Fuel Me Named Exclusive Fuel Provider of Major League Fishing and Presenting Sponsor of the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit

Revolutionary Fuel Procurement Meets Seamless and Comprehensive User Experience, MLF Fuel Card Offers Fans 1.5% Cash Back on Every Purchase

TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 25, 2022) – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Fuel Me, a cloud-based technology platform used to simplify and automate the fuel procurement and management process, has signed on as the Exclusive Fuel Provider of Major League Fishing and the Presenting Sponsor of the 2022 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit.

Fuel Me’s innovative development of mobile and desktop portals allows customers to simplify fuel ordering and delivery, while managing their orders in real time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with GPS live order tracking.

“Fuel Me is honored to be the Exclusive Fuel Provider for Major League Fishing,” said William Marr, President of Fuel Me. “This partnership aligns perfectly with our business model and vision for the future, and we are very excited to bring greater awareness to Fuel Me’s fuel procurement and management platform.

“We are also excited to announce that Fuel Me is developing an MLF-branded fuel card that will help support the league, while giving 1.5% cash back to each fan with every purchase – a win-win for all involved. We are eager to kick off the 2022 season and can’t wait to see where this new relationship with MLF takes us.”

The sponsorship includes commercials and graphic billboards in Bass Pro Tour and Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit programming on Discovery Channel, CBS Sports Network and the Sportsman Channel, as well as a strong brand presence within both professional tours’ in-show and on-site opportunities. The agreement also provides significant brand exposure on the MLF NOW!livestream for both tours and prominent logo placement on angler jerseys, competition official jerseys and boats during the General Tire Heavy Hitters All-Star Event in Tyler, Texas, Apr. 9-14.

With decades of experience in the energy distribution industry, Fuel Me’s mission is to provide a seamless and comprehensive user experience while expanding clean energy product initiatives and positioning itself as the energy distribution solution of the future.

“Major League Fishing is excited to join forces with Fuel Me, a brand that developed a truly innovative and disruptive technology solution within its industry,” said Jim Wilburn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Major League Fishing. “MLF had similar origins with our pioneering of the catch-weigh-immediate release format of the MLF Cups and the Bass Pro Tour. We believe the combined forces of these two groundbreaking brands will propel both companies into 2022 with renewed vigor and maximum exposure to our shared audience.”

The 2022 professional bass fishing seasons will launch over the next two weeks with the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Fuel Me Guaranteed Rate Stop 1 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir Presented by Ark Fishing, Jan. 27-30, and the Bass Pro Tour B&W Trailer Hitches Stage One Presented by Power-Pole in Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana, Feb. 5-10.

For more information on Fuel Me and their automated fuel procurement process, visit www.Fuel.Me. For complete details and updated information on Major League Fishing, its tournaments and sponsors, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram and  YouTube.


X2Power Expands Pro Team Roster in 2022

X2Power Batteries expands their pro team and increases their support for popular bass fishing tournament trails.

HARTLAND, Wisc. (January 25, 2022) – Starting off 2022 in a positive direction, X2Power Batteries has expanded their pro team lineup to 19 members and has increased their support for popular bass fishing tournament trails around the country. New additions to the X2Power Pro Team include anglers from various locations including:

• Bassmaster Elite Series
• Bassmaster Opens
• Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour
• Major League Fishing Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit
• National Walleye Tour
• MORE

The Vice President of Category Management at Batteries Plus, Shawn Budiac, mentioned, “We are very proud of how quick the X2Power brand has entered the industry and gained the reputation that it has. Much of our success can be attributed to the great work of our pro network and local tournament partners. In 2021, our pro team lived the X2Power brand and had tremendous success in their seasons. Going into 2022 we are very proud to have all our 2021 pro’s back running X2Power batteries and we are excited to welcome an expanded group of anglers and industry experts into the X2Power family!"

X2Power Batteries Pro Team for 2022:

Bassmaster

JUSTIN ATKINS (@JustinAtkinsFishing) – Justin Atkins is from Florence, Alabama and is entering his second season as a Bassmaster Elite Series Pro. Atkins is a former college bass angler and won the Forrest Wood Cup in 2017 on Lake Murray.

DESTIN DEMARION (@DestinedToFish) – Destin DeMarion is from Grove City, Pennsylvania and is a former Bassmaster Elite Series Pro. DeMarion will be competing in the Bassmaster Opens in 2022 and guiding for Smallmouth Bass out of Presque Isle, Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.

JOSH DOUGLAS (@JoshDouglasFishing) – Josh Douglas is from Isle, Minnesota and will be competing in his first season on the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2022. Douglas is also a full-time Smallmouth Bass guide out of Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota.

JEFF GUSTAFSON (@GussyOutdoors) – Jeff Gustafson is from Keewatin, Canada and is entering his fourth season as a Bassmaster Elite Series Pro. Gustafson won the 2021 Bassmaster Elite event on the Tennessee River and will be competing in his third Bassmaster Classic in 2022.

JUSTIN HAMNER (@JustinHamnerFishing) – Justin Hamner is from Northport, Alabama and is entering his second season on the Bassmaster Elite Series. Hamner will be competing in his first Bassmaster Classic in 2022.

CARL JOCUMSEN (@Carl_Jocumsen) – Carl Jocumsen is from Toowoomba, Australia and is the first ever Australian Basmaster Elite Series Pro. Jocumsen won a Bassmaster Elite Series event on Lake Tenkiller in 2019.

WES LOGAN (@WesLoganFishing) – Wes Logan is from Springville, Alabama and is heading into his third season on the Bassmaster Elite Series. Logan won his first Bassmaster Elite Series event in 2021 on Neely Henry Lake and will competing in his first Bassmaster Classic in 2022 on Lake Hartwell.

CHAD MORGENTHALER (@CCMorgenthaler) – Chad Morgenthaler is from Reeds Spring, Missouri and is entering his eighth season on the Bassmaster Elite Series. Morgenthaler has competed in seven Bassmaster Classics.

PAUL MUELLER (@PaulMuellerFishing) – Paul Mueller is from Naugatuck, Connecticut and is entering his seventh season on the Bassmaster Elite Series. Mueller has won two Bassmaster Elite Series events and has competed in four Bassmaster Classics.

HUNTER SHRYOCK (@HunterShryockFishing) – Hunter Shryock is from Ooltewah, Tennessee and is entering his fifth season as a Bassmaster Elite Series Pro. Shryock will be competing in his third Bassmaster Classic this coming March at Lake Hartwell.

Major League Fishing

BAILEY BOULTRIES (@BaileyBFishing) – Bailey Boultries is from Springfield, Missouri and is entering his third season on the Major League Fishing Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit.

BRENT EHRLER (@BrentEhrlerFishing) – Brent Ehrler is from Redlands, California and is entering his fourth season on the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour. Ehrler won the Forrest Wood Cup in 2006 and is in the Top-15 for all-time money winners in professional bass fishing.

JEFF SPRAGUE (@JeffSpragueFishing) – Jeff Sprague is from Wills Point, Texas and is entering his fourth season on the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour. Sprague won the 2020 MLF Challenge Cup and has more than twenty Top 10’s in his career.

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TOMMY KEMOS (@TommyKemos) – Tommy Kemos is from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and is entering the 2022 National Walleye Tour season having won just about every title to be had in professional Walleye fishing. Kemos was the 2014 National Walleye Tour Angler of the Year and was the Professional Walleye Tour champion in 2006.

JUSTIN MARTIN (@JMartinDuckman) – Justin Martin is from Louisiana and is an avid duck hunter and crappie angler. Martin is best known for his appearances on A&E hit series “Duck Dynasty” but is also the General Manager of Duck Commander.

DUANE MELLOR (@Pinnacle_SportFishing) – Duane Mellor is from San Diego, California and is the owner of Pinnacle Sportfishing outfitters. Mellor and is fleet targets just about everything that swims off the coast of Southern California.

TRENT PALMER (@PalmerTrent | @Sonar_Pros) – Trent Palmer is from Cumming, Georgia and is the founder of Sonar Pros. Sonar Pros is a group of marine electronic installation experts and offers the best marine graph wiring harness.

ALEX RUDD (@AlexRuddFishing) – Alex Rudd is from Powell, Tennessee and is a successful angler on YouTube. Specializing in bass fishing from the boat, kayak and educating his viewers through his YouTube channel and podcast, “Alex Rudd Fishing”.

In addition, X2Power Batteries will continue to support multiple popular bass fishing trails across the country including the American Bass Association (ABA), Fishers of Men (FOM) and Big Bass Splash!

A quality battery is designed to keep anglers focused on one thing, fishing. X2Power Batteries relieve all anglers of any stress about making it back to the ramp or running out of juice on the water. Putting the needs of their consumers first, there is no question as to why X2Power has become the most trusted battery for anglers and outdoorsmen.

If you want to learn more about X2Power Batteries, head to https://x2powerbattery.com/. Follow X2Power Batteries on Instagram here.


MLF Set to Open 2022 Toyota Series with Southern Division Event on Lake Okeechobee

CLEWISTON, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2022) – The Major League Fishing (MLF) Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. is set to open the season at Lake Okeechobee next week, Feb. 3-5, with the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at Lake Okeechobee . Hosted by the Hendry County Tourism Development Council, 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 $100,000 in the pro division and a new Phoenix 518 pro boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard motor in the co-angler division.

“The water is extremely high – it has been for the last six months or so,” said Power-Pole pro Darrell Davis of Dover, Florida, who has three top-10 finishes on Lake Okeechobee in Toyota Series competition. “The fish are pretty scattered, and the high water has definitely opened up quite a few new areas.

“With so much water, I don’t expect people to be fishing right on top of each other,” Davis continued. “Guys are going to be able to spread out and find productive areas of water that they will have all to themselves. The weather, as always, is going to play a huge role in this tournament. We’ve got a cold front in the forecast before the tournament and that could tighten things up.”

Davis said that he expects, “typical Florida-stuff” to be the main baits of choice – ChatterBaits, lipless crankbaits and Yamamoto Senkos will all be in the regular-rotation of baits used by tournament anglers.

“The key is going to be spending the time to locate the fish, then once you find them really slowing down and milking through your area,” Davis went on to say. “I think the weights are going to be very similar to when the Toyota Series was on Lake Okeechobee in 2020 – I predict the winner is going to need at least 53 pounds over the three days.”

Anglers will take off daily at 7 a.m. ET from Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort in Clewiston. Weigh-ins will also be held at Marina and will begin at 3 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend and 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 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 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 2022 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 and Wild Card divisions. Anglers who fish in any of the six divisions and finish in the top 25 – or the top 12 from the Wild Card division – will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. Championship for a shot at winning up to $235,000 cash. The winning Strike King co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard. The 2022 Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. Championship will be held Nov. 3-5 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, and is hosted by Marshall County Tourism and Sports.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the MLF Toyota Series on the MLF5 social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Kay County Student Anglers Wins MLF High School Fishing Open on Toledo Bend

MANY, La. (Jan. 24, 2022) – The Kay County Student Anglers team of Jace Anderson of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Ty Downs of Newkirk, Oklahoma, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open at Toledo Bend and advance to the 2022 High School Fishing National Championship.

A field of 64 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Cypress Bend Park in Many, Louisiana. In MLF and The Bass Federation (TBF) High School Fishing competition, the top 10% of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top six teams that advanced to the 2022 High School Fishing National Championship are:

1st: Kay County Student Anglers, Kay County, Okla. – Jace Anderson, Broken Bow, Okla., and Ty Downs, Newkirk, Okla., five bass, 15-5
2nd: Northeast Louisiana High School Anglers, Sterlington, La. – Ian Carter, Bastrop, La., and Colby Dark, West Monroe, La., five bass, 14-12
3rd: North Desoto High School, Stonewall, La. – Evan Howe, Keatchie, La., and Drake Wadsworth, Frierson, La., five bass, 14-0
4th: Ruston High School, Ruston, La. – Peyton Bennett and Zachary McMillan, both of Choudrant, La., five bass, 13-15
5th: East Texas Thunder – Collin Foley and Zane Parker, both of Kingwood, Texas, five bass, 12-14
6th: Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, Orange, Texas – Justin James and Jacob Longlois, both of Orange, Texas, four bass, 12-4

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

7th: Highland Park, Dallas, Texas – Cullum Brown and Dylan Sorrells, both of Dallas, Texas, three bass, 8-13
8th: Captain Shreve High School, Shreveport, La. – Devyn Pennington, Shreveport, La., and Jonathan Sebren, Bethany, La., three bass, 7-12
9th: Huntington High School, Lufkin, Texas – Brise Hazelton, Kennard, Texas, and Braden Tucker, Lufkin, Texas, three bass, 7-9
10th: Live Oak High School, Watson, La. – Anthony Distefano and Rowdie Thacker, both of Denham Springs, La., one bass, 7-8

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

The MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open at Toledo Bend was hosted by the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission and Toledo Bend Lake Country. The next event for High School Fishing anglers will be the MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open on Lake Guntersville, March 5, in Guntersville, Alabama.

MLF 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 TBF Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10% of teams at each Open event, along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships, will advance to the 2022 High School Fishing National Championship. The 2022 MLF High School Fishing National Championship will be held on Pickwick and Wilson Lakes in Florence, Alabama, June 22-25, and is hosted by the Florence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The High School Fishing National Champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice and advance to the 2022 MLF Toyota Series Championship to compete as co-anglers.

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


Lamar State College–Orange Wins MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Tournament on Toledo Bend

MANY, La. (Jan. 24, 2022) – The Lamar State College–Orange duo of Trent Buchholz of Beaumont, Texas, and Dakota Posey of Orange, Texas, won the MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI event on Toledo Bend Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 15 ounces. The victory earned the Gators’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2023 MLF College Fishing National Championship.

“Dakota and I had been working up for this one,” said Buchholz. “And everything went right for us. When it’s your time, it’s your time. We just caught them. We never lost a fish, and it just happened. This feels awesome.”

Buchholz, who claims Sam Rayburn as his home lake, said he visited Toledo Bend the week before the tournament and fished for two days and established a pattern that produced 16 pounds one of those days. For the tournament, the team continued focusing on that pattern – targeting rocks in 5 to 15 feet of water. Buchholz said the key bait for the team was a Strike King Chick Magnet Flat-Sided Crankbait.

“The first rock point we pulled up to I caught one that was 5½ pounds on the Chick Magnet,” Buchholz said. “My partner caught two 2½-pounders on a jerkbait and we ended up culling up.”

The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2023 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st: Lamar State College–Orange – Trent Buchholz, Beaumont, Texas, and Dakota Posey, Orange, Texas, five bass, 16-15, $2,000
2nd: Tarleton State University – Sam Semper, Parker, Texas, five bass, 16-12, $1,000
3rd: Texas A&M University–Commerce – Iain McClelland, Celina, Texas, and Tristan White, Celina, Texas, five bass, 16-0, $500
4th: Louisiana Tech University – Cooper Arthur, Calhoun, La., and Brodie Paige, Biloxi, Miss., five bass, 15-7, $500
5th: Lamar State College–Orange – Brett Fregia and Jack Tindel, both of Orange, Texas, five bass, 14-8, $500
6th: Tarleton State University – Kreed Averhoff, Hico, Texas, and Jordan Kalsbeek, Stephenville, Texas, five bass, 13-14
7th: Louisiana Christian University – Harrison Bieber, Dry Prong, La., and Ben South, Jasper, Texas, five bass, 13-5
8th: Tarleton State University – Luke Lewis, Corsicana, Texas, and Blake Martinez, New Braunfels, Texas, five bass, 13-3
9th: East Texas Baptist University – Corey Morris, Rockwall, Texas, and Chase Walker, Burleson, Texas, five bass, 11-15
10th: Northwestern State University – Luke Iles, Saint Francisville, La., three bass, 11-13

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

The Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI event on Toledo Bend was hosted by the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission and Toledo Bend Lake Country. It was the first of three regular-season tournaments for Southern Conference anglers. The next event for College Fishing anglers will be the Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI OPEN event on Lake Chickamauga, Feb. 24-25, in Dayton, Tennessee.

MLF College Fishing teams compete in three regular-season tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top 10 teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open will advance to the following season’s National Championship. The 2022 MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship Presented by Lowrance will be held on Fort Gibson Lake in Wagoner, Oklahoma, March 29-31, and is hosted by the Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce.

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


Balentine And Loos Claim Bassmaster High School Series Win At Harris Chain

Bryce Balentine and Dalton Loos of the Central Florida Youth Anglers have won the 2022 Bassmaster High School Series at Harris Chain of Lakes presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors with 25 pounds, 6 ounces.

Photo by Logan Crumley/B.A.S.S.

January 23, 2022

LEESBURG, Fla. — Bryce Balentine and Dalton Loos of the Central Florida Youth Anglers employed a balanced game plan based on quantity and quality to win the Bassmaster High School Series at Harris Chain of Lakes presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors with a limit catch of 25 pounds, 6 ounces.

Edging the second-place Sale Creek Anglers team of BJ Collins and Banks Shaw by a margin of 2-7, Balentine and Loos earned $770 each and a spot in the 2022 Bassmaster High School Series National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. (Dates and location TBA). Shaw and former partner Gage King won the 2021 National Championship.

The winners spent their day in Lake Griffin and fished a 100-yard area of offshore grass in 9 to 10 feet. They chose their spot based on its seclusion and familiarity.

“We just wanted to get away from the crowd,” Loos said. “We’ve had history out there, so we went ahead and ran it.”

Balentine and Loos started their day fishing 1/2-ounce black/blue Z-Man ChatterBait JackHammers with green pumpkin swimbait trailers. Later in the day, they switched to a slow dragging presentation with Zoom Old Monster worms in the redbug and junebug colors Texas rigged on 5/0 hooks with 1/8-ounce weights.

The ChatterBaits earned Balentine and Loos a limit by midday. Then when the emerging sun warmed the lake, those big worms allowed them to make significant upgrades.

“When those fish are all lock-jawed, you put that big bait in front of them, they can’t resist it,” Balentine said.

Balentine, who placed third at last year’s event with Carson Russell, said it felt good to close out the win by fishing the same way he did in 2021.

“I just stuck with my gut and did what I know,” he said. “This is the biggest tournament I’ve won. It means a lot. It’s awesome. I have jitters, I’m still shaking.”

Loos said their win was especially meaningful, following a very difficult practice. “I fished a whole day and caught no fish.”

Collins and Shaw also targeted Lake Griffin’s offshore grass and boated a limit of 22-15. They caught all of their fish on 3/4-ounce white and chartreuse Strike King spinnerbaits with large willow-leaf blades.

“We stuck with a spinnerbait all day because we knew we could get five of the right bites doing that,” Shaw said. “We actually ended up catching a lot of fish. We didn’t lose any fish, we didn’t miss any fish, we caught everything that bit.”

Collins said he and Shaw had fished their area in previous visits to the Harris Chain, so they felt comfortable that they knew how the fish would position. Shaw noted they consistently caught better fish by monitoring their Humminbird 360 to detect key features.

“It was definitely the grass that was a little bit higher,” Shaw said. “The grass could be 4 feet high right here and 5 feet high right there. We just used 360 and Garmin LiveScope to find those sweet spots that nobody else saw.”

Peyton Sorrow of the Eagle Eye Anglers fished alone and finished third with 16-11.

Seventh-place Benjamin Hester and Mason Caldwell of Rhea County High School won the big fish award for their 9-7.

2022 Bassmaster High School at Harris Chain of Lakes presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors 1/23-1/23
Harris Chain Of Lakes, Leesburg FL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Bryce Balentine - Dalton Loos Central Florida Youth Anglers 0
Day 1: 5 25-06 Total: 5 25-06
2. BJ Collins - Banks Shaw Sale Creek Anglers 0
Day 1: 5 22-15 Total: 5 22-15
3. Peyton Sorrow - The Eagle Eye Anglers 0
Day 1: 5 16-11 Total: 5 16-11
4. Kody Glass - Merrick Diaz Strawberry Crest High School 0
Day 1: 5 16-00 Total: 5 16-00
5. Mason Snider - Dalton Benson Mount Juliet Fishing 0
Day 1: 5 15-10 Total: 5 15-10
6. Hunter Daniels - Joshua King Okeechobee High School 0
Day 1: 5 14-15 Total: 5 14-15
7. Benjamin Hester - Mason Caldwell Rhea County High School 0
Day 1: 5 14-13 Total: 5 14-13
8. Kane Weekley - Trent Handley LaBelle High School 0
Day 1: 5 14-12 Total: 5 14-12
9. Aaron Yavorsky - Jett Stanley Tampa Bay Junior High School 0
Day 1: 4 14-07 Total: 4 14-07
10. Chance Bryars - Noah Bryars Baldwin County High School 0
Day 1: 5 13-14 Total: 5 13-14
11. Kasen Pemberton - Samuel Godwin Sneads High School 0
Day 1: 5 13-05 Total: 5 13-05
12. Kaden Snavely - Logan Cardwell Central Florida Youth Anglers (3 0
Day 1: 5 13-04 Total: 5 13-04
13. Landon Rollison - Michael Hackle dixie county high school 0
Day 1: 5 13-03 Total: 5 13-03
14. Presley Lannom - Morgan Lannom Mt Juliet Fishing 0
Day 1: 5 12-12 Total: 5 12-12
15. Anna Swisher - Ty Jackson Columbia High School 0
Day 1: 5 12-08 Total: 5 12-08
16. Brennan Starr - Jace Lacoss Nassau Christian Bass Club 0
Day 1: 5 12-03 Total: 5 12-03
17. Konner West - Aiden Howard upstate high school anglers 0
Day 1: 5 12-01 Total: 5 12-01
18. Cody Morgan - Brant Langley Marion County junior bassmasters 0
Day 1: 4 11-11 Total: 4 11-11
19. Easton Drennon - Aaron Lane Mt. Juliet Fishing 0
Day 1: 5 11-07 Total: 5 11-07
20. Tucker Cook - Cooper Wilson Mount juliet 0
Day 1: 4 11-07 Total: 4 11-07
21. Logan Mcmasters - Colton Mcpeak Okeechobee High School 0
Day 1: 5 11-06 Total: 5 11-06
22. Alexander Tyler - Briley West McKeel Junior Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 5 11-02 Total: 5 11-02
23. Dawson Ettinger - Camren Teuton Clay County High School BassMast 0
Day 1: 5 10-13 Total: 5 10-13
24. Jeremy Monda - Will Boyd Jr Quincy Jr. Bassmasters (308) 0
Day 1: 5 10-05 Total: 5 10-05
25. Kayden Waller - Luke Malik Mt. Juliet high school 0
Day 1: 3 10-05 Total: 3 10-05
26. Drew Pitts - Luke Romesburg Steinbrenner High 0
Day 1: 5 10-03 Total: 5 10-03
27. Clayburn Reed - Gabe Richardson Pasco High School 0
Day 1: 3 10-00 Total: 3 10-00
28. Braylan Tyler - Dakota Jones Franklin County High School 0
Day 1: 5 09-15 Total: 5 09-15
29. Miles Smith - Casen Rogers Central Lafourche High School 0
Day 1: 4 09-15 Total: 4 09-15
30. Drew Bradstreet - Kamden Bradstreet Seminole Junior Anglers 0
Day 1: 5 09-13 Total: 5 09-13
31. Brett Mouw - Danny Schlenbecker The Hill Toppers 0
Day 1: 4 09-12 Total: 4 09-12
32. William Cothran - Taedem Ashworth Mt. Pleasant High School 0
Day 1: 2 09-12 Total: 2 09-12
33. Lainie Holbert - Sarah Swindle Riverside Bass Team 0
Day 1: 4 09-04 Total: 4 09-04
34. Braxton Johnson - Braxton Williams Columbia High School (439) 0
Day 1: 3 09-04 Total: 3 09-04
35. Joe Vaulton - Walker LaRue Alcoa High School (644) 0
Day 1: 5 09-01 Total: 5 09-01
36. Tanner Seabolt - Emmett Sumner Okeechobee Brahmans 0
Day 1: 5 09-00 Total: 5 09-00
37. Makenzie Bailey - Dalton Bailey Winter Springs High School 0
Day 1: 5 08-15 Total: 5 08-15
38. Levi Thibodaux - Jace Andras Lafourche Bassmaster 0
Day 1: 3 08-13 Total: 3 08-13
39. Nathan Reynolds - Backwoods Bassin 0
Day 1: 4 08-11 Total: 4 08-11
40. Hudson Choquette - Cal McInnis Headland High School 0
Day 1: 5 08-09 Total: 5 08-09
41. Mateo Gaylord - Kayden DePeal Tavares HS 0
Day 1: 5 08-06 Total: 5 08-06
41. Andon Goins - Rhea County High School 0
Day 1: 5 08-06 Total: 5 08-06
43. Remington Potter - Caden Branch LC Anglers 0
Day 1: 4 08-04 Total: 4 08-04
44. Derek Davis - Connor Jaco Mt.Pleasant Bass Team 0
Day 1: 3 08-00 Total: 3 08-00
45. Dylan Holcomb - Grayson Faircloth Liberty County Anglers 0
Day 1: 3 07-14 Total: 3 07-14
46. Conner Frederick - Timothy Finley Nassau Christian Bass Club 0
Day 1: 3 07-12 Total: 3 07-12
47. Luke Lowery - Connor Rumohr Howell High School 0
Day 1: 5 07-10 Total: 5 07-10
48. Chase Bryan - Wyatt Bryan Saraland High School 0
Day 1: 3 07-09 Total: 3 07-09
49. Jake Ellis - Tyler Goethals Central Florida Youth Anglers Hi 0
Day 1: 4 07-03 Total: 4 07-03
50. Brodie Stuart - Brock Johnson Oak Grove High School 0
Day 1: 3 07-00 Total: 3 07-00
51. Annie Lassiter - Jameson Pursley warren county pioneer anglers 0
Day 1: 5 06-13 Total: 5 06-13
51. Brendin Simich - Sam Dameron Oak Mountain High School 0
Day 1: 5 06-13 Total: 5 06-13
53. Will Hughes - Corbin Olsson East Grand Rapids 0
Day 1: 5 06-12 Total: 5 06-12
54. Carter Nutt - John Nutt Sale Creek 0
Day 1: 5 06-10 Total: 5 06-10
55. Asher Peters - James Quinlivan Headland High School 0
Day 1: 3 06-10 Total: 3 06-10
56. Thomas Wright - Carter Burdette Seminole Junior High School Angl 0
Day 1: 3 06-09 Total: 3 06-09
57. Evan Newell - Michael Teate Mid Florida Youth Anglers 0
Day 1: 5 06-08 Total: 5 06-08
58. Kai Barnett - Justin Straate Shelby County High School 0
Day 1: 5 06-06 Total: 5 06-06
59. Colton Walker - Declan Hurst Capital City Basshunters 0
Day 1: 4 06-04 Total: 4 06-04
60. Charles Tillberg - Tyger Whitman steinbrenner 0
Day 1: 4 06-03 Total: 4 06-03
61. Sailor Whitehead - Luke Bramhall Rileys. Catch 0
Day 1: 4 06-02 Total: 4 06-02
62. Logan Withrow - Braden Crumley Chilhowee Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 2 05-13 Total: 2 05-13
63. Carson Aarup - Kyle Smith Downeast Fishing 0
Day 1: 5 05-11 Total: 5 05-11
64. Trey Woliver - Brandon Ward Heritage High School 0
Day 1: 3 05-11 Total: 3 05-11
65. Carson Falk - Eli Mcdaniel Capital City Bass Hunters 0
Day 1: 3 05-10 Total: 3 05-10
66. Cole Edwards - Seth Stubblefield DAR High School 0
Day 1: 5 05-09 Total: 5 05-09
67. Jack Hay - Jakob Stamper howell high school 0
Day 1: 3 05-06 Total: 3 05-06
68. Laindree Richardson - Gannon Stork Benton High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-06 Total: 2 05-06
69. Drew Walters - Jacob Gilliard Apopka High School 0
Day 1: 3 05-05 Total: 3 05-05
70. Cooper Hughes - Raymond Sanderfer West port high school 0
Day 1: 2 05-04 Total: 2 05-04
71. Jace Akers - Cody Mullis Palatka High School 0
Day 1: 3 05-03 Total: 3 05-03
72. Kaitlyn Johnson - Amber Rourks Columbia High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-03 Total: 2 05-03
73. Austin Young - Jared Bullock Highlands County Anglers 0
Day 1: 3 05-02 Total: 3 05-02
74. Caleb Hammock - Carter Herndon Stalvey plant city bassmasters 0
Day 1: 4 05-00 Total: 4 05-00
75. Jacob Hodge - Henry Garett Greenbrier Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 3 04-12 Total: 3 04-12
76. Nick Claussen - Central Florida Youth Anglers Hi 0
Day 1: 2 04-12 Total: 2 04-12
76. Langston Martin - Coleman Mezick Lee County Anglers 0
Day 1: 2 04-12 Total: 2 04-12
78. Carter Pjesky - JD McBroom Kaneland High School 0
Day 1: 3 04-11 Total: 3 04-11
79. Cayman Scott - Cooper Shaffett Central High School 0
Day 1: 3 04-10 Total: 3 04-10
80. Tyson Verkaik - Claude Loftin Marion County High School Bassma 0
Day 1: 1 04-06 Total: 1 04-06
81. Chase Woodham - Carson Deloney Rehobeth High School 0
Day 1: 3 04-03 Total: 3 04-03
82. Owen Hershberger - Wyatt Giddens Sebring High School 0
Day 1: 3 03-15 Total: 3 03-15
83. Jacob Anderson - Zander Marroquin Hendry County Bass Masters 0
Day 1: 2 03-12 Total: 2 03-12
84. Hunter Turner - Felix Flores LaBelle High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-10 Total: 2 03-10
85. Cayden Redd - Jack Helms Rehobeth High School 0
Day 1: 3 03-08 Total: 3 03-08
86. Charlie Mathis - Sheltin Varnon Dixie county high school 0
Day 1: 2 03-08 Total: 2 03-08
86. Cassie Mcnutt - Mason Melton Mt Juliet High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-08 Total: 2 03-08
88. Jaxon Melancon - Fletcher Brasington Headland High School 0
Day 1: 1 03-05 Total: 1 03-05
89. Talan Leith - Bryson Glover Chapman High School 0
Day 1: 1 03-00 Total: 1 03-00
90. Brody Shepherd - Parker Myers Rehobeth High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-15 Total: 2 02-15
90. Braden Watson - Logan Deloney Rehobeth High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-15 Total: 2 02-15
92. Austin Mairena - Dylan Quilatan Seminole County High School Angl 0
Day 1: 1 02-15 Total: 1 02-15
93. Brantley Tate - Tyler Covington Walker High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-12 Total: 2 02-12
94. Will Travis - Colton Teffer Rhea County High 0
Day 1: 1 02-11 Total: 1 02-11
95. Wayland Adkisson - Clayton George BGA High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-10 Total: 2 02-10
96. Drake Middleton - Riverside high school 0
Day 1: 1 02-09 Total: 1 02-09
97. Barrett Choquette - Hayden Buchanan Headland High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-05 Total: 1 02-05
98. Jabe Herring - Zibe McKenzie Dixie County High School 0
Day 1: 2 02-03 Total: 2 02-03
99. Austin Benson - Brendan Brown Mount Juliet 0
Day 1: 1 01-13 Total: 1 01-13
100. Evan Powell - Kolby Angell Iowa youth fishing league 0
Day 1: 2 01-10 Total: 2 01-10
101. Max Himmel - Tyler Morris Catholic High School of Baton Ro 0
Day 1: 1 01-10 Total: 1 01-10
101. Cade Walock - Brady Smith Central High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-10 Total: 1 01-10
103. Briar Dodson - Chris Fallon Gardendale High 0
Day 1: 1 01-08 Total: 1 01-08
104. Nathan Bennett - Johnathan Clark Seminole Junior Anglers 0
Day 1: 1 01-06 Total: 1 01-06
104. Ben Puckett - Jesse Klutts Henry County High School (236) 0
Day 1: 1 01-06 Total: 1 01-06
106. Brentlea Rodgers - Logan Evans Soddy Daisy High School (552) 0
Day 1: 1 00-13 Total: 1 00-13
107. Kyle Beasley - George Jenkins HS 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Tyler Boston - Devin Gonzalez Columbia High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Bryce Dimauro - Justin Lawrence Seminole Junior Anglers 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Wyatt Drawdy - Tyson Griffin plant city bassmasters 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Latt Durrance - Zack Zainitzer Okeechobee High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Rylan Green - Alex Bradley Chapman High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Mason Grose - Sailor McKinney Nicholas County High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Bryson Hatcher - Harlyn Nelson Wb 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Jason Haynes - Isaac Dorland Marion County Youth Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Nolan Holloway - Jackson Fanning Morgan county high school 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Eddie Hook - Evan Naile South Lake High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Ben Howard - Jason Burchfield Southwestern High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Caleb Jackson - Evrett Hunter Nassau Christian Bass Club 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Mo Katz - Conner Fair Headland Bass Team 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Ryder Krueger - Carson Yero parrish community high school 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Tyler Loudon - Dylan Kreps Johnston High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Jack Myers - Joseph Cotromano Nassau Christian 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Riley North - Karson Peterman Rehobeth High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Jace Patton - Spencer White Rhea Eagle Anglers 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Jack Peeler - Cole Davis Tampa Bay Junior Bass Club (338) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Bracky Pfeuffer - Logan Tennant Tampa Bay Highschool 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Ryan Quinn - Gary Ray Auburndale High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Cole Rountree - Cooper Bishman Central Florida Youth Anglers (6 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Gabriel Sanders - Colby Sloan Chilhowee Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Chance Shelby - Live Oak High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Houston Snell - Logan Kirkland Rehobeth High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Parker Stalvey - Jacob Deel Clay High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Conner Swindle - Max Lofton Clewiston High school 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Lane Vitelli - Quentin Silas Plant City High School (495) 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Robert Warwick - Honor Parker Flanders Palatka High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Cambre Webb - Dakota Skipper Silliman Fishing 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Tanner Wolf - Kyle Grieshaber Central Florida youth anglers (4 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
107. Aaron Woodard - Levi Reynolds Auburndale High school 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
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BIG BASS OF TOURN
Benjamin Hester Spring City, TN 09-07 $0.00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 39 364 803-14


Kentucky Christian's Messer Brothers Claim Record-Breaking Win At Bassmaster College Series On Harris Chain

Matt and Lafe Messer of Kentucky Christian University have won the 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Harris Chain of Lakes presented by Bass Pro Shops with a two-day total of 61 pounds, 13 ounces.

