"Just Gotta Go Catch em'"

 

This week Chris & The boys welcome in your current PRo Circuit AOY Leader in Alabama's own Josh Butler to talk about his rookie season and the turn around in performance that has him leading AOY heading into the final stop of the season next month. David goes "Wrastle-ing" and the beach bum is back from vacay - dont take it personally.....


Pam Martin-Wells: Faith, frogs and college fishing

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

As the all-time leading money winner among female bass anglers, it’s no surprise Pam Martin-Wells recently won the LBAA event on Bull Shoals. Far more astonishing however, she claimed victory with a Toyota sun buff covering her bald head, because just days earlier she had received her third chemo treatment to defeat ovarian cancer.

“There is no doubt in my mind that I am here because of the good Lord! So many factors took place from diagnosis to surgery that could have only been from the hand of God,” says Martin-Wells. “I had a CT on a Tuesday followed by an MRI and a CA125 blood test all in one day. All of which was pre-certified by insurance the same day. That doesn't happen, only God can make that happen,” she insists.

Ten weeks after major abdominal surgery, buoyed by faith, her family’s encouragement, and competitive determination, Martin-Wells put a Stanley Top Toad and Spro Popping Frog to work on Bull Shoals to generate explosive topwater strikes that lead to victory, and a Toyota Bonus Bucks check.

“My last Tundra had 300,000 miles on it before I traded for the 2021 Tundra I’m towing with now. You just can’t beat the reliability, towing capacity and comfort you get from a Tundra, and as a tournament angler, Bonus Bucks makes Toyota the only logical choice for a tow vehicle,” says Martin-Wells, who continues to serve as coach of the Emmanuel College bass fishing team.

Often associated with her ability to hold her own among male anglers, including making the final day cut at the 2010 Bassmaster Classic, perhaps Pam Martin-Wells is creating an even more admirable chapter to her storied career. Not only is she sharing great bass fishing wisdom with her college anglers, but more importantly, inspiring them to live life well, while never forgetting to give credit to those who buoy and guide us when life’s inevitable storms hit.

To learn more about the Emmanuel College Lions fishing team she coaches near Lakes Hartwell, Lanier and Clarks Hill, visit https://goeclions.com/sports/fishing. And to make sure you’re eligible to win Toyota Bonus Bucks, please visit https://www.toyotatrucksbonusbucks.com/.


Ben South & Brett Preuett win over $50,000 at TX- Shootout on Rayburn with 31.50 lbs

 

Place Boat Truck Angler 1 Angler 2 Fish Big Bass Wt. Prize Amt.
1 BRETT PREUETT
MONROE , LA
BEN SOUTH
JASPER , TX
5 0 31.50
$50,200.00 with Sure-Life
2 WILLIAM FLOURNOY
DIBOLL , TX
JAMES CHUMLEY
DIBOLL , TX
5 10.35 31.40
$5,500.00 with Big Bass
3 LEE LEONARD
MARTINDALE , TX
SCOTT BRONDER
FALLS CITY , TX
5 0 27.22
$8,500.00 with James Wood Motors
4 MICHAEL FESCO
SOUR LAKE , TX
HOLDEN ASHWORTH
VIDOR , TX
5 0 26.99
$2000.00
5 RANDY MILLENDER
TEAGUE , TX
DON HARRISS
TEAGUE , TX
5 0 22.84
$1500.00
6 JJ LARSON
LEANDER , TX
CHARLES WHITED
SAN MARCOS , TX
5 0 22.75
$1000.00
7 CLAYTON BOULWARE
ZAVALLA , TX
ALBERT COLLINS
NACOGDOCHES , TX
5 0 22.60
$1000.00
8 JASON BONDS
LUFKIN , TX
DEREK MUNDY
BROADDUS , TX
5 0 22.42
$1000.00
9 VIC COOPER
SHELBYVILLE , TX
JASON WELLS
CENTER , TX
5 0 22.32
$1000.00
10 BRIAN BAYLESS
PORTER , TX
BRYAN ALLEN
CONROE , TX
5 0 21.84
$1000.00
11 MARSHALL HUGHES
HEMPHILL , TX
COLE STEWART
HEMPHILL , TX
5 0 21.65
$1000.00
12 MARK MUECK
LIVINGSTON , TX
DAVID CURTIS
TRINITY , TX
5 0 21.38
$1000.00
13 CODY WISE
CHIRENO , TX
BLAKE STEPTOE
SAN AUGUSTINE , TX
5 0 21.29
$1000.00
14 MARK MARTIN
PORT NECHES , TX
JAMES LARAMORE
VIDOR , TX
5 0 20.81
$750.00
15 STEPHEN PHILLIPS
HUNTINGTON , TX
DAVID SHAW
HUNTINGTON , TX
5 0 20.65
$750.00
16 ROBERT GANN
FLORIEN , LA
HANNAH GRYDER
EAROS , LA
5 10.00 20.60
17 TOMMY HILL JR
PINELAND , TX
BUBBA FRAZIER
PINELAND , TX
5 0 20.14
18 OSCAR LANGELE JR
ORANGE , TX
JAMES CAMPISE
ORANGE , TX
5 0 20.11
19 WILL CARSTENS
ALEXANDRIA , LA
ROSS BRYANT
ALEXANDRIA , LA
5 0 19.49
19 TODD CASTLEDINE
NACOGDOCHES , TX
RUSSELL CECIL
WILLIS , TX
5 0 19.49
21 LARRY PUCKETT
DECATUR , TX
HAROLD MOORE
CALDWELL , TX
5 0 19.26
22 GENE WILLIAMS
BROOKELAND , TX
HADLEE GATES
LUMBERTON , TX
5 0 19.19
23 ALAN BOND
VIDOR , TX
TOMMY FREDREGILL
HUNTSVILLE , TX
5 0 18.86
24 MIKE HARMAN
BASTROP , TX
WESLEY MCCLAIN
MONTGOMERY , TX
5 0 18.06
25 WESLEY DAWSON
CHESTER , TX
TEDDY CLOIDE
VIDOR , TX
5 0 17.78
26 KEVIN MASON
COLDSPRING , TX
JAMES PRUITT
HOUSTON , TX
5 0 17.64
27 RUSTY CLARK
SAM RAYBURN , TX
CORY RAMBO
ORANGE , TX
5 0 17.25
28 RICHIE THORNTON
SPLENDORA , TX
JASON SHROPSHIRE
CLEVELAND , TX
5 0 17.17
29 GREG CRAWFORD
HUFFMAN , TX
RUSTY YOUNG
CENTER , TX
5 0 17.12
30 RICK HARRIS
DEL RIO , TX
ROSS JEWELL
SAN ANGELO , TX
5 0 16.94
31 WESLEY BAXLEY
CYPRESS , TX
MACKENZIE GREEN
CYPRESS , TX
5 0 16.76
32 CHRISTOPHER BUSH
HUNTINGTON , TX
CURTIS JORDAN
DAYTON , TX
5 0 16.69
33 GEORGE WALKER
KIRBYVILLE , TX
JODY NORSWORTHY
JASPER , TX
5 0 16.54
34 BOBBY VICE
GROVES , TX
CASEY BURLEIGH
ORANGE , TX
5 0 15.49
35 ASHLEY ADAMS
BUNA , TX
CLINT FOUNTAIN
BUNA , TX
5 0 15.44
36 TODD NEWMAN
NACOGDOCHES , TX
SHANNON HALE
NACOGDOCHES , TX
5 0 15.34
37 JAMES WILLIAMS
JASPER , TX
RANDY DEARMAN
ONALASKA , TX
5 0 14.94
38 LARRY DEAN
HUMBLE , TX
JAMES WALLER
CYPRESS , TX
5 0 14.30
39 TOMMY DURHAM
WHITNEY , TX
CLINT MAY
LA PORTE , TX
5 0 14.12
40 NEIL MATHEWS
PORTER , TX
BRIAN PHIPPS
MAGNOLIA , TX
5 0 9.52
41 MIKE RICHARDSON
THORNDALE , TX
TOM GRIDLEY
LAMPASAS , TX
1 0 9.34
42 PAUL SCHROEDER
MCQUEENEY , TX
DUSTIN CHURCH
RIFLE , CO
0 0 0.00
42 BILLY CLOUD
BROOKELAND , TX
AUSTIN LANDERS
COLLEGE STATION , TX
0 0 0.00
$500 Conservation Bonus Cash
42 DONNIE HROMADKA
AUSTIN , TX
JOSEPH TOMPKINS
BOERNE , TX
0 0 0.00
42 CHARLES COOK JR
PERRYTON , TX
STEVEN COOK
PERRYTON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JUSTYN PARRISH
LAGO VISTA , TX
DERON MUELLER
ROUND ROCK , TX
0 0 0.00
42 KEVIN BURNETT
DERIDDER , LA
CHARLES BURNETT
DOUGLAS , TX
0 0 0.00
42 RONNIE RAY JR
MCKINNEY , TX
JIMMY ROBERTSON
LUFKIN , TX
0 0 0.00
42 TY STEVENSON
VIDOR , TX
AARON RENCH
VIDOR , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JUSTIN DUBOSE
PARADISE , TX
BRANDON POTTER
DECATUR , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JACOB JOHNSTON
GREENVILLE , TX
TERRY WOOTEN
HONEY GROVE , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JAMES ROZELL
NEW CANEY , TX
WES WHEELAND
CENTERVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
42 KEVIN WEST
LIBERTY , TX
JADEN PARRISH
LIBERTY , TX
0 0 0.00
42 SKYE BALL
WILLIS , TX
JASON BALL
WILLIS , TX
0 0 0.00
42 TOM WALLS
CONROE , TX
JEREMY BAWCUM
ARANSAS PASS , TX
0 0 0.00
42 COLT DEAR
VIDOR , TX
RALPH DEAR
ZAVALLA , TX
0 0 0.00
42 DARRELL WUENSCHE
THRALL , TX
JOHNNY RAY
BURLESON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 DUSTIN GUNSTREAM
VIDOR , TX
JORDAN DOWNS
BROOKELAMD , TX
0 0 0.00
42 CHRIS LEWIS
HALLSVILLE , TX
CEDRIC JACKSON SR
SICILY ISLAND , LA
0 0 0.00
42 CHRIS TORRY
YOUNGSVILLE , LA
COOPER THOR
WILLIS , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JASON DEAN
LUFKIN , TX
JARED DEAN
HUNTINGTON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 DAVID REID
CANYON LAKE , TX
DUSTY FRANK
WEST POINT , TX
0 0 0.00
42 ARCHIE HAYLEY
MT VERNON , TX
MARC MITCHELL
SULPHUR SPRINGS , TX
0 0 0.00
42 RICHARD BROWN
YANTIS , TX
NATHAN BROWN
YANTIS , TX
0 0 0.00
42 PETE ELLIOTT
BROOKELAND , TX
TOMMY LOVING
CYPRESS , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JOEL MAYFIELD
PERKINSTON , MS
RYAN PATTERSON
PASCAGOULA , MS
0 0 0.00
42 MICHAEL CLEMENTS
SANTAFE , TX
ELTON BROCK
MARSHALL , TX
0 0 0.00
42 LARRY COTTEN JR
HUFFMAN , TX
JAMES JOHNSON
HUFFMAN , TX
0 0 0.00
42 BRANDON SIMONEAUX
LUMBERTON , TX
COLBY BRYANT
HOUSTON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 MANUEL BEGAY
ODESSA , TX
SHANNON SIERRA
SHELBYVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JACE LINDSAY
BECKVILLE , TX
BRETT CANNON
WILLIS , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JASON MOORE
BUNA , TX
MATT JORDAN
SILSBEE , TX
0 0 0.00
42 MICHAEL WEEMS
HULL , TX
ZEAK DRYDEN
LIBERTY , TX
0 0 0.00
42 BEN BOEKER
BRENHAM , TX
CARTER AKERS
BRENHAM , TX
0 0 0.00
42 KRIS WILSON
MONTGOMERY , TX
BRYAN LOHR
LUMBERTON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 LARRY BENEFIELD
HUFFMAN , TX
MATTHEW BENEFIELD
HUFFMAN , TX
0 0 0.00
Early Entry Bajio Sunglasses
42 JOHN NEMECEK
FRIENDSWOOD , TX
BRADLEY PAGE
FRIENDSWOOD , TX
0 0 0.00
42 DOUG QUIENALTY
LAKE CHARLES , LA
CURTIS WILLIAMS
LAKE CHARLES , LA
0 0 0.00
42 BRANNON MIRE
BROUSSARD , LA
BEN MATSUBU
MANY , LA
0 0 0.00
42 TERRY HOTARD
HEMPHILL , TX
CASEY WELDON
VIDOR , TX
0 0 0.00
42 CORY LEDOUX
VINTON , LA
BRENNUM CONWAY
VINTON , LA
0 0 0.00
42 STEVE WRIGHT
PLANO , TX
RONALD RISENHOOVER
LUFKIN , TX
0 0 0.00
42 MATTHEW WRIGHT
ORANGE , TX
CAMERON MALLETT
BROOKELAND , TX
0 0 0.00
42 DOUGLAS POSEY
ORANGE , TX
DAKOTA POSEY
ORANGE , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JASON HARPER
MONTGOMERY , TX
TERRY STEVENS
HUTTO , TX
0 0 0.00
42 WARREN KEPKE
DENTON , TX
JASON TRUITT
BURLESON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 TRENT MANUEL
ORANGE , TX
GEORGE GLASS
DERRIDER , LA
0 0 0.00
42 DOUG PERKINS
PORTER , TX
BRAD HENSLEY
CLEVELAND , TX
0 0 0.00
42 MICHAEL FRECK
WASKOM , TX
RONEY MCMILLEN II
LUMBERTON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JIMMY INGLES
EDMOND , OK
STEPHEN BRANDES
MONTGOMERY , TX
0 0 0.00
42 AARON FREEMAN
MONTGOMERY , TX
HAYDEN HECK
LUFKIN , TX
0 0 0.00
42 ALLEN SHELTON
FARMERS BRANCH , TX
STRIDER BROWNING
TIMPSON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 BOB SIGNORIN
OAKHURST , TX
TRAVIS SIGNORIN
WILLIS , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JOHN MADDOX
LUFKIN , TX
JEFFERY WISE
LUFKIN , TX
0 0 0.00
42 MIKE TAYLOR
JASPER , TX
MIKE HOLLAND
RAGLEY , LA
0 0 0.00
42 EASTON HEIGLEY
NACOGDOCHES , TX
BLAKE SCHROEDER
WHITEHOUSE , TX
0 0 0.00
42 KEVIN LASYONE
DRY PRONG , LA
KALEB LASYONE
DRY PRONG , LA
0 0 0.00
42 JESSE FLAKE
JEWETT , TX
0 0 0.00
42 CHUCK NAOMI
HEMPHILL , TX
BERT THOMPSON
KEITHVILLE , LA
0 0 0.00
42 CHARLES GALLAGHER
LAWTON , OK
0 0 0.00
Early Entry Bajio Sunglasses
42 DAVID CHILES
WACO , TX
PAT NUNLEY
WACO , TX
0 0 0.00
42 BUCKY CROWSON
LAFAYETTE , LA
BRET ROGERS
MIDLAND , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JOHN MCCALMONT
ROCKWALL , TX
KEITH TAYLOR
ROCKWALL , TX
0 0 0.00
42 CURTIS WESLEY
CIBOLO , TX
ROBBIE THORSTEINSON
SEGUIN , TX
0 0 0.00
42 CLINT WEST
BROOKELAND , TX
KIRK LELEUX
KIRBYVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
42 BRAEDON METZGAR
MARBLE FALLS , TX
SID WALLACE
SAN ANGELO , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JOSH SOWELL
SHELBYVILLE , TX
WILLIAM EASLEY
POLLOK , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JOSH PRIEST
QUITMAN , TX
JONATHAN LANCASTER
QUITMAN , TX
0 0 0.00
42 STEVEN SHAFER
CLEVELAND , TX
JASON MANNERS
CLEVELAND , TX
0 0 0.00
42 BILL GUILLORY
JASPER , TX
RODNEY DOTSON
BROOKELAND , TX
0 0 0.00
42 CODY WOODS
JACKSONVILLE , TX
CODY JONES
JACKSONVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
42 STUART VILLIEN
DUSON , LA
KIPP THERIOT
YOUNGSVILLE , LA
0 0 0.00
42 JOHN ILES
LUFKIN , TX
STEPHEN JOHNSTON
HEMPHILL , TX
0 0 0.00
42 COLE MASSEY
JUSTIN , TX
RUSSELL SEYNAEVE
JUSTIN , TX
0 0 0.00
42 KEITH WHITE
BROOKELAND , TX
CHRIS MCCALL
KIRBYVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
42 MARK HOOKER
MONTGOMERY , TX
DEREK PIETSCH
MONTGOMERY , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JERRY FOSTER
CARLSBAD , NM
0 0 0.00
42 MIKE LOTT
MONTGOMERY , TX
JIMMY ROZELLE JR
PORTER , TX
0 0 0.00
42 COLE COSTLOW
LIBERTY , TX
COLTON CASTLAW
SARATOGA , TX
0 0 0.00
42 SCOOTER CLARK
CENTER , TX
ZAC CLARK
CENTER , TX
0 0 0.00
42 HAROLD MERONEY
FRUITVALE , TX
BOBBY REED JR
MINEOLA , TX
0 0 0.00
42 SHANE SPENCE
LUMBERTON , TX
CHASE GRIFFIN
LUMBERTON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 ERIC BRIGMAN
BRYAN , TX
0 0 0.00
42 CODY BROWN
SARATOGA , TX
TYLER ENLOE
BATSON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 WYATT FRANKENS
CORRIGAN , TX
HUNTER PRICE
LEANDER , TX
0 0 0.00
42 TED PATE
ALEXANDRIA , LA
ANDREW PATE
COLFAX , LA
0 0 0.00
42 CODY MILLER
LIVINGSTON , TX
JEDIDAH HOLT
LIVINGSTON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 TODD FAIRCLOTH
JASPER , TX
HUDSON FAIRCLOTH
JASPER , TX
0 0 0.00
42 RYAN GANEY
LEAGUE CITY , TX
CHAD HEITMAN
ALVIN , TX
0 0 0.00
42 ANTHONY THOMPSON
SHREVEPORT , LA
JUSTIN CHERRY
BOSSIER CITY , LA
0 0 0.00
42 CALVIN SHORT
RUSK , TX
JONATHAN SHORT
RUSK , TX
0 0 0.00
42 RICHARD EVEREST
HOBBS , NM
STEVEN TEMPLE
CARLSBAD , NM
0 0 0.00
42 RANDY ADKINS
BANDERA , TX
MIKE YARBROUGH
WINFREE , TX
0 0 0.00
42 SHAINE CAMPBELL
BROOKELAND , TX
KEITH COMBS
HUNTINGTON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 JOHN DAVILLA
CEDAR PARK , TX
CAMERON OATES
LAGO VISTA , TX
0 0 0.00
42 DANIEL METREYEON
BEAUMONT , TX
RANDY FOY
LUMBERTON , TX
0 0 0.00
42 ROBERT MAXWELL
CYPRESS , TX
SHANNON DAWSON
MAGNOLIA , TX
0 0 0.00
42 BRYAN ANDRAS
CYPRESS , TX
0 0 0.00
42 TOMMY MURRAY
BEDFORD , TX
0 0 0.00
42 KELLEY MAULDIN
COPPELL , TX
JAMES CANTWELL
KINGSLAND , TX
0 0 0.00
42 RICKY GUY
HUMBLE , TX
DICKY NEWBERRY
BROOKELAND , TX
0 0 0.00
42 YARRI SCHREIBVOGEL
BROOKLAND , TX
0 0 0.00
42 MARK WATSON
VICTORIA , TX
CORY LEITA
VICTORIA , TX
0 0 0.00
42 CLAUDE WILLIAMSON
VIDOR , TX
CADEN WILLIAMSON
VIDOR , TX
0 0 0.00
42 KYLE FOUNTAIN
LUFKIN , TX
KENNY JONES
ETOILE , TX
0 0 0.00

Powell Knows the Value of Power Pay

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

At age 32, Shane Powell gained a soulful appreciation for the value of a hard-earned dollar spending time crawling around sweltering hot Alabama residential attics.

Powell is a second-generation leader of MP Garage Doors, a highly respected business his dad started in the mid 1980s. But on the weekends, he’s a threat to win just about any tournament in Alabama, especially on his home waters of Lake Eufaula.

“Dad is pretty much retired now. So, my mom, my brother and myself handle everything from answering the phone to installing the doors and sending out invoices,” says Powell.

