Nothing but Winners!

This week Chris & the boys welcome in not one but TWO Champs from the past couple of weekends! First up is your newest Bassmaster Elite Series Champ, the little ball of hate himself Wes Logan! Later in the show Cumberland College Champ Jack Dice joins us to talk about winning solo on a team tournament and how he prepares for his tournaments!


Bensema and McArdle Leverage Bluegill Spawn for TXTT Rayburn Win

BROOKELAND, Texas — Knowing when to pull the plug proved critical for Josh Bensema and Matthew McArdle who caught a 5-bass limit of 20.45 pounds and won the second of two back-to-back Texas Team Trail presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s events at Lake Sam Rayburn.
Hailing from Willis and Magnolia, Texas, respectively, Bensema and McArdle spent most of their day fishing the Canyons area near the 147 Bridge. Both had fared well there in a recent tournament, but the bite they sought wasn’t happening.
“At 1 o’clock we had two small keepers in the well and made the decision to go down to the Buck Bay area,” McArdle said.
Plan B found them focusing their attention on flooded bushes in about 4-5 feet. That’s a common Rayburn scenario, but Bensema said he and his partner dialed one large bush with a few smaller bushes on its perimeter. The lane between them was money.
“I think bluegill were spawning around this bush; that’ s the only way to explain 20 pounds of bass coming off one bush,” Bensema said. “This would have been the main plan about a week ago before that water came up, but once it rose, that spread the fish out. It was those bluegill beds that kept the fish on this one bush.”
Describing a 1-2 punch strategy, Bensema said McArdle skipped a 3/8-ounce shad pattern Santone Swim jig with a white Strike King Menace through the gap and kept it high in the water column. Meanwhile, Bensema worked the bottom with a 1/2-ounce Buckeye Football Mop Jig in peanut butter and jelly with a Big Bite Baits College Craw in tilapia. Covering both levels was key, but precision proved essential
“Definitely, it was an angle deal,” McArdle said. “There was plenty of water behind this bush, but you had to make the perfect cast to bring your bait through a specific area. I think it just lined up with the bream beds and kept our baits in the strike zone longer.”
Noting that the flooded bush pattern exceeded their expectations, Benesema said he and McArdle visited their key spot three times between 1 and 2:30. Thanks to the bream bed attraction, the spot kept reloading and each subsequent visit produced at least one good fish that contributed to their overall weight.
For their efforts Bensema and McArdle earned a Nitro Z18 with a Mercury 150 Pro XS. In addition, they claimed $2,370 of Anglers Advantage cash and a $500 Garmin electronics bonus. Their total payday was $36,465.
Wilson-Flowers second
Kris Wilson and Brandon Flowers bucked the trend, did their own thing and sacked up a second-place limit that went 19.49. Staying in the mid-lake region, they targeted postspawn fish that were leaving the shallows.
“With the water being high, it had (most) of the competitors up in the bushes, so we stayed away from the bushes and focused on places in 12-16 feet of water where they were coming out,” Wilson said. “Hard bottom was the key; a couple of places had shell.”
Wilson and Flowers caught their fish on dragging presentations. Specifically, they threw a 3/4-ounce football jig with a Strike King Rage Bug trailer and Carolina rigs with a mix of flukes, Zoom Brush Hogs and straight tail worms.
For second place, Wilson and Flowers won $7,163, which included $1,738 of Anglers Advantage cash.
Griffin-Tidwell third
Mike Griffin and Larry Tidwell focused their efforts on secondary points with flooded bushes and trees in 8-12 feet of water and placed third with 19.44. While their morning yielded only small fish on moving baits, they found their success by slowing down and Carolina rigging a Junebug Zoom Magnum Lizard and dropshotting a 6-inch Roboworm in the margarita mutilator color.
“We figured they would be up shallower with the higher water, but the big fish were out deeper, so we went out deeper,” Griffin said. “We caught 20 keepers today and the dropshot produced the most. They wanted it really slow today.”
For third place, Griffin and Tidwell won $4,835, which included $1,580 of Anglers Advantage cash.
Goodwyn-Crelia fourth, Imhoff-London fifth
TJ Goodwyn and Phillip Crelia weighed five bass worth 19.26 pounds, taking fourth place and earning $4,598 (including the $1,085 Big Bass bonus for their 7.31). Behind them was Will Imhoff and Shane London with 18.81 pounds. For fifth place, they earned $2,812.50
Rest of the best
Rounding out the top 10 teams:
6th: Mark Martin—Chris McClain - 16.81
7th: Ed Whaley—Darren Sebek - 16.51
8th: Todd Castledine—Jason Bonds - 16.02
9th: Brian Shook-Danny Iles - 16.01
10th: Robert Emmert-Kody Emmert - 15.65
Castledine and Bonds are leading the Team of the Year standings. Castledine said finishing eighth exemplified the mindset he and Bonds bring to each event.
“We know how to go out and catch 13 pounds on Rayburn, but we decided not to do that, we decided to take a chance and do something different,” Castledine said. "We don’t think about winning Team of the Year and we don’t play it safe. We take and when we do, it usually turns out well.”

DOUBLE DIP LIFTS HILL AND FRAZIER TO FRIDAY RAYBURN WIN

By David A. Brown
BROOKELAND, Texas — If it worked once it should work again: That philosophy  delivered the win for Tommy Hill and Bubba Frazier, who topped the first of two back-to-back Texas Team Trail presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s events at Lake Sam Rayburn with a 5-bass limit that weighed 22.91 pounds.
Fishing the mid-lake region, the anglers from Tyler, Texas started their day targeting a creek drop in about 5 feet of water. Slinging a Carolina rig with a Zoom Super Fluke in the California 420 color, Frazier tempted his team’s biggest fish — a 7.48 — on their first cast. About 5 hours later, lightning struck twice and Frazier added a 6-pounder on the same spot.
Frazier said recent rains have raised Rayburn’s water level about two feet in the past week and a half. This, he said, has created tough conditions and displaced fish.
“We’re on the water a lot and we had these areas that we knew were good, but then it got muddy and shut them down,” Frazier said. “It cleared up and the right fish were there.”
Hill said he believes the rising water has also made it difficult to stay on top of the spawning cycle. “I think there are probably still a few on beds, but I think it’s mostly postspawn. I bed fish a lot, but you can’t hardly stay with them with the lake coming up like it is.”
After their morning bite faded, the winners transitioned to a more active strategy of targeting main lake hay grass with 7/16-ounce Santone swim jigs. Using Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers in the white trash color, their mid-morning plan was one of mobility.
“We put the trolling motor on 50 percent and covered a lot of water,” Frazier said. “We did better with the swim jigs when the wind was blowing.”
Around 12:30, Hill and Frazier decided to revisit their starting spot. The plan was to show up, eat a quick lunch and then focus on fishing. Frazier said a sudden interruption was most welcome.
"We were going to eat deer sausage wrap-ups, but I took one bite of my sandwich, I got a bite on my Carolina rig, set the hook and it was that second big fish,” Frazier said. “It was about the same cast that I made for the first fish.
“We’re old guys; we’re not going to go hungry on the water. We’re going to eat and Carolina rig and hope one bites while we’re eating.”
Noting that he and Frazier caught 15-20 keepers, Hill said they added their last limit fish — a 3 1/2-pounder — at 12:30. After that, they leisurely made their way back toward the weigh in site and allowed themselves a comfortable travel window.
“We quit an hour and 15 minutes (early) and then we just finished up around the ramp,” Hill said. “We knew that over 22 1/2 pounds would get a good check. We didn’t think it would win, but we didn’t want to be way up the lake and not be able to get back because of motor trouble or whatever.”
For their efforts Hill and Frazier earned a Nitro Z18 with a 150 Mercury ProXS. In addition, they claimed $2,445 of Anglers Advantage cash. Their total payday was $36,040.
Moorhead-Moorhead second
Jason Moorhead and Ty Moorhead found four of their five spots unfishable, but settling on one key area, they sacked up the second-place limit of 18.89 pounds. The Moorheads anchored their bag with a 7.23.
Jason Moorhead said they ran up the Attoyac arm and fished clay points with scattered stumps in 14-16 feet of water. It took them a while to dial in their search, but once they eliminated the unproductive areas, they got their work done in about two hours.
“We had five spots selected, but the mud (from recent rains) has been steadily working downstream and it blew out four of our spots,” Jason said. “We finally got on our last spot and caught our fish between 10 and 12.”
The Moorheads caught their fish on Carolina rigs with a fluke style baits in the watermelon red magic color on a 4-foot leader. Slowly dragging their baits through a saddle was the key.
For second place, the Moorheads won $7,393, which included $1,793 of Anglers Advantage cash.
Little-Shelman third
Shifting gears from practice paid off for John Little and Daniel Shelman who caught the third-place limit of 18.25 pounds. After starting their morning throwing spinnerbaits in Alligator Creek, Little and Shelman moved to Five Fingers Bay and Carolina rigged watermelon red lizards with the tails dyed chartreuse.
Little said they found the event’s biggest fish — an 8.66 — on a long point. With the rising water, the fish was in about 10 feet, but Little said its bloody tail likely indicated a spawner.
The anglers also picked up a keeper near the entrance to Little Caney Creek and ended their day on the rock islands in front of the takeoff area. The latter yielded three good culls, including their second-biggest fish — a 3 3/4-pounder. Carolina rigs produced all of their fish.
Noting that he had been on a good flipping bite in practice, Little said he made the call Thursday night to change strategies. Using Garmin Livescope and Humminbird 360 to carefully read the bottom allowed him and Shelman to pinpoint their target areas and avoid bogging in hydrilla.
“I didn’t feel like (flipping bushes) was gong to be good enough today,” Little said. “With the water coming up, the bank is so far back I don’t think you can reach some of the places the fish are. I just made a change and was a good change."
For third place, Little and Shelman won $6,860, which included $1,630 of Anglers Advantage cash, a $250 Ranger Boats bonus, a $500 electronics bonus and the $1,120 Big Bass bonus.
Wilson-Flowers fourth, Waguspack-Lloyd fifth
Kris Wilson and Brandon Flowers weighed five bass worth 18.18 pounds, taking fourth place and earning $3,626. Behind them was Anthony Waguspack and Jimmy Lloyd with 17.32 pounds. For fifth place, they earned $2,903.
Rest of the best
Rounding out the top 10 teams:
6th: Lance Robelia—Cody Pratka - 16.78
7th: Brian Shook — Danny Iles - 16.74
8th: Tony Rogers — Ed Klobas - 15.76
9th: Alton Powell-Bill Powell - 15.49
10th: Nathan Prine-Mike Scalise - 15.28

Local Pro Wes Logan Gets First Bassmaster Elite Series Victory At Neely Henry Lake

Wes Logan, of Springville, Ala., has won the 2021 Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake with a four-day total of 57 pounds, 9 ounces.
Photo by James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.
May 10, 2021

GADSDEN, Ala. — Wes Logan said memories came flooding back to him throughout the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake.

That’s bound to happen when you’ve fished a place since you were 5 years old.

Logan now has countless new reasons to think fondly of his home water after claiming the tournament title here on Championship Monday. The 26-year-old from Springville, only a 30-mile drive from the Gadsden City Boat Docks, caught a four-day total of 20 bass weighing 57 pounds, 9 ounces. He capped the competition with a 14-1 limit Monday, the third-heaviest of the day.

Logan earned $100,000 for the win, his first in 26 B.A.S.S. events.

The second-year Elite Series angler charged into the lead on Day 3 with a 16-15 bag that tied for the heaviest of the tournament. That made him the last man to weigh in Monday and the only one with a chance to knock Connecticut pro Paul Mueller from the hot seat.

Logan peeked silently at the scale while his bass were weighed. When his winning total flashed on screen, he let out a victorious yell and pumped his right fist over his head. Then he hugged Mueller and hoisted his first blue trophy for his home-based fans to see.

“I started tournament fishing with my dad when I was 5,” Logan said. “We’d come here, Logan Martin and Weiss … I went into practice trying to not put pressure on myself. I wanted to fish like I’d never seen the place before. I wanted to figure out a pattern.”

Having an open mind, even on water he knows so well, was critical this week. Neely Henry was a difficult read for most of the 98 anglers who started the tournament on Friday, postponed by a day because of heavy rains earlier in the week. The storms sent the water table rising and shot sediment throughout the lake. The Elites scrambled to find stable water, many relying on junk fishing to see which lures and techniques produced the best bites.

A trio of lures worked best for Logan — a 5/8-ounce Dirty Jigs Matt Herren flipping jig (black/blue skirt) with a Zoom Big Salty sapphire blue Chunk; a Dirty Jigs No Jack swim jig with a Zoom Super Speed Craw trailer; and a frog, which he used to fill his Day 3 limit.

Logan started the tournament strongly, putting 14-1 on the board Friday, good enough for ninth place. He caught 12-8 on Day 2, climbing to eighth and surviving the cut to 48. He made his move on Day 3 with the 16-5 haul, pointing to a pair of unusual catches as the turning point.

“I caught two bass under a bridge right by the Gadsden City Boat Docks on a crankbait,” he said “I’m not a crankbait fisherman. It was about 11:30, and I only had two keepers at the time. But I caught a 2 1/2 there, and then two casts later, I caught a 5 1/4. I only got one more bite that day.

“When you get that kind of bite when you’re not supposed to, that let me know I had a chance to win. Stuff like that just doesn’t happen all the time.”

Logan didn’t divulge specifics on the crankbait, other than to say it’s specially painted, similar to a black/chartreuse combo.

“I keep that one in my hand around here,” he said. “It’s a confidence thing.”

Logan planned to fish down-lake from the start, but low water in that area made him choose otherwise. Each of the 20 bass he weighed was caught between Cove Creek and Minnesota Bend — both only a 10-minute run from the Gadsden City Boat Docks.

Mueller, meanwhile, went straight for the lower end of Neely Henry and found success. He seized the lead after Day 2 and was in second place going into Day 4, trailing Logan by just more than a pound. Mueller caught the heaviest bass of the tournament Monday, a 6-6 largemouth, but his 13-13 closing weight wasn’t enough to overtake Logan.

“My pattern went away today and I knew that would be the deal,” Mueller said. “I had to fish new water. I was able to catch some fish, and I had a good day. I’m glad at the way this turned out. As short as the morning bite was, I could have been sitting in sixth or seventh right now.”

Mueller caught his best bass, including the 6-6, on a Deps Evoke 2.0 squarebill crankbait (chartreuse/brown back). He earned an additional $2,000 for having the Phoenix Boats Big Bass on Day 4 and overall.

Alabama native Gerald Swindle caught the second-heaviest bag on Day 4 (a 15-0 limit) and finished third with 54-2 overall.

Mueller took home an additional $3,000 for being the highest-placing entrant in the Toyota Bonus Bucks program, and fourth-place finisher Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., earned $2,000 for being the second-highest placing entrant.

As part of the Yamaha Power Pay program, Logan earned $4,000 for winning while Christie claimed an additional $1,500 for being the second-highest placing entrant.

Minnesota pro Seth Feider finished 12th in the derby and didn’t qualify for Championship Monday, but he still left Gadsden with a commanding lead in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings. His season total of 525 points gives him a 41-point cushion over Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., (484) with three tournaments remaining.

Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., is third with 464, followed by Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum, Idaho, with 462 and Christie with 457.

Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., is leading the Rookie of the Year standings with 372 points.

The City of Gadsden and the Greater Gadsden Area Tourism hosted the event.

2021 Whataburger Bassmaster at Neely Henry Lake 5/7-5/10
Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden AL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

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

1. Wes Logan Springville, AL 20 57-09 100 $100,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-01 Day 2: 5 12-08 Day 3: 5 16-15 Day 4: 5 14-01
2. Paul Mueller Naugatuck, CT 20 56-03 99 $37,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-03 Day 2: 5 15-03 Day 3: 5 12-00 Day 4: 5 13-13
3. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 20 54-02 98 $30,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 5 13-03 Day 3: 5 11-12 Day 4: 5 15-00
4. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 20 52-13 97 $25,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-03 Day 2: 5 12-15 Day 3: 5 14-14 Day 4: 5 13-13
5. Matt Arey Shelby, NC 20 52-01 96 $20,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-04 Day 2: 5 10-07 Day 3: 5 11-04 Day 4: 5 15-02
6. Bryan New Belmont, NC 20 50-02 95 $19,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-07 Day 2: 5 09-11 Day 3: 5 11-07 Day 4: 5 12-09
7. Bob Downey Hudson, WI 20 49-10 94 $18,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 13-02 Day 3: 5 13-11 Day 4: 5 08-14
8. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 20 47-07 93 $17,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-15 Day 2: 5 12-14 Day 3: 5 08-00 Day 4: 5 09-10
9. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 20 46-04 92 $16,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 5 11-07 Day 3: 5 12-14 Day 4: 5 08-05
10. Todd Auten Lake Wylie, SC 17 42-11 91 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-02 Day 2: 5 14-04 Day 3: 5 08-09 Day 4: 2 04-12
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Day
1 Clark Wendlandt Leander, TX 05-04 $1,000.00
2 Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 05-11 $1,000.00
3 Jay Yelas Lincoln City, OR 05-06 $1,000.00
4 Paul Mueller Naugatuck, CT 06-06 $1,000.00


Team Arey: Big “Shishes” and Strawberry Shortcake

To most fans, anybody making a living in the professional bass fishing business has the coolest job in the world. But what gets overlooked so often is the loneliness of being away from home and the people you love hundreds of nights a year. And few miss home and his three girls more than top pro Matt Arey.

 

“Absolutely, 120-percent, no doubt, the toughest part of my job is the time I’m away from my awesome wife Emily and my two little girls,” said Arey minutes prior to Championship Monday at the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite on Neely Henry.

 

Emily certainly feels the heart-tugging sacrifice of her husband’s career too. So like she’s done roughly 20 other times during their 15-year marriage, as soon as the scales stopped spinning Sunday afternoon, and she knew for certain Matt had made the championship round, she packed up and headed-off in a hurry from their Shelby, NC home to be there in person to cheer him on.

 

“The girls and I were watching Sunday’s weigh-in at home, and we knew it was going to come down to ounces whether Matt squeaked into the Top 10. So, I refused to start packing the Sequoia until we knew for sure he’d made it because I didn’t want to jinx it,” she said with a smile on the dock Monday morning standing next to Matt.

 

She and daughters Reese, age 8, and Wren, age 3, drove six hours, arriving in Gadsden just before midnight Sunday night. Matt had called a local hotel and reserved them a room not far from the official launch ramp so they’d have a safe and comfortable place to land, while he slept 45 minutes away at fellow pro Scott Canterbury’s house, where he’s stayed all week.

 

“They were crazy wild excited to get here and sang songs from Strawberry Shortcake at the top of their lungs for pretty much the entire drive,” laughed Emily. “When they weren’t singing, Wren was talking about her daddy catching big “shishes” – that’s how she says “fishes”.”

 

Daddy will need his share of big “shishes” on Championship Monday to make a run at winning from the 10th position, but on this fishery it’s certainly possible. He plans to throw a big topwater walking bait to seek strikes from above average sized Coosa River largemouth.

 

“No matter where I finish – hero or zero – I’ve got my girls here – so I kinda feel like I’ve already won without making a cast,” concluded the Team Toyota pro before morning launch.  


Smith wins Toyota Series event on Dardanelle

Edmond Angler Wins by 6-pound Margin, Earns $36,104

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (May 10, 2021) – Toyota Series angler Kirk Smith of Edmond, Oklahoma, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 15 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. at Lake Dardanelle Presented by Fenwick in Russellville, Arkansas. Mundy’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 51-3 earned him the win by a 6-pound margin over second-place angler Zach King of Clarksville, Arkansas, and earned Smith the top payout of $36,104 in the third and final tournament of the 2021 Toyota Series Plains Division.

Smith said he considers himself an offshore and electronics geek, a combo that helped him blow it out on Lake Dardanelle. While the majority of the field’s success seemed to go up and down throughout the event, Smith had a pattern like no one else that allowed him to lay off early the first two days and still be leading by an ounce.

Saturday, he finally got to show off what that pattern could do, bringing in 19 pounds, 15 ounces – the second-largest bag of the event – to blow away the field by 6 pounds with a 51-3 total.

“I never knew what I had (with my pattern), because I was letting up on on Days 1 and 2,” said Smith. “That final day, I absolutely unleashed the fury on them and just mashed them as hard as I could. Even I’m impressed with what I had.”

In practice, Smith said he was trying to find secret backwaters like many other pros, but it just wasn’t happening. Yet, while idling out of a pocket he inadvertently found something most people came across but simply overlooked.

“I was watching my side-imaging and noticed this little underwater point of grass and that’s when it all started,” said Smith. “I threw a waypoint on it and said, ‘huh, that looks good,’ but I didn’t know exactly where it was. So, I got up on the trolling motor and realized it was 15-20 feet off the bank. That’s when a lightbulb went off. The guys were either on the bank or the guys offshore were way offshore, out too deep. I knew no one else would be fishing that.”

Fishing mainly in the Shoal Bay and Thompson Creek area, Smith found grass points, isolated stumps and isolated stumps with grass that were far off the bank but not deep, and were not getting hit by anyone else. Best of all, Smith said he realized on Day 3 those spots were reloading thanks to the falling water, so it was just a matter of precisely hitting them.

Much like pros do over open water, Smith said he’d get in an area and troll around while watching his electronics for stumps and isolated grass patches. When he saw one, and if he saw a fish on it, he could nearly call his shot tossing a prototype ½-ounce BOOYAH swim jig with a Zoom Super Chunk trailer (both black-and-blue).

“I’m not much of a swim jig guy,” says Smith. “I’m a ¾-ounce, 25-feet of water guy. But getting that bait down there and swimming it, getting kind of aggressive with it was a big, big thing.”
The results spoke for themselves, with Smith catching a limit before 9 a.m. all three days of the tournament.

“It’s been a magical week,” said Smith. “I was talking to a buddy from the Muddy Water Mob before the week. I told him I’m feeling warm and fuzzy about this tournament. I can’t explain it, because when I saw this tournament on the schedule this year … Lake of the Ozarks, I can compete. Grand Lake, I can compete. Dardanelle, I thought I could just survive. So, winning this is just amazing.”

The top 10 pros on Lake Dardanelle finished:
1st:       Kirk Smith of Edmond, Okla., 15 bass, 51-3, $36,104
2nd:      Zach King of Clarksville, Ark., 15 bass, 45-3, $13,409
3rd:       Theron Caldwell of Decatur, Texas, 15 bass, 44-6, $10,381
4th:       Bruce Parsons of Arbela, Mo., 15 bass, 38-7, $10,151
5th:       Wayne Dixon of Morrilton, Ark., 15 bass, 37-12, $7,786
6th:       Jeff Kriet of Ardmore, Okla., 15 bass, 37-0, $6,921
7th:       Fred Roumbanis of Russellville, Ark., 15 bass, 35-13, $6,056
8th:       Andy Newcomb of Camdenton, Mo., 14 bass, 35-5, $5,191
9th:       Chip Hawkins of Little Rock, Ark., 12 bass, 34-9, $4,445
10th:     BJ Miller of Adams, Neb., 10 bass, 28-12, $3,579

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

Chip Hawkins of Little Rock, Arkansas, took home an additional $119 for the Day One Berkley Big Bass award in the pro division, with a bass weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces. BJ Miller of Adams, Nebraska, won the Day Two Berkley Big Bass award in the pro division, bringing a 6-pound, 2-ounce bass to the scale.

Bruce Parsons of Arbela, Missouri, took home an extra $1,000 as the highest finishing Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $35,000 per event in each Toyota Series tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Michael Carter of Raytown, Missouri, won the Strike King Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 1 ounce. Carter took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard motor.

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

1st:       Michael Carter of Raytown, Mo., 10 bass, 26-1, Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp outboard
2nd:      Todd Brown of Bigelow, Ark., 11 bass, 25-7, $4,394
3rd:       Derrick Damon of Clarksville, Ark., nine bass, 24-5, $3,594
4th:       JP Northcutt of Grove, Okla., 10 bass, 24-5, $3,076
5th:       Dewey Larson of Fayetteville, Ark., 11 bass, 22-15, $2,636
6th:       Tyler Stuart of Manchester, Mo., 10 bass, 20-7, $2,197
7th:       Mark Powers of Platteville, Colo., 11 bass, 19-7, $1,757
8th:       Austin Ware of Willard, Mo., nine bass, 19-3, $1,538
9th:       Roscoe White, III of Rogers, Ark., six bass, 16-8, $1,318
10th:     Micheal Sharp of Calera, Okla., six bass, 14-13, $1,098
In the Strike King co-angler division, the $79 Day One Berkley Big Bass award winner was David Epema of Jefferson City, Missouri, with a 4-pound bass, 1-ounce bass, while the $79 Day Two award went to Derrick Damon of Clarksville, Arkansas, with a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass.

The Toyota Series at Lake Dardanelle was presented by Fenwick and was hosted by the Russellville Advertising and Promotion Commission. It was the third and final regular-season tournament in 2021 for Plains Division anglers. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place on May 13-15 – the Toyota Series at the California Delta in Oakley, California. For a complete schedule, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The 2021 Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. consists of six divisions – Central, Northern, Plains, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International division. Anglers who fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning Strike King co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2021 Toyota Series Championship presented by A.R.E. will be held Oct. 28-30 on Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tennessee, and is hosted by the Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. on the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitter Instagram and  YouTube.


Alabama Bass Trail Announces 2022 Schedule

Decatur, Ala. – The Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) is excited to announce dates and locations of the 2022 tournament series which includes a payout reaching over $580,000. Now in its ninth season, the team-style tournament series is held on eleven different lakes of the Alabama Bass Trail beginning February 19, 2022, with the championship tournament to be held on October 21-22, 2022. Anglers in the no entry fee championship will be competing for over $100,000 in cash, including a $50,000 first place prize and top bragging rights for the year.

“Announcing the schedule for the ninth season of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series seems almost surreal,” said ABT Program Director Kay Donaldson. “Each year, we begin working with the host cities in February and it is always an interesting puzzle to put together. There are so many considerations that go into assembling a schedule that offers a little something different each year but is still attractive to a large variety of anglers. We hope the 2022 Tournament Series is everything an angler expects from a fishing tournament – a flawlessly run event with big fish and big payouts.”

North Division:

  • February 19, 2022 – Neely Henry Lake / Hosted by the City of Gadsden and Greater Gadsden Area Tourism
  • March 12, 2022 – Lewis Smith Lake / Hosted by Chamber of Commerce of Walker County
  • April 23, 2022 – Weiss Lake / Hosted by the Town of Leesburg
  • May 21, 2022 – Wheeler Lake / Hosted by Decatur Morgan County Tourism
  • June 11, 2022 – Lake Guntersville / Hosted by the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce

South Division:

  • February 26, 2022 – Logan Martin Lake / Hosted by the City of Lincoln, Ala.
  • March 19, 2022 – Lake Martin / Hosted by the Lake Martin Tourism Association
  • April 9, 2022 – Alabama River / Hosted by the City of Prattville Parks and Recreation
  • May 14, 2022 – Lay Lake / Hosted by the Shelby County Commission
  • June 18, 2022 – Lake Eufaula / Hosted by the Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce

Hosted by the city of Wetumpka, the championship tournament will be held October 21-22, 2022, on Lake Jordan.

Sanctioned by BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), the ABT Tournament Series contains two divisions, North and South, and each division is made up of five tournaments on five different lakes. The maximum number of boats for each tournament is 225. Teams must fish in all five tournaments in their respective division; no single entries will be allowed.

The no-entry fee championship event will include up to 185 boats. The 185 boats are comprised of the 10 regular season winners, top 75 teams in points from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective divisions, along with the top 15 student teams, top five college teams and the top five couples teams collectively from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective division.

Each regular season tournament features a $10,000 guaranteed first place prize and pays 40 places totaling over $47,000. The no-entry fee championship will feature a $100,000 payout with a first place prize of $50,000. There is also a $5,000 bonus cash prize for Angler of the Year and $2,500 for runner-up Angler of the Year. According to Donaldson, over $580,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded when the ABT Tournament Series wraps up its season in 2022.

2022 Payout Schedule:
First place $10,000
Second place $5,000
Third place $4,000
Fourth place $3,000
Fifth place $2,000
Sixth place $1,500
Seventh place $1,100
Eighth place $1,100
Ninth place $1,100
Tenth place $1,100
11th – 20th $750 each
21st – 40th $500 each

2022 Championship Payout:
First place $50,000
Second place $10,000
Third place $5,000
Fourth place $4,000
Fifth place $3,000
Sixth place $2,500
Seventh place $2,200
Eighth place $2,000
Ninth place $1,800
Tenth place $1,500
11th-15th $1,200 each
16th-25th $1,100 each
Big Fish $500 daily

Anglers who fished all five events in their respective divisions in 2021 will be given a priority entry period beginning August 1, 2021, at 6 a.m. online at www.alabamabasstrail.org. Registration opens for new teams August 15 at 6 a.m. The entry fee is $1,300 per team, which includes registration for all five tournaments in the respective division. Each team may choose to pay a $500 nonrefundable deposit to hold the team’s spot. The balance of $800 must be paid by January 15, 2022.

“Year after year, registration for the ABT tournament series sells out in record time and we look forward to shattering the record again with the 2022 season,” stated Donaldson. “Registration for the 2021 tournament series opened to the public August 15, 2020, and both divisions sold out in under 25 minutes.”


Local Pro Wes Logan Takes Lead In Bassmaster Elite Series Event At Neely Henry Lake

Wes Logan, of Springville, Ala., is leading after Day 3 of the 2021 Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake with a three-day total of 43 pounds, 8 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.
May 9, 2021

GADSDEN, Ala. — Wes Logan grew up fishing this 11,200-acre Coosa River fishery, so it’s no surprise his intimate knowledge of the lake helped him climb to the top of the leaderboard on Day 3 of the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake.

But with the Neely Henry bass still adjusting to extremely heavy rains last week, Logan admits he’ll have to lean on every bit of his experience if he’s to win his first B.A.S.S tournament Monday.

Logan has three consecutive limits for a total weight of 43 pounds, 8 ounces. He was in eighth place after Day 2, but a 16-15 bag on Sunday tied for the tournament high and vaulted him into the pole position at Neely Henry.

Despite his know-how on Neely Henry, Logan is leery of all nine of the remaining competitors. That’s mostly because the lake has been a mystery since the extreme storms trained across the area last week. The water level soared, the lake muddied and the bass scattered to some unusual places. It was a combination that tested the Elites from the start, Logan included.

“The only thing that helps me is I know how things act when something changes here,” Logan said.

And there have been plenty of shifts on Neely Henry in the past few days. The north end of the lake had high water following the heavy rain but is now draining into its south end, which had been extremely shallow. As the water pushes through the lake, bass are moving with the heaviest flow, which Logan said convinced him to try for offshore bites on Sunday.

It’s not what he’d normally do, but this week has been different.

“I caught a 3 1/2-pounder in a place I’ve caught fish in the past, but this time it was in bright sunshine and in 6 inches of water,” he said. “That fish shouldn’t have been there. I was running by and wasn’t even going to go in there, but I went with my gut feeling. I’ll have to do that tomorrow because where I thought I could win the tournament, there’s not going to be any water in the grass anymore.”

Logan’s heaviest bass weighed 5-4, which was only 2 ounces shy of the heaviest catch on Sunday. He said he’ll look for more of that caliber bass on Day 4, feeling he’ll need the extra weight to hold off his competitors.

“After that morning flurry, I find if you get an afternoon bite, it’s going to be a good one,” he said. “So, no way I’m fishing for 2-pounders. Like that big one I had today, I don’t like fighting big ones on crankbaits. I like boat flippin’ them on a frog or a swim jig. Getting that bite later in the day was a blessing for sure.”

Logan predicted earlier in the tournament that 55 pounds over four days could win the event. If so, he’d need only about 13 pounds Monday, which he said feels about right.

Still, he’s not going to complicate matters. He may be junk fishing, but he’s using the same lures, just in different places.

“Swim jig, frog, squarebill and a 5/8s big jig,” he said, listing the four baits he is sure to have tied on Monday. “It’s the only rods you need here.”

Connecticut pro Paul Mueller led after Day 2, but he caught 12-0 Sunday and now is second with 42-6.

Mueller, 37, is also junk fishing on Neely Henry, hoping he can find a few quality bites to keep him in the hunt for a tournament title. He knows he’ll have to improve on the 12-0 limit he weighed Sunday.

“I’m gonna have to really think about what I’m doing tomorrow because I only caught five fish today,” he said. “I thought I would drop to seventh or eighth with the weight I had. If I get three solid bites tomorrow, I’ll have a shot.”

Mueller is fishing the lower end of Neely Henry and he’ll likely go back there Sunday because he prefers to fish away from other boats. He’s caught his bass Sunday on a Deps Evoke 2.0 squarebill crankbait (chartreuse/brown back) and an 1/8-ounce custom shaky head with a custom Gamakatsu hook and a Zoom Swamp Crawler (watermelon candy).

Jay Yelas won the daily $1,000 Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award for the 5-6 he caught Sunday. Cliff Prince’s 5-11 caught Saturday remains the heaviest of the tournament to date.

The Top 10 remaining anglers will take off Monday from the Gadsden City Boat Docks, also known as Coosa Landing, at 6:30 a.m. CT for the fourth and final day of the tournament and the winner will claim a $100,000 first prize. Weigh-in will start back at the Gadsden City Boat Docks at 2:30 p.m.

Minnesota pro Seth Feider missed the Top 10 cut, finishing 12th with 35-13, but he maintained a commanding lead in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings with 525 points. Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., is next with 484, followed by Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., with 464, Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum, Idaho, with 462 and Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., with 456.

