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Posted By The Bass Hog
Canadian Angler Wins $120,000, Entry into Forrest Wood Cup
 
BUCHANAN, Tenn. (June 20, 2015) – Curtis Richardson of Belleville, Ontario, Canada, brought a 19-pound, 9-ounce five-bass limit to the scale Saturday to win the Walmart BFL All-American on Kentucky Lake and the $120,000 payday. Richardson’s three-day cumulative weight of 15 bass totaling 66-5 gave him a 3-pound, 6-ounce edge over second-place angler Jeremy Lawyer of Sarcoxie, Missouri, in the nationally-televised event which hosted the nation’s top weekend anglers.
 
“I’m absolutely speechless right now,” said Richardson, who also qualified for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup – the world championship of bass fishing – via his win Saturday. “This win means a lot for my family and I, and my fishing career. I’m still trying to take it all in.”
 
Richardson said he secured his winning stringer by targeting a shell bed and a point littered with stumps - a pattern he’s stuck to over the three-day tournament.
 
“I knew those two areas had big ones. I ran to each of my three main spots before 9 a.m.,” said Richardson. “I used a silver Nichols Lures Ben Parker Magnum Spoon and was only able to get five bites, four of which I lost.
 
“After that I really pushed for big fish by working my way back through those spots,” continued Richardson. “During my second trip to the point, I switched to a wacky-rigged Red Bug-colored Zoom Magnum Trick Worm on a drop-shot.”
 
Around 10:30 a.m. Richardson said he caught three of his winning fish using the Trick Worm at his third spot.
 
“The drop-shot rig was the only way to get a bite,” Richardson said. “At 12:30 I returned to the point and shell bed for a third time and caught a fish at each location, including the giant 6-pounder that gave me the win.”
 
Richardson estimated he had around a dozen bites over the course of his final day on the water.
 
“I didn’t think I had anywhere close to the weight I brought in,” said Richardson. “I actually started thinking about how much prize money second place would take home on my way to the scale. I guess being in that mindset made the victory that much sweeter.”
 
Bob Burgess of Charleston, West Virginia, won the co-angler division Saturday with a three-day total of 13 bass weighing 52 pounds, 6 ounces followed by Ryan Sykes of Hamilton, Ohio, in second place with 15 bass weighing 46-15.
 
Hosted by the Henry County Alliance, the Walmart BFL All-American featured the top 49 boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the 24-division BFL circuit casting for the top cash prizes of up to $120,000 in the Boater Division and $60,000 in the Co-angler Division, plus an opportunity to compete for the Forrest Wood Cup Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Weekend anglers vie for $120,000, coveted spot in 2015 Forrest Wood Cup                    
 
BUCHANAN, Tenn. (June 4, 2015) – Now in its 31st year, the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American will visit Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Buchanan, Tennessee, June 18-20. The top 49 boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the 24-division BFL circuit will cast for cash prizes of up to $120,000 in the Boater Division and $60,000 in the Co-angler Division, plus an opportunity to compete for the Forrest Wood Cup Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
 
For 2014 All-American champion Marcus Sykora of Osage Beach, Missouri, winning this tournament was a dream come true.
 
“In terms of my fishing career, it’s the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me,” Sykora said of his 2014 championship win. “It validated my abilities as an angler and proved to me that hard work and dedication pay off.”
 
Sykora also said that the victory has improved his ability to mentally prepare for tournaments.
 
“One of the biggest things I’ve noticed is the confidence boost,” said Sykora. “After winning this tournament you feel like you have the ability to overcome any fishing obstacle no matter how difficult.”
 
Walmart FLW Tour pro Tom Redington of Royse City, Texas, who won the Rayovac FLW Series event on Kentucky Lake in May, said this year’s All-American should be a great event despite the tournament pressure that Kentucky Lake has seen as of late.
 
“The fishing could be a little tougher, but it’s still Kentucky and Barkley lakes,” said Redington. “You’ll need a lot of weight each day to be in the hunt for the win.
 
“Right now the fish are fully in their summer pattern,” continued Redington. “With the activity they’ve seen these past couple of weeks, they will be scattered and suspended offshore. Obviously the ledges are going to be firing on Kentucky, but I could see some anglers going shallow on Barkley as well. The bushes, brush piles and docks rarely disappoint this time of year.
 