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

January 22, 2022

LEESBURG, Fla. — A focused plan with patient presentations yielded monumental results for brothers Lafe and Matt Messer of Kentucky Christian University, who won the Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Harris Chain of Lakes presented by Bass Pro Shops with a two-day total of 61 pounds, 13 ounces.

The Messers caught 25-6 on Day 1 and then electrified the final weigh-in with a massive limit of 36-7. They edged Day 1 leaders Seth Jenkins and T.J. McKenzie of Emmanuel College by a 1-2 margin.

The Kentucky Christian team earned $3,070 and a berth in the Bassmaster College Series National Championship (dates and location TBA).

“We went into today not knowing how doable it was to catch another big bag, but we wanted to make them beat us,” Lafe Messer said. “By about midday, we started thinking this will be a tough bag to beat. On stage, that winning moment — I can’t even describe the emotions.”

The winners split their time between Texas-rigged Magnum Trick Worms and Carolina-rigged creature baits on Day 1. By day’s end, they were sold on the latter and Day 2 saw them catch all of their weight on the C-rig.

“I think the most important thing was just how slow we were fishing it,” Matt Messer said. “I was fishing it as slow as I could stand to. It was probably a minute and a half a cast.”

Making their mark: The Messers’ Day 2 performance broke the Bassmaster College Series single-day record. The previous mark of 32-7 was set by Robert “Bo” Harkins and Michael Braswell of Chico State University on Day 1 of the 2013 Bassmaster College Series Western Conference Regional on California’s Clear Lake.

The Messers also broke the Series’ two-day catch record. Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro of Bryan College set the previous record of 55-12 after the first two rounds of the 2020 Bassmaster College Series Championship on the Harris Chain (three-day event).

“I told (Lafe) all week, ‘If it was God’s plan we were going to win,’” Matt Messer said. “It ended up working out right.”

Location, location, location: Both days, the Messers stayed in Lake Dora and fished shellbeds in about 10 feet and focused their efforts on a couple of sweet spots. The two main shellbars they fished presented classic prespawn staging areas outside of spawning canals.

“We fished shellbeds that were 500 yards long and there would be a little section about two boats wide that was just loaded with 100- to 150-bass schools,” Matt Messer said. “It was just the hardest spots where it was shell on top of shell on top of shell. New ones were pulling up there every day.”

State of the tournament: Matt Messer described a blistering start to a day that was done by lunchtime. “Out of the first four fish I set the hook on today, three of them were 8-pounders. We had over 30 at about noon.”

Key change: The Messers had a big school fired up on Day 1, but those fish didn’t want to participate a second day. Making a 200-yard move on the second morning yielded huge results.

“Yesterday, we were done fishing by 10 o’clock, but today we started there and didn’t get a bite,” Lafe Messer said. “We switched to our other school and they were biting. I don’t know if the cold messed up one school and the other one stuck around — I don’t really know what happened there.”

Trouble averted: Matt Messer described a hotel parking lot mistake after Day 1, which left their boat unplugged all night. Scrambling to overcome the potential disaster of starting the day with a severe power shortage, they were able to find an option at the last moment.

“This morning, we put in, pulled as close as we could to a power outlet, and charged the boat while we were waiting for takeoff,” Matt Messer said.

Quote of the day: “We thought we had something good coming in, but we never thought it was that good. I think it was God’s plan for us to catch them, and that’s what happened.”

Second place: Finishing second with 60-11, Jenkins and McKenzie repeated their Day 1 game plan, using Carolina-rigged Zoom Speed Worms over shellbars in Lake Dora. After establishing a big first-round lead with a 31-pound limit, they added another big limit of 29-11.

“The biggest thing I can say is having a partner who’s as driven as you are,” McKenzie said. “He and I kept our heads down, we kept a bait in the water the whole time and we just dragged it really slow. We couldn’t do it without one another. We gave it 100% all week.”

Third place: Bethel University’s Matthew Cummings and Levi Mullins finished third with 47-5. Their daily weights were 26-12 and 20-9.

Mirroring their first-round pattern, Cummings and Mullins targeted grasslines with lipless baits and jerkbaits. Keeping their distance and throwing to the edges of areas where prespawners were staging proved most productive.

“The key was upsizing to a larger lipless bait,” Cummings said. “We had been throwing 1/2-ounce baits, but I upsized to a 3/4 and caught our biggest fish — a 5-pounder.”

Catch of the tournament: Joseph Woods and Anthony Cicero of Bethel University won the big bass award for their 10-14 largemouth. Their fish had been tagged by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


Mega Bag Puts Jenkins And McKenzie Atop College Series Event On Harris Chain

Seth Jenkins and T.J. McKenzie of Georgia's Emmanuel College are leading after Day 1 of the 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Harris Chain of Lakes presented by Bass Pro Shops with 31 pounds.

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

January 21, 2022

LEESBURG, Fla. — Seth Jenkins and T.J. McKenzie of Emmanuel College knew exactly what they wanted to do and they proved their point by sacking up a 31-pound limit to lead Day 1 of the Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Harris Chain presented by Bass Pro Shops.

The leaders, who won another college event on the Harris Chain Jan. 10, split their time between two lakes, where they targeted prespawn bass and caught all of their fish offshore over shellbeds in 6 to 10 feet of water. Two key spots produced all of their weight, which included a 7-1 that briefly tied for the day’s big bass lead.

“We left our rods (in the truck) and idled for 16 hours in practice to find those spots,” Jenkins said. “We spent the first half of the day in the lake where we won two weeks ago.

“We worked really hard trying to find some similar stuff in practice this week — and halfway through the day, we moved to that and rounded up to 31.”

Notably, the anglers had 21 1/2 pounds when they left the first lake at 11:30 a.m. Their day started with a bang, as their biggest fish bit at 8.

Reaching their goal of breaking 30 less than an hour after moving to the second lake, Jenkins and McKenzie left their main pattern and spent the rest of their time scouting for Day 2.

“After we culled up to 31, we knew we didn’t want to beat up our stuff anymore,” McKenzie said. “We didn’t idle around that (second lake) anymore because we had idled the whole thing. We just bounced around to some stuff that we had prior knowledge of.”

Jenkins said their pattern commitment extended to their bait selection, as they caught all of their fish on one soft-plastic presentation.

“We both threw the same bait,” McKenzie said. “Later throughout the day, we switched it up and tried some different colors, but it ended up being the same bait.”

Jenkins noted that their success hinged on excruciatingly slow retrieves.

“We probably fished the bait for a minute and a half; slow dragging everything,” Jenkins said. “It had to be slow; they would not eat any reaction baits. I tried throwing a big swimbait, but I couldn’t get them to eat that.”

Also enjoying early success, Matthew Cummings and Levi Mullins of Bethel University are in second place with a limit of 26-12. They caught their fish by targeting grass edges and making long casts with reaction baits.

The first team to weigh in, they arrived shortly after the scales opened at 2:10 p.m., which was one hour prior to the first flight’s official check-in time. Mullins said they had their weight by about 11:30.

“We had a pretty good bag and one of them wasn’t doing too well, so we wanted to come in early instead of (risking a dead-fish penalty),” Cummings said.

Hayden Gaddis and Ben Cully of Carson-Newman University lead the big fish standings with an 8-7.

The tournament will conclude Saturday, with takeoff scheduled for 7:10 a.m. ET from Venetian Gardens. The weigh-in will be held back at Venetian Gardens at 3:10 p.m.

2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Harris Chain of Lakes presented by Bass Pro Shops 1/21-1/22
Harris Chain Of Lakes, Leesburg FL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Seth Jenkins - TJ McKenzie Emmanuel College 250
Day 1: 5 31-00 Total: 5 31-00
2. Matthew Cummings - Levi Mullins Bethel University 249
Day 1: 5 26-12 Total: 5 26-12
3. Lafe Messer - Matt Messer Kentucky Christian University 248
Day 1: 5 25-06 Total: 5 25-06
4. Zack Barrera - Bryson Osteen Florida Gateway College 247
Day 1: 5 24-11 Total: 5 24-11
5. Reece Martin - Dallas Baptist University 246
Day 1: 5 24-08 Total: 5 24-08
6. John Berry - Blake Bullock Blue Mountain College 245
Day 1: 5 22-12 Total: 5 22-12
6. Jackson Swisher - Seth Slanker Florida Gateway College 245
Day 1: 5 22-12 Total: 5 22-12
8. Hayden Gaddis - Ben Cully Carson-Newman University 243
Day 1: 5 22-05 Total: 5 22-05
9. Alex Cummings - Christopher Daniels Lander University 242
Day 1: 5 21-15 Total: 5 21-15
10. Brooks Anderson - Parker Guy Emmanuel College 241
Day 1: 5 21-04 Total: 5 21-04
11. Cason Ragsdale - Kaden Proffitt East Texas Baptist University 240
Day 1: 5 20-15 Total: 5 20-15
12. Cole Hopson - Callaway Robinson Georgia College 239
Day 1: 5 20-12 Total: 5 20-12
13. Drake Hemby - Jacob Frazier Carson-Newman University 238
Day 1: 5 20-09 Total: 5 20-09
14. Beau Browning - Jake Peck Drury University 237
Day 1: 5 19-10 Total: 5 19-10
15. Gabriel Talley - Reid Farris Texas AM University 236
Day 1: 5 19-05 Total: 5 19-05
16. Tanner Barclay - Lloyd Laconsay Auburn University 235
Day 1: 5 19-03 Total: 5 19-03
17. Andrew Ready - Vince Maffei Webber International University 234
Day 1: 5 18-15 Total: 5 18-15
18. Andrew Fisher - Elijah Kirk Bryan College 233
Day 1: 5 18-07 Total: 5 18-07
19. Harmon Marien - Bailey Bleser McKendree University 232
Day 1: 5 18-05 Total: 5 18-05
20. Aaron Hawkins - Broxson Daigle Texas A and M University 231
Day 1: 5 18-01 Total: 5 18-01
21. Lilly Smith - Anderson Jones Lander University 230
Day 1: 5 17-14 Total: 5 17-14
22. Jack Baron - Bradley Martin University of Montevallo 229
Day 1: 5 17-12 Total: 5 17-12
23. Drew Gill - Jonah Potts Wabash Valley College 228
Day 1: 5 17-07 Total: 5 17-07
24. Riley Underwood - Chandler Olivier University of Montevallo 227
Day 1: 5 17-04 Total: 5 17-04
25. Sydney Lewis - Hunter Luke University of Alabama 226
Day 1: 5 17-01 Total: 5 17-01
26. Spencer Black - Caleb Lonca Catawba Valley Community College 225
Day 1: 5 16-10 Total: 5 16-10
26. Chase Hubble - Brent May Florida Gateway College 225
Day 1: 5 16-10 Total: 5 16-10
26. Marshall Wiggins - Jonathan Waters University of Central Florida 225
Day 1: 5 16-10 Total: 5 16-10
29. Tyler Campbell - Brandon Martin Emmanuel College 222
Day 1: 5 16-09 Total: 5 16-09
30. Noah Campbell - Troy Harris Georgia College 221
Day 1: 5 16-08 Total: 5 16-08
30. Tyler Christy - Trey Schroeder McKendree University 221
Day 1: 5 16-08 Total: 5 16-08
32. Tyler Pendergrass - University of North Alabama 219
Day 1: 5 16-07 Total: 5 16-07
33. Evan Barker - Lane Pohlman Campbellsville University 218
Day 1: 5 16-05 Total: 5 16-05
34. Parker Brown - Layton Brown Dallas Baptist University 217
Day 1: 5 16-01 Total: 5 16-01
35. Koltyn Harbin - Baylor Howell Bethel University 216
Day 1: 5 15-15 Total: 5 15-15
36. Alec Berens - Joseph Bruener Mckendree University 215
Day 1: 5 15-10 Total: 5 15-10
37. Adam Carroll - Trey Dickert University of Montevallo 214
Day 1: 5 15-08 Total: 5 15-08
38. Cannon Bird - Jacob Keith East Texas Baptist University 213
Day 1: 5 15-05 Total: 5 15-05
38. Conner Giles - Christian Wright Bryan College 213
Day 1: 5 15-05 Total: 5 15-05
38. Britt Myers - Tyler Anderson Lander University 213
Day 1: 5 15-05 Total: 5 15-05
41. Garrett Thompson - Ethan Perry West Virginia University 210
Day 1: 5 15-04 Total: 5 15-04
42. Caleb Dachenhaus - Elliot Wielgopolski Adrian College 209
Day 1: 5 15-01 Total: 5 15-01
43. Easton Fothergill - Nick Dumke University of Montevallo 208
Day 1: 5 14-15 Total: 5 14-15
43. Brian Linder - Nathan Thompson Minnesota State - Mankato 208
Day 1: 5 14-15 Total: 5 14-15
45. Austin Aikins - Sean Obrien Bethel University 206
Day 1: 5 14-14 Total: 5 14-14
45. John Nowlin - Rudy Worley Blue Mountain College 206
Day 1: 5 14-14 Total: 5 14-14
47. Joseph Bissing - University of Tennessee 204
Day 1: 5 14-13 Total: 5 14-13
48. Louis Monetti - Michael Fugaro UNC Charlotte 203
Day 1: 5 14-09 Total: 5 14-09
49. Landon Lawson - Hunter MCClaskey King University 202
Day 1: 5 14-08 Total: 5 14-08
50. Nate Triplett - Cy Lambert University of North Alabama 201
Day 1: 5 14-06 Total: 5 14-06
51. Jackson Gill - Mason Barrett University of Central Florida 200
Day 1: 5 14-04 Total: 5 14-04
51. Josh Kelly - Christian Turner Kent State University 200
Day 1: 5 14-04 Total: 5 14-04
53. Camdon Lewis - TJ Edwards Jr Blue Mountain College 198
Day 1: 5 14-00 Total: 5 14-00
53. Caleb Sheldon - Chase Beale Lander University 198
Day 1: 5 14-00 Total: 5 14-00
55. Sam Hanggi - Sam Hoesley Auburn University 196
Day 1: 5 13-15 Total: 5 13-15
56. Cameron Tullis - Brayden Mercer East Texas Baptist University 195
Day 1: 5 13-12 Total: 5 13-12
57. Dalton Head - Will Holloway Montevallo 194
Day 1: 5 13-09 Total: 5 13-09
57. Braden Leffew - Colten Drawdy Bethel University 194
Day 1: 5 13-09 Total: 5 13-09
59. Garrett Warren - Hayden Marbut Auburn University 192
Day 1: 5 13-08 Total: 5 13-08
60. Clayton Primrose - Fisher Davis ETBU 191
Day 1: 5 13-08 Total: 5 13-08
61. Avery Whitwell - Jackson Holbert University of North Alabama 190
Day 1: 5 13-07 Total: 5 13-07
62. Chase Milholen - Cody Gregory Bethel University 189
Day 1: 5 13-05 Total: 5 13-05
63. Walker Brown - Chandler Brewer University of North Alabama 188
Day 1: 5 13-04 Total: 5 13-04
63. Wil Rigdon - Cade Hayford Campbellsville University 188
Day 1: 5 13-04 Total: 5 13-04
65. Calvin Landsberg - Jack Palaia University of Alabama 186
Day 1: 5 13-01 Total: 5 13-01
66. Jack York - Jacob Miller Stephen F Austin State Universit 185
Day 1: 5 12-15 Total: 5 12-15
67. Parker Lambert - Koby Horn Lander university 184
Day 1: 5 12-12 Total: 5 12-12
68. Evan Sutton - Kurt Litteken Jr McKendree University 183
Day 1: 5 12-11 Total: 5 12-11
69. Caz Anderson - Jaxton Orr Carson-Newman University 182
Day 1: 5 12-10 Total: 5 12-10
69. Brenton Godwin - Hunter Odom University of Montevallo 182
Day 1: 5 12-10 Total: 5 12-10
71. JD Clarke - Hunter Muncrief Stephen F Austin State Universit 180
Day 1: 5 12-09 Total: 5 12-09
71. Brady Duncan - Stevie Mills Carson-Newman University 180
Day 1: 5 12-09 Total: 5 12-09
71. Trevor Easter - Caden Cowan Tarleton State University 180
Day 1: 5 12-09 Total: 5 12-09
71. Riley Lawson - Chris Baker Kentucky Christian University 180
Day 1: 5 12-09 Total: 5 12-09
75. Tommy Sendek - Andrew Howell University of Montevallo 176
Day 1: 5 12-08 Total: 5 12-08
76. Rob Lindsey - Mason Cizek Bryan College 175
Day 1: 4 12-07 Total: 4 12-07
77. Ben Rand - Mason Grossbauer Davenport University 174
Day 1: 5 12-05 Total: 5 12-05
78. Will Oberman - Clay Oberman Campbellsville University 173
Day 1: 5 12-04 Total: 5 12-04
79. Weston Bison - Austin Gregory Lander University 172
Day 1: 5 12-03 Total: 5 12-03
79. Justin Botts - Conner Dimauro Bryan College 172
Day 1: 5 12-03 Total: 5 12-03
79. Avry Thomason - Alex Belin Georgia Southern University 172
Day 1: 5 12-03 Total: 5 12-03
79. Cole Thompson - John Heacock University of North Alabama 172
Day 1: 5 12-03 Total: 5 12-03
83. Steve Kinard - Jimmy Mitchum Lander University 168
Day 1: 5 11-14 Total: 5 11-14
84. John Sells - Cooper Hesling Georgia Southern University 167
Day 1: 5 11-13 Total: 5 11-13
85. Aidan Kerlin - Andrew Pittman East Carolina University 166
Day 1: 5 11-11 Total: 5 11-11
86. Carter Ball - Austin Tapley Adrian College 165
Day 1: 4 11-11 Total: 4 11-11
87. Robert Gee - Chad Sentell University of Tennessee 164
Day 1: 5 11-10 Total: 5 11-10
87. Ryan Thomas - Solomon Glenn University of Montevallo 164
Day 1: 5 11-10 Total: 5 11-10
89. Ben Brockwell - Justice Gayhart Kentucky Christian University 162
Day 1: 5 11-09 Total: 5 11-09
90. Andrew Rickman - Michael Postlewait Dallas Baptist University 161
Day 1: 5 11-04 Total: 5 11-04
91. Patrick Mcmurry - Jd Rorex University of Alabama 160
Day 1: 5 11-03 Total: 5 11-03
92. Lane Bailey - Justin Eggers Catawba Valley Community College 159
Day 1: 5 11-02 Total: 5 11-02
92. Connor Jacob - Sam Smith Auburn University 159
Day 1: 5 11-02 Total: 5 11-02
94. Kaleb Brown - Chad Mrazek Lander University 157
Day 1: 5 11-01 Total: 5 11-01
95. Grayson Morris - University of Montevallo 156
Day 1: 5 11-00 Total: 5 11-00
96. Hunter Fillmore - Dylan Fogarty Bethel University 155
Day 1: 5 10-15 Total: 5 10-15
96. Elliot Torode - Logan Plueger University of Montevallo 155
Day 1: 5 10-15 Total: 5 10-15
98. Brantley Anders - Kentucky Christian University 153
Day 1: 4 10-15 Total: 4 10-15
99. Will Carnes - Tavin Hodgens Campbellsville University 152
Day 1: 5 10-14 Total: 5 10-14
100. Caleb Jacob - Mitch Bender Illinois State University 151
Day 1: 4 10-14 Total: 4 10-14
101. Nathan Smith - Cabe Mackey Catawba Valley Community College 150
Day 1: 5 10-13 Total: 5 10-13
102. Ryan Park - Sam Niemeyer Murray State University 149
Day 1: 5 10-10 Total: 5 10-10
103. Lucas Smith - Dalton Mize Jacksonville State University 148
Day 1: 5 10-09 Total: 5 10-09
104. Tyler Cory - Scott Sledge University of Montevallo 147
Day 1: 5 10-08 Total: 5 10-08
105. Chase Carey - Dylan Akins Emmanuel College 146
Day 1: 5 10-07 Total: 5 10-07
106. Patrick Henry - Jared Minor Ohio State University 145
Day 1: 5 10-05 Total: 5 10-05
107. Shane Nelson - Aaron Jagdfeld Adrian College 144
Day 1: 5 10-04 Total: 5 10-04
108. Connor Hicks - Austin Wadzinski University of Tennessee 143
Day 1: 5 10-03 Total: 5 10-03
108. Jacob Welch - Lee Lambrecht Drury University 143
Day 1: 5 10-03 Total: 5 10-03
110. Brock Bila - Drury University 141
Day 1: 5 10-02 Total: 5 10-02
110. Cody Griffith - Drew Jennings Auburn University 141
Day 1: 5 10-02 Total: 5 10-02
112. Dustin Bauer - Wyatt Pearman Campbellsville University 139
Day 1: 5 10-01 Total: 5 10-01
112. Bennett Slinkard - Ty Mundhenke Auburn University 139
Day 1: 5 10-01 Total: 5 10-01
114. Hunter Bailey - JR Young Jr Jacksonville State University 137
Day 1: 5 09-15 Total: 5 09-15
115. Griffin Fernandes - Hayden Scott Adrian College 136
Day 1: 5 09-14 Total: 5 09-14
115. Bailey Mckinney - Levi Smith Marshall University 136
Day 1: 5 09-14 Total: 5 09-14
117. Tommy Dunaway - Seth Jones Florida Gateway College 134
Day 1: 5 09-12 Total: 5 09-12
117. Braden Perry - Aidan England Carson-Newman University 134
Day 1: 5 09-12 Total: 5 09-12
119. Keaton Smith - Dustin Jones Campbellsville University 132
Day 1: 5 09-12 Total: 5 09-12
120. Coleman Bingham - Jackson Staib Bethel University 131
Day 1: 5 09-11 Total: 5 09-11
121. Turner Hart - Summer Dees Bryan College 130
Day 1: 4 09-10 Total: 4 09-10
122. Cole Breeden - Hunter Baird Drury University 129
Day 1: 5 09-09 Total: 5 09-09
123. Carter Koza - Lee Koza Carson Newman University 128
Day 1: 4 09-09 Total: 4 09-09
124. Kopeland Rosser - Ryan Branch University of Montevallo 127
Day 1: 5 09-08 Total: 5 09-08
124. Chance Schwartz - James Willoughby University of Montevallo 127
Day 1: 5 09-08 Total: 5 09-08
126. Tyler Lubbat - Hayden O'barr University of Alabama 125
Day 1: 5 09-07 Total: 5 09-07
127. Kyle Knoll - Luke Morgan Southern Union State Community C 124
Day 1: 5 09-06 Total: 5 09-06
128. Cole Holloway - Taylor Mcmullen Emmanuel College 123
Day 1: 5 09-05 Total: 5 09-05
129. Kyle Kreger - Elliott Pritchett Southern Illinois University Car 122
Day 1: 5 09-04 Total: 5 09-04
129. Cody Ross - Ethan Thurston East Texas Baptist University 122
Day 1: 5 09-04 Total: 5 09-04
131. Cole Dodson - Tyler Cain University of Montevallo 120
Day 1: 5 09-03 Total: 5 09-03
132. Victor Alford - Dylan Johnson Bryan College 119
Day 1: 4 09-02 Total: 4 09-02
133. Blair Erickson - Charlie Wright University of Montevallo 118
Day 1: 5 09-01 Total: 5 09-01
134. Blair Cox - Zach Adamec Missouri State University 117
Day 1: 5 09-00 Total: 5 09-00
134. Tomas Matual - Grant Olsen McKendree University 117
Day 1: 5 09-00 Total: 5 09-00
136. Robert Cruvellier - Carson Maddux Auburn University 115
Day 1: 5 08-15 Total: 5 08-15
137. Nicholas Holtgrave - Matthew Cavanaugh McKendree University 114
Day 1: 5 08-14 Total: 5 08-14
138. Bryant Marsh - Tyler Hill Blue Mountain College 113
Day 1: 4 08-14 Total: 4 08-14
139. Jaxson Freeman - Kyle Hopping McKendree 112
Day 1: 5 08-13 Total: 5 08-13
139. Luke Glasgow - Brantley Bell AL BASS NAtion 112
Day 1: 5 08-13 Total: 5 08-13
139. Jake Kimbrough - Chandler Pruett Blue Mountain College 112
Day 1: 5 08-13 Total: 5 08-13
142. Dawson Burton - Trent Keltner Kentucky Christian University 109
Day 1: 4 08-13 Total: 4 08-13
143. Kyle Bahr - Nick Pemberton University of Montevallo 108
Day 1: 4 08-12 Total: 4 08-12
144. Austin Marley - Noah Simmons Georgia Southern University 107
Day 1: 5 08-09 Total: 5 08-09
144. Cole Taylor - Hunter Temples Lander 107
Day 1: 5 08-09 Total: 5 08-09
146. Grant Dohle - Wyatt Montle Missouri State University 105
Day 1: 2 08-09 Total: 2 08-09
147. Zachary Bowen - Harrison Terry Bethel University 104
Day 1: 5 08-08 Total: 5 08-08
148. Bryar Chambers - Clent Blackwood Wallace State Community College 103
Day 1: 5 08-07 Total: 5 08-07
148. Dalton Daniels - Hunter Bettner 103
Day 1: 5 08-07 Total: 5 08-07
148. Morgan Miracle - Jake Thornbury Campbellsville University 103
Day 1: 5 08-07 Total: 5 08-07
148. Jackson Stephens - Maxwell Trotter Mckendree University 103
Day 1: 5 08-07 Total: 5 08-07
152. Gage Sherrod - Thomas Millraney Bethel University 99
Day 1: 5 08-05 Total: 5 08-05
152. Caden Sweeten - Samuel Heichel Bemidji State University 99
Day 1: 5 08-05 Total: 5 08-05
152. Garrett Walters - Reese Walters University of Alabama 99
Day 1: 5 08-05 Total: 5 08-05
155. Brock Blazier - Matthew Wilson Southern Union State Community C 96
Day 1: 5 08-04 Total: 5 08-04
156. Tj Davis - Austin Callovini Greenville University 95
Day 1: 5 08-03 Total: 5 08-03
157. Adrian Urso - Corbin Templon Murray State University 94
Day 1: 5 08-02 Total: 5 08-02
158. Cordell Beckmann - Keaton Roadman Greenville University 93
Day 1: 5 08-01 Total: 5 08-01
158. Chase Mundhenke - Blake Milligan Auburn University 93
Day 1: 5 08-01 Total: 5 08-01
160. Caleb Bridges - Jacob Davidson Bryan College 91
Day 1: 4 08-01 Total: 4 08-01
161. Dan Hackney - Hans Sleipnes High Point University 90
Day 1: 3 08-01 Total: 3 08-01
162. Mathias Dahline - Jenson Kay Adrian College 89
Day 1: 5 08-00 Total: 5 08-00
163. Matthew Zdrazil - Spencer Bargfrede Emmanuel College 88
Day 1: 5 08-00 Total: 5 08-00
164. Chase Sansom - Tyler Drown Marshall University 87
Day 1: 5 07-14 Total: 5 07-14
165. Harrison Heins - Luke Fraley Tennessee Tech University 86
Day 1: 5 07-13 Total: 5 07-13
166. Mac Johnston-Herzberg - Aric Szambelan Missouri State University 85
Day 1: 5 07-11 Total: 5 07-11
167. Lex Thompson - Evan Rice Troy University 84
Day 1: 4 07-11 Total: 4 07-11
168. Keegan Barber - Tyler Flacke Missouri State University 83
Day 1: 4 07-10 Total: 4 07-10
169. Nick Staub - Lake Norsworthy Blue Mountain College 82
Day 1: 5 07-05 Total: 5 07-05
169. Drew Traffanstedt - Dakendrick Patterson University of Montevallo 82
Day 1: 5 07-05 Total: 5 07-05
171. Stone Payne - Hayden Baxter University of Tennessee- Knoxvil 80
Day 1: 5 07-04 Total: 5 07-04
172. Joshua DeKoning - Dalton Mollenkopf Adrian College 79
Day 1: 5 07-02 Total: 5 07-02
173. Hunter Palmer - Eli Stevenson Bryan College 78
Day 1: 5 07-00 Total: 5 07-00
174. Andrew Fryer - Logan Bozeman Southern Union 77
Day 1: 5 06-15 Total: 5 06-15
175. Isaac Irvin - Mason Gross Wabash Valley College 76
Day 1: 2 06-15 Total: 2 06-15
176. Brock Lederman - Kyle Schwibinger University of Wisconsin- Stevens 75
Day 1: 4 06-12 Total: 4 06-12
177. Tyler Altizer - Dylan Thomson King University 74
Day 1: 5 06-11 Total: 5 06-11
178. Lane Stephens - Devon Rathbun Mckendree University 73
Day 1: 4 06-11 Total: 4 06-11
179. James Romig - Coltyn Morris Florida Gateway College 72
Day 1: 2 06-10 Total: 2 06-10
180. Clay Osteen - Garett Cadenhead Tarleton State University 71
Day 1: 4 06-09 Total: 4 06-09
181. Jacob Highley - Autumn Belcher Kentucky Christian University 70
Day 1: 5 06-07 Total: 5 06-07
182. Aaron Shumaker - Hunter Enlow Lander University 69
Day 1: 4 06-07 Total: 4 06-07
183. Haydan Quesenberry - Ryan Diskin Auburn University 68
Day 1: 5 06-06 Total: 5 06-06
183. Jacob Witkowski - Hunter Jenkins Dallas Baptist Univesity 68
Day 1: 5 06-06 Total: 5 06-06
185. Drew Deloney - Michal Wolan University of Alabama 66
Day 1: 3 06-06 Total: 3 06-06
185. Carson Miller - Miller Dowling University of Montevallo 66
Day 1: 3 06-06 Total: 3 06-06
187. Hunter Waldrop - Reese Melven University of South Carolina Uni 64
Day 1: 5 06-05 Total: 5 06-05
188. Logan Parks - Tucker Smith Auburn University 63
Day 1: 4 06-05 Total: 4 06-05
189. Braedon Metzgar - Sid Wallace Texas AM University 62
Day 1: 3 06-05 Total: 3 06-05
190. Lane Bradley - Holden Kauble Wabash Valley College 61
Day 1: 5 06-03 Total: 5 06-03
191. Nathan Burdett - Grayson Davis Troy University 60
Day 1: 3 06-02 Total: 3 06-02
192. Cameron Loveless - Jameson Jenkins Texas AM 59
Day 1: 4 06-01 Total: 4 06-01
193. Jalen Bean - Jacob Douglas Southwest Mississippi Community 58
Day 1: 4 06-00 Total: 4 06-00
194. John Garrett Pearson - Rudy Pearson IV Georgia College 57
Day 1: 3 06-00 Total: 3 06-00
195. Cy Casey - Tanner Hadden Emmanuel College 56
Day 1: 5 05-15 Total: 5 05-15
196. Joseph Woods - Anthony Cicero Iv Bethel University 55
Day 1: 5 05-11 Total: 5 05-11
197. Kollin Smith - Gabe Sowash Emmanuel College 54
Day 1: 4 05-10 Total: 4 05-10
198. Jonathan Fraley - Cameron Dials Kentucky Christian University 53
Day 1: 1 05-10 Total: 1 05-10
199. Weston Hollar - Jordan Pennington University of Montevallo 52
Day 1: 4 05-08 Total: 4 05-08
199. Landon Howe - Makalie King Georgia Southern University 52
Day 1: 4 05-08 Total: 4 05-08
199. Fisher Overton - Isaac Duncan Blue Mountain College 52
Day 1: 4 05-08 Total: 4 05-08
202. Cameron Smith - Jacob Blackburn Ohio State University 49
Day 1: 5 05-07 Total: 5 05-07
203. Tim Herrmann - Austin Goins Bryan College 48
Day 1: 5 05-06 Total: 5 05-06
204. Cal Culpepper - Mason Waddell University of Montevallo 47
Day 1: 2 05-06 Total: 2 05-06
205. Parker Domschke - Harper Burkeen McKendree University 46
Day 1: 4 05-05 Total: 4 05-05
206. Tyler Dubois - Niko Romero Bethel University 45
Day 1: 4 05-04 Total: 4 05-04
207. Adam Troyer - Andrew Yazdi Indiana University 44
Day 1: 4 05-03 Total: 4 05-03
208. Bo Thomas - Mason Vernia Western Michigan University 43
Day 1: 2 05-03 Total: 2 05-03
209. Colby Kerr - Jonathan Fitch Kentucky Christian University 42
Day 1: 4 05-01 Total: 4 05-01
210. Adam Hollingsworth - Travis Pattillo University of Alabama 41
Day 1: 3 04-14 Total: 3 04-14
211. Justin Latham - Karsten Raney Campbellsville University 40
Day 1: 3 04-12 Total: 3 04-12
212. Briggs Alavezos - Colton White University Montevallo 39
Day 1: 4 04-10 Total: 4 04-10
213. Brycen Hendriks - Brennan Kenison UNC Charlotte 38
Day 1: 4 04-09 Total: 4 04-09
214. Blayner Leeman - Noah Hurford Kentucky Christian University 37
Day 1: 3 04-09 Total: 3 04-09
215. Logan Hawkins - Matthew Bradham Campbellsville University 36
Day 1: 3 04-08 Total: 3 04-08
216. Carson Palmer - Cole Rankin Carson-Newman University 35
Day 1: 2 04-08 Total: 2 04-08
217. Hunter Keller - Carson Eckard Catawba Valley Community College 34
Day 1: 3 04-07 Total: 3 04-07
218. Gunner Whitaker - Mitch Johnson Kentucky Christian University 33
Day 1: 3 04-03 Total: 3 04-03
219. Hayden Fuhr - Lander University 32
Day 1: 4 04-02 Total: 4 04-02
220. Matthew Benson - Nathanael Wright Emmanuel College 31
Day 1: 3 04-01 Total: 3 04-01
220. Brock Williams - Brandon Johnson Ohio State University 31
Day 1: 3 04-01 Total: 3 04-01
222. Evan Waggener - Kyle Workman Campbellsville University 29
Day 1: 2 03-14 Total: 2 03-14
223. Max Pierlott - Mike Pierlott UNC Charlotte 28
Day 1: 2 03-10 Total: 2 03-10
224. Thomas Mingle - Nathan Couch Univerity of Tennessee 27
Day 1: 2 03-08 Total: 2 03-08
225. Tyler Finley - Lane Lassiter University of North Alabama 26
Day 1: 3 03-03 Total: 3 03-03
226. Nolan Yeager - Riley Aebi Stephen F. Austin State Universi 25
Day 1: 3 03-02 Total: 3 03-02
227. Andrew Davis - Gracie Herbold Troy University 24
Day 1: 2 02-12 Total: 2 02-12
227. Anthony Ethridge - Trey Carr III Murray State University 24
Day 1: 2 02-12 Total: 2 02-12
227. Garrett Huddleston - Riley Voltz Auburn University 24
Day 1: 2 02-12 Total: 2 02-12
230. Corey Sexton - Garrett Jennings East Tennessee State University 21
Day 1: 2 02-11 Total: 2 02-11
231. Cole Jackson - Owen Moss University of North Georgia 20
Day 1: 2 02-08 Total: 2 02-08
232. Logan East - Bryan College 19
Day 1: 1 02-06 Total: 1 02-06
233. Drew Fromm - Hunter Capehart Wabash Valley College 18
Day 1: 2 02-05 Total: 2 02-05
234. Conner Crosby - James Cobbs Auburn University 17
Day 1: 2 02-04 Total: 2 02-04
235. Dalton Coleman - Joe Bob Burchett Kentucky Christian University 16
Day 1: 2 02-03 Total: 2 02-03
236. Nate Overocker - Adam Green Greenville University 15
Day 1: 2 02-01 Total: 2 02-01
237. Sam Harvey - Jordan Brewer Auburn University 14
Day 1: 1 02-01 Total: 1 02-01
238. Ben Tschoerner - Chance Thompson Stephen F Austin State Universit 13
Day 1: 1 02-00 Total: 1 02-00
239. Chad Smith - Finn Ash Wallace State 12
Day 1: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
240. Wesley Smith - Grant Harris Catawba Valley Community College 11
Day 1: 2 01-13 Total: 2 01-13
241. John Michael Ortman - Emmanuel 10
Day 1: 1 01-02 Total: 1 01-02
242. Brody Robison - Jack Alexander University of Montevallo 9
Day 1: 4 00-00 Total: 4 00-00
243. Syon Barnes - Jeremy Till Jacksonville State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
243. Allen Bryan - Kevin Dunahoo University of North Georgia 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
243. Seth Elkins - Dale Hansard Jacksonville State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
243. Clark Garland - Justin Padgett University of North Georgia 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
243. Owen Januszewski - Matt Mosby Adrian College 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
243. Easton Lindus - Parker Dickerson Emmanuel College 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
243. Sam Moll - Murray State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
243. Elijah Walker - Jess Taylor AUBURN 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 169 1065 2508-06


