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Ehrler Leads Forrest Wood Cup

Ehrler Grabs Lead At Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart
16.Aug.2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Aug. 16, 2014) – Pro angler Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif., brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 5 ounces to take the lead after day three of the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray presented by Walmart. Ehrler, with a three-day total of 15 bass for 39-1, holds a 3-ounce lead over Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., who has a three-day total of 15 bass for 38-14 in professional bass fishing’s world championship that features 45 of the best professional anglers from across the country casting for the sport’s top cash award of $500,000.

“I’m catching fish doing a number of different things,” said Ehrler, who is poised to become the first ever two-time Forrest Wood Cup champion after winning the event in 2006. “I’m catching some moving fast and covering the bank; I’m catching some schooling fish and I’m catching some fish deeper with bottom baits. The bite seemed to be a little bit better today. I think the clouds this morning definitely helped.”

Ehrler said that it took him until 1 p.m. to catch his limit during the first two days of competition, but he had his limit today by 8:30 a.m. He said that he caught his fish that he weighed in on three or four different baits and thinks that he has saved a few of his areas for the final day.

“Today was strange because I ran some areas where I didn’t catch them in practice and I was able to catch a few,” Ehrler said. “I did lay off some areas where I think I can catch them tomorrow. I’m not sure how many fish are there, but I’m going to run the areas that I really believe are holding fish and hopefully there will be a good enough stringer there to finish things off.

“I’ll definitely have some butterflies in the morning,” Ehrler continued. “When I won back in 2006, it wasn’t even a goal of mine to win the tournament. It was my first Forrest Wood Cup appearance and I was just happy to be there. Now that I’ve done it I feel like I can actually win, so that will definitely add to the stress a little bit more because I feel like I have a great opportunity.”

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

1st: Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 15 bass, 39-1
2nd: Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 38-14
3rd: Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 14 bass, 37-4
4th: Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 14 bass, 37-3
5th: Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C., 15 bass, 36-7
6th: Matt Herren, Ashville, Ala., 15 bass, 33-1
7th: Michael Wooley, Collierville, Tenn., 12 bass, 32-13
8th: Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 15 bass, 32-7
9th: Rayovac pro Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Ind., 12 bass, 31-4
10th: Steve Kennedy, Auburn, Ala., 15 bass, 30-5

Finishing in 11th through 20th are:

11th: Castrol pro Philip Jarabeck, Lynchburg, Va., 10 bass, 30-4, $15,000
12th: Walmart pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 13 bass, 28-13, $15,000
13th: Matthew Stefan, Junction City, Wis., 12 bass, 27-14, $15,000
14th: Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 12 bass, 26-10, $15,000
15th: Castrol pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Tenn., nine bass, 25-5, $15,000
16th: Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 23-7, $15,000
17th: James Biggs, Euless, Texas, 10 bass, 23-3, $15,000
18th: Ramie Colson Jr., Cadiz, Ky., nine bass, 22-8, $15,000
19th: George Foreman pro Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., 11 bass, 22-6, $15,000
20th: Brad Knight, Wartburg, Tenn., nine bass, 21-8, $15,000

Final results for the remaining field can be found on FLWOutdoors.com.

Overall there were 68 bass weighing 172 pounds, 1 ounce even caught by pros Saturday. The catch included eight 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 is being hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism.

The final 10 anglers will take off from Dreher Island State Park located at 3677 State Park Road in Prosperity, S.C., at 7 a.m. Sunday. Weigh-in will be held at the Colonial Life Arena located at 801 Lincoln St. in Columbia, S.C., beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Fans will be treated to the FLW Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center located at 1101 Lincoln St. in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. prior to the weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the Chevy Truck Tour, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy games, activities and giveaways provided by more than 40 sponsors, shop the latest tackle and outdoor gear, and learn more about the sport from more than 100 exhibitors. All activities are free and open to the public.

FLW has teamed up with the South Carolina Barbeque Association to feature the “Bass & BBQ” festival presented by The State. Fans will be able to visit their favorite pit masters and enjoy some delicious award-winning BBQ on Sunday during the FLW Expo. Country music artist John Wesley Satterfield will perform on the outdoor stage in the “Bass & BBQ” festival at 2 p.m.

Also on Sunday, 500 free rods and reels will be given away to the first 500 children 14 years and under who are accompanied by an adult. The rod and reel giveaways are courtesy of WLTX News 19. One lucky fishing fan will win a Ranger Z521C powered by a 250-horsepower Mercury outboard. The Ranger boat giveaway is courtesy of 97.5 WCOS-FM and is free to enter, but the winner must be present at the conclusion of Sunday’s final weigh-in to win.

Prior to Sunday’s final weigh-in, country music superstar Rodney Atkins will perform a free live concert on the Walmart weigh-in stage, starting at 4 p.m. The Curb Records recording artist has six No.1 hits, including “These are My People,” “Cleaning this Gun” and “Take a Back Road.”

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.

Jarabeck Takes Lead At Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

Jarabeck Takes Lead At Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

15.Aug.2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Forty-five of the best professional bass anglers from across the country continued their four-day competition for a top cash award of $500,000 at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of professional bass fishing, at Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C. on Friday.

Castrol pro Philip Jarabeck of Lynchburg, Va., crossed the stage with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds even to take the lead from his uncle, day one leader Castrol pro David Dudley. Jarabeck’s two-day total of eight bass weighing 26-4 give him a slim 8-ounce lead heading into day three, with Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif., right behind him in second place with 10 bass weighing 25-12.

“I’m so blessed,” said Jarabeck, who is fishing the first Forrest Wood Cup of his young career. “To look at the leaderboard and realize that I am leading after day two – I am in absolute disbelief. This is the biggest stage in bass fishing, and to see my name on top – to say I’m pretty excited about it is an understatement.

“I started out this morning fishing shallow,” Jarabeck continued. “I had two nice ones by 10:30 a.m., and then I went deep. The key for me today was just covering a lot of water in the morning, then using finesse tactics out deep later.”

Jarabeck estimated that he burned through at least $100 worth of gas on Friday and he fished 10 to 15 different stretches of the bank early and 20 different places out deep. He said that he caught around 10 keepers throughout the day, but was not ready to divulge any bait specifics. He did hint that his afternoon finesse presentation was one of the main factors in his solid stringer.

