Bradley Roy’s 8th Annual High School Open presented by Covercraft

Jamestown, Kentucky

The 2020 version of the Bradley Roy High School Open presented by Covercraft was the most exciting in its eight-year history.

140 high school teams and 23 junior teams (6-8th grade) competed October 17th on Lake Cumberland, and the Top Five fished on Cedar Creek Lake in Stanford, Kentucky.

The tournament is an officially-sanctioned high school event by the Kentucky Bass Nation. Two spots in the 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship were awarded to Saturday’s top finishers: Connor Baker and Evan Morris of Larue Country, and Hunter Shelton and Jordan Hampton of Trigg County.

The winners weighed a bag of five fish (two largemouth and three spotted bass) totaling 9.98 pounds, which included the big fish of the event, a 4.97 largemouth. The runners-up weighed in 9.85.

3rd place – Nicolas Boggs/Brady Howard: 9.18
4th place – Jake Lycans/William Copley: 6.66
5th place – Everett Marret/Porter Conover: 4.92

The winning team of Baker and Morris, captained by Campbellsville University bass team member Wyatt Pearman, also displayed outstanding sportsmanship on Saturday. John Harris of Danville, Kentucky, was fishing in a local tournament and experienced mechanic troubles. The eventual winning team towed Harris’ boat back to the ramp where his event had launched. The day had already been shortened by a fog delay that morning.

“It was a blessing to see three young men show such unselfish, Christian attitudes,” said Morris. “To be willing to give up 30 to 45 minutes of their tournament day was just outstanding. They had a long run back to the check-in, too.”

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources provided a release truck for the event again this year.

Following the weigh-in, Roy gathered the top five teams and immediately cut off any information gathering from other teams about any surrounding lakes or Lake Cumberland. He then prepared all teams for a fish-off on Sunday at a mystery lake to be disclosed early Sunday morning.

The five remaining teams were housed at the Lake Cumberland State Park Lodge and geared up for a Major League Fishing Cup-style tournament the next day. The Bass Pro Tour angler convened the group in the parking lot at 4:30 CDT on Sunday morning and informed the group of their destination – Cedar Creek Lake in Stanford, Kentucky.

“I asked the teams if any of them had experience on Cedar Creek, and only one of the five teams had ever been there before,” said Roy. “That is great because it was truly a ‘show up and fish’ experience just like in the Major League Fishing Cups.”

The convoy made their way 77 miles up to Cedar Creek and prepared for “lines in” at 8:15 EDT. Each team was assigned boat officials trained by Roy and provided two sets of MLF-supplied scales. Teams were given thirty minutes to ride around on the 950-acre lake.

Roy streamed commentary on his social media pages as he covered the action. The teams fished two 2.5-hour sessions, with a thirty-minute break in between.

True to MLF form, the winner was decided in the final minutes of action. After all five boat officials had reported in, the team of Connor Baker and Evan Morris were crowned the champions on the water. The Larue County team landed a 3-12 largemouth in the waning moments to jump over the Louisa Bass Fishing Team of Jake Lycans and William Copley for the victory.

Both team members from the top two teams were offered four-year, $10,000 scholarships to attend Campbellsville University by head coach Pete Hedgepath. Kentucky Christian and Wabash Community College also offered four-year scholarships to teams in the Top Five. In all, the potential scholarships were close to $300,000.

Significant general scholarships for all teams were made possible by Covercraft, First Southern National Bank, The Cain Pole, A Few Good Men Fishing Tournament, D&L Tackle, City of Jamestown, Angler’s Outpost and Marine, and Land Big Fish.

Additional prizes from sponsors of the event and Bradley Roy included: Solar Bat, Seaguar, LCR Contracting, and Whitetail Heaven Outfitters.

“This event will be memorable for many reasons; the turnout in a weird year, the quality of anglers in Kentucky high school fishing, and the opportunity to go to Cedar Creek for Sunday. The one aspect that stands out the most for me this year is the college scholarships. Winning these college scholarships is a life-changing event for these anglers. The investment these schools and sponsors made in providing scholarships for these top teams is a big deal. I am so excited to look back in a few years and see how it helped these student anglers,” said Roy.

Covercraft contributed to the scholarship fund and provided protective face coverings for all anglers, coaches, volunteers, and family members.

“2020 has been a strange year, but we are so thankful that these student anglers were able to experience this event and have the opportunity to go to college through their hard work on the water. We are proud to support high school fishing and this great event,” said Jeff Jegelewicz, Director of Marketing at Covercraft.

“We were thrilled to be able to host this event again and allow these students to compete. We are proud of our lake here and how ‘large’ it fishes for tournaments of this magnitude. We’re also excited to announce the 9th Annual Bradley Roy High School Open presented by Covercraft will again be hosted here by the city of Jamestown, Kentucky, with the date to be determined,” said Nick Shearer, Russell County Chamber of Commerce, and the Mayor of Jamestown.

For a video of the event visit -- https://youtu.be/SK5K95fGYac


Charlie Williams and Michael Smith Crowned Alabama Bass Trail Champs and Take Home $50,000

By Jason Duran

Alexander City, AL- The best of the best in the Alabama Bass Trail converged on Lake Martin Friday and Saturday. After two days of fishing, another team of Champions has been crowned. The team of Charlie Williams and Michael Smith led 180 other teams by almost 4 pounds to take the win and the $50,000 grand prize with a total of 28.09 pounds.

This week set up to be a great championship week with the lake providing plenty of spots for teams to fish. Many teams boasted of catching 30 or more fish a day; most of those falling in the 2.5 pound range. Teams searched hard knowing that trying to find the bites that would produce a 3 pound fish was key. A lot of teams struggled to break outside that 10 pound average bag and find the larger fish. Teams that were able to weigh in larger bags focused more on the largemouth bite than spotted bass.

On day one the team of Brain Adamson and Ryan Lloyd brought 13.70 pounds to the scales to take the lead and set the bar for all other teams to beat. With a good bite on day one many teams were able to capitalize on the topwater bite using buzz baits and frogs. Brian and Ryan said they started the day early throwing a translucent shad colored whopper plopper on sea walls that produced a couple of 3 pound spots and other keepers before going largemouth fishing. The plan for them was to come to Lake Martin and fish their strengths- shallow and primarily targeting largemouth. After day one, they felt they could have had more weight but were happy to be leading. They expected the topwater bite to get better going into day two.

Conditions drastically changed on day two when anglers blasted off at daybreak to storms moving into the area early and continuing throughout the day. There were periods of very heavy rainfall and lightning flashing in the area. Brian and Ryan said, “on day two the topwater bite completely went away when the lightning started, so we had to scramble. We didn’t have a fish for the first two or three hours.” Because they target largemouth, they caught fewer fish but caught better fish. On day one they caught about ten fish, and on day two they caught six. They finished with a two-day total of 24.17 pounds to claim second place.

The champions, Charlie and Michael, said the key to them winning was having a good plan. The plan both days was to “start out fishing for spots, get five and then go largemouth fishing.” They shared, “we knew it was key to get those one or two largemouth bites and wanted to give as much time as possible to produce those bites. We felt like we could slow down and fish for largemouth once we had a limit of spots in the box.”

Their primary area was Kowaliga Creek. In practice they found a stump row out in the middle of the creek in about 3 feet of water that no one else was fishing. They spent lots of time studying maps trying to find more areas similar to that stump row. When they fished that stump row, they first used a Zara Super Spook and tried to get them to bite. However, it ended up the fish wanted a more subtle presentation on day two, so they used a Big Bites Stick bait in Green Pumpkin Blue Flake Wacky Rigged on a homemade jig head.

On day 2, they weighed in the largest bag of the tournament at 15.29 pounds anchored with two largemouths weighing 4.6 and 4.82 pounds. They both agree that was what signed the check for them bringing their two-day total weight to 28.09 pounds and giving them enough to take home the trophy and the prize money. The key baits that worked best on day two were the Big Bites Stick bait and a Buckeye ¼oz double bladed buzz bait with a white Big Bites unnamed trailer and 1.0 KVD Crankbait in Shad Pattern.

Third place team of Bradley Jones and Broox Goza fished day one using swimming baits and topwater. They said they caught a pile of 1.5 - 1.75 pound fish. They found these fish in practice in a creek fishing shallow 3-5 feet on a 400 yard stretch of wooded cover and creek bends. For two days they weighed in 9 largemouth and 1 spotted bass. They said if they caught spotted bass it was a mistake. They shared, “on day two when the conditions changed, we noticed the creek began to have a little flow around 8:30am and about 9:30am, the water started to stain up. About that time Broox was swimming a jig down a lay down tree and felt a bite. He sat down in the boat to put a trailer back on his jig. Bradley flipped a soft plastic lizard into the tree and said, “one just about took the rod out of my hand!” Broox tried to move the boat and stirred up the water around the tree about that time Bradley set the hook and landed a 6.01 pounds largemouth- the biggest fish of the event. They both said they were so surprised how close that fish bit to the boat. Key baits for their third place weight of 23.32 pounds were primarily moving baits like a white ½ oz. Chatter Baits and topwater Frogs.

Charlie and Michael took home $50,000 in prize money along with a $7000 Phoenix Bass Boats contingency for a total of $57,000. The crowd at the weigh in could hear Charlie shout loud that it was $57,000 and not just $50,000… he wanted everyone to know he was claiming that Phoenix First Flight money and was proud to be fishing from his new Phoenix Boat.

This concludes the Alabama Bass Trail 2020 Season. The top 13 teams from each division will fish the BASS Team Championship December 9-12 at the Harris Chain with the hopes to be the one team to Qualify for the Bassmaster Classic.

The top five standings are below for a full list of results visit. https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/tournament-series/lm-results/

Download and listen to the ABT Podcast on your favorite Podcast app by searching for “Alabama Bass Trail Podcast.” This week’s Podcast will be released on Tuesday and will feature 2020 Champs Charlie Williams and Michael Smith.


Briarwood Christian Team Takes Lead At Bassmaster High School National Championship

Tucker Smith and Hayden Marbut, of Alabama's Briarwood Christian School, are leading after Day 1 of the 2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors with 22 pounds, 2 ounces.
Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

October 22, 2020

PARIS, Tenn. — After dominating the last two Bassmaster High School National Championships, Briarwood Christian’s Tucker Smith is in position to claim his third straight title.

Smith and his partner Hayden Marbut brought 22 pounds, 2 ounces to the stage to take the Day 1 lead at the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship at Kentucky Lake presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

While Smith and Marbut’s bag included four quality smallmouth bass, their kicker was a 7-5 largemouth that currently holds the lead for big bass of the tournament.

“Practice was pretty tough. We weren’t getting that many bites a day,” Marbut said. “The bites we were getting were pretty decent fish, though, and it showed today.

“We really didn’t think we had that much. We didn’t really look at them, we just threw them in the box and kept fishing.”

While he has become familiar with the lake during his last two championships, Smith said he and Marbut are fishing completely differently during this National Championship than he and his former partner Grayson Morris did during the two previous events.

“The last two years it has been in August,” Smith said. “So, to catch them in October, it would be cool to see us do well. We are doing stuff totally different.”

Smith and Marbut took advantage of their early flight on Day 1 and caught every fish they weighed in by 8:30 a.m.

“We ran around some spots we found in practice and it was really slow,” Smith said. “We had one that was about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds that we were trying to cull all day. We caught a few more keepers, but those were the ones we caught in the morning.”

Despite a later boat draw tomorrow, Smith said as long as he and Marbut reach their first spot around 8 a.m., they should be able to have the same success.

Flint Davis and James Henemyre from Lee County High School trail the Briarwood Christian duo by a little less than 5 pounds after catching 17-3. The Georgia anglers made a 30-mile run from Paris Landing and said they had to work hard for their five bites.

“Overall it was really tough,” Davis said. “It’s just one of those lakes you gotta keep your head in it all day and grind to find five bites, and that’s what we did. This lake is inconsistent, so consistency is what is going to win.”

After catching two keepers all of practice, Davis and Henemyre caught two quick keepers on their first stop of the day but did not find a limit until 30 minutes before weigh-in, when they landed a 4 1/2-pounder.

The Lawrence County duo of Hunter Brewer and Kade Suratt are in third place after Day 1 with 16-5. While Suratt said they had a terrible practice overall, Brewer caught one 9-pound fish during warm-ups that changed their outlook on the tournament.

“We didn’t catch a single bass the first day of practice, and we tried something a little different (the next day) and caught that 9-pounder and another 3 1/2-pounder,” Brewer said. “We completely ditched what we did the day before and tried something we do all the time where I’m from.”

Suratt said they spent most of the day throwing jigs into the current.

“This morning we made a long run, and when we got up there it didn’t take long to get the bites we had,” Brewer added. “We got our five bites and just let off and tried some other stuff and eased our way back.”

The full field will take off from Paris Landing again Friday at 7 a.m. CT. Weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. The Top 12 teams after Day 2 will advance to Championship Saturday.

Bethel University is hosting the tournament in conjunction with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Henry County Tourism Authority.

2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors 10/22-10/24
Kentucky Lake, Paris TN.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Tucker Smith - Hayden Marbut Briarwood Christian 0
Day 1: 5 22-02 Total: 5 22-02
2. Flint Davis - James Henemyre Lee County High School 0
Day 1: 5 17-03 Total: 5 17-03
3. Hunter Brewer - Kade Suratt Lawrence County High School 0
Day 1: 5 16-05 Total: 5 16-05
4. Chandler Pruett - Braden Wilson Scotts Hill High School 0
Day 1: 5 15-01 Total: 5 15-01
5. Lake Norsworthy - Aaron Abbott Brandon High School 0
Day 1: 5 14-14 Total: 5 14-14
6. Gracie Herbold - Asher Peters Headland Bass Team 0
Day 1: 5 13-06 Total: 5 13-06
7. Dylan May - Adam Troyer Brownsburg High School 0
Day 1: 5 12-11 Total: 5 12-11
8. Nathan Whitehead - Ethan Tedder Muscle Shoals High School 0
Day 1: 3 12-04 Total: 3 12-04
9. Dylan Istre - Mckee Ridgaway LCM Little Cypress Mauriceville 0
Day 1: 5 12-02 Total: 5 12-02
10. SammyJay Acree - Billy Campbell Lake wales HS bassmasters 0
Day 1: 4 11-13 Total: 4 11-13
11. Hunter Keller - Daniel Brackett Freedom high 0
Day 1: 5 11-12 Total: 5 11-12
12. Cody Abbott - Mitchell Robinson Byrnes Rebels 0
Day 1: 4 11-09 Total: 4 11-09
13. James Riggs - Aaron Riggs Mt Pleasant HS 0
Day 1: 5 11-05 Total: 5 11-05
14. Mason Wade - Dylan Ragland Jackson County High School 0
Day 1: 5 11-02 Total: 5 11-02
15. Lucas Reagan - Tyler Cook Pickett County High School Fishi 0
Day 1: 5 10-04 Total: 5 10-04
16. Daniel Moon - Zachary Helton Karns Jr. High 0
Day 1: 4 09-15 Total: 4 09-15
17. Tanner Barclay - Aj Widgeon Scottsboro BassCats 0
Day 1: 3 09-09 Total: 3 09-09
18. Allen Powe - Jonathan Combs George Rogers Clark High School 0
Day 1: 4 09-08 Total: 4 09-08
19. Kyle Knoll - Blayton Mangram Handley HS 0
Day 1: 3 09-08 Total: 3 09-08
20. Bryar Chambers - Levi Harris Fairview High School 0
Day 1: 3 09-03 Total: 3 09-03
21. Ryan Baker - Joshua Hughes Camden Central High school 0
Day 1: 3 09-01 Total: 3 09-01
22. Logan Fisher - Will Hart Madison County High School 0
Day 1: 3 08-13 Total: 3 08-13
23. Casey Tissue - Clayton Vote Vilonia High School 0
Day 1: 3 08-07 Total: 3 08-07
24. Connor Rushing - Ethan Simon Central High School 0
Day 1: 4 08-06 Total: 4 08-06
25. Will Stephens - Lucas Wray Russell County High school 0
Day 1: 3 08-06 Total: 3 08-06
26. Ewing Minor - Eli Stendig Orange County Anglers 0
Day 1: 3 08-01 Total: 3 08-01
27. Nathan Reynolds - Jimmy Oguin Backwoods Bassin 0
Day 1: 3 08-00 Total: 3 08-00
27. Marshall Robinson - Mason Fulmer Byrnes High School 0
Day 1: 3 08-00 Total: 3 08-00
29. Tyan Massengale - Logan Evans Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 4 07-15 Total: 4 07-15
29. Carter Nutt - Dylan Nutt Backwoods Bassin 0
Day 1: 4 07-15 Total: 4 07-15
31. Ty Jackson - Jessie Altman COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL 0
Day 1: 3 07-15 Total: 3 07-15
32. Zane O'Domirok - John Thompson Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 4 07-06 Total: 4 07-06
33. Jackson Holbert - Avery Johnson Riverside High School 0
Day 1: 2 07-06 Total: 2 07-06
34. Asa Robertson - Matthew Vandagriff Warren County High School Pionee 0
Day 1: 3 07-05 Total: 3 07-05
35. Sean Quinn - Kyle Tilton JVLABassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 07-01 Total: 2 07-01
36. Brennan Fox - Colin King Marion High School 0
Day 1: 3 06-15 Total: 3 06-15
37. Matthew Kahrs - Christopher Kahrs Barbe fishing Club 0
Day 1: 3 06-09 Total: 3 06-09
38. Trent Nelson - Wyatt Cannon Okeechobee Brahmans 0
Day 1: 3 06-08 Total: 3 06-08
38. Daniel Waguespack - Reese Aucoin Ascension Anglers 0
Day 1: 3 06-08 Total: 3 06-08
40. Ridge Rutledge - Casey Shearer East Jessamine High School 0
Day 1: 3 06-06 Total: 3 06-06
41. Blake Sparkman - Logan Sparkman Chiles High School 0
Day 1: 2 06-03 Total: 2 06-03
42. Hanson Chaney - Luke Ferachi Walker High School 0
Day 1: 2 06-00 Total: 2 06-00
43. Banks Shaw - Gage King Sale Creek 0
Day 1: 3 05-14 Total: 3 05-14
44. Dylan Tatum - Derek Brandon Horizon High School 0
Day 1: 3 05-14 Total: 3 05-14
45. Justin Lawrence - Grady Windham Seminole Junior Anglers 0
Day 1: 2 05-14 Total: 2 05-14
46. Reece Keeney - Bryce Moder Northeast Wisconsin Bass 0
Day 1: 2 05-13 Total: 2 05-13
47. Mercedes Ellis - Gage Sherrod Henry County High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-11 Total: 2 05-11
47. Tanner Meyer - Ross Miller Notre Dame High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-11 Total: 2 05-11
49. Dallas Taylor - Dustin Swafford Stilwell 0
Day 1: 2 05-07 Total: 2 05-07
50. Zack Barrera - Dalton Loos Marion County Youth Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 05-05 Total: 2 05-05
50. Tyson Verkaik - Kalen Harbaugh Marion County High School Bassma 0
Day 1: 2 05-05 Total: 2 05-05
52. Hagen Cooley - DeRidder HS 0
Day 1: 2 05-04 Total: 2 05-04
52. Clayton Wood - Elijah Benson Jefferson High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-04 Total: 2 05-04
54. Kolby Clark - Landon Grider Scottsboro High School BassCats 0
Day 1: 2 05-03 Total: 2 05-03
54. Ryan Corcoran - Cromwell High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-03 Total: 2 05-03
54. Jeremy Monda - Will Boyd Quincy JR Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 05-03 Total: 2 05-03
57. Werner Brundige - Ty Neidlein Kickback Bass Club 0
Day 1: 3 05-02 Total: 3 05-02
58. Brayden Allen - Dalton Patten Red Oak High School 0
Day 1: 3 05-01 Total: 3 05-01
59. Rein Golubjatnikov - Matthew Pitcher Pittsford 0
Day 1: 2 05-01 Total: 2 05-01
60. Jaron Cooper - Keegan Oettinger Platte Valley Bass Masters 0
Day 1: 2 05-00 Total: 2 05-00
61. Mason Kornegay - Logan Hicks Sipsey Valley High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-15 Total: 2 04-15
61. Jack Mcillwain - Dyson Weaver Creekwood High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-15 Total: 2 04-15
63. Mikey Abbott - J Braden McNamara Jonathan Alder High School 0
Day 1: 1 04-15 Total: 1 04-15
64. Phillip Herring - Calup Williams Greene County Youth Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 04-14 Total: 2 04-14
64. Lilly Walker - Tyler Mink The Kings Academy 0
Day 1: 2 04-14 Total: 2 04-14
66. Chase Rawlins - Landon Canter Engineers 0
Day 1: 2 04-13 Total: 2 04-13
66. Grant West - Cameron Thompson Scottsboro Junior BassCats 0
Day 1: 2 04-13 Total: 2 04-13
68. Jonathan Fann - Tyler Gunter Cannon County High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-12 Total: 2 04-12
68. Turner Hart - Dalton Purcell Hanover County 0
Day 1: 2 04-12 Total: 2 04-12
68. Harrison Terry - Luke Clifton Dickson County High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-12 Total: 2 04-12
71. Matthew Brault - Jackson Salley South Florence High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-09 Total: 2 04-09
71. Gage Starks - Sawyer Williams Henry County High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-09 Total: 2 04-09
71. Corey Williams - Hunter Miller Sin City HS Bass Club 0
Day 1: 2 04-09 Total: 2 04-09
74. Beau Landry - Gage Collins WEST BATON ROUGE 0
Day 1: 2 04-08 Total: 2 04-08
75. Mason Harkey - Clay Henderson 0
Day 1: 2 04-07 Total: 2 04-07
76. Caden Petrille - Matteo Turano Off The Hook Bassmaster 0
Day 1: 2 04-06 Total: 2 04-06
77. Dj Drake - Austin Jones Franklin County High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-05 Total: 2 04-05
78. Hunter Brigance - Spencer Chase Milholen 0
Day 1: 2 04-04 Total: 2 04-04
78. Jacob Muir - Milford High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-04 Total: 2 04-04
80. Jaden Carpenter - Sean Cash Rockcastle Rockets 0
Day 1: 2 04-03 Total: 2 04-03
80. Storm Clark - Gunnar Williamson Harris County Bass Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 2 04-03 Total: 2 04-03
82. Fischer Barber - Wells Johnson Heritage Christian Academy 0
Day 1: 2 04-02 Total: 2 04-02
83. Dawson Carden - Griffin Milford Hart County High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-01 Total: 2 04-01
83. Judd Morgan - Brody Mullins Tennessee 0
Day 1: 2 04-01 Total: 2 04-01
85. Breck Miller - Peter Marisch Holdrege High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-00 Total: 2 04-00
85. Kobe Thompson - Rance Eddleblute Crooksville High School- OH 0
Day 1: 2 04-00 Total: 2 04-00
85. Austin Waelzinski - Jacob Whitehurst Franklin High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-00 Total: 2 04-00
88. Blake Roberts - Riley Faulkner 0
Day 1: 1 04-00 Total: 1 04-00
89. Victor Alford - Logan East Roane Co HS 0
Day 1: 1 03-13 Total: 1 03-13
90. Tyner Redden - Hayes Grooms Greenbrier High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-12 Total: 2 03-12
91. Lucy Brecht - Gavin Adair Rogers High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-09 Total: 2 03-09
92. Brody Robison - Levi Cox Sand Rock Wildcats 0
Day 1: 1 03-09 Total: 1 03-09
93. Jackson Swisher - Seth Slanker Columbia High Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 03-08 Total: 2 03-08
94. Keaton Smith - Jaydon Coggins Southwestern High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-07 Total: 2 03-07
95. Bailey Davidson - Wes Bailey Mississippi BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 1 03-05 Total: 1 03-05
96. Westin Moss - Drake Hemby Whitwell High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-03 Total: 2 03-03
97. Tyler Finley - Hunter Jones Mt Pleasant High School 0
Day 1: 1 03-02 Total: 1 03-02
98. Nick Carter - Cole Parks Rogers High School 0
Day 1: 1 03-00 Total: 1 03-00
98. Brady Duncan - Mason Huddleston Mt. Juliet High School 0
Day 1: 1 03-00 Total: 1 03-00
100. Garrett White - Tanner Mcclain Rhea County 0
Day 1: 1 02-15 Total: 1 02-15
101. Sean Lawson - Brooks Lawson West Georgia AmBASSadors 0
Day 1: 1 02-14 Total: 1 02-14
102. Jordan Garrett - Dawson Cravens 0
Day 1: 1 02-13 Total: 1 02-13
102. Luke Jones - John Lenz 0
Day 1: 1 02-13 Total: 1 02-13
102. Kyle Zainitzer - Tyler Scott Okeechobee Brahmas High School- 0
Day 1: 1 02-13 Total: 1 02-13
105. Case Durrance - Latt Durrance OKEECHOBEE BRAHMANS 0
Day 1: 1 02-12 Total: 1 02-12
105. Marshall Smith - Avery Johnson Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-12 Total: 1 02-12
107. Chandler Baumgardner - McKinnley Owens Woodruff High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-11 Total: 1 02-11
107. Briley Sain - Kaden Freeze Coffee County Youth Bass Club 0
Day 1: 1 02-11 Total: 1 02-11
107. Hunter White - Tyler Layman Sale Creek 0
Day 1: 1 02-11 Total: 1 02-11
107. Maverick Winford - Atascocita High School Club-Top 0
Day 1: 1 02-11 Total: 1 02-11
111. Aaron Cherry - Hudson Choquette Headland Bass Team 0
Day 1: 1 02-10 Total: 1 02-10
111. Joseph Gorman - Nehemiah Glenn Lakeville High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-10 Total: 1 02-10
111. Carter Peyton - Trevor Soppe West Delaware high school 0
Day 1: 1 02-10 Total: 1 02-10
114. Ryan Manis - Anthony Moon York Institute 0
Day 1: 1 02-09 Total: 1 02-09
114. Konner West - Brice Williams Chapman High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-09 Total: 1 02-09
114. Gunner West - Kollin Crawford Spiro high 0
Day 1: 1 02-09 Total: 1 02-09
117. Andrew Bennett - Wade Roberts Barbe High Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 1 02-08 Total: 1 02-08
118. Dalton Bailey - Hayden Stockett Lenoir City High School Bass Clu 0
Day 1: 2 02-07 Total: 2 02-07
119. Will Harkins - Coby Thompson Union County High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-07 Total: 1 02-07
119. Archer Smith - Hayden Short Burgin High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-07 Total: 1 02-07
119. Mitch Straffon - Hank Sturm Fenton High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-07 Total: 1 02-07
122. Noah Coleman - Luke Coleman Oneonta 0
Day 1: 1 02-06 Total: 1 02-06
122. Bryce Dimauro - Davis Dimauro Seminole Junior Anglers 0
Day 1: 1 02-06 Total: 1 02-06
122. Kellen Lanman - Hagen Linsenmeyer Deer Creek High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-06 Total: 1 02-06
122. Christian Mullins - Brayden Stout Lewis County High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-06 Total: 1 02-06
126. Ethan Franklin - Jesse Franklin Corner High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Total: 1 02-05
126. Luke Hilling - Corey Swaney Morgantown High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Total: 1 02-05
126. Ross Kearns - Landon Morgan Calloway County 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Total: 1 02-05
126. Christian Misciagna - Garrett Lawton ONEIDA LAKE HS BASSMASTERS 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Total: 1 02-05
126. Canyon Odom - Jeremy Odom Baldwin County HS 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Total: 1 02-05
126. Brayden Ruckman - Nate Helmreich Freeland High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Total: 1 02-05
132. Mason Daniell - Nick Hodges Moody Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 1 02-04 Total: 1 02-04
132. Colby Gatlin - Hunter Proctor Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-04 Total: 1 02-04
132. Cayden Walls - Connor Moulin Central High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-04 Total: 1 02-04
135. Colby Carrier - Tyler Williams Somerset Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 1 02-03 Total: 1 02-03
135. Jackson Isbell - Dalton Head Moody High 0
Day 1: 1 02-03 Total: 1 02-03
135. Bryant Martin - Grant Schexnailder Notre Dame High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-03 Total: 1 02-03
135. Chance Shelby - Jackson Broderick Live Oak High 0
Day 1: 1 02-03 Total: 1 02-03
139. Dylan Breaux - Gage Boquet Lafourche Bassmaster 0
Day 1: 1 02-02 Total: 1 02-02
139. Cason Causey - Sam Westall Riley's Catch 0
Day 1: 1 02-02 Total: 1 02-02
139. Doug Iman - Jake Iman Perry Hall Christian 0
Day 1: 1 02-02 Total: 1 02-02
139. Triston Richardson - Bryson Sellier Tomball Memorial High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-02 Total: 1 02-02
139. Wade Wilkens - Blake Yates Selah High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-02 Total: 1 02-02
144. Eli Chambers - Connor Handley Vinemont High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Total: 1 02-01
144. Casey Cornelius - Charles Lux Mt Vernon Bass Team 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Total: 1 02-01
144. Jackson Stephens - Jake Hartmann Lindbergh High School- MO 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Total: 1 02-01
144. Bracyn Sullivan - Tyler Crews Scotts Hill High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Total: 1 02-01
148. Parker Brooks - Jonathan Horne Harris County HS 0
Day 1: 1 02-00 Total: 1 02-00
148. Tanner Scruggs - Cody Fine Anderson Co. 0
Day 1: 1 02-00 Total: 1 02-00
150. Sawyer Brady - Cason Jones Pine Grove 0
Day 1: 1 01-15 Total: 1 01-15
150. Colby Brown - Blake Handley Hayden High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-15 Total: 1 01-15
150. Ike Gillentine - Caleb Mackie Warren county 0
Day 1: 1 01-15 Total: 1 01-15
150. Jackson Locklair - Dawson Whittle Mid Carolina 0
Day 1: 1 01-15 Total: 1 01-15
150. Hagan Marlin - Dylan Ingram Lee-Scott Fishing 0
Day 1: 1 01-15 Total: 1 01-15
155. Caleb Bridges - Zachary Elliott Mt. Juliet High School Fishing 0
Day 1: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
155. Garrett Christy - Jake Ross Roco anglers 0
Day 1: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
155. Christopher Keeble - Sequoyah High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
158. Austin Curtis - Todd Crosley OutCast Bass Club 0
Day 1: 1 01-13 Total: 1 01-13
158. Kayden Townsend - Briley Knowles Genoa Central 0
Day 1: 1 01-13 Total: 1 01-13
160. Michael Sanchez - Dylan Eschette Brusly High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-09 Total: 1 01-09
161. Wayland Adkisson - Daniel Summers BGA 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Keegan Ballew - Michael Nunez Dakota High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Jd Bedford - Walker Brown Lawrence County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Chase Bishop - Blake Stone Polk County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Logan Bolton - Christian Boyd Northside HS 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Alex Bradley - Rylan Green Chapman High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Chanler Brake - Branden Duncan Southwestern High School- KY 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Jacob Bruener - Douglas High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Barclay Butler - Connor Mclaughlin Scottsboro BassCats 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Braxton Campbell - Lane Lassiter warren county high school 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Will Carnes - Conner Hutti Lincoln County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Wiley Carroll - Kayson Turley Charleston High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Clay Christopher - Trey Barnett Boyle County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Landen Clausen - Jacob Pantti Menominee 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Bo Collins - Owen Jenkins Chatuge Anglers 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Stacey Cox - Dalton Cochran Brookwood High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Kain Custis - Lakeview 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Landen Dale - Ryan Sponcil Jessamine county high school eli 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Julie Dean - Aj Bouch Jr SFL Elite 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Miller Dowling - American Christian Academy 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Dylan Edwards - Luke Rokavec Susquehanna Valley High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Garrett Ellenson - Nate Dury Lakeside High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Ethen Fesperman - Hayden Hammond Roco anglers 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Nathan Fideldy - Preston Gover Buhler HS 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Giancarlo Fumagalli - Jay Rickertsen Hutchinson 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Kenny Garand - Dylan Casazza Tampa Bay Junior Bass Club High 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Jacob Garms - Jase Rice Coffee County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Coltin Green - Aiden Baiza Maynard High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Aiden Green - DAR Patriots 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Jerret Haley - Dalton Duvall Charles Page High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Andrew Haney - Blake Marcum Martin County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Jonathan Hardebeck - Andrew Wagenmaker Grand Haven High Sxhool 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Cade Hayford - Waylon Rickard Blissfield High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Conner Herring - Parker Landen Dixie county high school 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Brody Hopper - Landon Franks Cullman High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Will Hornsby - Chaser Ellison Morris High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Chase Hubble - Brent May Strawberry Crest High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Dawson Hudson - Peyton Sorrow GREENWOOD 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Jamie Johnson - Chance Greenwell North Bullitt 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Brent Key - Hunter Canova Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Jake Krauth - Hunter Weaver Franklin County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Cooper Kreider - Hagan Gerlach Boyle County Rebels 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Austin Kubica - Patrick Steitz Centennial Liberty 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Jace Lindsay - Jaxon Evans Beckville High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Caleb Martinez - Logan Gibson Lincoln County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Josh Mccann - Jesse Martin Manatee technical college 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Cody Mcentire - Keaton Bassham Walnut Ridge High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. AJ McGee - Evan Dunn bibb county 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Hayden Mckenzie - Jayden Ragusa Walker High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Chase Mcmahan - Hunter Warren ARAB HIGH SCHOOL 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Daylon Milam - James Dubose Northgate High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Matthew Milioto - Jace Martin Lutcher 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Carson Mitchell - Trey Watts Commonwealth Bass Club 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Owen Moss - Jackson Moss Pickens Bass Fishing 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Dylan Nimrod - Collin Stephens De Soto Bass Team- KS 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Will Oberman - Clay Oberman Garrard County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Parker O'bryan - Avery Roberts Mississippi BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Emory Olinger - Bryce Tucker Bledsoe County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Chase Osborne - Jayden Stokes Smiths Station High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Ryan Padgett - Zach Dicks Columbia High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Hunter Palmer - Jacob Damron Tullahoma High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Brooks Parker - Delmarva Christian High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Kohen Phifer - Abe Estes Harrison 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Teagan Phillips - Kyle Ramsey MagaVista High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. John Pitre - Trevor Smith West Lincoln 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Dakota Posey - Brendon Brones Little Cyprus Mauriceville HS 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Zachary Richards - Joey Gress Fairmont Senior 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Ethan Robinson - Grayson Warner Jefferson Forest 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Sam Schmitz - Ethan Swindall Collierville High School and 901 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Grayden Scibilia - Dylan Curran Jr. Potomac River Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Dalton Skinner - Hunter Valerius McCracken County High School- KY 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Zane Smith - Adam Smith Eastern Iowa Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Cody Smith - Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Eli Stevenson - Summer Dees GCHS Bass Team 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Landon Story - Garrett Sharp East Limestone 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Brayden Stotler - Grainger Pollert Bloomington South High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Mason Theissen - Roen Anderson Mankato west 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Ryan Thomas - Cole Holloway Morgan County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Drake Vandike - Anthony Polzin Livonia Outlaws 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Trey Waddell - Hunter Hilburn Piedmont High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Ross Webster - Nick Fox Harris County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Brady Weeks - Brett Dial Scotland High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Branson Wells - Dawson Wells Coffee County Youth Bass Club 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Jacob White - John Schultz AIRPORT 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Caden Wood - Joseph Gleason Windsor High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Lucas Wright - Dakota Stout Lewis County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
161. Sam York - Charlie Schultz Brown County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00


Gleason Takes Slim Lead At Bassmaster Central Open On Neely Henry

Darold Gleason, of Many, La., is leading after Day 1 of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Neely Henry Lake with 13 pounds, 12 ounces.
Photo by Chris Mitchell/B.A.S.S.

October 22, 2020

GADSDEN, Ala. — Playing the fall game the way it needed to be played allowed Darold Gleason of Many, La., to take the Day 1 lead of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Neely Henry Lake with 13 pounds, 12 ounces.

Gleason, who finished fifth at the Central Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, holds a 2-ounce lead over second-place Derek Hicks.

A mostly warm fall has the fish slowly transitioning into traditional autumn trends, and that means they’re scattered and difficult to pattern. Gleason was understandably slim on details but said he found his fish by remaining mobile and showing them a mix of aggressive and subtle looks.

“I had 12 rods out; I have a moving-baits side and I have a ‘beg-em’ side — dragging baits, spinning rods, shaky heads, little jigs, that kind of stuff,” Gleason said. “I just alternated between beg-em and moving, beg-em and moving.

“I alternated between the two, kept my foot on the trolling motor and just tried to run into as many as I could. I covered 20 miles on Neely Henry and caught my fish in an area of 3 to 4 miles.”

Gleason said that, given his event preview, a strong opening effort was unexpected.

“Practice was horrible, so I did not expect this,” he said. “Today was, by far, the best day I’ve had since I’ve been here.”

Pointing out that he got only six keeper bites Thursday, Gleason said he had to fish a mixture of habitat to amass his leading limit.

“It was a little of this, a little of that,” he said. “This, to me, is a classic junk-fishing derby and, typically, that is not a strong point for me. I’m working diligently to get better at it, and I’m learning on the fly.”

Gleason said the key to his strong performance was mental clarity.

“The biggest thing — and it’s taken me years to get this through my thick skull — is that when you have a bad practice, the first day of the tournament you just keep a fresh mind and don’t be afraid to kinda halfway practice,” he said. “So, I went and fished areas where I thought I could get some bites, and when I didn’t, I kept going, kept going, kept going.”

That persistence was tested when Gleason completed the first several hours of the day with an empty livewell.

“You go three or four hours without a bite and it’s easy to get down and worried, so I would say my (positive) attitude was the biggest thing that worked for me today,” he said. “I was paranoid, freaking out, wondering if I was ever going to catch one.

"It was just one of those dream days on a tough fishery and to have it come together was special.”

Hailing from Rocky Face, Ga., Hicks earned his limit of 13-10 by mixing up his presentations with a 5/8-ounce jig with a Zoom Super Chunk trailer, a shaky head with a Zoom Trick Worm and a ChatterBait with a Zoom Swimming Fluke Jr. trailer.

“I’m fishing everything that comes in front of me,” Hicks said. “I caught them all throughout the day, and I knew I had a decent bag when I threw back a 2 1/2-pounder (late in the day).

“I went as far north as a bass boat can float and fished all the way from Gadsden north. I’m going to do the same thing tomorrow.”

Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas, is in third place with 13-1. Noting that his day comprised a mix of techniques that yielded 10 keeper bites, Bird anchored his sack with a 4-pounder around 11 a.m.

Fishing a variety of wood habitat, Bird said he missed a big bite early. He returned late morning and caught a 4-pounder on the same spot.

“I caught my biggest one in practice there,” Bird said. “I think it’s a current-related deal that’s replenishing.”

Chancy Walters of West Des Moines, Iowa, is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with his 5-4.

Kayden Tanner of Millsap, Texas, leads the co-angler division with 7-10. Targeting main-river channel banks, Tanner caught all of his fish on a 3/16-ounce shaky head with a Daiwa Yamamoto Neko Worm.

“Banks with hardwood were a big deal,” Tanner said. “Some of the bigger stumps were what they were keying on. I caught a limit for about 6 pounds in the first hour and then at the end of the day I culled up with a largemouth that was close to 3.”

Jason Henson of Rome, Ga., holds the Phoenix Boats Big Bass lead among co-anglers with a 4-0.

Logan Latuso of Gonzales, La., leads the Central Open points race with 561 points, followed by Bassmaster Elite Series pro Lee Livesay with 552. Gleason is in third with 549, Greg Hackney is fourth with 541 and Jason Christie is fifth with 539.

Christie leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year Standings with 921 points.

Friday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6:45 a.m. CT at Coosa Landing. The weigh-in will be held back at the landing at 2:45.
The tournament is being hosted by Greater Gadsden Area Tourism.

2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Neely Henry Lake 10/22-10/24
Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1. Darold Gleason Many, LA 5 13-12 200
Day 1: 5 13-12
2. Derek Hicks Rocky Face, GA 5 13-10 199
Day 1: 5 13-10
3. Cody Bird Granbury, TX 5 13-01 198
Day 1: 5 13-01
4. Joey Nania Cropwell, AL 5 12-06 197
Day 1: 5 12-06
5. Troy O'Rourke Bentonville, AR 5 11-12 196
Day 1: 5 11-12
6. Chancy Walters West Des Moines, IA 5 11-11 195
Day 1: 5 11-11
6. Blake Whatley Harleton, TX 5 11-11 195
Day 1: 5 11-11
8. Toby Hartsell Afton, OK 5 11-05 193
Day 1: 5 11-05
9. Logan Latuso Gonzales, LA 5 11-01 192
Day 1: 5 11-01
10. Matthew Robertson Kuttawa, KY 5 11-00 191
Day 1: 5 11-00
11. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 5 10-15 190
Day 1: 5 10-15
12. Justin Atkins Florence, AL 5 10-14 189
Day 1: 5 10-14
13. Scott Martin Clewiston, FL 5 10-12 188
Day 1: 5 10-12
13. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 5 10-12 188
Day 1: 5 10-12
15. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 5 10-10 186
Day 1: 5 10-10
16. Jeffrey Cannon Douglasville, GA 5 10-09 185
Day 1: 5 10-09
17. Daisuke Aoki Minamitsurugun Yamanash 5 10-06 184
Day 1: 5 10-06
18. Bryant Smith Roseville, CA 5 10-05 183
Day 1: 5 10-05
19. Wyatt Burkhalter Coker, AL 5 10-04 182
Day 1: 5 10-04
19. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 5 10-04 182
Day 1: 5 10-04
19. Matt Pangrac Broken Arrow, OK 5 10-04 182
Day 1: 5 10-04
19. Scott Siller Milwaukee, WI 5 10-04 182
Day 1: 5 10-04
23. James Biggs Euless, TX 5 10-03 178
Day 1: 5 10-03
23. Adam Brown Rainbow City, AL 5 10-03 178
Day 1: 5 10-03
23. Scott Pellegrin Chippewa Falls, WI 5 10-03 178
Day 1: 5 10-03
26. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 5 10-02 175
Day 1: 5 10-02
27. Kyle Dorsett Odenville, AL 5 10-00 174
Day 1: 5 10-00
28. Marc Frazier Newnan, GA 5 09-15 173
Day 1: 5 09-15
29. Branden Hollingshead Azle, TX 5 09-13 172
Day 1: 5 09-13
29. Brian Latimer Belton, SC 5 09-13 172
Day 1: 5 09-13
29. Mark Watson Midlothian, TX 5 09-13 172
Day 1: 5 09-13
32. Josh Bragg Jacksonville, AL 5 09-11 169
Day 1: 5 09-11
33. William Johnson Glencoe, AL 5 09-10 168
Day 1: 5 09-10
33. Kenta Kimura Osaka JAPAN 5 09-10 168
Day 1: 5 09-10
33. Greg Vance Delhi, IA 5 09-10 168
Day 1: 5 09-10
36. Michael Bradford Scottsboro, AL 5 09-08 165
Day 1: 5 09-08
37. Brad Shuflin Windsor , CO 5 09-07 164
Day 1: 5 09-07
38. Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 5 09-05 163
Day 1: 5 09-05
38. Chad Mrazek Montgomery, TX 5 09-05 163
Day 1: 5 09-05
40. Joey Cifuentes III Clinton, AR 5 09-04 161
Day 1: 5 09-04
41. Hunter Denmark Saraland, AL 5 09-01 160
Day 1: 5 09-01
41. Allan Glasgow Ashville, AL 5 09-01 160
Day 1: 5 09-01
41. Dustin Reneau Mckinney, TX 5 09-01 160
Day 1: 5 09-01
41. Jake Rossi Columbus, OH 5 09-01 160
Day 1: 5 09-01
45. Wes Logan Springville, AL 5 09-00 156
Day 1: 5 09-00
46. Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 5 08-14 155
Day 1: 5 08-14
46. Joel Willert Prior Lake, MN 5 08-14 155
Day 1: 5 08-14
48. Bart Stanisz Brookeland, TX 5 08-12 153
Day 1: 5 08-12
48. Andrew Thomasson Dublin, VA 5 08-12 153
Day 1: 5 08-12
50. Matthew Nobile Sorrento, LA 5 08-11 151
Day 1: 5 08-11
51. Lance Rose Pipe Creek, TX 5 08-10 150
Day 1: 5 08-10
52. James Stricklin Fort Smith, AR 5 08-09 149
Day 1: 5 08-09
52. Shawn Temple Krugerville, TX 5 08-09 149
Day 1: 5 08-09
54. Bruce Parsons Arbela, MO 3 08-09 147
Day 1: 3 08-09
55. KJ Queen Catawba, NC 5 08-05 146
Day 1: 5 08-05
56. Luke Plunkett Pinson, AL 5 08-04 145
Day 1: 5 08-04
56. Spike Stoker Stephenville, TX 5 08-04 145
Day 1: 5 08-04
58. Marc Schilling Shady Shores, TX 4 08-03 143
Day 1: 4 08-03
59. John Garrett Union City, TN 5 08-01 142
Day 1: 5 08-01
60. James Meers Rome, GA 4 08-01 141
Day 1: 4 08-01
61. Robert Parkison Marshall, TX 4 08-00 140
Day 1: 4 08-00
62. Jeff Lugar Cross Junction, VA 5 07-15 139
Day 1: 5 07-15
63. Jeff Bridges Prosper, TX 5 07-13 138
Day 1: 5 07-13
64. Casey Bennett Waco, TX 4 07-11 137
Day 1: 4 07-11
65. Kazuki Kitajima Corinth, TX 5 07-09 136
Day 1: 5 07-09
66. Chad Randles Elkhorn, NE 5 07-08 135
Day 1: 5 07-08
67. Cody Huff Ava, MO 4 07-08 134
Day 1: 4 07-08
68. Doug Vahrenberg Higginsville, MO 5 07-07 133
Day 1: 5 07-07
69. Denny Fiedler Wabasha, MN 4 07-07 132
Day 1: 4 07-07
70. Brian Clark Haltom City, TX 3 07-07 131
Day 1: 3 07-07
71. Jimmy Mason Rogersville, AL 5 07-06 130
Day 1: 5 07-06
71. Billy Smith Montgomery, TX 5 07-06 130
Day 1: 5 07-06
73. Jacob Powroznik North Prince George, VA 5 07-04 128
Day 1: 5 07-04
74. Lance Crawford Broken Bow, OK 4 07-04 127
Day 1: 4 07-04
74. Dirk Wenzlaff Frisco, TX 4 07-04 127
Day 1: 4 07-04
76. John Hunter Jr Simpsonville, KY 5 07-03 125
Day 1: 5 07-03
77. Clark Reehm Elm Groove, LA 5 07-02 124
Day 1: 5 07-02
78. Austin Cranford Norman, OK 5 07-01 123
Day 1: 5 07-01
78. Cody Ryan Greaney Manchaca, TX 5 07-01 123
Day 1: 5 07-01
80. Ken Iyobe Tokoname, Aichi JAPAN 5 07-00 121
Day 1: 5 07-00
80. Trey Swindle Cleveland, AL 5 07-00 121
Day 1: 5 07-00
82. Theron Caldwell Decatur, TX 5 06-14 119
Day 1: 5 06-14
82. Bryan New Belmont, NC 5 06-14 119
Day 1: 5 06-14
84. Wes Nofire Tahlequah, OK 5 06-13 117
Day 1: 5 06-13
85. Randy Blaukat Joplin, MO 5 06-12 116
Day 1: 5 06-12
85. Sheldon Collings Grove, OK 5 06-12 116
Day 1: 5 06-12
87. Shaun Haag Montgomery, TX 4 06-08 114
Day 1: 4 06-08
87. Ernie Stumpf III Frisco, TX 4 06-08 114
Day 1: 4 06-08
89. Travis Ledford Tuttle, OK 3 06-08 112
Day 1: 3 06-08
90. Dakota Ebare Dehnam Springs, LA 5 06-06 111
Day 1: 5 06-06
91. Terry Peacock Royse City, TX 3 06-06 110
Day 1: 3 06-06
92. Gary Hall Wardville, OK 5 06-05 109
Day 1: 5 06-05
93. Chandler Stewart Waco, TX 5 06-04 108
Day 1: 5 06-04
94. Chris Jones Bokoshe, OK 5 06-03 107
Day 1: 5 06-03
95. Keith Surber Longview, TX 5 06-01 106
Day 1: 5 06-01
96. Teb Jones Hattiesburg, MS 5 06-00 105
Day 1: 5 06-00
97. Floyd Teat Valley Mills, TX 2 05-15 104
Day 1: 2 05-15
98. Paul Browning Pecos, TX 4 05-14 103
Day 1: 4 05-14
99. Brian Post Janesville, WI 3 05-14 102
Day 1: 3 05-14
100. Jay Brainard Enid, OK 4 05-13 101
Day 1: 4 05-13
101. Todd Castledine Nacogdoches, TX 4 05-13 100
Day 1: 4 05-13
102. Marshall Hughes Hemphill, TX 4 05-12 99
Day 1: 4 05-12
103. Matt Looney Coweta, OK 3 05-12 98
Day 1: 3 05-12
104. Caleb Gibson Locust Grove, OK 3 05-10 97
Day 1: 3 05-10
105. Tommy Williams Shepherdsville, KY 4 05-08 96
Day 1: 4 05-08
106. Kevin Crider Acworth, GA 3 05-08 95
Day 1: 3 05-08
107. Greg Mansfield Olathe, KS 5 05-07 94
Day 1: 5 05-07
108. Lucas Bradley Flippin, AR 3 05-07 93
Day 1: 3 05-07
109. Andrew Upshaw Tulsa, OK 3 05-06 92
Day 1: 3 05-06
110. Kyle Hogg Hewitt, TX 2 05-06 91
Day 1: 2 05-06
111. Tommy Murray Bedford, TX 3 05-02 90
Day 1: 3 05-02
112. Bradley Hallman Norman, OK 2 05-01 89
Day 1: 2 05-01
113. Cody Morrison Collinsville, TX 3 04-13 88
Day 1: 3 04-13
114. Jed Holt Livingston, TX 2 04-12 87
Day 1: 2 04-12
114. Brandon Mcdonald Longview, TX 2 04-12 87
Day 1: 2 04-12
116. Justin Margraves Diana, TX 4 04-11 85
Day 1: 4 04-11
117. Ed Melton Houston, TX 3 04-09 84
Day 1: 3 04-09
118. Cody Hahner Wausau, WI 3 04-05 83
Day 1: 3 04-05
118. Wayne Hall Cottonwood, AZ 3 04-05 83
Day 1: 3 04-05
120. Edwin Baker Gilmer, TX 3 04-04 81
Day 1: 3 04-04
121. Kevin Ledoux Choctaw, OK 3 04-03 80
Day 1: 3 04-03
122. Brandon Craft Southside, AL 2 04-02 79
Day 1: 2 04-02
123. Jimmy Mize Ben Lomond, AR 2 04-00 78
Day 1: 2 04-00
124. Andy Hribar Lakeville, MN 3 03-13 77
Day 1: 3 03-13
125. Dale Hightower Mannford, OK 3 03-12 76
Day 1: 3 03-12
125. Lynn Johnson Attalla, AL 3 03-12 76
Day 1: 3 03-12
127. Josh Douglas Isle, MN 2 03-12 74
Day 1: 2 03-12
128. Spencer Lambert West Monroe, LA 3 03-11 73
Day 1: 3 03-11
129. John Hammersmith Branson, MO 3 03-11 72
Day 1: 3 03-11
130. Garrett Rose Pipecreek, TX 3 03-09 71
Day 1: 3 03-09
131. Larry Puckett Decatur, TX 2 03-09 70
Day 1: 2 03-09
132. Billy Cline Argyle, TX 3 03-08 69
Day 1: 3 03-08
133. Ron Wells Claremore, OK 3 03-07 68
Day 1: 3 03-07
134. Justin Prisock Robinson, TX 2 03-07 67
Day 1: 2 03-07
135. Drew Sloan Scurry, TX 1 03-06 66
Day 1: 1 03-06
136. David Drinkard Sour Lake, TX 2 03-04 65
Day 1: 2 03-04
137. Neels Beneke Amanzimtoti SOUTH AFRIC 3 03-03 64
Day 1: 3 03-03
137. Kylie Sparks Denham Spgs, LA 3 03-03 64
Day 1: 3 03-03
139. Masayuki Matsushita Tokoname-Shi JAPAN 2 03-01 62
Day 1: 2 03-01
140. James Caldemeyer Gilmer, TX 1 02-15 61
Day 1: 1 02-15
141. Shonn Goodwin Moore, OK 3 02-14 60
Day 1: 3 02-14
142. Bill Watts Beaumont, TX 2 02-11 59
Day 1: 2 02-11
143. Brandon Ackerson Afton, OK 1 02-05 58
Day 1: 1 02-05
144. Allan Nail Sand Springs, OK 2 02-03 57
Day 1: 2 02-03
144. Trait Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 2 02-03 57
Day 1: 2 02-03
146. James Davis Jr Ferriday, LA 2 02-02 55
Day 1: 2 02-02
147. Jake Boomer Spokane Valley, WA 1 02-02 54
Day 1: 1 02-02
148. Steve Sennikoff Edgewood, TX 2 01-14 53
Day 1: 2 01-14
149. Steven White Ashville, AL 1 01-11 52
Day 1: 1 01-11
150. Jake Biram Tulsa, OK 1 01-10 51
Day 1: 1 01-10
151. Jerod Hawkes Eagle Pass, TX 1 01-08 50
Day 1: 1 01-08
152. Mark Hicks Glouster, OH 1 01-07 49
Day 1: 1 01-07
152. Bill McNutt Henry, IL 1 01-07 49
Day 1: 1 01-07
154. Sean Obrien Norman, OK 1 01-06 47
Day 1: 1 01-06
155. Jim Dillard West Monroe, LA 1 01-05 46
Day 1: 1 01-05
156. Billy Billeaud Lafayette, LA 1 01-04 45
Day 1: 1 01-04
156. Brent Homan Graham, TX 1 01-04 45
Day 1: 1 01-04
158. Chris Bailey Eddy, TX 1 01-02 43
Day 1: 1 01-02
158. Kenny Mittelstaedt Minnetonka, MN 1 01-02 43
Day 1: 1 01-02
160. Larry Jenkins Leesburg, TX 1 01-01 41
Day 1: 1 01-01
160. Terry Luedtke Burton, TX 1 01-01 41
Day 1: 1 01-01
160. Randy Qualls Streetman, TX 1 01-01 41
Day 1: 1 01-01
163. RJ Chandler Jr. Vinton, LA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
163. Anthony Dumitras Winston, GA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
163. Justin Hallmark Bertram, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
163. Edwin Pulda Jasper, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
163. Rodney Richards Ardmore, OK 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
163. Jerry Riddle Jr Summit, MS 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
163. Hermilo Salgado Artemus, KY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
170. Steven Caldwell Whitesboro, TX 0 -1-00 0
Day 1: 0 -01-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 83 615 1080-09
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83 615 1080-09

