Huselton Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament on Lake Hamilton

Boater Chris Huselton of Conway, Arkansas and Strike-King co-angler Ron Knight of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Hot Spring’s Knight Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Sept. 20, 2021) – Boater Chris Huselton of Conway, Arkansas, won the two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament Presented by T-H Marine at Lake Hamilton Presented by Berkley Sunday in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Huselton earned $6,175 for his victory in the event.
TOP 10 RESULTS
RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Chris Huselton of Conway, Ark. 10 23-9 $6,175
2nd Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, Ark. 10 22-10 $3,088
3rd Cody Burke of Bryant, Ark. 10 21-2 $2,060
4th Mark Hensiek of England, Ark. 8 18-7 $2,788
5th Travis Mosley of Benton, Ark. 10 18-7 $1,235
6th Charles Williams of Clarksville, Ark. 10 17-13 $1,132
7th Justin Howard of Austin, Ark. 10 17-12 $1,029
8th Matt Wood of Jessieville, Ark. 10 17-5 $926
9th Scott Hardin of Little Rock, Ark. 10 16-12 $823
10th Kanon Harmon of Benton, Ark. 8 15-10 $720
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Ron Knight of Hot Springs, Ark. 9 15-6 $3,340
2nd Christopher Gaudin of Camden, Ark. 7 14-15 $1,472
3rd Matthew Russell of Prairie Grove, Ark. 8 11-11 $980
4th James Calhoun of Norfolk, Va. 5 11-8 $687
5th Christian Knight of Benton, Ark. 8 10-13 $589
6th Ethan Sutton of Hot Springs, Ark. 8 9-14 $540
7th Josh Davis of Hot Springs, Ark. 7 9-12 $491
8th Jody Jones of Harvey, Ark. 7 9-3 $441
9th Dakota Scott of Benton, Ark. 8 8-3 $392
10th Mike Rhodes of Mountain Home, Ark. 5 7-12 $343
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Mark Hensiek of England, Ark. 5-pound, 4-ounce bass $847
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Ron Knight of Hot Springs, Ark. 3-pound, 14-ounce bass $397
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Mark Hensiek of England, Ark. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Booyah Pad Crasher
War Eagle Buzzbait
N/A
Strike King Co-Angler Topwater Walking Bait
Shaky-Head Rig
N/A
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Arkie Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 7-9 Norfork Lake, Mountain Home, Ark. Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 2-4, 2022 Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas Dept. of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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


Johnson Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament on Old Hickory Lake

Boater Daniel Johnson of Lebanon, Tennessee and Strike-King co-angler Chris Coates of Bethpage, Tennessee.
Bethpage’s Coates Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division
GALLATIN, Tenn. (Sept. 20, 2021) – Boater Daniel Johnson of Lebanon, Tennessee, won the two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament Presented by T-H Marine at Old Hickory Lake Presented by Googan Baits Sunday in Gallatin, Tennessee. Johnson earned $6,886 for his victory in the event, which was hosted by Sumner County Tourism.
TOP 10 RESULTS
RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Daniel Johnson of Lebanon, Tenn. 10 26-3 $6,886
2nd Josh Tramel of Smithville, Tenn. 10 25-5 $2,943
3rd Tim Messer of Hendersonville, Tenn. 10 23-13 $1,964
4th Dwight Fox of Gainesboro, Tenn. 10 23-2 $1,373
5th Matt Henry of Milledgeville, Ga. 10 22-12 $1,177
6th Ryan Dowell of Brandenburg, Ky. 10 22-6 $1,079
7th Jeremy Walker of Mount Juliet, Tenn. 10 21-4 $1,481
8th Joey Mallicoat of Lebanon, Tenn. 10 21-4 $883
9th Scott Towry of Lawrenceburg, Tenn. 10 20-10 $785
10th Matt Underhill of Lascassas, Tenn. 10 20-2 $687
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Chris Coates of Bethpage, Tenn. 9 17-3 $2,943
2nd Bradley Mealer of Columbia, Tenn. 8 16-3 $1,472
3rd Mark Gilbert of Murfreesboro, Tenn. 7 15-14 $1,105
4th Jaden Barlar of Ashland City, Tenn. 6 15-4 $687
5th Kristin Hamilton of Mount Washington, Ky. 6 14-7 $589
6th Wayne Crouch of Jamestown, Tenn. 8 13-3 $540
7th Derek Benham of Ekron, Ky. 6 11-10 $491
8th Josh Underhill of Watertown, Tenn. 5 11-2 $441
9th William Reece of Castalian Springs, Tenn. 6 10-15 $392
10th Luke Alexander of Gallatin, Tenn. 5 10-7 $343
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Clark Cowley of Lebanon, Tenn. 5-pound, 9-ounce bass $795
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Bob Wiles of Huntington, W. Va. 4-pound, 15-ounce bass $397
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Jeremy Walker of Mount Juliet, Tenn. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver N/A
Strike King Co-Angler Zoom Trick Worm N/A
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Music City Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 7-9 Wheeler Lake, Decatur, Ala. Decatur Morgan County Tourism
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 2-4, 2022 Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas Dept. of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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


Wooten Wins Toyota Series Event on Potomac River

Huddleston Pro Wins First Toyota Series Victory and Automatic Bid into Toyota Series Championship Next Month to Compete for up to $200,000

MARBURY, Md. (Sept. 19, 2021) – Toyota Series pro Thomas Wooten of Huddleston, Virginia brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 6 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. Wooten’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 45-2 earned him the win by an 8-ounce margin over second-place pro Aaron Dixon of Bel Alton, Maryland and earned Wooten the top payout of $33,251 in the third and final tournament of the 2021 Toyota Series Northern Division.

After catching 18 pounds on Day 2 to rally into the Top 10, Wooten put up the best bag from the final day (14-6) on the Potomac River to claim his first Toyota Series victory.

“I love the Potomac,” said Wooten. “This win feels really good. I won a truck and a boat at a regional event here, I think in 2007, and that was one of the bigger tournaments I’ve won up here. I’ve finished top-five numerous times and I’ve been close. So, it feels good.

“I like the tougher tournaments on the Potomac, especially when the grass came back as good as it did this year,” continued Wooten. “I figured if I could get five bites a day flipping, I’d have a chance. I was catching 10 to 12 pounds on a swim jig, and figured I’d go punch one up. I knew if I got to the last day, there was going to be one rod on the deck and I was going to punch all day. But, they turned on with the frog yesterday, and I couldn’t leave it.”

Catching the biggest bag of the tournament on Day 2 vaulted Wooten into contention, and he did it with a key change in tactics. On Day 1, he tossed around a swim jig and a buzzbait in eelgrass and punched for a few other fish. On Day 2, he started throwing a frog.

“I figured it out about 11:30 [on Day 2],” said Wooten. “They quit biting the buzzbait, quit biting the swim jig, and I started throwing the frog. Once I started, I had about 15 blowups and culled six or seven times. It wasn’t as good on the final day, I think I leaned on them a little hard on Day 2, but they were still there.”

Wooten won narrowly, edging out Dixon by ounces, but it was enough to send him on to Pickwick and possibly reignite his dreams of fishing at the top level. A boat captain in high school fishing with his son, Wooten said he doesn’t have a lot of spare time to travel the country in search of bass, but he may try to make some more.

“I do want to get back into it, a lot more than what I am now,” said Wooten, who finished 12th and fifth in the Northern Division in 2007 and 2008. “I have three young kids, my oldest is 12. I did make the Pro Circuit one year, I left the Hudson River and finished fifth in points, and they called me on the way home. My wife was pregnant, and I couldn’t do it – you’ve got to make your priorities right – but, I would like to fish full-time as a pro, I really would, so maybe this is the start.”

The top 10 pros on the Potomac River finished:

1st:           Thomas Wooten of Huddleston, Va., 15 bass, 45-2, $33,251
2nd:          Aaron Dixon of Bel Alton, Md., 15 bass, 44-10, $12,303
3rd:          Nolan Gaskin of Broussard, La., 15 bass, 41-14, $9,525
4th:           Nick Hatfield of Greeneville, Tenn., 14 bass, 39-4, $7,938
5th:           Brian Latimer of Belton, S.C., 15 bass, 37-10, $7,144
6th:           Robby Lefere of Jackson, Mich., 15 bass, 37-1, $6,350
7th:           Frank Ippoliti of Mercersburg, Pa., 15 bass, 36-3, $5,556
8th:           Jason Williams of Alexandria, Va., 14 bass, 34-4, $4,763
9th:           Matt Becker of Finleyville, Pa., 11 bass, 31-8, $4,969
10th:        Danny L. Shanz of Summerton, S.C., 10 bass, 27-2, $3,175

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

John Hauserman of Ellicott City, Maryland took home an additional $102 for the Day One Berkley Big Bass award in the pro division, with a bass weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces. Scott Cooke of Morengo, Ohio won the Day Two Berkley Big Bass award in the pro division, bringing a 5-pound, 8-ounce bass to the scale.

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

David Williams of Fredericksburg, Virginia won the Strike King Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 11 bass weighing 32 pounds, 10 ounces. Williams took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard motor.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers on the Potomac River finished:

                  1st:           David Williams of Fredericksburg, Va., 11 bass, 32-10, Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp outboard
2nd:          Kevin Hesson of Seneca, Pa., 11 bass, 28-2, $4,125
3rd:          Michael Catt of Jacksonville, Fla., nine bass, 23-13, $3,246
4th:           Michael Duarte of Baltimore, Md., 12 bass, 22-13, $2,840
5th:           Terry Stevens of Sterling, Va., 10 bass, 21-9, $2,434
6th:           Gary Haraguchi of San Jose, Calif., 10 bass, 18-10, $2,029
7th:           Jacob Rice of Osceola Mills, Pa., eight bass, 17-10, $1,623
8th:           Jeff Mellott of Warfordsburg, Pa., nine bass, 17-4, $1,420
9th:           Jeff Adams of Mechanicsville, Md., even bass, 16-5, $1,217
10th:        Brendan Vinton of Braintree, Vt., nine bass, 15-12, $1,014
In the Strike King co-angler division, the $68 Day One Berkley Big Bass award winner was David Williams of Fredericksburg, Virginia, with a 4-pound, 8-ounce bass, while the $68 Day Two award went to Kevin Hesson of Seneca, Pennsylvania with a 3-pound, 15-ounce bass.

The Toyota Series at the Potomac River was hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners. It was the third and final regular-season tournament in 2021 for Northern Division anglers. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place on Oct. 28-30 – 2021 Toyota Series Championship Presented by A.R.E on Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tennessee, hosted by the Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For a complete schedule, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

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

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. on the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.


Lake Havasu Readies to Host Toyota Series Event

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (Sept. 17, 2021) – The Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Western Division will finish out  its 2021 season with a tournament next week in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Sept. 23-25, with the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at Lake Havasu . Hosted by Go Lake Havasu, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and Strike King co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus an additional $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner.

“The fish on Lake Havasu are still in their summer patterns and haven’t really transitioned over into a fall setting, but there are definitely fish to be caught and I’m looking forward to a great event,” said Toyota Series pro Shaun Bailey of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. “There’s quite a bit of grass on the main lake that will definitely be in play and a lot of bait moving around getting ready for the fall setting – water temps and the weather just haven’t quite shifted.

“The fish seem to be more active right now in the mornings, when there are cooler temps and low-light conditions,” continued Bailey. “They are moving around eating topwater baits and reaction baits early on. As it gets hot throughout the day, they tend to get less active and guys will have to finesse it up a bit, so I expect to see a lot of Ned rigs and drop shots in play as well.”

Bailey said fish can currently be found anywhere from 2 to 20 feet of water, so he anticipates there will be an array of techniques used throughout the tournament.

“There are a lot of options, so guys can definitely play to their strengths at this event,” said Bailey. “With it being so hot and the surface water temps being so warm, guys are really going to have to pay attention to fish care and do everything they can to keep their livewell water temperature cold throughout the day.”

Bailey said one of his tricks to taking care of his fish in such hot weather is to fill his livewell first thing in the morning and add a 20 lb. bag of ice to it – but the real key according to the Arizona pro is to never put lake water back into the livewell the rest of the day.

“Once I’ve filled the livewell and iced it, I use my recirculating pumps to oxygenate the water in the livewell and keep the pumps running throughout the entire day,” said Bailey. “I bring extra ice and keep frozen water bottles in my ice chest. Everything you can do to keep the livewell temperature cool and not re-introduce warm lake water into it throughout the day will result in better fish care.”

Bailey said he believes it will take an average of 17 pounds per day to make the Top 10, and the winning weight will be around 55 pounds.

“Being consistent throughout all three days is going to be key,” said Bailey. “I always look forward to the Toyota Series coming out and fishing our lakes and I’m excited to get out there and try to make another good finish.”

Anglers will take off daily at 6:30 a.m. MT from Windsor Beach at Lake Havasu State Park in Lake Havasu City. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park and will begin at 2:30 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend the event or follow the action online through the “MLF Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

In Toyota Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event, scaling up for every 20 boats over 160 and scaling down for every boat below 160. With a 160-boat field, pros fish for a top prize of $40,000, plus an extra $35,000 if Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus qualified. Strike King co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard (valued at $33,500). With a 260-boat field, pros fish for a top award of $65,000, plus an extra $35,000 if Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus qualified. Strike King co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard (valued at $33,500) plus $5,000 cash.

The 2021 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. consists of six divisions – Central, Northern, Plains, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International division. Anglers who fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning Strike King co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard. The 2021 Toyota Series Championship Presented by A.R.E. will be held Oct. 28-30 on Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tennessee, and is hosted by the Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. on the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Tough Late-Summer Conditions Likely For Bassmaster Southern Open On Norman

North Carolina's Lake Norman will host the Basspro.com Bassmaster Southern Open Sept. 23-25, 2021.

Photo by Andy Crawford/B.A.S.S.

September 17, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It will be a game of numbers, in which diligence plus a little luck could equal success for anglers competing in the Basspro.com Bassmaster Southern Open at Lake Norman.

Competition days will be Sept. 23-25 with daily takeoffs from Blythe Landing Park at 7 a.m. ET. On Days 1 and 2, weigh-ins will be held back at the park at 3 p.m. The Day 3 weigh-in will be at the Bass Pro Shops in Concord Mills, N.C., at 4 p.m.

The final Southern Division event of the 2021 season will determine the divisional points winner and move the Opens field one step closer to crowning the overall Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year, with only the Central Opens at Lewis Smith Lake and Grand Lake remaining.

David Williams of Maiden, N.C., currently second in the Southern Division points, said lingering warmth will likely drape Norman with a challenging scenario. Water temperatures on this 32,500-acre Catawba River reservoir are currently reading in the upper 70s to low 80s, and that’s still the stuff of summer patterns. A week before the tournament, Norman is a little more than 3 feet below full pool.

“It really hasn’t gotten cool enough to get them into their fall feed,” Williams said. “A lot of the fish are still schooled up out in the middle of the lake or in the main-river channels. They haven’t really made a push to the bank or to the creeks.

“They’re just following the bait (blueback herring, alewives, threadfin shad and gizzard shad). They could be schooling in one region of the lake one day, and then the next day, the bait moves and the fish move with them. They could be 5 miles from where you found them.”

Having fished Norman since his childhood, Williams has seen the lake shift from a largemouth-dominated fishery to one where spotted bass take center stage. While the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently stocked 2,000 F-1 largemouth (Florida strain/Northern bass cross), it was illegal spotted bass introductions a few decades back that yielded today’s complexion, estimated at 80/20 spots to largemouth.

“It’s not a bad thing. You can catch a lot of fish, but catching the right ones can be difficult,” Williams said. “I’ve seen fish schooling all day long, chasing bait. It’s just hard to find any size because there are just a lot of small ones. But if you find the right area with the right size fish in it, you can get well in a hurry.

“You just go through enough numbers of them until you get the right one. I’ve been out here this time of year catching a bunch of 12- to 13-inchers and all of a sudden, a pack of bigger ones swims through and you catch a couple 2 1/2-pounders.”

Noting that rock and brush will be the dominant habitat features, Williams said he expects shaky heads, small swimbaits and topwaters to see a lot of action. Based on the dynamic nature of summertime spotted bass fishing, he believes the entire lake will be in play — at least initially.

“There will typically be a region of the lake that’s hotter than the others, but it could be won out of any region,” he said. “You never know where the best region is, but they’ll typically bite better in one region than another. That will stay consistent unless you get some kind of drastic weather change.”

North Carolina’s largest man-made lake located wholly within the state, Norman will offer plenty of offshore space. But there’s a good chance a handful of anglers will spend at least part of their time on the bank looking for largemouth around docks, brush and shallow rock.

Williams said flipping, cranking and walking topwaters could yield a 4- to 5-pound bite, but anglers will have to mind the quality vs. quantity calculation.

“If a guy can find that (shallow largemouth bite), he can do well,” Williams said. “It’s just hard to get a limit like that. I feel like you have to have multiple things going on; maybe some schooling fish to get your limit and then maybe go shallow. If you dedicate shallow, it’s hard to get five this time of year.”

Given the seasonal scenario, Williams predicts a 12-pound daily average will win the event. Norman holds plenty of chunky spots, but catching 2-pounders during late summer can be frustratingly difficult.

“You have to separate yourself from the rest of the field,” he said. “A lot of people will have 7 to 8 pounds, but the ones who find those bigger bites will excel.”

Nodding to the event’s diverse field, Williams made this observation: “Somebody could come in from another region or another country and try some technique or use their electronics to find something that not a lot of locals do.

“Those big ones are out there somewhere and if (someone) finds something where those big ones are sitting and finds a way to catch them, that could be dangerous.”

Currently, Jacob Foutz of Charleston, Tenn., Williams, Blake Smith of Lakeland, Fla., and Keith Poche of Pike Road, Ala., sit atop of the Southern Division points standings while Jacob Powroznik of North Prince George, Va., is leading the Falcon Rods Opens Angler of the Year race.

The full field will compete the first two days before the boater side is cut to the Top 10 anglers for Championship Saturday. The co-angler champion will be crowned after the Day 2 weigh-in. Coverage of the event will be available at Bassmaster.com. FS1 and the FOX Sports digital platforms will also carry live coverage Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. ET.


Michael Neal Dominates to Earn First Career Win at MLF Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair

Dayton, Tennessee Angler Boats Heaviest Championship Round Weight in Bass Pro Tour History – 58 Bass Weighing 168-11 – to Earn First Career Victory, $100,000
 
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (Sept. 15, 2021)Dayton, Tennessee pro angler “The Real Deal” Michael Neal has long been considered one of the best pros in the world without a signature professional win. For nine years, Neal has made a name in the pro bass-fishing world with his consistency – always near the top of the leaderboard, but never ON the top. Wednesday, at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Neal finally came out on top.

Neal caught 58 smallmouth bass totaling 168 pounds, 11 ounces – a new Bass Pro Tour Championship Round record for the heaviest one-day weight – to win by a 76-pound, 2-ounce margin over second place – also a new Bass Pro Tour record for the largest margin of victory.

“What a week! I really am not sure what to say at this point,” Neal joked in his post-game interview. “The first win of my career. I won the (Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit) Angler of the Year title earlier this year, but this is my first actual tournament win and it feels really, really good to get the monkey off of my back. I’ve had so many second-place finishes – I finished second this year at REDCREST. I never would have expected my first win would be with smallmouth. I’ve never been a smallmouth guy – I grew up on the Tennessee River fishing offshore. But, I’ll take it.”

Neal caught his fish this week mainly off of one key area near the mouth of the Detroit River in Lake Erie – a spot that he described as a massive grass flat with some high spots, rock and depressions mixed in. He estimated that the flat was about ¾ of a mile long, and loaded with smallmouth.

“I came here in Day 2 of practice, really because I was just sick of fighting the wind,” Neal said. “I doubled up on a crankbait, then caught one or two more, then left. I really had no idea what this area really held. On Day 1 of the tournament, this was actually my fourth stop. And you can see what was here… it was just crazy.

“I got to catch them on a little bit of everything,” Neal continued. “I caught some on a vibrating jig, a drop-shot rig and a crankbait. The crankbait was by far my number one bait. And they all had Gamakatsu G Finesse treble hooks that were designed by Aaron Martens. Even though he couldn’t be out here with us this week, I want to give a special shoutout to Aaron for designing those hooks. You’re going to lose some fish when you’re fishing smallmouth, no matter what. But I caught the majority of them, and those hooks were key.”

For his accomplishments Neal earned the top prize of $100,000, but most important to him – the giant red Bass Pro Tour winner’s trophy that he now will keep forever.

“It feels so good to finally win. I caught tons and tons of fish, had a great time and broke several records this week,” Neal went on to say. “But records are meant to be broken, and I’m sure someone else will break them the next time we go to another phenomenal smallmouth fishery.

“I’m really looking forward to getting that trophy. I’m way more excited about the trophy than I am the money, at this point. Just to have that – nobody can ever take that away from you. I’ll spend the money, but now I’ve got the trophy to take home and have forever.”

The top 10 pros from the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft finished:

1st:          Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 58 bass, 168-11, $100,000
2nd:         Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas, 30 bass, 92-9, $45,000
3rd:         Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 31 bass, 85-12, $38,000
4th:         Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 26 bass, 77-9, $32,000
5th:         Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 27 bass, 73-6, $30,000
6th:         David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 19 bass, 52-3, $26,000
7th:         Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark., 16 bass, 51-3, $23,000
8th:         Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas, 14 bass, 43-9, $21,000
9th:         Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 14 bass, 40-3, $19,000
10th:       Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 11 bass, 27-2, $16,000

A complete list of results for the entire field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Overall, there were 246 bass weighing 712 pounds, 3 ounces caught by the final 10 pros on Wednesday.

Roumbanis won Wednesday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award, weighing in a 5-pound, 2-ounce smallmouth that bit his medium-diving crankbait in Period 2. Morgan won the $3,000 Berkley Big Bass award for the largest bass of the event with his 6-pound, 5-ounce largemouth bass that he weighed in on Day 5 in the Knockout Round of competition.

Academy Sports + Outdoors pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, clinched the 2021 Bass Pro Tour Angler of the Year (AOY) Tuesday and the $50,000 prize. Wheeler needed to finish 13 spots ahead of Blaine, Tennessee’s Ott DeFoe to clinch the title, and after DeFoe finished the event in 32nd place, Wheeler’s 5th place finish locked up the first career AOY title for the 31-year-old pro.

The CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft featured anglers competing with a 2-pound minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The MLF Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft was hosted by Macomb County, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit Sports Commission. The six-day tournament showcased the 80 top professional anglers from around the world competing for a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

Television coverage of the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Nov. 13 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2022 championship.

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


Morgan Rolls in Knockout Round, Wheeler Clinches AOY at MLF Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair

Wheeler Ends Round in Fifth to Clinch First Career Angler of the Year Title and Earn $50k, Final 10 Anglers Set for Championship Wednesday and $100,000 Final-Day Shootout

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (Sept. 14, 2021) – Pro Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tennessee, boated 28 scorable largemouth bass Tuesday weighing 93 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Knockout Round and advance to the final day of competition at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.  The final 10 anglers are now set, and competition will resume Wednesday morning with the Championship Round. Weights are zeroed, and the angler that catches the most weight will win the top prize of $100,000.

The six-day tournament, hosted by Macomb County, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit Sports Commission, features 80 of the top pro bass-fishing anglers from around the world competing for a purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

The top eight pros from Tuesday’s Knockout Round that will compete in Wednesday’s Championship Round on Lake St. Clair are:

1st:          Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 28 bass, 93-1
2nd:         Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark., 23 bass, 70-4
3rd:         David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 23 bass, 69-3
4th:         Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 23 bass, 68-4
5th:         Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 26 bass, 67-1
6th:         Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas, 20 bass, 62-0
7th:         Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas, 23 bass, 60-7
8th:         Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 20 bass, 58-1

They’ll be joined by Qualifying Round Winners:

Group A:              Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn.
Group B:              Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn.

Full results for the entire field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

“To be totally honest I am just tickled to have a good tournament right here at the end of the year,” Morgan said in his post-game interview. “It’s been a grueling journey for me this year, for sure. The toughest year of bass fishing that I have had since the beginning of my career. But we struggled through it, caught a few here and there and now have a strong ending to the season.”

Morgan put a big flipping stick with a heavy weight and braided line in his hands and went to work, Tuesday. He targeted largemouth, flipping shallow mats and vegetation and never put the flipping stick down throughout the day.

“Whatever we can catch tomorrow, I’m pretty happy with it,” Morgan went on to say. “Of course we’re going to really try like hell to catch all we can catch, but no matter what we caught them today. I may not catch one tomorrow, but I caught them today.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, ended the Knockout Round in 5th place and punched his ticket to the Championship Round, clinching the 2021 Bass Pro Tour Angler of the Year (AOY) and the $50,000 prize. Wheeler needed to finish 12 spots ahead of Blaine, Tennessee’s Ott DeFoe to clinch the title, and after DeFoe ended the event in 32nd place, Wheeler’s 5th place finish locked up the first career AOY title for the 31-year-old angler.

“Unbelievable. To win this award means so much to me,” Wheeler said when he learned that he had clinched the title. “There has been one title that has eluded me in my career – the Angler of the Year. I’ve had seconds, thirds, fourths. After Stage Three at the Harris Chain I thought there was no way I was going to be able to make up the deficit. This has just been an unbelievable season.

“I need to give a huge shout out to Ott (DeFoe),” Wheeler continued. “He is an insane fisherman, just an insane angler. We pushed each other to fish harder, and he pushed me so much this year. Winning a Championship event is awesome, but when you can win Angler of the Year that means you are the best for the entire year. And to do that against this group of anglers… I don’t know what to say. I am speechless.”

Rounding out the top 40 finishers were:

11th:       Bradley Roy, Lancaster, Ky., 19 bass, 54-9, $10,000
12th:       Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 18 bass, 54-2, $10,000
13th:       Jesse Wiggins, Addison, Ala., 17 bass, 53-1, $10,000
14th:       Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala., 17 bass, 49-13, $10,000
15th:       Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark., 16 bass, 45-13, $10,000
16th:       Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif., 15 bass, 45-8, $10,000
17th:       Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark., 14 bass, 45-0, $10,000
18th:       Matt Lee, Cullman, Ala., 14 bass, 41-2, $10,000
19th:       Dustin Connell, Clanton, Ala., 14 bass, 39-12, $10,000
20th:       Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn., 13 bass, 39-2, $10,000
21st:       Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 11 bass, 37-2, $10,000
22nd:      Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 13 bass, 34-10, $10,000
23rd:      Jason Lambert, Michie, Tenn., 13 bass, 34-5, $10,000
24th:       Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 12 bass, 34-4, $10,000
25th:       Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 11 bass, 32-11, $10,000
26th:       Paul Elias, Laurel, Miss., 11 bass, 31-7, $10,000
27th:       Fletcher Shryock, Guntersville, Ala., 12 bass, 31-1, $10,000
28th:       Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 12 bass, 30-12, $10,000
29th:       Mark Rose, Wynne, Ark., 10 bass, 30-10, $10,000
30th:       Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 10 bass, 29-14, $10,000
31st:       Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich., 11 bass, 28-8, $10,000
32nd:      Ott DeFoe, Blaine, Tenn., 11 bass, 27-11, $10,000
33rd:      Gerald Spohrer, Gonzales, La., 10 bass, 25-8, $10,000
34th:       Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., nine bass, 25-3, $10,000
35th:       James Watson, Lampe, Mo., eight bass, 21-12, $10,000
36th:       Dean Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., nine bass, 21-7, $10,000
37th:       Alton Jones, Lorena, Texas, nine bass, 21-2, $10,000
38th:       Ish Monroe, Oakdale, Calif., seven bass, 20-9, $10,000
39th:       Matthew Stefan, Junction City, Wis., six bass, 19-5, $10,000
40th:       Scott Suggs, Alexander, Ark., four bass, 11-7, $10,000

There were 542 bass weighing 1,565 pounds, 7 ounces caught by the 38 pros Tuesday, which included two 6-pounders and four 5-pounders.

Morgan also won Tuesday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award, weighing a 6-pound, 5-ounce largemouth bass that he caught flipping during Period 3 to earn the prize. Berkley will award $1,000 to the angler who weighs the biggest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the largest bass of the tournament.

The 40 Anglers in Group A competed in their two-day qualifying round on Lake St. Clair on Friday and Sunday – the 40 anglers in Group B on Saturday and Monday. After the two-day Qualifying Round, the anglers that finished in 2nd through 20th place from both groups advanced to Tuesday’s Knockout Round, while the winner of each group advanced directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round. In the Knockout Round, weights were zeroed and the remaining 38 anglers competed to finish in the top 8 to advance to the Championship Round. Tomorrow, in the final-day Championship Round, weights are zeroed and the highest one-day total wins the top prize of $100,000.

The final 10 anglers will take off from the 9-Mile Ramp, located in St. Clair Shores, at 8 a.m. ET Wednesday. The General Tire Takeout ceremony and trophy presentation will also be held at the Launch Ramp, beginning at 5 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend the Championship Round takeoff and takeout ceremonies and also encouraged to follow the event online throughout the day on the MLF NOW!® live stream and SCORETRACKER® coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft features anglers competing with a 2-pound minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2022 championship.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action each day of competition from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Nov. 13 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

For complete details and updated information on the Bass Pro Tour, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitter,  Instagram, and YouTube.


Strader Targets Largemouth for Qualifying Round Win at MLF Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair

Spring City, Tennessee Pro Catches 64 Bass Totaling 166-8 to Earn Qualifying Round and Advance to Wednesday’s Championship, 38 Anglers Set to Compete in Tuesday’s Knockout Round

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (Sept. 13, 2021) – Pro Wesley Strader of Spring City, Tennessee, caught 30 scorable bass totaling 73 pounds, 4 ounces to win the two-day Qualifying Group B round Monday at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Strader’s two-day total of 64 bass weighing 166 pounds, 8 ounces earned him the round win by a 36-pound, 1-ounce margin and advances him directly into Wednesday’s final-day Championship Round of competition. The six-day tournament, hosted by Macomb County, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit Sports Commission, showcases the 80 top pro bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

While Lake St. Clair is widely-known as a world-class smallmouth bass fishery, Strader has done his damage this week targeting solely largemouth.

“Finally! I’m so happy to win one. Golly bum, that is so hard to do,” Strader said in his post-game interview. “I tell you what’s even harder, though – I went against the grain and did it with the wrong species. What a great two days of fishing it has been.”

Like Day 1,  Strader spent most of his day fishing shallow, alternating between a Z-Man Evergreen Jack Hammer ChatterBait paired with a Zoom Z-Swim and a Neko-rigged Zoom Zlinky.

“I don’t know what’s up with that spot – just more and more fish keep getting on it,” Strader continued. “I know it’s probably going to get played out, but I’m looking forward to getting back out there on Wednesday and seeing how this shakes out.”

Pro Fred “Boom Boom” Roumbanis of Russellville, Arkansas, caught a two-day total of 45 bass weighing 130-7 to end the round in second place. Favorite Fishing pro Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, finished the round in third place with a two-day total of 41 bass weighing 122-6. Alton Jones Jr. of Waco, Texas , weighed in 37 scorable bass over two days totaling 115-14 to end the round in fourth, while local favorite Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Michigan, who qualified for this event via the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, rounded out the top five finishers with a two-day total of 39 bass weighing 107-2.

The remaining 38 anglers – 19 from Group A and 19 from Group B – will now compete Tuesday in the Knockout Round, where weights are zeroed, and the anglers compete to finish in the top eight to advance to Championship Wednesday. Wednesday’s Championship Round will feature Group A winner Michael Neal, Group B winner Wesley Strader, and the top eight anglers from the Knockout Round competing in a final-day shootout for the top prize of $100,000.

The top 20 pros in Qualifying Group B that now advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round on Lake St. Clair are:

1st:          Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 64 bass, 166-8 – ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
2nd:         Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark., 45 bass, 130-7
3rd:         Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 41 bass, 122-6
4th:         Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas, 37 bass, 115-14
5th:         Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 39 bass, 107-2
6th:         Dustin Connell, Clanton, Ala., 27 bass, 93-5
7th:         David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 30 bass, 91-10
8th:         Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 32 bass, 91-5
9th:         Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark., 32 bass, 90-13
10th:       Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 32 bass, 90-10
11th:       Scott Suggs, Alexander, Ark., 29 bass, 86-8
12th:       Jason Lambert, Michie, Tenn., 27 bass, 76-15
13th:       Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., 25 bass, 73-15
14th:       Matt Lee, Cullman, Ala., 26 bass, 73-11
15th:       Alton Jones, Lorena, Texas, 23 bass, 70-1
16th:       Dean Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 25 bass, 67-11
17th:       Ott DeFoe, Blaine, Tenn., 24 bass, 66-10
18th:       Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn., 25 bass, 66-9
19th:       Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark., 22 bass, 61-5
20th:       Mark Rose, Wynne, Ark., 16 bass, 58-3

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

Overall, there were 457 bass weighing 1,366 pounds, 2 ounces caught by 38 pros on Monday.

Birge won the $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award Monday with a 5-pound, 10-ounce smallmouth bass that he caught on a crankbait during Period 2. Berkley will award $1,000 to the angler who weighs the biggest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the largest bass of the tournament.

The 40 Anglers in Group A competed in their two-day qualifying round on Lake St. Clair on Friday and Sunday – the 40 anglers in Group B on Saturday and Monday. Now that each two-day qualifying round is complete, the anglers that finish in 2nd through 20th place from both groups advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round, while the winner of each group advances directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round. In tomorrow’s Knockout Round, weights are zeroed and the remaining 38 anglers compete to finish in the top 8 to advance to the Championship Round. In Wednesday’s final-day Championship Round, weights are zeroed and the highest one-day total wins the top prize of $100,000.

Anglers will take off from the 9-Mile Ramp, located in St. Clair Shores, at 8 a.m. ET each day of competition. With strong winds being forecast for Tuesday, Bass Pro Tour Tournament Director Aaron Beshears has decided to allow Knockout Round competitors to trailer their boats. Anglers must remain at the 9-Mile Boat Ramp until 8 a.m. and then will be allowed to depart to the desired launch ramp of their choosing.

