MLF Reschedules Phoenix Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division Opener at Ohio River

WHAT:
The first event of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine Buckeye Division, the Ohio River Presented by TINCUP Whiskey, scheduled for this Saturday, May 15, has been postponed due to high water levels. The new date for this event is Sunday, Aug. 15. The event will be a part of a Buckeye Division double-header, with the first event held Saturday, Aug. 14 and the second event held on Sunday.

WHERE:
Phoenix Bass Fishing League at the Ohio River Presented by TINCUP Whiskey
Lawrenceburg Ramp
Tanners Creek Drive (Off Highway 50)
Lawrenceburg, Ind.  45240

NOTES:
Tournament entries will automatically carry over to the rescheduled event unless the angler contacts MLF Customer Service at (270)-252-1000.

UPDATED 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine Buckeye Division Schedule:

  • June 26                Grand Lake-St. Mary’s Presented by TINCUP Whiskey                 Celina, Ohio
  • July 24                  Mosquito Lake Presented by TINCUP Whiskey                                 Cortland, Ohio
  • Aug. 14                Ohio River-Tanners Creek Presented by TINCUP Whiskey        Lawrenceburg, Ind.
  • Aug. 15                Ohio River-Tanners Creek Presented by TINCUP Whiskey        Lawrenceburg, Ind.
  • Sept. 11-12        Lake Erie Presented by TINCUP Whiskey                                           Sandusky, Ohio

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

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitter,  Instagram, and  YouTube.


Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI at California Delta Cancelled due to Travel Restrictions

WHAT:
The Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI at the California Delta event scheduled for this Saturday, May 15, has been cancelled due to continued collegiate travel restrictions due to COVID.

NOTES:
The Toyota Series at the California Delta, will run as scheduled, May 13-15, as will the accompanying U.S. Army High School Fishing Open Presented by Googan Baits event set for May 16.

The next event for MLF College Fishing Western Conference anglers will be Aug. 3-5 – the Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI at the California Delta, launching out of the Big Break Marina in Oakley, California.

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. Registration is accepted from any eligible college team from across the United States. The top 10 teams from each division’s regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitter,  Instagram, and  YouTube.


High School All-Americans Spend Dream Day With Elite Pros

The 2021 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors was recognized at the recent Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake.

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

May 12, 2021

GADSDEN, Ala. — Twelve outstanding high school anglers lived a dream by competing in the Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament, held during the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake.

The students are members of the exclusive Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. Each angler was paired with a Bassmaster Elite Series pro for the exhibition held Sunday on Weiss Lake, part of the Coosa River system. The weigh-in was held on the Bassmaster Elite Series stage used by the pros at Coosa Landing in Downtown Gadsden.

The team of Elite Series pro Quentin Cappo, of Prairieville, La., and All-American Carter Doren, of Las Vegas, Nev., weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces to take the win. The pair used a wacky-rigged Senko to flip docks on a muddy Weiss Lake.

“Coming from out West, I've never fished water this color before," explained Doren. This has been a big year for the junior who also took home the 2020 Big Bass Zone Junior Championship title. "Fishing here is just completely different."

“I love going out with the All-Americans and seeing the enthusiasm they have for fishing," said Cappo. "They all bring the same passion to an exhibition derby as an Elite Series pro does competing for $100,000. And every time I go out with a member of the All-American team we learn something from each other."

Doren credits Cappo with spending the day teaching him more about positioning the boat and throwing a buzzbait.

Elite Series pro Darold Gleason of Many, La., and Mitchell Straffon, a junior from Fenton High School in Fenton, Mich., took second with 7-6.

“I learned so much from Darold," said Straffon. "Before coming to Neely Henry, I had never fished a shad spawn."

Qualification criteria for All-American Team underscores the prestige and popularity of the program. Over 300 applications nominating students in grades 10-12 were submitted from 34 states across the nation. Of these, 47 students were chosen as Bassmaster All-State anglers. After considering tournament résumés, conservation efforts, community service activities and recommendations from school officials and coaches, a panel of judges consisting of representatives from the sportfishing industry, media and conservation groups further narrowed the field to the Top 12 high school anglers in the country.

Doren won four tournaments in the 2020 tournament season, including the BBZ JC National Championship. Additionally, Doren was the 2020 Co-Angler of the Year for the Nevada Bass Anglers, an adult fishing club, where he placed in the Top 5 multiple times. Off the water, he is the social media director for his high school’s fishing club and is working to develop the local adult fishing club’s social media presence as well. And, although he is only a junior, Doren has already received a $38,000 scholarship to Bethel University for fishing.

Doren has also developed and run a fishing seminar for high school kids at his local pond, where he helped give away rods, reels and baits to youth and junior anglers who did not have the proper equipment. He has also volunteered with Bass Pros Shops’ Bluegill Tank teaching local children about catch-and-release techniques.

HSAA Clinic.jpgStudents from the Boys & Girls Club of Gadsden enjoyed a shopping spree in Academy Sports + Outdoors before attending a fishing clinic taught by the All-American anglers earlier in the week. Following the clinic, the All-Americans attended an awards banquet, where they received commemorative tournament jerseys and a gift card from Academy Sports + Outdoors. All events were held at the store in Gadsden.

2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament
Final Standings

Carter Doren - Quentin Cappo 8-8
Mitchell Straffon - Darold Gleason 7-4
Tyson Verkaik - Cody Hollen 7-2
Zachary Ward - Clifford Pirch 5-8
Turner Hart - Skylar Hamilton 4-3
Cole Moulton - Rob Digh 3-2
Hunter Keller - Brett Preuett 2-11
Hayden Marbut - Tyler Rivet 1-15
Carter Dunn - Shane Lineberger 1-7
Laindree Richards - Justin Hamner 1-5
Alexis Grandstaff - Randy Pierson 1-6
Cole Rountree - Lee Livesay 0-0


Robert Terkla Joins Prominent MLF Pros at the Wiley X High School Fishing Camp

Cofounder of the Googan Squad and Star of LunkersTV Teams Up with MLF Pros – Limited Space Available, June 2 Registration Deadline

TULSA, Okla. (May 12, 2021) – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Robert Terkla, cofounder of the Googan Squad and star of LunkersTV, will join an incredible lineup of MLF pros at the upcoming Wiley X High School Fishing Camp Presented by Tackle Warehouse . The star-studded group includes REDCREST Champion Dustin Connell and Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit champion Skeet Reese , along with nine other MLF pros, who will provide hands-on instruction aimed to help campers develop their fishing expertise and enhance fishing-career readiness.

The list of 2021 MLF pros serving as camp instructors includes:

Adrian Avena Justin Lucas
Matt Becker Bill McDonald
Greg Bohannan Keith Poche
Dustin Connell Skeet Reese
Mark Daniels, Jr. Fletcher Shryock
Bobby Lane

This year's camp will be held June 9-11, 2021, on the Murray State University campus, with daily activities at Kentucky Lake – the South’s Great Lake. The all-inclusive, three-day camp is designed for serious high school anglers, parents and coaches who want to gain an edge on the competition by getting hands-on bass fishing experience alongside the biggest names in the industry.

The MLF Foundation benefit tournament will follow the camp on Saturday, June 12 at Kentucky Lake. Tournament participants will have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes, with the winner taking home the MLF High School Fishing Cup, $1,000 and a new Jackson Kayak. One lucky participant will also be selected to fish with a Bass Pro Tour or Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit angler.

The benefit tournament, which raises funds for youth fishing programs and High School Fishing grants benefiting students nationwide, will launch out of Moors Resort and Marina, located at 570 Moors Road in Gilbertsville, Kentucky and weigh-in before the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament at the same location. The tournament is open to all student anglers, including middle school and elementary school students accompanied by an adult. Participation in the Wiley X High School Fishing Camp is not required; however, participants must supply their own boat to compete in the tournament.

Cost for the camp is $300 per person, which includes all housing, meals and accommodations at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Participation is open to high school students (incoming freshmen starting in the fall of 2021 through recent high school graduates from the spring 2021 semester) plus parents and coaches. Limited space is available. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and will remain open until all available spots are filled or until the registration deadline of June 2, 2021.

Adults will have the option to drop off their students or stay throughout the camp to participate in special panel discussions geared to identify best practices that give high school anglers and fishing teams the edge they need to thrive in the industry.

Although most activities will take place outside, all camp activities will follow COVID-19 guidelines at the time of camp, including wearing a mask and social distancing, as required by local health officials.

Important Dates:

  • Registration – April 20 - June 2
  • Camp – June 9-11 (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)
  • MLF Foundation Tournament – June 12 (Saturday)
To register or for more information about the Wiley X High School Fishing Camp Presented by Tackle Warehouse and the MLF Foundation benefit tournament, please visit MajorLeagueFishing.com/Camp.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more on MLF High School Fishing, follow the U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing on the MLF BIG5 social media outlets at FacebookTwitter Instagram and YouTube.


Wiley X Summit Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches at Lake Murray Set to Premiere Saturday on Outdoor Channel

Thirty MLF Anglers Compete in Columbia, S.C., over Six Days for 2021 Summit Cup

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 11, 2021) – The Major League Fishing (MLF) 2021 Wiley X Summit Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches is set to premiere with a two-hour episode this Saturday, May 15, at 2 p.m. ET on the Outdoor Channel. The event, shot over six days in early February at Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina, showcases 30 of the top pro anglers in the world competing in the final event of the 2021 MLF Cup season.

Lake Murray has played host to numerous major bass-fishing championship events, including the 2008, 2014 and 2017 FLW Cup Championships, and a 2018 MLF Challenge Select event – won by pro Keith Poche (competing in this event). The Wiley X Summit Cup presented by B&W Trailer Hitches will mark just the second time that MLF has visited the “Jewel of South Carolina.”

The first episode premiering Saturday will feature the anglers in Group 1 competing in their opening Elimination Round. Episode two will feature the anglers in Group 2; Episode three the anglers in Group 3. The top six finishers from each group’s Elimination Round advance to the two-day Sudden Death Round – episodes four and five – where nine anglers compete each day and try to finish in the top four. The sixth and final episode will feature the final eight anglers competing in the Championship Round to catch the most weight that they can to be crowned the 2021 Summit Cup Champion.

The anglers in Group 1 that compete this Saturday (May 15) on Day One of the 2021 Wiley X Summit Cup are:

  • Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla.
  • Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kan.
  • Brandon Coulter of Knoxville, Tenn.
  • James Elam of Tulsa, Okla.
  • Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn.
  • Bradley Roy of Lancaster, Ky.
  • Fletcher Shryock of Guntersville, Ala.
  • Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C.
  • Jonathon VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich.

The anglers in Group 2 that compete next Saturday (May 22) on Day Two of the 2021 Wiley X Summit Cup are:

  • Cliff Crochet of Pierre Part, La.
  • Shinichi Fukae of Osaka, Japan
  • Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla.
  • Jordan Lee of Cullman, Ala.
  • Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn.
  • Jacob Powroznik of Prince George, Va.
  • Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif.
  • Gerald Spohrer of Gonzales, La.
  • Jeff Sprague of Point, Texas
  • Greg Vinson of Wetumpka, Ala.

The anglers in Group 3 that compete in the final Elimination Round (May 29) on Day Three of the 2021 Wiley X Summit Cup are:

  • Justin Atkins of Florence, Ala.
  • Luke Clausen of Spokane, Wash.
  • Dustin Connell of Clanton, Ala.
  • Tim Horton of Muscle Shoals, Ala.
  • Alton Jones Jr. of Waco, Texas
  • Ish Monroe of Oakdale, Calif.
  • Takahiro Omori of Tokyo, Japan
  • Keith Poche of Pike Road, Ala.
  • Marty Robinson of Lyman, S.C.
  • Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich.

The 2021 Wiley X Summit Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches was hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country. The event will air on the Outdoor Channel as six, two-hour original episodes each Saturday afternoon starting May 15, 2021, and running through June 19, airing from 2 to 4 p.m. ET. Each episode will be available for viewing on the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) streaming app on the Monday morning following each episode’s Saturday premiere.

The full television schedule can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

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


Elite Champion Wes Logan has been Wearing Costa Sunglasses since age 9

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Alabama’s Wes Logan still remembers the day when he was 9-years-old and his dad bought him his first pair of Costa Sunglasses at Mark’s Outdoors in the Birmingham suburbs. 

Fast forward 17 years to Monday in front of a huge crowd at his home lake of Neely Henry, when Logan, now age 26, cried his eyes out behind a pair of Costa Fantail frames while hoisting his first Bassmaster Elite Series blue trophy.

His victory will pay $100,000 from B.A.S.S. with a $3,000 bonus from Costa’s new Compete + Conserve contingency program. Ironically, he lost a pair of Costas in the heat of competition on Neely Henry when he scratched his head in a moment of deep contemplation. 

“I had my Costas on the back of my head over my ballcap until the sun got bright, scratched my head stressing out over what my next move should be, and my glasses fell into the Coosa River,” he grinned backstage.

Not only will the $3,000 Compete + Conserve bonus buy another pair of sunglasses and a lot of boat gas, but Logan will also get to choose a Conservation Organization to receive a $500 donation in his name from Costa.

If you wear Costa eyewear and compete in fishing tournaments, make sure you visit http://costacompeteandconserve.com/ to get registered or for more information on this exciting new program. It’s absolutely free to sign up and eligible for anglers of all levels. 


Takahiro Omori Wins 2021 MLF USAA Patriot Cup

Japanese Pro Catches 7½ Pounds in Final 30 Minutes to Overtake California Pro Jared Lintner and Claim Title in Kissimmee, Florida

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (May 10, 2021) – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Takahiro Omori of Tokyo, Japan, caught 16 bass totaling 35 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the Championship Round of the 2021 MLF USAA Patriot Cup Presented by Berkley in Kissimmee, Florida, which premiered Saturday on the Outdoor Channel. The win was the second MLF Cup win in as many years for the Japanese pro, who also claimed the 2020 Wiley X Summit Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches Title at Lake of the Ozarks.

Omori said that he did the bulk of his damage on two baits – an unnamed 1.5 squarebill crankbait and a vibrating jig with a swimbait trailer. He fished boat docks, around the bank and in pockets in 3- to 5-feet of water.

“I love shallow-cranking, and I was thinking the conditions were perfect for me,” Omori said. “The 1.5 did it for me. It’s my most trusted bait right now.

“In the final period I come into the back of the creek where the wind was blowing, and I said if this doesn’t happen right here, I’m done. But, it did.”

With two Cup wins under his belt, the veteran Japanese angler now knows that he can excel at the MLF catch, weigh, immediate-release format.

“I wasn’t that good in the beginning. It took me seven years to really understand this format, but now that I do, I love it,” Omori went on to say.

The final eight anglers at the 2021 USAA Patriot Cup Presented by Berkley in Kissimmee, Florida, finished:

1st:          Takahiro Omori, Tokyo, Japan, 16 bass, 35-11
2nd:         Jared Lintner, Arroyo Grande, Calif., 15 bass, 33-8
3rd:         Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 26-9
4th:         Jesse Wiggins, Addison, Ala., 10 bass, 23-7
5th:         Terry Scroggins, Palatka, Fla., 12 bass, 22-1
6th:         John Murray, Spring City, Tenn., 11 bass, 19-8
7th:         Mike Iaconelli, Runnemede, N.J., nine bass, 16-14
8th:         Mark Rose, Wynne, Ala., nine bass, 15-1

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

Wiggins caught the Berkley Big Bass of the day – a nice 8-pound, 9-ounce largemouth that came on a finesse worm.

Overall, there were 97 bass weighing 192 pounds, 11 ounces caught by the final eight pros during the Championship Round of competition on Lake Bellalago.

The 2021 21 USAA Patriot Cup Presented by Berkley was hosted by Experience Kissimmee and premiered on the Outdoor Channel as six, two-hour original episodes each Saturday afternoon debuting on April 3, 2021, and running through May 8, 2021.

All six episodes of the event are available for viewing on the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) streaming app.

The event was shot over six days in November 2020, in Kissimmee and featured 28 MLF pro anglers competing on three different fisheries across the region, including John’s Lake, Lake Toho and Lake Bellalago. The fisheries are unknown to the anglers – they do not learn where they are competing until they arrive to the launch ramp each morning of competition.

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


Thliveros Wins Toyota Series Event on Lake Seminole

St. Augustine Angler Wins by 1-pound, 12-ounce Margin, Earning $37,809

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (May 10, 2021) – Toyota Series angler Nick Thliveros of St. Augustine, Florida, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 21 pounds, 13 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. Thliveros’ three-day total of 15 bass weighing 62-11 earned him the win by a 1-pound, 12-ounce margin over second-place angler Matt Baty of Bainbridge, Georgia, and earned Thliveros the top payout of $37,809 in the third and final tournament of the 2021 Toyota Series Southern Division.

Settling down in Spring Creek, Thliveros said he fished one 50-yard stretch all week.

“It’s something I’ve had some previous knowledge on but I’ve never really been here at the right time for it,” said Thliveros. “I’ve never been here far enough in the postspawn to make those fish get in the deeper water.

“It’s basically a sand spot with hydrilla on the edge. The water’s about 10-foot deep around it and the sand is in 15 feet of water. It’s a depression and today they were on the sand.”

The unique aspect of his area was that Thliveros was essentially fishing side-by-side the fourth-place finisher Braxton Clements all three days. The two fished different areas all week, though the areas were nearly a cast apart.

“I have to give a huge shoutout to Braxton,” Thliveros said. “You got to watch him because that boy can fish and he is first class. We were 40 yards apart every day. I didn’t know him, but that’s a good man right there. We worked together – he had his hole, I had mine. We’d congratulate each other on catching fish all week and in this sport you don’t see that often, so to be a part of it is amazing.”

Thliveros said dissecting the grass and sand was a repetitive and meticulous process the entire week. Getting bites early in the day helped to reinforce the fact that the tiny spot still had fish and gave him the confidence to keep grinding.

“I’ve never been in a situation where you can go to one spot and just catch ‘em all three days,” he said. “Today, I could see them on my down imaging and I backed off and it was awesome.”

Thliveros kept it simple and a bit old school with two worms of choice – a Strike King Cut-R Worm or a Strike King Anaconda worm rigged on a 3/16- or ¼-ounce  Bullet Weights Tactical Tungsten  weight. Though he tried other baits, Thliveros said the worm was his primary producer.

“My dad has, you know, 35 years in [tournament fishing on a worm], so I had a pretty good teacher,” he said. “He taught me how to drag a worm and that’s what it took this week.”

With his family cheering him on from the crowd, Thliveros was emotional on stage when his name was announced as champion.

“It’s been two years since my last win,” he said. “I won Okeechobee [2019] and I hadn’t cashed a check since the end of that year, but I came back on this one. I’ve got to thank my family and sponsors, because without y’all I wouldn’t be here. I’m speechless.”

The top 10 pros on Lake Seminole finished:
1st:       Nick Thliveros of St. Augustine, Fla., 15 bass, 62-11, $37,809
2nd:      Matt Baty of Bainbridge, Ga., 15 bass, 60-15, $15,651
3rd:       Clint Brown of Bainbridge, Ga., 15 bass, 59-14, $11,343
4th:       Braxton Clements of Donalson, Ga., 15 bass, 51-3, $9,452
5th:       Joey Cifuentes of Clinton, Ark., 15 bass, 50-04, $8,507
6th:       Brandon Classon, Sr. of Leesburg, Ga., 15 bass, 48-11, $7,562
7th:       David Ellis of Crestview, Fla., 11 bass, 47-7, $6,617
8th:       Anthony Ford of New Smyrna, Fla., 12 bass, 44-4, $5,671
9th:       Nicholas Davico of Cantonment, Fla., 12 bass, 42-2, $4,726
10th:     Terry Segraves of Kississimmee, Fla., 13 bass, 37-2, $3,781

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

Cole Hewett of Orange Park, Florida, took home an additional $136 for the Day One Berkley Big Bass award in the pro division, with a bass weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces. Nolan Gaskin of Broussard, Louisiana, won the Day Two Berkley Big Bass award in the pro division, bringing an 6-pound, 12-ounce bass to the scale.

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

Stephen Draghi of Sparrowbush, New York won the Strike King Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 13 bass weighing 34 pounds, 6 ounces. Draghi took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard motor.

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

1st:       Stephen Draghi of Sparrowbush, N.Y., 13 bass, 34-6, Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp outboard
2nd:      Joe Cifuentes of Clinton, Ark., 11 bass, 32-3, $4,762
3rd:       Allen Carter of Bainbridge, Ga., 13 bass, 31-5, $3,809
4th:       Brandon St. Pierre of Cape Coral, Fla., 12 bass, 28-7, $3,333
5th:       John Stahl of Land O’Lakes, Fla., 10 bass, 26-1, $2,947
6th:       Gary Haraguchi of San Jose, Calif., eight bass, 23-13, $2,381
7th:       Ronald Young of New Braunfels, Texas, eight bass, 21-9, $1,905
8th:       George Kapiton of Inverness, Fla., eight bass, 21-6, $1,667
9th:       John Ebbe of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., seven bass, 20-7, $1,428
10th:     Mark Denney, Jr. of Perry, Ga., 10 bass, 19-0, $1,515
In the Strike King co-angler division, the $90 Day One Berkley Big Bass award winner was Charles Tucker of Eustis, Florida, with a 6-pound, 6-ounce bass, while the $90 Day Two award went to John Stahl of Land O’Lakes, Florida, with a 7-pound, 10-ounce bass.

The Toyota Series at Lake Seminole was hosted by the Bainbridge Convention and Visitors Bureau. It was the third and final regular-season tournament in 2021 for Southern Division anglers. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place May 13-15 – the Toyota Series at the California Delta in Oakley, California. For a complete schedule, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com .

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

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


Lake Eufaula Set to Host MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – Grundéns Stop 4

162 Professional Anglers Descend on Eufaula to Compete for Purse of More than $900,000, including Up to $135,000 to Winner

EUFAULA, Ala. (May 10, 2021) – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament organization, is set to visit Eufaula, Alabama, this week, May 13-16, for the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Grundéns Stop 4 Presented by A.R.E. at Lake Eufaula . This is the third event of the 2021 Pro Circuit season – hosted by the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce – and offers competitors the opportunity to compete for a total purse of more than $900,000.

In its 26th season, the circuit (formerly known as the FLW Tour) features a roster of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals competing across six regular-season events, each with a top award of up to $135,000. The field also competes for valuable points to qualify for the 2021 Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, and the opportunity to compete for up to $235,000.

This event will mark the sixth time the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit has visited Lake Eufaula. The Pro Circuit last visited the Big Bass Capital of the World in May 2015, when North Carolina pro Bryan Thrift played the numbers game, hitting as many solitary objects – stumps, brush piles, rocks, logs – on the bottom of the lake as humanly possible to rack up a four-day total of 69 pounds, 14 ounces and take home $125,000. In 2013, pro Randy Haynes put on an off-shore clinic on Lake Eufaula, winning the event with a four-day total of 79 pounds, 1 ounce – an 11-ounce margin over then runner-up Thrift, who had multiple second-place finishes on Lake Eufaula prior to his 2015 victory.

Pro Clayton Batts of Butler, Georgia, who will be competing in this event, fished his first bass tournament in Eufaula, Alabama, at 10 years of age with fishing legend Tom Mann, and his first big tournament on Lake Eufaula when he was 12.

“This is probably the first big tournament I’ve ever fished on a lake where I’ve grown up fishing,” said Batts. “Lake Eufaula can be a competitive challenge, because the water level and clarity are constantly changing from day to day, so you have to really stay on the fish.

“Guys will have to be versatile during this event – I don’t expect to see one guy fishing one pattern the entire time. Even if they’re on a deep bite, they’re still going to have to find something shallow and have a shad or bluegill spawn or something else to go with it.”

Batts said he anticipates it will take around 20 pounds a day to win the tournament and bringing in consistent weight all four days will be the hardest part of the event.

“This is one of the best times to come to Lake Eufaula because everyone is going to be able to fish their strengths during this tournament,” continued Batts. “If a guy wants to go flip a frog all day he can, or if guys want to fish off-shore or run way up the river – it’s possible to win doing all of it.

“You’re going to have all three phases of pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn, with the majority of the fish being post-spawn. I think we’ll see guys flipping and fishing shallow with swim jigs, frogs and all your basic power fishing stuff, but we’ll also see guys off-shore throwing big crankbaits, swimbaits, big worms, swim jigs and a variety of baits.”

While the fishery is very versatile this time of year, pro Clabion Johns of Social Circle, Georgia, said he believes anglers will still have to dial in on specific patterns and baits if they want to stay relevant in the competition.

“Lake Eufaula fishes so well early in the year because there are always waves of fish coming to the bank, on the bank and leaving the bank,” said the Georgia pro. “However, usually by the end of April, the fish will go out the deepest I’ve seen on any lake I’ve ever been on – out to water more than 30-feet-deep. Once that last spawn wave hits, it gets tough as nails and the off-shore, deep-fishing guys start crushing it.”

Johns said later in May, with bluegill bedding and mayfly hatches, the bite moves up shallow again – so this will be an interesting time on Lake Eufaula to find the fish between those two stages.

“The shallow guys will have to get real specific to be competitive during this event,” said Johns. “It’s easy to catch a limit on Lake Eufaula, but it’s a lot harder to compete at the top of the leaderboard. The guys that know how to dial them in can catch big bags up there, but one bad decision can blow the entire tournament.”

Anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. CT Thursday through Sunday from Lakepoint Resort State Park, located at 104 Lakepoint Drive in Eufaula. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park daily at 3 p.m. Due to COVID-19 precautions, attendance is limited to competing anglers, family, essential staff and media covering the event. Fans are encouraged to follow the action online through the MLF NOW! live stream and coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com .

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, the full field of anglers compete in the two-day opening round on Thursday and Friday. The top 50 pros based on their two-day cumulative weight advance to Saturday. Only the top 10 pros continue competition on Sunday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Grundens Stop 4 Presented by A.R.E. – Lake Eufaula event will feature live on-the-water coverage and a two-hour action-packed television show that will premiere on the Outdoor Channel on Sunday, August 22 from 7 to 9 a.m. ET and re-air on the Sportsman Channel this fall. Weigh-ins will be streamed daily and fans can catch live on-the-water action all day Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16 on MLF NOW! beginning at 7 a.m. CT at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The 2021 season culminates with the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE presented by Mercury, where the top 48 pros in the points standings plus, 2020 TITLE Champion Rusty Salewske of Alpine, California, and 2020 Angler of the Year Ron Nelson of Berrien Springs, Michigan, will compete for as much as $235,000. The 2021 TITLE will be on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Aug. 17-22, and is hosted by Explore La Crosse.
For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitter,  Instagram and YouTube.


Mosley Junk Fishes His Way To Early Lead In Bassmaster Elite At Muddy Neely Henry Lake

Brock Mosley, of Collinsville, Miss., is leading after Day 1 of the 2021 Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake with 16 pounds, 15 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

May 7, 2021

GADSDEN, Ala. — After a few forgettable practice rounds, Brock Mosley polished his junk fishing repertoire to produce a shining start at the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake.

Mosley, a 32-year-old pro from Collinsville, Miss., weighed a limit of five bass on Friday that totaled 16 pounds, 15 ounces, putting him at the top of the pack in the tournament that was due to start Thursday but was postponed because of extremely heavy rain in the region earlier this week.

All that rain swelled Neely Henry’s water level and sent sediment shooting through the north end of the fishery. Anglers struggled to find clean water, if they could at all, and a muddy Neely Henry made fishing tough on those heading uplake. Others heading down the 11,250-acre impoundment found many of their spots inaccessible thanks to the flow of water choked at the natural bottleneck on the lake known as Minnesota Bend.

The varied conditions led Mosley to “junk fishing,” or using a variety of techniques and lures in numerous places to see what worked.

Something certainly did for him, with 5-pound and 4 1/2-pound kickers anchoring the limit he brought to the Gadsden City Boat Docks.

“It was a special day, especially after my practice,” Mosley said. “The biggest one I had in practice was only 2 1/4. I was hoping to just catch a limit today and they just bit better than they have all week. I’m fishing upriver, downriver, anything I can. It was just one of those days where everything bounced my way.”

Because he struggled to find anything consistent during practice, Mosley had no idea where he wanted to begin fishing Friday morning. He settled on a place, he said, mostly “because no one else was in there.”

“I was Boat 92 (of 98 taking off) this morning, and this being a small lake, I figured it might be the only place all day I wouldn’t fish behind somebody,” he said. “That’s where I caught the 4 1/2-pounder and I just started fishing new stuff from there. I had all my weight by 11 a.m., but I didn’t lay off anything because I didn’t have anything to lay off.”

Mosley noted that Friday’s weather (mid-60s, partly cloudy skies) was the best it’s been all week, which could have contributed to the better catches most anglers had.

“The fish also got a break yesterday (with the tournament postponed),” he said. “They got the chance to adjust to the high water, the low water. But it’s not easy. It’s a real grind out there.”

Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., is in second place with 16-7. Like Mosley, the 31-year-old pro was surprised by the heft of his bag, considering the struggles he endured in practice.

“I had a little place where I thought I could get some bites, but I couldn’t get to it,” New said. “The water was too low. So, I wound up messing around, practicing, junk fishing. I caught a 4 1/2-pounder and a 3-plus … I think I ruled some stuff out today, maybe added a few things. I think we can make something happen tomorrow.”

Reigning Bassmaster Angler of the Year Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, is in third place with 15-13. He was another in the long line of anglers who didn’t figure much out in practice but struck some Alabama gold when competition began.

“I caught four in practice doing the same thing I did today when I caught 15 or 20,” he said. “The water’s dirty still, but I think it’s making the fishing better. Nothing has been easy this week.”

Wendlandt won $1,000 for the 5-4 he caught that was the day's Phoenix Boats Big Bass.

“I kind of ran into that 5-4,” he said. “I’d love for that to happen again tomorrow.”

Matt Arey of Shelby, N.C., is fourth with 15-4, followed by Paul Mueller of Naugatuck, Conn., with 15-3 and Todd Auten of Lake Wylie, S.C., with 15-2.

A cluster of Alabama anglers is just behind that group — Clent Davis of Montevallo with 14-9, Gerald Swindle of Guntersville with 14-3 and Wes Logan of Springville with 14-1.

The full field of 98 Elites will take off again at 6:30 a.m. CT from the Gadsden City Boat Docks, also known as Coosa Landing, with weigh-in back at the docks at 2:30 p.m. The Top 48 after Day 2 will advance to the semifinal round on Sunday.

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

2021 Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake 5/7-5/10
Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden AL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

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

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


MLF Announces Updated Schedule for 2021 Western Events

New Dates and Locations Confirmed for Toyota Series, Abu Garcia College Fishing and U.S. Army High School Fishing Events on California Delta and Lake Havasu

TULSA, Okla. (May 7, 2021) – Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today an updated schedule for the 2021 Toyota Series Western Division, along with the accompanying Abu Garcia College Fishing and U.S. Army High School Fishing Open events.

The first Western event of the season, the Toyota Series at the California Delta, will run as scheduled next week, May 13-15, with the accompanying Abu Garcia College Fishing Open taking place on May 15 and the U.S. Army High School Fishing Open Presented by Googan Baits taking place on May 16.

The second Toyota Series Western Division event of the season, originally set for earlier this year at Lake Shasta, has been rescheduled to August 3-5, and will now take place on the California Delta in Oakley, California. The coinciding College Fishing event will take place on Aug. 5 and the High School Fishing Open Presented by Googan Baits is set for Aug. 6.

The third and final Toyota Series Western Division event in 2021, originally set to take place on Clear Lake, Sept. 23-25, has been moved due to low water conditions on Clear Lake. The event, and the accompanying College Fishing and High School Fishing events will now take place at Lake Havasu, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

UPDATED 2021 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Western Division Schedule:

  • May 13-15          California Delta                Oakley, Calif.
  • Aug. 3-5               California Delta                Oakley, Calif.
  • Sept. 23-25        Lake Havasu                      Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

UPDATED 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI Western Conference Schedule:

  • May 15                 California Delta                Oakley, Calif.
  • Aug. 5                   California Delta                Oakley, Calif.
  • Sept. 25               Lake Havasu                      Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

UPDATED 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Schedule:

  • May 16                 California Delta Presented by Googan Baits       Oakley, Calif.
  • Aug. 6                   California Delta Presented by Googan Baits       Oakley, Calif.
  • Sept. 26               Lake Havasu Presented by Googan Baits             Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

The 2021 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. consists of six divisions – the Central Division Presented by Neat Companies, Northern, Plains, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International division. Tournament winners and anglers who finish in the top 25 after three events in any of the six divisions qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Championship for a shot at winning $245,000 cash. Anglers may also qualify for the championship as one of the top 12 in the new virtual Wild Card division where anglers who fish four or more Toyota Series tournaments are ranked on their top three finishes.

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

U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournaments are two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and are open to any Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school team in the United States. The top 10-percent of each High School Open, held prior to June 14, 2021, will qualify to compete at the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship, held in conjunction with the High School Fishing World Finals June 30-July 3 on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the MLF BIG5’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitter,  Instagram, and  YouTube.


James River Looking Good For Basspro.com Bassmaster Northern Open

Richmond, Va., will host the Basspro.com Bassmaster Northern Open at James River May 13-15, 2021.

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

May 6, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. — Bassmaster Elite pro Bryan Schmitt has fished the James River for over two decades and said he’s impressed with the scenario awaiting anglers at the Basspro.com Bassmaster Northern Open.

Competition days will be May 13-15 with daily takeoffs from Osborne Park & Boat Landing at 6 a.m. ET. Weigh-ins for Days 1 and 2 will take place at the Landing at 2 p.m., while the Day 3 weigh-in is set to be held at the Bass Pro Shops in Ashland, Va., at 3 p.m.

Schmitt, who makes his home in Deale, Md., said recent mild weather trends have promoted favorable conditions on this tidal fishery. The bass and the areas where they live, he said, are both in great shape.

“The (river) system is definitely on an uptick as far as quality of habitat, water quality and the overall fish population,” Schmitt said. “You get a couple of springs that don’t get really nasty muddy and that allows (the bass) to have a really good spawn and allows the habitat to grow a little earlier.”

Shallow pads — mostly spatterdock — along with river grass comprise the common habitat features that have benefited from mild weather and good water clarity. Both of these, along with shallow wood, cypress trees, docks and old piers will offer abundant targets for what will likely be a diverse tournament.

“There will definitely be some fish spawning, some will have done it; it’s going to be a spawn-related event,” Schmitt said. “The fish could be anywhere, but I would say the upper region of the river will have a little better chance of having fish still spawning. It’s more of a deeper river, and those upper (fish) seem to go later.”

By contrast, anglers running downriver to the popular Chickahominy Creek (aka “Chick”) will likely be targeting postspawn fish. In any region of the James River, daily ebb and flow will position forage and bass, but Schmitt said the tidal influence is most profound with bedding bass.

“If I’m targeting spawning fish on the James River, I want higher water,” he said. “It seems like the fish need a little more water to feel comfortable. Then, if I’m fishing postspawn, I always want that low tide because it concentrates them in the deeper holes.”

Despite the relatively good water clarity, Schmitt said it is usually hard to sight fish James spawners because of the darker, tannic water color. That being said, looking for beds during low tide and then fishing the more relaxed bass during higher stages tends to deliver the best opportunities.

“If you have an area with fish on beds and the tide comes in, they’re more apt to bite,” Schmitt said. “It’s hard to beat a wacky-rigged or Neko-rigged Missile Baits 48 fished really slow. It’s painful, but that’s how you have to do it.”

Other likely baits for this event include swim jigs, popping topwaters, frogs, buzzbaits and shallow-running crankbaits. Schmitt said shaky heads and drop shots could also deliver, especially when probing deeper man-made structures.

