Smith remains in the lead at Eufaula with 50 pounds even

If you could pick which days you’d catch your two biggest limits ever on a lake, you’d probably want them to come on the first two days of a major bass tournament, right?

Well, Michael Smith can attest to just how fun it is when the dream scenario occurs. Competing in the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event at Lake Eufaula this week, the Andalusia, Ala., pro weighed in 25 pounds, 7 ounces yesterday to take the lead and backed it up with 24-9 today. His 50-pound two-day total has Smith ahead of second-place pro Scott Montgomery by 5 pounds, 9 ounces.

“It’s been a magical week,” says Smith. “Those are the two biggest bags I’ve ever weighed on Eufaula, and they were back to back. I picked the right week to figure it out. I put a lot of time in and found a lot of good places. I could’ve probably had a bigger bag. I jumped off a 4 1/2 and broke one off today that I couldn’t even get off the bottom. So, I don’t know. I’m cautiously optimistic.

“I said yesterday I had about 30 places to hit and only hit 15 to get to what I had, and I probably only hit 15 again today. I’ve still got some places that I haven’t even hit in the tournament. The places that I have been catching them I haven’t pressured at all the last two days. I’ve pulled up, caught two or three, and then left before I’ve broke the schools up.”

Smith is targeting schools of bass on offshore ledges. Today, he couldn’t even get on the four schools that were his best from yesterday. There were boats on them this morning, and he never needed them in the afternoon.

“We’re going to hit every one of them tomorrow,” he adds. “I’ve quit fishing every day at 12 because it’s hard to cull 4-pounders. Tomorrow, there’s only going to be 10 people out here, and we’re going to burn ’em to the ground.”

Smith is fishing a combination of moving baits and slower soft plastics. The moving options are working well early in the day, but he slows it down midday once the lull sets in.

He also thinks he’s got some “sneaky” places on Eufaula that his competition might not have found. That’s one explanation for why he’s catching 25 pounds a day and some of the other sticks in this tournament, all of whom seem to be sharing schools, aren’t able to keep the same pace.

“I think just having a lot of places is key,” Smith says. “And some of it is probably just being fortunate to not get in a bad rotation. If you get in a bad rotation and you’re fishing behind people all day, you’re going to be having a tough time and wondering what’s going on. I think hitting as many fresh places as you can early while they’re biting is key. Almost every one of those fish I weighed in was the first cast I made on the place that I stopped on. If you pull up and make five casts and you haven’t caught one, you need to go somewhere else. A lot of these are one-cast deals, and they’re either there or they’re not. And if a big one’s there, he’s gonna bite it.”

 

Top 10 pros

1. Michael M. Smith – Andalusia, Ala. – 50-0 (10)

2. Scott Montgomery – Eufaula, Ala. – 44-7 (10)

3. Josh Stracner – Vandiver, Ala. – 42-12 (10)

4. Josh Butler – Hayden, Ala. – 41-9 (10)

5. Shane Powell – Dothan, Ala. – 40-12 (10)

6. Bryan New – Belmont, N.C. – 38-14 (10)

7. Ryan Ingram – Phenix City, Ala. – 38-14 (10)

8. Austin Lang – Kinsey, Ala. – 37-13 (10)

9. Kacy Mims – Randolph, Ala. – 37-11 (10)

10. Dustin Smith – Grand Island, Fla. – 37-8 (10)

Complete results

 

 

CULPEPPER MOVES INTO CO-ANGLER LEAD

After opening up the tournament with a second-place showing yesterday, Hamilton, Ga., co-angler Cal Culpepper caught 13 pounds, 5 ounces today to move into first place. His two-day total of 31-7 has Culpepper just 1 pound, 6 ounces ahead of Alan Ray in second place.

 

Top 10 co-anglers

1. Cal Culpepper – Hamilton, Ga. – 31-7 (10)

2. Alan Ray – Georgetown, Ga. – 30-1 (8)

3. Tony Muina – Wewahitchka, Fla. – 29-13 (10)

4. Blake Lewis – Pace, Fla. – 28-14 (10)

5. Bryce Goff – Haines City, Fla. – 28-7 (10)

6. Joseph Chilcott – Crestview, Fla. – 26-11 (8)

7. Todd Beaver – Richland, Ga. – 26-11 (10)

8. Daniel Corkern – Florence, Miss. – 25-4 (10)

9. Chuck Laslie – Havana, Fla. – 25-2 (10)

10. Ronald Harris – Jefferson, Ga. – 23-11 (10)

Complete results


Smith tops 25 pound limit. Leads day 1 of FLW TOYOTA Series on Eufaula

It’s a 90-minute drive from Michael Smith’s Andalusia, Ala., home to Lakepoint Resort State Park where the Toyota Series Southeastern Division kicked off its season today on Lake Eufaula. That’s just close enough, says Smith, that he fishes here more than anywhere else. His understanding of how Eufaula’s bass transition from the bank to postspawn ares to the main lake really showed today while Smith put together an impressive 25-pound, 7-ounce limit to gain the day-one tournament lead.

Complete results

“I actually won a BFL here a few years ago and won a bunch of other little bit smaller events than this, so I’ve had a lot of success out here,” he says. “This isn’t really my favorite time of year, so I put in a lot of work before this tournament because I really knew I needed to. A lot of those places I found really paid off today.”

Smith says the bass in Eufaula are doing a “little bit of all of it,” meaning they’re still on the bank, transitioning to postspawn areas, setting up on summer spots, and now returning to the bank to capitalize on a mayfly hatch and spawning bluegills.

He spent part of his morning trying to find a big bite up shallow before switching gears and moving offshore. Once he made the move, Smith pounded out his 25-and-change limit by noon and then went back to the bank to “mess around” and see if he could luck into a giant. He never did.

“You couldn’t catch anything over 2 pounds [up shallow],” he says. “I kind of figured that, but there were a couple places where I thought I could get lucky and maybe catch a big one, but I didn’t.

“I don’t think I’ll fish shallow any tomorrow, but I think it was worth giving it a shot.”

Of the offshore bite, he says bass are in the “in between” range in 8 to 15 feet as well as on true river-channel ledges.

“I kind of tasted all of it today, but I’m kind of in more that mid-depth range,” Smith adds. “I did catch a few out deeper, but I’m in the mid-depth crowd catching them that are just getting out there. They seem to be the ones that are willing to bite. They just got off the bank, just got done spawning, and they’re feeding up to recuperate.”

With new fish coming to him, Smith is cautiously optimistic about his chances at a repeat performance tomorrow.

“I had about 30 places that I caught one over 4 pounds in practice, and I only had to hit about half of those today to catch what I had, and really had almost quit,” he says. “I had 22 at, like, 9 o’clock and kind of was just messing around from there. And from 9 to 12 I caught a 4 1/2 and a 5. That kicked me up to 25. So after that I was for sure done. I left a lot of stuff out there, [but don’t know] whether people hit it today. But it got to the point where I was culling almost 4-pounders, and I didn’t feel like that was a good idea for the rest of the event. I definitely left some stuff, so we’ll see if it works out.”

 

Top 10 pros

1. Michael M Smith – Andalusia, Ala. – 25-7 (5)

2. Josh Stracner – Vandiver, Ala. – 23-9 (5)

3. Scott Montgomery – Eufaula, Ala. – 23-5 (5)

4. Shane Powell – Dothan, Ala. – 23-0 (5)

5. Josh Bragg – Jacksonville, Ala. – 20-12 (5)

6. Laker Howell – Guntersville, Ala. – 20-5 (5)

7. Bryan New – Belmont, N.C. – 19-11 (5)

8. Clabion Johns – Social Circle, Ga. – 19-7 (5)

9. Ryan Ingram – Phenix City, Ala. – 19-4 (5)

10. Chandler Ray – Georgetown, Ga. – 19-1 (5)

Complete results

 

CHILCOTT SETS CO-ANGLER PACE WITH 19-2

Crestview, Fla., co-angler Joseph Chilcott had himself a big day today fishing with pro Matt Baty. Chilcott cracked 19 pounds, 2 ounces to open the event in first place with a 1-pound cushion over Cal Culpepper, setting himself up for a shot at a brand-new Phoenix bass boat.

"We started the day off shallow and weren't really getting bit, so we jumped around and hit some ledges and brush," Chilcott says. "We pretty much just went spot to spot and never really stayed anywhere too long. For me, everything just worked out perfect. I didn't lose any fish. Every fish I set the hook on came in the boat, and I just lucked up and got into some good fish. Matt's an excellent guide, obviously. It was a really good day for me."

 

Top 10 co-anglers

1. Joseph Chilcott – Crestview, Fla. – 19-2 (5)

2. Cal Culpepper – Hamilton, Ga. – 18-2 (5)

3. Alan Ray – Georgetown, Ga. – 17-4 (5)

3. Andrew Wade – Thomaston, Ga. – 17-4 (5)

5. Tacorrie Johnson – Columbus, Ga. – 16-7 (5)

6. Garrett Brown – Trion, Ga. – 15-14 (5)

7. Blake Lewis – Pace, Fla. – 15-11 (5)

8. Greg Bearden – Oxford, Ala. – 14-11 (5)

9. Bob Morin – Seymour, Tenn. – 14-1 (5)

10. Tony Muina – Wewahitchka, Fla. – 14-0 (5)

10. Chuck Laslie – Havana, Fla. – 14-0 (5)

Complete results


ASA Reveals Plans for ICAST 2020 Online

ICAST Online will virtually connect the sportfishing industry this July 13 – 17
Alexandria, VA – May 29, 2020 – ICAST, the world’s largest recreational fishing trade show, has transitioned from a physical show to a virtual event with ICAST 2020 Online. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the show’s producer, is committed to delivering attendees and exhibitors alike an engaging, interactive online trade show experience.

The virtual trade show will take place July 13 - 17, 2020, and will offer virtual “booths” where exhibitors will showcase their products and services, host virtual press conferences, schedule live and on demand product demonstrations, set up virtual meetings with buyers and media, engage in live chat and much more.

ICAST Online will also include the always popular New Product Showcase Best of Category and Best of Show voting and awards. New for this year, verified buyers and media will vote through a password protected portal.

ICAST Online will offer both public and password-activated access to different sections of the show experience such as the online FLW ICAST Cup Bass Fishing Tournament and an interactive scavenger hunt. Also featured will be business education seminars and other interactive events for buyers, media and the angling public.

During ICAST week, ASA will host several conservation related events that will engage the recreational fishing audience with our nation’s conservation efforts and critical needs for the future.

ASA will also offer seminars, interviews and presentations that focus on the business needs of small businesses, in particular our independent retailers.

“With ICAST Online, ASA will continue to bring people and products together,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes. “This July, retail buyers, media and all show attendees will connect with product experts, manufacturing sales teams and other industry professionals to see and learn about the latest products in the fishing industry, as well as engage on issues that matter most to our industry. All online from their home or office.”

Hughes further noted, “Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that we continue to meet the needs of our angling customers. Working with our show production partners, we’re able to offer this virtual experience in an innovative 24/7 format which will have an impact across the global sportfishing industry not just during ICAST week, but long after the show is over.”

Accessing ICAST 2020 Online
The ICAST website is still the one-stop “shop” for all things ICAST. Buyers and media who registered in 2017, 2018 and 2019 will be automatically registered for the 2020 show with access to MyShowPlanner.

“The MyShowPlanner combines planning and logistics into one easy-to-use tool,” said Trade Show and Membership Vice President Blake Swango. “By creating their show account, attendees can add exhibitors and products as well as save appointments, sessions and demos to a personalized calendar. We see a huge opportunity to connect our member exhibitors with more buyers.”

Hughes concluded, “Since we can’t do it in person this year, ICAST Online will bring our community together virtually, and reach a larger audience of anglers than ever before!”


Minn Kota® and Humminbird® One-Boat Challenge Series to be Featured on Mossy Oak Go App 

 

RACINE, Wis. (May 27, 2020) — Many of you fish-heads have witnessed the One-Boat Challenge on the internet over the past month or so, and now it’s heading to Mossy Oak’s streaming app. This branded entertainment series from Humminbird® and Minn Kota®, will also debut on the Mossy Oak Go Appstarting Wednesday, May 27th.

Utilizing the technological advantages of the One-Boat Network™, which combines Humminbirdelectronics, Minn Kota trolling motors and Talon shallow-water anchors into a single, integrated system, the eight competitors compete on the famed Mexican bass fishery using One-Boat Network-equipped Vexus boats to see which team can catch the most — or the biggest — fish. While competition winners reap rewards and gain immunity, losing teams receive penalties and face early elimination from the competition.

The reality TV-style competition took place at Anglers Inn on Lake El Salto, a proven big-bass lake surrounded by the picturesque Sierra Madre Mountains of Sinaloa, Mexico. Two-angler teams faced a series of challenges testing their fishing skills, their ability to think on their feet and adapt to changes, as well as their technical savvy with the One Boat Network. For the entirety of the competition, anglers relied on Humminbird SOLIX® units, MEGA Imaging®, Minn Kota Ultrex™ trolling motors, and Talon shallow water anchors to help them locate and catch some of the most famous black bass in the world.

In addition to bragging rights, the teams battled for $10,000 in prize money to be donated to the charity of their choice. Contestants and their charity of choice include:

“We’ve been waiting for this moment to launch the One-Boat Challenge and we are thankful to everyone that helped to make this happen and the industry who continue to share the fun of fishing around the globe,” said Brad Henry, Minn Kota Brand Manager. “The episodes are meant to be entertaining and bring awareness to current and new consumers of the benefits of the One-Boat Network.”

The teams were outfitted with gear from some of fishing’s most esteemed brands, including AFTCO, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Gerber Gear, Old Town Kayak, Rapala, Plano, Shimano, St. Croix Rods,  StrikeKing, and VMC. Vexus Boats, rigged with the One-Boat Network, were towed by Toyota USA trucks and SUVs throughout the competition.

How to watch:
You can catch the One-Boat Challenge on the Mossy Oak Go app and website at https://go.mossyoak.com/one-boat-challenge.

Other streaming options include http://www.OneBoatChallenge.com and Minn Kota’s YouTube channel, each episode chronicles the experience of a group of amateur bass anglers competing for top fishing honors on Mexico’s venerable Lake El Salto.

For more information visit www.humminbird.com or www.minnkotamotors.com.


Major League Fishing Announces Toyota as Title Sponsor of Heavy Hitters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2020 (Tulsa, Okla.) Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today that Toyota is title sponsor for Heavy Hitters, June 7-12 on the Kissimmee Chain. Toyota Heavy Hitters presented by Venmo serves as the return event of the 2020 Bass Pro Tour and features a $745,000 purse and the full field of 80 anglers, including Team Toyota Pros Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli, Terry Scroggins, and Jacob Wheeler.  This sponsorship expands Toyota’s relationship with the MLF and FLW brands, which was originally announced in January and featured a variety of assets, including title for the FLW Toyota Series.
“It makes perfect sense for Toyota to title sponsor our inaugural Heavy Hitters event,” said Major League Fishing President and CEO Jim Wilburn. “As a trusted partner, Toyota embraces our league’s unique opportunity to showcase entertaining formats of competitive bass fishing that both teach trusted techniques from the best anglers in the world and invite new fans to the sport.”

“We’re looking forward to the excitement on the water with Heavy Hitters,” said Matt Ozawa, engagement marketing manager, Toyota Motor North America. “It’s a great opportunity to expand our partnership with MLF and FLW as well as support our Team Toyota anglers and engage with both new and longtime fans.”

Toyota has a history of supporting anglers and their families who depend on Toyota to tow boats safely to their favorite boat ramp – whether competing in tournaments or simply pursuing their weekend passion for fishing like more than 30 million other angling Americans.

“The greatest thing about being able to work with a company like Toyota is that they not only support anglers like me and the other Team Toyota Pros, but they also support fisherman at all levels through their Toyota Bonus Bucks program,” said MLF Pro Jacob Wheeler. “And now for them to become the title sponsor of our biggest event with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes, that’s huge for the sport of bass fishing.”

Originally scheduled for May 16-20 as an All-Star mid-season qualifier, Toyota Heavy Hitters presented by Venmo will take place on Lake Tohopekaliga (Toho) and the Kissimmee Chain two weeks later than originally planned, June 7-12, due to a mid-season pause to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The event features all 80 MLF Pros in a traditional six-day, Bass Pro Tour format while still offering an untraditional $745,000 purse and full-field payout. Heavy Hitters will serve as Stage Four toward the season-long Bass Pro Tour Points Championship, awarded to the angler with the most points at the conclusion of the season.

In addition to the traditional payout schedule based on finishing order, the biggest bass caught for each Group over the two-day Qualifying Rounds (June 7-10) will pay a $25,000 big bass bonus ($50,000 total). The Knockout Round on day five (June 11), will feature a $50,000 big bass bonus, while the Championship Round (June 12) will feature a $100,000 big bass bonus, on top of the Stage Title $100,000 prize.

In response to the shortened season, MLF revised the payout schedule for Heavy Hitters presented by Venmo to include all 80 anglers: 1st $100,000; 2nd $40,000; 3rd $15,000; 4th $13,000; 5th $12,000; 6th $11,000; 7th $10,000; 8th $9,000; 9th $8,000; 10th$7,000; 11th – 20th $6,000; 21st – 40th $5,000; 41st – 80th $4,000. Each competitor is guaranteed a $4,000 check.

Toyota Heavy Hitters presented by Venmo will unfold daily, June 7-12, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET on MLFNOW!, the Major League Fishing app, or MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). MLF will also release six, 2-hour episodes of original programming scheduled to air later this year on the Discovery Channel, as well as a CBS special set to release in December 2020.


DEWALT To Sponsor Elite Event At Lake Eufaula

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — As tournament fishing prepares to restart in June, power tool manufacturer DEWALT has signed on as the title sponsor for the second event of the 2020 Bassmaster Elite Series season, B.A.S.S. announced today. The 2020 DEWALT Bassmaster Elite at Lake Eufaula will be held June 10-13 in Eufaula, Ala.

“We are proud to partner with DEWALT as we get back to competition,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “Interest in fishing is booming across our country, and enthusiastic fans of fishing will be tuning in for four days of on-the-water action. I can’t imagine a better audience for DEWALT to promote their professional-grade tools.”

According to Tony Merritt, Stanley Black & Decker Director of Global Sponsorships & Activations, “We are excited to partner with B.A.S.S. as the title sponsor of the Bassmaster Elite Series event at Lake Eufaula, Alabama. It is a great opportunity for us to promote the DEWALT brand at the highest level of professional bass fishing and reach the many anglers and fans within the sport.”

Interest and participation in fishing is enjoying tremendous growth so far this year.

While tournament anglers are eager to jump back into competitive fishing, states across the country have seen remarkable growth in fishing license sales as many seek to reconnect with their families and the outdoors. Iowa, Minnesota, Vermont and Louisiana all report more than 50% higher fishing license sales in 2020, according to their state conservation agencies. Considered a hotbed of recreational fishing, even Alabama has experienced a 37% jump in resident fishing license sales.

Live coverage of the DEWALT Bassmaster Elite at Lake Eufaula starts Wednesday, June 10 at 8 a.m. EST, and for the first time, fans will enjoy three ways to catch the action. In addition to the insightful Bassmaster LIVE coverage on Bassmaster.com and ESPN3 that fans are familiar with during an Elite Series event, multiple hours will also be broadcast on ESPN2. Check listings for times.

About DEWALT
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Crankin' up & Ready to go Fishing!

 

This week Chris and the boys welcome in good friend Roger & Taylor Metz with Woods and Water SC and our buddy Neil Paul with Visit Anderson as a continuation to Roger and Taylors radio show last weekend. Senior Director of Tournamet Ops for FLW, Mr. Daniel Fennel also joins us to talk about the remainder of the FLW season. Check it out!


Homan: a Purple Heart and Bonus Bucks

 

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin with Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Bassmaster Open Series angler Brent Homan sees every target he casts to with one eye. He lost the other eye on June 10, 2007 when an IED blew up the U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle he was commanding in Iraq while protecting the world from terrorism.

 

Homan, a successfully married father of three who now lives in Graham, Texas west of Forth Worth, also suffered a mangled thumb. “Doctors in Balad, Iraq told me they thought they could save my eye but not my thumb. I told them I needed my thumb to fish with,” recalls the Purple Heart recipient.

 

Five days later, back on American soil at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Homan lost his right eye, but kept the thumb. Apparently, God knew he was a bass angler and would need the thumb to fish with – ultimately, Homan’s greatest therapy.

 

Thirteen years after the injury, when it was time to buy a new truck, Homan’s vision for the brand of vehicle he’d purchase was perfectly clear. On Memorial Day, 2020 – he bought a brand new Toyota Tundra, and then signed up for Toyota Bonus Bucks.

 

“The biggest reason I bought a Tundra was to be aligned with Toyota and B.A.S.S. – those two brands do a ton for bass anglers and one another,” says Homan. “Plus, it’s just a bad to the bone truck that’s assembled by American workers in Texas,” he says proudly.

 

Homan says his dream day of fishing would involve casting Scum Frogs and vibrating bladed jigs around matted vegetation on the Potomac River. But this year, his eighth season to compete in the Bassmaster Opens, he’ll focus on working hard to collect Toyota Bonus Bucks checks at the Arkansas River, Sam Rayburn and Neely Henry, before finishing the season near home on Lake Lewisville.

 

“Wherever we go, I’ll promise you I’ll have plenty of towing power for my Skeeter-Yamaha. I’ve literally had to learn to ease into accelerating with this Tundra, because the torque is so unreal compared to other trucks I’ve driven – especially going uphill,” says Homan.

 

In a sense, his new Tundra’s power to move forward reflects the supreme determination shown by Homan himself – a deeply admired Purple Heart recipient rich with kindness, humility, and perseverance.

 

Much like Homan, you too can cash-in on Toyota Bonus Bucks. You just have to own or lease a 2016 or newer Toyota Truck, sign up free for Bonus Bucks, and be the highest finishing registered participant in one of the hundreds of tournaments supported by the Program. To learn more, please visit www.toyotafishing.com.


Pro Angler Jamey Caldwell Joins Team Lew’s Former Special Operations Operator to Represent American Hero Series

Lexington, S.C. – May 28, 2020 – Not long after its reintroduction to the fishing industry, Lew’s has shown its heart for the men and women who provide the blanket of protection for the United States of America and its communities.  In 2013, Lew’s established the American Hero Series, a lineup of rods, reels and combos in which a portion of the proceeds is used to help veterans and first responders enjoy the sport of fishing.

Today, Lew’s is proud to announce that former Special Operations Operator, SGM (ret) Jamey Caldwell; a professional angler from Carthage, N.C., has signed on to represent the American Hero Series of gear to anglers, veterans and first responders everywhere.

While serving, Caldwell learned how much fishing could help him when coming back from assignments. “After numerous combat deployments, I found myself needing an escape,” he said.  “Fishing allowed me to relax and reset my mind which has continued to this today.”

As a professional angler, Caldwell knows that quality equipment can make all the difference competitively.  He also knows what having a company support military and first responders can do for the psyche.  “I’ve always admired the Lew’s brand for their quality of product and their pledge to support our Military and First Responders,” said Caldwell.  “Being part of Team Lew’s and the American Hero program means a lot to me. With the donation of fishing equipment and proceeds from the sales of the American Hero line, this program provides that same opportunity to veterans; I am proud to be representing the brand and this program.”

As a longtime member of the Strike King pro staff, Caldwell is no stranger to the company as a whole.  Mark Copley, Director of Pro Staff and Media Relations said that the decision was an easy one.  “Though he would never say this himself, Jamey is the epitome of an American Hero,” said Copley of Caldwell’s service record.  “He is also a tremendous angler and representative of a brand; he is the perfect choice to represent Lew’s and the American Hero Series; we are proud and grateful that he has chosen to fly these banners with us.”

 

About Sergeant Major (r) Jamey Caldwell
A 21-year United States Army veteran, who served his entire career in Special Operations. SGM Caldwell served 7 years with the 75th Ranger Regiment then spent the following 14 years in a Special Missions Unit that maintained a high operational tempo in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and numerous other countries in the world. He has deployed to combat 14 times and has conducted well over 500 missions. SGM Caldwell has been awarded three medals for valorous actions in combat while under direct fire from the enemy. During his career SGM Caldwell has consistently dedicated himself to the success of the mission and put the unit’s goals in front of his own. He has been sought after for his leadership skills, planning, leading combat operations, marksmanship and CQB instruction, culminating from years of adaptive thinking in combat situations. Jamey is also the owner of 1 Minute Out a tactical training company. As an angler, Caldwell has competed in Bassmaster Opens, FLW Series and FLW Tour events. In 68 professional level events, Caldwell has posted four top 10 finishes; including one victory.

 

About Strike King
Strike King is a Springfield, MO based supplier of fishing tackle and sunglasses. The Company supplies hard baits, wire baits, soft plastics and related accessories through the mass market, sporting goods, and specialty outdoor channels. For further information about Strike King, please visit www.strikeking.com.

About Lew’s

Lew's Fishing is a Springfield, MO based supplier of fishing equipment and tackle. The Company supplies branded fishing reels, rods, and related accessories through the mass market, sporting goods, and specialty outdoor channels. For further information about Lew’s, please visit www.lews.com.


Sloan and Jackson win Bass Champs Cedar Creek event with overt 24 pounds!