2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Neely Henry Lake 10/22-10/24
Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden AL.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1. Kayden Tanner Millsap, TX 3 07-10 200
Day 1: 3 07-10
2. Jason Henson Rome, GA 3 07-08 199
Day 1: 3 07-08
3. Jeff Queen Catawba, NC 3 06-15 198
Day 1: 3 06-15
4. Buddy Elston Jr. Odenville, AL 3 06-08 197
Day 1: 3 06-08
5. Kyle Owen Bradenton, FL 3 06-03 196
Day 1: 3 06-03
5. Ethen Preston Tower City, ND 3 06-03 196
Day 1: 3 06-03
5. Shane Soriano Merced, CA 3 06-03 196
Day 1: 3 06-03
8. Steven Hatch Long Beach, MS 3 06-02 193
Day 1: 3 06-02
9. Brad Hollowell Azle, TX 3 06-00 192
Day 1: 3 06-00
10. Ronald Young New Braunfels, TX 3 05-15 191
Day 1: 3 05-15
11. Leroy Mcdonald Jr Blanchard, OK 3 05-11 190
Day 1: 3 05-11
12. Mark Stewart Ashville, AL 3 05-10 189
Day 1: 3 05-10
13. Cameron Naquin Gray, LA 2 05-10 188
Day 1: 2 05-10
14. Milo Salgado Jr. Artemus, KY 3 05-08 187
Day 1: 3 05-08
14. Shane Stockton Fort Worth, TX 3 05-08 187
Day 1: 3 05-08
16. David Booth Erin, TN 3 05-03 185
Day 1: 3 05-03
17. Rich Frey Owens Cross Roads, AL 2 05-03 184
Day 1: 2 05-03
18. Jake Larson Deerfield, WI 3 05-00 183
Day 1: 3 05-00
19. Dakota Gaskin Carrollton, GA 3 04-14 182
Day 1: 3 04-14
20. Darrell Hille Springfield, TN 3 04-12 181
Day 1: 3 04-12
20. Mamoru Kagiya Takahama JAPAN 3 04-12 181
Day 1: 3 04-12
22. Joe Lee Midlothian, TX 3 04-11 179
Day 1: 3 04-11
22. Randy Waddell Guntersville, AL 3 04-11 179
Day 1: 3 04-11
24. John Goul Philadelphia, MS 2 04-11 177
Day 1: 2 04-11
25. Will Williford Orange, TX 3 04-09 176
Day 1: 3 04-09
26. William Rogers Summerton, SC 3 04-09 175
Day 1: 3 04-09
27. Ed Kennedy Wetumpka, AL 3 04-08 174
Day 1: 3 04-08
28. Ruben Arevalos Poth, TX 3 04-06 173
Day 1: 3 04-06
28. Ralph Pierce Prattville, AL 3 04-06 173
Day 1: 3 04-06
30. Eric Davis Athens, AL 3 04-05 171
Day 1: 3 04-05
30. Billy Messer Spartanburg, SC 3 04-05 171
Day 1: 3 04-05
30. Robert Paxton Jr Flower Mound, TX 3 04-05 171
Day 1: 3 04-05
33. Kelly Salow Delhi, IA 3 04-03 168
Day 1: 3 04-03
34. Raymond Vargas Hattiesburg, MS 2 04-01 167
Day 1: 2 04-01
35. Bradley Barnes Anniston, AL 2 04-00 166
Day 1: 2 04-00
35. Bud Biram Tulsa, OK 2 04-00 166
Day 1: 2 04-00
37. Mark Guhne Hixson, TN 2 03-12 164
Day 1: 2 03-12
38. Jerad Perry Marshall, TX 2 03-11 163
Day 1: 2 03-11
39. Lee Deboer Mckinney, TX 3 03-10 162
Day 1: 3 03-10
39. Wayne Haynes Ohatchee, AL 3 03-10 162
Day 1: 3 03-10
41. Jessie Ayers Antlers, OK 3 03-09 160
Day 1: 3 03-09
42. Thom Dickson Cartersville, GA 3 03-08 159
Day 1: 3 03-08
43. Jared Penton Sanger, TX 3 03-07 158
Day 1: 3 03-07
44. Clarence Schwarz Bedford, TX 2 03-06 157
Day 1: 2 03-06
45. Carson Denmark Malcolm, AL 3 03-05 156
Day 1: 3 03-05
46. Justin Kulbeck Clinton, TN 3 03-03 155
Day 1: 3 03-03
46. Philip Perkins Gadsden, AL 3 03-03 155
Day 1: 3 03-03
48. Joe Nance Pearland, TX 3 03-02 153
Day 1: 3 03-02
48. Chuck Thurlow Auburn, AL 3 03-02 153
Day 1: 3 03-02
50. Kelvin Young Guntersville, AL 3 03-00 151
Day 1: 3 03-00
51. William Young Livingston, TX 2 03-00 150
Day 1: 2 03-00
52. Colton Anders Burton, TX 3 02-15 149
Day 1: 3 02-15
53. Russell Elrod Arab, AL 2 02-13 148
Day 1: 2 02-13
54. Charles Steele Attalla, AL 2 02-12 147
Day 1: 2 02-12
55. Michael Zierath Flower Mound, TX 2 02-11 146
Day 1: 2 02-11
56. Bailey Dukes RAINSVILLE, AL 2 02-07 145
Day 1: 2 02-07
56. Zak Kuhn Lady Lake, FL 2 02-07 145
Day 1: 2 02-07
56. Rob Thomas Griffin, GA 2 02-07 145
Day 1: 2 02-07
59. Jordan Clayton Wichita Falls, TX 2 02-06 142
Day 1: 2 02-06
59. Ralph Gibson Locust Grove, OK 2 02-06 142
Day 1: 2 02-06
59. Dylan Smith Midlothian, TX 2 02-06 142
Day 1: 2 02-06
62. Bobby Shockley Springfield, MO 1 02-05 139
Day 1: 1 02-05
63. John Connell Marion, IL 2 02-04 138
Day 1: 2 02-04
63. Lonnie Miller Broken Arrow, OK 2 02-04 138
Day 1: 2 02-04
65. Jeff Harris Lexington, KY 1 02-04 136
Day 1: 1 02-04
66. Bob Burgess Millington, TN 2 02-03 135
Day 1: 2 02-03
67. Steve Jacques Addison, AL 2 02-02 134
Day 1: 2 02-02
68. Bert Petrie St. Paul, TX 2 02-01 133
Day 1: 2 02-01
68. Daniel Smith Blountsville, AL 2 02-01 133
Day 1: 2 02-01
70. Jon Jezierski Troy, MI 2 02-00 131
Day 1: 2 02-00
71. Matt Connolly Duluth, GA 1 02-00 130
Day 1: 1 02-00
71. Osvaldo Gutierrez Grand Island, NE 1 02-00 130
Day 1: 1 02-00
73. Robbie Menefee Ashville, AL 1 01-14 128
Day 1: 1 01-14
74. John Goebel Lumberton, TX 1 01-13 127
Day 1: 1 01-13
75. Tommy Menefee Ashville, AL 1 01-12 126
Day 1: 1 01-12
76. Leon Jefferson Baytown, TX 2 01-11 125
Day 1: 2 01-11
77. Michael Benson Cullman, AL 2 01-10 124
Day 1: 2 01-10
78. Brandon Clayton Haslet , TX 1 01-10 123
Day 1: 1 01-10
78. Jacob Vincent Carencro, LA 1 01-10 123
Day 1: 1 01-10
80. Larry Beauboeuf Bossier City, LA 1 01-09 121
Day 1: 1 01-09
80. Robby Griffith Ashville, AL 1 01-09 121
Day 1: 1 01-09
82. Brian Hamaker Huntsville, AL 1 01-07 119
Day 1: 1 01-07
82. Steven West Mooreville, MS 1 01-07 119
Day 1: 1 01-07
84. Sieg Taylor Navarre, FL 1 01-05 117
Day 1: 1 01-05
85. Joshua Griffith Louisville, KY 1 01-04 116
Day 1: 1 01-04
85. Jenny Nevans Dayton, TN 1 01-04 116
Day 1: 1 01-04
85. Tripp Noojin Bryant, AL 1 01-04 116
Day 1: 1 01-04
85. Frank Williams Saint Charles, MO 1 01-04 116
Day 1: 1 01-04
89. Noel Allen Jr Brandon, MS 1 01-03 112
Day 1: 1 01-03
89. Allen Heston Pittsburg, TX 1 01-03 112
Day 1: 1 01-03
91. Mike Petty Merkel, TX 1 01-01 110
Day 1: 1 01-01
92. Eric Carroll Gaylesville, AL 1 01-00 109
Day 1: 1 01-00
92. Keith Eddleman Buda, TX 1 01-00 109
Day 1: 1 01-00
94. Todd Drury Haslet, TX 1 00-15 107
Day 1: 1 00-15
94. Gary Hart Florence, AL 1 00-15 107
Day 1: 1 00-15
94. Chris Jeffery Sedan, KS 1 00-15 107
Day 1: 1 00-15
94. Will Major Port Allen, LA 1 00-15 107
Day 1: 1 00-15
98. Chris Mitchell Millport, AL 1 00-14 103
Day 1: 1 00-14
99. Nathan Adams House Springs, MO 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Brad Bailey Saint Louis, MO 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Gary Bates Athens, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Edward Bean Johnsburg, IL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Isaac Booth Washburn, TN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Sam Chapman Norman, OK 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Joseph Chilcott Crestview, FL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. John Cummings Alexander, AR 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Mike Duke Summerville, GA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Michael Elrod Cropwell, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Ricky Ezell Texas, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Justin Franklin Oxford, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Donnie Gamble Bessemer, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Bill Hudson Norman, OK 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Ed Laroche Benld, IL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Johnny Masters Albertville, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Kevin Maxwell Laneville, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Vincent Mayben Rainbow City, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Arnold Montgomery Gadsden, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Joe Olivas Worthington, OH 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Robert Pennell Cuero, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Johnny Ramos Odessa, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Matt Roberson Powder Springs, GA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Cody Shry Pinehrst, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Blaine Sparks Walker, LA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Dwain Vogelpohl Cambridge, MN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Scotty Walton Oklahoma City, OK 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
99. Billy Wilson Highland Village, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
127. Ty Story Prattville, AL 0 -1-00 0
Day 1: 0 -01-00


AC INSIDER - Doomsday Podcast with David Mullins

 

This week Chris is back and he and the boys open the show with current BASS AOY Leader David Mullins to talk about his resurgence this year on the Elite Trail. KG Digs into his beginning in  the sport and DX asks the tough questions.... Y'all check it out!


Humminbird® Brings MEGA 360 Imaging™ To the Ice Ice Adapter Kit Gives Anglers 360-Degree View on Hardwater

RACINE, Wis., October 8, 2020 – Humminbird’s® exclusive MEGA 360 Imaging sonar has provided anglers with unrivaled detail in every direction around their boat. With the introduction of the new MEGA 360 Imaging Ice Adapter, Humminbird brings that exclusive technology to ice fishermen.

Humminbird’s MEGA 360 Imaging Ice Adapter allows anglers to utilize the MEGA 360 transducer to see a clear and sharp view under the ice, up to 125 feet around the hole. Ice anglers can eliminate the guesswork and quickly find structure and fish without drilling as many holes, track schools of fish as they move, and know which direction the fish are headed.

“Anglers have been successfully using MEGA 360 Imaging on the open water to identify structure and fish to make every minute on the water more effective,” said Matt Cook, Humminbird brand manager. “Bringing this technology to the ice will give hardwater anglers the same ability to be more efficient and productive and ultimately help them find and catch more fish.”

The MEGA 360 Imaging Ice Adapter includes all accessories needed to convert a MEGA 360 Imaging transducer for use while ice fishing. The adapter is compatible with all MEGA 360 Imaging transducers (Universal, Ultrex, Fortrex and No Mount).

Accessories needed to use your MEGA 360 Transducer on ice:

  • HELIX 8, 9, or 10 with MSI+ or MDI+ (G3N/G4N)
  • HELIX Ice conversion kit (ICE PTC CHIPR H8910)
  • MEGA 360 Imaging unit (No Mount, Universal, Ultrex and Fortrex models)
  • MEGA 360 Ice Adapter
  • Battery and charger
  • Optional: AS GPS HS: GPS Puck with Heading Sensor (Mark and View waypoints on MEGA 360 screen)

The Humminbird MEGA 360 Ice Adapter retails for $99.99 and is now shipping to Humminbird dealers everywhere.

For more information call Humminbird at 800-633-1468 or visit www.humminbird.com


CHOKE CANYON SET TO HOST TXTT CHAMPIONSHIP

TXTT Championship Choke Canyon Tournament Details

Friday, October 23:
NO ONSITE REGISTRATION. A check in link will be emailed to all registered teams on Wed, Oct 21. Please text or call Amanda at 210-697-8081 with any questions.

Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25:
Take-off & Weigh-in starts at 3pm on both tournament days.
Calliham Park
700 TX-72
Three Rivers, TX 78071

By David A. Brown
What do you get when the home team isn’t exactly from the home state? Well, in the case of Choke Canyon Reservoir, you get a tremendous fishery that’s ready to offer a bountiful playing field for the Texas Team Trail Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, October 24-25.

With the Choke Canyon Dam impounding the Frio River just ahead of its confluence with the Nueces River, this South Texas reservoir has been stocked with Florida-strain largemouth since 1981. Today, local guide and TXTT competitor Mike Bates said the state’s stocking program plus Choke’s remote location have created a giant-factory that offers a tremendous theater for a championship event.

“For pure numbers, it’s better than I’ve ever seen it,” Bates said. “Guide trips have produced 75-100 fish days. And I’m not talking about a bunch of little fish; we’ve had a lot of 4- to 6-pounders. In 30 years of fishing this lake, I’ve never seen the numbers we have now.

“People who’ve never been down here are going to be surprised. Choke Canyon is away from everybody — the nearest metropolitan town is San Antonio, which is about two hours away. She doesn’t get a lot of fishing pressure.”

As of Oct. 13, Choke’s water level stood at 199.42, which is about 21 feet below full pool. As Bates explained, this area of the state doesn’t get the dependable rains of north and east Texas. Nevertheless, a major habitat feature keeps what remains in prime productivity mode.

“Back in 2018 we got a lot of rain in two stages and that got the lake up to 13 feet (below full pool), but now it’s back to 21,” Bates said. “We’re used to fluctuations, but what’s making the lake great is the amount of hydrilla. The lake probably has 13,500 surface acres (currently), but there’s probably 9,000 acres of grass.

“There are plenty of places to fish; there’s hydrilla everywhere. There are still some fish offshore, because we’re still in summer patterns, but there is still plenty of grass for everyone to fish.”

Hot Year Remaining Hot

While the fireworks potential definitely exists, Bates said that given the lingering heat, anglers will definitely have their work cut out for them. Having fished the lake for over 30 years, he’s expecting to find the fish in a transitional phase where they have not yet fully committed to fall patterns.

“Recent daytime temperatures have been as high as 104 and the water temperature is 81-82, so it’s still pretty warm,” Bates said. “We will have had a couple of cold fronts by tournament weekend, so it could easily change into the fall pattern in a week.

“The fish want to go into that fall stuff, but every day has been at least in the mid-90s, so they’re not there yet. If a cold front comes in and pushes that water temperature down, that will help because those Florida bass like water temperatures of 65-75. That’s when they really get going."

Unless and until that change happens, the Championship anglers will have to reach deep into their wells of knowledge in order to match wits with Choke’s moody bass. Considerably more weather sensitive than their northern strain cousins, “Floridas,” as they’re colloquially known, often display incredible aggression during brief feeding windows, but then slip into lethargy.

“The guys that do really well are going to have to continually adapt,” Bates said. “For me every day is a brand new day.”

Likely Patterns

According to Bates, Championship competitors can expect all of Choke’s waters to be in play. Equally broad is the array of potentially productive baits.

“There hasn’t been a bad spot on the lake that I’ve looked at,” Bates said. “You can catch fish everywhere and there’s not a certain technique. In the springtime, I have about three rods on the deck, but right now, I have 15-20 rods and every one of them’s catching fish.

“There’s not a particular thing that’s going to be better. A guy just needs to cover water, pick something he’s strong in and stick with that. There’s offshore fish, there’s grass fish; there’s fish that will bite moving baits and fish that will bite slow, bottom baits.”

Dialing it it a little, Bates said Championship anglers will throw a lot of Texas-rigged plastics — flipping and punching presentations — swimbaits, spinnerbaits, topwaters and crankbaits. Finesse baits, such a dropshots and Ned rigs will produce, but anglers will have to weed through a bunch of small fish to maybe luck into a big bite.

Bates said the biggest bass one of his clients has caught this year — a 10.60 — was about two pounds off the lake’s largest of 2020. He said he would not be surprised to see the Championship produce a double digit fish.

“Everybody’s going to catch fish, but the guys that do well are going to be the guys that find the bigger fish,” Bates said. “It’s going to take mid- to low-20s both days to win it. If someone finds two giants a day, it might take more. A local tournament in September took 25 to win and Big Bass was 8 pounds.

“The key is getting away from the 2- and 3-pounders. You can get in a little stretch where you catch numbers of those fish. It’s fun fishing, but it won’t be fun for the tournament.”

The good thing about Choke’s double blessing of quality and quantity is that it’s less likely anyone will run away with the event. In fact, Bates said he expects a tight leaderboard with ounces separating those at the top.

“I think this is going to be a nail biter,” he said. “It’s going to be a smorgasbord, but some days they’ll eat a bait and the next day they won’t touch it. You have pure Florida’s in this lake and when there’re eating, it’s great. When they’re not, it’s tough.”


Aaron Anderson Tops over 1100 anglers at 15th Annual Berkley Big Bass on Fork

Angler City State Weight Prize Amount
AARON ANDERSON Carrollton TX 6.98
Skeeter ZX 200 Yamaha SHO Skeeter Built Trailer
CURTIS DANIELS Fort Towson OK 2.97
Skeeter ZX150 Yamaha SHO Skeeter Built Trailer
PAUL WALLS JR Arp TX 2.50
$500.00+$1000 Abu Garcia Exact Weight Bonus
AARON ANDERSON Carrollton TX 6.98
$1000.00
CURTIS DANIELS Fort Towson OK 2.97
$1000.00
RANDY BUNCH Yantis TX 2.84
$1000.00
BJ SHELTON Alba TX 2.78
$1000.00
TERRY NOYES Winnsboro TX 2.76
$1000.00
JEFFERY JOHNSON Mineola TX 2.69
$1000.00
ANTHONY SCOMA Spring Hill KS 2.68
$1000.00
ANTHONY SCOMA Spring Hill KS 2.59
$1000.00
JOSEPH FOX Phillips WI 2.53
$1000.00
TRACY MORGAN Azle TX 2.48
$1000.00
KELVIN RUSSELL Quitman TX 2.40
$1000.00
NICK BROWN Lindale TX 2.38
$1000.00
HENRY JONES Hosston LA 2.34
$1000.00
GREGORY GRAVES Yantis TX 2.32
$1000.00
ROY CHEANEY Grand Saline TX 2.64
$500.00
SAM BOWNDS Wichita Falls TX 2.61
$500.00
AMBER ANDERSON Fort Worth TX 2.55
$500.00
KASEN KEESE Glen Rose TX 2.49
$500.00
SAMMY BROWN Ferris TX 2.48
$500.00
RANDY BUNCH Yantis TX 2.43
$500.00
JEFFERY JOHNSON Mineola TX 2.38
$500.00
TIMOTHY WEAVER Edgewood TX 2.35
$500.00
WESLEY ROWELL Yantis TX 2.33
$500.00
JAMES COMBS Georgetown TX 2.30
$500.00
JAMES BIGGERSTAFF Lindale TX 2.29
$500.00
TERRY VALENTINO Terrell TX 2.29
$500.00
NORMAN GILBERT Yantis TX 2.22
$500.00
JOHN EPP Crandall TX 2.48
$350.00
RANDY BUNCH Yantis TX 2.44
$350.00
KIRBY JONES Jacksonville TX 2.43
$350.00
BRANDON HYLANDER Walls MS 2.43
$350.00
KEVIN SHEPPARD Celina TX 2.41
$350.00
KEITH KRZEMINSKI Aubrey TX 2.40
$350.00
KENT SKOGLUND Tioga TX 2.40
$350.00
JAMES CRAWFORD JR Azle TX 2.30
$350.00
MARK CERJA JR Willow Park TX 2.30
$350.00
SCOTT DOSSEY Linden TX 2.30
$350.00
WILLIAM WOOD Grand Prairie TX 2.28
$350.00
BRIAN CARROLL Granbury TX 2.23
$350.00
JAY RUSSELL West Monroe LA 2.18
$350.00
LEALON SIMMONS Hemphill TX 2.23
$325.00
HAROLD GAMBLIN San Marcos TX 2.23
$325.00
NANCY PRITCHETT Big Sandy TX 2.42
$300.00
JAMES CRAWFORD JR Azle TX 2.36
$300.00
AARON SHACKELFORD Lake Charles LA 2.36
$300.00
JOE RIALS Lafayette LA 2.36
$300.00
RANDALL HORTON Russellville AR 2.29
$300.00
KENNY NAIL Kilgore TX 2.28
$300.00
PAUL MECCA Dallas TX 2.26
$300.00
RANDY STEELE Sulphur Springs TX 2.26
$300.00
JACOB CALLAHAN Yantis TX 2.25
$300.00
MICHAEL MEREDITH Abilene TX 2.25
$300.00
MIKE MALLETT Walls MS 2.24
$300.00
KENNETH GOODWIEN Port St Lucie FL 2.16
$300.00
ANGEL MENDOZA Emory TX 2.10
$300.00
AMBER ANDERSON Fort Worth TX 2.55
Winner Ladies Division
BILLY PRITCHETT Big Sandy TX 2.38
$250.00
ROBERT CHAMBERS Chandler TX 2.33
$250.00
MARK CERJA JR Willow Park TX 2.30
Winner Junior Division
ANTHONY BOWERS Mckinney TX 2.24
$250.00
ROLAND SWARTS Mt. Vernon TX 2.24
$250.00
KEVIN HEBERT Longview TX 2.23
$250.00
WILLIAM PALMER Midlothian TX 2.23
$250.00
BRAD RAWLINSON Jacksonville TX 2.22
$250.00
MIKEY SIMONS Harker Heights TX 2.21
$250.00
BONNIE BRISTER Balch Springs TX 2.19
$250.00
JERRY PAGE Kilgore TX 2.16
$250.00
KELVIN RUSSELL Quitman TX 2.12
$250.00
VERLON CRONEY Alba TX 2.09
$250.00
SHANNON EASLEY Canton TX 1.98
$250.00
BRIAN CREED Bryan TX 2.20
$245.00
JERRY ARRANT West Monroe LA 2.20
$245.00
ROLAND SWARTS Mt. Vernon TX 2.33
$240.00
TYLER RITCHIE Benton AR 2.28
$240.00
COY WORLEY Alba TX 2.22
$240.00
JOSH ARRANT West Monroe LA 2.21
$240.00
ANTHONY SCOMA Spring Hill KS 2.21
$240.00
JOHN REDMON Grand Prairie TX 2.19
$240.00
CASEY CHEATHAM Dallas TX 2.11
$240.00
TREY BIGGER Celina TX 2.10
$240.00
TROY HOOVER Forney TX 2.09
$240.00
RAY WARD Emory TX 2.04
$240.00
MITCHELL FRIEDMAN Colleyville TX 1.97
$240.00
GERALD LOWERY Gilmer TX 2.16
$235.00
JERRY ARCHER Poetry TX 2.16
$235.00
MONTY DAMRON Tyler TX 2.16
$235.00
JEFF PATE Texarkana TX 2.16
$235.00
STEVE STEWART Kaufman TX 2.30
$230.00
MICHAEL YATES Combine TX 2.21
$230.00
JAMES CRAWFORD SR Weatherford TX 2.21
$230.00
ROSS CANTWELL Wichita Falls TX 2.20
$230.00
JOHN BLUE Sachse TX 2.18
$230.00
GREG PROFFITT Kansas City MO 2.15
$230.00
VERLON CRONEY Alba TX 2.09
$230.00
GREG CANO Dallas TX 2.07
$230.00
BILLY EDDINS Broaddus TX 2.07
$230.00
DAVID FULLER Mesquite TX 2.02
$230.00
LARRY PUTNAM Point TX 1.95
$230.00
MIKE RAYBURN Cabot AR 2.20
$225.00
DIANA FARMER Lockney TX 2.20
$225.00
DAWAYNE MUNK Tyler TX 2.20
$220.00
JOE DAVID HICKS Wichita Falls TX 2.20
$220.00
RICK CLARK Terrell TX 2.17
$220.00
JOHN BOONE Mineola TX 2.14
$220.00
GORDON HUNTINGTON III Lake Jackson TX 2.12
$220.00
JOHN BLUE Sachse TX 2.07
$220.00
MARK JENKINS Nacogdoches TX 2.05
$220.00
CORY ANDERSON Fort Worth TX 1.88
$220.00
CLINT CANTWELL Wichita Falls TX 2.26
$215.00
JUSTIN JONES Jacksonville TX 2.26
$215.00
RANDY STEELE Sulphur Springs TX 2.15
$215.00
SCOTT DUBEE Godley TX 2.15
$215.00
HADEN SICKLES Sulphur Springs TX 2.11
$215.00
CURTIS DANIELS Fort Towson OK 2.11
$215.00
MERLE HALCOM Irving TX 2.01
$215.00
RUBEN TORRES Waco TX 2.01
$215.00
STAN FADROWSKI Yantis TX 2.01
$215.00
JEFF HOOD Gilmer TX 2.01
$215.00
SHANE COWART Quitman TX 2.19
$210.00
VICTOR PEARSALL Sulphur Springs TX 2.18
$210.00
CHARLES HORTON Yantis TX 2.13
$210.00
MARCUS BRISTER Balch Springs TX 2.11
$210.00
JIMMY HICKMAN JR Longview TX 2.05
$210.00
JAMES COMBS Georgetown TX 1.80
$210.00
RUSTY LEMONIER Chester AR 2.13
$205.00
JONATHAN LANCASTER Quitman TX 2.13
$205.00
JAMES WILLIAMS Saline TX 2.11
$205.00
TERRY NEWCOMER Midlothian TX 2.11
$205.00
ROBERT IRWIN Quitman TX 1.99
$205.00
ROBERT CHAMBERS Chandler TX 1.99
$205.00
JAMES SNELL JR Van Buren AR 2.25
$200.00
RONNIE COULING Greenville TX 2.16
$200.00
WILLIAM CRUFF Yantis TX 2.13
$200.00
CARL GUYS Crockett TX 2.11
$200.00
JASON SMITH Forney TX 2.10
$200.00
GORDON HUNTINGTON III Lake Jackson TX 2.10
$200.00
ROBERT HOENKE Minden LA 2.02
$200.00
CURTIS YOUNG North Richland Hills TX 1.99
$200.00
TRAVIS COPELAND SR Grand Saline TX 1.98
$200.00
MARTY PAINTER Quitman TX 1.74
$200.00

RONNY MAYNARD AND ERIC CRUMLEY WEIGH IN 15.40LBS TOPPING 126 TTZ TEAMS ON BUCHANAN

PL ANGLER 1 ANGLER 2 FISH BIG BASS WEIGHT PRIZE
1 ERIC CRUMLEY RONNY MAYNARD 5 15.40 $10,000
2 TERRY ADAIR 4 14.95 $3,000
3 JACKY ROBERTS EDDIE PELFREY 5 14.93 $1,500
4 RICK HAMILTON TONY MALDONADO 5 14.91 $1,250
5 TRAVIS COCKERHAM LOGAN CLARK 5 14.42 $1,000
6 BRIAN HUGHES SPENCER SCHNEIDER 5 14.21 $800
7 LEE BEUERSHAUSEN RANDY GROUNDS 5 13.94 $700
8 LANCE DILLARD BLAKE DILLARD 5 13.78 $600
9 JEFF ANDERSON FRANK WIGET 5 4.05 13.75 $500
10 TERRY WILLIAMS JR BILLY WALDSCHMIDT 5 3.97 13.71 $450
11 JARROD SANDERS MICHAEL WALDROP 5 3.90 13.66 $400
12 MARK RIBERA RICK RIBERA 4 7.47 13.65 $350
13 BARRY MOTT MATT HILL 5 4.98 13.64 $300
14 JASON BUCHANAN TERRY KIRCUS 5 13.50
15 CHARLES WHITED BRENDAN KENNELL 5 13.32
16 STEVE MAGNELIA CLINT ROBERTSON 5 13.18
17 TRAVIS PROFFITT STEPHEN MALINA 5 12.40
18 JOHN MILLS DAVID ACHILLES 5 12.28
19 DANIEL ABERNATHY DAVID LINDLEY 5 12.15
20 JASON STAFFORD DOYLE WALKER 5 4.32 12.06
21 DAMON ROSS DONNIE ROSS 4 12.01
22 JOHNNIE BARNES RYAN KESSLER 5 11.77
23 PHILLIP DOUBEK ANDREW SWEET 5 11.69
24 TODD IVINS SCOTT SMITH 5 11.51
24 JOEY WILBURN JORDAN FISHER 5 11.51
26 PHIL WARREN BRIAN MATER 5 11.38
27 BRANDON BRAY JOE BRAY 5 11.20
28 CHRIS BAKER TRISTAN SEARS 5 11.04
29 EDWIN MARTINEZ MICHAEL REEVE 5 3.49 11.01
30 LEE BENTON CODY SMITH 5 10.87
31 GARY FRIEDEL JACOB FROESE 5 10.77
32 DAVE MANGELSDORF MATTHEW WHITTINGTON 5 10.75
32 DEAN ALEXANDER ADRIAN SANCHEZ 5 10.75
34 TERRY HALL LYNN PIERCE 5 10.45
35 LARRY SMITH KEN EVERETT 5 10.43
36 DENNIS WHITED MAX KIPP 5 10.36
37 JUSTIN KETCHUM SEAN CLAMPITT 2 7.49 10.31 $1,260 BIG BASS + $100 BASS ASSETS PRODUCT CERTIFICATE
38 TREY GROCE JOE BILL HALE 5 10.30
39 MICHAEL GALE KELLEY MAULDIN 5 10.29
40 TONY FERDINANDO SHANE LOGAN 4 3.46 10.28
41 ALLEN GASS JOHN RATLIFF 5 10.20
42 RANDALL ESCHBERGER LANCE ESCHBERGER 4 10.04
43 BRYAN RICHARDS MAT KEVIL 3 10.01
44 TOM GUIDRY DUSTIN ISBELL 5 10.00
45 JAMIE SLAYDEN BRANDON HOUSTON 5 9.92
46 BILLY MCCRARY II TRENT ERXLEBEN 4 9.76
47 MIKE PICKWELL CHRIS RAY 5 9.73
48 TRENT BLAKE SHAWN MARKGRAFF 4 9.17
49 MATT CANNON JARED SIEGELER 4 9.05
49 WESLEY MCCLAIN MIKE HARMAN 4 9.05
51 BRYAN SCOTT TYLER TORWICK 5 8.71
52 DUSTIN SMITH JARED SMITH 5 8.68
52 ROGER CYR TRAVIS DAUGHERTY 5 8.68
54 LORNE DORNAK JOE DUCK 5 8.55
55 MIKE MCEACHEM JOSEPH KENNEDY 3 5.41 8.53
56 JOHN WARDEN CHARLES DORTCH 3 8.21
57 JUSTIN MAY KEVIN THRESS 4 8.02
58 DONNIE WEBER JOHN KAPALDO 4 7.68
59 JOSH LASSETER ROBERT MILLER 4 7.39
60 RICK LOWE BRONWYN LOWE 4 6.96
61 JAMES GOODNER GRANT GOODNER 4 6.80
62 JUSTIN MADDING STERLING MARTIN 3 6.79
63 MARC SHERRON MIKE WOOD 4 6.53
64 BRAD DENTON TOM GRIDLEY 4 6.52
65 JAMES JONES SOREN HANSEN 3 6.05
66 HAL GATEWOOD RYAN KACZMAREK 2 5.97
67 JAMES ROLLINS GRANT GALE(Y) 3 5.07
68 QUINN VANCE CHRIS BERTELSON 3 4.41
69 MICKEY SANDERS ROGER MEEK 1 3.79
70 MIKE JOHNSON BYRON ALBRECHT 2 3.33
71 DAVID PEMBERTON JEFF HAGER 2 3.19
72 DANNY HARRELL MICHAEL NOBLE 2 2.60
73 CHRIS WILKINSON MASON WILKINSON(Y) 1 1.43
74 DENA VINES GRACE LATOUR
74 TREY EPICH BRANDON DICKENSON
74 PATRICK STARNES THOMAS HARALSON
74 RICK SCHEEN AUSTIN QUIET
74 SETH KELM MIKE BATES
74 DON GORDON JAMES ROBERTS
74 JASON OLIVO BOBBY ACOSTA
74 RUSSELL KESSLER ROBERT KESSLER
74 TIM RENEAU JUDY RENEAU
74 ZACH CERA DALTON ROWLAND
74 GARY JOHNSON MIKE SODEN
74 WILL BERNHARD DARYL PRICE
74 HUNTER PRICE WYATT RAE
74 ANDY ARMENDARIZ SR
74 JAYSON KISSELBURG DEAN GOLMON
74 RANDALL BEAUCHAMP REGINA BEAUCHAMP
74 PHILIP HENDERSON JEFF ACHILLES
74 JONATHAN WATSON JOHN WATSON
74 ROBBY PAYNE
74 KENNY VALCHAR JAMES VALCHAR
74 MICHAEL ZIBERT KIMBERLY ZIBERT
74 SAM MORROW COLT DIETZ
74 GARY FERGUSON BRETT ORLICH
74 JASON WILLIAMS JEREMY WRIGHT
74 SCOTT EDMONDS
74 CRAIG CORDOVA SHAWN TAMEZ
74 BUBBA WAMPLER HANK FRY
74 JAMES CANTWELL DONNA CANTWELL
74 RUSTY REEDY AYDEN REEDY(Y)
74 RYAN BODE AARON KISSEL
74 DANIEL BARNES ADRIAN BARNES
74 JIMMY CHAPMAN KENNETH CUMMINS
74 CHRISTOPHER WASHINGTON JARRID HOHENSEE
74 MICHAEL MASTERS ROBERT MASTERS
74 BLAKE ARAPIS GLENN WILSON
74 DAVID REID ROBBIE THORSTEINSON
74 NATHEN LABAY BRANDON BUSSELL
74 WARREN KEPKE BUSTER JOHNSON
74 KEN WILKINS KEITH HEINRICH
74 KEN PARKER BLAKE ENBERG
74 DAVID STEPHENS BILL KIMBERLY
74 CHUCK WARE CODY FRAISER
74 RANDY HIBLER RANDALL CHRISTIAN
74 LANDRE WILSON JIM WILSON
74 DEE WILLS KAYLA MARTINEZ
74 DARRELL WUENSCHE
74 DENNIS BECK MICHAEL BECK
74 DARREL ROUTON JACK CULBREATH
74 GLENN RUCKEL SCOTT ROSS
74 CRAIG BULLOCK DAVID BARATZ
74 ANDY TOLLEY TYLER TOLLEY
74 MICHAEL ATKINS JAMES HENRY Pre-Registration Giveaway Winners! Shimano Clarus Rods
74 WADE MEHAFFEY WESTIN MEHAFFEY(Y) Shoreline $250 Fuel Card Decal Winner


Santee Cooper Breakdown: How Minn Kota® and Humminbird® Pros Dominated This Bassmaster Elite Series Event

Daunting. Intimidating. Downright scary.

Those were some of the words the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers were muttering as they headed into stop number seven of the 2020 campaign at Santee Cooper. Many of the competing anglers had little experience on the two lakes (Marion and Moultrie) and the practice they did have was early in the year with little knowledge gained other than a healthy respect for the boating hazards created by vast stump fields and other navigational challenges. Add in a fall transition that can be difficult to adapt to in a short practice period and the chips were stacked in favor of the bass.

From day number one to when the dust settled on Championship Sunday, two of members of the Humminbird® and Minn Kota® pro team duked it out for a 1st and 2nd place finish, combining the technology of the One-Boat Network™ and with some gritty, clutch performances and solid decision-making.

After battling his good friend Carl Jocumsen and navigating a tough bite, Brandon Palaniuk took home his second blue trophy of the 2020 season and fifth of his career, a win that even he wouldn’t have predicted after his practice.

“I had come to Santee Cooper after the Classic and poked around a little bit. But the mapping I had wasn’t really detailed so I spent most of my time just trying to figure out how to navigate safely,” explained the Rathdum, Idaho-based pro. “But I was fortunate enough to get the new Lakemaster® map of the fishery just before our official practice period, so I came into it with a whole new level of confidence.”


Photo courtesy: Bassmaster / Steve Bowman
Many of the pros fishing the event pointed out the challenges of getting around on Santee Cooper. Luckily for team Humminbird, the LakeMaster survey crews had been on the Santee Cooper lakes recently, creating the most detailed chart available of the two lakes. With the newly-released Lakemaster maps for Santee Cooper in their Humminbird units, Palaniuk and the rest of the pro team had a serious leg up on the competition.

Anglers across the country can now find the newly mapped Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie on the Humminbird FishSmart™ app through ChartSelect.

“Armed with the new map, not only was I able to be much more productive in my practice time, it actually helped me identify key contour points that I believed would hold bigger fish,” shared Palaniuk. “During practice, I would hit spots that had the right contours. If the right matted grass was set up on it, it had a tendency to be a big fish spot. Other anglers didn’t have that information so they were hitting lots of mats without knowing what lay underneath and they were just less productive.”

Following a relatively tough practice period, Palaniuk focused not on one particular pattern but on fishing what was in front of him and using the knowledge gained each day to try to keep himself in the hunt. After a fun back-and-forth battle with his good friend Jocumsen for three days, Palaniuk’s defining moment happened on, when else but Championship Sunday.

“I was fishing an area with really short submerged grass and I could use MEGA 360 Imaging™ to pick apart the area. There were also active fish in there each morning and I saw a big one rise on some shad about fifty yards away. So I pinned my Minn Kota Ultrex™ and headed towards the fish. On the way, I looked down at my Humminbird MEGA 360 and saw a brush pile with two fish on it. So, I swung around and rigged up a dropshot,” said Brandon.

“My first cast was just to the left and I didn’t get bit. The next one I fired to the right and as soon as the bait hit bottom, it started moving with a fish. I didn’t think it was a bass at first, but then I saw her.”

The 7-pound, 12-ounce largemouth anchored Palaniuk’s final day bag and put him solidly atop the podium. Watch the moment unfold here – LIVE: Brandon Palaniuk’s 7 Pounder

“There’s no way I catch that fish without MEGA 360. I wasn’t heading towards it. I didn’t know that brushpile was there. And I doubt many people do. But with these Humminbird electronics, fish just can’t hide.”

Brandon was also quick to credit his Minn Kota Talons™ Shallow Water Anchors for helping him with a stealthy approach to flipping the matted grass where he did a good part of his damage throughout the week.


Photo courtesy: Bassmaster / Dalton Tumblin
“These fish were super skittish so being stealthy was key. Thankfully my Minn Kota Ultrex is super quiet but a lot of times I would just drift along with the wind and quickly stop myself by dropping my Talons and quietly pick an area apart. There’s no doubt I connected on more fish because of that approach.”

Palaniuk’s good friend and cousin-in-law Carl Jocumsen gave him a run for his money all week, which made for a fun week for both anglers and their families and friends.

“I would love to have won it,” said the Australian-born angler. “But it’s great to see a teammate win and I have no doubt that he benefited from the same Humminbird and Minn Kota technologies I did.”


Photo courtesy: Bassmaster
Jocumsen also called Santee Cooper one of the most challenging lakes he’s been on in terms of navigation and breaking it down.

“I had so much confidence going into our practice period, knowing that I had the best mapping available thanks to Lakemaster,” he explained. “So I spent less time worrying about where I could get up on pad or run and more time using my electronics to find an area where I could catch big ones.”

Jocumsen found what he believes is a spot that most locals may not even know about and it was all thanks to his Humminbird MEGA 360.


Photo courtesy: Bassmaster / Steve Bowman
“I know that 90% of the fish I’ve weighed this year have been thanks to this technology,” he added. “At Santee Cooper, I found this area the size of a football field where I had a number of big bites in practice. I decided to really learn it on day one of the tournament and after spending a few hours there, running MEGA 360, I could have drawn you a map of every detail of this football field-sized area.”

Jocumsen leaned on this area and a few areas of grass mats to put together enough weight to finish second to his good friend and get himself further up the AOY rankings in an effort to make yet another Bassmaster Classic.

“I’m so amazed at the technology available to us today as professional anglers. More than anything, it honestly makes fishing tournaments more fun. A deeper understanding of what you’re fishing helps me learn so much more. And things like Spot-Lock™ on my Ultrex allow me to focus on fishing, rigging, culling and all the other parts of tournament fishing other than boat control. My Ultrex pretty much takes care of that for me.” added Carl.

Also competing on Championship Sunday and notching solid finishes were fellow Humminbird and Minn Kota teammates, Bill Lowen (6th) and Jeff Gustafson (9th).

With a first and second place finish under their belts, the Humminbird and Minn Kota One-Boat Network on their side and two more tournaments on the Bassmaster Elite Series schedule in front of them, the good money is on these anglers to continue to be a threat to win. Seems like the fun has just begun.


The Palaniuk family celebrating Brandon's second win of 2020 and fifth of his career
Photo courtesy: Bassmaster / Seigo Saito


Tim Klinger Wins 2020 WON Bass U.S. Open

Las Vegas, Nev. – October 14, 2020 – When the smoke had cleared on one of the toughest U.S. Open Championships to date, one man stood free of the flames; that man was Tim Klinger of Boulder City, Nev., a local pro and former FLW Tour Champion who has faced fires of his own in the fickle sport that is professional bass fishing.

Klinger started the final day of the 2020 Bass Cat Boats / Mercury Marine WON Bass U.S. Open with 21.15 pounds; less than a pound off the pace set by Las Vegas’ Cody Steckel who showed consistency over the first two days, posting a total of 22.03 pounds.

Klinger started the tournament with a 7.66-pound limit on day one that found him in 42nd place for the day.  However, he brought the heaviest five fish limit of the tournament to the scales on day two; a 13.49-pound effort that included a five-pounder, to move to second place.  On the final day, when it counted the most, he posted the only double-digit limit of the day, a 10.92-pound bag, bringing his three-day total to 32.07 pounds, claiming his first U.S. Open Championship.

With that victory, he earned the $100,000 cash prize and the keys to a 2021 Bass Cat Puma FTB, powered by a 250 horsepower Mercury ProXS outboard valued at $64,000 presented to him by Rick Pierce, president of Bass Cat Boats.

Klinger was visibly moved as he was named the champion.  “I’ve wanted to win this tournament for a lot of years, and I’ve been close before, but this is especially sweet,” he said.  “To be able to win this while my Dad is still with us means the world to me; I could never win another tournament again and be happy that he got to see it.”

Klinger said that his winning combination was an 8.5-inch Berkley PowerBait curlytail worm on 5/16 to 1/2-ounce tungsten weights and a 4/0 Hayabusa worm HD Worm Hook in two colors, motor oil and green pumpkin.  He also mixed in a PowerBait Chigger Craw to add a few fish.

He spent half of the first day in the Vegas Wash area but ran to a backup area in the Overton arm.  “I found a spot that had some deep trees on it many years ago when the lake was low, and I visited it several times, they finally showed up on it late yesterday,” he said.  “I was fishing in 18 feet of water, and had it all to myself, there wasn’t a boat within a half mile of me; I still can’t believe this is real.”

Former U.S. Open Roy Hawk, from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., posted a 9.60-pound limit on day three to leap to spots to finish second for the event with 29.01 pounds, and claim $22,000 in cash.  He said he fished the Vegas Wash, targeting schooling fish early, then turned to jigs, worms and dropshot rigs to fill his limits each day.  “I used an Evergreen Showerblows and a Duo Realis Pencil 110 – both in shad patterns,” he said. “I really wanted to win, but I am absolutely pleased to finish second to Timmy; he really deserves it, and I’m really happy for him.”

Steckel stumbled for the first time this week, posting 6.32 pounds to bring his total to 28.35 pounds, finishing in third place.  Fourth place went to Whittier, Calif. pro Scott Helleson with 25.06 pounds, and Dennis Kolender, of Santee, Calif. finished fifth with 24.30 pounds.

The AAA division winner was Hector Gracia from Poway, Calif.  He posted a three-day total of 24.09 pounds to earn the title of WON Bass U.S. Open Champion and $10,600 in cash and prizes valued at more than $5,000.  “This is amazing to win because the U.S. Open is such a grind,” he said. “I want to thank my boaters for a great week, I lost my dad recently, this is for him.”

Second place in the AAA Division ended in a tie, Folsom, Calif. angler Westly Gritts and Kevin Burgess of Kingman, Ariz. with 23.76 pounds each.  Fourth place went to day one leader Luke Spreitzer of Phoenix, Ariz. with 23.51 pounds, and rounding out the top five was Clearlake, Calif. angler Dylan Watson with 23.32 pounds.

