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Gerald Swindle on Ike Live

Gerald Swindle on Ike Live

Gerald Swindle Joins Mike Iaconelli via Skye
on a Special Hunter’s Edition of Ike Live!

An extra show this month just for fun and the many hunting fans!

Pittsgrove, NJ, December 1, 2014. Pro Angler Mike Iaconelli and regular co-host Pete Gluszek talk hunting versus fishing with Gerald Swindle, 2004 Bassmaster Angler of the Year and avid hunter, via Skype on Ike Live!, Sunday, December 7, 8:00 -9:30 pm ET, live-streaming at www.MikeIaconelli.com. Ike After Hours, the off-the-record chat among fish heads, follows at 9:30 -11:00 pm ET.
Gerald “the G-Man” Swindle is considered one of the funniest men in professional fishing. His patter, delivered with the silk of an Alabama accent, brings a smile to most faces. He and Mike trade quips and spin fish tales as they glory in fishing trips past, present and future. Gerald also gives us his take on the many similarities between the sports of hunting and fishing.
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About Mike “Ike” Iaconelli
A South Philadelphia native now living in South Jersey, Mike Iaconelli fell in love with fishing at his grandfather’s side in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He began fishing in tournaments after high school, joined the pro-am circuit in 1992 and turned pro in 2000. In 2003, he won the Bassmaster Classic. To date, he has won Bassmaster Elite, Classic, and Open championships, including the Bassmaster Elite on the Delaware River in August 2014, and earned over $2 MM in prize money. He and fellow fishing champ, Pete Gluszek, run The Bass University, which offers intense 2-day fishing classes that bring avid amateurs and professional fishermen together.

Browning Repeats At Red River

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 Central Open on the Red River. Last year, he rallied from 12th place to first on the final day, but this year he only had to climb from second place to repeat as the Open champion.

The Bassmaster Elite Series pro finished with 44 pounds, 3 ounces earning the top prize of a Nitro Z9/Mercury 225 Pro XS valued at $40,000 and $7,765 in cash. He cashed in on the Toyota Bonus Bucks prize of $1,500 for being the highest placing eligible Toyota pro, and he also earned the Power-Pole Captain’s Cash award of $500.

Aaron Johnson, of Shreveport, La., earned the Toyota Bonus Bucks of $1,000 for being the second-highest placing Toyota pro.

The area Browning caught all of his big fish on the final day of the tournament in 2013 proved to be the key spot for Browning this year also. The Arkansas pro started today with a small limit while his co-angler partner, Keith Glasby, of Ovilla, Texas, got off to a fast start.

“Keith (who won the co-angler division) was putting it on me pretty hard and heavy, and I just kept telling myself to just breathe,” Browning said. “It was one of those deals where you have an area and a bait that you have a lot of confidence in, but if you start to scramble you are more than likely going to tank. I just kept that little plug in my hand and kept winding it around.”

Browning remained patient knowing that the sun would position his fish close to the wood cover from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “There was a magic moment of about 30 to 45 minutes when it all happened,” said Browning, who culled out all of the fish he had caught earlier.

On Thursday, Browning caught most of his fish on a 1/2-ounce chartreuse-and-white War Eagle spinnerbait when the wind was blowing. But when the skies turned sunny and calm on Friday and Saturday, Browning relied on the same lure (a sexy shad 3.5-inch square-bill crankbait) that made him a winner last year.
Flipping a Texas-rigged Missile Baits Tomahawk plastic worm in a lovebug color to stumps produced a second-place finish for Gerald Spohrer of Gonzales, La.

“I pretty much stuck with the same thing (all three days),” said Spohrer, who finished with 40-12. “I didn’t scramble as much today as I had been doing the last couple of days.”
The rest of the Top 5 in the pro division included Johnson, Shreveport, La., in third place with 40-2; Elite Series pro Keith Combs, Huntington, Texas, fourth, 37-11; and Chad Wiley, Pineville, La., fifth, 34-14.

Co-angler Glasby won his second Open co-angler title with 22-8 and took home a Triton 17 Pro/Yamaha F115LA rig worth $25,000.

“My bread and butter was a little Bandit Series 100 crankbait in chartreuse with a black back,” said Glasby, who also won the 2012 Open as a co-angler at Lewisville Lake. “Today I switched up fishing behind Stephen Browning who is so efficient, so I went with a little (Carolina) rig with a Senko on it.”

Catching a 7-13 largemouth earned Johnson the Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament award of $500.
The Livingston Lures Leader Award of $250 for finishing as the top pro on Day 2 was presented to Spohrer. Logan Latuso, the Day 2 leader on the co-angler side, received a Livingston Lures gift pack worth $250.

Anglers in both divisions who advance the most places up the leaderboard from Day 1 to Day 2 receive the Allstate Good Hands, Great Day award. Pro division angler Gary Clouse, of La Vergne, Tenn., collected $250 by jumping 108 places from 160th to 52nd. Co-angler Mike Robinson, of Carter, Okla., picked up $150 by climbing 127 places from 156th to 29th.

The host for the event is the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission.

Johnson Jacks ’Em At The Red River

Date: 04/24/2014

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.

“The river is pretty rough on my equipment, so I don’t come here that often unless I have a tournament,” said the 41-year-old Johnson. The sales and marketing manager practiced on Saturday but skipped Sunday to spend time with his family. He then resumed practicing Monday and Tuesday and found five spots that were holding bass.

His strategy of fishing the river “only when I have to” paid off today as Johnson amassed a five-fish limit weighing 20 pounds, 8 ounces to take the lead in the boater division of the second Central Opens of 2014. His catch included a 7-13 largemouth that currently leads the Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament race.

Today’s cloudy weather caused the fish to react differently than what Johnson discovered in practice. “I really wanted the sunshine, but it was just out a little bit,” said Johnson, who won a Central Open in 2008 at Kentucky Lake. “The fish really weren’t setting up on the cover, but I was able to figure out how to get them to bite (in the cloudy weather),” he said. “Once I got that figured out, I popped them pretty good.”

A 45-mile one-way run and lock negotiation limited Johnson’s fishing time today. The local angler estimated he had only about 3 1/2 hours to fish, but he made the most of his time. He also has plenty of options available for tomorrow as he only hit one of his five spots today. “I will probably bounce around a little bit more tomorrow just because I have a later flight, so I should have a lot more time to cover more areas,” he said.

Another Shreveport angler, Colby Hand, moved into second place on the pro side with a 16-2 limit. The 36-year-old construction worker said he had a “so-so” practice catching only a couple of good fish here and there, but never really established a pattern.

“I didn’t make any adjustments today really,” said Hand, who ran to about five spots and caught his limit by about 9 a.m.

Rounding out the Top 5 on the pro side are Tommy Murray, Bedford, Texas, in third place with 15-6; Larry Puckett, Decatur, Texas, fourth, 15-4; and Elite Series pro, Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark., fifth, 14-15.

Co-angler Logan Latuso, of Gonzales, La., hopes to repeat what his father Robbie Latuso, a longtime B.A.S.S. Nation angler, did back in 2009 when he won the non-boater division of the Central Open at Toledo Bend. The 20-year-old Latuso, who works for his dad and attends a community college, leads the non-boater division with a three-fish limit weighing 12-5. “I had to grind it out and had the three right bites,” Logan said.

The local host for this event is the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. Friday and Saturday’s takeoff, as well as Friday’s weigh-in will be held at the Red River South Marina, 200 Red River South Marina Drive, Bossier City, La. The final day weigh-in will move to the Bass Pro Shops at 101 Bass Pro Drive, in Bossier City.

2014 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Title Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops

2014 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Presenting Sponsor: Allstate

2014 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon,

Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2014 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Supporting Sponsors: Boat U.S., Booyah, Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Plano, Power-Pole, Rigid Industries, Shimano

About B.A.S.S.

B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), social media programs and events. For more than 45 years,

B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series presented by Allstate, B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.

DIGH DASHES TO TOP AT EUFAULA

Date: 04/17/2014

Digh dashes to top at Eufaula

EUFAULA, Ala. — He may not have realized it, but Rob Digh was partly responsible for a spike in the decibel level at the Day 2 weigh-ins for the B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional on Lake Eufaula.

The noise fluctuation came with the announcement that North Carolina had moved atop the team competition, thanks largely to Digh moving atop the overall tournament standings with a total weight of 38 pounds, 1 ounce.

The North Carolina fans erupted with joy when the final tallies showed their team’s two-day total weight at 310 pounds, 10 ounces. Digh contributed a large chunk of that weight with his second-round limit that weighed 22-13, the event’s heaviest bag.

Essential to his success, Digh noted, was a longer period of activity.

“The fish started biting better early today because the weather was much warmer,” Digh said. “Yesterday, the fish didn’t start biting until lunchtime, and we’re coming in at 2 o’clock, so we just ran out of time.

“I was doing the same thing I did yesterday; the fish just bit better today. The clouds helped some, but the main thing was the warmth.”