Place Boat Truck Angler 1 Angler 2 Fish Big Bass Wt. Prize Amt.
1 DREW SLOAN
SCURRY , TX
NOLAN JACKSON
ROYSE CITY , TX
5 0 24.18
$20000.00
2 STEVEN STROMAN
SCROGGINS , TX
AARON WALKER
MT VERNON , TX
5 0 21.38
$5000.00
3 RYAN AUTERY
RICHARDSON , TX
TOM BROUILLETTE
NEED INFO
5 0 20.59
$4000.00
4 BUSTER JOHNSON
KRUM , TX
ZACH PARKER
DENTON , TX
5 0 19.55
$3000.00+$5000 James Woods Motors
5 CODY NIX
PLANO , TX
CORY NIX
DALLAS , TX
5 0 18.93
$2500.00
6 CHARLIE HERRON
EUSTACE , TX
DAVID COLE
COMBINE , TX
5 0 18.87
$2000.00
7 MIKE WILLIAMS
GREENVILLE , TX
BRAD SMITH
MANSFIELD , TX
5 7.90 18.76
$1500.00
8 RANDY MILLENDER
TEAGUE , TX
KENNETH NICHOLS
TEAGUE , TX
5 0 18.68
$1400.00
9 KEITH TAYLOR
ROCKWALL , TX
LARRY LADNIER
ROCKWALL , TX
5 0 18.64
$1300.00
10 JOE ROME
FLOWER MOUND , TX
JOEL MCBRIDE
CORINTH , TX
5 0 18.63
$1200.00
11 DON STAPLETON
YANTIS , TX
5 0 18.58
$1100.00
12 MIKE BURNS
LUCAS , TX
ROB BURNS
PLANO , TX
5 0 18.36
$1090.00
13 PERRY TAYLOR
ROWLETT , TX
DENNIS FARMER
TRINIDAD , TX
5 0 17.96
$3580 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
14 JOHN BYLER
ARGYLE , TX
MATT FRANCE
COLLEYVILLE , TX
5 0 17.73
$2070 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
15 TONY CLIMER
MESQUITE , TX
TOMMY CLIMER JR
MESQUITE , TX
5 0 17.71
$1060.00
16 WILLIAM PALMER
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
JERAMIE BYRD
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
5 0 17.50
$1050.00
17 KY MARTIN
GRANDVIEW , TX
CHRIS MOORE
ROCKWALL , TX
5 0 17.46
$1540 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
18 LEE BATSON
HEATH , TX
JOHN FLEMING
COMBINE , TX
5 0 17.28
$1030.00
19 ROCKIE MARTIN
ROCKWALL , TX
CLINT NOWELL
FORT WORTH , TX
5 0 17.26
$1020.00
20 DOUG BRUNDIDGE
FARMERSVILLE , TX
BERNARD GUNN JR
FARMERSVILLE , TX
5 0 16.66
$1010.00
21 JACOB BAKER
TERRELL , TX
MATTHEW KIRKLIN
HAWKINS , TX
5 0 16.61
$1000.00
21 ANTHONY JONES
WILLIS , TX
5 7.84 16.61
$1000.00
23 RICK NEWTON
GRAPEVINE , TX
JEFF ARNOLD
LEWISVILLE , TX
5 8.53 16.53
$1000.00 + $1000.00 Big Bass
24 TERRY PEACOCK
ROYSE CITY , TX
SCOTT DEAN
TERRELL , TX
5 0 16.41
$1000.00
25 JOEFRANK THOMAS
FORNEY , TX
JUSTIN SPOERL
TERRELL , TX
5 0 16.26
$1000.00
26 JOE HUCHOWSKI
AZLE , TX
NORMAN MINERICH
FORT WORTH , TX
5 0 16.16
$1000.00
27 MARK PARKER
SHERMAN , TX
RON SAUCEMAN
COLLINSVILLE , TX
5 0 16.03
$1000.00
28 RON ROGERS
ROCKWALL , TX
MIKE REID
FATE , TX
5 0 15.89
$1000.00
29 BRYON HARRISON
QUINLAN , TX
DIRK SMITH
FARMERSVILLE , TX
5 0 15.65
$1000.00
30 RONNIE CASTLEBURY
ELGIN , OK
JAKE CASTLEBURY
ELGIN , OK
5 0 15.53
$1000.00
30 SCOTT BARNETT
MANSFIELD , TX
BRIAN CLARK
HALTOM CITY , TX
5 0 15.53
$1000.00
32 JEREMY LAMBERT
DECATUR , TX
BRANDEN HOLLINGSHEAD
AZLE , TX
5 0 15.15
$1000.00
33 JAMES SEYMOUR
OGLESBY , TX
TONY MCBRIDE
WEST , TX
5 0 15.09
Fun N Sun First Out Bonus
34 JOHN CARTER
MABANK , TX
JOHN CARTER
MABANK , TX
5 0 14.96
35 DAVID REYNOLDS
MCKINNEY , TX
ROBERT BROCK JR
MCKINNEY , TX
5 6.88 14.94
36 MATT CANNON
TROY , TX
JARED SIEGELER
BELTON , TX
5 0 14.78
36 DALE GOSSETT
GREENVILLE , TX
SEAN GOSSETT
EMORY , TX
5 0 14.78
38 TOMMY HULSEY JR
CORSICANA , TX
JUSTIN GARNETT
FAIRFIELD , TX
5 0 14.74
39 BLAKE HENDERSON
ATHENS , TX
BRAD CARTER
SCURRY , TX
5 0 14.57
40 MARC SCHILLING
CARROLLTON , TX
SHAWN TEMPLE
KRUGERVILLE , TX
5 0 14.38
41 TYLER WOODS
BENBROOK , TX
MATTHEW ANTHONY
FT WORTH , TX
5 0 14.31
42 CRAIG DOWIS
DALLAS , TX
MICHAEL VASQUEZ
TEMPLE , TX
5 0 14.26
43 STEVE TRIMBLE
DUNCANVILLE , TX
CHRIS BAUGH
PROSPER , TX
5 0 14.16
44 BOBBY BADARACK
FT WORTH , TX
CHRISTIAN KAPRELIAN
LEWISVILLE , TX
5 0 14.06
45 TOM MOCNY
LITTLE ELM , TX
KURT KLOSOWSKI
PLANO , TX
5 0 14.02
46 JUSTIN KEITHLEY
ARLINGTON , TX
JOSH KEITHLEY
FORT WORTH , TX
5 0 14.01
47 CHRISTOPHER KELLY
TRINIDAD , TX
CLYDE WELKER
KELLER , TX
5 0 13.72
48 RANDY HALE
ROWLETT , TX
DANNY SHAW
RED OAK , TX
4 0 13.55
49 SCOTT SCROGGINS
SULPHUR SPRNGS , TX
BRUCE POWELL
WINNSBORO , TX
5 0 13.52
50 DESMEND SAGE
WEATHERFORD , TX
AUSTIN KIMBALL
FORT WORTH , TX
4 0 13.51
51 RICK CLARK
TERRELL , TX
JOHN ADAMS
FRISCO , TX
5 0 13.46
52 KENNETH COLLARD
CANTON , TX
STEVE WHITE
EUSTACE , TX
5 0 13.43
53 RONALD MAPLES
CLEBURNE , TX
MICHAEL EDGETT
GRAND PRAIRIE , TX
5 0 13.41
54 GIB COATS
FORT WORTH , TX
BARRY STOVAL
FT WORTH , TX
5 0 13.39
55 MATT WILSON
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS , TX
DANIEL HERRING
WATUAGA , TX
5 0 13.31
55 MARK TRAEWEEK
DENISON , TX
CHRIS COLE
BELLS , TX
4 0 13.31
57 KEITH IVY
PONDER , TX
TOMMY MURRAY
BEDFORD , TX
5 0 13.26
58 CECIL TUBB
DIKE , TX
SAM HOOTEN
WINNSBORO , TX
5 0 13.25
59 TERRY JOHNSON
FATE , TX
TODD JOHNSON
FORNEY , TX
5 0 13.12
60 JEFF NORRIS
DECATUR , TX
RONNIE NORRIS
BOYD , TX
5 0 13.11
61 STEVEN FARRELL
CANTON , TX
DAMON LEWIS
NEED INFO
5 0 13.03
61 SHANE GRAY
PALESTINE , TX
DUSTIN GRAY
ELKHART , TX
5 0 13.03
63 TOM GRIDLEY
WIMBERLEY , TX
DEREK ROGERS
MALAKOFF , TX
5 0 12.96
64 ROBERT DISANTO
CHANDLER , TX
CHRIS DISANTO
TYLER , TX
4 0 12.86
65 ALEC CASTONGUAY
ROYSE CITY , TX
SHAWN CASTONGUAY
ROCKWALL , TX
5 0 12.81
66 STEVE LYNAM
SOUTHLAKE , TX
JUSTIN DUBOSE
PARADISE , TX
5 0 12.68
67 JONATHAN GREIG
COMBINE , TX
MATT ATTAWAY
FORNEY , TX
5 0 12.67
68 RYAN COHLMEYER
WEATHERFORD , TX
DARREN HEAVNER
FORT WORTH , TX
4 0 12.60
69 JOEY MARTIN
HORSESHOE BAY , TX
GREG MEHAFFEY
GATESVILLE , TX
5 0 12.55
70 BILL GUZMAN
AUSTIN , TX
5 0 12.52
70 EVAN OBRIEN
EMORY , TX
ANEIL KAMATH
FORNEY , TX
5 0 12.52
72 DANIEL BARRICK
QUINLAN , TX
JAMES KING JR
WILLS POINT , TX
5 0 12.38
73 MATT BROWNING
SCURRY , TX
AUSTIN BROWNING
SCURRY , TX
5 0 12.29
74 BRYCE CAIN
COLLEYVILLE , TX
JARRETT GABLE
COLLEYVILLE , TX
5 0 12.26
75 CHRIS FORD
WINNSBORO , TX
BILLY DEATON
BURLESON , TX
5 0 12.23
76 TREVOR ROMANS
CELINA , TX
MATT MCMILLAN
FORT WORTH , TX
5 0 12.17
76 CHRIS CLARK
HUBBARD , TX
RAY PAGE
CRANDALL , TX
5 0 12.17
78 CODY MASON
FORNEY , TX
MATTHEW MOORE
CADDO MILLS , TX
5 0 12.14
78 JOHN WIMSATT
LAKEWOOD VILLAGE , TX
MARK WIMSATT
LAKEWOOD VILLAGE , TX
4 0 12.14
80 MARK MAYBEN
PLANO , TX
JOHN MAYBEN
DALLAS , TX
5 0 12.08
81 BRUCE MULLER
LUCAS , TX
MASON MULLER
LUCAS , TX
5 0 12.03
82 KEITH CARNEY
ARLINGTON , TX
KEVIN CARNEY
ARLINGTON , TX
5 0 11.95
83 KENT SIKES
ROANOKE , TX
DARRELL CAMPBELL
ALBA , TX
5 0 11.86
84 DON OVERSTREET
SULPHUR SPRINGS , TX
CHUCK RIZUTO
ALBA , TX
5 0 11.81
85 BRENT LYON
HEATH , TX
GABE KNOX
ARLINGTON , TX
5 0 11.77
85 CLYDE GLENN
BELTON , TX
JIM GOLDEN
BELTON , TX
5 0 11.77
87 KLAYTON REEVES
WAXAHACHIE , TX
JACOB CONGLETON
KEMP , TX
3 6.81 11.76
88 JODY KEA
TYLER , TX
JASON BURTON
EUSTACE , TX
3 0 11.74
89 RICKY CONWAY
SULPHUR SPRINGS , TX
HADEN SICKLES
SULPHUR SPRINGS , TX
5 0 11.64
90 DON KUYKENDALL
GUN BARRREL CITY , TX
VIRGIL KUYKENDALL
GUN BARRELL CITY , TX
5 0 11.59
91 AARON ASHMORE
IVANHOE , TX
ROBERT HOLLAND
DODD CITY , TX
5 0 11.58
92 GARY KINARD
FORNEY , TX
JACOB KINARD
FORNEY , TX
5 0 11.54
93 STEVE SCHMIDT
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
BILLY RYAN
MANSFIELD , TX
5 0 11.52
94 DAVID THOMAS
MELISSA , TX
KYLE ROBINSON
ANNA , TX
5 0 11.51
95 DAVID SPEAKMAN
PLANO , TX
GARY LEE
ROCKWALL , TX
5 0 11.45
96 SCOT MCDONALD
CELINA , TX
KEITH KRZEMINSKI
AUBREY , TX
5 0 11.42
97 BOBBY POINTER
ALVORD , TX
COLBY BURDINE
CHICO , TX
5 0 11.39
98 PAUL MCCOLLUM
CORSICANA , TX
COEY MCCOLLUM
CORSICANA , TX
4 0 11.38
99 BYRON BIONDI
ARLINGTON , TX
JASON GREENFIELD
KENNEDALE , TX
5 0 11.32
100 ALLEN SHELTON
FARMERS BRANCH , TX
JOHN MCCALMONT
ROCKWALL , TX
5 0 11.30
101 CHARLES BENEDICT
FORNEY , TX
BRUCE BENEDICT
FORNEY , TX
4 0 11.09
102 AARON DAVIS
GLEN HEIGHTS , TX
CHAD DAVIS
ENNIS , TX
5 0 10.99
103 STEVE SIMS
SANGER , TX
RONNIE SIMS
LEWISVILLE , TX
4 0 10.96
104 ROGER RITCHIE
WICHITA FALLS , TX
RICHARD RITCHIE
BENTON , AR
5 0 10.90
105 SHANNON MCCALEB
JOSHUA , TX
JAMES MCCALEB
GRANBUY , TX
4 0 10.89
105 ZACH HUGHES
QUITMAN , TX
JEREMY SIMS
EMORY , TX
5 0 10.89
107 MARK VOS
PLANO , TX
DANIEL RUEDI
DALLAS , TX
5 0 10.85
108 JONATHAN LANCASTER
QUITMAN , TX
JOSH PRIEST
QUITMAN , TX
5 0 10.83
109 KHRISTIAN SALCEDO
LINDALE , TX
RONNIE MANNING
CAMPBELL , TX
5 0 10.73
110 CHRIS DUROY
KINGSTON , OK
BOE FOSSETT
KINGSTON , OK
4 0 10.60
111 STEPHEN COOKSEY
BULLARD , TX
TROY SLAUGHTER
TRINIDAD , TX
5 0 10.54
112 CHADD DEAREN
ROWLETT , TX
SHANE HENDERSON
YANTIS , TX
3 0 10.47
113 JOHN NEWKIRK
BENBROOK , TX
BRANDON STONE
DENNIS , TX
2 0 10.38
114 ERIC ELDER
SUNNYVALE , TX
TIM WILCOXSON
ROCKWALL , TX
4 0 10.20
115 STEPHEN HOPE
ALBA , TX
RICKY CAMPBELL
ALBA , TX
5 0 10.11
116 KEITH PIPPENGER
COMBINE , TX
DANNY MAGEE
MESQUITE , TX
5 0 9.98
117 TIM CLINE
SHERMAN , TX
RAYMOND SMITH
WHITESBORO , TX
4 0 9.79
118 ROBERT WEST
MCKINNEY , TX
LOGAN FORBESS
NEVADA , TX
5 0 9.71
119 CHRIS GILROY
FRISCO , TX
MICHAEL FULLER
BLUE RIDGE , TX
5 0 9.57
120 JONATHAN HESTER
WEATHERFORD , TX
DOUGLAS NOLAN
BOWIE , TX
5 0 9.34
121 GREG COOPER
EDDY , TX
MATTHEW MCGILVRAY
AXTELL , TX
3 0 9.14
122 RONNY HALBERT
LARUE , TX
CODY RAYBURN
ATHENS , TX
4 0 9.08
123 MARK MCDONALD
WILLS POINT , TX
LORI MCDONALD
WILLS POINT , TX
4 0 8.93
124 DEREK THOMPSON
ARGYLE , TX
BRIT LEQUIEU
JUSTIN , TX
3 0 8.79
125 ROBERT FINTA
WYLIE , TX
CHRIS DERRICK
MCKINNEY , TX
4 0 8.65
126 SAM MCCOLLUM
CORSICANA , TX
EARL SCHWARTZLANDER
CORSICANA , TX
5 0 8.62
127 JESSE ULTSCH
DENISON , TX
JAMES BLAKE
POTTSBORO , TX
4 0 8.24
127 MICHAEL DRECHSEL
FORT WORTH , TX
WESLEY PRICE
GRAPEVINE , TX
4 0 8.24
129 DAVID GILLHAM
HEATH , TX
RICH DALBEY
GREENVILLE , TX
5 0 8.13
130 ALAN PAYNE
KERENS , TX
DARRELL COBB
CORSICANA , TX
5 0 8.02
131 KELVIN HOGG
ARLINGTON , TX
BRIAN ROUSSEL
ARLINGTON , TX
5 0 7.94
132 KIRK MAREZ
LEWISVILLE , TX
CHRIS BACHTA
GRAPEVINE , TX
4 0 7.93
133 SHAWN TAYLOR
ABILENE , TX
3 0 7.69
134 LARRY BENCH
DENISON , TX
HI HILLBURN
COLBERT , OK
2 0 7.43
135 JIMMY HARRISON
BOYD , TX
JIMMY HARRISON JR
DECATUR , TX
3 0 7.30
136 WILLIAM VONROSENBERG
ALBA , TX
CURTIS DANIELS
EMORY , TX
5 0 7.15
137 DAVID LIVINGSTON III
GLADEWATER , TX
DAVID LIVINGSTON IV
GLADEWATER , TX
2 0 7.08
138 MARK PARKER
GRAPEVINE , TX
BRYAN TURNER
COLLEYVILLE , TX
3 0 7.07
139 JOEY CANTRELL
SADLER , TX
SHANE ALLISON
COLLINSVILLE , TX
3 0 6.93
140 EDDIE HALL
CADDO MILLS , TX
BRANDON BREWER
CADDO MILLS , TX
4 0 6.83
141 SAMMY GRAY
TISHOMINGO , OK
RODNEY BROOKS
DURANT , OK
3 0 6.76
142 PAUL BRINKMAN
AZLE , TX
BOB NASH JR
AZLE , TX
3 0 6.36
143 MERLE HALCOM
IRVING , TX
CRAIG HANNA
DALLAS , TX
3 0 5.84
144 BRIAN WHITE
CELINA , TX
TRISTAN WHITE
CELINA , TX
3 0 5.66
145 PHOEBE SCOTT
KINGWOOD , TX
ROBERT SCOTT
KINGWOOD , TX
3 0 5.24
146 COREY WALDROP
FT WORTH , TX
CRAIG WALDROP
BENBROOK , TX
3 0 5.07
147 RICHARD FAULKNER
PROVIDENCE VILLAGE , TX
GEORGE SHIPPEY
MT PLEASANT , TX
1 4.84 4.84
148 TOM MCELROY
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS , TX
CHERYL SPEAR
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS , TX
2 0 4.72
149 CHARLES ARNOLD
QUITMAN , TX
RANDY STEELE
SULPHUR SPRINGS , TX
2 0 4.67
149 JUSTIN CLARK
RED OAK , TX
TONY CLARK
RED OAK , TX
2 0 4.67
151 GARRY MCADAMS
FORT WORTH , TX
KURTIS WALKER
N RICHLAND HILLS , TX
3 0 4.48
152 LARRY LANDIS JR
GRAFORD , TX
LARRY LANDIS III
GRAFORD , TX
2 0 4.37
153 TIM HAWKINS
ANNA , TX
COLTON CLARK
ANNA , TX
2 0 4.24
154 ROBB TAYLOR
IRVING , TX
JOHN JACKSON
KELLER , TX
2 0 3.37
155 CHRISTOPHER MCMINN
BALKO , OK
FELIX GONZALES
CORSICANA , TX
2 0 3.34
156 MICKEL KELLY
BLUE RIDGE , TX
LUCAS KELLY
BLUE RIDGE , TX
1 0 2.98
157 ZACHARY WYMER
MCKINNEY , TX
JOSHUA WYMER
HALTOM CITY , TX
0 0 0.00
157 JOHN BIONDI
ARLINGTON , TX
DONNA BIONDI
ARLINGTON , TX
0 0 0.00
157 DERRICK CORSO
MCKINNEY , TX
COREY BREEDING
MELISSA , TX
0 0 0.00
157 DEAN TRUDELL
HIGHLAND VILLAGE , TX
MIKE KUBANEK
HIGHLAND VILLAGE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 CODY MORRISON
COLLINSVILLE , TX
BARRETT MCCLENDON
DENTON , TX
0 0 0.00
157 LEE YOWELL
ENNIS , TX
MARK CROW
PALMER , TX
0 0 0.00
157 MICHAEL HARP
LINDEN , TX
AARON HARP
LINDEN , TX
0 0 0.00
157 DANIEL WILLIAMSON
FT WORTH , TX
DOUG DURRWACHTER
KELLER , TX
0 0 0.00
157 STAN LAWING
POETRY , TX
JD LAUGHERY
ROCKWALL , TX
0 0 0.00
157 KENT SKOGLUND
TIOGA , TX
KYLE SKOGLUND
SANGER , TX
0 0 0.00
157 RYAN MOROTT
PRINCETON , TX
TAZZ FERRELL
VAN ALSTYNE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 NEIL RICHEY
CHICO , TX
COLETON MILLER
DURANT , OK
0 0 0.00
157 JAY WATKINS
WEATHERFORD , TX
DENNIS HASTINGS
FLOWER MOUND , TX
0 0 0.00
157 TRENT MENEES
NORTHLAKE , TX
TERRY BOLLOM
FRISCO , TX
0 0 0.00
157 CHRIS MCLAIN
SANGER , TX
CHRIS TILTON
WYLIE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 ROB MEDDERS
MCKINNEY , TX
ROB WILSON
SHERMAN , TX
0 0 0.00
$500 Conservation Bonus
157 JERRY DAVID II
PILOT POINT , TX
JACOB DAVID
PILOT POINT , TX
0 0 0.00
157 CHRIS DIGINO
DALLAS , TX
ZEB STRICKLAND
PILOT POINT , TX
0 0 0.00
157 MATT TALLAS
CANTON , TX
ERNIE SISTRUNK
WILLS POINT , TX
0 0 0.00
157 DAVID WALLER
FORT WORTH , TX
ROGER HAVERKAMP
SOUTHLAKE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 JAY EICHLER
EMORY , TX
CASEY CHEATHAM
DALLAS , TX
0 0 0.00
157 JACOB ROANE
CELINA , TX
GG BOYD
AZLE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 BRUCE ANDERSON
SHERMAN , TX
JOHN ANDERSON
SHERMAN , TX
0 0 0.00
157 STEVE FOUSHEE
MURPHY , TX
BRYAN TUCKER
CARROLLTON , TX
0 0 0.00
157 RANDY TURNER
GREENVILLE , TX
TREY TURNER
ROYSE CITY , TX
0 0 0.00
157 TOM WARD
TYLER , TX
JIM CRAWFORD
NACOGDOCHES , TX
0 0 0.00
157 RYAN WARREN
GATESVILLE , TX
JASON DERRICK
VALLEY MILLS , TX
0 0 0.00
157 LARRY WHEELER JR
KAUFMAN , TX
DAVID DEALVA JR
EUSTACE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 SONNY WILSON
WAXAHACHIE , TX
KYLE WILSON
WAXAHACHIE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 PAUL TURNER
GRANBURY , TX
TOBY JACINTO
WACO , TX
0 0 0.00
157 RICK HORTON
NEVADA , TX
DEREK AMMERMAN
CADDO MILLS , TX
0 0 0.00
157 DAVID GORE
KOUNTZE , TX
JUSTIN SOWELL
SILSBEE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 MIKE MURSKI
MERIDIAN , TX
JOHN NEWLAND
BLUFF DALE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 DAN PHIFER
GRAPEVINE , TX
RUSSELL ROLAND
FORNEY , TX
0 0 0.00
157 LIONEL SERNA
COOLIDGE , TX
MITCHELL FRIDMAN
COLLEYVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 LANCE ROBOLIA
WACO , TX
DENIS SCHMEDTHORST
WACO , TX
0 0 0.00
157 MATT MORTON
DALLAS , TX
MARK SPURGIN
MCKINNEY , TX
0 0 0.00
157 CHARLES SIMMONS
WACO , TX
L J CASTILLO
WACO , TX
0 0 0.00
157 BRANDON MCCOMBS
ARLINGTON , TX
JACOB PARMA
ARLINGTON , TX
0 0 0.00
157 RAY HELVESTON
POWDERLY , TX
JOHN MAKERNEY
BROOKSTON , TX
0 0 0.00
157 RONALD SISK
RIO VISTA , TX
JOHNNY MATTHEWS
LAGUNA PARK , TX
0 0 0.00
157 MEGAN NICHOLS
FREEPORT , TX
RICK JOHNSON
ROCKWALL , TX
0 0 0.00
157 ZACHERY WATSON
FORT WORTH , TX
TYLER MIRANDA
ARLINGTON , TX
0 0 0.00
157 KYLE MIERS
MALAKOFF , TX
ERIC PHILLIPS
KERENS , TX
0 0 0.00
157 JEFFREY MCCOLLUM
LAKE JACKSON , TX
BOBBY MCCOLLUM
CORSICANA , TX
0 0 0.00
157 RANDY PAGE
GIDDINGS , TX
CAMERON PAGE
GIDDINGS , TX
0 0 0.00
157 EASTON HEIGLEY
BROOKELAND , TX
KYLE DRAGULSKI
LUFKIN , TX
0 0 0.00
157 RAY ALLEN
AXTELL , TX
AUSTIN MONTGOMERY
BRUCEVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 DONNIE COVERT
MALAKOFF , TX
JAMES COVERT
MALAKOFF , TX
0 0 0.00
157 CHAD GRANT
CHATFIELD , TX
CARTER GRANT
CHATFIELD , TX
0 0 0.00
157 DEVIN BUSHLAND
ALLEN , TX
CARSON KIRKHUFF
COLLEYVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 CODY COBB
CORSICANA , TX
TAYLOR MOREHEAD
CORSICANA , TX
0 0 0.00
157 TIM BROCKWAY
KAUFMAN , TX
ANGELA BROCKWAY
KAUFMAN , TX
0 0 0.00
157 JOHN LITTLE
TEXARKANA , AR
SHANE MOORE
TEXARKANA , AR
0 0 0.00
157 BRADY BURLSMITH
MABANK , TX
KEITH BLUE
KEMP , TX
0 0 0.00
157 RICKY MAYO
ARDMORE , OK
SEAN DAVIS
DENISON , TX
0 0 0.00
157 JOHN FILGO
RED OAK , TX
KOLE MINCHER
WOLFE CITY , TX
0 0 0.00
157 W T DYSON II
LAKE DALLAS , TX
JOSEPH FLOWERS
HICKORY CREEK , TX
0 0 0.00
157 CODY EASLEY
CANTON , TX
SHANNON EASLEY
CANTON , TX
0 0 0.00
157 GARRETT KOSLAN
LINDALE , TX
MARSHALL KOSLAN
CHANDLER , TX
0 0 0.00
157 DAVID LAINE
HORSESHOE BAY , TX
0 0 0.00
157 ERIC CHONKO
ALEDO , TX
CHRIS WIGGINS
ALEDO , TX
0 0 0.00
157 HUNTER JORDAN
CLEBURNE , TX
BRAD LAMPMAN
MORGAN , TX
0 0 0.00
157 ROY CHEANEY
GRAND SALINE , TX
MONROE NIVENS
GRAND SALINE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 JIM EDWARDS
BLUM , TX
AUSTIN EDWARDS
BLUM , TX
0 0 0.00
157 COOPER BUSCH
MALAKOFF , TX
JEREMY ZAMALIE
MABANK , TX
0 0 0.00
157 PAUL SEWELL
COMBINE , TX
KENNETH MOORE
RED OAK , TX
0 0 0.00
157 JEFF MASSEY
JUSTIN , TX
COLE MASSEY
JUSTIN , TX
0 0 0.00
157 BRANDON CLAYTON
HASLET , TX
JORDAN CLAYTON
WICHITA FALLS , TX
0 0 0.00
157 WESLEY BARNARD
HALLSVILLE , TX
ANDREW SCOTT
MARSHALL , TX
0 0 0.00
157 TIM WILCOXSON
EDGEWOOD , TX
JERAMY MARINELLI
ROYSE CITY , TX
0 0 0.00
157 ED BLACKBURN
GRAND PRAIRIE , TX
LARRY WALKER
GRAND PRAIRIE , TX
0 0 0.00
157 MIKE CALLAHAN
SPRINGTOWN , TX
JOHNNY TRAMMELL
BOYD , TX
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FARMERSVILLE , TX
DON MEEK
PILOT POINT , TX
0 0 0.00
157 MONTE REAGAN
BURLESON , TX
DYLAN REAGAN
BURLESON , TX
0 0 0.00
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PIEDMONT , OK
CHASE JACKSON
OKLAHOMA CITY , OK
0 0 0.00
157 CHRISTOPHER WADE
CANTON , TX
ARCHIE WADE
CANTON , TX
0 0 0.00
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ALLEN , TX
EDWARD LEWIS
FAIRFIELD , TX
0 0 0.00
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GUNTER , TX
TANNER KINCHELOE
GUNTER , TX
0 0 0.00
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KRUGERVILLE , TX
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CROSS ROADS , TX
0 0 0.00
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PONDER , TX
LARRY MCCASKEY
KELLER , TX
0 0 0.00
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FORNEY , TX
BRUCE SPRING
TERRELL , TX
0 0 0.00
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WICHITA FALLS , TX
JEFF PIERCE
HENRIETTA , TX
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LARUE , TX
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CRANDALL , TX
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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS , TX
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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS , TX
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Danger Kelly Wins BFL Tournament on South Holston Reservoir

Virginia’s Austin Wins Co-angler Division

BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 1, 2020) – Boater Danger Kelly of Somerset, Kentucky, brought five bass to the scale Saturday totaling 14 pounds, 14 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on South Holston Reservoir in Bristol, Tennessee. For his victory, Kelly earned a total of $3,021.

