Professional Angler Mike McClelland is Fishing for Sweet Treats at Andy’s Frozen Custard®

Partnership Announced for the 2022 Season 

Springfield, MO – January 19, 2022 –  Professional Angler Mike McClelland has already landed his first big win for the 2022 season.  The eight-time professional level tournament winner, with 35 top 10 finishes and more than $2.1 million in earnings, recently announced a partnership with Andy’s Frozen Custard® stores in Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and other select locations.

As part of the partnership, the Andy’s logo will be prominently displayed on McClelland’s boats, transport vehicles and uniforms this year, generating brand exposure among a coveted demographic. Millions of spectators and enthusiasts are expected to follow Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour and Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, as McClelland competes throughout the 2022 season.

"I am a long time Andy's fan and I couldn’t be prouder to be displaying the Andy's Frozen Custard logo on my equipment and uniform this year,” McClelland said.  “But even more important to me are what the sport of fishing and Andy’s have in common -- family and fun – two things that I really care about.”

To celebrate the partnership, Andy’s is giving away FREE frozen custard treats for a year to five lucky winners.  Participants can enter by downloading the Yum Squad App and entering the promo code MMAFY122.

“This is a cool opportunity for me personally to not only be able to reconnect with a childhood friend whom I have followed for years, but to also be in a position professionally as an Andy’s Frozen Custard franchisee to support Mike and his career,” said Eric Reed, co-owner and CEO of Ranchers Custard Company, which operates multiple Andy’s Frozen Custard franchise locations  in Oklahoma, Texas and Florida that are participating in the promotion.

McClelland fans can look forward to store visits and special events during his tour, with the opportunity to interact with the Blue Eye, Missouri pro, who has one of the best reputations in the fishing industry.

In its 36th year of “putting grins above chins” by offering the World’s Finest Frozen Custard treats, Andy’s has a growing portfolio of innovative regional and national sports marketing programs. In 2021, the brand announced agreements with motorsports and professional hockey.

Offering safe and lightning-fast drive-thru and walk-up service windows, Andy’s Frozen Custard is open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Bright neon lights, a well-lit parking area and comfortable benches allow for guests to safely enjoy their treats on-site or on-the-go.

Customers can download the Andy’s Frozen Custard app to take advantage of touchless payment options and join the Yum Squad loyalty club to receive a free Concrete after the first visit.  Sweet treat lovers can stay up-to-date on the latest from Andy’s on Instagram and Facebook  or via Andy’s website.


Rather Outdoors Adds Industry Veteran to the Team

Rather Outdoors is pleased to announce that industry veteran Zack Swanson will join the North American operation on February 1, 2022, to lead the legendary brands of Lew’s, Strike King, Zebco and Quantum as Sr. Vice President of Brand Management.

 

Swanson joins the Rather family following a career spanning over two decades at Rapala VMC Corporation, where he served as Vice President of Sales and General Manager.  While shepherding the team at Rapala, Swanson also served the broader industry as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Sportfishing Association, a position he has held since 2016.

 

Rocky Kalsow, President of North America for Rather Outdoors, sees the appointment of Zack Swanson as an important step forward for Rather’s industry leading brands.  “Lew’s has been home to true American innovation since 1949, the same year the very first spincast reel rolled off the production line at a company that would later become known as Zebco.  Both Strike King and Quantum have been creating groundbreaking tackle for nearly half a century,” Kalsow offered.  “At Rather Outdoors, our brands have solidified themselves as legendary names, and they have a rich legacy of being built and guided by true giants of this industry.  We continue this tradition by having Zack at the helm.”

 

Swanson, who is no stranger to avid outdoors brands and, in fact, has spent nearly his entire professional life adding value to them, is poised and ready to lead brand management at Rather.  “I could not be more excited to be a part of this family.  The leadership of Rather has worked tirelessly to build an environment where innovation and progress are celebrated,” Swanson said.  “There is a deep history here at Rather that we will continue to honor and draw strength from.  But make no mistake, there are exciting days ahead, and anglers who love these brands will want to pay attention!”


Puma STS Earns 2022 NMMA Innovation Award 

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – When Bass Cat released the new Puma STS, feedback from initial test rides shared unanimous praise over the performance and features packed into the new twenty-footer. A wave of consumer interest ensued, never before seen in the company's history. This week, the hype was validated as the Puma STS earned the 2022 NMMA Innovation Award at the Minneapolis Progressive Boat, presented by Discover Boating.

"We are very appreciative of the judges' decision on behalf of the NMMA," said Rick Pierce, President of Bass Cat & Yar-Craft Boats. "The Puma STS truly is a very special boat! This is a credit to those who've worked hard to bring the model and it's features to the market. We appreciate the judges seeing those efforts."

Key considerations for the award were the many small details designed to enhance the angler experience. One such feature is the new, patent-pending lift-latch system. Flush, push-button access located outside of each box lip makes for efficient access and one less way for water to enter storages. Lightning detection, a new Reflex flooring concept, elevated mounting flats for graphs and many more new features set the Puma STS apart from others. Most importantly, the new STS (Soft Touch Series) hull concept was fitted to the wide, feature-rich cap. It carries a soft, stable ride that simply has to be experienced to believe.


Bass Cat President, Rick Pierce received the innovation award on Wednesday night. - Minneapolis, MN

Bass Cat has been pushing design concepts for over five decades and they're extremely proud of the STS. "We've designed dozens of fresh designs and this one likely has the strongest acceptance among anglers anyone's ever experienced. It's packed with new features and obviously the market wants those. I don't believe a bass boat ever moved to the top so fast before. Even with more molds than we've built in decades we can't meet consumer demand today."

Rick finished his thoughts with gratitude for the NMMA's recognition. "It's great to have these opportunities and we thank the NMMA for this platform. This gives us two in a row in this category, along with 2020 and the 219 TFX. We now have those back to back Bassmaster Classics with Hank Cherry."


A NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW GEAR, AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES

 

Simms Makes Strategic Moves to Build Upon a Record Setting 2021

Bozeman, Mont. (January 19, 2022) – Simms Fishing Products, preeminent manufacturer of waders, outerwear, footwear, and technical apparel in fishing close the books on a record setting 2021 and kick off the new year with a solidified strategic plan designed for exponential growth in 2022 and beyond. In addition to the long awaited release of their Spring 2022 product collection, in January of this year, Simms officially made their foray into specialty retail, and also announced a newly appointed executive team poised to capitalize on the fishing industry’s forward momentum, and the unique opportunities it provides.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to be in the fishing industry,” says Simms CEO, Casey Sheahan. “We are thrilled with our 2021 results, but we are even more excited about what’s in store for 2022. I’m repeatedly humbled and amazed to witness just how relentless our team is and how committed they are to this brand. We’ve faced challenge after challenge but without fail, our team always manages to adapt, overcome, and excel.”

Simms steadfast commitment to provide anglers with the world’s most technologically advanced fishing gear continues with the release of their Spring 2022 product collection.

The new line encompasses fishing focused innovations across all categories and boasts several revolutionary standouts. The most noteworthy — an all-new version of Simms’ most iconic product, the G3 Guide™ Stockingfoot Wader (available in Men’s, Women’s, and a Pant). Built with an incredibly breathable 3-layer upper, the new G3 features an all new, exclusive to Simms 4-layer Gore-Tex® fabric package in the lower portion of the wader. When compared to its predecessor, the new 4-layer fabric has increased tear strength by 7.5%, standard puncture resistance by 23%, pinhole puncture resistance by 84%, and breathability by 33%. The latest iteration also coincides with the 20 year anniversary of G3 being part of the Simms line.

Spring 22 also brings with it a vast array of on-deck and wading footwear options.

Simms ever popular Challenger collection expands with the addition of the all-new Air Vent Shoe, Flip Flop, and 7” Deck Boot. Designed to meet performance demands from conventional and fly anglers fishing from a variety of vessel types, all Challenger footwear provide support and comfort on non-marking platforms that offer superior slip resistance on both wet and dry surfaces.

For river focused anglers, Simms is proud to introduce the all new Guide BOA® Boot. Ruggedly built, the Guide BOA® Boot offers stability and agility that’s bolstered by the precision and convenience derived from its BOA lacing system. Finally, Simms’ footwear collection is rounded out with arguably, the most innovative wading boot they’ve launched to date, the all-new Flyweight Access Boot. Cutting ounces in exchange for grip and stability, the Flyweight Access Boot is powered by a new, exclusive to Simms Vibram® Idrogrip Flex rubber outsole. This revolutionary compound provides more slip resistance than any other rubber outsole Simms has offered. Featuring a lightweight non-absorbent mesh upper, the Flyweight Access provides durability with welded TPU overlays in high abrasion zones and offers support via a comfortable and lightweight web lacing system.

Simms sportswear collection continues to grow with numerous new styles and updated colors in popular inline pieces. While Spring 22 includes performative lifestyle options, Simms has greatly expanded upon an already robust collection of sun protective clothing. New styles such as the SolarFlex® Guide Cooling Hoody, Tech Tees, W’s BugStopper® SolarFlex® Hoody, W’s SolarFlex® Cooling Hoody, and the SolarVent collection boast UPF50 sun protection, moisture wicking capabilities and respectively feature innovative technologies such as cooling fabrics, and built-in protection against bugs that bite back.