The General Tire Takeout ceremonies will also be held at the Launch Ramp, beginning at 5 p.m. each day. Fans are welcome to attend all takeoff and takeout ceremonies and also encouraged to follow the event online throughout the day on the MLF NOW!® live stream and SCORETRACKER® coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft features anglers competing with a 2-pound minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2022 championship.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action each day of competition from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.comand the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Nov. 13 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

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


Burton Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament on Lake Erie

Short Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

SANDUSKY, Ohio (Sept. 13, 2021) – Boater Wilson Burton of Findlay, Ohio wins the two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament Presented by T-H Marine at Lake Erie Presented by TINCUP Whiskey in Sandusky, Ohio. Burton earned $14,098 for his victory at the event.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Wilson Burton of Findlay, Ohio 10 31-12 $14,098
2nd Jacob Jones of Milford, Ohio 10 30-0 $2,824
3rd Jim Vitaro of Wooster, Ohio 10 27-15 $1,882
4th Dave Fricke of Hamilton, Ohio 10 27-7 $1,318
5th Gary Ginter of Bellefontaine, Ohio 10 26-6 $1,130
6th Kevin Spears of New Boston, Ohio 10 26-5 $1,035
7th Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio 10 25-11 $941
8th Brody Campbell of Oxford, Ohio 9 25-4 $847
9th Kyle Wesienburger of Columbus Grove, Ohio 10 25-4 $753
10th Josh Smith of Hamilton, Ohio 10 25-3 $659
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Brian Short of Oxford, Ohio 10 24-9 $2,824
2nd James Ross of Akron, Ohio 10 24-7 $1,412
3rd Jacob Crapyou of Portsmouth, Ohio 10 24-6 $940
4th Chris McCusker of Beaver Falls, Pa. 10 23-15 $659
5th Dave Spindler of Twinsburg, Ohio 10 23-8 $565
6th Nathan Brown of West Mansfield, Ohio 10 22-15 $518
7th Robert Fravel of Catawba Island, Ohio 7 20-13 $471
8th Caleb Edgerton of Dayton, Ohio 9 20-10 $749
9th Steve Sorrell of Beavercreek, Ohio 8 19-6 $377
10th Kenny Smith of Austin, Ind. 9 18-12 $329
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Mark Chevrier of Columbus, Ohio 5-pound bass $750
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Matthew Hostetter of East Palestine, Ohio 5-pound bass $375
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Wilson Burton of Findlay, Ohio Eligible Phoenix Boat* $7,000
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Strike King Red Eye Shad Blue/Chrome
Strike King Co-Angler Did Not Disclose
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Buckeye Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 14-16 Potomac River, Marbury, Md. Charles County Board of Commissioners
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 2-4 Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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


Price Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament on Lake Hartwell

Jeter Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

LAVONIA, Ga. (Sept. 13, 2021) – Boater Bo Price of Seneca, South Carolina wins the two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament Presented by T-H Marine at Lake Hartwell in Lavonia, Georgia. Price earned $7,807 for his victory at the event, hosted by the City of Lavonia.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Bo Price of Seneca, S.C. 10 29-4 $7,807
2nd Brody Manley of Williamston, S.C. 10 26-9 $3,403
3rd Bradford Beavers of Summerville, S.C. 10 26-6 $2,770
4th Derek Lehtonen of Woodruff, S.C. 10 26-0 $1,588
5th Jayme Rampey of Liberty, S.C. 10 24-15 $1,361
6th Franklin Ramey, III of Abbeville, S.C. 10 23-15 $1,248
7th Stephen Gravely of Greenville, S.C. 9 23-10 $1,834
8th Adam Nash of Danielsville, Ga. 9 22-12 $1,021
9th Johnathan Crossland of Chapin, S.C. 9 22-11 $1,898
10th Chris Nelson of Social Circle, Ga. 10 22-8 $794
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Darren Jeter of Marshall, N.C. 10 18-10 $3,403
2nd Grayson Brewster of Anderson, S.C. 10 15-9 $1,702
3rd Andrew Starnes of Chapin, S.C. 10 14-15 $1,133
4th Charles Ward of Clinton, S.C. 9 14-13 $794
5th Brent Thomas of Cleveland, Ga. 10 14-13 $681
6th Christopher Rutley of Hendersonville, N.C. 9 14-3 $624
7th Harold Addison, II of Columbia, S.C. 7 13-9 $1,062
8th Thomas Pennell, III of Boiling Springs, S.C. 9 12-12 $511
9th Mark Johnson of Martinez, Ga. 8 12-9 $454
10th Keith Thomasson of Abbeville, S.C. 7 12-8 $397
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Johnathan Crossland of Chapin, S.C. 5-pound, 13-ounce bass $990
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Harold Addison, II of Columbia, S.C. 5-pound, 7-ounce bass $495
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Bradford Beavers of Summerville, S.C. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Unspecified Topwater Football Jig Did Not Disclose
Strike King Co-Angler Strike King KVD Sexy Dawg/Dropshot Did Not Disclose
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Savannah River Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 14-16 Lake Murray, Columbia, S.C. Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 2-4 Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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


Gore Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament on Lay Lake

Hays Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division
COLUMBIANA, Ala.  (Sept. 13, 2021) – Boater Wesley Gore of Clanton, Alabama wins the two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament Presented by T-H Marine at Lay Lake in Columbiana, Alabama. Gore earned $5,886 for his victory at the event.
TOP 10 RESULTS
RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Wesley Gore of Clanton, Ala. 10 28-2 $5,886
2nd Taylor Luna of Prattville, Ala. 10 25-8 $2,943
3rd Bo Hunter of Gardendale, Ala. 10 25-1 $1,964
4th C.J. Knight of Sylacauga, Ala. 10 24-8 $1,873
5th Jacob Walker of Alabaster, Ala. 10 20-13 $1,177
6th Ronnie McDonough of Birmingham, Ala. 9 20-11 $1,079
7th Michael Smith of Andalusia, Ala. 10 20-3 $981
8th Donald Griffith of Robertsdale, Ala. 10 20-1 $883
9th Bradley Johnson of Salem, Ala. 10 18-12 $785
10th Blake Tomlin of Greenville, Ga. 10 17-14 $687
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Robert Hays of Elmore, Ala. 8 16-5 $2,943
2nd Todd Mowery of Madison, Ala. 7 14-11 $1,472
3rd David Cornelius of Maylene, Ala. 8 14-7 $1,377
4th Julio Candelario of Midland, Ga. 9 14-5 $1,137
5th Robert Enke of Columbus, Ga. 8 14-0 $589
6th Daniel Corkern of Florence, Miss. 10 13-8 $540
7th Peyton Templeton of Jasper, Ala. 7 13-0 $491
8th Chris Harcrow of Dawson, Ala. 6 12-13 $441
9th Dennis McGouirk of Carrollton, Ga. 8 12-2 $392
10th Caleb Scott of Sylacauga, Ala. 8 11-6 $343
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Allen Bishop of Albertville, Ala. 5-pound bass $795
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass David Cornelius of Maylene, Ala. 5-pound, 6-ounce bass $397
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus C.J. Knight of Sylacauga, Ala. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Unspecified Jigs Did Not Disclose
Strike King Co-Angler Zoom Fluke w/Underspin Did Not Disclose
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Bama Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 7-9 Wheeler Lake, Decatur, Ala. Decatur Morgan County Tourism
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 2-4 Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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


Grant Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament on St. Lawrence River

Pellegrino Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

MASSENA, N.Y. (Sept. 13, 2021) – Boater Matthew Grant of Norwood, New York wins the two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament Presented by T-H Marine at St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York. Grant earned $5,137 for his victory at the event, hosted by the Town of Massena.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Matthew Grant of Norwood, N.Y. 10 41-14 $5,137
2nd Douglas Reed of Bridgeton, N.J. 10 41-6 $2,569
3rd Jason Burger of Bridgeton, N.J. 10 39-7 $1,712
4th Michael A. Sentore of Gloucester City, N.J. 10 38-5 $1,199
5th James Ciferni of Hammond, N.Y. 10 38-2 $1,672
6th Gerald Rosenbarker of Galway, N.Y. 10 38-2 $942
7th Jonathan Robla of Waddington, N.Y. 10 36-10 $1,356
8th David Wilder of Middle River, Md. 9 35-7 $771
9th Clifford Chilson of Cicero, N.Y. 10 34-9 $685
10th Jeffrey Ware of Warrenton, Va. 9 31-11 $599
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Dominic Pellegrino of Torrington, Conn. 10 35-15 $2,569
2nd Paul Melo of Hudson, Mass. 9 32-9 $1,284
3rd Roberto Laboy of Geigertown, Pa. 10 32-5 $858
4th David Paszkiewicz of Kearny, N.J. 9 31-12 $599
5th Nicholas Dellaporta of Pequannock, N.J. 10 31-4 $514
6th Brian Snowman of Pompton Plains, N.J. 8 27-15 $793
7th Joseph Merker of Pittsgrove, N.J. 7 25-15 $428
8th Brooks Parker of Bridgeville, Del. 7 24-0 $385
9th Samuel Jenesky of Cecil, Pa. 6 21-13 $342
10th Danny Walters of Abingdon, Md. 7 20-13 $300
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass James Ciferni of Hammond, N.Y. 5-pound, 13-ounce bass $645
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Brian Snowman of Pompton Plains, N.J. 6-pound bass $322
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Jonathan Robla of Waddington, N.Y. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Did Not Divulge N/A
Strike King Co-Angler Did Not Divulge N/A
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Northeast Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 14-16 Potomac River, Marbury, Md. Charles County Board of Commissioners
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 2-4 Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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


McKinney Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament on Lake Shelbyville

Dittamore Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (Sept. 13, 2021) – Boater Trey McKinney of Carbondale, Illinois wins the two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament Presented by T-H Marine at Lake Shelbyville Presented by TINCUP Whiskey in Shelbyville, Illinois. McKinney earned $5,806 for his victory at the event.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Trey McKinney of Carbondale, Ill. 10 30-14 $5,806
2nd Bradley Smith of Saint Jacob, Ill. 10 25-6 $2,403
3rd Scott Neighbors of Makanda, Ill. 8 24-7 $1,603
4th Alex Moore of Chester, Ill. 8 22-2 $1,121
5th Garrett McDowell of Mattoon, Ill. 9 21-4 $961
6th Patrick O’Dell of Windsor, Ill. 8 16-5 $881
7th Tom Silber of Labadie, Mo. 7 14-10 $801
8th Hilton Jones of Westfield, Ill. 5 13-1 $721
9th Tyler Schweigert of Morton, Ill. 6 12-7 $641
10th Travis Wilson of La Harpe, Ill. 5 12-5 $561
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Chris Dittamore of Toledo, Ill. 7 16-9 $2,403
2nd Sheldon Ayers of Goreville, Ill. 3 12-1 $1,491
3rd Anthony Balding of Lebanon, Ill. 5 11-12 $801
4th Alan Bernicky of Joliet, Ill. 6 10-13 $1,011
5th Jason Korando of Chester, Ill. 5 9-10 $481
6th Drew Cress of Highland, Ill. 4 9-5 $441
7th Amanda Black of Toledo, Ill. 4 9-1 $401
8th Drew Williams of Homer, Ill. 4 6-10 $360
9th Tim Schneider of Saint Louis, Mo. 4 6-7 $320
10th Lyle Lehman of Blue Mound, Ill. 3 6-1 $280
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Mike Barnes of Mackinaw, Ill. 5-pound, 7-ounce bass $577
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Sheldon Ayers of Goreville, Ill. 4-pound, 6-ounce bass $289
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus N/A Eligible Phoenix Boat* N/A
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Unspecified Soft Plastic N/A
Strike King Co-Angler Unspecified Texas Rig Green Pumpkin
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Illini Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 7-9 Norfork Lake, Mountain Home, Ark. Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 2-4 Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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


Meunier Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament on Kentucky-Barkley Lake

Wallace Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

BUCHANAN, Tenn. (Sept. 13, 2021) – Boater Kevin Meunier of Lamar, Indiana wins the two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament Presented by T-H Marine at Kentucky-Barkley Lake Presented by TINCUP Whiskeyin Buchanan, Tennessee. Meunier earned $5,943 for his victory at the event, hosted by the Henry County Tourism Authority.
TOP 10 RESULTS
RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Kevin Meunier of Lamar, Ind. 10 30-5 $5,943
2nd Edward Gettys of Paris, Tenn. 10 24-12 $2,971
3rd Lance Freeman of Eddyville, Ky. 10 24-12 $1,648
4th Jordan Hartman of Benton, Ky. 9 24-3 $1,153
5th Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tenn. 9 23-6 $989
6th Billy Schroeder of Paducah, Ky. 7 21-6 $906
7th Matt Robertson of Kuttawa, Ky. 9 19-11 $824
8th Keith Amerson of Bethel Springs, Tenn. 6 18-7 $991
9th Tyler Brown of Almo, Ky. 8 17-1 $659
10th Ramie Colson, Jr. of Cadiz, Ky. 6 16-9 $577
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Corey Wallace of Saint Charles, Ky. 5 12-14 $2,471
2nd William Walsh of Bon Aqua, Tenn. 3 9-6 $1,540
3rd Bobby Griffith of Mayfield, Ky. 3 9-2 $822
4th Austin Braboy of Paducah, Ky. 2 8-3 $577
5th Dan Henry of Arcola, Ill. 3 8-0 $494
6th Ethan Wheeler of Mayfield, Ky. 3 7-4 $453
7th Adrian Urso of Union, Ky. 3 6-15 $412
8th Eric Grant of Brighton, Tenn. 2 6-13 $371
9th Mark Goodridge of Burlington, Ky. 3 6-8 $330
10th Pat Rapp of Hawesville, Ky. 3 6-6 $488
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass John Fatheree of Grantsburg, Ill. 5-pound, 2-ounce bass $303
Boater Big Bass Ethan Fields of Breese, Ill. 5-pound, 2-ounce bass $303
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass William Walsh of Bon Aqua, Tenn. 4-pound, 14-ounce bass $304
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Edward Gettys of Paris, Tenn. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Unspecified Topwater Lures N/A
Strike King Co-Angler Unspecified Topwater Lures & Spinnerbaits N/A
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
LBL Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 7-9 Norfork Lake, Mountain Home, Ark. Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 2-4 Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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


Neal Cruises to Record-Breaking Qualifying Round Win at MLF Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair

Dayton, Tennessee Pro Advances Straight into Wednesday’s Championship Round with Heaviest Two-Day Total in Bass Pro Tour History, 2nd- through 20th-place finishers Prep for Tuesday’s Knockout Round

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (Sept. 12, 2021) – It was never close, Sunday. After jumping out to a big lead on Day 1 Friday, pro Michael Neal of Dayton, Tennessee, backed it up with another big day on Day 2 Sunday weighing in 33 smallmouth bass totaling 102 pounds, 3 ounces to coast to the win in the Group A Qualifying Round at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Neal’s two-day Qualifying Round total of 69 bass weighing 223 pounds even broke numerous Bass Pro Tour records – Neal became the first angler to ever weigh back-to-back 100+ pounds of bass in both days of the Qualifying Round, and his final weight of 223 pounds was the heaviest two-day Qualifying Round total in Bass Pro Tour history. Neal’s Qualifying Round margin-of-victory of 76 pounds, 14 ounces also shattered the record as the largest margin-of-victory in the four-year history of the Bass Pro Tour.

“Without a doubt, the winning fish are right here in this area,” Neal said in his post-game interview. “I’ve had two fantastic days of fishing. It’s a ½- to ¾-mile stretch, and there are just tons and tons of fish here. And they’re good sized. I’ve been able to maintain a 3-pound average over two days and have caught 100 pounds there two days in a row.

“Wednesday is going to be a shootout, for sure, and I have a hard time believing that it won’t take over 100 pounds to win the Championship Round. So, we’re just going to have to come back out here Wednesday and see how it goes one more day,” Neal continued.

Neal caught his fish on a variety of baits, but credited his hooks as being the key so far for him this week.

“I’ve caught them on a variety of different things so far. I caught them on a drop-shot rig with a spinning rod. I’ve caught them on a vibrating jig, And I’ve caught them on a crankbait. A lot of my bigger fish have come on the crankbait.

“One of the keys this week has been swapping out my hooks,” Neal went on to say. “I’ve been putting on a number 2-sized Gamakatsu G Finesse treble hook. It’s super smooth but super strong. I’ve changed all of my jerkbaits and crankbaits to it. It’s the only hook I’ll throw on these smallmouth. And it’s special because Aaron Martens designed it.  He couldn’t be here competing with us this week, but we want him to know that he is in all of our thoughts and prayers, and I hope he’s been able to watch and know that his hook has put a lot of fish in my boat this week.”

B&W Trailer Hitches pro Russ Lane of Prattville, Alabama, caught a two-day total of 48 bass weighing 146-2 to finish the round in second place. Academy Sports + Outdoors pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, boated a two-day total of 46 bass weighing 124-11 to end the round in third place. After starting the day in 8th place, pro Brett Hite of Phoenix, Arizona , weighed in the second-heaviest weight of the day totaling 68-10 to vault into fourth place with a two-day total of 36 bass for 117-3. Rounding out the top five is pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, who caught a two-day total of 34 bass weighing 115-5.

The top 20 anglers from Group A will now enjoy an off day, while the 40 anglers in Qualifying Group B will complete their two-day Qualifying Round of competition on Monday. The Knockout Round, featuring 38 anglers competing to finish in the top eight, will take place on Tuesday. Wednesday’s Championship Round will feature Neal, Monday’s Group B winner, and the top eight anglers from the Knockout Round competing in a final-day shootout for the top prize of $100,000.

The top 20 pros in Qualifying Group A that now advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round on Lake St. Clair are:

1st:          Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 69 bass, 223-0 – ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
2nd:         Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala., 48 bass, 146-2
3rd:         Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 48 bass, 131-13
4th:         Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 40 bass, 118-4
5th:         Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 36 bass, 117-3
6th:         Jesse Wiggins, Addison, Ala., 34 bass, 115-5
7th:         Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas., 34 bass, 95-15
8th:         Gerald Spohrer, Gonzales, La., 31 bass, 95-5
9th:         Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 28 bass, 85-2
10th:       Fletcher Shryock, Guntersville, Ala., 30 bass, 84-12
11th:       Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 29 bass, 83-2
12th:       Ish Monroe, Oakdale, Calif., 29 bass, 81-3
13th:       Bradley Roy, Lancaster, Ky., 25 bass, 76-2
14th:       Matthew Stefan, Junction City, Wis., 22 bass, 72-9
15th:       Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich., 25 bass, 72-6
16th:       Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif., 22 bass, 70-13
17th:       Paul Elias, Laurel, Miss., 22 bass, 68-3
18th:       Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 24 bass, 67-1
19th:       Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 23 bass, 63-3
20th:       James Watson, Lampe, Mo., 20 bass, 62-12

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

Overall, there were 423 bass weighing 1,256 pounds, 15 ounces caught by the 40 pros on Sunday.

Wheeler won Sunday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award with 5-pound, 11-ounce smallmouth bass that he caught on a drop-shot rig during Period 3. Berkley will award $1,000 to the angler who weighs the biggest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the largest bass of the tournament.

The 40 Anglers in Group A competed in their two-day qualifying round on Lake St. Clair on Friday and Sunday – the 40 anglers in Group B on Saturday and Monday. After each two-day qualifying round is complete, the anglers that finish in 2nd through 20th place from both groups advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round, while the winner of each group advances directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round. In the Knockout Round, weights are zeroed and the remaining 38 anglers compete to finish in the top 8 to advance to the Championship Round. In the final day Championship Round, weights are zeroed and the highest one-day total wins the top prize of $100,000.

Anglers will take off from the 9-Mile Ramp, located in St. Clair Shores, at 8 a.m. ET each day of competition. The General Tire Takeout ceremonies will also be held at the Launch Ramp, beginning at 5 p.m. each day. Fans are welcome to attend all takeoff and takeout ceremonies and also encouraged to follow the event online throughout the day on the MLF NOW!® live stream and SCORETRACKER® coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft features anglers competing with a 2-pound minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2022 championship.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all six days of competition from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Nov. 13 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

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


KVD: Subtleties of Cranking for Smallmouth

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It’s no secret that finesse techniques play a dominant role in catching smallmouth bass throughout most of the year, but when the calendar turns to September crankbaits become an extremely effective way to load the boat with aggressive smallmouth. 

We’re seeing this play out on Lake St Clair for Stage Seven of the Bass Pro Tour this week just as it seems to happen every fall. Few people on this planet have caught more smallmouth bass with crankbaits than Kevin VanDam. The Team Toyota pro has learned the subtleties of cranking for smallmouth throughout his lifetime of living in Michigan and targeting these aquatic footballs each fall and winter. 

One thing is certain; there are a few major differences between smallmouth and largemouth cranking, KVD graciously laid out these distinctions below.  

It’s not about bottom contact

Perhaps the biggest difference between smallmouth cranking and most other crankbait applications is it’s not necessary maintain bottom contact throughout your retrieve. In fact, KVD prefers his crankbait to ride a few feet off the bottom. 

“Whether it’s grass, rock, or sand I don’t want my crankbait digging into the bottom for smallmouth,” VanDam said. “Smallmouth usually live in somewhat clear water and love to feed by looking up. That’s why cranking in the fall is so effective, you use their aggressive nature against them by burning a tasty looking meal over their heads. They can’t resist it.”

VanDam chooses what crankbait to throw based on the depth his boat is sitting and purposely chooses something he can keep a few feet off of the bottom. If he’s targeting a flat in five to seven foot of water that’s usually a Strike King KVD 1.5 Squarebill. If he’s focused on deeper flats in the fifteen to twenty five foot range VanDam leans on a deeper diving Strike King 5XD or 6XD

One of the benefits of not needing to hit the bottom with your plug is you can upsize your line choice. VanDam typically uses 17-pound BPS Fluorocarbon for smallmouth cranking whether he’s using a squarebill or a deeper diving option. Much heavier line than he would typically crank with in most scenarios.  

It’s all about speed & covering water 

The next nuance VanDam pointed out for smallmouth cranking is it usually isn’t a specific target deal like when cranking for largemouth. KVD’s normally trying to keep his crankbait near a specific depth zone for smallmouth, but he’s casting in all directions trying to intercept the roaming brown bass.

“Smallmouth cranking is all about covering water and finding aggressive fish,” VanDam said. “If you know where they are sitting on a rock pile or a grass line, there are other techniques you can show them like a dropshot or something. But if I need to cover a vast flat, whether it’s five feet deep or twenty five, there are few more efficient tools at covering water than a crankbait.” 

KVD uses a slightly faster 6:4:1 gear ratio on his Lew’s BB1 Pro Speed Spool than he would normally adopt for crankbait fishing and he reels as fast as he can. He’ll still give occasional pauses, rod snaps, and other erratic action during his retrieve, but VanDam wants his crankbaits moving fast. 

When it comes to rod selection, Dr. Crankenstein employs his 7-foot Lew’s Team Signature Series cranking rod for squarebills, and either the CC4 or CC6 options from his line of KVD Composite Cranking Rods when throwing a 5XD or 6XD. 

Color selection on one extreme or the other 

KVD’s final tip for targeting smallmouth with crankbaits revolves around color selection. While VanDam typically rotates through a smorgasbord of different color patterns for largemouth, he keeps it pretty simple when targeting smallmouth. 

“I’m either going to be throwing something super natural and subtle, or I’ll be on the complete other side of the spectrum with super bright and loud colors when it comes to smallmouth cranking,” VanDam explained. “My color selection is on one extreme or the other, based on the weather and water conditions.  

“Smallmouth are sight feeders, so you want a bait they can see from a long way off.  I usually start with something super bright like a Chartreuse Sexy Shad or Powder Blue Back Chartreuse. If it’s a slick calm and sunny day, or I can’t get the fish to commit to something bright I’ll show them natural colors like Strike King’s Green Gizzard Shad, a natural bluegill imitation, or a perch pattern.” 

If you plan on fishing for smallmouth in the fall or winter, take VanDam’s advice with you on your next trip to the water. These subtleties set smallmouth cranking apart from most traditional crankbait applications anglers are used to in the south. KVD’s insight will shorten your learning curve and help you catch more fish. 

 


Cory Johnston Notches Bassmaster Northern Open Win On 1000 Islands

Cory Johnston, of Cavan, Ontario, Canada, has won the 2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Northern Open at the St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands with a three-day total of 78 pounds.
Photo by Andy Crawford/B.A.S.S.

September 11, 2021

CLAYTON, N.Y. — Saving the best for last, Bassmaster Elite Series angler Cory Johnston turned in his biggest bag of the week, 27 pounds, 6 ounces, and won the Basspro.com Bassmaster Northern Open at the St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands with a three-day total of 78-0.

Edging Day 1 leader Cal Climpson by 13 ounces, Johnston won the top prize of $43,433. Hailing from Cavan, Ontario, Canada, he said local knowledge proved invaluable.

“It was a great week and I had a lot of fun,” Johnston said. “I have a lot of spots out on Lake Ontario. I only pre-fished for about two days out here; I just know this place so well, but it’s burnt me so many times.

“I caught a ton of fish and I caught a lot of big fish. It just goes to show you what an incredible fishery we have here, so we have to look after this place.”

The first two days, Johnston kept himself in the hunt with limits of 25-7 and 25-3 that put him in fifth and second place. His final-round limit was the event’s second-heaviest, behind Climpson’s Day 1 bag of 27-7.

Johnston’s win provided a much-needed dose of redemption after what looked to be a run at the victory ended with a fourth-place finish at mid-July’s Farmers Insurance Bassmaster Elite at the St. Lawrence River.

In the 2020 St. Lawrence Elite — won by his brother Chris — Johnston suffered mechanical issues, which derailed what would likely have been a strong finish.

“It feels good to win one here,” Johnston said. “The U.S. side of this place has had my number. (Canadian waters were closed during both Elite events). It feels good to get the monkey off my back and I can’t wait to get back here for the Elite next year.”

With Canadian waters open this week, Johnston fished both sides of the river and Lake Ontario. Days 1 and 2 saw him starting in the river and working his way out to the lake. On Saturday, he committed to the latter and caught fish over various rock structure in 18 to 42 feet.

“I was about 20 miles out in the lake,” Johnston said. “I just had a milk run and I worked my way out. I started at the closest spot, worked my way out to the farthest spot and then came in. It’s pretty simple out here. I had the Garmin LiveScope going and just covering a lot of water.

“I spent my day in the lake today because the way the wind was blowing I could stay sheltered a little bit. There was a point way up the lake and that sheltered me a little. There were still 6-footers, they just weren’t 8s.”

Johnston caught his fish on a drop shot with a 3/8-ounce weight and a 4-inch prototype worm he and Chris are designing for SPRO on a No. 2 Gamakatsu G-Finesse hook.

“I was using Power-Pole Drift Paddles and they slow you down so much when you’re out there in the big water in 6-foot waves,” Johnston said. “You can just drift with the wind, use the Garmin and cover a lot of water.”

Climpson, who also makes his home in Cavan, backed up his opening limit with 22-7 on Day 2 and slipped to third. Stepping on the gas for Championship Saturday, he added 27-5 for a tournament total of 77-3.

Focusing on rocky bottom and boulders in 20 to 30 feet, Climpson caught his bass on a drop shot with a 3/4-ounce weight. Each day he had to rotate through several baits, including Johnston’s prototype worm and a Berkley GULP! Fry.

“I was seeing a lot of my fish on Garmin LiveScope and regular 2D sonar,” Climpson said. “I caught my big one (6-8) at the end of the day. It swam right under the boat, I dropped on it and caught it.”

Adam Neu of Forestville, Wis., finished third with 76-6. He placed 10th on Day 1 with 23-15, improved to fifth with 25-2 and closed out his performance with his biggest limit — 27-5, which included a 6-8.

Neu spent his final day at the mouth of the river near Cape Vincent. Focusing on a broad area of rocky structure in about 20 feet, he caught his fish on tubes rigged on a 3/8-ounce head.

“I was using green pumpkin in the morning and amber in the afternoon,” Neu said. “You could definitely tell when they wanted that switch because you could make two or three passes and never have a bite, then pick up the amber and on the next pass you catch them.

“That amber tube caught me two big ones in 10 minutes. That really made my day.”

Andrew Upshaw of Hemphill, Texas, won the $750 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award with a 6-13.

With all three Northern Opens now in the books, Jonathan Kelley of Old Forge, Pa., claimed the Northern Open points title with 549 points. Mike Iaconelli of Pitts Grove, N.J., placed second with 549, followed by Alex Redwine of Blue Ash, Ohio with 549, J.T. Thompkins of Myrtle Beach, S.C., with 520 and Coop Gallant of Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, with 512. In the Bassmaster Opens, ties in divisional points standings are broken using the cumulative weight from the full-field days of all three tournaments.

Jacob Powroznik of North Prince George, Va., leads the overall Falcons Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year standings with 1,029 points.

2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Open at 1000 Islands 9/9-9/11
St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands, Clayton NY.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Cory Johnston Cavan CANADA 15 78-00 200 $43,433.00
Day 1: 5 25-07 Day 2: 5 25-03 Day 3: 5 27-06
2. Cal Climpson Cavan CANADA 15 77-03 199 $20,853.00
Day 1: 5 27-07 Day 2: 5 22-07 Day 3: 5 27-05
3. Adam Neu Forestville, WI 15 76-06 198 $14,720.00
Day 1: 5 23-15 Day 2: 5 25-02 Day 3: 5 27-05
4. Coop Gallant Bowmanville CANADA 15 73-06 197 $12,267.00
Day 1: 5 27-00 Day 2: 5 25-02 Day 3: 5 21-04
5. Timmy Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 15 72-05 196 $10,672.00
Day 1: 5 22-05 Day 2: 5 26-05 Day 3: 5 23-11
6. Gary Adkins Green Bay, WI 15 72-05 195 $9,813.00
Day 1: 5 25-10 Day 2: 5 22-11 Day 3: 5 24-00
7. Chris Johnston Otonabee CANADA 15 71-03 194 $9,200.00
Day 1: 5 21-03 Day 2: 5 26-04 Day 3: 5 23-12
8. Dean Meckes Clayton, NY 15 65-08 193 $8,587.00
Day 1: 5 22-03 Day 2: 5 26-09 Day 3: 5 16-12
9. Jonathan Kelley Old Forge, PA 15 63-15 192 $6,747.00
Day 1: 5 24-12 Day 2: 5 24-06 Day 3: 5 14-13
10. Brad Leuthner Independence, MN 15 57-08 191 $5,520.00
Day 1: 5 22-01 Day 2: 5 24-09 Day 3: 5 10-14


Wesley Strader Takes Early Group B Lead at MLF Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair

Spring City, Tennessee Pro Catches 34 Bass Weighing 93 Pounds, 4 Ounces to Lead Group B’s Qualifying Round – Group A to Finish Qualifying Round Sunday

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (Sept. 11, 2021) – It was very different conditions for the 40 pro anglers competing Saturday in Group B at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. However, after the anglers had battled through the strong winds and the final bass had been tallied the results were remarkably similar to Friday, with an East-Tennessee angler sitting atop the leaderboard.

Pro Wesley Strader of Spring City, Tennessee, boated 34 bass weighing 93 pounds, 4 ounces, to grab the early lead in Group B after Day 1 of their two-day Qualifying Round of competition. Strader will bring a 12-pound, 4-ounce lead into Group B’s Qualifying Round finale on Monday.

Right behind Strader in second place is Russellville, Arkansas pro Fred Roumbanis, who was near the top of the leaderboard for most of the day. Roumbanis boated 29 bass totaling 81 pounds even to finish the day. Rounding out the top three was Favorite Fishing pro Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, who caught 27 bass for 75-14 to end the day in third. Local pro Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Michigan, weighed 17 bass totaling 44-8 to rest in 5th place, while Kalamazoo’s Jonathon VanDam boated seven bass weighing 20 pounds even to sit in 23rd.

The 39 anglers in Group B will now have an off day on Sunday, while the 40 anglers competing in Group A will complete their two-day Qualifying Round of competition. Group B will conclude their Qualifying Round on Monday. The six-day event, hosted by Macomb County, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit Sports Commission, showcases the 80 top professional bass-fishing anglers on the planet competing for a purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

“Well, today has been a really, really good day,” Strader said in his post-game interview. “I really only needed about five of these Powell rods on my deck today and that was it.

“This morning I started out throwing a 3/8-ounce white (Z-Man) ChatterBait Jack Hammer with a Zoom Z-Swim behind it,” Strader said. “I threw that on a Powell Endurance 755 CB rod with a (Lew’s) Pro TI reel, spooled with 20-pound Sunline Sniper line. I also caught quite a few punching – I ran out of Zoom Z-Hogs. But I punched with a Powell Endurance 806 rod and a Lew’s Custom Pro reel, using 50-pound Sunline FX2 braided line, a 1½-ounce weight and a 5/0 TroKar TK130 hook.

“The thing that really got us going towards the end, though, was a Zoom Zlinky,” Strader continued. “I wacky-rigged it with a 2/0 Neko-style Trokar Hook and a 1/8-ounce Eagle Claw nail weight in the nose of it.

“All in all, I’ve got a couple of things figured out for Monday,” Strader went on to say. “I have a couple of areas that I couldn’t even get to today – it would have beat us to death with the wind. I also didn’t want to leave my fish biting. I’m excited to get back out there and see how it all shakes out.”

Second-place angler Fred Roumbanis also raved about the fun he had on the water Saturday, despite losing multiple key fish.

“I had an amazing day, despite the fish that I couldn’t get in the boat,” Roumbanis said. “I must have lost six 4- or 5-pounders today. But it was exciting – I almost gave up on the spot where I fished, but when I slowed down I really started catching them.

“I’ve got absolutely no complaints – I think I may have finally broken the curse that this place has had on me for all of these years,” Roumbanis went on to say. “I think I’m in great shape to make the Knockout Round – I’m just going to have to catch a couple of more fish. But man, it’d be so nice to win and automatically advance to the Championship Round. Wesley (Strader) and Zack (Birge) are crushing them, but I’m going to give those guys everything that I’ve got.”

