FLW Tour loses 4; keeps Dudley

David Dudley is fishing the FLW Tour in 2019.

He had an invite to join the Bassmaster Elite Series. He turned it down.

There has been much speculation as to how B.A.S.S. would fill out its Elite Series roster which is far short of the projected 80-angler field upon which the exciting new entry fees and payout structures were based.

It would appear that B.A.S.S. has tried to siphon a few top pros from the FLW Tour.

Jeff Gustafson and Clark Wendlandt have accepted invites to fish the Elite Series next year instead of the FLW Tour where they competed this season.

And the Bass Pro Tour just took another bite out of FLW as well. They have enlisted the services of Jeff Sprague and Anthony Gagliardi – two FLW Tour veterans.

The upheaval continues. Stay tuned.


Jared Lintner Wins Bassmaster Opens Championship At Table Rock

Jared Lintner of Arroyo Grande, Calif., takes the lead on the final day of the 2018 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Championship held on Table Rock Lake with a three-day total weight of 37 pounds.

Photo by James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 20, 2018

Jared Lintner Wins Bassmaster Opens Championship At Table Rock

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Dialing into the details was the ticket to victory for Jared Lintner, winner of the 2018 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Championship on Table Rock Lake.

Linter of Arroyo Grande, Calif., added 10 pounds, 15 ounces of bass today to push his winning total weight to 37 pounds for three days of fishing. Brandon Lester of Fayetteville, Tenn., took second \with 34-11, and Derek Hudnall of Baton Rouge, La., was third with 34-1. Bobby Lane Jr. of Lakeland, Fla., was fourth with 32-7, and Scott Suggs of Alexander, Ark., took fifth with 32-3.

Weather was a key factor throughout the three-day tournament. A chilly rain on Friday was braced by sunny, unseasonably warm weather on Thursday and Saturday. The best fishing occurred during the worst weather, when the bass were most active in the low-light conditions.

Everyone, especially including Lintner, knew the bass were in the fall transition, moving from deep to shallow water.

“I knew the bass were moving shallow, just not enough to put together a reliable pattern,” he said.

When the bites began Lintner, took note. He discovered greater concentrations of bass holding on steeper tapering shorelines used as migration routes.

“It started replicating itself so I went searching for similar areas,” he explained.

The steep dropoffs near shorelines where Lintner initially discovered the pattern were a 45-mile run from the launch site. Table Rock is a big lake, and Lintner decided to search nearer the weigh-in site. After two days, he found enough of the steep transition areas to complete a pattern. Lintner could spend more time fishing, allowing the continually moving bass to come to him.

On Thursday, Lintner moved into fourth place with 12-14, a respectable catch compared to the rest of the field. The next day, rain and overcast skies made the bite better, producing a limit weighing 13-3.

Today, the sun came out and the post-frontal funk set in. Lintner caught his limit by 8:30 a.m. The sun grew brighter, the wind went calm and the bite shut down.

“The low light compensated for the lack of wind, which made the pattern really click,” he said. “Without wind, the fish could see lures from farther away in the clearer water.”

By midday the wind picked up but the bite did not for Lintner. That made the early morning bite the saving grace for the Californian.

Lintner alternated between a Spro Mike McClelland RkCrawler 55 crankbait, and a Jackall MC/60. He also used a 3/4-ounce jig with a Strike King Rage Bug. He flipped the latter setup when encountering isolated cedar trees near the transition areas.

Lester used a technique that is popular on his native middle Tennessee bass fisheries during the wintertime. Called tight lining, it involves methodically fishing a lightweight jig across deepwater structure. Very little movement is necessary to make the fish bite.

“I found bass at the ends of bluffs but couldn’t make them bite anything,” he said. “I thought of tight lining and it worked.”

Lester used a 3.75-inch X Zone Lures Shiver Shad on a 1/8-ounce jighead for his tight-lining rig fished on 10-pound braid with a 6-pound test leader.

He further dialed into the pattern by finding bass staging where deep bluffs transitioned into other forms of structure, such as rocky points or gravel shorelines.

The Opens Championship was the climax of a year featuring eight events in as many states. The Top 28 pro and co-anglers in the point standings from the Central and Eastern divisions qualified for the championship.

Lintner and the Top 3 pro anglers in points from each division were invited to bass fishing’s premier event, the 2019 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. Frank Talley, Brad Whatley and Derek Hudnall advanced from the Central Division, while Brandon Lester, Bobby Lane Jr., and Garrett Paquette qualified from the Eastern Division. The Classic is set for March 15-17 in Knoxville, Tenn. Lester won the Eastern points title, while Frank Talley of Temple, Texas, won the Central title.

Lintner earned a Classic berth, $10,000 bonus cash and a Triton 19 TrX with Mercury 200 Pro XS and accessories worth $45,000.

Winning the $750 Phoenix Big Bass Award on the pro side was Mark Rose of Wynne, Ark., with a largemouth weighing 6-1. Alex Heintz of Denham Springs, La., won the co-angler $250 Phoenix Big Bass Award with a largemouth weighing 4-7.

Lane earned the Power-Pole Captain’s Cash Award of $500 on the pro side for being the highest-placing angler who is registered and eligible and uses client-approved product on his boat.

 

2018 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster  Opens Championship 10/18-10/20
Table Rock Lake, Springfield   MO.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3
Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA       15  37-00  200  $56,500.00
Day 1: 5   12-14     Day 2: 5   13-03     Day 3: 5   10-15
2.  Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN        15  34-11  199  $17,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-10     Day 2: 5   12-09     Day 3: 5   11-08
3.  Derek Hudnall          Baton Rouge, LA         15  34-01  198   $5,500.00
Day 1: 5   10-00     Day 2: 5   12-08     Day 3: 5   11-09
4.  Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            14  32-07  197  $10,000.00
Day 1: 4   08-06     Day 2: 5   13-06     Day 3: 5   10-11
5.  Scott Suggs            Alexander, AR           14  32-03  196   $1,000.00
Day 1: 4   08-09     Day 2: 5   13-11     Day 3: 5   09-15
6.  Carl Jocumsen          Queensland TX AUSTRALIA 13  31-15  195     $600.00
Day 1: 4   07-12     Day 2: 5   13-05     Day 3: 4   10-14
7.  Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR         13  31-08  194     $600.00
Day 1: 4   08-13     Day 2: 5   13-14     Day 3: 4   08-13
8.  Luke Palmer            Coalgate, OK            14  30-10  193   $1,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 4   10-02     Day 3: 5   09-15
9.  Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA          11  28-15  192   $1,500.00
Day 1: 5   15-01     Day 2: 5   12-03     Day 3: 1   01-11
10. Mark Rose              Wynne, AR               11  27-01  191   $2,750.00
Day 1: 5   15-09     Day 2: 3   06-01     Day 3: 3   05-07
11. Justin Atkins          Florence, AL            11  26-06  190     $600.00
Day 1: 5   10-04     Day 2: 5   14-02     Day 3: 1   02-00
12. Tyler Rivet            Raceland, LA             8  22-13  189   $1,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-06     Day 2: 3   08-07     Day 3: 0   00-00
PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Mark Rose                Wynne, AR           06-01        $750.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        10       111       250-00
2        18       117       285-10
3         6        43        93-06
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34       271       629-00


Caleb Sumrall Takes Lead In Bassmaster Opens Championship At Table Rock

Caleb Sumrall of New Iberia, La., takes the lead on the second day of the 2018 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Championship held on Table Rock Lake with a two-day total weight of 27 pounds, 4 ounces.

Photo by James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 19, 2018

Caleb Sumrall Takes Lead In Bassmaster Opens Championship At Table Rock

RIDGEDALE, Mo. — Caleb Sumrall is turning a handicap in his favor, and today it earned him the lead at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Championship on Table Rock Lake.

Fishing from a borrowed boat, Sumrall has no fish-finding electronics to function as his underwater eyes in his search for bass. Instead, he is relying on his own vision to pattern what is emerging as a winning pattern.

Sumrall, of New Iberia, La., today added 12 pounds, 3 ounces to his overall total of 27-4. Jared Lintner of Arroyo Grande, Calif., is second with 26-1, while Justin Atkins of Florence, Ala., moved into third place with 24-6. Brandon Lester is fourth with 23-3, and Tyler Rivet holds down fifth place with 22-13.

Sumrall, a Bassmaster Elite Series rookie, is targeting bass in transition between summer and fall fishing patterns. The bass are moving from deeper areas in the main lake into shallower creeks to feed on baitfish. Sumrall is wisely choosing to stay shallow to let the bass come to him.

He said the heavier largemouth he had been catching were being replaced by more aggressive, but smaller, spotted bass. “I made a key adjustment so I could get dialed back into the largemouth,” he said.

The payoff was adding a much-needed 4-pound largemouth to his livewell.

“Fishing without the electronics makes me think how many times we overthink, overanalyze the simple basics of finding fish,” he noted. “Honestly, with fishfinders I would probably be more distracted, not so dedicated to finding these key areas that are visible above water.”

For Sumrall that is the right combination of trees, rock and depth that are rest stops and ambush cover for the migrating bass.

“It’s likely I wouldn’t have found that combination if not forced to visually search while I fished,” Sumrall explained. “I’m literally going in and out of creeks, reading the water as I go, fishing with my eyes.”

Catching so many smallmouth in textbook areas normally favored by largemouth pleasantly baffles Lintner. On Thursday smallmouth filled his weigh-in bag; today only one largemouth occupied the space.

“I don’t get it at all because I’m flipping jigs into cedar trees in shallow water — classic largemouth areas,” he said.

Vital to the success of his pattern is wind, which adds a prismatic effect to break up the water clarity. Lures are less easy to identify, and the bass can be more easily fooled into biting.

“Cloudy wind, sunny wind, it doesn’t really matter,” he added. “I caught eight keepers off one windblown stretch where yesterday there were none.”

Sunny, mild weather on Thursday gave way to rainy, chilly conditions on Friday. Daytime temperatures struggled to reach the mid-40s and rain chilled the water even more.

Fishing in such miserable weather seems absurd unless you are fishing for the most coveted prizes in the sport. Those are seven coveted berths in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

The Opens Championship is the climax of a year featuring eight events in as many states. The Top 28 pros and co-anglers in the point standings from the Central and Eastern divisions qualified for the championship.

The overall winner earns a Classic berth, $10,000 cash and a Triton 19 TrX with Mercury 200 Pro XS and accessories worth $45,000.

The Top 3 pro anglers in points from each division following the championship are also invited to the Classic, set for next March in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Thursday leaders of the Phoenix Big Bass Award still hold those spots. They are Mark Rose of Wynne, Ark., with a largemouth weighing 6-1, and co-angler Alex Heintz of Denham Springs, La., with a largemouth weighing 4-7.

Winning the co-angler division with a weight of 13-7 was Mandel Pettus. The angler of Miller Place, N.Y., won a Nitro Z18 with a Mercury 150 Pro XS outboard and accessories, $10,000 cash and paid entry fees in the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens division of his choice.

Pettus won the title in his rookie season as a co-angler in 2014, and is now able to make a dream come true.

“I just fished my last event as a co-angler, am going to live my dream, hone my trade as a boater and pro angler,” said Pettus, a fitness business owner.

The Top 12 anglers launch at 7:15 a.m. CT from Long Creek Marina. The Saturday weigh-in begins at 4:30 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield.

On Saturday you can follow the action live on a special edition of Bassmaster LIVE, from 8-11 a.m. and Noon until 3 p.m. CT. Find the show on Bassmaster.com and see BASSTrakk real-time scores, updated photo galleries, videos, a live blog and articles.

2018 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster  Opens Championship 10/18-10/20
Table Rock Lake, Springfield   MO.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2
Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA          10  27-04  200
Day 1: 5   15-01     Day 2: 5   12-03
2.  Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA       10  26-01  199
Day 1: 5   12-14     Day 2: 5   13-03
3.  Justin Atkins          Florence, AL            10  24-06  198
Day 1: 5   10-04     Day 2: 5   14-02
4.  Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN        10  23-03  197
Day 1: 5   10-10     Day 2: 5   12-09
5.  Tyler Rivet            Raceland, LA             8  22-13  196
Day 1: 5   14-06     Day 2: 3   08-07
6.  Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR          9  22-11  195
Day 1: 4   08-13     Day 2: 5   13-14
7.  Derek Hudnall          Baton Rouge, LA         10  22-08  194
Day 1: 5   10-00     Day 2: 5   12-08
8.  Scott Suggs            Alexander, AR            9  22-04  193
Day 1: 4   08-09     Day 2: 5   13-11
9.  Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL             9  21-12  192
Day 1: 4   08-06     Day 2: 5   13-06
10. Mark Rose              Wynnee, AR               8  21-10  191
Day 1: 5   15-09     Day 2: 3   06-01
11. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland TX AUSTRALIA  9  21-01  190
Day 1: 4   07-12     Day 2: 5   13-05
12. Luke Palmer            Coalgate, OK             9  20-11  189
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 4   10-02
13. Brad Whatley           Bivins, TX              10  20-10  188
Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 5   11-06
14. Rob Digh               Denver, NC               8  20-04  187
Day 1: 3   06-07     Day 2: 5   13-13
15. Toby Hartsell          Afton, OK                9  20-04  186
Day 1: 4   08-15     Day 2: 5   11-05
16. Todd Auten             Lake Wylie, SC           8  20-00  185
Day 1: 3   07-05     Day 2: 5   12-11
17. Harvey Horne           Bella Vista, AR          9  19-11  184
Day 1: 4   09-07     Day 2: 5   10-04
18. Wesley Strader         Spring City, TN          9  19-07  183
Day 1: 4   07-00     Day 2: 5   12-07
19. Mike Huff              Corbin, KY               9  18-15  182
Day 1: 4   08-01     Day 2: 5   10-14
20. John Cox               Debary, FL               8  18-08  181
Day 1: 3   06-05     Day 2: 5   12-03
21. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI              9  18-07  180
Day 1: 4   09-06     Day 2: 5   09-01
22. Ed Loughran III        Mechanicsville, VA       8  17-14  179
Day 1: 5   12-12     Day 2: 3   05-02
23. Garrett Paquette       Canton, MI               7  17-05  178
Day 1: 3   06-03     Day 2: 4   11-02
24. Patrick Walters        Ladson, SC               6  12-06  177
Day 1: 2   03-08     Day 2: 4   08-14
25. Frank Talley           Temple, TX               6  11-12  176
Day 1: 4   07-14     Day 2: 2   03-14
26. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX               5  11-04  175
Day 1: 2   04-06     Day 2: 3   06-14
27. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS         3  07-00  174
Day 1: 2   04-11     Day 2: 1   02-05
28. Drew Cook              Midway, FL               3  05-11  173
Day 1: 3   05-11     Day 2: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        10       111       250-00
2        18       117       285-10
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28       228       535-10

2018 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster  Opens Championship 10/18-10/20
Table Rock Lake, Springfield   MO.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1.  Mandel Pettus          Miller Place, NY         6  13-07  200  $33,000.00
Day 1: 3   07-07     Day 2: 3   06-00
2.  Alex Heintze           Denham Springs, LA       5  12-07  199  $10,250.00
Day 1: 3   08-09     Day 2: 2   03-14
3.  Austin Bonjour         Templeton, CA            5  10-08  198  $10,000.00
Day 1: 2   04-12     Day 2: 3   05-12
4.  Gary Haraguchi         San Jose, CA             5  09-14  197   $2,000.00
Day 1: 2   03-09     Day 2: 3   06-05
5.  Todd Lee               Jasper, AL               4  09-06  196   $4,000.00
Day 1: 1   02-01     Day 2: 3   07-05
6.  Brian Murphy           Sulphur, LA              4  08-14  195   $2,000.00
Day 1: 1   02-10     Day 2: 3   06-04
7.  Jordan Lane            Conroe, TX               4  08-12  194   $1,500.00
Day 1: 1   01-13     Day 2: 3   06-15
8.  Jared Rudd             Salyersville, KY         4  08-08  193     $800.00
Day 1: 1   01-13     Day 2: 3   06-11
9.  Jonathan Hankins       North Tazewell, VA       4  08-05  192   $1,500.00
Day 1: 3   06-06     Day 2: 1   01-15
10. Noel Allen Jr          Brandon, MS              4  07-10  191   $3,000.00
Day 1: 2   03-07     Day 2: 2   04-03
11. Jeff Wallace           West Monroe, LA          3  06-11  190     $750.00
Day 1: 3   06-11     Day 2: 0   00-00
12. Brett Walker           Pleasant Valley, MO      2  06-07  189   $1,300.00
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 2   06-07
13. Chad Smith             Minnetonka, MN           4  06-07  188   $5,000.00
Day 1: 3   05-10     Day 2: 1   00-13
14. Todd Walters           Ladson, SC               3  06-01  187   $1,300.00
Day 1: 1   01-13     Day 2: 2   04-04
15. John Connell           Marion, IL               3  06-00  186   $4,000.00
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 3   06-00
16. Mark Powers            Platteville, CO          3  05-11  185   $2,500.00
Day 1: 2   03-13     Day 2: 1   01-14
17. Bobby Bakewell         Orlando, FL              2  04-12  184   $2,500.00
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 2   04-12
18. Steve Robbins          Piketon, OH              2  04-12  183     $700.00
Day 1: 1   02-11     Day 2: 1   02-01
19. Joe Lee                Midlothian, TX           2  04-01  182   $5,000.00
Day 1: 1   02-07     Day 2: 1   01-10
20. Paul Tabisz            Virginia Bch, VA         2  03-14  181     $750.00
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 2   03-14
21. Daniel Corkern         Florence, MS             2  03-12  180   $1,000.00
Day 1: 1   01-12     Day 2: 1   02-00
22. Beau Browning          Hot Springs, AR          2  03-09  179     $900.00
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 2   03-09
23. Eulon Lee Jr.          Eclectic, AL             2  03-07  178   $1,000.00
Day 1: 1   01-11     Day 2: 1   01-12
24. Dennis Akers           South Portsmouth, KY     2  03-05  177     $900.00
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 2   03-05
25. Justin Leet            Bartlett, TN             1  03-00  176     $700.00
Day 1: 1   03-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
26. Stephen Parnell        Brandon, MS              1  02-07  175     $800.00
Day 1: 1   02-07     Day 2: 0   00-00
27. Skyler Anderson        Harlem, GA               0  00-00    0     $550.00
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
27. William Mcnutt II      Bossier City, LA         0  00-00    0     $550.00
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1         5        34        74-06
2         8        47        97-09
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13        81       171-15


Rose Leads Day 1 of Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Championship on Table Rock Lake

Mark Rose is fishing by the seat of his pants and that approach is paying off for him so far as he holds the early lead by a half-pound at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Championship on Table Rock Lake.

Rose has 15 pounds, 9 ounces.

Caleb Sumrall has 15-1. Tyler Rivet is 3rd with 14-6. Jared Lintner is 4th with 12-14. Ed Loughran III holds the 5th spot with 12-12.

The typical fall migration of shad, and therefore, bass, is taking place. That means the fish may move shallower every day, perhaps inundating the back ends of creeks before the event is over.

Rose says things change rapidly on Ozarks lakes and he intentionally skipped the scouting period prior to the championship. He is relying on his instincts and fishing the moment. He caught fish as deep as 35 feet and as shallow as the bank.

In spite of his Day 1 success, Rose plans to completely change up his game plan on Friday as the forecast calls for rain and cooler temps - the opposite of what happened Thursday.

The old saying goes, "make hay while the sun is shining". The top anglers Thursday bucked that advice, covering water and catching bass best during brief periods of cloud cover. Friday's weather bodes well for some bass snatchin' action.

Stay tuned!


Jason Borofka Leads Day One of 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open

Jason Borofka Leads Day One of 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open
Bub Tosh Stands in Second after Opening Round

by Dan O'Sullivan

Las Vegas, Nev. - September 16, 2018 – Following the cancellation of the first scheduled day of the 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open due to extreme winds, Jason Borofka battled the post front conditions to post a 13.84-pound limit to grab the lead on the first day of competition.

He is followed in second place by Bub Tosh with 13.20 pounds, and third place by FLW Tour pro Kurt Dove with 12.85 pounds.

Borofka said that he made a 40-minute run and fished a few key areas to get his limit, and left fish biting midday.  “I made the long run, which took a little longer than usual because of the wind, and caught 25 to 30 fish, finishing our final limit by 11:00 this morning,” he said.  “I have four rods on my deck, and when I get to grass, I pick one up, when I get rock, I pick up a different one; it was a good day, and feel pretty good about tomorrow.”

Tosh, said that he had a pair of casualties that cost him, but that he really enjoyed their day.  “I made a long run, and lost a couple of big ones, so I had to regroup, but it worked out,” he said.  “I really covered a lot of water, fished far and close, and junk fished with several baits.  My partner caught a big one, and was really excited, and that is what this is all about.  I’m happy to be here, and we’ll see what tomorrow holds.”

Dove, from Del Rio, Tex. is fishing his second WON Bass U.S. Open, and is excited to be where he is.  “I had to scramble a little to catch ‘em, but that’s the name of this game,” he said.  “I feel good about what I did today, and am looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”

The amateur partners earned the shared weight equal to that of their pro partners for the day.  Robert Schneider ended the day in first place with 13.84 pounds followed by Thor Dusenberry, with 13.20 pounds, and third place AAA Brian Eslick with 12.85.  Full Standings are posted below.

The final day of the weather shortened 2018 WON Bass Open will occur tomorrow, and the pro winner will receive the keys to a 2018 Bass Cat Puma FTD powered by a Mercury Pro XS 250 outboard.  The live broadcast, presented by COSTA will bring all of the final day’s action to you from the waters of Lake Mead, the weigh-in at Callville Bay Marina, and the awards ceremony from the Railhead Room at Boulder Station Casino.

The Sponsors of the 2018 U.S. Open are: Bass Cat Boats, Mercury, Costa, Daiwa, St. Croix, Lowrance, Yo-Zuri, Bridgford, Seaguar Fluorcarbon, Rapala, Hayabusa, Plano, Frabill, MotorGuide, Phenix Rods, Lew's, Kuiu, Sure Life, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Storm, Anglers Marine, Century Marine, Boatmasters, Last Chance Performance Marine, Strike King, BG Insurance, Chevy Montebello and Boulder Station Casino.

2018 WON Bass U.S. Open Day One Pro Standings

Place Name Hometown Big Fish Total Weight
1 Jason Borofka Salinas CA 3.79 13.84
2 Steve Tosh, Jr. Modesto CA 2.86 13.20
3 Kurt Dove Del Rio TX   12.85
4 Matt Stefan Junction City WI 3.41 12.75
5 Kona Borja Henderson NV 3.60 12.44
6 Chase Colby Heber City UT   12.24
7 Randy Blaukat Joplin MO 3.74 11.84
8 Chris Bozarth Henderson NV 3.34 11.74
9 Bill Brown Grand Junction CO 3.37 11.61
10 Ricky Shabazz La Mesa CA 3.22 11.47
11 Nick Salvucci Paso Robles CA   11.41
12 Chris Zaldain San Jose CA 2.82 11.21
13 Kevin Short Mayflower AR   10.81
14 Shannon Abbott Oceanside CA 3.70 10.79
15 Tommy Jonovich Phoenix AZ 3.65 10.72
16 Jess Torre Riverside CA   10.68
17 Michael Crowther Page AZ   10.50
18 Thomas Wennerlund Queen Creek AZ   10.47
19 Roy Hawk Lake Havasu City AZ 3.25 10.39
20 Shaun Bailey Lake Havasu City AZ   10.37
21 Steve Kennedy Auburn AL   10.19
22 Todd Woods Los Angeles CA 2.73 10.17
23 David Kemper Tempe AZ   10.11
24 Julius Mazy Phoenix AZ   10.07
25 Richard Garcia Beaumont CA   10.04
26 Clayton Eslick Gilroy CA 2.92 10.03
27 Bradley Hallman Norman OK   9.99
28 Jason Bradshaw Sacramento CA 2.82 9.96
29 Dylan Maxon Phoenix AZ   9.76
30 Ellison Hubbard LAS VEGAS NV   9.70
31 Jerren Slaton Afton TX   9.67
32 Mike Brillhart Waddell AZ 2.35 9.62
33 Kyle Grover Trabuco Canyon CA   9.59
34 John Stewart Peoria AZ 4.06 9.58
35 Kazuki Kodama Tokyo Japan   9.50
36 Dan Merchant Canyon Lake CA 3.02 9.48
37 Michael McLernon Oceanside CA   9.39
38 Jordan Collom Temecula CA   9.26
39 Todd Holverson San Diego CA 2.85 9.23
39 Mike Wood Bayfield CO   9.23
41 Brent Shores Boise ID   9.21
42 Jason Hickey Weiser ID   9.19
43 Chris Kinley Lake Havasu City AZ   9.17
44 Don Iglinski Henderson NV 3.31 9.16
45 Justin Kerr Simi Valley CA   9.13
45 Tim Price Glendale AZ   9.13
47 Miles Peshlakai Las Vegas NV   9.11
47 Guy Savidan NORCO CA   9.11
49 Laythe Moore Banning CA   9.10
50 Carl Limbrick, Jr. Bonita CA 3.49 9.08
51 Dung Van Vu Paramount CA 2.22 9.04
52 Gerard Thomas Ralston WY 2.10 9.00
53 Doug Gaskill Las Vegas NV   8.98
54 Noah Cook Lancaster CA   8.93
55 Johnny Johnson Lakeside AZ   8.90
56 Aaron Martens Leeds AL   8.87
57 Garrett Howard Riverside CA   8.86
58 Bryan Grier Salinas CA   8.83
59 Fred Proudfoot Kingman AZ 2.39 8.80
60 Clayton Meyer Henderson NV 3.02 8.78
61 Michael Phua Chino CA   8.72
61 Matthew Williams Lake Havasu City AZ   8.72
63 Patrick Touey Nipomo CA 2.73 8.67
64 Tom Lowery Lakeside CA   8.63
65 Tyler Rempe Sierra Vista AZ   8.59
66 Scooter Griffith Mesa AZ   8.58
67 Jim Hawkes Apache Junction AZ 3.07 8.54
67 Tom Leedom Escondido CA   8.54
69 Kevin Caruso Glendale AZ   8.52
69 Ken Mah Elk Grove CA   8.52
71 Kevin Hugo Canyon Lake CA   8.49
72 Todd Kline San Clemente CA   8.45
73 Stephen Tauriello Las Vegas CA 2.17 8.44
74 Ben Byrd Moab UT   8.43
75 James Salazar Las Vegas NV   8.39
76 Carlos Garcia Murrieta CA 3.14 8.38
76 Matthew Luna Santee CA   8.38
78 Jordon Erekson Apache Junction AZ 2.84 8.37
78 Cody Spetz Menifee CA   8.37
80 Rich Vincent Wildomar CA 2.40 8.31
81 Bryant Smith Castro Valley CA   8.23
82 Gabe Thomas Tuscon AZ   8.22
83 Clifford Pirch Payson AZ   8.14
84 Rod Wynn Inglewood CA   8.12
85 Tim Rath Lake Havasu City AZ   8.11
86 Matt Shura Gilbert AZ   8.10
87 Greg Espinoza Henderson NV 2.52 8.09
88 Tom Ormsby Parowan UT   8.02
88 Rodney Reed Chelan WA   8.02
90 John Morrow Brea CA   8.01
91 Justin Hanold Poway CA   7.98
92 Danny Clark San Tan Valley AZ   7.97
93 Scott Helleson Whittier CA   7.96
93 Trait Zaldain Fort Worth TX 3.56 7.96
95 Greg Miser La Mesa CA   7.95
95 Wade Strelic El Cajon CA   7.95
97 Kevin Finley Phoenix AZ   7.93
97 Kevin Wiggins Las Vegas NV   7.93
99 Rusty Salewske Alpine CA   7.90
100 Andrew Napoleon Mesa AZ   7.85
101 Todd Herman Gilbert AZ   7.84
102 Onelio J. Silva Las Vegas NV   7.83
103 Luke Clausen Oakdale CA   7.80
103 Jim Moynagh Carver MN   7.80
105 Kyle Richins Washington UT   7.79
106 Vern Ridgway Chandler AZ   7.78
107 Mike Powell Lake Havasu City AZ   7.70
108 Jeff Martineau Phoenix AZ   7.69
109 Bill O'Shinn Bakersfield CA   7.65
110 Jim Wells New Plymouth ID   7.58
111 Joe Patz Surprise AZ   7.54
111 Ryan Yamagata Las Vegas NV   7.54
113 Anthony Salazar Pahrunp NV   7.51
114 Jason Swim Peoria AZ   7.40
115 Keegan Graves Meridian ID   7.39
116 Andy Manahl Mesa AZ   7.36
117 Cliff King Ione CA   7.34
118 Scott Frazier El Cajon CA   7.32
119 Matt Raynor Henderson NV 1.80 7.29
120 Mike Rennie Pioche NV 2.05 7.27
121 Tyler Bailey Logandale NV   7.20
121 Jim McLaughlin Bakersfield CA   7.20
123 Sheldon Collings Grove OK   7.17
123 Jeremy Fasuga Peoria AZ   7.17
123 Patrick Whitaker Gilbert AZ   7.17
126 Billy Hines Vacaville CA   7.16
126 Pete Marino Moreno Valley CA   7.16
128 James Broughton Henderson NV   7.14
129 David Davis Big Piney WY   7.13
130 Adam Hinkle San Diego CA   7.12
131 Mark Dotterer Phoenix AZ   7.11
132 Travis Jewell Sandy UT   7.10
133 Jay Guterding Redding CA   7.09
134 John Mackey Boulder City NV   7.07
135 Dick Watson Alta Loma CA   7.02
136 Louis Fernandes Santa Maria CA   7.01
137 Jeff Hudson Las Vegas NV   7.00
138 Joe Uribe, Jr. Surprise AZ   6.99
139 Vince Gennaro Henderson NV   6.97
140 Benjamin Green Pasadena CA   6.92
141 Douglas Jones North Las vegas NV   6.87
141 Matt Massey Littleton CO   6.87
143 Derek Spetz Menifee CA   6.86
144 Bobby Lanham Cave Creek AZ   6.85
145 Sean Coffey Mesa AZ   6.83
146 Nathan Foreman Queen Creek AZ   6.82
147 Cy Floyd Spokane WA   6.81
147 Tony Lain Lake Havasu City AZ   6.81
149 Brent James St George UT   6.78
149 Jamie Shaw Coolidge AZ   6.78
151 Tai Au Glendale AZ   6.77
152 Hobby Nelson Peoria AZ   6.76
153 Ryan Chambers Chandler AZ   6.75
154 Gary Freeman Sun City AZ   6.74
154 Justin Patti Phoenix AZ   6.74
156 Zack Holwerda Maricopa AZ   6.72
157 Mike Peterson Valley Center CA   6.71
158 Kirk McKinney Phoenix AZ   6.66
159 Trace Myers Santaquin CA   6.57
160 Brett Hite Phoenix AZ 2.35 6.55
161 Gary Robbins Burbank CA   6.52
162 Jason Haley Medford OR   6.47
162 Tom Nokes Riverton UT   6.47
164 Elliott Holsbo Lakeside CA   6.36
165 Raymond Archer Greeley CO   6.34
165 Jiggs Benn Myrtle Creek OR   6.34
165 Jonathan Schuyler Henderson NV   6.34
168 Eddie Lero Bryan TX   6.31
169 Mark Rauenzahn San Diego CA   6.25
170 Chad Randles Elkhorn NE   6.23
171 John Zeolla Oak Park CA   6.20
172 Paul Tassie Lake Havasu City AZ 2.38 6.13
173 Mike Walsh El Cajon CA   6.12
174 Mark Williams Lake Havasu City AZ   6.10
175 Joey Letsinger Wilton CA   6.06
175 Steve Molinari Waddell AZ   6.06
177 Randy Estrada, M.D. Corona CA   5.99
178 Jim Elliott Redding CA   5.97
179 Russ Barger Boise ID   5.88
180 George Kramer Lake Elsinore CA   5.83
181 Shane Edgar Glendale AZ   5.77
182 Brian Tressen Corona CA   5.72
183 Eddie Rodriguez Lakewood CO   5.66
184 Vince Borges Salida CA   5.51
185 Mitch Southern Yucaipa CA   5.44
186 Andrew Upshaw Tulsa OK   5.38
187 Ron Hammett La Mesa CA   5.31
188 Steve Gibson Las Vegas NV   5.27
189 Mike Williams Mesa AZ   5.20
190 Paul Hodges Glendale AZ   5.13
191 Steve Lund Glendale AZ   4.99
192 Gary Moore Hemet CA   4.96
193 Dusty Kahler Paso Robles CA   4.94
194 Robert Sedillo, Jr. Chino CA   4.88
195 Morizo Shimizu Osaka JP 1.91 4.78
196 Jeff Van Nimwegen Menifee CA   4.74
197 Ray Arbesu Henderson NV   4.73
198 Scott Davis Preston ID   4.45
199 Jay Wright Seal Beach CA   4.35
200 Dustin Remy Lake Havasu City AZ   4.32
201 Mike Simon Henderson NV   4.30
202 Tim Klinger Boulder City NV   4.16
203 David Baca Prescott Valley AZ   4.15
204 Miles Howe San Juan Capistrano CA   4.13
205 Tyler Brinks Spokane WA   4.04
206 Greg Garcia Cibola AZ   3.94
207 Jimmy Reese Ukiah CA   3.93
208 Delaney Dwyer Scottsdale AZ   3.80
209 Sam Rosefsky Morris IL   3.78
210 Murray White Glendale AZ   3.72
211 Ken Whalen Lompoc CA   3.70
212 Keith Diffey Elk Grove CA   3.55
213 Kenneth Cates Suncity West AZ   3.42
214 Allen Clark Florence AZ   3.30
214 Kyle Coppinger Pheonix AZ   3.30
216 Daniel Devries Page AZ   3.25
217 Shane Spinning Canyon Lake CA   2.72
218 Brett Leber Dixon CA   2.68
219 Justin Ramsay Peoria AZ   2.59
220 Mike Crothers Chandler AZ   2.34
221 Aaron Britt Yuba City CA   2.33
222 John Basmadjian Fullerton CA   2.04
223 Ed Webb Stanwood WA   1.31
224 Robert Ostercamp Chandler AZ   0.00

 