Check out the Spring 2022 Product Collection in its entirety by clicking here.

In addition to announcing a new product collection, Simms is also proud to announce their recent acquisition of longtime Bozeman based specialty retailer, Simms at The River’s Edge Fly Shop. Established in 1983, The River’s Edge has been the headquarters for Montana fly fishing since its inception. Under Simms’ ownership, The River’s Edge will continue their longstanding full-service experience, offering guided Montana fly fishing trips, fly tying/casting instruction, and expert product and fishing advice. The recent change in ownership will give Simms better insight on the retail landscape, allow Simms to explore new and innovative merchandising strategies, and receive direct product feedback from their consumers in order to better serve a vast wholesale and retail network.

Shortly after announcing the River’s Edge transaction Simms also announced a new executive leadership roster. The newly appointed team boasts a collective commitment to the continued growth and development of the brand and its employees, but also to the holistic fishing industry and community. Equipped with multiple longstanding conservation and philanthropic partnerships as well as a common understanding of the shared responsibility the group has to positively engage with new generations of anglers, the team of 10 consists of men and women that cumulatively represent almost 300 years of experience in the outdoor / fishing industry.


Ready to make a name for himself.


This week David welcomes in Southern Opens runner up Jacob Foutz to the show to talk about earning his stripes in the Bassmaster Opens and moving up to the Bassmaster Elites for this season. Jacob gives us some insight on his plans and how he intends to make a name for himself in the Pro Fishing World.


Ready to get after it!

 

This week Chris & the boys welcome in Bassmaster Elite Series Pro and disappointed Cowboys fan Chris Zaldain to the show to talk about his 10th year on tour, what #tackleprep2022 has been like and what's ahead for the CZ Train as it rolls into Florida in a few weeks!


Casting a Shadow..

Courtesy of Vance McCullough

I saw the shadow before I saw the squirrel.

The moving shadow.

Shadows and movement always give the game away.

When I taught my kids to sightfish, I taught them to look for shadows first. The fish may materialize after that, but even if not, you know where they are and may be able to sneak a lure into their path before they see you.

Bass do the same thing. Eyes positioned atop their head; they see what’s above very well. Our shadows and movement could end the game for us if we’re unaware of the fish’s’ position. Nothing spooks fish faster.

But we can use shadows to catch fish as well. One of the biggest revelations of the swimbait game is that the slow, wounded, vulnerable lures work brilliantly when the sun shines brightly. It’s hard to top the drawing power of a large opaque swimbait struggling overhead, casting a shadow through all columns of the water until it reaches the lake floor or dissolves into the depths, it’s cone of influence attracting attention from fish below.

While such lures are often associated with cloud cover and wind - those conditions can create memorable days - don’t overlook the value of a shadow and the ways you can use it to draw bass from big distances on calm, sunny days.

Take advantage of that.

Long rods and braided line increase casting distance, critical when fish are following a bait and need time to decide to attack, as happens constantly with swimbaits. Fluorocarbon lights up like a laser. It is not ‘invisible’ when the sun is beaming on it. Braid. Long, stiff rods will also let you reach out and touch someone when they eat the bait far from the boat.

Shadows.

Moving shadows always betray the prey. And the hunter.

Sometimes the game just comes down to ‘who casts the better shadow?’.


Gray Tapped to Oversee MLF Western Events in 2022

Former Walleye and Longtime Bass Fishing League Tournament Director Alan Gray Adds Western Toyota Series, College Fishing and High School Fishing Events to Duties

BENTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2022) – Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today that veteran Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament Director Alan Gray has been selected to oversee the league’s western events in 2022, including the Toyota Series, Abu Garcia College Fishing and High School Fishing tournaments. Gray will remain the Tournament Director for the BFL Michigan, Mississippi, Music City and Savannah River divisions in 2022. He will work alongside Toyota Series Tournament Director Mark McWha and Senior Director of Tournament Operations for College and High School Kevin Hunt on his new western responsibilities.

Gray brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Western events, as he has directed hundreds of events in his time with Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) and now MLF. Gray started in the Customer Service department in 2008 before being promoted to the operations staff in 2009. Gray assumed head tournament director duties of the FLW Walleye Tour in 2011 and 2012, then became a full-time Bass Fishing League tournament director in 2013, a role he has held since. Working more than 20 events each season has earned Gray the respect of his peers and the anglers he works with across the country.

“Alan is one of the most dependable, friendliest and efficient tournament directors employed at MLF, and he is beloved by our anglers,” said MLF Executive Vice President and General Manager Kathy Fennel. “We are fortunate to have him as part of our MLF family, and we are excited for him in this new role, where he will ensure a strong MLF presence in the west.”

Gray will oversee a total of nine events out west, starting in early March with the first Western Division events of the year at Lake Havasu. He will work closely with McWha and Hunt to ensure the events run smoothly.

“I have only been out west once before in my life, but I hear the lakes and the areas that we visit are absolutely gorgeous, and I know the fishing is great, so I’m really looking forward to the opportunity,” Gray said.

“I’ve worked dozens of High School tournaments over the years, but this will be the first time I’ve ever worked the College Fishing events,” Gray continued. “I love being around the student anglers – the enthusiasm, the excitement – those events are always extremely rewarding. I’m just excited to get out there and do the job that I’m being put out there to do – run a few great events and get more western anglers out on the water.”

Registration for the western events and all 2022 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E., Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI and High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing tournaments is now open. Anglers can register for the online at MajorLeagueFishing.com or by calling MLF Membership Services at 270.252.1000.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Toyota Series, Abu Garcia College Fishing and High School Fishing updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


AC Rookie Pod with Elite Series Pro Jonathon Kelley

 

This week David welcomes in Jonathon Kelley to the show to talk about how he got involved in fishing, tournament fishing and eventually qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series through the Northern Opens.


Nominations Open For C.A.S.T. For Kids B.A.S.S. Humanitarian Award

Allen Nation, Founder and Executive Director of Adaptive Sports for Kids, was honored with the 2021 C.A.S.T. for Kids B.A.S.S. Humanitarian Award for his decade of work creating sports programs for special needs adults and children. 

Photo courtesy of Adaptive Sports for Kids

January 12, 2022

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — B.A.S.S. and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation are accepting nominations for their annual humanitarian award recognizing the important work being done by many anglers to support fragile populations. The C.A.S.T. for Kids B.A.S.S. Humanitarian Award will honor one B.A.S.S. member who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to serving groups such as children with special needs, veterans, abuse survivors or any people who need extra help and support.

“We are proud to collaborate with the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation to honor the many volunteers in both of our organizations who make such a positive impact in their communities,” said B.A.S.S. chairman and CEO Chase Anderson. “While only one person will receive this award, we hope it will spotlight the incredible work being done by so many of our members across the country.”

The 2021 C.A.S.T. for Kids B.A.S.S. Humanitarian Award honored Allen Nation, Founder and Executive Director of Adaptive Sports for Kids during the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. Nation, of Orange, Texas, was selected by a panel of judges from a strong field of nominations for his deep commitment to encourage kids of all ability levels to get outdoors.

“Having a daughter with special needs and enjoying playing a sport, it was only natural to do what was needed to make that happen,” said Nation. “There isn’t a better feeling than watching a child smile after playing a sport they never thought they could or would. They feel a sense of belonging. We get the pleasure to see these athletes grow in size, age, maturity and their abilities through the years.”

Adaptive Sports for Kids is a nonprofit founded in 2011 that gives children and adults with special needs the opportunity to play sports they may not otherwise be able to play, all at no cost to them. Each athlete is partnered with a “buddy” volunteer who will help their athlete with whatever they need; whether it’s batting, running, pushing their wheelchair or just playing alongside them.

To be considered for the award, a B.A.S.S. member must be nominated by February 4, 2022. Any member doing exemplary community service will be considered. The nomination form can be found at Bassmaster.com/award.

The Executive Director of the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation is Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Yelas, who is one of the most decorated anglers in the sport. After serving on the Foundation’s Board of Directors for 10 years, Yelas took over as Executive Director in 2015.

“The sport of bass fishing is full of folks with big hearts who enjoy serving others; we meet them all the time at C.A.S.T. for Kids events,” said Yelas. “I think it’s significant that the C.A.S.T. for Kids B.A.S.S. Humanitarian Award exists to recognize and show appreciation to those in the B.A.S.S. family who serve their community well.”

Judges from both B.A.S.S. and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation will review all nominations as well as verify the humanitarian work of the honoree. It is important to note that, while C.A.S.T. for Kids focuses on giving special needs kids fishing opportunities, the nominations are open to B.A.S.S. members doing any form of good work to help a fragile population. The winner will be announced as part of the festivities surrounding March’s Bassmaster Classic in Greenville, S.C.

