Tennessee’s Lipscomb University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Lake Hartwell

ANDERSON, S.C. (Nov. 23, 2020) –Lipscomb University angler Dalton Dowdy of Chapin, South Carolina, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Lake Hartwell event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds even. The victory earned the Lipscomb bass club $2,000 and qualified Dowdy to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship.

In Abu Garcia College Fishing competition, each team generally consists of two anglers. However, if one team member is unable to attend the tournament an angler is permitted to fish alone with approval from the tournament director. Dowdy won by a 1-pound margin over the second-place team of Grayson Morris and Jacob Pfundt from the University of Montevallo, who weighed in five bass totaling 14 pounds even. The tournament launched from Green Pond Landing in Anderson, South Carolina.

The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2021 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st:       Lipscomb University – Dalton Dowdy, Chapin, S.C., five bass, 15-0, $2,000

2nd:      University of Montevallo – Grayson Morris, Birmingham, Ala., and Jacob Pfundt, Canton, Ga., five bass, 14-0, $1000

3rd:       Bryan College – Mason Cizek, Knoxville, Tenn., and Jake Lee, Powell, Tenn., five bass, 14-4, $500

4th:       Erskine College – Brycen Williamson, Wagener, S.C., and Jack Hunt, Townville, S.C., five bass, 13-14, $500

5th:       University of Montevallo – Chance Schwartz, Ball Ground, Ga., and James Willoughby, Gulfport, Miss., five bass, 13-9, $500

6th:       Carson Newman University – Matthew Hughes, Dandridge, Tenn., and Maddux Walters, Canton, Ga., five bass, 13-9

7th:       Brewton-Parker College – Corey Yaden, Grovetown, Ga., and Blake Stephenson, Evans, Ga., five bass, 13-1

8th:       Catawba Valley Community College – Lane Bailey, Granite Falls, N.C., and Adam Seagle, Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 13-1

9th:       University of Montevallo – Trey Dickert, Taylors, S.C., and Miller Spivey, Tyler, Ala., five bass, 12-11

10th:     Emmanuel College – Garrett Ankerich, Harwell, Ga., and Matthew Benson, Watkinsville, Ga., five bass, 12-6

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

The Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI event on Lake Hartwell was hosted by the Anderson Convention and Visitors Bureau. It was the third and final qualifying tournament for Southeastern Conference anglers and the last event of the year for the 2020 Abu Garcia College Fishing season.

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.

 


Williams Claims Victory At Tough Bassmaster Central Open On Lewisville Lake

Tommy Williams, of Shepherdsville, Ky., has won the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Lewisville Lake with a three-day total of 41 pounds, 15 ounces.

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

November 21, 2020

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Enduring a tough day marked by mishaps and disappointment, Tommy Williams of Shepherdsville, Ky., won the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on Lewisville Lake with a three-day total of 41 pounds, 15 ounces.

On Day 1, Williams caught a second-place limit of 18-8 and trailed early leader Brandon Dillard by 6-1. Adding a Day 2 limit of 15-8 sent him into Championship Saturday with a 6-3 lead.

On Saturday, that margin proved essential as Williams found only three keepers for 7-15, but held on to claim the top prize of $35,933 and a berth in the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk scheduled for March 19-21 on Lake Ray Roberts.

“Everybody knows how tough it is to win a tournament when you have a missed opportunity and I had a couple of them,” Williams said. “The fish bit funny today. I had fish blow up on a spinnerbait and I lost fish on a flipping stick.

“I fished clean all week, but today, they just pulled off. But it’s been a wonderful experience. Texas has treated me well. This is the first time I’ve been in contention to win one of these events.”

Williams spent his tournament in three areas. Two comprised windward pockets with baitfish blown into dense tangles of shallow wood. The third was a main-lake flat.

“I spent seven days of practice and it came together on the third day,” he said. “I fished my strengths through the whole thing.”

He flipped the wood with a Texas-rigged green pumpkin creature bait with the tails dipped in chartreuse. On the flat, he fished a 1/4-ounce spinnerbait with a single No. 3 willow-leaf blade and a chartreuse curly tail grub for a trailer.

The two-pronged attack served him the first two days, but he struggled in the final round.

“My first fish this morning came off when I pinned him against a log,” Williams said. “He was about a 2 1/2-pounder and I said ‘This is how it’s gonna go.’

“The next bite, I caught a good one, then the next fish came off. Then it was the dink-fest. I caught more short (undersized) fish in an hour and a half than I caught all week.”

Williams added another keeper mid-morning, but after multiple days of fishing pressure from him and other competitors sharing the area, the shallow wood bite fizzled.

“I told the camera crew ‘I have some spinnerbait fish that I’m going to have to go fish sometime today,” he said.

Making that move in the latter part of the day, Williams experienced one of his most frustrating moments around 1:30. Williams had a big fish boil under his spinnerbait without committing. When he followed up with the creature bait, the fish bit but missed the hook.

“I threw in there and he thumped it, but I missed it — twice,” Williams lamented.

Notably, Williams caught his third and final keeper on his spinnerbait spot, but he caught it on the Texas-rigged creature bait.

Branden Hollingshead of Azle, Texas, finished second with 40-6. Turning in the tournament’s biggest comeback, Hollingshead struggled with the Day 1 wind, catching only a pair of keepers for 7 pounds and placed 51st place.

With calmer conditions on Day 2, he found a limit of 20-12 and moved into third. Continuing his improvement, he caught a final-round limit of 12-10 and gained one more spot in the standings.

Targeting deeper rocks on ledges and a couple of isolated trees in 12 to 16 feet, Hollingshead caught his bass on a 3/8-ounce jig with a Yamamoto craw trailer.

“The bite was a lot tougher and I think the fishing pressure was getting to them,” he said. “I could see a lot of fish were suspended up in the water column. I was just hoping one or two of them would pull up there to feed and I could catch them.”

Brian Clark of Haltom City, Texas, finished third with 37-11. Days 1 and 2 saw Clark miss his limit by one fish with weights of 12-12 and 9-3 that put him in 12th, then eighth place.

He made up for those deficits on Day 3 by catching the day’s only limit. Clark anchored his 15-12 — the final day’s biggest catch — with a 7-10 largemouth. He caught his bass on a YUM Vibra King tube, a Strike King 5XD crankbait, a 1/2-ounce mop jig and a Lucky Craft 1.5 squarebill.

“I caught fish from 5 inches of water to 12 feet,” Clark said. “I knew I could go into this tournament trying to get a lot of bites or try to get five big ones a day.”

Brandon Dillard of Grapevine, Texas, won the $750 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award for the 8-11 largemouth he caught on Day 1. Hollingshead won the $500 Garmin Tournament Rewards prize.

Joe Lee of Midlothian, Texas, won the co-angler division title with a three-day total of 20-15. He sealed the win Saturday with a three-bass limit that weighed 7-7.

Michael Grossman of Dallas, Texas, won the $250 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award among co-anglers with a 6-4 largemouth.

Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., won the Central Opens Angler of the Year title with 719 points. He earns an automatic invitation to fish the 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series.

Louisiana pro Greg Hackney (716) finished second in the points race, followed by Japanese pro Kenta Kimura (713) and Georgia’s Marc Frazier (688). They will also receive invitations to fish the 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series.

Christie also leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year standings with 1,179 points. The final Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens event is scheduled for Dec. 3-5 on Alabama’s Lay Lake.

2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Lewisville Lake 11/19-11/21
Lewisville Lake, Lewisville TX.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Tommy Williams Shepherdsville, KY 13 41-15 200 $35,933.00
Day 1: 5 18-08 Day 2: 5 15-08 Day 3: 3 07-15
2. Branden Hollingshead Azle, TX 12 40-06 199 $17,953.00
Day 1: 2 07-00 Day 2: 5 20-12 Day 3: 5 12-10
3. Brian Clark Haltom City, TX 13 37-11 198 $12,320.00
Day 1: 4 12-12 Day 2: 4 09-03 Day 3: 5 15-12
4. Bryan New Belmont, NC 11 33-05 197 $10,267.00
Day 1: 3 06-10 Day 2: 5 16-11 Day 3: 3 10-00
5. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 12 31-11 196 $8,932.00
Day 1: 5 17-01 Day 2: 4 07-10 Day 3: 3 07-00
6. Brandon Dillard Grapevine, TX 8 31-09 195 $8,963.00
Day 1: 5 24-09 Day 2: 2 03-04 Day 3: 1 03-12
7. Blake Whatley Harleton, TX 13 30-08 194 $7,700.00
Day 1: 5 09-13 Day 2: 5 13-00 Day 3: 3 07-11
8. Ken Iyobe Tokoname, Aichi JAPAN 10 27-05 193 $7,187.00
Day 1: 3 05-15 Day 2: 5 15-00 Day 3: 2 06-06
9. Shawn Temple Krugerville, TX 10 26-08 192 $5,647.00
Day 1: 5 11-04 Day 2: 4 11-10 Day 3: 1 03-10
10. Billy Cline Argyle, TX 9 26-06 191 $4,620.00
Day 1: 5 12-01 Day 2: 2 09-12 Day 3: 2 04-09
11. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 11 25-09 190 $4,107.00
Day 1: 4 12-02 Day 2: 5 09-05 Day 3: 2 04-02
12. Austin Cranford Norman, OK 9 23-06 189 $3,593.00
Day 1: 3 07-14 Day 2: 5 12-15 Day 3: 1 02-09


Secondary Pattern Pushes Williams Into Lead At Bassmaster Central Open On Lewisville

Tommy Williams, of Shepherdsville, Ky., is leading after Day 2 of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Lewisville Lake with a two-day total of 34 pounds.

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

November 20, 2020

LEWISVILLE, Texas — A change in fish behavior led Tommy Williams of Shepherdsville, Ky., to discover a secondary pattern that helped propel him into the Day 2 lead of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on Lewisville Lake with a two-day total of 34 pounds.

Thursday’s first round saw Williams catch a second-place limit of 18-8 and trail Day 1 leader Brandon Dillard by 6-1. On Friday, Williams added another limit that went 15-8. He enters Championship Saturday with a 6-3 margin over Dillard.

Williams returned to the same windblown pocket he fished on Day 1 and spent much of his time flipping shallow wood. The key to this area, he said, was the baitfish that had been blown into the shallows.

Confident that his area still held quality fish, Williams again flipped the cover with a Texas-rigged creature bait. Just like Thursday, precise casts and slow presentations were essential to getting bit. However, the action was considerably more sparing than he found on Day 1.

“The fish kind of laid me down today; it was a lot harder to get bites,” Williams said. “I had a lot of company and a lot of pressure on those fish. There are a couple of guys in the Top 12 that were fishing in there — we all found the same fish.

“They’re moving around a little bit and we’ve had to fish a little harder for them. Actually, my primary area let me down most of the day.”

Faced with a leaner outlook on his main pattern, Williams backed away from the shallow cover and explored nearby flats. There, he discovered he could get bites with a spinnerbait.

“I may have stumbled onto a little something for tomorrow,” he said. “As long as the wind doesn’t completely lay down, they’re going to eat the spinnerbait. That’s going to be the ticket for me.”

Carrying two potentially productive patterns into the final round gives him cause for optimism, but Williams said he’s unsure if his area will be able to produce a final competitive limit.

“The fish are either going away or they’ve all been caught,” he said. “It is a very small area that I’m fishing in and it has a lot of pressure.”

While solitude would have been preferable, Williams credited his fellow competitors for cooperative interactions.

“I have to hand it to the guys who’ve been in there with me,” he said. “We’ve all been courteous to one another. We have been gunnel to gunnel at times — literally — and we’ve all gotten along.”

Hailing from Grapevine, Texas, Dillard set the high mark on Day 1 with a limit of 24-9. On Friday, Lewisville treated the local guide with far less generosity and he found only two keepers for 3-4. He’s in second with a two-day total of 27-13.

“I ran a lot of the same stuff and I ran a lot of new stuff,” Dillard said. “I’m not really sure what changed. Like I said yesterday, Lewisville is feast or famine. One day you can go out and really wreck ’em and the next day it can be tough as nails. That’s what I experienced today.

“I was bouncing in and out, doing the same thing I did yesterday. I had some bites that just didn’t commit. Tomorrow’s a pre-front day, so maybe they’ll chomp. I’m just glad I get to fish the final day.”

Dillard fished a variety of shallow and deep habitats and caught one of his keepers on a spinnerbait and the other on a shaky head.

Branden Hollingshead of Azle, Texas, is in third place with 27-12. After catching two keepers for 7 pounds and placing 51st on Day 1, he added a limit of 20-12 and gained 48 spots.

“The wind died down and let me fish what I wanted to fish today,” Hollingshead said. “Yesterday I couldn’t fish my spots, so I scrambled and put together what I had. Today, I quit fishing by 9 o’clock.”

Anchoring his Day 2 limit with a 6-9 largemouth, Hollingshead targeted deeper rock on ledges and a couple of isolated trees. Working in 12 to 16 feet, he fished slow presentations. Friday’s lighter wind allowed him to detect subtle bites.

“There’s a lot of bait in my area,” he said. “The fish are starting to move back and I’m getting them at the mouths of these transition areas.”

Dillard is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with the 8-11 largemouth he caught on Day 1.

Joe Lee of Midlothian, Texas, holds the overall lead in the co-angler division with a two-day total of 13-8. He placed third on Day 1 with a limit of 7-13 and rose to the top Friday by adding two keepers for 5-11.

Michael Grossman of Dallas, Texas, holds the Phoenix Boats Big Bass lead among co-anglers with a 6-4 largemouth.

Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., leads the Central Open standings with 719 points, followed by Greg Hackney with 717. Kenta Kimura is third with 713, Marc Frazier is fourth with 688 and Darold Gleason is fifth with 684.

Christie also leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year Standings with 1,179 points.

The Top 12 remaining anglers in each division will take off at 7 a.m. CT Saturday from Lewisville Lake Park. The weigh-in will be held at the Park at 3 p.m.

2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Lewisville Lake 11/19-11/21
Lewisville Lake, Lewisville TX.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1. Tommy Williams Shepherdsville, KY 10 34-00 200
Day 1: 5 18-08 Day 2: 5 15-08
2. Brandon Dillard Grapevine, TX 7 27-13 199
Day 1: 5 24-09 Day 2: 2 03-04
3. Branden Hollingshead Azle, TX 7 27-12 198
Day 1: 2 07-00 Day 2: 5 20-12
4. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 9 24-11 197
Day 1: 5 17-01 Day 2: 4 07-10
5. Bryan New Belmont, NC 8 23-05 196
Day 1: 3 06-10 Day 2: 5 16-11
6. Shawn Temple Krugerville, TX 9 22-14 195
Day 1: 5 11-04 Day 2: 4 11-10
7. Blake Whatley Harleton, TX 10 22-13 194
Day 1: 5 09-13 Day 2: 5 13-00
8. Brian Clark Haltom City, TX 8 21-15 193
Day 1: 4 12-12 Day 2: 4 09-03
9. Billy Cline Argyle, TX 7 21-13 192
Day 1: 5 12-01 Day 2: 2 09-12
10. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 9 21-07 191
Day 1: 4 12-02 Day 2: 5 09-05
11. Ken Iyobe Tokoname, Aichi JAPAN 8 20-15 190
Day 1: 3 05-15 Day 2: 5 15-00
12. Austin Cranford Norman, OK 8 20-13 189
Day 1: 3 07-14 Day 2: 5 12-15
13. Shaun Haag Montgomery, TX 8 20-13 188 $2,823.00
Day 1: 3 08-00 Day 2: 5 12-13
14. Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 8 20-08 187 $2,823.00
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 3 08-00
15. Kenta Kimura Osaka JAPAN 7 20-07 186 $2,823.00
Day 1: 5 12-12 Day 2: 2 07-11
16. Dustin Reneau Mckinney, TX 7 20-06 185 $2,823.00
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 5 16-06
17. Matt Robertson Kuttawa, KY 6 20-06 184 $2,823.00
Day 1: 2 04-01 Day 2: 4 16-05
18. Luke Plunkett Pinson, AL 7 20-01 183 $2,823.00
Day 1: 4 09-14 Day 2: 3 10-03
19. Trey Swindle Cleveland, AL 6 19-15 182 $2,823.00
Day 1: 5 15-06 Day 2: 1 04-09
20. Chris Jones Bokoshe, OK 8 19-13 181 $2,823.00
Day 1: 4 11-06 Day 2: 4 08-07
21. Matthew Nobile Sorrento, LA 8 19-10 180 $2,567.00
Day 1: 5 12-03 Day 2: 3 07-07
22. Cody Ryan Greaney Manchaca, TX 7 18-15 179 $2,567.00
Day 1: 4 10-08 Day 2: 3 08-07
23. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 7 18-11 178 $2,567.00
Day 1: 2 03-07 Day 2: 5 15-04
24. Lance Crawford Broken Bow, OK 7 18-11 177 $2,567.00
Day 1: 5 13-02 Day 2: 2 05-09
25. Terry Peacock Royse City, TX 6 18-01 176 $2,567.00
Day 1: 5 14-07 Day 2: 1 03-10
26. KJ Queen Catawba, NC 5 18-00 175 $2,361.00
Day 1: 4 13-03 Day 2: 1 04-13
27. Terry Bollom Frisco, TX 7 17-05 174 $2,361.00
Day 1: 5 14-02 Day 2: 2 03-03
28. Chandler Stewart Waco, TX 5 17-01 173 $2,361.00
Day 1: 3 11-13 Day 2: 2 05-04
29. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 8 16-12 172 $2,361.00
Day 1: 5 09-15 Day 2: 3 06-13
30. Joey Nania Cropwell, AL 4 16-08 171 $2,361.00
Day 1: 3 12-08 Day 2: 1 04-00
31. Cody Bird Granbury, TX 6 16-07 170 $2,361.00
Day 1: 2 05-03 Day 2: 4 11-04
32. Billy Billeaud Lafayette, LA 7 16-04 169 $2,361.00
Day 1: 5 10-15 Day 2: 2 05-05
33. Paul Browning Pecos, TX 6 16-00 168 $2,361.00
Day 1: 2 05-07 Day 2: 4 10-09
34. Chancy Walters West Des Moines, IA 4 15-12 167 $2,361.00
Day 1: 2 05-01 Day 2: 2 10-11
35. Drew Sloan Scurry, TX 4 15-09 166 $2,361.00
Day 1: 4 15-09 Day 2: 0 00-00
36. Jeff Lugar Princeton, TX 5 15-05 165 $2,361.00
Day 1: 4 11-05 Day 2: 1 04-00
37. Jake Rossi Columbus, OH 5 15-05 164 $2,361.00
Day 1: 2 05-03 Day 2: 3 10-02
38. James Stricklin Fort Smith, AR 6 15-04 163 $2,361.00
Day 1: 4 11-01 Day 2: 2 04-03
39. Bradley Hallman Norman, OK 8 15-00 162 $2,361.00
Day 1: 3 06-03 Day 2: 5 08-13
40. Kylie Sparks Denham Spgs, LA 6 14-13 161 $2,361.00
Day 1: 2 04-10 Day 2: 4 10-03
41. Joel Willert Prior Lake, MN 5 14-09 160
Day 1: 4 10-12 Day 2: 1 03-13
42. Marc Schilling Shady Shores, TX 7 14-07 159
Day 1: 3 06-15 Day 2: 4 07-08
43. Spike Stoker Stephenville, TX 5 14-06 158
Day 1: 5 14-06 Day 2: 0 00-00
44. David Drinkard Sour Lake, TX 6 14-05 157
Day 1: 2 04-08 Day 2: 4 09-13
45. Robert Parkison Marshall, TX 5 14-01 156
Day 1: 4 12-06 Day 2: 1 01-11
46. Marc Frazier Newnan, GA 5 13-11 155
Day 1: 3 08-02 Day 2: 2 05-09
47. Justin Prisock Robinson, TX 6 13-07 154
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 1 02-00
48. Mark Watson Midlothian, TX 4 13-07 153
Day 1: 2 06-10 Day 2: 2 06-13
49. Wes Nofire Tahlequah, OK 4 12-15 152
Day 1: 3 09-04 Day 2: 1 03-11
50. Garrett Rose Pipecreek, TX 5 12-13 151
Day 1: 3 08-11 Day 2: 2 04-02
51. Josh Bragg Jacksonville, AL 4 12-11 150
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 4 12-11
52. Theron Caldwell Decatur, TX 4 12-09 149
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 4 12-09
53. Brian Latimer Belton, SC 6 12-09 148
Day 1: 5 11-00 Day 2: 1 01-09
54. Doug Vahrenberg Higginsville, MO 4 12-01 147
Day 1: 1 01-13 Day 2: 3 10-04
55. Scott Pellegrin Chippewa Falls, WI 4 11-15 146
Day 1: 4 11-15 Day 2: 0 00-00
56. Daisuke Aoki Minamitsurugun Yamanash 4 11-11 145
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 3 10-04
57. Darold Gleason Many, LA 5 11-11 144
Day 1: 3 07-10 Day 2: 2 04-01
58. Masayuki Matsushita Tokoname-Shi JAPAN 4 11-06 143
Day 1: 2 06-13 Day 2: 2 04-09
59. Greg Yates Oak Point, TX 5 11-01 142
Day 1: 4 07-03 Day 2: 1 03-14
60. Caleb Gibson Locust Grove, OK 4 11-00 141
Day 1: 3 07-13 Day 2: 1 03-03
61. David Gillham Heath, TX 4 10-12 140
Day 1: 4 10-12 Day 2: 0 00-00
62. John Hunter Jr Shelbyville, KY 3 10-08 139
Day 1: 2 07-08 Day 2: 1 03-00
63. Dakota Ebare Dehnam Springs, LA 5 10-07 138
Day 1: 4 08-10 Day 2: 1 01-13
64. Shonn Goodwin Moore, OK 4 10-07 137
Day 1: 3 07-12 Day 2: 1 02-11
65. Jed Holt Livingston, TX 5 10-06 136
Day 1: 4 08-10 Day 2: 1 01-12
66. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 6 10-05 135
Day 1: 2 03-07 Day 2: 4 06-14
67. Justin Atkins Florence, AL 3 09-14 134
Day 1: 1 03-10 Day 2: 2 06-04
68. Marshall Hughes Hemphill, TX 4 09-10 133
Day 1: 2 02-13 Day 2: 2 06-13
69. Greg Mansfield Olathe, KS 4 09-09 132
Day 1: 1 03-02 Day 2: 3 06-07
70. Ron Wells Claremore, OK 3 09-08 131
Day 1: 1 02-08 Day 2: 2 07-00
71. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 4 09-07 130
Day 1: 1 03-06 Day 2: 3 06-01
72. Billy Smith Montgomery, TX 3 09-06 129
Day 1: 1 05-05 Day 2: 2 04-01
73. James Biggs Euless, TX 4 09-05 128
Day 1: 3 07-04 Day 2: 1 02-01
74. Todd Castledine Nacogdoches, TX 4 09-05 127
Day 1: 1 03-14 Day 2: 3 05-07
75. Larry Puckett Decatur, TX 4 09-04 126
Day 1: 1 01-08 Day 2: 3 07-12
76. Floyd Teat Valley Mills, TX 4 09-03 125
Day 1: 3 06-08 Day 2: 1 02-11
77. Jerod Hawkes Eagle Pass, TX 3 09-03 124
Day 1: 1 02-13 Day 2: 2 06-06
78. Bryant Smith Roseville, CA 4 09-01 123
Day 1: 1 01-15 Day 2: 3 07-02
79. Jim Dillard West Monroe, LA 4 08-15 122
Day 1: 1 02-03 Day 2: 3 06-12
80. Travis Ledford Tuttle, OK 5 08-14 121
Day 1: 1 01-10 Day 2: 4 07-04
81. Kazuki Kitajima Corinth, TX 4 08-12 120
Day 1: 3 07-04 Day 2: 1 01-08
82. Bart Stanisz Brookeland, TX 3 08-06 119
Day 1: 2 04-13 Day 2: 1 03-09
83. Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 5 07-14 118
Day 1: 2 03-00 Day 2: 3 04-14
84. Cody Morrison Collinsville, TX 3 07-11 117
Day 1: 3 07-11 Day 2: 0 00-00
85. Steve Sennikoff Edgewood, TX 4 07-11 116
Day 1: 3 04-12 Day 2: 1 02-15
86. Teb Jones Hattiesburg, MS 4 07-05 115
Day 1: 2 03-04 Day 2: 2 04-01
87. Spencer Lambert West Monroe, LA 2 07-04 114
Day 1: 2 07-04 Day 2: 0 00-00
88. Jay Brainard Mountain Home, OK 3 07-03 113
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 07-03
89. Hunter Denmark Saraland, AL 3 07-02 112
Day 1: 2 05-11 Day 2: 1 01-07
90. Cameron Mattison Bossier City, LA 2 07-02 111
Day 1: 1 02-02 Day 2: 1 05-00
91. Matt Pangrac Broken Arrow, OK 4 07-02 110
Day 1: 1 02-08 Day 2: 3 04-10
92. Jake Boomer Spokane Valley, WA 4 07-01 109
Day 1: 4 07-01 Day 2: 0 00-00
93. Casey Bennett Waco, TX 3 07-01 108
Day 1: 2 05-08 Day 2: 1 01-09
94. Randy Blaukat Joplin, MO 2 07-00 107
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 07-00
95. Logan Latuso Gonzales, LA 3 06-13 106
Day 1: 3 06-13 Day 2: 0 00-00
96. Kenny Mittelstaedt Minnetonka, MN 4 06-12 105
Day 1: 4 06-12 Day 2: 0 00-00
97. Denny Fiedler Wabasha, MN 3 06-08 104
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 1 02-08
98. Brad Shuflin Windsor, CO 1 06-07 103
Day 1: 1 06-07 Day 2: 0 00-00
99. Kyle Dorsett Odenville, AL 3 06-04 102
Day 1: 3 06-04 Day 2: 0 00-00
100. Brandon Mcdonald Longview, TX 2 06-04 101
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 06-04
101. Brian Post Janesville, WI 3 05-15 100
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 1 01-15
102. Kevin Ledoux Choctaw, OK 3 05-12 99
Day 1: 3 05-12 Day 2: 0 00-00
103. Brandon Ackerson Afton, OK 3 05-07 98
Day 1: 1 01-10 Day 2: 2 03-13
104. Randy Qualls Streetman, TX 2 05-05 97
Day 1: 1 01-14 Day 2: 1 03-07
105. Toby Hartsell Afton, OK 3 05-05 96
Day 1: 1 02-05 Day 2: 2 03-00
106. John Hammersmith Branson, MO 3 05-04 95
Day 1: 3 05-04 Day 2: 0 00-00
107. Wardell Motley Jr Cleburne, TX 2 05-04 94
Day 1: 1 02-11 Day 2: 1 02-09
108. Clark Reehm Elm Groove, LA 2 05-02 93
Day 1: 1 01-11 Day 2: 1 03-07
109. James Davis Jr Ferriday, LA 2 04-13 92
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-13
110. Steven Caldwell Whitesboro, TX 3 04-12 91
Day 1: 2 03-06 Day 2: 1 01-06
111. Andy Hribar Lakeville, MN 2 04-11 90
Day 1: 1 03-05 Day 2: 1 01-06
112. Jerry Riddle Jr Summit, MS 3 04-10 89
Day 1: 2 03-02 Day 2: 1 01-08
113. Wes Logan Springville, AL 2 04-06 88
Day 1: 2 04-06 Day 2: 0 00-00
114. Wyatt Burkhalter Coker, AL 1 04-04 87
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 04-04
115. Kyle Hogg Hewitt, TX 2 04-00 86
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
116. RJ Chandler Jr. Vinton, LA 2 03-12 85
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 03-12
117. Joey Cifuentes III Clinton, AR 2 03-10 84
Day 1: 2 03-10 Day 2: 0 00-00
118. Andrew Upshaw Tulsa, OK 2 03-06 83
Day 1: 1 01-08 Day 2: 1 01-14
119. Neels Beneke Amanzimtoti SOUTH AFRIC 1 03-04 82
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-04
120. Scott Siller Milwaukee, WI 2 03-04 81
Day 1: 1 01-05 Day 2: 1 01-15
121. Ryan Dusek Azle, TX 2 03-02 80
Day 1: 2 03-02 Day 2: 0 00-00
122. Cody Huff Ava, MO 1 02-15 79
Day 1: 1 02-15 Day 2: 0 00-00
122. Ernie Stumpf III Frisco, TX 1 02-15 79
Day 1: 1 02-15 Day 2: 0 00-00
124. Jay Stidham China Spring, TX 2 02-14 77
Day 1: 2 02-14 Day 2: 0 00-00
125. Scott Martin Clewiston, FL 1 02-14 76
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-14
126. Tommy Murray Bedford, TX 1 02-13 75
Day 1: 1 02-13 Day 2: 0 00-00
127. Jake Biram Tulsa, OK 1 02-11 74
Day 1: 1 02-11 Day 2: 0 00-00
128. James Caldemeyer Gilmer, TX 1 02-05 73
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-05
129. Greg Vance Delhi, IA 1 02-04 72
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-04
129. Trait Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 1 02-04 72
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-04
131. Gary Hall Wardville, OK 1 02-03 70
Day 1: 1 02-03 Day 2: 0 00-00
131. Brian Mathis Cedar Park, TX 1 02-03 70
Day 1: 1 02-03 Day 2: 0 00-00
133. Jacob Powroznik North Prince George, VA 1 02-00 68
Day 1: 1 02-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
134. Jeff Bridges Prosper, TX 1 01-15 67
Day 1: 1 01-15 Day 2: 0 00-00
135. Dale Hightower Mannford, OK 1 01-14 66
Day 1: 1 01-14 Day 2: 0 00-00
135. Andrew Wright Plano, TX 1 01-14 66
Day 1: 1 01-14 Day 2: 0 00-00
137. Brent Homan Graham, TX 1 01-10 64
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-10
138. Troy O'Rourke Bentonville, AR 1 01-08 63
Day 1: 1 01-08 Day 2: 0 00-00
139. Andrew Thomasson Dublin, VA 1 01-04 62
Day 1: 1 01-04 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Chris Bachta Grapevine, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Chris Bailey Eddy, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Lucas Bradley Flippin, AR 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Justin Hallmark Bertram, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Mark Hicks Glouster, OH 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Larry Jenkins Leesburg, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Lyvon Kennard Harker Hts, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Terry Luedtke Burton, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Bill McNutt Henry, IL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Chad Mrazek Montgomery, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Allan Nail Sand Springs, OK 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Lance Rose Pipe Creek, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Bill Watts Beaumont, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Dirk Wenzlaff Frisco, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Jd Williams Mckinney, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00


Major League Fishing Unveils 2021 Bass Pro Tour Roster

TULSA, Okla. (Nov. 20, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the 2021 Bass Pro Tour angler roster. The roster includes 75 returning anglers, headlined by 2020 Angler of the Year (AOY), Heavy Hitters winner and General Tire World Champion Jordan Lee, five-time MLF event winner Jacob Wheeler, Ott DeFoe, Edwin Evers, and the man considered by many to be the greatest professional angler of all-time, Kevin VanDam.

Joining the 75 returning anglers will be DeBary, Florida’s John Cox. A perennial AOY contender during his 10-year FLW Tour/Pro Circuit career, and the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup Champion, Cox was an original invitee when the Bass Pro Tour roster was filled in 2018. He opted not to accept that invitation then, but still fished the FLW Tour and Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Cox now plans to fish both the Bass Pro Tour and the Pro Circuit in 2021, setting the table to fish upwards of 20 pro-level events if he qualifies for REDCREST and MLF Cups.

“I like the lakes on the schedule, I like the payouts, and I like that I can fish a lot of tournaments,” Cox said. “I don’t know exactly how I’ll do in the MLF format for a full season, but even if I don’t do great, I feel good about my chances to make a few top 10s and cash checks. There are a few places on that 2021 schedule where I think to myself ‘Hmmm, I know a spot or two here or there, I think I might do quite well in that one.’ I’m excited about it.”

The four remaining roster spots at the seven regular-season Bass Pro Tour events will be filled by the top anglers from each Pro Circuit event in 2021. The top four finishers from each individual Pro Circuit event will receive automatic invitations to compete in the Bass Pro Tour events that follow, opening the door for the Pro Circuit’s top performers to compete in the MLF catch, weigh, immediate-release format and another opportunity at a $100,000 first-place check.

The four roster spots at the Bass Pro Tour Stage One event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir (March 21-26) will be filled based on the 2020 Pro Circuit AOY standings; Pro Circuit event number one – Feb. 11-14 at Lake Okeechobee, Florida – will then feed Bass Pro Tour Stage Two at Lake Travis (April 30-May 5) and so on.

“We’re all fishing to try to make the Bass Pro Tour, and this will be a really good opportunity for a guy to get his feet wet in that format,” said 11-year Pro Circuit veteran angler Bill McDonald, who got his first taste of the MLF format at the 2020 TITLE championship at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. “You can tell yourself that the Bass Pro Tour format isn’t really that much more pressure, but I can tell you from experience that it takes a strong mental game. It’s the highest of highs to hear your name at the top (of SCORETRACKER®), but your brain goes crazy when you drop rapidly. It’ll be valuable experience to qualify for one of those (Bass Pro Tour) events.”

The 76 professional anglers that will compete on the 2021 Bass Pro Tour are:

Casey Ashley
Adrian Avena
Josh Bertrand
Tommy Biffle
Zack Birge
Stephen Browning
Brent Chapman
Luke Clausen
Dustin Connell
Brandon Coulter
John Cox
Cliff Crochet
Mark Daniels Jr.
Mark Davis
Ott DeFoe
Boyd Duckett
David Dudley
Brent Ehrler
James Elam
Paul Elias
Edwin Evers
Todd Faircloth
Shin Fukae
Anthony Gagliardi
Shaw Grigsby
Roy Hawk
Brett Hite
Timmy Horton
Randy Howell
Alton Jones
Alton Jones Jr.
Kelly Jordon
Gary Klein
Jeff Kriet
Jason Lambert
Bobby Lane
Chris Lane
Russ Lane
Jordan Lee
Matt Lee
Dave Lefebre
Jared Lintner
Justin Lucas
Aaron Martens
Mike McClelland
Cody Meyer
Ish Monroe
Andy Montgomery
Andy Morgan
John Murray
Britt Myers
Michael Neal
Takahiro Omori
Cliff Pace
Keith Poche
Skeet Reese
Marty Robinson
Dean Rojas
Mark Rose
Fred Roumbanis
Bradley Roy
Terry Scroggins
Fletcher Shryock
Gerald Spohrer
Jeff Sprague
Wesley Strader
Scott Suggs
Randall Tharp
Bryan Thrift
Kevin VanDam
Jonathan VanDam
Greg Vinson
David Walker
James Watson
Jacob Wheeler
Jesse Wiggins
In 2021 MLF Bass Pro Tour competition, anglers are vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for REDCREST 2022, the world championship of professional bass fishing. Each stage of the Bass Pro Tour includes six days of competition using the catch, weigh, immediate-release format, broadcast live on the Major League Fishing app, MyOutdoorTV (MOTV), and MajorLeagueFishing.com, totaling more than 450 hours of original programming. Fans can also follow the on-the-water action as it unfolds on the live SCORETRACKER® leaderboard.

The 2021 MLF Bass Pro Tour will air on Discovery Channel beginning in July 2021 and the Sportsman Channel in early 2022.

2021 MLF Bass Pro Tour Schedule

· Feb. 23-27 REDCREST 2021 at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees – Tulsa, Okla.

· March 21-26 Bass Pro Tour Stage One at Sam Rayburn Reservoir – Jasper, Texas

· April 9-14 General Tire HEAVY HITTERS at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake & Shearon Harris Reservoir – Raleigh, N.C.

· April 30-May 5 Bass Pro Tour Stage Two at Lake Travis – Austin, Texas

· May 21-26 Bass Pro Tour Stage Three at Harris Chain of Lakes – Leesburg, Fla.

· June 4-9 Bass Pro Tour Stage Four at Lake Chickamauga – Dayton, Tenn.

· June 25-30 Bass Pro Tour Stage Five at St. Lawrence River – Massena, N.Y.

· Aug. 5-10 Bass Pro Tour Stage Six at Lake Champlain – Plattsburgh, N.Y.

· Sept. 10-15 Bass Pro Tour Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair – St. Clair Shores, Mich.


McKendree Teammates Advance To Bassmaster College Bracket Championship On Lay Lake

Trevor McKinney (left) and Blake Jackson (right) of McKendree University have advanced to the final round of head-to-head competition in the 2020 Carhartt College Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops on Lay Lake.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

November 18, 2020

COLUMBIANA, Ala. — McKendree University teammates Blake Jackson and Trevor McKinney won their individual matchups in the semifinal round of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops at Lay Lake on Wednesday, advancing to the championship round of the elimination-style event.

It is the second-straight season when regular season teammates will compete for a spot in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk after Cody Huff and Carter McNeil from Bethel University squared off last season.

“It’s superexciting, especially coming in being the seven seed and eight seed,” McKinney said. “I think it says a lot about our program at McKendree and the caliber of our anglers. We just fish hard. It wasn’t likely we were going to make it to the last round, but I think it says a lot about Blake and I and a lot about McKendree as a whole.”

Using a shad colored Rapala DT 6 crankbait, Jackson caught 9 pounds, 8 ounces on Day 2 to defeat University of North Alabama’s Cole Thompson, who caught 4-9. Jackson said he has been running main-lake points and channel swings and has found success on a few key areas that have baitfish present.

“There is a lot of bait on a few of these points in 15 to 30 foot,” Jackson said. “These fish are pushing the bait on these points and that’s when I’m catching them. It’s really a timing deal.

“When you catch one, normally you are going to have a little bit of a flurry for 15 to 20 minutes.”

After an afternoon flurry lifted him to victory on Day 1, Jackson caught most of his bass on Day 2 in the morning hours. His final keeper came around 9 a.m., a 2-13 spotted bass that anchored his bag.

“I did lose a couple fish today that I thought were going to cost me,” Jackson said. “Going into tomorrow I’m pretty confident. I didn’t have to pressure my fish too badly today. I went looking for a lot of new areas and found one more area that I will have in my back pocket.”

While he wasn’t able to match his 12-4 bag from Day 1, McKinney secured 7-12 to win his semifinal matchup against Benson Dowler, who weighed in 2-6. Unlike Day 1, the morning bite was productive for McKinney, who caught his first two bass in the first few minutes and caught his limit before the 10:30 a.m. break.

“After that, it got slow for me,” McKinney said. “My bite turned off a little bit which was surprising to me because yesterday the afternoon bite was actually my best bite. It got tough this afternoon for me.”

McKinney caught almost every fish he weighed on Day 2 on a jerkbait. The largemouth bite has been the most productive, he said, but added he lost two quality spotted bass during the morning hours.

Although his afternoon areas did not pan out, McKinney said he saw a 2-pounder jump out of the water in pursuit of shad as he idled away and headed to check-in.

“I’m pretty sure they are there,” he said. “This might sound crazy, but God might just be saving them for tomorrow, the most important day.”

McKinney and Jackson will takeoff from Beeswax Landing Thursday at 6:30 a.m. CT and fish until 3 p.m. Bassmaster LIVE coverage will begin on Bassmaster.com at 8 a.m.

The winner will not only qualify for the Bassmaster Classic, they will also receive $7,500 from Carhartt and paid entry into all eight 2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens, plus the use of a Toyota Tundra and Nitro Z20 powered by Mercury and equipped with Humminbird electronics and Minn Kota Trolling Motor and Shallow Water Anchors.

“We both can put them in the boat,” Jackson said. “He’s just as good if not better than me. I would love to fish the Bassmaster Classic, but I’m going to walk away with my head held high even if I don’t make it tomorrow because I know a really good angler and a best friend in life is getting to.”

2020 Carhartt College Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops 11/17-11/19
Lay Lake, Columbiana AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler Club/School No./Weight

Blake Jackson McKendree University 5 09-08
Cole Thompson University of North Alabama 4 04-09

Trevor McKinney McKendree University 5 07-12
Benson Dowler University of North Alabama 3 02-06


McKendree, UNA Dominate Day 1 Of Bassmaster College Classic Bracket On Lay Lake

Trevor McKinney, Benson Dowler, Blake Jackson and Cole Thompson have advanced to the second round of head-to-head competition in the 2020 Carhartt College Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops on Lay Lake.

Photo by Chris Mitchell/B.A.S.S.

November 17, 2020

COLUMBIANA, Ala. — McKendree University teammates Trevor McKinney and Blake Jackson and University of North Alabama teammates Cole Thompson and Benson Dowler all secured individual victories in the first round of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops on a stingy Lay Lake Tuesday afternoon, securing spots in the semifinal round of the elimination-style tournament.

McKinney had the biggest catch of the day with a mixed bag of 12 pounds, 4 ounces and defeated Bryan College senior and 2020 Bassmaster College Series champion Conner DiMauro, who caught the second-highest weight of the day with 11-12.

“The Lord blessed me today with guidance,” McKinney said. “There was a bait laying in the rod locker I never even thought I would throw and I tied it on and caught every fish I weighed on it.”

After finding quality fish under similar conditions during the only day of official practice, McKinney was expecting the fishing to be much better. But after finding little success in the areas where he practiced, McKinney scrapped his game plan and found quality fish in a new section of Lay Lake.

“At the halftime break, I had two fish for about a pound,” McKinney said. “I fished hard until about noon. It wasn’t going how I planned it. I scrapped it all and just went fishing. I found an area that is supergood. It has a lot of fish in it and I milked it.”

With 15 minutes left, McKinney landed a 4-pound largemouth that anchored his bag and gave him the advantage over DiMauro.

“Conner and Cole (Sands) are both phenomenal fishermen. I knew coming into it if I could beat either of them, I would have a good chance to win this tournament. It was very nerve-wracking because, at the halftime break, Conner had four fish for 9 pounds. I knew it was going to be close.”

McKinney will take on Dowler in the semifinal round after Dowler secured 7-11 to defeat Georgia Southern University’s Ty Black.

Thompson advanced to the second round with 7-12, beating Georgia Southern’s Avry Thomason, who caught 6-1. After spending most of his practice day running and evaluating the lake, Thompson said he didn’t know what to expect when he began fishing.

“I really wasn’t sure what I had or where I was going to catch my fish,” he said. “I was just hoping that the areas I thought looked right were going to pay off. I had a good little flurry this morning.”

During practice, Thompson had not seen any schooling fish, but around 9:30 a.m. in a main-lake pocket, he found feeding fish and caught four bass in about 10 minutes with a crankbait. About an hour later, right before the halftime break, Thompson caught his biggest fish of the day, a 2-6 spotted bass.

While he battled trolling motor problems the rest of the day, Thompson found a secondary area he hopes can produce quality largemouth Wednesday.

“I had two big bites and I missed both of them,” he added.

Thompson will match up against Jackson on Day 2. Jackson caught 7-1 to narrowly beat Bryan College senior Cole Sands by 7 ounces.

“I thought the weights were pretty high today compared to how yesterday was looking,” Thompson said. “I’m going to have to keep catching them to beat these boys. I’m going to have to grind tomorrow and try to make the bites that I get count.”

The final four anglers will take off from Beeswax Landing Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. CT and fish until 3 p.m. The two winners of the head-to-head matchups will advance to the final day and compete for a spot in the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

2020 Carhartt College Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops 11/17-11/19
Lay Lake, Columbiana AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School No./Weight

Cole Sands Bryan College 5 06-11
Blake Jackson McKendree University 5 07-01

Cole Thompson University of North Alabama 5 07-12
Avry Thomason Georgia Southern University 5 06-01

Conner DiMauro Bryan College 5 11-12
Trevor McKinney McKendree University 5 12-04

Benson Dowler University of North Alabama 4 07-11
Ty Black Georgia Southern University 3 05-02


MISSOURI’S MACY WINS PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE PRESENTED BY T-H MARINE ALL-AMERICAN ON LAKE HARTWELL

ANDERSON, S.C. (Nov. 13, 2020) – Boater Chris Macy of Diamond, Missouri, won the 37th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP Friday, bringing a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 13 pounds, 1 ounce. Macy’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 34-10 was enough to overtake second-place angler Todd Goade of White Pine, Tennessee – who led the event after the second day of competition – by a 2-pound, 4-ounce margin. For the win, Macy earned the top payout of $100,000.

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Description automatically generated“This is unbelievable – going in to today, I really didn’t think I had a shot at it,” said Macy, who qualified for this tournament through the Bass Fishing League Ozark Division. “I went out this morning and thought that if I could catch 10 pounds, I’d be happy. When you make it to the last day, you kind of look at the payscale and you know that every spot you can hold or move up is another thousand bucks in your pocket. My goal was just to hang in there.

“I stumbled on to something around 1 o’clock this afternoon, and it absolutely went crazy from there,” Macy continued. “On the LiveScope, I would watch my swimbait come across the brush piles and if I could get the fish to follow it, I would kill it and let that swimbait go straight to the bottom. Every one of those fish would nose down on it, and as soon as I popped that swimbait up off the bottom, they would eat it every time.”

Macy said that of the 15 keepers he brought to the weigh-in stage this week, 14 of them came on a Keitech 2.8-inch swimbait in Tennessee Shad and Sexy Shad colors. He credited his electronics as being crucial to his win.

“Every fish that I caught came off of a brush pile,” Macy said. “My Garmin LiveScope was crucial. Every fish that I caught this week, I watched it bite. Most of the water I fished was 20- to 30-feet-deep, and if I could get the fish sitting up on top of the brush piles, it was game on.

“Overall, it has just been a super three days,” Macy went on to say. “I was just so happy to be fishing on the third day of the All-American, and I knew that if I could put a big one in the bag today that anything could happen. When it’s your time, it’s your time and today was just my day.”