Live coverage of the event can be streamed on Bassmaster.com and the FOX Sports digital platforms.

The City of Gadsden and the Greater Gadsden Area Tourism are hosting this week’s Elite Series event.

2021 Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake 5/7-5/10
Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden AL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1. Wes Logan Springville, AL 15 43-08 100
Day 1: 5 14-01 Day 2: 5 12-08 Day 3: 5 16-15
2. Paul Mueller Naugatuck, CT 15 42-06 99
Day 1: 5 15-03 Day 2: 5 15-03 Day 3: 5 12-00
3. Bob Downey Hudson, WI 15 40-12 98
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 13-02 Day 3: 5 13-11
4. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 15 39-02 97
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 5 13-03 Day 3: 5 11-12
5. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 15 39-00 96
Day 1: 5 11-03 Day 2: 5 12-15 Day 3: 5 14-14
6. Todd Auten Lake Wylie, SC 15 37-15 95
Day 1: 5 15-02 Day 2: 5 14-04 Day 3: 5 08-09
7. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 15 37-15 94
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 5 11-07 Day 3: 5 12-14
8. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 15 37-13 93
Day 1: 5 16-15 Day 2: 5 12-14 Day 3: 5 08-00
9. Bryan New Belmont, NC 15 37-09 92
Day 1: 5 16-07 Day 2: 5 09-11 Day 3: 5 11-07
10. Matt Arey Shelby, NC 15 36-15 91
Day 1: 5 15-04 Day 2: 5 10-07 Day 3: 5 11-04
11. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 15 35-14 90 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-00 Day 2: 5 14-14 Day 3: 5 12-00
12. Seth Feider New Market, MN 15 35-13 89 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-07 Day 2: 5 12-07 Day 3: 5 09-15
13. Clark Wendlandt Leander, TX 15 35-11 88 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-13 Day 2: 5 09-13 Day 3: 5 10-01
14. Drew Benton Blakely, GA 15 35-00 87 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 5 14-08 Day 3: 5 08-00
15. Yusuke Miyazaki Forney, TX 15 34-13 86 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-04 Day 2: 5 13-05 Day 3: 5 11-04
16. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 15 34-12 85 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-15 Day 2: 5 11-14 Day 3: 5 11-15
17. Clent Davis Montevallo, AL 15 34-08 84 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-09 Day 2: 5 12-01 Day 3: 5 07-14
18. Buddy Gross Chickamauga, GA 14 34-06 83 $10,000.00
Day 1: 4 09-10 Day 2: 5 13-00 Day 3: 5 11-12
19. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 15 34-06 82 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-06 Day 2: 5 11-05 Day 3: 5 11-11
20. Cory Johnston Cavan CANADA 15 33-14 81 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 5 13-06 Day 3: 5 10-15
21. Micah Frazier Newnan, GA 15 33-10 80 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-00 Day 2: 5 11-04 Day 3: 5 11-06
22. Jay Yelas Lincoln City, OR 14 33-03 79 $11,000.00
Day 1: 4 09-15 Day 2: 5 11-00 Day 3: 5 12-04
23. Randy Sullivan Breckenridge, TX 14 33-00 78 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-13 Day 2: 5 09-08 Day 3: 4 09-11
24. Hank Cherry Jr Lincolnton, NC 15 32-14 77 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-08 Day 2: 5 11-02 Day 3: 5 10-04
25. Jamie Hartman Newport, NY 15 32-02 76 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-02 Day 2: 5 14-00 Day 3: 5 09-00
26. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 15 32-02 75 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-13 Day 2: 5 09-13 Day 3: 5 12-08
27. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 14 31-13 74 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-09 Day 2: 5 13-12 Day 3: 4 06-08
28. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 15 31-05 73 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-15 Day 2: 5 13-07 Day 3: 5 07-15
29. Luke Palmer Coalgate, OK 14 31-03 72 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-08 Day 2: 5 12-00 Day 3: 4 08-11
30. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 15 31-02 71 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-08 Day 2: 5 10-11 Day 3: 5 06-15
31. KJ Queen Catawba, NC 15 30-12 70 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-14 Day 2: 5 07-12 Day 3: 5 09-02
32. Shane LeHew Catawba, NC 15 30-03 69 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-04 Day 2: 5 09-14 Day 3: 5 10-01
33. Caleb Sumrall New Iberia, LA 14 29-12 68 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-05 Day 2: 5 10-05 Day 3: 4 09-02
34. Jeff Gustafson Keewatin Ontario CANADA 13 29-09 67 $10,000.00
Day 1: 3 06-08 Day 2: 5 13-08 Day 3: 5 09-09
35. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 13 29-06 66 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-03 Day 2: 5 12-06 Day 3: 3 06-13
36. Chris Johnston Otonabee Ontario CANADA 15 29-06 65 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 07-05 Day 2: 5 12-03 Day 3: 5 09-14
37. Matt Herren Ashville, AL 15 29-04 64 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 5 10-00 Day 3: 5 09-11
38. Koby Kreiger Alva, FL 15 28-15 63 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-07 Day 2: 5 09-04 Day 3: 5 09-04
39. Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 15 28-09 62 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-12 Day 2: 5 09-09 Day 3: 5 07-04
40. Gregory DiPalma Millville, NJ 11 28-04 61 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-15 Day 2: 4 12-10 Day 3: 2 05-11
41. Caleb Kuphall Mukwonago, WI 15 27-15 60 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-02 Day 2: 5 09-09 Day 3: 5 07-04
42. Ed Loughran III Richmond, VA 13 27-13 59 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-05 Day 2: 5 11-01 Day 3: 3 04-07
43. Dale Hightower Mannford, OK 15 27-13 58 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-01 Day 2: 5 09-12 Day 3: 5 09-00
44. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 15 27-11 57 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-13 Day 2: 5 09-01 Day 3: 5 07-13
45. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 12 27-07 56 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 5 14-04 Day 3: 2 03-10
46. Jake Whitaker Fairview, NC 15 27-07 55 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-15 Day 2: 5 09-03 Day 3: 5 08-05
47. Marc Frazier Newnan, GA 14 26-13 54 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-07 Day 2: 5 11-07 Day 3: 4 05-15
48. Frank Talley Temple, TX 11 24-08 53 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 4 09-07 Day 3: 2 03-10
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Day
1 Clark Wendlandt Leander, TX 05-04 $1,000.00
2 Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 05-11 $1,000.00
3 Jay Yelas Lincoln City, OR 05-06 $1,000.00


Perfect Consistency Gives Mueller The Lead At Bassmaster Elite On Neely Henry Lake

Paul Mueller, of Naugatuck, Conn., is leading after Day 2 of the 2021 Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake with a two-day total of 30 pounds, 6 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.
May 8, 2021

GADSDEN, Ala. — Paul Mueller said consistency will decide who wins the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake.

If that’s the case, the 37-year-old pro from Naugatuck, Conn., is in the perfect position at the halfway point of the tournament.

Mueller caught a five-bass limit on Saturday that weighed 15 pounds, 3 ounces, the same total he boated Friday on this 11,200-acre reservoir of the Coosa River in northeast Alabama. His 30-6 total leads the event, which began a day late due to heavy rains earlier in the week that swelled Neely Henry’s water level in places and stained the water throughout.

Those conditions have made fishing tricky for most anglers through Day 2, but Mueller has stayed steady. Fifty other anglers weren’t so lucky as the 98-angler field was trimmed to 48 following the Day 2 weigh-in at the Gadsden City Boat Docks.

“To win one of these, you can’t have one bad day,” Mueller said. “If you slip, it’ll keep you from winning. I’ve been in that position more times than winning. You have that bad day, you finish fifth or whatever.”

Mueller weighed three largemouth and a pair of spotted bass on Saturday. He said he didn’t cover nearly as much water as he did a day earlier, but he’s pounding the areas he is fishing.

“I’m doing what I like to do, chunking and winding a crankbait,” he said. “I’d rather do that than eat. I like to do my own thing and not fish next to anyone. It’s important for me to fish my own stuff. And if you can do what you like to do, you’re better off. You don’t play someone else’s ball game.”

Mueller’s heavy on Saturday was a 4-pound largemouth. He added a spotted bass that weighed about 3 1/4 pounds, another quality bite here this week, but he lamented missing two spots he said were heavier than the couple of 2 1/2-pounders that rounded out his Day 2 bag.

“You really need one big bite here to go with four 2 1/2-pounders,” he said. “If you get that, you’ll have the right weight.”

Brock Mosley, a 32-year old Elite from Collinsville, Miss., caught 12-14 Saturday. Coupled with his Day 1 weight of 16-15, he’s in second place with 29-13.

Mosely said he continued the “junk fishing” that vaulted him to the top of the standings Friday.

“I’m just trying to not get into a bad rotation,” Mosley said. “I’m fishing a lot of new water and I don’t know where my good bites are going to come from. I’m just trying to keep my head down and fish as hard as I can.”

Mosley said Neely Henry was draining Saturday, which produced different conditions and made more water available to him.

“I caught a couple on topwater today after not catching anything in practice on that,” he said. “I’m just fishing what’s in front of me and trying to survive each day.”

Mosley said the pleasant weather on Saturday (mid- to high 60s, sunny) attracted many local anglers, which made Neely Henry fish smaller than it would with just 98 pros on the water. He was able to fend off the crowd, though, and knows he’s in a power position with the derby halfway home.

“There’s so much still that can happen,” he said. “My goal today was a 13- or 14-pound bag and one big bite could make it 15 pounds. There’s a chance to catch a 5- to 7-pound fish, too. There are some in here, I just have to make them open their mouths. It’ll be interesting.”

Todd Auten of Lake Wylie, S.C., is in third with 29-6. He caught 14-4 Saturday to go with the 15-2 that had him in sixth place after Day 1.

“I’m just moving around the lake, trying to fish a pattern and key on some things when the weather’s right,” the 55-year-old pro said. “I really need the sunshine to help my bite.”

Sunday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a continued warming trend, with temperatures peaking above 80 degrees. There’s a 60% chance of rain on Monday, though.

That forecast didn’t dampen Auten’s spirit. He’s won a tournament on Neely Henry previously and finished third in another.

“This lake has been good to me,” he said.

The next five anglers are all within 13 ounces of one another, though at least 2 pounds behind Auten and 3 behind Mueller.

Gerald Swindle of Guntersville, Ala., is fourth with 27-6, followed by Bob Downey of Hudson, Wis., with 27-1 and Drew Benton of Blakely, Ga., with 27-0. Alabamians Clent Davis of Montevallo and Wes Logan of Springville are seventh and eighth, with 26-10 and 26-9, respectively.

Cliff Prince of Palatka, Fla., won the daily $1,000 Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award for the 5-11 he caught Saturday. That’s the heaviest bass caught through two days of competition.

Seth Feider of New Market, Minn., is in 10th place at Neely Henry with 25-14. He’s still clinging to the lead in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings with 527 points, followed by Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., with 484, Mosley with 470 and Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum, Idaho, with 456.

The remaining 48 Elites will take off at 6:30 a.m. CT from the Gadsden City Boat Docks, also known as Coosa Landing, with weigh-in back at the docks at 2:30 p.m. The Top 10 following Sunday’s weigh-in will compete on Championship Monday with $100,000 on the line.

Live coverage of the event can be streamed on Bassmaster.com and the FOX Sports digital platforms. FS1 will also broadcast the action live with the leaders beginning at 7 a.m.

The City of Gadsden and the Greater Gadsden Area Tourism are hosting this week’s Elite Series event.

2021 Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake 5/7-5/10
Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden AL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

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

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


Avoiding tennis ball behavior at Neely Henry

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In addition to several folks asking Caleb Sumrall why he was carrying around a tennis ball, concerns about catching a limit of bass from Neely Henry’s flooded muddy waters were running high Friday morning, minutes prior to the start of competition at the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite.

 

“I’ll bet I’ve had five people ask me why I have a tennis ball in the cupholder of my Xpress this week – from service yard mechanics to fans at the boat ramp, and PR and media dudes too, everybody wants to know about the tennis ball,” grinned Sumrall.

 

The answer is simple. The former oil field supply yard worker spliced a tennis ball he borrowed from the family’s silver Labrador “Sky” and uses it to cover the hard-angled bracket of his sonar unit when he covers his boat, to avoid tearing the boat cover.

 

That was an easy fix. What’s not so simple is catching a bass from Neely Henry’s high and muddy waters. And even more concerning is catching them consistently to avoid bouncing around in the standings like a tennis ball.

 

Sumrall’s close friends and fellow competitors Darold Gleason and Brock Mosley agreed.

 

“I caught 14 pounds to lead Day 1 at the Bassmaster Open here last fall, but then only had 8-pounds on Day 2,” recalled Gleason. “Consistency is super tough to achieve here.”

 

To which Mosley added, “My dad and I had a 20-pound limit here in the Spring of 2015, and that was only good enough for 5thplace. But this week I feel like Neely will be tougher to get a biteand stay consistent than the Sabine River,” says Mosley who finished 2nd at the Sabine Elite last month.

 

So while Sumrall has never played tennis in his life, admitting the only sport he played in high school was golf, the goal at Neely Henry this week is to give a Roger Federer like effort to avoid bouncing the wrong direction in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings where he currently sits a very respectable 11th.

 

 

 


Lester attacking muddy Neely Henry with simplicity

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Toyota pro Brandon Lester utilized part of his unplanned day off Thursday at the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite on Neely Henry to wipe mudlines off his boat with a rag and a spray bottle full of cherry blossom and pomegranate scented Lysol his wife Kim gave him.

 

“I don’t know how many bass we’re gonna catch in this muddy water, but at least we’ll look good and smell good,” laughed Lester.

 

While he’s guessing he’ll need to average 12-pounds a day to take home a Top 10, he’s certain he’ll lean on simplicity in his lure selection to help establish productive patterns now that 6-inches of recent rainfall wiped out much of what he learned in practice.

 

“When you’re dealing with water that’s as muddy as this, you really only need to focus on the depths of less than 3 or 4-feet because the bass’ ability to see at depths any greater than that is pretty darn limited, so your lure choices and colors don’t need to be complicated either,” reasons the Tennessee pro.

 

Hence, Lester will lean on two of bass fishing’s all time most tried and true baits to begin competition – a chartreuse/black squarebill and a ½-ounce black and blue pitchin’ jig.

 

“Since everything has changed so much since earlier in the week, I can use this squarebill as a search bait around everything from rocks to laydowns while moving quickly down a stretch of shoreline. It’s a super visible color and it deflects well off all kinds of habitat,” he explains.

 

If Lester is fortunate enough to locate a concentration of bass in the currently flooded Coosa waters, then he’ll pick up the bulky black and blue jig and pick apart every piece of visible habitat, or swim it quickly around vegetation if he spots any.

 

When asked why he favors the jig over a Texas-rigged creature bait or other soft plastic, he reasons the bulk of the jig displaces more water to help bass find it easier in the mud.

 

“I’m not freaked out by this high and muddy water because I know you can still definitely get some bites. These are river fish. They live here. They’ve seen this before, and they gotta keep eating. My job is to pick a couple proven lures I’ve got confidence in and put ‘em in front of their face,” concluded one of pro angling’s most consistent top finishers.


Sportsmans Product Spotlight with Andy Montgomery & Lews Fishing!

This week MLF BPT Pro Andy Montgomery talks about his "Skipping Jig" set-up dialing in on the Lews Signature Series Skipping rod and new Pro SP Pitching/Skipping reel.

 


B.A.S.S. Postpones Day 1 Of Bassmaster Elite At Neely Henry Lake

GADSDEN, Ala. — High waters caused by extremely high rainfall totals across the region Tuesday and Wednesday have forced B.A.S.S. officials to postpone the first day of competition at the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake.

 

The full field of 98 anglers will now compete on both Friday and Saturday, with only the Top 48 advancing to Sunday’s semifinal round. The Top 10 will compete for the championship on Monday. Daily takeoffs will be held at 5:40 a.m. CT from Gadsden City Boat Docks, also known as Coosa Landing, with weigh-ins back at the docks each day at 2 p.m.

The tournament is being hosted by the City of Gadsden and Greater Gadsden Area Tourism.


Swindle talks NFL draft, white gravy, and top lures at Neely Henry Elite

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Gerald Swindle is clinging to his Positive Mental Attitude mantra as torrential rains and flooding washed most of what he learned in practice for the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite on Neely Henry downstream.

 

But he took a few moments on the eve of competition to talk football, good grub, and what to expect when the derby starts Thursday in Gadsden, Alabama 50 miles from where he grew up.

 

Q: Were you at all surprised that six Crimson Tide players were chosen in the first round of last week’s NFL draft?

Swindle: Heck no, I’m just surprised it was only six and not eight.

 

Q: How will you deal with the insane current in this river right now?

Swindle: If you fight the current, the current will beat you. So, I try to let the current tell me where to fish.

 

Q: Will practice help you at all, or did 6” of rain wash away all the wisdom you gathered?

Swindle: I lost everything I learned Monday and Tuesday, but Wednesday’s practice was definitely helpful.

 

Q: Will you spend most of your time upriver where the water is flooding, or down toward the dam where it’s falling super-fast?

Swindle: I’ll stay sort of in the middle rather than battle either of those extremes.

 

Q: What four lures can fans expect to see the Elite Series anglers throw a bunch this week on Neely Henry?

Swindle: Spinnerbait, buzzbait, swim jigs, and Texas rigged pitching baits.

 

Q: It’s dinner time, what’s the best meal you’ve eaten since arriving in Gadsden?

Swindle: Lulu and I are camping at River Rocks Landing and she made a chicken fried steak covered in white gravy that was awesome, and a lemon chicken alfredo that was pretty dang good too.


Yelas and others starting from scratch Wednesday at Neely Henry

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Rain fell on Alabama Tuesday with the same equivalency as Crimson Tide football players being taken in the first round of last week’s NFL draft. Four to six inches of rain soaked the Gadsden, AL region during the second day of practice at this week’s Whataburger Bassmaster Elite on Neely Henry Lake.

 

Streets flooded, lots of lightning strikes caused major power outages, schools were delayed Wednesday morning, and pretty much everything Jay Yelas and the other Elite Series pros learned during Monday’s practice got flushed down the Coosa River Tuesday.

 

“We’re starting from scratch today,” said Yelas early Wednesday before launching at Coosa Landing as the current ripped past. “It’s ironic, because the same thing happened last month at our Elite event on Pickwick not too far from here.”

 

Adding to the hydrological dynamic is a region of this river called Minnesota Bend that’s a giant S-curve, essentially serving as a natural impedance that “stacks” the water, leaving Neely Henry higher on the northern stretches and lower toward Logan Martin.

 

However, no matter where anglers choose to fish along the 77 miles of the Coosa, there’s no lack of habitat or visible targets, causing Yelas to tie on a spinnerbait and buzzbait Wednesday, while keeping a swim jig and squarebill crankbait handy too.

 

“I’m sure there were some guys who spotted a few spawning beds Monday, but man all the tributaries have turned to chocolate milk, so I seriously doubt any bed fishing will play a factor now. And while there was a pretty good shad spawn Monday when there was very little current, that’s obviously changed too,” says Yelas

 

So Wednesday is the big day. A day to start over in preparation for getting dialed-in for Thursday’s start of competition, not unlike the Elite Series practice period at Pickwick last month.

 

“Actually, I’d say prepping for Pickwick was way worse, because it flooded so bad we basically learned nothing in practice. At least we have today to figure out something here at Neely,” concluded the always optimistic Yelas, a longtime Toyota Bonus Bucks participant.

 


AC Insider Podcast with Joey Nania - "Just going fishing & having fun!"

This week Chris and the boys welcome in Pick Bass Open Champ Joey Nania to talk about his plan, strategy and execution on winning the recent BASS Open on Pickwick Lake!


Dickson’s Singleton Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Kentucky-Barkley Lake

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (May 4, 2021) – Boater Gary Singleton of Dickson, Tennessee, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Kentucky-Barkley Lake Presented by TINCUP Whiskey in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Singleton earned $5,743 for his victory at the event, hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
BASS
WEIGHT
AWARD

1st
Gary Singleton of Dickson, Tenn.
5
18-0
$5,743

2nd
Brady Bickers of Carrollton, Ky.
5
16-3
$2,082

3rd
Stephen Barga of Benton, Ky.
5
15-13
$1,387

4th
Doug Caskey of Madisonville, Ky.
5
14-15
$971

5th
Keith Claridge of Oakland City, Ind.
5
14-11
$1,333

6th
Richard Meuth of Henderson, Ky.
5
14-5
$763

7th
Edward Gettys of Paris Tenn.
5
14-1
$694

8th
Scott McWaters of Clarksville, Tenn.
5
13-12
$625

9th
David Hames of Trezevant, Tenn.
5
13-10
$555

10th
Brandon S. Johnson of Crofton, Ky.
5
13-9
$486

RANK
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
BASS
WEIGHT
AWARD

1st
Terry Bassemier of Carmi, Ill.
4
8-13
$2,041

2nd
Kevin Mulverhill of Moria, N.Y.
3
8-11
$1,021

3rd
Carl Oelker of Greenbrier, Tenn.
4
8-10
$808

4th
Brant Gish of Evansville, Ind.
4
8-9
$476

5th
Chuck Ledbetter of Fort Campbell, Ky.
3
8-5
$408

6th
Chuck Condiff, Jr. of Fort Branch, Ind.
3
8-3
$374

7th
John Dunn of Paducah, Ky.
4
7-13
$340

8th
Jordan McWhirter of Carmi, Ill.
3
7-12
$306

9th
Johnny Brantley of Medon, Tenn.
3
7-10
$272

10th
Dalton Wilson of Bowling Green, Ky.
4
7-7
$238

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
NAME
CONTINGENCY
PAYOUT

Boater Big Bass
Gary Singleton of Dickson, Tenn.
5-pound, 12-ounce bass
$580

Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
Alan Scott of Shelbyville, Ind.
5-pound bass
$280

Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
Keith Claridge of Oakland City, Ind.
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
$500

* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

WINNING BAITS

ANGLER
BAIT
COLOR

Boater
Unspecified Chatterbait & Beaver Bait
N/A

Strike King Co-Angler
Unspecified Chatterbait &Bandito Bug
N/A

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
DATE
LOCATION
HOST

LBL Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
Oct. 7-9
Lake Norfork, Mountain Home, Ark.
Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce

Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
June 3-5
Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn.
Jefferson County Department of Tourism

The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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


BRIAN MATER & ROBERT BUTLER WIN TTZ ON BELTON WITH 16.07LBS AND TAKE HOME $10,000


Crystal Clear or Dirty, Whats your mentality to catching more fish?

Courtesy of Vance McCullough / Photo courtesy of Major League Fishing

 

I was talking with Shaw Grigsby when a funny story came up. The famous sight fisherman took another legend fishing near Grigsby’s lifelong home in Gainesville, Florida where drinking quality waters spring straight from the aquifer  through holes in the limestone bed and flow to the sea beneath centuries old live oaks and towering cypress. There’s no prettier place to not catch a fish.

“Years ago, I took Rick Clunn to one of my favorite springs, along with Peter T (Thliveros), both great guys. Crystal clear water. We floated down the run and Pete and I said ‘this is so cool, look at this bass, look at that bass’ and we’d catch one here and one there and I asked Rick, ‘what do you think? This is one of my favorite places in the world.’ He said, ‘I hate it.’ I said ‘what? What do you mean you hate it?’,” chuckles Grigsby. Clunn explained, “I throw over there by that tree and twenty-five bass will come out and I don’t get any of them to eat, or I get maybe one to eat, and that’s destroying my self-confidence. When I pitch into dirty water, I have the confidence that I’m going to get bit or there’s not one there.”

“The difference was,” Grigsby elaborated about Florida’s sight-fishing anglers, “we know there are ten or fifteen fish there and they didn’t eat your bait and we’re ok with that. Every now and then one will eat it and we’re good with that. So, the difference was amazing in terms of mentality, you know, that crystal clear water and the dirty, stained water and seeing how many fish, so when you have three, four or five that refuse you, don’t get frustrated because the next one is probably going to eat. Every time you go, you learn.”

The unpredictable, some might say surprising, nature of bass is among the reasons Grigsby likes sight fishing. “I think that’s one of the reasons we enjoy bass fishing in the first place, it’s a challenge.”

The challenge doesn’t go away when using electronics. Yes, the best sight fisherman in bass tournament history uses electronics when called for, but he is basically doing the same thing with a different set of eyes. “I posted some stuff on social media about the new Active Target from Lowrance. I was reading the comments. Some of the guys were going, ‘man, they need to outlaw this,’ and all this kind of stuff and I’m like ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’. Everything I can get that helps me catch fish is what I want to do. Never is it so easy that you can just go do it. It’s always a challenge even if you know that school is there. You’ve still got to figure out the right bait, the right presentation, the right color to get that fish to hit. You’ve just got great technology to help you find them. Instead of going out and catching one or two you go out and catch nine or ten and that makes it special.

“Every second I get to spend with that unit, it’s stupid,” laughs the affable host of the long running One More Cast TV Show. “You can spot them out away from the boat, see the school of fish and fire a bait out there. Again, you have to choose the bait and choose the color and see what they’re doing, are they up high or are they following it down.”

He talks about a video he put on social media “If you look closely at the bottom right-hand side of the screen, you’ll see the fish starting to go crazy and then right at the end, you’ll see a little dot twitch, and then twitch again and then disappear. Well, that’s my grandson’s jerkbait. You can actually see the fish and what they’re doing by just watching your screen.”

A hack that Grigsby recommends is to turn the transducer sideways and get into the Scout Mode. “You’re not as precision as you are with forward-facing, you know, if I dial that forward-facing in and point it at a brush pile, it’s right there. You just shoot it right where the arrow is facing on your trolling motor. With Scout Mode you actually see how far away the fish is and you have about 100-degree field of vision.”

Grigsby also says the technology would open another world for small craft anglers who typically can’t stand and follow fish the way he can when sight fishing on bass boat but who still want to see what’s out there. “I would think, if you’re kayak fishing, that Active Target from Lowrance is a must because you’re so low to the water that your vision when sight fishing is limited. Now all of sudden, you can see out a long way. It would be like ‘oh yeah!’.”

For those who want to keep it low tech and use only their eyes to locate cruising fish, Grigsby recommends Strike King S11 shades to eliminate glare and illuminate the watery world below. . “Being able to see them is ninety-percent of the game. I use Strike King S11’s. The older I get, the more I appreciate that Cloud lens they have too, the best for sight fishing. They’re an incredible pair of sunglasses. They’re also reasonably priced and they protect your eyes. That’s been my favorite pair of glasses for years.” Picking on big fish with spinning gear can feel like hunting bears with a willow switch. Grigsby tips the odds in his favor. “I use a Lew’s Custom Pro All Purpose Spinning rod, 7’ or 7’2” and I’ll pair it with a Lew’s Custom Pro 300-size reel. I’ll use Seaguar Smackdown braided line for backing, three rods with 15-lb for dropshoting and two more with 20-lb, which is still extremely small. With those I can go straight braid to bait on certain techniques. Then I put my fluorocarbon top shot on there, 20 feet, 25 feet, sometimes 30 feet of InvizX on there.” Weights range from 6-to-10 pounds on Grigsby’s fluoro leaders. He leans heavily on the dropshot when sight fishing and makes frequent use of Trokar’s TK 180 hook, 1/0, a size that allows him to rig the lure weedless if he needs to. Because of their “lifelike” qualities, the Strike King Dream Shot or Strike King Half Shell close the deal on many bass for Grigsby.


Ryan Autery goes solo to top 233 teams & win over $20,000 on Cedar Creek with 21.49 lbs