2018 WON Bass U.S. Open Day One AAA Standings

Place Name Hometown Big Fish Total Weight
1 Robert Schneider Temecula CA   13.84
2 Thor Dusenberry Pheonix CA 4.42 13.20
3 Brian Eslick Gilroy CA 3.77 12.85
4 Ian Hastie Cambridge ID 3.03 12.75
5 Randall Bruce Las Vegas NV 3.09 12.44
6 Ryan Borba Atascadero CA 3.37 12.24
7 Bobby Hamner Phenix AZ 3.30 11.84
8 David Peltier Henderson NV 2.79 11.74
9 Chuck Kavros Grass Valley CA   11.61
10 Terry Stark Georgetown TX 2.51 11.47
11 Matt Pangrac Broken Arrow OK 3.50 11.41
12 Joshua Rojas Fontana CA 2.47 11.21
13 Cody Steckel Las Vegas NV 2.22 10.81
14 Shawn Cooley Qual Valley CA   10.79
15 Kevin McBean Shafter CA   10.72
16 Randy Droll Apache Junction AZ 5.23 10.68
17 Rick Melead Yorba Linda CA 3.04 10.50
18 Hermie Romero Las Vegas NV 2.85 10.47
19 Josh Kimmel Colorado Springs CO   10.39
20 John Browning Surprise AZ   10.37
21 Cameron Rodriguez San Diego CA   10.19
22 Nathan Cummings Peoria AZ   10.17
23 Austin Melville Gilbert AZ 2.77 10.11
24 Gabriel Jones Henderson NV 2.61 10.07
25 Rick Cofield Las Vegas NV 2.87 10.04
26 John Tubbs Oxnard CA   10.03
27 Daniel Partida II Las Vegas NV   9.99
28 David Swendseid Bend OR 2.79 9.96
29 Patrick McLaren Las Vegas NV 2.79 9.76
30 Russell Leise Beaverton OR 2.86 9.70
31 Rick Grover Trabucco Canyon CA 2.45 9.67
32 Cole Wright Alpine CA 1.68 9.62
33 Coy Mott Fruitland ID   9.59
34 Ray Caldwell Quartz Hill CA   9.58
35 Jake Back Mesa AZ 4.26 9.50
36 Wade Goodwin Wilson CA   9.48
37 Kevin Gross Claremont CA   9.39
38 Cody Stentz East Wenatchee WA   9.26
39 John Bitting Westminster CA 3.16 9.23
39 Shawn Plunkett Tucson AZ   9.23
41 Rachel Uribe Long Beach CA   9.21
42 Ted Romero Lakewood CA 2.90 9.19
43 Joe Uribe, Sr. Lake Havasu City AZ 2.21 9.17
44 James Ochs Scottsdale AZ   9.16
45 Jason Okamoto Glendale AZ 1.83 9.13
45 Scott Robertson Norco CA   9.13
47 Nicholas Guerrero Castaic CA   9.11
47 Tony Neal Australia   9.11
49 Donnie Scroggins Kingman AZ   9.10
50 Ron Chambers Tonto Basin AZ   9.08
51 Mike McCrossen Bakersfield CA 1.95 9.04
52 Dave Davis Mesa AZ 2.55 9.00
53 Zach Holt Las Vegas NV   8.98
54 Jordan Schwartzkopf Peoria AZ 2.35 8.93
55 Doug Slaton Salinas CA   8.90
56 Preston Smith Cave Creek AZ   8.87
57 Szu Nien Yeh Las Vegas NV   8.86
58 Steve Amata Norco CA   8.83
59 Michael Renteria El Mirage AZ   8.80
60 William McAninch CARSON CA   8.78
61 Keith Bridges Mission Viejo CA   8.72
61 Larry White Sun City AZ 2.72 8.72
63 Brian Reaves Covina CA   8.67
64 Geoff Peterson Huntington Beach CA   8.63
65 Steve Watson Phoenix AZ   8.59
66 Jeff Mabry Phoenix AZ 2.27 8.58
67 Anthony Souza Turlock CA   8.54
67 Joshua Taylor Winslow AR   8.54
69 Jason Caine Las Vegas NV   8.52
69 Robert Lee Record, Jr. Lake Elsinore CA   8.52
71 Yasuhiro Okada Los Angeles CA   8.49
72 Dave Gerhardt Durango CO 2.23 8.45
73 Joe Ramos Arvada CO   8.44
74 Bryan Coy Clovis CA   8.43
75 Keith Gunsauls El Cajon CA   8.39
76 David Burrows Placentia CA   8.38
76 Craig Hammett Eagle ID   8.38
78 Kyle Greenlaw Morro Bay CA 1.76 8.37
78 Sam Piacenza Las Vegas NV   8.37
80 Ron Ratlief Lake Havasu City AZ   8.31
81 Paul Reutlinger Mineola TX   8.23
82 Mike Gowey Snowflake AZ   8.22
83 Brian P. Day Rancho SM CA   8.14
84 Mark Torrez Camarillo CA 2.26 8.12
85 Todd Tobiasson Las Vegas NV   8.11
86 Kelly Burns Avondale AZ 1.82 8.10
87 Eric Hammer Peoria AZ   8.09
88 Troy Dennis Apple Valley CA   8.02
88 Brett Posladek Valley Center CA   8.02
90 Jake Anderegg Henderson NV   8.01
91 George Fedor Yucaipa CA   7.98
92 Shawn Carnahan Gilbert AZ   7.97
93 David Bebawy Chandler AZ   7.96
93 Matt Frazier Delhi CA   7.96
95 Aaron Manning Mesa AZ   7.95
95 Brian Mills Phoenix AZ   7.95
97 John D. Helm Tempe AZ   7.93
97 Brad Smith Riverside CA   7.93
99 Brian Kemp Perris CA   7.90
100 Rusty Rath Page AZ   7.85
101 Jacob Shull Willcox AZ   7.84
102 Hector Gracia Poway CA 2.30 7.83
103 Broc Lindauer Honeyville UT   7.80
103 Chad Roorda Beaumont CA   7.80
105 Todd Barnes Murrietta CA   7.79
106 Colby King Ione CA 2.77 7.78
107 Tom Karavites Payson AZ   7.70
108 Kenny Myers Lakeside AZ   7.69
109 Ken Hromada Chandler AZ   7.65
110 Ryan Wischnack Valencia CA   7.58
111 Bryan Klem San Diego CA   7.54
111 Terrence Rath Lake Havasu City AZ   7.54
113 Chris Teixeira El Mirage AZ   7.51
114 Todd Belzner Scottsdale AZ   7.40
115 Javier Franco Sun Valley CA   7.39
116 Dwayne Stiles Oxnard CA   7.36
117 Yoshikazu Komada Japan   7.34
118 Robert Nicholson Grand Terrace CA   7.32
119 Tom Cilluffo Napa CA 1.71 7.29
120 Aaron Bartelt Grand Junction CO   7.27
121 Adam Buchholz Elk Grove CA   7.20
121 Steve Pectol Las Vegas NV 2.38 7.20
123 Steve Larsen Henderson NV   7.17
123 Brant List Huntington Beach CA   7.17
123 Michael Powell Fort Mohave AZ   7.17
126 Nathan Hill Las Vegas NV   7.16
126 Bo McNeely Rancho Cucamunga CA   7.16
128 Mario Saucedo Hollister CA 1.94 7.14
129 Byron Steed Downey ID   7.13
130 Rich Henson Redding CA   7.12
131 Bryan Hunt Santee CA   7.11
132 Niko Romero Prescott AZ   7.10
133 Mike Contreras Ontario CA 2.78 7.09
134 Dante Ray Fernley NV   7.07
135 Jonathan Green San Pablo CA   7.02
136 Larry Warren Laverkin UT 1.93 7.01
137 Robert A. Morris Colorado Springs CO   7.00
138 Dan Frazier Arroyo Grande CA   6.99
139 Levi Samz Green River WY   6.97
140 Brian Senter Tucson AZ   6.92
141 Ralph Wells Lake Havasu City AZ   6.87
141 Glenn Wyatt Fremont CA   6.87
143 Kota Hamai Konocti V 232   6.86
144 Ian Boehm Desrt Hills AZ   6.85
145 Jeff Przybylek Canyon Lake CA   6.83
146 Steve Jenkins Mesa AZ   6.82
147 Gale Fox Jr. Shelton WA   6.81
147 Ryan Gutierrez Weiser ID   6.81
149 Joe Ahrens San Diego CA   6.78
149 Michael Fisher Santee CA   6.78
151 John Bryson Las Vegas NV 1.49 6.77
152 Christopher Owens Las Vegas NV   6.76
153 Teddy Snyder Redding CA   6.75
154 Chris Allen Grand Junction CO   6.74
154 Kevin H Duncan Brea CA 2.18 6.74
156 Brandon Smith Indio CA   6.72
157 Jesstin McNett Escondido CA   6.71
158 Mona Dunlap Cottage Grove OR   6.66
159 Bernie Villalobos Las Vegas NV   6.57
160 Bryan Partak Marseilles IL   6.55
161 Joseph George, Jr. El Dorado Hils CA 2.31 6.52
162 Sonny Gibson Las Vegas NV   6.47
162 Carol Martens West Hills CA   6.47
164 Todd Anderson Surprise AZ   6.36
165 Jason Akins Apple Valley CA   6.34
165 Dallas Braun Eagar AZ   6.34
165 Dave Kiesgen Peorea AZ   6.34
168 Ron Christensen Las Vegas NV   6.31
169 Kevin A. Smith Phoenix AZ   6.25
170 Robert Chor San Pedro CA 3.77 6.23
171 Conrad Demecs Phoenix AZ   6.20
172 Jack Roorda Beaumont CA   6.13
173 Jeremy Burns Santa Margarita CA   6.12
174 Thomas D. White, Jr. Costa Mesa CA   6.10
175 Marvin Finley Peoria AZ   6.06
175 Len Scinto Valencia CA   6.06
177 Rufus Cassadas Thousand Palms CA   5.99
178 Bret Nagelhout Red Rock AZ   5.97
179 William Penrod Salome AZ   5.88
180 Brent Benish San Diego CA   5.83
181 Jim Poff Apple Vally CA   5.77
182 Lindsee Jonovich Phoenix AZ   5.72
183 Chris Martens Lancaster CA   5.66
184 Stephen Pike Las Vegas NV   5.51
185 Robert Zumwalt Las Vegas NV   5.44
186 Tim Roden Queen Creek AZ   5.38
187 Mark Snitow Lake Havasu City AZ   5.31
188 Kenneth Helms Newman CA 2.88 5.27
189 Jimmy Pinkerman Fleming Island FL   5.20
190 Ed Shaver Lake Havasu City AZ   5.13
191 Tyler Hogan Newport Beach CA   4.99
192 Chris Rains Soledad CA   4.96
193 Marty Martinez Colorado CA   4.94
194 Akiko Totsuka Japan   4.88
195 Randy Austin Cedar City UT 1.84 4.78
196 Dink Mendez Campbell CA   4.74
197 Taj White Glendale AZ   4.73
198 Victor Azevedo Filer ID   4.45
199 Douglas Mulford Henderson NV   4.35
200 Bill Hart Lincoln CA   4.32
201 Bret Felter Malad ID   4.30
202 Bill Lansford Needles CA 2.91 4.16
203 Erik Tuenge Henderson NV   4.15
204 Mark Chadeayne Pomona CA   4.13
205 Lyle Valador Boulder City AZ   4.04
206 Lynn Irwin Las Vegas   3.94
207 Liz Jones Conoga Park CA   3.93
208 Dan Zehring Gilbert AZ   3.80
209 Geroge Azevedo Desert Hot Springs CA   3.78
210 Evan Roorda Redlands CA   3.72
211 Jay Cranney Sandy UT   3.70
212 Eric Toms Las Vegas NV   3.55
213 Matt Gene Menifee CA 3.42 3.42
214 Jim Sanders Gifford WA   3.30
214 Scott Stanard Solana Beach CA   3.30
216 Kenny Johnson Eager AZ   3.25
217 Robby Rogers Redondo Beach CA   2.72
218 Tim Domingues San Jose CA 2.68 2.68
219 Steve Mawson Mesa AZ   2.59
220 Tracy Purtee Payson AZ   2.34
221 Daniel Trejo Covina CA   2.33
222 Larry Upshaw Hemphill TX   2.04
223 Richard Hanning Tucson AZ   1.31
224 Ryan Furno Aloha OR   0.00

 


Costa’s, Dave Bulthuis, Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

(L to R) Glenn Hughes (ASA President), Dave Bulthuis, Chris Megan (ASA Chairman of the Board and publisher, On the Water, LLC)
Photo courtesy of the American Sportfishing Association.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Costa’s, Dave Bulthuis, Honored with
Lifetime Achievement Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – October 15, 2018 – Dave Bulthuis, Vice President of Industry Relations and Government Affairs for Costa Sunglasses, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) during the organization’s annual summit on October 11.

“I am blessed to work with great people and for a great company,” said Bulthuis. “The entire team at Costa Sunglasses shares my passion and commitment to our industry and our sport.”

Bulthuis was honored with the ASA’s most prestigious award, recognizing his extraordinary leadership and lifelong commitment to recreational fishing and the sportfishing industry. Throughout his career, Bulthuis has always been devoted to the sportfishing industry, serving on ASA’s board of directors for eight years, including as Chairman of the Board from 2015 through 2016.

Bulthuis has been with Costa since 2003, where he began his career with the organization as Vice President of Sales. Prior to joining Costa, Bulthuis served as Director of Sales for several brands in the outdoor industry, including Cape Fear Rod Company, Jones and Company and various independent rep groups.

“We are so proud of Dave and how he has served our industry, our sport and our company for more than 15 years,” said Holly Rush, CEO of Costa Sunglasses. “He is truly an icon and has devoted his career and his time to passionately advocating for recreational fishing. We are thrilled he’s been recognized for his dedication and passion—no one deserves it more.”

About Costa
As the leading manufacturer of the world's clearest polarized performance sunglasses, Costa offers superior lens technology and unparalleled fit and durability. Still handcrafted today in Florida, Costa has created the highest quality, best performing sunglasses and prescription sunglasses (Rx) for outdoor enthusiasts since 1983. Born on the water, Costa works hard to protect the waters it calls home. Through programs like its Kick Plastic campaign, where the brand seeks to raise awareness about the growing plastic pollution problem threatening oceans worldwide, to serving as a long-term partner to 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 FacebookInstagram or Twitter at @CostaSunglasses.


PENNSYLVANIA’S THOMPSON WINS T-H MARINE FLW BASS FISHING LEAGUE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE CHESAPEAKE BAY PRESENTED BY LOWRANCE

NORTH EAST, Md. (Oct. 15, 2018) – Boater Joseph Thompson of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, caught a two-day cumulative total of 10 bass weighing 29 pounds, 9 ounces, to win the weather-shortened T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional championship on the Chesapeake Bay presented by Lowrance. Thompson pocketed $66,000 for his efforts, including a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and automatic entry into the 2019 BFL All-American Championship.

Originally scheduled for Oct. 11-13, competition Friday, Oct. 12, was cancelled by FLW officials due to high winds. As a result, the winner was determined by combining Thursday and Saturday’s weights.

“I really struggled on the first day until about noon,” said Thompson, who earned his second career win in BFL competition. “Every piece of structure in the North East River was covered with two or three boats because the fishing was so tough out on the flats.

“I went up into the North East Creek and found a little spot where there was just enough room for one more boat on a small piece of structure – a tree laydown. I fished it with a (green-pumpkin-colored) Zoom Finesse Worm on a drop-shot rig, and managed to catch a limit just before the end of the day.”

With just over 10 pounds of bass on Day One, Thompson knew he needed a big catch on Day Two to break into the top six – his ultimate goal.

“On the final morning I got a water temperature reading and found it had dropped 8 or 9 degrees,” said Thompson. “I was happy with how cold it got. With some history in mind, I knew people would have a hard time with the cold front, but also felt that I would excel.”

Thompson said he re-rigged a couple of rods for the conditions and proceeded to work through three big-fish areas.

“These are my home waters and there are three areas that I feel hold the big fish,” said Thompson. “In the morning, I targeted a dock in the North East River. I fished an Avocado-colored grub, very slowly, on a light, plain ball-headed jig and had two fish at noon. When the tide started to fall, I moved out into about 13 feet of water and fished a (green-pumpkin) Yamamoto Senko with a 1/16th-ounce (Picasso) tungsten bullet weight. I let the current move it along the bottom and got three bites.”

Thompson went on to give Susquehanna Fishing Tackle in Columbia, Pennsylvania, a special thanks for delivering all of the necessary tackle and credited his Minn Kota Ultrex trolling motor as his key piece of equipment at the event.

“This is the biggest win I’ve ever had and my Ultrex played a big role in it,” said Thompson. “The wind was really blowing on Day Two, but I was able to use the Spot Lock feature and focus on the fishing. The bites were subtle and I had to pay attention.”

The top six boaters that qualified for the 2019 BFL All-American were:

1st:           Joseph Thompson, Coatesville, Pa., 10 bass, 29-9, $66,000

2nd:         Ronnie Baker, Providence Forge, Va., nine bass, 27-1, $10,200

3rd:          Moo Bae, West Friendship, Md., nine bass, 26-2, $5,100

4th:          Ryan Bauman, Fleetwood, Pa., 10 bass, 25-13, $3,000

5th:          Chris Martinkovic, Hamilton, Ohio, 10 bass, 25-12, $2,000

6th:          Steven Wiseman, Bryans Road, Md., 10 bass, 25-6, $1,800

Rounding out the top-10 boaters were:

7th:          Dave Lauer, McConnelsville, Ohio, nine bass, 25-3, $1,600

8th:          Jon Werner, Nazareth, Pa., 10 bass, 24-10, $1,400

9th:          Otis Darnell, Linden, Va., 10 bass, 24-9, $1,200

10th:        Ryan Powroznik, Hopewell, Va., 10 bass, 24-8, $1,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Michael Bahnweg of Union Dale, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard with a two-day cumulative catch of nine bass weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces.

The top six co-anglers that qualified for the 2019 BFL All-American were:

1st:           Michael Bahnweg, Union Dale, Pa., nine bass, 22-6, $45,000

2nd:         William Allie, Wynantskill, N.Y., eight bass, 21-9, $5,200

3rd:          Henry McKee, Haddon Heights, N.J., 10 bass, 18-8, $2,550

4th:          Michael Nelms, Hartwood, Va., eight bass, 17-15, $1,500

5th:          Howard Smith, Hamilton, Ohio, six bass, 17-11, $1,000

6th:          David Williams, Fredericksburg, Va., five bass, 17-6, $900

Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers were:

7th:          Matthew Cozad, Okeana, Ohio, seven bass, 17-4, $800

8th:          Mike Geisler, Oxford, Ohio, eight bass, 16-12, $700

9th:          Cort Gardner, Jessup, Md., eight bass, 16-10, $600

10th:        Michael Duarte, Baltimore, Md., seven bass, 16-1, $500

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the Chesapeake Bay presented by Lowrance was hosted by Cecil County Tourism.

The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2019 BFL All-American will take place May 30-June 1 on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland, and is hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

About FLW

FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.


SPRING HILL HIGH SCHOOL WINS BASS PRO SHOPS FLW HIGH SCHOOL FISHING LAKE MURRAY OPEN PRESENTED BY BERKLEY

PROSPERITY, S.C. (Oct. 15, 2018) – The Spring Hill High School duo of Aaron Weed and Robert Wise, both of Columbia, South Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 13 ounces to win the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Murray Open presented by Berkley.

According to post-tournament reports, the duo caught their fish targeting points and humps near the dam with a white Zoom Fluke.

A field of 73 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Dreher Island State Park. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship. Due to a tie between 7th and 8th place teams, both teams will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top eight teams on Lake Murray that advanced to the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship were:

1st:     Spring Hill High School, Richland County, S.C. – Aaron Weed and Robert Wise, both of Columbia, S.C., five bass, 15-13

2nd:    Woodruff High School, Woodruff, S.C. – Austin Lanford, Greer, S.C., and Clayton Caldwell, Woodruff, S.C., five bass, 15-5

3rd:     North Augusta High School, North Augusta, S.C. – Landon Williamson and Brycen Williamson, both of Wagener, S.C., five bass, 14-7

4th:     Greenbrier High School, Evans, Ga. – Henry Garrett and Joshua Ortt, both of Evans, Ga., five bass, 12-14

5th:     Morgan County High School, Madison, Ga. – Cole Holloway and Landon Huff, both of Madison, Ga., five bass, 11-13

6th:     Union County High School, Union, S.C. – Hunter Enlow and Tanner Duncan, both of Union, S.C., four bass, 10-7

7th:     Clarks Hill Youth Fishing Team – Corey Yaden, Evans, Ga., and Brayden Batchelor, Greensboro, Ga., five bass, 9-15

8th:     Greenbrier High School, Evans, Ga. – Tanner Hadden and Cy Casey, both of Evans, Ga., five bass, 9-15

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

9th:     North Augusta High School, North Augusta, S.C. – Maddux Sutton, North Augusta, S.C., and Logan Geisler, Warrenville, S.C., three bass, 9-10

10th:   Travelers Rest High School, Travelers Rest, S.C. – David Ackerman and Bobby Long, both of Greenville, S.C., four bass, 9-9

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

The 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Murray Open presented by Berkley was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship on a body of water that has yet to be revealed. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2019 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2018 World Finals more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com.

About FLW

FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

About The Bass Federation

The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. TBF is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. The Federation is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization there is. TBF, our affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 events each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 45 years. TBF founded the Student Angler Federation and the National High School Fishing program in 2008 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and “LIKE US” on Facebook.


Day One of the 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open Cancelled Due to Unsafe Conditions

Day One of the 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open Cancelled Due to Unsafe Conditions
Extreme Winds Force Event Officials to Shorten Tournament

by Dan O'Sullivan

Las Vegas, Nev. - September 15, 2018 – Due to extreme winds out of the north buffeting the surface of Lake Mead, WON Bass Tournament officials have been forced to cancel the first day of the 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open due to unsafe conditions.  Sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour, with projected gusts to 50, created a situation where participant safety became paramount.

The event will commence tomorrow with takeoff from Calville Bay Marina and the event will now become a two-day tournament, as opposed to the standard three-day format.

The 224 boat field gathered for takeoff on day one, and tournament officials conducted boat checks, but staged the field in the parking lot to allow officials to decide what the best option for the day was.  After safe light, Tournament Director Bill Egan took a ride into the main basin outside of Calville Bay, and returned to make the announcement that the event was cancelled.

Egan said the situation on the water was uncomfortable at best.  “Once we got outside of the marina, it became obvious that safety was a concern,” said Egan.  “It was a really tough decision, but our anglers and friends are the most important part of what we do, so the decision was made to cancel the first day of the event.  We will resume tomorrow with the same boat order as was planned for today.”

Rick Pierce, president of Bass Cat Boats said agreed with the decision.  “Our customers are our friends, and we want to make sure everyone is safe,” said Pierce.  “This is a unique event, and when you factor in the AAA anglers who have to go along for the ride, we are wholeheartedly in support of the decision.”

The 2018 WON Bass U.S. Open will commence tomorrow, and the full field of anglers will compete for two days to crown a champion.  As for the past six years, the Costa Live broadcasts will begin at 9:00AM Pacific Time on day two.

The Sponsors of the 2018 U.S. Open are: Bass Cat Boats, Mercury, Costa, Daiwa, St. Croix, Lowrance, Yo-Zuri, Bridgford, Seaguar Fluorcarbon, Rapala, Hayabusa, Plano, Frabill, MotorGuide, Phenix Rods, Lew's, Kuiu, Sure Life, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Storm, Anglers Marine, Century Marine, Boatmasters, Last Chance Performance Marine, Strike King, BG Insurance, Chevy Montebello and Boulder Station Casino.


Morrow Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the St. Johns River Presented by Ranger

PALATKA, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2018) – FLW Tour pro Troy Morrow of Eastanollee, Georgia, caught a three-day cumulative total of 15 bass weighing 57 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional championship on the St. Johns River presented by Ranger. Morrow earned $65,000 for his efforts, including a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and automatic entry into the 2019 BFL All-American Championship.

“I had a rough start to practice. I got in late and had issues with my boat, so I missed some time,” said Morrow, who logged his fourth career victory in BFL competition. “I elected to stay close to where I was staying and learn as much as I could about the area, which was from the north end of Lake George to Little Lake George. I ended up fishing there all three days.

“As practice progressed, I found two shell beds they were schooled up on, so I started there on Day One,” Morrow continued. “I had a limit by the time I got to the second one, but they weren’t as big as they were in practice. After the second shell bed, I ran to some docks. I didn’t want to burn too many docks from my main area, so at about 12:30 (p.m.) I focused on a row of new docks and caught another big one.”

Morrow said that in addition to his keeper on Day One, those particular docks produced a 7-pound, 12-ouncer, on Day Three.

On Day Two, Morrow said he made the same milk run, but the fishing was slower. He said it took him longer to put together a limit and leave his main area.

“Day Three was even slower – I only had five keeper bites and thought I blew it,” said Morrow. “I stayed close to takeoff for the first 20 minutes and caught a keeper. The outgoing tide was later each day, and by Day Three it was approximately 11 (a.m.) before I felt comfortable fishing my key stuff. I went to the shoals, but didn’t get anything. At my main docks, I did get one that was close to 4 pounds at slack tide, which was a bonus. Once the tide got moving I caught the 7-pound, 12-ouncer.”

Morrow finished out the day by catching two keepers at the shoals.

For lures, Morrow said he used a Texas-rigged, Black Grape-colored Zoom Ol’ Monster Worm on a 5/0-sized Gamakatsu round bend hook with a ¼-ounce tungsten weight for both the shoals and the docks. His rig was attached to 20-pound-test Sunline fluorocarbon line and a 7-foot, 6-inch heavy-action Duckett Fishing rod. He also worked in a chrome-colored topwater bait at the shoals.

The top six boaters that qualified for the 2019 BFL All-American were:

1st:           Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., 15 bass, 57-10, $65,000

2nd:         Matt Kinney, Bunnell, Fla., 15 bass, 51-0, $10,200

3rd:          Grant Kelly, Milledgeville, Ga., 13 bass, 49-11, $5,100

4th:          Jason Reed, Hollister, Fla., 15 bass, 49-10, $3,000

5th:          Nicholas Hoinig, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 15 bass, 49-6, $2,000

6th:          Kip Carter, Mansfield, Ga., 15 bass, 48-11, $2,800

Rounding out the top-10 boaters were:

7th:          George Kapiton, Inverness, Fla., 15 bass, 47-5, $1,600

8th:          Dylan Peppers, Good Hope, Ga., 15 bass, 47-4, $1,400

9th:          Kevin Dees, Montgomery, Ala., 14 bass, 42-5, $1,200

10th:        Stacy Adams, Hazlehurst, Ga., 15 bass, 41-8, $1,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Randy Paquette of Sarasota, Florida, won the Co-angler Division and a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard with a three-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 34 pounds, 10 ounces.

The top six co-anglers that qualified for the 2019 BFL All-American were:

1st:           Randy Paquette, Sarasota, Fla., 10 bass, 34-10, $45,200

2nd:         Gary Murphy, Homer, Ga., 10 bass, 30-13, $5,050

3rd:          Donnie Davis, Greer, S.C., 11 bass, 26-7, $2,500

4th:          Ernie Thompson, Anthony, Fla., 13 bass, 24-2, $1,500

5th:          Frank Godwin Jr., Bainbridge, Ga., 13 bass, 23-13, $1,000

6th:          Levi Crossway, Jacksonville, Fla., 11 bass, 23-7, $900

Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers were:

7th:          Kenneth Hunnicutt, Jacksonville, Fla., 13 bass, 23-3, $800

8th:          Donald Dills, Mineral Bluff, Ga., 10 bass, 23-0, $700

9th:          Christian Greico, Tampa, Fla., 10 bass, 22-2, $600

10th:        Spencer Sato, Warner Robins, Ga., nine bass, 21-6, $500

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the St. Johns River presented by Ranger was hosted by the Putnam County Tourist Development Council.

The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2019 BFL All-American will take place May 30-June 1 on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland, and is hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

About FLW

FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.


Blue Mountain College Freshmen Come from Outside the Top 10 to Best Talented Field

The more time an angler spends on the water, the more knowledge they gain, and in turn the greater chances one has for success.  That is the common model used for anglers to be successful at any level.  At Lake Dardanelle this week, freshmen anglers dominated the field.  The AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open saw two teams of freshmen finish 1st and 2nd once the scales closed Saturday afternoon.

Finishing in the top spot is the all freshmen pairing of Rudy Worley and John David Nowlin.  Representing Blue Mountain College, the young anglers weighed in 15.12 lbs on day two to amass a total weight of 27.62 lbs. Entering this event as the 52nd ranked school in the Cabela’s School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, Worley and Nowlin had lofty expectations for their first ever college tournament.  “We wanted to do good.  Mainly our goal was top 20,” said Worley.  They managed to exceed expectations by topping a field of nearly 200 boats.  The field this week at Lake Dardanelle was comprised of close to 400 of the best talent in the country.  Both of the Blue Mountain College freshmen realize the significance of this major victory.  “It’s incredible, especially since it’s my first.  Since we just started our team, it’s big for our team and our school,” added Nowlin.

The pair spent the past two days on Lake Dardanelle targeting shad.  Using a one-two punch of several specific baits, Worley and Nowlin loaded the boat with fish.  “We caught most of our fish on a rattle trap, but a lot of our bigger fish came off of a spook,” noted Worley.  Around 12:30 PM a strong storm system settled over the Russellville area.  Heavy rain pelted the anglers and air temperatures dropped ever so slightly.  This sudden change in conditions had an instant impact on the bite.  “I would say it helped.  Water temp dropping a little bit more, getting them fish fired up.  For the way we fished, yes it helped I would say a lot,” said Nowlin.  With the change in the weather, both Blue Mountain College freshmen capitalized on their opportunity to land the winning fish.

Weights at the top of the leaderboard were extremely close.  The top three teams were separated by only 0.28 lbs.  Finishing just 0.13 lbs behind first were Eric Lampkin and Garrett Warren from Snead State Community College.  They flipped heavy mats to total 27.49 lbs of bass.  “We’re flipping a flipping stick obviously, 65 lb test braid.  We rotate a little bit between a 1 &1/4 oz weight and a 1 & 1/2 oz weight.  Flipping a beaver style bait or a craw.  Just flip it in there, they’ll hit it as soon as it comes through the mat,” said Lampkin.  Flipping matted grass was not a common pattern we heard on Lake Dardanelle this week, so it is likely this duo was fishing for less pressured fish.  Given that roughly 200 boats competed in this tournament, low pressured areas were very key.

2nd place Snead State Community College: Garrett Warren & Eric Lampkin

By having a pattern dialed in, Snead State Community College, currently ranked 130th, was around the fish all week.  When the foul weather blew in, they too were near the fish when they decided to bite.  “Today it was a tough morning. Real slow morning, only had two fish at 11 o’clock.  Right before that front blew in we just started catching them.  Caught a four pounder, and that really changed the momentum for us,” said Lampkin.  Like the 1st place team in front of them, Lampkin and Warren are both freshmen.  Being new to the college fishing scene they traveled to Lake Dardanelle both excited and confident.  “We were really looking forward to it.  We thought we had just as good as odds as anybody else.  We work just as hard.  We fish just as much, and we put in our time,” explained Warren.  It’s easy to get dejected when you come so close to winning but come up just short in the end.  Warren went on to state that they don’t plan on letting this one loss effect the rest of their season, “It’s going to happen eventually. We’ll get a win here in the next couple.”

Representing East Texas Baptist University, Chad Poulsen and Dustin Pearcy claimed 3rd place.  The duo weighed in 14.85 lbs of Lake Dardanelle bass on this rainy Saturday.  Combined with yesterday’s weight, the Texas based anglers tallied 27.34 lbs for two days.  Bites came early and often for Poulsen and Pearcy today.  “We started out throwing reaction baits.  It was on a shad kind of deal.  We had our limit by about 8:30,” explained Poulsen.  Once they managed a decent limit, the gameplan was to move towards the bank and target shallow wood with jigs.  This proved to be a critical decision.  “Once we just started hitting those laydowns, I mean, we knocked out I want to say a 4.5 yesterday, and a 3.5 today,” said Pearcy. Finding ways to catch four plus pound fish was an instant path to success this week.  Numerous limits of 10 pounds came to the scales.  Catching one difference maker proved to be enough to separate a team from the rest of the pack.

3rd place East Texas Baptist University: Chad Poulsen & Dustin Pearcy

Lake Dardanelle provided a true challenge the past two days.  Leading up to this event many anglers warned of the potential for these fish to be there one day and gone the next.  One look at the leaderboard shows this to be true for this tournament.  All three of the top teams from day one dropped out of the top 10.  In turn, each of the final top three moved up from 14th, 9th, and 15th respectively.  Combined with the flip flop in the leaderboard, the teams were also separated by a narrow margin.  This made for quite a suspenseful weigh-in today.

For a look at the complete results, click HERE.

This has been a great week in Russellville, AR at Lake Dardanelle.  A great turnout of close to 400 anglers helped to make the first fall event in the history of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series a great success.  Throughout the next week we will take a closer look at the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open, as well as break down the impact of this event on the Cabela’s School of the Year Presented by Abu Garcia. Continue to stay up to date with the latest in college bass fishing by following our various social media channels.

For more information about the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, please visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com.


Patience with the Prop Yields Fall Giants!

Fall is topwater time! The bait and bass move up and feed up. This situation often lends itself to outstanding surface action.

But let’s be honest. There are many hours, and even entire days when buzzbaits, poppers, spooks and even the Whopper Plopper won’t raise a strike. This doesn’t mean your topwater fun has to end. It probably means you just need to slow down, and maybe fish tighter to cover.

Enter the prop bait. This IS your granddaddy’s surface plug. And it still catches granddaddy-sized bass for those in the know. The old standby in Florida, where the surface bite lasts throughout the fall and winter into next spring, is the Devil’s Horse.

With a prop on the nose and a matching prop on the tail, this cigar-shaped plug is best fished with a gentle twitch and a long pause. Longer. Wait until you’re sure you’ve waited long enough. Then wait a second more.

Boring? Not if you put the lure in the right place. Even though they sport multiple treble hooks, prop baits should be cast beside likely cover, even far back into holes and pockets in grass or pads, back under docks, snug up against the bark of a laydown, right through the heart of an exposed brushpile. This is where the biggest bass are increasingly drawn as the days continue to shorten and water temps continue to cool. This is where they’ll wake you up about the time you start to nod off if you’re doing it right.

“No doubt about it, you have to have patience with the prop,” mused Bassmaster Elite Series Veteran Bernie Schultz as we fished the famous Bienville Plantation along the Florida/Georgia border. Yes, the lakes at Bienville offer world class bassing, but fishing always offers the option for failure. We had exercised that option for a while so Bernie introduced me to a lure that he believes is, to date, the greatest refinement of the prop bait - Rapala’s X-Rap Prop.

“What we’re doing here is, instead of triggering a straight reaction bite, we’re letting the lure’s profile fool the fish. It’s just sitting there and eventually their curiosity gets the best of them. You can often see them just pull up and park right under the lure. Then the next time you twitch it the slightest bit, they just explode on it.”

Schultz had a good example to point to after a 6-pounder crushed his X-Rap Prop right at the edge of a reed patch. “That bass attacked like a German Sheppard!” chuckled Schultz.

“But that’s the reason we designed the X-Rap Prop this way. I mean, look at the cosmetics! It looks like a real fish sitting there. We had a lot of fun testing it, I’ll tell you that.” Schultz had a lot of input as he helped his friend Mark Fisher design, yet another, outstanding lure for Rapala, among the most innovative lure companies in the world.

With ultra-realistic details - bright eyes, brilliant finish that looks as if the scales will actually flake off in your hand - this modern take on a proven classic will give you the confidence needed to let your plug sit motionless as long as it takes to tempt bass.

Now, don't misunderstand, the prop bait will produce fast action when the fish are playing fast and loose, such as when the barometer starts to drop. It will even catch doubles when they fight over it.

But when the action slows, there's hardly a better lure to tempt them than a well-placed, well-paced prop bait.

Use heavy braided line so you won’t be afraid to put it where you need to and, as the weather cools, your topwater bite doesn’t have to.

Until then, don’t be surprised if you hook multiple fish on the same lure while targeting schoolers and shallow wolf packs. It happens. Check the pics!


Gessner Holds Off Hard-Charging Hays, Wins Lady Bass Classic!

Lynda Gessner took command of the Lady Bass Classic on Day 1 when she caught a limit that weighed nearly 20 pounds from Lake Palestine in Texas. She held the lead throughout the 3-day event, but today she had only 3 fish that weighed 3.53 pounds.

With a total weight of 35.38 pounds, she held off Melinda Hays with a margin of just over 3 pounds.

Hays had, by far, the best bag of the day at 11.02. Her total was 32.35.

Cheryl Bowden capped a good year with a 3rd place showing. She totaled 29.14 pounds of bass.

Martha Goodfellow was 4th with 28.31.

Pam Ridgle finished 5th with 24.80 pounds.

Cindy Adler held on to her lead and won the co-angler division with a total of 23.13 pounds.

Co-anglers have a 3-fish limit, so with an aggregate of only 9 fish, Adler produced a solid per-fish average weight that was on-par with that of her pro division counterparts.

Alisa Johnson was runner-up with 19.85 pounds.

Christian Baxter was 3rd with 18.01.

Noella McLauren was 4th with 17.20.

DeAnna Lovvorn rounds out the Top 5 co-anglers with 16.02 pounds.


Louisiana’s Caleb Sumrall Wins B.A.S.S. Nation Championship

Photo  Credit: Gettys Brannon - BASS

 

ANDERSON, S.C. — A rogue cloud formed the beginning of a winning pattern for Caleb Sumrall at the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan Outdoors.

Sumrall of New Iberia, La., weighed a three-day total of 36 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the global competition of bass club anglers on Lake Hartwell.

An unproductive practice in shallow water forced Sumrall to expand his search to the lower, deeper end of the massive 56,000-acre lake. The cloud pattern miraculously came together during Thursday’s opening round.

“A patch of clouds came over, and I recalled a tip from a friend about casting a (Zoom) Fluke into schooling fish under those conditions,” recalled Sumrall, 30, and a member of the Atchafalaya Bassmasters.

The friend was fellow Louisianan Jamie Laiche, who discovered the pattern while fishing the 2008 Bassmaster Classic. Sumrall had such a rig on his front deck. On consecutive casts he caught keepers to give him confidence that a game plan was coming together.

On Thursday, he weighed 11-5 and entered the standings in ninth place. Early the next morning he returned to the spot. The low-light conditions were ideal for stimulating the schooling fish to bite the soft jerkbait. After a flurry of activity a limit was in his livewell, including a largemouth weighing 5-15.

“The big difference was my schooling fish were very concentrated in numbers,” he explained. “Elsewhere the schools were smaller and more loose.”

Sumrall described the key area as a main lake shoal in 11 feet of water. Growing within 4 feet of the surface was a patch of hydrilla.

“I’m a Louisiana boy and that made the spot even sweeter for me.”

The key bait was a Zoom Super Fluke. He rigged that to a 1/4-ounce weighted Gamakatsu Superline EWG Weighted Hook. Gluing a plastic rattle inside the hollow body added strike appeal.

By midmorning the schooling fish settled down. A drop-shot rig coaxed slow biters to fill his limit.

Sumrall weighed 15-10 on Friday and finished the tournament with a limit weighing 9-13.

Runner-up Luke Gritter alternated between the river and main lake. The double effort produced a final weight of 34-8

“I fished the river for the bigger largemouth and filled out my limit with the spotted bass in the lower lake,” explained Gritter, a carpenter from Otsego, Mich., and member of the West Michigan Elite Bass Club.

Gritter fished a brown 3/8-ounce leadhead jig and 3/8-ounce spinnerbait along shoreline woody cover in the river. In the lake, he chose a drop-shot rig made with a 6-inch Roboworm, 4/0 hook and 1/4-ounce weight. A Lucky Craft Sammy produced strikes during the topwater bite.

Third-place angler Marty Giddens refused to go chasing the lake’s notoriously evasive schooling bass. After three days, his total catch weighed 32-10.

“I tried it but just don’t have the patience,” said Giddens, a plumbing and home contractor from Eclectic, Ala.

Instead, Giddens focused on boat docks on a five-mile stretch of the lake.

“I skipped a plastic worm to probably every dock, just ‘grinded’ it out,” he said.

Giddens used a 1/8-ounce Davis Baits Screw Lock Shaky Head, with a 6.5-inch Netbait T Mac Worm.

Sumrall, Gritter and Giddens advance to the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The Classic is March 16-18 on Lake Hartwell.

Sumrall also received the Bryan V Kerchal Memorial Trophy. A Skeeter ZX200 rigged with Yamaha SHO 200 outboard, Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance electronics is part of the prize package. A berth in the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series is also reserved for Sumrall. He receives $16,000 for entry fees by accepting the invitation.

The Top 3 anglers earned paid entry fees in the division of their choosing for the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens, and for year the use of a B.A.S.S. Nation’s Best package. That is a Phoenix Boat with standard factory accessories.

Gritter won a Skeeter TZX190 and Yamaha SHO 150, rigged with the same accessories as the winner’s boat as runner up.

Giddens won a Triton 189 TRX, Yamaha VF150LA and Triton standard equipment for third place.

The championship is truly the only global bass club competition of its kind. Joining anglers from 47 states were those from five continents. Mexico, Japan, Australia, Portugal, Italy, Zimbabwe, Namibia, the province of Ontario and the Republic of South Africa were the nations represented in the championship.

Visit Anderson hosted the event at Green Pond Landing and Event Center in Anderson County.

2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan Outdoors
10/19-10/21
Lake Hartwell, Anderson,  SC
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1.  Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA          15  36-12    0  $56,985.00
Day 1: 5   11-05     Day 2: 5   15-10     Day 3: 5   09-13
2.  Luke Gritter           Otsego, MI              15  34-08    0  $50,335.00
Day 1: 5   08-14     Day 2: 5   11-01     Day 3: 5   14-09
3.  Marty Giddens          Eclectic, AL            15  32-10    0  $37,293.00
Day 1: 5   17-09     Day 2: 5   04-15     Day 3: 5   10-02
4.  Tray Huddleston        Russellville, AR        11  31-15    0   $3,250.00
Day 1: 5   14-03     Day 2: 5   15-05     Day 3: 1   02-07
5.  Mark Lodge             Alfred, ME              13  31-07    0   $2,000.00
Day 1: 3   05-14     Day 2: 5   11-15     Day 3: 5   13-10
6.  Mike Lavallee          Sandy, UT               15  30-12    0   $1,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-02     Day 2: 5   07-11     Day 3: 5   09-15
7.  Dean Silvester         Boonah Queensland AUSTR 15  29-08    0   $1,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-06     Day 2: 5   10-05     Day 3: 5   10-13
8.  James Van Rooyen       Lidwigsdorf Windhoek NA 15  28-15    0     $500.00
Day 1: 5   12-03     Day 2: 5   07-13     Day 3: 5   08-15
9.  Wyatt Smith            Stroud, OK              14  27-12    0     $500.00
Day 1: 5   08-11     Day 2: 5   10-14     Day 3: 4   08-03
10. Matt Pangrac           Norman , OK             15  27-11    0     $500.00
Day 1: 5   13-06     Day 2: 5   05-08     Day 3: 5   08-13
BIG BASS OF TOURN
Luke Gritter             Otsego, MI          06-03          $500.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        42       258       450-15
2        33       235       380-05
3         9        52       108-11
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84       545       939-15


Gessner Holds Lead, Bowden Makes Move at Lady Bass Classic on Lake Palestine!

Lynda Gessner of Hot Springs, AR sacked 12.19 pounds of Lake Palestine bass today to maintain her lead in the Lady Bass Classic.

Gessner started strong yesterday with nearly 20 pounds and her total now stands at 31.85 pounds, just a tad over 7 pounds ahead of Cheryl Bowden of North Richland Hills, TX who moved up a notch to 2nd today with a limit that weighed 13.67 pounds (24.79 total).

Martha Goodfellow of Simpsonville, SC was the big mover of the day with a 15.98-pound limit that pushed her total to 23.08 pounds.

A big chunk of Goodfellow's weight came in the form of a 9.85-pound fish that is currently the big bass of the tourney.