“Tomorrow, I’m just going to roll with the punches,” Jarabeck said. “I’m going to go down the bank and try to get lucky catching a big one or two, then I’m going back out deep and hope to finish off my limit with a couple of good ones. I can’t wait to get back out there.”

The top 20 pros that will continue to Saturday’s competition are:

1st: Castrol pro Philip Jarabeck, Lynchburg, Va., eight bass, 26-4
2nd: Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 10 bass, 25-12
3rd: Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 25-0
4th: Michael Wooley, Collierville, Tenn., nine bass, 24-4
5th: Rayovac pro Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Ind., nine bass, 24-2
6th: Castrol pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., eight bass, 23-15
7th: Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., nine bass, 23-5
8th: Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 22-14
9th: Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., nine bass, 21-3
10th: Matt Herren, Ashville, Ala., 10 bass, 21-2
11th: Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 10 bass, 20-14
12th: Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C., 10 bass, 20-14
13th: Walmart pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 10 bass, 19-15
14th: Steve Kennedy, Auburn, Ala., 10 bass, 19-12
15th: Matthew Stefan, Junction City, Wis., nine bass, 19-6
16th: Brad Knight, Wartburg, Tenn., eight bass, 19-4
17th: Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., eight bass, 18-9
18th: Ramie Colson Jr., Cadiz, Ky., seven bass, 18-5
19th: James Biggs, Euless, Texas, seven bass, 17-15
20th: George Foreman pro Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., eight bass, 15-13

Final results for the remaining field can be found on FLWOutdoors.com.

Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., won the Bridgford Big Bass Award and $1,000 on the pro side Friday with a bass weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces.

Overall there were 153 bass weighing 345 pounds, 10 ounces even caught by pros Friday. The catch included 14 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.

“I fished as hard as I possibly could over the last two days,” said New, who has earned more than $130,000 fishing as a co-angler in FLW competition. “I just grinded it out. I’ve finished third four times this year, and third in the co-angler of the year standings, but if there was ever a tournament to get over the hump, this was the one to do it. I’ve had such a great and blessed year.”

New said that he caught most of his fish on a prototype Charlie’s Worms finesse worm.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1st: Bryan New, Belmont, N.C., seven bass, 15-14, $50,000
2nd: Jason Johnson, Gainesville, Ga., six bass, 12-8, $10,000
3rd: Richie Eaves, Nauvoo, Ill., five bass, 11-12, $9,000
4th: Cody Kelley, Conway, Ark., five bass, 10-15, $8,000
5th: Braxton Setzer, Auburn, Ala., four bass, 9-9, $7,000
6th: Jeff Gengler, Fort Collins, Colo., three bass, 7-9, $6,000
7th: Billy Dehart, Burlingame, Calif., three bass, 7-9, $5,500
8th: Alan Woodford, Winslow, Ind., four bass, 6-9, $5,000
9th: Shane Melton, Kokomo, Ind., three bass, 6-5, $4,500
10th: Todd Kline, San Clemente, Calif., three bass, 5-7, $4,000

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

Dehart won the Bridgford Big Bass Award and $500 on the co-angler side Friday with a bass weighing 3 pounds, 8 ounces.

Overall there were 48 bass weighing 99 pounds, 6 ounces even caught by co-anglers Friday.

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

Anglers will take off from Dreher Island State Park located at 3677 State Park Road in Prosperity, S.C., at 7 a.m. each morning. Weigh-ins will be held at the Colonial Life Arena located at 801 Lincoln St. in Columbia, S.C., beginning at 5 p.m. daily.

Fans will be treated to the FLW Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center located at 1101 Lincoln St. in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. prior to the weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the Chevy Truck Tour, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy games, activities and giveaways provided by more than 40 sponsors, shop the latest tackle and outdoor gear, and learn more about the sport from more than 100 exhibitors. All activities are free and open to the public.

FLW has teamed up with the South Carolina Barbeque Association to feature the “Bass & BBQ” festival presented by The State. Fans enjoying the FLW Expo can sample barbeque from 35 of the state’s top barbeque teams Saturday and purchase their favorites directly from the teams Sunday. Five dollars will get you five 2-ounce samples on Saturday.

Country artist Jeremy McComb will perform on the outdoor stage in the “Bass & BBQ” festival at 2 p.m. Saturday followed by country artist John Wesley Satterfield at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, 500 free rods and reels will be given away each day to the first 500 children 14 years and under who are accompanied by an adult. The rod and reel giveaways are courtesy of WLTX News 19. One lucky fishing fan will win a Ranger Z521C powered by a 250-horsepower Mercury outboard. The Ranger boat giveaway is courtesy of 97.5 WCOS-FM and is free to enter, but the winner must be present at the conclusion of Sunday’s final weigh-in to win.

Prior to Sunday’s final weigh-in, country music superstar Rodney Atkins will perform a free live concert on the Walmart weigh-in stage, starting at 4 p.m. The Curb Records recording artist has six No.1 hits, including “These are My People,” “Cleaning this Gun” and “Take a Back Road.”

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.

Marini Wins FLW Series North

Marini Wins Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division Event On Lake Champlain
19.Jul.2014
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Michael Marini of Slingerlands, N.Y., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Champlain with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 57 pounds, 7 ounces. For his victory, Marini earned $38,664.

“It feels incredible,” said Marini, who weighed the biggest bag of the day on Saturday to move up from fourth place and earn his first win in FLW competition. “It is honestly one of the biggest accomplishments of my fishing career. I’m looking forward to fishing more in the future. I’m very confident on this lake and it paid off.

“I fished the same exact techniques all three days,” Marini explained. “The first two days I rotated between two primary spots. Today I recognized that it was a slow bite. I stayed with one spot and milked it all day. I never fired up the main motor except to go get gas for the run back from Ticonderoga.”

Marini said that his primary area was a grass flat about the size of a football field and that he targeted depths ranging from about 4 to 6 feet.

“I don’t think the bass were in their summer pattern yet,” said Marini said. “They were spread out all through the flat and I didn’t have to target specific pockets of fish.”

Marini said he caught all his fish on a bright colored Yamamoto Senko that he either wacky-rigged or Texas-rigged with a ½-ounce weight.