About C.A.S.T. for Kids
The C.A.S.T. for Kids program has been proven to enrich the lives of children with special needs by hosting events that prove children with disabilities can accomplish anything. These events allow them to enjoy a unique fishing and boating event, one where they can leave their cares on shore and feel “normal” for a day. The events have many lasting benefits. The kids feel genuinely loved, valued and accepted by their community, and are celebrated as winners at an awards ceremony. The Foundation has seen tremendous positive improvements in growing their social skills and overcoming behavioral issues through their interactions at events with community volunteers and children of similar disabilities. Encouraging the kids with a team-oriented approach, the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation has enhanced the lives of over 120,000 kids over the last three decades. To learn more, visit castforkids.org.


Strike King and Lew’s Announce Additions to Pro Staff

Rather Outdoors is pleased to welcome ten members to the Pro Teams of Strike King Lure Company and Lew’s.  These ten join the ranks of one of the most accomplished rosters in professional competitive fishing.

First, Strike King announces that Major League Fishing pro Brent Chapman will join the team in 2022.  The Kansas native is the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year, with four first place Major League Fishing victories and an impressive 36 Top Ten career finishes.

Major League Fishing pro Scott Suggs, winner of the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup and top finishes in both FLW and MLF, also joins the family at Lew’s and Strike King.  Notably, Suggs is the first angler ever to win a million-dollar event, the Forrest Wood Cup Championship, as well as the first Major League Select to win a Major League Cup.

Team Lew’s is pleased to welcome MLF Bass Pro Tour veteran Todd Faircloth.  The Texan has long been a member of the Pro Team at Strike King, and now brings his six wins and 45 Top Ten finishes to Lew’s.  Aside from the impressive finishes Faircloth has racked up in his 24 years as a professional angler, he also has 17 Bassmaster Classic appearances on his record.

MLF pro Marty Robinson joins the ranks of the Strike King Pro Staff in 2022.  The South Carolinian comes to the team with 23 Top Ten finishes in his career, including two Bass Fishing League wins and top finishes in the Toyota Series.  Robinson most recently battled to a first-place finish at the MLF 2021 Summit Cup on one of his home fisheries in South Carolina, the legendary Lake Murray.

Strike King and Lew’s are also pleased to welcome several newcomers to the professional ranks, anglers who have proven themselves on the water during their first seasons in the majors.  Alabama native Josh Stracner, who recently earned the title of 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the Year, joins the teams, as does 22-year-old Jay Przekurat, who months ago qualified for 2022 Elite Series, becoming one of the youngest in the sport to do so.  North Carolina’s KJ Queen, currently in his second season in the Bassmaster Elite Series, is a tournament veteran, competing locally and regionally since age seven.  Rookie Tristan McCormick, a seasoned competitor and Champion of the 2021 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Tournament, has just earned a coveted berth in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic.  Alabama pro Justin Hamner, who cut his teeth battling in Junior World Championships and the Bassmaster Opens, joins Team Lew’s as his first year in the Bassmaster Elite Series draws to a close and having just qualified for the Classic.

Rounding out the rookie class is Illinois native Trey McKinney.  By far the youngest competitor on the Strike King and Lew’s team, Trey doesn’t lack the passion and grit, nor the resume to back up his placement on such a high-profile roster.  Still in his teens, Trey has three career wins and seven Top Ten’s.  He competes in the Illini Division of the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League.

Lew’s and Strike King are excited to grow their legendary ranks.  CEO Ken Eubanks explains: “We are exceptionally proud of our Pro Team, and we invest a lot of time and energy in building the very best.  We are honored to welcome iconic names like Chapman, Suggs, Faircloth and Robinson – gentlemen who have spent decades cultivating this sport and sharing their passion with others.  Likewise, we could not be more pleased to earn the support and trust of a new generation of accomplished competitors.  We are excited about the enthusiasm and innovation they bring.”


Cale Hired As New Bassmaster Youth Series Tournament Manager

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Veteran youth tournament manager Glenn Cale has been hired as the B.A.S.S. Nation Tournament Manager-College, High School and Junior, officials announced today. In this role, Cale will report to B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart and will be responsible for both managing and helping to grow the popular Bassmaster youth circuits.

“We are excited to welcome Glenn to the home office as the new youth Tournament Manager,” said Stewart. “He has already been a part of the B.A.S.S. family as the Florida Youth Director and has done many great things with that program on the state level.

“I am confident his experience on the state level, as well as his passion and love for youth fishing, will serve all of the B.A.S.S. youth programs well!”

Prior to accepting the Tournament Manager position, Cale served as the Florida B.A.S.S. Nation Youth and College Director beginning in 2018 and as the Florida B.A.S.S. Nation State Tournament Director from 2015-2018. Under Cale’s leadership, participation in the youth tournaments tripled.

According to Cale, that growth can be attributed to ideas borrowed from the Elite Series: “We wanted to change the mindset of what a youth tournament looks like and more closely mirror the Elite Series stage and integrate a jumbotron for weigh-ins; really make Florida events more of a show for the kids.

“Working with Bassmaster is all about providing a platform for the best kids in the country to show off their fishing skills,” said Cale. “It’s an honor to share the stage with the future of the sport, and I am looking forward to bringing new ideas to the college, high school and junior ranks at all levels while representing the B.A.S.S. shield.”

In his professional life, Cale spent eight years as an umpire for Major League Baseball and 16 years as a District Sales Manager for the Southeast Toyota Service Rite Program.

The Strike King Bassmaster College Series kicks off next weekend with a two-day college tournament Jan. 21-22 on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes, with the Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Junior Series taking the stage in Leesburg on Sunday, Jan. 23.


Plano Expands Popular Stealth EVA Storage Line

Columbia, S.C. (January 12, 2022) — Plano has expanded its popular Stealth EVA storage line to include long guns. The new expanded selection utilizes the same extremely lightweight EVA foam as the recently launched pistol and bow cases but offers outdoor-goers new rifle and shotgun storage solutions.
The EVA material is a common and trusted storage solution across a multitude of product categories and is a unique hybrid option between soft and hard cases that features much higher protection and durability than soft cases yet keeps the benefit of being lighter in weight. Like the others, the long gun and rifle cases are slim and compact for optimized storage with a convenient carry handle and lockable dual-zipper pulls for enhanced security and protection.
The expanded line of Stealth EVA soft cases introduces three new options - 48” long rifle, 52” shotgun case, and a 38”, modern sporting rifle - to accompany the bow and pistol cases from 2021.
Features: Stealth - Long Rifle Case - 48”

  • Quality EVA construction for lightweight and durable protection
  • Lockable dual-zipper pulls for enhanced safety
  • High-density interlocking foam
  • Convenient carry handle
  • Slim and compact profile for optimized storage
  • Carrying capacity of 25lbs
  • Interior Dimensions - 49 inches x 11 inches x 5 inches
  • Color - Black
  • MSRP: $159.99
  • Available: April 2022

Features: Stealth - Shotgun Case -52”

  • Quality EVA construction for lightweight and durable protection
  • Lockable dual-zipper pulls for enhanced safety
  • High-density interlocking foam
  • Convenient carry handle
  • Slim and compact profile for optimized storage
  • Carrying capacity of 25lbs
  • Interior Dimensions - 53 inches x 9 inches x 4.8 inches
  • Color - Black
  • MSRP: $149.99
  • Available: April 2022

Features: Stealth - Compact Rifle Case -38”

  • Quality EVA construction for lightweight and durable protection
  • Lockable dual-zipper pulls for enhanced safety
  • High-density interlocking foam
  • Convenient carry handle
  • Slim and compact profile for optimized storage
  • Carrying capacity of 25lbs
  • Interior Dimensions - 39 inches x 11.5 inches x 4.8 inches
  • Color - Black
  • MSRP: $109.99
  • Available: April 2022

#Beyond The Boat

This week Chris and the boys welcome in your first winners for 2022 in the Emmanuel College team of TJ McKenzie and Seth Jenkins. They break down the Harris Chain for us and talk about what #Beyondtheboat Means to them.


Keith Carson Shares Spawn Techniques

 

By Justin Brouillard

 

When Keith was 17 years old growing up in Florida, he and close friend John Cox began to learn how to sight fish. It was 2004 when the duo started to expand on their skills and in 2005 they won the AOY in the Central Florida Bass Anglers club. The fire was lit, and Carson has since fine-tuned his craft and is successful in locating and catching big spawning bass.

 

The Technique

 

Carson has tried many different approaches over the years but seems to find himself having a great deal of success with one in particular. After studying baitfish and brim over his career, he learned how bass react to baitfish on their beds before and after the eggs have been laid.

 

“Brim are around the bass beds constantly during the spawn, patiently waiting to sneak in and grab a quick meal while the bass is not looking. I noticed how the bass reacts when this happens and have adapted an approach that takes advantage of the presence of brim.”

 

Carson likes to fish a Berkley Powerbait® Gilly around the spawn as he can closely mimic baitfish of different species. Prior to the laying of the eggs, the Debary, Florida angler Texas rigs his swimbait weightless as it keeps the bait higher in the strike zone for fish that are preparing to spawn.