Melinda Hays of Sheridan AR made a jump up the leader board with 5 fish that weighed 13.52 and improved her total to 21.33 pounds.

Lisa Johnson of Centre, AL weighed-in a 2nd consecutive limit that went 11.2 pounds for a total weight of 20.69, good for 5th place heading into Saturday's final round.

On the co-angler side, Cindy Adler from Harrison, AR made a big move of her own with a 14.56-pound effort that ran her total weight to 18.41 pounds.

Christian Baxter of Talladega, AL improved to 2nd with another solid co-angler limit (3 fish) that weighed 9.89. Combined with her 7.24 pounds from Day 1, Baxter has 16.63 in total weight.

First day leader Alisa Johnson , who hails from Chandler, TX, dropped to 3rd but is well within striking distance of the lead with a total weight of 16.18 pounds.

Noella McLauren of Vivian, LA is 4th with 12.31 pounds.

DeAnna Lovvorn of Bradyville, TN is 5th with 10.85.


Arkansas Angler, Tray Huddleston Moves Into Lead At B.A.S.S. Nation Championship On Lake Hartwell

Photo  Credit: Gettys Brannon - BASS

 

ANDERSON, S.C. — Tray Huddleston is playing a waiting game with the bass on Lake Hartwell and so far he is winning. Saturday, he hopes to seal the deal by winning the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan Outdoors.

The Arkansas construction worker caught 15 pounds, 5 ounces Friday, to move from second place into the lead. His two-day total is 29-8.

Huddleston, 32, and a member of the Natural State Bass Club, got this far after testing his bass fishing skills at the local, state and regional levels. The bass are testing his patience, however, at the championship.

Huddleston is fishing offshore areas where bass are staging to feed on schools of passing baitfish. The challenge occurs after the surviving baitfish move out of range.

“I can’t figure out how to catch the bass when they aren’t feeding on the baitfish,” he explained.

So far, that’s not too serious of a problem. Huddleston has dialed into a textbook, seasonal pattern on Hartwell. In fall, the structure-oriented bass move from deep water to shallower main-lake points to ambush the baitfish.

“Timing is everything, and I have to be ready without much notice when they finally show up,” Huddleston said.

He plans to stick it out in a tight rotation of three primary areas. Being patient and avoiding the temptation to move around too much is the plan.

Coincidentally, patience helped Caleb Sumrall move into second place. The Louisiana angler added a limit weighing 15-10 to complete his overall total of 26-15.

“I had a promising area with a lot of fish that I couldn’t get to bite,” he said. “So I hunkered down and realized that slowing down and being patient might be best.”

The longer he stayed in one area, the more fishing improved. Moving offshore was another wise move. Taking advantage of the same fall textbook pattern in play by Huddleston and other top anglers was the payoff. He hopes to continue that success tomorrow.

“I have a good school of bass that are concentrated in one area,” he said. “When they turn on I can catch them.”

The game changer today was a thick blanket of fog that drifted over the launch site at the 7:30 a.m. takeoff time. B.A.S.S. officials delayed the start by one hour for safety reasons.

That posed a challenge for the anglers. Many depended on a productive early-morning bite to jumpstart their day. Initially, Marty Giddens welcomed the one-hour delay.

“A topwater bite isn’t working for me like it is for most of the anglers,” said Giddens, the Day 1 leader.

The Alabama home and plumbing contractor is catching bass in shallow water. Sunshine pushes the bass tighter to cover and makes them easier to catch.

Abundant sunshine proved of no benefit for Giddens Friday. He managed to catch just 4-15, but it only dropped him to third place.

Winning the championship is only one goal of this competition. The Top 3 anglers, determined tomorrow, advance to the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. Coincidentally, the world championship of bass fishing is on Lake Hartwell, March 16-18, 2018.

Competing are anglers from 47 states and nine nations from the continents of North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe. The field of 120 anglers is divided between boaters and nonboaters.

Mike Powell of Midway, Utah, claimed the nonboater title. The member of the Top of Utah Bassmasters scored the win with a two-day total of 23 pounds, 12 ounces.

Powell won a Skeeter TZX190 boat and trailer rigged with Yamaha SHO 150 Outboard, Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance electronics.

The used truck sales owner also earned paid entries in the division of his choosing of the 2018 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens. He also received a Marshal spot for the Classic at Lake Hartwell. Powell will also compete tomorrow in the championship round as a boater.

The final day begins at 7:30 a.m. ET, with the competition ending at 3:45 p.m. The final launch and weigh-in are at Green Pond Landing and Event Center in Anderson County.

Visit Anderson is hosting the event.

2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan Outdoors
10/19-10/21
Lake Hartwell, Anderson  SC.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2
Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Tray Huddleston        Russellville, AR        10  29-08    0
Day 1: 5   14-03     Day 2: 5   15-05
2.  Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA          10  26-15    0
Day 1: 5   11-05     Day 2: 5   15-10
3.  Marty Giddens          Eclectic, AL            10  22-08    0
Day 1: 5   17-09     Day 2: 5   04-15
4.  Mike Lavallee          Sandy, UT               10  20-13    0
Day 1: 5   13-02     Day 2: 5   07-11
5.  James Van Rooyen       Lidwigsdorf Windhoek NA 10  20-00    0
Day 1: 5   12-03     Day 2: 5   07-13
6.  Luke Gritter           Otsego, MI              10  19-15    0
Day 1: 5   08-14     Day 2: 5   11-01
7.  Wyatt Smith            Stroud, OK              10  19-09    0
Day 1: 5   08-11     Day 2: 5   10-14
8.  Rick Svoboda           Cockeysville , MD        9  19-00    0
Day 1: 5   12-15     Day 2: 4   06-01
9.  Matt Pangrac           Norman , OK             10  18-14    0
Day 1: 5   13-06     Day 2: 5   05-08
10. Dean Silvester         Boonah Queensland AUSTR 10  18-11    0
Day 1: 5   08-06     Day 2: 5   10-05
11. Kalib Lund             Glendale, AZ            10  18-03    0
Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   05-11
12. Mark Lodge             Alfred, ME               8  17-13    0
Day 1: 3   05-14     Day 2: 5   11-15
13. Jared Thompson         Marvell, AR             10  17-13    0
Day 1: 5   11-07     Day 2: 5   06-06
14. Ken Golubjatnikov      Pittsford, NY           10  17-06    0
Day 1: 5   09-01     Day 2: 5   08-05
15. Soshi Kataoka          Ohtsu-Shi Shiga-Ken Jap 10  17-02    0
Day 1: 5   09-14     Day 2: 5   07-04
16. Beau Govreau           Cedar Hill, MO          10  16-13    0
Day 1: 5   07-13     Day 2: 5   09-00
17. Jason Hooper           Salem, OR                9  16-01    0
Day 1: 4   05-02     Day 2: 5   10-15
18. Rick Hamer             Charleston, WV           8  16-00    0
Day 1: 5   10-10     Day 2: 3   05-06
19. Mike Seal              Richmond, IN            10  15-10    0
Day 1: 5   08-01     Day 2: 5   07-09
20. Larry Triplett         Castle Rock, CO         10  15-10    0
Day 1: 5   07-14     Day 2: 5   07-12
21. Kyle Fox               Lakeland, FL            10  15-00    0
Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 5   05-11
22. Jamie Laiche           Gonzales, LA             9  14-14    0
Day 1: 5   07-15     Day 2: 4   06-15
23. Tim Hartman            Effingham, IL           10  14-12    0
Day 1: 5   06-12     Day 2: 5   08-00
24. Nicholas Papotto       Meriden , CT            10  14-12    0
Day 1: 5   07-11     Day 2: 5   07-01
25. Tom Jessop             Dalhart, TX              7  14-07    0
Day 1: 3   04-13     Day 2: 4   09-10
26. Ty Faber               Pagosa Springs, CO      10  14-05    0
Day 1: 5   06-07     Day 2: 5   07-14
27. Craig Torkleson        Sand Springs, OK         9  14-04    0
Day 1: 5   05-12     Day 2: 4   08-08
28. Justy Varkevisser      Johannesburg SOUTH AFRI  8  13-09    0
Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 3   04-04
29. Greg Alexander         Hebron, MD              10  13-08    0
Day 1: 5   05-09     Day 2: 5   07-15
30. Gary Bonnet            Borden, IN               8  13-02    0
Day 1: 3   05-03     Day 2: 5   07-15
31. Tim Johnston           Kalispell , MT           7  12-13    0
Day 1: 2   03-05     Day 2: 5   09-08
32. Tony Lind              Auburn , WA              9  12-12    0
Day 1: 5   07-03     Day 2: 4   05-09
33. James Gildea           Weston, MA              10  12-11    0
Day 1: 5   05-09     Day 2: 5   07-02
34. Justin Spraske         Ashuelot, NH             6  12-09    0
Day 1: 1   02-01     Day 2: 5   10-08
35. Tadd Johnson           Lakeview, MN             7  12-08    0
Day 1: 5   09-11     Day 2: 2   02-13
36. Ed Berndt III          Grandon, WI              7  12-05    0
Day 1: 5   08-14     Day 2: 2   03-07
37. Chris Carnes           York, SC                10  12-02    0
Day 1: 5   06-00     Day 2: 5   06-02
38. Jordan Bellendier      Cedar Rapids, IA         8  11-15    0
Day 1: 3   05-08     Day 2: 5   06-07
39. Bryson Mort            Post Falls, ID           7  11-14    0
Day 1: 5   07-15     Day 2: 2   03-15
40. Michael McAdams        Cincinnati, OH           8  11-14    0
Day 1: 5   07-14     Day 2: 3   04-00
41. Ben Bilott             Larimer, PA              8  11-09    0
Day 1: 5   07-07     Day 2: 3   04-02
42. Michael Sentore        Gloucester City, NJ     10  11-08    0
Day 1: 5   05-10     Day 2: 5   05-14
43. Ryan Lavigne           Gonzales, LA            10  11-07    0
Day 1: 5   05-14     Day 2: 5   05-09
44. Richard Hladky         Yankton, SD              9  11-06    0
Day 1: 5   07-02     Day 2: 4   04-04
45. David Collyer          Harare ZIMBABWE          7  11-03    0
Day 1: 5   08-01     Day 2: 2   03-02
46. Keith Webb             Virginia Beach, VA       6  10-03    0
Day 1: 5   09-02     Day 2: 1   01-01
47. Tim Carini             Marietta, GA             6  09-07    0
Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 1   01-07
48. Mark Williams          Taylorsville, NC         5  09-04    0
Day 1: 3   06-11     Day 2: 2   02-09
49. Jay Hotzak             Auroro Ontario CANADA    6  08-11    0
Day 1: 4   05-12     Day 2: 2   02-15
50. Nick Wood              Yreka, CA                8  08-09    0
Day 1: 3   02-12     Day 2: 5   05-13
51. Jeff Thompson          Camby, IN                7  07-09    0
Day 1: 5   04-12     Day 2: 2   02-13
52. Kevin Wiggins          Las Vegas, NV            5  07-04    0
Day 1: 1   01-09     Day 2: 4   05-11
53. Alfredo Kury           San Luis Potosi MEXICO   6  07-04    0
Day 1: 3   03-11     Day 2: 3   03-09
54. Russell Phillips       Guilford, VT             6  06-05    0
Day 1: 3   03-01     Day 2: 3   03-04
55. Steve Vann             Goldsboro, NC            4  05-09    0
Day 1: 2   03-08     Day 2: 2   02-01
56. Brian Croteau          Blackstone, MA           4  04-11    0
Day 1: 4   04-11     Day 2: 0   00-00
57. Luigi Papa             6132 ITALY               3  03-15    0
Day 1: 1   01-03     Day 2: 2   02-12
58. Chris Barnett          Russellville, TN         2  03-12    0
Day 1: 1   01-14     Day 2: 1   01-14
59. Johnny Johnson         Farmington, NM           3  03-03    0
Day 1: 3   03-03     Day 2: 0   00-00
60. Ramon Menezes          Fernao Ferro PORTUGAL    2  02-12    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 2   02-12
61. Kent Priel             No Platte, NE            2  01-13    0
Day 1: 1   01-00     Day 2: 1   00-13
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        41       253       436-09
2        32       230       370-15
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73       483       807-08

2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan Outdoors
10/19-10/21
Lake Hartwell, Anderson  SC.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1.  Mike Powell            Midway, UT              10  23-12    0  $49,835.00
Day 1: 5   14-06     Day 2: 5   09-06
2.  Mike Spurlock          Ripley, WV              10  18-04    0   $1,500.00
Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 5   08-15
3.  Damien McMahon         Pilot, VA               10  16-07    0   $1,000.00
Day 1: 5   06-15     Day 2: 5   09-08
4.  Brandon Rickman        Marietta, GA             9  15-06    0     $500.00
Day 1: 5   09-01     Day 2: 4   06-05
5.  Michael Restifo        Hoover, AL               9  15-04    0     $500.00
Day 1: 4   08-11     Day 2: 5   06-09
6.  John Ryan              Troy, MI                 9  14-14    0     $250.00
Day 1: 4   07-13     Day 2: 5   07-01
7.  Dylan Fryer            Hervey Bay Queensland A  8  14-04    0     $250.00
Day 1: 5   08-01     Day 2: 3   06-03
8.  Steve Sage             Brownville, TN           9  12-14    0     $250.00
Day 1: 5   07-15     Day 2: 4   04-15
9.  James Topmiller III    Orlando, FL              9  11-14    0     $250.00
Day 1: 4   05-02     Day 2: 5   06-12
10. Kevin Simon            Reserve, LA              6  11-12    0     $250.00
Day 1: 3   05-00     Day 2: 3   06-12
11. Jody Adkins            Navarre, OH             10  11-08    0     $250.00
Day 1: 5   06-08     Day 2: 5   05-00
12. Stewart Weber          Louisville, KY           9  11-03    0     $250.00
Day 1: 5   06-07     Day 2: 4   04-12
13. Brian Cogburn          Oakdale, CA              9  11-02    0
Day 1: 4   05-11     Day 2: 5   05-07
14. Garrett McCrackin      Jennings, OK             6  11-01    0
Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 1   01-13
15. Chris Simons           Cromwell, CT             8  10-10    0
Day 1: 5   08-01     Day 2: 3   02-09
16. Allan Ross-Watt        Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA   6  10-10    0
Day 1: 4   07-09     Day 2: 2   03-01
17. Justin Dodd            Kennewick, WA            6  10-00    0
Day 1: 3   05-11     Day 2: 3   04-05
18. Chuck Harrison         Ft Collins, CO           7  09-10    0
Day 1: 4   05-04     Day 2: 3   04-06
19. Gavin Fraser           Bulawayo ZIMBABWE        7  09-08    0
Day 1: 5   06-11     Day 2: 2   02-13
20. Josh Cotier            Clinton, MA              6  09-04    0
Day 1: 2   03-13     Day 2: 4   05-07
21. Francesco Nucciarelli  Perugia ITALY            8  09-02    0
Day 1: 3   03-06     Day 2: 5   05-12
22. Steven Congdon         North Stonington, CT     6  09-00    0
Day 1: 4   06-00     Day 2: 2   03-00
23. Brian Velasquez        Yuma, AZ                 6  08-14    0
Day 1: 5   07-14     Day 2: 1   01-00
24. Brad Jamieson          Bradford Ontario CANADA  8  08-10    0
Day 1: 5   05-05     Day 2: 3   03-05
25. Rob Tipton III         Williamstown, NJ         6  08-08    0
Day 1: 5   04-08     Day 2: 1   04-00
26. Andre Fidalgo          Parreira PORTUGAL        5  08-07    0
Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 0   00-00
27. Eddie Charlton         Alma, IL                 3  08-07    0
Day 1: 3   08-07     Day 2: 0   00-00
28. Michael Liska          Espanola, NM             6  08-07    0
Day 1: 4   05-14     Day 2: 2   02-09
29. Kyle Power             Cape Fair, MO            6  08-07    0
Day 1: 3   04-11     Day 2: 3   03-12
30. Gregory Ruff Jr        Bloomington, MN          6  08-05    0
Day 1: 2   02-07     Day 2: 4   05-14
31. Spencer Strope         Orchard, NE              7  08-04    0
Day 1: 2   02-06     Day 2: 5   05-14
32. Mark Faber             Pagosa Springs, CO       7  08-03    0
Day 1: 5   05-09     Day 2: 2   02-10
33. Nathan Tumelson        Lewiston, ID             6  08-02    0
Day 1: 2   02-08     Day 2: 4   05-10
34. Will Smith             Moncks Corner, SC        5  07-14    0
Day 1: 2   04-00     Day 2: 3   03-14
35. Logan DeGree           Redmond, OR              5  07-08    0
Day 1: 3   03-05     Day 2: 2   04-03
36. Jason Betourney        Bridgeport, VT           5  07-05    0
Day 1: 3   04-00     Day 2: 2   03-05
37. Artemio Campos         Nueva Rosita MEXICO      6  07-03    0
Day 1: 4   04-13     Day 2: 2   02-06
38. Bailey Madere          Madisonville, LA         6  07-03    0
Day 1: 4   04-12     Day 2: 2   02-07
39. Liam Blake             Fairport , NY            5  06-06    0
Day 1: 2   02-13     Day 2: 3   03-09
40. Chad Dorney            Macungie, PA             4  06-01    0
Day 1: 3   03-10     Day 2: 1   02-07
41. Mike Rennie            Pioche, NV               6  05-14    0
Day 1: 5   04-12     Day 2: 1   01-02
42. Brock Enmeier          Enid, OK                 5  05-14    0
Day 1: 3   04-00     Day 2: 2   01-14
43. Austin Johnson         Noxon, MT                3  05-13    0
Day 1: 3   05-13     Day 2: 0   00-00
44. Frank Mixon            Abilene, TX              5  05-12    0
Day 1: 4   04-11     Day 2: 1   01-01
45. Grant Callaway         Bethel, DE               6  05-08    0
Day 1: 2   01-11     Day 2: 4   03-13
46. John Fisette           Bowdoinham, ME           2  05-06    0
Day 1: 2   05-06     Day 2: 0   00-00
47. Khris Williams         Mount Holly , NC         4  05-06    0
Day 1: 3   03-15     Day 2: 1   01-07
48. Jim Burrows            Nashua, NH               4  05-00    0
Day 1: 2   02-15     Day 2: 2   02-01
49. Thinus Williams        Windhoek MEXICO          3  04-13    0
Day 1: 3   04-13     Day 2: 0   00-00
50. Luke Koch              Campbellsport, WI        4  04-12    0
Day 1: 1   01-04     Day 2: 3   03-08
51. Brett Daniel           Lamar, AR                2  04-11    0
Day 1: 1   03-03     Day 2: 1   01-08
52. Kevin Mullins          Brooklyn, IN             3  04-00    0
Day 1: 1   01-06     Day 2: 2   02-10
53. Scott Spencer          Raleigh, NC              3  03-08    0
Day 1: 2   02-04     Day 2: 1   01-04
54. Brian Wilson           Bloomfield, IA           2  02-10    0
Day 1: 1   01-03     Day 2: 1   01-07
55. Naoyuki Kosa           Tsu Mie JAPAN            2  01-13    0
Day 1: 1   00-12     Day 2: 1   01-01
56. Neal Normand           Gonzales, LA             1  00-13    0
Day 1: 1   00-13     Day 2: 0   00-00
57. Charles Capehart       Olathe, KS               1  00-12    0
Day 1: 1   00-12     Day 2: 0   00-00
58. Jerry Johnson          Fremont, NE              1  00-10    0
Day 1: 1   00-10     Day 2: 0   00-00
59. Mark Pryal             Silver Springs, MD       0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        17       193       292-02
2        10       143       200-04
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27       336       492-06


Gessner Leads Lady Bass Classic with Nearly-20-Pound Sack!

Lynda Gessner of Hot Springs, AR leads the LBAA Ladies Classic on Lake Palestine in Flint, Texas with a 5-fish limit that weighed 19.66 pounds.Gessner's bag was anchored by a 7.33-pound big bass.

Terri Bittner is 2nd with 5 fish for 13.87. Cheryl Bowden had 11.12. Lisa Johnson is 4th with 9.49. Pam Ridgle rounds out the Top 5 with a limit that weighed 8.14 pounds.

Alisa Johnson of Chandler Texas leads the co-anglers with 3 fish that weighed 14.38 pounds.

The 2017 Lady Bass Classic resumes tomorrow.


Alabama Angler Marty Giddens Turns Bad Luck Into Good At B.A.S.S. Nation Championship On Hartwell

Photo  Credit: Gettys Brannon - BASS

 

ANDERSON, S.C. — Marty Giddens was so frustrated with his bad luck after practice fishing on Lake Hartwell that he was almost ready to throw in the towel.

“I would have gone home if I could have found a way,” he said. “I tried everything, but nothing worked.”

Of course, that was a lighthearted comment. The Wiregrass Bassmasters member is a finalist in the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan Outdoors.

He leads the tournament after the first day of competition with a five-bass limit that weighed 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch included the heaviest bass of the day, a 5-1 largemouth.

Giddens was understandably secretive about details of his lures and tactics. Where he lives in central Alabama offers a clue about why he leads the tournament.

The plumbing and home contractor is from Eclectic, a small town located near Lake Martin. That fishery and Lake Hartwell are similar in many ways.

“It looks and fishes a lot like Hartwell,” he admitted. “I’m trying to make some things that work there do well here.”

Both lakes feature a mixed population of spotted and largemouth bass. Annual flood-control procedures lower both lakes during fall and winter. Spotted bass gang up on shoals and points during fall to feed on schools of baitfish. All those scenarios line up with his skill set.

Giddens only caught seven bass worth bringing to the scales during four days of practice. That dry streak explains his frustration. Today, he enjoyed a flurry of action after catching his three best bass within an hour.

“I kept going back to the same pattern and never gave up,” he explained. “I pulled up on the right spot, and my guess is the fish moved up into shallower water.”

Can he duplicate the effort tomorrow?

“It should work because today it was just a totally different lake than it was in practice,” he said.

Taking second place with 14-3 was Tray Huddleston, a 32-year-old construction worker from Arkansas. He experienced the same bad luck as Giddens during practice, but a key midday adjustment turned things around for him Thursday.

“I was able to quickly capitalize on how I changed by running a lot of water,” said Huddleston, a member of the Natural State Bass Club.

A topwater lure proved key for Huddleston, who hopes to expand on his turnaround Friday. Running more water is the plan.

Oklahoman Matt Pangrac caught 13-6 to take third place. He succeeded at his goal of catching just enough bass to stay in contention for all three days of the tournament.

“I’m running a lot of water, burned a full tank of fuel running from one end to the other of the lake,” said Pangrac, a member of the North Oklahoma City Bassmasters.

“After practice, I decided it would take 12 pounds each day to make the Top 3, and that is my goal.”

Pangrac, fishing his second consecutive Nation Championship, knows well what is on the line at this tournament.

Winning the championship is only one goal. The Top 3 anglers advance to the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. Coincidentally, the world championship of bass fishing is also on Lake Hartwell, March 16-18, 2018.

After the first day, the Classic qualifiers would be Giddens, Huddleston and Pangrac.

Lake Hartwell is a lowland reservoir on the border of Georgia and South Carolina. At full pool, the manmade lake spans 56,000 acres with inflows from the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca rivers.

Unseasonably warm weather slowed the typical fall migration of the bass from the main lake into the shallower creek arms of the lake. Normally, bass concentrate in schools and feed on baitfish prior to winter. Those factors make bass easier to find and catch. But the balmy fall has made things tougher.

A plumber, U.S. Marine, farmer and nurse anesthetist represent a snapshot of what the contestants do for a living outside of bass fishing. The anglers belong to bass clubs affiliated with the B.A.S.S. Nation. The global program encompasses the United States and nine foreign nations.

Joining anglers from 47 states are those from five continents. Mexico, Japan, Australia, Portugal, Italy, Zimbabwe, Namibia, the province of Ontario and the Republic of South Africa are the foreign nations represented in the championship.

Boater and nonboater anglers from each state or nation qualified for the championship. So did Jeff Thompson, the national champion of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Bass Tour.

On the nonboater side, Mike Powell of Utah took the lead with 14 pounds, 6 ounces.

“Being able to fish deeper water helped me improve on my pattern,” he said. Powell was paired with boater Larry Triplett of Colorado who is currently in 26th.

Green Pond Landing and Event Center is the venue for the morning launch and afternoon weigh-in events. The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with weigh-ins beginning at 3:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan Outdoors
10/19-10/21
Lake Hartwell, Anderson  SC.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
1.  Marty Giddens          Eclectic, AL             5  17-09    0
Day 1: 5   17-09
2.  Tray Huddleston        Russellville, AR         5  14-03    0
Day 1: 5   14-03
3.  Matt Pangrac           Norman , OK              5  13-06    0
Day 1: 5   13-06
4.  Mike Lavallee          Sandy, UT                5  13-02    0
Day 1: 5   13-02
5.  Rick Svoboda           Cockeysville , MD        5  12-15    0
Day 1: 5   12-15
6.  Kalib Lund             Glendale, AZ             5  12-08    0
Day 1: 5   12-08
7.  James Van Rooyen       Lidwigsdorf Windhoek NA  5  12-03    0
Day 1: 5   12-03
8.  Jared Thompson         Marvell, AR              5  11-07    0
Day 1: 5   11-07
9.  Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA           5  11-05    0
Day 1: 5   11-05
10. Rick Hamer             Charleston, WV           5  10-10    0
Day 1: 5   10-10
11. Soshi Kataoka          Ohtsu-Shi Shiga-Ken Jap  5  09-14    0
Day 1: 5   09-14
12. Tadd Johnson           Lakeview, MN             5  09-11    0
Day 1: 5   09-11
13. Kyle Fox               Lakeland, FL             5  09-05    0
Day 1: 5   09-05
13. Justy Varkevisser      Johannesburg SOUTH AFRI  5  09-05    0
Day 1: 5   09-05
15. Keith Webb             Virginia Beach, VA       5  09-02    0
Day 1: 5   09-02
16. Ken Golubjatnikov      Pittsford, NY            5  09-01    0
Day 1: 5   09-01
17. Ed Berndt III          Grandon, WI              5  08-14    0
Day 1: 5   08-14
17. Luke Gritter           Otsego, MI               5  08-14    0
Day 1: 5   08-14
19. Wyatt Smith            Stroud, OK               5  08-11    0
Day 1: 5   08-11
20. Dean Silvester         Boonah Queensland AUSTR  5  08-06    0
Day 1: 5   08-06
21. David Collyer          Harare ZIMBABWE          5  08-01    0
Day 1: 5   08-01
21. Mike Seal              Richmond, IN             5  08-01    0
Day 1: 5   08-01
23. Tim Carini             Marietta, GA             5  08-00    0
Day 1: 5   08-00
24. Jamie Laiche           Gonzales, LA             5  07-15    0
Day 1: 5   07-15
24. Bryson Mort            Post Falls, ID           5  07-15    0
Day 1: 5   07-15
26. Michael McAdams        Cincinnati, OH           5  07-14    0
Day 1: 5   07-14
26. Larry Triplett         Castle Rock, CO          5  07-14    0
Day 1: 5   07-14
28. Beau Govreau           Cedar Hill, MO           5  07-13    0
Day 1: 5   07-13
29. Nicholas Papotto       Meriden , CT             5  07-11    0
Day 1: 5   07-11
30. Ben Bilott             Larimer, PA              5  07-07    0
Day 1: 5   07-07
31. Tony Lind              Auburn , WA              5  07-03    0
Day 1: 5   07-03
32. Richard Hladky         Yankton, SD              5  07-02    0
Day 1: 5   07-02
33. Tim Hartman            Effingham, IL            5  06-12    0
Day 1: 5   06-12
34. Mark Williams          Taylorsville, NC         3  06-11    0
Day 1: 3   06-11
35. Ty Faber               Pagosa Springs, CO       5  06-07    0
Day 1: 5   06-07
36. Chris Carnes           York, SC                 5  06-00    0
Day 1: 5   06-00
37. Ryan Lavigne           Gonzales, LA             5  05-14    0
Day 1: 5   05-14
38. Mark Lodge             Alfred, ME               3  05-14    0
Day 1: 3   05-14
39. Craig Torkleson        Sand Springs, OK         5  05-12    0
Day 1: 5   05-12
40. Jay Hotzak             Auroro Ontario CANADA    4  05-12    0
Day 1: 4   05-12
41. Michael Sentore        Gloucester City, NJ      5  05-10    0
Day 1: 5   05-10
42. Greg Alexander         Hebron, MD               5  05-09    0
Day 1: 5   05-09
42. James Gildea           Weston, MA               5  05-09    0
Day 1: 5   05-09
44. Jordan Bellendier      Cedar Rapids, IA         3  05-08    0
Day 1: 3   05-08
45. Gary Bonnet            Borden, IN               3  05-03    0
Day 1: 3   05-03
46. Jason Hooper           Salem, OR                4  05-02    0
Day 1: 4   05-02
47. Tom Jessop             Dalhart, TX              3  04-13    0
Day 1: 3   04-13
48. Jeff Thompson          Camby, IN                5  04-12    0
Day 1: 5   04-12
49. Brian Croteau          Blackstone, MA           4  04-11    0
Day 1: 4   04-11
50. Alfredo Kury           San Luis Potosi MEXICO   3  03-11    0
Day 1: 3   03-11
51. Steve Vann             Goldsboro, NC            2  03-08    0
Day 1: 2   03-08
52. Tim Johnston           Kalispell , MT           2  03-05    0
Day 1: 2   03-05
53. Johnny Johnson         Farmington, NM           3  03-03    0
Day 1: 3   03-03
54. Russell Phillips       Guilford, VT             3  03-01    0
Day 1: 3   03-01
55. Nick Wood              Yreka, CA                3  02-12    0
Day 1: 3   02-12
56. Justin Spraske         Ashuelot, NH             1  02-01    0
Day 1: 1   02-01
57. Chris Barnett          Russellville, TN         1  01-14    0
Day 1: 1   01-14
58. Kevin Wiggins          Las Vegas, NV            1  01-09    0
Day 1: 1   01-09
59. Luigi Papa             6132 ITALY               1  01-03    0
Day 1: 1   01-03
60. Kent Priel             No Platte, NE            1  01-00    0
Day 1: 1   01-00
61. Ramon Menezes          Fernao Ferro PORTUGAL    0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        41       253       436-09
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41       253       436-09
2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan Outdoors
10/19-10/21
Lake Hartwell, Anderson  SC.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
1.  Mike Powell            Midway, UT               5  14-06    0
Day 1: 5   14-06
2.  Mike Spurlock          Ripley, WV               5  09-05    0
Day 1: 5   09-05
3.  Garrett McCrackin      Jennings, OK             5  09-04    0
Day 1: 5   09-04
4.  Brandon Rickman        Marietta, GA             5  09-01    0
Day 1: 5   09-01
5.  Michael Restifo        Hoover, AL               4  08-11    0
Day 1: 4   08-11
6.  Andre Fidalgo          Parreira PORTUGAL        5  08-07    0
Day 1: 5   08-07
7.  Eddie Charlton         Alma, IL                 3  08-07    0
Day 1: 3   08-07
8.  Dylan Fryer            Hervey Bay Queensland A  5  08-01    0
Day 1: 5   08-01
8.  Chris Simons           Cromwell, CT             5  08-01    0
Day 1: 5   08-01
10. Steve Sage             Brownville, TN           5  07-15    0
Day 1: 5   07-15
11. Brian Velasquez        Yuma, AZ                 5  07-14    0
Day 1: 5   07-14
12. John Ryan              Troy, MI                 4  07-13    0
Day 1: 4   07-13
13. Allan Ross-Watt        Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA   4  07-09    0
Day 1: 4   07-09
14. Damien McMahon         Pilot, VA                5  06-15    0
Day 1: 5   06-15
15. Gavin Fraser           Bulawayo ZIMBABWE        5  06-11    0
Day 1: 5   06-11
16. Jody Adkins            Navarre, OH              5  06-08    0
Day 1: 5   06-08
17. Stewart Weber          Louisville, KY           5  06-07    0
Day 1: 5   06-07
18. Steven Congdon         North Stonington, CT     4  06-00    0
Day 1: 4   06-00
19. Michael Liska          Espanola, NM             4  05-14    0
Day 1: 4   05-14
20. Austin Johnson         Noxon, MT                3  05-13    0
Day 1: 3   05-13
21. Brian Cogburn          Oakdale, CA              4  05-11    0
Day 1: 4   05-11
22. Justin Dodd            Kennewick, WA            3  05-11    0
Day 1: 3   05-11
23. Mark Faber             Pagosa Springs, CO       5  05-09    0
Day 1: 5   05-09
24. John Fisette           Bowdoinham, ME           2  05-06    0
Day 1: 2   05-06
25. Brad Jamieson          Bradford Ontario CANADA  5  05-05    0
Day 1: 5   05-05
26. Chuck Harrison         Ft Collins, CO           4  05-04    0
Day 1: 4   05-04
27. James Topmiller III    Orlando, FL              4  05-02    0
Day 1: 4   05-02
28. Kevin Simon            Reserve, LA              3  05-00    0
Day 1: 3   05-00
29. Artemio Campos         Nueva Rosita MEXICO      4  04-13    0
Day 1: 4   04-13
30. Thinus Williams        Windhoek MEXICO          3  04-13    0
Day 1: 3   04-13
31. Mike Rennie            Pioche, NV               5  04-12    0
Day 1: 5   04-12
32. Bailey Madere          Madisonville, LA         4  04-12    0
Day 1: 4   04-12
33. Frank Mixon            Abilene, TX              4  04-11    0
Day 1: 4   04-11
34. Kyle Power             Cape Fair, MO            3  04-11    0
Day 1: 3   04-11
35. Rob Tipton III         Williamstown, NJ         5  04-08    0
Day 1: 5   04-08
36. Jason Betourney        Bridgeport, VT           3  04-00    0
Day 1: 3   04-00
36. Brock Enmeier          Enid, OK                 3  04-00    0
Day 1: 3   04-00
38. Will Smith             Moncks Corner, SC        2  04-00    0
Day 1: 2   04-00
39. Khris Williams         Mount Holly , NC         3  03-15    0
Day 1: 3   03-15
40. Josh Cotier            Clinton, MA              2  03-13    0
Day 1: 2   03-13
41. Chad Dorney            Macungie, PA             3  03-10    0
Day 1: 3   03-10
42. Francesco Nucciarelli  Perugia ITALY            3  03-06    0
Day 1: 3   03-06
43. Logan DeGree           Redmond, OR              3  03-05    0
Day 1: 3   03-05
44. Brett Daniel           Lamar, AR                1  03-03    0
Day 1: 1   03-03
45. Jim Burrows            Nashua, NH               2  02-15    0
Day 1: 2   02-15
46. Liam Blake             Fairport , NY            2  02-13    0
Day 1: 2   02-13
47. Nathan Tumelson        Lewiston, ID             2  02-08    0
Day 1: 2   02-08
48. Gregory Ruff Jr        Bloomington, MN          2  02-07    0
Day 1: 2   02-07
49. Spencer Strope         Orchard, NE              2  02-06    0
Day 1: 2   02-06
50. Scott Spencer          Raleigh, NC              2  02-04    0
Day 1: 2   02-04
51. Grant Callaway         Bethel, DE               2  01-11    0
Day 1: 2   01-11
52. Kevin Mullins          Brooklyn, IN             1  01-06    0
Day 1: 1   01-06
53. Luke Koch              Campbellsport, WI        1  01-04    0
Day 1: 1   01-04
54. Brian Wilson           Bloomfield, IA           1  01-03    0
Day 1: 1   01-03
55. Neal Normand           Gonzales, LA             1  00-13    0
Day 1: 1   00-13
56. Charles Capehart       Olathe, KS               1  00-12    0
Day 1: 1   00-12
56. Naoyuki Kosa           Tsu Mie JAPAN            1  00-12    0
Day 1: 1   00-12
58. Jerry Johnson          Fremont, NE              1  00-10    0
Day 1: 1   00-10
59. Mark Pryal             Silver Springs, MD       0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        17       193       292-02
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17       193       292-02


Justin Patti Holds Off Brett Hite, Wins the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open!

Justin Patti Wins the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open
Arizona pro survives late charge from Brett Hite to win in Wire-to-Wire Fashion   
Justin Patti Wins the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open - photo by Dan O'Sullivan


Las Vegas, Nev. - October 18, 2017 - The discussion leading up to the 35th Anniversary edition of the WON Bass, Bass Cat / Mercury U.S. Open were the changes. The addition of Bass Cat Boats as a key partner, and the change of dates to October were the hot topics.
Change became the focus of discussion on the third and final day of the event.
While the first two days of the event featured bright, bluebird skies with light breezes, day three brought high clouds that made for darkened, calm conditions. The result was tougher conditions as the fish scattered a bit more, making it harder for the field to relocate the fish that had served them over the first two days of the event.
No matter the conditions, good anglers will always figure out a way to overcome difficulties, and someone is always going to win. The angler that was able to master the conditions well enough over the three-day event to earn the title of 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open Champion was Phoenix, Arizona's Justin Patti, who won the event in wire-to-wire fashion with a total weight of 36.30 pounds.
Patti withstood a late event charge from fellow Phoenix resident and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brett Hite, who caught an 11.66-pound limit on the final day to weigh 35.70 pounds for the event to finish second.
Patti has experienced the highs and lows of the U.S. Open in the past two years. He led the 2016 event on day one, only to fall victim to the wild swings of fortune that Lake Mead offers to its guests. After leading both days this year, he left his fishing area in the upper Overton Arm feeling like he had left it on the table again, having caught a small limit. Watching Hite weigh-in a strong sack, he felt his chances slipping away again, but when his limit hit the scales with 8.59 pounds, he had enough to hold onto the win by just over a half of a pound.
For his victory, Patti received the $63,000 Bass Cat Puma FTD / Mercury 250 ProXS prize package, along with $50,000 cash and any other bonuses he earned which will bring his total winnings to over $120,000
Patti said that he felt relief and ecstasy with the outcome. "I can't believe that I won this event," he said. "I really thought that I had let it slip through my fingers again, but it's really hard to describe how I'm feeling right now; it's what I've wanted for a while now."
Patti spent the bulk of his event fishing a single stretch of grass in eight feet of water on a western bank of the upper Overton. He said that he used a couple tactics. "I caught a few fish on a Chatterbait in the morning around the grass, and after the sun got high in the sky, I fished a Phenix jig with an Arizona Custom Lures Craw as a trailer in the grass by popping it free from the edges. Most of the fish I weighed came on the jig."
Hite fished in the back of the Overton Arm as well, but targeted the opposite shorelines. A specialist with the bladed jig, Hite used his signature Evergreen Jackhammer bladed jig matched with a Yamamoto Lures Zacko traler, and it resulted in his finish. "I was fishing it through the grass, and I caught all of my fish on it this week, but I lost one on Monday that would have made the difference," he said. "I've wanted to win this tournament for many years, and while it doesn't feel great right now, I've finished third and second the last two times I've fished it; so maybe next time will be the charm."
Mesa, Ariz. pro Mike Williams began the day in 12th place with 21.19 pounds, but he produced a 12.88-pound limit on day three to move all the way up to third place for the event with 34.07 pounds. Steve "Bub" Tosh, from Modesto, Calif. began the final day in eighth place, and after a 12.54-pound limit on day three, he finished fourth with 34.05 pounds. Fifth place went to Nick Salvucci, who moved from 14th place by posting 12.73 pounds on day three to bring his total weight to 32.93 pounds for the event.
On the AAA side, Japanese angler Yoshikazu Komada earned the $10,000 first prize and the St. Croix bonus prize for his winning weight of 33.94 pounds. He was followed in second place by Bret Nagelhout of Red Rock Ariz., with 31.45 pounds. Sonny Gibson from Las Vegas, Nev. finished third with a total weight of 30.35 pounds. Fourth place went to Levi Samz, of Green River Wyo., who posted 30.21 pounds, sand rounding out the top five in the AAA Division was Ryan Wishnack of San Diego, Calif. with 29.48 pounds.
Complete Standings are below, as well as posted at wonbass.com.
In conjunction with the event, Bass Cat Boats hosted hosted demo rides in their newest boat; the Lynx, powered by Mercury at Calville Bay on Monday and Tuesday following weigh-in. The public, and event competitors are invited to take a ride in their flagship vessel, the one with the longest running pad in the industry from 5:30PM to 7:00PM Pacific Time
For the sixth consecutive year, the Costa Live Show brought all of the action of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open presented by Bass Coat Boats and Mercury to the fans. The Costa Live broadcasts featured On the Water, weigh-in and post-game shows all the way through the awards presentation Wednesday night.
The Sponsors of the 2017 U.S. Open were: Bass Cat Boats, Mercury, Costa, Daiwa, St. Croix, Lowrance, Yo-Zuri, Bridgford, Seaguar Fluorcarbon, Rapala, Savage Gear, Hayabusa, Plano, MotorGuide, Phenix Rods, Lew's, Roboworm, Kuiu, Ichikawa, Sure Life, Anglers Marine, Chevy Montebello and Boulder Station Casino.
Beginning Monday, 207 Pros and their AAA partners will head out onto the waters of Lake Mead Monday to contest the 34nd Anniversary of the WON Bass Bass Cat Boats / Mercury Marine U.S. Open.
 
