Jordan Lee Wins 2020 General Tire World Championship

 

Alabama Superstar Catches 2-Pounder in Final Minutes to Overtake Casey Ashley in Dramatic Finale, Earns Johnny Morris Award and Top Payout of $100,000

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (Nov. 16, 2020) – The 29-year-old Alabama superstar did it again. Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Jordan Lee of Cullman, Alabama, caught 37 bass totaling 69 pounds, 4 ounces, to narrowly edge out South Carolina’s Casey Ashley and win the 2020General Tire World Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and the top prize of $100,000.

It was a nail-biting finale that came down to the wire in the final day Championship Round that aired Saturday on Discovery. Lee caught his last fish – a 2-pound, 2-ounce largemouth – with just 14 minutes to spare in the final period, overtaking Ashley, who had put together a frantic 17 bass third-period rally to move to the top of the leaderboard. Lee’s last fish came on a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent The General worm.

“Oh man, what a feeling,” said Lee, who was the 2020 Bass Pro Tour Angler of the Year, winner of the inaugural Heavy Hitters tournament in February, and now the 2020 General Tire World Champion. “Casey was just killing it right there at the end. It seemed like every time I caught one, he would catch two. It was gut-wrenching. I was listening to him bumping up the SCORETRACKER® and he just kept coming and I couldn’t do anything about it. I just had to keep my head down and focus on every single bite. That last fish turned out to be the difference maker. We fished all day long and I won by less than a pound. Unreal.”

Lee started out his day on Spider Lake targeting largemouth with a vibrating jig and a swimjig, before mixing in a frog and eventually the Berkley The General worm (black and black-and-blue) as the day progressed. He keyed on the shallow reeds and lily pads on the 1,392-acre lake.

“It was mostly a fun day of flipping and frogging, and that is what I love to do,” Lee said. “I mixed up a couple of different baits to start with, but the swim jig really got me started. It clued me in that the fish were around the reeds and the pads, and then I started catching some good ones.”

Lee led after Period 1 of competition and had a near 20-pound lead into Period 2 before his bite slowed in Period 3. Meanwhile, Ashley’s pattern caught fire. Ashley took the lead with 40 minutes remaining in the event, and the two anglers battled back and forth before Lee’s last-minute heroics clinched the victory.

“We were so close, I pretty much knew that whoever caught the last scorable bass was going to win,” said Lee. “As the clock ticked down, I kept expecting my boat official to tell me that Casey had caught one at the very end to take it, but luckily for me that didn’t happen.

“To win this event is just the best feeling in the world,” Lee went on to say. “MLF puts us out in the middle of nowhere – down dirt roads, places we’ve never fished before. I love that part of this game. It’s a level playing field, and to come away with a win against this bunch of guys – they’re the best in the world. This has been a special, special week. Nothing comes easy in this sport and I don’t take it for granted. I’ve had a great year. I’m fishing with confidence and I hope I can keep the good vibes going next season.”

The final six anglers at the 2020 General Tire World Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops in Grand Rapids, Minnesota finished:

1st:          Jordan Lee of Cullman, Ala., 37 bass, 69-4
2nd:         Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., 35 bass, 68-5
3rd:         Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., 28 bass, 48-2
4th:         Takahiro Omori of Tokyo, Japan, 29 bass, 46-10
5th:         Jacob Powroznik of Prince George, Va., 20 bass, 43-6
6th:         Cody Meyer of Star, Idaho, 10 bass, 21-10

Complete results and photos from the event can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Meyer caught the Berkley Big Bass of the day – a 5-pound, 2-ounce largemouth at the end of Period One that came on an unnamed finesse worm.

Overall, there were 159 bass weighing 297 pounds, 5 ounces caught by the final six pros during the Championship Round of competition on Spider Lake.

The 2020 General Tire World Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops was hosted by Visit Grand Rapids and premiered on the Discovery Channel as six, two-hour original episodes debuting on Oct. 10, 2020, and running through Nov. 14, 2020. The event, shot over six days in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, showcased 16 MLF pro anglers culminating the 2020 Cup season and competing for the top prize of $100,000.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 


BERKLEY PRO JORDAN LEE RIDES POWERBAIT MAXSCENT TO VICTORY IN MLF’S 2020 GENERAL TIRE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Largemouth gamble pays off, resulting in a $100,000 payday and a third major championship.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 16, 2020) — Looking at his fourth new lake in four days, Berkley Pro Jordan Lee had a decision to make. After sliding into the championship round of the 2020 General Tire World Championship in the sixth and final spot, Lee had 30 minutes to decide his plan of attack for the final day: go after the greater numbers of smallmouth or fish for the bigger largemouth? Either could be boom or bust, but he felt confident the fishery held championship-clinching largemouth.

Luckily, his boat held a lot of Berkley PowerBait MaxScent, the same bait that dominated the professional tournament trails in 2020.

Predominantly flipping PowerBait MaxScent The General around lily pads, Lee recorded 69 pounds, 4 ounces of largemouth in the championship round of Major League Fishing’s 2020 General Tire World Championship, picking up another major championship and a $100,000 first-place payout. With the win, the list of successes for both Lee and PowerBait MaxScent grew even longer.

The win gives Lee, who also has back-to-back Bassmaster Classic wins to his credit, his third major championship while adding to PowerBait MaxScent’s incredible 2020 highlight reel. Earlier this year, PowerBait MaxScent dominated predominantly smallmouth tournaments as the major professional bass fishing tours took their northern swings. But you won’t find the Alabama angler pigeonholing PowerBait MaxScent.

“Largemouth, smallmouth, it doesn’t matter. MaxScent makes me not want to fish with anything else because my confidence is so high with it,” said Lee, who is quick to remind that Berkley’s bait scientists tested PowerBait MaxScent almost exclusively on largemouth during the product’s lengthy development period. “It gets more bites. And if something gets more bites then that’s what I’m going to be using.”

Flipping black and junebug PowerBait MaxScent The General with a 1/4-ounce tungsten weight and a Berkley Fusion19 4/0 straight-shank flipping hook, Lee’s gear consisted of a 7-foot, 6-inch Abu Garcia Fantasista Premier rod paired with a 7.3:1 Revo Premier spooled with 50-pound-test Berkley X9 braid—key for getting fish out of thick swaths of lily pads. As consistent as the bites were as Lee fished the edges of the lily pad jungles, so was the tendency of the hooked fish to try to wrap him around the roots of the pads. With X9, Lee was able to muscle the fish straight to the boat, which he did repeatedly on his way to building a commanding lead.

Lee entered the third period of competition with a 20-plus-pound advantage over second place, but the lead was evaporating as other anglers began to key in on quality fish. With 15 minutes remaining in the event, Lee’s 20-plus-pound lead from the third period was gone and he trailed the new first-place leader by a pound. Absent the time needed to get to new water, Lee decided to make one more pass through his favorite stretch of lily pads, confident that the PowerBait MaxScent could fool even pressured fish. It did, producing a two-pounder to seal the victory.

“Without MaxScent, I wouldn’t have gone back to a spot I had already hit that hard earlier in the day. With all that pressure, these fish just wouldn’t be caught without it,” Lee said. “MaxScent just gets bites when other baits won’t—even these pressured fish. The lake wasn’t big, and it was getting a lot more pressure than it normally ever sees.

“People can talk about PowerBait MaxScent for smallmouth all they want—and it’s definitely the best smallmouth bait I’ve ever used— but I’m an even bigger believer in fishing for largemouth with MaxScent because it gets bites that other soft plastic baits won’t.”

Major League Fishing’s made-for-TV 2020 General Tire World Championship wrapped in July, but competitors were barred from revealing the outcome until it could air on Discovery Channel on November 14.

“It was a long wait to find out what happened, but when we saw what Jordan was able to do with the PowerBait MaxScent on such a big stage, it was the perfect ending to an incredible year for both our pros and this incredibly effective line of baits,” said Berkley Vice President of Marketing Jon Schlosser. “We’re incredibly proud of Jordan for his clutch performance in such a pressure-filled situation and can’t wait to see him and the rest of our pros continue this hot streak in 2021.”


Humminbird® Introduces the APEX™ Series: A Premium MFD with a Full-HD Display, First-Class Sonar and Networking Options

RACINE, Wis., Nov. 16, 2020 – Humminbird® announces the next level in fish finder technology with the launch of the new APEX™ series. Now combining Humminbird’s best-in-class sonar technologies and full networking capabilities on a full-HD display, APEX delivers the clearest and most-detailed display of sonar and chart technologies and represents the pinnacle of marine electronics innovation.

Humminbird has been a dominant leader in marine electronics for decades by putting the most powerful and intuitive tools in the hands of anglers to help them find and catch more fish. APEX is the most advanced offering to date and offers more custom rigging options and large screen displays than ever before.

The full-HD, 1920 x 1080 display allows anglers to see sonar and chart images with incredible detail, ensuring no fish goes unseen, on their choice of 13”, 16” or a massive 19” display. APEX’s Cross Touch™ Interface is powered by a powerful dual core processor that provides lightning-fast intuitive control, as well as customization of features from either the touchscreen or the softkey inputs. Thanks to its low-profile design, APEX provides a sleek, custom look when mounted in-dash, with your choice of the included front mount in-dash kit or available rear mount in-dash kit, ensuring APEX will be a natural fit at any helm.

Shown in full-HD detail, APEX offers anglers the best possible views and more sonar options with dual channel CHIRP sonar support. Anglers can take advantage of Humminbird’s renown Dual Spectrum CHIRP (2D) sonar and MEGA Imaging+™ sonar included on all models, as well as optional 2D CHIRP sonar transducers for specific applications and premium sonar performance.

APEX provides a dedicated channel for Humminbird sonar technology, including MEGA Side® Imaging+™ and MEGA Down Imaging+®, which now see further and deeper than ever before- with range and depth capabilities up to 250 ft under and to either side of the boat. Additionally, APEX’s second sonar channel provides an independent connection for accessory 2D CHIRP transducers up to 2 kilowatts and includes Airmar® transducer ID, which provides simple configuration of settings for optimal sonar returns.

“At Humminbird, we know that for some, the pursuit of the next bite knows no bounds. And in APEX, we created a product that delivers on the need for peak performance and leaves excuses at the pier.” said Matt Cook, Humminbird brand manager, Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics. “When chasing fish on the big water, APEX provides captains everything they need, including near-limitless networking options, that provide the information and control to needed to face any fishing scenario.”

In addition, APEX offers an industry-leading collection of navigation and networking options, allowing anglers to customize the MFD to their fishing and vessel needs.  Starting with built-in GPS and Humminbird Basemap, anglers have chart coverage for the entire continental U.S. coastline and 10,000 inland waters. Additional premium chart options from Humminbird CoastMaster™, LakeMaster® and Navionics® offers anglers everywhere the confidence and information of complete chart coverage. For those looking for advanced networking, APEX has many options, including:

  • Dual Ethernet Ports for networking multiple MFDs, CHIRP Radar and Minn Kota i-Pilot Link trolling motors, eliminating the need for an external 5-port hub
  • NMEA 0183 port for external GPS receiver and NMEA 0183 accessories.
  • NMEA 2000® networking to support virtually all NMEA 2000 data and accessories, including bearing, depth, engine status, fuel level, electrical data
  • Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi communication for Humminbird and Minn Kota accessory support, as well as Navionics® Plotter Sync functionality
  • HDMI In/Out for connection to video inputs or HDMI-compatible displays
  • One-Boat Network™ compatibility provides exclusive integration and control of Humminbird CoastMaster and LakeMaster charts, Minn Kota® i-Pilot® Link™ trolling motors and shallow water anchors, as well as Cannon® Optimum downriggers
  • Compatible with Humminbird CHIRP radar, Fusion® audio, autopilot, VHF radio systems and CZone® Contact 6 / Contact 6 Plus digital switching devices

The new APEX Series from Humminbird is offered in 13”, 16” and 19” models and supports MEGA Side Imaging+, MEGA Down Imaging+ and Dual Spectrum CHIRP 2D sonar, as well as optional accessory 2D CHIRP transducers. Anglers have their choice of either standard APEX chartplotter models that include a transom-mount transducer, or APEX CHO (Control Head Only) models, which gives them the option to pick an accessory transducer to match their specific needs. APEX models come with a 2-year limited manufacturer’s warranty are available in six models ranging from $3,699.99 - $4,999.99.

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

About Humminbird
JOHNSON OUTDOORS FISHING is comprised of the Humminbird®, Minn Kota® and Cannon® brands. Humminbird is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fish finders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers, and premium cartography products. 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. Cannon is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories.
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Sylvester Holds On To Lead At B.A.S.S. Nation Championship

Blake Sylvester, of Plaquemine, La., is leading after Day 2 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Pickwick Lake with a two-day total of 28 pounds, 13 ounces.
Photo by Chris Brown/B.A.S.S.
November 12, 2020

 

 

FLORENCE, Ala. — Blake Sylvester was a bit worried the spot he pounded to grab the Day 1 lead in the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Pickwick Lake might not be as productive a day later.

It wasn’t, but it didn’t matter.

Sylvester, a 29-year-old Plaquemine, La., resident, caught a limit of five bass Thursday that weighed 12 pounds, 3 ounces. Added to the 16-10 limit he caught Wednesday, he has a tournament-best 28-13 total heading into the final day on this 43,000-acre impoundment of the Tennessee River.

Despite his position atop the leaderboard after both days of fishing, Sylvester has struggled to get the Pickwick largemouth bass to bite. He found a stretch of submerged grass in approximately 6 feet of water that was productive in practice, and he fished it almost exclusively on Wednesday but got only a handful of bites. Sylvester returned there Thursday, but he didn’t catch his first bass until after 11 a.m.

With nothing in his livewell more than halfway through Day 2, Sylvester wondered if he should stick with the grass or look for another area. He chose to remain on his primary spot, and it finally paid off with six keeper bites, five of which made it to Thursday’s weigh-in at McFarland Park.

“Back home, I would have left the spot in a heartbeat,” he said. “But in the three days I spent here before we were off-limits, plus the three days we practiced, that was the only spot that I was really confident in.”

Still, it was extremely difficult to stay when nothing was biting.

“I was thinking about what my sob story would be when I weighed in today,” he said with a laugh. “Really, I was looking at the same thing over and over again. It was tough. I must have thrown a thousand times.”

Sylvester said his bite ignited only when he switched colors on his lure of choice. He said that simple change was the difference between fishing Friday’s championship round and heading home to Louisiana.

It’s no surprise he’ll head back to the grassbed Friday, hoping it can sustain him for a wire-to-wire championship win and a spot in the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic.

“I think it has more fish,” he said. “They’re there for a reason. It has all the right conditions. I might run some stuff tomorrow morning to catch some smallmouths, but I’ll wind up back in the same spot. It’s been the best one here so far.”

Sylvester is one of 12 competitors who survived the cut and will fish Friday. The top three among them will earn berths in the Classic to be held March 19-21 on Lake Ray Roberts near Fort Worth, Texas.

The winner of this week’s tournament will also win $20,000 cash and $16,000 in paid entry fees to compete on the 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series. The winner can opt instead to receive entry to the 2021 Bassmaster Opens, and B.A.S.S. will provide a “Nation’s Best” wrapped boat to use on either circuit next year.

