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GEORGIA’S FISHER WINS COSTA FLW SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP ON TABLE ROCK LAKE

November 5, 2016 by FLW Communications

BRANSON, Mo. – Pat Fisher of Colbert, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds even Saturday to win the Costa FLW Series Championship on Table Rock Lake, which featured 192 of the top semi-pro boaters and co-anglers from across the globe. Fisher’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 40 pounds, 4 ounces, earned him $50,200 and a coveted spot in the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.

“I haven’t fished at this level in years, so this tournament was like a family reunion,” said Fisher, who spent eight years on the FLW Tour before stepping away in 2008. “I’ve always been very competitive, so it feels great to win.

“I came into this event after having the worst practice I’ve ever had,” Fisher continued. “On Day One, I went to a 200-yard stretch of bank way up the James River that I had a little success on. I sat in about 4 feet of water, throwing to bass that were shallower – maybe about a foot down. It was cloudy, so I threw a ¼-ounce white and blue-colored Boogerman Buzzbait and was able to catch nine keepers including a decent kicker.”

On Day Two, competitors were held at the marina for two hours due to excessive fog. Although the delay cut a large chunk out of Fisher’s day, he said he was still able to salvage a solid limit.

“I ran back up to the James River area and arrived at 11 a.m.,” said Fisher. “It was bright and slick so I knew they wouldn’t eat the buzzbait. I picked up a custom shaky-head rigged with a green pumpkin-colored Zoom Trick Worm and threw it around for a while. The largest piece of laydown in the area – a tree – produced around 30 fish for me. It was my magic tree.”

Fisher said he capped off the event by returning to his main stretch on Day Three, but this time, he was able to cover water more efficiently.

“I left two really big fish up there, so I narrowed my area to a 75-yard stretch,” said Fisher. “I threw to any cover I could. After the sun came out, I went back to my magic tree and caught six or seven big ones on the buzzbait. I guess it took me some more time during the tournament to figure them out.”

The top finishing boater from each of the six Costa FLW Series divisions that qualified for the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup were:

Southeastern

1st: Pat Fisher, Colbert, Ga., 15 bass, 40-4, $50,200

Southwestern

2nd: Cody Bird, Granbury, Texas, 15 bass, 38-11, $25,000

Central

4th: Old Spice pro Greg Bohannan, Bentonville, Ark., 15 bass, 33-1, $15,000 + $2,000 Ranger Cup bonus

Northern

11th: Joel Richardson, Kernersville, N.C., 10 bass, 19-14, $4,000

Western

29th: Roy Hawk, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., six bass, 15-10, $2,500

International

51st: Hyo chul Kim, South Korea, six bass, 11-15

Additionally, the overall top five finishers that were not already selected as the highest finisher in their division qualify for the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup. Those five anglers were:

3rd: Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 15 bass, 36-14, $20,000

5th: Christopher Jones, Bokoshe, Okla., 14 bass, 31-7, $10,100

6th: Travis Fox, Rogers, Ark., 12 bass, 28-3, $8,000

7th: Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., 14 bass, 28-0, $7,000

8th: Bradford Beavers, Ridgeville, S.C., 14 bass, 27-14, $6,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The 2017 Forrest Wood Cup will be held Aug. 11-13 at Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina.

Tyler Sheppard of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, won the co-angler division and $30,100, including a Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard with a three-day total of 10 bass weighing 23 pounds, 10 ounces. Michael Black of Toledo, Illinois, finished in second place with 10 bass weighing 22 pounds, 1 ounce, worth $12,500.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1st: Tyler Sheppard, Hermitage, Pa., 10 bass, 23-10, $30,100

2nd: Michael Black, Toledo, Ill., 10 bass, 22-1, $12,500

3rd: Richard Jordan, Muncy Valley, Pa., eight bass, 16-5, $10,000

4th: Robert Myers, Broken Arrow, Okla., seven bass, 13-8, $7,550

5th: David Hudson, Jasper, Ala., five bass, 11-2, $5,000

6th: Raymond Tak, Los Angeles, Calif., five bass, 10-14, $4,000

7th: Benjamin Tawney, Slippery Rock, Pa., five bass, 10-8, $3,500

8th: Joe Lane, Republic, Mo., five bass, 9-5, $3,000

9th: Jonathan Shockey, Fort Smith, Ark., three bass, 8-7, $2,500

10th: Rob Bueltmann, Osage Beach, Mo., four bass, 8-6, $2,000

The Costa FLW Series Championship at Table Rock Lake was hosted by ExploreBranson.com.

In Costa FLW Series regular-season competition, each division competes in three tournaments, with competitors vying for valuable points to earn their way into the top 40 and the opportunity to fish in the Costa FLW Series Championship.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Costa FLW Series on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

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WALMART FLW TOUR ON BEAVER LAKE

AREY WINS BACK-TO-BACK AT WALMART FLW TOUR ON BEAVER LAKE PRESENTED BY RAYOVAC

April 27, 2015

ROGERS, Ark. – Quaker State pro Matt Arey has been crowned the new “Mr. Beaver Lake.” After winning this same event in 2014, the Shelby, North Carolina, native caught a five-bass limit Sunday weighing 17 pounds, 13 ounces – the largest stringer weighed in the four-day tournament – to win the Walmart FLW Tour at Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac. Arey’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 55 pounds, 6 ounces earned him the top prize of $125,000.
flw beaver lake winner
Arey became the third angler to win multiple events at Beaver Lake in the 17 visits the Walmart FLW Tour has made to the White River impoundment, as FLW Tour pro Clark Wendlandt won there in 1999 and 2001 while former pro Andre Moore won in 2002 and 2005. Arey became the first to win in consecutive years.

