Fishing & Boating News
(Feb 6, 2018 - Tulsa,OK) Major League Fishing (MLF) and General Tire formally announced today that General Tire will be the title sponsor and official tire of MLF beginning in 2018. The multi-year agreement kicks off with the General Tire Major League Fishing Summit Cup's first event airing on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 - 4 p.m. ET, on Outdoor Channel.
(Feb 6, 2018 - Jasper, TX) More than 440 pros and co-anglers are set to open the Southwestern Division next week, Feb. 15-17, at the Costa FLW Series at Sam Rayburn Reservoir – the largest FLW Series event ever held on the fishery. The tournament, presented by YETI, is the first regular-season event scheduled in the FLW Series Southwestern Division.
(Feb 5, 2018 - Lake Travis, TX) Bass Champs Central Region kicked off their 2018 season February 3rd on Lake Travis. Chilly and windy weather conditions set the scene for 193 teams to compete for a portion of this 106% payback event. Gary Weimer and Jeremiah Wafford reeled in the winnings taking 1st place and the guaranteed $20,000 purse.
How one globe-trotting angler taps winter smallmouth bass in the Gopher State
(Feb 5, 2018 - ) The vast majority of northern bass anglers hang up their open-water gear for the winter. With most lakes under inches (if not feet) of ice by January, most fishing involves an eight-inch hole in the ice.
Georgia’s McCay Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division Opener on Lake Keowee
Williamston’s Lesley Earns Co-angler Title
(Feb 5, 2018 - SENECA, S.C.) Boater J.R. McCay of Helen, Georgia, caught five bass weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division opener on Lake Keowee presented by Navionics. For his efforts, McCay took home $4,004.
Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Open
(Feb 3, 2018 - Kissimmee, FL) Mobility and versatility were the keys ingredients for Lakeland, Fla., pro Bobby Lane who completed the wire-to-wire win at the first Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Open at Big Lake Toho Marina with a three-day total weight of 60 pounds.
(Feb 2, 2018 - Kissimmee, FL) Bobby Lane has seen both ends of the weigh-in order, but after Friday’s second round of competition on Florida’s Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, he remains atop the first Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Open with a two-day total of 42 pounds.
(Feb 2, 2018 - ALEXANDER CITY, AL.) It’s been almost four months since Brandon Palaniuk raised the trophy at the final Bassmaster Elite Series event of 2017, but the long countdown to a new season is nearly done.
(Feb 1, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Pro competitors Andy Young of Mound, Minnesota, and William Campbell of Middlesboro, Kentucky, were involved in a boat collision on opening day of the FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee last week.
(Feb 1, 2018 - Kissimmee, FL) Bobby Lane is no astrologist, but he threw some serious props to the heavenly bodies in the wake of his massive Day 1 limit that weighed 31 pounds, 7 ounces, and took the lead at the first Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Open on Florida’s Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.
(Jan 31, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) General Tire will sponsor Winning Ways, a popular spinoff of The Bassmasters TV show on ESPN2, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Jan 31, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Michael Ray of Elk River, Minn., is the lucky winner of the Fish with Kevin VanDam Sweepstakes, and he could not be happier about it.
(Jan 31, 2018 - Lake Havasu City, AZ) YETI FLW College Fishing will continue the season with an event Feb. 10 on Lake Havasu. The tournament, hosted by the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau, is the first of three regular-season events for anglers in the Western Conference, and will feature a top prize of a $2,000 club scholarship and an invitation to compete in the 2019 College Fishing National Championship.
: AQ Rayburn Team #1
(Jan 31, 2018 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX) The fog was thick !!!! But there were still 27 teams braved the fog to fish the first AQ Rayburn Team Event of 2018… There were a total of 18 limits weighed in, 102 fish, and 267.06 total lbs. weighed……WOW….Tommy & Paul from LakeView Motel, RV and Grocery took really good care of and released all of the fish caught today……we appreciate them !!!!
AQ Rayburn Individual #1
(Jan 31, 2018 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX) Thirty-eight Individuals came out to fish on Sunday January 29th, the first AQ Rayburn Individual Event of 2018…. And we had some amazing weights. AQ pays 1 place for every 5 entries, so we paid 7 places and one big bass…
(Jan 30, 2018 - Lake Havasu City, AZ) As many as 300 pros and co-anglers are set to compete Feb. 8-10 at the Costa FLW Series Wester Division opener at Lake Havasu presented by Ranger Boats. Hosted by the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau, the event will feature anglers competing for a top award of up to $85,000, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-h
(Jan 30, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) In the latest of a series of agreements with B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing organization, Mossy Oak has become the presenting sponsor of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on the upper Chesapeake Bay, B.A.S.S. announced today.
71 anglers fishing on 19 boats released 130 sailfish over the two-day gripping competition
(Jan 30, 2018 - ISLAMORADA, FL) Team Mdala clinched First Place at the Cheeca Lodge & Spa 28th Annual Presidential Sailfish Tournament, Jan. 26-28, 2018, in Islamorada, FL. The Overall Champions took the lead by releasing their 13th sailfish one-minute prior to Team Relentless. Mdala team members included Steve and Eric Pfeifer of Sturgeon Bay, WI; Cody Gunther of Tavernier, FL and Tyler Valles of Key Largo, FL.