Utah’s Terry Peterson won the co-angler division Thursday with a two-day total of 21-7. Peterson was presented the Louis “Pee Wee” Powers Trophy for winning the division and collected $10,000 cash and paid entries to all Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens tournaments in 2021.

B.A.S.S. officials outfitted him with a boat to use in Friday’s final round, and he’s the only one of 46 co-anglers competing Friday.

Peterson jumped to the top of the co-angler leaderboard Wednesday with a 14-10 limit and followed with three bass Thursday that weighed 6-13.

“I only started fishing B.A.S.S. Nation four years ago,” the 52-year-old West Jordan, Utah, resident said. “Having a chance to make the Classic tomorrow, it’s like an amateur playing golf in The Masters. It’s an amazing feeling, and it’s really close to reality right now.”

The Top 12 co-anglers split $31,500 in cash after Thursday’s weigh-in.

Wisconsin’s Pat Schlapper placed second in the boater division with 28-7, followed by Vermont’s Michael Comeau with 26-12 and Arizona’s Justin Kerr with 26-1.

The Top 10 competitors in the boater division automatically advanced to the final round, as did the co-angler champion and anyone who placed among first or second in one of five B.A.S.S. Nation Regional tournaments who wasn’t in the Top 10 at Pickwick.

Whoever finishes second among the remaining dozen competitors will win $15,000 cash and entries into all 2021 Opens events, while third place is good for $10,000 and invites to all Opens.

In all, 94 boaters and co-angler champions from 46 states qualified for the championship on Pickwick with a total purse of $176,800 in cash and prizes up for grabs. North Dakota, Connecticut, Hawaii and Alaska are the only states not represented this year.

Oregon’s Cody Hollen, last year’s B.A.S.S. Nation Champion, was entered, as was Florida’s Ken Carter, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Angler of the Year.

The final round begins with takeoff at 6 a.m. CT Friday from McFarland Park. The weigh-in is scheduled for 2 p.m. back at the park.

The tournament is being hosted by Visit Florence.

 

2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Pickwick Lake 11/11-11/13
Pickwick Lake, Florence  AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Blake Sylvester        Plaquemine, LA          10  28-13    0
Day 1: 5   16-10     Day 2: 5   12-03
2.  Pat Schlapper          Eleva, WI               10  28-07    0
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 5   13-12
3.  Michael Comeau         Alburgh, VT             10  26-12    0
Day 1: 5   13-05     Day 2: 5   13-07
4.  Justin Kerr            Lake Havasu, AZ         10  26-01    0
Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   11-13
5.  Bryan Gunter           Ninety Six, SC           8  24-08    0
Day 1: 3   09-06     Day 2: 5   15-02
6.  Cody Hollen            Beaverton, OR            9  23-14    0
Day 1: 4   09-03     Day 2: 5   14-11
7.  Eddie Levin            Westerville, OH          8  23-10    0
Day 1: 5   16-01     Day 2: 3   07-09
8.  Josh Cotier            Clinton, MA              9  22-07    0
Day 1: 5   13-07     Day 2: 4   09-00
9.  Joel Smith             Guin, AL                 9  21-04    0
Day 1: 5   13-01     Day 2: 4   08-03
10. Jason Hickey           Weiser, ID               8  20-12    0
Day 1: 5   12-09     Day 2: 3   08-03
11. Richard Lindgren       Lakeville, MN            7  20-10    0
Day 1: 5   15-04     Day 2: 2   05-06
12. Matthew Robertson      Kuttawa, KY              8  20-07    0
Day 1: 4   10-08     Day 2: 4   09-15
13. Josh Ray               Alexander, AR            7  19-12    0
Day 1: 5   15-15     Day 2: 2   03-13
14. Ray Trudeau            Saint Cloud, FL          8  18-12    0
Day 1: 5   11-14     Day 2: 3   06-14
15. Brent Shores           Boise, ID                9  18-07    0
Day 1: 4   08-05     Day 2: 5   10-02
16. Christian Gladfelter   Albuquerque, NM          6  18-02    0
Day 1: 5   14-09     Day 2: 1   03-09
17. Bert Collins           Heaters, WV              7  17-15    0
Day 1: 3   09-12     Day 2: 4   08-03
18. Trevor Kettles         Waukee, IA               8  17-14    0
Day 1: 4   08-02     Day 2: 4   09-12
19. Nate Caldwell          Fort Collins, CO         7  17-13    0
Day 1: 5   13-02     Day 2: 2   04-11
20. Jeremy Sadowski        Valuntower, CT           7  17-07    0
Day 1: 4   11-05     Day 2: 3   06-02
21. Jesse Jordan           Stilwel, KS              7  17-04    0
Day 1: 4   08-01     Day 2: 3   09-03
22. Josh Hubbard           Braidwood, IL            6  16-11    0
Day 1: 5   15-01     Day 2: 1   01-10
23. Jeff Lugar             Cross Junction, VA       8  16-11    0
Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 3   06-09
24. Justin Hicks           Gunnison, CO             7  16-09    0
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 2   05-03
25. Chris Killoren         Marcellus, NY            6  15-03    0
Day 1: 4   11-06     Day 2: 2   03-13
26. David Cavell           Prairieville, LA         6  14-14    0
Day 1: 4   08-00     Day 2: 2   06-14
27. Jason Crone            Kalispell, MT            6  13-11    0
Day 1: 2   04-09     Day 2: 4   09-02
28. Jacob Coverdale        Frederica, DE            7  13-10    0
Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 2   03-07
29. Michael Cash           Louisburg, NC            6  13-07    0
Day 1: 5   11-07     Day 2: 1   02-00
30. Matt Reagan            Hudsonville, MI          6  13-03    0
Day 1: 3   07-02     Day 2: 3   06-01
31. Timothy Wells          Clovis, CA               6  13-01    0
Day 1: 5   09-08     Day 2: 1   03-09
32. Paul Gietka            Abingdon, MD             5  12-13    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 5   12-13
33. Derek Severns          West Mifflin, PA         5  11-11    0
Day 1: 4   10-01     Day 2: 1   01-10
34. Michael McMahon        Hackettstown, NJ         6  11-07    0
Day 1: 1   02-04     Day 2: 5   09-03
35. Tom Wennerlund         Tonto Basin, AZ          4  10-12    0
Day 1: 2   06-14     Day 2: 2   03-14
36. Mark Pierce            Cadiz, KY                4  10-06    0
Day 1: 2   04-08     Day 2: 2   05-14
37. Dave Andrews           Hudson, MA               5  10-05    0
Day 1: 4   08-10     Day 2: 1   01-11
38. Ken Day                Kennewick, WA            5  10-05    0
Day 1: 3   06-02     Day 2: 2   04-03
39. John Thomsen           Creston, IA              5  09-04    0
Day 1: 4   07-09     Day 2: 1   01-11
40. Jeff Napier            Martinsville, IN         3  09-02    0
Day 1: 1   02-04     Day 2: 2   06-14
41. Jared Miller           Norman, OK               3  07-10    0
Day 1: 2   06-04     Day 2: 1   01-06
42. Dan Jordan             Camas, WA                4  07-04    0
Day 1: 2   02-15     Day 2: 2   04-05
43. Jay Beffa              Festus, MO               3  06-08    0
Day 1: 1   02-05     Day 2: 2   04-03
44. Ken Carter             Enterprise, FL           3  06-00    0
Day 1: 1   01-09     Day 2: 2   04-07
45. Albert Collins         Nacogdoches, TX          3  05-13    0
Day 1: 1   02-00     Day 2: 2   03-13
46. David Gorman           Canton, GA               2  04-07    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 2   04-07
47. Scott Robert           Greene, ME               2  03-14    0
Day 1: 2   03-14     Day 2: 0   00-00
48. Eric Storms            Winner, SD               1  01-13    0
Day 1: 1   01-13     Day 2: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        19       169       427-02
2         9       130       310-03
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28       299       737-05

 

2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Pickwick Lake 11/11-11/13
Pickwick Lake, Florence  AL.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1.  Terry Peterson         West Jordan, UT          8  21-07    0  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-10     Day 2: 3   06-13
2.  Tas Moua               Fresno, CA               6  17-00    0   $7,500.00
Day 1: 1   03-07     Day 2: 5   13-09
3.  Mike Caul              Petersburg, VA           6  15-10    0   $5,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 1   02-01
4.  Chris Heltemes         Franklin, MA             7  14-15    0   $2,500.00
Day 1: 3   06-02     Day 2: 4   08-13
5.  Steve Hinkle           Mount Nebo, WV           5  13-11    0   $2,000.00
Day 1: 3   09-09     Day 2: 2   04-02
6.  Lewis Mendall          Winthrop, MA             5  12-13    0   $1,500.00
Day 1: 5   12-13     Day 2: 0   00-00
7.  Brian Kline            Dysart, PA               4  11-15    0   $1,000.00
Day 1: 3   08-05     Day 2: 1   03-10
8.  Aaryn Coroneos         Henderson, NV            3  11-06    0     $500.00
Day 1: 3   11-06     Day 2: 0   00-00
9.  Jonathan Barnette      Jasper, AL               4  11-03    0     $500.00
Day 1: 2   06-09     Day 2: 2   04-10
10. Larry Carter           Lucedale, MS             4  10-05    0     $500.00
Day 1: 2   04-10     Day 2: 2   05-11
11. James Topmiller III    Orlando, FL              4  09-13    0     $250.00
Day 1: 2   04-03     Day 2: 2   05-10
12. Toby Cross             Bowdoinham, ME           3  08-13    0     $250.00
Day 1: 1   02-05     Day 2: 2   06-08
13. Joe Combs              Jonesboro, AR            3  08-07    0
Day 1: 3   08-07     Day 2: 0   00-00
14. Zeke Abegg             Clarksville, TN          2  08-04    0     $500.00
Day 1: 2   08-04     Day 2: 0   00-00
15. Michael Johnson        Crawford, TX             4  07-10    0
Day 1: 3   05-15     Day 2: 1   01-11
16. Bryce Hauf             Winner, SD               3  07-00    0
Day 1: 1   02-02     Day 2: 2   04-14
17. Kevin Mullins          Brooklyn, IN             3  06-15    0
Day 1: 1   03-02     Day 2: 2   03-13
18. Clif Gallagher         Saint George, UT         3  06-10    0
Day 1: 2   04-13     Day 2: 1   01-13
19. Danny Fourr            Waterflow, NM            3  06-05    0
Day 1: 2   03-05     Day 2: 1   03-00
20. Connor Rushing         Pride, LA                2  05-11    0
Day 1: 1   03-13     Day 2: 1   01-14
21. Matt Byrnes            Hudson, WI               2  05-09    0
Day 1: 1   02-09     Day 2: 1   03-00
22. Bill Lionetta Jr       Alton Bay, NH            3  05-06    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 3   05-06
23. Hayden Spradling       Gilbert, AZ              1  04-07    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   04-07
24. Coleton Usher          Atkins, IA               2  04-03    0
Day 1: 2   04-03     Day 2: 0   00-00
25. Colten Didion          Westerville, OH          2  04-03    0
Day 1: 1   01-14     Day 2: 1   02-05
26. Scott Hrcka            Homer, MI                2  04-01    0
Day 1: 2   04-01     Day 2: 0   00-00
27. Larry Wigmore          Smyrna, DE               2  04-01    0
Day 1: 1   02-03     Day 2: 1   01-14
28. Ryan Bone              Douglasville, GA         2  03-10    0
Day 1: 1   01-10     Day 2: 1   02-00
29. Kyle Klein             Hutchinson, KS           1  03-04    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   03-04
30. Tyler Lawwill          Asheville, NC            2  02-13    0
Day 1: 1   01-06     Day 2: 1   01-07
31. Kyle Slomba            Baltimore, MD            1  02-08    0
Day 1: 1   02-08     Day 2: 0   00-00
32. Dennis Carroll         Ashland, NE              1  02-01    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   02-01
33. Kirk Albrecht          Fort Collins, CO         1  02-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   02-00
34. Mike Bell              OGDENSBURG, NY           1  01-15    0
Day 1: 1   01-15     Day 2: 0   00-00
35. Matthew Marques        Seneca, IL               1  01-14    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   01-14
36. Austin Johnson         Noxon, MT                1  01-13    0
Day 1: 1   01-13     Day 2: 0   00-00
37. Sean Bowen             Midwest City, OK         1  01-12    0
Day 1: 1   01-12     Day 2: 0   00-00
38. Scott Seros            Bend, OR                 1  01-10    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   01-10
39. David Dias             Brattleboro, VT          1  01-07    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   01-07
39. Kenneth Ellis          Bowman, SC               1  01-07    0
Day 1: 1   01-07     Day 2: 0   00-00
39. Greg Jager             Kennewick, WA            1  01-07    0
Day 1: 1   01-07     Day 2: 0   00-00
42. Phil Clopton           Macks Creek, MO          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
42. Tim Kellam             Crittenden, KY           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
42. Nathanial Kimberling   Coeur D Alene, ID        0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
42. Bryan Larson           Waconia, MN              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
42. John Serge             Philadelphia, PA         0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00


Brunswick Corporation Launches Consumer Advisory Board Dedicated to Shaping the Next Generation of Boating 

METTAWA, Ill. (November 12, 2020) – Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) has announced the formation of Rpl, a consumer advisory board dedicated to shaping the future of recreational boating.  As home to the world’s leading marine brands like Mercury Marine, Boston Whaler, Sea Ray and Lund, Brunswick’s community of boaters will have unprecedented access to the industry’s most coveted brands.

 

“We want to spend more time with new boaters who we believe will help us elevate the boating experience for everyone,” said Lauren Beckstedt, CMO, Brunswick Divisions. “In reference to the Board’s name, feedback from the Rpl community will create a ripple effect in our business that we expect will make big waves in how Brunswick defines the future of the industry. Drawing from brand experiences in other industries, new boaters offer a heightened sensitivity to engagement- and product-needs that we want to be able to tap.”

 

This season, Brunswick brands outperformed the industry in appeal to new boaters, with some brands seeing new boater warranty registrations of more than 50 percent. Brunswick’s boat brands averaged a 99 percent increase in web traffic by women year to date, and all brands saw an increase in online activity and purchase from a younger demographic, demonstrating the need for new boaters to have more direct influence in the company strategy.

 

Rpl will bring together diverse boating perspectives to collaborate on topics aimed at driving retention among new boaters and increasing appeal and access to boating for all. In addition to participating in brand research initiatives, the Rpl community will have access to new product innovation previews, brand events in their area and weigh-in on the trends they want to see recreational marine adopt.

 

“This group will be the voice for recreational boating of the future,” said Beckstedt. “And the boating future that Brunswick is shaping will be more diverse, more accessible, more versatile and bring with it the same exhilaration and thrill that so many boaters around the world have made core to their lifestyles.”

To learn more about the RPL Advisory Board, visit brunswick.com/RPL-Consumer-Advisory-Board


AC Insider Podcast - "Hammer Time!"