The top 10 boaters on Lake Hartwell finished:

1st: Chris Macy, Diamond, Mo., 15 bass, 34-10, $100,000
2nd: Todd Goade, White Pine, Tenn., 15 bass, 32-6, $20,000
3rd: Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, 15 bass, 31-11, $15,000
4th: Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., 15 bass, 31-7, $21,000
5th: Bryan Dowdy, Florence, Ala., 15 bass, 30-7, $18,000
6th: Roger Fitzpatrick, Eldon, Mo., 15 bass, 28-1, $12,000
7th: Randall Allen, Owens Cross Roads, Ala., 15 bass, 27-11, $12,000
8th: Kip Carter, Mansfield, Ga., 15 bass, 27-11, $10,000
9th: Dustin Lippe, Lampe, Mo., 12 bass, 25-11, $9,000
10th: Dennis Berhorst, Holts Summit, Mo., 13 bass, 23-11, $8,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall, there were 45 bass weighing 77 pounds, 5 ounces, caught by the final 10 boaters Friday. The catch included eight five-bass limits.

Justin Kimmel of Athens, Georgia, won the co-angler division and $50,000 Friday with a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 26 pounds, 9 ounces, followed by Larry Rothweil of Saint Charles, Missouri, in second place with 12 bass weighing 22-2, good for $10,000.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1st: Justin Kimmel, Athens, Ga., 14 bass, 26-9, $50,000
2nd: Larry Rothweil, St. Charles, Mo., 12 bass, 22-2, $10,000
3rd: Kibbee McCoy, Knoxville, Tenn., 12 bass, 19-14, $6,000
4th: David Blankinship, Cushing, Okla., 13 bass, 19-6, $5,000
5th: Dalton Steele, Cherokee, Ala., 10 bass, 18-5, $4,500
6th: Cole Sands, Calhoun, Tenn., 12 bass, 17-11, $4,000
7th: Andrew Wiley, Joppa, Md., 13 bass, 17-7, $3,500
8th: Leo Reiter, Greenup, Ill., 13 bass, 16-13, $3,000
9th: Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C., 11 bass, 16-2, $3,000
10th: Kerry Harris, Bethel Island, Calif., 11 bass, 16-1, $2,000

Overall, there were 30 bass weighing 40 pounds, 6 ounces, caught by the final 10 co-anglers Friday. The catch included two five-bass limits.

In addition to the cash payouts, the highest-finishing boater and co-angler from each of six Regional Championships, the Wild Card Championship and The Bass Federation (TBF) National Championship at the All-American now advance to the 2020 Toyota Series Championship next month on Lake Cumberland for a shot at winning $235,000 and $33,500, respectively.

The eight boaters and co-anglers that now advance to the 2020 Toyota Series Championship are:

Region 1 (Lake Hartwell) Boater Champion: Todd Goade, White Pine, Tenn.
Region 2 (Lake Seminole) Boater Champion: Randall Allen, Owens Cross Roads, Ala.
Region 3 (Kentucky-Barkley lakes) Boater Champion: Kerry Frey, Middlebury, Ind.
Region 4 (Potomac River) Boater Champion: Bradford Beavers, Summerville, S.C.
Region 5 (Lake Guntersville) Boater Champion: Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio
Region 6 (Grand Lake) Boater Champion: Chris Macy, Diamond, Mo.
WildCard (Kentucky Lake) Boater Champion: Bryan Dowdy, Florence, Ala.
TBF (Kentucky Lake) Boater Champion: Blake Wilson, Benton, Ark.

Region 1 (Lake Hartwell) Boater Champion: Justin Kimmel, Athens, Ga.
Region 2 (Lake Seminole) Boater Champion: Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C.
Region 3 (Kentucky-Barkley lakes) Boater Champion: David Blankinship, Cushing, Okla.
Region 4 (Potomac River) Boater Champion: Mark Blankenship, Christiansburg, Va.
Region 5 (Lake Guntersville) Boater Champion: Dalton Steele, Cherokee, Ala.
Region 6 (Grand Lake) Boater Champion: Larry Rothweil, Saint Charles, Mo.
WildCard (Kentucky Lake) Boater Champion: Leo Reiter, Greenup, Ill.
TBF (Kentucky Lake) Boater Champion: Andrew Wiley, Joppa, Md.


Schlapper Wins B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, Earns Classic Berth At Pickwick

Pat Schlapper, of Eleva, Wis., has won the 2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Pickwick Lake with a three-day total of 51 pounds, 10 ounces.

Photo by Chris Brown/B.A.S.S.

November 13, 2020

FLORENCE, Ala. — Pat Schlapper had nothing but good fortune on Friday the 13th when he caught the heaviest limit of the week for a come-from-behind win in the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Pickwick Lake located in the northwest corner of Alabama.

Schlapper, a 38-year-old resident of Eleva, Wis., caught five bass during the final round that weighed 23 pounds, 3 ounces, which was 6 1/2 pounds heavier than any other limit weighed at McFarland Park this week. Combined with his limits of 14-11 on Wednesday and 13-12 on Thursday, Schlapper had a 51-10 total and won the championship by more than 7 pounds.

Schlapper’s win brought a wealth of riches, including a $20,000 cash prize, an invitation to compete on the 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series and $16,000 in paid entry fees to those tournaments. B.A.S.S. also will loan Schlapper a bass boat, complete with a “Nation's Best” wrap, to use in Elite Series events.

But without a doubt, Schlapper’s most precious prize is a berth in the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic. The most prestigious fishing tournament in the world will be held on Lake Ray Roberts in Texas on March 19-21.

“My buddies have been saying for a long time, ‘Let’s go to the Classic one year,’” Schlapper said. “I told them, ‘I’m not going to the Classic until I’m fishing in it.’ I’ve been saying that since I was 18, and now I’m finally going.”

Schlapper was in sixth place after Day 1 and jumped to second on Day 2, trailing Louisiana’s Blake Sylvester, who led Days 1 and 2. He trailed Sylvester by only 6 ounces heading into the final day but wasted no time pulling ahead — and away — from the 11 other anglers who made the cut and fished Friday.

“I got lucky,” he told a B.A.S.S. official after the final weigh-in, debunking the lore that only bad omens come on Friday the 13th.

The good luck struck Schlapper early on Friday when current was moving quickly on the Tennessee River. Schlapper was having a difficult time staying in place on a spot he wanted to fish about five minutes from McFarland Park, so he motored above the spot and began drifting back to it. He caught an undersized bass on the drift, which prompted him to cast a few more times to the same area.

The key was putting a 3/4-ounce jighead on the paddletail swimbait (shad color) he’d used throughout the tournament. The switch got his lure to the river bottom and it ignited a smallmouth feeding frenzy. By 10 a.m., Schlapper had 21 pounds and made his final upgrade (a 2-pound bump) at midafternoon.

He considered heading back to shore at noon to weigh his haul, but he stuck it out until 45 minutes before the 2 p.m. weigh-in.

“I put all my eggs in the basket with the smallmouth,” he said. “The current here is a lot like what I fish back home on the Mississippi River.”

Schlapper’s heaviest smallmouth weighed 5-3, and his smallest was just shy of 4 pounds.

“I caught a lot of good fish on a 1/2-ounce jig this week, but the 3/4-ounce made the bait swim right,” he said. “It was like the smallmouths had never seen it before.”

Sylvester, a 29-year-old angler from Plaquemine, La., finished second with 43-2 over three days, including 14-5 on Friday, to earn the second of three Classic bids up for grabs. He also won $15,000 for the runner-up finish, as well as entry into the 2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens.

Sylvester pounded a grassy stretch of the river all three days, using a Delta Lures Thunder Jig, a Humdinger bladed jig and a Missile Baits Shockwave (green pumpkin).

“I just wanted to make the third day and give myself a shot (at the Classic),” Sylvester said. “It worked out.”

Justin Kerr of Lake Havasu, Ariz., finished third with 40-7 and secured his own spot in the Classic. He won $10,000 and invitations to all of next year’s Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens.

Kerr, 39, rotated between a Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap and an Evergreen Stealth Blade to catch his biggest bass on Pickwick. After 20 years of professional fishing, he was elated to finally qualify for the Classic.

“It’s been a major goal of mine for as long as I can remember,” he said. “After all this time, I’ve got it.”

In all, 94 anglers qualified for the tournament, including 48 in the boater division and 46 in the co-angler field, all competing for a share of $176,800 in cash and prizes. All but four states were represented, with only Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii and North Dakota not competing.

2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Pickwick Lake 11/11-11/13
Pickwick Lake, Florence AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Pat Schlapper Eleva, WI 15 51-10 0 $20,500.00
Day 1: 5 14-11 Day 2: 5 13-12 Day 3: 5 23-03
2. Blake Sylvester Plaquemine, LA 15 43-02 0 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-10 Day 2: 5 12-03 Day 3: 5 14-05
3. Justin Kerr Lake Havasu, AZ 15 40-07 0 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-04 Day 2: 5 11-13 Day 3: 5 14-06
4. Bryan Gunter Ninety Six, SC 13 36-01 0 $5,000.00
Day 1: 3 09-06 Day 2: 5 15-02 Day 3: 5 11-09
5. Joel Smith Guin, AL 14 35-07 0 $4,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-01 Day 2: 4 08-03 Day 3: 5 14-03
6. Jason Hickey Weiser, ID 13 33-07 0 $3,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-09 Day 2: 3 08-03 Day 3: 5 12-11
7. Michael Comeau Alburgh, VT 12 31-07 0 $2,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-05 Day 2: 5 13-07 Day 3: 2 04-11
8. Josh Ray Alexander, AR 11 29-03 0 $1,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-15 Day 2: 2 03-13 Day 3: 4 09-07
9. Cody Hollen Beaverton, OR 11 28-00 0 $1,000.00
Day 1: 4 09-03 Day 2: 5 14-11 Day 3: 2 04-02
10. Josh Cotier Clinton, MA 11 26-12 0 $1,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-07 Day 2: 4 09-00 Day 3: 2 04-05
11. Eddie Levin Westerville, OH 8 23-10 0 $500.00
Day 1: 5 16-01 Day 2: 3 07-09 Day 3: 0 00-00
12. Terry Peterson West Jordan, UT 9 23-09 0 $10,500.00
Day 1: 5 14-10 Day 2: 3 06-13 Day 3: 1 02-02
13. Richard Lindgren Lakeville, MN 7 20-10 0
Day 1: 5 15-04 Day 2: 2 05-06 Day 3: 0 00-00
14. Matthew Robertson Kuttawa, KY 8 20-07 0
Day 1: 4 10-08 Day 2: 4 09-15 Day 3: 0 00-00
15. Ray Trudeau Saint Cloud, FL 8 18-12 0
Day 1: 5 11-14 Day 2: 3 06-14 Day 3: 0 00-00
16. Brent Shores Boise, ID 9 18-07 0
Day 1: 4 08-05 Day 2: 5 10-02 Day 3: 0 00-00
17. Christian Gladfelter Albuquerque, NM 6 18-02 0
Day 1: 5 14-09 Day 2: 1 03-09 Day 3: 0 00-00
18. Bert Collins Heaters, WV 7 17-15 0
Day 1: 3 09-12 Day 2: 4 08-03 Day 3: 0 00-00
19. Trevor Kettles Waukee, IA 8 17-14 0
Day 1: 4 08-02 Day 2: 4 09-12 Day 3: 0 00-00
20. Nate Caldwell Fort Collins, CO 7 17-13 0
Day 1: 5 13-02 Day 2: 2 04-11 Day 3: 0 00-00
21. Jeremy Sadowski Valuntower, CT 7 17-07 0 $1,000.00
Day 1: 4 11-05 Day 2: 3 06-02 Day 3: 0 00-00
22. Jesse Jordan Stilwell, KS 7 17-04 0
Day 1: 4 08-01 Day 2: 3 09-03 Day 3: 0 00-00
23. Josh Hubbard Braidwood, IL 6 16-11 0
Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 1 01-10 Day 3: 0 00-00
24. Jeff Lugar Cross Junction, VA 8 16-11 0
Day 1: 5 10-02 Day 2: 3 06-09 Day 3: 0 00-00
25. Justin Hicks Gunnison, CO 7 16-09 0
Day 1: 5 11-06 Day 2: 2 05-03 Day 3: 0 00-00
26. Chris Killoren Marcellus, NY 6 15-03 0
Day 1: 4 11-06 Day 2: 2 03-13 Day 3: 0 00-00
27. David Cavell Prairieville, LA 6 14-14 0
Day 1: 4 08-00 Day 2: 2 06-14 Day 3: 0 00-00
28. Jason Crone Kalispell, MT 6 13-11 0
Day 1: 2 04-09 Day 2: 4 09-02 Day 3: 0 00-00
29. Jacob Coverdale Frederica, DE 7 13-10 0
Day 1: 5 10-03 Day 2: 2 03-07 Day 3: 0 00-00
30. Michael Cash Louisburg, NC 6 13-07 0
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 1 02-00 Day 3: 0 00-00
31. Matt Reagan Hudsonville, MI 6 13-03 0
Day 1: 3 07-02 Day 2: 3 06-01 Day 3: 0 00-00
32. Timothy Wells Clovis, CA 6 13-01 0
Day 1: 5 09-08 Day 2: 1 03-09 Day 3: 0 00-00
33. Paul Gietka Abingdon, MD 5 12-13 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 12-13 Day 3: 0 00-00
34. Derek Severns West Mifflin, PA 5 11-11 0
Day 1: 4 10-01 Day 2: 1 01-10 Day 3: 0 00-00
35. Michael McMahon Hackettstown, NJ 6 11-07 0
Day 1: 1 02-04 Day 2: 5 09-03 Day 3: 0 00-00
36. Tom Wennerlund Tonto Basin, AZ 4 10-12 0
Day 1: 2 06-14 Day 2: 2 03-14 Day 3: 0 00-00
37. Mark Pierce Cadiz, KY 4 10-06 0
Day 1: 2 04-08 Day 2: 2 05-14 Day 3: 0 00-00
38. Dave Andrews Hudson, MA 5 10-05 0
Day 1: 4 08-10 Day 2: 1 01-11 Day 3: 0 00-00
39. Ken Day Kennewick, WA 5 10-05 0
Day 1: 3 06-02 Day 2: 2 04-03 Day 3: 0 00-00
40. John Thomsen Creston, IA 5 09-04 0
Day 1: 4 07-09 Day 2: 1 01-11 Day 3: 0 00-00
41. Jeff Napier Martinsville, IN 3 09-02 0
Day 1: 1 02-04 Day 2: 2 06-14 Day 3: 0 00-00
42. Jared Miller Norman, OK 3 07-10 0
Day 1: 2 06-04 Day 2: 1 01-06 Day 3: 0 00-00
43. Dan Jordan Camas, WA 4 07-04 0
Day 1: 2 02-15 Day 2: 2 04-05 Day 3: 0 00-00
44. Jay Beffa Festus, MO 3 06-08 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Day 2: 2 04-03 Day 3: 0 00-00
45. Ken Carter Enterprise, FL 3 06-00 0
Day 1: 1 01-09 Day 2: 2 04-07 Day 3: 0 00-00
46. Albert Collins Nacogdoches, TX 3 05-13 0
Day 1: 1 02-00 Day 2: 2 03-13 Day 3: 0 00-00
47. David Gorman Canton, GA 2 04-07 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-07 Day 3: 0 00-00
48. Scott Robert Greene, ME 2 03-14 0
Day 1: 2 03-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Day 3: 0 00-00
49. Eric Storms Winner, SD 1 01-13 0
Day 1: 1 01-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Day 3: 0 00-00


TENNESSEE’S GOADE TAKES LEAD AT PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE PRESENTED BY T-H MARINE ALL-AMERICAN ON LAKE HARTWELL

ANDERSON, S.C. (Nov. 12, 2020) – Fifty-five of the top weekend boaters and co-anglers from across the country continued their three-day battle Thursday for a top prize of $120,000 at the 37th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell A picture containing person, holding, standing, front

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Rainy weather, which had been heavy overnight, greeted anglers to start the second day of competition. The rain tapered off after takeoff, then cloudy and slick conditions set in before turning in to a pleasant weather day, with lots of sun and a nice breeze. After weighing a respectable 11-pound, 7-ounce limit on the opening day of competition, boater Todd Goade of White Pine, Tennessee, vaulted to the top of the leaderboard after Day 2 by weighing a five-bass limit for 13 pounds, 2 ounces. Goade’s two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 24 pounds, 9 ounces gives him a 1-pound, 13-ounce lead over second place angler Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Missouri, heading into the third and final day of competition.

The 2020 All-American features a field of the top 55 boaters and 55 co-anglers from across the 24-division Bass Fishing League, The Bass Federation, Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI and High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing, competing for a grand prize of up to $120,000 in the boater division and $50,000 in the co-angler division.

“The last two days, I’ve made the right decisions at the right times and it has worked out, so far,” said Goade, who qualified for this event out of the Bass Fishing League Volunteer division. “During practice I noticed that you needed to be in certain places at a certain time, and the fish that I’m trying to catch, I need the sun to shine for them to be on target.

“It’s been cloudy, so I’ve been stopping pretty short of my target and just working my way up to them. I’ve caught a lot of fish before I even get to the cover. As the sun came out today, the fishing got better in the afternoon. So, it’s worked out real well. I’m trying not to force anything and just let it happen.”

Goade estimated that he caught 12 to 13 keepers on Wednesday, then added another 15 to 20 keepers today. He said he’s done the majority of his damage with a Zoom worm on a shaky-head rig and a 1/8-ounce Pulse jig with an unnamed Damiki plastic.

“The fish are feeding on really small bait right now,” Goade said. “Normally they’re eating 3- to 5-inch herring, but right now they’re eating 1- to 1½-inch shad, so I’ve kind of matched the hatch with that Pulse jig.”

When asked if he was feeling any nerves leading this event heading into the final day of competition, Goade said he was hopeful, but content.

“Even if I zero tomorrow, this has already been one of the best weeks I’ve ever had in my fishing career,” Goade said. “I don’t feel any extra pressure. When it’s your time, it’s your time and if it’s meant to be it’ll happen. I’m going to do the same thing that I’ve done the last two days, and I’m just going fishing.”

The top 10 boaters advancing to the final day of competition on Lake Hartwell are:

1st: Todd Goade, White Pine, Tenn., 10 bass, 24-9
2nd: Roger Fitzpatrick, Eldon, Mo., 10 bass, 22-12
3rd: Bryan Dowdy, Florence, Ala., 10 bass, 22-5
4th: Dustin Lippe, Lampe, Mo., 10 bass, 22-4
5th: Chris Macy, Diamond, Mo., 10 bass, 21-9
6th: Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., 10 bass, 21-9
7th: Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, 10 bass, 20-9
8th: Dennis Berhorst, Holts Summit, Mo., 10 bass, 20-7
9th: Randall Allen, Owens Cross Roads, Ala., 10 bass, 20-1
10th: Kip Carter, Mansfield, Ga., 10 bass, 20-0

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall, there were 214 bass weighing 391 pounds, 14 ounces, caught by 52 boaters Thursday. The catch included 34 five-bass limits.

Justin Kimmel of Athens, Georgia, leads the Co-angler Division with 10 bass weighing 18 pounds, 12 ounces, followed by Dalton Steele of Cherokee, Alabama, in second place with 10 bass weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces.

The final 10 co-anglers are:

1st: Justin Kimmel, Athens, Ga., 10 bass, 18-12
2nd: Dalton Steele, Cherokee, Ala., 10 bass, 18-5
3rd: David Blankinship, Cushing, Okla., 10 bass, 16-8
4th: Kerry Harris, Bethel Island, Calif., 10 bass, 14-13
5th: Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C., 10 bass, 14-10
6th: Andrew Wiley, Joppa, Md., 10 bass, 14-8
7th: Leo Reiter, Greenup, Ill., 10 bass, 13-6
8th: Cole Sands, Calhoun, Tenn., 10 bass, 13-6
9th: Larry Rothweil, St. Charles, Mo., 10 bass, 12-14
10th: Kibbee McCoy, Knoxville, Tenn., 10 bass, 12-14

Overall, there were 138 bass weighing 219 pounds, 5 ounces, caught by 46 co-anglers Thursday. The catch included 13 five-bass limits.

The final 10 All-American boaters and co-anglers will take off from Green Pond Landing, located at 470 Green Pond Road in Anderson, at 7:30 a.m. EST Friday. Friday’s Championship weigh-in will be held at the landing at 4 p.m. Attendance is limited to anglers, family and essential staff. Fans are encouraged to follow the event online through the daily coverage, live blogs and photos at FLWFishing.com.


MISSOURI’S LIPPE LEADS PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE PRESENTED BY T-H MARINE ALL-AMERICAN ON LAKE HARTWELL

ANDERSON, S.C. (Nov. 11, 2020) – Boater Dustin Lippe of Lampe, Missouri, took the early lead Wednesday at the 37th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP with a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds even. Right behind Lippe in second place is Leesburg, Ohio’s Cole Floyd, who brought five bass to the scale good for 11 pounds, 10 ounces.

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Description automatically generatedThe 2020 All-American features a field of the top 55 boaters and 55 co-anglers from across the 24-division Bass Fishing League, The Bass Federation, Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI and High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing, all competing for a grand prize of up to $120,000 in the boater division and $50,000 in the co-angler division.

“It was tough out there today,” said Lippe, who qualified through the Bass Fishing League Ozark Division. “Practice seemed to be pretty good – I could catch numbers, and the size was better than I anticipated. This morning, that was not the case. I started off with a small limit – like 7 pounds – and I eventually stumbled on to one that weighed close to 3½ (pounds) and that helped.

“It was slow the rest of the day, then in the last 10 minutes I caught one that culled up my weight another pound and a half. I weighed in all spotted bass. I had been catching some largemouth, but I could not get them to bite today.”

The Missouri angler said that the key to his day was covering a lot of water.

“I’m watching them on my electronics – I’ve got LiveScope – and just video game fishing and covering a lot of water,” Lippe said. “That can be very frustrating too, at times, because I can see them and then they don’t bite. I’ve just been throwing a lot of reaction baits.

“I caught 11 or 12 keepers, which sounds better than it is because quite a few were 13-inchers,” Lippe went on to say. “I need to figure out if I’m going to try to do the same thing tomorrow or change it up. I’m happy with 12 pounds, but I only had three good fish and I know that I’ll need something more. I’m excited to get out there tomorrow, but I’m not sure what’s going to happen.”

The top 10 boaters after day one on Lake Hartwell are:

1st: Dustin Lippe, Lampe, Mo., five bass, 12-0
2nd: Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, five bass, 11-10
3rd: Todd Goade, White Pine, Tenn., five bass, 11-7
3rd: Bryan Dowdy, Florence, Ala., five bass, 11-7
5th: Chris Macy, Diamond, Mo., five bass, 11-6
6th: Wesley Sandifer, Chapin, S.C., five bass, 11-4
7th: Dennis Berhorst, Holts Summit, Mo., five bass, 11-1
8th: Mitch Crane, Columbus, Miss., five bass, 10-12
9th: Ryan Davidson, Branchland, W.Va., five bass, 10-10
10th: Michael Miller, Greenville, S.C., five bass, 10-9

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall, there were 233 bass weighing 431 pounds, 8 ounces, caught by 53 boaters Wednesday. The catch included 36 five-bass limits.

Larry Rothweil of Saint Charles, Missouri, leads the Co-angler Division with five bass weighing 10 pounds, 5 ounces, followed by Michael Duarte of Baltimore, Maryland, in second place with five bass weighing 9 pounds, 14 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers are:

1st: Larry Rothweil, Saint Charles, Mo., five bass, 10-5
2nd: Michael Duarte, Baltimore, Md., five bass, 9-14
3rd: Kerry Harris, Bethel Island, Calif., five bass, 9-2
4th: Justin Kimmel, Athens, Ga., five bass, 9-0
5th: Kibbee McCoy, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 8-11
6th: Alan Scott, Shelbyville, Ind., five bass, 8-4
7th: David Blankinship, Cushing, Okla., five bass, 8-1
7th: Leo Reiter, Greenup, Ill., five bass, 8-1
7th: Andrew Wooley, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 8-1
10th: Chad Cartwright, Eddyville, Ky., five bass, 8-0

Overall, there were 170 bass weighing 262 pounds even, caught by 52 co-anglers Wednesday. The catch included 18 five-bass limits.

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

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

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

The full field of anglers compete on Wednesday and Thursday, with only the top 10 boaters and top 10 co-anglers based on cumulative weight from the first two days continuing to Championship Friday. The 2020 All-American champions will be determined by the heaviest three-day total weight.


Sylvester Takes Early Lead At B.A.S.S. Nation Championship On Pickwick Lake

Blake Sylvester, of Plaquemine, La., is leading after Day 1 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Pickwick Lake with 16 pounds, 10 ounces.

Photo by Chris Brown/B.A.S.S.

November 11, 2020

FLORENCE, Ala. — Blake Sylvester only caught five keeper bass during Wednesday’s first round of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, but he made each bite count.

Sylvester, a 29-year-old resident of Plaquemine, La., weighed a limit of five largemouth that totaled 16 pounds, 10 ounces. That gave him an early lead in this three-day event on Pickwick Lake where $176,800 in cash and prizes is up for grabs, not to mention three precious slots in the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic scheduled for March 19-21 on Lake Ray Roberts in Texas.

Sylvester, the B.A.S.S. Nation champ from the Bayou State, finished third overall in the Central Regional held last month at Toledo Bend Reservoir, and he kept the hot hand on Pickwick. He was the second boat on the water Wednesday (following only last year’s Nation Championship winner Cody Hollen of Beaverton, Ore.), and Sylvester wasted no time getting quality bass in his livewell.

“I caught my two biggest fish first thing this morning,” Sylvester said. “There was a 4 3/4-pounder and another one that was just shy of 4 pounds. I wanted to get something going this morning. You can’t win a tournament on Day 1, but you definitely can lose a tournament on Day 1.”

Despite the fast start, Sylvester struggled to find a consistent bite. He estimated he only caught 10 bass, and half of those were undersized. He said he pounded two particular areas but didn’t boat his fifth keeper until 1:30 p.m., only minutes before he needed to scramble back to McFarland Park for weigh-in.

“I’m from Louisiana, so you know I’m looking for grass,” Sylvester said. “It wasn’t hard to find it, but I couldn’t find many fish to go with that grass. Nothing was easy today. It was a grind.”

Still, Sylvester has had momentum on his side recently, and it’s showing in his recent results. He said he can stay atop the leaderboard at Pickwick if he has a little luck Thursday.

“A couple more 4-pounders would be nice,” he said with a laugh. “But it’s gonna be tough again. I was the No. 2 boat out today, but the area I’m on isn’t (a time-sensitive bite) and I haven’t seen anybody else fishing it. I’m confident, but I just don’t know what I have left there. I’ve got a couple of other spots I think I can get bit on if I need it.”

Eddie Levin of Westerville, Ohio, is in second place with 16-1. The 27-year-old firefighter caught his best bass before the wind picked up midmorning.

“My first fish was about a 5-pounder or so, but I lost it,” Levin said. “I had all my weight by 9 o’clock, but my area got blown out, and I kind of went pre-fishing. I caught a lot more fish doing that. I really hope the wind lays down tomorrow. If it does, I think you’re going to see a really big bag.”

Josh Ray of Alexander, Ark., is third in the boater division (15-15), followed by Richard Lindgren of Lakeville, Minn., (15-4) and Josh Hubbard of Braidwood, Ill., (15-1).

Utah’s Terry Peterson took the lead in the co-angler division with a five-bass limit that weighed 14-10. He fished with New Mexico’s Christian Gladfelter, who had 14-9 and is in seventh place in the boater division.

“He put me on some good fish,” Peterson said. “That’s all you can ask for. We figured some things out. It was good teamwork and fortunately, the bites we had were good ones.”

Mike Caul of Petersburg, Va., is second among co-anglers with 13-9. Lewis Mendall of Winthrop, Mass., is third (12-13), followed by Aaryn Coroneos of Henderson, Nev., (11-6) and Steve Hinkle of Mount Nebo, W.Va., (9-9).

B.A.S.S. Nation champions from 46 different states are competing, with only North Dakota, Connecticut, Hawaii and Alaska not represented. Hollen, who received an automatic berth as the defending champ, and Paralyzed Veterans of American Angler of the Year Ken Carter bumped the boater division to 48 total competitors.

The Top 10 anglers following Thursday’s weigh-in will survive the cut and fish Friday’s championship round, as will the leading two anglers from each of the five B.A.S.S. Nation regions (Southeast, Northeast, Northern, Western and Central) if they aren’t among the overall Top 10.

The top co-angler, who will win $10,000 in paid entries to 2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens tournaments, will also fish Friday, and so will any co-angler whose two-day total exceeds the 10th-place total in the boater division.

Day 2 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship will begin with a 6 a.m. CT takeoff Thursday from McFarland Park. Weigh-in will be held back at the park at 2 p.m.

2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Pickwick Lake 11/11-11/13
Pickwick Lake, Florence AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

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

2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Pickwick Lake 11/11-11/13
Pickwick Lake, Florence AL.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

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


Toyota Series Wraps Up Angler of the Year Awards

Eight Division Winners Earn $5,000 for Pros and $2,000 for Co-Anglers

BENTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today the final standings for the 2020 Toyota Series and the eight division Strike King Angler of the Year (AOY) title winners. The top pro and co-angler from the point standings after each division’s three regular-season tournaments won the Strike King Angler of the Year A group of people in a small boat in a body of water

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“We had a fantastic year with a lot of great anglers vying for points, so we are excited to offer our Strike King AOY winners an additional payout for their efforts,” said Mark McWha, Director of Tournament Operations for the Toyota Series. “Early summer tournaments were rescheduled back-to-back this fall due to COVID-19, which wasn’t ideal, but we feel very fortunate to have completed our full season and to have fished more anglers than we did in 2019, despite the pandemic. Our Toyota Series anglers and AOY title winners should be extremely proud.”

The 2020 Strike King Angler of the Year and Co-angler of the Year from each Toyota Series division are:

Central Division:

Pro AOY – Ricky Robinson, of Greenback, Tenn., 748 points, $5,000

Co-AOY – Josh Lockard of Somerset, Ky., 768 points, $2,000

Eastern Division:

Pro AOY – David Williams of Maiden, N.C., 766 points, $5,000

Co-AOY – James Roten of West Jefferson, N.C., 768 points, $2,000

Northern Division:

Pro AOY – Chase Serafin of White Lake, Mich., 763 points, $5,000

Co-AOY – Dan Mundy of Swartz Creek, Mich., 776 points, $2,000

Plains Division:

Pro AOY – Jason Lieblong of Conway, Ark., 755 points, $5,000

Co-AOY – Matt Krekovich of Granite City, Ill., 752 points, $2,000

Southeastern Division:

Pro AOY – Dustin Smith of Grand Island, Fla., 745 points, $5,000

Co-AOY – Cal Culpepper of Hamilton, Ga., 778 points, $2,000

Southern Division:

Pro AOY – Trevor Fitzgerald of Belleview, Fla., 740 points, $5,000

Co-AOY – Edwin Bartlett of Casco, Maine, 765 points, $2,000

Southwestern Division:

Pro AOY – David Curtis of Trinity, Texas, 760 points, $5,000

Co-AOY – Robert Kessler of Spring, Texas, 762 points, $2,000

Western Division:

Pro AOY – Tai Au of Glendale, Ariz., 771 points, $5,000

Co-AOY – Zack Eggleston of Goleta, Calif., 749 points, $2,000

Final standings for each division can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The 2020 Toyota Series Championship at Lake Cumberland is set to take place next month, Dec. 3-5, in Burnside, Kentucky. The three-day, no-entry-fee event – hosted by the Somerset Tourist and Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission – features pros and co-anglers competing for a share of nearly $700,000, including a top prize of up to $235,000 for the winning pro and a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury for the winning co-angler.


Walters Takes Dominant Win On Lake Fork

Patrick Walters, of Summerville, S.C., has won the 2020 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Lake Fork with a four-day total of 104 pounds, 12 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

November 8, 2020

QUITMAN, Texas — A late-day decision turned victory into a double-dip of tournament stardom, as Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., notched a dominant win at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department with a four-day total weight of 104 pounds, 12 ounces.

Walters placed second on Day 1 with 25-14 and took over the Day 2 lead by adding 26-14. On Semifinal Saturday, his limit of 29-6 — the event’s biggest catch — sent him into Championship Sunday with a 25-pound lead.

Today’s limit of 22-10 allowed him to surge across the finish line and secure his spot in the Century Club, which recognizes an angler for catching 100 pounds of fish in a four-day event. Walters won with an all-time Bassmaster Elite record margin of 29-10.

“What a week; it doesn’t seem real,” Walters said. “Everyone wants to catch 100 pounds, and it feels good.”

While his victory was never in serious jeopardy today, Walters found himself a couple pounds shy of his second objective with time running out. A 15-minute flurry in his last hour of fishing delivered three fish that elevated him well past the century mark.

Walters attributes his closing success to a gutsy relocation. All week, he had been targeting suspended bass amid main-lake standing timber in 10 to 20 feet. When he realized his spots weren’t firing, he moved to a small pocket and caught his final three fish around stumps in less than 5 feet of water.

“On Day 2, I caught a 4- and a 5-pounder in there, but I didn’t go back in there on Day 3; I said, ‘I’m going to save it,’” Walters said. “I think it was the wind. We’ve had the same direction wind the last three days and it has blown directly into that pocket.

“All the bait is in there and every single day, it has gotten more loaded. Today, my fish in the treetops would not eat my bait. They’d chase it for 40 to 50 feet and wouldn’t commit.”

Walters’ analysis was more than speculation. All week, he relied heavily on his Garmin LiveScope to monitor fish positioning and adjust his retrieves in an effort to trigger bites.

“I could tell something was not right; they were not eating it,” Walters said. “I said, ‘I gotta leave. I gotta go shallow.’

“I knew I needed 10 pounds to safely win, but I knew I needed 18 pounds to get to the Century Club and that was the goal today; to go get that belt.”

Walters caught his fish on a trio of jerkbaits; a Rapala Shadow Rap, a Megabass Vision 110+1 and a Duo Realis bait. Varying the selection and trying different colors was essential to bite generation.

Walters said he was very particular about the standing timber he targeted. Recognizing when and where fish were positioning to feed was the cornerstone of his pattern. Realizing that the plan was starting to fizzle proved stressful today, but Walters said he focused on maintaining faith in Lake Fork’s potential.

“All year long, it’s been about staying calm and know that it can happen in five casts. Don’t spin out. Stay calm, keep your head in the game and fish 8 hours.”

Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas, finished second with 75-2. A limit of 11-7 on Day 1 left him in 39th place, but Combs added 23-14 on Day 2 and rose to 11th. Catching 21-12 on Saturday, he moved up to third before finishing with 18-1 today.

Most of the week, Combs has fished big ridges with a chartreuse/blue Strike King 6XD. Today, that pattern produced three of his best fish and the other two he caught on a shad color shallow running crankbait fished over a shallow bar.

“Another angler had been starting on that shallow spot; I would start on another spot and then hit that spot second but I’d never catch them,” Combs said. “Today, he didn’t make the cut, so I went there first.”

Jay Yelas of Lincoln City, Ore., placed third with 69-14. Sticking with the pattern that has served him all week, he ran upriver and caught limits of 19-2, 19-2, 14-7 and 17-3 around shallow wood.

“I had a few different special spots; some were docks, some were stumps, one was an isolated laydown,” Yelas said. “Every day, I’d go back and fish these same targets. I cycled through them all four days.

“Today, I started on that laydown and caught one. I came back at noon and caught one, came back at 2:30 and caught a 6-pounder. I’d caught six or seven fish off that tree the first three days.”

Noting that this spot had a large amount of shad, Yelas said he quickly realized he could leverage this feeding spot each day. He caught his fish on an MGC Tackle spinnerbait with a chartreuse/white skirt and a 3/8-ounce white/chartreuse Z-Man ChatterBait JackHammer with a white Yamamoto Zako trailer.

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

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

Seth Feider of New Market, Minn., won the Toyota Tundra Big Bass award of a Toyota Tundra with his 9-9.

Combs also took home $3,000 for being the highest-placing entrant in the Toyota Bonus Bucks program, and Mosley earned $2,000 for being the second-highest placing entrant.

2020 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 11/5-11/8
Lake Fork, Emory TX.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

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

1. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 20 104-12 100 $125,000.00
Day 1: 5 25-14 Day 2: 5 26-14 Day 3: 5 29-06 Day 4: 5 22-10
2. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 20 75-02 99 $40,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 5 23-14 Day 3: 5 21-12 Day 4: 5 18-01
3. Jay Yelas Lincoln City, OR 20 69-14 98 $30,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-02 Day 2: 5 19-02 Day 3: 5 14-07 Day 4: 5 17-03
4. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 18 69-05 97 $22,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-03 Day 2: 5 24-12 Day 3: 3 12-11 Day 4: 5 15-11
5. Brad Whatley Bivins, TX 20 68-09 96 $20,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 5 15-10 Day 3: 5 19-07 Day 4: 5 16-03
6. Ed Loughran III Richmond, VA 18 66-13 95 $20,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-13 Day 2: 5 19-12 Day 3: 5 15-09 Day 4: 3 09-11
7. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 19 64-03 94 $20,000.00
Day 1: 4 09-01 Day 2: 5 14-07 Day 3: 5 26-02 Day 4: 5 14-09
8. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 17 61-09 93 $20,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-08 Day 2: 2 05-03 Day 3: 5 24-15 Day 4: 5 11-15
9. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 16 60-04 92 $20,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 3 16-07 Day 3: 5 21-09 Day 4: 3 08-04
10. Skylar Hamilton Dandridge, TN 17 54-04 91 $20,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-13 Day 2: 5 16-00 Day 3: 5 14-00 Day 4: 2 04-07
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BIG BASS OF TOURNAMENT
Seth Feider New Market, MN 09-09 $0.00


Poche Wins Toyota Series Event on Lake Seminole

Alabama Pro Wins by Nine Ounces to Take Home $31,960

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (Nov. 8, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Keith Poche of Pike Road, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at Lake Seminole tournament in Bainbridge, Georgia. Poche’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 46-6 earned him the win by a 9-ounce margin over second-place angler Mikey Keyso, Jr. of North Port, Florida, and earned Poche the top payout of $31,960 in the third and final regular-season tournament of the 2020 Toyota Series Southern Division.

“I love fishing Lake Seminole and I especially like running up the Flint River in those shoals and catching shoal bass,” Poche said. “I’ve got a 17-foot, 6-inch flat-bottom aluminum boat I use just for fishing such rivers in the southeast, but I only looked into fishing this tournament earlier this week, so I’m shocked at pulling the win.”

As a fulltime professional angler on the MLF Bass Pro Tour, Poche is no stranger to big time bass fishing events. Poche said what stunned him, however, was he had no intention of even fishing the Toyota Series on Seminole until Tuesday of last week. In fact, other than a few Phoenix Bass Fishing League events early in his career, and the recent Tackle Warehouse  Pro Circuit Super Tournaments, Poche had never fished either a Pro Circuit or a Toyota Series event.

Poche said he ran as far as nearly Newton, Georgia, on the first day of the event, but found the Flint to be higher and dirtier than he would like for shoal bass.

 “I realized pretty quickly that because of the fast current, it was a total reaction bite,” Poche said. “I opted to drift down the river with the current, pitching a Berkley PowerBait Pit Boss in green pumpkin, teamed with a 3/8-ounce weight, tied to Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon to any current breaks caused by bank cuts, cypress trees, logs or rocks. The fish were holed up in the current breaks and they would bite as soon as it hit the water and started to fall.”

On day one, Poche weighed in all largemouths for 17 pounds, 14 ounces and settled in third place, behind Jared McMillan and Jason Smith.

On day two, Poche ran some 35 to 40 miles up the river again, but said his quick pitch program died.

“I went like 3 hours without catching one,” he said. “So I changed up a little bit and started throwing a 3/8-ounce Humdinger Spinnerbait to main river rocks breaking current. That produced a couple of keeper shoal bass.”

Poche said he only had three bass in his livewell when he got back down towards Bainbridge. Needing to make something happen, he bumped over a shallow sandbar to access a backwater slough. Once in the slough, he caught a 4-pound largemouth and a couple more keepers on the spinnerbait.

“Looking back on the tournament, that 4-pounder on Friday is probably what won the tournament for me,” he recalled. “I had struggled all day and that one saved me.”

Poche started the final day some 6 pounds behind the leader and headed far north on the Flint again.

“It was sort of like day one again,” he said. “They were biting the Pit Boss as soon as it hit the water. I started to catch some better ones as the day went on and even added a nice shoal bass to top off my limit. By the end of the day, I was knocking on the door of the 15-pound range.”

Poche said it wasn’t until the final fish was weighed that he learned most of the top-10 had struggled and his consistent limits each day put him on top.

“I was happy to have made the top 10 and fish up there another day,” Poche said. “I figured I might stay in the top five with my catch and get a decent check for the week. But to win this thing? Man, I’m still a little shocked. It’s crazy how it all worked out.”

The top 10 pros on Lake Seminole finished:

            1st:       Keith Poche of Pike Road, Ala., 15 bass, 46-6, $31,960

            2nd:      Mikey Keyso, Jr. of North Port, Fla., 15 bass, 45-9, $12,191

            3rd:       Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., 15 bass, 44-11, $9,438

            4th:       Jared McMillan of Belle Glade, Fla., 15 bass, 44-7, $7,865

            5th:       Dillon McMillan of Belle Glade, Fla., 15 bass, 43-0, $7,179

            6th:       Jim Murray, Jr., Leesburg, Ga., 15 bass, 42-9, $6,292

            7th:       Jason S. Smith of Dawson, Ga., 13 bass, 35-14, $5,505

            8th:       Santos Solis of Vero Beach, Fla., 13 bass, 34-3, $5,719

            9th:       Gary Milicevic of Labelle, Fla., 11 bass, 32-14, $3,932

            10th:     Corey Smith of Clermont, Fla., 10 bass, 29-2, $3,247

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

Solis took home an extra $1,000 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX 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 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Ricky Grant of Inverness, Florida, won the Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 33 pounds even. Grant took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor.

The top 10 co-anglers on Lake Seminole finished:

            1st:       Ricky Grant of Inverness, Fla., 14 bass, 33-0, Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp outboard

            2nd:      Spencer Howerton of Melbourne Beach, Fla., 11 bass, 27-9, $3,983

            3rd:       J.P. Sims of Port St. Lucie, Fla., 12 bass, 24-2, $3,186

            4th:       Wyatt Frankens of Corrigan, Texas, nine bass, 23-0, $2,788

            5th:       John Riddling of Melrose, Fla., 13 bass, 22-13, $2,390

            6th:       Todd Beaver of Richland, Ga., nine bass, 21-14, $1,991

            7th:       James Brooks of Inverness, Fla., 10 bass, 21-1, $1,593

            8th:       Aaron Gengler of Lakeland, Fla., 13 bass, 20-10, $1,394

            9th:       Dan Ehmen of Rockford, Ill., 10 bass, 19-14, $1,195

            10th:     Blaine Partee of Oviedo, Fla., eight bass, 16-14, $996

The Toyota Series at Lake Seminole was hosted by the Bainbridge Convention and Visitors Bureau. It was the third and final tournament in 2020 for Southern Division anglers. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place on Dec. 3-5 – the 2020 Toyota Series Championship at Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.


High School All-Americans Spend Dream Day With Elites

November 7, 2020

QUITMAN, Texas — Twelve outstanding high school anglers lived a dream today by competing in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament, held during the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The students are members of the exclusive 2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team. Each angler was paired with a Bassmaster Elite Series pro for the competition held Saturday on Lake Winnsboro, an 806-acre impoundment near Lake Fork, site of the Bassmaster Elite Series event. The weigh-in was held on the Bassmaster Elite Series stage used by the pros on the shoreline of Lake Fork.

The team of Elite Series pro Brett Preuett and All-American Aaron Cherry, of Kinsey, Ala., weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces to take the win. Bladed jigs fished on rocky points produced most of their strikes.

“He’s got a great future ahead of him, both as an all-star student and an angler,” said Preuett, whose competitive career began at the Bassmaster College Series level.

“He taught me a lot about breaking down a new lake because neither of us had fished there before,” said Cherry.

Elite Series pro Paul Mueller and Brooks Anderson took second with 7-6. Anderson, a senior at Mt. Bethel Christian Academy in Marietta, Ga., covered the lake from end to end.

“What he taught me was how to use electronics to find offshore bass,” said Anderson. “I had never done that before, and offshore fishing is my weakness.”

The team used a variety of crankbaits, all fished on hard bottom, with much of their time spent with a rotation at the dam.

Qualification criteria for All-American underscores the prestige and popularity of the program. More than 300 applications nominating students in grades 10-12 were submitted from 33 states. Of those, 49 were chosen as Bassmaster All-State anglers. After reviewing tournament resumes, conservation efforts, community service activities and recommendations from coaches and school officials, a panel of judges representing the sportfishing industry, media and conservation groups further narrowed the field to the Top 12 high school anglers in the country.

While a senior at Headland High School, Cherry secured five wins, including Bassmaster High School Classic champion, as well as three Top 5 finishes and six Top 20 finishes in high school events. Cherry earned the angler of the year title in the East Alabama High School Bass Trail twice and has been ranked in the Top 5 in the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation Angler of the Year standings three times in the last four years. Cherry also fishes in adult tournaments and ranked in the Top 20 in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship this tournament season, as well as winning the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship in 2018 as a co-angler.

Cherry dedicates much of his time to teaching others about fishing and introducing them to the sport. He has helped raise over $50,000 for the Headland Bass Team over the duration of his six years as a member and has volunteered 200 hours with Wired Ministries.

On Friday, students from a local elementary school attended a fishing clinic taught by the All-American anglers. Following the clinic, the All-Americans attended an awards banquet, where they received commemorative tournament jerseys, a Texas Parks & Wildlife state fishing license, and a $150 gift card from Academy Sports + Outdoors for a shopping spree. All events were held at the store in Greenville.

