AC Rookie Podcast - "Now or Never with Tai Au"

On the latest AC Insider Rookie Podcast, Chris catches up with MLF Big 5 Pro Circuit Rookie Tai Au as he prepares for his Pro Circuit debut. Based in Glendale, Arizona, Tai has literally come from nothing in the last 10 years to winning two Toyota Series events and qualifying his way into the Pro Circuit. Find out more about Arizona's Tai Au, right here.

 


Carl Jocumsen - New Year, New Opportunities

Carl Jocumsen - Bassmaster Elite Series Pro

2021 has kicked off to a crazy busy start for Kayla and me. I have been competing since I was 16 years old and this will be my 11th year here in the states. Just like for anyone out there, it’s been a tough road and you just have to keep pushing forward, breaking down barriers and for me I  have this goal or vision in my mind on where I want to get to. These past few years have really been humbling for me,  to have the opportunity to have companies who’ve you’ve looked up to and their products you use and trust, to have them reach out and want to work with me and support me. Like I said before, crazy humbling.

Those that know me, know that I am an extremely loyal person, and I don't like changing sponsors. The majority of my sponsors have been with me for over 10 years, some over 20 years, and I'm proud of that. The fun part to me is working with a company who listens to their pro-staff and takes the input we give them and utilizes that. We are on the water every day and when a company really wants and values your input, that’s a company I want to align with.

One of my biggest moves this year will be moving into a new Falcon bass boat. The last 5 years with BassCat has been incredible, but it was my decision to move into a little bigger boat and into something that I believe was going to help me in my career going forward. They are a family-owned company, with a great product and the ride in the boat is just awesome,  so it made sense for me and my career to make this move.

Another move for me this year is the welcome addition of both Rapala and XZone lures. Both products I have used over my career and products I truly have confidence in to help me catch more fish. The XZone Slammer is one bait that had been kind of a secret for a long time, especially up north and I caught onto it pretty quickly and the fish just love it. Most of their products I have been using for a while now, Brandon (Palaniuk) had turned me on to a few of their newer products that he helped design and I quickly saw how I could utilize them in my arsenal. One neat upgrade is putting a swammer on a chatterbait, the difference in the action was incredible. Another thing XZone does, is it gives me a lot of options for my soft plastics, especially for jig trailers. The craws with the floating claws, the chunks, the adrenaline bug, I’m excited to dial those into my jig game because I do change my trailers a lot and I like options because jig fishing is an important part of my arsenal. The XZone stuff is something you should really check out. Great people and the products are awesome.

Over my career I’ve probably never been more excited to get a season started. With the new boat, rigging up the new Humminbird and MinnKota stuff, getting all my tackle organized and being prepared to not have a single excuse when we kick off next month in Florida. I’m ready to go!

 

Carl Jocumsen is the first ever Australian angler to qualify for the Bassmaster Elite Series. In fact, he has done so twice. Qualifying in both 2014 and 2018. Jocumsen won his first Elite Series event in 2019.

The Waters of Opportunity

 

This Week Chris & the boys welcome in NPFL and BASS Opens Pro Joel Willert to the show to talk about his move from FLW last year and why he chose to fish the NPFL Inaugural season & all 3 divisions of the Bassmaster Opens in 2021.


B.A.S.S. Officially Announces 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series Field

Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., who won the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year title, is one of 13 new anglers on the 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series. 

Photo by James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.

January 12, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A reworked 2020 Bassmaster Elite Series season drew millions of enthusiastic fans to live broadcasts as the Elites became one of the only major sports to complete their full schedule, so it is no surprise that the full field is eager to resume competition. When the Elite Series takes to the St. Johns River to launch the 2021 season in February, the roster will feature 101 anglers.

B.A.S.S. announced the field for the 2021 Elite Series today, and every angler from the 2020 roster is returning, along with 12 qualifiers from the Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens and the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation champion.

“To have all of the guys back from last year says a lot about the positive momentum we have with the Bassmaster Elite Series,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “The reaction to last season was overwhelmingly positive from sponsors and fans. While they may not have always been able to join us lakeside for weigh-ins, B.A.S.S. fans cheered on each big moment while watching live coverage and encouraged their favorite anglers with messages on social media. We’re looking forward to adding 13 incredibly talented anglers into the mix.”

The list of returnees will include the legendary Clark Wendlandt, who fished a brilliant season to secure his first Bassmaster Angler of the Year title to go along with three FLW AOY crowns. Also returning are the six first-time Elite Series champions from 2020: Buddy Gross, Chris Johnston, Lee LivesayFrank TalleyPatrick Walters and Bill Weidler.

They will be joined by a talented crop of rookies that includes Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., who won the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year title, along with overall qualifiers Marc Frazier of Newnan, Ga., and Matt Robertson of Kuttawa, Ky. The rookie anglers who qualified through the Central Opens are Darold Gleason of Many, La., and Kenta Kimura of Osaka, Japan. Justin Hamner of Northport, Ala., KJ Queen of Catawba, N.C., and Joshua Stracner of Vandiver, Ala., all qualified through the Eastern Opens and round out the rookie class.

Pat Schlapper of Eleva, Wis., will also join the rookie class after winning the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Pickwick Lake in November but also earned an invitation via his Top 4 finish in Eastern Opens points.

Four additional anglers who qualified through the Opens Series points standings are joining the Elite field; however, any angler who has combined earnings of at least $500,000 with B.A.S.S. and FLW is not considered a rookie.

Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., earned an Elite Series invitation through the Eastern Opens division; however, while this will be his first season on the Elite Series, he will not be eligible for the 2021 Rookie of the Year race.

Instead, Martin will join Justin Atkins, Jason Christie and Greg Hackney as established anglers competing on the Elite Series. Atkins (No. 2 in Opens AOY points), Christie (No. 1 in Eastern Opens points) and Hackney (No. 2 in Eastern Opens points) all fished another pro circuit in 2020. Both Christie and Hackney have competed on the Elite Series previously, combining for six Elite event wins and an AOY title.

The 2021 Elite Series schedule will begin Feb. 11-14 with the AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River in Palatka, Fla. From there, it will wind through six states for nine events as anglers compete for cash and prizes and attempt to qualify for the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. For the first time in history, every Bassmaster Elite Series event as well as the Bassmaster Classic will feature live television coverage on the FOX Sports platforms.

Each tournament will begin with the full field of anglers on Days 1 and 2 before the field is cut to 50 for the semifinal round on Day 3. Only the Top 10 remaining anglers will fish the final day of each event with a $100,000 first-place prize on the line.

“Momentum is a powerful thing in any business or sport,” Akin said. “We built a lot of momentum over the last two seasons, and we have a field of anglers who will help us keep it going this year.”

2021 Bassmaster Elite Series Field

1. Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C.
2. Justin Atkins, Florence, Ala.
3. Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C.
4. Drew Benton, Blakely, Ga.
5. Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark.
6. Scott Canterbury, Odenville, Ala.
7. Quentin Cappo, Prairieville, La.
8. Brandon Card, Salisbury, N.C.
9. Tyler Carriere, Youngsville, La.
10. Hank Cherry, Lincolnton, N.C.
11. Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla.
12. Gary Clouse, Winchester, Tenn.
13. Rick Clunn, Ava, Mo.
14. Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C.
15. Keith Combs, Huntington, Texas
16. Drew Cook, Cairo, Ga.
17. John Cox, DeBary, Fla.
18. John Crews, Salem, Va.
19. Clent Davis, Montevallo, Ala.
20. Destin DeMarion, Grove City, Pa.
21. Rob Digh, Denver, N.C.
22. Greg DiPalma, Millville, N.J.
23. Bob Downey, Hudson, Wis.
24. Seth Feider, New Market, Minn.
25. Austin Felix, Eden Prairie, Minn.
26. Marc Frazier, Newnan, Ga.
27. Micah Frazier, Newnan, Ga.
28. David Fritts, Lexington, N.C.
29. Darold Gleason, Many, La.
30. Chris Groh, Spring Grove, Ill.
31. Buddy Gross, Chickamauga, Ga.
32. Jeff Gustafson, Keewatin, Ontario, Canada
33. Greg Hackney, Gonzales, La.
34. Skylar Hamilton, Dandridge, Tenn.
35. Justin Hamner, Northport, Ala.
36. Ray Hanselman Jr., Del Rio, Texas
37. Jamie Hartman, Greenbrier, Ark.
38. Matt Herren, Ashville, Ala.
39. Dale Hightower, Mannford, Okla.
40. Cody Hollen, Beaverton, Ore.
41. Harvey Horne, Bella Vista, Ark.
42. Derek Hudnall, Denham Springs, La.
43. Mike Huff, Corbin, Ky.
44. Taku Ito, Okegawa, Japan
45. Kelley Jaye, Dadeville, Ala.
46. Carl Jocumsen, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
47. Chris Johnston, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
48. Cory Johnston, Cavan, Ontario, Canada
49. Steve Kennedy, Auburn, Ala.
50. Kenta Kimura, Osaka, Japan
51. Koby Kreiger, Alva, Fla.
52. Caleb Kuphall, Mukwonago, Wis.
53. Robbie Latuso, Gonzales, La.
54. Shane LeHew, Catawba, N.C.
55. Brandon Lester, Fayetteville, Tenn.
56. Shane Lineberger, Lincolnton, N.C.
57. Lee Livesay, Longview, Texas
58. Wes Logan, Springville, Ala.
59. Ed Loughran III, Richmond, Va.
60. Bill Lowen, Brookville, Ind.
61. Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla.
62. Mark Menendez, Paducah, Ky.
63. Yusuke Miyazaki, Forney, Texas
64. Kyle Monti, Okeechobee, Fla.
65. Chad Morgenthaler, Reeds Spring, Mo.
66. Rick Morris, Virginia Beach, Va.
67. Brock Mosley, Collinsville, Miss.
68. Paul Mueller, Naugatuck, Conn.
69. David Mullins, Mt. Carmel, Tenn.
70. Bryan New, Belmont, N.C.
71. Brandon Palaniuk, Rathdrum, Idaho
72. Luke Palmer, Coalgate, Okla.
73. Garrett Paquette, Canton, Mich.
74. Randy Pierson, Oakdale, Calif.
75. Chad Pipkens, DeWitt, Mich.
76. Clifford Pirch, Payson, Ariz.
77. Brett Preuett, Monroe, La.
78. Cliff Prince, Palatka, Fla.
79. KJ Queen, Catawba, N.C.
80. Tyler Rivet, Raceland, La.
81. Matt Robertson, Kuttawa, Ky.
82. Pat Schlapper, Eleva, Wis.
83. Bryan Schmitt, Deale, Md.
84. Bernie Schultz, Gainesville, Fla.
85. Hunter Shryock, Newcomerstown, Ohio
86. Brian Snowden, Reeds Spring, Mo.
87. Joshua Stracner, Vandiver, Ala.
88. Randy Sullivan, Breckenridge, Texas
89. Caleb Sumrall, New Iberia, La.
90. Gerald Swindle, Guntersville, Ala.
91. Jesse Tacoronte, Orlando, Fla.
92. Frank Talley, Temple, Texas
93. Patrick Walters, Summerville, S.C.
94. Bill Weidler, Helena, Ala.
95. Kyle Welcher, Opelika, Ala.
96. Clark Wendlandt, Leander, Texas
97. Brad Whatley, Bivins, Texas
98. Jake Whitaker, Fairview, N.C.
99. Jason Williamson, Wagener, S.C.
100. Jay Yelas, Lincoln City, Ore.
101. Chris Zaldain, Fort Worth, Texas


Zaldain: Bend the hook for better swimbait success

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

The Megabass Magdraft rigged swimbaits Chris Zaldain uses most frequently to catch super-sized largemouth range in price from $13 to $25 each. Yet, the first thing he’ll tell you to do is bend one of the three shanks on the factory treble hook out to nearly 90-degrees, and then use your pliers to squeeze the other two shanks closer to one another.

 

“Obviously, every facet of these baits is designed with meticulous detail and innovation, including the hook they come rigged with, but there’s two great reasons to straighten the one shank to nearly 90-degrees,” says the San Jose native who now calls Fort Worth home.

 

“First, by straightening it out and then reinserting it in the body, it stays anchored in the belly of the bait way better when it splashes down at the end of a long cast. And secondly, when I skip it around and under docks, it stays anchored way better too,” he explains.

 

Zaldain’s habit of using pliers to squeeze the two remaining exposed hooks closer is a reflection of years spent casting these favorite lures. And experience has taught him he lands more fish when the two exposed hooks are squeezed tighter to one another.

 

Fact is, he’s won a million bucks fishing professionally, cashing a check in a super-impressive 72% of the B.A.S.S. events he’s competed in, and he’ll unapologetically tell you if conditions allowed, he throw a Magdraft swimbait nearly every day. Thankfully for all us wanting to learn more, his gracious advice doesn’t stop at how to bend the hooks.

 

Just out of sight, and barely get the tail wagging

 

“Just like Jimmy Houston taught us all to retrieve a spinnerbait just deep enough to where you could barely see it flash, the same rule pretty much applies to swimbaits,” says Zaldain. “And as far as the speed of retrieve, you want to wind it just barely fast enough to get the tail wagging – no faster, no slower.”

 

Throw it at the most obvious stuff

 

You might think fishing pressure and a subsequently educated population of largemouth has ruled out most of the obvious forms of habitat such as bridge pilings, primary points, or that lone isolated dock that sticks out like a sore thumb – but Zaldain makes a great point about exactly why you should never pass those places up with a swimbait.

 

“Those places still hold fish, and while they may not bite a lot of baits on those spots, the thing you have to remember is the fish that live on that obvious stuff are seeing very few if any 6” or 8” swimbaits.”

 

CZ’s swimbait gear

 

When throwing his tournament favorite 6” Magdraft, he ties it to 15-pound fluorocarbon on a 7.1:1 reel and a 7” 2” jig pitching rod. But when he beefs up to the 8” version, his line and rod size follow – choosing 25-pound fluorocarbon and beefier a 7’ 6” flipping stick.

 

Don’t make the biggest mistake

 

When asked what the biggest mistake most people make with swimbaits, Zaldain didn’t have to think about it.

 

“People make five or six casts with it and set it back down. You gotta fish it, man. If you throw it long enough, there’s a real good chance you’ll get bit by the size of fish that’ll forever change your approach to this sport we love.”


Fishing’s Best Flow

Z-Man® snags Bassmaster Elite star Seth Feider

Ladson, SC (January 12, 2020) – For a dude whose BassFan profile lists sideburns and chest hair as his biggest weaknesses, Seth Feider brings an awfully strong salad game. Beyond his rising street cred on the Bassmaster Elite Series, Feider’s trademark mustache and spicy blonde mullet have made the Bloomington, Minnesota based bass ace one of the most recognizable anglers in the country.

“Z-Man respects high-end facial hair,” quips Joey Prochazka, pro-staff and promotions manager for Z-Man Fishing Products. “Seriously, we’re super happy to welcome Seth to team Z. He’s the real deal—a genuine dude who shoots it to you straight. Of course, he’s already logged a really successful tournament career on the Bassmaster Elite Series, and sits at the top of his game right now.

“No doubt, he’ll fit right in with our motley bunch of Z-Man pros—all exceptional anglers as well as good gals and guys; friendly, approachable people who know how to catch fish anywhere there’s water.”

New Z-Man pro Seth Feider continues his hot-streak on the Bassmaster Elite Series.

Feider, who owns an uncanny knack for filtering out the fluff and getting down to brass tacks, summarizes the formalized friendship. “I’ve been stealing ElaZtech® baits and ChatterBaits® out of Gussy’s stash for years,” admits Feider. “Heck, I’ve won a lot of money on Z-Man stuff under the radar. Figured it was time to get on board with these guys and work with a company whose baits really work—stuff I prefer to have at the end of my line as opposed to just doing the whole sales pitch thing. I mean, Z’s one of the topnotch fishing companies out there right now—I think a lot of the anglers are figuring that out.”

When asked to explain his appeal, Feider goes all modest. “Guess you could say I’m pretty easy going. Honest. Maybe too much so, at times. But yeah, I’m certainly capable of getting excited, too—especially when thigs go well and the tournament is over. On the water, though, for the most part, I stay pretty chill.”

Feider, who travels the tournament road with fellow Z-Man pro Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson, also shares his buddy’s fondness for north-country smallmouth bass. “Gussy’s the one who put me on the ElaZtech Hula StickZ™ on a Ned rig. I saw right away, the durability, flotation and action of that little thing gets me way more bites from quality smallmouths. I mean, the Ned rig buoyancy deal routinely cranks out like ten bites to one against other baits that don’t stand up. Looks to me like the perfect mimic of a crawdad’s defensive posture. Regardless, it seems like I’ve already caught like a million smallmouths on that little bait.”

A dropshot aficionado from way back, Feider entered his Z-Man alliance already familiar with another elite ElaZtech bait. “I fish that StreakZ™ on a dropshot all the time. Sometimes, the 3.75-inch one is the deal. But at last year’s St. Clair tourney, I threw the bigger 5-inch StreakZ a bunch and it got me way more quality bites. The buoyancy of that bait is key—keeps it floating up above the grass and where bass can see it from a long ways away.”

A current project has Feider prospecting with some of the full-sized Z-Man baits in search of high-grade largemouth bites. “Suppose it’s no surprise I’ve been a huge fan of the (ChatterBait) JackHammer,” he notes. “I mean, who isn’t, right? Threw that bait at the 2020 Classic and again at Lake Fork for real strong finishes at both events.

“This year, it’ll be fun to start dialing in to some of the other Z-Man ChatterBait patterns, like the StealthBlade™, Freedom CFL™ on deep structure and WillowVibe™. That bait should be a player for big smalljaws and suspended spots.”

On his usual tourney game, Feider likes flipping brush or swim-jigging milfoil mats; he pitches a Neko rig everywhere else. “That 7-inch Mag FattyZ™ is really becoming a big deal for largemouths. I’ll be throwing that on a Neko rig a ton this year. And the Turbo CrawZ™ is already becoming my favorite trailer on the back of a swim jig. Guess you could say I’m feeling a little like a kid in a candy store right now.”

During the off-season, Feider approaches life more or less low key. “Fall and winter in Minnesota, I do a lot of duck hunting. I also like to sneak out in my duck boat for a little river fishing, or put in on a bunch of secret little lakes; do things sort of incognito.”

For the affable, fan-favorite angler, that’s becoming more and more of a challenge—particularly among the younger crowd who’ve been known to follow Feider like puppies before and after tournaments. He’s cool with that, too. Chalk the likeability factor up to his chill attitude, unmistakable style and the ‘do and ‘stache Feider refers to as ‘a Minnesota thing.’

“Yeah, we’ve got the Minnesota All Hockey Hair Team deal (Google it.) But for me the hair has always been a superstition thing. Kind of like keeping a Han Solo action figure in my boat as a good luck charm. Years ago, I’d cut my hair short at the start of the season and let it grow out all year. Seemed like I always did better toward the end of the season, so eventually, I just let it ride. Guess you could say, it’s kind of worked out.”


Rodgers & Burleigh win BassChamps Opener on Rayburn with 26.69, 13 pounder wins Big Fish!

 

Travis Moore and Norman Land with their 13.44 lb Sharelunker

 

 