The top 10 pros on Lake Champlain were:

1st: Michael Marini, Slingerlands, N.Y., 15 bass, 57-7, $38,664
2nd: Chris Johnston, Peterborough, Ontario, 15 bass, 56-11, $14,982
3rd: Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., 15 bass, 56-1, $11,599
4th: Jordan Lee, Auburn, Ala., 15 bass, 55-9, $9,666
5th: Derick Olson, Honey Brook, Pa., 15 bass, 53-10, $8,699
6th: Glenn Babineau, Mechanicville, N.Y., 15 bass, 52-12, $7,733
7th: Mark Daniels Jr., Fairfield, Calif., 15 bass, 52-0, $6,766
8th: Mike Neilson, Markham, Ontario, 15 bass, 49-8, $5,800
9th: Mike McDonald, Randleman, N.C., 15 bass, 47-12, $4,833
10th: Cory Johnston, Peterborough, Ontario, 15 bass, 47-3, $3,866

Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Olson and Frank Ippoliti of Mercersburg, Pa., tied for the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, each catching a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass – that earned them the Thursday and Friday Big Bass awards of $284, respectively.

Zachary Francis of Abingdon, Va., 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 46 pounds even.

The top 10 co-anglers on Lake Champlain were:

1st: Zachary Francis, Abingdon, Va., 15 bass, 46-0, Ranger Z117C with a 90-horsepower outboard
2nd: Steve Brinster, Vernon, N.J., 15 bass, 44-11, $4,841
3rd: Jeff Russell, Ballston Spa, N.Y., 15 bass, 44-8, $3,873
4th: Destin Demarion, Grove City, Pa., 15 bass, 43-14, $3,389
5th: Stephen Semelsberger Jr., Mt. Airy, Md., 15 bass, 42-1, $2,905
6th: Alex Antipenko, Brooklyn, N.Y., 14 bass, 41-10, $2,420
7th: A.J. Zitzman, Montreal, Quebec, 15 bass, 41-7, $1,936
8th: Gabriel Scott, Stanardsville, Va., 15 bass, 40-3, $1,694
9th: Dereck Bigford, Cicero, N.Y., 13 bass, 36-2, $1,452
10th: Kurt Fraser, Edgewater, Md., 11 bass, 30-1, $1,210

Robin Roystan of Bath, N.H., caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday – a 5-pound, 8-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $189.

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 Lake Champlain was hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau. It was the second of three Northern Division events in 2014. The next Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division tournament will be held Aug. 21-23-19, on the James River in Richmond, Va. For a complete schedule, visit FLWOutdoors.com.

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Skip Johnson Wins FLW Tour on Kentucky Lake

Rookie Johnson Wins Walmart FLW Tour Finale On Kentucky Lake Presented By Evinrude
29.Jun.2014
PARIS, Tenn. – Rookie pro Skip Johnson of Goodells, Mich., brought the fourth-largest stringer of the entire tournament to the scale Sunday – a five-bass limit weighing 24 pounds even – to win the Walmart FLW Tour at Kentucky Lake presented by Evinrude. Johnson’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 88 pounds, 10 ounces gave him the win by a narrow 1-pound, 2-ounce margin over second-place pro Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tenn., and earned him the $100,000 prize in an exciting finale to the four-day event that wrapped up the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour regular season.

“I’m almost speechless,” said Johnson, who earned the win in his first career top-10 showing on the FLW Tour. “I knew that I was on something special and that I had a spot that I could win the tournament on. I found the spot a few years ago in another tournament and I went to it a 9 a.m. on the first day of practice. It was a creek channel, way inside where everyone else was fishing.”

Johnson said that his creek channel was located up the Tennessee River, near New Johnsonville. After realizing that he was on to something special he spent almost his entire practice nearby, making sure that no other tournament competitors found his secret.

“I’ve been watching guys drive by me all week long and it just amazes me that nobody really came in and checked it out,” Johnson continued. “It comes off the shore and makes a couple of real hard bends, and there are a couple of oxbows in it where there are two or three channels with humps in between. I was ledge fishing, but it was the ledges of the creek channel that dropped off. The fish sat on the edges of those humps in 11 to 13 feet of water. I really just banked on that one spot.”

Johnson estimated that he caught 50 to 100 fish every day and said that his key baits throughout the week were black and blue- and green-pumpkin-colored ¾-ounce Strike King Tour Grade Football Jigs with Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craws with the claws dipped in chartreuse dye. He said that he made a key adjustment today by slowing down with a 10-inch crawdad-colored Western Plastics worm.

“I moved to Michigan from Southern California 10 years ago and a big part of that decision was so that I could get into professional fishing,” Johnson said. “I got held up a few years and I couldn’t jump right into the Tour, so I fished a lot of local tournaments and worked my way up. I took my shot this year and now here I am today. I think I proved that I belong.”

The top 10 pros finished the tournament:

1st: Skip Johnson, Goodells, Mich., 20 bass, 88-10, $100,000
2nd: Jason Lambert, Pickwick Dam, Tenn., 20 bass, 87-8, $30,000
3rd: Snickers pro Jim Moynagh, Carver, Minn., 20 bass, 86-13, $25,000
4th: Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn., 20 bass, 85-11, $20,000
5th: Clent Davis, Montevallo, Ala., 20 bass, 84-3, $19,000
6th: Tom Redington, Royse City, Texas, 20 bass, 83-12, $18,000
7th: Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 20 bass, 83-2, $17,500
8th: Andrew Upshaw, Tulsa, Okla., 20 bass, 82-4, $16,000
9th: Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 20 bass, 80-9, $15,000
10th: Tim Malone, Gatlinburg, Tenn., 19 bass, 77-14, $14,000

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

Overall there were 49 bass weighing 203 pounds, 10 ounces caught by pros Sunday. Nine of the final 10 pros caught five-bass limits.

For the second straight season, Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn., wrapped up the Kellogg’s Angler of the Year title on Saturday. He narrowly edged out Repel pro Cody Meyer of Auburn, Calif., by just 9 points in a tightly contested race that thrilled fishing fans throughout the season. Morgan clinched the second Angler of the Year title of his career after finishing the tournament in 14th place. Morgan, who received $100,000 for the title, also will receive an automatic berth into the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup.

Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tenn., clinched the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour Rookie of the Year award Friday, which is awarded to the rookie pro angler who finishes the season with the highest point total.

Cody Kelley of Conway, Ark., won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 54 pounds, 9 ounces, followed by Joe McClary of Kirkwood, Mo., in second place with 15 bass weighing 54 pounds, 1 ounce worth $7,500.