“I will pitch that Gilly to the far side of the bed, let it sink and slowly swim it across the bed, killing it near the middle. I'll then hop it up and down and it usually gets finicky bass that have yet to lay eggs to bite. After they lay eggs, I'll add a weight to my presentation to keep the bait on the bottom where the eggs are.”

 

In Carson's experience, certain bass will sit outside the bed on purpose and let the brim swim in. Once enough are there, the fish will swim in and start knocking them off. By having a bait that looks like the brim, and waiting until other brim are on the bed, when the bass begins to chase the brim away, the Gilly remains and is often an easy meal for an angry fish.

 

“I used to start with jigs (they resemble a bluegill) or the Berkley General, but they wouldn't eat it in this case because it doesn't look enough like the baitfish. By using the Gilly, it's certainly opening doors to new possibilities to catching fish we have not seen before.”

 

Carson notes this tactic is not always quick, in some cases one cast can take longer than five minutes. After casting beyond the bed, it requires patience to present the bait simultaneously as other brim start to make their way in. Once you get it dialed, the fish will swim in, the brim scatter and the fish eat the bait.

 

 

Gear

 

Carson relies on two main set ups for his spawn fishing technique. The same rod and reel combo works for both, but changing between different lines allows him to present his baits to spawning fish in different cover and water clarity.

 

“Florida bass will spawn in thick cover in and around the Kissimmee grass and holes in hydrilla. When I set the hook, they always try to get you wrapped up and the percentage of landing those fish drastically goes down. In that situation, for thick cover, I use a 40-pound Berkley X5 braided line on a Zenon high-speed reel. I use a 7’6” Fantasista medium-heavy action rod all the time.”

 

When fishing in more open water scenarios, along the edges of the Kissimmee grass and out from it, Carson will throw the Gilly on 20-pound Berkley Big Game monofilament. A strong line for fish that often weigh over 7-pounds, monofilament is strong and will not break with big fish. If the water is cleaner, which often is when a natural spring is close by, Carson will reach for Berkley Trilene 100% fluorocarbon in a 20-pound test.

 

Why medium-heavy?

 

“For me, the medium-heavy is better than heavier model rods because the Fantasista still has the power and bend to get big fish to the boat, but I feel like I lose and break off less fish by using the lighter power rod.”


MLF Korea's Television Broadcast of 2021 Toyota Series Championship

From MLF

MLF Korea has posted their version of the Toyota Series Championship show that is airing on MBC Korea, one of the leading television and radio companies in South Korea." It's very cool to see the unique way that they put their show together." Says Joe Opager, director of communications for Major League Fishing.

You can view the show below on their Facebook and/or their YouTube page.

https://www.facebook.com/1003362593088075/posts/4730824330341864

Here is a link directly to the episode, available on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/_WqGz1Qb6pg


LurePartsOnline.com Sponsors American Bass Anglers

Athens, AL – January 5, 2022 – American Bass Anglers announced today the sponsorship of LurePartsOnline.com as a supporting sponsor and the Official Lure Parts partner of American Bass Anglers.

Bass anglers all over the planet love building their own lures and even repairing their most prized lures. LurePartsOnline.com offers more than 40,000 different parts to help anglers accomplish their goals.
Anglers can build premium tackle with the products and lure components and hard-to-find items the company offers. ABA members will discover that LuresPartsOnline is a complete source for fishing lure components and bulk items they need.

“Many of our members have been building their own lures for years and winning tournaments with them, LurePartsOnline.com will help them build lures even more successfully. LurePartsOnline.com is also the right place for the beginning lure builder to start. We are proud to have them as a sponsor”, said Morris Sheehan, President of American Bass Anglers.

LurePartsOnline.com CEO, Ron Stevens, agreed. “The ABA is a natural fit for us. We carry everything bass anglers need to create, improve and modify their lures and tackle.” He added, “We offer tournament bass anglers the opportunity to fine tune their presentations to a very high degree. Small changes can mean a big difference at weigh-in.”

LurePartsOnline.com was established in 1992 and is celebrating 30 years in the business. It all began in a garage and has since grown into the nation’s largest supplier of lure making, rod building, and fly tying supplies. Headquartered in Springfield, Il, LurePartsOnline.com now sells to avid anglers all over the world.

American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, T-H Marine, Garmin Electronics, Power Pole, Lucas Oil, Monster Energy, REKS Sunglasses, Optima Batteries, Hotel Planner.com, and LurePartsOnline.com.


Expansion for the Future: Humminbird® Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

 

 

EUFAULA, Ala. (December 16, 2021) –– Humminbird®, a leading global innovator of marine electronics products, is beginning construction to expand its Eufaula facilities to meet ongoing strong demand for its technologies. The expansion project will increase the production and assembly areas by 25 percent and is scheduled to be completed in late 2022.

 

“Participation in fishing has always been high, and it’s even higher now because on-the-water recreation affords people the space and tranquility they want right now. Over the last six years, Humminbird has seen tremendous growth and we expect it to continue to grow,” said Craig Packard, General Manager. “To increase our capacity to meet future demand, we are investing in continuing to expand our facilities.”

 

“Humminbird is an important part of the city’s history, and the same pioneering spirit that started the company is still alive today. The product innovation and industry-leading technology continue to make this a strong business,” said Mayor Jack Tibbs. “We are both proud and excited for this expansion, and we appreciate the investment and new jobs that have been created. We wish the company continued success in the future.”

 

The multimillion dollar 29,000 square-foot expansion project includes the installation of solar rooftop panels as well as four EV charging stations in the parking areas. This project follows a 17,000-square foot addition, which increased the warehouse space by 40 percent, that was recently completed in May 2021.

 

The groundbreaking ceremony for this expansion project took place on Dec. 15, 2021, and speakers included: Mayor Jack Tibbs, Eufaula; Jay Bostwick, Sperry & Associates, Inc.; and Craig Packard, Humminbird General Manager. Employees are a major part of Humminbird’s success, and Pattie Smith, an employee who has been with the company for 45 years, and Shantrice Brinson, one of the newest employees added as part of a major workforce expansion in 2021, also participated in the groundbreaking ceremony.


Santa Spent His Vacation After Christmas Fishing in Long Beach, California and Helped Berkley Give Away $22K and Gifts for Children and Adults Alike

 

On December 27th, Santa headed west to fish and help support the much-needed improvements at El Dorado Regional Park.

 

LONG BEACH, C.A. (December 27, 2021) — Santa wasted no time taking to the water in Long Beach as he stopped by El Dorado East Regional Park to meet with the local community and cast a line. He packed his fishing bag with extra fishy gifts for the community and a $22k check for the park.

 

Where Should Santa Fish After Christmas lived up to its name, drawing local community members to come and watch the fabled Christmas icon do some much needed fishing. The event, sponsored by fishing tackle manufacturer Berkley, took place at the El Dorado East Regional Park and Santa Claus dished out thousands of dollars in fishing equipment to the kids and adults in attendance, as well as a donation to the park.

 

“Traditionally, Santa enjoys his fishing trip after the holiday season alone and Berkley has always been a supporter of his trips”, said Jon Schlosser, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Berkley. “Even though this year was hectic for him, we asked Santa if he felt like he had one more gift in him to help the children of Long Beach get a chance to enjoy the sport he loves so much and he graciously agreed to help us out. In a time when more Americans are fishing than ever before, both Santa and all of us at Berkley Fishing wanted to continue in the tradition of ensuring that kids have an opportunity to enjoy the sport, which is why our donation to the park will be used to complete some much-needed improvements so the community of Long Beach can continue to enjoy the fishing in the park for many years to come.”

 

With the generous donation from Santa and Berkley, these improvements will now be possible. The project includes improved youth programs including an annual youth fishing derby, improvements to the 500-person capacity campground used by scouts and youth groups fishing the lakes, as well as education for the community and new trash can lids and fishing line disposal bins.

 

“We are so excited that Santa visited Long Beach and fished in our lake at El Dorado East Regional Park. This was a wonderful opportunity to educate our community and the nation about urban fishing opportunities in Long Beach and we look forward to educating park-goers about responsible fishing habits and conservation efforts.” - Trinka Rowsell, Executive Director of Partners for Parks.


AC Rookie Podcast - The Newest Elite Cheese Head

 

This week DX welcomes in fellow Wisconsonite in Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Jay Przerkurat to the Rookie Pod to talk about Cheese heads, Bass, food and more! Check this one out!


AC Insider Podcast - New Year & its time to roll!

 

Welcome to 2022 and the first episode of the new year for the boys as they welcome in Elite Series Pro Brandon Palanuik to talk about Christmas, Married Life, Humminbird and Minn Kota tips and tricks and more! The boys also look over what's been happening in the world of bass fishing over the break and more!


The AC Rookie Podcast is BACK!!!

Welcome back to the 2022 AnglersChannel Rookie Podcast with your host David Xiong! This week David welcomes in Elite Series Rookie and Northern Opens Points Champ Alex Redwine to talk about how he got started in tournament bass fishing and how he made his way to the Elites. Check it out and make sure and share it with your friends!