Place Name Hometown Weight Penalty Big Fish Total
1 Tim Klinger Boulder City NV 32.07 5.06 32.07
2 Roy Hawk Lake Havasu City AZ 29.01 3.73 29.01
3 Cody Steckel Las Vegas NV 28.35 3.93 28.35
4 Scott Hellesen Whittier CA 25.06 2.63 25.06
5 Dennis Kolender Santee CA 24.30 3.24 24.30
6 John Morrow Kingman 23.93 2.13 23.93
7 Carl Limbrick, Jr. Bonita CA 23.57 3.22 23.57
8 Ray Arbesu Henderson NV 23.36 2.12 23.36
8 Tom Leedom Escondido CA 23.36 2.83 23.36
10 Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande CA 23.20 2.50 23.20
11 Kyle Grover RCHO STA MARG CA 22.81 22.81
12 Brett Hite Phoenix AZ 22.71 3.09 22.71
13 Garrett Howard Riverside CA 22.60 3.53 22.60
14 Jay Guterding Redding CA 22.15 4.17 22.15
15 Mark Dotterer Phoenix AZ 21.97 21.97
16 Tai Au Glendale AZ 21.78 21.78
17 Josh Bertrand San Tan Valley AZ 21.76 21.76
18 Kevin Caruso Glendale AZ 21.30 0.20 21.10
19 Mike Williams Lake Havasu City AZ 20.69 20.69
20 Paul Hodges Glendale AZ 20.42 20.42
21 Kevin Hugo Canyon Lake CA 20.29 20.29
22 Patrick Touey Nipomo CA 20.16 2.57 20.16
23 Levi Samz Green River WY 20.13 2.72 20.13
24 Jeff Martineau Phoenix AZ 20.08 2.64 20.08
25 Greg Miser Spring Valley CA 20.21 0.20 20.01
26 Bryan Grier Hollister CA 19.89 3.38 19.89
27 Moses Mokuahi West Richland WA 19.77 2.75 19.77
28 Aaron Martens Leeds AL 19.71 2.94 19.71
29 Micah Jones Kingman AZ 19.61 2.79 19.61
30 Jacob Lute Yuma AZ 19.41 2.69 19.41
31 DeeJay Evans Las Vegas NV 19.28 19.28
32 John Stewart Peoria AZ 19.13 2.54 19.13
33 Marco Fenelli San Diego CA 19.07 2.50 19.07
34 David Baca Prescott Valley AZ 19.01 2.47 19.01
35 Guy Savidan NORCO CA 18.93 2.87 18.93
36 Cliff King Ione CA 18.91 4.18 18.91
36 Sean Torgrude Henderson NV 19.11 0.20 18.91
38 Matthew Adamson Farmington NM 19.10 0.20 2.29 18.90
38 Austin Bonjour Atascadero CA 19.10 0.20 2.35 18.90
40 Jeff Michels Lakehead CA 18.86 18.86
41 Cody Spetz Menifee CA 18.80 2.31 18.80
42 Ken Whalen Lompoc CA 18.74 2.76 18.74
43 Robert Maddox Henderson NV 18.70 0.20 3.29 18.50
44 Billy Hines Vacaville CA 18.43 18.43
45 Clayton Meyer Henderson NV 18.41 2.95 18.41
46 Kyle Georgi Descanso CA 18.17 2.34 18.17
46 Kevin Wiggins Las Vegas NV 18.57 0.40 18.17
48 Andrew Napoleon Mesa AZ 18.13 2.67 18.13
49 John Fuqua Payson AZ 18.05 2.61 18.05
50 Kona Borja Las Vegas NV 18.04 1.83 18.04
51 Gunnar Stanton Boulder City NV 17.97 17.97
52 Danny Clark San Tan Valley AZ 17.85 17.85
52 John Murray Spring City TN 17.85 2.61 17.85
54 Nick Young Nyssa OR 17.71 17.71
55 Tom Nokes Riverton UT 17.68 2.98 17.68
56 Jim Wells New Plymouth ID 17.86 0.20 17.66
57 Robert Ostercamp Chandler AZ 17.99 0.40 17.59
58 Julius Mazy Phoenix AZ 17.57 17.57
58 Andrew Upshaw Tulsa OK 17.57 3.15 17.57
60 Byron Velvick San Antonio TX 17.41 17.41
61 Jay Cranney Sandy UT 17.36 2.15 17.36
62 Brent Becker Boulder City NV 17.23 2.99 17.23
63 Douglas Jones North Las vegas NV 17.16 3.20 17.16
64 Gabe Thomas Tuscon AZ 17.11 3.46 17.11
65 Tommy Jonovich Phoenix AZ 17.05 17.05
66 James Fenney Jr Murrieta CA 16.82 3.95 16.82
67 Pete Marino Moreno Valley CA 16.77 2.16 16.77
68 Justin Kerr Simi Valley CA 16.54 16.54
69 Vincent Melkus Billings MT 16.43 2.48 16.43
70 Zack Holwerda Maricopa AZ 16.40 0.20 2.62 16.20
71 Travis Jewell Sandy UT 16.30 0.20 16.10
72 Ryan Yamagata Las Vegas NV 16.28 0.20 16.08
73 Miles Howe San Juan Capistrano CA 15.97 4.19 15.97
74 Gary Martlage Pheonix AZ 15.73 2.05 15.73
75 Doug Gaskill Las Vegas NV 16.27 0.60 2.81 15.67
75 Spencer Lazara Las Vegas NV 15.67 15.67
77 Tom White Jr. Costa Mesa CA 15.66 15.66
78 Eric Schook Scottsdale AZ 15.56 4.22 15.56
79 Scott Frazier San Diego CA 15.55 3.16 15.55
80 Shane Spinning Canyon Lake CA 15.63 0.20 5.48 15.43
81 Brent Shores Boise ID 15.31 15.31
82 John Basmadjian Fullerton CA 15.27 15.27
83 Andy Manahl Mesa AZ 15.23 15.23
83 Devin McDonald Rio Ranch NM 15.23 2.34 15.23
85 Jiggs Benn Myrtle Creek OR 15.21 15.21
86 Rick Jarakian St George UT 14.97 14.97
87 Johnny Johnson Lakeside AZ 14.96 14.96
87 Patrick Whitaker Gilbert AZ 14.96 4.06 14.96
89 Frankie Mueller Kingman AZ 14.93 2.62 14.93
89 Ron Raynor Henderson NV 14.93 2.34 14.93
91 Dean Kreuzer Mesa AZ 14.91 2.90 14.91
92 Phil Dutra Antioch CA 14.82 14.82
93 Keegan Graves Meridian ID 14.73 2.65 14.73
94 Brian Nunn Bakersfield CA 14.90 0.20 14.70
95 Christian Ostrander Turlock CA 14.61 14.61
96 Joe Uribe, Jr. Surprise AZ 14.39 2.15 14.39
97 Bryant Smith Roseville CA 14.48 0.20 14.28
98 Gary Wasson Visalia CA 14.23 3.24 14.23
99 Lane Olson Sherwood OR 14.20 14.20
100 Steve Molinari Waddell AZ 13.95 13.95
101 Kurt Dove Del Rio TX 13.91 4.67 13.91
102 Matt Shura Gilbert AZ 13.87 13.87
103 Scooter Griffith Mesa AZ 13.82 3.29 13.82
104 Travis Pitt Henderson NV 13.78 2.84 13.78
105 Bobby Lanham Cave Creek AZ 13.66 2.10 13.66
106 Raymond Archer Greeley CO 13.40 13.40
107 Ben Byrd Moab UT 13.37 13.37
108 Shannon Abbott Oceanside CA 13.26 13.26
109 Todd Woods Los Angeles CA 13.16 13.16
110 Matthew Williams Lake Havasu City AZ 13.12 3.36 13.12
111 Jordan Collom Temecula CA 13.07 3.08 13.07
112 Kyle Richins Washington UT 12.99 12.99
113 Chip Gilbert San Marcos CA 12.95 0.20 2.34 12.75
114 Rick Cedano Pomona CA 12.72 2.23 12.72
115 Louis Fernandes Santa Maria CA 12.71 12.71
116 Scott Davis Preston ID 12.70 3.96 12.70
117 Lester Hawkins Pagosa Springs CO 12.66 12.66
117 Terrence Rath Lake Havasu City AZ 12.66 12.66
119 Sean Coffey Mesa AZ 12.50 2.59 12.50
120 Jimmy Savoini Prescott AZ 12.31 12.31
121 Kevin Finley Phoenix AZ 12.23 12.23
122 Jerren Slaton Afton TX 12.41 0.20 12.21
123 Zach Richard Suisun CA 12.16 12.16
124 Trevor Reis Alpine CA 12.15 2.75 12.15
124 Eddie Rodriguez Wheat Ridge CO 12.15 1.52 12.15
126 Tyler Brinks Spokane WA 12.08 2.11 12.08
127 James Ramer Santee CA 12.03 12.03
128 Gary Moore Hemet CA 11.85 2.24 11.85
129 Max Hernandez Queen Creek AZ 11.79 0.20 11.59
130 Shaun Bailey Lake Havasu City AZ 11.54 11.54
131 Jamie Shaw Coolidge AZ 11.46 11.46
132 Bill Brown Grand Junction CO 11.40 11.40
133 Kent Stoker Boulder City NV 11.39 11.39
134 Kyle Greenlaw Morro Bay CA 11.31 2.45 11.31
135 Mark Williams Lake Havasu City AZ 11.26 11.26
136 David Raynor Henderson NV 11.25 2.87 11.25
137 Bub Tosh Modesto CA 11.07 11.07
138 Vince Borges Salida CA 11.06 3.90 11.06
139 Kevin Short Mayflower AR 11.02 11.02
140 Darius Arberry Las Vegas NV 10.89 10.89
140 Ryan Scott El Dorado Hills CA 10.89 2.43 10.89
142 Tony Lain Lake Havasu City AZ 10.79 10.79
143 Chris Kinley Lake Havasu City AZ 10.75 10.75
143 Justin Patti Peoria AZ 10.75 10.75
145 Brent James St George UT 10.68 10.68
146 Rich Vincent Wildomar CA 10.65 2.15 10.65
147 Gary Freeman Las Vegas NV 10.57 2.19 10.57
148 Carlos Garcia Murrieta CA 10.53 10.53
149 Stephen Tauriello Las Vegas CA 10.65 0.20 2.14 10.45
150 Chris Nickerson Hemet CA 10.33 2.19 10.33
151 Steve Lee Burbank WA 10.27 10.27
152 Rob Sanford San Diego CA 10.43 0.20 2.84 10.23
153 Jason Bradshaw Sacramento CA 10.03 10.03
154 Adam Brister Green River WY 9.98 2.98 9.98
155 Jonathan Wdowiak Winchester CA 9.97 9.97
156 Randall Bruce Las Vegas NV 9.89 9.89
157 Ron Ratlief Lake Havasu City AZ 9.85 0.20 9.65
158 Trace Myers Santaquin UT 9.62 9.62
159 Jesse A. Marquez Brea CA 9.57 9.57
160 Aaron Hill Santa Clarita CA 9.23 9.23
161 Russ Barger Boise ID 9.18 2.38 9.18
162 Brett Leber Dixon CA 9.09 9.09
162 Kirk McKinney Phoenix AZ 9.09 9.09
164 Wade Strelic El Cajon CA 9.06 9.06
165 Keith Bridges Mission Viejo CA 9.01 2.19 9.01
166 Steve F. Garcia Anaheim CA 9.07 0.20 8.87
167 Matt Frazier Denair CA 8.81 8.81
167 Marty Lawrence Mesa AZ 8.81 8.81
169 Jeff Bias Las Vegas NV 8.80 8.80
170 Shawn Cooley Qual Valley CA 8.96 0.20 2.49 8.76
171 David Naugle Las Vegas NV 8.71 8.71
172 Victor Azevedo Filer ID 8.68 2.80 8.68
173 Mag Gimbel Las Vegas NV 8.81 0.20 1.91 8.61
174 Todd Kline San Clemente CA 8.59 2.56 8.59
175 Joe Cole Coalville UT 8.56 2.19 8.56
176 Ed Webb Stanwood WA 8.41 8.41
177 Sonny Gibson Las Vegas NV 8.35 2.51 8.35
178 Roy J. Jones Henderson NV 8.34 1.98 8.34
179 Laythe Moore Banning CA 8.22 8.22
180 Hobby Nelson Peoria AZ 8.07 8.07
181 Dan Frazier Arroyo Grande CA 8.06 8.06
182 Rick Melead Yorba Linda CA 7.98 7.98
183 Anthony Salazar Henderson NV 7.90 7.90
184 Daniel Elias Phoenix AZ 7.86 7.86
185 Todd Holverson San Diego CA 7.76 7.76
186 Ricky Shabazz La Mesa CA 7.84 0.20 7.64
187 Cameron Rodriguez San Diego CA 7.56 1.98 7.56
188 James Scott Lancaster CA 7.35 7.35
189 Allen Clark Florence AZ 7.19 7.19
190 Ken Mah Elk Grove CA 7.10 7.10
191 Benjamin Green Pasadena CA 6.99 6.99
192 Bobby Sandberg Henderson NV 6.96 6.96
193 Jason Hickey Weiser ID 6.93 6.93
194 Jeff Hudson Las Vegas NV 6.77 2.39 6.77
195 Derek Spetz Menifee CA 6.74 6.74
196 Christopher Marso Oceanside CA 6.69 6.69
197 Angelo Aliotti Aguanga CA 6.53 6.53
198 Chase Colby St. George UT 6.48 6.48
199 Bill O'Shinn Auburn CA 6.39 6.39
200 Randy Estrada, M.D. Corona CA 6.38 0.20 6.18
201 David Kemper Tempe AZ 6.13 2.22 6.13
202 Larry Warren La Verkin UT 6.12 6.12
203 David Gliebe Manteca CA 6.11 6.11
204 Dylan Denny Prescott Valley AZ 6.05 1.76 6.05
205 Mike Menne Cottonwood CA 5.89 5.89
206 Dane Lawrence Tillamook OR 5.85 3.32 5.85
207 Mike Walsh El Cajon CA 5.80 5.80
208 Jonathan Schuyler Henderson NV 5.73 5.73
209 Melvin Williams Chula Vista CA 5.62 5.62
210 Randy Austin Cedar City UT 5.56 5.56
211 Oscar Lopez Santa Paula CA 5.55 5.55
212 Cory Hoopes Malad ID 5.50 5.50
212 Shawn Lee Arroyo Grande CA 5.50 5.50
214 Jay Wright Seal Beach CA 5.42 5.42
215 Mike Wood Bayfield CO 5.35 5.35
216 Dan Merchant Canyon Lake CA 5.27 5.27
217 Greg Halliman Littlerock CA 5.43 0.20 2.47 5.23
218 Stephen Pike Las Vegas NV 5.08 5.08
219 Junior Mora Fresno CA 4.90 4.90
220 Rusty Salewske Alpine CA 4.89 4.89
221 Mike Rennie Pioche NV 4.87 4.87
222 Mark Mitchell Mesquite TX 4.86 4.86
223 Greg Garcia LA CA 5.22 0.40 4.82
224 Gil Valdez Fullerton CA 4.56 4.56
225 Brandon Morton San Tan Valley AZ 4.42 4.42
226 Nick Salvucci Paso Robles CA 4.35 4.35
227 George Fedor Yucaipa CA 4.28 4.28
228 Danny Ruettiger Henderson NV 4.11 4.11
229 Marvin Finley Peoria AZ 3.83 3.83
230 Daniel Devries Page AZ 3.67 3.67
230 Lowell Mickelson Anahiem CA 3.67 3.67
232 Dick Watson Alta Loma CA 3.65 3.65
233 Shawn Carnahan Gilbert AZ 3.45 3.45
234 Joe Ahrens San Diego CA 2.59 2.59
235 Steven Bowlin Coolidge AZ 2.57 2.57
236 Mike Tafoya La Plata NM 2.29 2.29
237 Kyle Coppinger Pheonix AZ 2.18 2.18
237 Ron Hammett La Mesa CA 2.18 2.18
239 Dylan Maxon Phoenix AZ 1.96 1.96
240 Aaron Scott Vacaville CA 1.68 1.68
241 Joshua Glenn Ridgecrest CA 1.66 1.66 1.66
242 George Kramer Lake Elsinore CA 1.48 1.48 1.48
243 Delaney Dwyer Scottsdale AZ 1.13 1.13

AC Insider Podcast - "Freestyle Buf-fet" with Frank "The Tank" Talley!

 

This week in a pre-recorded show, Chris and the boys welcome in Strike King/Lews Pro Frank "The Tank" Talley to talk about his first win on the Bassmaster Elite Series on Lake Guntersville! This is a fun interview that you wont want to miss!!


ABA Introduces the Top 150 Solo Series 

 

Athens, AL, October 8, 2020 – American Bass Anglers announced today the formation of the new Top 150 Solo.  The new Tour will launch in February of 2021 and will offer two divisions, each holding three tournaments, one division in the Southeast and one in the Southwest.

Each qualifying tournament will have two days (Friday & Saturday) of competition and have a limited field of 150 anglers.  Each tournament will offer a $20,000 award to first place based on a full field and payback will be to the top 20 percent of the field.

“We have been asked for years to have a solo tournament trail with an affordable entry fee and a good payback, well this is the trail. “These tournaments have been scheduled on great lakes and at the prime time for big stringers.", said Morris Sheehan, American Bass Anglers President and Owner.

This series is designed for those angers who want a mid-level entry fee tournament trail with a substantial payback.   Entry fee will be $600.00 per event with a payout to the top 20 percent of the field including big fish.  Registration will begin October 26th at 8:00AM central time, anglers will be able to pay a deposit to secure their position or pay the full amount, a waiting list will be available for full field events.

Winners of each event will qualify for the Ray Scott Championship providing they have fished all their divisional events.  The Angler of the Year (top points holder) of each Division, will also qualify for the Ray Scott Championship

2021 Schedules - Registration Opens October 26, 2020 8AM - 2021 Rules 

Southeast Southwest
Date Lake Date Lake
02/26-27 Eufaula 02/05-06 Toledo Bend
04/30-05/01 Guntersville 03/26-27 Sam Rayburn
06/25-26 Chickamauga 04/30-05/01 Eufaula OK

Jocumsen Grabs Lead With Big Limit At Bassmaster Elite Event On Santee Cooper

Santee Cooper Day 1 Leader - Carl Jocumsen.jpg
Queensland, Australia native Carl Jocumsen weighed in 25 pounds, 8 ounces to take the Day 1 lead in the 2020 Bassmaster Elite at Santee Cooper Lakes brought to you by the United States Marine Corps.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

October 8, 2020

CLARENDON COUNTY, S.C. — Carl Jocumsen is known for his aggressive fishing style, but it was actually a healthy dose of caution that led him to three of the five fish he needed to take the Day 1 lead of the Bassmaster Elite at Santee Cooper Lakes brought to you by the United States Marine Corps with 25 pounds, 8 ounces.

The veteran pro from Queensland, Australia, who captured his first Elite Series win last year on Oklahoma’s Lake Tenkiller, said he started his practice with a well-founded respect for Santee Cooper’s minefield of submerged stumps. Doing so compelled him to spend more time idling.

“When you roll up to a place like this, it is scary,” Jocumsen said. “When I first launched at the ramp (in practice), I didn’t even know if you could get up on pad going out of the ramp. To go from that to a bag like this is just a magical day.

“It actually helped me not knowing this place because I got to idle some areas, not knowing how to get back in. That’s how I found a couple of little magical spots.”

With a limit that included a 6-15 and a 6-3, Jocumsen started in the midsection of Lake Marion, which along with Lake Moultrie to the south, comprises the Santee Cooper Lakes (linked by a diversion canal). His main area was a grass-lined depression that dropped from 2 feet to 4 1/2.

“If you ran the area, you would never see it, but I idled it because I was worried about getting into the back,” Jocumsen said. “I saw the grass on my Humminbird, and I think that’s what’s holding them.”

In practice, this spot hosted intense afternoon schooling action and produced several big bites. Today, Jocumsen saw minimal surface activity but caught one of his bigger fish from the schoolers.

“I got enough bites there in practice to think, ‘This is the perfect plan: early-morning schooling fish, and then go fish cover.’ It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be, but I caught a 5-, a 4- and a (3-pounder) by 10 o’clock.

“It wasn’t fast and furious, they only schooled once. The rest, I just caught flipping that area. I had it all to myself.”

After determining that his starting spot had cooled, Jocumsen ran to Marion’s north end where he flipped cypress trees. On his third flip, he caught a 6 1/2 and then filled his limit with a 2 1/2.

“Once I relaxed, I slowed down and just started fishing new areas,” Jocumsen said. “I caught another 6-plus around 12:30 and I was done.”

Jocumsen used a white Z-Man JackHammer ChatterBait with a white Yamamoto Zako trailer for the schooling fish. He caught his flipping fish on a black and blue Molix SV craw rigged on a 4/0 hook.

“It’s really how I’m working the bait; I figured out how they want it when I’m flipping the cover,” Jocumsen said. “A lot of guys do it a certain way, and I figured out what they wanted. Every single bass has bit the exact same way.”

Carrying a lead of 4-7 into Friday’s second round, Jocumsen said his productivity afforded him time to test a few areas far upriver. These distant spots did not produce, but eliminating the options allowed him to narrow his Day 2 plan.

Jocumsen is not predicting another 20-pound bag, but with Santee Cooper holding a strong population of stocked Florida-strain largemouth, he’s certainly not ruling it out.

“In practice, I fought a legitimate 9- to 10-pounder doing the same thing, so I know any single cast has the potential for a double-digit fish,” Jocumsen said. “My (main) area could get even better tomorrow, or it might not produce a fish.

“For me to catch another bag like that, I kinda need to have five in the well, because I have to slow down. Today, I eliminated a lot of areas and I gained two new areas, so I feel good for tomorrow.”

Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum, Idaho, is in second place with 21-1. Anchoring his bag with a 7-9 that bit around 10 a.m., Palaniuk said he caught most of his weight between 10 and noon.

“I think I just happened to roll up at the right places at the right time today,” he said. “I was trying to cover water. I started all the way down by the (Santee Dam) and went all the way up above the Interstate-95 Bridge this afternoon.

“I’m keying in on certain places, but I’m not married to one area. There’s not one specific thing I’m looking for. I’m not dialed in; I just happened to get the right bites today.”

Palaniuk said he caught his fish on three different baits today, with flipping presentations producing most of his weight.

Austin Felix of Eden Prairie, Minn., is in third place with 20-9. Spending most of his day on a 3-mile-long stretch, Felix caught his bass off cypress trees, docks and shellbars — all in about 4 feet of water. He also caught a couple of his keepers in deep holes of about 10 feet.

“It was pretty consistent all day; I had 14 pounds by 9 o’clock and then slowly culled my way up,” Felix said. “I caught a 6-pounder at noon and just started looking for new stuff.”

Felix said he caught his fish on a Texas-rigged worm. A slow dragging presentation worked best.

“I think a lot of people are fishing over these fish,” Felix said.

Palaniuk is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the week honors with his 7-9.

Friday’s takeoff is scheduled for 7:05 a.m. ET from John C. Land III Sport Fishing Facility. The weigh-in will be held back at the facility at 3:20 p.m. After Friday’s weigh-in, only the Top 40 remaining anglers will advance to Saturday’s semifinal round.

Live coverage of the event will be available starting at 7 a.m. on Bassmaster LIVE at Bassmaster.com and ESPN3.

The tournament is being hosted by the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce.

2020 Bassmaster Elite at Santee Cooper Lake 10/8-10/11
Santee Cooper Lakes, Clarendon County, S.C.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

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

1. Carl Jocumsen Queensland AUSTRALIA 5 25-08 100
Day 1: 5 25-08
2. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 5 21-01 99 $1,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-01
3. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 5 20-09 98
Day 1: 5 20-09
4. Frank Talley Temple, TX 5 19-08 97
Day 1: 5 19-08
5. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 5 18-06 96
Day 1: 5 18-06
6. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 5 18-01 95
Day 1: 5 18-01
7. Brett Preuett Monroe, LA 5 17-10 94
Day 1: 5 17-10
8. Cory Johnston Cavan CANADA 5 17-07 93
Day 1: 5 17-07
9. Hunter Shryock Newcomerstown, OH 5 17-03 92
Day 1: 5 17-03
10. Buddy Gross Chickamauga, GA 5 16-12 91
Day 1: 5 16-12
11. Chad Morgenthaler Reeds Spring, MO 4 16-02 90
Day 1: 4 16-02
12. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 5 15-12 89
Day 1: 5 15-12
13. Derek Hudnall Denham Springs, LA 5 15-11 88
Day 1: 5 15-11
14. Taku Ito Chiba JAPAN 5 15-09 87
Day 1: 5 15-09
15. Randy Sullivan Breckenridge, TX 5 15-07 86
Day 1: 5 15-07
16. Hank Cherry Jr Lincolnton, NC 5 15-03 85
Day 1: 5 15-03
17. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 5 15-00 84
Day 1: 5 15-00
18. Skylar Hamilton Dandridge, TN 5 14-10 83
Day 1: 5 14-10
19. Todd Auten Lake Wylie, SC 5 14-08 82
Day 1: 5 14-08
20. Randy Pierson Oakdale, CA 5 14-07 81
Day 1: 5 14-07
21. Brandon Card Salisbury, NC 3 14-07 80
Day 1: 3 14-07
22. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 5 14-02 79
Day 1: 5 14-02
23. Jake Whitaker Fairview, NC 5 14-01 78
Day 1: 5 14-01
24. Luke Palmer Coalgate, OK 5 13-15 77
Day 1: 5 13-15
25. Drew Benton Blakely, GA 5 13-11 76
Day 1: 5 13-11
25. Tyler Carriere Youngsville, LA 5 13-11 76
Day 1: 5 13-11
25. Caleb Sumrall New Iberia, LA 5 13-11 76
Day 1: 5 13-11
28. Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 5 13-11 73
Day 1: 5 13-11
29. Clark Wendlandt Leander, TX 5 13-08 72
Day 1: 5 13-08
30. Rob Digh Denver, NC 3 13-07 71
Day 1: 3 13-07
31. Jesse Tacoronte Kissimmee, FL 5 13-03 70
Day 1: 5 13-03
32. Clent Davis Montevallo, AL 5 13-02 69
Day 1: 5 13-02
33. Micah Frazier Newnan, GA 5 12-15 68
Day 1: 5 12-15
34. Jeff Gustafson Keewatin Ontario CANADA 4 12-15 67
Day 1: 4 12-15
35. Shane Lineberger Lincolnton, NC 5 12-13 66
Day 1: 5 12-13
36. Koby Kreiger Alva, FL 5 12-11 65
Day 1: 5 12-11
37. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 5 12-10 64
Day 1: 5 12-10
37. Rick Morris Lake Gaston, VA 5 12-10 64
Day 1: 5 12-10
37. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 5 12-10 64
Day 1: 5 12-10
40. Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 3 12-10 61
Day 1: 3 12-10
41. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 5 12-08 60
Day 1: 5 12-08
42. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 5 12-05 59
Day 1: 5 12-05
43. Scott Canterbury Odenville, AL 5 12-01 58
Day 1: 5 12-01
43. Brad Whatley Bivins, TX 5 12-01 58
Day 1: 5 12-01
45. Destin DeMarion Grove City, PA 5 12-00 56
Day 1: 5 12-00
45. Shane LeHew Catawba, NC 5 12-00 56
Day 1: 5 12-00
47. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 5 11-12 54
Day 1: 5 11-12
48. Bob Downey Hudson, WI 5 11-10 53
Day 1: 5 11-10
49. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 5 11-09 52
Day 1: 5 11-09
50. Matt Arey Shelby, NC 5 11-06 51
Day 1: 5 11-06
51. Drew Cook Cairo, GA 5 11-05 50
Day 1: 5 11-05
52. Matt Herren Ashville, AL 5 11-04 49
Day 1: 5 11-04
53. Greg DiPalma Millville, NJ 5 11-01 48
Day 1: 5 11-01
54. Jason Williamson Wagener, SC 5 10-14 47
Day 1: 5 10-14
55. Tyler Rivet Raceland, LA 5 10-11 46
Day 1: 5 10-11
56. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 5 10-09 45
Day 1: 5 10-09
57. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 5 10-06 44
Day 1: 5 10-06
58. Paul Mueller Naugatuck, CT 5 10-00 43
Day 1: 5 10-00
59. Dale Hightower Mannford, OK 4 10-00 42
Day 1: 4 10-00
60. Garrett Paquette Canton, MI 3 09-15 41
Day 1: 3 09-15
61. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 5 09-11 40
Day 1: 5 09-11
62. John Cox Debary, FL 5 09-09 39
Day 1: 5 09-09
63. Robbie Latuso Gonzales, LA 5 09-08 38
Day 1: 5 09-08
64. Kyle Monti Okeechobee, FL 5 09-07 37
Day 1: 5 09-07
65. Jamie Hartman Newport, NY 5 09-05 36
Day 1: 5 09-05
66. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 5 09-01 35
Day 1: 5 09-01
67. Chris Groh Spring Grove, IL 3 08-05 34
Day 1: 3 08-05
68. Mike Huff Corbin, KY 4 07-13 33
Day 1: 4 07-13
69. Seth Feider New Market, MN 3 06-05 32
Day 1: 3 06-05
70. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 2 06-03 31
Day 1: 2 06-03
71. Bill Weidler Helena, AL 3 06-01 30
Day 1: 3 06-01
72. Caleb Kuphall Mukwonago, WI 2 05-08 29
Day 1: 2 05-08
73. Chris Johnston Peterborough Ontario CA 3 04-02 28
Day 1: 3 04-02
74. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 2 03-07 27
Day 1: 2 03-07
75. Jay Yelas Lincoln City, OR 2 03-06 26
Day 1: 2 03-06
76. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 2 03-00 25
Day 1: 2 03-00
77. Quentin Cappo Prairieville, LA 2 02-12 24
Day 1: 2 02-12
78. Ed Loughran III Richmond, VA 1 01-10 23
Day 1: 1 01-10
79. Bryan Schmitt Deale, MD 1 01-09 22
Day 1: 1 01-09
80. Gary Clouse Winchester, TN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
80. David Fritts Lexington, NC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
80. Ray Hanselman Jr Del Rio, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
80. Cody Hollen Beaverton, OR 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
80. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
80. Wes Logan Springville, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Day
1 Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 07-09 $1,000.00


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Lew’s and Strike King Pro Frank Talley Wins Lake Guntersville Bassmaster Elite

Frank “The Tank”Thunders his path All the way to The Bank
Lexington, SC. –October 7, 2020–The official record of last week’s Bassmaster Elite Series event on Lake Guntersville shows Temple, TXpro Frank Talley posting a total weight of 64 pounds, 3 ounces to earn his first Bassmaster victory and take home $100,000 for his efforts. While those stats are impressive, they do not represent the complete picture.Talleywon by catching the majority of his 64 pounds on a 1/2-ounce Strike King Thunder Cricket vibrating jig tipped with a pair of trailers, a 3.75-inch green pumpkin pearl Rage Swimmer and a green pumpkin Blade Minnow when the current levels increased. He also generateda few bites with a topwater frog. He initially tried adding a rotating, plopping tail to one hook of his Strike King KVD Sexy Frog, however, it would not ride upright, so he opted for a different model. The bulk of his winning catch, however,would come courtesy of the Thunder Cricket.He tossed his Thunder Cricket on a 7’3” medium-heavy fast action, Lew’s Custom Pro “Magnum Hammer” rod, matched with a 6.8:1 gear ratio Lew’s Custom Pro reel filled with 17-pound-test Strike King Tour Grade Fluorocarbon line.His pattern involved paralleling his Thunder Cricket down eel grass edges in the upriver sections of the Tennessee River impoundment. He said that it was important to see the small clumps of grass that created points and current breaks inthe weedline. “I would reel the bait into the grass and most of the time strikes would occur as I ripped it free,” he said. “The Rage Swimmer early in the event was key for action, but as the current increased, the Blade Minnow helped me keep the bait in the strike zone better.”As his name was announced as Champion, Talley’s family –his wife Christy, daughter Destiny and son Frank and his granddaughter and others flooded the stage to celebrate his moment with him. “My wife looked up at me and told me, ‘I knew you could do it,’” he said. “The win hasn’t yet sunk in, but that moment is already something that made the whole thing that much sweeter.”That kind of loving response from family is inspiring, but the response from fellow anglers was also touching. Following the event, fellow Team Lew’s angler Wes Logan –who was in contention for the win at Lake Guntersville as well –revealed that he was happy for Talley. “Of course, I wanted to win, but Frank has become a really good friend of mine this year, and I couldn’t be happier for him and his family,” said Logan. Longtime Lew’s and Strike King pro Mark Menendez said that Talley is the kind of guy people like to be around. “Frank is one of the true nice guys on the water, he loves and cares for his family, and is liked by his
peers,” said Menendez. “Seeing him win on the Elite Series is especially warming because to see someone who is a genuinely decent person and a good human being win; you can’t help but feel happy for him.”Talley, who is in his second season on the Bassmaster Elite Series has quietly and steadily built his way to this position, yet it didn’t start out looking like this outcome would be an inevitability. After winning the 2018 Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year title handily,Talley’s Elite bid was a learning curve. “I started out trying to mimic the style of anglers I had watched win Elite Series events in the past, and it really wasn’t working,” he said. “I decided to focus on fishing things the way that got me here, and it has really helped me perform better in events.”That improvement, with the obvious exclamation point of a win at Guntersville last week, has seen the 45-year-old pro make six cuts in his last seven events since the 2019 season finale at Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma. His efforts currently have him positioned in 26thplace in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings –in position to qualify for his second Bassmaster Classic; a goal he set at the outset of the season. “I’ll never forget that first morning of the 2019 Classic, and I want that feeling again,” he said. “Plus, with it being in Texas, I really want to be there in front of all of my family and friends; that would be really cool.

Three Reasons to Make Saturday’s Cut

Courtesy of Luke Stoner - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Team Toyota’s Matt Arey was one of the last people to pull out of the boat ramp parking lot Tuesday night after concluding his second day of practice on Santee Cooper Lakes. The massive, predominately shallow fishery provides the playing field for the 7th stop of the 2020 Bassmaster Elite Series Season here in Clarendon County, South Carolina.

Arey was doing a bit of head scratching as he re-tied and put away equipment in preparation for his final half day of practice. While he may live just over three hours from Santee Cooper, Arey was quick to admit he’s only fished these waters three times in his life, and they were all in April.

“The good news is, this is Santee Cooper, and some giant bass will be brought to the scales this week,” Arey offered. “The bad news is the big bites have been few and far between for me. But admittedly I’m usually in a deer stand this time of year, not hunting for big Santee bass. Maybe I am missing something.”

Santee Cooper may not have a special place in his heart just yet, but Arey does have three ladies in his life providing some extra incentive to make Saturday’s top 40 cut here in South Carolina.

“His girls”; a.k.a. wife Emily, and daughters Reese (8 years old) and Wren (3 years old). Their Shelby, North Carolina home is a reasonable drive away and they plan on making the trip south if he qualifies for the weekend cut.

Reese, Wren, and Emily made the drawing you see hanging in the center storage compartment of his Ranger Boat in the photo above. They draw one for him every year and while he takes the picture with him everyday on the water; there is nothing like having his family in town for a tournament.

“Those girls are my whole world,” Arey beamed. “I want to perform well here for all the obvious reasons like money and getting closer to the Classic, but a visit from my girls means every bit as much.”

Arey currently sits in 11th place of the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, in great position to qualify for his second Bassmaster Classic in as many years, which was his number one goal starting the 2020 season.

But for now that long-term goal is being replaced with a short-term goal, so he can see his girls this weekend and keep a promise made to his 8-year old.

“My daughter Reese has been on me about wanting to autograph something,” Arey said with a laugh. “So I did what any Dad would do and asked her to sign my favorite hat (pictured above). She obliged and I promised her I’d wear it if I made the top 40 cut. I guess I have a lot of reasons to keep fishing through Saturday this week.”

Hopefully Arey catches enough weight throughout the first two days of competition it merits his girls piling into their Toyota Sequoia and heading south. Who knows, maybe Reese can even help her dad sign a few more autographs at the John C. Land III Sport Fishing Facility this weekend… her patented tiny heart included.


Arey: Keep toads and frogs on a tight leash

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Toads have warts and are more land oriented than frogs, which tend to have smooth skin and hang out in water. Whichever you choose to sling across beds of shallow water vegetation on your favorite bass fishery – just be sure to take a tip from Team Toyota’s Matt Arey – keep your favorite amphibian on a tight line.

“The biggest fishing lesson I can share with you from the Bassmaster Elite on Lake Guntersville is keep the slack out of your line when you’re working your frog across the surface, and you’ll lose a lot fewer fish!” exclaims Arey in a moment of self-evaluation.

Yes, the great ones like Arey, who has won $1 Million as pro, are always looking to improve their game, and on Guntersville he admitted he let a couple get away because there was too much slack in his line.

“It’s easy to get mesmerized watching your frog work across the surface, but in addition to watching your frog, you better be watching your line to make sure the wind or a long cast didn’t put too much slack in your line at any given moment,” warns the classy family man from Shelby, NC.

Arey will also tell you he’s not the world’s greatest frog fishermen, but when a dude who’s won a million bucks catching bass starts talking, it pays to listen. In addition to not letting slack get between you and your frog, he says to make sure you’re throwing a frog with a soft, easily collapsible body, that’s anchored by long stout hooks.

“When it comes to colors, let’s be honest, the only thing that really matters is the color of the belly. I tend to throw dark-bellied frogs on cloudy days and white-bellied frogs on sunny days,” says Arey, a North Carolina State grad.

As far as his favorite froggin’ equipment goes, Arey spools 50-pound P-Line TCB braid on a speedy 8.1:1 Lew’s reel.

“As critical as it is to not have slack in your line, so is making sure you’re using a fast retrieve reel to get their butts to the boat as fast as possible. Don’t give up nuthin’ once they bite! The longer you take to reel them in – the greater your chances of losing them,” he emphasizes.

“The bottom line is, when you’re frog fishing you better have a tight connection to your lure and any fish that bites at all times. Slack line, and time wasted reeling them in, is when bad things happen,” concludes Arey.


AC Insider Podcast Featuring BFL Winner Shane Powell


This Chris and the boys welcome in the Eufaula Hammer, BFL Bulldog Winner Shane Powell to talk about his win on the famed fishery as well as looking ahead to the ABT Championship coming up in a couple of weeks. Chris reads some listener comments and tries to work on his "less bitching, more fishing" mantra.


T-H MARINE INVITES BOATERS TO JOIN IN 45TH ANNIVERSARY FUN

Huntsville, AL – October 2, 2020 – T-H Marine Supplies, Inc, of Huntsville, Alabama, is making the most of its 45th year serving the marine industry as a family business, despite the impact of COVID and having to shift anniversary plans to the fall. At the heart of it all, T-H Marine is giving thanks to those who have been part of the journey, especially the remarkable boatbuilders, distributors, dealers, tackle shops, customers, and pro staff who have helped T-H Marine to prosper since its humble start.

“I was just a kid at the time, but I vividly remember how T-H Marine began in 1975,” said T-H Marine CEO, Jeff Huntley. “It was my dad, two of his buddies, and a vision for an innovative new product that would change the industry forever. Since I was about seven years old, I had already helped put together fishing lures for my dad and his company, Bumble Bee Baits. Now, I got to help out with boat parts as that business got started and grew. You could say I was part of the business operations from the beginning.”

Jeff Huntley’s dad, Bill Huntley, may have worked a day job at the local hospital diagnostics lab, but he could be seen fishing Pickwick Lake several nights a week and he even started a bait company eight years prior to founding T-H Marine. It was second-nature for him to involve his friends and family as he developed gear for the sport he loved.

“He wanted to improve the boating and fishing experience,” Jeff Huntley added. “At first, it was through custom fishing baits, followed by an idea about how to enhance the throttle control with a built-in trim handle. The T and the H in ‘trim handle’ inspired the company name as well as an ever-growing catalog of innovative products. My dad started with just some ideas to make his experiences better when he was boating and we have continued to try to have that same focus as a company — to make excellent products that allow everyone to better enjoy their passion on the water.”

Just as Bill fished with his father, he shared the tradition in a way that continues through the family to this day. This is true with both recreational and business pursuits, as Jeff Huntley serves as CEO and Jeffery Huntley, Jr. serves as VP of Operations.

“It’s hard to keep us off the water,” Jeff Huntley said. “Our whole family loves boating and fishing. We love it on a pontoon boat on the lake, on a bass boat racing down the river to our favorite fishing holes, or on a center console fishing in the ocean. I’m very thankful that I was able to learn the love of being on the water from my dad and then to share that legacy in so many ways with my kids and my grandkids, just like my dad did — and he still does. Even though Dad has retired from the business, he still fishes almost every week!”

As for the legacy of the business, many boat owners might not even know their boat is built with T-H Marine components, but brand awareness is on the rise. T-H Marine gives credit to industry partners for helping with that along the way and T-H Marine is determined to keep it going with modern techniques, like making their customer-oriented social media and website a top priority.

Those facets are an important part of the 45th Anniversary celebration, too, as boating and fishing enthusiasts are invited to take advantage of the following sales and giveaways:

$100 gift card giveaways throughout the month of October
G-FORCE® Customer Appreciation Sale: 10/1/2020 through 10/7/2020
ATLAS® Outboard Performance Boost: 10/8/2020 through 10/14/2020
HYDROWAVE® Feeding Frenzy: 10/15/2020 through 10/21/2020
BLUE WATER® LED Fall Install Special: 10/22/2020 through 10/28/2020

For a complete list of 45th Anniversary events, updates, and details, be sure to visit thmarine.com and follow T-H Marine Supplies (@thmarineteam) on social media.


Wes Logan Knows it Pays to Run a Yamaha Outboard

KENNESAW, Ga. – Oct. 6, 2020 - Few anglers show more promise of a long and prosperous career than 26-year-old Wes Logan of Alabama. His wherewithal to buy a Yamaha V MAX SHO® outboard and sign up for the Power Pay contingency program was a strategically mature choice that has already produced returns.

Logan pitched and punched a Zoom® Z Craw Jr and a Missile Baits® D Bomb® on a 1.5-ounce Texas punch rig to finish fourth at the NOCO Bassmaster® Elite on Lake Guntersville and took home a $1,000 Power Pay bonus from Yamaha.

“I pushed running back to weigh-in to literally the last second. You can do that when you’re running a Yamaha. This outboard offers me reliability, hole shot and the opportunity to earn Power Pay bonuses. It wouldn’t make sense to buy anything else,” said Logan.

The great thing about the Yamaha Power Pay program is anglers don’t have to win tournaments to take home Power Pay cash. Anglers simply have to be the highest finishing registered participant in a Power Pay supported tournament. Power Pay is not just for bass anglers, it also includes saltwater, walleye, high school and college anglers through hundreds of events.

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

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

This document contains many of Yamaha's valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement.

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


Hicks Puts Finishing Touches On B.A.S.S. Nation Regional Victory At Lake Mead

Utah team angler Justin Hicks, of Gunnison, Colo., has won the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead with a three-day total of 22 pounds, 15 ounces.
Photo by Tristin Williams/B.A.S.S.
October 2, 2020

HENDERSON, Nev. — Patiently waiting for his bites and then capitalizing on the window of opportunity allowed Justin Hicks, who’s competing for the Utah B.A.S.S. Nation Team, to complete his wire-to-wire victory at the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead with a three-day total of 22 pounds, 15 ounces.

Turning in daily weights of 10-5, 6-2 and Friday’s 6-8, the Gunnison, Colo., angler edged out second-place boater Justin Kerr by 12 ounces. Hicks won $5,000 and a spot in the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, Nov. 11-13 on Alabama's Pickwick Lake.

In a week that required daily adjustments, Hicks said he found his best quality on Day 1 when he set the early lead despite missing his five-fish limit by one keeper. Day 2 saw him abandoning his big fish spots in an effort to secure a limit, and Friday saw a similar program.

“The fishing actually got better today; they actually got shallower,” Hicks said. “A little bit later in the morning they got a little bit easier to catch. We ran and ran and ran and caught all of our fish between 10:30 and 1 o’clock.”

Hicks attributes his midday success to sun angles.

“I believe the fish we were catching today were relating to bluegill,” he said. “When that sun got up and it cast a shadow up where those bluegill were, the fish got active.”

Hicks said he employed a one-two punch comprising a Jackall frog in a bluegill pattern and a pearl white Zoom Super Fluke rigged on a 5/0 Gamakatsu wide gap hook.

Presentations were essential to triggering bites. Hicks said that using subtle rod work with a lot of slack line enabled him to keep his frog in one area as long as possible to entice the fish.

“The longer you can keep that frog in one spot, the more the fish can’t stand it,” Hicks said.

The Super Fluke produced the majority of his bites, and Hicks said that soft-plastic bait was most effective when he fished it with a fast, erratic pace.

Fishing the Temple Bar area, Hicks stayed in the same 5- to 6-mile area throughout the tournament. He focused his efforts on small pockets off main channels.

“If you had the right combination of shade and grass, there was fish in it,” he said.

With most of his fish in 6 feet or less, Hicks said stealth and spacing were essential to his success.

“The quality was there, we were looking at the fish,” Hicks said of his shallow-water targets. “We were staying way off of them and making long casts.”

Finishing first on the Nevada B.A.S.S. Nation Team, Kerr placed fifth on Day 1 with 7-15 and slipped to 11th on Day 2 after catching 5-2. On Friday, he turned in his best performance of the week — 9-2 — and gained nine spots to finished second with 22-3.

Hailing from Lake Havasu, Ariz., Kerr caught his fish on a homemade 1/2-ounce flipping jig with a green pumpkin Yamamoto Craw and an Evergreen CR-6 crankbait in a shad color.

“I just fished hard and made as many casts as I could,” he said. “The last couple of days have been tough, so today I changed up a little bit. I put completely new rods on my deck and went fishing.”

Timothy Wells of Clovis, Calif., finished third with 21-12. After placing 20th on Day 1 with 5-14, Wells added 7-15 Thursday and improved to eighth. Sacking up another 7-15 Friday, Wells finished atop the California B.A.S.S. Nation Team.

Jason Hickey of Weiser, Idaho, won the $500 Big Bass honors with his 3-8.

Aaryn Coroneos of Henderson, Nev., won the nonboater division with a three-day total of 14-11. Coroneos placed fourth on Day 1 with 4-13 and improved to first on Thursday by adding 5-12. Today’s limit of 4-2 gave him the win by a margin of 2-1 over Cliff Gallagher of Saint George, Utah.

“The key this week was two baits: I threw a Texas-rigged green pumpkin Yamamoto Stretch 40 with a 1/8-ounce weight and a natural shad colored Yamamoto Hula Grub on a 1/2-ounce football-head jig.

“All I did all week was throw in the middle of pockets and drag deep grass. I got three bites today and it was a grind.”

Coroneos earned the top prize of $2,500, along with a spot in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.

Ken Simbro of West Haven, Utah, won the $250 Big Bass award among co-anglers with a 4-2.

The tournament was hosted by Visit Henderson.