Game on! MLF Launches Fantasy Fishing for 2022 Season

Two Free-To-Play Games Powered by Bally’s Technology Launched at FantasyFishing.com

TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 20, 2022) – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today the launch of two new free-to-play games, powered by Bally’s Technology. These games offer fans a chance to engage with MLF competition and win great new fishing gear and fishing experiences of a lifetime with Major League Fishing anglers. Both games can be found at FantasyFishing.com.

Phoenix Boats MLF Fantasy Fishing Presented by Abu Garcia allows players to select a team of 10 anglers for each Bass Pro Tour and Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event, earning points based on how many pounds of bass their anglers catch. Players can create and join private leagues to compete against friends and family, then watch the live streams and SCORETRACKER leaderboard to watch their team racking up the points. After an extremely successful pilot at the final Bass Pro Tour event last season, the Fenwick MLF Predictor Game Presented by Mercury – which challenges players to predict the outcome of various questions in conjunction with Bass Pro Tour events – will also return.

Top prizes for Fantasy Fishing include an all-expense-paid fishing trip with Bass Pro Tour angler Justin Lucas to the season-long winner on the Bass Pro Tour, an all-expense-paid fishing trip with Bobby Lane to the season-long winner on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, and new Abu Garcia rod and reel combos to the overall top 25 point-scorers in each Bass Pro Tour and Pro Circuit event. The top scoring player in the Predictor Game season-long standings will receive an all-expense paid trip with Edwin Evers, and the overall top 25 point-scorers in each Bass Pro Tour Predictor event will receive a new Fenwick rod.

MLF worked closely to develop the games with SportCaller, a leading global B2B free-to-play game provider and Bally’s Interactive, a division of Bally’s Corporation that operates the omni-channel provider’s sports betting, iGaming, free-to-play, and daily fantasy sports platforms. The launch of the two free-to-play games marks the next phase in the partnership between MLF and Bally’s. Additional games and offerings for MLF and the Bass Pro Tour will be announced in the future.

For complete details and updated information about MLF Fantasy Fishing, visit FantasyFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Set to Kick Off 2022 Season Opener with Guaranteed Rate Stop 1 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

158 Professional Anglers to Launch 27th Season and Compete for Top Prize of up to $135,000 and Total Season Purse of More Than $6 Million
BROOKELAND, Texas (Jan. 18, 2022) – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to return to Brookeland, Texas next week, Jan. 27-30, for the season-opening MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Guaranteed Rate Stop 1 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir Presented by Ark Fishing. In its 27th season, the Pro Circuit features a roster of 160 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals competing across six regular-season events, each with a top award of up to $135,000.

Hosted by the Jasper County Development District, the tournament marks the first of six regular-season Pro Circuit events and offers competitors a total purse of more than $850,000. The field is also competing for valuable points to qualify for the 2022 Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship – held this year on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York – and the coveted Pro Circuit Angler of the Year (AOY) title.

“The Jasper County Development District is proud to welcome the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit to Lake Sam Rayburn,” said Gary Collins, President of Jasper County Development District. “This event is Stop 1 of one of the most prestigious and competitive national bass tournament circuits in existence today. The television broadcast keeps the viewer in the action throughout the tournament, and the fishing tips viewers learn from these pros are beneficial to every weekend fisherman.  A top-notch event, on a great lake, promoted by great sponsors. What more could fisherman and viewers ask for from an event during the spring on Lake Rayburn.”

MLF has held 122 tournaments on the renowned bass fishery over the past 28 years, a staggering number that places it neatly inside the top 10 fisheries most visited by MLF.

The event will mark the sixth time the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit has competed on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Pro Terry Bolton of Benton, Kentucky, holds the record-winning weight on the fishery, bringing home $125,000 in 2019 with a four-day total of 91 pounds, 3 ounces. Pro Nick Lebrun of Bossier City, Louisiana, weighed in a total of 90 pounds, 7 ounces that same year, good for second place. The biggest bass weighed on Sam Rayburn in Pro Circuit history goes to former pro Andy Wicker of Pomaria, South Carolina, who reeled in an 11-pound, 2-ounce whopper in 2019.

The star-studded field of pros includes local anglers Dakota Ebare of Brookeland, Texas, Lendell Martin, Jr. of Nacogdoches, Texas, Tommy Dickerson of Orange, Texas and rookie River Lee of Nacogdoches, Texas, along with a full field of returning pros and 22 rookies. They will be joined by 16 anglers that also compete on the Bass Pro Tour, including reigning 2021 Pro Circuit AOY Michael Neal of Dayton, Tennessee and 2021 Lake Okeechobee Pro Circuit champion Skeet Reese of Auburn, California .

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, the full field of 158 anglers compete in the two-day opening round on Thursday and Friday. The top 50 pros based on their two-day cumulative weight will advance to Saturday. Only the top 10 pros, based on cumulative weight from the first three days, will continue competition on Championship Sunday, where weights will be zeroed and anglers will compete in a one-day shootout for the grand prize of up to $135,000, including the lucrative $35,000 Phoenix MLF Bonus for qualified anglers.

Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit angler and accomplished Sam Rayburn pro Dicky Newberry of Houston, Texas, said he spent a lot of time on the reservoir prior to the off-limits cutoff.

“Sam Rayburn has got a tremendous number of fish in it – a huge population of bass, and a lot of really healthy, large bass,” said Newberry. “Unfortunately, the grass is really suffering and there’s less hydrilla in the lake than we’ve had in the past 25 years during this time of year. It can only be found in select areas of the lake, therefore, the fish that are using the grass are getting a lot of pressure right now, which will greatly affect the anglers that choose to fish the grass.”

Despite that fact, Newberry said he believes anglers will be able to play to their strengths and catch fish in a variety of ways, from 30 feet deep all the way up to 2 feet of water.

“It’s going to be wide open during this event and guys will be able to fish pretty much any strength they have,” said Newberry.

Newberry said the Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap in Rayburn Red is always one of the most popular baits on the reservoir this time of year and he suspects it will be one of the big players in this tournament, along with an assortment of Carolina rigs, football jigs and large crankbaits.

Newberry also believes that the weights being zeroed on Day 4, a new rule change for 2022, will be a huge factor during the event and will change the strategy for the anglers.

“I think a good 42 to 44 pounds after Day 3 will make the Top 10,” said Newberry. “The last day is anybody’s guess, but I suspect a solid bag in the mid-20’s on the final day will be strong. This lake can produce 40-pound stringers, but we are going to be here during a lot of the major local tournaments, so that could cut down on a lot of the large stringers.”

Anglers will take off at 7 a.m. CT, Thursday through Sunday, from the Umphrey Family Pavilion located at 5438 RR 255 in Brookeland. Weigh-ins will also be held at the pavilion daily at 3 p.m.Fans are welcome to attend the event or follow the live on-the-water action all four days of competition online on MLF NOW! beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Guaranteed Rate Stop 1 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir Presented by Ark Fishing will feature live on-the-water coverage and a two-hour action-packed television show that will premiere on the CBS Sports Network on Saturday, July 2 from 7 to 9 a.m. ET.

The 2022 season culminates with the Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, where the top 48 pros in the points standings, along with 2021 TITLE Champion Jimmy Washam and 2021 AOY Michael Neal, will compete for a top prize of $235,000. The 2022 TITLE will be on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York, Aug. 16-21, and is hosted by the Town of Massena.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on the MLF5 social media outlets at FacebookInstagram and YouTube.


Kevin VanDam partners with Costa Sunglasses

Professional bass fishing champion and Hall of Fame winner sets sights on industry leading eyewear brand for 2022

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 18, 2022) – Leading performance eyewear brand, Costa Sunglasses, welcomes one of bass fishing's most decorated anglers to its roster, Kevin VanDam. Heading into the 2022 season, VanDam will depend on Costa’s high-performance eyewear for his continued success on the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour.

“I am so excited to be joining the Costa family. No eyewear brand is more committed to anglers than Costa. Their selection of frames, lens options and lens technology is simply the best,” said VanDam. “As a professional angler, my eyewear is a critical part of my gear, and I would never settle for second best. “

VanDam’s name, more commonly referred to as “KVD,” has become synonymous with bass fishing for the last 25 years. In 2018, VanDam was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. In addition, he is a seven-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year champion, Fishing League Worldwide Angler of the Year champion, four-time Bassmaster Classic winner and four-time Major League Fishing winner.

In 2015, Kevin and his wife started the Kevin VanDam Foundation to benefit charitable organizations that focus on children’s health, education and outdoor experiences. Through the foundation they have contributed thousands of dollars to various children’s research hospitals and to the Michigan DNR Outdoor Adventure Center. The Foundation also supports the college fishing movement by sponsoring college events in the Midwest and awarding thousands of dollars in college scholarships.

“Since 1983 Costa has been on a mission to build the best sunglasses for getting out on the water and conserving the waterways and fisheries where we work and play. KVD is not only a legend in the fishing community, but he truly embodies our mission and culture,” said Costa’s Vice President of Marketing, John Acosta. “Aside from being a fierce competitor, Kevin’s passion for getting people on the water, promoting healthy competition and commitment to sustaining the sport for future generations is something we really value here at Costa.”

Last year, the brand expanded its longtime support of bass fishing by introducing the Costa Compete + Conserve contingency program. An industry first, the program not only awards the highest placing angler wearing Costa Sunglasses in select tournament trails, but it also donates to a purpose-aligned organization on the angler’s behalf.

For more information about Costa Sunglasses and its product offering, visit www.costadelmar.com. To learn more about Costa’s Compete + Conserve bass contingency program benefitting conservation, visit www.costacompeteandconserve.com.

About Costa Sunglasses
As the first manufacturer of color-enhancing all-polarized glass sunglass lenses, Costa combines superior lens technology with unparalleled fit and durability. Costa has made the highest quality, best performing sunglasses and prescription sunglasses (Rx) for outdoor enthusiasts since 1983, and now its product portfolio includes optical frames. Costa’s growing cult-brand status ties directly to its purpose to provide high-quality products with a focus on sustainability and conservation as the company works hard to protect the waters it calls home. From the use of sustainable materials to its Kick Plastic initiative, IndiFly Foundation, and strong partnership with shark research organization OCEARCH, Costa encourages people to help protect the Earth’s natural resources in any way they can. Find out more on Costa’s website and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at @CostaSunglasses.


Bassmaster College Series Kicks Off At Harris Chain

Florida's Harris Chain of Lakes will host the Strike King Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops Jan. 21-22, 2022.

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

January 17, 2022

LEESBURG, Fla. — For the first time since Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro’s record-breaking performance in the 2020 College National Championship, the Strike King Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops will return to the Harris Chain of Lakes to kick off the 2022 regular season.

The two-man college teams will arrive toward the end of January, one of John Cox’s favorite times of the year to fish the chain.

“That January time is my favorite time to be there,” the third-year Elite Series pro said. “What really happens is dependent on the weather and whether we’ve had a really cold December (and) New Year’s. If it has been cold and we haven’t had many warming trends, it can really dictate a big push of fish on a warming trend that time of year. But in a really mild winter, it doesn’t group them up like it would if it got cold for a couple days and dropped the water temperature. In that case, they will be in all stages. They will be scattered a lot more.”

The Harris Chain will be the first of four regular-season events and a Wild Card event, which will serve as qualifying tournaments for the 2022 Bassmaster College National Championship.

Competition days will be Jan. 21-22 with daily takeoffs from Venetian Gardens in Leesburg at 7:10 a.m. ET and weigh-ins each day at Venetian Gardens at 3:10 p.m. Weigh-in coverage will be streamed on Bassmaster.com.

Containing eight major lakes, the Harris Chain has been a big-bass destination for many years and will also host the 2022 SiteOne Bassmaster Elite at Harris Chain Feb. 17-20. During the 2020 National Championship, which was held in October, Sands and Dimauro sacked up 84 pounds, 12 ounces to secure the largest three-day winning weight in Bassmaster history.

Hailing from DeBary, Fla., Cox guided on the chain for several years and has watched the system evolve. When he started fishing, there was no offshore grass and the Kissimmee grass near the bank was the primary cover. Now, offshore hydrilla dominates in tournaments, even during the spawn.

“It is crazy to watch that lake evolve and (see) how good and healthy it is now that the offshore grass is out there,” Cox said. “You would think, ‘Okay, we’ve got a warming trend coming. These fish are going to hit the bank and spawn.’ But it has constantly been won offshore. It just doesn’t matter what time of year.”

Based on the recent trend, Cox said he expects the winning bag from this event will come from an offshore grass area, although an early spawning event could lead to a big day for a couple of teams. Of the eight lakes that make up the Harris Chain, Cox added it can be won from any of them, but Harris and Little Harris allow anglers to maximize their time.

“It might not be in the middle of the lake like we’ve seen in the past, it could be in 3 to 4 feet,” Cox said. “It depends on how the grass comes in that year and how much they decide to spray it. They are going to be around where they are going to bed. Wherever has the cleanest looking water, that’s more than likely going to be the better fishing.”

The prespawn bass, Cox said, will be targeting shad and shiner, making it a perfect time of year to throw a rattletrap, crankbait and other types of hard baits as well as ChatterBaits. The Carolina rig can also come into play that time of the year.

The Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors and Bassmaster Junior Series will take place on Jan. 23.

The tournaments are being hosted by Lake County, the City of Leesburg and Greater Orlando Sports Commission.

2022 Bassmaster College Series Title Sponsor: Strike King
2022 Bassmaster College Series Presenting Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
2022 Bassmaster College Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota
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2022 Bassmaster College Series Supporting Sponsors: AFTCO, Daiwa, Garmin, Huk Performance Fishing, Marathon, Triton Boats, VMC
2022 Bassmaster College Series Youth Sponsors: Shimano, SPRO


Ron Ryals on the power of the Fluke

Courtesy of Vance McCullough

A popular guide on Florida’s famed Bienville Plantation, Ron Ryals often puts a fluke in the hands of a client, knowing they will soon be handling big bass as well. He doesn’t need  shiners to produce memorable trips on the well-managed lakes that also serve as a great laboratory for the exploration of various techniques.

“All we use is artificials,” declares Ryals. The teacher is also a student, studying how different customers use the fluke. Likewise, he’s been taken to school by co-anglers throwing flukes behind him in his boat on competition days. All of this has helped Ryals to refine his approach with this simple piece of plastic, a tool he relies on heavily when fishing the Bassmaster Eastern Opens.

“I throw a fluke more than anything else,” says Ryals. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in it. I’ve always got one tied on.”

Co-anglers commonly follow the sport’s best pros with a fluke and rack up impressive weights. Once they make the jump to the front deck, the vast majority of these same anglers inexplicably stash the soft jerks in favor of more ‘sophisticated’ lures and techniques.

Ryals is not among them.

While the fluke has played a major role for him on Florida fisheries such as the Kissimmee Chain and Harris Chain, Ryals has used the simple lure to great advantage all across the nation for fun and profit. “Illinois, especially Rend Lake, Texas, Oklahoma, New York. I had a really good time on the Potomac River with them, fishing big grass flats at the mouths of major creeks,” he shares.

Perhaps most memorable for Ryals is the tournament, and again, the technique, that launched him into serious tournament competition. “It was in the fall,” he begins. “I was fishing the Paralyzed Veterans of America trail – you don’t have to be a veteran to fish them – and I threw a double fluke rig to place 7th on Clark’s Hill. That gave me the Angler of the Year title for the PVA trail which also qualified me for the 2010 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on the Red River. That river was very intimidating, and I didn’t do well but I watched Brandon Palaniuk win that tournament and qualify for the Classic and the Elite Series. We see where he is now. That experience gave me a lot of confidence. Up until that point, I had only fished the Opens a little bit. The fluke played a huge roll in all of that.”

Away from the pressures of tournament angling, the fluke produced a 10-pound, 9-ounce bass for Ryals from the Suwannee River while he was fun fishing near his home in Live Oak, Fla. Sasquatch sightings are more common than 10-pound bass along the river which drains from the Okefenokee Swamp, a hot spot for Big Foot encounters. The Suwannee is a much better place to catch numbers of spirited, smaller bass. Ryals is justifiably proud of his unusually large fish and the technique that produced it in an unlikely location, though true fluke practitioners are rarely surprised at their success.

Ryals says patience, or lack thereof, is likely the only thing that stops more tournament anglers from using it in competition. Soft jerkbaits seem to take too much precious time for many hyped-up fishing pros. “We fish one for fun all the time but in a tournament, sometimes we feel like we need to cover a hundred yards of bank in five minutes,” admits Ryals.

As a result, he sees “very few” competitors using it. Ryals is fine with that. He enjoys a high level of comfort when fishing behind other competitors. “I know I can go down the bank and pick up fish they are missing,” he grins.

As much as anglers hate to admit it, even on the best days, bass spend most hours in something other than all-out feeding mode. “If they’re not wanting to chase those moving baits as much, even though they’re chasing shad, if you twitch it, kill it and just let it sink down for a couple of feet that’s when they’re gonna eat it if they’re pressured, in my experience fishing behind somebody,” shares Ryals. “Twitch it, let it sink down, twitch it again, let it sink down – it’s different than a moving bait. They think ‘huh, that’s a little different. That’s a dying shad or herring.’ They’ll pick it up and you’re good to go.”

While the fluke may be the ultimate imitation of a dying baitfish during a winter shad kill, don’t make the mistake saving it for only the slowest times. It is among the most multifaceted lures ever devised and can be adapted to fit most any situation. “I literally fish it twelve months out of the year,” says Ryals. “In the spring you can pitch it across a bed, let it sink down and they’ll think it’s trying to mess with the bed. Then, especially at Bienville when we’re guiding, those fish will start schooling right after they come off the spawn and you can work it just as fast as you want to on top of the water with it jumping and darting everywhere and they really like it like that. The fluke is also great in the fall time when shad start bunching up in pockets.”

Ryals prefers the power of baitcasting gear to spinning outfits for the weightless presentation. “I like a 6’ 9” medium heavy baitcasting rod - Lew’s rods and reels have worked well for me - twelve-pound fluorocarbon line with a number twelve swivel about a foot, maybe fourteen inches, up the line.”

The swivel is an important component for Ryals. The extra weight gets the lure down to make it more efficient but also protects his line. “I originally did it just for the twist. The fluke spins in the water some, especially if it’s torn up or caught a few fish, but the swivel adds some weight too. It also adds a different action to it that I like.”

As for the question of when to set the hook, “I just make sure it’s heavy,” says Ryals. “I kind of give it a little bit and then set the hook. I don’t give them very long at all, but whether I feel that thump or see the blow up, I just make sure it’s heavy and then set the hook.”

The hook he’s setting these days is a 4/0 Mustad Grip-Pin Big Bite Soft Plastic Hook. It’s stealthy, especially when compared to an EWG style often favored by anglers for soft plastics. He believes a hook can be too big for the fluke, but the Big Bite model fits perfectly. “It comes right to the back of the hook pocket (in the lure), right before the bait gets thin.” The taper of the hook, combined with a modest bend, helps to give the lure a cone-shaped head which comes through cover well while keeping the plastic pinned. “That little epoxy bead near the eye of the hook holds the bait really well when you pop it or twitch it out of the grass.

“I tried wide gap hooks and I ended up losing more fish or didn’t get a good hookset and I just went back to the offset, round bend hook. It’s worked.”

Weather-wise, a breeze is helpful, but strong wind is the major limiting factor for this technique. It makes casting difficult, blows a big bow in the line that moves the lightweight offering out of the strike zone quickly and makes strike detection a challenge. Ryals has some great advice for fishing an unweighted fluke in the wind: “Don’t!”

Water clarity is another factor to consider. The clearer the water, the stronger the drawing power of the soft jerkbait.

Ryals is pretty basic in his size, brand, color selection. “I use the normal size, what are they, 5 inches? And I use a couple different brands, Zoom, and the one made by Bitter’s is good too.”

Watermelon red and watermelon candy are mainstays for Ryals who feels those colors represent a variety of baitfish, as does the fluke in general. He did use the pearl white color in the aforementioned tourney on Clarks Hill but said that he was imitating blueback herring, prevalent in the clear waters of the Savannah River impoundment, more so than shad. “I think the bass see it as any type of bait fish. It can kind of copy any of them. It depends more on how you work it and what you do with it than on color. You can work it slow, almost like a Senko – twitch it a little bit and let it sink down a ways or you can work it on top if they’re chasing bait on the surface. It’s pretty versatile in my opinion.

“Once you have the patience to throw it.”


Costa Sunglasses names John Acosta Vice President of Marketing

Acosta is tapped to lead global marketing efforts for the performance eyewear brand.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 11, 2022) –  Costa Sunglasses, manufacturer of the first color-enhancing all-polarized glass sunglass lens, appointed industry veteran John Acosta as its Vice President of Marketing. With more than 20 years of experience in the outdoor and fishing industries, Acosta will oversee Costa’s global marketing efforts creating a consistent brand experience in every channel of its business.

Acosta brings a deep knowledge and connection to the fishing industry, as well as experience in branding, storytelling and grassroots marketing to his position. He joins the team as Costa comes off a year of record growth and looks ahead to the new year with a continued commitment to support its core community of anglers and water enthusiasts, while also growing the brand globally and in the outdoor market.

“We’re looking forward to working with John to not only continue expanding our brand globally,  but to engage more directly with our core fans – the anglers, adventurers and explorers who live to be on the water,” said Justin Cupps, Senior Vice President at Costa. “Of course we’ve joked about how fitting his last name is (Acosta), but honestly, having John come on board –  with his considerable talent, energy and industry reputation – is a huge win for Costa.”

Before joining Costa, Acosta served as the Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Major League Fishing (MLF) where he was responsible for brand building and strategic partnerships to elevate the MLF brand and its platforms. Prior to MLF,  Acosta served as the Director of Marketing for Bass Pro Shops for 12 years. In that role, Acosta was responsible for all broad-reach marketing initiatives — media, sports, entertainment, partnerships, sponsorships, brand marketing and content — helping to elevate the national profile of the Bass Pro Shops brand as it became an industry-leading outdoor retailer.  John also spent time in various leadership positions at ad agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Boston and Springfield.