Place Boat Truck Angler 1 Angler 2 Fish Big Bass Wt. Prize Amt.
1 JOSH RODGERS
BEAUMONT , TX
CASEY BURLEIGH
ORANGE , TX
5 7.23 26.69
$20200.00 with Sure-Life Bonus
2 KEELAN MANUEL
SULPHUR , LA
CLINT CONRAD
MOSS BLUFF , LA
5 0 24.33
$6500.00
3 PETE LOWE
WOODWORTH , LA
JERRY STROTHER
GLENMORA , LA
5 0 21.00
$5000.00
4 RUSTY CLARK
BROOKELAND , TX
CORY RAMBO
ORANGE , TX
5 0 20.61
$4500.00
5 WYATT FRANKENS
CORRIGAN , TX
CODY BARCHENGER
TAYLOR , TX
5 0 20.21
$3500.00
6 KENNY COLE
KENNARD , TX
JERAMY COLE
KENNARD , TX
5 0 19.39
$2500.00
7 SAMMY CHRISTIAN
LUMBERTON , TX
ALLAN SHIVERS
JASPER , TX
5 6.89 19.32
$2000.00
8 TRAVIS MOORE
CLEVELAND , TX
NORMAN LAND
CLEVELAND , TX
4 13.44 19.28
$2950.00 with Big Bass,Techron, Abu-Garcia
9 JASON MOORHEAD
JASPER , TX
TY MOORHEAD
JASPER , TX
5 0 19.13
$1400.00
10 KURTICE FLOYD
NEWTON , TX
5 0 18.45
$1300.00
11 JADEN PARRISH
LIBERTY , TX
CODY PARRISH
LIBERTY , TX
5 0 18.13
$1200.00
12 BRANNON MIRE
BLOUSSARD , LA
DENNIS NARCISSE
ST MARTINVILLE , LA
5 9.59 18.05
$1100.00
13 CODY PITT
HINESTON , LA
RICHARD ALLEN
ANACOLO , LA
5 0 17.96
$1090.00
14 CLINT WADE
HUNTSVILLE , TX
STACY SPRIGGS
HUNTSVILLE , TX
5 0 17.79
$1080.00
15 GEORGE GLASS
DERRIDER , LA
KANE BASS
DE RIDDER , LA
5 0 17.71
$1060.00
15 JEFF GRUBBS JR
DICKINSON , TX
JEFF GRUBBS SR
GOODRICH , TX
5 0 17.71
$1060.00
15 TODD CASTLEDINE
NACOGDOCHES , TX
JASON BONDS
LUFKIN , TX
5 0 17.71
$3560.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
18 RALPH DUPUY
GROVES , TX
BRYANT RODRIGUES
PORT NECHES , TX
5 8.83 17.62
$1035.00
18 CHRIS CLEMENS
LUFKIN , TX
DALLAS COLE
LEESVILLE , LA
5 0 17.62
$1035.00
20 BOB SIGNORIN
OAKHURST , TX
TRAVIS SIGNORIN
WILLIS , TX
5 0 17.55
$1020.00
21 JEFF BRIDGES
PROSPER , TX
PETE ELLIOTT
VIDOR , TX
5 0 17.32
$1010.00
22 JAMES BLYTHE JR
ELM GROVE , LA
KEVIN LASYONE
DRY PRONG , LA
5 0 17.22
$2000.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
23 BUBBA NUGENT
POLLOCK , LA
JOHN BENOIT
POLLOCK , LA
5 0 17.20
$1500.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
24 KRIS WILSON
MONTGOMERY , TX
BRYAN LOHR
LUMBERTON , TX
5 0 16.87
$1000.00
25 OSCAR LANGELE JR
MANY , LA
JAMES CAMPISE
ORANGE , TX
5 0 16.85
$1000.00
26 MICHAEL LATHAM
LUFKIN , TX
BEN VAUGHAN
LUFKIN , TX
5 0 16.49
$1000.00
27 WILL CARSTENS
ALEXANDRIA , LA
ROSS BRYANT
ALEXANDRIA , LA
5 0 16.39
$1000.00
28 CHRIS MOORE
ROCKWALL , TX
KY MARTIN
GRANDVIEW , TX
5 0 16.26
$1000.00
29 MARK MCWHIRTER
ARGYLE , TX
ZEB STRICKLAND
TIOGA , TX
5 0 16.16
$1000.00
30 PHILIP CRELIA
CENTER , TX
TJ GOODWYN
CENTER , TX
5 0 16.00
$1000.00
31 JAKE GOODRUM
CLEVELAND , TX
RAY BURNETT
CLEVELAND , TX
5 0 15.96
$1000.00
32 DENNIS COURTNEY
LAKE CHARLES , LA
GRADY MAYEAUX
RAGLEY , LA
5 0 15.91
$1000.00
33 GROVER MANSFIELD
BROOKELAND , TX
CORT WESTOVER
NEED INFO
5 0 15.70
$1000.00
34 ANDREW GOLDEN
CENTER , TX
JOHN BARRERA
MILAM , TX
5 0 15.63
$1000.00
35 CRAIG MASSEY
HOUSTON , TX
SCOTT HOLIFIELD
GRAND BAY , AL
5 0 15.58
$1000.00
35 PHILIP HANKS
BUNA , TX
RODNEY SAMMONS
BUNA , TX
5 0 15.58
$1000.00
37 CLAYTON BOULWARE
ZAVALLA , TX
ALBERT COLLINS
NACOGDOCHES , TX
5 0 15.56
$1000.00
38 WES OUSLEY
LUMBERTON , TX
TYLER OUSLEY
LUMBERTON , TX
5 0 15.32
$1000.00
39 TIM RENEAU
RICHLAND SPINGS , TX
JUDY RENEAU
RICHLAND SPRINGS , TX
5 0 15.12
$1000.00
40 JARRETT LATTA
LIBERTY HILL , TX
BRIAN LOWRANCE
NACOGDOCHES , TX
5 0 14.97
41 JAMES LARAMORE
VIDOR , TX
GARRETT HILTON
BEAUMONT , TX
5 0 14.73
42 NATHAN STROUP
WILLIS , TX
WELSEY JOHNSON
WILLIS , TX
5 0 14.66
43 COLE MOORE
ANACOCO , LA
RICHARD BACON
BASILE , LA
5 0 14.65
44 SCOOTER CLARK
CENTER , TX
RYAN PINKSTON
CENTER , TX
5 0 14.30
45 JAY STIDHAM
CHINA SPRING , TX
CHARLIE GANTENBEIN
TEMPLE , TX
5 5.78 14.28
46 TED PRIESING
DALLAS , TX
VIRGIL CHANEY
JASPER , TX
5 0 14.24
47 MARSHALL HUGHES
HEMPHILL , TX
COLE STEWART
HEMPHILL , TX
5 0 14.23
48 ED MELTON
HOUSTON , TX
HORACE FRAZIER
MANY , LA
5 0 14.15
49 CADE DURIO
LAKE CHARLES , LA
JOHN DURIO
HEMPHILL , TX
5 0 14.12
50 BLAKE ISTRE
ORANGE , TX
DYLAN ISTRE
ORANGE , TX
5 0 14.10
51 ROBERT MORE
LEESVILLE , LA
JERRY COUTEE
MONTGOMERY , LA
5 0 13.98
52 TERRY HELGESON
LEESVILLE , LA
CHRIS HELGESON
TEMPLE , TX
5 0 13.93
53 MICHAEL SCALISE
PORT ALLEN , LA
CORY CHUSTZ
LAKELAND , LA
5 0 13.89
54 MIKE RICHARDSON
THORNDALE , TX
SCOTT MEADS
KILLEEN , TX
3 0 13.82
55 LARRY WEPPLER
HOUSTON , TX
DENNIS FIKES
HOUSTON , TX
5 0 13.40
56 RANDY MILLENDER
TEAGUE , TX
KENNETH NICHOLS
TEAGUE , TX
5 0 13.35
57 RODNEY LEWIS
CROCKETT , TX
DAVID DRISKELL
CROCKETT , TX
5 0 13.06
58 STEVEN RIZZO
PROSPER , TX
CHRIS STRATTA
LITTLE ELM , TX
5 0 12.77
59 MELVIN DUNN
ORANGE , TX
DOMONICK POULLARD
HOUSTON , TX
5 0 12.64
60 CHAD KEMP
BRIDGE CITY , TX
BRENT KEMP
ORANGE , TX
5 0 12.47
61 SHANNON PRICE
PORT ARTHUR , TX
JOHNNY VINES
GROVES , TX
5 0 12.42
62 JASON RILEY
MONTGOMERY , TX
BRIAN RISH
MONTGOMERY , TX
5 0 12.41
63 JONATHAN SIMON
ORANGE , TX
COREY STANLEY
ORANGE , TX
5 0 12.04
64 TEDDY CLOIDE
VIDOR , TX
WESLEY DAWSON
CHESTER , TX
5 0 12.03
65 BUSTER JOHNSON
KRUM , TX
CODY MORRISON
COLLINSVILLE , TX
5 0 12.00
$250 Skeeter Dealer Even Weight Bonus Card
66 BRYAN LANDERS
JASPER , TX
JOSH PRIEST
QUITMAN , TX
5 0 11.98
67 JARRED WILLIAMS
BUNKIE , LA
MATHEW ARMAND
HESSMER , LA
5 0 11.93
68 LARRY COTTEN
HUFFMAN , TX
NICK DIBERARDINO
JASPER , TX
4 0 11.91
69 CONNAN CLINE
ANACOCO , LA
JOE COOLEY
FLORIEN , LA
5 0 11.86
69 JOSEPH NORRIS
BOSSIER CITY , LA
BARTON BLAKELOCK
WAELDER , TX
5 0 11.86
71 BRANDON PICOU
LAKE CHARLES , LA
JOE WARD
IOWA , LA
4 0 11.79
72 BLAKE HARVEY
VIDOR , TX
LANCE FREEMAN
EDDYVILLE , KY
5 0 11.63
73 SEAN MECHE
LAKE CHARLES , LA
RODNEY OWENS
RAGLEY , LA
5 0 11.59
73 TOMMY SHELTON
MONTGOMERY , TX
DAN WILLIAMSON
JASPER , TX
5 0 11.59
75 CHARLES GUTHRIE
CONROE , TX
COLE BREWER
LEESVILLE , LA
5 0 11.40
76 SHELBY SHAW
HUNTSVILLE , TX
WESLEY LEWIS
KIRBYVILLE , TX
5 0 11.37
77 BRANDON DAVIDSON
LITTLE ELM , TX
JIM FURR
HEMPHILL , TX
5 0 11.21
78 JOHN ILES
LUFKIN , TX
BRIAN SHOOK
CHINA , TX
4 0 11.09
79 JASON REAVES
MONTAGUE , TX
JOHN BALLARD
WICHITA FALLS , TX
5 0 11.03
80 LANCE SILVERTOOTH
KILGORE , TX
CHARLIE BROWN III
FLINT , TX
4 0 11.00
81 GREG OSTERTAG
MT VERNON , TX
BRENT EDWARDS
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
4 0 10.95
82 JUSTIN CHILDRESS
MANSFIELD , LA
ROY LOVE JR
STONEWALL , LA
5 0 10.92
83 BRIAN SALAS
FT WORTH , TX
COLT FARRIS
JOSHUA , TX
5 0 10.71
84 ALLEN SHELTON
FARMERS BRANCH , TX
STRIDER BROWNING
TIMPSON , TX
5 0 10.70
85 JOHN HIGHTOWER
BROOKELAND , TX
HUNTER HIGHTOWER
BROOKELAND , TX
3 0 10.64
86 CHARLES HICKMAN
HUNTINGTON , TX
TERRY HICKMAN
KINGWOOD , TX
5 0 10.56
87 JACK TINDEL III
ORANGE , TX
DALTON SOLIZ
ORANGE , TX
5 0 10.50
88 RANDY DEAVER
BLANCHARD , LA
JEFF RICE
BENTON , LA
4 0 10.36
89 TRAVIS PITRE
HOUMA , LA
HARRIS ALLEMAND
STEPHENVILLE , LA
3 0 10.30
90 MARTIN ELSHOUT
ABITA SPRINGS , LA
MARK PRICE
RUSTON , LA
5 0 10.15
91 AARON WILSON
KEMP , TX
SALVADOR PEREZ
FERRIS , TX
3 0 10.09
92 RANDY DESPINO
COLFAX , LA
WILLIAM DOWDEN
ANACOCO , LA
5 0 10.02
93 LARRY PRICE
CROSBY , TX
RYDER PRICE
LA GRANGE , TX
5 0 9.95
94 KOOPER ABERNATHY
ORANGE , TX
TRENT BUCHHOLZ
BEAUMONT , TX
3 0 9.93
95 GENE EISENMANN
FRISCO , TX
GILBERT MILLER
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
5 0 9.88
96 MARK MARTIN
VIDOR , TX
CHRIS MCCLAIN
ORANGE , TX
4 0 9.65
97 ROBERT DUKES
HINESTON , LA
RAYMOND ROLLINS
GLENMORA , LA
5 0 9.51
98 COLBY CALONGNE
CYPRESS , TX
TAYLOR STRANGE
WHITEHOUSE , TX
5 0 9.33
99 CHRIS EAVES
PORTER , TX
ROBERT SCOTT
LIVINGSTON , TX
3 0 9.11
100 NICK BROWN
LINDALE , TX
CHAD THEDFORD
TYLER , TX
5 0 8.65
101 JIMMY BRUMFIELD
MADISON , MS
TONY OWEN
CARTHAGE , MS
2 0 8.59
102 CASEY FRIDAY
LAPORTE , TX
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
SANTAFE , TX
2 0 8.49
103 BRETT CASSIDY
PASADENA , TX
MICHAEL BELVIN
ALVIN , TX
2 0 8.33
104 JIM CULP
TULSA , OK
THOMAS BOWDEN SR
LAFAYETTE , LA
3 0 7.32
105 KEVIN MASON
COLDSPRING , TX
TODD HUGHES
GOODRICH , TX
3 0 7.18
106 BRIAN RAMOUR
VIDOR , TX
AUSTIN BROUSSARD
PORT NECHES , TX
4 0 7.06
107 LEON STONE
CARTHAGE , TX
AUSTIN STONE
CARTHAGE , TX
2 0 6.94
108 STEPHANIE PELLERIN
VILLAGE MILLS , TX
STEVEN PELLERIN
VILLAGE MILLS , TX
3 0 6.16
109 BILL DAIGLE
LAFAYETTE , LA
ANDRE CHAPMAN
CHURCH POINT , LA
2 0 6.11
110 ROBERT VANZANDT
MONTGOMERY , TX
JOE DAW
MONTGOMERY , TX
1 5.82 5.82
111 JUSTIN WOOLARD
BEDFORD , TX
DANIEL WOOLARD
HEATH , TX
2 0 4.15
112 JESSE FLAKE
JEWETT , TX
LEONARD FLAKE
JEWETT , TX
2 0 3.89
113 BILLY LAWSON
VAN , TX
JOHN BOWLING
BROKEN BOW , OK
1 0 2.43
114 LARRY MATTHEWS
LEAGUE CITY , TX
RANDALL HALL
ALVIN , TX
1 0 1.98
115 ROBBIE JOHNSON
GOODRICH , TX
JARROD CLARK
SANTA FE , TX
1 0 0.64
116 KERRY CAMPBELL
GOODRICH , TX
CLIFFORD HINZE JR
GOODRICH , TX
0 0 0.00
116 GENE BAGLEY
BEAUMONT , TX
MITCH STEPHENSON
BEAUMONT , TX
0 0 0.00
116 LEE BATSON
HEATH , TX
JUSTIN GARRETT
HEATH , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DUANE PITTMAN
PRAIRIEVILLE , LA
DWIGHT MINOGUE
KEITHVILLE , LA
0 0 0.00
116 GREG WEST
QUITMAN , TX
JOEY SHOEMAKE 0 0 0.00
116 TODD NEWMAN
NACOGDOCHES , TX
SHANNON HALE
NACOGDOCHES , TX
0 0 0.00
116 WILLIAM LLOYD
SHELBYVILLE , TX
COLLIN LLOYD
SHELBYVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 BLAKE STEPTOE
SAN AUGUSTINE , TX
CODY WISE
CHIRENO , TX
0 0 0.00
116 KEITH JENSCHKE
NATCHITOCHES , LA
JOHN HRAPMANN
NATCHITOCHES , LA
0 0 0.00
116 RYAN HARPER
FRANKSTON , TX
BRANDON CLAYTON
HASLET , TX
0 0 0.00
116 ROBERT GRAFTON
ANACOCO , TX
LANCE GRAFTON
ANACOCO , TX
0 0 0.00
116 WARREN CONNER
MAGNOLIA , TX
MIKE HANKS
HEMPHILL , TX
0 0 0.00
116 ERIC PHILLIPS
KERENS , TX
0 0 0.00
116 HUNTER MARSHALL
BEAUMONT , TX
SHANE SPENCE
LUMBERTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 CHARLES GALLAGHER
LAWTON , OK
0 0 0.00
116 CHRIS ROMANO
ORANGE , TX
STUART WELCH JR
ORANGE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JAMES DORTLON
MARTHAVILLE , LA
LAYNE LACAZE
ROBELINE , LA
0 0 0.00
116 KENNETH DAVIS
MONTGOMERY , TX
BURT BRIGGS
UNIVERSAL CITY , TX
0 0 0.00
116 MICHAEL BOHAC
COLDSPRING , TX
THOMAS LEARNED
CONROE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 CHUCK BISHOP
SANGER , TX
JUNIOR MITCHELL
KRUGERVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 TERRY HOTARD
HEMPHILL , TX
CHARLIE LAMASTUS
HEMPHILL , TX
0 0 0.00
116 TONY DAVIS
CROSBY , TX
LEVI DAVIS
CROSBY , TX
0 0 0.00
116 RICKY STEPHENS
HINESTON , LA
RUSSELL MILLER
ELMER , LA
0 0 0.00
116 MARSHALL HOSEA
BROADDUS , TX
BUD PRUITT
HOUSTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 BRANDON GUILLORY
LAKE CHARLES , LA
MARK SPELL
LAKE CHARLES , LA
0 0 0.00
116 ERIC BRIGMAN
BRYAN , TX
HAROLD MOORE
CALDWELL , TX
0 0 0.00
116 KIRK MCCARTY
BROOKELAND , TX
0 0 0.00
116 ROBERT CHRISMAN
WHITEHOUSE , TX
ADDIS MCCARVER
NACOGDOCHES , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JAMES BOUDREAUX
IOWA , LA
GREGORY GUIDRY
SULPHUR , LA
0 0 0.00
116 CODY CLARK
HERMPHILL , TX
SHANNON FRICK
HEMPHILL , TX
0 0 0.00
116 SHAINE CAMPBELL
BROOKELAND , TX
CRAIG CORDOVA
AUSTIN , TX
0 0 0.00
116 LANCE DUFF
LUMBERTON , TX
COLE COSTLOW
LIBERTY , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JEFF LANE
PORT NECHES , TX
HEATHER SMITH
BROOKELAND , TX
0 0 0.00
116 LARRY BYRD
LAKE CHARLES , LA
TRAVIS BROUSSARD
LAKE CHARLES , LA
0 0 0.00
116 DAVID CURTIS
TRINITY , TX
MARK MUECK
LIVINGSTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 ARCHIE DORE II
NATCHITOCHES , LA
ANDY BARNES
NATCHITOCHES , LA
0 0 0.00
116 GLEN KIMBLE
LUFKIN , TX
RICHARD CRENSHAW
LUFKIN , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JAMES DAVIS JR
FERRIDAY , LA
CEDRIC JACKSON
HOUSTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 MIKE EDWARDS
ETOILE , TX
MIKE GREER
DERIDDER , LA
0 0 0.00
116 DOUG MCCAIN
LAKE CHARLES , LA
MASON MCCAIN
LAKE CHARLES , LA
0 0 0.00
116 JOHN MCDIFFITT
GRANBURY , TX
STEPHEN WELLS
MARSHALL , TX
0 0 0.00
116 LORIN LIVELY
MONTGOMERY , TX
GARY MCCORQUODALE
PORTER , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DAVID ADKINS
MONTGOMERY , TX
GARY GILLIHAN
BIG SPRING , TX
0 0 0.00
116 CLINT WEST
BEAUMONT , TX
NATHAN PRINE
BUNA , TX
0 0 0.00
116 ERIC HUNT
BUNA , TX
STEVEN MOORHEAD
JASPER , TX
0 0 0.00
116 PAUL BATMAN
SILSBEE , TX
JESSE FLOYD
NEDERLAND , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DANIEL METREYEON
BEAUMONT , TX
TONY BOREL
GROVES , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JAMES LEE
ORANGE , TX
ALSTON GILBERT
ORANGE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 CLAY DARDEAU
RAGLEY , LA
CRAIG BEAN
LAKE CHARLES , LA
0 0 0.00
116 JOHN BURTON
NEDERLAND , TX
ZACH HARGRODER
VIDOR , TX
0 0 0.00
116 TOBY JONES
STONEWALL , LA
CARL JONES
DAYTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JOHN BOWEN
HEMPHILL , TX
TOMMY WASHINGTON
MILAM , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JOEL MAYFIELD
PERKINSTON , MS
RYAN PATTERSON
PASCAGOULA , MS
0 0 0.00
116 KENNETH FRANKLIN JR
ETOILE , TX
RANDY LEWIS
LUFKIN , TX
0 0 0.00
116 BRADLEY HILLEBRANDT
FLORIEN , LA
JORDAN BREAUX
LAKE CHARLES , LA
0 0 0.00
116 VICTOR SEALS
CLEVELAND , TX
RONNIE USHER
SPLENDORA , TX
0 0 0.00
116 TOMMY WOODARD
CONROE , TX
DUNDE HARRIS
MAGNOLIA , TX
0 0 0.00
116 CHANCE ARCENEAUX
LAKE CHARLES , LA
DWIGHT ABSHIRE
SANTA FE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 STEVEN WALKER
BURTON , TX
CASSANDRA PRATT
BURTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 ALEX STEWART
HEMPHILL , TX
RANDAL TUCKER
ALEXANDRIA , LA
0 0 0.00
116 MICHAEL RISINGER
WEST MONROE , LA
SONTUS MITCHELL
RUSTON , LA
0 0 0.00
116 JOSEPH DUHON
SULPHUR , LA
KENNETH CONSTANCE JR
LAKE CHARLES , LA
0 0 0.00
116 STEPHEN SHANNON
ARLINGTON , TX
JACOB SHANNON
ARLINGTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 CHRIS WILEY
POLLOCK , LA
JOHN BURNLEY
STONEWALL , LA
0 0 0.00
116 BENJI DUMAS
MINDEN , LA
JIMMY DUCK III
CENTER , LA
0 0 0.00
116 DAMON BOREL
HEMPHILL , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JESSE JOHNSON
PORT NECHES , TX
COREY HARMON
ORANGE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 LARRY ODSTRCIL
SHEPHERD , TX
TED GEHRELS
PORTER , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DEAN WOOD
NEDERLAND , TX
PHIL ADDISON
BAYTOWN , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JIMMY LLOYD
LUMBERTON , TX
ANTHONY WAGUSPACK
LUMBERTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 MATTHEW WRIGHT
BRIDGE CITY , TX
CAMERON MALLETT
BUNA , TX
0 0 0.00
116 RAYMOND CHEEK
WEST MONROE , LA
HUNTER FLUITT
MONROE , LA
0 0 0.00
116 RICHARD GILL
TEMPLE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DONNIE MARTIN
JOAQUIN , TX
MATTHEW JONES
HUMBLE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 ERIC PLEDGER
TIMPSON , TX
STEVEN BURGAY
TIMPSON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DERRIN RIDDICK
KINGWOOD , TX
JESSE SHERLOCK
NEW CANEY , TX
0 0 0.00
116 TIMOTHY LOUPE
HUFFMAN , TX
WILLIAM BRIGGINS
HUFFMAN , TX
0 0 0.00
116 BENJAMIN GULETT
CONVERSE , LA
DUSTIN RIVERS
NOBLE , LA
0 0 0.00
116 STEVE WRIGHT
PLANO , TX
MITCHELL FRIEDMAN
COLLEYVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 SKYE BALL
MAGNOLIA , TX
KAY CLIFTON
MAGNOLIA , TX
0 0 0.00
116 ADAM DUNN
HOUSTON , TX
JASON DUNN
HOUSTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 SKIP FLOYD
BROOKELAND , TX
ANTHONY FOUNTAIN
SHREVEPORT , LA
0 0 0.00
116 DEREK MUNDY
BROADDUS , TX
STEPHEN PHILLIPS
HUNTINGTON , TX
0 0 0.00
$500 Early Entry Bonus
116 AARON FREEMAN
MONTGOMERY , TX
KEVIN WALKER JR
BUNA , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JERRY HESTER
COUSHATTA , LA
MICHAEL BEDGOOD
COUSHATTA , LA
0 0 0.00
$500 Conservation Bonus
116 DEAN LEWIS
NATCHITOCHES , LA
JOHNNY COSTELLO
BOSSIER CITY , LA
0 0 0.00
116 LEE SHEARIN
BRIDGE CITY , TX
ANDREW DELANO
BUNA , TX
0 0 0.00
116 TAYLOR JAMES
PT NECHES , TX
BLAKE RAMBIN
GROVES , TX
0 0 0.00
116 RICKEY ELLIOTT
SPRING , TX
JOHNNY GRICE
ARP , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JOHN MADDOX
LUFKIN , TX
JEFFERY WISE
LUFKIN , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JACOB ROOT
BROOKELAND , TX
JOSHUA ROOT
BROOKELAND , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JOHN NEMECEK
FRIENDSWOOD , TX
BRADLEY PAGE
FRIENDSWOOD , TX
0 0 0.00
116 NEIL MATHEWS
HOCKLEY , TX
COLE STOREY
HOCKLEY , TX
0 0 0.00
116 LESLIE HARPER
HEMPHILL , TX
GARY FRICK
HEMPHILL , TX
0 0 0.00
116 BOBBY VICE
GROVES , TX
RICKY GUY
HUMBLE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 BOBBY LOGAN
COUSHATTA , LA
KENNY COBB
HODGE , LA
0 0 0.00
116 THOMAS LEWIS
JASPER , TX
DOUGLAS ROSS
JASPER , TX
0 0 0.00
116 TED PATE
ALEXANDRIA , LA
KEITH DELANEY
POLLOCK , LA
0 0 0.00
116 KRISTOPHER PICKETT
COUSHATTA , LA
CHRISTOPHER GORDON
CLARENCE , LA
0 0 0.00
116 JACOB JOHNSON
LAKE CHARLES , LA
SHANE CORMIER
RAGLEY , LA
0 0 0.00
116 RICHARD CHUMLEY
JOAQUIN , TX
MILES MCDANIEL
MILAM , TX
0 0 0.00
116 RYLON GANEY
PINEVILLE , LA
JARED GANEY
PINEVILLE , LA
0 0 0.00
116 RANDY QUINN
HUFFMAN , TX
DEAN COLEMAN
HUMBLE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 SAM HUCKABEE
SHREVEPORT , LA
TOBY JOHNSON
WASKOM , TX
0 0 0.00
116 LARRY PEACHER
BENTLEY , LA
MICHAEL BREWTON
NACOGDOCHES , TX
0 0 0.00
116 SKEETER FOWLER
GRAND SALINE , TX
BEN MATSUBU
MILAM , TX
0 0 0.00
116 LOUIS FERGUSON
WOODVILLE , TX
JJ MATZKE
LEAGUE CITY , TX
0 0 0.00
116 ROGER JOHNSON JR
VIDOR , TX
KIRK LELEUX
KIRBYVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 CODY NIX
PLANO , TX
TRACY NIX
PLANO , TX
0 0 0.00
116 MICHAEL HETTICK
CORPUS CHRISTI , TX
MARK FILE
WRIGHT CITY , MO
0 0 0.00
116 JUSTIN DUBOSE
PARADISE , TX
JERRY MEECE
LUFKIN , TX
0 0 0.00
116 NATHAN BYRD
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
JOE BYRD
SPRING , TX
0 0 0.00
116 PAUL PROCTOR
BROOKELAND , TX
RANDY FOY
LUMBERTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 LARRY DEAN
HUMBLE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 LANCE SCOTT
BROOKELAND , TX
KEVIN BOLTON
LUMBERTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DON DICKERSON
PINEVILLE , LA
JASON FOUNTAIN
PINEVILLE , LA
0 0 0.00
116 TERRY STEVENS
HUTTO , TX
JASON HARPER
MONTGOMERY , TX
0 0 0.00
116 NOLAN GASKIN
BROUSSARD , LA
CHAD MRAZEK
MONTOGOMERY , TX
0 0 0.00
116 KEN SMITH
RICHARDSON , TX
TERRY HAWKINS
CORSICANA , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JOHNNIE FRANKS
HEMPHILL , TX
CHET SLAYDON
DE RIDDER , LA
0 0 0.00
116 TONY COBURN
LAKE CHARLES , LA
RICKY TRAHAN
LAKE CHARLES , LA
0 0 0.00
116 ERIC WILSON
MARSHALL , TX
HOWARD WILSON
NACOGDOCHES , TX
0 0 0.00
116 YARRI SCHREIBVOGEL
BROOKLAND , TX
0 0 0.00
116 TIMOTHY MCCLURE
TROUP , TX
SAM FLYNN
NACOGDOCHES , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DANNY LASHLEY
BOYCE , LA
MICHAEL IVEY
OTIS , LA
0 0 0.00
116 CHRIS HUEBEL
NEDERLAND , TX
DON GOULD
MAURICEVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 GERALD MITCHELL
JENA , LA
JASON LEBRUN
CHOUDRANT , LA
0 0 0.00
116 TRENT JAMES
ORANGE , TX
JOEL GUIDRY
LUMBERTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DANNY BENNETT
HUNTSVILLE , TX
MICHAEL BENNETT
LUCAS , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DUANE COLVIN
NEDERLAND , TX
ZACK LUCAS
BRTOOKELAND , TX
0 0 0.00
116 KEITH JONES
WHITE OAK , TX
CHRIS LEWIS
HALLSVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JERREL PRINGLE
HEMPHILL , TX
KEITH KEELE
NORTH TENAHA , TX
0 0 0.00
116 RICHARD WAGNON
JASPER , TX
0 0 0.00
116 MIKE STEGALL
PORT NECHES , TX
MICHAEL LAFLEUR
ORANGEFIELD , TX
0 0 0.00
116 MIKE TAYLOR
JASPER , TX
ROBERT RICKETTS
JASPER , TX
0 0 0.00
116 LEE BROWN
LEESVILLE , LA
IKE STEPHENS
SIMPSON , LA
0 0 0.00
116 RICKY MADOLE
MANY , LA
RONNIE MADOLE
SHREVEPORT , LA
0 0 0.00
116 JERRY MCKNIGHT
WELLS , TX
QUINTON MCKNIGHT
WELLS , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DOUG MORROW
HOUSTON , TX
KENNY CORLEY
HOUSTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 TED ODELL
BUNA , TX
SHAWN BUTLER
ORANGE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DAVID OZIO
TYLER , TX
AVERY GATTON
NEW SHARON , IA
0 0 0.00
116 PERRY HOOKS
DOUGLASS , TX
GREGG DRIVER
NACOGDOCHES , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DONNIE PICKARD
BRIDGE CITY , TX
ALAN ASHBY
ORANGE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 BRYAN CARETHERS
SILSBEE , TX
JUSTIN HOLMES
LUMBERTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 MIKE LOTT
MONTGOMERY , TX
JIMMY ROZELLE JR
PORTER , TX
0 0 0.00
116 CLINT KIRBY
LUFKIN , TX
ANDREW KIRBY
LUFKIN , TX
0 0 0.00
116 MATTHEW BENEFIELD
HUFFMAN , TX
LARRY BENEFIELD
HUFFMAN , TX
0 0 0.00
116 LAMARCUS MCCRAY
HOUSTON , TX
JAMES ROZELL
NEW CANEY , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DOUG PERKINS
PORTER , TX
BRAD HENSLEY
CLEVELAND , TX
0 0 0.00
116 RICKY CRUZ
NATCHEZ , LA
WESLEY HOLT
OTIS , LA
0 0 0.00
116 ANDREW FATERKOWSKI
MONTGOMERY , TX
BILLY DRIGGERS
HUNTSVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 CHRIS KING
BEAUMONT , TX
TROY KIRKLAND
DAYTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DAVE REDINGTON
WINNSBORO , TX
LEE SANDERS
HILLSBORO , TX
0 0 0.00
116 CLIFFORD MCCARTY
LONGVIEW , TX
RIKI PIKE
BROOKELAND , TX
0 0 0.00
116 KENT GRAHAM
NACOGDOCHES , TX
MYLES MOORE
NACOGDOCHES , TX
0 0 0.00
116 ROBERT HATCHETT
HOUSTON , TX
CHRIS BERRY
HOUSTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DEREK MONG
MANY , LA
TAMMY MONG
MANY , LA
0 0 0.00
116 DOUGLAS SCHYSM
LONGVILLE , LA
JACOB EBERT
OAKDALE , LA
0 0 0.00
116 TOM WALLS
PORTER , TX
BRETT JOLLEY JR
KINGWOOD , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DANIEL HICKMAN
HUNTINGTON , TX
DUSTIN ALEXANDER
HUNTINGTON , TX
0 0 0.00
116 HAROLD ALLEN
SHELBYVILLE , TX
MATT LOETSCHER
MANY , LA
0 0 0.00
116 ERIC SMITH
ERATH , LA
CHRIS TERRY
KILGORE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 MICHAEL MCDONALD
IOWA , LA
JERE BICE
LAKE CHARLES , LA
0 0 0.00
116 KENNETH CATES
ZAVALLA , TX
MARVIN SPIVEY
OAKHURST , TX
0 0 0.00
116 PRUITT PERKINS
ORANGE , TX
DUSTIN GUNSTREAM
VIDOR , TX
0 0 0.00
116 STEVE BROWN
DEER PARK , TX
DOUG BROWN
MONT BELVIEU , TX
0 0 0.00
116 CHAD FRIEDMAN
FORT POLK SOUTH , LA
DEAN JOHNSON
FORT POLK SOUTH , LA
0 0 0.00
116 SCOTTIE STINSON
MONTGOMERY , TX
JACK STINSON
MONTGOMERY , TX
0 0 0.00
116 JORDAN FREDERICK
MAURICE , LA
GARRETT TUNKS
SULPHUR , LA
0 0 0.00
116 SAM MCCOLLUM
CORSICANA , TX
PAUL MCCOLLUM
CORSICANA , TX
0 0 0.00
116 ALEX CARLSON
LIBERTY , TX
JAMES CROUTHERS
LIBERTY , TX
0 0 0.00
116 RONNIE CASTLEBURY
ELGIN , OK
JAKE CASTLEBURY
ELGIN , OK
0 0 0.00
116 JOHNNY STEWART
GOLDONNA , LA
DANIEL CHANCE JR
CARTHAGE , TX
0 0 0.00
116 DOUGLAS WROTEN
WILLIS , TX
RAYMOND PETERS
HUFFMAN , TX
0 0 0.00
116 KIP PASSANT
LAKE CHARLES , LA
PAUL LUNDY
BROOKELAND , TX
0 0 0.00
116 BRYAN TRAHAN
ORANGE , TX
JOHN HATTON
BUNA , TX
0 0 0.00