“I took a huge gamble and put all of my eggs into one basket – the shad spawn,” said Kelly, who earned the first victory of his FLW career. “It was an all or nothing deal, because all of my fishing time was going to be from 6:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. As soon as the sun was out the shad spawn would die, and my pattern was done.

“I targeted bass on the main-lake that were located on laydowns and submerged timber near the flooded bushes and trees along the shoreline,” Kelly continued. “It was extremely difficult casts – I had to get my lures back behind the rocks, behind bushes and under low-hanging branches. I couldn’t get a clean hookset. I knew it was going to be tough. I lost six fish, but I managed to put five nice smallmouth in the boat.”

Kelly’s bait of choice was a Strike King swimjig (Chartreuse Sexy Shad) with a Strike King Rage Swimmer swimbait (Pearl Flash).

“I ended up catching one or two more during the day, but I never culled. The five that I caught in the morning were the five that I brought to the scale,” Kelly went on to say. “I knew that committing to the shad spawn was going to be a huge gamble and I was either going to win or take dead last. I’m thankful that I had a great day and caught enough early to get the win.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

1st:       Danger Kelly of Somerset, Ky., five bass, 14-14, $3,021

2nd:      Corey Neece of Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 13-14, $2,011

3rd:       Jaime Ratliff of Abingdon, Va., five bass, 13-9, $1,007

4th:       Eddie Richards of Corbin, Ky., five bass, 13-8, $705

5th:       Craig Powers of Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 13-3, $604

6th:       Bryan Leonard of Blountville, Tenn., five bass, 12-15, $554

7th:       Jeffrey Mahaffey of Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 12-14, $504

8th:       Jerry Gallogly of North Tazewell, Va., five bass, 12-6, $453

9th:       Brandon Stanley of Johnson City, Tenn., five bass, 11-14, $403

10th:     Ken Vicchio of Bluff City, Tenn., five bass, 11-13, $352

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Tyler Altizer of Abingdon, Virginia, brought a 4-pound, 8-ounce bass to the scale to win the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $345.

Neece was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Will Austin of Abingdon, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,683 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

1st:       Will Austin of Abingdon, Va., four bass, 11-7, $1,683

2nd:      Henry Bryan of Sevierville, Tenn., four bass, 10-14, $755

3rd:       Joshua Jernigan of Rocky Top, Tenn., five bass, 10-4, $504

4th:       Dennis Lane of Rutledge, Tenn., four bass, 9-6, $352

5th:       Fletcher Griffith of Hendersonville, N.C., four bass, 9-0, $302

6th:       Jim Thrift of Kingsport, Tenn., four bass, 8-15, $277

7th:       Justin McGaha of Knoxville, Tenn., four bass, 7-13, $252

8th:       Ben Arnold of La Follette, Tenn., three bass, 7-0, $227

9th:       Jacob Linkous of Rogersville, Tenn., three bass, 6-14, $201

10th:     Curtis Brown of Loudon, Tenn., two bass, 6-4, $167

10th:     Chris Hamby of Harriman, Tenn., three bass, 6-4, $167

Austin also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 4 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch added to his winnings as he earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $172.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on South Holston Reservoir was the second of five qualifying events in the Volunteer Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Volunteer Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 8-10 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Virginia, hosted by Richmond Region Tourism. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six 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 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held Nov. 11-13 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina and is hosted by Visit Anderson. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the FLW Series, the pathway to the FLW Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour, where top pros compete with no entry fees.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Jacob Wheeler Wins Toyota Series Tournament at Pickwick Lake

 

FLORENCE, Ala. (May 30, 2020)Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour angler Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale weighing 17 pounds, 11 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at Pickwick Lake event Saturday in Florence, Alabama. Wheeler’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 56-8 earned him the win by a 5-pound, 8-ounce margin over second-place angler Buddy Gross of Chickamauga, Georgia, and earned Wheeler the top payout of $38,545 in the second tournament of the 2020 Toyota Series Central Division season.

“I truthfully can’t even believe that just happened,” said Wheeler, the reigning MLF World Champion who earned the first Toyota Series win of his career. “I’ve competed at all levels, and it is so tough to win one of these Toyota Series events. A lot of pros compete in them, but they also have the great local fisherman that know their home bodies of water so well. They’re extremely hard to win, so to come out today with the victory – I am tremendously tickled.”

Wheeler said that he had no magic spot on Pickwick Lake, but estimated he fished around 30 different places throughout the week, throwing a variety of baits.

“I tried to find little 3- to 5-fish schools that were a little out of the way off the beaten path, and then when a community hole opened up I’d stop in there and try to catch a few fish. I caught fish from 10 feet to 30 feet, and I was constantly changing my baits based on where I was fishing,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler said that his key baits this week were a Rapala DT20 crankbait (Caribbean Shad), a Texas-rigged Googan Baits Mondo Worm and a 6-inch Lunker Log stick bait, and an Accent Ol’ Big Spinnerbait. He also mixed in some other baits, including a scrounger and a swimbait.

“My electronics setup was a huge deal for me this week, as well,” Wheeler went on to say. “Instead of signing with one company, I’m running Lowrance, Garmin and Humminbird units this year and that really helped me tremendously when I was finding those 3 to 5 fish schools.”

The top 10 pros on Pickwick Lake finished:

1st:       Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., 15 bass, 56-8, $38,545

2nd:      Buddy Gross of Chickamauga, Ga., 15 bass, 51-0, $14,936

3rd:       Michael Bean of Bowling Green, Ky., 15 bass, 49-9, $11,563

4th:       Michael Brewer of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., 10 bass, 48-13, $9,636

5th:       Justin Atkins of Florence, Ala., 15 bass, 48-12, $8,673

6th:       Marshall Deakins of Dunlap, Tenn., 15 bass, 47-15, $7,709

7th:       Brent Anderson of Kingston Springs, Tenn., 15 bass, 46-4, $6,745

8th:       John Murray of Spring City, Tenn., 13 bass, 44-15, $5,782

9th:       Jimmy Washam of Covington, Tenn., 13 bass, 39-11, $4,959

10th:     Ricky Robinson of Greenback, Tenn., 10 bass, 36-14, $3,854

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Seth Davis of Harrison, Tennessee, took home an extra $1,000 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $35,000 per event in each Toyota Series tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Washam brought an 8-pound, 9-ounce largemouth bass to the scale Friday – the largest fish weighed by a boater in the event – to earn the day’s Big Bass award of $141.

Josh Lockard of Somerset, Kentucky, won the Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 48 pounds, 7 ounces. For his win, Lockard took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor, worth $33,500.

The top 10 co-anglers on Pickwick Lake finished:

1st:       Josh Lockard of Somerset, Ky., 15 bass, 48-7, $33,500

2nd:      Phil Williams Jr. of Jamestown, Ky., 13 bass, 36-13, $4,868

3rd:       Nathan Woodruff of Iuka, Miss., 14 bass, 33-14, $3,894

4th:       Chris Quaintance of Muscle Shoals, Ala., 11 bass, 32-4, $3,502

5th:       Clint Pegg of Columbus, Miss., 12 bass, 31-14, $2,921

6th:       Andrew Gordon of Columbus, Miss., 12 bass, 29-11, $2,434

7th:       Todd Lee of Jasper, Ala., 11 bass, 29-1, $1,947

8th:       Benton Peoples of Bardstown, Ky., 11 bass, 26-8, $1,704

9th:       Bryan Dowdy of Florence, Ala., 11 bass, 25-10, $1,460

10th:     Samuel Maxwell of Vincennes, Ind., 10 bass, 23-12, $1,217

Quaintance weighed in the largest bass in the co-angler division on Thursday, bringing a 7-pound, 3-ounce bass to the stage. He earned the days Co-angler Big Bass award of $95.

The Toyota Series at Pickwick Lake was hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism. It was the second of three regular-season tournaments in 2020 for Central Division anglers. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

The Toyota Series consists of eight divisions – Central, Eastern, Northern, Plains, Southeastern, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International division. Anglers who fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard. The 2020 Toyota Series Championship will be held Dec. 3-5 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky, and is hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 


Ranger Pro John Murray leads by an ounce on Pickwick

Five years ago legendary western pro John Murray moved from Arizona to Spring City, Tenn., for one very specific reason: to learn how to fish Tennessee River lakes, especially to better understand the Tennessee River’s current and bass’ relationship to it. Today, Murray’s move to Tennessee paid off as he took the day-two lead in the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick Lake. On day one Murray weighed in a respectable 16 pounds, 4 ounces. Today, he added 22 pounds, 10 ounces for a two-day total of 38 pounds, 14 ounces. He now has a slim one-ounce lead over Jacob Wheeler going into the final day.

Top five patterns

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“Tennessee River tournaments invariably are always on tournament schedules,” Murray says. “And nearly every time I’d go to a Tennessee River lake in the summer, I just bomb. I finally got tired of it and moved out here to learn these lakes.”

Murray gave credit to his Spring City, Tenn., neighbor Wesley Strader for teaching him some of the finer points of fishing Tennessee River current. Today, Murray utilized those lessons well.

“I’m not out there fishing the deep places and the deep schools,” Murray says. “I’m fishing more of the 7- to 10-foot range, on top of bars. I think this heavy current has the fish and shad pushed up on those places. If this current wasn’t running this hard, I don’t think they would be up where I’m catching them. Those shallower places are providing the necessary breaks that I’ve learned are so critical on these lakes.”

In addition, Murray believes there is some sort of shad spawn going on up on the shallower bars he is fishing. He can’t physically see visible evidence of the shad spawning, but he can electronically see them thanks to his forward-looking sonar.

“My boat is setting out, but I’m using that to scan across the tops of those bars and I every now and then a flurry of activity come across the screen,” he explains. “I believe that activity is big schools of shad spawning on and crossing those bars. At times I can literally see them being chased by bass.”

John Murray

Hence Murray’s 22-pound, 10-ounce catch, which started with three 5-pounders first thing this morning. His key baits have been a big worm and big jig cast up into the areas where he sees the activity on the screen, about 45 feet in front of the boat.

“I have to make the casts at the right angle in that current to get the bite,” he says. “If I cast across the bar, that fast current bows the line too much. So I have to cast more parallel with the bar so I can bring the lure down the bar with the current.”

Obviously, Murray’s Tennessee River current lessons are starting to pay off. With another big bag tomorrow, he could get one of the biggest paydays of his storied career: winning a tournament on the river system that has been a thorn in his side for so long.

 

Top 10 pros

1. John Murray – Spring City, Tenn. – 38-14 (10)

2. Jacob Wheeler – Harrison, Tenn. – 38-13 (10)

3. Buddy Gross – Chickamauga, Ga. – 37-2 (10)

4. Michael Brewer – Lawrenceburg, Tenn. – 36-15 (10)

5. Ricky Robinson – Greenback, Tenn. – 36-14 (10)

6. Michael Bean – Bowling Green, Ky. – 35-14 (10)

7. Brent Anderson – Kingston Springs, Tenn. – 35-5 (10)

8. Justin Atkins – Florence, Ala. – 35-1 (10)

9. Marshall Deakins – Dunlap, Tenn. – 34-13 (10)

  • 10. Jimmy Washam – Covington, Tenn. – 33-2 (10)


Gross leads Pickwick with over 24 pounds!

Story & Photos Courtesy of FLW

Buddy Gross won his first FLW Tour event on Pickwick Lake in May of 2016 fishing a shad spawn on eelgrass along the Tennessee River channel. Today, Gross rekindled those old memories from four years ago to bring in 24 pounds, 1 ounce and take the day one lead in the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick.

Top five patterns 

Complete results

While he is fishing the same general area where he won before, Gross says the cover is much different this time around.

“Last time it was all about the eelgrass,” he says. “This time the eelgrass is not as dominant – it’s not as tall – to create current breaks. This time there is more hydrilla there. But the common denominator is the shad spawn. The shad are still spawning, but it doesn’t last long. I caught a few big ones quickly, but it died fast.”

Buddy Gross

Gross says he normally likes to fish out much deeper on Pickwick than the 6- to 7-foot zone he is targeting now. But since he had a late boat draw (128) he figured the best deep community spots would be covered up, so he took a chance on the shallow grass first thing this morning because the spot was “open” and the gamble paid off.

Though Gross didn’t want to give up his exact baits just yet, he did say they are all big gizzard shad imitating baits.

“They are big baits and difficult to fish in that stringy hydrilla,” he adds. “I fought the grass all day, constantly slapping baits in the water to clear them. But if I could ever get a bait to come through the right zone clean, it would get inhaled.”

Gross has an earlier boat position tomorrow morning, which will give him a few more precious minutes in the height of shad spawn to make hay.

“There was no one on it this morning and no one ever tried to stop on it all day, so I should have it to myself first thing tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.”

 

Top 10 pros

1. Buddy Gross – Chickamauga, Ga. – 24-1 (5)

2. Justin Atkins – Florence, Ala. – 21-14 (5)

3. Brent Anderson – Kingston Springs, Tenn. – 20-8 (5)

4. Michael Brewer – Lawrenceburg, Tenn. – 19-11 (5)

5. Josh Butler – Hayden, Ala. – 18-14 (5)

6. Seth Davis – Harrison, Tenn. – 18-13 (5)

7. Sloan Pennington – Childersburg, Ala. – 18-8 (5)

8. Keith Amerson – Bethel Springs, Tenn. – 18-6 (5)

9. Jacob Wheeler – Harrison, Tenn. – 18-2 (5)

10. Jason Lambert – Michie, Tenn. – 17-9 (5)

Complete results

 

Daniel Corkern

Corkern leads co-anglers

Daniel Corkern of Florence, Miss., leads the Co-angler Division after day one with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 4 ounces. Corkern is no stranger to Pickwick as he has racked up three top 10’s in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League. This is his first Toyota Series event and he has now put himself in the pole position going into day two.

 

 

PLACE ANGLER CITY/STATE DAY 1
WT (Fish)
DAY 1-3
WT (Fish)
DAY 1-4
WT (Fish)
WINNINGS
1 BUDDY GROSS CHICKAMAUGA, GA 24 - 1 (5) 24 - 1 (5) 24 - 1 (5)
2 JUSTIN ATKINS FLORENCE, AL 21 - 14 (5) 21 - 14 (5) 21 - 14 (5)
3 BRENT ANDERSON KINGSTON SPRINGS, TN 20 - 8 (5) 20 - 8 (5) 20 - 8 (5)
4 MICHAEL BREWER LAWRENCEBURG, TN 19 - 11 (5) 19 - 11 (5) 19 - 11 (5)
5 JOSH BUTLER HAYDEN, AL 18 - 14 (5) 18 - 14 (5) 18 - 14 (5)
6 SETH DAVIS HARRISON, TN 18 - 13 (5) 18 - 13 (5) 18 - 13 (5)
7 SLOAN PENNINGTON CHILDERSBURG, AL 18 - 8 (5) 18 - 8 (5) 18 - 8 (5)
8 KEITH AMERSON BETHEL SPRINGS, TN 18 - 6 (5) 18 - 6 (5) 18 - 6 (5)
9 JACOB WHEELER HARRISON, TN 18 - 2 (5) 18 - 2 (5) 18 - 2 (5)
10 JASON LAMBERT MICHIE, TN 17 - 9 (5) 17 - 9 (5) 17 - 9 (5)
11 NATHAN MARTIN SHEFFIELD, AL 17 - 6 (5) 17 - 6 (5) 17 - 6 (5)
12 MICHAEL BEAN BOWLING GREEN, KY 17 - 2 (5) 17 - 2 (5) 17 - 2 (5)
13 CAMERON GAUTNEY SHEFFIELD, AL 16 - 15 (5) 16 - 15 (5) 16 - 15 (5)
14 WAYNE DENNISON SHEFFIELD, AL 16 - 4 (5) 16 - 4 (5) 16 - 4 (5)
14 JOHN MURRAY SPRING CITY, TN 16 - 4 (5) 16 - 4 (5) 16 - 4 (5)
16 JIM NEECE JR BRISTOL, TN 16 - 2 (5) 16 - 2 (5) 16 - 2 (5)
17 RICKY ROBINSON GREENBACK, TN 15 - 14 (5) 15 - 14 (5) 15 - 14 (5)
18 MARSHALL DEAKINS DUNLAP, TN 15 - 12 (5) 15 - 12 (5) 15 - 12 (5)
19 LAWSON TILGHMAN SOMERVILLE, TN 15 - 11 (5) 15 - 11 (5) 15 - 11 (5)
20 GRANT GALLOWAY HOULKA, MS 15 - 10 (5) 15 - 10 (5) 15 - 10 (5)
21 RYAN SALZMAN HUNTSVILLE, AL 15 - 7 (5) 15 - 7 (5) 15 - 7 (5)
22 RICK BOWEN JACKSON, TN 15 - 6 (5) 15 - 6 (5) 15 - 6 (5)
23 RAYMOND OWEN IUKA, MS 15 - 2 (5) 15 - 2 (5) 15 - 2 (5)
24 WILLIAM MERRICK MOUNT JULIET, TN 15 - 1 (5) 15 - 1 (5) 15 - 1 (5)
25 COLE FLOYD LEESBURG, OH 15 - 0 (5) 15 - 0 (5) 15 - 0 (5)
26 CURREY HOLLEY MADISON, AL 14 - 14 (5) 14 - 14 (5) 14 - 14 (5)
27 DONNY BECK KILLEN, AL 14 - 12 (5) 14 - 12 (5) 14 - 12 (5)
28 NICK RATLIFF VINE GROVE, KY 14 - 11 (5) 14 - 11 (5) 14 - 11 (5)
29 ANDY COY CORINTH, MS 14 - 10 (5) 14 - 10 (5) 14 - 10 (5)
30 GARY ISGRIGG MT. WASHINGTON, KY 14 - 8 (5) 14 - 8 (5) 14 - 8 (5)
31 CURT MCGUIRE BUCHANAN, TN 14 - 6 (5) 14 - 6 (5) 14 - 6 (5)
32 MATT ROBERTSON KUTTAWA, KY 14 - 2 (5) 14 - 2 (5) 14 - 2 (5)
33 SPENCER SHUFFIELD HOT SPRINGS, AR 14 - 1 (5) 14 - 1 (5) 14 - 1 (5)
33 BRENT BUTLER VONORE, TN 14 - 1 (5) 14 - 1 (5) 14 - 1 (5)
35 BRYAN WALDON FALKNER, MS 13 - 15 (5) 13 - 15 (5) 13 - 15 (5)
36 MICHAEL NEAL DAYTON, TN 13 - 12 (5) 13 - 12 (5) 13 - 12 (5)
37 MICHAEL CORBISHLEY RALEIGH, NC 13 - 11 (5) 13 - 11 (5) 13 - 11 (5)
37 JOE RUCKER NICHOLASVILLE, KY 13 - 11 (5) 13 - 11 (5) 13 - 11 (5)
39 MICKEY BECK LEBANON, TN 13 - 10 (5) 13 - 10 (5) 13 - 10 (5)
40 CODY HARRISON TUSCUMBIA, AL 13 - 9 (5) 13 - 9 (5) 13 - 9 (5)
41 ETHAN FRANKLIN EMPIRE, AL 13 - 6 (5) 13 - 6 (5) 13 - 6 (5)
42 RUSTY WHITE SODDY DAISY, TN 13 - 5 (5) 13 - 5 (5) 13 - 5 (5)
42 DREW BOGGS LEBANON, TN 13 - 5 (5) 13 - 5 (5) 13 - 5 (5)
44 NATHAN ASHMORE BALDWYN, MS 13 - 3 (5) 13 - 3 (5) 13 - 3 (5)
44 BILL SMITH JR BURLINGTON, KY 13 - 3 (5) 13 - 3 (5) 13 - 3 (5)
46 FREDDY PALMER ESTILL SPRINGS, TN 13 - 2 (5) 13 - 2 (5) 13 - 2 (5)
47 BOB BLACKERBY CHELSEA, AL 13 - 0 (5) 13 - 0 (5) 13 - 0 (5)
47 JEFF CANNON DOUGLASVILLE, GA 13 - 0 (5) 13 - 0 (5) 13 - 0 (5)
47 JORDAN NETTLES LUMBERTON, MS 13 - 0 (5) 13 - 0 (5) 13 - 0 (5)
50 MATT BECKER FINLEYVILLE, PA 12 - 15 (5) 12 - 15 (5) 12 - 15 (5)
51 WILLIAM CAMPBELL MIDDLESBORO, KY 12 - 13 (5) 12 - 13 (5) 12 - 13 (5)
52 ANTHONY HAGEWOOD HERNDON, KY 12 - 9 (5) 12 - 9 (5) 12 - 9 (5)
53 BRODY CAMPBELL OXFORD, OH 12 - 8 (5) 12 - 8 (5) 12 - 8 (5)
53 JOEY WALTERS SUMMERTOWN, TN 12 - 8 (5) 12 - 8 (5) 12 - 8 (5)
53 JORDAN HARTMAN MURRAY, KY 12 - 8 (5) 12 - 8 (5) 12 - 8 (5)
56 BRANDON PERKINS COUNCE, TN 12 - 7 (5) 12 - 7 (5) 12 - 7 (5)
57 KYLE HALL GRANBURY, TX 12 - 6 (5) 12 - 6 (5) 12 - 6 (5)
58 DENNIS SHAWN PERRIGO RIENZI, MS 12 - 4 (5) 12 - 4 (5) 12 - 4 (5)
58 JACK DALZELL ELYRIA, OH 12 - 4 (5) 12 - 4 (5) 12 - 4 (5)
58 ALEX HESTER CROSSVILLE, TN 12 - 4 (5) 12 - 4 (5) 12 - 4 (5)
61 GIL SUMMERLIN GUNTERSVILLE, AL 12 - 2 (5) 12 - 2 (5) 12 - 2 (5)
61 TIMMY HORTON MUSCLE SHOALS, AL 12 - 2 (5) 12 - 2 (5) 12 - 2 (5)
63 DUSTIN BERRYMAN RUSSELLVILLE, AL 12 - 1 (5) 12 - 1 (5) 12 - 1 (5)
64 WESLEY STRADER SPRING CITY, TN 12 - 0 (5) 12 - 0 (5) 12 - 0 (5)
64 JIMMY WASHAM COVINGTON, TN 12 - 0 (5) 12 - 0 (5) 12 - 0 (5)
66 KRISTOPHER QUEEN CATAWBA, NC 11 - 14 (5) 11 - 14 (5) 11 - 14 (5)
66 CHRIS MALONE IRONTON, OH 11 - 14 (5) 11 - 14 (5) 11 - 14 (5)
68 LOGAN COLLIER SAVANNAH, TN 11 - 11 (5) 11 - 11 (5) 11 - 11 (5)
69 MATT STANLEY ALEXANDRIA, TN 11 - 9 (5) 11 - 9 (5) 11 - 9 (5)
69 JIM LITTLE CORINTH, MS 11 - 9 (4) 11 - 9 (4) 11 - 9 (4)
71 CODY NICHOLS FAYETTE, AL 11 - 6 (5) 11 - 6 (5) 11 - 6 (5)
71 ROBERT REAGAN BYRDSTOWN, TN 11 - 6 (4) 11 - 6 (4) 11 - 6 (4)
73 JONATHAN BOWLING HARRIMAN, TN 11 - 5 (5) 11 - 5 (5) 11 - 5 (5)
74 KOTA KIRIYAMA GUNTERSVILLE, AL 11 - 1 (5) 11 - 1 (5) 11 - 1 (5)
75 TRAVIS LOYD MCGEE, MS 10 - 15 (5) 10 - 15 (5) 10 - 15 (5)
76 DUSTIN EVANS EADS, TN 10 - 13 (5) 10 - 13 (5) 10 - 13 (5)
77 JEFF MCLAIN COLUMBUS, MS 10 - 6 (5) 10 - 6 (5) 10 - 6 (5)
78 MICHAEL ROACH OLIVE BRANCH, MS 10 - 3 (5) 10 - 3 (5) 10 - 3 (5)
79 JASON REYES HUFFMAN, TX 10 - 1 (5) 10 - 1 (5) 10 - 1 (5)
80 DEREK MILLS SELLERSBURG, IN 10 - 0 (5) 10 - 0 (5) 10 - 0 (5)
81 BRENNON MCCORD JOHNSTON CITY, IL 9 - 13 (4) 9 - 13 (4) 9 - 13 (4)
82 BLAKE SCHROEDER WHITEHOUSE, TX 9 - 11 (4) 9 - 11 (4) 9 - 11 (4)
83 BILL DAY FRANKFORT, KY 9 - 6 (5) 9 - 6 (5) 9 - 6 (5)
84 JOSEPH WEBSTER WINFIELD, AL 9 - 4 (4) 9 - 4 (4) 9 - 4 (4)
85 RON SMITH WALTON, KY 8 - 14 (3) 8 - 14 (3) 8 - 14 (3)
85 CRISPIN POWLEY CAMDEN, TN 8 - 14 (4) 8 - 14 (4) 8 - 14 (4)
87 BRENT CROW HARTSELLE, AL 8 - 13 (4) 8 - 13 (4) 8 - 13 (4)
88 ROBB YOUNG ROGERSVILLE, AL 8 - 11 (3) 8 - 11 (3) 8 - 11 (3)
89 BRAD ADKINS WEST LIBERTY, KY 8 - 9 (3) 8 - 9 (3) 8 - 9 (3)
90 SHAWN HAWKS VINTON, OH 8 - 8 (4) 8 - 8 (4) 8 - 8 (4)
91 SCOTTY ESTES HOLLY POND, AL 8 - 7 (3) 8 - 7 (3) 8 - 7 (3)
92 KEVIN MEUNIER LAMAR, IN 8 - 6 (4) 8 - 6 (4) 8 - 6 (4)
93 JASON FOSTER RIPLEY, MS 8 - 3 (4) 8 - 3 (4) 8 - 3 (4)
94 BRAD ROBERTS FAUBUSH, KY 8 - 2 (4) 8 - 2 (4) 8 - 2 (4)
95 MASON SAPP CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY 7 - 15 (4) 7 - 15 (4) 7 - 15 (4)
96 JIMMY GAYHART SADIEVILLE, KY 7 - 6 (2) 7 - 6 (2) 7 - 6 (2)
96 WAYNE COOK GAUTIER, MS 7 - 6 (4) 7 - 6 (4) 7 - 6 (4)
98 JIMMY BREWER MARSHALL, TX 6 - 15 (3) 6 - 15 (3) 6 - 15 (3)
99 TIM WILSON MARION, IN 6 - 14 (2) 6 - 14 (2) 6 - 14 (2)
100 SHANE MELTON KOKOMO, IN 6 - 13 (3) 6 - 13 (3) 6 - 13 (3)
101 JOSH SHIRLEY CABOT, AR 6 - 12 (3) 6 - 12 (3) 6 - 12 (3)
102 JOHN JANICK ADAMS, TN 6 - 9 (3) 6 - 9 (3) 6 - 9 (3)
103 JEFF DYER OAK HILL, OH 6 - 8 (3) 6 - 8 (3) 6 - 8 (3)
104 EDWARD GETTYS PARIS, TN 6 - 6 (3) 6 - 6 (3) 6 - 6 (3)
104 CHARLES WATTS CORINTH, MS 6 - 6 (3) 6 - 6 (3) 6 - 6 (3)
106 BRAD MCCLURE BRENTWOOD, TN 6 - 3 (1) 6 - 3 (1) 6 - 3 (1) $141
107 JIM MOYNAGH SHAKOPEE, MN 6 - 2 (4) 6 - 2 (4) 6 - 2 (4)
108 CHRIS HURD NANCY, KY 6 - 1 (3) 6 - 1 (3) 6 - 1 (3)
109 TOMMY BROWN LOUISVILLE, TN 5 - 12 (3) 5 - 12 (3) 5 - 12 (3)
110 DUSTIN NEAT DUNNVILLE, KY 5 - 11 (2) 5 - 11 (2) 5 - 11 (2)
111 JOEY SCHMIDT HICKORY, KY 5 - 10 (2) 5 - 10 (2) 5 - 10 (2)
112 DAVID DOVE COLUMBUS, MS 5 - 8 (2) 5 - 8 (2) 5 - 8 (2)
112 KYLE GLASGOW GUIN, AL 5 - 8 (3) 5 - 8 (3) 5 - 8 (3)
114 JEFF CARMAN LIBERTY, KY 5 - 7 (3) 5 - 7 (3) 5 - 7 (3)
115 JACOPO GALLELLI FLORENCE, FI 5 - 5 (2) 5 - 5 (2) 5 - 5 (2)
116 PARKER MAPLES AMORY, MS 5 - 4 (2) 5 - 4 (2) 5 - 4 (2)
117 BILLY HURT SPRING CREEK, TN 5 - 3 (3) 5 - 3 (3) 5 - 3 (3)
118 COLE LOGSDON WINDYVILLE, KY 4 - 9 (2) 4 - 9 (2) 4 - 9 (2)
118 MICHAEL WOOLEY BOONEVILLE, MS 4 - 9 (2) 4 - 9 (2) 4 - 9 (2)
120 JOSH NORRIS SPRING CITY, TN 4 - 8 (2) 4 - 8 (2) 4 - 8 (2)
120 JEFF RICHEY GLASGOW, KY 4 - 8 (2) 4 - 8 (2) 4 - 8 (2)
122 JASON HAGEWOOD CADIZ, KY 4 - 3 (2) 4 - 3 (2) 4 - 3 (2)
122 BRIAN BAKER OLMSTEAD, KY 4 - 3 (2) 4 - 3 (2) 4 - 3 (2)
124 TONY PRINCE PULASKI, TN 4 - 0 (2) 4 - 0 (2) 4 - 0 (2)
124 CLAY REECE LEXINGTON, KY 4 - 0 (1) 4 - 0 (1) 4 - 0 (1)
126 BRIAN HATFIELD SPRING CITY, TN 3 - 15 (2) 3 - 15 (2) 3 - 15 (2)
126 ALLEN BROOKS JR CANTON, GA 3 - 15 (2) 3 - 15 (2) 3 - 15 (2)
128 HERMILO SALGADO ARTEMUS, KY 3 - 13 (2) 3 - 13 (2) 3 - 13 (2)
129 WESLEY ANDERSON MOSCOW, TN 3 - 12 (2) 3 - 12 (2) 3 - 12 (2)
130 TRENT SURATT LAWRENCEBURG, TN 3 - 11 (2) 3 - 11 (2) 3 - 11 (2)
131 JOHN WELLS NASHVILLE, TN 3 - 6 (2) 3 - 6 (2) 3 - 6 (2)
132 STEVE WHITAKER SCOTTSVILLE, KY 3 - 4 (1) 3 - 4 (1) 3 - 4 (1)
133 RYAN DAVIDSON BRANCHLAND, WV 2 - 7 (1) 2 - 7 (1) 2 - 7 (1)
134 JAMES TAYLOR HUMBOLDT, TN 2 - 6 (1) 2 - 6 (1) 2 - 6 (1)
135 JAMES CHRISTIAN DICKSON, TN 2 - 4 (1) 2 - 4 (1) 2 - 4 (1)
135 STEVE BARNES HARRISON, TN 2 - 4 (1) 2 - 4 (1) 2 - 4 (1)
137 COLVIN HENSON BATTLEFIELD, MO 2 - 3 (1) 2 - 3 (1) 2 - 3 (1)
137 THOMAS ESCUE POINT PLEASANT, WV 2 - 3 (1) 2 - 3 (1) 2 - 3 (1)
139 COLTON BREEDING SPARTA, TN 1 - 15 (1) 1 - 15 (1) 1 - 15 (1)
140 DAVID WOOTTON COLLIERVILLE, TN 1 - 13 (1) 1 - 13 (1) 1 - 13 (1)
BRIAN ELDER LOCUST GROVE, GA 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0)
CHRIS WOOTEN WEST POINT, MS 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0)
KURT MITCHELL MILFORD, DE 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0)
JADE KEETON FLORENCE, AL 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0)
DAKOTA EBARE DENHAM SPRINGS, LA 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0)
ANDREW LUXON RICHMOND, KY 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0)
WALTER OGLE ROCKFORD, TN 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0)
WILLIAM CRUM MOSHEIM, TN 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0)
DILLON SAFFLE BALLWIN, MO 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0)
ANTHONY ROY LANCASTER, KY 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0)
ADAM HORNBERGER TROY, IL 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0) 0 - 0 (0)