“This has been my formula for the James River: You have to find a way to get a limit — no matter what size it is — and then you have to have a big-fish spot,” Schmitt said. “You have to be able to get one of those big bites a day.”

As Schmitt notes, the James River system holds a good population of Florida-strain largemouth bass. Genetically wired for massive growth potential, these big fish will impact the tournament’s overall results.

“If there’s not a big storm system and the water color stays good, I would say that 15 to 16 pounds a day will make the Top 10,” Schmitt said. “It would not surprise me if the winner had right around 60. There are some absolute giants in there now — 7, 8, 9-pounders — and if you can trick one or two of those a day, all of a sudden, it’s a really good day.

“I would say a 23- to 24-pound bag would be very good, just because the fish are going to be doing so many different things — pre-, post- and spawning. Also, just the sheer number of boats will dilute the opportunities.”

The full field will compete the first two days before the boater side is cut to the Top 10 anglers for Championship Saturday. The co-angler champion will be crowned after the Day 2 weigh-in. Coverage of the event will be available at Bassmaster.com.


Jacob Wheeler Wins Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour – Berkley Stage Two Presented by Mercury at Lake Travis

Harrison, Tennessee pro Earns Third Career Victory on Bass Pro Tour, $100,000

AUSTIN, Texas (May 5, 2021) – In a crazy finish that had bass-fishing fans watching the MLF NOW!® livestream on the edges of their seats, Academy pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, held off a late charge from Berkley pro “Big Fish” Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Florida, to win the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury event in Austin, Texas and the top prize of $100,000.

Link to Photo of Stage Two Winner Jacob Wheeler
Link to Photo Gallery of Wheeler’s Championship Day
Link to Video of Wheeler’s Trophy Presentation

Link to Video of Fish Catch Highlights from Day 6, Championship Round

Wheeler caught his last fish of the day at 2:19 p.m., a 2-pound, 2-ounce bass that gave him a total of 13 bass weighing 28 pounds, 13 ounces, and a 9-pound, 4-ounce lead with just under an hour left in competition. Then, Lane caught fire. Lane boated five scorable bass in the last hour to rally to within 2-ounces of the lead with just three minutes remaining in competition. But Lane never caught another fish, and Wheeler walked away with the win by just 2 ounces, a new record for the closest margin of victory in Bass Pro Tour history.

“Wow, that was unbelievable,” said Wheeler, who earned his third career Bass Pro Tour victory – most all-time. “I knew that I was going to have to have a good first and second period, and I just didn’t know how long I could prolong it. I grinded all day long. I felt like the best chance that I had was just to keep a topwater bait and a vibrating jig in my hand, so I threw those all day long and just fished for big ones. I never got a real big bite today, but I got more bites today and it was enough.”

Wheeler’s 1-2 pattern with the vibrating jig and the topwater bait centered around the docks. Wheeler would pick apart the dock with the vibrating jig, then throw the topwater bait in between while making his way to his next dock.

“The big key with the docks was that there was only a certain zone of the lake that had a little bit of dirtier water. The water clarity was the key more so than anything,” Wheeler said. “I couldn’t catch them on the flatter docks, it needed to have a channel bank or deeper bank adjacent to it. If it didn’t have 10 feet of water or more, I wouldn’t get a bite.

“The little ones would stay on the outskirts,” Wheeler continued. “I realized the big ones were in the top five feet of the water column and that was the key with the vibrating jig.”

Wheeler said that he threw a ½-ounce vibrating jig and caught them on four different colors. He fished it on his own Signature Series Duckett Jacob Wheeler Casting rod with a Duckett Paradigm Jacob Wheeler Baitcasting reel, using 20-pound Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon line.

Despite coming up 2-ounces short, second-place finisher Bobby Lane was still very optimistic after a red-hot start to his Bass Pro Tour season. After two events, Lane leads the 2021 Bass Pro Tour Angler of the Year race.

“I fished hard today, stuck with it, had a positive attitude and kept my confidence,” Lane said in his post-game interview. “I love Lake Travis, and I love the way I was catching them today. But congratulations to Jacob Wheeler, he out-fished me today and he earned it. Two ounces shy, it just wasn’t meant to be this week. It’s been a great start to the Bass Pro Tour for me this year and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m ready to go for the Harris Chain.”

The top 10 pros at the Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis finished:

1st:        Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 13 bass, 28-13, $100,000
2nd:       Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., 15 bass, 28-11, $45,000
3rd:       Mark Daniels Jr., Tuskegee, Ala., 10 bass, 23-11, $38,000
4th:       Brent Chapman, Lake Quivira, Kan., nine bass, 22-4, $32,000
5th:       John Cox, DeBary, Fla., 10 bass, 22-0, $30,000
6th:       Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 11 bass, 20-10, $26,000
7th:       Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C., seven bass, 17-1, $23,000
8th:       Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., seven bass, 12-3, $21,000
9th:       Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark., four bass, 10-1, $19,000
10th:     Cody Meyer, Star, Idaho, four bass, 9-0, $16,000

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

Overall, there were 90 bass weighing 194 pounds, 6 ounces caught by the final 10 pros Wednesday.

Browning won Wednesday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award, weighing in a 4-pound, 9-ounce largemouth that bit his bladed swim jig in Period 2. Fletcher Shryock of Guntersville, Alabama, won the $3,000 Berkley Big Bass award for the largest bass of the event with his 8-pound, 4-ounce bass that he weighed in on Day 2 of competition.
The MLF Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury was hosted by the Austin Sports Commission. The six-day event featured 80 of the top professional anglers from around the world competing for a purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

Television coverage of the Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury will be showcased across two two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, Sept. 11 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

The 2021 Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2022 championship. The next event for Bass Pro Tour anglers will be the Favorite Fishing Stage Three Presented by Bass Cat Boats, held May 21-26 at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action each day of competition. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

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


Georgetown College Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing Tournament on Smith Mountain Lake

HUDDLESTON, Va. (May 5, 2021) – The Georgetown College duo of Jacob Locke of Georgetown, Kentucky and Hunter Osborne of Irvine, Kentucky, took the win on Friday at the Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI at Smith Mountain Lake. The victory earned the Georgetown College team $2,000 and qualified the duo to compete in the 2022 College Fishing National Championship.
TOP 10 RESULTS*
RANK COLLEGE NAME ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Georgetown College Jacob Locke of Georgetown, Ky.
Hunter Osborne of Irvine, Ky.
5 24-0 $2,000
2nd Radford University Brandon Miskell of Vienna, Va.
Jackson Norton of Ferrum, Va.
5 20-1 $1,000
3rd Virginia Tech Jacob Johnson of Blacksburg, Va.
Perry Marvin of Peru, N.Y.
5 18-14 $500
4th NC State University Jacob Moore of Stanley, N.C. 5 18-2 $500
5th Western Michigan Bo Thomas of Edwardsburg, Mich.
Mason Vernia of Schoolcraft, Mich.
5 17-8 $500
6th University of South Carolina Nic Basham of Salem, Va.
Gabe Brown of Aynor, S.C.
5 17-2
7th California University of Pennsylvania David Blaker of Rices Landing, Pa.
Nick Fulks of Burgettstown, Pa.
5 17-0
8th East Carolina University Aaron Digh of Denver, N.C.
Austin Woody of Burlington, N.C.
5 16-5
9th Virginia Tech Jacob Hodges of Boones Mill, Va.
Paul Southern of Pulaski, Va.
5 15-9
10th Auburn University Chase Clarke of Auburn, Ala. 5 13-3
*Top 10 teams advance to the 2022 College Fishing National Championship

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

2021/2022 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI May 15 California Delta, Oakley, Calif. City of Oakley
Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance TBA - 2022 TBA TBA
The event was the first of three qualifying tournaments for Northern Conference anglers and was hosted by Visit Bedford.

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

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


Holston High School Wins U.S. Army High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing at Smith Mountain Lake

HUDDLESTON, Va. (May 5, 2021) – The Holston duo of John Milhorne of Abingdon, Virginia, and Dylan Thomson of Shady Valley, Tennessee, won the U.S. Army High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing at Smith Mountain Lake Presented by Googan Baits on Saturday in Huddleston, Virginia. The event was hosted by Visit Bedford and the victory advanced the winning team to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship.
TOP 10 RESULTS
RANK SCHOOL/CLUB NAME/CITY ANGLER NAME BASS WEIGHT
1st Holston HS Cavaliers* John Milhorne
Dylan Thomson
5 13-13
2nd Clinch Mountain Jr. Anglers Brenton Powers
Thai Tatum
4 10-14
3rd Southwest Virginia Jr. Anglers Carson Blevins
Blaine Miller
5 9-11
4th Badin Bandits Harrison McCall
Carson Palmer
5 9-3
5th Jefferson County Alex Gore
Kobi May
3 8-5
6th Bass Legends BBT Austin Blow
Chris Nolte
2 8-5
7th Winfield Ryan Fuellhart
Wyatt Gabehart
3 6-15
8th Long Creek Anglers Avery Doughty
Luke Miller
2 6-13
9th Capital City Jr. Bass Masters Wade Detweiler
Jacob Vanscoik
3 6-12
10th Fishaholics Trenton Carey
Josh Kauffman
2 3-10
*Top 10% of teams advance to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship

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

2021 UPCOMING QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing California Delta Open May 1 California Delta, Oakley, Calif. City of Oakley
2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing National Championship & World Finals Jun. 30 – Jul. 3 Lake Hartwell, Anderson, S.C. Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau
The first 25 high school teams that enter each U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournament will receive a free Favorite Fishing package, including one Favorite Fishing casting rod and reel, one Favorite Fishing spinning rod and reel, six packs of Googan Baits and two Favorite Fishing hats, a total package value of $230. Most tournaments will also be hosted by a Bass Pro Tour angler or Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit angler, giving high school students the chance to meet the sport’s top pros. As an added bonus, the winning team at each tournament will receive a guided fishing trip with their pro angler host.

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

In addition to the U.S. Army High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2021 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. More than $2.8 million in scholarships and prizes were offered at the 2020 World Finals.

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


Bobby Lane Wins Knockout Round at Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour – Berkley Stage Two Presented by Mercury at Lake Travis

Final 10 Anglers Set for Championship Wednesday and Final-Day Shootout for $100,000

Link to Photo of Knockout Round Winner Bobby Lane
Link to Video of Fish Catch Highlights from Day 5, Knockout Round

AUSTIN, Texas (May 4, 2021) – Berkley pro “Big Fish” Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Florida, caught 14 bass Tuesday totaling 28 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Knockout Round and advance to the final day of competition at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury event in Austin, Texas. The final 10 anglers are now set, and competition will resume Wednesday morning with the Championship Round. Weights are zeroed, and the angler that catches the most weight will win the top prize of $100,000.

The six-day tournament, hosted by the Austin Sports Commission, featured 80 of the top professional anglers from around the world competing for a purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

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

1st:        Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., 14 bass, 28-1
2nd:       Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., seven bass, 24-11
3rd:       Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 11 bass, 24-2
4th:       Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C., nine bass, 18-11
5th:       Mark Daniels Jr., Tuskegee, Ala., 10 bass, 18-2
6th:       Cody Meyer, Star, Idaho, eight bass, 17-7
7th:       Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark., six bass, 17-3
8th:       John Cox, DeBary, Fla., nine bass, 16-10

They’ll be joined by Qualifying Round Winners:

Group A: Brent Chapman, Lake Quivira, Kan.
Group B: Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla.

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

“Man, am I excited to be going to my second straight Championship Round in Texas,” said Lane, who finished in 10th place at the season-opening Bass Pro Tour event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. “Last year it seemed like I finished in 11th and 12th place all year long, but this is a new year and Bobby Lane is heading to his second straight Championship Round.”

Lane said he caught his fish Tuesday fishing the outside of marinas, mainly targeting docks and rocks.

“The key to my success so far this week has been my equipment,” Lane said. “I’m using the new (Abu Garcia) Veritas, 7-foot, medium, and this rod has been absolutely phenomenal. I love it. I’m fishing a wacky-rigged Berkley PowerBait (MaxScent) General worm (green-pumpkin) with a size 1 hook and a nail weight right in the head.

“I’ve got 10-pound braided line and I’m using an 8-pound-test Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon leader,” Lane continued. “I’m using a very long leader – around 14-foot. Fishing here on Lake Travis you’re going to break off, you’re going to get hung on the cables and you’re going to have to re-tie quite often. The longer leader allows me to re-tie more quickly and efficiently.”

Second-place angler Academy pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, was much more optimistic after his day on the water, Tuesday, than he was after only boating two fish in Monday’s Qualifying Round.

“It was a good morning, and a really tough afternoon – just as it has been the last few days – but we got it done and I’m so thankful for those quality bites this morning,” Wheeler said. “If I can get at least 10 keeper bites tomorrow, I think I’ll have a shot at this thing. I’m going to have to generate some big bites, though, so we’ll see what happens. I’m looking forward to going to the Championship Round. This feels good after yesterday’s struggles, so I’m ready to get after it tomorrow.”

Third-place pro Brent Ehrler of Redlands, California, also made the Championship Round in his second-straight event after a ninth-place showing at the General Tire Heavy Hitters all-star event last month.

“I left a fair amount of water today that I didn’t fish, so I’ve still got some stuff left to fish tomorrow,” Ehrler said. “I got kind of lucky today. I had a couple of key bites that really helped me get to where I’m at right now – over that 20-pound mark. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get those again tomorrow; they were kind of single fish. I found an area that had a few fish that had moved up – I’d already fished it earlier in the week – but a few more had moved up. I don’t think I can go back and catch those fish again. I’m going to have to bob and weave by the minute tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll have a chance at winning this thing.”

Rounding out the top 40 finishers were:

11th:     Mike McClelland, Blue Eye, Mo., eight bass, 16-4, $10,000
12th:     David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., nine bass, 16-2, $10,000
13th:     Mark Rose, Wynne, Ark., seven bass, 15-5, $10,000
14th:     Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala., seven bass, 14-10, $10,000
15th:     Jared Lintner, Arroyo Grande, Calif., seven bass, 14-10, $10,000
16th:     Alton Jones, Woodway, Texas, three bass, 13-8, $10,000
17th:     Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., seven bass, 13-4, $10,000
18th:     Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., seven bass, 12-15, $10,000
19th:     Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, S.C., five bass, 12-12, $10,000
20th:     Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., four bass, 12-5, $10,000
21st:     Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas, six bass, 11-15, $10,000
22nd:    Ott DeFoe, Blaine, Tenn., four bass, 11-10, $10,000
23rd:    Chris Lane, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 9-14, $10,000
24th:     Takahiro Omori, Tokyo, Japan, four bass, 9-6, $10,000
25th:     Jesse Wiggins, Addison, Ala., five bass, 9-1, $10,000
26th:     Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., five bass, 8-14, $10,000
27th:     Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., three bass, 8-9, $10,000
28th:     David Walker, Sevierville, Tenn., four bass, 8-7, $10,000
29th:     Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark., two bass, 8-5, $10,000
30th:     Miles Burghoff, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., five bass, 8-3, $10,000
31st:     Fletcher Shryock, Guntersville, Ala., four bass, 7-9, $10,000
32nd:    Edwin Evers, Talala, Okla., three bass, 5-10, $10,000
33rd:    Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas, three bass, 5-0, $10,000
34th:     Keith Poche, Pike Road, Ala., two bass, 4-14, $10,000
35th:     James Watson, Lampe, Mo., two bass, 4-2, $10,000
36th:     Tommy Biffle, Wagoner, Okla., one bass, 4-2, $10,000
37th:     Ish Monroe, Oakdale, Calif., two bass, 4-0, $10,000
38th:     Gerald Spohrer, Gonzales, La, two bass, 3-11, $10,000
39th:     Roy Hawk, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., two bass, 3-8, $10,000
40th:     Dustin Connell, Clanton, Ala., zero bass, 0-0, $10,000

There were 202 bass weighing 443 pounds, 6 ounces caught by 37 pros Tuesday, which included one 6-pounder and six 5-pounders caught from Lake Travis.

Browning won the $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award on Tuesday, catching a 6-pound, 3-ounce largemouth in Period 2. Berkley will award $1,000 to the angler that weighs the biggest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the largest bass of the tournament.

The MLF Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury is hosted by the Austin Sports Commission.

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

The final 10 anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. CT Wednesday from Mansfield Dam Park, located at 4370 Mansfield Dam Park Road in Austin. The General Tire Takeout will also be held at the park beginning at 3:15 p.m.

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

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action from the final day of competition from 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. CT. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury will be showcased across two two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, Sept. 11 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

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


Blankenship Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Kerr Lake

Brown Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division
HENDERSON, N.C.  (May 4, 2021) – Boater James Blankenship of Siler City, North Carolina, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina. Blankenship earned $5,488 for his victory at the event, hosted by the Vance County Tourism Development Authority.
TOP 10 RESULTS
RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st James Blankenship of Siler City, N.C. 5 19-9 $5,488
2nd Billy Shelton, III of La Crosse, Va. 5 18-2 $3,824
3rd Aaron Falwell of Forest, Va. 5 16-8 $1,829
4th Wesley Cashwell of Roanoke Rapids, N.C. 5 16-3 $1,281
5th Larry Church of Keysville, Va. 5 15-11 $1,098
6th Kevin Kane of Woodbridge, Va. 5 15-10 $1,006
7th Alden Patterson of Mebane, N.C. 5 15-9 $915
8th Greg Lahr of Fayetteville, N.C. 5 15-3 $823
9th Wayne Burchett of Pulaski, Va. 5 14-11 $732
10th Brian Morgan of Mooresville, N.C. 5 14-10 $640
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Kenneth Brown of Leesburg, Va. 5 18-1 $2,744
2nd Lenny Baird of Stafford, Va. 5 14-1 $2,012
3rd Matthew Waldron of Wake Forest, M.C. 5 11-10 $702
3rd Christopher Mills of Manassa, Va. 5 11-10 $702
3rd Timothy Kinder of Manassas, Va. 4 11-10 $952
6th Jason Hinger of Tinberlake, N.C. 5 11-7 $503
7th Tanner Glasglow of Newport News, Va. 5 11-4 $457
8th Scott Howard of Bedford, Va. 5 11-2 $389
8th Philip Ragland, Jr. of Fairfield, Va. 5 11-2 $389
10th Anthony Pulley of Chester, Va. 5 10-14 $320
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Billy Shelton, III of La Crosse, Va. 6-pound, 7-ounce bass $880
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Lenny Baird of Stafford, Va. 5-pound, 5-ounce bass $440
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Tyler Trent of Nathalie, Va. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Unspecified Jig N/A
Strike King Co-Angler Carolina Rig N/A
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Piedmont Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 14-16 Potomac River, Marbury, Md. Charles County Board of Commissioners
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 3-5 Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn. Jefferson County Department of Tourism
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

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

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


McDavid Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Douglas Lake

Bean Station’s Jones Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

DANDRIDGE, Tenn.  (May 4, 2021) – Boater Gregory McDavid of Blountville, Tennessee, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee. McDavid earned $13,056 for his victory at the event, hosted by the Jefferson County Department of Tourism.

TOP 10 RESULTS
RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Gregory McDavid of Blountville, Tenn. 5 18-8 $13,056
2nd Jeremy Shuman of Louisville, Tenn. 5 16-0 $2,403
3rd Jacob McCray of Big Stone Gap, Va. 5 15-5 $1,605
4th Rocky Huff of Chilhowie, Va. 5 14-11 $1,121
5th Curtis Hoskins of LaFollette, Tenn. 5 14-7 $961
6th Nick Hatfield of Greeneville, Tenn. 5 14-4 $881
7th Michael Anderson of Knoxville, Tenn. 5 14-0 $801
8th Bryant Ailor of Knoxville, Tenn. 5 13-11 $721
9th Philip Gordon of Middlesboro, Ky. 5 13-9 $641
10th Hunter Price of Morristown, Tenn. 5 13-8 $561
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Matthew Jones of Bean Station, Tenn. 5 14-0 $2,415
2nd Jeff Short of Bean Station, Tenn. 5 13-0 $1,207
3rd Dusty Kelley of Kingsport, Tenn. 5 12-4 $806
4th Travis Pridemore of White Pine, Tenn. 5 11-13 $523
4th Mike Holtsclaw of Limestone, Tenn. 5 11-13 $523
6th Lloyd Pickett, Jr. of Bartlett, Tenn. 5 11-7 $422
6th Pop Catalin of Cookeville, Tenn. 5 11-7 $422
8th Harrison Heins of Knoxville, Tenn. 5 10-8 $362
9th Bradley Stringfield of Oliver Springs, Tenn. 5 10-4 $322
10th Konnor Sweet of Abingdon, Va. 5 10-3 $282
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Brian Vicchio of Gray, Tenn. 5-pound bass $725
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Matthew Jones of Bean Station, Tenn. 4-pound, 13-ounce bass $360
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Gregory McDavid of Blountville, Tenn. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $7,000
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Unspecified Swim Bait/Jig N/A
Strike King Co-Angler Neko Rig N/A
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Volunteer Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 14-16 Lake Murray, Columbia, S.C. Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 3-5 Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn. Jefferson County Department of Tourism
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

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

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


Pare Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Lake Hartwell

Columbia’s Addison Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division
LAVONIA, Ga.  (May 4, 2021) – Boater Mitchell Pare of Statesboro, Georgia, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Lake Hartwell in Lavonia, Georgia. Pare earned $4,072 for his victory at the event.
TOP 10 RESULTS
RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Mitchell Pare of Statesboro, Ga. 5 15-14 $4,072
2nd Tra Dumit of Greer, S.C. 5 14-6 $1,796
3rd Ronnie Wilson of Kings Mountain, N.C. 5 13-14 $1,201
4th Sammy Moody of Piedmont, S.C. 5 13-13 $1,338
5th Matthew Guffey of Simpsonville, S.C. 5 12-12 $718
6th John Bitter of Maitland, Fla. 5 12-9 $659
7th Steve Thornhill of Pineville, S.C. 5 11-12 $599
8th Roger Vinson of Flowery Branch, Ga. 5 11-7 $539
9th Lane Gerbers of Blackstock, S.C. 5 10-11 $479
10th James Wade of Loris, S.C. 5 10-9 $419
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Harold Addison, II of Columbia, S.C. 5 10-4 $1,796
2nd Brandon Hendrix of Anderson, S.C. 5 9-15 $898
3rd Samuel Jones of Raleigh, N.C. 5 9-9 $598
4th Wayne Hancock of Cumming, Ga. 5 8-13 $419
5th Kenny Mathis of Boiling Springs, S.C. 5 8-5 $359
6th Tim Chadwick of Mount Pleasant, S.C. 5 8-4 $329
7th Westley Denny of Westminster, S.C. 5 8-1 $299
8th Brian Bultman of Aiken, S.C. 5 7-7 $269
9th Gage Spagnola of Columbia, S.C. 5 7-3 $239
10th Ken Hodges of Hodges, S.C. 5 7-2 $210
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Mitchell Pare of Statesboro, Ga. 4-pound, 15-ounce bass $230
Boater Big Bass Brian Anthony of Pickens, S.C. 4-pound, 15-ounce bass $230
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Jace Ramey of Easely, S.C. 4-pound, 9-ounce bass $230
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Sammy Moody of Piedmont, S.C. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Unspecified Jig/Blades N/A
Strike King Co-Angler Unspecified Jerkbait/Dropshot N/A
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
South Carolina Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 21-23 St. Johns River, Palatka, Fla. Putnam County Tourist Development Council
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 3-5 Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn. Jefferson County Department of Tourism
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

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

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


Wiggins Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Lewis Smith Lake

Cullman’s Benson Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

JASPER, Ala. (May 4, 2021) – Boater Jordan Wiggins of Cullman, Alabama, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Lewis Smith Lake in Jasper, Alabama. Wiggins earned $5,839 for his victory at the event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.

TOP 10 RESULTS
RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Jordan Wiggins of Cullman, Ala. 5 17-6 $5,839
2nd John Simmons of Jasper, Ala. 5 14-3 $2,419
3rd Andy Chappell of Warrior, Ala. 5 14-0 $1,614
4th Justin Blalock of Cullman, Ala. 5 13-12 $1,859
5th Lee Black of Danville, Ala. 5 13-8 $968
6th Wesley Smith of Vinemont, Ala. 5 13-6 $846
6th Destry Ford of Tuscaloosa, Ala. 5 13-6 $1,346
8th Ethan Flack of Baileyton, Ala. 5 13-4 $726
9th Carl Hayes, III of Eatonton, Ga. 5 13-3 $645
10th Greg Pugh of Cullman, Ala. 5 12-15 $536
10th Cameron Robinson of Jasper, Ala. 5 12-15 $536
RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Michael Benson of Cullman, Ala. 5 11-7 $2,419
2nd Chaz McMahan of Leoma, Tenn. 5 11-5 $1,210
3rd Johnny Suratt of Lawrenceburg, Tenn. 5 11-3 $807
4th William Maddox of Trussville, Ala. 5 10-15 $565
5th Troy Calloway of Sylacauga, Ala. 5 10-13 $484
6th Brad Smith of Montevallo, Ala. 5 10-12 $769
7th Willie Hill of  Tuskegee, Ala. 5 10-9 $403
8th Randy Wiggins of Birmingham, Ala. 5 10-5 $363
9th Daniel Corkern of Florence, Miss. 5 10-1 $302
9th Terry Harper of Ranburne, Ala. 5 10-1 $302
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Justin Blalock of Cullman, Ala. 5-pound, 14-ounce bass $730
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Jacob Robinson of Temple, Ga. 4-pound, 11-ounce bass $365
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Destry Ford of Tuscaloosa, Ala. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS
ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Unspecified Shaky Head N/A
Strike King Co-Angler Unspecified Berkley MaxScent N/A
2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Bama Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 7-9 Wheeler Lake, Decatur, Ala. Decatur Morgan County Tourism
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 3-5 Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn. Jefferson County Department of Tourism
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

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

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


Zack Birge Tops Qualifying Group B at Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour – Berkley Stage Two Presented by Mercury at Lake Travis

Oklahoma Pro Advance Directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round to Compete for $100,000 with Two-Day Total of 67 Pounds, 4 Ounce, Field of 38 Set for Tuesday’s Knockout Round

Link to Photo of Qualifying Group B Winner Zack Birge
Link to Video of Fish Catch Highlights from Day 2, Qualifying Group B

AUSTIN, Texas (May 3, 2021) – Favorite Fishing pro Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, boated 15 scorable bass Monday weighing 25 pounds, 2 ounces to win the two-day Qualifying Group B round at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury event in Austin, Texas. Birge’s two-days total of 33 bass weighing 67 pounds, 4 ounces, was enough to earn the victory by more than 9 pounds and advance the Oklahoma angler directly into Wednesday’s final-day Championship Round of competition.

The six-day tournament, hosted by the Austin Sports Commission, features 80 of the top professional anglers from around the world competing for a purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

Day 1 leader, Academy pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, caught a two-day total of 18 bass weighing 58-3 to end the round in second place, and South Carolina angler Andy Montgomery finished the round in third place with a two-day total of 15 bass weighing 34-0.

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

“The goal coming into today was to win the Round,” Birge said. “I had a near 10-pound deficit to Wheeler, but fortunately we were able to make that up. I was a little worried throughout the first period, but I slowly caught up and we ended up pulling ahead in the third period. I made some good decisions and ended up catching a few more at the end of the day that gave us a little bit of a margin.”

On a tough day where the majority of the field struggled, Birge excelled using an Omega Custom Tackle finesse jig.

“Basically, all I’ve done the past two days is thrown a small finesse Omega Custom jig,” Birge said. “It’s a green-pumpkin and purple jig, and I’m throwing it with a small trailer, a Googan Krackin’ Craw Junior. I’m throwing the jig on my 7-foot, 3-inch Signature Series Favorite rod with 12-pound Yo-Zuri T7 fluorocarbon line . I’ve been downsizing my line to try to get more bites – this water is gin clear, and I definitely think that has helped me get more bites throughout the day. That little jig gets a lot of bites and catches a lot of fish.”

Despite finishing the round in second place, Wheeler was definitely one of the anglers that struggled, Monday. After catching 16 scorable bass for 52-11 Saturday on Day 1, the Tennessee pro only managed to add two scorable bass to his tally.

“Although I came up short of winning, at the end of the day I’m trying to look at this more as a positive because the key to winning this tournament is going to be finding groups of fish,” Wheeler said. “Things are changing here, constantly. My pattern completely died today. The water temperature is rising – it’s up to 80 degrees right now – and I really think that to do well I’m going to have to get on a current-based pattern. I’m looking forward to getting back out here tomorrow and trying to see if we can’t catch them again.”

The top 20 pros from Qualifying Group B that now advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round on Lake Travis are:

1st:        Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 33 bass, 67-4
2nd:       Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 18 bass, 58-3
3rd:       Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, S.C., 15 bass, 34-0
4th:       Fletcher Shryock, Guntersville, Ala., 11 bass, 31-0
5th:       Ish Monroe, Oakdale, Calif., 14 bass, 30-2
6th:       Jesse Wiggins, Addison, Ala., 15 bass, 29-14
7th:       Dustin Connell, Clanton, Ala., 12 bass, 29-11
8th:       Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 14 bass, 28-3
9th:       David Walker, Sevierville, Tenn., 10 bass, 27-0
10th:     Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas, 12 bass, 26-9
11th:     Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 11 bass, 25-8
12th:     Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark., 13 bass, 24-13
13th:     Edwin Evers, Talala, Okla., 14 bass, 24-10
14th:     Ott DeFoe, Knoxville, Tenn., 12 bass, 24-5
15th:     Alton Jones, Woodway, Texas, 13 bass, 23-8
16th:     Jared Lintner, Arroyo Grande, Calif., 12 bass, 22-13
17th:     Roy Hawk, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., nine bass, 22-8
18th:     Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 12 bass, 21-15
19th:     Mike McClelland, Blue Eye, Mo., 12 bass, 21-13
20th:     Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., seven bass, 21-6

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

Overall, there were 162 bass weighing 334 pounds, 12 ounces caught by 38 pros on Monday.

Lefebre caught a 7-pound, 4-ounce largemouth on a finesse jig in Period 3 to win Monday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award. Berkley will award $1,000 to the angler that weighs the biggest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the largest bass of the tournament.

The MLF Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury is hosted by the Austin Sports Commission.

The 40 Anglers in Group A competed in their two-day qualifying round on Friday and Sunday – the 40 anglers in Group B on Saturday and Monday. With both groups two-day qualifying round now complete, the anglers that finish in 2nd through 20th place from both groups now advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round, while the the winner of each group advances directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round. In the Knockout Round, weights are zeroed and the remaining 38 anglers compete to finish in the top 8 to advance to the Championship Round. In the final day Championship Round, weights are zeroed and the highest one-day total wins. Full breakdown of the format can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. CT each day of competition from Mansfield Dam Park, located at 4370 Mansfield Dam Park Road in Austin. The General Tire Takeout will also be held at the park daily beginning at 3:15 p.m.

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

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all six days of competition from 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. CT. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury will be showcased across two two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, Sept. 11 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

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


Lake Seminole Readies to Host Toyota Series Event

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (May 3, 2021) – The Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Southern Division will kick off its third and final event of the 2021 season with a tournament next week in Bainbridge, Georgia, May 6-8, with the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at Lake Seminole . Hosted by the Bainbridge Convention and Visitors Bureau, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and Strike King co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus an additional $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner.

Anglers will take off daily at 7 a.m. ET from Bainbridge Earle May Boat Basin in Bainbridge, Georgia. Weigh-ins will also be held at the basin and will begin at 3 p.m. Attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to follow the event online through the “MLF Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

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

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

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


Lake Dardanelle Readies to Host Toyota Series Event

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (May 3, 2021) – The Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. Plains Division will kick off its third and final event of the 2021 season with a tournament next week in Russellville, Arkansas, May 6-8, with the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at Lake Dardanelle Presented by Fenwick . Hosted by the Russellville Advertising & Promotion Commission, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and Strike King co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus an additional $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner.

Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit pro Jason Lieblong has two Toyota Series wins on Dardanelle to his credit and knows the fishery about as well as anyone. With most of the bass done spawning, the Arkansas pro believes the fishing will be pretty diverse.

“The water is clearing up, and the river flow is dropping,” said Lieblong. “The bite ought to be good on the river parts, whether you lock down or go on up to Ozark. That’s going to take some pressure off the backwater areas and Illinois Bayou. The river stuff could be better than the lower end stuff – I’ll definitely be looking at it in practice.”

Dardanelle has a reputation as a junk fishing lake, where putting a good spread of rods on deck and a flexible attitude will do you a lot of good. Lieblong said he thinks that could be a good strategy again.

“The willow grass should be greening up, so it’ll be good enough to run swim jigs in it, and for ChatterBaits, frogs and buzzbaits,” said Lieblong. “The lily pads will still be pretty early, but there will be some places where they’re coming in on the river – the frog bite will be good this week. Plus, the shad spawn will be going on in some places too, so square-bills, spinnerbaits and ChatterBaits will also be a big play.”

In addition to a slew of shallow options, Lieblong said he thinks a few fish will be in play offshore on the lower end.

“I’ve seen some tournaments in the past with warm springs when they’ve caught them pretty good on shell beds and drop offs in May,” said Lieblong. “So, they’re going to catch some fish off them, and some of the locals have been out dropping brush.”

Despite a lot of recent tournament pressure, Lieblong said he thinks the fishing will be good and 44 to 46 pounds will win.

“Everyone is fishing, and I’m glad that they are, but they’re having fundraisers and high school events on Dardanelle every week it seems like,” said Lieblong. “It may not be as easy as everybody thinks, but everybody is going to catch some fish – all in all, it’ll be a fun tournament.”

Anglers will take off daily at 6 a.m. CT from Lake Dardanelle State Park. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park and will begin at 2 p.m. Attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to follow the event online through the “MLF Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

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

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

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


KVD’s Approach to Busting the Bubble

Courtesy of Luke Stoner - Dynamic Sponsorships

 

Kevin VanDam was the man on the Toro Cut Line here at Lake Travis for Stage TWO of the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour after his first day on the water.

KVD came into the second day of his Qualifying Round on the bubble; holding down the 20th place position after adding just under 10-lbs to the SCORETRACKER during a shortened day of fishing due to inclement weather.

The Team Toyota pro will be the first to tell you he isn’t exactly happy with his day one results. While most pros would be content with limping in and moving on to the Knockout Round by any means necessary, VanDam’s competitive fire burns too bright to allow that kind of thinking.

“After what I saw during our two days of practice I am really surprised I struggled as much as I did (on Saturday),” VanDam said. “I figured out two pretty strong patterns the second day of practice but couldn’t really get the momentum rolling with them yesterday. I caught a pile of fish but most were just under the 1-pound 8-ounce minimum. We’re going to change that on Monday.”

Make no mistake; VanDam has no intention of targeting just enough weight to survive today. You don’t win over $6.8 million dollars with a rod and reel by playing it safe.

No, KVD plans to put his foot to the gas on and catch as much weight as possible to get him as far away from the cut line as he can. Instead of making substantial changes or overthinking it, VanDam intends to employ the same two patterns that proved fruitful for him during practice, but with subtle tweaks.

“I’m going to try and catch a couple big finicky shallow water largemouth first thing in the morning and then spend the rest of the day on a deeper deal that I never could get going on Saturday,” VanDam explained. “I had several nice fish show themselves on day one, but couldn’t get them to eat. I’ll try to change up my timing a bit and see where that takes me.”

In a way VanDam’s brain is kind of like a high-speed bass fishing computer. He computes information he’s learned from previous experience, his Humminbird electronics, current lake and weather conditions, as well as recent knowledge gained from practice.

The product of all this data usually results in a game plan that finds KVD finishing near the top of the leaderboard. There is certainly a science to it all.

