Fishing & Boating News
FLW Teams with Walmart and Take Me Fishing™ to Kick Off National Fishing and Boating Week with #REELFUN Fishing Events at 2,000 Walmart Locations
(May 22, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, has teamed with Walmart, The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and its Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns, Jack Link’s, Pringles and Zip Firestarters to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week June 2-10.
(May 22, 2018 - ISLAMORADA, FL) Women, men and teens are invited to a non intimidating LLGF Fishing Screamin’ Reels tournament with education June 22-23 in Islamorada, FL. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the tournament kicks off on Friday with a class on offshore fishing and conservation conducted by Capt. Skip Bradeen, plus an appetizer contest from 6-8 pm at Seaside Glass Works, Islamorada, FL.
Moneta’s Tilley Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division Event at Smith Mountain Lake
Fredericksburg’s Williams Wins Co-angler Title
(May 22, 2018 - HUDDLESTON, Va.) Boater Rick Tilley of Moneta, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division event at Smith Mountain Lake. Tilley earned $4,350 for his victory.
Brandon’s Denson Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division Event at Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon’s Gilmore Wins Co-angler Title
(May 22, 2018 - BRANDON, Ms.) Local boater Shannon Denson of Brandon, Mississippi, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 21 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division event at Ross Barnett Reservoir presented by Navionics. For his victory, Denson earned $7,610.
Tennessee’s Jason Lambert Weighs More than 100 Pounds of Bass in Four Days at Kentucky Lake, Wins $100,000
(May 20, 2018 - GILBERTSVILLE, Ky.) Pro Jason Lambert of Michie, Tennessee, brought five bass weighing 27 pounds, 3 ounces, to the FLW weigh-in stage Sunday to win the FLW Tour at Kentucky Lake presented by Costa Sunglasses by a margin of 28 pounds even – a new all-time FLW Tour record for margin of victory.
(May 20, 2018 - JONESTOWN, TX) Drew Benton of Panama City, Fla., capped off an impressive week with a Championship Sunday five-bass limit that weighed 16 pounds, 15 ounces to win first place and $100,000 at the 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
AQ Livingston Team #5
(May 19, 2018 - Lake Livingston, TX) It was HOT on the water today. With temperatures rising to the mid to high 90’s, the fish were hard to catch except for the little ones…. Almost everyone reported catching lots of 13 inchers….
Day-Two Leader Randy Haynes Withdraws from Competition, Jason Lambert Hauls in 30-pound, 8-ounce Limit to Vault into Lead
(May 19, 2018 - GILBERTSVILLE, Ky.) Pro Jason Lambert of Michie, Tennessee, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 30 pounds, 8 ounces – surpassing the record that he already owned for the largest single-day limit ever caught on Kentucky Lake in FLW Tour competition– to catapult into the lead at the FLW Tour at Kentucky Lake presented by Costa Sunglasses.
(May 19, 2018 - JONESTOWN, TX) Spencer Childers caught the most weight in the Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament, and his real prize was getting to fish with Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mark Menendez.
(May 19, 2018 - JONESTOWN, TX) Drew Benton of Panama City, Fla., caught an impressive five-bass limit that weighed 20 pounds, 4 ounces during today’s semi-final round to take command of the top spot at the 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at Lake Travis.
Tennessee’s Webb Wins Co-angler Title, $25k
(May 19, 2018 - GILBERTSVILLE, Ky.) Haynes returned to the same area he fished Thursday, putting a couple of keepers in the boat right off the bat. Later in the morning he said he hit a flurry that produced five or six good bites to cap off a limit.
A Different Breed of Pro
(May 19, 2018 - Park Falls, WI) Will Simmons planned to be fishing by lunchtime; maybe just a little after. A transplanted crappie fisherman turned bass nut, and now coach of the Obion County Central High School (OCCHS) fishing team, Simmons was en route to his first fishing photoshoot.
Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Joins AFTCO’s Conservation Efforts with AFTCO Bank Bags during Championship Week
(May 19, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) AFTCO a long-time leader in conservation in the saltwater world is bringing their conservation ethics to the freshwater market in 2018 with a variety of new initiatives including their Bank Bag program. This program will be in full effect during the 2018 collegiate bass fishing championship. During that week AFTCO supplies a Bank Bag to each team to use to p
(May 18, 2018 - JONESTOWN, TX) Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., fished “a hodge-podge of lures, techniques and depths today to earn 18 pounds, 3 ounces of largemouth bass and take command of the 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Lake Travis.
Wide selection offered to fit any kayak or boat angler's needs
(May 17, 2018 - Houston, TX) RAILBLAZA® USA offers a wide selection of rod holders to fit any kayak or boat angler's needs. The Rod Holder II, Rod Tube and Rod Holder R provide a convenient spot to secure fishing rods while underway, actively fishing or trolling. The rod holding solutions from RAILBLAZA easily reposition to meet current conditions, hold varying types of reels and are compatible with the full range of RAILBLAZA bases to mount on a kayak or boat.
(May 17, 2018 - JONESTOWN, TX) A heavy, 21-pound, 15-ounce limit of largemouth bass, anchored by an impressive 7-9 big fish, put Ray Hanselman Jr. of Del Rio, Texas, in the lead after the opening round of competition at the 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Lake Travis.
(May 17, 2018 - GILBERTSVILLE, Ky.) Pro Randy Haynes of Ripley, Mississippi, weighed a 26-pound, 3-ounce, limit of bass Thursday to take the early lead at the FLW Tour at Kentucky Lake presented by Costa Sunglasses.
Ingenious Aqua-Vu® XD™ Pole Camera Adaptor reaches out and reveals fish in previously inaccessible locations
(May 16, 2018 - Crosslake, MN) Beneath the surface, things rarely match the imagination. Consider the waterscape beneath a boat dock. Any idea what’s down there? Nope, but sure would like to know. What about that big sunken tree you’ve tried to fish? Who knows what might be living in that snag-infested thing. Any bass below that patch of lily pads? Crappies hiding in the cabbage?
Stephen Browning performs swimmingly with Legend Tournament Bass Swim Bait rod
(May 16, 2018 - Park Falls, WI) The right place, the right time, the right bait. Sounds like the formula for the type of success that leads to a major tournament victory, right? Well, Stephen Browning certainly had all those elements lined up, but to close the deal on his Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open at Ross Barnett Reservoir he needed one final piece of the puzzle — the right rod.
(May 16, 2018 - Houston County Lake, TX) It was HOT as the air temperature was in the low 90’s. James Chandler from Liberty had to fish alone this week because his partner Sandro Alfaro had to work.
Dean Coleman & Jimmy Emmons Jr. are leading the pack for Angler of the Year with just 3 more tournaments left.
AQ Houston Team #5
(May 16, 2018 - Houston County Lake, TX) Dean Coleman and Jimmy Emmons Jr. came in 1st place this past Saturday on Lake Houston with a limit of 5 bass that weighed 16.37 lbs…. That’s a good limit any day on this lake. Dean & Jimmy took home the first place check for $1,840.00.
AQ Conroe Team #5
(May 16, 2018 - Lake Conroe, TX) Kyle Nitshke & Jason Bonds came walking to the scales with both carrying each side of the bulging weigh-in bag. I knew then that they had an awesome limit of bass. Their largest fish was a 7.56 lb’er.
(May 16, 2018 - Flippin, AR) Ranger Boats Pro Korey Sprengel of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, weighed a total of 35.33 pounds of walleye to win the season-opening event of the 2018 Cabela's National Walleye Tour (NWT) on Lake Winnebago, May 11. Thanks to Ranger Cup contingency Sprengel walked away with a brand-new Ranger 620FS plus a Mercury outboard, $15,000 and $2,635 in Anglers Advantage cash for a total of $82,635 in winnings.
Ranger Cup University's Team of the Year Challenge Heads to Lake Guntersville with Lee brothers on board
Ranger pros Jordan and Matt Lee will lend an assist on the fabled frog fishery
(May 16, 2018 - Flippin, AR) The "Big G" in north Alabama will play host to the Ranger Cup University Team of the Year championship, but with an interesting a twist: Ranger pros Matt and Jordan Lee will be at the disposal of the finalists to offer hints and advice on topics ranging from dissecting the fishery itself, to pursuing a pro fishing career and procuring sponsors.