“This is an incredible feeling,” said Arey, who has won $250,000 on Beaver Lake in just the past 379 days. “To win two years in a row here is just unthinkable. Experience is everything as a professional angler. The more I do this, the more comfortable and confident I am becoming.”

Arey displayed that confidence Sunday when he dramatically boated his largest fish of the day, an estimated five-pounder. As he casted out and retrieved his swimbait, he noticed the huge fish following his bait all the way to the boat. Out of line, Arey had no choice but to kneel low and drag his bait along the side of the boat. The big bass hit, and Arey immediately boat-swung the fish in a dramatic fashion.

“First, that normally doesn’t happen,” Arey said. “But, back in the day when I was a rookie, I would have stayed standing and just kept winding my bait and the fish would have went back under the dock. Instead, I was able to keep my composure, knelt down and got the fish to bite and in the boat. It’s experience. You just have to block everything else out and fish against the fish.”

Arey credited two key baits for the majority of his catch this week – a hand-poured homemade swimbait rigged on a 7/0 Gamakatsu EWG Monster hook and a wacky-rigged Lunkerhunt Lunker Stick.

“Each day I would start in Prairie Creek and work my way six to eight miles up the river,” Arey said. “On the third day I went all the way to the Rocky Branch and Van Hollow areas and caught some key bed fish that really saved my tournament.

“Momentum is huge in this sport, and I really hope that I can carry some of it over into our next event in two weeks on Lake Eufaula.”

The top 10 pros finished the tournament:

1st: Quaker State pro Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., 20 bass, 55-6
2nd: Tracy Adams, Wilkesboro, N.C., 20 bass, 49-12
3rd: Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 48-10
4th: Rayovac pro Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 20 bass, 48-10
5th: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 20 bass, 46-13
6th: John Cox, Debary, Fla., 18 bass, 46-4
7th: Peter Thliveros, Saint Augustine, Fla., 20 bass, 44-8
8th Livingston Lures pro Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 19 bass, 44-4
9th: Vic Vatalaro, Kent, Ohio, 20 bass, 43-11
10th: Mike Surman, Boca Raton, Fla., 20 bass, 43-7

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 47 bass weighing 110 pounds, 3 ounces caught by pros Sunday. Eight professionals weighed in five-bass limits.

Luke Dunkin of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, won the co-angler division and $20,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 18 pounds, 2 ounces, followed by Todd Lee of Jasper, Alabama, who finished in second place for the second consecutive tournament with 10 bass weighing 17 pounds, 15 ounces worth $7,500.

In addition to casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division, anglers are also competing for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita and is hosted by Visit Hot Springs. The Forrest Wood Cup Champion could win as much as $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.

Coverage of the Beaver Lake tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) October 12 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. ET. when Season 20 of “FLW” returns this fall. The Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

The Walmart FLW Tour stop on Beaver Lake presented by Evinrude was hosted by the Rogers Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was the third of six regular-season events in the FLW Tour’s 2015 season. The fourth Walmart FLW Tour event of 2015 will be held at Lake Eufaula, May 14-17 in Eufaula, Alabama, and is presented by Quaker State. The event will be hosted by the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce. Boats will launch from Lakepoint Resort State Park Marina in Eufaula. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

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FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Kenney Wins Walmart FLW Tour on Toho

KENNEY WINS WIRE-TO-WIRE AT WALMART FLW TOUR OPENER ON LAKE TOHO PRESENTED BY MERCURY

March 8, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – FLW Tour pro J.T. Kenney of Palm Bay, Florida, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 9 pounds, 4 ounces to win $125,000 at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Toho presented by Mercury with a four-day cumulative total of 20 bass weighing 76 pounds even.

After dominating the tournament for the first three days of competition and taking a 12-pound, 8-ounce lead into the final day, Kenney slipped a bit

Kenney Wins Walmart FLW Tour Lake Toho

Kenney Wins Walmart FLW Tour Lake Toho

Sunday. But, despite valiant final-day efforts from Tour-veterans Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury of Springville, Alabama and Wesley Strader of Spring City, Tennessee, Kenney managed to hang on and win by a narrow 11-ounce margin.

“The weather was nice today so I went back and tried to catch the big ones in Kissimmee on the Gambler Fat Ace,” said Kenney, who earned the second Walmart FLW Tour victory of his career. “I think that they must be done with their reproductive cycle – they were gone.

“I did the best that I could do,” Kenney said. “I hate to use the cliché, but I left everything out on the water this week. It obviously worked out really good for me, but it has been a long week.”

Kenney said that on the first two days of competition that he landed his big fish in Lake Kissimmee using a Gambler Fat Ace in black and blue, X-mas and watermelon red colors using 17-pound test Berkley Trilene fluorocarbon line on his J.T. Kenney-signature series Halo Rods. He was forced to scramble on day three, opting to fish in Lake Toho and switching to a Nichols Lures Pulsator spinnerbait to fill his limit. Kenney returned to Lake Kissimmee Sunday and managed to catch his limit and seal the win.

“There is no way that I could have won this tournament without the Power-Poles on the back of my boat,” Kenney said. “I had exact spots that were the size of a five-gallon bucket that I needed to cast to, and I could pull up, pole down and sit there and milk it. Without those Power-Pole shallow water anchors there is no way that I could have did this.

“I stayed focus and stuck with my guns,” Kenney went on to say. “If we had to restart this tournament tomorrow, there is not one single thing that I would do differently.”