The second-prong of VanDam’s Lake Travis approach is an offshore pattern focusing on twenty to thirty feet of water. It’s a pretty “sneaky deal” as he called it, even for KVD. It never ceases to amaze me how one of the most followed, studied, and covered bass anglers of all time is able to keep anything a secret.

But VanDam always has a few tricks up his sleeve. If his approach works out the way he believes it could, KVD might put on a Texas-sized show today on Lake Travis.


West Virginia Pair Tops Junior Series Field At Lake Cumberland

West Virginia's Luke Stewart and Austin Craze, of Clay County Middle School and Clay County Elementary School, have won the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior Series at Lake Cumberland with 10 pounds, 1 ounce.

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

May 2, 2021

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. — Luke Stewart and Austin Craze were one of only three tandems to catch a limit on Sunday, and their 10-pound, 1-ounce haul was just enough to win the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior Series at Lake Cumberland.

Luke, 11, and Austin, 10, hail from the tiny town of Clay, W.Va., population 500, but they fished big in the derby that featured 32 duos from seven different states. The first cousins won $517 for the Clay County Middle School and Clay County Elementary School bass fishing team, part of a $1,360 purse split by the top four teams.

“The boys caught three fish on swimbaits and then caught two spawning fish, a smallmouth and a largemouth on a white wacky rig,” said the boys’ boat captain Mike Samples, who is Luke’s father and Austin’s uncle. “We were fishing in only a couple feet of water, mostly in the back of pockets around midlake. There were only five keepers today, but they were the right ones.”

The heavy of their bag was a 3-6 smallmouth Luke caught with the wacky rig.

“It swam into a bush, so I had to get it out of there,” Luke said. “Then he came right into the net. When I hooked it, I thought it was gonna be a big fish.”

Austin caught a 2-pound largemouth on a clear, 5-inch Senko worm to start the day right. He lost a 5-pounder later in the day that the boys wound up not needing to claim victory in the one-day event.

“This place is a lot like where we fish at home,” Austin said. “There are a lot of trees and a lot of rocks.”

The win continued a hot streak for the boys. Luke paired with his dad to win a 75-boat tournament three weeks ago on Summersville Lake back in West Virginia, and he and Austin teamed to win the state’s B.A.S.S. Nation Youth Championship last week.

The Kentucky team of Miles and Macgregor Allen (Holy Trinity) finished second with three fish weighing 9-12. They caught the big bass of the day — a 4-0 that earned them a $100 cash prize.

The Tennessee tandem of Jackson Leath and Hudson Clark (Mt. Juliet Fishing) placed third with five bass weighing 7-9, and Landon Gabby and Carson Bruner of the Southern Illinois Future Anglers finished fourth with a limit weighing 6-12.

2021 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior Series at Lake Cumberland 5/2-5/2
Lake Cumberland, Jamestown KY.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Luke Stewart - Austin Craze Clay Co Middle School and Clay C 0
Day 1: 5 10-01 Total: 5 10-01
2. Miles Allen - Macgregor Allen Holy Trinity 0
Day 1: 3 09-12 Total: 3 09-12
3. Jackson Leath - Hudson Clark MT.JULIET FISHING 0
Day 1: 5 07-09 Total: 5 07-09
4. Landon Gabby - Carson Bruner Southern Illinois Future Anglers 0
Day 1: 5 06-12 Total: 5 06-12
5. Tristan Stewart - DJ Johnson Mt. Pleasant High School (357) 0
Day 1: 2 05-13 Total: 2 05-13
6. Rex Reagan - Jonah Johnson Pickett County Elementary Fishin 0
Day 1: 2 05-08 Total: 2 05-08
7. Camden Randall - Peyton Davidson Mt Pleasant Junior Bass (297) 0
Day 1: 3 04-04 Total: 3 04-04
8. Lainie Holbert - Sarah Swindle Riverside Bass Team 0
Day 1: 3 04-00 Total: 3 04-00
9. Landon Pierce - Korbin Neat Casey County 0
Day 1: 2 03-05 Total: 2 03-05
10. Wyatt Downs - Brayden Huddleston Upperman (198) 0
Day 1: 1 03-00 Total: 1 03-00
11. Fletcher Brasington - Jaxon Melancon Headland High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-11 Total: 1 02-11
12. Owen Ray - Jackson Ray Rhea County Eagle Anglers 0
Day 1: 2 02-05 Total: 2 02-05
13. Jackie Hatfield - Levi Huffstetler Alcoa Fishing Team (244) 0
Day 1: 1 02-03 Total: 1 02-03
14. Mason Grose - Sailor Mckinney Southern West Virginia Jr Bassma 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Total: 1 02-01
15. Carson Howell - Colton Howell mount pleasant high school (200) 0
Day 1: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
16. Brayden Rivest - Christopher Volpe Off the Hook Junior Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 1 01-03 Total: 1 01-03
17. Austin Benson - Aubrey Hicks 0
Day 1: 1 01-02 Total: 1 01-02
18. Tate Reynolds - Blane Smith Russell County High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-01 Total: 1 01-01
19. Parker Batts - Brody Jones Jefferson County Patriots 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Gabe Browning - Evan Bradshaw Russell County Middle School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Dawson Bryant - Shelby County Jr Anglers 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Kaden Chadwell - Kaleb Chadwell Campbell County Middle School ( 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Cole Drawdy - Carter Rouse Mckeel Fishing team (225) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Tybee Flanery - Landon Chenault George Rogers Clark (605) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Cullen Howell - Talen Ashworth MOUNT PLEASANT high school (268) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Walker Larue - Jason Bennett Alcoa Middle School (219) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Annie Lassiter - Jameson Pursley warren county (451) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Mackenzie Muntz - Jacob Muntz Gibsonburg 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Jaxson Pierce - Tucker Larrance Jefferson County Patriots (410) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Gunnar Rhodus - Tre Smith Garrard County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Kayden Waller - Michael Harris Mt. Juliet high school (263) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
19. Kaleb Winstead - Gabriel Avalos Scotts Hill High School Anlgers 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00


Brent Chapman Wins Group A Qualifying Round at Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour – Berkley Stage Two Presented by Mercury at Lake Travis

Kansas Angler Boats Two-Day Total of 30 Bass Weighing 67 Pounds Even to Advance Directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round, 19 Anglers Advance to Knockout Round

Link to Photo of Qualifying Group A Winner Brent Chapman
Link to Video of Fish Catch Highlights from Day 2, Qualifying Group A

AUSTIN, Texas (May 2, 2021) – Toro pro Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kansas – who led Group A after the first day of competition – held his lead throughout the entire day Sunday, catching nine bass totaling 20 pounds, 8 ounces to win the two-day Qualifying Group A round at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury event in Austin, Texas. Chapman’s two-day total of 30 bass weighing 67 pounds even earned him the win by an 11-pound, 3-ounce margin and now advances him directly into the Championship Round of competition, set for Friday. The six-day tournament, hosted by the Austin Sports Commission, is being live-streamed online and filmed for television broadcast on the Discovery Channel and the Outdoor Channel later this year.

General Tire pro Mark Rose of Wynne, Arkansas, caught a two-day total of 23 bass weighing 55-13 to remain in second place. Favorite Fishing pro Mark Daniels Jr. of Tuskegee, Alabama, boated a two-day total of 22 bass weighing 40-1 to end the round in third place. After starting the day in 13th place, Polaris pro David Dudley of Lynchburg, Virginia , had the most weight on the day Sunday, weighing 11 bass totaling 23-15 to vault into fourth place with a two-day total of 19 bass for 39-10. Rounding out the top five is South Carolina pro Casey Ashley, who caught a two-day total of 20 bass weighing 38-10.

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

“I came into this tournament not really knowing what to expect. I thought I might have a good finish, but little did I know that I’d be leading after the first two days,” Chapman said. “That just shows you that when you stick to your strengths and fish what you’re confident in, it can pay off.”

Chapman pretty much threw the bass fishing rule book out the window and has went against the grain over the first two days of the event. Despite Lake Travis being a crystal-clear, desert-type impoundment, Chapman has gone to the lower end of the lake with a vibrating jig and had massive success.

“I’d like to think what I’m doing is a little bit off the wall down here in this clearer water, so hopefully it’s something on Championship day that I can have to myself and go out there and win this deal,” Chapman said.

Chapman said that all of his fish Sunday came on an unnamed ½-ounce and 3/8- ounce bladed jig. He threw the bladed jigs on a 7-foot, 6-inch KastKing Speed Demon Pro rod with a KastKing Bassinator Elite reel with an 8:1 gear ratio. For the ½-ounce bladed jig he used 20-pound Gamma fluorocarbon line, and for the 3/8-ounce bladed jig he used the same line but in 16-pound test.

“I typically throw a bladed jig on a 7-foot, 3-inch KastKing bladed jig rod, but this Speed Demon pro is a 7-foot, 6-inch swimbait rod with basically the same tip, but 3 inches longer. I’m making these really long casts in the clear water, so the longer rod helps. Plus, I’m able to hold my rod really high when I have to get up there really shallow.
“I couldn’t be more excited to win the round,” Chapman went on to say. “I’ve just fished what I’m confident in and so far, it’s paid off. I’m really looking forward to competing in the Championship Round.”

The top 20 pros from Qualifying Group A that now advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round on Lake Travis are:

1st:        Brent Chapman, Lake Quivira, Kan., 30 bass, 67-0
2nd:       Mark Rose, Wynne, Ark., 23 bass, 55-13
3rd:       Mark Daniels Jr., Tuskegee, Ala., 22 bass, 40-1
4th:       David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 19 bass, 39-10
5th:       Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C., 20 bass, 38-10
6th:       Chris Lane, Guntersville, Ala., 18 bass, 36-6
7th:       Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 19 bass, 35-8
8th:       Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., 18 bass, 33-12
9th:       John Cox, DeBary, Fla., 16 bass, 33-0
10th:     Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas, 12 bass, 32-10
11th:     Takahiro Omori, Tokyo, Japan, 14 bass, 32-1
12th:     Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 14 bass, 31-6
13th:     Keith Poche, Pike Road, Ala., 18 bass, 30-14
14th:     James Watson, Lampe, Mo., 13 bass, 28-10
15th:     Cody Meyer, Star, Idaho, 12 bass, 28-7
16th:     Gerald Spohrer, Gonzales, La., 11 bass, 28-0
17th:     Miles Burghoff, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., 12 bass, 24-5
18th:     Tommy Biffle, Wagoner, Okla., eight bass, 24-2
19th:     Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark., 11 bass, 23-10
20th:     Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala., 10 bass, 23-7

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

Overall, there were 219 bass weighing 470 pounds, 9 ounces caught by 39 pros on Sunday.

Pro Boyd Duckett of Guntersville, Alabama, won Sunday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award, weighing in a 5-pound, 14-ounce largemouth on a drop-shot rig during Period 1. Berkley will award $1,000 to the angler that weighs the biggest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the largest bass of the tournament.

The MLF Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury is hosted by the Austin Sports Commission.

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

Anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. CT each day of competition from Mansfield Dam Park, located at 4370 Mansfield Dam Park Road in Austin. The General Tire Takeout will also be held at the park daily beginning at 3:15 p.m.

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

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all six days of competition from 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. CT. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury will be showcased across two two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, Sept. 11 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.


Keith Combs Wins Toyota Series Event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Texas Pro Goes Wire-to-Wire for First Career Victory in MLF Competition, Earns $36,764 and Qualifies for Toyota Series Championship

BROOKELAND, Texas (May 2, 2021) – Pro Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas, brought five bass to the scale Friday weighing 10 pounds, 15 ounces to go wire-to-wire and win the Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. at Sam Rayburn Reservoir Presented by Berkley . Combs weighed in 15 bass over three days of competition totaling 63 pounds, 3 ounces, earning the win by an 8-pound, 10-ounce margin over second-place angler Josh Bensema of Willis, Texas. For his victory, Combs earned the top payout of $36,764 in the third and final regular-season tournament of the 2021 Toyota Series Southwestern Division.

Combs said it was actually his first win of any kind on Sam Rayburn, which was surprising considering his Huntington, Texas, address, and his years as a top-level pro angler.

“I’ve fished very few tournaments and not had a top 10 or 15 on this place,” said Combs. “I’ve finished second and third, but never won one. That was fun, I always wanted to.”

Weighing 22-9 on Day 1 and 29-11 on Day 2, Combs staked himself to a lead of more than 17 pounds heading into the third and final day. After a weather delay at takeoff that lasted more than 2 hours, Combs was forced to scramble a bit Friday to make sure of the win.

“The first couple days were really easy, but today we just didn’t have enough time,” said Combs. “I went to try to catch a couple big ones, but I had to just catch some fish. I would have loved to have had a full day to go out and stand on ‘em and try to catch a big bag again. They’re definitely there.”

On the first two days, Combs did what he’s famous for – catching big bass offshore.

“I stayed out, I cranked, I threw a big spinnerbait and a big swimbait,” said Combs. “I fished a lot of different spots, some of them were shallow, 4- to 6-foot. Some of the fish I’ve caught this week have been as deep as 16.

“There’s just not many fish out there. I had a good bag the first day and moved around and checked on a bunch of places. I felt like if I stayed out all day and fished for those big ones, I’d have a chance to catch five. Thursday, I stayed out all day, and I only caught seven fish, but the smallest one was a 4-pounder.”

On Day 3, Combs ended up altering his strategy and put a jerkbait and a crankbait in hand to nab a limit.

“Friday I just went and caught schooling fish on a little gravel bar,” said Combs. “It has a ton of 2- and 3-pounders. I hadn’t fished there all week, but I felt like I just needed to go catch a limit of fish today, so that’s what I did.”

Combs said he targeted a mix of hard spots on points and flats and isolated stumps. For the stumps, he could often pull up and make just a handful of casts, but he found himself fishing around a little more on the other offshore areas.

“I used my Humminbird MEGA 360 a lot. The stumps I know about, but a lot of the stuff was real big flats, and main lake points,” said Combs. “I would pull up, and I could look at 360 and fish around, and eventually you might see a fish or two. Then at least I knew which direction to throw. They’re big areas, so it was very important to run that this week.”

For his baits, Combs said he used a big single swimbait, a 1-ounce Strike King Bottom Dweller Spinnerbait in blue glimmer, a Strike King Magnum Squarebill 4.0 in Tennessee shad and a Strike King 6XD in chartreuse and blue.

With his fourth-place finish in the Southwestern standings and his win, Combs is now qualified for the Toyota Series Championship this fall on Pickwick Lake. From the sounds of it, he’s going to be a handful.

“I’m excited about that,” said Combs. “That’s a big money tournament. It’s pretty good to get an opportunity to fish for that kind of money. To me, it’s pretty incredible to fish for that kind of jack without having to spend $50,000 in entry fees. I think it will be a really good tournament. I got the opportunity to see what really lives in Pickwick when we were there for the Elites, and I know it will be tougher in the fall, but I think I’ll get a lot of practice time and I’m excited about it.”

The top 10 pros on Sam Rayburn Reservoir finished:

1st:           Keith Combs, Huntington, Texas, 15 bass, 63-3, $36,764
2nd:          Josh Bensema, Willis, Texas, 15 bass, 54-9, $15,147
3rd:          Jeff Bridges, Prosper, Texas, 15 bass, 52-0, $10,952
4th:           Todd Castledine, Nacogdoches, Texas, 15 bass, 44-4, $9,127
5th:           Cameron Mattison, Benton, La., 15 bass, 42-7, $8,214
6th:           Troy Roder, Brookeland, Texas, 15 bass, 40-14, $7,302
7th:           Mitchell Webb, Skiatook, Okla., 13 bass, 38-1, $6,639
8th:           Shawn Temple, Krugerville, Texas, 15 bass, 37-12, $5,476
9th:           Garrett Hilton, China, Texas, 13 bass, 36-9, $4,564
10th:        River Lee, Nacogdoches, Texas, 14 bass, 35-11, $3,651

Results for the remainder of the field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Combs also earned both of the Berkley Big Bass awards, weighing a 7-pound, 15-ounce largemouth on Day 1 to claim that prize of $128, then weighing a 7-14 on Day 2 to again earn the $128 awards.

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

Kevin Carter of Spring, Texas, won the Strike King Co-angler Division Friday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 36 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory, Carter won the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard motor.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers on Sam Rayburn Reservoir finished:

1st:           Kevin Carter, Spring, Texas, 15 bass, 36-1, Phoenix 518 Pro boat w/115-hp Mercury outboard
2nd:          Kevin Bonds, Cleveland, Texas, 15 bass, 31-6, $4,616
3rd:          Robert Davis, Lufkin, Texas, 12 bass, 30-12, $3,693
4th:           Jason Geesey, Heartland, Texas, 12 bass, 27-5, $3,231
5th:           John Goebel, Lumberton, Texas, 14 bass, 26-9, $2,770
6th:           Dustin Robinson, Glendale, Ariz., 13 bass, 25-1, $2,308
7th:           Jason Cochran, Pearland, Texas, 12 bass, 24-11, $1,846
8th:           Robert Spangenberg, Magnolia, Texas, 12 bass, 23-8, $1,616
9th:           Mike Power, Conroe, Texas, 12 bass, 22-13, $1,385
10th:        Kenny Moser, Alba, Texas, 10 bass, 20-5, $1,154

Co-angler Steve Baskins of Owasso, Oklahoma, weighed the largest bass of the day for co-anglers on Day 1, boating a 5-pound, 15-ounce bass to earn the $85 Berkley Big Bass award. Tristan Riddle of Nacogdoches, Texas, earned the $85 Berkley Big Bass award on Day 2 with a 6-pound, 8-ounce largemouth.

Despite the successful tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, the fishing community was deeply saddened on Thursday after an accident at the event claimed the life of a co-angler. Major League Fishing (MLF) announced Friday that the identity of the co-angler that died after falling from the boat had been released. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) confirmed that co-angler Pete Lammons of Houston, Texas, fell overboard near the San Augustine Park area. Attempts to rescue Lammons were unsuccessful. Lammons was an experienced co-angler, competing in his 57th career MLF event. He was also a former NFL football player, who played tight end for the New York Jets from 1966-1971, including winning the AFL Championship with them in 1968 and Super Bowl III in 1969.

The Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at Sam Rayburn Reservoir Presented by Berkley was hosted by the Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Chamber of Commerce. It was the third and final regular-season tournament in 2021 for Southwestern Division anglers. The next events for Toyota Series anglers will be a double-header, both held May 6-8 – the Toyota Series at Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia, and the Toyota Series at Lake Dardanelle Presented by Fenwick in Russellville, Arkansas. For a complete schedule, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com .

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

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


Bridges And Duncan Go Big For Bassmaster High School Series Win On Lake Cumberland

Caleb Bridges and Brady Duncan, of the Mt. Juliet (Tenn.) High School Fishing Club, have won the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors with 14 pounds, 4 ounces.

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

May 2, 2021

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. — Caleb Bridges and Brady Duncan saved the best for “almost last” at the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors held Sunday.

Bridges and Duncan were among the final teams to come to the stage at Halcomb’s Landing, and their five-bass limit of 14 pounds, 4 ounces jumped them to the top of the leaderboard. None of the final few tandems could bump them from that position, securing the tournament title for the Mt. Juliet anglers.

The duo won a $1,624 cash prize for their bass fishing team with the victory. The Top 12 teams split a total purse of $5,600 in the one-day tournament and the Top 15 of the 149 tandems competing qualified for the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. That event will be held July 29-31 on Chickamauga Lake in Tennessee.

Bridges and Duncan had already qualified for nationals through the Tennessee Federation, so they “fished big” at Cumberland, targeting largemouth bass bedding in the shallows along the shorelines of the sprawling 65,000-acre reservoir in south-central Kentucky. They located the bass they wanted during practice rounds on Thursday and Saturday, and they hadn’t moved when anglers hit the water again Sunday morning.

Bridges, 19, did the heavy lifting for Mt. Juliet, a collection of young anglers from the Nashville area. He used a Strike King swim jig (bluegill color) with a Reaction Innovations Spicy Beaver trailer for the best bass. A two-hour flurry of catches just after noon allowed the duo to complete their limit and eventually upgrade their total weight.

“We just kept pitching that swim jig around their beds and they were getting mad at it,” Bridges said. “We kept flipping. There were two or three fish we had to work on for 30 minutes to catch them. They finally turned on.”

Duncan, 18, said having already earned a spot in July’s National Championship provided him and Bridges the confidence to focus on the reservoir’s biggest bedding bass.

“We came here to win,” Duncan said. “Any other tournament, we’d be trying to qualify and we would have settled for (smallmouth). But that wasn’t going to cut it here.”

Jacob Lycans and William Copley of the Louisa (Ky.) Bass Club finished second with 12-14. Brandon Sales and Logan Johnson of Lenoir City (Tenn.) High School placed third with 12-10.

Will Hughes and Corbin Olsson of the East Grand Rapids (Mich.) team caught the biggest bass— a 4-6 that earned them a $100 cash prize.

The tournament was the second of four regular-season events scheduled in the High School Series this year. The first was held on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Florida in February, while events at Saginaw Bay, Mich., and Lay Lake, Ala., are scheduled for June 19 and June 26, respectively.

2021 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors 5/2-5/2
Lake Cumberland, Jamestown KY.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Caleb Bridges - Brady Duncan Mt. Juliet High School Fishing 0
Day 1: 5 14-04 Total: 5 14-04
2. Jacob Lycans - William Copley Louisa Bass Club HS Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 5 12-14 Total: 5 12-14
3. Brandon Sales - Logan Johnson Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 5 12-10 Total: 5 12-10
4. Blake Roberts - Riley Faulkner 0
Day 1: 5 12-03 Total: 5 12-03
5. Chanler Brake - Landon Brake Southwestern High School- KY 0
Day 1: 4 11-07 Total: 4 11-07
6. Rein Golubjatnikov - Matthew Pitcher Pittsford 0
Day 1: 5 11-04 Total: 5 11-04
7. Chase Hicks - Dyllan Jenkins Walker Valley High School 0
Day 1: 5 11-02 Total: 5 11-02
8. Trey Woliver - Trent Burns Heritage High School Maryville, 0
Day 1: 5 10-15 Total: 5 10-15
9. Keaton Smith - Jaydon Coggins Southwestern High School 0
Day 1: 5 10-02 Total: 5 10-02
10. Jake Mattingly - Landon Burton Danville Christian academy 0
Day 1: 5 10-01 Total: 5 10-01
11. Coleman Stewart - Keenan Stewart Boyle County High School 0
Day 1: 5 09-09 Total: 5 09-09
12. John Nutt - Carter Nutt Backwoods Bassin 0
Day 1: 5 09-02 Total: 5 09-02
12. Will Stephens - Lucas Wray Russell County High school 0
Day 1: 5 09-02 Total: 5 09-02
14. Andon Goins - Blake Wheat Rhea County High School 0
Day 1: 4 09-02 Total: 4 09-02
14. Corbin Templon - Kaleb Delaney Stewart County High School 0
Day 1: 4 09-02 Total: 4 09-02
16. Colby Patterson - Landon Dodson Rehobeth Bass Team 0
Day 1: 3 08-14 Total: 3 08-14
17. Kelcie Cobb - Austin Plants Lake Cumberland bass club 0
Day 1: 5 08-13 Total: 5 08-13
18. Connor Mclaughlin - Barclay Butler Scottsboro High School BassCats 0
Day 1: 3 08-12 Total: 3 08-12
19. Nicholas Boggs - Brady Howard Kentucky Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 5 08-07 Total: 5 08-07
20. Allen Powe - Jonathan Combs George Rogers Clark High School 0
Day 1: 4 08-07 Total: 4 08-07
21. Evan Fields - Evan Hellmann Collins High School 0
Day 1: 5 08-05 Total: 5 08-05
22. Presley Lannom - Preston Maddux Mt Juliet Fishing 0
Day 1: 4 08-05 Total: 4 08-05
23. Lane Lassiter - Braxton Campbell Warren County High School 0
Day 1: 5 08-04 Total: 5 08-04
24. Braden Leffew - Brady Raines Mt Juliet Fishing Team (300) 0
Day 1: 5 08-00 Total: 5 08-00
25. Will Hughes - Corbin Olsson East Grand Rapids 0
Day 1: 3 07-13 Total: 3 07-13
26. Logan Lemaster - Keaton Meade Cardinal Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 4 07-12 Total: 4 07-12
27. Brayson Claunch - Cameron Owens Boyle Co 0
Day 1: 3 07-12 Total: 3 07-12
28. Emory Olinger - Bryce Tucker Bledsoe County High School 0
Day 1: 3 07-11 Total: 3 07-11
29. Cole Johnson - Keegan Cranmer North Bullitt 0
Day 1: 5 07-10 Total: 5 07-10
30. Kaden Snavely - Logan Cardwell Central Florida Youth Anglers (3 0
Day 1: 5 07-08 Total: 5 07-08
31. Alex Standerfer - Collin Mcglin New London High School 0
Day 1: 5 07-07 Total: 5 07-07
32. Ryan Manis - Colton Cravens fentress county (511) 0
Day 1: 3 07-07 Total: 3 07-07
33. Braylan Tyler - Logan Ashby Franklin County High School (141 0
Day 1: 4 07-05 Total: 4 07-05
34. Ethan Chase - Dylan Kidder Garrard County High School 0
Day 1: 5 07-04 Total: 5 07-04
35. Jackson Baltz - Mason Bohland Noblesville High School 0
Day 1: 5 07-03 Total: 5 07-03
36. Nathan Reynolds - Jimmy Oguin Backwoods Bassin 0
Day 1: 5 07-02 Total: 5 07-02
37. Hayden Short - Archer Smith Burgin High School 0
Day 1: 5 07-01 Total: 5 07-01
38. Kolby Clark - Landon Grider Scottsboro High School BassCats 0
Day 1: 5 07-00 Total: 5 07-00
39. Hayden Marshall - Austin Bates Gardendale High School 0
Day 1: 4 06-15 Total: 4 06-15
40. Cameron Dials - Jordan Dalton Cardinal Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 5 06-11 Total: 5 06-11
41. Mason Mullins - Caden Graham Soddy Daisy High School (443) 0
Day 1: 2 06-06 Total: 2 06-06
42. Justin Waggener - Brantley Mckinney Burgin Independent School 0
Day 1: 5 06-04 Total: 5 06-04
43. Christian Misciagna - Owen Niles Oneida Lake HS Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 06-03 Total: 2 06-03
44. Landon Brown - Connor Mckinzie Bourbon County High School 0
Day 1: 3 06-01 Total: 3 06-01
45. Daniel Moon - Zachary Helton Halls High School (232) 0
Day 1: 5 06-00 Total: 5 06-00
46. Will Carnes - Lawson Hon Lincoln County High School (195) 0
Day 1: 4 05-13 Total: 4 05-13
47. Tucker Pendergrass - Lucas Roberts Livingston Academy 0
Day 1: 5 05-11 Total: 5 05-11
48. Peter West - Zach Knight Gallatin High School 0
Day 1: 4 05-11 Total: 4 05-11
49. Tyler Finley - William Cothran Mt Pleasant High School 0
Day 1: 3 05-11 Total: 3 05-11
50. BJ Collins - Owen Jenkins Chatuge Anglers 0
Day 1: 2 05-11 Total: 2 05-11
51. Fischer Barber - Wells Johnson Heritage Christian Academy 0
Day 1: 3 05-09 Total: 3 05-09
51. Easton Drennon - Chase McConnell Mt. Juliet Fishing (216) 0
Day 1: 3 05-09 Total: 3 05-09
53. Brayden Stotler - Braydon Myers Bloomington South High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-07 Total: 2 05-07
54. Will Oberman - Clay Oberman Garrard County High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-06 Total: 2 05-06
55. Joe Vaulton - Pierce Tollett Alcoa High School (644) 0
Day 1: 2 05-05 Total: 2 05-05
56. Andrew Haney - Kenneth Young Martin County High School 0
Day 1: 5 05-03 Total: 5 05-03
57. Jake Swindle - Cole Lackey Riverside High School 0
Day 1: 3 05-01 Total: 3 05-01
58. Ben Hester - Mason Caldwell Rhea County High School 0
Day 1: 3 05-00 Total: 3 05-00
59. Riley Christensen - Jeffrey Lotierzo Riley's Catch 0
Day 1: 4 04-15 Total: 4 04-15
59. Briar Dodson - Chris Fallon Gardendale Rockets 0
Day 1: 4 04-15 Total: 4 04-15
61. Clay Ferguson - Branson Campbell Russell County High School 0
Day 1: 2 04-14 Total: 2 04-14
62. Cole Berry - Graham Palmer Terre Haute North Vigo 0
Day 1: 3 04-11 Total: 3 04-11
63. Sadie Rodgers - Brentlea Rodgers Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 3 04-08 Total: 3 04-08
64. Logan Webb - Camden Bruner 0
Day 1: 3 04-07 Total: 3 04-07
65. Hannah Kempton - Jenna Morrow Wayne County 0
Day 1: 2 04-05 Total: 2 04-05
66. Andy Napier - Dalton Coale Spencer County High School 0
Day 1: 3 04-02 Total: 3 04-02
67. Kason Stockton - Alex West Wayne County High School- KY 0
Day 1: 2 04-00 Total: 2 04-00
68. Brent Key - Hunter Canova Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-15 Total: 2 03-15
69. Max Yeast - Clark Denney Somerset High School 0
Day 1: 1 03-15 Total: 1 03-15
70. Jake Krauth - Franklin County High School 0
Day 1: 3 03-13 Total: 3 03-13
71. Gregory Hansford - Walker Johnson Casey County Rebels 0
Day 1: 3 03-12 Total: 3 03-12
72. Zane O'Domirok - John Thompson Lenoir City High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-12 Total: 2 03-12
73. William Hoskins - Joshua Vanderpool Wilson Christian Academy 0
Day 1: 2 03-08 Total: 2 03-08
74. Dalton Benson - Mason Snider Mt. Juliet fishing 0
Day 1: 1 03-08 Total: 1 03-08
74. Mason Gross - Jason Mendenhall Carmi-White County 0
Day 1: 1 03-08 Total: 1 03-08
76. Cody Morgan - Brant Langley Bishop Kenny High School- FL 0
Day 1: 3 03-06 Total: 3 03-06
77. Cameron Aaron - Nate Aaron Russell County High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-04 Total: 2 03-04
77. Caden Cardoza - Brice Lumpkins Gallatin High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-04 Total: 2 03-04
77. Trent Rivers - Bennett Chenoweth Northville High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-04 Total: 2 03-04
77. Justin Robbins - Jordan Garrett Fentress County High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-04 Total: 2 03-04
81. James Saylor - Kyler Moore Garrard County High School- KY 0
Day 1: 1 03-04 Total: 1 03-04
82. Austin Hall - Hagan Merrick Lake Cumberland high school bass 0
Day 1: 1 03-02 Total: 1 03-02
82. Jacob Nekvinda - Devon Dvorak Benton Community 0
Day 1: 1 03-02 Total: 1 03-02
84. Gage Sharp - Levi Sharp La anglers 0
Day 1: 2 03-01 Total: 2 03-01
85. George Jude - Jacob Hunt Cardinal Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 3 02-15 Total: 3 02-15
86. Jacob Davidson - Tristen Boyd Mt Juliet High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-12 Total: 2 02-12
87. Summer Evans - Brandon Vanderpool Estill County High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-09 Total: 2 02-09
87. Blake Marcum - Nicholas Giompalo Martin County High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-09 Total: 2 02-09
89. Asher Peters - Andrew Davis Headland High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-07 Total: 2 02-07
90. Ryder Rousseau - Tyler Thilmany White Bear Lake 0
Day 1: 2 02-06 Total: 2 02-06
91. Tyler Phillips - Drake Crosby Montgomery County High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-04 Total: 2 02-04
92. Luke Fletcher - Michael Flynn Estill County High School- KY 0
Day 1: 1 02-03 Total: 1 02-03
93. Nathan Muse - Connor Chenault 0
Day 1: 2 02-02 Total: 2 02-02
94. Will Travis - Rhea County High school- TN 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Total: 1 02-01
95. Colton Parten - Colton Teffer Rhea County High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-00 Total: 1 02-00
96. Jake Carney - Knox Whalen Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 2 01-15 Total: 2 01-15
97. Logan Evans - Reece Nixon Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 2 01-14 Total: 2 01-14
98. Collin French - Daley Vincent Montgomery County High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
99. Brett Mouw - Tj Wright The Hill Toppers 0
Day 1: 2 01-13 Total: 2 01-13
100. Autumn Belcher - William Crawford Boyle County High School (597) 0
Day 1: 1 01-09 Total: 1 01-09
101. Zavian Smith - Skylar Cummins Lake Cumberland High School Bass 0
Day 1: 1 01-07 Total: 1 01-07
102. Tanner Mcclain - Garrett White Rhea County Eagle Anglers 0
Day 1: 1 01-06 Total: 1 01-06
103. Zachary Taylor - Ethan Thompson Walker Valley High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-05 Total: 1 01-05
104. Leah Parsley - Blake Pedley Bullitt Central High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-04 Total: 1 01-04
105. Ethan Burnette - Kendall Neal Wayne County High school 0
Day 1: 1 01-03 Total: 1 01-03
105. Harrison Wims - Coby Wright Gallatin High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-03 Total: 1 01-03
107. Dj Arias - Ayden Braddy Rehobeth High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-02 Total: 1 01-02
108. Clay Gough - George Rogers Clark (309) 0
Day 1: 1 01-01 Total: 1 01-01
108. Evan Taylor - Campbell Taylor George Rogers Clark HS (530) 0
Day 1: 1 01-01 Total: 1 01-01
110. Nick Aaron - Isaac Roy Russell County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Wayland Adkisson - Daniel Summers BGA 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Victor Alford - Jordan Boswell Roane County High School (305) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. John Anderson - Cain Obitts Bledsoe County High (415) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Taedem Ashworth - Evan Wood Mount Pleasant (369) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Bennett Bauer - Preston Venable RoCo Anglers 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Logan Beane - Kortni Gowers Shelby County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Kurtis Blair - Nate Turner Berea Bass Busters 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Alex Bowen - Aaron Mills Cardinal Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Kaden Casey - Jackson Pulley Montgomery County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Clay Christopher - Brent Christopher Boyle County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Dylan Colegrove - Dylan Liming Greenup County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Aaron Cravens - Noah Adkins Casey County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Levi Dalton - Nathaniel Craven Bullitt Central High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Chase Davis - Jonathan Stogner Shelby County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Logan Deloney - Tucker Williams Rehobeth high School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Christian Ferguson - Carter Hazlett Siegel High School (266) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Jacob Frizzell - Johnathan Walls Warren County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Lane Galloway - Levi Galloway Travelers Rest HS Devildog Angle 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Scotty Hagan - Mason Hagan Edmonson County HS BottomLine Ba 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Chloe Hollon - Cody West Southwestern High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Jake Hoover - Dickson County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Ben Howard - Jason Burchfield Southwestern High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Camden Judson - Lainey Judson Terre Haute North HS 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Jake Lovingood - Jonah Burchfield Alcoa High School (259) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Aidan Mann - Dakota Jude Cardinal Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Culley Mcdowell - Riley Margeson Warren County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Julian Moss - Hunter Tucker Gallatin High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Natalie Ochs - Russell County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Ashton Ozolins - Ethan Arkell Montgomery County Highschool 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Quinton Pepiot - Adam Stone Trinity Christian Academy 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Noah Ray - Kyler Smith Tullahoma High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Cody Smith - Rhett Stottlemire Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Hunter Spry - Hayden Spry Mt. Juliet Fishing 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Owen Spurlock - Landon Phillips Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. C.J. Stanley - Peyton Jones Rhea County Eagle Anglers 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Evan Waggener - Jacob Curry Martha Layne Collins High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Tyler Williams - Blaise Gatrell Terre Haute North HS 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
110. Kyle Wilmoth - Blaine Mattingly Central Hardin High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00


Afternoon Surge Earns Snyders B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series Win At Lake Eufaula

Rus Snyders, of Nashville, Tenn., has won the Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX at Lake Eufaula with a five-fish limit measuring 91.5 inches.

