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Will face qualifiers from FLW College Fishing National Championship
(May. 28, 2014 - FLIPPIN, AR.) Landon Anderson and Tyler Arms, collegiate anglers from Tennessee Tech University, qualified for the 2014 Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge with their second-place finish in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on May 23 at Alabama's Lake Pickwick.
Former AOY Suffers Heart Attack
(May. 27, 2014 - MINNEAPOLIS,MN) Three-time FLW Angler of the Year winner Clark Wendlandt from Leander, Texas has withdrawn from next week's Walmart FLW Tour event at Pickwick Lake after suffering a heart attack on Monday. Wendlandt is currently at St. Mary's Hospital in downtown Knoxville and anticipates being released Thursday evening or Friday morning.
(May. 24, 2014 - TROUT CREEK, MT) While everyone else was heading toward the popular flats of Noxon Reservoir at launch each day, Montana's Tim Johnston was going in the completely opposite direction upriver. It proved to be key to his win at the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Western Divisional.
(May. 24, 2014 - San Antonio, TX) Florence, Alabama, The 9th annual BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship has wrapped up with the University of Georgia taking the title in convincing fashion. Finishing in 2nd and 3rd respectively were the teams from Tennessee Tech University and The University of North Alabama.
(May. 22, 2014 - TROUT CREEK, MT.) Some anglers in the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Western Divisional worked all day to eke out a limit on Montana's Noxon Reservoir. But not Tim Johnston. He did it in an hour and a half.
Sykes wins co-angler title
(May. 21, 2014 - ST. MARYS, Ohio) "I went out Wednesday and started prefishing and I went a lot of places," said Nutter. "I started in the southwest corner of the lake and checked in pretty much every cut and I found one stretch of bank that held quality fish.
Seaton wins co-angler title
(May. 21, 2014 - LA CROSSE, WI.) "I was pitching to laydowns right on the edge of a current seam," said Mazurek, who earned his first win after fishing in BFL events since 1995. "The key was that the shoreline I targeted was adjacent to the mouth of a large spawning flat."
Larson wins co-angler title
(May. 21, 2014 - KIMBERLING CITY, MO) "I caught all of my fish off of beds," said Jones, who had two previous top-10 finishes on Table Rock Lake in FLW competition before earning his victory. "After takeoff I made a 15 minute run to the dam area. I went there during my pre-fish on Friday and had found quite a few bass on beds. I'm glad I looked on Friday, because the conditions were cloudy on Saturday and you couldn't see them anymore. That probably helped me, though, because I knew where they were but they couldn't see me."
Lederman wins co-angler title
(May. 20, 2014 - HENDERSON, N.C.) "I started out my day by failing," said Hammack, who earned his second BFL win. "I tried to fish the shad spawn. The shad were spawning really well, but I fished for an hour and a half and didn't catch anything.
Frye wins co-angler title
(May. 20, 2014 - KISSIMMEE, FL.) "I was on a pretty decent bite in practice but I didn't really have a good morning bite," said Clark, a seasoned veteran of Florida competition. "As I was running down the lake the morning of the tournament I was hitting a bunch of bugs. Finally one hit me in the chest and I saw it was a mayfly.
McGinnis wins co-angler title
(May. 20, 2014 - HARDIN, KY.) "I fished ledges with a sexy chartreuse-colored Strike King Pro Model 6XD in 15 to 18 feet of water," said Boss. "I located six schools of fish in practice on Friday and I was able to get on three of them in the tournament. There were boats on the other three. I basically caught all my fish on two of those spots.
Potter wins co-angler title
(May. 20, 2014 - EUFAULA, OK.) "This one was a long time coming," said Barton, who earned the first BFL victory of his career. "I've been fishing BFL events for a long time.
(May. 19, 2014 - RUSSELLVILLE, AR.) Jason Christie pulled off a 4-ounce "wonder" win Sunday in the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Dardanelle. It wasn't a case of anyone thinking that a Christie victory would be a wonder. After all, the pro from Park Hill, Okla., was already an Elite champ from the 2013 season and has a very successful career going. It was Christie himself who was kept guessing.
(May. 17, 2014 - LAKEPORT, CA.) The teammates from New Mexico State University got to choose to compete on California's Clear Lake for the Western Regional because their regional, the Central, was on the Ouachita River in Louisiana, more than 12 hours from home.
(May. 17, 2014 - RUSSELLVILLE, AR.) Saturday, after holding on to the lead in the May 15-18 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Dardanelle by 13 ounces, Greg Hackney said he might be left with too many choices for Sunday's final round.
(May. 16, 2014 - RUSSELLVILLE, AR.) Patience certainly does have its virtues. Just ask Greg Hackney, the new leader in the Bassmaster Elite Series at Lake Dardanelle. After landing a 4-pound largemouth soon after competition began Friday, Hackney stuck it out in the same area the rest of the day, working through a series of dry spells without a bite.