2021 Finale

 

This week Chris & the boys say goodbye to 2021 as Christmas & the New Year are days away. Tristan White, High School angler from Thompson High School joins the show to talk about HS fishing in Alabama and what his goals and aspirations are down the road. See ya 2021, it's been real.


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Become a Better Map Reader  - Advanced 

Courtesy of Luke Stoner - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Reading lake maps is something all anglers should do during the winter months to become a better fishermen. The truth is it’s hard to consistently get on the water this time of year. Whether it’s because you’re chasing deer and ducks, the holiday honey-dos are piling up, or you’re iced out of your favorite fishing hole; if you can’t be on the water the next best option is map study.

 

In part one of this series, Gerald Swindle laid out some of what he believes to be the foundations of lake map reading. The Team Toyota pro pointed out details like learning the lay of the lake, committing names of creeks / coves to memory, and locating areas like boat ramps or marinas before ever hitting the water.

 

For this go around, Swindle discussed some of the more advanced details he focuses on when studying a lake map that are applicable whether he’s preparing for an Elite Series tournament next year or you have a local jackpot derby next month.

 

Dial in based on time of the year

 

After getting a handle on how a fishery lays out, the first thing Swindle looks to do is break down features of the lake based on different seasonal patterns he expects to target, depending on time of the year. But he’s not trying to pick out “magic spots” from one end of the lake to the other.

 

Instead he’ll start with a small section of the lake and pick out a handful of places he believes to have potential, purposefully trying to avoid the feeling of being spread too thin when he hits the water.

 

“You aren’t reading a map to find fish, you are finding places to fish,” Swindle said. “Don’t get so bogged down in the fine details when looking at a map. Save that for when you’re actually out on the water. Find five or six places that have the general ingredients of you are looking for, based on the time of year, and start your search from there.”

 

Over his 26-year career, Swindle has learned his map time is more productive when he keeps it simple. So G-man focuses on established and somewhat basic details or features he has learned to target based on weather patterns and time of year.

 

Winter – “I’m looking for deep water. Tight contour lines indicating steep drops whether it’s close to the shoreline, off the side of a point, or in a creek channel. Bass want access to deep water this time of year.”

 

Spring – “I’m looking for flats and protected areas in the backs of coves, both major creeks and smaller potentially overlooked pockets off the main lake for when fish push to spawn. Locate a pile of these areas and think about how they’ll be affected by different wind directions.”

 

Summer – “In the summer I’m looking offshore, off the bank, whatever you want to call it. Irregularities along the main river channel, humps, and even long tapering points catch my eye and get marked down as a place to look for structure and fish with my electronics.”

 

Fall – “You’ve heard it before, but fall is all about baitfish in the creeks for me. A channel winding its way through the back of a flat creek with three or four little points is the kind of thing I’m looking for. Think about predominate wind directions the area has been getting and how that might position baitfish.“

 

We could write a 1,000 word article on each one of these seasons, but Swindle stresses to keep your map study more straightforward or universal and dial in to detailed nuances when you get to the lake.

 

Go fishing with a game plan

 

The whole purpose behind Swindle studying Humminbird’s FishSmart app, Google Earth, or paper maps over a cup of coffee in the morning is simple; it gives him a game plan.

 

“That’s the beautiful thing about map study – it helps you have a purpose when you hit the water, a game plan,” Swindle explained. “That way you don’t launch your boat and feel overwhelmed by the size and scale of the lake or river.”

Once you’re on the water you might fish through the first five areas you picked out on a map in two hours, and realize your best guess wasn’t even close. In fact, Swindle will tell you that happens more times than not. Still, you’re a step ahead because you’re familiar with the fishery and know where another boat ramp in a different section of the lake might be.

 

Once you get a couple bites and start to form a general idea of what the fish are doing, map study proves extremely useful as it helps you establish and run a pattern.

 

“Maybe you catch a couple fish off a deep point with a jerkbait on your next trip to the lake – that’s great,” Swindle offered. “But if you’ve put in time reading maps, you should know where a few more similar points are located… go fish them! You’ll either catch fish and put pieces of the puzzle together, or you might realize it was more of an area deal. Either way, studying maps will help shorten that learning curve.”


AC Insider Podcast - "Unicorn Poop?....."

 

Thats right, you read it here first, Kenneth Grover loves him some Unicorn Poop. Why? Hit play and find out as the boys talk about the 13 Days of Holiday Extravaganza Giveaways and get into the Christmas spirit by telling everyone their 5 favorite things for the Holiday Season. They also spill the beans on what they "hope" is under the tree come Christmas morning. Check it out!


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Santa Will Be Pointing His Sleigh to the West for Some Post Christmas Fishing 

On December 27th, Santa will be heading to Long Beach, California to fish and help support the much needed improvements at El Dorado Regional Park.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 14, 2021) – After Christmas, Santa will no doubt be exhausted from delivering presents to people all over the world with only one thing on his mind - fishing! On December 27th, Santa will be heading to Long Beach, California to do just that, and he is not coming empty-handed.

Santa’s sleigh will touch down in Long Beach, where he will spend some much needed time on the water, unwinding and fishing after Christmas. But before he goes fishing, with help from his friends at Berkley, he will be giving away a lot of fishy presents to the local community. Not only is Berkley helping the jolly old fella find a place to fish and donating fishing gear, but they are also presenting a big check to Partners of Parks to help with facilitating the renovations.

The town of Long Beach has steered their conservation efforts toward El Dorado Regional Park, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and desperately in need of improvements. With the generous donation from Santa and Berkley, these improvements will now be possible. The project includes improved youth programs including an annual youth fishing derby, improvements to the 500-person capacity campground used by scouts and youth groups fishing the lakes, as well as education for the community and new trash can and fishing line disposal bins.

Trinka Rowsell, Executive Director for Partners of Parks, said “We are so excited to have Santa visit Long Beach and fish in our lake at El Dorado East Regional Park. This is a wonderful opportunity to educate our community and the nation about urban fishing opportunities in Long Beach and we look forward to educating park-goers about responsible fishing habits and conservation efforts.”

To learn more about Berkley, visit: Berkley-Fishing.com.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all and to all tight lines!


13 Days of Holiday Extravaganza Giveaways are Here!

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Millennium Marine Pro-M Series Boat Seats: Our Toughest, Strongest Boat Seats

Pearl, Mississippi (December 8, 2021) – Millennium’s ComfortMAX contoured, tight sling seats have brought peace and comfort to the backsides of untold numbers of hunters and fishermen. For anglers who play in harsh, saltwater environments, Pro-M Series Boat Seats are the obvious choice.
Millennium Marine’s ComfortMAX contoured, tight sling seat with breathable, cool fabric that dries quickly for those wet days is at the heart of every Pro-M Series product. The mesh seat fabric’s mold-, mildew-, and UV-resistant properties provide years of solid use, and the tough reinforced anodized aluminum frame will ward off unruly saltwater corrosion.
The Pro-M 100 Boat Seats lets anglers sit back and relax or cast and reel all day long. They feature an adjustable folding backrest with lumbar support, which folds down flatter than competitors’ seats, allowing better visibility when the boat is underway. The included adjustable armrest straps help support the seat back when it’s unfolded and allow extra comfort for the anglers. With a generous 19” wide by 16.5” deep seat bottom, the Pro-M 100 provides unmatched comfort from all angles that diehard anglers will appreciate.
Pro-M 300 Palma Horse Seats are designed with generous downward curves on front and rear to allow fishermen to comfortably lean, sit, or straddle the seat. With a
Every Millennium Pro-M Series boat seat carries a 1-year warranty and features a standard bolt hole pattern so that they can be mounted on any standard boat seat pedestal. Each model is available in white or gray.
Millennium Pro-M 100 Boat Seat Features
  • Exclusive, patented ComfortMAX contoured, tight-sling seat for all-day comfort
  • Folding backrest with lumbar support
  • Backrest is adjustable
  • Reinforced anodized aluminum frame
  • Breathable, cool fabric promotes fast drying
  • UV resistant to sun and elements
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Folds flatter than competitors' seats
  • Mounts to any boat seat pedestal
  • 1-year warranty
Millennium Pro-M 100 Boat Seat Specifications
  • Material: Anodized Aluminum
  • Capacity: 400 pounds
  • Weight: 9.4 pounds
  • Size: 21” H x 19” W x 16.5” L
  • Available Colors: White, Gray
  • Model No.: P-100
Millennium Pro-M 300 Palma Horse Seat Features
  • Exclusive, patented ComfortMAX contoured, tight-sling seat for all-day comfort
  • Designed for sitting, leaning, straddling, and casting
  • Reinforced anodized aluminum frame
  • No plastic components
  • Breathable, cool fabric promotes fast drying
  • UV resistant to sun and elements
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Mounts to any boat seat pedestal
  • 1-year warranty
Millennium Pro-M 300 Palma Horse Seat Specifications
  • Material: Anodized Aluminum
  • Capacity: 400 pounds
  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Size: 6” H x 19” W x 13.5” L
  • Available Colors: White, Gray
  • Model No.: S-300