(Jan 30, 2018 - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON) The Alabama Rig® (A-Rig) exploded onto the bass fishing scene in 2011. Downsized versions of umbrella rigs (aka spreader rigs) used for eons trolling pelagic saltwater and freshwater predators, these wire baits are designed to emulate a school of baitfish on-the-run. Their use sometimes controversial, A-Rigs have played dominant roles in many competitive bass fishing events.
(Jan 30, 2018 - Westlake Village, CA) Introducing the next generation of electric boats… ElectraCraft's all new TR Series Tri-Cat! This sleek and innovative design provides greater stability for superior maneuverability and performance. 3 sizes are available to fit every desire; 152TR, 162TR and 182TR, accommodating up to 12 adults comfortably.
Leesburg Pro Catches 19-pound, 14-ounce Final Day Limit, Wins $100,000
(Jan 28, 2018 - Clewiston, FL) When Leesburg, Florida, angler Tim Frederick turned pro and began competing on the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Tour, the first event of his career was at Lake Okeechobee in February of 2016. Frederick managed to catch just one bass in two days of competition at that tournament and finished in 169th – last place. On Sunday, Frederick redeemed himself by catching a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 14 ounces, to earn the win the FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Evinrude.
(Jan 28, 2018 - MANY, La.) Scott Springer and Trust Say, a pair of 17-year olds from the Chicago area, used a noontime flurry of big bass bites to power past the 241 other teams competing on Toledo Bend Reservoir on Sunday in the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Central Open presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
Leesburg Pro Brings 15-ounce Lead into Final Day
(Jan 27, 2018 - Clewiston, FL) Pro Tim Frederick of Leesburg, Florida, caught two kicker largemouth Saturday – a 6- and 7-pounder – to anchor his 23-pound, 3-ounce limit and jump to the top of the leaderboard after Day Three of the FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Evinrude. Frederick’s five-bass limit was the only bag Saturday that weighed in excess of 20 pounds, telling when you consider that the lake had pumped out 16, 20+ pound limits in the first two days of competition.
(Jan 27, 2018 - Many, LA.) The week has been full of twists and turns for Hunter DeSplinter and Conner Choate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops on Toledo Bend.
AQ Lake Conroe Team #1
(Jan 26, 2018 - Lake Conroe, TX) Anglers Quest is back on beautiful Lake Conroe….. The first of the 8 regular season events was held on January 7, 2018 at Stowaway Marina. It was a chilly morning but that didn’t stop the 35 boats from coming out to fish for a little over a $6,000.00 payout…….
AQ Lake Houston Team #1
(Jan 26, 2018 - Houston County Lake, TX) Twenty-one boats came out to fish in the cold for just shy of $3,500.00… although the morning started out cold, the day turned into a really nice one….
AQ Lake Livingston Team #1
(Jan 26, 2018 - Lake Livingston, TX) There were only 13 teams that showed up to fish lake Livingston today. The Morning became dangerously foggy, but burnt off quickly to expose a beautiful day on the water.
Lake Houston Individual #1
(Jan 26, 2018 - Houston County Lake, TX) Eighteen Individuals came out to Lake Houston Marina on Sunday January 21st. The morning started off a little chilly, but that didn’t stop the fish from biting.
Sam Rayburn Reservoir to Host Event February 11th $5000 in prizes awarded to biggest fish of the day
(Jan 26, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) The excitement continues to build for the upcoming Texas Lunker Challenge Presented by Mossy Oak Elements being held on Sam Rayburn Reservoir on February 11, 2018. This will be both the first televised event of the 2018 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series,
Florida’s Mathews Wins Co-angler Title, $20k
(Jan 26, 2018 - ) Day One leader Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Maryland, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Friday weighing 23 pounds, 8 ounces, to slightly extend his lead after Day Two of the FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Evinrude.
(Jan 26, 2018 - MANY, La.) Toledo Bend showed its true colors on Friday during the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops. After only offering a single 20-pound bag on the first day of competition, nine teams met that mark or more on Friday.
Mechanical or Tiller: 25 hp, 20 hp Tiller: 15 hp
(Jan 25, 2018 - Kennesaw, Ga) Yamaha’s high-powered portables are redefining the expectations for portable horsepower, from the F15 and F20 to the outstanding, new F25, an IBEX Innovation Award Winner for 2017.
Z-Man Fishing Enlists Communications Pros Traditions Media
(Jan 25, 2018 - Ladson, SC) There’s something elusive and simultaneously irresistible about a truly original thing. It draws you toward the unknown, and toward the possibility that mind-blowing things are about to happen.
(Jan 25, 2018 - Ostego, Mn.) Crestliner welcomes a versatile member to its line-up of durable, reliable fishing boats with the all-new Bass Hawk. Built on the hull design of the Fish Hawk series and featuring the raised bow and stern decks similar to the PT series, the Bass Hawk offers a flexible platform for bass anglers and more.