The top 20 pros in Group B after Day 1 on Lake St. Clair are:

1st:          Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 34 bass, 93-4
2nd:         Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark., 29 bass, 81-0
3rd:         Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 27 bass, 75-14
4th:         Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 23 bass, 65-3
5th:         Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 17 bass, 44-8
6th:         Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark., 14 bass, 41-0
7th:         Matt Lee, Cullman, Ala., 14 bass, 39-14
8th:         Scott Suggs, Alexander, Ark., 13 bass, 39-10
9th:         Ott DeFoe, Blaine, Tenn., 14 bass, 39-5
10th:       Alton Jones, Lorena, Texas, 12 bass, 37-8
11th:       Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 13 bass, 34-8
12th:       David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 11 bass, 33-10
13th:       Dean Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 13 bass, 33-0
14th:       Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas, 10 bass, 31-3
15th:       Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn., 12 bass, 31-1
16th:       Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., 11 bass, 30-0
17th:       Britt Myers, Lake Wylie, S.C., eight bass, 29-7
18th:       Greg Vinson, Wetumpka, Ala., 10 bass, 28-6
19th:       Cody Pike, Powhatan, Va., nine bass, 27-10
20th:       John Cox, DeBary, Fla., eight bass, 22-13

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

Overall, there were 385 bass weighing 1,097 pounds, 5 ounces caught by 37 pros on Saturday.

Andy Morgan won Saturday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award, weighing in a 5-pound, 8-ounce largemouth bass that he flipped up during Period 3. Berkley will award $1,000 to the angler who weighs the biggest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the largest bass of the tournament.

The 40 Anglers in Group A compete in their two-day qualifying round on Lake St. Clair on Friday and Sunday – the 40 anglers in Group B on Saturday and Monday. After each two-day qualifying round is complete, the anglers that finish in 2nd through 20th place from both groups advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round, while the winner of each group advances directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round. In the Knockout Round, weights are zeroed and the remaining 38 anglers compete to finish in the top 8 to advance to the Championship Round. In the final day Championship Round, weights are zeroed and the highest one-day total wins the top prize of $100,000.

Anglers will take off from the 9-Mile Ramp, located in St. Clair Shores, at 8 a.m. ET each day of competition. The General Tire Takeout ceremonies will also be held at the Launch Ramp, beginning at 5 p.m. each day. Fans are welcome to attend all takeoff and takeout ceremonies and also encouraged to follow the event online throughout the day on the MLF NOW!® live stream and SCORETRACKER® coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

As part of the event fans will also be treated to the Bass, Brews & BBQ Festival at Blossom Heath Park in St. Clair Shores, on Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. The festival is a chance for fishing fans to meet their favorite Bass Pro Tour anglers, enjoy food and beverages from local food truck and St. Clair Shores Micro Breweries, watch the on-the-water action at the MLF watch party, shop at numerous MLF sponsor and local vendor booths, and enjoy live concerts from local musicians each day. For more information on the Bass, Brews & BBQ Festival hosted by Macomb County, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft features anglers competing with a 2-pound minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2022 championship.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all six days of competition from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Nov. 13 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

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


J. Lee: Points Title Perspective

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As the 2021 Bass Pro Tour season comes to an end this week on Lake St Clair, so will Jordan Lee’s reign as the Bass Pro Tour Points Champion. Lee’s incredible 2020 season, which included four Championship Round appearances over the course of six Stages, will live on in the history books and the Points Title Trophy will always proudly sit in his trophy case. 

But Lee isn’t the kind of competitor to be content with past achievements. J Lee will be the first to tell you he’s not happy with his on the water performance in 2021. While he currently sits in 33rd place in the point standings, in good position to qualify for next year’s REDCREST, Lee is not satisfied. 

“Last year really was a dream year,” Lee said. “Winning two major events and coming out on top with the Points Title against this group of anglers was absolutely incredible. It was like every decision I made seemed to be the right one, and when I did slip up I would make an adjustment and catch a key fish or get some kind of clue.

“Then this year it’s felt like I’ve always been just a little behind the eight-ball. Instead of catching that key fish, my line would break or the fish would jump off. I missed three different Knockout Rounds by one or two scoreable bass this season. It really is humbling when you sit back and think about it. The BPT format takes no prisoners.” 

 The ebbs and flows of momentum in professional bass fishing really is an interesting case study. Every year an angler or two will get on a run where it seems they can do no wrong when it comes to on the water decision making. On the flip side, even the best anglers in the world ride the struggle bus when things aren’t clicking.  

Realistically, some of the best anglers in the world would gladly swap their year and current points standing with J. Lee in the blink of an eye. Jordan isn’t having a bad year by any stretch of the imagination, but he isn’t having the kind of season he’s come to expect from himself. At 30 years young, Lee’s career has been nothing short of greatness. 

The Carhartt pro has been collecting trophies, accolades, and the attention of the bass fishing community since his college fishing days. If his 2021 efforts are what struggling looks like for Jordan Lee, the Alabama native has little to worry about.

“I’m not going to sit here and wine and say I’ve had a terrible year,” Lee said with a smile. “After having some tough tournaments and bad breaks, I’m thankful to be where I am at. I’m still in a good position to make REDCREST and Heavy Hitters and all things considered I’m a lucky dude. It could most definitely be a lot worse.” 

That’s some solid perspective from a fierce competitor who is still young in his career, and who happens to be one of the greatest talents professional bass fishing has ever seen. 

Lee has his sights set on clinching a spot in the 2022 REDCREST and Heavy Hitters event, and knows he needs to have a good finish in Carparts.com Stage Seven to do so. 

It’s not in Lee’s nature to stress or over-analyze, but he’ll head out to Lake St Clair with the same competitive fire that burned one year ago when he set out on Sturgeon Bay with the goal of locking up his first Points Title Championship. 

“I’d rather be near the top of the Points Standings duking it out with Ott and Wheeler, but I’m going to have to fish just as hard to sneak into REDCREST,” Lee admitted. “The goal might be a little bit different but the job is still largely the same. I’m going to go out there, keep my head down and leave it all on the water. All you can do is all you can do.”    


Gallant Takes Over Lead In Bassmaster Open At 1000 Islands

Cooper Gallant, of Bowmanville, Canada, is leading after Day 2 of the 2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Northern Open at the St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands with a two-day total of 52 pounds, 2 ounces.
Photo by Andy Crawford/B.A.S.S.

September 10, 2021

CLAYTON, N.Y. — Cooper Gallant’s Day 2 limit of 25 pounds, 2 ounces was right about where his practice results indicated he’d be, but an unexpected Day 1 bonus positioned him to take the Day 2 lead of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Northern Open at the St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands.

Placing second on Day 1 with 27 pounds — 7 ounces behind first-round leader Cal Climpson — Gallant said he was surprised at that weight because he came into the tournament targeting the 25-pound mark. Topping the field with a two-day total of 52-2, the Bowmanville, Canada, pro enters Championship Saturday with a 1 1/2-pound lead over Bassmaster Elite angler Cory Johnston, who sits in second with 50-10.

“I had a pretty good bag today, but I didn’t see any of the big, big, big ones like those 6-pounders you’d like to have,” Gallant said. “If you can catch five 5s, you’ll be sitting pretty good.

“I ended up culling about four times and I had about 10 fish all day. I’m not getting many bites, but they’re the right ones.”

Gallant spent his day in Lake Ontario, not far from the mouth of the river. There he fished a drop shot with an unnamed bait over rocky bottom with isolated boulders on the Canadian side.

“The bigger fish are getting on the noticeably bigger boulders and then you also have big ones cruising the whole flat,” Gallant said. “I found when it’s calm and the sun’s out, they get on the boulders really good.

“From what I’ve seen, when the wind’s blowing, they’ve been pulling off of them. You just have to drift and find them. I think they feel protected sitting on those boulders.”

After Thursday’s huge catch, Gallant commented that he was concerned he had caught most of his spot’s potential.

“I knew there was still fish around there, but I didn’t know if I could catch five,” he said. “I thought I could catch one or two but I ended up camping out all day on what I fished yesterday.

“Tomorrow I’m going to switch it up. I pounded that area pretty good the last two days and we’re going to gamble and hopefully come in with another 25 pounds.”

Two months ago, Johnston finished fourth in the Farmers Insurance Bassmaster Elite event on the St. Lawrence. This week, the Canadian pro has been consistent with daily limits of 25-7 and 25-3.

“I ran similar stuff as I did yesterday; I started in the river and worked my way out to the lake and caught fish all day,” Johnston said. “I worked little subtleties in the (rock structure) in about 40 feet and caught them on a drop shot with a prototype Spro worm.

“The fish are definitely moving (with the cooling weather). They’ll probably be gone tomorrow and I’ll have to find new fish.”

Climpson slipped to third with 49-14. After starting with the event’s heaviest bag — 27-7 — the Cavan, Canada angler added 22-7. Day 2, he said, required much more of a search effort.

“I had to run quite a bit of spots,” Climpson said. “Today, it wasn’t so much that the fish left; I just lost a few key fish. I didn’t relocate today, I just kept running a couple of the spots where I’d found them in practice and I just ran into them. I only fished two new spots that I didn’t fish yesterday.”

Targeting rocky bottom and boulders in 20-30 feet, Climpson again caught his fish on a drop shot with a 3/4-ounce weight. On Thursday, he rotated through three different baits. Today, he had to increase his selection to five.

“They’re getting picky for sure,” Climpson said. “I probably dropped down on a dozen fish that wouldn’t bite today.”

Andrew Upshaw of Hemphill, Texas, leads the Phoenix Boats Big Bass standings with a 6-13.

Zack Eggleston of Goleta, Calif., highlighted his summer visit with Upstate New York relatives by winning the co-angler division with 33-6. After placing third on Day 1 with 15-2, he added an eye-popping 3-fish limit of 18-4.

Eggleston caught one of his keepers on a drop shot with a 4-inch Big Hammer Baits Salt Shaker worm and a 3/8-ounce weight, but most of his fish ate his homemade 3/32-ounce black hair jig. Eggleston added a piece of stick worm to the jig’s hook shank to bulk up the body.

“I think they like the hair jig because it’s very subtle in the water; it’s not intrusive,” he said. “They’ll follow it but then they’ll come up and eat it. It’s something you can swim and cover water with. There are so many little bugs that get washed around down there; it’s just like candy to them that they can’t pass up.”

Eggleston tied Mathew Mccarthy of Marysville, Ohio, for the Phoenix Boats Big Bass lead among co-anglers. Both caught fish weighing 6-12.

Jonathan Kelley of Old Forge, Pa., leads the Northern Open points standings with 554. Mike Iaconelli of Pitts Grove, N.J., is in second with 549, followed by Alex Redwine of Blue Ash, Ohio who is tied for second with 549, J.T. Thompkins of Myrtle Beach, S.C., is in fourth with 520 and Gallant is in fifth with 515.

Jacob Powroznik of North Prince George, Va., leads the overall Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year points standings with 1,029.

Saturday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. ET at the Antique Boat Museum. The weigh-in will be held at the museum at 2:30 p.m.

Live coverage of the event can be streamed on Bassmaster.com and the FOX Sports digital platforms. FS1 will also broadcast live with the tournament leaders from 8-11 a.m.

2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Open at 1000 Islands 9/9-9/11
St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands, Clayton NY.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1. Coop Gallant Bowmanville Ontario CAN 10 52-02 200
Day 1: 5 27-00 Day 2: 5 25-02
2. Cory Johnston Cavan CANADA 10 50-10 199
Day 1: 5 25-07 Day 2: 5 25-03
3. Cal Climpson Cavan CANADA 10 49-14 198
Day 1: 5 27-07 Day 2: 5 22-07
4. Jonathan Kelley Old Forge, PA 10 49-02 197
Day 1: 5 24-12 Day 2: 5 24-06
5. Adam Neu Forestville, WI 10 49-01 196
Day 1: 5 23-15 Day 2: 5 25-02
6. Dean Meckes Clayton, NY 10 48-12 195
Day 1: 5 22-03 Day 2: 5 26-09
7. Timmy Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 10 48-10 194
Day 1: 5 22-05 Day 2: 5 26-05
8. Gary Adkins Green Bay, WI 10 48-05 193
Day 1: 5 25-10 Day 2: 5 22-11
9. Chris Johnston Otonabee Ontario CANADA 10 47-07 192
Day 1: 5 21-03 Day 2: 5 26-04
10. Brad Leuthner Independence, MN 10 46-10 191
Day 1: 5 22-01 Day 2: 5 24-09
11. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 10 45-12 190 $4,907.00
Day 1: 5 21-12 Day 2: 5 24-00
12. Alex Redwine Blue Ash, OH 10 45-07 189 $4,293.00
Day 1: 5 22-08 Day 2: 5 22-15
13. Brett Carnright Plattsburgh, NY 10 44-15 188 $3,373.00
Day 1: 5 23-12 Day 2: 5 21-03
14. Travis Manson Conshohocken, PA 10 44-11 187 $3,373.00
Day 1: 5 20-07 Day 2: 5 24-04
15. Jason Burger Bridgeton, NJ 10 44-05 186 $3,373.00
Day 1: 5 24-06 Day 2: 5 19-15
16. Kevin Park Waymart, PA 10 44-04 185 $3,373.00
Day 1: 5 25-10 Day 2: 5 18-10
17. Joe Lucarelli Center Harbor, NH 10 43-10 184 $3,373.00
Day 1: 5 19-01 Day 2: 5 24-09
18. Billy Gilbert Hamburg, NY 10 43-00 183 $3,373.00
Day 1: 5 20-10 Day 2: 5 22-06
19. Brent Shores Boise, ID 10 42-15 182 $3,373.00
Day 1: 5 19-01 Day 2: 5 23-14
20. Erik Luzak Fenelon Falls CANADA 10 42-06 181 $3,373.00
Day 1: 5 15-14 Day 2: 5 26-08
21. Brad Elwood Clear Spring, MD 10 42-03 180 $3,067.00
Day 1: 5 19-07 Day 2: 5 22-12
22. JT Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 10 42-03 179 $3,067.00
Day 1: 5 21-03 Day 2: 5 21-00
23. Zak Fadden Plymouth, MI 10 42-01 178 $3,067.00
Day 1: 5 22-08 Day 2: 5 19-09
24. John Garrett Union City, TN 10 41-14 177 $3,067.00
Day 1: 5 23-06 Day 2: 5 18-08
25. Brock Belik Orchard, NE 9 41-13 176 $3,067.00
Day 1: 5 24-12 Day 2: 4 17-01
26. AJ Slegona Jr Walker Valley, NY 10 41-05 175 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 21-13 Day 2: 5 19-08
27. Sam George Athens, AL 10 41-04 174 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 21-11 Day 2: 5 19-09
28. Matt Pangrac Bixby, OK 10 41-04 173 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 21-00 Day 2: 5 20-04
29. Garrett Paquette Canton, MI 10 41-01 172 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 22-10 Day 2: 5 18-07
30. Joe Labarbera Montrose, PA 10 40-05 171 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 19-09 Day 2: 5 20-12
31. Trevor Jancasz White Pigeon, MI 10 40-04 170 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 20-15 Day 2: 5 19-05
32. Brian Hughes Barrie CANADA 10 40-03 169 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 16-13 Day 2: 5 23-06
33. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 10 40-02 168 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 19-03 Day 2: 5 20-15
34. Tyler Williams Belgrade, ME 10 39-15 167 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 20-11 Day 2: 5 19-04
35. Zackery Seal Findley Lake, NY 10 39-11 166 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 19-14 Day 2: 5 19-13
36. Neil Deleeuw Fenwick CANADA 10 39-03 165 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 22-04 Day 2: 5 16-15
37. Reese Hudson Broomall, PA 10 39-03 164 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 20-07 Day 2: 5 18-12
38. Joe Ford Bewdely CANADA 10 39-02 163 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 20-04 Day 2: 5 18-14
39. Scott Pellegrin Chippewa Falls, WI 10 39-01 162 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 22-05 Day 2: 5 16-12
40. Zach Goutremout Chaumont, NY 10 39-00 161 $2,821.00
Day 1: 5 13-04 Day 2: 5 25-12
41. Nolan Minor Charlottesville, VA 10 39-00 160
Day 1: 5 20-08 Day 2: 5 18-08
42. Pete Gluszek Mount Laurel, NJ 10 38-15 159
Day 1: 5 19-06 Day 2: 5 19-09
43. Daisuke Aoki Minamitsurugun Yamanash 10 38-12 158
Day 1: 5 24-13 Day 2: 5 13-15
44. Austin Cranford Moore, OK 10 38-11 157
Day 1: 5 18-15 Day 2: 5 19-12
45. Tommy Williams Shepherdsville, KY 10 38-10 156
Day 1: 5 17-15 Day 2: 5 20-11
46. Julius Mazy Phoenix, AZ 10 38-10 155
Day 1: 5 20-08 Day 2: 5 18-02
47. Joel Willert Prior Lake, MN 10 38-06 154
Day 1: 5 21-07 Day 2: 5 16-15
48. Jonathan Robla Waddington, NY 10 38-04 153
Day 1: 5 23-11 Day 2: 5 14-09
49. Justin Margraves Diana, TX 10 38-04 152
Day 1: 5 16-01 Day 2: 5 22-03
50. Jacob Powroznik North Prince George, VA 10 38-04 151
Day 1: 5 16-02 Day 2: 5 22-02
51. Barry Brandt Jr. Newport News, VA 10 38-01 150
Day 1: 5 22-07 Day 2: 5 15-10
52. Douglas Reed Bridgeton, NJ 10 37-08 149
Day 1: 5 18-13 Day 2: 5 18-11
53. Chad Wentzell St.Thomas CANADA 10 37-05 148
Day 1: 5 19-08 Day 2: 5 17-13
54. Keith Nemcek St Charles, IL 10 37-03 147
Day 1: 5 15-07 Day 2: 5 21-12
55. Drew Tiano Hudson, NY 10 37-00 146
Day 1: 5 18-05 Day 2: 5 18-11
56. Christopher Fiore Midlothian, VA 10 36-15 145
Day 1: 5 19-09 Day 2: 5 17-06
57. Jonathan Dietz Corry, PA 10 36-10 144
Day 1: 5 18-00 Day 2: 5 18-10
58. Marc Schilling Shady Shores, TX 10 36-07 143
Day 1: 5 16-12 Day 2: 5 19-11
59. Michael Zampese Haskell, NJ 10 36-07 142
Day 1: 5 18-05 Day 2: 5 18-02
60. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 10 36-05 141
Day 1: 5 14-06 Day 2: 5 21-15
61. George Yund Albany, NY 10 36-05 140
Day 1: 5 20-13 Day 2: 5 15-08
62. Randy Lamanche Marcellus, NY 10 35-15 139
Day 1: 5 19-03 Day 2: 5 16-12
63. Josh Summerville Lilly, PA 10 35-14 138
Day 1: 5 20-00 Day 2: 5 15-14
64. Ryan Whitacre Chicago, IL 10 35-13 137
Day 1: 5 16-08 Day 2: 5 19-05
65. Frank Arthur Fallston, MD 10 35-12 136
Day 1: 5 17-13 Day 2: 5 17-15
66. Kyle Austin Ridgeville, SC 10 35-11 135
Day 1: 5 21-14 Day 2: 5 13-13
67. Hugh Cosculluela Spring, TX 10 35-11 134
Day 1: 5 19-06 Day 2: 5 16-05
68. Dennis Carnahan Cazenovia, NY 10 35-10 133
Day 1: 5 17-10 Day 2: 5 18-00
69. Jeremy Sadowski Voluntown, CT 10 35-08 132
Day 1: 5 18-00 Day 2: 5 17-08
70. Spike Stoker Cisco, TX 8 35-04 131
Day 1: 5 23-07 Day 2: 3 11-13
71. Cass Terrance Akwewsane, NY 10 35-04 130
Day 1: 5 18-12 Day 2: 5 16-08
72. Michael Murphy East Syracuse, NY 10 35-01 129
Day 1: 5 20-14 Day 2: 5 14-03
73. Shayne Berlo Mclean, VA 10 35-00 128
Day 1: 5 18-01 Day 2: 5 16-15
74. Steve Morella Townshend, VT 10 34-15 127
Day 1: 5 19-03 Day 2: 5 15-12
75. Lane Olson Sherwood, OR 10 34-15 126
Day 1: 5 18-07 Day 2: 5 16-08
76. Destin DeMarion Grove City, PA 10 34-09 125
Day 1: 5 21-01 Day 2: 5 13-08
77. Blake Sylvester Plaquemine, LA 10 34-05 124
Day 1: 5 16-03 Day 2: 5 18-02
78. Lucas Murphy Lexington, MI 10 34-04 123
Day 1: 5 16-09 Day 2: 5 17-11
79. Kraig Kettelkamp Clifton Springs, NY 10 34-02 122
Day 1: 5 20-07 Day 2: 5 13-11
80. Andy Hribar Lakeville, MN 10 33-14 121
Day 1: 5 17-02 Day 2: 5 16-12
81. Greg Mansfield Olathe, KS 10 33-12 120
Day 1: 5 18-03 Day 2: 5 15-09
82. Jason Putman Cicero, NY 10 33-11 119
Day 1: 5 17-11 Day 2: 5 16-00
83. Tom Dolin Palatine Bridge, NY 10 33-08 118
Day 1: 5 16-13 Day 2: 5 16-11
84. Youme Vu Paramount, CA 10 33-07 117
Day 1: 5 14-06 Day 2: 5 19-01
85. Brian Bylotas Scott Township, PA 10 33-00 116
Day 1: 5 17-15 Day 2: 5 15-01
86. Greg Alexander Hebron, MD 10 32-14 115
Day 1: 5 12-01 Day 2: 5 20-13
87. Shane Rees Middletown, IN 10 32-14 114
Day 1: 5 13-14 Day 2: 5 19-00
88. Trevor McKinney Benton, IL 10 32-08 113
Day 1: 5 14-04 Day 2: 5 18-04
89. Tanner Ward Woodsfield , OH 10 32-07 112
Day 1: 5 18-05 Day 2: 5 14-02
90. Eddie Casey Whiteford, MD 10 32-06 111
Day 1: 5 17-07 Day 2: 5 14-15
91. Kenny Mittelstaedt Paynesville, MN 9 32-04 110
Day 1: 4 11-13 Day 2: 5 20-07
92. Stanley Sypeck Jr Sugarloaf, PA 10 32-03 109
Day 1: 5 18-07 Day 2: 5 13-12
93. Andrew Upshaw Hemphill, TX 8 32-02 108
Day 1: 5 18-12 Day 2: 3 13-06
94. Brian Post Janesville, WI 10 31-13 107
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 5 14-09
95. Jake Biram Tulsa, OK 10 31-10 106
Day 1: 5 14-12 Day 2: 5 16-14
96. Randy Huffman Charleston, WV 10 31-09 105
Day 1: 5 15-14 Day 2: 5 15-11
97. Alex Wetherell Middletown, CT 10 31-08 104
Day 1: 5 19-13 Day 2: 5 11-11
98. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 10 31-07 103
Day 1: 5 17-00 Day 2: 5 14-07
99. Alec Morrison Peru, NY 10 31-06 102
Day 1: 5 17-00 Day 2: 5 14-06
100. Barry Rathbone Jeffersonton, VA 10 31-02 101
Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 5 16-01
101. Gregory DiPalma Millville, NJ 10 31-01 100
Day 1: 5 17-12 Day 2: 5 13-05
102. John Zeolla Oak Park, CA 8 31-00 99
Day 1: 3 10-13 Day 2: 5 20-03
103. Cody Bertrand Dyer, IN 10 30-13 98
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 5 13-09
104. Cameron Smith Wareham, MA 10 30-12 97
Day 1: 5 18-10 Day 2: 5 12-02
105. Oliver Ngy Frisco, TX 10 30-11 96
Day 1: 5 15-11 Day 2: 5 15-00
106. Jeff Queen Catawba, NC 10 30-07 95
Day 1: 5 14-11 Day 2: 5 15-12
107. Denny Fiedler Wabasha, MN 10 30-02 94
Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 5 12-13
108. Tom Knee Newtown Square, PA 10 30-00 93
Day 1: 5 13-04 Day 2: 5 16-12
109. Frank Poirier North Prince George, VA 10 30-00 92
Day 1: 5 14-07 Day 2: 5 15-09
110. Jeff Jensen Beech Creek, PA 9 29-11 91
Day 1: 5 19-03 Day 2: 4 10-08
111. David Boelkins Lake Zurich, IL 9 29-10 90
Day 1: 5 13-06 Day 2: 4 16-04
112. Nick Radtke Greenwood Lake, NY 10 29-07 89
Day 1: 5 12-03 Day 2: 5 17-04
113. Mike Loughlin Caesarea CANADA 10 29-07 88
Day 1: 5 12-07 Day 2: 5 17-00
114. Tyler Ferris Williamston, MI 10 29-06 87
Day 1: 5 12-09 Day 2: 5 16-13
115. Glynn Goodwin Marietta, OH 10 29-05 86
Day 1: 5 18-06 Day 2: 5 10-15
116. Matthew Szczoczarz Cumberland, RI 10 29-02 85
Day 1: 5 13-13 Day 2: 5 15-05
117. Paul Kimball Glastonbury, CT 10 28-09 84
Day 1: 5 14-02 Day 2: 5 14-07
118. Bill Vierzen Hanover, NH 10 28-08 83
Day 1: 5 15-15 Day 2: 5 12-09
119. Jonathan Carter Portland, ME 8 28-05 82
Day 1: 5 18-03 Day 2: 3 10-02
120. Ryan Powroznik Prince George, VA 9 28-03 81
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 4 14-04
121. Trait Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 10 27-15 80
Day 1: 5 13-02 Day 2: 5 14-13
122. Whitney Stephens Waverly, OH 10 27-06 79
Day 1: 5 16-04 Day 2: 5 11-02
123. Teb Jones Hattiesburg, MS 9 27-06 78
Day 1: 5 13-01 Day 2: 4 14-05
124. Carmen Peluso Pittsburgh, PA 10 27-04 77
Day 1: 5 12-03 Day 2: 5 15-01
125. Brian Mullaney New Market, MD 10 27-03 76
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 5 14-11
126. Brian Brooks Pittsgrove, NJ 10 27-03 75
Day 1: 5 13-09 Day 2: 5 13-10
127. Eddie Levin Westerville, OH 10 27-01 74
Day 1: 5 14-01 Day 2: 5 13-00
128. Ed Powell Sandyville, WV 10 27-00 73
Day 1: 5 09-06 Day 2: 5 17-10
129. Robert Reesey Newfoundland, PA 9 27-00 72
Day 1: 5 15-13 Day 2: 4 11-03
130. Darryl Halbert Enoree, SC 10 26-15 71
Day 1: 5 16-02 Day 2: 5 10-13
131. Kerry Frey Middlebury, IN 10 26-14 70
Day 1: 5 09-14 Day 2: 5 17-00
132. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 10 26-02 69
Day 1: 5 12-00 Day 2: 5 14-02
133. Willy Dennison Willoughby Hills, OH 10 25-10 68
Day 1: 5 12-13 Day 2: 5 12-13
134. Keith Brumfield Vicksburg, MS 7 25-06 67
Day 1: 5 19-06 Day 2: 2 06-00
135. Luke Losey Kersey, PA 9 25-06 66
Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 4 10-05
136. James Mignanelli Harmony, PA 10 25-01 65
Day 1: 5 10-12 Day 2: 5 14-05
137. Tom Hardy Penetanguishene CANADA 7 24-15 64
Day 1: 2 05-01 Day 2: 5 19-14
138. Masayuki Matsushita Tokoname-Shi JAPAN 8 24-15 63
Day 1: 5 18-09 Day 2: 3 06-06
139. Luke Plunkett Pinson, AL 10 24-09 62
Day 1: 5 09-04 Day 2: 5 15-05
140. Jason Tibbetts Centreville, VA 10 24-07 61
Day 1: 5 10-11 Day 2: 5 13-12
141. Kirk McMullen Greensburg, PA 8 23-14 60
Day 1: 5 12-14 Day 2: 3 11-00
142. Austin Hoke Lititz, PA 10 23-08 59
Day 1: 5 12-15 Day 2: 5 10-09
143. Chris Kingree Inverness, FL 8 23-05 58
Day 1: 5 16-04 Day 2: 3 07-01
144. Dan Grove Harrisville, PA 8 23-02 57
Day 1: 3 08-11 Day 2: 5 14-07
145. Greg Fisher Zanesville, OH 10 22-14 56
Day 1: 5 10-13 Day 2: 5 12-01
146. Chris Beaudrie Princeton, KY 8 22-12 55
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 3 08-09
147. Jesse Hilliard Delhi CANADA 8 22-09 54
Day 1: 5 15-07 Day 2: 3 07-02
148. Brandon Brown Lockport, NY 10 22-01 53
Day 1: 5 13-00 Day 2: 5 09-01
149. Gary Greenwood Taylors, SC 10 21-14 52
Day 1: 5 10-05 Day 2: 5 11-09
150. Mandel Pettus Rocky Point, NY 7 21-09 51
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 2 04-05
151. Ed Stiefel Mahwah, NJ 7 20-04 50
Day 1: 2 05-13 Day 2: 5 14-07
152. Sheron Brown Leminster, MA 8 20-03 49
Day 1: 5 12-10 Day 2: 3 07-09
153. Tyler Morgan Schuylkill Haven, PA 8 19-09 48
Day 1: 3 05-10 Day 2: 5 13-15
154. Kevin Ledoux Choctaw, OK 5 19-05 47
Day 1: 5 19-05 Day 2: 0 00-00
155. Steven Camp Mechanicsvlle, VA 10 18-15 46
Day 1: 5 07-05 Day 2: 5 11-10
156. Chris Hellebuyck Waterford, MI 6 18-15 45
Day 1: 2 08-15 Day 2: 4 10-00
157. Steven Hatala Harrison Township, MI 5 18-09 44
Day 1: 5 18-09 Day 2: 0 00-00
158. Chancy Walters West Des Moines, IA 6 18-02 43
Day 1: 2 06-09 Day 2: 4 11-09
159. Greg Secord Salem, SC 7 17-08 42
Day 1: 5 12-14 Day 2: 2 04-10
160. John Pelletier Castleton, NY 5 17-05 41
Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 0 00-00
161. Danny McGarry Newcastle CANADA 5 16-02 40
Day 1: 5 16-02 Day 2: 0 00-00
162. Troy Baxter Canton, NY 6 16-02 39
Day 1: 4 08-10 Day 2: 2 07-08
163. John Hagaman Egg Harbor City, NJ 8 16-00 38
Day 1: 3 06-04 Day 2: 5 09-12
164. Christian Mazzola Sr Walnutport, PA 8 15-06 37
Day 1: 3 06-12 Day 2: 5 08-10
165. Curtis Richardson Belleville Ontario CANA 5 14-10 36
Day 1: 5 14-10 Day 2: 0 00-00
166. Patrick Martin St Roch De L Achigan Qu 5 14-02 35
Day 1: 5 14-02 Day 2: 0 00-00
167. Dane Anderson Hudson, NY 5 13-07 34
Day 1: 5 13-07 Day 2: 0 00-00
168. Danger Kelly Somerset, KY 7 13-00 33
Day 1: 3 05-06 Day 2: 4 07-10
169. Patrick Hildenbrand Red Hook, NY 5 11-07 32
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 0 00-00
170. John Mcgraw Hamilton Sq, NJ 5 11-02 31
Day 1: 5 11-02 Day 2: 0 00-00
171. Justin Salisbury Binghamton, NY 5 11-01 30
Day 1: 5 11-01 Day 2: 0 00-00
172. Denis Karachopan Rocky Point, NY 5 10-15 29
Day 1: 5 10-15 Day 2: 0 00-00
172. Joe Spano Scranton, PA 5 10-15 29
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 10-15
174. Frankie Appaluccio Franklin, NJ 5 09-15 27
Day 1: 2 05-11 Day 2: 3 04-04
175. Scott Lindstam Jr. Largo, FL 4 09-02 26
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 4 09-02
176. Roger Stahl JR Chittenango, NY 5 08-06 25
Day 1: 5 08-06 Day 2: 0 00-00
177. Hunter Bland Williston, FL 5 08-04 24
Day 1: 3 04-12 Day 2: 2 03-08
178. Randy Elliott Severn, MD 2 07-02 23
Day 1: 2 07-02 Day 2: 0 00-00
179. Lucas Bogosian Harrington Park, NJ 2 07-00 22
Day 1: 1 04-10 Day 2: 1 02-06
180. Michelle Jalaba Birmingham, MI 2 03-13 21
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 1 02-06
181. Craig Chambers Midland, NC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
181. Frank Guarascio Marcy, NY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
181. Nathan Knapp Candor, NY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
181. Trevor Lo Maplewood, MN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 161 848 2929-13
2 139 781 2684-01
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300 1629 5613-14