2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead 9/30-10/2
Lake Mead, Henderson NV.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Justin Hicks Gunnison, CO (UT) 14 22-15 0
2. Justin Kerr Lake Havasu, AZ (NV) 14 22-03 0
3. Timothy Wells Clovis, CA (CA) 14 21-12 0
4. Timmy Wells II Fresno, CA (CA) 15 21-10 0
5. Jason Hickey Weiser, ID (ID) 11 21-04 0
6. Aaron Leon Henderson, NV (NV) 13 20-09 0
7. Brent Shores Boise, ID (WY) 15 20-02 0
8. Jason Billmaier Las Vegas, NV (NV) 12 19-11 0
9. Bill Brown Grand Junction, CO (UT) 13 18-14 0
10. Dan Jordan Camas, WA (OR) 12 18-10 0
11. Tom Wennerlund Tonto Basin, AZ (AZ) 12 17-11 0
12. Jason Crone Kalispell, MT (MT) 12 16-13 0
13. Mike Lavallee Sandy, UT (UT) 11 16-06 0
14. Todd Herman Gilbert, AZ (AZ) 12 15-12 0
15. Ralph Encizo Fresno, CA (CA) 11 15-03 0
16. Addam Gross Pendleton, OR (OR) 9 14-06 0
17. Ken Day Kennewick, WA (WA) 10 14-03 0
18. David Erickson Craigmont, ID (ID) 10 14-00 0
19. Zackery Shaff Richland, WA (WA) 9 12-11 0
20. Mike Dominick Alberton, MT (MT) 8 12-05 0
21. Keegan Graves Meridian, ID (ID) 7 10-09 0
22. Michael Simon Sr. Henderson, NV (NV) 8 10-06 0
23. Bill Barkley Peoria, AZ (AZ) 7 10-05 0
24. Chris Harvey Idaho Falls, ID (WY) 8 10-04 0
25. Christopher Massey Flagstaff, AZ (AZ) 8 10-03 0
26. Kevin Melford Camarillo, CA (CA) 7 09-11 0
27. Jason Hemminger Oxnard, CA (CA) 6 09-08 0
28. Luke Johns Folsom, CA (CA) 6 09-08 0
29. Gerald Kimzey Willcox, AZ (AZ) 6 09-02 0
30. Zach Barnes Boise, ID (ID) 5 08-12 0
31. Mike Alvarez Clovis, CA (CA) 6 08-12 0
32. Dylan Maxon Phoenix, AZ (AZ) 5 08-07 0
33. Leon Stiffarm Columbia Falls, MT (MT) 5 08-00 0
34. Jesse Ortega Las Vegas, NV (NV) 6 07-11 0
35. Jeffry Ball Pendleton, OR (OR) 5 07-08 0
36. Tyrel Faber Pagosa Springs, CO (UT) 7 07-08 0
37. Joshua Powell Libby, MT (MT) 5 07-08 0
38. Ramsey Romanin Wolcott, CO (UT) 5 07-04 0
39. Ryan Yamagata Las Vegas, NV (NV) 5 07-03 0
40. Steve Lund Glendale, AZ (AZ) 5 06-11 0
41. Donovan Allphin Manila, UT (UT) 4 06-11 0
42. Gabe Thomas Tucson, AZ (AZ) 4 06-01 0
43. Chase Colby Saint George, UT (UT) 4 06-01 0
44. Tracy Dursteler Blackfoot, ID (WY) 4 06-01 0
45. Denton Crofts Meridian, ID (ID) 5 05-12 0
46. Karl Okerman Sandpoint, ID (MT) 3 05-10 0
47. Mel Williams Kennewick, WA (WA) 3 05-07 0
48. Nate Crofts Nampa, ID (ID) 4 05-04 0
49. Kyle Quinnell Kalispell, MT (MT) 4 05-02 0
50. Christian Ostrander Turlock, CA (CA) 4 05-00 0
51. Rick Culver Taylor, UT (UT) 3 04-14 0
52. Jim Hawkes A.J., AZ (AZ) 4 04-13 0
53. Austin Bentz Hermiston, OR (OR) 4 04-11 0
54. Bob Mcwilliams Helena, MT (MT) 3 04-07 0
55. Kevin Wiggins Winterheaven, NV (NV) 3 04-03 0
56. Clint Johanson Cle Elum, WA (WA) 4 04-01 0
57. Patrick Davis Henderson, NV (NV) 3 04-00 0
58. David Naugle Las Vegas, NV (NV) 3 03-15 0
59. Dejon Lewis Ventura, CA (CA) 2 03-14 0
60. Justin Soppe Middleton, ID (ID) 4 03-09 0
61. Kyle Gelles Pingree, ID (WY) 3 03-09 0
62. James Castillo West Richland, WA (WA) 2 03-01 0
63. Kenneth Cleveland Bakersfield, CA (CA) 2 02-06 0
64. Mark Clark New Plymouth, ID (ID) 2 02-05 0
65. Bret Felter Malad City, ID (WY) 2 02-04 0
65. Thomas Nokes Riverton, UT (UT) 2 02-04 0
67. Brent Daybell West Jordan, UT (WY) 2 02-04 0
68. Ron Wiseman Pendleton, OR (OR) 2 02-03 0
69. Douglas Jones North Las Vegas, NV (NV 1 01-13 0
70. Randy Pierson Grand Junction, CO (UT) 1 01-08 0
71. Michael Tauscher Blackfoot, ID (WY) 1 01-03 0
72. Cory Hoopes Spring Creek, NV (WY) 1 01-00 0
73. Forest Kirchner Apache Junction, AZ (AZ 1 00-13 0
74. Jim Davis Eagle, ID (ID) 0 00-00 0
74. Ronald Schneider Sandy, OR (OR) 0 00-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 15 208 304-03
2 14 176 252-14
3 8 69 100-12
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37 453 657-13

TEAM STANDINGS Day 3
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State Lbs-Oz
1 NEVADA 150-01
2 CALIFORNIA 145-05
3 ARIZONA 143-11
4 UTAH 135-15
5 IDAHO 107-00
6 MONTANA 92-04
7 WYOMING 87-15
8 OREGON 74-07
9 WASHINGTON 53-04

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 3
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WASHINGTON
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Ken Day Kennewick, WA 10 14-03 0
2 Zackery Shaff Richland, WA 9 12-11 0
3 Mel Williams Kennewick, WA 3 05-07 0
4 Clint Johanson Cle Elum, WA 4 04-01 0
5 James Castillo West Richland, WA 2 03-01 0

IDAHO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jason Hickey Weiser, ID 11 21-04 0
2 David Erickson Craigmont, ID 10 14-00 0
3 Keegan Graves Meridian, ID 7 10-09 0
4 Zach Barnes Boise, ID 5 08-12 0
5 Denton Crofts Meridian, ID 5 05-12 0
6 Nate Crofts Nampa, ID 4 05-04 0
7 Justin Soppe Middleton, ID 4 03-09 0
8 Mark Clark New Plymouth, ID 2 02-05 0
9 Jim Davis Eagle, ID 0 00-00 0

OREGON
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Dan Jordan Camas, WA 12 18-10 0
2 Addam Gross Pendleton, OR 9 14-06 0
3 Jeffry Ball Pendleton, OR 5 07-08 0
4 Austin Bentz Hermiston, OR 4 04-11 0
5 Ron Wiseman Pendleton, OR 2 02-03 0
6 Ronald Schneider Sandy, OR 0 00-00 0

ARIZONA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Tom Wennerlund Tonto Basin, AZ 12 17-11 0
2 Todd Herman Gilbert, AZ 12 15-12 0
3 Bill Barkley Peoria, AZ 7 10-05 0
4 Christopher Massey Flagstaff, AZ 8 10-03 0
5 Gerald Kimzey Willcox, AZ 6 09-02 0
6 Dylan Maxon Phoenix, AZ 5 08-07 0
7 Steve Lund Glendale, AZ 5 06-11 0
8 Gabe Thomas Tucson, AZ 4 06-01 0
9 Jim Hawkes A.J., AZ 4 04-13 0
10 Forest Kirchner Apache Junction, AZ 1 00-13 0

WYOMING
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Brent Shores Boise, ID 15 20-02 0
2 Chris Harvey Idaho Falls, ID 8 10-04 0
3 Tracy Dursteler Blackfoot, ID 4 06-01 0
4 Kyle Gelles Pingree, ID 3 03-09 0
5 Bret Felter Malad City, ID 2 02-04 0
6 Brent Daybell West Jordan, UT 2 02-04 0
7 Michael Tauscher Blackfoot, ID 1 01-03 0
8 Cory Hoopes Spring Creek, NV 1 01-00 0

CALIFORNIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Timothy Wells Clovis, CA 14 21-12 0
2 Timmy Wells II Fresno, CA 15 21-10 0
3 Ralph Encizo Fresno, CA 11 15-03 0
4 Kevin Melford Camarillo, CA 7 09-11 0
5 Jason Hemminger Oxnard, CA 6 09-08 0
6 Luke Johns Folsom, CA 6 09-08 0
7 Mike Alvarez Clovis, CA 6 08-12 0
8 Christian Ostrander Turlock, CA 4 05-00 0
9 Dejon Lewis Ventura, CA 2 03-14 0
10 Kenneth Cleveland Bakersfield, CA 2 02-06 0

MONTANA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jason Crone Kalispell, MT 12 16-13 0
2 Mike Dominick Alberton, MT 8 12-05 0
3 Leon Stiffarm Columbia Falls, MT 5 08-00 0
4 Joshua Powell Libby, MT 5 07-08 0
5 Karl Okerman Sandpoint, ID 3 05-10 0
6 Kyle Quinnell Kalispell, MT 4 05-02 0
7 Bob Mcwilliams Helena, MT 3 04-07 0

UTAH
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Justin Hicks Gunnison, CO 14 22-15 0
2 Bill Brown Grand Junction, CO 13 18-14 0
3 Mike Lavallee Sandy, UT 11 16-06 0
4 Tyrel Faber Pagosa Springs, CO 7 07-08 0
5 Ramsey Romanin Wolcott, CO 5 07-04 0
6 Donovan Allphin Manila, UT 4 06-11 0
7 Chase Colby Saint George, UT 4 06-01 0
8 Rick Culver Taylor, UT 3 04-14 0
9 Thomas Nokes Riverton, UT 2 02-04 0
10 Randy Pierson Grand Junction, CO 1 01-08 0

NEVADA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Justin Kerr Lake Havasu, AZ 14 22-03 0
2 Aaron Leon Henderson, NV 13 20-09 0
3 Jason Billmaier Las Vegas, NV 12 19-11 0
4 Michael Simon Sr. Henderson, NV 8 10-06 0
5 Jesse Ortega Las Vegas, NV 6 07-11 0
6 Ryan Yamagata Las Vegas, NV 5 07-03 0
7 Kevin Wiggins Winterheaven, NV 3 04-03 0
8 Patrick Davis Henderson, NV 3 04-00 0
9 David Naugle Las Vegas, NV 3 03-15 0
10 Douglas Jones North Las Vegas, NV 1 01-13 0

2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead 9/30-10/2
Lake Mead, Henderson NV.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Aaryn Coroneos Henderson, NV (NV) 9 14-11 0
2. Clif Gallagher Saint George, UT (WY) 8 12-10 0
3. Hayden Spradling Gilbert, AZ (AZ) 9 12-06 0
4. Austin Johnson Noxon, MT (MT) 8 10-11 0
5. Terry Peterson West Jordan, UT (UT) 8 10-10 0
6. Scott Seros Bend, OR (OR) 8 10-10 0
7. Michael Evans Idaho Falls, ID (WY) 6 09-06 0
8. Nathanial Kimberling Coeur D Alene, ID (ID) 6 09-05 0
9. David Bertsch Harrisy, ID (ID) 6 09-01 0
10. Ric Blair Whitefish, MT (MT) 6 09-00 0
11. Logan DeGree Redmond, OR (OR) 6 09-00 0
12. Greg Pink Montrose, CO (UT) 6 08-14 0
13. Jake Morrison Scottsdale, AZ (AZ) 5 08-09 0
14. Tas Moua Fresno, CA (CA) 7 08-07 0
15. Chaunteil Carte' Gresham, OR (WY) 4 07-01 0
16. Brandon Morton San Tan Valley, AZ (AZ) 4 07-00 0
17. Larry Warren LaVerkin, UT (NV) 4 06-04 0
18. Nathan Towes Bakersfield, CA (CA) 5 06-01 0
19. Greg Jager Kennewick, WA (WA) 4 05-13 0
20. James Hollingshead Clarkston, WA (WA) 4 05-09 0
21. Jake Krause Litchfield Park, AZ (AZ 4 05-09 0
22. Brian Senter Newton, TX (AZ) 3 05-08 0
23. Douglas Gaskill Las Vegas, NV (NV) 4 05-04 0
24. Bo Dalton Vernal, UT (UT) 4 05-03 0
25. Josh Stewart Star, ID (ID) 3 05-00 0
26. Mike Steckel Las Vegas, NV (NV) 4 04-12 0
27. Andrew Sayles Middleton, ID (CA) 2 04-09 0
28. Sean Sullivan Henderson, NV (NV) 3 04-04 0
29. Melissa Nokes Lehi, UT (UT) 4 04-04 0
30. Tom McArt Jr Albany, OR (OR) 3 04-04 0
31. Ken Simbro West Haven, UT (UT) 1 04-02 0
32. Dean Yamagata Las Vegas, NV (NV) 3 04-01 0
33. Paul Gelles Pingree, ID (WY) 3 04-00 0
34. Jeffrey Ramey Cameron Park, CA (CA) 3 04-00 0
35. Quincy Grupenhoff Noxon, MT (MT) 3 03-15 0
36. Aldo Acevedo North Hollywood, CA (CA 3 03-14 0
37. Steve Larsen Henderson, NV (NV) 3 03-13 0
38. Tim Meeks Elk Grove, CA (CA) 3 03-11 0
39. Ken Hromada Chandler, AZ (AZ) 3 03-10 0
40. Dale Loseke Meridian, ID (ID) 3 03-10 0
41. Samuel Collins Chino Valley, AZ (AZ) 2 03-10 0
42. Thomas Edwards Gilbert, AZ (AZ) 3 03-09 0
43. Walter Haltom Malad City, ID (UT) 2 03-09 0
44. Mark Torrez Camarillo, CA (CA) 2 03-09 0
45. Jake Hansen Bozeman, MT (MT) 2 03-08 0
46. Hunter Dahnke Missoula, MT (MT) 3 03-04 0
47. David Vega McCammon , ID (WY) 2 03-03 0
48. Stephen Spear Boise, ID (ID) 2 02-13 0
49. Elli Hubbard Las Vegas, NV (NV) 2 02-12 0
50. Jonathan Bryson Las Vegas, NV (NV) 2 02-10 0
51. Kong Moua Sacramento, CA (CA) 2 02-10 0
52. Earl Wells Payette, ID (WY) 2 02-09 0
53. Mark Smith Tacoma, WA (WA) 2 02-07 0
54. Tim Rawlings Malad City, ID (WY) 2 02-07 0
55. Matthew Barnes Pensacola, FL (ID) 2 02-06 0
56. Billy Ricker Clinton, UT (UT) 2 02-04 0
57. Ricky Tejada Coeur D Alene, ID (ID) 2 02-04 0
58. Jake Aubrey Glendale, AZ (AZ) 2 02-02 0
59. Jerry Lake Cottage Grove, OR (OR) 1 01-14 0
60. Kyle Harris San Tan Valley, AZ (AZ) 2 01-14 0
61. Chris Cruz Ogden, UT (UT) 1 01-09 0
62. Jake Weaver Columbia Fls, MT (MT) 1 01-07 0
63. Kevin Pierson Hermiston, OR (OR) 1 01-05 0
64. Jose Gutierrez Bakersfield, CA (CA) 1 01-04 0
65. Trent Perry Huntsville, UT (UT) 1 01-03 0
66. Jeremy Kimberling Rathdrum, ID (ID) 1 01-02 0
67. Cher Moua Missoula, MT (MT) 1 00-10 0
68. Luis Gonzalez San Rafael, CA (CA) 0 00-00 0
68. Kevin Higgins Bonney Lake, WA (WA) 0 00-00 0
68. Jon Pollock Lakewood, CO (WY) 0 00-00 0
68. Kenneth Sitton Albany, OR (OR) 0 00-00 0
68. Cody Steckel Las Vegas, NV (NV) 0 00-00 0
68. Josh Thalman Saratoga Springs, UT (U 0 00-00 0
68. Luke White Coeur D Alene, ID (ID) 0 00-00 0
68. Tyler Wipf West Richland, WA (WA) 0 00-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 15 103 150-12
2 0 97 136-05
3 0 33 45-00
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15 233 332-01

TEAM STANDINGS Day 3
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State Lbs-Oz
1 NEVADA 150-01
2 CALIFORNIA 145-05
3 ARIZONA 143-11
4 UTAH 135-15
5 IDAHO 107-00
6 MONTANA 92-04
7 WYOMING 87-15
8 OREGON 74-07
9 WASHINGTON 53-04

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 3
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WASHINGTON
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Greg Jager Kennewick, WA 4 05-13 0
2 James Hollingshead Clarkston, WA 4 05-09 0
3 Mark Smith Tacoma, WA 2 02-07 0
4 Kevin Higgins Bonney Lake, WA 0 00-00 0
4 Tyler Wipf West Richland, WA 0 00-00 0

IDAHO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Nathanial Kimberling Coeur D Alene, ID 6 09-05 0
2 David Bertsch Harrisy, ID 6 09-01 0
3 Josh Stewart Star, ID 3 05-00 0
4 Dale Loseke Meridian, ID 3 03-10 0
5 Stephen Spear Boise, ID 2 02-13 0
6 Matthew Barnes Pensacola, FL 2 02-06 0
7 Ricky Tejada Coeur D Alene, ID 2 02-04 0
8 Jeremy Kimberling Rathdrum, ID 1 01-02 0
9 Luke White Coeur D Alene, ID 0 00-00 0

OREGON
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Scott Seros Bend, OR 8 10-10 0
2 Logan DeGree Redmond, OR 6 09-00 0
3 Tom McArt Jr Albany, OR 3 04-04 0
4 Jerry Lake Cottage Grove, OR 1 01-14 0
5 Kevin Pierson Hermiston, OR 1 01-05 0
6 Kenneth Sitton Albany, OR 0 00-00 0

ARIZONA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Hayden Spradling Gilbert, AZ 9 12-06 0
2 Jake Morrison Scottsdale, AZ 5 08-09 0
3 Brandon Morton San Tan Valley, AZ 4 07-00 0
4 Jake Krause Litchfield Park, AZ 4 05-09 0
5 Brian Senter Newton, TX 3 05-08 0
6 Ken Hromada Chandler, AZ 3 03-10 0
7 Samuel Collins Chino Valley, AZ 2 03-10 0
8 Thomas Edwards Gilbert, AZ 3 03-09 0
9 Jake Aubrey Glendale, AZ 2 02-02 0
10 Kyle Harris San Tan Valley, AZ 2 01-14 0

WYOMING
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Clif Gallagher Saint George, UT 8 12-10 0
2 Michael Evans Idaho Falls, ID 6 09-06 0
3 Chaunteil Carte' Gresham, OR 4 07-01 0
4 Paul Gelles Pingree, ID 3 04-00 0
5 David Vega McCammon , ID 2 03-03 0
6 Earl Wells Payette, ID 2 02-09 0
7 Tim Rawlings Malad City, ID 2 02-07 0
8 Jon Pollock Lakewood, CO 0 00-00 0

CALIFORNIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Tas Moua Fresno, CA 7 08-07 0
2 Nathan Towes Bakersfield, CA 5 06-01 0
3 Andrew Sayles Middleton, ID 2 04-09 0
4 Jeffrey Ramey Cameron Park, CA 3 04-00 0
5 Aldo Acevedo North Hollywood, CA 3 03-14 0
6 Tim Meeks Elk Grove, CA 3 03-11 0
7 Mark Torrez Camarillo, CA 2 03-09 0
8 Kong Moua Sacramento, CA 2 02-10 0
9 Jose Gutierrez Bakersfield, CA 1 01-04 0
10 Luis Gonzalez San Rafael, CA 0 00-00 0

MONTANA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Austin Johnson Noxon, MT 8 10-11 0
2 Ric Blair Whitefish, MT 6 09-00 0
3 Quincy Grupenhoff Noxon, MT 3 03-15 0
4 Jake Hansen Bozeman, MT 2 03-08 0
5 Hunter Dahnke Missoula, MT 3 03-04 0
6 Jake Weaver Columbia Fls, MT 1 01-07 0
7 Cher Moua Missoula, MT 1 00-10 0

UTAH
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Terry Peterson West Jordan, UT 8 10-10 0
2 Greg Pink Montrose, CO 6 08-14 0
3 Bo Dalton Vernal, UT 4 05-03 0
4 Melissa Nokes Lehi, UT 4 04-04 0
5 Ken Simbro West Haven, UT 1 04-02 0
6 Walter Haltom Malad City, ID 2 03-09 0
7 Billy Ricker Clinton, UT 2 02-04 0
8 Chris Cruz Ogden, UT 1 01-09 0
9 Trent Perry Huntsville, UT 1 01-03 0
10 Josh Thalman Saratoga Springs, UT 0 00-00 0

NEVADA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Aaryn Coroneos Henderson, NV 9 14-11 0
2 Larry Warren LaVerkin, UT 4 06-04 0
3 Douglas Gaskill Las Vegas, NV 4 05-04 0
4 Mike Steckel Las Vegas, NV 4 04-12 0
5 Sean Sullivan Henderson, NV 3 04-04 0
6 Dean Yamagata Las Vegas, NV 3 04-01 0
7 Steve Larsen Henderson, NV 3 03-13 0
8 Elli Hubbard Las Vegas, NV 2 02-12 0
9 Jonathan Bryson Las Vegas, NV 2 02-10 0
10 Cody Steckel Las Vegas, NV 0 00-00 0


Redemption For Doren At Big Bass Zone Junior Championship

 

PRIEST RIVER, Idaho — Carter Doren, a 16-year-old angler from Las Vegas, Nev., doesn’t want to remember his performance at last year’s Big Bass Zone Junior Championship presented by Bassmaster (BBZJC) held on Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille. Not only did he not catch a fish during that event, but he didn’t even get a bite.

How things can change in a year. Doren, the last competitor to walk onstage in the 52-angler field, brought a 4.35-pound largemouth to the scales to capture the championship title and take home the first-place prize, a BassCat Margay powered by a Mercury outboard.

“I am in shock,” the young angler gasped when he realized he won, almost falling to his knees on the weigh-in stand. “It was an amazing day. I caught a 3-pounder on my first cast. Things really slowed down, so we motored to the other side of the river and pulled up next to a dock. I skipped my jig under the dock, immediately got a bite and set the hook. The fish didn’t feel all that big while I was fighting it, so I went to boat flip it and realized that would be a bad idea. I freaked out, then lipped it and went crazy!”

The BBZJC format is a big fish tournament. Anglers were tasked with a simple challenge: catch the biggest fish they could find in an 8-hour day and hope it was bigger than every other fish that hit the scales. Doren’s largemouth accomplished just that.

Doren landed the winning fish the first 30 minutes of the day on a football jig with a Yamamoto Fat Baby Craw as a trailer. “I am so thankful I skipped under that dock, because we didn’t get a bite the last four hours of the day.”

The BBZJC event is a unique event in the world of bass fishing. Fifty-two anglers from 48 states qualified for the tournament through a months-long virtual tournament. The competitors would catch a fish, then submit the fish to a virtual leaderboard for each state. The angler with the heaviest bass became the qualifier from that state.

“This format allows every kid that can find a fishing rod the ability to compete against their peers across the country for almost $300,000 in prizes,” said BBZJC president Bill Siemantel. “They can qualify by fishing from the bank, from a kayak or from a bass boat in every sort of fishery you can imagine.

“This year, we had 13 anglers compete that also qualified last year. We had a kid from Florida drive to Maine to qualify in that state. It is simply unbelievable the passion these kids have for the format and the commitment parents and family members showed to get anglers involved.”

Doren qualified for the event on the strength of a 4-6 smallmouth he landed on Nevada’s Lake Mohave while bed fishing.

Brayden Stoker from Stephenville, Texas, landed a 3.86-pound largemouth for second place.

Gus Dietric, of Oxford, Mich., landed a 3.47-pound largemouth for third.

Prizes included trips to Lake El Salto and the Amazon provided by Anglers Inn International; electronics and trolling motors from Humminbird, Minn Kota, Lowrance and MotorGuide; scholarships from Bethel University; batteries from Lithium Pros; rods from St. Croix and Daiwa; and a host of gear from supporting manufacturers.


“I’m gonna win it.”

Vance McCullough - AnglersChannel.com

 

Eric Jackson made the statement as flatly as one might say ‘I’m going to the store to buy milk and eggs.’

He was speaking of the upcoming Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship to be contested by 340 anglers on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville. That’s a huge field, culled from the most successful of KBF’s anglers over the course of a year. Then there’s the lake itself which just confounded most of the Bassmaster Elite Series field.

So why is Jackson so confident?

For starters, he is a 4-time freestyle kayaking world champion and a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team. As for the ‘angler’ part of the ‘kayak angler’ equation, Jackson is a veteran of the FLW Tour, now known as the MLF BIG5.

But Jackson’s confidence is buoyed by a paddlecraft of his own design: the new Apex Tyr. It’s the only model offered by the nascent endeavor, Apex Watercraft. Jackson made waves in the kayak fishing industry when he offered models under his namesake company, Jackson Kayaks. “I still own stock in Jackson but I’m not running the company in any way. I started Apex because I wanted to come up with a super lightweight carbon fiber boat and push performance boundaries in a lot of the areas that plastic boat manufacturers just weren’t doing and can’t really do with plastic anyway. There are 37 companies making rotomolded plastic fishing kayaks out there. There’s only 1 making a carbon fiber one.”

Jackson assembled a team of experts - including Russ Emanis who led the Lockheed Martin R+D and manufacturing of the F-22 Rapture fighter jet with carbon fiber, infusion processes - to build Apex kayaks in his home state of Tennessee from a new location completely separate from the Jackson factory.

“Having a really lightweight boat just opens up so much stuff,” says Jackson. “For example, I just fished the KBF Super Trail Tournament on Lake Wheeler and I would have won except for a technical foul. I had a 2-inch penalty for two fish with their mouths slightly open (in the required scoring photographs). Otherwise, I had the biggest 10 fish. I caught about 50 fish a day fishing on a section of the creek where John Cox won the FLW Cup a few years ago but I was fishing about 8 miles upstream from where he was.”

The writer of this article followed Cox up said creek and I can tell you it got to the point where a kayak would have been required to go much further. Cox giggled about it at the time, “I’m so far up the creek that it doesn’t even show up as blue on the map.” Cox went further in an aluminum boat than anyone else in the field could do in their fiberglass models. Jackson was able to use a paddle version of the now famous Cox approach to far surpass what his competitors could do in heavier craft – kayaks no less.

Jackson says, “In a 2.4-mile section of the creek I had to portage over and around trees about 50 times. It was choked with tornado trees and whatever the whole way. At times there wasn’t enough water to paddle a kayak. Those fish are never getting fished for. It was catch, catch, catch the whole way.

“It was super awesome. That boat made it possible. It would have been too hard to take a plastic boat.”

It is often said that dogs look like their owners and that great teams take on the personality of their coaches. Eric Jackson’s stature is not overbearing but he is solidly built, powerful, with no dead weight. The Apex Tyr follows this elegant, highly functional form.

At 40 pounds, the Apex needs just a sheet of water to float. Everything else about the craft is minimal as well, except the price, but more on that in a minute. The word that comes to mind when looking at the boat is ‘clean’. It features a uncluttered layout that is deceptively storage-friendly for bass anglers who carry multiple rods and bags of gear.

Given his background, Jackson is more comfortable paddling than pedaling and he has designed a boat that reflects this with no receiver or hole for a drive. In fact, there are no holes whatsoever in the smooth bottom of the Tyr. No scupper holes. This is part of the magic that makes it fast and quiet. The boat’s design runs water right out the back end so no need for the scupper holes.

There is a mounting plate on the rear that will accommodate a Power Pole Micro or a Torqeedo electric motor for those who want to go very far very fast. “If I want to fish open lake, if I put a Torqeedo 1103 which is about a 3-hp electric motor, it drives at 7-and-a-half miles an hour. If you put it on a Hobie or a Jackson it will run maybe 4-and-a-half miles an hour. I can run all over the lake faster than anybody else can.”

As for graphs and such, “You can flush mount electronics on the dash. Electronics on a kayak are always in the way – to the side or between your legs and everything catches on them. Our dashboard puts them out of the way and makes it really convenient.”

Being a carbon fiber craft, an owner does not want, or need, to drill holes in order to mount the aforementioned electronics. “The boat comes ready to go so if you’re drilling, you’re not using the boat right,” notes Jackson of the mostly custom-built watercraft that will also be produced in greater volume to meet the demand of a growing dealer network soon.

There are stainless steel inserts mounted behind the swivel seat so that additional gear can be mounted or lashed to the deck. “You can put any Ram Mount you want on there. What you haven’t seen yet – and we finally sorted it out – is where to put the beer,” laughs Jackson. “I was super stressed about getting our beer holder right. We have an accessory called the Beer Buddy and, basically, we have a swivel seat, and the swivel seat is like, a whole game-changer in its own, but you lift the seat out and put this Beer Buddy on the seat pole and it sticks out either just between your legs in front of you, or it can rotate 360 degrees anywhere you want to keep it. You can put multiple ones on if you want. That’s not on the website yet but it’s coming.”

To maintain a low profile, the Apex is keeps additional fishing rods at the ready in a horizontal orientation as opposed to the vertical fashion in which many anglers now transport four or more sticks that wave and telegraph their approach to wary shallow water fish. “That might look cool, but I can’t deal with that ever,” says Jackson. “You’re standing up and try to flip behind you, that’s the last place you’d want to have them. If you make a cast and catch the rod and backlash the crap out of it . . . anyway.” Jackson’s frustration with the vertical rod storage that is standard practice in kayak fishing is common among bass boaters who transition into the smaller vessels. It’s a holdover from the saltwater world where kayak tournaments were pioneered before being adapted to bass fishing. It is time for kayak bass tournament anglers to catch up and lay the rods horizontally as we always have, so this may be my favorite feature of the Tyr. In the Apex, “Rod holders are parallel alongside the seat, facing backward inside the boat. You can put 3 or 4 on each side but it’s super awesome convenient to put 2 on each side and then, the ones you’re actively using, you lay them forward on the dash. If you look at the angle and depth of the dashboard, the rods lay perfectly on that. Super open. Super easy to access.”

Storage is abundant and always within reach from the high pedestal seat that again, swivels to grant total range of motion around the boat. “That pedestal is open in the front for tackle storge beneath your seat. On the back of the seat is a recess with a couple of paracords that hold a small dry box, maybe your phone, wallet, whatever in there.”

The main storge compartment is under what amounts to the hood on this vehicle. It is kept closed with a quiet magnet system that makes for easy one-handed opening. “The hatch houses electronics, but also, you have access to that whole front hatch for storage. It’s really big,” says Jackson.

To aid in boat positioning, Jackson invented a thing. “We have two additional 420 inserts on the gunnel where you can mount a Ram ball or whatever but we’re using it for a new invention I created called a Side Kick. It’s a drift control paddle holder mechanism. You just drop your paddle in, and your blade goes down in the water and slows your drift by about 50% and you can angle the blade to help control the direction of your drift. If you want to grab your paddle you just pick it up and, off you go. I haven’t really promoted that yet, there’s no footage of it. We probably won’t promote that until the end of October when we’re shipping them.”

The Side Kick will be an important add-on as Jackson admits that, due to its light weight, the Apex is more susceptible to being blown around on the wind. The boat’s low profile will help combat this though, as will a shallow water anchor which, again can be mounted to the back via existing inserts. Then again, in the skinny margins of water far up the creeks where Jackson prefers to venture, wind is much less of a factor to begin with. Also, course correction is much quicker, easier and quieter in the bantam weight boat. “If you’re in a heavy boat and the wind hits, it’s gonna take longer to move it (back into position) but on the other side, every stroke you take, every movement takes way less energy to straighten out, to position yourself or whatever in a lighter boat.

“The wind is still gonna blow either way.”

Jackson also teased another accessory to come, the Tailgate, which closes off the back end of the otherwise open cockpit for those who are concerned about following waves or who load their boat before they drag it to launch and don’t want stuff rolling out of the back.

He also ran down the various fin options that affect tracking, especially helpful for offshore fishing. They are made of carbon cork so if you knock one off it is not necessarily lost.

Cosmetics on the Apex are breathtaking. The depth and brilliance of the glossy finish rivals that of any big bass boat. The ultra-durable topcoat also protects the finish. “We have a proprietary coating that has never been used in composites before. My head molder figured out how to mold-in this coating. It’s like a polyurea coating, the same stuff you use for truck bedliners – super tough stuff but this is a clear coat. It looks perfectly clear. You see the carbon through it. It’s like glass. It’s incredibly high abrasion resistant. Like my boat, I’m just dragging it around through the woods, over logs. Remember, the boat is super light so if you don’t have it heavily loaded down, there’s hardly any weigh to it any way. No biggie.”

You can wrap it if you like. “The wrap template has been designed and our wrap guy will design a custom wrap in whatever colors you want with your name on it or whatever it is you want on the boat and that’s part of the package. It’s pretty sweet. If you look on-line you can see my latest one. It has checkers and my name. We have a bald eagle. We have camo.”

The premium boat comes with a premium price tag. You might need financing. Seriously. “I’m selling $11,000 boats and people are buying them. It’s not for everybody. If you’ve got the money and you want the best thing, it’s there.”

In addition to sticker shock, there has been backlash against the radical design of the Apex. “The response was pretty harsh,” admits Jackson. “People looked at it and said, ‘that’s not a tournament boat’ and ‘anything you have to paddle is not a tournament boat, you should be able to pedal it’. People have just gotten used to doing it a certain way and right now, nobody is thinking outside the box.

“What they don’t understand is, this is the winning tournament boat. This blows your ‘tournament boat’ out of the water as far as winning tournaments. My rod holder system, my electronics mounting system, the weight, the speed. My theory is, and I’m a fan of pedaling, but if you want to win a tournament and you’re allowed to use a trolling motor, why are you pedaling again? Mine is turn-key for electric or paddle. I’m not sure why, if you want to win a tournament, ‘you’ve got to pedal’.”

Readers will want to check out the Apex channel on YouTube to see a walk through as they build one of these boats. The materials, the craftsmanship and the team that executes the build is remarkable.

Then again, if you want to meet the boat of your dreams in person, “At Nationals (Lake Guntersville, October 7, 8 and 9, 2020) we’re gonna have an after party with 40 cases of Fat Tire Beer (after the final day the 9th). We’ll also have BBQ and be cooking food for people. That will be the first chance for people to really touch and feel the boat.

“In theory, I’ll have won the Nationals. I’m pretty confident in my chances at this event.”


West Monroe High School Wins High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Ouachita River Open

MONROE, La. (Oct. 5, 2020) – Louisiana’s West Monroe High School duo of Jay Cash and Jackson Lemoine caught four fish Saturday weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Ouachita River Open event in Monroe, Louisiana. The event was hosted by the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

According to post-tournament reports, the West Monroe duo targeted the grass and backwater trees with a white and chartreuse-colored spinnerbait, a Whopper Plopper and flipping a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver.

The top four teams on the Ouachita River that now advance to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship were:

1st:     West Monroe High School, West Monroe, La. – Jay Cash and Jackson Lemoine, four bass, 6-3

2nd:   West Ouachita High School, West Monroe, La. – Cade Brown and Josh Arrant, five bass, 3-13

3rd:    West Ouachita High School, West Monroe, La – Gage Struben and Hagen Carter, East Earl, Pa., five bass, 2-14

4th:    Northeast Louisiana High School Anglers – Kage Spillers and Kaden Graves, both of Calhoun, La., three bass, 1-3

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

5th:    Haughton High School, Haughton, La. – Jase White and Cole Golden, Dauphin, Pa., five bass

6th:    Bryant High School, Bryant, Ark. – Tucker Dottley and Brandon Gabe., four bass

7th:    Glenmora High School, Glenmora, La. – Reese Ray and Shawn Pender, four bass

8th:    Montgomery High School, Montgomery, La. – Hayden Brandes and Logan Beverung, three bass

9th:    Crossett High School, Crossett, Ark. – Brantley Anders and Ben Brockwell, four bass

10th:  West Monroe High School, West Monroe, La. – Brady Swanner and Colby Dark, three bass

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

The FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Ouachita River Open in Monroe, Louisiana, 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.

 


East Texas Baptist University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Ouachita River

MONROE, La. (Oct. 5, 2020) – The East Texas Baptist University team of Grant Hendrix of Livingston, Texas, and Josh Manuel of Burleson, Texas, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at the Ouachita River event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 4 ounces. The victory earned the duo $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship.

The Tigers duo won by a 1½-pound margin over the second-place team of Luke O’Neal and Wesley Banks, from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, who weighed in five bass totaling 13 pounds, 12 ounces. The tournament launched from Forsythe Park in Monroe, Louisiana.

According to post-tournament reports, the duo caught their fish targeting brush piles and cypress trees with a white ChatterBait and a black and blue-colored V&M Flat Wild.

The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2021 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st:       East Texas Baptist University – Grant Hendrix, Livingston, Texas, and Josh Manuel, Burleson. Texas, five bass, 15-4, $2,000

2nd:       University of Louisiana-Monroe – Luke O’Neal and Wesley Banks, Calhoun, La., five bass, 13-12, $1,000

3rd:       East Texas Baptist University – Kaden Proffitt, Pittsburg, Texas, and Cason Ragsdale, Winnsboro, Texas, five bass, 12-12, $500

4th:       Stephen. F. Austin State University – Calan Cameron, Coppell, Texas, and Kellen Worley, Wylie, Texas, five bass, 12-9, $500

5th:       Sam Houston State University – Jayce Garrison and Mason Hoke, both of Conroe, Texas, five bass, 12-4, $500

6th:       University of Oklahoma – Carson Kirkhuff, Grapevine, Texas, and Brigg Bates, Aledo, Texas, five bass, 11-7

7th:       Delta State University – Matthew Brooks, Clarksdale, Miss., and Jake White, Marks, Miss., five bass, 10-11

8th:       Stephen F. Austin State University – J.D. Clarke, Chester, Texas, and Garrett Johnson, Burnet, Texas, five bass, 10-10

9th:       Tarleton State University – Caden Cowan, Stephenville, Texas, and Trevor Easter, Morgan, Texas, five bass, 10-9

10th:     University of Louisiana-Lafayette – Cole Bailey, Doyline, La., and Hayden Pinho, Patterson, La., five bass, 10-5

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

The Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI event on the Ouachita River was the second of three regular-season qualifying tournaments for Southern Conference anglers. The next event for College Fishing anglers will be Nov. 13 – the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Sam Rayburn Reservoir Open in Brookeland, Texas.

Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI teams compete in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Cobb keeps collecting Bonus Bucks

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

With the same certainty Brandon Cobb knows skipping his Toad Toter buzzbait around boat docks catches bass other anglers never appeal to, he also knows buying a Toyota and signing up for their Bonus Bucks contingency program pays off.

While there’s almost never a time when only one Tundra driving pro competes in the championship round of a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, oddly, that was exactly the case at Lake Guntersville.

“I looked around at blast-off and realized I was the only guy in a Tundra on Championship Saturday, which meant I’d win $3,000 in Toyota Bonus Bucks even if I failed to catch a bass,” grinned the easy-going Cobb.

Cobb did not fail to catch a bass, instead he skipped and cast the Greenwood Tackle ¼-ounce Toad Toter around Gutersville’s many boat docks all day to eventually finish 8th -- and cash yet another beefy tournament paycheck – something Cobb does in 70% of the B.A.S.S. tournaments he enters.

As for his Tundra, the driver’s side door wears a small dent from where a New York whitetail deer performed a daring maneuver a few weeks ago, but Cobb says he wouldn’t trade his truck’s comfort, safety, towing power, and good looks for any other.

Not to mention the $3,000 he collected at Guntersville, essentially without even having to catch a bass.

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


Swindle: Woodpecker Lips, Extra mayo, and Punchin’

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

Team Toyota’s Gerald Swindle first fished for Guntersville’s largemouth bass 35 years ago as a teenager with is dad, Tommy in an aluminum boat, and when they weren’t bass fishing at “G-Ville” they were wading its famed waters to catch sunfish for the deep fryer.

Swindle and his sweet wife “Lulu” now live at Guntersville, but it proved to be anything but a homefield advantage this past week at the Bassmaster Elite when the catching was what Swindle described as tougher than metal woodpecker lips.

So Friday at Day 3’s weigh-in, just after eating one of Lulu’s ham & cheese sandwiches with extra mayo and mustard, Swindle bagged his fish, headed backstage to the weigh-in, leaned against a 100-gallon Rubbermaid tank and reflected on the three tough days that had just transpired before eventually landing in 38th place.

Q: What was the biggest surprise this week?
Swindle: The fishing was tough. I knew it was going to be tough. But I was pretty shocked at how skinny, almost unhealthy looking, the bass were this week.

Q: Day 1 was brutal for you. You landed in 70th place, but made a huge comeback on Day 2. What was the key to your rally?
Swindle: I spotted some fish on the edge of the eel grass with my sonar, cast a jig at ‘em, caught a 3-pounder and a 4-pounder in 10 minutes, and it gave me a big adrenalin rush that picked me up mentally.

Q: What lures did you lean on the most this week?
Swindle: A 3/8-ounce green pumpkin Buckeye Ballin’ Out jig with a Zoom Z Craw trailer, and flipping a 1.5-ounce Texas rigged Zoom Z Craw Jr.

Q: Now that this tough derby is done, what would you do differently?
Swindle: I should have just got in the grass and flipped the big Texas punch weight. I tried to do too much. I should have just stuck to pitchin’ and punchin’ the big weight in the grass.


Kentucky Anglers Win Bassmaster High School Series Tournament On Lake Cumberland

Chanler Brake and Branden Duncan, of Kentucky's Southwestern High School, have won the 2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors with 12 pounds, 9 ounces.
Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

October 4, 2020

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. — Chanler Brake and Branden Duncan from Southwestern High School in Pulaski, Ky., were the final team to cross the stage Sunday afternoon at the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

It was a perfect example of saving the best for last.

Duncan and Brake brought a mixed bag of 12 pounds, 9 ounces to the scales, taking home the victory over Brent Key and Hunter Canova from Lenoir City High School.

Along with 10 other teams, Duncan and Brake qualified for the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors at Kentucky Lake scheduled for Oct. 22-24. They also won $1,102 for their fishing team.

“I’m super proud of them. They fished hard all day and it was a tough bite,” boat captain Josh Brake said.

After fishing a tournament at Tims Ford Lake in Tennessee the previous day, Duncan and Brake drove through the night to get back to Halcomb’s Landing in time for takeoff, taking just a 30-minute nap before takeoff time.

That didn’t stop them from running all the way up the river first thing in the morning, farther than any of the other 105 boats in the field, Josh said.

“We pretty much just went fishing,” Brake said. “Practice was definitely not as good as today.”

Duncan said they caught all of their fish on a black and blue jig, and Josh added that the duo landed every fish that bit.

Key and Canova spent much of the weigh-in on the hot seat after weighing four fish for 11-13. They fell shy of a limit, however, and fell short of first place by 14 ounces.

“I had another 3-pounder on first thing this morning but it came off,” Key said.

The Lenoir City team found success catching smallmouth on deep rocks with a Carolina rig.

“We came off practice thinking we were going to try and pick off some smallmouth,” Canova said. “It started slow on tournament day, but as we went through the day we started picking them off.”

Keaton Smith and Jaydon Coggins, also of Southwestern High School, secured the Big Bass of the tournament with a 4-7 smallmouth bass, winning $100 for their program.

This tournament was hosted by the Russell County Chamber of Commerce and State Dock on Lake Cumberland.

2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series at Lake Cumberland
presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors 10/4-10/4
Lake Cumberland, Russell County KY.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Chanler Brake - Branden Duncan Southwestern High School- KY 0
Day 1: 5 12-09 Total: 5 12-09
2. Brent Key - Hunter Canova Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 4 11-13 Total: 4 11-13
3. Asa Robertson - Matthew Vandagriff Warren County High School Pionee 0
Day 1: 5 10-10 Total: 5 10-10
4. Cody Smith - Rhett Stottlemire Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 5 08-06 Total: 5 08-06
5. Christopher Keeble - Brooks Walsh Sequoyah High School 0
Day 1: 4 08-01 Total: 4 08-01
6. Emory Olinger - Bryce Tucker Bledsoe County High School 0
Day 1: 5 08-00 Total: 5 08-00
7. Marshall Smith - Avery Johnson Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 4 08-00 Total: 4 08-00
8. Will Oberman - Clay Oberman Garrard County High School 0
Day 1: 3 07-04 Total: 3 07-04
9. Nathan Reynolds - Jimmy Oguin Backwoods Bassin 0
Day 1: 5 07-03 Total: 5 07-03
10. Wayland Adkisson - Daniel Summers BGA 0
Day 1: 5 06-15 Total: 5 06-15
10. Will Stephens - Lucas Wray Russell County High school 0
Day 1: 5 06-15 Total: 5 06-15
12. Jake Swindle - Cole Lackey Riverside High School 0
Day 1: 5 06-14 Total: 5 06-14
13. Clent Blackwood - Lacy Woods Kee West Point High School 0
Day 1: 5 06-08 Total: 5 06-08
14. Keaton Smith - Jaydon Coggins Southwestern High School 0
Day 1: 2 06-04 Total: 2 06-04
15. Brandon Sales - Noah Ward Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 4 06-01 Total: 4 06-01
16. Evan Barker - Jay Issac Rowan County 0
Day 1: 2 05-13 Total: 2 05-13
17. Scotty Hagan - Mason Hagan Edmonson County HS BottomLine Ba 0
Day 1: 5 05-12 Total: 5 05-12
18. Garrett White - Tanner Mcclain Rhea County Eagle Anglers 0
Day 1: 4 05-07 Total: 4 05-07
19. Allen Powe - Jonathan Combs George Rogers Clark High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-07 Total: 2 05-07
20. Cody Mason - Austin Young Calloway County High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-03 Total: 2 05-03
21. James Saylor - Kyler Moore Garrard County High School- KY 0
Day 1: 3 04-14 Total: 3 04-14
22. Riley Christensen - Jeffrey Lotierzo Riley's Catch 0
Day 1: 2 04-12 Total: 2 04-12
23. Braden Leffew - Brady Raines York Agricultural Institute 0
Day 1: 3 04-08 Total: 3 04-08
24. Richie Bivens - Matthew Lambdin Benton Co 0
Day 1: 3 04-06 Total: 3 04-06
24. Ethan Gilbert - Downeast Fishing Club 0
Day 1: 3 04-06 Total: 3 04-06
26. Dalton Defelice - Paul Meyers Hidden Lake Big Bass 0
Day 1: 3 04-05 Total: 3 04-05
27. Ashton Smith - Chase Fagan DeLand High School 0
Day 1: 4 04-03 Total: 4 04-03
28. Ryhan Fox - Isaac Irvin Galatia High School 0
Day 1: 3 04-02 Total: 3 04-02
28. Coleman Stewart - Keenan Stewart Boyle County High School 0
Day 1: 3 04-02 Total: 3 04-02
30. Caden Cardoza - Gallatin High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-02 Total: 2 04-02
31. Owen Spurlock - Landon Phillips Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 3 04-01 Total: 3 04-01
32. Jacob Delk - Thomas Hafley Taylor County Cardinals 0
Day 1: 2 03-14 Total: 2 03-14
33. Riley Lawson - Maycee Lyons Bath County High School 0
Day 1: 4 03-12 Total: 4 03-12
34. Branson Campbell - Russell County High School- KY 0
Day 1: 3 03-12 Total: 3 03-12
34. Drew Lyvers - Dawson Hawkins Spencer Co HS 0
Day 1: 3 03-12 Total: 3 03-12
36. Cooper Lively - Chris Fallon Gardendale High School 0
Day 1: 4 03-08 Total: 4 03-08
37. Carson Miller - Ben Cornish Briarwood Christian High School 0
Day 1: 3 03-08 Total: 3 03-08
37. Dylan Stokes - Keaton Mills Wilson Central High School 0
Day 1: 3 03-08 Total: 3 03-08
39. Jackson Baltz - Garrett Langolis Noblesville High School 0
Day 1: 3 03-04 Total: 3 03-04
40. Khristian Rousseve - Shamar Pierre WEST ST JOHN HIGH 0
Day 1: 3 03-03 Total: 3 03-03
41. Caleb Maybrey - Kole Palmer Franklin County High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-02 Total: 2 03-02
42. Kyle Wilmoth - Blaine Mattingly Central Hardin High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-15 Total: 2 02-15
43. Devrin Harper - Devrin Snyder West St John High 0
Day 1: 2 02-14 Total: 2 02-14
44. Ridge Rutledge - Ryan Sponcil East Jessamine High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-12 Total: 2 02-12
45. Peter West - Zach Knight Gallatin High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-09 Total: 2 02-09
46. Nicholas Boggs - Brady Howard Louisa Bass Club 0
Day 1: 2 02-08 Total: 2 02-08
46. Gage Starks - Sawyer Williams Henry County High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-08 Total: 2 02-08
48. Evan Fields - Evan Waggener Collins High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-03 Total: 2 02-03
49. Colton Teffer - Colton Parten Rhea County 0
Day 1: 2 01-15 Total: 2 01-15
50. Landon Brown - Connor Mckinzie Bourbon County High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
51. Jake Mattingly - Landon Burton Danville Christian academy 0
Day 1: 1 01-11 Total: 1 01-11
52. Zachary Taylor - Walker Valley High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-07 Total: 1 01-07
53. Jaden Carpenter - Sean Cash Rockcastle Rockets 0
Day 1: 1 01-06 Total: 1 01-06
53. Justin Robbins - Jordan Garrett Fentress County High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-06 Total: 1 01-06
55. Autumn Belcher - William Crawford Boyle County Rebels 0
Day 1: 1 01-05 Total: 1 01-05
55. Jackson Kulijof - Lane Tooley Muhlenberg County High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-05 Total: 1 01-05
55. Lane Lassiter - Braxton Campbell Warren County High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-05 Total: 1 01-05
55. Ethan Martin - Tyler Leachman Bullitt East 0
Day 1: 1 01-05 Total: 1 01-05
59. Steven Ray - Trey Woliver Heritage High School Maryville, 0
Day 1: 1 01-04 Total: 1 01-04
59. Canon Ybarra - Chase Fluty Beech High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-04 Total: 1 01-04
61. Andrea Cornett - Nathan Muse George Rogers Clark High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-03 Total: 1 01-03
61. Caleb Griffin - Bryson Bailey West Tennessee Home School Assoc 0
Day 1: 1 01-03 Total: 1 01-03
61. Sadie Rodgers - Brentlea Rodgers Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-03 Total: 1 01-03
61. Johnathan Walls - Jacob Frizzell Warren County High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-03 Total: 1 01-03
65. Connor Chenault - Hudson Montgomery George Rogers Clark High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-01 Total: 1 01-01
65. Payton Mccullough - Matthew Elliott West Vigo High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-01 Total: 1 01-01
65. Ben Puckett - Jesse Klutts Tennessee valley 0
Day 1: 1 01-01 Total: 1 01-01
68. Brooke Blevins - rowan county senior high school 0
Day 1: 1 00-15 Total: 1 00-15
69. Nick Aaron - Isaac Roy Russell County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Caleb Allen - Michael Blackburn Russell County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Cole Berry - Graham Palmer Terre Haute North Patriots 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Cody Blair - Madison Southern High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Kurtis Blair - Madison Southern High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Jonathon Bourne - Kevin Rhoads East Jessamine High 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Tyler Causey - Ty Davis Garrard County 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Ethan Chase - Dylan Kidder Garrard County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Bo Collins - Owen Jenkins Chatuge Anglers 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Jacob Davidson - Tristen Boyd Mt Juliet High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Caiden Galbreath - Ashlyn Shedd West Point High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Easton Garzolini - Cody Bunch West Vigo High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Mason Gibbs - Dylan Smith Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Andon Goins - Blake Wheat Rhea County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Ben Hester - Mason Caldwell Rhea County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Ben Howard - Jason Burchfield Southwestern High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Tyler Johnson - Gallatin high 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Dylan Johnson - Sequatchie County 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Camden Judson - Brody Bailey Terre Haute North Vigo 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Pruitt Lansdale - Montgomery County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Braxton Little - Hayden Marshall Gardendale High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Hunter May - Nate Wagers Berea Bass Buster Club 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Wyatt Mcqueary - Derek Dean West Vigo High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Julian Moss - Gallatin High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Andy Napier - Dalton Coale Spencer County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Tucker Pendergrass - Lucas Roberts Livingston Academy 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Grainger Pollert - Bloomington South High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Laindree Richardson - Lucas Wielt Benton High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Brayden Stotler - Bloomington South High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Tyler Thomas - Natalie Ochs Russell County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. Will Travis - T.J. Martin Rhea County High school- TN 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
69. James Workman - Montgomery County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00


Casey County Wins Bassmaster Junior Series Event On Lake Cumberland

Landon Pierce and Korbin Neat, of Casey County (Ky.), have won the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior Series at Lake Cumberland with 4 pounds, 13 ounces.
Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

October 4, 2020

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. — The Casey County team of Landon Pierce and Korbin Neat secured the Mossy Oak Bassmaster Junior Series title on Lake Cumberland, catching a five-fish limit Sunday that weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces on their home waters.

Pierce and Neat advance to the Mossy Oak Bassmaster Junior Series National Championship scheduled for Oct. 19-20 on Carroll County 1000 Acre Lake in Huntingdon, Tenn.

“It feels great,” Pierce said. “This is our first tournament.”

Boat captain Dustin Neat was impressed with how well Pierce and Korbin performed.

“It was really amazing. These two kids did a great job,” Dustin said. “This place is tough. It’s off-the-chart tough for anyone, much less a fifth- and a seventh-grader. I’m super proud of these kids.”

Pierce said the team ran upriver and fished Caney Creek and the mouth of Wolf Creek most of the day. They used a Whopper Plopper, Korbin’s favorite way to catch fish, and a shaky head to boat eight total bass.

“We caught them great,” Korbin said. “All we had to do was cast in the right spot and they would come up and blow it up.”

Dustin added that he could tell the night before how excited his team was to get out on the water.

“They spent the night at my house last night and they were geared out. But they calmed down (this morning),” Dustin said. “They started off with a fish in the first five casts and had a good day.”
This tournament was hosted by the Russell County Chamber of Commerce and State Dock on Lake Cumberland.