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

May 1, 2021

EUFAULA, Ala. — With several key bites in the afternoon, Rus Snyders took home the victory in the second 2021 Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX event of the season at Lake Eufaula, catching a five-bass limit that measured 91.5 inches.

Along with the trophy, Snyders, a Tennessee native, earned $5,500. Texas angler Doug Hill finished second with 89.5 inches, and Dylan Lowery of Georgia was third with 85.25.

“It means a lot,” Snyders said. “It is a lake I’ve never been to before. Eufaula is a legendary lake and I heard so much about it growing up and was really excited that B.A.S.S. was holding this tournament this time of the year. It suits my style, power fishing shallow.”

When he arrived for practice Wednesday, Snyders found an active shad spawn happening and attempted to unlock the bite with a number of baits — but with limited success. That continued during the tournament, as Snyders was only able to catch two small keepers during the shad spawn Saturday.

“I really struggled even after seeing bass bust all over the place,” he said. “Eventually, I left that area and thought I would cover as much water as possible and find some more active fish.”

As his struggles continued around the shad spawn area, Snyders took a look at the standings to see what others were catching and was surprised to see very few fish posted to the leaderboard.

Seeing the lack of activity allowed him to reset his mind and adjust his strategy. Around 9 a.m., Snyders caught his biggest bass of the day, a 20.75, on a Lucky Craft BDS3 crankbait.

“It was barely hooked. It was just by the skin of the lip,” he said. “So, I got very fortunate with that.”

After fishing another stretch of unproductive water, Snyders turned around and went back to where he caught the big bass and caught another 18.25-incher, this time on a black and blue swim jig on a 7-foot-2 medium-heavy iRod Stone Cold Swim Jig rod.

From there, Snyders used his Torqeedo 1103 motor, which he installed Friday on his Wilderness Systems Atak 120, to cover as much water as possible. Around noon, he caught a couple of fish around a group of cypress trees and keyed on that pattern the rest of the day.

“I looked at my map and tried to find all the cypress trees I could,” he said. “Sometimes it would be a few hundred yards or quarter-mile run from one patch to the next. I decided to stick with that pattern and they were eating that black and blue swim jig pretty good for the last couple hours.”

Not only was it his first time fishing Eufaula, but Saturday also marked the first kayak tournament in Hill’s long fishing career. He made the most of it, earning $2,188 and a spot in next year's national championship.

“This was my first kayak tournament and I came here with one goal, and that was to qualify for the championship,” Hill said. “It means quite a bit. All in all, it was a great day. I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.”

Fishing out of an Old Town kayak, Hill spent his day targeting postspawn bass around grass islands and found success flipping a creature bait to the edge of the grass.

The morning started fast for Hill, catching a 16-inch keeper on a spinnerbait. After missing a couple of bites, he made a move to the islands, switched to the creature bait and landed a 19-incher.

“It was game on from there. A little after 8 a.m. I had a limit,” Hill said. “Next thing I knew I was in the lead. I played chase with the gators the rest of the day. I lost three really good fish and another smaller fish and, to win a tournament you can’t lose fish.”

The boater traffic around his area also muddied up his water, making it harder for Hill to get a bite.

Knowing a lot of anglers would be targeting the shad spawn, Lowery, who grew up on Lake Eufaula, decided to fish a backwater pond he had only been in twice in his life. The bass there were guarding fry and he was able to coax them into biting a swim jig paired with a Big Bite Baits Kamikaze Swimon trailer on a 7-foot-6 heavy-moderate action Impulse rod.

He caught most of his bass in the first two hours.

“I was burning it over the lily pads and killing it on the edge and they would eat it as it was falling,” Lowery said. “I caught two in the creek on the way out of that backwater pond on a ChatterBait and then made a cull with 15 minutes to go on a swim jig on the main river.”

The third-place finish earned Lowery $1,515.

Nick Dyer earned $500 for catching the big bass of the day, a 24-inch largemouth.

The Top 10 anglers from this event earned a place in the 2022 B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak National Championship. More details on that event will be released at a later date.


Jacob Wheeler Leads Group B at Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour – Berkley Stage Two Presented by Mercury at Lake Travis

Tennessee Pro Catches 16 Bass Weighing 52 Pounds, 11 Ounces to Grab Early Lead on Weather-Shortened Day, Group A to Complete Two-Day Qualifying Round Sunday

Link to Photo of Qualifying Group B Leader Jacob Wheeler
Link to Video of Fish Catch Highlights from Day 1, Qualifying Group B

AUSTIN, Texas (May 1, 2021) – It was a back-and-forth battle at the top for most of the day Saturday, between pros Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, and Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury event in Austin, Texas. The duo traded the lead back and forth for most of Period 2, however Wheeler boated a 4-pounder right near the end of the Period, then added another 4-pounder shortly after the start of Period 3 to increase his lead to just over 10 pounds.

Then, Mother Nature intervened.

Lightning in the area forced tournament officials to institute a weather-delay at 1:35 p.m. as the 40 anglers on the water stopped fishing and took shelter. After a two-hour delay, and with no end in sight, officials called the day and competition was over. It was the first time in MLF Bass Pro Tour history that competitors did not complete three full periods and was also the shortest day of competition in history.

On the day, Wheeler caught 16 bass weighing 52 pounds, 11 ounces, to lead Qualifying Group B on their first day of competition. Wheeler will bring a 10-pound, 9-ounce lead over Birge into Monday’s second day of competition for Group B. In third place on the SCORETRACKER® leaderboard is Oakdale, California pro Ish Monroe, who caught 13 bass weighing 28-5.

The 40 anglers in Group B will have the day off on Sunday, while the 40 anglers in Group A will complete their two-day Qualifying Round of competition. Group B will conclude their Qualifying Round on Monday. The six-day event, hosted by the Austin Sports Commission, features 80 of the top professional anglers from around the world competing for a purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

“I had a tough practice and never really got dialed in, so I didn’t know what was going to go down this morning,” Wheeler said. “To have it all come together, it ended up being a really awesome day. I’m super blessed to be in the position that I am in, but I’m definitely going to have to catch them again on Monday.”

Wheeler said that he caught his fish on two different patterns.

“I don’t want to get too specific since we’ve still got a ways to go, but basically it came down to two different things for me – spending time on the bank with a topwater bait and catching fish around boat docks,” Wheeler said. “It seemed today like every dock had multiple fish on it. It’s just whether they were the right quality. This lake is full of ¾- to 1-pounders, but it’s not that easy to generate the bigger bites. I was fortunate to get into a little stretch today and catch a couple of the right ones.”

For Birge, he did all of his damage on just one bait, although he also was not ready to divulge specifics, yet.

“I actually started in a place I wasn’t planning on fishing,” Birge said. “I went in there to look for some schoolers because it wasn’t windy, but the schooling fish never showed up so I just went to the bank and started fishing what looked good and I ended up catching a bunch of fish.

“I caught everything on just one bait, but I didn’t really try anything else because they were biting it so good,” Birge said.

Birge did not mention his exact bait but did offer clues that he was running steep banks with an Omega Custom Tackle lure. His setup included a 7-foot, 3-inch Favorite Fishing Rush Casting rod and he threw his bait on 12-pound Yo-Zuri T7 fluorocarbon line.

The top 20 pros in Qualifying Group B after Day 1 of on Lake Travis are:
1st:          Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 16 bass, 52-11
2nd:         Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 18 bass, 42-2
3rd:         Ish Monroe, Oakdale, Calif., 13 bass, 28-5
4th:         Fletcher Shryock, Guntersville, Ala., eight bass, 22-12
5th:         Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, S.C., 10 bass, 20-3
6th:         Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark., 10 bass, 20-0
7th:         David Walker, Sevierville, Tenn., seven bass, 19-11
8th:         Ott DeFoe, Knoxville, Tenn., nine bass, 18-15
9th:         Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., nine bass, 18-9
10th:       Jesse Wiggins, Addison, Ala., nine bass, 17-12
11th:       Jonathon VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich., eight bass, 14-6
12th:       Dustin Connell, Clanton, Ala., six bass, 14-4
13th:       Cliff Crochet, Pierre Part, La., six bass, 14-2
14th:       Roy Hawk, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., four bass, 14-1
15th:       Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas, six bass, 13-15
16th:       Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., six bass, 12-13
17th:       Jared Lintner, Arroyo Grande, Calif., seven bass, 12-3
18th:       Alton Jones, Woodway, Texas, six bass, 11-12
19th:       Cliff Pace, Petal, Miss., six bass, 10-6
20th:       Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich., five bass, 9-12

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

Overall, there were 236 bass weighing 514 pounds, 4 ounces caught by the 40 pros on Saturday, which included one 8-pounder, one 6-pounder and two 5-pounders caught from Lake Travis.

Shryock won Saturday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award, weighing in an 8-pound, 4-ounce largemouth on a jig during Period 1. Berkley will award $1,000 to the angler that weighs the biggest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the largest bass of the tournament.

The MLF Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury is hosted by the Austin Sports Commission.

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

Anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. CT each day of competition from Mansfield Dam Park, located at 4370 Mansfield Dam Park Road in Austin. The General Tire Takeout will also be held at the park daily beginning at 3 p.m.

As part of the event, fans will also be treated to the Hill Country Hangout at Bass Pro Shops in Round Rock, Texas, on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event includes the opportunity to interact with Bass Pro Tour anglers, enjoy activities and special fan-only giveaways provided by MLF sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities in fishing seminars. All activities are free and open to the public. For more information on the Hill Country Hangout hosted by Bass Pro Shops, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

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

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all six days of competition from 6:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury will be showcased across two two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, Sept. 11 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.


Adkins Overcomes All Odds To Win B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional On Hartwell

Willie Adkins Jr., of Wayne, W.Va., has won the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional at Lake Hartwell with a three-day total of 34 pounds, 13 ounces.

Photo by Dalton Tumblin/B.A.S.S.

April 30, 2021

ANDERSON, S.C. — After 30 years of fishing the West Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation, Willie Adkins Jr. will finally get to fish for a national championship.

Adkins caught a limit of bass weighing 10 pounds, 8 ounces Friday on the final day of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional at Lake Hartwell to secure the victory with a three-day total of 34-13, earning $5,000 and a spot in the 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.

“I’ll never ask for anything else. I don’t care if I ever make the Classic, this right here tops everything for me,” Adkins said. “I probably won’t do it again and I’m going to eat it up.”

It was a moment Adkins thought he may never experience — for a number of reasons.

On his way to a tournament three years ago, Adkins was involved in a car accident that broke his left arm. Not only did the car accident leave doctors worried his arm may need amputation, Adkins also discovered he had Stage 4 kidney cancer and surgery was performed to remove one of his kidneys.

“The boy who hit me saved my life. The doctors told me I wouldn’t have lived six months if I hadn’t found out,” Adkins said. “They said I would lose my arm. I went to get a second opinion and the doctor told me he would see what he could do and he fixed it. Now I’m back fishing again.”

When he received the winner’s trophy from Tournament Director Jon Stewart, Adkins hoisted it above his head with both arms, celebrating more than just one victory.

When Adkins arrived at Lake Hartwell, his plan was to fish shallow water, similar to the style he fishes back home in West Virginia. To his delight, he was able to find some spawning activity in those shallow areas.

“I live to fish for bedding fish,” Adkins said. “Anybody who knows me, if I can find them I can catch them because I love to fish that way. I’m going to have a heart attack one of these days on the front of that boat trying to catch a fish off the bed. It is so exciting to see a big fish grab your bait.”

Throughout the week, Adkins targeted the spawners with a craw-imitating bait as well as a lizard. On the second day, he used a spinnerbait to target windy points around the main lake when the wind picked up in the afternoon. Adkins also gave credit to one of his co-anglers, Sam Nowalk, for helping him figure out Lake Hartwell.

After placing third on Day 1 with 13-6 and first on Day 2 with 10-15, Adkins began the final day targeting bedding bass and filled out his limit about three hours into the event throwing a floating worm around docks.

Around 10 a.m., Adkins noticed a group of spotted bass schooling in the middle of the lake and proceeded to make several important culls that improved his Day 3 bag.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “I looked out in the middle and these big spotted bass started coming up. I ran out there with a big spinnerbait and caught two 3-pound spotted bass.”

With just a few minutes to go, Adkins said he lost a fish that he estimated to be about 3 pounds and thought he lost the tournament.

“But I didn’t need it,” he said.

Adkins has a long scar on the back of his arm from surgeries to put replacement bones in his arm. While the cancer has not yet been beaten, Adkins said he is going to continue to fight the disease as long as he can.

“I’ve still got it. I’m still fighting and it’s not going to get me. I don’t care, I’m not going to give up,” he said. “I’ve fished this B.A.S.S. Nation for years and years and never even came close until this year. That boy saved my life in that car wreck and he gave me this, what else could I ask for?”

After barely making the Top 20 cut on Day 2, North Carolina boater Michael Belter jumped from 19th place to second on the final day with a limit weighing 14-2 to improve his three-day total to 33-12, earning himself a spot in the Nation Championship.

After failing to key in on any herring spawn during practice, Belter said he decided to fish for largemouth during the event.

“I didn’t even get my limit the first day,” Belter said. “I only had four fish because I was focused on catching largemouth. I was getting a lot fewer bites that way. But, this isn’t a points tournament and you have to catch as much as you possibly can, and I thought that would take largemouth.”

He did, however, start each day by fishing a buzzbait around a shad spawn he found along some riprap bank. From there, he moved to shallower pockets with docks.

On the final day, Belter filled his limit around 9:30 a.m. fishing a Dave’s Tournament Tackle HD Swim Jig under boat docks. Later in the day, he caught several fish off a bed that helped him cull his smaller fish.

“When I went to the docks Day 1, I couldn’t catch any on a swim jig. I got some fish to swipe at it, but couldn’t catch any,” he said. “Yesterday, I got a couple to swipe at it and then I could throw a Senko and catch them. Today, the first one I went to I caught a fat, little 12-incher and then I caught the big one. From there, I caught four more keepers.”

With a Day 3 bag of 11-11, South Carolina native Bryan Gunter finished third with 33-4, punching his ticket to the championship after boat issues almost derailed his day.

Gunter rotated through multiple topwater walking baits trying to capitalize on the herring bite on shallow points. On Day 1, Gunter caught five bass and only seven on Day 2, filling out his limit in the last hour both days. On the final day, he caught eight total fish, but they had the size to help him pull off a Top 3 finish.

In the process, Gunter traveled approximately 60 miles each day searching for high percentage areas.

“I skipped a lot of points that probably had fish on them, but I stuck with what I thought were high percentage points and what I thought was a high percentage bait,” Gunter said. “The largemouth I caught were postspawn. A lot of the spotted bass I caught were likely postspawn and were waiting for the herring to get there.”

Jody Belcher took home the co-angler victory with a three-day total of 20-2, catching 6-13 on the final day to give the West Virginia Nation team a sweep of the top spots in the tournament. Belcher was emotional after the victory remembering his late father and what he meant to his fishing career.

“This is pretty awesome,” he said. “This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and it means a lot to me. We’ve got a great team.”

The top finishers on the boater and co-angler side from each state earned a spot in the 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship to be held Nov. 3-5 on the Ouachita River in Monroe, La. The winner of that event will qualify for the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk on Lake Hartwell.

2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional Lake Hartwell 4/28-4/30
Lake Hartwell, Anderson SC.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Willie Adkins Jr Wayne, WV (WV) 15 34-13 0
2. Michael Belter Reidsville, NC (NC) 14 33-12 0
3. Bryan Gunter Ninety Six, SC (SC) 15 33-04 0
4. Richard Smith Cecilia, KY (KY) 15 32-13 0
5. Derek Lilley Charlotte, NC (NC) 15 32-09 0
6. Patrick Brown Swainsboro, GA (GA) 15 32-04 0
7. Coby Carden Shelby, AL (AL) 15 32-02 0
8. Ronald Pope Jr Georgetown, SC (SC) 15 32-02 0
9. Brandon Marks Walton, WV (WV) 15 31-14 0
10. Chris Jones Conway, SC (SC) 15 31-11 0
11. Nobuyuki Terajima Hermitage, TN (TN) 15 31-10 0
12. Chris Moody Brooks, GA (GA) 15 30-13 0
13. Jason Pittman Covington, MS (MS) 15 30-07 0
14. Bryant Copley Altavista, VA (VA) 15 29-05 0
15. Adam Richardson Littleton, NC (VA) 15 28-11 0
16. Zack Smith Starke, FL (FL) 15 28-10 0
17. John Wilkerson Nashville, TN (TN) 15 28-02 0
18. Adam Petty Garner, NC (NC) 15 28-01 0
19. John Proctor Conway, SC (SC) 14 27-14 0
20. Jay Ladner Perkinston, MS (MS) 13 27-02 0
21. Kyle Christopher Danville, KY (KY) 14 25-12 0
22. Lee Byrd Jr. Pell City, AL (AL) 15 25-02 0
23. Edward Owens Hemingway, SC (SC) 12 25-00 0
24. Charles Proctor Conway, SC (SC) 15 24-12 0
25. Paul Tyre Tallahassee, FL (FL) 15 24-05 0
26. Donald Tully Canton, GA (GA) 13 23-08 0
27. Trenton Pittman Covington, LA (MS) 10 18-15 0
28. Gary Little Soso, MS (MS) 10 18-14 0
29. Randy Huffman Charleston, WV (WV) 10 18-10 0
30. Joshua Milam Elkview, WV (WV) 10 18-08 0
31. Charles Morrison Georgetown, KY (KY) 10 18-07 0
32. Michael Eubanks Milledgeville, GA (GA) 10 18-07 0
33. Todd Chaney Catlettsburg, KY (KY) 10 18-02 0
34. Brent Long Lincolnton, NC (SC) 10 18-01 0
35. Chris Blair Newnan, GA (GA) 10 18-00 0
36. Bill Pioch Beckley, WV (WV) 10 17-13 0
37. Sam Jenkins Abita Springs, LA (MS) 9 17-11 0
38. Jeffrey Hager Alexis, NC (NC) 9 17-09 0
39. Mark Swink Shelby, NC (NC) 10 17-09 0
40. Patrick King Lincolnton, NC (NC) 10 17-05 0
41. Cody Huddleston South Charleston, WV (W 10 17-03 0
42. Jack Tibbs Jr Eufaula, AL (AL) 10 16-13 0
43. Brody Brown Pollocksville, NC (VA) 10 16-12 0
44. Steve Dyer Mt Plesant, NC (NC) 9 16-12 0
45. Sawyer Mcmurphy Long Beach, MS (MS) 7 16-08 0
46. Kevin Allen Newnan , GA (GA) 9 16-08 0
47. Bobby Bakewell Orlando, FL (FL) 9 16-06 0
48. Emile Gennaro Sr Wesson, MS (MS) 10 16-05 0
49. Kyle Fox Lakeland, FL (FL) 10 16-05 0
50. Roy Galbraith Guin, AL (AL) 10 16-04 0
51. Austin Woody Burlington, NC (NC) 9 16-03 0
52. Ed Newton Jr. Tifton, GA (GA) 10 16-03 0
53. Johnny Roth Lawrenceburg, IN (KY) 10 16-00 0
54. Scott Holmes Odenville, AL (AL) 10 15-15 0
55. Corey Smith Clermont, FL (FL) 10 15-14 0
56. Brendan Smith Lavonia, GA (GA) 10 15-11 0
57. Mike Lanier Leland, NC (NC) 8 15-07 0
58. Benjamin Nowalk Milton, WV (WV) 10 15-04 0
59. Brad Weese Petersburg, WV (VA) 8 14-15 0
60. Garrett Towler Powhatan, VA (VA) 9 14-06 0
61. Steve Wicker Pomaria, SC (SC) 10 14-02 0
62. Matt Martin Brookhaven, MS (MS) 8 14-01 0
63. Max Haygood Franklin, GA (GA) 8 14-00 0
64. David Cook White House, TN (TN) 10 13-15 0
65. Ben Ballou Spring Hill, TN (TN) 10 13-15 0
66. James Collins Holden, WV (WV) 9 13-13 0
67. Ivan Morris Virginia Beach, VA (VA) 8 13-12 0
68. David Presley Kingston , TN (TN) 10 13-09 0
69. Stephen Noble Newport, KY (KY) 8 13-08 0
70. Doug Sauls Winter Garden, FL (FL) 9 13-03 0
71. Joseph Puentes Clarksville, TN (TN) 7 12-12 0
72. Michael Gunn Mechanicsville, VA (VA) 9 12-11 0
73. Jeff Gilliam Gordo, AL (AL) 7 12-10 0
74. Bruce Sargent Gardendale, AL (AL) 9 12-06 0
75. Mark Bell Fisherville, KY (KY) 8 12-02 0
76. Keith Broyles Jackson, TN (TN) 8 11-15 0
77. Mark Jones Meadville, MS (MS) 9 11-13 0
78. Brandon Pritchett Goode, AL (VA) 5 11-05 0
79. Chirs Vickery Greenwood, SC (SC) 6 11-05 0
80. Brent Riley Cross, SC (SC) 7 11-05 0
81. Ryan O'Shea Crestview , FL (FL) 7 11-05 0
82. Travis Lively Vinton, VA (VA) 8 11-04 0
83. Nathan Sheehan Danville, KY (KY) 7 11-04 0
84. Jason Brown Beckley, WV (WV) 7 10-14 0
85. Will James Greenville, NC (NC) 8 10-09 0
86. Jeremy Homeyer Franklin, TN (TN) 7 10-05 0
87. Richard Hodges Camden, NC (VA) 7 10-03 0
88. Chuck Halbert Jr Lexa, AR (MS) 6 09-11 0
89. Mark Cooper Nicholasville, KY (KY) 6 09-06 0
90. Tom Hill Lexington, KY (KY) 7 09-04 0
91. Jeff Greene Pell City, AL (AL) 6 09-00 0
92. Sal Pinto Cumming, GA (GA) 8 08-04 0
93. Steve Gross Marianna , FL (FL) 6 07-12 0
94. David Boyd Jr Quincy, FL (FL) 6 07-05 0
95. J.C Christopher II Clarksburg, WV (WV) 5 07-02 0
96. John Thornton Russellville, AL (AL) 5 06-15 0
97. Alec Lancaster Hendersonville, TN (TN) 4 06-07 0
98. Toby Lillard Clarksville, TN (TN) 3 06-02 0
99. Jabo Bowman Talladega, AL (AL) 3 04-05 0
100. Jamie Lanier Jr. Branford, FL (FL) 1 00-14 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 73 444 799-11
2 65 423 742-12
3 21 121 225-13
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159 988 1768-04

TEAM STANDINGS Day 3
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State Lbs-Oz
1 SOUTH CAROLINA 327-04
2 NORTH CAROLINA 300-10
3 WEST VIRGINIA 296-01
4 VIRGINIA 272-08
5 GEORGIA 271-02
6 MISSISSIPPI 268-02
7 KENTUCKY 233-10
8 ALABAMA 221-10
9 FLORIDA 210-06
10 TENNESSEE 210-05

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 3
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VIRGINIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Bryant Copley Altavista, VA 15 29-05 0
2 Adam Richardson Littleton, NC 15 28-11 0
3 Brody Brown Pollocksville, NC 10 16-12 0
4 Brad Weese Petersburg, WV 8 14-15 0
5 Garrett Towler Powhatan, VA 9 14-06 0
6 Ivan Morris Virginia Beach, VA 8 13-12 0
7 Michael Gunn Mechanicsville, VA 9 12-11 0
8 Brandon Pritchett Goode, AL 5 11-05 0
9 Travis Lively Vinton, VA 8 11-04 0
10 Richard Hodges Camden, NC 7 10-03 0

WEST VIRGINIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Willie Adkins Jr Wayne, WV 15 34-13 0
2 Brandon Marks Walton, WV 15 31-14 0
3 Randy Huffman Charleston, WV 10 18-10 0
4 Joshua Milam Elkview, WV 10 18-08 0
5 Bill Pioch Beckley, WV 10 17-13 0
6 Cody Huddleston South Charleston, WV 10 17-03 0
7 Benjamin Nowalk Milton, WV 10 15-04 0
8 James Collins Holden, WV 9 13-13 0
9 Jason Brown Beckley, WV 7 10-14 0
10 J.C Christopher II Clarksburg, WV 5 07-02 0

MISSISSIPPI
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jason Pittman Covington, MS 15 30-07 0
2 Jay Ladner Perkinston, MS 13 27-02 0
3 Trenton Pittman Covington, LA 10 18-15 0
4 Gary Little Soso, MS 10 18-14 0
5 Sam Jenkins Abita Springs, LA 9 17-11 0
6 Sawyer Mcmurphy Long Beach, MS 7 16-08 0
7 Emile Gennaro Sr Wesson, MS 10 16-05 0
8 Matt Martin Brookhaven, MS 8 14-01 0
9 Mark Jones Meadville, MS 9 11-13 0
10 Chuck Halbert Jr Lexa, AR 6 09-11 0

GEORGIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Patrick Brown Swainsboro, GA 15 32-04 0
2 Chris Moody Brooks, GA 15 30-13 0
3 Donald Tully Canton, GA 13 23-08 0
4 Michael Eubanks Milledgeville, GA 10 18-07 0
5 Chris Blair Newnan, GA 10 18-00 0
6 Kevin Allen Newnan , GA 9 16-08 0
7 Ed Newton Jr. Tifton, GA 10 16-03 0
8 Brendan Smith Lavonia, GA 10 15-11 0
9 Max Haygood Franklin, GA 8 14-00 0
10 Sal Pinto Cumming, GA 8 08-04 0

SOUTH CAROLINA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Bryan Gunter Ninety Six, SC 15 33-04 0
2 Ronald Pope Jr Georgetown, SC 15 32-02 0
3 Chris Jones Conway, SC 15 31-11 0
4 John Proctor Conway, SC 14 27-14 0
5 Edward Owens Hemingway, SC 12 25-00 0
6 Charles Proctor Conway, SC 15 24-12 0
7 Brent Long Lincolnton, NC 10 18-01 0
8 Steve Wicker Pomaria, SC 10 14-02 0
9 Chirs Vickery Greenwood, SC 6 11-05 0
10 Brent Riley Cross, SC 7 11-05 0

FLORIDA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Zack Smith Starke, FL 15 28-10 0
2 Paul Tyre Tallahassee, FL 15 24-05 0
3 Bobby Bakewell Orlando, FL 9 16-06 0
4 Kyle Fox Lakeland, FL 10 16-05 0
5 Corey Smith Clermont, FL 10 15-14 0
6 Doug Sauls Winter Garden, FL 9 13-03 0
7 Ryan O'Shea Crestview , FL 7 11-05 0
8 Steve Gross Marianna , FL 6 07-12 0
9 David Boyd Jr Quincy, FL 6 07-05 0
10 Jamie Lanier Jr. Branford, FL 1 00-14 0

ALABAMA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Coby Carden Shelby, AL 15 32-02 0
2 Lee Byrd Jr. Pell City, AL 15 25-02 0
3 Jack Tibbs Jr Eufaula, AL 10 16-13 0
4 Roy Galbraith Guin, AL 10 16-04 0
5 Scott Holmes Odenville, AL 10 15-15 0
6 Jeff Gilliam Gordo, AL 7 12-10 0
7 Bruce Sargent Gardendale, AL 9 12-06 0
8 Jeff Greene Pell City, AL 6 09-00 0
9 John Thornton Russellville, AL 5 06-15 0
10 Jabo Bowman Talladega, AL 3 04-05 0

NORTH CAROLINA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Michael Belter Reidsville, NC 14 33-12 0
2 Derek Lilley Charlotte, NC 15 32-09 0
3 Adam Petty Garner, NC 15 28-01 0
4 Jeffrey Hager Alexis, NC 9 17-09 0
5 Mark Swink Shelby, NC 10 17-09 0
6 Patrick King Lincolnton, NC 10 17-05 0
7 Steve Dyer Mt Plesant, NC 9 16-12 0
8 Austin Woody Burlington, NC 9 16-03 0
9 Mike Lanier Leland, NC 8 15-07 0
10 Will James Greenville, NC 8 10-09 0

KENTUCKY
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Richard Smith Cecilia, KY 15 32-13 0
2 Kyle Christopher Danville, KY 14 25-12 0
3 Charles Morrison Georgetown, KY 10 18-07 0
4 Todd Chaney Catlettsburg, KY 10 18-02 0
5 Johnny Roth Lawrenceburg, IN 10 16-00 0
6 Stephen Noble Newport, KY 8 13-08 0
7 Mark Bell Fisherville, KY 8 12-02 0
8 Nathan Sheehan Danville, KY 7 11-04 0
9 Mark Cooper Nicholasville, KY 6 09-06 0
10 Tom Hill Lexington, KY 7 09-04 0

TENNESSEE
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Nobuyuki Terajima Hermitage, TN 15 31-10 0
2 John Wilkerson Nashville, TN 15 28-02 0
3 David Cook White House, TN 10 13-15 0
4 Ben Ballou Spring Hill, TN 10 13-15 0
5 David Presley Kingston , TN 10 13-09 0
6 Joseph Puentes Clarksville, TN 7 12-12 0
7 Keith Broyles Jackson, TN 8 11-15 0
8 Jeremy Homeyer Franklin, TN 7 10-05 0
9 Alec Lancaster Hendersonville, TN 4 06-07 0
10 Toby Lillard Clarksville, TN 3 06-02 0

2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional Lake Hartwell 4/28-4/30
Lake Hartwell, Anderson SC.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Jody Belcher Naoma, WV (WV) 9 20-02 0
2. Reggie Guffey Jr Bessemer City, NC (NC) 9 19-03 0
3. Travis Lugar McGaheysville, VA (VA) 9 19-01 0
4. Brian Canterbury Madison, VA (VA) 9 18-12 0
5. Dave Turner Crystal River, FL (FL) 9 18-01 0
6. Matt Luken Independence, KY (KY) 8 17-11 0
7. Spencer Humphrey Madison, VA (VA) 9 17-11 0
8. Timothy Garrison Jefferson, SC (SC) 9 17-07 0
9. Jay Phillips Bancroft, WV (WV) 9 17-05 0
10. Stacey Proctor Conway, SC (SC) 9 17-05 0
11. JJ Dickens Beaver, WV (WV) 8 17-01 0
12. Zach Leech Gastonia, NC (NC) 9 16-02 0
13. Mason Gunter Newnan, GA (GA) 9 15-02 0
14. Mark Pierce Cadiz, KY (TN) 9 15-00 0
15. Justin Jensen Laurel, MS (MS) 6 14-12 0
16. Brian Hughes Conway, SC (SC) 8 14-12 0
17. Skipper Smith Jr Moss Point, MS (MS) 9 14-10 0
18. Jason Hannah Dingress, WV (WV) 9 14-08 0
19. Mark Edmonds Eldridge, AL (AL) 7 14-03 0
20. Sonny Woodward Attalla, AL (AL) 9 13-15 0
21. Tanner Steffan Niceville, FL (FL) 9 13-02 0
22. Steven Mccrea Ocean Springs, MS (MS) 8 12-03 0
23. Kevin Walton Norfolk, VA (VA) 6 12-01 0
24. Michael Bray New Haven, KY (KY) 6 11-07 0
25. Marshall Rufo Lagrange, GA (GA) 8 11-07 0
26. Justin Hof Kinston, NC (NC) 6 10-00 0
27. Marc Marsh Prosperity, SC (SC) 6 10-00 0
28. Timothy Mayhew Danville, VA (VA) 6 10-00 0
29. Caleb Mccaffery Mccomb, MS (MS) 4 09-12 0
30. Roger Castillo Goode, VA (VA) 5 09-09 0
31. Shawn Lehr Clarksville, TN (TN) 5 09-03 0
32. Chase Bryant Milton, WV (WV) 5 09-00 0
33. Mark Moran Weston, WV (WV) 5 09-00 0
34. Larry Rockhill Tuscumbia, AL (AL) 5 08-15 0
35. Parrish Argo Thorsby, AL (AL) 4 08-09 0
36. Dan Carrigan Citrus Springs, FL (FL) 5 08-09 0
37. Daniel Jackson Townville, SC (SC) 6 08-08 0
38. Chuck Murray Jr Louisburg, NC (NC) 5 08-07 0
39. Travis Culbreth Columbia, AL (AL) 5 08-06 0
40. Daniel Herrmann Villa Rica, GA (GA) 6 08-06 0
41. Lane Bailey Granite Falls, NC (NC) 6 08-05 0
42. Andy Evans Kenly, NC (NC) 5 08-02 0
43. Keith Thompson Mooresville, NC (NC) 6 08-02 0
44. Bryan Asay Newnan GA YEMEN (GA) 4 08-00 0
45. Jarrett Hughes Conway, SC (SC) 5 07-15 0
46. Gary Kennedy Trion, GA (GA) 6 07-15 0
47. Mike Hildenbrandt Chesapeake, VA (VA) 5 07-13 0
48. Johndale Robertson Ponchatoula, LA (MS) 6 07-13 0
49. Larry Witt Forest, VA (VA) 5 07-09 0
50. David Wheat Choctaw, MS (MS) 5 07-06 0
51. Mason Wheeler Hebron, KY (KY) 5 07-05 0
52. Justin Grigg Clover, SC (SC) 5 07-03 0
53. Rod Gentry White House, TN (TN) 5 07-03 0
54. Chris Neely Sneads, FL (FL) 4 07-02 0
55. Nick Coleman Kuttawa, KY (KY) 5 07-02 0
56. Floyd Pittman Covington, LA (MS) 6 06-14 0
57. L.R. Amos II Claysville, PA (WV) 5 06-12 0
58. Samuel Nowalk Milton, WV (WV) 4 06-11 0
59. Tom Bateman Orlando, FL (FL) 4 06-11 0
60. Cliff Jenkins Elm City, NC (NC) 4 06-10 0
61. Jans Santiago Covington, GA (GA) 5 06-10 0
62. Ryan Rakestraw Villa Rica, GA (GA) 4 06-09 0
63. Carter Northcutt Maryville, TN (TN) 4 06-03 0
64. Justin Foster Bude, MS (MS) 3 06-02 0
65. Charles Nowling Andalusia, AL (AL) 4 05-15 0
66. Matt Hall Frankfort, KY (KY) 4 05-14 0
67. Nicholas Boggs Wheelersburg, OH (KY) 4 05-09 0
68. Georges Fattal Buford, GA (GA) 4 05-09 0
69. Barry Ward Louisville, KY (KY) 4 05-09 0
70. Kevin Jones Ft Campbell, KY (TN) 5 05-08 0
71. Jimmy Haggerty Palm Bay, FL (FL) 3 05-04 0
72. Lucas Oliver Morganton, NC (NC) 2 05-03 0
73. Scott Hill Gallatin, TN (TN) 3 05-01 0
74. Darryl Halbert Enoree, SC (SC) 3 05-00 0
75. Matthew Gower Carolina, WV (WV) 3 04-14 0
76. Kevin Postalwait Ripley, WV (WV) 4 04-14 0
77. Shawn Todd Aynor, SC (SC) 4 04-13 0
78. Tab Anderson Pendleton, SC (SC) 4 04-13 0
79. Rick Foss Jr La Grange, NC (NC) 3 04-12 0
80. Greg Barnes Morning View, KY (KY) 3 04-07 0
81. Buddy French Monticello, MS (MS) 3 04-04 0
82. Randy Ditto Tallahassee, FL (GA) 3 04-02 0
83. Robert Clarkson Jr Virginia Beach, VA (VA) 3 03-14 0
84. Daniel Sutton Franklin, TN (TN) 2 03-13 0
85. AJ Jones Odessa, FL (FL) 2 03-13 0
86. Pedro Quinones Lilburn, GA (GA) 2 03-12 0
87. Dave Frost Mount Dora, FL (FL) 3 03-10 0
88. Kris Trammel Portland, TN (TN) 3 03-08 0
89. Matthew Daniel Camp Hill, AL (AL) 3 03-04 0
89. David Uskavitch Franklin, TN (TN) 3 03-04 0
91. Dale Robertson Ponchatoula, LA (MS) 2 02-15 0
92. Jeramie Vance Scottsville, KY (TN) 3 02-14 0
93. Terry Weese Petersburg, WV (VA) 2 02-14 0
94. Lee Hanvey Opelika, AL (AL) 1 02-08 0
95. Chris Wiemar Warrior, AL (AL) 2 02-05 0
96. Buddy Elston Jr. Odenville, AL (AL) 2 02-02 0
97. Michael Chelinsky Vine Grove, KY (KY) 2 02-00 0
98. Matthew Keeble Lakeland, FL (FL) 1 01-04 0
99. Matthew Bass Tallahassee, FL (FL) 1 00-15 0
100. Bill Mayes Shelbyville, KY (KY) 0 00-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 54 219 364-02
2 0 218 363-03
3 18 66 116-01
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72 503 843-06