“We work hard for our customers and our business, and tournament fishing can be an expensive hobby. That’s why it made a ton of sense to buy a Yamaha and sign up for the Power Pay bonus program,” says the owner of a 21-foot Triton powered by a 2019 Yamaha V MAX SHO®.

It made great sense indeed. Powell’s performance during the past couple years in BFL, ABA Weekend, Toyota Series, and Alabama Bass Trail events helped him cash eight Yamaha Power Pay bonus checks totaling $3,250.

“You don’t have to win the event to get the Power Pay money. And to be honest, I love knowing that if I can just do well, I’ll probably win enough money from the Power Pay program to cover my entry fees for that event,” grins Powell, who recently competed in the 2022 Bassmaster Classic® as a result of winning the Bassmaster Team Championship.

Powell’s right. You don’t have to win your Power Pay supported tournament to cash-in. You simply have to own a 115-425 horsepower Yamaha, purchased the past 60 months, and become the highest placing registered participant competing in Yamaha Power Pay sanctioned tournaments. Plus, it’s totally free to register.

In fact, making sure you’re eligible for Power Pay bonuses is far easier than crawling around in a stifling hot attic. Just visit https://yamahapowerpay.com/.


OneWater Marine Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc.

Expected to significantly advance growth of parts and accessories business
BUFORD, GA and FT. LAUDERDALE, FL June 22, 2022 - OneWater Marine Inc. (NASDAQ: ONEW) (“OneWater” or the “Company”) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBCI) (“OBCI” or “Ocean Bio-Chem”), a leading supplier and distributor of appearance, cleaning, and maintenance products for the marine industry and the automotive, powersports, recreational vehicles, and outdoor power equipment markets, for $13.08 per share, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $125 million. As part of the transaction, OneWater will also acquire OBCI’s affiliate, Star Brite Europe, Inc. Upon closing of the transaction, both OBCI and Star Brite Europe, Inc. will be integrated into T-H Marine Supplies, LLC, OneWater’s subsidiary and strategic growth platform for parts and accessories businesses.  

 

“Ocean Bio-Chem brings aboard a suite of iconic brands and consumable products to the OneWater portfolio, and we are thrilled that OBCI’s experienced and highly regarded team will be joining us,” said Austin Singleton, Chief Executive Officer for OneWater. “OneWater has made great strides in establishing a parts and accessories business, utilizing our acquisition platform to further enhance our higher-margin businesses, helping to insulate us from the industry cyclicality of new boat sales. With a demonstrated track record of growth, OBCI’s shared values and consistent performance make it a tremendous addition to the OneWater family.”

 

As a vertically integrated supplier, OBCI manufactures, markets, and distributes a broad line of products under Star brite®, Star Tron®, Odor Star®, Performacide®, and other brand names. In addition, OBCI provides private label production, blending, and packaging for many of its products. Ocean Bio-Chem’s headquarters are located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with a manufacturing plant in Montgomery, AL, shipping products globally.

 

“With OBCI’s strong customer relationships, coupled with OneWater’s robust portfolio of products and direct-to-consumer channels, we have an enormous opportunity to extend our reach and expand our parts and accessories business. We also see significant potential to drive further margin expansion as we capture operational efficiencies across the platform. Further, OBCI’s private label consumable products for OneWater dealers will drive deeper customer engagements,” added Mr. Singleton.

 

“We are excited to be joining a team as passionate about their business as we are. With OneWater’s support and resources, we can implement promising new product lines. At the same time, we can also each leverage sales relationships across a combined portfolio to continue our histories of profitable growth,” said Peter Dornau, Chief Executive Officer and President of Ocean Bio-Chem.

 

Ocean Bio-Chem’s Board of Directors, based on the recommendation of a special committee of disinterested directors formed by the Board to evaluate the transaction, has unanimously approved the transaction.

 

Transaction Details

OneWater will finance the transaction with an extension of its term loan facility led by Truist Bank and has received a commitment letter to be executed following the transaction closing. The transaction is expected to close during the Company’s fiscal fourth quarter 2022, which ends September 30, 2022, and is subject to usual and customary closing conditions as well as regulatory review and approval.

Butler Snow LLP and Vinson & Elkins LLP are acting as OneWater’s legal counsel on the transaction. Houlihan Lokey is serving as financial advisor to the OBCI special committee, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is acting as legal counsel to OBCI.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication is being made in respect of the proposed transaction involving OneWater and Ocean Bio-Chem. Ocean Bio-Chem will prepare an information statement for its shareholders containing the information with respect to the transaction specified in Schedule 14C promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and describing the proposed transaction. When completed, a definitive Information statement will be mailed to Ocean Bio-Chem’s shareholders. Investors are urged to carefully read the information statement regarding the proposed transaction and any other relevant documents in their entirety when they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC regarding this transaction, free of charge, at the SEC’s website, http://www.sec.gov or from Ocean Bio-Chem’s website at www.obci.com.


AC Insider Podcast - LeBoom Part 2!

This week Chris & David welcome in back-to-back Pro Circuit Winner Nick LeBrun to the show to talk about his back-to-back wins, only the 3rd MLF Angler to achieve such a feat! They talk about the Jamnes River, the upcoming Champlain event next month and options Nick may have when the year is over. All this and more right here!


Cox hasn’t caught a bass deeper than 4-feet this season

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

Calendar year 2022 is nearly half over, 6 of 9 Bassmaster Elite Series events are in the books, John Cox sits second in the Progressive Elite Series Angler of the year race, and yet he still hasn’t caught a bass deeper than 4-feet all year, and does not utilize forward facing sonar.

“No, I swear, I can’t think of a single bass I’ve weighed-in all year that I caught deeper than about 4-feet,” chuckled the always happy Florida pro. “And I’ve caught most of those fish on these three lures,” says Cox, holding his three key players up for a fast photo.

Swim Jig – “This bait can be sort of a cleanup hitter a lot of days. I like to throw the ¼ ounce and trim it with a Berkley Shape 108 craw to keep it compact,” says Cox, a longtime Toyota Bonus Bucks participant.

Jerk Shad – “I started throwing a soft jerkbait when I was a kid because my mom and I saw them at the tackle store, and she said I should buy it because it looked like a real baitfish. Still to this day, it’s one of the Top 3 lures I throw. It caught me a lot of fish this year at Santee Cooper and the St. Johns,” he reflects.

Berkley General – “If I’m picking the true season MVP so far, it’s the 5” General. This bait is the reason I get to fish professionally, instead of paving and patching highways like I used to. It’s so versatile that I’ve literally built my pro career on it. I can Wacky rig it, Texas rig it, or Neko rig it – and always have super high confidence that I can catch keepers with it,” says Cox.

Certainly, all three baits match his penchant for staying super shallow, but what about the last three remaining Elite Series events that include two enormous fisheries in the St. Lawrence River and Lake Oahe that are sure to be dominated by drop shots, deeper water, and forward-facing sonar?

“I haven’t used forward facing sonar all year. I rigged it on my boat at St. Clair in 2020 and I could see the fish swimming away from me. That kind of freaked me out, so I stopped using it and actually lead most of that event fishing around seawalls and docks,” smiles Cox. “And last summer on the St. Lawrence I won the opening rounds in an MLF event with 54 bass that totaled 175-pounds, but I caught all those super-shallow too.”

Cox admits it scares him to think about changing his game. And who can blame him? Few pros challenge for more wins than he does, and his seemingly constant place in the Top 10 of Angler of the Year race takes the logic out of leaving the shallows.

To punctuate his approach, perhaps no quote better defines his mindset than when he explains why he chose the three lures you see him holding here.

“I can cover all depth ranges with these three lures. You know, from 0 to 4-feet!” he concluded with sincerity and a laugh.


Trey Wade Bradley Parnell win $10,000 in final ABT on Lake Eufaula with 19.71

By Jason Duran

Eufaula, ALA- The South Division of the Alabama Bass Trail wrapped up its regular season with its final stop at Lake Eufaula where 225 teams fished for a 1st place prize of $10,000. This tournament also closed out the Angler of the Year Race. Teams finishing in the top 9 in AOY qualified to fish the B.A.S.S. Team Championship, and the top 75 teams qualified for the ABT Championship. On a very hot June day at Lake Eufaula the team of Trey Wade and Bradley Parnell weighed in 19.71 pounds for first place.

Tray Wade and Bradley Parnell, a first-year team on the ABT, found a school of fish in practice that was “in a mid-depth range. We wanted to fish away from the boat traffic and away from other anglers. When we found these fish in practice, they were a little smaller- about 1.5 to 2 pounds. Our goal was to go out today and catch those fish and make the ABT Championship. We started our morning up shallow and caught a couple of small fish on buzz baits. When the sun got up, we made the move to our practice area.” The team described this area as “a channel swing with wood.” They fished this area with med-shallow diving Bandit 200 series in a couple different colors including: spatter back, sexy shad and a mistake. With this win they collected a $10,000 pay day and punched their ticket to the ABT Championship.

Noah and Cole Godwin finished in second place with 19.18 pounds and $5000. This team has been very successful on the ABT in recent years with two wins and another top 5 finish.  They made the run-down river to target fish both shallow and deep. They caught them early, had a limit of 15-pounds in the first 10 minutes, and culled up to their final weight in the next thirty minutes. The team “never really got the big bite.”  They found the fish last weekend in “practice on a main river ledge that looked like there were 50 fish in there. We caught a couple 3 and 4-pound fish. We found a few more schools in practice, but our main spot seemed to have the best fish, so we ran straight there this morning.” The team caught fish almost every cast to start the morning on a 6 Sense Crush crank bait, Nichols Lures Ben Parker Mag spoon and a Big Bite baits B2 worm. “This lake has always gotten us, but this time we put in more idle time in until we found schools- that was the key to our success.”  Noah and Cole finished 16th AOY and qualified for the ABT Championship.

Josh Chapple and Paul Davis finished in 3rd place with 18.83 pounds and cashed a $4,000 check.  The team spent the day fishing offshore. “Practice was tough; it was hard to locate fish this week. Today we made about 30 stops fishing from take-off all the way down to White Oak Creek. This morning we had two really good fish catches that helped us. Those two fish were the biggest we got all week, and it really was a lot of luck. We caught fish on a bunch of different baits like a Strike King Sexy Shad 6xD and a big red worm like everyone throws here.” The team finished 3rd in AOY and qualified for the B.A.S.S. Team Championship and the ABT Championship.

Brain Stiffler and Wesley Gore finished today with 1054 AOY points moving them from 2nd to 1st place. With those points they also claim the ABT overall AOY since they finished with more points than the North Division AOY Team of Wesley Sams/Jordan Wiggins with 1037. The top 9 teams in the South Division are listed below. They all qualify to fish the B.A.S.S. Team Championship.

PLACE              ANGLERS                                 POINTS

1          Brian Stiffler/Wesley Gore                 1054

2          Chris Rutland/Coby Carden                1050

3          Josh Chapple/Paul Davis                     1030

4          Rob Lee/Steve Winslett                      1025

5          Foster Bradley/Nick Harris                 1003

6          Adam Bain/Kris Colley                        986

7          Jeston Anderson/Scott Saucer           941

8          Joey Davidson /Tullis Lanier               937

9          Frank Bradfield/Tyler Morgan            936

The top five standings are below for a complete list of standings please visit:

https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/lake-eufaula/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.

 


Lester takes a blue trophy to the beach

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

If you know Brandon Lester, you know Sundays hold a special place in his heart, and that he treasures time at the beach nearly as much as bass fishing. So, Sunday June 5, 2022 played out like a script written in his deepest hopes and dreams.

Just after a spiritually rich sunrise at Pickwick Lake, he caught the majority of his tournament-winning weight, held up the coveted blue Elite Series trophy later that afternoon, then headed straight to the white sandy beaches of Northwest Florida he treasures with the people he loves the most.

“A buddy of mine towed my boat back home for me while I finished interviews at Pickwick. And as soon as I was done taking care of sponsors and media, we literally drove straight from the weigh-in area at Pickwick to Navarre Beach, Florida. And that blue trophy became the centerpiece on the counter of the beach condo the rest of the week,” grins Lester.

From swimming in the turquoise waters of Roatan Island east of Belize, to a huge cobia on the end of his line jumping to avoid being eaten by an 8-foot shark near Orange Beach, Lester’s made some great memories around saltwater, and much like that special Sunday celebration at Pickwick, he saw all those moments through Costa’s quality lenses.

“I’ve worn Costas my entire career, and I wore them Championship Sunday at Pickwick when a lifelong dream came true. I actually keep several different pairs of Costas in my boat featuring different lens colors to best match whatever weather we’re dealing with. But when somebody asks me to help them choose just one great all around lens color, I usually tell them green mirror https://www.costadelmar.com/en-us/sunglasses/6S9006-97963498159 -- that’s what I wore on Championship Sunday at Pickwick,” he says.

As a result of his loyalty to Costa, Lester will collect a healthy cash bonus because he registered for Costa’s Compete + Conserve program.

Just as rewarding, he has chosen the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, one of Compete + Conserve’s conservation partners, to receive a $500 donation in his name for the protection and conservation of our fisheries – quite the perfect punctuation to a dream-like Sunday that ended with a blue trophy and sugar white sand.

To learn more and get registered, please visit https://www.costacompeteandconserve.com/


AC Insider Podcast - Mr. Consistency

 

On this Dads Day edition of the AC Insider Podcast, Chris & The boys welcome in Pickwick Elite Series Champ Brandon Lester to the show to talk about his win, his family and the legacy he hopes to leave on this sport. Listen, Did you know that he has finished in the top 30 in over 50% of his tournamtents with BASS? Now you do. Check it out!


VanDam’s generosity may lead to more 10-pounders at Grand Lake

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

If you catch a 10-pound bass from Oklahoma’s iconic Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees a few years from now, Kevin VanDam is probably the first person you should thank.

VanDam, a Michigan native, and the man most consider the greatest tournament bass angler of all time, generously gave $5,000 to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife for the purchase of several thousand fingerling bass containing “F1” genetics.

The fingerlings feature a cross between cold weather tolerant native largemouth genes, and Florida strain bass genes known for their fast and weighty growth, and as of June 2, 2022 there are 31,000 of the fingerlings now swimming in Grand.

“Grand Lake has always been special to me. I have two major wins on Grand, and I’ve always felt really at home there. So, during MLF’s REDCREST event on Grand this spring, Sherry and I wanted to do something special as a gift from the Kevin VanDam Foundation to give back to that particular fishery,” explains VanDam.

However, much like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a group effort to raise trophy-size largemouth bass. And the fact so many private donors were inspired by VanDam’s donation and matched his efforts financially to help increase the number of fingerlings purchased is impressive.

Groups like the Swank Family Foundation, Whiskey Point at Grand Lake, Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation, Southstone Construction, Flying Squirrel Farms and others combined to join VanDam’s generosity, and quickly raised around $40,000 total for the purchase of nearly 100,000 F1 genetic fingerling largemouth over the next few years.

“The goal is not to add more fish to Grand Lake, because Grand already has a highly abundant largemouth population. So, our stocking rate is only going to be around two fish per acre,” says Brad Johnston, ODWC Fisheries Biologist.

By the numbers, while two fingerlings per acre may not seem like a lot, depending on how water levels and natural predation affect this particular group of fingerlings, statistics prove around 20,000 of these Florida-strain fish will likely be swimming as fast-growing adults in Grand Lake a few years from now.

“The goal of this project is to stock fish with the potential to reach 8 to 10-pounds more frequently than we historically see caught at Grand,” adds Johnston, who is tremendously grateful for the wave of generosity VanDam began.

The bottom line is the bottom line. It costs money to grow fish, especially larger fingerlings of the F1 genetic variety.

And even though a ‘trial run’ at nearby Lake Eucha proves F1 are handling the colder climate of Northeastern Oklahoma and beginning to flourish, that doesn’t mean agencies such as the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife can afford to raise the hundreds of thousands of fingerlings necessary to make an impact on a much larger reservoir like Grand.

“Kevin and Sherry VanDam’s donation got the ball rolling. Others generously matched their donation, and collectively they allowed us to keep going with our F1 stocking program on Grand. To have an angler of Kevin VanDam’s caliber choose to help us like he did deserves a huge thank you,” concludes biologist Johnston in grateful fashion.


Jerry Hartline Robbin Vaughn win ABT Lake Guntersville with 24.57

by Jason Duran

Scottsboro, Ala June 11- Lake Guntersville was the final stop for the Alabama Bass Trail North Division’s regular season. With this being the final event of the season, teams were not just competing to claim the $10,000 first place prize in this event. They also competed throughout the season to accumulate AOY points hoping to finish in the top 75 to qualify for the ABT championship. Teams in the top 9 will qualify to fish the Bassmaster Team Championship, and the team with the highest overall points will be crowned AOY for the north division. With 22 teams catching over 19 pounds and the first-place team of Jerry Hartline and Robbin Vaughn weighing in 24.57 pounds, Lake Guntersville continues to be one of the top lakes in the country.

Jerry and Robbin were boat number 218 to start the day and knew the places they wanted to fish down river would probably be occupied by the rest of the field before they were able to get there. They decided to make a short idle over to the point just past take off and start fishing which would give them the opportunity to fish without having to share water with other teams. They went to work fishing in the grass using a buzzbait and a ChatterBait looking for the early morning bite. “We caught a keeper fairly quick and had a blow up on the buzzbait, so we followed up with the ChatterBait and caught a 5-pounder. We missed another 5-pounder right after.  We could have weighed in over 26-pounds today, but we missed those. We started working our way down the lake after a lull in the action fishing some areas that we found in practice. Those areas weren’t productive for us, so we decided to try an area about 200 yards down lake, and it was there that we caught our biggest fish of the day (7.35 pounds) on a homemade ‘Parker Jolly senko.’ There was another lull after that making it almost noon until we got our limit. The key for us was using our mapping to find areas that looked good to us where we didn’t have to share the water with other teams. We are from Smith Lake where we flip boat docks a lot, so we decided if we could flip boat docks, we could flip grass.” The team caught about 20 fish throughout the day primarily using the Jolly Senko in green pumpkin fished weightless and rigged wacky style and an Evergreen Jackhammer in a chartreuse and shad pattern. With this win Jerry and Robin automatically qualify for the ABT Championship. Before this event they were well out of the top 100, so they were excited to get the win and the $10,000 first place.

The team of Dean Nelson and Clyde Hunt finished in 2nd place with 22.74 pounds and collected $5,000. In practice they spent a lot of time in Roseberry Creek. Late Friday they tried an area down river and quickly caught better quality fish, so they decided to start there. Taking off as boat 105 they hoped nobody would be on their spot when they arrived. The area they located was in the back of Seibold creak near the Marina. “Our home lake is Weiss Lake, and it doesn’t have as much grass as Guntersville. We fish the grass, but we don’t like to fish it as much. So, we located an area with a little less grass, and we were able to fish it better.” They fished a Dirty Jigs in black, blue and green pumpkin flipping boat docks around the marina along the grass edge. “There were lot of other teams scattered around in the area, but none of them were fishing in our area. We fished the jig by making long casts twitching it back to the boat. Because we aren’t used to fishing the grass, the fish can sneak up. When you’re working the bait back to the boat, sometimes it feels like a wet sock- that’s the bite! You got to be sharp and ready to catch these fish.”

Lance Whitaker and Jeremy Briscoe live on the lake in Browns Creek, so they were able to spend some time practicing a few weeks ago and a couple hours on Friday locating fish. They located a few spots south between take off and the 431 bridge. The plan was to make a run to those spots and fish. They started out boat number 19, and as they drove south, each time they passed a spot, they found it was already being fished by other local fishermen. Continuing the run, they ended up in their home creek and decided to fish.  Rotating through baits like NetBait Mini Kickin’, a 12-inch Texas rigged worm, a jig and spinnerbait, they caught a limit of about 17-pounds by 5:45. Catching three more quality fish, they culled up to 22.56 pounds and didn’t catch any other quality fish after 10:45. The team finished 5th earlier this year at Weiss Lake and finished the year 41 in points qualifying for the ABT Championship. With this 3rd place finish, they collected a $4,000 pay day.

Wesley Sams and Jordan Wiggins were crowned Anglers of the Year for the North Division earning them another trip to the Bassmaster Team Championship this year on Lake Hartwell and another shot at the Bassmaster Classic. Last year Jordan qualified and fished the Bassmaster Classic. They are excited about fishing Lake Hartwell because it sets up much like Smith Lake where they call home. The top 9 teams from each ABT Division qualify for the Bassmaster Team Championship. The North qualifiers are listed below:

Top 9 Teams AOY North Division

1          Wesley Sams/Jordan Wiggins                   1037

2          Gregory Lamb/David Powell                      999

3          Mitch Mitchell/Candler Mccollum           955

4          Benjie Seaborn/Johnathan Seaborn        954

5          Justin Lane/Luke Mason                             952

6          Nolen Spencer/Jonathon Reese               951

7          Greg Tomlin/Jeremy Tomlin                      936

8          Damien Willis/Tyler Kiker                           927

9          Craig Grubbs/Matt Ferguson                    913

The top five standings are below for a complete list of standings please visit:

https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/lake-guntersville/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.


