of motions—from slow-roll to escape velocity. Further imitating the locomotion of a live shad, the Shadtron swims with minimal body roll and just a hint of head wag—all in the name of persuading eagle-eyed predators.

“The ability to reel a swimbait like the Shadtron extra slow—especially effective in cooler water—and then to accentuate its side flashes with twitches of the rodtip . . . these are killer moves to trick big, educated bass that follow but otherwise hesitate to bite,” explains Clausen. “I’m also digging the bait’s flat sides, which let me skip it under cover like the perfect pancake rock.”

“Anglers will absolutely appreciate the Shadtron’s two sizes and two rates-of-fall,” he continues. “In shallower water and in environments with slightly larger shad, the meaty 6-inch size in Slow Sink draws a ton of attention from bass of all sizes. For deeper water or off-structure, try the Fast Sink, 4.5-incher, which is like a cheat code for smallmouths, spots or for painting a nice solid mark on forward-facing sonar.”

From Florida’s big bass lakes to TVA reservoirs and beyond, the new Z-Man Shadtron LT mimics the bass’ most prolific meal on every level. Available in November, the Shadtron LT features two sizes and rates of fall (ROF)—4.5- and 6-inch sizes in both Slow Sink (ROF 5) and Fast Sink (ROF 12). Offered in eight lifelike photo-printed and hand-painted color schemes, each Shadtron pattern was ascribed by input from top Z-Man pros. MSRP $12.99 (4.5”) and $15.99 (6”).

For a first look at the new Z-Man Shadtron LT, visit Z-Man at the 2024 ICAST show (booth #4808 or On the Water media expo, 10am to 2pm on Tuesday, June 16), or at the New Product Showcase (Freshwater Soft Lure.)


TATULA Spins Another Web

NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE

 

 

DAIWA’s new versatile TATULA SV100 – with the SV BOOST System – is engineered for anglers of all skill levels.

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (July 15, 2024) – Species and technique specific gear is a common theme in product development. Use this rod and reel for a certain situation, and this combo for another. In bass fishing, it proposes unique combos for skipping, flipping, dropshotting, punching, and every other technique imaginable.

DAIWA is an industry leader in matching rods and reels to applications, too, and offers a substantial assortment of technique-dedicated rods and reels. But what about a topflight, reasonably priced baitcasting reel that operates successfully in most instances, and more importantly, is friendly to everyday anglers? DAIWA built it…and calls the utility baitcaster TATULA SV100.

“This refreshed version of the TATULA SV100 is laden with upgrades,” said DAIWA Field Marketing Manager, Chris Martin. “Most notably is the groundbreaking SV BOOST System.”

Martin says the right-sized reel presents an onramp to DAIWA’s unequaled SV BOOST technology, previously reserved for more expensive models. “I can try to put words together about the SV BOOST System, but you really have to fish the technology to appreciate what it does.”

In words, Martin says the SV BOOST System employs a proprietary spool and paired technology that lets a novice angler cast like a pro. First, backlash is virtually eliminated as the spool self-manages resistance throughout the duration of a cast. Spool speed is controlled at the start of a cast – where backlash typically happens – and relinquishes resistance progressively as the bait flies.

Ranking right up there in improvements is the new TATULA SV100’s HYPERDRIVE System. Again, more trickle down technology formerly dedicated to more expensive models. (See the HYPERDRIVE System breakdown below.)

The end result? A smooth delivery at distances that’ll put a smile on your face. “It’s the best reel out there for learning to throw a baitcaster,” Martin submits.

“The new TATULA SV100 is an excellent multipurpose baitcasting reel,” said DAIWA Field Marketing Manager, Chris Martin. “It gives you a higher-end experience along with many of DAIWA’s top features and technologies at an attractive price.”

He goes on to say the new TATULA SV100 is ideal for bank and kayak anglers. “It’s an outstanding reel for operating in less than ideal conditions, like from a kayak or working a shoreline. SV BOOST helps manage the cast when you can’t.”

In summary, the TATULA SV100 is the new standard in reels for getting learner anglers familiarized with a baitcaster, while at the same making experienced baitcaster users that much better.

TATULA SV100 KEY FEATUES AND TECHNOLOGIES:

SV BOOST SYSTEM

Physics, sophisticated low-mass technology, and a specialized SV Spool combine to vastly improve backlash control, maximize casting distance, and advance casting accuracy, resulting in a reel that is easily operated by anglers of all skill levels.

HYPERDRIVE ARMED HOUSING

A distortion-proof aluminum frame steadfastly houses the gear unit within the reel body. The concept comprises a combination of different manufacturing techniques, which considerably improve the functioning and lifespan of the reel.

HYPERDRIVE DIGIGEAR

A technology that makes gear teeth more efficient at transferring power, resulting in a smoother, more powerful gear set that also reduces gear noise. The gears are also strengthened by larger teeth in the traction wheel. And, the gearing has three points of contact – most gearing has only two – which keeps contact between the gear teeth, creating smoothness and longer gear life.

HYPERDRIVE DOUBLE SUPPORT

The pinion gear is mounted via a ball bearing at both sides, leading to a better and more even powered transmission from the handle. As well, the surface of the pinion gear is specially treated to prevent electrostatic corrosion.

HYPERDRIVE TOUGH CLUTCH

The clutch mechanics have been optimized to remain safely in position even on hard casts.

T-WING SYSTEM (TWS)

An innovative “T” shaped mechanical aperture that the line passes through when casting and retrieving baits, which allows the line to flow freely, reducing friction and sharp angles that slow line flow.

ULTIMATE TOURNAMENT DRAG (UTD)

The sophisticated drag system uses carbon washers, alloy, stainless steel drag plates, and special lubricant to provide smooth performance. UTD prevents sticking when dragging starts and stable drag for the duration of fighting a fish.

ZERO ADJUSTER

The spool tension knob comes ideally preset at the factory to match the model and reduce backlash when casting into the wind, skipping baits, or with lighter lures. However, anglers can fine tune the spool tension to their personal preferences.

MSRP $219.99

For Daiwa’s latest color catalog and/or information on Daiwa dealers in your area, call Daiwa’s Customer Service Department at 562-375-6800 or e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]. The URL for Daiwa’s web site is daiwa.us

 


Memorial Scholarship Created to Honor Former Purdue University Angler Travis Ely

SAN ANTONIO, TX (July 15, 2024) – The Association of Collegiate Anglers, in working with the Ely family and Bass Pro Shops/White River Marine Group, announces the Travis Ely Memorial Scholarship.

Travis Ely, a former member of the Purdue University Bass Fishing Team, passed away in a car accident on October 16, 2023 while returning back to school from a bass fishing tournament.

Travis’ legacy has left a lasting impact on the fishing community. The Travis Ely Memorial Scholarship has been created to carry on Travis’ memory and will honor an active college angler for his/her impact both on the water and in the community.

The Travis Ely Memorial Scholarship is an honor that will be awarded at the Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, with applications starting in 2024 and continuing into the future. This scholarship will be awarded to a student angler who exemplifies great success, character, sportsmanship, and work ethic, just like Travis, both on the water and around the community. To find out more information about eligibility criteria, click here.

To apply for the Travis Ely Memorial Scholarship, follow this link to the bold.org website and fully complete the application form.

Thanks to contributions made from the Ely family and Bass Pro Shops/White River Marine Group, the Travis Ely Memorial Scholarship will be a $1,500 scholarship awarded annually to one well-deserving angler.


Oklahoma’s Kyle Cortiana Picks Up First Career MLF Victory at Toyota Series at Lake Champlain Presented by Suzuki Marine

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (July 13, 2024) – Coming in to the second event of the Toyota Series Presented by Phoenix Boats Northern Division event on Lake ChamplainKyle Cortiana had a Major League Fishing résumé that included 12 Top 10s across multiple levels of competition, including a second-place finish in 2018 that came down to a tie-breaker that didn’t go in his favor. Now, after amassing 64 pounds, 1 ounce of Champlain smallmouth over three days, Cortiana is finally a champion.

“To go against the best Northerners up here… this field was stacked with them,” he said. “It means a lot to me to not be at home (in Oklahoma), not have a homefield advantage, and be able to out-fish the most renowned and respected guys on thew water. As an angler, you’re competitive and you want to know you got it, and that’s affirmation. (Bryan LaBelle) and (Brett) Carnright and Drew Gill – one of my good friends – affirmation everywhere I looked.”

It wasn’t just beating the top Northern pros or doing it during a tournament that proved to be an absolute slugfest full of 20-plus-pound bags and days of quite literally catching hundreds of bass. It was also knowing how proud he made his wife and traveling partner at every event, and his dad, whom he nearly lost a few years ago.

“To get it done and see the tears of joy from my wife, just to confirm how much she loves me and is happy for me to be doing what I’m doing, that means the world to me,” he said.

“My dad, I almost lost him a few years ago, right after his heart surgery. He came up here for the Pro Circuit in 2022 and I almost won one for him then. He just wanted me to win one before he dies, and I finally did. That’s how much it means to me.”

Home-pond hero LaBelle – a man known locally as one of the preeminent pros on Lake Champlain and who has a handful of previous wins under his belt on the fishery – led the event on both Days 1 and 2. It was his tournament to lose, but as is often echoed on tournament stages all over the country, when it’s your time, it’s your time. This time was for Cortiana. LaBelle weighed in just 19-13 on Day 3 and finished 1 pound shy of the win.

Ahead of LaBelle was Gill, perhaps the most talented and heralded up-and-comer in bass fishing who’s won on both the Bass Pro Tour and Tackle Warehouse Invitationals circuit already this season. Gill finished 11 ounces behind Cortiana.

This added up to close calls for Cortiana, particularly after losing multiple fish all three days that he says could have put all three bags in the 23-pound range. When it’s your time, it’s your time.

But surviving those close calls came down to making the right calls, too. On Day 1, Cortiana ran north to probe dozens of waypoints he’d accumulated from all his time fishing Champlain in recent years. He had a good day, but it could have been much, much better if not for a fish that broke him off and went airborne by the boat for a little extra salt in the wound.

“It was the biggest smallmouth I’ve seen on this lake, period,” he said. “That one broke my heart.”

Even after weighing in 20 pounds that day, Cortiana decided to switch up his program on Day 2 and make a trip south, taking advantage of his early boat draw to get on a well-known community hole near Malletts Bay. With no one else around at that point, Cortiana set up shop with his Lowrance Active Target 2 and immediately found what he estimated to be “thousands of bass” and a ton of bait among the ripping current created by recent rains.

After catching some on a hair jig and a jerkbait on Day 1, Day 2 was all about the jighead minnow in a couple sizes (1/4 and 3/8 ounces) with a couple different colors of YUM Forward Facing Sonar Minnow. Cortiana wore them out and outlasted all his competition on that community hole to the tune of 22 pounds, 3 ounces.

At that point, it was a no-brainer to use his No. 4 boat draw to get back to that spot on Championship Saturday – at least until he arrived there that morning.

“I got there and there was a huge mudline,” he said of his Day 2 spot that was nearly washed out with mud and debris from the week’s storms. “Being boat No. 4, I had to make a decision whether I wanted to leave because it was muddy or how I wanted to position my boat. I made the right decision.

“I picked the mudline side of it thinking that would create a unique feeding opportunity for the fish and I was right. I don’t know how many hundreds of fish I caught but it was unbelievable. There’s no way I can put them all in my YouTube video because no one will watch a three-hour YouTube video of a guy yanking on smallmouth and getting his drag buzzed.”

The mudline Cortiana chose to exploit was apparent even in photos, and while many anglers may have shied away from a spot like that, it was nothing compared to the other variables he had to combat there throughout the day.

“There were people who jumped off their boat and swam,” he said. “I was throwing by people who were swimming and they (the bass) were eating. I had locals that were hooking my line. I had boats parking where I was casting. It didn’t matter. Those fish were there to eat. They didn’t care.”

Cortiana caught some fish on a Carolina rig and umbrella rig, but it was mostly all about the jighead minnow. On Day 3, though, he needed to optimize his setup to catch his winning 21-pound, 14-ounce bag, which came down to selecting the right bait color thanks to some careful observation.

“I had a couple different colors on deck, but I made that gold bait change after I saw a fish cough up a gold shiner,” he said. “When they would chase bait on the mudline, I would see these golden-color river shiners skip out of the water, so I made this bait change to gold, and they ate the tar out of it.”

He also credits his Lowrance electronics for a day that saw him catch hundreds of bass in one small area. Being able to dial in his settings differently across multiple days for various fishing conditions and a forward-facing sonar pointer of his dad’s design that’s being manufactured by DD26 Fishing for lining up his casts with the transducer on his Lowrance Ghost made a big difference.

“My dad built a pointer for the Lowrance Ghost,” he said. “It helps you know exactly where you’re casting. DD26 Fishing is making them and selling them. That pointer is so awesome if you run a Ghost. It lines that cast up perfectly.”

Though he hails from Oklahoma and nearly won on Fort Gibson in 2018, Cortiana has an affinity for Champlain. It’s a lake he loves and a lake at which he’s done well in the past. It’s now also the site of his first MLF victory.

“I love this place so much,” he said. “It’s not hard going to work daylight to dark when you get to play on this place. It’s hard to get on a school of fish and leave because you know how many you can catch when you find them. It’s just such a great place.”

The top 10 pros on Lake Champlain finished:

1st:        Kyle Cortiana, Broken Arrow, Okla., 15 bass, 64-1, $40,000
2nd:       Drew Gill, Mount Carmel, Ill., 15 bass, 63-6, $15,500
3rd:       Bryan LaBelle, Hinesburg, Vt., 15 bass, 63-1, $13,125 (includes $1,000 Phoenix Bonus)
4th:        Kurt Mitchell, Milford, Del., 15 bass, 61-13, $10,000
5th:        Casey Smith, Victor, N.Y., 15 bass, 61-3, $9,000
6th:        Jeremy Gordon, Rutledge, Tenn., 15 bass, 61-1, $8,000
7th:        Thomas Lavictoire, Jr., West Rutland, Vt., 15 bass, 61-0, $7,000
8th:        Brett Carnright, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 15 bass, 60-9, $6,000
9th:        Ryan Latinville, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 15 bass, 60-6, $5,000
10th:     Logan Dyar, Cleveland, Ala., 15 bass, 60-4, $4,000

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Pro Stephen Draghi of Sparrow Bush, New York, earned Thursday’s $500 Berkley Big Bass Award with a bass weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Pro Mark Schlarb of Dave Miller of Atwater, Ohio, earned the $500 Berkley Big Bass Award on Friday with a bass weighing in at 6 pounds even.

Cody Abbott of Woodruff, South Carolina, won the Strike King Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 57 pounds, 8 ounces. Abbott earned the top co-angler prize package worth $33,500, including a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard motor.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers on Lake Champlain finished:

1st:        Cody Abbott, Woodruff, S.C., 15 bass, 57-8, Phoenix 518 Pro boat w/115-hp Mercury outboard
2nd:       Adam Montani, Douglas, Mass., 15 bass, 51-8, $5,000
3rd:       Jeff Turner, Morris, Ill., 15 bass, 51-5, $4,150
4th:        Rein Golub, Pittsford, N.Y., 15 bass, 50-15, $3,500
5th:        Mike Mueller, Mechanicsburg, Pa., 15 bass, 50-8, $3,000
6th:        Rick Carpenter, Fayetteville, Ark., 14 bass, 50-7, $2,650
7th:        Phillip Wade, New Haven, Vt., 15 bass, 49-12, $2,000
8th:        Tim McGlenn, Welcome, Md., 15 bass, 47-15, $1,750
9th:        Kevin Hesson, Seneca, Pa., 15 bass, 47-8, $1,500
10th:     Dave Camp, Sterling, Ohio, 15 bass, 47-7, $1,250

Strike King Co-angler Rick Carpenter of Fayetteville, Arkansas, earned Thursday’s $150 Berkley Big Bass co-angler award with a 5-pound, 11-ounce bass, while Friday’s Day 2 $150 co-angler award went to Jeff Turner of Morris, Illinois, who weighed in a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass.

The Toyota Series Presented by Phoenix Boats at Lake Champlain Presented by Suzuki was hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau. It was the second of three regular-season tournaments for the Toyota Series Northern Division. The third and final regular-season event for Northern Division anglers will be the Toyota Series at the St. Lawrence River Presented by FX Custom Rods , Aug. 20-22 in Massena, New York. For a complete schedule of events, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The 2024 Toyota Series Presented by Phoenix Boats consists of six divisions – Central, Northern, Plains, Southern, Southwestern and the Western Division Presented by Tackle Warehouse – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International and Wild Card divisions. Anglers who fish in any of the six divisions or the Wild Card division and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Championship on Wheeler Lake for a shot at winning up to $235,000 and a qualification to REDCREST 2025. The winning Strike King co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard. The 2024 Toyota Series Championship on Wheeler Lake is hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Madison County Commission, and the Huntsville Sports Commission.

Proud sponsors of the 2024 MLF Toyota Series include: 7Brew, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, BUBBA, E3, Epic Baits, Fishing Clash, FX Custom Rods, General Tire, Lew’s, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, PowerStop Brakes, REDCON1, Strike King, Suzuki, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, WIX Filters, YETI.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Toyota Series updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the MLF5 social media outlets at FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 17 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.


Slow, steady approach lifts Przekurat to victory at St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Lake St. Clair

July 13, 2024

Opens_StCroix_Sevin_4C-RASTER.pngHARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — There’s nothing Jay Przekurat loves doing more than catching big smallmouth bass, and this week at Lake St. Clair the 25-year-old utilized a methodical approach to catch some of the most meaningful brown fish of his career.

With a three-day total of 75 pounds, 5 ounces, Przekurat claimed the title at the St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Lake St. Clair presented by SEVIIN, his first Opens victory as a boater. His quickly growing resume includes two Opens victories as a co-angler, an Elite Series title at the St. Lawrence River in 2022 and 2022 Elite Series Rookie of the Year honors.

Opening the tournament in fourth place with 24-3, the Plover, Wis., pro jumped to second on Day 2 with 25-1 before landing 26-1 in the final round. All three limits were personal bests on the famed fishery.

“I had to stay on a 25-pound average on St. Clair. That is almost unheard of in the month of July right after the spawn,” Przekurat said. “A lot of hard work and preparation came together. All of the lost fish I was thinking about, I don’t have to think about anymore.

“I was doing my favorite thing, catching giant smallmouth.”

Given he fishes the final two Division III events at Leech Lake and the Upper Mississippi River, another body of water he is very familiar with, Przekurat will earn an automatic bid to the 2025 Bassmaster Classic.

Currently in seventh place in Progressive Angler of the Year standings, Przekurat will have the freedom to take some risks at the final two Elite Series events in search of his first AOY title.

“Now I feel like I can shoot for it in the Elite Series,” he said. “It relieves some stress.”

Michigan’s Aaron Jagdfeld moved into second with a total of 71-12 followed by Canadian Jamie Bruce in third with 71-10. Trevor McKinney, who led Days 1 and 2, fell to fourth with 71-8. With calm, sunny conditions prevailing, the entire Top 10 caught bags weighing more than 21 pounds on the final day of competition, an exclamation point on a phenomenal week of fishing that saw 412 limits achieved across three days.

Throughout the tournament, the former Elite Series Rookie of the Year focused on several specific quarter-mile stretches of Anchor Bay. Those stretches featured a hard sand bottom with sparse grass. His best areas needed to have both of those ingredients, but the majority of his smallies were caught off a clean bottom.

He also recognized that if he found a group of three smallmouth together, they would almost always be better-than-average-sized bass and he could get one of them to bite easier than the single bass he saw. Garmin LiveScope was essential in finding these groups of bass.

“If I could find one in a group of three, it would usually be a bigger one,” Przekurat explained. “I did catch some big ones that were by themselves too, but I could almost call my shots if it was a group of three. They’d all chase it, and they’d all look big.”

While other anglers raced around on their trolling motor looking for smallmouth across the bay, Przekurat instead slowed down in his best stretches and refished them multiple times a day.

“A lot of guys were saying, ‘Oh, you can put the trolling motor down and go wherever you want,’ but it wasn’t really like that,” he explained. “You were going to catch fish, don’t get me wrong, but you weren’t going to catch better-than-average-sized fish consistently. I had three sections and ran them the entire day. I would sit in one spot for a couple hours and then another one a couple hours.”

During practice and the first day of the tournament, an Arkansas shiner-colored Strike King Baby Z Too rigged on a drop shot with a ⅜-ounce Woo Tungsten weight was Przekurat’s bait of choice. Because of how many short strikes he received, he threaded the bait onto his hook.

As the tournament progressed, he began rigging the Baby Z Too on a ¼-ounce jighead and feathered the bait over the smallmouth. The slower he could let the bait move to the bass and keep it over their heads, the better, Przekurat said. Some of the bass Przekurat saw would follow the bait for 30 seconds.

“When I made the key adjustment to put it on a jighead instead of a drop shot is when the lightbulb clicked on,” Przekurat said. “I could go through the same areas and get the fish to move. The key was to go as slow as you could go and getting the fish’s attention. Maybe pick up the pace if it picks up the pace. I was matching the pace of the fish.

“Most of the time, it was slow and steady, keep the bait coming and I would feel a tick. That’s when it would either engulf it or eat about a quarter of the Baby Z Too.”

After losing more than 20 pounds worth of bass on the second day, Przekurat landed four bass on the final day that weighed more than 5 pounds. His biggest came late in the day as the pleasure boat traffic began to pick up. Being able to forget about the bass he didn’t land and moving onto the next bite was critical.

“So many people lost fish this week,” he said. “I don’t know what the deal was, but just staying in the game was important. One minute you would lose a 5 (pounder), but you know there are 4,000 of them swimming out here ready to be caught.”

In his first Open, Jagdfeld landed bags of 24-4, 25-0 and 22-8 to finish in the runner-up position. The recent Adrian College graduate calls St. Clair home and will be competing in the College Classic Bracket later this year with teammate Elliot Wielgopolski after winning the Legends Trail of the Strike King Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops.

“It’s been an incredible experience. A lot of these guys I was watching on Bassmaster LIVE two weeks ago wanting to be in their position,” he said. “Being able to fish against them in the Opens is really cool.”

Every morning of the tournament, Jagdfeld made the run to Canadian waters and targeted a school of smallmouth in 19 to 24 feet of water. While there was cabbage grass around, the majority of bass were sucked to the hard sand.

When the smallmouth were more active, Jagdfeld shook a CrushCity Freeloader rigged on a ⅜-ounce VMC Hybrid head over the smallmouth. A Berkley MaxScent Flat Worm and a Strike King Z Too rigged on a ⅜-ounce drop shot were also key baits.

On Championship morning, Jagdfeld arrived at his starting area and found the school had vacated the area, forcing him to move back to the U.S. side of the lake and fish some backup areas.

“Today, they were all gone. I caught one 4½-pounder and a couple 3-pounders, and they were done,” he said. “I had to scrap it and basically went fun fishing. I ended up putting my head down and grinding all day.”

With bags of 20-13, 26-14 and 23-15, Bruce locked in his third Top 5 finish in his short Opens career. The smallmouth guru had never been to St. Clair prior to this week but was able to use his forward-facing sonar to find quality smallmouth in a similar way he fishes for walleye in Ontario.

“The goal was to win it, but after the first day I really can’t turn my nose up at a comeback from 44th to 3rd,” Bruce said. “It was fun fishing. No grinding at all. This is my third smallmouth Open, and I have three (3rd-place finishes) now.”

Bruce turned his trolling motor on high and cruised around Anchor Bay looking for quality smallmouth bass. He caught fish out of a variety of different covers, from hard sand to thick grass.

A CrushCity The Mooch Minnow as well as a CrushCity The Jerk rigged on a ¼-ounce BT Smeltinator Custom Redline jig head caught several of his better bass as well as a CrushCity Freeloader on a prototype BT Rocker Jig.

Arkansas pro Greg Bohannan caught the Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the Tournament on Day 2, a 6-2 smallmouth that earned him the $750 bonus. Japanese pro Taku Ito claimed $500 total in Garmin rewards for his sixth-place finish.

With six events complete, Easton Fothergill of Grand Rapids, Minn., leads the Tackle Warehouse Elite Qualifier points race currently with 1,033 points. Dakota Ebare of Brookeland, Texas, is second with 1,032 and Idaho’s Cody Meyer is third with 1,002 points. Alabama’s Tucker Smith is fourth with 994 points, Texas pro Jack York is fifth with 992 points and Canadian Evan Kung is sixth with 989 points. Andrew Loberg is seventh with 983 points; Bobby Bakewell is eighth with 960 points; Matt Adams is ninth with 948 points; Emil Wagner  is 10th with 947 points.

The Detroit Sports Commission hosted the tournament.

2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Title Sponsor: St. Croix

2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Presenting Sponsor: SEVIIN

2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota
2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Premier Sponsors: Bass Pro ShopsDakota Lithium, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Progressive Insurance, Ranger Boats, Rapala, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha
2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Supporting Sponsors: AFTCO, Daiwa, Garmin, Lew's, Lowrance, Marathon, Triton Boats, VMC

 

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2024 St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Lake St. Clair presented by SEVIIN 7/11-7/13
Lake St. Clair, Harrison Township  MI.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Jay Przekurat          Plover, WI              15  75-05  200  $49,192.00
Day 1: 5   24-03     Day 2: 5   25-01     Day 3: 5   26-01
2.  Aaron Jagdfeld         Rochester Hills, MI     15  71-12  199  $19,677.00
Day 1: 5   24-04     Day 2: 5   25-00     Day 3: 5   22-08
3.  Jamie Bruce            Kenora Ontario CANADA   15  71-10  198  $14,758.00
Day 1: 5   20-13     Day 2: 5   26-14     Day 3: 5   23-15
4.  Trevor McKinney        Noble, IL               15  71-08  197  $13,774.00
Day 1: 5   27-12     Day 2: 5   22-03     Day 3: 5   21-09
5.  Trey Schroeder         Theodosia, MO           15  71-00  196  $12,790.00
Day 1: 5   23-02     Day 2: 5   23-09     Day 3: 5   24-05
6.  Taku Ito               Dalton GA JAPAN         15  70-04  195  $12,306.00
Day 1: 5   23-02     Day 2: 5   24-03     Day 3: 5   22-15
7.  Blake Smith            Lakeland, FL            15  70-02  194  $10,822.00
Day 1: 5   22-00     Day 2: 5   24-08     Day 3: 5   23-10
8.  Jack York              Emory, TX               15  67-15  193   $9,838.00
Day 1: 5   24-12     Day 2: 5   21-14     Day 3: 5   21-05
9.  Kenta Kimura           Osaka OK JAPAN          15  67-07  192   $9,838.00
Day 1: 5   23-06     Day 2: 5   22-15     Day 3: 5   21-02
10. Brett Cannon           Kiln, MS                15  66-15  191   $9,838.00
Day 1: 5   23-11     Day 2: 5   22-04     Day 3: 5   21-00
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BIG BASS OF TOURNAMENT
Greg Bohannan            Bentonville, AR     06-02        $750.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       202      1060      3814-14
2       200      1036      3748-03
3        10        50       228-06
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412      2146      7791-07


McKinney overcomes missed opportunities to maintain lead at Bassmaster Open at Lake St. Clair

July 12, 2024

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — It was a day that Trevor McKinney will look back on and wonder, ‘What could have been?’ But despite several hiccups, the Tackle Warehouse Elite Qualifier pro managed to land 22 pounds, 3 ounces on Day 2 of the St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Lake St. Clair presented by SEVIIN to retain his lead with a two-day total of 49-15.