2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament
Final Standings

Aaron Cherry - Brett Preuett 7-15
Tucker Smith - Robbie Latuso 5-4
Jackson Swisher - Shane LeHew 3-14
Brooks Anderson - Paul Mueller 7-6
Jackson Kulijof - Dale Hightower 4-7
Easton Fothergill - Harvey Horne 2-14
Lake Norsworthy - Quentin Cappo 3-8
Carson Palmer - Mike Huff 4-15
Dylan Fogarty - Austin Felix 3-14
Drake Hemby - Tyler Carriere 3-5
Matthew Vandagriff - Shane Lineberger 6-7
Tyler Cory - Jesse Tacoronte 3-0


Bethel University angler Huff Wins Toyota Series Event on Table Rock Lake

Ava Pro Wins by 3-pound, 2-ounce margin, Earns $32,552

BRANSON, Mo. (Nov. 8, 2020) – Toyota Series angler Cody Huff of Ava, Missouri, who also competes on the Abu Garcia College Fishing circuit for Bethel University, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at Table Rock Lake tournament in Branson, Missouri. Huff’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 46-4 earned him the win by a 3-pound, 2-ounce margin over second-place angler Jason Lieblong of Conway, Arkansas, and earned Huff the top payout of $32,552 in the third and final regular-season tournament of the 2020 Toyota Series Plains Division.

“This tournament was one I didn’t know I was going to win,” Huff said. “Honestly, I thought about not fishing – I knew I wasn’t going to get much practice, but it’s on my home pond and I kinda hated to not be out there.”

After just a few short hours of practice earlier this week, Huff said he stumbled on his winning pattern and knew it would be something the majority of anglers wouldn’t do – hunt down suspended fish in the middle of creeks.

Targeting suspended fish relating to schools of bait is something Huff is more than familiar with – especially on Table Rock. It’s how he won on Toledo Bend earlier this year, so when he realized the fish were positioned in places he normally targets in the winter, he said he knew it was game on.

“Most of the fish I caught this week were in creeks and if you could find one that had a really deep, defined ditch it was perfect,” Huff explained. “We got that big rain last week and I think that water coming in made those shad move to the backs of the creeks. As the water quit running in, it seemed like the shad were making their way back out to the main lake.

“I’m really glad this tournament wasn’t a couple more days because I caught them off all new stuff. I scrapped everything I had around 10 or 11 on Saturday and just had to go fishing.”

Huff said his primary pattern was dropping a chrome blue No. 9 Rapala Jigging Rap on a 6-foot, 8-inch medium-heavy Johnny Morris Signature Series rod with 12-pound fluorocarbon line down to fish he saw on his electronics.

“That was the key to getting bigger bites on the first two days, especially for bigger largemouths sitting in 40 to 70 feet of water over anywhere from 50 to 100 feet from Indian Point down to the dam,” Huff continued. “Once I’d drop on a group of bass, it didn’t take long for them to eat if they were going to. A hop or two at most was all it took to trigger them, and oftentimes they’d pounce on it as soon as it got to them.”

On the final day, Huff weighed all smallmouths and said he had to completely switch away from the Jigging Rap, but still focused on suspended fish.

“The fish weren’t where they were supposed to be Saturday and instead of looking for new fish I wanted to figure out where they went,” said the Bethel University angler. “I never found the largemouth, but when I got farther out I found some smallmouth suspended only 10 feet under the surface over 100 feet. I made long casts to them with a little swimbait and they ate that thing. It was a lot of fun once I figured it out.”

Huff said he is now looking ahead to his next big tournament – the Toyota Series Championship on Lake Cumberland.

“I’m excited about that one,” Huff said of the Championship, which comes with a $235,000 top prize. “I think it’ll kinda set up in my wheelhouse. It’s one I’ve been looking forward to all year.”

Even with the next tournament already on his mind, Huff said he is going to cherish this season, even if it takes a minute to sink in.

“It’s just crazy and kind of surreal. You don’t really realize it until you get home and look at the wall at the trophy sitting there and realize, ‘I actually pulled that off.’

“The big factor for me this week was the weather. If we would have had some nasty weather there would have been some big bags caught on a spinnerbait and stuff just beating the bank. I was super lucky the weather cooperated, and I didn’t lose any – It was just meant to be.”

The top 10 pros on Table Rock Lake finished:

            1st:       Cody Huff of Ava, Mo., 15 bass, 46-4, $32,552

            2nd:      Jason Lieblong of Conway, Ark., 15 bass, 43-2, $13,233

            3rd:       Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, Ark., 15 bass, 39-12, $9,316

            4th:       Lawson Hibdon of Versailles, Mo., 15 bass, 39-1, $7,763

            5th:       Corey Cook of Lebanon, Mo., 12 bass, 35-9, $6,987

            6th:       Cole Breeden of Eldridge, Mo., 15 bass, 35-7, $6,210

            7th:       Aaron Hodge of Harrison, Ark., 15 bass, 35-3, $5,434

            8th:       Nicky Parsons of West Fork, Ark., 12 bass, 27-9, $4,658

            9th:       Blake Edwards of Springfield, Mo., 10 bass, 25-14, $3,881

            10th:     Mike Casada of Stearns, Ky., nine bass, 22-4, $3,105

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

Lieblong took home an extra $1,000 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX 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 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Adam Caldwell of Springfield, Missouri, won the Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of nine bass weighing 23 pounds, 8 ounces. Caldwell took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor.

The top 10 co-anglers on theTable Rock Lake finished:

            1st:       Adam Caldwell of Springfield, Mo., nine bass, 23-8, Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp outboard

            2nd:      Steven Meador of Bentonville, Ark., nine bass, 21-8, $3,971

            3rd:       Mason Champman of Lake Quivira, Kan., eight bass, 16-12, $3,177

            4th:       Ray Larson of Springfield, Ill., seven bass, 15-4, $2,779

            5th:       Matt Krekovich of Granite City, Ill., six bass, 13-2, $2,382

            6th:       Dennis Meyere of Branson West, Mo., four bass, 12-1, $1,985

            7th:       Kit Lueg of Stilwell, Kan., five bass, 12-0, $1,588

            8th:       Grayson Sanders of Hillsboro, Texas, five bass, 11-3, $1,390

            9th:       Jeff Moss of Oronogo, Mo., five bass, 10-11, $1,191

            10th:     James Boston of Collinsville, Okla., four bass, 10-7, $993

The Toyota Series at Table Rock Lake was hosted by Explore Branson. It was the third and final tournament in 2020 for Plains Division anglers. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place on Dec. 3-5 – the 2020 Toyota Series Championship at Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.


Walters Targets Timber For Lake Fork Lead

Patrick Walters, of Summerville, S.C., is leading after Day 2 of the 2020 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Lake Fork with a two-day total of 52 pounds, 12 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

November 6, 2020

QUITMAN, Texas — Patrick Walters said he believes there are fish on every piece of standing timber in Lake Fork, but dialing in the right scenario allowed him to take the Day 2 lead at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with a total of 52 pounds, 12 ounces.

Walters positioned himself well on Day 1 with a second-place limit of 25-14 and trailed Rick Clunn by 3-6. Adding 26-14 today, the Summerville, S.C., angler carries a lead of 11-3 into Semifinal Saturday.

Returning to the standing timber he fished on Day 1, Walters enjoyed a fast start with a limit of 18-15 by about 8:30. His second catch, a 6-1, got his day going in the right direction.

“That made me feel pretty good, catching that 6-1 first thing; it was like, ‘Okay, they’re still here and they’ll still bite,’” Walters said. “I was worried that the big fish just bit yesterday because of weather or something, so I had no idea what I was going to be able to catch.

“It was good to know they would bite again today. Yesterday, I caught a 4-pounder off that same tree where I caught the 6-1 today.”

Walters said that amid the fields of standing timber, he’s looking for a particular type of structure. He declined to elaborate but noted that the right spots also held bait schools. Finding the fish positioned at the right feeding depth meant it was game-on.

“I also checked some of my other areas that I found in practice,” Walters said. “Everywhere on this entire lake has fish. When you set the boat down, there are fish there. You just have to figure out how to catch them.

“I just needed to expand to make sure I wasn’t missing a better area. You don’t know where the bite’s at, so you have to keep putting your feelers out.”

Walters caught his fish on a Rapala Shadow Rap, complemented by Duo Realis and Megabass jerkbaits. Each one had a role to play, based on bait action, depth and sky conditions.

“You have to show them the buffet,” Walters said. “These fish in Texas like to eat, but they’re very picky at the hog trough.

“You have to let the fish do the talking. When that bait’s right, they’re going to eat it. When it’s not right, they’ll just follow it.”

Walters noted that a lot of his fish weren’t eating the bait well; they were just swatting at it. Around 1 o’clock, this noncommittal behavior created a tense moment when a lengthy fight ended with Walters boating a 5-10 that was skin-hooked on the top of the head by a single treble hook barb.

“At that point, I really needed a good cull, so I went into the back of a pocket where I had some good ones follow my bait in practice,” Walters said. “I saw that fish (on my electronics) and she started chasing my bait. Today, they’d chase the bait for 30 feet and then they’d just turn down.

“I was just working it, working it, working it and at the last minute she grabbed it. I saw it was skin-hooked — and I’ve lost several fish on treble hooks — so it had me worried.”

Ed Loughran of Richmond, Va., is in second place with 41-9. Improving from fifth, he added 19-12 to his Day 1 weight of 21-13. Loughran said he did most of his work after noon.

“I had one fish for 1 1/2 pounds at 12:30 and I was going down a row of docks where another angler had just left,” Loughran said. “I know what the other angler does, so I went over to a dock where I had a fish in practice and threw something a little different and caught a 5-pounder about 3 minutes after he left.”

Knowing he had likely made the Top-40 cut, Loughran decided to finish out his day in an area where he’d caught several big fish. A 30-minute flurry produced a 6-pounder, a 5 and a 3.

Loughran caught his fish on a 3/8-ounce Z-Man ChatterBait JackHammer with a Missile Baits Shockwave Trailer, as well as a drop shot with a Missile Baits Fuse.

Chad Pipkens of Lansing, Mich., is in third place with 41-2. After placing 13th on Day 1 with 17-11, Pipkens landed 23-7 today. Starting on a large timber flat in 14 to 17 feet that he called a “feeding place,” Pipkens caught a 6-8 on his third cast.

“Yesterday, I went to this place with about an hour left and in 10 casts caught a 2-pounder, a 4-pounder, a 5-pounder and lost one over 6,” Pipkens said. “Today, I started there and then went shallow. I came back later in the day, but nothing. I came back 40 minutes later and caught three big ones.”

Pipkens caught one of his fish flipping shallow cover. The rest, he caught on crankbaits.

Seth Feider of New Market, Minn., is in the lead for Toyota Tundra Big Bass honors with his 9-9 caught on Day 1.

Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, leads the Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year standings with 689 points, while David Mullins of Mt. Carmel, Tenn., follows in second with 677. Walters is third with 669, Jake Whitaker of Fairview, N.C., is fourth with 668 and Austin Felix of Eden Prairie, Minn., is fifth with 651.

Saturday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6:40 a.m. CT at Sabine River Authority (SRA) — Lake Fork. The weigh-in will be held back at the SRA — Lake Fork at 3 p.m.

2020 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 11/5-11/8
Lake Fork, Emory TX.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

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

1. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 10 52-12 100
Day 1: 5 25-14 Day 2: 5 26-14
2. Ed Loughran III Richmond, VA 10 41-09 99
Day 1: 5 21-13 Day 2: 5 19-12
3. Chad Pipkens Lansing, MI 10 41-02 98
Day 1: 5 17-11 Day 2: 5 23-07
4. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 10 40-15 97
Day 1: 5 16-03 Day 2: 5 24-12
5. Greg DiPalma Millville, NJ 10 38-09 96
Day 1: 5 22-09 Day 2: 5 16-00
6. Jay Yelas Lincoln City, OR 10 38-04 95
Day 1: 5 19-02 Day 2: 5 19-02
7. Seth Feider New Market, MN 10 37-03 94
Day 1: 5 23-04 Day 2: 5 13-15
8. John Cox Debary, FL 10 36-11 93
Day 1: 5 20-14 Day 2: 5 15-13
9. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 8 36-04 92
Day 1: 5 29-04 Day 2: 3 07-00
10. Skylar Hamilton Dandridge, TN 10 35-13 91
Day 1: 5 19-13 Day 2: 5 16-00
11. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 10 35-05 90
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 5 23-14
12. Koby Kreiger Alva, FL 10 35-04 89
Day 1: 5 20-03 Day 2: 5 15-01
13. Buddy Gross Chickamauga, GA 9 34-11 88
Day 1: 4 09-08 Day 2: 5 25-03
14. Brad Whatley Bivins, TX 10 32-15 87
Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 5 15-10
15. Derek Hudnall Denham Springs, LA 10 32-13 86
Day 1: 5 15-13 Day 2: 5 17-00
16. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 10 32-12 85
Day 1: 5 12-05 Day 2: 5 20-07
17. Chad Morgenthaler Reeds Spring, MO 9 32-02 84
Day 1: 5 20-01 Day 2: 4 12-01
18. Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 9 31-08 83
Day 1: 5 17-15 Day 2: 4 13-09
19. Clark Wendlandt Leander, TX 10 31-01 82
Day 1: 5 16-11 Day 2: 5 14-06
20. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 8 30-07 81
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 3 16-07
21. Hunter Shryock Newcomerstown, OH 10 30-04 80
Day 1: 5 15-08 Day 2: 5 14-12
22. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 10 30-00 79
Day 1: 5 15-03 Day 2: 5 14-13
23. Tyler Rivet Raceland, LA 10 29-14 78
Day 1: 5 17-02 Day 2: 5 12-12
24. Rob Digh Denver, NC 9 29-11 77
Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 4 12-06
25. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 10 26-11 76
Day 1: 5 10-11 Day 2: 5 16-00
26. Kyle Monti Okeechobee, FL 10 25-09 75
Day 1: 5 14-13 Day 2: 5 10-12
27. Jake Whitaker Fairview, NC 10 25-03 74
Day 1: 5 13-01 Day 2: 5 12-02
28. Scott Canterbury Odenville, AL 10 25-02 73
Day 1: 5 13-07 Day 2: 5 11-11
29. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 7 24-11 72
Day 1: 5 19-08 Day 2: 2 05-03
30. Caleb Kuphall Mukwonago, WI 7 23-13 71
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 2 10-03
31. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 7 23-09 70
Day 1: 2 06-04 Day 2: 5 17-05
32. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 9 23-08 69
Day 1: 4 09-01 Day 2: 5 14-07
33. Hank Cherry Jr Lincolnton, NC 8 23-04 68
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 3 06-00
34. Luke Palmer Coalgate, OK 8 22-04 67
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 3 07-06
35. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 10 22-04 66
Day 1: 5 08-12 Day 2: 5 13-08
36. Wes Logan Springville, AL 8 21-13 65
Day 1: 5 12-11 Day 2: 3 09-02
37. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 7 21-12 64
Day 1: 2 04-09 Day 2: 5 17-03
38. Gary Clouse Winchester, TN 10 21-11 63
Day 1: 5 09-11 Day 2: 5 12-00
39. Destin DeMarion Grove City, PA 8 20-14 62
Day 1: 5 12-04 Day 2: 3 08-10
40. Frank Talley Temple, TX 6 20-04 61
Day 1: 2 05-02 Day 2: 4 15-02
41. Brandon Card Salisbury, NC 7 20-03 60 $8,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 2 05-05
42. Jamie Hartman Newport, NY 10 20-03 59 $8,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 5 10-10
43. Ray Hanselman Jr Del Rio, TX 8 20-01 58 $8,000.00
Day 1: 3 06-10 Day 2: 5 13-07
44. Chris Johnston Peterborough Ontario CA 7 20-01 57 $8,000.00
Day 1: 4 10-12 Day 2: 3 09-05
45. Jason Williamson Wagener, SC 7 19-11 56 $8,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-00 Day 2: 2 03-11
46. Chris Groh Spring Grove, IL 8 19-03 55 $8,000.00
Day 1: 4 07-15 Day 2: 4 11-04
47. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 5 19-01 54 $8,000.00
Day 1: 3 10-06 Day 2: 2 08-11
48. Todd Auten Lake Wylie, SC 7 18-13 53 $8,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 2 05-03
49. Clent Davis Montevallo, AL 7 18-12 52 $8,000.00
Day 1: 2 07-13 Day 2: 5 10-15
50. Taku Ito Chiba JAPAN 6 18-11 51 $8,000.00
Day 1: 2 08-00 Day 2: 4 10-11
51. Matt Herren Ashville, AL 7 18-09 50 $6,000.00
Day 1: 2 03-09 Day 2: 5 15-00
52. Bill Weidler Helena, AL 7 18-06 49 $6,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-11 Day 2: 2 05-11
53. Randy Pierson Oakdale, CA 8 18-05 48 $6,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-04 Day 2: 3 08-01
54. Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 8 17-11 47 $6,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-03 Day 2: 3 05-08
55. Paul Mueller Naugatuck, CT 6 17-04 46 $6,000.00
Day 1: 1 01-15 Day 2: 5 15-05
56. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 9 16-12 45 $6,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-04 Day 2: 4 07-08
57. Shane LeHew Catawba, NC 5 16-07 44 $6,000.00
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 16-07
58. Caleb Sumrall New Iberia, LA 5 15-12 43 $6,000.00
Day 1: 1 01-09 Day 2: 4 14-03
59. Shane Lineberger Lincolnton, NC 5 15-09 42 $6,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-09 Day 2: 0 00-00
60. Cory Johnston Cavan CANADA 8 15-08 41 $6,000.00
Day 1: 3 08-13 Day 2: 5 06-11
61. Matt Arey Shelby, NC 6 14-15 40 $5,000.00
Day 1: 2 07-05 Day 2: 4 07-10
62. Bob Downey Hudson, WI 7 14-08 39 $5,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-08 Day 2: 2 03-00
63. Cody Hollen Beaverton, OR 7 14-04 38 $5,000.00
Day 1: 4 06-12 Day 2: 3 07-08
64. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 6 13-10 37 $5,000.00
Day 1: 4 10-05 Day 2: 2 03-05
65. Drew Cook Cairo, GA 4 13-00 36 $5,000.00
Day 1: 2 07-01 Day 2: 2 05-15
66. Jesse Tacoronte Kissimmee, FL 6 12-15 35 $5,000.00
Day 1: 4 08-12 Day 2: 2 04-03
67. Micah Frazier Newnan, GA 7 12-10 34 $5,000.00
Day 1: 2 04-05 Day 2: 5 08-05
68. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 6 12-08 33 $5,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-09 Day 2: 1 01-15
69. Drew Benton Blakely, GA 6 12-02 32 $5,000.00
Day 1: 3 06-05 Day 2: 3 05-13
70. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 5 11-11 31 $5,000.00
Day 1: 3 04-09 Day 2: 2 07-02
71. Rick Morris Lake Gaston, VA 5 11-07 30 $3,200.00
Day 1: 2 03-01 Day 2: 3 08-06
72. Bryan Schmitt Deale, MD 5 10-08 29 $3,200.00
Day 1: 4 08-01 Day 2: 1 02-07
73. Quentin Cappo Prairieville, LA 4 09-04 28 $3,200.00
Day 1: 2 03-06 Day 2: 2 05-14
74. Randy Sullivan Breckenridge, TX 3 09-01 27 $3,200.00
Day 1: 3 09-01 Day 2: 0 00-00
75. Dale Hightower Mannford, OK 4 09-00 26 $3,200.00
Day 1: 2 03-10 Day 2: 2 05-06
76. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 4 08-15 25 $3,200.00
Day 1: 2 06-09 Day 2: 2 02-06
77. Robbie Latuso Gonzales, LA 1 08-12 24 $3,200.00
Day 1: 1 08-12 Day 2: 0 00-00
78. David Fritts Lexington, NC 2 08-03 23 $3,200.00
Day 1: 2 08-03 Day 2: 0 00-00
79. Brett Preuett Monroe, LA 4 07-13 22 $3,200.00
Day 1: 3 06-11 Day 2: 1 01-02
80. Garrett Paquette Canton, MI 3 05-15 21 $3,200.00
Day 1: 2 04-07 Day 2: 1 01-08
81. Mike Huff Corbin, KY 2 05-09 20 $3,200.00
Day 1: 2 05-09 Day 2: 0 00-00
82. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 2 04-10 19 $3,200.00
Day 1: 2 04-10 Day 2: 0 00-00
83. Jeff Gustafson Keewatin Ontario CANADA 2 03-03 18 $3,200.00
Day 1: 1 01-12 Day 2: 1 01-07
84. Carl Jocumsen Queensland TN AUSTRALIA 2 03-01 17 $3,200.00
Day 1: 1 01-06 Day 2: 1 01-11
85. Tyler Carriere Youngsville, LA 1 01-03 16 $3,200.00
Day 1: 1 01-03 Day 2: 0 00-00


MLF Announces Schedule, Rules and Entry Dates for 2021 High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing

Both Members of Winning Team at the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship Receive a $5,000 Scholarship and Advance to the 2021 Toyota Series Championship to Compete as Co-anglers

BENTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the schedule, rules, payouts and entry dates for the 2021 season of High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing, along with scholarship and advancement opportunities to compete in the 2021 Toyota Series Championship. The top 10 percent of teams in each High School Fishing tournament will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, featuring national television coverage on the Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network.

Both members of the winning team at the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship advance to the 2021 Toyota Series Championship to compete as co-anglers and fish for the top prize of a $33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard, provided they are at least 16 years of age as of Oct. 28, 2021.

Both members of the winning team at the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship receive a $5,000 scholarship to the school of their choice.

All participating teams automatically qualify for the High School Fishing World Finals run by The Bass Federation (TBF) and held simultaneously with the National Championship to compete for more than $3 million in scholarships and prizes.

“We are thrilled to continue working alongside our partners at TBF to provide incredible opportunities for high school anglers year after year,” said Kevin Hunt, MLF Senior Director of Tournament Operations, College and High School. “These young athletes are the future of our sport, and we take great pride in offering competitive tournaments on fantastic fisheries that pave a path for students to learn what it takes to realize their dreams.

“The opportunity to compete as co-anglers alongside some of the best anglers in the world provides industry lessons and instruction they can’t get anywhere else. We are proud of the accomplishments of our past student anglers and are looking forward to a fantastic 2021 season.”

Registration for the 2021 season of MLF High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing opens November 5. Teams can register at FLWFishing.com or by calling (270) 252-1000. There is no entry fee for high school anglers to compete in any MLF or TBF High School Fishing tournament, however both competing anglers must be a member of the Student Angler Federation (SAF). The $25 SAF membership fee includes membership to both MLF and The TBF for eligibility to fish any SAF tournament, including MLF High School Fishing Opens presented by Favorite Fishing, TBF State Championships and TBF Challenge tournaments.

SAF members receive live weigh-in coverage at every MLF High School Fishing Open presented by Favorite Fishing, a profile on FLWFishing.com to track tournament stats and a digital subscription to MLF Bass Fishing magazine, as well as eligibility to Marshal in the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit. Membership can be purchased at FLWFishing.com or HighSchoolFishing.org.

MLF High School Fishing tournaments are two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12, and are open to any SAF-affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10-percent of each MLF High School Fishing Open presented by Favorite Fishing, TBF State Championship and TBF Challenge tournament held prior to June 14, 2021, will advance to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship, held in conjunction with the High School Fishing World Finals June 30-July 3 on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina. Launched by TBF in 2010, the World Final is the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, where student anglers compete for more than $3 million in scholarships and prizes.

The majority of MLF High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournaments are held on Saturdays and are preceded by an Abu Garcia College Fishing tournament the day prior. This provides students and parents the opportunity to network with prospective college teams and coaches during Friday registrations, immediately following college weigh-ins, to facilitate decision-making on future collegiate fishing careers.

2021 MLF High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Schedule:

· Sunday, Jan 31 Shasta: Bridge Bay Resort | Redding, CA

· Saturday, Feb 13 Harris Chain: Venetian Gardens - Ski Beach | Leesburg, FL

· Saturday, Mar 27 Table Rock : Table Rock State Park Marina | Branson, MO

· Saturday, Apr 17 Lake Somerville: Lake Somerville Marina | Brenham, TX

· Saturday, Apr 24 Lake Guntersville: Lake Guntersville State Park | Guntersville, AL

· Saturday, May 1 Smith Mountain Lake: Parkway Marina | Huddleston, VA

· Sunday, May 16 California Delta: Big Break Marina | Oakley, CA

· Saturday, Jun 5 Potomac River: Smallwood State Park | Marbury, MD

· Saturday, Jun 12 Lake of the Pines: Lakeside Park | Jefferson, TX

· Saturday, Jul 31 MS River-La Crosse: W. Copeland & Clinton | La Crosse, WI

· Saturday, Aug 21 Detroit River: Elizabeth Park Marina | Trenton, MI

· Sunday, Sep 26 Clear Lake: Redbud Park | Clearlake, CA

· Saturday, Oct 2 Lake Dardanelle: Lake Dardanelle State Park | Russellville, AR

· Saturday, Oct 16 Lake of the Ozarks: Public Beach #2 | Osage Beach, MO

· Saturday, Oct 23 Lake Chickamauga: Dayton Boat Dock | Dayton, TN

2021 High School Fishing National Championship & World Finals

· June 30-July 3 Lake Hartwell: Green Pond Landing | Anderson, SC

Complete rules for the 2021 MLF High School Fishing Opens presented by Favorite Fishing can be found online at FLWFishing.com.


Quantum Hosts Next Gen Open on Sam Rayburn

Quantum hosted their second Next Gen Open of the fall this weekend on legendary Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The iconic brand out of Tulsa, Oklahoma partnered with the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation to put on this event for high school anglers in the Texas / Louisiana region.

Anglers competed for a spot in the 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship, thousands of dollars in Quantum rods and reels as well as prizes from Lowrance, Yamaha, TH Marine, Badlands, and Lure Lock.

River Johnson and Dalton Morton of Huntington High School used an 18-foot aluminum boat and spinnerbaits to crack the code on a fickle Sam Rayburn. Weighing in 16.16-lbs to take first place honors along with the big bass award thanks to a four and a half pounder.

“We really can’t thank Quantum enough for hosting this tournament,” Johnson said. “Between the rods and all the registration prizes we got our money’s worth before we ever started fishing! It was awesome.”

18-year old Johnson and 16-year old Morton have been fishing Sam Rayburn their entire lives, and both anglers are already accomplished tournament competitors. The two linked up to be partners this year, and have already won two out of the three events they’ve entered together.

Their winning efforts weren’t lacking a bit of adversity or comedy. They explained they beached their boat in ankle deep water, almost ran out of gas on the way back to weigh-in, and reportedly hit every stump in the lake on the way to their fishing spot.

“We found a creek that had one little sweet spot,” Morton divulged. “We caught a few on crankbaits on the rods Quantum gave us - we strung them up right away the night before the tournament- but spinnerbaits seemed to be the deal today.”

Major League Fishing and Quantum sponsored pro Gerald Spohrer helped pass out special edition Quantum Accurist Cranking Rods to every single high school angler in attendance.

“It’s amazing the opportunities these kids have these days. Honestly from a competition standpoint, it’s scary,” Spohrer joked.

“These high school anglers are making their own decisions and can fish so many tournaments, I just hope I can hang as they get older,” Spohrer concluded. “It’s great to see Quantum support the next generation of anglers and help them fall in love with the sport.”


Wagner Wins Toyota Series Event on Dale Hollow Lake

Cookeville Angler Wins by Five Ounces to Take Home $62,761

BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. (Nov. 1, 2020) – Toyota Series angler Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 1 ounce to win the three-day Toyota Series at Dale Hollow Lake tournament in Byrdstown, Tennessee. Wagner’s three-day total of 12 bass weighing 34-6 earned him the win by 5 ounces over second-place angler Blake Smith of Byrdstown, and earned Wagner the top payout of $62,761, including the lucrative $35,000 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency award in the third and final regular-season tournament of the 2020 Toyota Series Central Division.

“I’m just blown away,” said Wagner, the 2009 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Champion who earned his 15th career victory in FLW competition. “I got lucky. I just absolutely pulled up dead on top of that school of fish. If that’s not meant to be, I don’t know what to say – It just blows my mind.”

The school of fish Wagner referenced was the “motherlode” he found in the afternoon of day two. He said he didn’t have enough time to pluck a big bag from the school, but he knew he found something special to go back to on Saturday.

“I was pulling up to fish a grass spot [Friday] and I just went across this ditch and [my graph] just lit up,” he explained. “It’s two long, flat points going into a gut of a pocket. There was a school of shad in 49 foot of water, and apparently every largemouth that lives on those points was in that gut.”

Wagner said he’s not a “deep water guy,” but has the confidence to do something he knows isn’t his forte. He also credits local knowledge and having the right baits on the deck at the right times – namely, a 5/8-ounce Silver Buddy blade bait.

After finding his winning school on Friday, Wagner said he used the Silver Buddy to pluck a few largemouth from deep water to make the top-10 cut. He then went back to his school Saturday morning and caught a couple keepers before hitting a few other spots to give the school time to set up.

Wagner said when he returned, it was game on.

“The shad had ganged up a little better, like the bass had bunched them up a little more,” he explained. “As the day went on it got better. Saturday was fun.”

As much fun as Wagner had both catching the biggest bag of the tournament and holding up the resulting trophy and $62,761 check, he continued to go back to the providence of it all.

“I just can’t believe it,” he said. “That I found that school of fish – at noon Friday I didn’t have a fish. If I had gone over 10 or 15 yards, I would have never seen them.”

The top 10 pros on Dale Hollow Lake finished:

1st: Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tenn., 12 bass, 34-6, $62,761

2nd: Blake Smith of Byrdstown, Tenn., 15 bass, 34-1, $10,176

3rd: Dakota Ebare of Denham Springs, La., 12 bass, 29-1, $8,078

4th: Jonathan Bowling of Harriman, Tenn., 11 bass, 26-13, $6,565

5th: Chris Malone of Ironton, Ohio, 12 bass, 24-12, $5,909

6th: Nick Ratliff of Vine Grove, Ky., 10 bass, 21-8, $5,252

7th: Scott Stults of Jamestown, Tenn., seven bass, 19-8, $4,671

8th: Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tenn., 12 bass, 18-7, $3,939

9th: Marshall Deakins of Dunlap, Tenn., eight bass, 18-0, $3,283

10th: Billy Hall of Florence, Ky., five bass, 15-5, $2,626

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

Wagner took home an extra $35,000 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX 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 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Robert Russell of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 11 bass weighing 22 pounds, 2 ounces. Russell took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor.

The top 10 co-anglers on Dale Hollow Lake finished:

1st: Robert Russell of Murfreesboro, Tenn., 11 bass, 22-2, $33,550 Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp outboard

2nd: Josh Lockard of Somerset, Ky., seven bass, 15-1, $3,396

3rd: Phil Williams, Jr. of Jamestown, Ky., five bass, 13-15, $2,716

4th: Brent Clark of Bowling Green, Ky., five bass, 12-10, $2,377

5th: Nathan Woodruff of Iuka, Miss., four bass, 11-12, $2,037

6th: Gary Slaughter of Waddy, Ky., five bass, 10-0, $1,698

7th: Luke Glasgow of Guin, Ala., five bass, 10-0, $1,358

8th: Travis Parrott of Byrdstown, Tenn., three bass, 8-0, $1,188

9th: Michael Weimann of Murfreesboro, Tenn., three bass, 6-13, $1,019

10th: Randy Forbes of Pleasant Plain, Ohio, three bass, 6-4, $849

The Toyota Series at Dale Hollow Lake was hosted by the Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce. It was the third and final tournament in 2020 for Central Division anglers. The next two events for Toyota Series anglers will both take place on Nov. 5-7, with the Toyota Series at Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia and the Toyota Series at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.


Sands And Dimauro Finish Dominant Win At Bassmaster College National Championship

Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro, from Tennessee's Bryan College, have won the 2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops with a three-day total of 84 pounds, 12 ounces.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

October 31, 2020

LEESBURG, Fla. — With over a 15-pound lead heading into the final day of the Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops at the Harris Chain of Lakes, the Bryan College duo of Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro rode to their starting spot with music blaring, singing and laughing to combat the anxious excitement they were feeling.

Sands and Dimauro secured their wire-to-wire victory in dominating fashion, catching 29 pounds Saturday to increase their total weight to 84-12, beating the second-place team of Cole Thompson and Benson Dowler by almost 26 pounds and earning $5,000.

The previous year at the National Championship at Chickamauga Lake, Sands and Dimauro also led the first two days, but ultimately lost the tournament by a pound.

“I think there is a saying that says the ‘thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,’” Sands said. “Last year we got to feel what defeat tasted like. Just to come back is like a storybook ending. To win this one, there is no better way to go out from Bassmaster college fishing than to win this trophy in the fashion we did.”

Their weight shattered the previous record of 72-13 in a three-day College Series event. The previous record was set at the St. Lawrence River in 2019.

Sands and Dimauro caught the majority of their fish this week, including all of their weight on Day 3, on an offshore spot on Lake Beauclair. During practice, the duo located a grassline that consisted of hydrilla and eelgrass using their Humminbird electronics that also had a hard bottom located next to the grass. Dragging Carolina rigs through the grass and onto the hard bottom triggered the bigger fish into biting.

“That’s a spot that has been producing. It is a spot people have been catching them on forever and people will be catching them on forever,” Dimauro, a Florida native, said. “We were dragging our Carolina rigs and it would get mushy and it was either a fish or a piece of grass.”

While they moved to a different area for a brief period on Day 3, their best spot produced giant bass every day of the tournament, including a fish Sands estimated to be over 8 pounds that anchored their Day 3 bag.

Sands said he used a plum melon color 6th Sense Ridge Worm starting on Day 2 and caught the majority of his big fish with it on Day 3, including the 8-pounder. Dimauro used a mix of a Bitter’s Bait and Tackle 10-inch worm and a green pumpkin Senko with the tail dyed chartreuse.

Sands landed their first fish, one that weighed around 5 pounds, within the first 45 minutes of their day and had one fish in their livewell for the next hour.

“We didn’t get bit for the first 45 minutes and we were like, ‘Oh no, this again. We aren’t going to catch a limit today on the last day of a National Championship,’” Sands said. “That first 5-pounder that bit let us settle down a little bit. Then we went a while without another bite.”

After catching two more small keepers, Sands landed their biggest fish of the day around 9:45 a.m., despite breaking his rod at the beginning of the fight. The duo quickly filled their limit and caught several more 5- and 6-pound fish before the bite stalled around noon.

Sands and Dimauro also qualify for the College Classic Bracket scheduled for Nov. 17-19 on Alabama’s Lay Lake, along with the other Top 4 finishers from the National Championship. This will be their second time competing at that event.

“This is a dream come true to win this tournament, but you make your career at the next stage,” Dimauro said. “That lines up a career if you are able to win that on the final day. That’s what we really want.

“Obviously, we really wanted to win, but the ultimate goal coming into this tournament was a Top 4.”

After starting the day in eighth place, Thompson and Dowler caught 22-8 for a three-day total of 58-14, lifting them into second-place and into the Classic Bracket. Their Day 3 bag was anchored by an 8-10 largemouth and another bass that Dowler estimates was over 7 pounds.

“We came into this thing with a rough practice,” Dowler said. “I’m excited. Lay is pretty much my home lake and I used to fish it growing up all the time.”

Thompson said they were targeting eelgrass and hydrilla in 6 to 7 feet of water, with the top of the grass coming up to about 3 feet. They triggered bites using a squarebill and a Queen Tackle Switch Blade.

“It was coming through the grass great,” Thompson said. “I’m pretty sure the main forage in this lake is needlefish, so we dialed that pattern in and that’s why those moving baits were so effective.”

Georgia Southern University’s Ty Black and Avry Thomason caught 18-1 on the final day to finish third with 57-10 total, punching their ticket to the Bracket. The duo caught their fish on a Strike King 6XD crankbait around the bridge that separates Harris Lake from Little Harris Lake.

“In 15 minutes, I caught a 4 1/2 and then he caught a 3 1/2,” Black said. “About 1:30, I caught one about 5 pounds and that bumped us up to what we got. It was a tough day, honestly. We stayed on that bridge for about six hours and we grinded through them.”

Trevor McKinney and Blake Jackson from McKendree University caught 19-1 on the final day, lifting them to fourth place with 53-1 and making them the final team to qualify for the Bracket.

Bryce Henley and Reese Kingston from Brewton-Parker College won the Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament with a 9-3 lunker they landed on Day 2. They received a $500 Carhartt gift card.

2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by
Bass Pro Shops 10/29-10/31
Harris Chain Of Lakes, Leesburg FL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Cole Sands - Conner Dimauro Bryan College 250
Day 1: 5 28-07 Day 2: 5 27-05 Day 3: 5 29-00 Total: 15 84-12
2. Cole Thompson - Benson Dowler 249
Day 1: 5 15-05 Day 2: 5 21-01 Day 3: 5 22-08 Total: 15 58-14
3. Ty Black - Avry Thomason Georgia Southern University 248
Day 1: 5 19-05 Day 2: 5 20-04 Day 3: 5 18-01 Total: 15 57-10
4. Trevor McKinney - Blake Jackson McKendree University 247
Day 1: 5 20-08 Day 2: 5 13-08 Day 3: 5 19-01 Total: 15 53-01
5. Dax Ewart - Kyle Palmer Bethel University 246
Day 1: 5 16-08 Day 2: 5 16-10 Day 3: 5 17-14 Total: 15 51-00
6. Rudolph Worley - John Nowlin Blue Mountain College 245
Day 1: 5 12-01 Day 2: 5 26-05 Day 3: 5 11-05 Total: 15 49-11
7. Miller Spivey - Trey Dickert University of Montevallo 244
Day 1: 5 16-05 Day 2: 5 22-10 Day 3: 5 09-15 Total: 15 48-14
8. Brian Linder - Nathan Thompson Minnesota State Univ Mankato 243
Day 1: 5 19-14 Day 2: 5 17-14 Day 3: 5 10-08 Total: 15 48-04
9. Jack Tindell - Brett Fregia Lamar State College Orange 242
Day 1: 5 20-06 Day 2: 5 20-05 Day 3: 5 06-13 Total: 15 47-08
10. Ty Cox - Fisher Overton Blue Mountain College 241
Day 1: 2 07-05 Day 2: 5 26-10 Day 3: 5 11-12 Total: 12 45-11
11. Tyler Lubbat - Calvin Landsberg 240
Day 1: 5 25-01 Day 2: 5 11-15 Day 3: 5 08-06 Total: 15 45-06
12. Mason Moore - Logan Estes Eastern Kentucky University 239
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 5 16-14 Day 3: 5 07-03 Total: 15 41-05


Afternoon Change Leads Robertson To Win At Bassmaster Eastern Open On Cherokee

Matthew Robertson, of Kuttawa, Ky., has won the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Cherokee Lake with a three-day total of 40 pounds, 12 ounces.

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

October 31, 2020

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — When noon found him without a keeper, Matthew Robertson of Kuttawa, Ky., made a bold decision that propelled him to victory at the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open on Cherokee Lake with a three-day total of 40 pounds, 12 ounces.

Entering Championship Saturday with a mere 3-ounce lead over Denny Fiedler of Wabasha, Minn., Robertson added a five-bass limit of 12-4 to his first two days’ limits of 14-8 and 14-0. He won by a margin of 1-10 and earned a top prize of $35,000. Robertson also won the $500 Garmin Tournament Rewards prize.

He also earned an automatic berth into the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic, which is scheduled for March on Lake Ray Roberts in Texas.

“I’m usually out on the water saying, ‘Maybe I should go here, maybe I should go there,’ but the past two weeks, I’ve just had more faith in myself and I’ve just been rolling with it,” Robertson said. “I’m not second-guessing anything; I’m fishing more deliberately.”

Fresh off a second-place finish at the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on Neely Henry Lake, Robertson had spent his first two days working a small stretch of boulder-laden bottom in 20 feet of water. Intercepting packs of smallmouth bass ravaging bait schools, he caught his fish on a Ned rig and a Neko rig.

With post-frontal conditions bringing bright skies and high pressure, Day 3 found the spot unproductive. Robertson said this prompted him to completely scrap his game plan and switch to something that was right in his wheelhouse.

“I told myself, ‘I’m going to stay there until noon and see what I have,’” he said. “All I caught was a striped bass, so I pulled the plug. I was so comfortable with that decision, it was no big deal.

“I pulled into a little pocket close to my deep spot and caught one on a topwater. I figured out what the pattern was and I went to war with it.”

Robertson said he found his best opportunities in pockets with docks, deeper cuts and flat points with scattered rock. Most of the bass he saw were hunting bait in small feeding groups known as “wolf packs.”

He caught his fish on a Strike King Sexy Dawg topwater in the sexy shad color. His co-angler, Jon Jezierski, gave him the bait, which had recently been given to him by Japanese pro Kenta Kimura.

“Kenta had modified the Sexy Dawg by replacing the stock hooks with (a Japanese brand of) round bend treble hooks,” Robertson said. “He also added SuspenDots (adhesive lead dots) to the belly of the bait to make it sit lower in the water.

“That made the bait more castable. Also, instead of those fish popping the bait out of the water, they’d pull it down.”

The win, Robertson said, was particularly meaningful, given his recent setbacks. While practicing for the Central Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir (mid-September), his entire collection of fishing tackle and other gear was stolen from his truck.

“I’m pretty emotional right now,” he said. “I’ve been through the mud just to be here.”

Local stick Josh Roark of Bean Station, Tenn., finished second with 39-2. After placing 10th on Day 1 with 11-13, he added 15-2 — the tournament’s second-largest bag — on Day 2 and rose to third. He gained one spot Saturday with a final-round limit of 12-3.

“I did the same thing I’ve been doing all week; you just had to slow down and grind through them,” Roark said. “I was targeting isolated or scattered boulders. Most of my fish were in 30 to 40 feet deep.

“The majority of my fish came on a 2.8 Keitech swimbait on a homemade 3/8-ounce ball-head jig with a screw lock. I also caught a couple of fish on a Heddon Super Spook and a few fish on a drop shot with a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Flat Worm.”

Day 1 leader Joshua Stracner finished third with 38-15. His daily weights were 14-12, 10-14 and 13-5. He caught his bass on a crankbait, a Damiki rig, a tube and a drop shot with a 4 1/2-inch Reaction Innovations Pocket Rocket.

“I had a really slow start; I only had two or three little fish at 10 o’clock,” Stracner said. “I caught one 3-pounder in the middle of the day.

“I’d been fishing 30 to 40 feet deep for smallmouth and I’d been saving a shallow place for today. I’d been catching some largemouth on that spot. I went to it today and caught two or three and gave myself a shot.”

Fiedler won the $750 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award with his 5-6.

Bobby Drinnon of Rogersville, Tenn., completed a wire-to-wire win in the co-angler division with a three-day total of 18-3. Taking the Day 1 lead with a three-fish limit of 8-5, he added another limit of 7-11 Friday. On Saturday, Drinnon found only one keeper that weighed 2-3.

“The first two days, I was using a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent General on a 5/16-ounce shaky head that (a friend) pours,” Drinnon said. “Today, I caught my keeper on a Damiki rig with a homemade head that I pour with a Damiki Armor Shad.”

Daniel Valois Gomez of Caracas, Venezuela, won the $250 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award for co-anglers with a 4-2.

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., leads the Eastern Open standings with 581 points, followed by Stracner with 580. Pat Schlapper is in third place with 550, while Scott Martin is fourth with 541 and Timmy Thompkins is fifth with 532.

Justin Atkins of Florence, Ala., leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year Standings with 1,009 points.

2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Cherokee Lake 10/29-10/31
Lake Cherokee, Dandridge TN.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Matthew Robertson Kuttawa, KY 15 40-12 200 $37,833.00
Day 1: 5 14-08 Day 2: 5 14-00 Day 3: 5 12-04
2. Josh Roark Bean Station, TN 15 39-02 199 $18,133.00
Day 1: 5 11-13 Day 2: 5 15-02 Day 3: 5 12-03
3. Joshua Stracner Vandiver, AL 15 38-15 198 $12,800.00
Day 1: 5 14-12 Day 2: 5 10-14 Day 3: 5 13-05
4. Bill Humbard New Market, TN 15 33-08 197 $10,667.00
Day 1: 5 13-05 Day 2: 5 09-03 Day 3: 5 11-00
5. Andy Hribar Lakeville, MN 13 32-15 196 $9,280.00
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 3 07-05 Day 3: 5 12-00
6. John Hunter Jr Simpsonville, KY 13 32-10 195 $8,533.00
Day 1: 3 05-06 Day 2: 5 15-10 Day 3: 5 11-10
7. Spencer Peters Knoxville, TN 13 31-01 194 $8,000.00
Day 1: 3 08-04 Day 2: 5 13-05 Day 3: 5 09-08
8. Timmy Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 13 30-03 193 $7,467.00
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 11-04 Day 3: 3 06-09
9. Denny Fiedler Wabasha, MN 10 28-05 192 $6,617.00
Day 1: 5 14-08 Day 2: 5 13-13 Day 3: 0 00-00
10. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 12 27-15 191 $4,800.00
Day 1: 5 11-05 Day 2: 5 10-00 Day 3: 2 06-10
11. Jeremy Gordon Rutledge, TN 12 27-09 190 $4,267.00
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 4 09-08 Day 3: 3 05-09
12. Marc Frazier Newnan, GA 10 25-01 189 $3,733.00
Day 1: 4 10-03 Day 2: 5 11-04 Day 3: 1 03-10


Robertson Intercepts Smallmouth For Bassmaster Eastern Open Lead On Cherokee Lake

Matthew Robertson, of Kuttawa, Ky., is leading after Day 2 of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Cherokee Lake with a two-day total of 28 pounds, 8 ounces.

