Follow-Up Coverage: Bassfest - Details Of Hackney's Win; Card's Big Climb On Texoma

Hackney wrestled Texoma bass from flooded bushes all week. photo by Steve Bowman/B.A.S.S.

To round-out our coverage of BASSFest, here's the official press release. Hackney gives a detailed breakdown of his pattern. He was seriously dialed-in on what it took to catch quality bass this week.

Brandon Card made an excellent adjustment on the final morning that led to the heaviest sack of the tournament and a big climb up the standings. It would have been a huge win for Card if Hackney hadn't won so many armwrestling matches with bush-bound bass. As Hackney shares, you often lose heavyweight fish in those conditions.

Gerald Swindle did lose too many key fish. He talks about that.

And despite leading two rounds of the tourney and launching with the lead on the final morning, Casey Ashley fell to 6th.

It was an exciting event that lived up to the hype. Read more about it here:

Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., started the day in third place, but weighed in 17 pounds, 15 ounces on Championship Sunday to increase his four-day winning total to 66-2 at the GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino and Resort at Lake Texoma.

With his win, Hackney earned the $100,000 first-place prize and a berth in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic. Hackney’s final limit of bass helped him slip past Brandon Card of Caryville, Tenn., by a slim margin of 1-15.

Hackney, the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, knew he needed to have a solid day to contend for the win. As a result, he fished his spots in reverse order because the larger fish were biting later in day.

“The way the fishing had been all week, there was a good bite early in the morning, then it slowed during the middle of the day and picked up again in the afternoons,” Hackney said. “I knew I had to catch a big bag of fish today to have a shot at winning.”

Hackney’s best locations were adjacent to the main river channel. He also caught a lot of fish on the inside turns of coves and the points that were created on the outside edges of those coves.

“Green, leafy bushes were key to finding bass,” he said. “The fish were holding tight to brushy cover, and it often took multiple flips to the same piece of structure to make one eat. When it was hot and sunny, it was a grind. But today with the cloud cover, I felt like the fishing was much better.”

Most of Hackney’s morning bass came on a 1-ounce Strike King Hack Attack jig with a black-and-blue trailer. He’d switch to a green pumpkin trailer during the afternoons.

“It was critical for me to raise and lower the jig vertically in the middle of the bushes,” he said. “Pulling bass out of that thick and nasty cover requires heavy tackle and durable line. I lost quite a few big fish that became tangled in the brush. Sometimes you have to wrestle them out of the cover, and you don’t always win.”

Card weighed the heaviest limit of the tournament on Championship Sunday with 21-2, which bumped his total weight to 64-3 for the week.

“I wasn’t on the pattern I caught my fish on this week until the final day of practice,” Card said. “I was actually targeting smallmouth on the lower end of the lake near the dam.

“With an hour of practice remaining, I drove up the lake and marked a bunch of great looking structure and returned to those spots during each day of the tournament. I’m sure glad I did.”

Card caught his fish flipping the flooded bushes with a jig and Texas rigged soft plastic during the first three days of the tournament. With the cloudy conditions Sunday, he knew there would be a quality topwater bite throughout the day.

“I caught most of my fish today on a buzzbait and a Yo-Zuri walking bait in a bone color pattern,” he said during Sunday’s final weigh-in. “My first stop of the morning, I caught two nice fish, which gave me the confidence to stick with the topwater pattern all day long. The fishing slowed down mid-morning, but the wind calmed down and I knew it was game on.”

Gerald Swindle of Warrior, Ala., finished in third place with a four-day total of 60-6 after bringing in only 12-1 on the final day of competition.

“I had a great tournament, and I’ve got nothing to complain about,” Swindle said. “I caught a lot of great fish, but I missed some key bites today and lost several fish that cost me a better finish. But that’s tournament fishing and a big part of why I love this sport.”

Rounding out the Top 12 were Chad Morgenthaler (57-9), Ott DeFoe (56-11), Casey Ashley (56-8), Rick Clunn (56-3), Dean Rojas (56-2), Jordan Lee (54-10), Randall Tharp (54-2), Keith Poche (53-15) and Bradley Roy (53-4).

Hackney was awarded $1,000 for the leading the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race at the end of the event.

Gerald Swindle also earned the Power-Pole Captain’s Cash award of $1,000 for being the highest-placing angler who is registered and eligible and uses a client-approved product on his boat.

Hackney also earned the Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for leading on the second day.

Card won the Toyota Bonus Bucks of $3,000 for being the highest-placing eligible entrant in the program. The second-highest-placing eligible entrant, Chad Morgenthaler, received $2,000.

The Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award of $1,500 was presented to Randall Tharp for weighing in the overall biggest bass of the event — a 7-6 bass caught on Friday.

Card also earned the A.R.E. Top Angler Award of $1,000 for being the highest placing angler using A.R.E. products.

Dick Cepek Rolling Forward Award of $1,000 will be presented to the angler who makes the largest gain in Toyota Angler of the Year points from tournament to tournament.


Hackney Whacks 'em For Big Bassfest Win On Lake Texoma!

On a cloudy final day with water levels continuing to drop and visibility improving, there was a solid topwater bite on Lake Texoma. Greg Hackney stuck with the big jig that had gotten him to Championship Sunday and closed-out the win at BASSFest 2016.

Meanwhile, Brandon Card had a career day with over 21 pounds - far and away the heaviest sack of the day - so Hackney had to bring his 'A' game to to take the blue trophy.

It was a classic battle as Card capitalized on the topwater action with a Yo-Zuri 3DB Pencil and Hackney countered with his Strike King jig. What a contest!

In the process, Hack maintains his command over the Bassmaster Angler of the Year race.

Hackney had 17-15 today for a week-long total weight of 66-2.

Card had the day's big bass at 5-3 and a total weight of 64-3 - good enough for the runner-up spot.

Gerald Swindle hung near the top of the leaderboard all week and settled into 3rd when the last bass had been weighed. His total weight was 60-6.

Chad Morgenthaler quietly assumed 4th place with 57-9.

Ott DeFoe was 5th with 56-11.

Casey Ashley dropped to 6th with 3 fish that weighed a little over 4 pounds. His total was 56-8.

Rick Clunn continues to have a solid season. He finished in 7th with 56-3. Clunn looked comfortable tossing a spinnerbait today. If he qualifies for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe . . .

Hackney attacked the flooded bushes of Lake Texoma this week. photo by Steve Bowman/B.A.S.S. Hackney attacked the flooded bushes of Lake Texoma this week. photo by Steve Bowman/B.A.S.S.

Brandon Card made a charge on the strength of today's topwater bite. photos by Bassmaster Marshall Steven CaldwellBrandon Card made a charge on the strength of today's topwater bite. photos by Bassmaster Marshall Steven Caldwell

We'll share the official press release and final standings from B.A.S.S. when they become available.

 


Ashley Back On Top As Pros Take A Break At Bassfest On Lake Texoma

Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., takes the lead on the third day of the GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino and Resort, bringing 17 pounds, 5 ounces to the scales on Friday for a three-day total weight of 51-15. Photo by Seigo Saito/Bassm

Long rods, heavy fluorocarbon line and lightly weighted lures dominate as anglers continue to pitch into thick bushes and other flooded cover.

Casey Ashley retook the lead today but Gerald Swindle is becoming a story in his own right as he attacks Greg Hackney's lead in the Angler of the Year race. Swindle downplayed the AOY race,"I try not to even look at the points at this time of the year. We've got a long way to go." He did say he is having a good week, making adjustments - and they all seem to be the right ones.

How strong is Hackney right now? Randall Tharp had this to say about him, "Hackney's not gonna slip up. That guy is making us work for it. This is my 3rd top 12 (this season) and I'm still 100 points behind him."

Kevin VanDam said "A guy like Greg Hackney can read those bushes and he knows where the fish should be. It's an art, just like sight fishing or anything else and I'm not a master at it." KVD hinted he'd be happy with a Top 20 finish because this event doesn't suit his strength. Even KVD is interested in watching what Hackney can do on the final day.

Water leve isl dropping, but fish are still in the bushes. Will that change while the pros have Saturday off to participate in BASSFest?

Hackney doesn't seem to think so. "I really like the day off. I'm gonna sleep in and come out here and enjoy BASSFest. I don't think (the day off) can hurt (his pattern)."

Despite the attention on Hackney, Ashley is actually in the lead again. He feels the fishing a bit of a hit-and-miss deal. "It's random. Any flip can be a 7-pounder." "Random, - that's the word I keep hearing," said tourney emcee Dave Mercer.

Rick Clunn, in 4th place, shared his thoughts on that subject, "It's not random at all." He had one of the best practices he's ever had. He dialed-in on the bite and is doing fine now. A lot of us are rooting for Clunn to make the Classic on Conroe this year. He has a great shot at it.

The official word from B.A.S.S.:

DURANT, Okla. — Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., bounced back to reclaim the lead today after bringing 17 pounds, 5 ounces to the scale during the semi-final round of GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino and Resort at Lake Texoma.

Ashley’s limit of bass bumped his three-day total to 51-15, which is more than 3 pounds ahead of Gerald Swindle of Warrior, Ala., who now sits in second.

“The morning hours are very important to producing a solid limit,” Ashley said. “Once the sun gets high, the fish seem more reluctant to bite. It’s flat-out challenging to cull up during the afternoon.”

Even after three days of competition and several official practice days, the 2015 Bassmaster Classic champion said that he still isn’t locked in on a specific pattern, but the fishing remains good in his area.

“During most tournaments you can often predict when and where the fish will bite, but here it’s not that way at all. The fish are setting up in submerged bushes that are typically on dry land. When one does bite, it’s very random compared to how and where the last fish did.”

Ashley said that covering water and keeping his lure in the brush is the best way to find and catch active fish.

Swindle caught 16 pounds today pushing this total weight to 48-5, and he attributes his success to fishing ultra slow and giving the brush-hugging bass several opportunities to see and eat his presentation.

“I missed a lot of fish today. They were biting it, but not fully eating it, which makes it hard to get a good hookset,” Swindle said. “I personally believe that the receding water makes the bass uncomfortable, which results in half-hearted bites. I am catching good fish, though, and with a weather change in the forecast, I bet it gets even better on Sunday”

Each day of competition, Swindle has improved his placement in the daily standings. The only way to better today’s finish is to win on Sunday, and in order for that to happen, he thinks at least 19 pounds will be required.

Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., weighed in a five-bass limit for 12-7 and fell two spots to third place today. He is currently 4 pounds, 13 ounces out of the lead.

“I didn’t get the big bites today, but to be honest I’m very happy with how things have gone so far,” Hackney said. “I came here to finish strong and improve on my Angler of the Year standings, and now I’ve got a shot at winning this thing.

“I’m glad we have a day off, which I believe will help me and the fishing. There is a pending weather system pushing through by the end of the weekend, and I think that will help what I’ve got going on.”

Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., caught a bass that weighed in at 7-6, which is the derby’s new Phoenix Boats Big Bass. If a bigger bass isn’t caught during Championship Sunday, Tharp will take home a $1,500 bonus.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Rick Clunn (44-0), Chad Morgenthaler (43-8), Brandon Card (43-1), Randall Tharp (42-9), Bradley Roy (42-3), Ott DeFoe (41-10) and Keith Poche (41-6).

Following today’s weigh-in, the field will be cut to the Top 12 anglers who will compete on Sunday for the $100,000 first-place prize and a berth to the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.

Takeoff will be held Sunday morning at Dam Site Park in Denison, Texas, at 6:15 a.m. CT, and weigh-in will take place at 3:45 p.m. at Choctaw Casino in Durant, Okla.

There will be no fishing on Saturday, as Bassmaster University will take place at Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Okla., in the same location as daily weigh-ins. Gates open at 10 a.m., and it’s completely free to the public. Bassmaster fans will have opportunities to visit sponsor booths, attend pro seminars, ask their favorite anglers questions and even gather autographs.

Also on Saturday, the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team has been invited to participate in a special tournament Saturday on Lake McGee. Each All-American angler will be paired with an Elite Series pro for the one-day derby with weigh-in at Choctaw Casino Resort beginning at 2:30 p.m.
2016 GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino and Resort 6/8-6/12
Lake Texoma, Durant  OK.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1.  Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             15  51-15  110
Day 1: 5   20-01     Day 2: 5   14-09     Day 3: 5   17-05
2.  Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL        15  48-05  109
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 5   17-10     Day 3: 5   16-00
3.  Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            15  48-03  108     $500.00
Day 1: 5   15-10     Day 2: 5   20-02     Day 3: 5   12-07
4.  Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                 15  44-00  107
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   15-06     Day 3: 5   14-10
5.  Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO        14  43-08  106
Day 1: 5   19-06     Day 2: 4   11-02     Day 3: 5   13-00
6.  Brandon Card           Caryville, TN           15  43-01  105
Day 1: 5   16-00     Day 2: 5   10-08     Day 3: 5   16-09
7.  Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL        15  42-09  104
Day 1: 5   14-06     Day 2: 5   12-02     Day 3: 5   16-01
8.  Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY           15  42-03  103
Day 1: 5   09-15     Day 2: 5   18-12     Day 3: 5   13-08
9.  Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           15  41-10  102
Day 1: 5   18-05     Day 2: 5   12-00     Day 3: 5   11-05
10. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL           15  41-06  101
Day 1: 5   16-00     Day 2: 5   12-15     Day 3: 5   12-07
11. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL               15  41-04  100
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   14-02     Day 3: 5   14-12
12. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    15  40-12   99
Day 1: 5   12-14     Day 2: 5   15-08     Day 3: 5   12-06
13. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ            15  40-12   98  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-09     Day 2: 5   11-15     Day 3: 5   14-04
14. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            15  40-11   97  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 5   12-11     Day 3: 5   13-05
15. David Walker           Sevierville, TN         15  40-07   96  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-08     Day 2: 5   11-00     Day 3: 5   12-15
16. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          15  39-14   95  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   12-04     Day 3: 5   14-07
17. Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA        15  39-10   94  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 5   13-03     Day 3: 5   15-06
18. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             14  39-09   93  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 4   10-02     Day 3: 5   15-07
19. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            15  39-05   92  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   12-00     Day 3: 5   13-05
20. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         15  38-12   91  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   11-08     Day 3: 5   13-07
21. David Williams         Newton, NC              15  38-00   90  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-13     Day 2: 5   14-03     Day 3: 5   15-00
22. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           15  37-13   89  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-09     Day 2: 5   09-13     Day 3: 5   12-07
23. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              15  37-12   88  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-08     Day 2: 5   10-08     Day 3: 5   08-12
24. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC               14  37-08   87  $11,000.00
Day 1: 4   10-03     Day 2: 5   14-08     Day 3: 5   12-13
25. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK             15  37-07   86  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   15-15     Day 3: 5   12-09
26. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ         15  36-05   85  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-15     Day 2: 5   09-11     Day 3: 5   10-11
27. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA              15  36-02   84  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-07     Day 2: 5   10-08     Day 3: 5   10-03
28. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX              15  35-08   83  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-05     Day 2: 5   07-08     Day 3: 5   11-11
29. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL          15  35-03   82  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-04     Day 2: 5   14-02     Day 3: 5   08-13
30. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        15  35-01   81  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 5   16-05     Day 3: 5   09-07
31. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA       15  35-01   80  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   10-10     Day 3: 5   11-04
32. Ken Iyobe              Tokoname  Aichi JAPAN   14  34-11   79  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-10     Day 2: 5   13-03     Day 3: 4   09-14
33. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN           15  34-10   78  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   10-10     Day 3: 5   12-05
34. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX               13  34-08   77  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 4   14-15     Day 3: 4   09-04
35. Gary Klein             Weatherford, TX         13  34-02   76  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 3   09-11     Day 3: 5   11-03
36. John Murray            Spring City, TN         15  33-13   75  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-00     Day 2: 5   10-08     Day 3: 5   11-05
37. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN         15  33-12   74  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   10-00     Day 3: 5   11-06
38. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              13  33-06   73  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   17-00     Day 3: 3   04-13
39. Josh Bertrand          Gilbert, AZ             14  33-04   72  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-10     Day 2: 5   11-14     Day 3: 4   09-12
40. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        13  33-03   71  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-08     Day 2: 3   11-04     Day 3: 5   08-07
41. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK               15  33-01   70  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 5   13-03     Day 3: 5   10-04
42. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            11  32-15   69  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-03     Day 2: 5   12-08     Day 3: 1   02-04
43. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             13  32-07   68  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-02     Day 2: 3   08-09     Day 3: 5   08-12
44. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             14  30-04   67  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 5   12-11     Day 3: 4   07-03
45. Chad Grigsby           Maple Grove, MN         13  29-11   66  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   12-04     Day 3: 3   06-01
46. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         14  28-14   65  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   11-13     Day 3: 4   06-08
47. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          12  27-05   64  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   11-01     Day 3: 2   02-10
48. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             12  26-15   63  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   09-07     Day 3: 2   03-04
49. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              11  24-14   62  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-10     Day 2: 5   11-01     Day 3: 1   01-03
50. Luke Clausen           Otis Orchards, WA       11  24-08   61  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   14-03     Day 3: 1   01-06
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        91       508      1176-04
2        79       490      1151-06
3        38       223       544-04
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208      1221      2871-14


Hackney Takes Over Bassfest On Lake Texoma

Today Casey Ashley turned-in 14 pounds, 9 ounces of Lake Texoma bass to follow his 20-pound, 2-ounce start on Day 1. He fell a notch to 2nd as Greg Hackney put 20-2 on the scale which, combined with his first day's effort of 15-10, gave him the lead with 35-12 in total weight so far.

Gerald Swindle, Brandon Palaniuk and a cast of stars follow. And Rick Clunn is making noise yet again on this year's Elite Series campaign. He is currently in 7th place.

Brandon Coulter was the last man in the Top 50 cut with 22 pounds, 5 ounces over two days of fishing in chocolate milk.

Bradley Roy had the day's big bass at 7 pounds-even.

What follows is the official press release from B.A.S.S.:

DURANT, Okla. — “You live by the sword, you die by the sword.”
Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., uttered those words immediately after he weighed in a 20-pound, 2-ounce limit to take the lead Thursday during the GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino and Resort at Lake Texoma.

Hackney’s two-day combined weight of 35-12 bumped Wednesday’s leader Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., into second place by 1 pound, 2 ounces.

“Yesterday I fished a pattern that produced some solid fish, and today it was more of the same thing — they were just bigger,” Hackney said. “The bite has been pretty unpredictable, but I’ve been able to narrow it down to one bait. It’s risky business relying on one presentation, because it could pay off big and win me this tournament, or it could end up costing me.”

Hackney came into this event leading the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race, and he said it was his objective to strengthen that lead by staying consistent on the water.

“I’m a long ways from winning Angler of the Year, but I knew that a good finish here would put me one step closer,” said Hackney, the 2014 Bassmaster Angler of the Year. “I’m not concerning myself with anything other than tomorrow. If I can stay on the pattern and put together another solid limit, then I’ll start thinking about winning the derby. Right now, I’m just thankful for another great day.”

While Hackney increased on his previous day’s weight, Ashley dropped a few pounds with 14-9 for a two-day total of 34-10.

“I caught the right fish early in the day, but things really slowed down during the afternoon, and opportunities to upgrade were hard to come by,” Ashley said.

“Not much has changed since yesterday, but the pattern I’m fishing is largely dependent upon bass that are hanging out in the flooded bushes. With the receding water, the bass might be beginning to move out, but I’m confident my pattern will still produce tomorrow — I guess we’ll see.”

Also making a strong case for the 2016 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title is Gerald Swindle from Warrior, Ala. After today’s weigh-in, he is 30 points behind Hackney. Of course, that may change by the end of the tournament, but you can bet Swindle is focusing on a strong finish.

“I’ve made a asserted effort to slow down this year,” Swindle said after he brought 17-10 to the scale for a two-day total of 32-5.

“I drive slower, I fish slower aiming to be more thorough and catch every fish possible. I caught a lot more bass yesterday because I was moving faster and covering more water. But, my limit today was bigger and I fished slower. That just proves to me how important it is to make every cast count.”

Thursday’s Phoenix Boats Big Bass was caught by Bradley Roy of Lancaster, Ky., and weighed 7 pounds even. If nobody catches a bigger bass during BASSfest, Roy will receive a $1,500 bonus.

Hackney also earned the Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for being the second-day leader.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Brandon Palaniuk (30-11), Chad Morgenthaler (30-8), Ott DeFoe (30-5), Rick Clunn (29-6), Edwin Evers (29-0), Keith Poche (28-15) and Bradley Roy (28-11).

Following today’s weigh-in, the field will be cut to the Top 50 anglers for Friday’s semi-final round. Takeoff will be held at Dam Site Park in Denison, Texas, at 6:15 a.m. CT, while the weigh-in will take place at 3:45 p.m. at Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Okla.

There will be no fishing on Saturday, as Bassmaster University will take place at Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Okla., in the same location as daily weigh-ins.

Gates open at 10 a.m., and it’s completely free to the public. Bassmaster fans will have opportunities to visit sponsor booths, attend pro seminars, ask their favorite anglers questions and even gather autographs.

Also on Saturday, the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team has been invited to participate in a special tournament Saturday on Lake McGee. Each All-American angler will be paired with an Elite Series pro for the one-day derby with weigh-in at Choctaw Casino Resort beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Bassmaster Elite Series competition will resume on Championship Sunday, as the remaining Top 12 anglers battle for the $100,000 grand prize and a berth to the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.

2016 GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino and Resort 6/8-6/12
Lake Texoma, Durant  OK.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

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

1.  Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            10  35-12  110     $500.00
Day 1: 5   15-10     Day 2: 5   20-02
2.  Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             10  34-10  109
Day 1: 5   20-01     Day 2: 5   14-09
3.  Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL        10  32-05  108
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 5   17-10
4.  Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            10  30-11  107
Day 1: 5   18-03     Day 2: 5   12-08
5.  Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO         9  30-08  106
Day 1: 5   19-06     Day 2: 4   11-02
6.  Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           10  30-05  105
Day 1: 5   18-05     Day 2: 5   12-00
7.  Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                 10  29-06  104
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   15-06
8.  Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              10  29-00  103
Day 1: 5   18-08     Day 2: 5   10-08
9.  Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL           10  28-15  102
Day 1: 5   16-00     Day 2: 5   12-15
10. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY           10  28-11  101
Day 1: 5   09-15     Day 2: 5   18-12
11. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              10  28-09  100
Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   17-00
12. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    10  28-06   99
Day 1: 5   12-14     Day 2: 5   15-08
13. David Walker           Sevierville, TN         10  27-08   98
Day 1: 5   16-08     Day 2: 5   11-00
14. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            10  27-06   97
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 5   12-11
15. Brandon Card           Caryville, TN           10  26-08   96
Day 1: 5   16-00     Day 2: 5   10-08
16. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ            10  26-08   95
Day 1: 5   14-09     Day 2: 5   11-15
17. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL        10  26-08   94
Day 1: 5   14-06     Day 2: 5   12-02
18. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL               10  26-08   93
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   14-02
19. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL          10  26-06   92
Day 1: 5   12-04     Day 2: 5   14-02
20. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            10  26-00   91
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   12-00
21. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA              10  25-15   90
Day 1: 5   15-07     Day 2: 5   10-08
22. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        10  25-10   89
Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 5   16-05
23. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ         10  25-10   88
Day 1: 5   15-15     Day 2: 5   09-11
24. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          10  25-07   87
Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   12-04
25. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           10  25-06   86
Day 1: 5   15-09     Day 2: 5   09-13
26. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         10  25-05   85
Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   11-08
27. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX                9  25-04   84
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 4   14-15
28. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK             10  24-14   83
Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   15-15
29. Ken Iyobe              Tokoname  Aichi JAPAN   10  24-13   82
Day 1: 5   11-10     Day 2: 5   13-03
30. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL         8  24-12   81
Day 1: 5   13-08     Day 2: 3   11-04
31. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC                9  24-11   80
Day 1: 4   10-03     Day 2: 5   14-08
32. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          10  24-11   79
Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   11-01
33. Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA        10  24-04   78
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 5   13-03
34. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY              9  24-02   77
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 4   10-02
35. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX              10  23-13   76
Day 1: 5   16-05     Day 2: 5   07-08
36. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA       10  23-13   75
Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   10-10
37. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA              8  23-11   74
Day 1: 5   15-02     Day 2: 3   08-09
38. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             10  23-11   73
Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   09-07
39. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              10  23-11   72
Day 1: 5   12-10     Day 2: 5   11-01
40. Chad Grigsby           Maple Grove, MN         10  23-10   71
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   12-04
41. Josh Bertrand          Gilbert, AZ             10  23-08   70
Day 1: 5   11-10     Day 2: 5   11-14
42. Luke Clausen           Otis Orchards, WA       10  23-02   69
Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   14-03
43. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             10  23-01   68
Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 5   12-11
44. David Williams         Newton, NC              10  23-00   67
Day 1: 5   08-13     Day 2: 5   14-03
45. Gary Klein             Weatherford, TX          8  22-15   66
Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 3   09-11
46. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK               10  22-13   65
Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 5   13-03
47. John Murray            Spring City, TN         10  22-08   64
Day 1: 5   12-00     Day 2: 5   10-08
48. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN         10  22-06   63
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   10-00
49. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         10  22-06   62
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   11-13
50. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN           10  22-05   61
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   10-10
51. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS         8  22-01   60
Day 1: 4   09-12     Day 2: 4   12-05
52. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL          10  22-01   59
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   12-04
53. James Elam             Tulsa, OK               10  21-15   58
Day 1: 5   11-07     Day 2: 5   10-08
54. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              10  21-13   57
Day 1: 5   13-01     Day 2: 5   08-12
55. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                 10  21-12   56
Day 1: 5   06-01     Day 2: 5   15-11
56. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK           10  21-05   55
Day 1: 5   10-00     Day 2: 5   11-05
57. Randy Allen            Shreveport, LA           8  21-04   54
Day 1: 3   05-09     Day 2: 5   15-11
58. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC             10  21-03   53
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   10-10
59. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              10  21-01   52
Day 1: 5   06-13     Day 2: 5   14-04
60. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              10  21-01   51
Day 1: 5   09-09     Day 2: 5   11-08
61. Brent Ehrler           Newport Beach, CA       10  20-15   50
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   10-10
62. Hank Cherry Jr         Maiden, NC               9  20-13   49
Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 4   10-07
63. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL             9  20-11   48
Day 1: 4   09-14     Day 2: 5   10-13
64. Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX                9  20-10   47
Day 1: 4   09-09     Day 2: 5   11-01
65. Davy Hite              Ninety Six, SC           9  20-09   46
Day 1: 4   08-03     Day 2: 5   12-06
66. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL         10  20-09   45
Day 1: 5   12-01     Day 2: 5   08-08
67. Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC          10  20-09   44
Day 1: 5   09-11     Day 2: 5   10-14
68. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT           10  20-09   43
Day 1: 5   09-14     Day 2: 5   10-11
69. Casey Scanlon          Rocky Mount, MO         10  20-06   42
Day 1: 5   11-10     Day 2: 5   08-12
70. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR         10  20-06   41
Day 1: 5   11-04     Day 2: 5   09-02
71. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL        9  20-04   40
Day 1: 5   09-08     Day 2: 4   10-12
72. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS              10  20-03   39
Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 5   10-01
73. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               10  20-01   38
Day 1: 5   07-11     Day 2: 5   12-06
74. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        10  19-14   37
Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 5   11-07
75. Fletcher Shryock       New Philadelphia, OH    10  19-12   36
Day 1: 5   09-01     Day 2: 5   10-11
76. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland TX AUSTRALIA 10  19-11   35
Day 1: 5   06-04     Day 2: 5   13-07
77. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL         10  19-11   34
Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 5   09-05
78. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL           10  19-07   33
Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 5   11-00
79. John Hunter Jr         Shelbyville, KY         10  19-01   32
Day 1: 5   10-01     Day 2: 5   09-00
80. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              10  19-00   31
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   08-07
81. Dennis Tietje          Roanoke, LA             10  18-03   30
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   06-08
82. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN            6  17-15   29
Day 1: 3   09-13     Day 2: 3   08-02
83. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC          10  17-15   28
Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 5   08-08
84. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL             10  17-15   27
Day 1: 5   09-01     Day 2: 5   08-14
85. Billy McCaghren Jr     Mayflower, AR            8  17-14   26
Day 1: 3   06-05     Day 2: 5   11-09
86. Koby Kreiger           Bokeelia, FL             8  17-13   25
Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 3   07-11
87. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        10  17-10   24
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   07-01
88. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA          9  17-09   23
Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 4   07-02
89. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                 8  17-07   22
Day 1: 5   12-02     Day 2: 3   05-05
90. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               10  17-03   21
Day 1: 5   09-03     Day 2: 5   08-00
91. J Todd Tucker          Moultrie, GA             7  16-12   20
Day 1: 2   02-12     Day 2: 5   14-00
92. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL         8  16-05   19
Day 1: 4   06-12     Day 2: 4   09-09
93. Jay Brainard           Enid, OK                 9  15-12   18
Day 1: 5   06-15     Day 2: 4   08-13
94. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS         9  15-07   17
Day 1: 5   08-05     Day 2: 4   07-02
95. Matt Reed              Madisonville, TX         7  15-01   16
Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 2   04-11
96. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL            5  14-04   15
Day 1: 4   12-00     Day 2: 1   02-04
97. Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC           8  13-15   14
Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 3   04-10
98. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL         7  13-05   13
Day 1: 4   05-07     Day 2: 3   07-14
99. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN       9  13-02   12
Day 1: 5   06-14     Day 2: 4   06-04
100. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL             9  13-01   11
Day 1: 5   07-10     Day 2: 4   05-07
101. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN         7  12-15   10
Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 2   02-08
102. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR          6  12-15    9
Day 1: 2   05-00     Day 2: 4   07-15
103. Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, AL                7  11-12    8
Day 1: 2   02-14     Day 2: 5   08-14
104. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI              7  11-05    7
Day 1: 5   08-13     Day 2: 2   02-08
105. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR            9  10-10    6
Day 1: 5   04-09     Day 2: 4   06-01
106. Jonathon VanDam        Kalamazoo, MI            5  08-13    5
Day 1: 1   01-13     Day 2: 4   07-00
107. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA                4  08-09    4
Day 1: 3   06-02     Day 2: 1   02-07
108. Fabian Rodriguez       Ocean City, DE           5  06-03    3
Day 1: 2   03-01     Day 2: 3   03-02
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        91       508      1176-04
2        79       490      1151-06
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170       998      2327-10

 

 


Ashley Off To Hot Start As Muddy Waters Roll Through Lake Texoma At Bassfest

 Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., takes the lead on the first day of the GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino and Resort at Lake Texoma, bringing 20 pounds, 1 ounce to the scales on Wednesday. Photo by Seigo Saito/Bassmaster

With Lake Texoma 9 feet above normal Elite pros have been posting pictures of places they plan to fish - you know, parking lots, picnic tables, typical flood condition stuff.

The water looks like coffee with a heavy dose of cream. The upside may be that more fans elect to enjoy the lakeside attractions associated with BASSFest instead of taking to the water as spectators because many area ramps are out of operation, including the one B.A.S.S. had planned to use - East Burns Run. Instead the 108 pros will launch each competition day from the Spillway Ramp near Denison Dam where fans are welcome but parking is limited.

On Saturday the anglers will participate in Bassmaster University and other activities before resuming competition in Sunday's final championship round.

As for Wednesday's opener, Casey Ashley shined brightest. Check out the official story and standings:

DURANT, Okla. — Flooded shorelines and muddy water didn’t stop some Bassmaster Elite Series pros from finding big bass during the GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino and Resort at Lake Texoma.

After a very difficult and unproductive practice, Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., “just went fishing,” and put together the day’s heaviest five-fish limit of bass that weighed 20 pounds, 1 ounce. His lead eclipsed Chad Morgenthaler of Coulterville, Ill., who is in second place by only 11 ounces with a total of 19-6.

Ashley’s limit included the tournament’s current Phoenix Boats Big Bass that tipped the scales at 6-15. If the 2015 Classic champion can hold the big-fish lead for the duration of BASSfest, he’ll earn a $1,500 bonus.

“I had no idea I was going to catch them that good today,” Ashley said. “The first bite of the day was my big one, and when you start things out with that kind of momentum, it really helps you to settle in and make good decisions for the rest of the day.”

The South Carolinian is unsure if he can replicate today’s success on Thursday, but he’s sure going to try.

“All I can do is just put the trolling motor down, keep my head down and go,” he said. “I’ve found that there really isn’t a good way to predict where the bites will come from. Covering water quickly and making accurate casts seems to be the key to finding the big fish, and I’m going to do my best to make it happen again tomorrow. “

Unlike Ashley’s unproductive practice, Morgenthaler located his fish earlier in the week.

“I started my day on what I felt was my best spot, but it didn’t turn out that way. I relocated to another spot that I found during practice and caught a limit pretty quickly. Being able to make some key upgrades as the day went on really helped me put together a solid limit,” Morgenthaler said.

He said that he caught a lot of fish today, and will be starting Thursday off with “comfortable confidence.”

He thinks the receding water should improve his pattern, but the lake is changing by the hour and he knows that he’ll have to adapt quickly to stay on the bass.

As of 5 p.m. CT, Texoma was measured at 625.48 feet (above sea level) with normal full pool measuring at 619 feet. The reservoir’s current release rate is 41,900 cubic feet per second, which has created quite a riffle below the dam. That means the lake level will be steadily decreasing. Those who adapt the quickest will likely finish the strongest.

Local favorite and 2016 Bassmaster Classic champion Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., will begin Thursday’s second round of competition in third place after weighing in 18-8.

“Today was a grind. It looks good on paper, but I only had five bites all day long,” Evers said. “Practice was crucial to how and where I fished today, but with the water going down I’ll have to adjust throughout the day — and I think I can do that. ”

The full field of 108 anglers will resume competition on Thursday, vying for a Top 50 spot, which is where the field will be cut for Friday’s semi-final round. Takeoff will be held at Dam Site Park in Denison, Texas, at 6:15 a.m. CT, while the weigh-in will take place at Choctaw Casino in Durant, Okla.

There will be no fishing on Saturday, as Bassmaster University will take place at Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Okla., the same location as daily weigh-ins. Gates open at 10 a.m., and it’s completely free to the public. Bassmaster fans will have opportunities to visit sponsor booths, attend seminars, ask their favorite pros questions and even gather autographs.

Competition will crescendo on Championship Sunday, as the remaining Top 12 anglers battle for the $100,000 grand prize and a berth to the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.

2016 GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino and Resort 6/8-6/12
Lake Texoma, Durant  OK.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts

1.  Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC              5  20-01  110
Day 1: 5   20-01
2.  Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO         5  19-06  109
Day 1: 5   19-06
3.  Edwin Evers            Talala, OK               5  18-08  108
Day 1: 5   18-08
4.  Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN            5  18-05  107
Day 1: 5   18-05
5.  Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID             5  18-03  106
Day 1: 5   18-03
6.  David Walker           Sevierville, TN          5  16-08  105
Day 1: 5   16-08
7.  Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX               5  16-05  104
Day 1: 5   16-05
8.  Brandon Card           Caryville, TN            5  16-00  103
Day 1: 5   16-00
8.  Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL            5  16-00  103
Day 1: 5   16-00
10. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ          5  15-15  101
Day 1: 5   15-15
11. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA             5  15-10  100
Day 1: 5   15-10
12. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI            5  15-09   99
Day 1: 5   15-09
13. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA               5  15-07   98
Day 1: 5   15-07
14. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA              5  15-02   97
Day 1: 5   15-02
15. Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL         5  14-11   96
Day 1: 5   14-11
15. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV             5  14-11   96
Day 1: 5   14-11
17. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ             5  14-09   94
Day 1: 5   14-09
18. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL         5  14-06   93
Day 1: 5   14-06
19. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK              5  14-04   92
Day 1: 5   14-04
20. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                  5  14-00   91
Day 1: 5   14-00
20. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL             5  14-00   91
Day 1: 5   14-00
20. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY              5  14-00   91
Day 1: 5   14-00
23. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR          5  13-13   88
Day 1: 5   13-13
24. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN           5  13-10   87
Day 1: 5   13-10
25. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL         5  13-08   86
Day 1: 5   13-08
26. Gary Klein             Weatherford, TX          5  13-04   85
Day 1: 5   13-04
27. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX           5  13-03   84
Day 1: 5   13-03
27. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA        5  13-03   84
Day 1: 5   13-03
29. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX               5  13-01   82
Day 1: 5   13-01
30. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ     5  12-14   81
Day 1: 5   12-14
31. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX               5  12-10   80
Day 1: 5   12-10
32. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN          5  12-06   79
Day 1: 5   12-06
32. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL                5  12-06   79
Day 1: 5   12-06
34. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL           5  12-04   77
Day 1: 5   12-04
35. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                 5  12-02   76
Day 1: 5   12-02
36. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL          5  12-01   75
Day 1: 5   12-01
37. John Murray            Spring City, TN          5  12-00   74
Day 1: 5   12-00
38. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL            4  12-00   73
Day 1: 4   12-00
39. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN            5  11-11   72
Day 1: 5   11-11
39. Dennis Tietje          Roanoke, LA              5  11-11   72
Day 1: 5   11-11
41. Josh Bertrand          Gilbert, AZ              5  11-10   70
Day 1: 5   11-10
41. Ken Iyobe              Tokoname  Aichi JAPAN    5  11-10   70
Day 1: 5   11-10
43. Casey Scanlon          Rocky Mount, MO          5  11-10   68
Day 1: 5   11-10
44. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL               5  11-09   67
Day 1: 5   11-09
45. James Elam             Tulsa, OK                5  11-07   66
Day 1: 5   11-07
46. Chad Grigsby           Maple Grove, MN          5  11-06   65
Day 1: 5   11-06
47. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR          5  11-04   64
Day 1: 5   11-04
48. Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA         5  11-01   63
Day 1: 5   11-01
49. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL          5  10-09   62
Day 1: 5   10-09
49. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL         5  10-09   62
Day 1: 5   10-09
49. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ               5  10-09   62
Day 1: 5   10-09
49. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC              5  10-09   62
Day 1: 5   10-09
53. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA          5  10-07   58
Day 1: 5   10-07
53. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN         5  10-07   58
Day 1: 5   10-07
55. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL          5  10-06   56
Day 1: 5   10-06
55. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ              5  10-06   56
Day 1: 5   10-06
57. Matt Reed              Madisonville, TX         5  10-06   54
Day 1: 5   10-06
58. Hank Cherry Jr         Maiden, NC               5  10-06   53
Day 1: 5   10-06
59. Brent Ehrler           Newport Beach, CA        5  10-05   52
Day 1: 5   10-05
59. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX                5  10-05   52
Day 1: 5   10-05
61. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC                4  10-03   50
Day 1: 4   10-03
62. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS               5  10-02   49
Day 1: 5   10-02
62. Koby Kreiger           Bokeelia, FL             5  10-02   49
Day 1: 5   10-02
64. John Hunter Jr         Shelbyville, KY          5  10-01   47
Day 1: 5   10-01
65. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK            5  10-00   46
Day 1: 5   10-00
66. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY            5  09-15   45
Day 1: 5   09-15
67. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT            5  09-14   44
Day 1: 5   09-14
68. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL             4  09-14   43
Day 1: 4   09-14
69. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL           5  09-13   42
Day 1: 5   09-13
70. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN            3  09-13   41
Day 1: 3   09-13
71. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS         4  09-12   40
Day 1: 4   09-12
72. Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC           5  09-11   39
Day 1: 5   09-11
73. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK                5  09-10   38
Day 1: 5   09-10
74. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA               5  09-09   37
Day 1: 5   09-09
75. Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX                4  09-09   36
Day 1: 4   09-09
76. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL        5  09-08   35
Day 1: 5   09-08
77. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC           5  09-07   34
Day 1: 5   09-07
78. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL         5  09-05   33
Day 1: 5   09-05
78. Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC           5  09-05   33
Day 1: 5   09-05
80. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS                5  09-03   31
Day 1: 5   09-03
81. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL              5  09-01   30
Day 1: 5   09-01
81. Fletcher Shryock       New Philadelphia, OH     5  09-01   30
Day 1: 5   09-01
83. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK              5  08-15   28
Day 1: 5   08-15
84. Luke Clausen           Otis Orchards, WA        5  08-15   27
Day 1: 5   08-15
85. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI              5  08-13   26
Day 1: 5   08-13
85. David Williams         Newton, NC               5  08-13   26
Day 1: 5   08-13
87. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL            5  08-07   24
Day 1: 5   08-07
88. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO         5  08-07   23
Day 1: 5   08-07
89. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS         5  08-05   22
Day 1: 5   08-05
90. Davy Hite              Ninety Six, SC           4  08-03   21
Day 1: 4   08-03
91. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL                5  07-11   20
Day 1: 5   07-11
92. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL             5  07-10   19
Day 1: 5   07-10
93. Jay Brainard           Enid, OK                 5  06-15   18
Day 1: 5   06-15
94. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN       5  06-14   17
Day 1: 5   06-14
95. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA               5  06-13   16
Day 1: 5   06-13
96. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL         4  06-12   15
Day 1: 4   06-12
97. Billy McCaghren Jr     Mayflower, AR            3  06-05   14
Day 1: 3   06-05
98. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland TX AUSTRALIA  5  06-04   13
Day 1: 5   06-04
99. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA                3  06-02   12
Day 1: 3   06-02
100. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                  5  06-01   11
Day 1: 5   06-01
101. Randy Allen            Shreveport, LA           3  05-09   10
Day 1: 3   05-09
102. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL         4  05-07    9
Day 1: 4   05-07
103. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR          2  05-00    8
Day 1: 2   05-00
104. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR            5  04-09    7
Day 1: 5   04-09
105. Fabian Rodriguez       Ocean City, DE           2  03-01    6
Day 1: 2   03-01
106. Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, AL                2  02-14    5
Day 1: 2   02-14
107. J Todd Tucker          Moultrie, GA             2  02-12    4
Day 1: 2   02-12
108. Jonathon VanDam        Kalamazoo, MI            1  01-13    3
Day 1: 1   01-13
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        91       508      1176-04
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91       508      1176-04

 


Highlights From The 2016 Wolfson Childrens' Hospital Bass Tournament!