AC Insider Podcast - All American Champ!!!

 

This week Chris and the Boys welcome in your 2022 BFL ALL-American Champ Connor Cunningham to the show to talk about his Wire-to-Wire Win on Lake Hamilton and what he plans to do with over $120,000!!!  Check it out!


Jade Keeton and Adam Brown Win ABT 100 on Neely Henry with 17.23 

By Jason Duran

The second stop of three Alabama Bass Trail 100 tournaments made its way to Neely Henry Lake where one hundred teams competed for a total payout of $100,000. A smaller field than the normal ABT allows teams to spread out a little more and often find areas where other teams aren’t fishing. Add a bigger pay day, and it makes for an exciting day of bass fishing.

Jade Keeton and Adam Brown caught 17.23 pounds but were unsure if that was enough to win until the scales closed on Saturday. Adam “has fished this lake for 30 years and placed second way more than first. When you get in that 17-pound range, it’s kind of tricky because somebody will usually come in with 20 pounds.” The team made a run of a little over an hour to fish an area called the dead river. This area of the lake is shallow and difficult to navigate, and the lake level dropped some overnight making it even more difficult to access the areas the team wanted to fish.  Adam “probably wouldn’t have even risked it today if it wasn’t for a tournament of this caliber. That area is difficult to get to and things can change, and you might not get back out once you get in there.” The team used a tunnel hull boat that Adam has been tweaking on for a couple years.

After making the run, they quickly went to work “catching several early and a limit in about an hour and a half of 11-12 pounds. Then we had a lull of about an hour and discussed leaving but made the decision to stay. We felt like if we left the area, we would only just run in to other boat traffic. We had more water to ourselves in this area and quality fish; we just needed to catch them. We decided to stay and around 11:30 we had two culls back-to-back that helped us. We also lost a couple that would have made that hour and a half ride back easier; we really needed to cull out a 2-pounder.” They took a team approach to bait selection and used baits that complemented their style of fishing. Adam used a “Stan Sloan spinner bait in chartreuse and white with a modified arm and a Colorado blade and a #5 willow blade. Jade used a “Scotty Johnston ¼ oz swim jig in black and blue.” They took the risk of making the long run to skinny water, and it made the difference! They cashed a $25,000 check for their work.

The second-place team of Kris Colley and Adam Bain spent about a day and a half practicing and said, “we just came here to fish this weekend. It was basically just the normal Neely Henry pattern for us.” They spent the day “swimming a custom-made LC Swim Jig with the key being to cover shallow water areas and spend the day basically junk fishing. There wasn’t any rhyme or reason to where we caught our fish; we just caught them wherever we ran across one. We probably fished 30 different areas and caught 12 -15 fish throughout the day. We were surprised we didn’t really catch fish first thing in the morning when we have normally been catching them.”  Kris and Adam have fished the ABT in both the north and south divisions, so when the opportunity for the ABT 100 came along, they figured why not just fish this one too. They cashed a 12.500 ABT 100 payday and added a few bonuses including a $500 Garmin Bonus and a $1000 AmFirst Bonus. Their final weight was 16.68 pounds.

David Pair and Jimmy Mason claimed third place with 16.29 and $10,000. “Practice for us was tough and eliminated a lot of water. We had a couple decent periods of fish catching learning the end of the day was a little better than the morning yesterday.  Today, we started out upriver then moved down river. Most of our fish were caught swimming a Jig. We ended up catching a few swimming a jig around the grass, but most of them came from swimming a jig around the docks that had the most Mayflies around them. There was a Mayfly hatch everywhere, so a lot of them were around the docks. The water depth was less than five feet, and we noticed when we would swim the jig around the docks, we would bump laydowns and bunches of bluegills would come up. We started out swimming a BOOYAH Mobster Swim Jig in white but didn’t get very many bites on it. When we made the switch to the black and blue jig and green pumpkin jig, that made the difference for us. We matched up with a YUM Spine Craw Trailer.” The team is really looking forward to the final stop at Pickwick Lake and expect there to be some really good fishing the final event.

For a complete list of standings please visit:

https://www.alabamabasstrail100.org/neely-henry-lake-results/

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


Lambert and Hollingshead win over $33,000 on Tawakoni with 26.00 lbs. Dean and Peacock win North AOY

Place Boat Truck Angler 1 Angler 2 Fish Big Bass Wt. Prize Amt.
1 BRANDEN HOLLINGSHEAD
AZLE , TX
JEREMY LAMBERT
DECATUR , TX
5 0 26.00
$33,200 w/SkeeterCash,JamesWood,PowerPole,SureLife
2 JAKE MEEKS
FARMERSVILLE , TX
LUKE MEEKS
FARMERSVILLE , TX
5 0 24.72
$4500.00
3 AARON ASHMORE
IVANHOE , TX
ROBERT NULL
DENISON , TX
5 0 23.01
$3500.00
4 BYRON BIONDI
KENNEDALE , TX
JASON GREENFIELD
KENNEDALE , TX
5 0 22.03
$2400.00
5 CODY MASON
SULPHUR SPRINGS , TX
MONTECO HAWTHORNE
RICHARDSON , TX
5 0 21.78
$2000.00
6 ARCHIE HAYLEY
MT VERNON , TX
GAGE IVEY 5 0 21.67
$1500.00
7 SHAWN TEMPLE
KRUGERVILLE , TX
COLE TEMPLE
FORT WORTH , TX
5 0 21.53
$1300.00
8 TOMMY MURRAY
BEDFORD , TX
KEITH IVY
PONDER , TX
5 7.26 20.87
$1200.00
9 WESLEY BARNARD
HALLSVILLE , TX
ANDREW SCOTT
MARSHALL , TX
5 6.76 20.51
$1070.00
9 MIKE BURNS
ALLEN , TX
ROB BURNS
PLANO , TX
5 5.59 20.51
$1070.00
11 TIM WILCOXSON
ROCKWALL , TX
ERIC ELDER
SCROGGINS , TX
5 0 20.15
$2,530.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash , Fun n Sun
12 DYLON GARCIA
BONHAM , TX
ROBERT HOLLAND
DODD CITY , TX
5 0 19.86
$1020.00
13 RYAN AUTERY
RICHARDSON , TX
THOMAS ROSS
ROCKWALL , TX
5 0 19.83
$1010.00
14 BRETT KILMER
FATE , TX
CARL TODD JR
QUINLAN , TX
5 0 19.74
$1000.00
15 KEVIN DRITSCHLER
PROSPER , TX
MIKE WITHROW
CORSICANA , TX
5 0 19.01
$1,500.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
16 ROB MEDDERS
CELINA , TX
ROB WILSON
SHERMAN , TX
5 0 18.98
$1000.00
17 RANDY TURNER
GREENVILLE , TX
TREY TURNER
ROYSE CITY , TX
5 6.87 18.81
$1000.00
18 TERRY PEACOCK
ROYSE CITY , TX
SCOTT DEAN
TERRELL , TX
5 0 18.63
$1000.00
19 MARK WYLIE
KELLER , TX
MARK PARKER
GRAPEVINE , TX
5 0 17.86
$900.00
20 JOEL CHAPMAN
WYLIE , TX
ANDY WILBURN
ROYSE CITY , TX
5 0 17.77
$850.00
21 KENT SIKES
ROANOKE , TX
DARRELL CAMPBELL
ALBA , TX
5 5.89 17.57
$800.00
22 IAIN MCCLELLAND
CELINA , TX
TRISTAN WHITE
CELINA , TX
4 0 17.37
$800.00
23 KEITH MCMILLAN
QUINLAN , TX
JUSTIN PRIEST
CANTON , TX
5 0 17.35
$800.00
24 JOSEPH RAINS
GAINESVILLE , TX
DOUG SHAMPINE
ALBA , TX
5 0 17.25
$800.00
25 KEITH TAYLOR
ROCKWALL , TX
LARRY LADNIER
ROCKWALL , TX
5 0 17.07
$800.00
26 JOHNNY UNDERFUSSER
DENISON , TX
RON SAUCEMAN
COLLINSVILLE , TX
5 0 17.06
$800.00
27 SCOT MCDONALD
CELINA , TX
KEITH KRZEMINSKI
AUBREY , TX
5 7.32 17.00
1,300.00 with Big Bass, Techron, , Fun n Sun Bonus
28 JACOB KINARD
ROCKWALL , TX
GARY KINARD
FORNEY , TX
5 0 16.96
29 CHRIS BACHTA
GRAPEVINE , TX
CHARLIE JOHNSON
DECATUR , TX
5 0 16.85
30 CRAIG DOWIS
DALLAS , TX
MICHAEL VASQUEZ
TEMPLE , TX
5 0 16.59
31 DUSTY FRANK
WEST POINT , TX
RUSTY REEDY
SPRING BRANCH , TX
5 0 16.58
32 STEVEN LOFTICE
VAN ALSTYNE , TX
MONTY EDGE
VAN ALSTYNE , TX
5 0 16.38
33 DOUG BRUNDIDGE
FARMERSVILLE , TX
BERNARD GUNN JR
FARMERSVILLE , TX
5 0 16.28
34 MIKE CRAIN
AZLE , TX
ANDREW RICKMAN JR
CANTON , TX
5 0 15.76
35 SCOTTY GALBREAITH
WEATHERFORD , TX
JASON GALBREAITH
BURLESON , TX
5 5.52 15.74
35 KEITH CARNEY
ARLINGTON , TX
KEVIN CARNEY
ARLINGTON , TX
5 0 15.74
37 COLE BREWER
LEESVILLE , LA
GEORGE SHIPPEY
MT PLEASANT , TX
5 0 15.45
38 TIM CLINE
SHERMAN , TX
JAXON CLINE
SHERMAN , TX
5 0 15.39
39 DANIEL RAMSEY
TRINIDAD , TX
DEREK ROGERS
MALAKOFF , TX
5 0 15.34
40 DENNIS HASTINGS
FLOWER MOUND , TX
RONNIE SIMS
LEWISVILLE , TX
5 0 15.27
41 HEATH MOODY
SOUTHLAKE , TX
CODY MORRISON
COLLINSVILLE , TX
5 0 15.10
42 JOHNNY TRAMMELL
BOYD , TX
DOYLE REDDELL
MINERAL WELLS , TX
5 0 14.91
43 CHUCK RIZUTO
ALBA , TX
DON STAPLETON
YANTIS , TX
5 0 14.86
44 DAVID CROW
ARLINGTON , TX
JOHNNY RAY
BURLESON , TX
5 0 14.77
45 JAMES WRIGHT
BROWNSBORO , TX
DARRIN WRIGHT
BROWNSBORO , TX
5 0 14.67
46 EDDIE HALL
CADDO MILLS , TX
BRANDON BREWER
CADDO MILLS , TX
5 0 14.55
47 JACOB BAKER
TERRELL , TX
MATTHEW KIRKLIN
HOLLY LAKE RANCH , TX
5 0 14.54
48 DEVIN BUSHLAND
ALLEN , TX
CARSON KIRKHUFF
COLLEYVILLE , TX
5 4.81 14.45
49 CHUCK BISHOP
SANGER , TX
LEVI SMITHERS
SANGER , TX
5 0 14.24
50 DAKOTA MCBRIDE
WINNSBORO , TX
JEFF MCBRIDE
WINNSBORO , TX
5 0 14.18
51 KELLY FERGUSON
FATE , TX
JAXON FERGUSON
FATE , TX
5 0 14.05
52 CHASE WELCH
CRANDALL , TX
CHASE WOOD
COMBINE , TX
5 0 14.04
52 STEVE WHITE
EUSTACE , TX
RAY PAGE JR
CRANDALL , TX
5 0 14.04
54 JEFF PITRUCHA
GREENVILLE , TX
GARY COOPER
COMBINE , TX
5 0 14.03
54 CHRIS GILROY
FRISCO , TX
MICHAEL FULLER
BLUE RIDGE , TX
5 0 14.03
56 JARED WEST
ROYSE CITY , TX
RANDY SPENCE
TERRELL , TX
5 0 13.96
57 KYLE WILLIAMS
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
MARK CROW
PALMER , TX
5 0 13.93
58 JOHN MCDIFFITT
GRANBURY , TX
BOBBY VINCENT
HUDSON OAKS , TX
5 0 13.89
59 BRANDON MURPHY
QUINLAN , TX
CLINTON RULE
ROYSE CITY , TX
5 0 13.87
60 KENNETH MOORE
RED OAK , TX
COLTON MOORE
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
5 0 13.82
61 JAMES FENNELL
GORDONVILLE , TX
KEITH CULLUM
CORINTH , TX
5 0 13.77
61 RICHARD MCCORMACK
WICHITA FALLS , TX
JAMES REAVES
HENRIETTA , TX
5 0 13.77
63 JEFF NORRIS
DECATUR , TX
RONNIE NORRIS
DECATUR , TX
5 0 13.74
64 BOB HAYNES
PILOT POINT , TX
JESSE BRAZILE
KRUM , TX
5 0 13.73
65 ADAM PELS
PILOT POINT , TX
CHRIS PELS
SANGER , TX
5 0 13.58
66 MATT MORTON
DALLAS , TX
DAVID WHITE
FARMERSVILLE , TX
4 0 13.57
67 CHRIS DIGINO
DALLAS , TX
SCOTT CLAUSEN
CORINTH , TX
5 0 13.55
68 JD LAUGHERY
ROCKWALL , TX
STAN LAWING
POETRY , TX
5 0 13.54
69 WILLIAM PALMER
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
JERAMIE BYRD
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
5 0 13.52
70 TONY CLIMER
MESQUITE , TX
TOMMY CLIMER JR
MESQUITE , TX
5 0 13.47
71 JOE ROME
FLOWER MOUND , TX
JOEL MCBRIDE
CORINTH , TX
5 0 13.45
72 DREW SLOAN
SCURRY , TX
NOLAN JACKSON
ROYSE CITY , TX
5 0 13.35
73 JARED TAYLOR
SOUTHLAKE , TX
PERRY POWELL
ALBA , TX
5 0 13.31
74 MARK MAYBEN
PLANO , TX
JOHN MAYBEN
DALLAS , TX
5 0 13.16
75 HUNTER SMITH
SULPHUR SPRINGS , TX
JEFF SANDERSON
SULPHUR SPRINGS , TX
5 0 13.08
76 TOMMY HULSEY JR
CORSICANA , TX
JUSTIN GARNETT
FAIRFIELD , TX
5 0 13.04
77 VIRGIL KUYKENDALL
KEMP , TX
DON KUYKENDALL
GUN BARRREL CITY , TX
5 0 12.97
78 DARRYL ROACH
DECATUR , TX
DANIEL HERRING
WATUAGA , TX
5 0 12.95
78 TREVOR ROMANS
CELINA , TX
MATT MCMILLAN
FORT WORTH , TX
5 0 12.95
80 KENNETH COLLARD
CANTON , TX
DANNY HOWARD
GUN BARREL CITY , TX
5 0 12.83
81 JOSH KEITHLEY
FORT WORTH , TX
JUSTIN KEITHLEY
ARLINGTON , TX
5 0 12.82
82 CHUCK ARMSTRONG
ARTHUR CITY , TX
TERRY ANDERSON
POWDERLY , TX
5 0 12.78
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PILOT POINT , TX
JACOB DAVID
PILOT POINT , TX
5 0 12.71
84 TRENT MENEES
NORTHLAKE , TX
TERRY BOLLOM
FRISCO , TX
5 0 12.63
84 KENT SKOGLUND
TIOGA , TX
KYLE SKOGLUND
DECATUR , TX
4 0 12.63
86 CODY BURDINE
BRIDGEPORT , TX
BOBBY POINTER
ALVORD , TX
5 5.17 12.60
87 MARK SPURGIN
MCKINNEY , TX
TYLER HOLMES
RICHARDSON , TX
5 0 12.59
87 JOHN MASTERS
ROYSE CITY , TX
CHAD CANNON
ROYSE CITY , TX
5 0 12.59
89 TOM WARD
TYLER , TX
JIM CRAWFORD
NACOGDOCHES , TX
5 0 12.56
90 RICK NEWTON
DALLAS , TX
JOHN THOMPSON
GRAPEVINE , TX
4 0 12.49
91 JUSTIN KELLEY
JOSHUA , TX
RAY BOSQUEZ JR
FORT WORTH , TX
5 0 12.43
92 JON HARWOOD
QUINLAN , TX
JERAMY MARINELLI
ROYSE CITY , TX
5 0 12.36
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POINT , TX
MORRIS MCCUTCHEON
WINNSBORO , TX
5 0 12.33
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ATHENS , TX
DAKOTA TRIMBLE
KAUFMAN , TX
5 0 12.06
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ALEDO , TX
LARRY BOTTOM
WILLOW PARK , TX
5 0 12.05
96 KRIS CHITTY
CANTON , TX
SARA CHITTY
CANTON , TX
5 0 11.96
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FRISCO , TX
MARK MCWHIRTER
ARGYLE , TX
5 0 11.94
98 JOEL MYERS
CONROE , TX
SKYLER EWING
ARLINGTON , TX
5 0 11.85
99 JUSTIN DUBOSE
PARADISE , TX
STEVE LYNAM
SOUTHLAKE , TX
5 0 11.81
100 GORDON WELLS
GUN BARRELL CITY , TX
CHRIS RYAN
CRANDALL , TX
5 0 11.70
101 KEITH TRIMBLE
TRINIDAD , TX
TOM KRESSLEY
SHERMAN , TX
5 0 11.59
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WACO , TX
PAT NUNLEY
WACO , TX
5 0 11.55
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MANSFIELD , TX
SHANNON MCCALEB
JOSHUA , TX
5 0 11.46
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PERRYTON , TX
CHRIS GARCIA
PERRYTON , TX
5 0 11.22
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FT WORTH , TX
MARY BADARACK
FORT WORTH , TX
5 0 11.15
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DALLAS , TX
CARLOS JIMENEZ
BURLESON , TX
4 0 11.10
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HIGHLAND VILLAGE , TX
MIKE KUBANEK
HIGHLAND VILLAGE , TX
4 0 10.66
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DENISON , TX
HI HILLBURN
COLBERT , OK
5 0 10.64
109 BRYON HARRISON
QUINLAN , TX
DIRK SMITH
FARMERSVILLE , TX
4 4.77 10.50
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FRANKSTON , TX
NATHAN WHITE
FRANKSTON , TX
5 0 10.28
111 MARK BIONDI SR
BURLESON , TX
MARK BIONDI JR
BURLESON , TX
5 0 10.04
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CADDO MILLS , TX
ABBIE WEBER
CADDO MILLS , TX
4 0 10.00
113 CODY NIX
PLANO , TX
CORY NIX
CELINA , TX
3 0 9.87
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FRISCO , TX
DAMON NEAL
PROSPER , TX
3 0 9.86
115 GIB COATS
FORT WORTH , TX
JOHN HARRIS
FORT WORTH , TX
3 0 9.61
116 ROGER RITCHIE
WICHITA FALLS , TX
RICHARD RITCHIE
BENTON , AR
4 0 9.50
117 CHRIS MOORE
ROCKWALL , TX
KY MARTIN
GRANDVIEW , TX
3 0 9.31
118 JOHN CARTER
MABANK , TX
COREY MAPLES
SULPHUR SPRINGS , TX
3 0 9.11
119 SCOTT TROUTT
CORINTH , TX
DENNIS BUSHLAND
DENTON , TX
5 0 8.88
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GRAPEVINE , TX
ROBBIE CHENAULT
RICHARDSON , TX
4 0 8.87
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YANTIS , TX
MICHAEL CARRILLO
DALLAS , TX
5 0 8.44
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JACKSBORO , TX
COLBY BRYAN
DECATUR , TX
3 0 7.98
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VAN , TX
AUSTIN HODGE
VAN , TX
3 0 7.71
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MCKINNEY , TX
JD WILLIAMS
MCKINNEY , TX
2 0 6.56
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FORT WORTH , TX
JEFFERY MCCORMICK
BENBROOK , TX
3 0 6.49
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DECATUR , TX
JASON DUNNING
DECATUR , TX
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GAINESVILLE , TX
DAVID CAHAL
LONGVIEW , TX
2 0 6.08
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NEVADA , TX
JASON HADLEY
FATE , TX
2 0 6.07
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WINNSBORO , TX
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BULLARD , TX
LEE HAMMERS
FRANKSTON , TX
2 0 4.22
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MESQUITE , TX
JAMES SHARP
EMORY , TX
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ARLINGTON , TX
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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS , TX
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POWDERLY , TX
BRANDON BEERS
PARIS , TX
0 0 0.00
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RIO VISTA , TX
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COMBINE , TX
THOMAS WELCH
TERRELL , TX
0 0 0.00
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ALBA , TX
CASEY CHEATHAM
DALLAS , TX
0 0 0.00
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RICHARDSON , TX
TERRY HAWKINS
CORSICANA , TX
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ALBA , TX
BRIAN HALL
BRONTE , TX
0 0 0.00
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CROSS ROADS , TX
NATHAN MEHL
CROSSROADS , TX
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PROSPER , TX
CHRIS STRATTA
LITTLE ELM , TX
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KAUFMAN , TX
RYAN NEVIL
SCURRY , TX
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DENTON , TX
BUSTER JOHNSON
KRUM , TX
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COPPER CANYON , TX
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COPPER CANYON , TX
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FORNEY , TX
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FORNEY , TX
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COLLEYVILLE , TX
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PRINCETON , TX
0 0 0.00
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HOUSTON , TX
DOUG DURRWACHTER
ROANOKE , TX
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FRISCO , TX
ZACHARY SHIMON
MCKINNEY , TX
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BOYD , TX
GAVIN BROOKS
BOYD , TX
0 0 0.00
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LINDSAY , OK
DEATON SMITH
WEATHORFORD , TX
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FLOWER MOUND , TX
BRIAN MOORE
QUINLAN , TX
0 0 0.00
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TOM BEAN , TX
TODD CHILDS
WAXAHACHI , TX
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GATESVILLE , TX
COLTEN WASHBURN
GATESVILLE , TX
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MARBLE FALLS , TX
0 0 0.00
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KENNARD , TX
TRAVIS ROY JR
KENNARD , TX
0 0 0.00
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WILLS POINT , TX
JAMES GORE
QUINLAN , TX
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ABILENE , TX
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LARUE , TX
JAY REEDY
LARUE , TX
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ROCKWALL , TX
CHRIS HUFF
ROCKWALL , TX
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ARDMORE , OK
ERIC DUNCAN
ARDMORE , OK
0 0 0.00
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MESQUITE , TX
BRAD BEESON
CLEBURNE , TX
0 0 0.00
131 WARREN KEPKE
DENTON , TX
JASON TRUITT
BURLESON , TX
0 0 0.00
131 MATT HITT
ROYSE CITY , TX
RUSSELL STROMAN
HEARTLAND , TX
0 0 0.00
131 TYLER ROANE
GUNTER , TX
JOSH ROANE
PROSPER , TX
0 0 0.00
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PLANO , TX
TOM MOCNY
QUITMAN , TX
0 0 0.00
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MCKINNEY , TX
BRANDT BIGGERSTAFF
FRISCO , TX
0 0 0.00
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WEATHERFORD , TX
DARREN HEAVNER
WEATHERFORD , TX
0 0 0.00
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ARGYLE , TX
MATT FRANCE
COLLEYVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
131 JOHN ADAMS
FRISCO , TX
RICK CLARK
TERRELL , TX
0 0 0.00
131 ALLEN SHELTON
FARMERS BRANCH , TX
JOHN MCCALMONT
ROCKWALL , TX
0 0 0.00
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SCURRY , TX
COLTEN SMITH
SCURRY , TX
0 0 0.00
131 GG BOYD
AZLE , TX
JACOB ROANE
CELINA , TX
0 0 0.00
131 RORY LAYNE
EMORY , TX
WILLIAM BRUNSON
LIBERTY HILL , TX
0 0 0.00
131 CHARLES GUTHRIE
CONROE , TX
RICHARD FAULKNER
BROADDUS , TX
0 0 0.00
131 JONATHAN LANCASTER
QUITMAN , TX
JONATHAN SHORT
RUSK , TX
0 0 0.00
131 RICHARD NICHOLAS
JUSTIN , TX
BILLY MATTHEWS
BOYD , TX
0 0 0.00
131 JAMES INGRAM JR
ARLINGTON , TX
JOHN BIONDI
ARLINGTON , TX
0 0 0.00
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MONTGOMERY , TX
WILLIE DICKENS
BAYTOWN , TX
0 0 0.00
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MIDLOTHIAN , TX
BILLY RYAN
MANSFIELD , TX
0 0 0.00
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QUITMAN , TX
JEREMY SIMS
EMORY , TX
0 0 0.00
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HALTOM , TX
MATT CARR
SCURRY , TX
0 0 0.00
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WILLS POINT , TX
ANDY MEDINA
CANTON , TX
0 0 0.00
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AMARILLO , TX
0 0 0.00
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SAGINAW , TX
CLAYTON SWOFFORD
FT WORTH , TX
0 0 0.00
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DALLAS , TX
STAN GERZSENYI
DEL RIO , TX
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FORNEY , TX
KENNETH GERECHT
PALMER , TX
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GROESBECK , TX
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GROESBECK , TX
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TYLER , TX
JASON BURTON
EUSTACE , TX
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ATOKA , OK
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LANE , OK
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TERRELL , TX
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TERRELL , TX
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WINNSBORO , TX
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WINNSBORO , TX
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CELESTE , TX
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ANNA , TX
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ROYSE CITY , TX
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ROYSE CITY , TX
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SULPHUR SPRINGS , TX
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ROCKWALL , TX
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DALLAS , TX
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KRUGERVILLE , TX
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LONE OAK , TX
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LONE OAK , TX
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MOUNT PLEASANT , TX
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PITTSBURG , TX
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Lester and Swindle talk Vols, Tide and Pickwick