“At first I was bummed to hear Acosta was leaving Major League Fishing. He was a big part of the team,” said Casey Ashley, professional bass fisherman and Costa pro. “I was kind of thinking ‘who stole our guy?’ Then, I heard he was going to be a part of the Costa team and I couldn’t have been happier. I’ve been a part of the Costa team for a long time and it’s a family of hard working people that are passionate about what they do. I think he will fit right in.”

“Costa is such an incredible brand. Their commitment to building the best products, topped with their widespread efforts to protect waterways, fisheries and coastal communities, makes it a dream opportunity,” said Acosta. “With interest and participation in fishing growing right now, it’s an exciting time for the industry and brand. I’m honored to jump in amongst such a talented team.”

About Costa Sunglasses

As the first manufacturer of color-enhancing all-polarized glass sunglass lenses, Costa combines superior lens technology with unparalleled fit and durability. Costa has made the highest quality, best performing sunglasses and prescription sunglasses (Rx) for outdoor enthusiasts since 1983, and now its product portfolio includes optical frames. Costa’s growing cult-brand status ties directly to its purpose to provide high-quality products with a focus on sustainability and conservation as the company works hard to protect the waters it calls home. From the use of sustainable materials to its Kick Plastic initiative, IndiFly Foundation, and strong partnership with shark research organization OCEARCH, Costa encourages people to help protect the Earth’s natural resources in any way they can. Find out more on Costa’s website and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at @CostaSunglasses.


Marion County Bassmasters Wins First MLF High School Fishing Open of 2022 on Harris Chain of Lakes

LEESBURG, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2022) – The Marion County Bassmasters High School team of Claude Loftin of St. Augustine, Florida, and Tyson Verkaik of Eustis, Florida, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the season-opening MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open at the Harris Chain of Lakes.

A field of 28 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the Venetian Gardens in Leesburg. In MLF and The Bass Federation (TBF) High School Fishing competition, the top 10% of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top two teams that advanced to the 2022 High School Fishing National Championship are:

1st: Marion County Bass Masters – Claude Loftin, St. Augustine, Fla., and Tyson Verkaik, Eustis, Fla., five bass, 19-14
2nd: Central Florida Youth Anglers – Logan Cardwell, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., and Kaden Snavely, Grand Island, Fla., five bass, 18-6

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

3rd: Hidden Lake Big Bass – Dalton Defilice, Howe, Ind., and Elijah Meyers, Fort Wayne, Ind., five bass, 17-1
4th: Gainesville High School, Gainesville, Fla. – Julian Mendoza and Reginald Moore, five bass, 16-13
5th: Bass Tactix HS Fishing – Chance Shelby, Denim Springs, La., and Levi Thibodaux, Thibodaux, La., five bass, 16-9
6th: TSA Teen Sport Fishing Association – Patrick Bartolotta, Lake Mary, Fla., and Brady Biles, Sanford, Fla., five bass, 13-8
7th: Fishing Buddies – Isaac Dorland, Dunnellon, Fla., and Jason Haynes, Fruitland Park, Fla., five bass, 13-6
8th: Salt Homeschool Group – Drew Bradstreet and Kamden Bradstreet, both of Lutz, Fla., five bass, 13-3
9th: Rhea County High School, Evensville, Tenn. – Andon Goins and Blake Wheat, five bass, 12-14
10th: West Morgan High School, Trinity, Ala. – Ty Carruth and Lake Johnson, five bass, 12-12

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

The MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open at the Harris Chain of Lakes was hosted by Lake County, Florida. The next event for High School Fishing anglers will be the MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open on Toledo Bend, Jan. 22, in Many, Louisiana.

MLF 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 TBF Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10% of teams at each Open event, along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships, will advance to the 2022 High School Fishing National Championship. The 2022 MLF High School Fishing National Championship will be held on Pickwick and Wilson Lakes in Florence, Alabama, June 22-25, and is hosted by the Florence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The High School Fishing National Champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice and advance to the 2022 MLF Toyota Series Championship to compete as co-anglers.

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


Casteel Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Season Opener on Sam Rayburn Reservoir


Emmanuel College Wins MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Opener on Harris Chain of Lakes

LEESBURG, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2022) – The Emmanuel College duo of Seth Jenkins of Townville, South Carolina, and T.J. McKenzie of Andrews, South Carolina, won the MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI event on the Harris Chain of Lakes Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds, 14 ounces. The victory earned the Lion’s bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2023 MLF College Fishing National Championship.

A total of 189 teams participated in this event, which was the largest season-opening field in MLF College Fishing history.

The Emmanuel College team had hoped to bag a limit of 30 pounds during competition, but their five fish weighed enough to give them a 1-ounce victory over Webber International University.

“We had the mindset that we didn’t want to come in with less than 30 pounds, because that’s what usually wins these college tournaments,” Jenkins said. “That was our complete drive all week.

“We had two offshore spots that we fished all day, and we alternated between those two spots every hour and a half,” Jenkins added. “We had people fishing down our stretches all day, but they were power-fishing and we were fishing slow. We probably spent a minute and a half on each cast.”

Jenkin said his bait of choice was a 6th Sense Ridge Worm, while McKenzie focused on a Zoom Speed Worm.

“We know for a fact there are bigger fish where we were fishing,” Jenkins said. “I think if we would have had two more hours we probably would have caught a fish over 8 pounds. But that didn’t happen.

“Our whole conversation idling back through the canal was that we were expecting a top-10 finish. We weren’t expecting to win, but we kept grinding all day.”

The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2023 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st: Emmanuel College – Seth Jenkins of Townville, South Carolina, and T.J. McKenzie of Andrews, South Carolina, five bass, 25-14, $2,000
2nd: Webber International University – Vincent Maffei, Lake Wales, Fla., and Andrew Ready, Auburndale, Fla., five bass, 25-13, $1,000
3rd: Florida Gateway College – Zack Barrera, Morriston, Fla., and Bryson Osteen, Live Oak, Fla., five bass, 25-9, $500
4th: University of Montevallo – Nicholas Dumke and Easton Fothergill, both of Grand Rapids, Minn., five bass, 22-1, $500
5th: University of Montevallo – Jack Alexander, Mountain Brook, Ala., and Brody Robison, Dawson, Ala., five bass, 20-14, $500
6th: Florida Gateway College – Seth Slanker and Jackson Swisher, both of Lake City, Fla., five bass, 20-3
7th: Carson Newman University – Ben Cully, Rockwall, Texas, and Hayden Gaddis, Dandridge, Tenn., five bass, 18-9
8th: Emmanuel College – Brooks Anderson, Marietta, Ga., and Parker Guy, Ocilla, Ga., five bass, 18-3
9th: Erskine College – Jeremy Dellinger, Denver, N.C., and Adam Seagle, Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 18-1
10th: Florida State University – Luke McDaniel, Fort Myers, Fla., and Tanner Scarborough, Winter Haven, Fla., five bass, 17-15

MLF also advances one additional team to the National Championship for every 10 teams over 100 that compete. A total of 189 teams participated in this event, so also advancing to the 2023 College Fishing National Championship are:

11th: University of Montevallo – Ryan Branch, Chelsea, Ala., and Kopeland Rosser, Helena, Ala., five bass, 17-9
12th: Auburn University – James Cobbs and Conner Crosby, both of Auburn, Ala., five bass, 17-1
13th: Georgetown College – Cameron Cornelius, Mount Vernon, Ky., and Tyler Greenlee, Paris, Ky., five bass, 16-6
14th: University of Montevallo – Tyler Cory, Amherst, Wis., and Scott Sledge, Greenwood, Ind., five bass, 16-3
15th: University of Tennessee – Garrett Lewis, Knoxville, Tenn., and Chad Sentell, Cottontown, Tenn., five bass, 16-2
16th: Bryan College – Caleb Bridges and Jacob Davidson, both of Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 15-14
17th: Emannuel College – Kollin Smith, Bowersville, Ga., and Gabe Sowash, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 15-4
18th: Bryan College – Andrew Fisher, Calhoun, Ga., and Elijah Kirk, Chattanooga, Tenn., five bass, 15-1

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

The Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI event on the Harris Chain of Lakes was hosted by Lake County, Florida. It was the first of three regular-season tournaments for Southeastern Conference anglers. The next event for College Fishing anglers will be the Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI event on Toledo Bend, Jan. 21 in Many, Louisiana.

MLF College Fishing teams compete in three regular-season tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top 10 teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open will advance to the following season’s National Championship. The 2022 MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship Presented by Lowrance will be held on Fort Gibson Lake in Wagoner, Oklahoma, March 29-31, and is hosted by the Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce.

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


MLF Senior Director of Operations Bill Taylor Announces Retirement

Taylor to Step Down After 32-Year Ascension to MLF Senior Director of Operations

BENTON, Ky. (Jan. 7, 2022) – For the past few seasons, with words and actions, Major League Fishing (MLF) Senior Director of Operations Bill Taylor had laid the groundwork for his departure from the duties he's overseen and controlled since 2001. Taylor made it official this week, as MLF announced that the longest-tenured tournament director in the company’s history is stepping away.

Taylor, who was the tournament director for the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit (formerly FLW Tour) for more than 19 seasons, officially announced his retirement as of January 1. It marks the end of an incredibly successful reign during which Taylor helped usher in numerous tournament eras, from the first wrapped trucks and boats to the internet age, to expanded live-streamed tournament coverage, and through the acquisition of Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) by MLF in 2019.

“I told Kathy Fennel some time ago that I’d know when it’s time – and it has been such a fun ride – but it is time,” said Taylor, who turned 74 in August. “Those 4 a.m. wake-up times are getting pretty tough. I was blessed to have a great job that allowed me to do a little bit of fishing and hunting each year. But being tied up for several weeks each year, away from my family, my phone always ringing – it’s weighed on me quite a bit over the last few months. I’m happy that I am able to retire and I’ll have more time to spend with my family and do a little more fishing and hunting.”

A decorated tournament angler in his own right, Taylor fished in the first-ever Operation Bass (precursor to FLW) tournament in 1980. He worked full-time as a UPS driver for 30 years, from 1970 until he retired from the company in the year 2000. He first began working for Operation Bass in 1989, helping out at the Red Man Tournament Trail events as part of the operations staff. When Operation Bass was acquired by Irwin Jacobs and re-branded as FLW in 1996, Taylor was brought along as part of the operations crew and worked the inaugural season of the FLW Tour, using PTO time from UPS to fulfill his tournament duties. After his retirement from UPS, he was promoted to full-time tournament director of the FLW Tour in 2001, a role he held through the 2019 season. In his final two seasons with MLF, Taylor served as Senior Director of Operations, working with all of MLF’s tournament directors to help with planning logistics, venue selection, angler recruitment, on-the-water coverage and anything else that needed to be done to make sure the tournaments were successful.

“There are so many people that I want to thank and recognize, and if I tried to mention them all it would take a novel. But I need to thank my family – especially my wife Barbara – for always supporting me 100%, even when it would sometimes take me away for weeks at a time,” Taylor said. “I want to thank Charlie Evans and Kathy Fennel for giving me my first opportunity to work as a full-time tournament director. And I want to thank MLF, for allowing me to stay with the company through the acquisition of FLW and finish my career. I wish everyone at MLF nothing but the best, they will always have my support, and I will continue to be a strong ambassador for the company.

“It’s been a great run,” Taylor went on to say. “I got to work front and center with the best fishermen in the world. To be a part of this industry – working alongside the anglers and sponsors, making decisions, creating rules – it has truly been one of the most rewarding times of my life.”

“Bill Taylor is the most dedicated person that I have ever met,” stated MLF Executive Vice President and General Manager Kathy Fennel. “He is incredibly thorough and always prepared. He is not a procrastinator. It’s a quality that our staff has respected, admired and even joked about all of these years – you’re not going to beat Bill Taylor to the ramp in the morning. He was the first person there, every single day, and is the hardest-working person that I know. The man loves fishing – both working and on the other end of it with a rod and a reel in his hand. And that’s what has made him such a great tournament director. He has a huge heart, and he truly cares very much.

“More importantly, Bill is an amazing family man. He doesn’t put anything ahead of his family, and he’s the same way with his work family,” Fennel continued. “No matter the situation or task, I knew that if I called on Bill he’d be there to help me figure out a way to get it done. His honesty, integrity and passion has elevated not just our organization but the entire sport of professional bass fishing.”

MLF co-founder and longtime tournament competitor Boyd Duckett echoed Fennel’s sentiments.

“Bill Taylor is an individual that has as strong of a passion for the sport of bass fishing as any human that I’ve ever met,” Duckett said. “I’ve fished tournaments since 1977, and only a few tournament directors that I have worked with have the character needed to make the really tough decisions, no matter what anyone else thought. Bill Taylor is one of those individuals. Bill always had the answer, and it was always fair and never influenced.

“After the acquisition of FLW, I got to work alongside Bill on the business side of the sport and I was really impressed on how focused he was. Any problems or any ideas we had – Bill was 24-7. His lifetime passion for bass fishing is an impressive quality, and we thank him for his time at MLF.”

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


FOX Sports Airing Best Of 2021 Bassmaster And Preview Episodes Leading To Start Of New Season

Nearly two million viewers watched live coverage of Hank Cherry's historic win in the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk on the FOX broadcast network and FS1.

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

January 6, 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Fishing fans can spend their winter weekends with the world’s best anglers as FS1 begins airing highlight shows from the 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series and Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk and previews the upcoming events. The shows are the ideal opportunity to meet the Elites and learn more about sportfishing in the run-up to the first tournament and live broadcasts of the 2022 season.

After a successful first season where nearly 14 million viewers watched Bassmaster LIVE programming, once more all nine 2022 Elite events and the storied Bassmaster Classic will feature live television coverage on the FOX Sports platforms. Beginning with the AFTCO Bassmaster Elite Feb. 10-13 on Florida’s famed St. Johns River, fishing fans can tune in for live, on-the-water action on tournament Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Upcoming episodes will feature highlights of the 2021 season as well as an in-depth look at Seth Feider, who notched four Top 10s en route to winning 2021 Angler of the Year honors, and Josh Stracner, who had to climb over four other anglers in the final event on the St. Lawrence River to win Rookie of the Year. Among the moments viewers can relive — or experience for the first time — is Lee Livesay’s Lake Fork victory featuring a whopping four-day total of 112 pounds, 5 ounces that was capped by a final-day catch of five bass weighing 42-3. A captivated audience watched more than 51.4 million minutes of live tournament coverage as the Elite at Lake Fork produced three lead changes and two anglers caught over 100 pounds.

Avid fans can also join the Bassmaster LIVE team beginning January 22 to preview the exciting new season and upcoming Bassmaster Classic.

Highlight shows will run throughout January and February on both FS1 and FS2. For a complete schedule, visit Bassmaster.com/tv-schedule.

January 8
10 a.m. ET
2021 Review: Alabama & Texas
FS1

January 8
11 a.m. ET
2021 Review: Lake Fork
FS1

January 9
6 a.m. ET
2021 Review: Florida & Tennessee (re-air)
FS1

January 15
9:30 a.m. ET
2021 Review: Alabama Swing
FS1

January 15
10 a.m. ET
2021 Review: New York Swing
FS1

January 15
10:30 a.m. ET
2021 Review: Angler of the Year & Rookie of the Year
FS1

January 15
11 a.m. ET
Best Moments of 2021
FS1

January 22
10 a.m. ET
2022 Preview: Florida Swing
FS1

January 22
10:30 a.m. ET
2022 Preview: South Carolina & Tennessee
FS1

January 22
11 a.m. ET
2022 Preview: Texas & Alabama
FS1

January 29
10 a.m. ET
2022 Preview: New York & South Dakota
FS1

January 29
11 a.m. ET
2022 Preview: Wisconsin & MVPs
FS1

February 5
10 a.m. ET
2021 Bassmaster Classic Review
FS1
February 5
11 a.m. ET
2022 Bassmaster Classic Preview
FS1
Schedule subject to change.


Revital Outdoors Signs Sponsorship Agreement with Major League Fishing

TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 6, 2022) – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s premier tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Revital Outdoors, a family-owned health and wellness company offering a premium line of CBD products, is now an Official Sponsor of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine and the Presenting Sponsor of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League’s Gator Division.

“We are pleased to welcome Revital Outdoors to our community of sponsors and advertisers,” said Jim Wilburn, MLF President and CEO. “With MLF’s expansive audience of outdoor enthusiasts who may benefit from Revital Outdoors’ healthy and effective solution, we are confident that this will be a lucrative relationship for both parties and are looking forward to a fantastic year.”

Revital Outdoors was founded upon recognition of a series of health ailments that were prevalent in the outdoors industry, including repetitive recreation and sporting activities that are notorious for leading to shoulder, wrist, hand, back, knee and joint discomfort. To combat these impediments, outdoorsmen historically turned to over-the-counter pain relievers. However, Revital Outdoors made it their mission to provide an all-natural, healthier and more effective solution to help extend the active years that outdoor enthusiasts can comfortably pursue their passions.

“We are very excited to partner with MLF as an Official Sponsor of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League,” said Kyle Smith, Founder and CEO of Revital Outdoors.  “Working with MLF has been first class as they really understand and support our mission to help anglers deal with ailments, joint discomforts and sleep troubles in a healthier way. We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with MLF and their anglers.”

Revital Outdoors’ all-natural, all-inclusive list of products includes CBD Softgels, Tinctures, Softgels with Melatonin (sleep aid), Cream, Salve Sticks and Gummies, as well as a CBD treat for dogs who experience high anxiety and joint issues as they age.

For more information about Revital Outdoors and their products, visit RevitalOutdoors.com. To learn more about MLF, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com .


Strike King Signs On As Bassmaster College Title And Supporting Trail Sponsor

January 5, 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — South Carolina-based lure company Strike King, part of Rather Outdoors, has signed on as the 2022 title sponsor for the Bassmaster College Series and will also serve as a new supporting sponsor for the entire Bassmaster Tournament Trail, B.A.S.S. officials announced today.

“This season the Bassmaster College Series enjoyed unprecedented coverage and interest, and we are thrilled to see what the 2022 season will bring,” said B.A.S.S. chairman and CEO Chase Anderson. “We are excited to partner with Strike King to continue growing the popularity of college fishing and then supporting these anglers and providing more avenues to compete as they move through the tournament ranks.

“There are already former College Series National Champions and College Classic Bracket competitors sprinkled throughout the Bassmaster Elite Series and Bassmaster Classic field. It’s likely just a matter of time before the majority of the Elite field will have some kind of experience in our youth programs.”

The Bassmaster College Series events have been an incredible tool for encouraging youth fishing participation across the country, and they’re beginning to have a pronounced effect on the highest levels of professional bass fishing. Since B.A.S.S. started the circuit in 2013, there has been a 97% growth in the number of participating schools and clubs at the college level.

When registration for the 2022 Bassmaster College Series opened in early December, the 250 boat field for each of the four regular-season tournaments filled in just one day.

“We believe one of the most powerful sources of influence and change in fishing lies with this generation of passionate and dedicated high school and collegiate anglers,” shared Strike King CEO Ken Eubanks. “We are devoted to supporting them as they blaze new trails in our industry.”

As a Supporting Sponsor for the Bassmaster Elite Series, St. Croix Bassmaster Opens Series, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship and the grass-roots TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation regional and championship tournaments, Strike King will also enjoy exposure in Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times magazines and on Bassmaster LIVE, which is broadcast and streamed on the FOX Sports platforms.

The 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series will open its regular season at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Fla., Jan. 21-22 before stops in North Carolina, Arkansas and Michigan.


Heavy Metal No Noise

Courtesy of Vance McCollough

Photo courtesy of www.steelshad.com

 

Gonna share a secret I’d rather keep.

I picked it up from my travels over the years. This one works from coast-to-coast and form border-to-border and well beyond our borders, Canada and even Japan being hotbeds for the lure style and while you’ve definitely heard of blade baits, it’s doubtful you’ve fished them this way, especially in the Deep South on grass laden waters, even more especially in Florida where nearly every major tournament trail begins their season in the early months of each new year.

Blade baits, such as the Silver Buddy and the Gay Blade developed a reputation in deep drains and standing timber of stingy reservoirs decades ago. They work well with modern electronics as a changeup to the dropshot and jigging spoons for those who like to play videogames with suspended fish. 

What a lot of people miss is just how well these thin slabs of metal work in skinny water when bass become fatigued by traditional shallow water techniques in late winter. 

After seeing a barrage of Rat L Traps and Red Eye Shads, bass from Rayburn to Harris Chain may hunker deeper in their grass bed rather than attack these otherwise effective lures. That’s when a blade can call them out and get them going again. With no internal rattles to remind fish of the lipless cranks that have sore-mouthed them since Thanksgiving, blades seem more natural. There is a trick, though, to getting the most form these lures in shallow waters where bass will soon begin to show up for periodic feeding sprees, particularly in the South. 

Most blades are designed to get deep fast. They are dense and small. This makes them difficult to use in shallow grass. The Steel Shad is special. It has an elongated body that helps it float over cover like no other. While the sinking lure can be fished at any depth - and get there quickly - it is more versatile than others. For instance, the rear tip of the blade can be bent to drive the lure to the right or left. It can be altered to incite more, or less, vibration or to change the running depth on a straight retrieve. Bend it into a banana shape and it will flutter up and around underwater objects like an injured baitfish. Experimentation is half the fun and as nice as I am, I will not share my best modification. You’ll have to figure that one out for yourself. It’s worth finding. I will say that it involves the weight, or lack thereof, of a given lure.  

The Steel Shad comes in various sizes to mimic whatever your fish are eating. There’s even a tiny one that will call panfish. Saltwater fish of all species are game. It just looks and acts like something a fish would eat. The standard size in a gold finish duplicates the wild shiners preferred by bass and anglers in Florida. 

Visual appeal aside, the real magic of the Steel Shad is its tight vibration, proven over the course of years to trigger cold water strikes from the biggest bass. Not many lures can draw bigger than average bites but still catch everything that swims in an area. The steel Shad does. 

No matter where you fish this winter, add the Steel Shad to your arsenal. And if you’re coming to visit the sunshine State, pack a few gold ones! 

 


Date Changes to 2022 NPFL Schedule

The National Professional Fishing League announces date changes to its 2022 tournament schedule.

The scheduling changes were made in regard to maximizing the quality of production, the quality of the fishing, industry events, and input from our anglers. The NPFL feels that any adjustments made to the schedule will positively affect the majority of our anglers and their ability to perform for both their sponsors and fanbases. We appreciate the support of the location hosts and fans in regards to these changes and look forward to an awesome 2022 season ahead!

Stop 1: Lake Cumberland - Feb 20th – 26th

Hosted by the City of Burnside, Kentucky

Stop 2: Lake Hartwell - April 17th – 23th

Hosted by the City of Anderson, South Carolina

Stop 3: Watts Bar - May 22nd – 27th (Compete Wednesday – Friday)

Hosted by Spring City, Tennessee

Stop 4: Saginaw Bay - June 26th - July 1st (Compete Wednesday – Friday)

Hosted by Bay City, Michigan

Stop 5: Sandusky Bay - August 28th - September 3rd

Hosted by the City of Sandusky, Ohio

Stop 6: Kissimmee Chain of Lakes - October 30th – November 5th

Hosted by the City of Kissimmee, Florida


Toyota Bonus Bucks leads Littlejohn to Free Tracker ATV

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin - Dynamic Sponsorships

Grand Lake, Oklahoma angler Micah Littlejohn is driving his second Toyota Tundra, and originally signed-up for the Toyota Bonus Bucks contingency program for tournament anglers eight years ago.

Wife Lani loves the incredible room their Tundra CrewMax’s huge back seat affords children Jase and Lexi, Micah appreciates its beasty towing power, and of course, the Bonus Bucks checks he wins as a competitor in Nichols Team Series tournaments.

And thanks to a generous prize they won from Bass Pro Shops in a random drawing at the recent 10th Annual Toyota Bonus Bucks Owners tournament on Table Rock, Christmas came a little early for the whole family when they picked-up their free Tracker OX 400 ATV on December 16th at the Broken Arrow, OK Bass Pro Shops.

In perfect timing, the Littlejohns just moved to a home on 10 acres with a fishing pond. So, their new Tracker OX 400 is sure to get plenty of use on their new plot of land for years to come.

In the short term, thanks to Bass Pro Shops and Toyota, Christmas, 2021 is off to a grateful start for the outdoor-loving young family from Grove, Oklahoma.

Much like Micah, you don’t have to be a pro angler to cash-in on Bonus Bucks, to get registered, please visit https://www.toyotatrucksbonusbucks.com/.


Major League Fishing General Tire Heavy Hitters Event Presented by Bass Pro Shops to Air Sunday on CBS and Stream Live on Paramount+

WHAT: The Major League Fishing (MLF) 2021 General Tire Heavy Hitters Event Presented by Bass Pro Shops will premiere nationwide Sunday afternoon on CBS and stream live on Paramount+. The All-Star event, shot over six days in Raleigh, North Carolina, showcases 40 MLF anglers competing for more than $535,000, with a top prize of $100,000 going to the winner of the event, and Big Bass Bonuses during the competition with payouts of $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000 being awarded for the single biggest fish in the Qualifying, Knockout and Championship rounds.

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, from 3-4 p.m. ET or 5-6 p.m. ET (check local listings)

WHERE: CBS and Paramount+

NOTES: The MLF 2021 General Tire Heavy Hitters Event Presented by Bass Pro Shops featured the top 40 pro anglers that qualified from the 2020 Bass Pro Tour season visiting Raleigh to compete on the same waters that produced a big-fish bonanza when the Bass Pro Tour visited Raleigh in 2019 – Jordan Lake, Falls Lake and Shearon Harris Reservoir. That event produced 57 largemouth bass weighing 6 pounds or more, including a 9-pound, 4-ounce giant caught by Texas pro Todd Faircloth.

To qualify for the MLF 2021 General Tire Heavy Hitters Event Presented by Bass Pro Shops, the weight of an angler’s single-largest bass from each of the five 2020 Bass Pro Tour events was recorded. The 40 anglers with the heaviest big-fish totals from those five events qualified to compete in this event.

The 40 anglers that competed in the MLF 2021 General Tire Heavy Hitters Event presented by Bass Pro Shops are: Adrian Avena, Josh Bertrand, Zack Birge, Stephen Browning, Brent Chapman, Luke Clausen, Dustin Connell, Brandon Coulter, Mark Daniels Jr., Mark Davis, Ott DeFoe, Boyd Duckett, David Dudley, Brent Ehrler, James Elam, Anthony Gagliardi, Mike Iaconelli, Alton Jones, Chris Lane, Jordan Lee, Dave Lefebre, Justin Lucas, Mike McClelland, Cody Meyer, Ish Monroe, Andy Morgan, Britt Myers, Michael Neal, Takahiro Omori, Cliff Pace, Dean Rojas, Mark Rose, Fred Roumbanis, Bradley Roy, Fletcher Shryock, Jeff Sprague, Randall Tharp, Bryan Thrift, Kevin VanDam and Jacob Wheeler.

The event was hosted by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.

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


2022 Bassmaster Kayak Series Registration Now Open

In 2022, anglers on the Bassmaster Kayak Series powered by TourneyX will visit six states while pursuing the new Old Town Bassmaster Kayak Angler of the Year title.

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

December 17, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Registration is now open for the 2022 Bassmaster Kayak Series powered by TourneyX season, which will visit iconic fisheries in six states. For the first time, the 2022 Kayak Series will feature the Old Town Bassmaster Kayak Series Angler of the Year award with $5,000 cash and a top-of-the-line Old Town kayak going to the angler who accumulates the most points during the regular season.

The 2022 Kayak Series schedule features five regular-season events and the Bassmaster Kayak Series Championship that will coincide with the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

“In just two years we’ve been amazed by the growth of the series,” said B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart, who oversees the Kayak Series. “We knew kayak fishing was experiencing major growth — that’s why we started this back in 2020. But I’m not sure we had any idea just how popular it was.

“It’s been really fun to watch anglers enjoy this trail as the sport continues to evolve.”

The schedule begins on one of the big bass capitals of the country as the Kayak Series visits Lake Fork in Alba, Texas, Feb. 5-6 for one of three two-day events this season. In the past, all events except the championship have been one-day tournaments. Nebraska’s Nate Gloria took home the Lake Fork title in 2021 with a five-bass limit measuring 98 inches while Arkansas pro Cody Milton earned a Century Belt with five bass measuring 100.5 inches in 2020’s inaugural tournament on this big bass factory.

From there, the next stop will be Richard B. Russell Lake in Anderson, S.C., for the two-day Bassmaster Kayak Series Championship, March 2-3. The tournament field will be comprised of qualifiers from the 2021 Kayak Series — and though the tournament will actually conclude on March 3, the winner will be revealed March 4 and receive a first-place prize of at least $20,000 on stage at Bon Secours Wellness Arena before the first-round weigh-in of the Bassmaster Classic.

The inaugural 2021 Championship tournament on Possum Kingdom Lake near Fort Worth, Texas, featured a record-breaking performance by hometown angler Mark Pendergraf who won with a two-day, 10 bass total of 209.25 inches — the highest two-day total in TourneyX history.

“That record-setting limit is the equivalent to weighing in a 30-plus-pound bag,” explained Stewart. “What a way to introduce the Classic crowd to the hammers on the Kayak Series!”

Among the Championship qualifiers in Anderson will be Bassmaster Elite Series veteran Mike Iaconelli from New Jersey, who won a Kayak Series event last year on the Upper Chesapeake Bay, as well as Tennessee angler Jim Davis, who became the first two-time Kayak Series winner with a victory last year on the Upper Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis.

“The series is not even three years old and it’s already developing its own rich history,” Stewart said. “Ike winning an event was a big deal in the fishing industry. He touted it himself as one of the accomplishments he’s most proud of — and that’s from a guy who has won a Classic, won Angler of the Year, won Elite Series events.

“Several big sticks are also emerging. Some guys are so serious about kayak fishing that they show up at every event with a genuine chance at winning.”

After the Championship in South Carolina, the Kayak Series will visit the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Fla., on March 19, Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Grove, Okla., on April 16 and Lewis Smith Lake in Jasper, Ala., on May 21. All of those venues have been regular destinations for major B.A.S.S. events, and one — Grand Lake — was the site of the Bassmaster Classic in 2013 and 2016.

The Kayak Series will conclude with the third two-day event of the season on Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tenn., on Oct. 8-9. That event will decide the final Old Town AOY race and the final qualifiers for the 2023 Bassmaster Kayak Series Championship. The Top 25 anglers in the AOY points race along with qualifiers from Bassmaster regional and state championships will earn a spot in the Kayak Series Championship. Anglers will earn points in every regular-season tournament with their lowest finish dropped to determine the final Angler of the Year standings.

As in the past, anglers will use the TourneyX app and photograph their bass on special measuring boards to submit their catches. The angler with the most inches of bass will be the winner. All 2021 winners had at least 85 inches of bass.

For more information and to register, visit Bassmaster.com/Kayak.