The Noble, Ill., native took the Day 1 lead with the tournament’s biggest bag, a 27-12 limit of smallmouth that gave him a 3-pound advantage over the field. That lead has now shrunk to 11 ounces over Jay Przekurat and Aaron Jagdfeld, who both have a two-day total of 49-4.

“It was one of those days that was a ‘What could it have been?’ day,” he explained. “I lost three 5-pounders. Yesterday was magical. Every fish just got in the boat. Today, it was like I couldn’t keep them on. I should have a sizable lead going into tomorrow, but I’m just going to have to go out and catch a big bag.”

Although a small band of rain passed over the lake mid-morning, it was an otherwise beautiful and calm day on Lake St. Clair, and the Opens anglers took advantage by landing 200 limits and more than 3,700 pounds of bass.

In his two days of fishing, the 2020 College Classic Bracket champion has focused much of his attention on one big area of Lake St. Clair that features a hard sandy bottom and patches of cabbage grass in 10 to 12 feet of water.

A 2.5 Crush City Mayor in the gizzard shad color, a new bait which will be released at ICAST, is the only bait McKinney has used all week. He rigs it on a ¼-ounce VMC tungsten jighead, also an ICAST release. With little supply, McKinney has been trying to save as many baits as he can, even needing to glue some together today.

“It is honestly the best smallmouth bait I’ve ever thrown in my life,” McKinney said. “Usually, I am a last-minute guy, but I rigged up all of my rods early and this was a bait I looked at and thought, ‘This is a perfect profile for smallmouth.’ It was the first bait I picked up when I got here and the only bait I’ve thrown all week.”

McKinney found the smallmouth hunkered down on clean bottom both days of the tournament, but on Friday he caught several more bass out of the cabbage grass. He also noticed the bass were not acting as aggressively as they had on Day 1.

“The fish just didn’t react to my bait like they did yesterday,” he said. “When I threw my bait in the water yesterday, every bass that saw it, ate it. Today, I had to really work for the bites I got. I had a lot of really big fish look at my bait and didn’t get it. They just put their nose on it and swam back down. A lot of that is because of the pressure on the lake in general.”

McKinney returned to his Day 1 sweet spot, forcing him to expand and explore some of the different areas he found in practice. There were several more boats fishing around him on Friday as well.

Along with the increase in fishing pressure, McKinney felt the calm conditions also hurt his bite.

“I had to really expand on my pattern today and run different stuff because of the boat traffic,” McKinney said. “Honestly, I caught most of the fish that lived in the areas I fished.

“In fishing in general, you need a little wind,” he said. “It makes it a lot tougher when it is calm, especially when the water is clear like it is here. The bass can see your boat a lot more and your bait a lot better.”

While McKinney has burned many of his spots, he has plenty more waypoints to check on Championship Saturday, giving him confidence that he could repeat his Day 1 success one more time.

“I have at least 50 waypoints I haven’t hit. I’m not really saving them; I just haven’t made it to them,” he said. “In an eight-hour day you can only fish so much, and I have some stuff for tomorrow I can expand on, too.”

With bags of 24-3 and 25-1, Przekurat continued his impressive track record at St. Clair and is in the hunt for his first trophy as a boater in the Bassmaster Opens. In his two previous trips to the fishery, he and his father finished fifth in a Bass Pro Shops qualifier followed by an 11th place during last year's Elite event.

The day did not start well for the Elite Series champion from Plover, Wis., however. Przekurat estimated that he lost 23 pounds of smallmouth in the opening hours of Day 2 before righting the ship around midday.

“I lost 23 pounds at the boat. I set the hook, and they came off. My hook broke on one of them. It was a (mess) of a morning. I did get one good one out of the whole catastrophe, and at 11 o’clock I pretty much caught my whole bag in less than 45 minutes. It was a quick flurry, and they were all big ones.”

In one of the more popular areas of the lake, Przekurat has focused on clean spots near patches of grass in 10 to 13 feet of water. He has only found groups of smallmouth in small sections of his primary area. A drop shot accounted for much of Przekurat’s early success, but as the week has gone on a Strike King Baby Z Too rigged on a jighead has generated more bites.

“You seem to go through the same areas multiple times, and every time you go through you see two or three more,’ he explained. “But then if you get outside of that area, you have a hard time seeing them.”

Jagdfeld, an Adrian College graduate, added 25-0 on Day 2 to his 24-4 performance on Day 1 to remain in third place in his first Bassmaster Open. He anchored his bag with a 5-13 smallmouth.

“I love this lake. I saw the Open was coming here and wanted to jump in and see where I was at skills wise. Practice was pretty incredible, so I knew I had a shot if everything went right to be in the Top 10.”

Jagdfeld is focusing on a group of smallies on the Canadian side of the lake in 19 to 24 feet of water. Two baits, a Damiki-style bait and a drop shot, have produced all of his bites. Similarly to Day 1, Jagdfeld arrived at his starting area and found the smallies grouped up and aggressive.

Along with the 5-13, which was his second bass of the day, Jagdfeld caught 22 pounds in the first hour of the day.

“It was every cast for the first hour and a half. They are pretty much wadded up on the bottom,” he said. “After that, they separate into singles and pairs, and I can’t catch anything over 3 pounds. I pulled up to a spot at the end of the day and culled out a 4-pounder with a 5-pounder.”

Bentonville, Ark., pro Greg Bohannan landed the Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the Day, a 6-2 smallmouth.

Arron Kowalczyk of Newport, Mich., claimed the co-angler title with a two-day total of 22-14, earning $19,721 in the process. He landed in 32nd on Day 1 with a limit measuring 10-6 before vaulting up the leaderboard with a 12-8 Day 2 bag. He caught all of his bass using either a Berkley MaxScent Flatworm or a Z-Man Scented Jerk ShadZ.

“I’ve been waiting 10 years to fish this tournament,” he said. “I was waiting for the Northern Open to come back to Lake St. Clair and it finally happened. It is the first one I ever fished, and it is unbelievable.”

Eric Polenz of Trenton, Mich., finished second with 22-12 and Joe Digiovanni of Sterling Heights, Mich., finished third with 22-12. Ronald Young of New Braunfels, Texas, caught the Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the Tournament, a 5-9 he caught on Day 2.

Easton Fothergill of Grand Rapids, Minn., leads the Tackle Warehouse Elite Qualifier points race currently with 1,033 points. Dakota Ebare of Brookeland, Texas, is second with 1,032 and Idaho’s Cody Meyer is third with 1,002 points. Alabama’s Tucker Smith is fourth with 994 points, Texas pro Jack York is fifth with 993 points and Canadian Evan Kung is sixth with 989 points. Andrew Loberg (983), Bobby Bakewell (960), Matt Adams (948) and Emil Wagner (947) round out the Top 10.

The Top 10 pros will launch from Harley Ensign boat ramp beginning at 6 a.m. ET and return for weigh-in at 2 p.m. The winner will earn a spot in the 2025 Bassmaster Classic given they are signed up for the remaining events in Division III.

Bassmaster LIVE coverage will begin on FS1 starting at 8 a.m. ET until 1 p.m. before moving to Bassmaster.com for the final hour of competition.

The Detroit Sports Commission is hosting the tournament.