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

October 30, 2020

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Holding his ground and waiting for his opportunities, Matthew Robertson of Kuttawa, Ky., took the Day 2 lead of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Cherokee Lake with a two-day total of 28 pounds, 8 ounces.

After sharing a second-place Day 1 tie with Denny Fiedler of Wabasha, Minn., and trailing the first-round lead by 4 ounces, Robertson heads into Championship Saturday 3 ounces ahead of Fiedler. Turning in the event’s most consistent performance, Robertson added 14 pounds to the 14-8 he caught on Day 1.

“I’m fishing basically one spot,” Robertson said. “I didn’t know it had the ability to do this. I caught one keeper there during practice on Wednesday and rolled in there yesterday thinking I might try to catch a keeper and — bam! I don’t know what to say.”

Fishing in 20 feet of water, Robertson said his bite is not fast and furious. Rather, he’s having to pick his way to a daily limit.

“It’s slow, I’ll get a bite here and there,” he said. “I’m going to go back there and wing it again tomorrow. I guess I’ll sit there all day because I don’t have anything else.”

Robertson said his spot has several boulders, but the key element is baitfish. Schools of shad are moving in and out of his area and smallmouth bass are aggressively targeting the forage.

“I’ll watch them on my Garmin LiveScope and see a school of smallies bust up through the bait,” he said. “They’re also hanging around some of those big rocks.”

While a swimbait produced during practice, Robertson said the fish are not committing to his reaction bait — they’re only following and bumping it. Instead, he’s catching his bass on the same dragging technique that produced on Day 1, along with another presentation that he dialed in Friday.

“I had a little something pop into my head, so I rigged it up and first cast I caught one of those good smallies,” Robertson said. “So now I have two things to go at them with.”

Noting that he is focusing on a tight area, Robertson said he’s not moving his boat more than 60 feet.

“I’m just waiting for them to swim through and come to me instead of running and gunning and trying to run into them,” he said. “I don’t usually do this, but I’m just soaking my baits and waiting for them to roll in.

“I’ve noticed on this lake the fish are really roamers. I think different schools are running around and one will come through and I’ll catch one or two. Hopefully, some more will swim through tomorrow.”

Fiedler said he returned to the same scenario he fished on Day 1 and bolstered his first-round weight of 14-8 with another limit that weighed 13-13 for a two-day total of 28-5. He’s fishing the lake’s upper end and fishing moving baits in stained water.

“It started out much quicker today,” Fiedler said. “I caught three fish within the first 30 minutes, so I was happy about that. That settles you down.

“It took a while to get number four, then I went to my secondary spot. I filled out my limit and culled three times.”

Josh Roark of Bean Station, Tenn., is in third with 26-15. Despite catching the day’s second-biggest sack — 15-2 — Roark said he found about the same opportunity level as he did on Day 1 when he weighed 11-13.

“I executed a little better today; I didn’t lose any fish,” Roark said. “I lost a couple of good ones yesterday.”

Filling his Day 2 limit with smallmouth, Roark said he caught his fish on a mix of moving baits and reaction baits. Instead of a specific pattern, he covered a variety of spots from 2 to 40 feet.

Fiedler is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with his 5-6.

Bobby Drinnon of Rogersville, Tenn., retained his lead in the co-angler division with 16-0. After taking the early lead with a three-fish limit of 8-5, he added another limit that weighed 7-11.

Daniel Valois Gomez of Caracas, Venezuela, holds the Phoenix Boats Big Bass lead among co-anglers with a 4-2.

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., currently leads the Eastern Open standings with 581 points, followed by Day 1 leader Josh Stracner with 579. Pat Schlapper is third place with 550, while Scott Martin is fourth with 541 and Timmy Thompkins is fifth with 535.

Justin Atkins of Florence, Ala., leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year Standings with 1,009 points.

The Top 12 remaining anglers will take off Saturday at 7:45 a.m. ET from Cherokee Lake Dam TVA Boat Launch. The weigh-in will be held back at the Boat Launch at 3:30 p.m

2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Cherokee Lake 10/29-10/31
Lake Cherokee, Dandridge TN.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1. Matthew Robertson Kuttawa, KY 10 28-08 200
Day 1: 5 14-08 Day 2: 5 14-00
2. Denny Fiedler Wabasha, MN 10 28-05 199
Day 1: 5 14-08 Day 2: 5 13-13
3. Josh Roark Bean Station, TN 10 26-15 198
Day 1: 5 11-13 Day 2: 5 15-02
4. Joshua Stracner Vandiver, AL 10 25-10 197
Day 1: 5 14-12 Day 2: 5 10-14
5. Timmy Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 10 23-10 196
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 11-04
6. Bill Humbard New Market, TN 10 22-08 195
Day 1: 5 13-05 Day 2: 5 09-03
7. Jeremy Gordon Rutledge, TN 9 22-00 194
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 4 09-08
8. Spencer Peters Knoxville, TN 8 21-09 193
Day 1: 3 08-04 Day 2: 5 13-05
9. Marc Frazier Newnan, GA 9 21-07 192
Day 1: 4 10-03 Day 2: 5 11-04
10. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 10 21-05 191
Day 1: 5 11-05 Day 2: 5 10-00
11. John Hunter Jr Simpsonville, KY 8 21-00 190
Day 1: 3 05-06 Day 2: 5 15-10
12. Andy Hribar Lakeville, MN 8 20-15 189
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 3 07-05
13. Bobby Lane Jr. Lakeland, FL 8 20-10 188 $2,933.00
Day 1: 3 09-00 Day 2: 5 11-10
14. Masayuki Matsushita Tokoname-Shi JAPAN 10 20-05 187 $2,933.00
Day 1: 5 12-00 Day 2: 5 08-05
15. Pat Schlapper Eleva, WI 10 20-01 186 $2,933.00
Day 1: 5 09-00 Day 2: 5 11-01
16. Justin Atkins Florence, AL 8 19-04 185 $2,933.00
Day 1: 3 07-10 Day 2: 5 11-10
17. Daisuke Aoki Minamitsurugun Yamanash 7 18-13 184 $2,933.00
Day 1: 2 04-08 Day 2: 5 14-05
18. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 8 18-08 183 $2,933.00
Day 1: 3 06-04 Day 2: 5 12-04
19. Brandt Tumberg Moore, SC 7 17-12 182 $2,933.00
Day 1: 2 04-10 Day 2: 5 13-02
20. Derek Lehtonen Woodruff, SC 8 17-07 181 $2,933.00
Day 1: 3 04-11 Day 2: 5 12-12
21. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 7 17-05 180 $2,667.00
Day 1: 5 12-02 Day 2: 2 05-03
22. Jacob Foutz Charleston, TN 7 17-03 179 $2,667.00
Day 1: 3 07-14 Day 2: 4 09-05
23. Joel Willert Prior Lake, MN 8 16-15 178 $2,667.00
Day 1: 5 10-03 Day 2: 3 06-12
24. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 6 16-12 177 $2,667.00
Day 1: 3 08-01 Day 2: 3 08-11
25. Brandon Johnson Mt Sterling, KY 7 16-11 176 $2,667.00
Day 1: 2 05-08 Day 2: 5 11-03
26. Cody Bertrand Dyer, IN 6 16-07 175 $2,453.00
Day 1: 1 02-15 Day 2: 5 13-08
27. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 6 16-07 174 $2,453.00
Day 1: 3 08-07 Day 2: 3 08-00
28. Keith Carson Debary, FL 8 15-15 173 $2,453.00
Day 1: 3 06-00 Day 2: 5 09-15
29. Andy Wicker Pomaria, SC 7 15-12 172 $2,453.00
Day 1: 3 06-11 Day 2: 4 09-01
30. KJ Queen Catawba, NC 7 15-08 171 $2,453.00
Day 1: 4 08-11 Day 2: 3 06-13
31. Bradley Hallman Norman, OK 7 15-06 170 $2,453.00
Day 1: 2 05-08 Day 2: 5 09-14
32. Brian Latimer Belton, SC 7 14-14 169 $2,453.00
Day 1: 2 04-14 Day 2: 5 10-00
33. Darrell Davis Dover, FL 6 14-09 168 $2,453.00
Day 1: 3 06-00 Day 2: 3 08-09
34. Brandon Tallhamer Parkersburg, WV 7 14-06 167 $2,453.00
Day 1: 2 02-01 Day 2: 5 12-05
35. Trevor Prince Blue Ridge, GA 5 13-13 166 $2,453.00
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 13-13
36. Greg Alexander Hebron, MD 6 13-06 165 $2,453.00
Day 1: 3 05-02 Day 2: 3 08-04
37. Luke Plunkett Pinson, AL 7 13-06 164 $2,453.00
Day 1: 4 07-09 Day 2: 3 05-13
38. Jason Casteel Winter Garden, FL 5 13-05 163 $2,453.00
Day 1: 3 08-11 Day 2: 2 04-10
39. Kameron Harbin Abbeville, SC 6 13-01 162 $2,453.00
Day 1: 2 03-05 Day 2: 4 09-12
40. Stephen Mui Odessa, FL 4 13-01 161 $2,453.00
Day 1: 2 06-09 Day 2: 2 06-08
41. Randy Blaukat Joplin, MO 5 12-09 160
Day 1: 1 01-06 Day 2: 4 11-03
42. Todd Goade White Pine, TN 6 12-09 159
Day 1: 1 03-04 Day 2: 5 09-05
43. Davey May Odessa, FL 6 12-09 158
Day 1: 3 06-08 Day 2: 3 06-01
44. Matt Lee Bremen, AL 5 12-08 157
Day 1: 2 04-14 Day 2: 3 07-10
45. Brad Burkhart Speedwell, TN 5 12-04 156
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 12-04
46. Allen Brooks Canton, GA 5 12-04 155
Day 1: 1 03-09 Day 2: 4 08-11
47. Joe Thompson Clayton, GA 6 12-04 154
Day 1: 4 07-05 Day 2: 2 04-15
48. Jonathan Carter Glenburn, ME 4 12-03 153
Day 1: 2 07-03 Day 2: 2 05-00
49. Freddy Palmer Estill Springs, TN 6 12-02 152
Day 1: 3 09-03 Day 2: 3 02-15
50. Justin Hamner Northport, AL 7 12-02 151
Day 1: 4 05-12 Day 2: 3 06-06
51. Chris Ferguson Wittensville, KY 6 11-14 150
Day 1: 2 03-06 Day 2: 4 08-08
52. Scott Martin Clewiston, FL 4 11-12 149
Day 1: 1 03-04 Day 2: 3 08-08
53. Bryan New Belmont, NC 6 11-11 148
Day 1: 4 07-05 Day 2: 2 04-06
54. Whitney Stephens Waverly, OH 5 11-10 147
Day 1: 4 08-14 Day 2: 1 02-12
55. Derrick Snavely Piney Flats, TN 4 11-08 146
Day 1: 2 05-09 Day 2: 2 05-15
56. Gregg Fogner Conway, SC 5 11-05 145
Day 1: 4 08-15 Day 2: 1 02-06
57. Scott Patton Paris, TN 5 11-04 144
Day 1: 2 04-07 Day 2: 3 06-13
58. David Kilgore Jasper, AL 5 11-03 143
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 11-03
59. Todd Castledine Nacogdoches, TX 4 11-01 142
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 4 11-01
60. Rex Nickel Huff Corbin, KY 6 11-01 141
Day 1: 4 07-10 Day 2: 2 03-07
61. Jon Canada Helena, AL 5 11-01 140
Day 1: 3 07-06 Day 2: 2 03-11
62. Hunter Sales Blaine, TN 5 10-13 139
Day 1: 3 06-12 Day 2: 2 04-01
63. Hermilo Salgado Artemus, KY 5 10-10 138
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 10-10
64. Jordan Burdette Knoxville, TN 4 10-04 137
Day 1: 2 05-10 Day 2: 2 04-10
65. Carl Jocumsen Queensland TN AUSTRALIA 5 10-02 136
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 3 06-02
66. David Williams Newton, NC 4 09-14 135
Day 1: 1 01-08 Day 2: 3 08-06
67. Tyler Berger Delaware, OH 4 09-13 134
Day 1: 2 06-04 Day 2: 2 03-09
68. Jeremy Maye Windsor, VA 4 09-13 133
Day 1: 1 03-11 Day 2: 3 06-02
69. Mark Pappas Dandridge, TN 5 09-12 132
Day 1: 4 08-03 Day 2: 1 01-09
70. Stephen Morella Townshed, VT 4 09-12 131
Day 1: 2 04-02 Day 2: 2 05-10
71. Trevor Topken Warwick, NY 4 09-10 130
Day 1: 1 01-14 Day 2: 3 07-12
72. Matt Mattingly Gravel Switch, KY 4 09-04 129
Day 1: 2 04-08 Day 2: 2 04-12
73. Nick Hatfield Chuckey, TN 4 09-00 128
Day 1: 2 04-03 Day 2: 2 04-13
74. Kenta Kimura Osaka JAPAN 4 08-15 127
Day 1: 1 02-00 Day 2: 3 06-15
75. Randy Huffman Charleston, WV 3 08-14 126
Day 1: 1 01-11 Day 2: 2 07-03
76. Gary Adkins Green Bay, WI 4 08-09 125
Day 1: 1 02-10 Day 2: 3 05-15
77. Cody Detweiler Orlando, FL 3 08-08 124
Day 1: 1 03-02 Day 2: 2 05-06
78. John Garrett Union City, TN 5 08-08 123
Day 1: 2 04-04 Day 2: 3 04-04
79. Kyle Austin Ridgeville, SC 4 08-07 122
Day 1: 2 03-10 Day 2: 2 04-13
80. Shawn Hendrix Sharpsburg, GA 4 08-05 121
Day 1: 1 02-11 Day 2: 3 05-10
81. Dave Turner Crystal River, FL 3 07-15 120
Day 1: 2 06-06 Day 2: 1 01-09
82. Greg Mansfield Olathe, KS 4 07-15 119
Day 1: 2 04-06 Day 2: 2 03-09
83. Garrett Rocamora Lithia, FL 3 07-14 118
Day 1: 2 06-01 Day 2: 1 01-13
84. Adam Neu Forestville, WI 4 07-14 117
Day 1: 3 05-13 Day 2: 1 02-01
85. Richard Reeger Gastonia, NC 6 07-12 116
Day 1: 5 05-14 Day 2: 1 01-14
86. Jason Burroughs Hodges, SC 4 07-11 115
Day 1: 1 02-07 Day 2: 3 05-04
87. Tommy Williams Shepherdsville, KY 3 07-10 114
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 07-10
88. Cody Hahner Wausau, WI 4 07-10 113
Day 1: 3 05-11 Day 2: 1 01-15
89. Christiana Bradley Goldvein, VA 3 07-10 112
Day 1: 1 04-06 Day 2: 2 03-04
90. Cody Huff Ava, MO 4 07-08 111
Day 1: 2 03-05 Day 2: 2 04-03
91. Hunter Bland Williston, FL 4 07-05 110
Day 1: 3 04-14 Day 2: 1 02-07
92. Alex Wetherell Middletown, CT 3 07-04 109
Day 1: 1 02-12 Day 2: 2 04-08
93. Andrew Thomasson Dublin, VA 3 07-00 108
Day 1: 1 01-15 Day 2: 2 05-01
94. Kotaro Kiriyama Guntersville, AL 3 06-15 107
Day 1: 2 05-03 Day 2: 1 01-12
95. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 4 06-13 106
Day 1: 4 06-13 Day 2: 0 00-00
96. Tyler Ellis Battlefield, MO 3 06-13 105
Day 1: 2 03-13 Day 2: 1 03-00
97. Josh Hubbard Braidwood, IL 3 06-10 104
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 06-10
98. Rich Chriscinske Salyersville, KY 3 06-08 103
Day 1: 3 06-08 Day 2: 0 00-00
99. Barry Wilson Birmingham, AL 3 06-01 102
Day 1: 1 01-09 Day 2: 2 04-08
100. Ben Nielsen Lowell, MI 3 05-14 101
Day 1: 3 05-14 Day 2: 0 00-00
101. Cam Sterritt Newfields, NH 4 05-13 100
Day 1: 3 03-07 Day 2: 1 02-06
102. Corey Lindsey Blacklick, OH 3 05-12 99
Day 1: 1 01-03 Day 2: 2 04-09
103. Frank Ramsey Spring Grove, IL 3 05-11 98
Day 1: 1 01-12 Day 2: 2 03-15
104. Tim Frederick Leesburg, FL 2 05-10 97
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 05-10
105. Chris Kingree Inverness, FL 3 05-07 96
Day 1: 2 03-15 Day 2: 1 01-08
106. Preston Julian Seymour, TN 3 05-07 95
Day 1: 1 02-15 Day 2: 2 02-08
107. Timmy Cales Sandstone, WV 2 05-06 94
Day 1: 1 03-05 Day 2: 1 02-01
108. Nick Tate Knoxville, TN 2 05-06 93
Day 1: 1 02-11 Day 2: 1 02-11
109. Trait Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 2 05-04 92
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 05-04
110. Bo Goodin Harrogate, TN 3 05-04 91
Day 1: 1 01-00 Day 2: 2 04-04
111. Ken Iyobe Tokoname, Aichi JAPAN 2 05-00 90
Day 1: 1 02-08 Day 2: 1 02-08
112. Scott Pellegrin Chippewa Falls, WI 2 04-15 89
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-15
113. Michael Hall Annandale, VA 3 04-15 88
Day 1: 1 01-12 Day 2: 2 03-03
114. Wyatt Burkhalter Coker, AL 2 04-15 87
Day 1: 1 02-11 Day 2: 1 02-04
115. Andrew Upshaw Tulsa, OK 3 04-13 86
Day 1: 3 04-13 Day 2: 0 00-00
116. Lance Owen Greer, SC 2 04-13 85
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-13
117. Jerry Gallogly Jr North Tazewell, VA 1 04-12 84
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 04-12
118. Chad Smith Minnetonka, MN 3 04-07 83
Day 1: 2 02-09 Day 2: 1 01-14
119. Chris Peters Birchwood, TN 2 04-05 82
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-05
119. Chad Randles Elkhorn, NE 2 04-05 82
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-05
121. Teb Jones Hattiesburg, MS 2 04-04 80
Day 1: 1 01-11 Day 2: 1 02-09
122. Scott Siller Milwaukee, WI 2 04-03 79
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-03
123. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 2 04-03 78
Day 1: 1 03-05 Day 2: 1 00-14
124. Darryl Halbert Enoree, SC 2 04-01 77
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-01
125. Colby Robertson Summerfield, FL 2 04-01 76
Day 1: 1 03-03 Day 2: 1 00-14
126. Chandler Stewart Waco, TX 3 04-00 75
Day 1: 2 02-08 Day 2: 1 01-08
127. Von Dilbeck Corbin, KY 2 03-14 74
Day 1: 2 03-14 Day 2: 0 00-00
128. Bryce Matthews Olanta, SC 2 03-13 73
Day 1: 1 01-11 Day 2: 1 02-02
129. Alex Redwine Blue Ash, OH 2 03-12 72
Day 1: 1 01-15 Day 2: 1 01-13
130. Craig Chambers Midland, NC 1 03-09 71
Day 1: 1 03-09 Day 2: 0 00-00
131. Steve Sennikoff Edgewood, TX 2 03-08 70
Day 1: 2 03-08 Day 2: 0 00-00
132. Garrett Rose Pipecreek, TX 1 03-05 69
Day 1: 1 03-05 Day 2: 0 00-00
133. JT Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 1 03-02 68
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-02
134. Josh Douglas Isle, MN 2 03-00 67
Day 1: 1 02-02 Day 2: 1 00-14
135. Mark Duerr West Allis, WI 1 02-13 66
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-13
136. Cole Drummond Effingham, SC 1 02-10 65
Day 1: 1 02-10 Day 2: 0 00-00
137. Barry Brandt Jr. Newport News, VA 1 02-05 64
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-05
137. John Maner Falkville, AL 1 02-05 64
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-05
139. Brad Knight Lancing, TN 1 02-01 62
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 0 00-00
140. Caleb Gibson Locust Grove, OK 1 01-15 61
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-15
141. Cameron Smith Wareham, MA 1 01-13 60
Day 1: 1 01-13 Day 2: 0 00-00
142. Ronnie Getz Sunman, IN 1 01-12 59
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-12
142. Dustin Reneau Mckinney, TX 1 01-12 59
Day 1: 1 01-12 Day 2: 0 00-00
144. Robert Gibson Niota, TN 1 01-11 57
Day 1: 1 01-11 Day 2: 0 00-00
145. Terry Segraves Kissimmee, FL 1 01-10 56
Day 1: 1 01-10 Day 2: 0 00-00
146. Robbie Harrelson Moncks Corner, SC 1 01-07 55
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 0 00-00
147. Jacob Powroznik North Prince George, VA 1 01-03 54
Day 1: 1 01-03 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Anthony Dumitras Winston, GA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Clayton Dyer Fayetteville, TN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Guy Eaker Cherryville, NC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Randy Elliott Severn, MD 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Derek Freeman Anderson, SC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Keith Iddins Knoxville, TN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Denis Karachopan Rocky Point, NY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Matthew Mccarthy Marysville, OH 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Kenny Mittelstaedt Minnetonka, MN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Parker Mott Winter Garden, FL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Jake Rossi Columbus, OH 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Ronald Ryals Jr Live Oak, FL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
148. Jack Williams Kingsport, TN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 .


Bryan College Extends Lead At Bassmaster College National Championship On Harris Chain

Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro, from Tennessee's Bryan College, are leading after Day 2 of the 2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops with a two-day total of 55 pounds, 12 ounces.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

October 30, 2020
LEESBURG, Fla. — Bryan College's Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro continued their strong showing at the Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops at the Harris Chain of Lakes and extended their lead with a 27-pound, 5-ounce bag for a two-day total of 55-12.

They lead the Lamar State College-Orange team of Jack Tindell and Brett Fregia by a little more than 15 pounds heading into the final day.

“Ultimately, we want to finish in the Top 4 to make the (College Classic) Bracket. Obviously, we want to win this one,” Dimauro said. “I’m confident that we left fish biting both days, and I’m pleased with the size of the fish we are catching.

“We are excited about it. Whenever you set the hook and you know it could be over 5 pounds, it gets a little scary.”

While the morning started a little chillier than Day 1 thanks to a cold front that pushed through overnight, they started on their best spot in Lake Dora and took advantage of a good morning bite, catching all of their weight before 10 a.m.

Dimauro said the bite on that spot was even better Friday than it was Thursday when they caught over 28 pounds. Their bag was anchored by a 7-14 largemouth that Sands said they were fortunate to get in the boat.

“It straightened the hook completely out,” he said. “These fish are so mean here. We think it came unhooked because there is a hook mark in its tongue and where it was actually hooked (was in the jaw).”

After catching a couple of 4-pounders that wouldn’t cull their smallest fish, the duo moved back to Lake Harris to scan with their Humminbird electronics, finding a couple more areas they could utilize Saturday.

“We culled what we needed to cull out and we just ran around,” Dimauro said. “We ran back to Harris and caught two fish over 4 pounds that didn’t help. So, we figured we were burning fish we needed to catch tomorrow.

“We idled a lot more today just looking for some new stuff for tomorrow. We aren’t going to let off of them tomorrow.”

Slow-moving baits have been the key to their success so far this week, Sands said. But they will have plenty of rods rigged up in case they find some aggressive fish.

“I kind of figured out a deal in practice dragging something really slow,” Sands said. “It worked so good Conner tied one on yesterday and we both have been catching fish on it. We actually experimented today.

“We backed off and found a new school of fish and caught like a 5- and 4 1/2- (pounder) off it. Caught one on a football jig and that was pretty cool.”

Dimauro added that side scan on his Humminbird units has helped them find fish and mark the edges of the grass, and his Ultrex trolling motor has helped them stay on their spots when the wind has been blowing.

After starting the day in fourth, Jack Tindell and Brett Fregia from Lamar State College-Orange caught 20-5 to jump into second place with 40-11.

“It feels good. It is our first year fishing,” Fregia said. “We came down here just knowing we were going to fish in Florida, and we were pretty amped up about it. We feel like we can get more bites tomorrow since the water heated up all day and it is going to be pretty warm in the morning.”

Unlike the Bryan College team, the morning bite did not pan out for Tindell and Fregia on Day 2. Tindell said wind hurt the bite in one of their best spots, and they switched to some secondary spots that were in protected areas.

“Throughout practice, we were doing some early-morning hydrilla fishing,” Tindell said. “Those fish have just gone away. We had two bites this morning and didn’t even catch them. Today it took a little bit longer to get a good bite.”

Tindell and Fregia flipped throughout the day and it paid off when they each landed a 6-pounder out of the same clump of grass to fill their limit.

Ty Black and Avry Thomason from Georgia Southern University caught 20-4 to move from sixth place to third with 39-9. Black said the first spot they pulled up on was blown out by the wind, forcing them to make an adjustment.

“We went to a spot we saved and caught a 4-pounder, and then we moved to another one of our banks and caught a limit,” Black said. “We went to our best offshore spot around 10:30 and that’s where we caught the majority of our weight.”

Thomason said a crankbait has been the key to their success offshore and has accounted for the majority of their weight this week.

Bryce Henley and Reese Kingston from Brewton-Parker College took over Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament with a 9-3 lunker that anchored their 20-9 bag. Several other teams weighed in fish over 8 pounds.

The Top 12 will take off from Venetian Gardens Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET and will return for weigh-in at 3:30 p.m. The Top 4 teams after the final day will advance to the College Classic Bracket on Alabama's Lay Lake in November for a chance to qualify for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic.

2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by
Bass Pro Shops 10/29-10/31
Harris Chain Of Lakes, Leesburg FL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Cole Sands - Conner Dimauro Bryan College 250
Day 1: 5 28-07 Day 2: 5 27-05 Total: 10 55-12
2. Jack Tindell - Brett Fregia Lamar State College Orange 249
Day 1: 5 20-06 Day 2: 5 20-05 Total: 10 40-11
3. Ty Black - Avry Thomason Georgia Southern University 248
Day 1: 5 19-05 Day 2: 5 20-04 Total: 10 39-09
4. Miller Spivey - Trey Dickert University of Montevallo 247
Day 1: 5 16-05 Day 2: 5 22-10 Total: 10 38-15
5. Rudolph Worley - John Nowlin Blue Mountain College 246
Day 1: 5 12-01 Day 2: 5 26-05 Total: 10 38-06
6. Brian Linder - Nathan Thompson Minnesota State Univ Mankato 245
Day 1: 5 19-14 Day 2: 5 17-14 Total: 10 37-12
7. Tyler Lubbat - Calvin Landsberg 244
Day 1: 5 25-01 Day 2: 5 11-15 Total: 10 37-00
8. Cole Thompson - Benson Dowler 243
Day 1: 5 15-05 Day 2: 5 21-01 Total: 10 36-06
9. Mason Moore - Logan Estes Eastern Kentucky University 242
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 5 16-14 Total: 10 34-02
10. Trevor McKinney - Blake Jackson McKendree University 241
Day 1: 5 20-08 Day 2: 5 13-08 Total: 10 34-00
11. Ty Cox - Fisher Overton Blue Mountain College 240
Day 1: 2 07-05 Day 2: 5 26-10 Total: 7 33-15
12. Dax Ewart - Kyle Palmer Bethel University 239
Day 1: 5 16-08 Day 2: 5 16-10 Total: 10 33-02
13. Luke Byerly - Drew Elrod University of Tennessee 238
Day 1: 5 19-05 Day 2: 5 13-12 Total: 10 33-01
14. Kyle Stafford - Jake Stines Polk State College 237
Day 1: 5 18-02 Day 2: 5 14-11 Total: 10 32-13
15. James Willoughby - Chance Schwartz University of Montevallo 236
Day 1: 5 17-12 Day 2: 5 13-06 Total: 10 31-02
16. Grant Adams - Wil Rigdon Campbellsville University 235
Day 1: 5 16-15 Day 2: 5 13-12 Total: 10 30-11
17. Zeke Gossett - Lucas Smith Jacksonville State University 234
Day 1: 5 12-00 Day 2: 5 18-01 Total: 10 30-01
18. Chase Mundhenke - Blake Milligan Auburn University 233
Day 1: 5 16-10 Day 2: 5 13-04 Total: 10 29-14
19. Tanner Ward - Rory Franks Kent State University 232
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 5 12-04 Total: 10 29-08
20. Grant Pavelka - Mid-Plains Community College 231
Day 1: 5 11-14 Day 2: 5 17-02 Total: 10 29-00
21. Jacob Frazier - Griffin Heffington Carson-Newman University 230
Day 1: 5 15-03 Day 2: 5 13-12 Total: 10 28-15
22. Connor Jacob - Sam Smith Auburn University 229
Day 1: 5 12-00 Day 2: 5 16-10 Total: 10 28-10
23. Dawson Andrews - Wyatt Ensminger Southeastern Louisiana Universit 228
Day 1: 5 13-08 Day 2: 5 15-00 Total: 10 28-08
24. Noah Boyett - Ty Garlington 227
Day 1: 5 18-04 Day 2: 5 10-00 Total: 10 28-04
25. Logan Hawkins - Colby Hays Campbellsville University 226
Day 1: 5 10-03 Day 2: 5 17-13 Total: 10 28-00
26. Bailey Fain - Preston Kendrick Bryan College 225
Day 1: 5 12-09 Day 2: 5 15-06 Total: 10 27-15
27. Dawson Cassidy - Gus Mclarry Texas AM Commerce 224
Day 1: 5 17-09 Day 2: 5 10-00 Total: 10 27-09
28. Emil Wagner - 223
Day 1: 5 16-05 Day 2: 5 11-04 Total: 10 27-09
29. Brad Ableman - Wilson Smith Bethel University 222
Day 1: 5 11-00 Day 2: 5 16-07 Total: 10 27-07
30. Austin Smith - Maddux Walters Carson-Newman University 221
Day 1: 5 12-14 Day 2: 5 14-08 Total: 10 27-06
31. Brett Clark - Cody Ross East Texas Baptist University 220
Day 1: 5 13-13 Day 2: 5 13-08 Total: 10 27-05
32. Jared Turnbloom - Jake Turnbloom 219
Day 1: 5 16-04 Day 2: 5 10-06 Total: 10 26-10
33. Jack Dice - Liberty University 218
Day 1: 5 12-01 Day 2: 5 14-09 Total: 10 26-10
34. Nolan Minor - Casey Lanier 217
Day 1: 5 15-05 Day 2: 5 11-03 Total: 10 26-08
35. Robert Cruvellier - Chase Clarke Auburn University 216
Day 1: 5 09-06 Day 2: 5 16-14 Total: 10 26-04
36. Grant Lesage - Zach Davis Southeastern Louisiana Universit 215
Day 1: 5 16-01 Day 2: 5 10-02 Total: 10 26-03
37. Weston Hollar - Wesley Gore University of Montevallo 214
Day 1: 5 14-13 Day 2: 5 11-05 Total: 10 26-02
38. Boone Faulkner - Nikolas Beckstein 213
Day 1: 5 13-11 Day 2: 5 12-07 Total: 10 26-02
39. Hayden Scott - Caleb Dachenhaus Adrian College 212
Day 1: 5 14-02 Day 2: 5 11-02 Total: 10 25-04
40. Bobby Long - Whit Edmonds Lander University 211
Day 1: 5 06-10 Day 2: 5 18-05 Total: 10 24-15
41. Jack York - Samuel Harrison Stephen F Austin State Universit 210
Day 1: 5 14-08 Day 2: 5 10-02 Total: 10 24-10
42. Clayton Winebarger - Logan Reynolds Virginia Tech 209
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 5 10-15 Total: 10 24-09
43. Thaddeus Simerly - Ethan Shaw Bryan College 208
Day 1: 5 16-11 Day 2: 5 07-12 Total: 10 24-07
44. Wyatt Reid - Gehrig DeFronzo Erskine College 207
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 10-01 Total: 10 24-00
45. Cordell Beckman - Greenville University 206
Day 1: 5 10-09 Day 2: 5 13-06 Total: 10 23-15
46. Jack Rankin - Hunter Baird Drury University 205
Day 1: 5 12-14 Day 2: 5 11-00 Total: 10 23-14
47. Jarred Jones - Logan Tate Jacksonville State University 204
Day 1: 5 12-13 Day 2: 5 11-01 Total: 10 23-14
48. Conner Giles - Christian Wright Bryan College 0
Day 1: 5 08-04 Day 2: 5 15-02 Total: 10 23-06
49. Grant Hack - Jonathan Stepp Ohio State 202
Day 1: 5 16-06 Day 2: 5 06-15 Total: 10 23-05
50. Cole Breeden - Cameron Smith Drury University 201
Day 1: 5 10-05 Day 2: 5 12-15 Total: 10 23-04
51. Garrett Guinan - John Paul Kent State University 200
Day 1: 5 12-07 Day 2: 5 10-10 Total: 10 23-01
52. Cal Culpepper - Mason Waddell University of Montevallo 199
Day 1: 5 13-06 Day 2: 5 09-07 Total: 10 22-13
53. Robert Howard - Miles Lucas Stephen F Austin State Universit 198
Day 1: 5 12-00 Day 2: 5 10-11 Total: 10 22-11
54. Cole Lamb - Tristan Weaver Arkansas Tech University 197
Day 1: 5 13-13 Day 2: 5 08-12 Total: 10 22-09
55. Hayden Gaddis - Ben Cully Carson-Newman University 196
Day 1: 5 12-10 Day 2: 5 09-04 Total: 10 21-14
56. Andrew Fisher - Bennett Kudder Bryan College 195
Day 1: 5 10-07 Day 2: 5 11-05 Total: 10 21-12
57. Harbor Lovin - Zachary Martin Murray State University 194
Day 1: 5 16-12 Day 2: 4 04-12 Total: 9 21-08
58. Evan Haley - Chase Arkell Marshall University 193
Day 1: 3 05-06 Day 2: 5 16-02 Total: 8 21-08
59. Solomon Glenn - Hunter Ward University of Montevallo 192
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 5 06-09 Total: 10 21-07
60. Matthew Bradham - Caleb Stephenson Campbellsville University 0
Day 1: 5 13-06 Day 2: 4 08-01 Total: 9 21-07
61. Josh Dugger - Jake Dugger Arkansas Tech University 190
Day 1: 1 02-10 Day 2: 5 18-11 Total: 6 21-05
62. Mark Harris - Reece Martin Dallas Baptist University 189
Day 1: 5 08-10 Day 2: 5 12-09 Total: 10 21-03
63. Adam Carroll - Justin Barnes University of Montevallo 188
Day 1: 5 11-11 Day 2: 5 09-08 Total: 10 21-03
64. Bryce Henley - Reese Kingston Brewton-Parker College 187
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 20-09 Total: 5 20-09
65. Britt Myers - Tyler Anderson Lander University 186
Day 1: 5 09-06 Day 2: 5 11-03 Total: 10 20-09
66. Wesley Pennington - University of North Alabama 185
Day 1: 5 13-12 Day 2: 2 06-12 Total: 7 20-08
67. Samuel Vandagriff - Jacob Woods Tennessee Tech University 184
Day 1: 5 16-15 Day 2: 3 03-08 Total: 8 20-07
68. Austin Carr - Justin Carr 183
Day 1: 5 07-11 Day 2: 5 12-12 Total: 10 20-07
69. Griffin Phillips - Ethan King University of Montevallo 182
Day 1: 5 11-08 Day 2: 5 08-15 Total: 10 20-07
70. Lane Bailey - Adam Seagle Catawba Valley Community College 181
Day 1: 5 09-05 Day 2: 5 11-00 Total: 10 20-05
71. Jake Lee - Mason Cizek Bryan College 180
Day 1: 5 09-12 Day 2: 5 10-08 Total: 10 20-04
72. Cameron Gautreau - Cade Fortenberry Nicholls State University 179
Day 1: 5 10-07 Day 2: 5 09-11 Total: 10 20-02
73. Grayson Morris - Jacob Pfundt University of Montevallo 178
Day 1: 5 07-08 Day 2: 5 12-07 Total: 10 19-15
74. Braxton Resweber - University of Louisiana at Lafay 177
Day 1: 5 11-03 Day 2: 5 08-03 Total: 10 19-06
75. Sean Clayton - Owen Dimaio Clemson University 176
Day 1: 5 10-05 Day 2: 5 08-13 Total: 10 19-02
76. Atom Ward - Gavin Lagle Indiana University Southeast 175
Day 1: 5 09-04 Day 2: 5 09-11 Total: 10 18-15
77. Fisher Young - Alden Keel Jr Blue Mountain College 174
Day 1: 5 10-00 Day 2: 5 08-14 Total: 10 18-14
78. Griffin Fernandes - Gunner Wilson Adrian College 173
Day 1: 5 12-11 Day 2: 5 06-01 Total: 10 18-12
79. Matthew Cummings - Joseph Woods Bethel University 172
Day 1: 5 11-01 Day 2: 5 07-08 Total: 10 18-09
80. Neal Wisinski - Nathan Siclovan University of Wisconsin Stevens 171
Day 1: 5 11-02 Day 2: 5 07-06 Total: 10 18-08
81. Joseph McClosky - Ryan Winchester Bethel University 170
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 5 08-13 Total: 10 18-06
82. Dalton Smith - Bradley Dunagan Campbellsville University 169
Day 1: 4 07-12 Day 2: 5 10-09 Total: 9 18-05
83. Tyler Vanbrandt - Grant Gallagher Adrian College 168
Day 1: 5 08-06 Day 2: 5 09-07 Total: 10 17-13
84. Cody Gregory - Levi Mullins Bethel University 167
Day 1: 5 08-03 Day 2: 5 09-03 Total: 10 17-06
85. Jr Young - Hunter Bailey Jacksonville State University 166
Day 1: 5 06-02 Day 2: 5 11-03 Total: 10 17-05
86. Drew Pridgen - Kaleb Brown Lander University 165
Day 1: 5 07-14 Day 2: 5 09-07 Total: 10 17-05
87. Drew Coker - Peyton Vinson 164
Day 1: 5 10-05 Day 2: 5 06-15 Total: 10 17-04
88. Logan Parks - Cody Griffith Auburn University 163
Day 1: 5 08-08 Day 2: 5 08-07 Total: 10 16-15
89. Kyle Everett - John Higginbotham LA Tech 162
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 2 02-14 Total: 7 16-14
90. Will Leonard - Jared Page Kent State University 161
Day 1: 4 04-00 Day 2: 5 12-14 Total: 9 16-14
91. Patrick Pelt - Anthony Vintson Auburn University 160
Day 1: 5 08-09 Day 2: 5 08-01 Total: 10 16-10
92. Bryce Fowler - Chris Bowen East Carolina University 159
Day 1: 5 08-01 Day 2: 4 08-08 Total: 9 16-09
93. Blake Spradlin - William Phillips Auburn University 158
Day 1: 5 08-13 Day 2: 5 07-10 Total: 10 16-07
94. Jeremy Dellinger - Nathan Smith Catawba Valley Community College 157
Day 1: 5 11-04 Day 2: 4 04-12 Total: 9 16-00
95. Alec Coffey - Kyle Roy Campbellsville University 156
Day 1: 5 08-12 Day 2: 5 06-15 Total: 10 15-11
96. Jarrett Brown - Tyler Harless University of Montevallo 155
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 5 05-13 Total: 10 15-06
97. Andrew Heppe - Bryce Miller Kent State University 154
Day 1: 5 09-07 Day 2: 4 05-14 Total: 9 15-05
98. Trey Schroeder - Tyler Christy McKendree University 153
Day 1: 5 07-09 Day 2: 5 07-10 Total: 10 15-03
99. Braden Perry - Aidan England Carson-Newman University 152
Day 1: 5 09-15 Day 2: 3 04-08 Total: 8 14-07
100. Tommy Sendek - University of Montevallo 151
Day 1: 5 08-06 Day 2: 5 06-00 Total: 10 14-06
101. Ben Ford - Cole Bathje Augustana College 150
Day 1: 5 06-09 Day 2: 2 06-05 Total: 7 12-14
102. Jj Kocevar - Tanner Shriver Kent State University 149
Day 1: 5 09-12 Day 2: 2 02-11 Total: 7 12-07
103. Jack Long - Brock Bila Drury University 148
Day 1: 5 09-11 Day 2: 2 02-12 Total: 7 12-07
104. Logan Anderson - Josh Frederick North Carolina State University 147
Day 1: 5 09-02 Day 2: 1 03-02 Total: 6 12-04
105. Garrett Warren - Will Jones Auburn University 146
Day 1: 5 11-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 11-13
106. Zach Vielhauer - Michael Mueting Kansas State University 145
Day 1: 5 06-12 Day 2: 3 04-10 Total: 8 11-06
107. Tyler Pendergrass - Avery Whitwell University of North Alabama 144
Day 1: 5 06-12 Day 2: 2 04-09 Total: 7 11-05
108. Lawson Graves - Cameron Glasscock Wallace State Community College 143
Day 1: 1 00-12 Day 2: 4 09-15 Total: 5 10-11
109. Zachary Asher - Jacob Klicman Kent State University 142
Day 1: 5 06-02 Day 2: 3 04-07 Total: 8 10-09
110. Landon Lawson - Donavan Carson King University 141
Day 1: 3 05-09 Day 2: 3 05-00 Total: 6 10-09
111. Nolan Yeager - Ethan LeGare Stephen F. Austin State Universi 140
Day 1: 5 10-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 10-00
112. Jake Maddux - Chace Gregory Southern Union Community College 139
Day 1: 5 09-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 09-00
113. GL Compton - Matthew Sprouse Clemson University 138
Day 1: 3 06-07 Day 2: 2 02-08 Total: 5 08-15
114. James Duncan - Blake Stringer Campbellsville University 137
Day 1: 1 00-13 Day 2: 5 07-14 Total: 6 08-11
115. Ethan Jones - Andrew Althoff Mckendree University 136
Day 1: 3 03-12 Day 2: 3 03-14 Total: 6 07-10
116. Gunner Whitaker - Lafe Messer Kentucky Christian University 135
Day 1: 5 07-08 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 07-08
117. Evan Thomas - Alex Briggs Hampden Academy 134
Day 1: 2 04-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-14
118. Cole Cloud - Blake Wade 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
118. Seth Roberts - Bethel University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00


Bryan College Leads Day 1 Of Bassmaster College Series National Championship

Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro, from Tennessee's Bryan College, are leading after Day 1 of the 2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops with 28 pounds, 7 ounces.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

October 29, 2020

LEESBURG, Fla. — The Bryan College team of Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro opened the Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops at the Harris Chain of Lakes with a 28-pound, 7-ounce bag to lead the field of 119 boats.

“We had a really blessed day,” Sands said. “It is Day 1 and you can’t win it on the first day, but we didn’t lose it. We had a really good bag and we will be in contention. We have to look forward to tomorrow and catch them then.

“Last year, we came in second in the National Championship and that stung. We are going to do everything in our power not to do that again.”

Their five-fish limit was anchored by a 7-5 largemouth, and the duo did not weigh in a fish that weighed less than 4 pounds.

“In practice, we did a whole lot of scanning. The last day we made like 10 or 15 casts total,” Dimauro said. “So, we really didn’t know what we were on, but we knew we found a bunch of fish.”

The duo started on their best spot in Lake Dora and caught all of their weight by 11:30 a.m. At that point, they left the area to practice other sections of the tournament waters.

Sands added that they had even bigger fish on the hook throughout the day that never made it into the livewell.

“Believe it or not, we lost some really big fish and that cost us from having over 30 (pounds),” he said.

Dimauro is from Florida and has plenty of history on the Harris Chain, and that has helped the duo find some high-percentage areas.

For this time of the year, Dimauro said he was surprised by how big of a bag they were able to catch.

“This place turns out bags like that day in and day out,” Dimauro said. “This place is a little tough right now. I feel like we did really well for today with the conditions. We saved a lot of fish hopefully.

“Being from here helps a lot because we were able to narrow our practice down quickly.”

Sands and Dimauro said execution will be their main adjustment heading into Friday.

“I would have hated to see what would have happened if we connected on everything today,” Dimauro said. “It would have been really nasty.”

The team of Tyler Lubbat and Calvin Landsberg brought a limit of 25-1 to the scales, lifting them to second place after Day 1. Lubbat and Landsberg had a productive practice, catching a 7-pounder and a couple of 4-pounders out of a specific area.

On tournament day, the big bites showed up again, this time with a 7-3 largemouth and another fish close to 7 pounds that anchored their bag.

“We went in there this morning and had our weight by 9:30,” Lubbat said. “We sat there the rest of the day, Taloned down, and tried to keep as many people off of it as we could.”

One bait produced most of their bites on Day 1, Lubbat said, adding that he hasn’t seen any of the other competitors throwing the bait.

While a lot of the other teams near the top have locked into different lakes, Lubbat and Landsberg are fishing shallow on Lake Harris this week, although Lubbat has tried to find some deeper fish.

Trevor McKinney and Blake Jackson from McKendree University secured third place after Day 1 with 20-8. McKinney and Jackson had just four hours of practice after Jackson’s boat was totaled the first day of practice in an off-the-water incident.

In those four hours, however, the duo did catch a 6-pounder that sent them in the right direction on tournament day.

With a good bag in the boat, McKinney and Jackson were able to use a lot of their time on Day 1 as a sort of practice day on Lake Griffin, making up for some of the time they lost during official practice.

“We are blessed. Our goal going out today was 16 or 17 pounds and we felt like we would be up there with a chance at a big bag tomorrow to make it (to the Top 12),” Jackson said. “We had a few good bites today and we executed well. We are definitely happy with what we have.”

Noah Boyett and Ty Garlington hold the Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament with a 7-13 largemouth. More than half the field weighed a limit, while only two teams zeroed.