Digh was understandably guarded with his details, but he did say he caught all of his fish on moving baits. Fishing 40 miles from the takeoff site at Lakepoint Marina, he targeted wood and grass.

“I changed colors some, but I was using one particular bait,” said Digh. “I changed colors based on water clarity because the water is starting to clear up.”

Noting that he caught fish all day, Digh said he boated 30 bass.

“I said yesterday that there are some 25- to 30-pound sacks out there,” he said. “This is not 25, but it’s close. I caught a lot of fish today. I don’t know if I can duplicate that tomorrow, but I think I can get close.”

Overall, the Day 2 weights were slightly better than those of Day 1. Notably, the only other bag heavier than 20 pounds belonged to Alabama High School anglers Zeke Gossett and Hayden Bartee, who caught a limit that weighed 20-6. Their bag included a chunky largemouth that went 5-8.

The average fish was a little more than 2 1/2 pounds. The Top 10 had 28 pounds or more, but the vast majority of competitors brought in 14 to 24 pounds for their total weight. Only 46 anglers boasted limits.

The cloudy skies and warming weather of Day 2 were welcome changes from the bluebird postfrontal conditions that plagued Day 1. The afternoon saw partly sunny skies, and anglers reported water temperatures rising into the mid-60s. The weather forecast for Day 3 calls for rain throughout most of the fishing hours.

Eddie Plemons, Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation president, said that could be just the thing to trigger a big day of productivity.

“The rain is bad for the fans, but it’s good for the fishermen,” Plemons said.

Digh not only leads the overall tournament; he also is tops on the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation state team, which has three anglers in the Top 10 and a 1-pound, 8-ounce lead for the state competition. North Carolina has 310 pounds, 10 ounces, followed by Georgia with 309-2, and South Carolina with 284.

If Digh maintains his lead for North Carolina, he’ll be invited to the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, Nov. 6-8 on Louisiana’s Ouachita River. Other state leaders as of Day 2 are Coby Carden, Alabama; Chad Prough, Florida; Joe Eubanks, Georgia; Michael Boggs, Kentucky; Danny Allen, South Carolina; and Raleigh Todd, Tennessee.

Digh won $250 Thursday from Livingston Lures, which awarded that amount daily for the biggest bag weighed in on Day 2.

Jack Smith’s 7-pound bass from Day 1 is currently in the lead for Carhartt Big Bass honors, a $500 prize awarded to the biggest bass of the tournament. Today’s biggest bass, a 6-13 caught by Michael Boggs of Kentucky, didn’t top it.

Competition resumes Friday at 6 a.m. CT for the launch at Lakepoint Marina. The weigh-in will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. CT on Bassmaster.com.

MURPHY MAKES IT HAPPEN ON EUFAULA

4/16/2014

EUFAULA, Ala. — 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.

With Georgia’s Chase Hancock holding the top spot with 18 pounds, 14 ounces since the beginning of the weigh-in, Murphy brought up the day’s final bag and dropped 19-12 on the scales to secure the lead. Murphy said he believes a rise in lake level stimulated an early bite that allowed him to lock up the lead by late morning.

“The water had been low, but it came up overnight so we got on a deeper bank today,” he said. “The fish were moving in from the main lake to the back of the pockets.
“My boat partner and I caught our limit by 11, and we started looking around for more areas after that,” continued Murphy. “We didn’t pound it really hard.”

Murphy, a member of the Riverview Bass Anglers club, said he targeted prespawn staging positions with a Hawg Caller spinnerbait and a brown Shooter jig with a Zoom Super Chunk Jr. Murphy dipped the tips in chartreuse dye for additional visual appeal.

“The bigger ones were shallow, like in 2 feet of water,” he said. “I caught one of them under a dock, one of them under a tree, just here and there.”

Overall, the Day 1 weights were much lower than expected, and the 20-pound bags that many predicted never materialized. More than half the field fell short of the five-fish daily limit. The average fish was a little more than 2 1/2 pounds. The Top 10 had 16 pounds, 10 ounces or more, but the vast majority of competitors brought in 4 to 13 pounds for their total weight.

A cold front blew through Eufaula with the usual chilly rain a day before the tournament. True to form, the weather cleared in time for a brilliant sunrise, followed by the dreaded bluebird skies. This high pressure and bright sunlight probably tempered what should be a strong spring bite. Fortunately for competitors, the day brought steady increases in air and water temperatures, promising cues for a more active second day.

Eufaula mayor and Alabama team member Jack Tibbs jokingly lamented his team’s slow start, which is currently in sixth place.

“We wanted to be good hosts to everyone, but that’s just for today!” said Tibbs. “That front that came through really messed the fish up. But the fishing has been on fire and it should get better the next two days.”

Murphy agreed. He and second-place Hancock both noted observing shad spawn aggregations, which never go unnoticed by opportunistic bass. Warming weather plus abundant baitfish should have the fish ready to go on Day 2.

“We started seeing some shad activity later in the day, so I think tomorrow the bite should be good by early morning,” Murphy said.

Murphy’s North Carolina team placed third today with 145-7 in total weight, behind first-place Georgia (163-4) and second-place South Carolina (156-13). The Georgia B.A.S.S. Nation state team has two anglers in the Top 5, as well as a 6-pound, 7-ounce lead for the state competition

Other state leaders at the end of Day 1 are Coby Carden, Alabama; Chad Prough, Florida; Chase Hancock, Georgia; Michael Boggs, Kentucky; Danny Allen, South Carolina; and Raleigh Todd, Tennessee.

The winner of each state will advance to the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.

Jack Smith, of Cadiz, Tenn., is in the lead for the Carhartt Big Bass honors with his 7-pounder.
Competition resumes Thursday at 6 a.m. CT for the launch at Lakepoint State Park Marina. The weigh-in will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. CT on Bassmaster.com.

Rock On: Arkansan Mike McClelland Triumphs At ‘The Rock’

April 6, 2014

Rock On: Arkansan Mike McClelland Triumphs At ‘The Rock’

BRANSON, Mo. — They call him “McStick.” As of Sunday, they can call him “McRock” too.

Mike McClelland of Bella Vista, Ark., added a seventh Bassmaster title by a nail-biting 13 ounces over Mark Davis in Sunday’s final round of the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake.

“This is where I cut my teeth fishing,” said McClelland, now with four victories in his Bassmaster Elite Series career. “I’ve never had the opportunity to win a big one here before.”

To do it, McClelland sacked 61 pounds, 15 ounces of bass. His prize was $100,000 and an instant-in for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic, his 10th qualification for the world championship.

McClelland broke a six-year winner’s drought. His most recent victory before Sunday was in March 2008 on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes, when he added a sixth Bassmaster event title to his record. That was the end of a streak he had going from 2005 to 2008, with a win in each of those seasons.

“I seem to go in these spurts where I win a few, then I go years without winning one, and it really can get under your skin,” he said. “To win at Table Rock in front of all my friends and family and people who have supported me through the years is a phenomenal feeling.”

“And I just realized I’ve got a berth for the Bassmaster Classic. That’s an awesome feeling,” said McClelland, who missed out on the 2014 event last February.

McClelland said that “fishing by the seat of my pants” was one key to winning.

“I didn’t try to slow down and finesse fish into biting. I chased the wind,” he said. “On this clear lake, you always have to look for at least a little ripple.”

McClelland said he’s been fishing Table Rock since he was 8 years old. What he learned over the years helped him considerably in the Elite event. He knows the lake so well, he was able run his primary pattern through areas he had not tried out during the three-day practice.

And that pattern was fishing windy, rocky banks close to channel swings in creeks or main-lake pockets.
“This time of year, these fish want to be on the biggest, gnarliest rocks,” he said. “Some people get frustrated trying to fish that stuff, but it was key for me.”

He used his HeHsignature series stickbaits made by Spro, a McStick 110, mostly in a natural herring color, and a McStick 115 in clear chartreuse for shallower presentations.

When the water surface became slick because the wind died, he turned to a 4-inch paddletail swimbait near docks or over brush.

And the original Storm Wiggle Wart, which he’s had in his tackle war chest for years, played a role, too. The wide-wobbling crankbait clued him into one significant move he made on the second day. After the Wart was getting bites in shallower water, McClelland decided to run to a brushpile he knew of and use the McStick 115. The result was a 3 1/2-pound bass.

“You look at little keys like that over the course of the week, and they add up,” McClelland said.
Davis, whose four-day total was 61-2 for second place, made a heroic effort to make up the 4-6 McClelland had on him. Starting the final day in fourth place, Davis not only had to try to overtake McClelland, but also Aaron Martens and Kevin VanDam. While Davis’ 15-11 weight on Sunday was close to being enough, it couldn’t make up for Saturday’s stumble, when he weighed 11-12.

“I knew I blew it yesterday,” said Davis, who had led the 108-man field on Friday. “Did I do anything wrong? No. I caught lots of fish; I stayed on fish all four days. When it comes down to less than a pound like that, it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Davis spoke longingly of a few good-sized bass he hooked on a crankbait Sunday, but they threw it.
His consolation prize for a loss by 13 ounces was retaining the early lead in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race. After Table Rock, Davis had 35 AOY points on Jared Lintner of Arroyo Grande, Calif.