TEAM STANDINGS Day 3
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State Lbs-Oz
1 SOUTH CAROLINA 327-04
2 NORTH CAROLINA 300-10
3 WEST VIRGINIA 296-01
4 VIRGINIA 272-08
5 GEORGIA 271-02
6 MISSISSIPPI 268-02
7 KENTUCKY 233-10
8 ALABAMA 221-10
9 FLORIDA 210-06
10 TENNESSEE 210-05

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 3
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VIRGINIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Travis Lugar McGaheysville, VA 9 19-01 0
2 Brian Canterbury Madison, VA 9 18-12 0
3 Spencer Humphrey Madison, VA 9 17-11 0
4 Kevin Walton Norfolk, VA 6 12-01 0
5 Timothy Mayhew Danville, VA 6 10-00 0
6 Roger Castillo Goode, VA 5 09-09 0
7 Mike Hildenbrandt Chesapeake, VA 5 07-13 0
8 Larry Witt Forest, VA 5 07-09 0
9 Robert Clarkson Jr Virginia Beach, VA 3 03-14 0
10 Terry Weese Petersburg, WV 2 02-14 0

WEST VIRGINIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jody Belcher Naoma, WV 9 20-02 0
2 Jay Phillips Bancroft, WV 9 17-05 0
3 JJ Dickens Beaver, WV 8 17-01 0
4 Jason Hannah Dingress, WV 9 14-08 0
5 Chase Bryant Milton, WV 5 09-00 0
6 Mark Moran Weston, WV 5 09-00 0
7 L.R. Amos II Claysville, PA 5 06-12 0
8 Samuel Nowalk Milton, WV 4 06-11 0
9 Matthew Gower Carolina, WV 3 04-14 0
10 Kevin Postalwait Ripley, WV 4 04-14 0

MISSISSIPPI
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Justin Jensen Laurel, MS 6 14-12 0
2 Skipper Smith Jr Moss Point, MS 9 14-10 0
3 Steven Mccrea Ocean Springs, MS 8 12-03 0
4 Caleb Mccaffery Mccomb, MS 4 09-12 0
5 Johndale Robertson Ponchatoula, LA 6 07-13 0
6 David Wheat Choctaw, MS 5 07-06 0
7 Floyd Pittman Covington, LA 6 06-14 0
8 Justin Foster Bude, MS 3 06-02 0
9 Buddy French Monticello, MS 3 04-04 0
10 Dale Robertson Ponchatoula, LA 2 02-15 0

GEORGIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Mason Gunter Newnan, GA 9 15-02 0
2 Marshall Rufo Lagrange, GA 8 11-07 0
3 Daniel Herrmann Villa Rica, GA 6 08-06 0
4 Bryan Asay Newnan GA YEMEN 4 08-00 0
5 Gary Kennedy Trion, GA 6 07-15 0
6 Jans Santiago Covington, GA 5 06-10 0
7 Ryan Rakestraw Villa Rica, GA 4 06-09 0
8 Georges Fattal Buford, GA 4 05-09 0
9 Randy Ditto Tallahassee, FL 3 04-02 0
10 Pedro Quinones Lilburn, GA 2 03-12 0

SOUTH CAROLINA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Timothy Garrison Jefferson, SC 9 17-07 0
2 Stacey Proctor Conway, SC 9 17-05 0
3 Brian Hughes Conway, SC 8 14-12 0
4 Marc Marsh Prosperity, SC 6 10-00 0
5 Daniel Jackson Townville, SC 6 08-08 0
6 Jarrett Hughes Conway, SC 5 07-15 0
7 Justin Grigg Clover, SC 5 07-03 0
8 Darryl Halbert Enoree, SC 3 05-00 0
9 Shawn Todd Aynor, SC 4 04-13 0
10 Tab Anderson Pendleton, SC 4 04-13 0

FLORIDA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Dave Turner Crystal River, FL 9 18-01 0
2 Tanner Steffan Niceville, FL 9 13-02 0
3 Dan Carrigan Citrus Springs, FL 5 08-09 0
4 Chris Neely Sneads, FL 4 07-02 0
5 Tom Bateman Orlando, FL 4 06-11 0
6 Jimmy Haggerty Palm Bay, FL 3 05-04 0
7 AJ Jones Odessa, FL 2 03-13 0
8 Dave Frost Mount Dora, FL 3 03-10 0
9 Matthew Keeble Lakeland, FL 1 01-04 0
10 Matthew Bass Tallahassee, FL 1 00-15 0

ALABAMA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Mark Edmonds Eldridge, AL 7 14-03 0
2 Sonny Woodward Attalla, AL 9 13-15 0
3 Larry Rockhill Tuscumbia, AL 5 08-15 0
4 Parrish Argo Thorsby, AL 4 08-09 0
5 Travis Culbreth Columbia, AL 5 08-06 0
6 Charles Nowling Andalusia, AL 4 05-15 0
7 Matthew Daniel Camp Hill, AL 3 03-04 0
8 Lee Hanvey Opelika, AL 1 02-08 0
9 Chris Wiemar Warrior, AL 2 02-05 0
10 Buddy Elston Jr. Odenville, AL 2 02-02 0

NORTH CAROLINA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Reggie Guffey Jr Bessemer City, NC 9 19-03 0
2 Zach Leech Gastonia, NC 9 16-02 0
3 Justin Hof Kinston, NC 6 10-00 0
4 Chuck Murray Jr Louisburg, NC 5 08-07 0
5 Lane Bailey Granite Falls, NC 6 08-05 0
6 Andy Evans Kenly, NC 5 08-02 0
7 Keith Thompson Mooresville, NC 6 08-02 0
8 Cliff Jenkins Elm City, NC 4 06-10 0
9 Lucas Oliver Morganton, NC 2 05-03 0
10 Rick Foss Jr La Grange, NC 3 04-12 0

KENTUCKY
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Matt Luken Independence, KY 8 17-11 0
2 Michael Bray New Haven, KY 6 11-07 0
3 Mason Wheeler Hebron, KY 5 07-05 0
4 Nick Coleman Kuttawa, KY 5 07-02 0
5 Matt Hall Frankfort, KY 4 05-14 0
6 Nicholas Boggs Wheelersburg, OH 4 05-09 0
7 Barry Ward Louisville, KY 4 05-09 0
8 Greg Barnes Morning View, KY 3 04-07 0
9 Michael Chelinsky Vine Grove, KY 2 02-00 0
10 Bill Mayes Shelbyville, KY 0 00-00 0

TENNESSEE
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Mark Pierce Cadiz, KY 9 15-00 0
2 Shawn Lehr Clarksville, TN 5 09-03 0
3 Rod Gentry White House, TN 5 07-03 0
4 Carter Northcutt Maryville, TN 4 06-03 0
5 Kevin Jones Ft Campbell, KY 5 05-08 0
6 Scott Hill Gallatin, TN 3 05-01 0
7 Daniel Sutton Franklin, TN 2 03-13 0
8 Kris Trammel Portland, TN 3 03-08 0
9 David Uskavitch Franklin, TN 3 03-04 0
10 Jeramie Vance Scottsville, KY 3 02-14 0


Tennessee Tech Pair Targets Largemouth To Take Bassmaster College Series Lead At Cumberland

Jacob Woods and Samuel Vandagriff, of Tennessee Tech University, are leading after Day 1 of the 2021 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Bass Pro Shops with 17 pounds, 4 ounces.

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

April 30, 2021

JAMESTOWN, Ky. — Samuel Vandagriff and Jacob Woods know they have the luxury of choosing which species of bass they want to target during this week’s Carhartt Bassmaster College Series on Lake Cumberland presented by Bass Pro Shops.

But the duo from Tennessee Tech firmly believes that mastering the largemouth bite is key to winning on this massive reservoir that covers more than 65,000 acres in south-central Kentucky.

With the first of two competition days complete, they might be right.

Vandagriff and Woods, 20-year-old agriculture business majors, took the Day 1 lead on Friday with a limit of five largemouth that totaled 17 pounds, 4 ounces. Vandagriff anchored the bag with a 4-13 heavy, and he added a healthy 4-5 largemouth for good measure that gave him and his teammate just enough weight to lead at the halfway point on Cumberland.

In all, 225 tandems from around the U.S. are competing this week in the second of five regular-season College Series events taking place in 2021. The Top 12 tandems will earn cash prizes for their schools and the top 10% of teams (23 total) will qualify for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, to be held later this year at a yet-to-be-disclosed location.

Vandagriff and Woods got an early jump on the rest of the field with their opening limit.

“One of those bigger fish came off a bed and another one I caught on a bank,” Vandagriff said. “There’s a bunch of bedding fish here, but they’re all 2-pounders. So, we’re looking for the right ones.”

Vandagriff said Cumberland fishes a lot like Center Hill Lake, his home water in Tennessee, which put him in a comfort zone on Day 1.

“We caught a decent limit of about 13 pounds early and then just fished around,” he said. “Slowly but surely, we were able to add weight. Practice was pretty tough, so I’m thrilled with 17 pounds. And we’ll try to do the same thing tomorrow — go catch a small limit and then hope to add some bigger ones. We’ll have to have at least 17 or 18 (pounds) again if we’re thinking about winning this thing.”

The sun shined brightly on a cloudless Friday, with temperatures hovering in the mid-70s most of the afternoon. It was a welcome change for the anglers, following steady storms that soaked the Bluegrass State a day earlier, and many anglers took advantage of steady (but manageable) winds to zigzag across Cumberland searching for the variety of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass that swim here.

Chase Carey and Dylan Akins of Emmanuel College (Ga.) are just behind the leaders with 16-14. Brothers Carson and Jake Maddux of Auburn University are third with 16-9 and Dalton Smith and Cade Hayford of Campbellsville (Ky.) University are fourth with 15-12. Jack Dice of Liberty University in Virginia is fishing solo, but that didn’t keep him from charging into fifth place with 15-10.

Each of the Top 10 teams in the Day 1 standings caught limits as 51 of the 225 boats weighed the maximum number of fish.

Dice caught the big bass of the day, a 5-2 largemouth that put him in the lead for a $500 Carhartt gift certificate. Woods and Vandagriff have the early lead for the $250 Bass Pro Shops gift certificate that goes to the duo with the heaviest bag of the week.

The near picture-perfect weather that slipped into the area Friday could be disrupted overnight. A frost warning is in effect for Russell County early Saturday, with temps expected to plunge into the 30s before warming again into the 70s by Saturday afternoon.

The 2021 College Series began on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell in March and was headed to Alabama’s Smith Lake earlier this month before high water postponed that tournament until May 14-15. College anglers head to Michigan’s Saginaw Bay on June 16-17, and a wildcard tournament is scheduled for Alabama’s Lay Lake June 23-24 leading up to the National Championship.

Anglers will take to Cumberland again at 6 a.m. CT for the second and final day of the tournament, with weigh-in set to begin at 2 p.m. Both takeoff and weigh-in will be held at Halcomb’s Landing in the shadow of the Wolf Creek Dam.

Anglers from the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, as well as the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior Series, will compete in one-day tournaments Sunday on Lake Cumberland.

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

Angler Club/School Pts

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


The Tale of Two Strategies

Go big and aggressive, or small and subtle. That’s the question many Major League Fishing pros are toiling with this week for Stage Two of the Bass Pro Tour on beautiful Lake Travis. The gin-clear water that flows from the Colorado River helps to make this fishery just outside of Austin, Texas so scenic, but also presents its share of challenges to bass anglers. 

Costa Sunglasses pro Casey Ashley faired well during his first day of competition, catching 13 scoreable bass that have him sitting in 4th place halfway through his Qualifying Round. Ashley was quick to point out he caught a lot more than 13 bass today, but quality bites were tough to come by.

“Catching fish isn’t the problem on Lake Travis, it’s catching scoreable bass over 1-lb 8-ounces that’s challenging,” Ashley said. “This place is absolutely full of fish, but in practice it seemed like I could only catch big ones with something super aggressive, or super finesse. So I’m on two opposite ends of the spectrum.” 

Ashley rotated through several presentations today, but he racked up most of his weight on a big topwater tied to a 7:3:1 Quantum Smoke HD reel and a 7-foot medium action rod as well as a shakey head paired with a size 30 Smoke S3 spinning reel and 7-foot medium spinning rod. From 50-pound braided line to 8-pound fluorocarbon, Ashley explained his lure choices are based around water clarity. 

“The water is so clear in most places that the fish get too good of a look at what you’re throwing and they just won’t eat it,” Ashley offered. “Even in windy, cloudy conditions like we had today I either had to fish a fast, aggressive topwater or drag a finesse bait painfully slow to trigger scoreable bass to bite. It’s kinda impressive how finicky these fish can be.” 

The South Carolina native said there was over fifteen feet of visibility in many of the areas he keyed in on today. Ashley took advantage of the water clarity and a quality pair of polarized sunglasses during practice, spending a majority of his time looking with his eyes instead of his electronics.  

Keeping his trolling motor on high, Ashley covered a lot of shoreline during the second day of practice and ultimately found the stretches where he caught most of his fish during day one of competition. 

“The nice thing about fishing a lake this clear is you can learn a lot if you get some sunshine during practice,” Ashley said with a smile. “You can see so well it really allows you to learn how the bottom lays out. I was looking for quality fish that I could come back to, but I was also seeing what kind of cover bass were keying in on and that’s really what helped me most today.”

 


Brent Chapman Jumps Out to Early Lead at Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour – Berkley Stage Two Presented by Mercury at Lake Travis

Lake Quivira, Kansas Angler Leads After Day 1 of Qualifying Round Group A with 21 Bass Weighing 46 Pounds, 2 Ounces – Group B to Compete Saturday

AUSTIN, Texas (April 30, 2021) – Pro Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kansas, caught 21 bass totaling 46 pounds, 2 ounces, to grab the early lead in Qualifying Group A on Day 1 of the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury event. The six-day event, hosted by the Austin Sports Commission, features 80 of the top professional anglers from around the world competing for a purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

Chapman will bring a 5-pound, 6-ounce, lead into Sunday’s second day of competition for Group A. In second place on the SCORETRACKER® leaderboard is General Tire pro Mark Rose of Wynne, Arkansas, who has eight career victories – including a Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit (then FLW Tour) win on Lake Travis in 2017 – who caught 16 bass weighing 40-12. Texas pro Alton Jones Jr. of Waco sits in third place, 19½ pounds back of Chapman with 16 bass weighing 26-10.

The 40 anglers in Group A will now enjoy a day off Saturday, while the 40 anglers in Group B will begin their first day of competition. Group A resumes competition on Sunday.

Chapman had a huge third period rally Thursday, catching 18 pounds in the final period alone to overtake Rose and never relinquish the lead. He did most of his damage with a vibrating jig, but he also added a few keepers with a squarebill crankbait.

“What a day. If someone had told me I’d be leading after Day 1 of this event, I’d have told them they were crazy,” Chapman said. “It just goes to show you what hard work in practice does. I had an absolute blast on the water today doing what I love to do.”

Chapman caught most of his fish fishing stained water in the back of a creek, an area that he said he found on a prior trip to Lake Travis.

“The last time I was here, I went way up the river and flipped a big worm and a jig and caught fish in the dirtier water,” Chapman said. “I went up there again, but the lake is nearly 12 feet lower than the last time, so I think I’m a little too early for that deal. I got into this little creek that I remembered – it has a little bit of an off-color to it – and caught several fish there during practice.

“The thing that is most intriguing to me about that spot is that I caught a 4 (pounder) and several 2½ (pounders), so it seems like the average fish in this creek is a little better than everywhere else. It just seems like it has all of the perfect ingredients. I’m really looking forward to getting back out here Sunday, it should be a fun one.”

The top 20 pros in Group A after Day 1 on Lake Travis are:

1st:          Brent Chapman, Lake Quivira, Kan., 21 bass, 46-2
2nd:         Mark Rose, Wynne, Ark., 16 bass, 40-12
3rd:         Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas, nine bass, 26-10
4th:         Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C., 13 bass, 23-10
5th:         Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 11 bass, 22-8
6th:         Takahiro Omori, Tokyo, Japan, nine bass, 22-0
7th:         Mark Daniels Jr., Tuskegee, Ala., 13 bass, 21-14
8th:         Chris Lane, Guntersville, Ala., 11 bass, 21-11
9th:         Gerald Spohrer, Gonzales, La., nine bass, 21-6
10th:       John Cox, DeBary, Fla., 10 bass, 20-10
11th:       Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., nine bass, 19-9
12th:       Todd Faircloth, Jasper, Texas, seven bass, 15-15
13th:       David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., eight bass, 15-11
14th:       James Watson, Lampe, Mo., seven bass, 15-1
15th:       Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala., five bass, 14-6
16th:       Tommy Biffle, Wagoner, Okla., four bass, 14-5
17th:       Keith Poche, Pike Road, Ala., eight bass, 13-13
18th:       Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., seven bass, 12-1
19th:       Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif., five bass, 11-15
20th:       Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 11-7

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

Overall, there were 244 bass weighing 526 pounds, 14 ounces caught by the 40 pros on Friday, which included one 7-pounder, one 6-pounder and 11 4-pounders caught from Lake Travis.

Russ Lane won Friday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award, weighing in a 7-pound, 12-ounce largemouth on a swimbait during Period 1.

Berkley will award $1,000 to the angler that weighs the biggest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the largest bass of the tournament.

The MLF Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury is hosted by the Austin Sports Commission.

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

Anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. CT each day of competition from Mansfield Dam Park, located at 4370 Mansfield Dam Park Road in Austin. The General Tire Takeout will also be held at the park daily beginning at 3 p.m.

As part of the event, fans will also be treated to the Hill Country Hangout at Bass Pro Shops in Round Rock, Texas, on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event includes the opportunity to interact with Bass Pro Tour anglers, enjoy activities and special fan-only giveaways provided by MLF sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities in fishing seminars. All activities are free and open to the public. For more information on the Hill Country Hangout hosted by Bass Pro Shops, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

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

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all six days of competition from 6:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury will be showcased across two two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, Sept. 11 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

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


Sam Rayburn Set to Host Toyota Series Event

BROOKELAND, Texas (April 28, 2021) – The Major League Fishing (MLF) Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. Southwestern Division will continue its 2021 season with a tournament this week in Brookeland, Texas, April 28-30, with the Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. at the Sam Rayburn Reservoir Presented by Berkley . Hosted by the Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Area Chamber of Commerce, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and Strike King co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus an additional $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner.

Anglers will take off daily at 6:30 a.m. CT from the Umphrey Family Pavilion in Brookeland. Weigh-ins will also be held at the pavilion and will begin at 2:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to follow the event online through the “MLF Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

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

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

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


Tennessee Angler Terajima Takes B.A.S.S. Nation Regional Lead On Lake Hartwell

Nobuyuki Terajima, of Hermitage, Tenn., is leading after Day 1 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional at Lake Hartwell with 14 pounds, 2 ounces.

Photo by Dalton Tumblin/B.A.S.S.

April 28, 2021

ANDERSON, S.C. — Nobuyuki Terajima secured a five-bass limit of 14 pounds, 2 ounces Wednesday to take the lead on Day 1 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional at Lake Hartwell.

It was a good start for the Tennessee pro, who is in search of his fourth appearance in the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. The Japanese-born angler holds an 11-ounce lead over Georgia angler Donald Tully, who is second with 13-7.

“I found a good morning bite on a shallow point,” Terajima said. “I was lucky enough to get four keepers in the morning.”

This isn’t the first time Terajima has found success on Lake Hartwell. During the 2019 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, he caught 29-5 and finished seventh in the field of 60 anglers.

That tournament was in November, however, and Terajima said he had to start from scratch when he began preparing for this week’s tournament.

“I had a horrible practice,” he said. “The water temperature went up a little bit and I couldn’t find any good fish. Only some in the shallow area. I feel lucky today.”

After a bad practice, Terajima started on a shallow point that had active bass and proceeded to catch three spots and a largemouth. As the day progressed, he moved shallow and landed a largemouth that he estimated was over 4 pounds.

“I didn’t see any beds. I wasn’t sight fishing, the line just started moving,” he said. “I culled four fish today.”

When Tully left the dock this morning, he was still unsure of which direction he was going. He decided to head up the Seneca River section of Hartwell and it paid off with a limit of largemouth.

He caught the majority of his bass on a topwater bait fishing main-lake points in 8 to 10 feet of water. Once he filled his limit, he moved shallow and targeted a couple of bass he found on bed.

“I could have kept two rods on the deck of the boat,” he said. “I just kept running the same type of water once I figured out where they were. I had nine spots that I rotated through, and if I caught a fish on a spot and saw something on the way down the river that looked similar I would check it out for tomorrow.”

In practice, Tully said he found a lot of bass cruising the shallows that he could not get to commit. Instead, he decided to target the bass that had finished spawning a couple of weeks before and were headed back to the main lake.

He added that Hartwell sets up a lot like Lake Lanier, a lake he fishes frequently.

With 13-6, Wayne, W.V., native Willie Adkins Jr. finished Day 1 in third place, anchoring his bag with a 6-0 largemouth that currently holds the lead for big bass of the tournament. Adkins did a lot of his damage on a fluke and covered as much water as he could throughout the day.

“I fished hard all day but lost about five fish. I should have had 18 or 20 pounds easy,” Adkins said.

A shallow-water angler at heart, Adkins used that mindset to target largemouth bass around docks and coves in the main-lake area. He estimated he made about 50 stops, hitting each area for a short time before moving to the next.

On Thursday, Adkins plans to fish a completely different area.

“I’m going to make a long run tomorrow and change things up,” he said. “I put a hurting on my fish today, the big ones. I have a few big ones where I’m going to run.”

Matt Luken of Independence, Ky., leads the co-angler division after catching a three-bass limit of 9-1, including a 4-1 that was the co-angler big bass of the day. Spencer Humphrey of Madison, Va., is second with 7-3.

South Carolina took a commanding lead in the team standings, catching 72 bass that weighed 139-8. West Virginia is second with 131-4, while North Carolina is third (126-15), Georgia is fourth (125-13) and Virginia is fifth (117-1).

The full field will launch from Green Pond Landing at 6:30 a.m. ET Thursday and return for weigh-in starting at 2:30 p.m.

After Day 2, the Top 20 boaters and nonboaters, as well as the top two boaters and nonboaters from each state if they are not in the Top 20 already, will compete on Championship Friday. The top boater and top nonboater after the final day will qualify for the 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship to be held Nov. 3-5 on the Ouachita River in Louisiana.

2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional Lake Hartwell 4/28-4/30
Lake Hartwell, Anderson SC.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1. Nobuyuki Terajima Hermitage, TN (TN) 5 14-02 0
2. Donald Tully Canton, GA (GA) 5 13-07 0
3. Willie Adkins Jr Wayne, WV (WV) 5 13-06 0
4. Richard Smith Cecilia, KY (KY) 5 12-13 0
5. John Proctor Conway, SC (SC) 5 12-09 0
6. Ronald Pope Jr Georgetown, SC (SC) 5 12-05 0
7. Jay Ladner Perkinston, MS (MS) 5 11-12 0
8. Coby Carden Shelby, AL (AL) 5 11-11 0
9. Todd Chaney Catlettsburg, KY (KY) 5 11-10 0
10. Chris Jones Conway, SC (SC) 5 11-08 0
11. Austin Woody Burlington, NC (NC) 5 11-01 0
12. Kevin Allen Newnan, GA (GA) 5 11-00 0
13. Brent Long Lincolnton, NC (SC) 5 10-15 0
13. Brandon Marks Walton, WV (WV) 5 10-15 0
15. Joseph Puentes Clarksville, TN (TN) 5 10-12 0
16. Edward Owens Hemingway, SC (SC) 5 10-10 0
17. Roy Galbraith Guin, AL (AL) 5 10-09 0
18. Mike Lanier Leland, NC (NC) 5 10-08 0
18. Jason Pittman Covington, MS (MS) 5 10-08 0
20. Adam Richardson Littleton, NC (VA) 5 10-07 0
21. Patrick King Lincolnton, NC (NC) 5 10-03 0
22. Michael Eubanks Milledgeville, GA (GA) 5 10-02 0
22. Bryan Gunter Ninety Six, SC (SC) 5 10-02 0
22. Cody Huddleston South Charleston, WV (W 5 10-02 0
25. Charles Proctor Conway, SC (SC) 5 10-01 0
26. Derek Lilley Charlotte, NC (NC) 5 10-00 0
27. Ed Newton Jr. Tifton, GA (GA) 5 09-12 0
28. Brody Brown Pollocksville, NC (VA) 5 09-11 0
28. Bill Pioch Beckley, WV (WV) 5 09-11 0
30. Steve Wicker Pomaria, SC (SC) 5 09-10 0
31. Kyle Christopher Danville, KY (KY) 5 09-08 0
31. Chris Moody Brooks, GA (GA) 5 09-08 0
33. Randy Huffman Charleston, WV (WV) 5 09-07 0
33. Paul Tyre Tallahassee, FL (FL) 5 09-07 0
35. John Wilkerson Nashville, TN (TN) 5 09-07 0
36. Steve Dyer Mt Plesant, NC (NC) 5 09-06 0
37. Michael Belter Reidsville, NC (NC) 4 09-06 0
38. Joshua Milam Elkview, WV (WV) 5 09-03 0
39. Trenton Pittman Covington, LA (MS) 5 09-02 0
40. Patrick Brown Swainsboro, GA (GA) 5 09-01 0
41. Sam Jenkins Abita Springs, LA (MS) 5 09-00 0
41. Ivan Morris Virginia Beach, VA (VA) 5 09-00 0
43. Chuck Halbert Jr Lexa, AR (MS) 5 08-14 0
44. Bryant Copley Altavista, VA (VA) 5 08-12 0
45. James Collins Holden, WV (WV) 5 08-11 0
45. Gary Little Soso, MS (MS) 5 08-11 0
47. Jeremy Homeyer Franklin, TN (TN) 5 08-10 0
48. Mark Swink Shelby, NC (NC) 5 08-08 0
49. Zack Smith Starke, FL (FL) 5 08-06 0
50. Mark Bell Fisherville, KY (KY) 5 08-05 0
50. Jack Tibbs Jr Eufaula, AL (AL) 5 08-05 0
50. Garrett Towler Powhatan, VA (VA) 5 08-05 0
53. Brandon Pritchett Goode, AL (VA) 3 08-04 0
54. Max Haygood Franklin, GA (GA) 5 08-01 0
54. Travis Lively Vinton, VA (VA) 5 08-01 0
56. Lee Byrd Jr. Pell City, AL (AL) 5 08-00 0
56. Brendan Smith Lavonia, GA (GA) 5 08-00 0
58. Charles Morrison Georgetown, KY (KY) 5 07-14 0
58. Corey Smith Clermont, FL (FL) 5 07-14 0
60. Adam Petty Garner, NC (NC) 5 07-12 0
61. Bobby Bakewell Orlando, FL (FL) 4 07-12 0
62. Chris Blair Newnan, GA (GA) 5 07-09 0
63. Doug Sauls Winter Garden, FL (FL) 5 07-07 0
64. Kyle Fox Lakeland, FL (FL) 5 07-06 0
65. Mark Jones Meadville, MS (MS) 5 07-03 0
66. J.C Christopher II Clarksburg, WV (WV) 5 07-02 0
66. Johnny Roth Lawrenceburg, IN (KY) 5 07-02 0
68. Emile Gennaro Sr Wesson, MS (MS) 5 07-00 0
69. Brent Riley Cross, SC (SC) 5 06-15 0
70. Will James Greenville, NC (NC) 5 06-14 0
71. Alec Lancaster Hendersonville, TN (TN) 4 06-07 0
71. Stephen Noble Newport, KY (KY) 4 06-07 0
73. Scott Holmes Odenville, AL (AL) 5 06-06 0
74. Jeffrey Hager Alexis, NC (NC) 4 06-05 0
75. David Presley Kingston, TN (TN) 5 06-04 0
76. Ben Ballou Spring Hill, TN (TN) 5 06-03 0
76. Benjamin Nowalk Milton, WV (WV) 5 06-03 0
78. David Cook White House, TN (TN) 5 06-02 0
79. Nathan Sheehan Danville, KY (KY) 4 06-02 0
80. Jeff Greene Pell City, AL (AL) 4 05-15 0
81. Bruce Sargent Gardendale, AL (AL) 4 05-11 0
82. Sal Pinto Cumming, GA (GA) 5 05-02 0
83. Brad Weese Petersburg, WV (VA) 3 04-14 0
84. Richard Hodges Camden, NC (VA) 4 04-10 0
85. Jeff Gilliam Gordo, AL (AL) 2 04-10 0
86. Ryan O'Shea Crestview, FL (FL) 3 04-08 0
87. Toby Lillard Clarksville, TN (TN) 2 04-07 0
88. Jabo Bowman Talladega, AL (AL) 3 04-05 0
89. Keith Broyles Jackson, TN (TN) 3 03-15 0
90. Tom Hill Lexington, KY (KY) 3 03-14 0
90. Matt Martin Brookhaven, MS (MS) 3 03-14 0
92. Chirs Vickery Greenwood, SC (SC) 3 03-09 0
93. Sawyer Mcmurphy Long Beach, MS (MS) 2 03-09 0
94. Michael Gunn Mechanicsville, VA (VA) 4 03-07 0
95. David Boyd Jr Quincy, FL (FL) 2 03-03 0
96. Jason Brown Beckley, WV (WV) 2 02-08 0
97. Steve Gross Marianna, FL (FL) 2 02-02 0
98. John Thornton Russellville, AL (AL) 1 01-11 0
99. Mark Cooper Nicholasville, KY (KY) 1 01-08 0
100. Jamie Lanier Jr. Branford, FL (FL) 1 00-14 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 73 444 799-11
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73 444 799-11

TEAM STANDINGS Day 1
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State Lbs-Oz
1 SOUTH CAROLINA 139-08
2 WEST VIRGINIA 131-04
3 NORTH CAROLINA 126-15
4 GEORGIA 125-13
5 VIRGINIA 117-01
6 MISSISSIPPI 115-15
7 TENNESSEE 110-04
8 ALABAMA 107-04
9 KENTUCKY 103-03
10 FLORIDA 86-10

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 1
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VIRGINIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Adam Richardson Littleton, NC 5 10-07 0
2 Brody Brown Pollocksville, NC 5 09-11 0
3 Ivan Morris Virginia Beach, VA 5 09-00 0
4 Bryant Copley Altavista, VA 5 08-12 0
5 Garrett Towler Powhatan, VA 5 08-05 0
6 Brandon Pritchett Goode, AL 3 08-04 0
7 Travis Lively Vinton, VA 5 08-01 0
8 Brad Weese Petersburg, WV 3 04-14 0
9 Richard Hodges Camden, NC 4 04-10 0
10 Michael Gunn Mechanicsville, VA 4 03-07 0

WEST VIRGINIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Willie Adkins Jr Wayne, WV 5 13-06 0
2 Brandon Marks Walton, WV 5 10-15 0
3 Cody Huddleston South Charleston, WV 5 10-02 0
4 Bill Pioch Beckley, WV 5 09-11 0
5 Randy Huffman Charleston, WV 5 09-07 0
6 Joshua Milam Elkview, WV 5 09-03 0
7 James Collins Holden, WV 5 08-11 0
8 J.C Christopher II Clarksburg, WV 5 07-02 0
9 Benjamin Nowalk Milton, WV 5 06-03 0
10 Jason Brown Beckley, WV 2 02-08 0

MISSISSIPPI
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jay Ladner Perkinston, MS 5 11-12 0
2 Jason Pittman Covington, MS 5 10-08 0
3 Trenton Pittman Covington, LA 5 09-02 0
4 Sam Jenkins Abita Springs, LA 5 09-00 0
5 Chuck Halbert Jr Lexa, AR 5 08-14 0
6 Gary Little Soso, MS 5 08-11 0
7 Mark Jones Meadville, MS 5 07-03 0
8 Emile Gennaro Sr Wesson, MS 5 07-00 0
9 Matt Martin Brookhaven, MS 3 03-14 0
10 Sawyer Mcmurphy Long Beach, MS 2 03-09 0

GEORGIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Donald Tully Canton, GA 5 13-07 0
2 Kevin Allen Newnan, GA 5 11-00 0
3 Michael Eubanks Milledgeville, GA 5 10-02 0
4 Ed Newton Jr. Tifton, GA 5 09-12 0
5 Chris Moody Brooks, GA 5 09-08 0
6 Patrick Brown Swainsboro, GA 5 09-01 0
7 Max Haygood Franklin, GA 5 08-01 0
8 Brendan Smith Lavonia, GA 5 08-00 0
9 Chris Blair Newnan, GA 5 07-09 0
10 Sal Pinto Cumming, GA 5 05-02 0

SOUTH CAROLINA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 John Proctor Conway, SC 5 12-09 0
2 Ronald Pope Jr Georgetown, SC 5 12-05 0
3 Chris Jones Conway, SC 5 11-08 0
4 Brent Long Lincolnton, NC 5 10-15 0
5 Edward Owens Hemingway, SC 5 10-10 0
6 Bryan Gunter Ninety Six, SC 5 10-02 0
7 Charles Proctor Conway, SC 5 10-01 0
8 Steve Wicker Pomaria, SC 5 09-10 0
9 Brent Riley Cross, SC 5 06-15 0
10 Chirs Vickery Greenwood, SC 3 03-09 0

FLORIDA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Paul Tyre Tallahassee, FL 5 09-07 0
2 Zack Smith Starke, FL 5 08-06 0
3 Corey Smith Clermont, FL 5 07-14 0
4 Bobby Bakewell Orlando, FL 4 07-12 0
5 Doug Sauls Winter Garden, FL 5 07-07 0
6 Kyle Fox Lakeland, FL 5 07-06 0
7 Ryan O'Shea Crestview , FL 3 04-08 0
8 David Boyd Jr Quincy, FL 2 03-03 0
9 Steve Gross Marianna , FL 2 02-02 0
10 Jamie Lanier Jr. Branford, FL 1 00-14 0