The full field will return to the Harris Chain Friday with takeoff at 7:30 a.m. ET from Venetian Gardens. The weigh-in will start at the same site at 3:30 p.m.

After Friday’s weigh-in, the Top 12 teams will advance to Championship Saturday.


Stracner Sticks With Smallmouth, Takes Lead At Bassmaster Eastern Open On Cherokee Lake

Josh Stracner, of Vandiver, Ala., is leading after Day 1 of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Cherokee Lake with 14 pounds, 12 ounces.

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

October 29, 2020

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A species-focused strategy aimed at finding the heaviest average weights allowed Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Ala., to take the Day 1 lead of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Cherokee Lake with a five-bass limit of 14 pounds, 12 ounces.

Stracner holds a 4-ounce lead over Denny Fiedler of Wabasha, Minn., and Matthew Robertson of Kuttawa, Ky., who are tied for second with 14-8.

“I think the key right now in this lake is catching a limit of smallmouth — I caught all smallmouth today,” Stracner said. “Keeper smallmouth have to be 15 inches, and the smallmouth here are so much healthier.

“If you catch a 15-inch smallmouth vs. a 15-inch largemouth, the smallmouth is going to weigh about three-quarters of a pound more. I think they’re just healthy this time of year.”

With a cold front moving through the region, Day 1 began with morning rains and cloudy skies that started clearing by late morning. Conditions didn’t seem to impact Stracner’s game, as he targeted points in 10 to 15 feet. True to their nature, he found the smallies relating to specific structure.

“They were sitting on one little rock on a point,” Stracner said. “If you don’t know where that rock is, you won't get a bite. I run Humminbird electronics and that was everything.

“They were grouped up; you could see seven or eight of them sitting on one rock. It’s hard to catch more than one or two off a spot. But you could come back a couple of hours later and catch them again.”

Stracner said he had to mix up his presentations. He ended up catching his fish on a variety of baits.

“I think I caught two of them cranking, two on a drop shot and one on a Carolina rig,” he said. “I’d start off throwing a crankbait. I’d make my first two or three casts with that and then I’d throw a drop shot in there.”

Stracner said his spots hold enough potential to carry him through at least Day 2.

“I caught them early today, but I hope I didn’t make a mistake,” he said. “I quit at 12 o’clock today and weighed in two hours (earlier than scheduled) because I had two fish (that were struggling in the livewell).”

Fiedler said the recent weather played to his favor in terms of a water clarity scenario that he was able to exploit.

“Practice was tough, so I wasn’t necessarily consistent; but I did find a pattern of using moving baits in stained water,” he said. “On Monday, I was able to get a few bites. I didn’t land any of those fish, so I went back there this morning and a 5-pound, 6-ouncer was the first fish I caught.

Fiedler said he used three different reaction baits. Of his seven bites, one bait produced three and the others yielded two bites each.

Also reporting a slim practice, Robertson said he caught his fish on an offshore spot with rock structure in about 20 feet. The spot had yielded only one keeper bite in practice, but it was considerably more productive today.

“I don’t even know how that happened,” Robertson said. “I think the weather definitely made them bite. I’m just working my ‘wojo’ (winging it plus mojo) and fishing slow.”

Fiedler is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with his 5-6.

Bobby Drinnon of Rogersville, Tenn., leads the co-angler division with 8-5. Fishing a range of depths from the bank to offshore, Drinnon said he dialed in a particular unnamed finesse presentation that produced his three-bass limit.

“It’s been so tough, you can’t really power fish, you just have to slow down and finesse,” he said. “I was using kind of a dragging presentation. It was actually a good bite. They were holding on and running with it.”

Daniel Valois Gomez of Coral Springs, Fla., holds the Phoenix Boats Big Bass lead among co-anglers with a 4-2.

Stracner currently leads the Eastern Open points standings with 582 points, followed by Bassmaster Elite Series pro Patrick Walters with 580. Pat Schlapper is in third with 550, followed by Timmy Thompkins in fourth with 533 and Bryan New in fifth with 528.

Jason Christie leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year Standings with 1,046 points.

Friday’s takeoff is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. ET at Cherokee Lake Dam TVA Boat Launch. The weigh-in will be held at the Boat Launch at 3:30 p.m.

After Friday’s weigh-in, the Top 12 anglers will advance to Championship Saturday.

2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Cherokee Lake 10/29-10/31
Lake Cherokee, Dandridge TN.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1. Joshua Stracner Vandiver, AL 5 14-12 200
Day 1: 5 14-12
2. Denny Fiedler Wabasha, MN 5 14-08 199
Day 1: 5 14-08
2. Matthew Robertson Kuttawa, KY 5 14-08 199
Day 1: 5 14-08
4. Andy Hribar Lakeville, MN 5 13-10 197
Day 1: 5 13-10
5. Bill Humbard New Market, TN 5 13-05 196
Day 1: 5 13-05
6. Jeremy Gordon Rutledge, TN 5 12-08 195
Day 1: 5 12-08
7. Timmy Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 5 12-06 194
Day 1: 5 12-06
8. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 5 12-02 193
Day 1: 5 12-02
9. Masayuki Matsushita Tokoname-Shi JAPAN 5 12-00 192
Day 1: 5 12-00
10. Josh Roark Bean Station, TN 5 11-13 191
Day 1: 5 11-13
11. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 5 11-05 190
Day 1: 5 11-05
12. Joel Willert Prior Lake, MN 5 10-03 189
Day 1: 5 10-03
13. Marc Frazier Newnan, GA 4 10-03 188
Day 1: 4 10-03
14. Freddy Palmer Estill Springs, TN 3 09-03 187
Day 1: 3 09-03
15. Pat Schlapper Eleva, WI 5 09-00 186
Day 1: 5 09-00
16. Bobby Lane Jr. Lakeland, FL 3 09-00 185
Day 1: 3 09-00
17. Gregg Fogner Conway, SC 4 08-15 184
Day 1: 4 08-15
18. Whitney Stephens Waverly, OH 4 08-14 183
Day 1: 4 08-14
19. KJ Queen Catawba, NC 4 08-11 182
Day 1: 4 08-11
20. Jason Casteel Winter Garden, FL 3 08-11 181
Day 1: 3 08-11
21. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 3 08-07 180
Day 1: 3 08-07
22. Spencer Peters Knoxville, TN 3 08-04 179
Day 1: 3 08-04
23. Mark Pappas Dandridge, TN 4 08-03 178
Day 1: 4 08-03
24. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 3 08-01 177
Day 1: 3 08-01
25. Jacob Foutz Charleston, TN 3 07-14 176
Day 1: 3 07-14
26. Rex Nickel Huff Corbin, KY 4 07-10 175
Day 1: 4 07-10
27. Justin Atkins Florence, AL 3 07-10 174
Day 1: 3 07-10
28. Luke Plunkett Pinson, AL 4 07-09 173
Day 1: 4 07-09
29. Jon Canada Helena, AL 3 07-06 172
Day 1: 3 07-06
30. Bryan New Belmont, NC 4 07-05 171
Day 1: 4 07-05
30. Joe Thompson Clayton, GA 4 07-05 171
Day 1: 4 07-05
32. Jonathan Carter Glenburn, ME 2 07-03 169
Day 1: 2 07-03
33. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 4 06-13 168
Day 1: 4 06-13
34. Hunter Sales Blaine, TN 3 06-12 167
Day 1: 3 06-12
35. Andy Wicker Pomaria, SC 3 06-11 166
Day 1: 3 06-11
36. Stephen Mui Odessa, FL 2 06-09 165
Day 1: 2 06-09
37. Rich Chriscinske Salyersville, KY 3 06-08 164
Day 1: 3 06-08
37. Davey May Odessa, FL 3 06-08 164
Day 1: 3 06-08
39. Dave Turner Crystal River, FL 2 06-06 162
Day 1: 2 06-06
40. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 3 06-04 161
Day 1: 3 06-04
41. Tyler Berger Delaware, OH 2 06-04 160
Day 1: 2 06-04
42. Garrett Rocamora Lithia, FL 2 06-01 159
Day 1: 2 06-01
43. Keith Carson Debary, FL 3 06-00 158
Day 1: 3 06-00
43. Darrell Davis Dover, FL 3 06-00 158
Day 1: 3 06-00
45. Richard Reeger Gastonia, NC 5 05-14 156
Day 1: 5 05-14
46. Ben Nielsen Lowell, MI 3 05-14 155
Day 1: 3 05-14
47. Adam Neu Forestville, WI 3 05-13 154
Day 1: 3 05-13
48. Justin Hamner Northport, AL 4 05-12 153
Day 1: 4 05-12
49. Cody Hahner Wausau, WI 3 05-11 152
Day 1: 3 05-11
50. Jordan Burdette Knoxville, TN 2 05-10 151
Day 1: 2 05-10
51. Derrick Snavely Piney Flats, TN 2 05-09 150
Day 1: 2 05-09
52. Bradley Hallman Norman, OK 2 05-08 149
Day 1: 2 05-08
52. Brandon Johnson Mt Sterling, KY 2 05-08 149
Day 1: 2 05-08
54. John Hunter Jr Simpsonville, KY 3 05-06 147
Day 1: 3 05-06
55. Kotaro Kiriyama Guntersville, AL 2 05-03 146
Day 1: 2 05-03
56. Greg Alexander Hebron, MD 3 05-02 145
Day 1: 3 05-02
57. Hunter Bland Williston, FL 3 04-14 144
Day 1: 3 04-14
58. Brian Latimer Belton, SC 2 04-14 143
Day 1: 2 04-14
58. Matt Lee Bremen, AL 2 04-14 143
Day 1: 2 04-14
60. Andrew Upshaw Tulsa, OK 3 04-13 141
Day 1: 3 04-13
61. Derek Lehtonen Woodruff, SC 3 04-11 140
Day 1: 3 04-11
62. Brandt Tumberg Moore, SC 2 04-10 139
Day 1: 2 04-10
63. Daisuke Aoki Minamitsurugun Yamanash 2 04-08 138
Day 1: 2 04-08
63. Matt Mattingly Gravel Switch, KY 2 04-08 138
Day 1: 2 04-08
65. Scott Patton Paris, TN 2 04-07 136
Day 1: 2 04-07
66. Greg Mansfield Olathe, KS 2 04-06 135
Day 1: 2 04-06
67. Christiana Bradley Goldvein, VA 1 04-06 134
Day 1: 1 04-06
68. John Garrett Union City, TN 2 04-04 133
Day 1: 2 04-04
69. Nick Hatfield Chuckey, TN 2 04-03 132
Day 1: 2 04-03
70. Stephen Morella Townshed, VT 2 04-02 131
Day 1: 2 04-02
71. Carl Jocumsen Queensland TN AUSTRALIA 2 04-00 130
Day 1: 2 04-00
72. Chris Kingree Inverness, FL 2 03-15 129
Day 1: 2 03-15
73. Von Dilbeck Corbin, KY 2 03-14 128
Day 1: 2 03-14
74. Tyler Ellis Battlefield, MO 2 03-13 127
Day 1: 2 03-13
75. Jeremy Maye Windsor, VA 1 03-11 126
Day 1: 1 03-11
76. Kyle Austin Ridgeville, SC 2 03-10 125
Day 1: 2 03-10
77. Allen Brooks Canton, GA 1 03-09 124
Day 1: 1 03-09
77. Craig Chambers Midland, NC 1 03-09 124
Day 1: 1 03-09
79. Steve Sennikoff Edgewood, TX 2 03-08 122
Day 1: 2 03-08
80. Cam Sterritt Newfields, NH 3 03-07 121
Day 1: 3 03-07
81. Chris Ferguson Wittensville, KY 2 03-06 120
Day 1: 2 03-06
82. Kameron Harbin Abbeville, SC 2 03-05 119
Day 1: 2 03-05
82. Cody Huff Ava, MO 2 03-05 119
Day 1: 2 03-05
84. Timmy Cales Sandstone, WV 1 03-05 117
Day 1: 1 03-05
84. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 1 03-05 117
Day 1: 1 03-05
84. Garrett Rose Pipecreek, TX 1 03-05 117
Day 1: 1 03-05
87. Todd Goade White Pine, TN 1 03-04 114
Day 1: 1 03-04
87. Scott Martin Clewiston, FL 1 03-04 114
Day 1: 1 03-04
89. Colby Robertson Summerfield, FL 1 03-03 112
Day 1: 1 03-03
90. Cody Detweiler Orlando, FL 1 03-02 111
Day 1: 1 03-02
91. Cody Bertrand Dyer, IN 1 02-15 110
Day 1: 1 02-15
91. Preston Julian Seymour, TN 1 02-15 110
Day 1: 1 02-15
93. Alex Wetherell Middletown, CT 1 02-12 108
Day 1: 1 02-12
94. Wyatt Burkhalter Coker, AL 1 02-11 107
Day 1: 1 02-11
94. Shawn Hendrix Sharpsburg, GA 1 02-11 107
Day 1: 1 02-11
94. Nick Tate Knoxville, TN 1 02-11 107
Day 1: 1 02-11
97. Gary Adkins Green Bay, WI 1 02-10 104
Day 1: 1 02-10
97. Cole Drummond Effingham, SC 1 02-10 104
Day 1: 1 02-10
99. Chad Smith Minnetonka, MN 2 02-09 102
Day 1: 2 02-09
100. Chandler Stewart Waco, TX 2 02-08 101
Day 1: 2 02-08
101. Ken Iyobe Tokoname, Aichi JAPAN 1 02-08 100
Day 1: 1 02-08
102. Jason Burroughs Hodges, SC 1 02-07 99
Day 1: 1 02-07
103. Josh Douglas Isle, MN 1 02-02 98
Day 1: 1 02-02
104. Brandon Tallhamer Parkersburg, WV 2 02-01 97
Day 1: 2 02-01
105. Brad Knight Lancing, TN 1 02-01 96
Day 1: 1 02-01
106. Kenta Kimura Osaka JAPAN 1 02-00 95
Day 1: 1 02-00
107. Alex Redwine Blue Ash, OH 1 01-15 94
Day 1: 1 01-15
107. Andrew Thomasson Dublin, VA 1 01-15 94
Day 1: 1 01-15
109. Trevor Topken Warwick, NY 1 01-14 92
Day 1: 1 01-14
110. Cameron Smith Wareham, MA 1 01-13 91
Day 1: 1 01-13
111. Michael Hall Annandale, VA 1 01-12 90
Day 1: 1 01-12
111. Frank Ramsey Spring Grove, IL 1 01-12 90
Day 1: 1 01-12
111. Dustin Reneau Mckinney, TX 1 01-12 90
Day 1: 1 01-12
114. Robert Gibson Niota, TN 1 01-11 87
Day 1: 1 01-11
114. Randy Huffman Charleston, WV 1 01-11 87
Day 1: 1 01-11
114. Teb Jones Hattiesburg, MS 1 01-11 87
Day 1: 1 01-11
114. Bryce Matthews Olanta, SC 1 01-11 87
Day 1: 1 01-11
118. Terry Segraves Kissimmee, FL 1 01-10 83
Day 1: 1 01-10
119. Barry Wilson Birmingham, AL 1 01-09 82
Day 1: 1 01-09
120. David Williams Newton, NC 1 01-08 81
Day 1: 1 01-08
121. Robbie Harrelson Moncks Corner, SC 1 01-07 80
Day 1: 1 01-07
122. Randy Blaukat Joplin, MO 1 01-06 79
Day 1: 1 01-06
123. Corey Lindsey Blacklick, OH 1 01-03 78
Day 1: 1 01-03
123. Jacob Powroznik North Prince George, VA 1 01-03 78
Day 1: 1 01-03
125. Bo Goodin Harrogate, TN 1 01-00 76
Day 1: 1 01-00
126. Barry Brandt Jr. Newport News, VA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Brad Burkhart Speedwell, TN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Todd Castledine Nacogdoches, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Mark Duerr West Allis, WI 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Anthony Dumitras Winston, GA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Clayton Dyer Fayetteville, TN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Guy Eaker Cherryville, NC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Randy Elliott Severn, MD 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Tim Frederick Leesburg, FL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Derek Freeman Anderson, SC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Jerry Gallogly Jr North Tazewell, VA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Ronnie Getz Sunman, IN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Caleb Gibson Locust Grove, OK 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Darryl Halbert Enoree, SC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Josh Hubbard Braidwood, IL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Keith Iddins Knoxville, TN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Denis Karachopan Rocky Point, NY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. David Kilgore Jasper, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. John Maner Falkville, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Matthew Mccarthy Marysville, OH 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Kenny Mittelstaedt Minnetonka, MN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Parker Mott Winter Garden, FL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Lance Owen Greer, SC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Scott Pellegrin Chippewa Falls, WI 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Chris Peters Birchwood, TN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Trevor Prince Blue Ridge, GA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Chad Randles Elkhorn, NE 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Jake Rossi Columbus, OH 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Ronald Ryals Jr Live Oak, FL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Hermilo Salgado Artemus, KY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Scott Siller Milwaukee, WI 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. JT Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Jack Williams Kingsport, TN 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Tommy Williams Shepherdsville, KY 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
126. Trait Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00


MLF Announces 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing Schedule, Rules and Entry Dates

Top Two Teams at College Fishing National Championship Advance to the 2021 Toyota Series Championship to Compete as Pros for a Shot at Winning up to $235,000

BENTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the schedule, rules, payouts and entry dates for the 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing season, culminating in the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance on Grand Lake in Grove, OK, as well as advancement opportunities for anglers to compete as boaters and co-anglers in the 2021 Toyota Series Championship.

  • Both members of the winning team and the runner-up at the 2021 College Fishing National Championship advance to the 2021 Toyota Series Championship to compete as pros for a shot at winning as much as $235,000, including a $35,000 Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus.
  • Both members of the third-place team at the 2021 College Fishing National Championship advance to the 2021 Toyota Series Championship as co-anglers for a shot at winning a $33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro with a 115 HP Mercury.
  • Top 10 teams from each 2021 qualifying event and the top 20 teams from the 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the 2022 College Fishing National Championship, where the top two teams will advance to the 2022 Toyota Series Championship.
  • Top performing schools will continue to be recognized with School of the Year titles awarded to the top overall school of the season, as well as the top school from each of five conferences. Schools earn points based on their top two teams in each tournament, with School of the Year being awarded to the school with the most points in each conference and overall at the end of the season.

Live weigh-in coverage will continue at every tournament with expanded national television coverage of the 2021 College Fishing National Championship on Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network. Anglers will also qualify for MLF College Faceoffs presented by Wiley X held in conjunction with select Abu Garcia College Fishing tournaments, where they will compete using the catch, weigh, immediate-release format.

“We are excited to welcome back familiar faces and meet new students during the 2021 season,” said Kevin Hunt, MLF BIG5 Senior Director of Tournament Operations, College and High School. “The chance to qualify for MLF College Faceoffs and advance to the Toyota Series Championship provide our anglers multiple avenues to hone their craft and work their way up through the MLF BIG5 circuits. With national livestream and television coverage, we are thrilled to provide college anglers the very best opportunities to elevate their schools, sponsors and personal brands. We expect 2021 to be our most successful college fishing season yet.”

Registration for teams wishing to compete in the 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing tournaments will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. CT December 14, 2020, for teams from school clubs represented in the 2020 College Fishing National Championship. All other teams may register beginning December 15, 2020. Teams can register at FLWFishing.com or by calling (270) 252-1000. The entry fee remains the same for 2021 – $75 per team for teams who enter prior to onsite check-in and $100 for teams who enter onsite.

Abu Garcia College Fishing teams may compete in both conference and nonconference tournaments, giving them the flexibility to construct a schedule that meets their needs. Each conference includes three regular-season qualifying tournaments. The top 10 teams from each regular-season tournament and the top 20 teams from the Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s College Fishing National Championship. Additional teams qualify for the National Championship if the field size in regular-season events exceeds 100 boats or 200 boats in the Open.

The 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance is on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma, March 3-5, and is hosted by the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau and the City of Grove. Held in conjunction with REDCREST, the 2021 championship will provide unique networking opportunities for college anglers, Bass Pro Tour pros and potential sponsors.

Complete rules for the 2020 Abu Garcia College Fishing program can be found online at FLWFishing.com.

For complete details and updated information, visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow Abu Garcia College Fishing on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Abu Garcia College Fishing Open

Tue-Wed               TBA

Mar 30-31

 

Central Conference 

Friday                    Table Rock: Table Rock State Park Marina

Mar 26                  Branson, MO

Friday                    MS River-La Crosse: W. Copeland & Clinton

Jul 30                    La Crosse, WI

Friday                    Lake of the Ozarks: Public Beach #2

Oct 15                   Osage Beach, MO

 

Northern Conference          

Friday                    Smith Mountain Lake: Parkway Marina

Apr 30                   Huddleston, VA

Friday                    Potomac River: Smallwood State Park

Jun 4                      Marbury, MD

Friday                    Detroit River: Elizabeth Park Marina

Aug 20                  Trenton, MI

 

Southeastern Conference    

Friday                    Harris Chain: Venetian Gardens - Ski Beach

Feb 12                   Leesburg, FL

Friday                    Lake Guntersville: Lake Guntersville State Park

Apr 23                   Guntersville, AL

Friday                    Lake Chickamauga: Dayton Boat Dock

Oct 22                   Dayton, TN

 

Southern Conference           

Friday                    Lake Somerville: Lake Somerville Marina

Apr 16                   Brenham, TX

Friday                    Lake of the Pines: Lakeside Park

Jun 11                    Jefferson , TX

Friday                    Lake Dardanelle: Lake Dardanelle State Park

Oct 1                     Russellville, AR

 

Western Conference

Saturday                Shasta: Bridge Bay Resort

Jan 30                    Redding, CA

Saturday                California Delta: Big Break Marina

May 15                  Oakley, CA

Saturday                Clear Lake: Redbud Park

Sep 25                   Clearlake, CA

 

Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance

Wed-Fri                 Grand Lake: Wolf Creek Park

Mar 3-5                 Grove, OK

                              Hosted by Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau & City of Grove


DD26 Fishing Introduces Industry-Leading Motor Tote for Mercury 150HP 4-Stroke Engines

Unique outboard design demands a custom-fitted solution

Mesa, Ariz. – DD26 Fishing, a leading innovator of high-technology products for fishing and boating, announces the addition of a Mean Mount Motor Tote specifically designed to fit and protect Mercury’s 4-Stroke 150 horsepower outboard, thus answering the needs and demands of boaters who want to make sure that their equipment continues to operate flawlessly. Combined with the DD26 steering locks, they ensure that anglers will be able to enjoy their days on the water without worrying about damage caused by towing to and from the lake.

"The Mercury 150 4-Stroke is the only model in the Mercury family from 75HP to 300HP with a unique mount that provides very few grab points for any type of attachment,” said DD26 President Dave Davis. “With very few options available for guys running this engine, we battled for more than a year to come up with the perfect solution. We have exceeded even our own expectations with a motor tote that features 6061 T6 aluminum sandwiched by custom-molded polyurethane automotive-grade bump stops that fit like a puzzle piece and better than OJ's glove!”

This patent-pending design will set the standard for the boating industry because of all of the effort and care that has been put into its design and manufacturing. Specific details include:

  • Eight different high-quality metallic powder coat color options to allow you to customize your color theme (check out our Steering Locks and Bandit Culling Beam, too)
  • Fits Mercury 150HP SeaPro, FourStroke and Pro XS 4-Stroke Engines
  • Automotive-grade bump stops to protect your engine and transom by absorbing impact like a shock does!
  • Made in the USA!

“I’m proud to say that no one has ever put this much effort into a motor stabilizer before,” Davis added. “You invest a lot in your outboard, transom and steering system, and a failure from any of them can cost you valuable time and money. A small investment now will put your mind at ease.”

Mean Mounts come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. This model retails for $189.99 and can be purchased at DD26Fishing, Tackle Warehouse and many of your local dealers. If they don’t carry it, ask for it! It is not compatible with Verado engines.

For more information about DD26 fishing, go to www.dd26fishing.com.

To learn more about this new Mean Mount, and to see it in action, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2oA8MV6bmg


Nelson Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Lanier

Co-angler Victory Goes to South Carolina’s Henderson

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Oct. 26, 2020) Boater Chris Nelson of Social Circle, Georgia, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 50 pounds, 13 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at Lake Lanier. For his victory, Nelson earned $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic entry into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship, June 3-5, at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee.

“I rotated between 8 to 10 places all three days, fishing brush piles on offshore humps in 25 to 30 feet of water from about mid-lake to the dam,” said Nelson. “I was mostly using a ½-ounce shaky head with a Zoom Magnum Swamp Crawler and had great success with it.”

Nelson said he caught fish the same way in practice as well and felt his victory ultimately came down to timing.

“I probably hit the same brush piles at that depth range two to three times per day, all three days,” said Nelson. “If they weren’t biting early, I could usually get bit later in the afternoon.

“The sunshine definitely helped that bite – I didn’t catch as many on the final day due to the cloud cover, but we still came out well in the end.”

Nelson said winning a Regional Championship felt amazing.

“This is by far the biggest accomplishment I’ve had in my fishing career,” Nelson continued. “My primary goal was to qualify for the All-American and I got that done and am taking home a new boat, so I can’t ask for any more than that out of this tournament.”

The top six boaters that qualified for 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

            1st:       Chris Nelson of Social Circle, Ga., 15 bass, 50-13, $60,000

            2nd:      Randy Dover of Buford, Ga., 15 bass, 50-6, $10,000

            3rd:       Trent Palmer of Cumming, Ga., 15 bass, 45-15, $5,500

            4th:       Cody Hoyle of Rutherfordton, N.C., 15 bass, 45-2, $3,000

            5th:       Collin Smith of Honea Path, S.C., 15 bass, 44-9, $2,000

            6th:       Jr. McCay of Robertstown, Ga., 15 bass, 44-1, $1,800

Rounding out the top 12 boaters were:

            7th:       Brad Benfield of Demorest, Ga., 15 bass, 42-1, $1,600

            8th:       Heath Pack of Ellijay, Ga., 15 bass, 40-6, $1,400

            9th:       David Nichol of Gainesville, Ga., 14 bass, 39-15, $1,400

            10th:     Christian Greico of Tampa, Fla., 14 bass, 34-13, $1,000

            11th:     Jason Reed of Hollister, Fla., 11 bass, 34-2, $1,000

            12th:     Justin Raines of Easley, S.C., 13 bass, 33-5, $1,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Palmer took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. 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 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Kevin Henderson of Honea Path, South Carolina, weighed in 11 bass over three days totaling 29 pounds, 4 ounces to win the top co-angler prize package of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six co-anglers that qualified for the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

            1st:       Kevin Henderson of Honea Path, S.C., 11 bass, 29-4, $50,000

            2nd:      Randy Paquette of Sarasota, Fla., 11 bass, 23-12, $5,000

            3rd:       John Wilson of Six Mile, S.C., nine bass, 22-13, $2,500

            4th:       Mickey Bergeron of Amherst, Va., 11 bass, 22-11, $1,500

            5th:       Sam Loveless of Somerset, Ky., 10 bass, 21-12, $1,000

            6th:       Dustin Elrod of Jasper, Ga., nine bass, 21-5, $900

Rounding out the top 12 co-anglers were:

            7th:       Jason Hinger of Timberlake, N.C., eight bass, 21-1, $1,250

            8th:       Mike Twitty of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., nine bass, 20-5, $700

            9th:       B.K. Kelley of Colonial Heights, V.A., eight bass, 20-5, $600

            10th:     Trevor Wright of Chesterfield, Va., nine bass, 20-2, $500

            11th:     Chris Graham of Blue Ridge, Ga., eight bass, 19-15, $500

            12th:     Jeff White of Rhoadesville, Va., seven bass, 17-6, $500

The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship on Lake Lanier was hosted by the Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau. It featured the top pros and co-anglers from the Gator (Florida), Music City (Tennessee), Piedmont (North Carolina/Virginia) and Savannah River (South Carolina/Georgia) divisions.

The 2020 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 co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held June 3-5 at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee, and is hosted by the Jefferson County Department of Tourism. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour.

 


Missouri’s Fitzpatrick Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship by Four Ounces on Table Rock Lake

Co-angler Victory Goes to Arkansas’ Hays, First Woman to Win a Regional Championship

BRANSON, Mo. (Oct. 26, 2020) Boater Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Missouri, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 38 pounds, 4 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at Table Rock Lake. For his victory, Fitzpatrick earned $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic entry into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship, June 3-5, at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee.

“I caught most of my fish on a 1-ounce Omega Football Jig,” said Fitzpatrick. “The area I was fishing was slick, with no wood or rock – the only thing that jig hung on was the jaw of the bass I kept pulling out.”

Fitzpatrick said the fish in his honey hole were abundant.

“My co-angler and I got a limit within a half hour on the spot on day one,” said Fitzpatrick. “The second and third day it took me until about 11 a.m. to get a limit. I culled seven or eight times on the final day, but I was only culling ounces – I told her I’d already made the All-American, but the only chance for a win was to go shallow and catch a couple big ones.

“On the second dock, I flipped a ½-ounce Omega Flippin’ Jig and caught a 4-pounder and then a 3-pounder.”

Fitzpatrick said those two fish were the difference makers in his 4-ounce victory.

“This is amazing,” said Fitzpatrick. “God’s got a plan and He is so good.”

The top six boaters that qualified for 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

            1st:       Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Mo., 15 bass, 38-4, $60,000

            2nd:      Shane Long of Willard, Mo., 15 bass, 38-0, $10,000

            3rd:       Brandon Booth of Bryan, Texas, 15 bass, 31-8, $5,000

            4th:       Eric Olliverson of Lampe, Mo., 12 bass, 31-7, $3,000

            5th:       Josh Busby of Rogersville, Mo., 13 bass, 30-14, $2,500

            6th:       Hunter Litchfield of Macomb, Ill., 15 bass, 29-10, $1,800

Rounding out the top 12 boaters were:

            7th:       Beau Browning of Hot Springs, Ark., 12 bass, 28-4, $1,600

            8th:       Richard Ballard of Sulphur, La., 112 bass, 27-7, $1,400

            9th:       Mike Roller of Purdy, Mo., 12 bass, 26-14, $1,200

            10th:     Audie Prewitt, Jr. of Benton, Ark., 13 bass, 26-10, $1,000

            11th:     Brad Morgan of Ashdown, Ark., 11 bass, 25-14, $1,000

            12th:     Jared Miller of Norman, Okla., 10 bass, 22-3, 1,200

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Busby took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. 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 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Melinda Hays of Hot Springs, Arkansas became the first woman to win a Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship in FLW history. Hays weighed 10 bass over three days totaling 22 pounds, 4 ounces and took home the top co-angler prize package of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard. Hays will be only the fourth female angler in FLW history to qualify for or compete in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top six co-anglers that qualified for the 2021 All-American were:

            1st:       Melinda Hays of Hot Springs, Ark., 10 bass, 22-4, $50,000

            2nd:      Cedric Jackson of Sicily Island, La., eight bass, 18-3, $5,000

            3rd:       Chase Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Mo., seven bass, 17-1, $2,500

            4th:       Ken Coats of Claremore, Okla., six bass, 16-14, $1,500

            5th:       Jake Elledge of Broken Arrow, Okla., six bass, 16-3, $1,000

            6th:       Kanon Harmon of Benton, Ark., seven bass, 16-0, $900

Rounding out the top 12 co-anglers were:

            7th:       Jason Swanson of Waterloo, Iowa, seven bass, 15-2, $800

            8th:       Troy Sippl of Sussex, Wis., six bass, 13-14, $700

            9th:       Josh Castleberry of Jessieville, Ark., six bass, 13-2, $600

            10th:     Jonathan Jones of Grain Valley, Mo., three bass, 11-4, $500

            11th:     Troy Carrell of Woodville, Texas, five bass, 10-14, $500

            12th:     Bradley Thacher of Preston, Minn., four bass, 10-2, $500

The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship on Table Rock Lake was hosted by ExploreBranson.com. It featured the top pros and co-anglers from the Arkie (Arkansas), Cowboy (Texas), Great Lakes (Wisconsin) and Okie (Oklahoma) divisions.

The 2020 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 co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held June 3-5 at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee, and is hosted by the Jefferson County Department of Tourism. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour.


Briarwood Christian Claims Bassmaster High School National Championship On Kentucky Lake

Tucker Smith and Hayden Marbut, of Alabama's Briarwood Christian School, have won the 2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors with a three-day total of 47 pounds, 5 ounces.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

October 24, 2020

PARIS, Tenn. — While windy conditions slowed their bite tremendously, the Briarwood Christian duo of Tucker Smith and Hayden Marbut secured two smallmouth bass for 7 pounds, 14 ounces on Championship Saturday and won the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors on Kentucky Lake.

Their final three-day total was 47-5.

The National Championship victory is the third-straight title for Smith, who won his previous titles in August, and the first for Marbut.

“It feels amazing, especially because of the time of year,” said Smith, who is now attending college at Auburn University. “(It started) superhot to where your glasses are fogged up from sweat, to being so cold you wished you were at home.

“It’s kind of crazy to win both times of the year.”

With the victory, the team from Alabama earned $5,000 in scholarship money and another $200 for the big bass of the tournament, a 7-5 lunker caught on Day 1.

Smith and Marbut fished specific areas of shallow bars they scouted before the lake went off-limits and again during official practice. Their tournament consisted of a couple of runs between Blood River, located north of takeoff, and about 5 miles south of Paris Landing.

“They weren’t just up and down the bar, it had to be a specific spot, like almost the size of a truck bed,” Marbut said. “We came back and checked them and they would be sitting on those spots.”

The duo used a variety of topwater walking baits to coax aggressive fish, mostly smallmouth, into biting.

“Moving it fast (helped),” Smith said. “We were kind of working it slow and they would miss it, and if you sped it up they didn’t have a chance to look at it. They would just come up and react to it.”

The 22-2 bag they caught Day 1 that set the tone for the tournament, however, was caught on a spot where they hadn’t practiced, but was close to another key spot they had previously fished.

Marbut added that the big bass of the tournament hit his topwater bait close to the boat and came unbuttoned as soon as they netted it.

Smith and Marbut fished mostly the same way on Day 2. But on Day 3, a strong cold front sent temperatures south and created windy and wavy conditions on Kentucky Lake, putting an end to their topwater bite.

After running around most of the day trying to find a bite, they returned to the spot of their big bag and caught two smallmouth on a lipless crankbait, enough to ensure the win.
“There were smaller waves than we thought,” Smith said. “So, we sat on it for three or four hours and caught those smallies.”

The Day 1 bag also earned Smith and Marbut an $875 scholarship from the family of Hunter Owens in memory of Owens, who finished in the Top 12 of the Bassmaster High School National Championship two years ago before dying in a car accident.

Dylan May and Adam Troyer from Brownsburg High School in Indiana caught the only limit on Championship Saturday, weighing 12-4 to jump from third place to second with a three-day total of 37-14. The Brownsburg High anglers were also one of the most consistent teams, catching over 12 pounds each day of the event.

“Today really was really not that pressurized,” May said. “We made it to the final day and it was just fun. To be in second, it’s insane. I would have never thought that. It’s a blessing, honestly.”

While they tried a few other spots, May and Troyer caught the majority of their keepers on an old bridge near the back of Eagle Creek on the Big Sandy River side of Kentucky Lake.

“We went over there and had a few key bites in practice, and we went there the first day and found fish there,” May said. “We stuck to it and we told ourselves, until we run out of fish we are going to keep fishing it.

“It’s a great spot. I knew we didn’t have the spot to win, but we brought in consistent weight each day.”

During practice, Troyer said they threw a variety of baits around the bridge but did not get bit until he threw a Stupid Tube under the overpass.

“We believe those fish really liked it because they don’t see it very often,” May said. “We threw a jig, beaver and a craw and those fish wouldn’t touch it. But as soon as I threw the tube in there they picked it up.”

May said they used a mix of green pumpkin/purple fleck and regular green pumpkin tubes and dyed the tails chartreuse.

On Day 3, after a 45-minute delay for high winds, May and Troyer pulled up to the bridge and caught their first three keepers within an hour and their fourth keeper around 9:15 a.m. After catching a couple of short fish around the bridge and the roadbed around the area, the bite shut off, forcing May and Troyer to try a few points in Eagle Creek.

When the points didn’t produce, they returned to the bridge around 1 p.m., and on his first cast, Troyer landed their fifth and final keeper.

Chandler Pruett and Braden Wilson from Scotts Hill High School in Lexington, Tenn., finished third with a three-day total of 34-1 after catching four fish for 10-10 on Day 3. Pruett said a Strike King Red Eye Shad and a ChatterBait were the key baits for them this week.

2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented
by Academy Sports + Outdoors 10/22-10/24
Kentucky Lake, Paris TN.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Tucker Smith - Hayden Marbut Briarwood Christian 0
Day 1: 5 22-02 Day 2: 5 17-05 Day 3: 2 07-14 Total: 12 47-05
2. Dylan May - Adam Troyer Brownsburg High School 0
Day 1: 5 12-11 Day 2: 5 12-15 Day 3: 5 12-04 Total: 15 37-14
3. Chandler Pruett - Braden Wilson Scotts Hill High School 0
Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 4 08-06 Day 3: 4 10-10 Total: 13 34-01
4. Blake Sparkman - Logan Sparkman Chiles High School 0
Day 1: 2 06-03 Day 2: 4 18-01 Day 3: 2 07-15 Total: 8 32-03
5. Flint Davis - James Henemyre Lee County High School 0
Day 1: 5 17-03 Day 2: 4 12-05 Day 3: 1 02-10 Total: 10 32-02
6. Hunter Keller - Daniel Brackett Freedom high 0
Day 1: 5 11-12 Day 2: 4 12-06 Day 3: 3 06-15 Total: 12 31-01
7. Hunter Brewer - Kade Suratt Lawrence County High School 0
Day 1: 5 16-05 Day 2: 3 07-07 Day 3: 3 06-03 Total: 11 29-15
8. James Riggs - Aaron Riggs Mt Pleasant HS 0
Day 1: 5 11-05 Day 2: 5 11-07 Day 3: 2 05-05 Total: 12 28-01
9. Brady Duncan - Mason Huddleston Mt. Juliet High School 0
Day 1: 1 03-00 Day 2: 5 18-07 Day 3: 3 06-05 Total: 9 27-12
10. Mason Wade - Dylan Ragland Jackson County High School 0
Day 1: 5 11-02 Day 2: 4 09-10 Day 3: 3 06-14 Total: 12 27-10
11. Dylan Istre - Mckee Ridgaway LCM Little Cypress Mauriceville 0
Day 1: 5 12-02 Day 2: 2 07-13 Day 3: 0 00-00 Total: 7 19-15
12. Lake Norsworthy - Aaron Abbott Brandon High School 0
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 1 03-06 Day 3: 0 00-00 Total: 6 18-04


Bird Keys On Current To Win Bassmaster Central Open On Neely Henry

Cody Bird, of Granbury, Texas, has won the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Neely Henry Lake with a three-day total of 34 pounds, 1 ounce.

Photo by Dalton Tumblin/B.A.S.S.

October 24, 2020

GADSDEN, Ala. — Focusing on current-related habitat enabled Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas, to win the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on Neely Henry Lake with a three-day total of 34 pounds, 1 ounce.

Bird placed third on Day 1 with a limit of 13-1 and moved into the Day 2 lead after adding 11-9. On Championship Saturday, he turned in a limit of 9-7 and earned the $35,000 top prize for his first B.A.S.S. win.

“I have two seconds, a third, a fourth, two fifths, a sixth and three sevenths — it feels good to finally win one,” Bird said. “I’m just not a closer. This time, when I got up there, I made up my mind that they were going to have to take it from me.

“It took me a while, but it was worth it. I earned this one, for sure.”

Fishing fast to cover lots of water, Bird said he covered a 15-mile stretch up the Coosa River. Throughout the event, he reported making upwards of 100 stops a day — often visiting key spots multiple times — and making approximately 1,000 casts a day.

Bird formulated his fast-paced strategy for the tough fall transitional period that found Neely Henry in a stingy mood. Bites were scarce, but Bird quickly dialed in the types of spots he needed to fish.

“I had a terrible first day of practice, so I decided to run up the river and check it out,” he said. “(Alabama Power) was running water wide open and the fish were really biting, so I figured that I was going to stay in that area.

“I knew the fish wouldn’t bite as good when they weren’t running water, so I ran tons of little drains that had water running out.”

Bird said he also targeted docks positioned in areas with good current exposure.

“I had a couple little stretches where I could line up with where the current came down,” he said. “The end of a dock is always good and you could get in behind them and find a few fish.

“I also caught several goods ones off stumps. I didn’t ever catch many off laydowns, but they were on stumps.”

Catching a mix of largemouth and spotted bass, Bird did most of his work with Lucky Craft RC 1.5 squarebills. He had each bait custom-painted in bright chartreuse patterns, but presentation was the most important element.

“The whole key to it was burning that bait,” he said. “The water was a little clear for a squarebill, so you had to trick them. I don’t know how many spots hit my bait at the boat and didn’t take it.”

Matthew Robertson of Kuttawa, Ky., finished second with 33-1. The first two days saw Robertson weigh limits of 11-0 and 11-8. On Saturday, he missed his limit by one fish but turned in the biggest sack of Championship Saturday — 10-9.

“This week I’ve just been winging it; fishing stuff I never fish,” Robertson said. “I stayed on the main river and threw a Strike King Red Eyed Special spinnerbait.”

Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Ark., finished third with 32-11. After a Day 1 bag of 9-5 had him in a tie for 38th place, Browning found his biggest sack on Friday — a 13-6 limit that included a 5-5. He closed with a 10-pound Day 3 limit.

Targeting wood, riprap, chunk rock and gravel banks, Browning caught his fish on a Z-Man JackHammer ChatterBait with a Z-Man Razor ShadZ trailer and a Jewel finesse jig with a craw worm.

“It was just typical river fishing; you just fish what’s in front of you,” Browning said. “Realistically, I had (approximately) the same bag three days in a row, I just had that big fish on Friday that bumped me up really good.”

Browning won the $750 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award for his 5-5.

Fifth-place Kenta Kimura, of Osaka, Japan, won the $500 Garmin Tournament Rewards.

John Goul of Philadelphia, Miss., won the co-angler division with a three-day total of 17-15. Goul weighed two fish for 4-11 on Day 1, added a three-fish limit of 5-10 on Day 2 and earned his first B.A.S.S. win with a final round limit of 7-10.

Paired with Bird, Goul caught his final-round fish on a 3/8-ounce Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig in the Go To color with a watermelon Zoom Twin Tail trailer. He dyed the trailer tips chartreuse.

“He was cranking and paralleling the bank and he just gave me a few targets that just happened to have quality fish on them,” Goul said. “I caught fish as shallow as 6 inches, and I caught my biggest from the end of a tree in about 8 feet of water.”

Jason Henson of Rome, Ga., won the $250 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award among co-anglers with a 4-0.

Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., leads the Central Open points race with 547 points, followed by Darold Gleason with 540. Bassmaster Elite Series pro Lee Livesay is in third with 539, followed by Marc Frazier in fourth with 533 and Elite pro Brandon Palaniuk with 531.

Christie leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year standings with 929 points.

2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Neely Henry Lake 10/22-10/24
Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Cody Bird Granbury, TX 15 34-01 200 $39,433.00
Day 1: 5 13-01 Day 2: 5 11-09 Day 3: 5 09-07
2. Matthew Robertson Kuttawa, KY 14 33-01 199 $19,153.00
Day 1: 5 11-00 Day 2: 5 11-08 Day 3: 4 10-09
3. Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 15 32-11 198 $14,270.00
Day 1: 5 09-05 Day 2: 5 13-06 Day 3: 5 10-00
4. Derek Hicks Rocky Face, GA 15 31-11 197 $11,267.00
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 5 08-07 Day 3: 5 09-10
5. Kenta Kimura Osaka JAPAN 14 31-01 196 $10,302.00
Day 1: 5 09-10 Day 2: 5 14-14 Day 3: 4 06-09
6. Joey Nania Cropwell, AL 15 30-13 195 $9,013.00
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 10-01 Day 3: 5 08-06
7. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 13 29-00 194 $8,450.00
Day 1: 5 10-10 Day 2: 5 11-14 Day 3: 3 06-08
8. Wyatt Burkhalter Coker, AL 15 28-15 193 $7,887.00
Day 1: 5 10-04 Day 2: 5 11-04 Day 3: 5 07-07
9. Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 15 28-13 192 $6,197.00
Day 1: 5 08-14 Day 2: 5 11-09 Day 3: 5 08-06
10. Darold Gleason Many, LA 13 28-01 191 $5,070.00
Day 1: 5 13-12 Day 2: 5 07-14 Day 3: 3 06-07
11. Matt Pangrac Broken Arrow, OK 12 25-08 190 $4,507.00
Day 1: 5 10-04 Day 2: 5 11-10 Day 3: 2 03-10
12. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 12 22-11 189 $3,943.00
Day 1: 5 10-12 Day 2: 5 09-08 Day 3: 2 02-07


Briarwood Christian Increases Lead At Bassmaster High School National Championship

Tucker Smith and Hayden Marbut, of Alabama's Briarwood Christian School, are leading after Day 2 of the 2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors with a two-day total of 39 pounds, 7 ounces.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

October 23, 2020

PARIS, Tenn. — Briarwood Christian’s Tucker Smith and Hayden Marbut increased their lead on Day 2 of the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship at Kentucky Lake presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

With a mixed bag of smallmouth and largemouth bass that weighed 17 pounds, 5 ounces Friday, the duo from Alabama now has a two-day total of 39-7.

Smith is in pursuit of his third-straight National Championship title, and he and Marbut hold nearly a 10-pound lead over the second-place team of Flint Davis and James Henemyre from Lee County High School in Georgia heading into the final day.