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Brandon Lester and Gerald Swindle grew up in neighboring rival states. Tennessee and Alabama. The Vols versus the Crimson Tide. And this week they find themselves competing at the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Pickwick Lake, a reservoir on the border of their home states.

 

They had fun sharing their thoughts on what fans can expect from the Tennessee River impoundment on the eve of competition.

 

Q: What percentage of your practice was spent staring at your sonar screens versus actually fishing?

Lester: 70% looking at sonar.

Swindle: 85% looking at sonar.

 

Q: What’s your best guess at the heaviest limit we’ll see weighed-in on Thursday?

Lester: 24 pounds

Swindle: 22 pounds

 

Q: What concerns you most about this tournament?

Lester: Timing – stopping at the right spot at the right time.

Swindle: There’s 6 to 10 big schools of largemouth, and everybody knows where they’re at. So, the term “slugfest” might take on a whole new meaning in this derby.

 

Q: If you only had two lures to fish with in June for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Lester: Strike King 6XD crankbait, and a redbug colored Zoom Magnum Trick worm.

Swindle: Rapala DT 20 crankbait, and a plum colored Zoom Magnum Trick Worm on a ½ ounce Buckeye Spot Remover jig head.

 

Q: Who is your favorite athlete of all time from your favorite university?

Lester: Peyton Manning – but look, my wife Kim is really the hard-core Vols fan in our marriage.

Swindle: Derrick Henry – I think his life’s story is even more impressive than his football career.

 

Q: What’s your favorite feature of the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra

Lester: Rides like a luxury car, the 10-speed transmission pulls super smooth, and the gas mileage is solid too.

Swindle: Torque, horsepower and comfort.


Pickwick guide makes Elite Series Predictions

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Pickwick fishing guide Jimmy Mason holds a college degree in electrical engineering, but now spends 200 days a year as a bass fishing guide on the Tennessee River.  He says conditions are wired perfectly for a very successful Bassmaster Elite Series event this week on the 43,000-acre impoundment where Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi kiss one another.

Q: What can fans look forward to most this week?

Mason: They’ll be a lot of fish caught, because while the month of May was exceptionally void of rainfall, the past week gave us the rain we needed to get the current flowing, and that gets the post-spawners out on the river ledges positioned to bite really well.

Q: What depth will most of the fish be caught in, and what kind of weights does an Elite Series pro need to average each day to score a Top 10 finish?

Mason: Guys will catch a few shallow topwater fish early, but 75% of the fish weighed-in this week will be caught from the ledges in 12 to 25-feet of water. You’ll see some 20-pound limits for sure, and you better average at least 18-pounds a day to get a Top 10.

Q: What will be the biggest challenge this week?

Mason: Modern day electronics are so good that the historically best areas could get really crowded this week.

 

Q: Will the famous tailraces below Wilson Dam roughly 60 miles from this week’s launch at Pickwick Landing State Park be a factor?

Mason: I really don’t think so. The smallmouth dominate that pattern, and they’re pretty much totally nocturnal feeders at this time of year. When Davy Hite won up there it was mid-April. But at this time of year the tailraces aren’t much of a factor.

 

Q: What about this giant your holding in the photo?

Mason: My longtime tournament partner Lance Walker caught this 15-pound giant. It’s the unofficial Pickwick Lake record. He caught it in January of 2012 on an Alabama Rig, soon after that rig became known to the world.

Q: How do folks get in touch with you if they’d like to hire you as their guide?

Mason: They’re welcome to call my cell at (256) 762-0014, or visit JimmyMasonBassFishing.com


LeBoom & The Side Show!

 

This week David and KG welcome in Pro Circuit Guntersville Champ Nick LeBrun to the show to talk about his win and what his future holds. Chris is still MIA so the "SideShow" picks up his slack and brings you guys the info you want to know! Check it out!


Chambers and Blackwood from Wallace State Take Day 1 Lead at Pickwick Lake

Parks & Smith from Auburn University are in 2nd, and
Kentucky Christian’s Whitaker & Johnson sit in 3rd
after Day 1 of the 2022 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops

FLORENCE, AL (May 26, 2022) – An elite field of collegiate bass fishing teams took to Pickwick Lake this morning to compete in the 2022 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops.  Competing for their share of $30,000 in prizes & contingencies, a National Championship, and the coveted Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, anglers fished the waters of Pickwick and Wilson Lakes in search of a quality Day 1 limit.  Bryar Chambers & Clent Blackwood from Wallace State are in 1st place after Day 1 of tournament competition with a total weight of 23.66 pounds.  Logan Parks & Tucker Smith from 2nd ranked Auburn University are in 2nd place with 21.53 pounds, and Kentucky Christian’s Gunner Whitaker & Mitch Johnson sit in 3rd with 19.40 pounds.

Day 1 – 2nd Place – Auburn University

Day 1 of tournament competition began with a rainy start, as showers and storms pushed through the Shoals Region until approximately 11:00 AM this morning.  Once those storms cleared out, anglers were greeted with blue skies and windy conditions.  The windy conditions created a challenge for anglers returning to weigh-in this afternoon, resulting in numerous late penalties being assessed to teams that did not make it to check-in on time.  All assessed penalties are included in the official Day 1 tournament standings that can be viewed HERE.

Day 1 – 3rd Place – Kentucky Christian University

A majority of the anglers are reporting that the fish are spread out across a variety of shallow water and transition areas across the lake.  While there are some bigger fish out on the famed Tennessee River ledges that Pickwick Lake is known for, teams seemed to be focusing on shallow water spots and transitional areas located just off of the main river ledges.  Everything from drop shots to big soft plastics were mentioned as baits that produced bites on Day 1 of tournament competition.

Taking a quick glance at the Day 1 standings, the Top 10 is separated by approximately six pounds.  Out on Pickwick Lake, that’s a margin that can be easily made up on just one cast.  In the past, the magic number for a two-day total at this event has been 40 pounds.  If a team is able to get to 40 pounds after Day 2, they have a real shot at taking home the National Championship trophy.

As it pertains to the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, several of the top ranked schools have teams in the Top 25 of the standings.  The big race to watch is between top-ranked University of Montevallo, and 2nd ranked Auburn University.  Auburn University’s two highest-placing teams at the moment are in 2nd and 21st overall.  Montevallo’s two best teams are in 15th and 46th.  Who will finish the season ranked as the number one team in the nation?  Find out tomorrow following the conclusion of Day 2 weigh-in!

Day 2 of tournament competition will begin tomorrow morning at 6:00 AM with the start of official takeoff at McFarland Park.  Follow along with the live blog on the ACA website as tournament action unfolds out on Pickwick Lake.  Weigh-in coverage will begin at 2:00 PM (CT) on the Outdoor Action TV app.  Get ready for all of the action as we crown a National Champion, name the 2021-22 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, and award over $30,000 in prizes and contingencies.


Walters Maintains Watts Bar Lead in TNPFL Tournament

Adding 13-pounds, 2-ounces on day two to his day one tournament leading 16-pounds, 14-ounces, Patrick Walters retains the NPFL Watts Bar lead with a two-day total of 30-pounds. Walters was seen on live covering water both shallow and deep and had a slower start to his day than expected. He holds a 9-ounce lead going into Showdown Saturday.

“I didn’t get to my good water until later this afternoon but I thought I could catch more fish on the way up there than I actually did – It was a grinder. I am fishing a lot of spots but I slowed down some today to try and work some areas more.”

Tomorrow, Walters is planning to fish double the waypoints he did today and try to convince some of the bigger bass in each area to bite. Getting into a rhythm is key and it just didn't seem to work out for him on day two.

“These fish are educated and if you get one to bite and break up the group, they just settle back in and won't t bite again. I am fishing mainly a Zoom Trick Worm and a Mag Trick worm and have been trying to get the cranking deal going but it just hasn’t happened yet. If they eat the Rapala DT20 tomorrow it will be a different ballgame."

Ryan Satterfield

With his biggest bag of the tournament thus far, Ryan Satterfield weighed in 15-pounds, 10-ounces on day two for a two-day total of 29-pounds, 7-ounces to finish in the 2nd place spot. After a practice period with little or nothing to go to during the tournament, Satterfield settled in on an inside channel swing loaded with grass and post spawn bass.

“I don’t have a lot of spots, and yesterday I caught them in twenty minutes. Today I didn’t get as many bites, but still was able to leave them alone early in the day. They are the right size fish for this tournament and I got the right bites today; I was done by 10:30 AM this morning and left it alone.”

Focusing on a high percentage area that’s perfect for holding post spawn bass, Satterfield is fishing the outside bend of a creek channel on the edge of a big spawning flat. The other key, its loaded with grass.

“So far, I have not had to change my approach much, and I am dropping my Powerpoles in shallow water and casting out into the channel. If I can float a bait through the grass, I am getting bites. It’s a high percentage area and I am definitely around the right fish - I can't wait to get back out there and see what happens.”

Sheldon Collings

With a two-day total of 28-pounds, 10-ounces, Sheldon Collings finishes day two in the 3rd place spot. Collings relied on a late afternoon charge to catch his bag of 13-pounds, 14-ounces after a slow start to his day on Live Coverage. The patience paid off as he landed on a school willing to bite and was able to cull up to his final weight.

“I have been catching them on docks and shallow wood but it was not going today at all. I fished a pile of new water and eventually got back to where I caught my bigger bass yesterday. I happened to notice some grass and brush out in front of the docks on my live sonar and went to work with a jerkbait.”

After culling up to his weight for the day in less than ten minutes, Collings used his final hour of the tournament to idle the pocket and mark all of the brush in the area. Depending on the weather, either the bass will slide back under docks or hang out on the cover in front.

“If I can catch them on Livescope and a jerkbait, I am happy. If they slide back under docks, I will be able to catch them there. There are a lot of fish in that area and I just have to adapt to the conditions tomorrow.”

Matt Massey

With the biggest bag of the tournament, including a lunker weighing 7-pounds even, Matt Massey weighed 19-pounds, 10-ounces to finish day two in the 4th place spot. He has a two-day total of 28-pounds, 7-ounces. Massey expanded on his day one water and specifically fished new water on day two.

“Man, it was one of those days. I stayed close this morning to get a quick limit, and I had about 8-pounds by 9 AM. After that, I just focused on transition areas where I thought they would go to after spawning.”

Massey was able to figure out a subtlety to the type of transition area he was running and made a lot of good decisions. He is fishing old school type presentations, rotating through three confidence baits from the days he has spent in Colorado fishing rock and wood.

“I was almost able to call my shots – I could do no wrong. Once I figured out the way it was working, I ran new water all day and caught fish between 1 foot and 22 feet deep. I didn’t lose any fish today and the areas I fished I have never seen before, I just expanded on what I fished yesterday.”

Massey is confident he can run around on day three and try to duplicate his success.

Pug Clements

Adding 12-pounds, 2-ounces on day two, Pug Clements worked his junk fishing pattern again to finish in the 5th place spot with a two-day total of 26-pounds, 12-ounces. Starting on a shad spawn deal to begin his day, he fished a spot he had saved and was able to capitalize on some bigger bites.

“I caught two of the fish in my bag on the shad spawn deal this morning and I think Taylor (Watkins) caught some there too. I then went to a place I have been saving and I caught the other three. Everyone probably saw on live but I was fishing a specific way I fish back home and its very specific to get bites.”

Making only one pass on his productive stretch, Clements is looking forward to putting the hammer down and trying to catch a big bag. He is fishing a bait and technique he is very comfortable with and hopes with changing conditions he can up his weight on Showdown Saturday.

“I really think I can catch them good in there and as of now I am the only one in there. I have to present the bait very specifically and it’s a tight window. The only thing I am comfortable with is a white swim jig - once you can figure out the rate of fall and the retrieve, you can really catch them.”

Clements is fishing his swim jig on a Jenko DCBR High Roller Rod in a 7’ 1” medium heavy action.

Rest of the best:
6th Michael Brewer                    26-3
7th Louis Fernandes                  25-11
8th Eddie Carper                        24-14
9th Marc Schilling                      24-9
10th Shawn Murphy                   24-2


A gallon a day for Aaron

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Summer hit Texas like Cowboy’s linebacker Micah Parsons last week. It was only mid-May, but I swear even the turtles were sweating at Lake Fork during the Bassmaster Elite Series event.

Following Day 3 of competition, at a lonely boat ramp parking lot, stood one of pro bass fishing’s modern-day heroes, Greg Hackney, buckling down his Phoenix, securing transom straps, and slugging water from a gallon jug to rehydrate before climbing into his 2022 Toyota Tundra for the six-hour drive home.

“My wife Julie got me started drinking a gallon of water a day about two years ago. She’s the super structured one of our marriage. Never misses a fitness workout, and always drinks her gallon of water each day,” says Hackney.

Hackney is 10-pounds lighter than he was three years ago and feels great at age 48. He credits water consumption as playing a huge role in his wellness. And his recent top performances prove his commitment to hydration is having a noticeable impact.

“I grew up with guys like Rick Clunn as my hero, and he was always looking for performance advantages ranging from meditation to diet. People thought he was a weirdo. Nah man, he was just ahead of the curve. And now he’s kind of the last man standing from his generation,” says Hackney with deep respect.

Friday, on Day 2 of the Bassmaster Elite Series at Lake Fork, Hackney admits he fell way short of drinking his daily gallon, and he felt it that evening.

“I had zero energy. My back hurt. I didn’t even feel like working on my tackle for the next day. That was a lesson learned,” he admits.

According to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Engineers, and Medicine, we should drink 3.7 liters of water daily -- right at 1-gallon – to aid with ridding waste, lubricating joints, protecting tissues and so much more.

That’s good science. But for Hackney, there’s a sentimental side to his new habit too.

“Aaron Martens always had a gallon jug of water riding next to him on the floor of his boat,” Hackney’s voice begins to crack, as he pauses briefly to collect his emotions. “Aaron was the most naturally gifted angler we’ve ever known, and his commitment to healthy living was pretty admirable.”

If for no other reason, that’s reason enough for all anglers to drink more water as the turtles begin to sweat here at the start of summer. A gallon a day this summer and beyond. To hydrate properly. To feel better.  To fish better. And to remember Aaron.

I’ll promise you, Greg Hackney will be the first to drink a jug of water to that.


Walters Takes Watts Bar Lead

With a limit of 16-pounds, 14 ounces including a 6-pound, 6-ounce kicker, Patrick Walters takes the day one lead at the NPFL stop three on Tennessee's Watts Bar Reservoir. After a slow start to his morning, Walters was able to nickel and dime his way to a solid limit on the day.

“I was boat five and I knew I had my choice of an area. I wanted to start shallow but I started offshore and it just wasn’t happening. I bounced around and ran both shallow and deeper water for a while and finally got my first keeper at 8 AM. It took a lot longer than I thought it would.”

Walters used around 16 or 17 rods on the day and kept one side for shallow and one side for offshore bite. He does not believe that timing matters much throughout the day but noted they definitely bite better when there was water moving.

“I think they are going to be pulling some water tomorrow and I have a long day. Today I felt like my back was against the wall a little with time but it should be good tomorrow. I am looking at them on my electronics and scanning around for my bait, fish and any structure.”