2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Open at 1000 Islands 9/9-9/11
St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands, Clayton NY.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1. Zack Eggleston Goleta, CA 6 33-06 200 $18,372.00
Day 1: 3 15-02 Day 2: 3 18-04
2. Ethan Mcmahon Swanton, VT 6 27-11 199 $4,293.00
Day 1: 3 14-07 Day 2: 3 13-04
3. David Kovack Lancaster, PA 6 27-10 198 $3,220.00
Day 1: 3 13-10 Day 2: 3 14-00
4. Timothy Nichols Pittsgrove, NJ 6 26-09 197 $2,415.00
Day 1: 3 15-12 Day 2: 3 10-13
5. Eric Stecker Quakertown, PA 6 26-06 196 $2,254.00
Day 1: 3 13-11 Day 2: 3 12-11
6. Sakae Ushio Tonawanda, NY 6 26-04 195 $2,147.00
Day 1: 3 15-13 Day 2: 3 10-07
7. Joe Mantione West Milford, NJ 6 25-15 194 $2,039.00
Day 1: 3 13-05 Day 2: 3 12-10
8. Christy Tiano Hudson, NY 6 25-14 193 $1,932.00
Day 1: 3 12-02 Day 2: 3 13-12
9. Mitch Van Ert Watertown, WI 6 25-09 192 $1,771.00
Day 1: 3 14-03 Day 2: 3 11-06
10. James Bojonny Hunlock Creek, PA 6 24-15 191 $1,610.00
Day 1: 3 11-04 Day 2: 3 13-11
11. BK Kelley Chester, VA 6 24-09 190 $1,503.00
Day 1: 3 13-08 Day 2: 3 11-01
12. Brent Temple BREWERTON, NY 6 24-07 189 $1,395.00
Day 1: 3 13-09 Day 2: 3 10-14
13. Ben Jacobi Richmond, VA 6 23-14 188 $1,181.00
Day 1: 3 11-06 Day 2: 3 12-08
14. Lenny Speed Jr. Chadds Ford, PA 6 23-06 187 $1,073.00
Day 1: 3 09-09 Day 2: 3 13-13
15. Kevin Hesson Seneca, PA 6 23-06 186 $966.00
Day 1: 3 13-04 Day 2: 3 10-02
16. Jacob Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 6 23-06 185 $859.00
Day 1: 3 11-06 Day 2: 3 12-00
17. Mathew Thompson Hogansburg, NY 6 23-00 184 $805.00
Day 1: 3 13-05 Day 2: 3 09-11
18. Gary Haraguchi Murfreesboro, TN 6 23-00 183 $805.00
Day 1: 3 12-10 Day 2: 3 10-06
19. Bryan Folino Williamstown, MA 6 23-00 182 $805.00
Day 1: 3 11-15 Day 2: 3 11-01
20. Jeffrey Burns Cicero, NY 6 22-15 181 $805.00
Day 1: 3 10-03 Day 2: 3 12-12
21. Ryan Park Mount Joy, PA 6 22-12 180 $751.00
Day 1: 3 14-03 Day 2: 3 08-09
22. Sean Mckee IV Haddon Heights, NJ 6 22-12 179 $751.00
Day 1: 3 08-14 Day 2: 3 13-14
23. Mark Snyder Elizabethtown, PA 6 22-11 178 $751.00
Day 1: 3 10-11 Day 2: 3 12-00
24. Harry Moore Clarington, OH 6 22-08 177 $751.00
Day 1: 3 11-11 Day 2: 3 10-13
25. Cody Stahl Griffin, GA 6 22-05 176 $751.00
Day 1: 3 12-05 Day 2: 3 10-00
26. Shon Pulley Greenfield, IN 6 22-04 175 $644.00
Day 1: 3 10-05 Day 2: 3 11-15
27. Hunter Kosmerick Sturgis, MI 6 22-04 174 $644.00
Day 1: 3 11-14 Day 2: 3 10-06
28. Brad Goetz Montello, WI 6 22-04 173 $644.00
Day 1: 3 11-10 Day 2: 3 10-10
29. Michael Schrader North Attleboro, MA 6 22-03 172 $644.00
Day 1: 3 08-14 Day 2: 3 13-05
30. Dan Loux Quakertown, PA 6 22-03 171 $617.00
Day 1: 3 12-12 Day 2: 3 09-07
30. George Petrak Binghamton, NY 6 22-03 171 $617.00
Day 1: 3 12-12 Day 2: 3 09-07
32. Joseph Vacanti Mount Laurel, NJ 6 22-01 169 $590.00
Day 1: 3 13-05 Day 2: 3 08-12
33. Curtis Hall II Lenore, WV 6 22-00 168 $590.00
Day 1: 3 14-02 Day 2: 3 07-14
34. Jody Gardner Tippecanoe, OH 6 21-13 167 $590.00
Day 1: 3 11-00 Day 2: 3 10-13
35. Shawn Gokey Fairfax, VT 6 21-11 166 $590.00
Day 1: 3 12-06 Day 2: 3 09-05
36. Matthew Mccarthy Marysville, OH 6 21-06 165 $715.00
Day 1: 3 14-12 Day 2: 3 06-10
37. Nickolas Ferry Feasterville, PA 6 21-04 164 $590.00
Day 1: 3 14-10 Day 2: 3 06-10
38. Bubba Leister III Kintnersville, PA 6 20-11 163 $590.00
Day 1: 3 13-06 Day 2: 3 07-05
39. Sudhir Nath Cheektowaga, NY 6 20-08 162 $590.00
Day 1: 3 10-03 Day 2: 3 10-05
40. Bailey Eigbrett Victor, NY 6 20-07 161 $590.00
Day 1: 3 12-10 Day 2: 3 07-13
41. Grant Loney Vineland CANADA 6 20-06 160
Day 1: 3 09-06 Day 2: 3 11-00
42. Gary Hall Delbarton, WV 6 20-04 159
Day 1: 3 12-07 Day 2: 3 07-13
43. Jordan Laclair Morristown, NY 6 20-03 158
Day 1: 3 12-03 Day 2: 3 08-00
44. Jon Putman Carthage, NY 6 20-00 157
Day 1: 3 09-10 Day 2: 3 10-06
45. Paul Kimball Philadelphia, PA 6 19-12 156
Day 1: 3 08-11 Day 2: 3 11-01
46. Todd Hughes Mount Bethel, PA 6 19-10 155
Day 1: 3 10-12 Day 2: 3 08-14
47. Jon Jezierski Troy, MI 6 19-09 154
Day 1: 3 10-07 Day 2: 3 09-02
48. Mark Kendra Great Meadows, NJ 6 19-08 153
Day 1: 3 07-07 Day 2: 3 12-01
49. Brooks Parker Bridgeville, DE 6 19-08 152
Day 1: 3 10-12 Day 2: 3 08-12
50. Jody White Shaftsbury, VT 6 19-08 151
Day 1: 3 09-10 Day 2: 3 09-14
51. John Ciavaglia Pittsford, NY 6 19-07 150
Day 1: 3 10-14 Day 2: 3 08-09
52. Chris Newton Whitesboro, NY 6 19-06 149
Day 1: 3 06-08 Day 2: 3 12-14
53. Nathan Wojslaw Avon, NY 6 19-06 148
Day 1: 3 11-09 Day 2: 3 07-13
54. Jacob Zaremski West Henrietta, NY 6 19-05 147
Day 1: 3 08-00 Day 2: 3 11-05
55. Wayne Thompson Tunkhannock, PA 5 19-04 146
Day 1: 2 08-00 Day 2: 3 11-04
56. Bud Biram Tulsa, OK 5 19-03 145
Day 1: 3 10-12 Day 2: 2 08-07
57. Simon Clarke-Okah Toronto CANADA 6 19-03 144
Day 1: 3 08-09 Day 2: 3 10-10
58. Chip Stith Piscataway, NJ 6 19-01 143
Day 1: 3 09-07 Day 2: 3 09-10
59. Kurtis Lapointe Enfield, CT 6 18-13 142
Day 1: 3 08-03 Day 2: 3 10-10
60. Joe Sodora Garfield, NJ 6 18-11 141
Day 1: 3 08-03 Day 2: 3 10-08
61. Joshua Geyer Loganton, PA 6 18-10 140
Day 1: 3 11-02 Day 2: 3 07-08
62. Terry Wilson Tillsonburg Ontario CAN 6 18-10 139
Day 1: 3 10-07 Day 2: 3 08-03
63. John Husnay Holland Patent, NY 6 18-06 138
Day 1: 3 10-11 Day 2: 3 07-11
64. John Stoughtenger Waterloo, NY 6 18-05 137
Day 1: 3 11-12 Day 2: 3 06-09
65. Craig Johnson Mars, PA 6 18-04 136
Day 1: 3 09-05 Day 2: 3 08-15
66. Mark Shopene Point Pleasant Beach, N 6 18-02 135
Day 1: 3 10-10 Day 2: 3 07-08
67. Brok Schwartzkopf New Prague, MN 6 18-01 134
Day 1: 3 09-11 Day 2: 3 08-06
68. Levi Allgeier Bardstown, KY 6 18-00 133
Day 1: 3 07-04 Day 2: 3 10-12
69. PJ Mcmanamon Jr Ruby, NY 6 17-12 132
Day 1: 3 06-07 Day 2: 3 11-05
70. Adam Deakin Windsor, CO 6 17-11 131
Day 1: 3 05-00 Day 2: 3 12-11
71. Brian Setlock Lancaster, PA 6 17-11 130
Day 1: 3 07-13 Day 2: 3 09-14
72. Brian Landkrohn Nashport, OH 5 17-09 129
Day 1: 3 10-11 Day 2: 2 06-14
73. Thomas Ulintz Mars, PA 6 17-07 128
Day 1: 3 12-10 Day 2: 3 04-13
74. Shane Nelson Wadsworth, OH 6 17-06 127
Day 1: 3 05-14 Day 2: 3 11-08
75. Jason Grey Amherst, NY 6 17-06 126
Day 1: 3 09-03 Day 2: 3 08-03
76. John Scipione Jr Brewerton, NY 5 17-05 125
Day 1: 3 11-07 Day 2: 2 05-14
77. Chad Bushnaq Buffalo, NY 6 17-03 124
Day 1: 3 05-04 Day 2: 3 11-15
78. Mike Mueller Medway, MA 4 17-02 123
Day 1: 3 12-14 Day 2: 1 04-04
79. Mike Anderson Harlem, GA 6 17-00 122
Day 1: 3 07-01 Day 2: 3 09-15
80. Bailey Rothrock Monticello, IN 6 16-15 121
Day 1: 3 09-11 Day 2: 3 07-04
81. Bart Stanisz Wichita Falls , TX 6 16-15 120
Day 1: 3 09-10 Day 2: 3 07-05
82. Kyle Patrick Cooperstown, NY 4 16-13 119
Day 1: 3 12-15 Day 2: 1 03-14
83. Alan Alfonso Jr. Ruther Glen, VA 5 16-13 118
Day 1: 2 06-08 Day 2: 3 10-05
84. Jimmy Schaffer Oak Ridge, NJ 5 16-10 117
Day 1: 2 02-12 Day 2: 3 13-14
85. John Brzozowski Plymouth, PA 5 16-10 116
Day 1: 3 10-05 Day 2: 2 06-05
86. Joseph Zapf Oak Ridge, NJ 5 16-10 115
Day 1: 3 08-09 Day 2: 2 08-01
87. Cade Bacon Pennellville, NY 5 16-10 114
Day 1: 3 08-08 Day 2: 2 08-02
88. Keith Cleary Bethel, CT 6 16-04 113
Day 1: 3 08-02 Day 2: 3 08-02
89. Scott Devault New Philadelphia, OH 4 16-02 112
Day 1: 3 13-05 Day 2: 1 02-13
90. Joshua Torres Brandywine, MD 6 16-02 111
Day 1: 3 05-02 Day 2: 3 11-00
91. Justin Eger Monticello, IN 6 16-02 110
Day 1: 3 10-03 Day 2: 3 05-15
92. Taurus Lopez Ellenville, NY 6 15-14 109
Day 1: 3 07-03 Day 2: 3 08-11
93. Jesse Buss Pennsburg, PA 6 15-04 108
Day 1: 3 09-05 Day 2: 3 05-15
94. Mike Rinaldi North Haledon, NJ 6 14-15 107
Day 1: 3 06-02 Day 2: 3 08-13
95. Scott Seros Redmond, OR 5 14-14 106
Day 1: 2 06-14 Day 2: 3 08-00
96. Matt Noraas Pamplin, VA 4 14-13 105
Day 1: 1 02-08 Day 2: 3 12-05
97. Wes Vyverberg Rochester, NY 5 14-09 104
Day 1: 3 11-04 Day 2: 2 03-05
98. Brian Durham Dinwiddie, VA 5 14-09 103
Day 1: 3 09-01 Day 2: 2 05-08
99. Mike Eldridge Blairsville, PA 6 14-09 102
Day 1: 3 07-06 Day 2: 3 07-03
100. Phillip Manning Bellefonte, PA 6 14-05 101
Day 1: 3 07-04 Day 2: 3 07-01
101. Brad Hollowell Azle, TX 5 14-04 100
Day 1: 3 10-12 Day 2: 2 03-08
102. Gus Kneidinger Prospect, PA 6 14-00 99
Day 1: 3 07-03 Day 2: 3 06-13
103. Matthew Jones Delmar, NY 4 13-14 98
Day 1: 3 11-02 Day 2: 1 02-12
104. Akira Okuyama Forest Hills, NY 4 13-13 97
Day 1: 1 02-13 Day 2: 3 11-00
105. Rick Hamer Charleston, WV 5 13-11 96
Day 1: 3 09-00 Day 2: 2 04-11
106. Kevin Ritchie Trenton, OH 5 13-09 95
Day 1: 2 05-12 Day 2: 3 07-13
107. Trevor Fitzgerald Belleview, FL 4 13-08 94
Day 1: 3 09-04 Day 2: 1 04-04
108. Mathew Bertram Worthington, OH 4 13-07 93
Day 1: 3 08-13 Day 2: 1 04-10
109. Danny Stafursky Athens, PA 5 13-05 92
Day 1: 2 03-09 Day 2: 3 09-12
110. Jason Dubernas Old Forge, PA 6 13-04 91
Day 1: 3 07-14 Day 2: 3 05-06
111. Chris McCarthy Woonsocket, RI 6 13-04 90
Day 1: 3 06-10 Day 2: 3 06-10
112. Ed Guidon Bethlehem, PA 5 13-02 89
Day 1: 2 05-05 Day 2: 3 07-13
113. Rich Knisely Jr. Disputanta, VA 6 13-02 88
Day 1: 3 06-13 Day 2: 3 06-05
114. Mark Frickman Dexter, NY 6 13-01 87
Day 1: 3 04-07 Day 2: 3 08-10
115. Dawson Wisner Westminster, MD 4 12-12 86
Day 1: 3 09-07 Day 2: 1 03-05
116. Austin Sears Dayton, OH 4 12-04 85
Day 1: 2 04-08 Day 2: 2 07-12
117. Vern Gatson Totowa, NJ 5 12-04 84
Day 1: 3 06-01 Day 2: 2 06-03
118. Lewis Mendall Winthrop, MA 5 12-01 83
Day 1: 2 05-04 Day 2: 3 06-13
119. Samuel Jenesky Jr Cecil, PA 4 11-13 82
Day 1: 1 03-01 Day 2: 3 08-12
120. Rick Williams Jr Sandston, VA 3 11-12 81
Day 1: 3 11-12 Day 2: 0 00-00
121. David Booth Erin, TN 6 11-10 80
Day 1: 3 04-12 Day 2: 3 06-14
122. Joe Franzwa Pittsgrove, NJ 3 11-08 79
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 11-08
123. Jess Salmon Milford, NJ 4 11-08 78
Day 1: 1 01-01 Day 2: 3 10-07
124. Johnnie Garrett Union City, TN 4 11-07 77
Day 1: 2 06-00 Day 2: 2 05-07
125. Brock Bonadio Conneaut Lake, PA 3 11-05 76
Day 1: 3 11-05 Day 2: 0 00-00
126. Gary Besmer East Islip, NY 4 11-03 75
Day 1: 1 03-05 Day 2: 3 07-14
127. Jeff Somers Crystal, MN 4 11-03 74
Day 1: 1 03-07 Day 2: 3 07-12
128. Jimmy Brumfield Madison, MS 6 11-01 73
Day 1: 3 07-09 Day 2: 3 03-08
129. Matthew Kremers Pittsford, NY 5 11-00 72
Day 1: 3 06-01 Day 2: 2 04-15
130. Skyler Anderson Harlem, GA 4 10-14 71
Day 1: 1 03-01 Day 2: 3 07-13
131. Robert Bruguiere Roseland, VA 3 10-11 70
Day 1: 1 04-11 Day 2: 2 06-00
132. Christopher House Walworth, NY 5 10-05 69
Day 1: 3 05-06 Day 2: 2 04-15
133. James Schneider Watervliet, NY 3 09-05 68
Day 1: 3 09-05 Day 2: 0 00-00
134. Liam Kendra Great Meadows, NJ 3 09-05 67
Day 1: 2 05-08 Day 2: 1 03-13
135. Mark Rebolos Long Island City,, NY 3 09-04 66
Day 1: 2 06-11 Day 2: 1 02-09
136. Lloyd Raheem Orange, NJ 4 09-03 65
Day 1: 3 06-14 Day 2: 1 02-05
137. David Camp Sterling, OH 3 08-09 64
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 08-09
138. Joshua McGeary Mt. Pleasant, PA 4 08-08 63
Day 1: 3 05-11 Day 2: 1 02-13
139. Stephen Schneider Selden, NY 4 08-05 62
Day 1: 3 04-03 Day 2: 1 04-02
140. John Pliska Duryea, PA 3 08-04 61
Day 1: 3 08-04 Day 2: 0 00-00
141. Matt Leicester Hertford, NC 5 08-02 60
Day 1: 2 03-02 Day 2: 3 05-00
142. Kieth Allen Elma, NY 3 08-00 59
Day 1: 3 08-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
143. Ken Jester Landenberg, PA 3 07-08 58
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 07-08
144. Chris Longo Tunkhannock, PA 3 07-02 57
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 07-02
145. Greg Cronk Syracuse, NY 4 06-15 56
Day 1: 2 02-13 Day 2: 2 04-02
146. Carl Smith Lugoff, SC 3 06-11 55
Day 1: 3 06-11 Day 2: 0 00-00
147. Angela Mayo Maiden, NC 2 06-10 54
Day 1: 1 03-08 Day 2: 1 03-02
148. Tim Mcglenn Welcome, MD 3 06-09 53
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 06-09
149. Jim Opetaia-Williamson Winter Garden, FL 3 06-08 52
Day 1: 3 06-08 Day 2: 0 00-00
150. Andrew Packard Fresno, CA 2 06-08 51
Day 1: 1 03-15 Day 2: 1 02-09
151. Chuck Vacanti Penn Yan, NY 3 05-11 50
Day 1: 2 02-06 Day 2: 1 03-05
152. Jeff Fellows Orlando, FL 3 05-05 49
Day 1: 3 05-05 Day 2: 0 00-00
153. Steve Williams Harrington, ME 2 05-02 48
Day 1: 2 05-02 Day 2: 0 00-00
154. Sam Leary Canaan, CT 3 04-14 47
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 2 02-13
155. Bill Bauman Westland, MI 2 04-11 46
Day 1: 2 04-11 Day 2: 0 00-00
156. Christopher Sawicki Binghamton, NY 3 04-03 45
Day 1: 3 04-03 Day 2: 0 00-00
157. Burley Langford Jr. S.Chesterfield, VA 1 03-11 44
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-11
158. Mike Elkins Kalamazoo, MI 1 02-07 43
Day 1: 1 02-07 Day 2: 0 00-00
159. Peter Barello Staten Island, NY 1 02-02 42
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-02
160. Mike Bell Lisbon, NY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
160. Robert Sweeney Elkton, MD 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00


Michael Neal Leads First Day at MLF Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair

Dayton, Tennessee Pro Weighs 36 Bass Totaling 120 Pounds, 13 Ounces to Pace Qualifying Group A – Group B to Fish Saturday

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (Sept. 10, 2021) – Pro “The Real Deal” Michael Neal of Dayton, Tennessee, caught 36 bass totaling 120 pounds, 13 ounces, to grab the early lead for Group A on Day 1 of the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft Friday in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

The six-day event, hosted by Macomb County, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit Sports Commission, showcases the 80 top professional bass-fishing anglers on the planet competing for a purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner. The tournament is livestreamed each day at MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MOTV app and also being filmed for broadcast later this fall on the Discovery Channel.

Neal will bring a 18-pound, 9-ounce, lead into Sunday’s second day of competition for Group A. In second place on the SCORETRACKER® leaderboard is the red-hot Academy Sports + Outdoors pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, who caught 39 bass totaling 102-4. B&W Trailer Hitches pro Russ Lane of Prattville, Alabama, sits in third place – 1-ounce behind Wheeler – with 33 bass weighing 102-3. Kalamazoo’s Kevin VanDam caught 13 bass weighing 36-12 and sits in 18th place.

The 40 anglers in Group A will now have the day off on Saturday, while the 39 anglers competing in Group B will begin their first day of competition. Group A will resume competition on Sunday.

“It was a heck of a day. It’ll be interesting to see if I can get back our here on Sunday or not,” Neal said, pondering the weather forecast. “If I can’t, I’m going to have to try to come up with a different plan to try to win the round.”

Neal spent pretty much his entire day fishing the same general area – a spot that he described as a big grass flat with a few irregularities – using multiple different baits and techniques. In Period 1, Neal relied on a drop-shot rig and boated six bass. In Period 2, he mixed a jerkbait into his repertoire and along with the drop-shot added another 10 scorable bass. In Period 3, Neal caught fire with a medium-diving crankbait and another 20 scorable bass in the period.

“Whenever it is calm enough to fish, I’m all in on the area that I fished today,” Neal added. “There are tons of fish there, but I don’t know how long they’ll stay, or if the wind will move them or what. We’ll have to see what happens. Regardless, today has been a really fun day.”

Straight off of his two back-to-back Bass Pro Tour victories, second-place pro Jacob Wheeler maintained his historic pace and had another great day on the water Friday.

“It was another incredible day,” Wheeler said. “I stayed on them all day long. It was great to have another 100-pound day, but we’ve still got a lot of work left ahead of us. It’s a solid start, though. And I’ve got a chance to win the round, and that’s really all that you can ask for after Day 1.”

The top 20 pros in Group A after Day 1 on Lake St. Clair are:

1st:          Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 36 bass, 120-13
2nd:         Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 39 bass, 102-4
3rd:         Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala., 33 bass, 102-3
4th:         Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 28 bass, 98-6
5th:         Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas., 28 bass, 80-6
6th:         Jesse Wiggins, Addison, Ala., 22 bass, 66-8
7th:         Gerald Spohrer, Gonzales, La., 21 bass, 63-1
8th:         Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 15 bass, 48-9
9th:         Ish Monroe, Oakdale, Calif., 16 bass, 48-3
10th:       Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 16 bass, 45-11
11th:       Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 14 bass, 41-14
12th:       Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 15 bass, 40-7
13th:       Fletcher Shryock, Guntersville, Ala., 15 bass, 40-1
14th:       John Murray, Spring City, Tenn., 15 bass, 39-11
15th:       Takahiro Omori, Tokyo, Japan, 16 bass, 38-14
16th:       Cliff Pace, Petal, Miss., 12 bass, 38-10
17th:       Matthew Stefan, Junction City, Wis., 12 bass, 37-13
18th:       Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich., 13 bass, 36-12
19th:       Shinichi Fukae, Osaka, Japan, 13 bass, 36-10
20th:       Keith Poche, Pike Road, Ala., 13 bass, 36-5

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

Overall, there were 530 bass weighing 1,558 pounds, 10 ounces caught by 39 pros on Friday.

Ish Monroe won the Berkley Big Bass Award and earned $1,000 Friday for weighing a 5-pound, 13-ounce largemouth bass on a frog during Period 3. Berkley awards $1,000 to the angler who weighs the heaviest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the heaviest bass of the tournament.

The 40 Anglers in Group A compete in their two-day qualifying round on Lake St. Clair on Friday and Sunday – the 40 anglers in Group B on Saturday and Monday. After each two-day qualifying round is complete, the anglers that finish in 2nd through 20th place from both groups advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round, while the winner of each group advances directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round. In the Knockout Round, weights are zeroed and the remaining 38 anglers compete to finish in the top 8 to advance to the Championship Round. In the final day Championship Round, weights are zeroed and the highest one-day total wins the top prize of $100,000.

Anglers will take off from the 9-Mile Ramp, located in St. Clair Shores, at 8 a.m. ET each day of competition. With strong winds being forecast for Saturday, Bass Pro Tour Tournament Director Aaron Beshears has decided to allow tournament competitors to trailer their boats. Anglers must remain at the 9-Mile Boat Ramp until 8 a.m. and then will be allowed to depart to the desired launch ramp of their choosing.

The General Tire Takeout ceremonies will also be held at the Launch Ramp, beginning at 5 p.m. each day. Fans are welcome to attend all takeoff and takeout ceremonies and also encouraged to follow the event online throughout the day on the MLF NOW!® live stream and SCORETRACKER® coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

As part of the event fans will also be treated to the Bass, Brews & BBQ Festival at Blossom Heath Park in St. Clair Shores, from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The festival is a chance for fishing fans to meet their favorite Bass Pro Tour anglers, enjoy food and beverages from local food truck and St. Clair Shores Micro Breweries, watch the on-the-water action at the MLF watch party, shop at numerous MLF sponsor and local vendor booths, and enjoy live concerts from local musicians each day. For more information on the Bass, Brews & BBQ Festival hosted by Macomb County, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft features anglers competing with a 2-pound minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2022 championship.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all six days of competition from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Nov. 13 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

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


Climpson Takes Lead In Bassmaster Northern Open At 1000 Islands

Cal Climpson, of Cavan, Canada, is leading after Day 1 of the 2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Northern Open at the St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands with 27 pounds, 7 ounces.
Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

September 9, 2021

CLAYTON, N.Y. — Fall’s seasonal transition took a big chunk out of Cal Climpson’s practice findings, but the Canadian pro located enough quality to assemble a limit catch of 27 pounds, 7 ounces to lead Day 1 of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Northern Open at the St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands.

The recent arrival of cooler weather and big winds have cracked the whip on large schools of smallmouth that had been lounging in deep water. With schools fragmenting and scattered fish starting to push shallower, consistency has become challenging.

“I had quite a bit of fish located in practice, but a lot of my spots were dry today, so I had to work really hard to get that weight,” Climpson said. “I wish I knew where they moved to. The fish that I caught were ones that stuck around in the same depths as they were in practice.

“This is classic September; the fish are in all depths right now. The water temperature has dropped 7 to 8 degrees in the last week and a half, and the fish are not as grouped up as they were in August.”

Knowing that Lake Ontario has historically produced a higher quality of fish than the St. Lawrence — river fish burn more calories in the higher current — Climpson began his day in the big water.

“I snuck out into the lake, but then it started getting rough, so I ended up in the river around noon,” Climpson said. “What I caught was about fifty-fifty between the lake and the river.”

For his Lake Ontario work, Climpson ran about 7 miles out and targeted an area of rock and transition bottom (rock to gravel) in 25 to 35 feet. Noting that large, isolated boulders were the key spots, Climpson said his Garmin LiveScope played a key role in his success.

“I’d be casting around until I saw one and then I’d start targeting it,” he said. “I was able to catch a couple of fish that I saw on LiveScope.

“When it was calmer this morning, I was using the trolling motor to try and cover some water, but once the wind picked up, I just let it (propel my drift).”

Climpson said he found that the fish were on the move, even within the spot he fished. To counter this, he made measured drifts that worked progressively across the hard bottom. Drifts that yielded a catch earned a follow-up pass.

Back in the St. Lawrence River, Climpson caught fish with a similar game plan.

Anchoring his bag with the 6-9 he caught in the lake, Climpson said he tried a variety of baits, but caught all of his fish on a drop shot. While keeping his bait particulars guarded, Climpson said he used a 3/4-ounce weight to keep his drop shot on target in rough water.

“I actually caught fish on three different drop-shot baits,” Climpson said. “I just rotated through the baits if I didn’t get bit.”

Cooper Gallant of Bowmanville, Canada, is in second place with 27-0. Committing his day to Lake Ontario, Gallant fished a long point using a drop shot to target several key areas in depths of 7 to 30 feet.

“I had (most of) my weight by 10 and then I upgraded once around 1 o’clock,” Gallant said. “Then I just went looking the rest of the day.

“I knew I was on a 25-pound bag in practice and I knew 27 was possible. Honestly, today I thought I had 25. I didn’t even weigh them. I just like to throw them in the livewell and surprise myself at the end of the day.”

Gary Adkins of Green Bay, Wis., is in third place with 25-10. Spending his day in the lake, Atkins said that carefully controlling his drift speed for natural presentations was essential to his success. He also benefited from a change in conditions.

“I caught my biggest fish — a 5-7 — around 1 o’clock,” Adkins said. “Actually, once the wind picked back up, the bite got better because of more current. I’m on a structure that needs current and when that current blows up on there, the fish move up to feed.”

Sharing the third-place spot is Kevin Park of Waymart, Pa.

Climpson, Brock Belik of Orchard, Neb., and Chris Hellebuyck of Waterford, Mich., share the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors. Each angler caught a 6-9 smallmouth.

Sakae Ushio of Tonawanda, N.Y., leads the co-angler division with 15-3. Matthew Mccarthy of Marysville, Ohio, holds the Phoenix Boats Big Bass lead among co-anglers with a 6-12.

Jonathan Kelley of Old Forge, Pa., leads the Bassmaster Northern Open standings with 551 points. Alex Redwine of Blue Ash, Ohio, is second with 545, followed by Spike Stoker of Cisco, Texas, with 533, Michael Iaconelli of Pitts Grove, N.J., with 527 and Hugh Cosculluela of Spring, Texas, with 522.

Jacob Powroznik of North Prince George, Va., leads the overall Falcons Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year standings with 977 points.

Friday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. ET at the Antique Boat Museum. The weigh-in will be held back at the museum at 2:30 p.m. Coverage of the event will be available at Bassmaster.com.