B.A.S.S. Nation 2021 Regional Championship Schedule Announced

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation schedule features five opportunities for grass-roots anglers to battle some of the country’s best bass fisheries. Each regional championship will provide opportunities for everyday anglers to qualify for the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship and a shot at one of three berths in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

“As we’ve seen in the past with anglers like Paul Mueller and Brandon Palaniuk, who both won Elite Series events last year, the B.A.S.S. Nation can be the gateway to a stellar career in professional fishing,” said B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart. “Once you reach the Nation Championship, you’re fishing for a chance to fish in the Bassmaster Classic, and we’re excited this year to offer even more chances for anglers to do that.

“We’ve put together a great, really unique schedule.”

The schedule will kick off with the Western Regional at Lake Havasu in Havasu, Ariz., Feb. 3-5. This Western fishery, which offers a combination of crystal-clear waters and stark desert beauty, ranked No. 17 on Bassmaster Magazine’s list of the Best Bass Lakes of the Decade.

During April, Nation anglers will take on the largest lake in Kansas during the Central Regional at Milford Lake in Junction City, Kan., April 21-23, just before the Southeast Regional heads to Lake Hartwell in Anderson, S.C., April 28-30. Hartwell has hosted three Bassmaster Classics and six major B.A.S.S. events.

The schedule will swing to the upper region of the United States with the Northeast Regional at Lake Erie/Presque Isle Bay in Erie, Pa., June 23-25. This smallmouth mecca ranked No. 3 on the Best Bass Lakes of the Decade list.

“We are thrilled that Bassmaster has chosen to host its 2021 B.A.S.S. Nation Northeast Regional Championship in Erie,” said Mark Jeanneret, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “The Erie region offers world-class bass fishing on Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay, as well as the accommodations and attractions that will make the tournament memorable for participants and their families. We are eager to welcome a full field of anglers to experience all that our community has to offer while competing in this prestigious event.”

The final regular-season event, the Northern Regional, will be held on the Upper Mississippi River out of La Crosse, Wis., Sept. 1-3.

“The B.A.S.S. Nation means so much to so many different people,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “Of course, for those anglers who aspire to fish professionally, it can certainly be a great stepping stone. For weekend anglers, it is a chance to compete for big money on a big stage. Beyond these Regional Championship events, there is such great camaraderie among B.A.S.S. Nation clubs at their local tournaments and youth events.”

The date and location for the 2021 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship will be released at a later date. The Championship tournament will be made up of qualifiers from all five regions, and the Top 3 anglers from the overall standings will earn a berth to the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

The winner of the 2021 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship will also receive a cash prize, an invitation to join the 2022 Bassmaster Elite Series and use of a “Nation’s Best” wrapped, tournament-ready boat.

2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Schedule

Western Regional: Feb. 3-5, Lake Havasu, Havasu, Ariz.
Central Regional: April 21-23, Milford Lake, Junction City, Kan.
Southeast Regional: April 28-30, Lake Hartwell, Anderson, S.C.
Northeast Regional: June 23-25, Lake Erie/Presque Isle Bay, Erie, Pa.
Northern Regional: Sept. 1-3, Upper Mississippi River, La Crosse, Wis.


Logan Johnson and Jeremy Christian win the Inaugural Alabama Bass Trail 100

 

By Jason Duran

Photos by Chris Brown

January 10- Columbiana, AL- 100 Teams launched at Beeswax Park for the first of three events in the brand-new Alabama Bass Trail 100 series. The ABT 100 series features 100 teams, 100 percent payback and $100,000 total payout in each event.  Logan Johnson and Jeremy Christian claimed the first-place title and took home the hardware and $25,000.

Logan and Jeremy started the morning in an area they found in practice and felt would produce because of the large amount of shad active in the area. They soon realized it wasn’t the winning spot and quickly moved to their second area located in Spring Creek. Logan said, “it was a very large area, and in practice, we found it also was holding a lot of shad.” They spent the rest of the day on the trolling motor in this area.

Logan caught the big fish of the tournament, a 5.01 spot, near a dock. He was surprised to catch a spot in that area saying, “it was completely random. I caught it on the second cast in a transition area between docks.” During practice he fished near the area and decided to give the bank a try. The area was loaded with shad, and he shook off three fish during practice, so he decided it would be a good place to try on Saturday and expand on. Jeremy said, “when Logan caught that big fish, it really helped us settle down on a very frustrating morning.”

Logan noted, “I didn’t really know what was holding the fish in this area other than the shad. The area was shallow with grass mixed in.” They worked the area over because they felt the fish were there. Jeremy said, “we stuck with this pattern also because we didn’t really have anything else and knew we would just have to grind it out.”  After practice they felt it would take around 19 pounds to win. They ended up with catching six fish all day long, but they were the right fish for a total of 18.70 with four largemouth and a 5.01 spotted bass.

Logan said he and Jeremy talked all week how cool it would be to win the very first ABT 100. He said they “have won an ABT event before, but winning this one is kind of surreal.” They are not only the first ABT 100 winners; they also hold the record for the largest bass ever caught in an ABT with 10.36 at Lake Guntersville. Today they proved they are a solid team and stand tall against the best of the best in the ABT 100.

The second-place team of Gerald Swindle and Ryan Anaya made the long run north to the dam. Ryan said, “it was a long, cold run, and we went as far as we could go.” “Them boys don’t want to go where we go,” said Gerald. They spent eight hours fishing a drift pattern. They would drive up to the dam and drift back with the current for about a mile just fishing and talking. Gerald said, “you have to be so patient; you can’t call your shot and say throw right there. You go up there and just drift backwards for hours. We would get on a run where we caught a couple, and then it would be hours before we caught another one.” He said, “it’s a style of fishing that messes most people up because it’s so boring and seems so random, but we know if two people do it for 7-8 hours a day, they’re going to get 7-8 bites and have 17-18 pounds.”  They were right as they weighed in 17.06 pounds.

In addition to their $12,500 second place money, they also took home a $500 Garmin bonus. They used Garmin Live Scope to help them find places where the bank and other structure caused the current to speed up. There they would cast their bait and come by those areas saying they could see the fish come up and go after their bait.

Their key bait was a ½ oz black and blue Boss flipping jig with a Zoom big salty chunk. They said, “it is a big bait and it looked like we were tarpon fishing.” Gerald said, “you can go up there, throw a little jig and probably get a lot more bites, but you won’t catch any of the quality 4-pound bites.”

Ryan is recovering from a very difficult battle with COVID-19. He spent 7 days in the ICU and weeks on oxygen recovering at home. He just started back fishing and said, “today was a fun day but at times, I still got a little winded.” Gerald said, “it’s awesome being able to come back and fish this format with the guys I grew up fishing with. These are my boys and it brings back the fun of fishing to see everybody.”

Third place went to Paul Davis Josh Chapple, also long-time fishermen on the ABT, having fished the ABT North and the ABT South in previous years. Josh said, “the morning started out slow. We began early throwing a jerkbait in chartreuse and a red Rapala Shad Rap. We hit a couple spots using that pattern and decided to make an adjustment.

They said they have some “good history on this lake and went with the idea of knowing where to be this time of year.” Saturday the current didn’t really play a factor for teams on the south end of the lake. Paul and Josh said they have fished here enough to “know not to base their tournament on the current.”  After making a couple adjustments and a location change, Paul caught a 4.35 and followed right up with a 3.5 about 9:00. After that quick flurry of fish catches, they thought they had figured them out. However, Josh said then “the fishing got really, really slow, so we made another adjustment and moved around a little more. We spent some time flipping to finish out our limit.” They spent most of their time fishing the “narrows” fishing primarily in the creeks off the river.  With a total of 16.37 they secured third place and a $10,000 pay day. They echoed what many teams keep saying, “we are just looking forward to Eufaula.”

The second stop of the Alabama Bass Trail 100 will be on Lake Eufaula, “The Bass Fishing Capital of the World,” Saturday, June 5, where once again 100 teams will go for the $100,000 total payout.

 

Top five standings are below for a complete list see https://www.alabamabasstrail100.org/lay-lake-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. This week podcast will feature winners

The sponsors of the 2021 Alabama Bass Trail 100 include; Phoenix Bass Boats, Bill Penney Automotive Group, Garmin, America’s First Federal Credit Union, Sweet Home Alabama, Alabama Tourism Department, T-H Marine Supplies, Wedowee Marine, Big Bite Bait Company, Black Rifle Coffee Company, Anheuser- Bush, Inc., fishalabama.org and American Baitworks.

For information about Alabama Bass Trail 100 visit www.alabamabasstrail100.org

 


Bassmaster Classic And Outdoors Expo Moved To June 2021

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Due to the ongoing public health emergency and associated limits on large gatherings, B.A.S.S. officials announced today that the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk and Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo originally scheduled for late March would be moved to June 11-13, 2021.

“It’s our hope that this delay will allow us to alleviate many of the challenges — including any potential capacity restrictions and travel complications — related to hosting both the tournament and Outdoors Expo in the current pandemic environment,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “We look forward to seeing thousands of fans, along with our partners and industry friends, at the 51st Bassmaster Classic.

“Our team will be working with the Fort Worth Sports Commission and Visit Fort Worth to make this historic trip to Texas an incredible and memorable event.”

B.A.S.S. Chairman Chase Anderson emphasized the importance of cooperation with the city of Fort Worth. “We are so appreciative of Fort Worth officials and our hosts at Visit Fort Worth for working with us during these unprecedented times to reschedule this exciting event and ensure we have an outstanding Classic.”

For more than 50 years, the iconic Bassmaster Classic has been the premier tournament in sportfishing. Recent Classics held in Birmingham, Ala., and Knoxville, Tenn., have drawn record-breaking crowds of 122,814 and 153,809 fans respectively to Classic Week events, including the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo.

At least 12 new products were launched during the 2020 Outdoors Expo, which is recognized as fishing’s biggest consumer show and annually draws 200 exhibitors ranging from major international brands to local retailers.

“Hosting the Bassmaster Classic later this spring will bring jobs and much-needed business to our local economy,” said Jason Sands, Director of the Fort Worth Sports Commission. “We are looking forward to hosting anglers and the thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and Bassmaster fans this world-class sporting event attracts.”

The success of the Expo is a major contributing factor to the Classic’s overall economic impact which generated a windfall of $35.9 million according to 2020 host community Birmingham, Ala.

The move from an early spring tournament to June is a throwback to previous events. From its inaugural outing in 1971 until 1983, the Bassmaster Classic was held in the fall. The Super Bowl of Bass Fishing became a summer event in 1984 but shifted to February and March in 2006, the first season of the Bassmaster Elite Series.

The Bassmaster Elite at Pickwick Lake, which was originally scheduled for June 10-13, will instead be held on the Florence, Ala., fishery March 18-21.

For more information, visit Bassmaster.com.


AC Insider Podcast - The 40-Pound clubs newest member

This week Chris & the boys kick off the yer right with Rayburn BFL Winner Derek Mundy who dropped a 40-pound 10-ounce bag on the scales last Saturday to win the 2021 BFL opener on Rayburn putting him in an elite club. Kenneth shares some news and we catch up on what Santa brought the boys for Christmas!


Broaddus’ Mundy Smashes at 2021 Season Kickoff of Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Sam Rayburn

Mundy Weighs in Fourth-Largest Five-Fish Limit in MLF History, Mississippi’s Petras Wins Co-angler Division

BROOKELAND, Texas (Jan. 4, 2021) – Derek Mundy of Broaddus, Texas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing a staggering 40 pounds, 10 ounces to win the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine season opener at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas. Mundy earned $7,000 for his victory.

Mundy said he found his fish in practice but didn’t realize just how good his spot was going to be.

“You can’t look on the graph and see 40 pounds, but I knew I could have a good bag if they bit,” Mundy said. “It’s not guaranteed you’re going to roll up to your first spot and catch 30, much less 40.

“I caught the first four on a big crankbait and they busted up a bit,” Mundy said. “Then I pulled out a jig and caught the last one. I caught those five, all on the first stop, in about 20 minutes.”

Fishing a Strike King 8XD and a ¾-ounce V&M The Flatline Pacemaker Football Jig, Mundy said he did all of his damage in about 17 feet of water, in the mid-lake region.

After catching five giants, including a 11-pound, 10-ounce largemouth, Mundy said he felt he could relax.

“I took it easy and went to some Plan B stuff to try to get my co-angler on fish, but it never worked out – the wind got up pretty bad in the afternoon,” he admitted.

Weighing his fish as soon as he was allowed, Mundy said he was content to wait for the weigh-in to conclude before collecting his check.

“It’s the biggest bag I’ve ever caught,” said Mundy, who makes his living working on oil pipelines. “It felt good. I didn’t realize they were that big until I was checking on them to make sure they were doing alright in the livewell, but even then, I didn’t realize I had 40 pounds.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

1st: Derek Mundy of Broaddus, Texas, five bass, 40-10, $7,000
2nd: Cameron Mattison of Bossier City, La., five bass, 28-6, $3,000
3rd: Tommy Loving of Cypress, Texas, five bass, 22-14, $2,000
4th: Wyatt Frankens of Corrigan, Texas, five bass, 17-11, $1,400
5th: Jimmy Hickman of Shreveport, La., five bass, 17-8, $1,200
6th: Cannon Bird of Marshall, Texas, five bass, 16–6, $1,100
7th: Chris McCall of Woodville, Texas, five bass, 15-15, $1,000
8th: Richard Ballard of Sulphur, La., five bass, 15-12, $1,400
9th: Dicky Newberry of Houston, Texas, five bass, 15-0, $800
10th: Bobby Vice of Orange, Texas, five bass, 14-11, $665
10th: Travis Franks of Lake Charles, La., five bass, 14–11, $665

Mundy’s 11-pound, 10-ounce largemouth was also good for the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $1,000.

Ballard took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing Phoenix MLF BIG5 Contingency Bonus member. 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 Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Michael Petras of Biloxi, Mississippi, won the Co-angler Division and $3,000 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds even.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

1st: Michael Petras of Biloxi, Miss., five bass, 16-0, $3,000
2nd: Shane Stoddard of Hot Springs, Ark., four bass, 15-4, $2,000
3rd: Michael Horne of Dodson, La., five bass, 14-10, $1,000
4th: Carson Dillinger of Bloomburg, Texas, five bass, 12-70
5th: Tracy Hawkins of Corsicana, Texas, three bass, 11-15, $600
6th: Julio Garza of Houston, Texas, five bass, 11-5, $550
7th: Steve Lee of Benton, Ark., five bass, 11-2, $500
8th: Daniel Bryant of LaFayette, La., five bass, 10-10, $450
9th: Ryker Holmes of Arlington, Texas, five bass, 10-7, $400
10th: John Webb of Fort Smith, Ark., four bass, 10-4, $332
10th: Greg Boik of College Station, Texas, five bass, 10-4, $332

Stoddard caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 9 pounds, 15 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $500.

The 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Sam Rayburn Reservoir was hosted by the Jasper County Development District.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Cowboy Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 21-23 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Ouachita in Mount Ida, Arkansas hosted by Visit Hot Springs. 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 Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury s outboard.

The 2021 MLF 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 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held June 3-5 at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee and hosted by the Jefferson County Department of Tourism. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


Bassmaster College Series 2021 Regular-Season Stops Announced

December 28, 2020

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Talented teams from across the country can officially start marking their calendars after B.A.S.S. officials announced the 2021 schedule and a format change for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops today.

The circuit will include four regular-season events, plus a Wild Card tournament and season-ending National Championship. Each two-angler team will not only be vying for Bassmaster College Series Team of the Year honors, but one skilled angler will advance from the College Classic Bracket with a berth to the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

“There are thousands of young anglers who are hungry to compete — and as we’ve seen with so many former college anglers now competing at the highest levels of bass fishing, it’s changing the sport from top to bottom, ” said Hank Weldon, Tournament Director for B.A.S.S.’s College Series. “The 2021 season offers these college teams an opportunity to test their skills on a variety of fisheries.”

Based on feedback from coaches and anglers, for 2021 all regular-season tournaments will be two-day events with the full field fishing both days. The National Championship will still be a three-day tournament.

The Bassmaster College Series will begin March 5-6 on Lake Norman in Cornelius, N.C. It will then include two more springtime events on Lewis Smith Lake in Cullman, Ala., Apr. 16-17 and Lake Cumberland in Russell County, Ky., Apr. 30-May 1. The trail’s final stop June 9-10 will be held on a Northern fishery, but the exact location will not be announced until a later date.

The leading anglers in the Bassmaster College Series Team of the Year points standings will be determined after those four events. The Team of the Year will punch their ticket to the College Classic Bracket event, which will be held in September.

Due to overwhelming interest in the series, B.A.S.S. will once more cap the field size at 250 boats. Those teams who register but remain on the waitlist for the four regular-season events will enjoy an opportunity to qualify for the National Championship via the Wild Card tournament June 23-24 on Alabama’s Lay Lake.

“The Bassmaster College Series has always been about giving young anglers a chance to compete,” said Weldon. “While we want to limit field size at events, it was important that we not limit the opportunity for these teams. The Wild Card event is a great way to ensure any team that couldn’t compete previously still has a shot at fishing for a national title.”

More information on the July Bassmaster College National Championship and September College Classic Bracket event will be released in 2021.

Registration for the College Series will open January 19. For more information, visit Bassmaster.com.

2021 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops

March 5-6, Lake Norman, Cornelius, N.C.
Apr. 16-17, Lewis Smith Lake, Cullman, Ala.
Apr. 30-May 1, Lake Cumberland, Russell County, Ky.
June 9-10, TBA

June 23-24, Wild Card Tournament, Lay Lake, Shelby County, Ala.


AC Insider Podcast Video Interview with Mike Iaconelli

On this special video edition of the the final episode of 2020, Chris and the boys welcome in the one and only Mike Iaconnelli to the talk about his 2021 plans, the "Crew" back in the day and so much more! If you listen to one episode this year, its gotta be this one. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everyone!!!


MLF Announces 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers Roster

Legendary Pro Larry Nixon Returns to Join 20 MLF Bass Pro Tour Anglers, Numerous FLW Cup and AOY Winners to Compete for $6.5 million over 2021 Season

BENTON, Ky. (Dec. 23, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the roster for the 2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers. Kicking off its 26th season of professional competition and the second year since the acquisition by MLF, the 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit roster will showcase a field of 165 of the top professional anglers in the world.