2017 WON Bass U.S. Open Day One Pro Standings
Place
Name
Hometown
Weight
Big Fish
Total
1
Justin Patti
Phoenix AZ
36.30
3.87
36.3
2
Brett Hite
Phoenix AZ
35.79
3.75
35.79
3
Mike Williams
Mesa AZ
34.07
3.21
34.07
4
Steve Tosh, Jr.
Modesto CA
34.05
4.59
34.05
5
Nick Salvucci
Paso Robles CA
32.93
3.44
32.93
6
Kyle Grover
Trabuco Canyon CA
31.23
3.84
31.23
7
Travis Jewell
Sandy UT
31.05
2.92
31.05
8
David Kemper
Tempe AZ
30.25
 
30.25
9
Cody Murray
Nampa ID
29.79
3.18
29.79
10
David Baca
Prescott Valley AZ
29.55
4.01
29.55
11
Josh Bertrand
San Tan Valley AZ
29.33
3.64
29.33
12
Tom Leedom
Escondido CA
28.95
2.74
28.95
12
Julius Mazy
Phoenix AZ
28.95
 
28.95
14
Clayton Eslick
Gilroy CA
28.93
3.48
28.93
15
Steve Molinari
Waddell AZ
28.89
3.17
28.89
16
Jason Borofka
Salinas CA
28.70
3.16
28.7
17
Kevin Hugo
Chino CA
28.69
3.75
28.69
18
Carl Jocumsen
Reseda CA
28.54
 
28.54
19
Sean Coffey
Mesa AZ
28.48
3.57
28.48
20
Matt Shura
Gilbert AZ
28.43
3.13
28.43
21
Justin Kerr
Simi Valley CA
28.38
3.93
28.38
22
Miles Howe
San Juan Capistrano CA
27.50
2.31
27.5
23
Clayton Meyer
Henderson NV
27.48
2.9
27.48
24
Jared Lintner
Arroyo Grande CA
27.41
3.28
27.41
25
Justin Hanold
Poway CA
27.33
3.25
27.33
26
Marvin Barellano
Monterey Park CA
27.30
3.22
27.3
27
Andrew Upshaw
Tulsa OK
27.24
3.22
27.24
28
John Morrow
Brea CA
27.20
3.25
27.2
29
Travis Moran
Carmell CA
27.12
2.79
27.12
30
Cliff King
Herald CA
26.41
3.41
26.41
31
Kurt Dove
Del Rio TX
26.30
 
26.3
32
Ben Byrd
Moab UT
26.23
3.94
26.23
33
Johnny Johnson
Lakeside AZ
26.15
 
26.15
34
Jon Griffith
Mesa AZ
26.12
 
26.12
35
Rusty Salewske
Alpine CA
25.95
3.28
25.95
36
Jim Moynagh
Carver MN
25.43
 
25.43
37
Jimmy Reese
Ukiah CA
25.39
2.92
25.39
38
Matthew Luna
Santee CA
25.43
3.94
25.23
39
Jeff Martineau
Phoenix AZ
25.22
4.29
25.22
40
Garrett Howard
Riverside CA
25.13
3.1
25.13
41
Paul Hodges
Glendale AZ
25.08
3.44
25.08
42
Todd Kline
San Clemente CA
24.97
3.29
24.97
43
Noah Cook
Lancaster CA
24.93
 
24.93
44
Wade Strelic
El Cajon CA
25.02
2.74
24.82
45
Luke Clausen
Oakdale CA
24.79
 
24.79
46
Ken Mah
Elk Grove CA
24.75
3.54
24.75
47
Todd Woods
San Dimas CA
24.67
 
24.67
48
Shaun Bailey
Lake Havasu City AZ
24.82
 
24.62
49
Tom Lowery
Lakeside CA
24.52
 
24.52
50
Vince Gennaro
Henderson NV
24.39
4.09
24.39
51
Tai Au
Glendale AZ
24.10
3.48
24.1
52
Kevin Short
Mayflower AR
24.07
 
24.07
53
Brent Shores
Boise ID
23.92
 
23.92
54
Joey Letsinger
Wilton CA
23.78
 
23.78
55
Pete Marino
Moreno Valley CA
23.54
3.43
23.54
56
Jordan Collom
Temecula CA
23.21
3.78
23.21
57
Ted Holverson
El Cajon CA
23.04
 
23.04
58
John Murray
Spring City TN
22.84
3.34
22.84
59
Young "Bradley" Yang
Korea
22.79
 
22.79
60
Todd Herman
Gilbert AZ
22.71
 
22.71
61
Clifford Pirch
Payson AZ
22.63
 
22.63
62
Randy Blaukat
Joplin MO
22.57
3.08
22.57
63
Aaron Britt
Yuba City CA
22.52
4.3
22.52
64
Matt Stefan
Junction City WI
22.32
 
22.32
65
Russ Barger
Boise ID
22.45
3.06
22.25
66
Jordan Pinacso
Galt CA
22.11
2.92
22.11
67
Mark Williams
Lake Havasu City AZ
22.10
4.24
22.1
68
Guy Savidan
NORCO CA
22.06
 
22.06
69
Michael Crowther
Page AZ
22.00
 
22
70
Carl Limbrick, Jr.
Bonita CA
21.97
 
21.97
71
Cody Spetz
Menifee CA
21.54
5.54
21.54
72
Todd Holverson
San Diego CA
21.37
3.05
21.37
73
Mark Walsh*
Henderson NV
21.30
3.27
21.3
74
Steve Lee
Burbank WA
20.85
3.26
20.85
75
Doug Gaskill
Las Vegas NV
20.84
4.99
20.84
76
Dick Watson
Alta Loma CA
20.83
 
20.83
77
Bill O'Shinn
Bakersfield CA
20.78
3.17
20.78
78
Ray Arbesu
Henderson NV
20.62
3.54
20.62
79
David Valdivia
Norwalk CA
20.40
 
20.4
80
Steve Lund
Glendale AZ
20.35
 
20.35
81
Kevin Caruso
Glendale AZ
20.26
3.45
20.26
82
Mark Dotterer
Phoenix AZ
20.25
2.89
20.25
83
Michael Spain
Goodyear AZ
20.23
 
20.23
84
Kona Borja
Henderson NV
20.14
2.66
20.14
85
Keegan Graves
Meridian ID
20.20
 
20
86
Chase Colby
Heber City UT
19.96
2.59
19.96
87
Brian Nollar
Homer AK
19.92
 
19.92
88
Rick Culver
Taylor UT
19.84
3.85
19.84
89
Stanley Hendrix
San Diego CA
19.62
 
19.62
90
Dennis Kolender
San Diego CA
19.38
 
19.38
91
Chris Zaldain
San Jose CA
19.47
 
19.27
92
Jonathan Schuyler
Henderson NV
19.09
2.77
19.09
93
Andrew Napoleon
Mesa AZ
19.07
 
19.07
94
Mark Rauenzahn
San Diego CA
18.91
3.63
18.91
95
Kurt Milana
Henderson NV
18.68
 
18.68
96
Peter Manfrina
Lompoc CA
18.45
 
18.45
97
Brett Leber
Dixon CA
18.31
 
18.31
97
Robert Ostercamp
Chandler AZ
18.31
3.09
18.31
99
Rick Clunn
Ava MO
18.24
 
18.24
99
Jason Hickey
Weiser ID
18.24
2.97
18.24
99
John Mackey
Boulder City NV
18.24
2.82
18.24
102
Andy Manahl
Mesa AZ
17.95
2.09
17.95
103
Byron Velvick
San Antonio TX
17.89
 
17.89
104
Mike Peterson
Valley Center CA
17.77
 
17.77
105
Michael Phua
Chino CA
17.72
 
17.72
106
Tim Klinger
Boulder City NV
17.68
2.12
17.68
107
Raymond Archer
Greeley CO
17.67
 
17.67
108
Randy Pierson
Oakdale CA
17.65
2.83
17.65
109
Dan Merchant
Canyon Lake CA
17.53
3.7
17.53
110
Bill Brown
Grand Junction CO
17.50
2.94
17.5
111
Jason Christy
Scottsdale AZ
17.28
 
17.28
112
Allen Clark
Florence AZ
16.97
 
16.97
112
Cory Kramer
Mesa AZ
16.97
 
16.97
114
Steve Gibson
Las Vegas NV
16.96
 
16.96
115
Roy Hawk
Lake Havasu City AZ
17.05
 
16.85
116
Tom Nokes
Riverton UT
16.62
2.73
16.62
117
Tony Lain
Menifee CA
16.59
 
16.59
118
Joe Raftery
Las Vegas NV
16.42
 
16.42
119
Patrick Whitaker
Gilbert AZ
16.37
 
16.37
120
Carlos Garcia
Murrieta CA
16.16
 
16.16
121
Shane Spinning
Canyon Lake CA
16.14
 
16.14
122
Travis Richards
Henderson NV
15.90
 
15.9
123
James Salazar
Las Vegas NV
16.07
3.51
15.87
124
Donnie Scroggins
Kingman AZ
15.83
 
15.83
125
Laythe Moore
Banning CA
15.78
2.58
15.78
126
Jason Haley
Medford OR
15.73
 
15.73
127
Kevin Finley
Phoenix AZ
15.71
 
15.71
128
Mike Brillhart
Waddell AZ
15.56
 
15.56
129
Chris Beverly
Mesa AZ
15.55
2.17
15.55
129
Vern Ridgway
Chandler AZ
15.55
2.3
15.55
131
Chris Kinley
Lake Havasu City AZ
15.45
 
15.45
132
Jason Swim
Peoria AZ
15.39
2.45
15.39
133
Bob Keck
Ballwin MO
15.34
2.25
15.34
134
John Basmadjian
Fullerton CA
15.25
2.33
15.25
135
Devin McDonald
Rio Ranch NM
15.21
 
15.21
136
Tyler Rempe
Sierra Vista AZ
15.09
3.34
15.09
137
Cody Compton
Palisade CO
15.08
 
15.08
138
Jim Elliott
Redding CA
14.88
 
14.88
139
Randy Estrada, M.D.
Corona CA
14.85
 
14.85
140
John Stewart
Peoria AZ
14.83
 
14.83
141
Philip Roesener
Logandale NV
14.72
 
14.72
142
Ken Whalen
Lompoc CA
14.71
3.28
14.71
143
George Kramer
Lake Elsinore CA
14.62
2.92
14.62
144
Patrick Touey
Nipomo CA
14.40
 
14.4
145
Chris Teixeira
El Mirage AZ
14.29
3.39
14.29
146
Jeffrey Scott Allen
Flagstaff AZ
14.28
 
14.28
147
Kyle Richins
Washington UT
14.01
2.5
14.01
148
Kevin Stewart
Elk Grove CA
13.94
 
13.94
149
Fred Proudfoot
Kingman AZ
13.72
2.88
13.72
150
Rusty Brown
Canyon Lake CA
13.66
 
13.66
151
Ed Webb
Stanwood WA
13.64
 
13.64
152
Dylan Maxon
Phoenix AZ
13.48
 
13.48
153
Richard Garcia
Beaumont CA
13.40
 
13.4
154
Billy Hines
Vacaville CA
13.35
 
13.35
155
Danny Clark
San Tan Valley AZ
13.29
2.05
13.29
156
Dung Van Vu
Paramount CA
13.17
 
13.17
157
Ellison Hubbard
LAS VEGAS NV
13.30
 
13.1
158
Klayton Belden
El Cajon CA
15.07
 
13.07
159
Kenichi Tanaka
Osaka, Japan
13.02
 
13.02
160
Tommy Jonovich
Phoenix AZ
12.98
3.27
12.98
161
Jim Hawkes
Apache Junction AZ
12.70
2.61
12.7
162
Douglas Jones
North Las vegas NV
12.69
 
12.69
163
James Romero
Henderson NV
12.57
2.68
12.57
164
Rick Grover
Trabucco Canyon CA
12.47
 
12.47
165
Zachary Elrite
San Jose CA
12.02
 
12.02
166
Sean Torgrude
Tucson AZ
11.95
 
11.95
167
Rob Larsen
Fountain Green UT
12.75
3.34
11.75
168
Rich Vincent
Wildomar CA
11.68
3.2
11.68
169
Logan Erautt
oakland CA
11.25
 
11.25
170
Melvin Williams
Chula Vista CA
11.09
2.55
11.09
171
Jason Bradshaw
Sacramento CA
10.43
 
10.43
172
Rodney Reed
Chelan WA
10.11
 
10.11
173
James Fenney Jr
Murrieta CA
10.07
 
10.07
174
Benjamin Green
Pasadena CA
9.94
2.47
9.94
175
Shawn Lee
Arroyo Grande CA
9.61
 
9.61
176
Chris Garnett
Las Vegas NV
11.02
 
9.58
177
Sergio Arguello
North Hollywood CA
9.51
 
9.51
178
Chad Randles
Elkhorn NE
9.36
 
9.36
179
Conrad Demecs
Phoenix AZ
9.23
 
9.23
180
Rocky Asbury
Las Vegas NV
9.21
 
9.21
181
Shawn O'Connell
Brewster WA
9.07
2.97
9.07
182
Lester Hawkins
Pagosa Springs CO
9.02
 
9.02
183
Derek Francom
Pheonix AZ
8.83
2.24
8.83
184
Chris Bozarth
Henderson NV
8.82
2.32
8.82
185
Steven Bowlin
Coolidge AZ
8.70
 
8.7
186
Ron Johnson
Chandler AZ
8.64
 
8.64
187
Ron Hammett
La Mesa CA
8.63
1.7
8.43
188
Hobby Nelson
Peoria AZ
9.12
 
8.12
189
Gary Yamamoto
Page AZ
8.09
 
8.09
190
Trace Myers
Santaquin CA
8.03
 
8.03
191
David Davis
Big Piney WY
7.97
 
7.97
192
Jeffery Klicka
Brawley CA
7.70
 
7.7
193
Derek Yamamoto
Henderson NV
7.10
 
7.1
194
Mike Walsh
El Cajon CA
6.89
 
6.89
195
Rod Wynn
Inglewood CA
6.17
 
6.17
196
Neil Campbell
Fallbrook CA
5.70
 
5.7
197
Elliott Holsbo
Lakeside CA
5.66
 
5.66
198
Steve E Adams
Rancho Cordova CA
4.81
 
4.81
199
Danny Moraga
Hesperia CA
4.73
 
4.73
200
Greg Garcia
Los Angeles CA
4.43
 
4.43
201
Bryant Smith
Castro Valley CA
4.26
 
4.26
202
Ryan Olivas
Rancho Cordova CA
4.05
 
4.05
203
Bill Griffith
Ventura CA
3.77
 
3.77
204
Brent James
St George UT
3.27
 
3.27
205
Wade Headrick
Wallsburg UT
3.97
1.23
2.97
206
Jan Prestella
San Dimas CA
1.50
 
1.5
207
William Duncan
Hollister CA
1.64
 
0
207
Bobby Lanham
Cave Creek AZ
0.00
 
0
 
2017 WON Bass U.S. Open Day One AAA Standings
Place
Name
Hometown
Weight
Big Fish
Total
1
Yoshikazu Komada
Japan
33.94
3.24
33.94
2
Bret Nagelhout
Red Rock AZ
31.45
 
31.45
3
Sonny Gibson
Las Vegas NV
30.35
3.29
30.35
4
Levi Samz
Green River WY
30.21
3.47
30.21
5
Ryan Wischnack
San Diego CA
29.48
2.52
29.48
6
Robert Chor
San Pedro CA
29.19
3.27
29.19
7
Aaron Haring
Corona CA
28.47
3.3
28.47
8
Aaron Heath
Phoenix AZ
28.39
5.75
28.39
9
Tyler Bailey
Logandale NV
27.82
3.4
27.82
10
Michael Fisher
Santee CA
27.79
3.18
27.79
11
Nathan Larsen
Fountain Green UT
27.18
3.27
27.18
12
Gilbert Valadez
Fullerton CA
27.06
 
27.06
13
Brad Smith
Riverside CA
26.16
 
26.16
14
Joe Ahrens
San Diego CA
26.04
 
26.04
15
Jeremy Fasuga
Peoria AZ
26.03
 
26.03
16
Ryan Gutierrez
Weiser ID
25.99
 
25.99
17
Johnny Limbrick
Bonita CA
25.94
3.53
25.94
18
Kenny Johnson
Eager AZ
25.62
2.54
25.62
19
Dennis Saiki
Mission Viejo
25.49
2.72
25.49
20
Billy Dunson
Farmington NM
25.45
 
25.45
21
Brant List
Huntington Beach CA
25.15
 
25.15
22
Robert Nicholson
Grand Terrace CA
25.32
 
25.12
23
Randy Droll
Apache Junction AZ
24.83
 
24.83
24
Len Scinto
Valencia CA
24.72
 
24.72
25
John Bitting
Westminster CA
24.61
5.26
24.61
26
Gabe Romero
Henderson NV
24.29
2.52
24.29
27
Andrew Moreau
Satatoga Springs UT
24.26
 
24.26
27
Brad Szarkowski
Saugus CA
24.26
 
24.26
29
Jason Okamoto
Glendale AZ
23.66
2.62
23.66
30
Rob Copple
Las Vegas NV
23.61
 
23.61
31
Kelly Burns
Avondale AZ
23.57
3.48
23.57
32
Russell Schmidt
Martinez CA
23.52
4.56
23.52
33
Joe Patz
Surprise AZ
23.52
2.4
23.32
34
Erik Bomstad
Temecula CA
23.3
2.87
23.3
35
Jose Silva
Las Vegas NV
23.22
3.72
23.22
36
Richard Mulder
Rockledge FL
23.1
 
23.1
37
Patrick Cassi
Wheatland CA
23.04
 
23.04
38
Todd Tobiasson
Las Vegas NV
22.88
3.03
22.88
39
Gale Fox Jr.
Las Vegas NV
22.87
2.37
22.87
40
Justin Ramsay
Glendale AZ
22.85
 
22.85
41
Damon Gomez
Alta Loma CA
22.84
 
22.84
42
Ryan Furno
Aloha OR
22.78
 
22.78
43
Atsushi Machida
Las Vegas NV
22.76
3.4
22.76
44
Zach Barnes
Maridian ID
22.74
2.98
22.74
45
Geoff Peterson
Huntington Beach CA
22.57
2.84
22.57
46
Chad Harvey
Phoenix AZ
22.54
2.61
22.54
47
Brandon Headrick
Labarge WY
22.53
2.7
22.53
48
Jake Back
Mesa AZ
22.52
3.92
22.52
49
Wes O'Brien
Poway CA
22.47
 
22.47
50
Mike Cruthers
Chandler AZ
22.46
 
22.46
50
Brian Kemp
Perris CA
22.46
2.83
22.46
52
Matt Frazier
Denair CA
22.34
5.01
22.34
53
Mona Dunlap
Cottage Grove OR
22.48
1.48
22.28
54
Dustin Tingle
Spring Valley CA
22.07
 
22.07
55
Aaryn Coroneos
Henderson NV
21.74
 
21.74
55
Garrison Ocamica
Caldwell ID
21.74
2.63
21.74
57
Danny Gill
Albuquerque NM
21.7
2.25
21.7
58
William Penrod
Salome AZ
21.68
2.71
21.68
59
Simon Apodoca
Yuma AZ
21.5
1.7
21.5
60
Richard Henson
Redding CA
21.45
 
21.45
61
Dante Ray
Sparks NV
21.38
2.47
21.38
62
Mark Chadeayne
Pomona CA
21.25
2.45
21.25
62
Brett Posladek
Valley Center CA
21.25
 
21.25
64
John Manganello
Las Vegas NV
21.21
3.6
21.21
65
Shawn Carnahan
Gilbert AZ
21.11
 
21.11
66
Kyle Greenlaw
Morro Bay CA
21.98
4.27
20.98
67
Blaine Christiansen
San Francisco CA
20.96
 
20.96
68
Michael Natisin
Lakeside CA
20.92
 
20.92
69
Wade Goodwin
Wilson CA
20.9
 
20.9
70
Raphael Samuel
Perris CA
20.89
2.61
20.89
71
Dominick Mohameds
Oakley CA
20.88
 
20.88
72
Gary Haraguchi
Franklin TN
20.8
5.5
20.8
73
Jeff Mabry
Phoenix AZ
20.78
4.2
20.78
73
Patrick McLaren
Las Vegas NV
20.78
3.01
20.78
75
Andrew Garcia
Azusa CA
20.76
3.17
20.76
76
Landon Miller
Cherry Valley CA
20.71
 
20.71
77
Taj White
Glendale AZ
20.65
3.02
20.65
78
Mark Renteria
El Mirage AZ
20.75
2.43
20.55
79
Steve Boyce
Paradise Valley AZ
20.54
4.03
20.54
80
CJ Hinkle
Buckeye AZ
20.09
 
20.09
81
Mike Romero
Las Vegas NV
20.06
3.35
20.06
82
Aaron Reese
Gilbert AZ
19.94
1.61
19.94
83
Michael Bidak
Scottsdale AZ
19.86
3.5
19.86
83
Teddy Snyder
Redding CA
19.86
2.26
19.86
85
Jake Anderegg
Henderson NV
19.85
 
19.85
86
James Bogin
Oceanside CA
19.84
 
19.84
86
Liz Jones
Conoga Park CA
19.84
 
19.84
88
Victoria Dunstone
Wake Forest NC
19.79
 
19.79
89
Yosuke "Manny" Toma
Ontario CA
19.74
 
19.74
90
Kevin A. Smith
Phoenix AZ
19.7
4.5
19.7
91
Russell Mortensen
Mesa AZ
19.66
 
19.66
91
Toru Kaneko
Konan-Shi, Shiga Jap
19.66
2.75
19.66
93
Kirk Pasalich
Poway CA
19.61
 
19.61
94
Bob Lindgren
San Clemente CA
19.56
2.78
19.56
95
Kevin H Duncan
Brea CA
19.6
3.52
19.4
96
Mark Torrez
Camarillo CA
19.37
 
19.37
97
Steve Larsen
Henderson NV
19.27
2.8
19.27
98
Szu Nien Yeh
Las Vegas NV
19.26
2.86
19.26
99
Brent Benish
San Diego CA
19.22
 
19.22
100
Daniel Partida II
Las Vegas NV
19.07
 
19.07
101
Troy Pasalich
Poway CA
19.03
 
19.03
102
Chris Glondeniz
Encinitas CA
18.89
 
18.89
103
Aaron Hill
Las Vegas NV
18.76
 
18.76
104
Jordon Erekson
Chandler AZ
18.72
 
18.72
104
Robin Oh
Valencia CA
18.72
 
18.72
106
Anthony Souza
Turlock CA
18.5
3.21
18.5
107
Troy Lindhorst
Glendale AZ
19.44
2.79
18.44
108
Keith Gunsauls
El Cajon CA
18.36
 
18.36
109
Thor Dusenberry
Pheonix CA
18.35
 
18.35
110
Ralph Wells
Lake Havasu City AZ
18.09
 
18.09
111
Robert Zumwalt
Las Vegas NV
18.08
 
18.08
112
Paul Reutlinger
Mineola TX
17.87
2.58
17.87
113
Chuck Kavros
Grass Valley CA
17.83
3.14
17.83
114
Gabriel Jones
Henderson NV
17.75
 
17.75
115
Kirk Beardsley
Canyon Lake CA
17.65
2.79
17.65
116
Aaron Bartelt
Grand Junction CO
17.63
 
17.63
117
Tom Kruse
San Juan Capistrano CA
17.5
 
17.5
118
Ryan Hevener
San Diego CA
17.34
3.08
17.34
119
Chad May
Gilbert AZ
17.22
 
17.22
120
Mathew Grizzle
Dahlonega GA
17.12
1.82
17.12
121
Ron Ratlief
Lake Havasu City AZ
17.08
 
17.08
122
Steve Watson
Phoenix AZ
17.07
 
17.07
123
Cole Daniel
Hollister CA
17.04
 
17.04
124
Jeff Fogel
Carlsbad CA
16.95
 
16.95
125
Bill Lansford
Needles CA
16.87
 
16.87
126
James Bo McNeely
Rancho Cucamonga CA
16.78
 
16.78
127
Brian P. Day
Rancho SM CA
16.77
2.52
16.77
128
Brian Eslick
Gilroy CA
16.73
 
16.73
129
Preston Smith
Cave Creek AZ
16.47
 
16.47
130
Dustin A Robinson
GLENDALE AZ
16.46
 
16.46
131
Randall Bruce
Las Vegas NV
16.39
3.25
16.39
132
Rick Melead
Yorba Linda CA
16.26
 
16.26
133
Christopher Owens
Las Vegas NV
16.24
 
16.24
134
Steven Christensen
Ferron UT
16.02
 
16.02
135
Nathan Foreman
Queen Creek AZ
15.99
 
15.99
136
Stephen Lamb
Lakeside CA
15.96
2.02
15.96
137
David Karber
Phoenix AZ
15.91
2.18
15.91
138
Kirk Russell
Payson AZ
15.78
2.67
15.78
139
Isaiah Rios
Phoenix AZ
15.84
 
15.64
140
Douglas Wickham
Ivins UT
15.61
 
15.61
141
Brad Hellum
Glendale AZ
15.58
 
15.58
142
Alan Clowers
National City CA
15.55
 
15.55
142
Akiko Totsuka
Japan
15.55
 
15.55
144
Vincent Alcantara
Glendale AZ
15.54
2.53
15.54
145
John Bryson
Las Vegas NV
15.45
 
15.45
146
Michael Renteria
El Mirage AZ
15.18
 
15.18
147
Clifford Kinney
Mesa AZ
15.11
2.71
15.11
148
Trevor Rumsey
Chandler AZ
15.2
2.17
15
149
Jason Billmaier
Las Vegas NV
14.81
2.46
14.81
150
Larry Warren
Laverkin UT
14.62
4.1
14.62
151
William Stout
Prescott AZ
14.48
3.02
14.48
152
Joseph George, Jr.
Folsom CA
14.24
 
14.24
153
Seth Myers
Martinez CA
14.18
3.74
14.18
154
Derrek Stewart
Venice CA
14.13
1.89
14.13
155
Tim Domingues
San Jose CA
13.97
 
13.97
156
Larry White
Sun City AZ
13.93
 
13.93
157
Scott Olivier
Peoria AZ
13.78
 
13.78
157
Jim Vretzos
El Dorodo Hills CA
13.78
 
13.78
159
Danny Burns
Phoenix AZ
13.6
 
13.6
160
Tyler Hogan
La Habra Heights CA
13.47
 
13.47
161
Keith Bridges
Mission Viejo CA
13.43
2.53
13.43
162
Ryan Chambers
Chandler AZ
13.4
1.57
13.4
163
Clara Ricabal
Boulder Creek CA
13.35
 
13.35
164
John D. Helm
Tempe AZ
13.29
 
13.29
165
Tom Karavites
Payson AZ
13.27
1.86
13.27
166
Brian Bullis
Anthem AZ
13.2
2.32
13.2
167
Randy Bruno
Huntington Beach CA
13.27
 
13.07
168
Robert Castner
Chino CA
12.91
 
12.91
169
Matthew Williams
Lake Havasu City AZ
12.89
 
12.89
170
Gary Crouse
Covina CA
12.77
 
12.77
171
Mike Gowey
Snowflake AZ
12.74
2.76
12.74
172
James Hansen
Las Vegas NV
12.32
 
12.32
173
Kenny Myers
Lakeside AZ
12.23
 
12.23
174
Bill Hart
Lincoln CA
12.32
 
12.12
175
Danny Batinich
Lake Elsinore CA
11.86
 
11.86
176
Aaron Seay
San Diego CA
11.38
 
11.38
177
Tom Ormsby
Parowan UT
11.26
 
11.26
178
Erick Zappey
St George UT
12.59
 
11.15
179
Scott Kunkler
Dana Point CA
11.13
 
11.13
180
John Browning
Payson AZ
11.05
2.18
11.05
181
Steven Mack
Queen Creek AZ
11.03
 
11.03
182
James Salazar Jr
North Las Vegas NV
12.54
 
10.9
183
Nathan Harbison
Madero CA
10.77
2.54
10.77
184
Chad Davis
Mesa AZ
10.71
 
10.71
184
Brian Mills
Phoenix AZ
10.71
 
10.71
186
John Younce
Oak View CA
10.54
2.48
10.54
187
Randy Austin
Cedar City UT
10.4
3.32
10.4
188
Robby Rogers
Redondo Beach CA
10.01
 
10.01
189
Lon Armel
Scottsdale AZ
11.91
 
9.91
190
Angelo Aliotti
Temecula CA
9.61
 
9.61
191
Craig Hammett
Eagle ID
9.31
2.11
9.31
192
Mike Simon
Henderson NV
9.21
 
9.21
193
Brandon Diamond
Los Altos CA
9.11
 
9.11
194
Mike Contreras
Ontario CA
8.99
 
8.99
195
Dean Sexton
Costa Mesa CA
8.82
 
8.82
196
Nick Teschler
Phoenix AZ
8.71
 
8.71
197
David Zavvar
West Hollywood CA
8.41
3.36
8.21
198
Naoaki Fujimoto
Osaka,Japan
9.2
 
8.2
199
Brian Grizzle
Dahlonega GA
8.16
 
8.16
200
Ron Chambers
Tonto Basin AZ
7.72
 
7.72
201
Rick Cofield
Las Vegas NV
7.25
 
7.25
202
David Bebawy
Chandler AZ
7.12
 
7.12
203
Jay Guterding
Redding CA
6.86
 
6.86
204
Tracy Purtee
Payson AZ
6.56
 
6.56
205
Phillip Dijulio
Phoenix CA
6.23
 
6.23
206
Jeremy Burns
Santa Margarita CA
5.86
2.86
5.86
207
Lynn Irwin
Las Vegas
4.22
 
4.22
208
Jeff Hudson
Las Vegas NV
0
 
0

2018 Ram Truck Open Series Early Registration October 20th!

Athens, AL. Registration for the 2018 Ram Truck Open Series with a guaranteed payback at every event will open Friday 10/20/2017 at 8 am. The series offers a guaranteed $5,000 minimum to the first place to boaters at all one-day events and at the two-day Area Championships a guaranteed $10,000 minimum for first place boater and $5,000 for first place co-anglers. The 2018 season will offer 18 divisions with 81 tournaments, all in a Pro/Am style format with a path to the no entry fee Ray Scott Championship that has a payout of over $300,000 in cash and prizes.

Entry fees remain lower with Divisional entry fees for boaters at $200 and $100 for co-anglers. Area Championships entry fee is $300 for boaters and $150 for co-anglers. The Ray Scott Championship has no entry fee.

Boater and Co-Angler Package Registrations from October 20 through December 1, 2017 will each receive free a one-year membership and 2018 freedom pass, value $60.00. Anglers my register online at ramopenseries.com or call (256)232-0406

To advance to the Area Championship anglers fish either as a boater in 3-one-day events or a co-angler in 3-one day events, or a combination of 4-one day events within their region. This allows more anglers to compete for slots for both the local Area Championship and the Ray Scott Championship.

Each division will advance anglers to the Ray Scott Championship.

  • The top ten (10) Boaters and top ten (10) Co-Anglers from each division by points after the Area Championship will advance.
  • The top five (5) Boaters and top five (5) Co-Anglers at the Area Championship by place of finish, who do not advance by divisional points, will also advance.

Divisional points are awarded to each angler who competes in events within a division including the Area Championship. Anglers of the year for each division receive their entry fees ($1,100 for boaters and $550 for co-anglers) for the 2019 season, an automatic berth into the Ray Scott Championship plus the ABA Diamond Elite Membership status in the ABA Buyer’s Club. Total points accumulated from one day events within a division plus Area championship determines the Divisional angler of the year.

Boaters are always guaranteed use of their boats at all events. Co-anglers registering as a package entry will receive priority entry into each event in that division. Reminder, co-anglers can guarantee their spot in an event by “linking” with a registered boater.

More information can be viewed on the RamOpenSeries.com website including payouts, schedules and additional information.

Select from any of the events below to learn more or click register.

About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Ram Truck Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Ram Trucks, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Carlisle Tires, GEICO, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Maui Jim, Power Pole, Simms, Garmin, and SiriusXM Marine Weather. American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or by visiting www.americanbassanglers.com

Register Division_Name: Dates: Lake/Info
Florida South 1/13/2018 Okeechobee
Florida Central 1/20/2018 Toho
South Carolina 1/27/2018 Keowee
Alabama South 2/03/2018 Eufaula
East Texas 2/03/2018 Cedar Creek
Alabama North 2/03/2018 Guntersville
North Carolina 2/10/2018 Norman
Georgia 2/10/2018 Eufaula
South Carolina 2/17/2018 Murray
Florida South 2/17/2018 Okeechobee
Virginia 2/24/2018 Kerr
Florida Central 2/24/2018 Kissimmee Chain
South East Texas 2/24/2018 Sam Rayburn
Tennesee Central 2/24/2018 Center Hill
Mississippi 3/03/2018 Columbus Pool
Georgia 3/10/2018 Seminole
Oklahoma 3/10/2018 Arkansas River
Kentucky 3/10/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida Central 3/17/2018 Harris Chain
South Texas 3/17/2018 Lake Conroe
Alabama North 3/17/2018 Wheeler
North Carolina 3/24/2018 Hickory
Florida South 3/24/2018 Okeechobee
East Texas 3/24/2018 Lake Palestine
Tennesee Central 3/24/2018 Percy Priest
Maryland 3/31/2018 Potomac
Virginia 4/14/2018 Gaston
Mississippi 4/14/2018 Ross Barnett
Kentucky 4/14/2018 Kentucky Lake
South Carolina 4/21/2018 Hartwell
Maryland 4/21/2018 Chesapeake Bay
Alabama South 4/21/2018 Martin
Oklahoma 4/21/2018 Eufaula
North Carolina 4/28/2018 Kerr
Georgia 4/28/2018 Sinclair
South East Texas 4/28/2018 Sam Rayburn
Alabama North 4/28/2018 Neely Henry
Florida Central 5/05/2018 Toho
Mississippi 5/05/2018 Ross Barnett
Tennesee Central 5/05/2018 Old Hickory
Ohio 5/12/2018 Indian
Maryland 5/12/2018 Potomac
Florida South 5/12/2018 Okeechobee
Oklahoma 5/12/2018 Grand Lake
North Carolina 5/19/2018 High Rock
Alabama South 5/19/2018 Jordan
South Texas 5/19/2018 Lake Conroe
Ohio 6/02/2018 St. Mary's
Maryland 6/02/2018 Chesapeake Bay
South Carolina 6/09/2018 Clark's Hill
Georgia 6/09/2018 Oconee
South East Texas 6/09/2018 Sam Rayburn
Alabama North 6/09/2018 Weiss
New York 6/16/2018 Lake Champlain
Alabama South 6/16/2018 Logan Martin
Oklahoma 6/16/2018 Ft Gibson
Tennesee Central 6/16/2018 Old Hickory
Virginia 6/23/2018 Kerr
South Texas 6/23/2018 Lake Conroe
Kentucky 6/23/2018 Kentucky Lake
East Texas 6/30/2018 Lake of the Pines
New York 7/07/2018 Cayuga
Ohio 7/14/2018 Ohio River/ Tanner's Creek
New York 7/21/2018 1000 Islands
Ohio 8/04/2018 Ohio River/Maysville
Virginia 8/11/2018 Gaston
New York 8/18/2018 Lake Champlain
Mississippi 8/18/2018 Pickwick
South Texas 8/25/2018 Lake Conroe
Kentucky 8/25/2018 Kentucky Lake
East Texas 9/08/2018 Toledo Bend
Area 1 Championship 9/08/2018 Pickwick
Area 9 Championship 9/15/2018 Chautauqua
South East Texas 9/15/2018 Sam Rayburn
Area 8 Championship 9/22/2018 Kerr
Area 5 Championship 9/29/2018 Kissimmee Chain
Area 7 Championship 10/06/2018 Lake Texoma
Area 3 Championship 10/13/2018 Eufaula
Area 2 Championship 10/13/2018 Kentucky Lake
Area 4 Championship 10/13/2018 Norman
Area 6 Championship 10/20/2018 Toledo Bend

Toyota Bonus Bucks Winners Take $5K and Swindle’s Jacket!

As Cody Millican and John Cook idled through morning ‘boat check’ prior to throttling down in the 6th Annual Toyota Bonus Bucks Owners event, Millican told top pro Gerald Swindle, who was emceeing the event, that if he and Cook won – he was taking Swindle’s jacket home.

 

Swindle, being a good sport, agreed – and by day’s end, had to present Millican with not only his jacket, but a check from Toyota for $5,000 at the No Entry Fee event for registered Bonus Bucks members on Table Rock Lake.

 

Millican and Cook also took Swindle’s advice on maintaining a positive mental attitude en route to victory, as they overcame the adversity of thinking their boat might be sinking when big waves crashed over the stern.

 

“We were tied up to a tree making repeated casts with a ¾ ounce football jig to a brushpile along side a dock, and before too long strong winds started filling the boat with water,” says Millican, who calls Table Rock his home lake.

 

“We maintained our composure and pulled into a boat dock to escape the wind, let our bilge pump get rid of all the water, and went back to fishing,” he added.

 

While their winning weight of just 11 pounds 6 ounces was the lowest in the six-year history of the fellowship-rich event, it was good enough for a lifetime memory.

 

“This is a top-notch event, no entry fee, great food, lots of free stuff – we were here last year – and now we’ll fish this event forever,” says Millican.

