Fishing & Boating News
California’s Diffey Wins Co-angler Title, $20,000
(May 6, 2016 - FLORENCE, AL) Georgia pro Buddy Gross, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 21 pounds, 3 ounces Friday to extend his lead after day two of the Walmart FLW Tour at Pickwick Lake presented by Quaker State. Gross now brings an 8-pound, 13-ounce lead into day three of the four-day tournament that features 163 of the world’s best anglers competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
(May 6, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) The disqualification of Luke Clausen of Otis Orchards, Wash., from the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at Wheeler Lake, Alabama, last week, has been upheld by an appeals panel.
Rhode Island’s state-record largemouth landed with dedication and St. Croix Premiere
(May 6, 2016 - Park Falls, WI) Ever hear the story about the guy who set out to catch a state-record fish and, well, actually did? Don’t feel alone if you haven’t. After all, the chances are a million-to-one of it ever coming to fruition, no matter how much time is put in.
Highest bidder gets legendary captain to fish June 17-19 Keys event enhancing chance of winning $10,000 grand prize
(May 6, 2016 - ISLAMORADA in the Fla. Keys,) One of the 15 offshore teams in the inaugural Blazing Mako Bonfire Tournament & Festival, June 17-19, will enhance their chances of winning by bidding on Capt. Bouncer Smith to be their guide.
(May 5, 2016 - ) Boat owners know that well-cared for tools last longer. Polishing and buffing pads are no exception. Shurhold Industries offers a pair of products to clean and rejuvenate these pads to maximize their effectiveness.
Mississippi’s Beale Leads Co-Anglers
(May 5, 2016 - FLORENCE, AL) Rookie pro Buddy Gross of Ringgold, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 8 ounces, to take the early lead after day one of the Walmart FLW Tour at Pickwick Lake presented by Quaker State. He will hold a 2½-pound advantage over second place pro Michael Neal of Dayton, Tennessee, (23-0) to start day two in the four-day event that features 163 of the world’s best bass-fishing anglers competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
(May 5, 2016 - Danridge, TN) North Carolina won the team competition between 18 states, and New York angler William Lortz maintained his lead at the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional presented by Magellan Outdoors underway on Douglas Lake.
Johnson Shad Scales and Shad Curltail dominate crappie waters
(May 5, 2016 - Columbia, SC) The popular duo of Johnson Shad Curltail and Shad Scales continues their winning ways of the Johnson Crappie Buster baits with a win in the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Alabama State Championship. Billy and Scott Williams earned the hardware on the Alabama River and Lake Jordan this past weekend. For their efforts, they were awarded $4,500.
Tuesday Night Series #7
(May 4, 2016 - Lake Houston, TX) The water is High & Muddy !!!! But that didn't stop the nine brave teams from showing up to fish.
(May 3, 2016 - Rogersville, AL) The Costa FLW Series is headed to Wheeler Lake May 12-14 for a tournament presented by Mercury when as many as 400 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the final stop of 2016 in the Southeastern Division.
(May 3, 2016 - KUTTAWA, Ky.) FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Barkley May 14 for the second of three regular-season stops in the Central Conference. A full field of college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth into the 2017 College Fishing National Championship.
(May 3, 2016 - New Smyrana Beach, FL) The Texas Team Trail (TXTT) presented by Cabela's will host its championship event of the 2016 tournament season on May 14-15 at Ray Roberts Lake. The two-day championship will feature over 100% payout including two fully rigged Ranger boats guaranteed.
(May 2, 2016 - ) Brunswick Names Langlais as President - Princecraft
Hyde wins co-angler title
(May 2, 2016 - BUCKHEAD, GA.) Todd Lowe of Greensboro, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds even Saturday to win the fourth FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Oconee. For his victory, Lowe took home $6,825.
(May 2, 2016 - Columbia, SC) Entering its fifth season, the Fenwick "Earn Your Wings" program has been wildly popular among collegiate anglers. Fenwick is alleviating the rising cost of tuition by giving anglers the opportunity to fish Fenwick and Pflueger products without spending money that is better used toward an angler's education.