ALABAMA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Coby Carden Shelby, AL 5 11-11 0
2 Roy Galbraith Guin, AL 5 10-09 0
3 Jack Tibbs Jr Eufaula, AL 5 08-05 0
4 Lee Byrd Jr. Pell City, AL 5 08-00 0
5 Scott Holmes Odenville, AL 5 06-06 0
6 Jeff Greene Pell City, AL 4 05-15 0
7 Bruce Sargent Gardendale, AL 4 05-11 0
8 Jeff Gilliam Gordo, AL 2 04-10 0
9 Jabo Bowman Talladega, AL 3 04-05 0
10 John Thornton Russellville, AL 1 01-11 0

NORTH CAROLINA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Austin Woody Burlington, NC 5 11-01 0
2 Mike Lanier Leland, NC 5 10-08 0
3 Patrick King Lincolnton, NC 5 10-03 0
4 Derek Lilley Charlotte, NC 5 10-00 0
5 Steve Dyer Mt Plesant, NC 5 09-06 0
6 Michael Belter Reidsville, NC 4 09-06 0
7 Mark Swink Shelby, NC 5 08-08 0
8 Adam Petty Garner, NC 5 07-12 0
9 Will James Greenville, NC 5 06-14 0
10 Jeffrey Hager Alexis, NC 4 06-05 0

KENTUCKY
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Richard Smith Cecilia, KY 5 12-13 0
2 Todd Chaney Catlettsburg, KY 5 11-10 0
3 Kyle Christopher Danville, KY 5 09-08 0
4 Mark Bell Fisherville, KY 5 08-05 0
5 Charles Morrison Georgetown, KY 5 07-14 0
6 Johnny Roth Lawrenceburg, IN 5 07-02 0
7 Stephen Noble Newport, KY 4 06-07 0
8 Nathan Sheehan Danville, KY 4 06-02 0
9 Tom Hill Lexington, KY 3 03-14 0
10 Mark Cooper Nicholasville, KY 1 01-08 0

TENNESSEE
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Nobuyuki Terajima Hermitage, TN 5 14-02 0
2 Joseph Puentes Clarksville, TN 5 10-12 0
3 John Wilkerson Nashville, TN 5 09-07 0
4 Jeremy Homeyer Franklin, TN 5 08-10 0
5 Alec Lancaster Hendersonville, TN 4 06-07 0
6 David Presley Kingston, TN 5 06-04 0
7 Ben Ballou Spring Hill, TN 5 06-03 0
8 David Cook White House, TN 5 06-02 0
9 Toby Lillard Clarksville, TN 2 04-07 0
10 Keith Broyles Jackson, TN 3 03-15 0

2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional Lake Hartwell 4/28-4/30
Lake Hartwell, Anderson SC.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 1

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

1. Matt Luken Independence, KY (KY) 3 09-01 0
2. Spencer Humphrey Madison, VA (VA) 3 07-03 0
3. Reggie Guffey Jr Bessemer City, NC (NC) 3 07-01 0
4. Parrish Argo Thorsby, AL (AL) 3 07-00 0
5. Brian Hughes Conway, SC (SC) 3 06-14 0
6. Jay Phillips Bancroft, WV (WV) 3 06-12 0
7. Shawn Lehr Clarksville, TN (TN) 3 06-11 0
8. Jody Belcher Naoma, WV (WV) 3 06-07 0
9. Brian Canterbury Madison, VA (VA) 3 06-06 0
9. Zach Leech Gastonia, NC (NC) 3 06-06 0
11. Steven Mccrea Ocean Springs, MS (MS) 3 06-05 0
11. Larry Rockhill Tuscumbia, AL (AL) 3 06-05 0
13. Kevin Walton Norfolk, VA (VA) 3 06-04 0
14. Timothy Garrison Jefferson, SC (SC) 3 06-02 0
14. Tanner Steffan Niceville, FL (FL) 3 06-02 0
16. Dan Carrigan Citrus Springs, FL (FL) 3 06-01 0
16. Travis Lugar McGaheysville, VA (VA) 3 06-01 0
18. Mark Edmonds Eldridge, AL (AL) 3 05-15 0
19. Andy Evans Kenly, NC (NC) 3 05-13 0
20. Caleb Mccaffery Mccomb, MS (MS) 2 05-10 0
21. Sonny Woodward Attalla, AL (AL) 3 05-08 0
22. Ryan Rakestraw Villa Rica, GA (GA) 3 05-07 0
23. Marc Marsh Prosperity, SC (SC) 3 05-05 0
24. Jarrett Hughes Conway, SC (SC) 3 05-02 0
25. Daniel Herrmann Villa Rica, GA (GA) 3 05-01 0
25. Timothy Mayhew Danville, VA (VA) 3 05-01 0
25. David Wheat Choctaw, MS (MS) 3 05-01 0
28. Justin Grigg Clover, SC (SC) 3 05-00 0
29. Stacey Proctor Conway, SC (SC) 3 04-15 0
30. Jason Hannah Dingress, WV (WV) 3 04-13 0
31. Daniel Jackson Townville, SC (SC) 3 04-12 0
31. Carter Northcutt Maryville, TN (TN) 3 04-12 0
33. Charles Nowling Andalusia, AL (AL) 3 04-11 0
34. Nicholas Boggs Wheelersburg, OH (KY) 3 04-10 0
34. Samuel Nowalk Milton, WV (WV) 3 04-10 0
34. Skipper Smith Jr Moss Point, MS (MS) 3 04-10 0
37. Mark Pierce Cadiz, KY (TN) 3 04-09 0
37. Johndale Robertson Ponchatoula, LA (MS) 3 04-09 0
39. L.R. Amos II Claysville, PA (WV) 3 04-08 0
39. Mason Gunter Newnan, GA (GA) 3 04-08 0
41. Georges Fattal Buford, GA (GA) 3 04-05 0
42. Tom Bateman Orlando, FL (FL) 3 04-03 0
43. JJ Dickens Beaver, WV (WV) 2 04-02 0
44. Gary Kennedy Trion, GA (GA) 3 04-01 0
45. Kevin Jones Ft Campbell, KY (TN) 3 04-00 0
46. Barry Ward Louisville, KY (KY) 3 03-15 0
47. Jimmy Haggerty Palm Bay, FL (FL) 2 03-14 0
48. Justin Hof Kinston, NC (NC) 3 03-13 0
49. Matthew Gower Carolina, WV (WV) 2 03-13 0
50. Pedro Quinones Lilburn, GA (GA) 2 03-12 0
51. Rod Gentry White House, TN (TN) 2 03-11 0
52. Dave Turner Crystal River, FL (FL) 3 03-10 0
53. Mark Moran Weston, WV (WV) 2 03-09 0
54. Floyd Pittman Covington, LA (MS) 3 03-06 0
55. Chuck Murray Jr Louisburg, NC (NC) 2 03-06 0
56. Keith Thompson Mooresville, NC (NC) 3 03-05 0
57. Nick Coleman Kuttawa, KY (KY) 2 03-05 0
58. Lane Bailey Granite Falls, NC (NC) 3 03-04 0
58. Matthew Daniel Camp Hill, AL (AL) 3 03-04 0
58. Marshall Rufo Lagrange, GA (GA) 3 03-04 0
58. David Uskavitch Franklin, TN (TN) 3 03-04 0
62. Roger Castillo Goode, VA (VA) 2 03-03 0
63. Kevin Postalwait Ripley, WV (WV) 3 03-01 0
64. Jeramie Vance Scottsville, KY (TN) 3 02-14 0
65. Terry Weese Petersburg, WV (VA) 2 02-14 0
66. Mason Wheeler Hebron, KY (KY) 2 02-10 0
66. Larry Witt Forest, VA (VA) 2 02-10 0
68. Travis Culbreth Columbia, AL (AL) 2 02-09 0
69. Buddy French Monticello, MS (MS) 2 02-08 0
69. Jans Santiago Covington, GA (GA) 2 02-08 0
69. Kris Trammel Portland, TN (TN) 2 02-08 0
72. Lee Hanvey Opelika, AL (AL) 1 02-08 0
73. Chase Bryant Milton, WV (WV) 2 02-05 0
73. Chris Wiemar Warrior, AL (AL) 2 02-05 0
75. Lucas Oliver Morganton, NC (NC) 1 02-02 0
76. Chris Neely Sneads, FL (FL) 1 02-01 0
77. Mike Hildenbrandt Chesapeake, VA (VA) 2 02-00 0
78. Tab Anderson Pendleton, SC (SC) 2 01-13 0
79. Dale Robertson Ponchatoula, LA (MS) 1 01-13 0
80. AJ Jones Odessa, FL (FL) 1 01-12 0
81. Scott Hill Gallatin, TN (TN) 1 01-10 0
82. Matt Hall Frankfort, KY (KY) 1 01-09 0
83. Michael Bray New Haven, KY (KY) 1 01-08 0
84. Justin Foster Bude, MS (MS) 1 01-07 0
85. Greg Barnes Morning View, KY (KY) 1 01-06 0
86. Bryan Asay Newnan GA YEMEN (GA) 1 01-05 0
86. Shawn Todd Aynor, SC (SC) 1 01-05 0
88. Justin Jensen Laurel, MS (MS) 1 01-01 0
89. Cliff Jenkins Elm City, NC (NC) 1 01-00 0
90. Rick Foss Jr La Grange, NC (NC) 1 00-14 0
91. Matthew Bass Tallahassee, FL (FL) 0 00-00 0
91. Michael Chelinsky Vine Grove, KY (KY) 0 00-00 0
91. Robert Clarkson Jr Virginia Beach, VA (VA) 0 00-00 0
91. Randy Ditto Tallahassee, FL (GA) 0 00-00 0
91. Buddy Elston Jr. Odenville, AL (AL) 0 00-00 0
91. Dave Frost Mount Dora, FL (FL) 0 00-00 0
91. Darryl Halbert Enoree, SC (SC) 0 00-00 0
91. Matthew Keeble Lakeland, FL (FL) 0 00-00 0
91. Bill Mayes Shelbyville, KY (KY) 0 00-00 0
91. Daniel Sutton Franklin, TN (TN) 0 00-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 54 219 364-02
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54 219 364-02

TEAM STANDINGS Day 1
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State Lbs-Oz
1 SOUTH CAROLINA 139-08
2 WEST VIRGINIA 131-04
3 NORTH CAROLINA 126-15
4 GEORGIA 125-13
5 VIRGINIA 117-01
6 MISSISSIPPI 115-15
7 TENNESSEE 110-04
8 ALABAMA 107-04
9 KENTUCKY 103-03
10 FLORIDA 86-10

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 1
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VIRGINIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Spencer Humphrey Madison, VA 3 07-03 0
2 Brian Canterbury Madison, VA 3 06-06 0
3 Kevin Walton Norfolk, VA 3 06-04 0
4 Travis Lugar McGaheysville, VA 3 06-01 0
5 Timothy Mayhew Danville, VA 3 05-01 0
6 Roger Castillo Goode, VA 2 03-03 0
7 Terry Weese Petersburg, WV 2 02-14 0
8 Larry Witt Forest, VA 2 02-10 0
9 Mike Hildenbrandt Chesapeake, VA 2 02-00 0
10 Robert Clarkson Jr Virginia Beach, VA 0 00-00 0

WEST VIRGINIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jay Phillips Bancroft, WV 3 06-12 0
2 Jody Belcher Naoma, WV 3 06-07 0
3 Jason Hannah Dingress, WV 3 04-13 0
4 Samuel Nowalk Milton, WV 3 04-10 0
5 L.R. Amos II Claysville, PA 3 04-08 0
6 JJ Dickens Beaver, WV 2 04-02 0
7 Matthew Gower Carolina, WV 2 03-13 0
8 Mark Moran Weston, WV 2 03-09 0
9 Kevin Postalwait Ripley, WV 3 03-01 0
10 Chase Bryant Milton, WV 2 02-05 0

MISSISSIPPI
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Steven Mccrea Ocean Springs, MS 3 06-05 0
2 Caleb Mccaffery Mccomb, MS 2 05-10 0
3 David Wheat Choctaw, MS 3 05-01 0
4 Skipper Smith Jr Moss Point, MS 3 04-10 0
5 Johndale Robertson Ponchatoula, LA 3 04-09 0
6 Floyd Pittman Covington, LA 3 03-06 0
7 Buddy French Monticello, MS 2 02-08 0
8 Dale Robertson Ponchatoula, LA 1 01-13 0
9 Justin Foster Bude, MS 1 01-07 0
10 Justin Jensen Laurel, MS 1 01-01 0

GEORGIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Ryan Rakestraw Villa Rica, GA 3 05-07 0
2 Daniel Herrmann Villa Rica, GA 3 05-01 0
3 Mason Gunter Newnan, GA 3 04-08 0
4 Georges Fattal Buford, GA 3 04-05 0
5 Gary Kennedy Trion, GA 3 04-01 0
6 Pedro Quinones Lilburn, GA 2 03-12 0
7 Marshall Rufo Lagrange, GA 3 03-04 0
8 Jans Santiago Covington, GA 2 02-08 0
9 Bryan Asay Newnan GA YEMEN 1 01-05 0
10 Randy Ditto Tallahassee, FL 0 00-00 0

SOUTH CAROLINA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Brian Hughes Conway, SC 3 06-14 0
2 Timothy Garrison Jefferson, SC 3 06-02 0
3 Marc Marsh Prosperity, SC 3 05-05 0
4 Jarrett Hughes Conway, SC 3 05-02 0
5 Justin Grigg Clover, SC 3 05-00 0
6 Stacey Proctor Conway, SC 3 04-15 0
7 Daniel Jackson Townville, SC 3 04-12 0
8 Tab Anderson Pendleton, SC 2 01-13 0
9 Shawn Todd Aynor, SC 1 01-05 0
10 Darryl Halbert Enoree, SC 0 00-00 0

FLORIDA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Tanner Steffan Niceville, FL 3 06-02 0
2 Dan Carrigan Citrus Springs, FL 3 06-01 0
3 Tom Bateman Orlando, FL 3 04-03 0
4 Jimmy Haggerty Palm Bay, FL 2 03-14 0
5 Dave Turner Crystal River, FL 3 03-10 0
6 Chris Neely Sneads, FL 1 02-01 0
7 AJ Jones Odessa, FL 1 01-12 0
8 Matthew Bass Tallahassee, FL 0 00-00 0
8 Dave Frost Mount Dora, FL 0 00-00 0
8 Matthew Keeble Lakeland, FL 0 00-00 0

ALABAMA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Parrish Argo Thorsby, AL 3 07-00 0
2 Larry Rockhill Tuscumbia, AL 3 06-05 0
3 Mark Edmonds Eldridge, AL 3 05-15 0
4 Sonny Woodward Attalla, AL 3 05-08 0
5 Charles Nowling Andalusia, AL 3 04-11 0
6 Matthew Daniel Camp Hill, AL 3 03-04 0
7 Travis Culbreth Columbia, AL 2 02-09 0
8 Lee Hanvey Opelika, AL 1 02-08 0
9 Chris Wiemar Warrior, AL 2 02-05 0
10 Buddy Elston Jr. Odenville, AL 0 00-00 0

NORTH CAROLINA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Reggie Guffey Jr Bessemer City, NC 3 07-01 0
2 Zach Leech Gastonia, NC 3 06-06 0
3 Andy Evans Kenly, NC 3 05-13 0
4 Justin Hof Kinston, NC 3 03-13 0
5 Chuck Murray Jr Louisburg, NC 2 03-06 0
6 Keith Thompson Mooresville, NC 3 03-05 0
7 Lane Bailey Granite Falls, NC 3 03-04 0
8 Lucas Oliver Morganton, NC 1 02-02 0
9 Cliff Jenkins Elm City, NC 1 01-00 0
10 Rick Foss Jr La Grange, NC 1 00-14 0

KENTUCKY
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Matt Luken Independence, KY 3 09-01 0
2 Nicholas Boggs Wheelersburg, OH 3 04-10 0
3 Barry Ward Louisville, KY 3 03-15 0
4 Nick Coleman Kuttawa, KY 2 03-05 0
5 Mason Wheeler Hebron, KY 2 02-10 0
6 Matt Hall Frankfort, KY 1 01-09 0
7 Michael Bray New Haven, KY 1 01-08 0
8 Greg Barnes Morning View, KY 1 01-06 0
9 Michael Chelinsky Vine Grove, KY 0 00-00 0
9 Bill Mayes Shelbyville, KY 0 00-00 0

TENNESSEE
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Shawn Lehr Clarksville, TN 3 06-11 0
2 Carter Northcutt Maryville, TN 3 04-12 0
3 Mark Pierce Cadiz, KY 3 04-09 0
4 Kevin Jones Ft Campbell, KY 3 04-00 0
5 Rod Gentry White House, TN 2 03-11 0
6 David Uskavitch Franklin, TN 3 03-04 0
7 Jeramie Vance Scottsville, KY 3 02-14 0
8 Kris Trammel Portland, TN 2 02-08 0
9 Scott Hill Gallatin, TN 1 01-10 0
10 Daniel Sutton Franklin, TN 0 00-00 0


Two Bassmaster National Championships To Be Decided In Tennessee

Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tenn., will host the 2021 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors July 29-31.

Photo by B.A.S.S.

April 28, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — National championships for the fastest-growing youth and high school fishing circuits in the country will be held on Tennessee fisheries, B.A.S.S. announced today.

The 2021 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will head to Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tenn., while the 2021 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior National Championship for second- through eighth-grade anglers will be held on Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake in Huntingdon, Tenn.

As many as 275 high school teams are expected to compete July 29-31 for the high school championship crown. Each two-angler team is accompanied by a coach who runs the boat and can give advice on fishing techniques and patterns.

Student anglers qualify for the championship through four High School Opens held on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes, Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland, Alabama’s Lay Lake and Michigan’s Saginaw Bay.

“They are the best of the best among 13,000 high school B.A.S.S. members representing more than 1,300 high school fishing clubs nationwide,” said Hank Weldon, High School & Youth Series Senior Manager. “We are thrilled to give these high school anglers an opportunity to tackle Chickamauga — a fishery with a reputation for producing giant bass — as they compete for a national title.”

2021 will mark the first time the Bassmaster High School National Championship has been decided on Chickamauga Lake, which has previously hosted four major B.A.S.S. tournaments. The seven previous High School National Championship tournaments have been held on Kentucky Lake.

“We have had a fantastic partner in the Henry County Tourism Authority and both our anglers and their families have loved the experience of fishing Kentucky Lake, which has historically been one of the top lakes in the country,” said Weldon. “We look forward to future events on Kentucky Lake.”

The Briarwood Christian School duo of Tucker Smith and Hayden Marbut claimed the 2020 Bassmaster High School National Championship title with a three-day total of 47 pounds, 5 ounces. The National Championship victory was the third-straight title for Smith, who has continued fishing in college, and the first for Marbut, who was recently named to the prestigious Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

The Bassmaster High School Series debuted in 2013 and has grown immensely since its inception. The program emphasizes sportsmanship, academics and conservation while giving young anglers a chance to improve and test their fishing skills in competition among their peers.

Another growing tournament program is the Bassmaster Junior Series, which will field up to 70 teams in that group’s championship Oct. 8-9 at Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake. As in the high school competitions, they will compete as two-angler teams accompanied by a coach. In 2020, Rhea County (Tenn.) seventh graders Turner Tharpe and Blake James came back from fourth place to win the championship with a two-day total of 13 pounds, 15 ounces and earn a $2,500 scholarship.


Bryan College Wins Opening MLF Wiley X College Faceoff at Lake Guntersville

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (April 27, 2021) – The Bryan College duo of Conner DiMauro of Dayton, Tennessee, and Cole Sands of Calhoun, Tennessee, won the season-opening Major League Fishing (MLF) Wiley X College Faceoff at Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, Saturday. The Lions’ bass club boated six bass weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces – including a dramatic late catch with just two minutes left in the competition – to win the first of four Wiley X College Faceoff Events in the 2021 season and earn the win by a 2-pound, 7-ounce margin over Montevallo University’s Aaron Cherry and Chandler Holt.

The 10 teams that competed in the Wiley X College Faceoff at Lake Guntersville finished:
1st: Bryan College – Cole Sands, Calhoun, Tenn., and Conner DiMauro, Dayton, Tenn., six bass, 15-6
2nd: Montevallo University – Aaron Cherry, Kinsey, Ala., and Chandler Holt, Sterett, Ala., five bass, 13-15
3rd: Emmanuel College – Tyler Campbell, Martin, Ga., and Caleb Hudson, Evans, Ga., three bass, 11-2
4th: Bethel University – Brad Ableman, Watervliet, N.Y., and Kyle Palmer, Estill Springs, Tenn., four bass, 10-5
5th: Bethel University – Dax Ewart, Humboldt, Tenn., and Wilson Smith, Southaven, Miss., four bass, 9-4
6th: Montevallo University – Cade Holcomb and Kopeland Rosser, both of Helena, Ala., three bass, 8-6
7th: Bryan College – Eli Stevenson and Justin Botts, both of Bluff City, Tenn., two bass, 8-6
8th: Auburn University – Will Jones, Andalusia, Ala., and Garrett Warren, Hoover, Ala., three bass, 7-1
9th: Auburn University – Noah Coleman, Pinson, Ala., and Dalton Johnson, Smiths Station, Ala., three bass, 6-10
10th: Emmanuel College – Lillian Smith, Abbeville, S.C., and Kollin Smith, Bowersville, Ga., one bass, 2-2

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

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

The Wiley X College Faceoff tournament was hosted by the Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was the first of four Faceoff events for MLF collegiate anglers. The next College Faceoff event will be held June 12 at Lake O’ the Pines in Jefferson, Texas.

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


Whataburger Serves Up Title Sponsorship For Bassmaster Elite At Neely Henry

April 27, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Whataburger, known for big flavors and fresh ingredients served up just like you like it with 18 locations across Alabama, has signed on as the tournament title sponsor for the Bassmaster Elite Series on Alabama’s Neely Henry Lake, a Coosa River fishery renowned for its spotted bass. The 2021 Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake — the second of three Elite events scheduled in Alabama during the 2021 season — will be held May 6-9 in Gadsden.

“Just like B.A.S.S., Whataburger is known for their loyal fans,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with Whataburger as they begin to reach into new markets and explore opportunities in sportfishing, and we’re looking forward to introducing Whataburger to Bassmaster fans at the weigh-in events in Gadsden.”

“At Whataburger, we enjoy being involved in and around the local communities where we do business in Alabama, and especially love good, friendly competition,” said Jeff Altman, Whataburger’s Director of Sponsorships, Marketing & Innovation. “We’re looking forward to the Bassmaster Elite and hope to see you in Gadsden.”

“As a huge fan of Whataburger’s food and what they’ve done to support sports in my own community, I’m excited to welcome them on as title sponsor for the Elite at Neely Henry Lake,” said Texas native and Elite Series champion Lee Livesay. “In 2020, I finished in the Top 25 at the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on Neely Henry and can’t wait to get back!”

Live coverage of all four days of the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake starts Thursday, May 6 on Bassmaster.com and the FOX Sports digital platforms. FS1 will also broadcast live with the tournament leaders beginning at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday.


Mathews Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Greers Ferry Lake

Conway’s Choate Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

GREERS FERRY, Ark.  (April 27, 2021) – Boater Jason Mathews of Batesville, Arkansas, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Greers Ferry Lake Presented by Abu Garcia in Greers Ferry, Ark. Mathews earned $4,763 for his victory at the event.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Jason Mathews of Batesville, Ark. 5 13-9 $4,763
2nd Matt Wood of Jessieville, Ark. 5 12-12 $2,381
3rd Carl Jowers of Searcy, Ark. 5 11-15 $1,585
4th Jamey Black Sheridan, Ark. 5 11-6 $1,532
4th CJ Brustrom of Sulphur Rock, Ark. 5 11-6 $1,032
6th Von Kinsey of Clarksville, Ark. 5 11-2 $1,583
7th Billy Littleton of Batesville, Ark. 5 11-1 $794
8th Cody Nickles of Wynne, Ark. 5 11-0 $635
8th Paul Combs of Russellville, Ark. 5 11-0 $635
8th Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Ark. 5 11-0 $635

 

 

RANK STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st Brian Choate of Conway, Ark. 5 10-10 $2,381
2nd Danny Brustrom of Sulphur Rock, Ark. 5 10-9 $1,191
3rd Robert Cole of Boles, Ark. 5 10-7 $791
4th Todd Christen of Conway, Ark. 5 9-14 $556
5th Ron Knight of Hot Springs, Ark. 5 9-11 $831
6th James Grant of Wynne, Ark. 5 9-9 $397
6th Jonathan Simms of Hot Springs, Ark. 5 9-9 $397
6th Jarred Kibbey of Little Rock, Ark. 5 9-9 $397
9th Michael Gross of Malvern, Ark. 5 9-6 $282
9th Keith Brannon of Greenwood, Ark. 5 9-6 $282
9th Robert Chavers of Knoxville, Ark. 5 9-6 $282

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD NAME CONTINGENCY PAYOUT
Boater Big Bass Von Kinsey of Clarksville, Ark. 4-pound, 2-ounce bass $710
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass Ron Knight of Hot Springs, Ark. 3-pound, 11-ounce bass $355
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus Jamey Black of Sheridan, Ark. Eligible Phoenix Boat* $500
* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

WINNING BAITS

ANGLER BAIT COLOR
Boater Did Not Divulge N/A
Strike King Co-Angler Did Not Divulge N/A

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Arkie Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship May 16 Lake Dardanelle, Russellville, Ark. Russellville Advertising & Promotion
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American June 3-5 Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn. Jefferson County Department of Tourism
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

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


Hidden Lake Big Bass Wins U.S. Army High School Fishing at Lake Guntersville

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (April 26, 2021) – The Hidden Lake Big Bass duo of Dalton Defelice of Howe, Indiana, and Elijah Meyers of Fort Wayne, Indiana, won the U.S. Army High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Guntersville Presented by Googan Baits Presented by Hosting Pro James Watson on Saturday in Guntersville, Alabama. The event was hosted by the Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the victory advanced the winning team to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK SCHOOL/CLUB NAME/CITY ANGLER NAME BASS WEIGHT
1st Hidden Lake Big Bass* Dalton Defelice
Elijah Meyers
5 17-11
2nd Bibb County High School* Evan Dunn
AJ McGee
5 14-11
3rd Rhea County* Andon Goins
Blake Wheat
5 14-8
4th North Paulding HS Bass Team* Andrew Thompson
Eli Wiggins
5 14-6
5th Falkville Fishing Club* Owen Teague
Wyatt Tomlin
5 13-14
6th Riley’s Catch-Indian Trail, N.C. Michael McNulty
Sailor Whitehead
5 13-10
7th Buckhorn Bass Fishing Hunter Edwards
Cooper Shepard
5 13-4
8th Guntersville HS Bass Club Cole Green
Brayden Leonard
5 12-10
9th Guntersville HS Bass Club Jarred Bodine
Carson Floyd
5 12-7
10th Dar Patriots Fishing Cole Edwards
Jayden Fernatt
5 11-12
*Top 10% of teams advance to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship

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

2021 UPCOMING QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Smith Mountain Lake Open May 1 Smith Mountain Lake, Huddleston, Va. Visit Bedford
2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing National Championship & World Finals Jun. 30 – Jul. 3 Lake Hartwell, Anderson, S.C. Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau
The first 25 high school teams that enter each U.S. Army High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing tournament will receive a free Favorite Fishing package, including one Favorite Fishing casting rod and reel, one Favorite Fishing spinning rod and reel, six packs of Googan Baits and two Favorite Fishing hats, a total package value of $230. Most tournaments will also be hosted by a Bass Pro Tour angler or Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit angler, giving high school students the chance to meet the sport’s top pros. As an added bonus, the winning team at each tournament will receive a guided fishing trip with their pro angler host.

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

In addition to the U.S. Army High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2021 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. More than $2.8 million in scholarships and prizes were offered at the 2020 World Finals.


University of Montevallo Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing Tournament on Lake Guntersville

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (April 26, 2021) – The University of Montevallo duo of Aaron Cherry of Kinsey, Alabama, and Chandler Holt of Sterrett, Alabama, took the win on Friday at the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Lake Guntersville. The victory earned the University of Montevallo team $2,000 and qualified the duo to compete in the 2022 College Fishing National Championship.
TOP 10 RESULTS*
RANK COLLEGE NAME ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN BASS WEIGHT AWARD
1st University of Montevallo Aaron Cherry of Kinsey, Ala.
Chandler Holt of Sterrett, Ala.
5 18-14 $2,000
2nd Bryan College Conner Dimauro of Dayton, Tenn.
Cole Sands of Calhoun, Tenn.
5 17-15 $1,000
3rd Wabash Valley College Zebulon Frasure of Stendhal, Ind.
Drew Gill of Mount Carmel, Ill.
5 17-14 $500
4th Emmanuel College Brooks Anderson of Marietta, Ga.
Parker Guy of Ocilla, Ga.
5 17-8 $500
5th Auburn University Noah Coleman of Pinson, Ala.
Dalton Johnson of Smiths Station, Ala.
5 17-1 $500
6th Bryan College Justin Botts of Bluff City, Tenn.
Eli Stevenson of Dechard, Tenn.
5 17-0
7th  Bryan College Tim Herrmann of Groveland, Ill.
Hunter Palmer of Wartrace, Tenn.
5 16-15
8th University of Southern Indiana Wayne Ellison of Evansville, Ind.
Jacob Ramsey of Williams, Ind.
5 16-13
9th Bryan College Conner Giles of Riceville, Tenn.
Christian Wright of Clinton, Tenn.
5 16-12
10th Bethel University Brad Ableman of Watervliet, N.Y.
Kyle Palmer of Estill Springs, Tenn.
5 15-8
*Top 10 teams advance to the 2022 College Fishing National Championship

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

2021/2022 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT DATE LOCATION HOST
Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI April 30 Smith Mountain Lake, Huddleston, Va. Visit Bedford
Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship Presented by Lowrance TBA - 2022 TBA TBA
The event was the second of three qualifying tournaments for Southeastern Conference anglers and was hosted by the Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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.


Monster Bag Lifts Livesay To Bassmaster Elite Series Victory At Lake Fork

Lee Livesay, of Longview, Texas, has won the 2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork with a four-day total of 112 pounds, 5 ounces.

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

April 25, 2021

QUITMAN, Texas — For three days, Lee Livesay caught quality fish, but nothing close to the Lake Fork potential he intimately knows. On Championship Sunday, the third-year Elite Series pro and local guide showcased his home lake’s treasures by winning the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork with a phenomenal four-day total of 112 pounds, 5 ounces.

As the 32nd individual to enter the prestigious Bassmaster Century Club (a five-fish limit of 100 pounds or more), Livesay outpaced Day 1 leader Patrick Walters by a 10-pound margin. Along with his second Elite trophy — his first came last fall at Chickamauga Lake — Livesay won a first-place award of $100,000.

For Livesay, it was a monster final-day limit that weighed 42-3 and ranks as the third-heaviest, single-day weight in Bassmaster history that sealed the deal.

“I have no words right now, it’s amazing,” he said. “I’ve been around them, but I haven’t caught any big ones all week; I just survived. Everything just worked out and it never goes like that.”

Hailing from Longview, Texas, Livesay made no assumptions and fished hard until the last minute. But when the smallest bass in your five-fish limit goes 7 pounds, 6 ounces, good things are likely.

“I caught big ones everywhere I went,” he said. “I started off with big ones (a 9-2 at 7:14 a.m.) and ended with big ones (7-14 at 1:10 p.m.). It was just one of those surreal days, and it was amazing because I’ve spent a lot of time on this lake.”

Spending his tournament in Little Caney Creek, Livesay rotated among several secondary points where bass were chasing big gizzard shad. His main spot — a bar extending off a small island — allowed him to sneak into range of bass schooling on the opposite side without spooking them.

Throughout the tournament, Livesay caught fish on a mixed arsenal that included a 3:16 Lure Company line-through Rising Son swimbait, a 3:16 Lure Company Work Horse glidebait, a Megabass Vision 110 jerkbait, a Carolina rig with a Netbait Little Spanky, a 6th Sense Magnum Squarebill and a bone color Heddon Saltwater Super Spook.

On Sunday, the latter produced all of his weight fish. A 7-foot medium-heavy Halo HFX cranking rod and 40-pound braided line was essential for reaching distant fish and keeping them connected.

“Those fish are wanting to feed up and they’re seeing so many swimbaits, they’re just not eating them,” he said. “I kept getting bites and I kept throwing it.

“Working that big topwater really erratic and just getting them to react was the deal. I think they really think it’s a shad.”

Livesay kept himself in the hunt all week, starting with a seventh-place bag of 25-6 on Day 1. He slipped two spots on Day 2 after catching 17-14, but put himself within striking distance on Semifinal Saturday by adding 26-14 and improving to fifth.

Overcoming the hometown curse — succumbing to the pressure of local expectations — made Livesay’s victory even sweeter.

“I’ve spent thousands of days with clients and fun fishing on this lake,” Livesay said. “I never thought I had it. I knew I was around them, but I never thought I’d catch 42 pounds.

“So, doing it in front of family and friends, and a lot of sponsors were here, too, it’s just amazing. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Notably, Walters claimed his second Century Club belt after earning his first at last November’s Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with a four-day Lake Fork total of 104-12.

Hailing from Summerville, S.C., Walters started strong this week by leading Day 1 with 32-14. He slipped to third on Day 2 with a smaller limit of 15-7.

Walters got back on track Saturday with 22-13 and reached the final round in fourth place. Adding 31-3 Sunday, he tallied 102-5 and was the only competitor to break 30 pounds twice.

He did most of his work at the mouth of Little Caney where prespawners were staging on the breaks. Leveraging his forward-facing Garmin Panoptix LiveScope, he fished a mix of jerkbaits, swimbaits and topwaters.

After a slow start, Walters got rolling with a midmorning rally that produced several big topwater bites. He steadily chipped away at the lead Livesay had built for much of the morning until the leader’s midday rally put the event out of reach.

“If you’re going to get beat on Lake Fork, it has to be a 40-pound bag,” Walters said. “Big hats off to Lee, he is the man. I had a great week; I really do love this place.”

Quentin Cappo of Prairieville, La., held the second-place spot for the first three days and finished third with 99-6. He turned in daily weights of 28-15, 25-13, 19-4 and 25-6.

Cappo targeted shallow areas with shell bottom in Caney Creek looking for submerged root masses, where deflecting a Strike King KVD 4.0 squarebill triggered strikes. When bass drove gizzard shad topside, he threw a Strike King Sexy Dawg topwater.

“The topwater came into play huge today, as expected,” he said. “One to 3 o’clock has been my window. I was just pacing around, hitting as much as I could and looking for bait activity.

“When that water temperature got warm throughout the day, they would come up and get active. And when the wind pushed those shad against the bank, they showed themselves.”

Clifford Pirch of Payson, Ariz., won the $1,000 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award for his 9-13 largemouth. He also won $1,000 for the biggest bass of Day 2. Walters claimed Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors for Days 1 and 4 (8-14 and 9-5), while Australian pro Carl Jocumsen took the award on Day 3 with a 9-5.

Brandon Card of Salisbury, N.C., took home $3,000 for being the highest-placing entrant in the Toyota Bonus Bucks program, and Chris Zaldain of Fort Worth, Texas, earned $2,000 for being the second-highest placing entrant.

As part of the Yamaha Power Pay program, Walters earned $2,500 for being the highest-placing entrant, while Cappo claimed an additional $1,500 for being the second-highest placing entrant.

Seth Feider of New Market, Minn., leads the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings with 436 points. Walters is in second with 432, followed by Drew Cook of Cairo, Ga., with 387, Livesay with 385 and Chris Johnston of Peterborough, Canada, with 384.

Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Ala., leads the Rookie of the Year standings with 333 points.