 

Millican’s partner John Cook has deep loyalty to Toyota. He pulled the winning boat with a 4Runner, but has a Tacoma at home with 302,000 miles on it. “I call that old Tacoma “Otis’s truck” – because I have a dog named Otis that loves to ride in it.”

 

Millican and Cook weren’t the only team to enjoy the event’s prize-filled payout. The top 30 teams received a paycheck, three teams that finished outside the top 31 were randomly chosen for a $500 cash prize, and the 31st place team got the LEER Truck Caps “Lucky Dog” $750 cash prize.

 

Plus, the 15th place team won a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops Gift Certificate, and the 4 pound 3 ounce largemouth caught by the team of Ronnie Dobbs and Troy Eakins was good enough for $1,000 worth of free merchandise from Carhartt.

 

Certainly, nobody went home empty handed. Participants who traveled from states across America were treated to free meals, a generous amount of free gear, and tremendous fellowship before the first cast was ever made.

 

You don’t have to win a tournament to win the “Bonus Bucks” – you just have to be a registered participant in any of the dozens of tournaments sanctioned by Bonus Bucks, and be the highest-placing participant. To learn more and get signed-up, please visit http://www.toyotatrucksbonusbucks.com/ or phone (918) 742-6424, and ask for Jessica or Kendell and they can also help you get signed-up.


Justin Patti Extends Lead on Day Two of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open

Justin Patti Extends Lead on Day Two of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open
Consecutive Double Digit Limits Put Arizona Pro in Position to Claim Victory
Justin Patti Leads Day Two of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open - photo by Dan O'Sullivan


Las Vegas, Nev. - October 18, 2017
- A little over a year ago, Justin Patti left Callville Bay Marina on the second day of the WON Bass U.S. Open in the lead. By the end of the day, he had succumbed to the wild swings that Lake Mead's fishing is known for.

2017 has proven to be a different year for the Arizona pro.
After opening the event with a stellar 14.71-pound limit, Patti took last years' experience and made all the right moves to post a 13.00-pound limit that pushed his two-day weight to 27.71 pounds. His second consecutive strong day increased the margin of his lead to nearly three and a half pounds over second place pro Kyle Grover of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
His performance helped him nearly match the goal weight he set for himself for the three day event - in two days. "I started this event hoping to catch 10 pounds a day to have a shot to win," he said. "I didn't expect to be catching this quality of fish, I've had two great AAA partners, and we've worked really well together to make it happen."
Despite his lead, he said he feels a little pressure, because his area is as well. "There are a lot of boats in my area, and while everyone is working well together, I can tell it is having an effect," he said. "I'm doing a few different things and I'm ready to make an adjustment, I just hope that I can make the right adjustments to finish this off."
While a three pound lead is big on Lake Mead, Grover finished the day with a total weight of 24.25 pounds after his 11.74-pound limit on day two. The young pro - a veteran of many entries in this event - knows that he has a chance. "I found something on the first day of the event that really worked out well," he said. I'm fishing some deep grass that I have pretty much to myself, and I think if I lean on it a little, I might be able to catch a few more good ones. If that doesn't pan out, I have a couple areas I can go to; it's going to be interesting."
Third place went to Phoenix, Ariz. pro Brett Hite, who made a second day charge with a 14.23-pound limit that brought his two day total to 24.13 pounds. He feels that his experience, and the fact that he is fishing his way gives him an advantage. "I'm catching them in a way that I'm really comfortable with, and I'm kind of off to myself," he said. "I've been in this situation before in big events on the FLW Tour and the Elite Series and I feel like I know how to keep myself focused and deal with the pressure; I feel pretty good about my chances."
Utah pro Travis Jewell slipped a bit, but his 9.77-pound limit brought his total weight to 22.99 pounds, good enough to finish fourth on day three. Rounding out the top five was
Sean Coffey, who had 9.95 pounds on day one, but upgraded to 12.78-pounds to bring his total to 22.73 pounds.
The AAA Division is being led by Aaron Haring with a total weight of 24.27 pounds. He is followed by Bret Nagelhout who placed second with 24.18 pounds with 24.18 pounds. Third place AAA Levi Samz worked with his day-two pro Jeff Martineau to weigh 15.16 on day two to bring his weight to 23.53. Yoshikasu Komada ended the day in fourth place with 22.28, and he is followed by Johnny Limbrick in fifth with 22.13 pounds.
Complete Standings are below, as well as posted at wonbass.com.
The Costa See What's Out There Live Coverage will continue to bring the rest of the action from Las Vegas and Lake Mead on Wednesday. You can go to WonBass.com to connect and watch the live streaming video on the following schedule - ALL TIMES PACIFIC.
Through Wednesday October 17
Event Coverage 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Live weigh-in 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Daily Post Game - 5:30PM to 8:00PM
Wednesday October 17 Awards Show following weigh-in from the Railhead Room at Boulder Station Casino
In conjunction with the event, Bass Cat Boats will continue to host demo rides in their newest boat; the Lynx, powered by Mercury at Calville Bay on Monday and Tuesday following weigh-in. The public, and event competitors are invited to take a ride in their flagship vessel, the one with the longest running pad in the industry from 5:30PM to 7:00PM Pacific Time
Once again, the Costa Live Show will bring all of the action of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open presented by Bass Coat Boats and Mercury. The Costa Live broadcasts will continue with the On the Water, weigh-in and post-game shows carrying on through the awards presentation Wednesday night.
The Sponsors of the 2017 U.S. Open are: Bass Cat Boats, Mercury, Costa, Daiwa, St. Croix, Lowrance, Yo-Zuri, Bridgford, Seaguar Fluorcarbon, Rapala, Savage Gear, Hayabusa, Plano, MotorGuide, Phenix Rods, Lew's, Roboworm, Kuiu, Ichikawa, Sure Life, Anglers Marine, Chevy Montebello and Boulder Station Casino.
Beginning Monday, 207 Pros and their AAA partners will head out onto the waters of Lake Mead Monday to contest the 34nd Anniversary of the WON Bass Bas Cat Boats / Mercury Marine U.S. Open.
2017 WON Bass U.S. Open Day One Pro Standings
Place
Name
Hometown
Weight
Big Fish
Total
1
Justin Patti
Phoenix AZ
27.71
3.87
27.71
2
Kyle Grover
Trabuco Canyon CA
24.25
3.84
24.25
3
Brett Hite
Phoenix AZ
24.13
3.47
24.13
4
Travis Jewell
Sandy UT
22.99
22.99
5
Sean Coffey
Mesa AZ
22.73
3.57
22.73
6
Cody Murray
Nampa ID
22.65
3.18
22.65
7
Carl Jocumsen
Reseda CA
21.55
21.55
8
Steve Tosh, Jr.
Modesto CA
21.51
4.59
21.51
9
Marvin Barellano
Monterey Park CA
21.46
2.88
21.46
10
Clayton Meyer
Henderson NV
21.36
2.9
21.36
11
Johnny Johnson
Lakeside AZ
21.25
21.25
12
Mike Williams
Mesa AZ
21.19
21.19
13
Steve Molinari
Waddell AZ
20.88
3.17
20.88
14
Nick Salvucci
Paso Robles CA
20.2
20.2
15
Kevin Hugo
Chino CA
19.98
3.75
19.98
16
Josh Bertrand
San Tan Valley AZ
19.91
3.64
19.91
17
Miles Howe
San Juan Capistrano CA
19.74
2.31
19.74
18
Vince Gennaro
Henderson NV
19.37
4.09
19.37
19
David Kemper
Tempe AZ
19.36
19.36
20
Matthew Luna
Santee CA
19.42
3.94
19.22
21
Justin Kerr
Simi Valley CA
19.21
3.93
19.21
22
David Baca
Prescott Valley AZ
18.8
2.31
18.8
23
Noah Cook
Lancaster CA
18.79
18.79
24
Travis Moran
Carmell CA
18.74
2.79
18.74
25
Jeff Martineau
Phoenix AZ
18.55
4.29
18.55
25
Matt Shura
Gilbert AZ
18.55
3.13
18.55
27
Jimmy Reese
Ukiah CA
18.28
2.92
18.28
28
Clayton Eslick
Gilroy CA
18.18
3.48
18.18
29
Tom Leedom
Escondido CA
18.14
18.14
30
Mark Walsh*
Henderson NV
18.13
3.27
18.13
31
Cliff King
Herald CA
17.97
2.92
17.97
32
Todd Kline
San Clemente CA
17.96
3.29
17.96
33
Ted Holverson
El Cajon CA
17.92
17.92
34
Jason Borofka
Salinas CA
17.91
2.55
17.91
35
Carl Limbrick, Jr.
Bonita CA
17.9
17.9
36
Justin Hanold
Poway CA
17.88
17.88
37
Jordan Pinacso
Galt CA
17.86
17.86
38
Brent Shores
Boise ID
17.66
17.66
39
Randy Pierson
Oakdale CA
17.65
2.83
17.65
40
Chase Colby
Heber City UT
17.49
2.59
17.49
41
Julius Mazy
Phoenix AZ
17.38
17.38
42
Wade Strelic
El Cajon CA
17.55
2.74
17.35
43
Jordan Collom
Temecula CA
17.3
3.78
17.3
44
John Morrow
Brea CA
17.22
17.22
45
Ben Byrd
Moab UT
16.83
3.94
16.83
46
Kevin Short
Mayflower AR
16.82
16.82
47
Todd Woods
San Dimas CA
16.77
16.77
48
Garrett Howard
Riverside CA
16.76
3.1
16.76
49
Tai Au
Glendale AZ
16.65
3.48
16.65
50
Paul Hodges
Glendale AZ
16.62
3.44
16.62
50
Young "Bradley" Yang
Korea
16.62
16.62
52
Steve Lund
Glendale AZ
16.58
16.58
53
Luke Clausen
Oakdale CA
16.41
16.41
54
Kurt Dove
Del Rio TX
16.38
16.38
55
John Murray
Spring City TN
16.16
3.34
16.16
56
Kevin Caruso
Glendale AZ
16.08
3.45
16.08
57
Mark Dotterer
Phoenix AZ
16.05
2.89
16.05
58
Cody Spetz
Menifee CA
16.04
5.54
16.04
59
Andrew Napoleon
Mesa AZ
15.99
15.99
60
Pete Marino
Moreno Valley CA
15.82
3.43
15.82
61
Jim Moynagh
Carver MN
15.74
15.74
62
Jon Griffith
Mesa AZ
15.71
15.71
63
Tom Lowery
Lakeside CA
15.65
15.65
64
Rusty Salewske
Alpine CA
15.62
15.62
65
Jared Lintner
Arroyo Grande CA
15.41
15.41
66
Clifford Pirch
Payson AZ
15.33
15.33
66
Guy Savidan
NORCO CA
15.33
15.33
68
Matt Stefan
Junction City WI
15.3
15.3
69
Raymond Archer
Greeley CO
15.14
15.14
70
Tim Klinger
Boulder City NV
15.09
2.12
15.09
71
Joey Letsinger
Wilton CA
15.08
15.08
72
Mike Peterson
Valley Center CA
14.93
14.93
72
Dick Watson
Alta Loma CA
14.93
14.93
74
Tony Lain
Menifee CA
14.85
14.85
75
Michael Phua
Chino CA
14.81
14.81
76
Michael Spain
Goodyear AZ
14.78
14.78
77
Mark Williams
Lake Havasu City AZ
14.73
4.24
14.73
78
Andrew Upshaw
Tulsa OK
14.68
14.68
79
George Kramer
Lake Elsinore CA
14.62
2.92
14.62
80
Cory Kramer
Mesa AZ
14.47
14.47
81
Devin McDonald
Rio Ranch NM
14.19
14.19
82
Tom Nokes
Riverton UT
14.16
2.73
14.16
83
Jonathan Schuyler
Henderson NV
14.06
14.06
84
Shaun Bailey
Lake Havasu City AZ
14.2
14
85
John Basmadjian
Fullerton CA
13.92
2.33
13.92
86
Randy Estrada, M.D.
Corona CA
13.74
13.74
87
Fred Proudfoot
Kingman AZ
13.72
2.88
13.72
87
Chris Zaldain
San Jose CA
13.72
13.72
89
Rick Clunn
Ava MO
13.65
13.65
90
Keegan Graves
Meridian ID
13.49
13.49
91
Peter Manfrina
Lompoc CA
13.46
13.46
92
Randy Blaukat
Joplin MO
13.34
3.08
13.34
93
Chris Kinley
Lake Havasu City AZ
13.3
13.3
94
Philip Roesener
Logandale NV
13.21
13.21
95
Michael Crowther
Page AZ
13.17
13.17
96
Todd Herman
Gilbert AZ
13.1
13.1
97
Rick Culver
Taylor UT
12.92
12.92
98
Travis Richards
Henderson NV
12.69
12.69
99
Steve Lee
Burbank WA
12.67
12.67
100
Jason Hickey
Weiser ID
12.66
2.97
12.66
101
Ken Mah
Elk Grove CA
12.57
3.54
12.57
102
Kona Borja
Henderson NV
12.5
12.5
103
Russ Barger
Boise ID
12.39
3.06
12.39
104
Vern Ridgway
Chandler AZ
12.31
12.31
105
Brett Leber
Dixon CA
12.3
12.3
106
Dan Merchant
Canyon Lake CA
12.22
12.22
107
Doug Gaskill
Las Vegas NV
12.19
4.99
12.19
108
Richard Garcia
Beaumont CA
12.07
12.07
109
Mike Brillhart
Waddell AZ
12.03
12.03
110
Jason Swim
Peoria AZ
11.95
2.45
11.95
111
Allen Clark
Florence AZ
11.85
11.85
112
James Salazar
Las Vegas NV
12.03
3.51
11.83
113
David Valdivia
Norwalk CA
11.81
11.81
114
Dennis Kolender
San Diego CA
11.79
11.79
115
Rob Larsen
Fountain Green UT
12.75
3.34
11.75
115
Shane Spinning
Canyon Lake CA
11.75
11.75
117
Carlos Garcia
Murrieta CA
11.72
11.72
117
Roy Hawk
Lake Havasu City AZ
11.72
11.72
119
Tyler Rempe
Sierra Vista AZ
11.65
3.34
11.65
120
Bob Keck
Ballwin MO
11.63
2.25
11.63
120
Ken Whalen
Lompoc CA
11.63
3.28
11.63
122
Byron Velvick
San Antonio TX
11.57
11.57
123
Jim Elliott
Redding CA
11.56
11.56
124
Joe Raftery
Las Vegas NV
11.47
11.47
124
Chris Teixeira
El Mirage AZ
11.47
3.39
11.47
126
Chris Beverly
Mesa AZ
11.43
2.17
11.43
127
Logan Erautt
oakland CA
11.25
11.25
128
Aaron Britt
Yuba City CA
11.14
11.14
129
Brian Nollar
Homer AK
11.09
11.09
130
Stanley Hendrix
San Diego CA
11.03
11.03
130
Steve Gibson
Las Vegas NV
11.03
11.03
132
Todd Holverson
San Diego CA
10.96
3.05
10.96
133
Jim Hawkes
Apache Junction AZ
10.83
2.61
10.83
134
Bill Brown
Grand Junction CO
10.81
10.81
135
Kevin Finley
Phoenix AZ
10.7
10.7
136
Dylan Maxon
Phoenix AZ
10.57
10.57
137
Kurt Milana
Henderson NV
10.45
10.45
138
Klayton Belden
El Cajon CA
12.4
10.4
139
Jeffrey Scott Allen
Flagstaff AZ
10.31
10.31
140
Cody Compton
Palisade CO
10.26
10.26
141
Patrick Touey
Nipomo CA
10.24
10.24
142
Kevin Stewart
Elk Grove CA
10.12
10.12
143
Rodney Reed
Chelan WA
10.11
10.11
144
Patrick Whitaker
Gilbert AZ
10.04
10.04
145
Ellison Hubbard
LAS VEGAS NV
10.21
10.01
145
Melvin Williams
Chula Vista CA
10.01
2.55
10.01
147
Kenichi Tanaka
Osaka, Japan
9.88
9.88
148
John Stewart
Peoria AZ
9.73
9.73
149
Laythe Moore
Banning CA
9.69
9.69
150
Jason Christy
Scottsdale AZ
9.66
9.66
151
Mark Rauenzahn
San Diego CA
9.64
3.63
9.64
152
Rich Vincent
Wildomar CA
9.53
3.2
9.53
153
John Mackey
Boulder City NV
9.46
2.82
9.46
154
Ray Arbesu
Henderson NV
9.44
9.44
155
Conrad Demecs
Phoenix AZ
9.23
9.23
156
Zachary Elrite
San Jose CA
9.1
9.1
157
Danny Clark
San Tan Valley AZ
8.91
8.91
157
Douglas Jones
North Las vegas NV
8.91
8.91
159
Rusty Brown
Canyon Lake CA
8.62
8.62
160
Donnie Scroggins
Kingman AZ
8.56
8.56
161
Robert Ostercamp
Chandler AZ
8.47
8.47
162
Gary Yamamoto
Page AZ
8.09
8.09
163
Jeffery Klicka
Brawley CA
7.7
7.7
164
Rick Grover
Trabucco Canyon CA
7.68
7.68
165
Benjamin Green
Pasadena CA
7.47
7.47
165
Andy Manahl
Mesa AZ
7.47
2.09
7.47
167
Ed Webb
Stanwood WA
7.44
7.44
168
Shawn Lee
Arroyo Grande CA
7.39
7.39
169
Billy Hines
Vacaville CA
7.36
7.36
170
Sergio Arguello
North Hollywood CA
7.13
7.13
171
Ron Hammett
La Mesa CA
7.11
1.7
7.11
172
Derek Yamamoto
Henderson NV
7.1
7.1
173
James Romero
Henderson NV
6.93
6.93
174
Mike Walsh
El Cajon CA
6.89
6.89
175
Chris Garnett
Las Vegas NV
8.32
6.88
176
Sean Torgrude
Tucson AZ
6.79
6.79
177
Jason Bradshaw
Sacramento CA
6.57
6.57
178
Rod Wynn
Inglewood CA
6.17
6.17
179
Dung Van Vu
Paramount CA
6.07
6.07
180
James Fenney Jr
Murrieta CA
5.91
5.91
181
Trace Myers
Santaquin CA
5.8
5.8
181
Bill O'Shinn
Bakersfield CA
5.8
5.8
183
Chad Randles
Elkhorn NE
5.55
5.55
184
Ron Johnson
Chandler AZ
5.5
5.5
185
David Davis
Big Piney WY
5.25
5.25
186
Chris Bozarth
Henderson NV
5.24
5.24
187
Jason Haley
Medford OR
5.08
5.08
188
Steve E Adams
Rancho Cordova CA
4.81
4.81
189
Danny Moraga
Hesperia CA
4.73
4.73
190
Kyle Richins
Washington UT
4.65
4.65
191
Lester Hawkins
Pagosa Springs CO
4.54
4.54
192
Derek Francom
Pheonix AZ
4.53
4.53
193
Greg Garcia
Los Angeles CA
4.43
4.43
194
Bryant Smith
Castro Valley CA
4.26
4.26
195
Ryan Olivas
Rancho Cordova CA
4.05
4.05
196
Bill Griffith
Ventura CA
3.77
3.77
197
Hobby Nelson
Peoria AZ
4.49
3.49
198
Elliott Holsbo
Lakeside CA
3.38
3.38
199
Tommy Jonovich
Phoenix AZ
3.15
3.15
200
Neil Campbell
Fallbrook CA
3.04
3.04
201
Brent James
St George UT
2.29
2.29
202
Rocky Asbury
Las Vegas NV
1.92
1.92
203
Wade Headrick
Wallsburg UT
2.64
1.23
1.64
204
Jan Prestella
San Dimas CA
1.5
1.5
205
Steven Bowlin
Coolidge AZ
1.4
1.4
206
William Duncan
Hollister CA
1.64
0
206
Bobby Lanham
Cave Creek AZ
0
0
206
Shawn O'Connell
Brewster WA
0
0
2017 WON Bass U.S. Open Day One AAA Standings
Place
Name
Hometown
Weight
Big Fish
Total
1
Aaron Haring
Corona CA
24.27
3.3
24.27
2
Bret Nagelhout
Red Rock AZ
24.18
24.18
3
Levi Samz
Green River WY
23.53
3.47
23.53
4
Yoshikazu Komada
Japan
22.28
3.24
22.28
5
Johnny Limbrick
Bonita CA
22.13
3.53
22.13
6
Robert Chor
San Pedro CA
21.9
3.27
21.9
7
Randy Droll
Apache Junction AZ
20.65
20.65
8
Wes O'Brien
Poway CA
20.32
20.32
9
Ryan Wischnack
San Diego CA
20.21
2.52
20.21
10
Brett Posladek
Valley Center CA
20.17
20.17
11
Brant List
Huntington Beach CA
20.11
20.11
12
Zach Barnes
Maridian ID
20.02
2.98
20.02
13
Joe Patz
Surprise AZ
20.08
19.88
14
Sonny Gibson
Las Vegas NV
19.7
3.14
19.7
15
Matt Frazier
Denair CA
19.52
5.01
19.52
16
Gilbert Valadez
Fullerton CA
19.44
19.44
17
Jeremy Fasuga
Peoria AZ
19.3
19.3
18
Steve Larsen
Henderson NV
19.27
2.8
19.27
19
Billy Dunson
Farmington NM
19.19
19.19
20
Geoff Peterson
Huntington Beach CA
19.04
2.84
19.04
21
John Manganello
Las Vegas NV
18.99
3.6
18.99
22
Andrew Moreau
Satatoga Springs UT
18.81
18.81
23
Richard Mulder
Rockledge FL
18.8
18.8
24
Garrison Ocamica
Caldwell ID
18.65
2.63
18.65
25
Patrick McLaren
Las Vegas NV
18.63
3.01
18.63
26
John Bitting
Westminster CA
18.62
5.26
18.62
27
Aaron Heath
Phoenix AZ
18.51
5.75
18.51
28
Danny Gill
Albuquerque NM
18.38
18.38
29
Shawn Carnahan
Gilbert AZ
18.19
18.19
30
Steve Boyce
Paradise Valley AZ
18.04
4.03
18.04
31
Joe Ahrens
San Diego CA
18.03
18.03
32
Todd Tobiasson
Las Vegas NV
17.72
3.03
17.72
33
Atsushi Machida
Las Vegas NV
17.66
3.4
17.66
34
Mark Renteria
El Mirage AZ
17.84
2.43
17.64
35
Dante Ray
Sparks NV
17.56
2.47
17.56
36
Mark Chadeayne
Pomona CA
17.47
2.45
17.47
37
Kenny Johnson
Eager AZ
17.44
2.54
17.44
37
Rob Copple
Las Vegas NV
17.44
17.44
39
Kelly Burns
Avondale AZ
17.43
3.48
17.43
40
Nathan Larsen
Fountain Green UT
17.35
3.27
17.35
41
Dennis Saiki
Mission Viejo
17.26
2.58
17.26
42
Jose Silva
Las Vegas NV
17.1
3.72
17.1
43
Kevin A. Smith
Phoenix AZ
17
4.5
17
44
Robert Nicholson
Grand Terrace CA
16.86
16.66
45
Michael Bidak
Scottsdale AZ
16.42
3.5
16.42
46
Randall Bruce
Las Vegas NV
16.39
3.25
16.39
47
Rick Melead
Yorba Linda CA
16.26
16.26
48
Szu Nien Yeh
Las Vegas NV
16.18
2.86
16.18
49
Taj White
Glendale AZ
16.17
3.02
16.17
50
Wade Goodwin
Wilson CA
16.08
16.08
51
Brent Benish
San Diego CA
16.05
16.05
52
Erik Bomstad
Temecula CA
16
2.87
16
53
Blaine Christiansen
San Francisco CA
15.97
15.97
54
Len Scinto
Valencia CA
15.94
15.94
55
Jason Okamoto
Glendale AZ
15.86
2.24
15.86
56
Patrick Cassi
Wheatland CA
15.67
15.67
57
Jordon Erekson
Chandler AZ
15.64
15.64
58
Ryan Gutierrez
Weiser ID
15.58
15.58
59
Richard Henson
Redding CA
15.54
15.54
60
Brian Kemp
Perris CA
15.45
2.83
15.45
61
Robert Zumwalt
Las Vegas NV
15.42
15.42
62
Yosuke "Manny" Toma
Ontario CA
15.36
15.36
63
Gabriel Jones
Henderson NV
15.28
15.28
64
Michael Fisher
Santee CA
15.23
3.18
15.23
64
Gale Fox Jr.
Las Vegas NV
15.23
15.23
66
Michael Renteria
El Mirage AZ
15.18
15.18
67
CJ Hinkle
Buckeye AZ
15.14
15.14
68
Tyler Bailey
Logandale NV
15.09
2.69
15.09
69
Victoria Dunstone
Wake Forest NC
15
15
70
Steven Christensen
Ferron UT
14.91
14.91
71
Aaron Bartelt
Grand Junction CO
14.79
14.79
72
Kirk Beardsley
Canyon Lake CA
14.74
2.79
14.74
73
Russell Schmidt
Martinez CA
14.69
4.56
14.69
74
Aaryn Coroneos
Henderson NV
14.64
14.64
75
Larry Warren
Laverkin UT
14.62
4.1
14.62
76
Steve Watson
Phoenix AZ
14.61
14.61
77
Liz Jones
Conoga Park CA
14.34
14.34
78
Joseph George, Jr.
Folsom CA
14.24
14.24
79
Ryan Hevener
San Diego CA
14.2
3.08
14.2
80
Thor Dusenberry
Pheonix CA
14.19
14.19
81
Aaron Hill
Las Vegas NV
14.17
14.17
82
Damon Gomez
Alta Loma CA
14.01
14.01
83
Mike Cruthers
Chandler AZ
13.81
13.81
84
Christopher Owens
Las Vegas NV
13.77
13.77
85
Bob Lindgren
San Clemente CA
13.72
2.2
13.72
85
Landon Miller
Cherry Valley CA
13.72
13.72
87
Chad Harvey
Phoenix AZ
13.67
1.66
13.67
88
Gabe Romero
Henderson NV
13.54
13.54
89
Chad May
Gilbert AZ
13.51
13.51
90
Ryan Furno
Aloha OR
13.38
13.38
91
Stephen Lamb
Lakeside CA
13.29
2.02
13.29
92
Brad Smith
Riverside CA
13.28
13.28
93
Justin Ramsay
Glendale AZ
13.16
13.16
94
William Stout
Prescott AZ
13.15
3.02
13.15
95
Simon Apodoca
Yuma AZ
13.06
13.06
96
Ralph Wells
Lake Havasu City AZ
12.97
12.97
97
Troy Pasalich
Poway CA
12.94
12.94
98
Robert Castner
Chino CA
12.91
12.91
99
James Bogin
Oceanside CA
12.86
12.86
100
Scott Olivier
Peoria AZ
12.8
12.8
101
Mike Gowey
Snowflake AZ
12.74
2.76
12.74
102
Jake Back
Mesa AZ
12.6
12.6
103
Brandon Headrick
Labarge WY
12.55
2.7
12.55
104
Mike Romero
Las Vegas NV
12.3
3.35
12.3
105
Kenny Myers
Lakeside AZ
12.23
12.23
106
Tom Kruse
San Juan Capistrano CA
12.19
12.19
106
Chuck Kavros
Grass Valley CA
12.19
3.14
12.19
106
Larry White
Sun City AZ
12.19
12.19
109
Keith Gunsauls
El Cajon CA
12.16
12.16
110
Troy Lindhorst
Glendale AZ
13.11
2.79
12.11
111
Andrew Garcia
Azusa CA
12.05
3.17
12.05
112
Kirk Pasalich
Poway CA
12.02
12.02
113
Chris Glondeniz
Encinitas CA
11.87
11.87
114
Russell Mortensen
Mesa AZ
11.76
11.76
115
Brad Szarkowski
Saugus CA
11.72
11.72
116
Nathan Foreman
Queen Creek AZ
11.6
11.6
117
Mona Dunlap
Cottage Grove OR
11.73
1.48
11.53
118
Vincent Alcantara
Glendale AZ
11.5
1.93
11.5
119
Dominick Mohameds
Oakley CA
11.46
11.46
120
Dustin A Robinson
GLENDALE AZ
11.34
11.34
121
Michael Natisin
Lakeside CA
11.31
11.31
122
Tom Ormsby
Parowan UT
11.26
11.26
123
John Bryson
Las Vegas NV
11.2
11.2
124
Ryan Chambers
Chandler AZ
11.17
1.57
11.17
124
Douglas Wickham
Ivins UT
11.17
11.17
126
Mathew Grizzle
Dahlonega GA
11.11
1.38
11.11
127
John Browning
Payson AZ
11.05
2.18
11.05
127
Jeff Fogel
Carlsbad CA
11.05
11.05
129
Brian P. Day
Rancho SM CA
11.02
11.02
130
Akiko Totsuka
Japan
10.92
10.92
131
Keith Bridges
Mission Viejo CA
10.9
10.9
132
Preston Smith
Cave Creek AZ
10.89
10.89
133
William Penrod
Salome AZ
10.87
10.87
134
Chad Davis
Mesa AZ
10.71
10.71
134
Aaron Reese
Gilbert AZ
10.71
1.61
10.71
136
Danny Batinich
Lake Elsinore CA
10.53
10.53
137
Robin Oh
Valencia CA
10.34
10.34
138
Clara Ricabal
Boulder Creek CA
10.21
10.21
139
Teddy Snyder
Redding CA
10.02
10.02
140
Robby Rogers
Redondo Beach CA
10.01
10.01
141
Gary Haraguchi
Franklin TN
9.91
2.78
9.91
142
Dustin Tingle
Spring Valley CA
9.89
9.89
143
James Bo McNeely
Rancho Cucamonga CA
9.64
9.64
144
Kevin H Duncan
Brea CA
9.54
3.52
9.54
145
Raphael Samuel
Perris CA
9.51
2.61
9.51
145
Aaron Seay
San Diego CA
9.51
9.51
147
Tom Karavites
Payson AZ
9.5
1.86
9.5
148
Danny Burns
Phoenix AZ
9.48
9.48
149
Toru Kaneko
Konan-Shi, Shiga Jap
9.25
9.25
150
Jeff Mabry
Phoenix AZ
9.21
9.21
150
Mike Simon
Henderson NV
9.21
9.21
152
Anthony Souza
Turlock CA
9.14
3.21
9.14
153
Isaiah Rios
Phoenix AZ
9.13
9.13
154
Derrek Stewart
Venice CA
9.11
1.89
9.11
155
Ron Ratlief
Lake Havasu City AZ
9.02
9.02
156
Mike Contreras
Ontario CA
8.99
8.99
157
Tim Domingues
San Jose CA
8.94
8.94
158
Matthew Williams
Lake Havasu City AZ
8.92
8.92
159
Dean Sexton
Costa Mesa CA
8.82
8.82
160
Jim Vretzos
El Dorodo Hills CA
8.77
8.77
161
Mark Torrez
Camarillo CA
8.75
8.75
162
James Hansen
Las Vegas NV
8.74
8.74
163
Jake Anderegg
Henderson NV
8.67
8.67
164
Angelo Aliotti
Temecula CA
8.59
8.59
164
Daniel Partida II
Las Vegas NV
8.59
8.59
166
Brian Mills
Phoenix AZ
8.43
8.43
167
Kirk Russell
Payson AZ
8.33
2.67
8.33
168
Bill Lansford
Needles CA
8.28
8.28
169
Nathan Harbison
Madero CA
8.18
2.54
8.18
170
Jason Billmaier
Las Vegas NV
8.14
2.46
8.14
171
Randy Bruno
Huntington Beach CA
7.94
7.94
172
Brandon Diamond
Los Altos CA
7.78
7.78
173
Cole Daniel
Hollister CA
7.59
7.59
174
Paul Reutlinger
Mineola TX
7.54
2.58
7.54
175
Lon Armel
Scottsdale AZ
9.53
7.53
176
David Bebawy
Chandler AZ
7.12
7.12
177
Erick Zappey
St George UT
8.52
7.08
178
Brad Hellum
Glendale AZ
6.99
6.99
179
John D. Helm
Tempe AZ
6.97
6.97
180
David Zavvar
West Hollywood CA
6.89
3.36
6.89
181
David Karber
Phoenix AZ
6.84
2.18
6.84
182
Gary Crouse
Covina CA
6.76
6.76
183
Bill Hart
Lincoln CA
6.57
6.57
184
Tracy Purtee
Payson AZ
6.56
6.56
185
Clifford Kinney
Mesa AZ
6.52
2.71
6.52
186
Alan Clowers
National City CA
6.38
6.38
187
Trevor Rumsey
Chandler AZ
6.5
6.3
188
Randy Austin
Cedar City UT
6.24
3.32
6.24
189
Phillip Dijulio
Phoenix CA
6.23
6.23
190
Steven Mack
Queen Creek AZ
6.13
6.13
191
Brian Bullis
Anthem AZ
6.09
2.32
6.09
192
Kyle Greenlaw
Morro Bay CA
7
6
193
Jeremy Burns
Santa Margarita CA
5.86
2.86
5.86
194
Tyler Hogan
La Habra Heights CA
5.09
5.09
195
Brian Grizzle
Dahlonega GA
4.92
4.92
196
Brian Eslick
Gilroy CA
4.73
4.73
197
Ron Chambers
Tonto Basin AZ
3.94
3.94
198
Scott Kunkler
Dana Point CA
3.83
3.83
199
Jay Guterding
Redding CA
3.65
3.65
200
Seth Myers
Martinez CA
3.39
3.39
201
John Younce
Oak View CA
3.07
3.07
202
Lynn Irwin
Las Vegas
2.71
2.71
203
Craig Hammett
Eagle ID
2.62
2.62
204
James Salazar Jr
North Las Vegas NV
4.17
2.53
205
Naoaki Fujimoto
Osaka,Japan
3.27
2.27
206
Nick Teschler
Phoenix AZ
1.79
1.79
207
Rick Cofield
Las Vegas NV
0
0
207
Jeff Hudson
Las Vegas NV
0
0

Richard Owen Wins Bass Fishing League Regional Tournament on James River

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Boater Richard Owen of Chester, Virginia, caught a three-day cumulative total of 15 bass weighing 40 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional event on the James River presented by Costa Sunglasses. Owen earned $65,000 for his win, including a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and an automatic berth into the 2018 BFL All-American Championship.

“The win is still sinking in – I can’t believe it,” said Owen, who earned his second career-win in BFL competition.  “The James River is my home waters. I’ve waited years to qualify for a BFL Regional tournament on it.”

Owen said he fished a small area upriver, near Richmond, throughout the weekend. He sat his boat in 8 to 10 feet of water while he targeted rock jetties, wood and docks.

“The fish were relating to anything that blocked the current. They were using rocks or docks as an ambush point,” said Owen. “With the steep banks and high water, they couldn’t spread out too far. They were confined to the main channel, which really suited my style of fishing.”

Owen said he primarily used a 4-inch watermelon and blue-fleck-colored Zoom Dead Ringer worm on a 6-foot Berkley Lightning Rod.

“I worked through the area slowly, which was key for me,” said Owen. “I prefer to pick apart an area rather than cover a ton of water. It really worked out well.”

The top six boaters that qualified for the 2018 BFL All-American were:

1st:          Richard Owen, Chester, Va., 15 bass, 40-11, $65,000

2nd:         James Wall, Greensboro, N.C., 15 bass, 40-7, $10,000

3rd:          Ralph Ray, Youngsville, N.C., 15 bass, 39-10, $5,000

4th:          Chris Panetta, West Simsbury, Conn., 14 bass, 39-7, $3,000

5th:          Chris Daves, Spring Grove, Va., 15 bass, 39-4, $2,200

6th:          Jackson Pleasant , Raleigh, N.C., 14 bass, 39-2, $1,900

Rounding out the top-10 boaters were:

7th:          Jason Wilson, Lincolnton, N.C., 15 bass, 38-11, $1,600

8th:          Craig Chambers, Charlotte, N.C., 15 bass, 38-8, $1,400

9th:          Tim Teague, Belmont, N.C., 15 bass, 37-4, $2,200

10th:        Robert Stinger, Williamsburg, Va., 15 bass, 36-0, $1,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Adam Lockler of Charlotte, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard with a three-day cumulative catch of 15 bass weighing 39 pounds, 10 ounces.

The top six Co-anglers that qualified for the 2018 BFL All-American were:

1st:          Adam Lockler, Charlotte, N.C., 15 bass, 39-10, $45,100

2nd:         Ben Arnold, La Follette, Tenn., 14 bass, 27-10, $5,000

3rd:          Henry McKee, Haddon Heights, N.J., 15 bass, 25-15, $2,500

4th:          Michael Nelms, Hartwood, Va., 12 bass, 25-15, $1,550

5th:          Colton Chambers, Elizabethton, Tenn., 12 bass, 25-9, $1,000

6th:          Nathan Grose, Summersville, W. Va., 13 bass, 25-2, $900

Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers were:

7th:          Justin Bach, Kannapolis, N.C., 11 bass, 25-1, $800

8th:          Tobey Lawson, Raleigh, N.C., 12 bass, 23-14, $700

9th:          Chris Whittaker, Waverly, Va., 14 bass, 23-3, $600

10th:        Anthony Awgul, Quakertown, Pa., 13 bass, 22-15, $500

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Regional Tournament on the James River was hosted by Sports Williamsburg.