 

Thats right folks, we are dialed in this week with not one but TWO Hammers on the show. Elite Series AOY Clark Wendlandt joins us to talk all things BASS & AOY & in a surprise, Chris' man crush, the one & only Patrick Walters joins the boys to talk fashion statements, jerkbaits, BIG fish & more!


THE UGLY STIK WORLD’S LARGEST SANTA CLAUS BASS TOURNAMENT POISED TO SET WORLD RECORD ON LAKE NORMAN

Anglers will compete in Santa suits for major prizes and a chance to be a part of history

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 11, 2020) — From the first time they sink an earthworm beneath a red-and-white bobber, anglers everywhere dream of setting a world record. This Christmas season, iconic fishing brand Ugly Stik is giving them their chance.

The Ugly Stik World’s Largest Santa Claus Bass Tournament, set to take place Saturday, December 12 on North Carolina’s Lake Norman, will give anglers the opportunity to set a world record for the largest bass tournament comprised of anglers competing in Santa Claus costumes. The event, which will benefit Toys for Tots, will see hundreds of bass anglers competing for big payouts and prizes while wearing the iconic red Santa suit.

The one-day, two-angler team tournament, operated by Fishers of Men, will launch out of Queen’s Landing at the McCrary Creek ramp. Entry fees for the event are $100 per team; entry fee includes a Santa suit for both competitors as well as valuable fishing products from Ugly Stik and Berkley. Guaranteed payout for first place is $5,000 with a 1 in 5 payback. A big-bass pot and an under-18 pot will also be available to competitors.

With the eyes of the world watching, an expected field of hundreds of competitors will gather to set the record for the most Santas competing in a bass tournament. Anglers will also have a chance to meet some of the top Bassmaster Elite Series and Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour pros who will be on hand to share tips, sign autographs and help distribute raffle prizes from industry-leading brands like Ugly Stik, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Academy Sports + Outdoors, DuraSafe, Costa and others.

“This is an opportunity to not only be a part of history, this is a chance to showcase the sport of fishing and encourage more people to get outside and enjoy one of America’s favorite recreational activities,” said Ugly Stik’s Vice President of Marketing Jon Schlosser. “The holiday season is ideal for a good-time brand like Ugly Stik to celebrate how much fun it is to fish, while also benefiting a fantastic charity.”

For registration and more information on The Ugly Stik World’s Largest Santa Claus Bass Tournament, visit www.fomntt.com. For more information on Ugly Stik products, including the recently released Ugly Tuff reels and Ugly Tools, go to www.purefishing.com/pages/ugly-stik

Event Details
The Ugly Stik World’s Largest Santa Claus Bass Tournament
Benefitting Toys for Tots
Date: Saturday, December 12
Location: Lake Norman (Queen’s Landing/McCrary Creek)
Format: Two-angler team, one-day tournament
Entry Fee: $100 per team (includes Santa suit and valuable fishing gear)
Guaranteed Payout: $5,000 for first place
Payout Structure: 1 in 5
Appearances and Giveaways: Top B.A.S.S. and MLF pros will be on site to help award prizes to competitors from industry-leading brands like Ugly Stik, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Academy Sports + Outdoors, DuraSafe, Costa and other industry-leading brands.
Tournament Operations: Fishers of Men (FoM membership not required for participation)
For registration and more information, visit www.fomntt.com.


Costa Sunglasses Video Series - "How Water Holds Us Up."

 

Costa® Sunglasses Supports Veterans Through
New Freedom Series

Daytona Beach, Fla. – October 8, 2020 – Long known for high-quality, on-water eyewear, Costa®Sunglasses is proud to announce its latest special line of frames, the Freedom Series, highlighting the brand’s partnership with Freedom Fighter Outdoors (FFO).

The new Freedom Series sunglasses feature many of the most popular Costa frame styles in patriotic-inspired colorways, while supporting Freedom Fighters Outdoors’ initiative to help get veterans out on the water and participating in recreational outdoor activities.

Including 16 frame styles across the brand’s core performance and beach lifestyle categories, the Freedom Series is inspired by the most patriotic themes—featuring unique frame colors like: Matte Freedom Fade, Matte USA Red, Shiny American Sky, and Matte Blue Firework. Additionally, small flag-inspired accents, including logo decals and temple designs are embedded into frames within the lineup.

“As advocates for our watery world, we are thrilled to join forces with the like-minded team at Freedom Fighter Outdoors,” said T.J. McMeniman, vice president of marketing at Costa. “As a veteran, I understand how impactful programs like this can be for our injured service members. Providing support to give veterans a once in a lifetime experience on the water is extremely important to us. We’re proud to play a small role in honoring and empowering our nation’s heroes.’”

"FFO is very fortunate to be a part of this collaboration with Costa,” said Vincent LaSorsa, founder/president of Freedom Fighter Outdoors. “The brand’s support and generosity to our organization and our nations veterans is the highest honor. We are so thankful that Costa is seeing the good side of our mission to honor our nations veterans.”

The Freedom Series is now available in a variety of Costa frame styles with Costa 580® lens technology in both Lightwave® glass and impact-resistant polycarbonate, which provides 100 percent UV protection and polarization. The line will range in price from $179 to $279, depending on frame and lens combination. For more information on the new frames and the full line of Costa sunglasses, visit https://www.costadelmar.com/en-us/collections/freedom-series.


Lake Fork Hosts B.A.S.S. Nation Clean-Up Challenge 

Volunteers collected pounds of trash from the shores of Lake Fork as part of the activities surrounding the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Photo by B.A.S.S.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 11, 2020

 

QUITMAN, Texas— Just hours before Semifinal Saturday kicked off at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, volunteers from 13 high schools spread out along the shores of Lake Fork to collect trash as part of the B.A.S.S. Nation Clean-Up Challenge sponsored by AFTCO and Huk.

“It was important to me to be part of the clean-up efforts," said Jimmy Fisher, a sophomore from Wylie East High School. “I am fishing a tournament here next week and know we need to keep the lake and boat ramps clean for everyone.”

That sentiment was echoed by Grace Community School junior Caleb Carpenter, “Keeping the lake clean isn't just important for the environment, it is a way we can help the entire community.”

Volunteers from local high school teams and the Texas High School Bass Association collected bags of trash at the Sabine River Authority (SRA) — Lake Fork, site of daily takeoffs and weigh-ins for the Bassmaster Elite Series event. In addition to plastic bottles and other litter, the student anglers reported collecting a few unusual items from the lakeshore.

“Our team found a couch, tires and even plastic chairs,” said first-year angler Samantha Collins of Grand Saline High School.

High school teams from around the region were represented, including Royse City, Winnsboro, Whitehouse, Wylie East, Lindale, Van, Celeste, Rains, Grapevine, Van Alstyne, Grand Saline, McKinney Christian Academy and Grace Community School.

Conservation efforts are a cornerstone of the B.A.S.S. tradition, and leading efforts to collect litter can have a sizable impact on the waterways the organization and its fans frequent.

“B.A.S.S. was founded on three things: tournament fishing competition, youth participation and conservation,” B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliland said. “(B.A.S.S. Founder) Ray Scott used to always talk about the three-legged stool. This is one of the legs, and it doesn’t get talked about a lot.

“One of the things that we want to try to do is to improve the resource anytime we have a chance,” Gilliland said. “An event like this builds camaraderie between those participating. It builds goodwill with the communities that host our events.

“Most importantly, it helps us leave the venue better than we found it.”

And leaving a fishery cleaner than it started is particularly important to McKinney Christian Academy senior Matthew Free, who plans to pursue a degree in Marine Fisheries. “I'd like to join a fishing team in college and if we all want to keep fishing for years to come, keeping our lakes healthy and clean is essential.”

The latest information on B.A.S.S. conservation efforts can be found on their group Facebook page or at Bassmaster.com.


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2021 Military Team Bass Tournament Registration Now Open

Athens, AL, November 10, 2020 – American Bass Anglers announced today the 2021 Annual Military Team Bass Tournament will be held on May 2-8, 2021, on Lake Marion and Moultrie, SC, and hosted by Santee Cooper Country.  This event brings all branches together for a fun-filled week of competition and ultimate Service bragging rights.

Members of the United States Armed Forces from all over the country will make the drive to compete in the 30th annual event at Santee Cooper SC.  All active duty or retired Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, Reserve, or Coast Guard member are invited to participate.   Immediate family of military members, honorably discharged veterans, Department of Defense civilians, and contractors may also fish this event.

“We are looking forward to hosting the American Bass Anglers Military Team Tournament next May here on the Santee Cooper lakes. I know that everyone will be welcomed with good Southern hospitality. The Santee Cooper lakes are known as a world-class fishing destination for anglers and a great vacation location,” said Jane Powell of Santee Cooper Country.

“The annual Military Team Bass Tournament is designed to promote bass fishing among all Military Members and provide a platform for bragging rights among the Services.  Santee Cooper County is the ideal host for this event with the warm welcome they give all Military members,” said Morris Sheehan, president of American Bass Anglers.

Registration will open on Veterans Day, November 11, at 8:00 am central time. For more information on this tournament, call ABA at 256-232-0406 or see www.americanbassanglers.com.

To learn more about the Military Team Bass Tournament visit

AmericanBassAnglers.com/Military.php


Fall is for fishing small

Vance McCullough

Maybe not in terms of lure selection.
Big baits still catch big bass.
Smaller lures catch numbers; sometimes big bass among them.

But when it comes to lake selection, I like to go small in the fall. I pick little pothole ponds, swamps swollen with October rainfall or the back ends of flooded creeks where curios bass seek out terrestrial prey washed in during our wettest month.
I live in the deep, deep South along the Florida/Georgia border where November brings those chilly temperatures – daytime highs in low 80’s as opposed to nearly 90 degrees. Shortened days cool the water just the same and our fish do as most around the country do this time of year.

They roam.

That’s why I like small waters.

On the nearby St Johns River baitfish can be here today but gone tomorrow. Bass will often follow. I have to cover miles in search of the meandering schools, or I’ll likely do a lot more fishing than catching. That’s how it goes on the big water. But on my favorite little landlocked pond, tucked away beneath towering pines and blushing maples with bright red holly berries clumped behind stands of cattails, I have only a few acres to sort through in search of active fish. Among the reasons anglers enjoy fall fishing is the simple fact that many of their number have taken to hanging on tree stands in the hunting woods, and the ski boat navy has retired for the year.

Solitude is bliss.


To completely get away from the crowds, go to places that are less travelled to begin with. This is best accomplished via kayak or some small boat able to be dragged through the woods or up the streams beyond the reach of motorboats. Dumb, hungry fish feasting up like a family at the Thanksgiving table will make for a memorable trip. Water depth in such places is limited so tackle selection can be as well.
Take fun stuff – fast-moving topwater plugs and things that splash or spin. Keep moving. There are no suspended fish in three feet of water. I fish so shallow this time of year that the top is the bottom, and I can cover both on the same cast.
Yesterday, while bank fishing, I had a porty two-pounder blast my surface plug almost beneath my feet. The hookset swept him onto the bank in one swift, rod bending motion as braided line screeched in protest.

What the fight lacked in duration it made up for with intensity. I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes, “Those who have never horsed them have no idea what they can make you feel,” – Ernest Hemingway. Esteemed as much for his prowess with rod as with word, Hemingway was talking about trout fishing where the practice of hauling fish out in inglorious fashion was frowned upon by ‘sporting’ men. As did Hemingway, who was known to step outside a bar and brawl with bare knuckles on occasion, I enjoy a good fight, especially from a fish.

The bass, too, is a deep bellied bar room brawler looking to whoop some bait. It’s America’s fish for good reason. Quick and mean, the bass is that guy who could ‘win a fight in a phone booth’ or run you down from a block away. I’ve found that I can’t reel too fast this time of year. Speed triggers bites. If not, then I’m fishing in the wrong place and I need to move until I find feeding fish because, somewhere, they are chewing. Again, this is much easier to do on small waters where the fish are hemmed in and can’t swim to the next county. By eliminating variables (such as where fish are located and how deep they are positioned) you are controlling variables so you can focus the very few remaining variables (most notably, the speed of your retrieve).

This fall spend less time looking for a fight and more time scrapping with bass. Pick a fight in a phone booth.


Feider’s 9-pounder at Lake Fork wins him a Tundra

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

Seth Feider paced the front deck for nearly four days at Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest wondering if the 9-pound 9-ounce bass he caught on Day 1 of the tournament would be large enough to win him a brand-new Toyota Tundra.

In the end, the Lake Fork beast was the biggest bass of the history-rich event, and the mullet man from Minnesota grabbed the oversized trophy key like an air guitar at the final weigh-in Sunday afternoon.

“It’s been stressful. I’ve probably checked BASSTrakk more times than Patrick Walter’s mom to see if anybody had caught one bigger than me today,” said Feider.

The Tundra-winning bass bit a green gizzard shad-colored Ott’s Garage Rapala Slim tied to 12-pound line in 4 feet of water.

“I just want to thank Toyota for investing in the sport we all love, for sponsoring B.A.S.S., and supporting anglers the way they do. I really appreciate all Toyota does for bass fishing,” Feider told fans from the weigh-in stage.

The 381-HP Tundra, which is assembled in San Antonio, will certainly serve Feider well. Whether he’s driving down a dusty road in search of mallards this off season or towing his boat safely to the 2021 Bassmaster Classic in Fort Worth, he’ll always be thankful the 9-pounder he caught on Day 1 held-up for four days to earn him a brand-new Toyota.


Walters Builds Huge Lake Fork Lead

Patrick Walters, of Summerville, S.C., is leading after Day 3 of the 2020 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Lake Fork with a three-day total of 82 pounds, 2 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.
November 7, 2020

QUITMAN, Texas — Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., was worried all day that he was falling behind, but his massive Day 3 limit of 29 pounds, 6 ounces extended his lead at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department with a tournament total of 82-2.

“I feel like I started dragging after about 12 o’clock or 1:30; I start catching squeakers, everybody starts leaving and I’m thinking, ‘Somebody has 40 pounds,’” Walters said. “That’s the feeling here at Lake Fork; that you can never catch enough fish because (big ones) live here and you have to catch as much and as fast as you possibly can.

“Honestly, I thought the tournament was slipping away from me. I’m not kidding; that feeling was in the back of my mind. I was fishing as hard as I could until I had to leave around 2:53.”

After placing second on Day 1 with 25-14, Walters took over the Day 2 lead by adding 26-14. Today’s limit — the event’s biggest catch — sends him into Championship Sunday with a 25-pound lead over Ed Loughran of Richmond, Va.

Walters started his day with a 9-pound, 1-ounce fish at 7 a.m. A trio of fish in the 5-pound range and one just under 5 completed his bag.

“Words cannot describe how this week has been,” Walters said. “You can’t explain it. When it’s your time, it’s your time. I had a decent practice, but the biggest I caught was 3 1/2 pounds.

“When I went back to my main area (on competition days), they just kept getting bigger. God has truly blessed me this week.”

Committed to a pattern he identified in practice, Walters is targeting standing timber. That, alone, is nothing revolutionary, but he’s fishing specific scenarios in which fish position in certain depths for feeding.

“When they get in that right depth, they’re catchable,” Walters said.