2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Title Sponsor: St. Croix

2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Presenting Sponsor: SEVIIN

2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota
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2024 St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Lake St. Clair presented by SEVIIN 7/11-7/13
Lake St. Clair, Harrison Township  MI.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Trevor McKinney        Noble, IL               10  49-15  200
Day 1: 5   27-12     Day 2: 5   22-03
2.  Jay Przekurat          Plover, WI              10  49-04  199
Day 1: 5   24-03     Day 2: 5   25-01
3.  Aaron Jagdfeld         Rochester Hills, MI     10  49-04  198
Day 1: 5   24-04     Day 2: 5   25-00
4.  Jamie Bruce            Kenora Ontario CANADA   10  47-11  197
Day 1: 5   20-13     Day 2: 5   26-14
5.  Taku Ito               Dalton GA JAPAN         10  47-05  196
Day 1: 5   23-02     Day 2: 5   24-03
6.  Trey Schroeder         Theodosia, MO           10  46-11  195
Day 1: 5   23-02     Day 2: 5   23-09
7.  Jack York              Emory, TX               10  46-10  194
Day 1: 5   24-12     Day 2: 5   21-14
8.  Blake Smith            Lakeland, FL            10  46-08  193
Day 1: 5   22-00     Day 2: 5   24-08
9.  Kenta Kimura           Osaka OK JAPAN          10  46-05  192
Day 1: 5   23-06     Day 2: 5   22-15
10. Brett Cannon           Kiln, MS                10  45-15  191
Day 1: 5   23-11     Day 2: 5   22-04
11. Paul Marks             Cumming, GA             10  45-14  190   $8,855.00
Day 1: 5   22-08     Day 2: 5   23-06
12. Jacob Thompkins        Myrtle Beach, SC        10  45-10  189   $6,887.00
Day 1: 5   22-00     Day 2: 5   23-10
13. Masayuki Matsushita    Porter TX JAPAN         10  45-07  188   $5,903.00
Day 1: 5   21-02     Day 2: 5   24-05
14. Joseph Titus           Bemidji, MN             10  45-05  187   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   21-13     Day 2: 5   23-08
15. Tucker Smith           Birmingham, AL          10  45-03  186   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   22-01     Day 2: 5   23-02
16. Billy Gilbert          Hamburg, NY             10  44-13  185   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   22-06     Day 2: 5   22-07
17. Austin Felix           Eden Prairie, MN        10  44-12  184   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   21-14     Day 2: 5   22-14
18. Emil Wagner            Marietta, GA            10  44-10  183   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   22-03     Day 2: 5   22-07
19. Sam Hanggi             Knoxville, TN           10  44-07  182   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   21-06     Day 2: 5   23-01
20. Cole Zagrzebski        Stevens Point, WI       10  44-05  181   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   20-10     Day 2: 5   23-11
21. Seth Feider            New Market, MN          10  44-04  180   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   23-00     Day 2: 5   21-04
22. Nick Trim              Galesville, WI          10  44-00  179   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   20-01     Day 2: 5   23-15
23. Chris Hellebuyck       White Lake, MI          10  43-14  178   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   22-12     Day 2: 5   21-02
24. Garrett Paquette       Canton, MI              10  43-12  177   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   22-13     Day 2: 5   20-15
25. Joey Nania             Cropwell, AL            10  43-11  176   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   22-02     Day 2: 5   21-09
26. Andrew Loberg          Grant, AL               10  43-10  175   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   20-14     Day 2: 5   22-12
27. Tadd Johnson           Lakeville, MN           10  43-07  174   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   19-10     Day 2: 5   23-13
28. Lucas Murphy           West Columbia, MI       10  43-02  173   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   22-14     Day 2: 5   20-04
29. Yui Aoki               Minamitsurugun JAPAN    10  43-02  172   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   22-07     Day 2: 5   20-11
30. Alex Redwine           Blue Ash, OH            10  43-00  171   $4,919.00
Day 1: 5   20-15     Day 2: 5   22-01
31. Bobby Bakewell         Orlando, FL             10  42-13  170   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   21-13     Day 2: 5   21-00
32. Elijah Benson          Dahlonega, GA           10  42-12  169   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   20-11     Day 2: 5   22-01
33. Austin Anderson        Ashley, IN              10  42-09  168   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   19-12     Day 2: 5   22-13
34. Lance Keene            Manistee, MI            10  42-09  167   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   20-00     Day 2: 5   22-09
35. Justin Eger            Monticello, IN          10  42-09  166   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   21-00     Day 2: 5   21-09
36. Brad Leuthner          Victoria, MN            10  42-04  165   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   21-14     Day 2: 5   20-06
37. Tai Au                 Glendale, AZ            10  42-03  164   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   22-10     Day 2: 5   19-09
38. Dakota Ebare           Brookeland, TX          10  42-03  163   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   22-04     Day 2: 5   19-15
39. Andrew Hargrove        Moody, TX               10  42-00  162   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   19-14     Day 2: 5   22-02
40. Jacob Bigelow          Cecil, WI               10  41-15  161   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   21-01     Day 2: 5   20-14
41. Kollin Crawford        Broken Bow, OK          10  41-14  160   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   21-06     Day 2: 5   20-08
42. Connor Jacob           Auburn, AL              10  41-12  159   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   21-13     Day 2: 5   19-15
43. Bart Stanisz           Austin, TX              10  41-11  158   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   20-04     Day 2: 5   21-07
44. Tristan McCormick      Burns, TN               10  41-11  157   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   20-14     Day 2: 5   20-13
45. Andrew Harp            Linden, TX              10  41-06  156   $3,935.00
Day 1: 5   19-09     Day 2: 5   21-13
46. Easton Fothergill      Grand Rapids , MN       10  41-06  155
Day 1: 5   19-11     Day 2: 5   21-11
47. Tyler Lubbat           Wheeling, IL            10  41-05  154
Day 1: 5   23-06     Day 2: 5   17-15
48. Beau Browning          Hot Springs National Pa 10  41-03  153
Day 1: 5   18-10     Day 2: 5   22-09
49. Dustin Bliss           Brooklyn Park, MN       10  41-02  152
Day 1: 5   19-15     Day 2: 5   21-03
50. Brock Belik            Orchard, NE             10  41-01  151
Day 1: 5   20-08     Day 2: 5   20-09
51. Trey Swindle           Cleveland, AL           10  40-09  150
Day 1: 5   18-15     Day 2: 5   21-10
52. Cody Meyer             Eagle, ID               10  40-09  149
Day 1: 5   21-02     Day 2: 5   19-07
53. Reece Keeney           Winneconne, WI          10  40-08  148
Day 1: 5   20-05     Day 2: 5   20-03
54. Kyoya Fujita           Yamanashi CA JAPAN      10  40-05  147
Day 1: 5   17-09     Day 2: 5   22-12
55. Keith Tuma             Brainerd, MN            10  40-05  146
Day 1: 5   20-10     Day 2: 5   19-11
56. Adam Rasmussen         Sturgeon Bay, WI        10  40-03  145
Day 1: 5   20-01     Day 2: 5   20-02
57. Manny Sciberras        Liberty Twp, OH         10  40-02  144
Day 1: 5   19-00     Day 2: 5   21-02
58. Chris Beaudrie         Princeton, KY           10  40-02  143
Day 1: 5   19-12     Day 2: 5   20-06
59. Christian Ostrander    Turlock, CA             10  40-01  142
Day 1: 5   17-06     Day 2: 5   22-11
60. Laker Howell           Guntersville, AL        10  40-01  141
Day 1: 5   20-12     Day 2: 5   19-05
61. Brayden Rakes          Winston Salem, NC       10  39-15  140
Day 1: 5   19-07     Day 2: 5   20-08
62. Mike McClelland        Blue Eye, MO            10  39-11  139
Day 1: 5   21-11     Day 2: 5   18-00
63. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             10  39-09  138
Day 1: 5   17-10     Day 2: 5   21-15
64. Austin Cranford        Norman, OK              10  39-09  137
Day 1: 5   19-12     Day 2: 5   19-13
65. Evan Kung              Pickering Ontario CANAD 10  39-07  136
Day 1: 5   18-09     Day 2: 5   20-14
66. Jimmy Washam           Stantonville, TN        10  39-07  135
Day 1: 5   20-07     Day 2: 5   19-00
67. Cole Drummond          Effingham, SC           10  39-04  134
Day 1: 5   18-10     Day 2: 5   20-10
68. Cody Steckel           Las Vegas, NV           10  39-00  133
Day 1: 5   20-12     Day 2: 5   18-04
69. Tommy Parker           Delano, MN              10  38-15  132
Day 1: 5   18-12     Day 2: 5   20-03
70. Bo Thomas              Edwardsburg, MI         10  38-15  131
Day 1: 5   20-02     Day 2: 5   18-13
71. Zach Goutremout        Chaumont, NY            10  38-14  130
Day 1: 5   20-05     Day 2: 5   18-09
72. Ish Monroe             Oakdale, CA             10  38-13  129
Day 1: 5   23-14     Day 2: 5   14-15
73. Darold Gleason         Many, LA                10  38-13  128
Day 1: 5   20-12     Day 2: 5   18-01
74. Kyle Austin            Ridgeville, SC          10  38-09  127
Day 1: 5   18-03     Day 2: 5   20-06
75. Kenny Mittelstaedt     Minnetonka, MN          10  38-07  126
Day 1: 5   20-15     Day 2: 5   17-08
76. Andrew Upshaw          Hemphill, TX            10  38-07  125
Day 1: 5   18-00     Day 2: 5   20-07
77. Dalton Smith           Taylorsville, KY        10  38-05  124
Day 1: 5   18-13     Day 2: 5   19-08
78. Chris Blanchette       Edisto Island, SC       10  38-04  123
Day 1: 5   16-08     Day 2: 5   21-12
79. Jack Tindel III        Orange, TX              10  38-01  122
Day 1: 5   17-15     Day 2: 5   20-02
80. Cliff Pace             Ovett, MS               10  38-00  121
Day 1: 5   17-02     Day 2: 5   20-14
81. Greg Bohannan          Bentonville, AR         10  37-12  120
Day 1: 5   15-01     Day 2: 5   22-11
82. Matt Pangrac           Shawnee, OK             10  37-09  119
Day 1: 5   18-06     Day 2: 5   19-03
83. Lafe Messer            Warfield, KY            10  37-09  118
Day 1: 5   18-09     Day 2: 5   19-00
84. Brady Vernon           Sterrett, AL            10  37-08  117
Day 1: 5   17-06     Day 2: 5   20-02
85. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             10  37-08  116
Day 1: 5   19-15     Day 2: 5   17-09
86. Cade Laufenberg        Onalaska, WI            10  37-08  115
Day 1: 5   19-06     Day 2: 5   18-02
87. Matt Messer            Warfield, KY            10  37-07  114
Day 1: 5   20-11     Day 2: 5   16-12
88. Jeffrey Copley         Marengo, OH             10  37-07  113
Day 1: 5   18-07     Day 2: 5   19-00
89. Chad Pipkens           Dewitt, MI              10  37-06  112
Day 1: 5   19-09     Day 2: 5   17-13
90. Freddy  Palmer         Estill Springs, TN      10  37-05  111
Day 1: 5   17-13     Day 2: 5   19-08
91. Tim Frederick          Leesburg, FL            10  37-02  110
Day 1: 5   17-02     Day 2: 5   20-00
92. Ty Faber               Pagosa Springs, CO      10  37-02  109
Day 1: 5   19-12     Day 2: 5   17-06
93. Jason Elliott          Warsaw, IN              10  37-01  108
Day 1: 5   19-09     Day 2: 5   17-08
94. Brandon McMillan       Clewiston, FL           10  37-00  107
Day 1: 5   18-01     Day 2: 5   18-15
95. Billy McDonald         Greenwood, IN           10  36-15  106
Day 1: 5   18-00     Day 2: 5   18-15
96. Bailey Bleser          Burlington, WI          10  36-14  105
Day 1: 5   19-07     Day 2: 5   17-07
97. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        10  36-13  104
Day 1: 5   18-02     Day 2: 5   18-11
98. Cody Salzmann          Southgate, MI           10  36-12  103
Day 1: 5   18-01     Day 2: 5   18-11
99. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          10  36-11  102
Day 1: 5   20-02     Day 2: 5   16-09
100. John Voyles            Petersburg, IN          10  36-11  101
Day 1: 5   17-03     Day 2: 5   19-08
101. Nathan Thompson        Eagan, MN               10  36-11  100
Day 1: 5   19-03     Day 2: 5   17-08
102. Daisuke Kita           Ostu Shiga JAPAN        10  36-11   99
Day 1: 5   18-07     Day 2: 5   18-04
103. Matt Adams             Oxford, AL              10  36-08   98
Day 1: 5   19-08     Day 2: 5   17-00
104. Jeremy Radford         Huntly, VA              10  36-07   97
Day 1: 5   18-00     Day 2: 5   18-07
105. Zack Williams          Shell Knob, MO          10  36-07   96
Day 1: 5   18-00     Day 2: 5   18-07
106. Cody Donato            Burlington, MI          10  36-06   95
Day 1: 5   17-03     Day 2: 5   19-03
107. Jackson Swisher        Lake City, FL           10  36-06   94
Day 1: 5   19-01     Day 2: 5   17-05
108. Brian Post             Janesville, WI          10  36-05   93
Day 1: 5   16-09     Day 2: 5   19-12
109. Jack Dice              Lynchburg, VA           10  36-04   92
Day 1: 5   17-06     Day 2: 5   18-14
110. Casey Scanlon          Eldon, MO               10  36-04   91
Day 1: 5   18-03     Day 2: 5   18-01
111. Garrett Warren         Scottsboro, AL           9  36-02   90
Day 1: 5   21-08     Day 2: 4   14-10
112. Jason Lambert          Savannah, TN            10  36-02   89
Day 1: 5   15-14     Day 2: 5   20-04
113. James Watson           Lampe, MO               10  36-02   88
Day 1: 5   17-11     Day 2: 5   18-07
114. Joe Wieberg            Freeburg, MO            10  36-01   87
Day 1: 5   20-12     Day 2: 5   15-05
115. Randy Huffman          Charleston, WV          10  36-00   86
Day 1: 5   16-12     Day 2: 5   19-04
116. Danny McGarry          Newcastle CANADA        10  36-00   85
Day 1: 5   19-03     Day 2: 5   16-13
117. Lance Crawford         Broken Bow, OK          10  36-00   84
Day 1: 5   17-07     Day 2: 5   18-09
118. Sam George             Athens, AL              10  35-14   83
Day 1: 5   17-07     Day 2: 5   18-07
119. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                 10  35-13   82
Day 1: 5   19-08     Day 2: 5   16-05
120. Tommy Dunaway          Havana, FL              10  35-10   81
Day 1: 5   17-15     Day 2: 5   17-11
121. Kyle Palmer            Winchester, TN          10  35-02   80
Day 1: 5   18-08     Day 2: 5   16-10
122. Alex Heintze           Denham Springs, LA      10  35-01   79
Day 1: 5   18-08     Day 2: 5   16-09
123. Chase Clarke           Virginia Beach, VA      10  35-00   78
Day 1: 5   17-07     Day 2: 5   17-09
124. Adam Bartusek          Clearwater, MN          10  34-14   77
Day 1: 5   20-06     Day 2: 5   14-08
125. Derrick Sadlowski      Monaca, PA              10  34-14   76
Day 1: 5   15-07     Day 2: 5   19-07
126. Andrew Julson          Stoughton, WI           10  34-14   75
Day 1: 5   18-00     Day 2: 5   16-14
127. Rich Lindgren          Lakeville, MN           10  34-13   74
Day 1: 5   21-06     Day 2: 5   13-07
128. Scout Echols           Monticello, AR          10  34-11   73
Day 1: 5   17-06     Day 2: 5   17-05
129. Jason Borofka          Lavon, TX               10  34-10   72
Day 1: 5   15-15     Day 2: 5   18-11
130. Logan Johnson          Jasper, AL              10  34-09   71
Day 1: 5   16-13     Day 2: 5   17-12
131. Adam Debono            Washington, MI          10  34-07   70
Day 1: 5   19-07     Day 2: 5   15-00
132. Josh Douglas           Isle, MN                10  34-07   69
Day 1: 5   16-07     Day 2: 5   18-00
133. Alexander Welter       Onalaska, WI            10  34-04   68
Day 1: 5   18-14     Day 2: 5   15-06
134. Andy Newcomb           Camdenton, MO           10  34-04   67
Day 1: 5   17-05     Day 2: 5   16-15
135. Jim Moynagh            Remer, MN               10  34-01   66
Day 1: 5   18-13     Day 2: 5   15-04
136. Cody Stahl             Barnsville, GA          10  34-00   65
Day 1: 5   19-04     Day 2: 5   14-12
137. Blake Schroeder        Whitehouse, TX          10  33-15   64
Day 1: 5   16-03     Day 2: 5   17-12
138. Sean Clayton           Seneca, SC              10  33-13   63
Day 1: 5   14-09     Day 2: 5   19-04
139. Josh Butler            Hayden, AL              10  33-13   62
Day 1: 5   15-10     Day 2: 5   18-03
140. Kyle Minke             Lindsrom, MN            10  33-11   61
Day 1: 5   16-14     Day 2: 5   16-13
141. Evan Poroznik          Nestleton Station Ontar 10  33-06   60
Day 1: 5   15-02     Day 2: 5   18-04
142. Ed Czerwinski          Crown Point, IN         10  33-02   59
Day 1: 5   17-03     Day 2: 5   15-15
143. Fernando Lobato        Sparta, WI              10  33-02   58
Day 1: 5   16-14     Day 2: 5   16-04
144. Cody Dawson            Mount Vernon, OH         8  32-13   57
Day 1: 5   22-03     Day 2: 3   10-10
145. Mitchell Jacobs        Prior Lake, MN          10  32-11   56
Day 1: 5   18-02     Day 2: 5   14-09
146. Dylan Mayo             Athens, TX              10  32-10   55
Day 1: 5   15-11     Day 2: 5   16-15
147. Clark Reehm            Elm Grove, LA           10  32-09   54
Day 1: 5   17-03     Day 2: 5   15-06
148. Mike Mayo              Athens, TX              10  32-07   53
Day 1: 5   14-12     Day 2: 5   17-11
149. Parker Knudsen         Minnetonka, MN          10  32-05   52
Day 1: 5   15-01     Day 2: 5   17-04
150. Andrew Behnke          Fond Du Lac, WI         10  31-11   51
Day 1: 5   15-10     Day 2: 5   16-01
151. Ethen Preston          Tower City, ND          10  31-06   50
Day 1: 5   19-12     Day 2: 5   11-10
152. Dave Parsons           Yantis, TX              10  31-04   49
Day 1: 5   14-15     Day 2: 5   16-05
153. Kevin Langlands        Macomb, MI              10  31-03   48
Day 1: 5   16-05     Day 2: 5   14-14
154. Andy Dassow            Medford, WI             10  30-13   47
Day 1: 5   16-15     Day 2: 5   13-14
155. Vue Thao               Madison, WI             10  30-05   46
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 5   15-10
156. Tripp Noojin           Bryant, AL              10  30-04   45
Day 1: 5   13-06     Day 2: 5   16-14
157. Chancy Walters         West Des Moines, IA     10  30-01   44
Day 1: 5   17-07     Day 2: 5   12-10
158. Randy Ramsey           Burlington, MI          10  29-15   43
Day 1: 5   18-13     Day 2: 5   11-02
159. Richard Lowitzki       Fort Myers, FL          10  29-15   42
Day 1: 5   11-03     Day 2: 5   18-12
160. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL        10  29-12   41
Day 1: 5   16-03     Day 2: 5   13-09
161. Brady Hanna            Silvis, IL              10  29-09   40
Day 1: 5   15-13     Day 2: 5   13-12
162. Derek Lehtonen         Woodruff, SC            10  29-08   39
Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 5   15-15
163. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL          10  29-07   38
Day 1: 5   15-08     Day 2: 5   13-15
164. Jordan Knutson         Saint Croix Falls, WI   10  29-05   37
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   19-00
165. Tyler Smith            Portage, MI             10  29-03   36
Day 1: 5   11-13     Day 2: 5   17-06
166. Kevin Ledoux           Choctaw, OK             10  29-03   35
Day 1: 5   15-15     Day 2: 5   13-04
167. Teb Jones              Yalaha, MS              10  28-12   34
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 5   17-11
168. Phillip Kroll          Otego, NY               10  28-12   33
Day 1: 5   17-09     Day 2: 5   11-03
169. Chris Miller           Spirit Lake, IA         10  28-11   32
Day 1: 5   14-02     Day 2: 5   14-09
170. Chris Kingree          Inverness, FL           10  28-10   31
Day 1: 5   14-09     Day 2: 5   14-01
171. Kevin Dritschler       Prosper, TX             10  28-08   30
Day 1: 5   15-06     Day 2: 5   13-02
172. Andrew Smith           Chesterfield, MI        10  28-07   29
Day 1: 5   13-12     Day 2: 5   14-11
173. Paul Browning          Monahans, TX            10  28-03   28
Day 1: 5   14-09     Day 2: 5   13-10
174. Bryan Partak           Marseilles, IL           9  28-02   27
Day 1: 5   16-05     Day 2: 4   11-13
175. Avery Williams         Murrells Inlt, SC       10  28-02   26
Day 1: 5   16-01     Day 2: 5   12-01
176. Chad Grigsby           Maple Grove, MN         10  28-02   25
Day 1: 5   14-02     Day 2: 5   14-00
177. Whitney Stephens       Waverly, OH             10  28-00   24
Day 1: 5   12-10     Day 2: 5   15-06
178. Tom Monsoor            La Crosse, WI           10  28-00   23
Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 5   14-05
179. Mark Tonjum            Spencer, IA             10  27-13   22
Day 1: 5   13-15     Day 2: 5   13-14
180. Bryan Finch            Belton, TX              10  27-09   21
Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   15-01
181. Keith Brumfield        Vicksburg, MS           10  27-08   20
Day 1: 5   15-07     Day 2: 5   12-01
182. Mike Surman            Boca Raton, FL          10  27-07   19
Day 1: 5   13-02     Day 2: 5   14-05
183. Kyle Weisenburger      Columbus Grv, OH        10  27-05   18
Day 1: 5   12-02     Day 2: 5   15-03
184. Scott Kerslake         Okeechobee, FL          10  27-02   17
Day 1: 5   12-10     Day 2: 5   14-08
185. Scott Isaacs           Ladonia, TX             10  27-01   16
Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   12-13
186. Dan Welsh              Elko New Mrkt, MN        7  26-14   15
Day 1: 2   06-13     Day 2: 5   20-01
187. Louis Moratti          Rockford, MI            10  26-14   14
Day 1: 5   11-05     Day 2: 5   15-09
188. Brad Swan              North Ridgeville, OH     9  26-14   13
Day 1: 5   15-03     Day 2: 4   11-11
189. Allan Nail             Sand Springs, OK         8  26-06   12
Day 1: 3   08-12     Day 2: 5   17-10
190. Steven Caldwell        Whitesboro, TX          10  26-05   11
Day 1: 5   15-07     Day 2: 5   10-14
191. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC          10  26-04   10
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   14-09
192. Danny Ramsey           Trinidad, TX             7  26-02    9
Day 1: 5   20-03     Day 2: 2   05-15
193. Brian Bengtson         Bloomington, MN         10  25-14    8
Day 1: 5   13-15     Day 2: 5   11-15
194. Lance Owen             Greer, SC               10  25-00    7
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   13-05
195. Tim Tyndell            Mineola, TX              9  24-02    6
Day 1: 4   08-02     Day 2: 5   16-00
196. Jody Gardner           Tippecanoe, OH          10  23-10    5
Day 1: 5   12-03     Day 2: 5   11-07
197. Matt Thompson          Stacy, MN                9  23-09    4
Day 1: 4   11-09     Day 2: 5   12-00
198. Charlie Hartley        Grove City, OH           8  23-06    3
Day 1: 3   06-10     Day 2: 5   16-12
199. Richard Kaluba         Litchfield, OH          10  23-05    2
Day 1: 5   12-00     Day 2: 5   11-05
200. Daniel Larson          Onamia, MN               9  22-13    1
Day 1: 4   10-10     Day 2: 5   12-03
201. Doc Wootton            Collierville, TN         8  22-03    0
Day 1: 3   08-13     Day 2: 5   13-06
202. Kelvin Wilcox          Hazlehurst, GA           9  21-13    0
Day 1: 4   07-15     Day 2: 5   13-14
203. Philip Roesener        Choctaw, OK              8  20-14    0
Day 1: 3   08-03     Day 2: 5   12-11
204. Harvey Horne           Bella Vista, AR          8  20-06    0
Day 1: 5   13-07     Day 2: 3   06-15
205. David Bromenshenkel    Sauk Centre, MN          8  20-01    0
Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 3   08-08
206. Travis Turcotte        Pembroke CANADA          5  17-10    0
Day 1: 5   17-10     Day 2: 0   00-00
207. Brady Schran           Zumbrota, MN             6  17-03    0
Day 1: 2   05-09     Day 2: 4   11-10
208. Caden Cowan            Stephenville, TX         5  16-13    0
Day 1: 5   16-13     Day 2: 0   00-00
208. Patrick Goodman        Sturgis, MI              5  16-13    0
Day 1: 5   16-13     Day 2: 0   00-00
210. Ralph Blasey           Pinckney, MI             5  16-07    0
Day 1: 5   16-07     Day 2: 0   00-00
211. Jason Abram            Piney Flats, TN          5  15-07    0
Day 1: 5   15-07     Day 2: 0   00-00
212. Scott Noel             Loveland, OH             6  15-07    0
Day 1: 2   06-04     Day 2: 4   09-03
213. Dale Salzmann          Hazel Green, WI          5  14-13    0
Day 1: 3   07-08     Day 2: 2   07-05
214. Brent Shores           Boise, ID                5  13-14    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 5   13-14
215. Cody Bird              Granbury, TX             5  12-10    0
Day 1: 5   12-10     Day 2: 0   00-00
216. Tony Dumitras          Winston, GA              4  11-06    0
Day 1: 4   11-06     Day 2: 0   00-00
217. Clint Leonard Jr       Saint Cloud, FL          7  09-12    0
Day 1: 2   03-14     Day 2: 5   05-14
218. Wayne Hall             Cottonwood, AZ           4  09-10    0
Day 1: 4   09-10     Day 2: 0   00-00
219. A.J. Menssen           Bloomington, IL          4  09-08    0
Day 1: 3   08-04     Day 2: 1   01-04
220. Joey Hanna             Corsicana, TX            2  04-12    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 2   04-12
221. Paul Bouvier           Kingston CANADA          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       202      1060      3814-14
2       200      1036      3748-03
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402      2096      7563-01
2024 St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Lake St. Clair presented by SEVIIN 7/11-7/13
Lake St. Clair, Harrison Township  MI.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Arron Kowalczyk        Newport, MI              6  22-14  200  $19,721.00
Day 1: 3   10-06     Day 2: 3   12-08
2.  Eric Polenz            Trenton, MI              6  22-12  199   $4,641.00
Day 1: 3   09-11     Day 2: 3   13-01
3.  Joe Digiovanni         Sterling Heights, MI     6  22-12  198   $3,481.00
Day 1: 3   12-01     Day 2: 3   10-11
4.  Richard Simmons        Pewamo , MI              6  22-04  197   $2,610.00
Day 1: 3   11-05     Day 2: 3   10-15
5.  Kevin Newcomb          Saint Albans, WV         6  22-03  196   $2,436.00
Day 1: 3   10-13     Day 2: 3   11-06
6.  Scott Dondlinger       Scottsboro, AL           6  21-15  195   $2,320.00
Day 1: 3   11-11     Day 2: 3   10-04
7.  Brandon Troupe         Chicago, IL              6  21-12  194   $2,204.00
Day 1: 3   11-10     Day 2: 3   10-02
8.  Niko Romero            Coldspring, TX           6  21-08  193   $2,088.00
Day 1: 3   12-13     Day 2: 3   08-11
9.  Jeff Somers            Crystal, MN              6  21-07  192   $1,914.00
Day 1: 3   11-13     Day 2: 3   09-10
10. Ronald Young           New Braunfels, TX        6  21-06  191   $1,990.00
Day 1: 3   10-10     Day 2: 3   10-12
11. Corey Gue              Huntington, WV           6  21-04  190   $1,624.00
Day 1: 3   09-12     Day 2: 3   11-08
12. Danny Mancini          Necedah, WI              6  21-03  189   $1,508.00
Day 1: 3   10-15     Day 2: 3   10-04
13. Tom Stark III          Angola, IN               6  20-13  188   $1,276.00
Day 1: 3   09-15     Day 2: 3   10-14
14. Jimmy Obrien           Southampton, NY          6  20-10  187   $1,160.00
Day 1: 3   11-09     Day 2: 3   09-01
15. Tom Lyskawka           Arlington Heights  , IL  6  20-10  186   $1,044.00
Day 1: 3   10-11     Day 2: 3   09-15
16. John Bolen             Marshall, MI             6  20-09  185     $928.00
Day 1: 3   10-14     Day 2: 3   09-11
17. Gary Emery III         Gladwin, MI              6  20-09  184     $870.00
Day 1: 3   10-04     Day 2: 3   10-05
18. Gabe Sowash            Gainesville, GA          6  20-08  183     $870.00
Day 1: 3   07-12     Day 2: 3   12-12
19. Brad Goetz             Waunakee, WI             6  20-06  182     $870.00
Day 1: 3   11-05     Day 2: 3   09-01
20. Kevin Yeska            Madison, WI              6  20-04  181     $870.00
Day 1: 3   11-00     Day 2: 3   09-04
21. Andy Bulson            Highland, MI             6  20-02  180     $812.00
Day 1: 3   11-04     Day 2: 3   08-14
22. Philip Castrodale      West Bloomfield, MI      6  20-01  179     $812.00
Day 1: 3   06-15     Day 2: 3   13-02
23. Shane Kuehn            Bennington, NE           6  20-01  178     $812.00
Day 1: 3   10-13     Day 2: 3   09-04
24. Bee Carchidi           Baden CANADA             6  19-15  177     $812.00
Day 1: 3   09-04     Day 2: 3   10-11
25. Jed Lamb               Chapel Hill, TN          6  19-14  176     $812.00
Day 1: 3   11-03     Day 2: 3   08-11
26. Kristian Johnson       Belvidere, NJ            6  19-14  175     $696.00
Day 1: 3   10-11     Day 2: 3   09-03
27. Randal Burr            Chesterfield, MI         6  19-14  174     $696.00
Day 1: 3   09-07     Day 2: 3   10-07
28. Tony Grubb             Ann Arbor, MI            6  19-14  173     $696.00
Day 1: 3   09-13     Day 2: 3   10-01
29. Riku Hayashi           Ritto Shiga JAPAN        6  19-13  172     $696.00
Day 1: 3   10-05     Day 2: 3   09-08
30. Travis Bradley         Hurricane, WV            6  19-12  171     $696.00
Day 1: 3   11-00     Day 2: 3   08-12
31. Tiffany Leal           Austin, TX               6  19-12  170     $638.00
Day 1: 3   09-14     Day 2: 3   09-14
32. Christopher Majerle    Trenton, MI              6  19-11  169     $638.00
Day 1: 3   08-10     Day 2: 3   11-01
33. Adam Yeagley           Mulberry, IN             6  19-11  168     $638.00
Day 1: 3   10-00     Day 2: 3   09-11
34. Stephen Wolownik       Bloomingdale, MI         6  19-09  167     $638.00
Day 1: 3   08-09     Day 2: 3   11-00
35. Chad Stahl             Barnesville, GA          6  19-06  166     $638.00
Day 1: 3   10-09     Day 2: 3   08-13
36. Mike Steckel           Las Vegas, NV            6  19-03  165     $638.00
Day 1: 3   09-15     Day 2: 3   09-04
37. Tadd Davis             Colon, MI                6  19-02  164     $638.00
Day 1: 3   08-08     Day 2: 3   10-10
38. Sean O'Brien           Norman, OK               6  19-02  163     $638.00
Day 1: 3   09-12     Day 2: 3   09-06
39. Mark Lyons             Marion, IN               6  19-01  162     $638.00
Day 1: 3   10-12     Day 2: 3   08-05
40. Bob Morin              Seymour, TN              6  18-15  161     $638.00
Day 1: 3   10-06     Day 2: 3   08-09
41. Eric Nitz              Lawton, MI               5  18-14  160
Day 1: 2   06-11     Day 2: 3   12-03
42. Cody Harris            Grand Blanc, MI          6  18-14  159
Day 1: 3   09-10     Day 2: 3   09-04
43. Kevin Lewis            Lexington, KY            6  18-13  158
Day 1: 3   09-10     Day 2: 3   09-03
44. Jim Murphy             Walker, MI               6  18-09  157
Day 1: 3   09-06     Day 2: 3   09-03
45. Eugene Kim             Lindenhurst, IL          6  18-08  156
Day 1: 3   10-03     Day 2: 3   08-05
46. Ron Norris             Portage, MI              6  18-08  155
Day 1: 3   09-12     Day 2: 3   08-12
47. Michael Leach          Shenandoah, TX           6  18-08  154
Day 1: 3   08-13     Day 2: 3   09-11
48. Garry Osborn           Kalamazoo, MI            6  18-07  153
Day 1: 3   08-12     Day 2: 3   09-11
49. Scott Bannerman        Stratford CANADA         5  18-06  152
Day 1: 3   11-02     Day 2: 2   07-04
50. Jon Linneman           Joliet, IL               6  18-03  151
Day 1: 3   08-02     Day 2: 3   10-01
51. Benjamin Antoniewicz   Kronenwetter, WI         6  18-01  150
Day 1: 3   11-03     Day 2: 3   06-14
52. Mike Elkins            Kalamazoo, MI            6  18-01  149
Day 1: 3   09-09     Day 2: 3   08-08
53. Cullan Parker          Avon Lake, OH            6  17-15  148
Day 1: 3   10-08     Day 2: 3   07-07
54. Charlie Gabbeart       Plymouth, MI             6  17-15  147
Day 1: 3   10-06     Day 2: 3   07-09
55. Brandon Newman         Arlington, IN            6  17-15  146
Day 1: 3   08-02     Day 2: 3   09-13
56. Martin Terveer         Otsego, MN               6  17-14  145
Day 1: 3   08-00     Day 2: 3   09-14
57. Dai Kitajima           Otsu-Shi JAPAN           6  17-13  144
Day 1: 3   09-04     Day 2: 3   08-09
58. Michael Hrynewycz      Goshen, IN               6  17-13  143
Day 1: 3   08-12     Day 2: 3   09-01
59. Jeff Jones             West Seneca, NY          6  17-12  142
Day 1: 3   09-03     Day 2: 3   08-09
60. Todd Robbins           Chelsea, MI              5  17-11  141
Day 1: 2   08-11     Day 2: 3   09-00
61. Jimmy Fellegy          Mustang, OK              6  17-09  140
Day 1: 3   10-07     Day 2: 3   07-02
62. Owen Atchison          Van Buren, OH            6  17-08  139
Day 1: 3   08-00     Day 2: 3   09-08
63. Chip Wright            Gobles, MI               6  17-05  138
Day 1: 3   07-12     Day 2: 3   09-09
64. Thy Dinh               Charleston, WV           6  17-05  137
Day 1: 3   09-06     Day 2: 3   07-15
65. Jimmy Brumfield        Madison, MS              6  17-05  136
Day 1: 3   08-08     Day 2: 3   08-13
66. Michael Willbur        Battle Creek, MI         6  17-04  135
Day 1: 3   08-00     Day 2: 3   09-04
67. Jason Barber           Gun Barrel City, TX      6  17-01  134
Day 1: 3   08-07     Day 2: 3   08-10
68. Perry See              Rochester, MN            6  16-15  133
Day 1: 3   09-08     Day 2: 3   07-07
69. Matt Kelley            Detroit, MI              5  16-12  132
Day 1: 2   07-11     Day 2: 3   09-01
70. John Davis             Dowagiac, MI             6  16-10  131
Day 1: 3   08-07     Day 2: 3   08-03
71. Dawson Wisner          Palatka, FL              5  16-09  130
Day 1: 3   10-11     Day 2: 2   05-14
72. Erik Fossum            Porter, ME               6  16-08  129
Day 1: 3   09-15     Day 2: 3   06-09
73. Levi Warner            Hilbert, WI              6  16-07  128
Day 1: 3   05-08     Day 2: 3   10-15
74. Brad Thieman           Sioux City, IA           6  16-07  127
Day 1: 3   07-10     Day 2: 3   08-13
75. Ken Bassler            Clarkston, MI            6  16-06  126
Day 1: 3   09-06     Day 2: 3   07-00
76. Hiroya Hyodo           Funabashi city Chibaken  5  16-05  125
Day 1: 3   07-08     Day 2: 2   08-13
77. Keith Gunsauls         Dandridge, TN            6  16-04  124
Day 1: 3   07-06     Day 2: 3   08-14
78. Andrew Williams        Fenton, MI               6  16-04  123
Day 1: 3   08-06     Day 2: 3   07-14
79. Kenny Stelter          Forest Lake, MN          5  16-03  122
Day 1: 3   07-13     Day 2: 2   08-06
80. Pete  Pisello          Phillipsburg, NJ         5  16-02  121
Day 1: 3   10-10     Day 2: 2   05-08
81. Greg Shaughnessy       Miami, FL                6  16-01  120
Day 1: 3   07-10     Day 2: 3   08-07
82. Joshua Sokol           Orland Park, IL          5  16-00  119
Day 1: 2   05-08     Day 2: 3   10-08
83. Andrew Shores          Boise, ID                6  16-00  118
Day 1: 3   06-10     Day 2: 3   09-06
84. Kenneth Taylor         Shelby Township, MI      6  16-00  117
Day 1: 3   07-11     Day 2: 3   08-05
85. Ty Kenyon              Dodgeville, WI           6  15-15  116
Day 1: 3   08-04     Day 2: 3   07-11
86. Gary Dennis            Ravenswood, WV           5  15-13  115
Day 1: 3   10-12     Day 2: 2   05-01
87. Gary Haraguchi         Murfreesboro, TN         6  15-12  114
Day 1: 3   09-14     Day 2: 3   05-14
88. Jared Choiniere        South Lyon, MI           5  15-09  113
Day 1: 3   10-06     Day 2: 2   05-03
89. Patrick Bartley        Waconia, MN              4  15-09  112
Day 1: 2   06-14     Day 2: 2   08-11
90. Kenny Piper            Spring Lake, MI          6  15-07  111
Day 1: 3   06-08     Day 2: 3   08-15
91. Austin Koleszar        Detroit, MI              6  15-07  110
Day 1: 3   06-11     Day 2: 3   08-12
92. Phil Cowan             Fort Worth, TX           5  15-06  109
Day 1: 3   09-10     Day 2: 2   05-12
93. David Riggs            Highland, IL             4  15-01  108
Day 1: 1   02-09     Day 2: 3   12-08
94. Craig Hanna            Powell, OH               4  15-01  107
Day 1: 3   11-05     Day 2: 1   03-12
95. Steve Grove            Granger, IN              5  15-00  106
Day 1: 2   06-01     Day 2: 3   08-15
96. Jason Gibson           Iron Station, NC         5  14-14  105
Day 1: 2   04-08     Day 2: 3   10-06
97. Mark Saunders Sr       Valley City, OH          6  14-14  104
Day 1: 3   06-11     Day 2: 3   08-03
98. Darren Gates           Macon, IL                4  14-07  103
Day 1: 3   10-00     Day 2: 1   04-07
99. Lonnie Mesar           Colfax, WI               5  14-06  102
Day 1: 2   04-12     Day 2: 3   09-10
100. Russell Vandiver       Greenfield, IN           5  14-04  101
Day 1: 3   09-09     Day 2: 2   04-11
101. Patrick Ricchi         Waterford, MI            6  14-01  100
Day 1: 3   07-06     Day 2: 3   06-11
102. Hunter Brinkman        Wolcottville, IN         5  14-00   99
Day 1: 3   09-13     Day 2: 2   04-03
103. Joseph Nega            Chicago, IL              5  13-14   98
Day 1: 2   04-14     Day 2: 3   09-00
104. Chris Stelter          Chisago City, MN         5  13-13   97
Day 1: 2   05-06     Day 2: 3   08-07
105. Rich Bleser            Burlington, WI           6  13-11   96
Day 1: 3   07-08     Day 2: 3   06-03
106. Jonathan Jackson       Las Vegas, NV            5  13-08   95
Day 1: 3   08-14     Day 2: 2   04-10
107. James Simmons          Terre Haute, IN          5  13-08   94
Day 1: 2   04-12     Day 2: 3   08-12
108. Eric Breitkreutz       Sheboygan, WI            5  13-07   93
Day 1: 3   08-01     Day 2: 2   05-06
109. Doug Clifford          Crooksville, OH          5  13-05   92
Day 1: 3   07-13     Day 2: 2   05-08
110. Tim White              Welaka, FL               5  12-14   91
Day 1: 2   04-05     Day 2: 3   08-09
111. Jacob Collins          Hillsboro, IL            5  12-14   90
Day 1: 2   06-07     Day 2: 3   06-07
112. Jay Jackson            Clio, MI                 3  12-12   89
Day 1: 3   12-12     Day 2: 0   00-00
113. Steven Robbins         Piketon, OH              4  12-12   88
Day 1: 2   05-10     Day 2: 2   07-02
114. Bradley Watts          Mount Ayr, IN            4  12-11   87
Day 1: 1   02-07     Day 2: 3   10-04
115. Greg Davis             Reynoldsburg, OH         4  12-09   86
Day 1: 3   10-05     Day 2: 1   02-04
116. David Waack            Cary, NC                 4  12-05   85
Day 1: 1   02-01     Day 2: 3   10-04
117. Richard Greene         Ocala, FL                5  12-05   84
Day 1: 3   07-11     Day 2: 2   04-10
118. Nathan Oxenberg        Woodstock CANADA         5  12-00   83
Day 1: 3   07-11     Day 2: 2   04-05
119. Daniel Vasquez         Boynton Beach, FL        4  11-15   82
Day 1: 2   06-15     Day 2: 2   05-00
120. Hayden Spradling       Gilbert, AZ              4  11-13   81
Day 1: 3   10-06     Day 2: 1   01-07
121. Larry Thomas           Lambertville, MI         4  11-12   80
Day 1: 1   02-11     Day 2: 3   09-01
122. Tanner Visco           Chicago, IL              4  11-11   79
Day 1: 3   09-07     Day 2: 1   02-04
123. Todd Mason             Three Rivers, MI         6  11-11   78
Day 1: 3   09-01     Day 2: 3   02-10
124. Jon Jezierski          Troy, MI                 3  11-07   77
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 3   11-07
125. Jerry Adamski          Chicago, IL              4  11-05   76
Day 1: 3   09-13     Day 2: 1   01-08
126. Don Kimmel             Fishers, IN              4  11-02   75
Day 1: 1   03-07     Day 2: 3   07-11
127. Rich Soderquist        South Haven, MI          4  11-00   74
Day 1: 2   06-04     Day 2: 2   04-12
128. Aaron Anders           Oakland FL CANADA        5  10-14   73
Day 1: 3   08-14     Day 2: 2   02-00
129. Alex Grimbos           Innisfil CANADA          3  10-12   72
Day 1: 2   06-08     Day 2: 1   04-04
130. Brian Forcier          Akron, IA                3  10-11   71
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 3   10-11
131. Mark Wolownik          Paw Paw, MI              3  10-11   70
Day 1: 2   08-00     Day 2: 1   02-11
132. Klaus Kuester          Forest Park, IL          3  10-10   69
Day 1: 3   10-10     Day 2: 0   00-00
133. Doug Lezman            Zeeland, MI              4  10-10   68
Day 1: 1   01-09     Day 2: 3   09-01
134. Jeffrey Cummins        Marion, OH               5  10-10   67
Day 1: 2   05-06     Day 2: 3   05-04
135. Tyler Pursley          Mattawan, MI             3  10-04   66
Day 1: 1   04-04     Day 2: 2   06-00
136. Stephen Syrett         Howell, MI               4  10-02   65
Day 1: 1   03-01     Day 2: 3   07-01
137. Patrick Andres         Long Grove, IL           4  10-02   64
Day 1: 1   03-07     Day 2: 3   06-11
138. Eric Gates             Laurel, IN               3  10-01   63
Day 1: 3   10-01     Day 2: 0   00-00
139. Robert Wingate         Lake, MI                 4  09-11   62
Day 1: 3   06-00     Day 2: 1   03-11
140. Darwin Griva           Hampton, IN              3  09-10   61
Day 1: 3   09-10     Day 2: 0   00-00
141. Amir Rahimpour         Macomb, MI               4  09-09   60
Day 1: 1   03-07     Day 2: 3   06-02
142. Richard Jarasun        Taylor, MI               3  09-08   59
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 3   09-08
142. Landon Lawson          Jonesborough, TN         3  09-08   59
Day 1: 3   09-08     Day 2: 0   00-00
144. Maggie Carsello        Stoughton, WI            4  09-08   57
Day 1: 1   01-15     Day 2: 3   07-09
145. Tatsuhiko Tsugaru      Tachikawa JAPAN          5  09-05   56
Day 1: 3   05-13     Day 2: 2   03-08
146. Bill Bauman            Westland, MI             3  09-03   55
Day 1: 2   05-05     Day 2: 1   03-14
147. Alex Gleason           Cincinnati, OH           4  08-11   54
Day 1: 2   04-11     Day 2: 2   04-00
148. Mohammad Rahimpour     Oxford, MI               3  08-09   53
Day 1: 3   08-09     Day 2: 0   00-00
149. Ethan Street           Coal Valley, IL          3  08-06   52
Day 1: 3   08-06     Day 2: 0   00-00
150. Kevin Fetzer           Waterford, MI            4  08-05   51
Day 1: 2   03-07     Day 2: 2   04-14
151. Mark Jusick            Jackson, MI              3  08-02   50
Day 1: 2   05-15     Day 2: 1   02-03
152. Bailey Rothrock        Milan, MI                3  07-15   49
Day 1: 3   07-15     Day 2: 0   00-00
153. Steven Pennington      Delton, MI               3  07-12   48
Day 1: 3   07-12     Day 2: 0   00-00
154. Bradley Pierce         Gretna, NE               3  07-03   47
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 3   07-03
155. Albert Jones  Jr       Covington, GA            3  06-13   46
Day 1: 2   03-09     Day 2: 1   03-04
156. David Roche            Center Line, MI          3  06-12   45
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 3   06-12
157. Charles Johnson        Newberry, MI             2  05-15   44
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 2   05-15
158. Justin Oppegard        Eagan, MN                3  05-11   43
Day 1: 1   01-10     Day 2: 2   04-01
159. Jimmy Fryer            Thornville, OH           2  05-10   42
Day 1: 1   02-13     Day 2: 1   02-13
160. Michael Chorazyczewski St Clr Shores, MI        2  05-08   41
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 2   05-08
161. Todd Coombs            Shell Lake, WI           2  05-04   40
Day 1: 2   05-04     Day 2: 0   00-00
162. Jeff Caruthers         Ashford, WV              2  05-00   39
Day 1: 2   05-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
162. Edwin Perrier          Kenora CANADA            2  05-00   39
Day 1: 2   05-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
164. Masaya Yamaguchi       New York, NY             1  04-01   37
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   04-01
165. George Sterkel Jr      Brookpark, OH            1  03-12   36
Day 1: 1   03-12     Day 2: 0   00-00
166. Dan Minor              Norwalk, OH              2  03-08   35
Day 1: 2   03-08     Day 2: 0   00-00
167. Coltan Morris          Cropwell, AL             1  03-08   34
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   03-08
168. Mike Fedio             Fenton, MI               1  03-04   33
Day 1: 1   03-04     Day 2: 0   00-00
169. Nathan Majiros         Horseheads, NY           1  02-11   32
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   02-11
170. Dennis Duffy           Westmont, IL             1  02-01   31
Day 1: 1   02-01     Day 2: 0   00-00
171. Travis Wise            Rootstown, OH            1  02-00   30
Day 1: 1   02-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
172. Danny Hanna  Jr        Corsicana, TX            0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
172. Nick LaRosa            St Clair Shores, MI      0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
172. Ryoji Mogi             West Bloomfield, MI      0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       116       421      1292-09
2       111       403      1206-14
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227       824      2499-07


Patrick Walters Earns Fourth NPFL Shield with Victory on Pickwick Lake

Patrick Walters' goal for championship Friday was to burn it all to the ground. With 24 pounds even on the final day and a 4-pound margin of victory, that is exactly what he did.
Early in the event, Walters realized he had located a school of bass on one of the biggest community holes on the lake, and to his surprise, he was the only angler in the area.

