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EliteAnglr offering quality apparel for angling lifestyle

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EliteAnglr offering quality apparel for angling lifestyle

A new apparel company is focused on providing quality products to anglers and giving back to the fishing community.
Partners Al McCulloch, marketing and media specialist for Midwest Fish Tournaments, and Donny Wilson, a former graphic designer with B.A.S.S., have created EliteAnglr, a fishing brand that promotes the lifestyle of anglers who need comfortable and dependable clothing for a long day on the water.

“Our whole idea is when that alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning and you put on that EliteAnglr clothing you have a quality product that is comfortable and that you can stand behind our logo with confidence,” McCulloch said.

McCulloch believes they have created an EliteAnglr brand that “pops” and will be attractive to the growing youth movement and the adult market. “We want something that somebody from 10 years old to 70 years old would want to wear with pride,” he said.

EliteAnglr’s introductory line of apparel includes three types of ball caps, a beanie, two short sleeve shirt designs, two long sleeve shirt designs and two hoodie designs. “We will have some patterns that will change up the industry with different fabrics, sun protection (UV protection rating of 50) and water dispersion,” McCulloch said. “As we grow we will be offering new fabrics and new lines that will key in on both the adult and youth side of angling. We are not going to cut any corners. We want to put a quality product out there that will be delivered in a timely manner.”
Promoting fishing and supporting charities are also major goals of the new company. “We want a brand that people will get behind,” McCulloch said. “It’s a lifestyle with EliteAnglr. Be the best in all things you do, not just angling.”

The company’s donations to charities will depend on the location of most of its buyers. “With our analytics we are able to find out what region, areas or cities are doing a lot of the ordering and are our fan base,” McCulloch said. “So what we plan on doing is a portion of our sales will be giving back to that local area.” McCulloch noted if the company generated $10,000 in sales from one city, then EliteAnglr would present a check for a percentage of those sales to a city official as a donation to a food pantry or other local charity.

EliteAnglr also plans on sponsoring conservation efforts by offering discounts on apparel for bass clubs or individual anglers who participate in conservation programs such as cleaning up waterways or better fish care. McCulloch said the company will also emphasize educating bass clubs, smaller tournament circuits and charity tournament organizers about the protocol for handling and releasing fish during weigh-ins.
Apparel orders may be made by visiting EliteAnglr’s web site, www.eliteanglr.com, which is also connected to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

ST. CROIX ROD: Enter the Dock Sniper

Dock Sniper Multiplies Mojo’s Accuracy

St. Croix’s all-new Mojo Bass Dock Sniper – being showcased at the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic –  gives the power of precision at a perfect price.

PARK FALLS, WI (March 9, 2018) – It’s no secret that bass love docks. From everyday anglers to professionals, bass-heads learn to look for these manmade structures as prime target for green and brown backs. And while countless bass anglers grew up luring bass from the shadows of these platforms, they’ve never had the perfect tool for the task. Enter St. Croix’s Mojo Bass Dock Sniper (MJC70HF), a specialty bass rod that’s built for extreme accuracy, as well as the muscles to bring fish back to the boat.

The 7’, heavy power, fast-action rod shoots for precision, as accuracy is requisite to hitting sweet spots. The Mojo Bass Dock Sniper’s fast-action tip allows gentle, precise placement of baits, while its heavy backbone gives you the lifting power to hoist bass away from underwater brush piles, cables and ladders that threaten to snag your catch.

Dock fishing is often a close-quarters combat situation with limited visibility and maximum mystery. As winter weather begins to warm waters across the country, bass gravitate to these manmade habitats, whose shallow water real estate and attached, heat-absorbing watercraft serve as a veritable underwater lair. There, bass will soak in heat, warming their winter bones while gorging themselves on the bounty of sunfish, baitfish and other waterlife that also call docks home.

Let the accuracy of St. Croix’s new Mojo Bass Sniper help pinpoint casts into those bass-holding nooks and crannies. (Image courtesy of FLOE​)

“The Mojo Bass Dock Sniper is really a multi-tool,” says St. Croix’s Dan Johnston, who recently put the rod to the test in the legendary wooded-waters of Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake. “It can be skipped, casted or pitched. You can present almost any 1/2 ounce to ¾-ounce bass bait. They’re right in this rod’s wheelhouse.

“It’s a great rod for big spinnerbaits. You can pitch them around cover when you’re in a confined space like around a boat dock. The Mojo Bass Dock Sniper has a tremendous amount of power, too, and it maneuvers so well in tight quarters. Without question, it’s a must-have for bass anglers wanting to throw big baits around obstructions and cover.”

In addition to premium SCIII graphite and Integrated Poly Curve® (IPC™) mandrel technology, Mojo Bass Dock Sniper features Kigan Master Hand 3D guides with slim, strong aluminum-oxide rings and black frames; a Fuji® ECS reel seat, Kigan hook-keeper; split-grip, premium-grade cork handle; two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish; and 5-year warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service. Mojo Bass Dock Sniper retails for $130.

About St. Croix Rod

Now in its 70th year, Park Falls, Wisconsin based St. Croix Rod remains a family-owned and managed manufacturer of high-performance fishing rods with a heritage of USA manufacturing. Utilizing proprietary technologies, St. Croix controls every step of the rod-making process, from conception and design to manufacturing and inspection, in two company-owned facilities. The company offers a complete line of premium, American-made fly, spinning and casting rods under their Legend Elite®, Legend® Xtreme, Legend Tournament®, Avid Series®, Premier®, Wild River®, Tidemaster®, Imperial® and other trademarks through a global distribution network of full-service fishing tackle dealers. The company’s mid-priced Triumph®, Mojo Bass/Musky/Inshore/Surf, Eyecon® and Rio Santo series rods are designed and engineered in Park Falls, Wisconsin and built in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fresnillo, Mexico. Founded in 1948 to manufacture jointed bamboo fishing poles for a Minneapolis hardware store chain, St. Croix has grown to become the largest manufacturer of fishing rods in North America.

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Reward program for competitive anglers

TAG introducing innovative reward program for competitive anglers

A new incentive program is offering freshwater and saltwater tournament anglers more opportunities to increase their winnings.

Tournament Anglers Group (TAG) offers incentive rewards to all tournament contestants from elite-level pros to co-anglers and weekend tournament anglers with equal payouts in three tiers of membership (silver, gold and platinum). There are no limits on the number of times or amount a TAG member can win per year. Registered TAG members are eligible to receive incentive rewards of up to $5,000 by competing in sanctioned bass, walleye, crappie and saltwater tournaments.

Paying a $1,000 platinum membership fee gives TAG members a chance to earn a $500 reward for winning a sanctioned event with a 30-59 boat field or being the highest Top 10 finisher in a sanctioned tournament with a minimum field of 60 boats. A TAG platinum member can also earn a $5,000 bonus by winning a sanctioned event with a 60-boat minimum field.

TAG gold members pay a $500 membership fee to earn a $250 reward for winning a 30-59 boat sanctioned event or being the highest Top 10 finisher in a sanctioned tournament with a 60-boat minimum field. Gold members who win a sanctioned event with a 60-boat minimum field will receive $2,500 from TAG.