Huk Brings Flannel to the Next Level

Charleston, SC (December 8, 2021) - Historically, well-worn flannel shirts have been every angler’s best friend, shielding them from a chill and sitting softly against the skin. Huk has introduced the Maverick Flannel upping the ante with its high-tech features to become anglers’ new favorite flannel.
The Maverick is made of 100% performance polyester, guaranteed not to shrink, with a water-resistant treatment that will protect from the elements. These flannels are further characterized by little touches that make big differences. Also, they are fully equipped with a microfiber eyeglass cloth to keep sunglasses clean.
Whether anglers are using it for that first boat run of the morning or as a layering garment on a frigid day, this is one shirt that will go the distance and get better with age. Even if not used for fishing, outdoorsmen can wear this flannel out to dinner, for working in the yard or just about every occasion from ultra-relaxed up to business casual.
The Maverick comes in many patterns to match any ensemble or any occasion, still, the perfect fit and exceptional performance extend across all of them. The Maverick flannels are available in sizes from small to 3XL, so anglers of all sizes can bask in their draped comfort.
Maverick Flannel Features
  • 100% Polyester
  • Never shrink
  • Water-resistant
  • Two chest pockets with flaps and button closure
  • Microfiber eyeglass cloth
  • Available in S-3XL
  • MSRP: $70.00 (3XL + $5)

Plano Weekend Series Backpack

Distributes tackle evenly for easy carrying.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 8, 2021) — The latest addition to Plano’s popular Weekend Series tackle bags, this double-shouldered bag holds an incredible amount of tackle while distributing the load and allowing maximum mobility. Like all of Plano’s packs, the Weekend Series Backpack is made of premium components that are made to withstand the elements. The durable base material allows anglers to put it on the ground without fear of damage or leakage.

In addition to the large main compartment, this backpack features a smaller, zippered front pocket, two mesh side pockets and a water-resistant sunglasses pocket. Laser-cut MOLLE provides an excellent tool holder to keep everything at an angler’s fingertips. The Weekend Series Backpack comes with two clear plastic 3750 Stowaway utility boxes while featuring addition room to hold a third (sold separately).

Key Features:
• Heavy-duty main compartment zipper
• Water-resistant, felt-lined sunglass pocket
• Front pocket with laser-cut MOLLE tool holder
• Padded shoulder straps with sternum strap
• Durable bottom material
• Mesh side pockets
• Includes (2) 3750 StowAways

MSRP: $59.99
Availability: December 2021


Lester: Pokémon cards, princess dresses, and YouTube crappie

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

I guess you could say I’ve already received my best gift. Because as most every pro angler will tell you, the 15 to 20 weeks we spend away from our families each year is the toughest part of the job, so being home for the entire Christmas season is something I absolutely treasure.

 

To make the season even more fun, my girls are sort of at the perfect ages, because they both believe in Santa Claus. Leann is hoping Santa will bring her some Pokémon trading cards, whereas our youngest, Shiloh, who is age 3, is totally into being a princess. So, I imagine she’ll be opening a few new princess dresses for Christmas.

 

Now don’t get me wrong, they both know Christmas is not all about gifts. We spend a lot of time talking about the story of Jesus’ birth – so I’ll promise you their little hearts are very clear on the real reason for the season.

 

And as for me, along with making memories here in Kim and I’s hometown of Fayetteville, TN over the holidays, I’m also excited for a new project I’m really ramping-up my efforts on – and that’s my multispecies YouTube channel “Brandon Lester Fishing.”

 

Nope, I don’t want it to be just another pro bass fishing channel, but instead a platform where I teach all levels of anglers how to catch all kinds of species throughout 2022. In fact, a recent episode I did about crappie fishing actually got more traction than any bass fishing video I’ve done to date.

 

So, in the new year, expect me to teach you how to catch good-eating bluegill using side-imaging sonar, as well big blue catfish using skipjack herring for bait. And of course, plenty of crappie and bass fishing episodes too.

 

I’ve always believed the more I know about every species in the ecosystem – the better I’ll become at understanding, locating, and catching bass. So, I want my YouTube channel to reflect that too.

 

Bottom line …. I want this channel to be educational and relatable to all anglers, not just bass fisherman.

 

That said, I’d be grateful if you’ll follow along. And I truly hope you find something just as exciting as Pokémon cards or a princess dress under the tree, as you make memories with your loved ones while reflecting on the real reason for the season.


Outlaws.... RELiON That is

 

This week Chris & the boys welcome in BPT Pro Ott Defoe to the show to talk about his 2021 Bass Pro Tour Season (All 278,000 reasons why he enjoyed 2021) as well as the Costa Compete and Conserve Contingency Program and the good Costa is doing for our sport. The boys talk This or That Christmas Edition, some new Partners join the show and more!


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B.A.S.S. Hooks VMC As New Tournament Trail Supporting Sponsor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — VMC, a Rapala Respected Brand known for their award-winning hooks for every style of fishing, rigs, jigs and terminal tackle, has signed a multiyear agreement to serve as a supporting sponsor for the Bassmaster Tournament Trail. Additionally, the new VMC Monster Bag prize will award an additional $2,000 to the angler who weighs in the heaviest single-day catch of the event at every Elite Series tournament.

The addition of the VMC Monster Bag prize is capturing the attention of fans and Elite Series pros alike.

“Take it from me, VMC is the sharpest, baddest hook in tournament fishing,” said two-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year Gerald Swindle. “I can’t wait to get paid to carry the VMC Monster Bag to the scales.”

As a tournament sponsor, VMC will not only be featured during Bassmaster LIVE broadcasts on the FOX Sports platforms, but will also enjoy exposure to enthusiastic fans of sportfishing and B.A.S.S. members during tournament weigh-ins as well as across Bassmaster.com, Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times magazines and various social media platforms.

“Our fans tune in to Bassmaster LIVE for incredible coverage of every catch, learning from the pros about techniques that will help them become a better angler, and then eagerly cheer on their favorite pros during weigh-ins,” said B.A.S.S. chairman and CEO Chase Anderson. “We’re excited to welcome VMC as a new partner and showcase the hooks some of the sport’s most successful pros — like Seth Feider, Brandon Palaniuk and Mike Iaconelli — use when landing every fish matters. The last few years, B.A.S.S. fans have been treated to record-breaking limits, and we can’t wait to see who will take home the new VMC Monster Bag prize when the Elite Series heads to some of the country’s best big bass factories during the 2022 season.”

In addition to sponsoring the Elite Series VMC Monster Bag prize, VMC will be a supporting sponsor for the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens Series, Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship and the grass-roots TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation regional and championship tournaments.

“VMC is one of our most historic brands under the portfolio of brands at Rapala VMC,” said Matt Jensen, Rapala USA director of marketing. “Here in the U.S., it has been our fastest-growing brand year after year for the past eight years. With the innovation VMC has brought to market it has proven itself to be a top hook brand in tournament fishing today, and we are excited to partner with Bassmaster and grow VMC into a supporting sponsor.

“The VMC Monster Bag at Elite events is going to be the talk of the town. Bassmaster is all about ‘Big Bass. Big Stage. Big Dreams.’ Well now, VMC will add ‘Big Bags’ to the mix, and excite pros and fans with the new VMC Monster Bag prize!”

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With more than two centuries of experience, the innovative craftsmanship of VMC® design shows in every product. Award-winning hooks for every style of fishing, many with first-to-market features, plus rigs, jigs and terminal tackle second to none. VMC is one of several legendary fishing lure brands that belong to the Rapala family. Learn more, visit Rapala.com.


Plano Weekend Series 3600 Sling Pack

Makes carrying tackle easier than ever.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 7, 2021) — The Plano 3600 Sling Pack, the newest addition to Plano’s popular Weekend Series tackle bags, is an over-the-shoulder sling that allows anglers to carry just the right amount of tackle while leaving their hands free to cast and land fish.

The Weekend Series 3600 Sling Pack features a large zippered main pocket and a smaller front pocket, both with high-quality zippers, as well as a pair of side mesh pockets to keep gear safe, organized and accessible. It also features a MOLLE tool holder to keep everything within reach at all times. The adjustable single shoulder strap can be converted to rest on either the left or right shoulder, a design that allows anglers to swing the pack from their back to chest to access gear. Combined with mesh back padding, the Plano 3600 Sling Pack delivers maximum comfort and the best-in-class storage.

The Weekend Series 3600 Sling Pack comes with two clear, plastic 3650 Stowaway utility boxes and is compatible with all Plano 3600 Series Stowaways. Whether fishing from shore, a kayak or wading in the water, the Sling Pack is a stylish and functional way to keep essential gear organized.