He caught 20 pounds, 3 ounces on day one to start strong and added 25 pounds, 15 ounces on day two, rotating between the community hole and a few other spots. With nothing left to save fish for, he had free range of his Tennessee River ledges and added 24 pounds on the final day, slamming the door shut on his fourth NPFL victory.

“I think the biggest key to this week was the lack of pressure in my areas, and capitalizing on the community holes that had nobody else fishing it,” he said. “On day one, I caught three of my fish there, two more on day two, and today I caught two fish there. It really allowed me to supplement my bags with my other areas. I truly have no idea why nobody else found those fish.”

Despite fishing for an early limit on days one and two, the South Carolina pro focused on big fish only today, and was fortunate to get together a solid bag quickly, taking some pressure off and allowing him to settle in and headhunt.

“I had some piles and hard spots saved and basically was trying to get on a good rotation today. I moved to some of those areas and the wind had baitfish moved in and I focused on big fish, and ended up getting two of them – a four and five-pounder.”

Then, as the afternoon progressed, and the current started to move, so did the wind. It blew against the current and made things tough, but the deed was already done by that point, and Walters knew he had done his job on the final day.

“I knew if I could catch one more big fish it would have been game over,” he concluded. “To catch big ones out here, the conditions need to be right, and they were not for us today. I did my job and knew that they would have needed to catch them to beat me. It was a great week; I am looking forward to heading up north and putting some largemouth rods away for a while.”

Drew Cook
Georgia pro Drew Cook started strong, taking the lead on day one with 22 pounds, 13 ounces. He followed up with 21 pounds, 10 ounces on day two, and added 21 pounds, 11 ounces today, bringing his total weight to 66 pounds, 2 ounces. Cook finished the tournament in second place.  While the majority of the field opted for the ledge bite, Cook found out quickly in practice he was looking at the wrong waypoints, and turned his attention shallow.

“My spot was super shallow, and it was hard to graph,” he said. “It is a spot they are not supposed to be on now. I started fishing deeper in practice and did not like what I saw.”

The Georgia pro moved towards the bank and quickly found signs that he was fishing the wrong depth.

“I graphed some shallow stumps and they had bass. I started running my April/May waypoints and found two key areas that played throughout the tournament. They both were less than 5 feet of water and are typically places they go to after spawning – most of my fish had bloody tails.”

On day one, he sacked up a quick 18-pounds on one bar before moving to the second. In short order, he culled his entire bag and brought 22 pounds, 13 ounces to the scales and took the early lead. On day two he was able to catch over 20 pounds fairly quickly but laid off his area soon after.

“I thought it was going to be a tougher day for everyone and I stopped fishing,” he added. “That was a mistake and cost me the opportunity to make this closer at the end. Today, after I had caught a bunch, the fish scattered off and never got set back up due to pressure from other anglers. It was a great week regardless.”

Isaac Peavyhouse
Isaac Peavyhouse finished in third place with a total weight of 63 pounds, 12 ounces. On day one, he brought in 22 pounds, 7 ounces, including a 6-pound, 7-ounce kicker. He added 23 pounds, 2 ounces on day two, and 18 pounds, 3 ounces today. When his area dried up, he knew he had to make a change and opted to run new water to salvage the day.

“Everything I had was pressured and the fish got super smart. I scrapped it and fished new water, stuff I never even practiced,” he said. “I made the right adjustments this week and I am happy with it. If you told me after practice I would end up in third, I probably would have taken it. I would get a bite and leave, so I never knew what I had until the event started.”

Peavyhouse rotated between two key baits - a drop shot – and a damiki rig, with the majority of fish coming on the latter.

John Soukup
John Soukup finished in fourth place with a total weight of 61 pounds, 8 ounces. He started with 18 pounds, 13 ounces on day one, followed by 18 pounds, 12 ounces on day two, and recorded his biggest bag of the week today with 23 pounds, 15 ounces.

Kyle Welcher
Alabama pro Kyle Welcher ended the tournament in fifth place with a total weight of 61 pounds, 3 ounces. He kicked off with 18 pounds, 2 ounces on day one, followed by an impressive 22 pounds, 12 ounces on day two, and concluded with 20 pounds, 5 ounces today.

Corey Casey earns the Power Pole Big Bass award for his 9-pound, 10-ounce largemouth. Matt Looney earned $5,000 for being the highest placing Bass Cat Boat Owner.

Rest of the Best
Corey Casey 61-1
Trent Palmer 58-10
Bailey Gay 58-2
Hunter Sales 57-10
John Branch 57-10


Patrick Walters Surges to NPFL Lead at Pickwick

After a decent practice, Walters felt like Pickwick might be setting up to put out some heavy weights.  After two days of competition and 46-pounds, 2-ounces later, the three-time NPFL champion Patrick Walters from South Carolina is one day away from adding number four.

Walters started strong with 20 pounds, 3 ounces on day one, and added an impressive 25 pounds, 15 ounces on day two. After some misfortune on day one that cost him several pounds, Walters opted to save some of his better areas for later in the event and focused on catching all he could elsewhere.

On day two, he fished several of the same spots and added a few more, resulting in the event's largest bag thus far, and a 9-ounce lead heading to Friday.  “I am super excited for tomorrow,” he said. “Mostly because I saved some of my best places, but also because it’s the final day, and there is nothing left to save – we are going to burn everything to the
ground out there.”

Despite sharing some “community holes” with other anglers, Walters is pretty much being left alone. He focused on locating key areas in normally productive sections of the lake that he believes other anglers may have overlooked.

“I think it is a combo of things; it’s a different type of spot that I am looking for, and I think I have most of it to myself. Like the others, I am throwing the kitchen sink at them. Today, I weighed in five bass on five different baits. It is going to be fun out there tomorrow!”

Isaac Peavyhouse
Isaac Peavyhouse sits in second place after two days with a total of 45 pounds, 9 ounces. He weighed in 22 pounds, 7 ounces on day one, and followed up with 23 pounds, 3 ounces on day two. Relying on a big bite on day one, Peavyhouse waited until late in the day today to notch another lunker, culling him up over 3 pounds.

“I am still shaking,” he laughed. I spent 2.5 hours this afternoon running around practicing for tomorrow and ran into the big one 30 minutes ago. It was unreal.”

Peavyhouse started the day with a small limited by 1 pm but kept on with this “typical ledge” pattern.  He culled a smaller fish with a 4-pounder shortly after and pulled the plug.  “It was about the same for me today – around 10 to 12 keepers again,” he added. “I am certainly not smoking them but when I make one bite, it’s been pretty decent quality. Aside from my starting spot, which I shared with one guy this morning, everything else I had to myself. I look forward to getting out there on the final day.”

Opting to keep his bait selection under wraps for one more day, Peavyhouse, like others, has been rotating through several different baits. He did note, however, that two of his better presentations have been “semi-finesse.”

Drew Cook
Georgia pro Drew Cook holds third place at Pickwick Lake in the NPFL tournament with a two-day total of 44 pounds, 7 ounces. Cook started strong with 22 pounds, 13 ounces on day one, and added 21 pounds, 10 ounces today.

After catching his biggest fish of the day on his first cast this morning, another angler idling through busted the school up and scattered the fish. Once they settled back in, Cook went to work before laying off his key area with one more day to go tomorrow.

“I didn’t think they would catch them as well as they did and laid off the school once I got up over 19 pounds,” he said on stage. “I caught five bass yesterday, probably ten today, and tomorrow, I am going to catch every single one of them.”

Kyle Welcher
Alabama pro Kyle Welcher had a solid start with 18 pounds, 2 ounces on day one. He added an impressive 22 pounds, 12 ounces on day two, bringing his two-day total to 40 pounds, 14 ounces.  Welcher sits in the fourth-place spot going into the final day tomorrow.

Focusing on a pattern he found late in practice, despite not catching any bigger fish, Welcher is keying in on sweet spots in areas with the presence of baitfish. He is rotating through several areas and capitalizing on the bass that are willing to bite.

“The biggest key to my event is I am fishing areas with the most bait, in the areas of the lake that have better quality fish,” he said. “I am rotating through a lot of different spots each day and capitalizing on the fish that are aggressive when I pull up.”

Welcher is letting the fish dictate his presentation and estimates he is rotating through around ten baits.  “Everything I have out here I have fished now throughout two days of the event,” he added. “I have checked it all by now; when I pull up, I am gauging how the fish are and presenting different baits until I can get a bite. I plan on running my best stuff tomorrow and keeping moving.”

Trent Palmer
Georgia pro Trent Palmer secures fifth place at Pickwick Lake in the NPFL tournament with a total weight of 38 pounds, 11 ounces. Palmer started with 15 pounds, 2 ounces on day one, and significantly improved with 23 pounds, 9 ounces on day two.

Louis Fernandes
California pro Louis Fernandes brought in 17 pounds, 7 ounces on day one, and added 21 pounds, 4 ounces on day two, for a two-day total of 38 pounds, 11 ounces, putting him in 6th place, due to tiebreakers. After two and a half days of practice on the ledges, Fernandes did what he does and utilized his last few hours to make some shallow cover.

“I am fishing shallow and I love it,” he said. “Today I had a 3-pounder in my bag and hooked one over 6-pounds. I fought it around the boat and it popped off in my hand. I could have really moved up today, but I am happy.”

On day one, Fernandes never made a cast in his main area due to time constraints and has been fishing waypoints each day to catch his fish. He is slowly figuring out his best dots and is confident they are reloading with fish daily as the pressure on the ledges pushes fish in his direction.

“There was less wind today and I think it got them closer to the cover where I could get them,” he added. “And, I think those fish are getting beat on and are just moving off. I can see guys fishing ledges close by; I am fishing just off the side where the fish can roam and chase bait around, but quickly pull in to rest.”

With one day left in the event, Fernandes is confident there are more big fish in his area and he is looking forward to one more day on Pickwick.

Missouri angler Brock Bila took over the Power Pole big bass with a 7-pound, 13-ounce largemouth.

Rest of the Best
Trent Palmer 38-11
Hunter Sales 37-15
John Branch 37-13
Joey Bloom 37-0
John Soukup 37-9
Jason Burroughs 37-6


McKinney utilizes secret bait to take Day 1 lead at Bassmaster Open at Lake St. Clair

July 11, 2024

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Trevor McKinney had never been to Lake St. Clair before the start of practice for the St. Croix Bassmaster Open presented by SEVIIN. But after one of the best days of fishing he’s ever experienced, he’s already planning return vacations in his head.

“I’ve never been somewhere as unique as St. Clair,” he said. “I’ll definitely be back. I was telling my wife that I’m going to start coming up here in the summers just to vacation. It’s an incredible place.”

On a day where 64 bags over 20 pounds hit the scales and 202 limits were weighed in, McKinney stood above the rest by catching a remarkable 27 pounds, 12 ounces to lead after one day of competition at the renowned smallmouth factory. The Noble, Ill., angler holds a 3-pound advantage over second-place Jack York.

After the remnants of Hurricane Beryl created treacherous conditions the final day of practice, sunny skies and lighter winds prevailed on Day 1, allowing the Opens boaters to catch more than 3,800 pounds of bass. Sunny conditions are expected to continue the rest of the tournament as well.

The 2020 College Bracket Champion had a good feeling about this tournament almost the moment he began practice. He caught more than 20 pounds of bass each day of the warm-up period but didn’t expect an increase in quality during the tournament.

“Everywhere I went in practice, I caught big ones,” McKinney said. “My worst day of practice I had 22 pounds. I was so excited to start this tournament, but I didn’t know I was going to catch 27 pounds.”

McKinney credited much of his success to an unreleased bait. That one presentation accounted for all 40 of his keeper bass Day 1, including three smallies that hit the 5-11 mark.

“I have a bait really dialed in,” he said. “I don’t know what it is about it, but they eat it. Every one I throw at bites, and they are all big. I think I caught probably 40 smallmouth. I caught 15 over 4 pounds and was culling constantly. It was unbelievable.”

While there is some grass around his primary area, McKinney has noticed the smallmouth are relating to a hard sand bottom between 8 and 12 feet of water and one sweet spot within that area is attracting more of the quality bass. Surprisingly, it’s an area he has mostly to himself.

Using his forward-facing sonar in practice involved learning to tell the difference between a drum and a smallmouth. Now that he knows what to look for, the McKendree University graduate can identify the bigger smallies in the area and make accurate pitches to them.

“There’s probably 100 there,” McKinney said. “To get my weight, I bet I made 100 casts. I made 50 casts where I didn’t catch one, and the other 50 casts I caught one. I don’t cast unless I see one, and I don’t cast unless it's big. There are quite a few little ones in the area, but a lot of big ones too.

“They are pretty tight to the bottom.”

McKinney filled out a limit around 8 a.m. and was constantly culling during the morning hours. By 11, McKinney stopped fishing in his primary area and started looking for new water he may need as the tournament progresses.

“After I caught the last 5 pounder, I couldn’t do it anymore. I went and did something else and kept catching 4-pounders after that. I’m pretty optimistic about tomorrow. My best area, I didn’t even hit it.”

Coming off a Top 10 at Lake Eufaula, York landed 24-12 in his Lake St. Clair debut. Unlike McKinney, however, York did not have the same level of confidence about catching over 20 pounds. The Lake Fork guide only picked up his trolling motor one time on Day 1, electing to mill around one popular area of Lake St. Clair. He caught bass between 9 and 12 feet of water.

“I picked up the trolling motor one time today, and that was to come to the weigh-in. I found the area I wanted to hunker down in. I felt like if I was running around a bunch, I would just be missing out on bass. I hunkered down and made the most of it.”

Three baits contributed to York’s success, notably a 6th Sense Party Minnow that landed four of the five smallies in his final tally, which included a 5-pounder.

“I literally don’t make a cast until I see a bass.”

York was able to separate himself from other competitors in two different ways. For one, he has located several sweet spots that other anglers haven’t fished. One particular sweet spot is loaded with perch, crawfish and goby.

“It’s the mecca of life there,” York said. “I’m not seeing a lot of bass in there, but when I get bit, it is a good one. Hopefully we can go catch some 4-pounders and then get a few key bites.”

York has noticed the smallmouth are nomadic and tend to show up randomly, so he is fishing faster than others in the area in an attempt to pick off as many as he can.

“They are random. You’ll try and get keyed in on ‘Oh, they are floating today,’ or ‘Oh, they are on bottom,’ but I haven’t been able to get anything like that keyed in. I just roll around as fast as I can. I went twice as fast as everyone else.”

Aaron Jagdfeld took advantage of his local knowledge to catch 24-4 and land in third place after Day 1. It is the first Open for the Rochester Hills, Mich., native, who is hoping to reach the Elite Series in the near future.

“I love this place,” he said. “I was super pumped when the schedule came out last year. I was coming to the tail end of my college career, and this is the path I want to take. There’s not a better way to start it than on Lake St. Clair.”

A recent Adrian College graduate, Jagdfeld targeted smallmouth located around a ½-mile stretch of hard sand and cabbage grass in 19 to 24 feet of water. There is plenty of bait for the smallmouth to feed on as well, including perch.

In the morning hours, he found the smallmouth were in big groups. In fact, Jagdfeld said there were three or four groups of 50 to 100 smallmouth in the area. As the day wore on, the bass spread out.

“It was insane. When you panned over on the ‘Scope, you could just see them stacked up on the bottom. I was throwing a drop shot and a Damiki-style bait and I would cast it in there, and 20 or 30 of them would come up to fight over it. That lasted an hour before they broke up.”

His first catch of the day was a 4½-pounder, and he caught the majority of his bass within the first hour and a half of the day. Late in the day, he caught a 4¾-pound smallmouth close to the ramp to upgrade one final time.

New Market, Minn., pro Seth Feider landed the Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the Day, a 6-1 lunker smallmouth.

Niko Romero of Coldspring, Texas, leads the nonboater division with a three-bass limit measuring 12-13. Jay Jackson of Clio, Mich., is second with 12-12 and Joe Digiovanni of Sterling Heights, Mich., is third with 12-1. Kevin Newcomb of Saint Albans, W.V., caught a 5-2, which leads the Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the Tournament honors.

The full field of anglers will launch from the Harley Ensign boat ramp beginning at 6 a.m. ET and will return for weigh-in beginning at 2 p.m. The Top 10 pros after the Day 2 weigh-in will advance to the final day while the co-angler champion will be crowned at the end of Friday’s festivities.

Tournament coverage begins Saturday at 8 a.m. on FS1 and runs through 1 p.m. Bassmaster LIVE will be streaming on Bassmaster.com daily. All coverage times are ET.

The Detroit Sports Commission is hosting the tournament.