2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Open at Thousand Islands 9/9-9/11
St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands, Clayton NY.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1. Cal Climpson Cavan CANADA 5 27-07 200
Day 1: 5 27-07
2. Coop Gallant Bowmanville Ontario CAN 5 27-00 199
Day 1: 5 27-00
3. Gary Adkins Green Bay, WI 5 25-10 198
Day 1: 5 25-10
3. Kevin Park Waymart, PA 5 25-10 198
Day 1: 5 25-10
5. Cory Johnston Cavan CANADA 5 25-07 196
Day 1: 5 25-07
6. Daisuke Aoki Minamitsurugun Yamanash 5 24-13 195
Day 1: 5 24-13
7. Brock Belik Orchard, NE 5 24-12 194
Day 1: 5 24-12
7. Jonathan Kelley Old Forge, PA 5 24-12 194
Day 1: 5 24-12
9. Jason Burger Bridgeton, NJ 5 24-06 192
Day 1: 5 24-06
10. Adam Neu Forestville, WI 5 23-15 191
Day 1: 5 23-15
11. Brett Carnright Plattsburgh, NY 5 23-12 190
Day 1: 5 23-12
12. Jonathan Robla Waddington, NY 5 23-11 189
Day 1: 5 23-11
13. Spike Stoker Cisco, TX 5 23-07 188
Day 1: 5 23-07
14. John Garrett Union City, TN 5 23-06 187
Day 1: 5 23-06
15. Garrett Paquette Canton, MI 5 22-10 186
Day 1: 5 22-10
16. Zak Fadden Plymouth, MI 5 22-08 185
Day 1: 5 22-08
16. Alex Redwine Blue Ash, OH 5 22-08 185
Day 1: 5 22-08
18. Barry Brandt Jr. Newport News, VA 5 22-07 183
Day 1: 5 22-07
19. Scott Pellegrin Chippewa Falls, WI 5 22-05 182
Day 1: 5 22-05
19. Timmy Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 5 22-05 182
Day 1: 5 22-05
21. Neil Deleeuw Fenwick CANADA 5 22-04 180
Day 1: 5 22-04
22. Dean Meckes Clayton, NY 5 22-03 179
Day 1: 5 22-03
23. Brad Leuthner Independence, MN 5 22-01 178
Day 1: 5 22-01
24. Kyle Austin Ridgeville, SC 5 21-14 177
Day 1: 5 21-14
25. AJ Slegona Jr Walker Valley, NY 5 21-13 176
Day 1: 5 21-13
26. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 5 21-12 175
Day 1: 5 21-12
27. Sam George Athens, AL 5 21-11 174
Day 1: 5 21-11
28. Joel Willert Prior Lake, MN 5 21-07 173
Day 1: 5 21-07
29. Chris Johnston Otonabee Ontario CANADA 5 21-03 172
Day 1: 5 21-03
29. JT Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 5 21-03 172
Day 1: 5 21-03
31. Destin DeMarion Grove City, PA 5 21-01 170
Day 1: 5 21-01
32. Matt Pangrac Bixby, OK 5 21-00 169
Day 1: 5 21-00
33. Trevor Jancasz White Pigeon, MI 5 20-15 168
Day 1: 5 20-15
34. Michael Murphy East Syracuse, NY 5 20-14 167
Day 1: 5 20-14
35. George Yund Albany, NY 5 20-13 166
Day 1: 5 20-13
36. Tyler Williams Belgrade, ME 5 20-11 165
Day 1: 5 20-11
37. Billy Gilbert Hamburg, NY 5 20-10 164
Day 1: 5 20-10
38. Julius Mazy Phoenix, AZ 5 20-08 163
Day 1: 5 20-08
38. Nolan Minor Charlottesville, VA 5 20-08 163
Day 1: 5 20-08
40. Reese Hudson Broomall, PA 5 20-07 161
Day 1: 5 20-07
40. Kraig Kettelkamp Clifton Springs, NY 5 20-07 161
Day 1: 5 20-07
40. Travis Manson Conshohocken, PA 5 20-07 161
Day 1: 5 20-07
43. Joe Ford Bewdely CANADA 5 20-04 158
Day 1: 5 20-04
44. Josh Summerville Lilly, PA 5 20-00 157
Day 1: 5 20-00
45. Zackery Seal Findley Lake, NY 5 19-14 156
Day 1: 5 19-14
46. Alex Wetherell Middletown, CT 5 19-13 155
Day 1: 5 19-13
47. Christopher Fiore Midlothian, VA 5 19-09 154
Day 1: 5 19-09
47. Joe Labarbera Montrose, PA 5 19-09 154
Day 1: 5 19-09
49. Chad Wentzell St.Thomas CANADA 5 19-08 152
Day 1: 5 19-08
50. Brad Elwood Clear Spring, MD 5 19-07 151
Day 1: 5 19-07
51. Keith Brumfield Vicksburg, MS 5 19-06 150
Day 1: 5 19-06
51. Hugh Cosculluela Spring, TX 5 19-06 150
Day 1: 5 19-06
51. Pete Gluszek Mount Laurel, NJ 5 19-06 150
Day 1: 5 19-06
54. Kevin Ledoux Choctaw, OK 5 19-05 147
Day 1: 5 19-05
55. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 5 19-03 146
Day 1: 5 19-03
55. Jeff Jensen Beech Creek, PA 5 19-03 146
Day 1: 5 19-03
55. Randy Lamanche Marcellus, NY 5 19-03 146
Day 1: 5 19-03
55. Steve Morella Townshend, VT 5 19-03 146
Day 1: 5 19-03
59. Joe Lucarelli Center Harbor, NH 5 19-01 142
Day 1: 5 19-01
59. Brent Shores Boise, ID 5 19-01 142
Day 1: 5 19-01
61. Austin Cranford Moore, OK 5 18-15 140
Day 1: 5 18-15
62. Douglas Reed Bridgeton, NJ 5 18-13 139
Day 1: 5 18-13
63. Cass Terrance Akwewsane, NY 5 18-12 138
Day 1: 5 18-12
63. Andrew Upshaw Hemphill, TX 5 18-12 138
Day 1: 5 18-12
65. Cameron Smith Wareham, MA 5 18-10 136
Day 1: 5 18-10
66. Steven Hatala Harrison Township, MI 5 18-09 135
Day 1: 5 18-09
66. Masayuki Matsushita Tokoname-Shi JAPAN 5 18-09 135
Day 1: 5 18-09
68. Stanley Sypeck Jr Sugarloaf, PA 5 18-07 133
Day 1: 5 18-07
69. Lane Olson Sherwood, OR 5 18-07 132
Day 1: 5 18-07
70. Glynn Goodwin Marietta, OH 5 18-06 131
Day 1: 5 18-06
71. Drew Tiano Hudson, NY 5 18-05 130
Day 1: 5 18-05
71. Tanner Ward Woodsfield , OH 5 18-05 130
Day 1: 5 18-05
73. Michael Zampese Haskell, NJ 5 18-05 128
Day 1: 5 18-05
74. Jonathan Carter Portland, ME 5 18-03 127
Day 1: 5 18-03
74. Greg Mansfield Olathe, KS 5 18-03 127
Day 1: 5 18-03
76. Shayne Berlo Mclean, VA 5 18-01 125
Day 1: 5 18-01
77. Jonathan Dietz Corry, PA 5 18-00 124
Day 1: 5 18-00
77. Jeremy Sadowski Voluntown, CT 5 18-00 124
Day 1: 5 18-00
79. Tommy Williams Shepherdsville, KY 5 17-15 122
Day 1: 5 17-15
80. Brian Bylotas Scott Township, PA 5 17-15 121
Day 1: 5 17-15
81. Frank Arthur Fallston, MD 5 17-13 120
Day 1: 5 17-13
82. Gregory DiPalma Millville, NJ 5 17-12 119
Day 1: 5 17-12
83. Jason Putman Cicero, NY 5 17-11 118
Day 1: 5 17-11
84. Dennis Carnahan Cazenovia, NY 5 17-10 117
Day 1: 5 17-10
85. Eddie Casey Whiteford, MD 5 17-07 116
Day 1: 5 17-07
86. Denny Fiedler Wabasha, MN 5 17-05 115
Day 1: 5 17-05
87. John Pelletier Castleton, NY 5 17-05 114
Day 1: 5 17-05
88. Cody Bertrand Dyer, IN 5 17-04 113
Day 1: 5 17-04
88. Mandel Pettus Rocky Point, NY 5 17-04 113
Day 1: 5 17-04
88. Brian Post Janesville, WI 5 17-04 113
Day 1: 5 17-04
91. Andy Hribar Lakeville, MN 5 17-02 110
Day 1: 5 17-02
92. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 5 17-00 109
Day 1: 5 17-00
92. Alec Morrison Peru, NY 5 17-00 109
Day 1: 5 17-00
94. Tom Dolin Palatine Bridge, NY 5 16-13 107
Day 1: 5 16-13
94. Brian Hughes Barrie CANADA 5 16-13 107
Day 1: 5 16-13
96. Marc Schilling Shady Shores, TX 5 16-12 105
Day 1: 5 16-12
97. Lucas Murphy Lexington, MI 5 16-09 104
Day 1: 5 16-09
98. Ryan Whitacre Chicago, IL 5 16-08 103
Day 1: 5 16-08
99. Chris Kingree Inverness, FL 5 16-04 102
Day 1: 5 16-04
99. Whitney Stephens Waverly, OH 5 16-04 102
Day 1: 5 16-04
101. Blake Sylvester Plaquemine, LA 5 16-03 100
Day 1: 5 16-03
102. Darryl Halbert Enoree, SC 5 16-02 99
Day 1: 5 16-02
102. Danny McGarry Newcastle CANADA 5 16-02 99
Day 1: 5 16-02
102. Jacob Powroznik North Prince George, VA 5 16-02 99
Day 1: 5 16-02
105. Justin Margraves Diana, TX 5 16-01 96
Day 1: 5 16-01
106. Bill Vierzen Hanover, NH 5 15-15 95
Day 1: 5 15-15
107. Randy Huffman Charleston, WV 5 15-14 94
Day 1: 5 15-14
108. Erik Luzak Fenelon Falls CANADA 5 15-14 93
Day 1: 5 15-14
109. Robert Reesey Newfoundland, PA 5 15-13 92
Day 1: 5 15-13
110. Oliver Ngy Frisco, TX 5 15-11 91
Day 1: 5 15-11
111. Jesse Hilliard Delhi CANADA 5 15-07 90
Day 1: 5 15-07
111. Keith Nemcek St Charles, IL 5 15-07 90
Day 1: 5 15-07
113. Luke Losey Kersey, PA 5 15-01 88
Day 1: 5 15-01
114. Barry Rathbone Jeffersonton, VA 5 15-01 87
Day 1: 5 15-01
115. Jake Biram Tulsa, OK 5 14-12 86
Day 1: 5 14-12
116. Jeff Queen Catawba, NC 5 14-11 85
Day 1: 5 14-11
117. Curtis Richardson Belleville Ontario CANA 5 14-10 84
Day 1: 5 14-10
118. Frank Poirier North Prince George, VA 5 14-07 83
Day 1: 5 14-07
119. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 5 14-06 82
Day 1: 5 14-06
119. Youme Vu Paramount, CA 5 14-06 82
Day 1: 5 14-06
121. Trevor McKinney Benton, IL 5 14-04 80
Day 1: 5 14-04
122. Chris Beaudrie Princeton, KY 5 14-03 79
Day 1: 5 14-03
123. Paul Kimball Glastonbury, CT 5 14-02 78
Day 1: 5 14-02
123. Patrick Martin St Roch De L Achigan Qu 5 14-02 78
Day 1: 5 14-02
125. Eddie Levin Westerville, OH 5 14-01 76
Day 1: 5 14-01
126. Ryan Powroznik Prince George, VA 5 13-15 75
Day 1: 5 13-15
127. Shane Rees Middletown, IN 5 13-14 74
Day 1: 5 13-14
128. Matthew Szczoczarz Cumberland, RI 5 13-13 73
Day 1: 5 13-13
129. Brian Brooks Pittsgrove, NJ 5 13-09 72
Day 1: 5 13-09
130. Dane Anderson Hudson, NY 5 13-07 71
Day 1: 5 13-07
131. David Boelkins Lake Zurich, IL 5 13-06 70
Day 1: 5 13-06
132. Zach Goutremout Chaumont, NY 5 13-04 69
Day 1: 5 13-04
132. Tom Knee Newtown Square, PA 5 13-04 69
Day 1: 5 13-04
134. Trait Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 5 13-02 67
Day 1: 5 13-02
135. Teb Jones Hattiesburg, MS 5 13-01 66
Day 1: 5 13-01
136. Brandon Brown Lockport, NY 5 13-00 65
Day 1: 5 13-00
137. Austin Hoke Lititz, PA 5 12-15 64
Day 1: 5 12-15
138. Kirk McMullen Greensburg, PA 5 12-14 63
Day 1: 5 12-14
138. Greg Secord Salem, SC 5 12-14 63
Day 1: 5 12-14
140. Willy Dennison Willoughby Hills, OH 5 12-13 61
Day 1: 5 12-13
141. Sheron Brown Leminster, MA 5 12-10 60
Day 1: 5 12-10
142. Tyler Ferris Williamston, MI 5 12-09 59
Day 1: 5 12-09
143. Brian Mullaney New Market, MD 5 12-08 58
Day 1: 5 12-08
144. Mike Loughlin Caesarea CANADA 5 12-07 57
Day 1: 5 12-07
145. Carmen Peluso Pittsburgh, PA 5 12-03 56
Day 1: 5 12-03
145. Nick Radtke Greenwood Lake, NY 5 12-03 56
Day 1: 5 12-03
147. Greg Alexander Hebron, MD 5 12-01 54
Day 1: 5 12-01
148. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 5 12-00 53
Day 1: 5 12-00
149. Kenny Mittelstaedt Paynesville, MN 4 11-13 52
Day 1: 4 11-13
150. Patrick Hildenbrand Red Hook, NY 5 11-07 51
Day 1: 5 11-07
151. John Mcgraw Hamilton Sq, NJ 5 11-02 50
Day 1: 5 11-02
152. Justin Salisbury Binghamton, NY 5 11-01 49
Day 1: 5 11-01
153. Denis Karachopan Rocky Point, NY 5 10-15 48
Day 1: 5 10-15
154. Greg Fisher Zanesville, OH 5 10-13 47
Day 1: 5 10-13
155. John Zeolla Oak Park, CA 3 10-13 46
Day 1: 3 10-13
156. James Mignanelli Harmony, PA 5 10-12 45
Day 1: 5 10-12
157. Jason Tibbetts Centreville, VA 5 10-11 44
Day 1: 5 10-11
158. Gary Greenwood Taylors, SC 5 10-05 43
Day 1: 5 10-05
159. Kerry Frey Middlebury, IN 5 09-14 42
Day 1: 5 09-14
160. Ed Powell Sandyville, WV 5 09-06 41
Day 1: 5 09-06
161. Luke Plunkett Pinson, AL 5 09-04 40
Day 1: 5 09-04
162. Chris Hellebuyck Waterford, MI 2 08-15 39
Day 1: 2 08-15
163. Dan Grove Harrisville, PA 3 08-11 38
Day 1: 3 08-11
164. Troy Baxter Canton, NY 4 08-10 37
Day 1: 4 08-10
165. Roger Stahl JR Chittenango, NY 5 08-06 36
Day 1: 5 08-06
166. Steven Camp Mechanicsvlle, VA 5 07-05 35
Day 1: 5 07-05
167. Randy Elliott Severn, MD 2 07-02 34
Day 1: 2 07-02
168. Christian Mazzola Sr Walnutport, PA 3 06-12 33
Day 1: 3 06-12
169. Chancy Walters West Des Moines, IA 2 06-09 32
Day 1: 2 06-09
170. John Hagaman Egg Harbor City, NJ 3 06-04 31
Day 1: 3 06-04
171. Ed Stiefel Mahwah, NJ 2 05-13 30
Day 1: 2 05-13
172. Frankie Appaluccio Franklin, NJ 2 05-11 29
Day 1: 2 05-11
173. Tyler Morgan Schuylkill Haven, PA 3 05-10 28
Day 1: 3 05-10
174. Danger Kelly Somerset, KY 3 05-06 27
Day 1: 3 05-06
175. Tom Hardy Penetanguishene CANADA 2 05-01 26
Day 1: 2 05-01
176. Hunter Bland Williston, FL 3 04-12 25
Day 1: 3 04-12
177. Lucas Bogosian Harrington Park, NJ 1 04-10 24
Day 1: 1 04-10
178. Michelle Jalaba Birmingham, MI 1 01-07 23
Day 1: 1 01-07
179. Craig Chambers Midland, NC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
179. Frank Guarascio Marcy, NY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
179. Nathan Knapp Candor, NY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
179. Scott Lindstam Jr. Largo, FL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
179. Trevor Lo Maplewood, MN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
179. Joe Spano Scranton, PA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 161 848 2929-13
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161 848 2929-13

2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Open at Thousand Islands 9/9-9/11
St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands, Clayton NY.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1. Sakae Ushio Tonawanda, NY 3 15-13 200
Day 1: 3 15-13
2. Timothy Nichols Pittsgrove, NJ 3 15-12 199
Day 1: 3 15-12
3. Zack Eggleston Goleta, CA 3 15-02 198
Day 1: 3 15-02
4. Matthew Mccarthy Marysville, OH 3 14-12 197
Day 1: 3 14-12
5. Nickolas Ferry Feasterville, PA 3 14-10 196
Day 1: 3 14-10
6. Ethan Mcmahon Swanton, VT 3 14-07 195
Day 1: 3 14-07
7. Ryan Park Mount Joy, PA 3 14-03 194
Day 1: 3 14-03
7. Mitch Van Ert Watertown, WI 3 14-03 194
Day 1: 3 14-03
9. Curtis Hall II Lenore, WV 3 14-02 192
Day 1: 3 14-02
10. Eric Stecker Quakertown, PA 3 13-11 191
Day 1: 3 13-11
11. David Kovack Lancaster, PA 3 13-10 190
Day 1: 3 13-10
12. Brent Temple BREWERTON, NY 3 13-09 189
Day 1: 3 13-09
13. BK Kelley Chester, VA 3 13-08 188
Day 1: 3 13-08
14. Bubba Leister III Kintnersville, PA 3 13-06 187
Day 1: 3 13-06
15. Scott Devault New Philadelphia, OH 3 13-05 186
Day 1: 3 13-05
15. Joe Mantione West Milford, NJ 3 13-05 186
Day 1: 3 13-05
15. Mathew Thompson Hogansburg, NY 3 13-05 186
Day 1: 3 13-05
18. Joseph Vacanti Mount Laurel, NJ 3 13-05 183
Day 1: 3 13-05
19. Kevin Hesson Seneca, PA 3 13-04 182
Day 1: 3 13-04
20. Kyle Patrick Cooperstown, NY 3 12-15 181
Day 1: 3 12-15
21. Mike Mueller Medway, MA 3 12-14 180
Day 1: 3 12-14
22. Dan Loux Quakertown, PA 3 12-12 179
Day 1: 3 12-12
22. George Petrak Binghamton, NY 3 12-12 179
Day 1: 3 12-12
24. Bailey Eigbrett Victor, NY 3 12-10 177
Day 1: 3 12-10
24. Gary Haraguchi Murfreesboro, TN 3 12-10 177
Day 1: 3 12-10
24. Thomas Ulintz Mars, PA 3 12-10 177
Day 1: 3 12-10
27. Gary Hall Delbarton, WV 3 12-07 174
Day 1: 3 12-07
28. Shawn Gokey Fairfax, VT 3 12-06 173
Day 1: 3 12-06
29. Cody Stahl Griffin, GA 3 12-05 172
Day 1: 3 12-05
30. Jordan Laclair Morristown, NY 3 12-03 171
Day 1: 3 12-03
31. Christy Tiano Hudson, NY 3 12-02 170
Day 1: 3 12-02
32. Bryan Folino Williamstown, MA 3 11-15 169
Day 1: 3 11-15
33. Hunter Kosmerick Sturgis, MI 3 11-14 168
Day 1: 3 11-14
34. John Stoughtenger Waterloo, NY 3 11-12 167
Day 1: 3 11-12
34. Rick Williams Jr Sandston, VA 3 11-12 167
Day 1: 3 11-12
36. Harry Moore Clarington, OH 3 11-11 165
Day 1: 3 11-11
37. Brad Goetz Montello, WI 3 11-10 164
Day 1: 3 11-10
38. Nathan Wojslaw Avon, NY 3 11-09 163
Day 1: 3 11-09
39. John Scipione Jr Brewerton, NY 3 11-07 162
Day 1: 3 11-07
40. Ben Jacobi Richmond, VA 3 11-06 161
Day 1: 3 11-06
40. Jacob Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 3 11-06 161
Day 1: 3 11-06
42. Brock Bonadio Conneaut Lake, PA 3 11-05 159
Day 1: 3 11-05
43. James Bojonny Hunlock Creek, PA 3 11-04 158
Day 1: 3 11-04
43. Wes Vyverberg Rochester, NY 3 11-04 158
Day 1: 3 11-04
45. Joshua Geyer Loganton, PA 3 11-02 156
Day 1: 3 11-02
45. Matthew Jones Delmar, NY 3 11-02 156
Day 1: 3 11-02
47. Jody Gardner Tippecanoe, OH 3 11-00 154
Day 1: 3 11-00
48. John Ciavaglia Pittsford, NY 3 10-14 153
Day 1: 3 10-14
49. Bud Biram Tulsa, OK 3 10-12 152
Day 1: 3 10-12
49. Brad Hollowell Azle, TX 3 10-12 152
Day 1: 3 10-12
51. Todd Hughes Mount Bethel, PA 3 10-12 150
Day 1: 3 10-12
51. Brooks Parker Bridgeville, DE 3 10-12 150
Day 1: 3 10-12
53. John Husnay Holland Patent, NY 3 10-11 148
Day 1: 3 10-11
53. Brian Landkrohn Nashport, OH 3 10-11 148
Day 1: 3 10-11
53. Mark Snyder Elizabethtown, PA 3 10-11 148
Day 1: 3 10-11
56. Mark Shopene Point Pleasant Beach, N 3 10-10 145
Day 1: 3 10-10
57. Jon Jezierski Troy, MI 3 10-07 144
Day 1: 3 10-07
57. Terry Wilson Tillsonburg Ontario CAN 3 10-07 144
Day 1: 3 10-07
59. John Brzozowski Plymouth, PA 3 10-05 142
Day 1: 3 10-05
59. Shon Pulley Greenfield, IN 3 10-05 142
Day 1: 3 10-05
61. Jeffrey Burns Cicero, NY 3 10-03 140
Day 1: 3 10-03
61. Justin Eger Monticello, IN 3 10-03 140
Day 1: 3 10-03
61. Sudhir Nath Cheektowaga, NY 3 10-03 140
Day 1: 3 10-03
64. Bailey Rothrock Monticello, IN 3 09-11 137
Day 1: 3 09-11
64. Brok Schwartzkopf New Prague, MN 3 09-11 137
Day 1: 3 09-11
66. Jon Putman Carthage, NY 3 09-10 135
Day 1: 3 09-10
66. Bart Stanisz Wichita Falls , TX 3 09-10 135
Day 1: 3 09-10
66. Jody White Shaftsbury, VT 3 09-10 135
Day 1: 3 09-10
69. Lenny Speed Jr. Chadds Ford, PA 3 09-09 132
Day 1: 3 09-09
70. Chip Stith Piscataway, NJ 3 09-07 131
Day 1: 3 09-07
70. Dawson Wisner Westminster, MD 3 09-07 131
Day 1: 3 09-07
72. Grant Loney Vineland CANADA 3 09-06 129
Day 1: 3 09-06
73. Jesse Buss Pennsburg, PA 3 09-05 128
Day 1: 3 09-05
73. Craig Johnson Mars, PA 3 09-05 128
Day 1: 3 09-05
73. James Schneider Watervliet, NY 3 09-05 128
Day 1: 3 09-05
76. Trevor Fitzgerald Belleview, FL 3 09-04 125
Day 1: 3 09-04
77. Jason Grey Amherst, NY 3 09-03 124
Day 1: 3 09-03
78. Brian Durham Dinwiddie, VA 3 09-01 123
Day 1: 3 09-01
79. Rick Hamer Charleston, WV 3 09-00 122
Day 1: 3 09-00
80. Sean Mckee IV Haddon Heights, NJ 3 08-14 121
Day 1: 3 08-14
80. Michael Schrader North Attleboro, MA 3 08-14 121
Day 1: 3 08-14
82. Mathew Bertram Worthington, OH 3 08-13 119
Day 1: 3 08-13
83. Paul Kimball Philadelphia, PA 3 08-11 118
Day 1: 3 08-11
84. Simon Clarke-Okah Toronto CANADA 3 08-09 117
Day 1: 3 08-09
84. Joseph Zapf Oak Ridge, NJ 3 08-09 117
Day 1: 3 08-09
86. Cade Bacon Pennellville, NY 3 08-08 115
Day 1: 3 08-08
87. John Pliska Duryea, PA 3 08-04 114
Day 1: 3 08-04
88. Kurtis Lapointe Enfield, CT 3 08-03 113
Day 1: 3 08-03
88. Joe Sodora Garfield, NJ 3 08-03 113
Day 1: 3 08-03
90. Keith Cleary Bethel, CT 3 08-02 111
Day 1: 3 08-02
91. Kieth Allen Elma, NY 3 08-00 110
Day 1: 3 08-00
91. Jacob Zaremski West Henrietta, NY 3 08-00 110
Day 1: 3 08-00
93. Wayne Thompson Tunkhannock, PA 2 08-00 108
Day 1: 2 08-00
94. Jason Dubernas Old Forge, PA 3 07-14 107
Day 1: 3 07-14
95. Brian Setlock Lancaster, PA 3 07-13 106
Day 1: 3 07-13
96. Jimmy Brumfield Madison, MS 3 07-09 105
Day 1: 3 07-09
97. Mark Kendra Great Meadows, NJ 3 07-07 104
Day 1: 3 07-07
98. Mike Eldridge Blairsville, PA 3 07-06 103
Day 1: 3 07-06
99. Levi Allgeier Bardstown, KY 3 07-04 102
Day 1: 3 07-04
99. Phillip Manning Bellefonte, PA 3 07-04 102
Day 1: 3 07-04
101. Gus Kneidinger Prospect, PA 3 07-03 100
Day 1: 3 07-03
101. Taurus Lopez Ellenville, NY 3 07-03 100
Day 1: 3 07-03
103. Mike Anderson Harlem, GA 3 07-01 98
Day 1: 3 07-01
104. Lloyd Raheem Orange, NJ 3 06-14 97
Day 1: 3 06-14
105. Scott Seros Redmond, OR 2 06-14 96
Day 1: 2 06-14
106. Rich Knisely Jr. Disputanta, VA 3 06-13 95
Day 1: 3 06-13
107. Carl Smith Lugoff, SC 3 06-11 94
Day 1: 3 06-11
108. Mark Rebolos Long Island City,, NY 2 06-11 93
Day 1: 2 06-11
109. Chris McCarthy Woonsocket, RI 3 06-10 92
Day 1: 3 06-10
110. Chris Newton Whitesboro, NY 3 06-08 91
Day 1: 3 06-08
110. Jim Opetaia-Williamson Winter Garden, FL 3 06-08 91
Day 1: 3 06-08
112. Alan Alfonso Jr. Ruther Glen, VA 2 06-08 89
Day 1: 2 06-08
113. PJ Mcmanamon Jr Ruby, NY 3 06-07 88
Day 1: 3 06-07
114. Mike Rinaldi North Haledon, NJ 3 06-02 87
Day 1: 3 06-02
115. Vern Gatson Totowa, NJ 3 06-01 86
Day 1: 3 06-01
116. Matthew Kremers Pittsford, NY 3 06-01 85
Day 1: 3 06-01
117. Johnnie Garrett Union City, TN 2 06-00 84
Day 1: 2 06-00
118. Shane Nelson Wadsworth, OH 3 05-14 83
Day 1: 3 05-14
119. Kevin Ritchie Trenton, OH 2 05-12 82
Day 1: 2 05-12
120. Joshua McGeary Mt. Pleasant, PA 3 05-11 81
Day 1: 3 05-11
121. Liam Kendra Great Meadows, NJ 2 05-08 80
Day 1: 2 05-08
122. Christopher House Walworth, NY 3 05-06 79
Day 1: 3 05-06
123. Jeff Fellows Orlando, FL 3 05-05 78
Day 1: 3 05-05
124. Ed Guidon Bethlehem, PA 2 05-05 77
Day 1: 2 05-05
125. Chad Bushnaq Buffalo, NY 3 05-04 76
Day 1: 3 05-04
126. Lewis Mendall Winthrop, MA 2 05-04 75
Day 1: 2 05-04
127. Joshua Torres Brandywine, MD 3 05-02 74
Day 1: 3 05-02
128. Steve Williams Harrington, ME 2 05-02 73
Day 1: 2 05-02
129. Adam Deakin Windsor, CO 3 05-00 72
Day 1: 3 05-00
130. David Booth Erin, TN 3 04-12 71
Day 1: 3 04-12
131. Bill Bauman Westland, MI 2 04-11 70
Day 1: 2 04-11
132. Robert Bruguiere Roseland, VA 1 04-11 69
Day 1: 1 04-11
133. Austin Sears Dayton, OH 2 04-08 68
Day 1: 2 04-08
134. Mark Frickman Dexter, NY 3 04-07 67
Day 1: 3 04-07
135. Christopher Sawicki Binghamton, NY 3 04-03 66
Day 1: 3 04-03
136. Stephen Schneider Selden, NY 3 04-03 65
Day 1: 3 04-03
137. Andrew Packard Fresno, CA 1 03-15 64
Day 1: 1 03-15
138. Danny Stafursky Athens, PA 2 03-09 63
Day 1: 2 03-09
139. Angela Mayo Maiden, NC 1 03-08 62
Day 1: 1 03-08
140. Jeff Somers Crystal, MN 1 03-07 61
Day 1: 1 03-07
141. Gary Besmer East Islip, NY 1 03-05 60
Day 1: 1 03-05
142. Matt Leicester Hertford, NC 2 03-02 59
Day 1: 2 03-02
143. Skyler Anderson Harlem, GA 1 03-01 58
Day 1: 1 03-01
143. Samuel Jenesky Jr Cecil, PA 1 03-01 58
Day 1: 1 03-01
145. Greg Cronk Syracuse, NY 2 02-13 56
Day 1: 2 02-13
146. Akira Okuyama Forest Hills, NY 1 02-13 55
Day 1: 1 02-13
147. Jimmy Schaffer Oak Ridge, NJ 2 02-12 54
Day 1: 2 02-12
148. Matt Noraas Pamplin, VA 1 02-08 53
Day 1: 1 02-08
149. Mike Elkins Kalamazoo, MI 1 02-07 52
Day 1: 1 02-07
150. Chuck Vacanti Penn Yan, NY 2 02-06 51
Day 1: 2 02-06
151. Sam Leary Canaan, CT 1 02-01 50
Day 1: 1 02-01
152. Jess Salmon Milford, NJ 1 01-01 49
Day 1: 1 01-01
153. Peter Barello Staten Island, NY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
153. Mike Bell Lisbon, NY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
153. David Camp Sterling, OH 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
153. Joe Franzwa Pittsgrove, NJ 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
153. Ken Jester Landenberg, PA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
153. Burley Langford Jr. S.Chesterfield, VA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
153. Chris Longo Tunkhannock, PA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
153. Tim Mcglenn Welcome, MD 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
153. Robert Sweeney Elkton, MD 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00


Potomac River Readies to Host Toyota Series Event

MARBURY, Md. (Sept. 9, 2021) – The Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Northern Division will wrap up  its 2021 season with a tournament next week in Marbury, Maryland, Sept. 16-18, with the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at the Potomac River . Hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and Strike King co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus an additional $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner.

Last September, the Eastern Division event was won on the Potomac River by James Maupin of Stanardsville, Virginia – catching more than 13 pounds each day, Maupin finished out the win with a spinnerbait on the final day.

Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit champ and Virginia native, Cody Pike said he believes last year’s event will be a good blueprint for this year’s showdown.

“It’s going to be very similar to last year,” said Pike. “The weights will probably be similar, but I don’t expect to see an 18-pound bag like [Wayne Vaughan] caught last year. I think if a guy can catch 14 pounds three days in a row, he’ll stand a really good chance to win it.”

With the grass growing thick, Pike said it limits the options a bit.

“This time of year, it’s getting to be where you’re either going to be flipping or sitting way off of the bank throwing a swim jig,” he said. “There’s more grass now than there has been and the hydrilla gets so thick in the summertime you can’t fish it because it’s not hollow underneath yet.”

A few years ago in late August, Marvin Reese of Randallstown, Maryland took the win fishing hard cover up near D.C., which Pike said he believes could also be viable.

“I think if a guy were to put their whole practice time into hard cover he could definitely stand out,” said Pike. “You have to manage your fish a whole lot better than in grass, but hard cover up there is something that really doesn’t get a whole lot of pressure, because everyone typically fishes grass. If you see a big bag weighed-in this time of year, it’s more than likely off hard cover. So, if a guy put their whole practice into hard cover, and ran the tide right, he could stand a chance to win.”

Though the fishing in the late summer and fall is a bit more hit and miss than post-spawn fishing, Pike said when you do find the fish, you often find quite a few.

“This time of year, you can find a school that’s grouped up really well and catch a lot on a swim jig,” said Pike. “They start moving in the fall – a lot of times they go into the creeks, and you can catch them moving from those big areas like Belmont Bay towards the back of it. They’ll be feeding, so once you find them you should get bit, but it can be a struggle to find them.”

Anglers will take off daily at 7 a.m. ET from Smallwood State Park in Marbury. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park and will begin at 3 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend the event or follow the action online through the “MLF Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

In Toyota Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event, scaling up for every 20 boats over 160 and scaling down for every boat below 160. With a 160-boat field, pros fish for a top prize of $40,000, plus an extra $35,000 if Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus qualified. Strike King co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard (valued at $33,500). With a 260-boat field, pros fish for a top award of $65,000, plus an extra $35,000 if Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus qualified. Strike King co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard (valued at $33,500) plus $5,000 cash.

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

In addition to wrapping up the Northern Division, the Potomac River event will also be one of the last chances for anglers to qualify for the Toyota Series Championship via the Wild Card division.

The 2021 Toyota Series Championship Presented by A.R.E. will be held Oct. 28-30 on Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tennessee, and is hosted by the Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. on the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Stage Set For 2021 Big Bass Zone Junior Championship World Finals

The world finals of the 2021 BassCat Boats Big Bass Zone Junior Championship presented by B.A.S.S. features 54 young anglers from across the county, including 2020 winner Carter Doren (left) and his high school fishing partner Ryan Lachniet (right). The duo finished in the Top 5 at the 2021 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Photo by Emily Hand/B.A.S.S.

September 8, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After eight months of online competition, 54 young anglers from across the country will converge on Missouri’s Lake Taneycomo Oct. 30 for the world finals of the BassCat Boats Big Bass Zone Junior Championship presented by B.A.S.S.

The anglers qualified for the world finals via the online Big Bass Zone Junior Championship, which allowed young competitors to fish from anywhere and on their own schedule. Anglers submitted their fish catches to a virtual leaderboard for each state through the Fishing Chaos app. The angler with the heaviest five-bass limit from that state moved on to the 2021 BBZ Junior Championship world finals. The world finals will be a one-fish tournament.

Among the impressive field of finalists are some of the country’s best high school anglers, including 11 students who competed in July’s Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors and seven anglers who were named to the 2021 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Carter Doren captured the 2020 BBZ Junior Championship title with a 4.35-pound largemouth. It was one of four tournaments Doren won during his 2020 season. Doren was part of the prestigious 2021 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team and along with his partner Ryan Lachniet, who is also a BBZ Junior Championship finalist, notched an impressive Top 5 finish at the High School National Championship.

The 2021 champion will take home an astonishing prize package that includes a fully loaded 2021 BassCat Margay powered by a Mercury Pro XS outboard and outfitted by MotorGuide, Lowrance and Power-Pole. Other prizes up for grabs in the tournament include four trips to Lake El Salto, Mexico, provided by Anglers Inn International, scholarships from Bethel University and a host of gear from AFTCO.

2021 BassCat Boats Big Bass Zone Junior Championship presented by B.A.S.S. Finalists

Micaiah Lindquist (Ala.)
Nicole Williams (Ariz.)
Aiden Baiza (Ark.)
Kaine Navarro (Calif.)
Evan Cox (Colo.), 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship qualifier
Samuel Shoemaker (Conn.)
Jake Muir (Del.), 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship qualifier
Matteo Lasorsa (Fla.)
James Quinlivan (Ga.), 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship qualifier
Cassius Olson (Hawaii)
Hannah McCalmant (Idaho)
Trey McKinney (Ill.)
Dylan May (Ind.), 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship qualifier
Joaquin Wailes (Iowa)
Casey Cobbs (Kan.)
Will Carnes (Ky.), 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship qualifier
Wade Roberts (La.), 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship qualifier
Danen Smith (Maine)
Nicholas Burnett (Mass.)
Trey Richardson (Md.)
Remington Barkley (Mich.)
Kyle Bahr (Minn.)
Wyatt Davis (Miss.)
Will Shepherd (Mo.)
Preston LittleEagle (Mont.)
Jason Gibson (N.C.)
Logan Bullinger (N.D.)
Joey Oathoudt (Neb.)
Dawson Wiggins (Nev.)
Jack Forrestt (N.H.)
Nicholas DellaPorta (N.J.), 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship qualifier
Adam Condito (N.M.)
Kyle Burl (N.Y.)
Braden McNamara (Ohio), 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship qualifier
Logan Hoehne (Okla.)
Joshua Buller (Ore.)
Ayden Cowan (Pa.)
Michael Browning (R.I.)
Chase Black (S.C.)
Brandon Bullinger (S.D.)
Chase Hicks (Tenn.), 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship qualifier
Triston Richardson (Texas)
Henry Barber (Utah)
Ryan Lachniet (Va.), 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship qualifier
Avery Shoemaker (Vt.)
Mason Bridges (Wash.)
Brant Rowland (Wis.)
Myles Paugh (W.Va.)
Katy Carey (Wyo.)
2020 National Champion: Carter Doren (Nev.), 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship qualifier
Second Chance BassCat Boats: Cody Wilder (Conn.)
Second Chance B.A.S.S.: Joel Ahern (Ga.)
Largemouth National: Carson Kamien (Fla.)
Smallmouth National: Carson Forrester (Pa.)


2021 Bassmaster College Classic Bracket Features New Format

2021 National Championship-winning anglers Hayden Scott and Griffin Fernandes of Michigan's Adrian College will be among the eight competitors at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops Oct. 1-4 on Alabama's Coosa River.
Photo by Dalton Tumblin/B.A.S.S.

September 8, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — When eight of the country’s best college anglers launch on the Coosa River from Wetumpka, Ala., Oct. 1-4 during the Carhartt Bassmaster College Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops they will be fishing a new tournament format while competing for a berth in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

New for this year, on Day 1 of the event, all eight anglers will compete individually to determine seeding and set the bracket for head-to-head competition. Morning action on Day 2, the first elimination day in the tournament, will be broadcast on FS1 beginning at 7 a.m. CT.

For the first time, the 2021 Bassmaster College Team of the Year — Auburn University’s Logan Parks and Tucker Smith — automatically punched their ticket to the College Classic Bracket to compete alongside the Top 3 teams from the Bassmaster College National Championship in this individual, elimination-style tournament. Joining Parks and Smith will be National Champions Hayden Scott and Griffin Fernandes from Michigan’s Adrian College, Tristan McCormick and Stevie Mills from bass fishing powerhouse Bethel University and a second team from Auburn, Conner Crosby and James Cobbs.

Anglers will be battling it out below Jordan Dam, where the Coosa River converges with the Tallapoosa and Alabama rivers.