See the big moments and the parade of big St Johns River bass from the 2016 Wolfson Childrens' Hospital Tournament! Plus, hospital CEO Mike Aubin checks-in with . . . a couple of fish. He also tells us, specifically, how Wolfson will save young lives for years to come thanks to the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised at this year's tourney.


Meet Matthew Taylor - One Of The Stories Behind The Wolfson Childrens' Hospital Bass Tournament

The 27th Annual Wolfson tournament drew 466 boats for a reason. The tourney supports a childrens' hospital that saves lives and improves quality of life for thousands of kids in the region. Meet one outstanding example:  Matthew Taylor. Though he has cerebral palsey, Matt runs full marathons and is days away from graduating with the rest of his high school class. These days he is also giving back to the hospital in his own way.


Mckee And Rogers Win Big Wolfson Childrens' Hospital Tourney On St Johns River!

A fog delay, a long run and 465 other boats were among the obstacles that Butch McKee and Glenn Rogers Jr had to deal with before they even set about the business of boxing a few wild river bass. In the end they won the 27th annual Wolfson tournament and $10,000 with 25.26 pounds. How did they do it? Hear them tell it here:


2016 Toyota Texas Bass Classic (Now Called Toyota Texas Fest) Set To Kick Off Thursday

The shindig formerly known as the TTBC is now simply called Toyota (‘cause that’s the big sponsor) Texas (‘cause that’s the place where it’s happening) Fest (which covers all the goings-on including music, food, games AND a bass fishing tournament).

Apparently, the fishing part is still known as the Toyota Texas Bass Classic, as the winner will be crowned ‘the 2016 TTBC champion’, according to the last paragraph of the attached press release.

Anyway, it’s a big tournament featuring an All-Star field vetted through the major Tours – FLW and Bassmaster Elite Series.

They’re fishing Lake Ray Roberts. Details here:

Top 38 anglers in the world to compete at Lake Ray Roberts

Frisco, TX (April 7, 2016) – As part of the 2016 Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL (TTF), the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will feature 36 of the world’s best professional anglers from May 20 – 22, 2016 at Lake Ray Roberts in Denton, TX. The field for the tenth anniversary of TTBC is highlighted by defending champion Brent Ehrler and 2016 Bassmaster Classic champion Edwin Evers.

 

The field is made up of the top 15 anglers from the 2015 Angler of the Year (AOY) points from both the FLW Tour and Bassmaster Elite Series as well as eight exemptions. Other notable anglers include 2015 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Aaron Martens, 2015 FLW Angler of the Year Scott Martin and Keith Combs, three-time TTBC champion.

 

“Over the past nine years the priority of the TTBC has been to promote fishing, outdoor recreation and the conservation efforts of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,” said Lenny Francoeur, tournament director. “Each year we host the world’s best anglers on Texas’ premier fisheries, and we are excited to see these anglers take on Lake Ray Roberts, one of the Texas’ top fisheries.”

 

The overall field is highlighted by a combined 16 Angler of the Year titles, including eight Bassmaster AOYs and eight FLW Tour AOYs; 19 major championship titles, including eight TTBCs, six Bassmaster Classics, and five Forrest Wood Cups; 179 tour wins and over $60 million in career earnings. The field will also include exemptions Randy Howell, Mike Iaconelli, Kelly Jordon, Terry Scroggins, Gerald Swindle and 2015 TTBC champion Brent Ehrler.

 

“Winning the Toyota Texas Bass Classic last year was one of the biggest achievements in my career,” said Ehrler.  “The TTBC is the most difficult event to qualify for in professional bass fishing, and to raise the trophy on the final day, you had to have beaten the most elite group of anglers on the planet. I am excited to get back to Texas and defend my title on Lake Ray Roberts in May.”

 

Along with the coveted title of TTBC champion, the anglers will be competing for two additional awards. The angler who catches the single heaviest fish from any of the three days of competition will win the Toyota Tundra Big Bass Award and a new 2016 Toyota Tundra. The LEER Heavy Weight Award, a new LEER truck cap, will be given to the angler with the heaviest single-day weight from any one of the three days of the tournament.

 

Full Field:

Tracy Adams - Wilkesboro, North Carolina - FLW Tour

 

Adrian Avena - Vineland, New Jersey - FLW Tour

 

Jason Christie- Park Hill, Oklahoma - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Luke Clausen - Spokane, Washington - FLW Tour

 

Brandon Cobb - Greenwood, South Carolina - FLW Tour

 

Keith Combs - Huntington, Texas - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

John Cox - Debary, Florida - FLW Tour

 

Brent Ehrler - Redlands, California - 2015 TTBC champion

 

Edwin Evers - Talala, Oklahoma - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Shinichi Fukae - Palestine, Texas - FLW Tour

 

Anthony Gagliardi - Prosperity, South Carolina - FLW Tour

 

Greg Hackney - Gonzales, Louisiana - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Matthew Herren - Ashville, Alabama - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Randy Howell - Guntersville, Alabama - Exemption

 

Mike Iaconelli - Pittsgrove, New Jersey - Exemption

 

Alton Jones - Lorena, Texas - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Kelly Jordon - Flint, Texas - Exemption

 

Jordan Lee - Vinemont, Alabama - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Dave Lefebre - Erie, Pennsylvania - FLW Tour

 

Bill Lowen - Brookville, Indiana - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Justin Lucas - Guntersville, Alabama - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Aaron Martens - Leeds, Alabama - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Scott Martin - Clewiston, Florida - FLW Tour

 

Cody Meyer - Auburn, California - FLW Tour

 

Ish Monroe - Hughson, California - FLW Tour

 

Andy Morgan - Dayton, Tennessee - FLW Tour

 

Larry Nixon - Bee Branch, Arkansas - FLW Tour

 

Brandon Palaniuk - Hayden, Idaho - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Jacob Powroznik - Port Haywood, Virginia - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Dean Roja - Lake Havasu City, Arizona - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Terry Scroggins - San Mateo, Florida - Exemption

 

Brian Snowden - Reeds Spring, Missouri - Exemption

 

Gerald Swindle - Warrior, Alabama - Exemption

 

Peter Thliveros - St. Augustine, Florida - FLW Tour

 

Bryan Thrift - Shelby, North Carolina - FLW Tour

 

Kevin VanDam - Kalamazoo, Michigan - Exemption

 

Greg Vinson - Wetumpka, Alabama - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Chris Zaldain -  San Jose, California - Bassmaster Elite Series

 

 

- See more at: http://www.toyotatexasfest.com/2016/04/07/toyota-texas-bass-classic-announces-2016-field/#sthash.QoVfVaxq.dpuf


Van Dam Closes Strong To Win 21St Bassmaster Title In Elite Series Tourney On Toledo Bend

Kevin Van Dam closed with another strong limit of bass today - 21 pounds, 6 ounces - to score an impressive 96-02 for the week. He out-paced his nearest competitor, Chris Lane, by more than 7 pounds. When he's on top of his game Van Dam makes it look easy. It was anything but.

"This was the most challenging tournament I’ve ever won,” said VanDam.

It's been a few years since he's hoisted a Bassmaster trophy, but maybe now we can put to rest some of the crazy questions about whether the insanely talented and hard-working angler has still got it. After all, this is his 21st career Bassmaster win. Name a guy who has equalled that number. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Lane was crazy good on Toledo Bend too. Van Dam just 'blew the curve' for everybody.

Lane tallied 88-07 and was over 5 pounds ahead of Ish Monroe who placed 3rd. Only in today's final round did Lane fail to sack 20 pounds - and he only missed that mark by ounces. He did it all the fun way too, with topwater lures.

The wildest part is the guys all say the lake was off this week.

I need to take a trip to Toledo Bend.

Here's the official story from B.A.S.S.:

MANY, La. — Superstar professional angler Kevin VanDam often deals with a different set of circumstances than the average angler on the Bassmaster Elite Series.

With such a sparkling resume, many fans’ expectations for VanDam are much higher. With such a recognizable name and face, the number of people who want to catch a glimpse of him doing his thing on the water is sometimes off the charts.

Because of all that, many people have wondered aloud these past five years if VanDam would ever win another major tournament. But he was never one of them — and now, he’s silenced all of his doubters.

VanDam slammed the door on a wire-to-wire victory at the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend with 21 pounds, 6 ounces of bass on Championship Sunday. The big bag gave him a four-day total of 96-2 and his record 21st victory in a B.A.S.S. event.

“This was the most challenging tournament I’ve ever won,” said VanDam, who raised his career earnings with B.A.S.S. to just over $5.9 million with Sunday’s $100,000 payday. “The first two days were pretty good, but the last two days were really, really tough.

“It’s normally not hard fishing here. But with the pressure out there this week, trying to be there at the right time when the conditions were right, it was tough.”

VanDam caught 29-5 Thursday and 20-11 Friday to lead the field into Saturday’s semifinal round with 50-0. But with the weekend, the lake became more crowded — and at times, VanDam had as many 50 boats following him from spot to spot.

He got only five bites Saturday. But they were the right five, and his bag of 24-12 gave him a lead of more than 5 pounds going into Sunday. During the final round, he slowly put together another big limit of 21-6 and put himself beyond the reach of Alabama angler Chris Lane, who finished second with 88-7.

KVD’s go-to baits for the week were big, deep-diving crankbaits from Strike King — the 6XD, 8XD and 10XD.

“If you want to be successful out here, you have to be really confident in your lures and techniques,” VanDam said. “I didn’t stop and fish a worm or a Carolina rig or a jig. I knew to catch big fish I just needed to grind it out.

“They love the 10XD on this lake.”

VanDam said the big bass on Toledo Bend prefer the larger profile of the 10XD, and he tried to present the bait in colors that matched the lake’s forage base.

He used the sexy blueback herring color pattern quite a bit, but it was the bar fish pattern that often worked best. He said that pattern matched the lake’s forage base perfectly, because many big largemouth at Toledo Bend feed heavily on bar fish, which are also known as yellow bass.

Many anglers shy away from using a crankbait as large as the 10XD because it requires special equipment and can be quite a workout in hot, muggy conditions. But VanDam had all of the right tools for the job.

“I designed a rod with the guys at Quantum,” VanDam said. “It’s a 7-11 composite rod — a Tour KVD cranking rod, heavy action. I had it matched with an Exo 200 reel, which has a really wide spool and a 5.3:1 gear ratio. I was throwing it with 17-pound Bass Pro Shops XPS fluorocarbon.

“Having that big reel with that line, I made some 80-yard casts this week.”

The setup allowed VanDam to target bass that were often holding on or near the bottom in more than 20 feet of water. The size of the lure provided a unique presentation in crowded waters.

“I didn’t see any locals out there fishing the 10XD at all,” he said. “They were all dragging worms or something like that. These fish eat bigger food, and you’ve got to throw something that matches that.”

Lane caught his fish all week long, using two topwater baits — a Zara Spook and a Whopper Plopper — around flooded grass and cypress trees. Lane finished just ahead of Ish Monroe (83-4), Keith Combs (82-11) and Paul Mueller (81-12).

“I went out knowing I probably needed to catch 30 pounds today, and I just didn’t get those kinds of bites,” Lane said. “But it was a great week for me. I had a blast on Toledo Bend.”

The win was VanDam’s first since the 2011 Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Delta. Prior to this week, he had never finished higher than 19th in a B.A.S.S. event on Toledo Bend.

When he missed the Classic in 2015, some believed his career might have peaked. But he said he knew all along he just needed to keep casting.

“I didn’t need any kind of career rejuvenation personally, but I think a lot of people have been wondering ‘What’s wrong with KVD?’ for a while,” VanDam said. “In my mind, there was nothing wrong. It just cycles. If you’re going to have bad luck, it’s also going to cycle back around to where you have good luck.

“That’s what happened to me this week. I made good decisions, and everything worked out.”

Greg Hackney was awarded $1,000 for the leading the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race at the end of the event.

Lane also earned the Power-Pole Captain’s Cash award of $1,000 for being the highest-placing angler who is registered and eligible and uses a client-approved product on his boat.

VanDam earned the Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for leading on the second day.

Keith Combs won the Toyota Bonus Bucks of $3,000 for being the highest-placing eligible entrant in the program. The second-highest-placing eligible entrant, Hank Cherry, received $2,000.

The Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award of $1,500 was presented to Stephen Browning for weighing in the overall biggest bass of the event — a 9-5 bass caught on Friday.

Lane earned the A.R.E. Top Angler Award of $1,000 for being the highest placing angler using A.R.E. products.

Dick Cepek Rolling Forward Award of $1,000 will be presented to the angler who makes the largest gain in Toyota Angler of the Year points from tournament to tournament.
2016 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend 5/12-5/15
Toledo Bend Reservoir, Many  LA.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

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

1.  Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           20  96-02  110 $100,500.00
Day 1: 5   29-05     Day 2: 5   20-11     Day 3: 5   24-12     Day 4: 5   21-06
2.  Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        20  88-07  109  $27,000.00
Day 1: 5   23-14     Day 2: 5   23-15     Day 3: 5   21-03     Day 4: 5   19-07
3.  Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             20  83-04  108  $20,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-15     Day 2: 5   24-10     Day 3: 5   22-04     Day 4: 5   17-07
4.  Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          20  82-11  107  $15,000.00
Day 1: 5   21-03     Day 2: 5   16-04     Day 3: 5   20-07     Day 4: 5   24-13
5.  Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT           20  81-12  106  $14,000.00
Day 1: 5   17-13     Day 2: 5   22-12     Day 3: 5   19-01     Day 4: 5   22-02
6.  Hank Cherry Jr         Maiden, NC              20  81-02  105  $13,500.00
Day 1: 5   24-07     Day 2: 5   19-15     Day 3: 5   18-12     Day 4: 5   18-00
7.  Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             20  79-14  104  $13,000.00
Day 1: 5   19-00     Day 2: 5   18-03     Day 3: 5   17-04     Day 4: 5   25-07
8.  Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC          20  78-11  103  $12,500.00
Day 1: 5   17-11     Day 2: 5   23-04     Day 3: 5   16-09     Day 4: 5   21-03
9.  Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK             20  75-09  102  $12,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-07     Day 2: 5   21-01     Day 3: 5   18-02     Day 4: 5   17-15
10. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              20  71-01  101  $11,500.00
Day 1: 5   22-11     Day 2: 5   16-05     Day 3: 5   17-12     Day 4: 5   14-05
11. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR         20  67-14  100  $12,500.00
Day 1: 5   20-10     Day 2: 5   22-06     Day 3: 5   14-01     Day 4: 5   10-13
12. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN      20  65-13   99  $10,500.00
Day 1: 5   18-09     Day 2: 5   20-07     Day 3: 5   16-13     Day 4: 5   10-00
PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Stephen Browning         Hot Springs, AR     09-05      $1,500.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        99       517      1556-06
2        96       511      1513-01
3        45       238       731-13
4        12        60       222-14
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252      1326      4024-02


Van Dam Maintains Blistering Pace; Leads Pros Into Final Day Of Elite Series Tourney On Toled Bend

Kevin Van Dam nearly matched his 25-pounds-per-day average that he established over the first 2 days of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir. With 24 pounds, 12 ounces today he has a 3-day total weight of 74-12.

There are some great anglers behind him and they will have to perform great tomorrow if they hope to catch the man often referred to as 'The Greatest Angler of All Time'.

Again today Van Dam rode a giant bass into the lead. He had big bass honors the first day with an 8-plus-pounder. Yesterday he had a 7-7 that wasn't close to be being the biggest of the day, but it boosted his weight significantly. He caught the biggest bass today at 8-11.

How is Van Dam catching the big ones? The Strike King 10XD crankbait is involved.

So dominating is Van Dam's performance that he has a 20-pound, 5-ounce cushion over Brett Hite who is in 12th place - the last man in the cut to fish on Sunday.

Chris Lane is charging hard but he needs to make up 5 pounds, 12 ounces on the leader while holding off 10 other talented anglers.

He's doing most of his damage with a topwater plug (see pictures below).

In his excellent photo blog on Bassmaster.com Ronnie Moore shows us how Chris Lane is hanging on for a white knuckle ride as he chases Kevin Van Dam on Toledo Bend . . .In his excellent photo blog on Bassmaster.com Ronnie Moore shows us how Chris Lane is hanging on for a white knuckle ride as he chases Kevin Van Dam on Toledo Bend . . .

and how he's doing in the process.and how he's doing in the process.

Ish Monroe is little more than 3 pounds behind Lane. They don't call Ish 'The Big Bass Specialist' for nothing. He'll swing hard tomorrow and hope the leaders stumble.

Here's the press release from B.A.S.S.:

MANY, La. — Kevin VanDam continued his charge toward a possible wire-to-wire victory in the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend with a Saturday catch of 24 pounds, 12 ounces that pushed his four-day total to 74-12.

But he said to make no mistake: The fishing has definitely gotten tougher.

“It was one of the toughest days I’ve ever had on the water — absolutely brutal,” said VanDam, who is vying for his record 21st career B.A.S.S. victory. “I only caught five fish all day, and the last one came very late.”

As other anglers in the Top 5 started fast, VanDam only had one fish that weighed just under 5 pounds by 10:30 a.m. But then he worked the same deep-diving crankbait magic he worked the first two days, landing a giant largemouth that tipped the scales at 8-11.

It was 2 p.m. before he landed his third and fourth keepers — one that weighed 2-plus pounds and one that weighed just over 3. Then just when he seemed destined to come in one shy of a five-bass limit, he caught a 5-pounder on his final stop with only minutes remaining.

The superstar pro from Kalamazoo, Mich., said he wasn’t really sure what made the fishing so much slower than it was on Thursday and Friday.

“I don’t know if it was pressure or if it was because there was no current and no wind,” he said. “There were a lot of people fishing, and I saw a lot of them out there who watched me yesterday.”

The fans have been out in force for this week’s tournament, which is taking place on a fishery that was ranked No. 1 on the most recent list of America’s Top 100 Bass Lakes by Bassmaster magazine. While he appreciates the fanfare, VanDam said it can make things tougher sometimes.

“It’s pretty hard to duplicate water when I have as many people around me as I do,” he said. “Somebody told me I had 40 boats following me at one time. So it’s pretty noisy out there.”

“I know I’m fishing the way I need to fish to catch a really big sack. So we’ll see what the weather does and just see what happens.”

VanDam almost doubled his lead over second-place angler Chris Lane, but Lane seems to be on a solid big-fish pattern as well.

The veteran Alabama pro, who has won seven career B.A.S.S. events, caught a good limit early Saturday and slowly upgraded throughout the day to bring in 21-3. He used a couple of different topwater baits from start to finish.

“I had a pretty bag early, but I knew I still had three fish that I needed to cull out,” Lane said. “I ran some new water today, fishing some stuff that I was just checking. There was some stuff I wanted to fish on one side of the lake before I ran to the other side.”

Lane caught his early limit on a walking bait and then switched to a buzzing lure later in the day. He said he stuck with the second bait because it usually gets better as the day goes along.

“The bite for that bait really doesn’t start until around 10:30,” Lane said. “To me, when you’re topwater fishing, the biggest ones you’ll catch will usually be around 1 o’clock when the sun gets as high as it will get.

“I’m fishing topwater all day long.”

With a gap of 5-12 to make up, Lane said he’ll need to catch 6-pounders Sunday instead of the 4-pounders that have been so common for him this week.

“The mountain just got a little higher because of what Kevin caught today,” he said. “I’m just going to put the hammer down and try to bust a giant bag and make him earn it.”

California pro Ish Monroe (65-13) moved into third place, while North Carolina pro Hank Cherry, Jr. (63-2) dropped one place into fourth.
The other anglers who made the Top 12 cut to fish on Championship Sunday were as follows: Paul Mueller      (59-10), Keith Combs (57-14), Tommy Biffle (57-10), Andy Montgomery (57-8), Stephen Browning (57-1), Edwin Evers (56-12), Morizo Shimizu (55-13) and Brett Hite (54-7).

The tournament will conclude Sunday, with take-off scheduled for 6:15 a.m. CT from Cypress Bend Park. The weigh-in will begin back at the park at 3:15 p.m., with the winning angler earning $100,000.
2016 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend 5/12-5/15
Toledo Bend Reservoir, Many  LA.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1.  Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           15  74-12  110     $500.00
Day 1: 5   29-05     Day 2: 5   20-11     Day 3: 5   24-12
2.  Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        15  69-00  109
Day 1: 5   23-14     Day 2: 5   23-15     Day 3: 5   21-03
3.  Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             15  65-13  108
Day 1: 5   18-15     Day 2: 5   24-10     Day 3: 5   22-04
4.  Hank Cherry Jr         Maiden, NC              15  63-02  107
Day 1: 5   24-07     Day 2: 5   19-15     Day 3: 5   18-12
5.  Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT           15  59-10  106
Day 1: 5   17-13     Day 2: 5   22-12     Day 3: 5   19-01
6.  Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          15  57-14  105
Day 1: 5   21-03     Day 2: 5   16-04     Day 3: 5   20-07
7.  Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK             15  57-10  104
Day 1: 5   18-07     Day 2: 5   21-01     Day 3: 5   18-02
8.  Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC          15  57-08  103
Day 1: 5   17-11     Day 2: 5   23-04     Day 3: 5   16-09
9.  Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR         15  57-01  102
Day 1: 5   20-10     Day 2: 5   22-06     Day 3: 5   14-01
10. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              15  56-12  101
Day 1: 5   22-11     Day 2: 5   16-05     Day 3: 5   17-12
11. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN      15  55-13  100
Day 1: 5   18-09     Day 2: 5   20-07     Day 3: 5   16-13
12. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             15  54-07   99
Day 1: 5   19-00     Day 2: 5   18-03     Day 3: 5   17-04
13. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK               15  53-10   98  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   19-11     Day 2: 5   18-03     Day 3: 5   15-12
14. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           15  52-11   97  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   17-10     Day 2: 5   16-15     Day 3: 5   18-02
15. Dennis Tietje          Roanoke, LA             15  51-12   96  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-14     Day 2: 5   23-00     Day 3: 5   14-14
16. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               15  51-06   95  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-02     Day 2: 5   22-02     Day 3: 5   11-02
17. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                15  51-03   94  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   17-00     Day 2: 5   16-12     Day 3: 5   17-07
18. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ         15  50-09   93  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-13     Day 2: 5   21-15     Day 3: 5   13-13
19. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC          15  50-05   92  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-13     Day 2: 5   16-15     Day 3: 5   14-09
20. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK           15  50-03   91  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   20-00     Day 2: 5   12-01     Day 3: 5   18-02
21. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            15  50-00   90  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-00     Day 2: 5   21-08     Day 3: 5   13-08
22. Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA        15  49-13   89  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   22-09     Day 2: 5   14-14     Day 3: 5   12-06
23. John Murray            Spring City, TN         15  49-04   88  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-06     Day 2: 5   17-04     Day 3: 5   15-10
24. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            15  49-03   87  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   19-00     Day 2: 5   17-07     Day 3: 5   12-12
25. Jonathon VanDam        Kalamazoo, MI           15  49-02   86  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   21-07     Day 3: 5   15-03
26. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          15  48-12   85  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-13     Day 2: 5   15-05     Day 3: 5   16-10
27. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         15  46-14   84  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-10     Day 2: 5   16-08     Day 3: 5   15-12
28. James Elam             Tulsa, OK               15  46-11   83  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-08     Day 2: 5   12-08     Day 3: 5   15-11
29. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN           15  46-11   82  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-04     Day 2: 5   17-12     Day 3: 5   13-11
30. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL           15  46-09   81  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-10     Day 2: 5   12-09     Day 3: 5   17-06
31. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              15  46-01   80  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 5   15-12     Day 3: 5   15-10
32. Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO        15  45-15   79  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   21-14     Day 2: 5   13-01     Day 3: 5   11-00
33. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              15  45-13   78  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-14     Day 2: 5   11-12     Day 3: 5   17-03
34. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL             15  45-12   77  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-07     Day 2: 5   13-00     Day 3: 5   16-05
35. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              15  45-09   76  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-08     Day 2: 5   21-02     Day 3: 5   13-15
36. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              15  45-01   75  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   19-09     Day 2: 5   13-14     Day 3: 5   11-10
37. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            15  44-15   74  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-11     Day 2: 5   15-13     Day 3: 5   13-07
38. Gary Klein             Weatherford, TX         15  44-10   73  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-02     Day 2: 5   18-05     Day 3: 5   12-03
39. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                 14  44-06   72  $10,000.00
Day 1: 4   13-02     Day 2: 5   15-07     Day 3: 5   15-13
40. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL          15  43-12   71  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   21-03     Day 2: 5   11-04     Day 3: 5   11-05
41. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY           15  43-07   70  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-12     Day 2: 5   15-13     Day 3: 5   12-14
42. Brent Ehrler           Newport Beach, CA       15  43-03   69  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   20-02     Day 2: 5   12-01     Day 3: 5   11-00
43. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            15  42-12   68  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 5   17-06     Day 3: 5   10-11
44. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL               15  42-08   67  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-10     Day 2: 5   12-06     Day 3: 5   13-08
45. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL           14  42-01   66  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   17-05     Day 2: 5   14-10     Day 3: 4   10-02
46. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               15  42-00   65  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-02     Day 2: 5   14-14     Day 3: 5   12-00
47. Josh Bertrand          Gilbert, AZ             13  39-13   64  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   17-02     Day 2: 5   12-04     Day 3: 3   10-07
48. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL        14  38-11   63  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-07     Day 2: 5   18-02     Day 3: 4   09-02
49. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             12  33-11   62  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-07     Day 2: 5   18-00     Day 3: 2   04-04
50. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                  6  29-07   61  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   24-10     Day 2: 1   04-13     Day 3: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        99       517      1556-06
2        96       511      1513-01
3        45       238       731-13
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240      1266      3801-04


Van Dam Slams 50 Pounds Of Toledo Bend Bass In 2 Days To Lead Bassmaster Elite Series Tourney

The Bassmaster Elite Series event on Toledo Bend Reservoir is halfway done and Kevin Van Dam is halfway to the Century Mark. With more than 20 pounds again today he ran his total weight to an even 50 pounds.

He's making it look easy. It's not.

KVD caught a 7-pound, 7-ounce specimen on a Strike King 10XD crankbait. He took a treble hook in the hand to catch her. Van Dam hints that he may be running out of fish. "That 7-pounder saved my day." The wind switched out of the north and "I couldn't get a bite for the first two hours."

You can fish any way you like on T-bend and the anglers are doing just that - catching them shallow and deep. There was some debate as to whether the shallow bite was starting to die, but today was tougher for most everybody regardless of where they fished. Blame it on a front that brought north winds on the heels of a calm Thursday and two days of gusty south winds during practice.

Local Pro Todd Faircloth stumbled and fell out of the cut. He admited, "I think I should have spent more of my time fishing shallow." Guys are always more honest when they are done fishing than when they are still competng, therfore, I put a lot of stock in Faircloth's assesment of the shallow bite.

As they say about sled dog teams, the scenery only changes for the lead dogs. For the rest, it can be quite ugly. So for guys not in the lead, how ugly was it today? "It looked like Hillary Clinton wearing flip flops up in the Piggly Wiggly," said Tour funny man Gerald Swindle. Brian Snowden had it even worse. "The best part of my day was standing in line with Gerald Swindle."

"If you'd have told me I could go shallow and not catch a limit, you'd have had my truck and boat cause I'd have made that bet" said Rick Clunn.

Clunn came to the stage with 1 fish today.

He caught them yesterday on topwaters and said all of his spots are good for one or two fish, seldom any more than that. He did catch a 7-pounder, a 6 and a 4 off one spot yesterday and said that was unusual, though welcome.

Clunn did make the cut, due to his 24-pound, 10-ounce Day 1 sack, but he'll only fish until 2 o'clock tomorrow at which time Tournament Director Tripp Weldon will weigh Clunn's fish so he can hop a flight home to attend his son's graduation.

Elite Series Rookie Brock Mosely caught a bunch of big fish while practicing a month ago out deep. He commited to the deep approach this week. It was good for all the 2-pounders he could stand to catch. That failed to get him into the cut. He never even practiced up shallow and now he looks at that decision as a mistake.

I'm starting to think the shallow bite is the way to go.

Here's the official word from B.A.S.S.:

MANY, La. — The biggest thing Kevin VanDam has caught so far this week has been himself.

But there could be far bigger catches ahead of him if he remains on his current path at the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend.

VanDam had to have a treble hook removed from his hand during Friday’s second round after landing his biggest fish of the day. But it didn’t stop him from catching five bass that weighed 20 pounds, 11 ounces and helped him hold onto the tournament lead with a two-day total of 50-0.

“The fish had just one hook in its mouth, and those Mustad treble hooks are really sharp,” VanDam said. “The fish kind of shook as I was trying to take the hook out, and it jerked one of those trebles right in my hand. I had a crankbait with one hook connected to my hand and the other connected to a big bass.”

Freelance photographer and experienced saltwater angler Garrick Dixon was nearby, and he performed a quick hook removal for VanDam. Once the angler was free of his own bait, he turned his attention back to a day that was rapidly improving.

After a slow start, he quickly put together a limit that weighed better than 18 pounds. Then he managed a couple of culls to get to 20-11 — and he did it all despite a strong wind that gave him fits much of the day.

“I knew it was just a matter of running enough places,” VanDam said. “If you fish long enough here, you’re going to get them.

“I really only had the one big bite today, but it was a good one.”

VanDam will begin the semifinal round with a solid chance at securing his 21st career victory and the $100,000 check that goes with it.

He is followed closely by Alabamian Chris Lane (47-13), North Carolina pro Hank Cherry, Jr. (44-6), Californian Ish Monroe (43-9) and Arkansas pro Stephen Browning (43-0).

Lane, who has struggled at times this year, said he had hoped to catch a good limit early by targeting schooling fish. But when those fish wouldn’t cooperate, he made a long run and put together a catch of 23-15 doing something different.

Earlier this season, Lane complained that his “loonies,” were off, meaning he wasn’t making the best decisions on the water. But now he’s within striking distance of his first Elite Series win since the 2015 season-opening event on the Sabine River — another Louisiana fishery.

“I’m having a blast, and I’ve got a full head of confidence,” Lane said. “My loonies are starting to come back now.

“Feeling confident helps you make those early adjustments, and it helps you to grind it right to the end. I caught a good fish late (Thursday), and I caught a 4 1/2-pounder late today.”

Cherry began Friday’s round in third place and held onto that spot with a catch of 19-15 that gave him a two-day total of 44-6.  He said he’s been fishing for bass that are still spawning, even as the weather in central Louisiana has turned hot.

“It was still slow this morning, just like it was the first morning,” Cherry said. “But once I got to where I thought the fish would be, they were there.

“I think all of the fish I’m catching are spawning. If you miss one, you can just about count on going back to that spot and getting bit again.”

Monroe had the heaviest bag Friday with 24-10 — and he didn’t hesitate to detail how he caught his fish.

“It’s no secret what I do,” Monroe said. “I love to frog and flip. This week, I’m throwing a River2Sea Tommy Biffle Jig that has a really big, wide-gap hook. I’m backing that up with a Missile Baits D Bomb Destroyer, and it gives the bait a big profile that these big fish down here love.”

Toledo Bend Reservoir is noted for producing big largemouth bass — so much that it topped the most recent list of America’s Top 100 Bass Lakes by Bassmaster Magazine.

The biggest bass of the week so far was caught Friday by Arkansas angler Stephen Browning. At 9-5, the fish took the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass and will earn Browning $1,500 if no one tops the mark the rest of the way.

VanDam also earned the Livingston Lures Leader award of $500 for leading the second day of the event.

The tournament will resume Saturday with the Top 50 remaining pros leaving Cypress Bend Park at 6:15 a.m. CT. The weigh-in will be held back at the park at 3:15 p.m., with only the Top 12 pros advancing to Championship Sunday.
2016 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend 5/12-5/15
Toledo Bend Reservoir, Many  LA.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   

1.  Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           10  50-00  110
Day 1: 5   29-05     Day 2: 5   20-11
2.  Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        10  47-13  109
Day 1: 5   23-14     Day 2: 5   23-15
3.  Hank Cherry Jr         Maiden, NC              10  44-06  108
Day 1: 5   24-07     Day 2: 5   19-15
4.  Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             10  43-09  107
Day 1: 5   18-15     Day 2: 5   24-10
5.  Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR         10  43-00  106
Day 1: 5   20-10     Day 2: 5   22-06
6.  Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC          10  40-15  105
Day 1: 5   17-11     Day 2: 5   23-04
7.  Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT           10  40-09  104
Day 1: 5   17-13     Day 2: 5   22-12
8.  Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               10  40-04  103
Day 1: 5   18-02     Day 2: 5   22-02
9.  Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK             10  39-08  102
Day 1: 5   18-07     Day 2: 5   21-01
10. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              10  39-00  101
Day 1: 5   22-11     Day 2: 5   16-05
11. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN      10  39-00  100
Day 1: 5   18-09     Day 2: 5   20-07
12. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK               10  37-14   99
Day 1: 5   19-11     Day 2: 5   18-03
13. Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA        10  37-07   98
Day 1: 5   22-09     Day 2: 5   14-14
14. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          10  37-07   97
Day 1: 5   21-03     Day 2: 5   16-04
15. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             10  37-03   96
Day 1: 5   19-00     Day 2: 5   18-03
16. Dennis Tietje          Roanoke, LA             10  36-14   95
Day 1: 5   13-14     Day 2: 5   23-00
17. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ         10  36-12   94
Day 1: 5   14-13     Day 2: 5   21-15
18. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            10  36-08   93
Day 1: 5   15-00     Day 2: 5   21-08
19. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            10  36-07   92
Day 1: 5   19-00     Day 2: 5   17-07
20. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC          10  35-12   91
Day 1: 5   18-13     Day 2: 5   16-15
21. Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO        10  34-15   90
Day 1: 5   21-14     Day 2: 5   13-01
22. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           10  34-09   89
Day 1: 5   17-10     Day 2: 5   16-15
23. Jonathon VanDam        Kalamazoo, MI           10  33-15   88
Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   21-07
24. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                10  33-12   87
Day 1: 5   17-00     Day 2: 5   16-12
25. John Murray            Spring City, TN         10  33-10   86
Day 1: 5   16-06     Day 2: 5   17-04
26. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              10  33-07   85
Day 1: 5   19-09     Day 2: 5   13-14
27. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN           10  33-00   84
Day 1: 5   15-04     Day 2: 5   17-12
28. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL          10  32-07   83
Day 1: 5   21-03     Day 2: 5   11-04
29. Gary Klein             Weatherford, TX         10  32-07   82
Day 1: 5   14-02     Day 2: 5   18-05
30. Brent Ehrler           Newport Beach, CA       10  32-03   81
Day 1: 5   20-02     Day 2: 5   12-01
31. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          10  32-02   80
Day 1: 5   16-13     Day 2: 5   15-05
32. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK           10  32-01   79
Day 1: 5   20-00     Day 2: 5   12-01
33. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            10  32-01   78
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 5   17-06
34. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL           10  31-15   77
Day 1: 5   17-05     Day 2: 5   14-10
35. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              10  31-10   76
Day 1: 5   10-08     Day 2: 5   21-02
36. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            10  31-08   75
Day 1: 5   15-11     Day 2: 5   15-13
37. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         10  31-02   74
Day 1: 5   14-10     Day 2: 5   16-08
38. James Elam             Tulsa, OK               10  31-00   73
Day 1: 5   18-08     Day 2: 5   12-08
39. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY           10  30-09   72
Day 1: 5   14-12     Day 2: 5   15-13
40. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              10  30-07   71
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 5   15-12
41. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               10  30-00   70
Day 1: 5   15-02     Day 2: 5   14-14
42. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL        10  29-09   69
Day 1: 5   11-07     Day 2: 5   18-02
43. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                  6  29-07   68
Day 1: 5   24-10     Day 2: 1   04-13
44. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             10  29-07   67
Day 1: 5   11-07     Day 2: 5   18-00
45. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL             10  29-07   66
Day 1: 5   16-07     Day 2: 5   13-00
46. Josh Bertrand          Gilbert, AZ             10  29-06   65
Day 1: 5   17-02     Day 2: 5   12-04
47. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL           10  29-03   64
Day 1: 5   16-10     Day 2: 5   12-09
48. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL               10  29-00   63
Day 1: 5   16-10     Day 2: 5   12-06
49. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              10  28-10   62
Day 1: 5   16-14     Day 2: 5   11-12
50. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                  9  28-09   61
Day 1: 4   13-02     Day 2: 5   15-07
51. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             10  28-06   60
Day 1: 5   11-14     Day 2: 5   16-08
52. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR           10  28-04   59
Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   15-01
53. John Hunter Jr         Shelbyville, KY         10  28-04   58
Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 5   14-11
54. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        10  27-08   57
Day 1: 5   17-02     Day 2: 5   10-06
55. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA       10  27-08   56
Day 1: 5   16-04     Day 2: 5   11-04
56. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               10  27-07   55
Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 5   13-14
57. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              10  27-04   54
Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 5   13-11
58. Koby Kreiger           Bokeelia, FL            10  27-02   53
Day 1: 5   18-03     Day 2: 5   08-15
59. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX                8  27-00   52
Day 1: 3   11-04     Day 2: 5   15-12
60. Brandon Card           Caryville, TN           10  26-14   51
Day 1: 5   14-13     Day 2: 5   12-01
61. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN         10  26-14   50
Day 1: 5   14-08     Day 2: 5   12-06
62. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    10  26-12   49
Day 1: 5   17-01     Day 2: 5   09-11
63. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             10  26-12   48
Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   13-02
64. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA         10  26-11   47
Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   14-04
65. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        10  26-09   46
Day 1: 5   14-03     Day 2: 5   12-06
66. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL         10  26-08   45
Day 1: 5   15-15     Day 2: 5   10-09
67. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            10  26-05   44
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   13-15
68. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL       10  26-03   43
Day 1: 5   13-00     Day 2: 5   13-03
69. Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX               10  25-12   42
Day 1: 5   17-03     Day 2: 5   08-09
70. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL         8  25-10   41
Day 1: 3   05-00     Day 2: 5   20-10
71. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN           10  25-09   40
Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 5   15-07
72. Billy McCaghren Jr     Mayflower, AR           10  25-09   39
Day 1: 5   14-15     Day 2: 5   10-10
73. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        10  25-09   38
Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   11-05
74. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC             10  25-08   37
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   13-02
75. Casey Scanlon          Rocky Mount, MO          8  25-00   36
Day 1: 5   16-09     Day 2: 3   08-07
76. Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC          10  24-13   35
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   13-07
77. J Todd Tucker          Moultrie, GA            10  24-05   34
Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 5   10-12
78. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL         9  24-02   33
Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 4   10-09
79. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         10  24-01   32
Day 1: 5   11-05     Day 2: 5   12-12
80. Jay Brainard           Enid, OK                10  24-00   31
Day 1: 5   14-01     Day 2: 5   09-15
81. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC                8  23-11   30
Day 1: 3   05-07     Day 2: 5   18-04
82. Chad Grigsby           Maple Grove, MN         10  23-09   29
Day 1: 5   11-08     Day 2: 5   12-01
83. Davy Hite              Ninety Six, SC          10  22-12   28
Day 1: 5   09-03     Day 2: 5   13-09
84. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS               8  22-11   27
Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 3   13-06
85. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS        10  22-08   26
Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 5   12-02
86. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL            10  22-08   25
Day 1: 5   11-14     Day 2: 5   10-10
87. Ken Iyobe              Tokoname  Aichi JAPAN   10  22-06   24
Day 1: 5   08-11     Day 2: 5   13-11
88. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ            10  21-15   23
Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   09-07
89. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR         10  21-11   22
Day 1: 5   11-15     Day 2: 5   09-12
90. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX               9  21-10   21
Day 1: 4   08-13     Day 2: 5   12-13
91. Fletcher Shryock       New Philadelphia, OH    10  21-08   20
Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 5   07-13
92. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS        10  21-08   19
Day 1: 5   10-08     Day 2: 5   11-00
93. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              10  21-07   18
Day 1: 5   11-04     Day 2: 5   10-03
94. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL          10  21-02   17
Day 1: 5   09-03     Day 2: 5   11-15
95. Luke Clausen           Otis Orchards, WA        7  20-14   16
Day 1: 2   03-06     Day 2: 5   17-08
96. Matt Reed              Madisonville, TX        10  20-06   15
Day 1: 5   10-00     Day 2: 5   10-06
97. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI             10  19-07   14
Day 1: 5   09-02     Day 2: 5   10-05
98. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN         8  19-05   13
Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 3   05-10
99. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL             10  19-02   12
Day 1: 5   10-00     Day 2: 5   09-02
100. David Walker           Sevierville, TN         10  18-13   11
Day 1: 5   10-08     Day 2: 5   08-05
101. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL            8  18-05   10
Day 1: 5   12-09     Day 2: 3   05-12
102. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA               7  18-02    9
Day 1: 5   12-12     Day 2: 2   05-06
103. Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, AL               10  17-11    8
Day 1: 5   07-14     Day 2: 5   09-13
104. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL          8  16-13    7
Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 3   06-10
105. David Williams         Newton, NC               7  16-02    6
Day 1: 5   08-13     Day 2: 2   07-05
106. Fabian Rodriguez       Ocean City, DE           4  13-15    5
Day 1: 1   01-15     Day 2: 3   12-00
107. Randy Allen            Shreveport, LA           5  07-14    4
Day 1: 1   01-06     Day 2: 4   06-08
108. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland TX AUSTRALIA  1  02-01    3
Day 1: 1   02-01     Day 2: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        99       517      1556-06
2        96       511      1513-01
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195      1028      3069-07


Van Dam Dominates Day 1, Clunn And Cherry Close Behind At Bassmaster Elite Series On Toledo Bend

They whacked 'em today on Toledo Bend. Well, the guys at the top did.It took 20 pounds to place 12th.