Place Boat Truck Angler 1 Angler 2 Fish Big Bass Wt. Prize Amt.
1 RYAN AUTERY
RICHARDSON , TX
5 0 21.49
$20,200.00 with Sure-Life Bonus
2 LARRY BENCH
DENISON , TX
HI HILLBURN
COLBERT , OK
5 6.62 21.44
$7,500.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
3 KEVIN ALLEN
JEWETT , TX
BRANDON BROSSETT
GROESBECK , TX
5 0 19.34
$4000.00
4 BRETT KILMER
ROCKWALL , TX
BRANNON MCMILLAN
WEST TAWAKONI , TX
5 6.75 18.94
$3000.00
5 STEPHEN COOKSEY
BULLARD , TX
TROY SLAUGHTER
TRINIDAD , TX
5 5.65 18.71
$3,500.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
6 WILLIE BENSLEY
MESQUITE , TX
MICHAEL HULSEY
SEVEN POINTS , TX
5 0 18.67
$2000.00
7 TOM WARD
TYLER , TX
JIM CRAWFORD
NACOGDOCHES , TX
5 0 18.42
$1500.00
8 JOHNNY UNDERFUSSER
DENISON , TX
RON SAUCEMAN
COLLINSVILLE , TX
5 0 18.32
$1400.00
9 MATT TALLAS
CANTON , TX
ERNIE SISTRUNK
WILLS POINT , TX
5 0 18.26
$1300.00
10 GORDON WELLS
GUN BARRELL CITY , TX
CHRIS RYAN
CRANDALL , TX
5 0 18.14
$1,700.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
11 KENNETH MOORE
RED OAK , TX
KEITH GLASBY
OVILLA , TX
5 8.53 18.02
$2,600.00 with Big Bass, AbuGarcia, and Amphibia
12 TERRY PEACOCK
ROYSE CITY , TX
SCOTT DEAN
TERRELL , TX
5 7.80 17.85
$1090.00
13 GIB COATS
FORT WORTH , TX
BILL WILCOX
SCURRY , TX
5 8.24 17.32
$1075.00
13 TANNER SPURGIN
MCKINNEY , TX
TYLER HOLMES
RICHARDSON , TX
5 0 17.32
$1075.00
15 CODY MORRISON
COLLINSVILLE , TX
ADAM PELS
PILOT POINT , TX
5 0 17.21
$1060.00
16 JEFF NORRIS
DECATUR , TX
RONNIE NORRIS
BOYD , TX
5 0 17.09
$6,050.00 with James Wood Motors Bonus
17 JOHN ADAMS
FRISCO , TX
RICK CLARK
TERRELL , TX
4 0 17.01
$1040.00
18 SHAWN TEMPLE
KRUGERVILLE , TX
COLE TEMPLE
FORT WORTH , TX
5 0 16.44
$1030.00
19 MARK BIONDI JR
BURLESON , TX
MARK BIONDI SR
BURLESON , TX
5 0 16.31
$1020.00
20 RUSS CHAVERS
ATOKA , OK
JEFF CULBREATH
LANE , OK
5 0 16.28
$1010.00
21 LANCE UEBERROTH
ENNIS , TX
JOE PEREZ
KEMP , TX
5 6.92 16.06
$1000.00
22 KEITH TAYLOR
ROCKWALL , TX
LARRY LADNIER
ROCKWALL , TX
5 0 15.96
$1000.00
23 SCOTTY GALBREAITH
WEATHERFORD , TX
JASON GALBREAITH
BURLESON , TX
5 5.96 15.63
$1000.00
24 NOLAN JACKSON
ROYSE CITY , TX
DREW SLOAN
SCURRY , TX
5 0 15.60
$1000.00
25 CHARLIE HERRON
EUSTACE , TX
DAVID COLE
COMBINE , TX
4 0 15.31
$1000.00
26 MIKE REID
FATE , TX
RON ROGERS
ROCKWALL , TX
5 0 15.29
$1000.00
27 CODY BURDINE
BRIDGEPORT , TX
BOBBY POINTER
ALVORD , TX
5 0 15.12
$1000.00
28 CRAIG DOWIS
DALLAS , TX
MICHAEL VASQUEZ
TEMPLE , TX
5 0 15.09
$1000.00
29 KEN SMITH
RICHARDSON , TX
TERRY HAWKINS
CORSICANA , TX
5 0 14.82
$1000.00
30 JEREMY LAMBERT
DECATUR , TX
BRANDEN HOLLINGSHEAD
AZLE , TX
5 0 14.69
$1000.00
31 KEITH TRIMBLE
TRINIDAD , TX
GARRETT THOMAS
MALAKOFF , TX
5 0 14.55
$1000.00
32 RONNIE CASTLEBURY
ELGIN , OK
JAKE CASTLEBURY
ELGIN , OK
5 0 14.47
Fun n Sun First Out Bonus
33 RANDY TURNER
GREENVILLE , TX
TREY TURNER
ROYSE CITY , TX
3 6.15 14.42
34 JUSTIN KEITHLEY
ARLINGTON , TX
JOSH KEITHLEY
FORT WORTH , TX
5 0 14.29
34 MARK MCWHIRTER
ARGYLE , TX
ZEB STRICKLAND
TIOGA , TX
5 0 14.29
36 KEITH CULLUM
CORINTH , TX
JIM FENNELL
WHITESBORO , TX
5 0 14.23
36 JEFF PITRUCHA
GREENVILLE , TX
GARY COOPER
COMBINE , TX
5 0 14.23
38 STEVE WHITE
EUSTACE , TX
CHANCE STONE
MALAKOFF , TX
4 0 14.12
39 J BRAD KOEHLER
BROKEN ARROW , OK
DWAYNE LIKENS
MILLS , TX
5 0 14.09
40 SAM MCCOLLUM
CORSICANA , TX
PAUL MCCOLLUM
CORSICANA , TX
5 0 13.63
41 BERNARD GUNN JR
FARMERSVILLE , TX
DOUG BRUNDIDGE
FARMERSVILLE , TX
3 0 13.56
42 DANIEL RAMSEY
TRINIDAD , TX
DEWAYNE THOMAS
MALAKOFF , TX
5 0 13.49
43 ALLEN SHELTON
FARMERS BRANCH , TX
JOHN MCCALMONT
ROCKWALL , TX
5 0 13.42
44 JOE ROME
FLOWER MOUND , TX
JOEL MCBRIDE
CORINTH , TX
5 0 13.39
45 MARK PERRY
RUNAWAY BAY , TX
MIKE PETROVIC
ALVIN , TX
4 0 13.35
46 TYLER WOODS
MANSFIELD , TX
MATTHEW ANTHONY
FT WORTH , TX
3 0 13.34
47 BLAKE HENDERSON
ATHENS , TX
BRAD CARTER
SCURRY , TX
5 0 13.30
48 MARK MAYBEN
PLANO , TX
JOHN MAYBEN
DALLAS , TX
5 0 13.02
49 ROB MEDDERS
CELINA , TX
ROB WILSON
SHERMAN , TX
5 0 12.88
50 STEVE TERRY
BULLARD , TX
LEE HAMMERS
FRANKSTON , TX
5 0 12.87
51 JOEFRANK THOMAS
FORNEY , TX
BILLY THOMAS
FORNEY , TX
5 0 12.77
52 RUSSELL LEE
SACHSE , TX
JODIE HONZA
ENNIS , TX
5 0 12.74
53 TIM WILCOXSON
EDGEWOOD , TX
JERAMY MARINELLI
ROYSE CITY , TX
5 0 12.61
54 TOMMY HULSEY JR
CORSICANA , TX
JUSTIN GARNETT
FAIRFIELD , TX
5 0 12.56
55 STEVEN LOFTICE
VAN ALSTYNE , TX
MONTY EDGE
VAN ALSTYNE , TX
5 0 12.42
56 RANDY SPENCE
TERRELL , TX
BOBBY BADARACK
FT WORTH , TX
4 0 12.41
57 JUSTIN WOOLARD
BEDFORD , TX
ROBERT SMITH
EULESS , TX
3 0 12.15
58 CHRIS MOORE
ROCKWALL , TX
KY MARTIN
GRANDVIEW , TX
3 0 12.11
59 JOEL MYERS
CONROE , TX
SKYLER EWING
ARLINGTON , TX
5 0 11.76
60 JOE SMITH
FORNEY , TX
KENNETH GERECHT
PALMER , TX
4 0 11.41
61 KRIS CHITTY
CANTON , TX
JASON ZITO
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
5 0 11.28
62 DARRELL CAMPBELL
ALBA , TX
JOE DALE SMITH
FORT WORTH , TX
5 0 11.26
63 JEFF ARNOLD
LEWISVILLE , TX
RICK NEWTON
GRAPEVINE , TX
5 0 11.25
64 MIKE BURNS
ALLEN , TX
ROB BURNS
PLANO , TX
4 0 11.23
65 JUSTIN TUNNELL
RICHARDSON , TX
PATRICK TUNNELL
HAWKINS , TX
3 7.46 11.21
66 JOHNNY WATKINS
MAYBANK , TX
JOHN VAUGHT
AZLE , TX
5 0 11.08
67 DALE BOREN
FORT WORTH , TX
JODY HOLUBEK
FORT WORTH , TX
5 0 10.98
68 TIM WILCOXSON
ROCKWALL , TX
ERIC ELDER
SCROGGINS , TX
5 0 10.83
69 KELVIN HOGG
ARLINGTON , TX
BRIAN ROUSSEL
ARLINGTON , TX
4 0 10.81
70 BUTCH SCHEPPLER
ALBA , TX
RICKY CAMPBELL
ALBA , TX
4 0 10.58
71 RICKY CONWAY
SULPHUR SPRINGS , TX
HADEN SICKLES
SULPHUR SPRINGS , TX
4 0 10.55
72 JD LAUGHERY
ROCKWALL , TX
STAN LAWING
POETRY , TX
5 0 10.46
73 COREY WALDROP
FT WORTH , TX
CRAIG WALDROP
BENBROOK , TX
3 0 10.18
74 TYLER STOUT
RED OAK , TX
ELDON STOUT
MESQUITE , TX
4 0 9.92
75 JONATHAN LANCASTER
QUITMAN , TX
JOSH PRIEST
QUITMAN , TX
4 0 9.37
76 JEREMY SIMS
EMORY , TX
ZACH HUGHES
QUITMAN , TX
3 0 9.33
77 WILLIAM PALMER
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
JERAMIE BYRD
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
4 0 9.19
78 GARY KINARD
FORNEY , TX
JACOB KINARD
ROCKWALL , TX
4 0 9.18
79 JUSTIN DUBOSE
PARADISE , TX
STEVE LYNAM
SOUTHLAKE , TX
5 0 9.13
80 KEITH IVY
PONDER , TX
TOMMY MURRAY
BEDFORD , TX
4 0 9.03
80 CHRISTOPHER WALLING
PALESTINE , TX
JON GRAHAM
PALESTINE , TX
3 0 9.03
82 CHRIS BACHTA
GRAPEVINE , TX
CHARLIE JOHNSON
DECATUR , TX
3 0 8.78
83 CHUCK BISHOP
SANGER , TX
JUNIOR MITCHELL
KRUGERVILLE , TX
4 0 8.77
84 JOE HUCHOWSKI
AZLE , TX
NORMAN MINERICH
FORT WORTH , TX
4 0 8.30
85 MICHAEL HUTTON
ROYSE CITY , TX
3 0 8.17
86 RONNIE ELMS
SCURRY , TX
DOYLE HATCHER
SCURRY , TX
4 0 8.06
86 RODNEY HUNTER
FERRIS , TX
JERRY BELL
WYLIE , TX
4 0 8.06
88 BYRON BIONDI
TERRELL , TX
JASON GREENFIELD
KENNEDALE , TX
4 0 8.05
88 DEVIN BUSHLAND
ALLEN , TX
CARSON KIRKHUFF
COLLEYVILLE , TX
3 0 8.05
90 JEFF MCBRIDE
WINNSBORO , TX
DAKOTA MCBRIDE
WINNSBORO , TX
3 0 7.95
91 JOHN BYLER
ARGYLE , TX
JOHN BYLER
SOUTHLAKE , TX
4 0 7.90
92 GEORGE RIDDLE
MCKINNEY , TX
ROCKY EPPS
BEDFORD , TX
3 0 7.84
93 TERRY JOHNSON
FATE , TX
TODD JOHNSON
FORNEY , TX
4 0 7.78
94 DON KUYKENDALL
GUN BARRREL CITY , TX
ARON BOLDEN
TAYLOR , TX
4 0 7.47
95 BEN FALLIS
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
BILLY MULLEN
EULESS , TX
2 6.92 6.92
96 ANDY WILBURN
ROYSE CITY , TX
JOEL CHAPMAN
WYLIE , TX
4 0 6.81
97 PERRY POWELL
ALBA , TX
JARED TAYLOR
SOUTHLAKE , TX
3 0 6.71
98 CHASE WELCH
CRANDALL , TX
CHASE WOOD
COMBINE , TX
3 0 6.57
99 JAMES BIGGERSTAFF
LINDALE , TX
BRADLEY BIGGERSTAFF
FAIRFIELD , TX
2 0 6.53
100 SHAWN BROOKS
BOYD , TX
MICHAEL HARVEY
TULSA , OK
3 0 6.38
101 ALAN SWARTS
MT VERNON , TX
DAN BENSON
COMBINE , TX
3 0 6.32
102 KENT SKOGLUND
TIOGA , TX
KYLE SKOGLUND
DECATUR , TX
3 0 6.22
103 BRUCE POWELL
WINNSBORO , TX
SCOTT SCROGGINS
SULPHUR SPRNGS , TX
2 0 6.16
104 GRADY CHAMBERS
JUSTIN , TX
DOUG CHAMBERS
PILOT POINT , TX
3 0 6.10
105 EDDIE HALL
CADDO MILLS , TX
BRANDON BREWER
CADDO MILLS , TX
3 0 5.88
106 MITCHELL VINES
WOLFE CITY , TX
CHRIS DOUGLAS
WHITEWRIGHT , TX
2 0 5.81
107 CALEB HAND
ANNA , TX
CHAD OWEN
CELESTE , TX
2 0 5.75
108 KEVIN DRITSCHLER
PROSPER , TX
TIM BROCKWAY
KAUFMAN , TX
2 0 5.73
109 DON STAPLETON
YANTIS , TX
CHUCK RIZUTO
ALBA , TX
2 0 5.58
110 MARK CHILD
ARLINGTON , TX
ANDY SALLEE
NRH , TX
2 0 5.21
111 ZACHARY SHIMON
MCKINNEY , TX
HEATH COLEMAN
CARROLLTON , TX
3 0 5.11
112 AARON WALKER
MT VERNON , TX
STEVEN STROMAN
SCROGGINS , TX
1 4.95 4.95
113 ANDREW MILLER
LOS LUMAS , NM
GARY MILLS
ALBUQUERQUE , NM
2 0 4.83
114 TRENT MENEES
NORTHLAKE , TX
TERRY BOLLOM
FRISCO , TX
2 0 4.80
115 DA SHON PECK
THE COLONY , TX
ALONZA BROWN
MCKINNEY , TX
2 0 4.66
116 TIM CLINE
SHERMAN , TX
CHRIS TILTON
WYLIE , TX
1 4.61 4.61
117 JEFF LOONEY
TEAGUE , TX
FRANK POLLEY
OAK POINT , TX
2 0 4.45
118 ANDREW RICKMAN JR
CANTON , TX
MIKE CRAIN
AZLE , TX
1 4.37 4.37
119 JAMES SMILEY
MCKINNEY , TX
RYAN DELAUGHTER
CORINTH , TX
2 0 4.18
120 MIKE HITT
CRANDALL , TX
KEVIN BROWN
GRAND SALINE , TX
2 0 4.01
121 STEVEN BROOM
AZLE , TX
SKYLAR BROOM
AZLE , TX
1 0 3.40
122 PERRY SWEARINGEN
ROCKWALL , TX
BRAD SWEARINGEN
WESTLAKE , TX
2 0 3.15
123 MICHAEL MURPHY
ROCKWALL , TX
DILLON FITZGERALD
QUINLAN , TX
1 0 2.55
124 TOM MCELROY
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS , TX
CHERYL SPEAR
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS , TX
1 0 2.51
125 JERRY DAVID II
PILOT POINT , TX
JACOB DAVID
PILOT POINT , TX
1 0 2.42
126 JUSTIN KELLEY
JOSHUA , TX
RAY BOSQUEZ JR
FORT WORTH , TX
1 0 2.18
127 RYAN REYNOLDS
LAVON , TX
JAYSON FUNKHOUSER
WYLIE , TX
1 0 2.07
128 MARK RHODES
ODESSA , TX
EVAN MULLEN
ODESSA , TX
1 0 2.04
129 RORY LAYNE
EMORY , TX
BRIAN JACKSON
ALBA , TX
1 0 2.03
130 DWIGHT BOUTTE
FRISCO , TX
DAMON NEAL
PROSPER , TX
1 0 2.00
131 ROCKIE MARTIN
ROCKWALL , TX
CLINT NOWELL
FORT WORTH , TX
1 0 1.79
132 JACOB SHANNON
ARLINGTON , TX
JAMES SHAMBURGER
MABANK , TX
0 0 0.00
132 KURT KLOSOWSKI
PLANO , TX
TOM MOCNY
LITTLE ELM , TX
0 0 0.00
132 CHRIS GILROY
FRISCO , TX
MICHAEL FULLER
BLUE RIDGE , TX
0 0 0.00
Early Entry Winners Amphibia SunGlasses
132 MARK HARMON
MANSFIELD , TX
COLBY HARRIS
SAN ANTONIO , TX
0 0 0.00
132 MARK WYLIE
KELLER , TX
MARK PARKER
GRAPEVINE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 STEVE SCHMIDT
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
BILLY RYAN
MANSFIELD , TX
0 0 0.00
132 RANDY MILLENDER
TEAGUE , TX
KENNETH NICHOLS
TEAGUE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JASON BURTON
EUSTACE , TX
MIKE KIENY
MURCHSION , TX
0 0 0.00
132 CHRIS FORD
WINNSBORO , TX
DAVID EASLEY
KELLER , TX
0 0 0.00
132 SCOT MCDONALD
CELINA , TX
KEITH KRZEMINSKI
AUBREY , TX
0 0 0.00
132 MARK LAMB
TROPHY CLUB , TX
SHANE THOMPSON
FORNEY , TX
0 0 0.00
132 DEAN TRUDELL
HIGHLAND VILLAGE , TX
MIKE KUBANEK
HIGHLAND VILLAGE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 STEVE ELDRED JR
ALBA , TX
JUSTIN PRIEST
CANTON , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JOHN LITTLE
TEXARKANA , AR
DANIEL SHELMAN
NEED INFO
0 0 0.00
132 SCOTT BARNETT
MANSFIELD , TX
BRIAN CLARK
HALTOM CITY , TX
0 0 0.00
132 CHAD DAVIS
SPRINGTOWN , TX
RODNEY BROOKS
DURANT , OK
0 0 0.00
132 CODY NIX
PLANO , TX
CORY NIX
CELINA , TX
0 0 0.00
132 CHASE BUSCH
MALAKOF , TX
COOPER BUSCH
MALAKOFF , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JIMMY ERWIN
FORT WORTH , TX
JAMES LONGINO
SPRINGTOWN , TX
0 0 0.00
132 WILLIAM BRUNSON
LIBERTY HILL , TX
RORY LAYNE
EMORY , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JOHN CARTER
MABANK , TX
JOHN CARTER SR
MABANK , TX
0 0 0.00
132 GEORGE SHIPPEY
MT PLEASANT , TX
RICHARD FAULKNER
PROVIDENCE VILLAGE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JAY EICHLER
EMORY , TX
TROY THOMAS
ANNA , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JACOB BAKER
TERRELL , TX
MATTHEW KIRKLIN
HOLLY LAKE RANCH , TX
0 0 0.00
132 STEVE SIMS
SANGER , TX
RONNIE SIMS
LEWISVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 BILL ROBINSON
HURST , TX
GARY HARRISON
GUN BARREL CITY , TX
0 0 0.00
132 MICHAEL NANTZ
LINDALE , TX
DUSTIN BLACK
CANTON , TX
0 0 0.00
132 BRYAN FLENNIKEN
FORT WORTH , TX
JASON FLENNIKEN
MIDWEST CITY , OK
0 0 0.00
132 AARON ASHMORE
IVANHOE , TX
ROBERT NULL
PONDER , TX
0 0 0.00
132 ROBERT MEGALLON
MABANK , TX
HANNAH CARTER
MABANK , TX
0 0 0.00
132 CHRIS DUROY
KINGSTON , OK
BOE FOSSETT
KINGSTON , OK
0 0 0.00
132 STEVE TRIMBLE
DUNCANVILLE , TX
DAKOTA TRIMBLE
KAUFMAN , TX
0 0 0.00
132 DAVID REYNOLDS
MCKINNEY , TX
ROBERT BROCK JR
MCKINNEY , TX
0 0 0.00
132 ANTHONY SMITH
ATHENS , TX
WILLIAM THORNTON
EDGEWOOD , TX
0 0 0.00
132 BUSTER JOHNSON
KRUM , TX
ZACH PARKER
DENTON , TX
0 0 0.00
132 STEVE FOUSHEE
MURPHY , TX
BRYAN TUCKER
CARROLLTON , TX
0 0 0.00
132 LARRY LANDIS JR
GRAFORD , TX
LARRY LANDIS III
GRAFORD , TX
0 0 0.00
132 LEE YOWELL
ENNIS , TX
MARK CROW
PALMER , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JOHN BIONDI
ARLINGTON , TX
JASON MARVICSIN
DUNCANVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 ED BLACKBURN
GRAND PRAIRIE , TX
RONNIE HAMBY
AURORA , TX
0 0 0.00
132 ROBERT BROOKS
ARDMORE , OK
BRYAN BROOKS
ARDMORE , OK
0 0 0.00
132 JIMMY HARRISON SR
BOYD , TX
DONALD HARRISON
ARLINGTON , TX
0 0 0.00
132 ROGER RITCHIE
WICHITA FALLS , TX
RICHARD RITCHIE
BENTON , AR
0 0 0.00
132 CHRIS ZMOLIK SR
FORNEY , TX
0 0 0.00
132 GREG OSTERTAG
MT VERNON , TX
0 0 0.00
132 CECIL TUBB
DIKE , TX
SAM HOOTEN
WINNSBORO , TX
0 0 0.00
132 NICK BROWN
LINDALE , TX
CHAD THEDFORD
TYLER , TX
0 0 0.00
132 SHANE GRAY
PALESTINE , TX
DUSTIN GRAY
ELKHART , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JOE ANDERSON
GATESVILLE , TX
TULLY WILLIAMS
GATESVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 DALE BROWN
ARLINGTON , TX
MARK MCCLURE
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS , TX
0 0 0.00
132 COREY NEWBY
ALLEN , TX
BRANDON LEHMER
GUNTER , TX
0 0 0.00
132 RONALD TROUTT
CORINTH , TX
BENJAMIN TROUTT
CORINTH , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JORDAN LOGAN
FORT WORTH , TX
CHASE KELLEY
AZLE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 LOGAN FRY
CHICO , TX
MIKE PICHA
DECATUR , TX
0 0 0.00
132 BRYCE CAIN
COLLEYVILLE , TX
JEFFERY JOHNSON
MOUNT PLEASANT , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JACOB NEAL
MABANK , TX
KENNETH COLLARD
CANTON , TX
0 0 0.00
132 DEAN HOLLINGSWORTH
KERENS , TX
0 0 0.00
132 ROBERT DISANTO
CHANDLER , TX
CHRIS DISANTO
TYLER , TX
0 0 0.00
132 DONNIE COVERT
MALAKOFF , TX
JAMES COVERT
MALAKOFF , TX
0 0 0.00
132 PHILLIP THOMAS
PALESTINE , TX
JONATHAN PRATER
PALESTINE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JON PASLEY
KAUFMAN , TX
CODY FRAZIER
CRANDALL , TX
0 0 0.00
132 DEREK ROGERS
MALAKOFF , TX
BRANDON MOBLEY
DAWSON , TX
0 0 0.00
132 RAY PAGE JR
CRANDALL , TX
CHRIS CLARK
HUBBARD , TX
0 0 0.00
132 BILL SIMS
GREENVILLE , TX
JASON CONN
ANNA , TX
0 0 0.00
132 TERRY EASLEY
CANTON , TX
0 0 0.00
132 SCOTT WHITTEN
SPRINGTOWN , TX
MATTHEW BIEHL
BELLEVUE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 MICHAEL GROSSMAN
DALLAS , TX
JAY KENDRICK
IRVING , TX
0 0 0.00
132 WAYLON REYNOLDS
JARALES , NM
TODD REYNOLDS
BELEN , NM
0 0 0.00
132 STEVEN RIZZO
PROSPER , TX
CHRIS STRATTA
LITTLE ELM , TX
0 0 0.00
132 CHRIS COLE
BELLS , TX
0 0 0.00
132 MARIO LUCCHETTI
COMMERCE , TX
JASON AMPERSE
COMMERCE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 VENTURA TORREZ
FORT WORTH , TX
MICHAEL ALLS
FT WORTH , TX
0 0 0.00
132 RONALD MAPLES
CLEBURNE , TX
MICHAEL EDGETT
GRAND PRAIRIE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 BOBBY WALKER
PONCA CITY , OK
RAY SPEAR
WATAUGA , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JOHN MCDIFFITT
GRANBURY , TX
BOBBY VINCENT
HUDSON OAKS , TX
0 0 0.00
132 STERLING MARTIN
COMFORT , TX
COURTNEY BEHREND
COMFORT , TX
0 0 0.00
132 MICKEY TALBERT
STAR HARBOR , TX
TRYCE TALBERT
MALAKOFF , TX
0 0 0.00
132 LEE BATSON
HEATH , TX
JOHN FLEMING
COMBINE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 SHANE MOORE
ARGYLE , TX
BRET STAFFORD
BELTON , TX
0 0 0.00
132 GARY TUGGLE
WYLIE , TX
TANNER YOUNG
WYLIE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 MATT CANNON
TROY , TX
JARED SIEGLER
BELTON , TX
0 0 0.00
132 ZACHARY WYMER
YANTIS , TX
MATT CARR
SCURRY , TX
0 0 0.00
132 RICKY MAYO
ARDMORE , OK
SEAN DAVIS
DENISON , TX
0 0 0.00
132 BENSON KELLY
PONDER , TX
KENNETH CUMMINS
SANGER , TX
0 0 0.00
132 RICHARD HUGHES
MALAKOFF , TX
KEVIN ODOM
ATHENS , TX
0 0 0.00
132 SHAWN TAYLOR
ABILENE , TX
DUSTIN WALTON
ABILENE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 DIRK SMITH
FARMERSVILLE , TX
BRYON HARRISON
QUINLAN , TX
0 0 0.00
132 ROBIN MCGUIRE
DALLAS , TX
0 0 0.00
132 ERIC GARZA
MABANK , TX
KAITLYN BEEBE
MABANK , TX
0 0 0.00
132 RUSTY NELSON
AZLE , TX
GINO NAPOLI
WEATHERFORD , TX
0 0 0.00
132 PAT LESIAK
TROPHY CLUB , TX
TYLER LESIAK
TROPHY CLUB , TX
0 0 0.00
132 DEREK SWINDLER
WAXAHACHIE , TX
STEPHEN HAMPTON
WILLS POINT , TX
0 0 0.00
132 KODY SARGENT
WEATHERFORD , TX
TREY WINSTEAD
WEATHERFORD , TX
0 0 0.00
132 WESLEY BARNARD
HALLSVILLE , TX
ANDREW SCOTT
MARSHALL , TX
0 0 0.00
132 DAVID THOMAS
MELISSA , TX
KYLE ROBINSON
ANNA , TX
0 0 0.00
132 DERRICK CORSO
MCKINNEY , TX
BRANDT BIGGERSTAFF
FRISCO , TX
0 0 0.00
132 VIRGIL KUYKENDALL
MALAKOFF , TX
DEREK JOHNSON
MALAKOF , TX
0 0 0.00
132 MATT MORTON
DALLAS , TX
MICHAEL BURNSIDE
ANNA , TX
0 0 0.00
132 FARREN HANSEN
RED OAK , TX
DEVON CROWE
KAUFMAN , TX
0 0 0.00
132 ROBERT WEST
MCKINNEY , TX
LOGAN FORBESS
NEVADA , TX
0 0 0.00
132 BEAU SULLIVAN
FORT WORTH , TX
JOE SWANEY
GAINESVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
132 JEFF CADE
MCKINNEY , TX
GREG FLEMING
HOLLY LAKE RANCH , TX
0 0 0.00

Davy Hite catches 6 bass over 6 pounds with very limited tackle

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

When Bass Fishing Hall of Famer Davy Hite left home in South Carolina in early April he thought he was headed for back-to-back weeks of Elite Series coverage at Orange, Texas and Lake Fork.

 

So with an all work and no play mentality, Hite headed west with only three rods and reels in his Yamaha-powered Phoenix for the perceived ‘two week’ road trip. However, as Hite wrapped up his work as on-air commentator in Orange, Texas he realized there was actually an off week between The Sabine River and Lake Fork.

 

Too far west to make the 14-hour drive back home for just a few days, Hite called on several longtime friends he’d met through 28 years of pro angling, and with just three rods and reels in his locker, launched a week long fishing crusade filled with fellowship and fat bass around the Texas-Louisiana border.

 

“I actually started by hanging around Orange and caught a Texas Saltwater Slam – which consist of a flounder, redfish, and speckled trout – all in the same day. And the highlight was catching my personal best speckled trout – a 5-pounder, which is one heck of a big trout,” grinned Hite.

From Orange, Davy turned his sights to freshwater near Grand Bayou, LA, and in the company of an old buddy, the next two days yielded magic. He caught a 7 pounder on a Storm Largo Shad swimbait, and an 8-pounder on a wacky-rigged Yamamoto Senko.

 

He then moved a pinch further west to mine the shallows of two famous bassin reservoirs on the Texas-Louisiana border: Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend, and Rayburn turned out 5 and 6-pound bass like the Gamecock’s Alshon Jeffery caught touchdown passes in the SEC.

 

Hite wrapped-up his epic week near Lake Fork at Lake of the Pines where he caught 6-pounders on spawning beds to bring the week’s final tally to six bass over 6-pounds in seven days with just three rods.

 

“I’ll admit fishing a jig with a 6’ 10” medium action rod felt a little less than ideal, but it worked. I made the best of the three rods and reels from 13 Fishing I had with me. The simplicity was refreshing in a sense, and sharing life with old friends I hadn’t really planned to see was even better than catching 6-pounders,” concluded the always classy Hite.


Liberty’s Jack Dice Goes Solo To Win Bassmaster College Series On Lake Cumberland

Jack Dice, of Liberty University, has won the 2021 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Bass Pro Shops with a two-day total of 32 pounds, 8 ounces.
Photo by Chris Brown/B.A.S.S.
May 1, 2021

JAMESTOWN, Ky. — Two heads are better than one, unless you’re Jack Dice of Liberty University.

In his case, fishing alone in a tournament filled with two-person teams wasn’t a deterrent. In fact, it was the self-check he needed to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Bass Pro Shops.

The 21-year-old digital marketing major from Lynchburg, Va., was better than any team or other solo angler in the field, catching a pair of five-bass limits that totaled 32 pounds, 8 ounces.

In all, 212 of the 225 boats entered at Cumberland carried two-person teams, with 13 anglers, including, Dice, fishing alone.

“As a competitor, of course, I thought I could win,” Dice said. “But after practice, I didn’t think I was going to win. My hope was to catch five keepers every day and I really didn’t know if that was going to happen.”

Dice’s winning weight was nearly 3 1/2 pounds more than Matt Baker and Kory England of Arkansas Tech who caught 29-2 and finished second. Cal Culpepper and Mason Waddell of the University of Montevallo (Ala.) placed third with 27-3, Carter Ball and Austin Tapley of Adrian College (Mich.) were fourth with 27-0 and Joe McCloskey and Ryan Winchester of Bethel University (Tenn.) were fifth with 26-12.

Dice won $2,773 for the Liberty bass fishing team with his victory. He also qualified for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, to be held later this year at a yet-to-be-disclosed location.

Day 1 leaders Jacob Woods and Samuel Vandagriff of Tennessee Tech closed Saturday’s weigh-in, the only team with a chance to bump Dice from atop the leaderboard. Their Day 2 bag fell well short however, which sealed the win for Dice. He extended both title trophies toward the crowd, one in each hand, as a double helping of applause and camera flashes washed over him.

Dice weighed six smallmouth and four largemouth over two days to amass his winning weight. Each of the fish was caught in Indian Creek, which is about a 5-mile run from Halcomb’s Landing, site of take-offs and weigh-ins this week.

He caught a 5-2 largemouth Friday, the heaviest bass weighed on Day 1. A smallmouth that weighed just shy of 5 pounds was one of the heaviest bass boated overall on Day 2, as well.

“I dialed in the smallmouth a lot better today,” said Dice, who had four smallies among his 16-14 limit on Saturday, the heaviest bag weighed on Day 2.

“The smallmouth I caught Friday were on a Ned rig and a drop shot I was throwing into these little crevasses right along the bank. But I figured I burned those areas and had to try something different today. I ran all over this morning looking for active fish and it didn’t work out. So, I went back to (Indian Creek) and I lucked out. They were still there.”

Dice caught his best bass on Saturday using a 5-inch green pumpkin Gary Yamamoto Senko worm. The heavy largemouth that anchored his Day 1 bag came on a Megabass Magdraft swimbait.

“I actually used the swimbaits today to find the bedding smallmouth,” he said. “They’d swirl on it then you could throw back with the Senko to catch them.”

It amounted to a winning formula for Dice, who said he had several final exams waiting back at Liberty next week.

“I’ve had a couple of rough tournaments recently, so to have this all work out this week is just an incredible blessing,” he said. “It’s been an amazing week.”

Following their tournament-best bag of 17-4 on Day 1, Woods and Vandagriff slipped to seventh overall with four bass for 8-11 on Day 2. The former Bassmaster High School All-American anglers won a $250 Bass Pro Shops gift certificate with the week’s big bag.

Ball and Tapley of Adrian College won a $500 Carhartt gift certificate for weighing the heaviest bass of the event, a 6-2 smallmouth Tapley hooked mid-morning on Day 2 using a 4-inch green pumpkin tube bait.

“It was a bummer to only come in with four fish after having one like that, but we didn’t think we had (a 15-12 total today) either,” Tapley said. “That big fish helped. When I caught it, we definitely were freaking out.”

The top 10 percent of teams (23 in all) at Cumberland qualified for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops.

The youngest B.A.S.S. anglers hit the water Sunday for a 6 a.m. CT takeoff in the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, as well as the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior Series. Weigh-in for the one-day tournaments will begin at 1 p.m. for Juniors and at 2 p.m. for the High Schoolers.

The tournaments are being hosted by the Russell County Chamber of Commerce and State Dock on Lake Cumberland.