Justin Patti Leads Day One of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open

Justin Patti Leads Day One of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open
Mild Conditions Lead to Higher Weights on First Day of Tournament   
Pro Justin Patti and and AAA Kevin A. Smith Lead Day One of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open - photo by Dan O_Sullivan
 
Las Vegas, Nev. - October 16, 2017 - When WON Bass announced the October dates for the 35th edition of the WON Bass, Bass Cat / Mercury U.S. Open, the hope was that the field size would increase once again to new record levels, and that the fishing would be excellent.
WON Bass got their wish on both instances.
The 207 boats that ventured out onto the waters of Lake Mead at daybreak on the first day of the event found Lake Mead's black bass population to be cooperative, and the larger fish seemed to join into the festivities as well.  In a tournament that has long taken less than 11 pounds a day to win, on day one of the 2017 edition, the top 13 anglers eclipsed 11 pounds and it took more than 10 pounds to crack the top 20 in the standings.
Of all of the outstanding performers, Phoenix, Ariz. pro Justin Patti proved to be the cream of the crop on the day one, taking the lead with a 14.71-pound limit.  It is the second consecutive years that Patti has sprinted through the tape in first position on the first leg of the U.S. Open marathon.
Despite a late takeoff slot, Patti said that he was able to work his way into an area, working with the other anglers who had set up shop there, and in the end, he was able to get the bites he needed. "I really have to give a lot of credit to the other anglers we were working around," he said. "We all worked well together and we were really fortunate that we were able to get the bites we needed."
He said that he, and his day one AAA Kevin A. Smith used several techniques to catch their creel. But it was Smith's early 4.50-pound big fish that set the tone. "He really fished hard all day, but at 9:00 this morning, he caught that big one that made a huge difference," said Patti. "It really made us settle in and focus, and we were able to cull several more times; it was a really good day, and I hope to be able to get close to that weight tomorrow, and have a chance on the final day."
Sandy, Utah pro Travis Jewell and his AAA partner Michael Fisher brought 13.22 pounds to the scales at the Calville Bay weigh-in site, which was enough to earn them second place by the day's end.
He said that it was the quick comfort level his AAA gave him that helped when things did not go as planned on their first stop. "I had metered the area with my graph in practice, and found some big fish, but when we got there today; they were gone," he said. "It was frustrating, but we worked together and made a short move and found them again; then we pulled out the dropshot and started catching them."
Third place went to pro Nick Salvucci and his AAA partner Yoshikazu Komada. The pair posted 13.07 pounds, and did so by fishing multiple techniques in traffic. "It was a true junk fishing day," he said. "We fished around a lot of boats today and just did what we had to do to make things happen."
Fourth place went to Arizona pro Josh Bertrand and his AAA partner Wes O'Brien with 12.74 pounds, and Anaheim, Calif. pro Kyle Grover and his AAA partner Aaron Haring rounded out the top five with 12.51 pounds.
Complete Standings are below, as well as posted at wonbass.com.
The Costa See What's Out There Live Coverage will continue to bring all of the action from Las Vegas and Lake Mead throughout the rest of the event. You can go to WonBass.com to connect and watch the live streaming video on the following schedule - ALL TIMES PACIFIC.
Through Wednesday October 17
Event Coverage 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Live weigh-in 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Daily Post Game - 5:30PM to 8:00PM
Wednesday Sept 14 Awards Show 6:30PM - 9:00PM from the Railhead Room at Boulder Station Casino
In conjunction with the event, Bass Cat Boats will continue to host demo rides in their newest boat; the Lynx, powered by Mercury at Calville Bay on Monday and Tuesday following weigh-in. The public, and event competitors are invited to take a ride in their flagship vessel, the one with the longest running pad in the industry from 5:30PM to 7:00PM Pacific Time
Once again, the Costa Live Show will bring all of the action of the 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open presented by Bass Coat Boats and Mercury. The Costa Live broadcasts will continue with the On the Water, weigh-in and post-game shows carrying on through the awards presentation Wednesday night.
The Sponsors of the 2017 U.S. Open are: Bass Cat Boats, Mercury, Costa, Daiwa, St. Croix, Lowrance, Yo-Zuri, Bridgford, Seaguar Fluorcarbon, Rapala, Savage Gear, Hayabusa, Plano, MotorGuide, Phenix Rods, Lew's, Roboworm, Kuiu, Ichikawa, Sure Life, Anglers Marine, Chevy Montebello and Boulder Station Casino.
Beginning Monday, 207 Pros and their AAA partners will head out onto the waters of Lake Mead Monday to contest the 34nd Anniversary of the WON Bass Bas Cat Boats / Mercury Marine U.S. Open.
2017 WON Bass U.S. Open Day One Pro Standings
Place
Name
Hometown
Weight
Big Fish
Total
1
Justin Patti
Phoenix AZ
14.71
3.08
14.71
2
Travis Jewell
Sandy UT
13.22
13.22
3
Nick Salvucci
Paso Robles CA
13.07
13.07
4
Josh Bertrand
San Tan Valley AZ
12.74
3.64
12.74
5
Kyle Grover
Trabuco Canyon CA
12.51
3.84
12.51
6
Paul Hodges
Glendale AZ
12.2
3.44
12.2
7
Marvin Barellano
Monterey Park CA
11.7
11.7
7
Kevin Hugo
Chino CA
11.7
3.75
11.7
9
Steve Tosh, Jr.
Modesto CA
11.62
4.59
11.62
10
Noah Cook
Lancaster CA
11.59
11.59
11
Julius Mazy
Phoenix AZ
11.52
11.52
12
Steve Molinari
Waddell AZ
11.24
2.91
11.24
13
Tai Au
Glendale AZ
11.11
3.48
11.11
14
Cody Murray
Nampa ID
10.98
10.98
15
Justin Kerr
Simi Valley CA
10.89
3.93
10.89
16
Jason Hickey
Weiser ID
10.87
2.97
10.87
17
Johnny Johnson
Lakeside AZ
10.83
10.83
18
Brent Shores
Boise ID
10.71
10.71
19
Wade Strelic
El Cajon CA
10.83
2.74
10.63
20
Justin Hanold
Poway CA
10.54
10.54
21
Travis Moran
Carmell CA
10.49
2.79
10.49
22
Devin McDonald
Rio Ranch NM
10.4
10.4
23
Tom Leedom
Escondido CA
10.32
10.32
24
David Kemper
Tempe AZ
10.25
10.25
25
Mike Williams
Mesa AZ
10.14
10.14
26
Jimmy Reese
Ukiah CA
10.09
2.68
10.09
27
Kona Borja
Henderson NV
10.05
10.05
28
Clayton Meyer
Henderson NV
10.02
2.9
10.02
29
Sean Coffey
Mesa AZ
9.95
3.57
9.95
29
Jonathan Schuyler
Henderson NV
9.95
9.95
31
Randy Pierson
Oakdale CA
9.94
9.94
32
Brett Hite
Phoenix AZ
9.9
9.9
33
Randy Blaukat
Joplin MO
9.89
3.08
9.89
34
Miles Howe
San Juan Capistrano CA
9.79
2.31
9.79
35
Ben Byrd
Moab UT
9.75
3.94
9.75
36
Carl Jocumsen
Reseda CA
9.74
9.74
37
John Stewart
Peoria AZ
9.73
9.73
38
Jason Christy
Scottsdale AZ
9.66
9.66
39
Tom Lowery
Lakeside CA
9.6
9.6
40
Rich Vincent
Wildomar CA
9.53
3.2
9.53
41
Klayton Belden
El Cajon CA
9.49
9.49
42
Jason Borofka
Salinas CA
9.29
2.55
9.29
43
Todd Kline
San Clemente CA
9.27
3.29
9.27
44
Young "Bradley" Yang
Korea
9.19
9.19
45
Cliff King
Herald CA
9.12
2.79
9.12
46
Bob Keck
Ballwin MO
8.99
2.25
8.99
47
Chase Colby
Heber City UT
8.98
2.13
8.98
48
Fred Proudfoot
Kingman AZ
8.87
2.29
8.87
49
Pete Marino
Moreno Valley CA
8.85
2.73
8.85
50
Allen Clark
Florence AZ
8.82
8.82
51
Matt Stefan
Junction City WI
8.78
8.78
52
Mark Dotterer
Phoenix AZ
8.65
2.89
8.65
53
Jon Griffith
Mesa AZ
8.61
8.61
54
Philip Roesener
Logandale NV
8.48
8.48
55
Jason Swim
Peoria AZ
8.38
2.45
8.38
56
John Basmadjian
Fullerton CA
8.37
2.33
8.37
57
Steve Gibson
Las Vegas NV
8.35
8.35
58
Todd Herman
Gilbert AZ
8.34
8.34
59
Chris Zaldain
San Jose CA
8.33
8.33
60
Vince Gennaro
Henderson NV
8.27
8.27
61
Michael Spain
Goodyear AZ
8.24
8.24
62
Kevin Short
Mayflower AR
8.23
8.23
63
Dan Merchant
Canyon Lake CA
8.21
8.21
64
Clayton Eslick
Gilroy CA
8.18
2.28
8.18
64
Matt Shura
Gilbert AZ
8.18
8.18
66
David Baca
Prescott Valley AZ
8.15
2.31
8.15
67
John Morrow
Brea CA
8.14
8.14
68
Cody Spetz
Menifee CA
8.03
8.03
68
Andrew Upshaw
Tulsa OK
8.03
8.03
70
James Salazar
Las Vegas NV
8.2
3.51
8
71
Garrett Howard
Riverside CA
7.99
3.1
7.99
71
David Valdivia
Norwalk CA
7.99
7.99
73
Matthew Luna
Santee CA
8.11
2.59
7.91
74
Ted Holverson
El Cajon CA
7.87
7.87
75
Carl Limbrick, Jr.
Bonita CA
7.86
7.86
76
Shaun Bailey
Lake Havasu City AZ
7.83
7.83
77
Tony Lain
Menifee CA
7.82
7.82
78
Randy Estrada, M.D.
Corona CA
7.8
7.8
79
Tim Klinger
Boulder City NV
7.77
2.12
7.77
80
Keegan Graves
Meridian ID
7.74
7.74
81
Rick Grover
Trabucco Canyon CA
7.68
7.68
81
Todd Woods
San Dimas CA
7.68
7.68
83
Mark Walsh*
Henderson NV
7.59
7.59
84
Andrew Napoleon
Mesa AZ
7.56
7.56
85
George Kramer
Lake Elsinore CA
7.53
2.92
7.53
86
Steve Lund
Glendale AZ
7.5
7.5
87
Kevin Caruso
Glendale AZ
7.49
3.45
7.49
88
Melvin Williams
Chula Vista CA
7.46
7.46
89
Guy Savidan
NORCO CA
7.44
7.44
90
Luke Clausen
Oakdale CA
7.42
7.42
91
Chris Beverly
Mesa AZ
7.4
7.4
92
Cody Compton
Palisade CO
7.34
7.34
93
Dick Watson
Alta Loma CA
7.23
7.23
94
Rick Clunn
Ava MO
7.21
7.21
95
Joey Letsinger
Wilton CA
7.19
7.19
96
Mike Brillhart
Waddell AZ
7.18
7.18
97
Joe Raftery
Las Vegas NV
7.16
7.16
98
Jared Lintner
Arroyo Grande CA
7.12
7.12
99
Peter Manfrina
Lompoc CA
7.11
7.11
100
Kurt Dove
Del Rio TX
7.08
7.08
101
Logan Erautt
oakland CA
7.05
7.05
102
Ken Whalen
Lompoc CA
7.02
7.02
103
Steve Lee
Burbank WA
6.89
6.89
104
Chris Garnett
Las Vegas NV
6.88
6.88
105
Raymond Archer
Greeley CO
6.85
6.85
106
Richard Garcia
Beaumont CA
6.75
6.75
107
Chris Kinley
Lake Havasu City AZ
6.62
6.62
107
Laythe Moore
Banning CA
6.62
6.62
109
Todd Holverson
San Diego CA
6.56
3.05
6.56
110
Michael Phua
Chino CA
6.55
6.55
111
Tom Nokes
Riverton UT
6.5
2.73
6.5
112
Jim Moynagh
Carver MN
6.44
6.44
113
Jeffrey Scott Allen
Flagstaff AZ
6.43
6.43
114
Bill Brown
Grand Junction CO
6.41
6.41
115
Mike Peterson
Valley Center CA
6.4
6.4
116
Donnie Scroggins
Kingman AZ
6.27
6.27
117
Mark Williams
Lake Havasu City AZ
6.23
6.23
118
Patrick Whitaker
Gilbert AZ
6.12
6.12
119
Dylan Maxon
Phoenix AZ
6.11
6.11
120
Clifford Pirch
Payson AZ
6.08
6.08
121
Rodney Reed
Chelan WA
6.05
6.05
122
Andy Manahl
Mesa AZ
6.03
2.09
6.03
122
Jordan Pinacso
Galt CA
6.03
6.03
124
Travis Richards
Henderson NV
5.99
5.99
125
John Mackey
Boulder City NV
5.95
2.82
5.95
126
Kevin Finley
Phoenix AZ
5.86
5.86
127
Vern Ridgway
Chandler AZ
5.83
5.83
128
Ron Hammett
La Mesa CA
5.7
1.7
5.7
129
Ken Mah
Elk Grove CA
5.65
5.65
130
Chad Randles
Elkhorn NE
5.55
5.55
131
Brian Nollar
Homer AK
5.54
5.54
132
Shane Spinning
Canyon Lake CA
5.53
5.53
133
Aaron Britt
Yuba City CA
5.44
5.44
134
Kenichi Tanaka
Osaka, Japan
5.27
5.27
135
Chris Bozarth
Henderson NV
5.24
5.24
136
Rusty Salewske
Alpine CA
5.17
5.17
137
Jordan Collom
Temecula CA
5.14
5.14
138
Cory Kramer
Mesa AZ
5.12
5.12
139
Kevin Stewart
Elk Grove CA
5.11
5.11
140
Stanley Hendrix
San Diego CA
5.09
5.09
141
Jason Haley
Medford OR
5.08
5.08
142
Rick Culver
Taylor UT
4.97
4.97
143
Jeffery Klicka
Brawley CA
4.9
4.9
144
Shawn Lee
Arroyo Grande CA
4.75
4.75
145
Ed Webb
Stanwood WA
4.73
4.73
146
Doug Gaskill
Las Vegas NV
4.64
4.64
147
Benjamin Green
Pasadena CA
4.61
4.61
148
Dennis Kolender
San Diego CA
4.58
4.58
149
Dung Van Vu
Paramount CA
4.56
4.56
150
Rod Wynn
Inglewood CA
4.55
4.55
151
James Fenney Jr
Murrieta CA
4.51
4.51
152
Derek Yamamoto
Henderson NV
4.45
4.45
153
Zachary Elrite
San Jose CA
4.34
4.34
154
Chris Teixeira
El Mirage AZ
4.27
4.27
155
Roy Hawk
Lake Havasu City AZ
4.14
4.14
156
Bill O'Shinn
Bakersfield CA
4.09
4.09
157
Gary Yamamoto
Page AZ
4.03
4.03
158
Jason Bradshaw
Sacramento CA
3.94
3.94
159
Byron Velvick
San Antonio TX
3.91
3.91
160
Mike Walsh
El Cajon CA
3.9
3.9
161
Conrad Demecs
Phoenix AZ
3.81
3.81
162
Robert Ostercamp
Chandler AZ
3.8
3.8
163
John Murray
Spring City TN
3.79
3.79
164
Bill Griffith
Ventura CA
3.77
3.77
165
Rob Larsen
Fountain Green UT
4.75
3.75
166
Danny Clark
San Tan Valley AZ
3.52
3.52
167
Billy Hines
Vacaville CA
3.39
3.39
167
Jeff Martineau
Phoenix AZ
3.39
3.39
169
Danny Moraga
Hesperia CA
3.32
3.32
170
James Romero
Henderson NV
3.31
3.31
171
Derek Francom
Pheonix AZ
3.29
3.29
172
Steve E Adams
Rancho Cordova CA
3.19
3.19
173
Douglas Jones
North Las vegas NV
3.09
3.09
174
Ray Arbesu
Henderson NV
3
3
175
Jim Elliott
Redding CA
2.99
2.99
176
Brett Leber
Dixon CA
2.96
2.96
177
Ron Johnson
Chandler AZ
2.89
2.89
178
Ryan Olivas
Rancho Cordova CA
2.83
2.83
179
Rusty Brown
Canyon Lake CA
2.53
2.53
180
Patrick Touey
Nipomo CA
2.51
2.51
181
Greg Garcia
Los Angeles CA
2.42
2.42
182
Kurt Milana
Henderson NV
2.39
2.39
183
Russ Barger
Boise ID
2.32
2.32
184
Brent James
St George UT
2.29
2.29
185
Hobby Nelson
Peoria AZ
3.27
2.27
186
Sergio Arguello
North Hollywood CA
2.17
2.17
187
Bryant Smith
Castro Valley CA
2.01
2.01
188
Ellison Hubbard
LAS VEGAS NV
1.95
1.75
189
Tyler Rempe
Sierra Vista AZ
1.63
1.63
190
Jim Hawkes
Apache Junction AZ
1.6
1.6
191
Kyle Richins
Washington UT
1.58
1.58
192
Jan Prestella
San Dimas CA
1.5
1.5
193
David Davis
Big Piney WY
1.42
1.42
194
Michael Crowther
Page AZ
1.41
1.41
195
Steven Bowlin
Coolidge AZ
1.4
1.4
196
Elliott Holsbo
Lakeside CA
1.34
1.34
197
Trace Myers
Santaquin CA
1.25
1.25
198
Wade Headrick
Wallsburg UT
1.23
1.23
1.23
199
Lester Hawkins
Pagosa Springs CO
1.15
1.15
200
Tommy Jonovich
Phoenix AZ
1.01
1.01
201
Rocky Asbury
Las Vegas NV
0
0
201
Neil Campbell
Fallbrook CA
0
0
201
William Duncan
Hollister CA
0
0
201
Carlos Garcia
Murrieta CA
0
0
201
Bobby Lanham
Cave Creek AZ
0
0
201
Shawn O'Connell
Brewster WA
0
0
201
Mark Rauenzahn
San Diego CA
0
0
201
Sean Torgrude
Tucson AZ
0
0
2017 WON Bass U.S. Open Day One AAA Standings
Place
Name
Hometown
Weight
Big Fish
Total
1
Kevin A. Smith
Phoenix AZ
14.71
4.5
14.71
2
Michael Fisher
Santee CA
13.22
3.18
13.22
3
Yoshikazu Komada
Japan
13.07
3.24
13.07
4
Wes O'Brien
Poway CA
12.74
12.74
5
Aaron Haring
Corona CA
12.51
3.06
12.51
6
Matt Frazier
Denair CA
12.2
4.2
12.2
7
Zach Barnes
Maridian ID
11.7
2.98
11.7
7
Troy Lindhorst
Glendale AZ
11.7
2.79
11.7
9
Gilbert Valadez
Fullerton CA
11.62
11.62
10
Johnny Limbrick
Bonita CA
11.59
3.53
11.59
11
Tyler Bailey
Logandale NV
11.52
2.69
11.52
12
James Bogin
Oceanside CA
11.24
11.24
13
CJ Hinkle
Buckeye AZ
11.11
11.11
14
John Manganello
Las Vegas NV
10.98
3.6
10.98
15
Randy Droll
Apache Junction AZ
10.89
10.89
16
Atsushi Machida
Las Vegas NV
10.87
3.4
10.87
17
Brett Posladek
Valley Center CA
10.83
10.83
18
Jeremy Fasuga
Peoria AZ
10.71
10.71
19
Joe Patz
Surprise AZ
10.83
10.63
20
Keith Gunsauls
El Cajon CA
10.54
10.54
21
Robert Nicholson
Grand Terrace CA
10.49
10.49
22
Kelly Burns
Avondale AZ
10.4
3.48
10.4
23
Ryan Wischnack
San Diego CA
10.32
2.52
10.32
24
Nathan Larsen
Fountain Green UT
10.25
3.27
10.25
25
Ryan Hevener
San Diego CA
10.14
3.08
10.14
26
Steve Boyce
Paradise Valley AZ
10.09
4.03
10.09
27
Jake Back
Mesa AZ
10.05
10.05
28
Teddy Snyder
Redding CA
10.02
10.02
29
Richard Mulder
Rockledge FL
9.95
9.95
29
Bret Nagelhout
Red Rock AZ
9.95
9.95
31
Christopher Owens
Las Vegas NV
9.94
9.94
32
Damon Gomez
Alta Loma CA
9.9
9.9
33
Billy Dunson
Farmington NM
9.89
9.89
34
Danny Gill
Albuquerque NM
9.79
9.79
35
Dominick Mohameds
Oakley CA
9.75
9.75
36
Kenny Johnson
Eager AZ
9.74
2.54
9.74
37
Andrew Moreau
Satatoga Springs UT
9.73
9.73
38
Mike Romero
Las Vegas NV
9.66
3.35
9.66
39
Dennis Saiki
Mission Viejo
9.6
2.58
9.6
40
Joe Ahrens
San Diego CA
9.53
9.53
41
Taj White
Glendale AZ
9.49
9.49
42
Rick Melead
Yorba Linda CA
9.29
9.29
43
John Bitting
Westminster CA
9.27
9.27
44
Kirk Beardsley
Canyon Lake CA
9.19
2.79
9.19
45
Robert Chor
San Pedro CA
9.12
9.12
46
Mike Contreras
Ontario CA
8.99
8.99
47
Stephen Lamb
Lakeside CA
8.98
2.02
8.98
48
Russell Schmidt
Martinez CA
8.87
8.87
49
Mark Chadeayne
Pomona CA
8.85
2.45
8.85
50
Brad Smith
Riverside CA
8.82
8.82
51
Chad May
Gilbert AZ
8.78
8.78
52
Garrison Ocamica
Caldwell ID
8.65
2.63
8.65
53
Todd Tobiasson
Las Vegas NV
8.61
8.61
54
Victoria Dunstone
Wake Forest NC
8.48
8.48
55
Joseph George, Jr.
Folsom CA
8.38
8.38
56
Levi Samz
Green River WY
8.37
8.37
57
Kenny Myers
Lakeside AZ
8.35
8.35
58
Erik Bomstad
Temecula CA
8.34
2.87
8.34
59
Dante Ray
Sparks NV
8.33
2.18
8.33
60
Yosuke "Manny" Toma
Ontario CA
8.27
8.27
61
Robert Castner
Chino CA
8.24
8.24
62
Michael Renteria
El Mirage AZ
8.23
8.23
63
Robert Zumwalt
Las Vegas NV
8.21
8.21
64
Ryan Gutierrez
Weiser ID
8.18
8.18
64
Nathan Harbison
Madero CA
8.18
2.54
8.18
66
Shawn Carnahan
Gilbert AZ
8.15
8.15
67
Jason Billmaier
Las Vegas NV
8.14
2.46
8.14
68
Gale Fox Jr.
Las Vegas NV
8.03
8.03
68
Sonny Gibson
Las Vegas NV
8.03
2.96
8.03
70
Mark Renteria
El Mirage AZ
8.2
8
71
Tom Kruse
San Juan Capistrano CA
7.99
7.99
71
Jeff Mabry
Phoenix AZ
7.99
7.99
73
Mona Dunlap
Cottage Grove OR
8.11
7.91
74
Tom Ormsby
Parowan UT
7.87
7.87
75
Aaron Heath
Phoenix AZ
7.86
2.16
7.86
76
Wade Goodwin
Wilson CA
7.83
7.83
77
Aaron Hill
Las Vegas NV
7.82
7.82
78
Jason Okamoto
Glendale AZ
7.8
7.8
79
Larry White
Sun City AZ
7.77
7.77
80
Brant List
Huntington Beach CA
7.74
7.74
81
Blaine Christiansen
San Francisco CA
7.68
7.68
81
Len Scinto
Valencia CA
7.68
7.68
83
Aaron Bartelt
Grand Junction CO
7.59
7.59
84
Danny Burns
Phoenix AZ
7.56
7.56
85
Patrick McLaren
Las Vegas NV
7.53
2.15
7.53
86
Landon Miller
Cherry Valley CA
7.5
7.5
87
Rob Copple
Las Vegas NV
7.49
7.49
88
Gary Haraguchi
Franklin TN
7.46
2.78
7.46
89
Andrew Garcia
Azusa CA
7.44
3.17
7.44
90
Liz Jones
Conoga Park CA
7.42
7.42
91
Troy Pasalich
Poway CA
7.4
7.4
92
Mark Torrez
Camarillo CA
7.34
7.34
93
Geoff Peterson
Huntington Beach CA
7.23
7.23
94
Toru Kaneko
Konan-Shi, Shiga Jap
7.21
7.21
95
Chad Harvey
Phoenix AZ
7.19
1.66
7.19
96
Kirk Pasalich
Poway CA
7.18
7.18
97
Patrick Cassi
Wheatland CA
7.16
7.16
98
David Bebawy
Chandler AZ
7.12
7.12
99
Keith Bridges
Mission Viejo CA
7.11
7.11
100
Erick Zappey
St George UT
7.08
7.08
101
William Penrod
Salome AZ
7.05
7.05
102
Steven Christensen
Ferron UT
7.02
7.02
103
Vincent Alcantara
Glendale AZ
6.89
1.93
6.89
104
Szu Nien Yeh
Las Vegas NV
6.88
6.88
105
Tom Karavites
Payson AZ
6.85
1.86
6.85
106
Gabriel Jones
Henderson NV
6.75
6.75
107
Lon Armel
Scottsdale AZ
6.62
6.62
107
Brian P. Day
Rancho SM CA
6.62
6.62
109
Tracy Purtee
Payson AZ
6.56
6.56
110
Jordon Erekson
Chandler AZ
6.55
6.55
111
Brandon Headrick
Labarge WY
6.5
6.5
112
Dustin Tingle
Spring Valley CA
6.44
6.44
113
Derrek Stewart
Venice CA
6.43
1.89
6.43
114
Ryan Chambers
Chandler AZ
6.41
1.57
6.41
115
Brad Szarkowski
Saugus CA
6.4
6.4
116
Steve Larsen
Henderson NV
6.27
6.27
117
Phillip Dijulio
Phoenix CA
6.23
6.23
118
Matthew Williams
Lake Havasu City AZ
6.12
6.12
119
Anthony Souza
Turlock CA
6.11
3.21
6.11
120
Scott Olivier
Peoria AZ
6.08
6.08
121
Jose Silva
Las Vegas NV
6.05
6.05
122
Brent Benish
San Diego CA
6.03
6.03
122
Paul Reutlinger
Mineola TX
6.03
2.58
6.03
124
Gabe Romero
Henderson NV
5.99
5.99
125
Ron Ratlief
Lake Havasu City AZ
5.95
5.95
126
Chad Davis
Mesa AZ
5.86
5.86
127
Bob Lindgren
San Clemente CA
5.83
5.83
128
Aaron Reese
Gilbert AZ
5.7
1.61
5.7
129
Aaryn Coroneos
Henderson NV
5.65
5.65
130
Daniel Partida II
Las Vegas NV
5.55
5.55
131
Ralph Wells
Lake Havasu City AZ
5.54
5.54
132
Steve Watson
Phoenix AZ
5.53
5.53
133
David Karber
Phoenix AZ
5.44
2.18
5.44
134
Jeff Fogel
Carlsbad CA
5.27
5.27
135
Mike Simon
Henderson NV
5.24
5.24
136
Mathew Grizzle
Dahlonega GA
5.17
1.38
5.17
137
Alan Clowers
National City CA
5.14
5.14
138
Mike Cruthers
Chandler AZ
5.12
5.12
139
Clifford Kinney
Mesa AZ
5.11
2.71
5.11
140
Richard Henson
Redding CA
5.09
5.09
141
Michael Bidak
Scottsdale AZ
5.08
5.08
142
Justin Ramsay
Glendale AZ
4.97
4.97
143
Dean Sexton
Costa Mesa CA
4.9
4.9
144
David Zavvar
West Hollywood CA
4.75
3.36
4.75
145
Brian Eslick
Gilroy CA
4.73
4.73
146
Dustin A Robinson
GLENDALE AZ
4.64
4.64
147
John Browning
Payson AZ
4.61
2.18
4.61
148
Angelo Aliotti
Temecula CA
4.58
4.58
149
Randall Bruce
Las Vegas NV
4.56
4.56
150
Thor Dusenberry
Pheonix CA
4.55
4.55
151
Clara Ricabal
Boulder Creek CA
4.51
4.51
152
Mike Gowey
Snowflake AZ
4.45
4.45
153
James Hansen
Las Vegas NV
4.34
4.34
154
Akiko Totsuka
Japan
4.27
4.27
155
Michael Natisin
Lakeside CA
4.14
4.14
156
Douglas Wickham
Ivins UT
4.09
4.09
157
Russell Mortensen
Mesa AZ
4.03
4.03
158
Ron Chambers
Tonto Basin AZ
3.94
3.94
159
Jake Anderegg
Henderson NV
3.91
3.91
160
John D. Helm
Tempe AZ
3.9
3.9
161
Jim Vretzos
El Dorodo Hills CA
3.81
3.81
162
Robin Oh
Valencia CA
3.8
3.8
163
Kevin H Duncan
Brea CA
3.79
3.79
164
Gary Crouse
Covina CA
3.77
3.77
165
Kyle Greenlaw
Morro Bay CA
4.75
3.75
166
Steven Mack
Queen Creek AZ
3.52
3.52
167
Tim Domingues
San Jose CA
3.39
3.39
167
Seth Myers
Martinez CA
3.39
3.39
169
Randy Austin
Cedar City UT
3.32
3.32
3.32
170
Larry Warren
Laverkin UT
3.31
3.31
171
Brian Kemp
Perris CA
3.29
3.29
172
Danny Batinich
Lake Elsinore CA
3.19
3.19
173
Randy Bruno
Huntington Beach CA
3.09
3.09
174
Jeremy Burns
Santa Margarita CA
3
3
175
Simon Apodoca
Yuma AZ
2.99
2.99
176
Ryan Furno
Aloha OR
2.96
2.96
177
Bill Lansford
Needles CA
2.89
2.89
178
Nathan Foreman
Queen Creek AZ
2.83
2.83
179
James Salazar Jr
North Las Vegas NV
2.53
2.53
180
Bill Hart
Lincoln CA
2.51
2.51
181
Chuck Kavros
Grass Valley CA
2.42
2.42
182
Kirk Russell
Payson AZ
2.39
2.39
183
Preston Smith
Cave Creek AZ
2.32
2.32
184
Brian Grizzle
Dahlonega GA
2.29
2.29
185
Naoaki Fujimoto
Osaka,Japan
3.27
2.27
186
Cole Daniel
Hollister CA
2.17
2.17
187
Robby Rogers
Redondo Beach CA
2.01
2.01
188
Trevor Rumsey
Chandler AZ
1.95
1.75
189
John Younce
Oak View CA
1.63
1.63
190
Brad Hellum
Glendale AZ
1.6
1.6
191
Tyler Hogan
La Habra Heights CA
1.58
1.58
192
Chris Glondeniz
Encinitas CA
1.5
1.5
193
Isaiah Rios
Phoenix AZ
1.42
1.42
194
William Stout
Prescott AZ
1.41
1.41
195
Craig Hammett
Eagle ID
1.4
1.4
196
Brandon Diamond
Los Altos CA
1.34
1.34
197
Raphael Samuel
Perris CA
1.25
1.25
198
Aaron Seay
San Diego CA
1.23
1.23
199
John Bryson
Las Vegas NV
1.15
1.15
200
Jay Guterding
Redding CA
1.01
1.01
201
Brian Bullis
Anthem AZ
0
0
201
Rick Cofield
Las Vegas NV
0
0
201
Jeff Hudson
Las Vegas NV
0
0
201
Lynn Irwin
Las Vegas
0
0
201
Scott Kunkler
Dana Point CA
0
0
201
James Bo McNeely
Rancho Cucamonga CA
0
0
201
Brian Mills
Phoenix AZ
0
0
201
Nick Teschler
Phoenix AZ
0
0

KIP CARTER WINS BASS FISHING LEAGUE REGIONAL TOURNAMENT ON WHEELER LAKE

GEORGIA’S CARTER WINS T-H MARINE FLW BASS FISHING LEAGUE REGIONAL TOURNAMENT ON WHEELER LAKE PRESENTED BY RANGER BOATS

South Carolina’s Smith Claims Co-angler Title

DECATUR, Ala. (Oct. 16, 2017) – Boater Kip Carter of Social Circle, Georgia, caught a three-day cumulative total of 15 bass weighing 42 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional event on Wheeler Lake presented by Ranger Boats. For his efforts, Carter took home $65,200 including a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and an automatic berth into the 2018 BFL All-American Championship.

“I've led a couple of big tournaments in the past, but fell short at the end. It feels good to finally win one,” said Carter, who pushed his career earnings to nearly $220,000 in FLW competition. “This is by far the biggest accomplishment of my fishing career.”

Carter said he stayed mid-lake the first two days of the event, fishing stained water flowing in from small streams. He used spinnerbaits and buzzbaits to catch his fish on Day One, but switched to a Bone-colored Paycheck Baits Repo Man topwater for Day Two.

“I’m pretty sure the drains had gizzard shad, and that was important, so I switched lures,” said Carter.

By Day Three on Saturday, Carter said his drainage bite had come to a halt. He only had one keeper in the livewell by 11 a.m., so he decided to target bass in tributary creeks. He continued to use his Repo Man topwater, and rotated in a Spro Bronzeye Frog.

“It turned out to be a good move,” said Carter. “I found some fish up in Flint Creek and was able to catch a few good ones. The first one I caught was 4½-pounder. That fish told me I was back in the running for the win.”

The top six boaters that qualified for the 2018 BFL All-American were:

1st:          Kip Carter, Social Circle, Ga., 15 bass, 42-12, $65,200

2nd:         Tyler Morgan, Columbus, Ga., 15 bass, 40-7, $10,100

3rd:          Brandon McGinnis, Pell City, Ala., 15 bass, 37-15, $5,000

4th:          John Duvall, Madison, Ga., 15 bass, 37-4, $3,000

5th:          Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., 15 bass, 36-13, $2,000

6th:          Grant Kelly, Milledgeville, Ga., 15 bass, 35-8, $1,800

Rounding out the top-10 boaters were:

7th:          Tony Harvey, Rogersville, Ala., 13 bass, 34-2, $1,600

8th:          Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., 15 bass, 31-13, $1,400

9th:          Will Blount, Andalusia, Ala., 15 bass, 31-8, $1,200

10th:        Jay Melton, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 14 bass, 31-3, $1,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Michael Smith of Piedmont, South Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard with a three-day cumulative catch of 15 bass weighing 36 pounds, 14 ounces.

The top six co-anglers that qualified for the 2018 BFL All-American were:

1st:          Michael Smith, Piedmont, S.C., 15 bass, 36-14, $45,200

2nd:         Matthew O’Connell, Brooks, Ga., 15 bass, 32-3, $5,050

3rd:          Matthew Bouldin, Smithville, Tenn., 11 bass, 26-11, $2,500

4th:          Harold Grizzle, Gainesville, Ga., 10 bass, 23-4, $1,500

5th:          Daniel Tuten, Byron, Ga., 12 bass, 21-12, $1,000

6th:          Chris Harcrow, Dawson, Ala., 15 bass, 21-3, $900

Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers were:

7th:          Chris Wade, Acworth, Ga., 10 bass, 20-3, $800

8th:          Randall Wiggins, Birmingham, Ala., nine bass, 18-1, $700

9th:          Stanley Smith, Greensboro, Ga., 11 bass, 17-14, $600

10th:        Mark Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., nine bass, 17-9, $500


Father and Son Craig and Corey Waldrop crowned Bass Champs 2017 Champions

Father and Son Craig and Corey Waldrop crowned Bass Champs 2017 Champions

By: Patty Lenderman

 

After an incredible season in four regions across Texas, Skeeter Bass Champs led 233 qualifying teams to the Red River in Shreveport, LA for the coveted 2017 team championship October 14-15, 2017. These top teams fished for a portion of an astounding 318% payback to top finishing teams, which included a new Skeeter boat powered by Yamaha for 1st and 2nd places. When all the weights were tallied, it was Corey and Craig Waldrop who came out on top to be crowned Bass Champs 2017 Champions!

 

The Red River has become a favorite Bass Champs Championship location for its neutrality for the teams due to it not being on the regular season agenda for any region, and for the area’s great ability to host an event of this size. These qualifiers were on their game as they hunted for their catch in ever changing weather conditions as well. In the last quarter of the game, a rainy front blew in that helped some top teams to their final finish.

 

The father and son team of Craig and Corey Waldrop did their homework finding a few spots before the tournament in practice and some patterns to catch the fish. “We started out hitting those spots on Saturday, and caught a limit of small fish along a key 50 yard stretch,” Corey explained. Their day one limit gave them a solid stepping stone going into the final day. “On Sunday, we decided to make a run to an oxbow that was holding some good fish. The water had gone down, so it was very shallow trying to get to it. We had to push the boat through the shallows, but made it in there and finished out a limit.” Corey said that some key components to their success was using an Ezee jig and Custom Angle Rod combo. “They just paired perfectly. Everything we caught was on reaction type baits. Catching the fish was a matter of changing up the angles and grinding it out.” After that, they decided to go to a big fish area, but had to pass through the locks to get there. “We missed the lock, and there was a two hour wait to get through.” Time was ticking, and it was a risk to get through the lock and back in time. “We decided we needed to go for it, even if we only got to make one cast.” When they made it to their target spot, they had time for three casts, and one of them fruited a 2-1/2 pounder! “We were able to cull up well over a pound with that fish. We locked everything down and headed to the weigh in.” When their two-day weight was tallied, they had a total of 21.81 pounds to win the championship. “That final catch was the ticket to our win.” They were presented a Skeeter FX20 powered by a Yamaha motor for their accomplishment, then added to their winnings with $400 Captain’s Cash and $200 from Sure Life for using the product in their livewell. “I can’t say enough about Bass Champs. They consistently put on phenomenal events, providing a platform for us everyday fishermen to achieve our angling dreams. The Horseshoe Casino and the city of Shreveport as a whole were so gracious and hospitable for all of us in the championship event, it was just incredible. This whole experience has been an absolute treat. It will be one of those things to reflect on the rest of our lives, and the best part is that I got to do this with my dad. Truly a dream weekend!”

 

Brian Schott and Scott Gill made an incredible Day-2 comeback to land a 2nd place win. “It was tough the first day,” Brian began. “We only caught two fish the first day – one flipping and one on a spinnerbait – for 5.86 pounds.” Day 2 wasn’t looking much better for them. “We still didn’t have a single fish in the livewell by noon on the final day.” Then the front came in with the storm around 12:30. “When the rain began, the fish just started biting! We saturated this one spot with a variety of different baits, putting a limit together.” Their limit was anchored with a 5.07 lb kicker (caught on a fluke), and added up to be the biggest stringer of the tournament at 14.53 lbs! All total the team reeled in 20.39 pounds of bass over the course of two days capturing 2nd place and a Skeeter ZX225 powered by Yamaha. They were also the highest finishing team fishing with a qualified Skeeter, winning an additional $5,000 from Skeeter Boats! Lowrance added another $1,000 to their day for a tremendous win. “We would like to give a big thank you to Skeeter and Yamaha. Also to H&W Marine and Dobyn’s Rods for their help and support!”

 

3rd place was won by Randy Despino and Kevin Lasyone with 19.65 lbs. They enjoyed a $6,000 payday.

 

The 4th place winners John Byler and Matt France won $5,000 for their 18.70 lb total, then the Sportsman’s Auto Network added another $2,000 to their win plus they won another $600 from Fun N Sun.

 

All total Bass Champs paid out nearly $220,000 for this event in cash and prizes to the top 42 teams. The last $1,000 check went to the team of Tom Mocny and Ernest Stumpf III with a two day total weight of 9.85 pounds.

 

“Everyone at Bass Champs would like to congratulate all of our winners, and thank everyone in all four regions for fishing with us this year,” stated Chad Potts, Bass Champs President. “Thanks to all of you and the best companies in the industry sponsoring this tournament trail, it just keeps getting better every year. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in 2018!”

 

Bass Champs will be hosting one more event in one week – the 12th annual Berkley Big Bass tournament on Lake Fork October 21-22. Twenty places will be paid every hour of this 2-day event, with over $150,000 guaranteed in cash and prizes – including two Skeeter boats! Check out all the details at BassChamps.com and don’t miss out, sign up now!

 

Start marking your calendars – the 2018 Bass Champs schedule is out and kicks off on Sam Rayburn January 20! Visit www.BassChamps.com for all of the details or call 817-439-3274 for more information.


Big Bass Tour results from Lake Guntersville!

Here are the leaders from this weekend's Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Tour event on Lake Guntersville:

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Rank Angler Weight
1 CHRIS HOPSON 7.65
2 ERIC HILL 7.55
3 DON MORRIS 7.31
4 TIM BUCKNER 7.22
5 CORY BYRUM 7.18
6 JEREMIAH ARMSTRONG 7.07
7 BRANDEN ANDREWS 6.96
8 GENE BROOKS 6.73
9 JIM BURCH 6.71
10 REGAN GREEN 6.70

Marina Fire on Lake Texoma Consumes 10-to-15 'Big' Boats

A big fire broke out on a Lake Texoma marina dock Wednesday morning destroying 10-to-15 boats, including some yachts. Several explosions were also reported at the disaster that occurred at Highport Marina.