A silver membership costs $250 a year and pays out $125 to TAG members who win a sanctioned event with a 30 to 59 boat field or is the highest Top 10 finisher in a sanctioned event with a 60-boat minimum field. TAG silver members can earn $1,250 if they win a tournament with a minimum 60-baot field.

“You could look at this as a five-year investment opportunity,” TAG Co-founder Mark Wiese said. “If you fish 10 tournaments on a gold level membership it would be $50 per event. Over five years that would give you 50 chances. If you only won once, you would still break even. Top 10 finishes or any other wins are pure profit to you.” Mark and Co-founder Kelly Power said they hope this added incentive will encourage more anglers to patronize the sanctioned events, making this a “win/win” for all parties involved

For more information about TAG and a listing of the TAG-sanctioned tournaments, visit www.tagfishing.us.

Clearwater Lake Smallmouth Bass

Upper Clearwater Lake Alabama Rig

Clearwater Lake is Great Smallmouth Fishery

By Marc Rogers

Nestled in the northeast Ozark Mountains lies a smallmouth bass fishery few are aware exists. Clearwater Lake, a small impoundment on the Black River, is located just minutes west of Piedmont, Missouri. Clearwater Lake is controlled by the Army Corp of Engineers and its normal summer pool level covers just 2,000 acres. However, the lake level varies drastically, and during heavy rains it can reach flood stage and cover 10,000 acres or more as the water backs up into the Black River and Logan Creek arms.

Many local residents flood to the lake on holiday weekends and throughout the summer months. They take advantage of the many area campgrounds and resorts near the shoreline of the lake and river below the spillway. While enjoying the boating and swimming, something is happening below the water surface that is known mostly to only local anglers. Clearwater Lake is growing some big bass willing to entertain the anglers during any season.
The most overlooked opportunity Clearwater Lake has to offer is the smallmouth bass fishing during the fall through spring. As the temperatures begin to cool in the fall, the smallmouth bass travel from their shallow summer hideouts in the Black River downstream to Clearwater Lake. Some tagged smallmouth bass have been reported to travel as far as 30 miles to the lake during this annual migration.

Once arriving in the upper ends of the lake, the smallmouth have only one goal. Smallmouth bass are intent to fatten up for the coming winter conditions, and stories of anglers catching trophy smallmouth are not uncommon around the town of Piedmont.

Due to the size of the lake, big boats are not necessary to cover the entire surface during a day of fishing. Small aluminum craft, as well as fully loaded bass boats are all common on Clearwater Lake. mft-logo

Several tournaments are held throughout the entire year on the lake and the heaviest bags weighed in are during the cooler weather from November through March. Many times the winning weight exceeds 20-pounds and all five fish are smallmouth bass.

The techniques used most often by local anglers consist of crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs, shaky heads, and the Alabama Rig. Crankbaits and jigs are usually a crawdad pattern while jerkbaits are most often shad patterns or bright colored chartreuse patterns. The most productive Alabama Rigs consist of soft plastic shad baits with several chrome blades on each wire for added flash.

My favorite crankbait for any season on Clearwater Lake is the Storm Wiggle Wart. While the crawdad patterns catch big bass, I often throw a shad pattern with great success when bass are keying on the abundant shad population. Seldom do I find reaching depths of more than 15-feet with any crankbait is necessary to catch bass in these waters. During the cooler seasons, the smallmouth bass are mostly taken in water less than 15-feet deep and at times less than 5-feet deep.

When fishing a Wiggle Wart, I maintain a steady retrieve while digging the lure’s lip into the bottom. Anytime the lure is paused by hitting underwater debris, or deflects off the many rocks and stumps on the lake’s bottom, it is subject to getting engulfed by a big bass.

Jerkbaits are popular with Clearwater Lake anglers. Most prefer lures in shad or chartreuse patterns that will suspend just below the water surface. A twitch-and-pause retrieve is deadly on the winter-time smallmouth bass in the shallow area of the upper creek and river arms. However, both largemouth and spotted bass can be just a eager to strike this offering

Jigs are a favorite of many local anglers during the cooler weather due to the ability to present the lure slowly and maintain bottom contact. A jig in a crawdad pattern is one of the best ways to imitate a slow moving crawdad and are known to catch big bass in any water. Local anglers Aaron and Alton Hunter log many hours on Clearwater Lake and reside just minutes away from the lake’s shoreline. They report fishing a Midwest Fishing Tackle football head jig and slowly dragging it along the bottom during any season. “My biggest bass from Clearwater have come on football jigs”, Aaron said. “I sometimes throw a brush head jig in the heavy cover as well as a soft plastic craw on a jig head with no skirt, poured in a custom-made mold”, Alton added.

At times, a shaky head presentation is needed to coax finicky smallmouth bass to inhale anything. When a finesse lure is needed, a shaky head rigged with a 4-5 inch finesse worm is ideal. Natural colors such as green pumpkin, watermelon and pumpkin seed are most productive.

When bass are actively chasing shad, the Alabama Rig is hard to beat. “I use a 5-wire rig with custom made jig head on my A-Rigs”, Aaron reported. The jig head is a special made round head with a light-wire hook and a hand-made lure keeper wire. “I like the light-wire hooks because when they get hung I can bend them and get my rig back. I use heavy braid line with the A-Rig”, Aaron said. Both Aaron and Alton say catching doubles on the Alabama Rig is not uncommon when the smallmouth bass are after schools of shad.

Clearwater Lake is a great fishery during any season. Anglers pursue all species of fish including bass (largemouth, spotted and smallmouth), crappie, bluegill and catfish during every season. The lake rarely freezes over and public boat ramps are open all year. However, if your desire is a trophy smallmouth bass, visit Clearwater Lake from November through March for some phenomenal results.

Lake of the Ozarks White Bass

Fall Tricks for Taking Lake of the Ozarks White Bass

by John Neporadny Jr.

When chilling northern winds signal the arrival of fall, white bass invade the shallows in search-and-feed missions on shad at Lake of the Ozarks.

Anglers who store their rods and reels to concentrate on hunting at this time miss out on some of the year’s hottest fishing action. Veteran Lake of the Ozarks anglers have experienced this fall phenomenon numerous times and have developed effective methods for taking the marauding whites. Try these tips for catching white bass the next time you visit the lake in autumn.

Roostertails, Jigs and Chuggers

From the middle of September to early November, look for spots where the wind is blowing in on rocky points. Three lures catch plenty of whites in the fall. Use Roostertails or marabou crappie jigs in sunny weather or a topwater chugger on overcast days.

The spinner on a Roostertail makes it an easy lure to use for whites. Just cast the lure close the bank and crank it out. If the white bass are around, the spinner will draw a strike. Throw a one-sixth ounce white Roostertail in clear water and switch to yellow for dingy water. Use an ultralight spinning rod and reel filled with 6-pound test line.

101 Bass Fishing Tips, John Neporadny Jr.

101 Bass Fishing Tips

Since whites cruise around in shallow, rocky areas, you should retrieve the Roostertail rapidly to prevent hanging up in the rocks. Anglers who have trouble retrieving fast can switch to a one-eighth ounce Roostertail which falls slower. Plenty of white bass can also be caught on one-eighth ounce marabou crappie jigs. Employ the same fast, steady retrieve as the Roostertail when swimming the lure through the shallows. But when the lure reaches deeper water, let it drop and bounce the jig along the bottom.