Using a trio of jerkbaits from Rapala, Duo Realis and Megabass, Walters varied his offerings to show the fish different looks. Each bait had a different action, but he also varied his colors.

“I’m starting out with an opaque color — a shad looking one — and as the sun gets up, I’m going to a shinier color,” Walters said. “When they stop hitting that, I switch back over. Staying in tune with the fish is probably the biggest thing.”

Walters noted that he struggled with short strikes — noncommittal bites. He remedied this by removing his bait’s center treble and replacing the stock size 6 trebles on the front and rear with larger size 4 hooks.

Massive Lake Fork weights are expected in spring events, as spawning movements bring the giants into the more accessible shallows. Fall fish are usually more scattered, so fourth-quarter events offer less concentrated opportunities.

Nevertheless, with one day of competition remaining, Walters is flirting with the Century Club — 100 pounds in a 4-day event. Statistically, he’s on track to easily reach that mark, but he said he is going to spend Day 4 specifically targeting Lake Fork giants.

“I’ve been moving around and leaving the big fish spots and trying to find where they’re biting, but I’m going to stay on them as hard as I can tomorrow,” Walters said. “We’re definitely going out there with maximum pressure tomorrow.

“That is the goal; Century Club Belt and an Elite Series win — those two side by side. We’re not letting up tomorrow. If it bites, we’re gonna set the hook on it.”

Loughran remains in second place with 57-2. On Day 1, he placed fifth with 21-13 and moved into second yesterday with 19-12. Loughran added 15-9 today.

“I caught a limit fishing docks and about noon, I went to an area with timber on a creek channel edge that (fellow Elite) Derek Hudnall suggested I go to,” Loughran said. “I caught a 3 1/2-pounder and that gave me 10 1/2 pounds.

“I said to my cameraman, ‘This just looks like the kind of place where I should catch a big one.’ A couple of casts later, I caught a 7-pounder.”

Loughran caught his fish on a 3/8-ounce ChatterBait with a Missile Baits Shockwave trailer and a drop shot with a Missile Baits Fuse and Quiver worm.

Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas is in third with 57-1. Consistently fishing big ridges with a chartreuse/blue Strike King 6XD, Combs placed 39th on Day 1 with 11-7, and followed with limits of 23-14 and 21-12.

“I did the same thing (each day); I fished the same spots and spent the same amount of time on them,” Combs said. “I don’t know what went wrong the first day. In practice, I wasn’t getting many bites, but they were quality.

“Somehow I timed it wrong the first day. Since then, it’s still been tough. I caught 11 today, 11 yesterday and 10 the first day.”

Seth Feider of New Market, Minn., is in the lead for Toyota Tundra Big Bass honors with his 9-9.

Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas won the Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year title with 680 points, while David Mullins of Mt. Carmel, Tenn., finished second with 677. Walters is currently in third with 669, Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., is fourth with 667 and Jake Whitaker of Fairview, N.C., is fifth with 663.

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

Sunday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6:40 a.m. CT at Sabine River Authority (SRA) — Lake Fork. The weigh-in will be held back at the SRA — Lake Fork at 3 p.m.
Live coverage of the event will start at 8 a.m. on Bassmaster.com and ESPN3. Additional live coverage of Championship Sunday will also be aired live on ESPN2. Check local listings for details.

The tournament is being hosted by the Sabine River Authority and Wood County Economic Development Commission.

2020 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2020 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Abu Garcia, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Ranger Boats, Skeeter Boats, Talon, Yamaha

2020 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, Carhartt, Garmin, Huk Performance Fishing, Mossy Oak Fishing, Rapala

2020 Bassmaster Elite Series Conservation Partners: AFTCO, Huk

2020 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest Local Hosts: Sabine River Authority, Wood County Economic Development Commission

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2020 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 11/5-11/8
Lake Fork, Emory TX.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 15 82-02 100
Day 1: 5 25-14 Day 2: 5 26-14 Day 3: 5 29-06
2. Ed Loughran III Richmond, VA 15 57-02 99
Day 1: 5 21-13 Day 2: 5 19-12 Day 3: 5 15-09
3. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 15 57-01 98
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 5 23-14 Day 3: 5 21-12
4. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 13 53-10 97
Day 1: 5 16-03 Day 2: 5 24-12 Day 3: 3 12-11
5. Jay Yelas Lincoln City, OR 15 52-11 96
Day 1: 5 19-02 Day 2: 5 19-02 Day 3: 5 14-07
6. Brad Whatley Bivins, TX 15 52-06 95
Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 5 15-10 Day 3: 5 19-07
7. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 13 52-00 94
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 3 16-07 Day 3: 5 21-09
8. Skylar Hamilton Dandridge, TN 15 49-13 93
Day 1: 5 19-13 Day 2: 5 16-00 Day 3: 5 14-00
9. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 14 49-10 92
Day 1: 4 09-01 Day 2: 5 14-07 Day 3: 5 26-02
10. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 12 49-10 91
Day 1: 5 19-08 Day 2: 2 05-03 Day 3: 5 24-15
11. Seth Feider New Market, MN 14 48-04 90 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 23-04 Day 2: 5 13-15 Day 3: 4 11-01
12. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 15 48-04 89 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-05 Day 2: 5 20-07 Day 3: 5 15-08
13. Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 14 47-11 88 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-15 Day 2: 4 13-09 Day 3: 5 16-03
14. Buddy Gross Chickamauga, GA 14 47-09 87 $15,000.00
Day 1: 4 09-08 Day 2: 5 25-03 Day 3: 5 12-14
15. Koby Kreiger Alva, FL 15 47-06 86 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-03 Day 2: 5 15-01 Day 3: 5 12-02
16. John Cox Debary, FL 15 46-12 85 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-14 Day 2: 5 15-13 Day 3: 5 10-01
17. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 11 46-06 84 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 29-04 Day 2: 3 07-00 Day 3: 3 10-02
18. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 12 45-14 83 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-11 Day 2: 5 23-07 Day 3: 2 04-12
19. Derek Hudnall Denham Springs, LA 14 44-07 82 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-13 Day 2: 5 17-00 Day 3: 4 11-10
20. Rob Digh Denver, NC 14 43-14 81 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 4 12-06 Day 3: 5 14-03
21. Hunter Shryock Newcomerstown, OH 15 43-10 80 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-08 Day 2: 5 14-12 Day 3: 5 13-06
22. Scott Canterbury Odenville, AL 15 43-08 79 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-07 Day 2: 5 11-11 Day 3: 5 18-06
23. Caleb Kuphall Mukwonago, WI 12 41-11 78 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 2 10-03 Day 3: 5 17-14
24. Kyle Monti Okeechobee, FL 15 41-08 77 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-13 Day 2: 5 10-12 Day 3: 5 15-15
25. Tyler Rivet Raceland, LA 15 41-02 76 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-02 Day 2: 5 12-12 Day 3: 5 11-04
26. Greg DiPalma Millville, NJ 11 41-01 75 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 22-09 Day 2: 5 16-00 Day 3: 1 02-08
27. Chad Morgenthaler Reeds Spring, MO 11 38-09 74 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-01 Day 2: 4 12-01 Day 3: 2 06-07
28. Clark Wendlandt Leander, TX 14 38-05 73 $112,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-11 Day 2: 5 14-06 Day 3: 4 07-04
29. Hank Cherry Jr Lincolnton, NC 13 37-13 72 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 3 06-00 Day 3: 5 14-09
30. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 15 37-07 71 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-11 Day 2: 5 16-00 Day 3: 5 10-12
31. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 12 34-13 70 $11,000.00
Day 1: 2 06-04 Day 2: 5 17-05 Day 3: 5 11-04
32. Jake Whitaker Fairview, NC 14 34-10 69 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-01 Day 2: 5 12-02 Day 3: 4 09-07
33. Wes Logan Springville, AL 13 34-10 68 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-11 Day 2: 3 09-02 Day 3: 5 12-13
34. Destin DeMarion Grove City, PA 12 31-10 67 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-04 Day 2: 3 08-10 Day 3: 4 10-12
35. Gary Clouse Winchester, TN 12 30-12 66 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-11 Day 2: 5 12-00 Day 3: 2 09-01
36. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 10 30-00 65 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-03 Day 2: 5 14-13 Day 3: 0 00-00
37. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 13 29-02 64 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 08-12 Day 2: 5 13-08 Day 3: 3 06-14
38. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 10 27-11 63 $10,000.00
Day 1: 2 04-09 Day 2: 5 17-03 Day 3: 3 05-15
39. Frank Talley Temple, TX 7 27-01 62 $10,000.00
Day 1: 2 05-02 Day 2: 4 15-02 Day 3: 1 06-13
40. Luke Palmer Coalgate, OK 9 23-13 61 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 3 07-06 Day 3: 1 01-09


Pickwick Lake To Host B.A.S.S. Nation Championship Nov. 11-13

Alabama’s Pickwick Lake will host the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship Nov. 11-13, 2020.
Photo by Ronnie Moore/B.A.S.S.

FLORENCE, Ala. — Grass-roots anglers from around the country will take to the waters of Pickwick Lake to compete for one of three berths into the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic during the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship Nov. 11-13, 2020.

Pickwick Lake bass will be gorging on threadfin and gizzard shad during the Nation Championship, according to Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brandon Lester.

The Tennessee angler believes the best lures to throw will be shad imitators like squarebill crankbaits, bladed jigs, spinnerbaits and swimbaits. Bass will likely be in 2 to 10 feet of water.

Lester suggests the tournament could be won on either end of the lake. “On the upper end of the lake you can fish the Wilson Dam tailrace in the headwaters of Pickwick,” he said. “There is a real good chance that is where it will be won because at this time of the year there are big smallmouth and big largemouth up there. If I was fishing the tournament that’s probably where I would spend a lot of my practice time.” However Lester suggests competitors could win if they find “a good concentration of big largemouth” feeding in some of the creeks on the lower end.

The tailrace could receive a lot of pressure in three days of competition, but Lester believes it still can produce a winner. “That tailrace is a hard deal to dial in, but if somebody really gets it dialed in those fish there will replenish,” he said. “The bass sit on very isolated little places, and if you catch what is there one day there will be some more there the next day. Those places replenish because the fish sit on those little feeding spots and when they are there they are there to feed.”

The local expert warns championship contenders to be careful navigating in the tailrace area because of submerged boulders. “You will tear your boat up if you don’t know what you are doing,” Lester said. “That is the land of the giants.”

Lester predicts the tournament could be won with all largemouth, all smallmouth or a mixed bag. “There is a good population of each in the lake, and that time of year it could go either way,” he said.

The contenders can expect to catch some quality bass during the championship. “It should be late enough in the fall that some of the fish have already started to put some weight on,” Lester said. “There should be a few 20-pound bags mixed in there, but don’t expect it to be a slugfest like if it was in March when you would see 24- and 25-pound bags.”

Takeoff is held at 6 a.m. CT from McFarland Park with weigh-ins held back at the park each day at 2 p.m.

The full field in both the pro and co-angler divisions fish the first two days. The co-angler champion will be crowned Thursday afternoon, but their work won’t be done. That winner will compete with the Top 10 pros on Championship Friday, as will the top two pros from each region who failed to make the Top 10 cut. Friday’s field also will include any co-angler who had enough weight to have finished in the Top 10 in the pro division.

The tournament is being hosted by Visit Florence.


Clunn Gets Specific For Lake Fork Lead

Rick Clunn, of Ava, Mo., is leading after Day 1 of the 2020 Toyota Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Lake Fork with 29 pounds, 4 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.
November 5, 2020

QUITMAN, Texas — A highly specific presentation plus one key bite gave Rick Clunn of Ava, Mo., the Day 1 lead at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Lake Fork with 29 pounds, 4 ounces.

Spending his day in the mid- to lower-lake region, Clunn targeted docks with an Ichikawa Rick Clunn RC King Kong Shad 10 squarebill. He found one particular structure most productive and relied on a specific undisclosed presentation.

“I fished several docks, but I caught all but one of my (limit fish) off of one dock,” Clunn said. “I found this dock in practice and it had a lot of fish holding in front of it. Today, I pulled up there and I did not see those fish, but I guess they were there.

“You can throw at that dock all day and if you’re not doing it exactly right, you’re not going to catch them,” he said. “I can fish behind three other boats and if they’re not doing (what I’m doing), I’m going to catch fish.”

Midday delivered an unexpected opportunity that propelled Clunn into the lead. Moving to another spot, he passed a round, sandy point that looked appealing enough to merit a few casts with a different reaction bait. One of them tempted an 8-9 largemouth, which stands as the day’s second-largest fish.

“I caught that big one trying to find other places,” Clunn said. “That was just one of those gift fish. I don’t even know where he came from and I couldn’t duplicate the cast.

“In practice, I was catching a few fish late in the day off of stuff like that. Most of the fish I caught, I caught them where I was expecting to catch them. But I didn’t expect to catch that one.”

Noting that Fork’s tremendous number of quality fish justifies its trophy lake reputation, Clunn said he caught about 15 keepers today, but his three big bites (8-9, 6-6 and a 5-9) were the difference-makers.

“This lake is so full of fish, you’re fishing over a thousand to catch one,” he said. “The key here is you have to get those two key bites to get you up over that 20-pound mark.”

Clunn said he plans on fishing a similar game plan on Day 2. He’s confident he’s around plenty of fish, but he said today’s bag was surprising.

“I didn’t expect to catch 29 pounds,” Clunn said. “The thing about the fall is that fish are finicky. But I’m doing something I like to do. This is Act I of a four-act play. Tomorrow’s Act II, so we’ll see what happens.”

Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., is in second place with 25-14. Fishing main-lake standing timber in about 20 feet, Walters described his area as fairly obvious. The key, he said, is finding the fish in the right depths for feeding.

“When they’re shallower than 10 and they’re not sitting in 20, or they’re not on the bottom, you can catch them,” Walters said. “There are fish on every inch of this lake, but when you find them in the right position, you can catch them.

“You want to find the bait, but there are certain pieces of structure and when you find it, it is usually the recipe for a good time.”

Walters said he caught his fish on a variety of baits including a big spinnerbait, a jerkbait, crankbait, dropshot and a big Texas-rigged worm.

Seth Feider of New Market, Minn., is in third place with 23-4. He caught his two best fish — a 9-9 and a 5-2 — on a Rapala OG flat-sided crankbait fished over a long, flat point in 4 to 6 feet of water.

“I started on a point where I’d caught three keepers in 18 feet of water in practice,” Feider said. “I wasn’t catching anything, but it was cloudy so I kept sliding up that point and caught those two in shallow water.”

Feider filled out his limit by throwing a 1/2-ounce Z-Man JackHammer ChatterBait with a Z-Man Razor ShadZ trailer.

Feider is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with his 9-9.

Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, leads the Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year standings with 690 points, while David Mullins of Mt. Carmel, Tenn., follows in second with 681. Minnesota pro Austin Felix is in third with 677, Walters is fourth with 688 and Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., is fifth with 667.

Felix leads the Rookie of the Year standings.