“Having grown up in Wetumpka and fished this river numerous times throughout my life, I am excited to see what it will produce,” said B.A.S.S. College Series Senior Manager Hank Weldon. “This is often hailed as the best stretch of the Coosa River, and we can't wait to highlight both the fishery and the country’s best collegiate anglers to a national audience.”

Current will play a big role as anglers look for answers on one of the top spotted bass fisheries in the Southeastern United States. Current breaks on the main river often hold spotted bass in the 4- to 5-pound range, and areas where fresh water is flowing into the fishery sometimes offer the chance to fill a limit quickly without lifting the trolling motor.

It might require weeding through hybrid bass and stripers, but a five-bass limit of spotted bass weighing 18 to 20 pounds isn’t out of the question in the wild river environment.

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with and host the Bassmaster College Classic Bracket,” said Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis. “It's a great opportunity to showcase our area. The Coosa River has always been known as a hotspot for bass fishing and we are excited to once again be able to participate in an event such as this.”

The most recent major Bassmaster event out of Wetumpka was a two-day Elite All-Star Semifinal tournament on Lake Jordan in 2011.


Major League Fishing Launches Free-to-Play Bass Pro Tour PREDICTOR Game Presented by Phoenix to Win Fishing Trip with Skeet Reese

New Game Built by Bally’s Interactive Allows Fans to Make Predictions on Bass Pro Tour Events to Win Outdoor Gear and Experiences

TULSA, Okla. (Sept. 8, 2021) – Major League Fishing (MLF) has launched a new free-to-play game that allows fans to make predictions on Bass Pro Tour events to win numerous prizes, including an all-expense paid fishing trip in California with Bass Pro Tour star Skeet Reese.

The game, called Bass Pro Tour Predictor Presented by Phoenix Boats, challenges players to predict the outcome of various questions in conjunction with the upcoming Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft, which starts Friday. Open now through Saturday, Sept. 11, the free-to-play game offers a grand prize of an all-expense paid (flight, hotel and accommodations) fishing trip in California with Reese, along with 25 runner-up prizes consisting of an Abu Garcia rod and reel combo.

MLF, in partnership with Abu Garcia and Mercury, developed the game with SportCaller, a leading global B2B free-to-play game provider and Bally’s Interactive, a division of Bally’s Corporation that operates the omni-channel provider’s sports betting, iGaming, free-to-play, and daily fantasy sports platforms. Additional games and offerings for the Bass Pro Tour will be announced for the 2022 season

“We are excited to introduce Major League Fishing’s first free-to-play game, which will allow fans to play along while they watch the Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven this week at Lake St. Clair,” said John Acosta, MLF Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. “The Predictor game offers a quick, simple and fun experience that we think our fans and anglers will love and sets the foundation for future MLF gaming opportunities including fantasy fishing and the exploration of legalized gambling platforms.”

To learn more about the MLF Bass Pro Tour Predictor Presented by Phoenix Boats, register, and make your predictions, please visit MajorLeagueFishing.com/Predictor.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all six days of competition at the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

For complete details and updated information on Major League Fishing and the Bass Pro Tour, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and  YouTube.


Bass Pro Tour Anglers Will Participate in Smallmouth Study at CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (Sept. 7, 2021) – At the upcoming CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft that starts Friday on Michigan’s Lake St. Clair, anglers competing on Day 1 and Day 2 will once again have the option to use their livewells.

The last time you saw a livewell option on the Bass Pro Tour was at Lake Fork in 2020, where anglers had the opportunity to preserve ShareLunker largemouth – fish 13 pounds or larger – in their livewells to hand off to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division for spawning purposes. This time around, it will be to help advance research into Largemouth Bass Virus (Ranavirus) and its clinical signs in smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu).

The anglers are assisting Dr. Thomas Loch’s research team at Michigan State University’s Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory and Tom Wills at Michigan DNR, both of whom are currently researching if external skin lesions on smallmouth bass are linked to Largemouth Bass Virus (LMBV).

The Science of LMBV
Much of what we know about LMBV comes from the southern U.S., where the virus can result in the mortality of largemouth (Micropterus salmoides). It was first isolated from fish in Lake Weir in 1991 and has been considered the cause of dozens of fish kills in the late 90s and early 2000s. In largemouth, the virus causes lethargy, bleeding, enlarged organs, swim bladder lesions and death in adult-sized fish.

Recent research has shown the virus infecting smallmouth in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and several rivers in Pennsylvania. Dr. Loch’s lab has also been able to infect smallmouth with LMBV in the lab, demonstrating that external skin lesions appear on these infected fish. Dr. Loch’s team is drawing closer to finding a correlation between LMBV, external skin lesions, temperature and smallmouth bass kills that have occurred in the Susquehanna, Juniata, and Alleghany Rivers since 2005.

Collecting smallmouth that have skin lesions in St. Clair is part of the ongoing look into the prevalence and clinical signs of LMBV in the Great Lakes system.

Our anglers will report to the MLF Fisheries Management Division (FMD) during practice the number of smallmouth they catch that exhibit a skin lesion. Once competition starts, FMD will continue to tally the occurrences of skin lesions as part of the data we collect from every fish caught during the event. On Days 1 and 2, anglers will also be allowed to place any fish with a skin lesion into their livewells for donation to Dr. Loch’s lab for further analysis.

These fish will be transported back to the Michigan State Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory for observation, skin lesion biopsy, and virus isolation. We will also provide catch data – including GPS location – for each donated fish to calculate any correlations between location and LMBV prevalence.

Because these anglers may consequently have carried LMBV-positive fish in their livewells, FMD will implement a cleaning procedure for any angler that donates a fish. This will include using a disinfectant in the livewell and recirculation pumps for 15 minutes, then flushing the system and drying the livewells out on their off day.

The Fisheries Management Division – as well as the roster of Bass Pro Tour anglers – is excited to be part of this research project as well as helping to further this research in coming seasons.

Watch for regular updates on similar projects on the MLF Fisheries Management Division page. For complete details and updated tournament information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Hamann’s Big Bag Lifts Him To B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional Victory On Mississippi River

Adam Hamann, of Prairie Du Chien, Iowa, has won the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional on the Upper Mississippi River with a three-day total of 47 pounds, 6 ounces.

Photo by Kara Pasma/B.A.S.S.

September 3, 2021

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Iowa’s Adam Hamann played it safe the first two days of the 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional on the Upper Mississippi River, leaving his primary area after filling his limit and saving the fish he thought were still there for later.

On Championship Friday, the Prairie Du Chien native proved he had saved the best for last, landing an 18-pound, 7-ounce bag to claim the victory with a three-day total of 47-6, earning a $5,000 check from Ranger and a berth in the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship scheduled for Nov. 3-5 on the Ouachita River in Monroe, La.

“I’d like to say I think it is because I saved some fish,” Hamann said. “The first two days I really saved them and I cracked on them today. We stayed in our starting spot for a long time today.

“Me and my co-angler let 15 fish over 3 pounds go today. It was a magical day. With the overcast sky and the water getting cleaner every day, it just kept getting better and better.”

Hamann is a Mississippi River native and mostly fishes Pool 10 around his hometown, but does not have as much experience in the La Crosse section of the river. Even still, he was worried that his knowledge of the river would hurt him more than it would help.

“I’m a Mississippi River guy through and through,” Hamann said. “It’s huge. I talked about it all year with my buddies, the local curse is usually a thing. That kind of scared me the whole time. Trying to compete on your home water can really hurt you a lot. It didn’t this time and it worked out in my favor.”

With 13-12 on Day 1, Hamann landed in eighth before jumping to third on the second day with 15-3. After two days of sunny, mild conditions, a cold front brought clouds, rain and wind to the area on Friday, which ended up helping Hamann’s bite.

“They were just cruising on a flat and they never came off the flat because of the colder weather,” he said. “They stayed up there and were feeding all day and there was no reason for them to go back to deeper water.”

Throughout the week, Hamann said he made the longest run of anyone in the field and targeted a fall migration area that he believed other anglers wouldn’t find. Using Humminbird 360 technology, he located submerged weed beds as well as longer points.

“I focused on stuff I knew other anglers wouldn’t get. Stuff you can’t see without Humminbird 360,” he said. “Today we had all solid fish. We didn’t have one fish over 4 pounds. As the year goes on, they will get bigger.”

Hamann caught both smallmouth and largemouth during the first two days of the event. But on Friday, he weighed all largemouth. As the water cleared up in his area, the bite improved.

A ChatterBait did the majority of the damage on the final day, but Hamann had as many as 16 rods on his deck each day of the tournament and believes he caught a bass on each rod throughout the week.

After leading the first two days of the tournament, Minnesota native Richard Lindgren fell to second place with a three-day total of 42-3. He landed just three fish for 10-2 on the final day.

Originally an alternate for the Minnesota team, Lindgren said he is happy to be making his third trip to the Nation Championship.

“I got my stuff together in 24 hours' notice and made it down here. Put in three superlong days of practice and I wasn’t on a lot, but I saw just enough,” the Lakeville, Minn., native said. “The Minnesota team works together and the clues I got in the meeting along with what I saw in practice, I was able to unlock it in the tournament.”

Throughout the week, Lindgren had caught both smallmouth and largemouth, starting each day on some backwater sand drops and current-oriented structure with topwater lures. From there he rotated to a closing dam that produced several smallmouth bites on a Carolina rig before frogging for largemouth.

On the final day, Lindgren’s only bites — all of which were largemouth — came from one grass mat that he circled for over an hour.

“The first two days I weighed three largemouth and two smallmouth,” he said. “Today I had three largemouth and no smallmouth. The clouds and the rain shut down my smallmouth bite. I couldn’t get them to go.

“I just didn’t have enough largemouth spots to get five largemouth. I just needed two more bites. I was on the quality. I was one mat away from not catching a fish today.”

Wisconsin angler Jim Barczak finished third with 41-0, catching 14-2 on Day 1 and 13-8 on Day 2. Using mostly a topwater walking bait, Barczak targeted smallmouth that were setup on current seams, wing dams and hard edges.

“The fishing for this tournament was pretty tough for me, but I grinded it out and had backup after backup,” Barczak said. “Thankfully I got five fish in the boat every day. I found some good largemouth during pre-fishing and tried to find them again for four hours the first day and three hours the second day, but I never did connect. So, after that, I went smallie fishing and made the best of it.”

Hamann’s magical day also lifted his nonboater Chizta Xiong to the nonboater title. With a three-bass limit weighing 9-10, the Minnesota angler increased his three-day total to 22-13.

Being in the back of the boat, Xiong expected this tournament to be particularly tough for him. After landing just over 4 pounds on Day 1, he rebounded with 8-13 on Day 2 to put himself back in contention before his epic day with Hamann on Championship Friday.

“This is the best bag I’ve ever caught down here. Just the amount of fish we culled, I’m super excited,” Xiong said. “There were moments where we were doubled-up with 3 pounders and were just laughing because we didn’t even need them.”

Nebraska’s Brock Belik landed a 4-10 bass on the final day to earn the Big Bass of the Tournament award, earning $500. Fellow Nebraska angler Leray Anderson II won $250 for the same title on the nonboater side with a 4-11. Both anglers compete for the South Dakota team.

The top boater and nonboater from each state qualified for the Nation Championship to compete for one of three berths into the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.


Fall’s Impact To Be Felt At Bassmaster Northern Open On Thousand Islands

Clayton, N.Y., will host the Basspro.com Bassmaster Northern Open on the St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands Sept. 9-11, 2021.

Photo by B.A.S.S.

September 3, 2021

CLAYTON, N.Y. — Autumn officially arrives Sept. 22, but anglers fishing the Basspro.com Bassmaster Northern Open on the St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands will find expanded opportunity balanced by potentially diluting seasonal movements.

Competition days will be Sept. 9-11 with daily takeoffs from the Antique Boat Museum at 6:30 a.m. ET and weigh-ins each day at the museum at 2:30 p.m.

Following the Farmers Insurance Bassmaster Elite at the St. Lawrence River (July 15-18) by nearly two months, the Northern Open’s tournament boundaries will include the St. Lawrence River and its tributaries, as well as Lake Ontario. While Canadian waters were still closed during the Elite, the Aug. 9 reopening now puts both sides of the river and lake in play.

This will clearly increase the fishable waters, but as Michigan Elite angler Garrett Paquette said, an early taste of fall has cracked the whip on local smallmouth.

“Up north, that first week of September, maybe the last week of August, you start to get that fall feel,” Paquette said. “That north wind starts to blow, temperatures start dropping and that is exactly what is happening in this area. Daytime highs are in the low to mid-70s and overnight lows are in the upper 50s.”

Paquette further notes that this early fall transition will likely play a significant role in fish location and concentration.

“Smallmouth bass move fast (this time of year) because they know ice is coming,” he said. “Once they feel that temperature start to drop, those big summer groups will start to break apart.

“That’s not to say that there won’t be any grouped up, but the fish will start to disperse. Instead of doing maybe one or two things, they’ll do multiple things. You can catch them from 6 inches of water out to 60 feet of water. It’s a matter of finding somewhere the fish are coming into and not leaving.”

Look for smallmouth anglers to target the usual mix of deep rocky humps, deep points, current seams and isolated boulders. In the shallower areas, rock reefs and blended bottom where sand and rock or sand and grass meet are the prime targets.

In the lake, anglers can usually hover around key areas with trolling motors, as long as the wind and waves remain light to moderate. In the river, swift current typically requires a controlled drift. In either area, the standard smallmouth arsenal will include drop shots, Ned rigs, tubes, jerkbaits and Marabou jigs.

As for the decision to fish the river or the lake, anglers typically start with the weather forecast. Big winds can whip Lake Ontario into a white-capped frenzy that challenges positioning and presentations. The river can also see rough water — along with serious wakes from massive cargo ships — but the area’s many islands create a lot of leeward options.

The tradeoff for braving Lake Ontario’s big waters is a higher quality of fish. The St. Lawrence will no doubt produce plenty of competitive fish and it’s not inconceivable that the winner never fishes west of Cape Vincent (river mouth, U.S. side). However, with far less current than the river, Lake Ontario’s fish burn fewer calories and grow heavier.

“What’s cool about Lake Ontario is there’s so much (habitat) out there and there are so many unpressured fish that a guy can find a spot (with a large group of fish),” Paquette said. “But I think you could see a lot of people go out there and find that their fish are gone. So being able to relocate them each day is going to be key.”

Worth a mention, the St. Lawrence River holds a respectable population of largemouth bass, including some in the 6- to 7-pound range. Mississippi’s Brock Mosley finished third at last year’s Elite event by targeting largemouth along the Clayton waterfront.

Mosley caught his fish on a Z-Man ChatterBait JackHammer. Bladed jigs should work for the fall largemouth — especially if cloudy skies prevail — along with frogs and shallow-water flipping.

Paquette acknowledges this potential, but particularly for a fall event, he sees largemouth delivering less impact. “I think if a guy wants to be consistent and make a check, largemouth could be a player, but to make the Top 10 and be in contention for the win, you’re going to need smallmouth.”

Despite the seasonal challenges, Paquette’s looking for good numbers of big fish. Weather dependent, he predicts 20 pounds a day will make the Top 10, with 25 to 26 pounds a day winning the trophy.

Currently, Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum, Idaho, Mike Iaconelli of Pittsgrove, N.J., Hugh Cosculluela of The Woodlands, Texas, and Alex Redwine of Blue Ash, Ohio, sit atop of the Northern Division points standings while Jacob Powroznik of North Prince George, Va., is leading the Falcon Rods Opens Angler of the Year race. Palaniuk will not be competing at the final event.

The full field will compete the first two days before the boater side is cut to the Top 10 anglers for Championship Saturday. The co-angler champion will be crowned after the Day 2 weigh-in. Coverage of the event will be available at Bassmaster.com. FS1 and the FOX Sports digital platforms will also carry live coverage Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. ET.


Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour Set for Season Finale at CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair

Favorite Fishing pro Jonathon VanDam of Kalamazoo, Michigan, will be among the 80 competitors on the water competing for a top prize of $100,000 at Lake St. Clair. (Photo: Joshua Gassmann/MLF)
Seventh and Final Event of 2021 Bass Pro Tour Season to Showcase 80 Pro Anglers Competing on Lake St. Clair Over Six Days for Purse of $805,000, Angler of the Year and Numerous Qualifications to Be Decided 

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (Sept. 2, 2021) – Major League Fishing’s (MLF) Bass Pro Tour is set to wrap up the 2021 season in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, next week, Sept. 10-15, with the seventh and final regular-season tournament of the season – the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft.

The six-day event, hosted by Macomb County, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit Sports Commission, will feature 80 of the best professional anglers in the world, including bass-fishing superstars like Kalamazoo’s Kevin VanDam, Ott DeFoe, Jacob Wheeler, and local qualifier Scott Dobson of Clarkston , fishing for a purse of more than $805,000, including a top payout of $100,000 and valuable points in hopes of qualifying for REDCREST 2022, the Bass Pro Tour championship.

The tournament will be fished using MLF’s catch, weigh, immediate-release format, in which the anglers try to catch as much weight as they can each day, while also feeling the pressure and intensity of the SCORETRACKER® leaderboard. The tournament is being filmed for broadcast later this year on the Discovery Channel.

Lake St. Clair has played host to numerous MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit (formerly FLW Tour), MLF Toyota Series, and MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League events over the years, but this event will mark the first time that MLF’s top-level, the Bass Pro Tour has visited Lake St. Clair.

“I’ve been looking forward to this one. It’s going to be fast-paced, big weights and a lot of really big fish being caught,” said Favorite Fishing pro Jonathon VanDam of Kalamazoo, Michigan, nephew of Kevin and an accomplished angler in his own right with two career wins and more than $650,000 in career earnings. “Lake St. Clair has been fishing really well. The fish should be starting to transition into their Fall feeding patterns and I expect that we are going to have a really good week.”

VanDam said that he thinks that anglers that do well in this event will dial in on the massive schools of smallmouth that the fishery is famous for, using typical smallmouth tactics.

“The biggest key will be trying to find the quantity and figuring out where those bigger schools of fish are living,” VanDam said. “It can be tough because there is a lot of water to cover out there, and there is fish on most of it.

“I expect we’ll see a lot of typical drop-shot-type stuff,” VanDam continued. “I’ll have the Googan Baits Drag N Droptied on and I think that bait will definitely be a player, as well as the standard tube and even a crankbait could really produce for some guys in this one.”

VanDam went on to predict that an angler will need to average 20 to 25 fish a day to be in very good shape, and that the Qualifying Round winners would likely weigh right around 140 pounds of bass over the first two days of competition.

Anglers will take off from the 9-Mile Ramp, located in St. Clair Shores, at 8 a.m. ET each day of competition. Each day’s General Tire Takeout will also be held at the Launch Ramp, beginning at 5 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend all takeoff and takeout ceremonies and also encouraged to follow the event online throughout the day on the MLF NOW!® live stream and SCORETRACKER® coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

As part of the event fans will also be treated to the Bass, Brews & BBQ Festival at Blossom Heath Park in St. Clair Shores, Sept. 9-12. The festival is a chance for fishing fans to meet their favorite Bass Pro Tour anglers, enjoy food and beverages from local food truck and St. Clair Shores Micro Breweries, watch the on-the-water action at the MLF watch party, shop at numerous MLF sponsor and local vendor booths, and enjoy live concerts from local musicians each day. For more information on the Bass, Brews & BBQ Festival hosted by Macomb County, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft will feature anglers competing with a 2-pound minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual General Tire Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2022 championship.

The four pros from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit that will join the Bass Pro Tour to compete at the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft are Cody Pike, Matthew Stefan, Joey Cifuentes and Scott Dobson. Those anglers qualified via their finishes in the sixth Pro Circuit event of the year – the Savage Arms Stop 6 at the St. Lawrence River Presented by Abu Garcia in Massena, New York.

The 40 Anglers in Group A compete in their two-day qualifying round on Lake St. Clair on Friday and Sunday – the 40 anglers in Group B on Saturday and Monday. After each two-day qualifying round is complete, the anglers that finish in 2nd through 20th place from both groups advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round, while the winner of each group advances directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round. In the Knockout Round, weights are zeroed and the remaining 38 anglers compete to finish in the top 8 to advance to the Championship Round. In the final day Championship Round, weights are zeroed and the highest one-day total wins the top prize of $100,000.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all six days of competition from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Nov. 13 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

For complete details and updated information on Major League Fishing and the Bass Pro Tour, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and  YouTube.


Minnesota Alternate Leads Day 1 Of B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional On Mississippi River

Richard Lindgren, of Lakeville, Minn., is leading after Day 1 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional on the Upper Mississippi River with 15 pounds, 9 ounces.

Photo by Kara Pasma/B.A.S.S.

September 1, 2021

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Richard Lindgren missed being a member of the Minnesota State B.A.S.S. Nation team by 2 ounces. But his 11th-place finish during qualifying earned him the first alternate spot, and Lindgren said he stayed prepared all year in case someone on the team was unable to participate in the 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional on the Upper Mississippi River.

Right before the rosters were to be finalized, the call came for Lindgren to step up and take a spot on the team. He’s already made the most of his opportunity, landing 15 pounds, 9 ounces to lead the 90-boat field after Day 1.

The Lakeville, Minn., angler, who represented his state at the 2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Pickwick Lake with a 13th-place finish, holds an 11-ounce lead over Jason Hewitt from Iowa.

“I was excited to come back and get a chance to go back to Nationals after last year,” Lindgren said. “Even though I had a tough practice, I’m happy to have a good start.”

The bite has been tough for many anglers during the week on Pools 7, 8 and 9 on the Mississippi River, including Lindgren, who said he had a difficult practice.

“It was pretty rough and honestly, today, none of the spots where I had seen keeper fish [in practice] did I catch fish on today,” he said. “I ran new water and reacted to what the river was giving up. I don’t think I had a fish until 9 or 10 o’clock.”

Lindgren started on a spot he said wasn't exactly right, but he thought it could produce due to the rising water levels. His hunch paid off with a smallmouth that weighed over 3 pounds. Another move a little later produced a 3-pound largemouth.

Lindgren said he has fished about 10 tournaments on this section of the Mississippi River and that history helped him narrow down his areas.

“I ran some old history and filled my limit,” he said. “I went in the slop late and got a couple of key culls. It was kind of a hodgepodge. I mixed it up and did a lot of different things to catch five good ones. I think I caught seven keepers all day.”

The increase in current was also a factor for Lindgren, who has seen some of his areas dirty up and others get cleaner.

Hewitt, meanwhile, calls the Mississippi River home and used his home-field advantage to catch 14-14 of primarily smallmouth.

“I fish the river quite a bit, primarily Pool 10 and Pool 9,” he said. “I was excited to see this one on the schedule. I was expecting there to be a little better bite going on. All this rain we got screwed up the water. I was hoping it would be a little lower and cooler nights would have made the bite better.”

The Norway, Iowa, native said he locked into Pool 9 and began the day by catching smaller bass on a topwater bait.

“I switched it up and was able to cull my way up,” he said. “Today ended up being a little better than what I had in practice. It was a little more of a grind than I thought it would be, but the size was better.”

Hewitt said he practiced on both Pool 8 and Pool 9, but found areas with more clean water on the latter and spent most of his tournament day there. However, some of the areas he found with that cleaner water had since muddied up.

“You have to have that clean water,” Hewitt said. “I’ve been finding schools in the cleaner water and just one here, one there if it is a little dirty. That is definitely a key.”

Minnesota angler Connor Leagjeld and Michigan angler Greg Sochocki are tied for third with 14-12. Sochocki also landed the Big Bass of the day, a 4-8 largemouth.

Leagjeld’s day got off to a hot start.

“Within 45 minutes, it was just every cast,” Leagjeld said. “They were just choking it. I caught close to 20 keepers today. I missed a couple of key fish, but I didn’t hook them, they just kind of came up rolled on it. They will still be in the area, I just hope I can go back and get them.”

After a rough practice, Sochocki drew a co-angler from Wisconsin who was familiar with the river and Sochocki fished the areas his partner recommended in Pool 9.

“We went to some backwater slop and fished frogs all morning,” he said. “The first fish of the morning was that big one. He came up and eyed my bait and we thought it was a carp at first. I threw back over there and I had a wake coming right at it and it exploded. We started working around and I caught another big one.”

After he and his nonboater both caught three fish by midday, Sochocki filled his limit in Pool 8.

Redford, Mich., angler Hunter Frederickson took the lead on the co-angler side with a three-fish limit weighing 8-12. Ohio angler Michael O'Rourke, who is also competing for Team Michigan, is second with 7-15 and La Crosse native Brett Stanek is third with 7-11.

The Iowa state team caught 54 bass for 127-0 to take the lead in the team competition, while Minnesota claimed second with 45 bass that weighed 110-12. Wisconsin also cracked the 100-pound mark and is third with 106-14.

The full field will launch from Veterans Freedom Park starting at 6:15 a.m. CT for Day 2 and return for weigh-in at 2:15 p.m. The field will be cut to 20 boaters and 20 nonboaters after Day 2.

The top two boaters and co-anglers from each state after the final day will punch their tickets to the 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship scheduled for Nov. 3-5 on the Ouachita River in Monroe, La., to compete for one of three berths in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.


2022 Bass Pro Tour Invitations Extended to Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Qualifiers

TULSA, Okla. (Aug. 27, 2021) – Major League Fishing (MLF) confirmed today the 10 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers who have earned their qualification into the 2022 MLF Bass Pro Tour. The 10 anglers who qualified earned their invitation based on their 2021 Pro Circuit Angler of the Year (AOY) rank, or the average of their 2020 and 2021 rank – whichever rank was higher. The 10 anglers with the highest rank receive invitations.

The top 10 pros from the 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit who qualified for the 2022 MLF Bass Pro Tour are:

1st:          Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn. (2021 AOY rank: 1)
2nd:         Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif. (2021 AOY rank: 2)
3rd:         *Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala. (2021 AOY rank:  3)
4th:         Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala. (2021 AOY rank: 4)
5th:         *Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio (2021 AOY rank: 5)
6th:         Cody Meyer, Star, Idaho (2021 AOY rank: 6)
7th:         *Ron Nelson, Berrien Springs, Mich. (2020/2021 Avg. AOY rank: 7)
8th:         *Clabion Johns, Social Circle, Ga. (2021 AOY rank: 7)
9th:         *Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo. (2021 AOY rank: 8)
10th:       Mike McClelland, Blue Eye, Mo. (2021 AOY rank: 9)

* denotes new entrant into the MLF Bass Pro Tour

Only the top 10 anglers in the rankings receive an invitation to the 2022 Bass Pro Tour. Five of the top 10 anglers who qualified (Michael Neal, Skeet Reese, Justin Lucas, Cody Meyer and Mike McClelland) already fish the Bass Pro Tour and have thus requalified for the 2022 season through the Pro Circuit. The other five anglers (Ryan Salzman, Cole Floyd, Ron Nelson, Clabion Johns and Jeremy Lawyer) will be new to the Bass Pro Tour and considered rookies for the 2022 season.

The full 2022 Bass Pro Tour schedule is expected to be announced in early September. The complete rosters for the 2022 Bass Pro Tour and the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit will be announced later this fall.

The 2022 Bass Pro Tour will feature a field of the 80 top professional anglers in the world competing in seven regular-season tournaments around the country for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2023 championship.

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


La Crosse Hosts B.A.S.S. Nation Regional Championship

The Upper Mississippi River will host the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional September 1-3, 2021.

Photo by Andrew Schneyer/B.A.S.S.

August 26, 2021

LA CROSSE, Wis. — September is one of the best times of the year to fish the Upper Mississippi River, according to Bassmaster Elite Series pro Bob Downey of Hudson, Wis. So, when qualified anglers arrive for the 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional Sept. 1-3, Downey expects plenty of bass to hit the scales.

“It is one of my favorite times of the year to be on the river,” Downey said. “I expect it to be a good tournament. You need to shoot for a 3-pound average or better.”

La Crosse has played host to plenty of major tournaments over the past decade, including Elite Series events in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018 and a Basspro.com Bassmaster Open in 2019. The Elite Series will also return to La Crosse for the Bassmaster Elite at Mississippi River Aug. 26-29, 2022. For this event, B.A.S.S. Nation anglers will have access to Pools 7, 8 and 9 during the event, which brings together teams from nine states.

So far in 2021, the Mississippi River has been as low as Downey has seen in years. Late summer rains could flip the script, but water levels and current flow will determine where the fish will set up.

“It is extremely low right now and it has been all year,” he said. “With it being really low, you’ll see largemouth closer to the main channel at times and smallmouth will move out towards the main channel.”

Both largemouth and smallmouth are plentiful throughout these three pools of the Mississippi River, and Downey said he would expect both species to play in this event.

“This time of year, it could be won with both,” he said. “Smallmouth on the river will generally win tournaments in the spring and fall. That’s not to say you can’t win one in the summer with them, but generally they are heaviest in the spring and then starting in late August through September and October.”

Downey said the smallmouth like to set up on the various wing dams in the system as well as sand drops and other current-related structures like islands. Topwater walking baits, poppers and Carolina rigs have historically produced around these areas. To win with smallmouth only, Downey said anglers will need to have a strong pattern.

“They move around. I call them ghost fish because every time I seem to find them in practice they aren’t there in the tournament,” Downey said. “That time of year, they become a little more consistent to the point where you can rely on them more.”

Meanwhile, the largemouth can be found in the abundant grass fields throughout the three eligible pools. Six different types of grass can be found in the fishery, including milfoil, eelgrass, lily pads and duckweed, making it a perfect situation for frogging, punching and possibly a swim jig.

“It is a phenomenal time of year for largemouth. The grass is as good as it is going to get all year,” Downey said.

Cut banks are also great areas to find both largemouth and smallmouth.

Anglers will launch from Veterans Freedom Park starting at 6:15 a.m. CT every day and return for weigh-in at 2:15. The field will be cut to 20 boaters and 20 nonboaters after Day 2. The top two boaters and co-anglers from each state will punch their ticket to the 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship scheduled for Nov. 3-5 on the Ouachita River in Monroe, La., to compete for one of three berths into the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk


Western Michigan University Wins MLF Wiley X College Faceoff at Detroit River

TRENTON, Mich. (Aug. 26, 2021) – The Western Michigan University team of Mason Vernia, Kurt Antonowitsch, Jack Simpson and Drake Van Dike, won the Major League Fishing (MLF) Wiley X College Faceoff at the Detroit River in Trenton, Michigan, Saturday. The Broncos bass club boated 44 bass weighing 109 pounds, 8 ounces to win the fourth and final Wiley X College Faceoff Events of the 2021 season and earn the win by a 14-pound, 11-ounce margin over Adrian College.

According to post-tournament reports, the Western Michigan teams started on high percentage areas early, targeting deep rocks & grass with a drop-shot rig. Vernia and Antonowitsch threw a Strike King Baby Z-Too with a 3/8-ounce tungsten drop-shot weight, while Simpson and Van Dike opted to drop-shot a pearl-colored Berkley Powerbait MaxScent Flat Worm, also with a 3/8-ounce weight. Both teams credited their electronics as being crucial in chasing the big schools of smallmouth all day.

The five teams that competed in the Wiley X College Faceoff at the Detroit River in Trenton finished:
1st: Western Michigan University – Mason Vernia, Kurt Antonowitsch, Jack Simpson and Drake Van Dike, 44 bass, 109-8
2nd: Adrian College – Austin Tapley, Carter Ball, Aaron Jagdfeld and Jacob Emery, 32 bass, 94-13
3rd: Campbellsville University – Dalton Smith, Cade Hayford, Dustin Bauer and Morgan Miracle, 26 bass, 74-8
4th: Radford University – Jackson Norton, Brandon Miskell, Kent Clark, Adam Szalankiewicz, 13 bass, 45-4
5th: King University – Landon Lawson, Donovan Carson, Hunter McClaskey, 11 bass, 34-12

The Wiley X College Faceoffs are single-day tournaments where competitors fish in an MLF-style catch, weigh, immediate-release team format at each event. The College Faceoff tournaments occur the Saturday following an Abu Garcia College Fishing competition, on the same body of water. The results from the College Fishing tournament the previous day determine the 20 competitors for the Wiley X College Faceoff, with the top two teams (four anglers) from the top five schools in the regular season tournament qualifying to fish in the ten-boat faceoff the following day.

The Wiley X College Faceoff tournament on the Detroit River was the fourth and final Faceoff events for MLF collegiate anglers in 2021. The schedule for the 2022 Wiley X College Faceoff events will be announced this fall.

Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI teams compete in three regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. Registration is accepted from any eligible college team from across the United States. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship. One additional team will automatically qualify for the National Championship for every 10 teams over 200 competing.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the MLF Wiley X College Faceoffs on MLF’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagramand  YouTube.


Tourney Time Again - MLF Toyota Series to Launch This Week on St. Lawrence River in Massena

MASSENA, N.Y. (Aug. 25, 2021) – The Major League Fishing (MLF) Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Northern Division will continue its 2021 season with a tournament starting tomorrow in Massena, New York, Aug. 26-28, with the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at the St. Lawrence River. Hosted by the Town of Massena, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus an additional $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner.

The event will mark the third major event that MLF has organized out of Massena since June, with the MLF Bass Pro Tour being showcased in late June, the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit in late July, and now the MLF Toyota Series this week. The Toyota Series is considered MLF’s “Triple-A level” and features numerous aspiring pros trying to qualify and advance to the Pro Circuit, along with many of the best local anglers from the region.

Like the previous two events, anglers and fans should expect to see a lot of giant smallmouth bass in this tournament. Anglers will be targeting them both shallow and deep, looking for river breaks, current seams,  shallow flats and deep humps. Expect to see plenty of tubes, drop-shot rigs, jerkbaits, Ned rigs and hair jigs in play this weekend. The winning angler will likely need to average about 20 to 22 pounds a day (five-fish) and the expected three-day winning total will likely be right around 60 pounds.

Anglers will take off daily at 6:30 a.m. ET from the Massena Intake Boat Launch, located at 1415 State Highway 131 in Massena. Weigh-ins will also be held at the boat launch and will begin at 2:30 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend the event or follow the action online through the “MLF Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

In Toyota Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event, scaling up for every 20 boats over 160 and scaling down for every boat below 160. With a 160-boat field, pros fish for a top prize of $40,000, plus an extra $35,000 if Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus qualified. Co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard (valued at $33,500). With a 260-boat field, pros fish for a top award of $65,000, plus an extra $35,000 if Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus qualified. Co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard (valued at $33,500) plus $5,000 cash.