(May 16, 2018 - Lakepoint, CA) The Delta Teen Team duo of Miles Kaneko and Jared De Fremery, both of Berkeley, California brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 19 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Clear Lake Open and earn the title of TBF/FLW California State Champions in Lakeport, California. The win advanced the team to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship, held June 26-30, on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.
(May 16, 2018 - GILBERTSVILLE, Ky) The Marshall County High School team of Tristan Barrett and Evan Bremmerkamp brought a two-day cumulative total of eight bass weighing 27 pounds, 11 ounces to the scale this weekend, beating out 67 other teams to win the 2018 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake.
Normandy’s Steadman Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Music City Division Tournament on Tims Ford Lake
Co-angler Title Goes to Hendersonville’s Brinson
(May 16, 2018 - WINCHESTER, TN) Boater David Steadman Jr. of Normandy, Tennessee, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Tims Ford Lake Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 13 ounces. Steadman pocketed $2,648 for his win.
(May 16, 2018 - Lakepoint, CA) The University of California-Merced team of Herbie LeBlanc of Gilroy, California, and Tshu Xiong of Merced, California, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event at Clear Lake presented by Bass Pro Shops on Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces. The victory earned the Bobcats bass club $2,250 and a spot in the 2019 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
Georgia’s Partain Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division Tournament on Lake Hartwell
Lewis Takes Co-angler Title
(May 16, 2018 - ANDERSON, S.C.) Boater Kerry Partain of Elberton, Georgia, caught five bass weighing 14 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament Saturday on Lake Hartwell. For his efforts, Partain took home $3,705.
Arkansas' Bentonville High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake O' the Pines Open in Texas
(May 16, 2018 - Jefferson, TX) Arkansas’ Bentonville High School duo of Josh Gray and Jackson O’Shea brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces to win the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake O’ the Pines Open in Jefferson, Texas. The win advanced the team to the 2018 High School Fishing National championship, held June 26-30, on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.
Vandiver’s Stracner Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Bama Division Tournament on Lake Eufaula
Dothan’s Ward Wins Co-angler Title
(May 16, 2018 - EUFAULA, AL.) Boater Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Alabama, caught five bass Saturday weighing 22 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lake Eufaula. For his efforts, Stracner earned $4,418.
(May 16, 2018 - Columbus OH) The Oak Hill High School fishing duo of Keaton Potter and Mitchell Hale, both of Oak Hill, Ohio, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces to win the 2018 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Ohio State Championship on Alum Creek.
Kelseyville’s Brezeale Leads Wire-To-Wire, Wins Costa FLW Series at Clear Lake presented by Evinrude
(May 12, 2018 - Lakepoint, CA) Pro Wayne Brezeale of Kelseyville, California, won the Costa FLW Series at Clear Lake presented by Evinrude Saturday after bringing a limit of bass weighing 14 pounds, 6 ounces to the scale.
(May 12, 2018 - JEFFERSON CITY, TN.) Lucas Murphy and Nolan Hitt had only fished one official tournament together before they teamed up this week in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Eastern Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops.
(May 12, 2018 - Strader Takes Home Back-To-Back B.A.S.S. Victories) On Monday, while other contestants in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open at Lake Norman, North Carolina, were enjoying their first day of official practice, Wesley Strader was putting the finishing touches on his first Elite Series victory in the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Kentucky Lake presented by Abu Garcia. Six days later, Strader added the second of his back-to-back B.A.S.S. victories by winning the Eastern Open at Norman.
Z-Man® unveils the ultimate weedless jighead, the Eye Strike Fishing® Weedless Eye™ Jighead
(May 11, 2018 - LADSON, SC) Slip beneath the dark watery surface and you’re likely to lock eyes with aquatic life well before you discern the first fin, scale or tail. Baitfish eyes, in particular, reflect a perpetual, primal alertness. Some call it a look of fear; the same wild, desperate expression observed in the optics of the horror-flick victims.
(May 11, 2018 - JEFFERSON CITY, TN.) Cully Scroggins and Nathon Portch say they are using intuition to key in on the best locations to find bass during the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Eastern Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops.