Braxton Setzer of Auburn, Ala., was declared the 2014 FLW Tour Kellogg’s Co-angler of the Year early Sunday morning, just one day after the title appeared to have slipped through his grasp on Kentucky Lake. Jason Johnson of Gainesville, Ga., was declared the winner Saturday after finishing the tournament in 11th place. Unfortunately for Johnson, who has fished the FLW Tour as a co-angler since 2012, that all changed when it was discovered that he had made a cast from the front deck of Cody Meyer’s boat Saturday, a clear violation of FLW Tour rules. As a result of the infraction, Johnson’s catch for the day was disqualified, giving Setzer the Co-angler of the Year title.

Coverage of the Kentucky Lake tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs Sept. 7 from 8 p.m.-9 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.

The Tour stop on Kentucky Lake presented by Evinrude was hosted by the Henry County Alliance and was the sixth and final event of the Walmart FLW Tour’s 2014 season. The 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart will be the next tournament and will be held Aug. 14-17 in Columbia, S.C., on Lake Murray. The event will be hosted by Capital City Lake Murray Country. Boats will launch from the Dreher Island State Park in Prosperity, S.C. Coverage of the Forrest Wood Cup will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC when “FLW” airs Oct. 5 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. ET. For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com.

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Redington Leads Morgan Wins FLW Angler of the Year

Redington Retains Lead, Morgan Wins Angler Of The Year Title At Walmart Flw Tour Event On Kentucky Lake Presented By Evinrude
28.Jun.2014
PARIS, Tenn. – Boy Scouts of America pro Tom Redington of Royse City, Texas, brought a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 13 ounces to retain his lead after day three of the Walmart FLW Tour at Kentucky Lake presented by Evinrude. Redington now enters the fourth and final day of competition as the No. 1 seed in the event featuring 162 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world casting for the top cash award of up to $125,000.

Redington has brought a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 65 pounds, 12 ounces to the scale, which gives him a slim 1-pound, 2-ounce lead over second-place pro Skip Johnson of Goodells, Mich., who caught five bass today weighing 19 pounds, 12 ounces. Johnson has weighed in 15 bass totaling 64 pounds, 10 ounces in his three days of competition.

“It was way tougher today and my fish just weren’t there,” said Redington, who made his first top-10 cut of the season. “I didn’t get a limit until mid-morning. The schools that I had yesterday were kind of broken up and I was forced to scramble around and find some new fish today.

“The numbers of fish that I caught were about the same, but they were way smaller in size. And I didn’t see nearly as many fish there on my electronics. The weather was a little different today. We’d been getting storms in the afternoon, but today we had storms in the morning. I had to use finesse tactics today, like the first day. I tried throwing the big power baits, but I still only caught small fish.”

Redington said that he threw five different baits today, but only caught fish on three. He said that because the top-10 weights were so close he isn’t really feeling much pressure heading into the final day.

“Less than four pounds separates me from 10th place,” Redington said. “Whoever catches the biggest bag tomorrow will win. It’s basically a one-day tournament now, so there isn’t much pressure.

“The worst that I can do is 10th place, so I’m not going to try to put together a small limit to save my ego,” Redington went on to say. “I’m going to fish for the big ones and if I don’t get them, then so be it. I’m going for the win.”

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

1st: Tom Redington, Royse City, Texas, 15 bass, 65-12
2nd: Skip Johnson, Goodells, Mich., 15 bass, 64-10
3rd: Jason Lambert, Pickwick Dam, Tenn., 15 bass, 64-10
4th: Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 15 bass, 64-6
5th: Snickers pro Jim Moynagh, Carver, Minn., 15 bass, 63-11
6th: Tim Malone, Gatlinburg, Tenn., 15 bass, 63-6
7th: Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn., 15 bass, 63-2
8th: Clent Davis, Montevallo, Ala., 15 bass, 62-11
9th: Andrew Upshaw, Tulsa, Okla., 15 bass, 62-6
10th: Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 15 bass, 62-2

Finishing in 11th through 20th are:

11th: John Voyles, Petersburg, Ind., 15 bass, 61-8, $12,000
12th: Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 61-7, $12,000
13th: Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 15 bass, 60-15, $12,000
14th: Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 59-6, $12,000
15th: Repel pro Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 15 bass, 58-14, $12,000
16th: Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla., 15 bass, 58-7, $12,000
17th: Ramie Colson Jr., Cadiz, Ky., 15 bass, 57-14, $12,000
18th: Charlie Ingram, Centerville, Tenn., 15 bass, 57-11, $12,000
19th: Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., 15 bass, 57-10, $12,000
20th: Walmart pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 15 bass, 51-12, $12,000

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

Overall there were 100 bass weighing 373 pounds, 11 ounces caught by pros Saturday. All 20 professionals weighed in five-bass limits.

Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify. The 2014 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17 on Lake Murray and is hosted by Capital City Lake Murray Country. The winning angler in that event will win $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.

Anglers were also vying for the prestigious 2014 Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year presented by Kellogg’s title that is determined by the most points accumulated over the six Tour events in 2014.

For the second straight season, Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn., wrapped up the Kellogg’s Angler of the Year title on Saturday. He narrowly edged out Repel pro Cody Meyer of Auburn, Calif., by just 9 points in a tightly contested race that thrilled fishing fans throughout the season. Morgan clinched the second Angler of the Year title of his career after finishing the tournament in 14th place. Morgan, who received $100,000 for the title, also will receive an automatic berth into the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup.

Cody Kelley of Conway, Ark., won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 54 pounds, 9 ounces, followed by Joe McClary of Kirkwood, Mo., in second place with 15 bass weighing 54 pounds, 1 ounce worth $7,500.

“These pros that we fish with are so good and they are so tough to fish behind,” said Kelley. “You have to find one little bait or one thing unique that you can do to catch a few. This week for me, it’s been a new bait from Crock-O-Gator bait company called a Swamp Bug Sr. I was able to get 8 or 9 keepers each day by slow rolling it and it was the key for me this week.”