Major League Fishing Reels in Bally’s Corporation as Pro Bass Fishing’s First Sports Betting Partnership

Agreement Marks Bally’s Fifth Strategic Sports Betting Partnership With a Professional Sports League, Bally Bet Becomes Title Sponsor of MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler of the Year Award

TULSA, Okla. (Dec. 16, 2021) – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament fishing organization, and Bally's Corporation (NYSE: BALY), a leading U.S. omni-channel provider of land-based gaming and interactive entertainment, announced today a groundbreaking deal designating Bally's as MLF’s exclusive Sports Betting, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), and Free-to-Play (F2P) Partner for MLF’s tournament circuits – all firsts for the professional fishing industry. This deal represents Bally’s fifth sports betting agreement with a professional sports league, following previously announced agreements with the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and Major League Baseball.

The partnership includes Bally’s online sportsbook, Bally Bet, becoming the title sponsor of MLF’s coveted Angler of the Year (AOY) Award for the Bass Pro Tour, the sport’s most visible and competitive tournament circuit. The prize for the 2022 Bally Bet AOY winner will be $100,000. The partnership also includes rights for Bally’s to stream Bass Pro Tour events via its own apps.

"As we ready for the start of our 2022 season, our partnership with Bally's will offer our loyal fans and anglers another unique avenue to engage with professional fishing and the Bass Pro Tour," MLF President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Wilburn said. "This partnership marks an important moment for Major League Fishing in the growing U.S. gaming and sports betting sectors. Integrating Bally’s industry-best online sports betting and unique gaming offerings with MLF’s SCORETRACKER LIVE® and fan-friendly platforms position us to drive viewership, participation, and large-scale adoption among sports fans.”

As part of the agreement, Bally’s technology will power two new free-to-play fantasy fishing games for the 2022 season. The MLF Predictor Game, an engaging game that offers fans the chance to make predictions at Bass Pro Tour events for prizes, will be rolled out for a full season. MLF Fantasy Fishing will also debut in 2022 for both the MLF Bass Pro Tour and the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit. The free-to-play game will allow fans to select their team of anglers for each tournament, create private leagues with their family and friends, and win tens of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Additional details on the MLF Predictor and Fantasy Fishing games will be announced soon.

"We know how passionate the millions of recreational anglers are about the professional ranks of their sport,” said Adi Dhandhania, Chief Operating Officer of North America for Bally Interactive, the company's digital division. “This integrated partnership is a perfect showcase for Bally’s, allowing us to leverage our sports betting, daily fantasy sports, and free-to-play games to enhance the fishing fan experience across MLF media and live events.”

The 2022 professional bass fishing seasons will launch early next year, with the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Stop 1 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Jan. 27-30, and the Bass Pro Tour Stage One in Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana, Feb. 5-10.

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


St. Croix To Title 2022 Bassmaster Opens Series

December 15, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — St. Croix Rods, handcrafter of premium casting, spinning, saltwater, ice fishing and fly rods, will serve as the title sponsor for the wildly popular Bassmaster Opens Series in 2022, officials announced today. Additionally, the St. Croix Rods Rewards program will award an extra $1,000 to a qualifying angler who wins a St. Croix Bassmaster Opens tournament fishing St. Croix rods or award $500 to the highest-finishing Top 10 angler fishing St. Croix rods.

“St. Croix exists to give every angler the upper hand, and that philosophy extends well beyond simply providing them with the Best Rods on Earth,” says St. Croix Vice President of Marketing Jesse Simpkins. “We couldn’t be more pleased to extend our support to the Bassmaster Opens Series, which provides hope and opportunity for so many talented and aspiring tournament anglers. It’s a chance to prove to themselves that they can compete with the very best and a realistic pathway they can follow — applying their skills along the way — that can quickly ascend them to the ultimate levels of bass-fishing competition.”

The popularity of the Opens tournaments has boomed in recent years with the expansion of live coverage options adding new audiences and increased participation numbers.

In 2022, an unprecedented 83 anglers have registered for all nine St. Croix Bassmaster Opens Series tournaments as they compete for one of the circuit’s 12 coveted Elite Series invitations and nine berths into the 2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

“The Opens have always been a critical proving ground for tournament anglers,” said Hank Weldon, tournament director for the Bassmaster Opens. “But now the series is not only a way for the sport’s biggest names to requalify for the Elites, it also combines Elite invitations, Classic spots and a ton of coverage for new anglers on FOX Sports and the B.A.S.S. platforms. All of that has led to record-breaking registration numbers as anglers try to get one of the 225 boater spots for each event.

“We’re thrilled to welcome St. Croix onboard this year as our title sponsor. The competition is going to be fierce.”

B.A.S.S. first added Bassmaster Opens LIVE final day on-the-water streaming coverage during the 2020 season. That expanded to live broadcasts from Championship Saturday of each of the division final tournaments on FS1 and the FOX Sports digital platforms in 2021, which peaked when 852,000 viewers watched live as Nick LeBrun claimed the title during the Bassmaster Open on Grand Lake. FOX Sports will continue broadcasting divisional final Championship Saturday coverage in 2022.

The 2022 St. Croix Bassmaster Opens Series season will feature nine tournaments in three divisions covering nine states. Tournament action starts Feb. 3-5 with the Bassmaster Southern Open on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in Kissimmee, Fla.

For more information, visit Bassmaster.com/Opens.


Minn Kota And Humminbird Extend Long-Standing Partnership With Bassmaster Tournament Trail

December 14, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Minn Kota and Humminbird, two preeminent brands in the fishing industry and part of the outdoor recreational company Johnson Outdoors, have extended their longtime sponsorship of the Bassmaster Tournament Trail. As Premier Sponsors, Minn Kota and Humminbird will be supporting B.A.S.S.’s six tournament circuits and the iconic Bassmaster Classic through 2024.

“We value our close relationship with Johnson Outdoors and their incredible brands,” said B.A.S.S. chairman and CEO Chase Anderson. “For more than a decade, they have partnered with B.A.S.S. to educate and inspire adventurers to experience fishing and connect with anglers of all skill levels. We’re thrilled to continue working together for the next three years.”

The Minn Kota and Humminbird pro teams feature 20 current Elite Series anglers, including 2021 Angler of the Year Seth Feider, 2021 Rookie of the Year Josh Stracner and four 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series champions — Jeff Gustafson, Lee Livesay, Wes Logan and Bill Lowen.

“Fishing the Elites is something that every kid dreams of who has ever picked up a fishing rod,” said Logan. “I am blessed to run the best products on the market from Johnson Outdoors, and I wouldn’t trust my livelihood to anything else.”

“Minn Kota and Humminbird are dedicated to giving every angler the best possible experience on the water,” said Johnson Outdoors Senior Director Joe Brown. “It’s a passion we’ve shared with B.A.S.S. over the course of our long partnership, and we couldn’t be prouder to renew that commitment today. From weekend warriors to Elite Series competitors, the sport of fishing is thriving and we’re proud to work with B.A.S.S. to give anglers more opportunity than ever to pursue their passion.”

In addition to connecting with tournament anglers through their sponsorship of the Bassmaster Classic, Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens, Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship and the grass-roots TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation events, Minn Kota and Humminbird will reach anglers through B.A.S.S.’s diverse, industry-leading media platforms.

As Premier Sponsors, the brands will be highlighted during Bassmaster LIVE on the FOX Sports platforms, which had more than 14 million viewers during the 2021 season, and enjoy exposure in Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times magazines and across various social media platforms, which reach more than 2.2 million fans.

“Being a part of the Minn Kota and Humminbird team is going to be a huge help for me as I fish my first year on the Bassmaster Elite Series,” said Jay Przekurat, who is preparing to compete in his rookie season after finishing second in the Bassmaster Central Opens points standings. “Having the best equipment in the game gives me the confidence to compete against the best anglers on the water.”


Major League Fishing Wraps Production of Wiley X Summit Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches in Palm Bay

Bass Fishing Event Completes Week-Long Television Shoot in Space Coast Area with 24 Pro Anglers Competing to Win Prestigious Summit Cup Championship

PALM BAY, Fla. (Dec. 13, 2021) – Major League Fishing (MLF) and 24 of the world’s best pro anglers wrapped up production of the MLF Wiley X Summit Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches event Saturday in Palm Bay, Florida. The event, shot over six days this week and hosted by Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism, was filmed entirely for television broadcast and featured anglers competing for the prestigious Summit Cup championship.

The Space Coast is a familiar destination for MLF, as the East Coast of South Florida played host to the now-defunct 2018 Major League Fishing World Championship, which showcased the top 12 anglers from that season’s MLF Cup events. That event was won by Louisiana’s Greg Hackney. As anglers battled a strong north wind on the final day of competition, Hackney ducked behind a levee on Kenansville Lake’s north end and went to work flipping mats to catch 32 pounds, 6 ounces of largemouth bass and earn the victory. Pro Skeet Reese of Auburn, California, finished fourth in that 2018 event, and was among the 24 competitors that competed again this past week.

The Wiley X Summit Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches event marks the second time that MLF has visited Florida’s Space Coast with an event that showcases the catch, weigh, immediate-release tournament format.

“The Space Coast is a fishing paradise with the availability of freshwater, saltwater, surf, and deep-sea fishing opportunities. We are excited to have Major League Fishing here showing some of our top fishing spots to their viewers including new Headwaters Lake, the local trophy largemouth bass fishery. It’s unlike any other freshwater lake in the U.S.,” said Space Coast Office of Tourism Executive Director Peter Cranis.

The six-episode, two-hour series will feature professional anglers visiting the Space Coast area to compete over six days of competition on either Kenansville Lake (Jurassic Park), Lake Garcia, Stick Marsh, and for the first time ever, Fellsemere Reservoir (Headwaters Lake). The anglers do not learn where they are competing until they arrive to the launch ramp each morning, creating a reality-based television episode that showcases how the top anglers in the world break down new and unfamiliar waters.

“We had such a successful event when we were last here in 2018 that it really made returning for our Summit Cup championship a no-brainer,” said Michael Mulone, Senior Director of Events and Partnerships for MLF. “From the amazing fishing to the beautiful settings and scenery, to the community and people that we work closely with at the Space Coast Office of Tourism – all of them play a huge role in creating a fantastic television program for our national audience. It’s been a great week in Florida and we’re already looking forward to when we return.”

The 24 anglers competing in the 2021 Wiley X Summit Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches are: Stephen Browning, Luke Clausen, Dustin Connell, Brandon Coulter, David Dudley, Paul Elias, Anthony Gagliardi, Alton Jones Jr., Gary Klein, Jason Lambert, Bobby Lane, Russ Lane, Matt Lee, Michael Neal, Skeet Reese, Mark Rose, Fred Roumbanis, Bradley Roy, Fletcher Shryock, Jeff Sprague, Wesley Strader, Bryan Thrift, Jacob Wheeler and Jesse Wiggins.

The MLF Wiley X Summit Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches, hosted by Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism, will air on the Outdoor Channel as six, two-hour original episodes each Saturday afternoon starting April 2, 2022, airing from 2 to 4 p.m. EDT. The full television schedule can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com/tv-schedule.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube . To learn more about Florida’s Space Coast, contact the Space Coast Office of Tourism at (877) 572-3224 or VisitSpaceCoast.com. Visit the Florida Space Coast us on social media at Facebook.com/visitspacecoast, Twitter.com/flaspacecoast, Instagram.com/floridaspacecoast, and YouTube.com/c/visitspacecoast.


Alabamian Powell Wins Classic Fish-Off On Lake Eufaula, Earns Berth In Bassmaster Classic

The Alabama Bass Trail's Shane Powell of Dothan, Ala., has won the 2021 Bassmaster Classic Fish-Off on Alabama's Lake Eufaula with a two-day total of 23 pounds, 5 ounces, earning a spot in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

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

December 11, 2021

EUFAULA, Ala. — Shane Powell saw the Bassmaster Team Championship and the ensuing Classic Fish-Off as his chance to settle unfinished business.

Now, after watching friends and former Auburn University teammates reach the Bassmaster Classic in previous years, his time has arrived.

Powell won the Bassmaster Classic Fish-Off portion of the Team Championship here on Lake Eufaula Saturday, less than an hour from his lifelong home of Dothan, Ala. His two-day total of 23 pounds, 5 ounces was the best of the six anglers that survived to make the fish-off, and it earned him the final berth in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk when it’s held March 4-6 on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.

The victory was no easy feat, with heavy rain, dense fog and significant temperature swings throughout. The conditions confounded anglers, from the 378 who competed in the team portion Wednesday and Thursday, to the final six who competed the past two days in the fish-off.

Powell credited a slight warming trend overnight for Saturday’s better catch. He had five-bass limits both days of the fish-off but improved from 10-2 on Day 1 to 13-3 on Day 2.

“I had three or four places I started on every day,” Powell said. “Yesterday, I ran through them all and I had zero keepers. This morning, I ran through the same areas and I had 12 pounds by 7:30 or 7:45.

“A buddy texted me last night and said if it was meant to be, that everything would fall into place. And it did.”

It was that kind of week for Powell, who teamed with Alabama Bass Trail partner Tim Fox to catch 27-4 and finish second in the two-day Bassmaster Team Championship that concluded Thursday. Fishing alone Friday, Powell stitched together enough weight to give himself a 1 1/2-pound lead heading into the final day.

But with five anglers hot on his heels, Powell knew he had to keep the pressure on the field. His knowledge of the lake, not to mention confidence in its ability to produce winning bags, allowed him to do just that.

Powell said most of his bass were caught in approximately 20 feet of water and off the old Chattahoochee River ledges that remain in the Eufaula impoundment.

“The first day or two, we caught them on a Strike King 6XD crankbait,” Powell said. “I went to a morning dawn (pink) drop shot when things got tougher and tougher ... It was all largemouth coming off the bottom.”

Powell and Fox won an Alabama Bass Trail tournament on Eufaula in March, and the champion said he's been eyeing a return to the storied fishery since.

“This was an extremely tough tournament,” Powell said. “But I knew we had to stick with it. Every cast we made this year was about trying to get back here for the Team Championship and into the finals. And If you think of the percentages of all this panning out, it’s crazy.”

Powell said he knows nothing about Lake Hartwell, but he's heard plenty about fishing in a Bassmaster Classic from former Auburn teammates who’ve participated in pro bass fishing’s biggest event.

Powell relishes the chance to fish in his first Classic, but his even-keeled personality won't let him get too worked up, now or in March.

“I'm excited,” he said. “But it's just like this tournament on Eufaula. You go out and do what you do.”

David Lowery, a Milledgeville, Ga., resident representing Berry's Tournament Trail, also grew up fishing Lake Eufaula. He finished second in the Bassmaster Classic Fish-Off with 18-9 over two days. Randy Tolbert, who paired with Gary Thompson to win the Team Championship on Thursday for the Alabama Bass Trail, placed third in the Fish-Off with 15-8.

Fox finished fourth with 8-12, James Murphy of Berry's was fifth with 8-9 and Thompson sixth with 4-14.

Tolbert and Thompson caught a two-day total of 28-14 in the team event and claimed a $20,600 cash prize from Ranger/Mercury. A total of 179 tandems representing more than 60 B.A.S.S. team trails from across North America competed for a cash purse of $91,600.

2021 Bassmaster Team Championship at Lake Eufaula - Fish-Off 12/10-12/11
Lake Eufaula, Eufaula AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Shane Powell - Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 10-02 Day 2: 5 13-03 Total: 10 23-05
2. David Lowery - Berry's Tournament Trail 0
Day 1: 4 08-09 Day 2: 5 10-00 Total: 9 18-09
3. Randy Tolbert - Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 08-04 Day 2: 5 07-04 Total: 10 15-08
4. Tim Fox - Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 1 01-12 Day 2: 4 07-00 Total: 5 08-12
5. James Murphy - Berry's Tournament Trail 0
Day 1: 3 04-06 Day 2: 3 04-03 Total: 6 08-09
6. Gary Thompson - Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 2 04-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-14


Powell Takes Day 1 Lead In Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off

The Alabama Bass Trail's Shane Powell of Dothan, Ala., is leading after Day 1 of the 2021 Bassmaster Classic Fish-Off on Alabama's Lake Eufaula with 10 pounds, 2 ounces.

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

December 10, 2021

EUFAULA, Ala. — Shane Powell thought it might take a two-day total of 24 pounds to win the Classic Fish-Off portion of the Bassmaster Team Championship.

It might take less.

Powell, who hails from nearby Dothan, Ala., took the Day 1 lead of the fish-off Friday with five bass that totaled 10 pounds, 2 ounces. It certainly wasn’t a heavy load, but it was enough to give him an edge over the other five anglers that advanced to the fish-off portion of the championship on Lake Eufaula on the Alabama-Georgia border.

David Lowery of Milledgeville, Ga., is in second place with four bass weighing 8-9 and Randy Tolbert of Rome, Ga., is third with a five-bass limit of 8-4. Gary Thompson of Dallas, Ga., is fourth with two bass for 4-14, James Murphy of Columbus, Ga., is fifth with three bass weighing 4-6, and Tim Fox of Meridian, Miss., is sixth with one bass for 1-12.

Powell, Tolbert, Thompson and Fox represent the Alabama Bass Trail. Lowery and Murphy fish with Berry’s Tournament Trail. The six anglers were members of the Top 3 tandems in the team competition that ended Thursday, and now they’re battling individually in a two-day showdown for the final spot in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk to be held March 4-6 on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.

Powell, 32, knows Lake Eufaula as well as anyone, having fished the storied impoundment of the Chattahoochee River since he was a boy. But difficult weather conditions, including temperature swings, fog and heavy rain, have thrown the bass bite for a loop this week. It has left Powell and the rest of the field scratching their heads, wondering when and where the biggest bass bites will occur.

“The way I’ve been fishing, sun would really help me, and we just haven’t had any,” Powell said. “That and the pressure of all the boats out there earlier this week have taken a toll. A lot of people have been fishing the same stuff I am. You catch one, maybe two, and they just leave. Or you just don’t get a bite from the get-go.”

Still, Powell was able to stitch together the heaviest bag on Day 1 of the fish-off. He and Fox paired to finish second in the team portion of the championship, and the former Auburn University angler said the fish-off is anyone’s to win, considering less than 8 1/2 pounds separates first and last place.

“I figured I’d be behind after what I caught today,” Powell said. “I’d much rather that than being in first. But it is what it is. I’ve been rotating through a couple of spots and it doesn’t take me very long to do it. So, I’ve been spending hours looking for something good. I just haven’t found it.”

Lowery has had similar issues. Like Powell, he grew up fishing Eufaula, but the lake has left him guessing this week.

“I had six bites and I caught four of them,” Lowery said. “I had another one that I felt was about a pound and a half, but it pulled off under the water. That would have put me at about 10 1/2 pounds. But I can’t look back. I was just fortunate to catch the ones I did.”

Lowery said he was expecting sun on Friday, so he headed south on Eufaula hoping to throw a jig to boat docks. The sun never broke through the gray blanket overhead, though, and Lowery lamented he didn’t try a different approach.

He said he won’t be as conservative on the final day of the Bassmaster Classic Fish-Off.

“I’m going way up (the lake), almost as far as you can go,” he said. “I’ll either be going to the Classic or I’ll be going home.”

Tolbert teamed with Thompson to catch 28-14 over two days and win the Bassmaster Team Championship on Thursday. Mustering only 8-4 on Friday could have been a disappointment, but he too knows everyone remains in the hunt for the fish-off title.

“No one’s out of this with the weights down,” said Tolbert, who fished the Bassmaster College Series while at the University of Georgia. “Obviously, Shane has set himself apart a little bit because two pounds is a lot right now. But tomorrow is a different day. They may bite better tomorrow, and two pounds may not be a whole lot.”

Tolbert and Thompson already claimed a $20,600 cash prize when they won the team championship. Powell and Fox were second with 27-4 and Lowery and Murphy teamed to finish third with 26-6. In all, a total of 179 tandems from around the U.S. and Canada competed in the team championship, with the Top 35 pairs sharing a total purse of $91,600.

The final day of the fish-off will begin Saturday at 6:15 a.m. CT from Lakepoint State Park. Weigh-in is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. and the final competitor in the 2022 Bassmaster Classic will be known shortly thereafter.

2021 Bassmaster Team Championship at Lake Eufaula - Fish off 12/10-12/11
Lake Eufaula, Eufaula AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Shane Powell - Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 10-02 Total: 5 10-02
2. David Lowery - Berry's Tournament Trail 0
Day 1: 4 08-09 Total: 4 08-09
3. Randy Tolbert - Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 08-04 Total: 5 08-04
4. Gary Thompson - Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 2 04-14 Total: 2 04-14
5. James Murphy - Berry's Tournament Trail 0
Day 1: 3 04-06 Total: 3 04-06
6. Tim Fox - Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 1 01-12 Total: 1 01-12


Tolbert, Thompson Win Bassmaster Team Championship On Lake Eufaula; Six Qualify For Classic Fish-Off

Randy Tolbert and Gary Thompson of the Alabama Bass Trail have won the 2021 Bassmaster Team Championship on Alabama's Lake Eufaula with a two-day total of 28 pounds, 14 ounces.

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

December 9, 2021

EUFAULA, Ala. — Every time a competing team weighed their fish during Thursday’s final round of the Bassmaster Team Championship, Randy Tolbert and Gary Thompson nodded in approval.

“We’re good,” they told one another, knowing their lead remained intact.

Tolbert and Thompson were good until the end on Lake Eufaula, winning the final tournament of the 2021 Bassmaster season with a two-day total of 10 bass that weighed 28 pounds, 14 ounces.

Tolbert and Thompson, who represent the Alabama Bass Trail, earned a $20,600 cash prize provided by Ranger/Mercury. They also advanced to the Bassmaster Classic Fish-Off, a two-day competition starting Friday that will feature the Top 3 tandems (six individual anglers) competing for the final berth in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk which is scheduled for March 4-6 on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.

“We had one over 4 pounds on both days and that really helped us,” said Tolbert, who fished the Bassmaster College Series while at the University of Georgia. “And out here this week, that’s a big one. We caught quite a few fish both days, but I really didn’t think we had a shot to win. Coming into today, I was thinking the best we could do is make the Top 3. But when these other guys started coming in, knowing what was out there, we knew we could win it.”

Tolbert and Thompson came into Day 2 tied for ninth with 14-1. A 90-minute delay Thursday because of fog didn’t keep them from posting the heaviest bag of the day – a 14-13 limit that vaulted them to the top of the leaderboard. They took the hot seats early in the weigh-in and remained there until the end.

Thompson said winning the team championship, not to mention having a 1-in-6 chance of making the Bassmaster Classic, seemed like a dream.

“It’s very exciting, but I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” he said. “I’m surprised I was as calm as I was sitting up there.”

Tolbert said he and Thompson have caught their bass offshore in some of Eufaula’s deepest water.

“We’re using our (Lowrance) ActiveTarget and watching the fish eat the bait a lot of times,” Tolbert said. “To watch a fish follow your bait and know when it’s about to eat the bait, it’s a game changer.”

Shane Powell and Tim Fox, also of the Alabama Bass Trail, finished second with 27-4. Powell, who fished for Auburn University, said he and Fox targeted three or four key areas during the team championship. The native of Dothan, Ala., just south of Eufaula, said experience on the lake helped this week. His team was in seventh place after Day 1 with 14-9 and added a 12-11 limit on Day 2.

“You have to hit them at the right time, but you don’t really know when that is,” Powell said. “You just have to rotate through, go try some new stuff. I know eventually something will turn up.”

David Lowery and James Murphy of Berry’s Tournament Trail placed third with 26-6.

Lowery and Murphy also have intimate knowledge of Eufaula, having grown up in the Columbus, Ga./Phenix City, Ala., area just north of Lakepoint State Park, home base for this week’s event. After catching a 15-15 limit on Day 1, the duo caught only three bass Thursday for 10-7.

“We wanted to win it, but Top 3 was the goal,” said Lowery. “I’ll keep flipping jigs and try to go win this thing. I’ve been wanting to fish in the Classic my whole life.”

Each angler in the Top 3 teams qualified for the Bassmaster Classic Fish-Off.

Mark Hogan and Brian La Clair of the Delaware BASS Team Trail won $500 for having the big bass of the tournament — a 6-8 largemouth they hooked Thursday.

Day 1 of the Classic Fish-Off will begin Friday at 6:15 a.m. CT from Lakepoint State Park. Weigh-in is scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

A total of 179 teams took part in the Team Championship portion of the event, competing for part of a $91,600 total purse that was divvied among the Top 35 finishers Thursday.