Sheldon Collings

With 14-pounds, 12-ounces, Sheldon Collings brought a limit to the scales on day one good enough to finish in the 2nd place spot. After a quick start to his morning that included a limit in the first twenty minutes, Collings moved around the rest of the day looking for bigger bites.

“I was semi surprised with today as my practice was not great. I started on schooling fish and got that quick limit and then mixed up a ton of baits and a ton of spots to expand on my early 11-pound limit.”

With a longer day coming tomorrow, Collings is excited to go get back out but warns that the lack of sun (tomorrow) may affect his pattern as the tournament progresses along. Relying on bigger fish, he knows that the key to staying near the top throughout the week is getting those bites.

“All my weight came basically because of those three bigger bites. I am catching a ton of keepers but those few got me up there in weight. I did lose a big one today, probably a five pounder and it wrapped me around a tree.”

Pug Clements

Finishing the day in the 3rd place spot, Pug Clements ran a junk fishing pattern to catch his 14 pounds, 10 ounces on day one. He visited several types of areas, both shallow and deep, and use several types of baits and noted that the big bites were few and far between.

“There isn't much to say unfortunately; I caught some fish all over. I got two good bass on a shad spawn deal this morning, caught two others from my bag flipping laydowns and caught one off a brush pile in 24-foot.”

Admitting to preferring to have a pattern to run, versus running around junk fishing, Clements is sticking with his guns on day two and hoping for a couple more bigger bites to anchor his bag.

“The only deal I was able to catch a fish over 3-pounds is on that shad spawn or flipping laydowns. I am getting a bunch of bites but a lot of those are short fish mixed in. I have no idea what's going to happen, I am just fishing.”

Shawn Murphy

After a rough practice period, Shawn Murphy relied on a “just go fishing” mentality and weeded through several small schools of fish to catch 14-pounds, 9-ounces to finish the day in the 4th place spot.

“I tried to find some offshore schools in practice and never made it happen. The shallow bite wasn’t going for me either and this morning I didn’t know what I was going to do or what I was going to catch.”

Spending some time behind the wheel and locating small groups of fish now and then, Murphy was able to capitalize on bass that were set up correctly for him to effectively present his bait. As for tomorrow, more of the same.

“I honestly never got on any schooling fish or found anything to start on and I just have to go and try to find some of those same fish and look for new ones too. I did catch a few on Active Target in front of the boat and watched them eat my bait.”

Dale Prinkey

With 14-pounds, 7-ounces on day one, Dale Prinkey ended the day in the 5th place spot by relying on just one spot he found on day two of practice and one productive bait.

“I didn’t get on this spot until early afternoon and I saw guys on it most of the morning but I mixed up a lot of different baits and there is only one in particular I can get them to commit to.”

Obviously not wanting to let the cat out of the bag just yet, Prinkey is confident if he can get back on the spot and settle in with some current moving, he has a shot to catch more on day two.

“There is a lot of fish there if they move water at all, they stack up and I should be able to get on it again.”

Rest of the best:

6th Ryan Satterfield        13-13

7th Paul Browning          13-12

8th Louis Fernandes       13-10

9th Chance Woodard     13-4

10th Michael Brewer      13-2


Hamner, Hopper Team Together To Win Bassmaster High School All-American Exhibition

The 2022 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors was recognized at the Simms Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork, where Alabama pro Justin Hamner and high school angler Braxton Hopper won the Bassmaster High School All-American Exhibition Tournament presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Photos courtesy of Chris Reynolds and Ken Golubjatkinov

May 25, 2022

 

 

HSAA 2022 winners.jpgQUITMAN, Texas — Bassmaster Elite Series pro Justin Hamner and Bassmaster High School All-American Braxton Hopper have been lifelong competitors on the local tournament scene in their home state of Alabama.

 

They’ve been taking one another’s money for years.

 

But on Saturday, they teamed together to win the Bassmaster High School All-American Exhibition Tournament presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors at Lake Quitman. They were one of 12 teams — each made up of an Elite pro and an All-American — who were allowed to weigh in one bass apiece.

 

Hopper weighed a 6-pound, 7-ounce largemouth, and Hamner weighed a 9-7 lunker that ranked as the largest of the event, and the pair won with a Texas-sized two-fish total of 15-14.

 

“Fishing one day with an Elite pro gave me a whole new perspective on things,” said Hopper, who lives in Chelsea, Ala. “There’s a certain mindset you have to have to compete in this sport, and I understand that now. I didn’t think about it this way before, but now I see what it takes.

 

“If you’re not fishing to win, you shouldn’t be out there.”

 

Like most of the All-Americans, Hopper has aspirations of fishing at the professional level — and Hamner said he’s well on his way to being ready.

 

“We caught a 6-pounder off a brushpile, I caught that 9-pounder and we lost another one that was about 8,” Hamner said. “Then he caught that 6-pounder on a frog. It was a great day.

 

“Braxton and his dad have been hurting people’s feelings in the tournaments I fish back home for a long time. So, I knew he could fish before he ever stepped in the boat.”

 

While two Alabama anglers who were familiar with one another took first, the two anglers who finished second were about as different as they could be.

 

2022 BASS HS All American Fritts.jpgAllAmerican Rein Golubjatnikov, a self-described “shallow-water specialist” from Pittsford, N.Y., was paired with 1993 Bassmaster Classic champion and 1994 Angler of the Year David Fritts, a Southerner who’s known as one of the best offshore anglers in the history of the sport.

 

They stuck with Fritts’ specialty, graphing deep-water areas until they found just the right spot for a Carolina rig. Golubjatnikov caught a 4-4 and Fritts caught a 4-1 for the second-place weight of 8-5.

 

“We spent about half an hour graphing and we found a gravel pile and basically stayed there all day,” Golubjatnikov said. “We just went back and forth through there throwing different baits and the Carolina rig is what worked for us.

 

“He’s pretty much the opposite of me. I pretty much became an All-American from catching smallmouth shallow. So, I definitely learned a lot today.”

 

Though they’re different, Fritts said one thing about the young man was familiar.

 

“Just the energy and enthusiasm he has reminds me of me at that age,” Fritts said. “He’s kind of quiet, listens really well, just wants to soak it all in. It’s been my experience that those are the kinds of people who succeed in this business.”

 

The 12 Bassmaster High School All-Americans were chosen during an annual process earlier this year that involves hundreds of applications from all over the country. The winners were announced in late April, and on Friday they were treated to a banquet at Academy Sports + Outdoors in Greenville, Texas, where they taught a fishing clinic for children from the Boys & Girls Club and then were treated to a shopping spree inside the store.

 

The All-Americans also received swag bags with everything from tackle and clothing to Humminbird LakeMaster cards chosen specifically for the region of the country where they live.

 

“When I first found out that High School All-American was even something that could be done, I told myself no matter what I did, it would go toward getting to this moment right here,” Hopper said. “It’s been everything I dreamed it would be.”
2022 Bassmaster High School All-American Exhibition Tournament presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors 
Final Standings

Braxton Hopper-Justin Hamner 15-14

Rein Golubjatnikov-David Fritts 8-5

Tyson Verkaik-Ray Hanselman 7-15

Jared Mizell-Jake Whitaker 7-13

Nathan Reynolds-Clifford Pirch 7-4

Cole Berry-Austin Felix 7-1

Levi Thibodaux-Jay Przekurat 6-12

Evan Fields-Alex Redwine 6-5

Hudson Choquette-Clent Davis 5-14

Connor Dunn-Taku Ito 5-1

Gabriel Clark-Caleb Sumrall 3-14

Banks Shaw-Jonathan Kelley 0-0

 


MATER AND BUTLER WIN TTZ 2022 CHAMPIONSHIP ON CHOKE CANYON WITH 52.88lbs.

 


Michael Hood and Randy Wiggins Win the ABT on Wheeler Lake with 24.27

By Jason Duran

Decatur, Ala May 22— The Alabama Bass Trail North Division completed stop number four on Wheeler Lake. In recent years the lake has seen a huge rebound. In this event, many teams reported catching 70-100 fish throughout the day. With the return of the grass and the healthy bass population, Wheeler Lake is arguably one of, if not the best, lakes in Alabama. The team of Michael Hood and Randy Wiggins agree saying, “this is probably one of our favorite lakes right now, and to get this win against these guys, is a huge win we really wanted.”

Michael Hood and Randy Wiggins 24.27 pounds finished first. “We had a terrible practice; we fished until 3:30 on two spots and only caught 4 fish. We started our day at the first spot on a grass mat not far from take-off,” an area also found by many other teams in the event. They spent some time fishing around in the area using “a Jack Hammer Chatter bait with a Strike King green pumpkin trailer” and catching a limit of 10-11 pounds around 7:00.” Because it was so crowded and the team realized they needed to upgrade those fish to have a chance, they moved to the second area they found in practice. This area is described as a “dirt shallow area.” The team positioned the boat in “1.9 – 2.0 feet of water and made casts up shallower where we believed the fish were still spawning. We made a cast and caught a 4.08 smallmouth and made another cast to catch a 5-pound largemouth- both fish barely had enough water over their backs, so it was so shallow. We believe the fish had just moved up on a hard spot.” Most of their quality fish were caught from 10:30 to 12:00 which is usually the worst time of the day to catch quality fish. They focused their time working the shallow area and caught 15 fish culling probably 15 pounds to reach the 24.27-pounds that won the money. With this win they collected $10,000 and punched their ticket to the ABT Championship on Lake Jordan in October.

Jamie Smith and Michael Rains finished second place with 21.68. “In practice we found a little spot of fish but didn’t really know what was there. We ran straight to them this morning and got really lucky. We hadn’t seen a 5-pound fish in practice, but we caught two of them first thing. About 6:45 we had a limit and started culling from there.” The team spent the day in the Decatur Flats area just a mile or so from take-off catching fish near the river ledge. The fish they caught were post spawn fish that were making their way out to the river ledge. “We used a Freedom Tackle Chatterbait and a NetBait C-Mac 11 worm in plum apple along with American Bait Works Bait Fuel and believe it was the difference maker for us. We have fished the ABT from the beginning, and this is the third time we have finished second. We were sitting in 19th place in AOY before this event, so hopefully this will bump us up a little more to qualify to fish the BASS Team Championship. We are headed to our home, Lake Guntersville, for the next event and are really looking forward to that.” For second place, the team collected a $5,000 check.

Tommy Reyer and Jeremy White finished in third place with 21.09. Their morning started on a spot they found late Friday afternoon in practice described by them as “a shell bed with milfoil grass surrounding it.” They began fishing the spot using a topwater but quickly realized that bait was not going to produce for them. After changing to go with a custom-made chatterbait they call “Daddy Hammer because a buddy’s daddy makes it for” them, they began to get some quality 3-pound fish catches. For the next two hours they caught fish every cast. Deciding about mid-day that they had really worked the spot over and possibly caught all the fish there, they decided to let that spot rest, so they headed down river to another spot.  After sitting on the new spot about an hour, they caught one that weighed about 3-pounds. They thought about heading back to the original spot, but soon after they caught a 4-pound fish and decided to stay and continue to fish the area. About 2:00 they decided to slowly make the run back to weigh in to make sure to take good care of the fish they had. They caught about 100 fish off the first spot using baits that matched the blue gill bait fish. Those baits include a “Zoom Ol’ Monster in blue flake, a blue gill colored Senko- when we ran out of those, we use green pumpkin blue Senko and green pumpkin blue swirl Senko. We caught most of our better fish on the custom-made chatter bait in bluegill with a Strike King Menace trailer.” The team collected a $4,000 pay day for their finish.

The Top 10 places are below for a complete list of standings visit: https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/wheeler-lake/results/

There is one more event in the regular season and one more chance to qualify for the ABT Championship and the BASS Team Championship as well as the coveted title of Angler of the year. Listed below are the top 12 in AOY after 4 events:

1          Gregory Lamb/David Powell               833

2          Wesley Sams/Jordan Wiggins             826

3          Luke Kyle/Arch Cornett                      803

4          Mitch Mitchell/Candler Mccollum     802

5          Justin Lane/Luke Mason                     780

6          Jamie Smith/Michael Rains                765

7          Benjie Seaborn/Johnathan Seaborn   759

8          Nolen Spencer/Jonathon Reese         752

8          Jacob Davis /Chris Wages                   752

10        Craig Grubbs/Matt Ferguson              740

11        Zachary Taylor/Josh Austin                738

12        Bryan Dowdy/Kyle Lewellen               727

12        Damien Willis/Tyler Kiker                   727

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, and this week will feature the winners form Wheeler Lake.

 


Josh Stracner scores Toyota Bonus Bucks at Fork

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Long before Bassmaster Elite Series pro Josh Stracner became the 2021 Rookie of the Year award winner, he was a dominant force in amateur events around talent-rich Alabama, and subsequently, he was cashing a lot of Toyota Bonus Bucks checks.

“For a while there, back when I was fishing a lot of BFL events, the Toyota Bonus Bucks checks I’d get in the mail pretty much paid for all my entry fees,” grinned Stracner on Championship Sunday at Lake Fork.

The 97-pounds of largemouth he dredged up at the Lake Fork Bassmaster Elite using a couple different Strike King crankbaits was good enough for a 7th place finish, and a Texas-sized Toyota Bonus Bucks check.

“I bought my 2018 Toyota Tundra 100-percent because I wanted to be eligible for Bonus Bucks. And the fact it’s a beast when it comes to towing power and reliability makes it a no-brainer to buy a Toyota as a tournament fisherman,” reasons the former commercial construction superintendent.

Best of all, you don’t have to a Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the Year or even a full time pro to be eligible for Bonus Bucks, but you do have to make sure you’re signed-up.

To learn more about Toyota Bonus Bucks, and to register for the program, please visit https://www.toyotatrucksbonusbucks.com/


Swindle plans to milk Day 1’s magic spot

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Gerald Swindle has been playing this game a long time -- 24 years in fact -- and his two Bassmaster Angler of the Year titles, coupled with 19 Classic appearances prove he could make country music legend Kenny Rogers proud with his wit for knowing when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em.

Friday, on Day 2 of the Simm’s Bassmaster Elite Series at Lake Fork, Swindle plans to hold ‘em after smashing a 29-pound mega-limit from one magical little spot.

“To leave would be a gamble,” reasons the Team Toyota angler. “This lake is fishing way too small to think that running to different areas is a good idea, when I know I’ve got a spot that’s holding quality fish.”

The hilarious Alabama pro says he found the little honey hole in practice and caught a few good fish off it. He says he knew it had potential, but didn’t think it’d be a 29-pound glory hole.

“I had a good practice. I had days when I caught 25-pounds, but that’s not a huge deal on Lake Fork. And again, the place where I caught them today wasn’t necessarily magical in practice. But any spot that gives a man 29-pounds to start the tournament is worth milking for all it’s worth,” he grins.

Swindle says as long as he can get a good bite every hour, he’ll not leave. And his weapon of choice will be a Zoom Ol’ Monster worm on an oversized shaky head, thrown on 16-pound Sunline with his signature series 7’ 6” medium heavy rod from 13 Fishing.

“The thing that concerns me most is the south winds gusting to 30 mph. Spot-Lock technology helps, but it still allows the boat to move a little in strong winds. Boat positioning will be a huge challenge Friday,” he says.

With age comes wisdom, and after 24 years on tour, Swindle knows Friday will be a good day to play the really good hand he’s been dealt and milk it for all it’s worth.


What Iaconelli feeds Lake Fork’s giant bass

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Mike Iaconelli has a long history on Lake Fork, and to the best of his memory, he counts at least 9 bass
over 7-pounds he’s caught during pro tournaments on the famed Texas reservoir.

 

When asked over a burger at Lake Fork Marina, featuring nothing but meat and cheese, what three lures he would call his “Greatest of All Time” on Lake Fork, the passionate New Jersey pro barely stopped chewing to name his starting line-up.  

 

Football Jig – “Of those 9 really big ones I’ve weighed-in here, I’d say right at 50% of them ate a football jig,” says Iaconelli. “I either use aMissile Baits ½ or ¾ ounce jig, and I tie it to 20-pound fluorocarbon.”

 

Deep Crankbait – “Either a Rapala DT 14 or DT 20 depending on what depth I’m cranking. But the whole key is you better be hitting bottom or trees, or some piece of cover, on every retrieve,” he emphasizes.

 

Big Shaky Head – “Look, even on Lake Fork there are tough days. And when things aren’t good, a shaky head on spinning tackle saves the day. But I throw a little bigger one here on Fork. I’ll start as small as ¼-ounce, but I use the bigger 3/8-ounce here a lot too.”

 

Three very different lures, all designed to search out giants on the bottom of the lake. And for Iaconelli, all three are time-proven to be eaten by fat bass like hungry anglers hammering cheeseburgers at a lakeside diner.


Top Lake Fork fishing guide makes Elite Series predictions

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James Caldemeyer has made a living as one of Lake Fork’s most respected and popular fishing guides for nearly 20 years, boating well over 100 bass exceeding 10-pounds for he and his clients in that time period.

 

An all-around good guy, Caldemeyer has also fished a number of Bassmaster Opens too. So, he understands both the challenges and phenomenal opportunities the Bassmaster Elite Series pros are about to face, and he graciously shared his thoughts on the eve of competition.

 

Q: How many days a year are you on Lake Fork?

Caldemeyer: About 260 days a year.

 

Q: Let’s start with the obvious question everybody is asking, how much weight will an Elite Series pro have to average each day for a chance to win?

Caldemeyer: History proves that no matter how we doubt this place, you better have at least 25 pounds a day.

 

Q: What do you think the winning pattern will be this week?

Caldemeyer: It’s going to be an offshore slugfest with football jigs, deep crankbaits, and Carolina rigs all being major players.

 

Q: What’s the biggest challenge Elite Series pros will face?

Caldemeyer: The lake is 5+ feet low, that shrinks the playing field a lot, so managing your best fishing spots for three or four days of competition is going to be really tough.

 

Q: How do folks get in touch with you if they want to book a fishing trip?

Caldemeyer: Please check out my website and get ahold of me there at https://officiallakeforktrophybass.com/

 

 


Arey: Chewing seeds and chasing pigs

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Matt Arey caught an 8-pounder and a 9-pounder during the past three days of practice for the Simms Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork.

 

Let’s be honest, most anglers don’t catch two bass that big in a lifetime. And crazier yet, he believes he’ll need to keep catching largemouth of that magnitude this week in order to have a chance at winning.

 

“I’m not saying it’s quite as good now as it was when Keith Combs averaged 37-pounds a day to win the Toyota Texas Bass Classic here at this exact same time of year in 2014 … but it’s darn close,” Arey said adamantly while chewing sunflower seeds at the end of a sweaty 13-hour practice day.

 

“I truly believe you’ll need at least two bass over 8-pounds every day for a shot to win,” he continues. “Do the math. If you need to average at least a 30-pound limit each day to win, that means you need to catch at least five bass over 6-pounds each day.”

 

It sounds unrealistic. And on just about any body of water in America it would be. But not here. That’s what makes Lake Fork iconic. And therefore, it makes this particular week of competition absolutely magical.

 

These Texas giants get big by consuming a steady diet of beefy gizzard shad. And much like you don’t feed Jenny Craig snack bars to NFL lineman, you can leave the finesse baits in the truck this week in favor of lures more in sync with chicken fried steak and mashed taters.

 

“A big Spook and an 8” Tater Hog swimbait are the size of baits you’re going to see a bunch of guys throwing this week. We’re trophy hunting this week,” grins Arey.

 

He’ll toss big topwaters on 50-pound P-Line braid and tie the pricy Tater Hog to 20-pound fluorocarbon.

 

He says there’s still a bit of a shallow bite going on around the shad spawn, and obviously a great deal of fish out deep, but in Arey’s mind there’s a lot of magic to be had in the 10 to 15-foot deep zone too.

 

So, what’s the winning pattern when it comes to sunflower seeds?

 

Arey says he leans heaviest on sunflower seeds during long drives in his Tundra to keep his mind occupied, a habit he’s had for about a decade now

 

“If you buy this Chinook brand, make sure you get the jalapeno ranch flavor. But if you buy the BIGS brand of seeds, you gotta have the Old Bay Seasoning flavor,” advises Arey.

 

And much like the BIGS brand promises to only package the highest quality jumbo seeds, you can bet Arey will be focused on Lake Fork giants this week with every swing of the bat.

 


Chris Rutland Coby Carden Win ABT Lay Lake with 19.25    

By Jason Duran

Columbiana, Ala ‑May 15:  The fourth stop of the Alabama Bass Trail South Division was held on Lay Lake. During practice leading up to the event teams reported a post spawn pattern that was causing the lake to fish a little tough. Teams were hoping the early morning shad spawn would produce a few big bites. Lay Lake is known for quality spotted and largemouth bass. 225 teams fished for a $10,000 first place price and $37,400 for the remaining 40 places.