The top 10 pros finished the tournament:

1st: J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 20 bass, 76-0, $125,000
2nd: Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 20 bass, 75-5, $30,000
3rd: Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 20 bass, 74-11, $25,000
4th: Stacey King, Reeds Spring, Mo., 20 bass, 67-9, $20,000
5th: Bridgford Foods pro Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 20 bass, 65-6, $19,000
6th: Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 20 bass, 60-10, $18,000
7th: Bridgford Foods pro Randy Blaukat, Joplin, Mo., 20 bass, 59-9, $17,000
8th: Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., 20 bass, 56-8, $16,000
9th: Mark Daniels Jr., Tuskegee, Ala., 18 bass, 53-12, $15,000
10th: Ramie Colson Jr., Cadiz, Ky., 18 bass, 50-9, $14,500

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 46 bass weighing 124 pounds, 6 ounces caught by pros Sunday. Eight of the final 10 pros caught five-bass limits.

Bridgford Foods co-angler Chad Randles of Elkhorn, Nebraska, won the co-angler division and $20,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 29 pounds, 15 ounces, followed by Mark Holman of Cornelius, North Carolina, in second place with nine bass weighing 27 pounds, 11 ounces worth $7,500.

In addition to casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division, anglers are also competing this week for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita and is hosted by Visit Hot Springs. The Forrest Wood Cup Champion could win as much as $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.

Coverage of the Lake Toho tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) when Season 20 of “FLW” premieres Sept. 28 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

The Walmart FLW Tour stop on Lake Toho presented by Mercury was hosted by Experience Kissimmee and the Osceola County Department of Tourism. It was the first of six regular-season events in the FLW Tour’s 2015 season. The second Walmart FLW Tour event of 2015 will be held at Lewis Smith Lake March 26-29 in Jasper, Alabama, and is presented by Evinrude. The event will be hosted by the Chamber Commerce of Walker County. Boats will launch from the Smith Lake Dam Access in Jasper, Alabama. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

ABOUT FLW
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

JT Kenney Continues to Lead Walmart FLW Tour on Toho

KENNEY RETAINS LEAD AT WALMART FLW TOUR OPENER ON LAKE TOHO PRESENTED BY MERCURY

March 8, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Professional bass angler J.T. Kenney slipped a bit and weighed in his smallest limit of the tournament, but it was still enough to maintain a near-insurmountable 12 pound, 8 ounce lead heading into the fourth and final day of competition at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Toho presented by Mercury. The top cash award of $125,000 is now his to lose as the world’s best bass-fishing pros continued their four-day battle out of Big Toho Marina on Saturday.

The Palm Bay, Florida, native moved on to the final day of competition as the No. 1 seed with a five-bass limit of 14 pounds, 5 ounces. Kenney’s three-day catch of 15 bass weighing 66-12 gives him a commanding lead over second-place pro Wesley Strader of Spring City, Tennessee.

“I think that I’m really starting to understand those big Florida-strain female bass,” said Kenney, who is looking to bank his second career win on the FLW Tour. “I know that I could have lost this tournament today if I would have gone and tried to catch those big ones. I have a sizable lead, so I went into defense mode. I stayed up in Lake Toho and caught a decent bag of fish.”

Kenney said that he had been catching his fish the previous two days of competition in Lake Kissimmee, using his J.T. Kenney-signature series Halo Rod to cast a Gambler Fat Ace. Due to the overcast weather conditions Saturday he was forced to audible to his backup plan.

“I broke out a Nichols ½-ounce Pulsator spinnerbait and stuck around areas where I knew fish were and caught around 10 keepers,” Kenney said. “My whole plan is coming together. I had a contingency plan for a cold front and today I went to it and utilized it. I knew that when I took off this morning that I wasn’t going to catch a giant bag of fish, but I was playing defense.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do or where I’m going to be fishing tomorrow yet,” Kenney went on to say. “I’ll have to see what the weather does. I’m going to play whatever cards Mother Nature deals me and if it works out, it works out.”

The top 10 pros advancing to the final day of competition on Lake Toho are:

1st: J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 15 bass, 66-12
2nd: Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 15 bass, 54-4
3rd: Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 15 bass, 53-11
4th: Stacey King, Reeds Spring, Mo., 15 bass, 50-0
5th: Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 15 bass, 49-15
6th: Bridgford Foods pro Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 15 bass, 49-11
7th: Mark Daniels Jr., Tuskegee, Ala., 15 bass, 48-15
8th: Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., 15 bass, 48-12
9th: Ramie Colson Jr., Cadiz, Ky., 15 bass, 47-2
10th: Bridgford Foods pro Randy Blaukat, Joplin, Mo., 15 bass, 46-7

Finishing in 11th through 20th are:

11th: James Biggs, Euless, Texas, 15 bass, 46-5, $12,000
12th: Keystone Light pro Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 15 bass, 44-13, $12,000
13th: Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 15 bass, 44-4, $12,000
14th: Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., 14 bass, 42-5, $12,000
15th: Lionel Botha, Fort Pierce, Fla., 15 bass, 42-2, $12,000
16th: Brad Knight, Lancing, Tenn., 14 bass, 40-13, $12,000
17th: Travis Fox, Rogers, Ark., 15 bass, 38-15, $12,000
18th: Shane Lehew, Mooresville, N.C., 13 bass, 38-10, $12,000
19th: Marshall Deakins, Dunlap, Tenn., 13 bass, 38-0, $12,000
20th: Bridgford Foods pro Matthew Stefan, Junction City, Wis., 13 bass, 36-2, $12,000

Final results for the remaining field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 92 bass weighing 243 pounds, 14 ounces caught by pros Saturday. 15 professionals weighed in five-bass limits.

Bridgford Foods co-angler Chad Randles of Elkhorn, Nebraska, won the co-angler division and $20,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 29 pounds, 15 ounces, followed by Mark Holman of Cornelius, North Carolina, in second place with nine bass weighing 27 pounds, 11 ounces worth $7,500.