Of course, given the numbers of big bass swimming along the Texas/Louisiana border, a guy could get well in a hurry tomorrow and jump up from the middle of the pack. Kevin Van Dam rode an 8-pound, 5-ounce fish to the top of the board today.

Then again, with his 29-pound, 5-ounce haul today Van Dam could have left the 8-5 in the lake and he'd still be in the Top 10 - even without a 5th fish!

And look who's trailing him - Rick Clunn. Clunn is back at it after his win to open the 2016 Elite Series season on Florida's St Johns River. Today he sacked 24-10.

Hank Cherry is also north of 24 pounds and is in 3rd.

Van Dam and Clunn both have their sights set on the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. They have won 4 Classic titles each which has them tied for the lead in that category. Combined, they have won about 18% of all Classics - that's almost 1 in 5. And Clunn began his guiding career on Lake Conroe, the sight of the upcoming Classic.

But Toledo Bend is where Clunn fished his first-ever bass tournament. And that's where we are this week.

And it's going to be one heck of a show!

Following is the official word and standings from B.A.S.S.:

MANY, La. — Kevin VanDam wanted badly to fish offshore during the three-day practice period for the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend.

But a steady 20-mph wind just wouldn’t allow it.

The winds died Thursday as the tournament began, and fishing fans in central Louisiana got to see why VanDam was so anxious to move away from the banks.

The pro fishing superstar from Kalamazoo, Mich., brought in a five-bass limit that weighed 29 pounds, 5 ounces to top the leaderboard on a day when 12 anglers caught at least 20 pounds. He leads a star-studded Top 5 that includes 69-year-old Missouri legend Rick Clunn (24-10), North Carolina pro Hank Cherry, Jr. (24- 7), 2012 GEICO Bassmaster Classic winner Chris Lane (23-14) and reigning Classic champion Edwin Evers (22-11).

“I started on the shallow pattern and caught a good limit early, and that gave me the confidence to go and fish deep,” said VanDam, who has four Classic titles on his resume. “I didn’t get to fish deep in practice the way I like to because of all the wind. So I fished a lot of places today that I hadn’t fished at all this week.

“You just can’t physically fish out there when it’s blowing 20 — if you want to fish off the bank.”

VanDam, who also had the big bass of the day with an 8-5 largemouth, said he was keying on areas that had big numbers of white bass and yellow bass. Both, he said, are good signs that hungry largemouth will be nearby.

“There are a lot of yellow bass — they call them ‘bar fish’ here — and a lot of the big largemouth eat those,” VanDam said. “Those yellow bass and the white bass are all following shad just like the largemouth.

“I caught a lot of white bass — and when you’re doing that, you know there will always be largemouth in the area.”

Clunn, who also has four Classic wins, already wowed the pro fishing community back in March when he won the season-opening Elite Series event on the St. Johns River in Florida. That win made him the oldest angler to ever win a B.A.S.S. event.

On Thursday, he moved into position to equal that feat with a bag of 24-10 that was bolstered by one magic area.

“I have one spot that’s always been good for me,” Clunn said. “It’s only good for one to three fish a day, but they’re always big fish. You can fish there all day long, and that’s all you’re going to get.”

The spot produced three big fish Thursday — a 7-pounder, a 6-pounder and a 4-pounder. When asked how long the spot has been good for him, Clunn responded, “How old is the lake?”

“I think I’ve been fishing that spot since 1974,” he said. “A lot of people won’t fish it because it’s only good for one or two. They pull up there, and if they don’t get a bite pretty soon, they’re moving on.”

Clunn is just 3 ounces ahead of Cherry, who brought in 24-7 despite some bad luck early.

“I weighed in one 3-pound fish, and I hated to do that,” Cherry said. “I lost a 4 1/2-pounder and a 7-pounder this morning. So I could have weighed in close to 30 pounds.”

Cherry said his unfortunate near misses might have been the result of him being “too wired up” because he knew he was on good fish.

“I knew I was going to get a lot of bites,” he said. “I didn’t know how big they were going to be, but I knew I was around a lot of fish.

“The fish are still there, because I know I left some.”

In all, 99 of the 108 Elite Series anglers weighed in five-bass limits today, validating Toledo Bend’s ranking as the No. 1 bass fishery in the country, according to Bassmaster Magazine’s current 100 Best Bass Lakes list.

If no one catches a bass as heavy as VanDam’s 8-5 largemouth through the end of the event Sunday, he will win the Phoenix Boats Big Bass award, worth $1,500.

The tournament will resume Friday, with take-off scheduled for 6:15 a.m. CT at Cypress Bend Park. The weigh-in will be held back at the park at 3:15 p.m., with the field being trimmed to the Top 50 for Saturday’s semifinal round.

2016 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend 5/12-5/15
Toledo Bend Reservoir, Many  LA.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts 

1.  Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI            5  29-05  110
Day 1: 5   29-05
2.  Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                  5  24-10  109
Day 1: 5   24-10
3.  Hank Cherry Jr         Maiden, NC               5  24-07  108
Day 1: 5   24-07
4.  Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL         5  23-14  107
Day 1: 5   23-14
5.  Edwin Evers            Talala, OK               5  22-11  106
Day 1: 5   22-11
6.  Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA         5  22-09  105
Day 1: 5   22-09
7.  Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO         5  21-14  104
Day 1: 5   21-14
8.  Keith Combs            Huntington, TX           5  21-03  103
Day 1: 5   21-03
8.  Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL           5  21-03  103
Day 1: 5   21-03
10. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR          5  20-10  101
Day 1: 5   20-10
11. Brent Ehrler           Newport Beach, CA        5  20-02  100
Day 1: 5   20-02
12. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK            5  20-00   99
Day 1: 5   20-00
13. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK                5  19-11   98
Day 1: 5   19-11
14. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL               5  19-09   97
Day 1: 5   19-09
15. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL             5  19-00   96
Day 1: 5   19-00
15. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ              5  19-00   96
Day 1: 5   19-00
17. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA              5  18-15   94
Day 1: 5   18-15
18. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC           5  18-13   93
Day 1: 5   18-13
19. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN       5  18-09   92
Day 1: 5   18-09
20. James Elam             Tulsa, OK                5  18-08   91
Day 1: 5   18-08
21. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK              5  18-07   90
Day 1: 5   18-07
22. Koby Kreiger           Bokeelia, FL             5  18-03   89
Day 1: 5   18-03
23. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL                5  18-02   88
Day 1: 5   18-02
24. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT            5  17-13   87
Day 1: 5   17-13
25. Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC           5  17-11   86
Day 1: 5   17-11
26. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN            5  17-10   85
Day 1: 5   17-10
27. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL            5  17-05   84
Day 1: 5   17-05
28. Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX                5  17-03   83
Day 1: 5   17-03
29. Josh Bertrand          Gilbert, AZ              5  17-02   82
Day 1: 5   17-02
29. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO         5  17-02   82
Day 1: 5   17-02
31. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ     5  17-01   80
Day 1: 5   17-01
32. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                 5  17-00   79
Day 1: 5   17-00
33. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX               5  16-14   78
Day 1: 5   16-14
34. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN           5  16-13   77
Day 1: 5   16-13
35. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL            5  16-10   76
Day 1: 5   16-10
35. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL                5  16-10   76
Day 1: 5   16-10
37. Casey Scanlon          Rocky Mount, MO          5  16-09   74
Day 1: 5   16-09
38. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL              5  16-07   73
Day 1: 5   16-07
39. John Murray            Spring City, TN          5  16-06   72
Day 1: 5   16-06
40. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA        5  16-04   71
Day 1: 5   16-04
41. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL          5  15-15   70
Day 1: 5   15-15
42. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL             5  15-11   69
Day 1: 5   15-11
43. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN            5  15-04   68
Day 1: 5   15-04
44. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS                5  15-02   67
Day 1: 5   15-02
45. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID             5  15-00   66
Day 1: 5   15-00
46. Billy McCaghren Jr     Mayflower, AR            5  14-15   65
Day 1: 5   14-15
47. Brandon Card           Caryville, TN            5  14-13   64
Day 1: 5   14-13
48. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ          5  14-13   63
Day 1: 5   14-13
49. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY            5  14-12   62
Day 1: 5   14-12
50. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA             5  14-11   61
Day 1: 5   14-11
50. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA               5  14-11   61
Day 1: 5   14-11
52. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL          5  14-10   59
Day 1: 5   14-10
53. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN          5  14-08   58
Day 1: 5   14-08
54. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL         5  14-04   57
Day 1: 5   14-04
55. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL         5  14-03   56
Day 1: 5   14-03
56. Gary Klein             Weatherford, TX          5  14-02   55
Day 1: 5   14-02
57. Jay Brainard           Enid, OK                 5  14-01   54
Day 1: 5   14-01
58. Dennis Tietje          Roanoke, LA              5  13-14   53
Day 1: 5   13-14
59. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN         5  13-11   52
Day 1: 5   13-11
59. Fletcher Shryock       New Philadelphia, OH     5  13-11   52
Day 1: 5   13-11
61. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY              5  13-10   50
Day 1: 5   13-10
62. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA                5  13-09   49
Day 1: 5   13-09
62. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX               5  13-09   49
Day 1: 5   13-09
62. John Hunter Jr         Shelbyville, KY          5  13-09   49
Day 1: 5   13-09
62. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL         5  13-09   49
Day 1: 5   13-09
66. J Todd Tucker          Moultrie, GA             5  13-09   45
Day 1: 5   13-09
67. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR            5  13-03   44
Day 1: 5   13-03
68. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                  4  13-02   43
Day 1: 4   13-02
69. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL        5  13-00   42
Day 1: 5   13-00
70. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA               5  12-12   41
Day 1: 5   12-12
71. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL            5  12-09   40
Day 1: 5   12-09
72. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ             5  12-08   39
Day 1: 5   12-08
72. Jonathon VanDam        Kalamazoo, MI            5  12-08   39
Day 1: 5   12-08
74. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA          5  12-07   37
Day 1: 5   12-07
75. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC              5  12-06   36
Day 1: 5   12-06
75. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV             5  12-06   36
Day 1: 5   12-06
77. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR          5  11-15   34
Day 1: 5   11-15
78. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC              5  11-14   33
Day 1: 5   11-14
78. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL             5  11-14   33
Day 1: 5   11-14
80. Chad Grigsby           Maple Grove, MN          5  11-08   31
Day 1: 5   11-08
81. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK              5  11-07   30
Day 1: 5   11-07
82. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL         5  11-07   29
Day 1: 5   11-07
83. Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC           5  11-06   28
Day 1: 5   11-06
84. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR          5  11-05   27
Day 1: 5   11-05
85. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA               5  11-04   26
Day 1: 5   11-04
86. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX                3  11-04   25
Day 1: 3   11-04
87. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS         5  10-08   24
Day 1: 5   10-08
87. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ               5  10-08   24
Day 1: 5   10-08
87. David Walker           Sevierville, TN          5  10-08   24
Day 1: 5   10-08
90. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS         5  10-06   21
Day 1: 5   10-06
91. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL          5  10-03   20
Day 1: 5   10-03
92. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN            5  10-02   19
Day 1: 5   10-02
93. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL              5  10-00   18
Day 1: 5   10-00
93. Matt Reed              Madisonville, TX         5  10-00   18
Day 1: 5   10-00
95. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS               5  09-05   16
Day 1: 5   09-05
96. Davy Hite              Ninety Six, SC           5  09-03   15
Day 1: 5   09-03
96. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL           5  09-03   15
Day 1: 5   09-03
98. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI              5  09-02   13
Day 1: 5   09-02
99. David Williams         Newton, NC               5  08-13   12
Day 1: 5   08-13
100. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX               4  08-13   11
Day 1: 4   08-13
101. Ken Iyobe              Tokoname  Aichi JAPAN    5  08-11   10
Day 1: 5   08-11
102. Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, AL                5  07-14    9
Day 1: 5   07-14
103. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC                3  05-07    8
Day 1: 3   05-07
104. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL         3  05-00    7
Day 1: 3   05-00
105. Luke Clausen           Otis Orchards, WA        2  03-06    6
Day 1: 2   03-06
106. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland TX AUSTRALIA  1  02-01    5
Day 1: 1   02-01
107. Fabian Rodriguez       Ocean City, DE           1  01-15    4
Day 1: 1   01-15
108. Randy Allen            Shreveport, LA           1  01-06    3
Day 1: 1   01-06
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        99       517      1556-06
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99       517      1556-06


Looking Forward To Hammer Fest As Elites Take To T-Bend!

We've had an eventful season so far on the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series.

Now we turn our attention to what should be a down-South hammer fest on Toledo Bend.  108 Elite Series pros will spread out over the 185,000 acre monster that straddles a good portion of the Texas/Louisiana border.

There’s abundant grass and herds of post-spawn bass that have holed-up along its edges. They are said to be in water as deep as 32 feet but the magic zone should be 8-to-10. Topwater bites can produce those big fish that will put a guy in contention but most believe that bite will die soon after sunrise. Swimbaits and big old Texas-rigged worms should play a huge role this week.

Toledo Bend was ranked by Bassmaster Magazine as the Number 1 fishery in America this year. But there’s a fly in the ointment this week:  high, muddy water due to recent flooding in the region.

Some locals say the bass have had ample time to adjust to these conditions and the pros should be able to catch them just fine.

Some folks who should know said they would set the over/under for 4-day winning weight at 90 pounds.

 

Stay with us at AnglersChannel.com as the story unfolds this week during the Bassmaster Elite Series on Toledo Bend Reservoir!


Should Professional 'misunderstanings' Be Aired On 'net; Tv?

As shocking as it may be to some, people do watch NASCAR for the crashes.

That’s not to say that they don’t enjoy the competition, strategy and an exciting finish, but the tension and drama that comes along with high speed, high stakes racing certainly helps to sell the sport.

Think of a passionate baseball player busting a bat across his knee after striking out. Good sportsmanship? No. But . . .

What about a football player spiking a ball in the end zone. That’s fierce passion and people relate to that.

Tournament bass fishing features independent American (and International) sportsmen who zip across the water at 70-to-80-miles-per-hour attempting to beat competitors to their fish. There’s big money at stake. And pride. Lots of pride.

So why do some in the tournament industry insist on portraying tournament competition in the same light as a Sunday afternoon church picnic? Do they think anybody is going to watch just because there is going to not be drama?

I consider good sports-reporting to be a form of story-telling. It’s literature. And conflict, as they say, is the essence of literature.

With that in mind, what do we make of the rather public flap between Randall Tharp and Matt Herren during the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Norfork Lake last week?

With up-to-the-minute blog posts and Bass Live and other photo and video content, on-water happenings have become hard to hide. Again, why would anyone want to hide the good, the bad, or the ugly? It’s all real. These men are independent contractors and are, as such, responsible for their own actions. Show the action. Make no apologies. We, the fans, want to see and hear it.

If there had been video of Ish Monroe and Keith Poche fighting outside the lock on Lake Toho last year would that not have gone viral way beyond our usual bass tournament audience? “Oh bother, I’m not watching that video because there is too much action,” said no sports fan ever!

Am I wrong?

 

By the way, if you have not seen the video on Bassmaster.com of Tharp and Herren, check it out. Spoiler alert:  they worked out their differences afterward as true professionals do.


Omori's Strategy Carries Him Past Lefebre - A Look Inside 2 Elite Brains At Work

Given the advantage of hindsight, Dave Lefebre would probably burn more bass than he did on the first competition day of last week’s Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Wheeler Lake. A conservative strategy is the single biggest contributing factor to his fall from atop the leaderboard during the final weigh in.

The talk had centered on how Wheeler wasn’t fishing so well and how important it would be to save enough fish to last 4 days.

Lefebre had a big, productive area to himself. It included secondary points and spawning pockets. He expected lots of company but – to his disbelief - nobody else showed up. He had found the type of place where a guy could hunker down and win an Elite Series tourney.

He set a pace of 3 pounds-per-bass, thinking that would be enough to carry him the distance without culling through a bunch of fish he thought would become valuable during late rounds of the tournament. As each day rolled by, more and bigger fish kept coming to him on their way to the beds. When 20-pound sacks showed up at the scale Lefebre quickly adjusted his estimate to 4-pounds-per-fish. He led the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

Had he pounded-out that type of weight before resting his area the first day, he would have maintained his lead until the very end.

As it turned out Takahiro Omori hoisted the blue trophy.

Tak had post-spawn fish piling up on his spot and he just hammered them with a swimbait. He weighed the heaviest daily bag on 3, out of the 4, competition days. According to bass fishing stats guru Ken Duke, that has only happened twice before in Elite Series history – when Ish Monroe and Brandon Palaniuk did it in back-to-back events in 2012.

Takahiro never let off.

 

Considering the strength of competition at our sport’s highest level, pros seldom have the advantage of ‘laying-up’ or saving fish anymore. That used to be a big part of the strategy. Now I’m not sure if it is more important than ever, or if it has simply become irrelevant in an era when there’s always somebody stomping on the gas from start to finish.


Tim Mann, Troy Ray Win Big Nefar Tourney On St Johns River With 24.59 Pounds

Tim Mann and Troy Ray topped a record field of 189 boats to win the 2016 Northeast Florida Association of Realtors bass tournament to benefit Haven Hospice on the St Johns River out of Palatka, Fla. on Saturday.

Mann and Ray weighed-in 24.59 pounds of bass.

The NEFAR tourney indicates that fishing is good on the river right now. It also hints that we'll see big numbers of boats and bass at the Wolfson tourney in mid-May.

More details to come.


Rare Baker's Dozen Fish Final Day Of Elite Series On Wheeler

It's interesting that Dave Lefebre is sponsored by '13 Fishing' because he leads the Elites into a final round that features 13, not the standard 12, anglers.

At the close of Day 3, Saturday, Luke Clausen was disqualified under Bassmaster Elite Series Rule C3 which pertains to 'practice and competition' and has 5 subrules attached to it.

Citing his rights under Rule C23, Clausen appealed his disqualification and was thus allowed to fish today with the understanding that his efforts will be null and void if the DQ is upheld.

Similarly, Cliff Crochet, in 13th place yesterday, was also permitted to fish today with the understanding that if Clausen wins his case, Crochet's day will have just amounted to fun fishing and nothing more - except additional exposure for himself and his sponsors which is certainly a big benefit.

A decision is supposed to be handed-down at the conclusion of today's activities.

Either way, Crochet is having blast throwing topwater frogs as he has all week.

Weigh in should be interesting, if a bit awkward.


Benton, Avena And A Talented Cast Of Young Pros Vie For Bassmaster Roy Title

I enjoyed watching future Major League stars come through Jacksonville when I was a boy. We have a Southern League team, the Suns. Perhaps the best stretch was during the ‘80’s when they farmed for the Montreal Expos and, for that time, were known as the “Jacksonville Expos” – commonly called the ‘Jaxpos’. The talent in those days was incredibly strong and included eventual National League MVP Larry Walker and a few others who would eventually play on my TV set instead of our stadium in town.

I watched Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan (yes, THAT Michael Jordan when he tried his hand at hardball) play against our Suns. Neither could hit a curve ball at the time. Bo figured it out.

Observing the sport of angling from the front lines, I have had the privilege of watching young anglers learn to hit tournament curveballs - weather changes, disappearing schools, depleted shallow water areas and boat pressure.

A couple of years ago I fished the co-angler division at an FLW Tour tourney on Okeechobee. Now, in no way do I mean to compare the FLW Tour to minor league ball. The Tour represents a most professional sports league. The comparison lies in the fact that it afforded me a front row seat to watch some strong young talent that is now showing up as front runners in the Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the Year race. Heck, a couple of the young guys are making noise in the Angler of the Year race.

At that one tournament I met Adrian Avena in a grocery store parking lot and fished with Drew Benton on 2nd day of the first FLW Tour event of his rookie season on that trail. Benton won the tournament. What I remember most though is that he dug in his tackle bag and handed me a lure like the one he was catching them on. Before he had finished out his limit. It was a homemade bladed jig. He also figured out why I wasn’t catching them like he was. He explained exactly how the fish were positioned and why.

Drew Benton was dialed-in.

I enjoyed the show and developed an admiration for the way this young man went about his business. And the way he treated me.

While Avena is a Jersey Boy and Benton hails from Panama City, Florida, they share some outstanding character traits. Traits that make it easy to understand the considerable success they have achieved so early in their careers.

Benton currently 9th in AOY points and leads the ROY race with 258 points. Avena is 28th with 217. We’re 3 tournaments into the 2016 season, and a lot can still happen; will happen, but Benton and Avena have separated from a talented pack of rookies. The race should be tight and guys like Brock Mosely and John Hunter will give chase.

 

And I believe that years from now we will look back on this Rookie of the Year race as the start of some big Bassmaster tournament angling careers.


Tharp Takes First Elite Series Title Amid 'complex' Tournament Format On Bull Shoals And Norfork Lake

Randall Tharp led the Bassmaster Angler of the Year race before he weighed his fish today. When he left the stage he did so with an Elite Series trophy.

The former Forrest Wood Cup Champion said he wanted to test himself against the best competition the Elite Series had to offer. Tharp has passed the test.

He did so today by overtaking a pair of Californians, one who has also mounted the highest summits of our sport - Skeet Reese, along with an aspiring young pro who has shown flashes of things to come - Chris Zaldain.

Reese and Zaldain nodded to their Western roots by trying to make the swimbait bite work. At times it did. When fish just followed the swimmers, Zaldain said he relied on a drop shot to put bass in the box.

It was a solid game plan that almost panned-out for the Golden State anglers.

But in the waning seconds of the 4-day tournament held on two different fisheries, Tharp snatched a big bass, and victory, from Norfork Lake.

"I had 15 seconds before I needed to head in," said Tharp, "I made one last cast to a bluff bank. My line started moving off. That was the biggest bass that I just held up (as he crossed the weigh in stage) and I caught her on the last cast."

The kicker pushed Tharp's final weight to 16-2 (biggest bag of the day) and ran his total to 61-10 for the week. He won by a margin of 2 pounds, 2 ounces. That last fished weighed more than that and was, therefore, the key to his win.

It was classic Tharp. The guy just has a knack for finding those oversized bass that take a sack of fish from being 'good' to being of the 'winning' class. Lure choice may be part of the reason for his ability to boat the big girls - he fishes a jig. A lot.

And so he did this week. "I designed the jig I used," said Tharp of the 4x4 Jig that he pitched on his signature series Halo rod.

Tharp said he focussed on 3 creeks in each lake. He concetrated his efforts on bluff banks along channel swings. Some of the fish may have been spawning and others were simply eating but Tharp caught them all in less than 5 feet of water. "The biggest ones came from less than 1 foot," added the shallow water master. He covered "tons of water" with jigs weighing 5/8 or 1/2 oz.

Tharp said he'll miss the first day of practice on Monday for the coming Elite Series tourney on Wheeler Lake which begins this Thursday, but the man - who gets his mail in Florida these days - has spent decades living and fishing in Alabama so he should be able to catch up quickly. Tonight he and his wife are hanging out and resting up. "I'm gonna enjoy this trophy. I'm gonna enjoy this town. I'm gonna enjoy you guys," said Tharp to a happy audience.

Tharp concentrated his efforts on bluff banks. photo courtesy B.A.S.S.Tharp concentrated his efforts on bluff banks. photo courtesy B.A.S.S.

What follows is the official word from B.A.S.S.:

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — The tournament format was complicated.

It was one event on two lakes over the course of four days.

But through all of the shifting and changing, Florida pro Randall Tharp decided to keep things simple — and that stay-the-course approach ultimately led to a victory in the Bassmaster Elite at Bull Shoals/Norfork.

Tharp used a 4x4 Jig — the Randall Tharp Signature series that he designed for the company — in the golden craw color pattern with a green pumpkin Zoom Big Salty Chunk to catch his fish all four days.

His final total of 61 pounds, 10 ounces was more than 2 pounds better than that of second-place finisher Skeet Reese (59-8). Chris Zaldain (58-12), Matt Herren (58-10) and Bill Lowen (58- 5) made up the rest of the Top 5.

“When I got here, I wanted to find one pattern that would work on both lakes,” Tharp said. “Both of these lakes are Ozark Lakes, and they’re very, very similar. That’s the game plan I wanted to have. It just took me three days of practice to figure it out.”

Tharp said he discovered the key to winning on the third day of practice and really dialed it on the fourth and final practice day, which he spent at Norfork.

On the first day of the tournament, he caught 15-8 on Norfork to put himself in fifth place. He didn’t fare quite as well on the second day of the event at Bull Shoals, catching only 13-12. But he made a slight adjustment the next day on Bull Shoals — and that may have been the key to his winning the tournament.

“I used a 1/2-ounce and a 5/8-ounce version of the jig this week, but the majority of the fish I weighed in came on the bigger one,” Tharp said. “I had one fish in the boat Saturday, and I just kept thinking they wanted something quicker. That’s why I went to the bigger jig.”

Tharp’s Saturday catch of 16-4 pushed him into the lead going into Sunday’s finale on Norfork. He landed 16-2 Sunday to stay ahead of a Top 12 that was separated by only 4 pounds coming into the day.

“Just about everything I caught all week came from 5 feet of water of less,” he said. “The whole stringer that I weighed in today probably came from 2 feet or less.”

Though bass were spawning on both lakes, Tharp said he wasn’t sight fishing for bedding fish.

“I was just looking for crevices in rocks — shady places,” he said. “I was looking for isolated stuff that was different, whether it was a stump or a laydown or whatever.

“If there was a whole bunch of cover, it usually wasn’t all that good. I just keyed on little turns or isolated boulders — stuff that stood out.”

Tharp was already a three-time winner on the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens circuit, but Sunday marked his first time to raise the coveted blue trophy awarded to winners on the Bassmaster Elite Series. The $103,000 he received for first place pushed his career earnings with B.A.S.S. to $493,457.

Last year’s Elite Series season was one of the toughest of Tharp’s professional career. He earned checks in only two of the eight regular-season events and failed to qualify for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship or the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
But so far this season, he’s made up for all that went wrong.

Tharp finished 11th in the 2016 Elite Series opener on the St. Johns River in his home state of Florida and 16th in the second tournament of the season earlier this month on South Carolina’s Winyah Bay. His victory Sunday vaulted him into first place in the Angler of the Year standings.

“Before last year, two bad tournaments in a row was the longest bad stretch I’d ever had,” Tharp said. “For some reason, I just couldn’t put two good days together.

“Maybe I got all of my bad days out of the way, because I have yet to have one this year.”

Tharp was awarded $1,000 for the leading the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race at the end of the event.

Tharp also earned the Power-Pole Captain’s Cash award of $1,000 for being the highest-placing angler who is registered and eligible and uses a client-approved product on his boat.

Lowen and Zaldain earned the Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for both leading on the second day.

Tharp won the Toyota Bonus Bucks of $3,000 for being the highest-placing eligible entrant in the program. The second-highest-placing eligible entrant, Powroznik, received $2,000.

The Big Bass Award of $1,500 was presented to Herren for weighing in the overall biggest bass of the event — a 6-1 largemouth bass.

Tharp also earned the A.R.E. Top Angler Award of $1,000 for being the highest placing angler using A.R.E. products.

Dick Cepek Rolling Forward Award of $1,000 will be presented to the angler who makes the largest gain in Toyota Angler of the Year points from tournament to tournament.
2016 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Norfork - Bull Shoals 4/21-4/24
Lake Norfork/Bull Shoals, Mountain Home  AR.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

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

1.  Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL        20  61-10  110 $103,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-08     Day 2: 5   13-12     Day 3: 5   16-04     Day 4: 5   16-02
2.  Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              20  59-08  109  $25,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 5   12-07     Day 3: 5   19-02     Day 4: 5   14-11
3.  Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            20  58-12  108  $20,250.00
Day 1: 5   16-02     Day 2: 5   14-12     Day 3: 5   14-04     Day 4: 5   13-10
4.  Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            20  58-10  107  $15,750.00
Day 1: 5   17-00     Day 2: 5   11-06     Day 3: 5   15-05     Day 4: 5   14-15
5.  Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          20  58-05  106  $14,250.00
Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   17-04     Day 3: 5   12-12     Day 4: 5   14-11
6.  Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA        20  56-10  105  $13,500.00
Day 1: 5   12-09     Day 2: 5   15-08     Day 3: 5   16-04     Day 4: 5   12-05
7.  Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              20  55-09  104  $13,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-12     Day 2: 5   13-09     Day 3: 5   14-12     Day 4: 5   13-08
8.  Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ            20  53-09  103  $12,500.00
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   15-15     Day 3: 5   11-15     Day 4: 5   11-11
9.  Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         20  53-01  102  $12,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 5   16-10     Day 3: 5   14-08     Day 4: 5   10-14
10. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        20  52-07  101  $11,500.00
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   14-08     Day 3: 5   16-01     Day 4: 5   09-08
11. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            19  51-13  100  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   15-13     Day 3: 5   15-10     Day 4: 4   08-10
12. Koby Kreiger           Bokeelia, FL            20  51-05   99  $10,500.00
Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   13-13     Day 3: 5   16-07     Day 4: 5   08-09
BIG BASS OF TOURNAMENT
Davy Hite                Ninety Six, SC      06-01        $750.00
Matt Herren              Ashville, AL        06-01        $750.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        88       500      1125-13
2        94       506      1327-05
3        40       229       624-10
4        11        59       149-02
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233      1294      3226-14


Tharp Grabs Lead As Bassmaster Elite Series Event Shifts Back To Norfork Lake

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Randall Tharp suffered through one of the toughest seasons of his professional career in 2015, but it seems to have given him some extra motivation for this year’s campaign.

Tharp opened the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series season with back-to-back Top 20 finishes — and now, he has caught enough fish at this week’s Bassmaster Elite at Bull Shoals/Norfork to move himself into position to claim his first Elite Series win.

He brought in five bass Saturday from Bull Shoals Lake that weighed 16 pounds, 4 ounces and moved from fifth place to the top of the standings with a three-day total of 45-8. The tournament, which began Thursday on Norfork Lake and moved to Bull Shoals Friday and Saturday, will shift back to Norfork for Sunday’s championship round with Tharp leading the remaining Top 12 anglers.

“I started in the same place today where I lost a big one (Friday), and I never had a bite,” said Tharp, who has three Bassmaster Open victories but none on the Elite Series. “Where I pulled my trolling motor up (Friday), I just decided to keep on going. I kept the trolling motor down until 11 o’clock, and that’s how I caught most of what I had.

“It was new water — a lot shallower than what I had been fishing — and I just fished everything in front of me.”

Tharp said he was struggling early, but a slight change in technique helped.

“I had one fish in the boat, and I just felt like they wanted something quicker,” Tharp said. “So I tied a heavier jig on, and that’s when it just started clicking.

“I had a really good day. I don’t know how many 2 1/2-pounders I culled.”

Tharp seemed excited about moving back to Norfork after starting the event on that fishery with 15-8 Thursday.

“I’ve already respooled and done everything I need to do,” he said. “I’ll get a couple of spare jigs in case I break one off in the rocks. But other than that, I’m ready to go fishing.”

Tharp’s total is only 6 ounces better than that of second-place angler Chris Zaldain. The California pro turned in a third-straight solid catch Saturday, weighing in 14-4 and pushing his three-day total to 45-2.

Zaldain used a drop shot rig to target spawning bass that were protecting beds.

“I was flipping a drop shot with a 6-inch hand-poured worm all day long,” Zaldain said. “The beauty of it is that it represents a bluegill. On the full moon in April, you know bass hate bluegill being around their beds.

“With it being on a drop shot, it’s suspended right there in front of their face.”

Around midday Saturday, Zaldain had five fish that weighed only about 8 pounds. But he made an adjustment that helped him almost double that weight.

“The key moment today was realizing the water had dropped a couple of more inches, and the back area that had been productive for me just wasn’t working anymore,” he said. “Around 10:30, I started working out more toward the main river where the bushes got deeper.

“The further out I went, the bigger the fish got.”

After a big opening-round catch of 16-2 on Norfork that he said could have been even bigger, Zaldain focused these last two days at Bull Shoals on simply surviving. Now that he knows he’s headed back to Norfork, he believes it could be a special day.

“I just wanted to put the clutch in and hang tight on Bull Shoals,” he said. “Catches of 14 and 14 are respectable, so mission accomplished.

“I downshifted a little bit on Bull Shoals, but we’ll be pedal-to-the-metal tomorrow.”

The remainder of the Top 12 is as follows: Skeet Reese (44-13), Jacob Powroznik (44-5), Matt Herren (43-11), Bill Lowen (43-10), Brandon Palaniuk (43-3), Brian Snowden (42-15), Koby Kreiger (42-12), Mike McClelland (42-3), Steve Kennedy (42-1) and Adrian Avena (41-14).

The tournament will conclude Sunday, with takeoff scheduled for 6:15 a.m. from Lake Norfork Marina. The weigh-in will begin at 3:45 p.m. on the campus of Arkansas State University in Mountain Home.

The winning angler will receive $100,000.
2016 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Norfork - Bull Shoals 4/21-4/24
Lake Norfork/Bull Shoals, Mountain Home  AR.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1.  Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL        15  45-08  110
Day 1: 5   15-08     Day 2: 5   13-12     Day 3: 5   16-04
2.  Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            15  45-02  109     $250.00
Day 1: 5   16-02     Day 2: 5   14-12     Day 3: 5   14-04
3.  Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              15  44-13  108
Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 5   12-07     Day 3: 5   19-02
4.  Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA        15  44-05  107
Day 1: 5   12-09     Day 2: 5   15-08     Day 3: 5   16-04
5.  Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            15  43-11  106
Day 1: 5   17-00     Day 2: 5   11-06     Day 3: 5   15-05
6.  Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          15  43-10  105     $250.00
Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   17-04     Day 3: 5   12-12
7.  Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            15  43-03  104
Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   15-13     Day 3: 5   15-10
8.  Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        15  42-15  103
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   14-08     Day 3: 5   16-01
9.  Koby Kreiger           Bokeelia, FL            15  42-12  102
Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   13-13     Day 3: 5   16-07
10. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         15  42-03  101
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 5   16-10     Day 3: 5   14-08
11. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              15  42-01  100
Day 1: 5   13-12     Day 2: 5   13-09     Day 3: 5   14-12
12. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ            15  41-14   99
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   15-15     Day 3: 5   11-15
13. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            15  41-13   98  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-12     Day 2: 5   13-00     Day 3: 5   14-01
14. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              15  40-08   97  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   13-14     Day 3: 5   16-07
15. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        15  40-06   96  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-13     Day 2: 5   14-08     Day 3: 5   14-01
16. Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX               15  40-05   95  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-05     Day 2: 5   13-06     Day 3: 5   15-10
17. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        15  40-02   94  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-10     Day 2: 5   13-03     Day 3: 5   14-05
18. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              15  40-02   93  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-00     Day 2: 5   14-02     Day 3: 5   14-00
19. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX               15  39-15   92  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-13     Day 2: 5   12-12     Day 3: 5   14-06
20. Davy Hite              Ninety Six, SC          15  39-13   91  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-15     Day 2: 5   13-06     Day 3: 5   14-08
21. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    15  39-11   90  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-05     Day 2: 5   13-05     Day 3: 5   13-01
22. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             15  39-08   89  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   14-15     Day 3: 5   14-00
23. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK             14  39-07   88  $10,000.00
Day 1: 4   08-00     Day 2: 5   18-07     Day 3: 5   13-00
24. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL         15  39-07   87  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   13-08     Day 3: 5   14-09
25. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL          15  39-07   86  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-00     Day 2: 5   14-00     Day 3: 5   14-07
26. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR           15  39-07   85  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-02     Day 2: 5   13-10     Day 3: 5   13-11
27. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         15  39-06   84  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-13     Day 2: 5   11-11     Day 3: 5   14-14
28. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK               15  39-04   83  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   12-01     Day 3: 5   14-12
29. Fletcher Shryock       New Philadelphia, OH    15  38-10   82  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   13-11     Day 3: 5   13-04
30. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL             15  38-09   81  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-10     Day 2: 5   13-12     Day 3: 5   12-03
31. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN           15  38-07   80  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-14     Day 2: 5   13-13     Day 3: 5   09-12
32. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           15  38-07   79  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-08     Day 2: 5   14-03     Day 3: 5   12-12
33. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                15  37-07   78  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-15     Day 2: 5   14-03     Day 3: 5   11-05
34. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL         15  37-03   77  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 5   12-12     Day 3: 5   13-06
35. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             14  37-03   76  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-15     Day 2: 5   12-03     Day 3: 4   13-01
36. Gary Klein             Weatherford, TX         15  37-02   75  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 5   14-13     Day 3: 5   11-14
37. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             15  37-02   74  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   14-00     Day 3: 5   11-12
38. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN           15  36-15   73  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-14     Day 2: 5   14-05     Day 3: 5   12-12
39. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL       15  36-13   72  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-13     Day 2: 5   14-01     Day 3: 5   11-15
40. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              14  36-05   71  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   15-15     Day 3: 4   09-13
41. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL             15  35-12   70  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   13-13     Day 3: 5   11-10
42. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              14  35-08   69  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 5   14-05     Day 3: 4   10-13
43. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT           15  33-15   68  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 5   13-04     Day 3: 5   09-10
44. Josh Bertrand          Gilbert, AZ             14  33-05   67  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   14-00     Day 3: 4   09-00
45. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK           12  32-03   66  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-05     Day 2: 5   16-00     Day 3: 2   04-14
46. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland TX AUSTRALIA 12  32-00   65  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   17-00     Day 3: 2   03-07
47. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN      14  31-13   64  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-12     Day 2: 5   13-04     Day 3: 4   07-13
48. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL           10  30-10   63  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-13     Day 2: 5   14-13     Day 3: 0   00-00
49. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               13  29-15   62  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-15     Day 2: 5   14-07     Day 3: 3   05-09
50. James Elam             Tulsa, OK               12  29-03   61  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   12-06     Day 3: 2   05-01
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        88       500      1125-13
2        94       506      1327-05
3        40       229       624-10
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222      1235      3077-12


Herren Leads Day 1 Of Unique Elite Series Tourney On Bull Shoals And Norfork Lakes

Interesting format this week for the Elite Series - 2 different lakes. A lot of guys sight-fished today on Norfork Lake. Some will do the same tomorrow on Bull Shoals. Some guys will completely change plans. "Now I've got to go re-string 40 rods because, to me, this is a totally different fishery than Bull Shoals," said Gerald Swindle after weighing his fish today.