The Dallas-Fort Worth CBS affiliate reports:

 

 

POTTSBORO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A fire and several explosions broke out at a marina on Lake Texoma Wednesday morning.

 

The fire, and subsequent explosions, started on U Dock at the Highport Marina in Pottsboro. Flames and thick, black smoke could be seen for miles.

 

Officials don’t yet know how the fire started but flames spread from boat to boat. Witnesses said that a maintenance crew was working on a boat when it caught fire.

 

Texas Game Warden Capt. Steve Stapleton said there are 10 to 15 “large boats” on fire and every one of them will like burn into the water.

 

Stapleton said most of the boats are ‘high-end’ and some of them are yachts.

 

One woman who owns a detailing business in the area said, “I feel very helpless for sure… I feel very sorry for a lot of clients [and] boat owners for sure.”

 

The Grayson County Fire Marshal is in charge of the investigation.

 

Officials said that up to 15 boats and a dock were destroyed. Boat owners said that the damage could top one million dollars.

 

A post on the marina’s Facebook page said that no one was hurt in the incident.


Y'all Play Nice and Follow Us on Instagram

“Put your best foot forward.” It was solid advice when your grandma gave it to you. It holds true today. And you know it.

So why all the negativity on social media when someone highlights a big fish in the most desirable light and at the best camera angle to show off its size and beauty?

In a word: Insecurity.

As we at @AnglersChannel have been following our fishing friends on Instagram we’ve noticed some disheartening comments from some, apparently, bitter souls.

Post a pic of a big one and most folks will appreciate your accomplishment, leave words of encouragement, and celebrate with you.

BUT then the armchair bass pros will emerge from their sofas to remark that the fish isn’t that big. You pulled a trick or two to make it look big. In fact, it’s probably a 3-pounder, not a 7. Never mind that many of these know-it-alls haven’t caught even a 3-pounder in a while.

I guess we’re supposed to take our 7-pound bass, run off 50 yards away and snug it up tight to our chest so it looks like a tiny bluegill. That might make some of these wise-crackers feel less insecure about the size of their . . . bass.

Seriously, would you want your wife or girlfriend to go out someplace special with absolutely no makeup? Some are gorgeous enough to do so, but they will always look better with just a touch here or there, the right clothes for their body type, etc.

Your truck probably has a coat of paint on it right? Well, maybe that’s not the best example. But you get my point.

Hold that fish up and out proudly! Make it look as big as you can. It’s more fun for all of us that way – even if we are laughing along with you a little.

Put your best foot forward.

Or in this case, put your best fish forward. And ignore those petty, jealous, miserable souls in the peanut gallery.

And hey, be sure to tag @AnglersChannel in the pic so we can help you show it off. Yes, we’re among those who are happy to see big fish pics so share ‘em with us!

Yeah, @thebrookster a.k.a. Brooke Thomas, is long-arming this fish. Do you care?

Vegan Harasses Fishermen, Throws Back Fish - What Would You Do?

Animal rights activists have a well-deserved reputation for taking things too far. Lack of rationale is not reserved for teenage girls. Apparently, it is becoming fashionable for grown men to act as if they have no common sense and no restraint.

And to even use small children as pawns in their attacks on a wholesome pastime.

Consider the case two days ago of a militant vegan who harassed two men while they fished in a public park on Crescent Lake in St Petersburg, Fla.

The perpetrator filmed his own antics. The video shows his small child approach the men as a fresh-caught tilapia flops on the ground. The child asks the men to stop fishing because fish feel pain.

When the men quietly continue about their business, the role model father steps in and tries his best to escalate the situation into a full-blown conflict. He eventually steals their fish and throws it back into the lake.

Keeping a cool head, one of the anglers makes a phone call, presumably to the authorities while most viewers want to step into the screen and deck the antagonistic, holier than thou attention seeker who repeatedly informs us that he eats no meat products what so ever.

Question is, what should be done about this problem - not just this specific incident, but the actions of a very vocal, very, very small minority of folks who would not only choose to not fish or hunt but would also choose for YOU not to do so?

There are laws in Florida against hunter harassment and they convey to fishermen as well. But we see how much good that did our fishing friends in this case. Their trip was already ruined. What further steps, if any should we take? What happens when they take to the water to mess with boating anglers? What if they start disrupting bass tournaments? Any pertinent laws need to have enough teeth to stop this nonsense cold. And they must be fully enforced before it will do any good.

Watch for yourself:

https://youtu.be/SFTeq-MAwMI


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The 28th Annual Wolfson Children's Hospital Benefit Bass Tournament drew 433 entries from all over the South and beyond. Adam Newburn and John Mobley brought the heaviest 5-fish sack back to Palatka, Florida and claimed the $10,000 top spot.

Newburn and Mobley caught 25.33 pounds of St Johns River bass by cycling through time-tested lures and techniques in a variety of spots that have been good to them in the past including shallow grass beds and offshore bars in the main river. Crankbaits and black and blue worms were the most productive lures.

Ryan Crowley and Chris Church placed 2nd with 23.97 pounds. Their bag was anchored by the biggest bass of the tournament at 11.33 pounds. They ran north from Palatka and caught the big fish flipping a black/blue worm.

John Kremer and Travis Kremer were a very close 3rd with 23.57 pounds.

The rest of the Top 10 looked like this:

4) Eric Lewis &Phil Cury 22.84

5) Jeremy Tate & Daniel Hutto 22.69

6) Travis Totman & Robert Willis 21.67

7) Jeremy Wright & Brian Wright 21.39

8) David McIntyre & Michael S. Johnson 21.29

9) Stephen Bishop & Dell Massie 20.77

10) Robert Burton & Joshua Scott 20.70

It took over 20 pounds to place among the top 14 spots.

Fishing is excellent right now on the St Johns River.

Chris Church with 11.33-pound big bass - photo courtesy Greg Walker/Palatka Daily News

 


How Bernie Schultz missed cut; made BIG Day 2 rebound at Elite tourney on Cherokee

“There was no mechanical failure,” said Bernie Schultz, discussing the reason he zeroed on Day 1 of the recent Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Cherokee Lake.

“I made a lure change,” said Schultz explaining how he weighed-in over 17 pounds on Day 2.

That weight would have put him in the Top 5 on the first day. After a dismal practice and fruitless first round, Schultz made the right adjustment. It was a classic case of ‘too little, too late’ as he still missed the cut.

“I caught more weight that one day than I did in three days of practice, combined. And I was sticking everything I could in practice so I could gauge their size.”

It was some limited success early in the practice process that lead Schultz down the wrong path, as far as lure selection was concerned. Cherokee’s rock strewn drop-offs and jade depths suggested a jerkbait. “You couldn’t build a better-looking jerkbait fishery. The structure was beautiful. I really like the lake; the way it lays out, the way it looks. I caught two 4-pounders really quickly on a jerkbait the first day of practice. That and a swimbait were the only deal I had going. I tried to force that on them the first day of the tournament and I believe I was fishing below the fish.”

While many top finishers caught smallmouth in depths of 20-to-30 feet, Schultz says there was also a strong shallow bite. His fish were positioned on the bank, therefore, he was actually fishing too deep with the jerkbait and swimbait.

During his productive 2nd round Schultz turned to a lure that has produced for him from coast to coast across the seasons. “I tied-on a Rapala DT6 crankbait. I caught them in about that depth – 6 feet – but that bait will actually run deeper.” Schultz used the ‘Disco Shad’ color. “It’s one of Ike’s Custom Ink colors.”

Randall Tharp and Ott DeFoe were among those who ran up the river to fish the shallow pattern. Schultz did so right down by the dam. The pattern was solid from end to end along the lake so Schultz opted to work it where others did not. “It was well-known that the bite was ‘on’ up the river so I decided to go shallow but to do so down-lake just because there were far fewer boats fishing that way down there.”

It was a solid game plan. When he put it all together it worked. Could he have gone the distance with a better start? “I don’t know. It wasn’t a huge, heroic thing, I tell you. I just ground-out 6 bites on the 2nd day and the fish in that lake tend to weigh about 3 pounds apiece. Cherokee is full of healthy fish.”

Schultz looks forward to the next Elite event on Okeechobee in a couple of weeks. It will be the polar opposite of what we just saw in so many ways.

But on Cherokee, Schultz can take pride in having made a good call on Day 2.

Schultz used the Rapala DT6 in Disco Shad to catch shallow bass on Cherokee.

Mark Daniels Jr. embarks on Elite Series journey - TH Marine "PRO"files

Mark Daniels Jr. has come a long way, both, geographically and metaphorically speaking. From Fairfield, California, Daniels now resides in Tuskegee, Alabama and travels the professional bass tournament circuits which have introduced him to a wide variety of waters.

Daniels met his wife, Taneisha, at Tuskegee University. She is a lifelong resident of Tuskegee.

“We moved to California for 7 years. I worked and fished locally in my hometown. When this whole professional fishing deal came along and it was going to become a full-time gig for me, we relocated back to her hometown which makes it convenient for me when it comes to travelling.”

They have 2 children, a son, 14, and a 9-year-old daughter.

Lake Martin may be the closest water body, but Daniels doesn’t feel particularly rooted to it. “It’s crazy. I travel around so much that I wouldn’t call anything my ‘home lake’.”

Daniels brings 3 years of FLW Tour experience into his rookie season on the Bassmaster Elite Series.

After a couple of seasons on the Bassmaster Opens trails, Daniels qualified for the Elite Series via the Southern Opens last year. The top 5 points-getters earn an invite to join the Elites. “I placed 6th, but Jacob Wheeler double-qualified so I became eligible. I bought him a beer,” chuckled Daniels.

As a youngster, Daniels fished with his dad a lot. “It was one of those anything-that-bites kind of deals. We would catch quite a few ocean perch, flounder and these fish called king fish which were a type of croaker. We’d come home and have a cook out. That sparked my interest in fishing, in general, but we moved inland about 40 minutes to Fairfield and I learned about fishing ponds, these little duck ponds that had bass in them. I started fishing with my soft plastics and little spinnerbaits and I started catching a few fish and you know how it is once you hook a bass – that first bass, man, you’re done.”

Mark Daniels used to take Mark Daniels Jr. fishing, now MDJ returns the favor. He put Pops on some nice Coosa River bass.

As with many of us, the next step in Daniels’ journey as angler was led by a family friend. “My dad had a really good friend named Doug Rogers. He had some prior experience with tournament bass fishing. Nothing big, but he knew about it a little bit and he liked it a lot and he had an old raggedy boat, a Bayliner with an 85-horse power engine on the back. He said ‘If you think you like this tournament thing let me take you out and show you what it’s about.’ I fished my first tournament and I was really done after that. I caught my first bass in a tournament that day flipping a jig. I remember it vividly. I’ve been chasing that high ever since.”

Daniels says the highest point of his career so far has been winning the TBF National tournament in 2013. “That was the turning point in my life where I had the opportunity to compete full time. Also, all the hard work to get there – people see it on TV and they don’t realize it’s a 2-year process to make it to that championship.

“And there’s only going to be 1 guy from each state so I went to Oklahoma representing California and beating out many of the best grassroots anglers so to me, that was a huge accomplishment.”

Looking ahead, Daniels plans to climb higher still. “My number one goal is to make the Bassmaster Classic.”

What gives Daniels an advantage as he embarks on his Elite Series debut? “I try to maintain versatility. That’s been a really big hurdle for me leading up to this point in my career. Becoming versatile is extremely key. I love to flip. I love to punch mats. I love to throw big topwaters. But sometimes, being able to put that stuff down and throw a jerkbait, throw a dropshot . . . you have to be versatile to compete with these guys on this level because you’re not always going to be able to hit them on the head with a jig.

“The biggest challenge is going to be the new fisheries. Out of 9 tournaments, there are 5 new bodies of water that I have never fished before. That’s always a challenge, to some degree, but I also like that. New opportunities. New landscapes. I just like a change sometimes.”

Daniels isn’t worried about getting spun-out, mentally. And given his FLW Tour experience, he should be fine. “At the end of the day, the truth of the matter is, it’s fishing.

“You’re going to have good days. You’re going to have bad days. Try to minimize those bad days, and maximize opportunities that make up good days, and I think I’ll be just fine.”

Daniels plans to maximize some of those good times with a lure that he has tons of confidence in: The Rat-L-Trap. “Bill Lewis Outdoors is my title sponsor. I grew up on a grass fishery, the California Delta where hundreds of giant bass get caught every year on Rat-L-Traps.

“It’s just a bait that I was really familiar with, that I’d used a lot so it was a natural fit when I was able to join forces with them in a title deal. Any time I can throw a trap, I’m doing that. I have one tied on at all times, all year long. It’s one of those baits that’s been around forever and always catches fish.

“I just got back from Massachusetts where I did an hour-long seminar on everything ‘Rat-L-Trap’ and I touched on a lot of the misnomers, like that it is only a cold water bait or a grass-only bait. There are so many different things you can do with a trap and there are so many different types of traps that people never even speak about that are extremely effective.

“I use those all the time as I’m travelling around the country.”

Mark Daniels Jr. holds class on 'All Things Rat-L-Trap'.

For those reasons, don’t be surprised to see Daniels bust some Lake Cherokee bass with the trap in his 1st Elite Series tourney. Certainly, the lure will play well at Okeechobee.

Then again, considering his versatile mind set and ample skill set, Mark Daniels is set to surprise us in many ways this season. The only thing that may not come as a surprise is if he experiences much success on his first Elite Series campaign.


Elite Series Rookie Dustin Connell aims high

Dustin Connell is one of the rookies who will fish the Bassmaster Elite Series this year. A few of them bring Tour-level experience from the FLW ranks. Connell is not one of them. His is a fresh start.

“Last year was my first year fishing all of the Opens,” says the 26-year-old from Clanton, Alabama. “I was fortunate to qualify for the Elite Series.”

Make no mistake though, Connell has put in some serious time on the water. “My brother got me into it. I was probably 12 when we fished our first tournament and I loved it. That’s all I wanted to do after that. We fished non-stop every week for four years. Then I fished in college and did well there. Then I started fishing locally and it just kind of took off from there.”

He lists his greatest accomplishment as the Bassmaster Open he won on the Alabama River in 2015, though he did not fish the other 2 events on that trail that year and therefore did not qualify for the Bassmaster Classic.

His home water is basically the whole Coosa River. “If I had to pick one lake I’d say Mitchel, or maybe Jordan.” The local scene is competitive. “When I fish around here I’m usually fishing against 10 Elite series guys and 3 or 4 FLW guys. If you’re going to win, you’re kind of forced to put in a lot of time.”

Coosa River is kind to Connell.

You could say the young pro is married to his career, but not to a woman. ”I’m not married; don’t have kids. I’m concentrating on fishing. Other than that, man, I’m just rolling with the flow.”

As for the career, “I graduated from in 2012 from the University of Alabama and fishing is something I always wanted to do. Once I graduated I fished a lot of local tournaments here in Alabama, right around the Coosa River. There are enough tournaments that you can make a lot of money just fishing local tournaments. I made a living doing that for a long time. Two years ago I worked construction for about 8 months. That just wasn’t for me so I said ‘I’m going back home and fishing’. It worked out pretty good. I won that Southern Open and that opened a lot of doors for me.”

Connell had a good time pre-fishing Okeechobee.

Business is good. While pre-fishing Okeechobee Connell caught several bass over 5 pounds and an estimated 8-pounder. He enjoys fishing Florida’s grass lakes but is most looking forward to a couple of the tougher venues that the Elite Series will visit this year. “February 9th, on Cherokee. That’s kind of a wild card for everybody. They’re used to fishing in Florida first but we’re about to go to a smallmouth lake.” He also has his eye on Dardanelle, as he has some experience there too.

Connell can catch them on Cherokee too.

His competitive edge? “I love catching fish deep. I feel like I separate myself if I can get out deep. I also love catching big spotted bass around current and around dams, that kind of stuff. I don’t hang around the crowd a lot. If I can make a hundred-mile run and get away from guys then that’s what I’ll do. If you’re out there doing the same thing as everybody else, you’re not going to win. I can skip a dock as well as anybody else, but if that’s what everybody is doing, then you’re hoping for luck; a big bite to separate you from the other guys. If I can separate myself, it works for me.”

Connell has some goals. “Without a doubt, I want Rookie of the Year and to make the Classic, but - and I know a lot of rookies don’t really set this goal - but I want to win Angler of the Year. You’ve got to see it in your mind. That’s what I want. I’m not out there to just fish against those rookies. I want to win Angler of the Year. It’s very possible. Anything can happen.”


Blaylock talks big move

It’s hard to look at Stetson Blaylock as a ‘rookie’ but on the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series that is what he will be.

After 8 successful seasons on the FLW Tour Blaylock joins the Elite Series which will conclude on his 30th birthday this August with a tourney on Lake St Clair. Perhaps he’ll celebrate with his wife, Lindsey and their two young children who accompany him on tour.

That family support has been a huge boost, says Blaylock. “Both of my parents have been real supportive, they taught ‘keep your faith, live the best life you can’. My dad, he didn’t fish a whole lot, he did fish some, but it was more like ‘do what you want to do, make sure you enjoy what you’re doing and if you want to fish then I’m going to support you 100%’ – and that goes for both of my parents.”

The support is multi-generational, “It’s been the whole family. I’m very fortunate to still have a set of grandparents, my wife still has a set of grandparents, all of our family lives close to us and it’s a joy and a pleasure to get to enjoy everybody when we’re home and have the support when we’re on the road.”

Among his family members who do fish, Blaylock mentions his uncle, Anthony, as a driving force who introduced him to the sport. “It helps to have somebody who is, not only supportive, but who knows the ropes. You have to have family that supports you even if they don’t know how or what you’re doing and why you’re doing it but when you have those family members that actually have done it and been successful and know what it takes to make it, then that helps that much more.”

Blaylock of Benton, Arkansas counts Lake Ouachita as his home water. It has been a great teacher for the versatile young pro. “Here in Central Arkansas you can do anything you want. There are rivers, highland impoundments, grass lakes, there are all kinds of lakes to fish and the fishing’s tough – there are times when it’s great but it’s a place that, when you can learn how to catch them in Arkansas, you can do pretty good all over the country.”

Blaylock qualified for the Elites through the Bassmaster Southern Opens where he finished 2nd after missing the mark in 3 previous tries on that very competitive trail.

While Blaylock once listed deep cranking as his biggest weakness, today he would say that fishing Florida’s grass-filled lakes is his sore spot. “You just go forever and ever trying to find them,” he says of lakes such as Okeechobee, where the Elite Series will take him this year. He has spent time on Okeechobee with the FLW Tour as it has typically started off on that fishery each season. Maybe he’ll do well when the Elite Series visits the Big O.

But he will certainly be looking forward to the stop on Arkansas’s Lake Dardanelle. “I only live about 2 hours from it, and that’s not really the reason it will be my favorite. I just like the style of fishing that it offers and I’ll have a lot of family that normally won’t be able to be at these events that will get to go up there to watch. I’ll have lots of friends. It’s just going to be surreal to get to fish at the top of the food chain in my home state in front of a lot of people. It’s going to be fun to see all of the familiar faces in the crowd and get to compete against the best in the world and try to make something of it.”

The crowd will boost his spirits at Dardanelle. His equipment will boost his confidence everywhere. “Making the Elites, I felt like running a Toyota Tundra was the best decision because they’re such a huge supporter of B.A.S.S. and the anglers that fish B.A.S.S. I want to show off what they have to offer.

“Dick Cepek wheels and tires is one of my partners for the year. They make a great product, wheels and tires and they look good. Crossed Industries takes care of the angler and offers discounts on products for the angler to make it a little bit more affordable where we can be able to fix our stuff up.”

Speaking of fixing stuff up, Blaylock outfitted his Legend V20 boat with premium goodies. “Got that Mercury 250 Pro XS on the back. Power-Poles, my Garmin electronics . . . I feel like, when I’m out there on the water that I have the best equipment in the business. I know everybody is going to say that but it’s all between your ears and when you’re confident in what you have and what you’re working with, there’s nothing that can take that away.

“Confidence is 90% of this game.”

Blaylock has the confidence. He also has respect for his peers. “I’ve had the opportunity to compete against a bunch of those guys, including (Kevin) VanDam, more than once and their positivity and their drive and their attitude toward the sport and just the way they work so hard, it makes you better. It makes you explore your weaknesses and want to get better at them and it makes you want to utilize what you’re good at and prove to the world that you’re one of the best at what you’re doing.”

As for accomplishments past, Blaylock won an FLW Major in 2009. It came with a $200,000 pay day for the then-21-year-old. “When I won that event I was so young and it was so early in my career that I honestly didn’t even know what I had done. It didn’t sink in until a couple of years later that ‘hey, I won a tournament on my first year out on the pro circuit’. It’s hard to do. I’ve been doing it 8 or 9 years now and that’s the only win that I’ve had on the pro tour. I really didn’t know what I had done. It’s a huge accomplishment and one that I would love to do again.

“Winning that tournament was a highlight of my career but one thing a lot of people don’t think about with me is that my wife has gotten to come with me to about 80% of the tournaments that I’ve competed in since I started. Just having the family support there on the road and not having to leave them there at the house, that’s a huge accomplishment. That’s something that I really, really value and treasure in my career.”

His biggest advantage going into the new trail? “I still see myself as a kid trying to make a living fishing. Not the guy that’s almost 30 and been doing it 8 years and has qualified for the Elite Series. But my biggest advantage going into this is that time that I’ve spent fishing with so many different people, so many different quality anglers and fishing FLW for several years as pro and for 4 years as an amateur. I’ve learned so much.”

About the upcoming challenges associated with the Elite Series, “If you compete this long (on the FLW Tour) then there’s nothing that says you can’t do it over there.”


"PRO-Files" - Meet FLW Tour Rookie Dylan Hays

As the 2017 tournament season approaches, I took a few minutes to speak with FLW Tour rookie Dylan Hays.

Hays, age 29, is embarking on the great American Dream. “I quit my ‘real job’ to go fishing.” He resigned from Mondi, a paper mill where he worked as a buyer. “I bought all of their raw materials. I also worked at Pradco before as a buyer.”

While Hays has worked in the fishing industry, so has his wife Melinda, daughter of professional anglers Jimmy Mize and Lucy Mize. A tournament veteran herself, Melinda currently runs the Costa fishing team, And Dylan will run a Costa-wrapped boat that promotes his biggest sponsor.

Dylan met Melinda at a fish fry. “A friend invited her and another friend invited me. We kind of hit it off. I had seen her around, tournament fishing you know, but I always honestly thought she was kind of too good for me, to be honest with you,” shares Hays about his best catch ever.

There’s a lot of good water around Sheridan, Arkansas where Hays hangs his hat when not on tour. If he had to pin-down a single ‘home’ lake it would be Dardanelle.
The variety available a short drive from his house has made him a versatile angler which he ranks as his biggest strength. Finesse fishing would be among his weaknesses. “I can catch them on a shakey head or drop shot, but I’d rather not fish that way.”

Hays has been fishing competitively since he graduated high school 11 years ago. He helped start the fishing team at the University of Central Arkansas. “I think I just have a competitive nature. My dad never really fished, no one in my family really fishes.

“I had a couple of really good buddies in high school. They fished. We would go to ponds after school. When I turned 16 I got a boat. I actually had a boat before I had a truck. I would make my dad take me places. It just grew from there. But I’ve always been competitive and been into sports and I think I just wanted that part of it. Honestly, I think that’s the biggest reason I fish – for the competition.”

While he’s proud to have helped start a college fishing team, Hays had another highlight last year. “My team partner, which is actually (Melinda’s) daddy, Jimmy Mize, we won a boat. It’s the biggest team trail in the state of Arkansas and we won the championship.”

Hays also been to the TBF National Championship twice, as well as the All-American.

Looking ahead Hays is excited about the Tour schedule. “I like Lacrosse. That’s supposed to be fun - shallow river fishing, lots of fish. And I’m really looking forward to the first one, Guntersville. I just love going to quality fisheries and that’s one of the best in the nation.”

Beaver Lake is in his home state but Hays is not really a ‘local’ there. “I like Beaver too. It’s close and I like that style of fishing – highland lakes.

“Those 3 for sure are my top 3. If I had to pick the one I’m looking forward to the most it would probably be the first one, Guntersville. It’s the first tournament of my rookie year and I’m ready to get it started.”


Resolve to be good at something

"I was really good at being a bad guy."- Ric Flair

So how many resolutions have you already broken in this new-born new year? I resolved some years ago to stop making resolutions. THAT’s one I can keep.

But I do reflect, at the top of the year, on how things have gone; how they might have gone otherwise – you know, just the way we do on a long drive home from a tournament we didn’t win.

When it comes to fishing I think of what worked well, what didn’t, how the weather played a role. I assess my strengths and my weaknesses. I might worry for 5 seconds about my weaknesses. Then I embrace my strengths.

At this time of year when others are saying ‘correct your flaws’ I encourage you to do just the opposite. Identify your strengths and hone them to a razor’s edge. A competitive edge.

You can spend all your time doing damage control or you can invest in your strong suit and make a statement. Be known for something, like winning, for instance. You rarely win by being average at a bunch of techniques. You win by being outstanding at something and then recognizing when there’s an opportunity to push that technique.

How many times have we heard a winning angler say ‘I just fished my strengths’.

You’ll likely have to grind your way through a slow bite with ‘Plan B’ or even ‘Plan C’ in any tournament. After all, Denny Brauer and Tommy Biffle both have used topwater techniques when bass were not tight to flippin’ cover. But when your bite turns on you need to cash in on what makes you unique – that one thing you do better than anybody else.

Often it’s others who notice. When a partner asks, “How do you get that fluke to stay down while working it so fast?” or “How can you skip a lure that far back under there on baitcasting gear?” or “How are you seeing those fish in these conditions?”, such statements are strong hints at strengths you should explore.

As a radio show host once said, nobody ever wrote a book titled ‘Great Moderates in American History’. We respect the bold. For better or worse, we remember the exceptions rather than the rules, especially exceptional performances.

Instead of losing 10 pounds, I say ‘go add 10 pounds to your bench press max’. That means you’ve got to eat. And workout. And so it goes with your fishing. Figure out what you’re good at and get better at it. Be the absolute best there is at it.

If it involves a certain lure, fish it on all kinds of line, especially one you never thought you would. Topwater plug on fluoro? Absolutely, if only to rule that out. Fish it in water that is too cold or too shallow for it. Tourneys have been won on buzzbaits in winter and deep cranks in 4 feet of water. Find quirks that nobody else has. That’s what makes it your thing.

If your strength revolves around a presentation skill rather than a particular lure, say, pitching for instance, then try it with oddball lures. I have caught good bass flippin’ a swimbait into thick reeds. When working quickly and closely to a line of targets such as laydowns some guys have been known to pitch a squarebill crankbait the way others would a jig. I knew a guy who caught fish behind Gary Klein by flipping a spinnerbait into brush.

Perhaps your strength is simply the efficiency and fast pace with which you work. That’s the case for guys like Kevin VanDam and Bryan Thrift. Figure out which lures and techniques can catch fish at warp speed. Forget the rest. You’ll be bored with them and your performance will suffer. Stay on pace and odds are you’ll find some fish.

On the other hand, maybe you've got the patience of Job. Like watching cob webs form between your rod and line? If you have that unshakeable faith that you can wait 'em out until they bite then you indeed have a strength few others possess. It's a great way to catch big fish.

If sight fishing is your thing then you’ll cash in during bedding season, but find opportunities to do it outside of the spawn so you can play to your strength year-round. Bernie Schultz once told me how he watched wolf packs of bass swim around a shallow point and just threw a Senko out in front of them. Did he catch every one he saw? No. But he caught enough. And that’s the point of having a strength. You’re never going to catch all of the fish anyway so just figure out what brings you the most joy on the water.

And be great at it.

 


2016 in the rear view

Well, another year has zipped steadily by like a buzzbait churning past a Lake Norman dock piling. And what a year it was. From the Bassmaster Classic in Oklahoma’s winter winds to the Forrest Wood Cup in Alabama’s August heat, there’s been much to talk about.

One of the things the AnglersChannel.com staff has been most excited about is the addition of industry veteran Chris Brown as company president. Chris has made a tremendous impact on our web presence with a renewed focus on social media and a recently-unveiled new incarnation of the AnglersChannel.com web site. But y’all aint seen nothing yet. Stick around!

On the FLW Tour a couple of minimalists ruled. Andy Morgan, who does what he does and lets 5 fish-per-day come to him, won his 3rd Angler of the Year title. In 4 years. And John Cox, who fishes from an aluminum rig and eschews electronics (except for GPS), won the Forrest Wood Cup.

Morgan began the year with a 40th place showing on Lake Okeechobee – better than he usually fares on that lake. One more mediocre finish on Hartwell was followed by 4 Top 20’s, including 2 Top 10 performances. He didn’t win an event. Morgan has claimed the AOY crown in 3 of the last 4 seasons without winning a tournament in that time span. You have to reach back to 2007 to find a Tour level win on Morgan’s resume. But the guy nearly always spends the weekend pushing his boat across the water with his Evinrude outboard after so many competitors have missed the cut and are towing their boats over the asphalt with their trucks.

How does Morgan maintain that level of consistency? I’ll steal a quote from Curtis Niedermier’s excellent interview with Morgan in FLW’s Bass Fishing magazine: Morgan notes, “I stick to what brung me, pretty much. I’ll put a new twist on things, but it’s very seldom. I don’t modify much. If Livingston, Zoom or War Eagle makes it, that’s it. They’ve bit a damn plastic worm for 100 years, and they’re not going to stop in the next 100 years.”

In contrast to Morgan, Scott Martin did win a Tour tourney. His victory on Lake Champlain this past summer gives Martin the record for the most FLW Tour wins in history, at 6. Three of them have come on Champlain. By the way, that one AOY title Morgan didn’t win in the past 3 years – Martin won that in 2015.

We look forward to seeing those two gentlemen pick right back up in 2017. Should be another hot race.

The Cup could have been a deep water affair. Except, there was little current so the bass suspended and a topwater derby ensued. Popular areas on the lower third of Lake Wheeler were often crowded. Feelings got hurt. Frustration reigned. A few nice fish were caught. Meanwhile, a handful of anglers went up the creeks as far as they could. Those willing to work their way back into these shady stretches found solitude. And bass.

The tactic played well, especially for John Cox who could get farther up a creek than anybody else in the field. “The place I’m fishing doesn’t even show up as water on the chart,” chuckled the affable Tour veteran as he talked with media members after Thursday’s opening round. Due to his boat choice he gave up some speed and some range, but Cox’s decision to fish from an aluminum Crestliner enabled him to find a honey hole that carried him to the title.

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Edwin Evers won the Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake of the Cherokees in his home state of Oklahoma. Evers brought 60 pounds, 7 ounces to the big stage and surpassed runner-up and fellow Okie Jason Christie by more than 10 pounds.

The Classic was followed by the first Elite Series stop of 2016 on Florida’s St. Johns River. This tourney was a real ‘classic’ in its own way. Rick Clunn – 69-year-old, 4-time Bassmaster Classic Champ, Rick Clunn – who hadn’t won a B.A.S.S. tournament since 2002, was accompanied by his 12-year-old son, River, who was not yet born the last time his dad won, as he hoisted a big blue trophy. Grown men cried. All the trophies, the awards, the accolades acquired across decades meant less to Clunn than to be able to validate his career before his son. Most dads can relate to that.

Covering that tourney for AnglersChannel.com, I was on the water watching Clunn as he slowly but steadily built that final limit of bass. On stage later that day he would remind us all, “Don’t ever accept that your best moments are behind you.” That was my favorite moment from the tournament world this year.

I also spent some time following Drew Benton on the St. Johns River. I fished with Drew during his first FLW Tour win a couple of years back. I fish with a lot of folks. Benton is the real deal. He is also a good guy. He looks out for others but he knows how to compete. I am not a bit surprised he won Rookie of the Year honors. He had his sights set on something bigger – Angler of the Year.

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Gerald Swindle took B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year honors. Benton finished 11th. Look out for him in the future, but this was Swindle’s year. It was well deserved and he earned it through an interesting new format wherein B.A.S.S. had a shootout of sorts – the AOY Championship tournament. Nobody caught Swindle, so the tourney was just sort of a spectacle of no real consequence.

B.A.S.S. did venture into a new format that was loads of fun for those of us who watched it unfold on Bassmaster.com and ESPN.com. The Bassmaster Classic Bracket featured head-to-head match play and more drama than fake wrestling. If you didn’t see it, you should have.

Some highlights: Dean Rojas made a big comeback in the last 15 minutes of his opening round to advance past Jordan Lee. Brett Hite took nearly 15 minutes playing several of his smallmouth in the Niagara River current on light line. Jacob Powroznik ‘laid up’ and laid down his rods in an effort to let his buddy Koby Kreiger win so he could advance and perhaps make the Classic. Kreiger almost didn’t catch a fish anyway, but eventually did before time ran out. He still didn’t win the golden ticket to the Classic – ran into KVD. And Kevin VanDam found yet another format under which he could crush all other competitors. Oh, and even when it was over it wasn’t over as Hite protested VanDam’s victory. KVD’s win was upheld.

On a sad note, we, as a fishing community, lost outdoors writer Wade Bourne in the last month of 2016. He was a giant in the field and will be sorely missed by many, including us here at AnglersChannel.com.


How much tech is TOO much tech?

How much technology is too much tech?

It’s a personal thing. I used the Internet to order some frogs and when they arrived I went to the lake and caught some fish on them. For me, that’s the perfect marriage of technology and the outdoor world.

 

I typed on the keyboard and this frog magically appeared a few days later. That's as 'techy' as I need to get with my fishing.
I typed on the keyboard and this frog magically appeared a few days later. That's as 'techy' as I need to get with my fishing.

Polarized sunglasses are my favorite fish-finders. GPS is awesome. I love satellite maps. Otherwise, I have little interest in the digital world when I am on the water.

I do a lot of wade fishing and I use a kayak quite a bit. And I catch more fish than most guys in motorboats.

Even if you have a $70,000 rig and all the latest electronics, I’m guessing the AguaDrone is too much tech for you, as a bass fisherman. The waterproof, remote-controlled aircraft can deliver a lure to a distant spot, but hey, so can the 10-foot rods that B.A.S.S. recently approved for tournament competition.

Billed as “the world’s first fishing-optimized drone” the AguaDrone has a depth-finder. It takes video. It has more accessories than Barbie.

It remains unclear as to whether the drone will make a pulled pork sandwich and deliver it to you on the water, but it could keep you busy for hours doing something other than fishing. No thanks. I have a wife for that.

There are applications for a waterproof drone that could benefit anglers and anybody who likes to fish, but I watched a video of the AguaDrone and when they used it to actually present a lure to fish they totally lost me. Lure placement is part of our sport.

Therein lies the basis of most backlash against technology – when mechanization replaces human performance we lose the very essence of art, of sport, of anything that sets an individual apart and gives him a platform on which to live out his potential, to show us what we might become, to add his mark on that sport, on that art form, on the world, in the short while that any of us has to live in it.

To the extent that technology helps an individual find better ways to perform his craft, that is true genius. As soon as it crosses the line and say, eats said pulled pork sandwich for you, it is no longer an aid to human performance, but a crutch that breeds dependence and insulates people from the types of challenges needed to develop skills.

The AguaDrone has a KickStarter.com page, which means it is not readily available for sale yet. You can help fund the dream and then get in line to buy one. Go check it out. I’ll just be over here with a flippin’ stick and that technological marvel known as a baitcasting reel.


Crossover products are as helpful on the water is in the woods

Thanksgiving has passed, so even for many hardcore tournament anglers, now is the time to get in the woods as well as on the waters.
It also means that 'shopping season' is here again. Be sure and  get something nice for your wife and kids, your parents, the mailman, et al, but treat yourself right too. Big savings can be had on some cool gear. Some items provide utility far beyond the hunting woods or the fishing hole.

Fishing wise, take advantage of the topwater bite as shad should be up in the creeks, bluegills around the banks and bass close behind - or out ahead, lying in ambush. The shiners in our local pond are bigger than my foot. it takes a big bass to eat such bait. We've got 'em.

photo by Vance McCullough
photo by Vance McCullough

As for our deer herd, Florida is not known for producing trophy bucks. There are a few nice specimens in North Florida. They are seldom seen during daylight hours, except at the peak of the rut.

photo by Vance McCullough
photo by Vance McCullough
The wilds of the Deep South include boot-sucking swamps and expansive palmetto flats studded with thick thorn vines and guarded by venomous snakes and clouds of incessant mosquitoes. Hunting here guarantees the opportunity to fail miserably, and to be miserable while failing.
For this reason, a couple of items have become indispensable in my mind. The Thermacell is an outstanding invention for mosquito control. It flat out works. I recommend it for the boat or the tree stand. Who needs to be swatting mosquitoes when a big flippin' fish bites beneath a mat? And you won't see many animals in the woods if your arm is waving like a windshield wiper.
Indeed, there is a lot of crossover between products that help hunters and fishermen alike. While mosquitoes are bad news, snakes can be downright dangerous and, on rare occasions, deadly. My boy and I wear snake-proof boots and chaps in the woods. The cordura clothing also sheds briars like they aren't even there. Such duds are well suited for wading through backwater areas where we often fish on foot, though they seldom find their way onto a boat.
One item found in many a boat or backpack is a revolver with rat shot or, my favorite, the Taurus Judge with bird shot. The Judge is one of those pistols that can chamber .45 caliber ammo or .410 shotgun shells. I have been fishing with my dad when a cottonmouth nearly 6 feet in length came directly to the boat. It had a head as big as my fist and no amount of commotion or paddle-slapping could deter it from approaching us. When Dad cranked the outboard the snake finally retreated back into the tall flooded grass from whence it had come. What if the motor didn't crank? What if we didn't have one? The Judge would have had to adjudicate.
On another trip it was a pair of vermin that walk about on two legs who approached as Dad prepared to launch a boat in a remote location. They found out quick they had picked a hard target to rob.
In any case, it's best to be prepared and Florida law provides for the carry of personal protection when hunting or fishing. Whether you carry a Judge in a holster in the wilds or need to conceal a .380 for everyday business, I have been using and can now recommend Nexbelt.
Nexbelt is infinitely adjustable and incredibly sturdy. Both of these attributes made it handy after I gorged myself at Thanksgiving dinner with the family the other day. And I've gotten so many compliments - from ladies, none the less - on my belt's rugged handsomeness.
The rep at Nexbelt was hesitant to say that it would hold up the more-than-two-pound package that is a fully loaded Taurus Judge, but I can say that I have had no worries even when I carried the judge tucked inside the belt without a holster. It is now my everyday belt. I've even worn it to church.
If you carry fishing accessories, multi-tools, or tools of any kind, Nexbelt provides a sturdy hold. By the way, I clip the aforementioned Thermacell on mine too. My son and I use mountain bikes to access remote areas and the belt has held everything nice and tight.
Whether you enjoy hunting, fishing, or if you're just into bird-watching, if you go outside in the South a Thermacell and a Nexbelt will improve your experience. Be your own Santa and reward yourself. You've been good this year, right?

Meet Skylar Hamilton

Just a few years back Brandon Palaniuk used the exposure from the Bassmaster Classic as a springboard to launch a brilliant career. Now another charismatic young pro, Skylar Hamilton aims to do the same.