2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Title Sponsor: St. Croix

2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Presenting Sponsor: SEVIIN

2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota
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2024 St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Lake St. Clair presented by SEVIIN 7/11-7/13
Lake St. Clair, Harrison Township  MI.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Trevor McKinney        Noble, IL                5  27-12  200
Day 1: 5   27-12
2.  Jack York              Emory, TX                5  24-12  199
Day 1: 5   24-12
3.  Aaron Jagdfeld         Rochester Hills, MI      5  24-04  198
Day 1: 5   24-04
4.  Jay Przekurat          Plover, WI               5  24-03  197
Day 1: 5   24-03
5.  Ish Monroe             Oakdale, CA              5  23-14  196
Day 1: 5   23-14
6.  Brett Cannon           Kiln, MS                 5  23-11  195
Day 1: 5   23-11
7.  Kenta Kimura           Osaka OK JAPAN           5  23-06  194
Day 1: 5   23-06
7.  Tyler Lubbat           Wheeling, IL             5  23-06  194
Day 1: 5   23-06
9.  Taku Ito               Dalton GA JAPAN          5  23-02  192
Day 1: 5   23-02
9.  Trey Schroeder         Theodosia, MO            5  23-02  192
Day 1: 5   23-02
11. Seth Feider            New Market, MN           5  23-00  190
Day 1: 5   23-00
12. Lucas Murphy           West Columbia, MI        5  22-14  189
Day 1: 5   22-14
13. Garrett Paquette       Canton, MI               5  22-13  188
Day 1: 5   22-13
14. Chris Hellebuyck       White Lake, MI           5  22-12  187
Day 1: 5   22-12
15. Tai Au                 Glendale, AZ             5  22-10  186
Day 1: 5   22-10
16. Paul Marks             Cumming, GA              5  22-08  185
Day 1: 5   22-08
17. Yui Aoki               Minamitsurugun JAPAN     5  22-07  184
Day 1: 5   22-07
18. Billy Gilbert          Hamburg, NY              5  22-06  183
Day 1: 5   22-06
19. Dakota Ebare           Brookeland, TX           5  22-04  182
Day 1: 5   22-04
20. Cody Dawson            Mount Vernon, OH         5  22-03  181
Day 1: 5   22-03
20. Emil Wagner            Marietta, GA             5  22-03  181
Day 1: 5   22-03
22. Joey Nania             Cropwell, AL             5  22-02  179
Day 1: 5   22-02
23. Tucker Smith           Birmingham, AL           5  22-01  178
Day 1: 5   22-01
24. Blake Smith            Lakeland, FL             5  22-00  177
Day 1: 5   22-00
24. Jacob Thompkins        Myrtle Beach, SC         5  22-00  177
Day 1: 5   22-00
26. Austin Felix           Eden Prairie, MN         5  21-14  175
Day 1: 5   21-14
26. Brad Leuthner          Victoria, MN             5  21-14  175
Day 1: 5   21-14
28. Bobby Bakewell         Orlando, FL              5  21-13  173
Day 1: 5   21-13
28. Connor Jacob           Auburn, AL               5  21-13  173
Day 1: 5   21-13
30. Joseph Titus           Bemidji, MN              5  21-13  171
Day 1: 5   21-13
31. Mike McClelland        Blue Eye, MO             5  21-11  170
Day 1: 5   21-11
32. Garrett Warren         Scottsboro, AL           5  21-08  169
Day 1: 5   21-08
33. Kollin Crawford        Broken Bow, OK           5  21-06  168
Day 1: 5   21-06
33. Sam Hanggi             Knoxville, TN            5  21-06  168
Day 1: 5   21-06
33. Rich Lindgren          Lakeville, MN            5  21-06  168
Day 1: 5   21-06
36. Masayuki Matsushita    Porter TX JAPAN          5  21-02  165
Day 1: 5   21-02
36. Cody Meyer             Eagle, ID                5  21-02  165
Day 1: 5   21-02
38. Jacob Bigelow          Cecil, WI                5  21-01  163
Day 1: 5   21-01
39. Justin Eger            Monticello, IN           5  21-00  162
Day 1: 5   21-00
40. Kenny Mittelstaedt     Minnetonka, MN           5  20-15  161
Day 1: 5   20-15
40. Alex Redwine           Blue Ash, OH             5  20-15  161
Day 1: 5   20-15
42. Andrew Loberg          Grant, AL                5  20-14  159
Day 1: 5   20-14
42. Tristan McCormick      Burns, TN                5  20-14  159
Day 1: 5   20-14
44. Jamie Bruce            Kenora Ontario CANADA    5  20-13  157
Day 1: 5   20-13
45. Darold Gleason         Many, LA                 5  20-12  156
Day 1: 5   20-12
45. Laker Howell           Guntersville, AL         5  20-12  156
Day 1: 5   20-12
45. Joe Wieberg            Freeburg, MO             5  20-12  156
Day 1: 5   20-12
48. Cody Steckel           Las Vegas, NV            5  20-12  153
Day 1: 5   20-12
49. Elijah Benson          Dahlonega, GA            5  20-11  152
Day 1: 5   20-11
50. Matt Messer            Warfield, KY             5  20-11  151
Day 1: 5   20-11
51. Keith Tuma             Brainerd, MN             5  20-10  150
Day 1: 5   20-10
51. Cole Zagrzebski        Stevens Point, WI        5  20-10  150
Day 1: 5   20-10
53. Brock Belik            Orchard, NE              5  20-08  148
Day 1: 5   20-08
54. Jimmy Washam           Stantonville, TN         5  20-07  147
Day 1: 5   20-07
55. Adam Bartusek          Clearwater, MN           5  20-06  146
Day 1: 5   20-06
56. Zach Goutremout        Chaumont, NY             5  20-05  145
Day 1: 5   20-05
56. Reece Keeney           Winneconne, WI           5  20-05  145
Day 1: 5   20-05
58. Bart Stanisz           Austin, TX               5  20-04  143
Day 1: 5   20-04
59. Danny Ramsey           Trinidad, TX             5  20-03  142
Day 1: 5   20-03
60. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN           5  20-02  141
Day 1: 5   20-02
60. Bo Thomas              Edwardsburg, MI          5  20-02  141
Day 1: 5   20-02
62. Adam Rasmussen         Sturgeon Bay, WI         5  20-01  139
Day 1: 5   20-01
63. Nick Trim              Galesville, WI           5  20-01  138
Day 1: 5   20-01
64. Lance Keene            Manistee, MI             5  20-00  137
Day 1: 5   20-00
65. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC              5  19-15  136
Day 1: 5   19-15
65. Dustin Bliss           Brooklyn Park, MN        5  19-15  136
Day 1: 5   19-15
67. Andrew Hargrove        Moody, TX                5  19-14  134
Day 1: 5   19-14
68. Austin Anderson        Ashley, IN               5  19-12  133
Day 1: 5   19-12
68. Chris Beaudrie         Princeton, KY            5  19-12  133
Day 1: 5   19-12
68. Austin Cranford        Norman, OK               5  19-12  133
Day 1: 5   19-12
68. Ty Faber               Pagosa Springs, CO       5  19-12  133
Day 1: 5   19-12
68. Ethen Preston          Tower City, ND           5  19-12  133
Day 1: 5   19-12
73. Easton Fothergill      Grand Rapids , MN        5  19-11  128
Day 1: 5   19-11
74. Tadd Johnson           Lakeville, MN            5  19-10  127
Day 1: 5   19-10
75. Jason Elliott          Warsaw, IN               5  19-09  126
Day 1: 5   19-09
75. Andrew Harp            Linden, TX               5  19-09  126
Day 1: 5   19-09
75. Chad Pipkens           Dewitt, MI               5  19-09  126
Day 1: 5   19-09
78. Matt Adams             Oxford, AL               5  19-08  123
Day 1: 5   19-08
78. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                  5  19-08  123
Day 1: 5   19-08
80. Bailey Bleser          Burlington, WI           5  19-07  121
Day 1: 5   19-07
80. Adam Debono            Washington, MI           5  19-07  121
Day 1: 5   19-07
80. Brayden Rakes          Winston Salem, NC        5  19-07  121
Day 1: 5   19-07
83. Cade Laufenberg        Onalaska, WI             5  19-06  118
Day 1: 5   19-06
84. Cody Stahl             Barnsville, GA           5  19-04  117
Day 1: 5   19-04
85. Danny McGarry          Newcastle CANADA         5  19-03  116
Day 1: 5   19-03
85. Nathan Thompson        Eagan, MN                5  19-03  116
Day 1: 5   19-03
87. Jackson Swisher        Lake City, FL            5  19-01  114
Day 1: 5   19-01
88. Manny Sciberras        Liberty Twp, OH          5  19-00  113
Day 1: 5   19-00
89. Trey Swindle           Cleveland, AL            5  18-15  112
Day 1: 5   18-15
90. Alexander Welter       Onalaska, WI             5  18-14  111
Day 1: 5   18-14
91. Jim Moynagh            Remer, MN                5  18-13  110
Day 1: 5   18-13
91. Randy Ramsey           Burlington, MI           5  18-13  110
Day 1: 5   18-13
91. Dalton Smith           Taylorsville, KY         5  18-13  110
Day 1: 5   18-13
94. Tommy Parker           Delano, MN               5  18-12  107
Day 1: 5   18-12
95. Cole Drummond          Effingham, SC            5  18-10  106
Day 1: 5   18-10
96. Beau Browning          Hot Springs National Pa  5  18-10  105
Day 1: 5   18-10
97. Evan Kung              Pickering Ontario CANAD  5  18-09  104
Day 1: 5   18-09
97. Lafe Messer            Warfield, KY             5  18-09  104
Day 1: 5   18-09
99. Alex Heintze           Denham Springs, LA       5  18-08  102
Day 1: 5   18-08
99. Kyle Palmer            Winchester, TN           5  18-08  102
Day 1: 5   18-08
101. Jeffrey Copley         Marengo, OH              5  18-07  100
Day 1: 5   18-07
101. Daisuke Kita           Ostu Shiga JAPAN         5  18-07  100
Day 1: 5   18-07
103. Matt Pangrac           Shawnee, OK              5  18-06   98
Day 1: 5   18-06
104. Kyle Austin            Ridgeville, SC           5  18-03   97
Day 1: 5   18-03
104. Casey Scanlon          Eldon, MO                5  18-03   97
Day 1: 5   18-03
106. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL         5  18-02   95
Day 1: 5   18-02
106. Mitchell Jacobs        Prior Lake, MN           5  18-02   95
Day 1: 5   18-02
108. Brandon McMillan       Clewiston, FL            5  18-01   93
Day 1: 5   18-01
108. Cody Salzmann          Southgate, MI            5  18-01   93
Day 1: 5   18-01
110. Andrew Julson          Stoughton, WI            5  18-00   91
Day 1: 5   18-00
110. Billy McDonald         Greenwood, IN            5  18-00   91
Day 1: 5   18-00
110. Jeremy Radford         Huntly, VA               5  18-00   91
Day 1: 5   18-00
110. Andrew Upshaw          Hemphill, TX             5  18-00   91
Day 1: 5   18-00
110. Zack Williams          Shell Knob, MO           5  18-00   91
Day 1: 5   18-00
115. Tommy Dunaway          Havana, FL               5  17-15   86
Day 1: 5   17-15
115. Jack Tindel III        Orange, TX               5  17-15   86
Day 1: 5   17-15
117. Freddy  Palmer         Estill Springs, TN       5  17-13   84
Day 1: 5   17-13
118. James Watson           Lampe, MO                5  17-11   83
Day 1: 5   17-11
119. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ              5  17-10   82
Day 1: 5   17-10
120. Travis Turcotte        Pembroke CANADA          5  17-10   81
Day 1: 5   17-10
121. Kyoya Fujita           Yamanashi CA JAPAN       5  17-09   80
Day 1: 5   17-09
121. Phillip Kroll          Otego, NY                5  17-09   80
Day 1: 5   17-09
123. Chase Clarke           Virginia Beach, VA       5  17-07   78
Day 1: 5   17-07
123. Lance Crawford         Broken Bow, OK           5  17-07   78
Day 1: 5   17-07
123. Sam George             Athens, AL               5  17-07   78
Day 1: 5   17-07
123. Chancy Walters         West Des Moines, IA      5  17-07   78
Day 1: 5   17-07
127. Jack Dice              Lynchburg, VA            5  17-06   74
Day 1: 5   17-06
127. Scout Echols           Monticello, AR           5  17-06   74
Day 1: 5   17-06
127. Brady Vernon           Sterrett, AL             5  17-06   74
Day 1: 5   17-06
130. Christian Ostrander    Turlock, CA              5  17-06   71
Day 1: 5   17-06
131. Andy Newcomb           Camdenton, MO            5  17-05   70
Day 1: 5   17-05
132. Ed Czerwinski          Crown Point, IN          5  17-03   69
Day 1: 5   17-03
132. Clark Reehm            Elm Grove, LA            5  17-03   69
Day 1: 5   17-03
132. John Voyles            Petersburg, IN           5  17-03   69
Day 1: 5   17-03
135. Cody Donato            Burlington, MI           5  17-03   66
Day 1: 5   17-03
136. Cliff Pace             Ovett, MS                5  17-02   65
Day 1: 5   17-02
137. Tim Frederick          Leesburg, FL             5  17-02   64
Day 1: 5   17-02
138. Andy Dassow            Medford, WI              5  16-15   63
Day 1: 5   16-15
139. Fernando Lobato        Sparta, WI               5  16-14   62
Day 1: 5   16-14
140. Kyle Minke             Lindsrom, MN             5  16-14   61
Day 1: 5   16-14
141. Caden Cowan            Stephenville, TX         5  16-13   60
Day 1: 5   16-13
141. Patrick Goodman        Sturgis, MI              5  16-13   60
Day 1: 5   16-13
141. Logan Johnson          Jasper, AL               5  16-13   60
Day 1: 5   16-13
144. Randy Huffman          Charleston, WV           5  16-12   57
Day 1: 5   16-12
145. Brian Post             Janesville, WI           5  16-09   56
Day 1: 5   16-09
146. Chris Blanchette       Edisto Island, SC        5  16-08   55
Day 1: 5   16-08
147. Ralph Blasey           Pinckney, MI             5  16-07   54
Day 1: 5   16-07
147. Josh Douglas           Isle, MN                 5  16-07   54
Day 1: 5   16-07
149. Kevin Langlands        Macomb, MI               5  16-05   52
Day 1: 5   16-05
149. Bryan Partak           Marseilles, IL           5  16-05   52
Day 1: 5   16-05
151. Blake Schroeder        Whitehouse, TX           5  16-03   50
Day 1: 5   16-03
151. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL         5  16-03   50
Day 1: 5   16-03
153. Avery Williams         Murrells Inlt, SC        5  16-01   48
Day 1: 5   16-01
154. Jason Borofka          Lavon, TX                5  15-15   47
Day 1: 5   15-15
154. Kevin Ledoux           Choctaw, OK              5  15-15   47
Day 1: 5   15-15
156. Jason Lambert          Savannah, TN             5  15-14   45
Day 1: 5   15-14
157. Brady Hanna            Silvis, IL               5  15-13   44
Day 1: 5   15-13
158. Dylan Mayo             Athens, TX               5  15-11   43
Day 1: 5   15-11
159. Andrew Behnke          Fond Du Lac, WI          5  15-10   42
Day 1: 5   15-10
159. Josh Butler            Hayden, AL               5  15-10   42
Day 1: 5   15-10
161. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL           5  15-08   40
Day 1: 5   15-08
162. Jason Abram            Piney Flats, TN          5  15-07   39
Day 1: 5   15-07
162. Keith Brumfield        Vicksburg, MS            5  15-07   39
Day 1: 5   15-07
162. Steven Caldwell        Whitesboro, TX           5  15-07   39
Day 1: 5   15-07
165. Derrick Sadlowski      Monaca, PA               5  15-07   36
Day 1: 5   15-07
166. Kevin Dritschler       Prosper, TX              5  15-06   35
Day 1: 5   15-06
167. Brad Swan              North Ridgeville, OH     5  15-03   34
Day 1: 5   15-03
168. Evan Poroznik          Nestleton Station Ontar  5  15-02   33
Day 1: 5   15-02
169. Greg Bohannan          Bentonville, AR          5  15-01   32
Day 1: 5   15-01
170. Parker Knudsen         Minnetonka, MN           5  15-01   31
Day 1: 5   15-01
171. Dave Parsons           Yantis, TX               5  14-15   30
Day 1: 5   14-15
172. Mike Mayo              Athens, TX               5  14-12   29
Day 1: 5   14-12
173. Vue Thao               Madison, WI              5  14-11   28
Day 1: 5   14-11
174. Chris Kingree          Inverness, FL            5  14-09   27
Day 1: 5   14-09
175. Paul Browning          Monahans, TX             5  14-09   26
Day 1: 5   14-09
175. Sean Clayton           Seneca, SC               5  14-09   26
Day 1: 5   14-09
177. Scott Isaacs           Ladonia, TX              5  14-04   24
Day 1: 5   14-04
178. Chad Grigsby           Maple Grove, MN          5  14-02   23
Day 1: 5   14-02
178. Chris Miller           Spirit Lake, IA          5  14-02   23
Day 1: 5   14-02
180. Brian Bengtson         Bloomington, MN          5  13-15   21
Day 1: 5   13-15
180. Mark Tonjum            Spencer, IA              5  13-15   21
Day 1: 5   13-15
182. Andrew Smith           Chesterfield, MI         5  13-12   19
Day 1: 5   13-12
183. Tom Monsoor            La Crosse, WI            5  13-11   18
Day 1: 5   13-11
184. Derek Lehtonen         Woodruff, SC             5  13-09   17
Day 1: 5   13-09
185. Harvey Horne           Bella Vista, AR          5  13-07   16
Day 1: 5   13-07
186. Tripp Noojin           Bryant, AL               5  13-06   15
Day 1: 5   13-06
187. Mike Surman            Boca Raton, FL           5  13-02   14
Day 1: 5   13-02
188. Cody Bird              Granbury, TX             5  12-10   13
Day 1: 5   12-10
188. Scott Kerslake         Okeechobee, FL           5  12-10   13
Day 1: 5   12-10
188. Whitney Stephens       Waverly, OH              5  12-10   13
Day 1: 5   12-10
191. Bryan Finch            Belton, TX               5  12-08   10
Day 1: 5   12-08
192. Jody Gardner           Tippecanoe, OH           5  12-03    9
Day 1: 5   12-03
193. Kyle Weisenburger      Columbus Grv, OH         5  12-02    8
Day 1: 5   12-02
194. Richard Kaluba         Litchfield, OH           5  12-00    7
Day 1: 5   12-00
195. Tyler Smith            Portage, MI              5  11-13    6
Day 1: 5   11-13
196. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC           5  11-11    5
Day 1: 5   11-11
196. Lance Owen             Greer, SC                5  11-11    5
Day 1: 5   11-11
198. David Bromenshenkel    Sauk Centre, MN          5  11-09    3
Day 1: 5   11-09
199. Matt Thompson          Stacy, MN                4  11-09    2
Day 1: 4   11-09
200. Tony Dumitras          Winston, GA              4  11-06    1
Day 1: 4   11-06
201. Louis Moratti          Rockford, MI             5  11-05    0
Day 1: 5   11-05
202. Richard Lowitzki       Fort Myers, FL           5  11-03    0
Day 1: 5   11-03
203. Teb Jones              Yalaha, MS               5  11-01    0
Day 1: 5   11-01
204. Daniel Larson          Onamia, MN               4  10-10    0
Day 1: 4   10-10
205. Jordan Knutson         Saint Croix Falls, WI    5  10-05    0
Day 1: 5   10-05
206. Wayne Hall             Cottonwood, AZ           4  09-10    0
Day 1: 4   09-10
207. Doc Wootton            Collierville, TN         3  08-13    0
Day 1: 3   08-13
208. Allan Nail             Sand Springs, OK         3  08-12    0
Day 1: 3   08-12
209. A.J. Menssen           Bloomington, IL          3  08-04    0
Day 1: 3   08-04
210. Philip Roesener        Choctaw, OK              3  08-03    0
Day 1: 3   08-03
211. Tim Tyndell            Mineola, TX              4  08-02    0
Day 1: 4   08-02
212. Kelvin Wilcox          Hazlehurst, GA           4  07-15    0
Day 1: 4   07-15
213. Dale Salzmann          Hazel Green, WI          3  07-08    0
Day 1: 3   07-08
214. Dan Welsh              Elko New Mrkt, MN        2  06-13    0
Day 1: 2   06-13
215. Charlie Hartley        Grove City, OH           3  06-10    0
Day 1: 3   06-10
216. Scott Noel             Loveland, OH             2  06-04    0
Day 1: 2   06-04
217. Brady Schran           Zumbrota, MN             2  05-09    0
Day 1: 2   05-09
218. Clint Leonard Jr       Saint Cloud, FL          2  03-14    0
Day 1: 2   03-14
219. Paul Bouvier           Kingston CANADA          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
219. Joey Hanna             Corsicana, TX            0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
219. Brent Shores           Boise, ID                0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       202      1060      3814-14
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202      1060      3814-14
2024 St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Lake St. Clair presented by SEVIIN 7/11-7/13
Lake St. Clair, Harrison Township  MI.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Niko Romero            Coldspring, TX           3  12-13  200
Day 1: 3   12-13
2.  Jay Jackson            Clio, MI                 3  12-12  199
Day 1: 3   12-12
3.  Joe Digiovanni         Sterling Heights, MI     3  12-01  198
Day 1: 3   12-01
4.  Jeff Somers            Crystal, MN              3  11-13  197
Day 1: 3   11-13
5.  Scott Dondlinger       Scottsboro, AL           3  11-11  196
Day 1: 3   11-11
6.  Brandon Troupe         Chicago, IL              3  11-10  195
Day 1: 3   11-10
7.  Jimmy Obrien           Southampton, NY          3  11-09  194
Day 1: 3   11-09
8.  Brad Goetz             Waunakee, WI             3  11-05  193
Day 1: 3   11-05
8.  Craig Hanna            Powell, OH               3  11-05  193
Day 1: 3   11-05
8.  Richard Simmons        Pewamo , MI              3  11-05  193
Day 1: 3   11-05
11. Andy Bulson            Highland, MI             3  11-04  190
Day 1: 3   11-04
12. Benjamin Antoniewicz   Kronenwetter, WI         3  11-03  189
Day 1: 3   11-03
12. Jed Lamb               Chapel Hill, TN          3  11-03  189
Day 1: 3   11-03
14. Scott Bannerman        Stratford CANADA         3  11-02  187
Day 1: 3   11-02
15. Travis Bradley         Hurricane, WV            3  11-00  186
Day 1: 3   11-00
15. Kevin Yeska            Madison, WI              3  11-00  186
Day 1: 3   11-00
17. Danny Mancini          Necedah, WI              3  10-15  184
Day 1: 3   10-15
18. John Bolen             Marshall, MI             3  10-14  183
Day 1: 3   10-14
19. Kevin Newcomb          Saint Albans, WV         3  10-13  182
Day 1: 3   10-13
20. Shane Kuehn            Bennington, NE           3  10-13  181
Day 1: 3   10-13
21. Gary Dennis            Ravenswood, WV           3  10-12  180
Day 1: 3   10-12
21. Mark Lyons             Marion, IN               3  10-12  180
Day 1: 3   10-12
23. Kristian Johnson       Belvidere, NJ            3  10-11  178
Day 1: 3   10-11
23. Dawson Wisner          Palatka, FL              3  10-11  178
Day 1: 3   10-11
25. Tom Lyskawka           Arlington Heights  , IL  3  10-11  176
Day 1: 3   10-11
26. Klaus Kuester          Forest Park, IL          3  10-10  175
Day 1: 3   10-10
26. Pete  Pisello          Phillipsburg, NJ         3  10-10  175
Day 1: 3   10-10
26. Ronald Young           New Braunfels, TX        3  10-10  175
Day 1: 3   10-10
29. Chad Stahl             Barnesville, GA          3  10-09  172
Day 1: 3   10-09
30. Cullan Parker          Avon Lake, OH            3  10-08  171
Day 1: 3   10-08
31. Jimmy Fellegy          Mustang, OK              3  10-07  170
Day 1: 3   10-07
32. Jared Choiniere        South Lyon, MI           3  10-06  169
Day 1: 3   10-06
32. Charlie Gabbeart       Plymouth, MI             3  10-06  169
Day 1: 3   10-06
32. Arron Kowalczyk        Newport, MI              3  10-06  169
Day 1: 3   10-06
32. Bob Morin              Seymour, TN              3  10-06  169
Day 1: 3   10-06
32. Hayden Spradling       Gilbert, AZ              3  10-06  169
Day 1: 3   10-06
37. Greg Davis             Reynoldsburg, OH         3  10-05  164
Day 1: 3   10-05
37. Riku Hayashi           Ritto Shiga JAPAN        3  10-05  164
Day 1: 3   10-05
39. Gary Emery III         Gladwin, MI              3  10-04  162
Day 1: 3   10-04
40. Eugene Kim             Lindenhurst, IL          3  10-03  161
Day 1: 3   10-03
41. Eric Gates             Laurel, IN               3  10-01  160
Day 1: 3   10-01
42. Darren Gates           Macon, IL                3  10-00  159
Day 1: 3   10-00
42. Adam Yeagley           Mulberry, IN             3  10-00  159
Day 1: 3   10-00
44. Erik Fossum            Porter, ME               3  09-15  157
Day 1: 3   09-15
44. Tom Stark III          Angola, IN               3  09-15  157
Day 1: 3   09-15
44. Mike Steckel           Las Vegas, NV            3  09-15  157
Day 1: 3   09-15
47. Gary Haraguchi         Murfreesboro, TN         3  09-14  154
Day 1: 3   09-14
47. Tiffany Leal           Austin, TX               3  09-14  154
Day 1: 3   09-14
49. Jerry Adamski          Chicago, IL              3  09-13  152
Day 1: 3   09-13
49. Tony Grubb             Ann Arbor, MI            3  09-13  152
Day 1: 3   09-13
51. Hunter Brinkman        Wolcottville, IN         3  09-13  150
Day 1: 3   09-13
52. Corey Gue              Huntington, WV           3  09-12  149
Day 1: 3   09-12
52. Ron Norris             Portage, MI              3  09-12  149
Day 1: 3   09-12
52. Sean O'Brien           Norman, OK               3  09-12  149
Day 1: 3   09-12
55. Eric Polenz            Trenton, MI              3  09-11  146
Day 1: 3   09-11
56. Phil Cowan             Fort Worth, TX           3  09-10  145
Day 1: 3   09-10
56. Darwin Griva           Hampton, IN              3  09-10  145
Day 1: 3   09-10
56. Cody Harris            Grand Blanc, MI          3  09-10  145
Day 1: 3   09-10
56. Kevin Lewis            Lexington, KY            3  09-10  145
Day 1: 3   09-10
60. Mike Elkins            Kalamazoo, MI            3  09-09  141
Day 1: 3   09-09
60. Russell Vandiver       Greenfield, IN           3  09-09  141
Day 1: 3   09-09
62. Landon Lawson          Jonesborough, TN         3  09-08  139
Day 1: 3   09-08
62. Perry See              Rochester, MN            3  09-08  139
Day 1: 3   09-08
64. Tanner Visco           Chicago, IL              3  09-07  137
Day 1: 3   09-07
65. Randal Burr            Chesterfield, MI         3  09-07  136
Day 1: 3   09-07
66. Ken Bassler            Clarkston, MI            3  09-06  135
Day 1: 3   09-06
66. Thy Dinh               Charleston, WV           3  09-06  135
Day 1: 3   09-06
66. Jim Murphy             Walker, MI               3  09-06  135
Day 1: 3   09-06
69. Bee Carchidi           Baden CANADA             3  09-04  132
Day 1: 3   09-04
69. Dai Kitajima           Otsu-Shi JAPAN           3  09-04  132
Day 1: 3   09-04
71. Jeff Jones             West Seneca, NY          3  09-03  130
Day 1: 3   09-03
72. Todd Mason             Three Rivers, MI         3  09-01  129
Day 1: 3   09-01
73. Aaron Anders           Oakland FL CANADA        3  08-14  128
Day 1: 3   08-14
73. Jonathan Jackson       Las Vegas, NV            3  08-14  128
Day 1: 3   08-14
75. Michael Leach          Shenandoah, TX           3  08-13  126
Day 1: 3   08-13
76. Michael Hrynewycz      Goshen, IN               3  08-12  125
Day 1: 3   08-12
76. Garry Osborn           Kalamazoo, MI            3  08-12  125
Day 1: 3   08-12
78. Todd Robbins           Chelsea, MI              2  08-11  123
Day 1: 2   08-11
79. Christopher Majerle    Trenton, MI              3  08-10  122
Day 1: 3   08-10
80. Mohammad Rahimpour     Oxford, MI               3  08-09  121
Day 1: 3   08-09
80. Stephen Wolownik       Bloomingdale, MI         3  08-09  121
Day 1: 3   08-09
82. Jimmy Brumfield        Madison, MS              3  08-08  119
Day 1: 3   08-08
82. Tadd Davis             Colon, MI                3  08-08  119
Day 1: 3   08-08
84. Jason Barber           Gun Barrel City, TX      3  08-07  117
Day 1: 3   08-07
84. John Davis             Dowagiac, MI             3  08-07  117
Day 1: 3   08-07
86. Ethan Street           Coal Valley, IL          3  08-06  115
Day 1: 3   08-06
86. Andrew Williams        Fenton, MI               3  08-06  115
Day 1: 3   08-06
88. Ty Kenyon              Dodgeville, WI           3  08-04  113
Day 1: 3   08-04
89. Jon Linneman           Joliet, IL               3  08-02  112
Day 1: 3   08-02
89. Brandon Newman         Arlington, IN            3  08-02  112
Day 1: 3   08-02
91. Eric Breitkreutz       Sheboygan, WI            3  08-01  110
Day 1: 3   08-01
92. Owen Atchison          Van Buren, OH            3  08-00  109
Day 1: 3   08-00
92. Martin Terveer         Otsego, MN               3  08-00  109
Day 1: 3   08-00
92. Michael Willbur        Battle Creek, MI         3  08-00  109
Day 1: 3   08-00
95. Mark Wolownik          Paw Paw, MI              2  08-00  106
Day 1: 2   08-00
96. Bailey Rothrock        Milan, MI                3  07-15  105
Day 1: 3   07-15
97. Doug Clifford          Crooksville, OH          3  07-13  104
Day 1: 3   07-13
97. Kenny Stelter          Forest Lake, MN          3  07-13  104
Day 1: 3   07-13
99. Gabe Sowash            Gainesville, GA          3  07-12  102
Day 1: 3   07-12
99. Chip Wright            Gobles, MI               3  07-12  102
Day 1: 3   07-12
101. Steven Pennington      Delton, MI               3  07-12  100
Day 1: 3   07-12
102. Richard Greene         Ocala, FL                3  07-11   99
Day 1: 3   07-11
102. Nathan Oxenberg        Woodstock CANADA         3  07-11   99
Day 1: 3   07-11
102. Kenneth Taylor         Shelby Township, MI      3  07-11   99
Day 1: 3   07-11
105. Matt Kelley            Detroit, MI              2  07-11   96
Day 1: 2   07-11
106. Greg Shaughnessy       Miami, FL                3  07-10   95
Day 1: 3   07-10
106. Brad Thieman           Sioux City, IA           3  07-10   95
Day 1: 3   07-10
108. Rich Bleser            Burlington, WI           3  07-08   93
Day 1: 3   07-08
108. Hiroya Hyodo           Funabashi city Chibaken  3  07-08   93
Day 1: 3   07-08
110. Keith Gunsauls         Dandridge, TN            3  07-06   91
Day 1: 3   07-06
110. Patrick Ricchi         Waterford, MI            3  07-06   91
Day 1: 3   07-06
112. Philip Castrodale      West Bloomfield, MI      3  06-15   89
Day 1: 3   06-15
113. Daniel Vasquez         Boynton Beach, FL        2  06-15   88
Day 1: 2   06-15
114. Patrick Bartley        Waconia, MN              2  06-14   87
Day 1: 2   06-14
115. Austin Koleszar        Detroit, MI              3  06-11   86
Day 1: 3   06-11
115. Mark Saunders Sr       Valley City, OH          3  06-11   86
Day 1: 3   06-11
117. Eric Nitz              Lawton, MI               2  06-11   84


FREE Media Kit Template for Aspiring Anglers

Looking to take your angling career to the next level? NPAA wants to help you navigate the waters of sponsorship with precision.

Forestville, WI (July 11, 2024) – Getting ahead in this fast-paced world means separating yourself from the pack – whether that’s finding a new job or advancing your position as an angling professional. And, when those two things collide, you’ve got to have your ducks in a row. There are literally thousands of anglers knocking at sponsors’ doors, so to help anglers stand out from the crowd, the NPAA has created the FREE NPAA Media Kit Template.

Solid sponsorships are a necessity for aspiring professional anglers, with the reality of expenses like gas, food, and lodging—not to mention hefty entry fees for tournament anglers. So, unless you’re independently wealthy (which most of us aren’t), it’s best to seek out advice from a trusted source on how to present yourself professionally to build a network of sponsors that can help you achieve your professional dreams.

Who knows what it takes to get sponsors? The NPAA does, an organization staffed by folks with decades of industry and professional angling experience who are there with the programs and services they know you need to be successful.

That said, NPAA’s Pat Neu, EJ Saunders of Blaze Digital, and a group of successful pros sat down and listed out exactly what aspiring tournament and career anglers need to include in an effective media kit.

What’s a media kit?

Look at it like a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) you’d use to apply for a job in the competitive work world. A media kit lists professional and personal history and lets your potential sponsors understand who you are, what you want to achieve, and what you will do for their business. For starters, stop the me, me, me, attitude that’s pervasive in the current digital era. Your focus needs to be on how you can help potential sponsors increase their sales – not what they can do for you!

What’s the best way to do that?

Use the FREE NPAA Professional Angler Media Kit Template that was just released this week. Using it will save literally hours of research and will help you build a digital document that will help you stand out with tackle and marine manufacturers and even non-industry/non-endemic companies.

The NPAA’s Pat Neu comments: “This template is designed to help you rise above the noise that exists in today’s world. First impressions are everything, and this media kit will give you the edge needed to make a lasting first impression.”

Blaze Digital CEO, social media guru, and hardcore angler, EJ Saunders, adds: “We put a lot of work into creating the right template for helping aspiring tournament anglers and guides take the next steps to becoming a fulltime pro. It’s easy to use, streamlined, and you’ll end up with a turnkey document that will impress potential sponsors. It would be a mistake for anglers not to use it.”

But the FREE NPAA MEDIA KIT isn’t just for aspiring pros, it’s for Guide/Captains, Angling Educators, and Content Creators and Reviewers. It’s the first step in a progression you need to take to be a successful pro.

The Next, Next Step

You are proving seriousness about your future as a pro by downloading the FREE NPAA Media Kit Template. The next step is joining the NPAA...

Not only will you get direct assistance with setting up your media kit, but you’ll also gain access to a full suite of member benefits that go beyond the basics.

Here’s what some of the top names in the fishing business have had to say about the benefits of NPAA membership for a mere $100 a year.

The testimonials by successful anglers speak volumes about what NPAA can do for your angling career. If you’re serious about turning your passion into a profession, joining NPAA is your next big step.

“If you’re looking at making a career in professional fishing, whether that’s as a tournament fisherman or a guide, one of the best places to find the tools you need is the NPAA organization.”

Keith Kavajecz-Tournament Angler/The Next Bite Host

“The people I’ve met through being a member of this organization have been truly invaluable to my career. I’ve got people I can call all over the country if I need advice. It’s a must to be a member of this organization.”

Angie Scott, Woman Angler and Adventure podcast host

“NPAA can really help you in with your career. They have a lot of resources that really help speed you along in the learning curve.”

Gene Gilliland, Conservation Director for BASS

“You want to be a member all year long. Catch all of the educational videos, catch all the information that’s out there shared with members across this network.”

Dan Dannenmueller, Crappie Now and Catfish Now

Joining NPAA isn’t just about getting help with your media kit. It’s about:

  • Connecting with a supportive community of fellow anglers
  • Accessing exclusive resources to boost your career
  • Having access to Members Only discounts on products from NPAA Partners
  • Learning from industry experts at our Annual Conference
  • The ability to purchase insurance underwritten for angling professionals

If you’re still on the fence about becoming an NPAA member, we understand. But at only $100 annually, an NPAA membership is an investment that will pay dividends for years to come. So, we ask that you join us today and start advancing your angling career with NPAA by your side.


Sonar Science Meets Next Level Lure Design

New Z-Man® Graph ShadZ™ paints strong forward-facing signals, swims with unhinged action
Ladson, SC (July 11, 2024) – Our fascination for forward-facing sonar (FFS) tracks straight back to the reason we fish, or more to the point, the reason we love to sight-fish. It’s incredible technology, a tool that extends the adrenaline rush of sunglassing the shallows, expanding that euphoric feeling way beyond the banks.

Over two years ago, Z-Man embarked on its most ambitious lure project to date, melding the science and art of fishing into a singular, essential FFS lure. We’ll leave deep dives into acoustic waves and echolocation to the sonar engineers. Suffice to say, the new 3.8-inch Graph ShadZ™ was created to reflect a vibrant sonar signal, leading with stunning realism and an array of high-performance underwater motions that appeal to the most challenging bass, walleye and other species.

“At the start of this project, we were already digging deep into sonar science, consulting with some of the best engineering minds in the business,” reflects Z-Man Director of Product Development Jose Chavez. “We knew this new concept would require some against-the-grain innovation, but the goal never wavered from giving anglers an easy-to-fish lure that showed up consistently on sonar while appealing to the predatory impulses of freshwater gamefish. The Graph ShadZ is a different animal, an amazing lure designed to bring the adrenaline rush of sight-fishing to the sonar screen and beyond.”

The new Z-Man Graph ShadZ is power-packed with forward-facing sonar science. 
“All elements of the Graph ShadZ exist to reflect a solid sonar return signal and to move and react in ways that coerce strikes from today’s toughest bass—suspended and cover-oriented fish that see tons of lures and constantly surround themselves with clouds of bait,” suggests Z-Man pro Luke Clausen, an FFS fan since day-one.