2021 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series - Lake Cumberland 4/30-5/1
Lake Cumberland, Jamestown KY.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Jack Dice - Liberty University 250
Day 1: 5 15-10 Day 2: 5 16-14 Total: 10 32-08
2. Matt Baker - Kory England Arkansas Tech 249
Day 1: 5 15-08 Day 2: 5 13-10 Total: 10 29-02
3. Cal Culpepper - Mason Waddell University of Montevallo 248
Day 1: 5 14-01 Day 2: 5 13-02 Total: 10 27-03
4. Carter Ball - Austin Tapley Adrian College 247
Day 1: 5 11-04 Day 2: 4 15-12 Total: 9 27-00
5. Joe McClosky - Ryan Winchester Bethel University 246
Day 1: 5 13-09 Day 2: 5 13-03 Total: 10 26-12
6. Logan Parks - Tucker Smith Auburn University 245
Day 1: 5 12-03 Day 2: 5 14-00 Total: 10 26-03
7. Jacob Woods - Samuel Vandagriff Tennessee Tech University 244
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 4 08-11 Total: 9 25-15
8. Tanner Barnes - Jordan Smallwood Campbellsville University 243
Day 1: 5 11-09 Day 2: 5 14-04 Total: 10 25-13
9. Brad Ableman - K.P Palmer Bethel University 242
Day 1: 5 13-05 Day 2: 4 12-02 Total: 9 25-07
10. Nathan Doty - Bailey Bleser McKendree University 241
Day 1: 5 11-11 Day 2: 5 13-09 Total: 10 25-04
11. Sam Hanggi - Auburn University 240
Day 1: 5 12-04 Day 2: 5 12-15 Total: 10 25-03
12. Ryan Park - Sam Niemeyer Murray State University 239
Day 1: 4 12-06 Day 2: 4 12-03 Total: 8 24-09
13. Hayden Scott - Griffin Fernandes Adrian College 238
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 5 09-09 Total: 10 24-07
14. Hunter Baird - Beau Browning Drury University 237
Day 1: 5 13-11 Day 2: 5 10-11 Total: 10 24-06
15. Tristan McCormick - Stevie Mills Bethel University 236
Day 1: 5 13-03 Day 2: 5 11-03 Total: 10 24-06
16. Jacob Lambert - Austin Smith Carson-Newman University 235
Day 1: 3 09-13 Day 2: 5 14-07 Total: 8 24-04
17. Lafe Messer - Matt Messer Kentucky Christian University 234
Day 1: 5 11-10 Day 2: 5 12-06 Total: 10 24-00
18. Adam Puckett - Nate Lear Murray State University 233
Day 1: 3 10-00 Day 2: 5 13-11 Total: 8 23-11
19. Robert Gee - Chase Dawson University of Tennessee 232
Day 1: 5 09-13 Day 2: 5 13-01 Total: 10 22-14
20. Carson Maddux - Jake Maddux Auburn University 231
Day 1: 5 16-09 Day 2: 2 06-04 Total: 7 22-13
21. Cole Lamb - Tristan Weaver Arkansas Tech University 230
Day 1: 5 13-09 Day 2: 4 09-03 Total: 9 22-12
22. Solomon Glenn - Ryan Thomas University of Montervallo 229
Day 1: 5 11-01 Day 2: 5 11-10 Total: 10 22-11
23. Benjamin Moore - David Gadd Eastern Kentucky University 228
Day 1: 2 07-00 Day 2: 5 15-09 Total: 7 22-09
24. Garrett Warren - Will Jones Auburn University 227
Day 1: 4 14-05 Day 2: 3 08-00 Total: 7 22-05
25. Lucas Smith - Dalton Mize Jacksonville State University 226
Day 1: 4 11-07 Day 2: 3 10-11 Total: 7 22-02
26. Thomas Millraney - Zachary Bowen Bethel University 225
Day 1: 5 10-09 Day 2: 5 11-07 Total: 10 22-00
27. Sean Clayton - Owen Dimaio Clemson University 224
Day 1: 5 11-09 Day 2: 5 10-05 Total: 10 21-14
28. Chase Carey - Dylan Akins Emmanuel College 223
Day 1: 5 16-14 Day 2: 2 04-11 Total: 7 21-09
29. Jarred Jones - Logan Tate Jacksonville State University 222
Day 1: 2 08-06 Day 2: 4 12-14 Total: 6 21-04
30. Dax Ewart - Wilson Smith Bethel University 221
Day 1: 5 14-04 Day 2: 3 06-12 Total: 8 21-00
31. Ty Black - Avry Thomason Georgia Southern University 220
Day 1: 3 07-05 Day 2: 5 13-09 Total: 8 20-14
32. Dalton Smith - Cade Hayford Campbellsville University 219
Day 1: 5 15-12 Day 2: 1 05-01 Total: 6 20-13
33. Justin Botts - Conner Dimauro Bryan college 218
Day 1: 5 10-13 Day 2: 4 09-14 Total: 9 20-11
34. Brock Bila - Jack Rankin Drury University 217
Day 1: 5 12-12 Day 2: 4 07-13 Total: 9 20-09
35. John Wesley Wardlaw - Easton Lindus Emmanuel College 216
Day 1: 5 12-12 Day 2: 3 07-11 Total: 8 20-07
36. David Hendel - Jacob Blackburn Ohio State University 215
Day 1: 4 11-01 Day 2: 3 09-06 Total: 7 20-07
37. Sam Moll - Aidan Kolb Murray State University 214
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 3 06-04 Total: 8 20-04
38. Braden Perry - Aidan England Carson-Newman University 213
Day 1: 5 13-11 Day 2: 2 06-04 Total: 7 19-15
39. Logan Hawkins - James Duncan Campbellsville University 212
Day 1: 4 08-09 Day 2: 4 11-04 Total: 8 19-13
40. Tommy Sendek - Andrew Howell University of Montevallo 211
Day 1: 5 12-09 Day 2: 3 07-02 Total: 8 19-11
41. Weston Bison - Tommy Teaster Lander University 210
Day 1: 2 04-11 Day 2: 5 14-12 Total: 7 19-07
42. Dustin Bauer - Cody Cissell Campbellsville University 209
Day 1: 5 11-12 Day 2: 4 07-10 Total: 9 19-06
43. Anthony Cicero Iv - Coleman Bingham Bethel 208
Day 1: 5 09-11 Day 2: 4 09-01 Total: 9 18-12
44. Griffin Heffington - Drake Hemby Carson-Newman University 207
Day 1: 5 13-08 Day 2: 2 05-03 Total: 7 18-11
45. Cade Rudiger - Cooper Thor Stephen F. Austin University 206
Day 1: 2 05-12 Day 2: 5 12-13 Total: 7 18-09
46. Jeremy Dellinger - Nathan Smith Catawba Valley Community College 205
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 2 04-05 Total: 7 18-08
47. John Sells - Cooper Hesling Georgia Southern University 204
Day 1: 4 11-09 Day 2: 2 06-15 Total: 6 18-08
48. Fisher Overton - Fisher Young Blue Mountain College 203
Day 1: 4 11-05 Day 2: 3 07-01 Total: 7 18-06
49. Austin Parr - Chase Cole Erskine College 202
Day 1: 3 09-02 Day 2: 3 09-02 Total: 6 18-04
50. Parker Domschke - Harper Burkeen McKendree University 201
Day 1: 5 14-12 Day 2: 1 03-06 Total: 6 18-02
51. Ryan Franks - Andrew Heppe Kent State University 200
Day 1: 4 09-13 Day 2: 3 08-05 Total: 7 18-02
52. Harbor Lovin - Allen Mullins Murray State University 199
Day 1: 5 12-10 Day 2: 2 05-06 Total: 7 18-00
53. Kyle Svachula - Rick Hamann UW-Stevens Point 198
Day 1: 2 06-01 Day 2: 4 11-15 Total: 6 18-00
54. Brian Linder - Nathan Thompson 197
Day 1: 5 11-04 Day 2: 3 06-10 Total: 8 17-14
55. Ben Ford - Augustana College 196
Day 1: 5 13-02 Day 2: 2 04-10 Total: 7 17-12
56. Matthew Cummings - Joseph Woods Bethel University 195
Day 1: 5 12-03 Day 2: 3 05-07 Total: 8 17-10
57. Jacob Butts - Trevor Gorman Erskine College 194
Day 1: 4 11-04 Day 2: 3 06-05 Total: 7 17-09
58. Rob Lindsey - Mason Cizek Bryan College 193
Day 1: 5 14-13 Day 2: 1 02-06 Total: 6 17-03
59. Dylan Adams - Independent 192
Day 1: 5 12-04 Day 2: 2 04-12 Total: 7 17-00
60. Cole Breeden - Cameron Smith Drury University 191
Day 1: 4 10-00 Day 2: 3 07-00 Total: 7 17-00
61. Cole Rankin - Ewing Minor Carson-Newman University 190
Day 1: 3 09-04 Day 2: 3 07-08 Total: 6 16-12
62. Adam Carroll - Trey Dickert University of Montevallo 189
Day 1: 3 09-01 Day 2: 3 07-09 Total: 6 16-10
63. Tyler Campbell - Caleb Hudson Emmanuel College 188
Day 1: 5 13-02 Day 2: 1 03-07 Total: 6 16-09
64. Garrett Smith - Jonathan Hanna Erskine College 187
Day 1: 2 05-05 Day 2: 5 11-04 Total: 7 16-09
65. Jacob Welch - Lee Lambrecht Drury University 186
Day 1: 3 07-11 Day 2: 3 08-11 Total: 6 16-06
66. Hunter Fillmore - Dylan Fogarty Bethel University 185
Day 1: 5 11-13 Day 2: 2 04-07 Total: 7 16-04
67. Grayson Morris - Jacob Pfundt University of Montevalllo 184
Day 1: 4 09-07 Day 2: 3 06-13 Total: 7 16-04
68. Shane Nelson - Brayden Federer Adrian College 183
Day 1: 4 09-11 Day 2: 2 06-08 Total: 6 16-03
69. Trevor Easter - Caden Cowan Tarleton state 182
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 5 12-01 Total: 7 16-01
70. Drew Elrod - Luke Byerly University of Tennessee Knoxvill 181
Day 1: 5 11-11 Day 2: 2 04-03 Total: 7 15-14
71. Whit Edmonds - Bobby Long Lander University 180
Day 1: 4 12-04 Day 2: 1 03-08 Total: 5 15-12
72. Matthew Benson - Emmanuel College 179
Day 1: 5 09-08 Day 2: 3 05-12 Total: 8 15-04
73. Hunter Bailey - Jr Young Jacksonville State University 178
Day 1: 2 04-14 Day 2: 4 10-05 Total: 6 15-03
74. Benson Dowler - Tyler Pendergrass university of north alabama 177
Day 1: 1 02-14 Day 2: 5 12-04 Total: 6 15-02
75. Connor Jacob - Sam Smith Auburn University 176
Day 1: 5 12-10 Day 2: 1 02-05 Total: 6 14-15
76. John Nowlin - Blue Mountain College 175
Day 1: 5 11-05 Day 2: 1 03-09 Total: 6 14-14
77. Trace Odell - Brian Arabie Texas AM University 174
Day 1: 2 07-04 Day 2: 2 07-09 Total: 4 14-13
78. Conner Johnson - Tyler Greenlee Georgetown college 173
Day 1: 1 02-07 Day 2: 5 12-04 Total: 6 14-11
79. Kobe Thompson - Russel Buffa Adrian College 172
Day 1: 5 09-07 Day 2: 2 05-01 Total: 7 14-08
80. Anderson Van Bibber - Cameron Fults Tennessee Tech Univeristy 171
Day 1: 5 14-05 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 14-05
81. Cody Mcentire - Coulter Crain Arkansas State University- Mount 170
Day 1: 1 03-10 Day 2: 5 10-11 Total: 6 14-05
82. Tyler Lubbat - Hayden O'barr University of Alabama 169
Day 1: 1 02-08 Day 2: 5 11-10 Total: 6 14-02
83. Jade Craft - Parker Mcmahan Arkansas Tech 168
Day 1: 5 14-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 14-01
84. Gus Mclarry - Dawson Cassidy 167
Day 1: 4 08-13 Day 2: 2 05-02 Total: 6 13-15
85. Riley Lawson - Jay Issac Morehead State University 166
Day 1: 5 13-06 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 13-06
86. Reese Kingston - Caleb Barrow Brewton-Parker College 165
Day 1: 4 13-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 13-01
87. Hunter Bond - GL Compton Clemson University 164
Day 1: 2 06-00 Day 2: 3 06-14 Total: 5 12-14
88. Dawson Burton - Jonathan Fraley Kentucky Christian University 163
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 4 10-11 Total: 5 12-12
89. Tyler Cory - Jackson Pontius University of Montevallo 162
Day 1: 1 03-03 Day 2: 5 09-09 Total: 6 12-12
90. Christian Wright - Conner Giles Bryan college 161
Day 1: 4 07-04 Day 2: 2 05-07 Total: 6 12-11
91. Jordan Nicely - Cam Cornelius Georgetown 160
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 12-10 Total: 5 12-10
92. Cole Crossman - Kirk Stilwell Missouri State University 159
Day 1: 1 03-10 Day 2: 3 09-00 Total: 4 12-10
93. Tyler Thompson - Charles Snawder Rougeux University of Louisville 158
Day 1: 2 06-03 Day 2: 2 06-06 Total: 4 12-09
94. Drew Gill - Zebulon Frasure Wabash Valley College 157
Day 1: 4 09-06 Day 2: 1 03-02 Total: 5 12-08
95. Paul Tabisz - Nicholas Ringler University of Michigan 156
Day 1: 2 05-04 Day 2: 3 07-03 Total: 5 12-07
96. Wil Rigdon - Dustin Jones Campbellsville University 155
Day 1: 3 06-00 Day 2: 2 06-04 Total: 5 12-04
97. Matthew Roberts - Nick Sergent Alice Lloyd College 154
Day 1: 3 09-09 Day 2: 1 02-10 Total: 4 12-03
98. Cole Dodson - Trent Jones University of Montevallo 153
Day 1: 2 07-04 Day 2: 2 04-12 Total: 4 12-00
99. Levi Mullins - Chase Milholen Bethel University 152
Day 1: 3 07-10 Day 2: 2 04-03 Total: 5 11-13
100. Eion Patterson - Brandon Dayvault 151
Day 1: 3 05-11 Day 2: 3 06-02 Total: 6 11-13
101. Hunter Waldrop - Mark Kershaw University of South Carolina Uni 150
Day 1: 3 07-15 Day 2: 1 03-13 Total: 4 11-12
102. Drew Jennings - Cody Griffith Auburn University 149
Day 1: 3 08-03 Day 2: 1 03-08 Total: 4 11-11
103. Kollin Smith - Lilly Smith Emmanuel College 148
Day 1: 1 03-05 Day 2: 3 08-03 Total: 4 11-08
104. Chase Mundhenke - Blake Milligan Auburn University 147
Day 1: 4 11-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 11-07
105. Robert Cruvellier - Auburn University 146
Day 1: 1 03-00 Day 2: 3 08-07 Total: 4 11-07
106. Cole Thompson - Chase Fernandez University of North Alabama 145
Day 1: 3 05-15 Day 2: 2 05-07 Total: 5 11-06
107. Cole Holloway - Taylor Mcmullen Emmanuel College 144
Day 1: 1 02-03 Day 2: 3 09-01 Total: 4 11-04
108. Tanner Shriver - Jacob Klicman Kent State University 143
Day 1: 2 04-02 Day 2: 3 06-08 Total: 5 10-10
109. Elijah Kirk - Austin Goins bryan college 142
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 2 06-07 Total: 4 10-07
110. Jackson Staib - Baylor Howell Bethel University 141
Day 1: 1 01-14 Day 2: 3 08-08 Total: 4 10-06
111. Bryar Chambers - Clent Blackwood Wallace State 140
Day 1: 3 06-07 Day 2: 1 03-14 Total: 4 10-05
112. Lake Norsworthy - Jake Kimbrough Blue Mountain College 139
Day 1: 2 06-04 Day 2: 2 04-01 Total: 4 10-05
113. Ryan Phillips - Austin Polly Morehead State University 138
Day 1: 3 06-14 Day 2: 1 03-03 Total: 4 10-01
114. Hunter Enlow - Will Lindley Lander University 137
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 4 09-15 Total: 4 09-15
115. Hunter Palmer - Tim Herrmann bryan college 136
Day 1: 1 02-05 Day 2: 2 07-09 Total: 3 09-14
116. Matt Short - Colton Combs Eastern Kentucky University 135
Day 1: 2 06-03 Day 2: 1 03-11 Total: 3 09-14
117. Landon Lawson - Donavan Carson King University 134
Day 1: 3 07-07 Day 2: 1 02-04 Total: 4 09-11
118. Avery Hammock - Daniel Wilson Erskine College 133
Day 1: 3 07-00 Day 2: 1 02-08 Total: 4 09-08
119. Chase Sansom - Tyler Drown Marshall University 132
Day 1: 2 05-00 Day 2: 2 04-08 Total: 4 09-08
120. Tate Sloan - Thaddeus Simerly Tennessee Tech University 131
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 09-07 Total: 3 09-07
121. Bryant Marsh - Tyler Hill Blue Mountain College 130
Day 1: 1 02-12 Day 2: 2 06-08 Total: 3 09-04
122. Layton Brown - Jacob Witkowski Dallas Baptist University 129
Day 1: 3 09-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 09-00
123. Tanner Maness - Ross Parris Lander University 128
Day 1: 1 03-02 Day 2: 2 05-11 Total: 3 08-13
124. Seth Jenkins - Taylor Green Emmanuel College 127
Day 1: 1 02-04 Day 2: 2 06-07 Total: 3 08-11
125. Mark Harris - Reece Martin Dallas Baptist University 126
Day 1: 2 04-15 Day 2: 1 03-02 Total: 3 08-01
126. Caz Anderson - Lee Koza Carson-Newman University 125
Day 1: 3 07-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 07-14
127. Harmon Marien - Devon Rathbun McKendree University 124
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 1 03-13 Total: 3 07-13
128. Cody Brumfield - Masden Ball Marshall University 123
Day 1: 3 07-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 07-12
129. Brenton Godwin - Hunter Odom University of Montevallo 122
Day 1: 2 04-13 Day 2: 1 02-15 Total: 3 07-12
130. Nate Lesch - Will Schibig Tennessee Tech 121
Day 1: 1 04-01 Day 2: 1 03-05 Total: 2 07-06
131. Rob Schmidt - Tyson Stork University of Illlinois 120
Day 1: 2 04-04 Day 2: 1 03-00 Total: 3 07-04
132. Grant Harris - Dylan Chambers Drury University 119
Day 1: 2 05-02 Day 2: 1 01-14 Total: 3 07-00
133. Jack Lewis - Dalton Mccauley University of Louisville 118
Day 1: 1 03-03 Day 2: 1 03-12 Total: 2 06-15
134. Caleb Stephenson - Matthew Bradham Campbellsville University 117
Day 1: 3 06-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 06-14
135. Calvin Currie - Hayden Fuhr Lander University 116
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 06-14 Total: 2 06-14
136. TJ Edwards - Camdon Lewis Blue Mountain College 115
Day 1: 1 03-02 Day 2: 1 03-12 Total: 2 06-14
137. Ben Cully - William Gaddis Carson-Newman University 114
Day 1: 3 06-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 06-11
138. Bennett Kudder - Andrew Fisher Bryan College 113
Day 1: 2 06-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 06-11
139. Austin Owen - Carter Thompson Clemson University 112
Day 1: 1 04-04 Day 2: 1 02-05 Total: 2 06-09
140. Kyle Dillon - Jesse Mull Western Carolina University 111
Day 1: 2 06-08 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 06-08
141. Garrett McWilliams - John Berry Hinds community college 110
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 06-07 Total: 2 06-07
142. Luke Henderson - Tavin Hodgens Campbellsville University 109
Day 1: 1 02-00 Day 2: 1 04-07 Total: 2 06-07
143. Cordell Beckman - Dru Johnson Greenville University 108
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 06-04 Total: 2 06-04
143. Ben Rand - Austin Jager Davenport University 108
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 06-04 Total: 2 06-04
145. Easton Fothergill - Nick Dumke University of Montevallo 106
Day 1: 1 03-13 Day 2: 1 02-07 Total: 2 06-04
146. Drew Traffanstedt - Dakendrick Patterson University of Montevallo 105
Day 1: 1 03-01 Day 2: 1 03-03 Total: 2 06-04
147. Daelyn Whaley - Cy Casey Emmanuel College 104
Day 1: 1 02-04 Day 2: 2 03-15 Total: 3 06-03
148. Cody Gregory - Seth Roberts Bethel University 103
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 06-02 Total: 3 06-02
149. Louis Monetti - 102
Day 1: 2 06-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 06-01
150. Kreed Averhoff - Jordan Kalsbeek Tarleton State University 101
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 06-00 Total: 2 06-00
151. Avery Whitwell - Jackson Holbert University of North Alabama 100
Day 1: 3 05-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-15
152. Jacob Frazier - Maddux Walters Carson-Newman University 99
Day 1: 2 05-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 05-15
152. Brycen Hendriks - Gavin Ange 99
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 05-15 Total: 2 05-15
154. Brooks Anderson - Parker Guy Emmanuel College 97
Day 1: 1 03-00 Day 2: 1 02-15 Total: 2 05-15
154. Tyler Christy - Trey Schroeder McKendree University 97
Day 1: 1 03-00 Day 2: 1 02-15 Total: 2 05-15
156. Nathan Meyers - Brock Schueck 95
Day 1: 1 03-11 Day 2: 1 02-03 Total: 2 05-14
157. Evan Seggerman - Nate Overocker Greenville University 94
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 05-12 Total: 2 05-12
158. Bryce Kostman - Jenson Kay Adrian College 93
Day 1: 3 05-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-11
159. Hunter Jones - Colby Kerr Kentucky Christian University 92
Day 1: 1 02-14 Day 2: 1 02-13 Total: 2 05-11
160. Wyatt Pearman - Kyle Workman Campbellsville University 91
Day 1: 2 05-10 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 05-10
161. Jake Blumling - Nathanael Wright Emmanuel College 90
Day 1: 1 02-15 Day 2: 1 02-09 Total: 2 05-08
162. Daniel Schroeder - Walker Goodwin Murray State University 89
Day 1: 2 05-06 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 05-06
163. Brody Kitchings - Zach Williams Mississippi State 88
Day 1: 2 05-05 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 05-05
164. Zach Adamec - Blair Cox Missouri State University 87
Day 1: 2 05-04 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 05-04
165. Conner Crosby - James Cobbs Auburn University 86
Day 1: 1 02-02 Day 2: 1 02-12 Total: 2 04-14
166. Christopher Daniels - Alex Cummings Erskine College 85
Day 1: 2 04-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-13
167. Gunner Whitaker - Mitchell Johnson Kentucky Christian University 84
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-12 Total: 2 04-12
167. Gunner Wilson - Zach Manneback Adrian College 84
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-12 Total: 2 04-12
169. Austin Carr - Justin Carr 82
Day 1: 1 00-15 Day 2: 1 03-12 Total: 2 04-11
170. James Philpot - Hunter Ruber Eastern Kentucky University 81
Day 1: 2 04-06 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-06
171. Garrett Thompson - Corey Pyles West Virginia University 80
Day 1: 2 04-03 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-03
172. Isaac Duncan - Taylor Owens Blue Mountain College 79
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 04-03 Total: 1 04-03
173. Lain Peake - Andrew Ragains Eastern Kentucky University 78
Day 1: 1 03-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-13
174. Morgan Miracle - Jake Thornbury Campbellsville University 77
Day 1: 2 03-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 03-12
175. Will Sams - Dustan Jones University of Kentucky 76
Day 1: 1 03-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-11
175. Caden Sweeten - Ben Saba 76
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-11 Total: 1 03-11
177. Jacob Silver - 74
Day 1: 1 03-10 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-10
177. Corey Yaden - Blake Stephenson Brewton Parker college 74
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-10 Total: 1 03-10
179. Hunter Stone - Dante Piraino Clarkson University 72
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-09 Total: 1 03-09
179. Daniel Young - Lukas Mckinney Murray State University 72
Day 1: 1 03-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-09
181. Dale Hansard - Jacksonville State University 70
Day 1: 1 03-08 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-08
182. Mary Goode - Nicholas Watson Brewton-Parker College 69
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-07 Total: 1 03-07
183. Chase Noland - Tommy Bayer West Virginia University 68
Day 1: 1 03-06 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-06
183. Eric Rasmussen - Nick Redlin 68
Day 1: 1 03-06 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-06
185. Troy Gibson - Adam Hope University of Louisville 66
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-04 Total: 1 03-04
185. Braden Jenkins - Bailey Rene Indiana University Southeast 66
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-04 Total: 1 03-04
187. Andrew Mega - 64
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-03 Total: 1 03-03
188. Matthew Kauffung - Jacob Bell Ohio State University 63
Day 1: 1 03-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-00
188. Alden Keel Jr - Grant Busby Blue Mountain College 63
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-00 Total: 1 03-00
188. Steve Kinard - Jimmy Mitchum Lander University 63
Day 1: 1 03-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-00
188. Collin Sutherland - Aiden Free Erskine College 63
Day 1: 1 03-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-00
192. Seth Elkins - John Russell Reaves Jacksonville State University 59
Day 1: 1 02-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-14
193. Chad Pruner - Ethan Ange 58
Day 1: 1 02-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-11
194. Will Lutes - Jacob Middleton Ohio State University 57
Day 1: 1 02-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-09
195. Brandon Leach - Kaden Brown Eastern Kentucky Unversity 56
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-05 Total: 1 02-05
196. Luke Iles - Alyssa Taylor Northwestern State University 55
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-04 Total: 1 02-04
197. Emily Freeman - Braiden Koerber Murray State University 54
Day 1: 1 02-03 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-03
198. Thomas Mingle - Stone Payne Univerity of Tennessee 53
Day 1: 1 02-02 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-02
199. Riley Fletcher - Jack Long Drury University 52
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-01
200. Cody Clifton - Austin Ware Missouri State University 51
Day 1: 1 02-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-00
201. Chandler Ellis - Parker Lambert Lander University 50
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-15 Total: 1 01-15
202. Patrick Henry - Mekenzie Vander Molen Ohio State University 49
Day 1: 1 01-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-14
203. Trey Barnett - Bryce Siegle University of Kentucky 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Kaleb Brown - Caleb Sheldon Lander University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Christopher Buckhart - Adelina Jones Arkansas State University- Mount 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Dalton Coleman - Noah Hurford Kentucky Christian University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Britney Cox - Bella Bramblett University of Kentucky 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Bradley Dunagan - Shawn Coots Campbellsville University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Bryce Fowler - Christopher Bowen East Carolina University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Nate Hunhoff - Connor Nagy University of Wisconsin Stevens- 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Chandler Jarrard - James Rogers Georgia Southern University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Ethan Jones - Joseph Bruener McKendree University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. JJ Kocevar - Logan Knoebel Kent State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Christopher Lemaster - Damon Stepp Eastern Kentucky University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Wesley Livingston - Garrison Hendrix 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Hunter Loftin - Mac Johnston-Herzberg Missouri State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Michael Looker - Ethan Perry West Virginia University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Alek Masters - Nicholas Shortridge Eastern Kentucky University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Alex Palomba - Brennan Kenison 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Chris Payne - Terry Sentell Tennessee 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Levi Sanchez - Nathan Schrader Clemson University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Ashton Smith - Dustin Lewis Brewton-Parker College 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Max Sullivan - Indiana Univeristy Southeast 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. William Vega - Logan Stewart Sam Houston State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
203. Wyatt Wright - Austin Francis Emmanuel College 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00


Key Adjustment Lifts Nania To Bassmaster Open Win On Pickwick

Joey Nania of Cropwell, Ala., has won the 2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Pickwick Lake with a three-day total of 58 pounds, 2 ounces.
Photo by James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.
May 1, 2021

COUNCE, Tenn. — An astute observation led Joey Nania to a strategic bait change that delivered a five-bass limit of 18 pounds, 10 ounces and sealed his first B.A.S.S. win at the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on Pickwick Lake.

After placing third on Day 1 with 21-11, the pro from Cropwell, Ala., added 17-13 and held his position. With his Championship Saturday weight, Nania tallied 58-2 and edged Day 2 leader Lonnie Cochran by a pound.

Nania won $53,750 and a berth in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk on Lake Hartwell.

All week, Nania had been fishing main-river bars between Koger Island and Seven Mile Island, where he focused on a mix of grass and stumps. The latter became an increasingly important element of his game plan and Saturday, he used a forage-appropriate bait to target the hard cover.

“Today, I switched it up and I was throwing a Z-Man Mag FattyZ worm on a 3/16-ounce shaky head,” Nania said. “I found them in the carport of the place where we’re staying. I had thrown them out of the boat, but I rigged one up last night and caught all five fish on that.

“I saw a lamprey stuck on some of the fish I was catching and they would get thrown off when the fish jumped. I figure this thing looks like a lamprey; I’m going to throw it.”

Nania said the key to his presentations was making precise casts that hit the tops of stumps and triggered reaction bites. The only variation was his biggest Day 3 fish — a 6-pounder that bit when Nania threw beyond a stump and pulled his bait past the structure.

The first two days saw a 3/4-ounce green pumpkin shad Z-Man ChatterBait JackHammer with a smoky shad Z-Man Razor ShadZ trailer producing most of Nania’s fish, including the 8-2 that anchored his Day 1 limit and won the $750 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award.

“I was just honored that that fish decided to eat my bait,” Nania chuckled. “It was a freak. It was just so big and so long broad; it was just a beautiful fish.”

Prior to switching to the shaky head presentation, he also caught fish pulling a Carolina rig past the stumps.

Nania’s 6-pounder bit right after he lost an estimated 5. Had he caught that first fish, he likely would have drifted past the stump where the bigger one was sitting.

“I’m a believer in Jesus and when it’s your time, it’s your time,” Nania said. “If I hadn’t caught that 6-pounder, I could have been within ounces of not winning.”

Hailing from Section, Ala., Cochran placed 11th on Day 1 with 18-10 and bolted into the Day 2 lead after posting the tournament’s heaviest bag — 25-3. Adding 13-5 Saturday gave Cochran a three-day total of 57-2.

Cochran did most of his work north of Koger Island on a 50-yard stretch of main-river shell bottom in 6 feet of water with scattered milfoil. On Friday, an early boat number allowed him to reach his spot quickly and sack up his big limit by about 7:30 a.m.

Today’s postfrontal conditions brought bright skies and still wind. This took a toll on Cochran’s fish and he struggled with a slower bite.

“I caught most of my fish on a 3/4-ounce Scottsboro Hellcat football jig with a creature bait trailer,” Cochran said. “When it got tough during the day, I’d catch a few on a spinnerbait in the scattered grass.”

John Garrett of Union Springs, Tenn., finished third with 56-11. With limits of 21-12 and 18-12, Garrett held the second-place spot for Days 1 and 2. On Saturday, Garrett added 16-3.

While a morning shad spawn played a role the first two days, Garrett caught most of his better bass on a 16-foot ledge in front of spawning areas. Devoting his final day to this area, he caught all of his fish on a powder blue back chartreuse Strike King 6XD.

“I had a fun week; I honestly didn’t want to grab those fish today — I caught so many fish my hands were hurting,” Garrett chuckled. “I love (cranking); I just never got a good bite today.”

Nania leads the Central Open points standings with 200 points. Cochran is in second with 199, followed by Garrett with 198, Andy Hribar of Lakeville, Minn., with 197 and Joseph Webster of Winfield, Ala., with 196.

Jacob Foutz of Charleston, Tenn., leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year overall points standings with 553.

The Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted the event.

2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Open at Pickwick Lake 4/29-5/1
Pickwick Lake, Counce TN.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Joey Nania Cropwell, AL 15 58-02 200 $53,750.00
Day 1: 5 21-11 Day 2: 5 17-13 Day 3: 5 18-10
2. Lonnie Cochran Section, AL 15 57-02 199 $25,500.00
Day 1: 5 18-10 Day 2: 5 25-03 Day 3: 5 13-05
3. John Garrett Union City, TN 15 56-11 198 $18,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-12 Day 2: 5 18-12 Day 3: 5 16-03
4. Andy Hribar Lakeville, MN 15 54-09 197 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-01 Day 2: 5 17-08 Day 3: 5 17-00
5. Joseph Webster Winfield, AL 15 52-04 196 $13,050.00
Day 1: 5 16-10 Day 2: 5 18-08 Day 3: 5 17-02
6. Daisuke Aoki Minamitsurugun Yamanash 15 50-01 195 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-07 Day 2: 5 14-13 Day 3: 5 13-13
7. James Rampey Liberty, SC 15 48-10 194 $11,250.00
Day 1: 5 16-11 Day 2: 5 18-02 Day 3: 5 13-13
8. Brent Crow Hartselle, AL 15 48-05 193 $10,500.00
Day 1: 5 22-11 Day 2: 5 13-14 Day 3: 5 11-12
9. Denny Fiedler Wabasha, MN 14 47-14 192 $8,250.00
Day 1: 5 16-01 Day 2: 5 20-01 Day 3: 4 11-12
10. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 15 47-11 191 $6,750.00
Day 1: 5 16-15 Day 2: 5 17-15 Day 3: 5 12-13
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Joey Nania Cropwell, AL 08-02 $750.00


Bassmaster Elite At Lake Champlain Event Moves To New York

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain, originally scheduled to launch out of Burlington, Vt., will instead move across the lake to Plattsburgh, N.Y., B.A.S.S. officials announced today. The tournament will still be held July 8-11.

Plattsburgh hosted the Elite Series last summer, when COVID-19 restrictions prevented spectators from attending weigh-ins. That tournament featured an exciting final day, when Brandon Palaniuk mounted an afternoon rally to vault from fifth place to win the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain. B.A.S.S. staff and local officials expect that fishing fans will be allowed at this year’s event while emphasizing that they will adhere to any mandates limiting the crowd size.

“We appreciate the efforts and flexibility of our friends in Plattsburgh and Clinton County for the past two years as they’ve worked alongside our team to put on these tournaments,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin.

The Elite Series will close out their 2021 season with a two-event New York swing. From Plattsburgh the tournament trail travels to Waddington for the Bassmaster Elite at the St. Lawrence River July 15-18.

The tournament will be hosted by the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, City of Plattsburgh and Clinton County.


UPDATE: Accident Results in Death at MLF Series event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

News release courtesy of Major League Fishing Toyota Series

Friday April 30, 2021

Major League Fishing (MLF) announced Friday that the identity of the co-angler that died after falling from the boat, Thursday, has been released. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has confirmed that angler Pete Spencer Lammons Jr., 77 of Houston, Texas, was fishing near the San Augustine Park area on Sam Rayburn Reservoir when he fell overboard. Lammons was competing in the MLF Toyota Series event at Sam Rayburn.

The boat was not running when the co-angler entered the water.

At approximately 10:05 a.m. on Thursday, San Augustine County Game Warden Travis Fountain responded to a call about a fisherman that had fallen overboard on Sam Rayburn Reservoir near the San Augustine Park area.

Attempts were made to rescue Mr. Lammons by his boater but were unsuccessful.

Warden Fountain, along with the assistance of Wardens Austin Cryer and Doug Williams, was able to locate and recover Mr. Lammons’ body utilizing vessels equipped with side scan sonar.

An autopsy has been ordered.

Lammons was an experienced co-angler. This Toyota Series at Sam Rayburn tournament marked the 57th career MLF tournament that Lammons had competed in. His best finish was a third-place showing in 2019, competing on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in an MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League event.

Lammons was also a former NFL football player, who played tight end for the New York Jets from 1966-1971, including winning the AFL Championship with them in 1968 and Super Bowl III in 1969. He played in 95 games from 1966 to 1972, ending his career with 185 receptions, 2,364 yards and 14 touchdowns. Originally from Jacksonville, Texas. Lammons attended the University of Texas and led the Longhorns to a win over No. 1-ranked Alabama in the 1965 Orange Bowl.

Competition at the Toyota Series at Sam Rayburn Reservoir event will continue Friday. Anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. CT from the Umphrey Family Pavilion in Brookeland. Weigh-in will be held at the pavilion and will begin at 2:30 p.m. A moment of silence will be held for Pete Lammons and his family before the start of the weigh-in.

MLF will continue to release information as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the MLF website, MajorLeagueFishing.com, as it becomes available.

 

Thursday April 29, 2021

A co-angler competing at the Toyota Series event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir died Thursday after falling from the boat. The boat was not running when the co-angler entered the water.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) recovered the body of the deceased co-angler Thursday afternoon. The incident is currently under investigation by the TPWD and San Augustine County officials. Officials have not yet released the name of the anglers involved.

Thursday's weigh-in from the Umphrey Family Pavilion will not be live-streamed.

MLF will continue to release information as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the MLF website, MajorLeagueFishing.com, as it becomes available.

We will continue to update as we get more information


Keith Drahman Joins T-H Marine as Aftermarket Sales Manager

Huntsville,  AL – April 29, 2021 – T-H Marine Supplies, LLC, of Huntsville, Alabama, announces that Keith Drahman has joined the company as Aftermarket Sales Manager. Going from external sales representative to his new role at T-H Marine, Keith will now lead the company’s efforts to cultivate distribution and retail relationships, grow T-H Marine’s network within the outdoor industry, and secure competitive advantages for the company’s expanding selection of marine products.

“We’ve known Keith for many years and we’re glad to welcome him to the team!” T-H Marine CEO,  Jeff Huntley said. “With his understanding of the marine industry and familiarity with our catalog, we’re eager to have him diving deeper into advancing the T-H Marine brand.”