The team of Chris Rutland and Coby Carden are a well-known team on Lay Lake. They drew boat number 100 putting them about middle of the pack at blast off.  The team had about 5 spots they wanted to start on. They ran past two of those spots with other competitors on them and stopped at the third spot to begin their day.  They caught a limit there in about 30 minutes using a Spro Bronzeye frog in a brim color.  Then they decided to move to their second spot while the shad spawn was still going on. They caught two really good ones on the second stop- probably the same ones they found in practice and checked on a few times during the week to make sure they were still there.  Coby shared, “the lake is not fishing like it normally does with the shad spawn. It’s fishing really tough; I’m not sure exactly what is going on, but the fish just aren’t really up there.” A big plan for them was “not to get spun out this morning if the shad spawn wasn’t there. We knew if they weren’t there, we would move through some of our other spots and hit enough places during the day. Eventually, we could put ourselves in contention to get some bites.” The team spent the afternoon targeting brim beds using a Big Bite Baits YoMama in the Hematoma color. They culled up to 19.25 pounds and a $10,000 pay day.

The team of Emmanuel Globetti and CJ Knight drew boat number 225, the last boat to blast off in the field. They didn’t let the low boat draw get to them saying, “your boat number is your boat number. We couldn’t let that affect our day. We had a slow morning only catching two fish in the first hour and a half. When we got to our first spot, there were some teams in the area, but they weren’t exactly where we wanted to fish. We started to just run water and fish and stumbled on a limit fishing that way. About mid-morning we dialed in a better pattern after running place to place getting a better bite until 3 o’clock. We feel like the key for us was the sun coming out and positioning the fish. We caught them on boat docks, lay downs, offshore brush piles and doing a little bit of everything today.” The wind was also key for them today along with the sun. “We used the wind and the sun to position the boat so we could make the cast to not spook the fish.”  They weighed in 17.38 pounds and claimed a 2nd place check for $5000

The Team of Noah Godwin and Cole Godwin finished third with 16.21 pounds. “We started out in a creek where we found a shad spawn. The creek had a shad spawn on one side and brim beds on the other side. In practice the shad spawn seemed to last about 10 minutes first thing in the morning, and when we got there today, we probably just missed it. We hoped to catch some good ones in there, but it just didn’t happen. We caught one about 2-pounds and fished around in that area with a Chatterbait. We caught 20-30 fish but could only cull up to about 8-pounds. We decided to make a move about 1:00, and we caught 2, 4 and 6 pound fish in the last hour of fishing. We caught the big ones on a Big Bite Baits Trick Stick on a 3/8 oz Crusher Lures tungsten weight.” The team collected $4,000 with this finish.

The Top 10 places are below for a complete list of standings visit: https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/lay-lake/results/

The Angler of the Year points race is also taking shape for teams looking to qualify for the BASS Team Championship and ABT Championship. There is only one more event remaining. The top 12 teams in AOY are listed below in a very tight race to the finish on Lake Eufaula June 18th.

The Top 12 in AOY after 4 events:

1          Rob Lee/Steve Winslett                      842

2          Brian Stiffler/Wesley Gore                 834

3          Chris Rutland/Coby Carden                829

4          Foster Bradley/Nick Harris                 808

5          Josh Chapple/Paul Davis                     807

6          Clay Harris/Joe Williams                     795

7          Douglas Stephens/Jacob Wood          776

8          Adam Bain/Kris Colley                        764

9          John Pollard/Dallas Weldon               759

10        Jeston Anderson/Scott Saucer           749

11        Brent Crow/Simon Morrow                748

12        Justin West/Cody Vickery                   742

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 and this week will feature the winners form Lay Lake.


A 4 X 4 search tool for kayak anglers

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Unlike a typical bass boat tournament, one of the many cool facets of kayak competition is that anglers are allowed to use their trucks to carry their small vessels from one location to another, re-launching in new waters throughout a tournament day in an effort to find better fishing.

So, when accomplished kayak angler Drew Gregory claimed victory recently in the Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak series event on Grand Lake, OK, he credited his Toyota Tacoma for playing a huge role in finding the winning school of fish.

“My 4 X 4 Tacoma is a critical search tool in finding winning fish in the same way bass boat anglers idle around “graphing” for hours to find schools of fish,” explains Gregory, who has now purchased five Toyotas.

“My truck gets me down all the dirt roads, and to the extreme backs of tributary creeks. It’s my number one tool to find all the little out of the way places around a river or reservoir that I want to investigate after studying Google Earth,” explains Gregory, who has a heavy hand in designing kayaks for Georgia-based Crescent Kayaks.

Gregory’s current Tacoma has 165,000 miles on it, and he jokes that half those were spent in four-wheel-drive searching for fishing spots. It also serves as a fuel-efficient tow-vehicle while shuttling as many as four kayaks on one trailer to tournaments from his home in Northeast Ohio.

“Reliability is the number one reason I buy Toyotas. I know no matter what mud holes I travel through, that I can get back out. And a Tacoma’s overall size is perfect too. Whether I’m scouting locations on pre-fishing days, or moving locations during competition, my Tacoma is key in giving me a chance to win,” concludes Gregory.


A Goat, an Aussie, a Prodigy, a Train and a Hawaiian.............

 

Its a BIG day in the AC Household as DX Turns the BIG 4-0 toady and we have a few friends who want to wish him a Happy Birthday! Kenta Kimura stops by the show as well to talk the Elites, His James River win and his favorite food here in the states! Put your party hat on , its a party!!


Big Bass Tour Berkley Lake Breakdown - Chickamauga

Shryock Advises Anglers to Think Outside the Box at Chickamauga

By Pete Robbins

 

Lake Chickamauga has become a mid-May staple of the Big Bass Tour, and for good reason – it pumps out giant bass (and lots of them) year after year after year. Over the past six years it has never taken less than 7.14 pounds to crack the top ten overall, and in both 2018 and 2020 a remarkable three double-digit fish were brought to the scales. If you want to be competitive, you have to bring your “A” game.

It’s results like those that drew Ohio native Hunter Shryock to move to the area. The same can be said for many of his peers on the Bassmaster Elite Series and Bass Pro Tour. Not only is the Tennessee River impoundment centrally-located for their jobs, but it also provides them with a proper training ground for learning to catch tournament-winning stringers.

Shryock competed in an Elite Series event on “Chick” just a few weeks ago, but he thinks that the fishing should be remarkably different when the BBT field descends on the prolific fishery from May 13-15.

“The water’s warmed up and the lake is at full pool, which is typical for mid-May. There are still some shallow, because a few will still be spawning for a couple of weeks, but most of them are moving offshore.” He said.

“You have to think outside the box to get an advantage,” he explained. “That could mean a different lure, an out-of-the-way location, or even something extra like Maxscent. These fish have seen everything so you need to do something different. That could be downsizing your bait and your line, or as we saw during the Elite Series tournament it could be the opposite end of the spectrum with guys throwing big glide baits.”

The good news is that there are “8- to 12-pounders everywhere, from one end of the lake to the other, so you don’t have to get locked into one region. Everybody will be in a place where it’s possible not only to catch the biggest fish of the hour, but also the biggest single fish of the event.”

In terms of “offshore,” Shryock believes that the biggest schools will be on bars in 12 to 15 feet of water, although he’s seen and heard of bass being caught in the 30 foot range. While Chickamauga’s bass often group up by size, that’s not always the cases. “You might catch a three and then another three and then a six-pounder,” he explained. The key is “getting the schools to fire up.” Accordingly, he’d likely start with a Berkley Dredger 20.5 or 25.5 crankbait on a 6.6:1 gear ratio Abu-Garcia Revo baitcasting reel, retrieving it fast enough that they have to “eat it or get out the way.” If that doesn’t get the school excited, he’d next turn to finesses, likely with a Berkley Bottom Hopper on a dropshot. “It may sound silly, but if you can get one to bite that you can follow it up with the crankbait or a Berkley Hollow Belly.” He’d throw the latter lure on a ½ or ¾ once leadhead, typically in a Gizzard Shad pattern. “The key is to keep it in contact with the bottom.

For dedicated giant hunters, he would recommend an oversized glide bait like the ones several of his Elite colleagues used successfully.

One other bite that he’d look to maximize is the shad spawn, and he’d focus on bluff banks for that one, hitting key stretches first thing in the morning.

“It only lasts and hour or so, but you’d have it to yourself,” he explained. “And there’s no reason you wouldn’t catch a 6-, 7- or even a 10-pounder.”

While the shallow bite heroics are mostly over, this should still be a slugfest, so consult the live leaderboard to make sure that you don’t waste an 8- to 10-pounder on an hour when it won’t bring home the bacon. Brute force may be necessary for Chickamauga’s big fish, but strategy is the other half of the equation.

To discover more Berkley baits that are "hot" right now at Chickamauga click here. What's Hot At Chick


Olivo goes solo and wins over $20,000 on Travis with 14.55. Maynard & Crumley win AOY

Place Boat Truck Angler 1 Angler 2 Fish Big Bass Wt. Prize Amt.
1 JASON OLIVO
KYLE , TX
5 0 14.55
$20,400.00 with Power Pole Cash
2 JASON MCINTOSH
NEW BRAUNFELS , TX
JASON MCINTOSH
HOUSTON , TX
5 4.53 14.34
$2500.00
3 RONNY MAYNARD
GEORGETOWN , TX
ERIC CRUMLEY
LEANDER , TX
5 0 13.91
$4,000.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
4 BLAKE ARAPIS
BURNET , TX
CHARLES WILSON JR
BRIGGS , TX
5 5.84 13.83
$1200.00
5 GENE FUESSEL
AUSTIN , TX
GERALD MUELLER JR
HUTTO , TX
5 6.32 13.27
$1,530.00 with Big Bass
6 ALEX CANTRELL
PAIGE , TX
HUNTER AMIDON
AUSTIN , TX
5 6.05 13.11
$1020.00
7 TULLY WILLIAMS
GATESVILLE , TX
RYAN CRAWFORD
GATESVILLE , TX
5 0 13.03
$2,010.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
8 TRAVIS COCKERHAM
JARRELL , TX
LAKE KISSELBURG
BURNET , TX
5 0 12.98
$1000.00
9 TONY FERDINANDO
SPICEWOOD , TX
SHANE LOGAN
BUDA , TX
5 0 12.87
$1000.00
10 BRANDON DAY
BROWNWOOD , TX
CADE WILSON
EARLY , TX
5 0 12.68
$1,400.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
11 STAN KAMINSKI
JONESTOWN , TX
MICHAEL WALDROP
AUSTIN , TX
5 5.70 12.56
$850.00
12 LINO GUTIERREZ
COTTONWOOD WOOD SHORES , TX
RUBEN RIBERA
MARBLE FALLS , TX
5 0 12.17
$800.00
13 SHAWN TAYLOR
ABILENE , TX
JEREMY EASTERWOOD
HOLLOMAN AFB , NM
5 0 12.12
$750.00
14 SCOTT ROSS
GEORGETOWN , TX
DONNIE ROSS
GEORGETOWN , TX
5 0 12.10
$700.00
15 NICK LEFEBVRE
ROUND ROCK , TX
DAVE MANGELSDORF
GEORGETOWN , TX
5 0 11.84
$600.00
16 BILLY BREWER
HEWITT , TX
L J CASTILLO
WACO , TX
5 0 11.82
$600.00
17 FLOYD LESIKER
BELTON , TX
JOHN DRYDEN
LITTLE RIVER ACADEMY , TX
5 3.85 11.76
$600.00
18 JUSTIN HALLMARK
BERTRAM , TX
ROBERT COLLINS
PFLUGERVILLE , TX
5 0 11.62
19 BILL KIMBERLY
JARRELL , TX
WILLIAM SQUIRES
JARRELL , TX
5 0 11.54
20 LEE LEONARD
MARTINDALE , TX
SCOTT BRONDER
FALLS CITY , TX
5 4.43 11.25
21 KLINT KRHOVJAK
FRISCOL , TX
MALCOLM MIDDLEBROOK
ROUND ROCK , TX
5 0 11.02
22 PHILLIP MASSOLETTI
BURNET , TX
NOEL LOWE
BURNETT , TX
5 0 10.87
23 JEFFERY HUNTER
JARRELL , TX
JASPER HUNTER
JARRELL , TX
5 0 10.81
24 TERRY KIRCUS
BURNET , TX
JASON BUCHANAN
BURNET , TX
5 0 10.72
25 MIKE NICHELINI
FREDERICKSBURG , TX
JEFF DEFORGE
FREDERICKSBURG , TX
5 0 10.38
26 WYATT RAE
LEANDER , TX
HUNTER PRICE
LEANDER , TX
5 0 10.28
27 JJ LARSON
LEANDER , TX
JASON LARSON
LEANDER , TX
5 0 9.97
28 BRANDON JONES
BOERNE , TX
JARRETT WEIMER
CEDAR PARK , TX
5 0 9.84
29 DARRELL WUENSCHE
THRALL , TX
5 0 9.83
29 MARK ELLIOTT
LAGO VISTA , TX
KELCEY NICHOLS
ARLINGTON , TX
5 0 9.83
31 NORMAN WILSON JR
KILLEEN , TX
NORM WILSON SR
HUTTO , TX
5 0 9.79
32 NICHOLAS LONCAR
AUSTIN , TX
JASON AMESCUA
BELTON , TX
5 0 9.78
33 REX WHEELER
BELTON , TX
WILL DAVENPORT
AUSTIN , TX
5 0 9.70
34 JAMES STANLEY
SAN ANTONIO , TX
ANTHONY SKOUBY
CIBOLO , TX
5 0 9.64
35 JUSTIN MAY
LIBERTY HILL , TX
KEVIN THRESS
GEORGETOWN , TX
5 0 9.61
36 STERLING MARTIN
COMFORT , TX
COURTNEY BEHREND
COMFORT , TX
5 0 9.56
37 RAYMOND CALK
SAINT HEDWIG , TX
COREY SCHNAUTZ
MARION , TX
5 0 9.55
38 MATTHEW HATHAWAY
LULING , TX
THOMAS MYERS
SAN MARCOS , TX
5 0 9.54
39 CHARLES WHITED
SAN MARCOS , TX
TREY GROSS
DRIPPING SPRINGS , TX
5 0 9.44
40 BLAKE STASIUNAS
LEANDER , TX
FRANKLIN WIGET
BUDA , TX
5 0 9.41
40 JOHN ENCISO
SAN MARCOS , TX
PHILIP THOMPSON
NEW BRAUNFELS , TX
5 0 9.41
42 RAY TOMASITS
LEANDER , TX
CARY LAUDADIO
AUSTIN , TX
5 0 9.38
42 MIKE RICHARDSON
THORNDALE , TX
ZACH BROWN
GEORGETOWN , TX
5 0 9.38
44 DAMON ROSS
GEORGETOWN , TX
JOHN KAPALDO
BUDA , TX
5 0 9.27
45 DAVID CHILES
WACO , TX
PAT NUNLEY
WACO , TX
5 0 9.18
46 BARRY MOTT
GEORGETOWN , TX
MATT HILL
JONESTOWN , TX
5 0 9.14
47 COLE JONES
ROGERS , TX
GRAYSON HONEYCUTT
TEMPLE , TX
5 0 9.07
48 JON KUTZ
SEGUIN , TX
DERRICK HECKMAN
NIXON , TX
5 0 9.06
49 JEFFREY JONES
SAN ANTONIO , TX
JAMES CLAUSER JR
SAN ANTONIO , TX
5 0 8.96
50 ED WHALEY
MONTGOMERY , TX
DAREN SEBEK
TEMPLE , TX
5 0 8.85
51 JIMMY WILLOUGHBY
TROY , TX
JASON LEATHERWOOD
NOLANVILLE , TX
5 0 8.83
52 TOM GRIDLEY
WIMBERLEY , TX
BRAD DENTON
LIBERTY HILL, TX , TX
5 0 8.67
53 DEVIN GIBSON
GONZALES , TX
ROBERT PRESCOTT
SEGUIN , TX
5 0 8.66
54 KEITH HONEYCUTT
TEMPLE , TX
SAM JONES
ROGERS , TX
5 0 8.57
55 ALLEN SHELTON
FARMERS BRANCH , TX
BRAD DRAKE
COPPELL , TX
5 0 8.46
56 COLTEN WASHBURN
GATESVILLE , TX
KYLER SMITH
GATESVILLE , TX
5 0 8.28
57 DAVID ZACHGO
COLLEGE STATION , TX
MICHAEL ZACHGO
BOERNE , TX
5 0 8.26
58 AUSTIN QUIET
AUSTIN , TX
BRIAN ARABIE
AUSTIN , TX
5 0 8.22
59 DALE READ
LEANDER , TX
JIM SUNVISON
GEORGETOWN , TX
5 0 8.19
60 MIKE PICKWELL
DRIPPING SPRINGS , TX
CHUCK EBBINGHAUS
WIMBERLY , TX
5 0 8.16
61 JOSHUA SMITH
GATESVILLE , TX
TYELER WILLIAMS
GATESVILLE , TX
5 0 8.12
62 PATRICK ANDERSON
BUDA , TX
DOUG HAMILTON
LAKEWAY , TX
4 0 7.83
63 GEOFFREY HOOD
LAGO VISTA , TX
TOMMY POWERS
LAGO VISTA , TX
5 0 7.80
64 DAVID UNDERWOOD
WACO , TX
CHARLES SIMMONS
WACO , TX
5 0 7.67
65 JACK WILLIAMS
PFLUGERVILLE , TX
JASON CHARTOUNI
ROUND ROCK , TX
5 0 7.66
65 CHRIS STUDINGER
KYLE , TX
JOSHUA RHODES
SAN ANTONIO , TX
5 0 7.66
67 STEVE MAGNELIA
AUSTIN , TX
MICHAEL TENNANT
PFLUGERVILLE , TX
5 0 7.42
68 JESSE FISHER JR
KILLEEN , TX
JAMIE WARD
KILLEEN , TX
4 0 7.39
69 CHAD MAXWELL
LIBERTY HILL , TX
BRENT FALDYN
LIBERTY HILL , TX
5 0 7.27
70 SEAN EVANS
KILLEEN , TX
PAUL MIGAS
AUSTIN , TX
5 0 7.21
71 ROBERT BEARDMORE
AUSTIN , TX
CHRISTIAN NEWTON
NEW BRAUNFELS , TX
5 0 7.16
72 KEITH HEINRICH
LIBERTY HILL , TX
BRENT TREDEMEYER
LEANDER , TX
5 0 7.13
73 ALFONSO HERRERA
ALAMOGORDO , NM
BRANDON HERTEL
TYE , TX
4 0 6.76
74 JOEY KIRKLAND
SAN ANTONIO , TX
LUPE CONTRERAS JR
SAN ANTONIO , TX
3 0 5.40
75 JASON STENBAK
KEMPNER , TX
RAYMOND GIPSON
KILLEEN , TX
4 0 5.31
76 JOE ANDERSON
GATESVILLE , TX
JAMES MALONE
GATESVILLE , TX
4 0 4.01
77 JAMES CHRISTMAN
BELTON , TX
DAVEY CHRISTMAN
MOODY , TX
2 0 3.29
78 LUCAS LARSON
HUTTO , TX
CHRISTIAN HUNTER
LIBERTY HILL , TX
2 0 2.76
79 JEREMIAH WAFFORD
CEDAR PARK , TX
GARY WEIMER
LEANDER , TX
1 0 1.11
80 BRYAN COTTER
CEDAR PARK , TX
STEVE WILSON
FREDERICKSBURG , TX
0 0 0.00
80 ANDREW WHITEHEAD
PFLUGERVILLE , TX
MICKEY SANDERS
SPICEWOOD , TX
0 0 0.00
80 CHARLIE YOUNG
LIBERTY HILL , TX
JEFFERY MARKERT
CASTELL , TX
0 0 0.00
80 GARY JOHNSON
BELTON , TX
DON SCHUETZE
TEMPLE , TX
0 0 0.00
80 JOHNNY HOMANN
LOCKHART , TX
J HESS
LOCKHART , TX
0 0 0.00
80 LEE EVANS
LIBERTY HILL , TX
JAYSON KISSELBURG
BURNET , TX
0 0 0.00
80 JUSTIN KETCHUM
LIBERTY HILL , TX
SEAN CLAMPITT
ROUND ROCK , TX
0 0 0.00
80 KENNETH DAVIS
MONTGOMERY , TX
BURT BRIGGS
UNIVERSAL CITY , TX
0 0 0.00
80 ROBERT KESSLER
SPRING , TX
RUSSELL KESSLER
LA VERNIA , TX
0 0 0.00
80 TRENT ERXLEBEN
ROUND ROCK , TX
KENNETH MCDONNELL
GRANGER , TX
0 0 0.00
80 RANDY HIBLER
MARBLE FALLS , TX
RANDALL CHRISTIAN
TOW , TX
0 0 0.00
80 CHARLES REAGAN
THORNTON , TX
LOWELL BENNETT
HEWITT , TX
0 0 0.00
80 BRIAN MATER
AUSTIN , TX
PHILLIP WARREN
AUSTIN , TX
0 0 0.00
80 BILL GUZMAN
AUSTIN , TX
0 0 0.00
80 WESTON BROWN
HOUSTON , TX
DAVID DOONAN
CALDWELL , TX
0 0 0.00
80 TOM WILKINSON
LEANDER , TX
JAMES GREEN
LEANDER , TX
0 0 0.00
80 ROY STEGER
BELTON , TX
ANTHONY PACK
BELTON , TX
0 0 0.00
80 JAMIE SLAYDEN
AUSTIN , TX
BRANDON HOUSTON
GEORGETOWN , TX
0 0 0.00
80 ANTHONY GOODSON
DRIFTWOOD , TX
NOAH GOODSON
DRIFTWOOD , TX
0 0 0.00
80 COLT DIETZ
AUSTIN , TX
JOHN WARDEN
DRIPPING SPRINGS , TX
0 0 0.00
80 JIM HARCROW
MCKINNEY , TX
KEVIN DAVIS
FLORESVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
80 BRAD DOBBS
HUDSON OAKS , TX
MIKE GROUNDS
MARBLE FALLS , TX
0 0 0.00
80 TODD IVINS
BOERNE , TX
SCOTT SMITH
HORSESHOE BAY , TX
0 0 0.00
80 DALE HUGHES
SAN ANGELO , TX
BARRY STUARD
CANYON LAKE , TX
0 0 0.00
80 WENDELL RAMSEY SR
SAN ANGELO , TX
WENDELL RAMSEY JR
WEBBERVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
80 KLEIGHTON WESTPHALL
DEL VALLE , TX
BRUCE NORVELL
WACO , TX
0 0 0.00
80 LEE BEUERSHAUSEN
MARBLE FALLS , TX
RANDY GROUNDS
HORSESHOE BAY , TX
0 0 0.00
80 BRENNAN FERTIG
BELLVILLE , TX
JAMES BEAUCHAMP
SUNRISE BEACH , TX
0 0 0.00
80 CRAIG CORDOVA
KYLE , TX
DOLLY MARTIN
KYLE , TX
0 0 0.00
80 TRENT BLAKE
MARBLE FALLS , TX
CHARLES DORTCH III
GEORGETOWN , TX
0 0 0.00
80 ROBERT BUTLER
CEDAR PARK , TX
0 0 0.00
80 EASTON JOHNSON
AUSTIN , TX
JAY JOHNSON
AUSTIN , TX
0 0 0.00
80 MIKE MAY
AUSTIN , TX
0 0 0.00
80 TATE SHULTZ
AMARILLO , TX
JUSTIN SHULTZ
AMARILLO , TX
0 0 0.00
80 GREG OSTERTAG
BOGATA , TX
0 0 0.00
80 CARSON HOWARD
VICTORIA , TX
CARSON THOMAS
VICTORIA , TX
0 0 0.00
80 JACOB MEREDITH
PFLUGERVILLE , TX
JAMES MEREDITH
AUSTIN , TX
0 0 0.00
80 LANCE DILLARD
LLANO , TX
BLAKE DILLARD
LLANO , TX
0 0 0.00
80 MICHAEL ATKINS
NEW BRAUNFELS , TX
BRINTON HASKINS
NEW BRAUNFELS , TX
0 0 0.00
80 GERALD POBORIL
TEMPLE , TX
JACK POWE
KEMPNER , TX
0 0 0.00
80 CHAD KALLINA
LAGO VISTA , TX
CHRIS ABBITT
LAGO VISTA , TX
0 0 0.00
80 WADE MEHAFFEY
NEW BRAUNFELS , TX
JOHNNY ZUNKER
NEW BRAUNSFELS , TX
0 0 0.00
80 GREG MEHAFFEY
GATESVILLE , TX
JOEY MARTIN
HORSESHOE BAY , TX
0 0 0.00
80 DEAN ALEXANDER
GEORGETOWN , TX
THOMAS MARTENS
CEDAR PARK , TX
0 0 0.00
80 DANIEL GIBSON
CEDAR PARK , TX
LEANN GIBSON
CEDAR PARK , TX
0 0 0.00
80 BLAIR COBBLE
LAGO VISTA , TX
TERRY COBBLE
ROUND ROCK , TX
0 0 0.00
80 KEVIN UNGER
SMITHVILLE , TX
TIM GOETZ
SMITHVILLE , TX
0 0 0.00
80 BRYAN ANDRAS
CYPRESS , TX
CORNEL ANDRAS
CYPRESS , TX
0 0 0.00
80 BEN BENTURA
MANCHACA , TX
0 0 0.00
80 ROBBY PAYNE
BUCHANAN DAM , TX
0 0 0.00
80 TROY BOLDWYN
BUDA , TX
WILLIAM BOLDT
KYLE , TX
0 0 0.00
80 STEVEN KIRKWOOD
ROUND ROCK , TX
0 0 0.00
80 TIM BOYES
LEAGUE CITY , TX
0 0 0.00
80 BUCK TAYLOR
GEORGETOWN , TX
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Alabama Bass Trail Announces 2023 Tournament Schedule and Payout and Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with Additional Prize Money