Topwater chuggers are another favorite bait for catching fall white bass. Chuggers 2 1/2 inches long in shad colors, such as black and silver or clear with black back, work best. Switch to 8-pound test when throwing the chugger.

Retrieving the topwater lure in a steady, straight manner entices the whites. Keep chugging the lure all the way to the boat even if a fish rolls at it and misses. The fish will usually hit it before it reaches the boat. If you stop the lure, the white bass usually turns away from it.

Twitching Rapalas

On overcast fall days, look for whites on the windy sides of points. When you find a promising spot, toss a floating Rapala into the shallows. A variety of minnow-type baits will catch whites, especially a 2 1/2-inch blue-and-white or black-and-silver belly Rapala. Use a light- to medium action rod and spinning reel filled with 4-pound test line.

Experiment with retrieves, varying from a slow, twitching motion to a stop-and-go or a steady cranking of two to three turns on the reel and then stop and let the Rapala float back to the surface. Just vary the speed until you find a retrieve that really turns the fish on.

When the wind makes casting the lightweight lure difficult, attach a small split shot to the line about 2 feet above the lure. The extra weight makes casting easier, but has little effect on the lure’s action if retrieved in the steady, twitching motion.

To double your fun, add a trailer jig to the Rapala. Tie on a 1/32-ounce white, chartreuse or yellow crappie jig on a 6-pound test leader line. The leader should be about 30 inches long. If you use a shorter leader, the tailer lure will get tangled up with the Rapala. With the extra lure, you can frequently catch two white bass at the same time.

For information on lodging and other facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at funlake.com.

Copies of John Neporadny’s book, “THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide” are available by calling 573/365-4296 or visiting the web site www.jnoutdoors.com.

Skeet Reese Wins Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville

SKEET REESE OVERTAKES MICHAEL IACONELLI TO WIN LAKE GUNTERSVILLE ELITE
Date: 04/12/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 12, 2015

Skeet Reese Overtakes Michael Iaconelli To Win Lake Guntersville Elite

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — When Skeet Reese arrived in Alabama last week for the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, he had a solid plan in place for how he wanted to fish.

His plan didn’t work.

So instead, he just followed the lead of his friend and roommate on the tour, Byron Velvick.

Velvick told Reese about the 7-inch Basstrix Swimbait — the largest version of a 15-year-old soft plastic bait that has seen a recent resurgence in popularity — and Reese used it to win with a four-day catch of 92 pounds, 11 ounces. He entered the final round in second place, more than 2 pounds behind Michael Iaconelli, but vaulted himself to the $100,000 victory with a Sunday catch of 25-5.

His buddy, Velvick, placed second with 88-1.

“You just couldn’t have scripted this any better,” said Reese, a California native who now has eight victories in B.A.S.S. events. “I had a really tough practice. I was going out with the anticipation of catching 13 to 14 pounds a day — unless maybe I could find a big bite and come in with 16 to 17. But Byron turned me on to a bait, and it evolved into something special, a win.”

Reese spent most of his week fishing in or near Seibold Creek, targeting a variety of shallow and midrange structure along the banks and on offshore flats. He believes he caught fish from all phases of the spawning process — prespawn, spawn and postspawn.

The rod-and-reel combination Reese used to throw the swimbait came from the seemingly endless line of products that bear his signature. He used a 7-foot, 5-inch Skeet Reese Victory Pro Carbon rod and a namesake Pro Carbon reel with a 6.4:1 gear ratio, both from Wright McGill.

He said the slow-retrieve reel was particularly important because the bait had to be fished painfully slow.

“There was so much fishing pressure on the lake that you had to get the bait down to them and slow roll it to get the bite,” Reese said. “That’s one of the things I figured out the first day. Around the shallow laydowns, they were a little more aggressive. But once the bait got out a little deeper, you had to really slow it down.”

Velvick, who spent a lot of time fishing the Basstrix Swimbait around Guntersville’s many bridges, wasn’t quite as consistent as Reese all four days of the tournament.

While Reese brought in 24 pounds or better three of the four days, Velvick managed only 18-plus pounds on Day 1 and Day 3. But his Sunday catch of 24-7 was enough to lift him from eighth place into second with 88-1.

Despite earning $25,000 –$75,000 less than the check given to Reese — Velvick was happy to see his friend win.

“You’ve got to help your friends out,” said Velvick, who lives in Texas. “You’ve got to be honest with the guys you fish with. I actually went and found him some more baits this morning.

“I felt like a NASCAR guy with extra tires in my trailer, and my driving partner needed tires to win the race. Even though I was in the race, too, if I couldn’t win it, there was no one else I’d rather see win.”
Besides the assist from Velvick, Reese benefited from New Jersey pro Michael Iaconelli finally running out of fish.

The leader for the first three days of the event, Iaconelli insisted things had gotten tougher for him each day. But good decisions had helped him maintain the lead, and he was hoping for one more solid limit from the area he was fishing in Seibold that had been so good to him.

His primary area fizzled, along with his backup plan, and he managed only one fish that weighed 2 pounds, 15 ounces. He finished 12th with 72-7.

“I look back at today, and I don’t know if I would really change anything,” Iaconelli said. “It just didn’t work. I had a B plan, and it didn’t work. I had a plan C, and it didn’t work. What are you going to do?”

Alabama angler Derek Remitz finished third with 85-5, and might have placed higher if not for losing a 5-pounder Sunday. Tennessee pro David Walker was fourth with 84-8, and Texan Keith Combs was fifth with 83-6.

Rookie Carl Jocumsen placed sixth with 81-15 and became the first angler from Australia to qualify for an Elite Series Top 12.

Bonuses and Contingency Awards:
The $1,000 award for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points leader will go to John Crews.
The Power-Pole Captain’s Cash will award $1,000 to Derek Remitz.
The Evan Williams Bourbon Heavyweight Award of $500 for the angler with the heaviest five-fish limit during the tournament goes to Michael Iaconelli for his 28-2 bag on Day 1.
The Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for the angler leading on Day 2 goes to Iaconelli.
The HUK Biggest Jump Award of $1,000 for the angler who made the largest jump in standings from Day 1 goes to Jason Williamson.

The Bass Pro Shops Big Bass award of $750 for the heaviest bass weighed goes to both Rick Clunn and James Elam for an 8-8 catch.

The Toyota Bonus Bucks award of $3,000 for the highest placing eligible angler goes to David Walker. The second highest placing angler, Keith Combs, is awarded $2,000.
2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, GoPro, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha
2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: A.R.E. Accessories, Carhartt, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Huk Performance Fishing, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Rigid Industries, Shimano

About B.A.S.S.

