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Davy Hite Leaving Elite Series For New Challenge

November 7, 2016

Davy Hite Leaving Elite Series For New Challenge

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Davy Hite, the 1999 Bassmaster Classic champion and two-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, won’t be competing on the Elite Series in 2017, but his fans will be seeing him more than ever. Hite has accepted a position as color commentator for “Bassmaster LIVE,” “The Bassmasters” television show on ESPN2 and all other B.A.S.S. programming, the company announced today.

“I view this more as a transition, rather than a retirement,” Hite said. “In a perfect world, I wish I could keep competing for a few more years. But this was a golden opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

“This is a way for me to continue to have a positive impact and stay involved with the sport of bass fishing, which has meant everything to me.”

Hite, 51, has won more than $2 million in his 23-year career, which includes a Forrest Wood Cup title in 1998, in addition to the ’99 Classic crown and Angler of the Year titles in 1997 and 2002. His B.A.S.S. career includes eight first-place finishes, 14 Bassmaster Classic appearances, and 45 Top 10 finishes. The Ninety Six, S.C., resident has finished in the money 140 times in 254 total tournaments.

“At the age of 27, I quit a full-time job to become a tournament bass fisherman, which had been my dream since I was 12 years old,” Hite said. “It was a leap of faith. Some of my friends thought I was crazy. This is different, but at the same time it’s a leap of faith, as well.”

Jerry McKinnis, one of B.A.S.S.’s principal owners, as well as a pioneer in outdoor television programming, is pleased to have Hite as a full-time addition to the B.A.S.S. team.

“I’ve known for a long time that Davy would be a great on-air talent,” said McKinnis, who praised Hite’s work on the “First Look” segments of Bassmaster.com tournament coverage. “I realized very quickly how comfortable Davy was in doing this. He’s good at asking the right questions. But it’s not an interview with him, it’s more like a conversation, and that’s important.”

Over the past three years, Hite has worked increasingly with the “Bassmaster LIVE” hosts Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona and Elite Series emcee Dave Mercer.

“I’ve enjoyed working with all the folks at B.A.S.S., both on-camera and behind-the-scenes,” Hite said. “But I never had a clue it could turn into something like this. Again, this was too good an opportunity to pass up.

“I think I’m still competitive enough to win the first tournament on the Elite Series next year. But at the same time, I knew in my heart that I didn’t want to fish another 20 years.

“You never know if you’ll get a second chance to make a transition like this one, and stay involved in the sport you love. It was reassuring when I presented this to my sponsors, and they all agreed with my decision.”

Hite finished 56th in the final 2016 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings. He’s had at least one Top 10 finish in each of the last three Elite Series seasons.

“We’re really excited about Davy Hite joining our team,” said Mike McKinnis, vice president of media communications for JM Associates, which produces B.A.S.S. television and Internet content. “He brings some inside knowledge to the broadcast. He knows what the pros are doing and why they’re doing it, which is really important in our ‘Bassmaster LIVE’ coverage.”

Tommy Sanders echoed those thoughts, saying, “Davy has got one-of-a-kind perspective on tournament bass fishing. Just as importantly, he’s got a great ability to discern when what seems to be a small story is just as important as a big one. Plus, I just like the guy.”

Hite’s first appearance under the new arrangement will be at the Bassmaster Elite at Cherokee Lake, Tennessee, Feb. 9-12, 2017, and he’ll be an integral part of the programming for the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro in Houston March 24-26.

His current sponsors include: Phoenix Boats, Evinrude, Gopher Industrial, Costa, Bass Pro Shops, Humminbird, Rapala, Storm Lures, Minn Kota, Advance Land and Timber, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, VMC and Buckeye Lures.

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Crochet Claims First B.A.S.S. Victory On Home Waters

October 29, 2016

Crochet Claims First B.A.S.S. Victory On Home Waters

MORGAN CITY, La. —

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Crochet cashed in on his home-waters advantage Saturday to claim his first B.A.S.S. victory at the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana.

Sitting in seventh place after the second day of competition Friday, Crochet rallied today with an 18-pound, 4-ounce limit to win the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open and earn the grand prize of a $45,000 Skeeter ZX200/Yamaha VF200LA rig and $6,741 in cash. The Pierre Part, La., angler finished with a three-day total of 46-06 to earn his first Bassmaster victory and a berth in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.

Crochet described today’s fishing as “slow and steady.” Mixing in some small keepers with some kicker bass, Crochet steadily caught fish throughout the day. He finished his limit by about 11 a.m., and then caught his biggest fish of the day — a 5-12 largemouth — at about 1:45 p.m.

Since he knew the waters so well, Crochet decided to “fish history” during his practice to either confirm or rule out fishing spots. “I practiced really hard,” he said. “(Eliminating water) made for some long, boring practices.”

The strategy paid off, though, as Crochet was able to narrow the vast waters of the basin down to three areas for the tournament. “But two of them didn’t shine, so that just nailed me down to one area,” he said.

His key bait for the whole tournament was a Luck-E-Strike Ringmaster creature bait that he punched through mats with a 1 1/2-ounce weight.

Another local favorite, Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., retained second place with 42-4. Each day he caught fish early but lost a big one this morning that he said “kind of hurt my feelings.”

His two key lures were a black/chartreuse Strike King 1.5 Square Bill crankbait and a black-and-blue Strike King Hack Attack Jig and a Strike King Rage Craw.

“I basically caught everything off of cypress trees” he said. “The area I fished had a lot of logs and big stumps, but I didn’t catch any fish off of those. Every fish came off a green tree.” Most of the bass he caught were 1 to 5 feet deep.

Other anglers finishing in the top five of the pro division were Cody Bird, Granbury, Texas, third place, 42-2; David Cavell, Prairieville, La., fourth, 39-15; and Toby Hartsell, Afton, Okla., fifth, 39-14.

Co-angler Blake Naquin of Thibodaux, La., went wire-to-wire to win the first-place prize of a $30,000 Nitro Z18/Mercury 150 Pro XS package with a total of 23-9. “I caught fish mostly flipping a trick worm with a 3/16-ounce tungsten weight in the morning and then in the afternoon I would follow it up with a June bug Zoom Super Hawg with a 3/4-ounce weight,” he said.

The Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award of $750 went to Hunter Parra of Houma, La., with a 7-12 largemouth. Vince Todaro of Luling, La., weighed in a 4-5 largemouth to earn the Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award on the co-angler side worth $250.

Fred Roumbanis of London, Ark., received the Livingston Lures Leader Award of $250 for finishing as the top pro on Day 2. Finishing as the Day 2 leader on the co-angler side, Naquin received a Livingston Lures gift pack worth $250.

Crochet also earned the A.R.E. Top Angler Award of $500 for being the highest-finishing angler using A.R.E. products.

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Edwin Evers Wins Bassmaster Elite St. Lawrence River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2, 2015

Evers Finishes Strong At St. Lawrence River, Becomes First To Score Back-to-Back Elite Series Wins

WADDINGTON, N.Y. — Confidence means a lot to a tournament bass fisherman, and Oklahoma pro Edwin Evers said his was sagging a bit after a couple of tough events earlier this year.

A win last month at BASSfest made Evers feel much better — and with a renewed sense of confidence, he went out and claimed his second victory in a row in this week’s Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River.

With a four-day total of 77 pounds, 10 ounces, Evers became the first angler to win back-to-back events in the 10-year history of the Elite Series. He cemented the victory with a Sunday catch of five smallmouth bass that weighed 17-8.

Evers said the victory at BASSfest — and the automatic berth into the GEICO Bassmaster Classic that came with it — played a major role in his New York strategy.

“Last time we were here, I went upriver every day,” said Evers, who chalked up his 10th career B.A.S.S. victory at Waddington. “But I didn’t think I could win there. I felt like this year coming back, everybody was going to try to go that way and get as close as they possibly could to where Brandon Palaniuk won the last time we were here (in 2013). So I went the other direction, and it was hard.”

Evers said he fished extremely long days during practice, taking advantage of a northern sun that often stays out from 5 a.m. to almost 10 p.m. But despite the long hours, he only got seven bites the first day of practice, four the second day and seven the third day.

He said he stuck with his decision, partly because his Classic berth is already in the bag.

“It made it a lot easier to do what I did this week, because I was not getting many bites,” Evers said. “It was a do-or-die deal. To finish 25th the last time we were here was decent, but I wanted a chance to win.”

Evers caught his fish drifting shallow areas where he could see smallmouth feeding in the glass-clear waters of the St. Lawrence. He said he probably used 20 different lures, and even the ones that didn’t produce bites often helped him locate fish that chased the lures back to the boat.

His top producer was a wacky rigged Zoom Fluke Stick in a green pumpkin color. He also used a Megabass Spark Shad swimbait in ayu, a Zoom called a Z-Drop worm, a Megabass X80 jerkbait, a white/silver/gold War Eagle spinnerbait, a small hair jig and a Zoom Speed Craw.

He fished all of the baits on the lightest line possible, using 6- and 8-pound braid all week.

“I could probably name three or four more baits that I caught good fish on this week,” Evers said. “I’m serious when I say I probably had 20 rods laid across the front of my boat, and they all helped me in some way.”

The swimbait often paved the way for him to land fish on the Fluke Stick.

“There were times when I’d throw that swimbait out there, and the fish just wouldn’t commit to it,” Evers said. “But when they’d follow it back to the boat, I would know they were there and I could really go to work on them.”

Sunday’s catch of 17-8 marked the second straight day that Evers failed to break the 20-pound mark after topping it his previous six times on the water. But with the rest of the field fading, he still left with the win.

Texas angler Alton Jones caught 16-7 Sunday and finished second with 73-15, nearly 4 pounds behind Evers. Louisiana’s Greg Hackney, the reigning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, finished third with 72-11; Tennessee angler Brandon Card placed fourth with 72-6; and Skeet Reese, winner of the Diet Mountain Dew Elite at Lake Guntersville this year, was fifth with 72-5.

A 94th-place finish on the Sabine River in March and 55th on the Sacramento River in May put Evers in a tough spot in the Angler of the Year race. But with a third-place finish at Lake Havasu in May and now his back-to-back victories, he’s moved into fourth place in the AOY standings, trailing leader Aaron Martens by 76 points.

As for becoming the first angler to win back-to-back events on the Elite Series, Evers said it might be next week before it actually sinks in.

“It hasn’t hit home yet,” Evers said. “It’s amazing. I can’t believe it. I know some buddies of mine are going to be really upset with me because I told them I didn’t have a good practice, but I really didn’t.

“It just all came together this week.”

The crowds got larger each day as North Country bass fishing fans turned out in droves to watch Evers make history. Waddington, N.Y., came close to breaking its own Elite Series attendance record of more than 34,000 set in 2013 at the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown.

Bonuses and Contingency Awards:
The $1,000 award for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points leader will go to Aaron Martens.
The Power-Pole Captain’s Cash will award $1,000 to Greg Hackney.
The Evan Williams Bourbon Heavyweight Award of $1,000 for the angler with the heaviest five-fish limit during the tournament goes to Shaw Grigsby for his 22-15 bag on Day 1.
The Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for the angler leading on Day 2 goes to Edwin Evers.
The Bass Pro Shops Big Bass award of $1,500 for the heaviest bass weighed goes to Mark Menendez.
The Toyota Bonus Bucks award of $3,000 for the highest placing eligible angler goes to Evers. The second highest placing angler, Josh Bertrand, is awarded $2,000.

The A.R.E. Truck Caps Top Angler Award of $1,000 will be awarded to Evers for being the highest placing angler using A.R.E. products.
The Rigid Industries Big Fish Light Jackpot will rollover to the next event with a total of $1,500. An angler must weigh in the heaviest five-fish limit of more than 25 pounds.

2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, GoPro, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: A.R.E. Accessories, Carhartt, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Huk Performance Fishing, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, 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, Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Costa Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
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2015 Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River 7/30-8/2
St. Lawrence River, Waddington NY.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

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

1. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 20 77-10 100 $101,500.00
Day 1: 5 21-03 Day 2: 5 22-09 Day 3: 5 16-06 Day 4: 5 17-08
2. Alton Jones Lorena, TX 20 73-15 99 $25,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-04 Day 2: 5 17-06 Day 3: 5 18-14 Day 4: 5 16-07
3. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 20 72-11 98 $21,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-15 Day 2: 5 18-08 Day 3: 5 16-04 Day 4: 5 19-00
4. Brandon Card Caryville, TN 20 72-06 97 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-08 Day 2: 5 19-03 Day 3: 5 16-12 Day 4: 5 16-15
5. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 20 72-05 96 $14,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-08 Day 2: 5 19-13 Day 3: 5 15-09 Day 4: 5 16-07
6. Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 20 71-14 95 $13,500.00
Day 1: 5 19-14 Day 2: 5 18-00 Day 3: 5 16-01 Day 4: 5 17-15
7. Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA 20 71-06 94 $13,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-15 Day 2: 5 17-08 Day 3: 5 18-15 Day 4: 5 16-00
8. Kevin Ledoux Choctaw, OK 20 70-02 93 $12,500.00
Day 1: 5 20-07 Day 2: 5 17-09 Day 3: 5 18-05 Day 4: 5 13-13
9. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 20 69-11 92 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-15 Day 2: 5 16-03 Day 3: 5 19-03 Day 4: 5 16-06
10. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 20 69-10 91 $11,500.00
Day 1: 5 20-12 Day 2: 5 14-00 Day 3: 5 22-04 Day 4: 5 12-10
11. Josh Bertrand Gilbert, AZ 19 69-10 90 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-01 Day 2: 5 20-11 Day 3: 5 18-15 Day 4: 4 10-15
12. Seth Feider Bloomington, MN 20 65-14 89 $10,500.00
Day 1: 5 18-04 Day 2: 5 19-10 Day 3: 5 16-04 Day 4: 5 11-12
BASS PRO SHOPS BIG BASS
Mark Menendez Paducah, KY 06-03 $1,500.00
EVANS WILLIAMS HEAVYWEIGHT
Shaw Grigsby Jr. Gainesville, FL 22-15 $1,000.00

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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 95 515 1648-14
2 85 487 1461-09
3 43 236 731-02
4 11 59 185-12
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234 1297 4027-05

Aaron Martens Wins at Lake Havasu Bassmaster Elite

May 10, 2015

Aaron Martens Wins Lake Havasu Bassmaster Elite

Martens Uses Zany Bird Pattern For Comeback Win At Lake Havasu

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – Aaron Martens heard the chuckles from the crowd when he explained the primary pattern he used during the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Havasu presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels.

Aaron Martens

But as crazy as it sounded, he was serious.

Martens made a short run up the Colorado River each day and fished thick patches of shoreline vegetation where big largemouth bass were feeding on blackbirds. Flipping a bait designed to mimic their prey, he caught enough bass the first three days to enter Sunday’s championship round in fourth place.

Then during the championship round, he caught five bass that weighed 19-5 and took home the $100,000 first-place prize with a four-day total of 68-9.

He used a drop shot rig some during the week, too. But after the final weigh-in, the buzz was about the birds.

“I do that all the time,” Martens said. “I don’t know why people don’t believe me when I say it. The birds fall out of the nest, and the bass eat them. Birds are definitely part of their diet.”

Martens used a 1/2- or 3/4-ounce weight and a 4/0 Heavy Cover Gamakatsu hook rigged with a green pumpkin punch skirt and one of two plastic trailers. His choice of trailer was determined by which weight he was using — a large Rage Craw for the 1/2-ounce rig and a Speed Craw for the 3/4-ounce setup.

He paid special attention to areas where lots of blackbirds were nesting.

“I probably shouldn’t even be talking about it, because I’ve known about it for 25 years,” said Martens, who said several fish spit up black feathers in his livewell during the tournament. “I’ve caught them in California and had them spit up full-grown blackbirds. Birds are definitely part of their diet.

“Maybe it’s such a good pattern because so many people don’t believe it.”

Though the pattern led to a victory, Martens said there were times when it was frustrating to execute.

The thickness of the tules that line the riverbanks, combined with the high winds that blew during much of the tournament, caused him lots of problems with tangles and forced him to change baits frequently. Once he hooked a fish deep in the tules, landing it was an adventure.

The process was aided by a 7-foot, 6-inch extra-heavy flipping stick from the namesake series he helped design for Enigma. He also relied heavily on 30-pound Sunline SX1 braid.

“I had to use a 3/4-ounce weight instead of a 1/2-ounce today because I started pitching way back in the tules,” Martens said. “I would have loved to go even heavier, but I was afraid to. I had five or six bass drop the 3/4-ounce weight today, and I just didn’t think a 1 ounce would work.”

The come-from-behind victory was Martens’ seventh career win with B.A.S.S., and his first since 2012. It was particularly sweet, coming on the heels of his 13th career second-place finish at the Sacramento River last week.

“I told my wife after I got my 13th second that it was time for me to win a tournament,” Martens said. “I came here with 13 seconds and six wins. That math just really doesn’t add up.”

Martens’ jubilation came at the expense of Arizona angler Cliff Pirch.

Pirch entered the final round in first place, leading Texas angler Takahiro Omori by less than a pound. But the areas near the launch site at Lake Havasu State Park where Pirch had done so well all week finally went dry.

“I probably needed to leave and go somewhere else, but I decided against it,” Pirch said. “I made a move (Saturday). I went somewhere else, and Takahiro Omori caught 20 pounds there. Justin Lucas caught 18 pounds there. I decided to stay there today, and it just didn’t work out.”

Pirch finished second with 66-9, followed by Edwin Evers (65-0), Omori (64-9) and Elite Series rookie David Williams (62-14).

After making a big jump on Day 3 to qualify for Sunday’s final Top 12, Lake Havasu City resident Dean Rojas caught just 14-6 Sunday. He finished sixth with 61-7, just ahead of reigning Bassmaster Classic champion Casey Ashley (61-4).

However, Rojas, who has qualified for the final round in the last three of the four Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments this year, currently leads the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race with 365 points (based on cumulative finishes in Elite tournaments), just 10 points of Lucas, winner of the Sacramento Elite, and Martens, who has 332 points.

Bonuses and Contingency Awards:
The $1,000 award for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points leader will go to Dean Rojas.

The Power-Pole Captain’s Cash will award $1,000 to David Williams.

The Evan Williams Bourbon Heavyweight Award of $1,000 for the angler with the heaviest five-fish limit during the tournament goes to Edwin Evers for his 20-7 bag on Day 1.

The Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for the angler leading on Day 2 goes to Clifford Pirch.

The HUK Biggest Jump Award of $1,000 for the angler who made the largest jump in standings from Day 1 goes to Jonathon VanDam.

The Bass Pro Shops Big Bass award of $750 for the heaviest bass weighed goes to Mike Kernan for the 6-7 bass caught on Day 1.

The Toyota Bonus Bucks award of $3,000 for the highest placing eligible angler goes to Evers. The second highest placing angler, Williams, is awarded $2,000.

The A.R.E. Truck Caps Top Angler Award of $1,000 will be awarded to Evers for being the highest placing angler using A.R.E. products.
Takahiro Omori was awarded the Dick Cepek Tires Rolling Forward award for most placed climbed in AOY between the Sacramento River and Lake Havasu.

The Rigid Industries Big Fish Light Jackpot will rollover to the next event with a total of $1,500. An angler must weigh in the heaviest five-fish limit of more than 25 pounds.

2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, GoPro, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: A.R.E. Accessories, Carhartt, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Huk Performance Fishing, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, 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, Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Costa Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
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Media Contact: Helen White, 205-313-0944, hwhite@bassmaster.com or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.

2015 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Havasu presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels 5/7-5/10
Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City AZ.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

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

1. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 20 68-09 100 $100,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-04 Day 2: 5 16-06 Day 3: 5 17-10 Day 4: 5 19-05
2. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 20 66-09 99 $25,500.00
Day 1: 5 17-08 Day 2: 5 19-04 Day 3: 5 14-15 Day 4: 5 14-14
3. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 20 65-00 98 $22,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-07 Day 2: 5 14-01 Day 3: 5 15-14 Day 4: 5 14-10
4. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 20 64-09 97 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-04 Day 2: 5 15-08 Day 3: 5 20-00 Day 4: 5 13-13
5. David Williams Maiden, NC 20 62-14 96 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-08 Day 2: 5 11-04 Day 3: 5 19-08 Day 4: 5 15-10
6. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 20 61-07 95 $13,500.00
Day 1: 5 14-01 Day 2: 5 13-07 Day 3: 5 19-09 Day 4: 5 14-06
7. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 20 61-04 94 $13,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-06 Day 2: 5 14-11 Day 3: 5 17-08 Day 4: 5 13-11
8. Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 20 60-14 93 $12,500.00
Day 1: 5 15-15 Day 2: 5 13-14 Day 3: 5 18-12 Day 4: 5 12-05
9. Jonathon VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 20 60-14 92 $13,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-15 Day 2: 5 15-08 Day 3: 5 18-08 Day 4: 5 14-15
10. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 20 60-08 91 $11,500.00
Day 1: 5 14-06 Day 2: 5 18-08 Day 3: 5 13-15 Day 4: 5 13-11
11. Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 20 60-00 90 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 5 14-09 Day 3: 5 18-01 Day 4: 5 13-12
12. John Murray Phoenix, AZ 18 51-03 89 $10,500.00
Day 1: 5 19-08 Day 2: 5 16-01 Day 3: 5 11-07 Day 4: 3 04-03
BASS PRO SHOPS BIG BASS
Mike Kernan Wylie, TX 06-07 $1,500.00
EVANS WILLIAMS HEAVYWEIGHT
Edwin Evers Talala, OK 20-07 $1,000.00

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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 93 524 1457-04
2 96 524 1422-05
3 46 246 684-05
4 11 58 165-03
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246 1352 3729-01

Justin Lucan Wins Bassmaster Elite Sacremento

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 3, 2015

Lucas Gets Career Victory No. 1 In Front Of Big Home Crowd

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At just 28 years of age, it’s hard to imagine Justin Lucas has accomplished all he’s going to in professional bass fishing.

But wherever he goes from here, it’ll be hard for him to top what he experienced the past four days in the Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River.

With a giant cheering section full of friends, family and fans holding signs that read “Go Justin” and “Cal-A-Bama Kid,” the California native turned Alabama resident brought a limit of bass that weighed 16 pounds to Sunday’s championship weigh-in. It pushed his four-day mark to 82-14 and helped him claim his first career B.A.S.S. victory, under the best possible circumstances.

“This one’s perfect,” a teary-eyed Lucas said after claiming the $100,000 victory in just his 23rd career B.A.S.S. event. “For about 17 years, I’ve been dreaming of doing something like this. It’s cool. It’s just super-cool.”

Lucas began the week in eighth place with a solid catch of 21-13 Thursday. Then he bullied his way up to third with 25-14 Friday and took the lead with 19-3 during a Saturday round when difficult tidal conditions baffled much of the field.

He made at least a 90-minute run down the Sacramento River to the California Delta each of the first three days and targeted shallow largemouth with a Berkley Havoc Pit Boss in the vampire orange color pattern. He stayed with the same approach Sunday, but made an even longer run to an area he’d been holding in reserve.

“I saved that area,” Lucas said. “I knew it was going to get tougher every day. We had some other tournaments going down there, and there was a lot of pressure. I saved that area, and nobody else really knew about it.”

He said it wasn’t the type of area where an angler would normally win an event on the California Delta. But it was just what he needed on a day when many of the remaining Top 12 anglers struggled.

Five-foot waves almost convinced him not to make the journey. But he made the decision to tackle the rough water, and he put together a fast limit that he culled to upgrade before making the long journey back to Discovery Park.

“I knew there were a lot of 3-pound fish in there,” Lucas said. “That’s what I had today. I had 16 pounds, so I basically caught five 3-pound fish. I kept that area in my back pocket, and it worked out.”

Lucas caught most of his fish sight fishing for bedding bass and flipping the shallow vegetation that blankets the shoreline of the Delta. He said he’s never thought of himself as an angler who is good at flipping, but his willingness to stick with the tactic helped him to the gigantic career milestone.

His closest competition came from another California native turned Alabama resident, two-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Aaron Martens. After leading the tournament on Day 2 and entering the championship round in second, Martens caught 16-9 Sunday and finished almost 2 1/2 pounds behind Lucas with 80-7.

“I’ve known Justin for a long time,” said Martens, who finished second for the 13th time in his B.A.S.S. career. “I’ve talked with Justin a lot, and he’s a super-cool guy. I wanted to win, but I’ll take second.”

Behind Lucas and Martens, the rest of the Top 12 was as follows: Dean Rojas (78-2), Ish Monroe (72-9), Chris Zaldain (71-11), Bobby Lane (69-10), Cliff Pirch (69-8), Tim Horton (69-3), Jason Christie (69-3), Keith Combs (69-1), Ken Iyobe (67-15) and Chris Lane (63-8).

Lucas was overcome with emotion again when he thought about the list of anglers he held off to get the win.

“Every day that I go fishing, I don’t think that I’m that good of a fisherman,” Lucas said. “I don’t think I’m good hardly at all. I think that just makes me, every single day that I go, try and keep working as hard as I can all the time. There are a lot of other guys on this tour who are way better than me.”

The Elite Series field will now travel nine hours to Havasu City, Ariz., for the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Havasu presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels. While he wished he had more time to stay and celebrate with family and friends in California, Lucas said he’s excited to try and keep his momentum churning on another lake where he’s spent a lot of time.

“It’s bad that I have to leave my family and friends, and good because I want to try to keep it rolling,” said Lucas, who currently ranks second behind Rojas in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race. “But even if I finish last at the next one, I don’t care. I’ll always have this.”

Bonuses and Contingency Awards:
The $1,000 award for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points leader will go to Dean Rojas.
The Power-Pole Captain’s Cash will award $1,000 to Dean Rojas.
The Evan Williams Bourbon Heavyweight Award of $1,000 for the angler with the heaviest five-fish limit during the tournament goes to Chris Zaldain for his 30-7 bag on Day 1.
The Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for the angler leading on Day 2 goes to Aaron Martens.
The HUK Biggest Jump Award of $1,000 for the angler who made the largest jump in standings from Day 1 goes to John Murray.
The Bass Pro Shops Big Bass award of $750 for the heaviest bass weighed goes to Zaldain for his 12-pounder.
The Toyota Bonus Bucks award of $3,000 for the highest placing eligible angler goes to Justin Lucas. The second highest placing angler, Bobby Lane, is awarded $2,000.
The A.R.E. Truck Caps Top Angler Award of $1,000 will be awarded to Lucas for being the highest placing angler using A.R.E. products.
Terry Scroggins was awarded the Dick Cepek Tires Rolling Forward award for most placed climbed in AOY between Sabine and Guntersville.
2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, GoPro, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha
2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: A.R.E. Accessories, Carhartt, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Huk Performance Fishing, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, 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, Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Costa Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
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Media Contact: Helen White, 205-313-0944, hwhite@bassmaster.com or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.

2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Sacramento River 4/30-5/3
Sacramento River, Sacramento CA.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

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

1. Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 20 82-14 100 $101,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-13 Day 2: 5 25-14 Day 3: 5 19-03 Day 4: 5 16-00
2. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 20 80-07 99 $25,500.00
Day 1: 5 24-11 Day 2: 5 26-09 Day 3: 5 12-10 Day 4: 5 16-09
3. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 20 78-02 98 $22,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-12 Day 2: 5 21-10 Day 3: 5 21-01 Day 4: 5 18-11
4. Ish Monroe Hughson, CA 20 72-09 97 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 22-02 Day 2: 5 23-02 Day 3: 5 14-00 Day 4: 5 13-05
5. Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 20 71-11 96 $16,500.00
Day 1: 5 30-07 Day 2: 5 20-07 Day 3: 5 09-14 Day 4: 5 10-15
6. Bobby Lane Jr. Lakeland, FL 20 69-10 95 $13,500.00
Day 1: 5 21-02 Day 2: 5 17-13 Day 3: 5 20-06 Day 4: 5 10-05
7. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 18 69-08 94 $13,000.00
Day 1: 5 24-00 Day 2: 5 19-14 Day 3: 5 11-14 Day 4: 3 13-12
8. Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 19 69-03 93 $12,500.00
Day 1: 5 19-07 Day 2: 5 18-00 Day 3: 5 20-12 Day 4: 4 11-00
9. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 20 69-03 92 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-06 Day 2: 5 15-12 Day 3: 5 20-03 Day 4: 5 12-14
10. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 20 69-01 91 $11,500.00
Day 1: 5 24-13 Day 2: 5 19-07 Day 3: 5 10-15 Day 4: 5 13-14
11. Ken Iyobe Tokoname Aichi JAPAN 20 67-15 90 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-12 Day 2: 5 21-05 Day 3: 5 16-00 Day 4: 5 08-14
12. Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 20 63-08 89 $10,500.00
Day 1: 5 20-10 Day 2: 5 18-01 Day 3: 5 15-12 Day 4: 5 09-01
BASS PRO SHOPS BIG BASS
Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 12-00 $1,500.00
EVANS WILLIAMS HEAVYWEIGHT
Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 30-07 $1,000.00

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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 100 533 1607-03
2 109 553 1512-07
3 50 257 733-07
4 10 57 155-04
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269 1400 4008-05

Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River Day Three Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 2, 2015

Lucas In Position For Career-Defining Victory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Justin Lucas knows he’s on the verge of something special. But with the way fish are behaving on the California Delta, he knows he still has plenty of work to do if he’s going to raise the coveted blue trophy and pocket a $100,000 check in front of a crowd filled with his family and friends Sunday afternoon.

A native Californian who now lives in Alabama, Lucas caught five bass Saturday that weighed 19 pounds, 3 ounces and took the lead in the Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River with a three-day total of 66-14.

Lucas will lead the Top 12 remaining anglers into Sunday’s championship round with a pair of fellow California natives in close contention. Aaron Martens — who like Lucas, grew up in California and relocated to Alabama — is in second with 63-14, followed by San Jose, Calif., resident Chris Zaldain with 60-12.

“It could have been a lot worse, but it could have been better, too,” said Lucas, who has been running down the Sacramento River each day to the California Delta past landmarks he remembers seeing on his way to school as a child. “I had a 6-pounder that bit a couple of times, and I just wasn’t quick enough to get her. After she got it twice and I missed her, she just never would bite again.

“I only caught five or six keepers all day. It wasn’t an easy day by any means.”

Lucas pushed his way into serious contention during Friday’s second round by turning to areas that were good to him more than a decade ago — areas he hadn’t fished in practice. On Saturday, he fished those areas, plus a few more new ones.

He expects to fish more new water Sunday, while still targeting shallow spawners and postspawn bass.

“I’ve been pounding some of these areas pretty hard this week, and I just feel like I’ve got to find new stuff,” Lucas said. “My weight was lower today than yesterday, and I hate that. I want my weights to go up and feel like I learned something.”

Though Lucas didn’t have the day he was hoping for, he fared better than the anglers who began Saturday in first and second place.

Day 2 leader Aaron Martens started his morning with a 6-pounder. But things went steadily downhill from there, and he brought in just 12-10.

“When you get a big one early like that, it can be a good thing or a bad thing,” Martens said. “I don’t know if it affects the way you think the rest of the day or what.”

More than the possible bad mojo created by landing a big fish early, Martens believed he was hurt by unfavorable tidal conditions.

“We’re just not even close to the tide being right, as far as I’m concerned,” Martens said. “The tide is actually good in the morning. But it’s been cold in the mornings, and the fish just don’t want to bite.”

Zaldain was also frustrated by the tide Saturday as his weight plummeted from a whopping catch of 30-7 Thursday and a solid mark of 20-7 Friday. With only 9-14 Saturday, he fell in the standings for the second straight day.

After making a 90-minute run to the Delta the first three days of the event to fish for bedding bass, Zaldain plans to run even farther Sunday toward his old hometown of San Jose.

“Catching 30 pounds on the first day kind of gave me a get-out-of-jail-free card,” Zaldain said. “I used that card big-time today.”

By making a longer run Sunday — he estimated it will take nearly two hours each way — Zaldain hopes to get ahead of the tide for more favorable conditions. The right tide, he said, will make shallow spawning fish more cooperative.

“The last three days, I’ve fished one area in the north Delta,” Zaldain said. “Tomorrow, if I head as far south as possible — as far away from the Golden Gate Bridge as I can get — I think I can find some high water.

“All through practice, I had really good high-tide bites. That’s what I need to find Sunday.”

No one else cracked the 60-pound mark for the week on Saturday. But with so many big fish cruising the shallows of the California Delta, most of Sunday’s championship qualifiers are still within realistic striking distance of a come-from-behind win.

Behind Lucas, Martens and Zaldain, the rest of the Top 12 is as follows: Dean Rojas (59- 7), Bobby Lane (59-5), Ish Monroe (59- 4), Ken Iyobe (59- 1), Tim Horton (58-3), Jason Christie (56- 5), Cliff Pirch (55-12), Keith Combs (55- 3) and Chris Lane (54- 7).

Horton jumped into contention with the biggest catch of the day with weighing 20-12.

The tournament will conclude Sunday with take-off set for 6:15 a.m. from Discovery Park and weigh-in scheduled back at the park at 3:15.

The Elite Series Expo will be open at noon on Sunday and will have B.A.S.S. sponsor representatives onsite throughout the weekend with activities, games and prizes for attendees including boat demo rides.

Other activities planned throughout the Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River weekend include a Kids Zone, angler autograph and photo sessions, and the chance to learn tips and techniques from some of the best bass anglers in the world.

2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, GoPro, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha
2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: A.R.E. Accessories, Carhartt, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Huk Performance Fishing, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, 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, Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Costa Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
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Media Contact: Helen White, 205-313-0944, hwhite@bassmaster.com or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.
2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Sacramento River 4/30-5/3
Sacramento River, Sacramento CA.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1. Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 15 66-14 100
Day 1: 5 21-13 Day 2: 5 25-14 Day 3: 5 19-03
2. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 15 63-14 99 $500.00
Day 1: 5 24-11 Day 2: 5 26-09 Day 3: 5 12-10
3. Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 15 60-12 98
Day 1: 5 30-07 Day 2: 5 20-07 Day 3: 5 09-14
4. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 15 59-07 97
Day 1: 5 16-12 Day 2: 5 21-10 Day 3: 5 21-01
5. Bobby Lane Jr. Lakeland, FL 15 59-05 96
Day 1: 5 21-02 Day 2: 5 17-13 Day 3: 5 20-06
6. Ish Monroe Hughson, CA 15 59-04 95
Day 1: 5 22-02 Day 2: 5 23-02 Day 3: 5 14-00
7. Ken Iyobe Tokoname Aichi JAPAN 15 59-01 94
Day 1: 5 21-12 Day 2: 5 21-05 Day 3: 5 16-00
8. Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 15 58-03 93
Day 1: 5 19-07 Day 2: 5 18-00 Day 3: 5 20-12
9. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 15 56-05 92
Day 1: 5 20-06 Day 2: 5 15-12 Day 3: 5 20-03
10. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 15 55-12 91
Day 1: 5 24-00 Day 2: 5 19-14 Day 3: 5 11-14
11. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 15 55-03 90
Day 1: 5 24-13 Day 2: 5 19-07 Day 3: 5 10-15
12. Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 15 54-07 89
Day 1: 5 20-10 Day 2: 5 18-01 Day 3: 5 15-12
13. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 15 54-01 88 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 22-05 Day 2: 5 15-04 Day 3: 5 16-08
14. Randy Allen Shreveport, LA 15 53-15 87 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-12 Day 2: 5 17-04 Day 3: 5 16-15
15. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 15 53-01 86 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 25-08 Day 2: 5 11-06 Day 3: 5 16-03
16. Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA 15 52-12 85 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-04 Day 2: 5 11-04 Day 3: 5 23-04
17. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 15 51-00 84 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-13 Day 2: 5 11-03 Day 3: 5 18-00
18. Billy McCaghren Mayflower, AR 15 50-15 83 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-06 Day 2: 5 17-14 Day 3: 5 17-11
19. Jordan Lee Vinemont, AL 15 50-11 82 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-01 Day 2: 5 20-11 Day 3: 5 17-15
20. James Elam Tulsa, OK 15 49-06 81 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-15 Day 2: 5 14-14 Day 3: 5 15-09
21. David Walker Sevierville, TN 15 49-00 80 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-01 Day 2: 5 15-02 Day 3: 5 14-13
22. Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 15 48-15 79 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-15 Day 2: 5 20-09 Day 3: 5 16-07
23. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 15 48-10 78 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-09 Day 2: 5 13-08 Day 3: 5 17-09
24. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 15 48-02 77 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-02 Day 2: 5 16-01 Day 3: 5 12-15
25. Koby Kreiger Bokeelia, FL 15 47-08 76 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-00 Day 2: 5 13-04 Day 3: 5 13-04
26. Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, KS 15 46-12 75 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-05 Day 2: 5 14-12 Day 3: 5 17-11
27. Kelley Jaye Dadeville, AL 15 46-08 74 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 18-14 Day 3: 5 13-11
28. Brent Ehrler Newport Beach, CA 15 46-04 73 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-02 Day 2: 5 16-10 Day 3: 5 14-08
29. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 15 45-15 72 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-08 Day 2: 5 18-07 Day 3: 5 13-00
30. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 15 45-12 71 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-07 Day 2: 5 10-06 Day 3: 5 14-15
31. Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 15 45-11 70 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-11 Day 2: 5 13-11 Day 3: 5 15-05
32. Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 15 45-09 69 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-07 Day 2: 5 16-06 Day 3: 5 10-12
33. Boyd Duckett Guntersville, AL 15 44-14 68 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 5 15-13 Day 3: 5 14-14
34. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 15 43-12 67 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-13 Day 2: 5 20-10 Day 3: 5 11-05
35. Brandon Coulter Knoxville, TN 15 43-10 66 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-13 Day 2: 5 14-01 Day 3: 5 13-12
36. Dennis Tietje Roanoke, LA 15 43-04 65 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-01 Day 2: 5 13-08 Day 3: 5 11-11
37. Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 15 43-03 64 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-11 Day 2: 5 12-12 Day 3: 5 12-12
38. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 15 43-02 63 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 18-14 Day 3: 5 10-05
39. John Murray Phoenix, AZ 11 42-12 62 $10,000.00
Day 1: 3 08-13 Day 2: 5 23-04 Day 3: 3 10-11
40. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 15 42-10 61 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-13 Day 2: 5 09-08 Day 3: 5 12-05
41. Chad Pipkens Holt, MI 15 42-04 60 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 17-14 Day 3: 5 12-00
42. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 14 42-03 59 $10,000.00
Day 1: 4 11-13 Day 2: 5 17-03 Day 3: 5 13-03
43. Britt Myers Lake Wylie, SC 15 42-00 58 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-11 Day 2: 5 13-05 Day 3: 5 11-00
44. James Niggemeyer Van, TX 15 41-15 57 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 5 13-04 Day 3: 5 11-07
45. Mark Menendez Paducah, KY 15 41-05 56 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-00 Day 2: 5 12-03 Day 3: 5 13-02
46. Randy Howell Springville, AL 15 40-15 55 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-02 Day 2: 5 16-09 Day 3: 5 11-04
47. Kelly Jordon Flint, TX 15 40-13 54 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-09 Day 2: 5 12-07 Day 3: 5 10-13
48. Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 15 39-08 53 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-02 Day 2: 5 13-01 Day 3: 5 11-05
49. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 15 38-09 52 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-07 Day 2: 5 09-13 Day 3: 5 08-05
50. Russ Lane Prattville, AL 14 38-07 51 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-10 Day 2: 5 15-03 Day 3: 4 06-10
51. Kenyon Hill Norman, OK 15 38-07 50 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 15-13 Day 3: 5 10-04
52. Seth Feider Bloomington, MN 15 36-05 49 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-02 Day 2: 5 17-05 Day 3: 5 06-14
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 100 533 1607-03
2 109 553 1512-07
3 50 257 733-07
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259 1343 3853-01

Bassmater Elite Day Two In Sacramento

Day Two Bassmater Elite in Sacramento

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 1, 2015

West Coast Anglers Still Setting Pace At Sacramento Elite

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The West Coast dominance continued during Friday’s second round of the Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River, with four native Californians taking over the top of the standings.

Aaron Martens, who grew up in California and now lives in Alabama, caught five bass Friday that weighed 26 pounds, 9 ounces and took the lead with a two-day mark of 51-4.

The total was just enough to push him past Chris Zaldain, who is 6 ounces back in second with 50-14. After catching 30-7 Thursday, Zaldain added 20-7 Friday to stay within good striking distance of his second career win with B.A.S.S.

Justin Lucas – another California native who now resides in Alabama – is in third with 47-11, and California resident Ish Monroe is fourth with 45-4.

Most anglers near the top of the leaderboard are targeting shallow spawning fish 80 to 100 miles downriver in the California Delta, and they said some are easier to catch than others.

“I caught a 6-pounder right before I left to come back, and I made it back with two minutes to spare,” said Martens. Had he been late, he would have been penalized 1 pound per minute. “Some of these fish aren’t really spawning or even guarding fry; they’re just kind of there. The mornings are tough, because it’s been cold.

“It’s hard to find a big one that’s catchable.”

Martens said the tournament may hinge on deciding quickly which fish can be caught and which ones can’t.

“You’ve got to pick and choose which ones you’re going to spend an hour on,” Martens said. “That’s going to be the key to it. I’m making a long run, and I just don’t have much time to waste on a fish that’s never going to bite.”

Zaldain, whose Thursday catch was anchored by a 12-pound lunker, turned in a respectable effortFriday with five fish that averaged more than 4 pounds apiece. But the lack of a true giant allowed Martens to slip past him.

The San Jose native fished new areas Friday, trying to avoid the ever-increasing boat traffic in the Delta.

“Where I caught the 12-pounder yesterday, I just went right past it today,” Zaldain said. “There were a lot of boats in there, and I know there’s a tournament coming up tomorrow. So I went to a new area, just a discreet main-river bank.”

With less pressure from boat traffic, Zaldain caught a 5-pounder and a 6-pounder off a single bed in one of the new areas he fished Friday. But his technique options were limited compared to what he experienced Thursday.

“The three patterns that worked yesterday shriveled down to only one that worked today,” Zaldain said. “But that could be a different story tomorrow. Today, it was slick, calm and hot, and it seemed like every fish in my area wanted to go to the banks to spawn.”

Zaldain said he hopes to keep making the right decisions as conditions change in the Delta.
“I’m just being reactionary,” he said. “If something changes — like the weather or the tide — I just want to react to it. I’m not going to go and lock into one certain thing or one certain area.”

After catching 21-13 Thursday, Lucas began Friday’s round just hoping to catch enough fish to make the Top 52 cut. But his day evolved in a way that pleased the large contingent of friends, family and fans he had in the crowd.

“My goal this morning was to go out and get 10 pounds to make sure that I was going to make the cut and get a $10,000 check,” Lucas said. “I got a huge bonus fish – a 6-10 that I didn’t expect to catch – and a couple of 3-pounders.”

From there, Lucas decided to rely on his past knowledge of the California Delta to upgrade a five-fish limit that weighed about 16 pounds. He said he went to areas he hadn’t fished in 10 years and found they were still productive.

“I made a long run just trying to find new fish,” Lucas said. “I wanted some stuff that guys haven’t seen and haven’t been through yet. Bedding fish generally use the same hard banks, and they were right in the same places I used to find them.”

Some of the 52 remaining anglers who will fish Saturday were concerned about possible heavy boat traffic this weekend. The Delta will host the Coors Light “Silver Bullet” Delta Championship on Saturday and Sunday, and the California Bass Federation event on Sunday.

Monroe said other tournaments won’t be an issue for him as he begins Saturday in fourth place.

“The Coors Light tournament is a 60-boat tournament, and that’ll basically be the 60 boats we’re going to lose (from the Elite field) today,” Monroe said. “The 60-boat tournament on Saturday will be cut down to 20 for Sunday, and the Federation tournament on Sunday will only have 40 boats.

“Some people are blowing that out of proportion. There’s plenty of fish out there for everybody.”
The tournament will resume Saturday with a 6:15 a.m. PT take-off from Discovery Park in Sacramento. The weigh-in will be held at the park at 3:15 p.m., with only the Top 12 anglers advancing to Sunday’s final round.

2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, GoPro, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha
2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: A.R.E. Accessories, Carhartt, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Huk Performance Fishing, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, 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, Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Costa Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
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Media Contact: Helen White, 205-313-0944, hwhite@bassmaster.com or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.

2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Sacramento River 4/30-5/3
Sacramento River, Sacramento CA.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

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

1. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 10 51-04 100 $500.00
Day 1: 5 24-11 Day 2: 5 26-09
2. Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 10 50-14 99
Day 1: 5 30-07 Day 2: 5 20-07
3. Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 10 47-11 98
Day 1: 5 21-13 Day 2: 5 25-14
4. Ish Monroe Hughson, CA 10 45-04 97
Day 1: 5 22-02 Day 2: 5 23-02
5. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 10 44-04 96
Day 1: 5 24-13 Day 2: 5 19-07
6. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 10 43-14 95
Day 1: 5 24-00 Day 2: 5 19-14
7. Ken Iyobe Tokoname Aichi JAPAN 10 43-01 94
Day 1: 5 21-12 Day 2: 5 21-05
8. Bobby Lane Jr. Lakeland, FL 10 38-15 93
Day 1: 5 21-02 Day 2: 5 17-13
9. Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 10 38-11 92
Day 1: 5 20-10 Day 2: 5 18-01
10. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 10 38-06 91
Day 1: 5 16-12 Day 2: 5 21-10
11. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 10 37-09 90
Day 1: 5 22-05 Day 2: 5 15-04
12. Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 10 37-07 89
Day 1: 5 19-07 Day 2: 5 18-00
13. Randy Allen Shreveport, LA 10 37-00 88
Day 1: 5 19-12 Day 2: 5 17-04
14. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 10 36-14 87
Day 1: 5 25-08 Day 2: 5 11-06
15. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 10 36-02 86
Day 1: 5 20-06 Day 2: 5 15-12
16. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 10 35-03 85
Day 1: 5 19-02 Day 2: 5 16-01
17. Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 10 34-13 84
Day 1: 5 18-07 Day 2: 5 16-06
18. Koby Kreiger Bokeelia, FL 10 34-04 83
Day 1: 5 21-00 Day 2: 5 13-04
19. David Walker Sevierville, TN 10 34-03 82
Day 1: 5 19-01 Day 2: 5 15-02
20. James Elam Tulsa, OK 10 33-13 81
Day 1: 5 18-15 Day 2: 5 14-14
21. Billy McCaghren Mayflower, AR 10 33-04 80
Day 1: 5 15-06 Day 2: 5 17-14
22. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 10 33-00 79
Day 1: 5 21-13 Day 2: 5 11-03
23. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 10 32-15 78
Day 1: 5 14-08 Day 2: 5 18-07
24. Kelley Jaye Dadeville, AL 10 32-13 77
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 18-14
24. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 10 32-13 77
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 18-14
26. Jordan Lee Vinemont, AL 10 32-12 75
Day 1: 5 12-01 Day 2: 5 20-11
27. Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 10 32-08 74
Day 1: 5 11-15 Day 2: 5 20-09
28. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 10 32-07 73
Day 1: 5 11-13 Day 2: 5 20-10
29. John Murray Phoenix, AZ 8 32-01 72
Day 1: 3 08-13 Day 2: 5 23-04
30. Russ Lane Prattville, AL 10 31-13 71
Day 1: 5 16-10 Day 2: 5 15-03
31. Brent Ehrler Newport Beach, CA 10 31-12 70
Day 1: 5 15-02 Day 2: 5 16-10
32. Dennis Tietje Roanoke, LA 10 31-09 69
Day 1: 5 18-01 Day 2: 5 13-08
33. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 10 31-01 68
Day 1: 5 17-09 Day 2: 5 13-08
34. Britt Myers Lake Wylie, SC 10 31-00 67
Day 1: 5 17-11 Day 2: 5 13-05
35. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 10 30-13 66
Day 1: 5 20-07 Day 2: 5 10-06
36. James Niggemeyer Van, TX 10 30-08 65
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 5 13-04
37. Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 10 30-07 64
Day 1: 5 17-11 Day 2: 5 12-12
38. Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 10 30-06 63
Day 1: 5 16-11 Day 2: 5 13-11
39. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 10 30-05 62
Day 1: 5 20-13 Day 2: 5 09-08
40. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 10 30-04 61
Day 1: 5 20-07 Day 2: 5 09-13
41. Chad Pipkens Holt, MI 10 30-04 60
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 17-14
42. Kelly Jordon Flint, TX 10 30-00 59
Day 1: 5 17-09 Day 2: 5 12-07
43. Boyd Duckett Guntersville, AL 10 30-00 58
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 5 15-13
44. Brandon Coulter Knoxville, TN 10 29-14 57
Day 1: 5 15-13 Day 2: 5 14-01
45. Randy Howell Springville, AL 10 29-11 56
Day 1: 5 13-02 Day 2: 5 16-09
46. Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA 10 29-08 55
Day 1: 5 18-04 Day 2: 5 11-04
47. Seth Feider Bloomington, MN 10 29-07 54
Day 1: 5 12-02 Day 2: 5 17-05
48. Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, KS 10 29-01 53
Day 1: 5 14-05 Day 2: 5 14-12
49. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 9 29-00 52
Day 1: 4 11-13 Day 2: 5 17-03
50. Mark Menendez Paducah, KY 10 28-03 51
Day 1: 5 16-00 Day 2: 5 12-03
51. Kenyon Hill Norman, OK 10 28-03 50
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 15-13
52. Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 10 28-03 49
Day 1: 5 15-02 Day 2: 5 13-01
53. Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 10 28-02 48
Day 1: 5 15-10 Day 2: 5 12-08
54. Alton Jones Lorena, TX 10 28-01 47
Day 1: 5 15-12 Day 2: 5 12-05
55. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 10 27-15 46
Day 1: 5 11-08 Day 2: 5 16-07
56. Jason Williamson Wagener, SC 10 27-15 45
Day 1: 5 15-11 Day 2: 5 12-04
57. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 10 27-15 44
Day 1: 5 12-15 Day 2: 5 15-00
58. Fletcher Shryock New Philadelphia, OH 10 27-12 43
Day 1: 5 09-13 Day 2: 5 17-15
59. Hank Cherry Jr Maiden, NC 10 27-11 42
Day 1: 5 19-07 Day 2: 5 08-04
60. Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 10 27-11 41
Day 1: 5 12-02 Day 2: 5 15-09
61. Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ 10 27-10 40
Day 1: 5 10-09 Day 2: 5 17-01
62. J Todd Tucker Moultrie, GA 10 26-15 39
Day 1: 5 18-14 Day 2: 5 08-01
63. Kurt Dove Del Rio, TX 10 26-14 38
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 5 12-11
64. Kevin Hawk Guntersville, AL 10 26-13 37
Day 1: 5 12-12 Day 2: 5 14-01
65. Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 10 26-13 36
Day 1: 5 13-09 Day 2: 5 13-04
66. Shaw Grigsby Jr. Gainesville, FL 10 26-09 35
Day 1: 5 13-08 Day 2: 5 13-01
67. Bradley Roy Lancaster, KY 10 26-04 34
Day 1: 5 14-05 Day 2: 5 11-15
68. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 10 26-03 33
Day 1: 5 13-08 Day 2: 5 12-11
69. Marty Robinson Lyman, SC 10 26-02 32
Day 1: 5 15-07 Day 2: 5 10-11
70. Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA 10 26-00 31
Day 1: 5 13-09 Day 2: 5 12-07
71. Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 10 25-12 30
Day 1: 5 14-09 Day 2: 5 11-03
72. Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 10 25-09 29
Day 1: 5 11-10 Day 2: 5 13-15
73. Yusuke Miyazaki Forney, TX 10 25-03 28
Day 1: 5 15-08 Day 2: 5 09-11
74. Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 10 25-02 27
Day 1: 5 13-06 Day 2: 5 11-12
75. Kotaro Kiriyama Moody, AL 10 25-00 26
Day 1: 5 15-05 Day 2: 5 09-11
76. Nate Wellman Newaygo, MI 10 24-13 25
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 5 11-03
77. Matt Lee Auburn , AL 10 24-09 24
Day 1: 5 09-14 Day 2: 5 14-11
78. Micah Frazier Newnan, GA 10 24-02 23
Day 1: 5 15-03 Day 2: 5 08-15
79. Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 10 24-00 22
Day 1: 5 08-08 Day 2: 5 15-08
80. Cliff Pace Petal, MS 10 23-15 21
Day 1: 5 16-05 Day 2: 5 07-10
81. David Williams Maiden, NC 10 23-15 20
Day 1: 5 09-11 Day 2: 5 14-04
82. Paul Elias Laurel, MS 9 23-09 19
Day 1: 4 10-09 Day 2: 5 13-00
83. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 10 23-09 18
Day 1: 5 11-14 Day 2: 5 11-11
84. Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 10 23-06 17
Day 1: 5 15-03 Day 2: 5 08-03
85. Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 10 23-06 16
Day 1: 5 09-06 Day 2: 5 14-00
86. Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 10 23-02 15
Day 1: 5 11-12 Day 2: 5 11-06
87. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 10 22-15 14
Day 1: 5 10-12 Day 2: 5 12-03
88. Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC 10 22-14 13
Day 1: 5 12-00 Day 2: 5 10-14
89. Stephen Longobardi Northford, CT 10 22-06 12
Day 1: 5 11-14 Day 2: 5 10-08
90. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 10 22-04 11
Day 1: 5 15-06 Day 2: 5 06-14
91. Josh Bertrand Gilbert, AZ 10 22-03 10
Day 1: 5 13-08 Day 2: 5 08-11
92. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 10 22-02 9
Day 1: 5 11-03 Day 2: 5 10-15
93. Jared Miller Norman, OK 10 22-00 8
Day 1: 5 10-06 Day 2: 5 11-10
94. Joseph Sancho New Windsor, NY 10 21-13 7
Day 1: 5 10-00 Day 2: 5 11-13
95. Fred Roumbanis Bixby, OK 10 21-10 6
Day 1: 5 14-01 Day 2: 5 07-09
96. Morizo Shimizu Suita, Osaka JAPAN 10 20-06 5
Day 1: 5 11-08 Day 2: 5 08-14
97. Casey Scanlon Lanexa, KS 9 19-15 4
Day 1: 4 07-03 Day 2: 5 12-12
98. Randall Tharp Port St. Joe, FL 10 18-13 3
Day 1: 5 10-11 Day 2: 5 08-02
99. Kevin Ledoux Choctaw, OK 6 18-10 2
Day 1: 1 01-04 Day 2: 5 17-06
100. Zell Rowland Montgomery, TX 10 18-10 1
Day 1: 5 09-01 Day 2: 5 09-09
101. Mike Kernan Wylie, TX 10 18-04 0
Day 1: 5 11-08 Day 2: 5 06-12
102. Jonathon VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 6 17-00 0
Day 1: 2 06-03 Day 2: 4 10-13
103. Carl Jocumsen Queensland TX AUSTRALIA 10 16-06 0
Day 1: 5 10-13 Day 2: 5 05-09
104. Byron Velvick Boenre, TX 8 16-05 0
Day 1: 3 09-05 Day 2: 5 07-00
105. Brandon Card Caryville, TN 9 15-04 0
Day 1: 4 05-07 Day 2: 5 09-13
106. Derek Remitz Grant, AL 10 14-06 0
Day 1: 5 07-00 Day 2: 5 07-06
107. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 8 12-09 0
Day 1: 3 04-15 Day 2: 5 07-10
108. Matt Reed Madisonville, TX 5 11-05 0
Day 1: 2 07-04 Day 2: 3 04-01
109. Paul Mueller Naugatuck, CT 10 10-02 0
Day 1: 5 03-10 Day 2: 5 06-08
110. David Smith Del City, OK 10 09-13 0
Day 1: 5 02-05 Day 2: 5 07-08
111. Scott Ashmore Broken Arrow, OK 4 09-04 0
Day 1: 3 06-14 Day 2: 1 02-06
112. Matt Herren Ashville, AL 5 08-13 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 08-13
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 100 533 1607-03
2 109 553 1512-07
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209 1086 3119-10

CHRIS ZALDAIN LEADS SACRAMENTO BASSMASTER ELITE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 30, 2015

CHRIS ZALDAIN LEADS CALIFORNIA CRUSH AT SACRAMENTO ELITE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Before the start of the Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River, Chris Zaldain predicted that a few anglers would bring in single-day catches of 30-plus pounds during the four-day event.

On Day 1, only one angler reached that elusive mark — and it was Zaldain himself.

The 30-year-old professional angler, who grew up in San Jose, Calif., just a couple of hours away from this week’s tournament venue, brought five bass to the scales Thursday that weighed a monstrous 30 pounds, 7 ounces. His catch was anchored by a 7-6 largemouth and a gigantic 12-0 fish that now stands as the largest caught on the Elite Series this year.

Zaldain’s monster bag placed him at the top of a leaderboard that was dominated by anglers from the Western United States. California pro Skeet Reese is in second with 25-8, followed by Texan Keith Combs (24-13), California native and current Alabama resident Aaron Martens (24-11) and Arizona pro Cliff Pirch (24-0).

Like most of the field, Zaldain made the 90-minute run down the Sacramento River to the California Delta to make his magical day happen.

“Only on the California Delta,” said Zaldain, who has one victory and 11 career Top 10 finishes with B.A.S.S. “When that fish bit, I think I said it on camera: ‘That’s a teener.’ It’s definitely the biggest Delta fish I’ve caught, and it was really something special.” He said he has caught bass weighing 13 pounds or more — which Californians call “teeners,” — elsewhere in his native state.

With the spawn in full swing on the Delta, most anglers were targeting bass on shallow beds throughout the day. But the fish were only willing to bite when the tidal flows were just right.

Many anglers said the fish bit quickly and eagerly when the tidal conditions were perfect. But if conditions weren’t just right, they were skittish and sometimes impossible to approach.

Prior knowledge of the fishery helped Zaldain, who caught his biggest fish in an area he hadn’t tried in practice.

“I was just running down the river, and I knew the big ones live in that area,” Zaldain said. “So I decided to go in there, and that was the second fish I caught.”

With a group of experienced Western anglers not far behind him, Zaldain knows he won’t be able to coast on the strength of his Day 1 catch.

“I can’t expect to catch a 12 again tomorrow because the chances of that are pretty slim,” Zaldain said. “But the 12 was only one part of that 30-pound bag. I got a lot of clues off of that fish. Two big bites tomorrow, and hopefully I can maintain that top spot.”

Though he’s nearly 5 pounds out of the lead with 25-8, Reese continued his recent hot streak after recording his eighth career B.A.S.S. victory three weeks ago on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville. He had a tough time in practice on the California Delta — just as he did before the Guntersville event — but he finally figured out the fish as the tournament began.

“I was absolutely terrified about today, because I didn’t know what I could catch,” Reese said. “I didn’t catch any big fish in practice. I saw a lot of big fish in one area. But when I went back to the fish I had found on beds, they were all gone.

“I just had to put the trolling motor down and start fishing.”

Reese said he wasn’t sure if he could duplicate his opening-round success on Friday, because conditions tend to change so quickly on the Delta — especially with so many fish moving on and off beds.

Combs echoed those concerns, as he contemplated changing his strategy for Day 2 — even after bringing in 24-13 Thursday.

“I’m going to do some of the same stuff tomorrow,” Combs said. “But I don’t want to do all of it because a lot of what I did today didn’t work. The big bedding fish that I had found in practice were gone. I’ll continue to look for them in areas where the water is clear, but I’m going to do some things different.”

Combs was one of several anglers who made the long boat run to the California Delta for the first time. The run was particularly rough for the anglers as they returned to the weigh-in site in Sacramento with winds blowing 15 to 20 mph and wakes from massive boats creating treacherous conditions.

“I hit a big boat wake coming back that really kind of caught me off guard,” Combs said. “I’ve never made that run before, so I’m not exactly sure how to make it. I’m running kind of a back route, and I feel relieved every time I get through it.”

The four-day tournament will resume Friday with a 6:15 a.m. PT take off from Discovery Park. The weigh-in will be held at the park at 3:15 p.m. with only the Top 52 anglers advancing to Saturday’sround.

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2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Sacramento River 4/30-5/3
Sacramento River, Sacramento CA.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

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

1. Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 5 30-07 100
Day 1: 5 30-07
2. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 5 25-08 99
Day 1: 5 25-08
3. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 5 24-13 98
Day 1: 5 24-13
4. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 5 24-11 97
Day 1: 5 24-11
5. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 5 24-00 96
Day 1: 5 24-00
6. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 5 22-05 95
Day 1: 5 22-05
7. Ish Monroe Hughson, CA 5 22-02 94
Day 1: 5 22-02
8. Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 5 21-13 93
Day 1: 5 21-13
8. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 5 21-13 93
Day 1: 5 21-13
10. Ken Iyobe Tokoname Aichi JAPAN 5 21-12 91
Day 1: 5 21-12
11. Bobby Lane Jr. Lakeland, FL 5 21-02 90
Day 1: 5 21-02
12. Koby Kreiger Bokeelia, FL 5 21-00 89
Day 1: 5 21-00
13. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 5 20-13 88
Day 1: 5 20-13
14. Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 5 20-10 87
Day 1: 5 20-10
15. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 5 20-07 86
Day 1: 5 20-07
15. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 5 20-07 86
Day 1: 5 20-07
17. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 5 20-06 84
Day 1: 5 20-06
18. Randy Allen Shreveport, LA 5 19-12 83
Day 1: 5 19-12
19. Hank Cherry Jr Maiden, NC 5 19-07 82
Day 1: 5 19-07
19. Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 5 19-07 82
Day 1: 5 19-07
21. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 5 19-02 80
Day 1: 5 19-02
22. David Walker Sevierville, TN 5 19-01 79
Day 1: 5 19-01
23. James Elam Tulsa, OK 5 18-15 78
Day 1: 5 18-15
24. J Todd Tucker Moultrie, GA 5 18-14 77
Day 1: 5 18-14
25. Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 5 18-07 76
Day 1: 5 18-07
26. Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA 5 18-04 75
Day 1: 5 18-04
27. Dennis Tietje Roanoke, LA 5 18-01 74
Day 1: 5 18-01
28. Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 5 17-11 73
Day 1: 5 17-11
28. Britt Myers Lake Wylie, SC 5 17-11 73
Day 1: 5 17-11
30. Kelly Jordon Flint, TX 5 17-09 71
Day 1: 5 17-09
30. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 5 17-09 71
Day 1: 5 17-09
32. James Niggemeyer Van, TX 5 17-04 69
Day 1: 5 17-04
33. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 5 16-12 68
Day 1: 5 16-12
34. Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 5 16-11 67
Day 1: 5 16-11
35. Russ Lane Prattville, AL 5 16-10 66
Day 1: 5 16-10
36. Cliff Pace Petal, MS 5 16-05 65
Day 1: 5 16-05
37. Mark Menendez Paducah, KY 5 16-00 64
Day 1: 5 16-00
38. Brandon Coulter Knoxville, TN 5 15-13 63
Day 1: 5 15-13
39. Alton Jones Lorena, TX 5 15-12 62
Day 1: 5 15-12
40. Jason Williamson Wagener, SC 5 15-11 61
Day 1: 5 15-11
41. Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 5 15-10 60
Day 1: 5 15-10
42. Yusuke Miyazaki Forney, TX 5 15-08 59
Day 1: 5 15-08
43. Marty Robinson Lyman, SC 5 15-07 58
Day 1: 5 15-07
44. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 5 15-06 57
Day 1: 5 15-06
44. Billy McCaghren Mayflower, AR 5 15-06 57
Day 1: 5 15-06
46. Kotaro Kiriyama Moody, AL 5 15-05 55
Day 1: 5 15-05
47. Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 5 15-03 54
Day 1: 5 15-03
47. Micah Frazier Newnan, GA 5 15-03 54
Day 1: 5 15-03
49. Brent Ehrler Newport Beach, CA 5 15-02 52
Day 1: 5 15-02
49. Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 5 15-02 52
Day 1: 5 15-02
51. Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 5 14-09 50
Day 1: 5 14-09
52. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 5 14-08 49
Day 1: 5 14-08
53. Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, KS 5 14-05 48
Day 1: 5 14-05
53. Bradley Roy Lancaster, KY 5 14-05 48
Day 1: 5 14-05
55. Kurt Dove Del Rio, TX 5 14-03 46
Day 1: 5 14-03
55. Boyd Duckett Guntersville, AL 5 14-03 46
Day 1: 5 14-03
57. Fred Roumbanis Bixby, OK 5 14-01 44
Day 1: 5 14-01
58. Kelley Jaye Dadeville, AL 5 13-15 43
Day 1: 5 13-15
58. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 5 13-15 43
Day 1: 5 13-15
60. Nate Wellman Newaygo, MI 5 13-10 41
Day 1: 5 13-10
61. Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA 5 13-09 40
Day 1: 5 13-09
61. Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 5 13-09 40
Day 1: 5 13-09
63. Josh Bertrand Gilbert, AZ 5 13-08 38
Day 1: 5 13-08
63. Shaw Grigsby Jr. Gainesville, FL 5 13-08 38
Day 1: 5 13-08
63. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 5 13-08 38
Day 1: 5 13-08
66. Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 5 13-06 35
Day 1: 5 13-06
67. Randy Howell Springville, AL 5 13-02 34
Day 1: 5 13-02
68. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 5 12-15 33
Day 1: 5 12-15
69. Kevin Hawk Guntersville, AL 5 12-12 32
Day 1: 5 12-12
70. Kenyon Hill Norman, OK 5 12-06 31
Day 1: 5 12-06
70. Chad Pipkens Holt, MI 5 12-06 31
Day 1: 5 12-06
72. Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 5 12-02 29
Day 1: 5 12-02
72. Seth Feider Bloomington, MN 5 12-02 29
Day 1: 5 12-02
74. Jordan Lee Vinemont, AL 5 12-01 27
Day 1: 5 12-01
75. Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC 5 12-00 26
Day 1: 5 12-00
76. Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 5 11-15 25
Day 1: 5 11-15
77. Stephen Longobardi Northford, CT 5 11-14 24
Day 1: 5 11-14
77. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 5 11-14 24
Day 1: 5 11-14
79. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 5 11-13 22
Day 1: 5 11-13
80. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 4 11-13 21
Day 1: 4 11-13
81. Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 5 11-12 20
Day 1: 5 11-12
82. Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 5 11-10 19
Day 1: 5 11-10
83. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 5 11-08 18
Day 1: 5 11-08
83. Mike Kernan Wylie, TX 5 11-08 18
Day 1: 5 11-08
83. Morizo Shimizu Suita, Osaka JAPAN 5 11-08 18
Day 1: 5 11-08
86. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 5 11-03 15
Day 1: 5 11-03
87. Carl Jocumsen Queensland TX AUSTRALIA 5 10-13 14
Day 1: 5 10-13
88. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 5 10-12 13
Day 1: 5 10-12
89. Randall Tharp Port St. Joe, FL 5 10-11 12
Day 1: 5 10-11
90. Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ 5 10-09 11
Day 1: 5 10-09
91. Paul Elias Laurel, MS 4 10-09 10
Day 1: 4 10-09
92. Jared Miller Norman, OK 5 10-06 9
Day 1: 5 10-06
93. Joseph Sancho New Windsor, NY 5 10-00 8
Day 1: 5 10-00
94. Matt Lee Auburn , AL 5 09-14 7
Day 1: 5 09-14
95. Fletcher Shryock New Philadelphia, OH 5 09-13 6
Day 1: 5 09-13
96. David Williams Maiden, NC 5 09-11 5
Day 1: 5 09-11
97. Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 5 09-06 4
Day 1: 5 09-06
98. Byron Velvick Boenre, TX 3 09-05 3
Day 1: 3 09-05
99. Zell Rowland Montgomery, TX 5 09-01 2
Day 1: 5 09-01
100. John Murray Phoenix, AZ 3 08-13 1
Day 1: 3 08-13
101. Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 5 08-08 0
Day 1: 5 08-08
102. Matt Reed Madisonville, TX 2 07-04 0
Day 1: 2 07-04
103. Casey Scanlon Lanexa, KS 4 07-03 0
Day 1: 4 07-03
104. Derek Remitz Grant, AL 5 07-00 0
Day 1: 5 07-00
105. Scott Ashmore Broken Arrow, OK 3 06-14 0
Day 1: 3 06-14
106. Jonathon VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 2 06-03 0
Day 1: 2 06-03
107. Brandon Card Caryville, TN 4 05-07 0
Day 1: 4 05-07
108. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 3 04-15 0
Day 1: 3 04-15
109. Paul Mueller Naugatuck, CT 5 03-10 0
Day 1: 5 03-10
110. David Smith Del City, OK 5 02-05 0
Day 1: 5 02-05
111. Kevin Ledoux Choctaw, OK 1 01-04 0
Day 1: 1 01-04
112. Matt Herren Ashville, AL 0 00-00 0
Day 1: 0 00-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 100 533 1607-03
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100 533 1607-03

B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2015

Proctor, Team South Carolina Win Southern Divisional

GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Familiar water and tidal fishing knowledge paid off for South Carolina’s John Proctor, the overall winner Friday of the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional held on the Pee Dee River Basin.

Proctor’s winning weight totaled 34 pounds, 11 ounces in a tournament separated by mere ounces all three days. Kentucky’s Mark Pierce finished second with 30-4, followed by Alabama’s Kyle Glasgow with 26-2.

Proctor’s win centers around a fishing tale that is actually real. He fished during practice with a hookless soft plastic jerkbait to avoid spooking spawning bass. Oddly, one fish took the bait and refused to shake free.

“She jumped out of the water, I got a good look and knew I had to go back the next day,” he said.

Proctor, a member of the Conway Bassmasters, went sleepless on competition eve for good reason. He couldn’t wait to go back and try his luck to catch the bass. He returned and caught the fish, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

That bass proved vital to the win and then some. Proctor received a bonus for catching the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass of the tournament.

Proctor targeted a dike protecting a marina all three days. He said the draw for the spawning females was a hard, sandy bottom created when the marina was dredged.

“That’s local knowledge, and the fish use those areas to spawn,” he said. “There is also deeper water in the harbor bordered by the firm bottom.”

Proctor gained new knowledge even though he is considered a local expert. He discovered the best success for spawning happens on a rising tide.

“The spawning females stay longer because high tide keeps the beds underwater,” he observed. “They are more aggressive and willing to bite.”

Another lesson learned is what happens during a falling tide.

“You can find the beds easier because they are nearly out of the water,” he said.

That’s how he located the bass anchoring the win. During practice he did not see the bed, although he returned later in the day to find it.

Proctor targeted spawning bass for another reason. He claims the recent new moon sparked a major migration. Waves of bass moved from the river channel into the shallow basin.

“That gave me a lot of confidence,” he said. “I felt like when the fishing slowed it would improve when another wave moved shallow to spawn.”

To catch his winning weight, Proctor relied on a rotation of three lures. Those were a weightless Senko, a shaky head and a Zoom Baby Brush Hog. He made casts to the spawning beds to coax fish off the beds.

The contestants qualified from local bass clubs and state championships. As the top angler from South Carolina, Proctor advances to the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship to be held this fall. The following high finishers from the following states will join him: Mark Pierce, Tennessee; Roger Thomas, North Carolina; Lance Freeman, Kentucky; Kyle Glasgow Jr., Alabama; Wayne Black, Florida; and Brad Durden, Georgia.

The tournament included a competition between states as well. Each team had 14 anglers with their cumulative weight counting toward the total. South Carolina won with 288 pounds, 9 ounces. Alabama took second place with 242-11, followed by Georgia with 227-12. Florida followed with 219-1 and North Carolina placed fifth with 218-10. Tennessee finished with 213-10 and Kentucky claimed seventh place with 199-9.

South Carolina received a Triton 189 TrX rigged with a Mercury outboard, Lowrance electronics and a MotorGuide trolling motor. The complete package is valued at $33,340.

State championship high school teams competed alongside the adults to hone their skills. The cumulative weight caught was added to the overall score of the state team. Carter McNeil and Tucker Smith represented Abbeville High School to win the title for South Carolina. The team’s overall weight was 17-11.

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2015 B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional 4/22-4/24
Pee Dee River Basin, Georgetown SC.
(ANGLER) Standings Day 3

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

1. John Proctor Conway, SC (SC) 15 34-11 0
2. Mark Pierce Radcliff, KY (TN) 15 30-04 0
3. Kyle Glasgow Jr Guin, AL (AL) 14 26-02 0
4. Eric Silverstrim Indian Mound, TN (TN) 15 25-09 0
5. Wayne Black San Mateo, FL (FL) 14 25-06 0
6. Brad Durden Atlanta, GA (GA) 13 25-03 0
7. Chad Mcmurrian Perry, GA (GA) 15 25-03 0
8. Hayes Hudson Conway, SC (SC) 14 24-11 0
9. Marty Giddens Alpine, AL (AL) 14 24-08 0
10. Jackie Stanford Gaffney, SC (SC) 15 24-03 0
11. Lee Byrd Pell City, AL (AL) 14 24-00 0
12. Drew Cook Midway, FL (FL) 13 23-15 0
13. Bryan Gunter Ninety Six, SC (SC) 15 23-15 0
14. Jeffrey Allison Jr. Gaffney, SC (SC) 15 23-12 0
15. Lance Freeman Eddyville, KY (KY) 15 23-08 0
16. Lee Cannon Conway, SC (SC) 15 23-02 0
17. Brian Colson Lake Mary, FL (FL) 10 22-11 0
18. William Grantham Mobile, AL (AL) 15 22-07 0
19. Chris Jones Conway, SC (SC) 15 22-06 0
20. Kim Neal Easley, SC (SC) 15 22-01 0
21. Roger Thomas Snow Hill, NC (NC) 14 21-06 0
22. Carson Orellana Mooresville, NC (NC) 13 20-09 0
23. Carl Logan Winder, GA (GA) 13 20-06 0
24. Mike Prance Palatka, FL (FL) 11 20-04 0
25. Rickey Boggs Shephersville, KY (KY) 14 19-07 0
26. Mark Swink Shelby, NC (NC) 11 19-04 0
27. Stan Gunter Saluda, SC (SC) 13 19-03 0
28. Steve Ingram Tallassee, AL (AL) 11 18-12 0
29. Colby Wells Pace, FL (AL) 11 18-00 0
30. Mark Blevins Palatka, FL (FL) 13 17-15 0
31. Brad Smith Brownsville, TN (TN) 12 17-12 0
32. SC-McNeil & Smith Abbeville, SC (SC) 10 17-11 0
33. Randall Blackmon Berry, AL (AL) 13 17-06 0
34. Gary Twelkemeier Cartersville, GA (GA) 12 17-05 0
35. James Gazaway Whitesburg, GA (GA) 14 17-05 0
36. Alan Blumenthal Hendersonville, TN (TN) 11 17-04 0
37. John Roth Lawrenceburg, IN (KY) 13 16-11 0
38. Tim Hennemann Florence, KY (KY) 12 16-03 0
39. GA-Garrett & Mims DOUGLASVILLE, GA (GA) 10 16-02 0
40. Phil Bain Youngsville, NC (NC) 9 16-00 0
41. William Palmer Floyds Knobs, IN (KY) 7 15-15 0
42. Tim Carini Shirley, NY (GA) 11 15-15 0
43. Scott Hamrick Denver, NC (NC) 11 15-12 0
44. Grayson Smith Clarksville, TN (TN) 12 15-07 0
45. Joshua Lanaville Goldsboro, NC (NC) 11 15-05 0
46. David Swain Wilson, NC (NC) 11 15-05 0
47. Don Hogue Cropwell, AL (AL) 11 15-04 0
48. Steven Thames High Springs, FL (FL) 11 15-04 0
49. Jim Keith Newberry, FL (FL) 11 15-03 0
50. Scott Holmes Moody, AL (AL) 14 14-15 0
51. Scott Jones Louisville, KY (KY) 14 14-13 0
52. Greg Marcum Willisburg, KY (KY) 11 14-09 0
53. Rob Digh Denver, NC (NC) 10 14-07 0
54. Barry Hooper Monticello, GA (GA) 12 14-07 0
55. Jason Holland Gastonia, NC (SC) 13 14-07 0
56. Brendan Smith Roswell, GA (GA) 11 14-05 0
57. Eric Holder Canton, GA (GA) 10 14-03 0
58. Jerry Craig Hiddenite, NC (NC) 11 14-02 0
59. Donald Odor Butler, KY (KY) 10 14-01 0
60. Jason Brennan Roswell, GA (GA) 11 14-01 0
61. Mark Johnson Georgetown, SC (SC) 9 13-14 0
62. Raymond Trudeau Saint Cloud, FL (FL) 10 13-13 0
63. Michael Moore Dover, TN (TN) 11 13-13 0
64. Tom Walsh Eustis, FL (FL) 11 13-12 0
65. Joseph Kirbo II Defuniak Springs, FL (F 11 13-12 0
66. Eric Quaglio Lexington, KY (KY) 9 13-12 0
67. Jimmy Miller Eclectic, AL (AL) 10 13-09 0
68. Matthew Marinelli Lake Mary, FL (FL) 7 13-03 0
69. AL-Shirley & Barnes Northport, AL (AL) 9 12-14 0
70. Scott Brison Clarksville, TN (TN) 9 12-14 0
71. Rick Shannon Woodlawn, TN (TN) 10 12-11 0
72. NC-Camut & Barnes Apex, NC (NC) 10 12-08 0
73. Robert Carter Pamplico, SC (SC) 9 12-05 0
74. Kirt Pequignot Clarksville, TN (TN) 9 12-04 0
75. KY- Nick Denham Louisville, KY (KY) 8 12-01 0
76. Adam Richardson Nashville, NC (NC) 11 11-15 0
77. Greg Hoskinson Louisville, KY (KY) 8 11-11 0
78. Chuck Camp Shelby, NC (NC) 9 11-09 0
79. Drew Sanford Springfield, MO (AL) 8 11-08 0
80. Houston Smith Clarksville, TN (TN) 9 11-07 0
81. Leon Olson Champmansboro, TN (TN) 9 11-05 0
82. Chuck Murray Louisburg, NC (NC) 10 11-04 0
83. Jack White Vance, AL (AL) 6 10-10 0
84. TN-Sands & Watson Cleveland, TN (TN) 7 10-09 0
85. Jeff Narron Sims, NC (NC) 7 10-08 0
86. Gregory Weber Louisville, KY (KY) 9 10-03 0
87. Angelo Koundourakis Bainbridge, GA (GA) 6 10-01 0
88. Mike Morris White, GA (GA) 8 09-06 0
89. David Roddy Inman, SC (SC) 6 08-15 0
90. Mickey Lewis Huntington, TN (TN) 7 08-12 0
91. Richard Cooper Clayton, NC (NC) 5 08-12 0
92. FL-Tomlinson & Cook Ocala, FL (FL) 7 08-05 0
93. David Pettis Tifton, GA (GA) 7 07-13 0
94. Jonathan Edwards Lawrenceburg, TN (AL) 6 07-11 0
95. Stephen Noble Newport, KY (KY) 6 07-10 0
96. Jeff Giarrizzo Clarksville, TN (TN) 6 07-06 0
97. Dan Fay Orlando, FL (FL) 6 07-05 0
98. Dean Favorite Paris, KY (KY) 6 07-01 0
99. Nick Manfredo Beverly Hills, FL (FL) 5 06-10 0
100. Mike Hoover Jackson, TN (TN) 5 06-05 0
101. Ryan Rakestraw Lithia Springs, GA (GA) 5 06-01 0
102. Hank Golden Tallassee, AL (AL) 4 05-01 0
103. Brian Epps Abbeville, SC (SC) 3 03-05 0
104. John Roth Moores Hill, IN (KY) 2 02-00 0
105. Joe Collins Longwood, FL (FL) 1 01-11 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 52 369 566-01
2 39 354 501-08
3 42 362 542-05
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133 1085 1609-14

TEAM STANDINGS Day 3
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State Lbs-Oz
1 SOUTH CAROLINA 288-09
2 ALABAMA 242-11
3 GEORGIA 227-12
4 FLORIDA 219-01
5 NORTH CAROLINA 218-10
6 TENNESSEE 213-10
7 KENTUCKY 199-09

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 3
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GEORGIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Brad Durden Atlanta, GA 13 25-03 0
2 Chad Mcmurrian Perry, GA 15 25-03 0
3 Carl Logan Winder, GA 13 20-06 0
4 Gary Twelkemeier Cartersville, GA 12 17-05 0
5 James Gazaway Whitesburg, GA 14 17-05 0
6 GA-Garrett & Mims DOUGLASVILLE, GA 10 16-02 0
7 Tim Carini Shirley, NY 11 15-15 0
8 Barry Hooper Monticello, GA 12 14-07 0
9 Brendan Smith Roswell, GA 11 14-05 0
10 Eric Holder Canton, GA 10 14-03 0
11 Jason Brennan Roswell, GA 11 14-01 0
12 Angelo Koundourakis Bainbridge, GA 6 10-01 0
13 Mike Morris White, GA 8 09-06 0
14 David Pettis Tifton, GA 7 07-13 0
15 Ryan Rakestraw Lithia Springs, GA 5 06-01 0

SOUTH CAROLINA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 John Proctor Conway, SC 15 34-11 0
2 Hayes Hudson Conway, SC 14 24-11 0
3 Jackie Stanford Gaffney, SC 15 24-03 0
4 Bryan Gunter Ninety Six, SC 15 23-15 0
5 Jeffrey Allison Jr. Gaffney, SC 15 23-12 0
6 Lee Cannon Conway, SC 15 23-02 0
7 Chris Jones Conway, SC 15 22-06 0
8 Kim Neal Easley, SC 15 22-01 0
9 Stan Gunter Saluda, SC 13 19-03 0
10 SC-McNeil & Smith Abbeville, SC 10 17-11 0
11 Jason Holland Gastonia, NC 13 14-07 0
12 Mark Johnson Georgetown, SC 9 13-14 0
13 Robert Carter Pamplico, SC 9 12-05 0
14 David Roddy Inman, SC 6 08-15 0
15 Brian Epps Abbeville, SC 3 03-05 0

FLORIDA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Wayne Black San Mateo, FL 14 25-06 0
2 Drew Cook Midway, FL 13 23-15 0
3 Brian Colson Lake Mary, FL 10 22-11 0
4 Mike Prance Palatka, FL 11 20-04 0
5 Mark Blevins Palatka, FL 13 17-15 0
6 Steven Thames High Springs, FL 11 15-04 0
7 Jim Keith Newberry, FL 11 15-03 0
8 Raymond Trudeau Saint Cloud, FL 10 13-13 0
9 Tom Walsh Eustis, FL 11 13-12 0
10 Joseph Kirbo II Defuniak Springs, FL 11 13-12 0
11 Matthew Marinelli Lake Mary, FL 7 13-03 0
12 FL-Tomlinson & Cook Ocala, FL 7 08-05 0
13 Dan Fay Orlando, FL 6 07-05 0
14 Nick Manfredo Beverly Hills, FL 5 06-10 0
15 Joe Collins Longwood, FL 1 01-11 0

ALABAMA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Kyle Glasgow Jr Guin, AL 14 26-02 0
2 Marty Giddens Alpine, AL 14 24-08 0
3 Lee Byrd Pell City, AL 14 24-00 0
4 William Grantham Mobile, AL 15 22-07 0
5 Steve Ingram Tallassee, AL 11 18-12 0
6 Colby Wells Pace, FL 11 18-00 0
7 Randall Blackmon Berry, AL 13 17-06 0
8 Don Hogue Cropwell, AL 11 15-04 0
9 Scott Holmes Moody, AL 14 14-15 0
10 Jimmy Miller Eclectic, AL 10 13-09 0
11 AL-Shirley & Barnes Northport, AL 9 12-14 0
12 Drew Sanford Springfield, MO 8 11-08 0
13 Jack White Vance, AL 6 10-10 0
14 Jonathan Edwards Lawrenceburg, TN 6 07-11 0
15 Hank Golden Tallassee, AL 4 05-01 0

NORTH CAROLINA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Roger Thomas Snow Hill, NC 14 21-06 0
2 Carson Orellana Mooresville, NC 13 20-09 0
3 Mark Swink Shelby, NC 11 19-04 0
4 Phil Bain Youngsville, NC 9 16-00 0
5 Scott Hamrick Denver, NC 11 15-12 0
6 Joshua Lanaville Goldsboro, NC 11 15-05 0
7 David Swain Wilson, NC 11 15-05 0
8 Rob Digh Denver, NC 10 14-07 0
9 Jerry Craig Hiddenite, NC 11 14-02 0
10 NC-Camut & Barnes Apex, NC 10 12-08 0
11 Adam Richardson Nashville, NC 11 11-15 0
12 Chuck Camp Shelby, NC 9 11-09 0
13 Chuck Murray Louisburg, NC 10 11-04 0
14 Jeff Narron Sims, NC 7 10-08 0
15 Richard Cooper Clayton, NC 5 08-12 0

KENTUCKY
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Lance Freeman Eddyville, KY 15 23-08 0
2 Rickey Boggs Shephersville, KY 14 19-07 0
3 John Roth Lawrenceburg, IN 13 16-11 0
4 Tim Hennemann Florence, KY 12 16-03 0
5 William Palmer Floyds Knobs, IN 7 15-15 0
6 Scott Jones Louisville, KY 14 14-13 0
7 Greg Marcum Willisburg, KY 11 14-09 0
8 Donald Odor Butler, KY 10 14-01 0
9 Eric Quaglio Lexington, KY 9 13-12 0
10 KY- Nick Denham Louisville, KY 8 12-01 0
11 Greg Hoskinson Louisville, KY 8 11-11 0
12 Gregory Weber Louisville, KY 9 10-03 0
13 Stephen Noble Newport, KY 6 07-10 0
14 Dean Favorite Paris, KY 6 07-01 0
15 John Roth Moores Hill, IN 2 02-00 0

TENNESSEE
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Mark Pierce Radcliff, KY 15 30-04 0
2 Eric Silverstrim Indian Mound, TN 15 25-09 0
3 Brad Smith Brownsville, TN 12 17-12 0
4 Alan Blumenthal Hendersonville, TN 11 17-04 0
5 Grayson Smith Clarksville, TN 12 15-07 0
6 Michael Moore Dover, TN 11 13-13 0
7 Scott Brison Clarksville, TN 9 12-14 0
8 Rick Shannon Woodlawn, TN 10 12-11 0
9 Kirt Pequignot Clarksville, TN 9 12-04 0
10 Houston Smith Clarksville, TN 9 11-07 0
11 Leon Olson Champmansboro, TN 9 11-05 0
12 TN-Sands & Watson Cleveland, TN 7 10-09 0
13 Mickey Lewis Huntington, TN 7 08-12 0
14 Jeff Giarrizzo Clarksville, TN 6 07-06 0
15 Mike Hoover Jackson, TN

Chris Lane wins Bassmaster Elite Sabine River

CHRIS LANE MAKES MIDDAY ADJUSTMENT TO CLAIM ELITE SERIES VICTORY

Date: 03/22/2015

ORANGE, Texas — Chris Lane left the City of Orange Boat Ramp Sunday morning with a clear game plan in mind.

He was going to make a lengthy run upriver to the grassy canals and ditches where he had caught the majority of his fish during the first three days of the Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River presented by STARK Cultural Venues. But if the fish were no longer biting there due to the heavy rains that fell across the region Saturday, he was going back downriver to win or lose the event on the main body of the Sabine.

He stuck to the plan, bailing on the suddenly unproductive areas upriver around 12:30 p.m. and traveling back to the Sabine to finish a five-bass limit that weighed 10 pounds, 6 ounces. The weight gave him a four-day mark of 50-0, earning him his seventh victory on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail and a winner’s check for $100,000.

Lane is the first angler to lead all four days of an Elite Series event since Brandon Palaniuk did it on the St. Lawrence River in 2013.

“I just kept wondering if the water was clear up there where I had been catching them,” Lane said. “I ran all the way up there, and all I caught were two keepers and a bunch of short fish. I finally just decided that I couldn’t make those fish bite, and I wasn’t going to lose the tournament right there.”

The run back downriver produced three bass that helped Lane fill his five-fish limit and one more that allowed him to cull for added weight.

“Experience really gave me a confident attitude about coming back downriver,” Lane said. “I caught two fish down here on back-to-back casts late Saturday, and I knew there were fish here. That was a real confidence builder.”

The decision to change locations was one of several good ones made by Lane during a week he owned from start to finish.

He targeted shallow spawning fish most of the week and caught the majority of his weight on a new plastic bait called a “Live-Motion Drop Dead Craw” from Luck-E-Strike. It’s so new, in fact, that he only had about 25 to last the entire week.

“When you’re catching five or six nonkeepers and you go through four or five baits, you have to make a decision,” Lane said. “You have to decide if you want to just keep using them until they’re all gone or save some for later in the week. I ended up having just enough.”

As the week drug on, Lane said he put added pressure on himself to pull off the rare wire-to-wire victory.

“With a 2-pound lead going into today on a place like this — where I knew 10 pounds would probably carry me in — I wanted to put pressure on myself,” Lane said. “I didn’t want to go out there and just think I was going to catch them or just give it away because it was muddy. I wanted to finish the deal.”

With other anglers from the top of the leaderboard fading on the final day, Lane’s closest competition came from Mike McClelland. The Arkansas pro, who started Sunday in fourth place, caught 13-1 and finished the event in second with 46-0.

He caught his fish by making a 228-mile boat run, round-trip, to Galveston Bay and back each day. He burned 80 gallons of gas per day and arrived back at the City of Orange Boat Ramp on Saturdaywith only four seconds to spare.

“The fastest I could make the run was two hours,” McClelland said. “On Saturday when it was so rough, it took me two hours, 47 minutes. It was absolutely brutal. That was the day I made it back with four seconds to spare after running 114 miles.”

Aaron Martens, who entered Sunday in second place, managed only four bass that weighed 6-15 and finished third with 44-8. He used a pattern very similar to Lane’s for most of the week, targeting shallow spawning fish in narrow, grass-lined ditches and canals.

“I had my fifth fish on about eight times, but I never put it in the boat,” Martens said. “I probably had more than 20 bites. It was really frustrating, but this is a great fishery that’s going to keep getting better and better.”

The remainder of the Top 12 was as follows: Brandon Lester (43-2), Greg Hackney (42-14), John Crews (41-9), Shaw Grigsby (39-9), Scott Rook (37-12), Todd Faircloth (36-7), Justin Lucas (36-2), Keith Poche (34-15) and Micah Frazier (31-10).

Bonuses and Contingency Awards:
The $1,000 award for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points leader will go to Lane.
The Power-Pole Captain’s Cash will award $1,000 to Lane.
The Evan Williams Bourbon Heavyweight Award of $500 for the angler with the heaviest five-fish limit during the tournament goes to both Lane and John Crews for their 15-10 bags.
The Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for the angler leading on Day 2 goes to Lane.
The HUK Biggest Jump Award of $1,000 for the angler who made the largest jump in standings from Day 1 goes to Jordan Lee.
The Bass Pro Shops Big Bass award of $1,500 for the heaviest bass weighed goes to Terry Scroggins for his 6-10 catch.
The Toyota Bonus Bucks award of $3,000 for the highest placing eligible angler goes to Mike McClelland. The second highest placing angler, Brandon Lester, is awarded $2,000.
The A.R.E. Truck Caps Top Angler Award of $1,000 goes to Crews.