Friday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6:40 a.m. CT at Sabine River Authority (SRA) — Lake Fork. The weigh-in will be held back at the SRA — Lake Fork at 3 p.m.
Live coverage of the event will start at 8 a.m. on Bassmaster.com and ESPN3.

The tournament is being hosted by the Sabine River Authority and Wood County Economic Development Commission.

2020 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 11/5-11/8
Lake Fork, Emory TX.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

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

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


Lake Hartwell Gears Up for 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP

Total Event Payout of Nearly a Half Million and Qualification Opportunities to the 2020 Toyota Series Championship Await Nation’s Best Weekend Anglers

ANDERSON, S.C. (Nov. 5, 2020) – The best weekend anglers from across the nation will come together Nov. 11-13 for the 37th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina. The three-day no-entry-fee event – hosted by Visit Anderson – features a boater/co-angler format, with lucrative payouts and serves as a stepping-stone for anglers to advance to the 2020 Toyota Series Championship.

The 2020 All-American will feature a field of the top 55 boaters and 55 co-anglers from across the 24-division Bass Fishing League, The Bass Federation, Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI and High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing, all competing for a grand prize of up to $120,000 in the boater division, including a lucrative $20,000 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency award, and $50,000 in the co-angler division.

Additionally, the highest-finishing boater and co-angler from each of seven Regional Championships (including the Wild Card) at the All-American will advance to the 2020 Toyota Series Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 and $33,500, respectively.

Although the fishery has never hosted an All-American, Lake Hartwell has hosted numerous major bass-fishing tournaments throughout the years, providing a venue that showcases intense competition, excellent community support and high numbers of solid limits.

“There isn’t anything in Lake Hartwell that doesn’t have fish on it right now,” said Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit angler Troy Morrow of Eastanollee, Georgia, who was the 2010 All-American champion. “Everything on the fishery is going to be in play, but the fish are spread out, which means catching five quality fish may prove to be a little tricky.

“With the temperature consistently in the 60s, the winter bite won’t be in full effect, so I expect to see several different tactics – from topwater fishing in the backs of creeks to fishing in 40 foot of water on the main lake.”

Morrow said he believes versatility is the key to earning the win on this fishery, and expects the 2020 All-American champion will weigh in 13 to 14 pounds per day.

“It’s probably going to take a combination of largemouth and spotted bass to pull out the win,” Morrow said. “If the topwater bite happens, flukes and pencil poppers may come into play. I also expect to see large numbers caught fishing a drop-shot around offshore brush piles, flipping jigs and creature baits in laydowns or bushes, and a shaky-head-rig or small crankbait on intermediate points.”

All-American competitors will take off from Green Pond Landing, located at 470 Green Pond Road in Anderson, at 7:30 a.m. EST each morning, Nov. 11-13. Weigh-in will be held at the landing at 4 p.m. daily. Attendance is limited to anglers, family and essential staff. Fans are encouraged to follow the event online through the daily coverage, live blogs and photos at FLWFishing.com.

FLW Live weigh-in coverage will be streamed daily on FLWFishing.com. Television coverage of the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP will premiere Jan. 2, 2021, on the Outdoor Channel, Jan. 4, 2021, on the World Fishing Network and will also be prominently featured in the FLW television series on YouTube.com/FLWFishing.

The 2020 All-American field of 55 boaters and 55 co-anglers is comprised of the top six boaters and co-anglers from each of the six Bass Fishing League Regional Championships held in 2019, along with the top six boaters and co-anglers from the 2019 Wild Card tournament. They are joined by the top boater and co-angler from each of the seven divisions at the 2020 TBF National Championship, along with both members of the second, third and fourth-place teams at the 2020 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance, who compete as boaters. The fifth and sixth place teams from the College Fishing National Championship and the winning team from the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship compete as co-anglers.

The full field of anglers will compete on Days One and Two of the event, with the top 10 boaters and top 10 co-anglers based on cumulative weight from the first two days continuing to the third and final day. The 2020 All-American champions will be determined by the heaviest three-day total weight.

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

 


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

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

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

This year’s event will feature a keynote address from the 2020 Bassmaster Classic Champion and Berkley and Abu Garcia angler, Hank Cherry, along with general sessions and panel discussions with professional anglers and industry professionals. The unique event connects youth anglers, boat captains and fishing programs with industry representatives to provide opportunities for engagement with professionals and brands throughout the fishing industry – providing skills and conservation education and creating awareness of professional and post-graduate opportunities.

“We are excited about the explosive growth of high school anglers across the country,” said Jon Schlosser, Vice President of Marketing for Berkley and Abu Garcia. “These anglers approach this sport as they would any other athletic pursuit. Our products, and our brands, support their competitive spirit.”

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

“The support of major brands in the fishing industry is paramount to being able to reach youth anglers and provide the highest level of expertise in the sessions and panel discussions during the event,” said Neil Paul, co-founder of High School Bass Class. “We’re thankful for Berkley and Abu Garcia’s support and look forward to bringing this and future events to youth anglers in South Carolina and other states.”

Registration is now open for the December event, and high school and middle school anglers can register online at www.highschoolbassclass.com. The two-day event is $95 and includes a shirt, gift bag with sponsor items, a networking lunch on Saturday, dinner on Saturday night, and breakfast on Sunday morning.


Swindle can’t horse around at Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest

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Bass fishing’s funniest man, Gerald Swindle is neighboring with a 19-year-old thoroughbred gelding named Mistic this week at Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest on Lake Fork who shows strong resemblance to Rainbow Brite’s talking horse, Starlite.

 

But the 2-time Bassmaster Angler of the year sits 16 points outside of making the 2021 Classic – so this is no time for horsing around.

 

Swindle has had a phenomenal career. He’s made 18 Bassmaster Classics, notched (55) Top 10s, and won over $2 Million dollars in prize money, but he’ll be the first to tell you 2020 hasn’t been up to his standards.

 

“I’ve had days this year when I felt like I fished well enough to win an AOY title, and other days when I fished my guts out and just didn’t catch ‘em the way I thought I would,” he reflects. “I’m not stressed right now, but I know I need a Top 20 this week to qualify for the Classic.”

 

As most fans know, the recent three Bassmaster Elite Series events at Guntersville, Santee Cooper and Chickamauga fell way short of what autumn fishing ought to be, and Swindle thinks he knows why.

 

“Everybody has had more free time than ever and a government stimulus check to buy a top-notch sonar unit the past eight months. They have beat on these fish to the point every 14” bass in the country has earned a Masters degree in dodging crankbaits by now,” he grins.

 

At Lake Fork, Swindle may still sling cranks, but not the deep variety in search of the mega-schools pros like Keith Combs made famous here.

 

“Look, I’ve done it all in practice. Rode around staring at my sonar screens searching for the deep magic, and I haven’t found the winning spot,” admits Swindle. “So, I’m going to do what Gerald Swindle does best, I’m going to stay shallow, fish smart, fish methodically, and hope a big one shows up each day.”

 

Riding the momentum of a Top 12 at a very tough Chickamauga and an honest wave of holding himself accountable for a less-than-Swindle-like year … don’t bet against him digging himself out at Toyota Texas Fest to make his 19th Bassmaster Classic.

 

But it will take a Seattle Slew or Secretariat kind of performance this week on Lake Fork, and nobody is up for that challenge more than Swindle.

 


What would James do at Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest

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Well-respected Lake Fork guide James Caldemeyer, who also competes in Bassmaster Open events, has caught or guided his clients to over 100 bass exceeding 10-pounds the past 16 seasons. But this week he can only point at 2-pound ‘squeakers’ and smirk in a humbling moment of self-depreciation.

Think about that! Caldemeyer has been a part of 100 bass over 10-pounds being caught on Lake Fork. That’s a mind-boggling achievement to anybody who has ever lipped a largemouth.

However, this week, at least so far, big fish simply aren’t showing themselves, despite the fact they absolutely live here in a manner few reservoirs in America can rival. “If Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest had come here again in June like it was scheduled to, prior to Covid postponing it, we would have seen the same sort of mega-sacks like we saw when Brandon Cobb won in 2019,” says Caldemeyer.

 

“But this week we’re dealing with really cold nights and warm sunny days. Those big temperature swings seem to sort of ‘spin out’ Florida strain largemouth. Plus, we’ve got a high-pressure system, low water, a full moon, and the tail end of the fall ‘turnover’ staining-up the lake,” he explains.

 

Covid also caused a huge uptick in folks buying a license and going fishing as a safe and fun means of entertainment, which has led to increased fishing pressure on the famed fishery. But for the most part, fishing remained really good on Fork the past few months. And even right now, the sort of 1 and 2-pounders Caldemeyer is smirking at in the photo are fairly easy to catch – it’s the big ones that are particularly elusive.

 

“Big Florida bass are way smarter than most people realize,” says Caldemeyer. “If I was competing in Toyota Texas Fest this week, I’d focus on being midway back in the creeks, looking for any hydrilla and coontail vegetation I could find with shad present. Having shad around is absolutely critical to getting bit.”

 

Asked what lures he’d lean on most, he named a Santone swim jig, a small lipless crankbait, and a ChatterBait, and he predicts the angler who averages 19-20 pounds per day could claim victory, compared to Cobb’s crazy 28-pound daily average winning weight last year.

 

“I say it will take 20-pounds a day to win, but then I think about how tough it is, and I’m tempted to lower my guess to 19 or 18 pounds a day,” grins Caldemeyer.

 

“But look, this is Lake Fork, and things happen fast here. I’ve had days when my guide clients had a horrible morning, we go in and have lunch, go back out and catch the limit of a lifetime in the afternoon. So, don’t be shocked if all the sudden things change for the better this week,” he warns.

 


From sh*t sandwiches to the Bassmasters Classic

You read it right, this week's guest has had a rough year on the Bassmaster Opens trail. From gear stolen, trailer destroyed and more, Mathew Robertson has battled some demons this 2020 season but with his recent win on Cherokee he is Classic bound and one step closer to a Elite Series invite. Check it out!


Lake Fork: tougher than a game of checkers with Sumrall and Livesay

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If you need two guys to accompany you on a five-mile jog, help you move furniture, catch you a fat largemouth, or simply share a laugh and a cold beer, you’d be wise to get ahold of Bassmaster Elite Series roommates Caleb Sumrall and Lee Livesay.

Just don’t play checkers with them.

“I still have a scar by my eyebrow from when I kicked Sumrall’s butt in checkers at Guntersville last month,” grinned Livesay over coffee at Lake Fork’s iconic Minnow Bucket.

Sure enough, the scar is still visible, but neither would confess exactly how the surface wound got there, only that checkers and laughter were involved.

The good news is, it didn’t prevent Livesay from winning $100,000 two weeks later at the Bassmaster Elite on Lake Chickamauga, and a congratulatory banner now hangs proudly on the front face of the Minnow Bucket, where Livesay met clients each morning for guided fishing trips 300 days a year.

Sumrall actually does some guiding too, but on Toledo Bend Reservoir, where flooded timber, a lack of aquatic vegetation, and the presence of trophy bass remind him of this week’s scene at Lake Fork for the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“It’s tough, like real tough. I’d give Fork a letter grade C- right now,” says Sumrall.

Livesay is fast to confirm Sumrall isn’t sandbagging. “Caleb’s being too nice. Obviously, I love this lake. It’s been part of my life since I was 9 years old. But this week, we’ve got low water levels, no aquatic vegetation, a full moon, high pressure, and light winds – and that all equates to about a letter grade D by Lake Fork standards,” says Livesay.

Both agree that averaging 13-pounds per day on Day 1 and Day 2 of competition Thursday and Friday should be good enough for a Top 40 cut, and that squarebill cranks, ChatterBaits, spoons, and a time-proven Texas rigged worm will all play a factor.

But so far, no single lure has yielded super impressive results – to the point Livesay says at least 40 fellow pros have reached out to him for wisdom the past couple of days.

Big limits may be hard to come by at Fork this week, but the magical vibe of this 27,000-acre lake 90 minutes straight east of Dallas never ceases. Everybody knows giant bass live here – like the 13-pound 8-ounce beast Livesay once guided a client to using a Carolina Rig one magical November day.

For now, all 85 Elite Series pros can only hope for a little Lake Fork magic, and all would be wise to avoid a game of checkers with Sumrall and Livesay.


Texas Fest Offers Bassmaster Angler Of The Year Drama

Tennessee angler David Mullins is leading the 2020 Bassmaster Angler of the Year race by just five points heading into the season's last event — the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Lake Fork.
Photo by B.A.S.S.

November 3, 2020

QUITMAN, Texas — Three elements have come together — one planned, one unpredictable and one unforeseen — to create a perfect storm of Bassmaster Elite Series drama at Lake Fork Nov. 5-8. From Angler of the Year to Rookie of the Year to berths in the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic, a fascinating number of scenarios will be in play at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

When the 2020 schedule was announced, it didn’t include a season-ending Angler of the Year Championship, which since 2014 had included only the Top 50 anglers in AOY points. That Top 50 format was, inadvertently, a drama-killer. It eliminated the volatility in points that occurs in all the other full-field events.

In regular season full-field events, first-place is worth 100 points and each place down the standings is worth one point less. With the current 85-man field, last place is worth 16 points, provided the angler catches at least one bass over two days. No bass, no points.

In most years there’s no way to know whether one angler will have a nearly insurmountable lead in AOY points before the season-ending event. It has happened in the past. But that’s not the case this year. David Mullins, of Mt. Carmel, Tenn., has just a five-point lead over Elite Series rookie Austin Felix, of Eden Prairie, Minn. The Top 5 anglers — Mullins, Felix, Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, Jake Whitaker of Fairview, N.C. and Kyle Welcher of Opelika, Ala. — are separated by only 31 points.

As for the Rookie of the Year race, Felix leads Welcher by 26 points. Japanese angler Taku Ito is third, 63 points behind Welcher.

Finally, there’s the unforeseen, namely the COVID-19 pandemic. The Elite Series schedule was completely reshuffled after the 2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk at Lake Guntersville on March 6-8. The season-ending event in the original schedule was at Lake St. Clair on Aug. 20-23. The Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest was scheduled June 5-9, as the sixth in a nine-tournament slate.

Texas Fest has always included some bonuses bigger than the other regular-season events. First place is worth $125,000 instead of $100,000, and the angler with the biggest bass of the tournament receives a Toyota Tundra. But what can be the biggest prize for the winner, depending upon his AOY rank, is an automatic berth into the Bassmaster Classic. It seems fitting that in this crazy year, there would be a single automatic Classic berth available to every angler, no matter how far down the list he is in AOY points, in this final Elite Series event of 2020.

It is impossible to overestimate what it means for anglers to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic. Qualifying for the Classic signals a successful season for the angler, their family, sponsors and future in the sport. The Top 39 anglers in the final AOY points list qualify for the Classic. However, that number grows each season by a varying amount based on double-qualifiers.

For instance, as the 2020 Classic champion, Hank Cherry, of Lincolnton, N.C., automatically qualifies for the 2021 Classic. Cherry is currently 43rd in AOY points. If he moves inside the Top 39 Classic cut at Lake Fork, it would move the AOY list down another spot to 40.

If an angler wins Texas Fest at Lake Fork who is inside the AOY Classic cut, it would move the Classic qualifiers list down another spot to 41.