B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), social media programs and events. For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.
The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series presented by Allstate, Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Costa Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
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2015 Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville 4/9-4/12
Lake Guntersville, Guntersville AL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

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

1. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 20 92-11 100 $100,000.00
Day 1: 5 24-15 Day 2: 5 17-06 Day 3: 5 25-01 Day 4: 5 25-05
2. Byron Velvick Boenre, TX 20 88-01 99 $26,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-13 Day 2: 5 26-06 Day 3: 5 18-07 Day 4: 5 24-07
3. Derek Remitz Grant, AL 20 85-05 98 $21,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-11 Day 2: 5 24-00 Day 3: 5 20-13 Day 4: 5 20-13
4. David Walker Sevierville, TN 20 84-08 97 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 23-01 Day 2: 5 25-05 Day 3: 5 18-14 Day 4: 5 17-04
5. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 20 83-06 96 $14,000.00
Day 1: 5 23-00 Day 2: 5 20-06 Day 3: 5 19-09 Day 4: 5 20-07
6. Carl Jocumsen Queensland TX AUSTRALIA 20 81-15 95 $13,500.00
Day 1: 5 19-14 Day 2: 5 26-10 Day 3: 5 18-00 Day 4: 5 17-07
7. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 20 81-15 94 $13,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-07 Day 2: 5 21-06 Day 3: 5 23-10 Day 4: 5 16-08
8. Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 20 78-14 93 $12,500.00
Day 1: 5 23-11 Day 2: 5 16-06 Day 3: 5 24-02 Day 4: 5 14-11
9. Brent Ehrler Newport Beach, CA 20 78-01 92 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 23-08 Day 2: 5 20-05 Day 3: 5 16-12 Day 4: 5 17-08
10. Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 20 76-06 91 $11,500.00
Day 1: 5 16-10 Day 2: 5 24-08 Day 3: 5 19-13 Day 4: 5 15-07
11. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 20 75-04 90 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 22-02 Day 2: 5 20-02 Day 3: 5 20-06 Day 4: 5 12-10
12. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 16 72-07 89 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 28-02 Day 2: 5 24-15 Day 3: 5 16-07 Day 4: 1 02-15
BASS PRO SHOPS BIG BASS
Rick Clunn Ava, MO 08-08 $750.00
James Elam Tulsa, OK 08-08 $750.00
EVANS WILLIAMS HEAVYWEIGHT
Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 28-02 $1,000.00

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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 108 558 1930-13
2 108 557 1939-03
3 47 249 820-09
4 11 56 205-06
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274 1420 4895-15

EDWIN EVERS EASES INTO BASSMASTER CLASSIC LEAD BY 1 OUNCE

Feb. 22, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Just 1 ounce separated the two frontrunners Saturday in the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro, but it’s far from being a duel in Sunday’s finale, said the leader.

“It’s not just me and him,” said Edwin Evers, who replaced Randall Tharp in the catbird seat in the Lake Guntersville competition. “There are a lot of anglers in this yet who can catch them. Thirty-pound bags are possible.”

After adding 20-9 Saturday, Evers of Talala, Okla., racked up a two-day total of 47 pounds, 6 ounces, enough to budge him out of second place. Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., weighed 19-13 Saturday for a running total of 47-5, 1 ounce shy of keeping his lead.

The Evers-Tharp place switch was just the beginning of Saturday’s leaderboard shuffle. Moving up into the Top 5 was Ott DeFoe of Knoxville, Tenn., up from 11th place into third with 43-5, about 4 pounds out of first place. Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., moved from seventh into fourth with 42-14.

The angler in fifth place leapt from 47th place to get there. Toting 32-3 to the scales — a one-day record for a five-bass-limit Classic — Paul Mueller of Naugatuck, Conn., amassed 41-13.

The field was cut to the Top 25 for the final push Sunday toward a first prize of $300,000 and the crown of the sport. The cutline fell at 34-2, the two-day weight posted by Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas.

Evers said he had just six bites Saturday.

“It was just a really hard day. I didn’t get the bites that I had been getting, and the fish were not getting the bait. I lost a couple fish at the boat, about 4-pounders,” he said.

Evers, who like Tharp is seeking his first Classic crown, said conditions changed on Lake Guntersville from Friday to Saturday.

“The water definitely cleared up, and the water was quite a bit cooler this morning,” he said. “They just didn’t bite. I don’t know why.”

Still, 20-9 is good, he said.

“I’ll take it,” he said.

Tharp was disappointed in his Saturday bag.

“Any time I go out there and catch 19 pounds on this lake, it’s a failure for me,” said Tharp, a veteran of Guntersville tournaments during his many years living in Northern Alabama before moving to Florida last July. “I had a couple of ‘good’ fish today; yesterday I had four. I was in a good rhythm this morning, things were clicking — then I had some issues with my boat.

“I never found it (rhythm) after that. I culled one time this afternoon after three hours of fishing. I’m not disappointed in the time that I lost; I’m just disappointed I couldn’t get back into my rhythm.”

The linkage in the motor’s gear case broke, he said. He lost about 1 hour and 45 minutes of fishing time between the tow-in and the wait for the service crew to fix the motor.

Tharp said he’s made adjustments constantly throughout the tournament and expects more of the same Sunday.

“We got a lot of flow going through, and the water clarity’s different every day, and even from morning to afternoon in some places. For that reason, you can’t possibly think you’re going to catch them the same way three days in a row,” he said.

The largest bass of the day was an 8-8 brought in by Carhartt Bassmaster College Series qualifier Jordan Lee of Vinemont, Ala. But Fred Roumbanis’ 9-3 largemouth from Day 1 remained the frontrunner for the event’s Carhartt Big Bass Award of $1,000 plus $1,500 for wearing Carhartt clothing.

Evers won the $1,000 GEICO Everyday Leader Award, plus another $1,500 if he has a GEICO decal on his boat’s windshield.

For the final round, the anglers will takeoff at 7 a.m. Sunday from City Harbor in Guntersville, Ala. In Birmingham, the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arena doors will open at 3 p.m. for the final weigh-in at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. The Evan Williams Bourbon Classic Warm Up, a slate of pre-weigh-in entertainment, will include the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic “Iron Bowl” weigh-in at 3:45 p.m.

There’s no admission charge to any Bassmaster event.

Bassmaster.com will continue with its extensive all-day coverage, including the Lowrance War Room, GoPro videos, BASSTrakk from-the-water catch reports, photo galleries and live streaming of the weigh-ins and a leaderboard. All online access is free.

To see the Classic competition on ESPN2, fans can tune into The Bassmasters on Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m. ET, for the first of 12 hours of Classic coverage. The show centered on Sunday’s finale will air in prime time — 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET — on Sunday, March 2.

2014 Bassmaster Classic Title Sponsor: GEICO

2014 Bassmaster Classic Presenting Sponsors: Diet Mountain Dew, GoPro

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

2014 Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo Presenting Sponsor: Dick’s Sporting Goods

2014 Bassmaster Classic Official Apparel Sponsor: Carhartt

About B.A.S.S.
For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass fishing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles.

The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications — Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times — comprehensive website Bassmaster.com and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster High School Series, Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic.

B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members and remains focused on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.