2020 Bassmaster Junior Stop Lake Cumberland 10/4-10/4
Lake Cumberland, Russell County KY.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Landon Pierce - Korbin Neat Casey County 0
Day 1: 5 04-13 Total: 5 04-13
2. Presley Lannom - Preston Maddux Mt Juliet Fishing 0
Day 1: 3 04-05 Total: 3 04-05
3. Lainie Holbert - Sarah Swindle Riverside 0
Day 1: 3 03-06 Total: 3 03-06
4. Peyton Davidson - Camden Randall Mount Pleasant 0
Day 1: 3 02-15 Total: 3 02-15
5. Brody Jones - Parker Batts Jefferson County Patriots 0
Day 1: 1 01-09 Total: 1 01-09
6. Annie Lassiter - Jameson Pursley Warren Co Jr Anglers 0
Day 1: 1 01-00 Total: 1 01-00
7. Miranda Ochs - Evan Bradshaw Russell County 0
Day 1: 1 00-13 Total: 1 00-13
8. Miles Allen - Macgregor Allen Meade County 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
8. Mason Grose - Sailor Mckinney Southern West Virginia Jr Bassma 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
8. Jaden Norris - Eli Van Ness Sullivan Middle School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
8. Tre Smith - Gunner Wilson Garrard County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
8. Mason Snider - Mount Juliet Fishing 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
8. Chase Stubblefield - John Carson Cooper Scotts Hill High School Juniors 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00


Minor And Lanier Claim Bassmaster College Series Victory At Lake Cumberland

Nolan Minor and Casey Lanier, from West Virginia, have won the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Bass Pro Shops with a three-day total of 39 pounds, 2 ounces.
Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

October 3, 2020

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. — While Nolan Minor and Casey Lanier have been one of the most consistent teams to grace the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops stage over the past few years, they had fallen just short of winning a national event.

That changed Saturday when Lanier and Minor caught 16 pounds, 14 ounces of smallmouth bass to take home the title on a stingy Lake Cumberland with a three-day total of 39-2. They topped Griffin Phillips and Ethan King of the University of Montevallo by more than 10 pounds.

“When I first started college fishing, second place felt great,” said Minor, who finished second in the College Classic Bracket in 2018 on Milford Lake. “But then it started to get old. You know there are so many guys on the outside looking in wishing they could just be second place. But after you have been there a couple times, it kind of leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

“To win something really means a lot.”

With 30 minutes to go on Day 2 — and with only two fish in their bag — Minor and Lanier abandoned the shallow pattern they found in practice and started fishing a deep point with a Carolina rig and a shaky head, catching two fish that kept them inside the cut heading into Saturday’s championship round.

Lanier said they decided to stay deep Saturday, and it paid off with the Nitro Big Bag of the tournament, earning them a $250 gift card to Bass Pro Shops along with $2,108 in tournament winnings for their club.

Small crawfish imitators like a Baby D Bomb and a Zoom Z-Craw worked best on the back of their 3/8-ounce Carolina rigs.

“They were all the baby sizes,” Lanier said. “They were imitating the little crawdads that were down there. That’s what the smallmouth wanted. We ran out of a few baits and had to throw some new ones on there and ended up catching fish too.”

Minor added they used a light-wire 3/0 hook that he believes helped keep their fish pegged in the rocks.

On the final day, Lanier said he and Minor targeted smallmouth on main-lake points in the 15- to 25-foot range. The area they fished on the final day had a lot of shale rock — and with some wind and boat traffic, the water became less clear than other areas of the lake, Minor said.

“(The water) looked kind of green. I think that helped the bite out because the water here is really clear and the fish are getting a lot of pressure,” he said.

Phillips and King used Garmin Panoptix to locate their fish on main-lake points in 25 to 30 feet, catching 28-14 for a second-place finish. They used a couple of finesse techniques to coax their smallmouth to bite, including a drop shop and a Ned rig, and caught most of their fish around one specific area.

“We weren’t fishing if we didn’t see them,” Phillips said. “When we saw one, we dropped on it and we dropped on as many fish as we could a day. The ones that bit we caught and the ones that didn’t we just had to move on.”

Andrew Fisher and Bennett Kudder from Bryan College finished third with 28-13, just an ounce behind Phillips and King. Fisher and Kudder caught fish dragging a worm on a drop shot or a shaky head on tapering main-lake points.

Brock Bila and Jack Long from Drury University held on to the Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament, earning a $500 Carhartt gift card after catching a 6-0 largemouth on Day 2.

With the regular season now over, qualifying teams will now look ahead to the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops scheduled for the Harris Chain of Lake in Florida Oct. 29-31. The 2020 season will conclude with the College Classic Bracket on Alabama's Lay Lake Nov. 17-19.

Action on Lake Cumberland will wrap up tomorrow with the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors and Mossy Oak Bassmaster Junior Series starting at 7 a.m. CT from Halcomb’s Landing. Weigh-in for the Junior Series will begin at 3 p.m. followed by the High School Series.

Sunday’s event will be the final regular season event for both the High School and the Junior Series and the last chance for teams to qualify for their respective national championships.
This week's tournament is being hosted by the Russell County Chamber of Commerce and State Dock on Lake Cumberland.

2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Lake Cumberland
presented by Bass Pro Shops 10/1-10/3
Lake Cumberland, Russell County KY.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Nolan Minor - Casey Lanier 250
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 4 08-10 Day 3: 5 16-14 Total: 14 39-02
2. Griffin Phillips - Ethan King University of Montevallo 249
Day 1: 5 06-09 Day 2: 5 14-06 Day 3: 5 07-15 Total: 15 28-14
3. Andrew Fisher - Bennett Kudder Bryan College 248
Day 1: 4 08-02 Day 2: 5 11-15 Day 3: 5 08-12 Total: 14 28-13
4. Alec Coffey - Kyle Roy Campbellsville University 247
Day 1: 5 09-07 Day 2: 5 11-09 Day 3: 3 05-07 Total: 13 26-07
5. Jack Rankin - Hunter Baird Drury University 246
Day 1: 5 06-12 Day 2: 5 11-09 Day 3: 5 08-01 Total: 15 26-06
6. Sean Clayton - Owen Dimaio Clemson University 245
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 5 09-15 Day 3: 1 01-02 Total: 11 23-09
7. Zeke Gossett - Lucas Smith Jacksonville State 244
Day 1: 5 06-03 Day 2: 5 11-05 Day 3: 4 05-08 Total: 14 23-00
8. Dalton Smith - Bradley Dunagan Campbellsville University 243
Day 1: 5 12-03 Day 2: 5 08-06 Day 3: 2 01-11 Total: 12 22-04
9. Cole Thompson - Benson Dowler 242
Day 1: 5 09-08 Day 2: 5 11-13 Day 3: 1 00-12 Total: 11 22-01
10. Jacob Frazier - Griffin Heffington Carson-Newman University 241
Day 1: 5 08-05 Day 2: 5 09-08 Day 3: 3 02-15 Total: 13 20-12
11. Gunner Whitaker - Lafe Messer Kentucky Christian University 240
Day 1: 5 12-11 Day 2: 3 04-11 Day 3: 3 02-03 Total: 11 19-09
12. Bryce Fowler - Chris Bowen East Carolina University 239
Day 1: 5 10-04 Day 2: 5 07-02 Day 3: 1 00-09 Total: 11 17-15


Talley Finishes Strong For First Career Victory At Bassmaster Elite Event On Guntersville

Frank Talley, of Temple, Texas, has won the 2020 NOCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville with a four-day total of 64 pounds, 3 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.
October 3, 2020

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Frank Talley has dreamed of winning a top-level professional bass tournament his entire life.

But with three small children at home, he kept that dream in his back pocket for two decades in favor of coaching youth sports teams, fishing local tournaments and just being a good husband and dad.

Saturday, at age 45, the second-year Elite Series pro affectionately known as “Frank the Tank” saw his dream come true, weighing in 18 pounds, 2 ounces of bass during the final round to win the NOCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville with a four-day total of 64-3.

Talley earned $100,000 and the cheers and tears of his family, who drove 14 hours through the night Friday from their home in Temple, Texas, to be there for his big moment.

“I was perfectly fine with just raising my kids — that’s why we had kids,” Talley said. “Finally, when my youngest boy got into high school, my kids and my wife kind of had an intervention. That sat me down and said, ‘You’re gonna go do this.’

“That’s what helped me understand it was OK to finally go and chase this dream — and they’re the reason I’m standing here with this trophy now.”

Good fishing instincts also played a role in Talley’s success, especially with a key decision he made before his first cast Saturday morning.

Beginning the final round in sixth place with 46-1, Talley intended to make the same run upriver from the launch site at Goose Pond Colony that he’s been making all week. But he said a “gut feeling” caused him to stop on a small stretch of eelgrass before he reached his trusty spot — and the almost-immediate payoff was a 5-pound largemouth that put him in the lead to stay.

“It just looked right,” Talley said of the spot he started on Saturday. “On the first cast, I caught a 10-incher. Then about six casts later, I caught that 5-pounder. I boat-flipped that fish — I didn’t realize it was that big.

“I fished the entire length of that bank and ended up catching a limit there, which included the second big fish I caught, about a 4-pounder.”

Talley did most of his damage on that early-morning stretch with the same lure he’s been using during the early morning hours all week — a 1/2-ounce Strike King Thunder Cricket in green pumpkin. His trailer for most of the week was a Strike King Rage Swimmer in pumpkin with a pearl belly. But when he ran out of those, he switched to a Strike King Blade Minnow in green pumpkin with the tail tinted chartreuse with Spike-It dye.

He said the bait accounted for 95% of his weight this week.

“I’ve made most of the money I’ve made this year with that Thunder Cricket,” said Talley, who has now made five straight Top 40 cuts on the Elite Series. “Long ago, I was a West Coast guy and I know how to do all of the deep-water drop-shot fishing and all of that. But that’s how I like to fish.

“I like to be up around shallow cover, and that Thunder Cricket gets the job done up there.”

Talley fished the bait on a 7-foot, 3-inch Lew’s Magnum Hammer Rod with a medium-heavy action and a Lew’s Custom Pro 6.8:1 reel spooled with 17-pound Strike King Tour Grade fluorocarbon. He said the reel was “not too fast, not too slow,” which makes it perfect for the motion of the vibrating jig.

When the fishing slowed on the Thunder Cricket — and he wanted a change of pace that might produce a bigger bite — he switched to a white Strike King Sexy Frog that he modified with a plopper-style tail to help it cause more commotion on the water’s surface.

Talley fished the frog on a 7-2 Lew’s rod and a Lew’s Pro-Ti baitcasting reel spooled with 50-pound Strike King Braid.

“I ended up catching several big ones on that frog this week,” he said. “It was the perfect change-of-pace bait when I wanted to go looking for one good fish.”

Talley’s Saturday catch of 18-2 was his best of a week that included limits of 14-3 Wednesday, 16-5 Thursday and 15-9 Friday. Unlike many of the pros who felt like Guntersville was fishing a little tired after a week of pressure, Talley said he thought things were just starting to get right.

“I was just fishing eelgrass walls, and there was no rhyme or reason for why they were on one and not the other,” Talley said. “It could have been bait, could have been current.

“But whatever it is, they’re chomping now. I think they’re finally getting adjusted to this weather, and it’s about to be really, really good.”

The win moved Talley into 26th place in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, putting him in good position to reach the 2021 Bassmaster Classic. His fellow Texan Clark Wendlandt took the AOY lead with 503 points, followed by Japanese rookie Taku Ito (478) and Minnesota veteran Seth Feider (466).

Another Texas pro, Chris Zaldain of Fort Worth, earned $1,500 for catching the Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the week — an 8-6 largemouth he landed on Day 1.

A pair of South Carolina anglers claimed Toyota Bonus Bucks prize money. Brandon Cobb took home $3,000 for being the highest-placing entrant in the Toyota Bonus Bucks program, and Jason Williamson earned $2,000 for being the second-highest placing entrant.

The tournament was hosted by the City of Scottsboro.

2020 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville 9/30-10/3
Lake Guntersville, Scottsboro AL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

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

1. Frank Talley Temple, TX 20 64-03 100 $100,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 5 16-05 Day 3: 5 15-09 Day 4: 5 18-02
2. Randy Sullivan Breckenridge, TX 19 61-15 99 $25,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-08 Day 2: 4 11-07 Day 3: 5 17-15 Day 4: 5 14-01
3. Luke Palmer Coalgate, OK 20 61-02 98 $20,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-11 Day 2: 5 15-11 Day 3: 5 15-14 Day 4: 5 13-14
4. Wes Logan Springville, AL 20 60-14 97 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-04 Day 2: 5 18-10 Day 3: 5 16-02 Day 4: 5 11-14
5. Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 20 59-15 96 $16,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-05 Day 2: 5 12-04 Day 3: 5 15-05 Day 4: 5 13-01
6. Bob Downey Hudson, WI 20 58-14 95 $16,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-04 Day 2: 5 13-15 Day 3: 5 15-11 Day 4: 5 14-00
7. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 20 57-01 94 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 5 17-03 Day 3: 5 15-01 Day 4: 5 10-13
8. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 20 56-13 93 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-00 Day 2: 5 17-11 Day 3: 5 10-01 Day 4: 5 12-01
9. Scott Canterbury Odenville, AL 19 53-10 92 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-00 Day 2: 5 15-10 Day 3: 5 12-01 Day 4: 4 09-15
10. Chad Morgenthaler Reeds Spring, MO 17 50-01 91 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-10 Day 2: 5 11-13 Day 3: 5 16-01 Day 4: 2 04-09
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Day
1 Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 08-06 $1,000.00
2 Bryan Schmitt Deale, MD 06-03 $1,000.00
3 Bob Downey Hudson, WI 07-03 $1,000.00
4 Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 05-13 $1,000.00

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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 08-06 $1,000.00


Logan Takes Lead At Semifinal Round Of Bassmaster Elite Series Event On Lake Guntersville

October 2, 2020

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The good news for Wes Logan is that he’s leading the NOCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville heading into Championship Saturday.

The bad news is he says he’s fresh out of ideas.

The rookie from Springville, Ala., caught five bass that weighed 16 pounds, 2 ounces during Friday’s semifinal round, pushing his three-day total to 49-0 and giving him little more than a 1-pound lead.

As for what Saturday holds? He couldn’t say.

“I think my area is shot,” Logan said after making his first career Elite Series Top 10. “I think the pressure finally got to it. There were a bunch of local boats on it today, and I think they beat it up pretty good.

“If I’m gonna win, I’m gonna have to find something else.”

As tough as Friday may have been for Logan, his catch of 16-2 was the second-largest of the day behind Texas pro Randy Sullivan, who caught 17-15 to move into second place.

Logan has spent most of the tournament flipping grass mats with a 1 1/2-ounce Ark Tungsten weight, a 4/0 straight-shank hook and a rotation of soft plastics that includes a Zoom Z Craw, a Zoom Z Craw Jr. and a beaver-style bait — all in black and blue.

After exhausting the stretch of water that has been so good to him this week, he ran a new 300-yard stretch Thursday, landing a 4-pounder and losing a bass he estimated to be more than 5 pounds.

That will likely be his starting point Saturday.

“There might be a few more fish through there,” Logan said. “I’ll probably just settle down on that stretch tomorrow and see what I can make happen. If I get a bite there at all, it might be a good one.

“I haven’t seen too many boats fishing there, but right now I just don’t know. With the way everyone is packed in together, if I can get five more bites of any description I’ll be happy.”

Logan knows he doesn’t have much margin for error with all of the remaining Top 10 anglers within 5 1/2 pounds of him. Sullivan, who caught 18-8 on Day 1 and then slipped a bit with 11-7 on Day 2, poses the most immediate threat to the leader after rebounding with his big bag on Friday.

Like much of the field this week, Sullivan lamented the half-hearted way the bass seem to be biting — and he said it may have cost him a chance at an even bigger limit with a crankbait Friday.

“I missed a couple of giant ones that would have probably given me 20 pounds,” he said. “The fish are reloading in the areas I’m fishing, but every single fish I have caught was barely hooked.

“I’ve tried every variety, every color and everything else, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. It’s nerve-racking every time you set the hook.”

Behind Logan and Sullivan are five anglers within 2 pounds of one another, including Luke Palmer in third place with 47-4. The Oklahoma pro caught 15-14 Friday to make his second Elite Series Top 10.

Palmer has openly said all week that it’s been hard to actually get bass in the boat after setting the hook. He agreed that tentative strikes may be at least partly to blame.

“I lost a 4-pounder on topwater this morning and threw that same bait up a little further and lost one about 3 pounds,” he said. “I was a nervous wreck all day because of stuff like that, and it’s been that way all week.

“I watched those two fish this morning come up on that topwater bait and literally just hit it with their mouth closed. They’re just not eating it. I don’t know if it’s the weather or what.”

Texas pro Chris Zaldain caught 13-10 Friday and failed to make the Top 10 cut, finishing in 22nd place with 39-0. But he held onto the lead in the race for Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the week with the 8-6 largemouth he caught during Wednesday’s opening round.

The Top 10 remaining anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. CT Saturday from Goose Pond Colony Resort Marina, with the weigh-in set for 2:30 p.m. back at Goose Pond. The winner will earn $100,000.

Live coverage of the event will be available starting at 7 a.m. on Bassmaster LIVE at Bassmaster.com and ESPN3.

The tournament is being hosted by the City of Scottsboro.

2020 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville 9/30-10/3
Lake Guntersville, Scottsboro AL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1. Wes Logan Springville, AL 15 49-00 100
Day 1: 5 14-04 Day 2: 5 18-10 Day 3: 5 16-02
2. Randy Sullivan Breckenridge, TX 14 47-14 99
Day 1: 5 18-08 Day 2: 4 11-07 Day 3: 5 17-15
3. Luke Palmer Coalgate, OK 15 47-04 98
Day 1: 5 15-11 Day 2: 5 15-11 Day 3: 5 15-14
4. Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 15 46-14 97
Day 1: 5 19-05 Day 2: 5 12-04 Day 3: 5 15-05
5. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 15 46-04 96
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 5 17-03 Day 3: 5 15-01
6. Frank Talley Temple, TX 15 46-01 95
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 5 16-05 Day 3: 5 15-09
7. Chad Morgenthaler Reeds Spring, MO 15 45-08 94
Day 1: 5 17-10 Day 2: 5 11-13 Day 3: 5 16-01
8. Bob Downey Hudson, WI 15 44-14 93 $1,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-04 Day 2: 5 13-15 Day 3: 5 15-11
9. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 15 44-12 92
Day 1: 5 17-00 Day 2: 5 17-11 Day 3: 5 10-01
10. Scott Canterbury Odenville, AL 15 43-11 91
Day 1: 5 16-00 Day 2: 5 15-10 Day 3: 5 12-01
11. Seth Feider New Market, MN 15 43-05 90 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-00 Day 2: 5 15-09 Day 3: 5 11-12
12. Drew Cook Cairo, GA 14 43-03 89 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 5 17-07 Day 3: 4 11-12
13. Cory Johnston Cavan CANADA 15 42-15 88 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-05 Day 2: 5 12-09 Day 3: 5 16-01
14. Bill Weidler Helena, AL 15 42-03 87 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-15 Day 2: 5 13-04 Day 3: 5 17-00
15. Carl Jocumsen Queensland TN AUSTRALIA 15 42-02 86 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-06 Day 2: 5 15-02 Day 3: 5 12-10
16. Jason Williamson Wagener, SC 11 41-11 85 $10,000.00
Day 1: 2 09-06 Day 2: 5 17-00 Day 3: 4 15-05
17. Brandon Card Salisbury, NC 15 41-01 84 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-15 Day 2: 5 15-07 Day 3: 5 10-11
18. Micah Frazier Newnan, GA 15 41-00 83 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-09 Day 2: 5 11-15 Day 3: 5 17-08
19. Hank Cherry Jr Lincolnton, NC 15 40-06 82 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-12 Day 2: 5 15-03 Day 3: 5 10-07
20. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 13 39-11 81 $10,000.00
Day 1: 3 11-05 Day 2: 5 16-15 Day 3: 5 11-07
21. Clark Wendlandt Leander, TX 15 39-05 80 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-06 Day 2: 5 12-08 Day 3: 5 15-07
22. Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 14 39-00 79 $11,000.00
Day 1: 4 14-10 Day 2: 5 10-12 Day 3: 5 13-10
23. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 15 38-14 78 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 13-06 Day 3: 5 11-09
24. Garrett Paquette Canton, MI 13 38-10 77 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-13 Day 2: 5 14-03 Day 3: 3 08-10
25. Clent Davis Montevallo, AL 15 38-05 76 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 12-01 Day 3: 5 13-14
26. Tyler Rivet Raceland, LA 15 37-10 75 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 5 13-13 Day 3: 5 12-06
27. Todd Auten Lake Wylie, SC 15 37-03 74 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-11 Day 2: 5 12-02 Day 3: 5 12-06
28. Jeff Gustafson Keewatin Ontario CANADA 14 36-03 73 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 12-14 Day 3: 4 09-06
29. Jay Yelas Lincoln City, OR 15 35-00 72 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-07 Day 2: 5 11-00 Day 3: 5 11-09
30. Skylar Hamilton Dandridge, TN 14 34-15 71 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-09 Day 2: 5 12-08 Day 3: 4 08-14
31. Mike Huff Corbin, KY 13 34-11 70 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-14 Day 2: 5 15-02 Day 3: 3 06-11
32. Matt Arey Shelby, NC 14 34-06 69 $10,000.00
Day 1: 4 10-14 Day 2: 5 13-08 Day 3: 5 10-00
33. Kyle Monti Okeechobee, FL 13 34-04 68 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-09 Day 2: 5 11-02 Day 3: 3 08-09
34. Chris Johnston Peterborough Ontario CA 12 33-12 67 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-04 Day 2: 5 15-15 Day 3: 2 05-09
35. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 11 32-06 66 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-01 Day 2: 4 11-01 Day 3: 2 04-04
36. Randy Pierson Oakdale, CA 12 31-13 65 $10,000.00
Day 1: 3 08-09 Day 2: 5 15-06 Day 3: 4 07-14
37. Hunter Shryock Newcomerstown, OH 11 30-14 64 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-15 Day 2: 5 14-07 Day 3: 1 03-08
38. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 12 30-12 63 $10,000.00
Day 1: 4 08-00 Day 2: 5 14-10 Day 3: 3 08-02
39. Taku Ito Chiba JAPAN 14 30-05 62 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-04 Day 2: 5 10-04 Day 3: 4 08-13
40. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 8 22-04 61 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-06 Day 2: 3 05-14 Day 3: 0 00-00
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Day
1 Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 08-06 $1,000.00
2 Bryan Schmitt Deale, MD 06-03 $1,000.00
3 Bob Downey Hudson, WI 07-03 $1,000.00


Minor, Lanier Claim Day 1 Lead At Bassmaster College Series On Lake Cumberland

Nolan Minor and Casey Lanier, from West Virginia, are leading after Day 1 of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Lake Hartwell presented by Bass Pro Shops with 13 pounds, 10 ounces.
Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

October 1, 2020

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. — After a difficult practice on a stingy body of water, the team of Nolan Minor and Casey Lanier caught a five-bass limit of 13 pounds, 10 ounces to take the lead in the 175-boat field at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Bass Pro Shops.

This is the final regular-season stop on the 2020 College Series slate.

“The last day of practice we caught two fish total and fished as hard as we did today, just in a different region of the lake,” Minor said. “It is definitely not easy out there, and we were fortunate to connect with the fish we did today and get them in the boat.

“To do what we did, I’m extremely pleased. I said I would be happy with any five fish today, even if they were 12-inchers.”

Minor and Lanier focused their efforts on a 2-mile stretch of the main lake after keying in a school of fish early in the morning.

They used topwater baits to convince their fish to bite early in the morning. Minor added that he and Lanier are fishing a different way than he is used to but declined to go into specifics.

“We caught our biggest fish, a 2-something largemouth, right off the bat,” Minor said. “Today, we weren’t even sure about catching bass in general. We stayed in a 2-mile stretch and fished it until about noon. The largemouth we were catching was a pattern we found in practice and that all made sense, but Casey caught a random, big smallmouth which really helped us out.”

Minor and Lanier were one of many teams that weighed in a mixed bag of fish Thursday, as largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass were shown off on the weigh-in stage at Halcomb’s Landing.

Gunner Whitaker and Lafe Messer from Kentucky Christian University hold second place after Day 1, collecting a limit of smallmouth that weighed 12-11.

“The day started great. As soon as we sat down we went to catching them,” Messer said. “After we left our second spot it slowed way down. We had a limit in like an hour and only culled twice throughout the day, and towards the end of the day we couldn’t even get bit.”

Messer said they have 15 to 20 spots they feel comfortable with, while one spot is producing most of their bigger bites.

The team of Noah Campbell and Adam Salvador and the Clemson University duo of Sean Clayton and Owen Dimaio are tied for third with 12-8. Campbell said he and Salvador focused on catching smallmouth in a tight section of the main lake.

Meanwhile, Clayton said he and Dimaio are keying in on wood and finding specific spots where wood meets the rock banks.

“We fished the same way in practice,” Clayton said. “It took us 30 minutes to find that pattern, and we went and found something else in practice. We ran Plan A all day long, and it ended up working pretty well.

“We are staying in the same general area, but we have been able to move 5 or 6 miles and do the same thing.”

Tristan McCormick and Stevie Mills of Bethel University earned Carhartt Big Bass of the day honors with a 5-4 largemouth, which helped them to sixth place in the overall standings. If that fish remains the largest caught during the tournament, McCormick and Mills will earn a $500 Carhartt gift card.

The full field will take off from Halcomb’s Landing at 7 a.m. CT Friday, with the weigh-in scheduled for 3 p.m. back at the Landing. After Friday’s weigh-in, only the Top 12 teams will advance to Championship Saturday.

The Top 17 teams after Day 2 will punch their ticket to the 2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops scheduled for Oct. 29-31 on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Florida.
This week's tournament is being hosted by the Russell County Chamber of Commerce and State Dock on Lake Cumberland.

2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Lake Cumberland
presented by Bass Pro Shops 10/1-10/3
Lake Cumberland, Russell County KY.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Nolan Minor - Casey Lanier 250
Day 1: 5 13-10 Total: 5 13-10
2. Gunner Whitaker - Lafe Messer Kentucky Christian University 249
Day 1: 5 12-11 Total: 5 12-11
3. Noah Campbell - Adam Salvador 248
Day 1: 5 12-08 Total: 5 12-08
3. Sean Clayton - Owen Dimaio Clemson University 248
Day 1: 5 12-08 Total: 5 12-08
5. Dalton Smith - Bradley Dunagan Campbellsville University 246
Day 1: 5 12-03 Total: 5 12-03
6. Tristan McCormick - Stevie Mills Bethel University 245
Day 1: 5 11-08 Total: 5 11-08
7. Jacob Lambert - Austin Smith Carson-Newman University 244
Day 1: 5 10-07 Total: 5 10-07
8. Joseph McClosky - Ryan Winchester Bethel University 243
Day 1: 5 10-05 Total: 5 10-05
9. Bryce Fowler - Chris Bowen East Carolina University 242
Day 1: 5 10-04 Total: 5 10-04
9. Solomon Glenn - Hunter Ward University of Montervallo 242
Day 1: 5 10-04 Total: 5 10-04
11. Mason Moore - Logan Estes Eastern Kentucky University 240
Day 1: 5 10-01 Total: 5 10-01
12. Colin Slentz - Grant Lusk Lander University 239
Day 1: 5 09-15 Total: 5 09-15
13. Tyler Thompson - Charles Snawder Rougeux University of Louisville 238
Day 1: 4 09-11 Total: 4 09-11
14. Weston Hollar - Wesley Gore University of Montevallo 237
Day 1: 5 09-08 Total: 5 09-08
15. Cole Thompson - Benson Dowler 236
Day 1: 5 09-08 Total: 5 09-08
16. Alec Coffey - Kyle Roy Campbellsville University 235
Day 1: 5 09-07 Total: 5 09-07
17. Jacob Lovell - Dillon Bryant King University 234
Day 1: 3 09-07 Total: 3 09-07
18. Garrett Beem - Garrett Guinan 233
Day 1: 5 09-06 Total: 5 09-06
19. Carter Ball - Austin Tapley Adrian College 232
Day 1: 5 09-05 Total: 5 09-05
20. Sam Clark - Hunter Osborne Georgetown College 231
Day 1: 5 09-02 Total: 5 09-02
20. Jack Dice - Liberty University 231
Day 1: 5 09-02 Total: 5 09-02
22. Cole Hopson - James Pearson 229
Day 1: 5 09-00 Total: 5 09-00
23. Hayden Gaddis - Ben Cully Carson-Newman University 228
Day 1: 5 08-12 Total: 5 08-12
24. Matthew Cummings - Joseph Woods Bethel University 227
Day 1: 5 08-08 Total: 5 08-08
25. Connor Jacob - Sam Smith 226
Day 1: 5 08-06 Total: 5 08-06
25. Garrett McWilliams - John Berry Hinds community college 226
Day 1: 5 08-06 Total: 5 08-06
27. Robert Cruvellier - Chase Clarke 224
Day 1: 5 08-05 Total: 5 08-05
27. Jacob Frazier - Griffin Heffington Carson-Newman University 224
Day 1: 5 08-05 Total: 5 08-05
27. Adam Puckett - Will O'Rourke Murray State University 224
Day 1: 5 08-05 Total: 5 08-05
30. Cordell Beckman - Dru Johnson Greenville University 221
Day 1: 5 08-03 Total: 5 08-03
31. Tyler Price - Ethan Shaw Bryan College 220
Day 1: 5 08-02 Total: 5 08-02
32. Andrew Fisher - Bennett Kudder Bryan College 219
Day 1: 4 08-02 Total: 4 08-02
33. James Duncan - Blake Stringer Campbellsville University 218
Day 1: 5 08-01 Total: 5 08-01
33. Kirk Elijah - Austin Goins bryan college 218
Day 1: 5 08-01 Total: 5 08-01
35. Cade Holcomb - Kopeland Rosser University of Montevallo 216
Day 1: 5 07-15 Total: 5 07-15
35. Kele Maney - Reid Fletcher 216
Day 1: 5 07-15 Total: 5 07-15
37. Stephen Kinard - Jimmy Mitchum Lander University 214
Day 1: 3 07-14 Total: 3 07-14
38. Shawn Coots - Luke Henderson Campbellsville University 213
Day 1: 5 07-11 Total: 5 07-11
38. Marshall Wiggins - Dawson McGovern University of Central Florida 213
Day 1: 5 07-11 Total: 5 07-11
40. Hunter Schneider - Sean Mercier Adrian College 211
Day 1: 4 07-10 Total: 4 07-10
41. Jr Young - Samuel Harrison Jacksonville State University 210
Day 1: 5 07-08 Total: 5 07-08
42. Matt Baker - Kory England Arkansas Tech University-AR 209
Day 1: 5 07-05 Total: 5 07-05
42. Tanner Maness - Chandlar Ellis Lander University 209
Day 1: 5 07-05 Total: 5 07-05
44. Zachary Asher - Jacob Klicman 207
Day 1: 4 07-03 Total: 4 07-03
45. Hunter Jones - Jonathan Fraley Kentucky Christian University 206
Day 1: 5 07-02 Total: 5 07-02
46. Dawson Cassidy - Gus Mclarry Texas AM Commerce 205
Day 1: 4 07-02 Total: 4 07-02
46. Reid Strobl - Jacob Witkowski Dallas Baptist University- TX 205
Day 1: 4 07-02 Total: 4 07-02
48. Blake Milligan - Chase Mundhenke 203
Day 1: 5 07-01 Total: 5 07-01
48. Garrett Warren - Will Jones 203
Day 1: 5 07-01 Total: 5 07-01
50. Louis Monetti - 201
Day 1: 5 06-15 Total: 5 06-15
51. Shane Nelson - Brayden Federer Adrian College 200
Day 1: 4 06-14 Total: 4 06-14
52. Austin Polly - Ryan Phillips Morehead State University 199
Day 1: 4 06-14 Total: 4 06-14
53. Jack Rankin - Hunter Baird Drury University 198
Day 1: 5 06-12 Total: 5 06-12
54. Ty Black - Avry Thomason Georgia Southern University 197
Day 1: 4 06-10 Total: 4 06-10
55. Cal Culpepper - Mason Waddell University of Montevallo 196
Day 1: 5 06-09 Total: 5 06-09
55. Griffin Phillips - Ethan King University of Montevallo 196
Day 1: 5 06-09 Total: 5 06-09
55. Jacob Silver - Ethan Ange 196
Day 1: 5 06-09 Total: 5 06-09
58. Lane Bailey - Adam Seagle CVCC 193
Day 1: 4 06-05 Total: 4 06-05
59. Cole Jackson - Lane Collier 192
Day 1: 5 06-04 Total: 5 06-04
60. Zeke Gossett - Lucas Smith Jacksonville State 191
Day 1: 5 06-03 Total: 5 06-03
61. Joseph Bruener - Parker Domschke McKendree University 190
Day 1: 4 06-02 Total: 4 06-02
62. Jacob Welch - Lee Lambrecht Drury University 189
Day 1: 2 06-02 Total: 2 06-02
63. Chase Sansom - Tyler Drown Marshall University 188
Day 1: 5 06-00 Total: 5 06-00
64. Ty Cox - Fisher Overton Blue Mountain College 187
Day 1: 5 05-13 Total: 5 05-13
65. Whit Edmonds - Bobby Long Lander University 186
Day 1: 4 05-12 Total: 4 05-12
65. Conner Giles - Christian Wright Bryan College 186
Day 1: 4 05-12 Total: 4 05-12
67. Morgan Miracle - Dustin Bauer Campbellsville University 184
Day 1: 3 05-11 Total: 3 05-11
68. Robert Gee - Reed Noyes University of Tennessee 183
Day 1: 5 05-09 Total: 5 05-09
69. Logan Hawkins - Colby Hays Campbellsville University 182
Day 1: 4 05-09 Total: 4 05-09
70. Anthony Fazio - 181
Day 1: 3 05-09 Total: 3 05-09
71. Cole Sands - Conner Dimauro Bryan College 180
Day 1: 5 05-06 Total: 5 05-06
71. Tate Sloan - Thaddeus Simerly Tennessee Tech University 180
Day 1: 5 05-06 Total: 5 05-06
73. Nolan Yeager - Ethan LeGare Stephen F. Austin State Universi 178
Day 1: 5 05-06 Total: 5 05-06
74. GL Compton - Matthew Sprouse Clemson University 177
Day 1: 3 05-05 Total: 3 05-05
75. Josh Cannon - Joseph Dobbratz 176
Day 1: 5 05-04 Total: 5 05-04
75. Jacobie Miller - Devin Vega Stephen F. Austin State Universi 176
Day 1: 5 05-04 Total: 5 05-04
77. Chris Payne - Judd Morgan Tennessee 174
Day 1: 4 05-04 Total: 4 05-04
78. John Pearson - Troy Harris 173
Day 1: 3 05-03 Total: 3 05-03
79. Jake Lee - Mason Cizek Bryan College 172
Day 1: 3 05-02 Total: 3 05-02
80. Hayden Bailey - John Anderson Bellarmine University 171
Day 1: 4 05-01 Total: 4 05-01
81. Cole Lamb - Tristan Weaver Arkansas Tech University- AR 170
Day 1: 2 04-14 Total: 2 04-14
82. Justin Botts - Bryan college 169
Day 1: 4 04-13 Total: 4 04-13
83. Carson Maddux - Sam Hoesley 168
Day 1: 4 04-12 Total: 4 04-12
84. Chandler Jarrard - James Rogers Georgia Southern University 167
Day 1: 3 04-12 Total: 3 04-12
85. Connor Whisenant - Brian Arabie 166
Day 1: 4 04-11 Total: 4 04-11
86. Jared Page - Will Leonard 165
Day 1: 3 04-09 Total: 3 04-09
87. Rudolph Worley - John Nowlin Blue Mountain College 164
Day 1: 2 04-09 Total: 2 04-09
88. Andrew Kuebler - Jacob Gruneisen Bellarmine University 163
Day 1: 2 04-07 Total: 2 04-07
89. Jacob Schmidt - Sam Popovitz Bellarmine University 162
Day 1: 3 04-05 Total: 3 04-05
90. Luke Lamb - Seth Roberts Bethel University 161
Day 1: 2 04-05 Total: 2 04-05
91. Brad Ableman - Wilson Smith Bethel University 160
Day 1: 2 04-04 Total: 2 04-04
91. Landon Howe - John Jacobs GSU 160
Day 1: 2 04-04 Total: 2 04-04
93. Dax Ewart - Kyle Palmer Bethel University 158
Day 1: 3 04-03 Total: 3 04-03
94. Jack Long - Brock Bila Drury University 157
Day 1: 3 04-02 Total: 3 04-02
95. Jackson Staib - Baylor Howell Bethel University 156
Day 1: 2 04-02 Total: 2 04-02
96. Harper Burkeen - Devon Rathbun McKendree University 155
Day 1: 4 04-01 Total: 4 04-01
97. Bo Thomas - Kurt Antonowitsch Western Michigan University 154
Day 1: 3 04-01 Total: 3 04-01
98. Zachary Bowen - Thomas Millraney Bethel University 153
Day 1: 4 03-14 Total: 4 03-14
98. Britt Myers - Tyler Anderson Lander University 153
Day 1: 4 03-14 Total: 4 03-14
98. Kyle Simmons - Brett Halstead Kansas State University 153
Day 1: 4 03-14 Total: 4 03-14
101. Tristan Barrett - Trey Budach McKendree University 150
Day 1: 2 03-14 Total: 2 03-14
102. Logan Parks - Peyton Nance 149
Day 1: 4 03-12 Total: 4 03-12
103. Noah Boyett - Ty Garlington 148
Day 1: 2 03-12 Total: 2 03-12
104. Austin Carr - Justin Carr 147
Day 1: 4 03-10 Total: 4 03-10
105. Tanner Barnes - Jordan Smallwood Campbellsville University 146
Day 1: 2 03-10 Total: 2 03-10
106. Joshua DeKoning - Zach Salters Adrian College 145
Day 1: 3 03-05 Total: 3 03-05
107. Blake Quinn - Jacob Locke Georgetown College 144
Day 1: 4 03-04 Total: 4 03-04
108. Jeremy Dellinger - Nathan Smith Catawba Valley Community College 143
Day 1: 3 03-04 Total: 3 03-04
108. Grant Harris - Lauren Plunkett Drury University 143
Day 1: 3 03-04 Total: 3 03-04
110. Jordan Nicely - Jake Thomas Georgetown College 141
Day 1: 2 03-04 Total: 2 03-04
110. Emil Wagner - Ole Miss 141
Day 1: 2 03-04 Total: 2 03-04
112. Jarrod Layton - Zach Graham Adrian College 139
Day 1: 3 03-00 Total: 3 03-00
112. Garrett Thompson - Matthew Cavanaugh Mckendree University 139
Day 1: 3 03-00 Total: 3 03-00
114. Cody Gregory - Levi Mullins Bethel University 137
Day 1: 2 03-00 Total: 2 03-00
115. Landon Lawson - Donavan Carson King University 136
Day 1: 2 02-13 Total: 2 02-13
116. Brycen Hendriks - Gavin Ange 135
Day 1: 2 02-12 Total: 2 02-12
117. Sam Shoemaker - Aaron Jagdfeld Adrian College 134
Day 1: 3 02-10 Total: 3 02-10
118. Seth Hornsby - Nicholas Holtgrave McKendree University 133
Day 1: 1 02-09 Total: 1 02-09
119. Joe Bardill - Canyon Kenny Murray State University 132
Day 1: 2 02-08 Total: 2 02-08
119. Tyler Lubbat - Calvin Landsberg 132
Day 1: 2 02-08 Total: 2 02-08
121. Zach Bell - Jake Thornbury Campbellsville University 130
Day 1: 1 02-07 Total: 1 02-07
122. Bryce Eaton - Liam Putz 129
Day 1: 2 02-06 Total: 2 02-06
122. Alex Palomba - Brennan Kenison 129
Day 1: 2 02-06 Total: 2 02-06
124. Alec Berens - Christian Hernandez Mckendree University 127
Day 1: 1 02-06 Total: 1 02-06
124. Cameron Gautreau - Cade Fortenberry Nicholls State University 127
Day 1: 1 02-06 Total: 1 02-06
126. Dustan Jones - Will Sams U. of Kentucky 125
Day 1: 2 02-03 Total: 2 02-03
126. Taylor Owens - Bryant Marsh Blue Mountain College 125
Day 1: 2 02-03 Total: 2 02-03
128. Bryce Miller - Nick Crawford 123
Day 1: 1 02-03 Total: 1 02-03
128. Miller Spivey - Trey Dickert University of Montevallo 123
Day 1: 1 02-03 Total: 1 02-03
130. David Brashear - Mitchel Goodin Georgia Southern University 121
Day 1: 2 02-02 Total: 2 02-02
130. Corey Yaden - Caleb Barrow Brewton-Parker 121
Day 1: 2 02-02 Total: 2 02-02
132. Kayden Tanner - Samuel Climer Tarleton State University 119
Day 1: 2 02-01 Total: 2 02-01
133. Hunter MCClaskey - Nicholas Gilbert King University 118
Day 1: 1 02-01 Total: 1 02-01
134. Hayden Fuhr - Austin Gregory Lander University 117
Day 1: 2 02-00 Total: 2 02-00
135. Atom Ward - Gavin Lagle Indiana University Southeast 116
Day 1: 2 01-14 Total: 2 01-14
136. Troy Gibson - University of Louisville 115
Day 1: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
137. Jared Turnbloom - 114
Day 1: 2 01-13 Total: 2 01-13
138. Jonathan Mcelroy - Austin Sisson 113
Day 1: 1 01-13 Total: 1 01-13
139. Jj Kocevar - Tanner Shriver 112
Day 1: 2 01-12 Total: 2 01-12
140. Walker Leslie - Eion Patterson 111
Day 1: 1 01-12 Total: 1 01-12
141. Gavin Clevenger - Tj Simmons Carson-Newman University 110
Day 1: 1 01-11 Total: 1 01-11
142. Nathan Doty - Bailey Bleser McKendree University 109
Day 1: 1 01-09 Total: 1 01-09
143. Cody Batterson - Matthew Davis Adrian College 108
Day 1: 1 01-07 Total: 1 01-07
144. Tyler Cain - University of Montevallo 107
Day 1: 1 01-06 Total: 1 01-06
145. Parker Reed - Brandon Bates Bryan College 106
Day 1: 2 01-05 Total: 2 01-05
146. Spencer Black - Caleb Lonca CVCC 105
Day 1: 1 01-05 Total: 1 01-05
147. River Lee - Hank Harrison Stephen F. Austin State Universi 104
Day 1: 1 01-02 Total: 1 01-02
147. Trey Schroeder - Tyler Christy McKendree University 104
Day 1: 1 01-02 Total: 1 01-02
149. Samuel Vandagriff - Jacob Woods Tennessee Tech University 102
Day 1: 1 01-01 Total: 1 01-01
150. Jacob Blackburn - Ohio State University 101
Day 1: 1 01-00 Total: 1 01-00
150. Landen Lowry - Bailey Rene Indiana University Southeast 101
Day 1: 1 01-00 Total: 1 01-00
152. Nathan Ragsdale - Justin Sisavath 99
Day 1: 1 00-14 Total: 1 00-14
153. Conner Johnson - Tyler Greenlee Georgetown college 98
Day 1: 1 00-13 Total: 1 00-13
154. Jacob Bickett - Kaden Woo Bellarmine University 97
Day 1: 2 00-12 Total: 2 00-12
155. Phillip Green - Cole Landreth 96
Day 1: 1 00-11 Total: 1 00-11
156. Blake Brashears - Tyler Stacy University of Kentucky 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Allen Bryan - Kevin Dunahoo 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Chase Cardoza - Connor Hicks University of Tennessee 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Mark Harris - Reece Martin Dallas Baptist University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. David Hendel - Ohio State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Patrick Henry - Jacob Middleton Ohio State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Alex Hinton - Zack Ruhland Bellarmine University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Jarred Jones - Logan Tate Jacksonville State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Alden Keel Jr - Fisher Young Blue Mountain College 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Colby Kerr - Noah Hurford Kentucky Christian University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Matthew Roberts - Nick Sergent Alice Lloyd College 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Rob Schmidt - Rocket Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Evan Seggerman - Nate Overocker 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Kyle Svachula - Rick Hamann University of Wisconsin Stevens 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Drew Traffanstedt - Da'kendrick Patterson University of Montevallo 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
156. Ethan Troutman - Adam Hope Univerisity of Louisville 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00


Hicks Maintains Slim Margin At B.A.S.S. Nation Regional On Lake Mead

Utah team angler Justin Hicks, of Gunnison, Colo., is leading after Day 2 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead with a two-day total of 16 pounds, 7 ounces.
Photo by Tristin Williams/B.A.S.S.

October 1, 2020

HENDERSON, Nev. — Knowing when to shift gears allowed Justin Hicks, who’s competing for the Utah B.A.S.S. Nation Team, to fill his five-fish limit with 6 pounds, 2 ounces and retain the lead on Day 2 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead.

Hicks has a two-day total of 16-7 and holds a 3-ounce lead over second-place Jason Billmaier of Las Vegas. Aaron Leon of Henderson, Nev., is only 7 ounces back in third.

On Wednesday, Hicks led the field by over a pound with 10-5, but did so with only four bass. On Thursday, the Gunnison, Colo., resident realized the quality he found on Day 1 was not going to happen. So, rather than risk another short bag, he made a key adjustment and secured his limit.

“The quality is still there, but they were a little harder for me to catch today,” Hicks said. “I could see them, but they just weren’t biting like they were yesterday.

“I think the second day after a front (Thursday’s conditions) was a factor, but I think fishing pressure in my area also has something to do with it. The fish I’m catching are extremely shallow and extremely spooky.”

At the Day 1 weigh-in, Hicks admitted he probably stayed in his big-fish areas too long and cost himself a full limit by doing so. Thursday, he avoided that temptation.

“I absolutely had to switch gears just to catch fish today,” he said. “In fact, I caught fish today on water I’d never fished before. I had to give up on my big fish and go to a totally different game plan.

“The bigger fish are really specific, and the smaller fish are easier to catch.”

Hicks said he swapped the reaction baits that yielded Wednesday’s quality for a white soft-plastic jerkbait rigged on a 5/0 Gamakatsu wide gap hook. Even though his bait color more closely resembled a shad, Hicks said the presence of panfish played in his favor.

“Anywhere there were some baby bluegill, I stayed with it,” he said. “I don’t think the color mattered; I think it’s strictly the action. My bites were coming from no deeper than 6 feet.”

Hicks said he fished the same general area he fished on Day 1 and simply adjusted his target zone.

“These smaller fish were a little farther in,” he said.

After anchoring his Day 1 bag with a 3-3 largemouth and a smallmouth close to 3-0, Hicks said he’s hoping Friday brings a different complexion than Thursday’s hot, still conditions that stymied his reaction baits.

“Wind would help tremendously,” he said. “There’s a lot of shad in my area. Yesterday, the shad helped, but today, the fish didn’t seem to be around those bigger populations of shad.”

Billmaier remains in second place after adding 7-0 to the 9-4 he caught Wednesday, tallying a total weight of 16-4. Leading the Nevada B.A.S.S. Nation team, Billmaier said his day began with a quick pace but then slowed considerably.

“I pulled into my first spot and had my limit by 8 o’clock,” Billmaier said. “I don’t think the weather’s affecting what I’m doing; the quality was just a little less today.”

Billmaier said he used a Lucky Craft lipless bait to find fish, and if they followed without biting, he’d pitch a drop shot with a 4-inch hologram shad-colored Roboworm. The latter produced all of his catches.

With a two-day total of 16-0, Aaron Leon drew on his lifetime of local knowledge and added 9-5 to his first-round weight of 6-11 and moved up from 14th place.

“I just went to a place where I knew there were good fish, and I just put my head down and ground it out,” Leon said. “I got five bites today, and I caught my last fish at 1:30. It was tough today, but I got ’em by fishing light line and finesse baits on points.”

Jason Hickey of Weiser, Idaho, is in the lead for Big Bass honors with his 3-8.

Aryn Coroneos of Henderson, Nev., leads the nonboater division with 10-9. Also leading the Nevada B.A.S.S. Nation team’s nonboaters, Coroneos placed fourth on Day 1 with 4-13 and gained three spots by adding 5-12 Thursday.

Ken Simbro of West Haven, Utah, holds the Big Bass lead among co-anglers with a 4-2.

In tomorrow’s final round, 21 boaters and 21 nonboaters compete for the top prize and a spot in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, Nov. 11-13 on Pickwick Lake.

In the state team competition, the Arizona B.A.S.S. Nation accumulated a two-day total of 133 pounds, 9 ounces and won the top prize of $5,000. The Nevada B.A.S.S. Nation took second with 128-13 and won $3,100. Finishing third with 125-0, the California B.A.S.S. Nation earned $1,500.

Friday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6:15 a.m. PT from Callville Bay Marina. The weigh-in will be held at the marina at 2:15 p.m.

The tournament is being hosted by Visit Henderson.