“We are extremely excited about the combined star power of the anglers on the 2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit roster,” said Daniel Fennel, MLF Senior Director of Tournament Operations. “Combining Bass Pro Tour pros with seasoned Pro Circuit veterans and a fantastic class of rookies from across the country, we expect 2021 to be one of the most highly competitive seasons in our 26-year history.”

The 2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit roster features a solid field of tournament veterans, including the return of bass-fishing legend Larry Nixon – after recovering from shoulder surgery – and multiple former FLW Cup champions including Darrel Robertson (1999), Dion Hibdon (2000), Anthony Gagliardi (2014) and Brad Knight (2015). They will be joined by John Cox, the 2016 FLW Cup champion who recently accepted his invitation to the MLF Bass Pro Tour, and 19 other Bass Pro Tour anglers who are taking advantage of the opportunity to fish upwards of 20 pro-level events between the two circuits.

The 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit will also showcase numerous former Pro Circuit Angler of the Year (AOY) winners, including Ron Nelson (2020), Anthony Gagliardi (2006), Shin Fukae (2004) and David Walker (1999). The roster will include 28 rookies from around the world, including Italy’s Jacopo Gallelli, Cal Lane – son of Bass Pro Tour pro Chris Lane – and Cody Huff, a standout Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI angler from Bethel University.

The field will be showcased throughout six regular-season tournaments, with competition kicking off on Lake Okeechobee, Feb. 11-14, in Clewiston, Florida, and culminating with the 2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse TITLE championship on the Mississippi River, Aug. 17-22, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The top award at each regular-season tournament is up to $135,000, with $235,000 going to the 2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse TITLE champion, including the lucrative $35,000 MLF BIG5 Phoenix Bonus for qualified anglers.

“It’s going to be fun getting back with many of my old friends and going tournament fishing again,” said Nixon, who is returning in 2021 for his 43rd year of fishing professionally. “I had surgery on January 6th last year and thought I’d be able to come back after six months and fish in the last tournament or two of the season, but that didn’t work out. I really missed my friends and the competition and am looking forward to a great year. I’m excited to go back to Lake Okeechobee, Smith and Murray – this is a stellar tournament schedule all the way around.”

The 2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit will have 154 two-hour airings on network television, in a run that includes 24 airings on Outdoor Channel and 130 airings on Sportsman Channel, for a total of 308 hours of television programming. Traditional weigh-in livestream coverage will be combined with live-on-the-water coverage across 11 cameras on each of the final two days of each regular-season competition and all six days of the Tackle Warehouse TITLE. Fans can catch 108 hours of live action as it unfolds on MajorLeagueFishing.com.

“I’m really excited about the 2021 schedule,” said Gagliardi, MLF Bass Pro Tour angler and one of a few anglers who has won both an FLW Cup and AOY title. “I’ve always liked starting out the year on Lake Okeechobee in Florida – so many of us have history and familiarity there. Smith Lake is also a fun tournament lake and one I’ve had good success on. The opportunity to fish my home lake, Lake Murray, was a big factor in my choice to fish the Pro Circuit in addition to the Bass Pro Tour.

“I’ve never fished two pro tours consecutively, so it will be a lot of fishing for me, but I feel like this is a great opportunity. I think both tours create a great schedule all the way around, and I’m looking forward to getting after it in 2021.”

For complete details and updated information, visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Anglers
*Shannon Abbott Oceanside, Calif.
Jason Abram Piney Flats, Tenn.
Barron Adams Mineral Bluff, Ga.
Casey Ashley Donalds, S.C.
Scott Ashmore Broken Arrow, Okla.
*Tai Au Glendale, Ariz.
Adrian Avena Vineland, N.J.
Evan Barnes Hot Springs, Ark.
Clayton Batts Butler, Ga.
Bradford Beavers Summerville, S.C.
Matt Becker Finleyville, Pa.
Zack Birge Blanchard, Okla.
Daryl Biron South Windsor, Conn.
*Jason Blair West Palm Beach, Fla.
*Mark Blevins Palatka, Fla.
Greg Bohannan Bentonville, Ark.
Terry Bolton Benton, Ky.
*Josh Bragg Jacksonville, Ala.
Christopher Brasher Longview, Texas
Aaron Britt Yuba City, Calif.
Grae Buck Green Lane, Pa.
Miles Burghoff Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.
*Josh Butler Hayden, Ala.
Jon Canada Helena, Ala.
*Michael Caruso Peoria, Ariz.
Joey Cifuentes Clinton, Ark.
Ramie Colson, Jr. Cadiz, Ky.
*Justin O’Brian Cooper Zwolle, La.
Kyle Cortiana Coweta, Okla.
John Cox DeBary, Fla.
Mitch Crane Columbus, Miss.
Lance Crawford Broken Bow, Okla.
Ryan Davidson Branchland, W.V.
Alex Davis Albertville, Ala.
Darrell Davis Dover, Fla.
Randy Despino Colfax, La.
Tommy Dickerson Orange, Texas
Scott Dobson Clarkston, Mich.
Bradley Dortch Atmore, Ala.
Josh Douglas Isle, Minn.
Kurt Dove Del Rio, Texas
Dakota Ebare Denham Springs, La.
Jon Englund Farwell, Minn.
Ron Farrow Rock Hill, S.C.
Mark Fisher Wauconda, Ill.
*Trevor Fitzgerald Belleview, Fla.
Cole Floyd Leesburg, Ohio
Tim Frederick Leesburg, Fla.
Shinichi Fukae Palestine, Texas
Anthony Gagliardi Prosperity, S.C.
Nick Gainey Charleston, S.C.
*Jacopo Gallelli Florence, Italy
*Grant Galloway Houlka, Miss.
Kyle Gelles Pingree, Ind.
Matt Greenblatt Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Chad Grigsby Maple Grove, Minn.
Kyle Hall Granbury, Texas
Dylan Hays Hot Springs, Ark.
Dion Hibdon Versailles, Mo.
*Lawson Hibdon Versailles, Mo.
Billy Hines Vacaville, Calif.
Brett Hite Phoenix, Ariz.
Jamie Horton Centerville, Ala.
Miles Howe San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
*Cody Huff Ava, Mo.
John Hunter Shelbyville, Ky.
*Clabion Johns Social Circle, Ga.
Danny Kirk Bartow, Ga.
Brad Knight Lancing, Tenn.
*Takayuki Koike Ōtsu, Japan
Jason Lambert Michie, Tenn.
Bobby Lane Lakeland, Fla.
*Cal Lane Guntersville, Ala.
Christopher Lane Guntersville, Ala.
Brian Latimer Belton, S.C.
Jeremy Lawyer Sarcoxie, Mo.
Nick Lebrun Bossier City, La.
*Jason Lieblong Conway, Ark.
Richard Lowitzki Hampshire, Ill.
Justin Lucas Guntersville, Ala.
Terry Luedtke Burton, Texas
Erik Luzak Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada
Kevin Martin Crown City, Ohio
Lendell Martin, Jr. Nacogdoches, Texas
Michael Matthee Centurion, South Africa
Mike McClelland Blue Eye, Mo.
Bill McDonald Greenwood, Ind.
Brandon McMillan Clewiston, Fla.
Jared McMillan Belle Glade, Fla.
Kevin Meeks Smyrna, Tenn.
Cody Meyer Star, Ind.
Colby Miller Elmer, La.
Kerry Milner Fisher, Ark.
Kurt Mitchell Milford, Del.
Tom Monsoor La Crosse, Wis.
Troy Morrow Eastanollee, Ga.
Brandon Mosley Choctaw, Okla.
Jim Moynagh Shakopee, Minn.
Robert Nakatomi Sacramento, Calif.
Michael Neal Dayton, Tenn.
Chris Neau New Orleans, La.
Corey Neece Bristol, Tenn.
*Jim Neece, Jr. Bristol, Tenn.
Ron Nelson Berrien Springs, Mich.
Dicky Newberry Houston, Texas
Cody Nichols Fayette, Ala.
James Niggemeyer Van, Texas
Larry Nixon Quitman, Ark.
Lane Olson Sherwood, Ore.
Jake Ormond Sterlington, La.
Jordan Osborne Longview, Texas
Dave Parsons Yantis, Texas
*Cody Pike Powhatan, Va.
Keith Poche Pike Road, Ala.
Pete Ponds Madison, Miss.
Randy Ramsey Burlington, Mich.
Tom Redington Royse City, Texas
Matt Reed Madisonville, Texas
Clark Reehm Elm Grove, La.
Jimmy Reese Witter Springs, Calif.
Skeet Reese Auburn, Calif.
Jason Reyes Huffman, Texas
*Kevin Riney Jonesboro, Ark.
Darrel Robertson Jay, Okla.
*Ricky Robinson Greenback, Tenn.
Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Zell Rowland Montgomery, Texas
Rusty Salewske Alpine, Calif.
Ryan Salzman Huntsville, Ala.
Casey Scanlon Eldon, Mo.
Colby Schrumpf Highland, Ill.
*Chase Serafin White Lake, Mich.
Braxton Setzer Wetumpka, Ala.
Spencer Shuffield Hot Springs, Ark.
Charles Sim Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
Blake Smith Lakeland, Fla.
Derrick Snavely Piney Flats, Tenn.
Matthew Stefan Junction City, Wis.
Tyler Steward West Monroe, La.
*Troy Stokes Brownstown, Mich.
Wesley Strader Spring City, Tenn.
Laramy Strickland Bushnell, Fla.
Mike Surman Boca Raton, Fla.
*Scott Towry Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Rusty Trancygier Hahira, Ga.
J. Todd Tucker Moultrie, Ga.
Jim Tutt Longview, Texas
Jason Vance Battle Ground, Ind.
John Voyles Petersburg, Ind.
David Walker Sevierville, Tenn.
Jacob Wall New Hope, Ala.
*Todd Walters Kernersville, N. C.
Chad Warren Sand Springs, Okla.
Jimmy Washam Covington, Tenn.
Joshua Weaver Macon, Ga.
Joseph Webster Winfield, Ala.
Kyle Weisenburger Columbus Grove, Ohio
*Joe Wieberg Freeburg, Mo.
Jesse Wiggins Logan, Ala.
Scott Wiley Bay Minette, Ala.
David Williams Maiden, N.C.
*Jason Wilson Lincolnton, N.C.
Tyler Woolcott Port Orange, Fla.
Gary Yamamoto Palestine, Texas
*Steve York Bronson, Mich.

*denotes MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Rookie


AC Insider Podcast from "Planet Rock" to "Never Give Up!"

 

On this final episode of 2020, Chris and the boys welcome in the one and only Mike Iaconnelli to the talk about 2021, the crews back in the day and so much more! If you listen to one episode this year, its gotta be this one. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everyone!!!


Luke Clausen Joins Charger Boats

Richland, Missouri - For the 2021 season, Major League Fishing professional bass angler Luke Clausen will be running a Charger 210 Elite as he competes on the Bass Pro Tour.

"I'm excited to work with Charger and their great team," said Clausen. "They have a long history of building boats for over 40-years. They make a great boat and I felt right at home when I visited the factory. They value excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail and I know that my 210 Elite will be the perfect boat to compete on the Bass Pro Tour."

Joe Dorris of Charger is pleased to have an angler of Clausen's caliber join the team.

"It is a privilege and honor to have Luke join the Charger family," said Dorris. "We wish him the very best of luck in 2021 as he fishes out of a Charger 210 Elite."

For over 40 years, Charger has built some of the most durable, fishable boats on the water. They have added scores of design, performance, and comfort features to Charger boats' new lineup, including all-composite construction, modern instrumentation, updated graphics, redesigned seating, and more. For more information about Charger, visit chargerboats.com.

For more information on Luke Clausen, find him on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


T-H Marine Unwraps its 'All I Want for Christmas' Giveaway

Huntsville, AL – December 21, 2020 – T-H Marine Supplies, Inc, of Huntsville, Alabama, is gifting 10 lucky people with up to 10 of its top fishing and boating products this Christmas season. Through the launch of their “All I want for Christmas” giveaway, T-H Marine will be using a marathon event on social media to undo some 2020 blues, bring holiday cheer, and help boaters start 2021 right — with trusted gear that helps improve the fishing and boating experience.

It starts with one product giveaway during the 8 a.m. hour (Central Time) on Wednesday, December 23, and it snowballs from there with hourly giveaways for more and more products until 5 p.m. By the end of the day, giveaway entrants will have a chance to win all of the prizes announced during previous hours in one awesome package that’s far too big to be a stocking stuffer.

Event information:

WHAT:
T-H Marine ‘All I Want for Christmas’ Hourly Giveaway

WHEN:
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, Wednesday, December 23, 2020

WHERE:
https://facebook.com/thmarineteam
https://instagram.com/thmarineteam

WHO:
Anyone interested in boating and fishing gear
(please see the sweepstakes link below for official rules)

To get in on the action, save the information above, stay tuned at thmarine.com, and follow T-H Marine Supplies (@thmarineteam) on social media.


James Watson Joins Charger Boats

For over 46 years Charger has built the most durable, fishable boats on the water. Charger Boats are designed with performance and comfort as their top priority. With composite construction, modern instrumentation, updated graphics, redesigned seating and more along with four decades of experience it’s hard to beat a Charger Boat.

Whether you’re a seasoned tournament professional or a “rookie” weekend angler, Charger boats give you a distinct advantage when you’re driving down the lake, taming a big river or trolling the back of a reclusive cove. You’ll feel confidence in your Charger every time you hit the water.

Joe Dorris President of Charger boats shared “I am a strong supporter of our military forces, and I knew the first time I met James he needed to be with the Charger family.  We are honored, and it is a great privilege to have James running and fishing out of a Charger 210 Elite for the 2021 season.  The entire Charger family and team wish James the very best of luck in 2021 and Go Army!”

James is enthusiastic to be joining the Charger boats team; “after riding in a Charger boat and getting to know the Dorris family, this move was the best for my career. Charger has been owned and operated by the Dorris family for the last 50 years. Their boats are made close to home and are of the best quality. I am looking forward to building a long term relationship with the team and their family.”

About James Watson:

James “JMFW WORLDWIDE” Watson is known for his quick wit and knack for jokes on the water. The real-estate mogul has used his success in residential real estate sales to fuel his passion for fishing. As a self-made angler and former United States Army Drill Sergeant he equally enjoys balancing the completion and the business sides of the bass community.

His 2013 season was the start of his career as a professional angler. Although his venture began later than some, James has accomplished many feats since he began at age 38.

From a BASS Open win to the Bassmaster Classic, Watson promotes fishing on a WORLDWIDE level. Additionally, James has qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup and the Texas Toyota Bass Classic during his duration fishing the FLW Tour, FLW Toyota Series, BASS Opens, PAA and Major League Fishing. He has also competed as a member of the US Bass Team in the Black Bass Championship in 2017 in South Africa and in 2018 in Mexico. Bringing home the gold medal with the team in 2018.

In 2018, he received the Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award per his involvement in FLW Community Outreach.

He prides himself on his personality, often gaining him media attention, which positively promotes his sponsors. All eyes are watching where James “WORLDWIDE” Watson will go with his professional fishing career.

You can find James fishing Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour, FLW Toyota Series as well as attending charity events when it fits his schedule.

Follow along with James and his partnership with Charger Boats to see all the excitement 2021 will bring:


AnglersChannel EXTRA - World Record Santa Derby!!!!!

On this Holiday edition of the AnglersChannel Extra, Blonde Girl Behind the Scene's Michelle Eichstead joins in the fun and covers the Ugly Stick Worlds Largest Santa Claus Tournament on Lake Norman in North Carolina. Tune in to see all the Santa's in action and you may even recognize a Santa or two....


Strike King Big Bass Challenge Events Coming in 2021

Lexington, S.C. – December 9, 2020 – Rather Outdoors announces the formation of a series of big bass format tournaments coming in 2021.  The Strike King Big Bass Challenge will feature four events across the nation on some of the most well-known big bass fisheries in the country. The series will be one-day events with four two-hour weigh-in periods and guaranteed payouts based on field size.

Strike King is excited to introduce this series of events that will allow anglers of every level to compete in a fun atmosphere that will be both challenging and rewarding.  Whether you are a hard-core tournament angler, want to be one, or looking for something to do with a friend or family member, Strike King Big Bass Challenge events will be a great place to accomplish all of these goals.

Strike King Big Bass Challenge will guarantee a minimum $7,500 total cash payout based upon a 100-angler field, with growing payouts as entry numbers increase. Each event will feature a one-day format with four weigh-in periods of two hours.  Every two-hour weigh period will pay out five places for the five biggest bass in that period.  On top of that, every angler that weighs a fish in those periods will be entered into a drawing for product prizes from Strike King, Lew’s, Lucas Oil, Mammoth Coolers and Black Rifle Coffee Co.

The biggest bass weighed during the day will receive the grand prize bonus – a “total boat makeover” prize package voucher for $5,000 worth of Lew’s and Strike King product.  The first 100 anglers registered for each event will receive a free Lew’s rod valued at $49.99, which will be available for pickup at onsite check-in and rules briefing the night prior to the event where anglers will also have the opportunity to meet nationally known Strike King Pros from the MLF Bass Pro Tour, MLF Pro Circuit and Bassmaster Elite Series.

Rather Outdoors’ Vice President of Marketing, Jason McKee said that the team at Strike King is extremely excited about launching this new series of events in 2021. “While we recognized that there are a multitude of tournament trails out there for anglers, our goal behind the Big Bass Challenge events was to bring anglers together in a manner that was open and available to anyone, no matter his/her experience level,” said McKee.  “Ultimately, we wanted the opportunity to share our passion as anglers with our consumers, get to know them, and present yet another opportunity for them to get on the water. We’re extremely excited about these events and consider it an honor to be able to create more opportunities on the water for fellow anglers.”

Information including entry fees, rules and registration will be available with complete event details in early January 2021 at www.strikeking.com.

The 2021 Strike King Big Bass Challenge schedule is as follows:

Sam Rayburn Reservoir – February 7, 2021

Umphrey Pavilion

Brookeland, TX

 

Lake Murray – March 14, 2021

Dreher Island State Park

Prosperity, SC

 

Table Rock Lake – June 5, 2021

Port of Kimberling

Kimberling City, MO

 

California Delta – May 29, 2021

Russo's Marina

Bethel Island, CA


AC Extra - Behind the Scenes with Rob Digh

This week AC's John Byrne talks with Elite Series Pro Staffer Rob Digh about the upcoming Elite Series season and the holidays.


From the Mound to the Front Deck - With Marc Frazier

 

This week Chris and the boys welcome in Elite Series newcomer Marc Frazier to talk about his journey into professional bass fishing. A former SEC College Baseball pitcher, Marc has pitched in some of the most intense games and that helps him not feel the pressure when he's on the front deck of his bass boat. Check this one out!


MERCURY MARINE’S 1st  MATE MARINE SYSTEM NAMED AS CES 2021 INNOVATION AWARDS BEST OF INNOVATION HONOREE

FOND DU LAC, Wisc. (December 15, 2020) – Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), today announced that its 1st Mate Marine Safety and Security System has been named a CES® 2021 Innovation Awards Best of Innovation Honoree. The 1st Mate Marine System technology won in two categories, earning the Best of Innovation designation in the In-Vehicle Entertainment & Safety category, which is given to the highest rated product in the category.  1st Mate, a part of the Mercury family of brands, was also named a CES Innovation Award Honoree in the Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation category. This marks the first CES Innovation Award for Mercury to go along with Brunswick’s Best in Show award from Exhibitor Magazine earlier this year for its exhibit at CES 2020.

“We are honored to be recognized for a Best of Innovation Award as the best product in our category and one of the top products at CES 2020,” said Dave Foulkes, Brunswick Corporation CEO. “We are making boating safer and more enjoyable with the design of not only our award-winning boats and engines, but in the technology that represents a significant step forward in enhancing the boating experience.”

1st Mate Marine System is a comprehensive marine safety and security system that integrates with a boat’s propulsion system through an intelligent hub. Wearable fobs for the captain and passengers link together with the hub and a mobile app. If a passenger goes overboard or a fob signal is lost, 1st Mate distributes an alert and GPS location to connected mobile devices. If the captain fob signal is lost, 1st Mate shuts down the engine(s) and can alert emergency contacts onshore. As a customizable security system, 1st Mate can be programmed to wirelessly lock the engine(s) to prevent unauthorized use.

“Safety is our number one priority and this product reflects commitment to the safety of anyone on the water,” said Chris Drees, Mercury Marine president. “System integration and enhanced technology is the future of our industry and we are well positioned to make the boating experience more intuitive and reliable for our customers.”

The CES Innovation Awards program, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products across 28 product categories. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers and more, reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetic and design.

The CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honorees, including product descriptions and photos, can be found at CES.tech/innovation. Additional honorees will be revealed during CES 2021 on Jan. 11, 2021.


COVERCRAFT® Announces Title Sponsorship of Bradley Roy

PAULS VALLEY, OKLAHOMA – Today, Covercraft® announced its continuation as the title sponsor of Major League FishingTM professional angler Bradley Roy of Lancaster, Kentucky.

“We are thrilled to continue this partnership with Bradley,” said Covercraft Director of Marketing Jeff Jegelewicz. Covercraft began as an associate sponsor of Bradley Roy’s in the latter half of 2018 and made the transition to title sponsor in 2019 as Bradley joined Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour. “He’s a part of the Covercraft Family and we’re proud of the work we’ve done together so far,” continued Jegelewicz.

In addition to being a highly skilled angler, Bradley is dedicated to giving back to the community through charitable events and programs. One part of Roy’s commitment to his community is the annual Bradley Roy High School Open fishing tournament. Beginning in 2019, the Bradley Roy Open added Covercraft as the title sponsor. “Bradley’s community involvement, particularly with the High School effort, speaks volumes about his character, and it’s why we feel he represents the Covercraft brand so well,” added Jegelewicz.

Roy also gives back to American veterans through a partnership with Louisville-based USA Cares (www.usacares.org). Roy hosts two annual benefit tournaments to help the organization provide financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active-duty US military service personnel, veterans, and their families.  To date, the events have raised over $40,000.

The Bass Pro Tour veteran is enthusiastic about Covercraft as a company and the role they play in fishing. “You could not ask for a better group of people to work with than the Covercraft folks,” said Roy. “From converting their factories over to produce much-needed PPE earlier in 2020, to supporting high school fishing and our American veterans through our partnership with USA Cares, they continue to amaze me. The fishing industry is so fortunate to have them involved!”

Covercraft branding will again be the focus of Roy’s truck, boat, and jersey for 2021, but the sponsorship goes beyond that.  With the support of Covercraft, Roy will again host a sweepstakes for one angler to fish with him on Lake Cumberland. Covercraft will outfit the lucky winner’s vehicle with their products from bumper to bumper.


How Sumrall catches Christmas time bass

Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Late 2017 was a time in Caleb Sumrall’s journey he will never forget. In life changing fashion, he won the B.A.S.S. Nation National Championship on Lake Hartwell to launch his pro career, and six weeks later a very rare pre-Christmas snowfall blanketed his Southern Louisiana home.

Speed ahead three years, and while Sumrall doesn’t see snow in Cajun country’s forecast, he is absolutely certain quality time at home with family is his greatest Christmas gift, along with a framed note from his beloved grandma who passed-away two years ago.

“My grandma was a huge fan of my fishing career, and like all the other friends and family who were there, she signed the “Congratulations” banner they made for me at the celebration party when I got home from my win at Hartwell,” explains Sumrall.

“She passed-away not too long after that, and my wife Jacie made a copy of Granny’s signed section of the banner, and had it framed for me. It’s one of the greatest Christmas gifts I’ve ever received,” reflects Sumrall.

Favorite Christmas gifts are easy to identify for the former oil field worker, and so are his favorite lures for catching bass during the holidays.

“A jig would be the obvious cold-water lure of choice for a lot of people, but I like to keep moving. So I lean pretty hard on a big Colorado blade spinnerbait and a Spro McStick 115 jerkbait at this time of year,” says Sumrall.

Water temps amid the holidays are often among the lowest of the year, even in Southern Louisiana, so Sumrall’s top two lure choices both play well to lethargic bass -- with one big exception between the two – water clarity. The ‘thumper blade’ spinnerbait performs well in stained to dirty water, while the jerkbait is his pick for cleaner water.

“Plenty of visibility is absolutely key to getting bites on a jerkbait. And since fish notoriously come loose on a jerkbait – I’ll give you a tip – add Gamakatsu finesse treble hooks to your jerkbaits. The finesse trebles have lighter wire, so you’ll get better penetration and lose way fewer fish,” advises Sumrall.