Freeman wins co-angler title
(May 2, 2016 - Bracey, VA) Scott Mooneyham of Fayetteville, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 2 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Lake Gaston presented by Power-Pole. For his victory, Mooneyham took home $2,977.
Hand wins co-angler title
(May 2, 2016 - Scottsboro, AL) Clayton Joyce of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 29 pounds, 2 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division tournament on Lake Guntersville presented by Navionics. For his victory, Joyce took home $4,359.
Beckley wins co-angler title
(May 2, 2016 - ZWOLLE, LA.) Nick Lebrun of Bossier City, Louisiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 13 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division tournament on Toledo Bend Lake presented by Minn Kota. For his victory, Lebrun took home $4,866.
(May 1, 2016 - Decatur, AL) In 2004, Japan native Takahiro Omori won the GEICO Bassmaster Classic during the final minutes of the final day. On Championship Sunday of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at Wheeler Lake, Omori earned another win after putting together a final-day catch of five bass weighing 25 pounds, 3 ounces.
Humminbird®/Minn Kota® pro Tom Keenan wins NWT tournament season opener on Lake Erie
(May 1, 2016 - Racine, WI) The story of this past weekend’s NWT tournament on Lake Erie reads straight out of Greek mythology: man finds and defeats watery giants, man takes home treasure.
(May 1, 2016 - Cave Run Lake, KY) The 18th year of the Professional Musky Tournament Trail started off the 2016 season at Cave Run Lake in Eastern Kentucky in very exciting fashion on April 23 and 24.
(Apr 30, 2016 - Decatur, AL) Championship Sunday in Decatur, Ala., will be a shootout as the top anglers battle for the coveted first-place title and the $100,000 that goes with it.
(Apr 30, 2016 - Paris, TN) Steve Floyd of Leesburg, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win the Costa FLW Series Central Division event on Kentucky Lake presented by Lowrance with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 51 pounds, 2 ounces.
(Apr 30, 2016 - Waggoner, OK) The Rogers State University duo of Dillon Roberts of Claremore, Oklahoma, and Bret Fite of Salina, Oklahoma, won the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event on Fort Gibson Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned the club $2,000 and qualified the team for the 2017 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
(Apr 29, 2016 - Lake Naconiche,TX) Texas is blessed with many lakes that are being called the best bass fishing lakes around. That’s how good bass fishing in Texas has become. The Inland Fisheries Divisions of Texas Parks and Wildlife are doing a fantastic job in developing these lakes. Multiple trophy bass are being caught from several lakes, especially in East Texas.
(Apr 29, 2016 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX) No other freshwater species of fish have ever generated so much allure, so much pleasure, or such fond memories than the bream. Nor has any other species of freshwater fish influenced so many lifestyles from childhood to adulthood. Bream, though small in stature, often become the keystone for the building blocks of human character.
One-of-a-kind attraction sees visitors from all 50 states, more than a dozen countries in its first year
(Apr 29, 2016 - Memphis, TN) Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, a destination retail attraction in downtown Memphis, is celebrating its first anniversary since opening its doors on April 29, 2015. Located inside a massive transformed sports arena, the dynamic, immersive adventure contains restaurants, shopping, a hotel and attractions designed to appeal to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and families.
(Apr 29, 2016 - Decatur, AL) Erie, Pa., angler and Bassmaster newcomer Dave Lefebre is the second-day leader after catching an impressive limit of bass that weighed 21 pounds, 3 ounces.
(Apr 29, 2016 - Orlando, FL) Universal Technical Institute, the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, is launching the first Mercury Marine technician career training certification program at its Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) campus in Orlando.
(Apr 29, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Phoenix Boats, a young, fast-growing bass boat company based in Winchester, Tenn., has signed a multi-year deal to be a supporting level sponsor of 2016 Bassmaster tournament circuits.
Berkley Lightning Rod combos offer performance and value
(Apr 29, 2016 - Columbia, SC) The Berkley® Lightning Rod® is a staple among all anglers whether just starting out or at the top of their game. The new Berkley Lightning rod combo gives anglers the rod they've trusted for decades in a combo they can count on for many years to come.