2021 Bassmaster Team Championship at Lake Eufaula 12/8-12/9
Lake Eufaula, Eufaula AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Randy Tolbert - Gary Thompson Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 14-01 Day 2: 5 14-13 Total: 10 28-14
2. Shane Powell - Tim Fox Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 14-09 Day 2: 5 12-11 Total: 10 27-04
3. David Lowery - James Murphy Berry's Tournament Trail 0
Day 1: 5 15-15 Day 2: 3 10-07 Total: 8 26-06
4. Josh Wray - Donald Wray Ozark Mountain 0
Day 1: 5 15-11 Day 2: 5 10-01 Total: 10 25-12
5. William Nichols - Jake Young Coosa River Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 17-10 Day 2: 2 07-01 Total: 7 24-11
6. Brian Jones - Matt Russell Texas Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 5 14-12 Day 2: 4 09-14 Total: 9 24-10
7. Kyle Glasgow - Luke Glasgow AL BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 5 09-00 Day 2: 5 14-01 Total: 10 23-01
8. George Chlomoudis - Powell Kemp Anglers Choice Marine 0
Day 1: 4 10-12 Day 2: 5 12-04 Total: 9 23-00
9. Foster Bradley - Nick Harris Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 12-00 Day 2: 5 11-00 Total: 10 23-00
10. Wil Dieffenbauch - Pic Dieffenbauch Jr B.A.S.S. Nation of West Virginia 0
Day 1: 5 13-09 Day 2: 5 08-15 Total: 10 22-08
11. Jalen Shuffler - Nick Hatfield White Pine Marine 0
Day 1: 5 12-07 Day 2: 5 09-15 Total: 10 22-06
12. Camran Fleming - Jesse Elder LAKE HARTWELL 5 ALIVE 0
Day 1: 5 10-10 Day 2: 5 11-10 Total: 10 22-04
13. Mark Hogan - Brian La Clair Delaware BASS Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 11-03 Day 2: 3 10-13 Total: 8 22-00
14. Wesley Sams - Jordan Wiggins Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 10-09 Day 2: 5 11-06 Total: 10 21-15
15. Jeff Lewis - Fredrick Adkins Morristown Marine 0
Day 1: 5 10-02 Day 2: 5 11-12 Total: 10 21-14
16. Darryl Halbert - Lancen Halbert SC BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 3 07-07 Day 2: 5 14-04 Total: 8 21-11
17. Josh Shirley - Don Sanders Joe Bass 0
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 4 07-07 Total: 9 21-10
18. Brian Chandler - Jermey Jenks West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 5 13-11 Day 2: 4 07-08 Total: 9 21-03
19. Geoffrey Mcknight - Jay Estes Neely 5 Alive 0
Day 1: 5 13-05 Day 2: 4 07-11 Total: 9 21-00
20. Emmanuel Globetti - Cj Knight AL BN 0
Day 1: 5 09-13 Day 2: 5 11-02 Total: 10 20-15
21. Billy Hall - Ronnie Smith Anglers Outppst NTBA 0
Day 1: 4 08-05 Day 2: 5 11-15 Total: 9 20-04
22. Bill Kunz - Cory Kerber CenCal Elite Bass Tournaments 0
Day 1: 5 07-13 Day 2: 5 12-04 Total: 10 20-01
23. John Maldonado - Lance Maldonado Milford Lake Team Series 0
Day 1: 5 08-12 Day 2: 5 10-14 Total: 10 19-10
24. Charles Caudill - Ethan Caudill NTBA 0
Day 1: 5 15-12 Day 2: 1 03-12 Total: 6 19-08
25. Justin Davis - Nathan Wolfgang Media Bass 0
Day 1: 5 09-07 Day 2: 3 09-14 Total: 8 19-05
26. Michael Heatwole - Mark Heatwole VA Elite 0
Day 1: 5 11-03 Day 2: 5 07-12 Total: 10 18-15
27. Chuck James - Brad James Chattanooga Bass Association 0
Day 1: 4 12-03 Day 2: 2 06-07 Total: 6 18-10
28. Nick Ratliff - Bradley Dunagan NTBA 0
Day 1: 5 14-15 Day 2: 2 03-04 Total: 7 18-03
29. Nick Coleman - Randall Christopher KY Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 5 07-14 Day 2: 5 10-05 Total: 10 18-03
30. Earl Garrison - Shawn White Ozark Mountain Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 12-01 Day 2: 3 06-01 Total: 8 18-02
31. Don Ingram - Ronnie Grant ANGLERS OUTPOST NTBA 0
Day 1: 5 14-01 Day 2: 2 03-09 Total: 7 17-10
32. Josh Chapple - Paul Davis Airport Marine Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 11-14 Day 2: 4 05-12 Total: 9 17-10
33. Terry Tucker - Jeffrey Cannon 5 Alive tounament trail 0
Day 1: 5 10-02 Day 2: 5 07-04 Total: 10 17-06
34. Jason Burroughs - Darren Ashley Hartwell 5 Alive 0
Day 1: 5 08-04 Day 2: 5 09-02 Total: 10 17-06
35. Ryan Davidson - Chris Malone Anglers outpost NTBA 0
Day 1: 5 09-13 Day 2: 5 07-07 Total: 10 17-04
36. Ryan Groeteke - Brett Groeteke Ozark Mountain Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 08-02 Day 2: 5 09-01 Total: 10 17-03
37. Doug Stamper - Bruce Stamper Anglers outpost NTBA 0
Day 1: 5 08-00 Day 2: 5 09-01 Total: 10 17-01
38. Mark McCaig - Tim Hurst Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 08-08 Day 2: 5 08-08 Total: 10 17-00
39. Blain Bartley - Justin Kappeler Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit 0
Day 1: 4 09-15 Day 2: 4 06-13 Total: 8 16-12
40. Charlie Williams - Michael Smith Jr Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 12-11 Day 2: 3 04-00 Total: 8 16-11
41. Mark Thompson - Mark Thompson Joe Bass TT 0
Day 1: 5 10-05 Day 2: 3 06-04 Total: 8 16-09
42. Bryan Dowdy - Kyle Lewellen Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 07-14 Day 2: 5 08-09 Total: 10 16-07
43. Keith Daffron - Ryan Patterson Ozark Mountain Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 10-11 Day 2: 3 05-09 Total: 8 16-04
44. Steven Griffith - Tyler Rush PA BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 3 08-00 Day 2: 5 08-03 Total: 8 16-03
45. Dale Teaney - Randy Alexander Morristown marine team trail 0
Day 1: 5 12-04 Day 2: 2 03-07 Total: 7 15-11
46. Kelly Jones - Roger Satterfield Joe bass team trail 0
Day 1: 5 12-02 Day 2: 2 03-04 Total: 7 15-06
47. Steven Huegerich - Darrin Kirkland Iowa Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 5 08-09 Day 2: 4 06-07 Total: 9 15-00
48. Brandon Phillippe - Tony Grubbs Angler Nation 0
Day 1: 5 09-02 Day 2: 3 05-13 Total: 8 14-15
49. Michael Maness - Jake Plegge Kansas City Team Tour 0
Day 1: 3 09-06 Day 2: 2 05-02 Total: 5 14-08
50. Brandon Stanley - Shane Rawlings West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 5 08-09 Day 2: 3 05-14 Total: 8 14-07
51. Phillip Hegarty - Stephen Hegarty CSFL 0
Day 1: 4 09-11 Day 2: 2 04-11 Total: 6 14-06
52. John Frank - Mark Womack Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 3 08-10 Day 2: 3 05-12 Total: 6 14-06
53. Joey Solomon - Daniel Taylor Morristown Marine 0
Day 1: 4 09-09 Day 2: 2 04-07 Total: 6 14-00
54. Matt Headrick - Matt McClung Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 07-13 Day 2: 3 06-03 Total: 8 14-00
55. Edward Baker - Casey Baker Morristown Marine Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 07-09 Day 2: 2 06-05 Total: 7 13-14
56. Tom Statler - Dillon Statler Joe Bass Team Trail 0
Day 1: 4 09-02 Day 2: 2 04-00 Total: 6 13-02
57. Edward Gad - Eddie Gad Three Rivers Bass 0
Day 1: 5 10-01 Day 2: 2 02-14 Total: 7 12-15
58. Luke Kyle - Arch Cornett Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 07-15 Day 2: 3 05-00 Total: 8 12-15
59. Ryan Fingleton - Ryan Hubler West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 4 07-08 Day 2: 3 05-00 Total: 7 12-08
60. Cecil Burns - Daniel Robinson Coosa River Team Trail llc 0
Day 1: 5 11-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 11-15
61. Douglas Stephens - Jacob Wood Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 1 01-12 Day 2: 5 09-15 Total: 6 11-11
62. Rocky Carden - Dustin Besperat Joe Bass Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 09-03 Day 2: 1 02-07 Total: 6 11-10
63. John Warren - Eric Johnson USA Bassin 0
Day 1: 5 07-14 Day 2: 2 03-12 Total: 7 11-10
64. John Krewson - Tony Powers Joebass 0
Day 1: 2 04-04 Day 2: 3 07-03 Total: 5 11-07
65. Tim Eaton - Abby Lewis West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 4 06-08 Day 2: 3 04-13 Total: 7 11-05
66. Stephen Mcavoy - Josh Butts Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 11-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 11-01
67. Carter Day - Cole Sands Chattanooga Bass Association 0
Day 1: 2 03-06 Day 2: 4 07-09 Total: 6 10-15
68. Brad Norris - Ryan Robinson IBN team series 0
Day 1: 5 10-10 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 10-10
69. David Pair - David Noakes AL BN 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 4 10-04 Total: 4 10-04
70. Bryce Kalen - Bryan Kalen Indiana Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 5 10-03 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 10-03
71. Travis Hitchins - Colten Fink Cheat Lake Bass Anglers 0
Day 1: 3 07-05 Day 2: 2 02-13 Total: 5 10-02
72. Tim Newberry Sr - Rusty Darnell Joe Bass Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 05-04 Day 2: 3 04-09 Total: 6 09-13
73. Clay Samples - Scott Moser Anglers Choice 0
Day 1: 5 09-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 09-11
74. Jeffrey Brauneck - Fred Brauneck West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 3 08-01 Day 2: 1 01-07 Total: 4 09-08
75. Mark Bell - Daniel Sepeck NTBA 0
Day 1: 2 02-13 Day 2: 4 06-10 Total: 6 09-07
76. Casey Majni - Corey Brooks Morristown Marine Team Trail 0
Day 1: 2 02-11 Day 2: 4 06-09 Total: 6 09-04
77. Adam Rice - Emory Reiser IV Lake Hartwell 5 Alive Sunday Ser 0
Day 1: 5 09-03 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 09-03
78. Elivinio Nieto - Lupe Nieto Jr Bayou Bassin League 0
Day 1: 4 05-12 Day 2: 3 03-07 Total: 7 09-03
79. Richard Bright - Brian Closson WV BN Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 04-04 Day 2: 3 04-10 Total: 6 08-14
80. David Taylor - Marc Thomas KY BN 0
Day 1: 5 08-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 08-12
81. Nick Bowden - Stephen Natale Florida Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 3 07-03 Day 2: 1 01-09 Total: 4 08-12
82. Brad Fowler - Brock Taylor Palmetto boat center 0
Day 1: 5 08-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 08-11
83. Mark Cooper - William Chumbler Kentucky Nation Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 08-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 08-09
84. Bobby Scott - John Hinckley Florida Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 4 08-09 Total: 4 08-09
85. Travis Guindon - Chris Carr Shootout Fishing 0
Day 1: 3 05-08 Day 2: 2 03-00 Total: 5 08-08
86. Rob Messenger Jr - John Levesque NH Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 4 08-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 08-07
87. Neil Vandebiezen - Joseph LaFountain D&R Sports Team Trail 0
Day 1: 4 08-06 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 08-06
88. Jason Cannon - Trent Suratt Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 4 08-04 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 08-04
89. Alex Korol - Cameron Alldredge Empire Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 04-04 Day 2: 3 03-15 Total: 6 08-03
90. Greg Coleman - Travis Gillett US Anglers Choice 0
Day 1: 5 08-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 08-00
91. Jacob Novak - Jonathan Novak MNBN Team Trail 0
Day 1: 2 03-15 Day 2: 2 04-01 Total: 4 08-00
92. Brannon Hurst - Mike Freeman Jr Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 07-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 07-12
93. Keith Allen - David Warrior Angler Nation 0
Day 1: 4 07-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 07-12
94. Kenneth Reed - Brian Funkhouser IN BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 3 07-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 07-12
95. Keith Tuma - Andy Walls MN BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 1 02-02 Day 2: 2 05-10 Total: 3 07-12
96. Zach Vankeulen - Brendon Mcdonald Angler Nation 0
Day 1: 4 07-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 07-11
96. Kip Williamson - Matt Mabrey Coosa River Team Trail 0
Day 1: 4 07-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 07-11
98. Tyler Campbell - Joe Mitchell Hartwell 5 Alive 0
Day 1: 5 07-08 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 07-08
99. Phillip Kellogg - Darrell Finck Great Lakes Largemouth Series 0
Day 1: 1 01-14 Day 2: 3 05-10 Total: 4 07-08
100. Randy Huffman - Benjamin Huffman West Virginia BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 2 05-03 Day 2: 2 02-05 Total: 4 07-08
101. Trent Adkins - Ronnie Blaylock Morristown marine 0
Day 1: 4 07-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 07-07
102. Jason Walcott - Jimmy Vanden Berg Jr West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 4 05-10 Day 2: 1 01-11 Total: 5 07-05
103. Mark Donaldson - Nicole Donaldson 0
Day 1: 2 03-08 Day 2: 1 03-09 Total: 3 07-01
104. John Smith - Tyler Faulkner Morristown Marine 0
Day 1: 4 07-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 07-00
105. Grant Kelly - Jeffery Kelly Berrys Tournament Trail 0
Day 1: 4 06-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 06-11
106. Steven Weber - Sam Phillips Joe Bass Team Trail 0
Day 1: 2 04-01 Day 2: 2 02-10 Total: 4 06-11
107. Jeff Corley - William Mcree AL BASSNATION 0
Day 1: 4 06-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 06-09
108. John Durocher - Jared Mitchell Lakeland Bassmasters Team Trail 0
Day 1: 1 02-10 Day 2: 1 03-15 Total: 2 06-09
109. Jon Byrd - Brian Clark D AND R SPORTS 0
Day 1: 3 06-02 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 06-02
110. John Hogle - Daniel Hogle Masssachusetts BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 3 05-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-15
111. Vincent Lalli - JR Borror Joe Bass Team Trail 0
Day 1: 1 05-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 05-15
112. Josh Wilson - Shawn Wilson Shootout Fishing League 0
Day 1: 3 05-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-14
113. Jason Ammerman - Edwin Ammerman West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 1 01-05 Day 2: 3 04-09 Total: 4 05-14
114. Richard Meuth - Brian Carroll KY Bass Nation Team Trial 0
Day 1: 3 05-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-12
114. Marshall Robinson - Mitchell Robinson Palmetto Boat Center Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 05-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-12
116. Lance Whitaker - Jeremy Briscoe Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 4 05-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 05-11
117. Greg Diggs - Adam Brown neely henry 5 alive 0
Day 1: 3 05-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-11
117. Corey Solomon - Clayton Haynes South Georgia Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 3 05-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-11
119. Marcus Sherman - Alan Quick Ozarks Mountain Team Trail 0
Day 1: 4 05-10 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 05-10
120. Johnathan Dorosh - Collin Jump Michigan Bassmaster Team Champio 0
Day 1: 3 05-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-09
121. Jeff Fletcher - Randall Hutson Ozark Mtn Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 05-08 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-08
122. Samuel Drake - Wyatt Daily Florida Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 2 02-09 Day 2: 2 02-15 Total: 4 05-08
123. Matt Seiber - Mike Bridges Great Lakes Largemouth Series 0
Day 1: 3 05-06 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-06
124. Justin Hayden - Charlie Bogard III Ozark Mountain 0
Day 1: 3 05-05 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-05
125. Shane Howell - Milton Adams 3F Tournaments 0
Day 1: 3 05-04 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-04
126. Jason Morgan - Craig Whittemore Jr Coosa River Team Trail 0
Day 1: 2 05-02 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 05-02
127. Brad Adkins - Ethan Raleigh ANGLERS OUTPOST NTBA 0
Day 1: 3 05-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 05-01
128. Edward Garrison - Kevin Love Joe Bass Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 04-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 04-14
129. Levi Cunningham - Joshua Murphree Media bass 0
Day 1: 2 03-05 Day 2: 1 01-05 Total: 3 04-10
130. Lawrence Curd - Lowell Everett Cossa River Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 04-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 04-07
131. Dan Shoraga - Adam Eggertsen Anglers Choice 0
Day 1: 2 04-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-07
131. Josh Uthe - Kristopher Gaertner IL BN 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 04-07 Total: 2 04-07
133. Joey Davidson - Tullis Lanier Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 2 04-04 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-04
134. James Copenhaver III - Adam Dysart Chattanooga Bass Association 0
Day 1: 2 04-03 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-03
135. Dave Saterbak - Eric Schreurs Amateur Bass Series 0
Day 1: 1 01-10 Day 2: 1 02-09 Total: 2 04-03
136. Victor Morris - Tim Harper Shootout Fishing League 0
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-00
137. Russell Sapp III - Logan Sims Coosa River 0
Day 1: 2 03-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 03-07
138. Keith Hendrix - Greggory Zumwalt Joe Bass 0
Day 1: 2 03-03 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 03-03
139. Anthony Mike - Bailey Madere Carnervon bass trail 0
Day 1: 2 03-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 03-00
139. Myles Palmer - William Wood Alabama BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 2 03-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 03-00
141. Zach Harman - Gavin Seffernick Great lakes largemouth series 0
Day 1: 1 01-09 Day 2: 1 01-05 Total: 2 02-14
142. Adam Deakin - Turner Mason Centennial Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 2 02-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 02-13
142. Seth Lafollette - Dalton Price Morristown Marine 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 02-13 Total: 2 02-13
142. Gordon Summers - Jacob Spillman Kentucky Team Bass nation 0
Day 1: 2 02-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 02-13
145. Randy Knight - Michael Curtsinger 3F Tournaments 0
Day 1: 2 02-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 02-11
146. David Ferguson - Andrew Scott ANGLERS OUTPOST NTBA 0
Day 1: 2 02-10 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 02-10
147. Kevin Farris - Dylan Welton West Michigan 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 02-06 Total: 2 02-06
148. Ronald Pate - Ernest Pate Jr KBBC Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-02 Total: 1 02-02
149. James Graham - Jayson Saliba csfl 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-15 Total: 1 01-15
149. Kory McIntire - Allyn Mcintire IA BN 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-15 Total: 1 01-15
151. Drew Blackwood - Terry Blackwood Kansas BASS nation 0
Day 1: 1 01-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-12
151. Ricky Thompson - Mark Jenkins Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 1 01-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-12
153. Michael Cartwright - Nick Short Kentucky Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 1 01-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-11
154. Jeremy Strotheide - Jesus Alvarez West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 1 01-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-09
155. Scott Acheson - Matt Loudon Shootout Fishing League 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-07 Total: 1 01-07
155. Bill Ferris - Jacob Ferris West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-07
155. Dustin Neat - Mark Wethington NTBA 0
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-07
155. Jay Thompson - Don Thompson Shootout Fishing Legue 0
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-07
159. Tyler Thompson - Gavin Ballew 5 Alive 0
Day 1: 1 01-06 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-06
160. Greg Bent - Brian Knebel Empire Team Trail 0
Day 1: 1 01-04 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-04
160. Ty Nguyen - Michael Milbury West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 1 01-04 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-04
162. Sampsa Hamalainen - Daniel Boudreault Shootout Fishing League 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 01-01 Total: 1 01-01
163. Shannon Breeding - Aaron Lucas Anglers Choice Team Tournament T 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Seth Brogan - Josh Ingram Anglers Choice Team Trail 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Colby Davison - Mark Louderbaugh Joe Bass 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Jimmy Dean - Charles Dean dean team 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Brett Govreau - Beau Govreau US Anglers Choice 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Delton Gregory - Dexton Gregory Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Melinda Hays - Lance Freeman 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Bradley Jones - Broox Goza Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Steve Lamser - Robert Lamser Amateur Bass Series 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Jeff Marks - Chris Watkins Media Bass 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Jason Nairn - Troy Bresee Shootout Fishing league 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Rick Ryver - David Garbrick Western PA Team Trail 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Garrett Seppala - Travis Salo NH Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Kyle Smith - Neil Hartley Morristown Marine Team Trail 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Scott Wilbanks - Randy Mcguire Florida Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Steve Wilson - Harold Rogers Jr Tennessee Team Bass nation 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
163. Jared Winland - Brandan Becki Great Lakes Largemouth Series 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
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BIG BASS OF TOURN
Mark Hogan Milford, DE 06-08 $0.00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 61 542 1116-09
2 27 307 623-13


Yamaha Marine’s Power Pay® Program Expands, Offers Payouts for 506 Tournaments in 2022

Kennesaw, Ga. - Dec. 9, 2021 – Yamaha Marine will expand its Power Pay contingency program in 2022 to include 506 tournaments, including 14 new trails. Power Pay, which recently surpassed 1,000 members, rewards anglers with cash payouts for running eligible Yamaha outboards in sanctioned tournaments.

New Power Pay tournaments for 2022 include the National Professional Fishing League, Champions Tour Minnesota, Alabama Bass Trail 100 Series, Arkansas Bass Team Series, Nixon’s Marine Team Trail, Minnesota Team Trail, Morristown Marine Team Series, Skeeter Bass Georgia Challenge, Salmon-A-Rama, Team Trail Outdoors Texas, Tennessee Team Trail, Professional Redfish League, Wyoming Walleye Stampede and Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout.

“The expansion of Yamaha Power Pay is a testament to the growth of competitive fishing. Anglers choose Yamaha for the best power and unmatched reliability, and this program rewards their loyalty and passion,” said Connor Megan, Senior Regional Marketing Specialist, Yamaha Marine Engine Systems. “We look forward to adding more anglers to the program, and we wish all competing anglers the best of luck during the 2022 season.”

Competitors don’t have to win a tournament to receive a Power Pay payout. The program rewards the highest placing angler in each sanctioned tournament running Yamaha power.

“Choosing Yamaha and signing up for Power Pay were some of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Jake Mims, a student at Brewton Parker College in Georgia and the first college angler to take home Power Pay cash. “I saw videos Chris Zaldain and Brandon Palaniuk posted about signing up for Power Pay and I’m glad I took their advice!”

Amateurs, pros and even families can register for Power Pay. The Engebretsons, a family of anglers from Wausau, Wisconsin, used the program to turn their weekend hobby into extra cash and lifelong memories together.

“We all enjoy fishing, and both my son and daughter have now begun competing in bass and walleye tournaments,” said Guy Engebretson after his family won their third Power Pay event last year. “When we learned about Power Pay, registering was a no-brainer for us. We own Yamaha outboards, and we compete in tournaments using those outboards. Why not use the product we know and trust to earn a little extra during the tournaments? It was a simple decision that paid off quickly.”

Since launching Power Pay in October 2019, Yamaha Marine has awarded more than $382,000 to anglers competing in saltwater and freshwater tournaments across the country. For a complete list of sanctioned tournaments and other Power Pay information including official rules, terms and conditions, visit www.yamahapowerpay.com.

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine U.S. Business Unit, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,400 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception.


Snap or No Snap?

Kennesaw, GA (December 9, 2021) Many anglers like the efficiency of using a snap to affix their chosen lure to their fishing line. It makes swaps quick and easy and can even enhance the lure’s action by allowing it to affect a wider gait. Others, however, shudder at the idea of even the smallest piece of additional hardware. They want their lures to be natural and free-flowing.

Who’s right?

Well, they both are.

It’s all about efficiency, performance and confidence. When choosing whether to use a snap, try to figure out how you can best achieve a combination of those three factors, and you’re well on your way to maximizing your fish-catching success.

Fortunately, for anglers who prefer or otherwise need a snap, SPRO offers a complete selection of tools that won’t break the bank, inhibit your lures or fail unnecessarily. They start with the easy-to-operate Duo Locks in sizes from 0 to 06, rated up to an impressive 240 lbs. of strength. Whether you’re fishing in freshwater or saltwater, using a jig, a crankbait or a topwater, this tool will allow rocket-fast bait swaps while allowing you to remain confident in the integrity of your offerings.

If you need to reduce line twists but still make quick lure changes, the SPRO Power Swivel with Hyper Snap and SPRO Taru Swivel Interlock Snap keeps your line at full strength and your lures behaving properly. The former is offered in sizes 04, 06 and 08, and the latter comes in sizes 12, 10, 7, 5 and 3, all at an inexpensive cost per piece.

All of those traditional joining devices are rock solid and guaranteed to perform, but SPRO never stops innovating in lures and terminal tackle alike. That extends to snap technology as well. We’re very proud of our split snap with its figure-eight design and black nickel finish. They’re corrosion-resistant so that you can use them in fresh and saltwater alike, and they’re easy to operate with a single hand. They come in sizes 1, 2 and 3, rated up to 45 lbs. Similarly, the SPRO Prime Snap also maximizes performance and strength at the same time. It features 90-degree wire ends and a precise egg shape that maintain structural integrity, whether you’re using the smallest size that tests out at 10 pounds or the largest that will withstand an amazing 175 pounds of pressure.

We may never convince the true doubters to utilize snaps or snap swivels to change our lures, hooks and leaders. However, for those who understand that they can improve rather than reduce lure action – without sacrificing any strength – SPRO offers the specialized tools to keep you connected and help you catch more fish.


Mustang Survival acquires Stearns

Courtesy of BoatingIndustry.com

December 9, 2021

Mustang Survival announced the acquisition of the Government & Commercial Marine business of Stearns. The deal deepens Mustang Survival’s product offering for those that live beyond land to protect freedoms, and those that work on the water to put food on the table for their loved ones.

The products will be amalgamated into the Mustang Survival Branded assortments of life jackets, personal flotation devices and life-saving appliances.

“Mustang Survival exists to deliver confidence and the ultimate experience on the water for those that work, serve, or for recreation," said Mustang Survival president, Jason Leggatt. "We are obsessed with protecting and enhancing the performance of government and professional consumers because they use the products constantly and prove the durability and excellence of a great product solution. These markets are truly where steel sharpens the steel. In addition to the obvious growth this provides for us in core markets, the deal is extra exciting because many of the products acquired will be made onshore in our owned North American manufacturing sites”.

Mustang Survival’s CEO, Andrew Branagh, who oversees the Wing Group including Mustang Survival and sister companies, has been expanding the Wing Group’s power and presence with acquisitions aligned to its values and mission.

“The Wing Group is deeply embedded with top-tier government and professional users across the family of companies," Branagh said. "Stearns represented an incredible opportunity for Mustang Survival to be increasingly relevant to this strategic and valued customer base of ours. I am incredibly proud of how everyone in our company continues to demonstrate the entrepreneurial spirit of a little company, while we have grown immensely during the last eight years”.

Mustang Survival is currently working to transition the acquired product lines into its operations and will work with customers and suppliers to develop a smooth business transition. The acquired product lines and intellectual property will be branded Mustang Survival going forward and will be showcased and sold via Mustang Survival’s reseller partners, the Mustang Survival website, and all customer service will be handled by Mustang Survival teams.


Gamakatsu’s Newest Case is Built for Utility

Tacoma, Washington (December 9, 2021) – Gamakatsu® has developed a new case that allows anglers to carry large bulky items that are difficult to store. The new G-Box 3700D2 Deep Utility Case delivers more storage in a familiar footprint, adding utility to their existing tackle storage systems.

The G-Box 3700D2 Deep Utility Case features an open box layout with no dividers so anglers can easily stash bulky items like pliers, de-hooking tools, or bulk soft plastics. The hard shell keeps items protected, while the single-hand, easy-open lid clasp allows for easy access. In addition, the lid’s tight tolerances ensure even small items can’t work their way out when the boat encounters some chop or the road turns rough.

The standard 14 x 9 x 3.2-inch size of the G-Box 3700D2 means it will stash easily in existing systems so anglers can expand the usefulness of tackle bags or their boat’s storage cubbies. Use the 3700D2 to organize that heap of soft plastics, or get all of those rigging tools in one place to make them easier to find.
They can go from the garage to the boat with ease, so anglers never have to leave a valuable item behind.

Pick up Gamakatsu’s new G-Box 3700D2 Deep Utility Case and organize items that are challenging to store all in one place, with the protection and utility of a standard-sized tackle box.

G-Box 3700D2 Deep Utility Case Features:
Open-box design with no dividers
Designed to carry large bulky items that are difficult to store
Helps to organize items that are challenging to store all in one place
Keeps items protected and easy to access
Single hand, easy-open lid clasp and tight tolerances
Size: 14 x 9 x 3.2 inches


Nichols, Young Take Early Lead In Bassmaster Team Championship On Lake Eufaula

William Nichols and Jake Young of the Coosa River Team Trail are leading after Day 1 of the 2021 Bassmaster Team Championship on Alabama's Lake Eufaula with 17 pounds, 10 ounces.

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

December 8, 2021

EUFAULA, Ala. — William Nichols and Jake Young grew up together in the small town of Alexandria, Ala., but they shined on the national stage Wednesday during Day 1 of the Bassmaster Team Championship.

Nichols and Young caught a five-bass limit of 17 pounds, 10 ounces to take the lead in the final tournament of the 2021 Bassmaster season. A total of 179 two-person teams representing 62 team trails from around the U.S. and Canada are participating in the championship here on the Alabama/Georgia border.

Nichols and Young represented the Coosa River Team Trail well on Wednesday, with Nichols hooking a pair of 4-8 largemouth bass to anchor the day’s heaviest bag.

“The first (4-8 bass) came in a flurry in the morning when the front was moving in,” said Nichols, 23. “We had a limit by about 7:30 a.m. but everything just stopped. Then at about 11 o’clock, we got that second 4-8, probably about 2 miles from where we caught the first one. We didn’t have many bites today, but we caught all of them.”

Young, 21, said he was pleased his teammate had the hot hand.

“I had to be the net man on both of the big catches and I was fine with that,” he said, laughing. “Hopefully we can duplicate tomorrow what we did today.”

Young said he and Nichols caught their limit on a variety of lures.

“We used pretty much everything but the kitchen sink,” Young said.

Nichols and Young were the ninth boat to take off Wednesday and steady rain wasn’t far behind — though skies did clear by midday. They’ll be 171st of 179 teams to begin fishing Thursday, and they said they aren’t sure if the later draw will prevent them from taking advantage of an early bite.

“It’s supposed to be a bit cooler than it was today,” Nichols said. “It may affect our (strategy) a little bit tomorrow. But if you can get six or seven bites here, you should have a good bag. That's what we’ll try to do.”

David Lowery and James Murphy grew up in the nearby Columbus, Ga./Phenix City, Ala., area, so they have experience on Lake Eufaula. They used their knowledge of the fishery to catch a 15-15 limit of largemouth bass, good enough for second place.

Lowery, who now resides in Milledgeville, Ga., said he and Murphy flipped jigs along Eufaula’s shorelines to start the tournament and likely will do the same on Day 2. They’re representing Berry’s Tournament Trail in the championship.

“I team-tournament fished with my dad down here all my life,” Murphy said. “It helped me in practice. They’ve been spraying the lake to kill the hydrilla the past few years, so it’s a bit different now. I used the same bait, but it was harder for me to catch them.”

Kentucky’s Charles and Ethan Caudill of the National Team Bass Association (NTBA) are in third place with a limit of 15-12. They’re joined in the Top 5 by Arkansas’ Josh and Donald Wray of the Ozark Mountain Trail, who are in fourth place with 15-11, and Kentucky’s Nick Ratliff and Bradley Dunagan of NTBA in fifth place with 14-15.

Ratliff and Dunagan caught the heaviest bass — a 6-pounder that gave them the early lead for the $500 prize awarded for biggest fish of the tournament. The former Campbellsville University anglers have shared success before, finishing second in the 2018 Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma. Ratliff came back a few weeks later to win that year’s Bassmaster College Classic Bracket on Milford Lake in Kansas and finished 41st in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic on the Tennessee River in Knoxville.

The leading duo after Day 2 of this week’s Team Championship will claim a $20,600 cash prize provided by Ranger/Mercury, part of a $91,600 total purse that will be divvied among the Top 35 teams.

The Top 3 teams (six anglers) also will advance to the Bassmaster Classic Fish-Off portion of the championship. They’ll have their team weights zeroed and they’ll fish individually on Friday and Saturday with the leader clinching the final spot in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. The Classic will be held March 4-6 on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.

Day 2 of the Bassmaster Team Championship will begin at 6:15 a.m. CT from Lakepoint State Park Marina. Weigh-in is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. at Lakepoint.