If water clarity is stained or dirty, Sumrall breaks-out the single ‘hubcap’ blade on his ½ ounce Kajun Boss spinnerbait in an effort to create plenty of vibration to stir the holiday appetites of shallow water fatties.

“Not only does that big blade produce crazy amounts of vibration, but it also has so much resistance, you can’t help but slow down your retrieve, which is also key to getting bites in cold water,” he reasons.

Sumrall advises keeping the flash of the big blade just barely out of sight during your retrieve, and throws it on 20-pound line, spooled to a 6.3:1 or 7.1:1 reel.

But there are two things you can be certain he won’t lose sight of this Christmas – “Granny’s” framed handwritten note, and the special goodness of time at home with Jacie, daughter Clelie, and son Axel.


THE UGLY STIK WORLD’S LARGEST SANTA CLAUS BASS TOURNAMENT RAISES MORE THAN $15K IN TOYS TO DONATE TO TOYS FOR TOYS

World record-setting event featured 298 Santa suit-wearing anglers fishing to make Christmas possible for children in need.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 14, 2020) — The Ugly Stik World’s Largest Santa Claus Bass Tournament not only set a world record last weekend, it ensured that Christmas will be a reality for hundreds of children in need living in the Lake Norman area.

A total of 298 anglers competed in the one-day, two-angler team event on Lake Norman, but before taking the water to compete while wearing Santa Claus costumes, the anglers donated toys. By the time the tournament was underway at safe light, a pair of 21-foot-long Bass Cat boats were overflowing with toys, which were presented to Toys for Tots at the afternoon weigh-in. The value of the toys donated by anglers, Ugly Stik and other supporters was estimated to be well in excess of $15,000.

“It would be difficult to find a group of people more passionate than anglers are about giving back and helping others in need. And we saw a need that we believe deserves to be filled, so we created an event where we combine two things everyone loves—Christmas and fishing—to see that no child goes without a visit from Santa Claus this year,” said Ugly Stik Vice President of Marketing Jon Schlosser. “I’m proud of the fishing community for coming together to this degree for such a worthy cause. And I’m proud that we achieved these results while also having a great time.”

This year has been especially difficult for charities of all kinds. Due to the pandemic, there are no large-scale events with which to raise funds and solicit donations. In the case of Toys for Tots, many of its donations comes from donation boxes located at businesses. This year, according to Vivian Meletis, Toys for Tots Coordinator for Iredell Co. (N.C.), more than 30 percent of the local businesses which previously displayed donation boxes are now shuttered due to the pandemic.

“The number of children who need Toys for Tots never decreases. Based on the number of donations we received to this point, it was looking bleak—but Marines never give up and we weren’t going to let COVID-19 be the Grinch this year,” said Meletis, who helped Toys for Tots distribute toys to about 4,000 children in 2019 alone. “The anglers were our angels this year. What the anglers and Ugly Stik did with this overwhelming donation overcomes our deficit so that we will continue to be able to provide for children in the area. We can’t thank everyone involved enough. This means so much.”

For more information about Ugly Stik and its legendary line of fishing rods as well as its new line of Ugly Tuff reels and Ugly Tools, go to www.uglystik.com.


NPFL Announces Inaugural Schedule for 2021

The National Professional Fishing League, announced in October of 2019, is finally able to announce their 2021 season. The Inaugural Season will kick off in mid-March on the famed Big Bass Capital on Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, Alabama. More to come!

Stop #1 - Lake Eufaula - March 11-13, 2021

Stop #2 - Wright-Patman Lake - Texarkana, TX - April 22-24, 2021

Stop #3 - Harris Chain of Lakes - Leesburg, FL - June 3-5, 2021

Stop #4 - Pickwick Lake - Counce, TN - July 15-17, 2021

Stop #5 - Lake Winnebago - August 19-21, 2021

Stop #6 - Grand Lake-September 30-October 2, 2021

Championship - 

 


HAMRICK AND HOOVER WIN THE UGLY STIK WORLD’S LARGEST SANTA CLAUS BASS TOURNAMENT ON LAKE NORMAN

Event set world record for anglers competing in Santa suits, generates substantial donation to Toys for Tots

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 12, 2020) — Scott Hamrick of Denver, N.C., and Roger Hoover of Mooresville, N.C., brought a five-fish limit to the scales weighing 15.07 pounds to win The Ugly Stik World’s Largest Santa Claus Bass Tournament on Lake Norman. The event, sponsored by legendary rod maker Ugly Stik and operated by Fishers of Men, set a world record for the largest bass tournament contested by anglers competing in Santa Claus suits with 298 competitors.

With the win, Hamrick and Hoover took home the guaranteed $5,000 first-place prize. The one-day, two-angler team event drew a field of 149 teams and paid out to 30th place.

Hamrick and Hoover said they boated 25-30 fish on the day, most of them coming on a crankbait in the lower portions of the lake. However, their bigger bites came up the lake later in the day.

“The was a fantastic event, just had an awesome time and not just because we won—this area needs this kind of big team tournament where especially this time of year,” Hamrick said. “We hope they have the event next year."

Nick Miller took home the Big-Bass Pot, valued at $1,040, with 4.68-pound bass.

In addition to a lucrative payout structure and low entry fees, The Ugly Stik World’s Largest Santa Claus Bass Tournament also awarded more than $7,000 worth of raffle prizes from leading fishing brands such as Ugly Stik, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Humminbird, X2Power, Costa, DuraSafe and Academy Sports + Outdoors.

“There were a lot of great anglers on the water today, including professionals and amateurs, and I can guarantee you none of them has ever had this much fun in a bass tournament. Ugly Stik is about having fun and catching fish—no matter what you’re fishing for—and today reflects that,” said Ugly Stik Vice President of Marketing Jon Schlosser. “We congratulate Scott and Roger for their great day of Lake Norman and we congratulate all the anglers who came to be a part of this great event to generate such a substantial donation to Toys for Tots.”

For more information about Ugly Stik and its legendary line of fishing rods as well as its new line of Ugly Tuff reels and Ugly Tools, go to www.uglystik.com.


Wiggins Wins Classic Fish-Off, Earns Final Classic Berth At Florida’s Harris Chain

Jordan Wiggins, of Cullman, Ala., has won the Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off on the Harris Chain of Lakes with a two-day total of 31 pounds, 9 ounces.
Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.
December 12, 2020

LEESBURG, Fla. — There were times Saturday when Jordan Wiggins wondered if he had enough magic remaining to write the fairy-tale ending for a special week on the Harris Chain of Lakes.

He had to work for it, but the 29-year old Cullman, Ala., resident proved in the end that dreams really do come true in central Florida.

Wiggins won the Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off on Saturday with a two-day total of 10 bass that weighed 31 pounds, 9 ounces. His limit of 9-0 on Day 2 was significantly less than the tournament-best 22-9 he caught a day earlier, but it was enough for him to punch his ticket into the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

The Classic is scheduled for March 19-21 on Lake Ray Roberts near Fort Worth, Texas. Wiggins is the 54th and final angler to qualify for the next edition of the biggest bass tournament in the world.

“I’ve been shaking all day just thinking about making it to the Classic,” he said shortly after receiving a congratulatory hug from his wife, Whitney. “I’ve dreamed of this ever since I’ve been going fishing and I’ve been fishing a long time. This is awesome; just unreal.”

Wiggins and his fishing partner Wesley Sams qualified for the Bassmaster Team Championship via the Alabama Bass Trail. They won the team portion of the tournament earlier this week with a two-day total of 39-8 and were one of three teams that advanced to the Classic Fish-Off.

Wiggins continued with the hot hand during the fish-off, when the top six anglers had their weights zeroed and started fishing individually. Wiggins’ 22-9 bag on Friday was anchored by a whopping 8-12 largemouth that was the heaviest catch of the week and gave him a 7 1/2-pound cushion heading into the final day.

Wiggins suspected the final day would be a grind, both mentally and physically, and it was. He fished all week on the same stretch of eelgrass and Kissimmee grass where Lake Harris meets Little Lake Harris, but the bite wasn’t nearly as productive Saturday as it had been the three previous days.

Feeling the pressure, he remained on the deck of his boat for seven consecutive hours, not even stopping to take a drink despite the 80-degree temperature.

Wiggins mustered a limit, but he was concerned one of his five competitors might catch a Harris Chain heavy and overtake him. They also failed to find big bass Saturday, however, with Andy Walls of the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation weighing the big bag (12-10) to finish second overall with 23-5. Sams caught 10-6 and placed third with 21-2.

“I knew when I put the boat in this morning that it wasn’t going to be a good day,” Wiggins said, noting the patchy cloud cover over central Florida on Saturday.

“If you’re in Florida and you don’t have much knowledge of the lake, you want the sun. It’s your friend, especially when you’re fishing grass. I still won by a good amount, but I’m disappointed I didn’t catch them better than I did. I’m just lucky the other guys didn’t have great days either.”

Wiggins threw a white Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait JackHammer with a White Trash Little Dipper to catch every bass he weighed in both the team portion and the fish-off. He said the key was getting the bait nudged against the Kissimmee grass and moving it slowly through the small area between it and the eelgrass.

Wiggins had fished the Harris Chain before, teaming with Sams to finish 30th in the 2018 Bassmaster Team Championship. Both anglers said that experience gave them a chance to learn how the fishery works and they utilized the knowledge this year.

Wiggins also thanked his brother Jesse, who loaned him his truck to make the drive to the Harris Chain. Jesse is a pro angler with three previous Bassmaster wins to his credit, including the Southern Open on the Harris Chain in 2017. Jesse also fished in three Classics, finishing third in 2019 on the Tennessee River in Knoxville.

Jordan, 19 months younger than Jesse, said he and his brother are very competitive.

“He holds that over my head, that he’s fished the Classic,” Jordan said. “But now I’m going too, and he can’t say anything anymore.”

Rounding out the Classic Fish-Off standings were Daryl Adams, Alabama Bass Trail, 21-1, Keith Tuma, Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation, 18-10 and Keith Mayfield, Alabama Bass Trail, 14-10.

The tournament was hosted by GO Sports, Visit Lake and the City of Leesburg.
2020 Bassmaster Team Championship Premier Sponsors: Abu Garcia, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Talon, Yamaha

2020 Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off - Harris Chain of Lakes 12/11-12/12
Harris Chain Of Lakes, Leesburg FL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Jordan Wiggins Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 22-09 Day 2: 5 09-00 Total: 10 31-09
2. Andy Walls MN BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 5 10-11 Day 2: 5 12-10 Total: 10 23-05
3. Wesley Sams Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 10-12 Day 2: 5 10-06 Total: 10 21-02
4. Daryl Adams Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 14-07 Day 2: 5 06-10 Total: 10 21-01
5. Keith Tuma MN BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 5 15-00 Day 2: 3 03-10 Total: 8 18-10
6. Keith Mayfield Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 4 08-01 Day 2: 5 06-09 Total: 9 14-10


Wiggins Takes Big Lead In Classic Fish-Off On Harris Chain Of Lakes

Jordan Wiggins, of Cullman, Ala., is leading after Day 1 of the Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off on the Harris Chain of Lakes with 22 pounds, 9 ounces.

Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.
December 11, 2020

LEESBURG, Fla. — Victory in a child’s game Thursday night put Jordan Wiggins within striking distance of the biggest win of his life on Day 1 of the Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off on the Harris Chain of Lakes.

Wiggins and Wesley Sams, from the Alabama Bass Trail, were fresh off winning the team portion of the event Thursday, and they needed to decide who would get dibs on a spectacular stretch of eelgrass they utilized for their victory.

They settled the matter with a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” and Wiggins came out on top. The 29-year-old angler from Cullman, Ala., then leaned on the grass Friday to take the lead in the two-day fish-off with a five-bass limit that weighed 22 pounds, 9 ounces.

“I made my first pass along the grass and I caught a couple of 3-pounders,” said Wiggins, whose bag was anchored by a personal-best 8-12 largemouth. “I was able to finish my limit out, and on my next pass, I saw the big one about 30 feet off the grassline.

“My trolling motor was pointing that way, so I threw my ChatterBait over there. I cranked it two times and when he hit it, he knocked slack in it. We got a video of it. It lasted about 20 seconds. It was unreal.”

Wiggins’s limit jumped from approximately 12 to 19 pounds in an instant and his nerves settled.

“I knew I could kind of lay back on them a little bit then because I knew I had a good bag,” he said. “I didn’t want to keep busting them because I’m going to need every 2-pounder that’s there tomorrow.”

Even with a 7-9 lead over Keith Tuma of the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation, who is second in the fish-off with 15-0, Wiggins thinks he’ll need 18 to 20 more pounds to seal the victory. If he does, he’ll nail down the final spot in the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk scheduled for March 19-21 on Lake Ray Roberts near Fort Worth, Texas.

“I know I’m gonna need that weight tomorrow,” Wiggins said. “The second day is always harder than the first. It’s always a mental grind. I’d rather come from behind, but I’ll take what I have. I was very fortunate today.”

Tuma rode a strong morning bite to second place. He said he’s throwing a “big worm and also a Senko worm on a really light weight with a heavy hook and braid because I know the fish here can be big.”

Tuma caught a 7-pounder during the Team Championship, and Wiggins’ giant on Friday reaffirmed for everyone that no lead is safe on the Harris Chain.

Hefty bites have been steady this week with the weather warming daily, from the mid-50s on Wednesday to the high 70s on Friday. Saturday’s conditions are expected to be partly cloudy with a high temperature around 80 degrees, which could mean more lunkers on the line.

“On this lake, it’s one bite that could be the difference-maker,” Tuma said. “You could get five bites like that. It’s anybody’s game here.”

Daryl Adams of the Alabama Bass Trail is right behind Tuma in third place with 14-7. Sams is fourth with 10-12, Andy Walls of the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation is fifth with 10-11 and Keith Mayfield of the Alabama Bass Trail is sixth with 8-1. Each of the anglers caught a five-bass limit on Friday, except Mayfield, who had four keepers.

Wiggins and Sams won the two-day Bassmaster Team Championship on Thursday with a total of 10 bass that weighed 39-8. They collected a $20,000 cash prize from Ranger/Mercury, as well. Walls and Tuma finished second in team standings with 39-1 and Mayfield and Adams were third with 38-2. The Top 3 tandems in the team portion advanced to the Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off.

The fish-off concludes Saturday at Ski Beach Park in Leesburg’s Venetian Gardens. Weigh-in is scheduled for 3 p.m. and fans can catch all the action live on Bassmaster.com.

The tournament is being hosted by GO Sports, Visit Lake and the City of Leesburg.
2020 Bassmaster Team Championship Premier Sponsors: Abu Garcia, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Talon, Yamaha

2020 Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off - Harris Chain of Lakes 12/11-12/12
Harris Chain Of Lakes, Leesburg FL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Jordan Wiggins - Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 22-09 Total: 5 22-09
2. Keith Tuma - MN BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 5 15-00 Total: 5 15-00
3. Daryl Adams - Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 14-07 Total: 5 14-07
4. Wesley Sams - Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 10-12 Total: 5 10-12
5. Andy Walls - MN BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 5 10-11 Total: 5 10-11
6. Keith Mayfield - Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 4 08-01 Total: 4 08-01


DD26 Fishing Adds Spool Stix to its 2021 Stable of Products

Spool Stix can be mounted almost anywhere and allows you the ability to quickly spool up a reel without taking up space. The unit is the size of a pocket knife and minimizes clutter while providing easy access!

The revolutionary Spool Stix Line Winding System just got even better! Spool Stix makes it easier than ever to apply fishing line all by yourself. Constructed using a robust billet aluminum design, the system holds spools of line at a 30-degree angle, creating the perfect amount of pressure for compact spooling without over-run.

There are 3 methods for mounting your DD26 Fishing Spool Stix line winding system.

  • Find a relatively flat surface such as a locker lid, side of a console, or a wall etc. The first way to mount is by simply peel off the two way adhesive covering and firmly stick in place making sure it's vertically aligned.
  • The second way is to use the mounting holes in the unit with screws.
  • Lastly, you can use those same screw holes and fasten suction cups. It's that easy! (Suction cups sold separately)   Mount it to your Boat, Garage, Side of your Truck..... ANYWHERE!

Capable of holding spools of line up to 4-3/4" wide, this system provides a solid center for spooling. Keep one in your boat, attach one in your garage, or keep one in the truck with the suction cup feature! All are convenient locations where the spool stix tiny footprint allows for minimal space requirements with maximum performance!

Comes with 3M VHB Tape.

Dimensions: 6" L x 3/4" W x 1" D

Read More about this product HERE and watch the video demonstration

 


New Nabs Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens AOY Title

Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., won the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Kissimmee Chain of Lakes en route to claiming the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year title.

Photo by James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.

December 10, 2020

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After competing in all eight 2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens tournaments, Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., nabbed the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year title by a single point. The last Open of the year at Lay Lake, Ala., was gut-wrenching for New. He caught the bass that clinched the coveted AOY trophy 20 minutes before his final weigh-in of the season.

“Without that 3-pound largemouth, I don’t win Angler of the Year,” New said.

In addition to qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series, New pocketed $10,000 from Falcon Rods. New also earned a berth to the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk by winning the season’s first event, the Bassmaster Eastern Open on Florida’s Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.

“This is a lifetime childhood dream come true for me,” New said. “I fought hard to get here, and I’ll need to fight hard to stay.”

Winning the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens AOY title is undoubtedly one of the most difficult accomplishments in tournament bass fishing. Every Open event in 2020 drew large fields that included many of the country’s top pros and a host of local hot sticks.

Stepping Up To The Opens

Prior to 2020, New had never competed in a Bassmaster Open. But he was hardly a rookie. New had won nearly $400,000 fishing mainly as a co-angler in a variety of FLW events. New credits his co-angler experience for helping him to learn to “fish the moment.”

“As a co-angler you can’t plan on anything because you don’t know what you’re doing next,” New said. “You have to evaluate what’s in front of you and try to determine the best way to catch a bass in that situation.”

New’s 2020 Open Season

Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Fla., Jan. 15-17 - First place

Offshore hydrilla in 6 feet of water produced most of the bass New weighed at Kissimmee. He plied the submerged greenery with a Greenfish Tackle squarebill crankbait, a Megabass jerkbait and a Zoom Ol’ Monster worm.

“I was catching bass that were staging to spawn and postspawn bass coming back,” New said. “I also caught some fish on a prop bait and by punching hyacinth mats.”

Arkansas River, Okla., June 18-20 - 25th place

On the first day of the tournament, New duped one fish on a swim jig and another on a buzzbait. He caught every other bass by flipping a Zoom Baby Brush Hog into water willow.

“As tough as the bite was everywhere, I didn’t want to deal with locking out of the pool,” New said.

Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Texas, Sept. 10-12 - 30th place

A bent prop shaft on his outboard forced New to baby his engine by running slowly and fishing close to takeoff. He focused mainly on brushpiles in 8 to 22 feet of water. His primary lure was a Zoom Ol’ Monster worm.

“I love fishing brushpiles and feel I’m pretty good at it,” New said.

He also caught a few bass on crankbaits, swimbaits and one on a Whopper Plopper.

Lake Hartwell, S.C., Sept. 23-25 - 44th place

“I scratched my head a lot at Hartwell,” New said. “I had just enough largemouth bites upriver in practice to sucker me into it. I wasted half of my first day up there.”

He fished the rest of the day on the lower end of the lake casting for spotted bass. He caught his fifth bass minutes before weigh-in. A Greenfish Tackle Toad Toter buzzbait sporting a Zoom Horny Toad, a drop shot and a walking stickbait produced his fish.

“Like a dummy, I fished upriver for two hours the second day,” New said. “Then I went downlake and caught them pretty well, mostly casting a Zoom Super Fluke to canepiles.”

Neely Henry Lake, Ala., Oct. 22-24 - 100th place

New had a decent practice “bite-wise” at Neely Henry, but his fish were relating to water willow and docks, the most obvious and heavily fished cover on the lake.

“To me, a good practice is finding something sneaky,” New said.

His morning pattern of fishing a buzzbait in the water willow failed to get a bite the first day. He salvaged a small limit by skipping a Greenfish Tackle Brandon Cobb All Purpose Jig under docks, but his confidence was shaken.

“It is so rare for stuff to get to me,” New said. “I normally shake it off and work through it. The next day was my worst of the year. I couldn’t do anything right.”

He boated only two keeper bass that day, one on a jig and the other on a shaky head. As disappointed as New was in his performance, he would not be the AOY without those two fish.

Cherokee Lake, Tenn., Oct 29-31 - 53rd place

“I had two things going at Cherokee in practice,” New said. “I was catching them on a Spook first thing in the morning. The rest of my bites were on a 1/2-ounce Fitzgerald Tungsten micro jig. I was fishing it on isolated rockpiles out in the middle of nowhere.”

When the tournament got underway, New discovered that other anglers were fishing nearly every rockpile he had found. He worked hard to put five keepers — a mix of smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass — in his livewell. New’s Spook failed to draw a bite the second day. He struggled to catch three smallmouth, one on a jig and two on a drop shot. It was a less than stellar day, but once more, without those three critical bass New would have failed to win the AOY title.

Lewisville Lake, Texas, Nov. 19-21 - 4th place

Lewisville was a helter-skelter tournament for New because the bass, for the most part, were scattered and hard to find. He claimed that he burned 50 gallons of gas each day and fished the entire lake.

On Day 1, New caught three bass by fishing docks with a 1/2-ounce jig tipped with a Zoom Big Salty Chunk. The next day he caught two bass on a squarebill and three on a ChatterBait dressed with a Zoom Super Fluke. All these fish came off rocky banks and isolated rocks.

On Championship Saturday, New caught one bass with a ChatterBait from an isolated rock, another from a dock with a jig and one more by bumping a jig over offshore rocks 8 to 16 feet deep.

Lay Lake, Ala., Dec. 3-5 - 22nd place

“Lay Lake was all about junk fishing,” New said. “Every bass I caught the first day bit a different bait.”

One of those bass was duped by cranking riprap with a squarebill, another fell for a flat-sided crankbait retrieved over a boat ramp, a ChatterBait accounted for another bass, flipping a small mat of dead water willow with a Zoom Z-Hog produced another and a micro jig coaxed a bass from a small patch of gravel 8 feet deep.

The second day was another junk fishing-palooza. New culled a limit by fishing a ChatterBait around docks and water willow, a jerkbait on bluff walls and a micro jig on deep rocks offshore. He caught mainly spotted bass throughout the event, along with a few largemouth.

“I’ve got two goals for next year,” New said. “One is to win the Classic. Two is to hold my own in the Elites and qualify for the Classic again through the Angler of the Year points.”


Why you NEVER quit on your dreams, with ELITE Series Pro Darold Gleason

 

 

This week the boys are excited to welcome in one of the newest members of the 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series Class, Toyota Pro Darold Gleason to talk about his journey to the big show & what it means to be there in 2021. Chris goes off on Burger King & KG tells us why the new Toyota Series Division is & is not a Cherry Picker Division. Hit Play. Now.


Mercury earns tenth consecutive Green Masters designation

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (Dec. 8, 2020) — For the tenth consecutive year, Mercury Marine® has earned a Green Masters designation from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council (WSBC). The council presented the award today during its two‑day annual conference, which is an online event this year. As it has done in the previous nine years, Mercury achieved a score within the top 20% of all applicants to earn the designation.

The Green Masters Program measures companies on a broad range of sustainability categories ranging from energy and water conservation to waste management, community outreach, and education. In addition, companies are evaluated in the contexts of transportation, supply chain, workforce, and governance.

“We are honored to earn a Green Masters designation for the tenth consecutive year. This is especially gratifying considering how the bar is raised every year, making each successive year’s designation an even greater accomplishment,” said Mercury Marine President Chris Drees.

WSBC’s Green Masters Program requires applicants to cite sustainable business practices and initiatives undertaken in the past year, and to show improvement over previous years.

In 2020, Mercury continued to expand its global efforts to improve the energy efficiency and eco‑friendliness of its manufacturing operations. Initiatives included modernization of HVAC and lighting systems, containment of compressed‑air systems, optimization of power on/off cycles for equipment and facilities, redirection of manufacturing‑generated heat for multiple purposes, and enhancement of facilities design to include natural lighting and passive heating. The company also expanded its recycling and reuse of materials and water used in manufacturing.

In the past year, the company manufactured engines that have better fuel efficiency and lower emissions than ever before. Thus, with each sale of a new Mercury engine to replace a prior‑generation engine, there is an improvement to the environment.