(May. 15, 2014 - RUSSELLVILLE, AR.) "Steady" was the first word John Crews came up with when asked about his first day of competition in the May 15-18 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Dardanelle.
A Fun-Filled Lake Party to Help our Furry Friends Growing every year, this much anticipated annual Lake Party will kick-off Memorial Day Weekend with a huge bang!
(May. 15, 2014 - Lake Palestine, TX) H&W Marine & 95.3/102.3 The Breeze presents the 7th annual Lake Palestine PALOOZA to benefit Pets Fur People, a local no-kill animal shelter. This year's PALOOZA will be at the Marina in the Villages Resort on May 24th, the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Villages Marina is located on Lake Palestine, off of Hwy 2661 west of Hwy 155.
ASA Vice President Gordon Robertson to retire after decades of dedicated service
(May. 14, 2014 - Alexandria, VA) After decades of dedicated service to the recreational fishing industry; fisheries resource conservation and management; and advocating on behalf of both, American Sportfishing Association (ASA) Vice President Gordon Robertson has announced his retirement as of June 30, 2014.
Curtis wins co-angler title
(May. 13, 2014 - BRISTOL, TN.) "I started out fishing fast with crankbaits, spinnerbaits and swimbaits," said Henard, who earned the second BFL win of his career. "Then I picked up a worm and caught two keepers. I went back and forth between the crankbait and a worm. Then the fishing got pretty slow so I just stuck with the worm.
Morgan wins co-angler title
(May. 13, 2014 - MILLEDGEVILLE, GA.) Carver earned the sixth BFL win of his career using a pearl-colored Bass Hound Main Event Prop Bait, a lure made by local angler and BFL stick Kip Carter, who was also in the field and finished in fourth place.
Wheeler wins co-angler title
(May. 13, 2014 - MARBURY, Md.) "I'm from the area and I've been catching them pretty good lately on reaction baits,- said Caffi, who earned his first BFL victory. "I sat on one of my best spots for about three hours in the morning, but I didn't get one keeper. So, at about 10 o'clock I made a move to a little area I know where I thought the bass might be coming in to spawn.
Burgess wins co-angler title
(May. 13, 2014 - BLOOMINGTON, IN.) "This win was special," Wilkinson said of his third career BFL victory. "I pride myself on being consistent. Now, I can say I've won at the Ohio River, Lake Monroe and Lake Patoka - the three main places in Indiana the BFL series goes to.
ESPN's college football analyst Lee Corso is the headline speaker for this year's trade show
(May. 12, 2014 - Alexandria, VA) From July 15-18, 10,000 members of the global recreational fishing community will converge on the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. for the 57th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST,
(May. 12, 2014 - QUITMAN, TX) The world championship of bass fishing, the Toyota Texas Bass Classic was decided by a world record-breaking performance from two-time winner and defending TTBC Champion Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas.
Keith Combs leads Tundra Top Ten into Grand Finale on Lake Fork
(May. 10, 2014 - Quitman, TX) Top pros from the PAA, Bassmaster and FLW that were on the fish yesterday stayed locked on them today - and it appears no one's going to stumble tomorrow. It's going to be a rumble Sunday on Lake Fork. Pros in yesterday's top ten - Keith Combs, Stetson Blaylock, Russ Lane, Justin Lucas, Jason Christie, Randy Haynes, Matt Reed, Brandon Coulter - stayed on the short list today.
Day One: Lake Fork welcomes TTBC Pros Back
(May. 09, 2014 - Quitman, TX) What happens when you bring fifty of the best bass pros in the world to one of the best bass lakes in the world? Well, this is what happens? Strictly in terms of Lake Fork trophy bass - or "overs" measuring over 24 inches long, today was a good day. It started with leader Keith Combs who had 3 overs in a row.
Findley wins co-angler title
(May. 08, 2014 - COLUMBIANA, AL.) "I had to change my game plan because we had a long fog delay," said Wyman. "Normally, I would have started off with topwater, but I didn't get to do that because the sun was already up by the time we got to go out.
Botts wins co-angler title
(May. 08, 2014 - MONTICELLO, KY.) Militana earned his first FLW win with four smallmouth bass that exceeded the 18-inch size limit. "My goal was to hit as many spots as possible," said Militana. "I think I hit 30 spots in the tournament. The areas that I was fishing were transition areas near spawning flats. You can run to those areas and make five or six good casts and cover them pretty quickly.
Webster wins co-angler title
(May. 07, 2014 - GREERS FERRY, AR.) I started out on the lower end of the lake looking for a kicker largemouth, but I never got it, said Huggins. The water was up about four feet and back in the bushes, but I guess the fish hadn't moved back there yet.
McCleery wins co-angler title
(May. 07, 2014 - WHITTINGTON, IL.) I started out on the south end of the lake and I was catching my fish flipping a watermelon-colored Zoom Z Hog in the bushes, said Cordes, who earned the first BFL win of his career.