FLW Shares COVID-19 Guidelines for Upcoming Tournaments

 

BENTON, Ky. (May 28, 2020) – FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today COVID-19 guidelines intended to assist anglers and staff as the organization resumes tournament operations with the Toyota Series event at Pickwick Lake (Tenn.). These guidelines apply to all 2020 FLW tournaments including the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and the Phoenix Bass Fishing League. FLW referenced state, local, and Public Health resources, as well as industry examples, to develop these guidelines during this unprecedented time for the sport of competitive bass fishing.

The organization paused all FLW competition in mid-March in an effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. FLW tournaments will resume under an abundance of caution with attendance limited to competing anglers and essential tournament staff. The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit resumes June 23-26 on Lake Chickamauga (Tenn.).

FLW shared the guidelines with all competitors via standard tournament communication channels to assist all participants in understanding how their events will be operated in accordance with current CDC protocols.

“We’re all looking forward to getting back to fishing,” said FLW Executive Vice President and General Manager Kathy Fennel. “And while these guidelines are not what we’re used to at an FLW event, they’re extremely important as we work to respect everyone involved – anglers, staff, our families back home, and the host communities - during this unprecedented time.”

The FLW guidelines include:

  • Anglers should not participate in the tournament if they have had any of the following symptoms within the last 14 days:
    • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chills
    • Dry cough
    • Running nose
    • Muscle pain
    • Sore throat
    • Diminished sense of taste or smell
  • Anglers are advised to wear a cloth mask and/or face covering at takeoff and weigh-in and while seated in the boat. Masks may be removed while fishing on the front and rear deck of the boat.
  • Only pre-tournament meetings that can comply with physical distancing guidelines will be conducted. All other rules and guidance will be communicated electronically to participants prior to each tournament.
  • Flights will be spaced with adequate time to allow for physical distancing at the weigh-in.
  • Queues for weigh-in will be clearly marked with cones to maintain a minimum 6-foot spacing between anglers.
  • A limited number of weigh-in bags will be distributed to provide for adequate physical distancing at the weigh-in tubs. Tubs will be spaced so that anglers waiting to weigh their catch will always be at least 6 feet apart.
  • FLW staff working the weigh-in tubs will wear cloth masks/face coverings and face shields.
  • Gloves (non-latex) will be provided to anglers and staff for handling weigh-in bags.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided to anglers and staff.
  • Anglers that take the stage for weigh-in are asked to place their fish on the scale, then step behind a 6-foot line marked on the stage while the tournament director weighs their fish. After the weight is recorded, anglers will take their fish off the stage while the tournament director maintains a 6-foot distance. Anglers are advised to wear a cloth mask and/or face covering while crossing the stage.
  • Each tournament director will use a dedicated microphone.
  • A second microphone that is sanitized between uses will be provided for anglers who wish to give interviews. Otherwise no on-stage interview will be conducted.
  • Weigh-in bag handles will be disinfected between uses.

 

For additional information, including the updated 2020 tournament schedule and registration, visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news regarding this weekend’s event on Pickwick Lake, follow the Toyota Series on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


High School Fishing Digital Tournament from Lew’s and Strike King in Home Stretch

 

57 Teams Currently Competing in 12-week competitions

 

Lexington, S.C. – May 28, 2020 – The Lew’s / Strike King High School Fishing Digital Tournament has passed the halfway mark, and competitors are turning in some impressive results.

 

Seven weeks into the 12-week long competition, the 57 high school fishing teams, competing in their own regions have been battling for a weekly Big Bass prize of a Mach rod and reel combo, and a random weekly drawing for a Strike King “Tie One On” prize drawing. At the end of the 12-week period, the team with the overall grand prize for the most total inches reported in each region, will receive two Lew’s Mach combos and a $200 retail value Strike King prize pack.

 

Thus far, results of the competition are as follows: In total, all 57 teams competing have logged 3,150 total catches, measuring a total of 50,139 inches to the leaderboard using the Hook’D Fishing Tournaments App during the seven weeks of competition.

As far as the Grand prize cumulative leaderboard goes; leading the North region is the Brownsburg Fishing Club, and leading the West is the Delta Saints Bass, while the South Forsyth High Fishing Team is at the top of the Southern Region.

 

The largest bass of the event thus far is a 26.25-inch largemouth caught by the Seminole Junior Anglers during week 5 of the competition.

 

David May, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Lew’s Holding continues to be impressed with the performance of the teams and the level of involvement. “We are extremely pleased to see the engagement and eagerness of these high school anglers with our digital tournament,” said May.  “Lew’s has always been a strong supporter of youth and high school fishing.  This has been a lot of fun so far, we’re always excited about seeing the results posted to the leaderboard.”

 

He also said having a great partnership has made this program happen.  “With this being the first time we’ve hosted an event like this, we’re happy to have a partner like the Hook’D Fishing Tournaments app involved,” said May.  “We’re glad to be able to provide a safe outlet for fishing competition with high school teams over the past several and coming weeks. It’ll be exciting to see who takes the grand prizes in the end!”

 

 

 

It is never too late for a team to enter, it only takes one fish catch submission to win a weekly big bass prize, but your team has to be entered into the competition at the time of the catch to win. The 12-week program runs through Sunday, June 28.

 

For weekly results, and for more information about the High School Fishing Digital Tournament from Lew’s and Strike King, go to https://www.lews.com/digital-fishing-tournament.

 

For more information about how high school fishing teams can get involved with Lew’s and Strike King, go to https://www.lews.com/academicprograms or https://www.strikeking.com/resources/academic-programs


BRP Advances Marine Strategy by Focusing on Boats and New Technologies

Company discontinues the manufacturing of outboard engines and agrees with market leader Mercury Marine to support boat packages
Valcourt, Quebec, May 27, 2020 – BRP (TSX: DOO; NASDAQ: DOOO) announced today it has re-oriented its marine business by focusing on the growth of its boat brands with new technology and innovative marine products. We will discontinue production of Evinrude E-TEC and E-TEC G2 outboard engines. Our Sturtevant, WI, facility, will be repurposed for new projects to pursue our plan to provide consumers with an unparalleled experience on the water.

We remain committed to our Buy, Build, Transform Marine strategy which has been underway since 2018 with the acquisition of Alumacraft and Manitou boat companies in the U.S., followed by the acquisition of Australian boat manufacturer Telwater in 2019.

“Our outboard engines business has been greatly impacted by COVID-19, obliging us to discontinue production of our outboard motors immediately. This business segment had already been facing some challenges and the impact from the current context has forced our hand,” said José Boisjoli, President and CEO of BRP. “We will concentrate our efforts on new and innovative technologies and on the development of our boat companies, where we continue to see a lot of potential to transform the on-water experience for consumers,” he added.

Discontinuing outboard engine business and signing an agreement with Mercury Marine
Following our decision to discontinue E-TEC and E-TEC G2 outboard engines, we have signed an agreement with market leader Mercury Marine to support boat packages and continue to supply outboard engines to our boat brands.

We will continue to supply customers and our dealer network service parts and will honour our manufacturer limited warranties, plus offer select programs to manage inventory. These decisions will impact 650 employees globally.

Pursuing new opportunities within Build and Transform phases of strategy
With this announcement, BRP will be positioned to expand its presence in the pontoon and aluminum fishing markets through technologically advanced solutions. We will leverage our track record of ingenuity through our R&D resources to enhance the boating experience with unique new marine products, such as the next generation of engine technology with Project Ghost and the next generation of pontoons with Project M, code names for new products we expect to transform the industry.

Maximizing operational and functional efficiencies
Lastly, we will consolidate Alumacraft operations from two sites to one. All Alumacraft operations will be transferred to St Peter, MN and our site in Arkadelphia, AR will be permanently closed. In addition, we want to upgrade the boat production facilities to reorganize manufacturing sites and apply the modularity model used elsewhere. This move is designed to enhance productivity and efficiency and to allow us to respond with even more agility to demand.


Fort Worth, Lake Ray Roberts Poised To Host First Bassmaster Classic

Fort Worth and Lake Ray Roberts will host the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic March 19-21, 2021. 

May 27, 2020

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For just the third time in the event’s storied history, the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic will be coming to Texas. The eyes of Texas — and the world — will be watching March 19-21, 2021 as the Super Bowl of Professional Bass Fishing heads to Fort Worth with fishing taking place at Lake Ray Roberts in nearby Denton.

It will mark the first time Fort Worth will host the Bassmaster Classic, as well as the first time a major B.A.S.S. tournament has been held on this fishery.

“There are very few firsts in the world of sports,” said Chase Anderson, Chairman of B.A.S.S. “We can’t wait to have a historic first next year when fishing’s biggest stage comes to Fort Worth. Our fans, sponsors and anglers are sure to be in for an incredible experience.”

Downtown Fort Worth will be on full display during the event, hosted by the Fort Worth Sports Commission and Visit Fort Worth. Outdoors enthusiasts can browse at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo, which will be held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, before taking in daily weigh-in festivities at nearby Dickies Arena.

“We could not have secured this world-class event without the support of our community partners,” said Bob Jameson, President and CEO for Visit Fort Worth, parent organization of the Fort Worth Sports Commission. “We are grateful to Dickies Arena, Will Rogers Memorial Center, the City of Fort Worth, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Lake Ray Roberts, The Stockyards and many more for their time and thoughtful collaboration to ensure Fort Worth offers a world-class experience to anglers, their families and fans.”

Recent Classics held in Birmingham, Ala., and Knoxville, Tenn., have drawn record-breaking crowds of more than 120,000 fans to Classic Week events, including the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo. The Outdoors Expo has grown into the largest consumer fishing show in the country, with 200 exhibitors from around the world onsite selling a variety of merchandise for fishing, hunting, camping and more — an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Exhibition space fills quickly for this in-demand show, so interested businesses are encouraged to get on the waiting list today at Bassmaster.com/Expo.

“The Fort Worth Sports Commission is proud to host the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic in Fort Worth,” said Jason Sands, director of the Fort Worth Sports Commission. “This is the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing and it will be an incredible privilege to welcome anglers, their families and fans from around the country to Fort Worth. This championship will bring over 70,000 visitors with an expected $20 million in direct spending including in our hotels, restaurants, retail, attractions and more. The Fort Worth Sports Commission will be monitoring event protocol and safety procedures as they evolve over the next several months to ensure Fort Worth is ready to host this prestigious tournament next spring.”

According to numbers released by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic provided a direct economic impact of $20.8 million and an indirect boost in business sales of $15.1 million. This total of $35.9 million for the 2020 event is an increase over the 2019 Bassmaster Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., which generated a total economic impact of $32.2 million, according to Visit Knoxville.

A perennial contender on Bassmaster Magazine’s annual 100 Best Bass Lakes list, Lake Ray Roberts was the No. 15 fishery in the Central Region for 2019, and historically, has appeared in the Top 10 multiple years. In a state known for producing big bags, Lake Ray Roberts continues to shine. Tournaments on this 29,350-acre reservoir regularly require anglers to average at least 5-pounders to win.

“Academy Sports + Outdoors has helped families in Fort Worth have fun for over 25 years,” said Lawrence Lobpries, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ senior vice president of marketing. “We’re excited to be a part of providing pro and recreational anglers alike access to bass fishing’s biggest event. We hope the experiences shared at this event will inspire growth in fishing participation across Texas and the rest of the country.”

The 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic in Fort Worth will be covered live and streamed on Bassmaster.com, ESPN3 and the ESPN App, and five hours of original programming will be aired on ESPN2 and the Pursuit Channel following the event.

For complete details and more information as it becomes available, visit Bassmaster.com.

About Visit Fort Worth
Visit Fort Worth is the official destination marketing organization of the 13th-largest city in the United States, dedicated to promoting Fort Worth as a premier business and leisure destination with thriving centers of creativity, culture and commerce. Visit Fort Worth is the parent organization of The Fort Worth Herd, the Fort Worth Film Commission, the Fort Worth Sports Commission and music initiative Hear Fort Worth.

About the Fort Worth Sports Commission
The Fort Worth Sports Commission advances the city as an international sports destination.  A division of Visit Fort Worth, the Sports Commission attracts youth, collegiate and professional events that deliver economic impact and boost Fort Worth’s image. The Commission supports development of and access to facilities that enhance the quality of life for all Fort Worth. For more information, visit www.FortWorth.com/Sports.

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. 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 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2 and The Pursuit Channel), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship, new Huk Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX presented by Abu Garcia and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.


"Pinching it off" with the Crews Missile

 

This week Chris and the boys welcome in Bassmaster Elite Series Pro and industry veteran John Crews to the show to talk about his time in quarantine, his video making prowess and what its like being a business owner in the fishing industry. All this and more, just hit play!


Seaguar® Expands Its Ranks of Pro Team Anglers

 

Throughout the world, across the country, and even within your state, innovative anglers develop unique presentations and perfect creative refinements to help them catch more fish. Many of the advances to the art and science of fishing originate with professional anglers, as success within the fiery cauldron of competition often requires out-of-the-box thinking to transfer wary, pressured bass from lake to livewell. Seaguar®, the inventors of fluorocarbon fishing line and leading innovators in line technology, embraces the insights developed by tournament anglers, and is pleased to welcome a new group of touring professionals to their pro team.

MLF Bass Pro Tour and FLW Tour Anglers

Seaguar - Luke Clausen

Luke Clausen is one of only a handful of anglers to win both Forrest L. Wood Cup and Bassmaster Classic trophies. Clausen notched those two victories early in his career, winning the FLW title in 2004 and the Classic in 2006 – just 18 months into his time as a professional angler. That kick start has turned into one of the most successful tournament fishing careers to date: Clausen has racked up 32 top 10 finishes and over $2.5 million in tournament winnings, and currently competes on the MLF Bass Pro Tour. Finesse swimbaits are one of Clausen’s favorite presentations, and he relies on 20-pound test Seaguar Smackdown™ to get his bite-sized baits deep and keep them in the strike zone.

Seaguar -Gerald Sporher

Gerald Spohrer traces his fishing roots to early childhood trips with his Grandfather in pursuit of the Louisiana bayous’ abundant redfish and speckled trout. After cutting his teeth in Bassmaster Opens and Elite Series events and qualifying for his first Bassmaster Classic in 2019, Spohrer made the move to the MLF Bass Pro Tour during its inaugural season. Spohrer feels that the willingness to listen to your own instincts can separate good anglers from great ones, and will be leveraging Seaguar fluorocarbon and braided lines in pursuit of tournament victories this season.

Seaguar - Miles Burghoff

Miles “Sonar” Burghoff enters his second year on the FLW Tour after fishing competitively for well over a decade, including 17 top 10 finishes and the distinction of being the only angler to qualify for the BFL All-American through the college ranks. A successful Tennessee River guide with a very active social media presence, Burghoff is also the co-host of Sweetwater Fishing TV and an FLW Cup qualifier. Burghoff prefers Seaguar fluorocarbon and braided lines because they consistently have smaller diameters than other lines at the same pound test rating, giving anglers the edge and putting more fish in the boat.

Seaguar - Matt Becker

Matt Becker, the 2018 FLW Tour Rookie of the Year and two-time FLW Cup qualifier, is in his third year fishing on the FLW Tour. With seven top 10 finishes and one victory under his belt, Becker is a believer in linking the power and sensitivity of Seaguar Smackdown™ with the abrasion resistance and near invisibility underwater of Seaguar AbrazX®. For example, at his recent fourth place finish at the FLW event on Lake Martin, Becker targeted largemouth on wacky rigs using 20-pound Smackdown™ in Flash Green, coupled to a 10- or 12-pound test AbrazX leader.

Bassmaster Elite Series and Bassmaster Opens

Seaguar - Chris & Cory Johnston

Chris and Cory Johnston are two Canadian brothers who are pursuing their professional fishing dreams together as Bassmaster Elite Series anglers after several successful seasons on the FLW Tour. The Johnston brothers have fished together for over 20 years, sharing expenses, tournament winnings, and sponsor support through a partnership that is unique in professional angling circuits. Chris and Cory also share a tournament-tested appreciation for Seaguar lines and leaders – they spool their spinning gear with Tatsu and their baitcasters with AbrazX, and also turn to the enhanced abrasion resistance of AbrazX leaders for any presentation that involves bottom contact.

Seaguar - Drew Cook

Drew Cook won the 2019 Rookie of the Year title on the Bassmaster Elite Series and is starting his second year of fishing the Elite circuit. A professed “self-taught” angler, Cook has been fishing competitively since the age of 13, winning the Bassmaster Florida State Championship while in high school. A season-long fan of lipless rattlebaits, Cook spools up with 30- to 50-pound test Seaguar Smackdown™ to rip his lures through grass and bounce them off stumps.

Seaguar - Marc Frazier

Marc Frazier has set his sights on qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series as he begins his second season fishing the Bassmaster Opens. Frazier, who was once drafted by the San Francisco Giants to play Major League Baseball, decided instead to pursue a college education – and eventually, professional bass fishing. Join us in watching this Georgia native climb through the ranks and earn his way to the Elites!


Booming Interest In Bassmaster Opens Brings First Live Coverage, More Angler Opportunities For Rest Of Season

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The excitement of sportfishing kicks off again in June with seven tournaments remaining in the hotly contested Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series. With fan interest at an all-time high and a stacked field of anglers that includes some of the sport’s biggest names, B.A.S.S. officials announced plans today to expand live coverage and make it easier for additional pro anglers to compete in the Opens.

“Our anglers, fans and sponsors are excited to get back to the fun and excitement of tournament fishing when the season resumes this summer,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “The 2020 Bassmaster Opens has set up to be among the most competitive in history, and we were thrilled to get the season rescheduled.

“While it was disappointing to postpone events, our team worked diligently during the unexpected downtime to improve Opens Series coverage options and implement additional technology that fans and anglers alike are sure to love. Now we just have to wait and see what these talented anglers catch!”

Over the course of January’s Bassmaster Eastern Open at Harris Chain, the leaderboard was visited an astounding 392,000 times as fans tuned in to follow the progress of their favorite anglers! Now, fishing fans will have two new options for following the on-the-water action. Beginning June 18 with the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Arkansas River, both boaters and co-anglers will use BASSTrakk for real-time updates. Plus, fans can follow the final-day drama by streaming Nationwide Bassmaster Opens LIVE presented by Grizzly as camera boats provide coverage of the leaders.

But it is not just fans who will have more access to on-the-water action. More anglers will also have an opportunity to compete for the coveted Falcon Rods Angler of the Year title!