Despite a later flight than the previous morning, Smith said he and Marbut started their day strong by catching three quality smallmouth. But conditions began to change as a cold front pushed through, making the bite much tougher.

“It was super windy today,” Smith said. “Yesterday was slick calm and that kind of helped the topwater bite. That’s why we didn’t catch them as well this morning.”

“That wind definitely hurt,” Marbut added. “Once the rain came through, we had a one-hour period where it got calm again and that’s when we caught our last three.”

Smith and Marbut did not get another bite until 1:30 or 2 p.m. but managed to fill their limit and cull twice after the first round of rain and storms pushed through and the lake calmed down.

During the afternoon hours, Marbut said he and Smith ran a lot of water they found during the previous day.

“We did fish a bunch of new water,” Marbut said. “Yesterday, we had those fish so early that we went and kind of practiced around. Today, we were struggling some toward the end of the day so we had to hit some of the spots we found.”

Davis and Henemyre also found their bites more scattered than the previous day, only bringing four fish to the scales for 12-5 and a two-day total of 29-8.

“There was more cloud cover and a lot of wind, and when that happens, the fish scatter out and they aren’t positioned right,” Davis said. “The sun is what helped us a lot yesterday so hopefully it will peek out tomorrow.”

The Lee County duo caught two fish on their first spot, Henemyre said, and did not catch another fish for about two or three hours. The rest of the day, Davis and Henemyre threw crankbaits down the bank to add fish but fell one short of a limit.

Regardless of the outcome, Davis said he is thrilled to be in the final Top 12 and fishing for the championship on Saturday.

“It’s amazing,” he added. “Last year was the first year Lee County started a fishing team so to be here and have a chance tomorrow means a lot.”

Dylan May and Adam Troyer of Brownsburg High School in Indiana started the day in seventh-place but caught a limit of 12-15 to jump into third heading into Championship Saturday. Although there were boats on their starting spot when they arrived, May said Troyer caught a fish almost immediately.

“We just kept grinding that area and got three keepers off of that by 10:30 a.m.,” May said. “We went and hit a couple different areas and came back and caught a 4-pounder. We went fishing the rest of the day and ended up with one more keeper at the end of the day.”

May and Troyer weren’t the only team to make a sizable jump in the standings. After starting the day in 41st, Blake and Logan Sparkman from Chiles High School in Florida secured four fish for 18-1 to move into fourth place with 24-4. Tennessee’s Mt. Juliet High Schoolers Brady Duncan and Mason Huddleston started the day in 98th and moved all the way to ninth with an 18-7 limit and a two-day total of 21-7.

Smith and Marbut’s 7-5 largemouth from Day 1 remains the big bass of the tournament heading into Day 3.

The Top 12 teams will take off from Paris Landing Saturday at 7 a.m. CT and return for weigh-in starting at 3 p.m.

2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors 10/22-10/24
Kentucky Lake, Paris TN.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Tucker Smith - Hayden Marbut Briarwood Christian 0
Day 1: 5 22-02 Day 2: 5 17-05 Total: 10 39-07
2. Flint Davis - James Henemyre Lee County High School 0
Day 1: 5 17-03 Day 2: 4 12-05 Total: 9 29-08
3. Dylan May - Adam Troyer Brownsburg High School 0
Day 1: 5 12-11 Day 2: 5 12-15 Total: 10 25-10
4. Blake Sparkman - Logan Sparkman Chiles High School 0
Day 1: 2 06-03 Day 2: 4 18-01 Total: 6 24-04
5. Hunter Keller - Daniel Brackett Freedom high 0
Day 1: 5 11-12 Day 2: 4 12-06 Total: 9 24-02
6. Hunter Brewer - Kade Suratt Lawrence County High School 0
Day 1: 5 16-05 Day 2: 3 07-07 Total: 8 23-12
7. Chandler Pruett - Braden Wilson Scotts Hill High School 0
Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 4 08-06 Total: 9 23-07
8. James Riggs - Aaron Riggs Mt Pleasant HS 0
Day 1: 5 11-05 Day 2: 5 11-07 Total: 10 22-12
9. Brady Duncan - Mason Huddleston Mt. Juliet High School 0
Day 1: 1 03-00 Day 2: 5 18-07 Total: 6 21-07
10. Mason Wade - Dylan Ragland Jackson County High School 0
Day 1: 5 11-02 Day 2: 4 09-10 Total: 9 20-12
11. Dylan Istre - Mckee Ridgaway LCM Little Cypress Mauriceville 0
Day 1: 5 12-02 Day 2: 2 07-13 Total: 7 19-15
12. Lake Norsworthy - Aaron Abbott Brandon High School 0
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 1 03-06 Total: 6 18-04
13. Colby Brown - Blake Handley Hayden High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-15 Day 2: 5 16-04 Total: 6 18-03
14. Carter Nutt - Dylan Nutt Backwoods Bassin 0
Day 1: 4 07-15 Day 2: 4 10-03 Total: 8 18-02
15. Cody Abbott - Mitchell Robinson Byrnes Rebels 0
Day 1: 4 11-09 Day 2: 2 05-14 Total: 6 17-07
16. SammyJay Acree - Billy Campbell Lake wales HS bassmasters 0
Day 1: 4 11-13 Day 2: 2 05-06 Total: 6 17-03
17. Nathan Reynolds - Jimmy Oguin Backwoods Bassin 0
Day 1: 3 08-00 Day 2: 2 09-00 Total: 5 17-00
18. Hanson Chaney - Luke Ferachi Walker High School 0
Day 1: 2 06-00 Day 2: 4 10-06 Total: 6 16-06
19. Ewing Minor - Eli Stendig Orange County Anglers 0
Day 1: 3 08-01 Day 2: 4 08-05 Total: 7 16-06
20. Jack Mcillwain - Dyson Weaver Creekwood High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-15 Day 2: 4 11-01 Total: 6 16-00
21. Tanner Barclay - Aj Widgeon Scottsboro BassCats 0
Day 1: 3 09-09 Day 2: 2 05-12 Total: 5 15-05
22. Tyan Massengale - Logan Evans Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 4 07-15 Day 2: 3 07-06 Total: 7 15-05
23. Connor Rushing - Ethan Simon Central High School 0
Day 1: 4 08-06 Day 2: 3 06-13 Total: 7 15-03
24. Gracie Herbold - Asher Peters Headland Bass Team 0
Day 1: 5 13-06 Day 2: 1 01-11 Total: 6 15-01
25. Will Stephens - Lucas Wray Russell County High school 0
Day 1: 3 08-06 Day 2: 2 06-06 Total: 5 14-12
26. Colby Carrier - Tyler Williams Somerset Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 1 02-03 Day 2: 2 12-05 Total: 3 14-08
27. Hunter Brigance - Spencer Chase Milholen 0
Day 1: 2 04-04 Day 2: 4 10-04 Total: 6 14-08
28. Banks Shaw - Gage King Sale Creek 0
Day 1: 3 05-14 Day 2: 4 08-01 Total: 7 13-15
29. Victor Alford - Logan East Roane Co HS 0
Day 1: 1 03-13 Day 2: 3 10-00 Total: 4 13-13
30. Austin Curtis - Todd Crosley OutCast Bass Club 0
Day 1: 1 01-13 Day 2: 3 11-09 Total: 4 13-06
31. Triston Richardson - Bryson Sellier Tomball Memorial High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-02 Day 2: 4 11-04 Total: 5 13-06
32. Jonathan Fann - Tyler Gunter Cannon County High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-12 Day 2: 3 08-08 Total: 5 13-04
33. Casey Tissue - Clayton Vote Vilonia High School 0
Day 1: 3 08-07 Day 2: 2 04-13 Total: 5 13-04
34. Kolby Clark - Landon Grider Scottsboro High School BassCats 0
Day 1: 2 05-03 Day 2: 3 08-01 Total: 5 13-04
35. Reece Keeney - Bryce Moder Northeast Wisconsin Bass 0
Day 1: 2 05-13 Day 2: 3 07-06 Total: 5 13-03
36. Judd Morgan - Brody Mullins Tennessee 0
Day 1: 2 04-01 Day 2: 4 09-00 Total: 6 13-01
37. Jeremy Monda - Will Boyd Quincy JR Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 05-03 Day 2: 3 07-13 Total: 5 13-00
38. Jacob Garms - Jase Rice Coffee County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 12-14 Total: 5 12-14
39. Allen Powe - Jonathan Combs George Rogers Clark High School 0
Day 1: 4 09-08 Day 2: 1 03-05 Total: 5 12-13
40. Marshall Robinson - Mason Fulmer Byrnes High School 0
Day 1: 3 08-00 Day 2: 2 04-12 Total: 5 12-12
41. Aaron Cherry - Hudson Choquette Headland Bass Team 0
Day 1: 1 02-10 Day 2: 5 09-14 Total: 6 12-08
42. Nathan Whitehead - Ethan Tedder Muscle Shoals High School 0
Day 1: 3 12-04 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 12-04
43. Mercedes Ellis - Gage Sherrod Henry County High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-11 Day 2: 3 06-08 Total: 5 12-03
44. Kyle Knoll - Blayton Mangram Handley HS 0
Day 1: 3 09-08 Day 2: 1 02-04 Total: 4 11-12
45. Storm Clark - Gunnar Williamson Harris County Bass Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 2 04-03 Day 2: 4 07-07 Total: 6 11-10
46. Trent Nelson - Wyatt Cannon Okeechobee Brahmans 0
Day 1: 3 06-08 Day 2: 2 04-13 Total: 5 11-05
46. Daniel Waguespack - Reese Aucoin Ascension Anglers 0
Day 1: 3 06-08 Day 2: 2 04-13 Total: 5 11-05
48. Ryan Baker - Joshua Hughes Camden Central High school 0
Day 1: 3 09-01 Day 2: 1 02-01 Total: 4 11-02
49. Asa Robertson - Matthew Vandagriff Warren County High School Pionee 0
Day 1: 3 07-05 Day 2: 2 03-13 Total: 5 11-02
50. Clayton Wood - Elijah Benson Jefferson High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-04 Day 2: 2 05-13 Total: 4 11-01
51. Harrison Terry - Luke Clifton Dickson County High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-12 Day 2: 2 06-03 Total: 4 10-15
52. Jaron Cooper - Keegan Oettinger Platte Valley Bass Masters 0
Day 1: 2 05-00 Day 2: 3 05-15 Total: 5 10-15
53. Dylan Tatum - Derek Brandon Horizon High School 0
Day 1: 3 05-14 Day 2: 2 05-00 Total: 5 10-14
54. Gunner West - Kollin Crawford Spiro high 0
Day 1: 1 02-09 Day 2: 3 08-03 Total: 4 10-12
55. Caleb Bridges - Zachary Elliott Mt. Juliet High School Fishing 0
Day 1: 1 01-14 Day 2: 4 08-11 Total: 5 10-09
56. Sawyer Brady - Cason Jones Pine Grove 0
Day 1: 1 01-15 Day 2: 4 08-09 Total: 5 10-08
57. Cayden Walls - Connor Moulin Central High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-04 Day 2: 3 08-04 Total: 4 10-08
58. Lucas Reagan - Tyler Cook Pickett County High School Fishi 0
Day 1: 5 10-04 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 10-04
59. Wade Wilkens - Blake Yates Selah High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-02 Day 2: 4 07-15 Total: 5 10-01
60. Daniel Moon - Zachary Helton Karns Jr. High 0
Day 1: 4 09-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 09-15
61. John Pitre - Trevor Smith West Lincoln 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 4 09-10 Total: 4 09-10
62. Jackson Holbert - Avery Johnson Riverside High School 0
Day 1: 2 07-06 Day 2: 1 02-04 Total: 3 09-10
63. Zane O'Domirok - John Thompson Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 4 07-06 Day 2: 1 01-15 Total: 5 09-05
64. Briley Sain - Kaden Freeze Coffee County Youth Bass Club 0
Day 1: 1 02-11 Day 2: 3 06-09 Total: 4 09-04
65. Hagen Cooley - DeRidder HS 0
Day 1: 2 05-04 Day 2: 2 04-00 Total: 4 09-04
66. Bryar Chambers - Levi Harris Fairview High School 0
Day 1: 3 09-03 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 09-03
67. Grant West - Cameron Thompson Scottsboro Junior BassCats 0
Day 1: 2 04-13 Day 2: 2 04-06 Total: 4 09-03
68. Fischer Barber - Wells Johnson Heritage Christian Academy 0
Day 1: 2 04-02 Day 2: 2 04-14 Total: 4 09-00
69. Kobe Thompson - Rance Eddleblute Crooksville High School- OH 0
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 2 04-14 Total: 4 08-14
70. Logan Fisher - Will Hart Madison County High School 0
Day 1: 3 08-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 08-13
71. Beau Landry - Gage Collins WEST BATON ROUGE 0
Day 1: 2 04-08 Day 2: 2 04-02 Total: 4 08-10
72. Maverick Winford - Atascocita High School Club-Top 0
Day 1: 1 02-11 Day 2: 3 05-14 Total: 4 08-09
73. Bailey Davidson - Wes Bailey Mississippi BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 1 03-05 Day 2: 2 05-00 Total: 3 08-05
74. Bryant Martin - Grant Schexnailder Notre Dame High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-03 Day 2: 3 06-01 Total: 4 08-04
75. Jaden Carpenter - Sean Cash Rockcastle Rockets 0
Day 1: 2 04-03 Day 2: 2 04-01 Total: 4 08-04
76. Dawson Carden - Griffin Milford Hart County High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-01 Day 2: 2 04-01 Total: 4 08-02
77. Mason Harkey - Clay Henderson 0
Day 1: 2 04-07 Day 2: 1 03-10 Total: 3 08-01
78. Austin Waelzinski - Jacob Whitehurst Franklin High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 1 04-01 Total: 3 08-01
79. Emory Olinger - Bryce Tucker Bledsoe County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 08-00 Total: 3 08-00
80. Ty Jackson - Jessie Altman COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL 0
Day 1: 3 07-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 07-15
81. Dallas Taylor - Dustin Swafford Stilwell 0
Day 1: 2 05-07 Day 2: 1 02-08 Total: 3 07-15
82. Tyner Redden - Hayes Grooms Greenbrier High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-12 Day 2: 3 04-03 Total: 5 07-15
83. Eli Chambers - Connor Handley Vinemont High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 2 05-11 Total: 3 07-12
84. Werner Brundige - Ty Neidlein Kickback Bass Club 0
Day 1: 3 05-02 Day 2: 1 02-08 Total: 4 07-10
85. Lilly Walker - Tyler Mink The Kings Academy 0
Day 1: 2 04-14 Day 2: 1 02-11 Total: 3 07-09
86. Tyler Finley - Hunter Jones Mt Pleasant High School 0
Day 1: 1 03-02 Day 2: 2 04-07 Total: 3 07-09
87. Jd Bedford - Walker Brown Lawrence County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 07-08 Total: 3 07-08
88. Zack Barrera - Dalton Loos Marion County Youth Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 05-05 Day 2: 1 02-03 Total: 3 07-08
89. Brody Robison - Levi Cox Sand Rock Wildcats 0
Day 1: 1 03-09 Day 2: 1 03-14 Total: 2 07-07
90. Phillip Herring - Calup Williams Greene County Youth Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 04-14 Day 2: 1 02-08 Total: 3 07-06
91. Jace Lindsay - Jaxon Evans Beckville High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 07-02 Total: 3 07-02
92. Chance Shelby - Jackson Broderick Live Oak High 0
Day 1: 1 02-03 Day 2: 2 04-15 Total: 3 07-02
93. Sean Quinn - Kyle Tilton JVLABassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 07-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 07-01
94. Michael Sanchez - Dylan Eschette Brusly High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-09 Day 2: 2 05-08 Total: 3 07-01
95. Chase Rawlins - Landon Canter Engineers 0
Day 1: 2 04-13 Day 2: 1 02-04 Total: 3 07-01
96. Brennan Fox - Colin King Marion High School 0
Day 1: 3 06-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 06-15
97. Gage Starks - Sawyer Williams Henry County High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-09 Day 2: 1 02-06 Total: 3 06-15
98. Jacob Muir - Milford High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-04 Day 2: 1 02-11 Total: 3 06-15
99. Cody Mcentire - Keaton Bassham Walnut Ridge High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 3 06-13 Total: 3 06-13
100. Turner Hart - Dalton Purcell Hanover County 0
Day 1: 2 04-12 Day 2: 1 02-01 Total: 3 06-13
101. Christian Misciagna - Garrett Lawton ONEIDA LAKE HS BASSMASTERS 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Day 2: 1 04-08 Total: 2 06-13
102. Brayden Ruckman - Nate Helmreich Freeland High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Day 2: 1 04-07 Total: 2 06-12
103. Bryce Dimauro - Davis Dimauro Seminole Junior Anglers 0
Day 1: 1 02-06 Day 2: 2 04-04 Total: 3 06-10
104. Matthew Kahrs - Christopher Kahrs Barbe fishing Club 0
Day 1: 3 06-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 06-09
105. Andrew Bennett - Wade Roberts Barbe High Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 1 02-08 Day 2: 2 04-00 Total: 3 06-08
106. Ridge Rutledge - Casey Shearer East Jessamine High School 0
Day 1: 3 06-06 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 06-06
107. Christian Mullins - Brayden Stout Lewis County High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-06 Day 2: 1 04-00 Total: 2 06-06
108. Josh Mccann - Jesse Martin Manatee technical college 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 06-05 Total: 2 06-05
109. Parker Brooks - Jonathan Horne Harris County HS 0
Day 1: 1 02-00 Day 2: 2 04-02 Total: 3 06-02
110. Justin Lawrence - Grady Windham Seminole Junior Anglers 0
Day 1: 2 05-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 05-14
111. Tanner Meyer - Ross Miller Notre Dame High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 05-11
112. Ryan Thomas - Cole Holloway Morgan County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 05-06 Total: 1 05-06
113. Westin Moss - Drake Hemby Whitwell High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-03 Day 2: 1 02-03 Total: 3 05-06
114. Tyson Verkaik - Kalen Harbaugh Marion County High School Bassma 0
Day 1: 2 05-05 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 05-05
115. Ryan Corcoran - Cromwell High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-03 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 05-03
116. Brayden Allen - Dalton Patten Red Oak High School 0
Day 1: 3 05-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-01
117. Rein Golubjatnikov - Matthew Pitcher Pittsford 0
Day 1: 2 05-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 05-01
117. Landon Story - Garrett Sharp East Limestone 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 05-01 Total: 2 05-01
119. Mason Kornegay - Logan Hicks Sipsey Valley High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-15
120. Mikey Abbott - J Braden McNamara Jonathan Alder High School 0
Day 1: 1 04-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 04-15
121. Kellen Lanman - Hagen Linsenmeyer Deer Creek High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-06 Day 2: 1 02-09 Total: 2 04-15
122. Caleb Martinez - Logan Gibson Lincoln County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-13 Total: 2 04-13
123. Noah Coleman - Luke Coleman Oneonta 0
Day 1: 1 02-06 Day 2: 1 02-07 Total: 2 04-13
124. Matthew Brault - Jackson Salley South Florence High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-09
124. Sam Schmitz - Ethan Swindall Collierville High School and 901 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-09 Total: 2 04-09
124. Corey Williams - Hunter Miller Sin City HS Bass Club 0
Day 1: 2 04-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-09
127. Luke Hilling - Corey Swaney Morgantown High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Day 2: 1 02-04 Total: 2 04-09
128. Will Oberman - Clay Oberman Garrard County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-06 Total: 2 04-06
128. Caden Petrille - Matteo Turano Off The Hook Bassmaster 0
Day 1: 2 04-06 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-06
128. Mason Theissen - Roen Anderson Mankato west 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-06 Total: 2 04-06
131. Dj Drake - Austin Jones Franklin County High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-05 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-05
132. Colby Gatlin - Hunter Proctor Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-04 Day 2: 1 02-01 Total: 2 04-05
133. Jackson Stephens - Jake Hartmann Lindbergh High School- MO 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 1 02-02 Total: 2 04-03
134. Breck Miller - Peter Marisch Holdrege High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-00
135. Blake Roberts - Riley Faulkner 0
Day 1: 1 04-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 04-00
136. Drake Vandike - Anthony Polzin Livonia Outlaws 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 03-14 Total: 2 03-14
137. Coltin Green - Aiden Baiza Maynard High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-13 Total: 1 03-13
138. Owen Moss - Jackson Moss Pickens Bass Fishing 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 03-12 Total: 2 03-12
139. Dawson Hudson - Peyton Sorrow GREENWOOD 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-12 Total: 1 03-12
140. Lucy Brecht - Gavin Adair Rogers High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 03-09
141. Parker O'bryan - Avery Roberts Mississippi BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-09 Total: 1 03-09
142. Jackson Swisher - Seth Slanker Columbia High Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 03-08 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 03-08
143. Keaton Smith - Jaydon Coggins Southwestern High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 03-07
144. Ross Webster - Nick Fox Harris County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-06 Total: 1 03-06
145. Austin Kubica - Patrick Steitz Centennial Liberty 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-04 Total: 1 03-04
146. Chanler Brake - Branden Duncan Southwestern High School- KY 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-03 Total: 1 03-03
147. Matthew Milioto - Jace Martin Lutcher 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 03-01 Total: 1 03-01
148. Nick Carter - Cole Parks Rogers High School 0
Day 1: 1 03-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-00
149. Landen Clausen - Jacob Pantti Menominee 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-15 Total: 1 02-15
149. Garrett White - Tanner Mcclain Rhea County 0
Day 1: 1 02-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-15
151. Garrett Ellenson - Nate Dury Lakeside High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-14 Total: 1 02-14
151. Sean Lawson - Brooks Lawson West Georgia AmBASSadors 0
Day 1: 1 02-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-14
153. Braxton Campbell - Lane Lassiter warren county high school 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-13 Total: 1 02-13
153. Jordan Garrett - Dawson Cravens 0
Day 1: 1 02-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-13
153. Luke Jones - John Lenz 0
Day 1: 1 02-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-13
153. Kyle Zainitzer - Tyler Scott Okeechobee Brahmas High School- 0
Day 1: 1 02-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-13
157. Case Durrance - Latt Durrance OKEECHOBEE BRAHMANS 0
Day 1: 1 02-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-12
157. Marshall Smith - Avery Johnson Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-12
159. Chandler Baumgardner - McKinnley Owens Woodruff High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-11
159. Hunter White - Tyler Layman Sale Creek 0
Day 1: 1 02-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-11
161. Joseph Gorman - Nehemiah Glenn Lakeville High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-10 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-10
161. Carter Peyton - Trevor Soppe West Delaware high school 0
Day 1: 1 02-10 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-10
163. Nathan Fideldy - Preston Gover Buhler HS 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-09 Total: 1 02-09
163. Ryan Manis - Anthony Moon York Institute 0
Day 1: 1 02-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-09
163. Konner West - Brice Williams Chapman High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-09
166. Dalton Bailey - Hayden Stockett Lenoir City High School Bass Clu 0
Day 1: 2 02-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 02-07
167. Will Harkins - Coby Thompson Union County High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-07
167. Zachary Richards - Joey Gress Fairmont Senior 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-07 Total: 1 02-07
167. Archer Smith - Hayden Short Burgin High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-07
167. Mitch Straffon - Hank Sturm Fenton High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-07
167. Trey Waddell - Hunter Hilburn Piedmont High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-07 Total: 1 02-07
172. Ryan Padgett - Zach Dicks Columbia High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-06 Total: 1 02-06
173. Ethan Franklin - Jesse Franklin Corner High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-05
173. Ross Kearns - Landon Morgan Calloway County 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-05
173. Canyon Odom - Jeremy Odom Baldwin County HS 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-05
176. Mason Daniell - Nick Hodges Moody Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 1 02-04 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-04
176. Jamie Johnson - Chance Greenwell North Bullitt 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-04 Total: 1 02-04
178. Jackson Isbell - Dalton Head Moody High 0
Day 1: 1 02-03 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-03
179. Dylan Breaux - Gage Boquet Lafourche Bassmaster 0
Day 1: 1 02-02 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-02
179. Cason Causey - Sam Westall Riley's Catch 0
Day 1: 1 02-02 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-02
179. Cade Hayford - Waylon Rickard Blissfield High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-02 Total: 1 02-02
179. Doug Iman - Jake Iman Perry Hall Christian 0
Day 1: 1 02-02 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-02
183. Casey Cornelius - Charles Lux Mt Vernon Bass Team 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-01
183. Dylan Nimrod - Collin Stephens De Soto Bass Team- KS 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-01 Total: 1 02-01
183. Bracyn Sullivan - Tyler Crews Scotts Hill High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-01
186. Wiley Carroll - Kayson Turley Charleston High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-00 Total: 1 02-00
186. Dakota Posey - Brendon Brones Little Cyprus Mauriceville HS 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-00 Total: 1 02-00
186. Tanner Scruggs - Cody Fine Anderson Co. 0
Day 1: 1 02-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 02-00
189. Kenny Garand - Dylan Casazza Tampa Bay Junior Bass Club High 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-15 Total: 1 01-15
189. Ike Gillentine - Caleb Mackie Warren county 0
Day 1: 1 01-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-15
189. Jackson Locklair - Dawson Whittle Mid Carolina 0
Day 1: 1 01-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-15
189. Hagan Marlin - Dylan Ingram Lee-Scott Fishing 0
Day 1: 1 01-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-15
193. Garrett Christy - Jake Ross Roco anglers 0
Day 1: 1 01-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-14
193. Landen Dale - Ryan Sponcil Jessamine county high school eli 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
193. Chase Hubble - Brent May Strawberry Crest High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
193. Christopher Keeble - Sequoyah High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-14
193. Hayden Mckenzie - Jayden Ragusa Walker High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
198. Zane Smith - Adam Smith Eastern Iowa Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-13 Total: 1 01-13
198. Kayden Townsend - Briley Knowles Genoa Central 0
Day 1: 1 01-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-13
200. Wayland Adkisson - Daniel Summers BGA 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Keegan Ballew - Michael Nunez Dakota High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Chase Bishop - Blake Stone Polk County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Logan Bolton - Christian Boyd Northside HS 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Alex Bradley - Rylan Green Chapman High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Jacob Bruener - Douglas High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Barclay Butler - Connor Mclaughlin Scottsboro BassCats 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Will Carnes - Conner Hutti Lincoln County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Clay Christopher - Trey Barnett Boyle County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Bo Collins - Owen Jenkins Chatuge Anglers 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Stacey Cox - Dalton Cochran Brookwood High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Kain Custis - Lakeview 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Julie Dean - Aj Bouch Jr SFL Elite 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Miller Dowling - American Christian Academy 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Dylan Edwards - Luke Rokavec Susquehanna Valley High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Ethen Fesperman - Hayden Hammond Roco anglers 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Giancarlo Fumagalli - Jay Rickertsen Hutchinson 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Aiden Green - DAR Patriots 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Jerret Haley - Dalton Duvall Charles Page High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Andrew Haney - Blake Marcum Martin County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Jonathan Hardebeck - Andrew Wagenmaker Grand Haven High Sxhool 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Conner Herring - Parker Landen Dixie county high school 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Brody Hopper - Landon Franks Cullman High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Will Hornsby - Chaser Ellison Morris High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Brent Key - Hunter Canova Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Jake Krauth - Hunter Weaver Franklin County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Cooper Kreider - Hagan Gerlach Boyle County Rebels 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. AJ McGee - Evan Dunn bibb county 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Chase Mcmahan - Hunter Warren ARAB HIGH SCHOOL 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Daylon Milam - James Dubose Northgate High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Carson Mitchell - Trey Watts Commonwealth Bass Club 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Chase Osborne - Jayden Stokes Smiths Station High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Hunter Palmer - Jacob Damron Tullahoma High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Brooks Parker - Delmarva Christian High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Kohen Phifer - Abe Estes Harrison 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Teagan Phillips - Kyle Ramsey MagaVista High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Ethan Robinson - Grayson Warner Jefferson Forest 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Grayden Scibilia - Dylan Curran Jr. Potomac River Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Dalton Skinner - Hunter Valerius McCracken County High School- KY 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Cody Smith - Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Eli Stevenson - Summer Dees GCHS Bass Team 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Brayden Stotler - Grainger Pollert Bloomington South High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Brady Weeks - Brett Dial Scotland High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Branson Wells - Dawson Wells Coffee County Youth Bass Club 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Jacob White - John Schultz AIRPORT 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Caden Wood - Joseph Gleason Windsor High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Lucas Wright - Dakota Stout Lewis County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
200. Sam York - Charlie Schultz Brown County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00


Strength in Numbers—Lew’s Holdings Transitions to Rather Outdoors

Lexington, S.C. – October 23, 2020 – Lew’s Holdings Corporation came to be in 2017 with the merger of two of the most iconic fishing brands in the U.S.; uniting the Lew’s and Strike King families. In 2019, the Lew’s Holdings portfolio grew again via the acquisition of Fox International and its family of renowned European brands, ushering the organization into a wider global marketplace.

In an effort to present a globally united front for the family of brands, CEO Ken Eubanks is proud to announce for 2021 that the organization will transition from Lew’s Holdings Corporation to Rather Outdoors. “While we appreciate and want to continue to recognize the unique qualities of each of our storied brands, we also felt it important that we are represented to our industry partners and customers in the same manner in which we view ourselves, and that is as one family”, Eubanks said.

The Rather Outdoors family of brands is proud of their individual histories and accomplishments,
and excited about the future growth of the organization. While the name has changed, the combined dedication to providing anglers across the globe with innovative and reliable products remains a constant and focused priority for the Rather Outdoors family of brands.

About Rather Outdoors
Rather Outdoors is a global outdoors corporation uniting some of the most recognizable brands in the fishing space. With historic and iconic brands such as Lew’s, Strike King, Fox, Matrix, Salmo and Fox Rage, Rather Outdoors provides a wide assortment of fishing products worldwide in an effort to enhance angler’s success andthe enjoyment of outdoor pursuits. To learn more about the Rather Outdoors brands, visit www.ratheroutdoors.com.


Bird Takes Slim Lead At Bassmaster Central Open On Neely Henry

Cody Bird, of Granbury, Texas, is leading after Day 2 of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Neely Henry Lake with a two-day total of 24 pounds, 10 ounces.

Photo by Dalton Tumblin/B.A.S.S.

GADSDEN, Ala. — Perseverance was the key element of Cody Bird’s day, as the Granbury, Texas, pro moved into the Day 2 lead of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on Neely Henry Lake with a two-day total of 24 pounds, 10 ounces.

After placing third on Day 1 with a limit of 13-1, Bird added another limit that weighed 11-9 to edge second-place Kenta Kimura by 2 ounces.

“It was a struggle today; I probably ran a total of 200 miles and fished 100,” Bird said. “Some of those were spots I fished (multiple times), but I was just trying to hit high-percentage stuff, unless I got a gut feeling about stopping somewhere.

“I had two good ones, about 3 1/2-pounders, and two rats (small fish). I lost a 5-pounder right at the boat.”

On Thursday, Bird said he caught all of his fish on the same spot — a current-related piece of structure that improved with the afternoon’s increasing current flow.

“Today, I never got a bite there,” he said. “I’m just scrambling around and I’m running out of stuff to fish. I’m fishing about a 15-mile stretch. I’m all over the place — the (B.A.S.S. photographers) couldn’t track me down with GPS.

“I’m completely drained from casting. I made at least 1,000 casts today. I kept grinding and grinding and it paid off.”

Bird said he returned four times to the spot that produced a 4-pound bass for him on Thursday but couldn’t get bit.

He said he looked for similar spots where current washed past hard cover such as docks, laydowns and rocks. His efforts produced eight keeper bites, three of which came off the same spot.

“I caught my fish on several different reaction baits,” Bird said. “I’m just junk fishing based on whatever’s in front of me. Most of my spots have deep water close. That’s the deal, current and deep water.”

Hailing from Osaka, Japan, Kimura is in second with 24-8. After landing in a three-way tie for 33rd place on Day 1 with 9-10, he added 14-14 — the event’s biggest bag. Doing so, Kimura said, was not easy.

“I’m surprised by that; I was just trying to catch them the way I know and it just worked out,” he said. “I had to change up from yesterday. I was fishing too shallow yesterday, so I dropped a little deeper to a range of 8 to 15 feet.”

Filling his bag with all spotted bass, Kimura said he caught his fish with crankbaits and finesse presentations. He didn’t have a fish at 11 a.m., but dialing in the right scenario allowed him to sack up his day’s weight.

“I don’t think it’s bait-related; the more important thing is timing,” Kimura said. “I’m sure the (afternoon) current helped.

“I have a spot that worked really well and I hope I can do it again tomorrow. At least I know how much quality is here.”

Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Ark., is in third place with 22-11. A Day 1 bag of 9-5 put him in a tie for 38th place, but today’s 13-6 limit, anchored by a 5-5, pushed him into striking distance.

“I caught that (big) fish with about 10 minutes to go,” Browning said. “I didn’t have a great numbers day, but it turned out to be the right ones.”

Browning targeted wood, riprap, chunk rock and gravel banks. He caught his bass on a Z-Man JackHammer ChatterBait with a Z-Man Razor ShadZ trailer, a jig and a tube.

Browning is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with a 5-5.

Kayden Tanner of Millsap, Texas, retained his lead in the co-angler division with a two-day total of 13-2. He added a limit of 5-8 to the 7-10 he weighed Thursday.

“Today, we fished a little more grass than wood and I caught two keepers really quick by flipping a (Texas-rigged) Berkley Bunker Hawg,” Tanner said. “I went all day, until about 1 o’clock and I made one flip into a tree with a shaky head and caught a 3-pound spotted bass — that’s what did it today.”

Jason Henson of Rome, Ga., holds the Phoenix Boats Big Bass lead among co-anglers with a 4-0.

Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., leads the Central Opens points race with 550 points, followed by Darold Gleason with 541. Bassmaster Elite Series pro Lee Livesay is in third with 539, followed by Marc Frazier (533) and Elite Series pro Brandon Palaniuk (531).

Christie leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year Standings with 932 points.

The Top 12 remaining anglers will take off from Coosa Landing at 6:45 a.m. CT Saturday. The weigh-in will be held back at the landing at 2:45 p.m.

2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Neely Henry Lake 10/22-10/24
Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1. Cody Bird Granbury, TX 10 24-10 200
Day 1: 5 13-01 Day 2: 5 11-09
2. Kenta Kimura Osaka JAPAN 10 24-08 199
Day 1: 5 09-10 Day 2: 5 14-14
3. Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 10 22-11 198
Day 1: 5 09-05 Day 2: 5 13-06
4. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 10 22-08 197
Day 1: 5 10-10 Day 2: 5 11-14
5. Matthew Robertson Kuttawa, KY 10 22-08 196
Day 1: 5 11-00 Day 2: 5 11-08
6. Joey Nania Cropwell, AL 10 22-07 195
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 10-01
7. Derek Hicks Rocky Face, GA 10 22-01 194
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 5 08-07
8. Matt Pangrac Broken Arrow, OK 10 21-14 193
Day 1: 5 10-04 Day 2: 5 11-10
9. Darold Gleason Many, LA 10 21-10 192
Day 1: 5 13-12 Day 2: 5 07-14
10. Wyatt Burkhalter Coker, AL 10 21-08 191
Day 1: 5 10-04 Day 2: 5 11-04
11. Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 10 20-07 190
Day 1: 5 08-14 Day 2: 5 11-09
12. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 10 20-04 189
Day 1: 5 10-12 Day 2: 5 09-08
13. James Biggs Euless, TX 10 20-04 188 $3,098.00
Day 1: 5 10-03 Day 2: 5 10-01
14. Josh Bragg Jacksonville, AL 10 20-02 187 $3,098.00
Day 1: 5 09-11 Day 2: 5 10-07
15. Bart Stanisz Brookeland, TX 10 19-11 186 $3,098.00
Day 1: 5 08-12 Day 2: 5 10-15
16. Daisuke Aoki Minamitsurugun Yamanash 10 19-07 185 $3,098.00
Day 1: 5 10-06 Day 2: 5 09-01
17. Branden Hollingshead Azle, TX 10 19-01 184 $3,098.00
Day 1: 5 09-13 Day 2: 5 09-04
18. William Johnson Glencoe, AL 10 19-01 183 $3,098.00
Day 1: 5 09-10 Day 2: 5 09-07
19. Justin Atkins Florence, AL 10 19-00 182 $3,098.00
Day 1: 5 10-14 Day 2: 5 08-02
20. Blake Whatley Harleton, TX 10 18-15 181 $3,098.00
Day 1: 5 11-11 Day 2: 5 07-04
21. Michael Bradford Scottsboro, AL 10 18-15 180 $2,817.00
Day 1: 5 09-08 Day 2: 5 09-07
22. Adam Brown Rainbow City, AL 10 18-14 179 $2,817.00
Day 1: 5 10-03 Day 2: 5 08-11
23. Luke Plunkett Pinson, AL 10 18-12 178 $2,817.00
Day 1: 5 08-04 Day 2: 5 10-08
24. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 10 18-07 177 $2,817.00
Day 1: 5 10-15 Day 2: 5 07-08
25. Marc Frazier Newnan, GA 10 18-07 176 $2,817.00
Day 1: 5 09-15 Day 2: 5 08-08
26. Jeff Lugar Cross Junction, VA 10 18-02 175 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 07-15 Day 2: 5 10-03
27. Joey Cifuentes III Clinton, AR 10 17-14 174 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 09-04 Day 2: 5 08-10
28. Scott Pellegrin Chippewa Falls, WI 10 17-10 173 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 10-03 Day 2: 5 07-07
29. Bradley Hallman Norman, OK 7 17-02 172 $2,591.00
Day 1: 2 05-01 Day 2: 5 12-01
30. Theron Caldwell Decatur, TX 10 17-02 171 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 06-14 Day 2: 5 10-04
31. Greg Vance Delhi, IA 10 16-13 170 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 09-10 Day 2: 5 07-03
32. Austin Cranford Norman, OK 10 16-10 169 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 07-01 Day 2: 5 09-09
33. Brian Latimer Belton, SC 10 16-09 168 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 09-13 Day 2: 5 06-12
34. Mark Watson Midlothian, TX 10 16-07 167 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 09-13 Day 2: 5 06-10
35. Clark Reehm Elm Groove, LA 10 16-06 166 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 07-02 Day 2: 5 09-04
36. KJ Queen Catawba, NC 10 16-06 165 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 08-05 Day 2: 5 08-01
37. Spike Stoker Stephenville, TX 9 16-06 164 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 08-04 Day 2: 4 08-02
38. Troy O'Rourke Bentonville, AR 9 16-05 163 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 11-12 Day 2: 4 04-09
39. Toby Hartsell Afton, OK 8 16-02 162 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 11-05 Day 2: 3 04-13
40. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 9 16-00 161 $2,591.00
Day 1: 5 10-04 Day 2: 4 05-12
41. Sheldon Collings Grove, OK 10 15-14 160
Day 1: 5 06-12 Day 2: 5 09-02
42. Matthew Nobile Sorrento, LA 10 15-13 159
Day 1: 5 08-11 Day 2: 5 07-02
43. Chad Mrazek Montgomery, TX 9 15-11 158
Day 1: 5 09-05 Day 2: 4 06-06
44. Wes Logan Springville, AL 10 15-10 157
Day 1: 5 09-00 Day 2: 5 06-10
45. Chris Jones Bokoshe, OK 10 15-08 156
Day 1: 5 06-03 Day 2: 5 09-05
46. Bryant Smith Roseville, CA 10 15-07 155
Day 1: 5 10-05 Day 2: 5 05-02
47. Jacob Powroznik North Prince George, VA 10 15-07 154
Day 1: 5 07-04 Day 2: 5 08-03
48. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 9 15-05 153
Day 1: 5 10-02 Day 2: 4 05-03
49. John Garrett Union City, TN 10 15-05 152
Day 1: 5 08-01 Day 2: 5 07-04
50. Lance Rose Pipe Creek, TX 9 14-13 151
Day 1: 5 08-10 Day 2: 4 06-03
51. James Stricklin Fort Smith, AR 9 14-13 150
Day 1: 5 08-09 Day 2: 4 06-04
52. Jeffrey Cannon Douglasville, GA 8 14-11 149
Day 1: 5 10-09 Day 2: 3 04-02
53. Greg Mansfield Olathe, KS 10 14-11 148
Day 1: 5 05-07 Day 2: 5 09-04
54. Doug Vahrenberg Higginsville, MO 10 14-07 147
Day 1: 5 07-07 Day 2: 5 07-00
55. Paul Browning Pecos, TX 9 14-06 146
Day 1: 4 05-14 Day 2: 5 08-08
56. Cody Morrison Collinsville, TX 8 14-05 145
Day 1: 3 04-13 Day 2: 5 09-08
57. Scott Martin Clewiston, FL 8 14-04 144
Day 1: 5 10-12 Day 2: 3 03-08
58. Brad Shuflin Windsor , CO 9 14-04 143
Day 1: 5 09-07 Day 2: 4 04-13
59. Jake Rossi Columbus, OH 9 14-04 142
Day 1: 5 09-01 Day 2: 4 05-03
60. Chancy Walters West Des Moines, IA 8 14-01 141
Day 1: 5 11-11 Day 2: 3 02-06
61. Marc Schilling Shady Shores, TX 8 14-00 140
Day 1: 4 08-03 Day 2: 4 05-13
62. Kazuki Kitajima Corinth, TX 8 13-15 139
Day 1: 5 07-09 Day 2: 3 06-06
63. Robert Parkison Marshall, TX 8 13-13 138
Day 1: 4 08-00 Day 2: 4 05-13
64. Ken Iyobe Tokoname, Aichi JAPAN 10 13-13 137
Day 1: 5 07-00 Day 2: 5 06-13
65. Hunter Denmark Saraland, AL 8 13-12 136
Day 1: 5 09-01 Day 2: 3 04-11
66. Kyle Dorsett Odenville, AL 8 13-06 135
Day 1: 5 10-00 Day 2: 3 03-06
67. John Hunter Jr Simpsonville, KY 9 13-05 134
Day 1: 5 07-03 Day 2: 4 06-02
68. Garrett Rose Pipecreek, TX 8 13-04 133
Day 1: 3 03-09 Day 2: 5 09-11
69. Dale Hightower Mannford, OK 8 13-04 132
Day 1: 3 03-12 Day 2: 5 09-08
70. Shawn Temple Krugerville, TX 9 13-00 131
Day 1: 5 08-09 Day 2: 4 04-07
71. Cody Ryan Greaney Manchaca, TX 9 12-15 130
Day 1: 5 07-01 Day 2: 4 05-14
72. Jay Brainard Enid, OK 9 12-11 129
Day 1: 4 05-13 Day 2: 5 06-14
73. Logan Latuso Gonzales, LA 6 12-10 128
Day 1: 5 11-01 Day 2: 1 01-09
74. Teb Jones Hattiesburg, MS 10 12-10 127
Day 1: 5 06-00 Day 2: 5 06-10
75. Dirk Wenzlaff Frisco, TX 7 12-08 126
Day 1: 4 07-04 Day 2: 3 05-04
76. Lucas Bradley Flippin, AR 7 12-08 125
Day 1: 3 05-07 Day 2: 4 07-01
77. James Meers Rome, GA 8 12-07 124
Day 1: 4 08-01 Day 2: 4 04-06
78. Jeff Bridges Prosper, TX 8 12-04 123
Day 1: 5 07-13 Day 2: 3 04-07
79. Mark Hicks Glouster, OH 6 12-03 122
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 5 10-12
80. Allan Glasgow Ashville, AL 8 12-03 121
Day 1: 5 09-01 Day 2: 3 03-02
81. Todd Castledine Nacogdoches, TX 8 12-03 120
Day 1: 4 05-13 Day 2: 4 06-06
82. Marshall Hughes Hemphill, TX 8 12-01 119
Day 1: 4 05-12 Day 2: 4 06-05
83. Scott Siller Milwaukee, WI 8 11-15 118
Day 1: 5 10-04 Day 2: 3 01-11
84. Tommy Murray Bedford, TX 8 11-15 117
Day 1: 3 05-02 Day 2: 5 06-13
85. Denny Fiedler Wabasha, MN 8 11-14 116
Day 1: 4 07-07 Day 2: 4 04-07
86. Andrew Upshaw Tulsa, OK 7 11-13 115
Day 1: 3 05-06 Day 2: 4 06-07
87. Ernie Stumpf III Frisco, TX 8 11-11 114
Day 1: 4 06-08 Day 2: 4 05-03
88. Masayuki Matsushita Tokoname-Shi JAPAN 7 11-06 113
Day 1: 2 03-01 Day 2: 5 08-05
89. Terry Peacock Royse City, TX 6 11-06 112
Day 1: 3 06-06 Day 2: 3 05-00
90. Chandler Stewart Waco, TX 8 11-01 111
Day 1: 5 06-04 Day 2: 3 04-13
91. Joel Willert Prior Lake, MN 7 11-00 110
Day 1: 5 08-14 Day 2: 2 02-02
92. Brian Clark Haltom City, TX 6 11-00 109
Day 1: 3 07-07 Day 2: 3 03-09
93. Brandon Mcdonald Longview, TX 5 11-00 108
Day 1: 2 04-12 Day 2: 3 06-04
94. Randy Qualls Streetman, TX 6 10-15 107
Day 1: 1 01-01 Day 2: 5 09-14
95. Justin Margraves Diana, TX 9 10-13 106
Day 1: 4 04-11 Day 2: 5 06-02
96. Neels Beneke Amanzimtoti SOUTH AFRIC 8 10-12 105
Day 1: 3 03-03 Day 2: 5 07-09
97. Gary Hall Wardville, OK 8 10-12 104
Day 1: 5 06-05 Day 2: 3 04-07
98. Larry Puckett Decatur, TX 6 10-09 103
Day 1: 2 03-09 Day 2: 4 07-00
99. Ron Wells Claremore, OK 8 10-08 102
Day 1: 3 03-07 Day 2: 5 07-01
100. Bryan New Belmont, NC 7 10-06 101
Day 1: 5 06-14 Day 2: 2 03-08
101. Casey Bennett Waco, TX 6 10-04 100
Day 1: 4 07-11 Day 2: 2 02-09
102. Jimmy Mason Rogersville, AL 7 10-03 99
Day 1: 5 07-06 Day 2: 2 02-13
103. Travis Ledford Tuttle, OK 5 10-01 98
Day 1: 3 06-08 Day 2: 2 03-09
104. RJ Chandler Jr. Vinton, LA 4 10-00 97
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 4 10-00
105. Shonn Goodwin Moore, OK 6 10-00 96
Day 1: 3 02-14 Day 2: 3 07-02
106. Andrew Thomasson Dublin, VA 6 09-15 95
Day 1: 5 08-12 Day 2: 1 01-03
107. Trey Swindle Cleveland, AL 7 09-15 94
Day 1: 5 07-00 Day 2: 2 02-15
108. Brandon Craft Southside, AL 6 09-15 93
Day 1: 2 04-02 Day 2: 4 05-13
109. Jerod Hawkes Eagle Pass, TX 6 09-12 92
Day 1: 1 01-08 Day 2: 5 08-04
110. Steve Sennikoff Edgewood, TX 7 09-10 91
Day 1: 2 01-14 Day 2: 5 07-12
111. Josh Douglas Isle, MN 5 09-10 90
Day 1: 2 03-12 Day 2: 3 05-14
112. Dakota Ebare Dehnam Springs, LA 8 09-04 89
Day 1: 5 06-06 Day 2: 3 02-14
113. Dustin Reneau Mckinney, TX 5 09-01 88
Day 1: 5 09-01 Day 2: 0 00-00
114. Shaun Haag Montgomery, TX 6 09-00 87
Day 1: 4 06-08 Day 2: 2 02-08
115. Wes Nofire Tahlequah, OK 6 08-13 86
Day 1: 5 06-13 Day 2: 1 02-00
116. Jerry Riddle Jr Summit, MS 5 08-12 85
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 08-12
117. Brian Post Janesville, WI 5 08-10 84
Day 1: 3 05-14 Day 2: 2 02-12
118. Bruce Parsons Arbela, MO 3 08-09 83
Day 1: 3 08-09 Day 2: 0 00-00
119. Chad Randles Elkhorn, NE 6 08-08 82
Day 1: 5 07-08 Day 2: 1 01-00
120. Billy Smith Montgomery, TX 6 08-06 81
Day 1: 5 07-06 Day 2: 1 01-00
121. Caleb Gibson Locust Grove, OK 5 08-04 80
Day 1: 3 05-10 Day 2: 2 02-10
122. Spencer Lambert West Monroe, LA 6 08-00 79
Day 1: 3 03-11 Day 2: 3 04-05
123. Randy Blaukat Joplin, MO 6 07-13 78
Day 1: 5 06-12 Day 2: 1 01-01
124. Steven White Ashville, AL 4 07-13 77
Day 1: 1 01-11 Day 2: 3 06-02
125. Tommy Williams Shepherdsville, KY 6 07-12 76
Day 1: 4 05-08 Day 2: 2 02-04
126. Matt Looney Coweta, OK 4 07-10 75
Day 1: 3 05-12 Day 2: 1 01-14
127. Cody Huff Ava, MO 4 07-08 74
Day 1: 4 07-08 Day 2: 0 00-00
128. Jed Holt Livingston, TX 3 07-07 73
Day 1: 2 04-12 Day 2: 1 02-11
129. Jim Dillard West Monroe, LA 6 07-06 72
Day 1: 1 01-05 Day 2: 5 06-01
130. Lance Crawford Broken Bow, OK 4 07-04 71
Day 1: 4 07-04 Day 2: 0 00-00
131. Bill Watts Beaumont, TX 4 07-00 70
Day 1: 2 02-11 Day 2: 2 04-05
132. Justin Prisock Robinson, TX 4 06-11 69
Day 1: 2 03-07 Day 2: 2 03-04
133. Kylie Sparks Denham Spgs, LA 5 06-09 68
Day 1: 3 03-03 Day 2: 2 03-06
134. James Davis Jr Ferriday, LA 6 06-08 67
Day 1: 2 02-02 Day 2: 4 04-06
135. Edwin Baker Gilmer, TX 5 06-07 66
Day 1: 3 04-04 Day 2: 2 02-03
136. Ed Melton Houston, TX 4 06-03 65
Day 1: 3 04-09 Day 2: 1 01-10
137. Steven Caldwell Whitesboro, TX 4 06-01 64
Day 1: 0 -01-00 Day 2: 4 07-01
138. Keith Surber Longview, TX 5 06-01 63
Day 1: 5 06-01 Day 2: 0 00-00
139. Cody Hahner Wausau, WI 4 06-01 62
Day 1: 3 04-05 Day 2: 1 01-12
140. Terry Luedtke Burton, TX 4 06-00 61
Day 1: 1 01-01 Day 2: 3 04-15
141. Floyd Teat Valley Mills, TX 2 05-15 60
Day 1: 2 05-15 Day 2: 0 00-00
142. Kevin Ledoux Choctaw, OK 4 05-14 59
Day 1: 3 04-03 Day 2: 1 01-11
143. Kevin Crider Acworth, GA 3 05-08 58
Day 1: 3 05-08 Day 2: 0 00-00
144. Andy Hribar Lakeville, MN 4 05-07 57
Day 1: 3 03-13 Day 2: 1 01-10
145. Kyle Hogg Hewitt, TX 2 05-06 56
Day 1: 2 05-06 Day 2: 0 00-00
146. Jake Boomer Spokane Valley, WA 3 05-06 55
Day 1: 1 02-02 Day 2: 2 03-04
147. Drew Sloan Scurry, TX 3 05-02 54
Day 1: 1 03-06 Day 2: 2 01-12
148. Allan Nail Sand Springs, OK 4 04-14 53
Day 1: 2 02-03 Day 2: 2 02-11
149. Hermilo Salgado Artemus, KY 2 04-10 52
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-10
150. Jake Biram Tulsa, OK 4 04-10 51
Day 1: 1 01-10 Day 2: 3 03-00
151. Brandon Ackerson Afton, OK 3 04-09 50
Day 1: 1 02-05 Day 2: 2 02-04
152. John Hammersmith Branson, MO 4 04-08 49
Day 1: 3 03-11 Day 2: 1 00-13
153. Wayne Hall Cottonwood, AZ 3 04-05 48
Day 1: 3 04-05 Day 2: 0 00-00
154. Jimmy Mize Ben Lomond, AR 2 04-00 47
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
155. Trait Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 3 03-13 46
Day 1: 2 02-03 Day 2: 1 01-10
156. Lynn Johnson Attalla, AL 3 03-12 45
Day 1: 3 03-12 Day 2: 0 00-00
157. Billy Cline Argyle, TX 3 03-08 44
Day 1: 3 03-08 Day 2: 0 00-00
158. Kenny Mittelstaedt Minnetonka, MN 3 03-05 43
Day 1: 1 01-02 Day 2: 2 02-03
159. David Drinkard Sour Lake, TX 2 03-04 42
Day 1: 2 03-04 Day 2: 0 00-00
160. James Caldemeyer Gilmer, TX 1 02-15 41
Day 1: 1 02-15 Day 2: 0 00-00
161. Sean Obrien Norman, OK 2 02-14 40
Day 1: 1 01-06 Day 2: 1 01-08
162. Brent Homan Graham, TX 2 02-12 39
Day 1: 1 01-04 Day 2: 1 01-08
163. Billy Billeaud Lafayette, LA 3 02-02 38
Day 1: 1 01-04 Day 2: 2 00-14
164. Rodney Richards Ardmore, OK 2 02-00 37
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 02-00
165. Bill McNutt Henry, IL 1 01-07 36
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 0 00-00
166. Chris Bailey Eddy, TX 1 01-02 35
Day 1: 1 01-02 Day 2: 0 00-00
167. Larry Jenkins Leesburg, TX 1 01-01 34
Day 1: 1 01-01 Day 2: 0 00-00
168. Anthony Dumitras Winston, GA 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
168. Justin Hallmark Bertram, TX 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00