For Z-Man, the two-tiered design equation posed an interesting challenge: How to make the lure answer the ping of sonar while also freeing it to move organically and erratically and to stick perpetually in the strike zone?

The Graph ShadZ' innovative line-through jighead provides knot protection and aligns the lure perfectly horizontal without needing to reposition the knot.
Radical Line-Through Design

Addressing lure mechanics and action first, Z-Man sculpted the Graph ShadZ’ head with a groundbreaking line-through design. “Among the biggest obstacles anglers face with interactive sonar presentations—moping, Damiki or hover rigging— is having to reposition the knot on the eyelet after every cast to maintain a natural lure angle,” explains Chavez. “Our objective was to give anglers a perfectly balanced lure that hovers horizontally, rather than unnaturally nose- or tail-down.

“By reorienting the eyelet, we devised a killer solution for addressing multiple key issues beyond bait posture, he explains. “Not only does our minimalist through-head channel and chin line-tie eliminate the need to reposition the knot, but a special non-abrasive conduit also protects the line from damage, hiding the knot entirely beneath the head. The result is a clean, streamlined baitfish clone that performs a powerful, eminently repeatable presentation—and reduces the need to frequently retie.”

To rig the Graph ShadZ, simply run the line through the tubular opening, out and back through the eyelet. Commence tying your favorite knot (we suggest an improved clinch, Trilene, uni or San Diego Jam knot.) Before cinching up, moisten the knot and pull tight, rotating the knot on the eyelet until it’s recessed inside the jighead. Ready to rock.

Precision Powered Head

Providing greater balance, action and sonar reflectivity, the Graph ShadZ’ exacting baitfish head features a flattened, tapered profile featuring fishy 3D eyes and chiseled jaw and gill anatomy. “By sculpting the head to taper outward from the nose, you get a solid sonar return from various angles, which shows up slightly better than a ball-shaped jig,” notes Chavez.

The Graph ShadZ’ agile, color-matched head marries seamlessly with its durable, buoyant ElaZtech® body, bolstering the lure’s horizontal balance and visual appeal. “Although the lure comes in three weights (3/16-, 1/4- and 3/8-ounce), each head is molded from a different formula of precisely alloyed metals for a uniform side profile,” notes Chavez. “In other words, while the 3/16 is the lightest in weight, it marries perfectly with the Graph ShadZ’ durable ElaZtech body—as do the 1/4- and 3/8-ounce heads—for the same consistent presentation, action and sonar reflection.”

Arming each jighead is a 3/0 medium-wire, black nickel, sickle-shaped needlepoint hook. To enable quick re-rigging, the body features a molded hook channel, while the hook shank 

sports a dual molded split-grip and wire bait keeper, creating a tight cohesive jig-bait connection. A notch in the body’s chin aligns with the jighead eyelet, assuring perfect bait alignment, every time.

Motion-Driven Body

Empowering its erratic, random range of motion, the lure’s soft, flexible ElaZtech body frees the tail section to move and kick in a natural, uninhibited range of motion.

An unconventional, action-driven departure from traditional paddle or split tails, the Graph ShadZ’ vertically forked tail shudders and darts in tantalizing fashion. A thick lower lobe produces an accentuated quivering motion. “To predators, it’s a non-threatening, familiar baitfish silhouette and a fluid yet erratic swimming action that communicates a green light to eat,” notes Clausen. “Fish it like a hover rig, swimbait, jerk minnow or various combinations, all during the same retrieve.”

FF Sonar Science

To achieve optimal sonar reflectivity and on-screen visibility, Z-Man consulted with leading sonar engineers. “We’ve applied a lot of sonar science to the design, including the exact lure attributes needed to create positive user experiences in terms of actually tracking the lure on the display,” says Chavez.

Foremost among key sonar precepts, the Graph ShadZ body features a hollow “air bladder,” which sonar interprets as a live fish, producing the strongest signal possible. To augment its sonar visibility, the Graph ShadZ baitfish torso bears textured scale patterning, which traps air and releases bubbles, easily detected by the transducer.

Creating greater on-screen visibility, the Graph ShadZ’ flat-sided head and body provide an expanded surface area for detection from any angle.  

How to Fish It

Z-Man pros Luke Clausen and Seth Feider each extol the lure’s ability to descend rapidly to fish depth. Here, the Graph ShadZ leans on its buoyant ElaZtech body, jighead profile and optimized line angle to pendulum, swing and ultimately, loiter in the strike zone for extended looks from discerning bass.

“On freefall, the lure does a really cool death spiral,” notes Bassmaster Elite Series angler Seth Feider. “It falls fast to depth, but does so in a random quick-darting motion that’s way more realistic than the straight do-nothing drops of most other lures.”

“What’s really cool is what happens to the lure when you give it little shakes of the rod,” suggests Clausen. “Those signals transmit straight to the chin eyelet, which provides a different pull point and a lot of body roll and flash. You can also make the lure slash and walk-the-dog, using longer rod pulls during the retrieve.

“When you pick up tension on the lure, the Graph ShadZ pendulums and hovers at that precise depth,” he adds. “That’s a key consideration with live sonar—to keep your bait in the strike zone, or just suspended directly above the fish.” 

Blending the “Science and Art of Fishing” into a single potent FFS lure, the new Graph ShadZ is already leaving A-level impressions— on forward-facing sonar screens and livewell weights alike. Available in October, the 3.8-inch Z-Man Graph ShadZ dons ten tournament-tailored patterns and three weights (3/16-, 1/4- and 3/8-ounce), each with color-matched heads and bodies. MSRP $6.99 per pack (includes one spare body).

For a first look at the new Graph ShadZ, visit Z-Man at the 2024 ICAST show (booth #4808 or at the On the Water media expo, Tuesday, June 16, 10am to 2pm.) Or for product updates, visit www.zmanfishing.com.


Premium Line, Attractive Price

DAIWA’s new 100% fluorocarbon J-FLUORO Mainline performs exquisitely and with today’s budgets in mind.

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (July 11, 2024) – For years, DAIWA’s J-FLUORO Leader Material has been a mainstay for freshwater and saltwater anglers alike. And by popular demand, DAIWA introduces the economically priced J-FLUORO Mainline, also constructed with premium 100% fluorocarbon material and extruded with precision.

“Made in Japan using a strict extrusion process, this 100% fluorocarbon mainline allows everyday anglers to experience the excellence of fishing with this style of line,” said DAIWA Field Marketing Manager, Chris Martin.

Martin continued: “Despite its attractive price, J-FLUORO Mainline stands above the competition. For one, the formula for our mainline makes the finished product softer in heavier pound tests and stiffer in lighter strengths, while both maintain little to no stretch.” The benefits being manageability, as knots are much easier to tie. Moreover, backlash is significantly reduced, no matter what pound test you’re fishing.

“J-FLUORO Mainline has a fast sink rate, too,” added Martin. Fluorocarbon has a higher specific gravity than water, so it helps lures like crankbaits achieve maximum diving depths. A faster sink rate also lets you fish baits deeper with heavier line, as well as keeping lighter baits down because of less bowing in the line.

J-FLUORO is less visible to fish than other lines, too. “Fluorocarbon has a similar light-refraction index to water,” said Martin. “This can lead to more bites, especially in clear water. And, because fluorocarbon is less affected by UV light than monofilament, it lasts longer on your reel.”

The merits of DAIWA’s J-FLUORO Mainline don’t end there, either… Again, compared to monofilament, fluorocarbon is far more abrasion resistant. It can withstand contact with rocks, wood, gravel, etc., that monofilament cannot handle.

Sensitivity is another hallmark of J-FLUORO Mainline. The line effectively transmits vibrations, letting you feel a bait’s movements as well as fish striking, even in deeper water.

Lack of stretch is another benefit. Fluorocarbon stretches less than monofilament, improving feel as well as hook penetration.

Specific to J-FLURO Mainline, you’ll appreciate the compact spool, as it holds more yardage at the same price. In fact, a filler spool of DAIWA’s J-FLUORO holds 200-yards and at only $14.99. And if you don’t spool it all, there’s a handy elastic band to hold the tag end, eliminating that all-to-familiar explosion of line.

J-FLUORO Mainline FEATURES:

  • 100% Japanese fluorocarbon
  • Softer in heavier weights and stiffer in lighter weights for manageability
  • Fast sink rate to keep baits down
  • Low visibility underwater
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Minimal stretch
  • Exceptional sensitivity
  • 2-lb. to 25-lb. weights
  • 200-yard spool

MSRP $14.99

For Daiwa’s latest color catalog and/or information on Daiwa dealers in your area, call Daiwa’s Customer Service Department at 562-375-6800 or e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]. The URL for Daiwa’s web site is daiwa.us


ABT Hires its First-Ever Media/Communications Director

Decatur, Ala. (July 11, 2024) - The Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) announces the addition of Angela Cross as the Media/Communications Director, a newly created role for the largest team trail tournament fishing organization in the Southeast. She assumed the position July 8, 2024.

In her role as Media/Communications Director, Cross reports to ABT Director Kay Donaldson and is responsible for the development and execution of the social media accounts, LIVE stream, paid broadcasting and communication plans for the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series and Alabama Bass Trail 100 Series.

Cross joins the ABT from Power-Pole®, a leading manufacturer in the fishing industry, where she spent four years developing brand strategic plans for marketing campaigns across various media channels and administering all streams of HR for approximately 200 employees. Prior to joining Power-Pole®, she was the HR manager and later promoted to vice president of operations for Coastal Marina Management.

According to ABT Director Kay Donaldson “The ABT is very excited to be adding an individual with the skill and experience needed to continue to grow the trail and tournament series. Angela brings a unique perspective shaped by her many years in the fishing industry, and along with her professional experience, her passion for the outdoors will help increase the Trail’s impact throughout the southeastern United States and beyond.”

Cross steps in the role of media/communications director with 16 years of operations, special events production, budget management, payroll administration, brand creation and management and streamline messaging experience in the fishing industry. Originally hailing from Texas, Angela's journey in the industry began in the scenic Florida Panhandle, where she established herself as a prominent figure in the marina management, billfish tournament and boat show industry.

After making her mark in the Panhandle, Angela made a move to the Tampa area. It was here that she joined forces with Power-Pole® where she has taken on various roles in marketing, media planning and buying, project management and sponsorships.

Cross said, “I am thrilled to embark on this new chapter as Alabama Bass Trail Media/Communications Director leveraging my extensive experience and expertise gained over a long and successful career in the fishing industry. I am eager to contribute to the team's efforts in the growth and development of the Alabama Bass Trail.”

In addition to her professional achievements, Cross is actively involved in community initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable fishing practices and conservation efforts including CAST Net Committee, CCA Florida, Tampa Bay Watch and Alaqua Animal Refuge.

Beyond her professional achievements, Cross's personal life is equally fulfilling. She is happily married and shares her home with two beloved dogs who undoubtedly rule the house. Angela's adventurous spirit shines through during her weekend adventures which include activities such as boating, fishing, camping, and mountain biking. Her love for the outdoors fuels her drive to contribute to the growth and development of the Alabama Bass Trail.

Cross may be reached at [email protected].

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About Alabama Bass Trail
The Alabama Bass Trail is a program of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. Its mission is to promote Alabama as a year-round fishing destination, to preserve natural resources for generations to come, and to educate high school and college-aged students to be good stewards of natural resources. The 13 bass fishing lakes consist of Lake Guntersville, Wheeler Lake, Pickwick Lake, Lewis Smith Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Weiss Lake, Lake Martin, Lay Lake, Logan Martin Lake, Lake Jordan, Alabama River, Lake Eufaula, and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. For more information, visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.


COOK TAKES DAY ONE LEAD AT PICKWICK LAKE

Story by Justin Brouillard | Photos by Tanner & Travis Lyons

Setting the pace on day one, Drew Cook of Cairo, Georgia takes the lead at Pickwick Lake with a total weight of 22 pounds, 13 ounces. Cook went to work fast and furious this morning on an area he had “mostly to himself.” After catching a solid limit, he left his main area and practiced for the final two days of the event.

“It was a good day and about what I expected,” he said. “I caught them pretty quick this morning and left them alone. I can’t wait to get out there tomorrow.”

Isaac Peavyhouse

Hailing from Jamestown, TN, Isaac Peavyhouse secures second place on day one at Pickwick Lake with 22 pounds, 7 ounces, anchored by a big bass weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Peavyhouse is focusing on “typical TVA River” stuff and has figured out how to get bites fishing behind other anglers. He is rotating through seven to ten spots and looking for quality bass.

“You need to get a big bite on a place like this, and I was fortunate to get one today,” he said. “Hopefully I can go out there tomorrow and get another one to keep the pace.”

Patrick Walters

South Carolina angler Patrick Walters sits in the third-place spot with a total weight of 20 pounds, 3 ounces on day one. Fishing how he wants to be on Pickwick Lake, Walters worked an offshore pattern and looks forward to getting going on day two.

John Branch

John Branch started strong on day one of the NPFL tournament at Pickwick Lake, hauling in a 20-pound, 1-ounce catch and sitting in fourth place. The angler from Magnolia, Kentucky, rode a productive practice to get off to a solid start with two days of competition remaining.

Branch spent the majority of his practice period doing a lot of looking and not a lot of casting. Like many others, he did not find a lot of places, but the places he did find was exactly what he was looking for.

“I got into them first thing and had to make a few key adjustments; once I did, it was game on,” he said. “I was done fishing around 1 pm and then had to play a little bit of defense for the afternoon.”

He is focusing on “offshore” areas and working over key spots. “I have a couple of areas I am confident in, as of now, that I can get a bite,” he added. “Ledge fishing is not my favorite way to fish, but I have been teaching myself to do it, and today it worked out.”

JT Russell

With a day one weight of 19 pounds, 10 ounces, JT Russell sits in fifth place after day one. The Alabama pro rallied after a tough practice and managed to put together five bites on spots he fished years ago.

“I fished here a bit in high school and college, but it was a tough few practice days for me,” he said. “I fished about a 5-mile stretch of the river where I have around ten spots and only got through four spots before I finished out my limit and caught my fifth fish.”

Russell is unsure what day two will bring but is confident he can get some bites for the rest of the tournament.

“Timing is key out here, and you only have so much time to do work when the water starts moving,” he added. “I did not see a ton of boats around, so hopefully that stays that way for me.”

Michael Yoder and Lonnie Cochran are tied for the Power-Pole Big Bass Award with a 7-pound, 5-ounce bass.

Rest of the Best:
Michael Yoder 19-7
Dustin Perry 18-13
John Soukup 18-13
Thomas Shelton 18-5
Zack Birge 18-4


Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Grants to Fund Eight Habitat Projects in U.S. and Canada

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – For Immediate Release – July 10, 2024 – As part of its mission to celebrate, promote and preserve the sport of bass fishing, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors is again providing financial support to numerous conservation projects that will enhance fisheries in New Mexico, Illinois, Kansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and Ontario, Canada.

Over the past five years, the BFHOF’s Board has reached out to local and state bass fishing clubs working with state agencies to provide needed funding for various conservation projects they initiated.

“With these new grants, we’ll have committed more than $140,000 in support of fishery enhancement projects,” said BFHOF conservation committee chair Gene Gilliland. “These bass clubs have boots-on-the-ground members who donate their sweat equity on these projects, while the Hall provides financial support for needed equipment, fish-holding underwater structures, and other needed gear to help make the projects a reality.”

The eight fishing organizations and bass clubs receiving Bass Fishing Hall of Fame grants in 2024 to enhance and preserve bass fishing are:

New Mexico – The Canadian River Bass Club will engage members as well as area youth anglers to utilize abundant driftwood to create a new means of establishing man-made fish habitat in Cochiti Lake.

Illinois – The Friends of Everbloom, with help from Illinois DNR and area youth anglers, are enhancing various forms of habitat ranging from vegetation to MossBack Fish Habitat, at Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake.

Kansas – The Leavenworth Bass Club will build a 20–feet–by–24–feet greenhouse to propagate native aquatic plants to be planted along three miles of shoreline at Banner Creek Reservoir.

Kansas – The World Fishing Tour, Lady Bass Anglers Association and the Kansas B.A.S.S. Nation are working together to build a live release trailer with four 150-gallon tanks to serve 40 events a year in the Sunflower State.

Tennessee – The Tennessee B.A.S.S. Nation, its youth anglers, and TWRA fisheries personnel, are working together to further a decade-long habitat enhancement crusade at fisheries such as Halford Lake, Percy Priest, Normandy, Tims Ford and Watts Barr.

South Carolina – The Clarks Hill Committee of the CSRA is working with help from local high school fishing teams to establish viable eel grass colonies.

Virginia – Youth anglers will be building and placing habitat marked with shared GPS locations for use by the general angling public in Northeastern Virginia.

Ontario – The Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation plans to establish 140 brush piles in seven watersheds of the Ontario Great Lakes, an effort with nine successful years of positive impact to date.

The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction dinner on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2024 at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Mo. There will also be a concurrent auction (visit www.BassFishingHOF.com for details) as part of the annual Celebrate Bass Fishing Week with funds raised going to assist the Board with funding conservation grants such as these and other worthy endeavors benefiting the sport of bass fishing.

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About the BFHOF -- The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization led by a volunteer board of directors and is dedicated to celebrating, promoting and preserving the sport of bass fishing. Since 2017, the Hall’s inductees and memorabilia representing the history of bass fishing is showcased in Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, where it has rapidly become a popular destination. 

For more information about the Hall, its mission, and to become a supporting member,

visit www.BassFishingHOF.com,

or contact BFHOF executive director Barbara Bowman at [email protected]


13th Annual Toyota Bonus Bucks Owners Tournament - Registration is OPEN!

The 13th Annual Toyota Bonus Bucks Owners Tournament is set for October 26-27th, 2024 and qualified anglers can register NOW.

According to tournament rules, "In order to be eligible to participate in the Toyota Bonus Bucks Owners Tournament, one member of the registered team must be a current, eligible Toyota Bonus Bucks Program member and team boat must be towed to event with the Toyota Bonus Bucks participant’s eligible Toyota tow vehicle. (2020 or newer Toyota Tundra, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Sequoia, or Toyota 4Runner). Amateur teams only—Bassmaster Elite, Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour and Major League Fishing Invitational Pros are not eligible to participate in the Toyota Bonus Bucks Owners Tournament."

The 2024 event will be hosted at Green Pond Landing on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina.

Check out this video and more details below!

Registration for this NO ENTRY FEE event is open to the first 300 qualified teams to register. You can sign up here: https://ownersevent.toyotatrucksbonusbucks.com/registration/


CONNECT-EASE® INTRODUCES YAK-EASE™ POWER PACK PRO

Portable, plug & play power system for the quickest, cleanest power kayak rigging possible

PRIOR LAKE, MN (July 10, 2024) - Rigging a fishing kayak with today’s sophisticated fishing electronics, lighting, and various accessories can take days, what with having to source and run wire and fuses, match leads, position batteries, etc.

Connect-Ease has been providing the quickest, easiest, and cleanest power boat rigging possible for years. Now—with the recent introduction of YAK-EASE—the company has extended their expertise into the realms of kayak angling with numerous new, problem-solving rigging and power distribution products.

Like the YAK-EASE Power Pack Pro, a self-contained, portable, plug & play power system that provides the quickest, easiest, and cleanest power kayak rigging possible—while saving hours and hours of sketchy rigging in the process.

Whether you’re setting up a basic fishing kayak to a deluxe, tournament-ready fishing kayak—YAK-EASE Power Pack Pro is the best solution available today.

Put an end to confusing and time-intensive power, electronics, & accessories rigging with the turnkey, plug & play YAK-EASE™ Power Pak Pro

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • *Includes (4) Independent, Positive/Negative Lighting Leads; and YAK-EASE™ GRAPH POWER for multiple graphs/FF Sonar transducers/black boxes
  • Premium Pelican® Waterproof Case (16.5” x 13” x 7”) – MADE IN THE U.S.A.
  • IP65 Water-Resistant Panel
  • Lock Point 12V Cigarette-style Female Plug Receptacle
  • Illuminated Voltage Meter/Battery Runtime Indicator
  • 2-Port USB receptacle for GoPro/POV cameras/cell phones/powered speakers
  • Lighted Power Switch (blue illumination)
  • Includes (4) B Mini Connector pigtail for YAK-EASE™ LIGHTNIN’ Harness – (2) each (+/-) leads for four independent lighting kayak lighting systems: (1) Navigation Lighting (port and bow); (1) Anchor Lighting; (2) Interior/Exterior Lighting
  • Female Quick-Connect SB50-R Receptacle for included YAK-EASE™ GRAPH POWER®
  • Accommodates any 12V Lithium Battery (50-60Ah, typically), with maximum battery dimensions of (8” x 7.5” x 5.5”); includes foam inserts and battery strap

Wish there was a better way? YAK-EASE™ Plug & Play color-coded connections for ease of installing correctly.

YAK-EASE™ POWER PAK PRO INCLUDES YAK-EASE™ GRAPH POWER®

YAK EASE GRAPH POWER® is a permanent power solution for up to four powered kayak fishing accessories, all with a convenient and easy pack-in/pack-out battery connection.

From the get-go, GRAPH POWER was designed to solve the connections and power issues associated with running today’s sophisticated fishing electronics common on modern kayaks, providing clear, clean power and direct connections. Now that extends into the realms of kayak angling with numerous new, problem-solving rigging and power distribution products.

GRAPH POWER is designed to work with all manufacturers of fresh- and saltwater marine electronics. GRAPH POWER features marine-grade sheathed wire with multiple fused connections for your electronics. Works with Humminbird, Lowrance, Garmin, all forward-facing, side-, and down-imaging systems. Power multiple electronics, GoPRO cameras, cell phones, powered speakers, and other accessories with four fused connections.

Plug & play, clean power system for your fishing kayak’s advanced electronics and accessories.

ABOUT: THE YAK-EASE™ LIGHTNIN’ HARNESS (DIY)

  • Only Plug & Play Self-Contained, Complete Kayak Lighting System On The Market
  • Complete Navigation, Interior, Exterior, Accessories Rigging
  • Designed for All Fishing/Recreational Kayaks up to 13.5”
  • 14 Gauge Sheathed Marine-Grade Wire
  • Heat-Shrinked Connections

Take-Home

If you’re rigging a fishing kayak with today’s sophisticated fishing electronics, lighting, GoPro cameras, and various accessories, skip having to source and run your own wire and fuses, scratching your head over leads, where to position batteries, etc. That can take days – and we’d all rather be on the water catching fish, right!

YAK-EASE Power Pack Pro (by Connect-Ease), eliminates all of the above with its unique portable, turnkey plug & play power system design that provides the quickest, easiest, and cleanest power kayak rigging possible—while saving you hours and hours in the garage, getting you onto fish faster!

Visit us next week at ICAST 2024, Booth #4558 on the Orlando Convention Center show floor and on Tuesday 16th, between 10am – 2pm at “On The Water” — held outside the Convention Center. Join us as we demo our unique line of kayak rigging and power systems, and grab a can or two of FREE BEER – good, icy-cold brews from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Canada.

Check out our fully-YAK-EASE-rigged Old Town Auto Pilot 120, complete with multiple graphs, Humminbird MEGA Live, an onboard Minn Kota trolling motor with i-Pilot/Spot Lock, Norsk Lithium batteries, YOLOtek, Spidertek, Rip-A-Lip, JT Outdoors custom rods, DAIWA, Northland Fishing Tackle, and a host of other cool kayak fishing accessories.


Whitewater Apparel - Destined to Prevail

Whitewater Fishing’s new Prevail Pant fuses functionality, fit, and freedom of movement.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (July 9, 2024) – There’s a reason you don’t wear your favorite jeans to the gym or cargo pants to church. Pants matter. This applies to boating and fishing as well. You want something that plays the part, moves with your actions, and offers features for the task at hand. Whitewater Fishing created that garment and calls it the Prevail Pant.

Whether registering 30,000 “steps” on the deck of a bass boat, scouting from the tower, or simply looking for casual comfort docking at the rum bar, the Prevail Pant is for you.

KHAKI

CHARCOAL

Like all Whitewater creations, it begins with the fabric. “We nailed the stretch,” said Whitewater president Aaron Ambur. The Prevail Pant’s advanced 4-way stretch, nylon/spandex twill fabric is infinitely comfortable and gives with you every move, not constricting while kneeling or sitting like pants using traditional woven materials.

Featuring a modern cut – not stiff and boxy – the Prevail Pant offers fabric-features beyond providing an optimal range of motion. The stretchy nylon/spandex material has exceptional moisture-wicking properties, too, drying quickly and breathing when it’s hot and steamy above board. Moreover, the material is treated with an antimicrobial to combat odors even after hours of wear. Whitewater also added UPF 50 potency to defy unwanted sunrays for maximum sun protection.

Freedom of motion doesn’t end with the fabric – it’s about the cut, too. The Prevail Pant’s articulated knees encourage bending, while its gusseted crotch yields a generous platform for unrestricted mobility.

Finally, despite the fabric’s superb feel, the Prevail Pant is durable. The specialty material is remarkably stain resistant, barking back at fish slime and blood, even giving you a sporting chance of removing an accidental red wine spill while docked in the harbor. Bolstering durability, all seams are double stitched.

Onto the wealth of functional-features on the Prevail Pant… Most notable are the pair of side-seam vent zippers, which allow for temperature regulation. So, when you leave the dock in darkness on a chilly morning, you won’t regret not bringing shorts for that hot afternoon wardrobe change. (This instead of the numbers of pants that unzip at the knees to morph into shorts. Ever tried keeping track of the leg sections? Good luck.)

Precisely positioned pockets are also in the Prevail Pant’s DNA. Standard are secure zip cargo pockets on the sides, pair of front hand pockets, zippered back pockets, and even a nifty knife pocket.

Fortifying fit, you’ll appreciate the heavy-duty beltloops. And, the Prevail Pant comes in actual waist sizes, not uncertain sizing like Medium, Large, etc.

These pants are poised to become your reliable everyday workhorse, whether you're on or off the water.

Prevail Pant DETAILS:

  • Quick-dry nylon/spandex stretch twill fabric
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Stain resistant
  • Antimicrobial treated
  • 7 pockets: 2 front waist, 2 thigh zip, 2 back zip, 1 knife pocket
  • Side seam vent zippers allow for temperature regulation
  • Articulated knees & gusseted crotch for mobility
  • Available in Charcoal and Khaki
  • SIZES: 32R – 42R

MSRP $99.99


Snag Proof Zoo Wake - A Hollow Body That Swims

Fish love vegetation! Whether it’s lily pads, hydrilla, milfoil, or any kind of grass you can name, fish live there and feed there. But few lures are made to fish that kind of cover efficiently and effectively … until now!
The traditional hollow-bodied topwater is great, but they can be a little slow to fish, and they lack the built-in action that lets an angler cover water quickly … until now!
The Snag Proof Zoo Wake is a hollow-bodied topwater bait that doubles as a wake bait. Just cast it out and wind it in and through anything! Its unique swimming action kicks through grass, pads, hydrilla or whatever else could hold a good fish! The Zoo Wake combines the best features of a traditional hollow-bodied frog and a soft plastic swimbait, giving the fish something they’ve never seen before.
And we all know the value of showing fish something new.
The Zoo Wake is an all-terrain lure that covers the kind of water and cover where big fish live and feed. Its unique design causes the tail to swing erratically on the surface or kick seductively like a fleeing baitfish or frog, displacing water and getting attention.
There’s nothing else like it. It’s going to change the way anglers fish heavy cover.
And though it’s great as a topwater bait, it’s more versatile than that. Slide a few BBs into the body cavity, and the Zoo Wake will sink and penetrate fish-holding cover while still navigating it perfectly … without getting snagged!
The Snag Proof Zoo Wake debuts at ICAST. Look for it in the New Product Showcase and in the American Baitworks booth (#1623).
The Zoo Wake is the next big thing in heavy cover fishing.
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DAIWA’s new artisan Smelthead DX - Immaculate Design

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (July 9, 2024) – The art world has famed realists like Winslow Homer and Edgar Degas. High fashion has Valentino and Christian Dior. Even modern automotive design has Henry Fisker and Elon Musk. So, what about fishing? In the likes of lures, perhaps no one is more heralded for their contemporary designs than Hiroshi Nishine.