2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead 9/30-10/2
Lake Mead, Henderson NV.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1. Justin Hicks Gunnison, CO (UT) 9 16-07 0
2. Jason Billmaier Las Vegas, NV (NV) 10 16-04 0
3. Aaron Leon Henderson, NV (NV) 10 16-00 0
4. Tom Wennerlund Tonto Basin, AZ (AZ) 10 15-15 0
5. Timmy Wells II Fresno, CA (CA) 10 15-02 0
6. Bill Brown Grand Junction, CO (UT) 10 14-13 0
7. Addam Gross Pendleton, OR (OR) 9 14-06 0
8. Timothy Wells Clovis, CA (CA) 9 13-13 0
9. Brent Shores Boise, ID (WY) 10 13-04 0
10. Ralph Encizo Fresno, CA (CA) 9 13-01 0
11. Justin Kerr Lake Havasu, AZ (NV) 9 13-01 0
12. Todd Herman Gilbert, AZ (AZ) 10 12-10 0
13. Mike Lavallee Sandy, UT (UT) 8 11-13 0
14. Jason Hickey Weiser, ID (ID) 6 11-10 0
15. Dan Jordan Camas, WA (OR) 7 11-06 0
16. Zackery Shaff Richland, WA (WA) 8 11-02 0
17. David Erickson Craigmont, ID (ID) 8 11-00 0
18. Keegan Graves Meridian, ID (ID) 7 10-09 0
19. Michael Simon Sr. Henderson, NV (NV) 8 10-06 0
20. Bill Barkley Peoria, AZ (AZ) 7 10-05 0
21. Ken Day Kennewick, WA (WA) 7 10-03 0
22. Christopher Massey Flagstaff, AZ (AZ) 8 10-03 0
23. Jason Crone Kalispell, MT (MT) 7 09-15 0
24. Kevin Melford Camarillo, CA (CA) 7 09-11 0
25. Jason Hemminger Oxnard, CA (CA) 6 09-08 0
26. Luke Johns Folsom, CA (CA) 6 09-08 0
27. Gerald Kimzey Willcox, AZ (AZ) 6 09-02 0
28. Zach Barnes Boise, ID (ID) 5 08-12 0
29. Mike Alvarez Clovis, CA (CA) 6 08-12 0
30. Dylan Maxon Phoenix, AZ (AZ) 5 08-07 0
31. Mike Dominick Alberton, MT (MT) 5 08-03 0
32. Leon Stiffarm Columbia Falls, MT (MT) 5 08-00 0
33. Jesse Ortega Las Vegas, NV (NV) 6 07-11 0
34. Jeffry Ball Pendleton, OR (OR) 5 07-08 0
35. Tyrel Faber Pagosa Springs, CO (UT) 7 07-08 0
36. Joshua Powell Libby, MT (MT) 5 07-08 0
37. Ramsey Romanin Wolcott, CO (UT) 5 07-04 0
38. Ryan Yamagata Las Vegas, NV (NV) 5 07-03 0
39. Steve Lund Glendale, AZ (AZ) 5 06-11 0
40. Donovan Allphin Manila, UT (UT) 4 06-11 0
41. Chris Harvey Idaho Falls, ID (WY) 5 06-08 0
42. Gabe Thomas Tucson, AZ (AZ) 4 06-01 0
43. Chase Colby Saint George, UT (UT) 4 06-01 0
44. Tracy Dursteler Blackfoot, ID (WY) 4 06-01 0
45. Denton Crofts Meridian, ID (ID) 5 05-12 0
46. Karl Okerman Sandpoint, ID (MT) 3 05-10 0
47. Mel Williams Kennewick, WA (WA) 3 05-07 0
48. Nate Crofts Nampa, ID (ID) 4 05-04 0
49. Kyle Quinnell Kalispell, MT (MT) 4 05-02 0
50. Christian Ostrander Turlock, CA (CA) 4 05-00 0
51. Rick Culver Taylor, UT (UT) 3 04-14 0
52. Jim Hawkes A.J., AZ (AZ) 4 04-13 0
53. Austin Bentz Hermiston, OR (OR) 4 04-11 0
54. Bob Mcwilliams Helena, MT (MT) 3 04-07 0
55. Kevin Wiggins Winterheaven, NV (NV) 3 04-03 0
56. Clint Johanson Cle Elum, WA (WA) 4 04-01 0
57. Patrick Davis Henderson, NV (NV) 3 04-00 0
58. David Naugle Las Vegas, NV (NV) 3 03-15 0
59. Dejon Lewis Ventura, CA (CA) 2 03-14 0
60. Justin Soppe Middleton, ID (ID) 4 03-09 0
61. Kyle Gelles Pingree, ID (WY) 3 03-09 0
62. James Castillo West Richland, WA (WA) 2 03-01 0
63. Kenneth Cleveland Bakersfield, CA (CA) 2 02-06 0
64. Mark Clark New Plymouth, ID (ID) 2 02-05 0
65. Bret Felter Malad City, ID (WY) 2 02-04 0
65. Thomas Nokes Riverton, UT (UT) 2 02-04 0
67. Brent Daybell West Jordan, UT (WY) 2 02-04 0
68. Ron Wiseman Pendleton, OR (OR) 2 02-03 0
69. Douglas Jones North Las Vegas, NV (NV 1 01-13 0
70. Randy Pierson Grand Junction, CO (UT) 1 01-08 0
71. Michael Tauscher Blackfoot, ID (WY) 1 01-03 0
72. Cory Hoopes Spring Creek, NV (WY) 1 01-00 0
73. Forest Kirchner Apache Junction, AZ (AZ 1 00-13 0
74. Jim Davis Eagle, ID (ID) 0 00-00 0
74. Ronald Schneider Sandy, OR (OR) 0 00-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 15 208 304-03
2 14 176 252-14
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29 384 557-01

TEAM STANDINGS Day 2
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State Lbs-Oz
1 ARIZONA 133-09
2 NEVADA 128-13
3 CALIFORNIA 125-00
4 UTAH 118-07
5 IDAHO 87-00
6 MONTANA 77-05
7 WYOMING 70-01
8 OREGON 59-01
9 WASHINGTON 44-14

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 2
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WASHINGTON
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Zackery Shaff Richland, WA 8 11-02 0
2 Ken Day Kennewick, WA 7 10-03 0
3 Mel Williams Kennewick, WA 3 05-07 0
4 Clint Johanson Cle Elum, WA 4 04-01 0
5 James Castillo West Richland, WA 2 03-01 0

IDAHO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jason Hickey Weiser, ID 6 11-10 0
2 David Erickson Craigmont, ID 8 11-00 0
3 Keegan Graves Meridian, ID 7 10-09 0
4 Zach Barnes Boise, ID 5 08-12 0
5 Denton Crofts Meridian, ID 5 05-12 0
6 Nate Crofts Nampa, ID 4 05-04 0
7 Justin Soppe Middleton, ID 4 03-09 0
8 Mark Clark New Plymouth, ID 2 02-05 0
9 Jim Davis Eagle, ID 0 00-00 0

OREGON
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Addam Gross Pendleton, OR 9 14-06 0
2 Dan Jordan Camas, WA 7 11-06 0
3 Jeffry Ball Pendleton, OR 5 07-08 0
4 Austin Bentz Hermiston, OR 4 04-11 0
5 Ron Wiseman Pendleton, OR 2 02-03 0
6 Ronald Schneider Sandy, OR 0 00-00 0

ARIZONA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Tom Wennerlund Tonto Basin, AZ 10 15-15 0
2 Todd Herman Gilbert, AZ 10 12-10 0
3 Bill Barkley Peoria, AZ 7 10-05 0
4 Christopher Massey Flagstaff, AZ 8 10-03 0
5 Gerald Kimzey Willcox, AZ 6 09-02 0
6 Dylan Maxon Phoenix, AZ 5 08-07 0
7 Steve Lund Glendale, AZ 5 06-11 0
8 Gabe Thomas Tucson, AZ 4 06-01 0
9 Jim Hawkes A.J., AZ 4 04-13 0
10 Forest Kirchner Apache Junction, AZ 1 00-13 0

WYOMING
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Brent Shores Boise, ID 10 13-04 0
2 Chris Harvey Idaho Falls, ID 5 06-08 0
3 Tracy Dursteler Blackfoot, ID 4 06-01 0
4 Kyle Gelles Pingree, ID 3 03-09 0
5 Bret Felter Malad City, ID 2 02-04 0
6 Brent Daybell West Jordan, UT 2 02-04 0
7 Michael Tauscher Blackfoot, ID 1 01-03 0
8 Cory Hoopes Spring Creek, NV 1 01-00 0

CALIFORNIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Timmy Wells II Fresno, CA 10 15-02 0
2 Timothy Wells Clovis, CA 9 13-13 0
3 Ralph Encizo Fresno, CA 9 13-01 0
4 Kevin Melford Camarillo, CA 7 09-11 0
5 Jason Hemminger Oxnard, CA 6 09-08 0
6 Luke Johns Folsom, CA 6 09-08 0
7 Mike Alvarez Clovis, CA 6 08-12 0
8 Christian Ostrander Turlock, CA 4 05-00 0
9 Dejon Lewis Ventura, CA 2 03-14 0
10 Kenneth Cleveland Bakersfield, CA 2 02-06 0

MONTANA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jason Crone Kalispell, MT 7 09-15 0
2 Mike Dominick Alberton, MT 5 08-03 0
3 Leon Stiffarm Columbia Falls, MT 5 08-00 0
4 Joshua Powell Libby, MT 5 07-08 0
5 Karl Okerman Sandpoint, ID 3 05-10 0
6 Kyle Quinnell Kalispell, MT 4 05-02 0
7 Bob Mcwilliams Helena, MT 3 04-07 0

UTAH
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Justin Hicks Gunnison, CO 9 16-07 0
2 Bill Brown Grand Junction, CO 10 14-13 0
3 Mike Lavallee Sandy, UT 8 11-13 0
4 Tyrel Faber Pagosa Springs, CO 7 07-08 0
5 Ramsey Romanin Wolcott, CO 5 07-04 0
6 Donovan Allphin Manila, UT 4 06-11 0
7 Chase Colby Saint George, UT 4 06-01 0
8 Rick Culver Taylor, UT 3 04-14 0
9 Thomas Nokes Riverton, UT 2 02-04 0
10 Randy Pierson Grand Junction, CO 1 01-08 0

NEVADA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jason Billmaier Las Vegas, NV 10 16-04 0
2 Aaron Leon Henderson, NV 10 16-00 0
3 Justin Kerr Lake Havasu, AZ 9 13-01 0
4 Michael Simon Sr. Henderson, NV 8 10-06 0
5 Jesse Ortega Las Vegas, NV 6 07-11 0
6 Ryan Yamagata Las Vegas, NV 5 07-03 0
7 Kevin Wiggins Winterheaven, NV 3 04-03 0
8 Patrick Davis Henderson, NV 3 04-00 0
9 David Naugle Las Vegas, NV 3 03-15 0
10 Douglas Jones North Las Vegas, NV 1 01-13 0

2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead 9/30-10/2
Lake Mead, Henderson NV.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1. Aaryn Coroneos Henderson, NV (NV) 6 10-09 0
2. Clif Gallagher Saint George, UT (WY) 6 10-02 0
3. Ric Blair Whitefish, MT (MT) 6 09-00 0
4. Greg Pink Montrose, CO (UT) 6 08-14 0
5. Jake Morrison Scottsdale, AZ (AZ) 5 08-09 0
6. Hayden Spradling Gilbert, AZ (AZ) 6 08-04 0
7. Terry Peterson West Jordan, UT (UT) 6 08-04 0
8. Scott Seros Bend, OR (OR) 5 07-00 0
9. Austin Johnson Noxon, MT (MT) 5 06-12 0
10. Larry Warren LaVerkin, UT (NV) 4 06-04 0
11. Tas Moua Fresno, CA (CA) 5 06-01 0
12. Brandon Morton San Tan Valley, AZ (AZ) 3 05-14 0
13. Chaunteil Carte' Gresham, OR (WY) 3 05-14 0
14. Michael Evans Idaho Falls, ID (WY) 4 05-13 0
15. Nathanial Kimberling Coeur D Alene, ID (ID) 3 05-11 0
16. Jake Krause Litchfield Park, AZ (AZ 4 05-09 0
17. Brian Senter Newton, TX (AZ) 3 05-08 0
18. David Bertsch Harrisy, ID (ID) 4 05-05 0
19. Douglas Gaskill Las Vegas, NV (NV) 4 05-04 0
20. Bo Dalton Vernal, UT (UT) 4 05-03 0
21. Josh Stewart Star, ID (ID) 3 05-00 0
22. Mike Steckel Las Vegas, NV (NV) 4 04-12 0
23. Greg Jager Kennewick, WA (WA) 3 04-12 0
24. Nathan Towes Bakersfield, CA (CA) 4 04-11 0
25. Andrew Sayles Middleton, ID (CA) 2 04-09 0
26. Logan DeGree Redmond, OR (OR) 3 04-08 0
27. Sean Sullivan Henderson, NV (NV) 3 04-04 0
28. Melissa Nokes Lehi, UT (UT) 4 04-04 0
29. Tom McArt Jr Albany, OR (OR) 3 04-04 0
30. Ken Simbro West Haven, UT (UT) 1 04-02 0
31. Dean Yamagata Las Vegas, NV (NV) 3 04-01 0
32. Paul Gelles Pingree, ID (WY) 3 04-00 0
33. Jeffrey Ramey Cameron Park, CA (CA) 3 04-00 0
34. Quincy Grupenhoff Noxon, MT (MT) 3 03-15 0
35. Aldo Acevedo North Hollywood, CA (CA 3 03-14 0
36. James Hollingshead Clarkston, WA (WA) 3 03-13 0
36. Steve Larsen Henderson, NV (NV) 3 03-13 0
38. Tim Meeks Elk Grove, CA (CA) 3 03-11 0
39. Ken Hromada Chandler, AZ (AZ) 3 03-10 0
40. Dale Loseke Meridian, ID (ID) 3 03-10 0
41. Samuel Collins Chino Valley, AZ (AZ) 2 03-10 0
42. Thomas Edwards Gilbert, AZ (AZ) 3 03-09 0
43. Walter Haltom Malad City, ID (UT) 2 03-09 0
44. Mark Torrez Camarillo, CA (CA) 2 03-09 0
45. Jake Hansen Bozeman, MT (MT) 2 03-08 0
46. Hunter Dahnke Missoula, MT (MT) 3 03-04 0
47. David Vega McCammon , ID (WY) 2 03-03 0
48. Stephen Spear Boise, ID (ID) 2 02-13 0
49. Elli Hubbard Las Vegas, NV (NV) 2 02-12 0
50. Jonathan Bryson Las Vegas, NV (NV) 2 02-10 0
51. Kong Moua Sacramento, CA (CA) 2 02-10 0
52. Earl Wells Payette, ID (WY) 2 02-09 0
53. Mark Smith Tacoma, WA (WA) 2 02-07 0
54. Tim Rawlings Malad City, ID (WY) 2 02-07 0
55. Matthew Barnes Pensacola, FL (ID) 2 02-06 0
56. Billy Ricker Clinton, UT (UT) 2 02-04 0
57. Ricky Tejada Coeur D Alene, ID (ID) 2 02-04 0
58. Jake Aubrey Glendale, AZ (AZ) 2 02-02 0
59. Jerry Lake Cottage Grove, OR (OR) 1 01-14 0
60. Kyle Harris San Tan Valley, AZ (AZ) 2 01-14 0
61. Chris Cruz Ogden, UT (UT) 1 01-09 0
62. Jake Weaver Columbia Fls, MT (MT) 1 01-07 0
63. Kevin Pierson Hermiston, OR (OR) 1 01-05 0
64. Jose Gutierrez Bakersfield, CA (CA) 1 01-04 0
65. Trent Perry Huntsville, UT (UT) 1 01-03 0
66. Jeremy Kimberling Rathdrum, ID (ID) 1 01-02 0
67. Cher Moua Missoula, MT (MT) 1 00-10 0
68. Luis Gonzalez San Rafael, CA (CA) 0 00-00 0
68. Kevin Higgins Bonney Lake, WA (WA) 0 00-00 0
68. Jon Pollock Lakewood, CO (WY) 0 00-00 0
68. Kenneth Sitton Albany, OR (OR) 0 00-00 0
68. Cody Steckel Las Vegas, NV (NV) 0 00-00 0
68. Josh Thalman Saratoga Springs, UT (U 0 00-00 0
68. Luke White Coeur D Alene, ID (ID) 0 00-00 0
68. Tyler Wipf West Richland, WA (WA) 0 00-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 15 103 150-12
2 0 97 136-05
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15 200 287-01

TEAM STANDINGS Day 2
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State Lbs-Oz
1 ARIZONA 133-09
2 NEVADA 128-13
3 CALIFORNIA 125-00
4 UTAH 118-07
5 IDAHO 87-00
6 MONTANA 77-05
7 WYOMING 70-01
8 OREGON 59-01
9 WASHINGTON 44-14

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 2
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WASHINGTON
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Greg Jager Kennewick, WA 3 04-12 0
2 James Hollingshead Clarkston, WA 3 03-13 0
3 Mark Smith Tacoma, WA 2 02-07 0
4 Kevin Higgins Bonney Lake, WA 0 00-00 0
4 Tyler Wipf West Richland, WA 0 00-00 0

IDAHO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Nathanial Kimberling Coeur D Alene, ID 3 05-11 0
2 David Bertsch Harrisy, ID 4 05-05 0
3 Josh Stewart Star, ID 3 05-00 0
4 Dale Loseke Meridian, ID 3 03-10 0
5 Stephen Spear Boise, ID 2 02-13 0
6 Matthew Barnes Pensacola, FL 2 02-06 0
7 Ricky Tejada Coeur D Alene, ID 2 02-04 0
8 Jeremy Kimberling Rathdrum, ID 1 01-02 0
9 Luke White Coeur D Alene, ID 0 00-00 0

OREGON
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Scott Seros Bend, OR 5 07-00 0
2 Logan DeGree Redmond, OR 3 04-08 0
3 Tom McArt Jr Albany, OR 3 04-04 0
4 Jerry Lake Cottage Grove, OR 1 01-14 0
5 Kevin Pierson Hermiston, OR 1 01-05 0
6 Kenneth Sitton Albany, OR 0 00-00 0

ARIZONA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jake Morrison Scottsdale, AZ 5 08-09 0
2 Hayden Spradling Gilbert, AZ 6 08-04 0
3 Brandon Morton San Tan Valley, AZ 3 05-14 0
4 Jake Krause Litchfield Park, AZ 4 05-09 0
5 Brian Senter Newton, TX 3 05-08 0
6 Ken Hromada Chandler, AZ 3 03-10 0
7 Samuel Collins Chino Valley, AZ 2 03-10 0
8 Thomas Edwards Gilbert, AZ 3 03-09 0
9 Jake Aubrey Glendale, AZ 2 02-02 0
10 Kyle Harris San Tan Valley, AZ 2 01-14 0

WYOMING
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Clif Gallagher Saint George, UT 6 10-02 0
2 Chaunteil Carte' Gresham, OR 3 05-14 0
3 Michael Evans Idaho Falls, ID 4 05-13 0
4 Paul Gelles Pingree, ID 3 04-00 0
5 David Vega McCammon , ID 2 03-03 0
6 Earl Wells Payette, ID 2 02-09 0
7 Tim Rawlings Malad City, ID 2 02-07 0
8 Jon Pollock Lakewood, CO 0 00-00 0

CALIFORNIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Tas Moua Fresno, CA 5 06-01 0
2 Nathan Towes Bakersfield, CA 4 04-11 0
3 Andrew Sayles Middleton, ID 2 04-09 0
4 Jeffrey Ramey Cameron Park, CA 3 04-00 0
5 Aldo Acevedo North Hollywood, CA 3 03-14 0
6 Tim Meeks Elk Grove, CA 3 03-11 0
7 Mark Torrez Camarillo, CA 2 03-09 0
8 Kong Moua Sacramento, CA 2 02-10 0
9 Jose Gutierrez Bakersfield, CA 1 01-04 0
10 Luis Gonzalez San Rafael, CA 0 00-00 0

MONTANA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Ric Blair Whitefish, MT 6 09-00 0
2 Austin Johnson Noxon, MT 5 06-12 0
3 Quincy Grupenhoff Noxon, MT 3 03-15 0
4 Jake Hansen Bozeman, MT 2 03-08 0
5 Hunter Dahnke Missoula, MT 3 03-04 0
6 Jake Weaver Columbia Fls, MT 1 01-07 0
7 Cher Moua Missoula, MT 1 00-10 0

UTAH
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Greg Pink Montrose, CO 6 08-14 0
2 Terry Peterson West Jordan, UT 6 08-04 0
3 Bo Dalton Vernal, UT 4 05-03 0
4 Melissa Nokes Lehi, UT 4 04-04 0
5 Ken Simbro West Haven, UT 1 04-02 0
6 Walter Haltom Malad City, ID 2 03-09 0
7 Billy Ricker Clinton, UT 2 02-04 0
8 Chris Cruz Ogden, UT 1 01-09 0
9 Trent Perry Huntsville, UT 1 01-03 0
10 Josh Thalman Saratoga Springs, UT 0 00-00 0

NEVADA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Aaryn Coroneos Henderson, NV 6 10-09 0
2 Larry Warren LaVerkin, UT 4 06-04 0
3 Douglas Gaskill Las Vegas, NV 4 05-04 0
4 Mike Steckel Las Vegas, NV 4 04-12 0
5 Sean Sullivan Henderson, NV 3 04-04 0
6 Dean Yamagata Las Vegas, NV 3 04-01 0
7 Steve Larsen Henderson, NV 3 03-13 0
8 Elli Hubbard Las Vegas, NV 2 02-12 0
9 Jonathan Bryson Las Vegas, NV 2 02-10 0
10 Cody Steckel Las Vegas, NV 0 00-00 0


Cobb Takes Lead As Fishing Gets Tougher At Bassmaster Elite Event On Lake Guntersville

Brandon Cobb, of Greenwood, S.C., is leading after Day 2 of the 2020 NOCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville with a two-day total of 34 pounds, 11 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.
October 1, 2020

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Professional bass anglers are some of the most notorious poor-mouthers on the planet. Even on their best days, they’re likely to tell you the fishing was tough.

But at this week’s NOCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, they may actually be telling the truth — even the ones who seem to be doing well.

During Thursday’s second round, when 31 of the 85-angler field failed to bring in a five-bass limit, South Carolina pro Brandon Cobb managed to catch five that weighed 17 pounds, 11 ounces to take the lead with a two-day total of 34-11.

He said don’t let his success at the scales fool you.

“The weights really don’t reflect how hard the fishing has been,” said Cobb, who earned his first two Elite Series victories last season. “It is very tough. Today, I had four big bites and I lost one.

“The Guntersville way is to catch schools of fish, whether it’s ledge fish or grass fish or whatever. But since I haven’t really found that, I’ve just been fishing shallow and trying to catch one at a time.”

Despite those limited bites, Cobb has been the most consistent angler in the field. Before landing his 17-11 Thursday, he opened the event Wednesday with 17-0.

He’s been fishing a little bit of everything — docks, riprap, bank grass and offshore grass — to make it happen, and he’s been relying heavily on a tactic he admits isn’t his specialty.

“I’ve been flipping a lot this week, and I don’t do that in South Carolina,” he said. “That’s probably why I lost that one big fish today. When you go so long between bites, you start sort of halfway not paying attention.

“I’m too gun-shy flipping. I felt that fish bite, but I waited too long to pull the trigger.”

Besides flipping, Cobb has mixed in a Texas rig, a buzzbait, a ChatterBait and a swim jig. He likes the buzzbait — a Greenfish Tackle Toad Toter rigged with a Zoom Horny Toad — because of its versatility.

“That’s been a really good bait because I can skip into dark places,” he said. “It works really well in the wind, too. The Horny Toad by itself is great. But for the conditions we have this week, it’s just not loud enough.”

Cobb is nearly 2 pounds ahead of rookie Wes Logan, of Springville, Ala., who caught 18-10 — the second-largest bag of the tournament — Thursday. Logan’s two-day total of 32-14 allowed him to make his third Top 40 semifinal cut of the season and has him in position for his first career Elite Series Top 10.

He echoed the sentiments of the field about the harshness of the fishing.

“In practice, I found one place where I got two bites and then another place where I got two more,” Logan said. “Since that’s all I had, I’ve just sort of bunkered down on those two places, and I’ve been bumping back and forth between them.

“I’m just basically rotating between two places all day.”

Another popular realization across the Elite Series field is that fishing pressure on Guntersville is about to increase exponentially. A major tournament sponsored by Spro, which requires anglers to fish only with frogs, is scheduled for Saturday with an expected field of more than 200 boats.

Logan said the traffic will likely affect everyone, though he said he hasn’t had much luck on a frog anyway.

“I can’t get bit on one,” Logan said, exasperated. “I’m not saying they won’t catch them Saturday, but I’ve already seen a lot of pressure this week from frog fishermen. I saw probably 20 boats today just out in the middle of mat, fishing it.

“I’ve been doing something else, or I wouldn’t have made it this far.”

Behind Cobb and Logan is a logjam of nine anglers with 30-plus pounds. At the front of that group is reigning Bassmaster Angler of the Year Scott Canterbury, of Odenville, Ala.

Canterbury followed his Day 1 catch of 16-0 with 15-10 Thursday and rests in third with 31-10. He’s just an ounce ahead of fellow Alabamian Kyle Welcher and Minnesota pro Seth Feider who are tied for fourth with 31-9.

“I ran all different water than I did yesterday,” Canterbury said. “It’s fall fishing. I’m not getting a lot of bites, but it’s fun.

“I had a few more opportunities today, but they’re biting funny and they just didn’t get the bait.”

Texas pro Chris Zaldain held onto the lead in the race for Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the week with the 8-6 largemouth he caught Wednesday.

The tournament resumes Friday with takeoff at 6:30 a.m. CT from Goose Pond Colony Resort Marina and weigh-in back at Goose Pond at 2:30 p.m. After Friday’s round, only the Top 10 remaining anglers will advance to Championship Saturday with a chance to win the $100,000 first-place prize.

Live coverage of the event will be available starting at 7 a.m. on Bassmaster LIVE at Bassmaster.com and ESPN3.

The tournament is being hosted by the City of Scottsboro.

2020 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville 9/30-10/3
Lake Guntersville, Scottsboro AL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

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

1. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 10 34-11 100
Day 1: 5 17-00 Day 2: 5 17-11
2. Wes Logan Springville, AL 10 32-14 99
Day 1: 5 14-04 Day 2: 5 18-10
3. Scott Canterbury Odenville, AL 10 31-10 98
Day 1: 5 16-00 Day 2: 5 15-10
4. Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 10 31-09 97
Day 1: 5 19-05 Day 2: 5 12-04
5. Seth Feider New Market, MN 10 31-09 96
Day 1: 5 16-00 Day 2: 5 15-09
6. Drew Cook Cairo, GA 10 31-07 95
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 5 17-07
7. Luke Palmer Coalgate, OK 10 31-06 94
Day 1: 5 15-11 Day 2: 5 15-11
8. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 10 31-03 93
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 5 17-03
9. Frank Talley Temple, TX 10 30-08 92
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 5 16-05
10. Brandon Card Salisbury, NC 10 30-06 91
Day 1: 5 14-15 Day 2: 5 15-07
11. Garrett Paquette Canton, MI 10 30-00 90
Day 1: 5 15-13 Day 2: 5 14-03
12. Randy Sullivan Breckenridge, TX 9 29-15 89
Day 1: 5 18-08 Day 2: 4 11-07
13. Hank Cherry Jr Lincolnton, NC 10 29-15 88
Day 1: 5 14-12 Day 2: 5 15-03
14. Carl Jocumsen Queensland TN AUSTRALIA 10 29-08 87
Day 1: 5 14-06 Day 2: 5 15-02
15. Chad Morgenthaler Reeds Spring, MO 10 29-07 86
Day 1: 5 17-10 Day 2: 5 11-13
16. Bob Downey Hudson, WI 10 29-03 85
Day 1: 5 15-04 Day 2: 5 13-15
17. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 8 28-04 84
Day 1: 3 11-05 Day 2: 5 16-15
18. Chris Johnston Peterborough Ontario CA 10 28-03 83
Day 1: 5 12-04 Day 2: 5 15-15
19. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 9 28-02 82
Day 1: 5 17-01 Day 2: 4 11-01
20. Mike Huff Corbin, KY 10 28-00 81
Day 1: 5 12-14 Day 2: 5 15-02
21. Hunter Shryock Newcomerstown, OH 10 27-06 80
Day 1: 5 12-15 Day 2: 5 14-07
22. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 10 27-05 79
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 13-06
23. Cory Johnston Cavan CANADA 10 26-14 78
Day 1: 5 14-05 Day 2: 5 12-09
24. Jeff Gustafson Keewatin Ontario CANADA 10 26-13 77
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 12-14
25. Jason Williamson Wagener, SC 7 26-06 76
Day 1: 2 09-06 Day 2: 5 17-00
26. Skylar Hamilton Dandridge, TN 10 26-01 75
Day 1: 5 13-09 Day 2: 5 12-08
27. Kyle Monti Okeechobee, FL 10 25-11 74
Day 1: 5 14-09 Day 2: 5 11-02
28. Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 9 25-06 73 $1,000.00
Day 1: 4 14-10 Day 2: 5 10-12
29. Tyler Rivet Raceland, LA 10 25-04 72
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 5 13-13
30. Bill Weidler Helena, AL 10 25-03 71
Day 1: 5 11-15 Day 2: 5 13-04
31. Todd Auten Lake Wylie, SC 10 24-13 70
Day 1: 5 12-11 Day 2: 5 12-02
32. Clent Davis Montevallo, AL 10 24-07 69
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 12-01
33. Matt Arey Shelby, NC 9 24-06 68
Day 1: 4 10-14 Day 2: 5 13-08
34. Randy Pierson Oakdale, CA 8 23-15 67
Day 1: 3 08-09 Day 2: 5 15-06
35. Clark Wendlandt Leander, TX 10 23-14 66
Day 1: 5 11-06 Day 2: 5 12-08
36. Micah Frazier Newnan, GA 10 23-08 65
Day 1: 5 11-09 Day 2: 5 11-15
37. Jay Yelas Lincoln City, OR 10 23-07 64
Day 1: 5 12-07 Day 2: 5 11-00
38. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 9 22-10 63
Day 1: 4 08-00 Day 2: 5 14-10
39. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 8 22-04 62
Day 1: 5 16-06 Day 2: 3 05-14
40. Taku Ito Chiba JAPAN 10 21-08 61
Day 1: 5 11-04 Day 2: 5 10-04
41. Brett Preuett Monroe, LA 10 21-08 60 $7,500.00
Day 1: 5 11-03 Day 2: 5 10-05
42. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 9 21-07 59 $7,500.00
Day 1: 5 12-05 Day 2: 4 09-02
43. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 9 21-02 58 $7,500.00
Day 1: 4 10-02 Day 2: 5 11-00
44. Jake Whitaker Fairview, NC 9 21-00 57 $7,500.00
Day 1: 4 07-06 Day 2: 5 13-10
45. David Fritts Lexington, NC 9 20-11 56 $7,500.00
Day 1: 4 09-00 Day 2: 5 11-11
46. Rick Morris Lake Gaston, VA 9 20-08 55 $5,000.00
Day 1: 4 09-11 Day 2: 5 10-13
47. Bryan Schmitt Deale, MD 8 20-08 54 $6,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-13 Day 2: 3 09-11
48. Buddy Gross Chickamauga, GA 10 20-07 53 $5,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-13 Day 2: 5 09-10
49. Matt Herren Ashville, AL 9 20-04 52 $2,500.00
Day 1: 4 08-06 Day 2: 5 11-14
50. Shane LeHew Catawba, NC 9 20-01 51 $2,500.00
Day 1: 4 09-00 Day 2: 5 11-01
51. Brad Whatley Bivins, TX 9 19-12 50 $2,500.00
Day 1: 4 08-10 Day 2: 5 11-02
52. Koby Kreiger Alva, FL 8 19-09 49 $2,500.00
Day 1: 4 10-07 Day 2: 4 09-02
53. John Cox Debary, FL 5 19-04 48 $2,500.00
Day 1: 4 17-03 Day 2: 1 02-01
54. Chris Groh Spring Grove, IL 7 19-04 47 $2,500.00
Day 1: 5 14-09 Day 2: 2 04-11
55. Gary Clouse Winchester, TN 7 19-03 46 $2,500.00
Day 1: 3 09-14 Day 2: 4 09-05
56. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 8 18-14 45 $2,500.00
Day 1: 5 12-11 Day 2: 3 06-03
57. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 7 18-12 44 $2,500.00
Day 1: 5 14-06 Day 2: 2 04-06
58. Rob Digh Denver, NC 7 18-08 43 $2,500.00
Day 1: 2 07-08 Day 2: 5 11-00
59. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 9 18-08 42 $2,500.00
Day 1: 4 08-07 Day 2: 5 10-01
60. Derek Hudnall Denham Springs, LA 7 17-15 41 $2,500.00
Day 1: 4 08-02 Day 2: 3 09-13
61. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 8 17-12 40 $2,500.00
Day 1: 3 05-15 Day 2: 5 11-13
62. Robbie Latuso Gonzales, LA 7 17-11 39 $2,500.00
Day 1: 2 06-00 Day 2: 5 11-11
63. Caleb Sumrall New Iberia, LA 8 17-05 38 $2,500.00
Day 1: 4 09-01 Day 2: 4 08-04
64. Ray Hanselman Jr Del Rio, TX 8 16-12 37 $2,500.00
Day 1: 3 05-14 Day 2: 5 10-14
64. Caleb Kuphall Mukwonago, WI 8 16-12 37 $2,500.00
Day 1: 5 10-14 Day 2: 3 05-14
66. Ed Loughran III Richmond, VA 5 16-03 35 $2,500.00
Day 1: 3 11-09 Day 2: 2 04-10
67. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 7 15-11 34 $2,500.00
Day 1: 2 04-08 Day 2: 5 11-03
68. Destin DeMarion Grove City, PA 6 15-02 33 $2,500.00
Day 1: 5 12-14 Day 2: 1 02-04
69. Paul Mueller Naugatuck, CT 6 14-14 32 $2,500.00
Day 1: 3 07-15 Day 2: 3 06-15
70. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 6 14-08 31 $2,500.00
Day 1: 1 02-08 Day 2: 5 12-00
71. Jesse Tacoronte Kissimmee, FL 5 14-07 30 $2,500.00
Day 1: 3 08-07 Day 2: 2 06-00
72. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 7 14-01 29 $2,500.00
Day 1: 5 10-03 Day 2: 2 03-14
73. Drew Benton Blakely, GA 6 13-06 28 $2,500.00
Day 1: 1 01-15 Day 2: 5 11-07
74. Cody Hollen Beaverton, OR 3 12-09 27 $2,500.00
Day 1: 3 12-09 Day 2: 0 00-00
75. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 6 12-00 26 $2,500.00
Day 1: 5 10-02 Day 2: 1 01-14
76. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 5 11-13 25 $2,500.00
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 11-13
77. Jamie Hartman Newport, NY 5 11-13 24 $2,500.00
Day 1: 4 08-10 Day 2: 1 03-03
78. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 6 11-12 23 $2,500.00
Day 1: 4 08-07 Day 2: 2 03-05
79. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 5 11-07 22 $2,500.00
Day 1: 2 04-12 Day 2: 3 06-11
80. Shane Lineberger Lincolnton, NC 5 11-04 21 $2,500.00
Day 1: 4 09-01 Day 2: 1 02-03
81. Dale Hightower Mannford, OK 5 10-01 20 $2,500.00
Day 1: 5 10-01 Day 2: 0 00-00
82. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 4 09-09 19 $2,500.00
Day 1: 1 03-00 Day 2: 3 06-09
83. Quentin Cappo Prairieville, LA 4 08-03 18 $2,500.00
Day 1: 2 03-03 Day 2: 2 05-00
84. Tyler Carriere Youngsville, LA 4 07-14 17 $2,500.00
Day 1: 1 02-05 Day 2: 3 05-09
85. Greg DiPalma Millville, NJ 1 03-03 16 $2,500.00
Day 1: 1 03-03 Day 2: 0 00-00
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Day
1 Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 08-06 $1,000.00
2 Bryan Schmitt Deale, MD 06-03 $1,000.00


Humminbird® Introduces Third Generation SOLIX® Series with Sonar and Performance Advancements

RACINE, Wis., October 1, 2020 – Humminbird announces the introduction of the SOLIX® Series third generation (G3) units, building on the brand’s commitment to deliver technology advancements that give anglers a more complete picture of the water and structure around them, to find and catch more fish.

The new SOLIX G3 models feature a powerful new dual-core processor, delivering lightning-fast responsiveness from either the touch screen or keypad via SOLIX’s Cross Touch® interface. With the intuitive control of Cross Touch, SOLIX provides a customizable fishing experience that puts the most important features and functionality at the forefront. Create custom screen views and save up to ten as favorites in a quick-access sidebar menu, along with the ability to modify data overlays, waypoint settings and more, to match an angler’s fishing style and preferences. The SOLIX G3 Series now packs more technology into large, bright screens, giving anglers their choice of SOLIX G3 units in 10.1”, 12.1” or 15.4” high-definition, sunlight-viewable displays.

“The new SOLIX G3 fish finders give anglers a constant stream of information to maximize their time on the water,” said Matt Cook, Humminbird Brand Manager. “It combines the best technologies and large display sizes in a package that can be customized to an angler’s preferences, so they have the views, data and intuitive control they need to find fish faster.”

The new SOLIX G3 Series provides an expanded range of MEGA Imaging+™, giving anglers the ability to view the highest quality imaging sonar on the market, now at deeper depths and further distances. MEGA Imaging+ on SOLIX G3 models now reaches up to 250-feet deep with MEGA Down Imaging+, and up to 250-feet to each side with MEGA Side Imaging+, enhancing anglers’ ability to find and focus on productive fishing waters. Humminbird’s Dual Spectrum CHIRP sonar is built-in to every model and provides exceptional 2D sonar which displays easily-identifiable fish arches and produces superb target separation. For anglers looking for deep-water performance, SOLIX G3 models are compatible with optional Airmar® CHIRP transducers and now include Airmar transducer ID, making initial setup easy and ensure peak sonar performance.

Standard on SOLIX G3 models, built-in GPS and Humminbird Basemap provide depth information and navigational aids for all continental U.S. coastal waters and over 10,000+ U.S. lakes and rivers. Premium chart options from Humminbird include LakeMaster® and CoastMaster™ charts, which provide exclusive compatibility and features to Humminbird users. Additionally, SOLIX G3 models are also compatible with Navionics® charts, providing Humminbird users the widest selection of charts available, ensuring they are covered with premium chart options no matter where they fish. For anglers looking for an extra edge, all SOLIX models include AutoChart® Live, allowing anglers to easily create their own custom maps in real time. Simply turn the feature on and watch as depth contours and even vegetation and bottom hardness layers appear on-screen.

The SOLIX G3 Series provides advanced networking capabilities, including built-in NMEA 2000® and Wi-Fi. All SOLIX models have a dedicated NMEA 2000 networking port built-in to support the connection to compatible accessories to display information like engine data, vessel sensors and virtually any NMEA 2000 compatible accessory. Built-in Wi-Fi connection allows SOLIX to support the optional Navionics® Plotter Sync feature.

Packed with Ethernet networking and Bluetooth® functionality, SOLIX G3 models have been designed to work seamlessly with the One-Boat Network™. This exclusive pairing of Humminbird, Minn Kota® and Cannon® fishing products allows anglers to integrate compatible fish finders, trolling motors, shallow water anchors, downriggers and more, so that anglers can find, stay on, and catch more fish. With One-Boat Network, anglers can control connected Minn Kota i-Pilot® Link™ trolling motors, Talon™ and Raptor™ shallow water anchors and Cannon downriggers right from the convenient side bar menu on their Humminbird SOLIX, keeping all of the boat control and fish finding features at their command. SOLIX G3 models are also compatible with optional MEGA 360 Imaging transducers and Built-in MEGA Imaging on select Minn Kota trolling motors. Additionally, leverage the Humminbird FishSmart™ app for wireless software updates and LakeMaster chart downloads, as well as convenient connection with Humminbird Technical Service.

The upgraded performance and sonar upgrades of the new SOLIX G3 Series are available in 10.1”, 12.1” and 15.4” Cross Touch displays, offering an angler’s choice of either MEGA Side Imaging+ or MEGA Side Imaging+ CHO models in each display size. Both model variations will support MEGA Side Imaging+, MEGA Down Imaging+ and Dual Spectrum CHIRP sonar, as well as optional Airmar® 2D CHIRP transducers. However, CHO (Control Head Only) models do not include a transducer, and provides anglers the option to pick the precise transducer for their needs. SOLIX G3 models come with a 2-year limited manufacturer’s warranty and will include models ranging in price from $2,199.99 - $3,499.99.

For more information call Humminbird at 800-633-1468 or visit http://www.humminbird.com.

About Humminbird
JOHNSON OUTDOORS FISHING is comprised of the Minn Kota®, Cannon® and Humminbird® brands. Minn Kota is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories. Humminbird is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fish finders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers, and premium cartography products. Cannon is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories.
Visit Humminbird at http://www.humminbird.com


Humminbird® Introduces Fourth Generation HELIX® Series with New Larger Display and Advanced Networking

RACINE, Wis., October 1, 2020 – Since their initial release, anglers at all levels have enjoyed the fish-finding advantages of the Humminbird® HELIX® series of fish finders. Now, Humminbird is introducing the fourth generation (G4N) HELIX models, delivering more technology than ever, with a wide range of features and screen sizes suitable for any fishing application.

The new HELIX G4N Series gives anglers the latest in innovative imaging technology, with MEGA Imaging+™, and a variety of screen sizes from 8-inch to the new 15.4-inch display, ensuring there is a HELIX G4N to fit any angler’s needs. The new HELIX 15 model boasts a giant 15.4”, ultra-bright and crystal-clear display to see all of the details provided by exclusive Humminbird sonar, navigation and networking technologies.

“Humminbird has always been dedicated to putting the most innovative technologies in the hands of anglers, and the new HELIX G4N Series does just that,” said Matt Cook, Humminbird Brand Manager. “With the introduction of HELIX G4N models, anglers have the ability to focus on productive water and catch more fish.”

These new fish finders come equipped with the best sonar and mapping options on the water, including MEGA Imaging+™, and Dual Spectrum CHIRP 2D sonar, and are compatible with Humminbird’s exclusive MEGA 360 Imaging®. Built-in GPS and Humminbird Basemap provide depth contours and navigational aids for all continental U.S. coastal waters and over 10,000+ U.S. lakes. Premium chart options from Humminbird include LakeMaster® and CoastMaster™ charts, which provide exclusive compatibility and features to Humminbird users. Additionally, HELIX G4N models are also compatible with Navionics® charts, providing Humminbird users the widest selection of charts available, ensuring they are covered with premium chart options no matter where they fish. For anglers looking for an extra edge, all HELIX G4N models will include AutoChart® Live, allowing anglers to easily create their own custom maps in real time. Simply turn the feature on and watch as depth contours and even vegetation and bottom hardness layers appear on-screen.

New to the HELIX G4N Series, built-in NMEA 2000® and Wi-Fi come standard. All models have a dedicated NMEA 2000 networking port built-in to support the connection to compatible accessories to display information like engine data, vessel sensors and virtually any NMEA 2000 compatible accessory. Built-in Wi-Fi will support additional features.

Packed with Ethernet networking and Bluetooth® functionality, the new HELIX G4N models have been designed to work seamlessly with the One-Boat Network™. This exclusive pairing of Humminbird, Minn Kota® and Cannon® fishing products allows anglers to integrate compatible fish finders, trolling motors, shallow water anchors, downriggers and more, so that anglers can find, stay on, and catch more fish. With One-Boat Network, anglers can control connected Minn Kota i-Pilot® Link™ trolling motors, Talon™ and Raptor™ shallow water anchors and Cannon downriggers right from their Humminbird unit. Select HELIX G4N models are also compatible with optional MEGA 360 Imaging transducers and Built-in MEGA Imaging on select Minn Kota trolling motors. Additionally, leverage the Humminbird FishSmart™ app for wireless software updates and LakeMaster map downloads, as well as convenient connection with Humminbird Technical Service.

The HELIX G4N family consists of five screen sizes (8-inch, 9-inch, 10.1-inch, 12.1-inch and new 15.4-inch). All screen sizes are fully networkable, including Ethernet, Bluetooth, NMEA 2000 and Wi-Fi, and offer models with multiple sonar technology options. All models come with a two-year limited manufacturer’s warranty and will include models ranging in price from $699.99 - $2,999.99.

For more information call Humminbird at 800-633-1468 or visit http://www.humminbird.com.


Hicks Takes Lead At B.A.S.S. Nation Regional On Lake Mead

HENDERSON, Nev. — Justin Hicks missed his five-bass limit by one fish, but still managed to lead Day 1 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead with 10 pounds, 5 ounces.

Leading the field by a pound, the angler, who is competing for the Utah B.A.S.S. Nation team, said his day could have been even better, but he failed to convert on a few key bites.

“I had every opportunity to catch my fifth fish,” he said. “I stuck to one area, and I didn’t execute. That should have been a much better day than it was, but I’m happy. You can’t win ’em all.”

Noting that Lake Mead’s bass are in a transitional stage between summer and fall patterns, Hicks said his success hinged on mobility. He worked a 5- to 6-mile area of the lake and hit 30 different spots.

“The key is move, move, move,” he said. “It seemed that on a certain stretch of this lake, those quality fish are just there. I’m fishing main-channel, small, nothing-special type dents.”

Bait schools typically factor into fall fishing, as bass follow the forage and feed heavily. However, Hicks said he’s fishing near baitfish but not necessarily right over them.

“I think the baitfish are just moving up and down these shorelines and these fish are just intercepting them — they’re just lazy,” he said. “There aren’t very many fish. There’s just one here, one there.”

Hicks’ bag included a 3-3 largemouth and a smallmouth close to 3 pounds.

“I caught that smallmouth doing the same things I was doing for largemouth,” Hicks said. “That smallmouth was in 3 feet of water. Both species are mixing in the same areas.

“There are probably more smallmouth shallow than largemouth, but the largemouth are much, much bigger.”

Hicks said he caught his fish on a mix of topwater lures, jerkbaits and frogs. He’s optimistic he can catch another good bag Thursday, but he’ll be mindful not to repeat Wednesday’s strategic error.

“I think to go catch a limit of smallmouth is probably not as difficult,” Hicks said. “I probably should have done that today at 2 o’clock instead of staying on my big fish spot.”

Hicks said he believes his area holds plenty of fish for another good run. Wednesday’s hot, still conditions proved challenging across the board, and Hicks said he’s hoping Thursday brings some wind.

“I had a midday lull that hurt today,” Hicks said. “But an hour before I came in, they started showing up again. So, hopefully, I can get on them tomorrow.”

Jason Billmaier of Las Vegas, Nev., is in second place with 9-4. Filling his limit with smallmouth, Billmaier found a one-two punch that delivered the weight.

“I got on a little pattern this morning where they were chasing a Norman DD22 crankbait, and then we were dropping a drop shot on them in 25 feet and catching them,” he said. “I was drop shotting a 4-inch Roboworm in hologram shad.

“Over the weekend, the area I was fishing was really muddy, but I noticed today that it cleared up. The smallmouth were doing their thing for us today, so it worked out.”

Ralph Encizo of Fresno, Calif., is in third place with 8-4. Despite a late boat draw and an engine issue that slowed his running speed, Encizo still reached his starting point and found he had it all to himself.

“I was surprised no one was there, and on my second cast I caught one on a topwater,” Encizo said. “The fish were boiling in there, and my nonboater and I got two keepers each. I moved around twice and culled a few times. I caught my biggest one — a 2 3/4-pounder — around noon.”

Jason Hickey of Weiser, Idaho, is in the lead for Big Bass honors with his 3-8.

Clif Gallagher of Saint George, Utah, leads the co-angler division with 6-4. Gallagher’s day included a kicker — a 3-pound smallmouth that ate a drop shot like the other two smallies that comprised his limit.

“It was about 9:30 when I caught that big one,” Gallagher said. “It had just slowed down and we saw some fish busting shad. I threw my drop shot in there and got bit immediately.”

Ken Simbro of West Haven, Utah, holds the Big Bass lead among co-anglers with a 4-2.

The Arizona B.A.S.S. Nation leads the team competition with a combined weight of 76-14. The Utah B.A.S.S. Nation follows in second with 70-0 and the Nevada B.A.S.S. Nation is third with 68-14.

Thursday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6:15 a.m. PT from Callville Bay Marina. The weigh-in will be held at the marina at 2:15 p.m.

The tournament is being hosted by Visit Henderson.