Prior to his role at T-H Marine, Keith worked for T-H Marine's OEM and distributor sales reps at William F. Miller & Associates. Before that, he served in a similar capacity as Aftermarket Sales Manager for another marine manufacturer. Now, as T-H Marine's Aftermarket Sales Manager, Keith will work even more closely with the sales team to promote products, enhance aftermarket sales opportunities, coordinate larger sales initiatives, and manage the company’s trade show presence.

“I have always respected the team at T-H Marine and I have enjoyed representing them over the last 20 years,” Keith said. “I look forward to being part of the team in this capacity, helping T-H Marine excel in retail sales now and in the years to come.”

Known as a trusted manufacturer of fishing and boating products that can outfit a boat from TRANSOM TO TROLLING MOTOR®, T-H Marine has product lines that are available in retail stores across the globe. To see the full line, including a growing assortment of products for kayaks, pontoons, pleasurecraft, and just about any boat, be sure to visit thmarine.com/products.

For tips about T-H Marine products, company news, and information about joining T-H Marine’s retail network, visit thmarine.com/RetailResources and follow T-H Marine Supplies (@thmarineteam) on social media.


Early Start Sends Crow To Day 1 Lead At Bassmaster Open On Pickwick

Brent Crow, of Hartselle, Ala., is leading after Day 1 of the 2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Pickwick Lake with 22 pounds, 11 ounces. 

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

April 29, 2021

COUNCE, Tenn. — Focusing on two distinctly different spawns rewarded Alabama angler Brent Crowwith a five-bass limit of 22 pounds, 11 ounces that leads Day 1 of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on Pickwick Lake.

 

Crow started his day targeting an early-morning shad spawn on grass and pea gravel bars. His early plan yielded three good largemouth, including a 7-2.

 

“There are just a couple places I’ve found with a shad spawn,” Crow said. “I think it’s just starting. There really wasn’t a lot of activity; there just happened to be several fish there. Hopefully, tomorrow there will be a lot more.

 

“You don’t have a lot of time with a shad spawn, so you have to hope you get lucky like I did today. I stayed about 30 minutes and then I couldn’t get bit.”

 

With a storm system moving through the area, the day saw mostly cloudy skies with a steady morning rain slowing to a drizzle by midday. Many reported struggling with bass rattled and/or displaced by weather, but Crow said he felt comfortable knowing where to find quality bites.

 

“I guide here and our busiest time starts March 1, so weather permitting, I’ve been here about every day,” he said. “A couple of weeks ago, the smallmouth started spawning and we’re right at the tail end of it. I was able to catch a couple of spawning smallmouth.”

 

With the smallmouth bedding in about 6 to 8 feet, plus the day’s dim conditions, sight fishing was not an option.

 

“You can’t see them here, they bed too deep,” Crow said. “But I’m on the lake all the time and I kind of know where they bed. They like to be out of the current in the rocks.”

 

Crow caught his bed fish on what he described as slow presentations with a Berkley MaxScent The General and a Berkley PowerBait Chigger Craw. With an early start to his productivity, Crow said he faced the dilemma of deciding between fishing more of his key spots or playing a conservative game to manage his fish.

 

“I had my weight early — by about 9:30 — and I really didn’t want to (fish spots I may need tomorrow),” he said. “I was trying to save a little bit, but I did have a 2-pounder that I wanted to cull and I lost two that would have done it.”

 

Crow said he plans to work the same program on Day 2, but he’s concerned that timing may work against him.

 

“I was Boat 10 today and I’ll be 210 tomorrow, so I don’t know what it’s going to be like,” he said.

 

John Garrett of Union City, Tenn., is in second with 21-12. Success, he said, hinged on adjusting to the weather’s impacts.

 

“I started running a shad spawn early and I had been catching some big fish on it, but that did not happen today,” Garrett said. “I went to some grass fish and caught 13 to 14 pounds, but I knew something had changed.

 

“I ended up looking for new fish. I had areas that I know are the first places schools of fish get. I hit two of those places today and really caught them. The fish were fresh, they’d just moved up today after that storm. Whether or not they stay overnight is another story.”

 

Garrett caught his fish in 16 to 20 feet over offshore structure. He caught them all on a powder blueback Strike King 6XD.

 

Joey Nania of Cropwell, Ala., is in third with 21-11. Capitalizing on the bite window stimulated by the approaching storm, Nania anchored his bag with an 8-2 that leads the Phoenix Boats Big Bass standings.

 

“Catching a giant like that makes the whole day smooth,” Nania said. “I pulled up on a point this morning and caught a couple of solid keepers and that got my confidence right. Then right when that storm was coming in, it rained on us a little bit and I threw a ChatterBait.

 

“I got a couple of bites, I caught one about 3 1/2 and threw back in there and caught that 8-2. It was just a great day.”

 

Nania said he was targeting offshore structure and using his Garmin Panoptix to keep watch for the right opportunities. While he has a couple different patterns available, Nania said he tried to stick with what has been producing better than average bites.

 

Steve Madar of Starkville, Miss., leads the co-angler division with 13-2. Doing all of his work offshore, Madar caught two of his biggest fish on a moving bait in the grass. He caught the other one by cranking a ledge.

 

“The key was an erratic retrieve,” he said. “The fish had just moved out. You’d hit little areas and then all of a sudden, boom, boom, boom — you’d catch them.”

 

Cory Weaver of Ankeny, Iowa, holds the Phoenix Boats Big Bass lead among co-anglers with a 6-13.

 

Crow leads the Central Open standings with 200 points. Garrett is in second with 199, followed by Nania with 198, Daisuke Aoki of Minamitsuru-gun Yamanashi, Japan, with 197 and Chris Beaudrie of Princeton, Ky., with 196.

 

Jacob Foutz of Charleston, Tenn., leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year overall points standings with 557.

 

Friday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6 a.m. CT from Pickwick Landing State Park. The weigh-in will be held back at the park at 2 p.m. Coverage of the event will be available at Bassmaster.com.

 

The Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting the event.

 

2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Open at Pickwick Lake 4/29-5/1
Pickwick Lake, Counce  TN.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1.  Brent Crow             Hartselle, AL            5  22-11  200
Day 1: 5   22-11
2.  John Garrett           Union City, TN           5  21-12  199
Day 1: 5   21-12
3.  Joey Nania             Cropwell, AL             5  21-11  198
Day 1: 5   21-11
4.  Daisuke Aoki           Minamitsurugun Yamanash  5  21-07  197
Day 1: 5   21-07
5.  Chris Beaudrie         Princeton, KY            5  20-13  196
Day 1: 5   20-13
6.  Caiden Sinclair        Wilsonville, AL          5  20-02  195
Day 1: 5   20-02
7.  Andy Hribar            Lakeville, MN            5  20-01  194
Day 1: 5   20-01
8.  Daisuke Kita           Ootsu-Shi JAPAN          5  19-14  193
Day 1: 5   19-14
9.  Jacob Walker           Alabaster, AL            5  19-12  192
Day 1: 5   19-12
10. Jordan Wiggins         Cullman, AL              5  19-03  191
Day 1: 5   19-03
11. Lonnie Cochran         Section, AL              5  18-10  190
Day 1: 5   18-10
12. Jacob Powroznik        North Prince George, VA  5  18-06  189
Day 1: 5   18-06
13. Jimmy Mason            Rogersville, AL          5  18-01  188
Day 1: 5   18-01
14. Darold Gleason         Many, LA                 5  17-15  187
Day 1: 5   17-15
15. Matt Green             Cartersville, GA         5  17-08  186
Day 1: 5   17-08
16. Luke Dunkin            Lawrenceburg, TN         5  17-06  185
Day 1: 5   17-06
17. Jay Przekurat          Stevens Point, WI        5  17-05  184
Day 1: 5   17-05
18. Justin Atkins          Florence, AL             5  17-00  183
Day 1: 5   17-00
18. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland TN AUSTRALIA  5  17-00  183
Day 1: 5   17-00
20. Brent Shores           Boise, ID                5  17-00  181
Day 1: 5   17-00
21. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN         5  16-15  180
Day 1: 5   16-15
21. Nick Ratliff           Vine Grove, KY           5  16-15  180
Day 1: 5   16-15
23. Travis Harriman        Huntsville, AR           5  16-11  178
Day 1: 5   16-11
23. James Rampey           Liberty, SC              5  16-11  178
Day 1: 5   16-11
25. Joseph Webster         Winfield, AL             5  16-10  176
Day 1: 5   16-10
26. Allan Glasgow          Ashville, AL             5  16-09  175
Day 1: 5   16-09
27. Justin Nichols         Tuscaloosa, AL           5  16-08  174
Day 1: 5   16-08
28. Lance Crawford         Broken Bow, OK           5  16-04  173
Day 1: 5   16-04
28. Trey Swindle           Cleveland, AL            5  16-04  173
Day 1: 5   16-04
30. Steve Tennison         Lexington, OK            5  16-02  171
Day 1: 5   16-02
31. Denny Fiedler          Wabasha, MN              5  16-01  170
Day 1: 5   16-01
31. Jacob Foutz            Charleston, TN           5  16-01  170
Day 1: 5   16-01
33. Ethan King             Wilsonville, AL          5  16-00  168
Day 1: 5   16-00
33. Jesse Wiggins          Logan, AL                5  16-00  168
Day 1: 5   16-00
35. Michael Wooten         White House, TN          5  15-15  166
Day 1: 5   15-15
36. Jimmy Steed            Zapata, TX               5  15-14  165
Day 1: 5   15-14
37. Zeke Gossett           Pell City, AL            5  15-13  164
Day 1: 5   15-13
38. Cody Huff              Ava, MO                  5  15-11  163
Day 1: 5   15-11
39. Joel Willert           Prior Lake, MN           5  15-10  162
Day 1: 5   15-10
40. Billy Billeaud         Lafayette, LA            5  15-09  161
Day 1: 5   15-09
40. Josh Bragg             Jacksonville, AL         5  15-09  161
Day 1: 5   15-09
42. Logan Latuso           Gonzales, LA             5  15-08  159
Day 1: 5   15-08
42. Tom Statler            Kimberling City, MO      5  15-08  159
Day 1: 5   15-08
44. Shaine Campbell        Brookeland, TX           5  15-08  157
Day 1: 5   15-08
45. John Maner             Falkville, AL            5  15-05  156
Day 1: 5   15-05
46. James Meers            Rome, GA                 5  15-04  155
Day 1: 5   15-04
47. Kyle Patrick           Cooperstown, NY          5  15-02  154
Day 1: 5   15-02
47. Patrick Walters        Summerville, SC          5  15-02  154
Day 1: 5   15-02
49. Wyatt Burkhalter       Coker, AL                5  15-01  152
Day 1: 5   15-01
49. Bobby Taylor           Jasper, AL               5  15-01  152
Day 1: 5   15-01
51. Wesley Gore            Clanton, AL              5  15-01  150
Day 1: 5   15-01
52. Brian Post             Janesville, WI           5  15-00  149
Day 1: 5   15-00
53. Justin Kerr            Lake Havasu, AZ          5  15-00  148
Day 1: 5   15-00
54. Lucas Ragusa           Gonzales, LA             5  14-15  147
Day 1: 5   14-15
55. Billy Smith            Montgomery, TX           5  14-14  146
Day 1: 5   14-14
56. Jarrett Brown          Montevallo, AL           5  14-11  145
Day 1: 5   14-11
56. Jacopo Gallelli        Wetumpka AL ITALY        5  14-11  145
Day 1: 5   14-11
56. David Williams         Newton, NC               5  14-11  145
Day 1: 5   14-11
59. Blake Sylvester        Plaquemine, LA           5  14-10  142
Day 1: 5   14-10
60. BJ Baxter              Willshire, OH            5  14-09  141
Day 1: 5   14-09
60. Casey Scanlon          Eldon, MO                5  14-09  141
Day 1: 5   14-09
62. Trevor McKinney        Benton, IL               5  14-08  139
Day 1: 5   14-08
63. Kyle Austin            Ridgeville, SC           5  14-07  138
Day 1: 5   14-07
63. Mark Watson            Midlothian, TX           5  14-07  138
Day 1: 5   14-07
65. Jaxon Sullivan         Reagan, TN               5  14-06  136
Day 1: 5   14-06
66. Brandon Ackerson       Afton, OK                5  14-05  135
Day 1: 5   14-05
67. Lance Freeman          Eddyville, KY            5  14-04  134
Day 1: 5   14-04
68. Jerod Hawkes           Eagle Pass, TX           5  14-02  133
Day 1: 5   14-02
69. Bradley Hallman        Norman, OK               5  14-00  132
Day 1: 5   14-00
70. David Kilgore          Jasper, AL               5  14-00  131
Day 1: 5   14-00
71. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA             5  13-15  130
Day 1: 5   13-15
71. Justin Hymel           Norco, LA                5  13-15  130
Day 1: 5   13-15
73. Zach Goutremout        Chaumont, NY             5  13-13  128
Day 1: 5   13-13
74. Andrew Behnke          Fond Du Lac, WI          5  13-12  127
Day 1: 5   13-12
75. Chris Wooten           West Point, MS           5  13-12  126
Day 1: 5   13-12
76. Eric Johnson           Kingston, MA             5  13-11  125
Day 1: 5   13-11
77. Travis Loyd            Brookeland , TX          5  13-10  124
Day 1: 5   13-10
78. Tom Redington          Winnsboro, TX            5  13-08  123
Day 1: 5   13-08
79. Chris Bailey           Eddy, TX                 5  13-08  122
Day 1: 5   13-08
80. Greg Mansfield         Olathe, KS               5  13-07  121
Day 1: 5   13-07
80. Matt Pangrac           Bixby, OK                5  13-07  121
Day 1: 5   13-07
80. Tyler Rivet            Raceland, LA             5  13-07  121
Day 1: 5   13-07
83. Allan Nail             Sand Springs, OK         5  13-06  118
Day 1: 5   13-06
84. Joseph Hardy           Hewitt, TX               5  13-05  117
Day 1: 5   13-05
84. Masayuki Matsushita    Tokoname-Shi JAPAN       5  13-05  117
Day 1: 5   13-05
84. Darrell Newman         Bruceville, TX           5  13-05  117
Day 1: 5   13-05
84. Andrew Upshaw          Tulsa, OK                5  13-05  117
Day 1: 5   13-05
88. Jeff Lugar             Princeton, TX            5  13-04  113
Day 1: 5   13-04
89. Mark Russell           Mt Vernon, TX            5  13-02  112
Day 1: 5   13-02
90. Crispin Powley         Camden, TN               5  13-02  111
Day 1: 5   13-02
91. Greg Vance             Delhi, IA                5  12-15  110
Day 1: 5   12-15
92. Jennings Earnest       Guin, AL                 5  12-14  109
Day 1: 5   12-14
92. Cody Ryan Greaney      La Grange, TX            5  12-14  109
Day 1: 5   12-14
92. Spike Stoker           Cisco, TX                5  12-14  109
Day 1: 5   12-14
95. Austin Brimeyer        Dubuque, IA              5  12-12  106
Day 1: 5   12-12
96. Lawson Tilghman        Somerville, TN           4  12-12  105
Day 1: 4   12-12
97. Dale Hightower         Mannford, OK             5  12-11  104
Day 1: 5   12-11
97. Tadd Johnson           Lakeville, MN            5  12-11  104
Day 1: 5   12-11
99. Kyle Glasgow           Guin, AL                 5  12-11  102
Day 1: 5   12-11
100. Chris Jones            Bokoshe, OK              5  12-09  101
Day 1: 5   12-09
101. Cole Drummond          Effingham, SC            5  12-08  100
Day 1: 5   12-08
101. Seiji Kato             Outsu Shiga JAPAN        5  12-08  100
Day 1: 5   12-08
103. Tommy Williams         Shepherdsville, KY       4  12-08   98
Day 1: 4   12-08
104. Jacob Bigelow          Cecil, WI                5  12-07   97
Day 1: 5   12-07
104. Conner Choate          Toddville, IA            5  12-07   97
Day 1: 5   12-07
106. Troy O'Rourke          Bentonville, AR          5  12-06   95
Day 1: 5   12-06
107. Joe Combs              Paragould, AR            5  12-05   94
Day 1: 5   12-05
107. Ryan Salzman           Huntsville, AL           5  12-05   94
Day 1: 5   12-05
109. Tom Frink              Cedartown, GA            5  12-04   92
Day 1: 5   12-04
109. Allen Stewart          Lakeview, AR             5  12-04   92
Day 1: 5   12-04
111. Adrian Barnes          Belton, TX               5  12-03   90
Day 1: 5   12-03
112. Myles Palmer           Alexander City, AL       5  12-03   89
Day 1: 5   12-03
112. Dave Redington         Winnsboro, TX            5  12-03   89
Day 1: 5   12-03
114. Bill Weidler           Helena, AL               5  12-01   87
Day 1: 5   12-01
115. Brent Breznik          Borger, TX               5  12-00   86
Day 1: 5   12-00
116. Jon Canada             Helena, AL               5  11-13   85
Day 1: 5   11-13
117. Sam George             Athens, AL               5  11-11   84
Day 1: 5   11-11
118. Austin Archer          Anniston, AL             4  11-11   83
Day 1: 4   11-11
119. Cody Bertrand          Dyer, IN                 5  11-10   82
Day 1: 5   11-10
119. Corey Stewart III      Lees Summit, MO          5  11-10   82
Day 1: 5   11-10
121. Lucas Murphy           Lexington, MI            5  11-07   80
Day 1: 5   11-07
121. Brian Peterson         Sauk City, WI            5  11-07   80
Day 1: 5   11-07
123. Cody Bird              Granbury, TX             5  11-05   78
Day 1: 5   11-05
123. Robert Parkison        Marshall, TX             5  11-05   78
Day 1: 5   11-05
123. Dustin Wilkey          Durant, OK               5  11-05   78
Day 1: 5   11-05
126. Bart Stanisz           Wichita Falls , TX       4  11-04   75
Day 1: 4   11-04
127. Nathan Harbison        Madera, CA               4  11-04   74
Day 1: 4   11-04
128. Tyler Ellis            Battlefield, MO          5  11-03   73
Day 1: 5   11-03
128. Adam Neu               Forestville, WI          5  11-03   73
Day 1: 5   11-03
130. Allen Brooks           Canton, GA               5  11-02   71
Day 1: 5   11-02
131. Rutger Hyche           Double Springs, AL       5  11-02   70
Day 1: 5   11-02
132. Randy Blaukat          Joplin, MO               5  10-15   69
Day 1: 5   10-15
133. Chris Keeble           Lenoir City, TN          5  10-13   68
Day 1: 5   10-13
133. Julius Mazy            Phoenix, AZ              5  10-13   68
Day 1: 5   10-13
135. Larry Jenkins          Leesburg, TX             5  10-12   66
Day 1: 5   10-12
135. Kaoru O'Bryan          Benton, KY               5  10-12   66
Day 1: 5   10-12
137. James Christian        Dickson, TN              5  10-11   64
Day 1: 5   10-11
138. Neal Gilmore           Magnolia, TX             5  10-10   63
Day 1: 5   10-10
138. Teb Jones              Hattiesburg, MS          5  10-10   63
Day 1: 5   10-10
140. Trait Zaldain          Fort Worth, TX           4  10-10   61
Day 1: 4   10-10
141. Hunter Miles           Collinsville, MS         5  10-09   60
Day 1: 5   10-09
141. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS         5  10-09   60
Day 1: 5   10-09
141. Dustin Reneau          Mckinney, TX             5  10-09   60
Day 1: 5   10-09
144. Tommy Robinson         Westland, MI             4  10-09   57
Day 1: 4   10-09
145. Nick LeBrun            Bossier City, LA         5  10-08   56
Day 1: 5   10-08
145. Randy Plyler           Arkadelphia, AR          5  10-08   56
Day 1: 5   10-08
145. Lance Rose             Pipe Creek, TX           5  10-08   56
Day 1: 5   10-08
148. Toby Hartsell          Afton, OK                5  10-06   53
Day 1: 5   10-06
148. Brandon Tallhamer      Parkersburg, WV          5  10-06   53
Day 1: 5   10-06
150. Jay Nyce Jr.           Rogers, AR               5  10-05   51
Day 1: 5   10-05
151. Chris Groh             Spring Grove, IL         5  10-02   50
Day 1: 5   10-02
152. Hensley Powell         Whitwell, TN             4  10-02   49
Day 1: 4   10-02
153. Ryan Heavener          Tulsa, OK                4  10-01   48
Day 1: 4   10-01
154. Jeff Kitchens          Auburn, AL               4  09-15   47
Day 1: 4   09-15
155. Chris White            Russiaville, IN          4  09-13   46
Day 1: 4   09-13
156. Terry Luedtke          Burton, TX               3  09-12   45
Day 1: 3   09-12
157. Marshall Hughes        Hemphill, TX             5  09-10   44
Day 1: 5   09-10
158. Tim Arnold             Cullman, AL              4  09-07   43
Day 1: 4   09-07
159. Scott Isaacs           Ladonia, TX              4  09-06   42
Day 1: 4   09-06
160. Chad Smith             Minnetonka, MN           3  09-06   41
Day 1: 3   09-06
161. Phillip Brannon        Sylacauga, AL            4  09-05   40
Day 1: 4   09-05
162. Jay Brainard           Mountain Home, OK        4  09-04   39
Day 1: 4   09-04
162. Danny Hardy            Cantonment, FL           4  09-04   39
Day 1: 4   09-04
164. Dustin Williamson      Aiken, SC                5  09-02   37
Day 1: 5   09-02
165. Billy McCaghren Jr     Mayflower, AR            3  08-14   36
Day 1: 3   08-14
166. Austin Cranford        Moore, OK                3  08-13   35
Day 1: 3   08-13
167. Dustin Wheeler         Hulbert, OK              4  08-11   34
Day 1: 4   08-11
168. Harvey Horne           Bella Vista, AR          3  08-11   33
Day 1: 3   08-11
168. Josh Pladies           Belton, MO               3  08-11   33
Day 1: 3   08-11
170. Blake Whatley          Harleton, TX             3  08-06   31
Day 1: 3   08-06
171. James Stricklin        Fort Smith, AR           4  08-04   30
Day 1: 4   08-04
172. Todd Risinger          West Monroe, LA          3  08-02   29
Day 1: 3   08-02
173. Johnny Grice           Arp, TX                  3  07-15   28
Day 1: 3   07-15
174. Wayne Hall             Cottonwood, AZ           3  07-11   27
Day 1: 3   07-11
175. Shigekazu Tateno       Dallas, TX               4  07-10   26
Day 1: 4   07-10
176. Brandon Looney         Athens, AL               4  07-08   25
Day 1: 4   07-08
177. Luke Shrader           Barrington, NJ           4  07-07   24
Day 1: 4   07-07
178. Charlie Hartley        Grove City, OH           3  07-04   23
Day 1: 3   07-04
179. Cody Detweiler         Orlando, FL              3  07-03   22
Day 1: 3   07-03
180. Todd Childs            Waxahachie, TX           3  07-01   21
Day 1: 3   07-01
181. Caleb Gibson           Tahlequah, OK            2  07-00   20
Day 1: 2   07-00
182. Cory Leita             Victoria, TX             3  06-15   19
Day 1: 3   06-15
183. Mitchell Jennings      Valley, AL               3  06-13   18
Day 1: 3   06-13
183. Jeremy Johnson         Mansfield, TX            3  06-13   18
Day 1: 3   06-13
185. Christian Mazzola Sr   Walnutport, PA           3  06-11   16
Day 1: 3   06-11
186. Adam Rasmussen         Sturgeon Bay, WI         3  06-09   15
Day 1: 3   06-09
187. Ken Iyobe              Tokoname-Shi JAPAN       2  06-08   14
Day 1: 2   06-08
188. Shane Melton           Kokomo, IN               3  06-06   13
Day 1: 3   06-06
189. John Connell           Marion, IL               3  06-05   12
Day 1: 3   06-05
189. Connor Graham          Minneapolis, MN          3  06-05   12
Day 1: 3   06-05
191. Keith Amerson          Bethel Springs, TN       3  06-04   10
Day 1: 3   06-04
191. Josh Oliver            Southside, AL            3  06-04   10
Day 1: 3   06-04
193. Kenta Kimura           Osaka JAPAN              2  06-04    8
Day 1: 2   06-04
194. Derek Hicks            Rocky Face, GA           3  06-03    7
Day 1: 3   06-03
195. Cody Steckel           Las Vegas, NV            3  05-14    6
Day 1: 3   05-14
196. Adam Bartusek          Lakeville, MN            2  05-13    5
Day 1: 2   05-13
197. Adam Knowles           Trevor, WI               2  05-11    4
Day 1: 2   05-11
198. Jim Dillard            West Monroe, LA          2  05-08    3
Day 1: 2   05-08
199. Briana Tucker          Trinity, AL              2  05-04    2
Day 1: 2   05-04
200. Brian Robison          Bellville, TX            2  04-07    1
Day 1: 2   04-07
201. Garrett Rose           Pipecreek, TX            2  04-02    0
Day 1: 2   04-02
202. Cody Shry              Pinehrst, TX             2  04-01    0
Day 1: 2   04-01
203. Gary Caruso            Baton Rouge, LA          2  03-14    0
Day 1: 2   03-14
204. Lee Black              Moulton, AL              2  03-08    0
Day 1: 2   03-08
204. Levi Snow              Columbus, KS             2  03-08    0
Day 1: 2   03-08
206. Randall Carter         Maplesville, AL          1  03-08    0
Day 1: 1   03-08
207. Luke Plunkett          Pinson, AL               2  03-04    0
Day 1: 2   03-04
208. Robbie McDonald        Little Rock, AR          2  03-03    0
Day 1: 2   03-03
209. Philip Atkins          Killen, AL               1  03-00    0
Day 1: 1   03-00
210. Lucas Bradley          Flippin, AR              1  02-12    0
Day 1: 1   02-12
211. Rick Nishio            Southside, AL            1  02-10    0
Day 1: 1   02-10
212. Clay Dyer              Hamilton, AL             1  02-04    0
Day 1: 1   02-04
212. Oliver Ngy             Frisco, TX               1  02-04    0
Day 1: 1   02-04
214. Travis Burch           La Cygne, KS             1  02-02    0
Day 1: 1   02-02
215. Kevin Ledoux           Choctaw, OK              1  01-13    0
Day 1: 1   01-13
215. Bill McNutt            Henry, IL                1  01-13    0
Day 1: 1   01-13
215. Chancy Walters         West Des Moines, IA      1  01-13    0
Day 1: 1   01-13
218. Deejay Evans           Las Vegas, NV            1  01-12    0
Day 1: 1   01-12
219. RJ Chandler Jr.        Vinton, LA               1  01-11    0
Day 1: 1   01-11
220. Brent Homan            Graham, TX               1  01-10    0
Day 1: 1   01-10
221. JP Kimbrough           Frisco, TX               2  01-09    0
Day 1: 2   01-09
222. Trey Blocker           Greenwell Springs, LA    0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
222. Mark Hicks             Glouster, OH             0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
222. Richard Kaluba         Litchfield, OH           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
222. Connor Rushing         Zachary, LA              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       146       934      2560-07
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146       934      2560-07
2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Open at Pickwick Lake 4/29-5/1
Pickwick Lake, Counce  TN.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1.  Steve Madar            Starkville, MS           3  13-02  200
Day 1: 3   13-02
2.  Andy Beloat            Montgomery, TX           3  11-12  199
Day 1: 3   11-12
3.  Jeremy Duke            Gautier, MS              3  11-12  198
Day 1: 3   11-12
4.  Ruben Arevalos         Poth, TX                 3  11-04  197
Day 1: 3   11-04
4.  Thomas Heinen          Topeka, KS               3  11-04  197
Day 1: 3   11-04
6.  Charles Watts          Corinth, MS              3  10-01  195
Day 1: 3   10-01
7.  Sam Sobieck            New Prague, MN           3  09-13  194
Day 1: 3   09-13
8.  Eric Pinter            Little Rock, AR          3  09-10  193
Day 1: 3   09-10
9.  James Boyett           Mountain Home, AR        3  09-06  192
Day 1: 3   09-06
10. Marty Wray             New Albany, MS           3  09-05  191
Day 1: 3   09-05
11. Shane Soriano          Merced, CA               3  09-03  190
Day 1: 3   09-03
12. Kristine Fischer       Weeping Water, NE        3  09-01  189
Day 1: 3   09-01
13. Jacob Novak            Clear Lake, MN           3  09-00  188
Day 1: 3   09-00
14. Ralph Gibson           Locust Grove, OK         3  08-15  187
Day 1: 3   08-15
14. Jon Jezierski          Troy, MI                 3  08-15  187
Day 1: 3   08-15
16. David Riggs            Hillsboro, IL            3  08-13  185
Day 1: 3   08-13
17. Clifton Overstreet     Dothan, AL               3  08-12  184
Day 1: 3   08-12
17. John Stewart           Lees Summit, MO          3  08-12  184
Day 1: 3   08-12
19. David Harrell          Downsville, LA           3  08-11  182
Day 1: 3   08-11
19. Chad Harvey            Cave Creek, AZ           3  08-11  182
Day 1: 3   08-11
19. Christopher Haynes     Memphis, TN              3  08-11  182
Day 1: 3   08-11
19. Gary Roberts           Monroe, LA               3  08-11  182
Day 1: 3   08-11
19. Scott Shinn            Valley Falls, KS         3  08-11  182
Day 1: 3   08-11
24. Ricky Rorie            New Albany, MS           3  08-10  177
Day 1: 3   08-10
25. Donney Rorie           Rienzi, MS               2  08-10  176
Day 1: 2   08-10
26. Mj Jordan Jr.          Millington, TN           3  08-09  175
Day 1: 3   08-09
27. Andrew Gordon          Steens, MS               3  08-08  174
Day 1: 3   08-08
28. Colton Anders          Burton, TX               3  08-05  173
Day 1: 3   08-05
28. Todd Mowery            Munford, TN              3  08-05  173
Day 1: 3   08-05
30. Kolten Goolsby         Palestine, TX            3  08-03  171
Day 1: 3   08-03
30. Ben Shuler             Midland, TX              3  08-03  171
Day 1: 3   08-03
30. Adam Tims              Royse City, TX           3  08-03  171
Day 1: 3   08-03
33. Jarvis Ellis           Albany, GA               3  08-02  168
Day 1: 3   08-02
34. Tobie Ummel            Leitchfield, KY          3  08-01  167
Day 1: 3   08-01
35. Tanner Means           White Deer, TX           3  07-15  166
Day 1: 3   07-15
36. Larry Beauboeuf        Bossier City, LA         3  07-14  165
Day 1: 3   07-14
36. Raymond Owen           Baldwyn, MS              3  07-14  165
Day 1: 3   07-14
38. Larry Mcneil           Huntsville, AL           3  07-13  163
Day 1: 3   07-13
39. Noah Armstrong         Fayetteville, GA         3  07-12  162
Day 1: 3   07-12
40. Bruce Griffin          Jasper, AL               3  07-11  161
Day 1: 3   07-11
40. Todd Lee               Jasper, AL               3  07-11  161
Day 1: 3   07-11
42. Aaron Bishop           Hamilton, AL             3  07-09  159
Day 1: 3   07-09
43. Brad Hollowell         Azle, TX                 3  07-08  158
Day 1: 3   07-08
43. Ethan Shaw             Raymond, MS              3  07-08  158
Day 1: 3   07-08
45. Casey Rorie            New Albany, MS           3  07-07  156
Day 1: 3   07-07
46. Dirk Wenzlaff          Frisco, TX               3  07-06  155
Day 1: 3   07-06
47. Matt Schiefelbein      Marseilles, IL           3  07-06  154
Day 1: 3   07-06
48. Sean Obrien            Mckenzie, TN             3  07-05  153
Day 1: 3   07-05
49. Mark Horton            Corinth, MS              3  07-04  152
Day 1: 3   07-04
49. Brok Schwarzkopf       New Prague, MN           3  07-04  152
Day 1: 3   07-04
51. Kelly Salow            Delhi, IA                3  07-03  150
Day 1: 3   07-03
51. Frank Williams         Saint Charles, MO        3  07-03  150
Day 1: 3   07-03
53. Jason Swanner          Southaven, MS            3  07-02  148
Day 1: 3   07-02
54. Jacob Davis            Talladega, AL            3  07-00  147
Day 1: 3   07-00
55. Mitch Van Ert          Watertown, WI            2  07-00  146
Day 1: 2   07-00
56. Jacob Collins          Hillsboro, IL            3  06-14  145
Day 1: 3   06-14
57. Tripp Pittman          Holly Springs, MS        2  06-14  144
Day 1: 2   06-14
58. Cory Weaver            Ankeny, IA               1  06-13  143
Day 1: 1   06-13
59. Noah Boyett            Mountain Home, AR        3  06-10  142
Day 1: 3   06-10
59. Kayden Tanner          Tolar, TX                3  06-10  142
Day 1: 3   06-10
61. Randy Tallhamer        Parkersburg, WV          2  06-09  140
Day 1: 2   06-09
62. James Scott            Moore, OK                3  06-07  139
Day 1: 3   06-07
62. Daniel Valois Gomez    Coral Springs FL VENEZU  3  06-07  139
Day 1: 3   06-07
64. Todd Fowlkes           Collierville, TN         2  06-06  137
Day 1: 2   06-06
64. Brian Hamaker          Huntsville, AL           2  06-06  137
Day 1: 2   06-06
66. Daniel Corkern         Florence, MS             3  06-05  135
Day 1: 3   06-05
67. John Cummings          Maumelle, AR             3  06-04  134
Day 1: 3   06-04
68. Keith Eddleman         Buda, TX                 3  06-03  133
Day 1: 3   06-03
68. David Hug Sr           Eads, TN                 3  06-03  133
Day 1: 3   06-03
70. Levi Allgeier          Bardstown, KY            2  05-13  131
Day 1: 2   05-13
71. Albert Hudson          Austin, TX               2  05-10  130
Day 1: 2   05-10
72. Harold Coleman         Huntingdon, TN           3  05-08  129
Day 1: 3   05-08
72. Angela Mayo            Maiden, NC               3  05-08  129
Day 1: 3   05-08
74. Johnny Ward Jr         Waynesville, MO          2  05-07  127
Day 1: 2   05-07
75. Allen Heston           Pittsburg, TX            2  05-06  126
Day 1: 2   05-06
76. Ken Yamate             Richardson, TX           2  05-02  125
Day 1: 2   05-02
77. Ethen Preston          Tower City, ND           2  05-00  124
Day 1: 2   05-00
78. Bill Bullard           Iuka, MS                 2  04-15  123
Day 1: 2   04-15
78. Andrew Packard         Fresno, CA               2  04-15  123
Day 1: 2   04-15
78. Randy Tallhamer        Bradenton, FL            2  04-15  123
Day 1: 2   04-15
81. Lamar Shelton          Athens, AL               2  04-14  120
Day 1: 2   04-14
82. Greg Secord            Salem, SC                2  04-12  119
Day 1: 2   04-12
83. Paul Keys III          Nevada, MO               2  04-09  118
Day 1: 2   04-09
84. Ernest McIntyre Jr     Fayetteville, NC         2  04-08  117
Day 1: 2   04-08
85. Robert Fortner         Conway, AR               2  04-06  116
Day 1: 2   04-06
85. Scott Huston           Battle Ground, WA        2  04-06  116
Day 1: 2   04-06
87. Darrell Hille          Springfield, TN          2  04-05  114
Day 1: 2   04-05
88. Brandon Beaver         Durant, OK               2  04-03  113
Day 1: 2   04-03
89. Bailey Rothrock        Monticello, IN           1  04-02  112
Day 1: 1   04-02
90. Daniel Sparlin         Cave Springs, AR         2  04-00  111
Day 1: 2   04-00
91. Ronald Robbs           Fredericktown, MO        2  03-15  110
Day 1: 2   03-15
92. Jason Adams            Raceland, LA             2  03-13  109
Day 1: 2   03-13
92. Jim Opetaia-Williamson Winter Garden, FL        2  03-13  109
Day 1: 2   03-13
94. Sherman Marbutt        Hackleburg, AL           2  03-12  107
Day 1: 2   03-12
94. Stephen Parnell        Brandon, MS              2  03-12  107
Day 1: 2   03-12
96. Terry Neal             Magnolia, AR             1  03-12  105
Day 1: 1   03-12
97. Jeffrey Jennings       Lanett, AL               2  03-11  104
Day 1: 2   03-11
98. Trae Anderson          Jasper, AL               1  03-11  103
Day 1: 1   03-11
98. Toby Beach             New Market, AL           1  03-11  103
Day 1: 1   03-11
100. Eric Camarote          Rogers, MN               2  03-10  101
Day 1: 2   03-10
101. Gary Haraguchi         Bend, OR                 2  03-09  100
Day 1: 2   03-09
102. Charles Reed           Batesville, MS           2  03-08   99
Day 1: 2   03-08
103. Dwain Vogelpohl        Cambridge, MN            1  03-02   98
Day 1: 1   03-02
104. Douglas Vaughn         Houston, AL              1  03-00   97
Day 1: 1   03-00
104. Arthur Wilson          Atoka, TN                1  03-00   97
Day 1: 1   03-00
106. Jalen Conner           Tuscaloosa, AL           2  02-15   95
Day 1: 2   02-15
107. Cole Boyd              Springfield, MO          1  02-15   94
Day 1: 1   02-15
108. Bill Terrell           Memphis, TN              1  02-14   93
Day 1: 1   02-14
109. Eddie Dozier           Columbus, MS             2  02-13   92
Day 1: 2   02-13
110. Larry Ellis            Arlington, TN            1  02-12   91
Day 1: 1   02-12
110. Alston Pitts           Millington, TN           1  02-12   91
Day 1: 1   02-12
112. Steven Hatch           Long Beach, MS           1  02-11   89
Day 1: 1   02-11
112. Blake Phillips         Norco, LA                1  02-11   89
Day 1: 1   02-11
114. Kia Barnett            Wilsonville, AL          1  02-10   87
Day 1: 1   02-10
114. Wade Garcia            Alma, AR                 1  02-10   87
Day 1: 1   02-10
116. Jason Patterson        Jackson, TN              1  02-09   85
Day 1: 1   02-09
117. Teron Prince           New Hope, AL             1  02-08   84
Day 1: 1   02-08
118. Jordan Laclair         Morristown, NY           1  02-06   83
Day 1: 1   02-06
119. Jim Ford               Magnolia, AR             1  02-05   82
Day 1: 1   02-05
119. Curtis King            Plaquemine, LA           1  02-05   82
Day 1: 1   02-05
121. Gary Bates             Athens, AL               1  02-04   80
Day 1: 1   02-04
121. Joseph Czekala         Homer Glen, IL           1  02-04   80
Day 1: 1   02-04
123. Doug Castro            Linden , TN              1  02-03   78
Day 1: 1   02-03
124. Hunter Reifschneider   Marion, IA               1  02-02   77
Day 1: 1   02-02
124. Steven Smith           Logan, OH                1  02-02   77
Day 1: 1   02-02
126. David Booth            Erin, TN                 1  02-01   75
Day 1: 1   02-01
126. Ed Laroche             Gilllespie, IL           1  02-01   75
Day 1: 1   02-01
126. Clay Osteen            Fort Worth, TX           1  02-01   75
Day 1: 1   02-01
126. Jimmy Stallins         Byhalia, MS              1  02-01   75
Day 1: 1   02-01
130. Bob Burgess            Millington, TN           1  02-00   71
Day 1: 1   02-00
130. Adam Cacal             Las Vegas, NV            1  02-00   71
Day 1: 1   02-00
130. Otis Farmer            Mansfield, TX            1  02-00   71
Day 1: 1   02-00
133. John Goul              Philadelphia, MS         1  01-13   68
Day 1: 1   01-13
133. Joseph Shaw            Madison, WI              1  01-13   68
Day 1: 1   01-13
133. Marty Tanner           Tolar, TX                1  01-13   68
Day 1: 1   01-13
136. Melinda Hays           Hot Springs National Pa  1  01-12   65
Day 1: 1   01-12
136. Kevin Mallow           Kansas, OK               1  01-12   65
Day 1: 1   01-12
138. Tanner Crim            Devine, TX               1  01-10   63
Day 1: 1   01-10
138. Denise Sustaita        Etoile, TX               1  01-10   63
Day 1: 1   01-10
140. Shawn Hemken           Walshville, IL           1  00-00   61
Day 1: 1   00-00
140. Logan Stewart          Nashville, TN            1  00-00   61
Day 1: 1   00-00
142. Thomas Abraham         Winchester, TN           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Jonathan Barnette      Jasper, AL               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Scott Burnett          Warrior, AL              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. David Cortinas         Keller, TX               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Alex Curington         Cullman, AL              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Carson Denmark         Malcolm, AL              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Michael Elrod          Cropwell, AL             0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Elliot Gardner         Brenham, TX              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Luke Glasgow           Guin, AL                 0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Jason Green            Oklahoma City, OK        0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Ryker Holmes           Arlington, TX            0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Chris Jeffery          Sedan, KS                0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Kevin Johns            Eads, TN                 0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Jeremiah Johnson       West Olive, MI           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Jarred Kibbey          Little Rock, AR          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Will Major             Port Allen, LA           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Kevin Maxwell          Laneville, TX            0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. A.J. Menssen           Bloomington, IL          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Preston Moore          Madisonville, KY         0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Timothy Nanzer         Bourbonnais, IL          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Terry Petchinsky       Lewisville, TX           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Clint Robinson         Salem, AL                0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Richard Roulston       Little Rock, AR          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Timmy Smith            Jemison, AL              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. William Spencer        Maplesville, AL          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Arthur Watkinson       Cudahy, WI               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Steven West            Mooreville, MS           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
142. Kaden Wiedenfeld       Boerne, TX               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00