The Classic double-qualifiers grow also from the Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series winners. A Classic berth is awarded to each of the eight Opens winners.

Elite Series angler Patrick Walters, of Summerville, S.C., won September’s Bassmaster Eastern Open on Lake Hartwell. He currently ranks 11th in AOY points. A prerequisite for Classic qualification for an Opens winner is that the angler competes in all four tournaments of the division, whether Eastern or Central. Walters won’t officially be double-qualified until he competes in the final Eastern Open remaining on the schedule, but that’s a given. So the AOY Classic cut mark starts at 39, has moved to 40, and, if you count Walters, it could be 42 after Texas Fest, depending on Cherry’s AOY finish and whether the tournament winner is Classic-qualified via AOY.

There are still two Opens Series tournaments on the revised schedule — Nov. 19-21 at Texas’ Lewisville Lake and Dec. 3-5 at Alabama’s Lay Lake.

So, no matter what happens at Lake Fork, the automatic qualifiers from the final AOY points standings won’t be known until that final Eastern Open in December at Lay Lake.

But, again, with this full-field format in the final event, there will likely be several ups and downs in the AOY points race around that 40th place mark. There are infinite scenarios around the Classic cut line when only 55 points separate 35th place and 50th place, as they do now.

Thanks to a perfect storm of events, there will be more drama in an Elite Series final tournament of the year than there has ever been before.

Bassmaster LIVE will cover the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Nov. 5-8 on Bassmaster.com and ESPN3. Championship Sunday will feature additional live coverage on ESPN2. Check local listings for details.

The tournament is being hosted by the Sabine River Authority and Wood County Economic Development Commission.


Lester looking to avoid Lake Fork’s coffee colored water

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Team Toyota’s Brandon Lester loves a large cup of java each morning with sugar and Italian sweet cream creamer, but he doesn’t want his bass fishing waters to resemble his morning brew.

“If you’ll notice, when lakes ‘turnover’ in the fall, they take-on a coffee color. I saw a lot of that today, and it’s probably why I only had a handful of bites,” said Lester as the sun set on the first day of practice at the Toyota Bassmaster Texasfest on Lake Fork.

Lester is referring to the natural progression of summer’s warm lake surface water becoming colder and denser. Thus, it sinks to mix with the deeper water known as the hypolimnion until water temps are pretty much the same from top to bottom.

Unfortunately, this stirring of nature’s bass fishing soup bowl causes solids that have rested on the bottom all summer to suspend and lakes take on a coffee color.

“I’m not saying you can’t catch a bass in that sort of water, but I sure haven’t ever had great luck in it,” he says. “And today, most of the Glade Creek arm was coffee colored.”

Surface temps on Fork are currently 66 to 72 degrees, and Lester says he’s not concerned about the lack of bites during the first day of practice.

“The only thing I learned today is this tournament is going to make being in the right area of the lake really important. I don’t think you’re going to be able to figure out a pattern and run it successfully in all three major creeks arms. Instead, you’re going to have to figure out the best area,” he explains.

For Lester, that means avoiding water that might look appealing to Folgers or Starbucks.

This is not going to be the 114 pounds of bass in 4-days of competition slugfest we saw Brandon Cobb win last May during the post spawn, but this is still Lake Fork, and Lester thinks it will take at least 20-pounds a day to win.

“Everybody knows the last three Bassmaster Elites this fall at Guntersville, Santee and Chickmauga were way tougher than normal, and that will be the case here too. But we’re later into fall now, and there’s still a ton of 4 to 9-pound fish swimming here,” concludes Lester.


CHARLES WHITED & BRENDAN KENNELL WIN THE FINAL TRAIL EVENT ON LBJ AND THE 2020 AOY TITLE

PL ANGLER 1 ANGLER 2 FISH BIG BASS WT PRIZE
1 CHARLES WHITED BRENDAN KENNELL 5 18.06 $10,000
2 GARRETT HENNIG BRANDON MCQUEEN 4 8.24 17.99 $3,000 + $1,300 BIG BASS + Bass Assets $100 Certificate
3 GLENN RUCKEL SCOTT ROSS 5 16.97 $1,500
4 SAM MORROW COLT DIETZ 5 15.62 $1,250
5 JOSH LASSETER 4 7.88 15.34 $1,000
6 MICHAEL ZIBERT 5 14.58 $800
7 RANDY FESLER BRENT SMITH 5 7.24 14.57 $700
8 KEN WILKINS KEITH HEINRICH 5 13.51 $600
9 SCOTT SMITH TODD IVINS 5 13.44 $550 + Pre-registration Winners (Shimano Clarus Rods)
10 RUBEN RIBERA LINO GUTIERREZ 5 12.70 $500
11 DANIEL BARNES ADRIAN BARNES 5 12.65 $450
11 ROBERT KESSLER RUSSELL KESSLER 5 12.65 $450
13 CLINT ROBERTSON STEVE MAGNELIA 5 12.39 $350
14 JASON STAFFORD DOYLE WALKER 5 12.27 $300
15 JOE BRAY JAY FRASIER 4 12.15
16 DAVE MANGELSDORF MATTHEW WHITTINGTON 5 11.94
17 BRANDON BRAY JESSE FRY 5 11.92
18 ADRIAN SANCHEZ DEAN ALEXANDER 5 11.89
19 CRAIG CORDOVA SHAWN TAMEZ 5 11.76
20 TERRY KIRCUS JASON BUCHANAN 5 11.26
21 LEE BEUERSHAUSEN RANDY GROUNDS 5 11.21
22 BYRON ALBRECHT MIKE JOHNSON 5 11.17
23 ALLEN GASS JOHN RATLIFF 5 11.00
24 SHANE LOGAN TONY FERDINANDO 5 10.96
25 JJ LARSON JASON LARSON 3 10.90
26 DONNA ESCHBERGER RANDALL ESCHBERGER 5 10.84
27 ANDREW SWEET PHILLIP DOUBEK 4 10.23
28 TERRY HALL LYNN PIERCE 5 9.97
29 MATT CANNON JARED SIEGELER 5 9.54
30 JIMMY CHAPMAN KENNETH CUMMINS 5 9.49
31 BRYAN SCOTT TYLER TORWICK 5 9.39
32 TREY GROCE JOE BILL HALE 5 9.36
33 JOEY WILBURN JORDAN FISHER 4 9.23
34 DARRELL WUENSCHE 3 9.17
35 BUBBA WAMPLER HANK FRY 5 9.07
36 TRENT BLAKE SHAWN MARKGRAFF 3 8.43
37 DAMON ROSS DONNIE ROSS 5 8.27
38 JACOB FROESE GARY FRIEDEL 4 7.84
39 LESLIE DORECK JOE GARCIA 3 7.62
40 LARRY SMITH KEN EVERETT 4 6.92
41 WYATT RAE HUNTER PRICE 2 5.84
42 MICHAEL KILE BRIAN KILE 2 4.97
43 JUSTIN MADDING STERLING MARTIN 3 4.94
44 LEE BENTON CODY SMITH 3 4.89
45 JAMES ROLLINS GRANT GALE(Y) 1 4.66
46 TONY MALDONADO RICK HAMILTON 2 4.59
47 TRAVIS COCKERHAM LOGAN CLARK 2 4.34
48 MIKE MCEACHEM JOSEPH KENNEDY 2 3.92
49 RUSTY REEDY BRYCEN REEDY(Y) 2 3.82
50 DANNY HARRELL MICHAEL NOBLE 2 3.24
51 QUINN VANCE CHRIS BERTELSON 1 2.88
52 TERRY WILLIAMS JR BILLY WALDSCHMIDT
52 MICKEY SANDERS ROGER MEEK
52 LANCE DILLARD BLAKE DILLARD
52 ERIC CRUMLEY RONNY MAYNARD
52 PATRICK STARNES THOMAS HARALSON
52 RICK SCHEEN AUSTIN QUIET
52 SETH KELM MIKE BATES
52 DON GORDON JAMES ROBERTS
52 MICHAEL STRATTON JASON KEAS
52 JASON OLIVO BOBBY ACOSTA
52 JOHNNIE BARNES RYAN KESSLER
52 ROBBY PAYNE
52 ANDY ARMENDARIZ SR
52 TERRY ADAIR
52 HUDSON CARLTON FRED CATES
52 ZACH CERA BEN RAMPY
52 TIM RENEAU JUDY RENEAU
52 SPENCER SCHNEIDER BRIAN HUGHES
52 MAX KIPP DENNIS WHITED
52 MARCO MCDONALD JACOB WATKINS
52 KAENA FREITAS ANDY ZAVALA
52 RANDALL BEAUCHAMP REGINA BEAUCHAMP
52 JUSTIN KETCHUM SEAN CLAMPITT
52 RYAN BODE AARON KISSEL
52 MIKE WOOD MARC SHERRON
52 BILLY MCCRARY II DONNIE O'NEAL
52 JUSTIN WISIAN KENNETH FAIRLY
52 KENNY VALCHAR JAMES VALCHAR
52 JOE DUCK LORNE DORNAK
52 JAMES JONES SOREN HANSEN
52 JOHN WARDEN CHARLES DORTCH
52 JACKY ROBERTS EDDIE PELFREY
52 JASON MURPHREE PATRICK AMICK
52 BRIAN MATER PHIL WARREN
52 WILL BERNHARD DARYL PRICE
52 BLAKE STASIUNAS DEREK MCNABB
52 GARY JOHNSON MIKE SODEN
52 MARK RIBERA RICK RIBERA
52 BRETT ORLICH GARY FERGUSON
52 RICK LOWE BRONWYN LOWE
52 JAMES WHITE WAYNE ALBERTHAL
52 JAYSON KISSELBURG DEAN GOLMON
52 DONNIE WEBER JOHN KAPALDO
52 JASON WILLIAMS JEREMY WRIGHT
52 JR WILLS
52 DAVID STEPHENS BILL KIMBERLY
52 TOM GUIDRY DUSTIN ISBELL
52 JEFF ANDERSON FRANK WIGET
52 KAYDEN MILLER(Y) CANTON BIZZELL(Y)
52 DUSTIN TRIMUAR GARY SHARP
52 JUSTIN HUMMEL LEONARD DEBRASKA
52 RICHIE LAND CADE STRATTON(Y)
52 BARRY MOTT MATT HILL
52 BRYAN RICHARDS MAT KEVIL
52 BRINTON HASKINS ROBERT WELCH
52 NATHEN LABAY BRANDON BUSSELL
52 DUSTIN SMITH CHRIS BAKER
52 GLENN WILSON BLAKE ARAPIS
52 GARY WEIMER THOMAS WEIMER
52 JOHN HAND RICK HARRIS
52 JAMES GOODNER GRANT GOODNER
52 CHRIS WILKINSON MASON WILKINSON(Y)
52 DENNIS BECK MICHAEL BECK
52 DANIEL ABERNATHY DAVID LINDLEY
52 JAMES CANTWELL DONNA CANTWELL
52 CHRISTOPHER WASHINGTON JARRID HOHENSEE
52 JUSTIN MAY KEVIN THRESS
52 CHUCK WARE CODY FRAISER
52 WENDELL RAMSEY SR WENDELL RAMSEY JR
52 DARREL ROUTON JACK CULBREATH
52 CASEY MARTZ TERRELL FRANKLIN
52 WADE MEHAFFEY WESTIN MEHAFFEY(Y)
52 JAMIE SLAYDEN BRANDON HOUSTON
52 JOEY MARTIN
52 THOMAS HOWE PHILIP THOMPSON
52 TOM PURSELL
52 BUSTER JOHNSON WARREN KEPKE
52 TREY EPICH BRANDON DICKENSON
52 DAVID REID ROBBIE THORSTEINSON Shoreline Decal $250 Fuel Card Winners David Reid-Shimano Loyalty Drawing Winner


Sonar and Italian Subs credited with Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Historic Win

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Cole Sands and Conner DiMauro had three consecutive days of bass fishing that 95% of those who will ever pick up a baitcasting rod and reel will never experience en route to victory at the 2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Championship on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes.

The two experienced young anglers from East Tennessee’s Bryan College weighed-in 28, 27 and 29 pound 5-bass limits Thursday, Friday and Saturday to not only win a college championship, but also forever notch their names in B.A.S.S. record books, and the dream-like experience all took place on one 250-yard stretch of aquatic vegetation.

“We caught the majority of the fish we weighed-in on a Carolina Rig in about 9-feet of water on the edge of the weedline. Old school green pumpkin Senkos caught the majority of our weight, and redbug colored plastics were really good too,” says Sands.

When asked what the biggest key to their success was, they cited staring at Humminbird sonar screens and very little fishing in practice. “Conner is actually from here and he came down here and spent three days looking for the right kind of stuff. And then during official practice days this week, we only set the hook one time on what he found, and it was a 6-pounder. So, we knew he’d found the juice,” says Sands who has now competed in four consecutive Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championships.

Ironically, even though DiMauro grew up in Central Florida, Bryan College in Dayton, TN was the only school to offer him a college bass fishing tuition scholarship, so he headed nine hours north, to then return home with Sands to claim a national championship.

“God definitely had a plan for me,” says DiMauro. And Sands thinks good sandwiches played a big role too. “Conner’s grandpa made us the best Italian subs I’ve ever eaten in my life, and I’m not sure we could have pulled off this win without those subs,” he grins.


Jacksonville State’s Gossett, Smith Win Team Of The Year Award

Zeke Gossett and Lucas Smith, of Alabama's Jacksonville State University, were honored as the 2020 Bassmaster College Series Team of the Year before the Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops.
Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

October 30, 2020

LEESBURG, Fla. — The 2020 season started with a broken-down boat for the Jacksonville State University team of Zeke Gossett and Lucas Smith, but closed out with some hardware for the trophy case.

Before taking to the water this week for the 2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops at the Harris Chain of Lakes, Gossett and Smith were honored as the 2020 Bassmaster College Series Team of the Year after accumulating 988 points throughout the four-event regular season. Along with two trophies, Gossett and Smith added a $2,500 check plus a Minn Kota Ultrex and a Humminbird Solix Unit courtesy of Johnson Outdoors.

“It’s very special with it being my last year,” Gossett said. “We were thinking about it the other day, we fished in four different seasons. So it was pretty cool to win in a heck of a year. We had so many cool stories. We broke down the first tournament at Toledo and made a 60-mile one-way run at Lake Cumberland. It’s just awesome to hold the Team of the Year trophy because we worked really hard for it.

“There were so many stories. When I see this trophy in my room I’m going to think about every one of them.”

Smith, who started the season as a freshman, and Gossett began the season at opposite ends of their college careers and faced adversity immediately, breaking down on the first day of the first tournament of the season at Toledo Bend. The duo didn’t panic, however, catching 16 pounds on Day 1 to save their tournament and ultimately their season with a 20th-place finish.

Gossett and Smith followed Toledo Bend with a 9th-place finish at Smith Lake in February and, after a long layoff, finished 5th at Lake Hartwell in August, giving them the lead in Team of the Year heading into the final stop of the year at Lake Cumberland last month.