Nishine’s website says it like this: “Hiroshi Nishine’s missions is simple – to stop at nothing and develop the most effective fishing lures in the world. His obsessive attention to detail, precision engineering, and endless testing ensure that nothing is left to chance. Even in mass production, Hiroshi still hand-carves the master prototype from which each mold is made.”

So, when DAIWA set out to develop the world’s first ever saltwater grade underspin jig, Nishine was their first and only call. Welcome the Smelthead DX underspin jig.

“We wanted to bring the new and popular bass fishing jig to saltwater,” said DAIWA Field Marketing Manager, Chris Martin, the company knowing underspin jigs could be equally as effective nearshore and offshore as they are on lakes and reservoirs.

As with everything DAIWA does, the Smelthead DX is fully intellectualized in design, starting with its extraordinary head shape. “The line-tie placement on the sculpted head forces the nose of the jig downward, almost like a lipless crankbait,” said Martin. “This downward angle allows the short arm of the underspin the freedom to spin and flash.”

The shape of the blade is unique, too, its upper and lower curves causing the blade to spin in a tight rotation, not striking the body of the jig. Keeping the blade tight to the body is also crucial as it forces predators to take the entire lure rather than merely striking the flashing blade.

FLAKE PEARL

GUN METAL

BLACK BACK

SMELT

UV FIRE ORANGE

UV CHARTREUSE GREEN BACK

UV BLACK BACK

The Smelthead DX’s hooks are perilously sharp, and nickel plated for maximum corrosion resistance. And its elongated bait-keeper is designed to keep plastics sturdily in place without requiring a dot of superglue.

How do you fish DIAWA’s new Smelthead DX? Martin says there are multiple methods. “In the most elementary style, you can simply cast and retrieve it, either maintaining a steady pull, or letting the Smelthead DX swing pendulum-style to explore depths. You can also let it settle and then bump it along the bottom in less snaggy areas. It also performs well straight-up vertical jigging, especially if you’re on a drift and covering water.”

A wealth of species is on the hitlist, too. “Consider the Smelthead DX a winner for striped bass, flounder, cod, cobia, snook, tarpon, redfish, and jacks,” said Martin. In western waters, Martin says the Smelthead DX is effective on calico bass, rockfish, lingcod, and cabrilla. Basically, anything that will smack a well placed soft plastic.

The heavier weights of the Smelthead DX – 1 oz. and 1.5 oz. – make it effective out to 100 feet of water, and everything therein.

Although the Smelthead DX pairs perfectly with a wealth of larger soft plastic swimbaits and grubs, DAIWA’s new 6-inch Tournament D-FIN swimbait was created specifically to partner with the Smelthead DX. The size, shape, length, and action are a match made in heaven.

Color-wise, Martin says the array covers wide ranging water conditions. “Chartreuse Green Back, Fire Orange, and Motor Oil feature UV paint for added visibility in darker water, whereas the more natural Flake Pearl, Smelt, Gun Metal, and Black Back are geared for clearer conditions.”

SMELTHEAD DX FEATURES:

  • Saltwater Grade
  • Nearshore and offshore applications
  • Exclusive Hiroshi Nishine underspin design
  • Unique head shape and line-tie placement for downward action
  • High rotation blade located tight to the body
  • Nickel plated hook for sharpness and corrosion resistance
  • Extended bait-keeper locks plastics in place
  • 1 oz. and 1.5 oz. sizes
  • 7 colors: Chartreuse Green Back (UV), Fire Orange (UV), Motor Oil (UV), Flake Pearl, Smelt, Gun Metal, and Black Back

MSRP $9.99

For Daiwa’s latest color catalog and/or information on Daiwa dealers in your area, call Daiwa’s Customer Service Department at 562-375-6800 or e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]. The URL for Daiwa’s web site is daiwa.us


Rays Against Sunrays

Whitewater Fishing’s new Rays Performance Hoodie keeps sunrays and perspiration out, while delivering unmatched performance and comfort on the water. 

MUSKEGON, Mich. (July 3, 2024) – Research and diagnoses continue to reveal that the sun is an enemy of anglers and boaters. At times, the warmth feels good on the skin, but prolonged exposure – especially when tabulated in years – can lead to skin cancer. Frequent targets are the oft exposed face and hands, as well as the entire torso for those choosing to fish shirtless.

Anglers are wising up, however, many wearing long sleeve and hooded shirts with built-in sun protection. To that point, the new technologically advanced Rays Performance Hoodie from Whitewater Fishing offers UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) 50+ sun defense. That means it blocks 98% of the sun’s harmful rays.

But that's only the beginning of what makes the Rays Performance Hoodie the best of the best...

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BLUE BELL

That same fabric is lavish, too, extremely comfortable against the skin. Moreover, the premium handpicked fabric offers exceptional stretch to promote range of motion, and its engineered with cutting-edge Touch-Activated cooling fabric technology that keeps you comfortable when temps rise. Lastly, Whitewater added an antimicrobial to the Rays Performance Hoodie to thwart unwanted smells that can accumulate with use.

Beyond the fabric itself is intelligent design. Whitewater – applying its 100 years of combined apparel design experience – cut and sewed the material to fit the human form and articulate with every move. Additionally, all fabric panels are double stitched for strength.

Drumroll please, as we move onto the Rays Performance Hoodie’s most significant physical features: the custom hood and built-in neck and face gaiter. Unlike your ordinary fishing hoodie, the Rays Performance Hoodie features a three-paneled design, better fitting over your head and staying in place. To that, Whitewater cleverly added a quick snap to the front of the hood to hold it in place under your chin, which is especially pertinent as you’re racing across the water or in heavy wind.

The cleverness continues… The Rays Performance Hoodie includes a breathable neck and face gaiter sewn inside the back of the neck. To deploy, simply slide your head through the gaiter while putting on the hoodie – it’s in place. Pull it all the way over your face, just cover your neck, or tuck it down underneath your chin. The gaiter is that versatile.

Behold the anatomy of the finest fishing hoodie and make the Whitewater Rays Performance Hoodie your next don’t-leave-home-without-it piece of fishing and boating gear.

Rays Performance Hoodie FEATURES:

  • Lightweight, breathable polyester for incredible stretch
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, & cooling treated to keep you fresh & cool when your body temp rises
  • Ergonomic 3-panel hood with a snap to keep it in place on the water
  • Built-in neck gaiter for sun protection and laser-cut holes for breathing

MSRP $79.99


Redefined Lithium Technology

Norsk Lithium® partners with giant high-tech consumer electronics supplier to offer features, reliability, and longevity previously unheard of in the boat lithium battery segment

New Hope, Minn. (July 8, 2024) – The United States just celebrated its independence; lots of fun with family and friends, fireworks, BBQ, maybe a couple beers, and hopefully, some fishing.

Well, July 4th isn’t the only big bang this week…

Norsk Lithium® is proud to announce huge advances in lithium marine battery technology that completely shatters the current lithium boat battery paradigm. As such, the company will be revealing their completely reimagined product lineup and industry leading 10+2 year non-prorated warranty at ICAST 2024 in Orlando, June 16 – 19, at Booth 637.

“Norsk is poised to make fishing easier, better, and more powerful for all anglers,” says Norsk VP of Strategy & Development, James Holst.

“Our product design approach is solving the problems nobody else is addressing in the marine lithium battery space. It’s one thing to provide power, but that’s only one-half of the equation. Think about how the smart watch forever changed keeping track of time and you’ll have an understanding of how we’re approaching product development. We’re dedicated to creating the highest quality marine batteries possible, period, with a focus on offering an entirely new product line with a unique set of highly-desirable features other lithium companies just don’t have the ability to offer. Following this path was a lot more work but doing so got us away from being pigeonholed into using the small number of factories most lithium battery companies use, most licking and sticking their label on different price point designs sold by an almost limitless number of brands with the same features, and of course, the same design flaws. The net result is we’ve been able to brainstorm and implement some really exciting features that serious anglers really want from a lithium boat battery.”

Holst continues: “And while we didn’t set out to offer less expensive batteries, we are also proud to offer the absolute best lithium batteries on the market at prices that are often below our competitors’ pricing. Of course, that’s a good thing because it puts lithium power within reach of more anglers. And when potential customers compare our features, performance and price against featureless batteries with an inferior warranty offered by our competitors, we think the decision is a no-brainer. ”

Digging into the company’s new technologies, Holst says: “We’re on the constant watch for ways to utilize how smart lithium batteries can be and make the user experience more enjoyable and intuitive.”

Norsk Lithium’s solution to batteries discharging in storage? Deep Sleep technology.

One of the most maddening, frustrating and time-consuming problems any boat owner can ever be forced to deal with is having to track down a passive or phantom draw that slowly and painfully sucks the energy out of boat batteries when the boat is in storage.

Sometimes these low amp draws point back to faulty wiring that needs to be painstakingly tracked down and rewired. At other times, the source of the problem is the boat owner themselves. Ever accidentally left a radio or light on in your boat? Or perhaps you’ve forgotten to turn off all the master power switches? Yeah, we’ve done that more times than we care to admit and our oversight typically resulted in a boatload of dead batteries which is why we knew we needed to come up with a fix that would address the problem and provide an “easy button” solution.

“So we came up with the Deep Sleep concept, where we can use the BMS that sits on top of the battery to make it really easy for users to shut down every battery in their boat through the Guardian™ app with the simple touch of a button,” says Holst.

“Press the button, and all the batteries go into Deep Sleep, stopping current from hitting the battery terminals. This also makes sure that if your boat has any parasitic voltage draws that your batteries aren’t going to drain when docked, in the parking lot, or long-term storage,” offers Holst.

Holst elaborates: “And instead of having to crawl through your compartments and flip switches—we typically remember the master switches immediately after the cover is safely and securely on the boat—you can stand by the side of your boat looking like the smartest guy at the launch, hit one button in the Guardian App, and presto, all the batteries disconnect power to the terminals in an instant. Same thing for waking them back up when you’re ready to hit the water. Just open the Norsk Lithium Guardian™ app and tap a button. That’s just another example of how we’ve made our new batteries more efficient and user-friendly.”

But what if you forget your phone or want to do it manually?

Norsk Lithium has gone yet another step further by building in a Power Management Button right into the top of each battery.

“You’ve got a built in State of Charge (SOC) battery meter built into the top of the battery case you’re going to get a SOC read-out with a quick push of the battery management button which provides a quick visual check of the battery’s status without the need for the App on your phone. That same battery management button will also give you the opportunity to wake up the battery from Deep Sleep. A simple tap of the button and your battery wakes from Deep Sleep and you’re ready to roll.

But our commitment to innovation doesn’t end with Deep Sleep. For example, most experienced anglers carry a jump pack in the boat to ensure they can start their big motor if needed.

Get this: Norsk has eliminated the need for this with their new product design.

“Instead of anglers having to dig out a jump pack that all too often gets left at home, to eliminate the chance that the starting battery can be so deeply discharged that there’s not enough juice left to start the outboard, we built in an Emergency Start Reserve (ESR) right into our new line of starting batteries. 25% of the battery’s capacity is set aside, almost like an internal starting pack that you’ll never forget on the kitchen counter, so the angler can avoid ever being caught on the water or at the landing with a dead starting battery ever again! To access the Emergency Start Reserve you have the option to do so in the Norsk Guardian™ App or by pressing and holding the Battery Management button for 5 seconds. With the touch of a button you go from being dead on the water to running across the lake with the wind in your hair! With our new batteries, an angler will never get caught by surprise on the water with a dead starting battery.”

Another cool, new Norsk Lithium exclusive - Dual Voltage Batteries

How about a 36V 60Ah Deep Cycle battery for your trolling motor with… what’s that? A second set of terminals? Yup. Norsk Lithium is introducing the first dual voltage battery to the marine marketplace in response to the overwhelming consumer demand for batteries that can power their sonar modules at higher voltages. Remember, the operating voltage range of a sonar module, regardless of brand, is in excess of 30V, so feeding these power-hungry devices 28V, instead of the standard 12V, allows them to run more efficiently, offer longer runtimes when compared to a 12V battery due to the lower amp draw, and many feel better overall performance of their sonar system as a whole. Now, in most scenarios users chasing higher voltage solutions are forced to implement complicated wiring, additional power shut off switches, and external voltage regulators to provide higher voltage power. You won’t find any of that run-around over here. With Norsk Lithium’s Dual Voltage 36V 60Ah Deep Cycle, providing 28V of clean, consistent, regulated power is as simple as attaching the red wire from your sonar module to the positive 28V terminal and the black wire from the sonar wire to the negative 28V terminal and you’re ready to hit the water. All the power regulation, power management, and fancy wiring is handled INSIDE the battery. Did we mention we like to use our engineering prowess to solve problems and make things easier for anglers?

“Our mission is to make ownership of Norsk Lithium batteries enjoyable through increased efficiency and their ability to solve problems for you,” reiterates Holst.

Ultimately, the marriage of an extremely smart and unprecedented high-tech (but easy-to-use) marine battery is what Norsk Lithium has achieved in their new line of products, which we encourage you to experience first-hand at ICAST 2024 in Orlando, June 16 – 19, at Booth 637.

Holst concludes: “What’s really exciting is not only this new line of products and unprecedented design and technologies, but our forward-looking engineering, which promises to stay ahead of the cutting edge as we move forward into the ever-changing landscape of fishing in today’s world.”

At the end of the day, when you compare Norsk Lithium’s laundry list of new, high-tech features, it’s painfully clear. Norsk is at the head of the pack when it comes to competition in the marine lithium battery space. If you’re not using green, you’re not using the be-all, end-all.


Fuel Injection … for Fishing Lures!

What if you could take the most effective fishing scent ever created and inject it into your soft plastic lures so that the scent gradually oozed out — like a blood trail attracting sharks?

What if you had full control over where, when and how much attractant you put in your lures?

What if you could experiment with this attractant dosage and get dialed in on exactly what the fish want on any given day?
Now you can … with the new BaitFuel Injector Kit. BaitFuel — the revolutionary fishing scent that has dominated the market for the past few seasons — can now be injected into your soft plastic lures.

There’s actual science behind BaitFuel, and genius behind the BaitFuel Injector Kit. Why just dose your lures with the most powerful attractant ever devised when you can put the secret sauce inside where it will slowly and gradually disperse, more effectively and efficiently working its magic?

There’s simply no better way to put the fishing odds in your favor.

Each BaitFuel Injector Kit comes with 4 reusable vials prefilled with BaitFuel.

It debuts at ICAST. Look for it in the New Product Showcase and in the American Baitworks booth (#1623).


Travel Tuesday - First Rule of Fishing Travel – Just Get Bit

Written By Pete Robbins - Half Past First Cast

If you’ve done little or no billfishing and want to try it out, I strongly recommend that you visit Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala. It’s easy to get there, the fleet and service are top-notch, and there are few places with that combination where you’ll get so many bites. If you’re new to the game, though, you won’t be used to the style of fishing, or the gear, and nothing you can read about it or watch on YouTube will get you 100 percent of the way there.

That’s why I suggest that for at least your first day on the water you let the mates do the “bait and switch” to get the sailfish on the line. Then you can fight them to the boat.  I know that many of you are used to doing everything on your own, and you’ve fished a lot of different places, but trust me on this one. The advantages of doing it this way are several. First, and perhaps most importantly, everyone flubs some chances, even the mates, but they do this every day. There aren’t many hookable fish that they miss. Even many experienced billfishermen will have a success rate only a fraction as good. When they hook that fish, and you get it to the boat, all of the pressure is off. You’ve caught a sailfish. You got your glory shot with it and you can go home with a fish story. All of the pressure is off. Even if you try to do the next 10 yourself and manage a new way to mess it up every time, you got what you came for. In contrast, if you go first and mess up the first five, then six, then seven, and so on, the pressure adds up. You’re going to start to doubt yourself and that leads to unforced errors.

Furthermore, by carefully watching the mates do their balletic movements with rod and reel, you’re able to mimic them. Ask lots of questions beforehand – they’re used to explaining what to do – and then put those words together with what you saw. It’s a recipe for maximizing success.

It’s not just billfishing where this rule applies. When we go to El Salto, I often see anglers arrive for the first time with an idea of how they want to catch fish – swimbaits or topwaters, for example. Or maybe on the prior trip, under similar conditions, they caught them a certain way and they’re sure it’ll work again. That’s a recipe for disaster. I’ve seen anglers waste a full day leaning heavily on a plopper or an A-Rig or some other situational tool. With only three to five days on the water for most travelers, that can be a huge waste of time.

Unlike in Guatemala, I’d never expect your Mexican bass guide to cast or set the hook for you, but you can still rely on his expertise. He knows generally what they’ve been eating and in which places. He’s on the water every damn day. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Instead, go with a lure or lures that he recommends, from a list of proven winners. Once you get that first bite, it will begin to tell you how, when and where you can expect the next one. After a few of them, it may even dictate how to use the lures that your guide has never seen before.

Again, getting this first bite, or first couple of bites, is the key for most anglers to calm down. You’ve caught a few and you don’t have to press. I’m convinced that’s why many of the “non-serious anglers” often do better than the hard core tournament guys down there. The former are just fishing, listening and paying attention. If the latter type hasn’t caught a giant after a few sessions he (it’s almost always a he) starts to stress and press, which leads to mental mistakes and lures in trees.

Remember, it takes at least two or three fish to make a pattern, and you have to try not to get false positives. On one trip, there were occasional patches of hyacinths up against the bank. My fishing partner skipped a jig up next to one such patch and caught a near-7-pounder. He was convinced that it was the skipping action that made the difference and spent the rest of the afternoon skipping into every nook and cranny he could find. Oddly enough, it only produced fish when the skip ended up right next to a small clump of hyacinths. It was the cover, not the cast, that made the difference. We’re all susceptible to jumping to conclusions. We’re also sometimes unable to flex when the dominant paradigm changes. We’re so used to relying on what was working before, that we’re too slow to move on.

You can even extend this concept to the entire trip. For example, if you want to check muskies off your list, Lake St. Clair is a great place to do it. Fish two or three days to improve your chances, and you can take that one step further by trolling the first day and casting the second and third. If that somehow violates your moral compass, it’s not necessary, but otherwise it can a fun and extremely productive way to pop the cherry.

Get that first fish in the boat. It doesn’t have to be the trophy of a lifetime. It doesn’t have to be caught on your “secret lure.” It will, however, enable you to play with house money from a position of power, and that’s the best way to have a great trip.

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If you’d like to join us on a trip to Mexico, Alaska, Guatemala or Panama, shoot us an email at [email protected]. We’ll do our best to “get you bit.”


St. Lawrence River named 2024’s Best Bass Lake by Bassmaster Magazine

July 3, 2024

St. Lawrence River named 2024’s Best Bass Lake by Bassmaster Magazine

BestBassLakes_4C.pngBIRMINGHAM, Ala. — There is a stretch of more than 50 miles of the St. Lawrence River (Thousand Islands) in New York, as well as eastern Lake Ontario, that constantly produces chunky, hard-fighting smallmouth bass. It’s this reputation for consistently giving up large numbers of quality bronzebacks that has earned the fishery the top spot in the 2024 Bassmaster Magazine 100 Best Bass Lakes standings.

The St. Lawrence River took top honors in the 2022 rankings. After slipping to No. 2 last year, the St. Lawrence has reclaimed the coveted title — and rightfully so. In 2023 the unrivaled smallmouth fishery gave up more than 100 pounds to the top four competitors in the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament held there in late August; it took a staggering 105 pounds to win the event. The unrivaled smallmouth fishery appears to be getting even better, as five-bass tournament limits of more than 20 pounds now seem to be commonplace.

Anglers face a variety of factors — weather, time of year, moon phases and more — every time they cast a line. And like the factors that affect a day of fishing, there are many factors that affect a body of water and can push a good, even great, fishery, into a “must-visit” destination for an angler — the 100 Best Bass Lakes list.

“I am always amazed at how much the rankings change each year,” said B.A.S.S. Vice President of Content James Hall. “It's a tremendous reminder that fisheries are living entities that have good years and bad years. According to the 2024 rankings based on months of research and data collection, our Top 100 fisheries are not just alive and well but thriving.

“Our goal with this project has always been to offer a current list of bass fisheries that the weekend angler, someone who doesn't get to fish but a few times a year, can visit and have the best chance at being successful,” Hall added. “Bassmaster's 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings continue to offer fishermen the ultimate bucket list of lakes and rivers that are hot right now.”

California, Florida and Texas lead the pack for the most fisheries in 2024’s Top 100 rankings with seven each. Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan all brought six bodies of water to the list, followed by Georgia, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee with five.

After taking the top spot in 2023, Texas’ O.H. Ivie Lake dropped to No. 2 in this year’s rankings, but the fishery is clearly no slouch. The 20,000-acre lake produced 35 Toyota ShareLunkers (8 pounds or heavier) in the first four months of 2024. Twelve of those fish qualified as Legacy Class bass — 13-plus pounds — caught between January and March and loaned to Texas Parks and Wildlife for use in its selective breeding program.

Florida’s Orange Lake made the Top 10 in the nation last year, placing eighth, and checks in at No. 3 this year. The 12,550-acre body of water features extensive aquatic vegetation such as lily pads and periodic hydrilla that give bass ample cover to thrive on forage and grow to massive proportions. Orange Lake has given up 33 bass over 8 pounds to the TrophyCatch program since January, 14 of which were in double digits.

The rankings identify the top lakes in the nation based on head-to-head comparisons, as well as the Top 25 lakes in four geographical regions — Central, Western, Southeastern and Northeastern.

“We divide the nations into four regions and rank the lakes in each region to give anglers perspective on the fisheries they can most likely reach,” Hall said.

Full rankings can be found in the July/August issue of Bassmaster Magazine and on Bassmaster.com.

Bassmaster Magazine’s Top 10 Best Bass Lakes of 2024

  1. St. Lawrence River (Thousand Islands), New York
  2. O.H. Ivie Lake, Texas
  3. Orange Lake, Florida
  4. Lake St. Clair, Michigan
  5. Lake Fork, Texas
  6. Lake Murray, South Carolina
  7. Lake Erie/Upper Niagara River, New York
  8. Clear Lake, California
  9. Bussey Brake Reservoir, Louisiana
  10. Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota

Best Bass Lakes — Central Division

  1. O.H. Ivie Lake, Texas
  2. Lake Fork, Texas
  3. Bussey Brake Reservoir, Louisiana
  4. Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota
  5. Caney Creek Reservoir, Louisiana

Best Bass Lakes — Western Division

  1. Clear Lake, California
  2. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California
  3. Roosevelt Lake, Arizona
  4. Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  5. El Capitan Reservoir, California

Best Bass Lakes — Southeastern Division

  1. Orange Lake, Florida
  2. Lake Murray, South Carolina
  3. Jordan Lake, North Carolina
  4. Santee Cooper Lakes (Marion/Moultrie), South Carolina
  5. Lake Guntersville, Alabama

Best Bass Lakes — Northeastern Division

  1. St. Lawrence River (Thousand Islands), New York
  2. Lake St. Clair, Michigan
  3. Lake Erie/Upper Niagara River, New York
  4. Lake Erie, Ohio
  5. Burt/Mullett lakes, Michigan

 

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About B.A.S.S.

B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting-edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

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Media Contact: Chad Gay, B.A.S.S. Communications Manager, 205-313-0945, [email protected]


Anglers should see limits of healthy, heavy smallmouth in Bassmaster Open at St. Clair

July 3, 2024

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MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. — Warmer than average temperatures have spread across the northern section of the country thus far this summer, which means the Lake St. Clair smallmouth should be healthy and heavy for the St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Lake St. Clair presented by SEVIIN according to Michigan native Bo Thomas.

“I think they will be in a full-fledged summer pattern, and I think the weights will be really, really good,” the Tackle Warehouse Elite Qualifier pro said. “It should be a fun one.

“This is going to be a slugfest event. This isn’t going to be an event where everyone is going to struggle. Everyone is going to catch them.”

The sixth stop of the Opens season is scheduled for July 11-13. Anglers will launch from the Harley Ensign Boat Launch beginning at 6 a.m. ET and return for weigh-in starting at 2 p.m. The full field will compete the first two days before the Top 10 anglers after Day 2 compete for the top prize the final day.

Known for sheer numbers of quality smallmouth bass, Lake St. Clair is a favorite venue amongst anglers on the Bassmaster Tournament trail. Just look back to the 2023 Elite Series event won by Joey Cifuentes with 91 pounds, 8 ounces. The entire 102 boat field scored a limit during the first two days of the event.

Thomas believes the Opens anglers will catch the same numbers of bass, but separating from the field will be much more difficult to do.

“The X factor is going to be who can catch a 5- or 6-pounder each day,” Thomas said. “Whoever can get those two big bites that go along with three 4-pounders (is going to excel).”

With warm temperatures across the region to start the summer and the mayfly hatch mostly finished, Thomas expects the smallmouth to be in their summer patterns when anglers begin practice.

They will likely be targeting two different types of forage: perch and gobies. Several different types of vegetation will play a role, from cabbage to other thinner types of grass. That means Anchor Bay, which received a lot of attention during the Elite Series event in 2023, will be a popular destination for Opens anglers.

“During the summer, it seems like the smallmouth tend to move into the grass a lot more. That will be a big player. I think Anchor Bay will put out a lot of the weight in this tournament. I’m sure a lot of the field will be focusing on that area. It seems like that’s the trend for big tournaments right now. A lot of the Southern guys can relate to the fishing there. It’s shallower and it has grass. You can power fish to catch them.”

Lake Erie and Lake Huron will also be in play for Opens anglers, both of which have more rock features, but how much time Thomas will dedicate to those two fisheries all depends on the wind. The Detroit River and St. Clair River will also be in play, adding yet another element to the mix.

“Those fish will be relating to current breaks and hard bottom (in the rivers),” Thomas said. “(Erie) doesn’t look good for practice. The wind will be blowing out of the south each day. It is blowing right up the chute. There might be one day where I could go check some stuff, but Erie is one of those places I focus on the wind. If it is flat and calm, I’ll go look. If not, I won't mess with it.”

Several different techniques can come into play at St. Clair. A drop shot will be a popular choice as well as a tube and a Damiki-style presentation. Thomas also thinks a crankbait could be an important tool for some anglers in this event.

Thomas believes an all-smallmouth total weighing around 65 pounds will likely win this event. While St. Clair is an impressive largemouth fishery in its own right, a green-fish pattern can be hard to replicate day-to-day.

And while there are several popular areas that hold bass all the time, Thomas thinks an angler who can find a less pressured area will have the best chance at winning.

“It is going to be an event where being around a crowd isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you find something to yourself, it is going to play throughout the tournament,” he said.

Minnesota’s Easton Fothergill leads the Tackle Warehouse Elite Qualifier standings after five events with 878 points. Texas pro Dakota Ebare is second with 869 points, Canada’s Evan Kung is third with 853 points, Idaho’s Cody Meyer is fourth with 853 points and Alabama’s Matt Adams is fifth with 850 points. Ty Faber is sixth with 821 points, Tucker Smith is seventh with 808 points, Andrew Loberg is eighth with 808 points and Jack York is ninth with 799 points.