KEY FEATURES:
• Adjustable single shoulder strap
• Converts to either right or left shoulder
• Oversized molded main zippered pocket
• Laser-cut MOLLE front panel for tool storage
• Mesh side pockets
• Molded Plano zipper pull
• Includes (2) 3650 Stowaways

MSRP: $29.99
Availability: December 2021


MLF Announces 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Roster

 


Santa Calls for Help Choosing Post-Holiday Fishing Destination

A worldwide vote will now determine Santa’s whereabouts on December 27

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 7, 2021) – After a month-long search for the perfect fishing destination, Santa’s pals at Berkley Fishing have helped him narrow his annual post-holiday fishing trip down to five deserving locations. And now he’s asking the world to weigh in on the big decision.

Cities and fisheries around the world submitted their town for the opportunity to win a visit from Santa on December 27, immediately following his busiest day of the year. Santa and the team at Berkley have narrowed down the location finalists to five epic fisheries across the United States and are now asking everyone to help select one lucky fishing destination. In addition to a relaxing day on the water, Santa will bring gifts for children in the community along with a donation of up to $25K from Berkley, which will support a fishing conservation project in the surrounding area.

After careful review of all the fantastic fishy places submitted across the world, Berkley and Santa have created their list (and checked it twice) of the top five fishing spots in consideration. Each town was chosen based on its submission, with many boasting about their tight-knit communities, the amazing fishing, and a clearly identified need for conservation funding or a special fishing access project in need of support from Santa and Berkley.

The final five towns are:

  • Hartwell, GA
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Springfield, IL
  • Panama City Beach, FL
  • Long Beach, CA

And now Santa needs your help!
Santa is asking everyone to vote for the best fishing spot from now through December 12 here. And because Santa never stops giving, every vote includes an entry for a chance to win a Berkley prize package worth more than $500! The winning town will be announced on December 14! 

To vote for your favorite town, go to: Santa Fishes.
To learn more about Berkley, visit:  Berkley-Fishing.com.


The 2022 Strike King Big Bass Challenge is Back

Lexington, S.C. – November 15, 2021 – The teams at Strike King and Lew’s are excited to announce the return of this fan favorite tournament series, formatted for family-friendly competition and designed for anglers of all ages and skill levels. 2022 will be bigger and better than ever featuring more tournaments, bigger payouts and greater opportunities to win.

“Last year we welcomed over 600 competitors to the Strike King Big Bass Challenge weigh-ins and gave away over $40,000 in awards and prizes.  We are gearing up for even more in 2022,” announced Strike King Vice President of Marketing Jason McKee.  “Whether you have never fished a tournament or you are a local weekend hero, find the Big Bass Challenge near you and come join the fun!”

For anglers who are new to the Big Bass format, it works like this:

  • A single-day event with a weigh-in every two hours. Anglers are free to bring their biggest bass of the period to the scales in each period throughout the day.
  • We will award cash prizes for the five biggest bass caught during each weigh period.
  • Every angler who weighs a fish is entered into a drawing for prizes from Lew’s, Strike King, and partnering Big Bass Challenge sponsors.
  • The angler who catches the biggest bass of the day will win the Grand Prize Bonus, a $5,000 total boat makeover of Lew’s and Strike King gear.

The excitement is not just on the water and at the weigh-in.  The mandatory Rules Briefing the night prior to the competition day at each event will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear from Strike King and Lew’s pro anglers and legends of the sport, as well as enter to win great prizes.  Additionally, the first 100 anglers to register for each event will receive a Strike King gift card valued at $50, available for pick-up at the Rules Briefing.

The 2022 line-up is as follows:

Lake Toho, FL                                             January 30th

Lake Cumberland, KY                               March 27th

Kentucky Lake, TN                                    April 3rd

Lake Erie, OH                                             April 24th

Lake Murray, SC                                       May 15th

Table Rock Lake, MO                              June 11th

 

Anglers may register for upcoming Big Bass Challenge tournaments, download the rules and find additional information here at https://www.strikeking.com/en/learn/big-bass-challenge or at https://www.lews.com/en/learn/big-bass-challenge


A-Mart GoFundme Information

From our friends at WON Bass

WON BASS and our anglers and industry partners have come together to create a day to celebrate the "LIFE" of our dear friend Aaron Martens. We are trying to raise funds that will be given to Leslie Martens to use as she sees fit for their family needs. We are trying to raise money to help her and the kids after the tragic loss of their beloved father and husband.

If you can not attend the December 18th "Celebration Of Life" gathering being held at Lake Casitas recreation area, then you can donate your $100 here! Donations of any size or denomination are welcome, but not required to attend. We would like to give this donation gift to Leslie at the event on December 18th, so please donate early. A portion of the donations will be used for expenses at the event, the remainder will 100% all go to the Martens family.

We will also be offering tickets for items that have been donated by sponsors to help raise additional funds. Your $100 donation includes one ticket. An additional $100 will get you 5 additional tickets. Tickets will be available on-site.

If you wish to donate product to the event. Please send to Western Outdoor News 1211 Puerta Del Sol, Suite 270, San Clemente CA 92673 before December 15th.

The event is scheduled from 12 noon until 6:00 PM. Food will be available for purchase. Bring your lawn chair and blanket and spend the day with the family and friends of Aaron. We hope to have live music and festivities during the celebration.

Thank you for your support and help. It is greatly appreciated.


AC Insider Rookie Podcast is Back!!!

Welcome back to the 2022 AnglersChannel Rookie Podcast with your host David Xiong! This week David welcomes in Elite Series Rookie and Northern Opens Points Champ Alex Redwine to talk about how he got started in tournament bass fishing and how he made his way to the Elites. Check it out and make sure and share it with your friends!


3 Days Left to Get Santa to Come to Your Town! Berkley Fishing and Santa Want YOU to Decide Where Santa Should Fish After Christmas

There are only 3 days left to submit your town for a chance to win a visit from Santa, gifts for the children and up to $25K from Berkley Fishing toward conservation efforts this holiday season!

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Dec. 2, 2021) — Everyone wants to know what Santa does after he’s done delivering toys to all the good boys and girls after Christmas. Well, we know the answer! Santa goes fishing! And this year, Santa needs your help to decide where he should fish next and what makes it a not-to-be-missed fishing destination!

Fishing tackle brand Berkley and Santa Claus are teaming up to look for fishy cities, towns, and communities who want Santa to visit, fish and donate to a good fishy cause on December 27th. Entering your community in the mix is easy: Answer the questions on the submission form and tell us why Santa should come to your area. You can fill out the submission form here!

The winning town must have a great fishing spot and clearly identify a conservation need or special fishing access project that Santa and Berkley can support. Submissions are open to everyone, but there are only three days left to submit so enter your town through December 5, 2021, for a chance to be the winning town!

Remember, even after Christmas Santa loves to give presents! The winning location will receive gifts for the children of the community and a generous donation for their conservation/special project from Berkley Fishing.

The top five towns will be announced on December 7, 2021, and the winning town will be chosen by a public vote that will run from December 7 through December 12.

To submit your town, go to:  SantaFishes.com.
To learn more about Berkley, visit:  Berkley-Fishing.com


Final Classic Spot On The Line At Bassmaster Team Championship On Lake Eufaula

Alabama's Lake Eufaula will host anglers from around the country during the Bassmaster Team Championship Dec. 8-11.

Photo by Charles Beck/B.A.S.S.

December 2, 2021

 

EUFAULA, Ala.The fall feed will likely be in full swing when anglers arrive in south Alabama for the 2021 Bassmaster Team Championship at Lake Eufaula Dec. 8-11, and Bassmaster Elite Series veteran Matt Herren of Ashville, Ala., said a simple approach could get the job done.

“I don’t think they are going to overcomplicate what they are doing, I think it is going to be about figuring out the part of the lake that is going to be productive and using pretty simple techniques to find the fish,” Herren said. “Eufaula is a really big lake and it will spread out and can swallow boats pretty easily. Guys will be able to fish their strengths no matter what it is they want to do.”

Teams competing in this event qualified through B.A.S.S.-sanctioned team trails and will compete as a duo for the first two days of the tournament. The Top 3 teams after the second day will then be split and compete as individuals in the Bassmaster Classic Fish-Off the final two days. The winner will earn a spot in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk March 4-6 at legendary Lake Hartwell and Greenville, S.C.

Lake Eufaula, nicknamed the Big Bass Capital of the World, has played host to major bass tournaments throughout its history and most recently hosted a Bassmaster Elite Series event in July 2020. The Chattahoochee River impoundment has plenty of space for anglers to spread out.

“One of the neat features about Eufaula this time of the year is, when I think of fall fishing, I think about major tributaries,” Herren said. “I either like major feeder creeks or the upper portions of the river system, and Eufaula is blessed with that. There are major feeder creeks all over it, and each of them has a good population of fish. These guys that go down there have a smorgasbord to fish, they could fish feeder creeks, the river or fish in the lake and fish brushpiles and offshore structure.”

While the creeks are full of bank grass, laydowns and lily pads, the main focus on Eufaula in recent years has been the multitude of offshore brushpiles. About three years ago, Herren said the hydrilla that used to be in Eufaula disappeared and forced the bass to relate to different cover, mostly the brush.