2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork 4/22-4/25
Lake Fork, Quitman TX.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

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

1. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 20 112-05 100 $100,000.00
Day 1: 5 25-06 Day 2: 5 17-14 Day 3: 5 26-14 Day 4: 5 42-03
2. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 20 102-05 99 $37,000.00
Day 1: 5 32-14 Day 2: 5 15-07 Day 3: 5 22-13 Day 4: 5 31-03
3. Quentin Cappo Prairieville, LA 20 99-06 98 $30,000.00
Day 1: 5 28-15 Day 2: 5 25-13 Day 3: 5 19-04 Day 4: 5 25-06
4. Brandon Card Salisbury, NC 20 97-03 97 $25,000.00
Day 1: 5 27-06 Day 2: 5 28-01 Day 3: 5 21-10 Day 4: 5 20-02
5. Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 19 93-00 96 $20,000.00
Day 1: 5 27-01 Day 2: 5 15-10 Day 3: 5 29-03 Day 4: 4 21-02
6. Seth Feider New Market, MN 20 86-11 95 $19,000.00
Day 1: 5 22-03 Day 2: 5 20-14 Day 3: 5 22-11 Day 4: 5 20-15
7. Taku Ito Chiba JAPAN 20 83-14 94 $18,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 5 33-03 Day 3: 5 18-07 Day 4: 5 17-03
8. Chad Morgenthaler Reeds Spring, MO 20 83-10 93 $17,000.00
Day 1: 5 25-15 Day 2: 5 20-12 Day 3: 5 21-13 Day 4: 5 15-02
9. Chris Johnston Otonabee Ontario CANADA 20 80-14 92 $16,000.00
Day 1: 5 24-02 Day 2: 5 15-11 Day 3: 5 22-07 Day 4: 5 18-10
10. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 20 80-03 91 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 25-11 Day 2: 5 18-07 Day 3: 5 20-00 Day 4: 5 16-01


Becker Earns First Career Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Victory at Googan Baits Stop 3 at Lake Murray

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 25, 2021) – Favorite Fishing pro Matt Becker of Finleyville, Pennsylvania, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 17 pounds, 11 ounces, to hold off a massive charge from local favorite Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity and win the four-day MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Googan Baits Stop 3 Presented by Favorite Fishing – Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina. Becker’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 76-5 earned him the victory by a 2½-pound margin over Gagliardi and earned Becker the top prize of $137,500, including the lucrative $35,000 MLF Phoenix BIG5 Bonus.

“This has been years and years in the making,” said an emotional Becker on stage after being crowned champion. “I was really beginning to think that I couldn’t win. I’ve always been consistent, near the top of the standings. But I was really starting to doubt that I could win. Just to make a top 10 against this group of hammers is unbelievable. They always say when it’s your time, it’s your time. And man, did I live that this week.”

The 2018 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Rookie of the Year started Day 1 of the event with a plan to target docks and sight-fish spawning bass. But, before doing that, Becker slotted in a little time to try a risky timing/herring-spawn pattern, and he ended up never changing. He kept hitting, and re-hitting, as many points as possible knowing that eventually the schools of bass would move shallow to feed.

“The spot I caught them Day 2, I had fished three times before I caught them,” said Becker. “I knew the fish were there, but I rotated through multiple times and never had a bite. Then I came back and they were there and they were eating. I went from zero to 14 pounds in minutes.”

Becker said his key baits throughout the week were a couple of different soft-plastic jerkbaits, with the Googan Baits Dart (Green Gizzard Shad) being his best option. He rigged the Dart on rigged on a TroKar TK 180 hook with a TroKar TK 300 treble hook as a stinger. He threw that on a 7-foot, 5-inch medium-heavy Favorite Fishing Hex rodFavorite Fishing Soleus XCS reel and 15-pound-test Seaguar InvizX fluorocarbon line.

“All week, the little things just always lined up,” Becker said. “Today, I pulled into a cove and I got this overwhelming feeling I was going to go to the first point and catch a 3 ½-pounder, and then I’d go to the second point and catch another 3 ½-pounder. And that’s exactly what happened. That pretty much got me the win.”

The top 10 pros on Lake Murray finished are:
1st:        Matt Becker of Finleyville, Pa., 20 bass, 76-5, $137,500
2nd:       Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S.C., 20 bass, 73-13, $30,000
3rd:       Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 71-8, $25,000
4th:        Adrian Avena of Vineland, N.J., 20 bass, 68-2, $20,000
5th:        David Williams of Maiden, N.C., 20 bass, 64-13, $19,000
6th:        Tai Au of Glendale, Ariz., 20 bass, 64-9, $18,500
7th:        Evan Barnes of Hot Springs, Ark., 20 bass, 63-10, $17,000
8th:        Cody Huff of Ava, Mo., 20 bass, 63-0, $16,000
9th:        Derrick Snavely of Piney Flats, Tenn., 18 bass, 60-2, $15,000
10th:     Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., 17 bass, 57-9, $14,000

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

Overall, there were 46 bass weighing 151 pounds, 5 ounces caught by the final 10 pros Sunday. The catch included eight five-bass limits.

The four top performers who now qualify to compete in the MLF Bass Pro Tour B&W Trailer Hitches Stage Four at Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee, June 4-9, are Matt Becker, David Williams, Tai Au and Evan Barnes.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Googan Baits Stop 3 Presented by Favorite Fishing – Lake Murray air on a two-hour action-packed television show that premieres on the Outdoor Channel on Sunday, July 25 from 7 to 9 a.m. ET and re-air on the Sportsman Channel this fall.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Googan Baits Stop 3 Presented by Favorite Fishing – Lake Murray was hosted by the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board. The next event for Pro Circuit anglers will be the Grundéns Stop 4 Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, Alabama, May 13-16, 2021.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, the full field of 161 anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Thursday and Friday. The field was cut to 50 anglers on Saturday. Only the top 10 pros based on their three-day cumulative weight advanced to Sunday where the winner was determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from all four days of competition.

Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, where they will compete for up to $235,000. The 2021 TITLE will be on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Aug. 17-22, and is hosted by Explore La Crosse.


Card Overcomes Setbacks To Lead Bassmaster Elite Event On Lake Fork

Brandon Card, of Salisbury, N.C., maintains the lead after Day 3 of the 2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork with a three-day total of 77 pounds, 1 ounce.

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

April 24, 2021

QUITMAN, Texas — Despite a slow start, a big loss and a painful injury, Brandon Card caught a Day 3 limit of 21 pounds, 10 ounces and retained the lead at the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork.

Entering Semifinal Saturday with an 11-ounce lead over Louisiana pro Quentin Cappo, Card bolstered his first two days’ weights of 27-6 and 28-1 to tally a three-day total of 77-1. Card heads into Championship Sunday with a 3-pound cushion over Cappo.

Camping in Little Caney Creek the first two days, Card spent most of his time on a shallow point he called his “Hammer Hole” and leveraged a shad spawn for the majority of his fish. Today, that bite proved elusive and Card had to make position and presentation changes.

“My morning bite was completely dead today, and I only caught two little fish on my Hammer Hole,” said Card, a veteran pro from Salisbury, N.C. “I moved to another spot about 7 to 8 minutes away and fished one of the schools I had found. There wasn’t a shad spawn there; it was just prespawners staging on a point.

“I had fished that spot the two previous days and two of my weight fish came from there on Day 1. I was just trying different baits and different depths.”

After catching bass on a jerkbait, swimbait and crankbait throughout the first two days, Card made a key adjustment and pulled out a 1/2-ounce white hair jig. Noting that this bait has served him well on Tennessee River reservoirs, Card said he felt the fish needed a different look and the pulsing hair skirt seemed to be triggering reluctant bass.

He also caught fish on an unnamed crankbait. That 10- to 14-foot diver definitely helped his cause, but not without significant grief.

“I lost a 6-pounder on that bait and then the next cast, I hooked a 2-pounder that shook as I was releasing it and stuck a hook in my (right index finger),” Card said.

Card and his marshal tried to remove the hook with the common technique of pushing down on the shank to rotate the barb angle and then using no-stretch braided line, tied to the bend, to quickly snap the hook free.

Two attempts failed, so Card had to push the hook through his skin far enough for fellow competitor Matt Herren to clip the point and barb. From there, the hook easily slid back out of his finger.

“I had two options: I could go to the emergency room or I could push it through,” Card recalled. “Thankfully, my finger was numb, and it really didn’t hurt as bad as it looked.”

Card said he still believes in his Hammer Hole’s potential, so he’ll give it a good look Sunday morning and then adjust as needed. With only the Top 10 anglers fishing, he’s expecting greater freedom of movement.

“I really put the time in during practice and spent hours upon hours idling and not seeing anything and I found three schools of fish (in Little Caney),” Card said. “Hopefully, between those schools, it will hold up and we can go catch another big bag tomorrow.

“That shad spawn may or may not be there, but I think tomorrow I’ll be able to rotate my spots a little bit better. A couple times today, I’d run and there would be a boat sitting on my spot and I’d just have to turn around.”

Looking at Sunday’s forecast for warm, stable weather, Card has this final-round expectation: “There have been a few of us flirting with 30 pounds this week. I think somebody will catch 28 to 30 tomorrow.”

Maintaining the second-place spot since Day 1, Cappo experienced a dip in productivity and turned in a limit of 19-4. Adding this weight to his previous limits of 28-15 and 25-13 sends him into Championship Sunday with 74 pounds.

Sticking with the pattern he’s exploited since the tournament’s start, Cappo is targeting shallow areas with shell bottom. His key spots are the submerged root masses, where deflecting a Strike King KVD 4.0 squarebill has consistently triggered bites.

Wind and the presence of jumbo gizzard shad have been the keys to Cappo’s bite. Both elements were there today but in different form.

“Today, it was a different wind (direction) and it positions the bait differently,” Cappo said. “Today, (the bass) never showed themselves. Usually, they’ll come up between 1 and 3 o’clock. They’ll start eating shad at the surface and you’ll see exactly where they’re positioned.”

Without that surface action, Cappo never got bit on the Strike King Sexy Dawg topwater he threw Friday. Also, changing squarebill colors from citrus shad to sexy shad seemed to trigger more bites.

“I’m committed to that pattern because one swing of the bat, you can be right back in this game,” he said. “I’m going to live by it or die by it. That pattern has gotten me this far, so I’m going to go out swinging tomorrow and try to get that blue trophy.”

Chris Zaldain of Fort Worth, Texas, is in third with 71-14. Rising from 12th place on Day 2, Zaldain added 29-3 — the day’s biggest bag — to his first two limits of 27-1 and 15-10.

Zaldain targeted windward points where bass were eating giant gizzard shad. He used an 8-inch Megabass Magdraft swimbait and a 10-inch Tater Hog glidebait designed to closely mimic this hefty forage.

“While a lot of guys are fishing for spawning fish, I’ve been targeting pre- and postspawn fish,” Zaldain said. “I like fishing for these fish when they’re actually feeding and chasing.

“I’m just running and gunning, throwing big baits and doing what I like to do. It was an amazing day today and I hope to have an amazing day tomorrow.”

Clifford Pirch of Payson, Ariz., is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with his 9-13 largemouth caught on Day 2.

Seth Feider of New Market, Minn., leads the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings with 434 points. Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., is in second with 430, followed by Drew Cook of Cairo, Ga., with 387, Chris Johnston of Peterborough, Canada, with 383 and Lee Livesay of Longview, Texas, with 381.

Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Ala., leads the Rookie of the Year standings with 333 points.

Sunday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6:45 a.m. CT at Sabine River Authority (SRA) — Lake Fork. The weigh-in will be held at SRA at 3 p.m

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

2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork 4/22-4/25
Lake Fork, Quitman TX.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1. Brandon Card Salisbury, NC 15 77-01 100
Day 1: 5 27-06 Day 2: 5 28-01 Day 3: 5 21-10
2. Quentin Cappo Prairieville, LA 15 74-00 99
Day 1: 5 28-15 Day 2: 5 25-13 Day 3: 5 19-04
3. Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 15 71-14 98
Day 1: 5 27-01 Day 2: 5 15-10 Day 3: 5 29-03
4. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 15 71-02 97 $1,000.00
Day 1: 5 32-14 Day 2: 5 15-07 Day 3: 5 22-13
5. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 15 70-02 96
Day 1: 5 25-06 Day 2: 5 17-14 Day 3: 5 26-14
6. Chad Morgenthaler Reeds Spring, MO 15 68-08 95
Day 1: 5 25-15 Day 2: 5 20-12 Day 3: 5 21-13
7. Taku Ito Chiba, JAPAN 15 66-11 94
Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 5 33-03 Day 3: 5 18-07
8. Seth Feider New Market, MN 15 65-12 93
Day 1: 5 22-03 Day 2: 5 20-14 Day 3: 5 22-11
9. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 15 64-02 92
Day 1: 5 25-11 Day 2: 5 18-07 Day 3: 5 20-00
10. Chris Johnston Otonabee Ontario CANADA 15 62-04 91
Day 1: 5 24-02 Day 2: 5 15-11 Day 3: 5 22-07
11. Carl Jocumsen Queensland, AUSTRALIA 15 61-13 90 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-06 Day 2: 5 17-13 Day 3: 5 23-10
12. Jay Yelas Lincoln City, OR 15 61-02 89 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-02 Day 2: 5 21-05 Day 3: 5 28-11
13. Matt Herren Ashville, AL 15 60-04 88 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 22-13 Day 2: 5 16-03 Day 3: 5 21-04
14. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 15 60-01 87 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-10 Day 2: 5 17-10 Day 3: 5 23-13
15. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 15 59-10 86 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 23-00 Day 2: 5 20-13 Day 3: 5 15-13
16. Joshua Stracner Vandiver, AL 15 59-06 85 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 24-11 Day 2: 5 15-03 Day 3: 5 19-08
17. Skylar Hamilton Dandridge, TN 15 59-05 84 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-15 Day 2: 5 25-13 Day 3: 5 17-09
18. Matt Arey Shelby, NC 15 59-02 83 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-12 Day 2: 5 18-04 Day 3: 5 21-02
19. Drew Benton Blakely, GA 15 59-01 82 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-04 Day 2: 5 15-13 Day 3: 5 22-00
20. John Cox Debary, FL 15 58-00 81 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-05 Day 2: 5 20-12 Day 3: 5 15-15
21. Caleb Sumrall New Iberia, LA 15 57-14 80 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-13 Day 2: 5 18-00 Day 3: 5 18-01
22. Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 15 57-11 79 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-04 Day 2: 5 18-15 Day 3: 5 17-08
23. Scott Martin Clewiston, FL 15 57-06 78 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-09 Day 2: 5 18-13 Day 3: 5 19-00
24. Shane LeHew Catawba, NC 15 57-04 77 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-02 Day 2: 5 20-06 Day 3: 5 19-12
25. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 15 57-01 76 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 25-00 Day 2: 5 19-08 Day 3: 5 12-09
26. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 15 56-11 75 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 24-08 Day 2: 5 18-08 Day 3: 5 13-11
27. Cory Johnston Cavan CANADA 15 56-10 74 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 22-09 Day 2: 5 15-04 Day 3: 5 18-13
28. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 15 56-10 73 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-14 Day 2: 5 15-12 Day 3: 5 19-00
29. Wes Logan Springville, AL 15 55-09 72 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-11 Day 2: 5 16-05 Day 3: 5 19-09
30. Jeff Gustafson Keewatin Ontario CANADA 15 55-00 71 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-03 Day 2: 5 21-12 Day 3: 5 14-01
31. Drew Cook Cairo, GA 15 54-14 70 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-06 Day 2: 5 16-01 Day 3: 5 20-07
32. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 15 54-04 69 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-05 Day 2: 5 20-07 Day 3: 5 18-08
33. Justin Atkins Florence, AL 14 53-00 68 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-14 Day 2: 4 14-03 Day 3: 5 16-15
34. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 15 52-08 67 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-05 Day 2: 5 16-13 Day 3: 5 14-06
35. Luke Palmer Coalgate, OK 15 51-14 66 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-02 Day 2: 5 14-14 Day 3: 5 16-14
36. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 15 51-11 65 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-05 Day 2: 5 21-05 Day 3: 5 17-01
37. Jason Williamson Wagener, SC 15 51-09 64 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 24-01 Day 2: 5 12-03 Day 3: 5 15-05
38. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 15 51-09 63 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-09 Day 2: 5 14-01 Day 3: 5 15-15
39. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 15 51-06 62 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-15 Day 2: 5 17-06 Day 3: 5 13-01
40. Matt Robertson Kuttawa, KY 14 48-14 61 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 23-12 Day 2: 5 14-00 Day 3: 4 11-02
41. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 15 48-11 60 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-11 Day 2: 5 16-15 Day 3: 5 12-01
42. Scott Canterbury Odenville, AL 14 48-09 59 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-01 Day 2: 5 20-10 Day 3: 4 08-14
43. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 13 47-14 58 $10,000.00
Day 1: 4 11-04 Day 2: 5 24-00 Day 3: 4 12-10
44. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 15 47-03 57 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-02 Day 2: 5 19-01 Day 3: 5 11-00
45. Shane Lineberger Lincolnton, NC 13 44-09 56 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 5 20-12 Day 3: 3 12-06
46. Cody Hollen Beaverton, OR 14 43-08 55 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-11 Day 2: 5 20-15 Day 3: 4 08-14
47. Derek Hudnall Denham Springs, LA 12 43-06 54 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-10 Day 2: 5 15-12 Day 3: 2 08-00
48. Buddy Gross Chickamauga, GA 12 41-05 53 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-02 Day 2: 5 18-07 Day 3: 2 04-12
49. Frank Talley Temple, TX 10 36-00 52 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-02 Day 2: 4 13-05 Day 3: 1 02-09
50. Jamie Hartman Newport, NY 10 32-01 51 $5,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-09 Day 2: 5 13-08


Becker Extends Lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Googan Baits Stop 3 at Lake Murray

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 24, 2021) – Pro Matt Becker of Finleyville, Pennsylvania, padded his Day 2 lead Saturday, bringing a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 17 pounds, 8 ounces to remain in control of the leaderboard after Day 3 of the  MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Googan Baits Stop 3 Presented by Favorite Fishing – Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina. Becker’s three-day total of 15 bass for 58-10 will give him a 7-pound, 4-ounce cushion heading into the fourth and final day of competition.

Pro Derrick Snavely of Piney Flats, Tennessee, held on to second place with four bass weighing 13 pounds even, for a three-day total of 51-6. Rookie Tai Au of Glendale, Arizona, jumped from 24th place into 9th on Day 3 with a five-bass limit weighing 17-11, while pro Cody Huff of Ava, Missouri, made the biggest leap from 39th place, barely squeezing into the 10th spot by a mere ounce.

With more than a 7-pound lead, Becker is set up nicely for championship Sunday and with the current weather forecast, it seems the sun – and his herring-spawn streak – will continue to shine. However, with a stacked field in the top 10, Becker said he is hedging his excitement and focused on hard fishing on championship Sunday.

“It doesn’t really matter to be in the lead now,” said Becker. “Some of the best fishermen in the world are right behind me – [Anthony] Gagliardi, the hottest fisherman in the world right now Michael Neal – those are some real hammers and they’re right behind me.”

Despite the weather change and rainy conditions Saturday, the 2018 Pro Circuit Rookie of the Year continued his risk versus reward pattern, hitting the edges of points in hopes of finding schooling fish – a pattern that once again kept him at the front of the pack.

“I caught a lot more small fish today, and didn’t catch as many,” said Becker. “I caught three in 10 minutes in the morning and only had two small flurries where I caught three in three casts right before the last storms hit this afternoon. It was not as hot and heavy as it has been, but I’m hoping it was just the weather.”

Becker said once the rain started coming down hard, he was basically just wasting time – time he didn’t have to waste if he wanted to hold on to his lead.

“It was crowded [on the points today], and I got in a bad rotation,” said Becker. “There was a boat on a lot of the spots I wanted to fish. Fortunately, we cut 40 guys after today, so hopefully that opens the lake up more.”

Becker said now it’s just a matter of finishing strong.

“I can’t look in the rearview mirror,” said Becker. “I just have to go out and do my thing. All that really matters is that I catch them because the other guys will really have to catch them to pass me. Hopefully the sun pops out, the fish bite, and I sack up another 17 to 20 pounds to seal the deal.”

The top 10 pros advancing to the final day of competition Sunday on Lake Murray are:
1st:       Matt Becker of Finleyville, Pa., 15 bass, 58-10
2nd:      Derrick Snavely of Piney Flats, Tenn., 14 bass, 51-6
3rd:       Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 51-6
4th:       Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S.C., 15 bass, 51-4
5th:       Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., 15 bass, 51-2
6th:       Evan Barnes of Hot Springs, Ark., 15 bass, 50-9
7th:       Adrian Avena of Vineland, N.J., 15 bass, 50-0
8th:       David Williams of Maiden, N.C., 15 bass, 49-11
9th:       Tai Au of Glendale, Ariz., 15 bass, 49-1
10th:     Cody Huff of Ava, Mo., 15 bass, 49-1

Anglers finishing 11th through 20th are:
11th:     Miles Howe of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 14 bass, 49-0, $11,000
12th:     Ryan Salzman of Huntsville, Ala., 15 bass, 48-11, $11,000
13th:     Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., 15 bass, 48-8, $11,000
14th:     Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, 15 bass, 48-8, $11,000
15th:     Matthew Stefan of Junction City, Wisc., 15 bass, 48-4, $11,000
16th:     Cody Meyer of Star, Idaho, 15 bass, 48-1, $11,000
17th:     Kurt Mitchell of Milford, Del., 15 bass, 46-5, $11,000
18th:     Cole Floyd of Leesburg, Ohio, 15 bass, 46-5, $11,000
19th:     Mike McClelland of Blue Eye, Mo., 15 bass, 46-1, $11,000
20th:     Dean Rojas of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 14 bass, 46-0, $11,000

For a full list of results visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Overall, there were 222 bass weighing 632 pounds, 10 ounces caught by the 50 pros Saturday. The catch included 36 five-bass limits.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Googan Baits Stop 3 Presented by Favorite Fishing – Lake Murray is hosted by the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, the full field of 161 anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Thursday and Friday. The field was cut to 50 anglers on Saturday. Now, the top 10 pros based on their three-day cumulative weight advance to Sunday where the winner will be determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from all four days of competition.

Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, where they will compete for up to $235,000. The 2021 TITLE will be on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Aug. 17-22, and is hosted by Explore La Crosse.

The final 10 anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. ET on Sunday from Dreher Island State Park, located at 3677 State Park Road in Prosperity. Weigh-in will also be held at the park on Sunday at 3 p.m. Attendance is limited to competing anglers, family, essential staff and media covering the event. Fans are encouraged to follow the action online through the MLF NOW! live stream and coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Googan Baits Stop 3 Presented by Favorite Fishing – Lake Murray will feature live on-the-water coverage and a two-hour action-packed television show that will premiere on the Outdoor Channel on Sunday, July 25 from 7 to 9 a.m. ET and re-air on the Sportsman Channel this fall. Weigh-in will be streamed and fans can catch live on-the-water action all day Sunday, April 25 on MLF NOW! beginning at 7 a.m. ET at MajorLeagueFishing.com.


Becker Moves Ahead on Day Two of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Googan Baits Stop 3 at Lake Murray

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 23, 2021) – Pro Matt Becker of Finleyville, Pennsylvania, caught five bass weighing 19 pounds, 9 ounces Friday to move from second into first place after Day 2 of the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Googan Baits Stop 3 Presented by Favorite Fishing – Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina. Becker’s two-day total of 10 bass weighing 41 pounds, 2 ounces gives him a 2-pound, 12-ounce advantage heading into Day 3 of the four-day competition that features a field of 161 bass-fishing professionals from around the world competing for a top cash award of up to $135,000.

Pro Derrick Snavely of Piney Flats, Tennessee, jumped from 15th place to 2nd with a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 15 ounces, giving him a two-day total of 38 pounds, 6 ounces.

Becker managed to turn only a couple 10-minute flurries into some of the biggest bags on Lake Murray. Utilizing great timing and a schooling-fish pattern, he turned three flurries into 21 pounds, 9 ounces on Day 1, followed by just one flurry on Day 2 that helped him toward his 19-9 bag – putting him in the lead with 41-2 total.

“We survived another day, but boy was it stressful and risky,” said Becker, the 2018 Pro Circuit Rookie of the Year. “I was super lucky on my timing again where I pulled up and was able to catch four of the five I weighed in within a few minutes. Otherwise, it was a struggle.”

Becker said that flurry came at 9 a.m. but before that, he hadn’t had a bite.

“I fished that spot three times today before I caught anything,” said Becker. “I knew the fish were there, but I rotated through multiple times and never had a bite. Then I came back and they were there and they were eating. I went from zero to 14 pounds in minutes.”

Becker said he originally planned to just hit the edges of the points quickly on the first morning before moving on to bed-fishing or fishing docks, but was fortunate to get a couple bites early on Day 1 to point him in the right direction.

Although that timing has held out so far, a significant storm system is set to roll through the region early tomorrow morning, with a 100-percent chance of severe thunderstorms most of Saturday, which could change everything for Becker, as well as the other pros.

“I say we cancel tomorrow. It’s one less day I have to hang on to the lead,” laughed Becker. “I think it’s going to be really hard and it’s going to hurt my fish. The sun has been real important, and that rain is probably going to put a damper on that tomorrow. With this weather changing, it’s anyone’s game going into the weekend.”

The top 20 pros after Day 2 on Lake Murray are:
1st:       Matt Becker of Finleyville, Pa., 10 bass, 41-2
2nd:      Derrick Snavely of Piney Flats, Tenn., 10 bass, 38-6
3rd:       Miles Howe of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 10 bass, 37-9
4th:       Evan Barnes of Hot Springs, Ark., 10 bass, 37-0
5th:       Dean Rojas of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 10 bass, 35-9
6th:       Tommy Dickerson of Orange, Texas, 10 bass, 34-15
7th:       Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., 10 bass, 34-14
8th:       Clabion Johns of Social Circle, Ga., 10 bass, 34-9
9th:       Matthew Stefan of Junction City, Wisc., 10 bass, 34-9
10th:     Adrian Avena of Vineland, N.J., 10 bass, 33-13
11th:     Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., 10 bass, 33-10
12th:     Jim Tutt of Longview, Texas, 10 bass, 33-5
13th:     Jamie Horton of Centerville, Ala., 10 bass, 33-4
14th:     David Williams of Maiden, N.C., 10 bass, 33-3
15th:     Josh Butler of Hayden, Ala., 10 bass, 32-14
16th:     Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 32-11
17th:     Kurt Mitchell of Milford, Del., 10 bass, 32-10
18th:     Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S.C., 10 bass, 32-5
19th:     Mitch Crane of Columbus, Miss., 10 bass, 32-4
20th:     Jimmy Reese of Witter Springs, Calif., 10 bass, 32-1

For a full list of results and to see the top 50 anglers that will continue to Day 3, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, won the day's $500 Berkley Big Bass award bringing a largemouth weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces to the scale.

Overall, there were 744 bass weighing 1,983 pounds even caught by 160 pros Friday. The catch included 133 five-bass limits.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Googan Baits Stop 3 Presented by Favorite Fishing – Lake Murray is hosted by the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, the full field of 161 anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Thursday and Friday. The top 50 pros based on their two-day cumulative weight advanced to Saturday. Only the top 10 pros will continue competition on Sunday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.

Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, where they will compete for up to $235,000. The 2021 TITLE will be on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Aug. 17-22, and is hosted by Explore La Crosse.

Anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday from Dreher Island State Park, located at 3677 State Park Road in Prosperity. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park daily at 3 p.m. Attendance is limited to competing anglers, family, essential staff and media covering the event. Fans are encouraged to follow the action online through the MLF NOW! live stream and coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Googan Baits Stop 3 Presented by Favorite Fishing – Lake Murray will feature live on-the-water coverage and a two-hour action-packed television show that will premiere on the Outdoor Channel on Sunday, July 25 from 7 to 9 a.m. ET and re-air on the Sportsman Channel this fall. Weigh-ins will be streamed daily and fans can catch live on-the-water action all day Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25 on MLF NOW! beginning at 7 a.m. ET at MajorLeagueFishing.com.


One Keeper Vaults Bosley To B.A.S.S. Nation Regional Win On Milford

New Mexico B.A.S.S. Nation team angler Kris Bosley, of Amarillo, Texas, has won the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional at Milford Lake with a three-day total of 23 pounds, 5 ounces.

Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

April 23, 2021

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. – Kris Bosley was certain he had to catch more than one bass Friday to come from behind and win the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional.

But as difficult as Milford Lake fished this week, a 3-pound, 14-ounce largemouth on the final day was enough to give the 42-year-old financial advisor a victory in the heart of the Sunflower State.

Bosley finished with a three-day total of nine bass weighing 23-5. He collected a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Ranger and earned his third trip to the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.

“I thought I needed at least two fish today to hold off Christian (Gladfelter) for the team lead,” Bosley said, referring to his New Mexico teammate who placed second overall among boaters after catching 10 bass weighing 22-12 in the three-day event.

“But I really wanted to win the whole tournament, and to do that, I thought I’d probably need four fish. I didn’t expect to win with only one fish today, so it’s a real surprise. But still, it’s a really great feeling.”

Bosley lives in Amarillo, Texas, but qualified for the regional through the New Mexico B.A.S.S. Nation. He’ll represent the state again in the Nation Championship on the Ouachita River in Louisiana on Nov. 3-5.

Bosley has qualified for nationals twice before, finishing 34th on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell in 2019 and 23rd on Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas in 2013.

The 3-14 largemouth he caught Friday was the ticket to this year’s championship. He hooked the bass fishing a point near the Milford Lake Dam with a Delta Craw squarebill crankbait on 12-pound line.

“I threw that squarebill between two tree trunks about 6 inches apart,” Bosley said. “It deflected off the tree and, as soon as it did, she immediately jumped all over it. She swallowed it whole.”

Other than one keeper, Bosley struggled to find bites, as did each of the 40 anglers that survived the cut to fish Friday.

“The only other bites I had were six short fish and one drum,” Bosley said, laughing. “The drum was the most fun of the day up until the keeper!”

Milford Lake, which normally produces a solid mix of bass in various stages of the spawn this time of year, was a mystery to every one of the 160 competitors who started the tournament Wednesday. A late-season snowstorm dumped nearly 6 inches of powder in central Kansas overnight on Monday, and it shut down what had been a productive bite in the days leading up to the tournament.

Anglers scattered across the 15,700-acre reservoir to find bites of any sort, but they struggled mightily – 89 of the 160 zeroed on Day 1 and 116 didn’t weigh a fish on Day 2. Nineteen of the 40 that fished Friday didn’t weigh a bass, either.

That unfortunate group included Chris Johnson, a Farmington, Ark., resident who led the regional on Days 1 and 2.

“I couldn’t get anything going today,” Johnson said. “It was a real grind the whole tournament, but I was able to get a few things going on the first two days … But no disappointments. I’m going to nationals.”

Of the 80 competitors in the boater division, Bosley was one of two who caught a limit of five bass on Day 1. That 13-5 haul put him in third place and he jumped to second on Day 2, despite adding only three bass and 6-2 to his weight.

Bosley entered Friday only an ounce behind. Gladfelter jumped ahead of Johnson, too, finishing second and collecting $3,000. Johnson placed third and won $2,000.

Hunter Neuville, an 18-year-old high school student from New Iberia, La., won the co-angler division with a three-day total of four bass that weighed 9-10. Like Bosley, Neuville only needed one bass to earn the win Friday.

“I caught one short fish today and I missed one good one,” Neuville said. “I was fishing with (Gladfelter), and he said, ‘Last cast,’ and that’s when I caught my keeper. It was only 2-5, but this is one of the toughest tournaments I’ve ever fished.”

Neuville won $2,500 courtesy of Yamaha for his co-angler victory.

Sixteen anglers (the top boater and co-angler from each of the eight teams in the regional) qualified for the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship in November. The top anglers split a purse of $34,500 this week.

Johnson won a $500 cash prize for having the heaviest bass of the regional, a 7-pounder he caught early on Day 1 that vaulted him into the lead.

Colorado won the team title on Thursday with a two-day total of 34 bass that weighed 84-9. The 20-angler team earned a $5,000 prize courtesy of Ranger with the win. New Mexico finished in second place, and Texas was third, with Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Louisiana rounding out the eight-team field.

The tournament was one of five B.A.S.S. Nation derbies this year leading up to the championship in November.