An early lead is nice, he said but no guarantee.

“I know how AOY goes. You can have one bad day, one bad event. It’s not three strikes you’re out; it’s one strike you’re out,” Davis said. “Happy to lead? Yes. But I know what can happen.”

The AOY title in 2014 would be Davis’ fourth. His first was in 1995, the same year he took his sole Bassmaster Classic win. He followed with AOY crowns in 1998 and 2001.

Finishing in third place with a 60-15 total — just 1 pound behind McClelland — was Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La. Fourth place was claimed by first-day leader and the reigning AOY, Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., who tallied 60-1. Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., finished fifth at 59-15.

The Rookie of the Year Award leader after Table Rock, the third of eight regular-season events, was Jacob Powroznik of Port Haywood, Va. He has 227 points over the 222 earned by Chad Morgenthaler of Coulterville, Ill.

Bonuses that Elite pros earned at the Table Rock event were:

* Toyota Bonus Bucks award of $3,000 to the highest eligible finisher: Mike McClelland

* Toyota Bonus Bucks award of $2,000 to the second-highest eligible finisher: Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., who finished at Table Rock in sixth place.

* Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Bonus of $1,000 to the leader in the Elite Series points race: Mark Davis.

* A.R.E. Truck Caps Top Angler Award of $2,500 to the highest eligible finisher: McClelland

* Berkley Heavyweight Award of $500 for the best five-fish limit: Cliff Prince of Palatka, Fla., for his 19-10 of Day 2.

* Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament worth $1,000 plus another $500 for wearing Carhartt apparel: Aaron Martens for his 8-0 of Day 1.

* Power-Pole Captain’s Cash award of $1,000 to the highest finisher equipped with a Power-Pole anchoring system: Greg Hackney.

* Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for heading up the leaderboard on the second day: Davis.

* The Rigid Industries Jackpot was not claimed at the Table Rock event. A daily prize of $250 is offered for a 25-pound or heavier bag. The accumulated jackpot is now $1,500; that amount rolls over into the next tournament day of the Elite Series.

ESPN2 will air coverage of the Table Rock event on The Bassmasters TV show Sunday, April 20 at 8 a.m. ET.

The next stop for the Bassmaster Elite Series is the May 1-4 Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite on Toledo Bend Reservoir out of Many, La., the fourth of eight regular-season events.

Local sponsor: Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, www.bransonchamber.com.

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Booyah, Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Plano, Power-Pole, Rigid Industries, Shimano

About B.A.S.S.

B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), social media programs and events. For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series presented by Allstate, B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.
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Media Contact: Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com or Helen Northcutt, hnorthcutt@bassmaster.com
2014 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake 4/3-4/6
Table Rock Lake, Branson, Mo.
Standings Day 4

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

1. Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 20 61-15 100 $102,500.00
Day 1: 5 15-06 Day 2: 5 16-14 Day 3: 5 17-09 Day 4: 5 12-02
2. Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 20 61-02 99 $26,500.00
Day 1: 5 18-08 Day 2: 5 15-03 Day 3: 5 11-12 Day 4: 5 15-11
3. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 20 60-15 98 $21,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-00 Day 2: 5 14-10 Day 3: 5 13-14 Day 4: 5 16-07
4. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 20 60-01 97 $16,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-11 Day 2: 5 14-05 Day 3: 5 12-14 Day 4: 5 14-03
5. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 20 59-15 96 $14,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 5 12-00 Day 3: 5 19-07 Day 4: 5 14-08
6. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 20 59-11 95 $13,500.00
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 5 13-09 Day 3: 5 13-01 Day 4: 5 15-13
7. Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 20 59-05 94 $13,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-10 Day 2: 5 14-04 Day 3: 5 15-13 Day 4: 5 14-10
8. Brandon Palaniuk Hayden, ID 20 59-01 93 $12,500.00
Day 1: 5 16-13 Day 2: 5 13-10 Day 3: 5 12-10 Day 4: 5 16-00
9. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 20 57-15 92 $12,500.00
Day 1: 5 09-06 Day 2: 5 19-10 Day 3: 5 12-15 Day 4: 5 16-00
10. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 20 55-13 91 $11,500.00
Day 1: 5 11-06 Day 2: 5 14-02 Day 3: 5 18-13 Day 4: 5 11-08
11. Kevin Hawk Guntersville, AL 20 54-11 90 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-06 Day 2: 5 16-03 Day 3: 5 15-11 Day 4: 5 12-07
12. Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA 20 54-02 89 $10,500.00
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 17-15 Day 3: 5 11-02 Day 4: 5 12-11
CARHARTT BIG BASS
Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 08-00 $1,000.00
BERKLEY HEAVYWEIGHT
Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 19-10 $500.00

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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 96 521 1285-14
2 98 521 1330-14
3 38 227 556-00
4 12 60 172-00
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244 1329 3344-12

HOWELL HUNTS DOWN LEAD IN BASSMASTER ELITE EVENT ON ST. JOHNS RIVER

Date: 03/20/2014
PALATKA, Fla. — Randy Howell, the 2014 Bassmaster Classic winner, often says that professional bass fishing is a humbling sport.

He ate a piece of that bitter pie last week at the Bassmaster Elite Series season opener in Georgia on Lake Seminole, where he finished close to the bottom of the field. But this week, after a hop to Florida for the next event, Howell “The Champ” shined through.

With 27 pounds, 3 ounces, Howell led the field Thursday in the first of four days of Elite competition on the St. Johns River. He was 3 pounds, 2 ounces ahead of Davy Hite and Marty Robinson, who tied for second place with 24-1.

Fourth place was marked at 22-6 by Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg, S.C., following up in style on his Top 12 finish in Georgia. Fifth place at the St. Johns event was taken with the 22-1 bag brought in by Takahiro Omori of Emory, Texas — another Top 12 finisher on Seminole.

The Elite pros are competing on the St. Johns for a first-place prize of $100,000 and an instant entry into the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.

Howell credited his 27-3 to good decision making while sight fishing on Lake George, one of the river system’s most prolific and well-known bedding areas for largemouth bass.

“Late in the day in Florida, they always move up, and I’m usually the guy who leaves at the wrong time. And somebody catches them after I leave. Today I made the decision to stay,” said Howell, who is from Springville, Ala.

“At Seminole, I was boat 100, and I let that affect me mentally,” he said. “I gave up on all my sight fishing spots I’d practiced on because so many boats were there and went out looking for offshore fish and didn’t find them.

“That helped me this week. I know I still have to do the right stuff to put fish on the scale, still try to win. It made me be smarter, not take a lot of risks,” Howell said.

A 7-15 was Howell’s largest bass; a 2 1/2-pounder was his smallest of the day. He said he had tried to trade in the smallest so he could meet or exceed his final-day, take-me-to-the-trophy bag at the Classic of 29-2, his personal best.

Like Howell, Robinson was catching spawning bass on Lake George, but he didn’t start out that way.

“I tried to ‘go fishing’ this morning,” said the Lyman, S.C., pro, meaning he wasn’t targeting bass on beds. “I thought maybe I could catch a limit. It didn’t work out with the slick-water conditions this morning, so I went sight fishing.”

Hite also found success sight fishing on Lake George. The 1999 Classic champ and two-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year from Ninety Six, S.C., Hite got the day’s largest bass from the lake. It was a 10-2, setting the bar for the Carhartt Big Bass Award of the event.

Hite first threw a floating worm to the 10-2, and it hit, but he wasn’t able to connect. Another cast with a creature bait did the trick.

It was the magic kicker that all the Elite pros are trying to land to offset some of the smaller male largemouth they’re hooking into in spawning areas.

The full field of 108 pros will compete Friday. Takeoff is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. from Palatka’s Riverfront Park. The weigh-in, at the same location, will begin at 4 p.m.

The Bassmaster Elite Series Expo will open at noon Saturday and Sunday. The local host will present a full slate of fan fun, kicking off at 6 p.m. Friday with a street party, outdoor movies and food vendors.

There’s no admission charge to any Bassmaster event.

ESPN2 will air coverage of the St. Johns River event on The Bassmasters, Sunday, April 6, at 8 a.m. ET. A reair is scheduled for Sunday, April 13, also at 8 a.m. ET. Fans can catch the episode again on The Outdoor Channel on May 19.

Local Host: Putnam County Chamber of Commerce

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Booyah, Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Plano, Power-Pole, Rigid Industries, Shimano

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), social media programs and events. For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series presented by Allstate, B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.

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Media Contact: Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com, and Helen Northcutt, 205-936-2044,hnorthcutt@bassmaster.com.