2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead 9/30-10/2
Lake Mead, Henderson NV.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1. Justin Hicks Gunnison, CO (UT) 4 10-05 0
2. Jason Billmaier Las Vegas, NV (NV) 5 09-04 0
3. Ralph Encizo Fresno, CA (CA) 5 08-04 0
4. Mike Lavallee Sandy, UT (UT) 5 08-02 0
5. Justin Kerr Lake Havasu, AZ (NV) 5 07-15 0
6. Bill Barkley Peoria, AZ (AZ) 5 07-10 0
7. Ken Day Kennewick, WA (WA) 5 07-08 0
7. Keegan Graves Meridian, ID (ID) 5 07-08 0
9. Bill Brown Grand Junction, CO (UT) 5 07-07 0
10. Tom Wennerlund Tonto Basin, AZ (AZ) 5 07-04 0
11. Addam Gross Pendleton, OR (OR) 4 07-02 0
12. Timmy Wells II Fresno, CA (CA) 5 07-01 0
13. Brent Shores Boise, ID (WY) 5 06-14 0
14. Aaron Leon Henderson, NV (NV) 5 06-11 0
14. Steve Lund Glendale, AZ (AZ) 5 06-11 0
16. Zackery Shaff Richland, WA (WA) 5 06-09 0
17. Jeffry Ball Pendleton, OR (OR) 4 06-04 0
18. Gerald Kimzey Willcox, AZ (AZ) 4 06-04 0
19. Gabe Thomas Tucson, AZ (AZ) 4 06-01 0
20. Timothy Wells Clovis, CA (CA) 4 05-14 0
21. David Erickson Craigmont, ID (ID) 4 05-13 0
22. Jason Hickey Weiser, ID (ID) 3 05-13 0
23. Zach Barnes Boise, ID (ID) 4 05-12 0
23. John Romanin Wolcott, CO (UT) 4 05-12 0
25. Todd Herman Gilbert, AZ (AZ) 5 05-11 0
26. Ryan Yamagata Las Vegas, NV (NV) 4 05-10 0
27. Dan Jordan Camas, WA (OR) 3 05-07 0
28. Mike Dominick Alberton, MT (MT) 3 05-06 0
29. Michael Simon Sr. Henderson, NV (NV) 4 05-04 0
30. Dylan Maxon Phoenix, AZ (AZ) 3 05-04 0
31. Donovan Allphin Manila, UT (UT) 3 05-03 0
32. Rick Culver Taylor, UT (UT) 3 04-14 0
33. Tyrel Faber Pagosa Springs, CO (UT) 4 04-08 0
34. Mike Alvarez Clovis, CA (CA) 3 04-06 0
34. Jason Crone Kalispell, MT (MT) 3 04-06 0
36. Clint Johanson Cle Elum, WA (WA) 4 04-01 0
37. Patrick Davis Henderson, NV (NV) 3 04-00 0
38. Christopher Massey Flagstaff, AZ (AZ) 3 03-15 0
39. Austin Bentz Hermiston, OR (OR) 3 03-11 0
39. Jim Hawkes A.J., AZ (AZ) 3 03-11 0
41. Mel Williams Kennewick, WA (WA) 2 03-11 0
42. Denton Crofts Meridian, ID (ID) 3 03-09 0
43. Joshua Powell Libby, MT (MT) 3 03-07 0
44. Tracy Dursteler Blackfoot, ID (WY) 2 03-03 0
45. Kevin Wiggins Winterheaven, NV (NV) 2 02-14 0
46. Leon Stiffarm Columbia Falls, MT (MT) 2 02-11 0
47. Chris Harvey Idaho Falls, ID (WY) 2 02-10 0
48. Kevin Melford Camarillo, CA (CA) 2 02-09 0
49. Jesse Ortega Las Vegas, NV (NV) 2 02-08 0
49. Kyle Quinnell Kalispell, MT (MT) 2 02-08 0
51. Kyle Gelles Pingree, ID (WY) 2 02-07 0
52. Luke Johns Folsom, CA (CA) 1 02-07 0
53. Nate Crofts Nampa, ID (ID) 2 02-05 0
54. Karl Okerman Sandpoint, ID (MT) 1 02-03 0
55. Bob Mcwilliams Helena, MT (MT) 2 02-02 0
56. Douglas Jones North Las Vegas, NV (NV 1 01-13 0
57. Christian Ostrander Turlock, CA (CA) 1 01-09 0
58. Randy Pierson Grand Junction, CO (UT) 1 01-08 0
59. Kenneth Cleveland Bakersfield, CA (CA) 1 01-06 0
60. James Castillo West Richland, WA (WA) 1 01-05 0
60. Chase Colby Saint George, UT (UT) 1 01-05 0
60. Brent Daybell West Jordan, UT (WY) 1 01-05 0
63. Jason Hemminger Oxnard, CA (CA) 1 01-04 0
64. Michael Tauscher Blackfoot, ID (WY) 1 01-03 0
64. Ron Wiseman Pendleton, OR (OR) 1 01-03 0
66. Dejon Lewis Ventura, CA (CA) 1 01-02 0
67. Mark Clark New Plymouth, ID (ID) 1 01-02 0
68. Cory Hoopes Spring Creek, NV (WY) 1 01-00 0
69. Justin Soppe Middleton, ID (ID) 2 00-15 0
70. Jim Davis Eagle, ID (ID) 0 00-00 0
70. Bret Felter Malad City, ID (WY) 0 00-00 0
70. Forest Kirchner Apache Junction, AZ (AZ 0 00-00 0
70. David Naugle Las Vegas, NV (NV) 0 00-00 0
70. Thomas Nokes Riverton, UT (UT) 0 00-00 0
70. Ronald Schneider Sandy, OR (OR) 0 00-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 15 208 304-03
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15 208 304-03

TEAM STANDINGS Day 1
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State Lbs-Oz
1 ARIZONA 76-14
2 UTAH 70-00
3 NEVADA 68-14
4 CALIFORNIA 56-06
5 IDAHO 44-04
6 WYOMING 40-08
7 MONTANA 36-05
8 OREGON 33-00
9 WASHINGTON 28-12

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 1
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WASHINGTON
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Ken Day Kennewick, WA 5 07-08 0
2 Zackery Shaff Richland, WA 5 06-09 0
3 Clint Johanson Cle Elum, WA 4 04-01 0
4 Mel Williams Kennewick, WA 2 03-11 0
5 James Castillo West Richland, WA 1 01-05 0

IDAHO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Keegan Graves Meridian, ID 5 07-08 0
2 David Erickson Craigmont, ID 4 05-13 0
3 Jason Hickey Weiser, ID 3 05-13 0
4 Zach Barnes Boise, ID 4 05-12 0
5 Denton Crofts Meridian, ID 3 03-09 0
6 Nate Crofts Nampa, ID 2 02-05 0
7 Mark Clark New Plymouth, ID 1 01-02 0
8 Justin Soppe Middleton, ID 2 00-15 0
9 Jim Davis Eagle, ID 0 00-00 0

OREGON
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Addam Gross Pendleton, OR 4 07-02 0
2 Jeffry Ball Pendleton, OR 4 06-04 0
3 Dan Jordan Camas, WA 3 05-07 0
4 Austin Bentz Hermiston, OR 3 03-11 0
5 Ron Wiseman Pendleton, OR 1 01-03 0
6 Ronald Schneider Sandy, OR 0 00-00 0

ARIZONA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Bill Barkley Peoria, AZ 5 07-10 0
2 Tom Wennerlund Tonto Basin, AZ 5 07-04 0
3 Steve Lund Glendale, AZ 5 06-11 0
4 Gerald Kimzey Willcox, AZ 4 06-04 0
5 Gabe Thomas Tucson, AZ 4 06-01 0
6 Todd Herman Gilbert, AZ 5 05-11 0
7 Dylan Maxon Phoenix, AZ 3 05-04 0
8 Christopher Massey Flagstaff, AZ 3 03-15 0
9 Jim Hawkes A.J., AZ 3 03-11 0
10 Forest Kirchner Apache Junction, AZ 0 00-00 0

WYOMING
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Brent Shores Boise, ID 5 06-14 0
2 Tracy Dursteler Blackfoot, ID 2 03-03 0
3 Chris Harvey Idaho Falls, ID 2 02-10 0
4 Kyle Gelles Pingree, ID 2 02-07 0
5 Brent Daybell West Jordan, UT 1 01-05 0
6 Michael Tauscher Blackfoot, ID 1 01-03 0
7 Cory Hoopes Spring Creek, NV 1 01-00 0
8 Bret Felter Malad City, ID 0 00-00 0

CALIFORNIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Ralph Encizo Fresno, CA 5 08-04 0
2 Timmy Wells II Fresno, CA 5 07-01 0
3 Timothy Wells Clovis, CA 4 05-14 0
4 Mike Alvarez Clovis, CA 3 04-06 0
5 Kevin Melford Camarillo, CA 2 02-09 0
6 Luke Johns Folsom, CA 1 02-07 0
7 Christian Ostrander Turlock, CA 1 01-09 0
8 Kenneth Cleveland Bakersfield, CA 1 01-06 0
9 Jason Hemminger Oxnard, CA 1 01-04 0
10 Dejon Lewis Ventura, CA 1 01-02 0

MONTANA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Mike Dominick Alberton, MT 3 05-06 0
2 Jason Crone Kalispell, MT 3 04-06 0
3 Joshua Powell Libby, MT 3 03-07 0
4 Leon Stiffarm Columbia Falls, MT 2 02-11 0
5 Kyle Quinnell Kalispell, MT 2 02-08 0
6 Karl Okerman Sandpoint, ID 1 02-03 0
7 Bob Mcwilliams Helena, MT 2 02-02 0

UTAH
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Justin Hicks Gunnison, CO 4 10-05 0
2 Mike Lavallee Sandy, UT 5 08-02 0
3 Bill Brown Grand Junction, CO 5 07-07 0
4 John Romanin Wolcott, CO 4 05-12 0
5 Donovan Allphin Manila, UT 3 05-03 0
6 Rick Culver Taylor, UT 3 04-14 0
7 Tyrel Faber Pagosa Springs, CO 4 04-08 0
8 Randy Pierson Grand Junction, CO 1 01-08 0
9 Chase Colby Saint George, UT 1 01-05 0
10 Thomas Nokes Riverton, UT 0 00-00 0

NEVADA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jason Billmaier Las Vegas, NV 5 09-04 0
2 Justin Kerr Lake Havasu, AZ 5 07-15 0
3 Aaron Leon Henderson, NV 5 06-11 0
4 Ryan Yamagata Las Vegas, NV 4 05-10 0
5 Michael Simon Sr. Henderson, NV 4 05-04 0
6 Patrick Davis Henderson, NV 3 04-00 0
7 Kevin Wiggins Winterheaven, NV 2 02-14 0
8 Jesse Ortega Las Vegas, NV 2 02-08 0
9 Douglas Jones North Las Vegas, NV 1 01-13 0
10 David Naugle Las Vegas, NV 0 00-00 0

2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead 9/30-10/2
Lake Mead, Henderson NV.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1. Clif Gallagher Saint George, UT (WY) 3 06-04 0
2. Jake Morrison Scottsdale, AZ (AZ) 3 05-14 0
3. Greg Pink Montrose, CO (UT) 3 04-14 0
4. Aaryn Coroneos Henderson, NV (NV) 3 04-13 0
5. Hayden Spradling Gilbert, AZ (AZ) 3 04-12 0
6. Terry Peterson West Jordan, UT (UT) 3 04-08 0
7. Brandon Morton San Tan Valley, AZ (AZ) 2 04-07 0
8. Ric Blair Whitefish, MT (MT) 3 04-04 0
9. Douglas Gaskill Las Vegas, NV (NV) 3 04-02 0
10. Ken Simbro West Haven, UT (UT) 1 04-02 0
11. Dean Yamagata Las Vegas, NV (NV) 3 04-01 0
12. Paul Gelles Pingree, ID (WY) 3 04-00 0
13. Michael Evans Idaho Falls, ID (WY) 3 03-14 0
14. James Hollingshead Clarkston, WA (WA) 3 03-13 0
15. Chaunteil Carte' Gresham, OR (WY) 2 03-13 0
16. Tim Meeks Elk Grove, CA (CA) 3 03-11 0
17. Larry Warren LaVerkin, UT (NV) 3 03-10 0
18. Brian Senter Newton, TX (AZ) 2 03-09 0
19. Tas Moua Fresno, CA (CA) 3 03-08 0
20. Scott Seros Bend, OR (OR) 2 03-07 0
20. Josh Stewart Star, ID (ID) 2 03-07 0
22. Tom McArt Jr Albany, OR (OR) 2 03-03 0
23. Austin Johnson Noxon, MT (MT) 2 03-02 0
24. Aldo Acevedo North Hollywood, CA (CA 2 02-13 0
24. Jake Krause Litchfield Park, AZ (AZ 2 02-13 0
26. Elli Hubbard Las Vegas, NV (NV) 2 02-12 0
27. Jake Hansen Bozeman, MT (MT) 1 02-11 0
28. Jonathan Bryson Las Vegas, NV (NV) 2 02-10 0
29. Jeffrey Ramey Cameron Park, CA (CA) 2 02-09 0
30. Bo Dalton Vernal, UT (UT) 2 02-06 0
31. Matthew Barnes Pensacola, FL (ID) 2 02-06 0
32. Nathan Towes Bakersfield, CA (CA) 2 02-05 0
33. Walter Haltom Malad City, ID (UT) 1 02-05 0
34. Hunter Dahnke Missoula, MT (MT) 2 02-02 0
35. Samuel Collins Chino Valley, AZ (AZ) 1 02-00 0
36. Greg Jager Kennewick, WA (WA) 1 01-13 0
37. Mark Torrez Camarillo, CA (CA) 1 01-09 0
38. Stephen Spear Boise, ID (ID) 1 01-08 0
38. David Vega McCammon , ID (WY) 1 01-08 0
40. Kong Moua Sacramento, CA (CA) 1 01-07 0
40. Jake Weaver Columbia Fls, MT (MT) 1 01-07 0
42. Logan DeGree Redmond, OR (OR) 1 01-06 0
42. Andrew Sayles Middleton, ID (CA) 1 01-06 0
42. Earl Wells Payette, ID (WY) 1 01-06 0
45. Kevin Pierson Hermiston, OR (OR) 1 01-05 0
46. Jose Gutierrez Bakersfield, CA (CA) 1 01-04 0
47. Trent Perry Huntsville, UT (UT) 1 01-03 0
48. Jeremy Kimberling Rathdrum, ID (ID) 1 01-02 0
49. Tim Rawlings Malad City, ID (WY) 1 01-01 0
49. Ricky Tejada Coeur D Alene, ID (ID) 1 01-01 0
51. David Bertsch Harrisy, ID (ID) 1 01-00 0
51. Kyle Harris San Tan Valley, AZ (AZ) 1 01-00 0
53. Melissa Nokes Lehi, UT (UT) 2 00-15 0
54. Dale Loseke Meridian, ID (ID) 1 00-15 0
54. Mike Steckel Las Vegas, NV (NV) 1 00-15 0
56. Billy Ricker Clinton, UT (UT) 1 00-11 0
57. Jake Aubrey Glendale, AZ (AZ) 0 00-00 0
57. Chris Cruz Ogden, UT (UT) 0 00-00 0
57. Thomas Edwards Gilbert, AZ (AZ) 0 00-00 0
57. Luis Gonzalez San Rafael, CA (CA) 0 00-00 0
57. Quincy Grupenhoff Noxon, MT (MT) 0 00-00 0
57. Kevin Higgins Bonney Lake, WA (WA) 0 00-00 0
57. Ken Hromada Chandler, AZ (AZ) 0 00-00 0
57. Nathanial Kimberling Coeur D Alene, ID (ID) 0 00-00 0
57. Jerry Lake Cottage Grove, OR (OR) 0 00-00 0
57. Steve Larsen Henderson, NV (NV) 0 00-00 0
57. Cher Moua Missoula, MT (MT) 0 00-00 0
57. Jon Pollock Lakewood, CO (WY) 0 00-00 0
57. Kenneth Sitton Albany, OR (OR) 0 00-00 0
57. Mark Smith Tacoma, WA (WA) 0 00-00 0
57. Cody Steckel Las Vegas, NV (NV) 0 00-00 0
57. Sean Sullivan Henderson, NV (NV) 0 00-00 0
57. Josh Thalman Saratoga Springs, UT (U 0 00-00 0
57. Luke White Coeur D Alene, ID (ID) 0 00-00 0
57. Tyler Wipf West Richland, WA (WA) 0 00-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 15 103 150-12
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15 103 150-12

TEAM STANDINGS Day 1
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State Lbs-Oz
1 ARIZONA 76-14
2 UTAH 70-00
3 NEVADA 68-14
4 CALIFORNIA 56-06
5 IDAHO 44-04
6 WYOMING 40-08
7 MONTANA 36-05
8 OREGON 33-00
9 WASHINGTON 28-12

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 1
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WASHINGTON
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 James Hollingshead Clarkston, WA 3 03-13 0
2 Greg Jager Kennewick, WA 1 01-13 0
3 Kevin Higgins Bonney Lake, WA 0 00-00 0
3 Mark Smith Tacoma, WA 0 00-00 0
3 Tyler Wipf West Richland, WA 0 00-00 0

IDAHO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Josh Stewart Star, ID 2 03-07 0
2 Matthew Barnes Pensacola, FL 2 02-06 0
3 Stephen Spear Boise, ID 1 01-08 0
4 Jeremy Kimberling Rathdrum, ID 1 01-02 0
5 Ricky Tejada Coeur D Alene, ID 1 01-01 0
6 David Bertsch Harrisy, ID 1 01-00 0
7 Dale Loseke Meridian, ID 1 00-15 0
8 Nathanial Kimberling Coeur D Alene, ID 0 00-00 0
8 Luke White Coeur D Alene, ID 0 00-00 0

OREGON
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Scott Seros Bend, OR 2 03-07 0
2 Tom McArt Jr Albany, OR 2 03-03 0
3 Logan DeGree Redmond, OR 1 01-06 0
4 Kevin Pierson Hermiston, OR 1 01-05 0
5 Jerry Lake Cottage Grove, OR 0 00-00 0
5 Kenneth Sitton Albany, OR 0 00-00 0

ARIZONA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jake Morrison Scottsdale, AZ 3 05-14 0
2 Hayden Spradling Gilbert, AZ 3 04-12 0
3 Brandon Morton San Tan Valley, AZ 2 04-07 0
4 Brian Senter Newton, TX 2 03-09 0
5 Jake Krause Litchfield Park, AZ 2 02-13 0
6 Samuel Collins Chino Valley, AZ 1 02-00 0
7 Kyle Harris San Tan Valley, AZ 1 01-00 0
8 Jake Aubrey Glendale, AZ 0 00-00 0
8 Thomas Edwards Gilbert, AZ 0 00-00 0
8 Ken Hromada Chandler, AZ 0 00-00 0

WYOMING
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Clif Gallagher Saint George, UT 3 06-04 0
2 Paul Gelles Pingree, ID 3 04-00 0
3 Michael Evans Idaho Falls, ID 3 03-14 0
4 Chaunteil Carte' Gresham, OR 2 03-13 0
5 David Vega McCammon , ID 1 01-08 0
6 Earl Wells Payette, ID 1 01-06 0
7 Tim Rawlings Malad City, ID 1 01-01 0
8 Jon Pollock Lakewood, CO 0 00-00 0

CALIFORNIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Tim Meeks Elk Grove, CA 3 03-11 0
2 Tas Moua Fresno, CA 3 03-08 0
3 Aldo Acevedo North Hollywood, CA 2 02-13 0
4 Jeffrey Ramey Cameron Park, CA 2 02-09 0
5 Nathan Towes Bakersfield, CA 2 02-05 0
6 Mark Torrez Camarillo, CA 1 01-09 0
7 Kong Moua Sacramento, CA 1 01-07 0
8 Andrew Sayles Middleton, ID 1 01-06 0
9 Jose Gutierrez Bakersfield, CA 1 01-04 0
10 Luis Gonzalez San Rafael, CA 0 00-00 0

MONTANA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Ric Blair Whitefish, MT 3 04-04 0
2 Austin Johnson Noxon, MT 2 03-02 0
3 Jake Hansen Bozeman, MT 1 02-11 0
4 Hunter Dahnke Missoula, MT 2 02-02 0
5 Jake Weaver Columbia Fls, MT 1 01-07 0
6 Quincy Grupenhoff Noxon, MT 0 00-00 0
6 Cher Moua Missoula, MT 0 00-00 0

UTAH
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Greg Pink Montrose, CO 3 04-14 0
2 Terry Peterson West Jordan, UT 3 04-08 0
3 Ken Simbro West Haven, UT 1 04-02 0
4 Bo Dalton Vernal, UT 2 02-06 0
5 Walter Haltom Malad City, ID 1 02-05 0
6 Trent Perry Huntsville, UT 1 01-03 0
7 Melissa Nokes Lehi, UT 2 00-15 0
8 Billy Ricker Clinton, UT 1 00-11 0
9 Chris Cruz Ogden, UT 0 00-00 0
9 Josh Thalman Saratoga Springs, UT 0 00-00 0

NEVADA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Aaryn Coroneos Henderson, NV 3 04-13 0
2 Douglas Gaskill Las Vegas, NV 3 04-02 0
3 Dean Yamagata Las Vegas, NV 3 04-01 0
4 Larry Warren LaVerkin, UT 3 03-10 0
5 Elli Hubbard Las Vegas, NV 2 02-12 0
6 Jonathan Bryson Las Vegas, NV 2 02-10 0
7 Mike Steckel Las Vegas, NV 1 00-15 0
8 Steve Larsen Henderson, NV 0 00-00 0
8 Cody Steckel Las Vegas, NV 0 00-00 0
8 Sean Sullivan Henderson, NV 0 00-00 0


Alabama Rookie Grabs Lead At Bassmaster Elite Series Event On Lake Guntersville

Kyle Welcher, of Opelika, Ala., is leading after Day 1 of the 2020 NOCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville with 19 pounds, 5 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

September 30, 2020

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Kyle Welcher is technically an “in-state angler” during this week’s NOCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville.

But since the rookie from Opelika, Ala., lives four hours away from the famed Tennessee River fishery, he had very little experience on Lake Guntersville before the official practice period began Sunday — and he thinks that might have been a good thing.

With no preconceived notions, Welcher took a fresh approach to the 69,000-acre lake and put together a five-bass limit that weighed 19 pounds, 5 ounces to take the opening-round lead.

“I’ve fished here almost none, and the times I had been here I was fishing from the back of the boat,” Welcher said. “It’s probably good I’m not from here, because if I had all the history of catching 25 pounds a day on roadbeds down south, I would have probably been doing that.”

Welcher’s experience lies mostly on Chattahoochee River fisheries like West Point Lake, Lake Eufaula and Bartlett’s Ferry. But for what he did Wednesday, he said a river is river, no matter the location.

He didn’t give specific details of the pattern he’s fishing. But he said it’s basically the same one that worked for him earlier this year on Florida’s St. Johns River — and one that will work most places across the country when conditions are right.

“I’m really just running a certain unique deal that the river does,” he said. “So, every time I see it on the map, I’ll just stop and fish whatever cover is there — whether it’s a dock or grass or whatever.”

The type of cover that’s present is helping him decide which bait to use.

“Of the five I weighed in, I caught them on three different baits,” he said. “I’ve got probably 11 or 12 rods on the deck, and I threw every single one of them today. If I need to skip under something, I’ll pick up a jig. If I need to flip into something, I’ll punch.

“It really is not about baits or the cover. It’s about what the current is doing, or at least it is for me.”

Welcher’s bag was anchored by one of Guntersville’s trademark big largemouth that weighed almost 7 pounds. He said he can’t count on catching a bass like that every day, but he has confidence in the pattern he’s running.

“This worked for me in practice, but that’s about all I had working,” he said. “This is something I feel is a pretty high-percentage technique.”

Welcher’s catch gave him a slim lead over Texas pro Randy Sullivan who placed second with 18-8.

Unlike Welcher, who seemed to have a good plan dialed in from the start of practice, Sullivan said he didn’t figure anything out until Tuesday afternoon. But he milked his one pattern for all it was worth Wednesday and was actually able to spend some time looking around during the latter part of the day after catching a good limit early.

“I was panicking on the last day of practice because I didn’t know exactly what I needed to do,” Sullivan said. “But I figured out something a little bit special, and it worked today.”

Sullivan said the cooler weather that moved into the region Monday night — with lows in the high 40s — worked in his favor. With that weather expected to endure, he said he could be in a good position for the remainder of the week.

“I think the cooler weather is the ticket to everything I’m doing,” he said. “I think my stuff is just gonna reload and get better. I laid off of them pretty early today and actually found some more areas that I think could be really good.”

Missouri pro Chad Morgenthaler placed third with 17-10, and he wasn’t the least bit shy about discussing the type of cover he’s throwing.

“Sunshine, bass and grass make Chad a happy boy,” he said, laughing.

The type of grass and what makes each patch good was a little more complicated, however.

“It’s a whole mix, and that’s the key,” he said. “There’s everything here right now. You’ve got a lot of hydrilla, coontail, eelgrass and some other stuff that I don’t even know what the heck it is.

“About the time I think they’re only in one or a mix of two, they throw me a curveball. But it’s all good.”

On a day when keepers were hard to come by for much of the field, Morgenthaler said he caught probably 15 bass and lost three or four more. He believed the bright sunshine was key.

“If it gets cloudy on me, I might be in trouble,” he said. “But for right now, I’m fishing like I would in Florida and feeling right at home.”

Several big bass were brought to the scales, but Texas pro Chris Zaldain took the lead in the race for Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the week with an 8-6 largemouth.

The tournament resumes Thursday with takeoff at 6:30 a.m. CT from Goose Pond Colony Resort Marina and weigh-in back at Goose Pond at 2:30 p.m. After Thursday’s round, only the Top 40 remaining anglers will advance to Friday’s semifinals.

Live coverage of the event will be available starting at 7 a.m. on Bassmaster LIVE at Bassmaster.com and ESPN3.

NOCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville Video Highlights 2020 2020 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville 9/30-10/3
Lake Guntersville, Scottsboro AL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

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

1. Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 5 19-05 100
Day 1: 5 19-05
2. Randy Sullivan Breckenridge, TX 5 18-08 99
Day 1: 5 18-08
3. Chad Morgenthaler Reeds Spring, MO 5 17-10 98
Day 1: 5 17-10
4. John Cox Debary, FL 4 17-03 97
Day 1: 4 17-03
5. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 5 17-01 96
Day 1: 5 17-01
6. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 5 17-00 95
Day 1: 5 17-00
7. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 5 16-06 94
Day 1: 5 16-06
8. Scott Canterbury Odenville, AL 5 16-00 93
Day 1: 5 16-00
8. Seth Feider New Market, MN 5 16-00 93
Day 1: 5 16-00
10. Garrett Paquette Canton, MI 5 15-13 91
Day 1: 5 15-13
11. Luke Palmer Coalgate, OK 5 15-11 90
Day 1: 5 15-11
12. Bob Downey Hudson, WI 5 15-04 89
Day 1: 5 15-04
13. Brandon Card Salisbury, NC 5 14-15 88
Day 1: 5 14-15
14. Hank Cherry Jr Lincolnton, NC 5 14-12 87
Day 1: 5 14-12
15. Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 4 14-10 86 $1,000.00
Day 1: 4 14-10
16. Chris Groh Spring Grove, IL 5 14-09 85
Day 1: 5 14-09
16. Kyle Monti Okeechobee, FL 5 14-09 85
Day 1: 5 14-09
18. Carl Jocumsen Queensland TN AUSTRALIA 5 14-06 83
Day 1: 5 14-06
18. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 5 14-06 83
Day 1: 5 14-06
20. Cory Johnston Cavan CANADA 5 14-05 81
Day 1: 5 14-05
21. Wes Logan Springville, AL 5 14-04 80
Day 1: 5 14-04
22. Frank Talley Temple, TX 5 14-03 79
Day 1: 5 14-03
23. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 5 14-00 78
Day 1: 5 14-00
23. Drew Cook Cairo, GA 5 14-00 78
Day 1: 5 14-00
25. Jeff Gustafson Keewatin Ontario CANADA 5 13-15 76
Day 1: 5 13-15
25. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 5 13-15 76
Day 1: 5 13-15
27. Skylar Hamilton Dandridge, TN 5 13-09 74
Day 1: 5 13-09
28. Hunter Shryock Newcomerstown, OH 5 12-15 73
Day 1: 5 12-15
29. Destin DeMarion Grove City, PA 5 12-14 72
Day 1: 5 12-14
29. Mike Huff Corbin, KY 5 12-14 72
Day 1: 5 12-14
31. Todd Auten Lake Wylie, SC 5 12-11 70
Day 1: 5 12-11
31. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 5 12-11 70
Day 1: 5 12-11
33. Cody Hollen Beaverton, OR 3 12-09 68
Day 1: 3 12-09
34. Jay Yelas Lincoln City, OR 5 12-07 67
Day 1: 5 12-07
35. Clent Davis Montevallo, AL 5 12-06 66
Day 1: 5 12-06
36. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 5 12-05 65
Day 1: 5 12-05
37. Chris Johnston Peterborough Ontario CA 5 12-04 64
Day 1: 5 12-04
38. Bill Weidler Helena, AL 5 11-15 63
Day 1: 5 11-15
39. Micah Frazier Newnan, GA 5 11-09 62
Day 1: 5 11-09
40. Ed Loughran III Richmond, VA 3 11-09 61
Day 1: 3 11-09
41. Tyler Rivet Raceland, LA 5 11-07 60
Day 1: 5 11-07
42. Clark Wendlandt Leander, TX 5 11-06 59
Day 1: 5 11-06
43. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 3 11-05 58
Day 1: 3 11-05
44. Taku Ito Chiba JAPAN 5 11-04 57
Day 1: 5 11-04
45. Brett Preuett Monroe, LA 5 11-03 56
Day 1: 5 11-03
46. Caleb Kuphall Mukwonago, WI 5 10-14 55
Day 1: 5 10-14
47. Matt Arey Shelby, NC 4 10-14 54
Day 1: 4 10-14
48. Buddy Gross Chickamauga, GA 5 10-13 53
Day 1: 5 10-13
48. Bryan Schmitt Deale, MD 5 10-13 53
Day 1: 5 10-13
50. Koby Kreiger Alva, FL 4 10-07 51
Day 1: 4 10-07
51. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 5 10-03 50
Day 1: 5 10-03
52. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 5 10-02 49
Day 1: 5 10-02
53. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 4 10-02 48
Day 1: 4 10-02
54. Dale Hightower Mannford, OK 5 10-01 47
Day 1: 5 10-01
55. Gary Clouse Winchester, TN 3 09-14 46
Day 1: 3 09-14
56. Rick Morris Lake Gaston, VA 4 09-11 45
Day 1: 4 09-11
57. Jason Williamson Wagener, SC 2 09-06 44
Day 1: 2 09-06
58. Shane Lineberger Lincolnton, NC 4 09-01 43
Day 1: 4 09-01
58. Caleb Sumrall New Iberia, LA 4 09-01 43
Day 1: 4 09-01
60. David Fritts Lexington, NC 4 09-00 41
Day 1: 4 09-00
60. Shane LeHew Catawba, NC 4 09-00 41
Day 1: 4 09-00
62. Jamie Hartman Newport, NY 4 08-10 39
Day 1: 4 08-10
62. Brad Whatley Bivins, TX 4 08-10 39
Day 1: 4 08-10
64. Randy Pierson Oakdale, CA 3 08-09 37
Day 1: 3 08-09
65. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 4 08-07 36
Day 1: 4 08-07
65. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 4 08-07 36
Day 1: 4 08-07
67. Jesse Tacoronte Kissimmee, FL 3 08-07 34
Day 1: 3 08-07
68. Matt Herren Ashville, AL 4 08-06 33
Day 1: 4 08-06
69. Derek Hudnall Denham Springs, LA 4 08-02 32
Day 1: 4 08-02
70. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 4 08-00 31
Day 1: 4 08-00
71. Paul Mueller Naugatuck, CT 3 07-15 30
Day 1: 3 07-15
72. Rob Digh Denver, NC 2 07-08 29
Day 1: 2 07-08
73. Jake Whitaker Fairview, NC 4 07-06 28
Day 1: 4 07-06
74. Robbie Latuso Gonzales, LA 2 06-00 27
Day 1: 2 06-00
75. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 3 05-15 26
Day 1: 3 05-15
76. Ray Hanselman Jr Del Rio, TX 3 05-14 25
Day 1: 3 05-14
77. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 2 04-12 24
Day 1: 2 04-12
78. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 2 04-08 23
Day 1: 2 04-08
79. Quentin Cappo Prairieville, LA 2 03-03 22
Day 1: 2 03-03
80. Greg DiPalma Millville, NJ 1 03-03 21
Day 1: 1 03-03
81. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 1 03-00 20
Day 1: 1 03-00
82. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 1 02-08 19
Day 1: 1 02-08
83. Tyler Carriere Youngsville, LA 1 02-05 18
Day 1: 1 02-05
84. Drew Benton Blakely, GA 1 01-15 17
Day 1: 1 01-15
85. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
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1 Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 08-06 $1,000.00


Lester: A One-Two punch for Five

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Team Toyota’s Brandon Lester loves Lake Guntersville. The highly accomplished young pro lives 1 hour and 20 minutes from this week’s weigh-in at Goose Pond Landing, and in a typical year he fishes the famous reservoir 25 days a year.

However, he says fishing is always a little tougher here in late September and early October. And while he gave practice a B+, he knows today’s biggest challenge will be staying mentally sharp.

“I’m committed to a one-two punch involving a topwater and a Texas rig, and I’m confident. But I also know I’m probably not going to get many bites. It’s about five big bites today, and I’ve got to keep my mind focused on that,” says Lester.

He says Guntersville’s aquatic vegetation is the healthiest he’s known it to be in three or four years, especially the hydrilla.

In reality, there are so many great areas to fish on this history-rich 69,000 surface acre reservoir, the key is to pick an area and learn it like your lover’s favorite song and anniversary date.

Lester has learned it well over the years. His biggest fish in practice was a meaty 5-pounder. If he can stay mentally sharp and utilize his one-two punch approach to land five like that, he may just get his first ‘blue trophy’ on Saturday afternoon.


AC Insider Podcast - Unification, Opens and the Western BASS Nation!

 

This week Chris and the boys welcome in NPFL and BASS Nation Pro Chase Colby to the show to preview this weeks Lake Mead event and to hype up the Western anglers as well. They then get dialed in on the new MLFLW Unification announcement and the new Big 5 as well as look at BASS Opens points and who makes the move in 2021. Check it out!


Swindle says Guntersville bass aren’t feeling the autumn spunk

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Air temps in the high 40s and a full autumn moon hung over famed Lake Guntersville prior to Day 1 takeoff of the Bassmaster Elite, but according to hometown pro Gerald Swindle, things aren’t exactly pumpkin spice and everything nice on his beloved fishery.

“I’ve been fishing this lake for 30 years and the fish should 100-percent be eating a buzzbait, and the flippin’ bite around hydrilla on the river should be lights out right now too, but it’s not,” laments the longtime Toyota pro.

The feel of fall is undeniably in the air in Northeastern Alabama, but Swindle reasons that water temps just aren’t low enough to spur Guntersville’s largemouth to put on the feed bags. Water temps are around 74, and “G Man” wishes they were closer to 65.

“We’ve got more grass to flip than you’d find at a Motley Crue concert. But getting one bite flipping grass every three hours won’t get the job done. And I’ve thrown a buzzbait ‘till my head hurts, and they’re just not coming up to eat it,” says Swindle.

 

So, what will Swindle do on Day 1 of competition given his practice was as much fun as an autumn ragweed headache?

“I’m gonna simplify. I’ll start on the deeper stuff with a big worm or a shaky head, and if that doesn’t work, I just might return to my roots and skip a jig around docks,” he smiles.

Few men in history are more skilled at sliding a jig under docks than Swindle, and this is the lake where he realized he had a special talent for such when he was 19 years old. Plus, it seems there’s rarely a time, no matter the season, when bass can’t be found around boat docks. Even in early autumn.

If that holds true this week, hold onto to your cornstalks, Swindle may find the spice to make everything nice by the time this derby concludes Saturday.


Major League Fishing and FLW Unify as One Brand

TULSA, Okla. (Sept. 29, 2020) – To further elevate the sport of tournament bass fishing and align multiple circuits as one company, Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today its unification with Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) as one brand, transitioning all FLW brand assets to MLF.

The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, Toyota Series, Phoenix Bass Fishing League, Abu Garcia College Fishing and High School Fishing will all carry the MLF logo and continue the five-biggest-fish format. A new website that builds on the existing sites, streamlines tournament entry, provides cutting-edge gear and tactics advice, and better highlights participating anglers is set to be unveiled in early 2021.

“Merging the FLW brand under the Major League Fishing umbrella is the next logical step in our company’s evolution, which now includes a broader reach than any of us thought possible in our formative years,” MLF BIG5 Executive Vice President and General Manager Kathy Fennel said. “The key to our success lies not in a name, but in our unwavering focus on providing the best possible tournaments for anglers, fans, hosts and sponsors – our family. Uniting with MLF under a single brand makes the whole greater than the sum of the pieces. The letters may be different, but the people and the values will remain the same.”

The FLW organization now known as “Major League Fishing BIG5” began life as Operation Bass. Founded on the shores of Kentucky Lake in 1979 by Mike Whitaker, a teacher and football coach turned electronics salesman, Operation Bass grew from humble beginnings to become the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization with five circuits and more than 300 events in 11 countries offering $21 million in awards.

Operation Bass was purchased by Minneapolis businessman Irwin L. Jacobs in 1996 and renamed FLW Outdoors in 2001 to honor Forrest L. Wood and the principles he embodied. While those principles still guide the company, FLW became Fishing League Worldwide in 2014 to set the stage for international growth, which now includes bass tournaments in Canada, China, Italy, Mexico, Namibia, Korea, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Zimbabwe.

Fishing League Worldwide was acquired by Major League Fishing in November 2019. The acquisition was the most significant brand merger in competitive bass fishing history, linking an innovative tour and original, award-winning programming featuring the top professional anglers in the world to the extensive grassroots organization that serves tens of thousands of competitive anglers from high school and college students to weekenders and tour pros.

“The unrivaled television audience paired with unmatched tournament activation, MLF Bass Fishing magazine, a combined social media following in excess of one million fans, the sport’s most comprehensive live on-the-water coverage, and two of the sport’s top websites united under a single brand was a natural progression as the two organizations combine,” said Don Rucks, MLF Executive Vice President and General Manager.

To delineate between the Major League Fishing format of catch-weigh-immediate release competition, the five-biggest-fish tournament circuits will operate as the Major League Fishing BIG5 and will capitalize on MLF’s incredible reach on Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network, Discovery, CBS and MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

New logo art will be provided to business partners, sponsors and anglers. The company expects that the changeover to the new name, logo and website will be completed by Q1 of 2021.


Sumrall and Zaldain say Guntersville is atypically tough

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Caleb Sumrall and Chris Zaldain both rolled into Lake Guntersville’s famous Waterfront Grocery Boat Ramp at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday morning for the final day of practice at the Bassmaster Elite Series as though it was a coordinated effort.

In reality, it was just a coincidence, but to hear how similar their answers were to questions about what fans can expect from this famous fishery when competition begins Wednesday you would have thought they were reading from the exact same script.

 

Q: Give this world class fishery a letter grade now that you’ve had two full days of practice.

Sumrall: C-

Zaldain: C

 

Q: Those are Not very impressive grades, what’s making it so tough?

Sumrall: Man, it’s just this time of year in the Deep South, and the aquatic vegetation is set up in a manner this week that doesn’t make the holes in it easy to target.

Zaldain: The weather. It went from beach weather to Carhartt jacket weather in a matter of two days. The second major cold from of early fall just rolled in, and I think it’s got these fish spun out.

 

Q: What three lures will you lean on a lot?

Sumrall: Pitching a 1 to 1.5 ounce Texas rigged punch weight, a soft swimbait and a Chatterbait.

Zaldain: Pitching a 1 to 1.5 ounce Texas rigged punch weight, a fast moving topwater (grins), and a small MegaBass 110 +1 junior jerkbait.

 

Q: How much weight will you have to average each day to leave here with a Top 10 on Saturday afternoon?

Sumrall: 14.8 pounds per day.

Zaldain: I’ll say 14 pounds per day.

 


Godwin Brothers Double up in the Alabama Bass Trail South Division for 2020

By Jason Duran

September 26- Columbiana, AL, The Alabama Bass Trail South Division closed its season on Lay Lake just how it started- with the Godwin brothers on top. The team of brothers claimed another win in just their second season fishing the ABT. Their first win was the season opening event at Lake Jordan. With that win they became the youngest team to ever win an ABT Event. They back that win up strong with another win this week and add their names to the short list of teams that are two-time ABT single season winners.

The ABT season was spread out a little longer due to COVID19. This event, originally scheduled as a spring event in March, was rescheduled for September. Throughout practice the conditions changed, the cloud cover and cooler air temps caused water temps to drop 10°. That caused many teams to target the shallows where fish would be actively chasing bait in a pre-fall time pattern. However, on Saturday the air temps climbed back into the 80s and the clouds gave way to a bright and sunny day. Anglers shared that they felt this pushed fish off the areas they found in practice and moved them around some. Teams spent the day trying to relocate fish found in practice and adjust to the conditions, and the Godwin brothers made the right adjustments to bag 16.05 to take the win.

The brothers said they started out the morning like most other teams, fishing grass and looking to capitalize on the practice from day before when they were “shaking lots fish off in the grass.” However, due to the changing conditions the fish just weren’t there for them. Noah said, “we really had a slow start to our day; we didn’t catch a keeper till about 9 o’clock when we pulled up on an offshore spot and for about 10-15 minutes, we caught them every other cast.” This was one of about 50 spots they tried out deeper in pactice and the only one that they were able to catch fish on. They described this spot as a hump in about 12 feet of water with stumps on top. The area just off the side of the hump was in 20 feet of water. They targeted these fish using a Strike 6XD in Natural Shad and Tennessee Shad 2.0. They made casts up on the hump to get the fish fired up. After catching a solid limit on the deep spot, they made a move and headed back to check the grass bite again. They were able to catch a few fish in the grass burning a Zoom Horny Toad in green pumpkin pearl with a 5/0 6th Sense Hook. They thought they were going to be able to cash a check and were excited to get another win against this great field of anglers when the scales closed and they were on top.


The second place team was also a team of brothers. Dan and Rob Graham said practice for them was good on Thursday but worse on Friday. They decided to spend tournament day doing what they did Thursday in practice. They “spent all day in one area trolling around in the water just fishing.” They targeted scattered grass and lily pads. Using a Strike King 3/8oz Hack Attack Green Pumpkin Jig and a Spro Frog in Lepard. Dan said, “the fish bit for them all day, but the after lunch bite was really better.” They worked well together as a team, Dan would through the frog and Rob would follow up with the Jig until they got in active fish areas and they would both throw the frog. The weighed in 14.36 of all largemouth. They said they fished really clean all day, did the best they could and were happy with a second place finish.


The team of Mark McCaig and Tim Hurst claim AOY in the South Division with 1013 points which they described as “a really a big accomplishment.” They said this was an 8 month long journey. Mark said the only thing they did different this year was not “trying to make something work that wasn’t working.” Looking back for them this year Mark said a key moment for them was when Tim caught a fish at Jordan that put them in the top 40. Mark said “it was at Jordan that Tim saw a tree sticking way out on the Garmin Panoptix, made a cast and caught a fish. He continued, “on the way home, I realized that if he hadn’t made that cast, we would have finished below 60th. Looking back that was a key to this win.” They fished both divisions this year and won a North Division event at Weiss lake. They also finished 9th in the points in the North Division.

The ABT finishes up the 2020 Season with a two day no entry fee championship at a Lake Martin October 23-24 with a $50,000 first place prize.

For a list of complete result visit https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/tournament-series/ll-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.


Arizona’s Au Wins Toyota Series Western Division Finale at Clear Lake

Glendale Pro Weighs 26-pound Final Day Limit, Takes Home Top Payout of $24,635

CLEARLAKE, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2020) – Pro Tai Au of Glendale, Arizona, crossed the stage with a five-bass limit Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 26 pounds, 4 ounces, to vault to the top of the leaderboard and win the three-day Toyota Series at Clear Lake tournament in Clearlake, California. Au’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 63-3 earned him the win by a 5-pound, 4-ounce margin and earned him the top payout of $24,635 in the third and final tournament of the 2020 Toyota Series Western Division.

Au also won the Western Division season opener on Lake Havasu in his home state back in March.

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“I just got a brand new boat and this week was the first time putting it in the water,” Au said. “I spent time breaking in the motor and getting my Lowrance units rigged up. On the third day of practice, I broke one off on a Neko Rig and then caught a 5-pounder in one area and that gave me the confidence to start there during the tournament.”

The area he found ended up being the winning area and he plied it for three straight days on the way to victory. Au described the area as a rounded point inside a pocket adjacent to a long flat. He fished in the mid-lake area and the spot had clean water and grass.

The first day, Au relied on a Neko-rigged 5-inch Yamamoto Senko in the watermelon red color on a size 1 Decoy hook. He ended the day with 17 pounds, 8 ounces and found himself in 13th place.

On the second day, Au returned to the same area. He caught one immediately, but the bite went cold after that.

“I knew they were still there because I could see them on my Lowrance units,” Au said. “They were just nipping at the Neko Rig and I knew I had to change it up to get them to react. I started throwing a Lucky Craft LV 500 in ghost minnow and chartreuse shad and figured out the cadence they wanted.”

Once he figured out how to fish the bait in his area, his catches went way up as he brought in 19-7 on the second day.

“The key was to rip it as hard as I could to get them to react,” he said. “I sat in one spot and made repeated casts to the same place. If you could get the school to fire up, you could catch four or five in a row.”

Saturday, he returned to his magic area and worked it all day long on his way to the win.

“I parked in that same spot for three straight days," Au says. "It was a highway for fish coming in and out along the grass.”

He fished the lipless baits on two different setups, depending on the thickness of the grass. A 7-foot, 4-inch heavy Fitzgerald Bryan Thrift Signature Series cranking rod on the outside edges of the grass and a 7-foot, 6-inch medium-heavy Fitzgerald Stunner HD Series rod on the inside grass line. He fished both on Daiwa Tatula 100 reels spooled with 20-pound fluorocarbon.

The top 10 pros on Clear Lake finished:

1st: Tai Au of Glendale, Ariz., 15 bass, 63-3, $24,635

2nd: Tom White of Costa Mesa, Calif., 15 bass, 57-15, $9,613

3rd: Jared Linter of Arroyo Grande, Calif., 15 bass, 54-14, $7,390

4th: Justin Kerr of Simi Valley, Calif., 15 bass, 54-9, $6,159

5th: Todd Kline of San Clemente, Calif., 15 bass, 53-5, $5,543

6th: John Pearl of Upper Lake, Calif., 15 bass, 51-6, $4,927

7th: Sergio Arguello of North Hollywood, Calif., 15 bass, 50-6, $4,378

8th: Jordan Collom of Canyon Lake, Calif., 15 bass, 49-7, $3,695

9th: Wade Curtiss of Eagle, Idaho, 15 bass, 49-6, $4,079

10th: Phillip Dutra of Concord, Calif., 15 bass, 47-4, $2,463

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

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

Blaine Christiansen of San Jose, California, won the Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 50 pounds, 1 ounce. Christiansen took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor.

The top 10 co-anglers on Clear Lake finished:

1st: Blaine Christiansen of San Jose, Calif., 15 bass, 50-1, Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp outboard

2nd: Jeff Hodges of Grover Beach, Calif., 15 bass, 48-1, $3,209

3rd: Travis Avery of Mount Vernon, Wash., 15 bass, 46-11, $2,567

4th: Jack Farage of Discovery Bay, Calif., 15 bass, 45-10, $2,246

5th: Bruce Harris of Oakdale, Calif., 15 bass, 44-15, $1,926

6th: Jesse Parks of Avondale, Ariz., 15 bass, 42-2, $1,605

7th: Larry Rogers of Riverside, Calif., 15 bass, 40-2, $1,284

8th: Scott Bern of San Rafael, Calif., 15 bass, 39-12, $1,123

9th: Zack Eggleston of Goleta, Calif., 15 bass, 38-14, $963

10th: Ilya Guryanov of West Sacramento, Calif., 15 bass, 35-14, $847

The Toyota Series at Clear Lake was the third and final regular-season tournaments in 2020 for Western Division anglers. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place Oct. 1-3 – the Toyota Series at Lake Norman in Huntersville, North Carolina. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

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

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


Walters’ Adjustment Seals Victory At Bassmaster Eastern Open On Hartwell

Patrick Walters, of Summerville, S.C., has won the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Lake Hartwell with a three-day total of 44 pounds, 5 ounces.
Photo by Andy Crawford/B.A.S.S.
September 25, 2020

ANDERSON, S.C. — Making a key bait adjustment, Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., sacked up a Championship Friday limit of 13 pounds, 11 ounces and won the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Lake Hartwell with a three-day total of 44 pounds, 5 ounces.

In keeping with Hartwell tradition, the Bassmaster Elite Series pro spent a lot of time with a Zoom Super Fluke on Days 1 and 2. However, during Friday’s competition, he switched to a Fluke Stick — a 6 1/4-inch stickworm with a deeply forked tail like the Super Fluke.

“I had been throwing the Super Fluke in white pearl on 14-pound line on a baitcaster, but when I switched over to the Fluke Stick in natural shad on a spinning rod, it was lights-out after that,” Walters said. “A little bit of bait profile change showed out this week. It was like they had never seen it.

“No one else is throwing this bait; everyone else is throwing a Fluke. They’ve been throwing a Fluke on this lake for eight years, so the fish have seen it before and they know it’s the same action. The Fluke Stick is something that gets them fired up."

Walters, who weighed 14-15 and 15-11 the first two days, said a blistering retrieve proved most effective. Hartwell is full of blueback herring, a fast-paced species of baitfish that typically roams open waters. Mimicking the herring’s frantic appearance was the key to tempting bites.

Also important was a highly mobile game plan. Walters spent most of his time on the lake’s lower end because he felt that region held bigger spotted bass and largemouth. Although the latter eluded him Friday, Walters weighed a big largemouth the first two days, including a 4-6 on Day 1.

He targeted a mix of cane piles and long, tapering points. He got his bites in 5 to 15 feet and spent very little time on spots that did not immediately produce.

“I put that trolling motor down 50 times a day,” Walters said. “I was catching 40 fish a day, and I just got blessed enough this week to thankfully take home the trophy.”

This is Walters’ third Bassmaster victory. He and fellow University of South Carolina angler Tyler All won the 2017 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Southern Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops at Winyah Bay. Walters also won the 2018 Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on the Red River.

“I really didn’t know how this week was going to pan out,” Walters said. “You can’t predict it; you just have to go fishing every single day and fish as hard as you can.

“That Red River definitely solidified that I could do it. But to do it here in Anderson, S.C., on Lake Hartwell, I absolutely love this lake. This means the world to me.”

For his efforts, Walters earned $42,267.

Jayme Rampey of Liberty, S.C., finished second with 42-6. Starting the day in 12th place with a 4-6 deficit, Rampey turned in the best performance of the final round — a 16-2 limit. Adding this to his previous weights of 10-9 and 15-11, Rampey gave Walters his biggest scare and ended just 1-15 off the winning total.

Rampey targeted cane piles, timber and flats between the launch site of Green Pond Landing and Event Center and the Hartwell Dam and caught his fish on a Zoom Super Fluke in pearl white. Essential to his success was a 7-4 Abu Garcia Veracity rod, which allowed him to get a good hook set.

“I got the presentation down yesterday — what the bigger ones wanted,” Rampey said. “The first day, I thought they wanted it fast but I was catching little ones. The second day, I slowed it down and put a little pause in it, and the bigger ones really started biting yesterday. Today, it really materialized and kept going.”

Andy Wicker of Pomaria, S.C., finished third with 40-12. His daily weights were 15-11, 13-13 and 11-4.

“I caught most of my fish this week on a Berkley Cane Walker, and I think there’s a good reason they call it the Cane Walker —that thing catches them over cane piles,” Wicker said. “I also caught some fish on a Berkley Drift Walker and a Fluke.”

Day 1 leader, Cody Hahner of Wausau, Wis., won the $750 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award for his 6-3. Walters won the $500 Garmin Tournament Rewards prize.

Topping the co-angler division, Mark Grizzle of Cumming, Ga., turned in a three-fish limit of 10-1 — the only double-digit catch of his field — and finished with a winning total of 21-10. Weighing 4-6 and 7-3 the first two days, Grizzle won by a margin of 3-4.

Fishing a Sebile Magic Swimmer and a Heddon Zara Spook, Grizzle anchored his Day 3 limit with bookend 4-pounders — one spotted bass and one largemouth. He earned $18,927.

J.W. Smith of Goose Creek, S.C., won the $250 Phoenix Boats Big Bass prize among co-anglers for his 6-0.

Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., took the lead in the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year standings with 735 points. Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., is in second with 704, followed by Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., with 652, Justin Atkins of Florence, Ala., with 642 and Marc Frazier of Newnan, Ga., with 638.
The tournament was hosted by Visit Anderson.