After a 6-pound, 60th-place Day 1 showing and Minor and Lanier leading the event, Gossett and Smith decided to make a 120-mile run on Day 2 and it paid off, jumping into the Top 12 cut and securing the Team of the Year title unofficially.

“It was just crazy,” Gossett said. “We just had an open mind every tournament and we fished very free this year. We had to take some chances, like at the last event with the 60-mile run. They talk about in the Elite Series Angler of the Year race, you can’t have a bad day. We had bad days, but we would make it up.”

Through his first season as a college angler, Smith said he has learned a lot from Gossett during the ups and downs of the season.

“I’ve learned so many things from Zeke over this year,” he said. “Keeping an open mind was really important. In high school, I would just get stuck in a rut and wouldn’t move around as much. This year, I learned you have to make those calls.”

Not only did the 2020 season provide on the water adversity, but plenty of non-fishing adversity as well. Their Jacksonville State teammate Jarred Jones underwent major heart surgery during the COVID-19 layoff and cancer treatment after the Lake Hartwell tournament. Then, when Gossett returned home from Cumberland, his mother, Laura, and father, Curtis, tested positive for COVID-19 and were hospitalized. For four days, Curtis, who also has asthma, was on a ventilator and life support due to complications with the disease.

“It was terrible,” Gossett said. “One day they tried to take the tube out and it didn’t work. The next day, by the grace of God, his numbers went up to where he was strong enough to get the tube out. I just want to thank everyone for the prayers. They are doing a lot better.”

With family members and teammates now recovering, Gossett and Smith are ready to try and claim more hardware with a victory at the National Championship tournament.

“This is our first time seeing these lakes and I’m not real familiar with Florida fishing,” Gossett said. “I fished Okeechobee about five years ago, but I like this lake a little more because it has more bank grass. You can catch good fish going down the bank and that’s what we do. I’m feeling pretty confident, but we have not caught a fish over 3-and-a-half pounds. I think we will eventually get a big bite if we keep doing what we are doing.”

The 2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops continues Oct. 30-31 with daily takeoffs from Venetian Gardens in Leesburg at 7:30 a.m. ET. Weigh-ins will be held back at Venetian Gardens at 3:30 p.m. and streamed live on Bassmaster.com. The National Champions will be crowned Saturday.


College championship: Family, friends and fat limits of bass

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Prior to last night’s nationally televised college football game between Georgia Southern and South Alabama, opposing players pushed and shoved one another in a heated fracas prior to kickoff. You won’t see that sort of classlessness at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes.

Instead, you will see opposing student anglers fellowshipping under a gorgeous sunrise while family and friends stand nearby in the crisp autumn air to support them. And you’ll find no better example than highly accomplished Tanner Ward, an engineering student from Kent State in Ohio, whose sisters Laken and Olivia took off work to travel with mom, just to see Tanner compete.

Equally as impressive, his longtime fierce competitor Nolan Minor of West Virginia University beached his boat next-door, just in time to photobomb Ward’s shoreline family portrait, and pay him a compliment after a successful Day 1.

“When you need to slow down and fish one area really thoroughly, Tanner is really tough to beat,” says Minor. “We actually met back in high school fishing at a championship on Kentucky Lake. I had seen his YouTube videos, so I started chatting him up while we were waiting to weigh-in at that high school event, and we’ve been good friends ever since.”

Even though Kent State and WVU’s campuses are three hours apart, Minor indeed knows Ward’s fishing strengths well. “We weighed-in 17 pounds yesterday mostly by slowing down and milking one patch of hydrilla the size of a football field for all 17 pounds,” confirms Ward.

Tanner Ward and partner Rory Franks know that staying put in one area, and not running around, leaving fish to find fish, will be the biggest mental challenge they’ll face this week – especially now that a chilly weather front will add to the adversity bass tournaments inevitably offer.

But no matter where Ward lands on the leaderboard – two things are certain, he’s made a friend for life in Nolan Minor through fishing, and his sisters are definitely bass fishing fans for life after being here to experience the sport’s nearly unexplainable goodness this week in person.

From soul-moving autumn sunrises to fat limits of bass – this certainly won’t be the last shoreline family photo Team Ward ever takes.


Cooler Weather May Trigger Lake Fork For Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest

QUITMAN, Texas — In Lee Livesay’s view, the 2020 Bassmaster Elite Series season couldn’t end at a better location; and not solely because he calls Lake Fork his home waters.

The local stick believes this east Texas powerhouse will offer a tremendous level of diverse opportunities for the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Competition days will be Nov. 5-8 with daily takeoffs from Sabine River Authority (SRA) — Lake Fork at 6:40 a.m. CT and weigh-ins each day at SRA — Lake Fork at 3 p.m.

Coming off his first Elite win at Chickamauga Lake in mid-October, Livesay has lived near Lake Fork most of his life. He’s guided there for seven years, so he has his finger on the lake’s pulse.

“This is going to be a tournament where you can catch them any way you want to — deep, shallow, in between; south end, north end, middle,” Livesay said. “I think everything is going to play and it’s going to be good.”

Seasonality has much to do with this, as shortening daylight periods have fish ready to feed heavily for winter. Fall has taken its time settling in this year, and with late-October water temperatures around the 70-degree mark, Fork’s fish have yet to fully commit to traditional fall patterns.

The transition is happening and a cold front that pushes through the area a week before the tournament will hasten the process. Daytime highs are expected to drop from the mid- to upper 50s into the upper 40s. Days will quickly warm into the mid- to upper 60s for tournament week, but Fork will see several overnight lows in the upper 30s. That’s going to send the right signals to fish that already know it’s time to chow down.

Key point: Lake Fork has been stocked with Florida-strain largemouth, which have the genetic makeup to reach trophy size. Balancing this truth, “Floridas,” as they’re often called, tend to be highly sensitive to weather changes. That’s not always a bad thing, and Livesay’s hoping the declining temperatures will unleash the lake’s potential.

“The biggest thing we’re going to be facing is this little front,” Livesay said. “It’s been hot and it’s just getting cold. These fish like it cold and (the fishing) is better here until the water temperature gets into the low 50s. So, it’s actually going to be beneficial toward us catching bigger fish.

“We’ve had a couple of big bass tournaments and they did not catch them very well on the upper end of the size. So, it might be perfect for the lake to bust loose and everybody catch a big bag of fish.”

The Lake Fork Dam impounds Lake Fork Creek — a Sabine River tributary — to create a lake of approximately 27,690 surface acres. With additional inflows from Big Caney and Little Caney Creek, Fork is currently about 2 feet below normal pool.

“That’s decently low for us; we don’t have a lot of fluctuation,” Livesay said. “It’s been on a steady fall since early July and we haven’t had a lot of rise and fall since then.”

Describing Lake Fork’s common habitat elements as shallow wood, grass, points, humps and roadbeds, Livesay said there will also be plenty of offshore roaming fish. He expects to try a range of scenarios in various depth zones.

“I’ll fish deep, I’ll fish supershallow, I’ll fish wood — a lot of them start getting on wood when it’s cold. I’ll fish anything and everything in between,” he said. “I’ll fish topwaters, I’ll fish slow dragging baits, buzzbaits, Rat-L-Traps; there’ll be a little niche for everything going on.

“It all depends on the water level. The water being low might have the deep fish out there a little better than everybody thinks. So, I’m literally going to look at everything.”

While he can see someone locating a bunched-up offshore school and carefully managing it for four days, Livesay predicts most anglers, especially those fishing shallow, will need multiple spots and multiple techniques to be competitive. That being said, he believes the Top 10 will include anglers fishing shallow, midrange and deep.

Unlike spring tournaments, where 30-pound bags are not uncommon, Livesay has a more conservative outlook for this fall event. It is entirely possible that the weigh-ins will see a few fish in the 8- to 10-pound range, but with fall fish generally more scattered than they are during the spawning season, anglers may be less likely to amass a five-fish limit of Lake Fork giants.

The tournament will employ a catch-weigh-release format, with trained judges weighing each angler’s fish as they are caught on the water and immediately releasing them back into the lake. Competitors will be allowed to bring in one bass over 20 inches to show on the weigh-in stage.

“It’s going to be who figures out how to catch those four or five fish a day that are a little bigger,” Livesay said. “You’re not going to see the megabags this time of year. Instead of 100-pound (four-day totals), you’re going to see 80 pounds win.

“Somebody might get on a little freak school, cranking a channel swing in a creek, but it’s pretty tough this time of year.”

In addition to the $125,000 first-place prize, the winning angler will earn a berth into the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic.

The tournament will also help decide the 2020 Bassmaster Angler of the Year race, which is currently being led by Tennessee pro David Mullins with 623 points. Minnesota pro Austin Felix is in second place with 618 and veteran Texas pro Clark Wendlandt is third with 607.

Bassmaster LIVE will cover the event each day on Bassmaster.com and ESPN3. Championship Sunday will feature additional live coverage on ESPN2. Check local listings for details.

The tournament is being hosted by the Sabine River Authority and Wood County Economic Development Commission.


Bryan College’s beautiful mess

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In Thursday’s warm humid pre-dawn air to begin Day 1 at the Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship on Florida’s Harris Chain, I found myself deeply concerned about angler Mason Cizek’s feet.

The 21-year-old accounting major from Bryan College on Lake Chickamauga in Tennessee was a “hook in the toe” waiting to happen. No less than 25 lures surrounded his sandaled left foot.

“That pile represents a mix of fishing fast, trying a lot of different lures, and having very little experience in Florida,” laughed his partner Jake Lee, the 2017 champion of this event.

The mess also represents the care-free, fun, passionate attitude of the fast-growing college fishing culture. It’s not about looking good for most of these students, it’s simply about their absolute love of bass fishing – and the associated fellowship that precipitates from traveling on tight budgets.

“I learned these bad habits from my old partner Jacob Foutz,” laughed Lee. “When he and I fished together our boat was always a disaster.”

Lee and Foutz’s messy habits seemed to pay off. They won the 2017 Carhartt Bassmaster National Championship in Minnesota, and Foutz went on to qualify for the 2018 Bassmaster Classic, and now runs a successful fishing guide business on Lake Chickamauga.

“My dad is a firefighter back in East Tennessee, and he’s gonna see this article and want to drive down here and tell me to get this disaster cleaned up,” laughed Lee.

When I asked Cizek which of the lures in that heap were likely to get the most playing time – he said, “That’s what makes this mess so special – I have no idea – I’m fishing purely on intuition,” he grinned.

We all know the power of intuition in tournament bass fishing, and the past success of Bryan College is indisputable. I just hope Cizek makes it through this derby without sticking a topwater in his toe.


Humminbird® and Minn Kota® Pros Go Back-to-Back with First- and Second-Place Finishes at Chickamauga and Santee Cooper

Humminbird® and Minn Kota® pros Brandon Palaniuk and Carl Jocumsen were riding high after the two buddies took first and second at the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Santee Cooper Lakes. Just one week later, another pair of Pro Team anglers from the leading brands in boat control and fish finding technology doubled down as Lee Livesay and Mike Huff finished first and second respectively at Lake Chickamauga.

Another fall tournament dealt the field challenging conditions during the four days of competition. Strong currents, thick grass mats and heavy fishing pressure meant that finding the winning fish required a combination of skill, experience and the right equipment.

Livesay and Huff proved they had all three by closing out the top two spots on Championship Monday. Both anglers relied heavily on Lakemaster® mapping to isolate areas that they felt would produce the kind of bites needed to compete.

From there, their paths diverged, one targeted skinny water fish and using his Minn Kota Talons™ to stealthily pick apart shallow grass mats with a frog and the other staying pinned with Minn Kota Spot-Lock™ while near steep bluff walls.

Adapting to the conditions was key on Chickamauga and no one did that better than Lee Livesay. Starting in 10th place after day one with 13-0, Livesay found more of the shallow water hotspots that would propel him to his first career victory with a total weight of 58 pounds, 2 ounces on Chickamauga Lake.

Realizing that shallow areas deep inside grass mats were producing more bites, Livesay worked to locate other areas with the same features and operated in stealth mode once he found the spots with the right ingredients for his success.

“Once I realized that the fish were living in less than a foot of water with a little algae on top of the grass, I looked on my LakeMaster map and marked from 0 – 3 feet in the red highlight on my HELIX®,” Livesay said. “I found another eight to nine locations in a relatively close proximity that offered the same features. Then I’d either push pole in real quiet and Talon down or sometimes bust through 500 yards of grass mat with the my Ultrex™ trolling motor as fast as I could to get back in the mat, and then I’d try to be as quiet as possible letting everything settle down for at least 20 minutes or so.”

Persistence also paid off for Livesay by focusing on these small shallow areas he was confident held fish. Slowing down and really taking the time to pick apart each spot, he made long casts and kept working on new ways to present the bait until he got the reaction he was looking for.

“My Minn Kota Talons were huge, probably one of the most important tools I used this week,” said Livesay. “After I got to the spot, I’d cast in some of the areas the size of my boat deck 30 or more times before getting bit, but then it would be on. I’d sometimes fish these little spots for 30-45 minutes before I’d get them fired up and I even stayed in one spot for 2 hours.”

With Livesay finding his pattern of success sneaking through grass mats with his Talons and operating as quietly as possible, his fellow Humminbird and Minn Kota Pro Team member Mike Huff was working on an impressive comeback with another strategy, targeting bluffs and lay downs to keep him in the hunt.

Finishing day one in 50th place and fighting back to 33rd on Day Two, Huff turned it all around by fishing jigs on bluffs he identified with his mapping, and ultimately turned in the event’s second heaviest bag (19-1) to propel him to 3rd place on day three. Huff finished the weekend in second place just behind Livesay with a total weight of 56 pounds, 6 ounces.

“One of the main things for me on Chickamauga was the LakeMaster mapping – it is just absolutely amazing on the Tennessee River system,” said Huff. “I found fishing bluff walls was getting it done for me and I studied my map to find every contour line and rock slide out there, which was really important in finding the areas I wanted to target.”

Fishing these rockslides on bluffs was proving successful but also a challenge with stronger currents. “Spot-Lock was huge for me fishing the way I was in these areas,” Huff said.

“The current was so strong there and the Ultrex was working hard all day on my boat. I was able to just hit Spot-Lock every time I got a fish in the boat and would stay right where I needed to be and on the fish. The amount of time we get back with that is invaluable and allows for more casts and time with the bait in the water.” Spot-Lock made tasks like culling and retying a breeze and kept him in the game.

With LakeMaster providing a roadmap to the exact depths and contour features Huff was looking for on the bank, he was now able to focus his attention to MEGA Side Imaging® and locate other fish-holding cover in the same areas or on the way to his next spot. And his story was reminiscent of the one Brandon Palaniuk told about the 7-pounder he found using Humminbird MEGA 360 Imaging™ on the final day at Santee Cooper.

“I was done fishing a bank and idling out getting ready to take off and I noticed a tree that looked really good with three fish in it,” Huff said. “I thought to myself, I really should have fished that, but I marked it on the Humminbird unit and saved it for the next day. I ended up catching two crucial fish off that same tree on Day Four.”