In addition to casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division, anglers are also competing this week for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita and is hosted by Visit Hot Springs. The Forrest Wood Cup Champion could win as much as $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.

Anglers will take off from Big Toho Marina located at 69 Lakeview Drive in Kissimmee at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday. Sunday’s final weigh-ins will be held at the marina beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Big Toho Marina prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes a Ranger boat simulator, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.

Coverage of the Lake Toho tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) when Season 20 of “FLW” premieres Sept. 28 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

ABOUT FLW
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

JT Kenney Leads Day Two Walmart FLW Tour on Toho

March 7, 2015

KENNEY EXTENDS LEAD AT WALMART FLW TOUR OPENER ON LAKE TOHO PRESENTED BY MERCURY

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Professional angler J.T. Kenney of Palm Bay, Florida, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Friday weighing 22 pounds, 9 ounces to extend his lead at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Toho presented by Mercury. Kenney’s two-day cumulative weight of 52-7 gives him a substantial 12-JT Kenney Tohopound, 10-ounce lead over second-place pro Stacey King of Reeds Spring, Missouri, who has a two-day weight of 10 bass worth 39-13 as the tournament heads into the third day of competition. The field is now cut to the top 20 in the four-day event that features 154 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world casting for the top cash award of up to $125,000.

“It was definitely a little tougher out there today,” said Kenney, who has three career victories in FLW competition. “I went to a lot of the fish that I had marked and a lot of them didn’t bite. Luckily, 22 pounds of them still did.”

Kenney said that his morning bite was extremely slow but improved as the sun came out and the day progressed. He didn’t fill his limit until 11 a.m. today.

“I had five decent bass today, and I had two real good ones get off,” Kenney said. “I’m really doing some serious fish management. I’ve got some back up stuff that’s not spawning fish that I haven’t even touched yet. And I’ve got a lot more spawning fish marked that I haven’t gone to. I don’t think I’ve got anything that will produce another 30-pound bag like yesterday, but I’m going to catch some more good ones.”

The top 20 pros that made the Buck Knives Cut and will fish Saturday on Lake Toho are:

1st: J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 10 bass, 52-7
2nd: Stacey King, Reeds Spring, Mo., 10 bass, 39-13
3rd: Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 10 bass, 38-14
4th: Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., 10 bass, 34-14
5th: Bridgford Foods pro Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 10 bass, 34-7
6th: Ramie Colson Jr., Cadiz, Ky., 10 bass, 34-1
7th: Shane Lehew, Mooresville, N.C., 10 bass, 33-2
8th: Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 10 bass, 33-1
9th: Brad Knight, Lancing, Tenn., 10 bass, 32-15
10th: Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 10 bass, 32-15
11th: Lionel Botha, Fort Pierce, Fla., 10 bass, 32-12
12th: Keystone Light pro Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 10 bass, 32-10
13th: James Biggs, Euless, Texas, 10 bass, 32-0
14th: Bridgford Foods pro Randy Blaukat, Joplin, Mo., 10 bass, 32-0
15th: Mark Daniels Jr., Tuskegee, Ala., 10 bass, 31-15
16th: Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 10 bass, 31-13
17th: Marshall Deakins, Dunlap, Tenn., 10 bass, 31-9
18th: Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., 10 bass, 31-3
19th: Travis Fox, Rogers, Ark., 10 bass, 30-13
20th: Bridgford Foods pro Matthew Stefan, Junction City, Wis., 10 bass, 30-12

For a full list of results visit FLWFishing.com.

Colson won the Bridgford Big Bass Award on the pro side Friday with a monster bass weighing 11 pounds even – tying the record for the third largest bass ever weighed in FLW Tour competition – to win the $500 prize.

Stefan was named the Buck Knives Cut winner and awarded the limited edition FLW Buck Knife that is given to the 20th place pro following the day two weigh-in at each FLW Tour event.

Overall there were 684 bass weighing 1,536 pounds, 9 ounces caught by 152 pros Friday. The catch included 117 five-bass limits.

David Smith of Del City, Oklahoma, was forced to withdraw from the competition due to illness.

Bridgford Foods co-angler Chad Randles of Elkhorn, Nebraska, won the co-angler division and $20,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 29 pounds, 15 ounces, followed by Mark Holman of Cornelius, North Carolina, in second place with nine bass weighing 27 pounds, 11 ounces worth $7,500.

“I’m ecstatic right now,” said Randles. “I wasn’t able to catch a limit at all in three days of practice. I wasn’t sure how my week was going to pan out, but to come out here and get the win is just awesome.”

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1st: Chad Randles, Elkhorn, Neb., 10 bass, 29-15, $20,000
2nd: Mark Holman, Cornelius, N.C., nine bass, 27-11, $7,500
3rd: John Hunter, Shelbyville, Ky., nine bass, 27-7, $5,000
4th: Lee Black, Danville, Ala., 10 bass, 23-13, $4,000
5th: Billy Dehart, Burlingame, Calif., eight bass, 23-8, $3,000
6th: Joshua Weaver, Macon, Ga., 10 bass, 22-5, $2,500
7th: Brian Burgess, Palm City, Fla., five bass, 21-15, $2,000
8th: Sean Richards, Carson City, Nev., 10 bass, 21-5, $1,800
9th: Mike Devere, Berea, Ky., nine bass, 20-11, $1,700
10th: Josh Smith, Hamilton, Ohio, nine bass, 20-10, $1,600

For a full list of results visit FLWFishing.com.

Burgess caught Friday’s Bridgford Big Bass in the co-angler division weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces to win the $250 prize.