2020 Basspro.com Eastern Open at Lake Hartwell 9/23-9/25
Lake Hartwell, Anderson SC.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 15 44-05 200 $42,267.00
Day 1: 5 14-15 Day 2: 5 15-11 Day 3: 5 13-11
2. Jayme Rampey Liberty, SC 15 42-06 199 $20,287.00
Day 1: 5 10-09 Day 2: 5 15-11 Day 3: 5 16-02
3. Andy Wicker Pomaria, SC 15 40-12 198 $14,320.00
Day 1: 5 15-11 Day 2: 5 13-13 Day 3: 5 11-04
4. Bobby Stanfill Greenwood, SC 15 40-08 197 $11,933.00
Day 1: 5 16-08 Day 2: 5 11-08 Day 3: 5 12-08
5. Scott Martin Clewiston, FL 15 40-07 196 $10,382.00
Day 1: 5 15-12 Day 2: 5 10-09 Day 3: 5 14-02
6. Andrew Upshaw Tulsa, OK 15 40-04 195 $9,547.00
Day 1: 5 14-10 Day 2: 5 13-12 Day 3: 5 11-14
7. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 15 39-08 194 $8,950.00
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 5 12-03 Day 3: 5 12-07
8. Derek Lehtonen Woodruff, SC 15 37-11 193 $8,353.00
Day 1: 5 14-15 Day 2: 5 12-01 Day 3: 5 10-11
9. Marc Frazier Newnan, GA 15 37-08 192 $6,563.00
Day 1: 5 14-13 Day 2: 5 13-00 Day 3: 5 09-11
10. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 15 36-00 191 $5,370.00
Day 1: 5 13-14 Day 2: 5 12-09 Day 3: 5 09-09
11. Cody Hahner Wausau, WI 13 34-10 190 $5,523.00
Day 1: 5 20-04 Day 2: 3 06-00 Day 3: 5 08-06
12. John Maner Falkville, AL 12 34-01 189 $4,177.00
Day 1: 5 13-12 Day 2: 5 15-02 Day 3: 2 05-03
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Cody Hahner Wausau, WI 06-03 $750.00
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2020 Basspro.com Eastern Open at Lake Hartwell 9/23-9/25
Lake Hartwell, Anderson SC.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Mark Grizzle Cumming, GA 9 21-10 200 $18,927.00
Day 1: 3 04-06 Day 2: 3 07-03 Day 3: 3 10-01
2. Neal Shade Greenville, SC 9 18-06 199 $4,453.00
Day 1: 3 06-09 Day 2: 3 04-07 Day 3: 3 07-06
3. Cody Wilson Ladson, SC 9 18-05 198 $3,340.00
Day 1: 3 06-03 Day 2: 3 07-03 Day 3: 3 04-15
4. Caz Anderson Hayesville, NC 9 17-12 197 $2,505.00
Day 1: 3 05-07 Day 2: 3 06-03 Day 3: 3 06-02
5. Darren Ashley Calhoun Falls, SC 9 17-10 196 $2,338.00
Day 1: 3 06-04 Day 2: 3 05-04 Day 3: 3 06-02
6. Nathan Mcclure Hiawassee, GA 9 15-11 195 $2,227.00
Day 1: 3 07-07 Day 2: 3 03-08 Day 3: 3 04-12
7. Mike Anderson Eustis, FL 8 15-09 194 $2,115.00
Day 1: 3 08-05 Day 2: 2 03-03 Day 3: 3 04-01
8. Ronald Young New Braunfels, TX 9 15-09 193 $2,004.00
Day 1: 3 06-07 Day 2: 3 04-05 Day 3: 3 04-13
9. Mitch Van Ert Watertown, WI 9 14-15 192 $1,837.00
Day 1: 3 06-03 Day 2: 3 04-07 Day 3: 3 04-05
10. Drew Pridgen Greenwood, SC 9 14-12 191 $1,670.00
Day 1: 3 04-07 Day 2: 3 06-02 Day 3: 3 04-03
11. Mitchell Grimsley Hiawassee, GA 7 14-07 190 $1,559.00
Day 1: 3 06-06 Day 2: 3 05-13 Day 3: 1 02-04
12. Andy Simm Piney Flats, TN 9 14-07 189 $1,447.00
Day 1: 3 05-09 Day 2: 3 05-04 Day 3: 3 03-10
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
JW Smith Goose Creek, SC 06-00 $250.00


Key Changes Push Walters Into Lead At Bassmaster Eastern Open On Hartwell

ANDERSON, S.C. — Knowing which changes to make and when moved Patrick Walters into the Day 2 lead of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open on Lake Hartwell with a two-day total of 30 pounds, 10 ounces.

Turning in one of the most consistent performances so far, the Bassmaster Elite Series pro from Summerville, S.C., added 15-11 Thursday to his Day 1 catch of 14-15. Doing so required several key decisions.

“I had to change it up a good bit today; I had to change the bait, the presentation and color,” Walters said. “My technique was a lot different today.”

Walters lamented a similar frustration echoed by several of his fellow competitors — bass that would rarely commit to a bait. On blueback herring lakes like Hartwell, bass tend to prefer sunnier conditions that allow them to better spot the baitfish silhouettes.

Thursday saw even more clouds than Day 1. Also, the lack of significant wind typically makes bass more skittish, so today’s cloudy, mostly calm conditions presented a tough bite. The upside is that the process of elimination helped Walters dial in an effective program.

“If I would have caught what I saw today, I think I could have caught 20 pounds,” Walters said. “I had the bites, they were just nipping at it. They were being weird today, but I have a good idea about tomorrow.

“I could honestly tell by the way the fish were reacting that they weren’t feeding well. I could call them, but they wouldn’t eat the normal presentations, so I changed it until they started eating it. I was fishing behind people and when they’d leave, I could pull in there and catch a couple. I was that confident in my bait selection.”

Walters withheld specific details but said he caught all of his bass Thursday on topwater lures. Targeting a mix of cane piles and other structure in 10 to 20 feet of water, Walters said he made his final upgrades late in the day.

“I ran down to Lightwood Log Creek, went almost to the dam, fished my way up, went to Sadlers Creek and came all the way back to Green Pond,” he said. “At 2 o’clock around here at Green Pond, I said, ‘I’m going all the way back down to the dam,’ and ran down there and culled up two more times.”

Walters said burning the time to return to the dam was a matter of necessity and confidence.

“The fish weren’t biting, so I had to make a change,” he said. “They’re always biting somewhere, you just have to go find them. It was just instinct; just going with your gut.”

Andy Wicker of Pomaria, S.C., is in second with 29-8. After placing fourth on Day 1 with 15-11, he added 13-13 Thursday. His success depended on being in the right place at the right time.

“It was the same program as yesterday, there’s still a lot of boats fishing for those schooling fish and it’s just a timing deal,” Wicker said. “There were bite windows, but overall the afternoon was better.

“There was a period when I caught two or three pretty quick this morning, but I sat on those fish until probably 1 o’clock until I caught any more. The wind picked up the last couple of hours, and I think that probably helped things.”

Wicker caught his fish on a rotation of a Berkley Cane Walker topwater bait, a weightless Zoom Fluke and a 3.8 Keitech swimbait on a 1/4-ounce jighead.

John Maner of Falkville, Ala., is in third with 28-14. Moving up from 14th place, he added 15-2 to the 13-12 he weighed on Day 1.

“I did not have but three fish at 12:45,” Maner said. “I was throwing topwater, and I had a lot of fish come up and just roll on the bait. I thought if I just keep putting myself in those areas, sooner or later I’ll (fill my limit).

“With about 30 minutes to go, we came back upriver and I caught my fourth and fifth fish. That was cutting it to the wire.”

Maner caught most of his bass on a big topwater lure, but his biggest fish — a 4-15 largemouth — ate a 3/4-ounce football jig with a Strike King Rage Craw trailer in 40 feet of water.

Day 1 leader, Cody Hahner of Wausau, Wis., is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with the 6-3 he caught Wednesday.

Cody Wilson of Ladson, S.C., leads the co-angler division with 13-6. Wilson tied for ninth on Day 1 with 6-3 and caught a better bag that went 7-3 Thursday.

J.W. Smith of Goose Creek, S.C., holds the Phoenix Boats Big Bass lead among co-anglers with a 6-0 largemouth.

The Top 12 remaining anglers in each division will take off Friday at 7 a.m. ET from Green Pond Landing and Event Center. The weigh-in will be held at Green Pond at 3 p.m.

Fans can follow the final-day drama on Bassmaster.com by streaming Nationwide Bassmaster Opens LIVE presented by Grizzly as camera boats provide coverage of the leaders.
The tournament is being hosted by Visit Anderson.

2020 Basspro.com Eastern Open at Lake Hartwell 9/23-9/25
Lake Hartwell, Anderson SC.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 10 30-10 200
Day 1: 5 14-15 Day 2: 5 15-11
2. Andy Wicker Pomaria, SC 10 29-08 199
Day 1: 5 15-11 Day 2: 5 13-13
3. John Maner Falkville, AL 10 28-14 198
Day 1: 5 13-12 Day 2: 5 15-02
4. Andrew Upshaw Tulsa, OK 10 28-06 197
Day 1: 5 14-10 Day 2: 5 13-12
5. Bobby Stanfill Greenwood, SC 10 28-00 196
Day 1: 5 16-08 Day 2: 5 11-08
6. Marc Frazier Newnan, GA 10 27-13 195
Day 1: 5 14-13 Day 2: 5 13-00
7. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 10 27-01 194
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 5 12-03
8. Derek Lehtonen Woodruff, SC 10 27-00 193
Day 1: 5 14-15 Day 2: 5 12-01
9. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 10 26-07 192
Day 1: 5 13-14 Day 2: 5 12-09
10. Scott Martin Clewiston, FL 10 26-05 191
Day 1: 5 15-12 Day 2: 5 10-09
11. Cody Hahner Wausau, WI 8 26-04 190
Day 1: 5 20-04 Day 2: 3 06-00
12. Jayme Rampey Liberty, SC 10 26-04 189
Day 1: 5 10-09 Day 2: 5 15-11
13. Justin Atkins Florence, AL 10 26-02 188 $3,263.00
Day 1: 5 12-12 Day 2: 5 13-06
14. Bobby Lane Jr. Lakeland, FL 10 25-08 187 $3,263.00
Day 1: 5 10-08 Day 2: 5 15-00
15. Pat Schlapper Eleva, WI 10 25-03 186 $3,263.00
Day 1: 5 12-09 Day 2: 5 12-10
16. Jason Burroughs Hodges, SC 10 25-02 185 $3,263.00
Day 1: 5 14-13 Day 2: 5 10-05
17. Wyatt Burkhalter Coker, AL 10 24-12 184 $3,263.00
Day 1: 5 13-04 Day 2: 5 11-08
18. Joshua Stracner Vandiver, AL 10 24-04 183 $3,263.00
Day 1: 5 10-02 Day 2: 5 14-02
19. Derek Freeman Anderson, SC 10 23-08 182 $3,263.00
Day 1: 5 10-11 Day 2: 5 12-13
20. Jody Wilson Blue Ridge, GA 10 23-06 181 $3,263.00
Day 1: 5 12-00 Day 2: 5 11-06
21. John Garrett Union City, TN 10 23-05 180 $2,967.00
Day 1: 5 11-13 Day 2: 5 11-08
22. Tyler Purcell Henderson, NC 10 22-07 179 $2,967.00
Day 1: 5 11-03 Day 2: 5 11-04
23. Justin Hamner Northport, AL 10 22-01 178 $2,967.00
Day 1: 5 12-01 Day 2: 5 10-00
24. Timmy Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 10 21-15 177 $2,967.00
Day 1: 5 13-04 Day 2: 5 08-11
25. Kenta Kimura Osaka JAPAN 10 21-13 176 $2,967.00
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 5 12-04
26. Jacob Powroznik North Prince George, VA 10 21-13 175 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 10-14 Day 2: 5 10-15
27. Matt Lee Bremen, AL 10 21-12 174 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 5 07-12
28. JT Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 10 21-11 173 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 11-15 Day 2: 5 09-12
29. Joe Thompson Clayton, GA 10 21-09 172 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 09-04 Day 2: 5 12-05
30. David Williams Newton, NC 10 21-07 171 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 12-09 Day 2: 5 08-14
31. Joel Willert Prior Lake, MN 10 21-06 170 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 5 11-13
32. Parker Mott Winter Garden, FL 10 21-06 169 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 10-01 Day 2: 5 11-05
33. Paul Gettys Due West, SC 10 21-05 168 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 09-07 Day 2: 5 11-14
34. Kameron Harbin Abbeville, SC 10 21-04 167 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 12-02 Day 2: 5 09-02
35. Shayne Mcfarlin Martin, GA 10 21-03 166 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 5 08-11
36. Darrell Davis Dover, FL 10 21-03 165 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 09-14 Day 2: 5 11-05
37. Derrick Bridges Greenville, SC 10 21-01 164 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 11-09 Day 2: 5 09-08
38. Chad Smith Minnetonka, MN 10 21-01 163 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 11-03 Day 2: 5 09-14
39. Brad Fowler Townville, SC 10 21-01 162 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 10-12 Day 2: 5 10-05
40. Greg Mansfield Olathe, KS 10 20-15 161 $2,729.00
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 5 08-07
41. Timmy Cales Sandstone, WV 10 20-13 160
Day 1: 5 11-08 Day 2: 5 09-05
42. Josh Douglas Isle, MN 10 20-13 159
Day 1: 5 10-11 Day 2: 5 10-02
43. Kyle Austin Ridgeville, SC 10 20-11 158
Day 1: 5 13-01 Day 2: 5 07-10
44. Bryan New Belmont, NC 10 20-09 157
Day 1: 5 08-04 Day 2: 5 12-05
45. Garrett Rose Pipecreek, TX 10 20-09 156
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 5 09-02
46. Cody Huff Ava, MO 10 20-09 155
Day 1: 5 10-06 Day 2: 5 10-03
47. Alex Wetherell Middletown, CT 8 20-08 154
Day 1: 5 15-04 Day 2: 3 05-04
48. Brock Belik Orchard, NE 10 20-06 153
Day 1: 5 10-14 Day 2: 5 09-08
49. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 10 20-02 152
Day 1: 5 09-15 Day 2: 5 10-03
50. Todd Castledine Nacogdoches, TX 10 19-15 151
Day 1: 5 11-10 Day 2: 5 08-05
51. Nick Tate Knoxville, TN 10 19-13 150
Day 1: 5 10-10 Day 2: 5 09-03
52. Gary Adkins Green Bay, WI 10 19-13 149
Day 1: 5 10-09 Day 2: 5 09-04
53. Bradley Hallman Norman, OK 10 19-11 148
Day 1: 5 11-08 Day 2: 5 08-03
54. Teb Jones Hattiesburg, MS 10 19-11 147
Day 1: 5 08-03 Day 2: 5 11-08
55. Joey Sabbagha Prosperity, SC 10 19-09 146
Day 1: 5 10-02 Day 2: 5 09-07
56. Brad Knight Lancing, TN 10 19-08 145
Day 1: 5 10-10 Day 2: 5 08-14
57. Adam Neu Forestville, WI 10 19-07 144
Day 1: 5 09-00 Day 2: 5 10-07
58. Andy Hribar Lakeville, MN 10 19-07 143
Day 1: 5 09-11 Day 2: 5 09-12
59. Justin Debose Anderson, SC 9 19-06 142
Day 1: 5 11-10 Day 2: 4 07-12
60. Trait Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 10 19-05 141
Day 1: 5 08-03 Day 2: 5 11-02
61. J.R. McCay Helen, GA 10 19-04 140
Day 1: 5 09-03 Day 2: 5 10-01
62. Tyler Berger Delaware, OH 9 19-03 139
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 4 05-09
63. KJ Queen Catawba, NC 10 19-02 138
Day 1: 5 09-15 Day 2: 5 09-03
64. Ronnie Mccoy Lamar, SC 10 19-01 137
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 06-11
65. Jonathan Carter Glenburn, ME 10 19-01 136
Day 1: 5 08-13 Day 2: 5 10-04
66. Matthew Robertson Kuttawa, KY 10 18-14 135
Day 1: 5 11-05 Day 2: 5 07-09
67. Craig Chambers Midland, NC 10 18-13 134
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 5 09-04
68. Tim Frederick Leesburg, FL 10 18-10 133
Day 1: 5 08-11 Day 2: 5 09-15
69. Justin Kimmel Athens, GA 10 18-10 132
Day 1: 5 09-07 Day 2: 5 09-03
70. Andrew Thomasson Dublin, VA 10 18-08 131
Day 1: 5 08-11 Day 2: 5 09-13
71. Scott Siller Milwaukee, WI 10 18-07 130
Day 1: 5 07-05 Day 2: 5 11-02
72. Scott Pellegrin Chippewa Falls, WI 10 18-06 129
Day 1: 5 09-11 Day 2: 5 08-11
73. Cameron Smith Wareham, MA 10 18-00 128
Day 1: 5 08-06 Day 2: 5 09-10
74. Alex Redwine Blue Ash, OH 10 17-15 127
Day 1: 5 07-11 Day 2: 5 10-04
75. Kotaro Kiriyama Guntersville, AL 10 17-14 126
Day 1: 5 09-03 Day 2: 5 08-11
76. Bryce Matthews Olanta, SC 10 17-13 125
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 5 08-04
77. Whitney Stephens Waverly, OH 10 17-13 124
Day 1: 5 08-15 Day 2: 5 08-14
78. Shawn Hendrix Sharpsburg, GA 9 17-10 123
Day 1: 5 10-15 Day 2: 4 06-11
79. Carl Whitfield Anderson, SC 10 17-08 122
Day 1: 5 08-04 Day 2: 5 09-04
80. Cody Detweiler Orlando, FL 10 17-02 121
Day 1: 5 09-14 Day 2: 5 07-04
81. Corey Lindsey Blacklick, OH 10 17-00 120
Day 1: 5 09-03 Day 2: 5 07-13
82. Steve Sennikoff Edgewood, TX 10 17-00 119
Day 1: 5 09-00 Day 2: 5 08-00
83. Carl Jocumsen Queensland TN AUSTRALIA 10 16-13 118
Day 1: 5 07-14 Day 2: 5 08-15
84. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 9 16-12 117
Day 1: 4 05-06 Day 2: 5 11-06
85. Randy Blaukat Joplin, MO 10 16-12 116
Day 1: 5 07-06 Day 2: 5 09-06
86. Caleb Gibson Locust Grove, OK 10 16-12 115
Day 1: 5 07-07 Day 2: 5 09-05
87. Jacob Foutz Charleston, TN 10 16-12 114
Day 1: 5 07-15 Day 2: 5 08-13
88. Vernon Kemp Umatilla, FL 9 16-10 113
Day 1: 4 08-08 Day 2: 5 08-02
89. Freddy Palmer Estill Springs, TN 10 16-09 112
Day 1: 5 09-03 Day 2: 5 07-06
90. Chris Groh Spring Grove, IL 10 16-08 111
Day 1: 5 06-12 Day 2: 5 09-12
91. Rodney Jones Anderson, SC 10 16-07 110
Day 1: 5 10-10 Day 2: 5 05-13
92. Rich Howes Oviedo, FL 10 16-07 109
Day 1: 5 06-02 Day 2: 5 10-05
93. Greg Alexander Hebron, MD 10 16-07 108
Day 1: 5 08-13 Day 2: 5 07-10
94. Scott Patton Paris, TN 9 16-06 107
Day 1: 5 07-13 Day 2: 4 08-09
95. Frank Ramsey Spring Grove, IL 10 16-01 106
Day 1: 5 05-09 Day 2: 5 10-08
96. Hunter Sales Blaine, TN 10 15-14 105
Day 1: 5 08-05 Day 2: 5 07-09
97. Trevor Topken Warwick, NY 9 15-13 104
Day 1: 5 09-04 Day 2: 4 06-09
98. Randy Elliott Severn, MD 10 15-13 103
Day 1: 5 07-08 Day 2: 5 08-05
99. Jeff Williams Gainesville, GA 10 15-12 102
Day 1: 5 08-09 Day 2: 5 07-03
100. Melvin Jiggetts Courtland, VA 10 15-11 101
Day 1: 5 06-12 Day 2: 5 08-15
101. Masayuki Matsushita Tokoname-Shi JAPAN 8 15-10 100
Day 1: 5 09-04 Day 2: 3 06-06
102. Cam Sterritt Newfields, NH 10 15-10 99
Day 1: 5 09-00 Day 2: 5 06-10
103. Tommy Williams Shepherdsville, KY 10 15-04 98
Day 1: 5 08-11 Day 2: 5 06-09
104. Barry Wilson Birmingham, AL 10 15-00 97
Day 1: 5 08-08 Day 2: 5 06-08
105. Cole Drummond Effingham, SC 10 15-00 96
Day 1: 5 07-11 Day 2: 5 07-05
106. Stephen Mui Odessa, FL 10 14-15 95
Day 1: 5 06-12 Day 2: 5 08-03
107. Brandon Tallhamer Parkersburg, WV 10 14-15 94
Day 1: 5 07-14 Day 2: 5 07-01
108. Gregg Fogner Conway, SC 10 14-14 93
Day 1: 5 07-15 Day 2: 5 06-15
109. David Kilgore Jasper, AL 10 14-14 92
Day 1: 5 07-05 Day 2: 5 07-09
110. Brad Burkhart Speedwell, TN 8 14-13 91
Day 1: 3 05-08 Day 2: 5 09-05
111. Dave Turner Crystal River, FL 10 14-13 90
Day 1: 5 06-03 Day 2: 5 08-10
112. Denny Fiedler Wabasha, MN 10 14-12 89
Day 1: 5 09-03 Day 2: 5 05-09
113. Matthew Mccarthy Marysville, OH 8 14-09 88
Day 1: 5 11-03 Day 2: 3 03-06
114. Allen Brooks Canton, GA 8 14-07 87
Day 1: 5 06-15 Day 2: 3 07-08
115. John Hunter Jr Simpsonville, KY 8 14-04 86
Day 1: 3 05-06 Day 2: 5 08-14
116. Jason Casteel Winter Garden, FL 10 14-04 85
Day 1: 5 07-03 Day 2: 5 07-01
117. Trevor Prince Blue Ridge, GA 10 13-14 84
Day 1: 5 05-14 Day 2: 5 08-00
118. Kenny Mittelstaedt Minnetonka, MN 9 13-13 83
Day 1: 5 09-04 Day 2: 4 04-09
119. Davey May Odessa, FL 7 13-10 82
Day 1: 2 02-14 Day 2: 5 10-12
120. Chase Serafin White Lake, MI 10 13-10 81
Day 1: 5 07-14 Day 2: 5 05-12
121. Brandt Tumberg Moore, SC 9 13-04 80
Day 1: 4 03-15 Day 2: 5 09-05
122. Jerry Gallogly Jr North Tazewell, VA 8 13-04 79
Day 1: 3 04-04 Day 2: 5 09-00
123. Brian Latimer Belton, SC 8 13-03 78
Day 1: 3 05-06 Day 2: 5 07-13
124. Matt Mollohan Prosperity, SC 9 13-01 77
Day 1: 4 05-01 Day 2: 5 08-00
125. Craig Cavanna Spring Hill, FL 8 13-00 76
Day 1: 3 02-13 Day 2: 5 10-03
126. Jeremy Maye Windsor, VA 8 13-00 75
Day 1: 3 03-08 Day 2: 5 09-08
127. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 8 12-07 74
Day 1: 5 08-11 Day 2: 3 03-12
128. Spencer Peters Knoxville, TN 8 12-06 73
Day 1: 5 09-02 Day 2: 3 03-04
129. Chris Kingree Inverness, FL 10 12-06 72
Day 1: 5 04-12 Day 2: 5 07-10
130. Luke Plunkett Pinson, AL 10 12-04 71
Day 1: 5 06-13 Day 2: 5 05-07
131. Chuck Pippin Jr Gotha, FL 7 12-02 70
Day 1: 5 09-00 Day 2: 2 03-02
132. Keith Carson Debary, FL 8 12-01 69
Day 1: 5 07-00 Day 2: 3 05-01
133. Cody Bertrand Dyer, IN 7 12-00 68
Day 1: 4 06-12 Day 2: 3 05-04
134. Josh Hubbard Braidwood, IL 10 11-15 67
Day 1: 5 05-14 Day 2: 5 06-01
135. Douglas Reed Bridgeton, NJ 7 11-14 66
Day 1: 5 08-12 Day 2: 2 03-02
136. Garrett Rocamora Lithia, FL 8 11-06 65
Day 1: 3 03-02 Day 2: 5 08-04
137. Mark Duerr West Allis, WI 8 11-06 64
Day 1: 3 03-11 Day 2: 5 07-11
138. Mark Pappas Dandridge, TN 8 11-00 63
Day 1: 4 06-05 Day 2: 4 04-11
139. Darryl Halbert Enoree, SC 8 10-14 62
Day 1: 4 05-14 Day 2: 4 05-00
140. Terry Segraves Kissimmee, FL 5 10-08 61
Day 1: 5 10-08 Day 2: 0 00-00
141. Christiana Bradley Goldvein, VA 6 10-08 60
Day 1: 4 07-08 Day 2: 2 03-00
142. Rex Nickel Huff Corbin, KY 6 10-08 59
Day 1: 3 05-00 Day 2: 3 05-08
143. Michael Hall Annandale, VA 7 10-07 58
Day 1: 4 05-14 Day 2: 3 04-09
144. Randy Huffman Charleston, WV 7 10-06 57
Day 1: 2 03-01 Day 2: 5 07-05
145. Lance Owen Greer, SC 5 10-04 56
Day 1: 3 06-03 Day 2: 2 04-01
146. Hunter Bland Williston, FL 6 09-12 55
Day 1: 1 01-01 Day 2: 5 08-11
147. Jake Rossi Columbus, OH 7 09-10 54
Day 1: 3 03-13 Day 2: 4 05-13
148. Blake Smith Lakeland, FL 6 09-04 53
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 5 07-13
149. James Castillo West Richland, WA 5 08-14 52
Day 1: 2 04-02 Day 2: 3 04-12
150. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 5 08-05 51
Day 1: 4 06-11 Day 2: 1 01-10
151. David Boelkins Hubertus, WI 7 08-04 50
Day 1: 4 04-15 Day 2: 3 03-05
152. Chandler Stewart Waco, TX 6 08-02 49
Day 1: 4 06-02 Day 2: 2 02-00
153. Stephen Morella Whitehall , PA 6 08-00 48
Day 1: 4 05-05 Day 2: 2 02-11
154. Anthony Dumitras Winston, GA 5 07-15 47
Day 1: 4 06-01 Day 2: 1 01-14
155. Barron Adams Mineral Bluff, GA 5 07-13 46
Day 1: 5 07-13 Day 2: 0 00-00
156. Barry Brandt Jr. Newport News, VA 6 07-13 45
Day 1: 1 01-12 Day 2: 5 06-01
157. Ronald Ryals Jr Live Oak, FL 6 07-07 44
Day 1: 1 01-01 Day 2: 5 06-06
158. Dustin Reneau Mckinney, TX 5 07-00 43
Day 1: 2 02-09 Day 2: 3 04-07
159. Jon Ear Easley, SC 5 06-15 42
Day 1: 5 06-15 Day 2: 0 00-00
160. Denis Karachopan Rocky Point, NY 5 06-15 41
Day 1: 1 02-03 Day 2: 4 04-12
161. Chris Ferguson Wittensville, KY 5 06-15 40
Day 1: 3 04-06 Day 2: 2 02-09
162. Colby Robertson Summerfield, FL 5 06-14 39
Day 1: 5 06-14 Day 2: 0 00-00
163. Robbie Harrelson Moncks Corner, SC 4 06-13 38
Day 1: 4 06-13 Day 2: 0 00-00
164. Richard Reeger Gastonia, NC 6 06-12 37
Day 1: 3 03-15 Day 2: 3 02-13
165. Chad Randles Elkhorn, NE 4 06-11 36
Day 1: 2 02-02 Day 2: 2 04-09
166. Guy Eaker Cherryville, NC 5 05-11 35
Day 1: 5 05-11 Day 2: 0 00-00
167. Frank Kitchens III Blairsville, GA 3 05-05 34
Day 1: 3 05-05 Day 2: 0 00-00
168. Robert Gibson Niota, TN 3 05-02 33
Day 1: 1 02-06 Day 2: 2 02-12
169. Clayton Dyer Fayetteville, TN 3 04-02 32
Day 1: 3 04-02 Day 2: 0 00-00
170. Lucas Bogosian Harrington Park, NJ 3 03-09 31
Day 1: 1 01-00 Day 2: 2 02-09
171. Ed Stiefel Mahwah, NJ 2 03-05 30
Day 1: 1 01-12 Day 2: 1 01-09
172. Tyler Ellis Battlefield, MO 2 03-02 29
Day 1: 2 03-02 Day 2: 0 00-00
173. Jason Postell Colbert, GA 2 02-07 28
Day 1: 2 02-07 Day 2: 0 00-00
174. Ronnie Getz Sunman, IN 1 01-04 27
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-04
175. Robert Mathis Odessa, TX 1 01-01 26
Day 1: 1 01-01 Day 2: 0 00-00
176. Jon Canada Helena, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
176. Ken Iyobe Tokoname, Aichi JAPAN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
176. Hermilo Salgado Artemus, KY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
176. Ed Tucker Deland, FL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 128 768 1477-15
2 125 734 1359-13
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253 1502 2837-12

2020 Basspro.com Eastern Open at Lake Hartwell 9/23-9/25
Lake Hartwell, Anderson SC.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1. Cody Wilson Ladson, SC 6 13-06 200
Day 1: 3 06-03 Day 2: 3 07-03
2. Mitchell Grimsley Hiawassee, GA 6 12-03 199
Day 1: 3 06-06 Day 2: 3 05-13
3. Caz Anderson Hayesville, NC 6 11-10 198
Day 1: 3 05-07 Day 2: 3 06-03
4. Mark Grizzle Cumming, GA 6 11-09 197
Day 1: 3 04-06 Day 2: 3 07-03
5. Mike Anderson Eustis, FL 5 11-08 196
Day 1: 3 08-05 Day 2: 2 03-03
6. Darren Ashley Calhoun Falls, SC 6 11-08 195
Day 1: 3 06-04 Day 2: 3 05-04
7. Neal Shade Greenville, SC 6 11-00 194
Day 1: 3 06-09 Day 2: 3 04-07
8. Nathan Mcclure Hiawassee, GA 6 10-15 193
Day 1: 3 07-07 Day 2: 3 03-08
9. Andy Simm Piney Flats, TN 6 10-13 192
Day 1: 3 05-09 Day 2: 3 05-04
10. Ronald Young New Braunfels, TX 6 10-12 191
Day 1: 3 06-07 Day 2: 3 04-05
11. Mitch Van Ert Watertown, WI 6 10-10 190
Day 1: 3 06-03 Day 2: 3 04-07
12. Drew Pridgen Greenwood, SC 6 10-09 189
Day 1: 3 04-07 Day 2: 3 06-02
13. Don Harvey Franklin, TN 6 10-08 188 $1,210.00
Day 1: 3 03-11 Day 2: 3 06-13
14. Marshall Robinson Lyman, SC 4 10-07 187 $1,100.00
Day 1: 1 01-00 Day 2: 3 09-07
15. Sam Sobieck New Prague, MN 6 10-07 186 $990.00
Day 1: 3 04-14 Day 2: 3 05-09
16. Chuck Thurlow Auburn, AL 6 10-05 185 $880.00
Day 1: 3 05-03 Day 2: 3 05-02
17. Don Bible II Knoxville, TN 6 10-04 184 $825.00
Day 1: 3 05-11 Day 2: 3 04-09
18. Zachary Hudson Pendleton, SC 6 10-03 183 $825.00
Day 1: 3 04-10 Day 2: 3 05-09
19. Alex Prince Blue Ridge, GA 6 10-02 182 $825.00
Day 1: 3 05-10 Day 2: 3 04-08
20. Rick Hamer Charleston, WV 6 09-15 181 $825.00
Day 1: 3 04-09 Day 2: 3 05-06
21. Isaac Booth Washburn, TN 4 09-14 180 $770.00
Day 1: 1 04-02 Day 2: 3 05-12
22. Neal Wisinski Stevens Point, WI 6 09-12 179 $770.00
Day 1: 3 04-00 Day 2: 3 05-12
23. Burley Langford Jr. S.Chesterfield, VA 6 09-12 178 $770.00
Day 1: 3 04-03 Day 2: 3 05-09
24. Michael Elrod Cropwell, AL 6 09-11 177 $770.00
Day 1: 3 05-04 Day 2: 3 04-07
25. Ronald Humiston Wallingford, CT 6 09-11 176 $770.00
Day 1: 3 05-00 Day 2: 3 04-11
26. Jon Jezierski Troy, MI 6 09-10 175 $660.00
Day 1: 3 04-09 Day 2: 3 05-01
27. William Cooley Belton, SC 6 09-09 174 $660.00
Day 1: 3 04-11 Day 2: 3 04-14
28. Tyler Watts Mount Airy, GA 6 09-06 173 $660.00
Day 1: 3 03-13 Day 2: 3 05-09
29. Austin Cole Rutherford, NC 6 09-03 172 $660.00
Day 1: 3 04-11 Day 2: 3 04-08
30. John Wesley Wardlaw Central, SC 6 09-01 171 $660.00
Day 1: 3 06-02 Day 2: 3 02-15
31. Dawson Wisner Green Cv Spgs, FL 5 08-15 170 $605.00
Day 1: 3 06-01 Day 2: 2 02-14
32. Michael Miller Greenville, SC 6 08-15 169 $605.00
Day 1: 3 05-05 Day 2: 3 03-10
33. Doyle Jarrard Gainesville, GA 6 08-14 168 $605.00
Day 1: 3 05-04 Day 2: 3 03-10
34. Angela Mayo Maiden, NC 6 08-13 167 $605.00
Day 1: 3 04-07 Day 2: 3 04-06
35. Zack Barrera Morriston, FL 5 08-12 166 $605.00
Day 1: 2 03-07 Day 2: 3 05-05
36. Logan Stewart Nashville, TN 6 08-12 165 $605.00
Day 1: 3 04-01 Day 2: 3 04-11
37. Stanley Beebe San Luis obispo, CA 4 08-08 164 $605.00
Day 1: 1 01-01 Day 2: 3 07-07
38. Terry Lisle Columbus, GA 4 08-08 163 $605.00
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 3 06-07
39. JW Smith Goose Creek, SC 2 08-08 162 $605.00
Day 1: 1 06-00 Day 2: 1 02-08
40. Lloyd Raheem Orange, NJ 6 08-08 161 $605.00
Day 1: 3 04-03 Day 2: 3 04-05
41. Bradley Brooks Easley, SC 5 08-07 160
Day 1: 3 06-05 Day 2: 2 02-02
42. Cody Stahl Griffin, GA 5 08-07 159
Day 1: 2 02-06 Day 2: 3 06-01
43. Cody Shry Pinehrst, TX 5 08-07 158
Day 1: 2 02-08 Day 2: 3 05-15
44. James Roten West Jefferson, NC 6 08-07 157
Day 1: 3 04-08 Day 2: 3 03-15
45. JP Przekurat Stevens Point, WI 5 08-07 156
Day 1: 3 04-00 Day 2: 2 04-07
46. AJ Jones Odessa, FL 5 08-05 155
Day 1: 3 05-10 Day 2: 2 02-11
47. Eric Dell Cumming, GA 6 08-05 154
Day 1: 3 04-06 Day 2: 3 03-15
48. Mike Spears Jasper, AL 6 08-04 153
Day 1: 3 04-15 Day 2: 3 03-05
49. Luke Shrader Barrington, NJ 5 08-01 152
Day 1: 2 03-03 Day 2: 3 04-14
50. Kibbee Mccoy Knoxville, TN 6 08-00 151
Day 1: 3 04-03 Day 2: 3 03-13
51. Craig Congleton Rockford, MI 5 08-00 150
Day 1: 3 03-15 Day 2: 2 04-01
52. John Connell Marion, IL 5 07-13 149
Day 1: 2 02-15 Day 2: 3 04-14
53. Chaz Carrington Suffolk, VA 6 07-13 148
Day 1: 3 03-08 Day 2: 3 04-05
54. Bill Bruce Hendersonville, TN 5 07-12 147
Day 1: 3 05-03 Day 2: 2 02-09
55. Robert Holliday Greensboro, GA 5 07-12 146
Day 1: 2 02-13 Day 2: 3 04-15
56. Stacey Jefferson Conway, SC 5 07-11 145
Day 1: 3 04-07 Day 2: 2 03-04
57. Jarrod Lancaster Iron Station, NC 6 07-11 144
Day 1: 3 04-00 Day 2: 3 03-11
58. Ken Sharkey Spring Lake, MI 5 07-09 143
Day 1: 2 02-15 Day 2: 3 04-10
59. Josh Morse Apopka, FL 5 07-09 142
Day 1: 3 04-07 Day 2: 2 03-02
60. Andy Semonco Chester, VA 4 07-08 141
Day 1: 1 02-05 Day 2: 3 05-03
61. Bradley Sterner Manchester, PA 5 07-06 140
Day 1: 3 04-01 Day 2: 2 03-05
62. Tyler Sheffield Murrayville, GA 6 07-05 139
Day 1: 3 04-02 Day 2: 3 03-03
63. Jacob Fortner Monroe, GA 4 07-01 138
Day 1: 3 05-12 Day 2: 1 01-05
64. Daniel Istik Cranberry Twp, PA 5 07-01 137
Day 1: 2 02-08 Day 2: 3 04-09
65. David Booth Erin, TN 5 07-01 136
Day 1: 3 04-07 Day 2: 2 02-10
66. Sam Naib Decatur, GA 4 07-00 135
Day 1: 1 00-15 Day 2: 3 06-01
67. Tony Hudson Liberty, SC 5 06-13 134
Day 1: 3 04-09 Day 2: 2 02-04
68. Ray Hill Lake City, FL 5 06-13 133
Day 1: 2 02-05 Day 2: 3 04-08
69. Carl Hunter Snellville, GA 5 06-11 132
Day 1: 3 04-05 Day 2: 2 02-06
70. John Swann Fort Valley, VA 4 06-10 131
Day 1: 3 05-05 Day 2: 1 01-05
71. Dustin Shirley Royston, GA 4 06-09 130
Day 1: 1 01-02 Day 2: 3 05-07
72. Jeff Queen Catawba, NC 4 06-09 129
Day 1: 3 05-06 Day 2: 1 01-03
73. Ben Brumley Priest River, ID 4 06-08 128
Day 1: 1 01-03 Day 2: 3 05-05
74. Byong Lee Stedman, NC 4 06-08 127
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 3 05-01
75. Huey Hewett Floral City, FL 5 06-07 126
Day 1: 3 04-04 Day 2: 2 02-03
76. Mike Anderson Harlem, GA 3 06-04 125
Day 1: 3 06-04 Day 2: 0 00-00
77. William Rogers Summerton, SC 3 06-03 124
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 06-03
78. Curtis Cole Sharpsburg, MD 4 06-03 123
Day 1: 1 01-01 Day 2: 3 05-02
79. Nic Rand Kalamazoo, MI 5 06-03 122
Day 1: 3 04-15 Day 2: 2 01-04
80. Joel Greene Enoree, SC 4 06-02 121
Day 1: 3 04-14 Day 2: 1 01-04
81. Jesse Simmons Columbia, SC 4 05-12 120
Day 1: 1 01-10 Day 2: 3 04-02
82. Curtis Crooke Washburn, TN 3 05-11 119
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 05-11
83. Chip Stith Piscataway, NJ 4 05-11 118
Day 1: 1 01-03 Day 2: 3 04-08
84. Keith Vonderhaar Monticello, GA 4 05-11 117
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 2 01-11
85. Howard Gaston Chatom, AL 4 05-10 116
Day 1: 1 00-13 Day 2: 3 04-13
86. Frank Kitchens Jr Oxford, GA 3 05-09 115
Day 1: 3 05-09 Day 2: 0 00-00
87. Wesley Watson Huntington, WV 3 05-07 114
Day 1: 2 03-11 Day 2: 1 01-12
88. Skyler Anderson Harlem, GA 4 05-05 113
Day 1: 1 01-03 Day 2: 3 04-02
89. Michael Schrader North Attleboro, MA 4 05-05 112
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 3 03-14
90. Robert Bruguiere Mechanicsville, VA 3 05-04 111
Day 1: 3 05-04 Day 2: 0 00-00
91. Charles Cotton Hemingway, SC 3 05-04 110
Day 1: 1 01-09 Day 2: 2 03-11
92. Paul Propst Jr. Kearneysville, WV 4 05-03 109
Day 1: 2 02-02 Day 2: 2 03-01
93. Daniel Valois Gomez Coral Springs FL VENEZU 4 05-02 108
Day 1: 1 01-09 Day 2: 3 03-09
94. Jeffrey Worthy Jr Lakeland, FL 4 05-02 107
Day 1: 2 01-15 Day 2: 2 03-03
95. Bryan Collins Jefferson, GA 4 05-01 106
Day 1: 3 03-15 Day 2: 1 01-02
96. Matt Roberson Powder Springs, GA 4 04-14 105
Day 1: 2 02-12 Day 2: 2 02-02
97. Mauricio Marciales Miami FL VENEZUELA 3 04-13 104
Day 1: 3 04-13 Day 2: 0 00-00
98. Jonathan Barnette Jasper, AL 4 04-13 103
Day 1: 2 02-03 Day 2: 2 02-10
98. Bobby Williams Salisbury, NC 4 04-13 103
Day 1: 2 02-03 Day 2: 2 02-10
100. David Few Lake Wylie, SC 2 04-12 101
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-12
101. Scott Waters Saint Cloud, FL 4 04-12 100
Day 1: 1 01-09 Day 2: 3 03-03
102. Edward Stiefel Jr. Lake Worth, FL 3 04-11 99
Day 1: 2 02-03 Day 2: 1 02-08
103. Travis Culbreth Columbia, AL 3 04-10 98
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 04-10
104. Rick Williams Jr Sandston, VA 4 04-10 97
Day 1: 3 03-06 Day 2: 1 01-04
105. Shawn Spaeth Cadott, WI 3 04-08 96
Day 1: 2 03-10 Day 2: 1 00-14
106. Tony Sears Dahlonega, GA 4 04-08 95
Day 1: 1 01-10 Day 2: 3 02-14
107. Luke Bennett Hartwell, GA 3 04-06 94
Day 1: 1 01-06 Day 2: 2 03-00
108. Brian Parker Calhoun, GA 3 04-03 93
Day 1: 1 01-05 Day 2: 2 02-14
109. Osvaldo Gutierrez Grand Island, NE 3 04-02 92
Day 1: 2 02-12 Day 2: 1 01-06
110. Ralph Hunter Pelzer, SC 2 04-01 91
Day 1: 1 02-10 Day 2: 1 01-07
111. James Southeard Scottsboro, AL 3 04-00 90
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 04-00
112. Earnie Jones Jr Chapin, SC 3 03-14 89
Day 1: 3 03-14 Day 2: 0 00-00
113. Thomas Abraham Winchester, TN 3 03-14 88
Day 1: 1 01-00 Day 2: 2 02-14
114. Thomas Ulintz Mars, PA 2 03-14 87
Day 1: 1 01-01 Day 2: 1 02-13
115. Liam Oneill Beverly Hills, FL 4 03-13 86
Day 1: 1 01-05 Day 2: 3 02-08
116. David Everhart Kearneysville, WV 3 03-12 85
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 03-12
116. Bruce Faulkner Seneca, SC 3 03-12 85
Day 1: 3 03-12 Day 2: 0 00-00
118. Dennis Lane Rutledge, TN 3 03-12 83
Day 1: 2 01-13 Day 2: 1 01-15
119. Daniel Hanniford Florence, SC 3 03-11 82
Day 1: 3 03-11 Day 2: 0 00-00
120. Edward Bean Johnsburg, IL 3 03-11 81
Day 1: 2 02-13 Day 2: 1 00-14
121. Alan Alfonso Ashland, VA 3 03-10 80
Day 1: 2 02-05 Day 2: 1 01-05
122. Connor Graham Minneapolis, MN 3 03-09 79
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 03-09
122. Jeffery Strong Sharpsburg, GA 3 03-09 79
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 03-09
124. Ralph Gibson Locust Grove, OK 3 03-08 77
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 03-08
125. Bryden Mugleston Mount Juliet, TN 2 03-08 76
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 03-08
126. Jeff Keever Tignall, GA 3 03-06 75
Day 1: 2 01-12 Day 2: 1 01-10
127. Connor Mcelvaney Tallahassee, FL 2 03-04 74
Day 1: 2 03-04 Day 2: 0 00-00
128. Mark Kendra Great Meadows, NJ 3 03-03 73
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 03-03
129. Thomas Crosswhite Hartwell, GA 2 03-03 72
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 03-03
129. Eric Osborne Jefferson, NC 2 03-03 72
Day 1: 2 03-03 Day 2: 0 00-00
131. Harold Addison Columbia, SC 2 03-02 70
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 1 01-01
132. Thomas Hendel Russells Point, OH 2 02-15 69
Day 1: 2 02-15 Day 2: 0 00-00
133. Hunter Pearson Williamston, SC 2 02-13 68
Day 1: 1 01-08 Day 2: 1 01-05
134. Greg O'Neal Winchester, TN 2 02-11 67
Day 1: 2 02-11 Day 2: 0 00-00
135. Billy Messer Spartanburg, SC 2 02-10 66
Day 1: 2 02-10 Day 2: 0 00-00
136. Dan McGarry Leland, NC 2 02-08 65
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 02-08
137. David Grooms Summerville, SC 2 02-08 64
Day 1: 1 01-01 Day 2: 1 01-07
138. Charles Reed Batesville, MS 1 02-07 63
Day 1: 1 02-07 Day 2: 0 00-00
139. Gary Teague Gaffney, SC 3 02-07 62
Day 1: 2 01-10 Day 2: 1 00-13
140. Jacob Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 2 02-05 61
Day 1: 1 01-03 Day 2: 1 01-02
141. Briar Postell Carlton, GA 2 02-02 60
Day 1: 2 02-02 Day 2: 0 00-00
142. Kevin Steele Kissimmee, FL 1 02-01 59
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 0 00-00
143. Jim Ford Magnolia, AR 1 02-00 58
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-00
144. Darrell Hille Springfield, TN 1 01-14 57
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-14
145. Zachary Catoe Lancaster, SC 1 01-13 56
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-13
146. John Vest Cloverdale, VA 1 01-11 55
Day 1: 1 01-11 Day 2: 0 00-00
147. Steven Kellam Dry Ridge, KY 2 01-09 54
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 01-09
148. Jamie Ferdarko Dubois, PA 1 01-09 53
Day 1: 1 01-09 Day 2: 0 00-00
149. Mason Gunter Newnan, GA 1 01-06 52
Day 1: 1 01-06 Day 2: 0 00-00
149. Steve Legg Vincent, OH 1 01-06 52
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-06
151. Kyle Brown Wexford, PA 2 01-04 50
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 01-04
152. Justin Fitch New Smyrna Beach, FL 1 01-03 49
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-03
153. Rich Lachance Talbott, TN 1 01-02 48
Day 1: 1 01-02 Day 2: 0 00-00
154. Scott Mcnair Murfreesboro, TN 1 01-00 47
Day 1: 1 01-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
154. Steven Roosen Charlotte, NC 1 01-00 47
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-00
156. Russell Phillips Guilford, CT 1 00-15 45
Day 1: 1 00-15 Day 2: 0 00-00
157. Steve Robbins Piketon, OH 1 00-14 44
Day 1: 1 00-14 Day 2: 0 00-00
158. Jeffrey Bolen Lexington, SC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
158. Jef Fox Jr East Flat Rock, NC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
158. Donald Fredericks Saint Charles, IL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
158. Dehn Ganey Bonneau, SC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
158. Greg Mauldin Archdale, NC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
158. Benjamin Nye Summerville, SC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
158. Joe Olivas Worthington, OH 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
158. Greg Secord Salem, SC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
158. David Winn Woodstock, GA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
158. Darrell Wittner Moore, SC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00


La Crosse Selected to Host 2021 Tackle Warehouse TITLE Championship

Pro Circuit Championship to Showcase 50 Pros Competing on Mississippi River for $235,000 Top Prize

LA CROSSE, Wis. (Sept. 24, 2020) – FLW and Explore La Crosse announced Thursday that the 2021 Tackle Warehouse TITLE, the Pro Circuit Championship, will be held Aug. 17-22, 2021, on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Although FLW’s top championship has been held on the Mississippi River once before – in Moline, Illinois in 1998 – this event marks the first time that FLW has hosted its premier event in La Crosse.

“We are elated to host the TITLE Pro Circuit Championship and showcase the incredible bass fishing that the Upper Mississippi River offers,” said A.J. Frels, Executive Director of Explore La Crosse. “The scenic La Crosse region presents a picturesque backdrop of bluffs that overlooks one of the best bass fisheries in the country. The catch-weigh-release format fits the Mississippi River perfectly as massive quantities of quality largemouth and smallmouth inhabit these bountiful waters, providing nonstop action and exciting competition for the live webcast and television broadcasts.”

La Crosse and the Mississippi River has played host to dozens of FLW tournaments over the years, including four High School Fishing events, three Abu Garcia College Fishing events, 43 Phoenix Bass Fishing League tournaments, five Toyota Series tournaments and two Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit events. The 2021 Tackle Warehouse TITLE will mark the 26th anniversary of FLW’s top-tier championship. The tournament will launch from Veterans Freedom Park in La Crosse.

“We couldn’t be more excited to take the Tackle Warehouse TITLE to La Crosse and the Mississippi River,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW Executive Vice President and General Manager. “We’ve had tremendous success hosting tournaments in La Crosse in the past, so it made bringing our championship an obvious choice. The bass fishing fans in Wisconsin have always been extremely passionate and enthusiastic, and we’re proud to be showcasing our most prestigious championship to them.”

In 2021, the 26th season of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit will feature six regular-season tournaments showcasing the best 150 anglers in the world competing for as much as $135,000, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus, in a five-biggest-fish format on top bass fisheries at peak times. The 2021 season culminates with the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE in La Crosse, where the top 50 pros will compete for as much as $235,000, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus, in a catch, weigh, immediate-release format.

Each Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit tournament features live on-the-water coverage plus television coverage on the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel.

The complete 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit schedule was announced earlier this month.

2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Schedule:

  • Feb. 11-14                  Lake Okeechobee      Clewiston, Fla.
    Hosted by Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort and the Hendry County Tourism Development Council
  • March 11-14              Smith Lake                Cullman, Ala.
    Hosted by Cullman Area Local Organizing Committee
  • April 22-25                 Lake Murray             Columbia, S.C.
    Hosted by Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board
  • May 13-16                  Lake Eufaula             Eufaula, Ala.
    Hosted by Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce
  • June 17-20                  Potomac River           Marbury, Md.
    Hosted by Charles County Board of Commissioners
  • July 29-Aug. 1           St. Lawrence River   Massena, N.Y.
    Hosted by the Town of Massena
  • Aug. 17-22                  Tackle Warehouse TITLE at Mississippi River – La Crosse, Wis.
    Hosted by Explore La Crosse

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