The 2021 Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. consists of six divisions – Central, Northern, Plains, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International division. Anglers who fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard. The 2021 Toyota Series Championship presented by A.R.E. will be held Oct. 28-30 on Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tennessee, and is hosted by the Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. on the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitter,  Instagram, and  YouTube.


Northwest Ohio Junior Bassmasters Wins U.S. Army High School Fishing Open at Detroit River

TRENTON, Mich. (Aug. 25, 2021) – The Northwest Ohio Junior Bassmasters duo of Nicholas Seitz of Maumee, Ohio, and Brock Vogel of Perrysburg, Ohio, won the U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Open at the Detroit River Presented by Googan Baits on Saturday in Trenton, Michigan.

According to post-tournament reports, the duo caught their fish targeting rock piles in 30 feet of water with a tube, a drop-shot rig, and a Rapala DT14 crankbait.

The event was hosted by the Detroit Sports Commission and the victory advanced the winning team to the 2022 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK SCHOOL/CLUB NAME/CITY ANGLER NAME BASS WEIGHT
1st Northwest Ohio Junior Bassmasters* Nicholas Seitz, Maumee, Ohio
Brock Vogel, Perrysburg, Ohio
5 24-6
2nd Jackson High School, Jackson, Mich.* Rylan Hamlin, Jackson, Mich.
Jack Swihart, Jackson, Mich.
5 20-1
3rd Wheelersburg High School, Wheelersburg, Ohio* Johnathan Strickland, Minford, Ohio
Matthew Strickland, Portsmouth, Ohio
5 18-6
4th Clarkston High School, Clarkston, Mich. Caden Adams, Waterford, Mich.
Parker Pace, Clarkston, Mich.
5 18-1
5th Huron High School, Ann Arbor, Mich. Hunter Szawara, Romulus, Mich.
Tony Trupiano, New Boston, Mich.
5 17-9
6th Western High School, Parma, Mich. Seth Plum, Jackson, Mich.
Ayden Rubritius, Concord, Mich.
5 17-3
7th Hartland, Mich. Student Anglers Remington Barkley, Hartland, Mich.
Carlie Mitchell, Hartland, Mich.
5 17-0
8th St. Marys Memorial High School, St. Marys, Ohio Brandon Gibson, Saint Marys, Ohio
Brayden Hoehn, Saint Marys, Ohio
5 16-13
9th Dexter High School, Dexter, Mich. Dima Griffiths, Dexter, Mich.
Nathaniel Terbush, Dexter, Mich.
5 16-7
10th Hopewell-Loudon High School, Bascom, Ohio Matthew Flores, Fostoria, Ohio
Garrett Kuhn, Tiffin, Ohio
5 15-9

*National Championship Qualifier. The top 10% of teams advance to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship

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

2022 UPCOMING QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
2022 U.S. Army High School Fishing National Championship & World Finals TBD TBD TBD

U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournaments are free, two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and are open to any MLF and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships will advance to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship. The U.S. Army High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

The first 25 high school teams that enter each U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournament will receive a free Favorite Fishing package, including one Favorite Fishing casting rod and reel, one Favorite Fishing spinning rod and reel, six packs of Googan Baits and two Favorite Fishing hats, a total package value of $230. Most tournaments are also hosted by a Bass Pro Tour angler or Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit angler, giving high school students the chance to meet the sport’s top pros. As an added bonus, the winning team at each tournament will receive a guided fishing trip with their pro angler host.

In addition to the U.S. Army High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2022 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. More than $2.8 million in scholarships and prizes were offered at the 2021 World Finals.

Full schedules and the latest announcements, photos and articles  are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and MajorLeagueFishing.com.


Adrian College Finishes 1-2-3 at Abu Garcia College Fishing Tournament on the Detroit River

TRENTON, Mich. (Aug. 25, 2021) – The Adrian College duo of Jacob Emery of New Boston, Michigan, and Aaron Jagdfeld of Rochester, Michigan, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 4 ounces to earn the win last weekend at the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at the Detroit River. The victory earned the Bulldog’s bass club $2,000 and qualified the duo to compete in the 2022 College Fishing National Championship.

According to post-tournament reports, the duo caught their fish targeting grass in 20 to 22 feet of water with honey candy-colored Strike King Dream Shots and Strike King Z-Too soft jerkbaits.

TOP 10 RESULTS*

RANK COLLEGE NAME ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Adrian College Jacob Emery, New Boston, Mich.
Aaron Jagdfeld, Rochester, Mich.
5 23-4 $2,000
2nd Adrian College Carter Ball, Noblesville, Ind.
Austin Tapley, Jackson, Mich.
5 22-10 $1,000
3rd Adrian College Zach Salters, Allegan, Mich.
Ben Statly, Fenton, Mich.
5 20-15 $500
4th King University Donovan Carson, Bluff City, Tenn.
Landon Lawson, Jonesboro, Tenn.
5 20-14 $500
5th Western Michigan University Kurt Antonowitsch, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Cole Zagrzebski, Stevens Point, Wis.
5 20-11 $500
6th Michigan State University Nic Lloyd, Lansing, Mich.
Garrett Mandel, Warren, Mich.
5 20-10
7th Western Michigan University Bo Thomas, Edwardsburg, Mich.
Mason Vernia, Schoolcraft, Mich.
5 20-10
8th Adrian College Matt Mosby, Dryden, Mich.
Derek Rodriguez, Okemos, Mich.
5 20-5
9th Bowling Green State University Levi Booher, West Milton, Ohio
Nicholas Nartker, Englewood, Ohio
5 20-4
10th Western Michigan University Jack Simpson, Brighton, Mich.
Drake van Dike, Livonia, Mich.
5 20-3

*Top 10 teams advance to the 2022 College Fishing National Championship

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

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
2022 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship TBD TBD TBD

The event was the third and final qualifying tournaments for Northern Conference anglers and was hosted by the Detroit Sports Commission.

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

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


Adrian Avena Holds on To Win Group B Qualifying Round at MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury on the Mississippi River

Vineland, New Jersey pro Bests Florida’s Jared McMillan to Win Group B Qualifying Round and Advance Directly to Sunday’s Championship Round, Nine Anglers from Group B Advance to Saturday’s Knockout Round

LA CROSSE, Wis. (Aug. 20, 2021) – It was a battle at the top of the unofficial leaderboard for most of the afternoon between pros Adrian Avena of Vineland, New Jersey, Mitch Crane of Columbus Mississippi and Jared McMillan of Clewiston, Florida at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury – the Pro Circuit Championship, Presented by Bad Boy Mowers. Fans watching the MLF NOW ! livestream and the anglers themselves were a bundle of nerves throughout the entire two-day Group B Qualifying Round as the trio of anglers stayed within 1½ pounds of each other on the unofficial leaderboard, in a tight race for the top position and the automatic berth to Sunday’s Championship Round.

Avena shored up the Group B win at the Friday weigh-in, punching his ticket straight through to the final round with a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 10 ounces, bringing his two-day total to 29-6. His winning bag gave him a 1-pound, 1-ounce advantage over McMillan, who weighed 13 pounds, 6 ounces on Friday, for a total of 28-5, good for second place. After some heart-breaking penalties, Crane brought a limit of 13-6 to the stage for a two-day total of 27-15, ending the day in third.

Only the top 20 anglers will move on in the competition. Anglers finishing 21st – 30th earned $10,500 at the event, while anglers finishing 31st – 50th took home $10,000.

Group A and Group B Qualifying Round winners will enjoy a day off on Saturday, while the remaining 18 anglers – 9 from Group A and 9 from Group B – will compete Saturday in the Knockout Round. Weights will be zeroed, and anglers will compete to finish in the top eight and advance to Championship Sunday.

The Championship Round on Sunday will feature Group A winner Miles Berghoff, Group B winner Adrian Avena and the top eight anglers from the Knockout Round, competing in a final-day shootout for a top prize of up to $235,000. The six-day event, hosted by Explore La Crosse, showcases the top 48 pros in the 2021 Pro Circuit standings, along with last year’s reigning TITLE champion and reigning Angler of the Year – all competing for a purse of nearly $900,000.

“I had a good day, and this honestly feels like a million dollars because I really didn’t want to fish tomorrow,” Avena admitted. “I’m burning up fish out there, but I’ve still got something in my back pocket that I’m glad I don’t have to burn tomorrow. I have no idea if I’m going to be able to get to it or not, but at least I’m going to do it on Championship Sunday. If I get stuck, I get stuck – if I take off my lower unit, I take off my lower unit – but at least it’s on championship day.”

Avena said he caught approximately 20 keepers on Friday but had a bit of unique pressure in his area.

“There are a couple young kids out where I’m fishing – and I’ve got nothing against them because I’d be out there fishing my heart out too – but I blasted the fish on a topwater that first day,” said Avena. “Today it got to the point where those kids were lined up and were literally throwing a topwater at the same school of fish I’m throwing at. It’s unbelievable, but I somehow got it done.”

As the water levels on the Mighty Miss continue to fall, Avena said he expects the event to get even more difficult over the next two days.

“This river is bittersweet to me. It’s one of those places where I can honestly get spun out a little bit,” admitted Avena. “You guys give us too many options with pools 7, 8 and 9 and I was literally all over the place trying to practice the whole system.

“I’m mostly throwing a swimbait and a topwater,” continued Avena. “I’m mixing in a bunch of other stuff as well. I think I’ve caught one on a fluke and maybe one or two on a jerkbait. I’m fishing schoolers, and it all comes down to making the right casts. I had a couple opportunities and pulled off some 3-pounders today, and I had some other opportunities where I made bad casts.”

As for the pressure from the young enthusiasts in his area, Avena said he is taking it in stride but wouldn’t mind a little intervention.

“I hope their moms and dads or whoever are reading this, man,” Avena said. “These kids – they’re reckless, dude. I’m catching fish out of two little areas, and if I catch one, they all go to that area. If they come up schooling in the other area, the kids all run to that area. There were a few times today where literally four topwaters were landing on the same breaking fish and one of them was mine.

“It’s just one of those deals – I feel like if I could just talk to their parents a bit,” Avena laughed. “Maybe they need to go to church on Sunday. If they can just let me fish it’d be alright.

“Either way, I’m looking forward to getting back out there Sunday. Anything can happen.”

The top 10 pros from Qualifying Group B that now advance to Saturday’s Knockout Round on the Mississippi River are:

1st:           Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J, 10 bass, 29-6 – ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
2nd:          Jared McMillan, Clewiston, Fla., 10 bass, 28-5
3rd:          Mitch Crane, Columbus, Miss., 10 bass, 27-15
4th:           Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., 10 bass, 26-8
5th:           Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif., 10 bass, 26-3
6th:           Jimmy Reese, Witter Springs, Calif., 10 bass, 25-7
7th:           Matt Stefan, Junction City, Wis., 10 bass, 25-1
8th:           Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 24-10
9th:           Cody Meyer, Star, Idaho, 10 bass, 24-9
10th:        Dylan Hays, Hot Springs, Ark., nine bass, 23-10
Finishing in 11th through 25th in the Group B Qualifying Round were:
11th:        Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., 10 bass, 23-4
12th:        Kyle Hall, Granbury, Texas, 10 bass, 22-7
13th:        Lawson Hibdon, Versailles, Mo., eight bass, 21-8
14th:        Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 10 bass, 20-14
15th:        Larry Nixon, Quitman, Ark., 10 bass, 20-14
16th:        Ryan Davidson, Branchland, W.Va., 10 bass, 18-13
17th:        Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C., seven bass, 18-7
18th:        Brad Knight, Lancing, Tenn., eight bass, 18-5
19th:        Terry Bolton, Benton, Ky., nine bass, 17-13
20th:        Dakota Ebare, Brookeland, Texas, seven bass, 14-11
21st:        Shin Fukae, Harlem, Ga., six bass, 12-13
22nd:       Ron Nelson, Berrien Springs, Mich., four bass, 9-15
23rd:       Jon Canada, Helena, Ala., five bass, 7-13
24th:        Evan Barnes, Hot Springs, Ark., four bass, 7-7
25th:        Justin Cooper, Zwolle, La., four bass, 6-12
A complete list of results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Overall, there were 107 bass weighing 256 pounds even caught by the 25 pros on Thursday, with 18 five-bass limits.

Mitch Crane and Dylan Hays tied for Friday’s $500 Berkley Big Bass Award, each bringing in a 4-pound, 3-ounce largemouth and taking home $250. Berkley awards $500 to the angler in each group that weighs the biggest bass over their two-day Qualification Round.

Evan Barnes of Hot Springs, Arkansas was also presented the Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award during the weigh-in on Friday. The award recognizes a TITLE qualifier, nominated by his peers, who displays an overall commitment to sportsmanship and community leadership, on and off the water, through ethical behavior, integrity, class, selflessness, conservation, volunteerism and kindness to others. Evan’s nomination cited his profound respect for the sport and its ability to connect people from all walks of life and his reflection of a true sportsman who will go above and beyond for others.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury – the Pro Circuit Championship, Presented by Bad Boy Mowers features a hybrid tournament format. All 50 anglers were seeded into two groups of 25 – Group A & Group B, based on points earned in 2021 qualifying events – where they competed in Qualifying Rounds over the first four days of the tournament.

The top 18 anglers will fish the Knockout Round on Saturday. Ten anglers will be eliminated on Saturday and the top eight anglers from the Knockout Round will join Group A and Group B leaders in the Championship Round on Sunday.

Anglers will take off at 7 a.m. CT Saturday and Sunday from Veterans Freedom Park, located at 1 Clinton Street in La Crosse. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park daily at 3 p.m. The MLF NOW! broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Fans are welcome to attend the event or follow the action online through the MLF NOW! live stream and coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Along with the launch and weigh-in, fans and community members are invited to a Fishing and Outdoor Expo Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Veterans Freedom Park, where fans can meet the pros and check out the latest in fishing and outdoor gear. The expo includes live music, great food, vendor booths from participating sponsors, activities for kids, giveaways and more.

The first 100 kids (10 and under) will receive a free rod and reel at the Expo on Saturday and Sunday and fans can register for a Jackson Kayak Coosa FD giveaway once per day, onsite every day throughout the tournament. The winner will be drawn after the final weigh-in on August 22. PAW Patrol’s Skye and Marshall will also be at the event with MLF pro Charlie Evans and will be available for photos. Appearance times may vary. Visit MajorLeagueFishing.com for updates and more details.

In addition to the launch, weigh-ins and Expo, youth 14 and under are also invited to attend a free Kid’s Fishing Derby on Sunday, Aug. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at Copeland Park. Participants can bring their own fishing gear or use provided gear on a first come, first serve basis. Worms will be provided by DMF Bait Company. Participants can register online at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers featured a field of 163 of the top professional anglers in the world competing at six regular-season events around the country. The top 50 anglers in the Angler of the Year (AOY) standings after the six events qualified to compete in the Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, Presented by Bad Boy Mowers.

Television coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury event will be showcased across six two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, Oct. 10 on the Outdoor Channel. Episodes premiere Sunday mornings on the Outdoor Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition. Episodes will run through Nov. 14.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at Facebook TwitterInstagram and YouTube .


Miles Burghoff Wins Group A Qualifying Round at MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury on the Mississippi River

Tennessee pro Advances Directly to Sunday’s Championship Round, Nine Anglers from Group A Now Advance to Saturday’s Knockout Round

LA CROSSE, Wis. (Aug. 19, 2021) – While low water levels have equaled tough fishing conditions for most anglers at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury – the Pro Circuit Championship, Presented by Bad Boy Mowers – pro Miles Burghoff of Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee worked those conditions to his favor, bringing a five-bass limit to the scale on Thursday weighing 14 pounds, 13 ounces. Burghoff’s two-day total of 26-8 earned him the win by a mere 1-ounce over Favorite Fishing pro Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma and punched his ticket straight through to Sunday’s Championship Round. Birge’s limit of 14 pounds, 4 ounces gave him a two-day total of 26-7 to finish the Group A Qualifying Round in second place.

The top 10 anglers from Group A will now have an off-day Friday, while the 25 anglers in Group B will complete their two-day Qualifying Round of competition. The Knockout Round, featuring 18 anglers competing to finish in the top eight, will take place on Saturday. Sunday’s Championship Round will feature Burghoff, Friday’s Group B winner and the top eight anglers from the Knockout Round competing in a one-day shootout to catch the heaviest five-bass limit for the top prize of up to $235,000.

The six-day event, hosted by Explore La Crosse, showcases the top 48 pros in the 2021 Pro Circuit standings, along with last year’s reigning TITLE champion and reigning Angler of the Year – all competing for a purse of nearly $900,000.

“Today was pretty special,” the Tennessee pro said. “With a near two-hour fog delay, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to fish. I’m making the longest run out of anybody here, from what I understand, and I was able to make it happen even with a short day.”

Burghoff’s limit was anchored by a 5-pound, 11-ounce kicker largemouth – a giant for late August on the Mississippi.

“When I said early on in the week that I didn’t want to catch a big one during the Qualifying Round, that was the truth,” Burghoff said. “In this format, you can’t burn a fish like that in the early rounds. So, when I caught it, I knew I had to win the round. I worked really hard today. But I let up on them and gave up about an hour that I could have culled up a ¼ pound, so I was really sweating that decision in the weigh-in line. Being able to not have to beat up on those fish another day and save them for the Championship Round is key.”

Burghoff estimated he caught 40 fish throughout the day, Thursday. He declined to divulge any bait- or technique-specifics but did hint that the low water level is helping him.

“I’m fishing in Pool No. 9, but I can’t just go anywhere – it’s not like (Pool) nine is fishing better. I just found a good area,” Burghoff said. “I caught my limit in six casts this morning and culled six or seven times in 30 minutes, but I only had 9½ pounds. Then I started searching some areas. I caught the big one, then never made another cast and left immediately. I found three more areas that are pretty stacked with fish – not every-cast type deals, but the type of deals where I can go there and catch a couple.

“The biggest factor for me now is going to be the weekend boat traffic, and the lock,” Burghoff went on to say. “Those are the two big things that could really affect me. I’ve got plenty of fish in that area, it’s just a matter of playing my cards right on Championship Sunday.”

The top 10 pros from Qualifying Group A that now advance to Saturday’s Knockout Round on the Mississippi River are:

1st:           Miles Burghoff, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., 10 bass, 26-8 – ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
2nd:          Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 10 bass,26-7
3rd:          Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, 10 bass, 25-9
4th:           Kurt Mitchell, Milford, Del., 10 bass, 25-2
5th:           Jimmy Washam, Covington, Tenn., 10 bass, 25-1
6th:           Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala., 10 bass, 24-12
7th:           Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., 10 bass, 24-7
8th:           David Walker, Sevierville, Tenn., 10 bass, 24-4
9th:           Mike McClelland, Blue Eye, Mo., 10 bass, 23-8
10th:        Joshua Weaver, Macon, Ga., 10 bass, 23-8
Finishing in 11th through 25th in the Group A Qualifying Round were:
11th:        Jamie Horton, Centerville, Ala., nine bass, 23-1
12th:        Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 23-1
13th:        Tai Au, Glendale, Ariz., 10 bass, 22-9
14th:        Jim Moynagh, Shakopee, Minn., 10 bass, 22-6
15th:        Jacopo Gallelli, Wetumpka, Ala., 10 bass, 22-1
16th:        Spencer Shuffield, Hot Springs, Ark., 10 bass, 20-4
17th:        Cody Huff, Ava, Mo., eight bass, 17-13
18th:        Jesse Wiggins, Logan, Ala., seven bass, 17-12
19th:        Jim Tutt, Longview, Texas, eight bass, 17-3
20th:        Chris Lane, Guntersville, Ala., seven bass, 15-11
21st:        Cody Pike, Powhatan, Va., six bass, 15-9
22nd:       Clabion Johns, Social Circle, Ga., six bass, 15-9
23rd:       Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., eight bass, 14-5
24th:        Corey Neece, Bristol, Tenn., six bass, 12-7
25th:        Rusty Salewske, Alpine, Calif., six bass, 12-2
A complete list of results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Overall, there were 113 bass weighing 272 pounds, 15 ounces caught by the 25 pros on Thursday, with 19 five-bass limits.

Burghoff’s 5-pound, 11-ounce largemouth also earned him Thursday’s $500 Berkley Big Bass Award. Berkley awards $500 to the angler in each group that weighs the biggest bass over their two-day Qualification Round.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, Presented by Bad Boy Mowers, features a hybrid tournament format. All 50 anglers were seeded into two groups of 25 – Group A & Group B, based on points earned in 2021 qualifying events – where they competed in Qualifying Rounds over the first four days of the tournament. Group B will fish again on Day 4, with total weight determined by the cumulative weight of their biggest five-bass limit from both days.

Anglers will take off at 7 a.m. CT each day from Veterans Freedom Park, located at 1 Clinton Street in La Crosse. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park daily at 3 p.m. The MLF NOW! broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Fans are welcome to attend the event or follow the action online through the MLF NOW! live stream and coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Along with the launch and weigh-in, fans and community members are invited to a Fishing and Outdoor Expo Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Veterans Freedom Park, where fans can meet the pros and check out the latest in fishing and outdoor gear. The expo includes live music, great food, vendor booths from participating sponsors, activities for kids, giveaways and more.

The first 100 kids (10 and under) will receive a free rod and reel at the Expo on Saturday and Sunday and fans can register for a Jackson Kayak Coosa FD giveaway once per day, onsite every day throughout the tournament. The winner will be drawn after the final weigh-in on August 22. PAW Patrol’s Skye and Marshall will also be at the event with MLF pro Charlie Evans and will be available for photos. Appearance times may vary. Visit MajorLeagueFishing.com for updates and more details.

In addition to the launch, weigh-ins and Expo, youth 14 and under are also invited to attend a free Kid’s Fishing Derby on Sunday, Aug. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at Copeland Park. Participants can bring their own fishing gear or use provided gear on a first come, first serve basis. Worms will be provided by DMF Bait Company. Participants can register online at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers featured a field of 163 of the top professional anglers in the world competing at six regular-season events around the country. The top 50 anglers in the Angler of the Year (AOY) standings after the six events qualified to compete in the Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, Presented by Bad Boy Mowers.

Television coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury event will be showcased across six two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, Oct. 10 on the Outdoor Channel. Episodes premiere Sunday mornings on the Outdoor Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition. Episodes will run through Nov. 14.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at Facebook TwitterInstagram and YouTube .


Adrian Avena Leads Group B at MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury on the Mississippi River

New Jersey Pro Catches 15-12 to Take Early Lead in Group B - Group A to Wrap Qualifying Round Thursday

LA CROSSE, Wis. (Aug. 18, 2021)Berkley pro Adrian Avena of Vineland, New Jersey, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Wednesday weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces to grab the early lead in Group B after their Day 1 Qualifying Round at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury – the Pro Circuit Championship, Presented by Bad Boy Mowers. Avena caught the bulk of his fish early in the day, then culled in the afternoon. He’ll bring a 13-ounce advantage over second place angler Strike King pro Jared McMillan of Clewiston, Florida, who brought a five-bass limit to the stage weighing 14-15.

Rounding out the top three was pro Mitch Crane of Columbus, Mississippi, who caught five bass for 14-9 to end the day in third. Four more pros topped the 13-pound mark on Group B’s opening day, putting themselves well within striking distance of making the top-10 cut in their group and moving on to the Knockout Round.

The 25 anglers in Group B will now have a day off on Thursday, while the 25 anglers in Group A will complete their two-day Qualifying Round of competition. Group B will conclude their Qualifying Round on Friday. The six-day event, hosted by Explore La Crosse, showcases the top 48 pros in the 2021 Pro Circuit standings, along with last year’s reigning TITLE champion and reigning Angler of the Year – all competing for a purse of nearly $900,000 and a grand prize of up to $235,000.

“Today was a really fun day of fishing and I was able to catch some quality fish,” said Avena. “I got in an area that had some bass in it and just caught a lot of them.”

The New Jersey pro boated 25 to 30 fish over the course of the day – even more impressive following the morning fog delay, which delayed the start of the competition day by a little over an hour.

“I rolled into this area in practice and had three bites at the end of practice that were all better than average – I call anything over 2½ pounds ‘better than average’ on this system,” said Avena. “I started in that area today and there were still a lot of bass there. Now we wait and see whether I’ll be able to fish that same area come Friday.”

Although he’s a river savvy angler and has fished the Mighty Miss many times, Avena said he was far from comfortable out on the water on Wednesday.

“This river changes so much, between the current, the sand drops and the water level. I’ve never fished it when the system was this low, so it looks like a totally different river to me,” continued Avena. “I’ve always been that guy that likes to get off the map a little bit – and you can do that here – but you also don’t want to overlook the obvious.”

Avena said his goal going into Group B’s second day of fishing is to win the Qualifying Round and advance straight to the Championship Round on Sunday.

“I feel like the area I have can only get better with rest, so I think if I can go out there and catch a really good bag and possibly win the round and punch my ticket into the Championship Round, that’s what I want to do,” said Avena.

The standings for the 25 pros in Group B after Day 2 on the Mississippi River are:
1st:           Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., five bass, 15-12
2nd:          Jared McMillan, Clewiston, Fla., five bass, 14-15
3rd.          Mitch Crane, Columbus, Miss., five bass, 14-9
4th:           Jimmy Reese, Witter Springs, Calif., five bass, 13-7
5th:           Lawson Hibdon, Versailles, Mo., five bass, 13-3
6th:           Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., five bass, 13-0
6th:           Matt Stefan, Junction City, Wis., five bass, 13-0
8th:           Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., five bass, 12-10
9th:           Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif., five bass, 12-7
10th:        Kyle Hall, Granbury, Texas, five bass, 12-1
11th:        Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 11-14
12th:        Cody Meyer, Star, Idaho, five bass, 11-10
13th:        Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., five bass, 11-3
14th:        Larry Nixon, Quitman, Ark., five bass, 10-7
15th:        Terry Bolton, Benton, Ky., five bass, 10-6
16th:        Dylan Hays, Hot Springs, Ark., four bass, 9-0
17th:        Ryan Davidson, Branchland, W.Va., five bass, 8-4
18th:        Brad Knight, Lancing, Tenn., three bass, 7-11
19th:        Shin Fukae, Harlem, Ga., three bass, 6-5
20th:        Jon Canada, Helena, Ala., four bass, 5-15
21st:        Evan Barnes, Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 5-10
22nd:       Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C., two bass, 4-0
23rd:       Justin Cooper, Zwolle, La., two bass, 3-8
24th:        Ron Nelson, Berrien Springs, Mich., one bass, 2-15
25th:        Dakota Ebare, Brookeland, Texas, two bass, 2-12

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

Overall, there were 104 bass weighing 246 pounds, 8 ounces caught by the 25 pros on Tuesday, with 16 five-bass limits.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury – the Pro Circuit Championship, Presented by Bad Boy Mowers features a hybrid tournament format. All 50 anglers are seeded into two groups of 25 – Group A & Group B, based on points earned in 2021 qualifying events – where they will compete in Qualifying Rounds over the first four days of the tournament. Group A will fish again on Day 3, and Group B will fish again on Day 4, with total weight determined by the cumulative weight of their biggest five-bass limit from both days.

The winner of each group will then advance directly to the Championship Round on Sunday, while pros who finish in second to 10th place in each group will again battle it out with zeroed weights in the Knockout Round on Saturday. On the final day of the event, the Championship Round, weights will again be zeroed and the top eight pros from the Knockout Round, plus the two Qualifying Round winners will compete. The winner will be determined by the heaviest five-bass limit of the final round.

Anglers will take off at 7 a.m. CT each day from Veterans Freedom Park, located at 1 Clinton Street in La Crosse. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park daily at 3 p.m. The MLF NOW! broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Fans are welcome to attend the event or follow the action online through the MLF NOW! live stream and coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Along with the launch and weigh-in, fans and community members are invited to a Fishing and Outdoor Expo Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Veterans Freedom Park, where fans can meet the pros and check out the latest in fishing and outdoor gear. The expo includes live music, great food, vendor booths from participating sponsors, activities for kids, giveaways and more.

The first 100 kids (10 and under) will receive a free rod and reel at the Expo on Saturday and Sunday and fans can register for a Jackson Kayak Coosa FD giveaway once per day, onsite every day throughout the tournament. The winner will be drawn after the final weigh-in on August 22.PAW Patrol’s Skye and Marshall will also be at the event with MLF pro Charlie Evans and will be available for photos. Appearance times may vary. Visit MajorLeagueFishing.com for updates and more details.

In addition to the launch, weigh-ins and Expo, youth 14 and under are also invited to attend a free Kid’s Fishing Derby on Sunday, Aug. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at Copeland Park. Participants can bring their own fishing gear or use provided gear on a first come, first serve basis. Worms will be provided by DMF Bait Company. Participants can register online at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers featured a field of 163 of the top professional anglers in the world competing at six regular-season events around the country. The top 50 anglers in the Angler of the Year (AOY) standings after the six events qualified to compete in the Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, Presented by Bad Boy Mowers.

Television coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury event will be showcased across six two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, Oct. 10 on the Outdoor Channel. Episodes premiere Sunday mornings on the Outdoor Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition. Episodes will run through Nov. 14.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at Facebook TwitterInstagramand YouTube .


Mike McClelland Grabs Early Group A Lead at MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury on the Mississippi River

Missouri Pro Catches 13-12 to Slide into Group A Lead by Two Ounces - 25 Anglers in Group B to Compete Wednesday

LA CROSSE, Wis. (Aug. 17, 2021) – The Major League Fishing (MLF) Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury – the Pro Circuit Championship, Presented by Bad Boy Mowers – kicked off Tuesday with a grueling day on the water for the anglers. Pro Mike McClelland of Blue Eye, Missouri stayed near the top of the unofficial leaderboard throughout the day, securing his position in the top spot at the end of Day 1, with a limit of 13 pounds, 12 ounces – a mere 2 ounces ahead of pro Alex Davis of Albertville, Alabama, who weighed 13 pounds, 10 ounces to finish the day in second place.

The six-day tournament, hosted by Explore La Crosse, showcases the top 48 pros in the 2021 Pro Circuit standings, along with last year’s reigning TITLE champion and reigning Angler of the Year – all competing for a purse of nearly $900,000 and a grand prize of up to $235,000.

With several anglers separated by mere ounces, the championship event is setting up nicely to feature some dramatic strategic decision-making, despite the unprecedented low-water levels on the Mighty Miss.

“Having past experience here on the Mississippi River definitely helped me today,” said McClelland. “The fortunate part is that I’ve actually fished here when the river was down. Every time we showed up here for a tournament in the past, a massive flood would hit, so nothing I had done in practice would work.

“This week as we got to town, they’d had localized heavy flooding and the river had risen 1½ to 2 feet, muddying the water and messing up some areas. It forced me to go look at some spots that I had found over the years where I knew the river could be hot when the water level was down.”

McClelland said he had never got to fish those areas during an actual tournament due to the rapidly changing conditions on the Mississippi, but those spots were his saving grace today.

“Today I was able to settle in,” said McClelland. “I caught a big largemouth right off the bat and caught a couple smallmouth shortly after. That allowed me to learn exactly how these fish were positioned and once I figured that out, it really took off.

“It was pretty incredible the number of bites I got today. I just hope I didn’t lean on them too hard, and that they don’t get hammered tomorrow. Hopefully when I get back there on Thursday, they will still be ready to bite.”

McClelland said he’s had his fair share of ups and downs over the past couple years and admitted his success on the Bass Pro Tour had not been astounding, but he feels like this event could be different.

“The grinders are the tournaments I typically do better in,” McClelland said. “I feel like I have a chance at this event, where a lot of guys were probably coming in not really knowing how many fish truly live in some of these areas. I knew they might lay off thinking they’ve caught them all, but I’ve seen places on this river where you can literally catch 25 or 30 2½- to 3-pounders when it’s good.”

McClelland said he probably had an opportunity to upgrade another pound or so, but I didn’t want to lean too heavy on the fish on Day 1.

“The key for me this week has really been being open-minded,” said the Missouri pro. “Typically, this place has been so well-known for a swim jig – not necessarily a big, bulky swim jig, but more of a finesse-style swim jig. For me this week, the swim jig has caught a few – it caught the better largemouth today – but I’m actually throwing a 3.3-inch Big Bite Baits Pro Swimmer.

“I found the fish that would normally bite a swim jig were pushing it, but they would hit the swimmer, so I feel like I’ve got a little trick up my sleeve. I’ve got a little bit of topwater activity, some [SPRO] RKCrawler activity and am throwing a little brown jig like we do in the Ozarks.

“I mixed it up quite a bit today and feel like I’ve got a lot of things working – I’m really looking forward to Thursday,” concluded McClelland.

The 25 anglers in Group A will now have the day off on Wednesday, while the 25 anglers in Group B will begin their first day of competition. Group A will resume competition on Thursday.

The standings for the 25 pros in Group A after Day 1 on the Mississippi River are:

1st:           Mike McClelland, Blue Eye, Mo., five bass, 13-12
2nd:          Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., five bass, 13-10
3rd:          Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, five bass, 13-4
4th:           Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 13-3
5th:           Tai Au, Glendale, Ariz., five bass, 12-6
6th:           Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., five bass, 12-3
7th:           David Walker, Sevierville, Tenn., five bass, 11-14
8th:           Miles Burghoff, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., five bass, 11-11
9th:           Kurt Mitchell, Milford, Del., five bass, 11-9
9th:           Jimmy Washam, Covington, Tenn., five bass, 11-9
9th:           Joshua Weaver, Macon, Ga., five bass, 11-9
12th:        Spencer Shuffield, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 11-0
13th         Jacopo Gallelli, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 10-9
14th:        Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., five bass, 10-0
15th:        Corey Neece, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 9-14
16th:        Cody Huff, Ava, Mo., four bass, 9-13
17th:        Jim Moynagh, Shakopee, Minn., five bass, 9-5
18th:        Jamie Horton, Centerville, Ala., four bass, 9-3
19th:        Chris Lane, Guntersville, Ala., four bass, 8-5
20th:        Clabion Johns, Social Circle, Ga., three bass, 7-12
21st:        Rusty Salewske, Alpine, Calif., three bass, 6-9
22nd:       Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., four bass, 6-0
23rd:       Jim Tutt, Longview, Texas, three bass, 5-15
24th:        Jesse Wiggins, Logan, Ala., two bass, 5-4
25th:        Cody Pike, Powhatan, Va., one bass, 1-13
A complete list of results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Overall, there were 108 bass weighing 248 pounds even caught by the 25 pros on Tuesday, with 16 five-bass limits.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury – the Pro Circuit Championship, Presented by Bad Boy Mowers features a hybrid tournament format. All 50 anglers are seeded into two groups of 25 – Group A & Group B, based on points earned in 2021 qualifying events – where they will compete in Qualifying Rounds over the first four days of the tournament. Group A will fish again on Day 3, and Group B will fish Day 2 and Day 4, with total weight determined by the cumulative weight of their biggest five-bass limit from both days.