While Opens tournaments have traditionally seen a pro angler and co-angler competing from the same boat, new rules going into place when the season restarts on the Arkansas River in June will allow for some pros to compete without a co-angler on one of the first two full-field days of the tournament on a random basis. Those pro anglers currently on the waiting list for tournaments will be added to the field. Registration for the first Bassmaster Central Open on the Arkansas River has been extended through May 29, 2020 and all late fees will be waived. Registration information can be found at Bassmaster.com/Opens.

“In these unprecedented times, it’s understandable that fewer co-anglers may want to commit to a tournament and be in close proximity to others,” said Chris Bowes, Tournament Director for the Opens Series. “But we wanted to ensure that pro anglers still have an opportunity to compete and collect valuable points toward the Falcon Rods Angler of the Year race as well as qualify for a spot on the Elite Series.”

Adding to the drama of the 2020 Bassmaster Opens, the new Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year title awards $10,000 to the overall points winner in the pro division. The top co-angler will have the pro division entry fees into the 2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens division of his or her choice paid for — a value of approximately $7,200!

The 2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens features four events in two divisions — Eastern and Central — with the winners of each event earning an automatic berth into the 2021 Bassmaster Classic, provided he or she has fished all four events in that division. The Top 4 anglers from each division’s final points standings will receive an invitation to fish the 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series. As a new addition, Elite Series invitations will also be extended to the Top 4 anglers from the cumulative standings for both divisions for a total of 12 invitations.

Among those fighting for those coveted Elite Series invitations are 46 anglers who have registered to fish all eight Opens Series tournaments plus two current Elite pros, Brandon Palaniuk and Gerald Swindle, who are fishing the entire season to help ensure they requalify for the Series.

Daisuke Aoki, Minamitsurugun, Japan
Cody Bertrand, Dyer, Ind.
Randy Blaukat, Joplin, Mo.
Wyatt Burkhalter, Coker, Ala.
Todd Castledine, Nacogdoches, Texas
Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla.
Josh Douglas, Isle, Minn.
Anthony Dumitras, Winston, Ga.
Denny Fiedler, Wabasha, Minn.
Marc Frazier, Newnan, Ga.
John Garrett, Union City, Tenn.
Caleb Gibson, Locust Grove, Okla.
Cody Hahner, Wausau, Wis.
Bradley Hallman, Norman, Okla.
Charlie Hartley, Grove City, Ohio
Andy Hribar, Lakeville, Minn.
Cody Huff, Ava, Mo.
John Hunter Jr., Simpsonville, Ky.
Ken Iyobe, Tokoname, Japan
Rex Jaeger, Fairfield Township, Ohio
Teb Jones, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Seiji Kato, Outsu Shiga, Japan
Kenta Kimura, Osaka, Japan
Brad Knight, Lancing, Tenn.
Brian Latimer, Belton, S.C.
Greg Mansfield, Olathe, Kan.
Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla.
Kenny Mittelstaedt, Minnetonka, Minn.
Bryan New, Belmont, N.C.
Brandon Palaniuk, Rathdrum, Idaho
Scott Pellegrin, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Luke Plunkett, Pinson, Ala.
KJ Queen, Catawba, N.C.
Chad Randles, Elkhorn, Neb.
Dustin Reneau, Mckinney, Texas
Matthew Robertson, Kuttawa, Ky.
Garrett Rose, Pipecreek, Texas
Jake Rossi, Columbus, Ohio
Steve Sennikoff, Edgewood, Texas
Scott Siller, Milwaukee, Wis.
Bryant Smith, Roseville, Calif.
Chandler Stewart, Waco, Texas
Gerald Swindle, Guntersville, Ala.
Andrew Thomasson, Dublin, Va.
Andrew Upshaw, Tulsa, Okla.
Joel Willert, Prior Lake, Minn.
Tommy Williams, Shepherdsville, Ky.
Trait Zaldain, Fort Worth, Texas


The "Juice" and the "Squeeze"


 

This week Chris and the boys welcome in longtime listener Matt Lazenby to the show to join in on the interviews with FLW Pro Brad Knight and MLF BPT Pro's Justin Lucas and Matt Lee. Getting to the bottom of the Super Tournaments and the field size and dissecting how each of them feel about the changes.


Memorial Day weekend fishing tips from a pro

Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

With more than $600,000 in prize winnings to his credit, Team Toyota angler Brandon Lester has proven himself to be one of America’s most accomplished young professional bass anglers. The Tennessean is also one heck of a family man, and was gracious enough to lend some advice to parents who soon might be taking their children fishing for the first time.

 

Fishing license and life vests

 A lot of families overlook the fact adults who are handling a rod and reel are required to have a fishing license -- even if fishing is simply a brief part of your family camping trip or picnic.

“Don’t be intimidated by buying a license,” says Lester. “Most states offer a 1-day or 3-day license versus a full year to save new anglers money. And you can nearly always get a license over the phone with a fast Google search for the state fishing license sales center and phone number for wherever you plan to fish,” he explains.

In addition to making sure you have a valid fishing license for whatever day(s) you’ll be fishing – safety needs to be the absolute top priority. That said, Lester reminds us children are required to wear a properly fitted life jacket on a boat at all times, and common sense dictates it’s wise for them to wear one when fishing from a dock or pier too.

 

Bait and Tackle

 While everybody dreams of catching a fish the length of your arm, for kids it’s all about getting bites – and no species provides more easy action than bluegills and other shoreline oriented panfish sized about like your hand. Most know a container of red worms or Canadian nightcrawlers are the fast route to success, but where many beginning anglers go wrong is on the size of hooks and bobbers they buy.

“Bluegills are a ton of fun for kids. But keep in mind they’re not big fish, and they don’t have big mouths. So don’t buy a bobber so big they can’t pull it under. And make sure your hook is tiny enough for bluegills and other panfish to get their mouth around too,” says Lester.

As a rule of thumb, a typical round bobber should not be any larger than a golf ball at the very biggest. Hooks should be sized about like a nickel. Ideally, find a pack of hooks such as Mustad’s classic baitholder in a size #6 marked on the package, and you’ll be right on target.

 

Keep it fun, and don’t stay too long

“You shouldn’t expect your kids to fish for eight hours, because the reality is they often lose interest after 20 minutes if the fish aren’t biting. So the key is to keep them entertained – and if that means throwing rocks in the water – a short walk down the shoreline – watching for turtles - or whatever – that’s fine – keep it fun!” emphasizes Lester.

“Don’t wear them out. Make fishing a short adventure for them. Take some snacks and drinks, and a wet rag to wipe your hands on. If you catch a few for a photo, and make some great memories, there’s a good chance they’ll want to go again. If that’s the case, you’ve succeeded as a parent, no matter what your level of fishing experience was previously,” concludes the top pro.

 


McCaig and Hurst take the win at Weiss with a 6-pound lead over 2nd place

 

By Jason Duran

Photos Chris Brown

 

With anglers chomping at the bits to get back to fishing, the Alabama Bass Trail North Division was back in action this weekend. The previous two events have been re-scheduled for later this year, so anglers picked the season up with stop number 2 on Weiss Lake in Cherokee County, AL.

With 22.60 pounds of all largemouth, the team of Mark McCaig and Tim Hurst took a commanding win on Weiss Lake with 6-pound lead over the rest of the field along with $19,250 in winnings and bonuses.

Mark and Tim spent a day and a half practicing in separate boats where they both found their own areas they thought they could catch some fish. However, neither of them felt the areas they found were winning areas.  They both had a decent bite in one similar area and decided the night before they would go to that area to get started and try to fish something new in that area.

At the first stop, they caught a three and a half and a five pounder that “clued them in to what they had been missing in practice.” Mark said, that clue was “I felt like a lot of fish were still spawning but had expected this to be a post spawn bite with most of the fish out deep.” Once we realized it wasn’t a deep bite this morning “we started running around fishing similar areas upriver all the way down to the dam.”

The team said they “targeted fish in the spawning areas”- not necessarily bed fishing but primarily fishing shallow areas where fish were spawning or headed to and from spawning. Mark said, “we realized that the farther we went back in pockets, the smaller the fish were, so we targeted shallow areas instead of the backs of pockets.”  They caught their fish primarily on two baits; in the morning, they started with a Spro Poppin frog, and later in the day when it got tough, they used a Bass Pro Shops Green Pumpkin Senko.

The up and down temperature changes in the seasonal weather have broken up the spawn cycle on Weiss causing this lake to fish tough for a couple reasons. Mark said “there are fish in many different stages and there is a lot of shallow water in this lake, so when these fish get post-spawn, they can be 50 yards off the bank and still be in shallow water. You can go through an area and you might be around the better fish, but you can’t get them to bite because they are so spread out.” It is really hard to target and catch post spawn fish.

Mark said “winning a tournament with 225 boats is more about the decisions that you make during the day or the maybe decisions you make to start somewhere more so than fishing ability. This field is packed with great fishermen who all have the same fishing ability, and there are a lot of winners here.” Their key decision today was to “sit down before we made move, look at the map and say if the fish spawned here, this is where we are going and just try and catch them somewhere in between.”

 

Second place went to Stephen Mcavoy and Josh Butts with 16.14. They started their morning on a shad spawn point that was about two feet deep. Their second cast with a Booya Buzz Clacker in white caught a four pounder. On the third cast, they caught a three pounder. Within ten minutes they had a limit that was pushing 12 pounds. They described this point as a mid-pocket point with grass right next to a wooden seawall.

The shad spawn was over in about an hour, and from there they tried to fish docks, but it didn’t pan out. So, they went back to the grass and started catching fish and made a few culls using a Dirty Jigs White Sim Jig. They, like others, found them in the back of pockets, but they were the smaller fish. The team felt that the better fish were moving out of the pocket and heading to deeper water. So, they targeted them about mid-way out and caught better fish there.

 

Third place was separated by just two hundredths of an ounce with the team of Bryan Dowdy and Kyle Lewellen weighing in at 16.12 pounds. They caught them flipping a Strike King Rage Craw and swimming a Dirty Jigs 3/8 swim jig in white with a Strike King Menace trailer. They targeted shallow grass areas in the Yellow Creek area. They said they “didn’t catch a fish over two-feet deep. “First, we went to a couple bed fish spots we found in practice and caught one off the bed but couldn’t find the others.” They spent the rest of the day “junk fishing” their way into third place. They caught over 20 fish up until 11:00 when they got their last bite. They had a mixed bag of two spotted bass and three largemouth.

 

To review the top ten standings and a full list of results, visit https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/tournament-series/wel-results/

Download and listen to the ABT Podcast on your favorite Podcast app by searching for “Alabama Bass Trail Podcast.”  The Podcast is released each week on Tuesday.


209 Pros to Compete for $3.97 million in FLW “Super Tournaments”

56 MLF Pros Join the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Roster

BENTON, Ky. (May 18, 2020) – FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, released the expanded 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit roster, which now includes top Major League Fishing (MLF) pros like Jacob Wheeler and reigning REDCREST Champion Edwin Evers. When the season restarts June 23 on Lake Chickamauga, the final three regular-season Pro Circuit events will feature 209 boats and nearly $4 million in prize money. As previously announced, FLW extended invitations to all MLF anglers to compete in three “Super Tournaments” after MLF announced an abbreviated schedule due to the mid-season pause in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

All current Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers have retained their spots on the roster, but the field size has now been expanded to include 56 additional MLF pros who have committed to compete in all three “Super Tournament” events by the May 15 deadline. A total of 209 anglers will compete in the following three events: June 23-26 on Lake Chickamauga, July 29-Aug. 1 on the upper Mississippi River (La Crosse, Wis.) and Aug. 11-14 on the Detroit River. MLF pros will not compete in the Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE, Aug. 24-29 on the St. Lawrence River.

The expanded 2020 FLW Pro Circuit roster is headlined by some of the best pros in the world, including former FLW champions like Bryan Thrift, Justin Atkins, John Cox, Brad Knight, Anthony Gagliardi, Wheeler, Brent Ehrler, David Dudley and Darrel Robertson. They’ll be joined by bass-fishing superstars like Jordan Lee, Skeet Reese and the man many deem the FLW G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time), Andy Morgan.

“I truly believe that the anglers competing in the Super Tournaments make up arguably the most prestigious field of bass fishing pros of all time,” said Daniel Fennel, FLW Senior Director of Tournament Operations. “Not only are these tournaments a great opportunity for the anglers – it also will make for some very exciting events for the fans watching online at home. We look forward to getting back out on the water next month at Lake Chickamauga.”

Fans are encouraged to watch the tournaments and daily weigh-ins online from their homes through expanded live on-the-water broadcasts rather than attend weigh-ins, in an effort to avoid crowds. FLW will livestream all four days of competition, instead of only the final two days as previously done, and the on-the-water camera crew will also be expanded to help capture more of the action. Fans can catch the live actions as it unfolds on  FLWFishing.com, YouTube and Facebook.

With a field of 209 boats, the total purse in each tournament expands from $820,000 to $1,324,000, for an increase of $1,512,000 over three events. The first-place prize will increase from $100,000 to $125,000, and FLW will pay out $10,000 through 104th place and $5,000 to 105th place. Contingency prizes will also remain in effect, meaning qualified FLW PHOENIX BONUS pros fish for a top award of $160,000 in each tournament.

PAYOUT 

FLW + MLF Super Tournaments:

Place Pro FLW Phoenix Bonus 

1 $125,000 $35,000

2 35,000

3 30,000

4 25,000

5 22,000

6 21,000

7 19,000

8 18,000

9 17,000

10 16,000

11-20 14,000

21-30 11,000

31-104 10,000

105 5,000

Berkley Big Bass – Day 1 & 2 500

 

FLW + MLF SUPER TOURNAMENTS ROSTER

FLW Pros:

  • Jason Abram - Piney Flats, Tenn.
  • Barron Adams - Mineral Bluff, Ga
  • Randy Allen - Gilliam, La.
  • T.R. Andreas - Kerrville, Texas
  • Travis Archer - Covington, Wash.
  • Scott Ashmore - Broken Arrow, Okla.
  • Evan Barnes - Hot Springs , Ark.
  • Clayton Batts - Butler, Ga.
  • Bradford Beavers - Summerville, S.C.
  • Matt Becker - Finleyville, Penn.
  • Bob Behrle - Hoover, Ala.
  • James Biggs - Euless, Texas
  • Daryl Biron - South Windsor, Conn.
  • Greg Bohannan - Bentonville, Ark.
  • Terry Bolton - Benton, Ky.
  • Bailey Boutries - Daphne, Ala.
  • Christopher Brasher - Longview, Texas
  • Aaron Britt - Yuba City, Calif.
  • Grae Buck - Harleysville, Penn.
  • Miles Burghoff - Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.
  • Dennis Cameron - Travelers Rest, S.C.
  • Jon Canada - Helena, Ala.
  • Ryan Chandler - Hebron, Ind.
  • Glenn Chappelear - Acworth, Ga.
  • Joey Cifuentes - Clinton, Ark.
  • Ramie Colson Jr. - Cadiz, Ky.
  • Kyle Cortiana - Coweta, Okla.
  • John Cox – DeBary, Fla.
  • Preston Craig - Philadelphia, Tenn.
  • Mitch Crane - Columbus, Miss.
  • Lance Crawford - Broken Bow, Okla.
  • Alex Davis - Albertville, Ala.
  • Darrell Davis - Dover, Fla.
  • Randy Despino - Colfax, La.
  • Tommy Dickerson - Orange, Texas
  • Jeff Dobson - Bartlesville, Okla.
  • Scott Dobson - Clarkston, Mich.
  • Bradley Dortch - Atmore, Ala.
  • Josh Douglas - Isle, Minn.
  • Kurt Dove - Del Rio, Texas
  • Tony Dumitras - Winston, Ga.
  • Dakota Ebare - Denham Springs, La.
  • Jon Englund - Farwell, Minn.
  • Charlie Evans - Berea, Ky.
  • Ron Farrow - Rock Hill, S.C.
  • Mark Fisher - Wauconda, Ill.
  • Cole Floyd - Leesburg, Ohio
  • Tim Frederick - Leesburg, Fla.
  • Hunter Freeman - Monroe, La.
  • Nick Gainey - Charleston, S.C.
  • David Gaston - Sylacauga, Ala.
  • Kyle Gelles - Pingree, Idaho
  • Sam George - Athens, Ala.
  • Darold Gleason - Many, La.
  • Matt Greenblatt - Port St Lucie, Fla.
  • Chad Grigsby - Maple Grove, Minn.
  • Kyle Hall - Granbury, Texas
  • Chip Harrington - Olathe, Kan.
  • Dylan Hays - El Dorado, Ark.
  • Billy Hines - Vacaville, Calif.
  • Jamie Horton - Centerville, Ala.
  • Miles Howe - San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
  • Roger Hughes - Bartlesville, Okla.
  • John Hunter - Simpsonville, Ky.
  • Bill Hutchison - Bessemer, Ala.
  • Eric Jackson - Walling, Tenn.
  • Rob Kilby - Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Brad Knight - Lancing, Tenn.
  • Jeremy Lawyer - Sarcoxie, Mo.
  • Nick Lebrun - Bossier City, La.
  • Richard Lowitzki - Hampshire, Ill.
  • Terry Luedtke - Burton, Texas
  • Erik Luzak - Fenelon Falls, Ontario
  • Kevin Martin - Crown City, Ohio
  • Lendell Martin Jr - Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Michael Matthee - Centurion, GP
  • Billy McCaghren - Mayflower, Ark.
  • Chris McCall - Palmer, Texas
  • Johnny McCombs - Morris, Ala.
  • Bill McDonald - Greenwood, Ind.
  • Brandon McMillan - Clewiston, Fla.
  • Jared McMillan - Belle Glade, Fla.
  • Kevin Meeks - Smyrna, Tenn.
  • Jason Meninger - Saint Augustine, Fla.
  • Colby Miller - Elmer, La.
  • Kerry Milner - Bono, Ark.
  • Kurt Mitchell - Milford, Del.
  • Tom Monsoor - La Crosse, Wis.
  • Jake Morris - Mc Kee, Ky.
  • Troy Morrow - Eastanollee, Ga.
  • Brandon Mosley - Choctaw, Okla.
  • Jim Moynagh - Shakopee, Minn.
  • Shawn Murphy - Nicholasville, Ky.
  • Robert Nakatomi - Sacramento, Calif.
  • Chris Neau - New Orleans, La.
  • Corey Neece - Bristol, Tenn.
  • Ron Nelson - Berrien Springs, Mich.
  • Dicky Newberry - Houston, Texas
  • Cody Nichols - Fayette, Ala.
  • James Niggemeyer - Van, Texas
  • Lane Olson - Tigard, Ore.
  • Jake Ormond - Sterlington, La.
  • Jordan Osborne - Longview, Texas
  • Dave Parsons - Yantis, Texas
  • Tyson Patrick - Midland, Texas
  • David Perdue - Wirtz, Va.
  • Pete Ponds - Madison, Miss.
  • Drew Ratley - Shreveport, La.
  • Tom Redington - Royse City, Texas
  • Matt Reed - Madisonville, Texas
  • Clark Reehm - Elm Grove, La.
  • Jimmy Reese - Witter Springs, Calif.
  • Jason Reyes - Huffman, Texas
  • Darrel Robertson - Jay, Okla.
  • Troy Roder - Brookeland, Texas
  • Zell Rowland - Montgomery, Texas
  • Rusty Salewske - Alpine, Calif
  • Ryan Salzman - Huntsville, Ala.
  • Casey Scanlon - Lake Ozark, Mo.
  • Braxton Setzer - Wetumpka, Ala.
  • Alvin Shaw - Roaring Gap, N.C.
  • Spencer Shuffield - Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Charles Sim - Nepean, Ontario
  • AJ Slegona - Pine Bush, N.Y.
  • Blake Smith - Lakeland, Fla.
  • Derrick Snavely - Piney Flats, Tenn.
  • Matthew Stefan - Junction City, Wis.
  • Tyler Stewart - West Monroe, La.
  • Chuck Stratton - Chaffee, Mo.
  • Wade Strelic - Alpine, Calif.
  • Laramy Strickland - Bushnell, Fla.
  • Mike Surman - Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Rusty Trancygier - Hahira, Ga.
  • J Todd Tucker - Moultrie, Ga.
  • Jim Tutt - Longview, Texas
  • Jason Vance - Battle Ground, Ind.
  • John Voyles - Petersburg, Ind.
  • Jacob Wall - New Hope, Ala.
  • Chad Warren - Sand Springs, Okla.
  • Jimmy Washam - Covington, Tenn.
  • Joshua Weaver - Macon, Ga.
  • Joseph Webster - Winfield, Ala.
  • Kyle Weisenburger - Columbus Grove, Ohio
  • Chris Whitson - Louisville, Tenn.
  • Scott Wiley - Bay Minette, Ala.
  • Alton Wilhoit - Noble, Okla.
  • David G Williams - Maiden, N.C.
  • Barry Wilson - Birmingham, Ala.
  • Chance Woodard - Paris, Texas
  • Tyler Woolcott - Port Orange, Fla.
  • David Wootton - Collierville, Tenn.
  • Gary Yamamoto - Palestine, Texas
  • Andy Young - Isle, Minn.

 

MLF Pros:

  • Casey Ashley - Donalds, S.C.
  • Justin Atkins - Florence, Ala.
  • Adrian Avena - Vineland, N.J.
  • Josh Bertrand - San Tan Valley, Ariz.
  • Zack Birge - Blanchard, Okla.
  • Stephen Browning - Hot Springs National Par, Ark.
  • Dustin Connell - Clanton, Ala.
  • Brandon Coulter - Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Mark Daniels Jr - Tuskegee, Ala.
  • Mark Davis - Mount Ida, Ark.
  • Boyd Duckett - Guntersville, Ala.
  • David Dudley - Lynchburg, Va.
  • Brent Ehrler - Redlands, Calif.
  • James Elam - Cleveland, Okla.
  • Paul Elias - Laurel, Miss.
  • Edwin Evers - Talala, Okla.
  • Todd Faircloth - Jasper, Texas.
  • Anthony Gagliardi - Prosperity, S.C.
  • Shaw Grigsby - Gainesville, Fla.
  • Roy Hawk - Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
  • Brett Hite - Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Timmy Horton - Muscle Shoals, Ala.
  • Randy Howell - Guntersville, Ala.
  • Alton Jones - Lorena, Texas
  • Alton Jones Jr - Lorena, Texas
  • Kelly Jordon - Flint, Texas
  • Gary Klein - Mingus, Texas
  • Jeff Kriet - Ardmore, Okla.
  • Jason Lambert - Michie, Tenn.
  • Bobby Lane - Lakeland, Fla.
  • Russell Lane - Prattville, Ala.
  • Jordan Lee - Cullman, Ala.
  • Matt Lee - Bremen, Ala.
  • Dave Lefebre - Erie, Penn.
  • Justin Lucas - Guntersville, Ala.
  • Mike McClelland - Blue Eye, Mo.
  • Cody Meyer - Auburn, Calif.
  • Andy Morgan - Dayton, Tenn.
  • John Murray - Spring City, Tenn.
  • Britt Myers - Lake Wylie, S.C.
  • Michael Neal - Dayton, Tenn.
  • Cliff Pace - Petal, Miss.
  • Keith Poche - Troy, Ala.
  • Skeet Reese - Auburn, Calif.
  • Dean Rojas - Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
  • Fred Roumbanis - London, Ark.
  • Bradley Roy - Lancaster, Ky.
  • Terry Scroggins - San Mateo, Fla.
  • Gerald Sphorer - Gonzales, La.
  • Wesley Strader - Spring City, Tenn.
  • Bryan Thrift - Shelby, N.C.
  • Jonathon VanDam - Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • David Walker - Sevierville, Tenn.
  • James Watson - Lampe, Mo.
  • Jacob Wheeler - Harrison, Tenn.
  • Jesse Wiggins - Logan, Ala.

“My profession is to fish tournaments, and I love to compete,” said reigning MLF REDCREST Champion Evers. “I’m missing fishing really, really bad with this season break, and I am so excited to compete in the new Pro Circuit Super Tournaments. It’s three phenomenal fisheries. It’s going to be a lot of fun reconnecting with some old friends.”

MLF pros who choose to compete in the final three Pro Circuit “Super Tournaments” will fish for prize money only. No points will be awarded toward any championship or title to MLF competitors. Only the original Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers will compete for the Angler of the Year (AOY) title throughout the remainder of the season. AOY points in the final events will be awarded based on Pro Circuit anglers finishing order. The top-finishing FLW pro will receive “first-place points” regardless of where he finishes in the overall standings, and so on.

“What matters to me is fishing against the best caliber of anglers that I can,” said FLW pro Josh Douglas. “Some of these guys, I’ve fished against them many times. Others, I probably won’t have. So, I’m excited to see that caliber of fishing, and I think it’s a way of turning lemons into lemonade with our seasons cut short. I look at it as opportunity. That’s what I live for. My dreams are to beat the best, and the more money that’s in the pot and the better the anglers are, that’s great.”

Beginning on July 3 and running through Dec. 27, FLW will air 312 hours of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit action on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. New this season, episodes have been expanded to two hours long. Each show goes in depth to break down the final rounds of regular-season competition, with six unique episodes covering each day of the Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota. Each episode will premier in Friday night prime-time episodes on the Outdoor Channel, with additional re-airings on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, FLW anglers are vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota, the FLW Pro Circuit Championship. The 2020 Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota will be held on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York, Aug. 24-29.

For complete details and updated information on the FLW Pro Circuit, visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the FLW Pro Circuit on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.


VanDam: Let’s take the Land Cruiser

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Kevin VanDam is not only the most accomplished professional bass angler in history, he’s also intensely adamant that his Toyota Tundra is the safest, most powerful truck he’s ever towed a boat with. In fact, he swears its oversized brakes helped save his life when chaos occurred in front of him while towing through a Chattanooga, TN construction zone a few years ago.

 

But when he’s not pulling his 21-foot Nitro all over America, and it’s time to chill out with family and grab a pizza from Fricano’s in his beloved hometown of Kalamazoo, “KVD” usually convinces his neighbor and uncle by marriage, Henry Kalkman to take the Land Cruiser.

 

Not just any Land Cruiser – an iconic 1975 FJ40 with less than 30,000 miles on it that Kalkman’s wife swears gets more looks amid a short hop around town than if they were driving a high-end muscle car.

 

VanDam certainly agrees with her. “I just think it’s super cool. I know its history, and there’s a nostalgia that surrounds it. Heck, I couldn’t wait to drive it last night to go pick up pizza,” he grins.