With one fall tournament left in the revised Bassmaster Elite Series schedule at Lake Fork on November 5-8, there is no question these pros will continue to face a challenging bite and weather conditions. With a full head of steam heading into the final event and the best mapping, imaging and boat control on their side, the Minn Kota and Humminbird Pro Team is on track to finish strong.


ROWE AND PATE CAPTURE CLOSE CHAMPIONSHIP WIN ON CHOKE CANYON

By David A. Brown

THREE RIVERS, TX (October 29, 2020) -- Kyle Rowe Ted Pate went into the Texas Team Trail Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Championship counting on leveraging those big Florida-strain largemouth bass to their advantage. It all worked out in the end — to the tune of a 2-day total of 50.98 pounds — but their victory hinged on making a key adjustment.

For clarity, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has stocked this Frio River impoundment with the “Floridas” since 1981. Generations have adapted to their Lone Star surroundings, but the fish retain two of their most characteristic traits — great size potential and a clear disdain for weather changes, like the minor cold front that arrived the day before the event.

“It doesn’t matter where you go in South Texas — Amistad, Falcon, Choke — those Florida strain bass do not like cold fronts,” Rowe said. “It may only change the temperature (a few degrees), but it will affect them.”

Such was the case for the winning team. After dialing in a morning topwater bite in the mid-lake region, Rowe and Pate started Day 1 pursuing this pattern.

“We had an early (take-off number) so there was one particular spot where I thought we’d catch our limit and probably have our limit on a topwater,” Rowe said. “It took me a while to even get the first bite — a 4-pounder. We could tell it was off, so we immediately switched plans.”

Transitioning to a grass flipping pattern saved their day, as the team sent Texas-rigged Zoom Brush Hogs into the mats and filled their limit for a 19.95 that put them in thirteenth place. Not a bad start, but Rowe admits that confidence in their area nearly bit them in the backside.

“We decided not to pull our fish out and weigh them (on the water); we were just estimating,” Rowe said. “We both thought we had 21-23 pounds. We were on fish good enough, we didn’t even go to the best spot until 11 o’clock and we filled out limit really fast.

“I told my partner ‘We don’t need to stay here. We have the projected daily weight and we’ll be in the top-10. That’s all I care about; as long as we were in the top-10, most of these teams weren’t going to catch them two days in a row and we are.’”

Returning to the weigh-ins thinking their bag held more than it did, Rowe and Pate were disappointed to find they’d overestimated their day. Making matters worse, Danny Iles and Brian Shook were leading with 27.57. Realizing they had throttled back too early in the game, reality made for disheartening mental shift.

“We went back to the room and I was just sick,” Rowe recalled. “I told Ted ‘We messed up. We have no chance to win now because I know (Iles and Shook) are good enough to catch ‘em again another day.’

“I said ‘We’re going to catch a big sack, but we’re really fishing for second.’ The next day, we went back in there and things worked out; we were lucky.”

Returning to their grass beds, Rowe and Pate correctly assessed the passing front’s impact and made what was likely the most important decision of their event. Leaving the grass edges that produced their first day’s bag, they reached far into the mats where those ultra-sensitive Florida bass had fled and sacked up a whopping 31.03 pounds on a mix of Spro Bronzeye Frog and Texas-rigged Brush Hogs with 1-ounce weights.

“Day 2, Ted throws a frog across the mat and catches one of our biggest fish,” Rowe said of their quick start. “I net that fish and barely get back to the bow and he throws out there and catches another one that looks like a clone.

“That’s a good feeling when you start off catching two 6-pounders. That’s when you know you’re going to catch them.”

Edging the Day-1 leaders by 7 ounces, Rowe and Pate won a Ranger Z519 with a 225 Mercury. Their total winnings of $54,068 included $1,024 in Angler Advantage cash. Rowe said he and his partner realize full well the magnitude of pulling out a victory against the talented field of TXTT competitors.

“Being seven pounds behind as good of fishermen as (Iles and Shook) are, we were very fortunate,” Rowe said. “Every one of these teams that fish this are capable of winning at anytime. It just comes down to who makes the best decisions.”

Iles-Shook Second

After starting the year with a dominant win on Lake Sam Rayburn, Isles and Shook topped the Day-1 with 27.57-pound limit, anchored by a 6.11. Adding 23.34 on Day 2, they finished second with 50.91 and locked up Team of the Year honors.

“Leading Team of the Year, we put in a lot of practice time and made multiple trips to fish the entire lake,” Iles said. “We had certain stretches identified, so we spent half of each day up in the river and half down by the dam.

“We stuck to the edges of the grass. Some areas were in 14-16 feet; other place were 7-9.”

Iles and Shook caught their fish on Texas-rigged curl tail worms and and speed worms. They also used a rotation of 1/2- to 3/4-ounce casting jigs, swim jigs and football jigs; all with Strike King Rage Craw trailers. For reaction bites, they also mixed in 3/8- and 1/2-ounce bladed jigs with shad style trailers.

“The weather allowed us to catch those better-than-average fish,” Iles said. “On Friday, that front brought wind and cloudy skies. During practice, we fished (in similar conditions), so we knew how they would react.”

Iles credits his team’s intense practice regimen for not only a strong Championship performance, but also for their Team of the Year title. They had made a decision to ramp up their effort this year, but that season-opening win stoked their fire.

“We put a little more effort into this year than years past,” Iles said. “That first tournament on Rayburn fell into our wheelhouse. That got us a good lead and we worked extra hard to maintain it. It worked out about as good as we could have scripted it.”

For second place, Iles and Shook earned a Nitro Z519 with a 225 Mercury. Their total prize package of $54,004 included $960 of of Anglers Advantage cash. For their Team of the Year achievement, Iles and Shook received commemorative rings and free entries into 2021 TXTT events.

Dunn-Shaw third

On Day 1, Adam Dunn and Shelby Shaw caught a limit of 20.17 and tied Dave Redington and Chad Mcclendon for 11th. The final round saw them add a limit of 26.52 — anchored by a 9.63 that took Big Bass honors for the event — and gain eight spots to finish third with 46.69.

“Shelby caught that (9.63) in the first 15 mins of Day 2,” Dunn reported. “That’s definitely how you want to get your day started.”

Rotating through four main spots — all grass-related — Dunn and Shaw caught their Day-1 fish by punching hydrilla/milfoil mats with a Zoom Z Craw and a Berkley Havoc Pit Boss, both rigged with a 6th Sense punch skirt and a 1- to 1 1/4-ounce weight, depending on grass density. They also caught one along the grass edge on a 1/4-ounce underspin with a swimbait.

On Day 2, Dunn and Shaw caught all of their keepers on moving baits. They did most of their work by ripping a 3/4-ounce Chatterbait with a Yamamoto Zako trailer through the grass and complemented that presentation by burning a 6th Sense Speed Wake along grass edges.

For third place, Dunn and Shaw earned $3,158, which included $768 of Anglers Advantage cash, a $500 Garmin bonus and a $250 Mercury bonus. They also won $410 for the Big Bass award.

Bonds-Nitschke fourth, Mansfield-Weston fifth

Jason Bonds and James Nitschke weighed five bass worth 44.91 pounds, taking fourth place and earning $1,774. Behind them was Grover Mansfield and Cort Weston with 41.99 pounds. For fifth place, they earned $1,505.

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top 10 teams at the 2017 Texas Team Trail event on Toledo Bend:

6th: Terry Stevens and Jason Harper, 41.96
7th: Michael Ligon and Bud Pruitt, 41.89
8th: Stephen Johnston and Dan Wilson, 40.57
9th: Bob Vote and Andy Vote, 37.34
10th: B.J. Carothers and Thomas Wells, 36.57


Steaks, SEC football, and crankbaits at college championship

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College anglers from Campbellsville University, Georgia Southern and Nicholls State talked about what they and the bass have been eating at the Harris Chain of Lakes prior to Day 1 of competition at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Championship that kicks-off Thursday.

 

Tell us your name, age, major, and the school you proudly represent.

 

Bradley Dunagan, age 21, business major, Campbellsville University in Kentucky.

 

Avry Thomason, age 22, business major, Georgia Southern.

 

Cade Fortenberry, age 21, allied health major, Nichols State in Louisiana.,

 

Q: What’s the coolest thing about college bass fishing?

Dunagan: Traveling to so many different places.

Thomason: Traveling.

Fortenberry: Traveling to places I never would have got to fish.

 

Q: What two lures are you certain you’ll use?

Dunagan: Mid-range crankbait and a speed worm.

Thomason: Jig and a mid-range crankbait.

Fortenberry: Punch rig and a frog.

 

Q: What’s your favorite college football team?

Dunagan: Kentucky Wildcats

Thomason: Georgia Bulldogs

Fortenberry: LSU Tigers and Nicholls State, I’m on the cheer squad at Nicholls.

 

Q: How many pounds do you need to catch Thursday to land in the Top 20?

Dunagan: 14 pounds

Thomason: 15.8 pounds

Fortenberry: 15.8 pounds

 

Q: What’s the best thing you’ve eaten since arriving in Lake County, FL?

Dunagan: a rib eye cooked pretty rare

Thomason: a sirloin at Ruby Tuesday’s

Fortenberry: gumbo

 


We’re not rich, we just love to fish

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If you stood at a boat ramp on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Central Florida and watched dozens of young Americans line-up to launch this week at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, you could easily get the false perception these are a bunch of rich kids with pricey boats and tow vehicles.

 

Dig a little deeper and you’ll quickly realize, they’re actually fueled by Oreos, borrowed boats, and in some fortunate cases, a bit of financial support for tuition and travel expenses from the colleges and universities they represent.

 

“Nope, we’re not rich. This is my dad’s boat and he just lets me borrow it. I’ve had a job sackin’ groceries at Publix for years, and now I’m part of a pressure washing business to earn money,” says Jarrett Brown, a 22-year-old finance major from Montevallo State, who recently registered for the new Yamaha Power Pay cash bonus program for a chance to earn extra money.

 

Brown and teammate Tyler Harless, a biology major, who makes and sells Wicked Jigs to support his tournament fishing, say a bag of Oreos often serves as breakfast and lunch most days on the water, because they’re inexpensive and easy to eat.

 

The two earned their way to this week’s national championship with a victory earlier this year using a Carolina Rig and shaky head on Eufaula, Alabama, but say a topwater frog and a heavy Texas-rigged punch bait will be their main players this week around the Harris Chain’s abundant vegetation.

 

After the first two full days of practice, they rated the fishing as average – not super tough – but by no means easy. “We’re still trying to figure it out,” says Brown. “We’re required to be off the water by 4:30 this afternoon, but if they’d let us, we’d fish until dark,” adds Harless.

 

In that case, the bag of Oreos would likely serve as this evening’s dinner too.

 


Josh Glodo - Gone but not forgotten

(LR) Best Friends Justin Raines, Luke Estel & Josh Glodo

Luke Estel - Team Tournament Blogger

Josh’s grandpa dropped us off that morning. We were so excited. My best friend Josh and I were fishing our very first tournament. It was a police auxiliary event we were ready to go. Josh had a fiberglass boat with a 9.9 Mercury on it. It was the slowest boat out there, but we were just happy to be fishing. At our first stop I lost a good keeper. I was rattled but we continued on. Finally, Josh caught one almost four pounds on a Gene Larew salt craw. That was the only keeper we caught. At the weigh in we would end up winning a brand-new battery. You would have thought we won the Bassmaster Classic. That one tournament got me hooked and I have been doing it ever since.

Josh and I became friends at an early age. We played sports against each other and then in High School we played on the same team. We did what best friends do. Hunt, fish, and play sports. We spent our summers on his grandparents lake fishing every day. The fish were small but that didn’t seem to bother us. In college we lived together continuing to hunt and fish. We were inseparable.

A few years later I got married and Josh couldn’t accept the fact that we couldn’t be together every day so he basically moved in with Heidi and I, and the baby. He was a great uncle and my daughter loved him.
Josh eventually married and moved to another state. He would stay gone for several years before he would move back. He just couldn’t handle being away from his family and friends. Once he moved back, it was like old times. Every day around 5p.m. he would call me and ask me what I was doing.

He turned into a crappie fisherman, not just because he liked catching them, but he loved to eat them. And without a boat, you know who had to take him. This year we went three times catching a limit each time. Of course, Josh wasn’t good at the cleaning part. I always had to do it. He wanted to have a big fish fry so we planned one.

A month or so ago, several of us friends got together and had a great night. As usual, Josh made fun of everyone just like he always did. That night would be the last night I would get to hang out with him. Two days later he called and said he was sick. If anyone knew Josh, he was always sick, or at least said he was and usually blamed it on food. I shook it off and told him he was fine. He went and got tested for Covid19 and was positive. That’s when I got scared. Josh wasn’t the healthiest person in the world and was a big guy. Not a good combination for this virus.

I checked on him every day and told him if his breathing got bad to go to the hospital. I left for Florida that weekend and still checked on him. On my way home from vacation I got a phone call saying that Josh was in the hospital on a ventilator. I was 3 hours from home. My heart sank. I could hardly drive. The hospital wouldn’t allow anyone in so for the next week we all sat and waited. He was eventually flown to Barnes hospital for treatment. The nurses were fantastic keeping me up to date along with the family. On a Saturday night we got a call saying it was close to the end. His parents couldn’t go see him but they got special permission for Heidi and I to go. As I stood over him holding his hand, I talked to him. “it’s time to go Josh! We have a fish fry and deer stands to put up.” I even cussed him out not to leave me. He only lasted a few more days.

I have never lost a friend before and to lose a best friend is devastating. I think about him every day, wishing he would call me just one more time. My outlook on life as a whole has also changed. I am going to make the best of it while I am here. Every time I step into a boat, I know he is right beside me.

You will be missed my friend, but never forgotten.


Erskine earning top grades in college bass fishing

Courtesy Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

Unless you live within a couple hours of Due West, South Carolina you’ve probably never heard of a little college called Erskine, but the campus of 800 students is home to everything that’s good about college bass fishing.

This week, 22-year-old recent graduates Wyatt Reid and Gehrig DeFronzo are proudly representing the school at the Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship on Central Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes, but their passionate work along with coach Ryan Teems the last few years has nurtured the small campus to be a garden of growth for college bass fishing.

Coach Teems is only a year older than Reid and DeFronzo, but he helped start the bass fishing team and get it formally recognized by the campus leaders. Now they have about 20 students on the “Flying Fleet” fishing team and are offering bass fishing scholarships to high school students that want to attend Erskine.

Ironically, Reid started at Erskine on a golf scholarship and DeFronzo on a baseball scholarship as a middle infielder, but their passion for bass fishing will leave an absolute legacy and ease the tuition burdens of future Erskine bass anglers for decades to come.

Their home lakes include deeper clear reservoirs like Hartwell and Clarks Hill, so figuring out the shallow vegetation rich Harris Chain won’t be easy. But Reid caught nearly an 8-pounder in practice Monday, so there’s definitely reason for optimism.

When asked what the hardest college class they had to take at Erskine was, Reid cited a literature class, and DeFronzo, a pre-med major, quickly spotlighted organic chemistry, even though he earned an “A.”

But there’s no doubt both have set the curve for all that is great about college bass fishing during their time at Erskine.


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