Overall there were 442 bass weighing 767 pounds, 12 ounces caught by co-anglers Friday. The catch included 43 five-bass limits.

In addition to casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division, anglers are also competing this week for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita and is hosted by Visit Hot Springs. The Forrest Wood Cup Champion could win as much as $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.

Anglers will take off from Big Toho Marina located at 69 Lakeview Drive in Kissimmee at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday’s final take off. Saturday and Sunday’s final weigh-ins will be held at the marina beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Big Toho Marina prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes a Ranger boat simulator, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the FLW Expo, the FLW “Get Outdoors. Go Fish!” Youth Fishing Derby will also be held at Big Toho Marina on Saturday from noon – 3 p.m. The derby is free and open to area youth 15 years of age and younger. FLW Tour pros who are not one of the top 20 anglers that make the Buck Knives Cut will be on hand to assist the youth. Pros Rich Dalbey and Todd Hollowell’s “Hooked on Helping” foundation will also be hosting a food drive to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. FLW fans who donate five or more cans of food will be entered to win a $50 Walmart gift card.

Coverage of the Lake Toho tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) when Season 20 of “FLW” premieres Sept. 28 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

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FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Rayovac FLW Series on Lake Amistad

Hanselman Wins Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division Opener on Lake Amistad

14.Feb.2015
DEL RIO, Texas – Local angler Ray Hanselman of Del Rio, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event on Lake Amistad presented by Frabill with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 50 pounds, 14 ounces. For his victory, Hanselman earned $33,300.

“I’ve been close, but I’ve never won at this level,” said Hanselman, who earned his first career victory after fishing FLW-sanctioned tournaments since 2002. “It feels great to finally come out on top.”

Hanselman overcame the tough fishing conditions on Lake Amistad by focusing on two different areas. On day one he fished the river drain mouths and grass near the main lake. He caught a couple of keepers on a Wahoo Lures Wing Ding, a deep-diving crankbait and an umbrella rig rigged with clear-colored Strike King Shadalicious swimbaits.

Looking for more action, Hanselman made a bold move by heading 50 miles up the Rio Grande to a spring running off of a canyon, a favorite spot of his.

“I caught three of my biggest fish up there using a Top Shelf Magnum Deep Runner swimbait,” said Hanselman. “I just slow rolled it over some boulders and found some large females that thrive in the warmer water.”

The Rio Grande spring proved to be the hot spot as Hanselman followed a similar pattern on day two.

“Warmer weather had moved in Thursday night and the sun was out, so I knew the fish would be actively swimming up that river,” said Hanselman. “I caught seven keepers at the spring with the swimbait, and a Texas-rigged green pumpkin-colored Strike King Baby Rage Craw.”

Moving into the final day of competition, Hanselman decided to stick to his original pattern, fishing the grass near the drain mouths throwing the Wing Ding. He caught three keepers before running up the Rio Grande one final time to catch a 6-pound beast on a Texas-rigged green pumpkin-colored Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw.

“Many of the fish on Lake Amistad are in the 80 to 100 foot depths right now,” Hanselman continued. “I was lucky enough to find suspended prespawn fish in the grass near the drains. Once they sit in the grass, they don’t move. Luckily the spring up the river helped me cap off my stringers.”

The top 10 pros on Lake Amistad were:

1st: Ray Hanselman, Del Rio, Texas, 15 bass, 50-14, $33,300
2nd: Brian Ankrum, Natalia, Texas, 12 bass, 45-6, $12,904
3rd: Denny Brauer, Del Rio, Texas, 14 bass, 43-0, $9,990
4th: Brendan Kennell, Del Rio, Texas, 15 bass, 39-12, $8,325
5th: Russell Cecil, Willis, Texas, 13 bass, 38-4, $7,492
6th: Wade Hudgens, Longview, Texas, 14 bass, 37-5, $6,660
7th: Stephen Johnston, Hemphill, Texas, 14 bass, 36-7, $5,827
8th: Joe Don Setina, Pittsburg, Texas, 10 bass, 30-6, $4,995
9th: Gene Eisenmann, Frisco, Texas, 10 bass, 27-4, $4,162
10th: Albert Collins, Nacogdoches, Texas, eight bass, 24-15, $3,330

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Brauer caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday – a fish weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $224.

Ricardo Carrillo of Laredo, Texas, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117 with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 11 bass weighing 23 pounds, 13 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers on Lake Amistad were:

1st: Ricardo Carrillo, Laredo, Texas, 11 bass, 23-13, Ranger Z117 with a 90 HP outboard motor
2nd: Gilbert Miller, Midlothian, Texas, seven bass, 20-9, $4,200
3rd: Dan Wilson, Pilot Point, Texas, eight bass, 19-14, $3,360
4th: Justin Hallmark, Bertram, Texas, eight bass , 17-8, $2,940
5th: Buck Hux, New Braunfels, Texas, eight bass, 17-4, $2,520
6th: Michael Huckman, Magnolia, Texas, eight bass, 17-0, $2,100
7th: Russell Lohman, Alexandria, La., eight bass, 16-6, $1,680
8th: Mark Mowery, Longview, Texas, seven bass, 16-3, $1,470
9th: Anthony Ferdinando, Spicewood, Texas, seven bass, 15-12, $1,260
10th: Chase Hux, New Braunfels, Texas, six bass, 13-1, $1,050

Miller caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday – a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $149.

The Rayovac FLW Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the no-entry-fee Rayovac FLW Series Championship. The 2015 Rayovac FLW Series Championship is being held Oct. 29-31 on the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky.