 

Born during WW II, Land Cruisers are actually Toyota’s longest running series of vehicles. By the 1950s both American and Japanese soldiers drove Land Cruisers in the Korean War. And since mass production of the iconic vehicle began, more than 5,000,000 have been manufactured and driven around the world. There’s even a Land Cruiser museum in Salt Lake City.

 

“My FJ40 is just a raw powerful vehicle that’s much the opposite of the creature comforts and technology in Kevin’s Tundra, but I think the rawness is also what he gets a kick out of,” says Kalkman, who owns a successful injection mold making facility that provides molds for the auto and medical industry, and escapes to Key West for an annual fishing trip with legendary guide “RT” Trosset.

 

Since taking ownership of the FJ40 two years ago, Kalkman has done little to alter its appearance of 45 years ago. In fact, he even added to its rugged authentic looks by adding an original bumper and steel wheel rims.

 

“I’ve seen old Land Cruisers just like it on TV in African safaris. And honestly, the fact it’s a 4-speed manual stick shift reminds me of the very first truck I drove as a teenager, so it’s definitely kind of nostalgic,” reflects VanDam.

 

He’s right, because of their reliability, Land Cruisers are hugely popular around the world including the vastly remote Outback of Australia, Africa, and wherever global adventure takes place – including trips to an Italian eatery in Kalamazoo, to pick-up pizza for the people pro bass fishing’s most decorated angler loves most.


B.A.S.S. Announces 2020 Dates For Additional Tournament Series

May 15, 2020

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After announcing schedules for the Elite Series and Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series last week, today B.A.S.S. unveiled revised event dates for the remaining events on their 2020 tournament schedule.

Sixteen Bassmaster Tournament Series events originally scheduled between March and May had to be rescheduled, but officials highlighted that the new schedules allow for the full tournament circuit to be completed this year.

“We are excited to get back to the fun of tournament fishing in a safe and responsible way,” said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Nation Tournament Director. “We appreciate our local hosts and staff, who worked diligently to find new dates so that every angler who has looked forward to this season can compete.”

B.A.S.S. has emphasized that it will heed each state’s mandates on crowd sizes and public spaces as well as monitor federal guidelines to ensure both competition and fan activities can resume safely. These sentiments were echoed by officials in the tournament host communities.

“We are confident in our ability to host a safe event in August. Everyone involved is committed to being prudent in our planning, making the changes that are necessary to adhere to the safety guidelines in place at that time,” said Mark Jeanneret, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission, local host for the B.A.S.S. Nation Northeast Regional Championship.

As schools around the country resume in late-summer, competition will also resume for college, high school and junior anglers.

“While it is disappointing for anglers and families anytime we have to postpone high school and college tournaments, I am thrilled that we were able to get events rescheduled so that the majority of teams who registered for these tournaments can compete,” said College and High School Series Senior Manager Hank Weldon.

TNT Fireworks Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Series

Aug. 19-21, Northeast Regional, Lake Erie, Erie, Pa.
Aug. 26-28, North Regional, Lake Vermilion, Tower, Minn.
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, Lake Mead, Henderson, Nev.
Oct. 14-16, Central Regional, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Many, La.
Nov. 11-13, B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, Lake Pickwick, Florence, Ala.

Bassmaster Team Championship

Dec. 9-12, Harris Chain of Lakes, Leesburg, Fla.

Huk Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX presented by Abu Garcia

Aug. 15, Mississippi River, La Crosse, Wis.
Aug. 29, Clear Lake, Lakeport, Calif.
Nov. 21, Chickamauga Lake, Dayton, Tenn.

Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops

Aug. 27-29, Lake Hartwell, Anderson, S.C.
Oct. 1-3, Lake Cumberland, Jamestown, Ky.
Oct. 29-31, College National Championship, TBA
Nov. 17-19, College Bracket Challenge, Lay Lake, Columbiana, Ala.

Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors

Aug. 8, Lake St. Clair, Detroit, Mich.
Oct. 4, Lake Cumberland, Jamestown, Ky.
Oct. 22-24, High School National Championship, TBA

Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior Series

Aug. 8, Lake St. Clair, Detroit, Mich.
Oct. 4, Lake Cumberland, Jamestown, Ky.
Oct. 19-20, Junior National Championship, TBA


Water Safety Month – Set an Example

 

May is Water Safety Month, but realistically safety should be paramount everyday you launch a boat. Water Safety Month serves as a great opportunity to brush up on safety procedures as well as take an honest assessment of your personal approach to staying safe on the water.

Bassmaster® Opens angler Hunter Bland knows all too well the importance of safety. He and his college fishing partner were thrown from his boat due to a part in the hydraulic steering system coming loose in an FLW® College Fishing tournament on Lake Seminole in 2017.

Miraculously, Bland and his teammate Connor Young escaped serious injury, but the event changed Bland’s perspective and he’s currently a spokesperson for boating safety. Bland works with many of the top companies in the industry, including the Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Marine, to advocate for safety on the water.

“We all love to fish, but I’m confident we all could agree that making it back to the dock safely is the most important thing,” Bland said.

 

Wear your PFD and engine cutoff device

 While visions of big bass, tranquil scenery and euphoric sunsets likely come to mind when you think of your next day at the lake, it’s important to remember to keep safety first.

“An accident like I experienced changes your mindset instantaneously,” Bland said. “Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but so many accidents are avoidable if you follow simple safety protocols. The first step comes with strapping into a personal floatation device.”

Before you hook a boat trailer to your tow vehicle, you should ensure the vessel has every item listed in the U.S. Coast Guard Safety Checklist and complies with all state and federal laws or guidelines. The next and most important thing you should do is to always wear a PFD or lifejacket.

As Bland is happy to tell you, a PFD will absolutely save your life. Furthermore, sliding your PFD on as soon as you begin backing your boat down the ramp forces your brain to reckon with safety. Buckling your lifejacket reminds you to attach your engine cutoff device commonly referred to as a “kill switch,” and should prompt a boater to mentally run through safety precautions.

“Before your outboard is ever engaged you need to have your lifejacket on and your engine cutoff device operative,” Bland explained. “I owe my life to those two simple safety steps. There’s no gray area; whether you are idling slowly or running on plane to your next spot, you need to wear both of those devices.”

 

Set an example

Bland’s travels and experiences as a spokesperson for boating safety have illustrated the importance of leading by example. Bland has seen his efforts make a difference.

  “Whether you’re a professional angler or an avid weekend fisherman, there’s a good chance you have people who look up to you,” Bland explained. “They may know you personally or they might just be impressed with your efficiency of launching or loading your boat. Whatever the case, your actions can influence someone.

“By wearing your PFD, attaching your kill switch, and practicing safe, responsible boating, you’re teaching proper habits, and you may be unknowingly saving a life.”

Hunter Bland came into the outdoor industry through college fishing, and has seen the rapid growth of both high school and college fishing in just a handful of years. Right now, there are more young people interested in competitive fishing than ever before. With this explosion of popularity at the youth levels of fishing, ensuring safety remains “cool” has never been more important.

No matter what you grew up believing, it’s always cool to be safe. “Risk-takers” or “rule-benders” need to be left at the dock when it comes to boating and fishing. The margins for error and risks associated are too severe on the water. It’s simply not worth it.

So keep it cool by staying safe on the water this summer, and set an example in the process. A day on the water is good for the soul, but arriving home safely to your loved ones is even better.


Wolfson Tournament Boat Drawing THIS Saturday!

It’s mid-May and the AnglersChannel.com crew would be heading to Palatka, Florida to cover the huge Wolfson Children’s Hospital Bass Tournament for the web site as well as our TV Show and webcast but the fund-raising tournament is another casualty of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

But Saturday, May 16th will be a memorable day for one lucky individual.

While the Wolfson tourney has been canceled, there will still be a drawing for a brand-new Bullet Bass Boat! Check out the details from the Wolfson tourney web site:

Although the 2020 tournament has been cancelled, the chance drawing for the 2020 Bullet bass boat with a Mercury XR engine will still take place on May 16, 2020 via Facebook live and be promoted along with all of our sponsors.

The boat is a 21 foot bass boat in the classic bullet styling. It has a large front platform, ample storage, and great rough water handling. It is painted in a beautiful orange and black finish. The Mercury Pro X 250 engine is a V8, 250 hp/186kw engine with dual overhead cam and 32-valves. The boat also comes with a Boatmate trailer for hauling.

Special thank you to Bullet Boats and Mercury Marine.

No purchase, donation, or contribution necessary to win. A purchase, payment, or donation will not increase chances of winning. Suggested donation for tickets is $10 (ten and no/100 dollars) each. Winner need not be present to win.

 

To register for your chance to win, visit the following web site and scroll about 2/3 of the way down toward the bottom to find the blue REGISTER NOW button.

https://giving.baptistjax.com/event/31st-annual-wolfson-childrens-hospital-bass-tournament/e268890

We’re already looking forward to a great event in 2021!

 


Bassin' is Back!!! Well, Kinda......

 

This week CB and the boys welcome in current FLW Pro Circuit points leader Ron Nelson to the show to talk about the revamped schedule and the allowance of MLF Anglers to join the field. Chris tries hard to keep his mouth shut..... Chris also throws the boys a curveball when his good friend Michele Eichstead with Blond Girl Promotions joins the show in the opening segment. Check it out!


Stefan Calls Yamaha Power Pay a Precious Commodity

Courtesy of Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Kennesaw, Ga. – May 12, 2020 - Prior to turning full time FLW® pro five years ago, Matt Stefan made a living assuring commodities such as soybeans and gold were being traded in a fair and ethical manner. It’s no surprise the Wis. pro was quick to recognize the financial opportunities within the Yamaha Power Pay contingency program for tournament anglers, which has already paid anglers roughly $20,000 since its launch.

 

“I can’t remember if I first heard about Power Pay on social media or on an angling site, but as a longtime Yamaha owner, I could tell as soon as I learned more, it is an awesome program,” said Stefan. “The best part is it’s free to sign-up, and you don’t even have to win your event to get the Power Pay money.”

 

Stefan has already collected $1,500 in Yamaha Power Pay money in 2020 on the FLW® Tackle Warehouse® Pro Circuit, finishing fifth at the Harris Chain of Lakes and twentieth at Lake Martin. Although, he admits his dream day of bass fishing would take place near his home at Sturgeon Bay, Wis., where 30-pound limits of smallmouth are achievable in May and June.

 

“I’ll be honest, I’ve had offers from other outboard manufacturers for sponsorship deals, but I continue to buy my Yamaha outboards through my local dealer,” continued Stefan, whose total career earnings as a Yamaha angler come close to $500,000.  “Yamaha is all I’ve ever run. I just have so much trust and confidence in my Yamaha V MAX SHO® that I’ve never wanted to risk running anything else.”

 

When asked what he loves most about his V MAX SHO, Stefan rattled off pretty much every important feature anglers and boaters seek from their outboard.

 

“It’s a four-stroke engine that performs like a two-stroke, with tremendous reliability, great hole-shot, awesome top-end speed and no dealing with oil. It’s truly an incredible engine, and all the guys I know who run one are fired-up about registering for the Power Pay program,” said the Wisconsin pro.

 

For more information, complete terms and conditions or to register for Yamaha Power Pay like Matt Stefan, visit yamahapowerpay.com or email Chip with questions at [email protected].

 

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Engine Systems, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.

 

REMEMBER to always observe all applicable boating laws. Never drink and drive. Dress properly with a USCG-approved personal floatation device and protective gear.

 

® 2020 Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. All rights reserved.

 

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Nic Brown Takes the win on Seminole

Nic Brown from Chattahoochee, Fl. is one step closer to the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win in the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Seminole Division 114 2 day bass tournament held on Lake Seminole May 2&3, 2020. Nic’s 2 day limit weighed in at 39.74 pounds.  Big Bass was awarded to Sean Bierman for catching a 7.39 lb large mouth.

These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their birth in to the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour National Championship. Their points are also being used to determine the divisional angler of the year. The top angler by points earned in this division will represent the division in the Angler of the Year final round.

The top six anglers were:
1. Nic Brown           39.74  lbs.
2. Len Lindahl         28.34  lbs.
3. Lindsey Page        25.88  lbs.
4. David Howell        24.90  lbs.
5. Sean Bierman        23.27  lbs.
6. Steve Phillips      15.88  lbs.

Conditions: The day was very pleasant at the weight in! The lake water was stained to muddy.

Winning Strategy: Nic's pattern was bed fishing and Crank Baits!

Next Divisional Tournament: This division’s next tournament will be November, 2020 on Lake Seminole at Seminole Lodge. For more information on this or any future event in this division contact Mitch Oldnettle 850-376-2628 or Len Lindahl 850-272-5305.

These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional Angler of the Year (AOY) title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers (ABA) Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour (BPSFT) Angler of The Year (AOY) Final Round at the BPSFT National Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, BPSFT National Championship tournament.

The Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler.

All anglers fish for both money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the U.S. are invited to the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour (BPSFT) National Championship.


Brannon Hurst and Mike Freeman winning Alabama Bass Trail on Logan Martin Lake

By Jason Duran

The Alabama Bass Trail is back and Covid-19 has made for a very interesting time in our country. Stay at home orders, quarantines and social distancing are now all common practice in every home. The lack of social interaction has really take its toll on a lot of people. The Alabama Bass Trail worked closely with the state of Alabama make things as safe as possible in this new way of life. The  ABT team worked hard to adjust everything including  no pretournament meetings, using face coverings and limited contact during boat check, trailered weigh- in to allow for social distancing for anglers and staff, and no crowds at weigh-ins. This allowed for the Alabama Bass Trail to be back in action and still able to keep everyone as safe as possible.  At the close of scales on Saturday from Lake Logan Martin Brannon Hurst and Mike Freeman take home the win with 17.64.

The team of Hurst and Freeman made about a five minute run to fish boat docks in 1 – 10 feet of water. They were pitching a home-made white Jig on boat docks. They found this pattern late in the day in a tournament last weekend and this week they were able to build on it. Like many other anglers they were expecting a shad spawn to be a factor in this event. Though they weren’t really targeting the shad spawn, they did catch a fish off one dock that was probably a shad spawn fish.

The keys for them was “trying to flip as many boat dock piers as they can in a day and skipping the jig as far back into the shade of the dock as they could where the bass were.” They also said “you have to have a lot of places now because there are so many people fishing” They areas they target were from Stemley bridge to the dam.

It is important for them to “fish well together as a team for example; they both don’t fish the jig the same way, one might fish it deep and slower while the other will fish a little faster and higher up in the water column” The team has been fishing together for over 25 years and for the past four years they have fished the ABT south division.

The Dock and Jig pattern produced a mixed bag of spots and largemouth weighing in at 17.64. Fishing docks from 1 foot to 10 feet.  They both have fished Logan Martin their whole life and to win here was “unbelievable and incredible” Mike said it is hard to win against this level of competition and it really feels awesome. .

Their homemade jig set up was paired with Lew’s Reel, Fitzgerald Rod and 20 lb Seaguar fluorocarbon line.

The first-year team of Rickey Dunn and Trent Davis came in second place. Rickey is Trent’s father in-law and they have been fishing together for about 10 years. This year they decided to fish the ABT and at the second stop they had a really good day. They made a run up to Choccolocco Creek throwing topwater and spinnerbaits and targeting seawall and shallow points in the sun. Like many other anglers said the first thirty minutes of their day was really productive. Their second spot was up around Broken Arrow Creek and from there they ran small cuts that seemed to produce fish at every stop. Later in the day they worked their way back down river to their final stop on a boat dock where Rickey had caught one in practice the previous week. On this dock they both caught a keeper. Trent caught one over four pounds with one that Rickey believed he probably caught in practice and released. That four pounder helped them move up enough to make in to second place with 15.84.

The third place team of Todd Murphy and Kopeland Rosser caught a limit within five cast. They made a run up river towards the I20 bridge to a spot that Kopeland found in practice. It was really a flurry for about thrity minutes with about 15-20 fish catches and sometimes they were doubled up. Todd describes this spot as a flat and “can’t really explain why these spotted bass were stacked up there.”  That flurry of fish catches only lasted about 30 minutes. They left that spot with a limit of spotted bass and had two fish over three pounds. From there they went to another spot and caught two large mouth in back-to-back cast. When the wind picked up later in the morning they said it helped their fish set up on the cover better.

The baits that were productive were a Spook in bone color, black and blue swim Jig, swimbait and a drop shot. They said they just stuck to the basics and just went fishing.

Over all anglers were really excited to see the ABT family back out on the water. Next week the North Division gets back in action on Weiss Lake.

 

The top ten standings are below for a full list of results visit.

https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/tournament-series/lml-results/

 

Download and listen to the ABT Podcast on your favorite Podcast app by searching for “Alabama Bass Trail Podcast.”  The Podcast is released each week on Tuesday.

 

The sponsors of the 2020 Alabama Bass Trail include; Phoenix Bass Boats, Bill Penney Toyota, Garmin, Academy Sports & Outdoors, America’s First Federal Credit Union, Sweet Home Alabama, Alabama Tourism Department, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, T-H Marine Supplies, Wedowee Marine, Strike King, Buffalo Rock, Mountain Dew, Jack’s, Fish Neely Henry Lake.com, Alabama Power Company, Lew’s Fishing, Berkley, YETI, Power Pole, Big Bite Bait Company, E3 Apparel and Hydrowave.

For information about Alabama Bass Trail and for complete tournament standings visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.


AnglersChannel Extra Webcast Episode 2 - 50th Bassmasters Classic

On this episode, we recap the 50th Bassmaster's Classic on Lake Guntersville and Birmingham, Alabama. Follow along as we cover the event like no other outlet out there, from on the water to behind the scenes, you'll see it all!


Alabama Bass Trail Announces 2021 Schedule - No Increase in Entry Fee!

NO increase in entry fees for five straight years!
$1300 Entry fees
NO memberships
$100,000 total payout at the NO ENTRY Fee Championship!
Priority registration opens August 1st registration for new teams begins August 15th at 6:00am!

 


B.A.S.S. Announces Revised 2020 Tournament Schedule

May 7, 2020

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After the coronavirus national health emergency forced the postponement of spring competition, B.A.S.S. officials have announced a new schedule for the remainder of 2020 designed to ensure all Bassmaster Elite Series and Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens tournaments can be completed.

“Any time we are forced to postpone a tournament it is disappointing to our anglers, fans, hosts, sponsors and staff,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “After this break of nearly three months, our anglers are looking forward to fishing on these incredible waters, and we know fans are ready to see big bass being weighed in again.

“Our team has worked diligently alongside our local hosts to ensure that we are ready to get back to the competition and fun of tournament fishing in a safe and responsible way.”

B.A.S.S. has emphasized that it will heed each state’s mandates on crowd sizes and public spaces as well as monitor federal guidelines to ensure both competition and fan activities can resume safely.

Three Elite Series events and two Bassmaster Opens tournaments originally scheduled between March and May were initially postponed. An alternate date for the tournament originally planned on the Sabine River in Orange, Texas could not be identified, prompting an official reschedule of that event for Spring 2021. Instead, the Elite Series will compete on Cayuga Lake in Union Springs, N.Y., where last year Jamie Hartman won with a four-day total of 80 pounds, 13 ounces.

Competition resumes in June, when the Elite field heads to historic Lake Eufaula in Alabama June 10-13.B.A.S.S. hasn’t visited the fishery since 2006.

“We are so excited to welcome B.A.S.S. back to the ‘Big Bass Capital of the World,’” said Ann Sparks, Tourism and Main Street Executive Director for the City of Eufaula. “We are thankful (for) their dedication to rescheduling the tournament. Now we just have to wait and see what they catch!”

Competition for Opens Series anglers resumes in June as well, when the Central Open launches on the Arkansas River in Muskogee, Okla., for their first event of the season June 18-20.

“When originally setting up the schedule, B.A.S.S. took into account the times of year when each fishery would be at its best,” said B.A.S.S. Tournament Director Trip Weldon. “The revisions, while challenging, should present excellent catch opportunities for our field.”

Bassmaster Elite Series

June 10-13, Lake Eufaula, Eufaula, Ala.

July 14-17, Cayuga Lake, Union Springs, N.Y.

July 23-26, SiteOne Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River, Waddington, N.Y.

July 30-Aug. 2, Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Aug. 20-23, Lake St. Clair, Macomb County, Mich.

Oct. 8-11, Santee Cooper Lakes, Clarendon County, S.C.

Oct. 16-19, Chickamauga Lake, Dayton, Tenn.

Nov. 5-8, Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Lake Fork, Quitman, Texas
Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series

Eastern Division:

Aug. 6-8Oneida Lake, Syracuse, N.Y.

Sept. 23-25Lake Hartwell, Anderson, S.C.

Oct. 29-31Cherokee Lake, Jefferson County, Tenn.

Central Division:

June 18-20Arkansas River, Muskogee, Okla.

Sept. 10-12Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Jasper, Texas

Oct. 22-24, Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden, Ala.

Nov. 19-21Lewisville Lake, Lewisville, Texas


FLW Rookie Preston Craig!

 

This week Jason welcomes in FLW Rookie Preston Craig to talk about life as the "Living the Dream" Pro. Check it out!

 


NPFL's Hunter Baughman and Head Honcho Al McCulloch

This week Chris and the Boys welcome in the newest addition to the NPFL Roster, Arkansas' Hunter Baughman! NPFL Head Honcho Al McCulloch also joins the show to talk about the state of the union as it stands with the NPFL. All of this and more!


Harvey & Mauldin win Tennessee Team Trail Cherokee Lake Event with over 18 pounds!

 

 