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series St. John River 3/20-3/23
St. Johns River, Palatka FL.
Standings Day 1
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts
1. Randy Howell Springville, AL 5 27-03 100
Day 1: 5 27-03
2. Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 5 24-01 99
Day 1: 5 24-01
2. Marty Robinson Lyman, SC 5 24-01 99
Day 1: 5 24-01
4. Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC 5 22-06 97
Day 1: 5 22-06
5. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 5 22-01 96
Day 1: 5 22-01
6. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 5 21-06 95
Day 1: 5 21-06
7. Mike Kernan Wylie, TX 5 20-14 94
Day 1: 5 20-14
8. John Murray Phoenix, AZ 5 20-13 93
Day 1: 5 20-13
9. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 5 20-09 92
Day 1: 5 20-09
10. James Niggemeyer Van, TX 5 20-05 91
Day 1: 5 20-05
11. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 5 20-02 90
Day 1: 5 20-02
12. Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 5 19-12 89
Day 1: 5 19-12
13. Paul Elias Laurel, MS 5 19-05 88
Day 1: 5 19-05
14. Russ Lane Prattville, AL 5 18-15 87
Day 1: 5 18-15
15. Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 5 18-11 86
Day 1: 5 18-11
16. Matt Reed Madisonville, TX 5 18-09 85
Day 1: 5 18-09
17. Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 5 18-03 84
Day 1: 5 18-03
18. Randall Tharp Port Saint Joe, FL 5 18-02 83
Day 1: 5 18-02
19. Alton Jones Lorena, TX 5 18-01 82
Day 1: 5 18-01
20. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 5 17-15 81
Day 1: 5 17-15
21. Jason Williamson Aiken, SC 5 17-14 80
Day 1: 5 17-14
22. Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 5 17-11 79
Day 1: 5 17-11
23. Jamie Horton Centerville, AL 5 17-09 78
Day 1: 5 17-09
24. Hank Cherry Jr Maiden, NC 5 17-02 77
Day 1: 5 17-02
25. Zell Rowland Montgomery, TX 5 17-00 76
Day 1: 5 17-00
26. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 5 16-15 75
Day 1: 5 16-15
27. Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, KS 5 16-12 74
Day 1: 5 16-12
28. Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 5 16-10 73
Day 1: 5 16-10
29. Matt Herren Trussville, AL 5 16-03 72
Day 1: 5 16-03
30. Grant Goldbeck Boerne, TX 5 16-02 71
Day 1: 5 16-02
31. Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 5 15-12 70
Day 1: 5 15-12
32. Kenyon Hill Norman, OK 5 15-06 69
Day 1: 5 15-06
33. Glenn Browne Ocala, FL 5 15-04 68
Day 1: 5 15-04
34. Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA 5 15-01 67
Day 1: 5 15-01
35. David Smith Del City, OK 5 15-00 66
Day 1: 5 15-00
36. Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL 5 14-13 65
Day 1: 5 14-13
37. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 5 14-12 64
Day 1: 5 14-12
38. Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 5 14-11 63
Day 1: 5 14-11
38. Jared Miller Norman, OK 5 14-11 63
Day 1: 5 14-11
38. Derek Remitz Grant, AL 5 14-11 63
Day 1: 5 14-11
41. Casey Scanlon Shawnee Mission, KS 5 14-09 60
Day 1: 5 14-09
42. David Walker Sevierville, TN 5 14-07 59
Day 1: 5 14-07
43. Rick Morris Lake Gaston, VA 5 14-06 58
Day 1: 5 14-06
44. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 5 14-05 57
Day 1: 5 14-05
45. Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 5 14-03 56
Day 1: 5 14-03
46. Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 5 14-01 55
Day 1: 5 14-01
47. Scott Ashmore Broken Arrow, OK 5 13-14 54
Day 1: 5 13-14
47. Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 5 13-14 54
Day 1: 5 13-14
49. Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ 5 13-13 52
Day 1: 5 13-13
49. Ish Monroe Hughson, CA 5 13-13 52
Day 1: 5 13-13
51. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 5 13-06 50
Day 1: 5 13-06
52. Michael Simonton Fremont, OH 4 13-04 49
Day 1: 4 13-04
53. Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA 5 12-15 48
Day 1: 5 12-15
54. Brandon Palaniuk Hayden, ID 5 12-12 47
Day 1: 5 12-12
55. Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 5 12-11 46
Day 1: 5 12-11
56. Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 5 12-10 45
Day 1: 5 12-10
56. Shaw Grigsby Jr. Gainesville, FL 5 12-10 45
Day 1: 5 12-10
58. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 5 12-08 43
Day 1: 5 12-08
59. Tracy Adams Wilkesboro, NC 5 12-07 42
Day 1: 5 12-07
60. J Todd Tucker Moultrie, GA 5 12-05 41
Day 1: 5 12-05
61. Bradley Roy Lancaster, KY 5 12-04 40
Day 1: 5 12-04
62. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 5 12-03 39
Day 1: 5 12-03
63. Fletcher Shryock New Philadelphia, OH 5 11-15 38
Day 1: 5 11-15
64. Josh Bertrand Gilbert, AZ 4 11-15 37
Day 1: 4 11-15
65. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 5 11-14 36
Day 1: 5 11-14
66. Byron Velvick Boenre, TX 5 11-12 35
Day 1: 5 11-12
67. Nate Wellman Newaygo, MI 5 11-11 34
Day 1: 5 11-11
68. Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 5 11-07 33
Day 1: 5 11-07
69. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 5 11-06 32
Day 1: 5 11-06
70. Billy McCaghren Mayflower, AR 5 11-02 31
Day 1: 5 11-02
71. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 5 11-01 30
Day 1: 5 11-01
72. Joseph Sancho New Windsor, NY 5 11-00 29
Day 1: 5 11-00
73. Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 5 11-00 28
Day 1: 5 11-00
74. Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 5 10-15 27
Day 1: 5 10-15
75. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 5 10-14 26
Day 1: 5 10-14
76. Boyd Duckett Guntersville, AL 3 10-13 25
Day 1: 3 10-13
77. Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 5 10-11 24
Day 1: 5 10-11
78. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 5 10-09 23
Day 1: 5 10-09
79. Pete Ponds Madison, MS 5 10-07 22
Day 1: 5 10-07
80. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 5 10-05 21
Day 1: 5 10-05
81. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 5 10-04 20
Day 1: 5 10-04
82. Kevin Hawk Guntersville, AL 5 10-01 19
Day 1: 5 10-01
83. Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 5 09-14 18
Day 1: 5 09-14
84. Boo Woods Oneida, KY 5 09-13 17
Day 1: 5 09-13
85. Fred Roumbanis Bixby, OK 5 09-10 16
Day 1: 5 09-10
85. Jonathon VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 5 09-10 16
Day 1: 5 09-10
87. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 5 09-08 14
Day 1: 5 09-08
88. Chad Pipkens Holt, MI 5 09-07 13
Day 1: 5 09-07
89. Dennis Tietje Roanoke, LA 5 09-05 12
Day 1: 5 09-05
90. Morizo Shimizu Osaka JAPAN 5 09-00 11
Day 1: 5 09-00
91. Kurt Dove Del Rio, TX 5 08-15 10
Day 1: 5 08-15
92. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 5 08-12 9
Day 1: 5 08-12
93. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 4 08-12 8
Day 1: 4 08-12
94. Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 4 08-05 7
Day 1: 4 08-05
95. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 5 08-02 6
Day 1: 5 08-02
96. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 5 08-01 5
Day 1: 5 08-01
97. Kelly Jordon Palestine, TX 5 07-15 4
Day 1: 5 07-15
98. Yusuke Miyazaki Forney, TX 5 07-13 3
Day 1: 5 07-13
98. Jeremy Starks Scott Depot, WV 5 07-13 3
Day 1: 5 07-13
100. Britt Myers Lake Wylie, SC 4 07-12 1
Day 1: 4 07-12
101. Brandon Card Caryville, TN 5 07-04 0
Day 1: 5 07-04
102. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 5 07-01 0
Day 1: 5 07-01
103. BJ Haseotes Centerville, MA 4 06-07 0
Day 1: 4 06-07
104. Kotaro Kiriyama Moody, AL 3 05-15 0
Day 1: 3 05-15
105. James Elam Tulsa, OK 3 04-07 0
Day 1: 3 04-07
106. Trevor Romans Plano, TX 2 01-14 0
Day 1: 2 01-14
107. Kelley Jaye Dadeville, AL 1 01-12 0
Day 1: 1 01-12
108. Joel Baker Talala, OK 5 01-08 0
Day 1: 5 01-08
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 97 521 1440-06
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97 521 1440-06

Brett Hite Claims His First Bassmaster Elite Series Victory

March 16, 2014

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — Brett Hite is 1-for-1.

Sunday, Hite won the first Bassmaster Elite Series event in which he competed, the Dick Cepek Tires Bassmaster Elite at Lake Seminole presented by Hardee’s.

The Phoenix, Ariz., pro’s name is now alongside Derek Remitz’s in the history books as the only Elite Series rookies who have walked away with the trophy in their debut events.

Hite’s prize was $100,000 and an automatic berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.