“The brushpiles on Eufaula are relatively shallow, 8 to 15-foot piles, and if someone has a good side imaging depthfinder, they aren’t hard to find,” Herren said. “Just look at the map and if you think there ought to be a pile there, there probably is. There could be some schooling going on. About three years ago there used to be a lot of hydrilla on the southern end, but now it is all gone. So, all of those fish that exploded in that grass, those are the fish we’ve been catching out of the brushpiles.”

Herren anticipates spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and ChatterBaits to play a major role in the shallows in this tournament, as well as squarebill crankbaits. Offshore, larger spinnerbaits, Texas-rigged worms and deeper-diving crankbaits have historically been effective. Herren added that the bass will largely be keying in on baitfish, while some of the shallow bass will target bluegill.

Anglers will have to keep an eye on the turnover. If the lake has turned over before anglers arrive, Herren said weights could be really high. If the turnover takes place during the tournament, however, the fishing could be tough, especially around the brushpiles.

Anglers will launch from Lakepoint State Park each day starting at 6:15 a.m. CT and return for weigh-in at 2:15 p.m. Full event coverage will be available at Bassmaster.com.

The Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Bassmaster Team Championship and Bassmaster Classic Fish-Off.


Plano EDGE Flex Crankbait 3700

The safest and most efficient way to store crankbaits.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 2, 2021) — The EDGE line of storage solutions from Plano are proven favorites thanks to their intuitive designs that store tackle securely while keeping it easy to access when the bite heats up. The new Plano EDGE Flex Crankbait box provides complete customization to store any size hardbait in one innovative, do-it-all crankbait tackle box.

EDGE Flex Crankbait boxes feature innovative dual-length crankbait catchers, 28 flexible pods designed to accommodate any size of crankbait regardless of whether the bait has a slimmer or wider profile. Designed to give anglers the freedom of customization, Crankbait Catchers can be removed to make room for larger baits or rotated 90 degrees to accommodate wide-bodied squarebills and lipless baits.

With additional features such as a WaterWick divider with reusable moisture-wicking packet, a Dri-Loc O-ring seal and Rustrictor technology, the new Plano EDGE Flex Crankbait 3700 protects crankbaits from rust and moisture-related damage. The EZ Label system allows for quick identification of contents and a DuraView crystal-clear polycarbonate lid allows anglers to see what’s inside without opening it.

Key Features:
• 28 adjustable Crankbait Catchers hold baits securely and prevent hook tangles
• Flex technology allows for custom configurations or all shapes and sizes of crankbaits
• WaterWick divider with reusable moisture-wicking packet removes water
• Dri-Loc O-ring seal maintains waterproofing when closed
• Rustrictor technology delivers 360 degree of rust preventative protection
• EZ Label system for quick identification of contents
• DuraView crystal-clear polycarbonate lid

MSRP: $39.99
Available: December 2021


Major League Fishing Announces Roster for 2022 Bass Pro Tour

TULSA, Okla. (Dec. 2, 2021) – Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the full field for the 2022 Bass Pro Tour, the fourth season of professional bass fishing’s most visible and competitive tournament circuit. The field of 80 of the world’s top bass-fishing professionals will visit seven fisheries during the Bass Pro Tour regular season and will compete for a total season purse of more than $7.6 million dollars.

The 2022 Bass Pro Tour roster includes 74 returning anglers, headlined by 2021 Angler of the Year (AOY) Jacob Wheeler, REDCREST 2021 champion Dustin Connell, two-time AOY runner-up Ott DeFoe, Edwin Evers, Justin Lucas and the most decorated angler in the history of professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam. They’ll be joined by six newcomers who qualified via the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – Dakota Ebare, Cole Floyd, Dylan Hays, Clabion Johns, Jeremy Lawyer and Ryan Salzman. Pros John Cox and Ron Nelson declined their invitations to the 2022 Bass Pro Tour to focus their efforts on other circuits, including the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit.

The 2022 Bass Pro Tour will kick off Feb. 5-10, 2022, with Stage One at Caney Creek Reservoir, Lake D’Arbonne and Bussey Brake in Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana.

“The professional anglers that compete on the Bass Pro Tour are the best in the world, and we look forward to seeing what they can do across nine of the finest fisheries in the United States,” said Don Rucks, Executive Vice President and General Manager for MLF. “We expect the upcoming 2022 season to be one of the most challenging, if not the most challenging and competitive seasons in the history of the MLF Bass Pro Tour. We couldn’t be more excited to kick off another fantastic Bass Pro Tour season in February in Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana, on three fisheries that have never before hosted a professional tournament.”

In addition to millions of dollars in cash prizes, the 2022 Bass Pro Tour anglers are vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2023 General Tire Heavy Hitters All-Star event and REDCREST 2023, the world championship of professional bass fishing. Each stage of the Bass Pro Tour includes six days of competition using the catch, weigh, immediate-release format, and is broadcast live on the Major League Fishing app, MyOutdoorTV (MOTV), and MajorLeagueFishing.com, totaling more than 450 hours of original programming. Fans can also follow the on-the-water action as it unfolds on the live SCORETRACKER® leaderboard.

The 2022 MLF Bass Pro Tour will air on the Discovery Channel beginning in July 2022 and the Outdoor Channel in early 2023.
For complete details and up-to-date tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

The 80 professional anglers that will compete on the 2022 Bass Pro Tour are:

  • Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C.
  • Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J.
  • Josh Bertrand, Queen Creek, Ariz.
  • Tommy Biffle, Wagoner, Okla.
  • Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla.
  • Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Brent Chapman, Lake Quivira, Kan.
  • Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash.
  • Dustin Connell, Clanton, Ala.
  • Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Cliff Crochet, Pierre Part, La.
  • Mark Daniels Jr., Tuskegee, Ala.
  • Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark.
  • Ott DeFoe, Blaine, Tenn.
  • Boyd Duckett, Guntersville, Ala.
  • David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va.
  • *Dakota Ebare, Brookeland, Texas
  • Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif.
  • James Elam, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Paul Elias, Laurel, Miss.
  • Edwin Evers, Talala, Okla.
  • Todd Faircloth, Jasper, Texas
  • *Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio
  • Shinichi Fukae, Osaka, Japan
  • Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C.
  • Shaw Grigsby, Gainesville, Fla.
  • Roy Hawk, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
  • *Dylan Hays, Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Timmy Horton, Muscle Shoals, Ala.
  • Randy Howell, Guntersville, Ala.
  • *Clabion Johns, Social Circle, Ga.
  • Alton Jones, Lorena, Texas
  • Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas
  • Kelly Jordon, Flint, Texas
  • Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas
  • Jeff Kriet, Ardmore, Okla.
  • Jason Lambert, Michie, Tenn.
  • Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla.
  • Chris Lane, Guntersville, Fla.
  • Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala.
  • *Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo.
  • Jordan Lee, Cullman, Ala.
  • Matt Lee, Cullman, Ala.
  • Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa.
  • Jared Lintner, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
  • Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala.
  • Mike McClelland, Blue Eye, Mo.
  • Cody Meyer, Star, Idaho
  • Ish Monroe, Oakdale, Calif.
  • Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, S.C.
  • Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn.
  • John Murray, Spring City, Tenn.
  • Britt Myers, Lake Wylie, S.C.
  • Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn.
  • Takahiro Omori, Tokyo, Japan
  • Cliff Pace, Petal, Miss.
  • Keith Poche, Pike Road, Ala.
  • Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif.
  • Marty Robinson, Lyman, S.C.
  • Dean Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
  • Mark Rose, Wynne, Ark.
  • Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark.
  • Bradley Roy, Lancaster, Ky.
  • *Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala.
  • Terry Scroggins, San Mateo, Fla.
  • Fletcher Shryock, Guntersville, Ala.
  • Gerald Spohrer, Gonzales, La.
  • Jeff Sprague, Wills Point, Texas
  • Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn.
  • Scott Suggs, Alexander, Ark.
  • Randall Tharp, Port St. Joe, Fla.
  • Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C.
  • Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Jonathan VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Greg Vinson, Wetumpka, Ala.
  • David Walker, Sevierville, Tenn.
  • James Watson, Lampe, Mo.
  • Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn.
  • Jesse Wiggins, Addison, Ala.

* Denotes 2022 Bass Pro Tour Newcomer

2022 MLF Bass Pro Tour Schedule:

  • Feb. 5-10 - Stage One at Caney Creek Reservoir, Lake D’Arbonne and Bussey Brake, Monroe-West Monroe, La.
  • Feb. 19-24 - Stage Two at Lake Fork, Lake Fork, Texas
  • March 2-7 - Stage Three at Lewis Smith Lake, Cullman, Ala.
  • March 23-27 REDCREST 2022 at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokee, Tulsa, Okla.
  • April 9-14 - General Tire Heavy Hitters 2022 All-Star Event at Lake Palestine, Tyler, Texas
  • April 30- May 5 - Stage Four at Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach, Mo.
  • June 4-9 - Stage Five at Watts Bar Lake, Spring City, Tenn.
  • Aug. 6-11 - Stage Six at Lake Cayuga, Union Springs, N.Y.
  •  Sept. 10-15 - Stage Seven at Mille Lacs Lake, Onamia, Minn.