Shortest Show in AC Insider History

This week Chris fumbles the ball with new Tech and the show suffers because of it. But we are excited to Welcome in your TNPFL Wright Patman Winner Keith Carson to the show to talk about the lake, how he went wire-to-wire and more!!!


Bassmaster Elite Angler Lester Reels In Lake Hop Title Sponsorship

April 28, 2021

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. — Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brandon Lester announced a new partnership with Lake Hop, a boat share marketplace that connects people who want to have unique experiences on the water with local boats owners who love being on the lake and sharing their passion.

“Not only is Brandon a fierce competitor, he also has remarkable character on and off the water,” said Lake Hop founder DJ Boggs. “His values of hard work, discipline, and integrity along with his passion for the outdoors aligned with the goals of Lake Hop Inc. We feel that Brandon is a perfect ambassador to represent the Lake Hop brand, and we are excited to be able to support him in achieving his goals!”

Lester is a seven-year pro with 20 Top 10 finishes in major B.A.S.S. events, but his relationship with Boggs stretches back to a time before he fished professionally. Boggs and Lester went to high school together and fished against one another at the collegiate level.
While Lester went on to pursue a career as a professional angler, Boggs eventually transformed a lifelong love of fishing, boating and time on the water into the innovative Lake Hop brand.

“I couldn’t be more excited to work with Lake Hop and my friend,” said Lester. “This company is going to bring a lot of opportunities to the boating community. When DJ discussed this endeavor with me I couldn’t wait to help represent him and his company.”
Lake Hop was created to give boat owners an opportunity to share their passion for the water with others and turn their boat into a money-making asset while also allowing guests to experience the “lake like a local.”

“The goal is to make sure everyone has the ability to experience fishing, watersports, or spending time with friends or family on the lake, without owning a boat,” explained Boggs. “This allows guests to enjoy the water with the safety of having a designated captain who already has the knowledge of the lake and the equipment, so you can focus on having fun.”

To learn more, receives updates, or share your boat, visit golakehop.com.


Walters and Cappo Collect Yamaha Power Pay

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin. Dynamic Sponsorships

Quitman, Texas - Patrick Walters and Quentin Cappo both fished a strong tournament during the record-setting Bassmaster® Elite Series on legendary Lake Fork. While their performances fell short of hometown favorite Lee Livesay’s mind-boggling 42-pound limit on Championship Sunday, they both went home with Yamaha Power Pay bonus money.

Walters and Cappo also chimed in backstage during the weigh-in about why they choose Yamaha power during competition.

“One word. Reliability,” said Walters. “Every time I turn the key, I know my Yamaha is going to get me where I need to be with zero issues.”

Cappo agreed. “Reliability and dependability are what I love most about my outboard. If I can see it on the map, I know my Yamaha can get me there to fish it.”

Explosive topwater strikes were also central to the two anglers’ success on Lake Fork. Walters caught a 9-pounder the final day on a topwater. Cappo says topwater is what he loves to do best, so as long as Lake Fork’s numerous giants were crushing it, he kept throwing it.

In the end, it was a great week in East Texas for both Yamaha pros. But you don’t have to be one of the world’s best topwater anglers or a touring pro to cash-in on Yamaha’s Power Pay contingency money, and you don’t have to win tournaments to take home Power Pay cash.

Anglers simply have to be the highest finishing registered participant in a Power Pay-supported tournament. Power Pay is not just for bass anglers - it also includes eligible saltwater, walleye, high school and college anglers (over the age of 18) through hundreds of events.

Introduced in the fall of 2019, Power Pay gives anglers the opportunity to receive compensation for running eligible Yamaha outboards. Eligible anglers running Yamaha outboards can sign up for the program by visiting yamahapowerpay.com. All applicants are required to accept and adhere to the Yamaha Angler Code of Ethics before completing the registration for the program. Once registered, the highest placing angler in specified Power Pay sanctioned tournaments that meets all eligibility requirements will be compensated by Yamaha accordingly.

New tournaments for 2021 include the MLF Bass Pro Tour, Bass Champs Texas, Carolina Bass Challenge, Texas Team Trail®, Skeeter XFL, Nichols Team Series Oklahoma, Phoenix BFL Regionals, EFL™ Redfish Contender Series and EFL™ Redfish Tour. Additional eligible Power Pay tournaments and trails include the Bassmaster Classic®, Bassmaster® Angler of the Year, Bassmaster Opens, B.A.S.S. Nation®, Bassmaster Elites, Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster High School series, A.B.A. Bass Pro Shops® Open Series, Alabama Bass Trail, MWC, The National Walleye Tour®, AIM® Walleye, Kingfish Cup and Flatsmasters®.

For more information and complete terms and conditions about Power Pay, visit yamahapowerpay.com. Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited by law.

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


Zaldain loves big baits and Toyota Bonus Bucks

courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

At the recent Bassmaster Elite Series event on Lake Fork, Chris Zaldain’s penchant for launching 8 to 10” glide baits and swimbaits led to 93 pounds of largemouth, a 5th place finish, and a $3,000 bonus from the Toyota Bonus Bucks contingency program.

“I love Lake Fork because there are so many fish over 5-pounds that I can fish the way I love to fish most. I felt like I was truly fishing to win with every cast.” says Zaldain. “And while I fell a few places short, it’s always a good feeling when you find out you won the Toyota Bonus Bucks even though you didn’t win the tournament.”

Asked what he loves most about his Toyota Tundra, Zaldain quickly stated, “Pure reliability. I never have to worry about my Tundra getting me to the boat ramp when I turn the key every day at 4:30 in the morning, not to mention the long drives from Fort Worth to Florida, up to New York, and back home again.”

Much like Chris, you too can cash-in on Toyota Bonus Bucks without winning your tournament. You just have to own or lease a 2017 or newer Toyota Truck, sign up free for Bonus Bucks, and be the highest finishing registered participant in one of the hundreds of


Sportsmans Warehouse Dream Tourney Preview!

This week Chris visits with Sportsmans Warehouse, Chattanooga store GM Karl Schiltz to find out more about the 15th annual Sportsmans Dream Tournament. If you are close to Chickamauga on April 30-May 1 you need to stop by the store and sign up and fish!


BUCK & BUCK BEAT A RECORD TURNOUT FOR THE BIG CHECK

CLEWISTON, FL – Saturday marked the start of the Roland Martin Marine Center Series 2021 Season presented by Huk. Apparently, our anglers were itching to get back to competing — and then some. At safelight just outside the lock in Clewiston, a record 193 boats set out to capture the first big check of the season. And that honor went to the father and son team of Ron and Ronnie Buck.

With a huge 30 pound sack of Lake Okeechobee bass, including an 8.01 lb. big bass kicker, they came out of the gate charging.

“We started catching fish right from the start and caught at least 70 and were culling 4 pounders by 10 o’clock, ” said Ronnie Buck. “It was a day to remember.”

All of their fish came on Gambler Swim Jigs in black and blue and paired with a medium sized EZ trailer.

“The fish were moving in from the lake, they were all white and looked like pre-spawners. It was just an amazing day,” the younger Buck admitted.

“When Ronnie caught a 6 pounder with about 45 minutes left, I thought, we’re good,” said Ron Buck. “And to do this with my son, doesn’t get any better.”

So let’s break out the calculator. That’s a first place check for $8,000. US Sugar Big Bass award for $500. Huk Gear award for $250. Mercury award for another $250. And the Bruiser Baits Big Bag for $150. That’s a one-day total of $9,150. Yeah, that’s what you get when you bring down the hammer on the Highest Paying Team Tournament Trail in Florida.

In second place, with 29.29 pounds and 7.03 lb. kicker, was the team of Jessie Mizell and Jerold Boltz, collecting $4,000.

Third place, with 23.83 pounds and a 7.09 lb. kicker, was the team of Rene Gonzalez and Conner Swindle, cashing out at $2,100.

With a record 193 boats, and a true 100% payback format, the payouts continued big and deep down to the top 32 finishers. Additional contingency winners (that the Buck’s didn’t snatch up) were Rene González, picking up $500 as the Ranger Cuphighest finisher. Dustin Royer collecting $100 for the Gambler Bucks 2nd Big Bass at 7.78 lbs. Conner Swindle collected $100 as the top Mercury Youth Angler. Amber Bass collected $100 from Mary Ann Martin as the top Lady Angler. And winning big for going small, the team of Alonzo Cunnington and Dominic Spain turned the smallest limit of the event into $300 presented by AV Inspection.

It was a great turnout for the first qualifier of the 2021 season. But with a desire to always go bigger and better, we’re just getting started. Be sure to join us all season long as we continue to GO BIG on Legendary Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida. 

NOTE: Next Qualifier is June 12, 2021. Teams must fish 3 of the 4 qualifiers to qualify for the Series Championship in December. Check the 2021 Schedule for more.


TWRA releases identity of boater who died in Douglas Lake boating accident

This article courtesy of the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency website.

UPDATE: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has released the identity of the angler who lost his life in Saturday's Douglas Lake boating accident.

Officials say 65-year-old Billy Ray Martin, of Pikeville, Kentucky died Saturday following a boating accident on Douglas Lake.

Martin and another passenger were fishing with a bass club that launched out of Walter’s Bridge Access Area early Saturday morning. At approximately 9:30 a.m., Martin's boat collided with another boat upstream of Douglas Dam in the vicinity of Anchor Down campground.

Martin, Martin's passenger and both occupants of the other boat were ejected into the water during the collision, according to authorities. All four individuals were wearing life jackets at the time of the accident.

Officials report the boaters were recovered by other bass fishermen and taken to the dock at Anchor Down campground. Billy Ray Martin died at the scene and his passenger was transported to UT Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Jefferson County Boating Officer Chase Rich says, “Life jackets were definitely a factor in saving several lives in this accident. When someone is in the water without a life jacket on there is always a possibility of drowning but when you add other factors such as cold water/air and extra clothing to protect from the elements, it makes survivability that much harder. Also, impacting the water at any rate of speed can increase the possibility of being knocked unconscious. That’s why the use of life jackets is always important.”

This accident remains under investigation.

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Wildlife officers with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are investigating a fatal boating accident that occurred on Douglas Lake at approximately 9:30 Saturday morning.

Officials say two bass boats collided near Anchor Down campground. One occupant of one boat is confirmed dead and the other occupant is being treated for serious injuries at UT hospital. Both occupants of the other boat are uninjured.

Check back for updates.


Brand New Phoenix Boat Equals Big Pay Day for Michael Cox and Colt Boyette on the Alabama Bass Trail

 

By Jason Duran

Photos By Chris Brown

 

Lay Lake was the third stop for the Alabama Bass Trail South Division, and once again, Mother Nature wasn’t providing favorable fishing conditions. A strong weather system was predicted to move through the area on Saturday with high winds, tornados and possible hail. After consulting with local weather officials and EMA, the decision was made to postpone the tournament to Sunday to keep anglers safe and out of harm’s way. The system moved through on Saturday and conditions improved allowing the tournament to be held on Sunday. When the sun rose Sunday morning, 225 teams were anxious to get back in action to claim the $10,000 first place payday.

 

Every time you hear anglers talk about catching fish at Lay Lake, you also hear them mention a swim jig. It seems it’s almost impossible to come to Lay Lake and not throw a swim jig. The lake is abundant with shallow vegetation and current. When you add in an early spring shad spawn, you have ideal conditions for a swim jig bite.

 

The first place team of Michael Cox and Colt Boyett did just that and caught 19.27. However, they didn’t throw the typical swim jig. They caught their better fish in the grass in the back of a pocket on a homemade jig with a Dirty Jigs skirt in Alabama Brim color paired up with a Strike King Rage Menace trailer. They filled out a limit with this bait early and caught a kicker fish weighing 6.23 pounds. They broke outside the norm throwing a White Swim Jig and opted for using the Alabama craw color that mimicked brim. A key for them was how they rigged the Menace: instead of rigging it flat, they rigged it so the tail was vertical and portrayed a swimming motion much like a brim.

 

After filling their limit, they changed areas and baits. They also used a War Eagle fitness 5/16oz inch Chartreuse Moose with a gold Indiana Blade. They fished small pockets in a major creek channel on the lower end of the lake because all the rain caused water to flow out of the creeks. Why not use this flow to their advantage to catch fish? Fish were staging up in the small pockets and points to get out of the current, so as they fished through the creek, they positioned the boat downstream from a point and made cast upstream to allow the spinner bait to work back to the boat with the current using this pattern throughout the creek. Boat position was critical, and they felt the need to set up just outside the point in the current and cast into the point which caused a little eddy where the fish staged up. The fish were in 6-10 feet of water, and they would cast up to 3 feet working it back to the boat.

 

Today was a huge payday for them! They won in a brand new Phoenix Bass boat purchased from Wedowee Marine just over a week ago, so they added to their first prize winnings with bonuses from Phoenix and Wedowee. Last time they got a new boat, they won the next tournament, and the same thing happened today. They also purchased a truck from Bill Penny Toyota cashing a Toyota bonus check for that as well. Today’s winnings including bonuses total $18,500.

The second place team of Matt Adams and Chris Wages said practice for them was very spotty. They spent a lot of time trying to find bedding fish during practice and were able to find a few saving them for tournament day. “Having the tournament on Sunday helped us,” they said. The plan for them today was to capitalize on practice and catch the bedding fish they found and hope to build on that. “Today the bite was better than in practice,” and they could tell the fish size was a little better as well.  They described their key spot as a spawning bay where fish have been moving in and out. The first stop was on a bedding fish they weren’t able to catch but staying in the area led them to a 3 pounder they were able to land. They said the wind made it a little difficult to sight fish, but they were able to fish the grass and catch a solid bag weighing 18.14 pounds.  All their fish came on a Dirty Jigs white swim jig. Matt said they actually lost a good fish twice that caused them the win today. He said second place today kind of “feels like kissing your sister,” especially because they had the winning fish on today. He said it was a good win against a very difficult field. They took home $5000 for their 2nd place finish.

The third place team of Brandon Jones and Barry Jones decided to fish today without any practice. Brandon said “we just haven’t had any time to practice and although this is what we consider to be their home lake, we still feel this lake is a hard place to do well.” They planned to come today and just go fishing. He said, “we hoped we could scratch out a limit, keep some points and move on to the next event.” They knew a few places to go and a spot where the fish push shad up early in the morning. Barry said, “while waiting for take-off this morning, I decided to tie on a Pop-R and see if they would hit it today.” On that first spot with the first cast one blew up on it, but he missed it. They continued to work the area getting more and more bites. Eventually, they worked back through the area a second time and caught two fish on back to back cast.  Within 2.5 hours they had a limit “just fishing.” Their key baits were a Spro Poppin Frog, a Berkley Chopo, and a Stanley Ribbit Buzz Frog- all in white. All their fish came in 2 feet of water or less. They said they were a little surprised at the third place finish especially since they didn’t have any time to practice. Today they just went fishing and caught 17.94- good enough for 3rd place and $4000.

 

Top ten standings are below for a complete list see: https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/tournament-series/wl-results/

 

 

 

Download and listen to the ABT Podcast on your favorite Podcast app by searching for “Alabama Bass Trail Podcast.”  The Podcast is released each week on Tuesday. This week will feature the winners of Lay Lake Michael Cox and Colt Boyett.

 


Poboril & Powe win over $20,000 on LBJ. Martin & Behrend win over $10,000 with 4th, Skeeter & Spark bonus Cash.

 

Place Boat Truck Angler 1 Angler 2 Fish Big Bass Wt. Prize Amt.
1 GERALD POBORIL
TEMPLE , TX
JACK POWE
KEMPNER , TX
5 9.80 23.15
$20,500.00 with Big Bass
2 JOSH WALLACE
WOODCREEK , TX
TODD GOLD
WIMBERLEY , TX
5 0 20.18
$4100.00
3 PHILLIP MASSOLETTI
BURNET , TX
NOEL LOWE
NEED INFO
5 0 19.28
$3100.00
4 STERLING MARTIN
COMFORT , TX
COURTNEY BEHREND
COMFORT , TX
5 0 18.61
$10,600 w/ Skeeter Bonus Cash , Spark Energy Cash
5 RAY TOMASITS
LEANDER , TX
CARY LAUDADIO
AUSTIN , TX
5 0 18.45
$2,400.00
6 ROBERT KESSLER
SPRING , TX
RUSSELL KESSLER
LA VERNIA , TX
5 0 17.66
$1300.00
7 BRENNAN FERTIG
BELLVILLE , TX
JAMES BEAUCHAMP
SUNRISE BEACH , TX
5 0 17.34
$1200.00
8 JOSHUA RHODES
SAN ANTONIO , TX
DAVY CRANDAL
HONDO , TX
5 0 17.03
$1100.00
9 DAVID SHUSTER
GEORGETOWN , TX
CHARLES GERHART
SALADO , TX
5 0 16.64
$1040.00
10 KEN PARKER
BOERNE , TX
JASON GALLAS
BLANCO , TX
5 0 16.56
$1030.00
11 ANTHONY GOODSON
DRIFTWOOD , TX
TRAVIS DAUGHERTY
BURNET , TX
5 0 15.95
$2,020.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
12 RONNY MAYNARD
GEORGETOWN , TX
ERIC CRUMLEY
LEANDER , TX
5 0 15.78
$1,510.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
13 BRIAN STEVENS
MARBLE FALLS , TX
JESSE STEVENS
HORSESHOE BAY , TX
5 0 15.31
$1000.00
14 RYAN WARREN
GATESVILLE , TX
JASON DERRICK
VALLEY MILLS , TX
5 0 15.25
$1000.00
15 BASIL WILSON
COMFORT , TX
JEFF WILSON
COMFORT , TX
5 0 14.43
$1000.00
16 TREY GROCE
DRIPPING SPRINGS , TX
CHARLES WHITED
SAN MARCOS , TX
5 0 14.34
$950.00
17 DAVID UNDERWOOD
WACO , TX
CHARLES SIMMONS
WACO , TX
5 0 14.11
$900.00
18 STEVE MAGNELIA
AUSTIN , TX
MICHAEL TENNANT
PFLUGERVILLE , TX
5 0 14.05
$850.00
19 LARRY SMITH
LAMPASAS , TX
KEN EVERETT
BERTRAM , TX
5 0 13.93
$850.00
20 MATT HILL
JONESTOWN , TX
BARRY MOTT
LIBERTY HILL , TX
5 0 13.71
$850.00
21 CHASE MEIER
COMFORT , TX
TYLER ROY
FAIR OAKS , TX
5 0 13.53
$800.00
22 ADAM AMICK
BOERNE , TX
JOSH BECKETT
BOERNE , TX
5 0 13.02
$800.00
23 DAMON ROSS
GEORGETOWN , TX
DYLAN ROSS
GEORGETOWN , TX
5 0 12.89
$800.00
24 MICHAEL GRIMES
GEORGETOWN , TX
TRAVIS OWEN
GEORGETOWN , TX
4 0 12.87
25 CHASE BRINCAT
SAN ANTONIO , TX
JAKE LONG
BRADY , TX
4 0 12.74
26 BRENT SMITH
BERTRAM , TX
WILLIAM FESLER
LAMPASAS , TX
5 0 12.49
27 PATRICK ANDERSON
BUDA , TX
DOUG HAMILTON
LAKEWAY , TX
5 0 12.17
28 RICH RAYNOR
ROUND ROCK , TX
HOLLY RAYNOR
ROUND ROCK , TX
4 0 12.16
29 TOM GRIDLEY
WIMBERLEY , TX
DEREK ROGERS
MALAKOFF , TX
3 0 12.02
30 MICHAEL REEVE
KINGSLAND , TX
MICHAEL REEVE
CHATTANOOGA , TN
5 0 11.82
31 BRANDON BRAY
MARBLE FALLS , TX
JOE BRAY
MARBLE FALLS , TX
5 0 11.78
32 TRENT ERXLEBEN
ROUND ROCK , TX
DERON MUELLER
ROUND ROCK , TX
5 0 11.76
33 TERRY KIRCUS
BURNET , TX
JASON BUCHANAN
BURNET , TX
5 0 11.75
34 TULLY WILLIAMS
GATESVILLE , TX
TYELER WILLIAMS
GATESVILLE , TX
3 0 11.62
35 JJ LARSON
LEANDER , TX
JASON LARSON
LEANDER , TX
5 0 11.59
36 NORMAN WILSON JR
KILLEEN , TX
NORM WILSON SR
HUTTO , TX
5 0 11.57
37 BRIAN MATER
AUSTIN , TX
PHILLIP WARREN
AUSTIN , TX
4 0 11.30
38 JACK MEREDITH
TEMPLE , TX
STEVEN BREAZEALE
TEMPLE , TX
5 0 11.18
39 SHAWN TAYLOR
ABILENE , TX
DUSTIN WALTON
ABILENE , TX
5 0 11.17
40 JARED TALBERT
CHINA SPRING , TX
JESSE RAWLS
CHINASPRING , TX
4 0 11.09
41 WAYNE ORENDER JR
PFLUGERVILLE , TX
TOM NILSSEN
NEW BRAUNFELS , TX
5 0 10.91
42 KENNETH FRY
CYPRESS MILL , TX
JESSE FRY
GRANITE SHOALS , TX
5 0 10.50
43 WENDELL RAMSEY SR
SAN ANGELO , TX
WENDELL RAMSEY JR
PFLUGERVILLE , TX
4 0 10.27
44 BUBBA WAMPLER
BERTRAM , TX
RONNIE ANDREWS
LIBERTY HILL , TX
5 0 10.02
45 BRANDON HOUSTON
GEORGETOWN , TX
JAMIE SLAYDEN
AUSTIN , TX
5 0 9.90
46 BYRON ALBRECHT
WACO , TX
MICHAEL JOHNSON
CRAWFORD , TX
4 0 9.55
47 LOWELL BENNETT
HEWITT , TX
CHARLES REAGAN
THORNTON , TX
4 0 8.76
48 JUSTIN KETCHUM
LEANDER , TX
SEAN CLAMPITT
ROUND ROCK , TX
4 0 8.74
49 TERRY PAYNE
AUSTIN , TX
PRICE PAYNE
AUSTIN , TX
2 0 8.64
50 DALE HUGHES
SAN ANGELO , TX
BARRY STUARD
CANYON LAKE , TX
3 0 8.51
51 JASON METZGAR
CHINA SPRING , TX
JARROD METZGAR
MEADOWLAKES , TX
4 0 8.35
52 DALE READ
LEANDER , TX
JIM SUNVISON
PFLUGERVILLE , TX
4 0 8.26
53 TOM GUIDRY
NEW BRAUNFELS , TX
DUSTIN ISBELL
KINGSLAND , TX
3 0 8.14
54 MAT KEVIL
MANOR , TX
ANDY ARMENDARIZ SR
BURNET , TX
2 0 8.06
55 ROBERT BROWN
ROUND ROCK , TX
CHARLES PURSELL
AUSTIN , TX
2 0 7.68
56 GERY TRUITT
KERENS , TX
RICHARD MIRANDA
SAN ANTONIO , TX
1 7.67 7.67
57 GARY WAFFORD
CEDAR PARK , TX
GREG WAFFORD
CEDAR PARK , TX
2 4.89 7.19
58 KEVIN DAVIS
LAGO VISTA , TX
JIM HARCROW
MCKINNEY , TX
4 0 6.98
59 KEITH HONEYCUTT
TEMPLE , TX
SAM JONES
ROGERS , TX
3 0 6.88
60 GREG MIRANDA
BROWNWOOD , TX
ROGER SOTO
BROWNWOOD , TX
1 6.87 6.87
61 TAYLOR DARDEN
LOMETA , TX
JOEY WYNN
EARLY , TX
3 0 6.60
62 BLAINE BUTLER
CEDAR PARK , TX
HANK GRAVES
LAGO VISTA , TX
1 6.51 6.51
63 KELLY NORRIS
LIBERTY HILL , TX
KEVIN THRESS
GEORGETOWN , TX
3 0 6.48
64 DOBIE NEW
GEORGETOWN , TX
NICKALES CASTLEBERRY
GEORGETOWN , TX
2 0 6.27
65 MARK DOREMUS
EARLY , TX
TIM MANLEY
BROWNWOOD , TX
2 0 6.17
66 ZACH BROWN
GEORGETOWN , TX
MIKE RICHARDSON
THORNDALE , TX
3 0 5.86
67 DENTON COOPER
SMITHVILLE , TX
DANIEL HARRIS
SMITHVILLE , TX
3 0 5.77
68 JACK WILLIAMS
PFLUGERVILLE , TX
JASON CHARTOUNI
ROUND ROCK , TX
2 0 5.72
69 MATTHEW PURYEAR
LAKEWAY , TX
MICHAEL BAYER
AUSTIN , TX
2 0 5.53
70 BRINTON HASKINS
NEW BRAUNFELS , TX
MICHAEL ATKINS
NEW BRAUNFELS , TX
2 0 5.51
71 MICKEY SANDERS
SPICEWOOD , TX
ANDREW WHITEHEAD
PFLUGERVILLE , TX
4 0 5.46
72 JOE GARCIA
HOBSON , TX
JORGE BENITEZ
WALLIS , TX
2 0 5.12
73 BRANDON JONES
FAIR OAKS , TX
THOMAS WEIMER
CEDAR PARK , TX
1 4.86 4.86
74 DAVID HESSKEW
BLANCO , TX
VICTOR STEPHENS
LEANDER , TX
1 0 3.81
75 CHAD HECK
SALADO , TX
CHANCE HECK
SALADO , TX
1 0 2.57
76 DANIEL GIBSON
CEDAR PARK , TX
LEANN BENNETT
CEDAR PARK , TX
1 0 2.19
77 LON SHIPE
LEAGUE CITY , TX
FARREN MOUNTS
PRESCOTT , AZ
1 0 2.08
78 JAMES SEYMOUR
OGLESBY , TX
TONY MCBRIDE
WEST , TX
1 0 2.01
79 GARY WEIMER
LEANDER , TX
JEREMIAH WAFFORD
CEDAR PARK , TX
1 0 1.93
80 CODY MILLER
GEORGETOWN , TX
CRAIG MILLER
BANGS , TX
0 0 0.00
80 BRYAN COTTER
CEDAR PARK , TX
BILL GUZMAN
AUSTIN , TX
0 0 0.00
80 DEREK ANDERSEN
GEORGETOWN , TX
BILL KIMBERLY
JARRELL , TX
0 0 0.00
80 RICHIE LAND
LIBERTY HILL , TX
NATE LABAY
LIBERTY HILL , TX
0 0 0.00
80 BLAKE ARAPIS
BURNET , TX
CHARLES WILSON JR
BRIGGS , TX
0 0 0.00
80 BRANDON BLAYLOCK
BROWNWOOD , TX
ADAM MIRANDA
BROWNWOOD , TX
0 0 0.00
80 SHAWN MARKGRAF
BURNET , TX
BRIAN BOOKER
BURNET , TX
0 0 0.00
80 LEVAR JENKINS
AUSTIN , TX
DWAYNE KINLEY
AUSTIN , TX
0 0 0.00
80 RONALD SISK
RIO VISTA , TX
TAYLOR HUFFERD
JOSHUA , TX
0 0 0.00
80 NICK BOATRIGHT
LIBERTY HILL , TX
CHARLES SMITH
BUDA , TX
0 0 0.00
80 STAN KAMINSKI
JONESTOWN , TX
CODY BAILEY
JONESTOWN , TX
0 0 0.00
80 ANDER MEINE
KILLEEN , TX
JORDAN FELKNER
LAMPASAS , TX
0 0 0.00
80 CHARLES MEREDITH JR
FLORENCE , TX
DALTON MULLINS
KILLEEN , TX
0 0 0.00
80 WESLEY BAXLEY
CYPRESS , TX
AUSTIN WOODDELL
CYPRESS , TX
0 0 0.00
80 JAMES STANLEY
SAN ANTONIO , TX
ANTHONY SKOUBY
CIBOLO , TX
0 0 0.00
80 DON PEARSON
CEDAR PARK , TX
JUSTIN KING
BRYAN , TX
0 0 0.00
80 STEVEN PITCOX
KINGSLAND , TX
BRANDI PITCOX
KINGSLAND , TX
0 0 0.00
80 KYLER ROBERTS
FLORENCE , TX
AUSTIN JALASEK
KEMPNER , TX
0 0 0.00
80 CODY BRISTOW
BURNET , TX
BEAU BRISTOW
BURNET , TX
0 0 0.00
80 JOEY KIRKLAND
SAN ANTONIO , TX
TIMOTHY WEBER
SAN ANTONIO , TX
0 0 0.00
80 DAVID LAINE
HORSESHOE BAY , TX
0 0 0.00
80 CLAYTON FRENCH
LAMPASAS , TX
KELLY HUDSON
LAMPASAS , TX
0 0 0.00
80 JEFFREY JONES
SAN ANTONIO , TX
FRANKIE BENITEZ
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Keith Carson goes wire-to-wire to win NPFL Wright Patman stop!