“I’m pretty excited because Lake Hartwell is one of my favorite lakes,” Hite said. “Going into this season, getting to the Classic on Lake Hartwell was a goal. But I’m still going into the rest of the season by putting my head down and practicing hard and fishing hard.”

With a four-day total of 97 pounds, 10 ounces, Hite’s margin of victory was a whopping 13-0 over the runner-up, Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, who posted a total of 84-10.

Ending up in third at 80-9 was Mark Davis of Mount Ida, Ark. Fourth place was taken by the 2004 Classic champion, Takahiro Omori of Emory, Texas, with 78-4. Finishing fifth was Kevin Short of Mayflower, Ark., with 76-6.

To take his win, Hite targeted hefty female prespawners staging along stretches of grassy banks. With his boat positioned in 6 to 8 feet of water, he was close enough to the bank to have been able to cast and hit it. He cast to the edge of the grass.

The fact that these spots replenished daily, and that he managed the use of those spots well, were keys to his daily weights: 24-11 on Day 1, which was good for fourth place; 20-11 on Day 2, when he took the lead; 26-5 on Day 3 when he led the field again, then 25-15 on Day 4.

The icing on his final day was hooking into a 7-13.

“I set the hook, and I was thinking, ‘Man, I hope this isn’t a tree.’ Then I saw my line coming toward me. It was the biggest fish I’d caught all week, and it came at the right time. It was pretty special,” he said. “I just knew that was the dagger.”

Hite achieved his hefty final-round weight despite a short competition day. A heavy storm front approaching the lake prompted Bassmaster officials to bring the 12 finalists off the water at 1 p.m. ET instead of 3:45.

Hite’s go-to lure all four days was a Z-Man ChatterBait, a bladed swim jig, in 3/8- and 1/2-ounce sizes depending on whether the grass was low or high in the water column. He said he caught most of his bass on the green pumpkin color, but he also used black-and-blue version in the morning or to give the bass something new to look at.

His trailer was usually a 4 1/2-inch swimming Gary Yamamoto Senko trailer in either green pumpkin with a dyed chartreuse tail, or in black-and-blue.

Although technically a Bassmaster Elite Series rookie, Hite has a 13-year history of competing in major tournaments. His Sunday victory was No. 2 for him in as many months; he won in Florida last month on another circuit.

Hite’s 2015 Classic qualification is his third. He competed in the 2000 Classic, qualifying through what was then the Western Invitational series and again in 2004 through the Top 150 tour before the Elite Series was created in 2006.

“The Classic is the biggest tournament in the world,” he said. “And the time period of the Classic (February) is when I excel, during the prespawn. I’m looking forward to it.”

Bonuses earned at the Lake Seminole event include:

* Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament, worth $1,000 plus another $500 for wearing Carhartt apparel: Bernie Schultz for his 10-10 on Day 1.

* Berkley Heavyweight Award of $500 for the best five-fish limit: Shaw Grigsby for his 30-5 on Day 1.

* Toyota’s $1,000 bonus to the leader in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race: Brett Hite

* Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for heading up the leaderboard on the second day: Brett Hite.

* Power-Pole Captain’s Cash Award of $1,000 to the highest finisher equipped with Power-Poles: Faircloth

* Rigid Industries Jackpot award of $250 daily to the angler eligible for the bonus who brought in 25 pounds or more in one day: Day 1, Kevin Short (25-9); Day 2, Justin Lucas (25-9); Day 3, Hite (26-5); and Day 4, Hite (25-15).

The local host of the Elite event was the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce (http://www.bainbridgegachamber.com).

The Bassmasters TV show featuring the Lake Seminole event will air from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, Sunday, March 20 on ESPN2. The episode will reair on ESPN2 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, April 13, and again on The Outdoor Channel on Monday, May 12.

The Elite Series heads next to the St. Johns River out of Palatka, Fla., with takeoffs and weigh-ins at Riverfront Park in downtown Palatka. The competition days are Thursday-Sunday, March 20-23.

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Booyah, Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Plano, Power-Pole, Rigid Industries, Shimano

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), social media programs and events. For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series presented by Allstate, B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.

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Media Contact: Cara Clark, 205-313-0955, cclark@bassmaster.com, or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931,dprecht@bassmaster.com.

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Lake Seminole Presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels 3/13-3/16

Lake Seminole, Bainbridge, Ga.

(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

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

1. Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ 20 97-10 100 $100,500.00

Day 1: 5 24-11 Day 2: 5 20-11 Day 3: 5 26-05 Day 4: 5 25-15

2. Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 20 84-10 99 $25,000.00

Day 1: 5 20-15 Day 2: 5 12-04 Day 3: 5 23-12 Day 4: 5 27-11

3. Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 20 80-09 98 $20,000.00

Day 1: 5 21-00 Day 2: 5 20-13 Day 3: 5 20-02 Day 4: 5 18-10

4. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 20 78-04 97 $15,000.00

Day 1: 5 19-11 Day 2: 5 14-15 Day 3: 5 23-12 Day 4: 5 19-14

5. Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 20 76-06 96 $14,000.00

Day 1: 5 25-09 Day 2: 5 17-10 Day 3: 5 17-08 Day 4: 5 15-11

6. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 19 72-11 95 $13,500.00

Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 5 13-00 Day 3: 5 29-11 Day 4: 4 12-11

7. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 18 72-00 94 $14,500.00

Day 1: 5 26-14 Day 2: 5 17-10 Day 3: 5 17-02 Day 4: 3 10-06

8. Shaw Grigsby Jr. Gainesville, FL 19 70-12 93 $13,000.00

Day 1: 5 30-05 Day 2: 5 12-05 Day 3: 5 16-09 Day 4: 4 11-09

9. Byron Velvick Boenre, TX 16 67-06 92 $12,000.00

Day 1: 5 16-07 Day 2: 4 17-04 Day 3: 5 24-08 Day 4: 2 09-03

10. Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 17 62-11 91 $11,500.00

Day 1: 5 17-08 Day 2: 5 25-09 Day 3: 5 15-03 Day 4: 2 04-07

11. Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC 17 59-10 90 $11,000.00

Day 1: 5 15-10 Day 2: 5 15-11 Day 3: 5 23-09 Day 4: 2 04-12

12. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 16 57-07 89 $10,500.00

Day 1: 5 19-07 Day 2: 5 16-01 Day 3: 5 20-08 Day 4: 1 01-07

CARHARTT BIG BASS

Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 10-10 $1,000.00

BERKLEY HEAVYWEIGHT

Shaw Grigsby Jr. Gainesville, FL 30-05 $500.00

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Totals

Day #Limits #Fish Weight

1 81 479 1503-02

2 59 428 1268-11

3 35 227 760-02

4 5 43 162-04

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180 1177 3694-03

Rookie Brett Hite Catches Lead In Bassmaster Elite Season Opener On Lake Seminole

March 14, 2014

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — Brett Hite’s first catch Friday was a 4-pounder. On his next cast, a largemouth just as big came back to the boat.

“That got things rolling and gave me a lot of confidence in what I’m doing,” said Hite, the Bassmaster Elite Series rookie who moved up from fourth place into Friday’s catbird seat in the Dick Cepek Tires Bassmaster Elite at Lake Seminole presented by Hardee’s.

The Phoenix, Ariz., pro ended his day with 20 pounds, 11 ounces. Added to his 24-11 already on the board, Hite had the lead in his first Elite appearance. His 45-6 total gave him a 14-ounce jump on Bernie Schultz of Gainesville, Fla.

Schultz held fast to his second-place standing achieved the first day, when a 10-pound, 10-ounce behemoth made his weigh-in bag sag. His 17-10 of Friday brought his weight to 44-8.

Kevin Short of Mayflower, Ark., owned third place — for the second consecutive day — with his 43-3 total.

A rookie like the leader, Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala. catapulted from 27th place into fourth place with the day’s largest bag, 25-9. In fifth was yet another rookie, Chad Morgenthaler of Coulterville, Ill., with 43-0.

Day 1 leader Shaw Grigsby of Gainesville, Fla., slipped to sixth place after bringing in 12-5.

Hite, unlike some pros in the field, is not banking on the bank. In this case, “the bank” means focusing on bedding bass.

“I’m targeting prespawn fish,” said Hite. “Water temperature is not really at the point where enough fish are going to the bank. I wanted to key in on the fish that are replenishing, that are going to be there day after day.”

After the two 4-pounders that set him in the right direction, Hite’s day got better.

“I ran to a secondary spot, and there were a lot more fish there than I realized. I had quite a few bites — then got out of there,” he said.

That was at about 1 o’clock. Hite backed off his fish and hunted for new water in hopes he could develop alternate plans for the two remaining competition days.

“In a four-day event, fish management is huge,” Hite said.

For Schultz, the obvious difference between his two competition days was a 10-10 lunker taken from a spawning bed on the first, but nothing near that weight on the second. His two largest bass were in the 4-pound range, he said.

Schultz said the fog delay of an hour and 20 minutes Friday morning changed his game plan. He decided to not make one of his spawning hotspots the first stop of the morning.