The 21-year-old from Dandridge, Tennessee punched his ticket to the Classic when he won the Bassmaster Central Open on the Arkansas River earlier this year, winning by an ounce with a total weight of 45 pounds, 6 ounces.

Another great catch for Hamilton is his new 21-foot Xpress Bass Boat that he will fish from at the Classic on Lake Conroe near Houston, Texas.

Clay Connor, Marketing Director for Xpress Boats, feels that Hamilton is quite a catch for the company as well.

Hamilton looks forward to fishing the Classic. He figures the bite may play to his strengths.

"With few exceptions, if I have to fish deeper than 10 feet I'm out of my comfort zone," says Hamilton. "I believe the Classic will be won from somewhere between 8 foot of water up to the bank."

Likewise, Hamilton says aluminum boats fit his style of fishing, while adding some value that anyone can appreciate. For starters, the durability of aluminum is unmatched. "It is nice to not worry so much about hitting a stump or a rock when I go to move."

Of course, there are other advantages. "The biggest thing people worry about with an aluminum boat is how it rides,” says Hamilton. "I rode in a 19-foot Xpress and it was fine, but when I drove the 21-footer, it was on another level. That extra bit of length really levels out the ride. It changes how the boat sits in the water. That makes a big difference because that's another concern everybody has with aluminum - the way the wind pushes them around but that's mostly due to the fact that the nose sits up out of the water so high. I've run an inferior 17-foot aluminum boat with a 70 horse on the back and, if I packed my weight right, it sat fairly level. This 21-footer from Xpress already sits in the water better and, of course, it runs smoother too."

Another benefit of a bigger boat is the bigger motor that it can tote. Not only does the extra length help, but Xpress is the only aluminum boat maker to offer a pad hull design. And that is the key difference, according to Connor. “That pad hull design is what allows our boats to get up and run like a glass boat. It is what separates an Xpress from all other aluminum manufacturers. Nobody else offers a pad hull. You can hang a Yamaha 250 SHO on our 21-footer.”

skylarHamilton said his Xpress boat runs better than at least a couple of brands of fiberglass boats he has fished before.

Regardless of the physical advantages of aluminum - lighter weight, durability, speed - it may be the fiscal rewards afforded by a quality welded boat that seal the deal for most anglers. Hamilton notes, "College fishing and high school fishing is a big deal now. We've got all these young anglers coming along and I don't want them to think they have to have a $70,000 fiberglass rig in order to compete. I will be fishing the Classic and the Elite Series in a 21-foot Xpress."
Aside from the sticker savings, lighter rigs burn less gas, both on the lake and while being towed over the road.

"And with the money you save by buying an Xpress, you can afford to add a lot of nice features such as Power-Poles, an upgraded trolling motor and really nice electronics.”

Speaking of electronics, Hamilton says his Raymarine unit was instrumental in his win on the Arkansas River. That was a shallow water affair. The upcoming Classic should be as well.

By the way, given John Cox’s recent Forrest Wood Cup victory, from an aluminum boat, Hamilton has a chance to make it a clean sweep for metal craft in championship events. Let’s see if this young pro can make a splash on bass fishing’s biggest stage.


Tidewater Bassin' - To Run The Tides, Or To Camp?

I grew up in St Johns River country. Tidewater bassing can be great, but there are some adjustments that need to be made.

For instance, when the water rises many, though not all, fish go with it to take advantage of fresh feeding opportunities. Likewise, as the tide goes out and the water falls, fish concentrate along the deepest edges of whatever cover they are using, whether that is a laydown log, a big grass bed or one of those hundred-yard-long docks we find on the shallower banks of the St Johns.

Hank Parker figured it out decades ago and that simple understanding of how fish move during tidal fluctuations allowed him to follow them with a spinnerbait and win a big Bassmaster tourney on the big river.

Some guys consult tide charts and run miles to get on an area during a particular stage. Generally, the last 2 hours of outgoing through the first hour of incoming is considered best because bait and bass are concentrated in the last available deep water, thus creating a fairly predictable scenario.

As the Bassmaster tournament trails visit various tidewater fisheries this summer, an age-old question comes to mind:  “Do I have to run miles of river and keep pace with a particular tide stage, or can I win by camping in an area, maybe on one great spot, and riding out the tidal fluctuations?”.

At the Bassmaster Open on the James River last week most successful anglers followed the low end of the tide as they cast to any hard cover that might break the current, which needed to be moving in order to produce bites.

The main constant for winner, Charley Hartley was a lure, not a location. Hartley used a ribbon-tailed worm on a 3/16 oz. sinker and hit as many as 500 pilings, logs, barges, etc. each day.

Runner-up Cody Pike relied on a single deep spot (“deep” meaning 5-to-10 feet) to catch his limit before looking for difference-making kicker fish, but even in the honey hole tide stage was a factor. It had to be low and moving.

David Dudley placed 3rd by “tidal junk fishing” – running the low end of the tide phase and fishing any available hard cover.

Jason Christie rode up shallow and back out as tides moved across the grass flat where he caught his fish on the Potomac. photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S. Jason Christie rode up shallow and back out as tides moved across the grass flat where he caught his fish on the Potomac. photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

But when the Elite Series fished the Potomac recently, the top finishers, including winner, Justin Lucas, all camped. Lucas stayed on the same area for 4 days and used different tactics to keep with the changing tides.

Jason Christie stayed with a big grass bed. He rode the water up as it rose into the shallows. He had better action when it dropped and he focused his efforts on the outside edges where the bass congregated at low tide.

Brent Ehrler fished a big ditch that ran through a big flat. He rotated through three different lures to get the job done.

 

So there are 2 approaches to tidewater success. Which camp are you in – the camping camp, or the tide-running camp?

Brent Erhler scored well on the Potomac by cycling through a variety of lures rather than trying to keep pace with the tides by running to numerous spots. photo by Garrick Dixon/B.A.S.S.

Brent Erhler scored well on the Potomac by cycling through a variety of lures rather than trying to keep pace with the tides by running to numerous spots. photo by Garrick Dixon/B.A.S.S.


And Bass For All!

Christina Weber fishes bass tournaments on big lakes, such as Kentucky and Fork, in her kayak. photo by Christina Weber

John Cox has made a successful professional fishing career out of a simple concept: lighten-up and go where others can’t so you can find cooperative, and often bigger, fish.

His choice is an aluminum boat made by Crestliner. At 20 feet in length the craft provides ample storage along with the length to span rough waves. It fishes a lot like a huge fiberglass boat only . . . different.

While Cox was winning the recent Forrest Wood Cup miles up a creek off the main body of Wheeler Lake, he crossed paths with a kayak angler. There was a big ‘yak tourney that reportedly offered a top prize of $4,000. Not the same as winning the Cup and the $300,000 paycheck that comes with it, but considering the lack of gas money burned, it’s not too shabby.

Cox has shown us that a guy can compete on tournament fishing’s grandest stage without all of the high dollar bells and whistles. To take the concept a step further, he’d need to convert from metal to plastic – the material from which most kayaks are constructed.

Kayak tournaments are on the rise. Money, real money, is up for grabs. Cottage industries are springing up around the ever-growing plastic navy. It looks a lot like the Bassmaster trail when Ray Scott first got it rolling back in the 60’s.

How many of you reading this are thinking about fishing some tourneys out of your paddlecraft? How many already have?

One great aspect of paddle tourneys is that the tourneys, and by extension, the participants, are not limited to a species. “The kayak that I use to fish a bass tournament in Texas is the same one I ferry to the Bahamas and fish offshore tournaments in,” says Christina Weber, noted kayak angler and Hobie team pro. “I love it!”

Kentucky Lake is a great spot for experts or anglers just starting to fish in tournaments.

Modern kayas are stable enough to stand on, as we do in bass boats. photo by Christina Weber

On the floor of ICAST in Orlando, Weber showed some features available on modern fishing kayaks. All the electronics you’ve grown used to on big boats – graphs, GPS displays and trolling motors – are being mounted on ‘yaks. You can even mount a small Power-Pole on one.

Or you can keep things as simple, and affordable, as you wish. Any number of items can be used as a shallow water anchor and push pole.

If you want to fish hands-free all the time, Hobie offers a system to allow you to pedal your craft. And new for this year, you can even pedal it in reverse. It's called the Mirage Drive 180 and the removable unit is just another example of the type of innovation being integrated into modern kayaks.

Just as Cox and his Crestliner can hang in deep water or press the advantage beyond the shallow bushes, so much more so can anglers in kayaks or paddle boards access unbothered, uneducated, uncaught fish.

And to scratch the competitive itch there are plenty of tournaments – take a look at KayakBassFishing.com, FishKBS.com (home of the Kayak Bass Series), or just search the subject on the ‘Net.

Go paddle some fish!


Defending Cup Champ Brad Knight Focused On 'task At Hand'

Brad Knight will defend his Forrest Wood Cup title this week on Wheeler. photo courtesy FLWfishing.com

I spoke with defending Forrest Wood Cup Champion Brad Knight about his defense of the title which begins on Thursday as the 2016 Cup kicks off on Wheeler Lake near Huntsville Alabama.

The Champ was rather low key about the past. He is focused on the ‘now’ with the type of work ethic you expect from winners. “It doesn’t really change anything; won’t change the outcome of this tournament. You’ve just got to go to work like it’s another day at the office.”

As far as high expectations and added pressure, Knight says the pressure is always on at such a big tournament. “The Cup is all about winning. There are no points. You don’t have to worry about finishing in the Top 10 or any of that stuff – just trying to win the tournament, and that pressure doesn’t really change.”

Knight and his fellow competitors completed their first practice round on Sunday. He’s not sure what to make of Wheeler just yet. He didn’t scour the Internet for info before heading to the lake either. “I haven’t gotten any reports. I haven’t really talked to anybody or any of that stuff. I really don’t know. I think it will probably be a combination of things, adjustments to the weather and water levels. I guess it could be one of those deals, like a junk-fishing tournament where a guy could catch a couple out deep, a couple shallow each day.”

One thing Knight does believe is that the shallow bite will affect the outcome of the 2016 Cup. “I definitely feel like it’s gonna play, somehow or another. The thing about the offshore fish is, they are out there, but they can be hard to catch in August. The baitfish start suspending some and the fish creep up in the water column so they’re out there but they’re hard to catch because they’re so far up off the bottom. The ones that are up shallow are going to be easier to catch and they’re unpressured and if you get some flow in some of these backwater creeks the oxygen level gets higher in those areas so I think the fish may be a little more active on the banks, although there may not be as many of them, they may be more catchable.

“On the Tennessee River everybody wants to fish the ledges and use their electronics - and that’s a good thing - it’s the way to do well, usually, but, generally, by this time of year that bite starts getting a little weird, hit or miss. And the shallow bite is not great. It’s not like you’re gonna go out and whack ‘em doing anything, but (the shallow bite) can be a little more consistent at times. I definitely feel like this tournament is going to be one of those times when you’ve got to mix it up and do a little of both.”

After today’s practice round Knight is still trying to find the pulse of the Wheeler fishery. “Today was pretty slow. I didn’t find anything special. We’ll just have to try to put the puzzle together and see what happens come Thursday morning. Game day is what counts.”

A big event such as the Cup comes with distractions including dinner parties and appearances. Knight is ready. “I’ve been to a couple of these now and I kind of know what to expect. Our practice schedule pretty much stays the same as for a regular Tour event. We have a dinner to go to. You definitely have a few more obligations and you have to try to keep your mind focused on the task at hand, but it’s not so bad. The major thing is what you’re fishing for. A lot of guys get caught up in the money and the stuff that goes with it. You’ve got to get focused on the task.”

His experience, in general, as well as his success in having won the Cup last year, give Knight a boost of confidence heading into the unpredictable business of bass tournament fishing played at the highest level. “The main thing is, I’ve been at this for several years and nothing much comes as a surprise now, good, bad or otherwise. Just keep your head down and take each day for what it is and be prepared to make some adjustments because things happen pretty fast this time of year. Try to make the best decisions you can and try to put yourself in position to win.”

With 50 pros fishing 40-plus miles of water, Knight believes the guys will spread out fairly wide this week. “There are going to be guys that stay close (to the launch ramp at Ditto Landing). I think it will be spread out pretty good. I don’t anticipate a whole, whole, lot of having to share water but there will be a couple of places that have some fish on them and 2 or 3 guys will have to share.”

Knight estimates it will take 52 pounds to win the 2016 Cup. “Thirteen a day. I don’t think we’re going to see anything too different but Wheeler is kind of a different animal so I may be off with that prediction, but that’s what I say.”

Asked to rate the fishing on Wheeler right now, on a 10-scale Knight said, “I would probably say . . . a ‘4’. It’s not real good. But nowhere is good right now. It’s August. It’s just one of those deals where bites aren’t easy to come by. Big bites can carry you a long way.”

His big bites carried him all the way last year. In a couple of days, we’ll find out if Brad Knight has the bites to repeat as Forrest Wood Cup Champion.

 


Bassmaster Classic Bracket - Is This What The Future Of Professional Fishing Looks Like?

Did the Bassmaster Classic Bracket set a new standard for professional fishing? photo by Steve Bowman/B.A.S.S.

As he fished from the front deck of his bass boat, breeze rippling his jersey, Kevin VanDam reflected on a career that has seen all the changes of format that B.A.S.S. has thrown at anglers in the modern era: the MegaBucks hole-style events, the E-50's that morphed into the current Elite Series, and so on. He had high praise for the tournament in which he was competing during the final, championship, round - the Bassmaster Classic Bracket.

Perhaps it's easy to be high on a platform that has just facilitated your 23rd career win, especially when VanDam has a lot of experience with match play, given his involvement with Major League Fishing (the comparisons are inescapable as the Classic Bracket borrowed heavily from the successful, made-for-TV, head-to-head bracketed MLF). But VanDam seemed to sincerely enjoy the pulse-hightening competition, the constant pressure of knowing what the opponent has, every time he catches a fish, and knowing that it's you against him - one of you is going home.

Great athletes - great performers of all stripes - don't just perform well under pressure, they seem to crave it. Whether it's a musician facing an expectant crowd of thousands, a QB behind on the scoreboard and facing 4th-and-goal as the clock winds down, or a lone angler grinding on a stingy river as the most dominant tournament pro of all time has just put another bass on the board, pressure will reveal character, spine and competitive drive.

Or at least, it should. Which brings about the subject of the 'lay up' as Mark Zona called it on Day 2 of the Classic Bracket. I'd call it the 'lay down' as that's what Jacob Powroznik did. Surely he performed the act with kindness in his heart. He was helping his friend Koby Kreiger who needs the exposure and who was a sentimental favorite darkhorse in the Classic Bracket because of his 72nd position in the Elite Series points race - way out of the cut to make the 2017 Classic. Powroznik could not have anticipated the firestorm of controversy he would stir up by helping his buddy.

Anglers help each other all the time, but there are reasons why they are not allowed to literally put fish in another guy's livewell (remember the stink over the accusation that Nate Wellman had offered to buy a partner's fish). To be clear, Powroznik did not do anything so unscrupulous. In fact, he did not do anything in violation of any tournament rules. Again, his intentions were pure, commendable even.

But we all tuned in to Bassmaster Live (and on Watch ESPN on the day the lay down happened) to see a competition. Anglers have an obligation to put on their best performance, especially when 'outsiders' (non-anglers watching by the multiple thousands on Watch ESPN) are watching. We owe it to our sport to put our best foot forward and keep it pressed on the gas pedal. When Powroznik decided to not fish on Day 2 and give Kreiger a clear path to the semifinal round, it made the sport look less legitimate.

Enough about that learning experience - basically the only negative point of the event, in my opinion. And even that turn of events held massive entertainment value.

To his credit, Kreiger did take the ball and run with it on Day 3 as he tied eventual champion VanDam and was only eliminated via the tie-breaker rules.

"I almost blew it today," admited VanDam who said he was trying to save his best fishing spots for the final round. But there was a virtual scoreboard in the Classic Bracket and when VanDam learned that Kreiger had passed him on it, VanDam went to his best spot and caught a 1-pound, 15-ounce bass when he needed a 1-pound, 15-ounce bass to tie Kreiger.

The most exciting act belonged to Dean Rojas when he trailed Jordan Lee by a few pounds. The clock said that Lee was 15 minutes from advancing to the semifinal round. Rojas made a liar of that clock.

When he caught a smallmouth from behind a stand alone piling, Rojas made things interesting. Minutes later he amazed live on-lookers, glued to their computer screens and phones as he boated a similarly chunky brown bass. Rojas bounced on his boat deck as the time ticked down and he was pronounced the winner.

Rojas gushed his approval of the bracket-style tournament format. And we were all thrilled to get to see it live, to be in the boat with him as it happened.

I have covered tournaments as a marshal and it's exciting to be in the boat but without a live leaderbaord I never really knew what I had just seen, from a competition standpoint.

For that reason this Classic Bracket absolutely rocked!

Few would dispute the quality, the entertainment value that B.A.S.S. brought us this past week. If you missed it, man, you missed IT.

The commentators scared me a little when they kept lobying for B.A.S.S. to move all of its tournaments to this new format. There should definitely be more of these events, but they should be supplemental to the Elite Series, not a substitute for the crowd-gathering, hand-shaking, autograph-signing, travelling Bassmaster circus.

As far as tweaking the details, the final day featured a 'weigh 'em all' approach to scoring. At first blush I thought 'this penalizes big fish experts. With a 5-fish limit, each big bass really pushes an anglers weight, but if a guy can whack a stack of 1-pounders and beat the guy who has the guts to go after the type of fish we all want to see, this cheapens the sport!'

After thinking on it a while though, I believe B.A.S.S. got it right because during the first 3 rounds, only an angler's best 5 fish counted. This not only encourages the guys to chase big fish, it actually encourages them to target big bass, specifically, during early rounds (when they count more) while attempting to not catch those smaller fish because they will be needed during the 'burn what you got left' final round. That adds a ton of strategic thinking to our sport.

If we're ever going to garner a general TV audience that includes pure spectators as well as participants, the Bassmaster Classic Bracket just showed us how to do it. Yes, MLF led the way, but when that style is combined with the reach of ESPN, as done by B.A.S.S. this time around, there is a synergy that can (hate to repeat a worn-out phrase but . . . ) elevate our sport. This is the wave of the future for top level professional fishing. There are enough competitors to make it interesting, and FEW enough competitors that we can actually follow the story lines.

And story lines are important. No matter why you think you watch sports, you are actually watching characters in a story. Conflict is the essence of literature. No where is there more pure conflict than in sports. Lines are clearly drawn; contestants identified; results recorded. When we can tune in to a story and root for, root against, or just relate to a character, then there is value in that story and there will be an audience for it.

 


Kevin Vandam Wins Bassmaster Classic Bracket, Pending Protest By Brett Hite

Kevin VanDam is riding high after posting his 23rd career Bassmaster win - pending Brett Hite's protest. photo by Steve Bowman

After 4 days, 8 anglers have gone head-to-head in bracket style competition at the Bassmaster Classic Bracket. Finally, we have a winner.

Maybe.

When the seconds had ticked off the clock in today's championship round, Kevin VanDam had 20 pounds, 3 ounces on the scoreboard. Brett Hite had 13-9.

But VanDam caught a fish weighing better than 2 pounds just beyond the boundary of this week's playing field.

Tournament Rule C1 covers this situation and it states that an angler may forfeit the lone fish that is in question of violation and that the angler's entire catch is not in jeopardy.

Hite, however, compares VanDam's blunder with that made by Greg Hackney at a recent Elite Series tournament - a mistake that disqualified Hackney's entire day's catch and basically knocked him out of the Angler of the Year race which he had led coming into that tournament day.

"Kevin is a friend of mine, but if a rule is broken, a rule is broken," concluded Hite.

A review of the rules would indicate that VanDam's win will be upheld. Formalities aside, here's how the action unfolded.

Smallmouth specialists know these fish like bright skies and calm conditions that play to their strengths as sight feeders. Mother Nature tested the top two anglers today. Gone was the sunshine that lit up VanDam's weed-lined flat so he could see to target his fish. The same sun had helped position Hite's fish beneath the I-190 Bridge all week. Today's weather was cloudy and breezy, a major reason for the slow start by both pros.

In the first 15 minutes VanDam cycled through at least 3 different techniques and had one missed strike to show for it.

He rolled up over the flat as if to do a post-mortem exam. "They are not positioned up here like I thought they would be," declared VanDam, "not the big ones. Maybe they come in the afternoon."

At 10:15 Hite struck first. "It's like wrestling a tiger in 3 mile an hour current and wind," said Hite as he spent a couple of minutes easing the fish ever closer until he could grasp the mellowed-out smallmouth. It weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces - a key number during VanDam's win yesterday.

Eight minutes later VanDam answered. He had abandoned the flat that produced just enough for him yesterday and returned to his Day 1 hot spot at Strawberry Island. The fish weighed little more than a pound, but it brought with it the hope that the sleepy Niagra River fishery had woken up.

When VanDam landed a 2-pound, 4-ounce largemouth minutes later, it confirmed that the bass were awake and eating. A hook mark on the fish's lip convinced VanDam that this was the same largemouth he caught, weighed and released on Tuesday in the same spot and on the same tube lure. The recycled fish gave him the lead.

As VanDam unhooked a 2-11 smallmouth 15 minutes later, he noted that color made a big difference and that he was alternating between KVD Magic and Edge, the color he used to catch this, his biggest bass.

Five minutes later Hite hooked up again, took a couple of minutes to play a fish and it, again, weighed 1-15.

VanDam answered with the jerkbait, and a 15-ouncer.

Just after 11AM Hite put a 1-11 in the boat.

VanDam immediately hit back with a 2-6 smallmouth.

Then, like a summer rain storm, as quickly as it had started the slugfest ground to a halt. The action assumed the pace that prompts commentators to pronounce random facts about the host location and to make predictions about the day's weights.

By noon the bass were back at it. VanDam built a sizeable lead, in part by finding a bridge of his own. The railroad bridge featured fast current close to the shore. There VanDam ran his weight to 13-10. Hite trailed with 5-9.

Around noon, an hour after his last catch, Hite caught 2-1 smallmouth and threw out a quote from Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore movie: "Uh oh, Happy learned how to put!"

If Hite was putting, KVD was crushing it off the tee. He had 16 pounds by 12:30.

Unlike previous rounds this week, today was a "Weigh 'Em All" format wherein there was no 5-fish limit. Every legal bass counted toward each angler's total.

Through his involvement with Major League Fishing, VanDam has a lot of experience with match play, including the "Weigh 'Em All" format.

On a final day when there's no need to save fish, it makes sense to turn the boys loose and see who can wring the water out for all it's worth.

With 4 minutes, 34 seconds left to fish, Hite lifted a 3 pound, 3 ounce smallmouth over the gunnel. It was a valiant last effort but it left him lagging far behind with 13 pounds, 9 ounces to VanDam's 20-3.

It was a fascinating week of firsts but one thing not new to the sport was Kevin VanDam taking a title. This was his 23rd career Bassmaster victory, his 3rd this year alone - pending Hite's protest.

AnglersChannel.com will let you know when we learn more.

 

 

 

 


Hite Cruises, Vandam Squeaks Into Finals At Bassmaster Classic Bracket

Brett Hite has made a splash, piling-up the heaviest cumulative weight among all anglers with one lure on one spot this week. photo by James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.

It was hard to watch Koby Kreiger around midday during today's semifinal round of the Bassmaster Classic Bracket.

He trailed Kevin VanDam by about 6 pounds. Then he lost 2 fish in short order. Each looked as though it might weigh about 3 pounds. Their weight, along with the 2-plus pounds he'd caught earlier, would have put him right there with VanDam.

Crushed as he was by the turn of events, Kreiger should have taken it as a sign of great things to come. The fish kept biting. He started putting them in the boat, and on the scoreboard, and eventually built a small lead over the most dominant angler in bass tournament history.

Each man now having a limit - Kreiger's weighed 9-13 while VanDam's weighed 9-9 - they needed big bass in order to gain ground.

While most locals took their lunch break, some at the Anchor Bar & Grill where Buffalo wings were made famous, Kreiger and VanDam tried to make 3-pound smallmouth eat.

Shortly after 1 PM Kreiger set the hook and exclaimed "big one". After a tense battle he boated the bass, which weighed 2 pounds, 6 ounces, ran his total weight to 11 pounds and gave him nearly a pound and a half lead on VanDam. It also, perhaps, gave him some temporary relief from the agony of losing the pair of big ones this morning.

The split screen broadcast on Bassmaster.com showed VanDam continuing to fish in silence. He had caught a bunch on the new Strike King Half Shell dropshot bait that we got a look at during last week's ICAST show in Orlando.

With a half hour left to go, the Half Shell produced another fish for VanDam. This one was big enough to narrow the gap between himself and Kreiger to 4 ounces.

The smallest bass on VanDam's ledger weighed 1-11 so he needed a 1-15 to tie, a solid 2-pounder to take the lead.

He switched to a jerkbait and hooked a small fish right off. Very soon thereafter, a quality fish bent VanDam's rod deeply and fought until it jumped off near the trolling motor. It was now VanDam who had let the winning fish get away.

Then, just as quickly as the lost fish had become a sore memory, another bass loaded VanDam's rod. VanDam boated this one. It weighed exactly 1-15, forcing a tie between the two anglers at 11 pounds apiece.

A review of the tie-breaker rules revealed that VanDam would be awarded the win unless Kreiger could cull up once more in the remaining minutes of play.

Because his smallest limit fish weighed 1-14, it was Kreiger who now needed, ironically, a bass that weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces.

With roughly 9 minutes left to go Kreiger hooked a big smallmouth. "Be two pounds and an ounce! Be two pounds and an ounce!," Kreiger repeated at the fish. But then the fish was gone.

As the marshall counted down the final seconds it was again hard to watch a dejected Koby Kreiger, silhouetted against a huge concrete piling, rod in hand, hoping against hope for one more last chance. He had missed 3 such chances, any of which would have made him a giant-killer and moved him one step closer to a berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. Burried in 72nd place on the Elite Series, he'll likely watch that Classic from the sidelines with the rest of us now.

Denny Brauer once told me that it's not the big bass you catch that you will remember the most. It's the big ones that got away that will never let go of you.

Right now I imagine Koby Kreiger understands that sentiment better than any man on Earth.

On the other hand, we got to witness vintage VanDam live as it unfolded. And he had to pull this one out of a magician's hat.

"I almost blew it today because I was trying to save this area," noted VanDam. It was the area he found while practicing late yesterday due to his big lead. He thought he had a comfortable lead today until Kreiger converted enough strikes into catches and then VanDam had to wring the pair of winning fish from his shallow grass bed.

He says the area is full of big fish and he expects them to feed heavily tomorrow morning when he plans on meeting them there. He will hold nothing back during Friday's final round.

"It's going to be a shootout tomorrow," said VanDam.

In the finale VanDam takes on Brett Hite who coasted to a win over Dean Rojas.

Hite was able to box what he needed and then rest his stretch of the big bridge that has produced all of his weight this week. He shared the bridge today with Kreiger who agreed to stay off of Hite's best pilings. As a result, Hite now knows there are smallmouth all over that bridge, should he need to expand his waters.

Early on it looked like Hite might be in trouble. Rojas kept pace for the first couple of hours. Then Hite caught the kind of bass that make a difference. The difference was 5 pounds 11 ounces as Hite won with a weight of 13-9 to Rojas' 7-14.

Just as one bridge has produced all of Hite's weight this week (the heaviest total of all competitors at 35-7) so too has a single lure, the Yamamoto Shad Shape Worm. It's a soft plastic lure designed for dropshoting. Apparently, it was designed well.

A very interesting format has led to a very interesting week, which has led up to what will certainly be a hot finish as Kevin VanDam and his grass bass square off against Brett Hite and his bridge fish.

Catch it all live on Bassmaster.com!


Wacky, Wonderful Day 2 At Bassmaster Classic Bracket As 4 Pros Advance

Jacob Powroznik cheers-on Koby Kreiger, the guy he's supposed to be fishing against. photo courtesy B.A.S.S.

As a fan of professional bass fishing, confrontational drama on the water has never bothered me. Some say that it 'gives the sport a black eye' or whatever. I say that's true - only if you're trying to reinvent golf. Wake me up when you're done with that. I'll be over here watching Happy Gilmore. "Gee, I hope none of those players have a fight right here in front of us," said no hockey fan ever.

And fans do watch NASCAR for the crashes. At least a crash occurs because somebody is trying too hard to win.

Today we witnessed the complete opposite of that.

Jacob Powroznik held a one-pound lead over Koby Kreiger, his close friend, travelling mate and the guy he was paired-up to compete against during the first rounds of the Bassmaster Classic Bracket. Powroznik is a lock to make the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. The big prize this week is a berth into said Classic. A $10,000 paycheck is the only other carrot dangling before the horses in this derby. All 8 of them win a $5,000 check just for showing up.

The extra 5-grand and a useless 2nd ticket to the big dance was not enough motivation for Powroznik to keep his foot on the gas when his buddy, Kreiger sits in 72nd place on the Elite Series - way out of the Classic cut with few tournaments left to make up ground.

So Powroznik bowed-out of today's competition. He cheered-on his friend and actually hoped he would catch 1 pound, 1 ounce in total weight and survive to fish tomorrow's semifinal round, one step closer to qualifying for the 2017 Classic.

From a business standpoint, it was classy move to help a friend gain all the exposure afforded to anglers as they participate in the week-long pageantry and exposure associated with the Classic. From a friendship standpoint, it was a solid decision that we can all appreciate on some level.

I respect Jacob Powroznik and the decision he made. That's the reasonable adult in me.

But as a fan of the sport, there is a part of me that has a problem with a competitor laying down his rods for any reason when it's game time.

We tuned-in to see a competition. I want to see blood, sweat and tears. What bothered me most is not simply the fact that it happened, anglers help each and make deals to share info or even fishing locations all the time. But then it's game on. Powroznik basically quit. He wasn't helping a buddy make the cut so they could both fish the next round. He was eliminating himself.

It was a selfless act and, again, on one hand I appreciate seeing that type of gesture. But on the other hand, the non-fishing world was watching today as the event was broadcast on WatchESPN alongside Major League Baseball, soccer and the Youth Robotics World Championship (not making that up) and I'm not sure I like what they may think of our sport if they saw a competitor quit. Especially if they don't understand the reasons behind it. It felt a little bit like some family business was aired in front of strangers.

Perhaps if there was more on the line, a bigger prize purse or a spot in the Classic before most of the field has already qualified for it, maybe then the competition would be more intense for all anglers involved.

That said, it was an INCREDIBLE day of action - and inaction - all very well documented by the outstanding coverage we  have come to expect from B.A.S.S.

And to tell the truth, it was kind of fun to watch Kreiger fish against . . . well, his contest was with the clock, not with Powroznik. It was a lot like watching the cops pursue OJ Simpson in the white Bronco - one party was trying to catch the other but neither was going anywhere real fast.

Kreiger was grateful for the chance given to him by Powroznik. It took nearly the whole 3-hour period for the veteran smallmouth angler to land a 1-pound, 7-ounce fish and progress to the next round.

Kreiger also said that Powroznik had some issues back home that needed tending-to and stated, "There's a lot going on here that people don't know about."

Tomorrow Kreiger won't get a break. He squares off against Kevin VanDam who defeated Drew Benton by a score of 20 pounds, 8 ounces to 5-10.

There was no let up today for KVD as he precisely matched his numbers from yesterday by putting another 10-4 on the scoreboard.

Then he went looking.

VanDam took full advantage of his huge lead by scouting around to find new areas to fish tomorrow as well as eliminating dead water. "I was able to use this round today to practice and I'm feeling good about it. Like, real good," said VanDam as he scanned the shallows and saw bunches of bass. "I have got 'em," he said, "I have got them!"

By 'them' KVD probably means, both, the fish and the other competitors.

It's fortunate for VanDam that he found fresh water to pound tomorrow because the place where he did most of his VanDamage has been hammered by half the field.

Kreiger spent an hour there today and never caught one. Keith Combs camped on the spot first thing this morning in a losing effort. Jordan Lee quickly abandoned it this morning after he couldn't make it work for him.

Brett Hite has found a reliable structure in a bridge that has produced all of his fish - a tournament best 21 pounds, 14 ounces. He has tread lightly upon it, believiing it will hold up for the duration of the event.

Tomorrow Hite takes on Dean Rojas who posted a pulse-pumping come-from-behind win over Lee in the closing minutes of his morning on the river. We saw it all live and in color, counting down the minutes with Rojas, cheering when he set the hook, landed the fish and heard, as we did, Tournament Director Trip Weldon's announcement that it was big enough to put him over the top.

So the Final Four looks like this:  VanDam vs Kreiger and Hite vs Rojas. You can see it all on Bassmaster.com where I'm pretty sure there will be no coverage of competitive Youth Robotics.


Day 2 Midday Update From Bassmaster Classic Bracket On Niagra River - Excitement Abounds!

Dean Rojas mounts a late comeback. Super cool photo by Steve Bowman/B.A.S.S.

Ten minutes left to go in this morning's action. Dean Rojas was 5 pounds behind Jordan Lee; 5 pounds out of tomorrow's semifinal round. He connected with 3 pound, 3 ounce smallmouth. On the next cast his rod bent, he set the hook and nursed another into the boat. Tripp Weldon said the fish needed to weigh at a pound, 13 ounces then read the in-boat digital scale and declared that it weighed 2 pounds, 13 ounces.

And those tuned-in to WatchESPN saw it all happen. Live.

"This format's the best," said Rojas. "There's nothing like it!"

Rojas jumped up and down on the deck of his boat as Weldon counted down the seconds and made the official announcement, "Tomorrow we have a West Coast shootout - you versus Brett Hite."

Hite bested Keith Combs

So my prediction, made yesterday, that Kevin VanDam could lay off of his best stuff due to his lead over Drew Benton seems less plausible now because VanDam's best stuff may be the best stuff on the river - a single seawall that forms a current break around Strawberry Island. So good is the spot that Koby Kreiger caught a pair of fish off of it on Tuesday, Combs caught nearly 8 pounds from it and when Combs returned to start today's round of fishing he found Lee perched on it also.

"We'll work it out," grimaced Combs, who said he had found the spot in practice and hooked 2 fish on his first 2 casts there. He said Lee did not fish there the first day so Combs was disappointed to see him. Furthermore, judging from the photo gallery - which the pros are allowed to look at - Combs could see that his best spot (which turned to be VanDam's and Kreiger's best spot) had been beaten hard during the morning round while Combs was on the sideline waiting to fish the afternoon round.

That's when VanDam was working the spot over.

Can VanDam make the area pay off again today? Will he give it a rest? Niagra River bass will replenish on a good spot so if KVD doesn't need that area today it could come into play tomorrow, especially with Lee and Combs out of the race now.

That brings up the subject of Hite who caught all of his fish from a single bridge and who appears to have that area to himself. Can he outlast the guys who are splitting up the Strawberry Island pie?

Seeing the way he whacked them again this morning, Hite is a threat this week. He laid off his best spot after catching a quality limit. "I never hit one piling more than once."

Final scores so far: Hite beat Combs 21-14 to 14-11 while Rojas came from behind to top Lee by exactly a pound 13-9 to 12-9.

Let's see what the guys can do this afternoon.

The video coverage of the Classic Bracket is outstanding. It was fun to watch Dean Rojas pitch a lure to visible cruising smallmouth in a clear  water creek; disheartening to see them reject his offerings. We were right there in the boat with him!

Combine that excitement with the aerial views, maps and expert commentary by Sanders and Zona - great job B.A.S.S.!


Morning Bite Stronger On Day1 Of Bassmaster Classic Bracket On Niagra River

Judging from the weight totals, it seems like the early bite was stronger than the afternoon bite.

Three of the four pros who fished this morning caught limits of bass. Only one of four competitors did so this afternoon.

Tomorrow they flip-flop which means Kevin VanDam will defend the tournament's biggest Day 1 lead atop what should be an even more difficult hill for Elite Series rookie Drew Benton to climb. Benton caught one bass this morning while KVD led all anglers with 10 pounds, 4 ounces, though he's only competing against Benton today and tomorrow.

Brett Hite, the lone limit-getter of the afternoon, nearly equalled VanDam's exploits with 10-2 as he leads Keith Combs who caught 3 fish for a total 7-15.

Combs shared with me at the recent ICAST show that he grew up catching a few smallmouth in Texas, but that - as he points out in this EXCELLENT blog post on Bassmaster.com http://www.bassmaster.com/keith-combs/bass-not-bass - they are not very similar to the critters he's chasing this week.

Jordan Lee also had 7-15 (on 4 fish) but it was enough to give him a lead in this head-to-head style tournament where he was paired against Dean Rojas. Rojas had 3 fish that weighed 3-11.

The same anglers are matched against the same opponents for Wednesday's action, though Combs and Hite will enjoy the morning bite alongside Lee and Rojas and VanDam vs Benton will resume, as will Jacob Powroznik (9-14) vs Koby Kreiger (8-14) in the afternoon.

You can catch tomorrow's LIVE broadcast on WatchESPN or the ESPN app along with millions of sports fans who are not normally exposed to competitive bass fishing. Bassmaster.com will continue to stream it live on Thursday and during Friday's championship round.


Bassmaster Classic Bracket Off To Interesting Start!

Kevin VanDam is off to a hot start. Under this new format, that could make him harder than ever to catch. photo courtesy B.A.S.S.

This would be 'half time' for our Classic Bracket anglers in matches #1 and #2. They will pick up the rods again tomorrow against the same opponents and carry today's weight toward their 2-day total to determine who moves on to Thursday's semifinal rounds.

Kevin VanDam trots to the locker room with a hefty lead over Elite Series rookie Drew Benton. KVD may not have a ton of experience on the Niagara River but he understands smallmouth - and bass, in general - better than most folks. He leads Benton by a weight of 10 pounds, 4 ounces (5 fish) to Benton's single bass that weighed 1 pound, 6 ounces.

Under this unique format VanDam's lead provides extra advantages. Unlike other Elite Series events, the Classic Bracket allows anglers to know what kind of weight their competitor - the only guy they need to beat during that round - has on the scoreboard.

This means that VanDam can watch how Benton does tomorrow and, unless the rookie who grew up fishing in the Florida Panhandle - hundreds of miles from the nearest smallmouth - can mount a charge, VanDam can lay off his best stuff and save it for Thursday.

That could make things really tough for Koby Kreiger or Jacob Powroznik. The two anglers had a combined total weight of 18 pounds, 12 ounces for each guy's best 5 fish. They may have burned more fish culling up to that weight.

According to Steve Bowman of B.A.S.S., Powroznik had 45 seconds left on the clock when he swung a 2-pound, 3-ounce smallmouth aboard. That fish ran his weight to 9-14 and gave him a 1-pound advantage over Kreiger that he will carry into Wednesday's competition.

That all happened this morning. This afternoon we are watching, via Bassmaster LIVE, Brett Hite vs Keith Combs and Jordan Lee vs Dean Rojas.

An hour into it Jordan Lee is the only angler to score so far. He has a 2-pound, 6-ounce fish to his credit.

The Niagra River is fishing a little slower than expected but it is sure to give off some fireworks this week. You can watch it all at Bassmaster.com and on Wednesday the entire sporting world can see our favorite game on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. - great exposure for our sport as we 'test the waters' with this new format.