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Media Contact: Cara Clark, 205-313-0955, cclark@bassmaster.com, or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.
2014 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic Presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro
2/21-2/23
Lake Guntersville, Birmingham, Ala.
(ANGLER) Standings Day 2

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

1. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 10 47-06 0
Day 1: 5 26-13 Day 2: 5 20-09
2. Randall Tharp Port Saint Joe, FL 10 47-05 0 $2,500.00
Day 1: 5 27-08 Day 2: 5 19-13
3. Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 10 43-05 0
Day 1: 5 20-10 Day 2: 5 22-11
4. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 10 42-14 0
Day 1: 5 22-03 Day 2: 5 20-11
5. Paul Mueller Naugatuck, CT 8 41-13 0
Day 1: 3 09-10 Day 2: 5 32-03
6. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 10 41-12 0
Day 1: 5 23-02 Day 2: 5 18-10
7. Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 10 41-03 0
Day 1: 5 19-05 Day 2: 5 21-14
8. Jonathon VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 10 39-05 0
Day 1: 5 20-11 Day 2: 5 18-10
9. Adam Wagner Cookeville, TN 10 39-01 0
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 5 24-03
10. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 10 38-12 0
Day 1: 5 16-15 Day 2: 5 21-13
11. Randy Howell Springville, AL 10 38-06 0
Day 1: 5 20-03 Day 2: 5 18-03
12. Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 10 37-09 0
Day 1: 5 16-06 Day 2: 5 21-03
13. Brandon Palaniuk Hayden, ID 10 37-09 0
Day 1: 5 16-11 Day 2: 5 20-14
14. Jordan Lee Vinemont, AL 9 37-07 0
Day 1: 4 13-07 Day 2: 5 24-00
15. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 10 37-05 0
Day 1: 5 15-10 Day 2: 5 21-11
16. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 10 36-05 0
Day 1: 5 20-14 Day 2: 5 15-07
17. Morizo Shimizu Osaka JAPAN 10 36-02 0
Day 1: 5 16-11 Day 2: 5 19-07
18. David Kilgore Jasper, AL 10 35-10 0
Day 1: 5 18-15 Day 2: 5 16-11
19. Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL 10 35-07 0
Day 1: 5 12-15 Day 2: 5 22-08
20. Doug Thompson Mabelvale, AR 9 34-14 0
Day 1: 4 12-07 Day 2: 5 22-07
21. Fred Roumbanis Bixby, OK 8 34-12 0
Day 1: 5 23-02 Day 2: 3 11-10
22. Coby Carden Shelby, AL 9 34-07 0
Day 1: 5 22-04 Day 2: 4 12-03
23. Ish Monroe Hughson, CA 9 34-05 0
Day 1: 5 18-08 Day 2: 4 15-13
24. David Walker Sevierville, TN 9 34-03 0
Day 1: 5 24-13 Day 2: 4 09-06
25. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 10 34-02 0
Day 1: 5 20-03 Day 2: 5 13-15
26. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 10 33-04 0
Day 1: 5 16-02 Day 2: 5 17-02
27. Hank Cherry Jr Maiden, NC 10 33-00 0
Day 1: 5 15-09 Day 2: 5 17-07
28. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 9 32-12 0
Day 1: 4 18-10 Day 2: 5 14-02
29. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 10 32-10 0
Day 1: 5 20-13 Day 2: 5 11-13
30. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 10 31-11 0
Day 1: 5 15-05 Day 2: 5 16-06
31. Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, KS 10 31-10 0
Day 1: 5 17-11 Day 2: 5 13-15
32. Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 7 31-04 0
Day 1: 2 07-05 Day 2: 5 23-15
33. Patrick Bone Cleveland, GA 10 31-04 0
Day 1: 5 15-07 Day 2: 5 15-13
34. Rick Morris Lake Gaston, VA 9 29-04 0
Day 1: 4 15-04 Day 2: 5 14-00
35. Jeff Lugar Mcgaheysville, VA 8 27-08 0
Day 1: 3 11-10 Day 2: 5 15-14
36. Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 9 27-06 0
Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 4 12-05
37. John Murray Phoenix, AZ 10 26-12 0
Day 1: 5 13-11 Day 2: 5 13-01
38. Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 8 26-09 0
Day 1: 5 16-13 Day 2: 3 09-12
39. Chris Jones Bokoshe, OK 8 26-02 0
Day 1: 5 16-10 Day 2: 3 09-08
40. Josh Bertrand Gilbert, AZ 10 25-04 0
Day 1: 5 12-13 Day 2: 5 12-07
41. Mark Dove North Vernon, IN 9 24-09 0
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 4 12-01
42. Yusuke Miyazaki Forney, TX 8 23-15 0
Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 3 06-10
43. Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 9 22-10 0
Day 1: 4 10-00 Day 2: 5 12-10
44. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 8 22-06 0
Day 1: 5 15-07 Day 2: 3 06-15
45. Alton Jones Lorena, TX 8 21-03 0
Day 1: 5 15-07 Day 2: 3 05-12
46. Timothy Johnston Kalispell , MT 6 20-10 0
Day 1: 2 07-10 Day 2: 4 13-00
47. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 5 19-15 0
Day 1: 4 15-09 Day 2: 1 04-06
48. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 7 19-06 0
Day 1: 5 14-12 Day 2: 2 04-10
49. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 6 19-05 0
Day 1: 2 07-12 Day 2: 4 11-09
50. Rich Howes Oviedo, FL 5 17-00 0
Day 1: 5 17-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
51. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 6 16-01 0
Day 1: 2 07-04 Day 2: 4 08-13
52. Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 4 11-05 0
Day 1: 3 09-10 Day 2: 1 01-11
53. Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 3 08-00 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 2 05-15
54. Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 2 07-03 0
Day 1: 1 03-12 Day 2: 1 03-07
55. Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 2 06-12 0
Day 1: 1 04-06 Day 2: 1 02-06
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 39 239 863-15
2 34 228 803-12
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73 467 1667-11
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Hite Leads Wire-To-Wire, Wins Walmart FLW Tour Season Opener On Lake Okeechobee

09.Feb.2014
CLEWISTON, Fla. – Pro angler Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz., brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 14 pounds, 11 ounces to win $125,000 at the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee presented by Mercury. Hite’s four-day catch of 20 bass weighing 88-14 gave him a 6-pound, 6-ounce margin of victory in the tournament that featured 178 of the world’s best bass-fishing anglers competing in the first event of the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season.

Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts pro Greg Bohannan of Rogers, Ark., finished in second place with 20 bass weighing 82 pounds, 8 ounces to earn $30,000.

“What a great tournament,” said Hite, who earned the second career FLW Tour victory of his career. “You don’t get this opportunity very often, and you really cherish it when you do. There is nothing better than fishing your gut feelings and never second-guessing yourself. I didn’t lose a fish this week, and I fished a flawless tournament. It’s so grueling out here fishing at this level; I’m just very thankful.

“The key for me this week was making the right decisions,” Hite continued. “I would not have won this tournament had I not made the decision to switch to my secondary pattern yesterday. There was something in my gut that just told me that I needed to do something different, so I made the decision to go flipping. I’ve gotten burned here in Florida in years past by not having a backup pattern, and it really saved me.”

Hite said that he decided in practice to focus entirely on the Lake Okeechobee area known as the Monkey Box and remained there throughout the event.

“The first day of practice I pulled up on a spot and I realized that there was more hydrilla there than there had been in years past,” Hite said. “That got my wheels turning and I got pretty excited because the ample amounts of grass allowed me to fish more to my strengths and have a lot more spots. All of my spots were really close, and that allowed me to fish more efficiently and longer than everybody else. Maximizing your fishing time in these tournaments can really be crucial.”