By Justin Brouillard | Photos Tanner & Travis Lyons

Texarkana, Texas – Keith Carson started the event with 25-pounds on day one, followed that up with 22-pounds, 4-ounces on day two, and brought 20-pounds, 6-ounces to the scale on Showdown Saturday. His 4-day total of 67-pounds, 10-ounces gives Carson his first NPFL win and he did it in dominant fashion.

Carson employed a run and gun pattern this week on Wright Patman after scrapping his entire practice early on day one. With the water falling, Carson reverted to pure instinct and never looked back. The Debary, Florida pro rotated through a Texas rig and chatterbait all week to catch his fish and the final day once again proves how dialed in Carson was.

“This morning, I has no idea where I was going to start. I had been starting on new water every day and on different parts of the creek. Today, the wind changed and blew out of the North West. I pulled up on a wind-blown bank. I had not fished here all week but I was feeling it.”

On his first two casts, his Abu Garcia rod loaded up but the fish got off. Ten casts later, another bite and another lost fish. Carson believed the fish were not bass, but picked up a flipping bait to keep it honest.

“I flipped that bait in and bam. I caught a 4-pounder and realized they were bass. That was the only fish I could get off that point. I went flipping and was getting bites every fifteen minutes but they were all small. I caught another 4.5 around 9am, and at that point I started to feel good.”

Two hours later, Carson had no bites and another instinct decision lead him back to the chatterbait and those wind-blown points. 

“I went by a bush I have been fishing all week and it was all dry. I knew I had to make a move. I put that chatterbait in my hand with the Berkley Meaty Chunk trailer and basically caught all my weight that way. I only hooked about 50% of the fish I had bite for whatever reason but it didn’t matter.”

Carson used Abu Garcia Fantasista Premier casting rods all week – 7’3” medium-heavy for the chatterbait and a 7’6” heavy rod for flipping bushes. Spooled with 50-pound X5 braid, Carson relied on Abu Garcia Revo Premier reels in 7.3:1 gear ratio. The big key, the size of his flipping weight.

“I was flipping a 1-ounce tungsten all week. I said differently earlier in the week because I didn’t want that to get out. That weight allowed me to fly around and get that bait anywhere I wanted quickly. I was able to cover way more water while still fishing thoroughly.”

Nick Prvonozac

Nick Prvonozac once again finds himself at the top of the leaderboard in NPFL competition. The Warren, Ohio pro tallied 58-pounds, 4-ounces of Wright Patman bass anchored by his 23-pound day one. Jumping one spot from 3rd place, Prvonozac’s 16-pound, 6-ounce effort on day three landed him in 2ndplace this week.

“On the first two days, I caught fish steadily but they were the right quality. Today, I started in an area that I had not hit since day one. The water had fallen so much and I never got settled in. I moved around and made it to an area I was catching some smaller fish before, missed a big one and caught a small keeper.”

Prvonozac made a move to where he ended day two and caught the rest of his weight. The final day was a lot slower for the Ohio angler but his 3-day total put him a pound ahead of the next closest competitor.

“That area I ended on today was special. It has a bit cleaner water and lots of isolated cover off the bank – that was the key. I flipped a Yum Wooly Bug all week paired with a 5/16th weight.

Sheldon Collings

Sheldon Collings combined increasing bags of 16-pounds, 12 ounces on day one, 18-pounds, 14-ounces on day two, and a final day weight of 21-pounds, 8-ounces to slide into the 3rd place spot. Jumping from 12th place on the final day, the Grove, Oklahoma pro weighed the biggest bag on the final day.

Michael Yoder

Texarkana’s own, Michael Yoder yielded a 20-pound bag on the final day to give him a 3-day total of 55-pounds, 12-ounces and a cool 4th place finish on Wright Patman. With more experience than any other competitor, Yoder has a decision to make this week and he executed it flawlessly, almost.

“My simple game plan this week was to keep a bait wet in the area with the biggest population on the lake. All those fish were in a certain section of the lake and with the falling water and muddy water, that cut off 40% of the lake.”

Yoder knew he could go for gold, or semi play it safe. Avoiding the hero or zero, Yoder grinded all week and kept a 6th Sense bait in his hand and flipped his way to what he calls a blessing of a week.

“I could have easily won, or easily lost. I am very fortunate and blessed to have the type of event I has. The lake was fishing hard and I am thrilled with a top 10. The one thing I wish I could do over would be to spend more time in the main lake in practice.”

Yoder gambled and spent too much time in the river, trying to force a bite that was dying. With more time in the main lake, and an executed big bite, things could have been different.

“I have caught and weighed about 27 bass over ten pounds on this lake. On day two, I lost one that was between 8.5 and 10-pounds. That fish would have culled a small fish and I knew right then my shot to win was gone.”

Yoder credits 6th Sense baits for his week, flipping a Stroke and Pawn soft plastic to catch most of his fish. He mixed in a little chatterbait and a little frog and wanted to thank Garmin Electronics and Jones Trolling Motor as well.

Cody Ryan Greaney

Cody Ryan Greaney rallied on two 20-pounds bags the last 2 days to jump inside the top 5 with a total weight of 55-pounds, 10-ounces. Starting the day in the 16th spot, the Texas pro jumped to 5th place riding a bite he found on day two.

“I basically scratched my practice after day one. There were so many people where I wanted to fish, I couldn’t get into a groove. I should have had over 20-pounds on day one also but everyone was losing them so it definitely happens fishing around bushes.

Getting away from other anglers, Greaney went junk fishing, rotating between 8 or 10 rods and just started plucking them off one at a time. Fishing what looked good, a key timeframe was when things started to click.

“I had a magic hour; I could call my shots on the main lake. I was fishing windblown points with a spinnerbait and ended up catching a giant.”

On the final day, the weather threw another curve ball. Going back to the points, Greaney noticed the water has changed and two small bites has him looking to make moves.

“I stopped on a shad spawn deal and caught a good one. I happened to look over and noticed my best flipping stretch had nobody on t and I went right there.”

The rest is history as Greaney caught 20-pounds, 5-ounces to end his event. 

“I want to thank my family and my lord and savior. He allowed us all to fish this week and kept us safe. My sponsors, Keystone Bank and Kids Outdoor Zone, I couldn’t do any of this without them.”

Shawn Murphy

Shawn Murphy made the biggest jump on the final day going from 19th after two days to the 6th place spot with a 20-pound, 14-ounce bag on day three. His 3-day total of 55-pounds, 6-ounces came by fishing high pressure areas and working a different presentation behind the “flippers.”

“I caught my fish by fishing behind anglers and getting baits way back up into the bushes. I swapped between a ½-ounce spinnerbait and a ½-ounce Buckeye Lures swim jig, both black and blue color.”

The Nicholasville, Kentucky pro stayed in one creek all week but scrambled on the final day and ran new after away from other anglers. 

“At 11:30 am, I had 11-pounds or so and made a move across the lake and found them on mud banks with single laydown trees. I caught all my weight on those trees. Big thanks to Kentucky Sonar, Day’s Boat Sales, Mercury, Lowrance, and Power Pole.”

Josh Ray

Josh Ray relied on strong days one and two to go with his 14-pound, 6-ounce limit today. With a 3-day total of 55-pounds, 2-ounce, the Alexander, Arkansas pro ended his event in 7th place.

Eddie Carper

Eddie Carper tallied increasing bags all three days to finish in 8th place. Moving from the 17th spot, Carper brought 19-pounds, 13-ounces to the scales and ended with a 3-day total of 54-pounds, 14 ounces.

“I didn’t make any changes this week. I stuck to my guns and flipped bushes with a green pumpkin brush hog and 5/16th ounce Woo Tungsten. I flipped 25-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon and my Kistler rods got them out of the thick stuff. The only thing that changed was the win and it made the water dirtier than it was.”

Missing some small fish on the final day, Carper landed a key bass early on to get him in a groove.

“I flipped a root wad and saw a fish flash. I dropped down and let her eat it good. I set the hook and went to boat flip it. Little did I know but she was over 6 and it bounced off the rub rail and back into the drink. Thankfully I was able to get her in the boat.”

The Valliant, Oklahoma pro had one big bass and 3 rats for the longest time and about noon time landed a 4-pounder to help his bag. He kept moving on points and caught another big one. 

“That 5-pounder was about it. I had one small fish I couldn’t get rid of but I want to thank Rugged Products for sending us to Texarkana with a pile of stuff to give away to the anglers and fans. They make a variety of things, sun block, bug spray, skin care products and it is all natural.”

 Marc Schilling

Texas angler Marc Schilling brought 19-pounds, 14-ounces to the scale on the final day to give him a 3-day total of 54-pounds, 1-ounce. Too many lost fish cost him a chance for the win on day two, but several key changes lead to a top 10 finish here at Wrigt Patman.

“Today I began by getting two 4-pounders on a spinnerbait and then I swapped to the spinning rod. I landed three of the six 5-pound bites I got on the senko and that was basically the day.”

The first day, Schilling got his fish flipping and day two saw the spinnerbait get the most action. Looking for fish in spawning coves, the Texas pro just kept moving.

“There were too many guys in my areas and I just fished a lot of new water. I want to thank my sponsors, SEI Roofing, Mercury, Up River Rod Sleeves, Power Pole, Sartin Marine, South Western Parts and Service, and of course, my lovely girlfriend.”

Brian Hatfield

Brian Hatfield brought in 19-pounds, 10-ounces on the final day to round out the top 10 with a 3-day total of 53-pounds, 15-ounces.


Sportsmans Check-In and Product Spotlights!

This week Chris catches up with Sportsmans Warehouse Chattanooga associate Rob Lindsey. Rob, a college angler from nearby Bryant College gives us the 411 on what's going on in the Southeast this week and weekend.


3 bed fishing tips from Elite Series pro Darold Gleason

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Darold “The Silver Fox” Gleason caught a 22-pound limit of Lake Fork bass on Day 1 of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite Series event as though he has done it many times before.

 

Technically, Gleason is a tour rookie, but he’s also an accomplished sight fishing angler and guide. Thus, his sight fishing performance on Fork was well-founded in experience and confidence.

 

And if you know Gleason, a former school teacher and coach from Louisiana, you know that not only has he caught twelve bass over 10-pounds, but also that he’s as gracious as he is hilarious. So his willingness to offer three key tips to make all of us better ‘bed’ fishermen comes as no surprise.

 

Don’t get too close

 

“The biggest mistake people make is trying to get way too close to a bedding fish,” warns Gleason. “I realize it’s natural to want to study their behavior, and you can do that when you’re locating beds, but when it’s time to cast, you need to back off. The closer you get, the less willing they’ll be to bite.”

 

Two lures to get it done

 

“A huge majority of the time I throw either a white V & M J-Bug that I can see really well on the super shallow beds, or a blue shadow colored V & M Flat Wild to the slightly deeper beds,” he says. “Treat the white J-Bug like a bobber, when it disappears, that means she’s engulfed it, set the hook!”

 

Gleason, who relies heavily on his Costa polarized eyewear, actually uses a slightly heavier 3/8-ounce weight on the white J-Bug he pitches shallow because he wants perfect accuracy when trying to land it in the sweet spot of the bed.

 

Straight braid

 

“This surprises a lot of people, but I always use 65-pound braid on my baitcasters when sight fishing,” grins Gleason. “You have to realize those fish aren’t studying that lure to eat it. They’re reacting out of anger to defend the nest, so I want maximum towing power when they bite, with nothing left to chance.”

 

Don’t get too close, lean on two key lures, and spool-up with braided line, three keys that have made “The Silver Fox” one of the country’s top bass snatchers when the spawn is on.


AC Insider Rookie Podcast - Who is Kenta Kimura?

 

This week, the one and only David Xiong makes his Rookie Podcast hosting debut with Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie Kenta Kimura. Kenta is traveling the Elite Series trail while his home is still in Japan. Learn all about him and his journey to the Elites!


Keith Carson leads after Day One of TNPFL with 25 pounds and a 6-13 Lunker.

By Justin Brouillard | Photos Tanner & Travis Lyons

Did day one go exactly as planned for Debary, Florida pro Keith Carson? Not exactly, but it didn’t take long to get back on track as Carson cruised to the day one lead on Texarkana’s Wright Patman Lake with 25-pounds even. Carson caught the day’s biggest bass weighing in at 6-pounds, 13-ounces.

“I got to my first spot this morning and I wasn’t feeling it. The water had dropped since the final day of practice on Tuesday and the bank brush stuff is getting so shallow you can’t flip up to it much. I scrapped my whole practice and ran all new stuff today.”

Carson was seen flipping on Live Coverage late in the morning after most of his work had already been done. Flipping a Berkley Pit Boss in “darker colors” with a ½-ounce weight was key and he was targeting areas where the fish had nowhere to go to with the falling water.

“I am just flipping and moving fast. The fish are spawning and I am working the bait through the cover and into the fish. With the number of snakes and crappies in this place, the fish are aggressive and if you can hit them, they knock slack in the line.”

A 25-pound bag gives Carson a good start to this event but the 30-pound bag he talked about on Live Coverage was oh so close to becoming a reality. 

“I lost a 10-pounder and a 6-pounder. I flipped in and the water was super shallow. I watched that big fish eat it and turned her on the hook set. She just didn’t have it good. I also felt some fish that bit and never got it either – I might be able to catch those tomorrow.” 

With weather moving in overnight, nobody knows how tomorrow will play out and Carson is looking forward to fishing new water when he gets the chance to go. 

“I may go through some of the stuff I found in practice, but I might just run new stuff and look for fresh fish. Guys were in my areas at the end of the day so that’s another big reason I am going to keep moving.” 

Nick Prvonozac 

In 2nd place on Wright Patman, Nick Prvonozac is looking to make it back-to-back top 5 fishes in the NPFL season. Fresh off a 4th place at Eufaula, the Warren, Ohio pro got to work early this morning and kept it going on his way to a 23-pound limit.

“I caught them pretty good this morning and then went to my second spot and caught another limit. I ran around some more and caught a few more at my other spot.”

Prvonozac, like everyone else, is keying in on specific types of shoreline and bushes and is probing the shallow cover with Yum plastics. 

“I may have burned my starting spot because I went back through there and didn’t get bit. I have a bunch of stuff left to fish as I only hit 3 spots today.”

River Lee    

With a limit of 22-pounds even, River Lee ended the day in 3rd place on Wright Patman. Riding a slow and steady flipping bite, Lee was able to cull his way to the top 5 despite not capitalizing on some big bites first thing this morning.

“I lost two nice fish that would have given me at or close to 20-pounds earlier this morning but I made a move and caught two others that culled me up to 20 to 21-pounds. 

Flipping a Strike King Rage Bug in the bushes, rotating between black/blue and junebug, the Nacogdoches, Texas pro was able to overcome missed opportunities and get back on track later in the day. 

“Tomorrow is anyone’s guess with the weather but I will probably run some of the same stuff I fished today and I have several areas I didn’t hit today.”

Marc Schilling

With 21-pounds, 13-ounces, Marc Schilling is looking for his second straight top ten to begin the NPFL Season. The Richardson, Texas pro worked a combination of flipping and moving baits to catch his fish today and a few missed opportunities gives Schilling plenty of optimism for the rest of the event. 

“It was a grind, and 30-pounds man, I didn’t believe it, but it’s here. I had them on, but getting them to the boat is hard.”

Schilling struggled for the first couple hours but went to work during a two-hour window and put his weight together in a short period of time. Keying in on specific brush, Schilling opted not to give up information on specifics but is looking forward to the rest of the week. 

“I am blessed to have what I had, but I am going for 30-pounds tomorrow.”

Josh Ray

Rounding out the top 5 on Wright Patman, Josh Ray brought a day one weight of 21-pounds, 10-ounces to the scale to end the day in 5th place. The Alexander, Arkansas pro flipped bushes and keyed in on a specific type of bush to catch his weight.

“I was just flipping, nothing special. I found something different and was keyed in on a precise bush.”

Relying on a Big Bite Baits Yo Mama creature bait, Ray worked a small stretch of bank to catch his weight. Having just one bass at 11:30 AM, he relied on that small area to get up over 20-pounds on the day.

“With 20 minutes left, I made a little move to another area and culled up to my bag for today. I have a few more places saved for the rest of the week.” 

Rest of the Best
6. Douglas Chapin 21-3
7. Shawn Murphy 20-10
8. Donnie O’Neal 20-10
9. Brandon Perkins 20-0
10.  Chad Aaron 19-15


Lester says 25-pounds may only be good enough for 10th place Thursday

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Brandon Lester was saving the waypoints of every 3-pound bass and bigger he put eyes on during the first day of practice on at the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite on Lake Fork. But by the second day, he realized 3-pounders were so plentifully visibly on spawning beds they may not even be worthy of marking their locations.

 

“It may be 45-degrees out here this morning, but look, it was even colder yesterday morning, and that didn’t slow down a wave of even more huge females from hitting the bank. This bunch is gonna blast ‘em today!” warned the Team Toyota pro in the predawn of Day 1.

 

Lester is self-taught and very comfortable with his sight fishing skills, and says the biggest thing he’s learned is that if a bedding bass won’t acknowledge his lure within about 15-minutes, it’s probably time to move along and look for a more aggressive fish. Especially in a tournament like this where so many are visible, and time is money.

 

“I’m not scared to pick up a spinning reel with a 12-pound leader to coax a shy fish to bite, because on this lake they get so much pressure that’s what it takes sometimes. But if I had my wish of course, I’d rather pitch in there with 20-pound Vicious line and jack on ‘em,” he grins.

 

Speaking of fishing pressure, it doesn’t just come from the Elite Series field. For three decades now, Lake Fork has simply been one of America’s Top 5 most popular trophy bass fisheries, which translates to thousands of guide fishing trips hunting down these fat shallow water spawners too. Heck, some guide boats even mount small ratchet-strapped step ladders to the front deck to help them see the spawners easier.

 

“Friday’s stormy weather may slow things down slightly, but there’s a full moon on the way, and sunny weather forecasted this weekend. So yes, it’s fixin’ to get real serious, and I don’t doubt that 25 pounds on Day 1 will only be good enough for around 10th place,” concluded Lester.


Matt Arey: Sight fishing is like playing checkers

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Team Toyota pro Matt Arey hasn’t been around as long as the game of checkers, it’s been around 800 years. But Arey has definitely competed in enough bed fishing dominated multi-day pro events to know good outcomes hinge on having tons of beds located, followed by the strategic use of every dang one of them.

 

“You might win a 1-day tournament around the house by locating a handful of spawning beds, but here at Fork this week, if you want to get out of here with a Top 10, you’re probably going to need dozens waypointed,” emphasizes Arey.

 

Think about it, first off, everybody and their dog knows the vast majority of Fork’s largemouth are spawning or about to, so that automatically puts nearly every boat near the bank.

 

Then add the pressure applied by fishing guides and their clients on this immensely popular trophy bass lake, plus a weekend forecast for sunshine and temps in the 70s, and you’ve got the makings of a bed fishing beat down the next four days.

 

“I don’t want to over-hype this deal, but it’s not unreasonable to say a guy could catch a 15 to 18-pound limit of 3-pound males in one pocket here without ever catching the heavier females,” says Arey. “So, the biggest key is having enough beds located, and choosing which ones to fish at the right time.”

 

Considerations range from which beds are most obvious, hence having been cast to by other anglers a thousand times, as well as weather, realizing that Friday’s forecasted rain will make sight fishing a lot tougher – so you’d better have a few ‘easy ones’ in your back pocket to target that day.

 

“Sight fishing is like a game of checkers. Every move you make better be the right one if you expect to win,” concludes Arey.


Johnson Takes Early Lead During Cold B.A.S.S. Nation Regional At Milford Lake

Chris Johnson, of Farmington, Ark., is leading after Day 1 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional at Milford Lake with 14 pounds, 12 ounces.
Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.
April 21, 2021

 

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. — Five days ago, it took 17 pounds to win a local, one-day derby on Milford Lake.

Wednesday during the opening round of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional, leading anglers from eight different states struggled to catch five keepers, and not one of them managed 17 pounds.

An almost freakish late-season snowstorm blew through the American midsection overnight Monday, dumping 6 inches of powder in central Kansas. That was a record amount for this late in the spring, according to the National Weather Service, and the sudden blast shut down what had been a pretty productive bite only a few days earlier. And though temperatures climbed to near 50 degrees late Wednesday, a steady 15 mph wind further complicated matters for the 160 competitors.

Only four limits were caught Wednesday — two in the boater division and two more in the co-angler field. In all, 89 anglers zeroed on Day 1.

Chris Johnson of Farmington, Ark., provided some of the highlights Wednesday with a haul of four bass totaling 14 pounds, 12 ounces which put him atop the boater division. Johnson’s bag was anchored by a 7-pounder that proved big bass swim on Milford Lake, even on difficult days like the one Mother Nature dealt Wednesday.

“I caught a couple of my four keepers there early this morning,” Johnson said. “But the rest of the day was a grind with the wind picking up. I tried to eliminate as much of the lake as possible in practice, and I finally just resolved to stick with one pattern.

“It’s similar to what we do at home in the Ozarks this time of year. You have to put the trolling motor down and cover as much lake as possible.”

Johnson, 51, caught his big bass about 40 minutes after takeoff from Acorns Resort. He found a spot in practice that held some nice-sized bass, and an early draw (Boat 19) allowed him to get to it before any other anglers.

He said he lost three bites in the rough conditions.

“It was hard to get fish landed,” he said. “These were some of the most heart-pounding landings I’ve ever had with the waves. It was rough out there, but it’s great to be in this position. I gave myself a good start.”

Mike Wheaton of Ottumwa, Iowa, who qualified for the regional through the Missouri Nation, is just behind Johnson with four bass weighing 14-5, including a 6-6 heavy.

Wheaton said he was able to fish out of the wind and, like Johnson, caught the best of his bass early. He focused his attention on a single point, he said, making multiple passes over it to boat his best bass.

“When he bit, I knew it was big,” the 60-year-old angler said. “I caught one yesterday in practice that was 6 pounds, and it was a different fish. So, I’ll head right back there tomorrow and hope to get another 6-pounder.”

Kris Bosley of Amarillo, Texas, is in third place with a 13-5 total and one of two limits caught by the 80 boaters. Shane Morgan of Littleton, Colo., is fourth with 12-8, Jared Miller of Norman, Okla., is fifth with 10-7 and Travis Sneith of Elizabeth, Colo., is sixth with 10-3. Nick Luna of Grain Valley, Mo., was the other boater with a limit and is in seventh place with 9-11.

Russell Vines of El Dorado, Ark., leads the 80 anglers in the co-angler field with a three-bass limit of 7-6. Morgan Fitzgerald of Durango, Colo., caught the other co-angler limit and sits in second place with 6-6.

B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart, a Kansas native, is optimistic the bite will be better on Thursday.

“The fish were biting well just a few days ago, and the snow, the cold and the high skies shut it down,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised at all if someone catches them tomorrow. The wind is supposed to blow from a different direction, and there may be a little rain. It’s a warm front and it could help.”

Colorado has a solid lead in the team standings after Day 1 with 27 bass weighing 67-13. Texas is second with 19 bass for 48-9. Also, Arkansas is third (16, 42-6), Kansas is fourth (18, 39-5), New Mexico is fifth (17, 39-2), Oklahoma is sixth (14, 35-4), Missouri is seventh (12, 34-5) and Louisiana is eighth (12, 25-12).

The state with the heaviest total after Thursday’s weigh-in will split a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Ranger and Yamaha. The leading boater after Friday’s weigh-in will win $5,000, courtesy of Ranger, and the top co-angler will win $2,500, courtesy of Yamaha.

The Top 16 anglers on the boater and co-angler sides will survive the cut and compete Friday. The Top 2 anglers from each competing state (and in each division) will also make the cut if either isn’t among the leading 16 heading into the final day.

Competitors are vying for a total of $34,500 in the regional, one of five on the B.A.S.S. Nation tour this year. Leading anglers at each qualify for the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship to be held Nov. 3-5 on the Ouachita River in Louisiana.

The Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as Acorns Resort, are hosting the regional.

 

2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional  Milford Lake 4/21-4/23
Milford Lake, Junction City  KS.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Chris Johnson          Farmington, AR (AR)     4  14-12  0
2.  Mike Wheaton           Ottumwa, IA (MO)        4  14-05  0
3.  Kris Bosley            Amarillo, TX (NM)       5  13-05  0
4.  Shane Morgan           Littleton, CO (CO)      4  12-08  0
5.  Jared Miller           Norman, OK (CO)         4  10-07  0
6.  Travis Sneith          Elizabeth, CO (CO)      4  10-03  0
7.  Nick Luna              Grain Valley, MO (KS)   5  09-11  0
8.  Matt Pangrac           Bixby, OK (OK)          3  08-06  0
9.  Chad Petrie            McKinney, TX (TX)       3  08-05  0
10. Casey Welch            Arvada, CO (CO)         3  08-03  0
11. Justin Royal           Bridge City, TX (TX)    4  07-09  0
12. Jesse Jordan           Stilwel, KS (KS)        3  06-14  0
13. Larry Stoafer          Leavenworth, KS (KS)    3  06-09  0
14. Travis Rivest          Smithville, MO (MO)     2  06-00  0
15. Jeff Lugar             Princeton, TX (TX)      3  05-15  0
15. Brandon Moss           Blanchard, OK (OK)      3  05-15  0
17. Larry Triplett         Castle Rock, CO (CO)    3  05-14  0
18. Robert Paxton Jr       Flower Mound, TX (TX)   2  05-12  0
19. Jeremy Fuentes         Carlsbad, NM (NM)       3  05-06  0
20. Ronald Giebel          Penrose, CO (CO)        2  05-05  0
21. Justin Privett         Bald Knob, AR (AR)      2  05-01  0
22. Christian Gladfelter   Albuquerque, NM (NM)    2  04-11  0
23. Branden Garrison       Gladstone, MO (KS)      2  04-10  0
24. Daniel Ward            Sage, AR (AR)           2  04-08  0
25. Robert Royal           Vidor, TX (TX)          1  04-01  0
26. Brandon Simoneaux      Lumberton, TX (TX)      1  03-15  0
27. Garrett Kemp           Port Allen, LA (LA)     2  03-10  0
28. Doug Thompson          Mabelvale, AR (AR)      1  03-07  0
29. David Cavell           Prairieville, LA (LA)   1  03-03  0
29. Maurice Gutierrez      Albuquerque, NM (NM)    1  03-03  0
31. Byron Albrecht         Waco, TX (TX)           1  03-02  0
32. Mike Zachary           Ada, OK (OK)            1  03-01  0
33. Alan Daniels           Kansas City, KS (MO)    1  03-00  0
34. Klint VonFeldt         Hays, KS (KS)           1  02-14  0
35. Brian Stangel          Albuquberque, NM (NM)   1  02-10  0
36. Rick Wheeler           Whitewater, KS (KS)     1  02-08  0
37. Tony Grubbs            Pryor, OK (OK)          1  02-07  0
38. Mike Chain             Stillwater, OK (OK)     1  02-06  0
39. Dalton Warrington      Tishimingo, OK (OK)     1  02-04  0
40. Cole Buser             Farmington, NM (NM)     1  02-01  0
41. Matthew Abeyta         Albuquerque, NM (NM)    1  01-15  0
42. Kevin Johnston         Sedalia, MO (MO)        1  01-13  0
43. Braxton Resweber       Saint Martinville, LA ( 1  01-12  0
44. Jay Beffa              Festus, MO (MO)         1  01-11  0
45. Nathan Pratt           Albuquerque, NM (NM)    1  01-10  0
46. Dean Amos              San Antonio, TX (TX)    0  00-00  0
46. Jason Baird            Gypsum, KS (KS)         0  00-00  0
46. Nate Caldwell          Fort Collins, CO (CO)   0  00-00  0
46. Jim Coyner             Ofallon, MO (MO)        0  00-00  0
46. Jamie Dumas            El Dorado, AR (AR)      0  00-00  0
46. Brock Enmeier          Bixby, OK (OK)          0  00-00  0
46. David Flemming         Littleton, CO (CO)      0  00-00  0
46. Teddy Granier          Thibodaux, LA (LA)      0  00-00  0
46. Mike Harris            Cowgill, MO (MO)        0  00-00  0
46. Jan Hebert             Houma, LA (LA)          0  00-00  0
46. Alex Heintze           Denham Springs, LA (LA) 0  00-00  0
46. Michael Henager        Harrah, OK (OK)         0  00-00  0
46. Keith Hendrix          Monroe City, MO (MO)    0  00-00  0
46. Adam Johnson           Pontiac, MO (MO)        0  00-00  0
46. Johnny Johnson         Bloomfield, NM (NM)     0  00-00  0
46. Nicholas Kincaid       Coweta, OK (OK)         0  00-00  0
46. Kenny King             El Dorado, AR (AR)      0  00-00  0
46. Jamie Laiche           Gonzales, LA (LA)       0  00-00  0
46. Paul Lampron           Penrose, CO (CO)        0  00-00  0
46. Travis Laurent         Gonzales, LA (LA)       0  00-00  0
46. Cory Leita             Victoria, TX (TX)       0  00-00  0
46. JP Mcvay               Hermitage, AR (AR)      0  00-00  0
46. Mike Meadows           El Dorado, AR (AR)      0  00-00  0
46. Matthew Mesplay        Wichita, KS (KS)        0  00-00  0
46. Troy Morrison          Malvern, AR (AR)        0  00-00  0
46. Jeremy Norris          Ama, LA (LA)            0  00-00  0
46. Brandon Pedigo         Lawton, OK (OK)         0  00-00  0
46. Josh Pladies           Belton, MO (KS)         0  00-00  0
46. Gabriel Rivera         Portales, NM (NM)       0  00-00  0
46. Scott Sheldon          Loveland, CO (CO)       0  00-00  0
46. Jim Simpson            Canyon, TX (TX)         0  00-00  0
46. Harold Stark           Eldon, MO (MO)          0  00-00  0
46. Kenny Turpin           El Dorado, KS (KS)      0  00-00  0
46. Joe Ward               Cave City, AR (AR)      0  00-00  0
80. Blake Marionneaux      Brusly, LA (LA)         0  -2-00  0
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       2        97        244-11
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2        97       244-11