At the beginning of the year, employees at Mercury's world headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, participated in a series of LED lighting fairs, purchasing approximately 8,000 energy‑efficient LED bulbs for their homes. Collectively, their purchases resulted in an environmental improvement roughly equivalent to removing 76 cars from the road each year.

Shortly after, when the COVID‑19 pandemic struck in the US, Mercury rose to the challenge of engaging employees in sustainable activities while observing protocols to discourage the spread of the virus. The company provided advice on home‑office sustainability to the large proportion of employees who rapidly shifted their work location to their homes. Mercury also conducted a successful food‑drive and electronics‑recycling event, as well as an Adopt‑A‑Highway cleanup effort, with participants wearing face coverings and maintaining social distance.

Significantly, in 2020 Mercury also initiated plans to expand its commitment to derive more energy from renewable sources, thereby setting the stage for advancements in sustainability in 2021 and beyond.

See Mercury's Sustainability Report and learn more about its sustainability initiatives at www.MercuryMarine.com/en/us/land/sustainability.


Louisiana’s Ebare Leads Day Two of Toyota Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

Southwestern Division Pro Leads by 9-Ounce Margin in Competition for $235,000

BURNSIDE, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2020) – Pro Dakota Ebare of Denham Springs, Louisiana, crossed the stage Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 12 ounces, for a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 30 pounds, 13 ounces to lead after Day Two of the Toyota Series Championship on Lake Cumberland, in Burnside, Kentucky. Ebare now holds a 9-ounce lead over pro Cameron Lineback of Mount Airy, North Carolinawho weighed a two-day total of 10 bass for 29-9 – in the championship event that featured 221 boaters and co-anglers competing a top cash award of up to $235,000 on the pro side, and the keys to a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard for co-anglers.

The field is now cut to just the top 10 boaters and co-anglers for the final day of competition in the no-entry fee Toyota Series Championship, hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission, that featured the top 25 pros and top 25 co-anglers from each of the eight Toyota Series divisions and tournament winners, the highest finishing boater and co-angler from each regional at the All-American, the College Fishing National Champions and second-place team, and the top pros and co-anglers from the FLW International Division.

Ebare is guaranteed the $10,000 bonus awarded to the highest finishing angler from each division and is the only Southwestern Division angler to make the top 10.

“I caught about the same amount of fish today as I did on Day One, but today the quality showed up,” said Ebare. “I was going through the motions the first day I arrived and had a tactic in mind that worked at Dale Hollow, but it just wasn’t happening here on Lake Cumberland. I started trying to find something else and ran into a little pattern that I’ve expanded every day of practice.

“The practice day that turned nasty and cold, with high winds and snow – that was a good day for me. They were biting good and I was able to dial in where they were at, which keyed me in on the pattern.”

That’s the pattern Ebare said he’s been running the last two days and it seems to be working.

“I’m extremely blessed and thankful. God has blessed me so much all year. I’ve had some ups and downs, but this is a humbling sport and that’s just part of it. You have to roll with the punches and keep going.

“To win $235,000 would be a lot of money. Winning this championship would be something special and a great way to cap off the year.”

The top 10 pros that advanced to the final day of competition on Lake Cumberland are:

1st:       Dakota Ebare, Denham Springs, La., 10 bass, 30-13

2nd:      Cameron Lineback, Mount Airy, N.C., 10 bass, 29-9

3rd:       Chris Malone, Ironton, Ohio, 10 bass, 28-11

4th:       Andrew Loberg, Rocklin, Calif., 10 bass, 26-1

5th:       Michael Caruso, Peoria, Ariz., 10 bass, 26-0

6th:       Eric Olliverson, Lampe, Mo., 10 bass, 25-15

7th:       Drew Boggs, Lebanon, Tenn., 10 bass, 25-11

8th:       Hunter Eubanks, Inman, S.C., 10 bass, 24-14

9th:       Trent Palmer, Cumming, Ga., 10 bass, 24-10

10th:     Kurt Mitchell, Milford, Del., 10 bass, 24-8

Full results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Travis Otto of Jefferson City, Missouri, shot to the lead in the co-angler division Friday with four bass weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce. His two-day total of eight bass weighing 15-5 gives him a 9-ounce lead over Mario Riojas of Blanchard, Oklahoma, who has weighed seven bass totaling 14-12, good for second place. Co-anglers are competing for a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard.

The top 10 co-anglers that will fish the final day on Lake Cumberland are:

1st:       Travis Otto, Jefferson City, Mo., eight bass, 15-5

2nd:      Mario Riojas, Blanchard, Okla., seven bass, 14-12

3rd:       Matt Greene, Ventura, Calif., six bass, 14-3

4th:       Justin Kimmel, Athens, Ga., five bass, 14-0

5th:       Don White, Columbus, Miss., six bass, 13-15

6th:       Larry Elliott, Enoree, S.C., seven bass, 13-6

7th:       Morgan Brown, Spanish Fort, Ala., six bass, 13-0

8th:       Mason Chapman, Lake Quivira, Kan., seven bass, 12-12

9th:       Landon Huff, Madison, Ga., seven bass, 12-11

10th:     Jarvis Ellis, Albany, Ga., four bass, 12-3

The final 10 boaters and co-anglers will take off Saturday from General Burnside Island State Park, located at 8801 S. Highway 27 in Burnside, at 7:30 a.m. EST. Saturday’s Championship weigh-in will be held at the State Park beginning at 2:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to competing anglers, family and essential staff. Fans are encouraged to follow the event online through the “FLW Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at FLWFishing.com.

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


Felix’s Fall Run Secures Bassmaster Rookie Of The Year Honors

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Austin Felix of Eden Prairie, Minn., has won the 2020 Elite Series Rookie of the Year title. 

Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

December 4, 2020

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A strong run through rescheduled tournaments gave Bassmaster Elite Series pro Austin Felix a shot at winning the Bassmaster Angler of the Year title, and although disappointed his fortunes fell short, the native of Eden Prairie, Minn., is proud to have accomplished his initial goal of winning Elite Series Rookie of the Year.

“Rookie of the Year is really special because you get one shot at it. You don’t get a do-over,” Felix said. “It’s bittersweet to be that close to AOY, but I’ll get a shot at it next year.”

Felix might have won this year and swept the season awards if not for subpar first and last events.

“I knew I dug myself a bit of a hole,” Felix said of his 64th-place finish in the season opener on the St. Johns River, “but I’ve been thinking about ROY the whole season.”

Well-versed at clear-water fishing, Felix banked on making a move when the Elite Series headed north to smallmouth waters at the St. Lawrence River (25th), Lake Champlain (18th) and Lake St. Clair (13th). Those finishes pushed him into the Top 15 in AOY standings, but Felix never displayed his trademark consistency.

“I had one stellar day and one mediocre day where I let it get away from me,” Felix said. “It seemed like the third day I’d catch them again, but I could never climb up into that Top 10. I underperformed up north, not making any Top 10s.

“It wasn’t until tournaments on Santee Cooper and Chickamauga Lake that I was able to put two good days together to have a good event. After the smallmouth tournaments, I was at the point of just trying not to give back all the points I gained up north. Fortunately, the fall fishing played into my hand a lot more than I thought it would.”

The COVID-19 pandemic forced B.A.S.S. to move four events to fall, previously unexplored territory for the Elites. Elite Series tournaments on Lake Guntersville, Santee Cooper Lakes, Chickamauga Lake and Lake Fork were moved to times requiring the anglers to figure out the current conditions, not rely on past patterns. Felix began the run with a 40th on Guntersville but maintained his position in the points race.

“What I was most afraid of was Santee Cooper. To be fortunate enough to find that group of offshore fish that allowed me to coast to a solid limit every day, it was really exciting,” said Felix, who competed for the title and ended up fourth.

That finish moved him to sixth in the AOY standings. Felix followed it with a fifth at Chickamauga Lake that put him just five points behind the AOY leader heading into the season’s final event on Lake Fork. While there was a great chance, it wasn’t to be on Fork, where Felix finished 68th and dropped to seventh overall. He could only get a handful of bites each day in practice on the famed Texas fishery, “but it deteriorated over the tournament — I just couldn’t get it done.”

What he did get done is put himself beside the names of previous ROYs like Drew Cook, Jake Whitaker, Drew Benton, Brandon Card and 2020 Bassmaster Classic Champion Hank Cherry. Felix totaled 651 points to top Kyle Welcher (639) and Lake Eufaula champion Buddy Gross (638). Japan’s Taku Ito, who led the AOY standings for a short time at midseason, finished fourth with 606.

“This rookie class has been incredibly talented,” Felix said. “It took Buddy Gross two tournaments to win his first blue trophy. Kyle Welcher proved to everybody that he isn’t just a YouTube kid. He caught the biggest fish of the year. All we had to do was go to New York and Taku made himself a viral sensation. Any one of those guys would have totally deserved this.”

Felix refined his fishing acumen while crossing the county competing for the University of Minnesota (he won an FLW College National Championship in 2014), FLW and Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens events.

“I was under this false impression that local knowledge was key at every lake, which is totally not the case,” said Felix. “It showed me that by doing some research and understanding how regional fish react, you can compete even if you don’t know where every brushpile is.”

Now, Felix is confident that he can go to new places, or at new times, and have a decent shot at discovering a pattern and competing.

“I think that with my angling repertoire, different techniques that I’m confident and comfortable with, I’m going to be able to figure out something they’re going to bite if I can just find the fish,” he said. “I’ve become more comfortable regionally, and I felt like I’ve learned a lot to try to compete across the country.”

Admittedly more of a consistent angler than the guy who wins big tournaments, Felix said he’s working on learning how to finish. Felix is ready to prep his new Phoenix boat and himself for the 2021 season. He’s already thinking about “how I can improve on last year. As soon as the season’s over, I take a few days off and I’m ready to start again.”

And this year, Felix will be starting the season with a title that will follow for the rest of his career: 2020 Bassmaster Elite Rookie of the Year.


Lowrance® Launches Revolutionary New ActiveTarget™ Live Sonar

Top Fishing Professionals Agree New High-Resolution Live Sonar From Lowrance is a Real Game-Changer
Tulsa, Okla. – Lowrance®, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today the launch of its new, high-resolution ActiveTarget™ Live Sonar system, revealing live-action views of fish moving in and around structure as they respond to lure presentations. This new technology delivers top-of-the-line live sonar functionality to the high-resolution HDS® LIVE Ultimate Fishing System, as well as HDS® Carbon and Lowrance’s recently introduced Elite FS™ displays – providing ActiveTarget Live Sonar connectivity with a wider range of displays and pricing options.

The ActiveTarget Live Sonar views show high-resolution images of fish movements in real time and in greater detail. With this immediate feedback, anglers can adjust the presentation to trigger a strike, and also know if more than one predator fish is active in the area.

Offering three viewing options, ActiveTarget can be set to ForwardDown
or Scout® mode. Forward and Down views allow anglers to track fish in front of or below the live sonar transducer, and Scout mode delivers an ultra-wide, overhead view of structure and fish activity in front of the transducer – perfect for finding bait balls and big schools of fish.

ActiveTarget is a perfect complement for Lowrance Active Imaging™ 3-in-1 sonar, which includes extreme high-resolution SideScan and DownScan Imaging™ views for finding structure, and the superb target separation of Lowrance CHIRP Sonar.

“This sonar is unbelievable. It doesn’t matter how fast I’m going, how fast I move the trolling motor, it is instantaneous feedback of a true image of what’s going on under the surface of the water, and there’s no guessing.” ~ Skeet Reese, Professional Bass Angler, former BASS Angler of the Year and Bassmaster Classic Champion

“I’m just excited to use it. I think it’s gonna help me catch a lot of fish that I probably couldn’t have caught without it.” ~ Jordan Lee, Professional Bass Angler, former two-time Bassmaster Classic Champion and current Major League Fishing Points Champion

ActiveTarget Live Sonar, complete with black box module and transducer is priced at $1,499.99. For more information on ActiveTarget, HDS LIVE, Elite FS or the full range of Lowrance products, visit www.lowrance.com.

-30-
About Lowrance: The Lowrance® brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc. A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting, B&G and C-MAP. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com

Local Knowledge Helps Walker Grab Lead At Bassmaster Eastern Open On Lay Lake

Jacob Walker of Alabaster, Ala., is leading after Day 1 of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Lay Lake with 17 pounds, 4 ounces.
Photo by Andy Crawford/B.A.S.S.
December 3, 2020

COLUMBIANA, Ala. — Local angler Jacob Walker said he’s very familiar with Lay Lake, and he needed every bit of that knowledge to catch a limit of 17 pounds, 4 ounces and grab the Day 1 lead of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open.

“The way it is right now, you have to run from one end to the other,” said Walker, who lives in nearby Alabaster, Ala. “You can’t count anything out, that’s for sure.”

Noting that he was on a pure run-and-gun game plan, Walker said he fished between 40 and 50 spots Thursday. He fished efficiently and didn’t sit long on any one place.

“I was catching some out of the grass when the wind blew, and I bounced around to (several) other spots,” Walker said. “I probably had 20 rods on my deck. It was all junk fishing.

“I came into this tournament expecting to do that. It’s been like this the last three months.”

The sharp cold spell that moved into the area early in the week sent temperatures plunging. Overnight lows dipped into the lower 20s and even dropped a little snow on the lake.

Thursday was a little warmer, but Friday’s rainy outlook suggests another cold front on the way.

Meteorological fluctuations typically impact fishing, but Walker said this week’s weather is less than favorable. His biggest bass was a 4-7 largemouth, but he said he wasn’t able to leverage the lake’s potential.

“I think this weather is hurting me more than helping me; it’s hard to catch a big largemouth right now,” he said. “I got fortunate and caught one good one today. I had four spotted bass and one largemouth.

“I’m a largemouth fisherman. That’s what I do, so I’d much rather catch them.”

Walker said he threw a broad array of baits and ended up catching his weight fish on three of them.

“I caught plenty more on other baits, so you gotta keep them honest,” he said. “It was mostly reaction baits for me; I was staying on the move.

“The stuff I’m fishing is pretty fast, so if I sit down and fish (an area) for 30 minutes, I’ll probably make 25 to 30 casts. Sometimes, if I feel like they’re there, I might make 50 casts or more.”

Across the board, wind exposure was the most important factor for each of Walker’s spots. Wind pushes bait into areas, and that gave Walker confidence he would find hungry bass.

“I knew the bait was there,” he said. “It was blown in there by the wind. Some of it is affected by current, but most of it’s the wind.

“As the day goes on, the wind picks up. But we caught ’em all day. My better bites were later in the day and I have a later boat number tomorrow, so that might help me out.”

Keith Carson of DeBary, Fla., is in second place with 16-10. Recognizing a familiar scenario helped him excel in his first Lay Lake appearance.

“I’m just running everything and fishing like I would in Florida,” he said. “When I saw the grass, I knew how to fish it. I caught a lot of fish on a deeper ledge in 11 to 12 feet, but still really close to the grassline.”

Noting that he fished deep and shallow spots, Carson said he caught all of his bass on reaction baits. Covering water to find tight areas of productivity was his strategy.

“There’s a lot of dead water out there,” Carson said. “I caught a 5-11 and then I caught my second-biggest fish on back-to-back casts. They’re all grouped up when you hit them.”

Clint Miller of Jemison, Ala., is in third with 16-3. Despite struggling with the weather conditions, he found two big opportunities and capitalized on one of them.

“I caught them today, but it was tough,” Miller said. “I lucked out and caught a big one (6-0). But without him, I would have had 11 or 12 pounds.”

Miller caught his big fish at 8:30 and lost one around 4 1/2 at 11. Targeting brush, he caught all of his fish on a 1/4-ounce shaky head with a green pumpkin finesse worm.

“I caught them fishing my strength and fishing slow,” Miller said.

Miller is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with his 6-0.

Alex Prince of Blue Ridge, Ga., leads the co-angler division with 7-13.

Cody Shry of Pinehurst, Texas, holds the Phoenix Boats Big Bass lead among co-anglers with a 4-0.

Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., leads the Eastern Open standings with 729 points, followed by Justin Atkins with 709. Pat Schlapper is third with 706, while Joshua Stracner is fourth with 699 and Bryan New is fifth with 696.

New also leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year standings with 1,341 points.

Friday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6:15 a.m. CT from Beeswax Park. The weigh-in will be held at the park at 2:15 p.m.

The tournament is being hosted by Discover Shelby, AL.

2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Lay Lake 12/3-12/5
Lay Lake, Shelby County AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1. Jacob Walker Alabaster, AL 5 17-04 200
Day 1: 5 17-04
2. Keith Carson Debary, FL 5 16-10 199
Day 1: 5 16-10
3. Clint Miller Jemison, AL 5 16-03 198
Day 1: 5 16-03
4. Wyatt Burkhalter Coker, AL 5 16-02 197
Day 1: 5 16-02
5. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 5 15-14 196
Day 1: 5 15-14
6. Samuel Fish Calera, AL 5 15-08 195
Day 1: 5 15-08
7. Jared Turnbloom Calera, AL 5 15-05 194
Day 1: 5 15-05
8. Andy Wicker Pomaria, SC 5 14-12 193
Day 1: 5 14-12
9. Matt Vanzant Sylacauga, AL 5 14-09 192
Day 1: 5 14-09
10. Bryan New Belmont, NC 5 14-06 191
Day 1: 5 14-06
11. Jon Canada Helena, AL 5 14-04 190
Day 1: 5 14-04
12. Andy Chappell Warrior, AL 5 13-15 189
Day 1: 5 13-15
13. Bill Weidler Helena, AL 5 13-14 188
Day 1: 5 13-14
14. Brian Latimer Belton, SC 5 13-11 187
Day 1: 5 13-11
15. Joey Nania Cropwell, AL 5 13-09 186
Day 1: 5 13-09
15. KJ Queen Catawba, NC 5 13-09 186
Day 1: 5 13-09
17. Barry Brandt Jr. Newport News, VA 5 13-06 184
Day 1: 5 13-06
18. Justin Atkins Florence, AL 5 13-04 183
Day 1: 5 13-04
18. Adam Neu Forestville, WI 5 13-04 183
Day 1: 5 13-04
20. Jason Burroughs Hodges, SC 5 13-02 181
Day 1: 5 13-02
21. Denny Fiedler Wabasha, MN 5 13-01 180
Day 1: 5 13-01
21. Derek Lehtonen Woodruff, SC 5 13-01 180
Day 1: 5 13-01
21. Alex Sherrill Clanton, AL 5 13-01 180
Day 1: 5 13-01
24. James Meers Rome, GA 5 12-14 177
Day 1: 5 12-14
25. Freddy Palmer Estill Springs, TN 5 12-11 176
Day 1: 5 12-11
26. Chris Payne Vance, AL 5 12-10 175
Day 1: 5 12-10
27. Scott Pellegrin Chippewa Falls, WI 5 12-09 174
Day 1: 5 12-09
27. Matt Robertson Kuttawa, KY 5 12-09 174
Day 1: 5 12-09
29. Teb Jones Hattiesburg, MS 5 12-08 172
Day 1: 5 12-08
30. Cameron Smith Wareham, MA 5 12-07 171
Day 1: 5 12-07
31. Cole Drummond Effingham, SC 5 12-06 170
Day 1: 5 12-06
31. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 5 12-06 170
Day 1: 5 12-06
33. Greg Mansfield Olathe, KS 5 12-04 168
Day 1: 5 12-04
34. Dustin Connell Clanton, AL 5 12-03 167
Day 1: 5 12-03
34. Kenneth Malone Columbiana, AL 5 12-03 167
Day 1: 5 12-03
36. Josh Herren Ashville, AL 5 12-02 165
Day 1: 5 12-02
37. Tyler Caton Clanton, AL 5 12-01 164
Day 1: 5 12-01
38. Justin Hamner Northport, AL 5 12-00 163
Day 1: 5 12-00
39. Randall Carter Maplesville, AL 5 11-14 162
Day 1: 5 11-14
40. Jarrett Brown Montevallo, AL 5 11-13 161
Day 1: 5 11-13
41. Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 3 11-12 160
Day 1: 3 11-12
42. Spencer Peters Knoxville, TN 5 11-11 159
Day 1: 5 11-11
43. Kenta Kimura Osaka JAPAN 5 11-10 158
Day 1: 5 11-10
44. Todd Castledine Nacogdoches, TX 5 11-09 157
Day 1: 5 11-09
45. Pat Schlapper Eleva, WI 5 11-08 156
Day 1: 5 11-08
46. Jacob Foutz Charleston, TN 5 11-04 155
Day 1: 5 11-04
47. Shane Horton Wilsonville , AL 5 11-03 154
Day 1: 5 11-03
48. Wesley Gore Clanton, AL 5 11-02 153
Day 1: 5 11-02
49. Randy Blaukat Joplin, MO 5 11-01 152
Day 1: 5 11-01
50. Scott Canterbury Odenville, AL 5 11-00 151
Day 1: 5 11-00
50. Alex Redwine Blue Ash, OH 5 11-00 151
Day 1: 5 11-00
52. Andy Hribar Lakeville, MN 5 10-14 149
Day 1: 5 10-14
53. Garrett Dixon Citronelle, AL 5 10-13 148
Day 1: 5 10-13
53. Chandler Stewart Waco, TX 5 10-13 148
Day 1: 5 10-13
53. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 5 10-13 148
Day 1: 5 10-13
56. Bryce Matthews Olanta, SC 5 10-12 145
Day 1: 5 10-12
56. Chad Smith Minnetonka, MN 5 10-12 145
Day 1: 5 10-12
56. Chris Wooten West Point, MS 5 10-12 145
Day 1: 5 10-12
59. Kyle Austin Ridgeville, SC 5 10-11 142
Day 1: 5 10-11
59. Cody Detweiler Orlando, FL 5 10-11 142
Day 1: 5 10-11
61. Greg Alexander Hebron, MD 5 10-10 140
Day 1: 5 10-10
61. Josh Hubbard Braidwood, IL 5 10-10 140
Day 1: 5 10-10
63. Matthew Mccarthy Marysville, OH 5 10-09 138
Day 1: 5 10-09
63. Scott Siller Milwaukee, WI 5 10-09 138
Day 1: 5 10-09
63. JT Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 5 10-09 138
Day 1: 5 10-09
66. Caiden Sinclair Wilsonville, AL 5 10-08 135
Day 1: 5 10-08
67. Stephen Morella Townshend, VT 5 10-07 134
Day 1: 5 10-07
67. J T Russell Mccala, AL 5 10-07 134
Day 1: 5 10-07
69. Bo Hunter Gardendale, AL 5 10-06 132
Day 1: 5 10-06
70. Dustin Reneau Mckinney, TX 5 10-05 131
Day 1: 5 10-05
70. Chad Schroeder Lowndesboro, AL 5 10-05 131
Day 1: 5 10-05
72. Zeke Gossett Pell City, AL 5 10-01 129
Day 1: 5 10-01
72. Scott Martin Clewiston, FL 5 10-01 129
Day 1: 5 10-01
72. Trevor Prince Blue Ridge, GA 5 10-01 129
Day 1: 5 10-01
75. Kopeland Rosser Helena, AL 5 09-15 126
Day 1: 5 09-15
76. Justin Hamner Foley, AL 5 09-14 125
Day 1: 5 09-14
76. Lance Rose Pipe Creek, TX 5 09-14 125
Day 1: 5 09-14
78. Dave Turner Crystal River, FL 5 09-11 123
Day 1: 5 09-11
79. Daisuke Aoki Minamitsurugun Yamanash 5 09-10 122
Day 1: 5 09-10
80. Randy Elliott Severn, MD 5 09-09 121
Day 1: 5 09-09
80. Timmy Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 5 09-09 121
Day 1: 5 09-09
82. Joshua Stracner Vandiver, AL 5 09-08 119
Day 1: 5 09-08
83. Randy Huffman Charleston, WV 5 09-07 118
Day 1: 5 09-07
84. Matt Lee Bremen, AL 4 09-07 117
Day 1: 4 09-07
85. Joel Bowden Sylacauga, AL 5 09-05 116
Day 1: 5 09-05
86. Alex Wetherell Middletown, CT 5 09-04 115
Day 1: 5 09-04
87. Tyler Ellis Battlefield, MO 5 09-03 114
Day 1: 5 09-03
87. Barry Wilson Birmingham, AL 5 09-03 114
Day 1: 5 09-03
89. Marc Frazier Newnan, GA 5 09-01 112
Day 1: 5 09-01
89. Caleb Gibson Locust Grove, OK 5 09-01 112
Day 1: 5 09-01
89. Ronald Ryals Jr Live Oak, FL 5 09-01 112
Day 1: 5 09-01
92. Michael Bradford Scottsboro, AL 5 09-00 109
Day 1: 5 09-00
93. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 5 08-13 108
Day 1: 5 08-13
93. Brandon Tallhamer Parkersburg, WV 5 08-13 108
Day 1: 5 08-13
95. Justin Barnes Monroeville, AL 5 08-12 106
Day 1: 5 08-12
96. Hall Hobbs Wilsonville, AL 5 08-11 105
Day 1: 5 08-11
96. Carl Jocumsen Queensland AUSTRALIA 5 08-11 105
Day 1: 5 08-11
98. Johnny McCombs Morris, AL 5 08-07 103
Day 1: 5 08-07
99. Allen Brooks Canton, GA 5 08-06 102
Day 1: 5 08-06
99. Garrett Rose Pipecreek, TX 5 08-06 102
Day 1: 5 08-06
101. Mark Pappas Dandridge, TN 5 08-05 100
Day 1: 5 08-05
102. Henry Mcpherson Mountain Brk, AL 5 08-04 99
Day 1: 5 08-04
102. Clint Nail Sterrett, AL 5 08-04 99
Day 1: 5 08-04
104. Dj Ellis Crestview, FL 5 08-02 97
Day 1: 5 08-02
105. Jonathan Carter Glenburn, ME 5 07-15 96
Day 1: 5 07-15
106. Gregg Fogner Conway, SC 5 07-14 95
Day 1: 5 07-14
107. Stephen Perry Pike Road, AL 3 07-14 94
Day 1: 3 07-14
108. Hunter Sales Blaine, TN 5 07-13 93
Day 1: 5 07-13
109. Bob Behrle Hoover, AL 5 07-11 92
Day 1: 5 07-11
110. Cam Sterritt Newfields, NH 5 07-10 91
Day 1: 5 07-10
111. Garrett Rocamora Lithia, FL 3 07-10 90
Day 1: 3 07-10
112. Anthony Goggins Clanton, AL 5 07-09 89
Day 1: 5 07-09
112. Bradley Hallman Norman, OK 5 07-09 89
Day 1: 5 07-09
112. Jake Rossi Columbus, OH 5 07-09 89
Day 1: 5 07-09
115. Eric Johnson Kingston, MA 5 07-07 86
Day 1: 5 07-07
116. John Maner Falkville, AL 5 07-06 85
Day 1: 5 07-06
117. Parker Mott Winter Garden, FL 5 07-04 84
Day 1: 5 07-04
117. Andrew Upshaw Tulsa, OK 5 07-04 84
Day 1: 5 07-04
119. Scott Patton Paris, TN 5 07-03 82
Day 1: 5 07-03
120. Bobby Lane Jr. Lakeland, FL 5 07-02 81
Day 1: 5 07-02
121. Larry Franks Jr. Wilsonville, AL 4 07-00 80
Day 1: 4 07-00
122. Brandt Tumberg Moore, SC 5 06-15 79
Day 1: 5 06-15
123. Tyler Berger Delaware, OH 5 06-14 78
Day 1: 5 06-14
124. David Parsons Dothan, AL 5 06-13 77
Day 1: 5 06-13
124. Chris Peters Birchwood, TN 5 06-13 77
Day 1: 5 06-13
126. Brandon Mccombs Mc Calla, AL 3 06-13 75
Day 1: 3 06-13
127. Mark Duerr West Allis, WI 4 06-09 74
Day 1: 4 06-09
128. Gus Kneidinger Prospect, PA 3 06-08 73
Day 1: 3 06-08
129. Matt Mattingly Gravel Switch, KY 5 06-07 72
Day 1: 5 06-07
129. Jeremy Maye Windsor, VA 5 06-07 72
Day 1: 5 06-07
129. Whitney Stephens Waverly, OH 5 06-07 72
Day 1: 5 06-07
132. Connor Macdougall Bremerton, WA 5 06-05 69
Day 1: 5 06-05
133. Tommy Williams Shepherdsville, KY 5 06-04 68
Day 1: 5 06-04
134. Cj Knight Sylacauga, AL 3 06-00 67
Day 1: 3 06-00
135. Jerry Gallogly Jr North Tazewell, VA 4 05-13 66
Day 1: 4 05-13
136. Denis Karachopan Rocky Point, NY 4 05-11 65
Day 1: 4 05-11
137. Kameron Harbin Abbeville, SC 5 05-07 64
Day 1: 5 05-07
138. Lance Owen Greer, SC 3 05-07 63
Day 1: 3 05-07
139. Guy Eaker Cherryville, NC 3 05-02 62
Day 1: 3 05-02
140. Colby Robertson Summerfield, FL 4 05-01 61
Day 1: 4 05-01
141. Ryan Branch Chelsea, AL 3 04-14 60
Day 1: 3 04-14
142. Joe Thompson Clayton, GA 3 04-12 59
Day 1: 3 04-12
143. Trevor Topken Warwick, NY 2 04-12 58
Day 1: 2 04-12
144. Ronnie Getz Sunman, IN 4 04-11 57
Day 1: 4 04-11
145. Frank Ramsey Spring Grove, IL 2 04-11 56
Day 1: 2 04-11
146. Rich Mcbride Calera, AL 3 04-10 55
Day 1: 3 04-10
146. Luke Plunkett Pinson, AL 3 04-10 55
Day 1: 3 04-10
148. Robert Gibson Niota, TN 2 04-07 53
Day 1: 2 04-07
149. Cassidy Evans Huntsville, AL 2 04-03 52
Day 1: 2 04-03
149. Ken Iyobe Tokoname, Aichi JAPAN 2 04-03 52
Day 1: 2 04-03
151. Joel Willert Prior Lake, MN 3 03-15 50
Day 1: 3 03-15
152. Noah Godwin Clanton, AL 3 03-05 49
Day 1: 3 03-05
153. Tucker Smith Birmingham, AL 2 02-11 48
Day 1: 2 02-11
154. Shawn Hendrix Sharpsburg, GA 2 02-03 47
Day 1: 2 02-03
155. Cole Dodson GARDENDALE, AL 2 02-02 46
Day 1: 2 02-02
156. Cody Bertrand Dyer, IN 1 01-06 45
Day 1: 1 01-06
157. Kenny Mittelstaedt Minnetonka, MN 1 00-12 44
Day 1: 1 00-12
158. Chris Kingree Inverness, FL 4 00-00 43
Day 1: 4 00-00
159. Jason Casteel Winter Garden, FL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
159. David Gaston Sylacauga, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
159. Russ Lane Prattville, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
159. Richard Reeger Gastonia, NC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
159. Andrew Thomasson Dublin, VA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 126 722 1487-08
----------------------------------
126 722 1487-08