The Rayovac FLW Series on Lake Amistad presented by Frabill was hosted by the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce. It was the first Texas Division tournament of 2015. The next Rayovac FLW Series tournament will be Southeast Division event, held March 19-21, on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

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FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Johnson Leads Wire-To-Wire, Wins Rayovac FLW Series Central Division

Johnson Leads Wire-To-Wire, Wins Rayovac FLW Series Central Division Event On The Mississippi River

20.Sep.2014
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Jimmy Johnson of La Crosse, Wis., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division event on the Mississippi River presented by Evinrude with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 45 pounds, 7 ounces. Johnson led the tournament on each of the three days of competition and earned $35,815 for his victory.

“This feels pretty awesome,” said Johnson, who had 14 previous top-10 finishes on the Mississippi River in FLW competition. “I’ve finished second so many times, and to be able to pull out a win on my home waters against the caliber of this field is just awesome.”

After finishing second in the BFL Super Tournament held on the river last weekend, Johnson said he closely monitored the changing conditions and credited his local knowledge as being crucial to his success.

“I noticed the condition changes throughout the week,” Johnson said. “I knew that the water levels were dropping and that it was going to have a big effect on the fish. The weather was my biggest concern throughout the tournament. I was fishing wing dams in Pool 8 where I knew that big fish were, but I knew from experience that a strong south wind will shut those fish down.”

Johnson said that he was fishing for only big bites, and averaging just 5 to 10 bites a day.

“I would Power-Pole down on a spot and make the same repetitive cast, sometimes for up to an hour and a half at a time,” Johnson said. “I fished probably 30 different spots throughout the week. I was looking for wing dams where there was some sort of transition – a turn, or where the sand meets the rock.”

Johnson said that he had two key baits that were a “1-2 punch” for him throughout the week – a 3/8-ounce iridescent Lethal Weapon IV Swimjig with a shad-colored Yamamoto Swim Senko and a Carolina-rigged green pumpkin-colored Yamamoto Lizard with a ½-ounce weight.

The top 10 pros on the Mississippi River were:

1st: Jimmy Johnson, La Crosse, Wis., 15 bass, 45-7, $35,815
2nd: Jeff Ritter, Prairie Du Chien, Wis., 15 bass, 42-15, $13,878
3rd: Mark Tucker, Kirkwood, Mo., 15 bass, 41-6, $10,745
4th: Mike Brueggen, La Crosse, Wis., 15 bass, 40-14, $8,954
5th: Gary Yamamoto, Palestine, Texas, 15 bass, 40-9, $8,058
6th: Kent Priel, North Platte, Neb., 15 bass, 39-13, $7,163
7th: Jeff Benson, Holmen, Wis., 15 bass, 38-10, $6,268
8th: Jerry Robackouski, Plainfield, Ill., 15 bass, 37-3, $5,372
9th: Joe Pollak, Lake Geneva, Wis., 15 bass, 37-3, $4,477
10th: Terry Fitzpatrick, Waukon, Iowa, 12 bass, 32-10, $3,582

Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Keystone Light pro Chad Grigsby of Maple Grove, Minn., caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Friday, a bass weighing 5 pounds even that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $252.

Carl Gillespie of Old Hickory, Tenn., won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 32 pounds, 9 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers on the Mississippi River were:

1st: Carl Gillespie, Old Hickory, Tenn., 15 bass, 32-9, Ranger Z117C with a 90-horsepower outboard
2nd: Craig Fanning, Elwood, Ill., 14 bass, 31-3, $4,500
3rd: Kevin Mahlke, Valley Park, Mo., 12 bass, 29-4, $3,600
4th: Terry Holsapple, Greenup, Ill., 13 bass, 28-15, $3,150
5th: Lajos Draviczki, Plainfield, Ill., 12 bass, 28-13, $2,700
6th: Jason Swanson, Waterloo, Iowa, 13 bass, 27-14, $2,250
7th: Bob Byrne, Trempealeau, Wis., 12 bass, 26-8, $1,800
8th: Ronnie Shephard Jr., Oak Hill, Ohio, 12 bass, 25-0, $1,575
9th: Troy Lowery, Shattuc, Ill., 11 bass, 24-2, $1,350
10th: Michael Ratz, Hudson, Wis., 10 bass, 22-8, $1,125

Byrne caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday – a 4-pound, 2-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $168.

The Rayovac FLW Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the no-entry-fee Rayovac FLW Series Championship. The 2014 Rayovac FLW Series Championship is being held Oct. 30-Nov.1 on Wheeler Lake in Rogersville, Ala.

The Rayovac FLW Series on the Mississippi River was hosted by the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was the third and final Central Division tournament of 2014. The next Rayovac FLW Series tournament will be a Texas Division event, held Oct. 2-4, on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Lufkin, Texas. For a complete schedule, visit FLWOutdoors.com.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow FLW on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWOutdoors.

Schmitt Wins Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division Event On The James River

Schmitt Wins Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division Event On The James River

23.Aug.2014
RICHMOND, Va. – Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Md., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on the James River with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 52 pounds, 12 ounces. For his victory, Schmitt earned $29,329 and a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard.

“I caught 90 percent of my weight in the first 15 minutes every day,” said Schmitt, who is now tied with FLW Tour pros Koby Kreiger and Randy Haynes for most career Rayovac FLW Series wins with five. “I would catch a few giants in the morning and then work as hard as I could to fill my limit the rest of the day.”

Schmitt said that he targeted two key outside bends of a creek channel that had a mix of grass and pads on them for his early morning weight before targeting thicker vegetation the rest of the day. Schmitt reported catching most of his fish on a 6th Sense Core X Swimbait with a 6/0 Owner Beast Hook. He said he used P-Line braid when targeting the thicker vegetation and P-Line fluorocarbon on the outside edge. Schmitt also caught a few fish on a Strike King KVD HC 1.5 Squarebill Crankbait.