Hite said that his big-fish baits this week were a Z-Man Original ChatterBait Elite with a green-pumpkin Yamamoto Swimming Senko and a ¼-ounce swimjig with the Swimming Senko. His biggest fish on day one came on a plain 6-inch black-and-blue-colored Yamamoto Senko rigged with a 1/8-ounce Reins Tungsten weight on a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook. He also caught a few fish on a black-and-gold-colored EverGreen Combat Crank 60. When Hite was forced to move to his secondary punching pattern, he punched with a black and blue Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog with a 1½-ounce Reins Tungsten weight.

The top 10 pros finished the tournament in:

1st: Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 20 bass, 88-14, $125,000

2nd: Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts pro Greg Bohannan, Rogers, Ark., 20 bass, 82-8, $30,000

3rd: James Watson, Waynesville, Mo., 20 bass, 81-1, $25,000

4th: Randall Tharp, Port St. Joe, Ala., 20 bass, 79-3, $20,000

5th: Repel pro Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 20 bass, 77-14, $19,000

6th: Matt Herren, Trussville, Ala., 20 bass, 77-7, $18,000

7th: Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 20 bass, 73-13, $17,000

8th: Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 20 bass, 69-14, $16,000

9th: Leon Williams, Fairdale, Ky., 18 bass, 69-8, $15,000

10th: Chevy pro Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark., 20 bass, 67-3, $14,000

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

Overall there were 48 bass weighing 175 pounds, 4 ounces caught by pros Sunday. Nine of the final 10 pros caught five-bass limits.

Billy Dehart of Burlingame, Calif., won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 48 pounds, 11 ounces, followed by Ken Coats of Tulsa, Okla., in second place with 15 bass weighing 48-10 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 Regional Tourism Board.

The FLW Tour stop on Lake Okeechobee presented by Mercury Marine was hosted by Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Marina and Resort and the Hendry County Tourism Development Council. It was the first of six events in the Walmart FLW Tour’s 2014 season. The next Walmart FLW Tour event will be held at Lake Hartwell March 6-9 in Seneca, S.C., and is presented by Ranger Boats. The event will be hosted by the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau, and boats will launch from Clemson Marina in Seneca. For a complete schedule, visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Coverage of the Lake Okeechobee tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs May 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.

Bassmaster College Series Regional

UCF TEAM WINS BASSMASTER COLLEGE SERIES REGIONAL

Jan. 4, 2014

UCF Team Wins Bassmaster College Series Regional

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. — Kyle Oliver and Hunter McKamey of the University of Central Florida overcame an unexpected cold front to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Southern Regional on Lake Okeechobee with a two-day total of 39-12. The duo held on to a Day 1 lead and brought 20 pounds, 13 ounces of bass to the scales on Saturday to clinch the win.

In practice, the record field of 130 college teams enjoyed clear skies and 80-degree weather, but frigid temperatures the night before competition changed the bass bite and the anglers’ plans. On Friday, winds at 25 miles per hour prevented half the field from reaching the spots they found productive in practice, but those conditions, including the 40-degree temperatures, actually helped the UCF winners.

Fishing a vast pad field with Zoom Speed Worms and Gambler Burner Worms, Oliver and McKamey caught fish that were preparing to spawn, as well as bass moving out of the spanwing areas due to the cold.

“The weather benefited us more than anybody else,” said McKamey. “We saw that everybody was flipping in our area in practice. We tried flipping but didn’t catch much.”

The UCF Knights decided to use moving baits instead. After catching a 2-pounder and a 3-pounder in the area by reeling worms, they left the spot to save it for Day 1 of competition.

“The spot we were fishing had pre-spawn fish coming in, and the cold weather made the fish that were in the reeds come out,” said Oliver. “So all those fish merged in our spot. We probably caught 30 fish today and 40 fish yesterday.”

Jake Gipson and Charlie Hurst of the University of Alabama brought in the biggest bag of the event on Saturday, weighing 24-15 and moving into second place. Their biggest bass, an 8-7 lunker, tied fellow Crimson Tide anglers John B Davis and Payton McGinnis, who brought in a bass of the same size on Friday. The two teams tied for the Carhartt Big Bass award.

Kyle Smith and Shelby Concon of the University of Florida finished in third place with a two-day total of 35-15.

The Top 18 teams qualify for the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, which will be held this summer. For more information, visit Bassmaster.com.

2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Title Sponsor: Carhartt

2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Quantum, Yamaha

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

2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Proud Partner: Mustang Survival

About B.A.S.S.
For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass fishing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles.

The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications — Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times — comprehensive website Bassmaster.com and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, B.A.S.S. Nation events and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic.

B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members and remains focused on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.

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Carhartt Bassmaster College Series – Southern
1/3/2014 – 1/4/2014
Lake Okeechobee – C. Scott Driver Boat Ramp – Okeechobee, Fla.

STANDINGS BOATER DAY 2
Today’s Activity Accumulative
Name # Fish # Live Lbs – Oz # Fish # Live Lbs – Oz

1 Kyle Oliver – Hunter McKamey University of Central Florida 5 5 20-13 10 10 39-12
2 Jake Gipson – Charlie Hurst University of Alabama 5 5 24-15 10 10 38- 6
3 Kyle Smith – Shelby Concon University of Florida 5 5 20-11 10 10 35-15
4 John Ferguson – Wesley Wise Polk State College 5 5 19- 6 10 10 33- 1
5 John B Davis – Payton McGinnis University of Alabama 5 5 18- 6 8 8 33- 1
6 Dawson Lenz – Robb Young University of North Alabama 5 5 18-10 10 10 30- 2
7 Charles Conger – Demetrius Thomas Abraham Baldwin Ag College 5 5 10- 2 10 10 28-15
8 Michael Skat – Phillip Heyde Seminole State College 5 5 15- 6 10 10 28-15
9 Bo Larkins – Brian Rosso University of Georgia 5 5 10- 2 10 10 28-12
10 Jacob Roberson – Evan Horne University of North Alabama 3 3 9- 1 8 8 27- 8
11 Taylor Minick – Landon Tucker Valdosta State University 5 5 11-15 10 10 26-15
12 Neal Combs – Kevin Lucas Seminole State College 5 5 17- 4 10 10 26- 1
13 Trey Clayton – Timothy Ward Auburn University 5 5 15-14 10 10 25-15
14 David Sherry – Max Burges Southern Polytechnic State University 5 5 11- 5 10 10 25-10
15 Nathan Martin – Michael Gullette University of North Alabama 5 5 8-10 10 10 25- 7
16 Wesley Griner – Will Myrick Darton State College 5 5 13-15 10 10 25- 6
17 Justin Atkins – Joseph Marty Mississippi State University 5 5 12- 3 10 10 25- 5
18 Justin Walton – Brian Redd University of West Georgia 5 5 9-12 10 10 24-15
19 John Nolan – Tyler Collins University of West Georgia 5 5 11- 8 10 10 24-12
20 Cody Spears – Drew Cook Florida State University 5 5 12-14 10 10 24-10
21 Justin Morgan – Gus Cleary Indian River State College 5 5 7- 5 10 10 24- 7
22 Wesley Minor – Auston Wingard UAB 5 5 8- 0 10 10 24- 7
23 Garrett Roberts – Ben Curry Auburn University 5 5 13- 4 10 10 24- 6
24 John Larsen – Nick Peet University of Central Florida 5 5 6- 9 10 10 24- 3
25 Taylor Odom – Josh Cameron Mississippi State University 5 5 11- 0 10 10 24- 0
26 Taylor Thompson – Hunter Coppolino Abraham Baldwin Ag College 5 5 14-12 10 10 23-14
27 Thomas Oltorik III – Zach Ford Daytona State College 5 5 11-10 10 10 23- 9
28 Patrick Walters – Gettys Brannon University of South Carolina 5 5 12- 4 10 10 23- 2
29 Kyle Parks – Grant Kimbrel Darton State College 5 5 11- 7 10 10 22-10
30 Colton Henderson – Brandon Whaley Wallace State CC Hanceville 5 5 6-14 10 10 21-15
31 Konner Kennedy – Houston Turner Wallace State CC Hanceville 5 5 12- 1 10 10 21-11
32 Shane Fussell – Stephen Carlisle University of Florida 5 5 12- 9 10 10 21- 9
33 Brent Werts – Briggs Kennington Clemson University 5 5 9- 6 10 10 21- 7
34 Christian Shirley – Tyler Helms Mississippi State University 3 3 6-15 7 7 20-13
35 Grant Carter – Ryan Wakenigg Columbus State University 5 5 8-14 10 10 20-11
36 Justin Mahon – Jason Mahon Florida State University 5 5 13- 6 10 10 20- 9
37 Bradley Rilling – Darius Williams University of West Georgia 4 4 9- 8 9 9 20- 7
38 John Maner – Ryan Darracott University of North Alabama 5 5 11- 1 9 9 20- 6
39 Jacob Nummy – Corey Pierce AUM 2 2 2-11 7 7 20- 3
40 James Altmann – Mark Blanar University of Florida 5 5 12- 2 10 10 20- 2
41 Tommy Edwards – Dylan DeForrest Florida Gulf Coast University 5 5 7- 5 10 10 20- 1
42 Andrew Suggs – Chase Coker Darton State College 5 5 11-11 10 10 20- 1
43 Tyler Strock – Dalton Darnell AUM 5 5 11- 8 10 10 20- 1
44 William Shipes – Gatlin Edge Clemson University 2 2 4- 0 7 7 19- 7
45 Lealand Johnson – Weston King University of Alabama 3 3 5- 8 8 8 19- 7
46 Frankie Appaluccio – University of Alabama 5 5 11- 8 9 9 19- 7
47 Cody Parks – Cody Peak Mississippi State University 5 5 10-15 10 10 19- 7
48 Mitchell Jennings – Chuck Wise Auburn University 5 4 8-13 10 9 19- 7
49 Julian Quattlebaum – Lucas Johnson Georgia Regents University 5 5 13-10 9 9 19- 5
50 Jake Dupree – Jeff Clayton Mississippi State University 5 5 11- 6 10 10 18-13
51 Josh Oliver – Nathan George Gadsden State Community College 5 5 7- 8 10 10 18-12
52 Matt Lipscomb – Justin Woodruff UAB 3 3 5- 2 8 8 18- 8
53 Daniel Perry – Brandon Easterling University of Montevallo 4 4 11- 9 8 8 18- 7
54 Hayden Tilley – Alex Clayton Northeast Alabama Community College 5 5 8- 1 10 10 18- 7
55 Kyle Monti – Mike Gontko Florida Gulf Coast University 4 4 7- 5 9 9 18- 6
56 Hampton Anderson – Josh Rennebaum University of South Carolina 5 5 6-15 10 10 18- 5
57 Kyle Alford – Clark Lawrence Mississippi State University 5 5 9- 5 10 10 18- 2
58 Samuel Freeman – Shawn Callahan University of South Carolina 5 5 12-11 10 10 18- 1
59 Nick Lamia – Giles Ansley Florida State University 5 5 9-13 10 10 18- 0
60 Cody Kennedy – Nic Davis JC Calhoun Comm College 5 5 9- 5 10 10 17-11
61 Bryant Quattlebaum – Jordan Tuten Wallace State CC Hanceville 5 5 6-10 10 10 17-10
62 Austin Bell – Michael Boswell Polk State College 2 2 2- 4 7 7 17- 5
63 Nathan Griffin – Brad Davis Columbus State 5 5 7-10 10 10 17- 0
64 Kristin Forquer – John Duarte Coastal Carolina University 5 5 7- 5 10 10 16- 9
65 Briggs Defoor – Brandon Worthey Auburn University 3 3 8-10 8 8 16- 6
66 Grant Kelly – Daniel Dix Southern Polytechnic State University 5 5 10- 8 10 10 16- 3
67 Kenny Johnson – Brandon Larry University of West Georgia 5 5 15- 3 7 7 16- 2
68 Trent Palmer – Dean Mullett Georgia Southern University 3 3 3- 8 8 8 16- 1
69 Adam Neill – Logan Shaddix University of Alabama 5 5 11- 7 10 10 16- 0
70 Travis Johns – Jennings Earnest University of South Alabama 5 5 11- 1 7 7 16- 0
71 Adam Acker – Bradley King Georgia State University 5 5 8- 1 10 10 15- 7
72 Nathan Woodruff – Lowell Gann Mississippi State University 3 3 4-12 8 8 15- 1
73 Brianne McMillan – Christian Smith Florida Gulf Coast University 5 5 7-14 10 10 14- 6
74 Isaac Payne – Jace McDill Savannah College of Art & Design 2 2 4- 6 7 7 13-13
75 Jessy Meherg – Austin Keeton JC Calhoun Comm College 5 5 9- 1 8 8 13-12
76 Matthew McKenzie – Brandon Black University of West Georgia 5 5 10- 0 6 6 13- 7
77 Chandler Ray – Carson Ray Georgia Southwestern State University 1 1 5- 2 4 4 12-15
78 Ross Burns – Richard Nesbitt Clemson University 5 5 5-15 10 10 12-15
79 Jacob Reome – Matthew Garvin Clemson University 3 3 4- 7 8 8 12-10
80 Kevin Hires – Michael Bennett Seminole State College 0 0 0- 0 5 5 12- 5
81 Michael Chambliss – Dylan Tumlin Columbus State University 5 5 9- 7 7 7 12- 3
82 Nick Dion – Nate Sleight Lake Superior State University 3 3 5- 3 8 8 11-10
83 Jacob Burns – Brandon Bailey UAB 5 5 8-13 6 6 11- 2
84 Wesley Anderson – Cody Harrison University of North Alabama 4 4 11- 1 4 4 11- 1
85 Pat Snellings – Adrian Estrada Auburn University 5 5 7- 0 7 7 10-12
86 Alan Horwatt – Bryan Carroll Clemson University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 10-10
87 Ethan Wages – Dillon Hall University of South Alabama 4 4 4-12 7 7 10- 3
88 Rebekah Buterbaugh – Kaitlyn Willis University of West Georgia 3 3 3-14 8 8 10- 0
89 Joe Thompson – Lou Roland Young Harris College 2 2 2- 9 7 7 9-12
90 Austin Brown – Josh Holley AUM 0 0 0- 0 5 5 9- 8
91 Byron Kenney – Will Tredwell University of Georgia 0 0 0- 0 5 5 8-15
92 Mitch Mitchell – Evan Reid Auburn University 5 5 7-11 6 6 8-10
93 Curtis O’Daniel – Jai Rogers Northeast Alabama Community College 2 2 4- 8 5 5 8- 7
94 Daniel Green – Adam Pridgeon AUM 5 5 8- 6 5 5 8- 6
95 James Kelly – Frank Mandella Mississippi State University 4 4 7-13 4 4 7-13
96 Daniel Hughes – Mason Tippins Georgia Regents University 5 5 7- 8 5 5 7- 8
97 Wesley Steinmeyer – Justin Gill Georgia Regents University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 7- 7
98 Nicholas Harris – Charles Fee Florida State University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 7- 6
99 Austin Herring – Tanner Ellis University of Montevallo 2 2 4- 6 5 5 7- 6
100 Blake Thomas – Clint Frederick University of North Alabama 0 0 0- 0 5 5 6-14
101 Ethan Flack – JR Sapp Wallace State CC Hanceville 0 0 0- 0 3 3 6- 9
102 Colby S Smith – JaKarvis Houston Jacksonville State University 0 0 0- 0 1 1 6- 5
103 Luke Greenwell – Willem Hattink Georgia Southern University 1 1 6- 2 1 1 6- 2
104 Kendall Cain – Grayson Payne Young Harris College 1 1 3- 9 2 2 6- 1
105 Michael Sullivan – Greg Dean Wallace State CC Hanceville 0 0 0- 0 3 3 5- 6
106 Elijah Bice – Courtney Van Nest Gadsden State Community College 2 2 4- 6 3 3 5- 4
107 Candler McCollum – Will Bates Auburn University 0 0 0- 0 3 3 5- 1
108 Andrew Warbington – Mark Grant University of West Alabama 0 0 0- 0 3 3 4- 9
109 Dustin Rucks – Wesley Holden Indian River State College 2 2 2- 7 3 3 4- 6
110 Kolby Bowers – Cale Mathis Abraham Baldwin Ag College 3 3 3-11 3 3 3-11
111 Sandy Teaf – Chad Bass University of Central Florida 0 0 0- 0 1 1 2- 5
112 Matt Wallace – Ryan Norris University of Georgia 0 0 0- 0 1 1 1-14
113 Joseph Fuller – Travis King University of Montevallo 1 1 0-14 1 1 0-14
114 James Brumbeloe – Whitney Perkins University of West Alabama 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
114 Joseph Hillyer – Matthew Hand AUM 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
114 Layton Jones – Georgia Southern University 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
114 Kyle Lunceford – University of Montevallo 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
114 Garrett Price – Nicholas McKeiver Lake Superior State University 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
114 Brandon Rivers – William Morgan University of West Alabama 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0

BIG BASSTOTALS
Day Name City,State Lbs-OzDay

1 John B Davis Vestavia, AL 8- 7
2 Jake Gipson Tuscaloosa, AL 8- 7

Drop Shots for Lake of the Ozarks Bass

Super Sizing Drop Shots for Lake of the Ozarks Bass

By John Neporadny Jr.

Fishing a finesse lure on a drop shot rig has saved the day for many recreational and tournament anglers alike at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Today’s fishing pressure has turned many bass into finicky eaters so Lake of the Ozarks anglers have resorted to downsizing their lures and tackle to coax bites. The drop shot rig has emerged from this trend as one of the most effective ways to present a thin, 3 or 4-inch lure to a passive Lake of the Ozarks bass.

However there are still plenty of times when bass prefer their meals super-sized and a tournament trail pro has discovered the drop shot rig can also effectively deliver a big, bulky dinner to a heavyweight bass. “It’s the same principle behind drop shotting no matter what size bait you are throwing,” says Dion Hibdon, the former Bassmaster Classic and FLW Tour champion from Stover, MO. “It’s giving your bait a totally different look to the fish. It’s a real natural looking presentation.”

The Lake of the Ozarks pro suggests many lures such as jigs or Texas-rigged baits fall head-first whereas a lure on a drop-shot rig tends to remain horizontal. “So much of the food sits level in the water and doesn’t go head down all the time,” discloses Hibdon. “So when fishing gets a little bit off, that is what bluegill and shad are doing–standing upright and not standing on their heads.”

Smaller bass seem to prefer finesse baits in the toughest conditions, but Hibdon believes quality fish still want a big meal. “The older a bass gets and the bigger it gets, it becomes a little bit more of a professional eater,” says the tournament veteran. “What I mean is it knows if it eats a big bluegill it only has to eat once or twice a day and it exerts a whole lot less energy compared to having to eat a dozen small shad.”

When fishing gets tough at Lake of the Ozarks and Hibdon needs a kicker fish, the cast-for-cash angler super sizes his drop shot rig with either a 5- to 6-inch flipping tube, Luck-E-Strike USA Jogger Worm, a 9-inch Luck-E-Strike USA Ringer worm or a 10-inch paddletail worm. He selects a 4/0 or 5/0 wide gap hook for his flipping tube, a 3/0 wide gap hook for his Jogger worm and 4/0 or 5/0 hooks for his 9- and 10-inch plastic worms. Most of the time, Hibdon uses 3/8- or 1/2-ounce weights for his magnum drop shot rig although he opts for 3/4- and 1-ounce versions when punching the lures through weed mats or working the rig in deep water.

A 7- or 7 1/2-foot medium-heavy or heavy rod with a bait-cast reel are Hibdon’s choices for delivering his magnum drop shot. He ties his rig on 17- or 20-pound fluorocarbon line and usually leaves a 1-foot to 18-inch gap between his lure and the drop weight.

Drop-shotting big baits produces best for Hibdon in the summer and fall in waters with visibility of at least 1 to 2 feet. “The fish are more likely to suspend that time of the year,” says Hibdon.

The Missouri pro’s drop shot with the Ringer worm produces bass from brush piles at the Lake of the Ozarks whenever the fish start ignoring his Texas-rigged worm. “If you have caught fish day after day out of those brush tops and the fish stop biting, then slip a drop shot in there,” advises Hibdon, who has caught several fish in the 5- and 6-pound class on the magnum drop shot. “I pull it along real easy, just like a Carolina rig, crawling it along the bottom until I get it to a piece of brush, then I might shake it a little bit.”

Hibdon also tricks bedding bass with a drop shot and magnum tube bait. If a spawning fish ignores his other offerings after four or five casts and the bass isn’t locked on the bed, Hibdon switches to the drop shot. “There is a time during the spawn when the fish suspend above those beds and sometimes if you can lift your lure off the bed in its face it will go ahead and eat it,” he reveals.

When Lake of the Ozarks bass start ignoring your jigs or Texas-rigged plastic worms, try a drop shot rig with a super-sized soft plastic. You’ll be dangling a big meal that a heavyweight bass craves right in its eating zone.

For information on lodging and other facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at funlake.com.

Copies of John Neporadny’s book, “THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide” are
available by calling 573/365-4296 or visiting the web site www.jnoutdoors.com.