Redington estimated that a three-day-cumulative weight of 66 pounds will win the tournament.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — With the explosive growth of high school bass fishing tournaments, young athletes are making a name for themselves in an organized sport quite different from traditional games like football, baseball and basketball.

Now there’s a program that offers national recognition for outstanding young anglers, just as there is in each of the “stick-and-ball” sports.

B.A.S.S. — the world’s largest fishing organization — today announced creation of the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team, which honors the most successful competitive bass anglers in the country.

“Our goal is to provide skilled young anglers with the rewards and recognition they deserve,” said Hank Weldon, manager of B.A.S.S.’s high school and college fishing programs. “In addition, we are offering them an opportunity to demonstrate their fishing abilities on a national stage.”

To be considered for inclusion on the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team, a student must be nominated by a parent, coach, teacher or other school official. Students currently enrolled in grades 10-12 with a current-year grade point average of 2.5 or higher are eligible. Judges will select up to two student anglers in each state. These All-State Fishing Team members become semifinalists in the selection of the 12-member All-American Team. Criteria include success in high school fishing tournaments and involvement in conservation efforts and other community service activities.

The 12 All-Americans will compete in a one-day Bassmaster All-American High School Tournament to be held in conjunction with the 2015 BASSfest event — one of nine Bassmaster Elite Series bass tournaments being held this year. Elite Series anglers will serve as “coaches” for the student anglers in the one-day tournament on Lake Barkley, Tennessee, June 6, 2015. The high school standouts will be honored before the weigh-in crowd at BASSfest, and each will be profiled in Bassmaster Magazine, read monthly by 3.2 million people.

“By focusing a national spotlight on high school students who excel at bass fishing, it’s our hope that more boys and girls will be attracted to the sport of fishing and introduced to a love of the outdoors,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “In attending some of our own Costa Bassmaster High School tournaments, I’ve been amazed at the enthusiasm, fishing ability and character our young anglers have displayed. There’s no doubt some will go on to become Bassmaster Elite Series champions.”

Akin noted that all students who compete in high school fishing events are eligible, regardless of whether they are affiliated with B.A.S.S. or another fishing organization.

Notices have been sent to youth fishing directors of the B.A.S.S. Nation and other organizations, as well as leaders of state high school fishing programs. Adults can nominate students by filling out an online form at
http://www.bassmaster.com/blogs/high-school-blog/all-american.  Nominations must be submitted before midnight April 15.

A panel of judges will review the applications and select the High School All-American Fishing Team.


Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

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Sward Wins Co-angler Title
 
 
FLORENCE, Ala. (June 7, 2014) – 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.
 
     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. 
 
       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.
 
Courtesy of  FLWOutdoors.com

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Tennessee’s Maynard Paces Co-Anglers
 
 
FLORENCE, Ala. (June 5, 2014) – Marcus Sykora of Osage Beach, Mo., took the early lead at the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy on Wilson Lake with a five-bass limit that weighed 26 pounds, 11 ounces. He now holds a comfortable 5-pound, 6-ounce lead over second place angler Timothy Feller of Coral Springs, Fla., in one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing.
 
     Hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, the tournament 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.
 
     Sykora said that he got off to a quick start and had his weight by about 9 a.m. He caught most of his fish on a crankbait and followed up with a jig to catch a few more.
 
     “I showed up on my first spot and it was going crazy,” Sykora said. “I had 18 pounds and my co-angler (Evan Barnes, second place) had 15 pounds in the first six minutes.”
 
          Overall there were 241 bass weighing 704 pounds, 6 ounces caught by 49 boaters Thursday. The catch included 45 five-bass limits.
 
     Brandon Maynard of Cookeville, Tenn., leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 3 ounces followed by Evan Barnes of Hot Springs, Ark., in second place with five bass weighing 20-7.
 
     Overall there were 212 bass weighing 507 pounds, 11 ounces caught by co-anglers Thursday. The catch included 34 five-bass limits.
 
     Anglers will take off from Waterfront Marina located at 4451 Florence Boulevard in Florence at 7 a.m. each morning. Friday’s weigh-in will be held at Waterfront Marina beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday’s final weigh-in will be held following the Walmart FLW Tour weigh-in at Walmart located at 2701 Cloverdale Road in Florence beginning at 5:30 p.m.
 
     Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo at Walmart on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators and the Chevy Truck Tour plus the opportunity to interact with professional anglers and enjoy interactive games, activities, and giveaways provided by sponsors. Fans can also learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.
 
     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. 
 
                                        Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com