Decatur, Ala. (May 6, 2022) – The Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series will enter its tenth season next year as the state’s premier weekend tournament trail for amateur bass anglers with an 11-event schedule offering more than $590,000 in awards including $10K in prize money in celebration of the tournament’s tenth anniversary. The season gets underway February 11, 2023, on Lewis Smith Lake and concludes Oct. 20-21, 2023, with the championship on Weiss Lake.

“We are thrilled to celebrate ten years of tournament fishing in the great state of Alabama,” said Alabama Bass Trail Program Director Kay Donaldson. “It has been exciting to watch the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series grow since its inception in 2013. From our sponsors and supporters to the anglers and their families, there are no words to adequately express my appreciation. We set out ten years ago to create an opportunity for anglers to experience what makes Alabama so special when it comes to bass fishing, and year after year, the host cities step up to create a world class angler experience that exceeds everyone’s expectations. Not only have we won the support and trust from anglers who return year after year, local communities are realizing the economic impact from hosting a tournament of this caliber. Everyone, from our lodging partners to local attractions, restaurants, shops and gas stations, see an impact from the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series.”

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.

 

North Division:

February 11, 2023       Lewis Smith Lake in Jasper, Ala.

March 18, 2023           Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala.

April 15, 2023             Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden, Ala.

May 13, 2023              Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala.

June 24, 2023             Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala.

 

South Division:

February 25, 2023       Lake Martin in Alexander City, Ala.

March 11, 2023           Lay Lake in Columbiana, Ala.

April 29, 2023             Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, Ala.

May 20, 2023              Logan Martin Lake in Lincoln, Ala.

June 10, 2023             Alabama River (Cooter's Pond) in Prattville, Ala.

Hosted by the town of Leesburg, the championship tournament will be held October 20-21, 2023, on Weiss Lake.

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 $47,400. In celebration of the tournament series’ tenth anniversary, the Alabama Bass Trail will pay two additional teams $500 at each of the 10 regular season tournaments. The two additional paychecks will be awarded to teams who finish in 75th place and 150th place at each regular season tournament in 2023.

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.

2023 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

75th and 150th                          $    500 each

2023 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

In addition to their entry fees paid, the Alabama Bass Trail will award $500 per team to the 18 teams who qualify for the B.A.S.S. Team Championship to be used for travel expenses. According to Donaldson, nearly $600,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded when the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series wraps up its season in 2023. “We are excited to announce the additional prize money to commemorate our tenth year. The first nine years have been successful and we look forward to the next ten years in reaching more anglers and showcasing the outstanding fishing opportunities that exist throughout Alabama,” added Donaldson.

Anglers who fished all five events in their respective divisions in 2022 will be given a priority entry period beginning August 1, 2022, at 6 a.m. CST online at www.alabamabasstrail.org. Registration opens for new teams August 15 at 6 a.m. CST. The entry fee remains at $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 is due on or before January 11, 2023.

Alabama Bass Trail Tournament sponsors include Phoenix Bass Boats, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Advantage Trailer Rentals, Alabama Power Foundation, Alabama State Parks, Berkley, Bajio Sunglasses, Big Bite Baits, Black Rifle Coffee Company, Buck N’ Bass, Busch Light, E3 Sport Apparel, Fish Neely Henry Lake, Jack’s, Lew’s Fishing, Mountain Dew, FishAlabama.org, Bill Penney Automotive, America’s First Federal Credit Union, Visit North Alabama, Alabama Tourism Department, T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., Power-Pole Total Boat Control, Strike King Lure Company, Yamaha, Yeti Coolers, Wedowee Marine and Garmin.

Angler’s Channel will continue the live-streaming and will film and produce the Alabama Bass Trail television series for Bally Sports Southeast to air at a later date.


Wall-To-Wall, Tree-Top Tall

 

This week Chris & DX welcome in Fat Cat Newton to talk about the 24th Annual Dick Hiley Big Bass Classic benefiiting St. Jude and Childhood Cancer. Fat Cat is a childhood cancer survivor and we hear his story and more in an in-depth interview. You need to check this one out.


VanDam counting on cookies and a horseshoe

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships


Given
the legendary success of Kevin VanDam’s pro angling career, some might say he doesn’t really need any additional luck. But even the best there’s ever been says a little extra positive mojo is always welcome in his boat.

 

So, after a tough opening round Sunday at MLF’s Bass Boat Technologies Stage Four Presented by BassCat at Lake of the Ozarks, the classy pro from Michigan is carrying a very old horseshoe he found while taking part in a shoreline trash cleanup Saturday during a Costa Clean Water Matters Program.

 

I’m not really a superstitious person, but I figure the horseshoe can’t hurt. I’m having fun with it. It didn’t help a ton on Sunday, but I’m leaving it in the boat,” grins VanDam.

 

This week’s event is largely a sight-fishing event, but VanDam focused on slightly dirtier water uplake using a spinnerbait, a Thunder Cricket, and Strike King’s new Hybrid Hunter crankbait, but thinks maybe falling water levels Sunday kept the heavy pre-spawn females away from the bank.

 

He ended the day with five scoreable bass totaling 11-pounds and sits middle-of-the-pack to begin the day Tuesday -- stillvery much within striking distance of moving onward to Wednesday’s Knockout Round.

 

He’ll likely stick to his power fishing strengths in dingier water now that rain and clouds have moved in, and he’ll also be carrying a bag of cookies with a proven track record of delivering sweet success.

 

“My wife Sherry always made cookies for me to take on the road, and when Davy Hite was my roommate he called them ‘lucky cookies’ – but more recently, Momma Guck gave me a bag of her homemade cookies before I won Cayuga Lake in 2016, the St. Lawrence River in 2017, and Grand Lake in 2018 – so I’m pretty fired up to have a fresh bag of them in the boat here at Lake of the Ozarks,” grinned VanDam.

 

So, while VanDam may not be superstitious, he’s a firm believer that an upbeat positive attitude is critical to success, and few things bring better vibes than a history-rich horseshoe and a bag full of homemade cookies made from a recipe proven to deliver wins.

 


Moore & White top 224 teams, win $20,000 on Ray Roberts with 29.29 lbs.

Place Boat Truck Angler 1 Angler 2 Fish Big Bass Wt. Prize Amt.
1 ADAM MOORE
FRANKSTON , TX
NATHAN WHITE
FRANKSTON , TX
5 0 29.29
$20000.00
2 BRANDEN HOLLINGSHEAD
AZLE , TX
JEREMY LAMBERT
DECATUR , TX
5 0 23.78
$12,600.00 w/ Skeeter Bonus and James Wood Motors
3 ZACH PARKER
DENTON , TX
BUSTER JOHNSON
KRUM , TX
5 0 23.27
$4000.00
4 TERRY PEACOCK
ROYSE CITY , TX
SCOTT DEAN
TERRELL , TX
5 6.38 23.23
$3000.00
5 TAD KIRCHOFF
GAINESVILLE , TX
SCOTT FORD
GAINESVILLE , TX
5 0 22.81
$2500.00
6 RYAN SHUFLIN
LAKE KIOWA , TX
BRAD SHUFLIN
LAKE KIOWA , TX
5 0 22.44
$2000.00
7 TRENT MENEES
NORTHLAKE , TX
TERRY BOLLOM
FRISCO , TX
5 8.07 22.21
$1500.00
8 JOSH KEITHLEY
FORT WORTH , TX
JUSTIN KEITHLEY
ARLINGTON , TX
5 0 21.80
$2,400.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
9 JONATHAN BOOTEN
FORT WORTH , TX
JACOB PARKER
FT WORTH , TX
5 0 21.79
$1,800.00 with Skeeter Bonus Cash
10 STEVE ELDRED JR
ALBA , TX
BRIAN HALL
BRONTE , TX
5 0 21.40
$1200.00
11 WESLEY BARNARD
HALLSVILLE , TX
ANDREW SCOTT
MARSHALL , TX
5 0 19.81
$1100.00
12 ZACH HUGHES
QUITMAN , TX
JEREMY SIMS
EMORY , TX
5 0 19.58
$1090.00
13 STEVEN RIZZO
PROSPER , TX
CHRIS STRATTA
LITTLE ELM , TX
5 0 19.50
$1080.00
14 JOHNNY TRAMMELL
BOYD , TX
DOYLE REDDELL
MINERAL WELLS , TX
5 0 19.48
$1070.00
15 TONY CLIMER
MESQUITE , TX
TOMMY CLIMER JR
MESQUITE , TX
5 8.63 18.96
$1060.00
16 KENT SKOGLUND
TIOGA , TX
KYLE SKOGLUND
DECATUR , TX
5 0 18.23
$1050.00
17 KEVIN DRITSCHLER
PROSPER , TX
MIKE WITHROW
CORSICANA , TX
5 0 18.03
$1040.00
18 DELL BROWN
ARLINGTON , TX
MARK MCCLURE
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS , TX
5 0 17.95
$1030.00
19 DREW SLOAN
SCURRY , TX
NOLAN JACKSON
ROYSE CITY , TX
5 0 17.93
$1020.00
20 DENNIS HASTINGS
FLOWER MOUND , TX
RONNIE SIMS
LEWISVILLE , TX
5 0 17.78
$1010.00
21 STEVE TRIMBLE
ATHENS , TX
DAKOTA TRIMBLE
KAUFMAN , TX
5 0 17.50
$1000.00
22 TOMMY HULSEY JR
CORSICANA , TX
JUSTIN GARNETT
FAIRFIELD , TX
5 0 17.02
$1000.00
23 COLE BREWER
LEESVILLE , LA
GEORGE SHIPPEY
MT PLEASANT , TX
5 0 16.95
$1000.00
24 RYAN AUTERY
RICHARDSON , TX
THOMAS ROSS
ROCKWALL , TX
5 0 16.84
$1000.00
25 DARRYL ROACH
DECATUR , TX
DANIEL HERRING
WATUAGA , TX
5 0 16.83
$1000.00
26 CRAIG DOWIS
DALLAS , TX
MICHAEL VASQUEZ
TEMPLE , TX
5 0 16.75
$1000.00
27 ROBERT CASE JR
POINT , TX
MORRIS MCCUTCHEON
WINNSBORO , TX
5 0 16.74
$1000.00
28 KURT KLOSOWSKI
PLANO , TX
TOM MOCNY
QUITMAN , TX
5 0 16.63
$1000.00
29 HEATH MOODY
SOUTHLAKE , TX
CODY MORRISON
COLLINSVILLE , TX
5 0 16.12
$1000.00
30 HEATH COLEMAN
FRISCO , TX
ZACHARY SHIMON
MCKINNEY , TX
5 0 15.79
Fun N Sun Boats First Out Bonus
31 MIKE BURNS
ALLEN , TX
ROB BURNS
PLANO , TX
5 8.68 15.73
$1,200.00 with Techron and Big Bass
32 KELLY FERGUSON
FATE , TX
JAXON FERGUSON
FATE , TX
4 0 15.70
33 JOE ROME
FLOWER MOUND , TX
JOEL MCBRIDE
CORINTH , TX
5 0 15.40
34 SHAWN TEMPLE
KRUGERVILLE , TX
COLE TEMPLE
FORT WORTH , TX
4 0 15.25
34 DENNIS MATLOCK
COLLINSVILLE , TX
DON MCFARLIN
GORDENVILLE , TX
5 0 15.25
36 CHRIS BAUGH
PROSPER , TX
MATTHEW LEE
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS , TX
4 8.06 15.21
37 BRYON HARRISON
QUINLAN , TX
DIRK SMITH
FARMERSVILLE , TX
5 0 14.88
38 CHRIS MOORE
ROCKWALL , TX
KY MARTIN
GRANDVIEW , TX
5 0 14.79
39 TOMMY MURRAY
BEDFORD , TX
KEITH IVY
PONDER , TX
5 0 14.68
40 CHRIS BAKER
POWDERLY , TX
BRANDON BEERS
PARIS , TX
4 0 14.40
41 TIM WILCOXSON
ROCKWALL , TX
ERIC ELDER
SCROGGINS , TX
5 0 14.11
42 KEITH CARNEY
ARLINGTON , TX
KEVIN CARNEY
ARLINGTON , TX
5 0 14.03
43 MARK SPURGIN
MCKINNEY , TX
TYLER HOLMES
RICHARDSON , TX
4 0 13.67
44 STEVE WHITE
EUSTACE , TX
RAY PAGE JR
CRANDALL , TX
5 0 13.48
45 WILLIAM PALMER
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
JERAMIE BYRD
MIDLOTHIAN , TX
4 0 13.34
46 KENT SIKES
ROANOKE , TX
DARRELL CAMPBELL
ALBA , TX
5 0 13.32
47 KEITH BRYAN
DECATUR , TX
JASON DUNNING
DECATUR , TX
5 0 13.29
48 JAKE MARSHALL
WEATHERFORD , TX
KEVIN LAIN
KELLER , TX
5 0 13.08
49 JACOB KINARD
ROCKWALL , TX
GARY KINARD
FORNEY , TX
5 0 13.06
50 SCOTT TROUTT
CORINTH , TX
DENNIS BUSHLAND
DENTON , TX
2 0 12.83

Britt and “Big Show” break down Lake of the Ozarks

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Britt Myers and Terry “Big Show” Scroggins have been roommates for a decade as touring professional anglers. Both struggled Saturday to begin Major League Fishing’s fourth stop of the season at Lake of the Ozarks, but were kind enough to share their insight with fans prior to the start of Monday’s competition.

Q1: You two have been roommates for 10 years as touring pros. What do you like most about your ‘roomie’?

Scroggins: Britt’s a lot like me – carefree and laid back. He’s not picky about where we eat, and he’s mechanically inclined, so together, we can fix just about anything that breaks.

Myers: “Big Show” is always positive. No matter how good or bad his day on the water, he brings positive energy with a big heart. I’ll promise you, he’d give you the last two Senkos in his boat if you needed them, even if that’s what he was catching them on.

Q2: You both struggled Saturday. How do you plan to turn it around Monday?

Scroggins: Monday will bring clouds and rain. I need to fish faster and target better quality fish, versus catching 40 bass like I did Saturday – but almost none of them were big enough to count.

Myers: I caught them so good in practice on a buzzbait I could hardly sleep Friday night. But apparently the rain and lightning killed that bite Saturday. I don’t care. I’m riding the buzzbait, because I truly believe I can catch 30 pounds on it.

 

Q3: What has surprised you most about Lake of the Ozarks?

Scroggins: The 70,000 boat docks. You get worn-out trying to fish between them all. It’s hard to “read” the shoreline because there’s so many docks.

Myers: The docks. There’s so many of them you can’t hardly fish any stretch of shoreline without dealing with docks.

 

 

Q4: Name three lures you’ll definitely have tied on Monday morning.

Scroggins: Buzzbait, spinnerbait, and a jerkbait.

Myers: Buzzbait, weightless Senko, and a skipping jig.

Q5: Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday – what will that special day consist of for you?

Scroggins: Hanging out with my mom --  “Momma Show” – she doesn’t really care what we do, just so we’re all together.

Myers: My mom recently moved three hours away to a town near Myrtle Beach. So, my wife Missy and I will hang out, and we might drive down to the beach to see my mom.