2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Lay Lake 12/3-12/5
Lay Lake, Shelby County AL.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1. Alex Prince Blue Ridge, GA 3 07-13 200
Day 1: 3 07-13
2. Steve Robbins Piketon, OH 3 07-10 199
Day 1: 3 07-10
3. Cody Shry Pinehurst, TX 3 07-08 198
Day 1: 3 07-08
4. Robert Bruguiere Mechanicsville, VA 3 07-02 197
Day 1: 3 07-02
4. Don Harvey Franklin, TN 3 07-02 197
Day 1: 3 07-02
6. John Goul Philadelphia, MS 3 07-01 195
Day 1: 3 07-01
7. Greg Secord Salem, SC 3 06-15 194
Day 1: 3 06-15
8. Shawn Spaeth Cadott, WI 3 06-14 193
Day 1: 3 06-14
9. Angela Mayo Maiden, NC 3 06-13 192
Day 1: 3 06-13
9. Parker Vincent Deatsville, AL 3 06-13 192
Day 1: 3 06-13
11. Jim Laster Newnan, GA 3 06-10 190
Day 1: 3 06-10
11. Bailey Rothrock Monticello, IN 3 06-10 190
Day 1: 3 06-10
13. Rodney Graham Childersburg, AL 3 06-09 188
Day 1: 3 06-09
13. Randy Woodley Harvest, AL 3 06-09 188
Day 1: 3 06-09
15. Kelvin Young Guntersville, AL 3 06-08 186
Day 1: 3 06-08
16. Connor Graham Minneapolis, MN 3 06-02 185
Day 1: 3 06-02
17. Brian Rothrock Monticello, IN 3 05-15 184
Day 1: 3 05-15
18. Jeffery Strong Sharpsburg, GA 3 05-14 183
Day 1: 3 05-14
19. Mike Scroggins Wilsonville, AL 3 05-13 182
Day 1: 3 05-13
20. Harold Addison Columbia, SC 3 05-12 181
Day 1: 3 05-12
20. Caz Anderson Hayesville, NC 3 05-12 181
Day 1: 3 05-12
22. Dustin Williamson Aiken, SC 3 05-10 179
Day 1: 3 05-10
23. Neal Wisinski Stevens Point, WI 3 05-08 178
Day 1: 3 05-08
24. Craig Congleton Rockford, MI 3 05-06 177
Day 1: 3 05-06
24. Cody Stahl Griffin, GA 3 05-06 177
Day 1: 3 05-06
26. Tyler Harless HELENA, AL 3 05-05 175
Day 1: 3 05-05
27. Bill Bruce Hendersonville, TN 3 05-03 174
Day 1: 3 05-03
27. Travis Culbreth Columbia, AL 3 05-03 174
Day 1: 3 05-03
27. Josh Dees Mt. Olive, AL 3 05-03 174
Day 1: 3 05-03
27. Randal Griffice Bessemer, AL 3 05-03 174
Day 1: 3 05-03
27. Dawson Wisner Green Cv Spgs, FL 3 05-03 174
Day 1: 3 05-03
32. Mike Anderson Harlem, GA 3 05-02 169
Day 1: 3 05-02
33. Kibbee Mccoy Knoxville, TN 3 05-01 168
Day 1: 3 05-01
33. Ronald Young New Braunfels, TX 3 05-01 168
Day 1: 3 05-01
35. Skyler Anderson Harlem, GA 3 05-00 166
Day 1: 3 05-00
36. Scott Corliss Northwood, NH 2 05-00 165
Day 1: 2 05-00
37. Chris Bridges Clinton, MO 3 04-15 164
Day 1: 3 04-15
38. Mark Westrick Hastings, PA 2 04-14 163
Day 1: 2 04-14
39. David Booth Erin, TN 3 04-12 162
Day 1: 3 04-12
40. Jay Przekurat Stevens Point, WI 3 04-11 161
Day 1: 3 04-11
40. Sam Sobieck New Prague, MN 3 04-11 161
Day 1: 3 04-11
42. Steve Lindsey Bayou La Batre, AL 2 04-11 159
Day 1: 2 04-11
43. Levi Allgeier Bardstown, KY 3 04-10 158
Day 1: 3 04-10
44. Carl Hunter Snellville, GA 3 04-09 157
Day 1: 3 04-09
45. Logan Stewart Nashville, TN 3 04-08 156
Day 1: 3 04-08
45. Todd Wagman Winter Garden, FL 3 04-08 156
Day 1: 3 04-08
47. Max Mcgee Louisville, MS 3 04-07 154
Day 1: 3 04-07
48. Phil Dodds Hixson, TN 2 04-04 153
Day 1: 2 04-04
49. Jon Jezierski Troy, MI 3 04-03 152
Day 1: 3 04-03
49. Jacob Novak Clear Lake, MN 3 04-03 152
Day 1: 3 04-03
49. Chuck Thurlow Auburn, AL 3 04-03 152
Day 1: 3 04-03
52. Russell Hoyle Newton, NC 3 04-02 149
Day 1: 3 04-02
53. Adam Traugh Gilroy, CA 3 04-01 148
Day 1: 3 04-01
54. Buddy Elston Jr. Odenville, AL 2 04-00 147
Day 1: 2 04-00
54. Scott Waters Saint Cloud, FL 2 04-00 147
Day 1: 2 04-00
56. Jason Reaves Montague, TX 3 03-15 145
Day 1: 3 03-15
56. Daniel Valois Gomez Coral Springs FL VENEZU 3 03-15 145
Day 1: 3 03-15
58. Andrew Packard Fresno, CA 3 03-14 143
Day 1: 3 03-14
59. Wendell Edgil Winfield, AL 2 03-13 142
Day 1: 2 03-13
60. Jeff Queen Catawba, NC 3 03-12 141
Day 1: 3 03-12
60. Ken Sharkey Spring Lake, MI 3 03-12 141
Day 1: 3 03-12
62. Randy Tallhamer Parkersburg, WV 2 03-12 139
Day 1: 2 03-12
63. Jack Alexander Mountain Brook, AL 3 03-11 138
Day 1: 3 03-11
64. Stacey Jefferson Conway, SC 3 03-10 137
Day 1: 3 03-10
65. Ashley Bishop Chesapeake, VA 3 03-09 136
Day 1: 3 03-09
66. Bert Seitz Chelsea, AL 2 03-09 135
Day 1: 2 03-09
67. Kai Barnett Wilsonville, AL 3 03-08 134
Day 1: 3 03-08
68. Kent Duchaine Fort Gaines, GA 2 03-08 133
Day 1: 2 03-08
69. Tanner Plumlee Gadsden, TN 1 03-07 132
Day 1: 1 03-07
70. Burley Langford Jr. S.Chesterfield, VA 3 03-06 131
Day 1: 3 03-06
71. Steven Kellam Dry Ridge, KY 3 03-05 130
Day 1: 3 03-05
71. Bryden Mugleston Mount Juliet, TN 3 03-05 130
Day 1: 3 03-05
73. Todd Mowery Munford, TN 3 03-02 128
Day 1: 3 03-02
74. Ralph Pierce Prattville, AL 2 02-15 127
Day 1: 2 02-15
75. Hayden Marbut Vestavia, AL 2 02-14 126
Day 1: 2 02-14
76. Lucas Bradley Gadsden, AL 2 02-13 125
Day 1: 2 02-13
76. Ralph Gibson Locust Grove, OK 2 02-13 125
Day 1: 2 02-13
78. Jason Beasley Millbrook, AL 1 02-13 123
Day 1: 1 02-13
79. Michael Elrod Cropwell, AL 1 02-12 122
Day 1: 1 02-12
80. Brad Hoff Brooks, GA 3 02-11 121
Day 1: 3 02-11
81. Todd Young Perryville, KY 2 02-11 120
Day 1: 2 02-11
82. Bradley Brooks Easley, SC 1 02-11 119
Day 1: 1 02-11
83. Chris Newton Whitesboro, NY 2 02-09 118
Day 1: 2 02-09
84. Eric Davis Athens, AL 3 02-08 117
Day 1: 3 02-08
85. Jeff Keever Tignall, GA 2 02-08 116
Day 1: 2 02-08
86. Josh Morse Apopka, FL 1 02-08 115
Day 1: 1 02-08
87. Joe Eubanks Marietta, GA 2 02-05 114
Day 1: 2 02-05
87. Rick Williams Jr Sandston, VA 2 02-05 114
Day 1: 2 02-05
89. Luke Kerstetter Brookfield, WI 1 02-04 112
Day 1: 1 02-04
90. William Maddox Trussville, AL 1 02-03 111
Day 1: 1 02-03
91. Isaac Booth Washburn, TN 2 02-02 110
Day 1: 2 02-02
91. Michael Schrader North Attleboro, MA 2 02-02 110
Day 1: 2 02-02
93. Grant Hopson Hartselle, AL 1 02-02 108
Day 1: 1 02-02
94. Lee Means Madison, AL 2 02-01 107
Day 1: 2 02-01
95. Charles Harris Athens, AL 1 02-01 106
Day 1: 1 02-01
96. Paul Scharf Sr Tampa, FL 1 02-00 105
Day 1: 1 02-00
97. Eric Carroll Gaylesville, AL 2 01-15 104
Day 1: 2 01-15
97. Roy Hurst Jr Birmingham, AL 2 01-15 104
Day 1: 2 01-15
99. Caleb Dennis Childersburg, AL 1 01-15 102
Day 1: 1 01-15
99. Ryan Fronina Mohrsville, PA 1 01-15 102
Day 1: 1 01-15
99. Chip Stith Piscataway, NJ 1 01-15 102
Day 1: 1 01-15
102. Darren Ashley Calhoun Falls, SC 2 01-13 99
Day 1: 2 01-13
102. Grover Jones Jr Starr, SC 2 01-13 99
Day 1: 2 01-13
104. Steven Slaughter Roanoke, TX 2 01-11 97
Day 1: 2 01-11
105. Mitch Van Ert Watertown, WI 1 01-11 96
Day 1: 1 01-11
106. Zack Barrera Morriston, FL 1 01-08 95
Day 1: 1 01-08
107. John Connell Marion, IL 1 01-05 94
Day 1: 1 01-05
107. Doug Johnson Prattville, AL 1 01-05 94
Day 1: 1 01-05
107. Steve Legg Vincent, OH 1 01-05 94
Day 1: 1 01-05
110. Rick Hamer Charleston, WV 1 01-04 91
Day 1: 1 01-04
111. Ryan Godsey Chickamauga, GA 1 01-00 90
Day 1: 1 01-00
111. Jonathan Majors Chelsea, AL 1 01-00 90
Day 1: 1 01-00
113. Lonny Peryer Sparta, MO 1 00-15 88
Day 1: 1 00-15
113. Justin Thomas Panama City, FL 1 00-15 88
Day 1: 1 00-15
115. John Hatfield Panama City, FL 1 00-14 86
Day 1: 1 00-14
116. Daniel Istik Cranberry Twp, PA 3 00-00 85
Day 1: 3 00-00
117. Jon Brazeal Eucha, OK 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Steve Deyton Forest City, NC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Barney Edens Midland, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Jim Ford Magnolia, AR 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Mark Guhne Hixson, TN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Mason Gunter Newnan, GA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Ray Hill Lake City, FL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Yo Howard Bolingbrook, IL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Chris Jones Birmingham, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Deandrae Kimbrough Tuscaloosa, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Jon Lawson Cartersville, GA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Harry Linsinbigler IV Dover, FL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Greg Mauldin Archdale, NC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Billy Messer Spartanburg, SC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Waylon Mullis Tuscaloosa, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Caleb Scott Sylacauga, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Andy Semonco Chester, VA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
117. Jacob Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00


Arizona’s Uribe Leads Day One of Toyota Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

Toyota Series Western Division Pro Leads by 4-Ounce Margin in Competition for $235,000

BURNSIDE, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2020) – A tournament field of 221 boats – each featuring a pro and a co-angler – began their three-day competition for a top cash award of up to $235,000 at the Toyota Series Championship on Lake Cumberland, in Burnside, Kentucky, Thursday.

Pro angler Joe Uribe, Jr. of Surprise, Arizona, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 2 ounces to take the early lead after Day One of the three day event. Uribe now holds a slim 4-ounce lead over proNick Ratliff of Vine Grove, Kentucky, who caught five bass weighing 15 pounds, 14 ounces, to end the day in second place. The no-entry fee bass-fishing championship, hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission, features the top 25 pros and top 25 co-anglers from each of the eight Toyota Series divisions and tournament winners, the highest finishing boater and co-angler from each regional at the All-American, the College Fishing National Champions and second-place team, and the top pros and co-anglers from the FLW International Division.

Hailing from the Western Division, Uribe set the pace in the championship Thursday and added another mark to his sterling record, having only finished outside of the top six in the Western Division Angler of the Year points standings twice in the past 10 years. Though success has been lacking at the championships, he’s overdue to show off on a national stage, and a tough lake with smallmouths and rock could be just the fix.

“I’m so glad to be out here – this lake is beautiful,” said Uribe. “We made a long run to our first spot and stuck it out, fishing slow and thorough. I only got six bites all day, but I made them count.”

Uribe credits his lead on Day One to covering large amounts of water.

“I threw moving baits and covered a lot of water. I looked at different pieces on the bank – bank transitions – just something a little bit different. I found a creek in practice that I thought looked really good, with a lot of variations of structure and depth and immediately felt comfortable where I was and fished that area all day.

“I only had two days of practice, but everything just clicked and I started getting bit right away. I literally had one rod on the deck –  I was winding a crankbait, making a lot of casts and continuously moving.”

For a tournament with more than 220 boats on the water, Uribe said his location was relatively quiet.

“There were maybe five boats in the area I was fishing. I’m looking forward to going back out there tomorrow – the weather has been brutal and it’s supposed to rain tomorrow. Hopefully that ends up being a good thing.”

Uribe attributed his success to the fact that he never stops practicing.

“I made a couple stops on the way back and caught a couple. I’m going to practice again tomorrow during the competition and if I’m fortunate enough to make the Top 10, I’ll be practicing again on Saturday.”

The top 20 pros after Day One on Lake Cumberland are:

1st:       Joe Uribe, Jr., Surprise, Ariz., five bass, 16-2
2nd:      Nick Ratliff, Vine Grove, Ky., five bass, 15-14
3rd:       Chris Malone, Ironton, Ohio, five bass, 15-3
4th:       Greg Bohannan, Bentonville, Ark., five bass, 14-13
5th:       Kip Carter, Mansfield, Ga., five bass, 14-7
6th:       Will Beutjer, Athens, Ala., five bass, 14-5
7th:       Dakota Ebare, Denham Springs, La., five bass, 14-1
8th:       Ryan Davidson, Branchland, W.Va., five bass, 13-13
9th:       Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., five bass, 13-12
10th:     Andrew Loberg, Rocklin, Calif., five bass, 13-11
11th:     Cameron Lineback, Mount Airy, N.C., five bass, 13-8
12th:     R.M. Couch, Jr., Ocala, Fla., five bass, 13-4
13th:     Jason Meninger, Saint Augustine, Fla., five bass, 13-3
14th:     Cody Bird, Granbury, Texas, four bass, 13-2
14th:     Chris Fiore, Midlothian, Va., five bass, 13-2
16th:     Drew Boggs, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 13-0
17th:     Eric Olliverson, Lampe, Mo., five bass, 12-15
18th:     Jonathan Bowling, Harriman, Tenn., five bass, 12-12
19th:     Michael Caruso, Peoria, Ariz., five bass, 12-10
20th:     Jason Wilson, Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 12-7

For a full list of results visit FLWFishing.com.

Don White of Columbus, Mississippi, leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 12 pounds even, followed by Mark Svendsen of Doraville, Georgia, who weighed three bass totaling 11-10, securing second-place. Co-anglers are competing for a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard.

The top 20 co-anglers after Day One on Lake Cumberland are:

1st:       Don White, Columbus, Miss., five bass, 12-0
2nd:      Mark Svendsen, Doraville, Ga., three bass, 11-10
3rd:       Casey Taylor, Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 10-8
4th:       Kevin Hesson, Seneca, Pa., four bass, 10-1
5th:       Jason Hinger, Timberlake, N.C., five bass, 10-0
6th:       Mario Riojas, Blanchard, Okla., five bass, 9-13
7th:       Rachel Uribe, Long Beach, Calif., four bass, 9-8
8th:       Travis Otto, Jefferson City, Mo., four bass, 9-4
9th:       Justin Kimmel, Athens, Ga., three bass, 9-3
10th:     Josh Lockard, Somerset, Ky., four bass, 8-10
10th:     Jarvis Ellis, Albany, Ga., three bass, 8-10
12th:     Rob Crane, Fairview Heights, Ill., five bass, 7-9
13th:     Andrew Wiley, Joppa, Md., five bass, 7-6
14th:     Early Whitaker, Iron City, Ga., three bass, 7-5
15th:     Aaron Seay, El Cajon, Calif., three bass, 7-4
16th:     Eric Wild, Brooklyn, Mich., four bass, 6-10
17th:     Derek Brown, Charlottesville, Va., three bass, 6-4
18th:     Michael Leach, Shenandoah, Texas, two bass, 6-0
18th:     Leo Reiter, Greenup, Ill., three bass, 6-0
20th:     Randy Forbes, Pleasant Plain, Ohio, two bass, 5-12

Anglers will take off daily at 7:30 a.m. EST from the General Burnside Island State Park, at 8801 S. Highway 27, in Burnside. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park and will begin at 2:30 p.m. each day. Attendance is limited to competing anglers, family and essential staff. Fans are encouraged to follow the event online through the “FLW Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at FLWFishing.com.

The full field of anglers will compete on Days One and Two of the event, with only the top 10 boaters and top 10 co-anglers continuing to the third and final day. The 2020 Toyota Series champions will be determined by the heaviest three-day total weight.