“Because of the delay, I went to my open-water pattern first. Then I went to sight fish, but never really saw any big fish at all,” he said.

Short also was affected by the delay.

“I think it made a lot more difference than I thought it would,” he said.

On Friday, Short said, he had caught 17 to 18 pounds by the time he made his first cast on Saturday.

He turned his slow day around when he boated a 6-3 and a 5-plus-pounder. That happened only a few minutes before he had to head back to shore and check in.

Hite won the Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for his second-day domination of the field.

The big fish of the day, a 7-12, was by James Niggemeyer of Van, Texas. But the 10-10 of Thursday by Schultz remains the largest so far. The big bass over four days is worth the Carhartt Big Bass bonus of up to $1,500.

Lucas won a $250 bonus from Rigid Industries for being the participating angler who achieved a 25-pound or heavier bag. The same award went to Short on Thursday.

The field was cut to the Top 50 for Saturday’s round. The pros will begin Day 3 at 7:30 a.m. from Earle May Boat Basin, 100 Boat Basin Circle, Bainbridge, Ga. The weigh-in will begin at 4 p.m. at the same location.

By Sunday, only the Top 12 will remain in the competition for a first-place prize of $100,000 and an automatic berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic. Pros also earn points that count toward the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year award and a Classic qualification.

Continuing through Sunday, the 11th annual Bainbridge River Town Days will offer many kids activities, plus vendors and Flames on the Flint, a barbecue cook-off. Town Days also will include many free concerts, including Chris Cagle, Saturday’s headliner.

Opening at noon Saturday and Sunday, the Bassmaster Elite Series Expo presents the products of Elite Series sponsors. The Expo includes free demo rides in Nitro, Skeeter and Triton boats powered by Mercury ProXS and Yamaha SHO engines. Saturday’s Expo also will feature the premier of GEOBASS, a new video adventure series from Costa. More GEOBASS episodes will be shown in conjunction with subsequent 2014 Elite Series events.

There’s no admission charge to any Bassmaster event, and parking is free.

The local host of the Elite event is the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce (http://www.bainbridgegachamber.com).

On ESPN2 on Sunday, March 20, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, The Bassmasters will present a show covering the Lake Seminole event. The episode will reair on ESPN2 on Sunday, April 13, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, and again on The Outdoor Channel on May 12.

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Booyah, Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Plano, Power-Pole, Rigid Industries, Shimano

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), social media programs and events. For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series presented by Allstate, B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.

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Media Contact: Cara Clark, 205-313-0955, cclark@bassmaster.com, or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Lake Seminole Presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels 3/13-3/16

Lake Seminole, Bainbridge, Ga.