Place Team Fish Weight Penalty Points Payout Triton
1.00 BRIAN HARVEY-MARK
MAULDIN
5/ 5 18.58 200.00 $7,500.00
2.00 JOHN NAPIER-TODD BAYLESS 5/ 5 18.04 199.00 $2,500.00
3.00 VON DILBECK-KEITH
MCDEERMAN
5/ 5 17.83 198.00 $2,000.00 $1,000.00
4.00 CORBAN ROOD-NICK HATFIELD 5/ 5 17.78 197.00 $1,500.00 $900.00
5.00 GARY PILKENTON-CLIFFORD
BUNCH
5/ 5 17.57 196.00 $1,200.00
6.00 MICHAEL BURDETTE-JORDAN
BURDETTE
5/ 5 17.07 195.00 $1,000.00
7.00 HUNTER HAMILTON-TY BALL 5/ 5 16.80 194.00 $ 900.00
8.00 PHILIP GORDON-JEREMY
GORDON
5/ 5 16.73 193.00 $ 800.00
9.00 BILL HUMBARD-DONNIE
HOLDER
5/ 5 16.55 192.00 $ 700.00
10.00 JACOB FOUTZ-BRIAN FOUTZ 5/ 5 16.54 191.00 $ 600.00
11.00 RUFUS JOHNSON-CRAIG
BREWER
5/ 5 16.38 190.00 $ 500.00
12.00 J.R. HENARD-TRAVIS
CARPENTER
5/ 5 16.37 189.00 $ 400.00
13.00 JOHN PHILLIPS-TYLER
PHILLIPS
5/ 5 16.33 188.00 $ 300.00
14.00 BRAD BROWN-CRAIG SMITH 5/ 5 16.28 187.00 $ 250.00
15.00 PAUL NAPIER-ZACH NAPIER 5/ 5 16.20 186.00 $ 200.00
16.00 JACOB BARTON-PAUL BARTON 5/ 5 16.15 185.00 $ 150.00
17.00 STEVE BARBEE-KEITH
BREWER
5/ 5 16.13 184.00 $150.00
17.00 BART HARRIS-CHARLES
SOUTHERLAND
5/ 5 16.13 184.00 $150.00
19.00 CHRIS COVINGTON-DOUG
PRESSLY
5/ 5 15.95 182.00 $ 150.00 $800.00
20.00 JONATHAN
PHILLIPS-DEWAYNE FOUST
5/ 5 15.91 181.00 $ 150.00 $700.00
21.00 ROBERT FRITTS-RONNIE
CAREY
5/ 5 15.75 180.00 $ 150.00 $600.00
22.00 CHRIS CARDEN-JACOB
MASHBURN
5/ 5 15.64 179.00 $ 150.00 $500.00
23.00 JON WRIGHT-BEN PARKER 5/ 5 15.62 178.00 $ 150.00
24.00 GREG MCDAVID-JUSTIN
WILLIAMS
5/ 5 15.60 177.00 $ 150.00
25.00 BRAD PADGETT-DANIEL
PADGETT
5/ 5 15.52 176.00 $ 150.00
26.00 TODD NIDIFFER-BENNY
ROBERTS
5/ 5 15.48 175.00 $ 150.00
27.00 MARK OWNBY-WANDELL LUSK 5/ 5 15.43 174.00 $ 150.00
28.00 KEITH PHILLIPS-ROGER
PHILLIPS
5/ 5 15.42 173.00 $ 150.00 $400.00
29.00 BRIAN COOPER-JOSEPH
BRAKEBILL
5/ 5 15.41 172.00 $ 150.00 $300.00
30.00 JAMES GOODIN-RANDY
BROWN
5/ 5 15.39 171.00 $ 150.00
31.00 KENT SMITH-PERRY DEWEES 5/ 5 15.32 170.00 $ 150.00
32.00 RICKEY EPPERSON-MATTHEW
WILLIAMSON
5/ 5 15.22 169.00 $ 150.00
33.00 SHAUN RAMSEY-DUSTIN
BUCKNER
5/ 5 15.18 168.00 $ 150.00
34.00 CODY GEORGE-JOSH PRINCE 5/ 5 15.14 167.00 $ 150.00 $200.00
35.00 KYLE SMITH-NEIL HARTLEY 5/ 5 15.12 166.00 $ 150.00 $150.00
36.00 JOSH CUPP-TONY MORTON 5/ 5 15.11 165.00 $ 150.00 $150.00
37.00 SAM ROSENBALM-JIM CLARK 5/ 5 15.10 164.00 $ 150.00
38.00 COREY WILLIAMS-JAMES
BAKER
5/ 5 15.03 163.00 $ 150.00 $150.00
39.00 TOMMY BREWSTER-LOGAN
BREWSTER
5/ 5 15.02 162.00 $ 150.00
40.00 CARL POST-JEREMY
HARRISON
5/ 5 14.82 161.00 $ 150.00 $150.00
41.00 MICHAEL SMITH-TYLER KIRBY 5/ 5 14.72 160.00 $ 150.00 $150.00
42.00 KEVIN MCKAMEY-CHRIS
BULLOCK
5/ 5 14.68 159.00 $ 150.00 $150.00
43.00 STEPHEN LOVEDAY-DANIEL
LOVEDAY
5/ 5 14.64 158.00 $150.00 $150.00
43.00 DALE PELFREY-NO PARTNER 5/ 5 14.64 158.00 $150.00 $150.00
45.00 DEWAYNE WILSON-CORY
OWNBY
5/ 5 14.61 156.00 $ 150.00 $150.00
46.00 SETH JOLLEY-DON CARR 5/ 5 14.60 155.00 $ 150.00
47.00 NICK TATE-DAMIAN WINSOR 5/ 5 14.45 154.00 $ 150.00
48.00 RANDY OLIVER-LARRY
MINNICK
5/ 5 14.41 153.00 $ 150.00 $150.00
49.00 RODNEY BEELER-MATTHEW
BEELER
5/ 5 14.40 152.00 $ 150.00
50.00 JAMES HUTCHESON-RONNIE
TAYLOR
5/ 5 14.30 151.00 $ 150.00
51.00 MIKE KINSER-> LOGAN
LINDSEY
5/ 5 14.25 150.00 $ 150.00 $150.00
52.00 DON MCCURDY-NANCY
MCCURDY
5/ 5 14.20 149.00 $ 150.00
53.00 JAMIE LAWSON-MICHAEL
FICKEY
5/ 5 14.05 148.00 $ 150.00
54.00 HUNTER SALES-BILLY SALES 5/ 5 13.92 147.00 $ 150.00
55.00 TAVIN NAPIER-JOHN DAILEY 5/ 5 13.91 146.00 $ 150.00
56.00 GRIFFIN HEFFINGTON-THAD
SIMERLY
5/ 5 13.88 145.00 $ 150.00
57.00 CORY SMITH-JESSE WEST 5/ 5 13.74 144.00 $ 150.00
58.00 SETH BARTON-JESSE
HOSKINS
5/ 5 13.54 143.00 $ 150.00
59.00 KENT LODARI-TROY BIGELOW 5/ 5 13.47 142.00 $ 150.00
60.00 JACOB BULL-SHAWN THIBAULT 5/ 5 13.46 141.00 $ 150.00 $150.00
61.00 CHRIS RAPER-COTY LANE 5/ 5 13.41 140.00
62.00 GREG MOORE-TERRELL
HENDREN
5/ 5 13.40 139.00
63.00 LUCAS MCDANIEL-NATHAN
BELL
5/ 5 13.36 138.00
64.00 RYAN INKLEBARGER-JACK
WADE
5/ 5 13.31 137.00 $150.00
64.00 TIM SMILEY-LYNN SPEARS 5/ 5 13.31 137.00
66.00 TRAVIS ANDERSON-CODY
BURKHART
5/ 5 13.16 135.00 $150.00
67.00 LEE VARNER-KEVIN BARBER 5/ 5 13.14 134.00
68.00 MIKE MILES-ROBERT ROCHE 5/ 5 13.11 133.00 $150.00
69.00 BILLY HALL-AUSTIN JAMES 5/ 5 13.05 132.00
70.00 MATTHEW STOMBAUGH-COLE
MILLER
5/ 5 13.02 131.00
71.00 RICK MAYBERRY-BRANDON
(RUTLEDGE) HARRIS
5/ 5 12.98 130.00
72.00 CHRIS TAYLOR-MIKE TAYLOR 5/ 5 12.84 129.00
73.00 TATE WALLACE-OLIVER
HALOUMA
5/ 5 12.79 128.00
74.00 AUSTIN PHILLIPS-AARON
SANDERS
5/ 5 12.75 127.00 $150.00
74.00 ROBBIE SNOW-CLIFF
ROWLAND
5/ 5 12.75 127.00
76.00 WILLIAM SENTELL-ROBERT
LAMOTTE
5/ 5 12.70 125.00
77.00 JUSTIN OWNBY-SPENCER
PETERS
5/ 5 12.68 124.00 $150.00
78.00 BUDDY PRICE-MASON
HUMANN
5/ 5 12.65 123.00
79.00 SCOTT WINCHESTER-KURT
HOPE
5/ 5 12.64 122.00
80.00 DREW NEWELL-DAVID KELLEY 5/ 5 12.54 121.00
81.00 CODY DISON-CODY SNYDER 5/ 5 12.51 120.00
81.00 JOHN GOODMAN-KARLIE
METZGER
5/ 5 12.51 120.00
83.00 TIMOTHY WYATT-DELMAR
WYATT
5/ 5 12.50 118.00
84.00 BRANT GRIMM-BOBBY
DRINNON
5/ 5 12.42 117.00
85.00 BRAD SNAPP-SHAUN RENFRO 5/ 5 12.25 116.00
86.00 BOYD BRUMFIELD-COREY
COOK
5/ 5 12.20 115.00
86.00 CASEY MAJNI-COREY BROOKS 5/ 5 12.20 115.00
88.00 TROY JONES-DENTON JONES 5/ 5 12.10 113.00
88.00 JOEL WHEELON-CLINT BOLING 5/ 5 12.10 113.00
90.00 TYLER ALBRIGHT-DEREK
TURNER
5/ 5 12.01 111.00
91.00 CHARLES LOWRY-LOGAN
LOWRY
5/ 5 11.93 110.00
92.00 BOBBY CHAMBERS-BILL HILL 5/ 5 11.91 109.00
93.00 JOSEPH ELLIS-RONALD ELLIS 5/ 5 11.82 108.00
93.00 NIK LEEVER-COLBY PARTIN 5/ 5 11.82 108.00
95.00 JIM GRACA-JEREMY HENRY 5/ 5 11.74 106.00
96.00 JAMES HEADRICK-BRAD
HEADRICK
5/ 5 11.64 105.00
96.00 NICK WELCH-VIC WELCH 5/ 5 11.64 105.00
98.00 ANDY WATSON-RONNIE
MUSGRAVE
5/ 5 11.61 103.00
99.00 ELIJAH DUNCAN-> HUNTER
CLARK
5/ 5 11.51 102.00
100.00 JOE COX-DAVID MCMURRY 5/ 5 11.50 101.00
101.00 TOMMY BROWN-SPENCER
BROWN
5/ 5 11.45 100.00
102.00 JASON MARSHALL-BRIAN
DORTCH
4/ 4 11.30 99.00
103.00 CHRIS HARNESS-DUSTEN
PADGATT
5/ 5 11.28 98.00
103.00 ANDREW MCKINLEY-KEN
PERFECT
5/ 5 11.28 98.00
105.00 TIM DAVIS-DENNIS HILL 5/ 5 11.25 96.00
106.00 TRINITY CAWOOD-ZACH
WALKER
5/ 5 11.19 95.00
107.00 CARL PRATER-TODD
HEMBREE
5/ 5 11.12 94.00
108.00 RICHARD WYATT-JOSEPH
WYATT
5/ 5 11.08 93.00
109.00 CHRIS PRYOR-DAVY FLOYD 4/ 4 11.04 92.00
110.00 TOM HELTON-BILL KISSINGER 5/ 5 10.82 91.00
111.00 CODY GREEN-TOM SPANGLER 5/ 5 10.80 90.00
112.00 LEE LANDS-HARLEY DAVIS 5/ 5 10.71 89.00
113.00 WENDELL COOPER-BRIAN
YARBROUGH
5/ 5 10.65 88.00
113.00 RYAN POPE-CHRISTIAN SMITH 5/ 5 10.65 88.00
115.00 JIM EDMONDSON-JAMES DIAL 5/ 5 10.62 86.00
116.00 LARRY ROLEN-DONNIE
STAMEY
5/ 5 10.61 85.00
117.00 DAVID KING-ROGER JONES 5/ 5 10.56 84.00
117.00 RUSSELL MURPHY-MIKE
LAWSON
5/ 5 10.56 84.00
119.00 DOUG BUTZINE-JOSH TRENT 4/ 4 10.49 82.00
120.00 CURTIS GWIN-GREG VINCENT 5/ 5 10.37 81.00
121.00 RANDY MCKEE-JASON POTTER 4/ 4 10.36 80.00
122.00 STEVEN REDMOND-JIMMY
CRUM
5/ 5 10.33 79.00
123.00 TIM LEE-JEFF RUSSELL 5/ 5 10.16 78.00
124.00 PAUL CURTIS-MICHAEL
WATKINS
5/ 5 10.14 77.00
125.00 SETH MOSER-CHRIS KEEBLE 5/ 5 10.03 76.00
126.00 SCOTT BERRIER-> PAUL
RIDENER
5/ 5 9.97 75.00
127.00 GEORGE WELLS-> PAUL
PALMER
5/ 5 9.95 74.00
128.00 BILLY BOYD-FOY ELKINS 5/ 5 9.91 73.00
129.00 GAVIN DANIELS-COLBY
NELSON
4/ 4 9.73 72.00
130.00 MATTHEW SPEIGHTS-ERIC
DAVIS
5/ 5 9.70 71.00
131.00 BRAD MUSGRAVE-TIM MCNEAL 5/ 5 9.39 70.00
132.00 FRED CASTO-SCOTT CRAIG 4/ 4 9.32 69.00
133.00 CADE SMITH-JONATHAN
HENLEY
5/ 5 9.09 68.00
134.00 WYATT WILSON-HEATH LEWIS 5/ 5 9.01 67.00
135.00 RANDY FAULKNER-BRAD
FAULKNER
5/ 5 8.91 66.00
136.00 BILL LEE-> TONY SCHRIMSHER 4/ 4 8.62 65.00
137.00 FRANK NEWCOMB-FRANKY
NEWCOMB
3/ 3 8.10 64.00
138.00 ALAN PARKER-AARON
PARKER
3/ 3 7.67 63.00
139.00 JONATHAN BULLARD-JAMES
BULLARD
5/ 5 7.65 62.00
140.00 DILLAN GODSEY-JEFF ROGERS 3/ 3 7.04 61.00
141.00 SHANE SLOAN-LEN SLOAN 3/ 3 7.00 60.00
142.00 ALLEN TADLOCK-GREG
TROLLBRIDGE
3/ 3 6.53 59.00
143.00 TYLER WADZINSKI-CLAY
WELCH
3/ 3 6.14 58.00
144.00 DOUG CARPENTER-NATHAN
DAGGS
3/ 3 5.85 57.00
145.00 CASEY BAKER-EDDIE BAKER 2/ 2 5.80 56.00
146.00 BRAD NAPIER-DENNIS NAPIER 2/ 2 5.55 55.00
147.00 TIM WACKER-RYAN HELKE 3/ 3 5.38 54.00
148.00 JOHN FRENCH-STACEY
NEWBERRY
2/ 2 5.01 53.00
149.00 STANLEY MCLEMORE-BRIAN
SCATES
2/ 2 4.76 52.00
150.00 DUSTIN WEAVER-TREY
WATSON
2/ 2 4.68 51.00
151.00 WAYNE MOYHER-NO PARTNER 2/ 2 4.31 50.00
152.00 DAVID MILLER-BILLY JR.
PERKINS
2/ 2 4.27 49.00
153.00 RICHARD MOORE-ANDREW
SMITH
2/ 2 3.83 48.00
154.00 J. DEVON MARLOW-D.
MICHAEL LOWE
2/ 2 3.43 47.00
155.00 THOMAS ALLMER-DEWAYNE
ALLISON
1/ 1 1.94 46.00
156.00 CARL GUFFEY-SCOTT
LONGMIRE
1/ 1 1.80 45.00
157.00 JAY ADAIR-JAMIE ROOP 0.00
157.00 DAVID ALBRIGHT-TANNER
HERNDON
0.00
157.00 JAMES BENTLEY-TED RIDLEY 0.00
157.00 KYLE BLAIR-DANNY STOLLINGS 0.00
157.00 WILLIAM BRIGHTMAN-JOE
SCEALF
0.00
157.00 TYLER BROWN-AUSTIN DUNN 0.00
157.00 TIM CAIN-ERIC CROLEY 0.00
157.00 RONNIE DAVIS-AARON TIPTON 0.00
157.00 JACK DUNAWAY-RANDY
HARRIS
0.00
157.00 BILL DUNN-ROB DUNN 0.00
157.00 ERIC FARMER-MIKE JEFFRIES 0.00
157.00 JEFF GRAVES-TYLER GRAVES 0.00
157.00 ROBERT HELTON-> NO
PARTNER
0.00
157.00 MICHAEL JENKINS-MIKE
JENKINS
0.00
157.00 DAN LONG-TOM WALKER 0.00
157.00 JAMES MCLEMORE-JEFF
WEBBER
0.00
157.00 GARY MINNICK-DAVID MINNICK 0.00
157.00 WAYNE NORMAN-JOHNNY
MASSENGALE
0.00
157.00 DOUG PLEMONS-NO PARTNER 0.00
157.00 RICHARD PLOWMAN-ALLEN
WHITE
0.00
157.00 DAVID PRESLEY-TOBY STEELE 0.00
157.00 TROY REDWINE-KOLBY
REDWINE
0.00
157.00 ANTHONY REVIS-JAMES
BURCHARD
0.00
157.00 CHARLIE ROLSTON-CLINT
NELSON
0.00
157.00 JAMES TIPTON-TODD
MALLICOAT
0.00
157.00 WILL VANETTEN-SCOTT
WALLACE
0.00
157.00 JIMMY WHITE-TIM WYLIE 0.00
157.00 TRAVIS WORMSLEY-JOHN
CARROLL
0.00

Jones & Satterfield win Joe Bass Team Trail on Lake Stockton with over 17 pounds!

Courtesy of Joe Bass Tram Trail:

 

After the COVID-19 crisis forced the cancellation of the season opener in April, 81 teams turned out at Orleans Trail Marina to treat a serious case of cabin fever.  Conditions had been fairly stable in the days leading up to the event, but a squall with high winds, rain, and hail churned things up during the mid-morning hours.  Nonetheless, a staggering 332 bass were brought to the scales where a limited number of weigh-in bags, extra tank spacing, and other considerations provided the proper social distancing.

Topping the heavily credentialed field was the team of Kelly Jones and Roger Satterfield.  They made the trip north to Stockton to catch five fish that pushed the scales to a winning weight of 17.52 pounds.  Roger noted their Sport Boats USA Key to Success was flipping jigs to shallow bushes in the upper river.  Kelly and Roger padded their winnings as they boated 10-12 keepers from Kelly’s FX21 Skeeter, netting them the Sport Boats USA Highest Finishing Skeeter bonus.

The runner-up position was taken by Justin Delk and Brandon Rummel.  Their best five bass rang in it 16.76 pounds.  Included in their bag was the Ozark Chevrolet Big Bass weighing 5.34 pounds.  Brandon shared they also flipped jigs in shallow bushes.

Rounding out the top three was the team of Eric Craft and Dominic Cavitt.  Mixing in soft plastics with jigs pitched to shallow bushes, Eric and Dominic netted a five fish limit good for 16.58 pounds.

The next event in the 2020 Stockton Division will be June 7th at Orleans Trail with a 6:00am takeoff.

Place Team Members Fish B/F TotWgt Pts Payout
1 Kelly Jones – Roger Satterfield 5 3.8 17.52 110 $3,140.00 $ Skeeter
2 Justin Delk – Brandon Rummel 5 5.34 16.76 109 $1,970.00 1BB
3 Eric Craft – Dominic Cavitt 5 3.94 16.58 108 $1,080.00
4 Jim Davidson – Mike Ashbacher 5 4.67 16.43 107 $700.00
5 Chad Allison – Jeff Moss 5 5.03 15.99 106 $920.00 2 BB
6 Luke Routh – Tyler Weaver 5 3.65 15.93 105 $550.00
7 Keith Hurd – Jeff Nelson 5 4.68 15.89 104 $500.00
8 Chris White – Kelly White 5 4.01 15.29 103 $450.00
9 Matt Roberts – Dalton Wilson 5 15.22 102 $400.00
10 Matt Garrett – Kaleb Rook 5 3.97 15.06 101 $350.00
11 Scott Tassi – Glenn Harrison 5 3.18 15.04 100 $300.00
12 Mark Thompson – Mark Thompson II 5 3.61 14.87 99 $280.00
13 Sam Morton – Dennis Edwards 5 3.11 14.7 98 $250.00
14 Ben Saubers – Nick Saubers 5 3.33 14.55 97 $230.00
15 Mark Moody – Kyle Kiister 5 3.05 14.53 96 $200.00
16 Kevin Shaffer – Doug Jagels 5 13.97 95 $180.00
17 Dan Cox – Tim Kastning 5 3.16 13.93 94
18 Rick Fishback – Denny Carver 5 3.28 13.68 93
19 Robert Cowan – Dallas Beasley 5 13.67 92
20 Justin Angel – Scott Angel 5 2.9 13.63 91
21 Robert Shackelford – Dusty Richardson 5 3.08 13.46 90
22 *Stacy Holland – Shane Long 5 13.44 89
23 Sean Bowling – Brandon Brown 5 3.37 13.36 88
24 Charley Thomas – Chris Thomas 5 13.24 87
25 David Rice – Elias Williams 5 3.31 13.23 86
26 Tom Statler – *Richard Eutsler 5 13.22 85
27 Tom Amershek – Paden Shaffer 5 3.09 13.19 84
28 Cody Hough – *Greg Blair 5 3.94 13.16 83
29 Shawn Crabtree – Theresa Patterson 5 4.04 13.1 82
30 John Bennett – *Bill Dennis 5 2.93 13 81
31 Levi Snow – Benjamin Hodgson 5 12.87 80
32 Jake Beem – Joseph Beem 5 12.79 79
32 Russ Hughes – Ronald Parker 5 12.79 79
34 Mike Hagensicker – Dillon Brock 5 12.61 77
35 Josh Busby – *Donovan Hensley 5 12.59 76
35 Todd Choate – Kent Whitaker 5 12.59 76
37 Danny Waite – Bryan Leonard 5 12.56 74
38 Jeff Bear – Quenton Bear 5 2.69 12.5 73
39 Rick Bowman – Jeff Moore 5 2.63 12.44 72
40 Dalton Saxon – James JD Dendy 5 3.35 12.32 71
41 James Altman – Kevin Altman 5 2.74 12.32 70
42 Steve Teske – Jon Wall 5 2.79 12.31 69
43 Mike Butcher – Justin Amershek 5 2.83 12.23 68
44 Richard Holibaugh – Colton Bailey 5 3.05 12.02 67
45 Chris Macy – Tim Lawyer 5 11.96 66
46 Dan Weber – Robert Leininger 5 11.89 65
47 Kenneth White – Ken White 5 11.64 64
48 AJ Wenzel – Patrick Dickerson 5 3.29 11.47 63
49 Kevin Jackson – Bryan Jackson 5 11.43 62
50 Danny Shinneman – Mike Cooley 5 2.28 11.42 61
51 Seth Glynn – Kelly (KJ) Hughes 5 11.28 60
52 Matt Underwood – Logan Underwood 5 11.25 59
53 Austin Lowrey – Derrick Wright 5 11.08 58
54 Jeremy Montgomery – Devin Pino 5 11.05 57
55 John Cates – *fished aalone 5 11.02 56
56 Bob Capps – John Williams 5 2.79 11 55
57 Sean Brashears – NIck Hulm 5 10.8 54
58 Wes Reger – Kirby Ricketts 5 2.72 10.75 53
59 George Spicer – Jeff Bledsoe 5 2.69 10.63 52
60 Greg Seiner – Rick Keeney 4 2.92 10.2 51
61 Ron Hills – Ray Holt 4 3.15 9.77 50
62 Marvin Kinyon – Chris Roberts 4 9.36 49
63 Jay Carden – Levi Carden 5 9.29 48
64 Blake Edwards – *Jamie Conrad 5 9.1 47
65 Cameron White – Kyle Boman 4 7.83 46
66 David Hughes – Lucas Fornelli 3 7.17 45
67 Leonard DeClue – Kelton Morris 2 5.18 44
68 Scott Clift – Briar Clift 2 4.82 43
69 Ryan Tucker – Ryan Heise 2 4 42
70 Khye Scoggins – Caden Leer 1 2.83 2.83 41
71 John Aleshire – Travis Aleshire 1 2.26 2.26 40
72 James Brown – John Campbell 0 10
72 Russell Butts – Willard Jordan 0 10
72 Kaleb Cooper – 0 10
72 Ronald Deckard JR – Sophia Spencer-Asbell 0 10
72 Jim Dopp – Harlin Husky 0 10
72 Mike Fornelli – Bob Fornelli 0 10
72 Dustin Keys – Doug Hainley 0 10
72 David McCormick – *Dene White 0 10
72 Gerald McDaniel – Jeff Pascoe 0 10
72 David Mulkey – Sean Mukley 0 10

Bass Champs to resume season on May 16th at Lake LBJ

Many tournaments have changed dates, see schedule below.

We will be taking extra social distancing measures until further notice
*We will be trailering at each event until further notice to avoid crowds
* On-Line registration with no required check-in at registration. You will receive a text Friday evening and Saturday morning that confirms your entry and provides fishing times.
If you do prefer to register on-site, please practice social distancing.
*Limited number of anglers in line for weigh-in at one time (two anglers per tub)
*No Flipping Contests or hot dogs
*Zero Bonus drawing at each event to reduce # of anglers at weigh-in
(you do not need to be present to win drawing)
*Extended weigh-in times.
*No awards ceremony, all checks will be mailed out on Monday
*If you feel sick, please stay home

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2020 Bass Champs Schedules


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East South Central North
1/11 Rayburn 1/18 Falcon 2/8 Belton 2/29- Fork
2/15 Toledo Bend 2/22 Amistad 3/14 LBJ 5/23 Cedar Creek
3/7 Rayburn 5/30 Falcon 5/16 LBJ 6/6 Ray Roberts
8/1 Toledo Bend 6/20 Amistad 6/13 Lake to Be determined asap 7/11 Lake to Be
determined asap
Special Events
7/19 Sunday - Mega Bass on Lake Fork
6/28 Sunday - TX Shootout on Rayburn
8/29-8/30 Northern Skeeter Owners
Gull Lake Minnesota
10/10 & 10/11 Team Championship
Location to Be Announced in August
10/17 & 10/18 Berkley Big Bass on Lake Fork

the 2020 Skeeter Owners tournament on Lake Fork
has been cancelled until 2021


Zaldain doesn’t think bass read textbooks

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Chris Zaldain wasn’t sure he was cut out for college. So to give it a test run, he enrolled in a local community college. Then he won a boat in a tournament on Clear Lake soon after, and pretty much shelved textbooks forever to focus on a pro career.

 

Now one of the top professional anglers in the world, Zaldain is convinced bass don’t read text books either – especially as related to the post-spawn.

 

Now look, understandably, if you live near Montgomery, Alabama, where most bass spawn in late March, then you may be more prone to seek Zaldain’s post-spawn advice immediately, compared to a bass buster in Minneapolis, Minnesota where they don’t build beds until late May.

 

Either way – listen up, because Zaldain is giving up the goods on a rarely thought about pattern that sooner or later will apply to post-spawners in your area all summer long.

 

“The textbook pattern after the spawn is for bass to migrate to deeper off-shore ledges, brushpiles, humps, or whatever. But I’ve learned there are a number of wise old female largemouth that never migrate deep,” he says.

 

“Instead, they stay really shallow around isolated reeds and cattails picking off the bluegills that come in to spawn in less than 2-feet of water soon after the largemouth finish spawning,” emphasizes the Carhartt-Yamaha pro who now calls Forth Worth, Texas home.

 

Zaldain is already seeing this overlooked pattern begin to play-out around North Texas. Hence a big bluegill imitating surface frog lure called the Megabass Big Gabot gets a seat at the front of his class. “The Big Gabot is fairly large and it has a cupped face to make it spit, walk and chug perfectly over those bluegill beds and around the reeds and other sparse vegetation,” says Zaldain.

 

No surprise his favorite colors are bluegill imitators called GLX perch and wild gill – and he says even the vertical bars on the side of the bait add a mental vote of confidence to the Gabot’s ability to get eaten by fat largemouth.

 

Like a game of backyard after school tackle football, this is certainly not a pattern for light line and wimpy sticks – but instead 50-pound Seaguar Smackdown braided line and a 7’2” rod like you’d use to pitch a Texas rigged craw into a flooded bush.

 

“Not only does this pattern work all summer long, but in addition to the low light periods of early morning, some of the best bites come in mid-afternoon once the high sun casts shadows, so don’t stop throwing it at midday,” warns Zaldain.

 

“In fact, running shaded pockets in the afternoon with the Gavot is how I caught a few good ones last year during the first week of May at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork,” he recalls.

 

Perhaps the catalyst of this somewhat non-traditional early summer pattern would best be described in an ecology textbook.

 

Zaldain believes the magic of tossing frogs around isolated reeds and cattails lies in the ecosystem. He thinks the whips of vertical vegetation attract insects, which in turn attract bluegills, and guess what – next come big aggressive bass not willing to go deep when easy meals made of panfish swim nearby.

 

So whenever the post-spawn season is in your area, don’t be afraid to shun traditional knowledge for a shot at shallow water frogging action seldom discussed, but absolutely full of Valedictorian level success.


One Boat Challenge Winners!!

 

This Week Chris, Jason and the boys catch up with #Oneboat Challenge Winners Charlie Breitenbach and Seth Funt from Florida! They explain how they were able to capture the first ever OBC and what's ahead. Team Tournament Blogger Luke Estel joins us as well to talk about fishing in Illinois or the lack of it.


Three Combos Swindle Takes in his Tundra

Courtesy of Luke Stoner - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

While Gerald Swindle is eager for tournament competition to be given the green light, the hilarious Bassmaster Elite Series veteran is holding up all right. Between projects on his farm, working in the shop, ample time on the water, and chasing around grandbabies or the occasional turkey Swindle is staying plenty busy.

 

The Team Toyota pro usually averages a couple thousand miles a month behind the wheel of his Tundra this time of year, but like most of us Swindle’s travels have come to a halt.  The “G-man” and his faithful shotgun rider “LuLu” have compiled a few hundred miles in total during this whole deal driving back and forth from their Lake Guntersville home to their farm near Smith Lake in Northern Alabama.

 

His Phoenix bass boat stays loaded-for-bear, but don’t think for a minute that Swindle rolls around in his Tundra unequipped. Swindle keeps a small ‘emergency stash’ of fishing tackle, including three rod and reels, in his truck at all times and thinks you should, too.

 

With many of us having a little extra time on our hands, you never know when you’ll have the opportunity to wet a line. Swindle laid out what he hauls around in his Tundra as only bass fishing’s funniest man can.

 

A Chatterbait AND spinnerbait setup

 

When it comes to his mobile fishing supply, Swindle is pretty particular. He opts for versatility in both rod and reel combos and the baits he carries with him to avoid lugging around half a tackle store.