Major League Fishing Announces 2021 Bass Pro Tour Schedule

TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 22, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the 2021 MLF Bass Pro Tour schedule, which will showcase the best bass anglers in the world competing on many of the top fisheries in the United States. The 2021 Bass Pro Tour season will run from March to September and feature seven regular-season tournaments. MLF will also host  four MLF Cups, REDCREST and the MLF General Tire Heavy Hitters – an all-star event that highlights the 40 anglers from the Bass Pro Tour with the highest cumulative weight from their single largest bass in each of the five regular-season events held in 2020.

“We are hitting these lakes and rivers at the right time for incredible competition. I’m expecting the Bass Pro Tour anglers to keep SCORETRACKER busy all year long,” said Michael Mulone, Senior Director of Events & Partnerships for MLF. “Our host cities understand the power of our brand and are primed and ready to welcome our anglers, staff, sponsors and fans. We are so grateful for their continued partnerships and are looking forward to bringing fast-paced, fan-friendly competition to their communities and to our fans worldwide.”

Each stage of the Bass Pro Tour includes six days of competition using the catch, weigh, immediate-release format, broadcast live on the Major League Fishing app, MyOutdoorTV (MOTV), and MajorLeagueFishing.com, totaling more than 450 hours of original programming. Fans can also follow the on-the-water action as it unfolds on the live SCORETRACKER® leaderboard.

The 2021 MLF Bass Pro Tour will air on Discovery Channel beginning in July 2021 and Sportsman Channel in early 2022.

In MLF Bass Pro Tour competition, anglers are vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for REDCREST, the world championship of professional bass fishing. REDCREST 2021 will feature the REDCREST Expo, February 26-28, at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma – a free, family-friendly event featuring all the new products and gear in the fishing, boating and outdoor industry.

2021 MLF Bass Pro Tour Schedule

  • Feb. 23-27
    REDCREST at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees                     Tulsa, Okla.

Hosted by Visit Tulsa

  • March 21-26
    Bass Pro Tour Stage One at Sam Rayburn Reservoir         Jasper, Texas
    Hosted by Jasper County Development District &
    Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Area Chamber of Commerce
  • April 9-14
    General Tire HEAVY HITTERS
    at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake & Shearon Harris Reservoir      Raleigh, N.C.
    Hosted by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance
  • April 30-May 5
    Bass Pro Tour Stage Two at Lake Travis                           Austin, Texas
    Hosted by the Austin Sports Commission
  • May 21-26
    Bass Pro Tour Stage Three at Harris Chain of Lakes          Leesburg, Fla.
    Hosted by Lake County, FL & City of Leesburg
  • June 4-9
    Bass Pro Tour Stage Four at Lake Chickamauga               Dayton, Tenn.
    Hosted by Fish Dayton
  • June 25-30
    Bass Pro Tour Stage Five at St. Lawrence River                Massena, N.Y.
    Hosted by the Town of Massena

  • Aug. 5-10
    Bass Pro Tour Stage Six at Lake Champlain                      Plattsburgh, N.Y.
    Hosted by the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and the City of Plattsburgh
  • Sept. 10-15
    Bass Pro Tour Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair                     St. Clair Shores, Mich.
    Hosted by Macomb County, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit Sports Commission

The full schedule, along with details for each event, can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.


MLF Announces 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Schedule, Entry Dates and Advancement Opportunities

Qualification Opportunity for the Toyota Series Championship and Potential to Win $235,000, Including a $35,000 Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus

BENTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2020) – Major League Fishing announced today the schedule, rules, payouts and entry dates for the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine, offering weekend anglers the best payouts and advancement opportunities for the lowest entry fees available.

The Bass Fishing League is the only circuit where anglers can fish close to home, with opportunities to advance to nine no-entry-fee championships – including the All-American and Toyota Series Championship – for a shot at winning top boater awards of $120,000 and $235,000, respectively.

Each qualifying tournament offers a top boater award of $13,000, including the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus, and a top co-angler award of $3,000. Top awards jump to $16,000 for boaters, including the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus, and $4,500 for co-anglers in super tournaments. Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonuses enhance payouts $500 to $7,000 for Phoenix boat owners in every qualifier, super tournament and regional championship, an additional $20,000 in the All-American, and $35,000 in the Toyota Series Championship.

  • The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners in each division advance to Regional Championships.
  • Enter all five events in a division, fish at least two and automatically advance to the Wild Card Regional if you don’t qualify for a Regional Championship.
  • The top six boaters and co-anglers from each Regional Championship and the Wild Card Regional advance to the All-American.
  • The highest-finishing boater and co-angler from each Regional Championship and the Wild Card Regional at the All-American advance to the Toyota Series Championship – you only have to beat five anglers to advance.

The Bass Fishing League gives weekend anglers a clear path to the Toyota Series, Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the Bass Pro Tour, placing anglers in front of the sport’s largest fan base with coverage on majorleaguefishing.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Every tournament features live weigh-in coverage and outreach to local media. Original programming of the 2021All-American and 2021 Toyota Series Championship will be televised nationally on Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network, showcasing Bass Fishing League anglers and their sponsors to MLF’s worldwide audience.

“We pride ourselves on providing the absolute best tournaments for the lowest cost of participation available anywhere,” said MLF BIG5 Senior Director of Tournament Operations Daniel Fennel. “The Bass Fishing League has a rich history of providing a competitive outlet for weekend bass anglers and launching professional careers. That tradition is stronger than ever as we enter the 2021 season with more than $8.3 million in awards on the line for Bass Fishing League anglers.”

The complete 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League schedule, rules and payouts can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Anglers can register for the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League season at FLWFishing.com or by calling 270.252.1000, beginning at 8 a.m. CDT on the dates listed below:

December 7, 2020 – Cowboy, Gator, Hoosier and Music City.
December 8, 2020 – Bulldog, Bama, Illini, Mississippi and Volunteer.
December 9, 2020 – Buckeye, Choo Choo, Great Lakes, Mountain and Ozark.
December 10, 2020 – Arkie, LBL, North Carolina, Northeast and Okie.
December 11, 2020 – Michigan, Piedmont, Savannah River, Shenandoah and South Carolina.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Bass Fishing League and Toyota Series on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Schedule:
Arkie Division
Feb 13 Ouachita: Mountain Harbor Marina
Mar 6 Hamilton: Hulsey Hatchery Access
Apr 24 Greers Ferry: Devil's Fork
May 16* Dardanelle: Lake Dardanelle State Park
Sep 18-19 Hamilton: Hulsey Hatchery Access

Bama Division
Jan 30 Eufaula: Lakepoint Resort State Park
Mar 6 Mitchell: Higgins Ferry Park
May 1 Lewis Smith: Smith Lake Dam Access
Jun 26 Neely Henry: Coosa Landing
Sep 11-12 Lay: Beeswax Landing

Buckeye Division
May 15 Ohio River-Tanners Creek: Lawrenceburg Ramp
Jun 26 Grand Lake-St. Marys: West Bank Ramp
Jul 24 Mosquito: Mosquito Lake State Park
Aug 14 Ohio River-Tanners Creek: Lawrenceburg Ramp
Sep 11-12 Erie: Shelby Street Boat Launch

Bulldog Division
Feb 13 Lanier: Laurel Park
Mar 13 Oconee: Sugar Creek Marina
Apr 10 Sinclair: Dennis Station Access
May 22 Eufaula: Lakepoint Resort State Park
Sep 25-26 Lanier: Laurel Park

Choo Choo Division
Feb 13 Guntersville: The Bait, Tackle & Grill at Goose Pond
Mar 27 Pickwick: McFarland Park
Apr 24 Wheeler: Joe Wheeler State Park
May 8 Chickamauga: Dayton Boat Dock
Oct 2-3 Guntersville: The Bait, Tackle & Grill at Goose Pond

Cowboy Division
Jan 2 Sam Rayburn: Umphrey Family Pavilion
Feb 13 Toledo Bend: San Miguel Park
Mar 6 Sam Rayburn: Umphrey Family Pavilion
Apr 10 Lake of the Pines: Lakeside Park
Sep 18-19 Sam Rayburn: Umphrey Family Pavilion

Gator Division
Jan 9 Harris Chain: Venetian Gardens - Ski Beach
Feb 20 Harris Chain: Venetian Gardens - Ski Beach
Mar 13 Toho: Big Toho Marina
Apr 10 Okeechobee: Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina
Sep 18-19 Okeechobee: C. Scott Driver Park

Great Lakes Division
Apr 17 MS River-La Crosse: W. Copeland & Clinton
Jun 12 Wolf River Chain: Winneconne Waterfront Park
Jul 17 MS River-La Crosse: W. Copeland & Clinton
Aug 7 MS River-Prairie du Chein: Washington Street Ramp
Oct 2-3 MS River-La Crosse: W. Copeland & Clinton

Hoosier Division
Apr 17 Monroe: Cutright Ramp
May 8 Patoka: Newton Stewart South Ramp
Jul 10 Monroe: Cutright Ramp
Aug 7 Ohio River-Rocky Point: Rocky Point Marina
Aug 28-29 Ohio River-Tanners Creek: Lawrenceburg Ramp

Illini Division
May 22 Rend: Wayne Fitzgerrell Sailboat Landing
Jun 19 Shelbyville: 9th Street Ramp
Jul 17 Rend: Wayne Fitzgerrell Sailboat Landing
Aug 14 Ohio River-Golconda: Golconda Marina
Sep 11-12 Shelbyville: 9th Street Ramp

LBL Division
Mar 6 Kentucky-Barkley: Kentucky Dam Marina
Mar 27 Kentucky-Barkley: Moors Resort & Marina
May 1 Kentucky-Barkley: Kentucky Dam Marina
Jun 12 Kentucky-Barkley: Moors Resort & Marina
Sep 11-12 Kentucky-Barkley: Paris Landing State Park

Michigan Division
Jun 26 St. Clair: Harley Ensign Boat Launch
Jul 10 St. Clair: Harley Ensign Boat Launch
Jul 31 Detroit River: Elizabeth Park Marina
Aug 28 Detroit River: Elizabeth Park Marina
Sep 18-19 Detroit River: Elizabeth Park Marina

Mississippi Division
Feb 20 Ross Barnett: Tommy's Trading Post
Mar 27 Columbus Pool: Columbus Marina
Apr 17 Grenada: Grenada Landing
May 15 Ferguson: Greenville Waterfront Park
Oct 2-3 Pickwick: JP Coleman State Park

Mountain Division
Mar 6 Dale Hollow: Star Point Marina
Apr 10 Dale Hollow: Star Point Marina
May 8 Cumberland: Conley Bottom Resort
Jun 12 Cherokee: TVA Dam Boat Launch
Sep 25-26 Cumberland: Conley Bottom Resort

Music City Division
Mar 20 Dale Hollow: Star Point Marina
Apr 3 Percy Priest: Fate Sanders Marina
May 15 Center Hill: Ragland Bottom Recreation Area
Jun 19 Old Hickory: Bulls Creek Access (Flippers)
Sep 18-19 Old Hickory: Bulls Creek Access (Flippers)

North Carolina Division
Feb 21* Norman: Pinnacle Access Area
Mar 13 Kerr: Nutbush North
May 9* Kerr: Nutbush North
Jun 19 High Rock: Tamarac Marina & Campground
Sep 25-26 Wylie: Buster Boyd's Landing

Northeast Division
Apr 17 Chesapeake Bay: Anchor Marina
May 22 Chesapeake Bay: Anchor Marina
Jul 10 Champlain: Plattsburgh City Marina
Aug 7 Cayuga: Frontenac Park
Sep 11-12 St. Lawrence River: Massena Intake Launch

Okie Division
Mar 20 Grand: Wolf Creek Park
Apr 24 Arkansas River: Three Forks Harbor
May 15 Eufaula: Eufaula Cove (North Point)
Jun 19 Arkansas River: Three Forks Harbor
Sep 18-19 Grand: Wolf Creek Park

Ozark Division
Feb 20 Table Rock: Port of Kimberling Marina & Resort
Mar 13 Lake of the Ozarks: Public Beach #2
Apr 17 Table Rock: Port of Kimberling Marina & Resort
Jun 12 Truman: Long Shoal Marina
Sep 25-26 Lake of the Ozarks: Public Beach #2

Piedmont Division
Apr 10 Smith Mountain: Parkway Marina
May 2* Kerr: Nutbush North
Jun 26 High Rock: Tamarac Marina & Campground
Jul 31 James River: Osborne Landing
Oct 2-3 Kerr: Nutbush North

Savannah River Division
Feb 6 Keowee: South Cove County Park
Apr 17 Clarks Hill: Wildwood Park
May 8 Hartwell: Green Pond Landing
Jun 12 Clarks Hill: Wildwood Park
Sep 11-12 Hartwell: Tugaloo State Park

Shenandoah Division
Mar 27 Kerr: Nutbush North
Apr 24 Smith Mountain: Parkway Marina
May 15 Potomac River: Smallwood State Park
Jul 24 James River: Osborne Landing
Sep 25-26 Potomac River: Smallwood State Park

South Carolina Division
Feb 13 Murray: Dreher Island State Park
Mar 27 Santee Cooper: John C. Land III Landing
May 1 Hartwell: Tugaloo State Park
Jun 19 Clarks Hill: Dorn Fishing Facility
Sep 25-26 Murray: Dreher Island State Park

Volunteer Division
Jan 30 Chickamauga: Dayton Boat Dock
Mar 13 Cherokee: TVA Dam Boat Launch
May 1 Douglas: Dandridge Ramp
May 22 South Holston: Observation Knob Park
Oct 2-3 Watts Bar: Tom Fuller Park
* Sunday

2021 Regional Championships:
Oct 7-9 Norfork: Buzzard Roost Marina, Mountain Home, AR
Divisions: Arkie, Illini, LBL and Ozark

Oct 7-9 Wheeler: Ingalls Harbor Pavilion, Decatur, AL
Divisions: Bama, Hoosier, Mountain and Music City

Oct 14-16 Murray: Dreher Island State Park, Columbia, SC
Divisions: North Carolina, Savannah River, Shenandoah and Volunteer

Oct 14-16 Potomac: Smallwood State Park, Marbury, MD
Divisions: Buckeye, Michigan, Northeast and Piedmont

Oct 21-23 St. Johns: Palatka Riverfront Park, Palatka, FL
Divisions: Bulldog, Choo Choo, Gator and South Carolina

Oct 21-23 Ouachita: Mountain Harbor Marina, Mt. Ida, AR
Divisions: Cowboy, Great Lakes, Mississippi and Okie

Nov 5-6 Wild Card: TBA

2021 All-American:
Jun 3-5 Douglas: Dandridge Boat Dock, Dandridge, TN


Tharpe And James Use Late Flurry To Win Bassmaster Junior National Championship

Turner Tharpe and Blake James of Rhea County, Tenn., have won the 2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior National Championship with a two-day total of 13 pounds, 15 ounces.

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

October 20, 2020

HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — Thanks in part to an afternoon flurry, Rhea County (Tenn.) seventh graders Turner Tharpe and Blake James caught 8 pounds, 2 ounces on Championship Tuesday to claim the Mossy Oak Fishing Junior Bassmaster National Championship on the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake with a two-day total of 13-15.

They earned a $2,500 scholarship.

“It feels amazing,” Turner said. “I’m not sure if we will be able to do this ever again, but I hope we will.”

Turner and James threw a wacky rig around shallow, offshore brush in a pocket most of Day 1, boat captain Brent Tharpe said. On Day 2, Turner and James started on the same structure but bright skies and calm conditions slowed the bite.

“I just told them to keep their head in the game and don’t get distracted and worry about other boats,” Brent Tharpe said.

James and Turner had just one fish by midday, but conditions started to change as wind and some clouds entered the area.

“The sun went behind the clouds and it started to get a little windy,” James said. “Yesterday, that seemed to be when we caught them, because it was cloudy, so that helped after lunch.”

Along with the weather change, Turner and James moved away from their shallow cover to a ditch in the middle of the pocket that had trees stacked in it. They filled their limit there with a drop shot.

“We figured out that they weren’t up shallow, so we moved out and started catching some fish,” Turner said.

Logan Lopossa and Koby Sollars from the Southside Anglers in Indiana finished second with a two-day total of 12-8 after catching four fish for 4-13 on Day 2. They earned a $1,000 scholarship.

Sollars said he and Lopossa caught all of their fish in the morning and, while they had bites during the afternoon, they couldn’t find another keeper.

The duo landed one fish in the afternoon that fell just shy of the 12-inch size limit. Lopossa and Sollars previously qualified for the 2019 National Championship, and they used their experience from that tournament to help them during this event.

“We were catching them on a shaky head and a paddletail worm,” Lopossa said. “We were here last year and we caught them on that (plum) color. So, we threw it on a shaky head and they just kept destroying it.”

Lopossa and Sollars moved back and forth from deep to shallow, but one particular dropoff with stumps and gravel produced all their bites on Day 2.

Kasen Pemberton and Hunter Prough from the Chipley High fishing team finished third with 12-3 and won an $800 scholarship, while Kyle and Nicholas Herrman from the Topeka Jr. Hawgs program held onto the Big Bass award with a 5-4 largemouth they caught on Day 1, earning them a $200 scholarship.

With the Junior Championship complete, the focus shifts to the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship at Kentucky Lake presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors Oct. 22-24. Action begins Thursday at 7 a.m. CT from Paris Landing State Park with weigh-in starting at 3 p.m.

2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior National Championship 10/19-10/20
Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake, Huntingdon TN.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Turner Tharpe - Blake James Rhea County 0
Day 1: 5 05-13 Day 2: 5 08-02 Total: 10 13-15
2. Logan Lopossa - Koby Sollars Southside Anglers 0
Day 1: 5 07-11 Day 2: 4 04-13 Total: 9 12-08
3. Kasen Pemberton - Hunter Prough Chipley High 0
Day 1: 5 05-12 Day 2: 5 06-07 Total: 10 12-03
4. Jaylin White - Colden Baker Lugoff-Elgin Middle 0
Day 1: 5 04-08 Day 2: 5 07-04 Total: 10 11-12
5. Jack Myers - Lucas Gerlach Denver Jr. Bassmaster 0
Day 1: 4 09-01 Day 2: 2 02-01 Total: 6 11-02
6. Pate Anderson - Bobby Miller Susquehanna Valley Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 4 04-07 Day 2: 5 06-04 Total: 9 10-11
7. Dakota Carter - Preston Keller OKC Junior Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 4 03-12 Day 2: 4 06-11 Total: 8 10-07
8. Zane Parker - Garrett Wilson 0
Day 1: 5 04-09 Day 2: 5 05-11 Total: 10 10-04
9. Langston Martin - Coleman Mezick Lee County Anglers 0
Day 1: 5 05-13 Day 2: 4 04-06 Total: 9 10-03
10. Carson Harrell - Colton Harrell chapman panthers 0
Day 1: 3 04-07 Day 2: 5 05-03 Total: 8 09-10
11. Trent Volz - Carson Volz Indian Creek 0
Day 1: 4 04-06 Day 2: 3 04-08 Total: 7 08-14
12. Charles Klug - PJ Jacobs Junior High 0
Day 1: 5 04-12 Day 2: 4 03-15 Total: 9 08-11
13. Holten Phillips - Griffin Ralph Lakeside 0
Day 1: 5 05-03 Day 2: 3 02-13 Total: 8 08-00
14. Kyle Herrman - Nicholas Herrman Topeka Jr Hawgs 0
Day 1: 4 07-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 07-15
15. Annabel Hellum - Ben Lewis Phoenix Junior Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 4 04-03 Day 2: 3 03-12 Total: 7 07-15
16. Landon Pierce - Korbin Neat Casey County 0
Day 1: 3 03-12 Day 2: 5 04-00 Total: 8 07-12
17. Peter Duffy - Bryce Formsma GR Bass boys Northview 0
Day 1: 5 05-00 Day 2: 3 02-10 Total: 8 07-10
18. Mason Dople - Gabryel St John Jellico Middle 0
Day 1: 1 03-07 Day 2: 4 03-14 Total: 5 07-05
19. Bo Hollen - Ari Clark Mon Valley Bassmaster's 0
Day 1: 4 03-08 Day 2: 4 03-10 Total: 8 07-02
20. Colt Sitton - Ryan Grace North OKC Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 02-01 Day 2: 3 05-00 Total: 5 07-01
21. Sawyer Knickerbocker - Gage Dowers SWLA Jr Anglers 0
Day 1: 5 05-08 Day 2: 2 01-02 Total: 7 06-10
22. Gavin White - Brandon Smith LA Junior Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 4 04-15 Day 2: 1 01-06 Total: 5 06-05
23. Jack Meiser - Blake Meiser Eureka 0
Day 1: 4 04-14 Day 2: 1 01-05 Total: 5 06-03
24. Brody Kellum - Carson Thompson Franklin County Middle School 0
Day 1: 5 05-01 Day 2: 1 01-00 Total: 6 06-01
25. Garret Crow - Brayzon Riddle Lone Star Jr Bassmaster 0
Day 1: 2 03-08 Day 2: 2 02-06 Total: 4 05-14
26. Jace Buxton - Ethan Graham Jackson County 0
Day 1: 2 01-15 Day 2: 3 03-10 Total: 5 05-09
27. Caleb Roblin - Jackson Landry Jr Southwest Bassmasters- LA 0
Day 1: 2 02-01 Day 2: 4 03-08 Total: 6 05-09
28. William Griswold - Seth Schnoebelen Center Point 0
Day 1: 2 01-15 Day 2: 2 03-08 Total: 4 05-07
29. Kyle Johnson - Jared Johnson Black Swamp Youth Bass Club 0
Day 1: 2 02-04 Day 2: 3 03-03 Total: 5 05-07
30. Lucas Sheafer - Steele Smith Louisburg middle school 0
Day 1: 1 01-11 Day 2: 4 03-10 Total: 5 05-05
31. Beau McQuade - Curtis Russler Jr. Potomac River Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 02-07 Day 2: 2 02-09 Total: 4 05-00
32. Mason Carden - Dawson Bryant Columbiana Middle School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 04-15 Total: 5 04-15
33. Alex Meland - Carter Michalek Eastern Iowa Jr Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 04-14 Total: 5 04-14
34. Judd Byrd - Samuel Nicholas Oak Grove 0
Day 1: 2 02-09 Day 2: 2 02-05 Total: 4 04-14
35. Joey Elliott - Aiden Pihaylic Anchor Bay 0
Day 1: 4 04-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 04-12
36. Ian Reed - Mason Everts Hartleys Hawgs 0
Day 1: 2 02-05 Day 2: 2 02-01 Total: 4 04-06
37. Bryce Cast - Ayden Cast St. Louis Area Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 02-12 Day 2: 1 01-09 Total: 3 04-05
38. Ridge Faircloth - Jake Burns Liberty County High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-10 Day 2: 1 01-06 Total: 3 04-00
39. Chan Cawthon - Troy Harper Indian Creek 0
Day 1: 1 01-00 Day 2: 3 02-12 Total: 4 03-12
40. Luke Ankrom - Williamstown 0
Day 1: 1 01-08 Day 2: 2 02-01 Total: 3 03-09
41. Connor Young - Brent Christopher Boyle County Rebels 0
Day 1: 1 03-04 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-04
42. Jarren Crowder - Elijah Ambrose Jr. Potomac River Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 02-02 Day 2: 1 00-15 Total: 3 03-01
43. Ryder Milam - Colton Milam Mecklenburg County 0
Day 1: 1 01-01 Day 2: 2 01-14 Total: 3 02-15
44. Jack Varnado - Hunter Robertson Jr. Southwest Bassmasters of Den 0
Day 1: 3 02-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 02-13
45. Landon Gabby - Easton Hillard Southern Illinois Future Anglers 0
Day 1: 1 01-02 Day 2: 1 01-11 Total: 2 02-13
46. Andrew Terry - Greer Gammon Dickson County High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 02-11
47. Eli Walker - Gage Jones Bluestone Middle School 0
Day 1: 2 02-04 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 02-04
48. Carter Pjesky - Hayden Host Off the Hook Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 4 03-06 Day 2: 0 -02-00 Total: 4 01-06
49. Elijah Bryant - Blake Conrad East Jessamine Middle School 0
Day 1: 1 01-06 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-06
50. Nicholas Gatchis Conca - Hudson Subach Jr. Denver Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-03 Total: 1 01-03
51. Harrison Betker - Ryder Rousseau Osseo 0
Day 1: 3 01-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 01-01
52. Kade Sturgill - Wyatt Trexler Rowan County Youth Anglers 0
Day 1: 1 01-00 Day 2: 1 00-00 Total: 2 01-00
53. Zack Brose - Noah Goedjen Heritage Christian Academy 0
Day 1: 1 01-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-00
53. Joseph Horne - Jacob Butcher Arkansas Youth Anglers 0
Day 1: 1 01-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-00


Laufenberg Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Mississippi River

Co-angler Victory Goes to Illinois’ Marginean

LA CROSSE, Wis. (Oct. 19, 2020) Boater Cade Laufenberg of Onalaska, Wisconsin, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 50 pounds, 1 ounce to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at the Mississippi River. For his victory, Laufenberg earned $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic entry into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship, June 3-5, at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee.

“I spent the entire tournament locking to Pools Seven, Eight and Nine, all of which were equally important,” said Laufenberg, a former College Fishing standout that has seven career wins in FLW competition. “That’s how I like to fish multi-day tournaments here and knew that’s what it would take to win.”

Laufenberg racked up more than 15 pounds per day consecutively, pulling in 18 pounds, 8 ounces on the final day to finish out his victory run.

“I had a terrible practice on Pool Seven, but I knew it had less pressure by the final day and I needed to make an adjustment if I was going to win,” continued Laufenberg. “I locked up to Pool Seven and caught my limit with a combination of smallmouth and largemouth.”

At that point, with a 14-pound-limit, he said he felt he could settle down and fish more strategically.

“I finished out the final day on Pool Eight, throwing a jerkbait on a Spro McStick and caught over 10 pounds within the last 45 minutes of the tournament.

“You have to weigh brown and green and roll with the changes,” continued Laufenberg. “The wind this week was terrible, which changed what the smallmouth were doing every day. But, those bonus largemouth were more consistent and definitely carried me to victory.”

Laufenberg said the win felt absolutely amazing.

“I’ve strived my entire life for this since I was 12 years old,” said Laufenberg. “ It’s amazing to win a boat that has a warranty on it and I’m looking forward to more big things in 2021.”

The top six boaters that qualified for 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

1st: Cade Laufenberg of Onalaska, Wis., 15 bass, 50-1, $60,000

2nd: Wilson Burton of Findlay, Ohio., 15 bass, 49-4, $10,500

3rd: Leslie Brandenbug of Springfield, Mo., 15 bass, 45-12, $5,000

4th: Mike Mertens of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, 15 bass, 45-0, $3,200

5th: Randy Ramsey, Jr., of Chicago, Ill., 15 bass, 45-0, $2,000

6th: Kevin Ruh of Onalaska, Wis., 15 bass, 44-15, $1,800

Rounding out the top 12 boaters were:

7th: Kerry Frey of Middlebury, Ind., 15 bass, 44-13, $1,600

8th: Mike Brueggen of La Crosse, Wis., 15 bass, 44-12, $1,400

9th: Jeremy Mull of Pawnee, Ill., 15 bass, 44-3, $1,200

10th: Dick Shaffer of Rockford, Ohio, 15 bass, 43-0, $1,000

11th: Bob Drake of Noblesville, Ind., 14 bass, 42-8, $1,000

12th: Keith Nemcek of St. Charles, Ill., 15 bass, 41-12, $1,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Burton took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. 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 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Stefan Marginean of Glenview, Illinois, weighed in 14 bass over three days totaling 40 pounds, 6 ounces to win the top co-angler prize package of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six co-anglers that qualified for the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

1st: Stefan Marginean of Glenview, Ill., 14 bass, 40-6, $50,000

2nd: Lenny Bays of Dayton, Ky., 15 bass, 39-7, $5,000

3rd: Jon Cordray of House Springs, Mo., 15 bass, 38-9, $2,500

4th: James Jarvis of West Frankfort, Ill., 15 bass, 36-11, $1,500

5th: Andrew Messina of Valley Park, Mo., 14 bass, 36-10, $1,000

6th: Chuck Davis of Farmington, Ill., 15 bass, 36-2, $900

Rounding out the top 12 co-anglers were:

7th: Ryan Stagner of Robertsville, Mo., 12 bass, 32-7, $800

8th: David Workman of Harrisburg, Ill., 13 bass, 32-4, $700

9th: Linn Oelker of Floyds Knobs, Ind., 12 bass, 29-14, $850

10th: Jarad Hinson of Cuba, Mo., 10 bass, 23-14, $500

11th: Brian Brecka of Alma, Wis., 11 bass, 23-10, $500

12th: Joseph Sittler of Fort Wayne, Ind., 10 bass, 23-5, $500

The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship on the Mississippi River was hosted by Explore La Crosse. It featured the top pros and co-anglers from the Illini (Illinois), Hoosier (Indiana/Kentucky), Ozark (Missouri) and Michigan divisions.

The 2020 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 co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held June 3-5 at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee, and is hosted by the Jefferson County Department of Tourism. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour.


Colorado’s Myers, Gerlach Secure Day 1 Lead At Bassmaster Junior Championship

Colorado's Jack Myers and Lucas Gerlach are leading after Day 1 of the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior National Championship with 9 pounds, 1 ounce.

Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

October 19, 2020

HUNTINGTON, Tenn. — Despite losing an hour of fishing with boat problems early in the day, the team of Jack Myers and Lucas Gerlach from Colorado secured four fish for 9 pounds, 1 ounce to take the Day 1 lead at the 2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior National Championship on the Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake.

Myers and Gerlach hold a 1-2 lead over Kyle Herrman and Nicholas Herrman of the Topeka Jr. Hawgs heading into Championship Tuesday.

“It feels really good. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time,” Gerlach said.

Fishing stained water for largemouth bass is something new for Gerlach and Myers, who are used to fishing the deep, clear waters of Colorado for smallmouth bass.

“It’s a lot different. (In Colorado) it’s lighter line,” Gerlach said. “The baits are different. Everything is different out here.”

Myers said it took him and Gerlach a little while to figure out how to fish the stained waters of the Carroll County Lake and learn how the largemouth set up. The duo is focusing on the middle of the depth range on the lake this week.

After the hydraulic steering on their boat broke, Gerlach and Myers started fishing an hour later than the rest of the field but recovered nicely with the help of a 4-4 largemouth Myers landed midday.

Gerlach said he is feeling confident heading into the final day but added that he doesn’t know how the pressure from other anglers will affect their bite in the afternoon.

Kyle and Nicholas, who have made three championship appearances in the last four years, also fell one fish shy of a limit but landed a 5-4 largemouth that lifted them to second place and has them atop the Big Bass standings.

“We caught a 7-pounder pre-fishing and we wanted to get on that spot,” Nicholas said. “(Kyle) caught one on his second cast.”

After landing that fish, Kyle said they moved down a little further to a piece of brush on the bank which produced their big fish of the day. The Kansas duo caught five fish total and caught all four of their keepers in the morning hours.

The Southside Anglers team of Logan Lopossa and Koby Sollars are in third place after catching a limit that weighed 7-11, including a 3-0 largemouth. After a quick start to the day, Lopossa and Sollars struggled during the midday before Sollars landed several fish just before check-in.

The full field will compete again Tuesday, with weigh-in scheduled for 3:30 p.m. CT in downtown Huntington. The weigh-in will be streamed live on Bassmaster.com.


Livesay Wins First Bassmaster Elite Series Title On Chickamauga Lake

Lee Livesay, of Longview, Texas, has won the 2020 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake with a four-day total of 58 pounds, 2 ounces.

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

October 19, 2020

DAYTON, Tenn. — Lee Livesay had options, but he committed to a singular game plan based on patience and execution to win the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake with a four-day total of 58 pounds, 2 ounces.

Livesay of Longview, Texas, turned in daily limits of 13-0, 13-3, 16-13 and 15-2. Notching his first career victory, the second-year Elite Series pro won the top prize of $100,000.

On Day 1, three of the fish that made up his 10th-place sack ate a football-head jig — one on a Hiwassee River bluff and two by the Highway 60 Bridge. He caught the other two by fishing a Scum Frog Launch Frog over main-lake grass mats, a technique that accounted for each of his bass the final three days.

“I stayed in between the Dayton Boat Dock and the Highway 60 Bridge the whole time (Days 2-4),” Livesay said. “It was so tough, you had to keep your bait in the water the whole time. That area is where I had the most bites.

“The farther south you went, the more fishing pressure you got; the farther upriver, the more pressure you got. I had a little zone where I was comfortable. Right where that river comes into the lake, that’s where you have the most nutrients, the most fish and you have current flow. That’s where I decided to set up.”

Livesay was particular about the types of mats he fished, with seclusion and current flow topping his criteria. Also, venturing far into the mats’ shallowest reaches allowed him to target bass that see little to no fishing pressure.

“Quiet was the deal for me, so I was push-poling into the area with no trolling motor noise,” he said. “Also, there’s a lot of tiny shad around the outer edges of the mats, but the shallower you got, the fewer shad you’d have. They were eating bream about the size of my frog.”

Alternating between black, white and yellow frogs, Livesay added tungsten weights to the baits to improve casting distance and create attention-getting noise. Most importantly, the additional weight created a deeper impression in the mats and made the frogs easier for fish to track.

“I was making long casts and working my bait fast,” he said. “I’d let it sit for (a few seconds) to let the fish get comfortable, but then I’d start working it fast again. When I’d move it again, I’d want them to be looking for it. It’s all reaction.”

On Championship Monday, Livesay said he knew the afternoon bite would offer his best opportunities, as increasing sunlight predictably positions fish under mats. After catching his first keeper around 9:50 a.m., he steadily compiled a solid limit of 2- to 2 3/4-pounders (estimated weights) before finding one that went about 4 pounds at 1:36. A late-day cull secured his winning weight.

He also kept a swimbait on his deck for fish that he saw busting shad on the edges of mats but ended up catching all of his fish on the frog.

Visibly overcome with emotion as B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer announced his victory, Livesay summarized his tears: “I’ve been wanting this my whole life. That’s 35 years of dreaming and a lot of hard work.”

Mike Huff of Corbin, Ky., finished second with 56-6. Mounting an impressive comeback effort, Huff placed 50th on Day 1 after finding only three keepers for 6-12. Catching a Day 2 limit of 12-3 moved him into 33rd and adding the event’s second-heaviest bag — 19-1 — on Day 3 pushed him up to third. His Championship Monday limit weighed 18-6.

Huff caught his fish on bluffs with a 3/8-ounce Cumberland Pro Casting Jig with a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Creature Hawg trailer. He turned in the event’s most exciting performance Monday thanks to a 7-13 largemouth that dramatically changed his outcome.

“I was targeting bluffs with laydowns and current breaks,” Huff said. “That was key; they were sitting right behind those laydowns.”

Jake Whitaker of Fairview, N.C., stuck with his comfort zone, fished a unique pattern and finished third with 49-0. Committing to a marina, he dialed in a few particular boat slips that held a lot of bait and a dependable supply of bass.

Making long skips into the slips with a 2.8-inch Keitech swimbait on a 1/8-ounce swimbait head, Whitaker turned in daily limits of 11-2, 14-3, 11-14 and 11-13.

“After the second day of practice, I hadn’t caught anything, and I said, ‘I gotta do something that I know how to do just to catch a few fish,’” he said. “The second day of practice, I went in that marina and they started schooling.

“I pulled out a fluke, caught two keepers and I said, ‘Okay, there are some keepers in here. But for that place to last for four days, that’s just the good Lord blessing me.’”

Huff's 7-13 secured Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors.

Todd Auten of Lake Wylie, S.C., took home $3,000 for being the highest-placing entrant in the Toyota Bonus Bucks program, and Chad Pipkens of DeWitt, Mich., earned $2,000 for being the second-highest placing entrant.

David Mullins of Mt. Carmel, Tenn., remains in the lead for the Bassmaster Angler of the Year with 623 points, while Austin Felix of Eden Prairie, Minn., follows in second with 618. Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, is third with 607, followed by Whitaker with 594 and Kyle Welcher of Opelika, Ala., with 592.

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

1. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 20 58-02 100 $100,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-00 Day 2: 5 13-03 Day 3: 5 16-13 Day 4: 5 15-02
2. Mike Huff Corbin, KY 18 56-06 99 $27,000.00
Day 1: 3 06-12 Day 2: 5 12-03 Day 3: 5 19-01 Day 4: 5 18-06
3. Jake Whitaker Fairview, NC 20 49-00 98 $20,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-02 Day 2: 5 14-03 Day 3: 5 11-14 Day 4: 5 11-13
4. Todd Auten Lake Wylie, SC 18 45-02 97 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-00 Day 2: 5 12-09 Day 3: 3 08-11 Day 4: 5 12-14
5. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 17 44-09 96 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-07 Day 2: 5 14-01 Day 3: 2 05-14 Day 4: 5 15-03
6. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 16 43-04 95 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-01 Day 2: 5 12-00 Day 3: 5 13-00 Day 4: 1 02-03
7. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 13 39-02 94 $16,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-03 Day 2: 2 09-09 Day 3: 5 11-14 Day 4: 1 04-08
8. John Cox Debary, FL 12 35-01 93 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 4 12-05 Day 3: 2 04-11 Day 4: 1 03-03
9. Ed Loughran III Richmond, VA 12 34-06 92 $16,000.00
Day 1: 2 08-10 Day 2: 5 12-06 Day 3: 3 09-13 Day 4: 2 03-09
10. Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 13 31-04 91 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-07 Day 2: 5 14-09 Day 3: 2 04-06 Day 4: 1 01-14
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Day
1 Ed Loughran III Richmond, VA 06-09 $1,000.00
2 Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 07-11 $1,000.00
3 Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 05-14 $1,000.00
4 Mike Huff Corbin, KY 07-13 $1,000.00

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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Mike Huff Corbin, KY 07-13 $1,000.00


Butler Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Cherokee

Co-angler Victory Goes to Tennessee’s Bible

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 19, 2020) Boater Josh Butler of Hayden, Alabama, brought a three-day total of 12 bass to the scale weighing 29 pounds, 3 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at Lake Cherokee. For his victory, Butler earned $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic entry into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship, June 3-5, at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee.