Mark Menendez, Greg Hackney and Drew Benton are fishing well again this week. Well, at least so far. Let's see how the back-and-forth between the two lakes affects them starting tomorrow.

Following is the official word from B.A.S.S.:

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Matt Herren came into this week’s Bassmaster Elite at Bull Shoals/Norfork, with a free-wheeling attitude.

“My motto for the week is just to fly by the seat of my pants,” Herren said. “Since we’re fishing two different lakes, I figure that’s all you can really do.”

So far, the strategy has worked very well.

Herren caught five bass Thursday on Norfork Lake that weighed 17 pounds and took the lead in the first-of-its-kind, two-lake Elite Series event. His catch was bolstered by a 6-pound, 1-ounce largemouth that bit during the final minutes.

In an unusual format, the 108 Bassmaster Elite Series anglers will divide their time between two nearby Ozarks lakes near Mountain Home. After competing today on Norfork, the full field moves to Bull Shoals for Friday’s round, after which the field is cut to 50 anglers, who will again compete on Bull Shoals. The Top 12 anglers after Saturday will return to Norfork for the final round.

Herren feels confident now as the tournament shifts to Bull Shoals Lake for the next two rounds before coming back for Championship Sunday on Norfork.

“I just had a really fortunate day,” Herren said. “I got on something early and had a good limit of fish. But with about 15 minutes left in my day, I caught a 6-1. It was kind of an out-of-the-blue fish, but I’ll take it.”

Herren was already off to a good start, with five bass that he estimated would have weighed about 14 pounds. But with the day winding down — and the next two rounds scheduled for a different lake 20 miles away — he desperately wanted to add a kicker fish.

So he decided to make a quick stop on the only place he’d seen a big bass in practice.

“I listened to that little voice that said, ‘Go do it,’” Herren joked. “I pulled in there, and it happened ‘bam’ — just that fast.”

The big fish helped Herren separate slightly from a Top 5 that includes Kentucky pro Mark Menendez with 16-12, Californian Chris Zaldain with 16-2, Alabamian Keith Poche with 15-13 and Florida pro Randall Tharp with 15-8.

Menendez said it was an early 4-pounder that sparked his good first round.

“I got a good bite this morning, and it slowed me down,” he said. “I just got really thorough in an area and managed to get three of those better-quality bites during the day.

“I caught a 4 1/4-pounder late in the day that culled a 2-pounder, and that helped a whole bunch.”

Although he said he’s all for fishing new venues, Menendez made it clear that he’s not a fan of the split format. He believes there will be an element of luck involved for whoever lands in the winner’s spot Sunday.

“I could find the winners on Norfork, not catch them at Bull Shoals, and fall completely out,” he said. “That’s an element we’ve never had to deal with.

“I’m looking at this as four separate tournaments. Each day is a one-day event, and I’m going to milk it for all it’s worth.”

On the flip side, Zaldain said the format really suits the “run-and-gun” style of fishing he prefers. He had no fear of pressuring the fish hard at Norfork on Day 1, knowing his best spots will have two days to rest before he returns.

“I fished all new water today and established a pattern with a bait I have a lot of confidence in,” Zaldain said. “It’s a winding-type bait, and I literally had a look at over 20 pounds today. I had a lot of big ones come up and push it out of the way.

“I’m really, really looking forward to getting back out there on Day 4 — hopefully.”

The tournament will continue Friday and Saturday, with take-offs at 6:15 a.m. CT from Bull Shoals Boat Dock. Sunday’s take-off will be at 6:15 a.m. from Lake Norfork Marina.

Daily weigh-ins will be held at 3:45 p.m. on the campus of Arkansas State University in Mountain Home.
2016 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Norfork - Bull Shoals 4/21-4/24
Lake Norfork/Bull Shoals, Mountain Home  AR.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

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

1.  Matt Herren            Ashville, AL             5  17-00  110
Day 1: 5   17-00
2.  Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY              5  16-12  109
Day 1: 5   16-12
3.  Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV             5  16-02  108
Day 1: 5   16-02
4.  Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL            5  15-13  107
Day 1: 5   15-13
5.  Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL         5  15-08  106
Day 1: 5   15-08
6.  David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN            5  14-14  105
Day 1: 5   14-14
7.  Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA             5  14-12  104
Day 1: 5   14-12
8.  Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ             5  14-00  103
Day 1: 5   14-00
9.  Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC           5  13-13  102
Day 1: 5   13-13
10. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL               5  13-12  101
Day 1: 5   13-12
11. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN           5  13-10  100
Day 1: 5   13-10
12. David Walker           Sevierville, TN          5  13-07   99
Day 1: 5   13-07
13. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ     5  13-05   98
Day 1: 5   13-05
14. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA               5  13-04   97
Day 1: 5   13-04
15. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL           5  12-14   96
Day 1: 5   12-14
16. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL          5  12-13   95
Day 1: 5   12-13
16. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX                5  12-13   95
Day 1: 5   12-13
18. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL         5  12-10   93
Day 1: 5   12-10
18. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL              5  12-10   93
Day 1: 5   12-10
20. Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA         5  12-09   91
Day 1: 5   12-09
21. Koby Kreiger           Bokeelia, FL             5  12-08   90
Day 1: 5   12-08
22. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK                5  12-07   89
Day 1: 5   12-07
23. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO         5  12-06   88
Day 1: 5   12-06
24. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR            5  12-02   87
Day 1: 5   12-02
25. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX               5  12-00   86
Day 1: 5   12-00
26. Brent Ehrler           Newport Beach, CA        5  11-15   85
Day 1: 5   11-15
26. Davy Hite              Ninety Six, SC           5  11-15   85
Day 1: 5   11-15
26. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                 5  11-15   85
Day 1: 5   11-15
26. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA              5  11-15   85
Day 1: 5   11-15
26. J Todd Tucker          Moultrie, GA             5  11-15   85
Day 1: 5   11-15
31. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL         5  11-13   80
Day 1: 5   11-13
31. Casey Scanlon          Rocky Mount, MO          5  11-13   80
Day 1: 5   11-13
33. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA          5  11-12   78
Day 1: 5   11-12
33. James Elam             Tulsa, OK                5  11-12   78
Day 1: 5   11-12
33. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID             5  11-12   78
Day 1: 5   11-12
36. Fletcher Shryock       New Philadelphia, OH     5  11-11   75
Day 1: 5   11-11
37. Hank Cherry Jr         Maiden, NC               5  11-10   74
Day 1: 5   11-10
38. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland TX AUSTRALIA  5  11-09   73
Day 1: 5   11-09
38. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL         5  11-09   73
Day 1: 5   11-09
40. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN            5  11-08   71
Day 1: 5   11-08
41. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL          5  11-06   70
Day 1: 5   11-06
41. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK              5  11-06   70
Day 1: 5   11-06
43. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK            5  11-05   68
Day 1: 5   11-05
43. Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX                5  11-05   68
Day 1: 5   11-05
43. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX               5  11-05   68
Day 1: 5   11-05
43. Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO         5  11-05   68
Day 1: 5   11-05
47. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX           5  11-05   64
Day 1: 5   11-05
48. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC              5  11-04   63
Day 1: 5   11-04
49. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR          5  11-01   62
Day 1: 5   11-01
49. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT            5  11-01   62
Day 1: 5   11-01
49. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL          5  11-01   62
Day 1: 5   11-01
52. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL           5  11-00   59
Day 1: 5   11-00
53. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL        5  10-13   58
Day 1: 5   10-13
54. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR          5  10-12   57
Day 1: 5   10-12
54. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY            5  10-12   57
Day 1: 5   10-12
54. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN       5  10-12   57
Day 1: 5   10-12
57. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                  5  10-11   54
Day 1: 5   10-11
58. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC              5  10-09   53
Day 1: 5   10-09
58. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ               5  10-09   53
Day 1: 5   10-09
60. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA                5  10-08   51
Day 1: 5   10-08
60. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL            5  10-08   51
Day 1: 5   10-08
62. Gary Klein             Weatherford, TX          5  10-07   49
Day 1: 5   10-07
62. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL                5  10-07   49
Day 1: 5   10-07
64. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA               5  10-06   47
Day 1: 5   10-06
65. Josh Bertrand          Gilbert, AZ              5  10-05   46
Day 1: 5   10-05
65. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL              5  10-05   46
Day 1: 5   10-05
67. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA               5  10-04   44
Day 1: 5   10-04
68. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX               5  10-03   43
Day 1: 5   10-03
69. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL         5  10-02   42
Day 1: 5   10-02
70. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA        5  09-15   41
Day 1: 5   09-15
70. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS                5  09-15   41
Day 1: 5   09-15
72. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN            5  09-14   39
Day 1: 5   09-14
72. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ          5  09-14   39
Day 1: 5   09-14
74. Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, AL                5  09-13   37
Day 1: 5   09-13
74. Jonathon VanDam        Kalamazoo, MI            5  09-13   37
Day 1: 5   09-13
76. Brandon Card           Caryville, TN            5  09-12   35
Day 1: 5   09-12
77. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL             5  09-11   34
Day 1: 5   09-11
78. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL                5  09-10   33
Day 1: 5   09-10
79. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN         5  09-09   32
Day 1: 5   09-09
80. John Murray            Spring City, TN          5  09-06   31
Day 1: 5   09-06
81. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS               5  09-00   30
Day 1: 5   09-00
82. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS         5  08-15   29
Day 1: 5   08-15
83. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL            5  08-13   28
Day 1: 5   08-13
84. John Hunter Jr         Shelbyville, KY          5  08-13   27
Day 1: 5   08-13
85. Jay Brainard           Enid, OK                 5  08-11   26
Day 1: 5   08-11
86. Billy McCaghren Jr     Mayflower, AR            4  08-08   25
Day 1: 4   08-08
87. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL             5  08-02   24
Day 1: 5   08-02
88. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL         4  08-02   23
Day 1: 4   08-02
89. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK              4  08-00   22
Day 1: 4   08-00
90. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN          4  07-15   21
Day 1: 4   07-15
91. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC           5  07-05   20
Day 1: 5   07-05
92. Luke Clausen           Otis Orchards, WA        4  07-03   19
Day 1: 4   07-03
93. Dennis Tietje          Roanoke, LA              5  07-00   18
Day 1: 5   07-00
94. Randy Allen            Shreveport, LA           4  07-00   17
Day 1: 4   07-00
95. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ              3  06-12   16
Day 1: 3   06-12
96. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC                4  06-11   15
Day 1: 4   06-11
97. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS         3  06-09   14
Day 1: 3   06-09
98. David Williams         Newton, NC               4  06-04   13
Day 1: 4   06-04
99. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                  3  06-04   12
Day 1: 3   06-04
100. Fabian Rodriguez       Ocean City, DE           3  06-01   11
Day 1: 3   06-01
101. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI            3  05-06   10
Day 1: 3   05-06
102. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK               3  05-04    9
Day 1: 3   05-04
103. Chad Grigsby           Maple Grove, MN          2  05-04    8
Day 1: 2   05-04
104. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR          2  04-15    7
Day 1: 2   04-15
105. Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC           2  04-05    6
Day 1: 2   04-05
106. Ken Iyobe              Tokoname  Aichi JAPAN    2  03-15    5
Day 1: 2   03-15
107. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI              1  02-04    4
Day 1: 1   02-04
108. Matt Reed              Madisonville, TX         1  01-15    3
Day 1: 1   01-15
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        88       500      1125-13
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88       500      1125-13


Canterbury Leads Tightly-Packed Field Heading Into Final Round Of Flw Tour On Beaver Lake

Canterbury takes the lead in a tight race as we head into the final day on Beaver Lake. photo by Garrick Dixon, courtesy of FLW Outdoors

 

'Change' is the word at the FLW Tour on Beaver Lake. The lead has changed again, most of the top guys are frequently changing locations to run new water, and it seems that the most productive patterns are changing as well.
Bryan Scmitt may have missed the Top 10 cut but he certainly figured out a key ingredient to success on Beaver Lake. "This is the kind of place where you need to fish new water each day." Schmitt placed 14th with 39-5 over his 3 days on the lake. He'll leave with a nice check and valuable points.
Jeff Sprague fared better. With a 3-day total weight of 44 pounds he is currently 3rd and will fish in Sunday's final round. His 15-8 was one of the better bags today. "I've got one thing going away and another thing coming to me," said Sprague of his pattern options. "I feel like I am ahead of the fish."
That makes Sprague a dangerous man tomorrow as a mere 4 ounces seperate places 2-through-4 and Scott Canterbury has a lead of just a pound and four ounces on the field.
Canterbury knows that a pound doesn't go as far as it once did on the new and improved Beaver Lake. "You've gotta average better than 3 pounds (per fish) now to do well at Beaver Lake." The conservation efforts are paying off in Arkansas.
Evidence of the stronger fishery lies in Canterbury's 45-7 total weight. Eighteen of today's twenty anglers caught a limit. Canterburry's weighed 14-6.
"I'm running new water," said Canterbury. "I dont know if my fish are replenishing. I've been down to the dam. I've been up the White River."
Canterbury's 'fish finder' this week is not his electronics. It's his Typhoon sunglasses. "I've caught a few off the bed. I've also caught a bunch just pitching to shallow wood that I can see."
Darrel Robertson slipped off the lead by the slightest margin. It could have been much worse for the Oklahoma pro. "With 45 minutes to go I had about an 8-pound stringer. I was practicing my exit speach. In the last 10 minutes I caught my 2 biggets fish that I had."
Robertson hopes he can capitalize tomorrow off what he figured out in those last 10 minutes today. Those fish bumped his weight to 13-1 for the day. He's in striking distance, having backed off just a notch into 2nd. He has 44 pounds, 3 ounces to his credit.
Andy Morgan is in 4th with 43-15. That will have the top 3 guys looking in the rear view mirror. And as they say, objects in those things are closer than they appear to be. Morgan was today's biggest mover with 16 pounds, 3 ounces - the day's heaviest sack.
Reigning Angler of the Year Scott Martin is currently 5th with 43-3. With 15-12 today he made a big move. Sitting just 2-2 out of the lead he threatens to make another tomorrow.
Jimmy Houston took the stage to Toby Keith's 'I Ain't As Good As I Once Was' and then explained, "I shook off a 2-pounder and a 4-and-a-half. I weighed-in a 1-pound spot (among the other fish in his 10-pound limit) and I'm gonna finnish 12th. I'll be at the Fun Zone tomorrow. Whoever finishes in 8th place, youre welcome," giggled Houston as he lamented his lost opportunities.
Houston had a good week just throwing a chartreuse/whte Booyah spinnerbait.

Here's the official word and standings from FLW Outdoors:

The Walmart FLW Tour at Beaver Lake presented by Jack Link’s is setting up for a dramatic final day on Sunday – all of the anglers that made the top-10 cut are in striking distance and have a legitimate shot to win the tournament, and the top prize of $125,000.
Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury of Springville, Alabama, who started the day in second place, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 6 ounces to take the lead with a three-day total of 45-7.

Day two leader Darrel Robertson of Jay, Oklahoma, (44-3) fell to second after bringing in a limit weighing 13-1. Keystone Light pro Jeff Sprague (44-0), Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan (43-15) and reigning FLW Angler of the Year Scott Martin (43-5) round out the top five.

With just 4-15 separating leader Canterbury from 10th place angler Andrew Upshaw (40-8) the tournament is still very much up for grabs.

“I’m excited, but I know that it’s not like I’ve got this tournament in the bag,” said Canterbury, who is seeking the first FLW Tour win of his career after six previous second- or third-place finishes. “I’ve got the best in the world right behind me – ‘Mr. Beaver Lake’ Matt Arey, the G.O.A.T. Andy Morgan right on my tail, and Jeff Sprague has caught them every day. I’m going to have to go out and catch five good ones tomorrow.

“I only caught 14 pounds today and if I do that tomorrow, I won’t win,” Canterbury continued. “I have to catch at least 15 pounds, otherwise I won’t have a shot at this. This lake is as healthy as it has ever been and is fishing really good.”

Canterbury said that he has caught all of his fish this week pitching a jig, and he is catching 8 or 9 keepers each day. He has been running mostly new water throughout the tournament, returning only to a few choice locations.

“I’ve been to this lake so many times that I just know little stretches that I like to fish. I’ve been fishing down almost to the dam and I’ve been up the White River and all over this place. Four of the five fish that I weighed in today came in places that I hadn’t fished before. I have caught a fish every day off of one rock, and I caught a 3-pounder there today, so I’m going back to it but other than that I’m not repeating a lot.

“I don’t know yet what I’m going to do tomorrow,” Canterbury went on to say. “At Beaver Lake, you have to fish the conditions each day. I’ve been in this spot before and I know how quickly this lake can change. I’m just going to go fishing and try to have some fun.”

The top 10 pros advancing to the final day of competition on Beaver Lake are:

1st:          Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 15 bass, 45-7

2nd:         Darrel Robertson, Jay, Okla., 15 bass, 44-3

3rd:          Keystone Light pro Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 15 bass, 44-0

4th:          Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 43-15

5th:          Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 15 bass, 43-5

6th:          Chris Whitson, Louisville, Tennessee, 15 bass, 43-0

7th:          Quaker State pro Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 42-2

8th:          Livingston Lures pro Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 15 bass, 41-4

9th:          J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 15 bass, 41-0

10th:        Andrew Upshaw, Sapulpa, Okla., 15 bass, 40-8

Finishing in 11th through 20th are:

11th:        Jeff Gustafson, Keewatin, Ontario, 15 bass, 40-5, $12,000

12th:        Quaker State pro Jimmy Houston, Cookson, Okla., 15 bass, 40-1, $12,000

13th:        John Cox, Debary, Fla., 15 bass, 39-6, $12,000

14th:        Bryan Schmitt, Deale, Md., 15 bass, 39-5, $12,000

15th:        Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Ind., 15 bass, 39-2, $12,000

16th:        Kurt Mitchell, Milford, Del., 14 bass, 37-6, $12,000

17th:        Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C., 15 bass, 36-13, $12,000

18th:        Jim Moynagh, Carver, Minn., 14 bass, 36-12, $12,000

19th:        Power-Pole pro Darrell Davis, Dover, Fla., 14 bass, 35-13, $12,000

20th:        Kerry Milner, Bono, Ark., 15 bass, 35-3, $12,000

Final results for the rest of the field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 98 bass weighing 247 pounds, 5 ounces caught by pros Saturday. Eighteen of the final 20 pros weighed in five-bass limits.

Joey Cifuentes of Clinton, Arkansas, won the co-angler division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of nine bass weighing 25 pounds, 12 ounces, followed by Mike Devere of Berea, Kentucky, who finished in second place with 10 bass weighing 23 pounds, 6 ounces worth $7,500.

In addition to casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division, anglers are also competing for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2016 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Huntsville, Alabama, Aug. 4-7 on Wheeler Lake.

Anglers will take off from the Prairie Creek Park Marina located at 9300 N. Park Road in Rogers at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, the final day of competition. Sunday’s final weigh-in will be held at Walmart, located at 2110 W. Walnut St., in Rogers beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Walmart prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes a 100-yard Lew’s Casting Lane, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by FLW sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.

Coverage of the Beaver Lake tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) September 14 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EST. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

The Walmart FLW Tour at Beaver Lake presented by Jack Link’s is hosted by Visit Rogers.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.


Robertson Takes Lead At Halfway Point Of Flw Tour Event On Beaver Lake

Darrel Robertson is in a familiar place. Can he close the deal this year? photo courtesy of Garrick Dixon, FLWOutdoors

 

Last year when the FLW Tour visited Beaver Lake, Oklahoma pro Darrel Robertson was in second place as the tournament progressed into the third day of competition. Robertson struggled on day three and didn’t advance to championship Sunday. Friday, at the Walmart FLW Tour at Beaver Lake presented by Jack Link’s, Robertson earned a shot at redemption.
After catching 14 pounds, 14 ounces Thursday, good for 12th place, Robertson added four largemouth and one spotted bass weighing 16-4 Friday and vaulted into the lead with a two-day total of 31-2.

Right behind Robertson looms the entire Quaker State pro fishing team – Scott Canterbury of Springville, Alabama, (31-1) in second, Jimmy Houston of Cookson, Oklahoma, (30-0) in third and Matt Arey of Shelby, North Carolina, (29-14) in fourth. Arey has won this tournament in the FLW Tour’s last two visits.

The field is now cut to 20 as the tournament heads into day three of the four-day event that featured 166 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.

“I felt like I had a little bit better of a day yesterday because the quality of my fish were better, but today I caught two big ones,” said Robertson, who won the world championship of bass fishing, the Forrest Wood Cup, in 1999. “One was a 5½-, one was a 4½- and the rest were 2-pounders. Yesterday, I weighed in 14-14 and they were all alike.

“The Good Lord has blessed me, though,” Robertson continued. “I’ve had bites that I probably should not have caught – the 5½-pounder today came out of a bunch of trees, on very light line. I have a plan for tomorrow and I’m confident that I can go out and catch 8 or 10 pounds. If I could have done that last year, I would have been fishing on that fourth and final day.”

Robertson said that he was fishing slow, throwing a Yamamoto Senko worm.

“I have two areas that I have been fishing. I caught three bass yesterday out of some muddy water, but when I pulled in there today there was 20 boats already in there. I left and decided to fish the clear water and that is where I caught all of my fish today. The area isn’t very big, but there are a lot of fish there. I’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”

The top 20 pros that made the Buck Knives Cut and will fish Saturday on Beaver Lake are:

1st:          Darrel Robertson, Jay, Okla., 10 bass, 31-2

2nd:         Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 10 bass, 31-1

3rd:          Quaker State pro Jimmy Houston, Cookson, Okla., 10 bass, 30-0

4th:          Quaker State pro Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 29-14

5th:          Keystone Light pro Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 10 bass, 28-8

6th:          Bryan Schmitt, Deale, Md., 10 bass, 28-5

7th:          Kurt Mitchell, Milford, Del., 10 bass, 27-15

8th:          J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 10 bass, 27-11

9th:          Livingston Lures pro Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 10 bass, 27-11

10th:        Jeff Gustafson, Keewatin, Ontario, 10 bass, 27-11

11th:        Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 10 bass, 27-9

12th:        Chris Whitson, Louisville, Tennessee, 10 bass, 27-6

13th:        John Cox, Debary, Fla., 10 bass, 27-5

14th:        Andrew Upshaw, Sapulpa, Okla., 10 bass, 27-5

15th:        Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Ind., 10 bass, 27-3

16th:        Kerry Milner, Bono, Ark., 10 bass, 27-3

17th:        Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 27-2

18th:        Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C., 10 bass, 27-1

19th:        Power-Pole pro Darrell Davis, Dover, Fla., 10 bass, 26-13

20th:        Jim Moynagh, Carver, Minn., nine bass, 26-12

Final results for the rest of the field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Robertson earned the Big Bass Award on the pro side Friday, weighing a 5-pound, 8-ounce largemouth to win the $500 prize.

Overall there were 739 bass weighing 1,596 pounds, 2 ounces caught by 164 pros Friday. The catch included 122 five-bass limits.

Joey Cifuentes of Clinton, Arkansas, won the co-angler division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of nine bass weighing 25 pounds, 12 ounces, followed by Mike Devere of Berea, Kentucky, who finished in second place with 10 bass weighing 23 pounds, 6 ounces worth $7,500.

Cifuentes said that the nine bass that he weighed came on three different lures – a 1/2-ounce pro’s choice-colored War Eagle Spinnerbait, a 3/8-ounce Missouri craw-colored Jewel Bait Football Jig with a green-pumpkin Zoom Fat Albert Twin Tail Grub and a green-pumpkin Jewel Baits Squirrel Head Jig.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1st:          Joey Cifuentes, Clinton, Ark., nine bass, 25-12, $25,350

2nd:         Mike Devere, Berea, Ky., 10 bass, 23-6, $7,500

3rd:          Jerry Reagan, Byrdstown, Tenn., 10 bass, 18-10, $5,000

4th:          David Larson, Mound, Minn., eight bass, 17-10, $4,000

5th:          Tim Cales, Sandstone, W. Va., 10 bass, 17-8, $3,000

6th:          Bryan New, Belmont, N.C., eight bass, 17-1, $2,500

7th:          Jason Sandidge, Centerton, Ark., six bass, 16-0, $2,000

8th:          Jaime Luengo, Mexico City, Mexico, seven bass, 15-14, $1,800

9th:          David Hudson, Jasper, Ala., eight bass, 15-13, $1,700

10th:        Rocky Hopkins, Fayetteville, Ark., six bass, 15-7, $1,600

Cifuentes also caught Friday’s Big Bass in the co-angler division, a bass weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces to win the $250 prize.

Overall there were 412 bass weighing 663 pounds, 10 ounces caught by co-anglers Friday. The catch included 36 five-bass limits.

In addition to casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division, anglers are also competing for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2016 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Huntsville, Alabama, Aug. 4-7 on Wheeler Lake.

Anglers will take off from the Prairie Creek Park Marina located at 9300 N. Park Road in Rogers at 6:30 a.m. each day of competition. Saturday and Sunday’s weigh-ins will be held at Walmart, located at 2110 W. Walnut St., in Rogers beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Walmart prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes a 100-yard Lew’s Casting Lane, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by FLW sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.

Also for youth, the FLW Foundation’s Unified Fishing Derby will be held at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Bentonville Community Lake, located at 2805 West Oak St., in Rogers on Saturday, April 16, from 9-11 a.m. The event is hosted by FLW Foundation pro Cody Kelley along with other FLW Tour anglers, and is free and open to area youth 15 years of age and younger and Special Olympics athletes. Rods and reels are available for use, but youth are encouraged to bring their own if they own one. All bait is provided by the DMF Bait Company.

Coverage of the Beaver Lake tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) September 14 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EST. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

The Walmart FLW Tour at Beaver Lake presented by Jack Link’s is being hosted by Visit Rogers.

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Myers Wins Nail-Biter Elite Series Tournament On Winyah Bay!

Britt Myers' first bass of the day was also his biggest. It provided the 4-ounce margin by which he won the 4-day tournament. photo by Steve Bowman/B.A.S.S.

What an excitig finish for the Elites at Winyah Bay! Carolina's own Britt Myers won by 4 ounces! Myers tallied 56 pounds 3 ounces across 4 challenging days of tidewater bassing that included a couple of cold fronts and a couple-hundred miles of boat travel each day.

Brett Hite turned-in 55 pounds, 15 ounces to take runner-up honors.

Kelly Jordon placed 3rd but was still within a pound of the champ with 55-3.

Jordon fished a little closer to the take off ramp but the extra hour of fishing time wasn't enough to put him past Myers who made the long run gamble all week and fished the waters of the Cooper River near Charleston, some two hours distant.

Davy Hite, who ran aground in thick mud and missed the Day 2 weigh in, was on hand to give commentary today on Bassmaster.com. He noted that, while cold fronts don't affect river bass so much, the tides were not much help this week. "This place would fish 100% better if we had a low tide right in the middle of the day," said Hite as he watched Keith Combs fish among flooded trees in the Pee Dee River.

Then again, the tight weights made the final weigh in exciting.

Here are the story and official results from B.A.S.S.:

GEORGETOWN, S.C. — For the fourth day in a row, Britt Myers of Lake Wylie, S.C., made a long run to the Cooper River near Charleston, S.C., knowing that he needed to make all the right moves to claim the championship title.

Due to a strong cold front that shut the fishing down, Myers was forced to scrap his original game plan and try something new. The adjustment proved to be the right decision, which produced 9 pounds, 5 ounces of bass, and a four-day total of 56-3 during Championship Sunday at the Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Winyah Bay presented by GoRVing.

Myers had only three fish by late Sunday morning, and he knew a change in presentation was necessary if he were to remain in contention for the title.

“I thought that I had blown it,” Myers said. “The water got slick and the fishing slowed to a grinding halt, making me wonder what it was going to take to find two more fish. In my mind, I was scrambling to salvage fifth place, and that’s a tough position to be in.”

Near the end of his day, Myers had a bass try to eat a Chatterbait, but he wasn’t able to set the hook in time. He switched to a Zoom Super Fluke in a pearl pattern; a decision he made the evening before in case the Chatterbait pattern dried up.

“After switching to the Super Fluke, I caught a 10- to 11-incher almost immediately,” Myers said. “I felt that was a sign, so I stuck with it and caught several other small fish during the last hour, but I was able to fill out my limit and cull up one time before heading in.”

Myers knew that most of the anglers would fish conservatively and avoid the long boat rides to the Santee and Cooper rivers, which is where the biggest limits of bass were produced during all four days.

“I went all in on this tournament,” he said. “I knew before I ever got here that I would be making a near two-hour run to access the Cooper River. I felt that after the recent historical floods on the Santee River, the fishing would be difficult there. Honestly, I was pretty surprised at how well Kelly Jordon did on the Santee.”

Myers was fishing an abandoned rice field with irrigation drains that were filled with hydrilla and stumps creating an ideal situation to catch bass during all phases of the spawn.

“When the tide wasn’t perfect, I fished stumps looking for spawning bass,” he explained. “When the tide picked up, I fished the current breaks near the hydrilla points and near logs and laydowns. There were times when I could almost call my shot.”

Myers got his start fishing with South Carolina bass clubs, and B.A.S.S. Nation tournaments, and anglers from those same clubs helped him become more familiar with the Winyah Bay fishery.

“To me, that’s a fine representation of South Carolina bass fishermen,” Myers said. “I’m beyond proud to win this event in my home state, it’s just hard to accurately describe what I’m feeling right now.”

Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz., caught only two fish on Sunday that weighed 5-13. His four-day total was 55-15, which was good enough for a second-place finish just a mere 4 ounces behind Britt Myers.

“The bite was tough today, and looking back there were definitely a few things I could have done differently,” Hite said. “But, I didn’t loose any fish. I fished a good, clean tournament; I just didn’t get enough bites today.”

Hite was sure to point out that the Georgetown hospitality was fantastic, and the fans made the event very enjoyable.

The remainder of the Top 12 was as follows: Kelly Jordon, 55-3; Brent Chapman, 47-11; Randy Howell, 47-11; Keith Combs, 46-13; Gerald Swindle, 46-7; Jacob Powroznik, 46-2; Boyd Duckett, 45-5; Chris Zaldain, 43-9; John Hunter Jr., 40-14; and Mark Menendez, 39-2.

Chapman was awarded $1,000 for the leading the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race at the end of the event.

Myers earned the Power-Pole Captain’s Cash award of $1,000 for being the highest-placing angler who is registered and eligible and uses a client-approved product on his boat.

He also earned the Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for leading on the second day.

Myers won the Toyota Bonus Bucks of $3,000 for being the highest-placing eligible entrant in the program. The second-highest-placing eligible entrant, Chapman, received $2,000.

The Big Bass Award of $1,500 was presented to John Murray for weighing in the overall biggest bass of the event — a 8-9 bass.

Myers also earned the A.R.E. Top Angler Award of $1,000 for being the highest placing angler using A.R.E. products.

Dick Cepek Rolling Forward Award of $1,000 will be presented to the angler who makes the largest gain in Toyota Angler of the Year points from tournament to tournament.
2016 Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Winyah Bay presented by Go RVing 4/7-4/10
Winyah Bay, Georgetown  SC.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

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

1.  Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC          20  56-03  110 $101,500.00
Day 1: 5   16-08     Day 2: 5   21-07     Day 3: 5   08-15     Day 4: 5   09-05
2.  Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             17  55-15  109  $25,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   19-11     Day 3: 5   18-00     Day 4: 2   05-13
3.  Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX               15  55-03  108  $20,000.00
Day 1: 1   08-05     Day 2: 5   24-07     Day 3: 5   16-04     Day 4: 4   06-03
4.  Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS        19  47-11  107  $16,000.00
Day 1: 4   07-01     Day 2: 5   14-13     Day 3: 5   16-09     Day 4: 5   09-04
5.  Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        20  47-11  106  $15,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-11     Day 2: 5   09-01     Day 3: 5   16-05     Day 4: 5   11-10
6.  Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          20  46-13  105  $13,500.00
Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   12-04     Day 3: 5   10-05     Day 4: 5   10-07
7.  Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL             20  46-07  104  $13,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   11-09     Day 3: 5   12-15     Day 4: 5   11-10
8.  Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA        20  46-02  103  $12,500.00
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   12-03     Day 3: 5   15-09     Day 4: 5   08-09
9.  Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL        20  45-05  102  $12,000.00
Day 1: 5   07-03     Day 2: 5   14-05     Day 3: 5   13-13     Day 4: 5   10-00
10. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            20  43-09  101  $11,500.00
Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   12-06     Day 3: 5   13-11     Day 4: 5   08-09
11. John Hunter Jr         Shelbyville, KY         13  40-14  100  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   06-10     Day 2: 3   12-01     Day 3: 5   22-03     Day 4: 0   00-00
12. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             18  39-02   99  $10,500.00
Day 1: 5   10-13     Day 2: 5   11-10     Day 3: 5   13-05     Day 4: 3   03-06
BIG BASS OF TOURNAMENT
John Murray              Spring City, TN     08-09      $1,500.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        58       400       780-05
2        75       470       978-09
3        41       235       535-15
4         8        49        94-12
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182      1154      2389-09


B. Hite Takes Over Lead, Jordon Lurks Close Behind As Elite Tourney On Winyah Bay Enters Final Day

Brett Hite prepares to take the stage - and the lead. photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

Third lead change in as many days at the Elite tourney on Winyah Bay.

First day leader Carl Jocumsen collected his $10,000 paycheck today. He missed the Top 12 cut so his work here is done.

Day 2 leader Britt Myers slipped to 3rd today. He says a late discovery today will put him position to take the title tomorrow.

Kelly Jordon, riding the momentum of yesterday's giant sack (biggest of the tournament so far at 24-7) hangs in 2nd, only a pound and two ounces off the lead.

That lead is now held by Brett Hite who brought 18 pounds to the scale and says that, with an adjustment or two, he can get the job done again tomorrow in the same stretch of water that has gotten him this far over 3 days of competition.

And how about Elite Series rookie John Hunter! With 22-3 today the Shelbyville, KY angler rocketed into 4th from back in the pack. Easily the biggest mover of the day. If he can do that again in tomorrow's finale . . .

. . . well, this is certainly shaping up to be the exciting contest we hoped it would be!

One thing we can say is that this fishery didn't give-out after the first day. So many times we see the heaviest weights in the first round and then, after the pros have hammered a lake, weights start to decline. Yesterday was better than Thursday and if the entire field had fished again today who knows what would have happened. Hunter's 22-pound sack may be a good indication.

With only 12 pros left to venture forth tomorrow, mathematically, you wouldn't expect another oddly heavy sack, but this Coastal Carolina fishery is the type of place where guys can spread out and manage their fish in what they can call their 'own' piece of water for the week. That makes a huge difference because, as Alton Jones explained during the last Elite Series stop on the St Johns River, when you share an area you have to beat it for all you can or the other guy will. When you have something to yourself you can manage it to produce steady limits of fish for multiple days instead of burning it all at once. Rick Clunn has repeatedly pointed out in recent years that weather is no longer the biggest factor in fishing success. Angling pressure is.

That elbow room may be the single biggest reason we may see another 20-pound sack tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Elite Series rookie John Hunter whacked 'em today. photo by Shaye Baker/B.A.S.S.Elite Series rookie John Hunter whacked 'em today. photo by Shaye Baker/B.A.S.S.

Here's the official story and weights from B.A.S.S.:

GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Despite a powerful cold front accompanied by strong northerly winds, many of the Top 51 anglers still made the long grueling run to the Cooper River near Charleston, S.C., to catch their fish.

Saturday was a shootout between the Top 3 anglers, which ended with the third lead change in as many days.

Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz., successfully plucked 18 pounds of largemouth bass from the same area he has been fishing the past two days. Hite will leave the docks on Championship Sunday with a three-day weight of 50-2, looking for the second victory of his career at the Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Winyah Bay presented by GoRVing.

So far, the biggest concern has been the long boat rides to access the bass-rich waters of the Cooper River. However, the attention has now shifted to rapidly dropping tides and a large cold front that will likely impact Sunday’s fishing.

“I’ve been focusing my efforts on the same school of bass for the past three days, and I expect the fishing to be just as good for one more day,” Hite said. “But, I’ll have to adapt tomorrow after this front pushes through. I’ve been catching good numbers of fish each day, but with the dropping tide, I had shallower water to deal with, which positioned the schools of bass near certain pieces of structure.”

Hite, who holds a slim lead over Texas angler Kelly Jordon (49-0), has been catching his limit of bass early enough during the day to head back to the launch ahead of time.

“The long boat rides have been going smoothly, but when you’re in contention to win a tournament like this, it’s smart to play it safe whenever you can,” he said. “It’s going to be much colder in the morning, but typically, tidal-river bass aren’t as affected by weather conditions — I hope that holds true. I will likely have to make some adjustments tomorrow, but I’m confident I’ll be able to stay on the school.”

Hite’s weights have been going up each day, but yesterday Jordon swung for the fences and weighed the heaviest five-bass limit of the tournament with 24-7. Jordon’s Friday limit, plus today’s 16-4, has put him in position to win on Sunday.

“I gambled yesterday, and it paid off,” Jordon said. “I slept great last night, and I’m going to sleep well again tonight. It helps to know exactly where I’m going tomorrow, and how I will be fishing. It’s just going to depend on whether or not the right bass eat or not.”

Jordon said the bite was different today. He caught a couple solid fish, but lost several others that would have helped his total Saturday.

“The fish were short striking my lures, which made it difficult to get a solid hook set and keep the bass on the line,” he said. “I blame the cold front for that, and I’ll adjust accordingly tomorrow.”

After leading on Friday, Britt Myers of Lake Wylie, S.C., slipped into third place today with 8-15, pushing his three-day total to 46-14. Myers explained that while he didn’t do as well as he had hoped, he’s still in contention for the title.

“To be honest, today’s small limit of bass might be the best 8 pounds, 15 ounces I’ve ever weighed. Especially if it turns into a victory tomorrow,” Myers said. “The fish I’ve been catching are still in the same basic location, but they’ve relocated to accommodate the shrinking tide, and I think I figured out where at the end of the day.”

Sunday’s field will be cut to the Top 12 anglers who will compete for top honors and the $100,000 payday. Behind Hite, Jordon and Myers, the remainder of the field will be as follows: John Hunter Jr., 40-14; Brent Chapman, 38-7; Jacob Powroznik, 37-9; Keith Combs, 36-6; Randy Howell, 36-1; Mark Menendez, 35-12; Boyd Duckett, 35-5; Chris Zaldain, 35-0; and Gerald Swindle, 34-13.

Take-off on Championship Sunday will be held at 7a.m. ET at the Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex with the final weigh-in scheduled at the same location at 3:30 p.m.