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1st: Cody Kelley, Conway, Ark., 15 bass, 54-9, $20,000
2nd: Joe McClary, Kirkwood, Mo., 15 bass, 54-1, $7,500
3rd: John Wilson, Six Mile, S.C., 15 bass, 50-6, $5,000
4th: Brian Wilson, Somerset, Ky., 15 bass, 49-5, $4,000
5th: Joshua Weaver, Macon, Ga., 15 bass, 49-4, $3,000
6th: Dennis Cameron, Travelers Rest, S.C., 14 bass, 48-9, $2,500
7th: Timothy Curran, Huntsville, Ala., 15 bass, 48-7, $2,000
8th: Doug Back, Fort Myers, Fla., 14 bass, 47-7, $1,800
9th: Kyle Prskalo, Hobart, Ind., 15 bass, 47-2, $1,700
10th: Kyle Monti, Okeechobee, Fla., 15 bass, 46-11, $1,600

For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Overall there were 84 bass weighing 247 pounds even caught by co-anglers Saturday. The catch included 12 five-bass limits.

In addition to the top award of $25,000, co-anglers were also fishing this week for valuable points that would help them qualify for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart. The top 35 co-anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify.

Jason Johnson of Gainesville, Ga., clinched the Walmart FLW Tour Co-Angler of the Year presented by Kellogg’s title Saturday and won a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard plus an automatic berth into the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup.

“I’ve been fishing as a co-angler for three years,” said Johnson. “My first year on Tour I practiced with Brett Hite. Last year I practiced with Cody Meyer. This year, I’ve been practicing with Brent Ehrler. Those guys are the best in the world and when you practice and fish with them, these kinds of things tend to happen.”

The final 10 pros will take off from Paris Landing State Park located at 16055 Highway 79 N. in Buchanan at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. Sunday’s final weigh-in will be held at Walmart located at 1210 Mineral Wells Ave. in Paris beginning at 4 p.m. The event is being hosted by the Henry County Alliance.

Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo at Walmart on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-in. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, a Chevy Truck Tour, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public. Country music star Michael Ray will perform a free live concert on the Walmart weigh-in stage at 3 p.m.

Coverage of the Kentucky Lake tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs Sept. 7 from 8 p.m.-9 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.

Brett Hite Leads FLW Tour Kentucky Lake

Brett Hite Leads FLW Tour Kentucky Lake

Hite Leads Walmart FLW Tour Event On Kentucky Lake Presented By Evinrude
26.Jun.2014
PARIS, Tenn. – Pro angler Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz., brought a five-bass limit to the scale Thursday weighing 24 pounds, 14 ounces to grab the lead after day one of the Walmart FLW Tour at Kentucky Lake presented by Evinrude. Hite now holds a 2-pound, 3-ounce lead heading into day two of the four-day event, hosted by the Henry County Alliance, that features 162 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.

Right behind Hite in second-place is pro Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., who weighed in five bass for 22 pounds, 11 ounces. Haynes was the winner of the Rayovac FLW Series tournament held on Kentucky Lake just one month ago.

“I had an early boat draw, and I ran to a spot that I had found real late in the last day of our practice period,” said Hite, who won the first FLW Tour event of the season at Lake Okeechobee in February. “I got my boat in just the right position and I was catching them literally cast after cast after cast.”

Hite estimated that he caught around 20 keepers, but stopped fishing at noon to conserve his fish.

“You start throwing back 3½ -pounders and you know that those are going to be crucial fish later in the tournament,” Hite said. “I fished there until about noon, then got off in the flats and put my Minn Kota Talons down and just kind of protected that spot. I probably could have stayed on it and maybe caught another big one, but that’s always a tough decision. I figured that I wanted to catch around 25 pounds. You can’t win the tournament the first day, but you can lose it.”

Hite said that he used a variety of different baits to get his school of bass biting.

“I’ve got a whole deck full of rods. You catch one on a certain bait and then you have to go back and kind of trick them to bite on something else. I’m just rolling through a bunch of different baits trying to get that school fired up.

“I’ve got a couple of other really good ledges that I didn’t even go to today,” Hite went on to say. “I had a lot of spectators watching me, but they were all really considerate. They gave me plenty of space to work.”

The top 10 pros after day one on Kentucky Lake are:

1st: Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., five bass, 24-14
2nd: Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn., five bass, 22-11
3rd: Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., five bass, 22-8
4th: Charlie Ingram, Centerville, Tenn., five bass, 22-6
4th: Tom Redington, Royse City, Texas, five bass, 22-6
6th: Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., five bass, 22-4
7th: Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla., five bass, 22-1
8th: Skip Johnson, Goodells, Mich., five bass, 22-0
9th: Snickers pro Jim Moynagh, Carver, Minn., five bass, 21-6
10th: Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., five bass, 21-4

For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Hite also won the Bridgford Big Bass Award on the pro side Thursday with a bass weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces to win the $500 prize.

Overall there were 736 bass weighing 2,362 pounds, 2 ounces caught by 159 pros Thursday. The catch included 131 five-bass limits.

Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify. The 2014 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17 on Lake Murray and is hosted by Capital City Lake Murray Country. The winning angler in that event will win $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.

Theo Corcoran of Independence, Mo., leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces followed by Mark Howard of Mesquite, Texas, in second place with five bass weighing 21-1.

The top 10 co-anglers are:

1st: Theo Corcoran, Independence, Mo., five bass, 22-6
2nd: Mark Howard, Mesquite, Texas, five bass, 21-1
3rd: Greg Scott, Dearborn, Mich., five bass, 20-15
4th: Keith Honeycutt, Temple, Texas, five bass, 19-14
5th: Tony Bennett, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., five bass, 19-7
6th: Cody Kelley, Conway, Ark., five bass, 18-11
7th: Dennis Cameron, Travelers Rest, S.C., five bass, 18-8
7th: Timothy Curran, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 18-8
7th: Joe McClary, Kirkwood, Mo., five bass, 18-8
10th: Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C., five bass, 17-13

For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Corcoran caught Thursday’s Bridgford Big Bass in the co-angler division weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces to win the $250 prize.

Overall there were 622 bass weighing 1,735 pounds, 1 ounce caught by co-anglers Thursday. The catch included 94 five-bass limits.

Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $25,000 this week plus valuable points that could help them qualify for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart. The top 35 co-anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify.

Anglers will take off from Paris Landing State Park located at 16055 Highway 79 N. in Buchanan at 6:30 a.m. each day of competition. Friday’s weigh-ins will be held at Paris Landing beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s final weigh-ins will be held at Walmart located at 1210 Mineral Wells Ave. in Paris beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo at Walmart on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, a Chevy Truck Tour, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public. Also on Sunday, country music star Michael Ray will perform a free live concert on the Walmart weigh-in stage at 3 p.m.