Bassmaster Eastern Open No. 2 at Lake Norman
(May 11, 2018 - CORNELIUS, N.C.) A seven-hour practice and a 6-pound clue pushed Wesley Strader atop the leaderboard today in the semifinal round of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Open No. 2 at Lake Norman. Strader of Spring City, Tenn., is vying for back-to-back B.A.S.S. tournament victories after his win last week in the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Kentucky Lake presented by Abu Garcia.
(May 11, 2018 - JONESTOWN, TX) There is certainly no shortage of storylines for this year’s Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Lake Travis.
(May 10, 2018 - ) Anglers can catch largemouth bass in every season; but hands-down, spring dominates in terms of accessibility to quantity and quality. Essentially, the fish are at their heaviest of the year, they display voracious feeding interests — pre and post periods — and often position in areas where they can be visually located.
(May 10, 2018 - JEFFERSON CITY, TN.) While most other college bass fishing teams were pulling 2 1/2-pound bass out of Cherokee Lake today, Cully Scroggins and Nathon Portch were catching 3 1/2-pounders.
(May 10, 2018 - CORNELIUS, N.C.) It wasn’t difficult to catch a five-bass limit of 14-inch keepers Thursday at Lake Norman. But finding anything bigger was a daunting task. Patrick Walters of Ladson, S.C., and Cody Pike of Powhatan, Va., solved the problem best.
Ranger Cup University's Team of the Year Challenge Heads to Lake Guntersville with Lee brothers on Board
Ranger pros Jordan Lee and Matt Lee will lend an assist on the fabled frog fishery
(May 10, 2018 - FLIPPIN, AR) The "Big G" in north Alabama will play host to this year's Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge but with an interesting a twist: Ranger pros Matt Lee and Jordan Lee will be at the disposal of the finalists to offer hints and advice on topics ranging from dissecting the fishery itself to pursuing a pro fishing career and procuring sponsors.
Anglers Quest Rayburn Team Tournament #5
(May 8, 2018 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX) It was supposed to be an ugly rainy day, but turned out to be a beautiful day to fish. There were 22 teams that came out to fish the 5th Anglers Quest Team tournament of the 2018 season. With the air temperature in the low to mid 60’s and the water temps in the mid 70’s the fish were biting on Big Sam.
(May 8, 2018 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX) There were 17 individuals who showed up to fish the Anglers Quest Rayburn Tournament on Sunday May the 6th. Seventeen AMAZING guys out of 67 total that have fished at least one of these this year… ( If you would all show up on the same day, what a payout that would be)…..
McKee’s Akemon Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Mountain Division Tournament on Lake Cumberland
Michigan’s Wathen Grabs Co-angler Title
(May 8, 2018 - BURNSIDE, Ky.) Boater Jason Akemon of McKee, Kentucky, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mountain Division event on Lake Cumberland Saturday with five bass weighing 18 pounds, 15 ounces. For his efforts, Akemon took home $4,271.
(May 8, 2018 - Dayton, TN) The Bryan College team of Nathan Bell of Riceville, Tennessee, and Cole Sands of Calhoun, Tennessee, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event at Lake Chickamauga presented by Bass Pro Shops on Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 9 ounces.
Boatright & Maxwell champion Bass Champs Central Region finale on LBJ Anglers of the Year are named!
(May 8, 2018 - ) It has been quite a season for Bass Champs Central Region teams, and the anticipation factor for the final event May 5, 2018 on LBJ only increased with weather delays. Nearly $53,000 was up for grabs and it was the last tournament to accumulate the points needed in the Anglers of the Year race. The hunt was on, but in the end it was Nick Boatright and Chad Maxwell who came out on top to win over $20,000!
(May 8, 2018 - CORNELIUS, N.C.) When a major bass tournament is held in the southern half of the United States in May, it’s a safe bet the spawn will a play big factor in how the first-place prize is earned.
Tulsa’s Hemphill Wins Co-angler Title
(May 8, 2018 - MUSKOGEE, OK.) Boater Eric Faucett of Norman, Oklahoma, caught five bass Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on the Arkansas River. For his efforts, Faucett pocketed $6,019.
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