“The first day I caught nine fish, the second day I caught five bass and today I caught six,” said the tidal-water expert. “If I didn’t have that little window in the morning I wouldn’t have even made the top 10.

“I was making an hour long run,” said Schmitt. “By the time I got to my spot in the morning it was starting to get bright. The tide was low enough for three more hours for those big fish to stay there, but they would disappear. I almost think it was some sort of morning frenzy that didn’t have anything to do with the tide.”

The top 10 pros on the James River were:

1st: Bryan Schmitt, Deale, Md., 15 bass, 52-12, $29,329 + Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower outboard
2nd: Wayne Vaughan, Chester, Va., 15 bass, 50-3, $11,365
3rd: Kelly Pratt, Williamsburg, Va., 15 bass, 48-1, $8,799
4th: William Shelton III, La Crosse, Va., 15 bass, 42-7, $7,332
5th: Chris Baumgardner, Gastonia, N.C., 15 bass, 37-3, $6,599
6th: Bo Boltz, New Kent, Va., 15 bass, 33-6, $5,866
7th: Shayne Berlo, Fairfax, Va., 15 bass, 32-0, $5,133
8th: Frank Poirier, North Prince George, Va., 15 bass, 31-11, $4,399
9th: Robert Whitehurst, Henrico, Va., 15 bass, 30-5, $3,666
10th: Straight Talk Wireless pro J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 13 bass, 28-7, $2,933

Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Wil Hardy of Harlem, Ga., caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday – a 9-pound, 1-ounce bass that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $180.

Michael Crocker of Pasadena, Md., won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 11 bass weighing 27 pounds, 6 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers on the James River were:

1st: Michael Crocker, Pasadena, Md., 11 bass, 27-6, Ranger Z117C with a 90-horsepower outboard
2nd: David Williams, Fredericksburg, Va., 15 bass, 26-6, $3,719
3rd: Derek Brown, Charlottesville, Va., 15 bass, 26-5, $2,975
4th: Manuel Cruz, Clifton, N.J., 13 bass, 25-10, $2,603
5th: Lenny Baird, Stafford, Va., 15 bass, 25-6, $2,231
6th: Junior Allen, Biscoe, N.C., 15 bass, 24-7, $1,860
7th: Dick Gum, Woodbridge, Va., nine bass, 22-8, $1,488
8th: David Ball, Durham, N.C., 11 bass, 21-2, $1,302
9th: Cory Bechtel, Macungie, Pa., 13 bass, 18-10, $1,116
10th: Michael Martinez, Lanexa, Va., eight bass, 14-9, $930

John Shultz of Trucksville, Pa., caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Thursday – a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $120.

The Rayovac FLW Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the no-entry-fee Rayovac FLW Series Championship. The 2014 Rayovac FLW Series Championship is being held Oct. 30-Nov.1 on Wheeler Lake in Rogersville, Ala.

The Rayovac FLW Series on the James River was the third and final regular-season Northern Division event in 2014. For a complete schedule, visit FLWOutdoors.com.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow FLW on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWOutdoors.

Ohio State University Wins FLW College Fishing Northern Conference

Ohio State University Wins FLW College Fishing Northern Conference

Ohio State University Wins FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Event On Chautauqua Lake
23.Aug.2014
CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. – The Ohio State University team of Sidney Hoover of Findlay, Ohio, and Brett Warrick of Westerville, Ohio, won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference tournament on Chautauqua Lake Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 15 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Invitational tournament on the Potomac River.

“We started off the morning fishing deeper for smallmouth and once it got bright we went and fished docks with Senkos,” said Warrick. “We had a limit of smallmouth, with two really good ones within the first two or three hours.

“The smallmouth area was a weedline,” explained Warrick. “I found it about a month ago. We went back there on the first day of practice and I caught a 4½-pounder and after that we just left it alone.”

The duo said that after filling their limit with smallmouth they caught three more big largemouth fishing docks with a Yamamoto Senko. They estimated that they caught about 12 keeper bass throughout the course of the day.

“It was pretty wild to win, and we executed really well today,” said Hoover. “We put in a pretty good effort in practice, so it’s nice to have it pay off.”

“I’ve been fishing BFL events as a co-angler for a while,” added Warrick. “That has absolutely helped me. It exposed me to a lot of techniques I wouldn’t have tried otherwise.”

The pair said that they caught most of their fish on a small green pumpkin-colored jig and a green pumpkin-colored 5-inch Yamamoto Senko.

The top 15 teams that advanced to the 2014 FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Invitational are:

1st: Ohio State University – Sidney Hoover, Findlay Ohio, and Brett Warrick, Westerville, Ohio (five bass, 17-15, $2,000)
2nd: State University of New York-Buffalo – Ronald Penders, Rochester, N.Y., and Morgon Fernaays, Buffalo, N.Y. (five bass, 16-6, $1,000)
3rd: Michigan State University – Seth Gibson, Union City, Mich., and Ross Parsons, Dewitt, Mich. (five bass, 15-8, $500)
4th: Slippery Rock University – Tyler Branca and Tyler Sheppard, both of Hermitage, Pa. (five bass, 15-3, $500)
5th: Youngstown State University – Stan Miketa, New Middleton, Ohio, and Charles Cremeans, Youngstown, Ohio (five bass, 14-3, $500)
6th: Kent State University – Trevor White, Newton Falls, Ohio, and Greg Perry, Cortland, Ohio (five bass, 13-4)
7th: Michigan State University – Kenny Bennett, Sterling Heights, Mich., and Dylan Jones, Warren, Mich. (five bass, 13-3)
8th: Central Michigan University – Blake Goodell, Traverse City, Mich., and Brian Bustamante, Dearborn, Mich. (five bass, 13-1)
9th: Shippensburg University – Kevin Hollasch, Marriotsville, Md., and Hunter Chamberlin, Shippensburg, Pa. (five bass, 12-9)
10th: University of Akron – Robert Webber, Elyria, Ohio, and Sean Connelly, Amsterdam, Ohio (five bass, 12-0)
11th: Xavier University – Andrew Decilles, Batesville, Ind., and Alex Vaisvil, St. Charles, Ill. (five bass, 11-13)
12th: Mansfield University – Bryan Rupp, Mansfield, Pa., and Colton Otto, Carlisle, Pa. (five bass, 11-9)
13th: State University of New York-Plattsburgh – Brendan Bolis, Canton, N.Y., and Richard Lee, Port Kent, N.Y. (five bass, 11-7)
14th: Northern Michigan University – Brody Layher, Grass Lake, Mich., and Justin Brown, Bear Lake, Mich. (five bass, 11-6)
15th: Western Michigan University – Erik Rogoszewski, Dewitt, Mich., and Shandon Miller, Frankenmuth, Mich. (five bass, 11-5)

Complete results can be found at CollegeFishing.com.

FLW College Fishing teams compete in three qualifying events in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top 15 teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five conference invitational tournaments. The top 10 teams from each conference invitational tournament will advance to the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

This FLW College Fishing Northern Conference tournament was hosted by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau. The Northern Conference Invitational tournament is scheduled for Oct. 11-12 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Md., and is hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow College Fishing on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing. Visit CollegeFishing.com to sign up or to start a club at your school.

Gagliardi Wins FLW Forrest Wood Cup

Gagliardi Wins FLW Forrest Wood Cup

Gagliardi Wins Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart
17.Aug.2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S.C., crossed the stage with a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 14 ounces Sunday to claim the title of Forrest Wood Cup Champion at the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray presented by Walmart. Gagliardi, with a four-day total of 19 bass for 51-2, won by a narrow 1-ounce margin over Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury of Springville, Ala., and won the $500,000 prize in professional bass fishing’s world championship that featured 45 of the best professional anglers from across the country casting for the sport’s top cash award of $500,000.

“This is unbelievable,” said Gagliardi, who overcame an early-season disqualification at the first FLW Tour event of the year on Lake Okeechobee and managed to qualify to compete in the Forrest Wood Cup in just five events. “To win the Forrest Wood Cup, no matter where it is, is the most prestigious event that I could win in our sport. But to do it here, in front of all of these people who were rooting for me, it really just makes it so much more special.

“I’ve never felt like I did this morning,” Gagliardi continued. “I was running down the lake, the camera helicopter was running beside me. The feeling that I had, just being here, in this tournament, on my home lake with the support that I’ve had – it was such a special feeling that I’ve never experienced before in a tournament.”

Gagliardi said that he caught his fish this week on three key baits. On day one, he caught fish on a 5-inch Scaled Sardine-colored Basstrix swimbait with a 3/8-ounce Buckeye Lures jig head. He caught a few of his solid keeper fish up the Saluda River on a Texas-rigged 10-inch Zoom Ol’ Monster worm, and his key bait on Sunday was a Yamamoto Baits D-Shad soft plastic jerkbait.

“Every time this year that it looked like my run was going to end, I would catch a big one at the end of the day and stay alive,” Gagliardi said. “I’m super hard on myself when I don’t perform as well as I think I should, but my wife Kristin is always pulling me out of those little slumps. After my disqualification at Okeechobee, it was one of the lowest points of my life. I literally thought I had a zero-percent chance of making this tournament. She stayed positive and forced me to be positive too and that was crucial for me this season. I could not possibly be any happier at this moment.”

The top 10 pros finished the tournament in:

1st: Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 19 bass, 51-2, $500,000
2nd: Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 19 bass, 51-1, $60,000
3rd: Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 20 bass, 50-11, $50,000
4th: Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C., 20 bass, 50-7, $40,000
5th: Steve Kennedy, Auburn, Ala., 20 bass, 50-7, $35,000
6th: Matt Herren, Ashville, Ala., 20 bass, 48-0, $30,500
7th: Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 18 bass, 44-6, $26,000
8th: Michael Wooley, Collierville, Tenn., 16 bass, 43-4, $24,000
9th: Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 16 bass, 35-13, $22,000
10th: Rayovac pro Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Ind., 13 bass, 33-7, $20,000

A complete list of results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Overall there were 39 bass weighing 109 pounds, 15 ounces caught by pros Sunday. The catch included six five-bass limits.

Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., won the co-angler division and $50,000 Friday with a two-day total of seven bass weighing 15 pounds, 14 ounces followed by Jason Johnson of Gainesville, Ga., in second place with six bass weighing 12-8 worth $10,000.

The 2014 Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray presented by Walmart was hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism.

FLW and Visit Hot Springs announced Friday that Hot Springs, Ark., would once again be hosting the Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, Aug. 20-23, 2015, at Lake Ouachita. The last time the Forrest Wood Cup, the sport’s premier event, was held in Hot Springs was 2011.

FLW Tour pro Rich Dalbey of Greenville, Texas, was awarded the third annual Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award on Saturday, and a donation will be made to Dalbey’s charity of choice. FLW recognized the angler that best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship and community service throughout the 2014 season. The Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award recognizes the individual who displayed overall commitment of sportsmanship and community leadership, on and off the water, by displaying ethical behavior, upholding integrity, class, selflessness, conservation efforts and kindness to others.

Coverage of the Forrest Wood Cup will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC when “FLW” airs Oct. 5 from 2-3 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.