Lake Hartwell Reels In 2022 Bassmaster Team Championship Event

South Carolina's legendary Lake Hartwell will host the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship and Classic Fish-Off Dec. 7-10.

hoto by Shane Durrance/B.A.S.S.

April 29, 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship will be held on storied Lake Hartwell in Anderson, S.C., Dec. 7-10, 2022, filling the last spot in the 2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to host the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship once again in Anderson County, Green Pond Landing and Lake Hartwell,” said Neil Paul, executive director of Visit Anderson. “Coming off the record-setting Bassmaster Classic, we have a tremendous amount of momentum in our community for fishing. The Team Championship is another very impactful event among the Bassmaster platforms and will heavily impact our community. Serving as a host for events across the Bassmaster platforms highlights the versatility of our lake and our facilities as well as the tremendous support from our community and further cements our status as a destination for bass fishing.”

Battling for that coveted berth in the Bassmaster Classic will be the grass-roots anglers competing at the Bassmaster Team Championship. The team portion of the event will be held Dec. 7-8 and will feature anglers from across the country. The winning duo will not only win a cash prize, but they’ll also lead the charge into the Classic Fish-Off which will take place Dec. 9-10.

The Top 3 teams through Day 2 — six anglers in all — will have their weights zeroed and then compete individually in the Fish-Off. The competitor with the heaviest two-day total of the group will earn their spot in the Classic. 

In 2021, that honor went to Shane Powell of Dothan, Ala., a former Auburn University angler who earned his spot in the Team Championship through the ultracompetitive Alabama Bass Trail.

Since it was launched in 2014, the Team Championship has seen tremendous growth. Originally, 38 trails signed up. That number grew to 62 trails (with more than 11,500 members) last season when the annual Team Championship drew 179 two-angler teams to Alabama’s Lake Eufaula.

In addition to the Team Championship event, Lake Hartwell will also play host to the 2022 Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors Aug. 11-13 and the St. Croix Bassmaster Southern Open at Lake Hartwell presented by Mossy Oak Fishing Oct. 6-8.

The Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship is being hosted by Visit Anderson.


AC Insider Podcast - From the Classic to Kayaks!

This week Chris & the boys welcome in 2022 Classic Champ THE Jason Christie to the show to recapo his 2022 YTD and look ahead at the reaminder of the Elites. Bailey Eigbrett, your Eufuala HOBIE BOS Champ joins the show as well to talk about his recent win and what he learned about gators in the Eufuala backwaters. All this and more right here!


Lucky 13 Nets Oklahoma Angler An All-new Tundra

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

Some folks have a fear or avoidance of the number 13. It’s a condition described as “triskaidekaphobia” – a really long word that’s tough to pronounce, and absolutely does not apply to Oklahoma fishing fan an avid angler, Allen Hill.

Hill chose box #13 as finalist in a sweepstakes drawing at the recent Major League Fishing Toyota REDCREST event and discovered the keys to an all new 2022 Tundra inside.

“I’ve always been one to pick 13 anytime I can,” says the 53-year-old Hill, who works at a Tulsa welding gas and supply store.

“When Kevin VanDam first handed me box 13 up on stage, all I saw was a Toyota hat inside. Then the keys fell out and the rush of adrenaline hit me. The next thing I know I’m giving KVD a hug and going crazy,” laughed Hill.

 

Hill attended the REDCREST Outdoor Sports Expo presented by Costa on both Saturday and Sunday because of his love for bass fishing, but also purposely for the chance to win the all-new Tundra.

“I had a great time Saturday at the Expo, but on Sunday I purposely went back to visit all the vehicles in the Toyota booth to become eligible for the Tundra sweepstakes giveaway. I knew you had to be present to win. And it turns out, the first person’s name they drew was not there, but the next name they drew was mine,” grins Hill.

Humbled by the win, Hill says it was 15 years ago when he last drove a brand-new truck, and after talking to MLF pro James Elam, a longtime Tundra buyer and Bonus Bucks participant, there’s no way he’ll sell his new prize.

“James Elam had a ton of great things to say about his Tundra, and everybody knows Toyotas tend to run forever, so we’ll definitely be using it to tow our 22-foot bass boat to Grand Lake, Lake Hudson, or wherever our next tournament is. I plan to drive it for years to come,” says Hill, who loves to pitch a 3/8 black-blue Jewel jig or cast firetiger-colored Bomber 6A crankbait.

Perhaps Hill should pack exactly 13 rod and reel combos in the boat for the next tournament, and pump exactly 13-gallons of gas in his all-new 2022 Tundra on his drive to the boat ramp. If his incredibly good fortune at REDCREST is any indication of 13’s goodness, there’s no telling what he might catch.


Mitch Mitchell and Candler Mccollum Take the win on Wiess Lake the 100th ABT Event

By Jason Duran

Leesburg, Ala — Weiss Lake, known as the Crappie Capital of the World and home to some great bass fishing, hosted the third stop for the North Division on warm and sunny Saturday. 225 teams fished for the top prize of $10,000, and many anglers located fish on the bed spending most of their day fishing for those often hard to catch fish.

This event was the 100th tournament hosted by the ABT since its beginning in 2014. Prior to this event the ABT has paid out over $5.1 million. Kay Donaldson, Program Director for the ABT reminisces, “looking back, I thought we had a good idea and a good plan, but I guess I didn’t really understand until we sold out in 29 minutes. Then, it sunk in that what we have is something special. Add to that the way the fans turn out to support us and our sponsors. This is all built around a great group of anglers. We feel like we have 1,100 of the best salespeople out there, and I am very moved by that.” Next year is the 10th year, and we have plans to be even better with additional prize money and a new schedule announcement on May 6th at 10am.

The team of Mitch Mitchell and Candler McCollum claimed their 4th victory on the ABT with 19.96 pounds.  Coming into this event, they decided to spend their practice locating bed fish. They shook off one fish in practice and decided not to catch any more and instead work on locating bed fish.  On tournament day, they returned to the area where they had located fish on the bed. “We started our morning shallow just flipping around the grass in the area where we knew they were. We caught a good keeper quick.” They spent the rest of their day targeting bed fish. “The water depth was very shallow, and we only fished two areas using two baits.” “We caught a total of 10 fish today. Three of the fish we caught today were caught by blind casting to them; the rest were all caught sight fishing for them. We had one fish caught outside the mouth, so we had to release it. We went back to that fish and caught it inside the mouth later.  At the end of the day, we lost a fish with ten minutes to go, but we continued to fish for it and finally caught it! That helped us cull up four more ounces. That wasn’t the difference today, but it sure would have been closer if we had lost it again.” Their total payout with bonuses was $17,000.

The second-place team of Zachary Taylor and Josh Austin caught 19.29 pounds. They have fished the ABT for the last five years and cashed 3 checks in four events here at Weiss Lake.  “Practice for us on this lake has always been horrible, but we had a top ten finish last year. We woke up this morning knowing we were going to catch five; it was just a question of what fish were going to show up. They showed up for us today. We spent practice finding grass and watercolor we wanted to fish on tournament day probably marking 25 different areas. The first spot we pulled into today had 8 boats sitting on it. We got our confidence back when we moved to our second spot and quickly caught our largest fish of the day at 4.61 pounds. We spent the rest of the day with our heads down focusing on watercolor grass and presentation and it worked out.”  The grass they were looking for “was the typical Coosa Riverbank Grass, but the grass was not right on the bank. It needed to be 15-20 yards off the bank with some type of hard structure mixed in, either a wooden lay down or a dock.  We didn’t really catch any fish on the bank; it was more in the scattered grass off the bank. The water depth we targeted these fish in was six inches to three feet.” They gathered their solid limit fishing shallow and moved out later in the day to focus on humps. “We really aren’t shallow water fishermen, and we prefer to be offshore. We located the fish in practice shallow, so we decided to run that pattern. Later in the day we shifted to our offshore pattern of fishing shallow humps with a Shaky Head.” Their payday for this event was $,5750 including the bonus from Garmin and ABT Gear.

Third place went to the team of Bryan Dowdy and Kyle Lewellen with 18.48. This is their fourth year fishing the ABT. The team described their pattern as “junk fishing. During practice we located a few fish on the bed. However, due to the wind and water clarity, we could not see them on the bed on Saturday.  We made a change and decided to stay back away from them and make casts to where we had located them in practice. We targeted these fish using a yellow Magic Topwater early in the morning and caught some flipping soft plastic.” They caught a limit fairly quick using this pattern.  Later in the day, they spent lots of time looking for a larger fish because they knew they needed to cull one more fish to get the win- they never were able to cull. “We call the Tennessee River home, but we have had our better finishes on the Coosa River lakes with 4 top 10 finishes.” For their third-place finish, they collected $4000.

 The Top 10 places are below for a complete list of standings visit: https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/weiss-lake/results/

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


Alton Jones Jr!!

 

This week Chris is in rare form as he and the boys welcome in Bass Pro Tour Angler Alton Jones Jr. to talk about life as a Pro, Cashing checks at Heavy Hitters and a whole lot more! The boys also jump into some new "Angler Polls" that might peak your interest and Chris explains why his Wife has hidden all the knives in the house. All this & more! #Donttakeitpersonal.....


Big Bass Tour - Berkley Lake Breakdown - Smith Mountain

Crews Says All of Smith Mountain Lake in Play for Giant Bass

By Pete Robbins

As the Big Bass Tour crosses the country in search of the best fisheries available, we’ve been pleasantly surprised with Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake in recent years. Not only is the Blue Ridge gem remarkably scenic, but an already-fantastic venue just keeps on getting better. Expect that to continue this week, said veteran tour pro John Crews.

Historically, this has been a lake that was chock-full of chunky 3- to 5-pound largemouths and smallmouths, but of late there’s been a big bass explosion. In fact, during two of the last four Big Bass Tour tournaments on Smith Mountain we’ve seen 8-pound-plus largemouths brought to the scales. In April of 2018 we saw a massive 8.32 pounder, and then last fall a contestant barely topped that with a massive 8.37. There’s almost aways one over 7, and usually a handful of sixes to go with it. The days of being competitive for the top prize with a fish under 6 pounds are likely over.

That’s particularly true now, said Crews, not only because the lake keeps getting healthier, but because multiple patterns should be in play.

“The fish really just started spawning, so they’ll still be spawning when the contestants get there,” he explained. “But by the time they arrive there should also be a shad spawn kicking off at night. It’ll start any day now.”

Recent tournament results have been exceptional, with it consistently taking over 20 pounds for a five-fish limit to claim victory, and invariably there’s a bass in the 7-pound class brought to the scales.

“The thing I really like about Smith Mountain is that all of the creek arms can be productive,” Crews explained. “Because there’s no vegetation, there’s no one area with a higher concentration of fish. I believe one year the BBT was won way up the river and the next year it was one down on the lower end. You can find any area you want with the water clarity you like and start fishing.”

For bedding fish he’d look for protected pockets and secondary points with hard bottoms. “You have to find those fish as they pull up,” he said. “If we have some weather, you can power fish for them with a spinnerbait or even a swimbait, but if you’re sight fishing for them a big creature bait is tough to beat.”

Unlike some lakes where the shad spawn primarily on rocks or dock floats, Crews said that at Smith Mountain it’s “more of a bank oriented deal.” The great thing, again, is that it exists all over the lake, although it tends to last longer in stained water. Wind may kill it off, but calm conditions with overcast or drizzle can prolong it up to an hour or two. Again, power fishing is the way to capitalize on “big ones up there to get heavy.” A swimbait, topwater and swim jig are all prime choices, but Crews said that “it’s hard not to throw a spinnerbait.”

For anglers who don’t care to pursue either of those patterns, Crews added that “there are always fish on docks,” He’d fish as many as he could, focusing shallower than usual, and close to bedding areas. “If they’re not on the beds, they’ll be close by,” he concluded.

 

Big Bass Tour Berkley Top Lure Choices:

Bedding Fish

  • Berkley Maxscent The General
  • Berkley Powerbait Maxscent Creature Hawg
  • Berkley Powerbait Hollow Belly

Shad Spawn

  • Berkley Powerbait Finesse Swim Jigs
  • Berkley Powerbait Gilly Swimbait

Dock Fishing

  • Berkley Maxscent The General
  • Berkley Powerbait Skippin’ Jigs

 


Bobby Lane continuing to collect checks from REDCREST

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin / Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Bobby Lane says two of the best post-victory experiences following his REDCREST win on March 27th have been his youngest daughter Amberly asking to have her picture taken with the trophy nearly every day, and a surprise party his wife Madeline hosted in his honor at a local Beef ‘O’ Brady’s sports bar so all their friends who weren’t in Tulsa could share in the celebration.

 

Not to mention, checks from contingency bonus programs Lane believes in like Costa’s Compete + Conserve, Yamaha Power Pay, and Toyota Bonus Bucks keep rolling in.

 

“I can still remember the very first Toyota Bonus Bucks check I won. It was from an Elite Series event on Smith Mountain Lake about a dozen years ago. I finished around 20th place, and still won a Bonus Bucks check. I told my wife how awesome it was that I didn’t have to win the tournament to win the Bonus Bucks,” says Lane.

 

“We’ve now bought four more Toyotas, and have been huge believers in the Bonus Bucks program since that first check hit our mailbox back in 2010,” adds Lane.

 

And if you ask Lane what’s kept him loyal to Toyota beyond the Bonus Bucks program, you’ll receive a response dipped in the same straight-forward common sense he applies to all facets of life.

 

“It’s simple. In 12 years of towing with a Toyota, the only thing I ever have to worry about is changing the oil and buying new tires. No other truck offers you that kind of reliability, plus it tows my Phoenix like a beast, and pays you Bonus Bucks too. I mean seriously, why in the world would you tow with another brand of truck if you fish tournaments?” challenges Lane.

 

“I’ll tell you this much, my current Tundra is a 2018 with 130,000 miles on it, and I’m already talking to my buddy Travis at Scott Clark Toyota about getting my hands on an all new 2022 Tundra,” grinned Lane in conclusion.

 

To learn more about Toyota Bonus Bucks, and to register for the program, please visit https://www.toyotatrucksbonusbucks.com/


Garmin announces support for Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchors and CHARGE Power Management Station

Latest software update enables Power-Pole control from compatible Garmin chartplotters

OLATHE, Kan., April 12, 2022 – Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., the world’s largest1 and most innovative marine electronics manufacturer, today announced that select ECHOMAP and GPSMAP® chartplotters are now compatible with Power-Pole® Shallow Water Anchors. This added support allows anglers to stow and deploy their Power-Poles directly from their compatible Garmin chartplotter for even more onboard control. Support for Power-Pole CHARGE Power Management Station integration is expected in a future release, which will allow anglers to also monitor their battery charge from their compatible Garmin chartplotter.

 

Power-Pole Anchor integration is available to existing Garmin customers via the Q2 2022 marine software update, which is available now as a free download at Garmin.com, or through the ActiveCaptain® app under the “My Marine Device” tab. In addition to a compatible ECHOMAP or GPSMAP chartplotter, a Power-Pole C-Monster Gateway is required for anchoring control.

 

The new Power-Pole control functionality is available for the following Garmin chartplotters:

GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv series, GPSMAP 10x2/12x2, GPSMAP 7x3/9x3/12x3, GPSMAP 7x2/9x2/12x2 Plus series, and the ECHOMAP Ultra and ECHOMAP UHD 7- and 9-inch Touch series.


Brian Stiffler and Wesley Gore catch 20.19 pounds in 24 minutes to claim victory

By Jason Duran

 

Prattville, Ala  April 9 – The South Division reached the midway point at the Alabama River- Cooter’s Pond. The river system has seen an abundance in water and current from recent rains. The banks were overflowing with water and pushed many fish into the back water areas and to areas normally not reachable by boat. Anglers made long runs and found non-typical areas to find the fish needed to win this event.

 

Brian Stiffler and Wesley Gore reeled in 20.19 pounds, a record weight in the ABT South Division for Alabama River, to claim first place and 10,000 plus bonuses and contingency money.  The goal for them today was just to survive and collect some points. “Before this event we were doing well in the points, and we just wanted to keep adding to that. We had a good practice on Friday and found a spot that was holding some fish, so we hoped it would be there come tournament day.”

 

Each day of practice they paid close attention to the water levels. Recent rains caused the water to rise to flood levels. They noticed how the water was rising on the docks at the ramp and used that as an indicator for where levels were. They knew the water level needed to be high to reach the spot they had found. Wesley said he did some “really extensive google map study to locate these back water areas. “If you looked at the trails on our electronics for this event you would think we were fishing in the woods.” He noted this was an unmapped area, but it held water and was only accessible when the water is high. It was a risk, but it was something they were willing to give it a shot.

 

On tournament morning they noticed for the first time in the week the water had fallen over night. This did cause them some concern as to whether they were going to be able to get to their fishing spot. They decided to make the run and give it their best shot. Ryan describes this spot as “a ditch about the size of the front of his truck just stacked with fish. When the water fell overnight, it concentrated even more fish in the area.” They made it to the magical spot and quickly went to work using four key baits. A Zman 5/8 CrossEyez black and blue flipping jig, Megabass Magdraft 6 inch swimbait, Crusher lures swimbait head with a 3.8 rage swimmer and a Dirty Jig Canterbury crush jig. Time was not on their side. When they arrived at the spot the key to them was making the right cast. It was difficult to fish because of how specific the cast needed to be.

 

When they started making the right cast, the fish quickly came, and for 24 minutes they caught fish cast after cast and probably caught 20 fish. They culled up to what they felt like was a solid 19 pounds of fish then decided time was not on their side. They needed to leave because the water was falling fast, and they risked not being able to get out of the back water area if they didn’t leave quickly. Thankfully they made it back to the river and decided to head back to the ramp early. They made this decision because they didn’t want to risk tearing up their equipment and not making it back to the ramp to weigh in. When they arrived back around 9 am, they decided to order pizza and spend the remainder of the tournament resting in the shade. It was a long wait for the scales to open so they could weigh their limit. They not only held on to their points, but they moved up to second place in the standings just 14 points behind the leaders.

 

The second and third place teams made the long run to fish the Jordan Dam. This area is normally extremely shallow year-round and prevents boats from traveling as far as they did. This is a rocky area and can be seen from the bridges just how dangerously rocky is it at a lower river level. However, when the water rises it sends lots of spotted bass that love the current to feed. The rocks and high water make for some very strong current and causes fish to group up just out of the current and wait for the bait to flow by.

Adam Bain and Kris Colley weighed 19.27 pounds to claim second place and $5,000. This morning our main concern was “how low the water is going to be when we go upriver, we don’t know a lot about this place. We have only been here a few times, but everyone says they really bite up there when the flood gates turn on. We got just a couple bites in practice, and we felt it was our best shot to go upriver.” Throughout the day the team had to make changes and adjust to the flowing current conditions. “When we made changes, we caught fish. We really didn’t have fish particularly located so we had to move a lot. We worked an area of about a mile long and within sight of Jordan Dam.” When they found a good-looking spot,

they “made casts that were really close to the boat in the current seams.” The key for them were baits that could be fished in the current to create flash for the bass to see. “We use 1oz spinner bait with willow leaf blades, and we also used a 1 oz jig to flip to the current seam and let current pull the bait back to the boat just past the fish.” They said it was difficult to navigate the river up there. “We didn’t know much about the terrain up there other than what we have seen from the bridge when the water is down.” They caught two large spotted bass- one over 5 pounds at 5.10 and one just blow 5 pounds. Those two fish were the key to their second-place weight. “We really needed to cull one more fish to win today, but we are happy with our day.” They are currently sitting in seventh place in AOY Points for the year after this event.

James White Eugene Davis claimed third place with 18.61 pounds and $4000. The team shared they know this lake well. “Our experience on this river dates back 30 years.” Their practice was productive very early in the week and then it seemed to fade. “The bite has been tough in recent weeks. We spent a lot of time in practice last week and located a group of fish. However, the last couple days of practice the fish just seemed to go away.” Like the second-place team they made the long run up to the Jordan Dam to fish the areas they had located in practice. “Thankfully today the fish returned.” The team spent their day using a ¾ oz jig all day fishing current breaks and rock eddies. They shared, “this area is a really tough area to navigate, and it is easy to tear up your equipment in the rocks and rough current.” They looked for a couple key indicators when navigating, “real high waves are great indicators for where the rocks are. It’s important to steer away from the rocks and go between them.” We caught all our fish in a 50-yard stretch behind the rocks and current breaks. The water was so high it pushed water back into the woods, so we couldn’t reach where the water touched the bank.” They stuck with the plan of fishing the rocks and it paid off.

 

The Top 10 places are below for a complete list of standings visit: https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/alabama-river-cooters-pond/results/

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