2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional Milford Lake 4/21-4/23
Milford Lake, Junction City KS.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Kris Bosley Amarillo, TX (NM) 9 23-05 0
2. Christian Gladfelter Albuquerque, NM (NM) 10 22-12 0
3. Chris Johnson Farmington, AR (AR) 6 19-08 0
4. Brandon Moss Blanchard, OK (OK) 9 18-02 0
5. Chad Petrie McKinney, TX (TX) 7 17-02 0
6. Jared Miller Norman, OK (CO) 6 15-10 0
7. Nick Luna Grain Valley, MO (KS) 7 14-09 0
8. Mike Wheaton Ottumwa, IA (MO) 4 14-05 0
9. Travis Sneith Elizabeth, CO (CO) 6 13-09 0
10. Shane Morgan Littleton, CO (CO) 4 12-08 0
11. Nate Caldwell Fort Collins, CO (CO) 5 12-07 0
12. Jeremy Fuentes Carlsbad, NM (NM) 6 11-01 0
13. Jay Beffa Festus, MO (MO) 5 10-14 0
14. Doug Thompson Mabelvale, AR (AR) 5 10-12 0
15. Matt Pangrac Bixby, OK (OK) 4 10-09 0
16. Jeff Lugar Princeton, TX (TX) 5 10-09 0
17. David Cavell Prairieville, LA (LA) 3 09-12 0
18. Daniel Ward Sage, AR (AR) 4 09-04 0
19. Casey Welch Arvada, CO (CO) 3 08-03 0
20. Robert Paxton Jr Flower Mound, TX (TX) 3 07-13 0
21. Justin Royal Bridge City, TX (TX) 4 07-09 0
22. Nicholas Kincaid Coweta, OK (OK) 3 07-09 0
23. Garrett Kemp Port Allen, LA (LA) 4 07-03 0
24. Jesse Jordan Stilwel, KS (KS) 3 06-14 0
25. Larry Stoafer Leavenworth, KS (KS) 3 06-09 0
26. Maurice Gutierrez Albuquberque, NM (NM) 2 06-02 0
27. Travis Rivest Smithville, MO (MO) 2 06-00 0
28. Larry Triplett Castle Rock, CO (CO) 3 05-14 0
29. Matthew Abeyta Albuquerque, NM (NM) 2 05-10 0
30. Ronald Giebel Penrose, CO (CO) 2 05-05 0
31. Justin Privett Bald Knob, AR (AR) 2 05-01 0
32. Branden Garrison Gladstone, MO (KS) 2 04-10 0
33. Nathan Pratt Albuquerque, NM (NM) 2 04-06 0
34. Robert Royal Vidor, TX (TX) 1 04-01 0
35. Brandon Simoneaux Lumberton, TX (TX) 1 03-15 0
36. Cole Buser Farmington, NM (NM) 2 03-15 0
37. Kevin Johnston Sedalia, MO (MO) 2 03-14 0
38. Brock Enmeier Bixby, OK (OK) 1 03-09 0
39. Jim Simpson Canyon, TX (TX) 1 03-07 0
40. Byron Albrecht Waco, TX (TX) 1 03-02 0
40. Troy Morrison Malvern, AR (AR) 1 03-02 0
42. Mike Zachary Ada, OK (OK) 1 03-01 0
43. Alan Daniels Kansas City, KS (MO) 1 03-00 0
44. Klint VonFeldt Hays, KS (KS) 1 02-14 0
45. Brian Stangel Albuquerque, NM (NM) 1 02-10 0
46. Rick Wheeler Whitewater, KS (KS) 1 02-08 0
47. Tony Grubbs Pryor, OK (OK) 1 02-07 0
48. Mike Chain Stillwater, OK (OK) 1 02-06 0
49. Kenny Turpin El Dorado, KS (KS) 1 02-05 0
50. Dalton Warrington Tishimingo , OK (OK) 1 02-04 0
51. Gabriel Rivera Portales, NM (NM) 1 02-01 0
52. Paul Lampron Penrose, CO (CO) 1 01-13 0
53. Braxton Resweber Saint Martinville, LA ( 1 01-12 0
54. Dean Amos San Antonio, TX (TX) 0 00-00 0
54. Jason Baird Gypsum, KS (KS) 0 00-00 0
54. Jim Coyner Ofallon, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
54. Jamie Dumas El Dorado, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
54. David Flemming Littleton, CO (CO) 0 00-00 0
54. Teddy Granier Thibodaux, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
54. Mike Harris Cowgill, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
54. Jan Hebert Houma, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
54. Alex Heintze Denham Springs, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
54. Michael Henager Harrah, OK (OK) 0 00-00 0
54. Keith Hendrix Monroe City, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
54. Adam Johnson Pontiac, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
54. Johnny Johnson Bloomfield, NM (NM) 0 00-00 0
54. Kenny King El Dorado, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
54. Jamie Laiche Gonzales, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
54. Travis Laurent Gonzales, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
54. Cory Leita Victoria, TX (TX) 0 00-00 0
54. JP Mcvay Hermitage, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
54. Mike Meadows El Dorado, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
54. Matthew Mesplay Wichita, KS (KS) 0 00-00 0
54. Jeremy Norris Ama, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
54. Brandon Pedigo Lawton, OK (OK) 0 00-00 0
54. Josh Pladies Belton, MO (KS) 0 00-00 0
54. Scott Sheldon Loveland, CO (CO) 0 00-00 0
54. Harold Stark Eldon, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
54. Joe Ward Cave City, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
80. Blake Marionneaux Brusly, LA (LA) 0 -2-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 2 97 244-11
2 1 49 115-15
3 0 21 46-14
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3 167 407-08

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 3
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KANSAS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Nick Luna Grain Valley, MO 7 14-09 0
2 Jesse Jordan Stilwel, KS 3 06-14 0
3 Larry Stoafer Leavenworth, KS 3 06-09 0
4 Branden Garrison Gladstone, MO 2 04-10 0
5 Klint VonFeldt Hays, KS 1 02-14 0
6 Rick Wheeler Whitewater, KS 1 02-08 0
7 Kenny Turpin El Dorado, KS 1 02-05 0
8 Jason Baird Gypsum, KS 0 00-00 0
8 Matthew Mesplay Wichita, KS 0 00-00 0
8 Josh Pladies Belton, MO 0 00-00 0

OKLAHOMA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Brandon Moss Blanchard, OK 9 18-02 0
2 Matt Pangrac Bixby, OK 4 10-09 0
3 Nicholas Kincaid Coweta, OK 3 07-09 0
4 Brock Enmeier Bixby, OK 1 03-09 0
5 Mike Zachary Ada, OK 1 03-01 0
6 Tony Grubbs Pryor, OK 1 02-07 0
7 Mike Chain Stillwater, OK 1 02-06 0
8 Dalton Warrington Tishimingo , OK 1 02-04 0
9 Michael Henager Harrah, OK 0 00-00 0
9 Brandon Pedigo Lawton, OK 0 00-00 0

LOUISIANA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 David Cavell Prairieville, LA 3 09-12 0
2 Garrett Kemp Port Allen, LA 4 07-03 0
3 Braxton Resweber Saint Martinville, LA 1 01-12 0
4 Teddy Granier Thibodaux, LA 0 00-00 0
4 Jan Hebert Houma, LA 0 00-00 0
4 Alex Heintze Denham Springs, LA 0 00-00 0
4 Jamie Laiche Gonzales, LA 0 00-00 0
4 Travis Laurent Gonzales, LA 0 00-00 0
4 Jeremy Norris Ama, LA 0 00-00 0
10 Blake Marionneaux Brusly, LA 0 -2-00 0

MISSOURI
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Mike Wheaton Ottumwa, IA 4 14-05 0
2 Jay Beffa Festus, MO 5 10-14 0
3 Travis Rivest Smithville, MO 2 06-00 0
4 Kevin Johnston Sedalia, MO 2 03-14 0
5 Alan Daniels Kansas City, KS 1 03-00 0
6 Jim Coyner Ofallon, MO 0 00-00 0
6 Mike Harris Cowgill, MO 0 00-00 0
6 Keith Hendrix Monroe City, MO 0 00-00 0
6 Adam Johnson Pontiac, MO 0 00-00 0
6 Harold Stark Eldon, MO 0 00-00 0

ARKANSAS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Chris Johnson Farmington, AR 6 19-08 0
2 Doug Thompson Mabelvale, AR 5 10-12 0
3 Daniel Ward Sage, AR 4 09-04 0
4 Justin Privett Bald Knob, AR 2 05-01 0
5 Troy Morrison Malvern, AR 1 03-02 0
6 Jamie Dumas El Dorado, AR 0 00-00 0
6 Kenny King El Dorado, AR 0 00-00 0
6 JP Mcvay Hermitage, AR 0 00-00 0
6 Mike Meadows El Dorado, AR 0 00-00 0
6 Joe Ward Cave City, AR 0 00-00 0

TEXAS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Chad Petrie McKinney, TX 7 17-02 0
2 Jeff Lugar Princeton, TX 5 10-09 0
3 Robert Paxton Jr Flower Mound, TX 3 07-13 0
4 Justin Royal Bridge City, TX 4 07-09 0
5 Robert Royal Vidor, TX 1 04-01 0
6 Brandon Simoneaux Lumberton, TX 1 03-15 0
7 Jim Simpson Canyon, TX 1 03-07 0
8 Byron Albrecht Waco, TX 1 03-02 0
9 Dean Amos San Antonio, TX 0 00-00 0
9 Cory Leita Victoria, TX 0 00-00 0

NEW MEXICO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Kris Bosley Amarillo, TX 9 23-05 0
2 Christian Gladfelter Albuquerque, NM 10 22-12 0
3 Jeremy Fuentes Carlsbad, NM 6 11-01 0
4 Maurice Gutierrez Albuquberque, NM 2 06-02 0
5 Matthew Abeyta Albuquerque, NM 2 05-10 0
6 Nathan Pratt Albuquerque, NM 2 04-06 0
7 Cole Buser Farmington, NM 2 03-15 0
8 Brian Stangel Albuquerque, NM 1 02-10 0
9 Gabriel Rivera Portales, NM 1 02-01 0
10 Johnny Johnson Bloomfield, NM 0 00-00 0

COLORADO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jared Miller Norman, OK 6 15-10 0
2 Travis Sneith Elizabeth, CO 6 13-09 0
3 Shane Morgan Littleton, CO 4 12-08 0
4 Nate Caldwell Fort Collins, CO 5 12-07 0
5 Casey Welch Arvada, CO 3 08-03 0
6 Larry Triplett Castle Rock, CO 3 05-14 0
7 Ronald Giebel Penrose, CO 2 05-05 0
8 Paul Lampron Penrose, CO 1 01-13 0
9 David Flemming Littleton, CO 0 00-00 0
9 Scott Sheldon Loveland, CO 0 00-00 0

2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional Milford Lake 4/21-4/23
Milford Lake, Junction City KS.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Hunter Neuville New Iberia, LA (LA) 4 09-10 0
2. Ray Cates Overland Park, KS (MO) 4 09-08 0
3. Russell Vines El Dorado, AR (AR) 3 07-06 0
4. Brad Hauf Las Cruces, NM (NM) 4 07-05 0
5. Glenn Hahn San Antonio, TX (TX) 3 06-12 0
6. Morgan Fitzgerald Durango, CO (CO) 3 06-06 0
7. Bobby Maynard Jr Eastland, TX (TX) 2 06-06 0
8. Scooter Wright Chickasha, OK (OK) 2 06-01 0
9. Richard Heflin Topeka, KS (KS) 2 06-01 0
10. Ryan Fontenot Baton Rouge, LA (LA) 3 05-14 0
11. Todd Newchurch Livonia, LA (LA) 2 05-04 0
12. Scott Hausman Owasso, OK (OK) 2 05-02 0
13. Lewis Decker III McGregor, TX (TX) 2 04-03 0
14. John Santos Colorado Springs, CO (C 2 04-03 0
15. Dj Buser Jr Farmington, NM (NM) 2 04-02 0
16. Deforest Hall Edmond, OK (OK) 1 03-15 0
17. Christopher Dollard Mountain Homes, AR (AR) 2 03-14 0
18. Jeffrey Mooter Midwest City, OK (OK) 2 03-11 0
19. Randy Fleeman Copperas Cove, TX (TX) 2 03-09 0
20. Darrell Hecht Decatur, AR (AR) 2 03-06 0
21. Nathan Fideldy Hutchinson, KS (KS) 1 03-04 0
22. Don Evans Canon City, CO (CO) 1 02-09 0
22. Blake Forsyth Paulina, LA (LA) 1 02-09 0
24. Austin Abadie Saint Amant, LA (LA) 1 02-08 0
24. Joel Porter Yates Center, KS (KS) 1 02-08 0
26. Danny Fourr Waterflow, NM (NM) 1 02-04 0
27. Kyle Torkelson Coweta, OK (KS) 1 02-03 0
28. Andrew Bowman Aurora, CO (CO) 1 02-02 0
29. Chris Hamilton Wellington, CO (CO) 1 02-01 0
29. Todd Tigar Osage Beach, MO (MO) 1 02-01 0
31. Kris Cartrite Dumas, TX (TX) 1 01-15 0
31. Justin Harris McPherson, KS (KS) 1 01-15 0
33. Charlie Harrington New Cambria, MO (MO) 1 01-14 0
34. Hayden Pinho Patterson, LA (LA) 1 01-13 0
35. Jered Grooms Ada, OK (OK) 1 01-12 0
35. Mike Turner Berryton, KS (KS) 1 01-12 0
37. Scott Phillips El Dorado , AR (AR) 1 01-11 0
38. Russel Wilson Redfield, AR (AR) 1 01-08 0
39. Heath Andersen Lakewood, CO (CO) 0 00-00 0
39. Felix Appelt Goliad, TX (TX) 0 00-00 0
39. Macky Bosley III Canyon, TX (NM) 0 00-00 0
39. Jason Bryant Fort Sill, OK (MO) 0 00-00 0
39. Jason Campbell Berwick, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
39. Aaron Carroll Nixa, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
39. Danny Compton Pocahontas, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
39. Bill Denniston II Ottumwa, IA (MO) 0 00-00 0
39. Jameson Dowler Ashland, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
39. Curtis Farley Saint Peters, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
39. Brent Goss Leavenworth, KS (MO) 0 00-00 0
39. Tye Grissom Austin, TX (TX) 0 00-00 0
39. Michael Guillory Prairieville, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
39. Luther Harris Albuquerque, NM (NM) 0 00-00 0
39. Randy Heavin Del City, OK (OK) 0 00-00 0
39. Justin Hebert Gray, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
39. Dennis Heusser Strasburg, CO (CO) 0 00-00 0
39. James Hollensworth El Dorado, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
39. Kevin Holmes Russellville, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
39. Joby Houghtaling Artesia, NM (NM) 0 00-00 0
39. Jeremy Jackson Cassoday, KS (KS) 0 00-00 0
39. Chris Jarvis Albuquerque, NM (NM) 0 00-00 0
39. Keith Kimbrough Woden, TX (TX) 0 00-00 0
39. Zane Leibhart Stillwater, OK (OK) 0 00-00 0
39. Andrew Madison Mustang, OK (OK) 0 00-00 0
39. Joseph Martin Baton Rouge, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
39. Meleah Meadows Norman, OK (OK) 0 00-00 0
39. Randal Moyer Denver, CO (CO) 0 00-00 0
39. Hieu Nguyen Stillwater, OK (OK) 0 00-00 0
39. Cody Paxton Independence, MO (KS) 0 00-00 0
39. Carly Perry Albuquerque, NM (NM) 0 00-00 0
39. Ron Price Canon City, CO (CO) 0 00-00 0
39. Clayton Rudman Victoria, KS (KS) 0 00-00 0
39. Gary Schipporeit Westminster, CO (CO) 0 00-00 0
39. Ed Shay Keller, MO (TX) 0 00-00 0
39. Reggie Smithson El Dorado, KS (KS) 0 00-00 0
39. Eric Snow Forsyth, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
39. Justin Taylor Las Cruces, NM (NM) 0 00-00 0
39. Ray Thomasson Jr El Dorado, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
39. Cecil Tubb Dike, TX (TX) 0 00-00 0
39. Terry Wilson Carlsbad, NM (NM) 0 00-00 0
39. Jared Wood Clarksville, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 2 38 87-13
2 1 21 46-03
3 0 8 16-15
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3 67 150-15

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 3
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KANSAS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Richard Heflin Topeka, KS 2 06-01 0
2 Nathan Fideldy Hutchinson, KS 1 03-04 0
3 Joel Porter Yates Center, KS 1 02-08 0
4 Kyle Torkelson Coweta, OK 1 02-03 0
5 Justin Harris McPherson, KS 1 01-15 0
6 Mike Turner Berryton, KS 1 01-12 0
7 Jeremy Jackson Cassoday, KS 0 00-00 0
7 Cody Paxton Independence, MO 0 00-00 0
7 Clayton Rudman Victoria, KS 0 00-00 0
7 Reggie Smithson El Dorado, KS 0 00-00 0

OKLAHOMA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Scooter Wright Chickasha, OK 2 06-01 0
2 Scott Hausman Owasso, OK 2 05-02 0
3 Deforest Hall Edmond, OK 1 03-15 0
4 Jeffrey Mooter Midwest City, OK 2 03-11 0
5 Jered Grooms Ada, OK 1 01-12 0
6 Randy Heavin Del City, OK 0 00-00 0
6 Zane Leibhart Stillwater, OK 0 00-00 0
6 Andrew Madison Mustang, OK 0 00-00 0
6 Meleah Meadows Norman, OK 0 00-00 0
6 Hieu Nguyen Stillwater, OK 0 00-00 0

LOUISIANA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Hunter Neuville New Iberia, LA 4 09-10 0
2 Ryan Fontenot Baton Rouge, LA 3 05-14 0
3 Todd Newchurch Livonia, LA 2 05-04 0
4 Blake Forsyth Paulina, LA 1 02-09 0
5 Austin Abadie Saint Amant, LA 1 02-08 0
6 Hayden Pinho Patterson, LA 1 01-13 0
7 Jason Campbell Berwick, LA 0 00-00 0
7 Michael Guillory Prairieville, LA 0 00-00 0
7 Justin Hebert Gray, LA 0 00-00 0
7 Joseph Martin Baton Rouge, LA 0 00-00 0

MISSOURI
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Ray Cates Overland Park, KS 4 09-08 0
2 Todd Tigar Osage Beach, MO 1 02-01 0
3 Charlie Harrington New Cambria, MO 1 01-14 0
4 Jason Bryant Fort Sill, OK 0 00-00 0
4 Aaron Carroll Nixa, MO 0 00-00 0
4 Bill Denniston II Ottumwa, IA 0 00-00 0
4 Jameson Dowler Ashland, MO 0 00-00 0
4 Curtis Farley Saint Peters, MO 0 00-00 0
4 Brent Goss Leavenworth, KS 0 00-00 0
4 Eric Snow Forsyth, MO 0 00-00 0

ARKANSAS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Russell Vines El Dorado, AR 3 07-06 0
2 Christopher Dollard Mountain Homes, AR 2 03-14 0
3 Darrell Hecht Decatur, AR 2 03-06 0
4 Scott Phillips El Dorado , AR 1 01-11 0
5 Russel Wilson Redfield, AR 1 01-08 0
6 Danny Compton Pocahontas, AR 0 00-00 0
6 James Hollensworth El Dorado, AR 0 00-00 0
6 Kevin Holmes Russellville, AR 0 00-00 0
6 Ray Thomasson Jr El Dorado, AR 0 00-00 0
6 Jared Wood Clarksville, AR 0 00-00 0

TEXAS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Glenn Hahn San Antonio, TX 3 06-12 0
2 Bobby Maynard Jr Eastland, TX 2 06-06 0
3 Lewis Decker III McGregor, TX 2 04-03 0
4 Randy Fleeman Copperas Cove, TX 2 03-09 0
5 Kris Cartrite Dumas, TX 1 01-15 0
6 Felix Appelt Goliad, TX 0 00-00 0
6 Tye Grissom Austin, TX 0 00-00 0
6 Keith Kimbrough Woden, TX 0 00-00 0
6 Ed Shay Keller, MO 0 00-00 0
6 Cecil Tubb Dike, TX 0 00-00 0

NEW MEXICO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Brad Hauf Las Cruces, NM 4 07-05 0
2 Dj Buser Jr Farmington, NM 2 04-02 0
3 Danny Fourr Waterflow, NM 1 02-04 0
4 Macky Bosley III Canyon, TX 0 00-00 0
4 Luther Harris Albuquerque, NM 0 00-00 0
4 Joby Houghtaling Artesia, NM 0 00-00 0
4 Chris Jarvis Albuquerque, NM 0 00-00 0
4 Carly Perry Albuquerque, NM 0 00-00 0
4 Justin Taylor Las Cruces, NM 0 00-00 0
4 Terry Wilson Carlsbad, NM 0 00-00 0

COLORADO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Morgan Fitzgerald Durango, CO 3 06-06 0
2 John Santos Colorado Springs, CO 2 04-03 0
3 Don Evans Canon City, CO 1 02-09 0
4 Andrew Bowman Aurora, CO 1 02-02 0
5 Chris Hamilton Wellington, CO 1 02-01 0
6 Heath Andersen Lakewood, CO 0 00-00 0
6 Dennis Heusser Strasburg, CO 0 00-00 0
6 Randal Moyer Denver, CO 0 00-00 0
6 Ron Price Canon City, CO 0 00-00 0
6 Gary Schipporeit Westminster, CO 0 00-00 0


Consistency Lands Card In Lead At Bassmaster Elite Event On Lake Fork

Brandon Card, of Salisbury, N.C., is leading after Day 2 of the 2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork with a two-day total of 55 pounds, 7 ounces.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

April 23, 2021

QUITMAN, Texas — Brandon Card of Salisbury, N.C., committed to a spot he called the “Hammer Hole” and nailed down a limit of 28 pounds, 1 ounce to lead Day 2 of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork.

Rising from third place, Card bolstered his Day 1 weight of 27-6 for a two-day total of 55-7 that leads Quentin Cappo of Prairieville, La., by 11 ounces.

Working in Little Caney Creek, Card’s key spot was a subtle point adjacent to multiple spawning pockets with a creek channel in close proximity. What’s interesting is that Card encountered this fish-laden staging area on his way to inspect other spots.

“I’m really fortunate I found this spot,” he said. “It didn’t look like much when I saw it on my side scan, but it looked like just enough to make me want to make a cast in there.

“I caught them at the mouth of Little Caney really good (during the Elite event) in 2019. I had two giant schools, so I checked that out and they weren’t there. So, I just kept going farther in there.”

With two fish over 6 pounds in his bag, Card did most of his work with a Yo-Zuri 3DB 110 jerkbait. He also caught fish on a 3DB 110 Deep, a Yo-Zuri Hardcore Crank 3+ and a 4-inch hand-poured swimbait on a 1/2-ounce lead head.

“Changing angles and trying to stay fresh on the baits was important,” he said. “I’m just thinking, ‘What else can I throw out there?’ I’ll rig up some new stuff tonight.”

Noting that he had his weight by about 9:45 a.m., Card said, “What a morning. There wasn’t much to speak of after the morning. I did catch a 4 1/2-pounder that didn’t help, but I couldn’t get on anything (productive) after I left the Hammer Hole.

“Hopefully, that place keeps reloading. It’s a pretty magical spot.”

Addressing the obvious question of why he left the Hammer Hole, Card said that his bite slowed down — possibly a casualty of meteorological disruptions from an approaching storm system that prompted B.A.S.S. to move up Friday’s weigh-in by one hour.

“Also, I didn’t want to just sit there and protect the spot, and I didn’t want to just sit there and keep fishing,” Card said of his fish-management strategy. “I didn’t want to catch a 4-pounder that didn’t help today because I might need it for tomorrow.”

Card’s largest fish — a 6-12 — bit the swimbait after he effectively retrieved the bait through a labyrinth of submerged timber off a deeper section of his point. Thinking he may be onto something, he repeated his cast, but at that point the wheels came off.

“The very next cast, I hung up,” he said. “I didn’t want to go in there and get it, so I broke it off and tied on another one. I threw back out there and, on the next cast, I got hung again and had to break that one off.

“Literally two casts later, I get hung again and break off the third swimbait. I was like, ‘What is going on?’ It’s like I couldn’t get back in there after I caught the big one. I’ll have to rig up a jighead with a weedguard tonight.”

Holding steady in second place, Cappo added 25-13 to the 28-15 he caught Thursday to keep himself in contention with 54-12. Returning to the Caney Creek areas he fished on Day 1, Cappo anchored his bag with a 7-1 shortly before 9 a.m.

“My main area was a little underwater point with a rootball from an old tree,” he said. “They stage right there coming in and out, so if you can hit that rootball with a crankbait and deflect, they’ll come out and attack it.”

Wind exposure is key to Cappo’s success, and both days he saw clear examples of how an increase in surface disturbance would trigger feeding. Also, his area holds scattered pods of big gizzard shad, so he threw sizable baits — a Strike King KVD 4.0 squarebill and a Strike King Sexy Dawg topwater.

“They were eating kind of funny today,” he said. “I could tell by the way they were grabbing my crankbait. But it’s just one of those deals where you have to keep your head down and go because you know it’s going to happen, you just don’t know when.

“I was fortunate, because with an hour (before check-in), I had three big bites (3-15, 5-11 and 6-3). You just have to let it happen, and it definitely happened today.”

Day 1 leader Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., saw a dramatic decline to the intense Day 1 action that produced the event’s second-heaviest bag — 32-14 (behind fourth-place Taku Ito’s Day 2 limit of 33-3). On Friday, Walters started strong with an 8-12 at 7:18, but quality bites eluded him the rest of the day and he weighed a limit of 15-7.

Having won his first Elite title on Fork last year with a four-day total of 104 pounds, 12 ounces, Walters remained committed to the game plan of hunting fish with his Garmin Panoptix LiveScope. He’s throwing jerkbaits over contour breaks for staging prespawners.

“I guess it was the weather conditions; something changed pressure-wise,” he said. “The fish are still there on all the spots I fished today. The bad thing was they would come look at your bait and almost take a nip at it. They would follow your bait for 40 feet and never commit.

“I’m going all in (tomorrow) because if I can catch them, it’s going to be a big bag. If I don’t, it’s going to be a very little bag.”

Clifford Pirch of Payson, Ariz., took the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with his 9-13 largemouth.

Seth Feider of New Market, Minn., leads the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings with 432 points. Walters is second with 431, followed by Kyle Welcher of Opelika, Ala., with 385, Lee Livesay of Longview, Texas, with 377 and Chris Johnston of Peterborough, Canada, with 375.

Joshua Stracner of Vandiver, Ala., leads the Rookie of the Year standings with 332 points.

Saturday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6:45 a.m. CT at Sabine River Authority (SRA) — Lake Fork. The weigh-in will be held at SRA at 3 p.m.

Only the Top 10 anglers after Saturday’s weigh-in will advance to Championship Sunday with a chance to win the $100,000 first-place prize.

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

2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork 4/22-4/25
Lake Fork, Quitman, TX
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

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

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


Christie Cashes in with Costa Sunglasses

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Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jason Christie is among the first anglers to cash in with the brand new Costa Compete + Conserve contingency program thanks to his win two weeks ago on the Sabine River.

Christie pocketed an additional $3,000 cash bonus for being the highest finishing registered angler wearing Costa Sunglasses from this exciting new program.

“For tournament anglers Costas are a small investment when compared to some of the other equipment we buy and with Compete + Conserve you have the opportunity to win bonus money for yourself and the outdoors,” Christie said. “How can you beat that?”

The “conserve” component of Costa’s new bass fishing rewards program is especially exciting for folks in the fishing industry. The highest finishing program participant gets to choose between one of five pre-approved conservation organizations to receive a cash donation on behalf of Costa and the angler.

Christie’s connection to the outdoors runs much deeper than being a professional angler and he was thrilled to learn about the conservation donation. He chose The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation to receive $500 on his behalf.

Not only is Christie a huge proponent of all the goodness Costa’s new contingency program brings on, he also is a big believer in the advantages his sunglasses give him on the water.

“A quality pair of sunglasses are a necessity for anyone who spends time on the water,” Christie added. “Personally, my Costas equate to key fish each tournament and certainly each season. Being able to see what’s underwater, whether I’m seeing fish or a hidden piece of cover, makes a huge difference. At the Sabine they also helped me dodge obstructions while driving way up a creek to my primary area.”

Compete + Conserve wasn’t the only contingency program Christie reaped the rewards of after his finish on the Sabine however. The Oklahoma native also made $3,000 from Toyota Bonus Bucks for towing with a Toyota Tundra and an additional $4,000 from the popular Yamaha Power Pay program for running a Yamaha powered Xpress boat. Bringing Christie’s grand total to a mind-blowing $10,000 of bonus money for supporting brands who support the sport of bass fishing.

 

All three of these tournament angler contingency programs are absolutely free to register for as long as you own and use the products covered under the rewards programs. And you don’t have to be a professional angler like Jason Christie; these programs cover hundreds of tournaments for weekend anglers all the way up to the pros.

 

For more information on the brand new Costa Compete + Conserve program, follow this link https://www.costacompeteandconserve.com/or call (918) 742-6424 and ask for Luke.

 


Johnson Maintains Lead At Tough B.A.S.S. Nation Regional On Milford Lake

Chris Johnson, of Farmington, Ark., is leading after Day 2 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional at Milford Lake with a two-day total of 19 pounds, 8 ounces.

Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

April 22, 2021

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. — Chris Johnson said he likes a tournament that makes anglers “grind.”

He’s at the right event.

The 160 competitors in the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional struggled to find fish for a second consecutive day on Milford Lake here in the center of the Sunflower State. A late-season snowstorm rolled through the heartland overnight Monday, and the 6 inches of powder it dumped completely disrupted what in recent weeks had been a quality bite on the 15,700-acre reservoir.

The freak storm was a curveball that anglers from eight different states have struggled to hit. A total of 89 anglers zeroed Wednesday and 116 didn’t weigh a fish Thursday – 53 of 80 entered in the boater division and 63 of 80 in the co-angler field.

Johnson, a 51-year-old Farmington, Ark., resident, has been one of the bright spots this week, starting with the four bass he caught Wednesday that weighed a day’s best 14 pounds, 12 ounces. He struggled to catch two bass for an additional 4-12 Thursday, but the 19-8 total was just enough to maintain the lead.

“It’s really tough out there,” Johnson said. “The wind switched around on me today, coming straight out of the south. I had a later start too, and when I got to the spot where I caught the 7-pounder yesterday, there were eight boats already there. I just had to get in there and mix it up.”

Problem was, there were hardly any bass biting.

“I caught my first keeper, my first bite, at about 11 o’clock,” he said. “I had to scramble and find some new water upriver. I’m fishing shallow rock and I’ve got to have moving water, but it really took all day to get the two fish I had.”

Johnson’s lead is slim, with Kris Bosley of Amarillo, Texas, an ounce behind with 19-7.

Bosley, who qualified for the regional through the New Mexico B.A.S.S. Nation, caught one of only four limits Wednesday — a 13-5 total that put him in third place. He managed only three bass Thursday for 6-2, but still scratched his way into second.

“The lake is fishing really small,” Bosley said. “There’s a lot of pressure on the fish right now and that snowstorm earlier in the week certainly didn’t help.”

Bosley said he’s fishing a reaction bite, doing everything he can to tempt the smallmouth he’s targeting.

“The good strong north wind blowing yesterday hit a couple of my key spots and it helped me,” he said. “Today, it was slick and I couldn’t get them to react … I just hunkered down and counted the rocks until the wind picked up a bit in the afternoon.”

Bosley is sharing water with New Mexico teammate Christian Gladfelter, who was the big mover on Thursday with five bass weighing 11-15. The Albuquerque angler caught one of only two limits weighed on Day 2, with the other coming from fellow New Mexico competitor Brad Hauf, who weighed in three bass for 5-5, gaining him third place in the co-angler division.

Ray Cates of Overland Park, Kan., leads co-anglers with three bass weighing 7-7. Russell Vines of El Dorado, Ark., is second with three bass for 7-6.

A total of 40 anglers survived Thursday’s cut and will fish Friday. The field includes the Top 16 anglers in both divisions, as well as four additional anglers who were in the Top 2 from their state but not among the Top 16 in their respective divisions.

They’re all fighting for a share of the $34,500 total purse. The winning boater will take home $5,000 courtesy of Ranger and the leading co-angler will net $2,500 courtesy of Yamaha.

Colorado won the team competition that ended Thursday with a two-day total of 34 bass that weighed 84-9. The 20-person squad (10 boaters and 10 co-anglers) stormed to a 19-pound lead on Day 1 and held on to win $5,000 courtesy of Ranger and Yamaha for finishing first in team totals.

New Mexico made a hard charge at the team title, but settled for second with 36 bass weighing 81-13. The squad, which won $3,000 for finishing second, caught 19 bass on Day 2 weighing 42-11 to challenge Colorado for team honors.

Texas was third with 27 bass for 66-3 and won $2,000. Other teams included, fourth, Arkansas (27, 65-8); fifth, Oklahoma (24, 59-14); sixth, Kansas (23, 53-13); seventh, Missouri (19, 49-7); and eighth, Louisiana (15, 33-7).

Friday’s final-round takeoff will be at 6:30 a.m. CT from Acorns Resort, and the weigh-in will be held back at the resort at 2:30 p.m.

The tournament is one of five B.A.S.S. Nation regionals this year. Leading anglers at each qualify for the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship to be held Nov. 3-5 on the Ouachita River in Louisiana.

2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional Milford Lake 4/21-4/23
Milford Lake, Junction City KS.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1. Chris Johnson Farmington, AR (AR) 6 19-08 0
2. Kris Bosley Amarillo, TX (NM) 8 19-07 0
3. Christian Gladfelter Albuquerque, NM (NM) 7 16-10 0
4. Mike Wheaton Ottumwa, IA (MO) 4 14-05 0
5. Jared Miller Norman, OK (CO) 5 13-05 0
6. Nick Luna Grain Valley, MO (KS) 6 13-00 0
7. Shane Morgan Littleton, CO (CO) 4 12-08 0
8. Brandon Moss Blanchard, OK (OK) 6 11-14 0
9. Jay Beffa Festus, MO (MO) 5 10-14 0
10. Doug Thompson Mabelvale, AR (AR) 5 10-12 0
11. Travis Sneith Elizabeth, CO (CO) 4 10-03 0
12. Nate Caldwell Fort Collins, CO (CO) 4 10-01 0
13. Chad Petrie McKinney, TX (TX) 4 09-13 0
14. Daniel Ward Sage, AR (AR) 4 09-04 0
15. Jeremy Fuentes Carlsbad, NM (NM) 5 09-02 0
16. Matt Pangrac Bixby, OK (OK) 3 08-06 0
17. Casey Welch Arvada, CO (CO) 3 08-03 0
18. Jeff Lugar Princeton, TX (TX) 4 07-14 0
19. Robert Paxton Jr Flower Mound, TX (TX) 3 07-13 0
20. Justin Royal Bridge City, TX (TX) 4 07-09 0
21. Nicholas Kincaid Coweta, OK (OK) 3 07-09 0
22. Jesse Jordan Stilwel, KS (KS) 3 06-14 0
23. Larry Stoafer Leavenworth, KS (KS) 3 06-09 0
24. David Cavell Prairieville, LA (LA) 2 06-07 0
25. Maurice Gutierrez Albuquberque, NM (NM) 2 06-02 0
26. Travis Rivest Smithville, MO (MO) 2 06-00 0
27. Larry Triplett Castle Rock, CO (CO) 3 05-14 0
28. Matthew Abeyta Albuquerque, NM (NM) 2 05-10 0
29. Ronald Giebel Penrose, CO (CO) 2 05-05 0
30. Justin Privett Bald Knob, AR (AR) 2 05-01 0
31. Branden Garrison Gladstone, MO (KS) 2 04-10 0
32. Nathan Pratt Albuquerque, NM (NM) 2 04-06 0
33. Robert Royal Vidor, TX (TX) 1 04-01 0
34. Brandon Simoneaux Lumberton, TX (TX) 1 03-15 0
35. Cole Buser Farmington, NM (NM) 2 03-15 0
36. Kevin Johnston Sedalia, MO (MO) 2 03-14 0
37. Garrett Kemp Port Allen, LA (LA) 2 03-10 0
38. Brock Enmeier Bixby, OK (OK) 1 03-09 0
39. Jim Simpson Canyon, TX (TX) 1 03-07 0
40. Byron Albrecht Waco, TX (TX) 1 03-02 0
40. Troy Morrison Malvern, AR (AR) 1 03-02 0
42. Mike Zachary Ada, OK (OK) 1 03-01 0
43. Alan Daniels Kansas City, KS (MO) 1 03-00 0
44. Klint VonFeldt Hays, KS (KS) 1 02-14 0
45. Brian Stangel Albuquerque, NM (NM) 1 02-10 0
46. Rick Wheeler Whitewater, KS (KS) 1 02-08 0
47. Tony Grubbs Pryor, OK (OK) 1 02-07 0
48. Mike Chain Stillwater, OK (OK) 1 02-06 0
49. Kenny Turpin El Dorado, KS (KS) 1 02-05 0
50. Dalton Warrington Tishimingo, OK (OK) 1 02-04 0
51. Gabriel Rivera Portales, NM (NM) 1 02-01 0
52. Paul Lampron Penrose, CO (CO) 1 01-13 0
53. Braxton Resweber Saint Martinville, LA ( 1 01-12 0
54. Dean Amos San Antonio, TX (TX) 0 00-00 0
54. Jason Baird Gypsum, KS (KS) 0 00-00 0
54. Jim Coyner Ofallon, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
54. Jamie Dumas El Dorado, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
54. David Flemming Littleton, CO (CO) 0 00-00 0
54. Teddy Granier Thibodaux, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
54. Mike Harris Cowgill, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
54. Jan Hebert Houma, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
54. Alex Heintze Denham Springs, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
54. Michael Henager Harrah, OK (OK) 0 00-00 0
54. Keith Hendrix Monroe City, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
54. Adam Johnson Pontiac, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
54. Johnny Johnson Bloomfield, NM (NM) 0 00-00 0
54. Kenny King El Dorado, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
54. Jamie Laiche Gonzales, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
54. Travis Laurent Gonzales, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
54. Cory Leita Victoria, TX (TX) 0 00-00 0
54. JP Mcvay Hermitage, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
54. Mike Meadows El Dorado, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
54. Matthew Mesplay Wichita, KS (KS) 0 00-00 0
54. Jeremy Norris Ama, LA (LA) 0 00-00 0
54. Brandon Pedigo Lawton, OK (OK) 0 00-00 0
54. Josh Pladies Belton, MO (KS) 0 00-00 0
54. Scott Sheldon Loveland, CO (CO) 0 00-00 0
54. Harold Stark Eldon, MO (MO) 0 00-00 0
54. Joe Ward Cave City, AR (AR) 0 00-00 0
80. Blake Marionneaux Brusly, LA (LA) 0 -2-00 0