“I feel very blessed this week,” said Butler. “I stumbled out of the gate on day one with only two fish weighing five pounds, but I rebounded the second day with 13 pounds and finished out strong on the final day to bring home the win with a decent limit of 10-7.”

Butler said his key to victory was the amount of time he spent graphing and marking brush piles on Lake Cherokee.

“I found 35 to 40 good brush piles, varied from 12 to 35 feet, but caught the majority 25 to 28 feet,” continued Butler. “I fished from the 25E bridge to the dam and caught most of my key fish throwing a morning-dawn-colored 6-inch Roboworm on a drop-shot rig.

“This is my first regional win and my first trip to the All-American and it means the world to me,” said Butler “This is one of the toughest tournaments to qualify for and I feel blessed. I’m excited and ready to get after it.”

The top six boaters that qualified for 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

            1st:       Josh Butler of Hayden, Ala., 12 bass, 29-3, $68,000

            2nd:      Timmy Thompkins of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 11 bass, 28-7, $10,000

            3rd:       John Duvall of Madison, Ga., 12 bass, 27-7, $5,000

            4th:       Dale Pelfrey of Rockwood, Tenn., 11 bass, 26-11, $3,000

            5th:       Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio., 14 bass, 26-6, $2,700

            6th:       Brant Grimm of Church Hill, Tenn., 11 bass, 26-1, $1,800

Rounding out the top 12 boaters were:

            7th:       Josh Smith of Hamilton, Ohio., 11 bass, 22-2, $1,600

            8th:       Derek Miller of Grant, Ala., eight bass, 21-15, $1,400

            9th:       Charles Willis of Dayton, Ohio, eight bass, 20-12, $1,200

            10th:     Bill Dunn of Maynardville, Tenn., nine bass, 20-4, $1,000

            11th:     Clabion Johns of Social Circle, Ga., nine bass, 17-3, $1,000

            12th:     Nick Gant of Myrtle Beach, S.C., six bass, 15-0, $1,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Butler also took home an extra $7,000 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. 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 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Don Bible of Knoxville, Tennessee, weighed in nine bass over three days totaling 20 pounds, 2 ounces to win the top co-angler prize package of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six co-anglers that qualified for the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

            1st:       Don Bible of Knoxville, Tenn., nine bass, 20-2, $50,000

            2nd:      Rex Henry of Hixson, Tenn., seven bass, 15-6, $5,000

            3rd:       Jeff Rikard of Leesville, S.C., seven bass, 15-0, $3,000

            4th:       Andrew Starnes of Chapin, S.C., six bass, 13-5, $1,500

            5th:       Dax Liner of Mineral Bluff, Ga., eight bass, 13-4, $1,000

            6th:       Daniel Buswell, Jr. of Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 11-14, $900

Rounding out the top 12 co-anglers were:

            7th:       James Ross of Akron, Ohio, four bass, 11-1, $800

            8th:       Steve Sorrell of Beaver Creek, Ohio, five bass, 11-0, $700

            9th:       Matt Brown of Harriman, Tenn., five bass, 10-10, $600

            10th:     Jordon Smith of Middletown, Ohio, five bass, 9-14, $500

            11th:     Scott Sayasing of Grantville, Ga., four bass, 8-7, $500

            12th:     Nicholas Ray of Milledgeville, Ga., four bass, 8-1, $500

The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship on Lake Cherokee was hosted by the Jefferson County Department of Tourism. It featured the top pros and co-anglers from the Buckeye (Ohio), Bulldog (Georgia), Choo Choo (Alabama/Tennessee) and South Carolina divisions.

The 2020 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 co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held June 3-5 at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee, and is hosted by the Jefferson County Department of Tourism. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour.

 


Johnson Wins Toyota Series Event on Sam Rayburn

BROOKELAND, Texas (Oct. 19, 2020) – Aaron Johnson of Shreveport, Louisiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 14 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at the Sam Rayburn Reservoir tournament in Brookeland, Texas. Johnson’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 54-14 earned him the win by an 11-ounce margin over second-place angler Blake Schroeder of Whitehouse, Texas, and earned Johnson the top payout of $31,751 in the third and final tournament of the 2020 Toyota Series Southwestern Division.

Johnson said he won the tournament fishing entirely around shallow hydrilla with a modified square-bill crankbait. Hanging in the mid-lake for the most part, in 3 to 6 feet, he targeted clumpier sections of the grass.

“Typically, I would run it over the top or over the side,” said Johnson of his presentation. “The bait comes through pretty good, so I’ll run it over the top and to the side, pop it, stop it, twitch it, just the normal erratic stuff to try to get a reaction. There were times when I would twitch it over a clump, and then reel it fast when I got it over the other side of the clump. Every day I had probably 10 that would try to get it and just wouldn’t get it, but that’s just part of it.”

Fishing a discontinued bait that he modified with a custom color scheme, a red treble hook on the front and a filed-down bill, Johnson knew he had a good thing going.

“I have a lot of confidence in that bait,” said Johnson. “I won a two-day tournament a few years ago here with it and I know what it will do if you stay with it, so I never put it down. I threw a ChatterBait maybe 10 times and then I cut it off and put on a crankbait. I just had to stick with it.”

Johnson said he started mid-lake on days one and two, then ran more isolated places that brought him all the way north of the TX-147 bridge. He said the presence or lack of wind was key for him every day.

“Today it blew so hard, and they were biting really good in one of my main places, so I never left,” said Johnson. “Every other day, I would run and hit a couple of small patches here and there, and yesterday I did that and caught my biggest fish out of a little clump. Today, I never left, and at 2:10 I culled a 2-pounder with a 3½-pounder, and that’s what won the event.”

Johnson won a Bassmaster Open on Kentucky Lake in 2008, but this is his biggest win with FLW by far. Oddly enough, it comes after he literally zeroed in the recent Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Super Tournament on Rayburn.

“I found these fish for the BFL, and I caught none of them,” said Johnson. “However, God has a plan, and this tournament worked out. It feels great – it’s been a little while since I’ve been in the winner’s seat – so it’s good to be back. I’m very fortunate and very grateful – these are hard to win.”

The top 10 pros on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir finished:

            1st:       Aaron Johnson of Shreveport, La., 15 bass, 54-14, $31,751

            2nd:      Blake Schroeder of Whitehouse, Texas, 15 bass, 54-3, $12,303

            3rd:       Nick LeBrun of Bossier City, La., 15 bass, 45-15, $9,525

            4th:       Chris McCall of Palmer, Texas, 15 bass, 44-13, $7,938

            5th:       Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, Texas, 15 bass, 42-1, $7,144

            6th:       Tim Reneau of Richland Springs, Texas, 15 bass, 41-15, $6,350

            7th:       Kenneth Cates of Zavalla, Texas, 15 bass, 41-12, $5,556

            8th:       Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, 15 bass, 41-4, $4,763

            9th:       Cole Moore of Anacoco, La., 14 bass, 40-4, $4,969

            10th:     Justin O’Brian Cooper of Zwolle, La., 15 bass, 39-4, $3,175

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

Moore took home an extra $1,000 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX 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 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Anthony Templeton of Beckville, Texas won the Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 12 bass weighing 28 pounds, 3 ounces. Templeton took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor.

The top 10 co-anglers on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir finished:

            1st:       Anthony Templeton of Beckville, Texas, 12 bass, 28-3, Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp

outboard

            2nd:      Micheal Sharp of Argyle, Texas, 10 bass, 24-14, $4,057

            3rd:       Todd Childs of Waxahachie, Texas, seven bass, 23-2, $3,314

            4th:       Grayson Honeycutt of Temple, Texas, 12 bass, 21-5, $2,840

            5th:       Kayden Tanner of Millsap, Texas, 10 bass, 20-15, $2,434

            6th:       David Keith of Haughton, La., 10 bass, 20-13, $2,029

            7th:       Donny Davis of Livingston, La., 10 bass, 20-12, $1,623

            8th:       Timothy Cooper of Pelican, La., 10 bass, 19-15, $1,420

            9th:       Aaron Freeman of Montgomery, Texas, 10 bass, 18-2, $1,217

            10th:     Randy Pewthers of Pearland, Texas, seven bass, 16-6, $1,014

The Toyota Series at the Sam Rayburn Reservoir was hosted by the Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Area Chamber of Commerce. It was the third of three regular-season tournaments in 2020 for Southwestern Division anglers. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place on Oct. 29-31 with the Toyota Series at Dale Hollow Lake in Monroe, Tennessee. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

The 2020 Toyota Series consists of eight divisions – Central, Eastern, Northern, Plains, Southeastern, 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 Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard. The 2020 Toyota Series Championship will be held Dec. 3-5 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky, and is hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission.


Livesay Takes Lead On Fog-Shortened Day At Bassmaster Elite On Chickamauga

Lee Livesay, of Longview, Texas, is leading after Day 3 of the 2020 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake with a three-day total of 43 pounds, 0 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

October 18, 2020

DAYTON, Tenn. — The tournament’s shortest fishing day yielded Lee Livesay’s biggest bag, which allowed the angler from Longview, Texas, to take the Day 3 lead of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake with a three-day total of 43 pounds.

After a 2 1/2-hour fog delay, Livesay backed up his first two weights of 13-0 and 13-3 with a Day 3 limit of 16-13 and overtook Day 2 leader Stetson Blaylock by a margin of 1-15.

He did so by fishing a frog around matted vegetation — and was very specific in the type of vegetation he sought.

“I’m doing what I like to do. I like to pick up a big rod and a frog and hunt them,” Livesay said. “I’m not just fishing, I’m hunting individual fish. I know which mats they’re under; it’s just whether they eat it or not.”

Livesay said he’s targeting mats in two main scenarios. The first are located off small main-river bars. The key is what he calls supershallow water.

“Everybody’s fishing the deep mats, but you can’t catch them there,” Livesay said. “You might get a hit every now and then, but it’s random. I fish around the shallowest mats with a little rock under them and two of them have current under them.”

Livesay’s other mat scenario is on the back side of an island bar with a small depression in a flat. The area has scattered rock and tiny cheese mats (topped-out grass coated with a bubbly yellowish algae) within a larger mat.

“It’s 100 percent confidence, knowing where the fish are and not leaving,” he said. “Also, I’m being quiet; I’m push poling into some areas, keeping my trolling motor up and sitting there for (long periods).

“I’m casting as long as I can throw it. I caught a couple close today, but my best bites are coming way, way out there. Also, I’m trying to throw upriver and bring it down on my current-related spots.”

Livesay caught all of his fish on a Scum Frog Launch Frog. He alternated between black and white baits and made key modifications to each.

“I’m adding two 1/8-ounce tungsten weights and trimming the legs down really short; I don’t want them to have anything to miss,” Livesay said. “If you put this frog in the water, it sinks like a rock, but it makes a trail in that mat.”

Livesay’s starting spot was close to takeoff, so he was fishing while many of his competitors were still running. His first fish was a 4-pounder, followed by solid keepers that went 2-12, 2-5, 2-4 and 2-0.

He has great confidence going into Championship Monday.

“This is the first time I’ve felt it,” he said. “I’ve been third, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, but this is the first time I’ve felt like I had a shot. I’ve never had the right fish left and the confidence level.

“The good thing is I only had to hit my main spot one time. I missed one other big one in there and never went back.”

Livesay said he’ll follow the same general game plan, but he’ll have a Zara Spook on his deck in case he sees schooling bass like the ones that surprised him Sunday.

“On my first spot where I caught that 4 (pounder), some big ones came up schooling out in the open behind me,” he said. “Tomorrow, I’m going to have that frog on my left side and I’m going to have that spook on my right side.

“I may also have a 3/8-ounce football jig with a NetBait Paca Craw for the bluffs, in case I’m not feeling the frog bite.”

Blaylock added a 13-pound limit to his previous weights of 16-1 and 12-0 for a total of 41-1. Starting on the same offshore points with hard patches in 15 feet of water that he fished Saturday, he caught three keepers on a crankbait.

Transitioning to grass mats, he added his fourth keeper on a Booyah Pad Crasher frog and finished his limit with a bass that ate a 1/4-ounce Scrounger with a YUM Pulse swimbait. He caught the last one in a small pocket where he’s found bass schooling on baitfish both days.

“This pocket is the only place that I’ve found where you have a creek that gets 3 to 4 feet deep and it’s not choked out with grass,” Blaylock said. “There are fish schooling in the grass, but in the particular spot I fished, the shad are staying out in the open, so all those fish have them corralled up there.

“It’s just a matter of being there when they’re ready to bite. If your timing is right when you get there, if there’s one up there ready to bite, it’s going to happen.”

Mike Huff of Corbin, Ky., is third with 38-0. After a tough Day 1 yielded only three fish for 6-12, Huff added 12-3 on Day 2 and rose to 33rd. Today, he caught the event’s second-heaviest bag — 19-1.

He started his day with a frog and caught a 5-pounder and then moved to a steep bluff with laydowns where he filled his limit with a 3/8-ounce Cumberland Pro jig and a Berkley Creature Hawg.

“The key to that presentation was cutting down that Creature Hawg for a smaller profile,” Huff said.

Chad Pipkens of DeWitt, Mich., is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with a 7-11.

David Mullins of Mt. Carmel, Tenn., remains in the lead for Bassmaster Angler of the Year with 623 points, while Austin Felix of Eden Prairie, Minn., follows in second with 613. Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, is in third with 607.

The Top 10 remaining anglers will take off at 7:30 a.m. ET on Championship Monday from the Dayton Boat Dock. The weigh-in will be held at Point Park at 3:30 p.m., with $100,000 going to the winning pro.

Live coverage of the event will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. on Bassmaster LIVE at Bassmaster.com and ESPN3.

2020 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake 10/16-10/19
Chickamauga Lake, Dayton TN.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 15 43-00 100
Day 1: 5 13-00 Day 2: 5 13-03 Day 3: 5 16-13
2. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 15 41-01 99
Day 1: 5 16-01 Day 2: 5 12-00 Day 3: 5 13-00
3. Mike Huff Corbin, KY 13 38-00 98
Day 1: 3 06-12 Day 2: 5 12-03 Day 3: 5 19-01
4. Jake Whitaker Fairview, NC 15 37-03 97
Day 1: 5 11-02 Day 2: 5 14-03 Day 3: 5 11-14
5. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 12 34-10 96 $1,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-03 Day 2: 2 09-09 Day 3: 5 11-14
6. Todd Auten Lake Wylie, SC 13 32-04 95
Day 1: 5 11-00 Day 2: 5 12-09 Day 3: 3 08-11
7. John Cox Debary, FL 11 31-14 94
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 4 12-05 Day 3: 2 04-11
8. Ed Loughran III Richmond, VA 10 30-13 93 $1,000.00
Day 1: 2 08-10 Day 2: 5 12-06 Day 3: 3 09-13
9. Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 12 29-06 92
Day 1: 5 10-07 Day 2: 5 14-09 Day 3: 2 04-06
10. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 12 29-06 91
Day 1: 5 09-07 Day 2: 5 14-01 Day 3: 2 05-14
11. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 14 29-06 90 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-07 Day 2: 5 10-05 Day 3: 4 08-10
12. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 13 29-05 89 $13,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-12 Day 2: 5 09-15 Day 3: 3 09-10
13. Caleb Sumrall New Iberia, LA 12 28-05 88 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-12 Day 2: 3 06-15 Day 3: 4 07-10
14. Wes Logan Springville, AL 10 28-05 87 $12,000.00
Day 1: 3 09-12 Day 2: 5 11-09 Day 3: 2 07-00
15. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 10 27-08 86 $12,000.00
Day 1: 2 04-07 Day 2: 5 17-13 Day 3: 3 05-04
16. Matt Arey Shelby, NC 10 27-06 85 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-01 Day 2: 4 10-11 Day 3: 1 02-10
17. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 10 27-01 84 $10,000.00
Day 1: 4 11-00 Day 2: 4 12-00 Day 3: 2 04-01
18. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 13 27-00 83 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-08 Day 2: 5 11-12 Day 3: 3 05-12
19. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 9 26-14 82 $10,000.00
Day 1: 2 08-14 Day 2: 5 13-04 Day 3: 2 04-12
20. Brad Whatley Bivins, TX 10 26-13 81 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-12 Day 2: 4 08-01 Day 3: 1 03-00
21. Jeff Gustafson Keewatin Ontario CANADA 11 26-09 80 $10,000.00
Day 1: 4 09-06 Day 2: 4 09-15 Day 3: 3 07-04
22. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 11 26-07 79 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-02 Day 2: 5 11-05 Day 3: 1 03-00
23. Caleb Kuphall Mukwonago, WI 12 25-14 78 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-10 Day 2: 4 08-03 Day 3: 3 07-01
24. Jamie Hartman Newport, NY 11 25-04 77 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 09-11 Day 2: 4 10-07 Day 3: 2 05-02
25. Hank Cherry Jr Lincolnton, NC 11 25-00 76 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-14 Day 2: 5 10-08 Day 3: 1 01-10
26. Frank Talley Temple, TX 12 24-09 75 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-08 Day 2: 4 07-04 Day 3: 3 06-13
27. Hunter Shryock Newcomerstown, OH 10 24-05 74 $10,000.00
Day 1: 2 03-10 Day 2: 5 13-13 Day 3: 3 06-14
28. Scott Canterbury Odenville, AL 9 24-04 73 $10,000.00
Day 1: 4 12-09 Day 2: 4 08-11 Day 3: 1 03-00
29. Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 8 24-02 72 $10,000.00
Day 1: 2 06-13 Day 2: 4 12-06 Day 3: 2 04-15
30. Skylar Hamilton Dandridge, TN 9 24-00 71 $10,000.00
Day 1: 3 09-00 Day 2: 4 10-06 Day 3: 2 04-10
31. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 7 23-02 70 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-06 Day 2: 2 03-12 Day 3: 0 00-00
32. Matt Herren Ashville, AL 10 22-12 69 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-03 Day 2: 2 04-02 Day 3: 3 05-07
33. Bryan Schmitt Deale, MD 8 22-12 68 $10,000.00
Day 1: 3 09-09 Day 2: 4 09-14 Day 3: 1 03-05
34. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 10 22-06 67 $10,000.00
Day 1: 2 06-10 Day 2: 5 10-06 Day 3: 3 05-06
35. Bob Downey Hudson, WI 8 22-03 66 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-06 Day 2: 2 06-12 Day 3: 1 02-01
36. Buddy Gross Chickamauga, GA 9 21-12 65 $10,000.00
Day 1: 4 09-06 Day 2: 4 10-04 Day 3: 1 02-02
37. Derek Hudnall Denham Springs, LA 7 21-11 64 $10,000.00
Day 1: 2 03-10 Day 2: 5 18-01 Day 3: 0 00-00
38. Chris Johnston Peterborough Ontario CA 9 21-01 63 $10,000.00
Day 1: 4 08-09 Day 2: 3 08-05 Day 3: 2 04-03
39. Ray Hanselman Jr Del Rio, TX 9 20-15 62 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 3 06-11 Day 3: 1 01-14
40. Tyler Rivet Raceland, LA 9 18-11 61 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-06 Day 2: 3 06-01 Day 3: 1 01-04
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Day
1 Ed Loughran III Richmond, VA 06-09 $1,000.00
2 Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 07-11 $1,000.00
3 Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 05-14 $1,000.00


Blaylock Takes Lead On Day 2 Of Bassmaster Elite Event On Chickamauga

Stetson Blaylock, of Benton, Ark., is leading after Day 2 of the 2020 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake with a two-day total of 28 pounds, 1 ounce.

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

October 17, 2020

DAYTON, Tenn. — Replacing one element of his plan with an unexpected discovery allowed Stetson Blaylock of Benton, Ark., to take the Day 2 lead of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake with a two-day total of 28 pounds, 1 ounce.

Blaylock bolstered his Day 1 second-place weight of 16-1 with 12-0 Saturday. He enters Sunday’s semi-final round with a 14-ounce lead over Florida pro and noted Chickamauga hammer John Cox.

Repeating his Day 1 plan, Blaylock started on a set of offshore points with hard patches in 15 feet of water. Throwing a shad colored reaction bait proved most productive.

“Those deep fish are key; I had two of my better ones out there this morning,” he said. “It’s getting slower. There are a lot of locals fishing these places. I graphed it before I left and there were 25 of them sitting there like it was June — schooled up, ready to go offshore.

“I spun around and could not get one to bite. I don’t know if it’s because they’re getting fished so hard. But whatever triggers those fish to bite, if it would happen while you’re there, you could catch 15 to 18 pounds.”

After his morning bite ended, Blaylock tried the grassbeds that produced a couple of his Day 1 keepers but couldn’t find any takers. From there, he transitioned to a small creek where voluminous bait schools had attracted a large number of bass.

Bassmaster LIVE captured some of the schooling action, as aggressive feeding created whitewater flurries that sent bait showering across the surface. The only problem was that the fish were so fixated on the small threadfin shad that they mostly ignored the array of baits Blaylock threw.

A smaller version of the bait he used offshore earned three keepers.

“It’s a pretty neat little spot that has a lot of fish if I can just figure out how to get those fish to bite,” Blaylock said. “I saw a lot of 4-pounders in there and lots of 3-pounders. It’s just hard to get the better-quality ones to bite.

“I spent about two hours in one little creek and, I’m telling you, there’s enough fish in there to win the tournament. I’m going to rig up a bunch of stuff tonight to try and trigger those bites, but it’s just a struggle to get bit in there.”

Blaylock said he’ll follow a similar game plan on Day 3. He’s confident that his areas hold plenty of potential, but he believes a loosely scripted day may be his best strategy.

“It gives me hope that there are still enough fish around that you can make it up as you go and still catch a good limit,” Blaylock said. “I still have to have those good ones early to do what I need to do.

“I’m going to have to have another solid couple of days to have a chance to win this thing. I really think if I can manage that 12- to 15-pound total for two more days, I’ll have a chance to win.”

After placing fourth on Day 1 with 14-14, Cox missed his limit by one fish Saturday, but found enough to tally 12-5 and move from fourth place into second.

Cox said he wanted to start with a topwater presentation but decided to slow down and get a couple of early bites. Flipping a green pumpkin/watermelon Berkley MaxScent Creature Hog earned two solid keepers. When the bite died, he transitioned to frogging mats and boated two more keepers.

“I caught one flipping, then I caught another and I thought, ‘Oh man, I think I figured something out,’” he said. “But then, I went a really, really long, long time with no more bites. I only had four bites all day, it was tough.”

Lee Livesay of Longview, Texas, is in third place with 26-3. Turning in one of the most consistent performances, Livesay added 13-3 to Friday’s weight of 13-0 and gained seven spots from 10th.

Livesay devoted his day to fishing a Scum Frog Launch Frog over grass mats. Alternating between black and white baits, he found that focusing on shallower mats was more productive.

“There are a lot of mats out there in 5 to 8 feet, but if you get bit, it’s random,” Livesay said. “My fish are in a foot of superclear water eating bream instead of shad.

“There are fish everywhere — shallow, middle, deep. They’re just a lot easier to catch on a frog when they’re in a foot of water, compared to 8 feet of water."

Chad Pipkens of DeWitt, Mich., is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with a 7-11.

David Mullins of Mt. Carmel, Tenn., took over the lead in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings with 621 points, while Austin Felix of Eden Prairie, Minn., follows in second with 614. Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, who has led the race for several weeks, is now in third with 607.

Sunday’s takeoff is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. CT at the Dayton Boat Dock. The weigh-in will be held at Point Park at 3:30 p.m. After Sunday’s weigh-in, only the Top 10 anglers will advance to Championship Monday with a chance to win the $100,000 first-place prize.

Live coverage of the event will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. on Bassmaster LIVE at Bassmaster.com and ESPN3. Semifinal Sunday will feature additional live coverage on ESPN2. Check local listings for details.

2020 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake 10/16-10/19
Chickamauga Lake, Dayton TN.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

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

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


Arey’s Keeping it Random

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Team Toyota pro Matt Arey weighed in a strong 14-lb. 1-ounce limit on day one of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite on Lake Chickamauga. His efforts had him sitting in 5th place after the first day of competition left a lot of anglers scratching their heads, Arey included.

“I had no idea I’d be holding down a spot in the top 5 based on my brutal practice,” Arey explained. “This lake has so many big, healthy bass in it. I still can’t believe it’s fishing as tough as it is.”

The fall transitional funk coupled with an incredible amount of fishing pressure this week has caused the giant bass Chickamauga is famous for to be extra finicky for Elite Series competitors. The top 40 cut line was set at 8-lbs. 9-ounces after day one. The Chick routinely pumps out individual Florida strain largemouth that eclipse the cut weight throughout the spring and late winter.

That caliber of fish hasn’t shown up to the Bassmaster party yet, but anglers know that could change on any given cast in this legendary Tennessee River fishery. Two phrases often repeated this week have been, “My timing has to be right” and “Just gotta keep my head down and grind”. Arey is adding a third, “Embrace the random.”

“I caught the biggest fish in my limit on a stretch of bank I have never fished in my life,” Arey said. “And on a bait I didn’t have a single keeper bite on in practice. I’m not going to lie it is pretty random out there for me. But I’ll keep my head down and see if I can’t find a few more random rewards today.”

Random isn’t usually something Bassmaster pros want to base their tournament day on, but when bites have been so hard to come by Arey believes embracing the randomness of it all is actually a positive.

“These events will wear on your mentally if you let it,” Arey offered. “Sometimes in the fall there isn’t really a true rhyme or reason to those big bites. Sometimes it’s best to not overthink it.”

The North Carolina native said the thermometer in his Tundra read 37 degrees this morning before take-off, adding a serious cold-front to the list of reasons why the bass are playing hard to get this week. Arey wasn’t sure how the weather would affect the fishing today, but he took it in stride and remained optimistic.

“I’ve got my daughter Reese’s lucky hat from last week with me and I’m feeling good,” Arey said. “I can’t imagine this cold-front will help the bite, but it can’t hurt it too much either. We’ll see what happens!”


Beffa Comes From Behind To Win B.A.S.S. Nation Regional On Toledo Bend

Missouri team angler Jay Beffa, of Festus, Mo., has won the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional at Toledo Bend with a three-day total of 35 pounds, 12 ounces.

Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

October 16, 2020

MANY, La. — It took three full days, but Jay Beffa finally found the big bass Toledo Bend Reservoir is famous for, and the discovery propelled him to victory on the final day of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional.

Beffa, a resident of Festus, Mo., caught a five-bass limit that weighed 19 pounds, 4 ounces Friday, which was the heaviest bag of the day by almost 7 pounds and more than 5 pounds heavier than any other caught in the tournament.

That gave him a 35-12 total over three days, which was plenty to clinch the title on this sprawling 181,000-acre reservoir straddling the northern part of the Louisiana/Texas border.

Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, Texas, led the first two days, but slipped to second with 32-8. Blake Sylvester of Plaquemine, La., finished third with 32-1.

A total of 160 anglers from eight states started the event — 80 in both the boater and nonboater divisions. Each field was cut to the Top 22 anglers for Friday’s competition, and Beffa was in 16th place among boaters. He began Friday trailing Collins by more than 6 pounds.

But Beffa’s Friday was magical, despite the fact his outboard motor quit working on the way back to Cypress Bend Park for the weigh-in. He was able to catch a ride with another angler and had time to spare before weighing the winning bag.

“This is an incredible feeling,” he said after collecting the winner’s trophy and the $5,000 check that went to the top angler in the boater division. “We’ve got our state tournament next week, so I’m anxious to get back at it.”

Beffa also can look forward to competing in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Alabama’s Pickwick Lake on Nov. 11-13. It’ll be his first trip to the Championship, and he is well aware that three spots in the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic will be up for grabs at Pickwick.

“I’m on a roll,” he said. “I can’t wait.”

Beffa primarily flipped docks on the Texas side of Toledo Bend during the first two days, using a custom black/blue jig with a Hawg’s custom blue trailer. On Friday, when a brisk north wind kept some anglers from running to the far northern stretches of the reservoir, Beffa sought familiar terrain near Cypress Bend.

That can be a tough prospect for a central Missouri angler fishing in Louisiana, but he knew exactly what he wanted.

“I looked for Missouri rock and a topwater bite,” he said. “I found some in practice right around the corner (from the launch site) and hit it every day a little bit. I went back today and caught a pair of 5-pounders with a custom-painted Whopper Plopper.”

Happy with his start but certainly not satisfied, Beffa decided to chance a run up Toledo Bend to the Huxley area where he had fished earlier in the week. He caught a 4-pounder on one of his first casts there Friday and finished with two more solid keepers to hammer down his 19-4 limit.

“I didn’t expect this today,” he said. “I was really frustrated with myself. I only caught three fish on Thursday and lost a 5-pounder and a 3 1/2-pounder. Being in 16th place but coming back to win it, that was huge.”

Connor Rushing came from behind to win the nonboater division but didn’t have to make nearly as big a leap in the standings. The 18-year-old from Pride, La., caught a limit of three bass Friday that weighed 7-12 to give him a 21-pound total for the tournament. That was enough to overtake teammate Trace Day of Denham Springs, who finished second with 19-15.

Rushing, who won $2,500, trailed Day by 2 ounces heading into Friday’s action, when he fished with Oklahoma’s Jared Miller. He said it was a challenge fishing with different boaters each day.

“I caught them all the first day in 15 minutes on a gooseberry (Zoom) trick worm,” he said. “Yesterday, we pulled up on a dock first and I caught back-to-back 3-pounders…using a Shongaloo 10-inch worm (junebug red).

“Today, I was just flipping a (Missile Baits) D Bomb when I caught my two big ones. I picked up a black and blue ChatterBait and got my limit with that.”

Rushing said qualifying for the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship had him “super-pumped.”

“Ever since I caught that first big fish today, I knew it would be a good day,” he said. “I’m really glad it worked out.”

Day finished second in the nonboater division with 19-15, while Kyle Klein of Kansas placed third with 16-13.

The leading boater and nonboater from each of the eight states competing earned berths in the championship tournament at Pickwick next month.

Arkansas won the team championship portion of the tournament, which was decided Thursday. Louisiana was second and Missouri third. Other states competing at Toledo Bend included Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado.

The total purse for the regional was $24,000. The event was hosted by the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Toledo Bend Lake Country, the Sabine River Authority, DeSoto Parish Tourist Commission and the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission.


Cobb Leads Day 1 Of Tough Bassmaster Elite Series Event On Chickamauga

Brandon Cobb, of Greenwood, S.C., is leading after Day 1 of the 2020 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake with 19 pounds, 6 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

October 16, 2020

DAYTON, Tenn. — A big start, a big finish and solid productivity in between gave Brandon Cobb of Greenwood, S.C., the Day 1 lead of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake with a five-bass limit of 19 pounds, 6 ounces.

A passing cold front created challenging conditions in which bites were few and reports of noncommittal fish were many. With a pair of bookend kickers, Cobb touted execution with two different reaction baits as the key to his success.

“It was not an easy day; I caught six and two of them just happened to be 6-pounders, so that always helps,” he said. “You can’t miss any. You have to boat every fish and just stick to it.

“It’s so tough, it’s hard to know if you’re doing the right thing. But I stuck with one thing all day, got six bites and turned in 19 pounds.”

Spending his day upriver, Cobb targeted shallow grass and got most of his bites in about 3 feet of water. After his opening spot produced the first of his 6-pounders around 8 a.m., he gave the area a little more time but soon realized he needed to secure a limit.

“I covered an area of 20 miles; I ran a lot throughout the lake,” Cobb said. “Even though I had some bites in practice, I never really figured anything out; but I could get bites by just covering water.

“I did that a while today and that’s how I scratched out my limit — just hitting a lot of places. But then I knew I needed another big one, so I returned to my primary area.”

Doing so in the last hour of fishing, Cobb found two more big bites — a 3-pounder and his other 6-pounder. In all of his areas, Cobb said he was highly selective with the grass he chose to fish.

“Depth or location wasn’t that specific, it was more that I liked the way it looked,” he said. “The color is one thing, but I’m trying to look for active grass with bream and little shad. I wanted grass with something for them to eat.”

Cobb said the presence of natural forage was a double-edged sword.

“It was frustrating because when they’re eating the shad, they are so hard to catch,” he said. “I think you just keep yourself in position where they’re feeding and one out of 1,000 will bite. I think it’s just random.

“There are so many bluegill and so many shad up in the grass that they can eat whenever they want. You just have to line up one that hasn’t eaten a shad or bluegill in the last 15 minutes. It’s just keeping yourself around fish and hoping you can trick one.”

Cobb said he’s considering a similar strategy for Day 2. However, he said he may expand his area a little.

“It’s the first day of the tournament; I practiced literally the whole lake and I really don’t know what I found,” Cobb said. “I had a bite here and a bite there, but you don’t want to overlook a place that could be the best place on the lake where you had one or two bites.”

Stetson Blaylock of Benton, Ark., is in second place with 16-1. Starting deep on offshore ledge points in about 15 feet, Blaylock caught four fish early, including a pair of what he called “good ones” on a reaction bait.

Moving shallow around 11, he caught three more quality fish on a topwater bait and culled up to his day’s weight. With 10 years of Chickamauga experience, Blaylock said he left fish biting in an effort to manage his opportunities for the next few days.

“It’s really tough to get bit, and when you get into an area where they’re biting and you have a solid bag, you really don’t want to sit in there and catch them,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing if I can maintain that.

“I know it’s going to be a little tougher tomorrow just because I did catch some fish out of those areas. But there are more to be caught, for sure.”

Brad Whatley of Bivins, Texas, is in third place with 15-12. Noting that he caught his fish on a single reaction bait, Whatley said the key to his success was a particular shallow-water structure feature.

“I found it in the last hour and a half of practice,” Whatley said. “I found it so late in practice that I didn’t have time to expand. I was just fishing new water all day.

“I just ran a little pattern, but I can’t say it worked all day. It probably died after 10:30 or 11 o’clock.”

Ed Loughran III of Richmond, Va., is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with his 6-9 largemouth.

Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, maintained his lead in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings with 625 points, while David Mullins of Mt. Carmel, Tenn., follows in second with 609. Austin Felix of Eden Prairie, Minn., is in third with 590, and reigning AOY Scott Canterbury of Odenville, Ala., is fourth with 588.

Saturday’s takeoff is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. CT from Dayton Boat Dock. The weigh-in will be held at Point Park at 3:30 p.m. After Saturday’s weigh-in, only the Top 40 anglers will advance to Sunday’s semifinal round.

Live coverage of the event will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. on Bassmaster LIVE at Bassmaster.com and ESPN3.

2020 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake 10/16-10/19
Chickamauga Lake, Dayton TN.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

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

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


Swindles’ Thinking About Classic Cut & Whitetail Deer

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Gerald Swindle had plenty on his mind last night as he made a few final tweaks to his tackle in anticipation for the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite on Lake Chickamauga to begin.

The Team Toyota fan favorite finds himself a few AOY points outside of the Bassmaster Classic cutline with only eight competition days left in the 2020 season. While Swindle desperately wants to qualify for his 19th appearance in the Super Bowl of bass fishing, he felt a sense of peace leading into Chickamauga.

“I think I’ve thought my stress bone dry,” Swindle joked. “It’s hard to feel super stressed about the Classic when it’s been so tough to get a bite. We hit the fall transitional funk just right with these last three events, and man, they start to wear on you.”

Swindle and the rest of the Elite field gave reports of an extremely fickle Lake Chickamauga throughout practice, which came as a bit of a surprise. This legendary Tennessee River fishery is undoubtedly full of big bass, but for whatever reason they don’t seem to be biting right now.

“I don’t mind grinding, I really don’t, but I like to catch fish too,” Swindle offered. “There hasn’t been a whole lot of fish catchin’ for me this week. But I’m keeping my PMA (positive mental attitude) because tough tournaments are the easiest ones to win.”

This time of year Swindle usually spends his time 20-feet off the ground chasing whitetails, but this October finds him covering miles in his Tundra and Phoenix Boat trying to claw his way into the Classic cut.

While Gerald hasn’t had much time for his mind to wander during the back-to-back-to-back events, his faithful wife LeAnn (LuLu) isn’t afraid to admit she’s had bow hunting on the brain. In fact, LuLu packed her bow, arrows, and a foam target with her for this Chickamauga event.

“Alabama’s archery opener was yesterday and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ready for our yearly escape to the whitetail woods,” LuLu said with a smile.

You see, on top of being his loyal wife and biggest supporter, LuLu takes care of Gerald when he’s competing in tournaments. She brews Black Rifle Coffee and backs him down the ramp in the morning. She handles any sponsor relations during the day, picks him up at sunset, and ensures G’s got a warm meal when he gets off the water.

While Gerald might be the one of the stage, they are a team.

The Alabama lovebirds handle hunting season as a two-person team the same way they approach fishing, except both of them get to participate in the woods. It’s something they look forward to all year long.

“Bow hunting is when I pay back all my ‘work debt’,” Swindle laughed. “I’ll hang her tree stands, wake up first and make her coffee, take care of some of the things she’s usually covering for me. Lord knows she’s earned it.”

The Swindles’ would love to be deer hunting this weekend, but don’t let that fool you to believing they aren’t thinking of the task at hand. They are laser focused on fishing, using archery season as a payoff once they get through the final push of tournament season.

“At the end of the day we’re grateful to be fishing and making up our entire schedule of events,” both Swindles said in unison.

“The B.A.S.S. Tournament Staff did a heck of a job to ensure we got our full season in,” Gerald said. “So for now we’re happy to not be hunting… but after Toyota Texas Fest on Lake Fork those deer are in trouble!”


Collins Sticks To Plan, Maintains Lead At B.A.S.S. Nation Regional On Toledo Bend

Texas team angler Albert Collins, of Nacogdoches, Texas, is leading after Day 2 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional at Toledo Bend with a two-day total of 22 pounds, 11 ounces.
Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

October 15, 2020

MANY, La. — Albert Collins “didn’t change a thing” on Thursday after staking himself to the Day 1 lead in the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional at Toledo Bend Reservoir.

The repeat performance paid dividends.

Collins caught a five-bass limit Thursday that weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces, following the 13-2 limit he caught a day earlier. The 55-year old Nacogdoches, Texas, angler remained atop the boater division with a 22-11 total and finds himself one solid bag away from a tournament title on this 181,000-acre reservoir straddling the Louisiana/Texas border.

The only difference between Day 1 and Day 2 was that Collins lacked the 5-pound largemouth that anchored his bag Wednesday.

“I ran the same spots I did yesterday,” Collins said after Thursday’s weigh-in at Cypress Bend Park. “I caught seven keepers yesterday, and I caught six today. It’s been a grind, but I’ve been able to find the fish I need.”

A cold front is expected to move across Toledo Bend late Thursday evening, dropping temperatures from the low 80s to the mid-50s by the 7 a.m. takeoff on Friday. Rain is forecast overnight as well, and a stiff north wind could make it prohibitive for Collins to motor to the northern edge of Toledo Bend where he’s built his lead this week.

“I’ll still go north, I just won’t go as far north, I think,” Collins said.

A total of 160 anglers from eight states started this three-day event — 80 in both the boater and nonboater divisions. Both fields were cut to the Top 22 anglers after Thursday’s weigh-in, including the Top 16 overall, as well as any others who aren’t in that number but are first or second on their state team.

Jared Miller of Norman, Okla., is in second place among boaters with a two-day total of 21-1, and Blake Sylvester of Plaquemine, La., is third with 20-4. Josh Ray of Alexander, Ark., is fourth with 20-1, while Missouri teammates Rick Carroll and Adam Johnson both have 19-8 heading into Friday’s finale.

Miller caught five bass for 12-13 on Thursday, which was the third-heaviest sack of the day. Like Collins, he’s making a long run north on Toledo Bend and said wind could reduce the time he can fish on Friday.

Miller said he’s working in an area thick with cypress knees, and it is taking him as long as 90 minutes to idle into the spot, then another 90 to idle out. That follows a 30-plus mile run north and another back to Cypress Bend.

“I don’t have an alternate plan,” Miller said. “I found the spot in practice. It’s where I’m going. The spot is huge, with thousands of trees. I just wish I had more time.”

Sylvester also is fishing the northern part of the reservoir in “shallow, dirty water like we fish back home on the Atchafalaya Basin,” he said.

“I may have to scrap everything and just go fishing tomorrow,” he said. “But if (the wind) doesn’t blow hard, I’m going all the way again.”

Trace Day of Denham Springs, La., leads the nonboater field after catching three-bass limits each day for a total of 13-6 overall. Connor Rushing of Pride, La., is second in the division with 13-4 and Phil Clopton of Macks Creek, Mo., is third with 13-2.

Clopton boated the biggest bass of the tournament to date (6-13) while fishing with Sylvester on Thursday. The hefty largemouth was the only bass he caught on Day 2, but he leads for the $250 cash prize that will go to the nonboater with the heaviest bass of the tournament.

Jason Carpenter of Greeley, Colo., maintains his Day 1 lead for heaviest bass in the boater division (6-11). Big bass in that field comes with a $500 cash prize.

Arkansas won the team championship portion, which was decided Thursday. The 20-person squad from the Natural State weighed 93 bass over two days for a total of 200-8 and collected a $5,000 cash prize. Louisiana placed second with 88 bass for 187-5 and won $3,000. Missouri won $2,000 for finishing third (81 bass, 163-14).

This tournament is the final B.A.S.S. Nation Regional before the season championship is held Nov. 11-13 on Alabama’s Pickwick Lake.

The top boater of the tournament will win $5,000 Friday afternoon, and the winning nonboater will win $2,500.

The total purse in this week’s regional is $24,000.

Day 3 begins at 7 a.m. CT Friday from Cypress Bend Park, and weigh-in will be held back at the park at 3 p.m.


Collins Takes Lead At B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional On Toledo Bend Reservoir

Texas team angler Albert Collins, of Nacogdoches, Texas, is leading after Day 1 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional at Toledo Bend with 13 pounds, 2 ounces.
Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

October 14, 2020

MANY, La. — Albert Collins thought an average weight of 12 or 13 pounds per day could put him in contention at the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional at Toledo Bend Reservoir.

After Day 1, he’s right on target.

Collins, who lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, about an hour’s drive from the event’s takeoff site at Cypress Bend Park, caught five bass on Wednesday that weighed 13 pounds, 2 ounces. That total met his expectations — and it was enough to give him the lead on this mammoth 181,000-acre reservoir on the Louisiana/Texas border.

Collins has a slim 8-ounce lead in the boater division, which features 80 anglers from eight states. An additional 80 nonboaters are competing in the three-day event, which is the final B.A.S.S. Nation Regional before the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, which is scheduled for Nov. 11-13 on Alabama’s Pickwick Lake.

Collins said he only fishes Toledo Bend about twice a year. But knowing he was competing in this regional, he’s made note of the winning totals from recent tournaments on the famed fishery.

“Louisiana B.A.S.S. Nation had their tournament here two weeks ago, and it took 24 pounds over two days to win that one,” Collins said. “There was a team tournament here last weekend, and it took 25 pounds to win that one. So I knew it was going to be pretty tough.”

Collins, who will turn 56 on Halloween, said he only caught seven keepers Wednesday. He believes Hurricane Delta, which came ashore in southwest Louisiana last week, may have hindered the Day 1 haul on Toledo Bend.

Of the 160 competing anglers, only nine caught double-digit totals, which is noteworthy for a place that produces lunker bass with relative frequency. Oklahoma’s Austin Cranford, who weighed four bass for 12-9, is in second place, while Arkansas’ Jim Martin (four bass, 12-4) and his Natural State teammate Don Douglas IV (five bass, 12-2) hold down third and fourth place, respectively.

Collins said he’s been forced to adjust on the fly.

“I was on a little better bite in practice, but the hurricane has the water up,” he said. “I’m fishing offshore, but kind of at mid-depth, and it changed some things. I caught three fish early, and the last of them I had to grind pretty hard to catch.”

Collins said he favored plum colored lures on Day 1, including a 6th Sense C10 crankbait (chartreuse/black), a 6th Sense Ridge worm and a Mister Twister Hang 10! worm.

Danny Fourr of Waterflow, N.M., caught three bass that weighed 9-2 and leads the nonboater field.

Fourr qualified for the 2016 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Lake Conroe in Texas, but he got sick during the tournament and didn’t perform well. Nevertheless, he said having that experience made him a better angler and he wants to prove it on Toledo Bend — and hopefully Pickwick.

“I’m here this week to get back (to the championship),” Fourr said. “I’m ready to go again.”

Jason Carpenter of Greeley, Colo., had a 6-11 largemouth that ranked as the heaviest bass in either division. That was the only fish he caught, but he’s still in 27th place. There is a $500 cash prize for the boater with the heaviest bass of the tournament and a $250 prize for the biggest bass in the nonboater division.

Team Arkansas led Wednesday’s action with its 20 anglers combining to catch 53 bass for a total weight of 115-5. Team Louisiana is in second place (40 bass, 90-8) and Missouri is third (38 bass, 75-13.)

The entire field will compete again Thursday, and both divisions will be cut to their Top 16 anglers for Friday’s final day of competition. Any competitors in first or second place for their state, but not in the Top 16 in their division, will make the cut as well.

The top boater will win $5,000 and the top nonboater will earn $2,500. The state with the heaviest total after Thursday’s weigh-in will win $5,000.

The total purse for this week’s regional is $24,000.

Day 2 of the B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional will begin at Cypress Bend Park at 7 a.m. CT Thursday. Weigh-in is scheduled for 3 p.m.