2016 Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Winyah Bay presented by Go RVing 4/7-4/10
Winyah Bay, Georgetown  SC.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1.  Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             15  50-02  110
Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   19-11     Day 3: 5   18-00
2.  Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX               11  49-00  109
Day 1: 1   08-05     Day 2: 5   24-07     Day 3: 5   16-04
3.  Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC          15  46-14  108     $500.00
Day 1: 5   16-08     Day 2: 5   21-07     Day 3: 5   08-15
4.  John Hunter Jr         Shelbyville, KY         13  40-14  107
Day 1: 5   06-10     Day 2: 3   12-01     Day 3: 5   22-03
5.  Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS        14  38-07  106
Day 1: 4   07-01     Day 2: 5   14-13     Day 3: 5   16-09
6.  Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA        15  37-09  105
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   12-03     Day 3: 5   15-09
7.  Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          15  36-06  104
Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   12-04     Day 3: 5   10-05
8.  Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        15  36-01  103
Day 1: 5   10-11     Day 2: 5   09-01     Day 3: 5   16-05
9.  Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             15  35-12  102
Day 1: 5   10-13     Day 2: 5   11-10     Day 3: 5   13-05
10. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL        15  35-05  101
Day 1: 5   07-03     Day 2: 5   14-05     Day 3: 5   13-13
11. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            15  35-00  100
Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   12-06     Day 3: 5   13-11
12. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL             15  34-13   99
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   11-09     Day 3: 5   12-15
13. James Elam             Tulsa, OK               12  34-06   98  $10,000.00
Day 1: 2   02-09     Day 2: 5   16-02     Day 3: 5   15-11
14. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR         15  34-00   97  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 5   09-14     Day 3: 5   14-14
15. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                15  33-15   96  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-05     Day 2: 5   08-03     Day 3: 5   13-07
16. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL        15  33-09   95  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 5   11-13     Day 3: 5   08-01
17. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX               15  33-07   94  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 5   11-03     Day 3: 5   12-13
18. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY           15  32-15   93  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   10-10     Day 3: 5   10-10
19. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN           15  32-14   92  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   11-05     Day 3: 5   12-15
20. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ            15  32-08   91  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   07-09     Day 2: 5   10-10     Day 3: 5   14-05
21. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           15  32-00   90  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 5   13-01     Day 3: 5   10-08
22. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            15  31-05   89  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-06     Day 2: 5   06-02     Day 3: 5   10-13
23. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               14  31-03   88  $10,000.00
Day 1: 4   06-10     Day 2: 5   12-14     Day 3: 5   11-11
24. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               15  30-13   87  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-01     Day 2: 5   11-03     Day 3: 5   10-09
25. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN           12  30-02   86  $10,000.00
Day 1: 4   10-11     Day 2: 4   08-01     Day 3: 4   11-06
26. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             15  29-13   85  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 5   10-14     Day 3: 5   10-15
27. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        13  29-02   84  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-00     Day 2: 5   08-10     Day 3: 3   07-08
28. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL       12  28-15   83  $10,000.00
Day 1: 3   07-14     Day 2: 5   10-02     Day 3: 4   10-15
29. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            15  28-12   82  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   09-05     Day 3: 5   10-13
30. Hank Cherry Jr         Maiden, NC              15  28-12   81  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-00     Day 2: 5   10-10     Day 3: 5   09-02
31. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               14  28-06   80  $10,000.00
Day 1: 4   08-11     Day 2: 5   08-06     Day 3: 5   11-05
32. Brent Ehrler           Newport Beach, CA       15  28-05   79  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   08-04     Day 3: 5   08-11
33. David Williams         Newton, NC              15  28-02   78  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-02     Day 2: 5   10-12     Day 3: 5   09-04
34. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          15  27-14   77  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   07-01     Day 2: 5   10-02     Day 3: 5   10-11
35. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              15  27-13   76  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-05     Day 2: 5   09-10     Day 3: 5   09-14
36. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland TX AUSTRALIA 11  27-10   75  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   19-11     Day 2: 1   01-08     Day 3: 5   06-07
37. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA         15  27-05   74  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-12     Day 2: 5   10-01     Day 3: 5   08-08
38. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL             14  27-04   73  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-10     Day 2: 5   10-00     Day 3: 4   06-10
39. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              15  27-00   72  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 5   09-04     Day 3: 5   07-10
40. J Todd Tucker          Moultrie, GA            14  26-14   71  $10,000.00
Day 1: 4   08-11     Day 2: 5   09-10     Day 3: 5   08-09
41. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS        13  26-03   70  $10,000.00
Day 1: 3   08-04     Day 2: 5   09-12     Day 3: 5   08-03
42. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         15  26-01   69  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   10-00     Day 3: 5   07-07
43. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              15  25-14   68  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   07-11     Day 2: 5   09-05     Day 3: 5   08-14
44. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         12  25-05   67  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 4   11-01     Day 3: 3   04-07
45. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            15  24-14   66  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 5   08-11     Day 3: 5   06-15
46. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              14  24-10   65  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 5   09-03     Day 3: 4   06-02
47. Casey Scanlon          Rocky Mount, MO         15  24-08   64  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-08     Day 2: 5   08-10     Day 3: 5   07-06
48. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC               11  23-12   63  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   11-05     Day 3: 1   01-14
49. Matt Reed Jr           Madisonville, TX         8  22-13   62  $10,000.00
Day 1: 1   03-09     Day 2: 5   14-12     Day 3: 2   04-08
50. Randy Allen            Shreveport, LA          13  22-10   61  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 5   08-05     Day 3: 3   04-03
51. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL           12  22-09   60  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   08-13     Day 3: 2   03-09
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        58       400       780-05
2        75       470       978-09
3        41       235       535-15
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174      1105      2294-13


Myers Is Steady And Spectacular; Takes Lead As Jordon Pursues With Huge Sack At Elite Series On Winyah Bay!

Day number 2 is in the books and Davy Hite is in from the water . . . finally. The local pro gut stuck in mud and missed the weigh in. Tides are affected by the wind. There was wind today. It affected Hite in a bad way. He wasn't the only one who struggled with getting stuck (more on that in a minute).

Britt Myers, also of South Carolina, had another stellar day on Winyah Bay. Actually, he made another run to catch his fish in the Cooper River a coupe of hours south of the take off point. But the reward was a sack that weighed 21-7 and when added to the 16-8 he started with yesterday gives him a total weight of 37-15 and a healthy cushion of over 5 pounds on the rest of the field.

Myers wasn't the only angler to bust the 20-pound mark today. Kelly Jordon stunned everyone with a 24-pound, 7-ounce bag.

If not for a light limit (8-5) yesterday, Jordon could be in command at the midway point of this tourney. As it is he has 32-12 and is ounces ahead of Brett Hite (32-2).

Keith Combs is 4th with 26-1 and Randall Tharp is 5th with 25-8.

As noted by a chagrinned angler who chose to fish closeby, it seems there are two different tournaments going on given the disparity of weights in favor of those making the long, risky run to Cooper River.

First day leader Carl Jocumsen fell to 16th as he brought in a lone bass weighing a pound and a half. He has a total of 21-3. He broke off a few small fish today. Those small fish are like gold in a tight tournament such as we are watching this week. He fished hard and pushed until he absolutely had to begin the long return trip. The run didn't pay off for him today, but he was upbeat about the job ahead as he will get to take another crack at this fishery tomorrow.

Only the top 51 anglers will get that opportunity. It took a 2-day total of 17 pounds to do so.

Of his day Myers said, "First cast of the day - I pulled up ou there and got my waypoint and made a long cast and I looked at y camera guy, he was getting everything ready, and when I did I thought I had some hydrilla on (his lure) but when I pulled back it pulled back and that was the big fish - first cast of the day.

"Most people say that's bad luck but I'll take it," grinned Myers.

He added that, "Today things went good. I had a time when I could read the tides, I could call my shots."

But that long run reared its uugly head. "On the way back, we're running 100 miles, and I slung an ear on a prop. I hit something, actually, and damaged my prop. I beached it really hard. The tide had me stuck against the bank, my shoes were stuck in the mud and I was panicking. But I got it loose and made it back."

When asked if this is the week when he'll win an Elite Series tourney, Myers said, "If it is, it is. I'll have a great time either way."

The official release and weights from B.A.S.S.:

GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Britt Myers fully understands the amount of risk that comes with making a near two-hour boat run to access his fishing spots, but today it paid off in a big way.

Myers of Lake Wylie, S.C., brought in a heavy five-bass limit that weighed 21 pounds, 7 ounces, which catapulted him into the lead with a two-day total of 37-15 during the Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Winyah Bay presented by GoRVing.

After a weather delay on Thursday, Friday’s take-off was on time and preceded a beautiful spring day that produced some impressive bass.

Kelly Jordon of Flint, Texas, weighed the heaviest limit of the tournament so far with 24-7 pushing his two-day total to 32-12. Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz., is in third with 32-2, while Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas, is holding down fourth place with 26-1. Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., round out the Top 5 with 25-8.

With two days remaining, Myers won’t divulge specific details yet, but he is confident that the right bass will still be where he’s fishing for at least one more day.

“After a good day on Thursday, I really zeroed in on a specific area that was holding a lot of big bass,” Myers said. “I found this spot during practice, but I wasn’t really sure of the fish quality because I avoided setting the hook hoping the same fish would bite again once the tournament began.”

Myers was targeting bass in deep and shallow water, bass that were spawning and bass that were just roaming. But the tide impacted which particular group of fish he focused on, and when he targeted them.

“Today it was all about the timing,” he said. “When the tide was perfect, the biggest fish would eat, which I figured out on Thursday. I capitalized on what I learned today, and I really think I can put myself into position to do it again tomorrow — and hopefully on Sunday for the win.”

Myers believes that if he can catch 13 to 14 pounds each of the final two days, he should be able to claim the championship. However, after Jordon brought in 24-7 during Friday’s weigh-in, it’s hard to predict what might happen.

Jordon had the kind of day that a tournament bass fisherman dreams about.

“I’m the type of angler who swings for the fence at every event,” Jordon said. “It’s cost me big time in the past, but today it definitely paid off. So much of the success in this sport hinges on simple decisions, and I learned something valuable yesterday that made me think I could replicate it again today.”

On Thursday, Jordan weighed only one big bass for 8-5, which revealed what he thought might be a workable pattern. That gut feeling helped put the Texas angler in second place leading into Saturday’s semi-final round.

“I am going to fish the same pattern again tomorrow,” he said. “But, it’s hard to say whether the same caliber fish will bite or not. Because this fishery is so expansive, once you decide where you’re going to fish, you’re pretty much committed. I’m going to gamble and see if I can do it again.”

Hite said that the Winyah Bay area reminded him of the California Delta, which is one of his favorite fisheries.

“I was confident that this event would play out much like a tournament on the California Delta, but you really can’t be sure until you catch some fish,” Hite said. “I found an area that had very similar characteristics to what I’d look for out West, and it’s holding a big school of nice fish.”

Hite is confident that his pattern will hold up for a couple more days. He is one of the many anglers who are making a long run to access prime waters, which naturally comes with risk of travel delays.

“So far the traveling aspect of this tournament has been a breeze, which really keeps me confident in making good decisions and staying on the right fish,” he said. “That kind of confidence doesn’t come easy, but it helps tremendously. I’m excited to see how Saturday shapes up.”

After Saturday’s semi-final round, the Top 12 anglers will advance to Championship Sunday for a shot at the $100,000 prize.

Myers also earned the Livingston Lures Leader award of $500 for leading the second day of the event.

Daily take-offs are scheduled for 7 a.m. ET at the Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex, with weigh-ins scheduled at the same location at 3:30 p.m.
2016 Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Winyah Bay presented by Go RVing 4/7-4/10
Winyah Bay, Georgetown  SC.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

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

1.  Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC          10  37-15  110
Day 1: 5   16-08     Day 2: 5   21-07
2.  Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX                6  32-12  109
Day 1: 1   08-05     Day 2: 5   24-07
3.  Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             10  32-02  108
Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   19-11
4.  Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          10  26-01  107
Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   12-04
5.  Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL        10  25-08  106
Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 5   11-13
6.  Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             10  22-07  105
Day 1: 5   10-13     Day 2: 5   11-10
7.  Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY           10  22-05  104
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   10-10
8.  Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA        10  22-00  103
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   12-03
9.  Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS         9  21-14  102
Day 1: 4   07-01     Day 2: 5   14-13
10. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL             10  21-14  101
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   11-09
11. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC               10  21-14  100
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   11-05
12. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        10  21-10   99
Day 1: 5   13-00     Day 2: 5   08-10
13. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL        10  21-08   98
Day 1: 5   07-03     Day 2: 5   14-05
14. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           10  21-08   97
Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 5   13-01
15. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            10  21-05   96
Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   12-06
16. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland TX AUSTRALIA  6  21-03   95
Day 1: 5   19-11     Day 2: 1   01-08
17. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL          9  20-14   94
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 4   11-01
18. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX               10  20-10   93
Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 5   11-03
19. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL             10  20-10   92
Day 1: 5   10-10     Day 2: 5   10-00
20. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            10  20-08   91
Day 1: 5   14-06     Day 2: 5   06-02
21. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                10  20-08   90
Day 1: 5   12-05     Day 2: 5   08-03
22. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               10  20-04   89
Day 1: 5   09-01     Day 2: 5   11-03
23. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN           10  19-15   88
Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   11-05
24. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        10  19-12   87
Day 1: 5   10-11     Day 2: 5   09-01
25. Brent Ehrler           Newport Beach, CA       10  19-10   86
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   08-04
26. Hank Cherry Jr         Maiden, NC              10  19-10   85
Day 1: 5   09-00     Day 2: 5   10-10
27. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA                9  19-08   84
Day 1: 4   06-10     Day 2: 5   12-14
28. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              10  19-06   83
Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 5   09-04
29. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR         10  19-02   82
Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 5   09-14
30. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL           10  19-00   81
Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   08-13
31. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             10  18-14   80
Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 5   10-14
32. David Williams         Newton, NC              10  18-14   79
Day 1: 5   08-02     Day 2: 5   10-12
33. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA         10  18-13   78
Day 1: 5   08-12     Day 2: 5   10-01
34. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN            8  18-12   77
Day 1: 4   10-11     Day 2: 4   08-01
35. James Elam             Tulsa, OK                7  18-11   76
Day 1: 2   02-09     Day 2: 5   16-02
36. John Hunter Jr         Shelbyville, KY          8  18-11   75
Day 1: 5   06-10     Day 2: 3   12-01
37. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         10  18-10   74
Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   10-00
38. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              10  18-08   73
Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 5   09-03
39. Randy Allen            Shreveport, LA          10  18-07   72
Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 5   08-05
40. Matt Reed Jr           Madisonville, TX         6  18-05   71
Day 1: 1   03-09     Day 2: 5   14-12
41. J Todd Tucker          Moultrie, GA             9  18-05   70
Day 1: 4   08-11     Day 2: 5   09-10
42. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ            10  18-03   69
Day 1: 5   07-09     Day 2: 5   10-10
43. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL        8  18-00   68
Day 1: 3   07-14     Day 2: 5   10-02
44. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS         8  18-00   67
Day 1: 3   08-04     Day 2: 5   09-12
45. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              10  17-15   66
Day 1: 5   08-05     Day 2: 5   09-10
46. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            10  17-15   65
Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   09-05
47. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            10  17-15   64
Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 5   08-11
48. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          10  17-03   63
Day 1: 5   07-01     Day 2: 5   10-02
49. Casey Scanlon          Rocky Mount, MO         10  17-02   62
Day 1: 5   08-08     Day 2: 5   08-10
50. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL                9  17-01   61
Day 1: 4   08-11     Day 2: 5   08-06
51. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              10  17-00   60
Day 1: 5   07-11     Day 2: 5   09-05
52. John Murray            Spring City, TN          6  17-00   59
Day 1: 1   08-09     Day 2: 5   08-07
53. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR           10  16-12   58
Day 1: 5   07-11     Day 2: 5   09-01
54. Billy McCaghren Jr     Mayflower, AR           10  16-11   57
Day 1: 5   07-14     Day 2: 5   08-13
55. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC             10  16-11   56
Day 1: 5   08-04     Day 2: 5   08-07
56. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              10  16-10   55
Day 1: 5   07-03     Day 2: 5   09-07
57. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL                7  16-07   54
Day 1: 2   03-09     Day 2: 5   12-14
58. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL          9  16-07   53
Day 1: 4   06-02     Day 2: 5   10-05
59. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA       10  16-07   52
Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 5   07-03
60. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL          10  16-06   51
Day 1: 5   07-07     Day 2: 5   08-15
61. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT            5  16-05   50
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 5   16-05
62. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL         9  16-04   49
Day 1: 4   06-06     Day 2: 5   09-14
63. Ken Iyobe              Tokoname  Aichi JAPAN    9  15-14   48
Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 4   07-07
64. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID             6  15-13   47
Day 1: 3   05-05     Day 2: 3   10-08
65. Dennis Tietje          Roanoke, LA              8  15-12   46
Day 1: 3   07-03     Day 2: 5   08-09
66. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ          8  15-09   45
Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 3   06-05
67. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL            10  15-08   44
Day 1: 5   07-11     Day 2: 5   07-13
68. Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO         7  15-03   43
Day 1: 2   03-11     Day 2: 5   11-08
69. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX               9  15-00   42
Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 4   06-06
70. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO         7  14-15   41
Day 1: 5   09-11     Day 2: 2   05-04
71. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                 10  14-13   40
Day 1: 5   07-07     Day 2: 5   07-06
72. David Walker           Sevierville, TN          7  14-05   39
Day 1: 2   03-11     Day 2: 5   10-10
73. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN         9  14-05   38
Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 4   04-14
74. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                  8  13-13   37
Day 1: 4   05-14     Day 2: 4   07-15
75. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC           7  13-06   36
Day 1: 5   09-11     Day 2: 2   03-11
76. Fabian Rodriguez       Ocean City, DE           4  13-04   35
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 4   13-04
77. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL           7  13-01   34
Day 1: 2   02-13     Day 2: 5   10-04
78. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL            8  12-14   33
Day 1: 3   04-05     Day 2: 5   08-09
79. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK              5  12-09   32
Day 1: 2   06-11     Day 2: 3   05-14
80. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK                6  12-05   31
Day 1: 1   01-06     Day 2: 5   10-15
81. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX               7  12-05   30
Day 1: 2   04-01     Day 2: 5   08-04
82. Luke Clausen           Otis Orchards, WA        5  12-03   29
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 5   12-03
83. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN            5  12-02   28
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 5   12-02
84. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL          8  12-02   27
Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 3   04-02
85. Josh Bertrand          Gilbert, AZ              8  11-15   26
Day 1: 4   06-06     Day 2: 4   05-09
86. Fletcher Shryock       New Philadelphia, OH     8  11-08   25
Day 1: 4   06-02     Day 2: 4   05-06
87. Brandon Card           Caryville, TN            7  11-07   24
Day 1: 2   01-03     Day 2: 5   10-04
88. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ     6  11-04   23
Day 1: 2   03-11     Day 2: 4   07-09
89. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA               5  10-11   22
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 5   10-11
90. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR          7  10-10   21
Day 1: 2   02-15     Day 2: 5   07-11
91. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK              6  10-10   20
Day 1: 3   05-04     Day 2: 3   05-06
92. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL         6  10-06   19
Day 1: 2   04-11     Day 2: 4   05-11
93. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK            6  09-12   18
Day 1: 4   06-10     Day 2: 2   03-02
94. Gary Klein             Weatherford, TX          7  09-11   17
Day 1: 4   06-01     Day 2: 3   03-10
95. Chad Grigsby           Maple Grove, MN          5  09-08   16
Day 1: 1   01-13     Day 2: 4   07-11
96. Jay Brainard           Enid, OK                 5  09-07   15
Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 0   00-00
97. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN       6  09-01   14
Day 1: 3   03-15     Day 2: 3   05-02
98. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL            5  08-14   13
Day 1: 1   03-06     Day 2: 4   05-08
99. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN          6  08-09   12
Day 1: 2   03-05     Day 2: 4   05-04
100. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI              5  08-08   11
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 5   08-08
101. Jonathon VanDam        Kalamazoo, MI            6  08-04   10
Day 1: 1   01-09     Day 2: 5   06-11
102. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS               6  08-04    9
Day 1: 2   03-00     Day 2: 4   05-04
103. Koby Kreiger           Bokeelia, FL             3  07-10    8
Day 1: 3   07-10     Day 2: 0   00-00
104. Davy Hite              Ninety Six, SC           5  07-07    7
Day 1: 5   07-07     Day 2: 0   00-00
105. Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC           3  07-04    6
Day 1: 2   05-03     Day 2: 1   02-01
106. Matt Vermilyea         Perrysburg, OH           5  06-10    5
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 5   06-10
107. Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, AL                4  04-04    4
Day 1: 2   02-02     Day 2: 2   02-02
108. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA               1  02-06    3
Day 1: 1   02-06     Day 2: 0   00-00
109. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC              1  01-08    2
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   01-08
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        58       400       780-05
2        75       470       978-09
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133       870      1758-14

 


Winyah Bay Is A Big Question Mark As Elite Series Pros Prepare For Challenge

On the eve of the 2nd stop along the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series trail I am excited.
We will learn much and be entertained by our favorite Elite Series anglers as they tackle a new fishery. Even local pros have mostly only fished for redfish and flounder at this place.
The pros will strike out across Winyah Bay, an estuarine body of water on South Carolina's coast. Some may simply strike out. Reports indicate that fishing is slower than expected, but the fish are indeed running small, as expected.
But, from a fan's perspective, it will be fun to watch the pros' decisions pan out this week. Of the few known variables on this new-to-the-Elite Series venue, the Cooper River holds the biggest bass in the system. It flows from the Santee Cooper Lakes and offers clearer water due to filtration effects of hydrilla. Clear water, or at least, clean water will be a factor this week as the system is still recovering from historic flooding that occured last autumn.
Problem is, the Cooper River is two hours away from the tournament launch in Georgetown. That boat ride down the Intracoastal Waterway will not be smooth given the windy forecast. Also, anglers who practices there have not seemed to be blown away by the size of the fish they have found.
But that seems to be the big storyline this week: will the long run gamble pay off for those who try it?
Eight-to-10-pound limits can be had nearby. The Cooper offers a legit shot at 18 pounds daily.
Can a guy do that 4-straight days and not suffer a breakdown or delays?
We'll find out starting tomorrow. Stay with AnglersChannel.com for updates and analysis all week.


Wiggins Wins Bassmaster Southern Open On Smith Lake

Jesse Wiggins of Cullman, Ala., wins the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open #2 held on Smith Lake out of Jasper, Ala. Wiggins brought 15 pounds, 3 ounces to Saturday's weigh-in, giving him a two-day total weight of 34-2.
Photo by James Overstreet/Bassmaster

Local stick Jesse Wiggins used a shaky head to catch spawning spotted bass early in the day and then ran upriver in pursuit of largemouth with a walking topwater plug to cull his way to a weather-shortened win at the Bassmaster Southern Open on Smith Lake in Alabama. The official press release from B.A.S.S. follows:

JASPER, Ala. –– During the past two years Jesse Wiggins taught first round leader Jordan Lee a lot about fishing Smith Lake. But Wiggins didn’t share every trick in his book.

Wiggins rallied from second place to win the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open here today with a two-day total of 34 pounds, 2 ounces. Lee, who started the day in first place after a 20-10 bag Friday, managed a limit weighing only 9-15 and finished fourth.

“Jesse is really good here,” Lee said. “We’ve fished a couple of tournaments together, and he’s taught me a lot about this lake. It doesn’t surprise me that he won.”

Wiggins, who is from nearby Cullman, Ala., relied on two lures: a 3/16-ounce homemade shaky head jig with a 4-inch green pumpkin Senko and a topwater lure similar to a Zara Spook.

The victory earned Wiggins $52,877, including a Triton Boat and Mercury outboard package, plus a berth in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro. Wiggins must compete in Southern Open #3 at Tennessee’s Douglas Lake next month to finalize the Classic berth.

“I’ll be there with bells on,” Wiggins said.

Lee, who grew up in Cullman and now lives in Grant, Ala., wasn’t the only angler who struggled Saturday. The number of five-bass limits caught dropped from 164 Friday to 150, but the number of bites shrunk considerably more, even for Wiggins.

“Overall I caught way less today,” Wiggins said. “Yesterday I had a limit that weighed 16 pounds in the first 20 minutes. Today I had a limit at 9 o’clock, but luckily they were all 3-pounders.”

Wiggins weighed all spotted bass Saturday; his five bass Friday, which weighed 18-15, included a 5-pound and a 4-pound largemouth.

“I threw the shaky head in the morning for bedding fish,” Wiggins said. “I couldn’t see them, but I knew where to throw it. Later in the day, I’d go up the river and throw that topwater bait in the pockets. I caught those two largemouth on it yesterday and a spot on it today.”

Brent Crow of Hartselle, Ala., jumped from 12th place to finish second with 32-0. Michael Johnson of Talking Rock, Ga., rallied from 43rd place with an 18-1 limit to finish third with a total of 31-14. He was followed by Lee and Bradley Dortch of Windermere, Fla., who both had 30-9.

The usual format for a Bassmaster Open tournament has the full field fishing two days, then the Top 12 fishing Saturday to determine the pro and co-angler champions. Due to heavy thunderstorms in the Smith Lake area Thursday, competition was canceled for that day, reducing it to a two-day tournament with the full field of 179 boats participating both days.

Jody White of Gilbertsville, Ky., won the $30,000 Triton boat and Mercury package in co-angler competition with a two-day total of 19 pounds. White started the day in ninth place, but caught a three-bass limit weighing 9-10, the third-biggest bag of the day, to take the title.

Over the two days, White’s six bass came on three different lures. Two were caught on a green pumpkin Strike King Ocho wacky rigged with a nail weight. Two came on a 2.8-inch Keitech Swing Impact Fat swimbait rigged on a 1/8-ounce shaky head jig, and the other two were caught on a white vibrating jig coupled with a pearl-colored Strike King Menace trailer.

Jonathan Harris of Moody, Ala., weighed the biggest bag in the co-angler division Saturday with 10-5 and took second place with a total of 17-14. Teb Jones of Hattiesburg, Miss., was third with 17-4, followed by Don Harvey of Franklin, Tenn., with 16-15 and Todd Lee of Jasper, Ala., with 16-13.

Big bass in the pro competition and $750 went to Lee for the 7-13 that anchored his 21-10 bag Friday. The Livingston Lures leader award of $250 was won by Wiggins.

On the co-angler side, Harris took the $250 big bass award with a 4-14 Saturday. White won the $250 Livingston Lures leader award.
2016 2016 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster  Southern Open Smith Lake 3/31-4/2
Smith Lake, Jasper  AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1.  Jesse Wiggins          Cullman, AL             10  34-02  200  $52,887.00
Day 1: 5   18-15     Day 2: 5   15-03
2.  Brent Crow             Hartselle, AL           10  32-00  199  $18,139.00
Day 1: 5   16-03     Day 2: 5   15-13
3.  Michael Johnson        Talking Rock, GA        10  31-14  198  $13,604.00
Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   18-01
4.  Jordan Lee             Grant, AL               10  30-09  197  $12,922.00
Day 1: 5   20-10     Day 2: 5   09-15
5.  Bradley Dortch         Windemere, FL           10  30-09  196  $10,621.00
Day 1: 5   13-14     Day 2: 5   16-11
6.  Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN         10  30-06  195   $9,069.00
Day 1: 5   14-01     Day 2: 5   16-05
7.  Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR              10  30-06  194   $7,637.00
Day 1: 5   15-05     Day 2: 5   15-01
8.  Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        10  30-03  193   $6,086.00
Day 1: 5   16-06     Day 2: 5   13-13
9.  Allen Brooks           Canton, GA              10  30-01  192   $4,535.00
Day 1: 5   18-03     Day 2: 5   11-14
10. Matt Stefan            Junction City, WI       10  30-01  191   $4,177.00
Day 1: 5   12-11     Day 2: 5   17-06
11. Jacob Wheeler          Indianapolis, IN        10  29-15  190   $3,819.00
Day 1: 5   14-13     Day 2: 5   15-02
12. Chris Groh             Spring Grove, IL        10  29-13  189   $3,580.00
Day 1: 5   10-14     Day 2: 5   18-15
13. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL        10  29-13  188   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   16-04     Day 2: 5   13-09
14. Joey Nania             Cropwell, AL            10  29-03  187   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   15-09     Day 2: 5   13-10
15. Mark Rose              West Memphis, AR        10  29-01  186   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   17-07     Day 2: 5   11-10
16. Brad Knight            Lancing, TN             10  28-05  185   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   15-15     Day 2: 5   12-06
17. David Smith            Del City, OK            10  28-03  184   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   13-06     Day 2: 5   14-13
18. Tim Arnold             Cullman, AL             10  28-00  183   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   15-10     Day 2: 5   12-06
19. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN        10  28-00  182   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   15-06     Day 2: 5   12-10
20. Matt Brown             Corbin, KY              10  28-00  181   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   12-11     Day 2: 5   15-05
21. John Cox               Debary, FL              10  27-15  180   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 5   14-04
22. Bill Day II            Frankfort, KY           10  27-14  179   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   18-15     Day 2: 5   08-15
23. Alton Jones Jr.        Lorena, TX              10  27-14  178   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   15-01     Day 2: 5   12-13
24. Dustin Connell         Clanton, AL             10  27-12  177   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   15-08     Day 2: 5   12-04
25. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             10  27-09  176   $2,983.00
Day 1: 5   14-09     Day 2: 5   13-00
26. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC               10  27-05  175   $2,625.00
Day 1: 5   13-06     Day 2: 5   13-15
27. Charlie Evans          Berea, KY               10  27-04  174   $2,625.00
Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   13-07
28. David Perdue           Wirtz, VA               10  27-02  173   $2,625.00
Day 1: 5   16-08     Day 2: 5   10-10
29. David Hudson           Jasper, AL              10  27-00  172   $2,625.00
Day 1: 5   16-04     Day 2: 5   10-12
30. Jason Rice             Swannanoa, NC           10  27-00  171   $2,625.00
Day 1: 5   12-12     Day 2: 5   14-04
31. Woo Daves              Spring Grove, VA        10  26-12  170   $2,267.00
Day 1: 5   15-00     Day 2: 5   11-12
32. Kazunori Okuma         Moriyama-Shi Shiga JAPA 10  26-12  169   $2,267.00
Day 1: 5   12-03     Day 2: 5   14-09
33. Anthony Gagliardi      Prosperity, SC          10  26-09  168   $2,267.00
Day 1: 5   15-08     Day 2: 5   11-01
34. Seiji Kato             Shiga JAPAN             10  26-08  167   $2,267.00
Day 1: 5   13-01     Day 2: 5   13-07
35. Jimmy Mason            Rogersville, AL         10  26-07  166   $2,267.00
Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   12-03
36. Koby Kreiger           Bokeelia, FL            10  26-01  165   $1,909.00
Day 1: 5   15-02     Day 2: 5   10-15
37. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            10  26-01  164   $1,909.00
Day 1: 5   13-08     Day 2: 5   12-09
38. Ryan Davidson          Branchland, WV          10  25-15  163   $1,909.00
Day 1: 5   13-12     Day 2: 5   12-03
39. Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO        10  25-11  162   $1,909.00
Day 1: 5   16-13     Day 2: 5   08-14
40. Jade Keeton            Killen, AL              10  25-08  161   $1,909.00
Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 5   16-01
41. Jp Prouty              Satellite Beach, FL     10  25-08  160
Day 1: 5   15-03     Day 2: 5   10-05
42. Jeff Shelton           Hanceville, AL          10  25-06  159
Day 1: 5   15-00     Day 2: 5   10-06
43. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL        10  25-06  158
Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   12-03
44. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC             10  25-04  157
Day 1: 5   12-00     Day 2: 5   13-04
45. David Kilgore          Jasper, AL              10  24-15  156
Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   12-07
46. Preston Johnson        Rice Lake, WI           10  24-14  155
Day 1: 5   13-07     Day 2: 5   11-07
47. Austin Felix           Eden Prairie, MN        10  24-13  154
Day 1: 5   15-15     Day 2: 5   08-14
48. Clabion Johns Jr       Covington, GA           10  24-12  153
Day 1: 5   12-14     Day 2: 5   11-14
49. Scott Canterbury       Springville, AL         10  24-11  152
Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 5   11-00
50. Samuel Fish            Calera, AL              10  24-11  151
Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   12-04
51. Scott Luster           Prattville, AL          10  24-09  150
Day 1: 5   15-09     Day 2: 5   09-00
52. Deron Patrick          Cullman, AL             10  24-09  149
Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   10-05
53. Gabriel Keen           Caryville, TN           10  24-07  148
Day 1: 5   15-08     Day 2: 5   08-15
54. Patrick Bone           Cleveland, GA           10  24-04  147
Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 5   14-13
55. Hunter Shryock         Newcomerstown, OH       10  24-03  146
Day 1: 5   14-03     Day 2: 5   10-00
56. Mark Daniels Jr.       Tuskegee, AL            10  24-02  145
Day 1: 5   15-04     Day 2: 5   08-14
57. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             10  24-02  144
Day 1: 5   14-14     Day 2: 5   09-04
58. Kyle Worsham           Cherokee, AL            10  24-02  143
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   13-09
59. Chris Adams            Oviedo, FL              10  23-15  142
Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   12-03
60. Ricky Shepherd         Mosheim, TN             10  23-14  141
Day 1: 5   11-08     Day 2: 5   12-06
61. Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC          10  23-14  140
Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   12-02
62. Christiana Bradley     Goldvein, VA            10  23-14  139
Day 1: 5   12-00     Day 2: 5   11-14
63. Eric Panzironi         Longwood, FL            10  23-13  138
Day 1: 5   12-01     Day 2: 5   11-12
64. Bradley Sears          Covington, GA           10  23-12  137
Day 1: 5   11-13     Day 2: 5   11-15
65. William Shipes         Williston, SC           10  23-10  136
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   11-04
66. Derek Remitz           Grant, AL               10  23-10  135
Day 1: 5   11-05     Day 2: 5   12-05
67. Mike Huff              Corbin, KY              10  23-10  134
Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   12-01
68. James Christian        Dickson, TN             10  23-09  133
Day 1: 5   14-02     Day 2: 5   09-07
69. Brandon Cobb           Greenwood, SC           10  23-08  132
Day 1: 5   11-04     Day 2: 5   12-04
70. Derek Hudnall          Baton Rouge, LA         10  23-06  131
Day 1: 5   15-08     Day 2: 5   07-14
71. Greg Buie              Athens, AL              10  23-05  130
Day 1: 5   09-14     Day 2: 5   13-07
72. Al Farace Jr           Cockeysville, MD        10  23-04  129
Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 5   09-09
73. Michael Neal           Dayton, TN              10  23-04  128
Day 1: 5   13-05     Day 2: 5   09-15
74. Lee Black              Danville, AL            10  23-03  127
Day 1: 5   13-02     Day 2: 5   10-01
75. Mike Jackson           San Mateo, FL           10  23-02  126
Day 1: 5   14-06     Day 2: 5   08-12
76. Douglas Workman        Cleveland, GA           10  23-01  125
Day 1: 5   12-01     Day 2: 5   11-00
77. Wesley Strader         Spring City, TN         10  23-00  124
Day 1: 5   13-06     Day 2: 5   09-10
78. Kyle Fox               Lakeland, FL            10  23-00  123
Day 1: 5   10-04     Day 2: 5   12-12
79. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL          9  22-13  122
Day 1: 5   17-00     Day 2: 4   05-13
80. Todd Auten             Lake Wylie, SC          10  22-13  121
Day 1: 5   14-05     Day 2: 5   08-08
81. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        10  22-12  120
Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   11-03
82. Greg Mansfield         Olathe, KS              10  22-07  119
Day 1: 5   12-14     Day 2: 5   09-09
83. Arnie Lane             Lakeland, FL            10  22-06  118
Day 1: 5   11-07     Day 2: 5   10-15
84. Brian Elder            Locust Grove, GA        10  22-03  117
Day 1: 5   11-03     Day 2: 5   11-00
85. Bill Weidler           Bessemer, AL             9  22-02  116
Day 1: 4   07-07     Day 2: 5   14-11
86. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           10  22-02  115
Day 1: 5   08-02     Day 2: 5   14-00
87. Jordan Card            Knoxville, TN           10  22-02  114
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   10-12
88. Tyler Carriere         Youngsville, LA         10  21-13  113
Day 1: 5   09-03     Day 2: 5   12-10
89. Sven Hilland           Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA  10  21-13  112
Day 1: 5   10-13     Day 2: 5   11-00
90. Danny Lavoie           Franklin, GA            10  21-11  111
Day 1: 5   13-06     Day 2: 5   08-05
91. David Gaston           Sylacauga, AL           10  21-11  110
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   11-14
92. Rex Chambers           Baileyton, AL           10  21-10  109
Day 1: 5   09-02     Day 2: 5   12-08
93. Kendal Beaty           Spring City, TN         10  21-09  108
Day 1: 5   12-15     Day 2: 5   08-10
94. Destin DeMarion        Grove City, PA          10  21-07  107
Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   07-10
95. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            10  21-06  106
Day 1: 5   11-05     Day 2: 5   10-01
96. Jim Tomsovic           Sparta, WI              10  21-05  105
Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 5   10-14
97. Lionel Botha           Palm Bay, FL            10  21-04  104
Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   09-08
98. Chris Heath            North Augusta, SC       10  21-04  103
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   10-15
99. John Brazzell          Winter Garden, FL       10  21-03  102
Day 1: 5   15-13     Day 2: 5   05-06
100. AJ Slegona Jr          Walker Valley, NY        8  21-02  101
Day 1: 5   14-05     Day 2: 3   06-13
101. Josh Douglas           Mound, MN               10  21-02  100
Day 1: 5   10-12     Day 2: 5   10-06
102. Che Johnson            Rochester, MN           10  20-14   99
Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   08-07
103. Jamey Caldwell         Carthage, NC            10  20-13   98
Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 5   10-07
104. Mitch Liss             Saint Cloud, FL         10  20-12   97
Day 1: 5   07-13     Day 2: 5   12-15
105. Michael Murphy         Lexington, SC           10  20-10   96
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   08-04
106. Roland Martin          Naples, FL              10  20-08   95
Day 1: 5   11-08     Day 2: 5   09-00
107. Freddy  Palmer         Estill Springs, TN      10  20-08   94
Day 1: 5   11-00     Day 2: 5   09-08
108. Kyle Schutta           Forest Lake, MN         10  20-07   93
Day 1: 5   10-04     Day 2: 5   10-03
109. Andrew Iversen         Maple Plain, MN          9  20-06   92
Day 1: 5   12-03     Day 2: 4   08-03
110. Randy Elliott          Bowie, MD               10  20-06   91
Day 1: 5   10-15     Day 2: 5   09-07
111. Patrick Pierce         Jacksonville, FL        10  20-04   90
Day 1: 5   08-12     Day 2: 5   11-08
112. Fletcher Shryock       New Philadelphia, OH    10  20-03   89
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   08-13
113. Shin Fukae             Palestine, TX           10  20-01   88
Day 1: 5   11-08     Day 2: 5   08-09
114. Kyle Glasgow Jr        Guin, AL                10  20-00   87
Day 1: 5   12-09     Day 2: 5   07-07
115. Greg Pugh              Cullman, AL             10  19-15   86
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 5   08-14
116. Wil Hardy II           Harlem, GA              10  19-13   85
Day 1: 5   09-11     Day 2: 5   10-02
117. Gary Clouse            La Vergne, TN            8  19-09   84
Day 1: 5   12-01     Day 2: 3   07-08
118. Clayton Batts          Warner Robins, GA        9  19-08   83
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 4   08-02
119. Chris Neau             Gretna, LA              10  19-07   82
Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   07-11
120. Kazuki Kitajima        Orlando, FL             10  19-06   81
Day 1: 5   08-13     Day 2: 5   10-09
121. Jon Canada             Pelham, AL              10  19-04   80
Day 1: 5   08-09     Day 2: 5   10-11
122. Matt Fair              Ocoee, FL               10  19-04   79
Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 5   08-13
123. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL             10  19-03   78
Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   06-11
124. Jon Englund            Farwell, MN             10  19-03   77
Day 1: 5   09-12     Day 2: 5   09-07
125. Rick Shannon           Woodlawn, TN            10  19-01   76
Day 1: 5   07-14     Day 2: 5   11-03
126. Derek Yasinski         Senoia, GA              10  18-15   75
Day 1: 5   08-12     Day 2: 5   10-03
127. Paul Pagnato Jr        Reston, VA               9  18-08   74
Day 1: 5   11-00     Day 2: 4   07-08
128. Jesse Tacoronte        Orlando, FL             10  18-07   73
Day 1: 5   08-08     Day 2: 5   09-15
129. Sam George             Athens, AL               9  18-05   72
Day 1: 4   08-10     Day 2: 5   09-11
130. Eric Silverstrim       Indian Mound, TN        10  18-04   71
Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   05-13
131. Ryan Hoover            Valrico, FL              9  18-03   70
Day 1: 4   08-00     Day 2: 5   10-03
132. Christopher Murphy     Warrenton, VA           10  18-02   69
Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 5   08-08
133. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL           10  17-13   68
Day 1: 5   10-01     Day 2: 5   07-12
134. Tom Huynh              Moorehead, MN           10  17-09   67
Day 1: 5   10-04     Day 2: 5   07-05
135. Billy Briere           Mooresville, IN          9  17-04   66
Day 1: 5   08-11     Day 2: 4   08-09
136. Hank Cherry Jr         Maiden, NC              10  17-02   65
Day 1: 5   09-06     Day 2: 5   07-12
137. Jeff Barth             Marshfield, WI          10  17-01   64
Day 1: 5   07-00     Day 2: 5   10-01
138. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN           10  17-00   63
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   07-03
139. Jimmy Johnson          La Crosse, WI           10  16-13   62
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   06-04
140. Parker Cann            Abbeville, SC            9  16-08   61
Day 1: 5   08-05     Day 2: 4   08-03
141. William Hensley        Chattaroy, WV            7  16-06   60
Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 2   02-11
142. Dylan Fulk             Concord, NC             10  16-00   59
Day 1: 5   07-12     Day 2: 5   08-04
143. Rick Morris            Lake Gaston, VA         10  16-00   58
Day 1: 5   07-15     Day 2: 5   08-01
144. Kendall Newson         Lagrange, GA            10  15-14   57
Day 1: 5   09-00     Day 2: 5   06-14
145. Eric Jackson           Walling, TN              9  15-14   56
Day 1: 4   06-14     Day 2: 5   09-00
146. Clay Dyer              Fayetteville, TN        10  15-12   55
Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 5   06-02
147. James Bailey           Warrenton, VA            9  15-12   54
Day 1: 5   08-13     Day 2: 4   06-15
148. Grayson Smith          Clarksville, TN         10  15-06   53
Day 1: 5   07-09     Day 2: 5   07-13
149. Steve York             Bronson, MI              9  15-05   52
Day 1: 4   06-04     Day 2: 5   09-01
150. Russell Ludwig IV      Auburn, GA              10  15-04   51
Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   06-10
151. Rich Howes             Oviedo, FL              10  15-03   50
Day 1: 5   07-13     Day 2: 5   07-06
152. Ronnie Green           Sebring, FL             10  15-01   49
Day 1: 5   05-12     Day 2: 5   09-05
153. Cody Detweiler         Orlando, FL              9  14-13   48
Day 1: 5   09-03     Day 2: 4   05-10
154. Donald Herwick III     Springboro, OH           7  14-11   47
Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 2   05-01
155. Terry Segraves         Kissimmee, FL            8  14-04   46
Day 1: 5   09-14     Day 2: 3   04-06
156. Carroll Blevins        Jonesboro, GA            9  14-00   45
Day 1: 4   07-11     Day 2: 5   06-05
157. Chris Moody            Brooks, GA              10  13-11   44
Day 1: 5   06-10     Day 2: 5   07-01
158. Gerald Sensabaugh      Kingsport, TN            5  13-06   43
Day 1: 5   13-06     Day 2: 0   00-00
159. Garrett Rocamora       Lithia, FL               9  13-03   42
Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 4   04-12
160. Larry Gaines           Valparaiso, FL           6  13-01   41
Day 1: 3   05-09     Day 2: 3   07-08
161. Ray Hashimoto          San Francisco, CA        5  12-11   40
Day 1: 5   12-11     Day 2: 0   00-00
162. Hunter Eubanks         Inman, SC                8  12-09   39
Day 1: 3   04-05     Day 2: 5   08-04
163. Chris Hensley          Marbury, AL              8  12-07   38
Day 1: 5   07-13     Day 2: 3   04-10
164. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC           8  12-03   37
Day 1: 4   06-07     Day 2: 4   05-12
165. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL              5  12-01   36
Day 1: 5   12-01     Day 2: 0   00-00
166. Trevor Lo              Maplewood, MN            9  11-12   35
Day 1: 4   05-11     Day 2: 5   06-01
167. Jeffrey Brooks         Boca Raton, FL           8  11-05   34
Day 1: 5   06-08     Day 2: 3   04-13
168. Dale Hightower         Mannford, OK             5  10-07   33
Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 0   00-00
169. Guy Eaker Sr.          Cherryville, NC          6  10-06   32
Day 1: 1   02-07     Day 2: 5   07-15
170. Jeff Cox               Saline, MI               5  10-01   31
Day 1: 5   10-01     Day 2: 0   00-00
171. Toby Lillard           Clarksville, TN          9  09-15   30
Day 1: 5   06-10     Day 2: 4   03-05
172. Travis Dehart          Greenville, SC           8  09-13   29
Day 1: 5   06-05     Day 2: 3   03-08
173. Charlie Hartley        Grove City, OH           5  09-03   28
Day 1: 5   09-03     Day 2: 0   00-00
174. Aaron Owens            Birmingham, AL           5  09-02   27
Day 1: 5   09-02     Day 2: 0   00-00
175. Trait Crist            Fort Worth, TX           7  09-01   26
Day 1: 2   02-15     Day 2: 5   06-02
176. Rick Pierce            Mountain Home, AR        7  08-10   25
Day 1: 2   02-00     Day 2: 5   06-10
177. Dustin Neat            Dunnville, KY            5  08-09   24
Day 1: 5   08-09     Day 2: 0   00-00
178. Darrell Pons           Gainesville, FL          5  06-10   23
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 5   06-10
179. Bob Morin              Seymour, TN              3  02-13   22
Day 1: 3   02-13     Day 2: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       164       866      2053-01
2       150       819      1732-05
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314      1685      3785-06