Coverage of the Kentucky Lake tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs Sept. 7 from 8 p.m.-9 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.

Kemp Wins Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division

Kemp Wins Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division Event On The Potomac River

21.Jun.2014
LA PLATA, Md. – William Kemp of Scotland Neck, N.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on the Potomac River with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 45 pounds, 9 ounces. For his victory, Kemp earned $38,936.

Kemp, who weighed a tournament-best 19-2 on Thursday, moved up from fifth place on the final day to earn his second win in FLW competition.

“I caught most of my fish in the morning on a topwater bait,” said Kemp. “I was throwing a fry-colored Lobina Lures Rico. I threw it around matted grass at low tide. I fished all the way around the mat and caught one flipping and one on a ChatterBait, then I picked that topwater up and probably caught thirty fish on it.

“I flipped grass in the middle of the day and culled for ounces,” Kemp added. “Then, at the very end of the day, I hit one spot with some wood and I caught a 5-pounder and a 3-pounder on a black and blue-colored Strike King Bitsy Flip Jig with a NetBait Paca Craw trailer.

“When I had my big bag on the first day I had to go to lighter line and smaller baits,” Kemp explained. “I had to finesse them a little this week.

“After I caught my two big fish at the end of the day today, I thought I had a shot to win,” finished Kemp. “I wasn’t sure, but I knew I had a chance. It’s unbelievable to win. I have to thank my wife. I was considering not fishing this event, but she pushed me and it just worked out.”

The top 10 pros on the Potomac River were:

1st: William Kemp, Scotland Neck, N.C., 15 bass, 45-9, $38,936
2nd: Gregory Wilder, Brooklyn Park, Md., 15 bass, 44-5, $15,088
3rd: Chris Baumgardner, Gastonia, N.C., 15 bass, 44-4, $11,681
4th: Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., 15 bass, 43-15, $9,734
5th: Michael Hall, Annandale, Va., 15 bass, 42-6, $8,761
6th: Chris Novack, Mansfield Center, Con., 15 bass, 42-3, $7,787
7th: Otis Darnell, Linden, Va., 15 bass, 41-10, $6,814
8th: Robert Grike, Dumfries, Va., 15 bass, 41-9, $5,840
9th: Mike Hicks, Goochland, Va., 15 bass, 40-3, $4,867
10th: Walter Snider, Mount Airy, Md., 15 bass, 36-10, $3,894

Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Kemp also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday – a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $286.

Kermit Crowder of Matoaca, Va., won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, as well as $5,000 for being Ranger Cup qualified, with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 39 pounds, 8 ounces.

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

1st: Kermit Crowder, Matoaca, Va., 15 bass, 39-8, Ranger Z117C with a 90-horsepower outboard + Ranger Cup $5,000
2nd: Destin Demarion, Grove City, Pa., 15 bass, 36-0, $4,875
3rd: Marvin Reese, Gwynn Oak, Md., 15 bass, 34-14, $3,900
4th: Gabriel Scott, Ruckersville, Va., 15 bass, 34-6, $3,412
5th: Cort Gardner, Jessup, Md., 15 bass, 34-5, $2,925
6th: Ben Wright, Peru, N.Y., 15 bass, 33-8, $2,437
7th: Jeremy Ives, Burgaw, N.C., 15 bass, 31-4, $1,950
8th: Leroy Harriott, Woodbridge, Va., 14 bass, 31-1, $1,706
9th: Johnny Clark, Fredericksburg, Va., 13 bass, 29-8, $1,462
10th: David Sasser, Sneads Ferry, N.C., 11 bass, 25-9, $1,219

Ives caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Thursday – a 7-pound, 7-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $190.

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 Potomac River was hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners and the Charles County Government – Office of Tourism. It was the first of three Northern division events in 2014. The next Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division tournament will be held July 17-19, on Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, N.Y. For a complete schedule, visit FLWOutdoors.com.

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Hackney Wins FLW Tour on Pickwick Lake

Hackney Wins Walmart FLW Tour Event On Pickwick Lake Presented By Straight Talk Wireless

08.Jun.2014

FLORENCE, Ala. – Professional angler Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., won $100,000 at the Walmart FLW Tour on Pickwick Lake presented by Straight Talk Wireless Sunday with a four-day total of 20 bass weighing 97 pounds, 7 ounces, the heaviest four-day catch ever weighed at Pickwick Lake in FLW Tour competition. Hackney brought a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 9 ounces to the scale Sunday to clinch the victory.

The catch gave the 2009 Forrest Wood Cup Champion the win by a 4-pound, 1-ounce margin over 23-year-old Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn., who brought a total of 20 bass weighing 93 pounds, 6 ounces to the scale and earned $30,000.

“I was beginning to wonder if this would ever happen again,” said Hackney, who has earned more than $1.1 million in FLW competition. “It’s so hard to win one of these because it’s four days. There are so many variables and these guys are so good. These tournaments are getting harder and harder, so to get the win is a blessing.”

Hackney said that he fished differently than most of the other professionals competing in the tournament this week. Instead of targeting deep ledges, Hackney keyed on a shallow bar that had three different mussel piles on it.

“The bar is maybe a couple of hundred yards long, half-way between the bank and the river channel,” Hackney said. “The fish were set up on the mussels on the upstream side of it. I found the school about 45 minutes into the first day of practice. There was an oil slick about the size of my boat and truck. It was from the bass feeding on gizzard shad. I’d seen it before while saltwater fishing, but I’ve never seen it in freshwater. I made a cast and could feel my crankbait running over their backs because there was so many fish there.

“I didn’t realize until the first day of the tournament that it was a live bottom – covered in big mussels. I would set up on top of the bar in 5-feet of water and cast out to about 7½-feet deep and drag back up the heel. That’s where they were. Every fish that I weighed in this week came from 6-feet of water or less.”

Hackney said that his key baits for the first two days were a Strike King KVD HC 2.5 square-bill crankbait and a 7 ½-inch Strike King Shadalicious swimbait fished on a ¾-ounce jig head. After the gizzard shad left his area on Saturday, Hackney switched to a ¾-ounce Strike King Denny Brauer Structure Jig in two specific colors – a green-pumpkin jig with a Double Header-colored Strike King Rage Craw and a black and blue jig with a Plum Crazy-colored Rage Craw.

“You always think you have a shot at winning – it’s why we fish these tournaments. But, I had no idea that I was going to,” Hackney went on to say. “It’s been a heck of a week. I must have had 60 spectator boats watching me yesterday. These kind of tournaments don’t just happen. When you find a spot like that, it’s the spot of a lifetime.”

The top 10 pros finished the tournament in:

1st: Greg Hackney, Gonzales, La., 20 bass, 97-7, $100,000
2nd: Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 93-6, $30,000
3rd: Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 20 bass, 92-11, $25,000
4th: Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., 20 bass, 86-5, $20,000
5th: Robbie Dodson, Harrison, Ark., 20 bass, 85-15, $19,000
6th: Spencer Shuffield, Bismarck, Ark., 20 bass, 81-3, $18,000
7th: Michael Wooley, Collierville, Tenn., 20 bass, 80-11, $17,000
8th: Jason Lambert, Pickwick Dam, Tenn., 20 bass, 80-1, $16,000
9th: Shad Schenck, Waynetown, Ind., 20 bass, 76-7, $15,000
10th: Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C, 20 bass, 72-4, $14,000

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

Overall there were 50 bass weighing 207 pounds, 14 ounces caught by pros Sunday. Each of the final 10 pros brought a five-bass limit to the scale.

Braxton Setzer of Auburn, Ala., won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 51 pounds, 7 ounces, followed by John Jacobs of Birmingham, Ala., in second place with 15 bass weighing 50 pounds, 8 ounces worth $7,500.

Pros competed for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify. The 2014 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17 on Lake Murray and is hosted by Capital City Lake Murray Country. The winning angler in that event will win $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.

The Walmart FLW Tour stop on Pickwick Lake presented by Straight Talk Wireless was hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism. It was the fifth of six events in the FLW Tour’s 2014 season. The sixth Walmart FLW Tour event of 2014 will be held at Kentucky Lake June 26-29 in Paris, Tenn., and is presented by Evinrude. The event will be hosted by the Henry County Alliance, and boats will launch from Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, Tenn. For a complete schedule, visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Coverage of the Pickwick Lake tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs Aug. 10 from 11 a.m.-12 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.

Marcus Sykora Wins BFL All-American

Sykora Goes Wire-To-Wire, Wins Walmart BFL All-American Presented By Chevy On Wilson Lake
07.Jun.2014
FLORENCE, Ala. – Fishing in his second BFL All-American, boater Marcus Sykora of Osage Beach, Mo., went wire-to-wire to win the 2014 Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy on Wilson Lake after bringing five bass weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces to the scale Saturday. Sykora’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 66-4 bested second-place boater Jayme Rampey of Liberty, S.C., by 4½ pounds. Sykora took home $100,000 and earned a spot in the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Murray Aug. 14-17.

“Since I’ve gotten here to start my practice, this has been a dream come true,” Sykora said. “My first two days were unbelievable. Today was very nerve-racking. I’m so exhausted. I haven’t slept. There was no wind and it was hotter than a sauna. I didn’t know if I had enough weight to cover everybody. Now, I feel awesome.

“I had found a good school,” Sykora said. “The first two days of the tournament, my co-anglers and I caught more than 100 pounds of bass off of one area. Today, the schools were completely gone. I was thrilled that my 12 pounds was enough to get the win.”

Sykora said that his key baits over the first two days of the tournament were 6th Sense Crush 300DD and 500DD crankbaits. Today he said that he caught his fish on a Chompers football jig and Zoom Ol’ Monster worm.

The top 10 boaters were:

1st: Marcus Sykora, Osage Beach, Mo., 15 bass, 66-4, $100,000 + $1,000 Mercury Bonus
2nd: Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., 15 bass, 61-12, $20,000 + $9,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
3rd: Dino Moutogiannis, Newington, Conn., 15 bass, 61-8, $15,000
4th: Todd Castledine, Nacogdoches, Texas, 15 bass, 54-15, $14,000
5th: Kevin Edwards, Knoxville, Tenn., 15 bass, 54-1, $13,000 + $6,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
6th: Lloyd Pickett Jr., Bartlett, Tenn., 15 bass, 53-5, $12,000 + $5,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
7th: David Nichol, Gainesville, Ga., 15 bass, 52-14, $11,000 + $4,500 Ranger Cup Bonus
8th: Bobby Padgett, Lagrange, Ga., 15 bass, 52-11, $10,000 + $4,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
9th: Mark Richardson, Eastanollee, Ga., 15 bass, 50-0, $9,000
10th: John Talton, Georgetown, Tenn., 15 bass, 49-4, $8,000

For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Overall there were 50 bass weighing 171 pounds, 3 ounces caught by 10 boaters Saturday. All 10 boaters caught five-bass limits.

Justin Sward of Birmingham, Ala., won the co-angler title with 15 bass weighing 57 pounds, 15 ounces to win the top prize of $50,000. Bryan Cothran of Belton, S.C., finished in second place with 15 bass weighing 52-13 to win $15,000.

“This is such a huge blessing,” Sward said. “You never know what you’re going to get as a co-angler. You can be partnered with the best local pro on his home lake and he can have a bad week and it winds up you were in the wrong situation. Then you can draw a guy like I had. I fished with Dino (Moutogiannis), from Connecticut, and he pulled up on the mother lode.”

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1st: Justin Sward, Birmingham, Ala., 15 bass, 57-15, $50,000
2nd: Bryan Cothran, Belton, S.C., 15 bass, 52-13, $15,000
3rd: Brandon Maynard, Cookeville, Tenn., 15 bass, 51-3, $6,000
4th: John Bedingfield, Loganville, Ga., 15 bass, 49-2, $5,000
5th: Ethan Flack, Cullman, Ala, 14 bass, 48-13, $4,500
6th: Lee Black, Danville, Ala., 15 bass, 44-11, $4,000
7th: Evan Barnes, Hot Springs, Ark., 14 bass, 40-5, $3,500
8th: Daniel Brock, Anna, Texas, 13 bass, 34-4, $3,000
9th: David Blackstock, The Colony, Texas, 13 bass, 33-9, $2,500
10th: Nicholas Marsh, Commerce Township, Mich., 14 bass, 32-15, $2,000

For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Overall there were 45 bass weighing 138 pounds, 3 ounces caught by co-anglers Saturday. The catch included seven five-bass limits.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional championship and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top anglers in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

The BFL All-American is one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing. The tournament, which is hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, features the top 49 boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the country casting for top awards of up to $120,000 in the Boater Division and $60,000 in the Co-angler Division, plus the opportunity to compete in the most lucrative tournament in bass fishing – the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Murray, Aug. 14-17.

Coverage of the BFL All-American will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs Aug. 17 from 11 a.m.-12 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.

Hackney Leads FLW Tour on Pickwick Lake

Hackney Extends Lead At Walmart FLW Tour Event On Pickwick Lake Presented By Straight Talk Wireless
07.Jun.2014
FLORENCE, Ala. – Pro angler Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 22 pounds, 4 ounces, giving him a three-day cumulative total of 15 bass for 75 pounds, 14 ounces and extending his lead heading into the final day of the Walmart FLW Tour at Pickwick Lake presented by Straight Talk Wireless. He now holds a 7-pound, 13-ounce lead over second-place pro Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif., in the event that features 165 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world casting for the top cash award of up to $125,000.

“Today was a lot harder, and it took me a lot longer to really catch them,” said Hackney, who has one previous career victory on the Walmart FLW Tour – the 2009 Forrest Wood Cup. “The quality was still pretty good, but I didn’t catch the sheer numbers that I had been catching. I only had 12 to 15 keepers today when I’d been catching 30 or so the first two days. It was a grind.”

Hackney said that he thought the increased current had a negative effect on his area.

“It doesn’t make any sense and I don’t really understand it,” Hackney said. “The shad were gone, and that’s been the whole key for the first two days. Today it seemed like the fish were scattered out looking for them.

“I caught all of my fish today on a totally different bait than I had been fishing all week,” Hackney continued. “Everything I caught came on a Strike King Denny Brauer Structure jig, fishing really slow. That jig is the deal when casting off-shore. It’s replaced all of my football jigs.”

When asked if he felt comfortable heading into the final day of competition with nearly an 8-pound lead, Hackney was realistic.

“I don’t feel comfortable at all. Not on Pickwick Lake. Anybody can catch 30 pounds here. I don’t think I can catch another 30 pounds, but I think I can catch 20. It doesn’t matter to me if I catch 2 pounds. Really, I just want to win.”

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

1st: Greg Hackney, Gonzales, La., 15 bass, 75-14
2nd: Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 15 bass, 68-1
3rd: Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 67-13
4th: Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., 15 bass, 65-11
5th: Jason Lambert, Pickwick Dam, Tenn., 15 bass, 61-6
6th: Robbie Dodson, Harrison, Ark., 15 bass, 61-3
7th: Spencer Shuffield, Bismarck, Ark., 15 bass, 60-13
8th: Michael Wooley, Collierville, Tenn., 15 bass, 60-1
9th: Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C, 15 bass, 58-13
10th: Shad Schenck, Waynetown, Ind., 15 bass, 58-13

Finishing in 11th through 20th are:

11th: Steve Kennedy, Auburn, Ala., 15 bass, 58-0, $12,000
12th: Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 15 bass, 54-4, $12,000
13th: Richard Peek, Centre, Ala., 15 bass, 54-2, $12,000
14th: Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 54-0, $12,000
15th: Troy Hollowell, Paducah, Ky., 15 bass, 53-3, $12,000
16th: Barry Wilson, Birmingham, Ala., 15 bass, 53-2, $12,000
17th: Jeff Gustafson, Keewatin, Ontario, Canada, 15 bass, 52-9, $12,000
18th: Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn., 14 bass, 51-15, $12,000
19th: Jason Quinn, Rock Hill, S.C., 12 bass, 48-9, $12,000
20th: Austin Terry, San Angelo, Texas, 15 bass, 45-10, $12,000

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

Overall there were 96 bass weighing 331 pounds, 14 ounces caught by pros Saturday. The catch included 18 five-bass limits.

Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify. The 2014 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17 on Lake Murray and is hosted by Capital City Lake Murray Country. The winning angler in that event will win $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.

Braxton Setzer of Auburn, Ala., won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 51 pounds, 7 ounces, followed by John Jacobs of Birmingham, Ala., in second place with 15 bass weighing 50 pounds, 8 ounces worth $7,500.

“It’s such a privilege to get to fish here,” said Setzer, who earned the first victory of his career. “This lake is full of fish. I’ve been fishing my gut instincts all year and I’m having a phenomenal season. My goal this year was to make one more top-20 cut than I did last year and I accomplished that with this tournament. Now I just get to go fish on Kentucky Lake and see where I wind up in the points.”

Setzer said he caught fish throughout the week on a jig and a drop-shot rig, but his key bait was a shaky-head rig with a Zoom Trick Worm.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1st: Braxton Setzer, Auburn, Ala., 15 bass, 51-7, $20,000
2nd: John Jacobs, Birmingham, Ala., 15 bass, 50-8, $7,500
3rd: Grayson Smith, Clarksville, Tenn., 15 bass, 47-2, $5,000
4th: Jason Johnson, Gainesville, Ga., 15 bass, 46-8, $4,000
5th: Brandon Edel, Hendersonville, Tenn., 15 bass, 46-5, $3,000
6th: J.P. Sims, Cookeville, Tenn., 15 bass, 45-10, $2,500
7th: Chad Randles, Elkhorn, Neb., 15 bass, 45-6, $2,250
8th: Stephen Smith, Glenwood, Ark., 15 bass, 44-3, $1,800
9th: Nick Hensley, Cumming, Ga., 15 bass, 43-11, $1,700
10th: Kyle Monti, Okeechobee, Fla., 15 bass, 43-9, $1,600

For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Overall there were 83 bass weighing 229 pounds, 4 ounces caught by co-anglers Saturday. The catch included 14 five-bass limits.

In addition to the top award of $25,000, co-anglers were also fishing this week for valuable points that would help them qualify for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart. The top 35 co-anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify.

The final 10 pros will take off from McFarland Park located at 200 James M. Spain Drive in Florence at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. Sunday’s final weigh-in will be held at Walmart located at 2701 Cloverdale Road in Florence beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo at Walmart on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, a Chevy Truck Tour, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public. Country music star Chris Janson will perform a free live concert on the Walmart weigh-in stage at 3 p.m.

Coverage of the Pickwick Lake tournament, hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs Aug. 10 from 11 a.m.-12 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.

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