(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

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

1. Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ 10 45-06 100 $500.00

Day 1: 5 24-11 Day 2: 5 20-11

2. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 10 44-08 99

Day 1: 5 26-14 Day 2: 5 17-10

3. Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 10 43-03 98

Day 1: 5 25-09 Day 2: 5 17-10

4. Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 10 43-01 97

Day 1: 5 17-08 Day 2: 5 25-09

5. Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 10 43-00 96

Day 1: 5 20-10 Day 2: 5 22a-06

6. Shaw Grigsby Jr. Gainesville, FL 10 42-10 95

Day 1: 5 30-05 Day 2: 5 12-05 a

7. Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 10 41-13 94

Day 1: 5 21-00 Day 2: 5 20-13

8. Hank Cherry Jr Maiden, NC 10 37-13 93

Day 1: 5 23-03 Day 2: 5 14-10

9. James Niggemeyer Van, TX 9 37-09 92

Day 1: 5 19-07 Day 2: 4 18-02

10. Randall Tharp Port Saint Joe, FL 10 37-07 91

Day 1: 5 17-00 Day 2: 5 20-07

11. Nate Wellman Newaygo, MI 10 36-10 90

Day 1: 5 15-05 Day 2: 5 21-05

12. Morizo Shimizu Osaka JAPAN 10 36-08 89

Day 1: 5 19-02 Day 2: 5 17-06

13. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 10 35-15 88

Day 1: 5 18-06 Day 2: 5 17-09

14. Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA 10 35-14 87

Day 1: 5 14-09 Day 2: 5 21-05

15. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 10 35-08 86

Day 1: 5 19-07 Day 2: 5 16-01

16. Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 10 35-01 85

Day 1: 5 16-15 Day 2: 5 18-02

17. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 10 34-10 84

Day 1: 5 20-03 Day 2: 5 14-07

18. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 10 34-10 83

Day 1: 5 19-11 Day 2: 5 14-15

19. Alton Jones Lorena, TX 10 34-00 82

Day 1: 5 14-09 Day 2: 5 19-07

20. Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 10 33-15 81

Day 1: 5 17-11 Day 2: 5 16-04

21. Byron Velvick Boenre, TX 9 33-11 80

Day 1: 5 16-07 Day 2: 4 17-04

22. David Walker Sevierville, TN 10 33-09 79

Day 1: 5 21-04 Day 2: 5 12-05

23. Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 10 33-03 78

Day 1: 5 20-15 Day 2: 5 12-04

24. Kelly Jordon Palestine, TX 9 32-15 77

Day 1: 5 15-05 Day 2: 4 17-10

25. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 10 32-10 76

Day 1: 5 14-05 Day 2: 5 18-05

26. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 10 32-01 75

Day 1: 5 17-09 Day 2: 5 14-08

27. Ish Monroe Hughson, CA 10 32-00 74

Day 1: 5 12-03 Day 2: 5 19-13

28. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 10 31-13 73

Day 1: 5 18-09 Day 2: 5 13-04

29. Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC 10 31-05 72

Day 1: 5 15-10 Day 2: 5 15-11

30. Josh Bertrand Gilbert, AZ 10 31-02 71

Day 1: 5 17-08 Day 2: 5 13-10

31. Mike Kernan Wylie, TX 10 31-00 70

Day 1: 5 14-08 Day 2: 5 16-08

32. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 10 30-14 69

Day 1: 5 18-07 Day 2: 5 12-07

33. Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 10 30-08 68

Day 1: 5 14-11 Day 2: 5 15-13

34. Russ Lane Prattville, AL 10 30-07 67

Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 5 17-15

35. Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA 10 30-07 66

Day 1: 5 14-12 Day 2: 5 15-11

36. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 9 30-05 65

Day 1: 5 23-13 Day 2: 4 06-08

37. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 10 30-05 64

Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 5 13-00

38. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 10 30-02 63

Day 1: 5 13-03 Day 2: 5 16-15

39. Matt Herren Trussville, AL 10 30-01 62

Day 1: 5 15-04 Day 2: 5 14-13

40. Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 10 29-03 61

Day 1: 5 18-08 Day 2: 5 10-11

41. Kelley Jaye Dadeville, AL 10 29-03 60

Day 1: 5 15-03 Day 2: 5 14-00

42. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 7 28-15 59

Day 1: 2 05-00 Day 2: 5 23-15

43. Jeremy Starks Scott Depot, WV 9 28-11 58

Day 1: 5 16-00 Day 2: 4 12-11

44. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 9 28-05 57

Day 1: 5 13-08 Day 2: 4 14-13

45. Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 10 28-00 56

Day 1: 5 18-06 Day 2: 5 09-10

46. Kotaro Kiriyama Moody, AL 10 28-00 55

Day 1: 5 12-03 Day 2: 5 15-13

47. Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 9 27-11 54

Day 1: 4 10-07 Day 2: 5 17-04

48. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 10 27-08 53

Day 1: 5 16-07 Day 2: 5 11-01

49. J Todd Tucker Moultrie, GA 6 27-04 52

Day 1: 4 18-14 Day 2: 2 08-06

50. Kurt Dove Del Rio, TX 10 27-04 51

Day 1: 5 17-00 Day 2: 5 10-04

51. Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 10 27-01 50

Day 1: 5 12-12 Day 2: 5 14-05

52. Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, KS 10 27-00 49

Day 1: 5 12-13 Day 2: 5 14-03

53. Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 8 26-09 48

Day 1: 3 07-04 Day 2: 5 19-05

54. Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 10 26-08 47

Day 1: 5 15-02 Day 2: 5 11-06

55. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 9 25-07 46

Day 1: 5 11-11 Day 2: 4 13-12

56. Brandon Card Caryville, TN 8 25-01 45

Day 1: 5 16-10 Day 2: 3 08-07

57. Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 8 24-14 44

Day 1: 5 19-07 Day 2: 3 05-07

58. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 10 24-10 43

Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 5 10-10

59. Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL 9 24-08 42

Day 1: 5 14-05 Day 2: 4 10-03

60. Glenn Browne Ocala, FL 10 24-02 41

Day 1: 5 08-13 Day 2: 5 15-05

61. Casey Scanlon Shawnee Mission, KS 9 23-15 40

Day 1: 5 13-01 Day 2: 4 10-14

62. Britt Myers Lake Wylie, SC 6 23-14 39

Day 1: 5 19-03 Day 2: 1 04-11

63. Boyd Duckett Guntersville, AL 8 23-11 38

Day 1: 3 09-12 Day 2: 5 13-15

64. Boo Woods Oneida, KY 9 22-14 37

Day 1: 5 16-06 Day 2: 4 06-08

65. Brandon Palaniuk Hayden, ID 9 22-09 36

Day 1: 5 09-00 Day 2: 4 13-09

66. Zell Rowland Montgomery, TX 10 22-04 35

Day 1: 5 12-15 Day 2: 5 09-05

67. Chad Pipkens Holt, MI 10 21-15 34

Day 1: 5 14-04 Day 2: 5 07-11

68. Rick Morris Lake Gaston, VA 7 21-14 33

Day 1: 5 15-09 Day 2: 2 06-05

69. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 9 21-13 32

Day 1: 5 11-03 Day 2: 4 10-10

70. Marty Robinson Lyman, SC 7 21-12 31

Day 1: 5 17-01 Day 2: 2 04-11

71. Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 10 21-05 30

Day 1: 5 06-01 Day 2: 5 15-04

72. BJ Haseotes Centerville, MA 10 21-03 29

Day 1: 5 11-14 Day 2: 5 09-05

73. Jamie Horton Centerville, AL 7 21-02 28

Day 1: 5 16-10 Day 2: 2 04-08

74. Matt Reed Madisonville, TX 6 21-01 27

Day 1: 5 17-07 Day 2: 1 03-10

75. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 9 21-00 26

Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 4 07-01

76. Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 8 21-00 25

Day 1: 5 10-15 Day 2: 3 10-01

77. Derek Remitz Grant, AL 8 20-13 24

Day 1: 3 05-12 Day 2: 5 15-01

78. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 9 20-09 23

Day 1: 4 06-09 Day 2: 5 14-00

79. Yusuke Miyazaki Forney, TX 8 20-04 22

Day 1: 5 15-15 Day 2: 3 04-05

80. John Murray Phoenix, AZ 9 20-03 21

Day 1: 5 11-10 Day 2: 4 08-09

81. Dennis Tietje Roanoke, LA 6 20-02 20

Day 1: 5 18-11 Day 2: 1 01-07

82. Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 7 19-10 19

Day 1: 5 14-10 Day 2: 2 05-00

83. Bradley Roy Lancaster, KY 8 19-10 18

Day 1: 5 12-10 Day 2: 3 07-00

84. James Elam Tulsa, OK 7 19-08 17

Day 1: 4 13-15 Day 2: 3 05-09

85. Fletcher Shryock New Philadelphia, OH 8 19-08 16

Day 1: 5 11-03 Day 2: 3 08-05

86. Kenyon Hill Norman, OK 6 18-15 15

Day 1: 1 04-10 Day 2: 5 14-05

87. Billy McCaghren Mayflower, AR 7 18-09 14

Day 1: 3 06-11 Day 2: 4 11-14

88. Trevor Romans Plano, TX 6 18-07 13

Day 1: 5 15-14 Day 2: 1 02-09

89. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 6 17-06 12

Day 1: 5 14-13 Day 2: 1 02-09

90. Jared Miller Norman, OK 6 17-04 11

Day 1: 2 02-12 Day 2: 4 14-08

91. Kevin Hawk Guntersville, AL 4 17-04 10

Day 1: 2 10-05 Day 2: 2 06-15

92. Paul Elias Laurel, MS 7 17-03 9

Day 1: 2 06-03 Day 2: 5 11-00

93. Jason Williamson Aiken, SC 7 17-01 8

Day 1: 4 11-00 Day 2: 3 06-01

94. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 6 16-14 7

Day 1: 4 09-01 Day 2: 2 07-13

95. Fred Roumbanis Bixby, OK 6 16-05 6

Day 1: 4 11-12 Day 2: 2 04-09

96. Tracy Adams Wilkesboro, NC 8 15-15 5

Day 1: 5 11-09 Day 2: 3 04-06

97. Jonathon VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 6 15-02 4

Day 1: 3 06-05 Day 2: 3 08-13

98. Pete Ponds Madison, MS 4 14-12 3

Day 1: 3 07-08 Day 2: 1 07-04

99. Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 7 14-10 2

Day 1: 4 07-13 Day 2: 3 06-13

100. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 7 13-04 1

Day 1: 5 08-09 Day 2: 2 04-11

101. Scott Ashmore Broken Arrow, OK 4 09-10 0

Day 1: 3 07-15 Day 2: 1 01-11

102. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 5 09-09 0

Day 1: 2 03-04 Day 2: 3 06-05

103. Joel Baker Talala, OK 7 09-04 0

Day 1: 2 03-04 Day 2: 5 06-00

104. Michael Simonton Fremont, OH 3 08-06 0

Day 1: 2 03-15 Day 2: 1 04-07

105. David Smith Del City, OK 5 07-06 0

Day 1: 2 02-07 Day 2: 3 04-15

106. Randy Howell Springville, AL 2 06-10 0

Day 1: 2 06-10 Day 2: 0 00-00

107. Joseph Sancho New Windsor, NY 2 03-07 0

Day 1: 1 02-03 Day 2: 1 01-04

108. Grant Goldbeck Boerne, TX 4 02-00 0

Day 1: 1 02-00 Day 2: 3 00-00

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Totals

Day #Limits #Fish Weight

1 81 479 1503-02

2 59 428 1268-11

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140 907 2771-13

The Great Grigsby Leads Bassmaster Elite Event In Georgia

March 13, 2014

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — If bed fishing’s the game, Shaw Grigsby’s the name.

And that’s just how it went Thursday, the first day of the Dick Cepek Tires Bassmaster Elite at Lake Seminole presented by Hardee’s. Out of Bainbridge, Ga., the event is the 2014 Elite Series season opener.

Well-known for his bed fishing talents, Grigsby led the 108-pro field by 3 pounds, 7 ounces, with a 30-pound, 5-ounce day’s total.

“It was a perfect day,” said Grigsby, who caught the entire 30-plus pounds by 10 a.m., and then sat back and ate cold chicken. “One of those great days — amazing.”

Grigsby took the first step toward duplicating his 2011 season-opener victory in Florida, the ninth and most recent win of his storied Bassmaster career. Two of those titles were taken at Lake Seminole.

Grigsby’s 3-7 lead was over Bernie Schultz, who weighed 26-14. A largemouth of 10-10 was the jewel of Schultz’s bag — and the largest single bass brought to the scales Thursday.

Coincidentally, the two leaders both hail from Gainesville, Fla.

Kevin Short of Mayflower, Ark., was in third place with 25-9, trailing the leader by 4-12. Fourth place was pegged at 24-11 by Brett Hite, a 2014 Elite rookie from Phoenix, Ariz. In fifth was Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., with 23-13.

Local favorite J Todd Tucker of Moultrie, Ga., who calls Lake Seminole his home water, ended his first day in 18th place. His Day 1 weight of 18-14 was for four bass, one short of the five-fish limit.

The first-place prize of the event is $100,000 and an automatic berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic. Pros also earn points that count toward the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year award and a Classic qualification.

Grigsby said his largest bass of the day were two over 7 pounds. They came from one of his several bed-fishing spots, he said, as did most of the bass he hooked into Thursday.

For the second round on Friday, Grigsby said he’d go back to his magical spot.

“I don’t know whether I’ll get a bite in that same area, but I’ve got a couple more areas to hit, and then I can always go sight-fishing to get decent little sacks,” he said.

Grigsby said he’s targeting prespawners moving up to beds, as well as fish actually on beds.

The cold front that came through Wednesday night did not affect his bite Thursday, unusual behavior for spawning fish, he said.

Schultz’s behemoth largemouth of 10-10 set the bar high for the event’s Carhartt Big Bass bonus of up to $1,500. He said he caught the bass sight fishing at about noon.

“She was on a bed with a male that weighed about 4 pounds; I caught him next,” Schultz said.

Fish came in pairs for Schultz. He caught a second couple (male and female) soon after the first two. A fifth bass soon finished his limit.

Short, unlike many in the field, was not bed fishing or sight fishing. He established a pattern during practice and stuck to it.

“You gotta love it when the plan comes together,” Short said.

Neither did Biffle try to “look at ’em.”

“I haven’t seen one on the bed. If I did happen to, I’d try for it. But I don’t like to hunt them,” said Biffle, who would describe his pattern only as “just fishing.”

The full field of 108 will return to the water at 7:30 a.m. Friday. Takeoff will be at Earle May Boat Basin, 100 Boat Basin Circle, Bainbridge. The weigh-in will begin at 4 p.m. at the same location.

Opening at noon Saturday and Sunday, the Bassmaster Elite Series Expo presents the products of Elite Series sponsors. People ages 14 and up can sign up for free demo rides in Nitro, Skeeter and Triton boats powered by Mercury ProXS and Yamaha SHO engines.

There’s no admission charge to any Bassmaster event, and parking is free.

Friday through Sunday, the 11th annual Bainbridge River Town Days will offer many kids activities, plus vendors and Flames on the Flint, a barbecue cook-off. Town Days also will include many free concerts, including Chris Cagle, Saturday’s headliner.

The local host of the Elite event is the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce (http://www.bainbridgegachamber.com).

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Booyah, Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Plano, Power-Pole, Rigid Industries, Shimano

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), social media programs and events. For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series presented by Allstate, B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.

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2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Lake Seminole Presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels 3/13-3/16
Lake Seminole, Bainbridge GA.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts

1. Shaw Grigsby Jr. Gainesville, FL 5 30-05 100
Day 1: 5 30-05
2. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 5 26-14 99
Day 1: 5 26-14
3. Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 5 25-09 98
Day 1: 5 25-09
4. Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ 5 24-11 97
Day 1: 5 24-11
5. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 5 23-13 96
Day 1: 5 23-13
6. Hank Cherry Jr Maiden, NC 5 23-03 95
Day 1: 5 23-03
7. David Walker Sevierville, TN 5 21-04 94
Day 1: 5 21-04
8. Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 5 21-00 93
Day 1: 5 21-00
9. Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 5 20-15 92
Day 1: 5 20-15
10. Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 5 20-10 91
Day 1: 5 20-10
11. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 5 20-03 90
Day 1: 5 20-03
12. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 5 19-11 89
Day 1: 5 19-11
13. Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 5 19-07 88
Day 1: 5 19-07
13. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 5 19-07 88
Day 1: 5 19-07
13. James Niggemeyer Van, TX 5 19-07 88
Day 1: 5 19-07
16. Britt Myers Lake Wylie, SC 5 19-03 85
Day 1: 5 19-03
17. Morizo Shimizu Osaka JAPAN 5 19-02 84
Day 1: 5 19-02
18. J Todd Tucker Moultrie, GA 4 18-14 83
Day 1: 4 18-14
19. Dennis Tietje Roanoke, LA 5 18-11 82
Day 1: 5 18-11
20. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 5 18-09 81
Day 1: 5 18-09
21. Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 5 18-08 80
Day 1: 5 18-08
22. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 5 18-07 79
Day 1: 5 18-07
23. Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 5 18-06 78
Day 1: 5 18-06
23. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 5 18-06 78
Day 1: 5 18-06
25. Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 5 17-11 76
Day 1: 5 17-11
26. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 5 17-09 75
Day 1: 5 17-09
27. Josh Bertrand Gilbert, AZ 5 17-08 74
Day 1: 5 17-08
27. Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 5 17-08 74
Day 1: 5 17-08
29. Matt Reed Madisonville, TX 5 17-07 72
Day 1: 5 17-07
30. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 5 17-05 71
Day 1: 5 17-05
31. Marty Robinson Lyman, SC 5 17-01 70
Day 1: 5 17-01
32. Kurt Dove Del Rio, TX 5 17-00 69
Day 1: 5 17-00
32. Randall Tharp Port Saint Joe, FL 5 17-00 69
Day 1: 5 17-00
34. Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 5 16-15 67
Day 1: 5 16-15
35. Brandon Card Caryville, TN 5 16-10 66
Day 1: 5 16-10
35. Jamie Horton Centerville, AL 5 16-10 66
Day 1: 5 16-10
37. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 5 16-07 64
Day 1: 5 16-07
37. Byron Velvick Boenre, TX 5 16-07 64
Day 1: 5 16-07
39. Boo Woods Oneida, KY 5 16-06 62
Day 1: 5 16-06
40. Jeremy Starks Scott Depot, WV 5 16-00 61
Day 1: 5 16-00
41. Yusuke Miyazaki Forney, TX 5 15-15 60
Day 1: 5 15-15
42. Trevor Romans Plano, TX 5 15-14 59
Day 1: 5 15-14
43. Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC 5 15-10 58
Day 1: 5 15-10
44. Rick Morris Lake Gaston, VA 5 15-09 57
Day 1: 5 15-09
45. Kelly Jordon Palestine, TX 5 15-05 56
Day 1: 5 15-05
45. Nate Wellman Newaygo, MI 5 15-05 56
Day 1: 5 15-05
47. Matt Herren Trussville, AL 5 15-04 54
Day 1: 5 15-04
48. Kelley Jaye Dadeville, AL 5 15-03 53
Day 1: 5 15-03
49. Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 5 15-02 52
Day 1: 5 15-02
50. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 5 14-13 51
Day 1: 5 14-13
51. Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA 5 14-12 50
Day 1: 5 14-12
52. Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 5 14-11 49
Day 1: 5 14-11
53. Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 5 14-10 48
Day 1: 5 14-10
54. Alton Jones Lorena, TX 5 14-09 47
Day 1: 5 14-09
54. Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA 5 14-09 47
Day 1: 5 14-09
56. Mike Kernan Wylie, TX 5 14-08 45
Day 1: 5 14-08
57. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 5 14-05 44
Day 1: 5 14-05
57. Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL 5 14-05 44
Day 1: 5 14-05
59. Chad Pipkens Holt, MI 5 14-04 42
Day 1: 5 14-04
60. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 5 14-00 41
Day 1: 5 14-00
61. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 5 13-15 40
Day 1: 5 13-15
62. James Elam Tulsa, OK 4 13-15 39
Day 1: 4 13-15
63. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 5 13-08 38
Day 1: 5 13-08
64. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 5 13-03 37
Day 1: 5 13-03
65. Casey Scanlon Shawnee Mission, KS 5 13-01 36
Day 1: 5 13-01
66. Zell Rowland Montgomery, TX 5 12-15 35
Day 1: 5 12-15
67. Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, KS 5 12-13 34
Day 1: 5 12-13
68. Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 5 12-12 33
Day 1: 5 12-12
69. Bradley Roy Lancaster, KY 5 12-10 32
Day 1: 5 12-10
70. Russ Lane Prattville, AL 5 12-08 31
Day 1: 5 12-08
71. Kotaro Kiriyama Moody, AL 5 12-03 30
Day 1: 5 12-03
71. Ish Monroe Hughson, CA 5 12-03 30
Day 1: 5 12-03
73. BJ Haseotes Centerville, MA 5 11-14 28
Day 1: 5 11-14
74. Fred Roumbanis Bixby, OK 4 11-12 27
Day 1: 4 11-12
75. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 5 11-11 26
Day 1: 5 11-11
76. John Murray Phoenix, AZ 5 11-10 25
Day 1: 5 11-10
77. Tracy Adams Wilkesboro, NC 5 11-09 24
Day 1: 5 11-09
78. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 5 11-03 23
Day 1: 5 11-03
78. Fletcher Shryock New Philadelphia, OH 5 11-03 23
Day 1: 5 11-03
80. Jason Williamson Aiken, SC 4 11-00 21
Day 1: 4 11-00
81. Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 5 10-15 20
Day 1: 5 10-15
82. Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 4 10-07 19
Day 1: 4 10-07
83. Kevin Hawk Guntersville, AL 2 10-05 18
Day 1: 2 10-05
84. Boyd Duckett Guntersville, AL 3 09-12 17
Day 1: 3 09-12
85. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 4 09-01 16
Day 1: 4 09-01
86. Brandon Palaniuk Hayden, ID 5 09-00 15
Day 1: 5 09-00
87. Glenn Browne Ocala, FL 5 08-13 14
Day 1: 5 08-13
88. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 5 08-09 13
Day 1: 5 08-09
89. Scott Ashmore Broken Arrow, OK 3 07-15 12
Day 1: 3 07-15
90. Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 4 07-13 11
Day 1: 4 07-13
91. Pete Ponds Madison, MS 3 07-08 10
Day 1: 3 07-08
92. Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 3 07-04 9
Day 1: 3 07-04
93. Billy McCaghren Mayflower, AR 3 06-11 8
Day 1: 3 06-11
94. Randy Howell Springville, AL 2 06-10 7
Day 1: 2 06-10
95. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 4 06-09 6
Day 1: 4 06-09
96. Jonathon VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 3 06-05 5
Day 1: 3 06-05
97. Paul Elias Laurel, MS 2 06-03 4
Day 1: 2 06-03
98. Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 5 06-01 3
Day 1: 5 06-01
99. Derek Remitz Grant, AL 3 05-12 2
Day 1: 3 05-12
100. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 2 05-00 1
Day 1: 2 05-00
101. Kenyon Hill Norman, OK 1 04-10 0
Day 1: 1 04-10
102. Michael Simonton Fremont, OH 2 03-15 0
Day 1: 2 03-15
103. Joel Baker Talala, OK 2 03-04 0
Day 1: 2 03-04
103. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 2 03-04 0
Day 1: 2 03-04
105. Jared Miller Norman, OK 2 02-12 0
Day 1: 2 02-12
106. David Smith Del City, OK 2 02-07 0
Day 1: 2 02-07
107. Joseph Sancho New Windsor, NY 1 02-03 0
Day 1: 1 02-03
108. Grant Goldbeck Boerne, TX 1 02-00 0
Day 1: 1 02-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 81 479 1503-02
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81 479 1503-02