2021 Bassmaster Team Championship at Eufaula Lake 12/8-12/9
Lake Eufaula, Eufaula AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. William Nichols - Jake Young Coosa River Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 17-10 Total: 5 17-10
2. David Lowery - James Murphy Berry's Tournament Trail 0
Day 1: 5 15-15 Total: 5 15-15
3. Charles Caudill - Ethan Caudill NTBA 0
Day 1: 5 15-12 Total: 5 15-12
4. Josh Wray - Donald Wray Ozark Mountain 0
Day 1: 5 15-11 Total: 5 15-11
5. Nick Ratliff - Bradley Dunagan NTBA 0
Day 1: 5 14-15 Total: 5 14-15
6. Brian Jones - Matt Russell Texas Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 5 14-12 Total: 5 14-12
7. Shane Powell - Tim Fox Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 14-09 Total: 5 14-09
8. Josh Shirley - Don Sanders Joe Bass 0
Day 1: 5 14-03 Total: 5 14-03
9. Don Ingram - Ronnie Grant ANGLERS OUTPOST NTBA 0
Day 1: 5 14-01 Total: 5 14-01
9. Randy Tolbert - Gary Thompson Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 14-01 Total: 5 14-01
11. Brian Chandler - Jermey Jenks West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 5 13-11 Total: 5 13-11
12. Wil Dieffenbauch - Pic Dieffenbauch Jr B.A.S.S. Nation of West Virginia 0
Day 1: 5 13-09 Total: 5 13-09
13. Geoffrey Mcknight - Jay Estes Neely 5 Alive 0
Day 1: 5 13-05 Total: 5 13-05
14. Charlie Williams - Michael Smith Jr Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 12-11 Total: 5 12-11
15. Jalen Shuffler - Nick Hatfield White Pine Marine 0
Day 1: 5 12-07 Total: 5 12-07
16. Dale Teaney - Randy Alexander Morristown marine team trail 0
Day 1: 5 12-04 Total: 5 12-04
17. Chuck James - Brad James Chattanooga Bass Association 0
Day 1: 4 12-03 Total: 4 12-03
18. Kelly Jones - Roger Satterfield Joe bass team trail 0
Day 1: 5 12-02 Total: 5 12-02
19. Earl Garrison - Shawn White Ozark Mountain Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 12-01 Total: 5 12-01
20. Foster Bradley - Nick Harris Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 12-00 Total: 5 12-00
21. Cecil Burns - Daniel Robinson Coosa River Team Trail llc 0
Day 1: 5 11-15 Total: 5 11-15
22. Josh Chapple - Paul Davis Airport Marine Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 11-14 Total: 5 11-14
23. Michael Heatwole - Mark Heatwole VA Elite 0
Day 1: 5 11-03 Total: 5 11-03
23. Mark Hogan - Brian La Clair Delaware BASS Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 11-03 Total: 5 11-03
25. Stephen Mcavoy - Josh Butts Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 11-01 Total: 5 11-01
26. George Chlomoudis - Powell Kemp Anglers Choice Marine 0
Day 1: 4 10-12 Total: 4 10-12
27. Keith Daffron - Ryan Patterson Ozark Mountain Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 10-11 Total: 5 10-11
28. Camran Fleming - Jesse Elder LAKE HARTWELL 5 ALIVE 0
Day 1: 5 10-10 Total: 5 10-10
28. Brad Norris - Ryan Robinson IBN team series 0
Day 1: 5 10-10 Total: 5 10-10
30. Wesley Sams - Jordan Wiggins Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 10-09 Total: 5 10-09
31. Mark Thompson - Mark Thompson Joe Bass TT 0
Day 1: 5 10-05 Total: 5 10-05
32. Bryce Kalen - Bryan Kalen Indiana Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 5 10-03 Total: 5 10-03
33. Jeff Lewis - Fredrick Adkins Morristown Marine 0
Day 1: 5 10-02 Total: 5 10-02
33. Terry Tucker - Jeffrey Cannon 5 Alive tounament trail 0
Day 1: 5 10-02 Total: 5 10-02
35. Edward Gad - Eddie Gad Three Rivers Bass 0
Day 1: 5 10-01 Total: 5 10-01
36. Blain Bartley - Justin Kappeler Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit 0
Day 1: 4 09-15 Total: 4 09-15
37. Ryan Davidson - Chris Malone Anglers outpost NTBA 0
Day 1: 5 09-13 Total: 5 09-13
37. Emmanuel Globetti - Cj Knight AL BN 0
Day 1: 5 09-13 Total: 5 09-13
39. Clay Samples - Scott Moser Anglers Choice 0
Day 1: 5 09-11 Total: 5 09-11
40. Phillip Hegarty - Stephen Hegarty CSFL 0
Day 1: 4 09-11 Total: 4 09-11
41. Joey Solomon - Daniel Taylor Morristown Marine 0
Day 1: 4 09-09 Total: 4 09-09
42. Justin Davis - Nathan Wolfgang Media Bass 0
Day 1: 5 09-07 Total: 5 09-07
43. Michael Maness - Jake Plegge Kansas City Team Tour 0
Day 1: 3 09-06 Total: 3 09-06
44. Rocky Carden - Dustin Besperat Joe Bass Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 09-03 Total: 5 09-03
44. Adam Rice - Emory Reiser IV Lake Hartwell 5 Alive Sunday Ser 0
Day 1: 5 09-03 Total: 5 09-03
46. Brandon Phillippe - Tony Grubbs Angler Nation 0
Day 1: 5 09-02 Total: 5 09-02
47. Tom Statler - Dillon Statler Joe Bass Team Trail 0
Day 1: 4 09-02 Total: 4 09-02
48. Kyle Glasgow - Luke Glasgow AL BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 5 09-00 Total: 5 09-00
49. John Maldonado - Lance Maldonado Milford Lake Team Series 0
Day 1: 5 08-12 Total: 5 08-12
49. David Taylor - Marc Thomas KY BN 0
Day 1: 5 08-12 Total: 5 08-12
51. Brad Fowler - Brock Taylor Palmetto boat center 0
Day 1: 5 08-11 Total: 5 08-11
52. John Frank - Mark Womack Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 3 08-10 Total: 3 08-10
53. Mark Cooper - William Chumbler Kentucky Nation Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 08-09 Total: 5 08-09
53. Steven Huegerich - Darrin Kirkland Iowa Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 5 08-09 Total: 5 08-09
53. Brandon Stanley - Shane Rawlings West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 5 08-09 Total: 5 08-09
56. Mark McCaig - Tim Hurst Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 08-08 Total: 5 08-08
57. Rob Messenger Jr - John Levesque NH Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 4 08-07 Total: 4 08-07
58. Neil Vandebiezen - Joseph LaFountain D&R Sports Team Trail 0
Day 1: 4 08-06 Total: 4 08-06
59. Billy Hall - Ronnie Smith Anglers Outppst NTBA 0
Day 1: 4 08-05 Total: 4 08-05
60. Jason Burroughs - Darren Ashley Hartwell 5 Alive 0
Day 1: 5 08-04 Total: 5 08-04
61. Jason Cannon - Trent Suratt Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 4 08-04 Total: 4 08-04
62. Ryan Groeteke - Brett Groeteke Ozark Mountain Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 08-02 Total: 5 08-02
63. Jeffrey Brauneck - Fred Brauneck West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 3 08-01 Total: 3 08-01
64. Greg Coleman - Travis Gillett US Anglers Choice 0
Day 1: 5 08-00 Total: 5 08-00
64. Doug Stamper - Bruce Stamper Anglers outpost NTBA 0
Day 1: 5 08-00 Total: 5 08-00
66. Steven Griffith - Tyler Rush PA BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 3 08-00 Total: 3 08-00
67. Luke Kyle - Arch Cornett Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 07-15 Total: 5 07-15
68. Nick Coleman - Randall Christopher KY Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 5 07-14 Total: 5 07-14
68. Bryan Dowdy - Kyle Lewellen Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 07-14 Total: 5 07-14
68. John Warren - Eric Johnson USA Bassin 0
Day 1: 5 07-14 Total: 5 07-14
71. Matt Headrick - Matt McClung Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 07-13 Total: 5 07-13
71. Bill Kunz - Cory Kerber CenCal Elite Bass Tournaments 0
Day 1: 5 07-13 Total: 5 07-13
73. Brannon Hurst - Mike Freeman Jr Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 5 07-12 Total: 5 07-12
74. Keith Allen - David Warrior Angler Nation 0
Day 1: 4 07-12 Total: 4 07-12
75. Kenneth Reed - Brian Funkhouser IN BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 3 07-12 Total: 3 07-12
76. Zach Vankeulen - Brendon Mcdonald Angler Nation 0
Day 1: 4 07-11 Total: 4 07-11
76. Kip Williamson - Matt Mabrey Coosa River Team Trail 0
Day 1: 4 07-11 Total: 4 07-11
78. Edward Baker - Casey Baker Morristown Marine Team Trail 0
Day 1: 5 07-09 Total: 5 07-09
79. Tyler Campbell - Joe Mitchell Hartwell 5 Alive 0
Day 1: 5 07-08 Total: 5 07-08
80. Ryan Fingleton - Ryan Hubler West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 4 07-08 Total: 4 07-08
81. Trent Adkins - Ronnie Blaylock Morristown marine 0
Day 1: 4 07-07 Total: 4 07-07
82. Darryl Halbert - Lancen Halbert SC BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 3 07-07 Total: 3 07-07
83. Travis Hitchins - Colten Fink Cheat Lake Bass Anglers 0
Day 1: 3 07-05 Total: 3 07-05
84. Nick Bowden - Stephen Natale Florida Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 3 07-03 Total: 3 07-03
85. John Smith - Tyler Faulkner Morristown Marine 0
Day 1: 4 07-00 Total: 4 07-00
86. Grant Kelly - Jeffery Kelly Berrys Tournament Trail 0
Day 1: 4 06-11 Total: 4 06-11
87. Jeff Corley - William Mcree AL BASSNATION 0
Day 1: 4 06-09 Total: 4 06-09
88. Tim Eaton - Abby Lewis West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 4 06-08 Total: 4 06-08
89. Jon Byrd - Brian Clark D AND R SPORTS 0
Day 1: 3 06-02 Total: 3 06-02
90. John Hogle - Daniel Hogle Masssachusetts BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 3 05-15 Total: 3 05-15
91. Vincent Lalli - JR Borror Joe Bass Team Trail 0
Day 1: 1 05-15 Total: 1 05-15
92. Josh Wilson - Shawn Wilson Shootout Fishing League 0
Day 1: 3 05-14 Total: 3 05-14
93. Elivinio Nieto - Lupe Nieto Jr Bayou Bassin League 0
Day 1: 4 05-12 Total: 4 05-12
94. Richard Meuth - Brian Carroll KY Bass Nation Team Trial 0
Day 1: 3 05-12 Total: 3 05-12
94. Marshall Robinson - Mitchell Robinson Palmetto Boat Center Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 05-12 Total: 3 05-12
96. Lance Whitaker - Jeremy Briscoe Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 4 05-11 Total: 4 05-11
97. Greg Diggs - Adam Brown neely henry 5 alive 0
Day 1: 3 05-11 Total: 3 05-11
97. Corey Solomon - Clayton Haynes South Georgia Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 3 05-11 Total: 3 05-11
99. Marcus Sherman - Alan Quick Ozarks Mountain Team Trail 0
Day 1: 4 05-10 Total: 4 05-10
99. Jason Walcott - Jimmy Vanden Berg Jr West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 4 05-10 Total: 4 05-10
101. Johnathan Dorosh - Collin Jump Michigan Bassmaster Team Champio 0
Day 1: 3 05-09 Total: 3 05-09
102. Jeff Fletcher - Randall Hutson Ozark Mtn Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 05-08 Total: 3 05-08
102. Travis Guindon - Chris Carr Shootout Fishing 0
Day 1: 3 05-08 Total: 3 05-08
104. Matt Seiber - Mike Bridges Great Lakes Largemouth Series 0
Day 1: 3 05-06 Total: 3 05-06
105. Justin Hayden - Charlie Bogard III Ozark Mountain 0
Day 1: 3 05-05 Total: 3 05-05
106. Shane Howell - Milton Adams 3F Tournaments 0
Day 1: 3 05-04 Total: 3 05-04
106. Tim Newberry Sr - Rusty Darnell Joe Bass Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 05-04 Total: 3 05-04
108. Randy Huffman - Benjamin Huffman West Virginia BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 2 05-03 Total: 2 05-03
109. Jason Morgan - Craig Whittemore Jr Coosa River Team Trail 0
Day 1: 2 05-02 Total: 2 05-02
110. Brad Adkins - Ethan Raleigh ANGLERS OUTPOST NTBA 0
Day 1: 3 05-01 Total: 3 05-01
111. Edward Garrison - Kevin Love Joe Bass Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 04-14 Total: 3 04-14
112. Lawrence Curd - Lowell Everett Cossa River Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 04-07 Total: 3 04-07
113. Dan Shoraga - Adam Eggertsen Anglers Choice 0
Day 1: 2 04-07 Total: 2 04-07
114. Richard Bright - Brian Closson WV BN Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 04-04 Total: 3 04-04
114. Alex Korol - Cameron Alldredge Empire Team Trail 0
Day 1: 3 04-04 Total: 3 04-04
116. Joey Davidson - Tullis Lanier Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 2 04-04 Total: 2 04-04
116. John Krewson - Tony Powers Joebass 0
Day 1: 2 04-04 Total: 2 04-04
118. James Copenhaver III - Adam Dysart Chattanooga Bass Association 0
Day 1: 2 04-03 Total: 2 04-03
119. Steven Weber - Sam Phillips Joe Bass Team Trail 0
Day 1: 2 04-01 Total: 2 04-01
120. Victor Morris - Tim Harper Shootout Fishing League 0
Day 1: 2 04-00 Total: 2 04-00
121. Jacob Novak - Jonathan Novak MNBN Team Trail 0
Day 1: 2 03-15 Total: 2 03-15
122. Mark Donaldson - Nicole Donaldson 0
Day 1: 2 03-08 Total: 2 03-08
123. Russell Sapp III - Logan Sims Coosa River 0
Day 1: 2 03-07 Total: 2 03-07
124. Carter Day - Cole Sands Chattanooga Bass Association 0
Day 1: 2 03-06 Total: 2 03-06
125. Levi Cunningham - Joshua Murphree Media bass 0
Day 1: 2 03-05 Total: 2 03-05
126. Keith Hendrix - Greggory Zumwalt Joe Bass 0
Day 1: 2 03-03 Total: 2 03-03
127. Anthony Mike - Bailey Madere Carnervon bass trail 0
Day 1: 2 03-00 Total: 2 03-00
127. Myles Palmer - William Wood Alabama BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 2 03-00 Total: 2 03-00
129. Mark Bell - Daniel Sepeck NTBA 0
Day 1: 2 02-13 Total: 2 02-13
129. Adam Deakin - Turner Mason Centennial Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 2 02-13 Total: 2 02-13
129. Gordon Summers - Jacob Spillman Kentucky Team Bass nation 0
Day 1: 2 02-13 Total: 2 02-13
132. Randy Knight - Michael Curtsinger 3F Tournaments 0
Day 1: 2 02-11 Total: 2 02-11
132. Casey Majni - Corey Brooks Morristown Marine Team Trail 0
Day 1: 2 02-11 Total: 2 02-11
134. David Ferguson - Andrew Scott ANGLERS OUTPOST NTBA 0
Day 1: 2 02-10 Total: 2 02-10
135. John Durocher - Jared Mitchell Lakeland Bassmasters Team Trail 0
Day 1: 1 02-10 Total: 1 02-10
136. Samuel Drake - Wyatt Daily Florida Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 2 02-09 Total: 2 02-09
137. Keith Tuma - Andy Walls MN BASS Nation 0
Day 1: 1 02-02 Total: 1 02-02
138. Phillip Kellogg - Darrell Finck Great Lakes Largemouth Series 0
Day 1: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
139. Drew Blackwood - Terry Blackwood Kansas BASS nation 0
Day 1: 1 01-12 Total: 1 01-12
139. Douglas Stephens - Jacob Wood Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 1 01-12 Total: 1 01-12
139. Ricky Thompson - Mark Jenkins Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 1 01-12 Total: 1 01-12
142. Michael Cartwright - Nick Short Kentucky Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 1 01-11 Total: 1 01-11
143. Dave Saterbak - Eric Schreurs Amateur Bass Series 0
Day 1: 1 01-10 Total: 1 01-10
144. Zach Harman - Gavin Seffernick Great lakes largemouth series 0
Day 1: 1 01-09 Total: 1 01-09
144. Jeremy Strotheide - Jesus Alvarez West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 1 01-09 Total: 1 01-09
146. Bill Ferris - Jacob Ferris West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 1 01-07 Total: 1 01-07
146. Dustin Neat - Mark Wethington NTBA 0
Day 1: 1 01-07 Total: 1 01-07
146. Jay Thompson - Don Thompson Shootout Fishing Legue 0
Day 1: 1 01-07 Total: 1 01-07
149. Tyler Thompson - Gavin Ballew 5 Alive 0
Day 1: 1 01-06 Total: 1 01-06
150. Jason Ammerman - Edwin Ammerman West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 1 01-05 Total: 1 01-05
151. Greg Bent - Brian Knebel Empire Team Trail 0
Day 1: 1 01-04 Total: 1 01-04
151. Ty Nguyen - Michael Milbury West Michigan Bass 0
Day 1: 1 01-04 Total: 1 01-04
153. Scott Acheson - Matt Loudon Shootout Fishing League 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Shannon Breeding - Aaron Lucas Anglers Choice Team Tournament T 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Seth Brogan - Josh Ingram Anglers Choice Team Trail 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Colby Davison - Mark Louderbaugh Joe Bass 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Jimmy Dean - Charles Dean dean team 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Kevin Farris - Dylan Welton West Michigan 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Brett Govreau - Beau Govreau US Anglers Choice 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. James Graham - Jayson Saliba csfl 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Delton Gregory - Dexton Gregory Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Sampsa Hamalainen - Daniel Boudreault Shootout Fishing League 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Melinda Hays - Lance Freeman 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Bradley Jones - Broox Goza Alabama Bass Trail 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Seth Lafollette - Dalton Price Morristown Marine 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Steve Lamser - Robert Lamser Amateur Bass Series 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Jeff Marks - Chris Watkins Media Bass 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Kory McIntire - Allyn Mcintire IA BN 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Jason Nairn - Troy Bresee Shootout Fishing league 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. David Pair - David Noakes AL BN 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Ronald Pate - Ernest Pate Jr KBBC Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Rick Ryver - David Garbrick Western PA Team Trail 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Bobby Scott - John Hinckley Florida Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Garrett Seppala - Travis Salo NH Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Kyle Smith - Neil Hartley Morristown Marine Team Trail 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Josh Uthe - Kristopher Gaertner IL BN 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Scott Wilbanks - Randy Mcguire Florida Bass Nation 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Steve Wilson - Harold Rogers Jr Tennessee Team Bass nation 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
153. Jared Winland - Brandan Becki Great Lakes Largemouth Series 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 61 542 1116-09


Big Bass Eat Big Baits

Courtesy of Vance McCollough

Whether it’s grownup gizzard shad on TVA lakes, big bluegill all across the deep South or foot-long shiners in the Sunshine State, big baitfish top the menu for quality bass.

And a bass doesn’t have to be a trophy class fish in order to eat bream that would pass as table fare for humans. Think ‘three-pounds-and-up’. In fact, most days, a two-pounder will crush as big a lure as you dare to throw. This is especially true for Florida strain largemouth, which according to a recent study by fisheries biologists in numerous states, in conjunction with Auburn University, have historically been far more widespread across the South than previously believed.

 

 

Dan Dorosheff of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission once shed some light on this subject for me. “We did studies to determine the maximum size of prey a largemouth can safely consume. Shape has a lot to do with it. For round fish, such as bluegill, we found that a bass can eat one about a third the length of its body. For long, slender prey, such as shiners, they can eat one about half the length of their body.”

While the above guidelines indicate the size of prey a bass can reasonably digest, it’s worth noting that bass don’t have the ability to reason, nor to be reasonable. They often attack animals as big as themselves, bigger sometimes, simply to defend their territory. 

We’ve all seen pictures of a bass with an almost equal sized bass stuffed mostly down its gullet, both floating dead. 

So, how big is too big when it comes to lure selection? 

You decide. 

But first, consider this example, shared by Chris Zaldain from the 2019 Bassmaster Classic held on Tennessee’s Ft Loudon Lake in mid-March - a most unlikely place and time to throw a big swimbait - from my post-tournament report on AnglersChannel.com:

Zaldain Goes Big to Scare the Classic Field

The magician revealed his secret, but I was sworn to keep it such until the tournament was over. On Day 2 of the 2019 Bassmaster Classic Chris Zaldain caught what was easily the biggest bag of the 3-day event at 21 pounds, 12 ounces.

“I did it the way I love to fish, man,” said Zaldain. “A big swimbait. That’s how I roll.”

In a tournament on Tennessee’s Ft Loudon/Tellico Lakes that was dominated by small crankbaits, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs, Zaldain rebounded from a slow start in the opening round to become a contender by throwing a 6-inch Megabass Magdraft swimbait on the 2nd day.

“I didn’t do it yesterday. The conditions weren’t right. And I got led off by a 6-pounder I caught in practice way up Tellico, so I did that Day 1.”

Zaldain had spent most of his practice looking for a swimbait bite. When conditions got right for the technique on the 2nd day of competition, he knocked their lights out doing it.

“Today I threw a swimbait along bluff walls with laydowns.”

While the big bait may seem an odd choice, Zaldain was actually matching the hatch – at least as far as the big female bass were concerned, and those are the type of fish that make a difference in a major tournament.

“Large profile bait because they’re eating gizzard shad.”

A slight change in conditions opened the bite window for a swimbait. Zaldain was ready. “The biggest factor is the water is clearing so I replaced the big Jason Christie single Colorado spinnerbait that we used in practice - because of the mud - and replaced that with a big ol’ swimbait because the water cleared up and those big fish love that bait.”

Zaldain also threw the Magdraft just to give the fish a different look. “Here on the Tennessee River people still don’t throw the big swimbait. They just don’t do it. The fish have seen a million spinnerbaits, a million squarebills and DT6’s. So when you introduce a big ol’ piece of plastic, mixed in with the big, 9-inch gizzard shad that they’re eating, that bait just imitates them so well. And they haven’t seen it. I really think those big fish see a spinnerbait and shy away from it, but that swimbait – they connect every time.”

As for his set up, Zaldain always swims the 6-inch Magdraft on 15-pound Seaguar InvizX line paired with a 7:1 reel and a 7’2” Megabass Orochi XX Perfect Pitch jig rod.

Zaldain is happy with the stock hooks that come on the Magdraft. 

Swimbait aficionados will tell you that most important thing to know about a swimbait is when to put it down, especially if you’re tournament fishing. Zaldain was committed to take the Classic title with his favorite lure but conditions on the final day did not help him. He cobbled together a pair of smallish bass and placed 12th. 

But for a day, he smashed them with the swim bait.


Bassmaster Fantasy Games Feature More Than $100,000 In Prizes, Including Dream Fishing Trips

December 3, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sports fans who enjoy watching the top bass pros in the world compete head-to-head on the Bassmaster Elite Series can take their passion to the next level and compete for more than $100,000 in prizes — including dream fishing trips — with Rapala Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing and the Mercury Drain the Lake Challenge.

“We're launching early this year because there is so much fan interest,” said B.A.S.S. vice president of digital Jim Sexton. “Over the past two years with Rapala entitling Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing, the game has grown by 45%, and even though Drain the Lake launched midway through last season, it still had more than 14,500 players.

“We wanted to give players more time to set their teams. The 2022 games have more prizes and there will be enhancements to the game coming next year.”

In 2021, Fantasy Fishing provided nearly 40,000 engaged fans with a competitive platform to test their knowledge of professional fishing and prognostication skills to win more than $90,000 in prizes, including Rapala gear packages, gift cards and more.

New for 2022, the Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing champion will win a trip to South Carolina to fish with former Bassmaster Classic champion and current Bassmaster LIVE host Davy Hite. The grand prize winner will also receive a $15,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card, $5,000 cash and a Rapala package — a total prize valued at more than $21,000.

“Fantasy Fishing has really been great for our sport,” said Hite. “It gives the fans an opportunity to engage and be a part of every single event.

“As much fun as Fantasy Fishing is, it is also very difficult, which is why the winner deserves a good prize. I’m really glad that I get to be a part of the prize pack.”

Participants select their best five-angler team for each of the nine Bassmaster Elite Series events and the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk, then compete against other players to score the highest number of points. Points are awarded based on each angler’s final standings at the end of an Elite Series event, and every event will feature $6,500 in prizes, including an additional $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card if the winner is a B.A.S.S. member.

The Mercury Drain the Lake Challenge, using elimination pool rules, requires players to use an entirely different strategy than standard Fantasy Fishing. When building their team, players can only use an Elite Series angler once over the course of the season. Unlike traditional Fantasy Fishing, there are no buckets. Tournament players select any eight Elite Series anglers. After choosing an angler for a specific event, players can no longer select that angler for the remainder of the season.

Casey Kmiecik of Wisconsin won the inaugural season of the Mercury Drain the Lake Challenge, and while he has played Fantasy Fishing for a decade, he enjoyed the strategy behind selecting anglers for Drain the Lake: “I think they’re both a lot of fun. I’ll always play both of them, but I like Drain the Lake better because I feel like there is way more strategy involved.”

Kmiecik went on to remind other players, “If there is a smallmouth swing at the end, make sure to save your smallmouth anglers for those tournaments because they’re almost a lock on those Northern smallmouth fisheries.”

The Drain the Lake Challenge winning player, along with the rest of the Top 5 points leaders for each event, will receive a $200 Mercury gift card plus an additional $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card if they are a B.A.S.S. member. The 2022 Mercury Drain the Lake Challenge overall winner will enjoy a fishing trip with Bassmaster LIVE host Mark Zona in Michigan, with airfare, hotel and $150 in spending money included.

Registration for both games, along with full rules and a description of each prize package, can be found at Bassmaster.com/fantasy.


Humminbird Introduces Innovative Ice Shuttle as Part of the New Lineup of ICE HELIX Fish Finders

RACINE, Wis. (November 10, 2021) –– Humminbird has elevated its already best-in-class ICE HELIX lineup with even more intuitive Humminbird technology and a brand-new premium ice shuttle design, available on the all-new ICE HELIX 7 G4 and ICE HELIX 9 G4N models.

“The Humminbird ICE Shuttle was completely redesigned to create the best ice fishing experience possible,” said Humminbird Brand Manager Matt Cook. “The design was based on the experience and input from many accomplished ice anglers and guides, and the end result is a shuttle that is loaded with features and custom options for anglers to make the ICE HELIX their own.”

Additionally, the new ICE HELIX 7 G4 delivers an upgraded HD display, extended runtime, and the new Humminbird ICE Shuttle, along with industry-leading CHIRP sonar, Interference Rejection and built-in GPS and mapping capabilities.

Humminbird Ice Shuttle


The new Humminbird ICE Shuttle will help anglers keep gear and equipment within arm’s reach, while providing a platform that can be customized to how they fish.

  • Master Power Switch: Easily turn power on and off, without disconnecting the battery.
  • Quick-Connect SAE Power Cables: Power your ICE HELIX and optional accessories using quick-disconnect leads and charge the battery without removing any connections.
  • Large Carry Handle: The large handle is designed for easy carry, even while wearing winter gloves easy.
  • Modular Design: With multiple 1⁄4"-20 mounting points, you can customize the shuttle with the accessories you need, right where you need them.
  • Dual Rod Holders: Keep your rods organized and secure while on the ice, in transport or storage.
  • Transducer Cup: The moveable transducer cup also provides cable management to dial in cable length for varying ice thickness and fishing scenarios.
  • Battery Protection: Keep your battery secure and out of the elements.
  • Compatible with HELIX 7, 8, 9, and 10 CHIRP models
    • Included on all ICE HELIX G4/G4N models

Humminbird ICE HELIX 7 G4

The new ICE HELIX 7 G4 models now include the new Humminbird ICE Shuttle, a 15Ah Norsk lithium battery, and a higher resolution HD display (1024 x 600).

Cook mentions, “The ICE HELIX 7 G4 The ICE HELIX 7 G4 is a powerful fish finder in a popular screen size. And when the ice melts, the All Season model includes everything you need to use it on a boat.”

Humminbird ICE HELIX 7 CHIRP GPS G4

  • 7” High-definition display (1024 x 600)
  • 4000 Watts Peak-to-Peak power
  • 15Ah Lithium Battery & Charger
  • Dual Spectrum CHIRP Sonar
    • 3⁄4” target separation
    • 1024 segment flasher view
    • Six CHIRP interference rejection settings o Adjustable sonar zoom, up to 16x
    • Split screen sonar views (Flasher and 2D sonar)
  • Built-in GPS and Mapping
    • Mark waypoints
    • Built-in HB basemap
    • MicroSD slot for LakeMaster/Navionics charts
    • AutoChart Live Ice
  • Shuttle mount, hardware, ice transducer and silicone screen cover
  • Shuttle mount, hardware, transducer and silicone screen cover

MSRP: $899.99

Humminbird ICE HELIX 7 CHIRP GPS G4 All Season

  • 7” High-definition display (1024 x 600)
  • 4000 Watts Peak-to-Peak power
  • 15Ah Lithium Battery & Charger
  • Dual Spectrum CHIRP Sonar
    • 3⁄4” target separation
    • 1024 segment flasher view
    • Six CHIRP interference rejection settings o Adjustable sonar zoom, up to 16x
    • Split screen sonar views (Flasher and 2D sonar)
  • Built-in GPS and Mapping
    • Mark waypoints
    • Built-in HB basemap
    • MicroSD slot for LakeMaster/Navionics charts
    • AutoChart Live Ice
  • Shuttle mount, hardware, ice transducer and silicone screen cover
  • Includes open water accessories (Gimbal bracket, power cable, XNT 9 HW T transducer and transducer suction cup mount)

MSRP: $999.99

For more information on the Humminbird ICE lineup, go to https://www.humminbird.com/ice.


Plano EDGE Line Management Box

Line spooling just became a little bit easier with the new Plano EDGE Line Management Box.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 30, 2021) — Line spooling just became a little bit easier with the new Plano EDGE Line Management Box. The latest innovation in the award-winning EDGE lineup, the Plano EDGE Line Management Box is a new premium line management system that protects lines and allows anglers spool up quickly anywhere with the same easy-to- transport system.

The EDGE Line Management System protects braids, monofilament, fluorocarbon and co-polymer lines from damage in a travel-friendly design that is at home on the water or the road. The spacious, waterproof 3700 size container holds up to 12 300-yard filler spools of line and features a built-in arbor that allows each spool to spin independently for added efficiency. Eight included tension bands keep everything under wraps, so anglers aren’t dealing with unruly spools when the time comes to re-rig, and a one- handed top latch and built-in large grab handles make quick spooling reels a breeze. A Dri-Loc O-ring seal keeps water out when the box is closed and the WaterWick divider with reusable moisture-wicking packet helps to keep line dry.

Key Features:
• Holds up to 12 300-yard filler spools of line
• Includes 8 spool tension bands
• WaterWick divider with reusable moisture-wicking packet
• Dri-Loc O-ring seal maintains waterproofing when closed
• Rustrictor technology delivers 360 degrees of rust-preventative protection
• EZ Label system for quick identification of contents
• DuraView crystal-clear polycarbonate lid
• One-handed latch design

MSRP: $49.99
Available: December 2021


Registration for 2022 Opens December 1st

Online registration for the 2022 Big Bass Tour season will open December 1st. 2022 will feature twelve events and over $1.8 million in prizes and payouts.

  • Feb 4-6 | Harris Chain of Lakes, Florida
  • Feb 25-27 | Lake Conroe, Texas
  • March 11-13 | Clarks Hill, Georgia
  • March 18-20 | Lake Norman, North Carolina
  • April 1-3 | Lake Eufaula, Alabama
  • April 8-10 | Table Rock Lake, Missouri
  • April 22-24 | Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia (Spring)
  • April 29-May 1 | Lake Murray, South Carolina
  • May 13-15 | Lake Chickamauga, Tennessee
  • Sept 30-Oct 2 | Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia (Fall)
  • Oct 7-9 | Douglas Lake, Tennessee
  • Oct 14-16 | Guntersville Lake, Alabama

Promotional rods will be allocated to the first 250 entrants (2 & 3 day entries only). Rods will go quickly for the first few spring events, so if you want to secure one, you'll need to be online early on Dec 1.


Schedule Announced For 2022 Bassmaster Kayak Series With New AOY Award

In 2022, anglers on the Bassmaster Kayak Series powered by TourneyX will visit six states while pursuing the new Old Town Bassmaster Kayak Angler of the Year title.

Photo by Mark Cisneros/B.A.S.S.

November 22, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A series that has been an overwhelming hit with anglers from Day 1 now has its much-anticipated next schedule in place.

On Monday, B.A.S.S. officials announced the full slate for the 2022 Bassmaster Kayak Series powered by TourneyX with five regular-season events and the 2022 Bassmaster Kayak Series Championship that will coincide with the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

The series will visit six states and for the first time will feature the Old Town Bassmaster Kayak Series Angler of the Year award with $5,000 cash and a top-of-the-line Old Town kayak going to the angler who accumulates the most points during the regular season.

“In just two years we’ve been amazed by the growth of the series,” said B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart, who oversees the Kayak Series. “We knew kayak fishing was experiencing major growth — that’s why we started this back in 2020. But I’m not sure we had any idea just how popular it was.

“It’s been really fun to watch anglers enjoy this trail as the sport continues to evolve.”

The 2022 schedule will begin on one of the big bass capitals of the country as the Kayak Series visits Lake Fork in Alma, Texas, Feb. 5-6 for one of three two-day events this season. In the past, all events except the championship have been one-day tournaments. Nebraska’s Nate Gloria took home the Lake Fork title in 2021 with a five-bass limit measuring 98 inches while Arkansas pro Cody Milton earned a Century Belt with five bass measuring 100.5 inches in 2020’s inaugural tournament on this big bass factory.

From there, the next stop will be Richard B. Russell Lake in Anderson, S.C., for the two-day Bassmaster Kayak Series Championship, March 2-3. The tournament field will be comprised of qualifiers from the 2021 Kayak Series — and though the tournament will actually conclude on March 3, the winner will be revealed March 4 and receive a first-place prize of at least $20,000 on stage at Bon Secours Wellness Arena before the first-round weigh-in of the Bassmaster Classic.

The inaugural 2021 Championship tournament on Possum Kingdom Lake near Fort Worth, Texas, featured a record-breaking performance by hometown angler Mark Pendergraf who won with a two-day, 10 bass total of 209.25 inches — the highest two-day total in TourneyX history.

“That record-setting limit is the equivalent to weighing in a 30-plus-pound bag,” explained Stewart. “What a way to introduce the Classic crowd to the hammers on the Kayak Series!”

Among the Championship qualifiers in Anderson will be Bassmaster Elite Series veteran Mike Iaconelli from New Jersey, who won a Kayak Series event last year on the Upper Chesapeake Bay, as well as Tennessee angler Jim Davis, who became the first two-time Kayak Series winner with a victory last year on the Upper Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis.

“The series is not even three years old and it’s already developing its own rich history,” Stewart said. “Ike winning an event was a big deal in the fishing industry. He touted it himself as one of the accomplishments he’s most proud of — and that’s from a guy whohas won a Classic, won Angler of the Year, won Elite Series events.

“Several big sticks are also emerging. Some guys are so serious about kayak fishing that they show up at every event with a genuine chance at winning.”

After the Championship in South Carolina, the Kayak Series will visit the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Fla., on March 19, Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Grove, Okla., on April 16 and Lewis Smith Lake in Jasper, Ala., on May 21. All of those venues have been regular destinations for major B.A.S.S. events, and one — Grand Lake — was the site of the Bassmaster Classic in 2013 and 2016.

The Kayak Series will conclude with the third two-day event of the season on Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tenn., on Oct. 8-9. That event will decide the final Old Town AOY race and the final qualifiers for the 2023 Bassmaster Kayak Series Championship. The Top 25 anglers in the AOY points race along with qualifiers from Bassmaster regional and state championships will earn a spot in the Kayak Series Championship. Anglers will earn points in every regular-season tournament with their lowest finish dropped to determine the final Angler of the Year standings.