The winner of each group will then advance directly to the Championship Round on Sunday, while pros who finish in second to 10th place in each group will again battle it out with zeroed weights in the Knockout Round on Saturday. On the final day of the event, the Championship Round, weights will again be zeroed and the top eight pros from the Knockout Round, plus the two Qualifying Round winners will compete. The winner will be determined by the heaviest five-bass limit of the final round.

Anglers will take off at 7 a.m. CT each day from Veterans Freedom Park, located at 1 Clinton Street in La Crosse. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park daily at 3 p.m. The MLF NOW! broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Fans are welcome to attend the event or follow the action online through the MLF NOW! live stream and coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Along with the launch and weigh-in, fans and community members are invited to a Fishing and Outdoor Expo Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Veterans Freedom Park, where fans can meet the pros and check out the latest in fishing and outdoor gear. The expo includes live music, great food, vendor booths from participating sponsors, activities for kids, giveaways and more.

The first 100 kids (10 and under) will receive a free rod and reel at the Expo on Saturday and Sunday and fans can register for a Jackson Kayak Coosa FD giveaway once per day, onsite at the Expo. The winner will be drawn after the final weigh-in on August 22. PAW Patrol’s Skye and Marshall will also be at the event with MLF pro Charlie Evans and will be available for photos. Appearance times may vary. Visit MajorLeagueFishing.com for updates and more details.

In addition to the launch, weigh-ins and Expo, youth 14 and under are also invited to attend a free Kid’s Fishing Derby on Sunday, Aug. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at Copeland Park. Participants can bring their own fishing gear or use provided gear on a first come, first serve basis. Worms will be provided by DMF Bait Company. Participants can register online at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers featured a field of 163 of the top professional anglers in the world competing at six regular-season events around the country. The top 50 anglers in the Angler of the Year (AOY) standings after the six events qualified to compete in the Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, Presented by Bad Boy Mowers.

Television coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury event will be showcased across six two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, Oct. 10 on the Outdoor Channel. Episodes premiere Sunday mornings on the Outdoor Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition. Episodes will run through Nov. 14.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at Facebook TwitterInstagramand YouTube .


Clary Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Ohio River - Golconda

Curtright Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

GOLCONDA, Ill. (Aug. 16, 2021) – Boater Jay Clary, III of Slaughters, Kentucky wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Ohio River – Golconda Presented by TINCUP Whiskey in Golconda, Illinois. Clary earned $3,632 for his victory at the event.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Jay Clary, III of Slaughters, Ky. 5 11-8 $3,632
2nd Riley Walk of Neoga, Ill. 5 11-4 $1,816
3rd Michael Black of Toledo, Ill. 5 9-0 $1,210
4th Justin Berger of Murray, Ky. 5 8-10 $847
5th Travis Wilson of La Harpe, Ill. 5 8-9 $726
6th Jake Hurst of New Athens, Ill. 4 8-1 $666
7th Justin Conkle of Elizabethtown, Ill. 5 7-9 $605
8th Keith Bailey of Simpson, Ill. 4 7-8 $545
9th Mike Russell of Benton, Ky. 3 6-13 $484
10th Tim Davis of East Alton, Ill. 4 6-12 $424
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st William Liam Curtright of St. Louis, Mo. 3 5-13 $1,816
2nd Bart Burford of Loose Creek, Mo. 3 5-9 $908
3rd David Workman of Harrisburg, Ill. 4 5-3 $606
4th Rick Cheatham of Carterville, Ill. 4 5-2 $393
4th Drew Williams of Homer, Ill. 4 5-2 $393
6th Jeff Turner of Plainfield, Ill. 3 4-11 $533
7th Westley Smith of Bridgeport, Ill. 2 4-10 $303
8th Jojo Johnson of Benton, Ill. 2 4-9 $522
9th Jimmy Null of Bethalto, Ill. 2 4-8 $242
10th Jeremy Douin of Pocahontas, Ill. 3 4-2 $212
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Kyle Rinella of Marion, Ill. 4-pound, 14-ounce bass $465
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Ryan Fancher of Olney, Ill. 2-pound, 15-ounce bass $232
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Stephen Farley of Metropolis, Ill. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Jig Green Pumpkin
Strike King Co-Angler
  • Did Not Disclose
  • Red Bug
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Illini Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 7-9 Norfork Lake, Mountain Home, Ark. Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 2-4 Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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


Wilkinson Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Ohio River-Tanners Creek

Brock Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind.  (Aug. 16, 2021) – Boater Chris Wilkinson of Farmersburg, Indiana wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Ohio River-Tanners Creek Presented by TINCUP Whiskey in Lawrenceberg, Indiana. Wilkinson earned $4,830 for his victory at the event on Saturday.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Chris Wilkinson of Farmersburg, Ind. 5 9-8 $4,830
2nd Tony Collins of Dayton, Ohio 5 9-5 $2,915
3rd Kenny Dials of Creston, Ohio 5 8-10 $1,609
4th Pete Justice of Sharonville, Ohio 5 8-4 $1,127
5th Jared Robinson of Medora, Ind. 5 7-13 $1,166
6th Lee Mills of Columbus, Ind. 5 7-6 $885
7th Scott Manson of Covington, Ohio 5 7-5 $805
8th Dick Shaffer of Rockford, Ohio 5 7-3 $684
8th Bob Robinson of Lebanon, Ohio 4 7-3 $684
10th Chuck Willis of Dayton, Ohio 2 7-1 $1,255
10th Brandon Houston of Burlington, Ky. 4 7-1 $535
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Austin Brock of Liberty Township, Ohio 3 7-7 $2,755
2nd Jason Wood of Connersville, Ind. 5 6-15 $1,199
3rd Ron Weisenburger of Continental, Ohio 5 6-3 $795
4th Brent Jones of Okeana, Ohio 5 5-14 $200
5th Brandon Fraley of Tipp City, Ohio 4 4-14 $460
5th Brayden Costa of Aberdeen, Ohio 3 4-14 $460
7th Randy Bramos of Winchester, Ohio 4 4-8 $400
8th Howard Smith of Hamilton, Ohio 4 4-7 $340
8th Joshua Goff of Canton, Ohio 3 4-7 $340
10th James Wilcox of Proctorville, Ohio 4 4-2 $530
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Chuck Willis of Dayton, Ohio 5-pound, 12-ounce bass $720
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Austin Brock of Liberty Township, Ohio 3-pound, 8-ounce bass $357
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Tony Collins of Dayton, Ohio Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Spinnerbait & buzz baits Did Not Divulge
Strike King Co-Angler Senko Did Not Divulge
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Buckeye Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 14-16 Potomac River, Marbury, Md. Charles County Board of Commissioners
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 2-4 Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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


McDaniel Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Ohio River-Tanners Creek

Fairfield’s Schmitz Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind.  (Aug. 16, 2021) – Boater Lucas McDaniel of Independence, Kentucky wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Ohio River-Tanners Creek Presented by TINCUP Whiskey in Lawrenceburg, Ind. McDaniel earned $4,472 for his victory at the event on Sunday.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Lucas McDaniel of Independence, Ky. 5 9-6 $4,472
2nd Chris Abbatiello of Independence, Ky. 5 8-13 $2,236
3rd Jody Gardner of Tippecanoe, Ohio 5 8-6 $1,492
4th Tony Collins of Dayton, Ohio 5 8-5 $1,543
5th Clyde McNaron of Trenton, Ohio 5 7-9 $894
6th Larry Davis, Jr. of Xenia, Ohio 5 7-4 $820
7th Mike Quinlin of Mooresville, Ind. 5 7-2 $1,245
8th Chris Wilkinson of Farmersburg, Ind. 5 7-0 $633
8th Gary Ginter of Bellafontaine, Ohio 5 7-0 $633
10th Jake Poffenberger of Brookville, Ohio 5 6-9 $522
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Daniel Schmitz, IV of Fairfield, Ohio 5 9-0 $2,236
2nd Aaron Stahley of Batavia, Ohio 5 7-9 $1,443
3rd Randy Williams of New Richmond, Ohio 5 5-7 $745
4th Jonah Moro of Steubenville, Ohio 5 5-1 $522
5th Thomas Scaggs of Jackson, Ohio 5 4-4 $447
6th James Wilcox of Proctorville, Ohio 5 4-2 $660
7th Billy French of Hamilton, Ohio 5 4-0 $573
8th James Ross of Akron, Ohio 5 3-15 $335
9th Bill Meyers of Urbana, Ohio 5 3-9 $298
10th Don Ward of Loveland, Ohio 5 3-8 $261
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass John Viox of Hebron, Ky. 3-pound, 15-ounce bass $650
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Aaron Stahley of Batavia, Ohio 3-pound, 4-ounce bass $325
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Tony Collins of Dayton, Ohio Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Unspecified Flippin’ Tube Did Not Divulge
Strike King Co-Angler
  • Black
  • Did Not Divulge
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Buckeye Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 14-16 Potomac River, Marbury, Md. Charles County Board of Commissioners
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 2-4 Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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


Carr Brothers Crazy Day and Clutch Catch

Courtesy of Luke Stoner - Dynamic Sponsorships

Austin and Justin Carr are fishing their fourth and final Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship this week on the St. Lawrence River. The Illinois State University seniors both major in Construction Management and they both love to bass fish. These two brothers have been competing in tournaments together since high school but said today may have been the craziest day on the water they’ve ever experienced. 

The ISU redbirds weighed in a solid 17-pounds 8-ounces today that has them tied for 26th place at the conclusion of day one. Their bag of fish looks good on paper, but what you don’t see if the equipment issues the Carr’s battled throughout the entire day. 

“We made a pretty long run this morning and when we dropped our trolling motor it wasn’t working at all,” Austin recalled. “One of the connections had broke loose, so we spent a few minutes jerry-rigging that deal so we could have power. We put that behind us and focused on fishing. Because of the long run each way, we didn’t have a lot of time to waste.”   

There was a steady 10-15 mph southwest breeze blowing all day here in upstate New York, which made for rough boat rides for college competitors. Punishing waves greeted anglers like the Carr brothers who made a 65-mile run to the area that proved most productive during their practice days. 

The Carr twins put a decent limit of fish together from their primary area, but little did they know their equipment troubles had only just begun. The notoriously swift current of the St. Lawrence River was draining their trolling motor batteries quickly and they were starting to run short on time. Even though they still had a 12-inch “dink” in their livewell, the Carr’s knew they had to run back towards Waddington. 

“We pushed our trolling motor batteries until they were completely dead and were forced to make the run back,” Justin said. “The ride back was brutal. Our console electronics mount completely broke in two places and our trolling motor mount ended up breaking, too. We made it back near Waddington with about twenty minutes before we had to check in.” 

They were thankful to not have any more serious equipment malfunctions, but the diehard tournament junkies couldn’t bring themselves to go in early. Instead the Carr’s decided to drift within a mile of the boat launch until they ran out of time. 

“Our trolling motor batteries were completely dead so we just tried to get ourselves near a current seam and drift for the remaining minutes of the day,” Austin said. “We were feeling pretty down, because we had a good practice but you can’t expect to weigh-in a 12-incher here and do well.” 

Austin paused for a minute, almost as if he was reflecting on what might have been had their luck not changed for the better. 

“Then magic happened,” Justin added with a big smile. “We caught a 3.5-pound smallmouth on a jerkbait literally at the last minute to cull our smallest fish. That cull gave us a solid bag and a fighting chance for tomorrow. Between the long run, all the broken gear and a clutch catch like that, this had to be the craziest tournament day I’ve ever had.” 

Hopefully the Carr’s day one trials and tribulations have appeased the fish-Gods enough for this event and the twin standouts from Illinois State have a smoother day on the St. Lawrence on day two. All 124 teams will compete again tomorrow before the field is cut down to the top 12 for Saturday’s final day.
 


ULM, Auburn, and Emmanuel Preview the St. Lawrence River

Courtesy of Luke Stoner - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Tomorrow morning marks the official start of the 2021 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops. One hundred and twenty four teams of eager, excited, and extremely talented college anglers are set to take on the famed St. Lawrence River for the most prestigious tournament of their season. 

By Saturday afternoon, the new National Champions will be crowned and four teams will be headed to College Series Classic Bracket to determine who will take Trevor McKinney’s place in representing college fishing in the 2022 Bassmaster Classic. 

Connor Nimrod - a junior majoring in marketing at the University of Louisiana Monroe, Brady Harp – a senior studying accounting who attends Auburn University, and Cy Casey – an Emmanuel College Business major going into his junior year were gracious enough to let us pick their brains for a few minutes leading into tomorrow’s competition. 

Read their thoughts on the fishing, along with why they are all content with the incredibly long drive to make it to the smallmouth capital of the bass fishing universe, the St. Lawrence River. 

 

Q – How long was the drive from your school to Waddington, NY?  

ULM (Connor) – “Long! Something like 25-hours.” 

Auburn (Brady) – “19-hour drive.” 

Emmanuel (Cy) – “I thought our 17-hour drive was long, but I guess it wasn’t terrible after listening to these guys.” 

 

Q – What is the coolest thing you’ve done since arriving in New York? 

ULM (Connor) – “I’m going to have to say catching my PB (personal best) smallmouth bass. A 5.58-lb. beast.” 

Auburn (Brady) – “I’ve gotta say the same thing, I caught a 5.5-lb. smallie this week which beat my old PB by half a pound!”

Emmanuel (Cy) – “Believe it or not, my answer is the same! I caught a 4.60-lb smallmouth in practice. A 3-pounder was my previous best.” 

 

Q – How much weight (per day) will it take to make the top 10 in this National Championship event? 

ULM (Connor) – “I think 17-lbs a day will be strong.” 

Auburn (Brady) – “There are a lot of big ones swimming around this place. I’d say 19-lbs. a day.”

Emmanuel (Cy) – “I would think somewhere around 19-lbs. a day.” 

 

Q – What are two techniques you believe will play a major factor this week? 

ULM (Connor) – “A drop shot and a ned rig, smallmouth 101.” 

Auburn (Brady) – “Drop shot and a drop shot. That’s really the only thing that worked for us. I’ll guess I’ll throw a frog around some, too.”

Emmanuel (Cy) – “A spy bait and a Berkley MaxScent Flatworm on a drop shot.” 

 


La Crosse Readies for MLF Tackle Warehouse 2021 TITLE Championship Presented by Mercury

50 Top Professional Anglers from Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Head to Wisconsin to Compete in Season Finale for up to $235,000 and TITLE Champion

LA CROSSE, Wis. (Aug. 11, 2021) – The Major League Fishing (MLF) Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury – the Pro Circuit Championship – is set to visit the Mississippi River and La Crosse, Wisconsin next week, Aug. 17-22. The six-day tournament will showcase the top 48 pros in the 2021 Pro Circuit standings, along with last year’s reigning TITLE champion and reigning Angler of the Year – all competing for a guaranteed check and a grand prize of up to $235,000.

While MLF has held more than 150 tournaments on the Mississippi River over the past 28 years – five of those tournaments at the Pro Circuit level – this will be the first MLF Championship Event held on the fishery.

The Pro Circuit last visited the Mighty Miss in July 2020, where hometown pro Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wisconsin, took home the win with a total weight of 54 pounds, 10 ounces. Monsoor finished 91st in the standings this season and did not qualify to compete in this event.

The 2021 TITLE, hosted by Explore La Crosse, will feature a hybrid tournament format. All 50 anglers are seeded into two groups of 25 – Group A & Group B, based on points earned in 2021 qualifying events – where they will compete in Qualifying Rounds over the first four days of the tournament. Group A will fish Day 1 and Day 3, and Group B will fish Day 2 and Day 4, with total weight determined by the cumulative weight of their biggest five-bass limit from both days.

The winner of each group will then advance directly to the Championship Round, while pros who finish in second to 10th place in each group will battle it out with zeroed weights in the Knockout Round. On the sixth day of the event, the Championship Round, weights will again be zeroed and the top eight pros from the Knockout Round, plus the two Qualifying Round winners will compete. The winner will be determined by the heaviest five-bass limit of the final round.

“We are thrilled to host the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE and have been anticipating the arrival of this event with great enthusiasm,” said A.J. Frels, Executive Director at Explore La Crosse. “We are excited for visitors and fans to experience the Driftless Region, where Ice Age glaciers left an untouched playground of bluffs, ravines, coulees and an incredible network of waterways.

“The La Crosse region is the perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Once visitors have experienced our area, we know it will stay at the top of their list for fishing, hiking, hunting, canoeing, boating, kayaking or simply being outdoors.”

Mississippi River expert and Pro Circuit angler Matt Stefan of Junction City, Wisconsin said the fish should be fully into their summer patterns by next week and he expects the fishing to be good.

“Prior to the middle of July, the fish are scattered everywhere,” said Stefan. “Now that we are into August, they get into a true summer feeding mode and are more grouped up. At this point in the season, it’s not uncommon to find spots where you can pull up on a current break and catch 40 fish on 50 casts. The key, as always, is going to be catching 3-pounders. The Mississippi is a game of keepers – the more you catch, the better your chance of catching one of those 3-pounders.

“I think 13 pounds a day will be key,” continued Stefan. “It will probably take a solid 26 pounds to move anglers on to the Knockout Round, another 13 pounds to make it into the top 8 for the Championship Round and 16½ to 17 pounds to win the Championship Round.”

While the Mississippi River has a reputation for being a frog haven in the summer, Stefan said there will most likely be a lot of other options being thrown during the event, including buzzbaits, walking topwaters and poppers, as well as swim jigs and swimbaits. He said he also expects to see anglers pitching and flipping Texas rigs and jigs, cranking, swinging football jigs and potentially even a Carolina rig.

“The river is at unprecedented low-water levels and will be below the 5-foot mark – the lowest it’s been in 8 to 10 years,” said Stefan. “Anglers are going to have to be a lot more cognizant of hazards. To get to some of the areas could require significant effort and there are going to be some low water areas that guys are going to have to be very careful trying to reach.”

Anglers will take off at 7 a.m. CT each day of competition from Veterans Freedom Park, located at 1 Clinton Street in La Crosse. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park daily at 3 p.m. The MLF NOW! broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all six days of competition from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend the event or follow the action online through the MLF NOW! live stream and coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Along with the launch and weigh-in, fans and community members are invited to a Fishing and Outdoor Expo Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Veterans Freedom Park, where fans can meet the pros and check out the latest in fishing and outdoor gear. The expo includes live music, great food, vendor booths from participating sponsors, activities for kids, giveaways and more.

The first 100 kids (10 and under) will receive a free rod and reel at the Expo on Saturday and Sunday and fans can register for a Jackson Kayak Coosa FD giveaway once per day, onsite at the Expo. The winner will be drawn after the final weigh-in on August 22. PAW Patrol’s Skye and Marshall will also be at the event with MLF pro Charlie Evans and will be available for photos. Appearance times may vary. Visit MajorLeagueFishing.com for updates and more details.

In addition to the launch, weigh-ins and Expo, youth 14 and under are also invited to attend a free Kid’s Fishing Derby on Sunday, Aug. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at Copeland Park. Participants can bring their own fishing gear or use provided gear on a first come, first serve basis. Worms will be provided by DMF Bait Company. Participants can register online at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit featured a field of 163 of the top professional anglers in the world competing at six regular-season events around the country. The top 50 anglers in the Angler of the Year (AOY) standings after the six events qualified to compete in the Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship.

Television coverage of the Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury event will be showcased across six two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, Oct. 10 on the Outdoor Channel. Episodes premiere Sunday mornings on the Outdoor Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition. Episodes will run through Nov. 14.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at Facebook TwitterInstagram and YouTube .


Stracner’s Remarkable Run To Bassmaster Rookie Of The Year

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Ala., has won the 2021 Elite Series Rookie of the Year title.

Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

August 11, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Before the 2021 season began, Bassmaster Elite Series angler Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Ala., told several people that the Rookie of the Year points race would “come down to the last day of the last tournament that two of us are fishing.”

While Stracner nailed that prediction, he had no idea he’d emerge with the title, especially during an up-and-down season that had him questioning his Elite future.

Going into the final Elite event at the St. Lawrence River, Stracner was fifth in the ROY standings. Focused solely on qualifying for the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk, Stracner didn’t even have the rookie title on his radar, but somehow, someway, he ended up with the hardware.

“I’m not really sure how,” Stracner said. “I wasn’t expecting it. I was just worried about making the Classic. That was my No. 1 goal for sure. That’s all I had on my mind.

“I knew just one bad day at either one of those last two tournaments would have cost me. I didn’t have a good Champlain tournament. I finished 54th. That kind of aggravated me because I actually was catching enough fish to do well. That really got me fired up about getting after it at St. Lawrence and making that Classic happen. Rookie of the Year was just a bonus.”

Stracner had to have a lot of unlikely things happen to make up his 55-point deficit and climb over four others.

Then-leader KJ Queen of Catawba, N.C., and third-place Matt Robertson of Central City, Ky., were in the 90s after Day 1 at the St. Lawrence, allowing Bryan New (35th) of Belmont, N.C., to regain the ROY lead. Stracner and Justin Hamner of Northport, Ala., stood 19th and 20th in the event, respectively, putting Hamner three points behind New and Stracner 15 back.

“I didn’t keep up with it,” Stracner said. “I don’t like getting my mind messed up on something like that. I just went out trying to catch everything I could catch.”

On Day 2, New fell to 67th, losing 32 points, and Hamner dropped to 31st. After climbing to 17th with his second bag topping 19 pounds, Stracner held a two-point lead heading into Day 3, and he was now aware of the great twist of fate.

With Hamner having more room to improve, Stracner thought he’d blown it as he weighed his smallest bag on Semifinal Saturday, 17-13, to finish 22nd. Hamner, who wasn’t on BassTrakk, was last to weigh in.

“Nobody knew what he had,” Stracner said. “I thought I kind of left the door open for him just a little bit. I thought I had 17 pounds even. I just knew he’d probably try to make a run at the lake, catch 18, 19, 20 pounds and beat me. I think he actually stayed kind of close and largemouth fished and it didn’t work out for him.”

With only four fish weighing 7-13, Hamner finished 45th, losing 14 points to Stracner’s fall of five points. It left Stracner 11 points up.

“I had a decent tournament,” Stracner said. “I didn’t set the woods on fire or anything. Just getting inside that Top 20 after the second day, and those guys behind me just not having a good tournament, that’s all it was.”

Of the nine rookies on the Elites in 2021, six were tightly bunched among the Top 39 who are awarded automatic Classic berths. These results were tabulated are after dropping their worst finish due to a COVID stipulation, which only counted toward Classic qualification. Stracner qualified for the Classic by finishing 29th.

“I had so many people come up to me congratulating me on such a great season,” Stracner said. “I feel like I didn’t do really well this year. I’m just fortunate that I did a hair better than the rookies that were behind me. I don’t think any of us had a spectacular season.

“Of course, I’m grateful for making the Classic and getting the rookie title — I guess that’s good for the first year — but having two or three or four tournaments below 50th place, I don’t like being down that far. And I know the other guys don’t either.”

Stracner earned an invitation to the Bassmaster Elite Series after finishing second in the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Opens division point standings.

While Stracner is the first to say he has work to do before next season, he knows at least one thing will be different in 2022.

“I’ve got a title now that (emcee Dave) Mercer can announce instead of just my name,” he said with a laugh.

Stracner will kick off his second year on the Bassmaster Elite Series Feb. 10, 2022 on Florida’s St. Johns River. For more information, visit Bassmaster.com.


Major League Fishing and Wildlife Forever Sign MOU to Prevent Invasive Species

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – Wildlife Forever and Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today that the two organizations have signed an important Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to combat the spread of invasive species. The new MOU will work to integrate Clean Drain Dry communications and marketing through tournament operations, angler education, and community outreach. Professional anglers are ambassadors for the fishing industry but also key conservationists in working to protect the sport.

“At MLF our focus is to provide the best platform for professional anglers to compete and improve their skills on America’s world class fisheries. Invasive species are a huge threat to our sport and our anglers play a role in preventing spread.  We’re proud to join the Clean Drain Dry Initiative in efforts to educate our anglers, our fans and ultimately protect the resources where we make our living,” said Don Rucks, MLF Executive Vice President and General Manager.

Integrating the Clean Drain Dry Initiative brand with professional anglers will give them the right tools to prevent spread and inspire their followers and fans to do the same.  As professional anglers tour the country competing on top fisheries, preventing spread of invasive species is a top priority. By working closely with Wildlife Forever, MLF anglers will have access to a broad suite of professional media and marketing assets to learn prevention techniques and demonstrate their commitment to conservation.

“Professional anglers are some of our nation’s best conservationists. They invest millions of dollars into local communities and know the critical importance of healthy and sustainable natural resources. This partnership will equip anglers with gear and communication tools to help prevent aquatic invasive species. From custom boat wraps to logos on fishing jerseys, the Clean Drain Dry message can become a badge of honor to showcase their commitment,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.

About the Clean Drain Dry Initiative: The Wildlife Forever Clean Drain Dry Initiative is the national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Strategic communications, marketing, outreach, and educational services provide access to consistent messaging and tailored AIS prevention planning. To learn more, visit www.CleanDrainDry.org


Wheeler Wins Again! Tennessee Angler Wins Third Event of Season at MLF Bass Pro Tour Toyota Stage Six at Lake Champlain

Harrison, Tennessee Pro Catches 27 Bass Weighing 88-2 to Go Back-to-Back and Earn Record-Setting Fifth Career Bass Pro Tour Victory and Another $100,000 Top Prize

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Aug. 10, 2021) – It’s getting hard to contextualize just how good Academy Sports + Outdoors pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, has been this season. Wheeler caught 27 scorable smallmouth bass Tuesday weighing 88 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour Toyota Stage Six at Lake Champlain Presented by Googan Baits in Plattsburgh, New York, and earn another top payout of $100,000.

Wheeler’s margin-of-victory in the event was 30 pounds, 13 ounces – the largest margin in Bass Pro Tour history. Also winning late June’s Bass Pro Tour stop at the St. Lawrence River, Wheeler now becomes the first angler to ever win back-to-back Stages on the Bass Pro Tour, and the first angler to ever win three in one season. His fifth career victory this week at Lake Champlain broke his own record for the most Bass Pro Tour victories all-time, and he has finished first or second in four of the last five Bass Pro Tour events.

And he’s only 31 years old.

“It’s crazy to think – three wins this year. Absolutely crazy,” Wheeler said. “It’s been an unbelievable year. I just try to have that mindset – don’t ever give up, don’t ever give in. Just constantly working and preparing for the next one. There is so much hard work that goes into these events. And it still takes a lot of things to go right to come out on top against this group of guys.

“It takes so much time out here on the water,” Wheeler continued. “I just love this sport. I love competing. I love preparing for events. I love competing against this group of guys. These guys right here that I’m fishing against are the best in the world, hands down. The absolute toughest group of guys to beat. You have to bring your “A” game, day in and day out. Fishing against the best pushes me to become better. I’ve been truly blessed coming up here this season – New York has been pretty dang good to us.”

Wheeler mainly targeted smallmouth throughout the week, using just two baits.

“It was just typical smallmouth stuff,” he said. “Most of them came on a drop-shot rig, and some on a Ned rig. It came down to several different Ned style baits. I threw a (Googan Baits) Rattlin’ Ned and caught 3 or 4 key fish on it today. I also caught them this week on some fluke-style baits. It seemed like profile and color really mattered. Sometimes I had to go translucent. Sometimes I had to go lighter line. Sometimes I could get away with heavier line. It was really just trial and error each day.

“It’s really just been a progression of figuring it out this week, slowly but surely. It wasn’t fast and furious, but little clues gave me hints to certain things and I kind of dialed it in as the week went on. You have to keep an open mind and that’s been the biggest thing for me this year – fishing stuff that I think looks good, develop the pattern and figure it out throughout the week and it gets better and better.”

Despite Wheeler’s already incredible season, he still has one goal left for the year – the Bass Pro Tour Angler of the Year (AOY) title. Pro Ott DeFoe of Blaine, Tennessee, who finished the event in 3rd place, has had an incredible season in his own right, and with one event remaining in the season he currently owns a 12-point lead over second-place Wheeler in the AOY race.

“I love Ott to death. He is unreal everywhere we go,” Wheeler went on to say. “It’s going to be battle. If either of us slip up one time, one day, it’s over. Whoever wins is going to have to make a top-10 at Stage Seven in Detroit, and we’ve got our work cut out for us. Realistically, I could have a phenomenal finish and still get beat. I’m just going to worry about winning another tournament and if it works out, it works out. I don’t have any AOY pressure – I’m going to prepare for that tournament to win it.”

Florence, Italy’s Jacopo Gallelli, who qualified to compete in this tournament after winning the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event at the Potomac River in June, caught 21 bass totaling 57 pounds, 5 ounces to finish second and win $45,257.

“I tell you, with this situation I had this morning, this second place (finish) is like a win,” Gallelli said. “I lost 2 hours of fishing – 1½ hours because of mechanical issues and another half hour when we went idling back into the creek. So, I cannot be more happy about being second. Especially considering this field. This field is made of the 80 most skilled anglers in the world, and I proved it to myself and everybody that I can compete at this level.

“If somebody was thinking the Potomac River was just a fluke, I demonstrated to everybody that it was not, most of all to myself,” Gallelli went on to say. “I did my best, and dealt with a very bad situation, so I am very proud of myself and very happy.”

The top 10 at the Bass Pro Tour Toyota Stage Six at Lake Champlain finished:

1st:          Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 27 bass, 88-2, $100,257
2nd:         Jacopo Gallelli, Florence, Italy, 21 bass, 57-5, $45,257
3rd:         Ott DeFoe, Blaine, Tenn., 18 bass, 50-6, $38,257
4th:         Timmy Horton, Muscle Shoals, Ala., 16 bass, 43-9, $32,257
5th:         Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 11 bass, 31-15, $30,257
9th:         Matt Lee, Cullman, Ala., 11 bass, 30-15, $26,257
6th:         Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 29-7, $23,257
7th:         Kelly Jordon, Flint, Texas, 11 bass, 29-6, $21,257
8th:         Wesley Strader, Spring City, Ala., 10 bass, 27-15, $19,257
10th:       Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., eight bass, 25-14, $16,257

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

Overall, there were 143 bass weighing 411 pounds, 2 ounces caught by the final 10 pros on Tuesday.

Wheeler also won Tuesday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award, weighing a 4-pound, 15-ounce smallmouth on a drop-shot rig in Period 2 to earn the prize. Shaw Grigsby and Takahiro Omori split the $3,000 Berkley Big Bass award for the largest bass of the event as each weighed in a 5-pound, 14-ounce largemouth on Days 2 and 3 of competition.

The Toyota Stage Six at Lake Champlain Presented by Googan Baits featured anglers competing with a 2-pound minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The MLF Bass Pro Tour Toyota Stage Six at Lake Champlain Presented by Googan Baits was hosted by the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and the City of Plattsburgh. The six-day tournament featured the top professional anglers from around the world competing for a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

Television coverage of the Toyota Stage Six at Lake Champlain Presented by Googan Baits will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Nov. 6 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2022 championship.

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


Myers Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Mississippi River – Prairie du Chien

Arcadia’s Conrad and Lavalle's Rufenacht Win Strike King Co-Angler Division
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wisc. (August 10, 2021) – Boater Mark Myers of Cedar Falls, Indiana wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Mississippi River-Prairie Du Chien Presented by TINCUP Whiskey in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. Myers earned $3,926 for his victory at the event.
TOP 10 RESULTS
RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Mark Myers of Cedar Falls, Ind. 3 10-14 $3,926
2nd Nick Trim of Galesville, Wisc. 3 10-6 $2,993
3rd Benny Stutzman of Caledonia, Minn. 3 9-11 $1,309
4th Tony Seiler of Hudson, Wisc. 3 9-10 $916
5th Brandon Briscoe of McHenry, Ill. 3 9-6 $785
6th Bill Sepke of Indian Head Park, Ill. 3 9-5 $720
7th Jeff Ritter of Prairie Du Chien, Wisc. 3 9-2 $654
8th William (Bill) Schultz of Viroqua, Wisc. 3 9-1 $589
9th Curtis Samo of Rochelle, Ill. 3 9-0 $523
10th Mike Brueggen of La Crosse, Wisc. 3 8-13 $458
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Richard Conrad of Arcadia, Wisc. 3 8-5 $1,472
1st Brady Rufenacht of Lavalle, Wisc. 3 8-5 $1,472
3rd Luka Strepacki of Naperville, Ill. 3 8-3 $920
4th Larry Litchfield of Macomb, Ill. 3 7-14 $458
5th Joe Rockey of Schaumburg, Ill. 3 7-10 $393
6th Steve Esser of Dubuque, Ind. 3 7-6 $360
7th Jaz Duncan of Eau Claire, Wisc. 3 7-5 $327
8th Nick Kramersmeier of Johnston, Ind. 3 7-4 $278
8th Jason Swanson of Waterloo, Ind. 3 7-4 $278
10th Chad Schultz of Rockton, Ill. 3 7-0 $217
10th Kalvin Korotka of Manawa, Wisc. 3 7-0 $217
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Nick Trim of Galesville, Wisc. 4-pound, 10-ounce bass $530
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Luke Strepacki of Naperville, Ill. 3-pound, 14-ounce bass $265
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Nick Trim of Galeville, Wisc. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Did Not Divulge N/A
Strike King Co-Angler Did Not Divulge N/A
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Great Lakes Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 21-23 Lake Ouachita, Mt. Ida, Ark. Visit Hot Springs
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 2-4 Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

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