(May. 04, 2014 - MANY, LA.) With a one-two, the rookie won. Jacob Powroznik delivered that punch Sunday in the form of two good-sized bass in the last hours of competition of the four-day Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend.
(May. 04, 2014 - HUDDLESTON, VA.) The Radford University team of Justin Witten of Radford, Va., and Will Bowling of Fincastle, Va., won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 16 pounds and 12 ounces. The win earned the team $2,000 for their bass club and qualified them for the 2014 Northern Conference Invitational tournament on the Potomac River.
(May. 03, 2014 - MANY, LA.) Toledo Bend Reservoir produced a little something extra - lagniappe in Louisiana French-speak - for Dean Rojas on Saturday. Actually, that something extra was very large: a 7-pound, 2-ounce largemouth bass. And it proved to be the catch that made all the difference for Rojas on the third day of the May 1-4 Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite on Toledo Bend.
(May. 02, 2014 - MANY, LA.) Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Jacob Powroznik had been to Toledo Bend Reservoir just once before he came to the May 1-4 Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite.
(May. 02, 2014 - Toledo Bend Reservoir, TX/LA) The 59th Annual Texas State Bass Tournament was held on Toledo Bend Reservoir on April 26- 27, 2014. The tournament dates back to 1955 when Earl Golding, then a sports writer for the Waco Tribune-Herald, organized what is believed to be the first major invitational bass fishing contests. In 1956, the competition was repeated but opened up to all Texas anglers as The State Bass Tournament.
Hill wins co-angler title
(Apr. 30, 2014 - SPARTA, TN.) "My BFL win on Lake Guntersville last year was my favorite victory, but this one was special because it was on my home lake," said Wagner, who earned his ninth career victory in FLW competition and pushed his career earnings over the $300,000 mark.
Allen wins co-angler title
(Apr. 30, 2014 - BRANDON, MS.) "I caught one here and there all day long," said Rochelle. "I was just hitting a lot of spots. The better fish came between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. I lost one big fish around 9:30 that morning that kind of messed me up, but I ended up catching about 12 keepers throughout the day.
Grider wins co-angler title
(Apr. 30, 2014 - WAGONER, OK.) "I've got a fair amount of experience on Fort Gibson, but I don't think I've ever fished there this early in the year before,"Kincaid said. "It's usually a lake I only go to in the summertime.
White wins co-angler title
(Apr. 29, 2014 - HENDERSON, N.C.) Hamrick earned his second career BFL win by making a smart decision and staying away from the bushes that Kerr Lake is known for.
Henderson wins co-angler title
(Apr. 29, 2014 - MCCORMICK, S.C.) Norm Attaway of Clearwater, S.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament of 2014 on Clarks Hill Lake.
(Apr. 26, 2014 - CARLYLE, IL.) Santel and Berger battled the tough conditions on Carlyle and won by a solid 1-pound, 5-ounce margin in their first FLW College Fishing tournament together as a team.
Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open
(Apr. 26, 2014 - SHREVEPORT, LA.) Stephen Browning's home water is the Arkansas River, but he might want to consider relocating to the Red River. For the second straight year Browning has won the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on the Red River.
Bass Pro Shops Central Open #2 presented by Allstate
(Apr. 25, 2014 - SHREVEPORT, LA.) A change in his practice methods for the Bass Pro Shops Central Open #2 presented by Allstate on the Red River is paying off for Gerald Spohrer.
Central Open #2 presented by Allstate
(Apr. 24, 2014 - SHREVEPORT, LA.) Aaron Johnson, of Shreveport, La., has a strategy that other local anglers might want to try when fishing tournaments on their home waters. Johnson decided to skip the final day of practice for the Bass Pro Shops Central Open #2 presented by Allstate on the Red River and went to work instead. Even though he lives close to the river, Johnson said he limits the amount of time he spends on the water.
Surfer's Journal provides funds for fisheries conservation and habitat restoration projects
(Apr. 21, 2014 - Alexandria, VA) The Fish America Foundation received a $5,300 donation from the Surfer's Journal. The publication's employees selected the FishAmerica Foundation to receive one percent of the journal's fiscal year earnings.
(Apr. 20, 2014 - EUFAULA, AL.) It was do or die and Rob Digh did it. (Three times fast - anyone?) The North Carolina standout entered the last day of the B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional atop the field on Lake Eufaula.
(Apr. 16, 2014 - EUFAULA, AL.) He may have saved the best for last in terms of weigh-in order, but Danny Murphy, of Granite Falls, N.C., actually got his work done early, en route to topping the Day 1 leaderboard at the B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional on Lake Eufaula.
Biffle wins co-angler title
(Apr. 15, 2014 - SCOTTSBORO, AL.) The spawn is in full swing in many southern states and McMahan took full advantage of it to notch his first BFL win.
Neece wins co-angler title
(Apr. 15, 2014 - KODAK, TN) Knight's win was his first BFL victory since 2005, and it came on a lake that he hadn't fished in over 20 years.
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