Arkansas’ Roberts Leads Co-Anglers
(Jan 25, 2018 - Clewiston, FL) Maryland Pro Bryan Schmitt surprised even himself on Thursday. The six-year FLW Tour veteran caught a five-bass limit weighing 24 pounds, 11 ounces, to take the lead on opening day of the 2018 season at the FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee. The event, presented by Evinrude, features a field of 376 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.
César Pecellín Muñoz of Spain Signs Exclusive Licensing Agreement to Run FLW Bass-Fishing Tournaments
(Jan 18, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Spain has signed an exclusive licensing agreement and will begin offering anglers the opportunity to compete in FLW-sanctioned bass fishing tournaments in 2018. The agreement was signed by FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel and César Pecellín Muñoz of FLW Spain.
FRABILL CELEBRATES DAN GALUSHA'S 45TH YEAR IN THE OUTDOOR MEDIA
(Jan 17, 2018 - Plano, IL) Veteran outdoor communicator Dan Galusha of Milan, Illinois has a resume so stacked with credentials and accolades that it takes four pages to fit them all in.
(Jan 17, 2018 - St. Chjarles, IL) The Illini Muskies Alliance inducted their 2018 Hall of Fame class at the famed Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois on Saturday January 6, 2018. For the second year in a row a large audience (over 100) was present to observe this popular IMA program.
FLW Foundation, Evinrude Team with National Pediatric Cancer Foundation to Promote ‘Fishing Funds the Cure’ Campaign
(Jan 17, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today that the FLW Foundation, the company’s 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting youth to their natural resources and promoting education, conservation and an active lifestyle, has joined forces with their longtime partner Evinrude and the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) to promote the ‘Fishing Funds the Cure’ program throughout the 2018 tournament season.
Water Clarity Expected to Play Big Role in Internationally-Televised Event presented by Evinrude
(Jan 17, 2018 - Clewiston, FL) When Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) co-angler Nik Kayler lost his life in an unexpected tragedy in an event in early January, it saddened the entire bass-fishing industry. Now, FLW is tasked with moving forward through the grief and getting back to competition on the water next week in their return to Lake Okeechobee.
LIVETARGET impresses with twin awards at Big Rock shows
(Jan 15, 2018 - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON) LIVETARGET lures are widely recognized for their anatomically accurate, three-dimensional designs and incredibly detailed, lifelike finishes. When these visual characteristics are coupled to actions proven to attract and trigger the wariest predators, the result is a family of lures that represents Nature to the highest degree possible: lures that are truly, Live Targets.
Kissimmee’s Branch Grabs Co-angler Title
(Jan 15, 2018 - Lake Wales, FL) Boater Robert Crosnoe of Inverness, Florida, caught a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division opener on the Kissimmee River. Crosnoe pocketed $4,920 for his victory.
Anglers win Triton 189TRX with 150-horsepower Mercury outboard
(Jan 15, 2018 - NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.) Harold Allen, of Shelbyville, Texas, and Matt Loetscher, of Many, Louisiana, weighed 28.74 pounds to win the first regular-season event of the Texas Team Trail presented by Cabela's (TXTT) on January 13 on Toledo Bend Reservoir. The winning anglers won a brand-new Triton 189TRX with a 150-horsepower Mercury outboard, valued at $31,495.
(Jan 15, 2018 - LAKE AMISTAD, TX) Skeeter Bass Champs blasted off their 19th year of honoring the sport of competitive bass fishing and the anglers who love it on lake Amistad January 13, 2018. What started out to be a very cold day ended with hot paychecks to the top twenty-one teams enjoying an incredible 109% payback event. Michael and Armando Flores topped the field of 160 teams taking home over $25,000!
(Jan 15, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a sponsorship agreement with Mercury Marine across all FLW tournament circuits. The Fond du Lac, Wisconsin-based marine propulsion manufacturer, will serve as one of two official outboard-engine sponsors in 2018. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
(Jan 12, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Mossy Oak, the Official Camo Pattern of B.A.S.S., has signed on as the title sponsor of the organization’s fast-growing high school bass fishing program, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Jan 11, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Berkley and Abu Garcia, two of Pure Fishing’s global family of quality fishing tackle brands, have signed on as premier sponsors of the Bassmaster Classic and other bass fishing series and events, B.A.S.S. announced today.
Lake Amistad -Diablo East Ramp
(Jan 8, 2018 - Haslet, TX) 2018 Bass Champs Season starts this weekend. Lake Amistad -Diablo East Ramp On-site registration: Friday (1/12) from 6-8 PM and Saturday morning starting at 5:00 AM $20,000 Guaranteed for 1st Place - Regardless of Entries
Record payouts, exceptional fishing expected for first TXTT event of 2018
(Jan 8, 2018 - NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.) The Texas Team Trail (TXTT) presented by Cabela's will open its regular season on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Toledo Bend Reservoir. The fishery straddles the Texas/Louisiana border and is one of the world's premier bass fishing destinations.
Advisory for Friday, January 5, 2018
(Jan 5, 2018 - Okeechobee, FL) In order to concentrate all efforts on the ongoing search for co-angler Nik Kayler, Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) officials have decided to cancel the remaining competition day at the Costa FLW Series tournament on Lake Okeechobee.
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