2016 2016 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster  Southern Open Smith Lake 3/31-4/2
Smith Lake, Jasper  AL.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 2

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

1.  Jody White             Gilbertsville, KY        6  19-00  200  $30,000.00
Day 1: 3   09-06     Day 2: 3   09-10
2.  Johnathan Harris       Moody, AL                6  17-14  199   $6,097.00
Day 1: 3   07-09     Day 2: 3   10-05
3.  Teb Jones              Hattiesburg, MS          6  17-04  198   $4,415.00
Day 1: 3   08-00     Day 2: 3   09-04
4.  Don Harvey             Franklin, TN             6  16-15  197   $2,983.00
Day 1: 3   10-07     Day 2: 3   06-08
5.  Todd Lee               Jasper, AL               6  16-13  196   $2,745.00
Day 1: 3   09-04     Day 2: 3   07-09
6.  Dan Taylor             Shinglehouse, PA         6  16-10  195   $2,625.00
Day 1: 3   09-11     Day 2: 3   06-15
7.  Rodney Tapp            Inman, SC                6  16-09  194   $2,446.00
Day 1: 3   09-13     Day 2: 3   06-12
7.  Jordan Wiggins         Addison, AL              6  16-09  194   $2,446.00
Day 1: 3   06-12     Day 2: 3   09-13
9.  Luke Patterson         Middleburg, KY           6  16-06  192   $2,267.00
Day 1: 3   10-00     Day 2: 3   06-06
10. Robbie Anderson        Crystal River, FL        6  16-00  191   $2,029.00
Day 1: 3   08-06     Day 2: 3   07-10
11. Radney Atchison        Prattville, AL           6  15-13  190   $1,790.00
Day 1: 3   09-09     Day 2: 3   06-04
12. Gus Kneidinger         Prospect, PA             6  15-11  189   $1,671.00
Day 1: 3   07-10     Day 2: 3   08-01
13. Tony Sears             Dahlonega, GA            6  15-06  188   $1,432.00
Day 1: 3   06-05     Day 2: 3   09-01
14. Wesley Smith           Vinemont, AL             6  15-05  187   $1,313.00
Day 1: 3   07-14     Day 2: 3   07-07
15. Rodney Rice            Narrows, VA              6  15-02  186   $1,193.00
Day 1: 3   06-13     Day 2: 3   08-05
16. Joey Aderhold          Birmingham, AL           6  15-01  185   $1,074.00
Day 1: 3   06-08     Day 2: 3   08-09
17. Joey Thomasson         Columbia, SC             6  15-00  184     $835.00
Day 1: 3   06-05     Day 2: 3   08-11
18. Shane Love             Crooksville, OH          6  14-11  183     $716.00
Day 1: 3   07-08     Day 2: 3   07-03
19. Charles Anderson       Rocky Face, GA           6  14-10  182     $716.00
Day 1: 3   07-01     Day 2: 3   07-09
20. Wayne Hauser           Mooresville, NC          6  14-10  181     $597.00
Day 1: 3   07-04     Day 2: 3   07-06
21. Chaz Carrington        Virginia Beach, VA       6  14-09  180     $507.00
Day 1: 3   08-10     Day 2: 3   05-15
22. Joe Koch               Kewaskum, WI             6  14-08  179     $507.00
Day 1: 3   06-08     Day 2: 3   08-00
23. Shawn Carnahan         Gilbert, AZ              6  14-08  178     $507.00
Day 1: 3   06-15     Day 2: 3   07-09
24. Kent Biggs             Morristown, TN           6  14-07  177     $507.00
Day 1: 3   09-09     Day 2: 3   04-14
25. Justin Stephenson      Jasper, AL               6  14-05  176     $507.00
Day 1: 3   07-00     Day 2: 3   07-05
26. Pete Patterson         Kingsport, TN            6  14-04  175     $507.00
Day 1: 3   08-12     Day 2: 3   05-08
27. Casey O'Donnell        Scottsboro, AL           6  14-03  174     $507.00
Day 1: 3   06-05     Day 2: 3   07-14
28. Steven Roosen          Charlotte, NC            6  14-00  173     $507.00
Day 1: 3   07-04     Day 2: 3   06-12
29. Jason Patterson        Bluffton, IN             6  13-15  172     $507.00
Day 1: 3   08-11     Day 2: 3   05-04
30. Mike Spears            Jasper, AL               6  13-14  171     $507.00
Day 1: 3   06-09     Day 2: 3   07-05
31. Miles Smith            Birmingham, AL           6  13-13  170     $507.00
Day 1: 3   07-10     Day 2: 3   06-03
32. Daniel Buswell II      Fayetteville, GA         6  13-07  169     $507.00
Day 1: 3   08-04     Day 2: 3   05-03
33. Ronald Young           Round Rock, TX           6  13-07  168     $507.00
Day 1: 3   07-07     Day 2: 3   06-00
34. Ben Humphries          Jasper, AL               6  13-07  167     $507.00
Day 1: 3   07-00     Day 2: 3   06-07
35. Wayne Norman           Jacksboro, TN            6  13-06  166     $507.00
Day 1: 3   08-11     Day 2: 3   04-11
36. Kenny Sammons          Pinetta, FL              6  13-06  165     $507.00
Day 1: 3   07-11     Day 2: 3   05-11
37. Scott Wiley Jr         Bay Minette, AL          6  13-05  164     $507.00
Day 1: 3   08-05     Day 2: 3   05-00
38. Charles Fochtman       Moneta, VA               6  13-04  163     $507.00
Day 1: 3   07-12     Day 2: 3   05-08
39. Geoff Percival         Lincoln, AL              6  13-04  162     $507.00
Day 1: 3   06-02     Day 2: 3   07-02
40. William Gaston         Sylacauga, AL            6  13-04  161     $507.00
Day 1: 3   06-03     Day 2: 3   07-01
41. Andrew Mcclintock      Wellford, SC             6  13-04  160
Day 1: 3   06-12     Day 2: 3   06-08
42. Zach George            Hastings, MI             6  13-04  159
Day 1: 3   06-09     Day 2: 3   06-11
43. Michael Cruce          Bremen, AL               5  13-03  158
Day 1: 3   09-00     Day 2: 2   04-03
44. Lynn Oswalt            Jasper, AL               6  13-03  157
Day 1: 3   08-10     Day 2: 3   04-09
45. Jerry Allen            Jasper, AL               6  13-03  156
Day 1: 3   08-09     Day 2: 3   04-10
46. Clint Harrison II      Georgetown, TN           6  13-01  155
Day 1: 3   07-01     Day 2: 3   06-00
47. Taylor Schneider       Matthews, NC             6  12-15  154
Day 1: 3   09-05     Day 2: 3   03-10
48. Christopher Lemon      Mooresville, IN          6  12-15  153
Day 1: 3   08-04     Day 2: 3   04-11
49. Jerry Morris Jr        Charlotte, NC            6  12-15  152
Day 1: 3   07-15     Day 2: 3   05-00
50. Jim Sulcer Jr          Athens, AL               6  12-14  151
Day 1: 3   08-09     Day 2: 3   04-05
51. Bruce Griffin          Jasper, AL               6  12-14  150
Day 1: 3   07-15     Day 2: 3   04-15
52. Lee Mcclendon Jr       Trussville, AL           6  12-12  149
Day 1: 3   06-15     Day 2: 3   05-13
53. Jerry Cook             Prattville, AL           6  12-10  148
Day 1: 3   07-00     Day 2: 3   05-10
54. Tom Stark III          Angola, IN               6  12-09  147
Day 1: 3   07-06     Day 2: 3   05-03
55. Mark Bartosch          Clarksville, TN          6  12-07  146
Day 1: 3   08-04     Day 2: 3   04-03
56. Clayton Stoering       Waterville, MN           6  12-07  145
Day 1: 3   07-09     Day 2: 3   04-14
57. Skeeter Miller         Whittier, NC             5  12-06  144
Day 1: 3   10-04     Day 2: 2   02-02
58. Kevin Murphy           Orange Beach, AL         6  12-06  143
Day 1: 3   08-08     Day 2: 3   03-14
59. Linda Higginbotham     Palm Coast, FL           6  12-06  142
Day 1: 3   04-15     Day 2: 3   07-07
60. Marlon Crowder         Tampa, FL                6  12-04  141
Day 1: 3   07-03     Day 2: 3   05-01
61. JJ Polak               Oxford, GA               6  12-03  140
Day 1: 3   05-14     Day 2: 3   06-05
62. Beecher Strunk         Somerset, KY             6  12-02  139
Day 1: 3   04-15     Day 2: 3   07-03
63. Justin Defoe           Cullman, AL              6  11-14  138
Day 1: 3   06-11     Day 2: 3   05-03
64. Benjie Seaborn         Guin, AL                 5  11-13  137
Day 1: 3   06-11     Day 2: 2   05-02
65. Alan Engberg           Greenville, AL           6  11-13  136
Day 1: 3   06-06     Day 2: 3   05-07
66. Cory Johnson           Crane Hill, AL           6  11-13  135
Day 1: 3   05-08     Day 2: 3   06-05
67. Benny Widerman         Deltona, FL              6  11-13  134
Day 1: 3   05-09     Day 2: 3   06-04
68. Jonathan Raney         Tullahoma, TN            6  11-12  133
Day 1: 3   06-13     Day 2: 3   04-15
69. Sam Fish               Alexander City, AL       6  11-11  132
Day 1: 3   08-01     Day 2: 3   03-10
70. Scotty Allen           Mantachie, MS            4  11-11  131
Day 1: 3   07-07     Day 2: 1   04-04
71. Cody Pellegrin         Hattiesburg, MS          6  11-11  130
Day 1: 3   06-09     Day 2: 3   05-02
72. Blake Oswalt           Jasper, AL               6  11-11  129
Day 1: 3   06-00     Day 2: 3   05-11
73. Dexton Gregory         Cullman, AL              6  11-10  128
Day 1: 3   05-02     Day 2: 3   06-08
74. Dustin Seaborn         Guin, AL                 6  11-10  127
Day 1: 3   06-04     Day 2: 3   05-06
75. Edward Ruth            AL                       6  11-09  126
Day 1: 3   03-13     Day 2: 3   07-12
76. Richard Arnold         Owens Cross Roads, AL    6  11-08  125
Day 1: 3   07-09     Day 2: 3   03-15
77. Nick Spantgos          Topeka, KS               6  11-07  124
Day 1: 3   04-03     Day 2: 3   07-04
78. Jeffrey Worth          Longwood, FL             6  11-07  123
Day 1: 3   04-15     Day 2: 3   06-08
79. Barry Maner            Trinity, AL              4  11-06  122
Day 1: 3   09-02     Day 2: 1   02-04
80. Jarrod Anderson        Delcambre, LA            6  11-06  121
Day 1: 3   08-07     Day 2: 3   02-15
81. Stephen Davis          Blacksburg, VA           6  11-06  120
Day 1: 3   05-09     Day 2: 3   05-13
82. Andrew Allen           Theodore, AL             6  11-04  119
Day 1: 3   05-13     Day 2: 3   05-07
83. Luke Koch              Campbellsport, WI        5  11-03  118
Day 1: 3   07-04     Day 2: 2   03-15
84. Tony Quick             Cullman, AL              6  11-03  117
Day 1: 3   04-13     Day 2: 3   06-06
85. David Earnest          Oakman, AL               6  11-02  116
Day 1: 3   07-12     Day 2: 3   03-06
86. Robert Holcomb         Longwood, FL             6  11-02  115
Day 1: 3   06-02     Day 2: 3   05-00
87. Brandon Bolton         West Point, MS           4  11-01  114
Day 1: 3   10-03     Day 2: 1   00-14
88. Carlton Tipp Jr        Grand Bay, AL            6  11-00  113
Day 1: 3   06-13     Day 2: 3   04-03
89. Chad Mccarty           Tipp City, OH            6  10-15  112
Day 1: 3   05-01     Day 2: 3   05-14
90. Daniel Phillips        Lawrenceville, GA        6  10-14  111
Day 1: 3   07-05     Day 2: 3   03-09
91. Michael Vice           Rossville, IL            6  10-14  110
Day 1: 3   07-02     Day 2: 3   03-12
92. Greg Mauldin           Archdale, NC             5  10-14  109
Day 1: 3   06-11     Day 2: 2   04-03
93. Matt Mattingly         Gravel Switch, KY        6  10-14  108
Day 1: 3   04-14     Day 2: 3   06-00
94. Josh Olson             Chippewa Falls, WI       6  10-14  107
Day 1: 3   05-05     Day 2: 3   05-09
95. Jenny Sander           Byron, GA                6  10-12  106
Day 1: 3   06-08     Day 2: 3   04-04
96. Scap Cicero            Wetumpka, AL             5  10-11  105
Day 1: 3   07-00     Day 2: 2   03-11
97. Mark Wethington        Liberty, KY              6  10-11  104
Day 1: 3   06-04     Day 2: 3   04-07
98. Charles Healan         Waleska, GA              6  10-11  103
Day 1: 3   05-14     Day 2: 3   04-13
99. Chuck Thurlow          Auburn, AL               6  10-10  102
Day 1: 3   07-04     Day 2: 3   03-06
100. Chris Farmer           Mathews, AL              5  10-08  101
Day 1: 3   07-06     Day 2: 2   03-02
101. Darrell Pons II        Gainesville, FL          6  10-07  100
Day 1: 3   03-15     Day 2: 3   06-08
102. Ryan Crawley           Troy, AL                 6  10-06   99
Day 1: 3   04-10     Day 2: 3   05-12
103. James Powell           Johnson City, TN         6  10-05   98
Day 1: 3   04-14     Day 2: 3   05-07
104. Roy Hurst Jr           Birmingham, AL           4  10-04   97
Day 1: 1   01-05     Day 2: 3   08-15
105. Matt Justice           Fair Play, SC            6  10-04   96
Day 1: 3   04-13     Day 2: 3   05-07
106. Eric Davis             Athens, AL               6  10-03   95
Day 1: 3   06-13     Day 2: 3   03-06
107. Charlie Ginda          Edison, NJ               6  10-03   94
Day 1: 3   04-10     Day 2: 3   05-09
108. Daniel Kendrick        Chatsworth, GA           6  10-02   93
Day 1: 3   03-14     Day 2: 3   06-04
109. Jimmy Hayes            Fayetteville, NC         6  10-01   92
Day 1: 3   03-15     Day 2: 3   06-02
110. Ronald Twardowski      Marshfield, WI           6  09-15   91
Day 1: 3   05-06     Day 2: 3   04-09
111. Jeff Hartung           Beechgrove, TN           4  09-13   90
Day 1: 3   08-05     Day 2: 1   01-08
112. Brandon Stooksbury     Locust Grove, GA         6  09-12   89
Day 1: 3   07-05     Day 2: 3   02-07
113. Clay Ellis II          Ozark, AL                5  09-11   88
Day 1: 3   08-07     Day 2: 2   01-04
114. Tim Kellam             Crittenden, KY           5  09-11   87
Day 1: 2   05-01     Day 2: 3   04-10
115. Bailey Boutries        Daphne, AL               6  09-11   86
Day 1: 3   04-13     Day 2: 3   04-14
116. Jamie Butler           Jasper, AL               4  09-10    0
Day 1: 1   01-00     Day 2: 3   08-10
117. Joshua Bauer           Random Lake, WI          6  09-10   84
Day 1: 3   04-00     Day 2: 3   05-10
118. Bill Hunter            Murfreesboro, TN         6  09-10   83
Day 1: 3   04-01     Day 2: 3   05-09
119. Eulon Lee Jr.          Eclectic, AL             6  09-09   82
Day 1: 3   06-04     Day 2: 3   03-05
120. Marshall Hughes        Port Neches, TX          6  09-09   81
Day 1: 3   04-01     Day 2: 3   05-08
121. Jonathan Barnette      Jasper, AL               5  09-07   80
Day 1: 3   06-15     Day 2: 2   02-08
122. Russell Sapp III       Lincoln, AL              5  09-06   79
Day 1: 2   01-14     Day 2: 3   07-08
123. Hillary Hughes         Hughson, CA              5  09-05   78
Day 1: 3   06-14     Day 2: 2   02-07
124. Chad Durden            Trussville, AL           6  09-01   77
Day 1: 3   04-04     Day 2: 3   04-13
125. Roy Kelly              Petal, MS                6  09-00   76
Day 1: 3   05-08     Day 2: 3   03-08
126. Ramon Quick            Cullman, AL              5  08-15   75
Day 1: 3   07-00     Day 2: 2   01-15
127. Brad Gandee            Mcdonough, GA            6  08-14   74
Day 1: 3   04-07     Day 2: 3   04-07
128. Mark Dyer              Slidell, LA              6  08-11   73
Day 1: 3   03-12     Day 2: 3   04-15
129. Miriam Donohoo         San Mateo, FL            6  08-11   72
Day 1: 3   04-09     Day 2: 3   04-02
130. Daniel Beebe Jr        Niota, TN                6  08-06   71
Day 1: 3   03-01     Day 2: 3   05-05
131. Tyler Moore            Walterboro, SC           5  08-03   70
Day 1: 2   03-06     Day 2: 3   04-13
132. Steven Kellam          Dry Ridge, KY            6  08-02   69
Day 1: 3   04-09     Day 2: 3   03-09
133. Joe Moore              Kissimmee, FL            6  08-01   68
Day 1: 3   04-11     Day 2: 3   03-06
134. Richard Purvis         Clermont, FL             4  07-15   67
Day 1: 3   06-01     Day 2: 1   01-14
135. Bill Bruce             Hendersonville, TN       4  07-11   66
Day 1: 3   06-09     Day 2: 1   01-02
136. Scott Crews            Wetumpka, AL             4  07-11   65
Day 1: 3   06-07     Day 2: 1   01-04
137. Ledell Wade Jr         Clarksville, TN          5  07-11   64
Day 1: 3   05-15     Day 2: 2   01-12
138. Anthony Smith          Cleveland, GA            6  07-11   63
Day 1: 3   04-12     Day 2: 3   02-15
139. Tyler Hicks            Jasper, AL               6  07-10   62
Day 1: 3   04-01     Day 2: 3   03-09
140. Jimmy Lee              Jasper, AL               4  07-07   61
Day 1: 3   06-08     Day 2: 1   00-15
141. Tomas Gomez            Kissimmee, FL            4  07-06   60
Day 1: 2   03-08     Day 2: 2   03-14
142. Hunter Cockram         York, SC                 3  07-05   59
Day 1: 3   07-05     Day 2: 0   00-00
143. Jimmy Crum             Afton, TN                6  07-05   58
Day 1: 3   03-05     Day 2: 3   04-00
144. Fredrick Requarth      Dayton, OH               4  07-02   57
Day 1: 1   02-02     Day 2: 3   05-00
145. Barry Brunges          Gainesville, FL          4  06-15   56
Day 1: 1   01-06     Day 2: 3   05-09
146. Tom Balachvili         Brooklyn, NY             5  06-14   55
Day 1: 3   05-05     Day 2: 2   01-09
147. Vern Moss Jr           Niles, MI                3  06-12   54
Day 1: 3   06-12     Day 2: 0   00-00
148. Jonathan Tubbs         Irondale, AL             3  06-11   53
Day 1: 3   06-11     Day 2: 0   00-00
149. Chris Harris           Groveland, FL            4  06-04   52
Day 1: 1   01-12     Day 2: 3   04-08
150. Randy Futch            Dunnellon, FL            2  06-03   51
Day 1: 1   04-05     Day 2: 1   01-14
151. David Stevens          Eddyville, KY            5  06-00   50
Day 1: 3   03-07     Day 2: 2   02-09
152. Hollywood Hobson       Clermont, FL             4  05-15   49
Day 1: 2   03-10     Day 2: 2   02-05
153. Cody Brand             Cullman, AL              3  05-13   48
Day 1: 3   05-13     Day 2: 0   00-00
154. Eddie Johns            Anniston, AL             4  05-13   47
Day 1: 1   02-03     Day 2: 3   03-10
155. Tim Lollar             Cullman, AL              4  05-11   46
Day 1: 1   01-11     Day 2: 3   04-00
156. Daniel Richardson      Palm Harbor, FL          3  05-10   45
Day 1: 3   05-10     Day 2: 0   00-00
157. Alan Blondino          Rustburg, VA             3  05-10   44
Day 1: 1   02-07     Day 2: 2   03-03
158. Mike Joint             Kissimmee, FL            4  05-09   43
Day 1: 2   02-14     Day 2: 2   02-11
159. Ronald Wiggins         Palatka, FL              4  05-09   42
Day 1: 1   02-12     Day 2: 3   02-13
160. Brandsford Dean        Spring City, TN          3  05-06   41
Day 1: 3   05-06     Day 2: 0   00-00
161. Ike Taylor             Westerville, OH          3  05-05   40
Day 1: 3   05-05     Day 2: 0   00-00
162. David Eden             Adams, TN                4  05-01   39
Day 1: 1   01-09     Day 2: 3   03-08
163. Gregory O'Neal         Winchester, TN           3  04-14   38
Day 1: 1   01-03     Day 2: 2   03-11
164. Christian Thompson     Lake City, FL            4  04-14   37
Day 1: 3   03-09     Day 2: 1   01-05
165. Walter Swafford        Winter Garden, FL        3  04-05   36
Day 1: 3   04-05     Day 2: 0   00-00
166. Mark Moretz            Hertford, NC             3  04-05   35
Day 1: 2   03-01     Day 2: 1   01-04
167. Keith Honeycutt        Temple, TX               3  04-01   34
Day 1: 3   04-01     Day 2: 0   00-00
168. John Riddling III      Melrose, FL              3  04-00   33
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 3   04-00
169. Adam Sumner            Mount Dora, FL           2  03-11   32
Day 1: 2   03-11     Day 2: 0   00-00
170. Roman Holmes           Vancleave, MS            4  03-11   31
Day 1: 2   02-00     Day 2: 2   01-11
171. Todd Mahoney           Whitesburg, GA           3  03-06   30
Day 1: 3   03-06     Day 2: 0   00-00
172. Randy Vann             Cedartown, GA            2  03-06   29
Day 1: 2   03-06     Day 2: 0   00-00
173. Peter Saraf            Kissimmee, FL            3  03-04   28
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 3   03-04
174. Jeff Keever            Decatur, GA              2  02-15   27
Day 1: 1   01-07     Day 2: 1   01-08
175. David Chamberlain      Trenton, NJ              1  01-08   26
Day 1: 1   01-08     Day 2: 0   00-00
176. Sawyer Adams           Seymour, TN              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
176. Barrett Briley         Lester, AL               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
176. Shane Byrom            Newnan, GA               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
176. Zach Kirby             Shelbyville, TN          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       149       481      1042-02
2       130       442       815-01
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279       923      1857-03


Benton Makes 12 Cut, Sharpens Decison-Making Skills At Bassmaster Elite Series On St Johns

Drew Benton fished his first Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on the St Johns River out of Palatka this past week. Having won an FLW Tour event on Okeechobee before, the young pro from Panama City, Florida knows how to close out a tourney, especially in his home state where he loves to sight fish, as he did around Lake George during the Elite derby.

Benton made the Top 12 cut and fished the final round against anglers such as Greg Hackney, the legendary Rick Clunn who won this tourney, and St Johns River stalwarts Terry 'Big Show' Scroggins and Cliff Prince.

In the face of this competition Benton weighed 3 limits in excess of 20 pounds over 4 days. Only a stumble on Day 2, when he stepped to the scale with a little over 12 pounds, kept him off the winning pace of slightly more than 80 pounds.

He knows where he messed up. "I fished used water," said Benton of his 2nd day decision. "I tried to catch them where I caught them the first day. They had been beaten up too badly. There were no big fish left."

Other top finishers, including runner-up Hackney, commented on the need to fish new water each day.

It was a tough lesson but one that will benefit Benton as he chases the 2016 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year Award. For now, he leads that race.


Edwin Evers Overtakes Christie To Win The 2016 Bassmasters Classic On Grand Lake!!!

Evers Overtakes Christie in Final Round of 2016 Bassmaster Classic with Huge Sack of Grand Lake Bass!

As thousands of fans waited outside the BOK Center in Tulsa to witness the final weigh in of the 2016 Bassmaster Classic, rumors swirled like the Oklahoma wind that stirred the bass fishing world today. Word was Edwin Evers had caught considerably more than the 25 pounds that the BassTrak system had credited to him. He had caught enough, it was speculated, to surpass fellow home state favorite and two-day tournament leader Jason Christie in Sunday’s final round.

Fans were in for a show.

Anglers had bemoaned the slow bite they endured under calm conditions on Friday and Saturday. Many said they welcomed the wind that was to blow hard from the south on Sunday. “It’s got to make things better,” said Evers. It did. For him.

Evers started the day about 6 pounds out of the lead and quickly caught an initial limit that weighed an estimated 18 pounds. BassTrak had him at 25 pounds for the day when it stopped updating results. In any case, he had made the most of the opportunities the whitecapped lake had afforded him.

Christie worked as best he could around a navy of bass boats. Each time he moved they followed and often pushed into the pockets he was fishing. “I have to pick a side of the pocket because there will be boats on the other every time go into one. I have to fish what I think is the best side and just know that the other side will probably be unfishable on my way out,” said Christie.

When Evers stepped to the scale the bass fishing world found out that his fish weighed an astounding 29 pounds, 3 ounces.

Christie answered with 12-09.

Evers won by over 10 pounds, 60-07 to 50-02.

Christie said he will be less bothered by the loss, and all of the various contributing factors because he didn’t come close to winning. “Had gotten beat by a pound or two, I’d probably be a little upset. Dude, I got beat down,” he said. “I’m gonna go to sleep tonight because I just got beat. Sometimes in fishing you just get beat.”

Christie admitted that his game plan started to deteriorate during last Sunday’s practice round, not just on each successive competition day. “When we got that wind and everything started warming up, it started going away. Those females are not predictable (under such conditions). They just move around. I was concerned, but I thought I could ride it out. I didn’t.”

Evers on the other hand, went to a part of the lake he would not have imagined could produce the win. When one door closed, the season veteran of the Elite Series noticed that another door had opened.

December’s flooding put the lower end of Grand Lake high and muddy. “I know that lower end really well and I wanted it to go down down there but it was just muddy. It was not anything like I needed it to be. It’s just weird how these things work out. Here I am Classic Champion on a whole complete end of the lake that you could have told me it could be won on and I’d have said ‘no, there’s no way’ but I’m sitting here next to this trophy.

Evers adjusted by going way back in the Elk River to a flat that required wind in order to produce fish because the water is crystal clear and shallow. The same flood that took the lower lake out of Ever’s game plan also deposited a lot of logs on the clear water flat that eventually gave up his winning fish.

The Elk holds a special place in Evers’ heart. “It’s my most favorite place in the world. Ever. Me and my son go camping there. But we camp way up it. That water is flowing all the time. It’s crystal clear. It’s beautiful and it hits a flat. This flat is wide but it’s shallow and that water has got to go over that flat.”

Evers caught his first day fish on a MegaBass Flat Slab, “fishing rocks in a mid-lake area. That was a dying pattern. After only catching 4 fish I thought I’d let the Classic slip through my hands.

“The 2nd day I went into what I call damage control. At 10:30 I didn’t have a bite. I ran way up the river and I started flipping my all-time confidence bait - a Zoom Z Hog - and a War Eagle spinnerbait and I had the 17 pounds the 2nd day.”

He caught all of Sunday’s fish on a small jig with a craw trailer. “I caught those fish all on a little Andy’s Custom Jig. It’s a really cool jig. Their one of the few companies that still has living round rubber – something that you have to have in that clear water situation. I caught them pretty early. Once the wind started blowing it all happened in an hour-and-a-half or two hours.”

As for technique with the 5/16-oz. jig, Evers considered water clarity. “I was making long presentations, casts or long pitches with 12 lb. Bass Pro fluorocarbon line. I’ve got a Zoom Little Critter Craw trailer. It’s just a Midwest, highland reservoir type bait. In that flat there are little veins where the current has made it just a little deeper and you’ve got those laydowns that they use as a home but the best laydowns had a little undercut right next to them to where there’s kind of a little dark spot right there where they could hide. Those fish were just sitting there, facing up in the current.”

The win is a fulfilling one, to say the least. Evers shares, “When I saw shooting stars as a kid, my dream was to win the Bassmaster Classic.”

As for his young son, after seeing Dad win the Classic, what does he want to be? A paleontologist.

 

2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro 3/4-3/6
Grand Lake O' The Cherokees, Tulsa  OK.
(ANGLER) Standings Day 3

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

1.  Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              14  60-07    0 $300,000.00
Day 1: 4   13-12     Day 2: 5   17-08     Day 3: 5   29-03
2.  Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK           14  50-02    0  $50,000.00
Day 1: 5   20-14     Day 2: 5   16-11     Day 3: 4   12-09
3.  Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               15  46-05    0  $40,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-08     Day 2: 5   16-13     Day 3: 5   16-00
4.  Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          15  45-11    0  $30,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-09     Day 2: 5   13-15     Day 3: 5   15-03
5.  Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        15  45-10    0  $25,000.00
Day 1: 5   17-06     Day 2: 5   11-13     Day 3: 5   16-07
6.  Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              15  44-15    0  $22,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-15     Day 2: 5   16-15     Day 3: 5   13-01
7.  Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    13  42-11    0  $21,500.00
Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 3   11-14     Day 3: 5   18-06
8.  Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              14  42-08    0  $21,000.00
Day 1: 5   17-13     Day 2: 4   11-12     Day 3: 5   12-15
9.  Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          13  40-13    0  $20,500.00
Day 1: 5   12-14     Day 2: 3   11-06     Day 3: 5   16-09
10. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            15  40-09    0  $20,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-02     Day 2: 5   09-13     Day 3: 5   14-10
11. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            12  37-15    0  $15,000.00
Day 1: 4   11-02     Day 2: 3   09-12     Day 3: 5   17-01
12. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            12  37-15    0  $14,500.00
Day 1: 4   12-07     Day 2: 4   12-07     Day 3: 4   13-01
13. Brent Ehrler           Newport Beach, CA       11  37-03    0  $14,250.00
Day 1: 3   10-13     Day 2: 3   07-07     Day 3: 5   18-15
14. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              15  36-15    0  $14,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-02     Day 2: 5   13-10     Day 3: 5   10-03
15. James Watson           Nixa, MO                13  35-08    0  $13,750.00
Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   14-07     Day 3: 3   07-07
16. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             12  33-04    0  $13,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-05     Day 2: 4   11-02     Day 3: 3   06-13
17. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL        12  33-02    0  $12,900.00
Day 1: 3   08-08     Day 2: 4   10-02     Day 3: 5   14-08
18. David Walker           Sevierville, TN         12  33-00    0  $12,800.00
Day 1: 5   14-02     Day 2: 5   15-04     Day 3: 2   03-10
19. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              11  32-03    0  $12,700.00
Day 1: 3   12-12     Day 2: 4   10-09     Day 3: 4   08-14
20. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               12  31-13    0  $12,600.00
Day 1: 3   07-02     Day 2: 5   16-10     Day 3: 4   08-01
21. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            11  30-15    0  $12,400.00
Day 1: 5   16-04     Day 2: 2   05-12     Day 3: 4   08-15
22. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL             9  30-03    0  $12,300.00
Day 1: 5   18-01     Day 2: 2   05-12     Day 3: 2   06-06
23. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC               10  28-07    0  $14,700.00
Day 1: 4   14-12     Day 2: 2   04-10     Day 3: 4   09-01
24. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        12  27-05    0  $12,100.00
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 4   09-00     Day 3: 3   07-04
25. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           11  26-02    0  $12,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 4   08-07     Day 3: 2   06-10
BIG BASS OF TOURNAMENT
Marty Robinson           Lyman, SC           07-00      $2,500.00
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Guy hangs in to win FLW Costa Series tourney on Rayburn

In a tournament that featured a cold front and, therefore, changing conditions, Ricky Guy was able to hold off long time tournament pro Lendell Martin Jr. by over a half-pound and win the FLW Costa Series tourney on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

Due to contingency prizes, Guy’s payday was almost equal to that doled-out at a tour-level event - $95,300!

The usual techniques proved productive this week. Rat-L-Traps and jigs were popular lure choices. Some anglers reported that grass was not as prevelant as it sometimes is on the big lake. Buck brush held some quality fish.

Our friend David A. Brown was on hand to cover this one for FLW Outdoors and here’s his take on today’s final weigh in:

“Compared to his first two days’ limits of 25 pounds, 8 ounces and 24 pounds, 4 ounces, Ricky Guy was clearly disappointed with the 11-7 bag he weighed on the final day of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Mercury.

“When the final tallies were stated, Guy’s three-day total of 61-3 carried the Humble, Texas, pro across the finish line with a 1-11 margin of victory over a charging Lendell Martin Jr. who sacked up the days largest limit worth 20-5.”

AnglersChannel.com will share more as details become available.

The Top 5 Pros:

1 - Ricky Guy of Humble, TX - 61-3 - $95,300

2 - Lendell Martin, JR of Nacodoches, TX - 59-8 - $20,500

3 - Cory Rambo of Orange, TX - 55-7 - $14,500

4 - Kris Wilson of Montgomery, TX - 55-1 - $12,500

5 - Chris McCall of Brookeland, TX - 53-14 - $11,500


B.a.s.s. Does Dew At 4 Elite Tourneys In 2016

B.A.S.S. announced today that Mountain Dew will be a local partner for four 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series events, starting with the first tournament March 17-20 at Palatka on Florida’s St. Johns River.

“We’re excited to be teaming with an iconic brand like Mountain Dew for what promises to be one of the best Elite Series in B.A.S.S. history,” said Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S. “B.A.S.S. has assembled a team of sponsors that are leaders in their industries, both within the sportfishing arena and beyond it. Mountain Dew has a history with the sport, and we are thrilled to have them in the B.A.S.S. family.”

That family also includes fan-favorite and veteran Elite Series pro Gerald Swindle of Warrior, Ala., who continues his role as a Mountain Dew athlete, branding his jersey, boat, and truck with the soft drink logo.

Besides the St. Johns tournament, Mountain Dew also will partner with B.A.S.S. to sponsor events at Winyah Bay, South Carolina, April 7-10; Wheeler Lake, Alabama, April 28-May 1; and Mississippi River, Wisconsin, Sept. 8-11. The brand will be featured in a hospitality tent, as well as exhibit space, at all four.

Mountain Dew first joined with B.A.S.S. as a supporting sponsor of all Bassmaster tours in 2013. Additionally, it was a presenting sponsor for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

As a local partner for four Elite events in 2016, Mountain Dew also will receive exposure across B.A.S.S.’s multimedia platforms, including Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times magazines, The Bassmasters television show, Bassmaster.com website and B.A.S.S.’s social media channels.