As in the past, anglers will use the TourneyX app and photograph their bass on special measuring boards to submit their catches. The angler with the most inches of bass will be the winner. All 2021 winners had at least 85 inches of bass.

Registration for all 2022 events will open Jan. 11 on Bassmaster.com.


Guaranteed Rate Joins Major League Fishing as Official Sponsor for 2022 Season

TULSA, Okla. (Nov. 18, 2021) –  Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s premier tournament-fishing organization, is pleased to announce that Guaranteed Rate, one of the top 5 retail mortgage lenders in the United States, is now an Official Sponsor of the 2022 MLF Bass Pro Tour and 2022 MLF Cups.

“We are thrilled to welcome Guaranteed Rate to our growing list of major brands that have stepped into the thriving sport of professional bass fishing,” said Jim Wilburn, MLF President and CEO. “Our core values align perfectly with Guaranteed Rate’s, and we are looking forward to bringing our customer-centric companies together for a productive and prosperous 2022 season.”

Guaranteed Rate will be prominently featured in all 2022 MLF Bass Pro Tour and Cup events, including commercials and in-show billboards. The company will also be showcased on the league’s Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs), competition jerseys and boats at select Cup events.

“Guaranteed Rate is excited to partner with Major League Fishing and support their events featuring some of the best bass anglers in the world,” said Steve McNelley, Vice President of Sports Marketing and Partnerships at Guaranteed Rate.

Founded in 2000, Guaranteed Rate delivers competitive pricing, innovative mortgage products and unmatched expertise from top-producing loan officers. The company is well known as a leader in digital financial services, developing and offering highly efficient and transparent processes and products that enable industry-leading customer satisfaction and exponential growth.

For more information about Guaranteed Rate, visit Rate.com. To learn more about MLF tournaments, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.


Football Season

Courtesy of Vance McCollough

Florida boy checking in here with a word about the football jig. Yes, Florida. Yes, football jig. True, there’s a lot of shallow grass and tidewater down here, but being a major exporter of phosphorus, we have a ton of strip pits too – including world famous Bienville Plantation as well as the 50-acre pit I grew up on. They are perfect places to learn how to use various structure-oriented techniques, including the football jig. 

I got my paper graded while fishing in Mexico on an autumn day behind Denny Brauer years ago. My assignment was to produce a video for AnglersChannel.com – and I did, but I mixed a little fun with my business. Denny whacked 30-plus 2-pounders on a Carolina rig. I stopped filming him long enough to catch a limit that weighed in the mid-to-upper-20’s on a football jig. 

Denny finally picked up the jig and caught a 7-pounder as the sun squatted on a nearby hill and cast that golden, last-hour-of-the-day tone to close out my video beautifully. 

As our guide motored us back to camp Denny said, “You done good. You done real good. You’ll be doing even better if you reach in that cooler and grab me another beer.”

Best fishing day of my life.

And I owe it to the football jig.

The lure can give you an outstanding experience this fall as the waters continue to cool and bass in many lakes begin set up on structure. 

Some things to consider are trailers and line size. Probably want to stick with fluoro to get the lure down and maintain bottom contact. Fourteen-pound line would be a good starting point, heavier as needed, probably wouldn’t go any lighter because you have to set the hook though a weed guard. 

Trailers will dictate action and that’s everything with a jig. Rage Craws are perfect when fish are active. Straight-tailed lures work better when fish are fussy. Might even want to go old school and put an Uncle Josh Pork Trailer on the back of that jig when the water gets really cold – jumpsuit and sponsor patches optional but highly recommended. Not only will they bite better, but the fish will hold the lure much longer and give you a better chance to set the hook. Trust me. Try it. 

The basic jig design dates back to ancient Egypt. Seriously. There’s nothing new under the sun. Explorer William Bartram noted upon his first visit to Florida in the 1700’s that the natives were catching huge bass on “a jig and a bob.” The lure has been around that long because it is versatile. A weight, a hook, and a skirt. What you do to impart action, or a lack thereof, is up to you. That may be what intimidates anglers from trying a jig. Just do this . . . go fishing and take only jigs with you. You will see that it is a versatile design. You will catch fish. Big fish. And you will gain the confidence necessary to fish a jig when conditions call for it. 

And cooling autumn weather that pushes fish off the flats and onto structure calls for a football jig if ever anything did. 


B.A.S.S. Sponsors New Children’s Book Designed To Inspire Girls To Fish

November 17, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A new children’s book launching later this summer inspires young children — and especially young girls — to try fishing as a family activity. Layla’s Big Bass was born from one family’s search for fishing-themed storybooks to read their young daughter at bedtime.

“My husband and I have enjoyed fishing together for years, and it’s an activity we always knew our daughter would join in on, too,” explained author Laura Bartolozzi. “I tried to find bass fishing-specific books for little girls, but truly none existed and, frankly, my husband and I were both sick of reading stories about unicorns and princesses to our daughter Layla Grace.”

The story follows Layla as she pursues her dream of catching the biggest bass in the lake and discovers that nothing compares to the feeling of a tug on her line.

Bartolozzi’s difficulty finding a fishing story for young girls is not surprising. Despite women’s interest in fishing at an all-time high — an estimated 17.9 million participants in 2020 — according to a survey by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, a whopping 82% of women who enjoy fishing say they do not see themselves represented. According to a separate RBFF study, 1 in 5 Americans are more likely now to try fishing than they were before the pandemic. Among parents, the statistic is 1 in 4, underscoring the importance of Layla’s Big Bass in helping young girls discover a fishing role model.

“I hope the story of Layla resonates with young girls,” said Bartolozzi. “I want girls to be empowered by Layla’s aspirations and know they can attain whatever they put their minds to on or off the water.”

B.A.S.S., the worldwide authority on bass fishing, is sponsoring the book and using its platforms to help inspire families as they begin exploring the great outdoors. Go Out{side} by Bassmaster seeks to educate outdoor enthusiasts of any skill level on a variety of outdoor topics. Go Out{side} Ambassadors and successful tournament anglers Kristine Fischer, who had a Top 15 finish in the co-angler division at the 2021 Basspro.com Bassmaster Open at Pickwick Lake and won the Hobie Bass Open Series Tournament of Champions as a kayak angler, and Cricket Coates, a 2021 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors qualifier, provide their deep expertise whilst also serving as role models to incoming female anglers.

Successful female anglers of all levels are praising the message of Layla’s Big Bass.

“This book is a great way to show girls that you do not have to do ‘girl things’ like dance, pageants or cheerleading, and I think it is amazing that B.A.S.S. is sponsoring this children's book,” said Alexis Grandstaff, a two-time Bassmaster High School National Championship qualifier and member of the 2021 Bassmaster High School All-American Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. “As a child, I would have loved to hear stories about fishing. I would have wanted to be just like Layla!”

Lainie Holbert, half of the all-female Riverside Bass Team who notched a win and two Top 10 finishes during the 2021 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior Series season, echoed that sentiment. “I think if I would have had a female fishing role model earlier in my life or could’ve read about females succeeding in fishing it would’ve accelerated my desire to fish at an earlier age. I was a lucky one and had an older brother who I watched and wanted to be like. A lot of girls don’t have that.”

The desire to catch big bass, just like Layla, can start early in childhood for both boys and girls.

“I started fishing when I was two,” said Sarah Swindle, Holbert’s fishing partner. Swindle reports fishing against grown men by the time she was seven and even, “won a trophy for being the youngest fishermen in the league!”

Order a copy of Layla’s Big Bass online or visit the author’s website at laurabartolozzi.com to learn more.


Simms To Sponsor Bassmaster Elite Event On Lake Fork

November 16, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Montana-based Simms Fishing Products, a brand renowned for its waders, outerwear, footwear and technical apparel, has signed on as the title sponsor for one of the most anticipated events of the 2022 Bassmaster Elite Series season. The 2022 Simms Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork will be held May 19-22 in Quitman, Texas.

“We are proud to partner with Simms on what is sure to be an exciting tournament on legendary big-bass fishery Lake Fork,” said Chase Anderson, B.A.S.S. chairman and CEO. “We all know spring weather can be unpredictable, so a great apparel brand made for any condition like Simms will be perfect for the enthusiastic fans and anglers joining us at the Simms Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork."

Texas pro Lee Livesay won the Elite Series’ most recent trip to Fork in April 2021 with a whopping total of 112 pounds, 5 ounces that was capped by a final-day catch of five bass that weighed 42-3. A captivated audience watched more than 51.4 million minutes of live tournament coverage as the Elite at Lake Fork produced three lead changes and two anglers caught over 100 pounds.

As part of the on-site festivities at the Bassmaster Outdoors Expo, fans can enjoy kids’ activities, Elite angler clinics, opportunities to meet their favorite pros and more prior to weigh-in.

“Simms has historically been behind the scenes of professional bass fishing with a commitment to supporting our pro anglers across all levels of competition,” said Patterson Leeth, Director of Product Marketing and Community for Simms. “The time is right for our brand to make a larger commitment to the sport and support an ideal tournament structure that aligns with our core values.”

Lake Fork is perhaps known as the country’s largemouth mecca, with this giant-bass paradise claiming the No. 1 overall ranking for 2021 in Bassmaster Magazine’s list of 100 Best Bass Lakes.

Full coverage from all four days of the Simms Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork will be available on Bassmaster.com and the FOX Sports digital platforms. FS1 will also broadcast live with the tournament leaders on Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22.


2022 TNPFL Schedule is Set!

THE SCHEDULE IS SET
• Six qualifying tournaments, two spring, two summer and two fall.
• Live Stream all three days, on the water. Live in-studio commentator and live weigh-ins

EVENT
2022 THE LEAGUE | STOP ONE – Lake Cumberland
Burnside, KY | Mar 6-12, 2022

2022 THE LEAGUE | STOP TWO – Lake Hartwell
Anderson, SC | May 1-7, 2022

2022 THE LEAGUE | STOP THREE – Saginaw Bay
Bay City, MI | June 19-25, 2022

2022 THE LEAGUE | STOP FOUR – Watts Barr
Spring City, TN | July 24-30, 2022

2022 THE LEAGUE | STOP FIVE – Sandusky Bay
Sandusky, OH | Aug 28-Sep 3, 2022

2022 THE LEAGUE | STOP SIX – Kissimmee Chain of Lakes
Kissimmee, FL | Oct 9-15, 2022

Justin Brouillard

With the 2021 NPFL season behind us and new things in the works, 2022 is on everyone’s mind. As the inaugural season closes, plans are being made and anglers are getting geared up for season two. Check out the 2022 Schedule below and see what some of the anglers have to say about each destination.

Stop 1: Lake Cumberland – March 6th – 12th Hosted by the City of Burnside, Kentucky

Season two kicks off early March on Burnside Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland. With anglers coming off a season that saw largemouth, spotted bass and smallmouth throughout the year, Cumberland offers anglers the chance to target all three.

Kentucky angler Corey Null has spent some time on Cumberland but most of the experience has been after the spring timeframe. Null wants to wait and see how the weather plays out before making any bold predictions but is hoping for some sort of cranking deal or dragging a jig.”

“Between the spots, largemouth and smallies, it will be some sort of combo deal that wins unless someone completely dials in one species big time. I am positive it will be a mix. There are good bags of smallmouth and largemouth out there at that time and the person who figures both of those species will win the tournament. Early guess without knowing the weather, I am going with 15-pounds plus per day to win.”

 

Stop 2: Lake Hartwell – May 1st – 7th Hosted by the City of Anderson, South Carolina

Stop two of the NPFL season brings the anglers to South Carolina’s famous Lake Hartwell at the end of April. A short while into spring, anglers can expect to find some quality fishing conditions with fish in several phases of the spawn. The kicker is the weather.

South Carolina angler Bryan Tyler has fished Hartwell a handful of times and expects anglers to be focusing their time on the shallows with all phases of the spawn playing at some level.

“There should be fished getting ready to spawn, on the spawning beds, and probably some fish finished. This all depends on the weather, if a big cold front comes through, and it happens in April on occasion, it could change some things.”

Tyler notes how unique Hartwell can be with spotted bass being caught deep while largemouth roam the shallows. In April, the dominant factor should be the shallow bite.

“I think it will be won on largemouth, and that’s not saying you can’t catch some spots, but they won’t be big enough to win. The spots will be more scattered while the shallow deal should be more stable, and guys will catch more fish up there.”

 

Stop 3: Saginaw Bay – June 19th – 25th Hosted by Bay City, Michigan

Bay City, Michigan will play host to stop number 3 of the NPFL season. In early June, anglers should be looking at a quality fishery at a good time. Veteran angler Gary Adkins has fished all over the country with success but enjoys catching Great Lake’s Smallmouth Bass. Adkins expects all phases of the spawn to be taking place in the super clear water of Saginaw Bay.

“The fish will probably be spawning, and all phases should be going on. Anglers will get to choose how they prefer to catch fish, but the sight fishing will be good. This place has giant caliber smallmouth but also a big population of largemouth too.”

Although the noted size difference may keep some anglers from targeting largemouth specifically, big winds may limit the angler’s ability to effectively fish for the spawning fish and may force some plan changes.

“There is a great population of largemouth bit there are a lot in the 3.5 to 4-pound range. On the other hand, the smallmouth are a little heavier in the 4 to 6-pound range. Anglers can target either species with success. If you’re a smallie guy, you will have no problem finding smallie beds.”

 

Stop 4: Watts Bar – July 24th – 30th Hosted by Spring City, Tennessee

The fourth stop of the NPFL season brings the anglers back to the state of Tennessee to Watts Bar Reservoir. Coming in at the end of July, the TVA reservoir is expected to be tougher on anglers than some other events but will offer a variety of ways to catch fish. Tennessee angler Taylor Watkins, winner of the 2021 season finale on Grand Lake knows the TVA chain well is expects a similar event to Pickwick from last season.

“It’s going to be party boat central,” laughed Watkins. “It gets pretty wild on the weekends, but the weekdays will be okay. In all seriousness, this will be a grinder of a tournament and the current will be a big deal. Guys will catch them shallow and deep, but it will require guys to put their heads down and grind through it.

Similar to Pickwick, aside from a few guys at the top, there will be leaderboard changes daily with guys having slower days than the day before and vice versa.

“Some guys will catch them really good and then have a hard time getting bites the next day. The other factor is the grass too, it depends on what kinds grow and how good. It should be fun regardless.”

 

Stop 5: Sandusky Bay – August 28th – September 3rd Hosted by the City of Sandusky, Ohio

The second to last stop of the 2022 season brings anglers back to the north to the Great Lakes and Lake Erie. At the end of August and beginning of September, anglers will be fishing during the fall transition with fish yet again on the move. Trophy sized smallmouth bass will be caught shallow and deep on a variety of different baits. Gary Adkins has more history on Erie than Huron and Saginaw Bay, but once again believes the lake will produce well for anglers.

“It’s the very start of the fall. There will be some fish deep and some shallow, and a very good reaction bite with crankbaits and swimbaits being factors. I still think with some fish moving shallow, this event will be won deep.”

The key to this event will be the availability of Canadian water to the NPFL field. Otherwise, anglers will still be able to catch both a quality and number of fish overall. Adkins notes another good population of largemouth, but the winner will have all brown fish.

“I am guessing about 22-pounds per day to win, and all smallmouth. Some guys will catch green ones, but they won’t win doing it. If the wind blows hard, we may not be able to leave the bay and it may play into the largemouth more, but you can leave and tuck behind the islands and still get them good. It all depends on the wind direction.”

 

Stop 6: Lake Toho – October 9th – 15th Hosted by the City of Kissimmee, Florida

The final stop of the season ends in the sunshine state on the famous Kissimmee Chain. Lake Toho plays host for the finale in early October and anglers again should hit it in time to catch some quality Florida bass. 2021 NPFL Angler of the Year Keith Carson knows the chain well and is looking forward to fish in his home state at a unique time of year.

“Regardless, I’ll be excited to fish in Florida,” laughed Carson. “It should be fun, and it could be really good.”

With the amount of spraying of vegetation taking place in Florida, Carson is hoping for good rains to keep the grass growing.

“Without the grass, it could be tough. If we can have some nice weather prior and get the vegetation growing, it could be very good. Hopefully they don’t spray the weeds. If they do, were looking at 17-pounds a day with potential for 25-pounds or so per day if there is good grass.”

With the 2021 season stop in Florida being dominated shallow, Carson thinks it could be setting up for some sort of offshore deal.

“If it sets up correct, and they water stays high, it will be good shallow fishing but if they kill it all and its dry, some sort of offshore bite will probably win.”

 


Huge Final Day Lifts Zaldain And Rickard To Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship Win

The all-star team of Chris Zaldain of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ryan Rickard of Brandon, Fla., have won the 2021 Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter with a three-day total of 43 pounds, 4 ounces.

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

November 14, 2021

PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Despite a Day 2 letdown, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Chris Zaldain of Fort Worth, Texas, and IFA Redfish Tour angler Ryan Rickard of Brandon, Fla., stuck with their area and put the finishing touches on a winning three-day total of 43 pounds, 4 ounces at the Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter.

After placing third on Day 1 with 14-10, Zaldain and Rickard held that spot on Day 2 but saw the effects of a minor front dwindle their productivity to 11-5. Championship Sunday served up nearly perfect conditions — light south wind, warm and calm — and the anglers put on a bona fide shallow-water redfish clinic that yielded their best bag of the event — 17-5.

Zaldain and Rickard’s final-round catch was the day’s second largest, behind the second-place team of Bassmaster Elite Derek Hudnall of Baton Rouge, La., and IFA Redfish Tour veteran Ron Hueston of Naples, Fla., who caught the event’s heaviest limit — 18-3. Edging Hudnall and Hueston by a margin of 2-12, Zaldain and Rickard won $50,000.

“We figured out a pattern really late on our last day of pre-fishing,” Rickard said. “We had to stick with it for three days. Yesterday it bit us a little bit, but it panned out today.”

A seven-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, Zaldain won the 2015 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship tournament. Rickard, a seasoned redfish tournament pro, notched his first career victory.

“I’ve been bumped so many times,” said a visibly emotional Rickard. “I can’t even express the emotion that I feel — it doesn’t seem real. But today on the boat, Chris said ‘Whenever it happens, something special happens.

“Well, I’ll tell you, today was something special on the bite. I’ve never had a final day like today was.”

Recognizing that Day 2 saw the front’s strong north wind and high pressure suppress their area’s potential, the champions decided to go all in for the final round. This was a prudent decision, as Saturday’s quiet, lifeless complexion starkly contrasted Sunday’s immediate vibrancy.

“I think we caught like 40 fish today — unreal,” Zaldain said. “The signs weren’t right yesterday and we only caught two fish. Today, we go into our area and Ryan said ‘Dude, look at all the mullet (a known redfish indicator) on the horizon.’

“There were mullet jumping and baitfish everywhere. Things started happening and we went through one fish after another. I think we released like 10 7-pounders and four 8s.”

Zaldain and Rickard caught all of their fish on a shallow Laguna Madre flat on the east side of Padre Island, south of the Highway 358 Bridge. As Zaldain explained, they targeted three main areas with sand depressions dropping to about 2 1/2 feet.

“The redfish were feeding on the shallow flats and then they’d drop into these sandy holes,” Zaldain said. “We would drift up to each of these areas and make bomb casts until we hooked a fish, then we would Power-Pole down and fan cast the area.”

Of the six fish they weighed this week, Rickard and Zaldain each caught three. The anglers fished weedless gold spoons and 4-inch Strike First paddle tails on belly-weighted hooks.

“These baits imitated the mullet that these redfish were eating,” said Rickard, who doctored his baits with baitfish-scented Pro-Cure Super Gel.

The paddle tails produced both of their final-round fish, but Zaldain also dipped into his Elite Series repertoire and caught several big fish on a 6-inch Megabass Magdraft swimbait.

Zaldain, who distributed commemorative buttons with distinctive purple ribbons to event staff and fellow competitors, dedicated his win to former Bassmaster Elite Aaron Martens, who recently passed after battling cancer for 19 months.

“He loved saltwater fishing, too,” Zaldain said. “So, Aaron, this is for you!”

Hudnall and Hueston struggled on Day 1 and placed eighth with 8-6. Rebounding on Day 2, they added 13-15 and rose to sixth before racing into a second-place finish with a dominant final-round performance that tallied 40-8 and earned them a pair of 36-volt Lithium Pro Powerpack batteries valued at $4,200.

Fishing the Redfish Flats area close to the takeoff site at Fisherman’s Wharf, Hudnall and Hueston targeted grass flats with sandy potholes. They caught their fish on 1/2-ounce gold spoons and a 3/8-ounce white Z-Man ChatterBait JackHammer with a chartreuse/white Missile Baits Shockwave trailer.

“The key was that Missile Baits Shockwave; it was something I could make long casts with,” Hudnall said. “Those fish were feeding on little baitfish that were the same size as that ChatterBait with that Shockwave.”

Day 2 leaders Travis Land of Seguin, Texas, and Nicky Savoie of Cutoff, La., who represented the Elite Redfish Tour, placed third with 40-4. On Day 1, they placed fourth with 13-3, then added 14-8 to take over the top spot. In the final round, they caught a pair of reds that weighed 12-9.

Returning to the same marshy area of Mesquite Bay on the east side of Matagorda Island, Land and Savoie tried sight fishing the shallow flat that produced for them on Saturday. Land said the day’s lighter winds and lower water kept the fish from aggressively feeding in this area and they were unable to put together any substantial back-up plan.

Berkley Gulp! Shrimp and Berkley Ripple Shads on lead head jigs produced their fish.

“It’s a humbling sport; you work your tail off, fish hard, the fish are there one day, gone another,” Savoie said. “Their (Zaldain and Rickard) fish showed up today, ours left.

“We had 10 pounds all day and caught our last two fish in the last hour to upgrade.”

2021 Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter 11/12-11/14
Port Aransas, Port Aransas TX.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Chris Zaldain - Ryan Rickard 0
Day 1: 2 14-10 Day 2: 2 11-05 Day 3: 2 17-05 Total: 6 43-04
2. Derek Hudnall - Ron Hueston 0
Day 1: 2 08-06 Day 2: 2 13-15 Day 3: 2 18-03 Total: 6 40-08
3. Travis Land - Nicky Savoie 0
Day 1: 2 13-03 Day 2: 2 14-08 Day 3: 2 12-09 Total: 6 40-04
4. Patrick Walters - Dwayne Eschete 0
Day 1: 2 11-00 Day 2: 2 15-06 Day 3: 2 12-06 Total: 6 38-12
5. Thomas Barlow - Glenn Vann 0
Day 1: 2 15-00 Day 2: 2 09-01 Day 3: 2 12-09 Total: 6 36-10
6. Jeremy Heimes - Micky Gibbs 0
Day 1: 2 07-11 Day 2: 2 13-12 Day 3: 2 11-01 Total: 6 32-08
7. Matt Herren - Chad Manning 0
Day 1: 2 10-13 Day 2: 2 09-00 Day 3: 2 12-04 Total: 6 32-01
8. Mark Menendez - Ricky Bort 0
Day 1: 2 15-01 Day 2: 2 10-02 Day 3: 1 03-03 Total: 5 28-06
9. Trait Zaldain - Matt McCabe 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 11-07 Day 3: 2 12-04 Total: 4 23-11
10. Chris Cenci - Chris Kennedy 0
Day 1: 2 08-11 Day 2: 2 09-04 Day 3: 1 05-03 Total: 5 23-02
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 9 18 104-07
2 0 20 117-12
3 0 18 116-15
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9 56 339-02


Adjustment Helps Land And Savoie To Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship Lead

Elite Redfish Tour anglers Travis Land of Seguin, Texas, and Nicky Savoie of Cutoff, La., are leading after Day 2 of the 2021 Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter with a two-day total of 27 pounds, 11 ounces.

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

November 13, 2021

PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Travis Land of Seguin, Texas, and Nicky Savoie of Cutoff, La., didn’t panic when their spot failed to produce. They simply adjusted their positioning, worked their plan and took over the Day 2 lead at the Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter with a two-day total of 27 pounds, 11 ounces.

The leaders, who are representing the Elite Redfish Tour, placed fourth on Day 1 with 13-3 and bolstered that with a Day 2 catch of 14-8 — the day’s second-heaviest bag, behind the 15-6 weighed by Bassmaster Elite Series pro Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., and Dwayne Eschete of Lake Jackson, Texas. Land and Savoie lead Walters and Eschete by a margin of 1-5.

After Friday’s moderate south wind, Day 2 brought 15 to 25 mph winds out of the north. Land and Savoie stuck to their main spot — Mesquite Bay on the east side of Matagorda Island — but relocated to a more strategic area.

“We made a move around the corner from where we fished yesterday because our fish have left,” Land said. “I think they’ve pushed back further into the marsh, so we picked up and moved to where we thought we would have a little cleaner water because the wind blew pretty hard this morning.

“Immediately after that move, we went 50 yards and caught a good fish. We just continued that pattern the rest of the day.”

Land described their relocation spot as a small flat with a shelf. The fish were feeding along the shallows and dropping off the edge. Land and Savoie were catching them when they rose onto the flat.

“All of these fish were moving in with the tide and we sight-fished all day,” Savoie said. “We found this place in practice because we knew we needed to find a place to fish in this weather. It was perfectly planned, perfectly executed and it just worked for us.”

With the flat rising to about 8 inches of water, Land and Savoie caught their fish on Berkley Ripple Shad and Berkley Gulp! Shrimp on jigheads. Short, accurate casts with Abu Garcia baitcasting gear were essential to maximizing their opportunities.

“These fish are spooked, that’s why we went to baits without vibration,” Land said. “We were throwing root beer and sugar and spice colors. They started to react to those better than something with (vivid tail colors).”

Savoie said he and his partner mixed up the bait presentations. He threw a 1/4-ounce jighead, while Land threw a 3/8-ounce. If they spotted a fish that refused one bait, they would immediately follow with a different look.

“We felt like those fish fed the best in the middle of the day, but we have yet to find our biggest school that we caught our biggest (practice) fish out of,” Land said. “We keep trying, we keep checking that spot and hoping they’ll come back. I believe some porpoises have moved into that area and spooked them out of there, but we’re going to keep checking it."

Savoie, a 6-foot-8 former NFL tight end, scored the save of the day after hooking a slot fish across a narrow bulkhead. He reeled the fish as close as possible, but Land was unable to reach far enough to net the red and tournament rules prohibit competitors from leaving their boat to land a fish.

“My partner was trying to net the fish and the net wouldn’t even touch the water,” Savoie chuckled. “He’s trying and trying and I’m looking at him thinking ‘Oh, this is hilarious.’

“I said, ‘Here, hold the pole.’ So, I gave him the pole and I took the net and said ‘Clockwork.’”

Looking ahead to Championship Sunday, Land said he’s optimistic about his team’s potential.

“I feel good about what we did today,” he said. “The fish we weighed are only 25 inches long; if we go catch the ones that are 28, they’ll weigh 8 to 8 1/2-pounds. We caught them during pre-fishing.

“We’re competing against a great group of anglers, so you can’t ever let off the gas. I didn’t really want to be in first place going into the last day because I always like to move up the leaderboard, but here we are.”

Walters and Eschete entered Day 2 genuinely happy about the stronger winds. They’ve been committed to drifting large flats in the upper end of Laguna Madre where they’re targeting a mix of grass and sand bottom with paddle tails and swimbaits on jigheads.

“The wind 100 percent helped us today,” Eschete said. “We made 20 drifts that were triple the distance of our drifts on Day 1. We were drifting at 2.5 mph. Yesterday were making drifts at .8 mph.

“That made the difference in everything because we were able to cover more water and locate our fish. Our fish had moved today, but we got them dialed in. Now, we just have to go out tomorrow and continue doing what we’re doing.”

Toward the end of their day, the anglers came close to surging into the lead when Walters hooked a big fish that crushed his bait and put up an extensive fight. In the net, the fish looked like it might fit the 20- to 28-inch slot limit, however, the 10-pounder went 28 1/4, so Walters had to release it.

“It was a big one, but the good thing is I feel good about the day,” Walters said. “We struggled for a while; I think it was 10 o’clock before we caught our first one. Then we slowly kept pecking away at it.

“After lunch, I think we dialed something in. We’re around 10-pound fish, they just need to be a quarter-inch shorter. I feel pretty good about tomorrow.”

Bassmaster Elite Chris Zaldain of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ryan Rickard of Brandon, Fla., remained in the third-place spot with a total weight of 25-15. They added 11-5 to the Day 1 weight of 14-10.

Describing a tougher second round, Zaldain said the day’s complexion nearly shut down their main area. Making a long run south of Port Aransas, they couldn’t afford to burn much time running around, so they did their best to work with the areas they had selected.

“I knew in the back of my mind: It’s a northeast kind of front, the air was kind of light and, down here on the Texas coast where that southern, heavy, low-pressure wind is predominant, things change (with these fronts),” Zaldain said. “It was pretty nasty in our areas. We noticed there were no mullet jumping, there were no pinfish (showing in the grass) and there were no pelicans (indicating baitfish).

“Those were the ingredients we needed and it wasn’t happening. We only had five bites and landed all of them.”

Noting that he and Zaldain threw weedless gold spoons and jigs with soft plastics, Rickard said that as the afternoon brought warming and slightly less wind, they saw their area start to pop. Baitfish started showing and redfish followed.

“This all happened in the last 45 minutes of the day,” Rickard said. “We just didn’t have enough time to take advantage of it. But those fish will still be there tomorrow.”

Competition hours Sunday will be 6:45 a.m.-2.45 p.m. CT, with weigh-ins set for 3 p.m. at Fisherman’s Wharf. Fans can catch Bassmaster Redfish LIVE coverage of the tournament as cameras capture all of the action. FS1 will broadcast live from 7-11 a.m. with continuing coverage available on Bassmaster.com.

2021 Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter 11/12-11/14
Port Aransas, Port Aransas TX.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Travis Land - Nicky Savoie 0
Day 1: 2 13-03 Day 2: 2 14-08 Total: 4 27-11
2. Patrick Walters - Dwayne Eschete 0
Day 1: 2 11-00 Day 2: 2 15-06 Total: 4 26-06
3. Chris Zaldain - Ryan Rickard 0
Day 1: 2 14-10 Day 2: 2 11-05 Total: 4 25-15
4. Mark Menendez - Ricky Bort 0
Day 1: 2 15-01 Day 2: 2 10-02 Total: 4 25-03
5. Thomas Barlow - Glenn Vann 0
Day 1: 2 15-00 Day 2: 2 09-01 Total: 4 24-01
6. Derek Hudnall - Ron Hueston 0
Day 1: 2 08-06 Day 2: 2 13-15 Total: 4 22-05
7. Jeremy Heimes - Micky Gibbs 0
Day 1: 2 07-11 Day 2: 2 13-12 Total: 4 21-07
8. Matt Herren - Chad Manning 0
Day 1: 2 10-13 Day 2: 2 09-00 Total: 4 19-13
9. Chris Cenci - Chris Kennedy 0
Day 1: 2 08-11 Day 2: 2 09-04 Total: 4 17-15
10. Trait Zaldain - Matt McCabe 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 2 11-07 Total: 2 11-07
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 9 18 104-07
2 0 20 117-12
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9 38 222-03