TEAM STANDINGS Day 1
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State                Lbs-Oz
1 COLORADO              67-13
2 TEXAS                 48-09
3 ARKANSAS              42-06
4 KANSAS                39-05
5 NEW MEXICO            39-02
6 OKLAHOMA              35-04
7 MISSOURI              34-05
8 LOUISIANA             25-12

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 1
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KANSAS
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Nick Luna            Grain Valley, MO            5   09-11  0
2 Jesse Jordan         Stilwel, KS                 3   06-14  0
3 Larry Stoafer        Leavenworth, KS             3   06-09  0
4 Branden Garrison     Gladstone, MO               2   04-10  0
5 Klint VonFeldt       Hays, KS                    1   02-14  0
6 Rick Wheeler         Whitewater, KS              1   02-08  0
7 Jason Baird          Gypsum, KS                  0   00-00  0
7 Matthew Mesplay      Wichita, KS                 0   00-00  0
7 Josh Pladies         Belton, MO                  0   00-00  0
7 Kenny Turpin         El Dorado, KS               0   00-00  0

OKLAHOMA
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Matt Pangrac         Bixby, OK                   3   08-06  0
2 Brandon Moss         Blanchard, OK               3   05-15  0
3 Mike Zachary         Ada, OK                     1   03-01  0
4 Tony Grubbs          Pryor, OK                   1   02-07  0
5 Mike Chain           Stillwater, OK              1   02-06  0
6 Dalton Warrington    Tishimingo , OK             1   02-04  0
7 Brock Enmeier        Bixby, OK                   0   00-00  0
7 Michael Henager      Harrah, OK                  0   00-00  0
7 Nicholas Kincaid     Coweta, OK                  0   00-00  0
7 Brandon Pedigo       Lawton, OK                  0   00-00  0

LOUISIANA
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Garrett Kemp         Port Allen, LA              2   03-10  0
2 David Cavell         Prairieville, LA            1   03-03  0
3 Braxton Resweber     Saint Martinville, LA       1   01-12  0
4 Teddy Granier        Thibodaux, LA               0   00-00  0
4 Jan Hebert           Houma, LA                   0   00-00  0
4 Alex Heintze         Denham Springs, LA          0   00-00  0
4 Jamie Laiche         Gonzales, LA                0   00-00  0
4 Travis Laurent       Gonzales, LA                0   00-00  0
4 Jeremy Norris        Ama, LA                     0   00-00  0
10 Blake Marionneaux    Brusly, LA                  0   -2-00  0

MISSOURI
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Mike Wheaton         Ottumwa, IA                 4   14-05  0
2 Travis Rivest        Smithville, MO              2   06-00  0
3 Alan Daniels         Kansas City, KS             1   03-00  0
4 Kevin Johnston       Sedalia, MO                 1   01-13  0
5 Jay Beffa            Festus, MO                  1   01-11  0
6 Jim Coyner           Ofallon, MO                 0   00-00  0
6 Mike Harris          Cowgill, MO                 0   00-00  0
6 Keith Hendrix        Monroe City, MO             0   00-00  0
6 Adam Johnson         Pontiac, MO                 0   00-00  0
6 Harold Stark         Eldon, MO                   0   00-00  0

ARKANSAS
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Chris Johnson        Farmington, AR              4   14-12  0
2 Justin Privett       Bald Knob, AR               2   05-01  0
3 Daniel Ward          Sage, AR                    2   04-08  0
4 Doug Thompson        Mabelvale, AR               1   03-07  0
5 Jamie Dumas          El Dorado, AR               0   00-00  0
5 Kenny King           El Dorado, AR               0   00-00  0
5 JP Mcvay             Hermitage, AR               0   00-00  0
5 Mike Meadows         El Dorado, AR               0   00-00  0
5 Troy Morrison        Malvern, AR                 0   00-00  0
5 Joe Ward             Cave City, AR               0   00-00  0

TEXAS
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Chad Petrie          McKinney, TX                3   08-05  0
2 Justin Royal         Bridge City, TX             4   07-09  0
3 Jeff Lugar           Princeton, TX               3   05-15  0
4 Robert Paxton Jr     Flower Mound, TX            2   05-12  0
5 Robert Royal         Vidor, TX                   1   04-01  0
6 Brandon Simoneaux    Lumberton, TX               1   03-15  0
7 Byron Albrecht       Waco, TX                    1   03-02  0
8 Dean Amos            San Antonio, TX             0   00-00  0
8 Cory Leita           Victoria, TX                0   00-00  0
8 Jim Simpson          Canyon, TX                  0   00-00  0

NEW MEXICO
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Kris Bosley          Amarillo, TX                5   13-05  0
2 Jeremy Fuentes       Carlsbad, NM                3   05-06  0
3 Christian Gladfelter Albuquerque, NM             2   04-11  0
4 Maurice Gutierrez    Albuquberque, NM            1   03-03  0
5 Brian Stangel        Albuquerque, NM             1   02-10  0
6 Cole Buser           Farmington, NM              1   02-01  0
7 Matthew Abeyta       Albuquerque, NM             1   01-15  0
8 Nathan Pratt         Albuquerque, NM             1   01-10  0
9 Johnny Johnson       Bloomfield, NM              0   00-00  0
9 Gabriel Rivera       Portales, NM                0   00-00  0

COLORADO
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Shane Morgan         Littleton, CO               4   12-08  0
2 Jared Miller         Norman, OK                  4   10-07  0
3 Travis Sneith        Elizabeth, CO               4   10-03  0
4 Casey Welch          Arvada, CO                  3   08-03  0
5 Larry Triplett       Castle Rock, CO             3   05-14  0
6 Ronald Giebel        Penrose, CO                 2   05-05  0
7 Nate Caldwell        Fort Collins, CO            0   00-00  0
7 David Flemming       Littleton, CO               0   00-00  0
7 Paul Lampron         Penrose, CO                 0   00-00  0
7 Scott Sheldon        Loveland, CO                0   00-00  0

 

2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional  Milford Lake 4/21-4/23
Milford Lake, Junction City  KS.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1.  Russell Vines          El Dorado, AR (AR)      3  07-06  0
2.  Morgan Fitzgerald      Durango, CO (CO)        3  06-06  0
3.  Ray Cates              Overland Park, KS (MO)  2  05-07  0
4.  Todd Newchurch         Livonia, LA (LA)        2  05-04  0
5.  Scott Hausman          Owasso, OK (OK)         2  05-02  0
6.  Hunter Neuville        New Iberia, LA (LA)     2  04-11  0
7.  Lewis Decker III       McGregor, TX (TX)       2  04-03  0
7.  Ryan Fontenot          Baton Rouge, LA (LA)    2  04-03  0
9.  Deforest Hall          Edmond, OK (OK)         1  03-15  0
10. Bobby Maynard Jr       Eastland, TX (TX)       1  03-14  0
11. Darrell Hecht          Decatur, AR (AR)        2  03-06  0
12. Don Evans              Canon City, CO (CO)     1  02-09  0
12. Blake Forsyth          Paulina, LA (LA)        1  02-09  0
14. Austin Abadie          Saint Amant, LA (LA)    1  02-08  0
14. Joel Porter            Yates Center, KS (KS)   1  02-08  0
16. Dj Buser Jr            Farmington, NM (NM)     1  02-05  0
17. Christopher Dollard    Mountain Homes, AR (AR) 1  02-03  0
17. John Santos            Colorado Springs, CO (C 1  02-03  0
19. Andrew Bowman          Aurora, CO (CO)         1  02-02  0
20. Chris Hamilton         Wellington, CO (CO)     1  02-01  0
20. Todd Tigar             Osage Beach, MO (MO)    1  02-01  0
22. Brad Hauf              Las Cruces, NM (NM)     1  02-00  0
23. Justin Harris          McPherson, KS (KS)      1  01-15  0
24. Randy Fleeman          Copperas Cove, TX (TX)  1  01-13  0
25. Jered Grooms           Ada, OK (OK)            1  01-12  0
25. Mike Turner            Berryton, KS (KS)       1  01-12  0
27. Scott Phillips         El Dorado , AR (AR)     1  01-11  0
28. Heath Andersen         Lakewood, CO (CO)       0  00-00  0
28. Felix Appelt           Goliad, TX (TX)         0  00-00  0
28. Macky Bosley III       Canyon, TX (NM)         0  00-00  0
28. Jason Bryant           Fort Sill, OK (MO)      0  00-00  0
28. Jason Campbell         Berwick, LA (LA)        0  00-00  0
28. Aaron Carroll          Nixa, MO (MO)           0  00-00  0
28. Kris Cartrite          Dumas, TX (TX)          0  00-00  0
28. Danny Compton          Pocahontas, AR (AR)     0  00-00  0
28. Bill Denniston II      Ottumwa, IA (MO)        0  00-00  0
28. Jameson Dowler         Ashland, MO (MO)        0  00-00  0
28. Curtis Farley          Saint Peters, MO (MO)   0  00-00  0
28. Nathan Fideldy         Hutchinson, KS (KS)     0  00-00  0
28. Danny Fourr            Waterflow, NM (NM)      0  00-00  0
28. Brent Goss             Leavenworth, KS (MO)    0  00-00  0
28. Tye Grissom            Austin, TX (TX)         0  00-00  0
28. Michael Guillory       Prairieville, LA (LA)   0  00-00  0
28. Glenn Hahn             San Antonio, TX (TX)    0  00-00  0
28. Charlie Harrington     New Cambria, MO (MO)    0  00-00  0
28. Luther Harris          Albuquerque, NM (NM)    0  00-00  0
28. Randy Heavin           Del City, OK (OK)       0  00-00  0
28. Justin Hebert          Gray, LA (LA)           0  00-00  0
28. Richard Heflin         Topeka, KS (KS)         0  00-00  0
28. Dennis Heusser         Strasburg, CO (CO)      0  00-00  0
28. James Hollensworth     El Dorado, AR (AR)      0  00-00  0
28. Kevin Holmes           Russellville, AR (AR)   0  00-00  0
28. Joby Houghtaling       Artesia, NM (NM)        0  00-00  0
28. Jeremy Jackson         Cassoday, KS (KS)       0  00-00  0
28. Chris Jarvis           Albuquerque, NM (NM)    0  00-00  0
28. Keith Kimbrough        Woden, TX (TX)          0  00-00  0
28. Zane Leibhart          Stillwater, OK (OK)     0  00-00  0
28. Andrew Madison         Mustang, OK (OK)        0  00-00  0
28. Joseph Martin          Baton Rouge, LA (LA)    0  00-00  0
28. Meleah Meadows         Norman, OK (OK)         0  00-00  0
28. Jeffrey Mooter         Midwest City, OK (OK)   0  00-00  0
28. Randal Moyer           Denver, CO (CO)         0  00-00  0
28. Hieu Nguyen            Stillwater, OK (OK)     0  00-00  0
28. Cody Paxton            Independence, MO (KS)   0  00-00  0
28. Carly Perry            Albuquerque, NM (NM)    0  00-00  0
28. Hayden Pinho           Patterson, LA (LA)      0  00-00  0
28. Ron Price              Canon City, CO (CO)     0  00-00  0
28. Clayton Rudman         Victoria, KS (KS)       0  00-00  0
28. Gary Schipporeit       Westminster, CO (CO)    0  00-00  0
28. Ed Shay                Keller, MO (TX)         0  00-00  0
28. Reggie Smithson        El Dorado, KS (KS)      0  00-00  0
28. Eric Snow              Forsyth, MO (MO)        0  00-00  0
28. Justin Taylor          Las Cruces, NM (NM)     0  00-00  0
28. Ray Thomasson Jr       El Dorado, AR (AR)      0  00-00  0
28. Kyle Torkelson         Coweta, OK (KS)         0  00-00  0
28. Cecil Tubb             Dike, TX (TX)           0  00-00  0
28. Russel Wilson          Redfield, AR (AR)       0  00-00  0
28. Terry Wilson           Carlsbad, NM (NM)       0  00-00  0
28. Jared Wood             Clarksville, AR (AR)    0  00-00  0
28. Scooter Wright         Chickasha, OK (OK)      0  00-00  0
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       2        38        87-13
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2        38        87-13

TEAM STANDINGS Day 1
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State                Lbs-Oz
1 COLORADO              67-13
2 TEXAS                 48-09
3 ARKANSAS              42-06
4 KANSAS                39-05
5 NEW MEXICO            39-02
6 OKLAHOMA              35-04
7 MISSOURI              34-05
8 LOUISIANA             25-12

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 1
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KANSAS
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Joel Porter          Yates Center, KS            1   02-08  0
2 Justin Harris        McPherson, KS               1   01-15  0
3 Mike Turner          Berryton, KS                1   01-12  0
4 Nathan Fideldy       Hutchinson, KS              0   00-00  0
4 Richard Heflin       Topeka, KS                  0   00-00  0
4 Jeremy Jackson       Cassoday, KS                0   00-00  0
4 Cody Paxton          Independence, MO            0   00-00  0
4 Clayton Rudman       Victoria, KS                0   00-00  0
4 Reggie Smithson      El Dorado, KS               0   00-00  0
4 Kyle Torkelson       Coweta, OK                  0   00-00  0

OKLAHOMA
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Scott Hausman        Owasso, OK                  2   05-02  0
2 Deforest Hall        Edmond, OK                  1   03-15  0
3 Jered Grooms         Ada, OK                     1   01-12  0
4 Randy Heavin         Del City, OK                0   00-00  0
4 Zane Leibhart        Stillwater, OK              0   00-00  0
4 Andrew Madison       Mustang, OK                 0   00-00  0
4 Meleah Meadows       Norman, OK                  0   00-00  0
4 Jeffrey Mooter       Midwest City, OK            0   00-00  0
4 Hieu Nguyen          Stillwater, OK              0   00-00  0
4 Scooter Wright       Chickasha, OK               0   00-00  0

LOUISIANA
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Todd Newchurch       Livonia, LA                 2   05-04  0
2 Hunter Neuville      New Iberia, LA              2   04-11  0
3 Ryan Fontenot        Baton Rouge, LA             2   04-03  0
4 Blake Forsyth        Paulina, LA                 1   02-09  0
5 Austin Abadie        Saint Amant, LA             1   02-08  0
6 Jason Campbell       Berwick, LA                 0   00-00  0
6 Michael Guillory     Prairieville, LA            0   00-00  0
6 Justin Hebert        Gray, LA                    0   00-00  0
6 Joseph Martin        Baton Rouge, LA             0   00-00  0
6 Hayden Pinho         Patterson, LA               0   00-00  0

MISSOURI
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Ray Cates            Overland Park, KS           2   05-07  0
2 Todd Tigar           Osage Beach, MO             1   02-01  0
3 Jason Bryant         Fort Sill, OK               0   00-00  0
3 Aaron Carroll        Nixa, MO                    0   00-00  0
3 Bill Denniston II    Ottumwa, IA                 0   00-00  0
3 Jameson Dowler       Ashland, MO                 0   00-00  0
3 Curtis Farley        Saint Peters, MO            0   00-00  0
3 Brent Goss           Leavenworth, KS             0   00-00  0
3 Charlie Harrington   New Cambria, MO             0   00-00  0
3 Eric Snow            Forsyth, MO                 0   00-00  0

ARKANSAS
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Russell Vines        El Dorado, AR               3   07-06  0
2 Darrell Hecht        Decatur, AR                 2   03-06  0
3 Christopher Dollard  Mountain Homes, AR          1   02-03  0
4 Scott Phillips       El Dorado , AR              1   01-11  0
5 Danny Compton        Pocahontas, AR              0   00-00  0
5 James Hollensworth   El Dorado, AR               0   00-00  0
5 Kevin Holmes         Russellville, AR            0   00-00  0
5 Ray Thomasson Jr     El Dorado, AR               0   00-00  0
5 Russel Wilson        Redfield, AR                0   00-00  0
5 Jared Wood           Clarksville, AR             0   00-00  0

TEXAS
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Lewis Decker III     McGregor, TX                2   04-03  0
2 Bobby Maynard Jr     Eastland, TX                1   03-14  0
3 Randy Fleeman        Copperas Cove, TX           1   01-13  0
4 Felix Appelt         Goliad, TX                  0   00-00  0
4 Kris Cartrite        Dumas, TX                   0   00-00  0
4 Tye Grissom          Austin, TX                  0   00-00  0
4 Glenn Hahn           San Antonio, TX             0   00-00  0
4 Keith Kimbrough      Woden, TX                   0   00-00  0
4 Ed Shay              Keller, MO                  0   00-00  0
4 Cecil Tubb           Dike, TX                    0   00-00  0

NEW MEXICO
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Dj Buser Jr          Farmington, NM              1   02-05  0
2 Brad Hauf            Las Cruces, NM              1   02-00  0
3 Macky Bosley III     Canyon, TX                  0   00-00  0
3 Danny Fourr          Waterflow, NM               0   00-00  0
3 Luther Harris        Albuquerque, NM             0   00-00  0
3 Joby Houghtaling     Artesia, NM                 0   00-00  0
3 Chris Jarvis         Albuquerque, NM             0   00-00  0
3 Carly Perry          Albuquerque, NM             0   00-00  0
3 Justin Taylor        Las Cruces, NM              0   00-00  0
3 Terry Wilson         Carlsbad, NM                0   00-00  0

COLORADO
Angler               Hometown                   No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Morgan Fitzgerald    Durango, CO                 3   06-06  0
2 Don Evans            Canon City, CO              1   02-09  0
3 John Santos          Colorado Springs, CO        1   02-03  0
4 Andrew Bowman        Aurora, CO                  1   02-02  0
5 Chris Hamilton       Wellington, CO              1   02-01  0
6 Heath Andersen       Lakewood, CO                0   00-00  0
6 Dennis Heusser       Strasburg, CO               0   00-00  0
6 Randal Moyer         Denver, CO                  0   00-00  0
6 Ron Price            Canon City, CO              0   00-00  0
6 Gary Schipporeit     Westminster, CO             0   00-00  0


Caldemeyer weighs-in on Fork’s “SmashFest” potential

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Terms like ‘SmashFest’ and “Big Bass Beatdown” are being used to describe the potential of this week’s Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork.

 

Drastic changes in Friday’s weather will certainly have a lot to say about the eventual accuracy of those exciting descriptors, but highly respected guide James Caldemeyer says a huge number of bass currently swimming shallow offer the potential for a very memorable week on the legendary Texas reservoir, where water temps should range from 65 to 70 the next few days.

 

“What makes this week special is there’s never been an Elite Series or Toyota Texas Bass Classic this early in the year,” reflects Caldemeyer. “All those great past events have always been in May, June, and most recently early November, but never right in the heart of the spawning season when such a huge percentage of the bass population is in less than 6-feet of water.”

 

While folks in places like Pennsylvania and Michigan awoke to a rare April snow on Wednesday, sunrise temps for the final day of practice on Fork were strangely cold too, hovering near 39-degrees before eventually reaching 60 this afternoon.

 

But even as the major cold front blew-in Tuesday, Caldemeyer proved Fork is still primed for a great week by catching the 7-pounder he’s holding in the photo as winds gusted to 30 mph and whitecaps covered his home waters. That green beast ate a big glide bait, however he expects everything from wacky-rigged Senkos to squarebill crankbaits to get plenty of use the next four days.

 

“There is no doubt that bed fishing will play a major role this week, but I truly don’t think a guy will be able to bed fish four straight days to win, especially if it’s storming and raining on Friday,” he predicts.

 

“That’s what makes this tournament exciting in my opinion. It’s not solely a bed fishing tournament, or purely a post-spawn event for offshore experts like it was in past events here. It could be anybody’s ballgame doing a variety of shallow water things this week,” concludes Caldemeyer who has boated more than 100 bass over 10-pounds the last 17 years on Fork.


New Baits, Partner Announcement, Hall of Fame & more!!!

 

 

This week Chris, Kenneth and David take a few minutes to talk about a few things happening in the Tournament Bass Fishing World and give their thoughts and opinions on tackle shortages. Check it out!


Bass Champs - Double Header Weekend on Amistad Results, Tim Flowers & Brian Ankrum win South Region AOY

 

Logan & Jerry McDonald

Place Boat Truck Angler 1 Angler 2 Fish Big Bass Wt. Prize Amt.
1 LOGAN MCDONALD
CARLSBAD , TX
JERRY MCDONALD
COLEMAN , TX
5 8.03 18.48
$20,200.00 with Sure-Life Bonus
2 RANDALL EDWARDS
MIDLAND , TX
CORY WHISMAN
MIDLAND , TX
5 8.19 18.16
$3,300.00 with Big Bass and Abu Garcia Bonus
3 MIKE REID
ANDREWS , TX
MICHAEL REID
ANDREWS , TX
5 6.38 17.78
$1800.00
4 MIKE PERKINS
DALLAS , TX
STAN GERZENYI
DEL RIO , TX
5 7.62 17.17
$10,200.00 with James Wood Motors , Spark Energy
5 BILL GUZMAN
AUSTIN , TX
5 7.50 16.72
$1050.00
6 ERIC CAVANAGH
DEL RIO , TX
RIDGY GRAHAM
DEL RIO , TX
5 0 16.14
$1040.00
7 JOHN CASPARIS
DEL RIO , TX
WELDON MCGUIRE
ODESSA , TX
5 7.75 15.85
$3,530.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
8 CHAD BLACK
CANYON LAKE , TX
CHUCK BLACK
LOGAN , NM
5 0 15.59
$1020.00
9 JIMMY SHELTON
GRANBURY , TX
CHARLES WHITED
SAN MARCOS , TX
5 0 15.09
$1010.00
10 KYLE CAMPBELL
MIDLAND , TX
BEN DONAHUE
HOBBS , NM
5 6.99 14.93
$1000.00
11 STEVIE RAY RODRIGUEZ
DEL RIO , TX
RAY RODRIGUEZ
DEL RIO , TX
5 0 14.87
$1000.00
12 RICHARD DRAKE
FAIR OAKS RANCH , TX
CHRISTOPHER EYHORN
SAN ANTONIO , TX
5 0 14.82
$1000.00
13 CULLEN CARRUTH
ANDREWS , TX
CHISHOLM CARRUTH
ODESSA , TX
5 0 14.68
$900.00
14 WILLIAM BLAINE
SAN ANGELO , TX
ROSS JEWELL
SAN ANGELO , TX
5 0 14.62
$800.00
15 ZANE WASHBURN
GATESVILLE , TX
ERIC WASHBURN
GATESVILLE , TX
5 0 14.58
$800.00
16 BJ CAROTHERS
GATESVILLE , TX
THOMAS WELLS JR
TEMPLE , TX
5 0 14.51
$800.00
17 RYAN CRAWFORD
GATESVILLE , TX
TULLY WILLIAMS
GATESVILLE , TX
5 0 14.50
$800.00
18 DEAN ALEXANDER
CEDAR PARK , TX
ADRIAN SANCHEZ
GEORGETOWN , TX
5 0 14.28
$1,800.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
19 JAKE SALVAGNO
BEEVILLE , TX
RODNEY MARBACH
SPRING BRANCH , TX
5 0 14.19
$1,300.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash

 

 

Charlie Forster & Mike Bingham

Place Boat Truck Angler 1 Angler 2 Fish Big Bass Wt. Prize Amt.
1 CHARLIE FORSTER
CENTER POINT , TX
MIKE BINGHAM
KERRVILLE , TX
5 7.79 21.12
$20,200.00 with Sure-Life Bonus
2 WAYNE JACKSON
RIO FRIO , TX
JASON SCHNEEMANN
D'HANIS , TX
5 8.98 20.12
$3,000.00 with Big Bass
3 FORREST WILSON
SPRING BRANCH , TX
DERICK KUYRKENDALL
BERGHEIM , TX
5 0 19.64
$3,500.00 with Spark Energy Bonus Cash
4 RYAN CRAWFORD
GATESVILLE , TX
TULLY WILLIAMS
GATESVILLE , TX
5 0 19.34
$1200.00
5 BRITTEN GAMBREL
DEL RIO , TX
RUSSEL GAMBREL
DEL RIO , TX
5 0 19.25
$1030.00
6 TIM FLOWERS
MIDLAND , TX
BRIAN ANKRUM
HONDO , TX
5 0 18.03
$3,520.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
7 BJ CAROTHERS
GATESVILLE , TX
THOMAS WELLS JR
TEMPLE , TX
5 0 16.78
$1010.00
8 BOBBY BURKEEN
CARLSBAD , NM
BRANDON BURKEEN
CARLSBAD , NM
5 8.37 16.65
$1000.00
9 RICHARD DRAKE
FAIR OAKS RANCH , TX
CHRISTOPHER EYHORN
SAN ANTONIO , TX
5 0 16.35
$900.00
10 LOGAN MCDONALD
CARLSBAD , TX
JERRY MCDONALD
COLEMAN , TX
5 0 15.97
$800.00
11 TIM BLANCHETTE
BLESSING , TX
TOMMIE COLLIER
VICTORIA , TX
5 0 15.91
$1,700.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
12 KENNETH FAIRLY
LOCKHART , TX
RUSTY REEDY
SPRING BRANCH , TX
5 7.33 15.87
$1,150.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
13 JAKE SALVAGNO
BEEVILLE , TX
RODNEY MARBACH
SPRING BRANCH , TX
5 0 15.30
$650.00
14 CRAIG CRIM
VICTORIA , TX
DANIEL RODRIGUEZ
NEW BRAUNFELS , TX
5 8.06 15.11
$650.00
15 MIKE REID
ANDREWS , TX
MICHAEL REID
ANDREWS , TX
5 0 15.01
$650.00
16 THOMAS DAVILA
MIDLAND , TX
ROGER MONTEJANO
DEL RIO , TX
5 0 14.83
$600.00
17 RYAN WATKINS
ROCKPORT , TX
BRENDON KENNELL
BOERNE , TX
5 0 14.64
$300.00
17 ROLAND HERNANDEZ
DEL RIO , TX
HECTOR RUBIO
DEL RIO , TX
5 0 14.64
$300.00
19 ZANE WASHBURN
GATESVILLE , TX
ERIC WASHBURN
GATESVILLE , TX
5 0 14.63

 


BASS' Trip Weldon and Gene Gilliland inducted into 2021 Bass Fishing Hall of Fame

NOTED CONSERVATIONIST, ‘MODERN ERA’ JOURNALIST, ‘SET THE STANDARD’ TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

 INDUCTED IN BFHOF 2021 CLASS

 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – For Immediate Release – 4.19.21 - As part of its mission to celebrate those who have made major contributions to the sport, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Board of Directors has announced the induction class of 2021, which includes three deserving individuals – Gene Gilliland, Jason Lucas and Trip Weldon. The trio will be honored on Thursday, September 30 at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium at a special reception within the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame venue, followed by the Hall’s annual dinner and induction activities.

“On behalf of our entire Board, we’re thrilled that we’ll be able to honor Gene Gilliland and Trip Weldon in person, along with Jason Lucas posthumously, when the bass fishing world comes together to celebrate in Springfield this fall,” said BFHOF Board President John Mazurkiewicz. “Each of them has made lasting contributions to the sport and we’re excited to see them take their rightful place in the Hall of Fame.”

The three members of the 2021 class distinguished themselves in various facets of the sport - spanning conservation, media and tournament operations.

Gilliland is known for his extensive work in fisheries management and bass conservation efforts and continues that involvement as conservation director for B.A.S.S. He is a tireless advocate for bass fishing on numerous national boards and councils.

Lucas, the former fishing editor for Sports Afield, is considered one of the modern era’s ‘fathers of bass fishing.’ His book Lucas on Bass Fishing, published in 1947, was one of the first bass fishing how-to books and helped ignite the popularity of the sport. He later wrote about bass fishing for Sports Illustrated, providing the sport with meaningful exposure in the mainstream sports world. Lucas passed away in 1975.

While he enjoyed competing in bass tournaments, including top-5 finishes in Red Man All-American events, Weldon set the standard for tournament directors during his nearly 20 years presiding over B.A.S.S events. Known among professional bass anglers for his fairness and strict adherence to the rule book, he became one of the most respected tournament directors in the history of the sport. Weldon retired from B.A.S.S. in 2020.

In overseeing the induction process for the BFHOF Board, nominations committee chairman Todd Hammill said, “We appreciate the involvement of our past inductees and supporters of the Hall in nominating worthy individuals for this honor, and especially our 30-member selection panel for their transparent efforts in identifying the qualified nominees who deserve a place in the Hall.”

The annual Bass Fishing Hall of Fame induction banquet continues to be a must-attend event.  While the spotlight will shine on Gilliland, Lucas and Weldon, the Hall’s 2020 class, which included Steve Bowman, Bryan Kerchal, James Heddon, Ron Lindner and Jay Yelas, will also be recognized. Last year’s induction celebration was canceled due to the worldwide pandemic.

“We do thank all who supported our online auction last year that helped the Board function through the pandemic and with projects such as our conservation grants,” said BFHOF Board Vice President Tim Carini. “We look forward to September 30 in Springfield when the bass fishing world comes together to help us celebrate, promote and preserve our sport.”

Tickets to the induction dinner and information about the Hall of Fame and its mission are available at www.Bassfishinghof.com.


AnglersChannel Extra - Pro Charging Systems, ReLion Batteries & more!

On this episode, Chris visits the Pro Charging systems facility in Tennessee and gains a load of knowledge on charging systems and how they work. Later on Chris and Kenneth swap out heavy batteries and charger for lighter more efficient versions and get ready to hit the water!


Uncharted Supply Co. Brings the Dead Back to Life with the New Athena

PARK CITY, Utah (April 13, 2021) – Uncharted Supply Co. is expanding its line of emergency preparedness and safety gear with the introduction of the Athena. The second portable energy system in the company’s lineup complements the Zeus—a slightly larger, more powerful portable jump starter and charger released in 2018. Though slightly smaller than the Zeus, the Athena’s 16000mAh capacity holds more than enough power to jumpstart a car or power a laptop, and its compact size and light weight make it ideal for travel.

The Athena fills a growing need for a portable energy system for smaller engines and day-to-day use. It can jumpstart up to a 6.0L gasoline or diesel engine in seconds, up to 20 times with one charge. Its intelligent battery clamps have eight protections built in to ensure no sparks or shocks, even if used incorrectly. The Athena can also quickly power a laptop or mobile phone with USB-C, Micro USB, and (2) USB ports—without the need for a power outlet.

"Our lives are becoming more and more mobile each day—and at the same time more dependent on electronic devices,” said Christian Schauf, Founder and CEO of Uncharted Supply Co. “The Athena is extremely durable and compact, has multiple capabilities and is there when you need it—from a quick phone charge to starting your dead car, it will keep you connected and get you home safely when help is not around."

In addition to its battery jump capabilities, the Athena also features a 3-in-1 LED built-in flashlight, providing a powerful source of light in the dark and when navigating an engine in an emergency situation. The Athena's waterproof, dustproof (IP67) and shock-resistant design make it a trusted companion for all outdoor adventures and extreme environments.

“Our team knew that in order to develop a product built to last and that would consistently perform in stressful situations, we needed to focus on two things: battery life and jumpstart power,” said Schauf. “The Athena’s high-level voltage multiplier generates an extremely high output by allowing all four battery cells to work together at the same time, prolonging battery life and producing stronger battery jump capabilities.”

The Athena ($130.00) and its larger counterpart, the Zeus ($150.00) are available for purchase at unchartedsupplyco.com and can be found at official Uncharted Supply Co., retail partners across the country.

For more information on the new portable energy system and Uncharted Supply Co.’s complete line of emergency preparedness gear, visit https://unchartedsupplyco.com.


PURE FISHING ANNOUNCES THE CLOSE OF PURCHASE FOR PLANO SYNERGY HOLDINGS INC. WITH PURE FISHING TO RETAIN STRATEGIC BRANDS FROM THE PLANO PORTFOLIO

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 16, 2021) — Pure Fishing Inc., the world’s largest fishing tackle company, announces the close of its purchase of Plano Synergy Holdings Inc., effective today. As part of the closing of this purchase, Pure Fishing also announces it has closed the sale of Plano Synergy’s archery and hunting accessories brands to GSM Outdoors, the leader in the enthusiast hunting, sport shooting, and rugged outdoor market, also effective today.

Pure Fishing will retain ownership of the iconic Plano and Frabill brands to complement the company’s existing footprint in the global fishing tackle market. Pure Fishing will also retain ownership of Plano’s storage and fall storage business, as well as the Creative Options and Caboodles brands. This strategic acquisition is the third for Pure Fishing in two years under the ownership of private equity firm Sycamore Partners.

“This acquisition allows Pure Fishing to continue to build upon its industry-leading position within the fishing industry, something that remains a priority for the company,” said Pure Fishing CEO Harlan Kent. “By selling the archery and hunting accessories brands to GSM Outdoors, already a leader in the hunting and outdoors industry, we have created great brand alignment for both companies, which allows each of us to play to our own unique strengths.”

Through its purchase of the Plano Synergy archery and hunting accessory brands, GSM Outdoors adds Wildgame Innovations, Ameristep, Tenzing, Zink, Halo Optics, Flextone, Avian X, Evolved, Barnett and Zero Trace to its existing portfolio of 33 hunting- and shooting-related brands. This strategic acquisition is the fourth for GSM Outdoors under the partnership with Gridiron Capital.

“We are thrilled about the acquisition of the best-in-class Synergy Outdoors brands which will significantly enhance GSM’s offerings,” stated GSM Outdoors CEO Eddie Castro. “This allows us to continue to add significant value to our retailers and ultimately end consumers as we strengthen our one-stop-shop offering.”

Closing terms for each sale are not disclosed.