Hallman Closes Out Flw Tour Win With Only 2 Fish On Okeechobee!

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Hallman hoists the hardware! photo courtesy of FLW Outdoors

 

Not to be anti-climactic, but Bradley Hallman could have just slept in today, joined the weigh in show with an empty bag and still enjoyed a 6-figure payday and the huge championship trophy to top off his first FLW Tour tournament.

Such was the nature of Hallman’s commanding performance over the course of 4 difficult days that featured changing weather and very few big fish. Bunches of small bass paraded across stage, unseen and uncelebrated, packed tightly with a few of their friends in weigh in bags as angler after angler settled for mediocrity.

Not Hallman. “I came down here from the jump knowing this was going to be a flippin’ tournament, as far as making the Top 10. It might be won some other way, but 5 out of the top 10 guys are going to be flippin’.”

Indeed, there are always other ways to catch fish. None of them bear mentioning this week.

With that mindset the former Bassmaster Elite Series Pro scoured the big lake, which he admitted he did not know very well, during practice. “I had never seen Harney Pond, never seen the Monkey Box. I stopped at some place called S&D or something that was supposed to have some fish (perhaps he meant ‘J&S’?). Finally, I ended up in South Bay and flipped into a bush – wait, I know, they’re called reed heads down here,” chuckled the Oklahoman, showing a bit of his flippin’ roots which are planted firmly in the soiled waters of his home state.

He found what he liked on the south end of the inland ocean. He stuck with his area as winds changed the water color and eventually pushed another foot or so of water beneath the mats from which Hallman pulled his fish. Throughout practice and the entire tournament Hallman simply swung the big weight on short line and long rod in his ‘bushes’ on the south end.

His single-minded tenacity was rewarded with the 2 biggest sacks of the derby during the first 2 rounds. He built a lead that lasted through today’s final weigh in during which the ‘Hot Seat’ on stage stayed empty. After Alex Davis weighed-in, Hallman still had an 8-pound lead with nobody left to challenge it.

Hallman totaled 71 pounds, 2 ounces over four days. His numbers day-by-day:  25-0 on Day 1, followed by 25-7, then 14-3 and a final weight of 6-8 on only two fish today.

His 6-2 effort today was heavier than some 5-fish limits other pros brought in.

Shin Fukae had five that weighed 5-1. The likeable pro from Japan-by-way-of-Texas joked that Hallman had an unfair advantage – he’s too tall. Fukae admitted that he likes to use small worms on a dropshot rig but this week he had to flip with a 7’11” rod. A stick that size would have the leverage on Fukae, not the other way around as works for Hallman who stands way north of the 6-foot mark.

Davis had five fish that at 5 pounds, 3 ounces also weighed less than Hallman’s pair. He was happy to have them since at 1 o’clock his livewell was empty. He had 10 bites during the last hour. They were just small. He wondered where the 4-pounders live in Okeechobee. He noted that the fish this week were either a foot long or as long as long as your arm.

Davis points out that Guntersville Lake is full of 4-pounders. And he knows where they live. Call him when you want to catch some. He made 30-grand this week in South Florida but his bread is mostly buttered by guide’s fees. And Guntersville should get hot soon!

Here’s how the Top 10 shook out today:

1        BRADLEY HALLMAN, NORMAN, OK  71 - 2 (16)      $100,000

2        ALEX DAVIS, ALBERTVILLE, AL  56 - 4 (20) $30,000

3        CHRIS JOHNSTON, PETERBOROUGH, ON   56 - 3 (19)       $25,000

4        MICHAEL NEAL, DAYTON, TN  55 - 15 (20)     $20,000

5        SHINICHI FUKAE, PALESTINE, TX  52 - 9 (20)          $19,000

6        BRANDON MCMILLAN, CLEWISTON, FL  51 - 4 (20)         $18,000

7        JOSHUA WEAVER, MACON, GA   50 - 5 (20)    $17,000

8        CLARK REEHM, HUNTINGTON, TX   48 - 8 (20)       $16,000

9        CHARLIE WEYER, WEST HILLS, CA   47 - 11 (18)     $15,000

10      BILLY SHELTON III, LA CROSSE,   44 - 6 (17) $14,500


Day 1 Details From Flw Tour On Okeechobee

CLEWISTON, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2016) – Oklahoma pro Bradley Hallman, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 25 pounds even Thursday to grab the early lead after day one of the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. Right behind him in second place is renowned Okeechobee angler Brandon McMillan of Clewiston, who weighed in five bass totaling 22-8. Hallman now brings a 2½-pound lead into day two of the four-day tournament that features 169 of the top bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.

“It is very enjoyable to lead the first day, but it is Okeechobee,” said Hallman, who is fishing in the first Walmart FLW Tour event of his career after a stellar 2015 season in the semi-pro Costa FLW Series. “How many times have we seen guys come down here and catch them and lead one day, then come back with four pounds the next day. I had a great day today and I’m happy to be in the position that I’m in.”

Hallman said that he fished mainly in one key area on the south end of the lake, but was covering a lot of water and had his trolling motor on high for most of the day.

“I caught 20 to 25 fish today, but not all of them were big,” Hallman said. “I’m flipping and throwing a winding bait, and I’m catching fish on both.”

The Norman, Oklahoma native said that he had very little experience on Okeechobee, having fished just one FLW Series tournament on the lake more than eight years ago. In preparation for this tournament, Hallman said that he studied old episodes of the “FLW” television show to help find the big fish.

“I spent a lot of time watching videos and old TV shows and year after year after year I was seeing the big fish coming out of the same vegetation. So, I looked for that and what I’m fishing looks like the same stuff.”

With local meteorologists predicting a cold front and a strong north wind tomorrow, most anglers expect day two to fish drastically different than the first which saw sunny 80-degree temperatures and a slight breeze from the south.

“Tomorrow will be survival day,” said Hallman. “I don’t have the experience on this lake, so I don’t know what areas are going to be protected from the wind and what’s not. I’m going to go check the area that I fished today in the morning and if it doesn’t look good I’ll get back in the canal and head to the north end.”

The top 10 pros after day one on Lake Okeechobee are:

1st:          Bradley Hallman, Norman, Okla., five bass, 25-0

2nd:         Brandon McMillan, Clewiston, Fla., five bass, 22-8

3rd:          Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., five bass, 21-0

4th:          Joshua Weaver, Macon, Ga., five bass, 20-12

5th:          Ryan Chandler, Hebron, Ind., five bass, 20-6

6th:          Shinichi Fukae, Palestine, Texas, five bass, 20-3

7th:          Darrel Robertson, Jay, Okla., five bass, 18-11

8th:          Jim Tutt, Longview, Texas, five bass, 18-7

9th:          John Devere, Berea Ky., five bass, 18-6

10th:        FLW Foundation pro Cody Kelley, Conway, Ark., five bass, 17-0

For a full list of results visit FLWFishing.com.

Tommy Dickerson of Orange, Texas, earned the Big Bass Award on the pro side Thursday, weighing a 7-pound, 2-ounce largemouth to win the $500 prize.

Overall there were 780 bass weighing 1,729 pounds, 6 ounces caught by 168 pros Thursday. The catch included 139 five-bass limits.

Vincent Yonemitsu of Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 18 pounds, 11 ounces, followed by Michel Purvis of Canton, Georgia, in second place with five bass weighing 18 pounds even.

The top 10 co-anglers after day one on Lake Okeechobee are:

1st:           Vincent Yonemitsu, Thornhill, Ontario, five bass, 18-11

2nd:         Michel Purvis, Canton, Ga., five bass, 18-0

3rd:          William Roberts, Fairfax, Va., five bass, 16-14

4th:          Tyler Meredith, Oliver Springs, Tenn., five bass, 15-15

5th:          Spiro Agouros, Oshawa, Ontario, five bass, 15-10

6th:          Joey Cifuentes, Clinton, Ark., five bass, 15-9

6th:          Matt Surman, Boca Raton, Fla., five bass, 15-9

8th:          Gary Haraguchi, Redding, Calif., five bass, 15-8

9th:          Maurice Cobb, Kuttawa, Ky., five bass, 15-7

10th:        Todd Lee, Jasper, Ala., five bass, 14-5

Surman earned the Bridgford Big Bass Award on the co-angler side Thursday with a largemouth totaling 7 pounds, 15 ounces to win the $250 prize.

Overall there were 636 bass weighing 1,218 pounds, 11 ounces caught by 161 co-anglers Thursday. The catch included 97 five-bass limits.

In addition to casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division, anglers are also competing for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2016 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Huntsville, Alabama, Aug. 4-7 on Wheeler Lake.

Anglers will take off from Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort located at 920 E. Del Monte, Ave., in Clewiston at 7:30 a.m. each day. Friday’s weigh-ins will be held at the marina beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s final weigh-ins will be held at Walmart, located at 1005 W. Sugarland Highway., in Clewiston beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Walmart prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes a 100-yard Lew’s Casting Lane, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by FLW sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.

Also for youth, the FLW Foundation’s Unified Fishing Derby will be held at Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. The event is hosted by FLW Foundation pro Cody Kelley along with other FLW Tour anglers, and is free and open to area youth 15 years of age and younger and Special Olympics athletes. Rods and reels are available for use, but youth are encouraged to bring their own if they own one. All bait is provided by the DMF Bait Company.

Coverage of the Lake Okeechobee tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) this fall. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network as well as FLWFishing.com and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

The tournament is hosted by Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort and the Hendry County Tourism Development Council.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.


Hallman Leads Day 1 As Flw Tour Kicks Off On Okeechobee

The 2016 FLW Tour got started today on Lake Okeechobee. There were the usual freak show bags – Bradley Hallman leads with 25 pounds and the top 6 anglers all had better than 20 pounds.

But then, an even 17-pound sack put Cody Kelley in the top 10.

And, typically, the first day produces the heaviest weights.

Here are the top 10 pros and their weights:

1        BRADLEY HALLMAN  25 - 0 (5)                        

2        BRANDON MCMILLAN         22 - 8 (5)                        

3        ALEX DAVIS       21 - 0 (5)                        

4        JOSHUA WEAVER        20 - 12 (5)            

5        RYAN CHANDLER       20 - 6 (5)                        

6        SHINICHI FUKAE         20 - 3 (5)                        

7        DARREL ROBERTSON 18 - 11 (5)                      

8        JIM TUTT   18 - 7 (5)              

9        JOHN DEVERE    18 - 6 (5)              

10      CODY KELLEY   17 - 0 (5)              

There were plenty of bass to go around. Even the co-anglers caught them pretty well. The average co-angler bag had 3 fish that weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. The figure was 4 fish at 10 pounds, 4 ounces for the guys in the front of the boat. There were 97 limits in the co-angler field of 169 competitors.

Co-angler Matt Surman caught the biggest single bass in either division with his 7 pound, 15 ounce specimen.

Tommy Dickerson had the big bass on the pro side with a 7-2.

Vincent Yonemitsu leads the co-angler division with 18 pounds, 11 ounces, followed closely by Michael Purvis who has 18-even.

With so many small-to-medium-size fish to be found, success belonged to those who could catch a couple of big girls.

That has always been the case in Florida except for those rare times when it takes limits of 7-pounders to top the field. The lake is healthy and fishing fine, but the water is up, the weather is less than perfect and we don’t appear to be in for such an extremely high weight tournament.

Still, 25 pounds of Okeechobee bass say that Hallman is the man today. According to our friends at FLW Outdoors, “Hallman experienced steady, impressive action all day and says he sorted through 20 or 30 fish en route to piecing together his limit. The 2015 Grand Lake Costa FLW Series champion seems confident about his chances of having another big day tomorrow, despite a forecast 180-degree wind shift and 20-degree difference in the projected high temperature.”

McMillan, always a threat to win on his home lake, got off to the right kind of start as well. He has 4 days to build on hid opening effort of 22-8.

AnglersChannel.com will share more as we learn the details throughout this evening and the next 3 days. Stick around!

 


Looking Forward To Flw Tour Kick Off On Okeechobee!

AnglersChannel.com Insider Vance McCullough looks ahead to the FLW Tour season-opener which kicks off hours from now on one of the nation's most famous fisheries - Lake Okeechobee!


Mckamey, Oliver Of Ucf Win Flw College Fishing Southeastern Conference Opener On Crescent Lake

BUNNELL, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2016) – The University of Central Florida team of Hunter McKamey of Geneva, Tennessee, and Kyle Oliver of Winter Garden, Florida, won the FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference opener on Crescent Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 22 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced the team to the 2017 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

“It feels great to win this tournament and bring some prize money back to campus,” said McKamey, a junior majoring in marketing. “We felt confident coming into today and everything seemed to work out the way we wanted.”

“It’s Hunter and I’s last season together, so to qualify for the College Fishing National Championship is really exciting,” said Oliver, a junior majoring in business management. “Our college fishing career has been quite a run, but I think we’ve got some more left in us.”

The duo said they primarily flipped Cypress trees in Dunn’s Creek just north of Crescent Lake. They said they used one bait – a Backatya-colored Gambler Why Not – to put together their winning stringer.

“We hit a 300-yard stretch of water about six or seven times,” said McKamey. “We also focused on steeper banks, especially ones that were dropping off into 18 to 20-foot depths.”

The team said they caught 11 of 12 keepers along the stretch, with their kicker coming with just 30 minutes left in the event, from an isolated grass mat near the takeoff ramp.

“We used a ½-ounce weight on the Why Not which seemed to trigger a better reaction from the bass compared to the smaller weights that we heard other teams were throwing,” said Oliver. “The water was a little cold for this time of year, but the fish were still aggressive. Luckily the bigger ones pulled up for us.”

The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2017 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st:          University of Central Florida – Hunter McKamey, Geneva, Tenn., and Kyle Oliver, Winter Garden, Fla., five bass, 22-3, $2,000 Club Scholarship

2nd:         Florida Gulf Coast University – Beau Clymer and Hunter Bozeman, both of Ocala, Fla., five bass, 15-3, $1,000 Club Scholarship

3rd:          East Carolina University – Austin Warmus and Michael Corbishley, both of Raleigh, N.C., five bass, 14-1, $500 Club Scholarship

4th:          University of South Carolina – William Miller, High Point, N.C., and Ethan Ingle, West Columbia, S.C., five bass, 13-14, $500 Club Scholarship

5th:          University of South Alabama – M.J. Vihnanek, Walnut Hill, Fla., and William Knapp, Birmingham, Ala., four bass, 13-12, $500 Club Scholarship

6th:          Daytona State College – James Oltorik and Thomas Oltorik, both of DeLand, Fla., five bass, 13-10

7th:          Appalachian State University – Matthew Reid, Clayton, N.C., and Kelly Johnson, Sherrill’s Ford, N.C., five bass, 13-2

8th:          University of Central Florida - John Larsen, Oviedo, Fla., and Justin Brown, Margate, Fla., five bass, 12-14

9th:          Georgia College & State University – Zachary Bennett, Loganville, Ga., and Chase Williams, Milledgeville, Ga., three bass, 12-14

10th:        Southwest Mississippi Community College – Logan Morel and Cole Nunnery, both of Smithdale, Miss., four bass, 12-10

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

This FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference event was the first regular-season qualifying tournament in the Southeastern conference. The next event for Southeastern Conference anglers is a tournament scheduled for May 21 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama.

FLW College Fishing teams compete in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 15 teams from the annual FLW College Fishing Open will advance to the 2017 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a college fishing club.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow College Fishing on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing. Visit FLWFishing.com to sign up or to start a club at your school.


Knight Has Solid Day To Begin 2016 Opens Season On Kissimmee Chain

Kissimmee, Fla. — Team tournament partners Brad Knight and Wesley Strader got one big fish on the Kissimmee Chain and are neck and neck in the pro division after the first round of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open Thursday.

Knight holds the lead with a 22-pound, 11-ounce limit that included a 9-6 bass, while Strader is in second place with 21-9.

“Wesley is a great friend of mine,” said Knight. “We have fished team tournaments together.”

Both anglers found big bass either nesting or moving up to spawn. “I had a terrible execution day because I had a chance at four or five other fish that were of that (9-6) caliber or more,” said Knight, the reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion from Lancing, Tenn. Knight noted he lost most of his bass when they burrowed into the vegetation.

“I would have liked to have had another hour today, but I just didn’t put it all together,” he said. “My fish kind of moved around and things are changing pretty rapidly for me out there. I am looking forward to going back out there tomorrow because I know where they are living. I figured out a few things this afternoon and hopefully I can put together another good bag. Some of the fish are prespawn, but they have really made a move the last day or two to spawn.”

Knight knew he was around big fish when he had a decent day of practice on Tuesday. The Tennessee angler verified that point when he caught his 9-pounder and another bass that probably weighed around 8 pounds today.

Strader found his fish in practice when he visited an area where he did well in last year’s Southern Open.

“It is just a place where they come to spawn, and I knew these fish are dying to spawn but the weather conditions haven’t been right for them to do it,” Strader said.

The Spring City, Tenn., angler tried other spots in the morning because he believed the place he found in practice was just loaded with 2-pounders. However when he didn’t have a fish in the livewell by 11:15, he decided to make a move to the keeper-size bass.

“I just went to that area where I knew there were some smaller fish up spawning,” he said. “Those 2-pounders turned into great big ones, so I am pleased with that.”

Rounding out the Top 5 in the pro division are Jade Keeton, Killen, Ala., third, 20-0; Chad Morgenthaler, Reeds Spring, Mo., fourth, 19-10; and Jason Williamson, Wagener, S.C., fifth, 18-8.

Winter Springs, Fla., angler Nate Bloom celebrates his 40th birthday tomorrow, but he received an early birthday present when he got to fish with Koby Krieger, who was his partner when Bloom won the 2003 Southern Open at Lake Okeechobee.

Krieger turned into a good luck charm again for Bloom who caught a three-fish limit weighing 11-10 to take the lead in the non-boater division.

“My first day fishing with Koby Krieger and I am in first place,” Bloom said. “It is just meant to be.”

Hosting this event are Visit Kissimmee and the Central Florida Sports Commission. Tomorrow’s launch, weigh-in and the final day launch will be held at the Lakefront Park/Big Toho Marina. The final day weigh-in will shift to the Bass Pro Shops in Orlando.
2016 2016 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster  Southern Open Kissimmee Chain of Lakes 1/28-1/30
Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Kissimmee  FL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts

1.  Brad Knight            Lancing, TN              5  22-11  200
Day 1: 5   22-11
2.  Wesley Strader         Spring City, TN          5  21-09  199
Day 1: 5   21-09
3.  Jade Keeton            Killen, AL               5  20-00  198
Day 1: 5   20-00
4.  Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO         5  19-10  197
Day 1: 5   19-10
5.  Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC              5  18-08  196
Day 1: 5   18-08
6.  Eric Panzironi         Longwood, FL             5  17-15  195
Day 1: 5   17-15
7.  Sam George             Athens, AL               5  17-08  194
Day 1: 5   17-08
8.  Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR               5  17-00  193
Day 1: 5   17-00
9.  Jordan Card            Knoxville, TN            5  16-10  192
Day 1: 5   16-10
10. Mike Huff              Corbin, KY               5  16-04  191
Day 1: 5   16-04
11. Greg Pugh              Cullman, AL              5  16-02  190
Day 1: 5   16-02
12. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA              5  16-01  189
Day 1: 5   16-01
13. Mark Daniels Jr.       Tuskegee, AL             5  15-13  188
Day 1: 5   15-13
14. Jesse Wiggins          Cullman, AL              5  15-06  187
Day 1: 5   15-06
15. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL              5  15-04  186
Day 1: 5   15-04
16. David Kilgore          Jasper, AL               5  15-03  185
Day 1: 5   15-03
17. Derek Hudnall          Baton Rouge, LA          5  15-02  184
Day 1: 5   15-02
18. Andrew Iversen         Maple Plain, MN          5  14-15  183
Day 1: 5   14-15
18. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC                5  14-15  183
Day 1: 5   14-15
18. Jacob Wheeler          Indianapolis, IN         5  14-15  183
Day 1: 5   14-15
21. Destin DeMarion        Grove City, PA           5  14-08  180
Day 1: 5   14-08
22. Cody Detweiler         Orlando, FL              5  14-07  179
Day 1: 5   14-07
23. Patrick Bone           Cleveland, GA            5  14-05  178
Day 1: 5   14-05
23. Derek Remitz           Grant, AL                5  14-05  178
Day 1: 5   14-05
23. Mark Rose              West Memphis, AR         5  14-05  178
Day 1: 5   14-05
26. Jared Dial             Winter Haven, FL         5  14-03  175
Day 1: 5   14-03
27. Rich Howes             Oviedo, FL               5  14-00  174
Day 1: 5   14-00
28. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN         5  13-14  173
Day 1: 5   13-14
29. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL            5  13-13  172
Day 1: 5   13-13
30. Scott Canterbury       Springville, AL          5  13-10  171
Day 1: 5   13-10
31. Hunter Shryock         Newcomerstown, OH        5  13-06  170
Day 1: 5   13-06
32. Brian Elder            Locust Grove, GA         5  13-05  169
Day 1: 5   13-05
33. Kyle Fox               Lakeland, FL             4  13-04  168
Day 1: 4   13-04
34. Woo Daves              Spring Grove, VA         5  13-03  167
Day 1: 5   13-03
35. Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC           5  13-02  166
Day 1: 5   13-02
36. Hank Cherry Jr         Maiden, NC               5  13-00  165
Day 1: 5   13-00
37. Todd Auten             Lake Wylie, SC           5  12-13  164
Day 1: 5   12-13
38. Jason Quinn            Rock Hill, SC            5  12-12  163
Day 1: 5   12-12
39. Rex Chambers           Baileyton, AL            5  12-08  162
Day 1: 5   12-08
40. Kendal Beaty           Spring City, TN          5  12-07  161
Day 1: 5   12-07
40. Ronnie Green           Sebring, FL              5  12-07  161
Day 1: 5   12-07
42. Scott Luster           Prattville, AL           4  12-04  159
Day 1: 4   12-04
43. Guy Eaker Sr.          Cherryville, NC          5  12-03  158
Day 1: 5   12-03
43. Arnie Lane             Lakeland, FL             5  12-03  158
Day 1: 5   12-03
45. Kazuki Kitajima        Orlando, FL              4  12-03  156
Day 1: 4   12-03
46. Jimmy Johnson          La Crosse, WI            5  12-02  155
Day 1: 5   12-02
47. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN            5  12-01  154
Day 1: 5   12-01
48. Dustin Connell         Clanton, AL              5  11-15  153
Day 1: 5   11-15
49. Garrett Rocamora       Lithia, FL               5  11-13  152
Day 1: 5   11-13
50. Cecil Douberly         Lakeland, FL             5  11-11  151
Day 1: 5   11-11
51. Clayton Batts          Warner Robins, GA        5  11-06  150
Day 1: 5   11-06
51. Sven Hilland           Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA   5  11-06  150
Day 1: 5   11-06
53. Charlie Evans          Berea, KY                5  11-05  148
Day 1: 5   11-05
54. James Christian        Dickson, TN              4  11-05  147
Day 1: 4   11-05
54. Chris Groh             Spring Grove, IL         4  11-05  147
Day 1: 4   11-05
56. Brandon Cobb           Greenwood, SC            5  11-04  145
Day 1: 5   11-04
57. Steven Crafton         Clarksville, TN          5  11-01  144
Day 1: 5   11-01
57. Douglas Workman        Cleveland, GA            5  11-01  144
Day 1: 5   11-01
59. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL             5  11-00  142
Day 1: 5   11-00
60. Tim Arnold             Cullman, AL              5  10-15  141
Day 1: 5   10-15
60. Dale Hightower         Mannford, OK             5  10-15  141
Day 1: 5   10-15
60. Michael Neal           Dayton, TN               5  10-15  141
Day 1: 5   10-15
63. David Perdue           Wirtz, VA                5  10-12  138
Day 1: 5   10-12
64. Joey Nania             Cropwell, AL             5  10-11  137
Day 1: 5   10-11
64. Kazunori Okuma         Moriyama-Shi Shiga JAPA  5  10-11  137
Day 1: 5   10-11
66. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL         5  10-10  135
Day 1: 5   10-10
66. Kendall Newson         Lagrange, GA             5  10-10  135
Day 1: 5   10-10
68. Anthony Gagliardi      Prosperity, SC           5  10-09  133
Day 1: 5   10-09
69. John Dial              Winter Haven, FL         5  10-08  132
Day 1: 5   10-08
69. JT Kenney              Palm Bay, FL             5  10-08  132
Day 1: 5   10-08
71. Jp Prouty              Satellite Beach, FL      5  10-07  130
Day 1: 5   10-07
71. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL         5  10-07  130
Day 1: 5   10-07
73. Matt Stefan            Junction City, WI        5  10-06  128
Day 1: 5   10-06
74. Shane Powell           Midland City, AL         5  10-05  127
Day 1: 5   10-05
75. John Cox               Debary, FL               5  10-04  126
Day 1: 5   10-04
75. Jon Englund            Farwell, MN              5  10-04  126
Day 1: 5   10-04
77. Mike Jackson           San Mateo, FL            5  10-03  124
Day 1: 5   10-03
78. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL          5  10-01  123
Day 1: 5   10-01
79. Aaron Owens            Birmingham, AL           4  10-01  122
Day 1: 4   10-01
80. Samuel Fish            Calera, AL               5  09-14  121
Day 1: 5   09-14
81. Eric Jackson           Walling, TN              5  09-13  120
Day 1: 5   09-13
82. Lionel Botha           Palm Bay, FL             5  09-11  119
Day 1: 5   09-11
83. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK              5  09-10  118
Day 1: 5   09-10
83. Freddy  Palmer         Estill Springs, TN       5  09-10  118
Day 1: 5   09-10
85. Charlie Hartley        Grove City, OH           4  09-09  116
Day 1: 4   09-09
86. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL              5  09-08  115
Day 1: 5   09-08
87. Jeff Shelton           Hanceville, AL           5  09-05  114
Day 1: 5   09-05
88. Patrick Pierce         Jacksonville, FL         5  09-04  113
Day 1: 5   09-04
89. Clabion Johns Jr       Covington, GA            3  09-04  112
Day 1: 3   09-04
90. Bradley Dortch         Windemere, FL            5  09-03  111
Day 1: 5   09-03
91. Austin Felix           Eden Prairie, MN         5  09-02  110
Day 1: 5   09-02
92. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID             3  09-01  109
Day 1: 3   09-01
93. Kyle Glasgow Jr        Guin, AL                 5  09-00  108
Day 1: 5   09-00
93. Roland Martin          Naples, FL               5  09-00  108
Day 1: 5   09-00
95. Derek Yasinski         Senoia, GA               5  08-15  106
Day 1: 5   08-15
96. Jason Rice             Swannanoa, NC            4  08-15  105
Day 1: 4   08-15
97. Chris Adams            Oviedo, FL               5  08-12  104
Day 1: 5   08-12
97. Chris Heath            North Augusta, SC        5  08-12  104
Day 1: 5   08-12
97. Jesse Tacoronte        Orlando, FL              5  08-12  104
Day 1: 5   08-12
97. Kyle Walters           Grant Valkaria, FL       5  08-12  104
Day 1: 5   08-12
101. Ray Hashimoto          San Francisco, CA        4  08-12  100
Day 1: 4   08-12
102. Jon Canada             Pelham, AL               5  08-11   99
Day 1: 5   08-11
102. Al Farace              Cockeysville, MD         5  08-11   99
Day 1: 5   08-11
104. Shin Fukae             Palestine, TX            5  08-10   97
Day 1: 5   08-10
104. Daniel Lanier Jr.      Winter Springs, FL       5  08-10   97
Day 1: 5   08-10
104. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL         5  08-10   97
Day 1: 5   08-10
107. Brent Crow             Hartselle, AL            5  08-09   94
Day 1: 5   08-09
107. Toby Lillard           Clarksville, TN          5  08-09   94
Day 1: 5   08-09
109. Ryan Hoover            Valrico, FL              3  08-09   92
Day 1: 3   08-09
110. Bill Day II            Frankfort, KY            5  08-07   91
Day 1: 5   08-07
110. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL         5  08-07   91
Day 1: 5   08-07
112. Jamey Caldwell         Carthage, NC             5  08-06   89
Day 1: 5   08-06
112. Dylan Fulk             Concord, NC              5  08-06   89
Day 1: 5   08-06
114. Matt Fair              Ocoee, FL                3  08-05   87
Day 1: 3   08-05
115. Gary Clouse            La Vergne, TN            5  08-04   86
Day 1: 5   08-04
115. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN            5  08-04   86
Day 1: 5   08-04
117. Christiana Bradley     Goldvein, VA             5  08-01   84
Day 1: 5   08-01
118. Michael Murphy         Lexington, SC            2  08-01   83
Day 1: 2   08-01
119. Randy Haynes           Counce, TN               5  08-00   82
Day 1: 5   08-00
120. Ronald Young           Round Rock, TX           5  07-14   81
Day 1: 5   07-14
121. Grayson Smith          Clarksville, TN          5  07-13   80
Day 1: 5   07-13
122. Trait Crist            Fort Worth, TX           5  07-11   79
Day 1: 5   07-11
123. Christopher Murphy     Warrenton, VA            4  07-09   78
Day 1: 4   07-09
124. Tyler Carriere         Youngsville, LA          5  07-07   77
Day 1: 5   07-07
125. Koby Kreiger           Bokeelia, FL             5  07-06   76
Day 1: 5   07-06
126. Paul Pagnato           Reston, VA               4  07-06   75
Day 1: 4   07-06
127. Bob Morin              Seymour, TN              4  07-02   74
Day 1: 4   07-02
127. Darrell Pons           Gainesville, FL          4  07-02   74
Day 1: 4   07-02
129. Danny Lavoie           Franklin, GA             5  07-01   72
Day 1: 5   07-01
130. Alton Jones Jr.        Lorena, TX               4  06-14   71
Day 1: 4   06-14
131. Josh Douglas           Mound, MN                5  06-13   70
Day 1: 5   06-13
131. Mitch Liss             Saint Cloud, FL          5  06-13   70
Day 1: 5   06-13
133. Kyle Schutta           Forest Lake, MN          4  06-13   68
Day 1: 4   06-13
134. James Bailey           Warrenton, VA            5  06-09   67
Day 1: 5   06-09
135. Randy Elliott          Bowie, MD                5  06-08   66
Day 1: 5   06-08
136. Greg Buie              Athens, AL               3  06-07   65
Day 1: 3   06-07
137. Eric Silverstrim       Indian Mound, TN         3  06-05   64
Day 1: 3   06-05
138. Bill Weidler           Bessemer, AL             2  06-03   63
Day 1: 2   06-03
139. John Brazzell          Winter Garden, FL        4  06-01   62
Day 1: 4   06-01
140. Chris Hensley          Marbury, AL              5  05-12   61
Day 1: 5   05-12
141. Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, AL                3  05-12   60
Day 1: 3   05-12
142. William Shipes         Williston, SC            4  05-11   59
Day 1: 4   05-11
143. Rick Morris            Lake Gaston, VA          2  05-11   58
Day 1: 2   05-11
144. Ed Loughran III        Mechanicsville, VA       2  05-08   57
Day 1: 2   05-08
145. Chris Moody            Brooks, GA               3  05-07   56
Day 1: 3   05-07
146. AJ Slegona Jr          Walker Valley, NY        3  05-06   55
Day 1: 3   05-06
147. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN          4  05-05   54
Day 1: 4   05-05
148. Dave Sampson           Miramar, FL              4  05-03   53
Day 1: 4   05-03
149. Jeff Barth             Marshfield, WI           4  05-00   52
Day 1: 4   05-00
150. Greg Mansfield         Olathe, KS               3  04-15   51
Day 1: 3   04-15
150. Chris Neau             Gretna, LA               3  04-15   51
Day 1: 3   04-15
152. Hunter Eubanks         Inman, SC                3  04-13   49
Day 1: 3   04-13
152. Bradley Sears          Covington, GA            3  04-13   49
Day 1: 3   04-13
154. Allen Brooks           Canton, GA               3  04-12   47
Day 1: 3   04-12
155. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC           3  04-09   46
Day 1: 3   04-09
156. Fletcher Shryock       New Philadelphia, OH     2  04-07   45
Day 1: 2   04-07
157. Preston Johnson        Rice Lake, WI            3  04-05   44
Day 1: 3   04-05
158. Wil Hardy II           Harlem, GA               3  04-02   43
Day 1: 3   04-02
158. Ricky Shepherd         Mosheim, TN              3  04-02   43
Day 1: 3   04-02
160. Jim Tomsovic           Sparta, WI               3  04-01   41
Day 1: 3   04-01
161. Shawn Carnahan         Gilbert, AZ              2  04-01   40
Day 1: 2   04-01
161. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL                2  04-01   40
Day 1: 2   04-01
163. Rick Shannon           Woodlawn, TN             3  03-12   38
Day 1: 3   03-12
164. Michael Johnson        Talking Rock, GA         2  03-12   37
Day 1: 2   03-12
165. Rick Pierce            Mountain Home, AR        3  03-11   36
Day 1: 3   03-11
165. Chuck Pippin Jr        Gotha, FL                3  03-11   36
Day 1: 3   03-11
167. Jeff Cox               Saline, MI               2  03-11   34
Day 1: 2   03-11
168. Ryan Davidson          Branchland, WV           3  03-10   33
Day 1: 3   03-10
169. David Gaston           Sylacauga, AL            3  03-08   32
Day 1: 3   03-08
170. Gerald Sensabaugh      Kingsport, TN            2  03-07   31
Day 1: 2   03-07
171. Terry Segraves         Kissimmee, FL            2  03-01   30
Day 1: 2   03-01
172. Kyle Worsham           Cherokee, AL             2  02-15   29
Day 1: 2   02-15
173. Russell Ludwig IV      Auburn, GA               2  02-14   28
Day 1: 2   02-14
173. Brad Webb              Hampton, VA              2  02-14   28
Day 1: 2   02-14
175. Chris Cline            Stafford, VA             1  02-09   26
Day 1: 1   02-09
176. Matt Brown             Corbin, KY               2  02-06   25
Day 1: 2   02-06
177. Jimmy Mason            Rogersville, AL          1  02-06   24
Day 1: 1   02-06
178. Trevor Lo              Maplewood, MN            2  02-03   23
Day 1: 2   02-03
179. Dow Cox                Jonesborough, TN         2  02-02   22
Day 1: 2   02-02
180. David Smith            Del City, OK             2  02-01   21
Day 1: 2   02-01
181. Clay Dyer              Fayetteville, TN         1  01-13   20
Day 1: 1   01-13
181. Steve York             Bronson, MI              1  01-13   20
Day 1: 1   01-13
183. Donald Herwick III     Springboro, OH           1  01-11   18
Day 1: 1   01-11
184. Carroll Blevins        Jonesboro, GA            1  01-10   17
Day 1: 1   01-10
184. Tom Huynh              Moorehead, MN            1  01-10   17
Day 1: 1   01-10
186. William Hensley        Chattaroy, WV            1  01-06   15
Day 1: 1   01-06
187. Dustin Neat            Dunnville, KY            1  01-04   14
Day 1: 1   01-04
188. Mccoy Borja            Johnson City, TN         1  01-02   13
Day 1: 1   01-02
188. Deron Patrick          Cullman, AL              1  01-02   13
Day 1: 1   01-02
190. Larry Gaines           Valparaiso, FL           1  00-15   11
Day 1: 1   00-15
191. Billy Briere           Mooresville, IN          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
191. Jeffrey Brooks         Boca Raton, FL           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
191. Parker Cann            Abbeville, SC            0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
191. Travis Dehart          Greenville, SC           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
191. Willy Hicks            Chester, VA              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
191. Jamie Jacobus          Johnstown, OH            0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
191. Che Johnson            Rochester, MN            0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
191. Matt Lowe              Walhalla, SC             0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
191. Brian Mathis           Cornelius, NC            0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
191. Ernest Morris          Seneca, SC               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
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BIG
Day
1   Brad Knight              Lancing, TN         09-06          $0.00

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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       116       780      1720-01
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116       780      1720-01

2016 2016 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster  Southern Open Kissimmee Chain of Lakes 1/28-1/30
Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Kissimmee  FL.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts

1.  Nathan Bloom           Winter Springs, FL       3  11-10  200
Day 1: 3   11-10
2.  Chaz Carrington        Virginia Beach, VA       3  10-08  199
Day 1: 3   10-08
3.  Thomas Miller          Fort Pierce, FL          3  10-05  198
Day 1: 3   10-05
4.  Douglas Lubs           Indianapolis, IN         3  10-04  197
Day 1: 3   10-04
5.  Eric Davis             Athens, AL               3  09-12  196
Day 1: 3   09-12
6.  Tom Balachvili         Brooklyn, NY             3  09-10  195
Day 1: 3   09-10
7.  Greg Mauldin           Archdale, NC             3  09-05  194
Day 1: 3   09-05
8.  Matt Justice           Fair Play, SC            3  09-03  193
Day 1: 3   09-03
8.  Kenny Sammons          Pinetta, FL              3  09-03  193
Day 1: 3   09-03
10. Rob Walker             Deland, FL               3  08-15  191
Day 1: 3   08-15
11. Chip Dover             Longwood, FL             3  08-11  190
Day 1: 3   08-11
12. Joey Aderhold          Birmingham, AL           3  08-09  189
Day 1: 3   08-09
13. Chadd Eriksen          Wake Forest, NC          3  08-08  188
Day 1: 3   08-08
14. General Johnson II     Fort Myers, FL           1  08-05  187
Day 1: 1   08-05
15. Steve Jarrett          Valrico, FL              3  08-04  186
Day 1: 3   08-04
16. Brian Colson           Lake Mary, FL            3  07-15  185
Day 1: 3   07-15
17. Jeffrey Worth          Longwood, FL             3  07-14  184
Day 1: 3   07-14
18. Teb Jones              Hattiesburg, MS          3  07-08  183
Day 1: 3   07-08
19. Bailey Boutries        Daphne, AL               3  07-05  182
Day 1: 3   07-05
20. Alan Agnoli            Chiefland, FL            3  07-04  181
Day 1: 3   07-04
21. Tom Stark              Angola, IN               3  07-00  180
Day 1: 3   07-00
22. Clint Harrison II      Georgetown, TN           3  06-14  179
Day 1: 3   06-14
22. Linda Robinson         Palmetto Bay, FL         3  06-14  179
Day 1: 3   06-14
24. Daniel Beebe Jr        Niota, TN                3  06-13  177
Day 1: 3   06-13
24. Chris Harris           Groveland, FL            3  06-13  177
Day 1: 3   06-13
26. Yusuke Nomura          Anjo-Shi,Aichi JAPAN     2  06-13  175
Day 1: 2   06-13
27. Nicolas Kayler         Apopka, FL               3  06-12  174
Day 1: 3   06-12
28. Gator Morris Jr        Charlotte, NC            3  06-11  173
Day 1: 3   06-11
29. Johnny Bigger II       Spring Hill, FL          3  06-10  172
Day 1: 3   06-10
29. Logan Murphy           Saint Cloud, FL          3  06-10  172
Day 1: 3   06-10
31. Joshua Bauer           Random Lake, WI          3  06-09  170
Day 1: 3   06-09
31. David Dimauro          Longwood, FL             3  06-09  170
Day 1: 3   06-09
33. Shane Byrom            Newnan, GA               3  06-08  168
Day 1: 3   06-08
33. Gregory O'Neal         Winchester, TN           3  06-08  168
Day 1: 3   06-08
33. Benny Widerman         Deltona, FL              3  06-08  168
Day 1: 3   06-08
36. Leslie Swann III       Lake Placid, FL          3  06-07  165
Day 1: 3   06-07
37. Craig Cullen           Vero Beach, FL           3  06-06  164
Day 1: 3   06-06
37. Geoffrey Wells         Virginia Beach, VA       3  06-06  164
Day 1: 3   06-06
39. Anthony Santoriello    Saint Cloud, FL          3  06-05  162
Day 1: 3   06-05
40. Rick Harris Jr         San Angelo, TX           3  06-01  161
Day 1: 3   06-01
41. Luke Koch              Campbellsport, WI        3  05-15  160
Day 1: 3   05-15
41. James Tapp             Inman, SC                3  05-15  160
Day 1: 3   05-15
43. Barry Hughes           Plant City, FL           3  05-14  158
Day 1: 3   05-14
43. Larry Mullikin         Lauderhill, FL           3  05-14  158
Day 1: 3   05-14
45. Tomas Gomez            Kissimmee, FL            3  05-13  156
Day 1: 3   05-13
45. Jeremy Goodwyn         Bowling Green, FL        3  05-13  156
Day 1: 3   05-13
45. Mike Spears            Jasper, AL               3  05-13  156
Day 1: 3   05-13
48. Radney Atchison        Prattville, AL           3  05-12  153
Day 1: 3   05-12
48. Scott Crews            Wetumpka, AL             3  05-12  153
Day 1: 3   05-12
48. Justin Lockee          Valdese, NC              3  05-12  153
Day 1: 3   05-12
48. Adam Sumner            Mount Dora, FL           3  05-12  153
Day 1: 3   05-12
52. Tony Sears             Dahlonega, GA            2  05-12  149
Day 1: 2   05-12
53. Ryan Crowley           Jacksonville, FL         3  05-10  148
Day 1: 3   05-10
54. Gus Kneidinger         Prospect, PA             2  05-10  147
Day 1: 2   05-10
55. Keith Honeycutt        Temple, TX               3  05-08  146
Day 1: 3   05-08
55. Don Lewis Jr           Jacksonville, FL         3  05-08  146
Day 1: 3   05-08
57. Jason Kneidinger       Grove City, PA           3  05-07  144
Day 1: 3   05-07
57. Joe Moore              Kissimmee, FL            3  05-07  144
Day 1: 3   05-07
59. Robbie Anderson        Crystal River, FL        2  05-07  142
Day 1: 2   05-07
60. Jimmy Hayes            Fayetteville, NC         3  05-06  141
Day 1: 3   05-06
61. Carlton Tipp Jr        Grand Bay, AL            2  05-06  140
Day 1: 2   05-06
62. Sam Fish               Alexander City, AL       3  05-05  139
Day 1: 3   05-05
63. William Beekman        Diamond Point, NY        3  05-04  138
Day 1: 3   05-04
64. Denny Omullane         Ellettsville, IN         1  05-01  137
Day 1: 1   05-01
65. Paul Palmer            Madisonville, TN         3  05-00  136
Day 1: 3   05-00
65. Ronald Twardowski      Marshfield, WI           3  05-00  136
Day 1: 3   05-00
67. Andrew Mcclintock      Wellford, SC             2  05-00  134
Day 1: 2   05-00
68. Matt Mattingly         Gravel Switch, KY        3  04-14  133
Day 1: 3   04-14
68. Nick Spantgos          Topeka, KS               3  04-14  133
Day 1: 3   04-14
70. Mark Moretz            Chesapeake, VA           2  04-13  131
Day 1: 2   04-13
71. Josh Gaffney           Crab Orchard, KY         3  04-11  130
Day 1: 3   04-11
71. Ron Horton             Dover, DE                3  04-11  130
Day 1: 3   04-11
73. Skeeter Miller         Whittier, NC             3  04-10  128
Day 1: 3   04-10
73. Darrin Simmons         Oviedo, FL               3  04-10  128
Day 1: 3   04-10
75. Don Ramsey             Orlando, FL              3  04-09  126
Day 1: 3   04-09
75. Henry Reynolds         Callands, VA             3  04-09  126
Day 1: 3   04-09
77. Mike White             St Augustine, FL         2  04-09  124
Day 1: 2   04-09
78. Clayton Stoering       Waterville, MN           1  04-09  123
Day 1: 1   04-09
79. Steven Kellam          Dry Ridge, KY            2  04-08  122
Day 1: 2   04-08
80. Craig Cavanna          Spring Hill, FL          3  04-07  121
Day 1: 3   04-07
80. Casey O'Donnell        Scottsboro, AL           3  04-07  121
Day 1: 3   04-07
80. Aaron Richardson       Destin, FL               3  04-07  121
Day 1: 3   04-07
80. Scott Wise             Clermont, FL             3  04-07  121
Day 1: 3   04-07
84. Randy Futch            Dunnellon, FL            3  04-06  117
Day 1: 3   04-06
84. Kenneth Underwood      Columbus, MS             3  04-06  117
Day 1: 3   04-06
86. Christian Bellomo      Winter Park, FL          3  04-05  115
Day 1: 3   04-05
87. Robert Branagh         Palm Bay, FL             3  04-03  114
Day 1: 3   04-03
87. Scap Cicero            Wetumpka, AL             3  04-03  114
Day 1: 3   04-03
87. Wayne Hauser           Mooresville, NC          3  04-03  114
Day 1: 3   04-03
87. Marty Spears           Tallahassee, FL          3  04-03  114
Day 1: 3   04-03
87. James Topmiller III    Orlando, FL              3  04-03  114
Day 1: 3   04-03
92. JR Clark               Milton, DE               2  04-03  109
Day 1: 2   04-03
93. Taylor Wisniewski      Lexington, KY            2  04-02  108
Day 1: 2   04-02
94. Alan Blondino          Rustburg, VA             3  04-01  107
Day 1: 3   04-01
94. Jenny Sander           Byron, GA                3  04-01  107
Day 1: 3   04-01
94. Jody White             Gilbertsville, KY        3  04-01  107
Day 1: 3   04-01
97. Riley Crawford         High Springs, FL         2  04-01  104
Day 1: 2   04-01
97. Pete Patterson         Kingsport, TN            2  04-01  104
Day 1: 2   04-01
99. John Lynch Jr          Cape Coral, FL           3  04-00  102
Day 1: 3   04-00
99. Fred Rigdon            Belleview, FL            3  04-00  102
Day 1: 3   04-00
99. Marvin Stith Jr.       Piscataway, NJ           3  04-00  102
Day 1: 3   04-00
99. Chuck Thurlow          Auburn, AL               3  04-00  102
Day 1: 3   04-00
103. Russell Sapp III       Lincoln, AL              2  03-15   98
Day 1: 2   03-15
104. Michael McCoy          Mentor On The Lake, OH   2  03-13   97
Day 1: 2   03-13
104. Christian Thompson     Lake City, FL            2  03-13   97
Day 1: 2   03-13
106. Grant Bennett          Athens, AL               3  03-12   95
Day 1: 3   03-12
106. Eulon Lee Jr.          Eclectic, AL             3  03-12   95
Day 1: 3   03-12
108. Sawyer Adams           Seymour, TN              2  03-11   93
Day 1: 2   03-11
109. Kent Biggs             Morristown, TN           3  03-09   92
Day 1: 3   03-09
110. Brian Leitch           Knoxville, TN            2  03-08   91
Day 1: 2   03-08
111. Josh Goodwyn           Zolfo Springs, FL        2  03-06   90
Day 1: 2   03-06
112. Miriam Donohoo         San Mateo, FL            3  03-05   89
Day 1: 3   03-05
113. Jarrod Anderson        Delcambre, LA            2  03-05   88
Day 1: 2   03-05
113. Ken Sharkey            Spring Lake, MI          2  03-05   88
Day 1: 2   03-05
115. Zach George            Hastings, MI             3  03-04   86
Day 1: 3   03-04
115. Todd Lee               Jasper, AL               3  03-04   86
Day 1: 3   03-04
117. Don Harvey             Franklin, TN             2  03-04   84
Day 1: 2   03-04
117. Justin Hazen           Ocala, FL                2  03-04   84
Day 1: 2   03-04
119. Tyler Moore            Walterboro, SC           2  03-03   82
Day 1: 2   03-03
120. Charles Fochtman       Moneta, VA               3  03-01   81
Day 1: 3   03-01
121. Robert Taylor Jr       Saint Cloud, FL          2  03-01   80
Day 1: 2   03-01
122. Larry Maring           Minneola, FL             1  03-00   79
Day 1: 1   03-00
123. Timothy Hibbs          Bradenton, FL            2  02-15   78
Day 1: 2   02-15
123. Jeff Keever            Decatur, GA              2  02-15   78
Day 1: 2   02-15
125. Craig Goff             St Augustine, FL         2  02-14   76
Day 1: 2   02-14
125. Marshall Hughes        Port Neches, TX          2  02-14   76
Day 1: 2   02-14
127. Joe Koch               Kewaskum, WI             1  02-14   74
Day 1: 1   02-14
127. Steven Roosen          Charlotte, NC            1  02-14   74
Day 1: 1   02-14
127. David Rushing          Orlando, FL              1  02-14   74
Day 1: 1   02-14
130. Lee Terrill            Estill Springs, TN       1  02-13   71
Day 1: 1   02-13
131. Brandon Bolton         West Point, MS           2  02-12   70
Day 1: 2   02-12
132. Charles Anderson       Rocky Face, GA           2  02-08   69
Day 1: 2   02-08
132. Jeffrey Purves         Roanoke, VA              2  02-08   69
Day 1: 2   02-08
134. Hillary Hughes         Hughson, CA              2  02-07   67
Day 1: 2   02-07
135. Bill Parenti           Evans City, PA           2  02-06   66
Day 1: 2   02-06
135. Jason Patterson        Bluffton, IN             2  02-06   66
Day 1: 2   02-06
137. Shawn Mccoy            High Springs, FL         1  02-05   64
Day 1: 1   02-05
137. Jake Oglesby           Crestview, FL            1  02-05   64
Day 1: 1   02-05
137. Timothy Swango         Winter Haven, FL         1  02-05   64
Day 1: 1   02-05
140. Linda Higginbotham     Palm Coast, FL           2  02-04   61
Day 1: 2   02-04
141. Gary Cooper II         Midleburg, FL            1  02-03   60
Day 1: 1   02-03
141. Zac Roberts            Jasper, AL               1  02-03   60
Day 1: 1   02-03
143. Barry Woodward         Mobile, AL               2  02-02   58
Day 1: 2   02-02
144. Mark Wethington        Liberty, KY              1  02-02   57
Day 1: 1   02-02
145. Jonathan Tubbs         Irondale, AL             2  02-01   56
Day 1: 2   02-01
146. George Saliba          Lakefield Ontario CANAD  1  02-01   55
Day 1: 1   02-01
147. William Wood           Sylacauga, AL            2  02-00   54
Day 1: 2   02-00
148. Bill Mandikas          Tampa, FL                1  01-15   53
Day 1: 1   01-15
148. Ike Taylor             Westerville, OH          1  01-15   53
Day 1: 1   01-15
150. Mike Joint             Kissimmee, FL            1  01-13   51
Day 1: 1   01-13
151. Steve Horvath          Oldsmar, FL              1  01-12   50
Day 1: 1   01-12
152. Scott Fairchild        New Windsor, NY          1  01-11   49
Day 1: 1   01-11
152. Keith Jones            Newport News, VA         1  01-11   49
Day 1: 1   01-11
154. Darrell Pons II        Gainesville, FL          1  01-10   47
Day 1: 1   01-10
154. Taylor Schneider       Matthews, NC             1  01-10   47
Day 1: 1   01-10
156. Josh Olson             Chippewa Falls, WI       1  01-09   45
Day 1: 1   01-09
157. Jim Vines Jr           Palm Bay, FL             1  01-07   44
Day 1: 1   01-07
158. Mark Bartosch          Clarksville, TN          1  01-06   43
Day 1: 1   01-06
158. Rodney Rice            Narrows, VA              1  01-06   43
Day 1: 1   01-06
160. Bill Bruce             Hendersonville, TN       1  01-05   41
Day 1: 1   01-05
161. Michael Bradford       Scottsboro, AL           1  01-04   40
Day 1: 1   01-04
161. James Mattingly        Gravel Switch, KY        1  01-04   40
Day 1: 1   01-04
163. Jason Foss             Oviedo, FL               1  01-03   38
Day 1: 1   01-03
163. Daniel Kendrick        Chatsworth, GA           1  01-03   38
Day 1: 1   01-03
165. Kevin Steele           Kissimmee, FL            1  01-02   36
Day 1: 1   01-02
166. Marlon Crowder         Tampa, FL                1  01-01   35
Day 1: 1   01-01
166. Brandon Stooksbury     Locust Grove, GA         1  01-01   35
Day 1: 1   01-01
166. Scott Wiley Jr         Bay Minette, AL          1  01-01   35
Day 1: 1   01-01
169. Jkj Brindley           Dennison, OH             1  01-00   32
Day 1: 1   01-00
169. Jon Maslonka           Richland, WA             1  01-00   32
Day 1: 1   01-00
171. Dallas Johnson         Tallahassee, FL          1  00-15   30
Day 1: 1   00-15
172. Russell Nixon          Rustburg, VA             1  00-00   29
Day 1: 1   00-00
173. Jason Abrain           Seffner, FL              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Richard Arnold         Owens Cross Roads, AL    0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Jonathan Barnette      Jasper, AL               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Eamon Bolten           Temple Terrace, FL       0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Justin Braswell        Winter Haven, FL         0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Barry Brunges          Gainesville, FL          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Bill Capps             Auburn, AL               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Steven Culler          Butler, IN               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Stephen Davis          Blacksburg, VA           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Bob Duff               Winter Springs, FL       0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Charlie Ginda          Edison, NJ               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Hollywood Hobson       Clermont, FL             0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Kenneth Hoffman        Cambridge, NY            0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Eddie Johns            Anniston, AL             0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Chris Kingree          Inverness, FL            0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Christopher Lemon      Mooresville, IN          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Jacques Lheureux       Tampa, FL                0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Vern Moss Jr           Niles, MI                0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Reed Peyton            Orlando, FL              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Daniel Phillips        Lawrenceville, GA        0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. JJ Polak               Oxford, GA               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Fredrick Requarth      Dayton, OH               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. John Riddling          Melrose, FL              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Paul Spellman          Fredericksburg, VA       0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Bradley Sterner        Manchester, PA           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Walter Swafford        Winter Garden, FL        0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Luke Vierkant          Sauk Rapids, MN          0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
173. Scott Walker           Morristown, IN           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
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BIG
Day
1   Nathan Bloom             Winter Springs, FL  08-14          $0.00

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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        93       397       776-10
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93       397       776-10


Bassmaster Southern Open Preview - Kissimmee Chain Of Lakes

We're excited about the Bassmaster Southern Open on the Kissimmee Chain which starts tomorrow! AnglersChannel.com Insider Vance McCullough shares a little insight and makes a couple of predictions as far as what to expect from the lakes and the big field of talented anglers who will fish them this week.


Details on Lambert's Costa FLW Series win on Okeechobee

Jason Lambert boxes another bass enroute to winning his first Costa FLW Series tournament. photo courtesy of FLW Outdoors

Following the conclusion of the Costa FLW Series tournament on Okeechobee we were able to describe how most of the top finishers had fished. Here are more details about winner Jason Lambert, his tactics, location and lures:

The recent Costa FLW Series tournament on Lake Okeechobee was featured a cold front during practice which lingered into the first competition day and was followed by a nonstop torrent and high winds on Day 2. Day 3 didn’t produce anything near Peter Cherkas’ opening round effort of 20 pounds. It was a tight finish.

Such conditions favor the flippers. Indeed, most of the finalists employed the long rod and short line for much, if not all of their weight.

Jason Lambert took a different approach.

The pro from Tennessee is noted for his prowess on offshore ledges. He said he really loves to fish grass, though, and enjoyed having the opportunity to visit Florida and do so. While the terrain was different from say, Lake Pickwick, Lambert simply power-fished just as he does back home.

“I’m just more comfortable throwing a moving bait,” says Lambert. “I’m a power fisherman. That’s what I do out on the ledges and that’s what I love to do around grass. I just feel like when I can get bit on a moving bait I’ll eventually connect with a big bite.

“I found an area that had some good grass in it where it seemed like the fish were staging to go spawn. I could get at least 12 to 15 keepers a day but only one big bite. The weather definitely didn’t help things this week.”

Tour veteran and Florida ace Glenn Browne actually counted on the weather to position fish tight into flippable cover. He conjured 43 pounds, 4 ounces, but Lambert’s horizontal techniques put him over the top with 44-12.

A 500-yard stretch along North Shore held hydrilla which kept the water clean. That, along with a little extra depth made Lambert’s spot a winning location.

“I wanted to find deeper hydrilla where it didn’t come all the way to the surface,” Lambert explains. “Once I found that I was able to use the new Garmin side imaging transducer on my trolling motor which reads at speeds down to .1 mile per hour. That way I could see the grass line on my Garmin and stay off the edge without disturbing it. It’s a pretty cool deal.”

As for lures Lambert used a Zoom Ultravibe Speed Worm, a spinnerbait, and a Strike King bladed jig with a Strike King Swimming Caffeine Shad trailer.

Lambert fished all three lures on the same set up:  a 7-foot, 3-inch medium-heavy Duckett Micro Magic rod, a 6.3:1 gear ratio Duckett RB360 reel and 20-pound Vicious fluorocarbon line.


Lambert follows through, wins Costa FLW Series on Okeechobee

Jason Lambert maintains his lead, wins Costa FLW Series on Lake Okeechobee. photo courtesy of FLW Outdoors

Tennessee pro Jason Lambert took the lead during what could surely be described as a “Power-Pole Day” in Friday’s round of the Costa FLW Series tournament on Lake Okeechobee.

As Lambert stepped to the scale to conclude Saturday’s final weigh in the winds had long since laid. His competition was now a man. Fellow FLW Tour pro Glenn Browne had given a characteristically strong performance on a familiar fishery. Lambert would need 11 pounds, 4 ounces to take the trophy, the cash and a fully-rigged Ranger boat package.

Normally, 11-4 would be a poor showing on Okeechobee but the week featured a cold front and drastically different conditions each day of the event.

A spent Lambert was ready to find out his fate, “I’m tired. I’ve been out here for 8 days and I don’t flip like these guys – I throw moving baits.”

Lambert’s moving baits produced a 3rd consecutive 5-fish limit that clocked-in at 12 pounds, 12 ounces, featured one big kicker fish, and made him a champion.

“When you only catch 12 pounds on the last day you’re not supposed to win, but when it’s your time to win, it’s your time to win,” said Lambert who finished with a total of 44-12.

Lambert worked one large area that contained a few sweet spots with 3 different lures. We’ll learn more about that as he divulges the details, bearing in mind that he may play it close to the vest considering he has his eye on a repeat performance at the FLW Tour event on Okeechobee that begins February 4th out of Roland Martin’s Marina in Clewiston.

Browne piled-up 43 pounds 4 ounces of Okeechobee bass by doing what he usually does. He flipped.

“That’s all I did,” said Browne, adding that he did so with an ounce-and-a-half Reins Punch Shot which gives anglers the option to add a punch skirt, a popular addition on Okeechobee. A Warrior Quiver Bug followed the tungsten weight, its black/blue color combo perfect for the dark conditions under mats where big bass live.

Browne hauled bass out of those mats with a Lew’s 7’11” rod and Lew’s new Speed Line – 65lb braid.

Of his practice time and resulting game plan, Browne said “I messed around down on the south end and counted on the weather to put the fish where I wanted them.”

Considering those long runs to the south end, Browne was especially happy with the performance of his Evinrude G2, including the money he saved on oil. “If you haven’t experienced the G2, go to Toho Marine and take a test ride.”

Joe Kremer is a highly respected local who had a solid tournament. He placed 3rd with 40-14.

“I flipped so much I wore the skin off my thumb,” said Kremer. He used a Bitters Bait Muskrat in a blue and silver color pattern. “I couldn’t get bit on anything else.”

How slow was the bite this week? Four of today’s Top 10 contestants did not have 15 fish to show for their efforts over 3 days. Numbers like that indicate how important it is to get a couple of those big bites each day.

At least half of today’s field was on a strict flippin’ regiment this week. Among those who defected are, of course Lambert, and local Justin Morgan who rotated 3 colors of a Spro Poppin’ Frog along one favorite stretch of a canal.

Pete Cherkas lead after Day 1 before settling into 6th place today. He whacked a 20-pound sack by about 10 AM on that first morning with a rattling crankbait made by Sebile. By today he had slowed his roll to the point that he was tossing a Senko.

When Steve ‘Boogie’ Brown wasn’t using lures made by Tightlines UV he was winding a Strike King Swinging Swim Jig.

Jimmy Brewer admitted that he wanted to buck the flippin’ trend but . . . “I didn’t want to flip. I had to. Nine pounds wouldn’t help you here.”

Here’s how they finished:

1        JASON LAMBERT         32-0 (10)     12-12 (5)     44-12 (15)  

2        GLENN BROWNE         30-15 (10)   12-5 (5)       43-4 (15)     1-8

3        JOSEPH KREMER          28-1 (10)     12-13 (5)     40-14 (15)   3-14

4        BRYAN HONNERLAW 29-14 (10)   9-2 (5)         39-0 (15)     5-12

5        JUSTIN MORGAN         26-11 (7)     10-5 (4)       37-0 (11)     7-12

6        PETER CHERKAS          27-2 (10)     9-1 (5)         36-3 (15)     8-9

7        JIMMY BREWER 26-13 (10)   8-12 (5)       35-9 (15)     9-3

8        STEVE BOOGIE BROWN       29-7 (10)     5-0 (3)         34-7 (13)          10-5

9        PAT FISHER        27-8 (10)     3-12 (3)       31-4 (13)     13-8

10      COLE BAILEY     26-11 (8)     4-1 (2)         30-12 (10)   14-0


Lambert leads Costa FLW Series after wet, windy Day 2 on Okeechobee

Jason Lambert leads as anglers head into final round of first Costa FLW Series tourney of 2016. photo courtesy of FLW Outdoors

Windy and wet was the order of the day on Okeechobee as anglers fought the weather, the fish and each other during the first Costa FLW Series tournament of 2016.

Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tenn. captured the lead with one day of competition left to go. Consistency has been the formula for success. Lambert brought-in another mid-teens bag today to run his total weight to 32 pounds-even.

In many past FLW events 32 pounds would be considered just a good single-day weight on the ‘Big O’. This year it’s enough to put Lambert more than a pound ahead of Florida standout and Tour veteran Glenn Browne.

It took 26-11to make the cut, a position held by local stick Justin Morgan. Morgan needed his local knowledge as he did not get to practice (he was on the waiting list until Tuesday). Add to that the fact that his trolling motor batteries died at 10:30 AM on Day 1 and he should be stoked just to have a crack at this thing going into the last day.

Heck, even Morgan - in 10th place - is only an Okeechobee kicker fish away from the top of the leaderboard.

The top 10 pros will compete in tomorrow’s finale. The rest of the field has been eliminated. Here is the Top 10:

1        JASON LAMBERT         PICKWICK DAM, TN    16 - 9 (5)     15 - 7 (5)     32 - 0 (10)             32 - 0 (10)  

2        GLENN BROWNE         OCALA, FL          16 - 4 (5)     14 - 11 (5)   30 - 15 (10)                30 - 15 (10)          

3        BRYAN HONNERLAW           MOORE HAVEN, FL     16 - 2 (5)     13 - 12 (5)        29 - 14 (10)                     29 - 14 (10)          

4        STEVE BOOGIE BROWN       ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL   13 - 12 (5)     15 - 11 (5)   29 - 7 (10)             29 - 7 (10)  

5        JOSEPH KREMER          OSTEEN, FL         17 - 3 (5)     10 - 14 (5)   28 - 1 (10)                  28 - 1 (10)  

6        PAT FISHER        COLBERT, GA     11 - 6 (5)     16 - 2 (5)     27 - 8 (10)             27 - 8 (10)  

7        PETER CHERKAS          DES MOINES, IA           20 - 0 (5)     7 - 2 (5)           27 - 2 (10)             27 - 2 (10)  

8        JIMMY BREWER           MARSHALL, TX 9 - 4 (5)       17 - 9 (5)     26 - 13 (10)                26 - 13 (10)          

9        COLE BAILEY     THAMESFORD, ON      5 - 11 (3)     21 - 0 (5)     26 - 11 (8)                  26 - 11 (8)  

10      JUSTIN MORGAN         OKEECHOBEE, FL        18 - 4 (5)     8 - 7 (2)           26 - 11 (7)             26 - 11 (7)

Here are the top co-anglers who will also fish tomorrow:

1                  ADAM TRIESCHMANN                   WELLINGTON, FL                  5 - 11 (3)               18 - 9 (5)               24 - 4 (8)                         24 - 4 (8)              

2                  MARK HOWARD                    MESQUITE, TX             12 - 14 (5)               10 - 7 (5)               23 - 5 (10)                       23 - 5 (10)            

3                  NIK KAYLER                 APOPKA, FL                  7 - 6 (5)                 11 - 10 (5)             19 - 0 (10)                       19 - 0 (10)            

4                  MICHAEL BLACK                   TOLEDO, IL                   14 - 3 (5)               4 - 5 (3)                 18 - 8 (8)                         18 - 8 (8)              

5                  DEAN HARCOURT                 SEBASTIAN, FL            14 - 0 (5)               4 - 2 (4)                 18 - 2 (9)                         18 - 2 (9)              

6                  SCOTT DOBSON           CLARKSTON, MI          2 - 4 (1)                 15 - 11 (5)             17 - 15 (6)                       17 - 15 (6)            

7                  STEVEN CHRISTIE                 GRAY COURT, SC                  8 - 2 (5)            9 - 11 (5)               17 - 13 (10)                     17 - 13 (10)          

8                  JOSEPH SOLENSKI                 WEST PALM BEACH, FL                 9 - 6 (5)                 8 - 0 (5)                 17 - 6 (10)                       17 - 6 (10)            

9                  TY SOLIS             ALBANY, GA                10 - 2 (5)               6 - 12 (3)          16 - 14 (8)                       16 - 14 (8)            

10                BILLY CHARLAND                CHULUOTA, FL            6 - 8 (5)                    10 - 2 (5)               16 - 10 (10)                     16 - 10 (10)          

Weather will change yet again for Saturday’s final fishing round. Conditions should include clam winds and a bit cloud cover but almost no chance of rain.   

Of course, there will be a variety of lures in play as some guys cast and wind over shallow grass with everything from speed worms to Gambler Big EZ swimbaits, but flipping is always a top tactic on the big lake as well.

Regardless of technique, this tournament may well be won by the angler who executes the best. Most guys have spoken of lost opportunities. When the weather is off, these Florida bass bite very lightly. Mental focus will be a huge factor.


Cherkas leads tough Day 1 at Costa FLW Series on Okeechobee

Peter Cherkas of Des Moines, IA leads the Costa FLW Series on Lake Okeechobee. photo courtesy of FLW Outdoors

Here are the Top 10 pros and their weights after the first day of fishing in the Costa FLW Series on Lake Okeechobee:

1        PETER CHERKAS          20-0 (5)                          

2        ZACH CRIDER     19-4 (5)                          

3        JUSTIN MORGAN         18-4 (5)                

4        LAVOYD LEMMOND   17-14 (5)                        

5        JUAN RUIZ          17-11 (5)                 

6        WAYNE CHRISTOPHER        17-8 (5)                

7        JOSEPH KREMER          17-3 (5)                

8        CHRIS JOHNSTON        16-14 (5)              

9        JASON LAMBERT         16-9 (5)                

10      BRADFORD BEAVERS   16-4 (5)      

Weights are off a bit compared to what most folks expected from such a famous fishery. Weather is to blame for much of that. A recent cold front slowed the bite. Water temps are in the low 60’s.

Peter Cherkas clings to a fragile lead of less than a pound as tomorrow promises to bring change in the form of rain and a strong southerly wind.

Today there were 152 limits and 14 zeroes.

Bryan Newberry caught the biggest bass of the day at 8 pounds, 11 ounces.

The average success rate for pros was 4 fish worth 9 pounds, 3 ounces.

Many pros fished moving baits. Those who chose to flip seemed to be catching the bigger bass, if smaller numbers of them.

Cherkas, however, used a moving lure to sein one area. He caught most of his weight before 11 AM.

On the co-angler side Michael Black holds the lead with 14-3. Dean Harcourt follows closely with 14-even.

Richie Riddle had the big bass at 7-11.

The Top 10 co-anglers:

1        MICHAEL BLACK         14-3 (5)                

2        DEAN HARCOURT       14-0 (5)                

3        MARK HOWARD          12-14 (5)              

4        AUSTIN BASKETTE     12-7 (5)                

5        RICHIE RIDDLE  12-6 (4)                

6        LINDA ROBINSON       11-15 (5)    

7        MIKE MUELLER 11-12 (5)              

8        CAPTAIN DON LEWIS 11-9 (5)      

9        STEPHEN KOCELL       11-1 (5)      

10      GREG MIELE       11-1 (4)      

 


Costa Flw Series To Kick Off On Okeechobee!

AnglersChannel.com Insider Vance McCullough previews the Costa FLW Series event which will usher-in the 2016 Series on Lake Okeechobee starting Thursday. He also has a hunch as to what might be the winning technique.


FLW gives details on Kapiton's MASSIVE 31-pound Okeechobee bag!

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Kapiton is all smiles. Photo courtesy of FLW Outdoors

 

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2016) – Professional angler George Kapiton of Inverness, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 31 pounds even Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Okeechobee, presented by Navionics. For his victory, Kapiton earned $9,000.

“I couldn’t establish a stable pattern in practice so I went out there and just fished the conditions,” said Kapiton, a veteran of the Walmart FLW Tour who has earned more than $190,000 in FLW competition. “It was really an interesting day of fishing.

“I caught a small limit of staging fish early in the morning using a perch-colored Rapala X-Rap prop bait,” continued Kapiton. “After the sun came out, I went looking for more males in Harney Pond. I was able to dial in on staging fish that were coming in from the lake to spawn and basically intercepted them before they reached the bedding area.”

Kapiton said he used a Texas-rigged penetration-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver and a black and blue-colored Medlock Double Weedguard Flipping Jig rigged with the Sweet Beaver to flip mats and reeds.

The Florida pro said he caught a 6½- and an 8-pounder on the Sweet Beaver, as well as a 6½-pound fish on the Medlock Jig in one area of the pond between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Kapiton stopped at an area near the boat ramp with 30 minutes left to fish and used the Medlock Jig to catch an 8-pound, 2-ounce behemoth to cap off his winning stringer.

“I credit my Halo Daylite Series rod with helping me get the win,” said Kapiton. “The rod is lightweight, but durable enough to catch the big ones on Lake Okeechobee. It performed very well.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          George Kapiton, Inverness, Fla., five bass, 31-0, $6,000 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus + $1,000 Mercury Bonus

2nd:         Mike Surman, Boca Raton, Fla., five bass, 28-15, $3,000 + $300 Evinrude Bonus

3rd:          Jim Hurlock Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., five bass, 24-8, $2,000

4th:          Robert Crosnoe, Inverness, Fla., five bass, 22-14, $1,400

5th:          Jai Hunter Sr., Deland, Fla., five bass, 22-6, $1,200

6th:          Juan Ruiz, West Palm Beach, Fla., five bass, 21-9, $1,100

7th:          John O' Farrell, Lakeland, Fla., five bass, 21-0, $1,000

8th:          David Oliveira, Homestead, Fla., five bass, 19-15, $900

9th:          Kyle Giella, Ruskin, Fla., five bass, 19-13, $800

10th:        Sandy Melvin, Boca Grande, Fla., five bass, 19-12, $700     

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

Crosnoe caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a monster weighing 10 pounds, 6 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $1,000.

Alex Mut of Miami, Florida, weighed in five bass totaling 17 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to earn the $3,000 win in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

1st:          Alex Mut, Miami, Fla., five bass, 17-12, $3,000

2nd:         Charles Cenko, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., five bass, 17-9, $1,500

3rd:          John Davis, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., five bass, 16-15, $1,000

4th:          Raymond Guerra, Port Saint Lucie, Fla., five bass, 15-10, $700

5th:          Kirk Kastner, Margate, Fla., five bass, 15-9, $600

6th:          Michael Gilliard, Tallahassee, Fla., five bass, 15-8, $550

7th:          Junior Iriban, Lantana, Fla., five bass, 15-5, $475

7th:          Israel Panozzo, Palm Springs, Fla., five bass, 15-5, $475

9th:          Thomas Helton, Charleston, Tenn., five bass, 15-1, $400

10th:        Kyle Stafford, Lakeland, Fla., five bass, 14-15, $350

Shannon Pitts of Vero Beach, Florida, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $500.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and 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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the BFL on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.


B.a.s.s. Reschedules First Central Open Because Of Heavy Rains, Flooding

Because of heavy rains, major flooding and unsafe navigational waters in the Atchafalaya Basin, B.A.S.S. — working with local officials — has elected to reschedule the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open to fall 2016.

The recent rains in Southern Louisiana have been unseasonable and excessive, especially for this time of year. The city will not be able to host the Open tournament in February because conditions have been deemed unsafe and there will be no-wake zones throughout the Atchafalaya Basin.

“After discussion with local authorities on the magnitude of this weather event, anglers’ safety and empathy for those affected by these flood waters were the primary factors in B.A.S.S.’s decision to move the event,” said Chris Bowes, B.A.S.S. Senior Tournament Manager.

The event has been rescheduled for Oct. 27-29, 2016, and will become the final Central Open for 2016. Official practice will run Oct. 24-26, 2016.

“Due to the high water and the safety concerns, it is in the best interest to reschedule the event to October,” said Carrie Stansbury, executive director of the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau. “Everyone involved is very disappointed, but we look forward to rolling out the red carpet in October. The weather should be beautiful that time of year.”

“We are grateful for our partnership with the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau,” said Michael Mulone, B.A.S.S. director of event and tourism partnerships. “They notified us of the conditions and worked with us on a solution.”

Understanding that this may affect the ability for some anglers to compete, B.A.S.S. will offer a full refund of this event or the entire Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Division.

The Atchafalaya Basin is also the host of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional, Feb. 25-27. At the moment, this event is still on schedule. Officials in Houma, La., are monitoring the situation daily.


Kapiton captures first Gator BFL of year on Okeechobee

George Kapiton of Inverness, FL won the first Walmart Bass Fishing League tournament of 2016 in grand style today! He put an even 31 pounds of Okeechobee bass on the scale for 2-pound, 1-ounce edge over runner-up Mike Surman of Boca Raton.

His top prize payout, coupled with contigency bonuses from Ranger and Mercury, totaled $6,000.

It took 13 pounds, 5 ounces to get a check in the 230-boat field. Kyle Monti claimed that last paying spot - 69th.

Matt Surman placed 178th with a limit that weighed just 7-15 but it earned him the Evinrude bonus of $300.

Alex Mut of Miami, FL won the co-angler division and its $3,000 top prize with a 5-fish limit that weighed 17-12.

 

 

 


FLW lands Lew's

FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Lew’s, an industry-leading designer of fishing rods, reels, apparel and accessories, have renewed their sponsorship for 2016. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 2016 will mark the third consecutive season that the two organizations have partnered.

“FLW anglers are our foundation and I am honored to support them,” said Lew’s CEO Lynn Reeves. “We are excited about the continued partnership with FLW and look forward to a great year.”

As part of the sponsorship agreement, Lew’s will receive exposure across multiple FLW platforms, including FLWFishing.com, all tournaments and expos, social media channels and FLW Bass Fishing magazine. Lew’s will also be featured at a 100-yard casting lane at select FLW Expos – a new addition for fans in 2016. Lew’s products will also be available to FLW members for monthly giveaways.

“FLW is proud of our relationship with Lew’s and the commitment that we share to the sport of professional bass fishing,” said Trish Blake, president of marketing at FLW. “Lew’s products are a favorite amongst tournament anglers in all of FLW’s circuits, making our partnership a natural fit.”

Lew’s will also continue to offer the successful Lew’s Speed Fishing Awards Program, a contingency program for FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) anglers. Per the rules, Lew’s will award $250 cash or a $500 gift certificate for Lew’s products to the winning boater and co-angler in each BFL qualifier and super tournament if he or she meets contingency requirements. If a Lew’s Speed Fishing Awards angler does not win, the highest finisher placing in the top 20 has the choice of $125 cash or a $250 gift certificate. At the end of the season, a Lew’s Speed Fishing Awards Angler of the Year winner will be chosen based on points earned throughout the season and awarded a $1,000 gift certificate. BFL Ozark division angler Dennis Berhorst of Holts Summit, Missouri, was the 2015 Lew’s Speed Fishing Angler of the Year.

To be eligible, anglers must own Lew’s rods and/or reels manufactured after 2013 and have them registered with Lew’s. To learn more, or to register for the program, please visit lews.com.


Costa Del Mar Signs On As Title Sponsor Of Flw Series

FLW, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that they have reached a sponsorship agreement with Costa Del Mar, a leading manufacturer of the world’s clearest polarized performance sunglasses. Effective immediately, Costa will assume title sponsorship of the FLW Series, which recently published increased paybacks at the no-entry fee championship and an impressive schedule of lakes for 2016. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

In addition to their title sponsorship, Costa will also receive exposure across all FLW platforms, including more than 235 tournaments and Expos, website, social media outlets, FLW Bass Fishing magazine and the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show which is broadcast in high-definition (HD) to more than 564 million households worldwide.

“FLW is proud to be directly associated with one of the most recognized and sought after brands in the outdoors,” said FLW President of Marketing Trish Blake. “FLW and Costa Del Mar are positioned to be one of the most powerful sponsorship alliances in the industry with Costa’s long-term commitment as title sponsor of the FLW Series.”

The 2016 Costa FLW Series will consist of five divisions - Central, Northern, Southeast, Southwestern and Western. Each division will consist of three qualifying tournaments with the season culminating with a no-entry-fee championship on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, in November. Based on their finish at the 2016 FLW Series Championship, a total of 11 FLW Series pros will advance to the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup for the chance to win the biggest payday in bass fishing.

"These anglers are some of the best up-and-coming bass fisherman out there, and it's going to be exciting to watch how they all perform in each event," said Al Perkinson, vice president of marketing for Costa. "We look forward to growing this relationship with FLW and with the entire bass fishing community."

The 2016 Costa FLW Series kicks off next week, Jan. 14-16 at Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee, Florida.


Pro Field Announced For 2016 Walmart Flw Tour Season

FLW announced today the complete professional angler roster of 171 for the upcoming 2016 Walmart FLW Tour season, the 21st season of the FLW Tour. The 2016 FLW Tour will feature six regular-season tournaments, along with the addition of two fall Invitational tournaments, with competition kicking off Feb. 4-7 at Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida.

The top 100 pros and top 10 co-anglers from the 2015 FLW Tour, the top 10 pros from each of the five 2015 FLW Series divisions, the 2015 TBF National Champion, and the 2015 All-American boater champion all received priority invitations to join the Tour.

“We couldn’t be more excited to kick off our FLW Tour season in just six short weeks at Lake Okeechobee,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “We have a fantastic mix of anglers and the race for the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup is going to be more exciting than ever.”

In addition to the $125,000 pro paycheck that is awarded to FLW Tour winners, FLW will pay out at least $10,000 to pros down to 50th place and $4,000 to pros and $700 to co-anglers based on one additional payout per boat over a 160-boat field. The season opener on Lake Okeechobee, scheduled to fish 171 boats, will pay out 61 places.

The 2016 FLW Tour roster is headlined by 2015’s Angler of the Year (AOY) Scott Martin of Clewiston, Florida, and Forrest Wood Cup champion Brad Knight of Lancing, Tennessee. Martin and Knight will be joined by fellow FLW Tour AOY winners Andy Morgan, (2013, 2014), David Dudley (2008, 2011, 2012), Bryan Thrift (2010), Clark Wendlandt (1997, 2000, 2009), Jay Yelas (2002, 2007), Anthony Gagliardi (2006), Shinichi Fukae (2004), Dan Morehead (2003) and Peter Thliveros (1996).

Eight former Forrest Wood Cup champions will also be competing on Tour this season, including David Fritts (1997), Darrel Robertson (1999), Dudley (2003), Scott Suggs (2007), Martin (2011), Jacob Wheeler (2012), Gagliardi (2014), and Knight. (2015).

The Tour will also feature such bass fishing legends such as Larry Nixon, Jimmy Houston and Gary Yamamoto competing for the sport’s top prizes against established stars and promising rookies, like 2014 FLW Tour Co-angler of the Year Braxton Setzer and 2014 FLW College Fishing National Champion Austin Felix.

The entire 2016 Walmart FLW Tour roster can be found at FLWFishing.com.

In FLW Tour competition anglers are vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2016 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Huntsville, Alabama, Aug. 4-7 on Wheeler Lake and is hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Anglers could win as much as $300,000 – professional bass fishing’s richest prize.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com.  For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.