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.


Abu Garcia and Berkley Join as Premier Sponsors of the Big Bass Tour

Courtesy of Big Bass Tour

Published on 12-02-2020

The Woodlands, Texas – The Big Bass Tour announced today that Abu Garcia and Berkley brands have joined as premier sponsors of the 2021 Tour.

“We are proud to welcome these outstanding Pure Fishing brands to the Tour and look forward to a long partnership.” said Scott Gordon, Tournament Director. “Our anglers will get to experience first-hand the incredible products these two brands have to offer.” added Gordon.

“We are always looking for opportunities to connect with competitive anglers. Abu Garcia and Berkley are excited to begin this relationship with the Big Bass Tour,” said Jon Schlosser, Sr. Vice President of Marketing. “BBT provides us an avenue to get our products into the hands of avid anglers where they can test them at events and lakes they love,” added Schlosser

About Abu Garcia and Berkley

Abu Garcia® and Berkley® are leading global providers of fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels.

https://www.abugarcia.com

https://www.berkley-fishing.com

About Big Bass Tour

Founded in 2010, the Big Bass Tour is the nation's premier big bass tournament series. The 2021 season will feature over $1,800,000 in guaranteed prizes and payouts with events in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. For more information visit www.bigbasstour.com


Z-Man® Baits Crush It at National Kayak-Bass Championship

Kayak pros land 1st, 3rd and Angler of the Year titles

Ladson, SC (December 2, 2020) – For the past few seasons, something special, subtle, perhaps intangible about Z-Man baits has caught on with the kayak brigade—those aerobic aquatic explorers who prefer to cast anywhere trolling motors and glitter rockets can’t go. Whatever the it factor might be, Z-Man baits once again ruled the outcome of the Hobie Bass Open Series (BOS), this time, accounting for 1st place, 3rd place and Angler of the Year titles at the illustrious Hobie Tournament of Champions (TOC).

For two tumultuous days (Nov. 13 and 14) on the Tennessee River system near Knoxville, local stick and Z-Man pro Ryan Lambert tossed Z-Man SlingBladeZ™ spinnerbaits and Ned-rigged Big TRDs™ to seduce 186.25-inches of river bronze— easily enough smallmouth bass to earn a $30k Championship payday. Among a talented 50-angler qualifying field of ‘yak-driven anglers, Lambert out-caught 2nd place finisher Jordan Marshall by 11-inches and Z-Man pro and 3rdplace finisher Kristine Fischer by 14.

Championship winner Ryan “Lunchmoney” Lambert leaned on a 1-2 punch of Z-Man baits.

“A month ago, I was lucky enough to win the Tennessee state kayak championship on these waters,” admits Lambert, a resident of nearby Chattanooga. “The fish were just crushing a ChatterBait® JackHammer™ at that time, like usual.” (Earlier in the year, Lambert lip-locked a goliath 22-inch smallmouth at Lake Guntersville, also a JackHammer-eater.)

“I returned for the Hobie national championship and thankfully found the smallmouth school in the same location. But for whatever reason, I couldn’t get them to eat a JackHammer, so I switched over to a one-two punch of a SlingBladeZ spinnerbait and a Ned Rig, and worked the same big school of smallmouths both days.”

On day-1, Lambert slung a tandem, Pearl Ghost-colored SlingBladeZ spinnerbait and Pearl Turbo CrawZ™ trailer upstream, working it methodically back down with the current, through 6-feet of water. “The SlingBladeZ is such a stable, balanced spinnerbait—ideal for strong flows,” believes Lambert. “The tandem willow-Colorado blade was key in the stained water, providing extra flash and thump at the same time. Giving off a second layer of vibration and action, the Turbo CrawZ ran perfectly on the back of the spinnerbait. The pinchers on this bait really help focus the bass’s attention on the hook, too.”

Lambert’s spot, which he described as “a non-descript stretch of a feeder river with flooded timber, rocks and a bit of grass” held a huge school of smallmouths along a 40-yard stretch. “My first bite didn’t come until about 11 a.m., but then during a hot 45-minute span, I boated my entire day-one limit, including a 20.5-inch hawg on the SlingBladeZ.”

Prior to day-2, Lambert heard through the grapevine that another angler might elbow in to his spot. Sure enough, an intruding angler helped turn Lambert’s smallmouth school even more difficult to catch. “It was already tricky holding on such a small river area, but I felt like if I stuck to my guns and worked the fish with the Ned Rig, I could scratch five keepers and finish in good shape.

“I’m a big fan of Z-Man’s Mag ShroomZ™ and a Big TRD. The Mag ShroomZ has a heavier duty hook, perfect for river Ned Rigging,” says Lambert. “Crazy thing was, I lost one of only two of these jigs I had to a rock right away. Somehow, I managed to snag it a few casts later, so I reclaimed my one back-up.

“In the current and for big bruiser smallmouths, the heavier 3/8-ounce weight and bigger hook are key. I just kept working that combo and keeping bottom contact with it, until I had my fish. That Z-Man Ned Rig is such a confidence deal for me that I just kept showing it to fish over and over until they bit it.

“After measuring my fifth keeper smallmouth, I looked at the sky, saw a big storm coming and paddled back to my truck. I called A.J. (tournament director A.J. McWhorter) and told him, ‘I’m done, man.’” Meanwhile, a heavy storm rolled through, including wind gusts to 60-mph. For many of the other anglers still on the water, including Fischer, the storm brought the bite to a halt.

The popular Fischer faced even longer odds, having spent scant hours of prefishing on a waterway she’d never seen before. “There’s so much water here, so much great looking stuff,” she notes. “Thankfully, I’m pretty comfortable on rivers. On day-1, I happened to notice a bit of commotion on the up-current side of an island and paddled over. I caught a bass that coughed up a 4-1/2-inch baitfish.”

Fischer tied on and slow-rolled a Z-Man MinnowZ™ (Opening Night pattern) swimbait on a 3/8-ounce underspin. “Right away, I started hammering good fish, including two 19.5-inchers—one of which was a super fat 5-pound smallmouth. A nearby logjam split the current into a slackwater flat and two current seams. Some bass were on the seams, others were in the logjam itself. At one point, I drilled fish on 8 casts in a row. That’s when you know you’re on to the right pattern.” Fischer finished the day in second place, measuring an impressive 94-inches—a mere inch behind Lambert.

With the approaching storm on day-2, Fischer knew she’d need to get to her spot early to cash in. “Caught a big largemouth right away, but when the bite slowed I switched to a Z-Man Shaky HeadZ® and Turbo CrawZ, flipping the weedless combo into timber. I had four fish by noon, and needed one more to make a run. This shaky head and craw combo has become a real go-to in super tough conditions.”

Hobie BOS Angler of the Year and Z-Man pro Drew Gregory.

While fifty exceptional anglers vied for the Championship, at least ten others had their eyes on Hobie’s Angler of the Year title. Among them was Z-Man pro Drew Gregory. “Coming in to the Tournament of Champions, I logged 4th, 1st and 4th place finishes at the last three BOS events,” noted Gregory, an elite kayak angler who won the Lake Dardanelle BOS with a ProjectZ™ ChatterBait®. “Coming in to the Championship, I trailed two great anglers, Jody Queen and Rus Synders, so I knew I’d have to be on my game here to have a chance.”

Gregory found success with a SlingBladeZ spinnerbait in open river stretches and his favorite ProjectZ ChatterBait skipped beneath limbs and into the bases of root balls. Both baits induced aggressive strikes from a mixture of largemouth and smallmouth bass.

“My biggest bass was a stout 18-inch smallmouth on a ProjectZ ChatterBait (Sexier Shadpattern) with a Pearl DieZel MinnowZ™. That bait has been money for me all year. In my opinion, it’s the best—and maybe the most underrated— of all Z-Man’s ChatterBaits.”

Back-to-back limits of 78.5- and 81-inches ultimately earned Gregory 7th place and the Angler of the Year title, including a $5,000 check and automatic invitation to the Hobie Worlds. “For me, power fishing fast-moving baits like the SlingBladeZ and ProjectZ ChatterBait continues to be a winning formula. What a crazy, crazy, cool year. Feels awesome to win Angler of the Year.

Summarized TOC winner Lambert: “What’s so great about these Hobie BOS tourneys is everyone knows everyone. It’s a family-like atmosphere. Everyone hangs out together. We go to dinners. The kayak brigade just seems to bring good people together, fosters friendships. That means when we discover a hot bite or new bait, we’ll probably spill the beans with our buds around a campfire.”

Z-Man pros (L-to-R)Kristine Fischer and Ryan Lambert took 3rd and 1st place at the Hobie Tournament of Champions, while Drew Gregory captured Angler of the Year honors.


High School Bass Class and Classic Qualifiers!

 

This week the boys welcome in Neil Paul from the High School Bass Class to give us some insight into the upcoming program & Classic Qualifier Tommy Williams joins us to talk about his recent win on Lake Lewisville. Its time to hit play!


High School Bass Class announces support from Berkley and Abu Garcia and upcoming dates

Anderson, S.C. – The High School Bass Class, a bass fishing seminar program for high school and middle school anglers, announces its new title sponsors, Berkley® and Abu Garcia®, and the 2020 seminar date, Dec. 12-13.

The newly titled Berkley Abu Garcia High School Bass Class will be back in Anderson, S.C. in December for the two-day classroom format experience. The event provides youth anglers opportunities to sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge of bass fishing through classroom instruction taught by industry leaders and professional anglers.

This year’s event will feature a keynote address from the 2020 Bassmaster Classic Champion and Berkley and Abu Garcia angler, Hank Cherry, along with general sessions and panel discussions with professional anglers and industry professionals. Other professional anglers scheduled to speak during the event are Justin Atkins, Mike Huff, Hunter Shryock, Edwin Evers, Patrick Walters and Andy Montgomery. Additional speakers are being added and will be announced soon.

The unique event connects youth anglers, boat captains and fishing programs with industry representatives to provide opportunities for engagement with professionals and brands throughout the fishing industry – providing skills and conservation education and creating awareness of professional and post-graduate opportunities.

Berkley and Abu Garcia are well-known names in the bass fishing industry and have previously provided in-kind support to High School Bass Class events. Signing on as the title sponsor is proof of the iconic brands’ support of the fishing community at large, and especially for youth anglers. In addition to sponsoring the High School Bass Class, Berkley and Abu Garcia operate the Student Angler Program for high school and college anglers.

Other partners such as Garmin, Bass Pro Shops, Plano, Black Rifle Coffee Company and Phantom Outdoors have signed on to be a part of the High School Bass Class event.

Registration is open for the December event, and high school and middle school anglers can register online at www.highschoolbassclass.com. The two-day event is $95 and includes a shirt, gift bag with sponsor items, a networking lunch on Saturday, dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning. There will not be an onsite registration at the event.

Coaches, Boat Captains and Parents are welcome to register, participate and attend.


Rapala Extends Sponsorship Of Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing And B.A.S.S. Tournament Trail

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Rapala, maker of premium lures and other fishing tackle and accessories, has extended their sponsorship of the Bassmaster Tournament Trail as well as their title sponsorship of Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing for the 2021 season.

“B.A.S.S. continues to bring new ways to promote the sport at every level, and Rapala is excited to continue our partnership through 2021,” said Matt Jensen, Rapala Director of Marketing. “Rapala VMC Brands have so many new products each year pushing the limits of innovation in many categories, and being able to expose our top products through the B.A.S.S. platform helps us execute our initiatives.”

“In addition, Rapala and B.A.S.S have an initiative to continue to grow Fantasy Fishing and engage more fans with interactive ways to be a part of the tournaments and have a chance at amazing prizes during the year.”

Rapala Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing saw a 36% jump in participation during the 2020 season as fans competed for more than $90,000 in prizes. Fantasy Fishing provides more than 37,000 highly engaged fishing fans a competitive platform to test their knowledge of professional fishing and prognostication skills. Every 2020 event featured $2,500 in prizes from Rapala, and the season points champion took home over $20,000 in gift cards, cash and gear.

Rapala will be a Supporting Sponsor for the Bassmaster Elite Series, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens 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 and the grass-roots TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation regional and championship tournaments.

As a tournament sponsor, Rapala will enjoy exposure to enthusiastic fans of sportfishing and B.A.S.S. members during tournament weigh-ins as well as across Bassmaster.com, Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Timesmagazines and various social media platforms while Fantasy Fishing also receives extensive coverage when fans tune in to Bassmaster LIVE to follow their fantasy team anglers.

Six 2020 Bassmaster Elite Series pro anglers — Bernie Schultz, Seth Feider, Patrick Walters, Gerald Swindle, Brandon Palaniuk and Bob Downey — are part of the Rapala pro staff.


Wellspoken Ministries Nitro/Mercury boat raffle

Greenville, South Carolina – Wellspoken Ministries will hold its 3rd annual boat raffle drawing on December 5th. The winner will take home a 2020 Nitro Z18 powered by a Mercury 175 Pro XS. 10 Lew’s rod and reel combos, and five Strike King tackle packs will also be given away in the drawing.

“Wellspoken ministries exists to reach out to sportsmen with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Chris Wells, the ministry’s Executive Director. “2020 has been a challenging year, with over 50 speaking events postponed due to COVID 19. All the proceeds from this fundraiser benefit our mission and allow us to enter into 2021 seeking opportunities to share Jesus with as many people as possible.”

Tickets are $100 and available at www.chriswells.org or by calling (864) 414-9453, or in-person on the 5th. All tickets are not tax-deductible.

The in-person drawing is on December 5th at 4:00 pm at the Cabela’s in Greenville at 1025 Woodruff Road and will be live-streamed on Facebook. The winner does not need to be present to win.

“We are so thankful for everyone who has been a part of this raffle in the past, and appreciate the support this year, too,” said Wells.

For more information on Wellspoken Ministries or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.chriswells.org.

The raffle is officially registered with the South Carolina Secretary of State.


It’s Always Been the Anglers

Vance McCullough

 

Samoset was the native American who first greeted a group of miserable, shivering religious outcasts from Europe who had landed on the coast of what is now Massachusetts with the intention to establish a colony. They landed during a New England winter and wondered if they would make it to spring.

One day in March, the tall, long-haired Samoset, wearing only a loin cloth, walked into their camp and spoke, “Welcome! Welcome! Englishmen!”

The year was 1620 and the colonists were amazed that Samoset spoke English. ‘Where had he, a nearly naked native in the wilds of North America, learned the language?’

It turns out that Samoset had picked up the language from fishermen who had come to North America to hunt for cod. While the unknown fishers will never be named, it is little surprise that hunters of one stripe or other were the first to explore a ‘hidden’ region of the world long before those who sought fame and fortune. It has always been man’s quest to feed his belly and his family that has pushed him to extremes unrivalled by others. Sometimes the pursuits are fatal, but so too, is starvation.

Engraving depicts Native American Samoset (1590 - 1653), from the Wompanoag tribe, as he visits the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, March 1621. Samoset, the first native to meet the colonists, was able to speak some English and famously introduced them to Squanto, who knew more English and was able to provide much needed assistance to them. (Photo by Stock Montage/Getty Images)

 

Samoset’s tribe, the Wampanoag, descended from the first people to cross the Bearing Land Bridge out of Asia and into the ‘New World’ roughly 14,000 years ago. Ice sheets receding, intrepid hunters pressed on as glaciers calved chunks of ice the size of houses into the ocean. Only the brave moved forward. Only the lucky survived.

And so it has always been that hunters are the first to see new lands, the first to make contact with those who live there. They are the original explorers.

Today, we have options for feeding ourselves that don’t involve exploration, but those foods just stuff the body, often with low quality calories. As we have solved the challenges of caloric deficit, we are realizing another deep need, the need to feed our souls. Modern hunters and anglers are in search of the thread that binds us to our past as much as anything else. After all, our ancestors risked everything to reach our shores from afar, physically. While they might humbly say that they were simply doing what they had to do and living each day as it came to them, it’s important that we reach back through time to shake their hands and honor their efforts - and the DNA they passed on to a lucky handful of us.

Today I give thanks for my sporting heritage and the explorer DNA I have been blessed to carry and pass on to my children, and the freedom to enjoy this aspect of my personality in the United States of America.


"Focused and Ready to Win" - Featuring Pat Schlapper

 

 

This week Chris & the boys welcome in BASS NATION Champ Pat Schlapper to the show to talk about his incredible run this season not only in the NATION events but also in the Eastern Opens. With one event remaining he has a chance to double qualify for both the Classic & the Elites. Chris runs his mouth on the recent BOT roster & remembers an old friend. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


Marietta Bassmasters Club Wins FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Hartwell Open

ANDERSON, S.C. (Nov. 23, 2020) – The Marietta Bassmasters Club duo of Carter Koza of Marietta, Georgia, and Tanner Hadden of Evans, Georgia, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Hartwell Open in Anderson, South Carolina.

For their win on Lake Hartwell, the team now advances to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship.

The top ten teams that qualified for the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship are:

1st:     Marietta Bassmasters Club, Marietta, Ga. – Carter Koza, and Tanner Hadden, five bass, 12-10

2nd:    North Hall High School, Gainesville, Ga. – Caleb Tanner and Brandon Martin, five bass, 12-7

3rd:     Union County High School, Blairsville, Ga. – Coby Thompson and Bentley Floyd, five bass, 11-4

4th:     Travelers Rest High School, Travelers Rest, S.C. – Cole Sanders and Hunter Dill, five bass, 10-14

5th:     Greenbrier High School Bass Club, Evans, Ga. – Hunter Knutson and Gauge Toole, five bass, 10-11

6th:     James F. Byrnes High School, Duncan, S.C. – Marshall Robinson and Mason Fulmer, five bass, 10-5

7th:     North Forsyth High School, Cumming, Ga. – Jacob Frank and Carsen Newman, five bass, 10-2

8th:     James F. Byrnes High School, Duncan, S.C. – Cody Abbott and Mitchell Robinson, five bass, 10-1

9th:     Palmetto High School, Palmetto, Ga. – Ross Davis and Ethan Thrasher, five bass, 9-12

10th:   Indiana Student Anglers – Elijah Meyers, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Dalton Defelice, Howe, Ind., five bass, 9-8

Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The event launched from Green Pond Landing in Anderson, South Carolina, and was hosted by the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Hartwell Open in Anderson, South Carolina, was a free, two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12 and open to any FLW and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships will advance to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2021 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. More than $2.8 million in scholarships and prizes were offered at the 2020 World Finals.

Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com.

 


Stable Conditions On Tap For Bassmaster Eastern Open On Lay Lake

Alabama's historic Lay Lake will host the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open Dec. 3-5, 2020. 

Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

November 24, 2020

COLUMBIANA, Ala. — Extended warmth has made the fall transition challenging this year, but Bassmaster Elite Series pro Scott Canterbury believes the milder conditions could deliver solid potential for the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open on Lay Lake.

Competition days will be Dec. 3-5 with daily takeoffs from Beeswax Park at 6:15 a.m. CT and weigh-ins each day at the park at 2:15 p.m.

Making his home in Odenville, Ala., Canterbury calls Lay his home lake. Anticipating a good fall bite, he’s registered to compete on this 12,000-acre Coosa River reservoir that has played host to four Bassmaster Classics.

“Everything is really good, the water clarity is good, the water level is good,” Canterbury said. “We haven’t had any rain lately, but a little rain might help as far as current and a little color. The Coosa normally fishes a little better when it has a little stain to it.”

During his preThanksgiving practice trips, Canterbury found stable conditions. The water level is a few inches below full pool and that’s likely to remain fairly steady through the tournament.

Two weeks before the event, Canterbury was measuring Lay Lake water temperatures in the low 60s. He said he expects a minor cooling could reach into the upper 50s by early December. But, barring any major cold fronts, that should keep the fish active.

“I signed up hoping it would be a lot colder and maybe with a little more rain,” Canterbury said. “It’s probably not going to be those conditions, but everything will be good.”

Canterbury said he expects most competitive bags to include a mix of species. The common scenario will find anglers securing a limit of spotted bass and then hunting a kicker largemouth. Canterbury said the fact that the lake has recently produced impressive examples of both should bode well for tournament anglers.

“If you can just catch 3 1/2-pound spots, you’re doing well, but 4-pound spots are big ones on this lake,” he said. “There have been 6-pounders weighed in this year in tournaments that I’ve fished and in a recent tournament, a guy weighed in a largemouth over 8.

“I’ve fished a couple of tournaments (on Lay) this year where I had over 20 pounds and had 6-pound largemouths in the mix. There are a lot of 4- to 6-pound largemouth and a whole lot of 2 3/4- to 4-pound spots.”

Noting that Lay’s entire 48-mile length will be in play, Canterbury said specific site selection will come down to an angler’s target species. Largemouth will mostly relate to shallow grass and wood, while spots are typically found around standing timber, creek channels, current breaks and occasionally near shallow cover — provided bait schools are present.

“Spotted bass could be anywhere from the Logan Martin Dam (downstream) to the Lay Dam,” Canterbury said. “The largemouth are most prevalent from about midlake on down because that’s where you start getting into bigger feeder creeks and there’s more grass on this lower end.”

Canterbury said that the relatively mild water temperatures will likely make swimming a jig around the shallow cover one of the top largemouth presentations. Casting spinnerbaits and flipping jigs or Texas-rigged plastics into grass or cover will also produce. Those targeting spots will do so with jigs, swimbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits and shaky heads.

“I’ve heard some people say it’s going to take 19 pounds a day to win, but it won’t,” Canterbury said. “Nineteen might be leading the first day, but if someone can catch 16 a day, they’re going to be right there.

“I think the winning weight will be (approximately) 49. That’s just a touch over 16 a day. If you catch 50 pounds, you’re going to be hard to catch.”

Canterbury said he wouldn’t be surprised to see someone weigh a 20-pound bag. However, he believes that doing so more than once is highly unlikely.

“Like everywhere in the country, it’s been a little tougher this fall than it normally is,” he said. “But Lay Lake is one of the best on the Coosa Chain, so it’s gonna be good.”

Since this is the final Eastern Open of the season, the Top 4 anglers in the Eastern Division standings after the event will be in line for invitations to fish the 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series. The division’s current Top 4 includes Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., with 581 points, Joshua Stracner of Vandiver, Ala., (580), Pat Schlapper of Eleva, Wis., (550) and Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., (541). Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year Standings with 1,179 points.


Plano Signs on to Support Berkley Abu Garcia High School Bass Class

Grand Prairie, TX (November 24, 2020) - Leading fishing brands continue to sign on in support of the Berkley Abu Garcia High School Bass Class seminar program, including storage solution manufacturer Plano.

Plano, the go-to source for outdoor storage solutions, has signed on as a presenting sponsor of the bass fishing seminar program for high school and middle school anglers. Having previously supported the event through in-kind donations, Plano is increasing its commitment to youth anglers through sponsorship of the event.
"We are proud to be a part of this young angler education program." Stated Chris Russell, Marketing Director for Plano Molding. "These young men and women are changing our sport; they have become a force as they move up in the ranks of pro tournaments and it is exciting to get to work with them face to face. Sharing our knowledge, telling some fish stories and encouraging new anglers to get involved in the sport of fishing is what Plano is all about."
A two-day classroom format experience, the High School Bass Class is open to middle school and high school anglers. With Plano's support, attendees will have access to a robust list of industry professionals - business leaders and professional anglers - to learn about all facets of the fishing industry.
"I don't know of anyone that has ever fished that didn't have a Plano box of some kind to store their favorite baits," said Neil Paul, co-founder of the High School Bass Class. "Plano is a well established leader in the fishing industry and their commitment to the next generation of anglers is strong - we're proud to have them on board as a partner."
The experience provides sessions on angling skills and conservation education and creates awareness of young anglers' professional and post-graduate opportunities. Exposing middle school and high school anglers to the fishing industry and the prospect of developing a career in the industry is invaluable as young anglers navigate school paths and attempt to align with their passions.
Registration is now open for the December event, and high school and middle school anglers can register online at www.highschoolbassclass.com. The two-day event is $95 and includes a shirt, gift bag with sponsor items, a networking lunch on Saturday, dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning.
About High School Bass Class
Founded in 2016, High School Bass Class is an experience designed to provide education, exposure and connections for high school and middle school anglers. The program offers opportunities to foster engagement with the broader bass fishing industry on the topics of on-the-water skills, conservation, networking and career development. For more information, visit www.highschoolbassclass.com.