 

“I take the bare necessities only, I don’t try to take the whole tackle box,” Swindle said. “But whether I have some time to kill at a pond or my nephew Trey calls wanting me to hop in the boat with him for a few hours, I always keep some gear in the truck.”

 

I pushed him to narrow it down to one combo, but Swindle explained that “just ain’t true”. He keeps two baitcasting rod and reels with him at all times.

 

One being a 7-foot glass rod specifically for slinging chatterbaits, and the other is a 7’3 medium heavy Ark Rod he typically keeps a spinnerbait tied to. Though Swindle won’t hesitate to swap the spinnerbait for a 3/8-ounce Buckeye Ballin’ Out Jig if the conditions call for it and he’s feeling funky.

 

“If you don’t have a spinnerbait or a chatterbait tied on this time of year you’re messin’ up,” Swindle joked. “In all seriousness, those techniques cover a lot of your bases. They are good around grass, wood, or rock and they’ll catch a pond bass just as easily as they’ll fool a Lake Guntersville five pounder.”

 

Both of Swindle’s truck bed combos are paired with 6:4:1 Lews reels with spools full of 16-lb Sunline Shooter fluorocarbon. Swindle trusts those combos in any scenario and urges you to add something similar to your arsenal.

 

7-foot medium heavy spinning rod for shaky heads and wacky rigs 

 

In a perfect world Swindle would power fish everyday of the week, but when it comes to getting a bite he knows the power of a good spinning rod and reel.

 

“I don’t go anywhere without a spinning rod,” Swindle admitted. “I keep a 7-foot medium heavy Ark spinning rod with medium sized Lews reel for slinging shaky heads and wacky rigs with me at all times. Whether you’ve got clear water, pressured fish, or you just like setting the hook it’s hard to beat those presentations. Keep a few VMC Neko Weights with you and you’re ready for anything.”

 

As far as Swindle is concerned a 3/16-ounce shaky head, a few VMC Ike Approved Neko Hooks, a pack of Zoom Beatdown and Zlinky Stick worms paired with a can-do attitude will catch a bass anywhere. He prefers 10-lb Sunline braid for his base line and keeps a spool of 10-lb Sunline Shooter fluoro to tie for his leaders.

 

“I can have fun and keep myself occupied for hours with these setups,” Swindle explained. “Hey man, I might not win a tournament with those three rigs but they’ll catch fish anywhere in the entire country. I’ve even been keeping some 6-lb monofilament leader line and a handful of crappie jigs with me this time of year… just in case!”

 

You never know when an opportunity will arise to make a few casts and it’s certainly better to have it but not need it, than to need it and not have it. Follow Swindle’s lead and add some fishing gear to your vehicle this spring while we continue to #FishSmart, be responsible, and use common sense.


Arey guided by patience as teacher, angler and turkey guide

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

When he’s not on the road competing as a Bassmaster Elite Series pro, a phone call with Team Toyota’s Matt Arey can cover a wide range of topics, and young daughters Reese and Wren can often be heard in the background.

 

Arey often plays the role of “Mr. Mom” to his two blonde-headed girls, while sweet wife Emily fulfills her full-time career obligations as Director of Records and Educational Partnerships at Cleveland Community College near their Shelby, NC home. But now, under C-19 virus stay-at-home orders, he’s added “distance learning” instructor for 7-year-old Reese to his daily obligations.

 

“I have to be honest, when I first started teaching her I got frustrated a fair amount, and it really tried my patience. I had to learn to slow down and be really repetitive,” admits Arey, who earned a degree in agriculture business and economics from NC State.

 

Things are going just fine now. In fact, on the morning of our call, Arey had already successfully covered a reading comprehension worksheet, math fractions, and an adjective project in which Reese had to use various words to describe bubble gum.

 

Away from the makeshift in-home classroom, Arey has tested his patience in the turkey woods, as well as trying to perfect his skills with the relatively new category of lures referred to as glide baits.

 

Extremely realistic looking in their highly detailed design, glide baits are hard baits with a single mid-body hinge that allows them to swim with a very lazy “wide S” motion to tempt aggressive bass. They typically range from 4 to 12 inches long, and cost anywhere from $35 to $235 each. Arey often favors throwing a 6.5” version called the Hog Father Jr. on 20-pound P Line fluorocarbon.

 

“A glide bait is definitely a specialized bait that’s probably not going to get you 40 bites a day, but the bass that commit to eating it are generally bigger fish,” says Arey.

 

Weather and water conditions have to line-up well to precipitate glide bait success. For Arey that includes fairly clear water that allows big bass to see the lure, but also wind and sunshine to increase visibility and mask their shyness.

 

“Glide baits are a great bait for drawing strikes from big female bass suspended around boat docks either right before the spawn, or seeking their first good meal right after the spawn. But you have to exercise a lot of patience until you catch your first bass of the day on a glide bait, as well as patience to carry you through to that second bite of the day. But again, the bites you get are going to be good ones,” he says.

 

Few outdoor adventures teach patience more so than turkey hunting, but Arey has proven himself savvy on four successful hunts this spring. He shot one in North Carolina, one in South Carolina, called one in for a buddy, and his most rewarding time in the turkey woods was calling one in for daughter Reese.

 

“Turkeys are born paranoid, and they die paranoid, because their whole life is spent avoiding their many predators. So walking into the woods, sitting next to a tree, calling a few times, and killing one, only happens about 10% of the time,” he says.

 

Arey says for starters you need an in-depth understanding of the terrain you’re hunting because that dictates a gobbler’s potential travel path to your call. He also warns that too many hunters try to ‘take their call to the gobbler’ by walking closer to where they believe the bird to be, rather than waiting on the bird to come to them.

 

“Let the gobbler work. Let him do his thing. Don’t over call, and don’t get in a game of chase with him. Have patience and make the gobbler come to you,” he says.

 

From bubble gum based adjective lessons with daughter Reese, to luring gobblers over a ridge top and big fat bass from under docks on glide baits – patience is indeed the central fiber to success in Matt Arey’s life these days.


Hobie TOC Set for Knoxville, Tennessee

Top Kayak Bass Anglers Compete this November for Tournament of Champions Crown

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (April 28, 2020) - The dates are set and the location has been determined. The 2nd Annual Hobie Tournament of Champions (TOC) - the final chapter of the 2020 Hobie Bass Open Series (BOS) - will be held November 14-15 in Knoxville, TN.

That’s right, Knoxville. It’s an international travel center that played host to the 1982 World’s Fair and gave Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton their first big career breaks. Renown for great music, terrific food and brews plus an atmosphere both artsy and friendly, it’s bordered by vast and picturesque parklands including Great Smokey Mountains National Park, which makes it an excellent destination for just about any outdoors activity.

“Knoxville is also a bass angler’s dream and that’s what really turned our heads,” says Hobie BOS tournament director A.J. Mcwhorter. “The Tennessee River runs right through downtown and the city is nearly encircled by more than half-a-dozen large lakes and rivers filled with smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass. It’s an ideal setting for kayak fishing with plenty of structure, weedy expanses, deep channels, rivers that snake through beautiful country, and two primary lakes to anchor the action. I think our participants are really going to put on a show here.”

It’s no secret that bass run big and plentiful in the Knoxville area, or that the local residents welcome anglers. The 49th Annual Bassmaster Classic was held here in March of 2019 and fans turned out in droves to watch the competition. In fact, they broke the all-time Classic attendance record as the entire community welcomed visiting fans from every state in the U.S.A.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Hobie Tournament of Champions to these East Tennessee waters,” said Chad Culver, Senior Director of the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission. “We know these anglers and their families will be appreciated in Knoxville, a place where big bass and southern hospitality await. We’re expecting a super tournament and a great turnout as well.”

This fall’s TOC will provide competitors the opportunity to work within the same basic boundaries as last year’s Classic event, focusing on the headwaters of the Tennessee River, the Holston River below Douglas, French Broad River below Cherokee, Fort Loudon Lake and Tellico Reservoir.

“That’s a lot of water to cover,” says Eric Thomason, 47, a BOS competitor and Knoxville native, “so be sure to bring your full bassin’ arsenal because you never know what patterns will develop here. Although it’s likely to still be warm, it can get cold in these parts during November and fishing conditions can change from hour-to-hour. I plan on packing my Hobie Pro Angler 14 to the max.”

Thomason finished 7th in last year’s inaugural TOC at Arkansas’ Lake Ouachita and is working hard to get back in the mix this year. “I’m pumped already,” he revealed. “It would be so sweet to qualify again for the TOC on familiar waters. I think I can put some quality numbers on the board if I get the chance - and I’d love to do it in front of a hometown crowd.”

In terms of where to fish, Thomason stresses that every stretch within the tournament boundaries has potential to produce a winning haul. Still, he’ll probably focus on the two big lakes. The waters of Fort Loudon Lake, he noted, offer abundant grass, timber, laydowns, islands and creeks to probe but tend to be a bit on the greenish side. “Expect 3- to 4-foot visibility here and a nice mix of bigmouths and bronzebacks,” he advises. “Throw big topwater lures like a Whopper Plopper, Buzz Bait, Pompadour, Spook or Lucky Craft Sammy. Large swimbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and crankbaits produce well, too, but you’ll want to go with bright colors to help the bass spot these offerings.”

Tellico Reservoir, by comparison, sports clear water with 9- to 10-foot visibility, so you’ll need to adjust your colors. “Since the fish are likely to get a real good look at your baits, it’s important to match the hatch as much as possible by using silver skirts or natural shad patterns,” Thomason advises. “Try throwing a big bull shad or gizzard shad. If you like a muskrat imitation, throw something big and brown. In addition to largemouths and smallmouths, you’ll find spotted bass at this location. Also, be aware that a small passage joins the two lakes. Put in at the launch ramp off Tellico Parkway and you can fish both on the same day.”

While Thomason loves the lakes, 24-year old Jordan Marshall of Maryville, TN, favors the rivers. “The Holston and French Broad are probably my two favorite places to fish in this region,” he states, “and both are less than an hour from my home. They are fantastic smallmouth waters that can hold their own with any bronzeback hotspot I’ve ever fished, and the French Broad has plenty of big largemouths as well. If you are coming from out of town, expect to be impressed because the bass in these rivers are just as mean as they are in any big lake.”

Marshall suggests anglers should expect to find river bass on an early fall pattern that will see them aggressively targeting shad to bulk up for the winter ahead. That can set up an awesome topwater bite, but Marshall says competitors should keep a collection of spinnerbaits and crankbaits handy just in case.

 “I’d spend the most time casting around grass and plant life just outside shallow flats,” explains Marshall, who also fishes from a Hobie Pro Angler 14. “The bass often stack up in such areas when focused on shad. If the topwater theme doesn’t hold, basic shad colors and willow-bladed spinnerbaits are a good combination. Keep in mind that the French Broad is wider and slower than the Holston, making it the better choice for bigmouths. My Hobie gives me a real edge on either river. It’s great for covering a lot of water on the French Broad and, with new Kick-up fins, I don’t have to worry about hitting rocks if I push into the shallows on the Holston.”

Marshall qualified for last year’s TOC by picking up a roll-down spot in the final BOS tournament of the season. This year, he’s intent on qualifying right up front. “I’ve been fishing these rivers since I was a kid, so I really want to be part of this,” he revealed. “Because it’s easy for spectators to get up close to see what goes on, this is a great opportunity for all of us that make the TOC, and it’s a terrific venue for kayak fishing in general.”

To qualify for the TOC, anglers must compete in the Hobie Bass Open Series. There are eight two-day open events plus a one-day Shootout, spread across the country, which allow the 50 top anglers in the series based on accumulated points to showcase their skills to the nation, compete for the toughest title in kayak fishing, and gain the final qualifying spot for the Hobie Fishing Worlds of 2020. Anglers are also fishing for cash that has been building within the series structure all season. The total TOC payout, dispersed to the top 10 anglers (or 20% of the field), should approach $60,000.

BOS anglers can also compete for Hobie’s BOS Angler of the Year (AOY) crown, which is based on the culmination of points from their three highest finishes in the current BOS season, points for the largest daily limits or big fish of the day, plus points earned at the TOC.

TOC qualifying anglers will enjoy three complimentary meals and the comforts of the Farragut Community Center as their tournament headquarters. The first-class accommodations are central to everything in the Knoxville area, so if you want to enjoy the city or the great outdoors with family and friends after the competition has ended, this is the perfect jumping-off spot.

“Hobie really does a fantastic job with the TOC,” says Marshall. “They go above and beyond any other tourney trail I’ve been on. The contests are well-run, competitive events with great payouts and every serious kayak bass angler wants to enter. They knocked it out of the park last year, so we are all excited to see what they can do with another season under their belts.”

“The combination of top-shelf competition, bass-filled waters, easy access, quality payouts, camaraderie and a host city ready to roll out the welcome mat all help build anticipation for this premiere kayak bass fishing championship,” said Mcwhorter. “Naturally, we’ll be keeping an eye on the coronavirus pandemic as we get deeper into the season, and we’ll be following whatever safety regulations are in place at the time in all of our events. We want everyone to be competitive and have a lot of fun, but the health of our participants is our greatest concern.”

Anglers can view the remainder of the Hobie B.O.S. schedule and check for updates here.


College Fishing Builds Foundation for Success Part 2

Luke Stoner - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Part one of this story gave a quick glimpse into the last 10+ years of Drew Sanford and Dalton Wilson’s lives. Two former Carhartt Bassmaster College Series anglers turned propane industry entrepreneurs who in many ways embody the American dream.

They both credit a love of the outdoors, specifically their dedication to bass fishing, with helping establish the tireless work ethic necessary to expand one local propane business into four burgeoning companies. All while raising beautiful families and remaining active in the outdoors. They don’t just talk about the impact fishing had upon them either; Dalton and Drew live it.

The Green-LP wrapped Toyota Tundra you see in the picture above is Dalton’s personal vehicle. He bought it and became a Toyota Bonus Bucks member largely based on Toyota’s support of the fishing industry. Furthermore these two, along with their co-workers, proudly wear Carhartt on the job site as a “thank you” for what Carhartt has done for college fishing throughout the past 8 years. Fishing is woven into their lives as well as their work, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

A passion project

The “fishing division” of James River Manufacturing was started two years ago as a pure and simple passion project. Drew had experience in making his own lead jig heads and had enough connections within the fishing industry he believed he could produce them for tackle companies in the Ozarks region. Drew thought if nothing else, it would keep him connected to bass fishing.

“I have a lot of moving parts in my life, but I needed to feed the hobby part of my brain,” Wilson laughed. “Fishing has always been a part of my life and I figured this was a way I could spend a few minutes of my day playing with fishing lures.”

After doing some research on the equipment needed to scale his production process and bring his vision to life, Drew realized it was more of a financial commitment than anticipated. So he brought in Taylor Baker – a friend and recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute who happened to be adept with a 3D printer and CNC machine.

Using some “redneck engineering” and a can-do attitude Drew, Taylor, and Dalton helped piece together a one-of-a-kind mold production outfit in the corner of their Green-LP warehouse. They use a CNC machine to construct any type of lead mold an angler or a tackle company could think of; from ned and shaky heads to swimbait and ball jigs.

Their distinctive manufacturing machine then mass produces the jig heads, sandblasts them, and applies a powder coat before “cooking them” to finish the process. Lastly, the jig heads are painted to order before shipping out to a tackle company near you.

With a little elbow grease and some TLC, their passion project was operative.  After seeing their creation run smoothly and efficiently, Drew started thinking about applying a similar system to another piece of equipment he was innately familiar with; propane tanks. And thus a new endeavor began…

 

 

James River Manufacturing expands

Drew and his Green-LP technicians have a lifetime of experience in the propane industry, and knew that restoring old equipment was a service in high demand. The biggest issue was, renovating old propane tanks proved to be a time consuming and costly process.

With their newfound jig head production system up and running, Drew began thinking he could apply a similar procedure on old propane equipment instead of football jigs. Between sandblasting, applying primer and paint, then heating the assets to an ideal temperature, many of the steps were comparable. They just needed to expand the size of their machine to fit propane equipment and add some fine-tuned details. So that’s exactly what they did.

Ultimately, the techniques and experience learned from producing lead fishing lures helped Drew’s team make a business out of refurbishing old truck barrels and propane tanks. The deep-rooted knowledge of the propane industry Drew’s team possessed was imperative of course, but they aren’t afraid to give credit to the small fishing division for many of the finer details.

James River Manufacturing now has its very own warehouse dedicated to making old propane tanks look as good as new, for commercial and residential uses. JRM is one of the largest outfits of its kind in the entire Midwest, and they perform their services with quality and the customer top of mind. Something Drew; Dalton, and their crew of associates have become known for across all of their business endeavors.

 

 

(Writers note: We were introduced to Drew Sanford and Dalton Wilson after they served as photography talent on a Nitro Boats shoot for Michael Engelmeyer. Engelmeyer owns and operates Great Outdoor Studios, which produces breathtaking imagery for a myriad of outdoor industry leading companies like Toyota trucks, Bass Pro Shops, Carhartt, and Nitro boats among many others.)


John Cox - Sharing his Love of Bass Fishing with his Family

Vance McCullough

 

“Hey, you’re gonna get eaten by an alligator there! Get in the boat,” instructs John Cox as we talk on the phone. The warning/instruction isn’t for me, but rather, his daughter whom he is fishing with on the St Johns River, home to grande gators for sure, as well as a bunch of big bass.

Cox is doing what most of our favorite professional anglers are during their quarantine-induced downtime – taking the opportunity to share his love of the sport with his family.

So, what does one of the best pros on Tour throw when there’s no tournament pressure and he just wants to have fun?

Topwaters.

And why not, it’s that time of year across the southern region and beyond. Bass are spawning, guarding fry, terrorizing bream beds and generally just hanging out in warm, shallow water. Big bass especially like to trap a meal on the surface. But sometimes the goal is to jerk on a bunch of fish, regardless of size. Cox has a trio of favorite lures to get the fun going.

“The other day I went to this stocked pond and they were schooling on shad. It was incredible. My three main topwaters were the Berkley Cane Walker – I really like that one when there’s a little bit of a chop on the water because it’s a little bit bigger. That was my one  for when the wind was blowing. In calmer areas I would throw the Berkley J-Walker, just walking the dog with it really fast. In the early morning and in the evening when it started getting cloudy, right before the storm rolled through, I’d go to that Choppo. It was unreal. So much fun.”

Side note: to learn about the lake Cox had so much fun on recently, check out his Instagram @johncox_fishing. Maybe plan yourself a trip there!

Cox favors the Choppo for fishing in 3 feet or less, the J-Walker for deeper water. “I feel like the J-Walker gives them a little bit more time to come up to it so I’m kind of throwing that in three-to-ten-feet of water.”

Cox works the J-Walker at brisk pace but because it doesn’t make a lot of forward progress fish will commit to it from a distance. “I feel like when they see it walking, it’s a little bit more like ‘oh, I can catch that thing’ because it’s back and forth compared to the Choppo on a straight wind. They smoke that Choppo in shallower water, but the J-Walker, they’ll come out of deep water and bust it.”

Cox is excited about the new size of Choppo that Berkley has rolled out. “We only had the 120 and the 90. I really like the 90. Now we have the new one, the 105, and that one has got to be one of my favorites.

“The 120 is awesome when you’re around giant fish, but that 105 is the perfect in-between size. I mean, the 90 is great. Anywhere you go you’ll catch them on it, but when you’re going after a little bit bigger ones and the fish are wolfpacking, I like the 105 because when there are four or five fish coming behind it the smaller ones kind of stay off of it and the better ones get it.”

What if Cox had to be quarantined with a single lure for pond hopping and just having a blast, in general? “Aw man, the 90 is so much fun. That’s what we’ve got tied on now is the 90,” says Cox of his now-gator-safe kids as they ease the boat into the river.

One frequent complaint that shows up in online forums and reviews is that the stock hooks on the Choppo are light. Some people prefer to swap them out for heavier models. In this writer’s experience, they look a lot like the hooks we’ve always used on prop baits and jerkbaits – and landed plenty of big bass on. I’ve had no problem with them and have had to reach for pliers to dig them out of the fish that usually get both sets of trebles buried. Cox likes them just fine.

“I actually like light trebles; I don’t like really heavy trebles. I think the guys that are complaining are the ones that got the Whopper Plopper back in the day, throwing it on 60lb braid and a flipping stick. I throw all my Choppos on the rod I throw the Frittside crankbait on, the 7’6” medium-heavy Veritas Winch, and I throw the 90 on 15lb Big Game (monofilament). I don’t even throw it on braid.

“But yeah, if there’s one bait I’m gonna pond fish with, topwater-wise, that Choppo 90 would be it.”


Cody Huff’s Rolling with the Changes

Courtesy of Luke Stoner / Dynamic Sponsorships

 

As is the case for most of us right now, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed Cody Huff’s short-term plans. Fortunately, Huff’s long-term goals remain as steady as the Bethel University wrapped Toyota Tundra he’s driving throughout the 2020 tournament season.

 

After a strong showing at the 50th Bassmaster Classic, Huff had his eyes set on the remaining Bassmaster Opens and graduating from Bethel. The 2019 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Bracket champion experienced an incredible start to his 2020 fishing campaign; which included two major wins in February as well as a day three appearance at the Classic. Not bad for a 22-year old full time college student.

 

While he would have preferred to keep his momentum rolling, Huff’s plans were adjusted when fishing tournaments across the country were postponed or cancelled, and social distancing requirements became the new norm.

 

“When reality hit me and tournaments started getting affected I was definitely a little disappointed,” Huff admitted. “There were a lot of cool places I planned on traveling to this spring, but to be honest the biggest bummer is missing out on my final year of college fishing. With that being said, there are more important issues going on in the world right now than a few fishing tournaments.”

 

 

With maturity beyond his years, the young man from Ava, Missouri has come to terms with a few personal disappointments while maintaining a positive mindset.

After an extended Spring Break, Huff learned he would not return to his Alma Mater to round out his senior year. Instead with 12 credit hours left to receive his Business degree, Huff is completing online courses to finish his college education.

 

And even though tournament competition has been put on hold, Huff knows most dates will be rescheduled and has been spending as much time on the water as possible. He has been sure to #FishSmart - practicing safety, responsibility, and common sense anytime he heads to the boat ramp. Taking advantage of the break to sharpen his fishing skills, optimize his equipment, and spend time with family.

 

“On the bright side I’ve been able to use the time off to get out on the water as much as possible,” Huff said. “I haven’t been able to spend a spring around home since leaving for college. So it’s been great to have the extra family time along with fishing our local lakes. There are always some positives if you look at it the right way.”

 

Famed Ozark fisheries like Bull Shoals and Table Rock Lake have been Huff’s regular stomping grounds as he prepares for the new dates of the Opens to be announced. While Huff is making the most of the downtime in Southwest Missouri, he is hopeful he’ll be able to spend a few days scouting some of the fisheries left on the Bassmaster Opens schedule; another advantage of looking at the glass half full.

 

For now though, Huff refuses to remain idle and continues to work hard at whatever task he has in front of him. Whether that includes submitting online assignments, chores around the house, chasing after turkeys, or improving his fishing skills – It’s all the same to Huff. He’ll lean into his Midwestern roots and roll with whatever changes 2020 throws his way with his eyes looking forward.


High School Fishing Digital Tournament from Lew’s and Strike King Underway

12-week Long Event Shows Impressive Early Engagement

Lexington, S.C. – April 15, 2020 – This past Sunday, April 12 brought the completion of the first round of the 12-week High School Fishing Digital Tournament from Lew’s and Strike King.

Announced March 24, the series, using the Hook’D Fishing Tournaments app, high school fishing teams from around the country can compete against other teams in their region for weekly big bass prizes as well as accumulating inches with each submitted catch to count toward the grand prize at the end of the 12-week period.

Each week, teams are eligible to win prizes from Lew’s and Strike King. The round one big bass winners from each of the South, North and West regions will each receive a Lew’s Mach Smash Combo for their high school fishing team.

Round one saw a total of 13,281 inches of bass submitted with a total of 842 bass caught.

The following are the round one big bass prize winners for each region:

South: Spring Valley High School - 22”

North: Providence Catholic Bass Team - 21.75”

West: Delta High School - 22.25”

Weekly big bass winners for each region win a Mach Combo for their team (specific model changes by the week). Grand prize winners for each region (most cumulative inches submitted over full 12-week period) will win two Mach Combos and $200 worth of SK product.

With essentially all fishing tournaments and team sports being cancelled for spring 2020, the team at Lew’s and Strike King is excited to offer an avenue for high school anglers to stay active, engaged and get on the water this spring.

It is highly encouraged and recommended that all anglers practice safe social distancing while fishing and follow all local laws and health guidelines while on the water.

Round 2 of competition runs through this Sunday, April 19, with the full 12-week program completing on Sunday, June 28. For more information about the High School Fishing Digital Tournament from Lew’s and Strike King, go to https://www.lews.com/digital-fishing-tournament.

For more information about how high school fishing teams can get involved with Lew’s and Strike King, go to https://www.lews.com/academicprograms or https://www.strikeking.com/resources/academic-programs.

 


DURASAFE ANNOUNCES REBRANDING AND LAUNCH OF NEW WEBSITE

New Berlin, Wis. – April 15, 2020 – DuraSafe, a leading manufacturer of trailering, towing and boating-related locks, unveiled the company’s new look following a complete rebrand and website overhaul. The project marks a new era for the Wisconsin-based organization and will allow consumers to conveniently shop for security devices for their boats and trailers and take advantage of DuraSafe’s unique Keyed-Alike offering.

Since 2003, DuraSafe has been a one-stop-shop for securing the products that fuel outdoor adventures. Now, a more streamlined shopping experience on the new Shopify-based website will allow consumers to choose from DuraSafe’s numerous locks including the popular E-LOCK®, trolling motor locks and numerous trailering locks, which can all be conveniently keyed alike.

Also included in this rebranding project was an update to the original DuraSafe logo. The new design offers a modern and bold look to match the company’s strong passion for innovation and the power of American manufacturing.

“This exciting brand refurbishment reflects our vision to deliver dependable and powerful security in a simplified manner,” said Vice President Cathy Frantz. “We aim to provide our loyal customers with a convenient place to shop for all their boating and trailering security needs while enhancing the overall visual aspects of our brand.”

Known for their innovative marine security solutions, including the Keyed-Alike system, DuraSafe is constantly searching for better ways to offer greater peace of mind to outdoor enthusiasts. To experience the new website or learn more about DuraSafe products, please visit www.durasafelocks.com.