(Apr 29, 2016 - Benton, KY) The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, partnered with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) to present the 2016 KHSAA bass fishing regional tournaments on Saturday. More than 292 teams across Kentucky competed in four different regional tournaments with the goal of advancing to the KHSAA State competition.
Tournament pays out over $402,000 to competitors
(Apr 29, 2016 - New Smyrana Beach, FL) Pro-angler Tom Keenan, of Hatley, Wisconsin, brought in a two-day total of 91.46 pounds of walleye to win the pro-angler category of the Lake Erie event for the Cabela's National Walleye Tour (NWT) at Sandusky, Ohio, on April 22.
(Apr 28, 2016 - Deatur, AL) By nature, fishermen can be storytellers, and the top-shelf professional anglers who make up the Bassmaster Elite Series are no exception. Before the tournament began, the vast majority of the 108-angler field claimed the three official practice days were very unproductive — if not downright difficult.
(Apr 28, 2016 - Aberdeen, MS) The Caledonia High School duo of Parker Humble and Kody White brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the 2016 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Mississippi State Championship on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
(Apr 28, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. is pleased to announce that Shell Rotella heavy duty diesel engine oils will be a supporting level sponsor of the 2016 Bassmaster tournament circuits. This includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series,Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation events presented by Magellan outdoors, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops and Costa Bassmaster High School Series.
(Apr 28, 2016 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Spring is already approaching summer in the south while the mild northern winter is almost ready to be in full warm-up mode. This opens the door for just about any species from bass to walleye.
Next stop for interactive learning trailer is Decatur, Ala.
(Apr 28, 2016 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) The Berkley Experience Trailer rolls through 2016 with 27 different locations. The next event is at the BASS Elite Series event in Decatur, Ala.
Letter calls for including the recreational fishing community's priorities in the MSA reauthorization
(Apr 25, 2016 - Alexandria, Va.) The recreational fishing industry welcomed the action taken by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to recognize the significant economic, social and conservation benefits that saltwater recreational fishing provides to the nation.
(Apr 25, 2016 - ) The fourth tournament of the 21st season of the Walmart FLW Tour, the most competitive circuit in professional bass-fishing, kicks off May 5-8 with the Walmart FLW Tour at Pickwick Lake presented by Quaker State. Hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, the tournament will feature 169 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers 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.
One of the best in the business credits continuing education
(Apr 25, 2016 - ) “Electronics always play a huge role, at every tournament.” Brent Ehrler was trying to convince me that, despite spending the entire first day of the 2016 Bassmaster fishing shallow, visible targets, electronics were vital to his approach.
Foutz wins co-angler title
(Apr 25, 2016 - SMYRNA, TN.) William Merrick of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 4 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Percy Priest presented by Navionics. For his victory, Merrick took home $3,648.
Rogers wins co-angler title
(Apr 25, 2016 - ANDERSON, S.C.) Pro angler Troy Morrow of Eastanollee, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Lake Hartwell.
Mut wins co-angler title
(Apr 25, 2016 - Okeechobnee, FL) Jessie Mizell of Sarasota, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee presented by Minn Kota.
(Apr 25, 2016 - CELINA, Ohio) Gary Ginter of Maplewood, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament of 2016 on Grand Lake.
Maurer wins co-angler title
(Apr 25, 2016 - MARBURY, Md.) Matt Stasiak of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 13 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament of 2016 on the Potomac River.
Rossi wins co-angler title
(Apr 25, 2016 - WHITTINGTON,IL.) Michael Black of Toledo, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament of 2016 on Rend Lake.
Day wins co-angler title
(Apr 25, 2016 - ARKADELPHIA, AR.) Jeremiah Kindy of Benton, Arkansas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 4 ounces, Saturday to win the second FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament of 2016 on DeGray Lake.
(Apr 24, 2016 - Mountain Home, AR) 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.
(Apr 23, 2016 - ) 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.
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