Tournament coverage begins Saturday at 8 a.m. on FS1 and runs through 1 p.m. Bassmaster LIVE will be streaming on Bassmaster.com daily. All coverage times are ET.

The Detroit Sports Commission is hosting the tournament.

2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Title Sponsor: St. Croix

2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Presenting Sponsor: SEVIIN

2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota
2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Premier Sponsors: Bass Pro ShopsDakota Lithium, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Progressive Insurance, Ranger Boats, Rapala, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha
2024 Bassmaster Opens Series Supporting Sponsors: AFTCO, Daiwa, Garmin, Lew's, Lowrance, Marathon, Triton Boats, VMC

About B.A.S.S.B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting-edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

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MLF ‘Century Club’ Commemorative Coins Start Hitting Mailboxes

BENTON, Ky. (July 3, 2024) – Last week, the first round of MLF Century Club coins headed out to anglers who have fished 100 or more events with MLF or its predecessors, FLW and Operation Bass. It’s a mailing list that includes Bass Pro Tour stalwarts like Jacob Wheeler and Andy Morgan  as well as hundreds of regional anglers — and quite possibly someone you know.

“We have over 1,200 anglers that have fished 100 or more tournaments with us since 1994, when we started digital records retention,” said Kathy Fennel, MLF Executive Vice President and General Manager. “That number undoubtedly climbs even higher going back to our very first tournament season in 1980, and our team is working to honor those early participants as well as we comb through paper archives. These anglers have shaped the history of our sport, and we are proud to honor them.”

Anyone with 100 or more tournaments to their name on the boater or co-angler side should receive a coin, which will certainly stoke some fond memories. As everyone knows, tournament fishing tends to turn into a lifestyle, and the trophies and paychecks are only a small part of the experience – the people you meet along the way can be just as special.

With more than 388 tournaments to his credit, Jim Tutt  has competed with MLF and its predecessors more than anyone else. Tutt’s career started in the paper record days and is ongoing, and it’s one folks might remember for any number of reasons. Part of the Kellogg’s team for a long time on the FLW Tour, you could recall Tutt sporting the Rice Krispies wrap or have one of his various high finishes at Sam Rayburn locked into your mind. Or, perhaps you know him as one of the most personable and friendly anglers you could find.

“I’m so blessed to have been able to fish so much,” Tutt said. “I was able to fish for a long, long time and not have to work very much. I did the opposite of what most people do — I fished for a long time, and now I work a little bit. Most people work their whole lives and then retire and fish, but I got it backwards. Hopefully I can continue on for a lot more years.”

Even now, after shelving a national fishing career, Tutt is still running the circuit back home — he’s sixth in the points in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division this year. Over the years, Tutt has been fortunate to have his life align so he could be on the water a lot.

“One thing that allowed me to fish so many was that I was fortunate enough early in my career to win several tournaments, so I had a good starting spot with money,” Tutt said. “When I was with Kellogg’s for so long, that was also a great basis financially to go out and be able to do all that.

“Number one, I have great support from my wife,” he continued. “That’s No. 1 – she didn’t have a problem with me fishing. Number 2, no kids, that’s another thing. My dad traveled with me for a time; my family as a whole, I had good support from them. Truthfully, I didn’t realize it was that many (events), but the bottom line is I just love competing. Not always against the other fishermen, but the fish. I love fishing, but I love the competition of figuring it out on a given day.”

Tutt has some treasured memories from over the years, including a 2002 EverStart Series win at home on Sam Rayburn. But, one of the best memories is of his first FLW Tour event – in 1999 at Lake Okeechobee.

“The reason that stands out for me is I didn’t have any information about the lake, I had never been there before, I didn’t know anybody,” he said. “I just went fishing, I found the fish on my own, caught ‘em on my own, and at that point, I thought, ‘Man, this is pretty dang cool.’ I was proud. I didn’t have any help, no prior knowledge, I just showed up and went fishing.”

Rolling into Florida to fish a giant bowl of vegetation must have been daunting, but it didn’t stop him. Finishing third in the event, Tutt cashed $20,000, which kicked off a 24-year run on the FLW Tour and Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit.

Still, for Tutt, it’s the people as much as anything that have made bass fishing so special for him.

“I’m sure I’ll forget someone, but there’s a short list of people I’m really fortunate to have met,” said Tutt. “Rick Lilegard, Joel Richardson, Troy Morrow, Mark Mowery, Jody White and Rick Taylor come to mind. These are guys I’ve met, fished against, roomed with and traveled with over the last 30 years, and they’ve become longtime close friends. Those guys really stand out, but holy smokes, I could go on and on. The best friends I’ve got, I’ve made through fishing.”

At MLF, we’re genuinely grateful for every angler who decides to trust us with their weekend on the water. The Century Club program is just getting off the ground, and if you haven’t received a coin yet and should have, please reach out. Going forward, we’ll run the numbers at the end of every season, so if you’re in the 90s now and shooting for a coin, stay by the mailbox this fall. Additionally, anglers who fished Operation Bass tournaments from 1980 through 1993 are encouraged to contact MLF at [email protected] to help verify participation for inclusion in the Century Club.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For tournament updates, photos, news and more, follow the MLF5 social media outlets at FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 17 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.


Big Bass Tour Announces Addition to 2024 Schedule: Fall Smith Mountain Lake Big Bass Classic

Montgomery, TX – The Big Bass Tour is excited to announce an addition to our 2024 tournament schedule: Fall Smith Mountain Lake Big Bass Classic.  This event will take place October 18-20, 2024, on Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, offering anglers an exceptional opportunity to compete in one of the premier bass fishing locations in the nation for $150,000 in prizes and payouts. Registration is open and the first 250 anglers to register for two or three days will receive an early entry prize.

New Event Location: Mariners Landing

We are pleased to introduce Mariners Landing at Smith Mountain Lake as the new event location for the Fall Smith Mountain Lake Big Bass Classic.  Mariners Landing is a premier lakeside resort offering excellent amenities, including a championship golf course, dining options, and luxurious accommodations.

Event Details
• Dates: October 18-20, 2024
• Location: Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
• Entry Fees: $250 for three days, $165 for two days, $115 for one day, and $75 for youth
• Early Entry Prize: Fenwick Eagle Series Casting Rod
• Grand Prize: Fully rigged 2024 NITRO® Z18 with a Mercury® 150L Pro XS
• Guaranteed Total Hourly Paybacks: $63,525
• Hourly Weigh-Ins: 7 hourly weigh-ins each day
• Weigh-In Site: Mariners Landing, 1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston, VA 24104
• First Cast: To be announced the week of the tournament

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Montgomery Texas 77316

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Plattsburgh Set to Host MLF Toyota Series at Lake Champlain Presented by Suzuki Marine

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (July 2, 2024) – The Major League Fishing (MLF) Toyota Series Presented by Phoenix Boats is set to continue its season in Plattsburgh next week, July 11-13, for the second event of the Northern Division – the Toyota Series at Lake Champlain Presented by Suzuki Marine.

The three-day tournament, hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, will feature the northeastern United States’ best bass-fishing pros and Strike King co-anglers competing for a top prize of up to $105,000 in the pro division and a new Phoenix 518 Pro boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor in the co-angler division.

“The fish are biting good and expect to see some good weights in this one – even a little bit bigger than the (Tackle Warehouse) Invitational that was here a couple of weeks ago,” said pro Alec Morrison of Peru, New York, who has seven top-10 finishes on Lake Champlain in MLF competition. “The fish are going to be a little further ahead in their cycle – more into their summertime patterns. There are a lot of fish still mid-range, but the majority are moving out deep.

“I think the smallmouth will reign supreme, as usual,” Morrison continued. “But there have been some big largemouth weighed recently, not only in the Invitational but also in some local tournaments as well. I think we’ll see quite a few big largemouth in this one – more so than the Toyota Series event we had last year.”

Morrison said that he doesn’t think that anglers would be able to target and catch big largemouth for three days in a row, but that an angler could absolutely bring a limit of green bass to the scale.

“I think the angler who potentially can catch a good bag of smallmouth early – around 20 pounds – and then hunt for a big largemouth the rest of the day will likely be leading on the first day,” Morrison said.

Morrison predicts the standard smallmouth tactics to be strong, with a lot of drop-shot and jigging minnow presentations to be popular tactics. He mentioned that he would mix in a topwater and jerkbait for some shallow-water fish. For largemouth, Morrison said that he expects it to be a game of flipping grass, and maybe throwing a glide bait or a jig around docks.

“As a competitor, you have to go into a tournament at Champlain knowing that you’ll always need at least 20 pounds a day in order to be there at the end,” Morrison went on to say. “I think for this one it’ll take upwards of 63 pounds over three days to win. The top end weights will be similar to the Invitationals. But I expect the cutline weight to be a little higher for this one – maybe even a pound more.”

Anglers will launch at 6 a.m. ET each day from the Plattsburgh City Marina, located at 5 Dock Street in Plattsburgh. Weigh-ins will also be held at the marina and will begin at 2 p.m. each day. Fans are welcome to attend and encouraged to follow the event online through the “MLF Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

In Toyota Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event, scaling up for every 20 boats over 160 and scaling down for every boat below 160. With a 160-boat field, pros fish for a top prize of up to $75,000, if Phoenix MLF Bonus qualified. Strike King co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard (valued at $33,500). With a 260-boat field, pros fish for a top award of up to $100,000, if Phoenix MLF Bonus qualified. Strike King co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard plus $5,000 cash.

The 2024 Toyota Series Presented by Phoenix Boats consists of six divisions – Central, Northern, Plains, Southern, Southwestern and the Western Division Presented by Tackle Warehouse – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International and Wild Card divisions. Anglers who fish in any of the six divisions or the Wild Card division and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Championship for a shot at winning up to $235,000 and a qualification to REDCREST 2025. The winning Strike King co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard. The 2024 Toyota Series Championship will be held Nov. 7-9 on Wheeler Lake in Huntsville, Alabama, and is hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Madison County Commission, and the Huntsville Sports Commission.

Proud sponsors of the 2024 MLF Toyota Series include: 7Brew, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, BUBBA, E3, Epic Baits, Fishing Clash, FX Custom Rods, General Tire, Lew’s, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, PowerStop Brakes, REDCON1, Strike King, Suzuki, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, WIX Filters, YETI.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Toyota Series updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the MLF5 social media outlets at FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 17 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.


Travel Tuesday - Cybersecurity on Your Fishing Vacation

By Pete Robbins - Half Past First Cast

Part of the reason that we go on distant fishing trips to remote locations is to “disconnect” from the electronic tethers that increasingly rule our lives. Other than fishing itself, I love nothing more about a vacation than setting up an out-of-office message that says “I am away until XXXX and will be unable to check voicemail or email during that time.”

Nevertheless, I’ll be the first to admit that even when I don’t have service my phone remains an important part of my daily life. It is my alarm clock, my camera, my calculator and my
translator. It’s the first thing I grab when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I check before going to sleep. While we may not have internet or cell service on the water, most lodges and hotels we’ve stayed at – even in Africa, the Amazon, Mexico and throughout Central America – enable us to connect.

You should always be careful about where and how you get online, but when you’re abroad (and particularly in an isolated place) you need to be especially vigilant about protecting your
online self. Hanna is the more technologically-savvy member of our duo, but I nevertheless try to be careful in the following caveman-friendly ways:

PHYSICALLY SECURE YOUR DEVICES
Do you really need to bring a phone, a tablet and a laptop? On most trips, one or at most two will cover all of your techie needs. No matter how many you bring, keep them with you or
secured (in a hotel safe, in your carry-on, NOT your checked luggage) at all times. Don’t leave your phone unattended and charging in the airport waiting area while you go and grab a snack, or hit the john. Don’t work on even slightly sensitive matters where others can see your screen.  There’s simply no upside. While you’re at it, make sure that all of your devices are password protected and locked when not in use.

EXTRA CAUTION ON PUBLIC WI-FI

When you’re connected to public wi-fi, just assume that anything you send or download is now in the public sphere. That means your passwords and other personally-identifiable information.  If you must input or send such data, if possible use a VPN, which encrypts the data you send for an added layer of security. If you fear that you’ve used public Wi-Fi and sent information that could be compromising, change those passwords as soon as you get home. Be sure when abroad to also turn off the functions that auto-connect to wireless and Bluetooth networks.

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/cybersecurity-tips-international-travelers

FIND LOST DEVICES

If your phone does not come with a built-in means of finding your device, then add a Device Finder or enable the “Find My Device” feature. It may not help you if your phone is 30 feet
deep in Lake El Salto (here’s looking at you, Aaron Rygas!) but it might in some other circumstances.  CONSIDER A SIM CARD (OR EVEN ANOTHER PHONE) You may have an international plan with your wireless carrier that enables you to connect, either all the time or for specified periods. Unfortunately, this can get rather expensive, rather quickly if you’re forced to churn through heavy amounts of data. One other option is to buy a SIM card in the country of origin (they’re often available at the airport upon arrival) and you can add a hefty data allowance for a small amount of money. It’ll give you a different phone number while you’re away (and may affect your ability to receive texts) but that may be a small price to pay.  After all, you’re on a fishing trip, not a Tinder binge. Today some phones have “virtual eSIMs” which require a download rather than a separate card. Another option might be to bring/purchase an unlocked phone with prepaid minutes in the host country. That will also help you avoid having preloaded data compromised.

CARRY A SECOND CREDIT CARD

Recently, I got a notice from Chase that someone had tried to buy over $9,000 of industrial tools using my card, which happened to be in my pocket at that time. I called Chase, they confirmed that it was true, and that they had to cancel the card and overnight me a new one.  What would have happened if I was at a remote international fishing lodge, with no mail
service, but would have needed the card for my trip home? I would’ve been screwed. It always pays to have a second card on hand, even if you never use it otherwise, just for emergencies like that. Many cards now have international capabilities built in, but if you’re not sure about yours call or email the issuer to make sure that you don’t need special authorization. No matter what, when you get home, check your online credit card and bank account statements to be sure there are no “fishy” charges.

More sorta-tech tips, as long as I’m at it...

When you’re searching for the best rates on a flight or a hotel, put your browser in “incognito” mode. Otherwise, you may be recognized through prior “cookies” and the search engines’
algorithms might fail to give you the best available rates.

Find downloadable apps that will be very necessary, often at times when you don’t have connectivity – like Google Maps and Google Translate.

I’ll write it for what seems like the hundredth time: Get WhatsApp so you can make calls anywhere you have Wi-Fi.

Get the right adapter (ideally an all-in-one) so that you don’t fry any of your devices when you try to charge them.


Sixth Season of Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour Set to Premiere Saturday on Discovery Channel

REDCREST 2024 to kick off sixth season of MLF Bass Pro Tour on Discovery Channel, new episodes premiere at 7 a.m. ET every Saturday through mid-November

BENTON, Ky. (July 2, 2024) – The sixth season of the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour is set to premiere this Saturday, July 6, at 7 a.m. ET with a two-hour episode on the Discovery Channel.

The 2024 MLF Bass Pro Tour features a field of the top professional anglers in the world competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, fishing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual General Tire Heavy Hitters all-star event and REDCREST 2025, the Bass Pro Tour championship, April 2-6, 2025, on Lake Guntersville in Huntsville, Alabama.

The first two-hour episode of Major League Fishing premiering Saturday will feature the Knockout Round from REDCREST 2024 Powered by OPTIMA Lithium at Alabama’s Lay Lake, the Bass Pro Tour Championship. Each week a new episode will premiere on Discovery Channel, through mid-November.

The complete air schedule for the 2024 Bass Pro Tour on Discovery Channel is:

- July 6          Bass Pro Shops REDCREST 2024 at Lay Lake Powered by OPTIMA Lithium Knockout Round
- July 13        NO EPISODE – DISCOVERY CHANNEL SHARK WEEK
- July 20        Bass Pro Shops REDCREST 2024 at Lay Lake Powered by OPTIMA Lithium Championship Round
- July 27        B&W Trailer Hitches Stage One at Toledo Bend Presented by Power-Pole Knockout Round
- Aug. 3         B&W Trailer Hitches Stage One at Toledo Bend Presented by Power-Pole Championship Round
- Aug. 10       General Tire Heavy Hitters at Kissimmee Chain Presented by Bass Pro Shops, Qualifying Round Group A – Day 1
- Aug. 17       General Tire Heavy Hitters at Kissimmee Chain Presented by Bass Pro Shops, Qualifying Round Group B – Day 1
- Aug. 24       General Tire Heavy Hitters at Kissimmee Chain Presented by Bass Pro Shops, Qualifying Round Group A – Day 2
- Aug. 31       General Tire Heavy Hitters at Kissimmee Chain Presented by Bass Pro Shops, Qualifying Round Group B – Day 2
- Sept. 7         General Tire Heavy Hitters at Kissimmee Chain Presented by Bass Pro Shops, Knockout Round
- Sept. 14       General Tire Heavy Hitters at Kissimmee Chain Presented by Bass Pro Shops, Championship Round
- Sept. 21       Suzuki Stage Two at Santee Cooper Lakes Presented by Fenwick Knockout Round
- Sept. 28       Suzuki Stage Two at Santee Cooper Lakes Presented by Fenwick Championship Round
- Oct. 5          PowerStop Brakes Stage Three at Dale Hollow Lake Presented by Mercury Knockout Round
- Oct. 6          PowerStop Brakes Stage Three at Dale Hollow Lake Presented by Mercury Championship Round
- Oct. 12        MillerTech Stage Four at Lake Eufaula Presented by REDCON1 Knockout Round
- Oct. 19        MillerTech Stage Four at Lake Eufaula Presented by REDCON1 Championship Round
- Oct. 26        U.S. Air Force Stage Five at Chowan River Presented by WIX Filters Knockout Round
- Nov. 2         U.S. Air Force Stage Five at Chowan River Presented by WIX Filters Championship Round
- Nov. 9         General Tire Stage Six at James River Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts Championship Round
- Nov. 16       Minn Kota Stage Seven at St. Lawrence River Presented by Humminbird Championship Round

The full television schedule can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Proud sponsors of the 2024 MLF Bass Pro Tour include: Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, BUBBA, Epic Baits, Fishing Clash, Garmin, General Tire, Humminbird, Lowrance, Mercury, MillerTech, Minn Kota, Mossy Oak Fishing, NITRO, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Onyx, Plano, Power-Pole, PowerStop Brakes, Rapala, REDCON1, Star brite, Suzuki, Toyota, U.S. Air Force and WIX Filters.

For complete details and updated information on Major League Fishing and the Bass Pro Tour, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at FacebookXInstagram and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 17 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.


Bonnie’s Brookman Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event at Rend Lake

Adams and Johnson Tie for Win in Strike King Co-Angler Division

SESSER, Ill. (July 1, 2024) – Boater Adam Brookman of Bonnie, Illinois, caught a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 8 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Presented by T-H Marine on Rend Lake. The tournament was the second event of the season for the BFL Illini Division. Brookman earned $6,726, including the lucrative $3,000 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus, for his victory.

The Rend Lake tournament was a classic “grind” for Brookman. To compete against the best local sticks on a small lake, he kept it simple, kept his head down and toughed it out, getting just five keeper bites all day long.

“I targeted main-lake rock points and riprap stretches with a jig, a Jig Shack shaky head and a crankbait. Pretty basic,” he said. “I practiced a few evenings this week and just stumbled upon some fish and just kind of grinded it out.”

Brookman said four of his keepers came on rocks and one came from a laydown.

“I was running six or eight spots,” he added. “I usually do a lot of running around, but I actually did less than what I typically do. I was just kind of rotating through some proven areas that usually pan out.”

Brookman thanked his partners at Rend Lake Sporting Goods for their support. This is his first BFL win on the boater side, to go with a previous co-angler win. To earn the win on Rend Lake was extra special for Brookman.

“It’s kind of cool because my dad used to take me to weigh-ins when I was 8 or 10 years old whenever the BFL would come to Rend Lake or some of the local lakes,” he said. “I always thought it would be kind of a cool deal to get to walk across the stage. I just kind of got lucky and pulled it off. It was kind of neat to see it come full circle.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

1st:        Adam Brookman, Bonnie, Ill., five bass, 14-8, $6,726 (includes $3,000 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
2nd:       Mark O’Brien, Marion, Ill., five bass, 14-3, $1,713
3rd:       Riley Walk, Neoga, Ill., five bass, 13-13, $1,141
4th:        Greg Mullins, Mount Vernon, Ill., four bass, 11-4, $799
5th:        Ethan Fields, Breese, Ill., five bass, 11-2, $685
6th:        Curt Erpenbach, Anderson, Ind., four bass, 11-1, $628
7th:        Toby Corn, Paducah, Ky., four bass, 10-11, $571
8th:        Gary Schild, Mundelein, Ill., three bass, 10-10, $639
9th:        William Walker, Mulkeytown, Ill., five bass, 9-6, $457
10th:     Terry Holsapple, Greenup, Ill., three bass, 8-11, $400

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Jeffrey Lee of Olney, Illinois, caught a bass that weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and earned the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $430.


David Adams of Bloomington, Illinois, and Chase Johnson of Quincy, Illinois, tied for the win in the Strike King co-angler division Saturday with 10 pounds, 4 ounces. Adams brought four bass to the scale, while Johnson weighed a five-bass limit. They each took home $1,284.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers finished:

1st:        David Adams, Bloomington, Ill., four bass, 10-4, $1,284
1st:        Chase Johnson, Quincy, Ill., five bass, 10-4, $1,284
3rd:       Troy Boley, Mahomet, Ill., three bass, 9-3, $571
4th:        Caleb Peck, Charleston, Ill., three bass, 8-0, $400
5th:        Elmo Rogers, Albion, Ill., four bass, 7-10, $343
6th:        Kim Sapetti, Chatham, Ill., two bass, 6-12, $314
7th:        Zach Brookman, Opdyke, Ill., two bass, 5-14, $285
8th:        Peyton Keathley, Ashland, Mo., two bass, 5-2, $257
9th:        Ryan Murphy, Paris, Ill., two bass, 4-15, $228
10th:     Jay Fields, Breese, Ill., one bass, 4-12, $415

Jay Fields of Breese, Illinois, earned the Berkley Big Bass co-angler award of $215, catching a bass that weighed in at 4 pounds, 12 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.

After two events, Riley Walk of Neoga, Illinois, leads the Fishing Clash Illini Division Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 495 points, while Chase Johnson of Quincy, Illinois, leads the Fishing Clash Illini Division Co-Angler of the Year race with 494 points.

The next event for BFL Illini Division anglers will be held July 13, at the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky. To register for the event as a boater or a co-angler, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com or call (270)-252-1000.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five tournament winners of each qualifying event, will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional tournament on the Mississippi River Pools 13-17 in Quad Cities, Illinois. Boaters will fish for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will compete for a top award of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard.

The 2024 Phoenix BFL Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 events throughout the season, five qualifying tournaments in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five qualifying event winners, will advance to one of six BFL Regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American.

Proud sponsors of the 2024 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 7Brew, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, BUBBA, E3, Epic Baits, Fishing Clash, General Tire, GSM Outdoors, Lew’s, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, PowerStop Brakes, REDCON1, Strike King, Suzuki, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, WIX Filters and YETI.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 17 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.


Harrison Township’s Mandel Posts First Career Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event at Detroit River

Indiana’s Oliver Tops Strike King Co-Angler Division

TRENTON, Mich. (July 1, 2024) – Boater Nolan Mandel of Harrison Township, Michigan, caught a five-fish limit of smallmouth bass weighing 24 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Presented by T-H Marine on the Detroit River . The tournament was the first event of the season for the BFL Michigan Division. Mandel earned $10,964, including the lucrative $7,000 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus, for his victory.

Mandel spent his tournament fishing the Canadian waters of Lake St. Clair.

“The fish are really spread out still,” he said. “It got warm early this year, and there’s still fish shallow with the mayfly hatch. Covering a lot of water was really the key. I caught them on a drop-shot with a (Berkley PowerBait) MaxScent Flat Worm.”

On St. Clair, covering water doesn’t necessarily mean running and gunning. Mandel kept his trolling motor in the water most of the day, only pulling it up five or six times to move. Instead of running, he eased around on the trolling motor, throwing at isolated patches of grass. He says he was focusing on “getting away from the people and finding the little sneaky places off of the famous areas.”

The area that Mandel fished is one where he felt he could consistently catch 4-pound-class fish, but he tried to focus on keeping an open mind and not getting too “locked into” any waypoints.

“I kind of knew spots to let it unfold in the tournament,” he said. “I basically practiced in the tournament. I’ve been shooting myself in the foot getting locked into areas. I really just wanted to let it drift and expect the big bites to come. There were times I’d go 45 minutes without catching a fish and then catch 10 within 10 minutes. It was kind of like that all day.”

In addition to the drop-shot, Mandel caught a few fish on a Ned rig. He also caught one of his final five keepers on a swimbait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

1st:        Nolan Mandel, Harrison Township, Mich., five bass, 24-11, $10,964 (includes $7,000 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
2nd:       Heath Wagner, Angola, Ind., five bass, 24-5, $1,757
3rd:       Brayden Federer, Adrian, Mich., five bass, 22-2, $1,172
4th:        Dan Mittlestat, Woodhaven, Mich., five bass, 21-3, $1,120
5th:        Charlie Land, Coatesville, Ind., five bass, 20-5, $703
6th:        Cody Kelley, Plainwell, Mich., five bass, 19-4, $615
6th:        Drake van Dike, Livonia, Mich., five bass, 19-4, $615
8th:        Noah Stauffer, Gowen, Mich., five bass, 18-14, $527
9th:        Jonathon Dewey, Fort Gratiot, Mich., five bass, 18-13, $469
10th:     Rob Kelley, Rockwood, Mich., five bass, 17-14, $410

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Mandel caught a bass that weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and earned the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $450.

Kade Oliver of Muncie, Indiana, won the Strike King co-angler division and $1,757 Saturday, after bringing five bass to the scale that totaled 21 pounds, 3 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers finished:

1st:        Kade Oliver, Muncie, Ind., five bass, 21-3, $1,757
2nd:       Gabriel Fishlock, Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 19-13, $1,104
3rd:       Craig Fanning, Elwood, Ill., five bass, 17-5, $585
4th:        Terry Bucciarelli, Ypsilanti, Mich., five bass, 17-3, $660
5th:        Tommy Pritchard, Bargersville, Ind., five bass, 16-12, $351
6th:        Grant Hatfield, Wadsworth, Ohio, five bass, 16-9, $322
7th:        Scott Davis, Morenci, Mich., five bass, 16-6, $278
7th:        Nicholas Yeung, Simcoe, Ontario, five bass, 16-6, $278
9th:        Sage Uhes, Farmington Hills, Mich., five bass, 16-4, $234
10th:     Doug Bradley, Syracuse, Ind., five bass, 16-1, $205

Gabriel Fishlock of Cincinnati, Ohio, earned the Berkley Big Bass co-angler award of $225, catching a bass that weighed in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.

The next event for BFL Michigan Division anglers will be held July 13, at Detroit River in Trenton, Michigan. To register for the event as a boater or a co-angler, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com or call (270)-252-1000.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five tournament winners of each qualifying event, will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional tournament on the Mississippi River Pools 13-17 in Quad Cities, Illinois. Boaters will fish for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will compete for a top award of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard.

The 2024 Phoenix BFL Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 events throughout the season, five qualifying tournaments in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five qualifying event winners, will advance to one of six BFL Regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American.

Proud sponsors of the 2024 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 7Brew, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, BUBBA, E3, Epic Baits, Fishing Clash, General Tire, GSM Outdoors, Lew’s, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, PowerStop Brakes, REDCON1, Strike King, Suzuki, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, WIX Filters and YETI.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook