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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.

Chris Lane Leads Day Three Bassmaster Elite Sabine River

CHRIS LANE HOLDS ONTO NARROW LEAD IN RAIN-SOAKED SABINE RIVER ELITE

Date: 03/21/2015

ORANGE, Texas – Despite a heavy downpour that began shortly after takeoff Saturday and never relented, Alabama angler Chris Lane caught five bass that weighed 11 pounds, 3 ounces and maintained his lead in the Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River presented by STARK Cultural Venues with a three-day mark of 39-10.

But with flash-flood warnings in effect across the area Saturday night and muddy water flowing into the river’s maze of bayous and canals, Lane said Sunday’s final round may require a completely different approach if he hopes to score a rare wire-to-wire Elite Series victory.

“It was just a good day as far as I’m concerned, but I think everybody’s going to be thrown a curveball tomorrow with the mud and the rain,” Lane said. “I could be wrong. I’m going to hit a couple of the same spots I’ve been fishing early. But if it’s not happening, I’m going to make an adjustment right off the bat.”

Lane, who holds a slim lead over fellow Alabama angler Aaron Martens (37-9) and veteran Florida pro Shaw Grigsby (36-0), has been targeting shallow spawning fish all week in secluded ditches and canals where the water clarity was at least decent compared to other areas of the fishery.

But with good water clarity likely to be a thing of the past, Lane said he hopes to form a backup planSaturday night in his hotel room.

“I’ve got a lot of work to do between now and takeoff in the morning, because I may have to do something totally different,” Lane said. “But that doesn’t bother me at all. It’s what we do. We love to go out there and figure out how to catch the fish when conditions are tough.”

Lane, the winner of the 2012 GEICO Bassmaster Classic, said he also relishes the opportunity to match wits with the top anglers in the world under rapidly changing circumstances with a $100,000 first-place prize on the line.

“If you’re going to beat these guys, you want to beat them when they’re at their best,” Lane said. To throw this kind of mix into it, you never know what could happen – and that makes it fun.”

Martens has been right on Lane’s heels throughout tournament, and he produced another solid limitSaturday with five bass that weighed 11-11. He’s been fishing a pattern similar to Lane’s, targeting shallow spawning fish in narrow inlets with thick patches of grass that provide good spawning cover for largemouth.

The two-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year will enter Sunday’s final round trailing by only 2-1. Like Lane, he said a complete redirect could be necessary.

“Who knows how things might work out tomorrow with high, muddy water?” Martens said. “It could be one of those days when whoever comes in with a limit is the guy who wins it.

“But none of that matters. There aren’t too many times when you’re in position to win a tournament like this, and I’m excited to have that opportunity to go out and fish for it.”

Grigsby, who entered Saturday’s round in third place, held onto that position by bringing four bass to the scales that weighed 11-10. He might have made a major move toward the top of the leaderboard if he had been able to land his fifth and final fish – an opportunity he said he had several times during the rain-soaked day.

“I had him on I don’t know how many times, but I just didn’t put him in the boat,” Grigsby said. “I’m fishing for spawners, and because you can’t see them when they pick up the bait, it’s hard to get a really good hook set.”

He said the typical springtime spawning strikes have frustrated him all week.

“They’re not picking it up to eat it,” Grigsby said. “They’re picking it up to kill it and spit it out of the bed. You’ll feel a good strike, and you’ll be getting ready to set the hook. But then they’re gone. You can’t see any of this happening because the water is so stained.”

Grigsby said the area he’s been fishing all week was “rolling with mud” by the time he leftSaturday. But he plans to go back Sunday and sink or swim with what’s been working.

Sunday’s field will be trimmed to the Top 12 anglers. Behind Lane, Martens and Grigsby, the remainder of the field will be as follows: Mike McClelland (32-15), Scott Rook (32-14), Todd Faircloth (32-11), Greg Hackney (31-4), Brandon Lester (30-10), John Crews (28-13), Justin Lucas (28-9), Micah Frazier (28-1) and Keith Poche (28-0).

Mike Kernan, who ranked 12th after the first two days, failed to qualify for Saturday’s semifinal round after tournament officials disqualified his first-round catch for violating a rule that prohibits fishing in an off-limits area.

Sunday’s final takeoff is scheduled for 7:10 a.m. CT at the City of Orange Boat Ramp with the championship weigh-in scheduled back at the ramp at 4 p.m. CT. All Bassmaster events are free.

Follow daily live coverage online at Bassmaster.com.

The Bassmasters TV show on ESPN2 will feature the Sabine event on Sunday, April 5 at 8 a.m. ET.

Bassmaster Elite 2015 Field

Dec. 22, 2014

New 2015 Elite Series Field Set With Fresh And Familiar Faces

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series field is now set with a mixture of well-known veteran pros and young up-and-comers ready to zig-zag the country, vying for thousands of dollars and the coveted Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title.

Topping the 113-angler field is Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., who won the 2014 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite Series event on New York’s Cayuga Lake en route to capturing the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title. The remainder of last year’s Top 5 points earners is also returning with four-time B.A.S.S. tournament winner Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas; three-time winner Jacob Powroznik of Port Haywood, Va.; six-time winner Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala.; and five-time winner Mark Davis of Mount Ida, Ark.

There will be 13 newcomers to the Elite Series field, including Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif., who qualified by finishing seventh in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Opens standings. Though he has yet to win a B.A.S.S. event, Ehrler has enjoyed success on the FLW Tour with eight victories, 33 career Top 10 finishes and more than $2.2 million in earnings during a decade-long career.

The field will feature a dozen former Classic winners, including Davis, Rick Clunn of Ava, Mo., Paul Elias of Laurel, Miss.; Davy Hite of Ninety Six, S.C.; Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Michael Iaconelli of Runnemede, N.J.; Takahiro Omori of Emory, Texas; Boyd Duckett of Demopolis, Ala.; Alton Jones of Lorena, Texas; Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif.; Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss.; and 2014 winner Randy Howell of Springville, Ala.

The Elite Series will begin March 19-22 with a trip to the Sabine River in Orange, Texas. The trail will then set a demanding pace for the anglers with trips to Alabama’s Lake Guntersville on April 9-12, California’s Sacramento River on April 30-May 3, Arizona’s Lake Havasu on May 7-10, Tennessee’s Kentucky Lake for BASSfest on June 3-7, New York’s St. Lawrence River on July 30-Aug. 2, Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay on Aug. 13-16, Michigan’s Lake St. Clair on Aug. 27-30 and Wisconsin’s Sturgeon Bay for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Sept. 17-20.

Standard Elite Series events will feature a total purse of $638,000, with $100,000 going to the winner and at least $10,000 going to anyone who finishes 50th or better. BASSfest will offer a total purse of $850,000 with a $100,000 winner’s payout, $60,000 for second place and at least $10,000 for any angler who places 60th or better.

The Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Championship will have a whopping total purse of $1 million, with the winner pocketing $100,000, the second-place angler earning $55,000 and third place paying $45,000. The remainder of the Top 50 pros in the AOY points standings will share in the rest of the championship payout.

Last year’s Elite Series, which featured the first-ever BASSfest in Dayton, Tenn., and the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in Escanaba, Mich., set a new attendance record by drawing 128,600 fishing fans.

The list of 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series qualifiers is below:

Randy Allen

Casey Ashley

Scott Ashmore

Josh Bertrand

Tommy Biffle

Stephen Browning

Brandon Card

Brent Chapman

Hank Cherry

Jason Christie

Rick Clunn

Keith Combs

Brandon Coulter

John Crews

Cliff Crochet

Mark Davis

Ott DeFoe

Kurt Dove

Boyd Duckett

Brent Ehrler

James Elam

Paul Elias

Edwin Evers

Todd Faircloth

Seth Feider

Micah Frazier

Shaw Grigsby

Greg Hackney

Charlie Hartley

Kevin Hawk

Matt Herren

Kenyon Hill

Brett Hite

Davy Hite

Timmy Horton

Randy Howell

Michael Iaconelli

Ken Iyobe

Kelley Jaye

Carl Jocumsen

Alton Jones

Kelly Jordon

Steve Kennedy

Mike Kernan

Kotaro Kiriyama

Gary Klein

Koby Kreiger

Jeff Kriet

Bobby Lane

Chris Lane

Russ Lane

Kevin Ledoux

Jordan Lee

Matt Lee

Brandon Lester

Jared Lintner

Stephen Longobardi

Bill Lowen

Justin Lucas

Aaron Martens

Billy McCaghren

Mike McClelland

Mark Menendez

Jared Miller

Yusuke Miyazaki

Ish Monroe

Andy Montgomery

Chad Morgenthaler

Paul Mueller

David Mullins

John Murray

Britt Myers

James Niggemeyer

Takahiro Omori

Cliff Pace

Brandon Palaniuk

Chad Pipkens

Clifford Pirch

Keith Poche

Jacob Powroznik

Cliff Prince

Matt Reed

Skeet Reese

Derek Remitz

Marty Robinson

Dean Rojas

Scott Rook

Fred Roumbanis

Zell Rowland

Bradley Roy

Joseph Sancho

Casey Scanlon

Bernie Schultz

Terry Scroggins

Morizo Shimizu

Kevin Short

Fletcher Shryock

Dave Smith

Brian Snowden

Gerald Swindle

Randall Tharp

Dennis Tietje

J Todd Tucker

Jonathon VanDam

Kevin VanDam

Byron Velvick

Greg Vinson

David Walker

Nate Wellman

David Williams

Jason Williamson

Boo Woods

Chris Zaldain

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, Bassmaster High School Series presented by Carhartt, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.

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Media Contact: Helen Northcutt, 205-313-0944, hnorthcutt@bassmaster.com or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.

Brandon Gray Leads Bassmaster Team Championship

Gray Leads The Way At DeGray

BISMARCK, Ark. — North Carolina angler Brandon Gray experienced a roller-coaster ride of bad and good luck before taking over the individual lead today in the Toyota Bonus Bucks Team Championship at DeGray Lake.

His morning started out with boat problems, but Gray soon got into fish when he reached his first spot. “I got a little lucky this morning,” Gray said. “(The fishing) was on fire, and I hit everything just right, but the rest of the day I didn’t get anything.”

The Bullock, N.C., angler finished the day with a five-bass limit weighing 10 pounds, 8 ounces to top the other five finalists from the team competition of this two-part tournament. “I basically went through the same area we worked all week,” he said. “I feel like there are fish there because the last couple of days I was able to watch them on the depthfinder. The bait has been sitting there and hasn’t moved all week. So hopefully it will be there tomorrow when I get there.”

Bad luck hit Gray again throughout the day when he lost a couple of crankbaits, including one he called “Lucky” that a bass broke off when it wrapped around a stick. “It’s been a good crankbait and I’ll miss it,” he lamented. “I found ‘Lucky Junior’ a little bit later though.”

The six finalists of the championship will square off again Saturday for the final day of competition. A berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic is the grand prize for the winner, who will also receive a Skeeter FX20/Yamaha 250 outboard rig to run in the Classic.

Gray hopes he fares better this time than when he challenged for Classic berths in 2010 and 2011 in the Bassmaster Weekend Series championships. “I have been in this situation before, and it didn’t turn out too well,” said Gray, who recalls finishing second and third in those events.

Arizona anglers Jon Griffith and John Stewart Jr. missed the Top 3 cut yesterday by finishing fourth in the team competition. However they got a chance to fish in the individual round of the tournament when the second-place team of Brandon Gladish and Aaric Correll were disqualified. Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. tournament director for the championship, said the team of Gladish and Correll from Indiana was disqualified for violating Rule C7, which covers tackle and equipment.

As a result of the disqualification, the team of Brandon Gray and Todd Massey of North Carolina moved into second place in the final standings of the team competition, and the fourth-place team of Griffith and Stewart Jr. moved to third.

Griffith made the most of his second chance to fish by catching four bass weighing 8-6 to move into the runner-up spot. The Mesa, Ariz., angler admitted he had plenty of fun throughout the day catching a lot of hybrid stripers. “As much as I love to fish, I don’t care what I am catching. I just like to catch them,” Griffith said. Fortunately for Griffith, largemouth and spotted bass started showing up in the mix to give him some fish he could take to the weigh-in.

Moving into third place with two bass weighing 4-4 was Royce Davis, who won the team competition of this championship with his partner Flannagan Fife. The Arkansas angler caught his keepers dragging a wobble head jig and had some undersize bass on a jerkbait.

The host for this event is the DeGray Lake Resort State Park. The six finalists will launch from the DeGray Lake State Park Marina Saturday morning with the final weigh-in at Caddo Bend in DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck, Ark.

2014 Bassmaster Team Championship Title Sponsor: Toyota Bonus Bucks

2014 Bassmaster Team Championship Official Sponsors: Mercury, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha

2014 Bassmaster Team Championship Supporting Sponsors: Booyah, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures

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, Bassmaster High School Series presented by Carhartt, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.

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Media Contact: Helen Northcutt, 205-313-0944, hnorthcutt@bassmaster.com or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.
Toyota Bonus Bucks Basmaster Team Championship Classic Fish Off
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DeGray Lake -DeGray Lake Resort -Bismarck, AR
STANDINGS BOATER DAY 1
Today’s Activity

Name # Fish # Live Lbs -Oz
1 Brandon Gray -Anglers Choice 5 5 10-8
2 Jon Griffith -Total Bass Addicts 4 4 8-5
3 Royce Davis -Fishers of Men 2 2 4-4
4 Flannagan Fife – Fishers of Men 1 1 3-0
5 Todd Massey – Anglers Choice 2 2 2-6
6 John Stewart Jr.- Total Bass Addicts 0 0 0-0

TOTALS

Day #Fish #Live Lbs-Oz #Limts
1 14 14 28- 7 1

GREG HACKNEY TAKES TOYOTA BASSMASTER ANGLER OF THE YEAR TITLE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 22, 2014

Greg Hackney Takes Toyota Bassmaster Angler Of The Year Title

ESCANABA, Mich. — Louisiana’s Greg Hackney, 41, is the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year (AOY). Over nine events, Hackney outpracticed, outstrategized, outfished and ultimately outlasted the other 107 Bassmaster Elite Series anglers who started the season.

Hackney finished 24th in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Bays de NocMonday after weather forced the postponement of the second (and final) round for three days. It was enough to lock up his first career AOY title.

Along with the sport’s most prestigious title and trophy, Hackney earns $100,000 as bass fishing’s best angler in 2014. The other 49 competitors earned shares of the rest of the $900,000 purse, based on their rankings in Angler of the Year points.

His season was solid right out of the gate. He finished a respectable 38th in the opener on Lake Seminole and followed it up with Top 16 finishes at the St. Johns River (16th), Table Rock Lake (third), Lake Dardanelle (third) and Cayuga Lake (first). His worst finish of the season was 48th at the Delaware River. He was the only angler in the series to earn a prize check (Top 50 finish) at every tournament.

Hackney entered the championship with a 15-point lead over defending AOY Aaron Martens and a 17-point margin over Todd Faircloth. Hackney knew that if he finished in the Top 15 at Bays de Noc, no one could catch him. Though he fell short of that mark, he was strong enough to hold off his challengers.

“I started thinking about Angler of the Year after the Lake Dardanelle tournament,” Hackney said. “I felt like I had a chance to do it. It didn’t change my approach to the tournaments, but it motivated me and made me fish harder.”

This was not Hackney’s first brush with the AOY title. In 2004, he finished second to Gerald Swindle as a rookie, earning Bassmaster Rookie of the Year honors in the process. He was also fifth in 2005 and eighth in 2010. He is the first Louisiana resident to win AOY, and the fourth angler to claim AOY honors with both B.A.S.S. and FLW (along with Denny Brauer, Kevin VanDam and Jay Yelas). A Bassmaster Classic victory would make Hackney the first angler in history to complete the Grand Slam of professional bass fishing — winning both AOY titles, the FLW Forrest Wood Cup (which he won in 2009) and the Classic.

The rest of the 2014 AOY Top 5 are Todd Faircloth, Jacob Powroznik, Aaron Martens and Mark Davis, respectively.

For the event, Jacob Powroznik took first place with two five-bass limits weighing 47-6. In addition to prize money earned for his rank in the Angler of the Year race, Powroznik won $500 and the Livingston Lures Leader Award which is given to the angler leading on the second day of the event.

Powroznik completed one of the greatest rookie seasons in B.A.S.S. history. Not only did he win the Rookie of the Year award, but he also became the first newcomer to the Elite Series to win two Elite events and the first angler of any classification to win two Elite tournaments in the same season since Skeet Reese in 2010.

Ironically, Reese came in second at this event with 46-2, and Mark Davis was third with 44-13. Brandon Lester and Mark Davis shared the Carhartt Big Bass Award with identical 6-4 smallmouths. Lester caught his on the first day; Davis on the second. For their lunkers, Lester and Davis share $1,000. A $500 bonus will be awarded to one or both if they were wearing Carhartt clothing.

As expected, Bays de Noc revealed itself to be one of the finest smallmouth bass fisheries in the world. Almost all of the competitors recorded five-bass limit catches in both rounds, and the average bass weighed 3 1/2 pounds.

In addition to AOY, Bays de Noc was also the final battle ground for dozens of berths in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell out of Greenville, S.C., Feb. 20-22. For more information, visit Bassmaster.com.

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

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

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

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

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Media Contact: Helen Northcutt, 205-313-0944, hnorthcutt@bassmaster.com or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.

2014 Points Report

PROFESSIONAL

ELITE SERIES

as of 22-Sep-2014

Angler Points Lbs-Oz

1 Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 741 309- 1

2 Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 727 273- 1

3 Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA 723 292- 2

4 Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 721 240- 0

5 Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 716 283-14

6 Keith Combs Huntington, TX 705 264-13

7 Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 702 268-13

8 Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA 696 271- 6

9 Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 669 272-10

10 Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 644 250- 8

11 Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 638 283- 0

12 Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 637 260- 6

13 Randall Tharp Port Saint Joe, FL 627 264-14

14 Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 624 264- 6

15 Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 622 240- 3

16 Matt Herren Ashville, AL 621 268-14

17 Brandon Palaniuk Hayden, ID 618 251-15

18 Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 615 257- 3

19 John Crews Jr Salem, VA 613 263- 4

20 David Walker Sevierville, TN 613 243-10

21 Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 602 240- 8

22 Edwin Evers Talala, OK 599 240- 5

23 Paul Elias Laurel, MS 595 217- 8

24 Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 594 225-15

25 Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 587 247- 8

26 Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 586 240- 7

27 James Niggemeyer Van, TX 585 255- 1

28 Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 585 247- 5

29 Randy Howell Springville, AL 585 240-14

30 Morizo Shimizu Osaka, JPN 585 218- 2

31 Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ 580 273- 7

32 Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 576 232- 5

33 Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL 574 222-12

34 Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 567 254- 3

35 Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC 565 250- 8

36 Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 563 245- 7

37 Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 563 241- 5

38 Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 562 259-11

39 Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 561 231- 0

40 Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 560 231- 0

41 Marty Robinson Lyman, SC 558 246- 8

42 Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 557 244- 4

43 Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 552 232-10

44 Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 545 247- 3

45 Alton Jones Lorena, TX 544 239- 0

46 Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 536 232-15

47 Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 525 209-10

48 Casey Scanlon Lanexa, KS 524 213- 7

49 Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 519 232- 9

50 Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 517 202- 3

Bassmaster Angler of the Year Resumes Monday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 21, 2014

Angler Of The Year Championship Competition Will Resume Monday

ESCANABA, Mich. — Bassmaster Elite Series tournament officials postponed competition in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship for an unprecedented third consecutive day today because of unsafe boating conditions.

The third day of competition was postponed Sunday because of steady north winds gusting to 20 miles per hour which resulted in small craft advisories for the Escanaba area of Lake Michigan.

“Winds through the north were up to 25 mph and higher,” said Trip Weldon, B.A.S.S. tournament director. “It’s especially rough here at the takeoff location.”

The Top 50 Bassmaster Elite Series anglers are competing this week on Big Bay de Noc and Little Bay de Noc in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the coveted title of Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year and a purse of $900,000.

Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., remains the frontrunner for the Angler of the Year title, but he’s being chased by Todd Faircloth of Texas and Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala. Also at stake are berths in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic to be held on Lake Hartwell out of Greenville, S.C.

Competition is set to resume Monday, Sept. 21 as the final day of the Toyota AOY Championship. Anglers will takeoff from Ludington Park at 7:30 a.m. and weigh in at the same location at 4 p.m.

The Bassmaster Elite Series Expo opens at noon on Sunday and all fans are welcome to attend.

All Bassmaster events are free and open to the public. All times are eastern.

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

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

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

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

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Media Contact: Helen Northcutt, 205-313-0944, hnorthcutt@bassmaster.com or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.

Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship Postponed

Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship Postponed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 19, 2014

Winds Force Postponing Second Competition Day In Angler of the Year Championship

ESCANABA, Mich. — Bassmaster Elite Series tournament officials postponed competition in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship today after building winds created unsafe boating conditions.

“In the interest of safety, today’s fishing has been canceled,” said Trip Weldon, B.A.S.S. tournament director. Winds from the south, including gusts to 35 miles, and 5-foot seas were predicted for today, and a small craft advisory was in effect. “We will err on the side of caution and the safety of our anglers and their marshals,” he added.

The Top 50 Elite Series bass anglers are competing this week on Big Bay de Noc and Little Bay de Noc here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Catches were outstanding in the first competition round Thursday, which was led by Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz., with five bass weighing a total of 24 pounds, 6 ounces. Winds were light and weather conditions favorable for fishing the waters just off Lake Michigan on Thursday.

But the Bays de Noc are exposed to a south wind, which has virtually all of Lake Michigan to build. Having seen the waters at their worst during practice for the event, several of the competitors endorsed the decision.

Weldon said he and other officials plan for competition to continue on Saturday, weather permitting. “We will make that call in the morning,” he said. Current weather forecasts show some improvement by Saturday.

The event is built around three days of competition as Elite anglers battle for the coveted title of Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, as well as berths in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic. Saturdaywas originally planned as a day off for the anglers, many of whom are slated to participate in Bassmaster University seminars during the afternoon at Ludington Park in Escanaba.

The seminars are part of the Bassmaster Fan and Military Appreciation Day, which includes an outdoor expo featuring displays and activities from Bassmaster Elite Series Sponsors, as well as booths from food and other vendors from the Escanaba area. Shifting competition to Saturdaywould affect the Bassmaster University sessions, but the Fan and Military Appreciation Day will continue as planned. Fans who wish to attend should visit Bassmaster.com for up-to-date scheduling advisories.

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

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

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

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

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Media Contact: Helen Northcutt, 205-313-0944, hnorthcutt@bassmaster.com or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.

Brett Hite Leads Day One Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship

Brett Hite Leads Day One Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 18, 2014

Brett Hite Leads Tournament — Hackney Leads AOY

ESCANABA, Mich. — Brett Hite leads the field with 24 pounds, 6 ounces at the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Bays de Noc. Hite is already locked into a Bassmaster Classic berth by virtue of his win at the season debut at Lake Seminole. For much of the rest of the field, Classic spots are on the line.

“I’ve never been here before,” Hite said. “The only time I ever fished Lake Michigan was at the Classic.”

Brandon Lester claimed the Carhartt Big Bass of the day with a 6-4 smallmouth that anchored his second place catch of 24-2. He trails Hite by just 4 ounces.

“I caught all my fish between 10 and 20 feet deep on a small plastic worm that I was drop shotting,” Lester said. Unlike Hite, Lester was not guaranteed a Classic berth coming into the tournament. Now he’s in 27th place in the AOY race and looking good to make his first Classic in 2015.

As expected, Bays de Noc revealed itself to be one of the finest smallmouth bass fisheries in the world. Of the 50 competitors, 45 brought five-bass limits to the scales, and the average bass weighed 3 1/2 pounds.

Three anglers — Greg Hackney, Todd Faircloth and Aaron Martens — are vying for the sport’s most prestigious title, the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year award. Three others — Jacob Powroznik, Keith Combs and Mark Davis — are mathematically in contention, but running out of time to make up their deficits.

Today, Hackney’s limit of five smallmouth bass weighing 18-0 was good enough for 17th place, keeping him in the lead for AOY. If he can finish in the Top 15 at this event, he cannot be caught by any other angler and is locked in to win the title.

Todd Faircloth came into the event ranked third in AOY but put a little pressure on Hackney today. He weighed in 20-15; good enough for 10th in the tournament and moving into second in the AOY race. He now trails Hackney 748 to 738. If he can put 11 more places between him and Hackney by the end of this tournament, he’ll claim his first AOY title.

Aaron Martens dropped a place in the AOY race, falling to third and losing four points to Hackney in the process. He now trails 748 to 729. Martens’ limit of smallmouth weighed 17-6, putting him in 21st for the event.

The AOY race and the battle for Bassmaster Classic berths are far from over. There are still two days of fishing on unpredictable Bays de Noc, and almost anything can happen.

All 50 anglers will compete on each of the three competition days — scheduled for Thursday,Friday and Sunday. Since catch rates are high and mere ounces separate multiple places in the standings, big swings in the points race are still possible, and even the anglers hovering near the bottom coming into the event have a shot to make the Classic.

Fishing fans can catch the tournament as it continues Friday through Sunday at Ludington Park in Escanaba, Mich. The pros will leave the docks beginning at 7:30 a.m. Start time for the weigh-ins each day is 4 p.m.

Also on Saturday as part of its Bassmaster Fan and Military Appreciation Day, B.A.S.S. will give a special commemorative Bassmaster cap to the first 250 military service members who come to the B.A.S.S. booth with a military identification card. All 50 Elite anglers will be on hand to sign autographs as well.

For a complete Bassmaster University Schedule, visit www.bassmaster.com/attend-toyota-bassmaster-angler-year-championship.

All Bassmaster events are free.

Hosting the Elite Series at Bays de Noc are Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau andPure Michigan.

All times are Eastern.

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

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

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

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

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Media Contact: Helen Northcutt, 204-313-0944, hnorthcutt@bassmaster.com or Dave Precht,205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.

2014 Points Report

PROFESSIONAL

ELITE SERIES

as of 18-Sep-2014

Angler Points Lbs-Oz

1 Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 748 291-15

2 Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 738 257-14

3 Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 729 224- 7

4 Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA 721 268-13

5 Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 707 259- 5

6 Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA 700 254- 3

7 Keith Combs Huntington, TX 699 245- 5

8 Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 699 244- 6

9 Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 673 253-12

10 Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 641 241-14

11 Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 634 231- 5

12 John Crews Jr Salem, VA 633 253- 1

13 Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 632 248- 0

14 Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 631 260- 1

15 Matt Herren Ashville, AL 626 256- 9

16 Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 626 247- 1

17 Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 619 232- 2

18 Paul Elias Laurel, MS 617 217- 8

19 Randall Tharp Port Saint Joe, FL 610 243-11

20 David Walker Sevierville, TN 610 224- 2

21 Edwin Evers Talala, OK 602 237-12

22 Brandon Palaniuk Hayden, ID 602 229- 8

23 James Niggemeyer Van, TX 596 240- 7

24 Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 595 241- 5

25 Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 595 225- 7

26 Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 592 230-11

27 Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 592 219-12

28 Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 591 229- 9

29 Morizo Shimizu Osaka, JPN 586 213-13

30 Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ 585 255- 8

31 Randy Howell Springville, AL 584 228-11

32 Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 582 222-13

33 Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 567 215-11

34 Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL 564 205-14

35 Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 563 230-10

36 Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC 563 228-14

37 Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 562 227- 6

38 Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 557 225-13

39 Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 554 212- 8

40 Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 549 218-13

41 Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 547 209-14

42 Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 544 217- 1

43 Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 543 238- 1

44 Marty Robinson Lyman, SC 543 224-13

45 Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 541 209-10

46 Alton Jones Lorena, TX 536 222- 5

47 Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 528 202- 3

48 Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 526 222-14

49 Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 522 224- 2

50 Casey Scanlon Lanexa, KS 521 205- 3

51 Fred Roumbanis Bixby, OK 454 209- 3

52 Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, KS 451 195- 1

53 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 443 210-13

54 Glenn Browne Ocala, FL 443 191- 4

55 Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 438 180- 2

56 Nate Wellman Newaygo, MI 437 202- 1

57 Mike Kernan Wylie, TX 433 190- 3

58 Chad Pipkens Holt, MI 431 181- 5

59 Shaw Grigsby Jr. Gainesville, FL 428 194- 1

60 Russ Lane Prattville, AL 424 211- 9

61 David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 417 165-14

62 J Todd Tucker Moultrie, GA 400 187- 8

63 Brandon Card Caryville, TN 395 190- 8

64 Kelley Jaye Dadeville, AL 394 163-10

65 Rick Clunn Ava, MO 389 189-14

66 Jonathon VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 389 160- 2

67 Hank Cherry Jr Maiden, NC 387 206- 9

68 Josh Bertrand Gilbert, AZ 387 187- 6

69 Britt Myers Lake Wylie, SC 386 188- 7

70 Zell Rowland Montgomery, TX 379 173-14

71 Derek Remitz Grant, AL 377 182- 1

72 Kevin Hawk Guntersville, AL 376 178- 9

73 Ish Monroe Hughson, CA 375 184- 9

74 Boo Woods Oneida, KY 375 167- 6

75 Jason Williamson Aiken, SC 368 196- 6

76 James Elam Tulsa, OK 366 172- 1

77 Kelly Jordon Palestine, TX 358 182- 4

78 Kotaro Kiriyama Moody, AL 358 169-12

79 Rick Morris Virginia Beach, VA 357 171- 3

80 Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 356 172- 0

81 Kenyon Hill Norman, OK 354 161-15

82 John Murray Phoenix, AZ 346 155-11

83 Jamie Horton Centreville, AL 343 165- 2

84 Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 342 183-15

85 Bradley Roy Lancaster, KY 337 167- 6

86 Fletcher Shryock New Philadelphia, OH 330 166- 4

87 Jeremy Starks Scott Depot, WV 327 180-13

88 Boyd Duckett Guntersville, AL 318 196- 0

89 Matt Reed Madisonville, TX 318 175- 1

90 Byron Velvick Boenre, TX 315 147-15

91 Jared Miller Norman, OK 314 164- 5

92 Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 308 168- 9

93 Kurt Dove Del Rio, TX 306 169- 7

94 Billy McCaghren Mayflower, AR 304 151- 6

95 Pete Ponds Madison, MS 303 163- 6

96 Tracy Adams Wilkesboro, NC 298 167- 5

97 Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 287 153- 2

98 Yusuke Miyazaki Forney, TX 282 155- 3

99 Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 263 155-12

100 Grant Goldbeck Boerne, TX 256 130- 1

101 Dennis Tietje Roanoke, LA 252 157-11

102 Joel Baker Talala, OK 229 127-14

103 Michael Simonton Fremont, OH 208 136- 8

104 Scott Ashmore Broken Arrow, OK 202 137- 0

105 Trevor Romans Plano, TX 199 125-15

106 Joseph Sancho New Windsor, NY 133 118-11

107 David Smith Del City, OK 106 128-13

108 BJ Haseotes Centerville, MA 51 49- 8
2014 Toyota Bassmaster AOY Championship – Bays De Noc, Lake Michigan 9/18-9/21
Bays De Noc, Lake Michigan, Escanaba MI.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts

1. Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ 5 24-06 100
Day 1: 5 24-06
2. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 5 24-02 99
Day 1: 5 24-02
3. Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA 5 24-01 98
Day 1: 5 24-01
4. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 5 22-00 97
Day 1: 5 22-00
5. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 5 21-11 96
Day 1: 5 21-11
6. Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 5 21-03 95
Day 1: 5 21-03
7. Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC 5 21-02 94
Day 1: 5 21-02
8. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 5 21-01 93
Day 1: 5 21-01
9. Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 5 21-00 92
Day 1: 5 21-00
10. Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 5 20-15 91
Day 1: 5 20-15
11. Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 5 20-06 90
Day 1: 5 20-06
12. Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 5 20-04 89
Day 1: 5 20-04
13. Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA 5 19-14 88
Day 1: 5 19-14
14. Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 5 18-15 87
Day 1: 5 18-15
15. David Walker Sevierville, TN 5 18-10 86
Day 1: 5 18-10
16. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 5 18-01 85
Day 1: 5 18-01
17. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 5 18-00 84
Day 1: 5 18-00
18. Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 5 17-15 83
Day 1: 5 17-15
19. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 5 17-09 82
Day 1: 5 17-09
19. James Niggemeyer Van, TX 5 17-09 82
Day 1: 5 17-09
21. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 5 17-06 80
Day 1: 5 17-06
22. Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 5 17-02 79
Day 1: 5 17-02
23. Paul Elias Laurel, MS 5 17-01 78
Day 1: 5 17-01
23. Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 5 17-01 78
Day 1: 5 17-01
25. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 5 16-13 76
Day 1: 5 16-13
26. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 5 16-10 75
Day 1: 5 16-10
27. Brandon Palaniuk Hayden, ID 5 16-09 74
Day 1: 5 16-09
28. Marty Robinson Lyman, SC 5 16-05 73
Day 1: 5 16-05
29. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 5 16-02 72
Day 1: 5 16-02
30. Matt Herren Ashville, AL 5 16-01 71
Day 1: 5 16-01
31. Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 5 16-00 70
Day 1: 5 16-00
32. Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 5 15-11 69
Day 1: 5 15-11
33. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 4 15-09 68
Day 1: 4 15-09
34. Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 5 15-06 67
Day 1: 5 15-06
35. Randall Tharp Port Saint Joe, FL 5 15-03 66
Day 1: 5 15-03
36. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 5 15-02 65
Day 1: 5 15-02
37. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 5 15-01 64
Day 1: 5 15-01
38. Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 5 14-11 63
Day 1: 5 14-11
39. Randy Howell Springville, AL 5 14-09 62
Day 1: 5 14-09
40. Alton Jones Lorena, TX 5 14-08 61
Day 1: 5 14-08
41. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 5 14-04 60
Day 1: 5 14-04
42. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 5 13-15 59
Day 1: 5 13-15
43. Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL 5 13-12 58
Day 1: 5 13-12
44. Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 5 12-15 57
Day 1: 5 12-15
45. Casey Scanlon Lanexa, KS 5 12-12 56
Day 1: 5 12-12
46. Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 3 11-07 55
Day 1: 3 11-07
47. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 5 10-06 54
Day 1: 5 10-06
48. Morizo Shimizu Osaka JAPAN 3 09-10 53
Day 1: 3 09-10
49. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 2 08-07 52
Day 1: 2 08-07
50. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 2 06-01 51
Day 1: 2 06-01
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 45 239 841-03
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45 239 841-03

Tyler Wins Bassmaster Central Open

Tyler Wins Bassmaster Central Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 13, 2014

Tyler Wins Central Open Finale On Home Waters

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Former Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mark Tyler cashed in his home water advantage to win the Bass Pro Shops Central Open presented by Allstate finale on the Arkansas River.

The Vian, Okla., angler hadn’t fished the river since last year’s Open at Muskogee, so he relied on five previous years of experience to catch the winning weight of 42 pounds, 14 ounces and took home a $40,000 Skeeter ZX200/Yamaha VF200LA rig and $6,101 in cash. Cattle ranching kept Tyler too busy to fish the river this year, but he estimated in the previous five years he spent about 100 days a year fishing the river.

“It was simple river fishing,” Tyler said of his winning pattern. “I just fished pretty much laydowns, little weed points and shallow-water cover — just like you would expect in a river system. The difference was I ran a bunch of spots that I have a lot of confidence in. From years of experience I knew a piece of wood I pulled up on would be a key piece.”

The local angler tried to stay on high percentage spots each day. “There really wasn’t anything complicated to my pattern because everybody was throwing at some kind of wood or shallow-water cover.” The first two days he caught all of his fish on a variety of soft plastics, such as plastic craws and worms. Today he caught all of his fish on a square-bill crankbait.

Finishing second on the pro side with 41 pounds, 3 ounces was Kenta Kimura of Livingston, Texas. He keyed on isolated logs each day and flipped either a Texas rigged Berkley Chigger Quad or a hand-tied jig with a Berkley Chigger Quad. Kimura also caught some keepers today on a Deps Evok square-bill crankbait. The rest of the Top 5 pro anglers were Tommy Biffle, Wagoner, Okla., third, 40-9; Jordan Lee, Vinemont, Ala., fourth, 39-7; and Brian Potter, Claremore, Okla., fifth with 37-12.

Afton, Okla., angler Toby Hartsell won the co-angler division and earned the top prize of a Nitro Z-7 bass boat and Mercury 150 Pro XS outboard worth $25,000. He caught nine bass weighing 27-6 while flipping soft plastics and jigs to shallow cover.

The Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament award of $500 was presented to Arkansas angler Skip Ibbotson, who caught a 5-13 largemouth.

Tyler 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, Hartsell received a Livingston Lures gift pack worth $250.

The Allstate Good Hands, Great Day award was given to anglers in both divisions who advanced the most places up the leaderboard from Day 1 to Day 2. Pro division angler Matt Lee of Auburn, Ala., collected $250 by jumping 57 places from 118th to 61st. Co-angler Dustin Wrona of Tulsa, Okla., picked up $150 by climbing 76 places from 107th to 31st.

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Stephen Browning clinched the Central Opens points title with 584 points. The rest of the anglers who qualified for an invitation to the Elites are Jordan Lee, who finished second with 555, followed by Carl Jocumsen (the first Australian angler to qualify for the Elites), 544; Brian Clark, fourth, 536; Randy Allen, fifth, 530; and Ken Iyobe, sixth, 528.

“Making the Elites is something I have always dreamed about since I was in eighth or ninth grade watching The Bassmasters,” said Lee, a former Carhartt Bassmaster College Series champion. “This is what I have always wanted to do. This is the first year I fished the Opens, and I fished all nine to try and reach the Elites.”

Lee also won the $1,500 Toyota Bonus Bucks award as the highest placing eligible Toyota pro angler entrant at the last Central Open.

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

2014 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Presenting Sponsor: Allstate

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

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

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

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

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Media Contact: Helen Northcutt, 205-313-0944, hnorthcutt@bassmaster.com or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.
2014 BPS Bassmaster Central Open 9/11-9/13
Arkansas River, Muskogee OK.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Mark Tyler Vian, OK 15 42-14 200 $46,351.00
Day 1: 5 15-09 Day 2: 5 14-12 Day 3: 5 12-09
2. Kenta Kimura Livingston, TX 15 41-03 199 $14,491.00
Day 1: 5 15-00 Day 2: 5 11-15 Day 3: 5 14-04
3. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 15 40-09 198 $10,868.00
Day 1: 5 15-13 Day 2: 5 12-03 Day 3: 5 12-09
4. Jordan Lee Vinemont, AL 14 39-07 197 $9,724.00
Day 1: 4 09-15 Day 2: 5 15-03 Day 3: 5 14-05
5. Brian Potter Claremore, OK 15 37-12 196 $8,485.00
Day 1: 5 16-02 Day 2: 5 10-15 Day 3: 5 10-11
6. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 15 35-08 195 $7,245.00
Day 1: 5 12-13 Day 2: 5 12-09 Day 3: 5 10-02
7. Vu Au Tucson, AZ 12 33-15 194 $6,101.00
Day 1: 5 12-05 Day 2: 5 17-15 Day 3: 2 03-11
8. Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 12 33-11 193 $4,862.00
Day 1: 5 10-08 Day 2: 5 19-05 Day 3: 2 03-14
9. Scott Barnett Mansfield, TX 12 33-01 192 $3,623.00
Day 1: 4 10-06 Day 2: 5 14-11 Day 3: 3 08-00
10. Justin Margraves Diana, TX 9 30-03 191 $3,337.00
Day 1: 4 14-05 Day 2: 3 10-06 Day 3: 2 05-08
11. Gary Clouse La Vergne, TN 12 28-03 190 $3,051.00
Day 1: 5 13-05 Day 2: 5 10-14 Day 3: 2 04-00
12. Mark Goines Shady Point, OK 11 26-13 189 $2,860.00
Day 1: 5 12-03 Day 2: 5 12-12 Day 3: 1 01-14
CARHARTT BIG BASS
Brian Potter Claremore, OK 05-10 $0.00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 48 453 1067-08
2 44 407 957-12
3 6 42 101-07
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98 902 2126-11

2014 BPS Bassmaster Central Open 9/11-9/13
Arkansas River, Muskogee OK.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Toby Hartsell Afton, OK 9 27-06 200 $25,000.00
Day 1: 3 11-07 Day 2: 3 08-13 Day 3: 3 07-02
2. Troy Enmeier Enid, OK 9 22-10 199 $4,671.00
Day 1: 3 06-15 Day 2: 3 05-07 Day 3: 3 10-04
3. Bob Walton Longview, TX 8 21-11 198 $3,527.00
Day 1: 3 08-10 Day 2: 2 05-06 Day 3: 3 07-11
4. Johnny Thompson Calera, OK 9 21-01 197 $2,383.00
Day 1: 3 07-08 Day 2: 3 06-00 Day 3: 3 07-09
5. Joe Lee Grand Prairie, TX 9 21-01 196 $2,193.00
Day 1: 3 07-03 Day 2: 3 06-10 Day 3: 3 07-04
6. Kent Dotson Clever, MO 8 19-06 195 $2,097.00
Day 1: 3 07-15 Day 2: 3 07-10 Day 3: 2 03-13
7. T.J. Martin Broken Arrow, OK 9 18-10 194 $2,002.00
Day 1: 3 06-13 Day 2: 3 05-10 Day 3: 3 06-03
8. Jean-Christophe David Bordeaux LA Bodeaux FRA 5 17-10 193 $1,907.00
Day 1: 3 13-14 Day 2: 1 01-09 Day 3: 1 02-03
9. Herbie Way Alexandria, LA 6 16-12 192 $1,811.00
Day 1: 1 03-06 Day 2: 3 08-15 Day 3: 2 04-07
10. Andy Magoun Ferriday, LA 8 16-10 191 $1,621.00
Day 1: 3 07-09 Day 2: 3 04-11 Day 3: 2 04-06
11. Adam Boyd Humble, TX 8 16-02 190 $1,430.00
Day 1: 3 06-12 Day 2: 3 05-11 Day 3: 2 03-11
12. Destin Demarion Grove City, PA 6 15-10 189 $1,335.00
Day 1: 3 08-01 Day 2: 3 07-09 Day 3: 0 00-00
CARHARTT BIG BASS
Skip Ibbotson Green Forest, AR 05-13 $500.00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 30 194 447-03
2 29 162 361-01
3 6 27 64-09
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65 383 872-13

Tyler Leads Bassmaster Central Open

Bassmaster Central Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 12, 2014

Tyler takes charge at Muskogee

SEP 12, 2014
MUSKOGEE, Okla. — A strategy of going on past history and “winging it” is giving local angler Mark Tyler an edge at the Bass Pro Shops Central Open finale on the Arkansas River.

The Vian, Okla., angler sacked up a 14-pound, 12-ounce limit Friday to take over the pro division lead with 30-5. Tyler said he has been so busy with his cattle ranch this year that he hasn’t been able to fish the river much, so he had to rely on his extensive experience on his home waters.

“Over the previous five years I have probably spent a hundred days a year on the river,” said the 41-year-old Tyler, who estimated he spent only about six hours practicing for this event.

The strategy is working well for Tyler, who weighed in a 15-9 limit the first day.

“I am just kind of fishing in the moment and reading the conditions and not tying myself down to a bank where I got bit in practice or anything,” he said. “I am just reacting and I think it is really helping me.”

A cold front and north wind has caused him to make changes both days.

“I am just flying by the seat of my pants from the first day,” he said. “I am just going where the conditions seem right and where the water clarity is right and where I can make a presentation the way I want.”

Even though he has bagged two solid limits each day, Tyler notes fishing has been “extremely tough” for him.

“I am grinding on every bite and don’t know if I am even going to get a limit until I get that fifth one in the box,” he said

Second-place Vu Au of Tucson, Ariz., has never fished the river before but he has found one primary area that has produced 30-4. The 32-year-old auto repair shop owner said he missed a couple of quality fish Thursday, but made up for the lost opportunities Day 2 with a 17-15 limit.

“I had to mix it up a bit,” he said. “I don’t know what it was today but they didn’t eat the same thing that they ate yesterday.”

Au said he tripled his catch Day 2 by staying on a 200-yard stretch of the river.

“I know that spot is reloading,” he said. “I made one pass and caught two and then made a pass and caught nothing. Then came back there and caught three.”

The field was cut to 12 anglers in both divisions for the final day of competition. Rounding out the Top 5 on the pro side are Gary Klein, Weatherford, Texas, third, 29-13; Tommy Biffle, Wagoner, Okla., fourth, 28-0; and Brian Potter, Claremore, Okla., fifth, 27-1.

Afton, Okla., angler Toby Hartsell moved into first place in the co-angler division with 20-4. The 43-year-old upholsterer fishes several regional tournaments in Oklahoma but this is only his second time on the river. Both days his pro division partners have taken him to the same section of the river.

“So I knew what to do once we got up there,” he said. “The fishing wasn’t easy and it’s probably going to get worse, but that’s alright.”

The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting this week’s event. Saturday’s launch will be held at the Three Forks Harbor, 5201 Three Forks Road. The weigh-in will move to the Bass Pro Shops, 101 Bass Pro Drive, in Broken Arrow, Okla., and will begin at 4 p.m. CDST.