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Co-Angler Award Goes to Huwar

MARBURY, Md. (Aug. 19, 2019) – Boater Todd Langford of Great Falls, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces. Langford took home $2,600 for his efforts.

Langford said he fished mid-river, in Occoquan Bay. He caught them out of heavy grass mats using a Texas-rigged green-pumpkin-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver, paired with a 1¾-ounce weight.

"I really fished one area where you could get bit on– the river is fishing tough right now," said Langford, who notched his first career win in FLW competition. "The area was probably 500 yards, but had key spots within the stretch. There was some moving water in those spots and the high tide helped."

Langford's bait was rigged on a straight shank hook via snell knot, tied to 65-pound-test PowerPro Super Slick braided line on a 7-foot, 11-inch Halo Twilite Series heavy–action flipping rod.

"I caught 7 or 8 keepers during the tournament," said Langford. "They bit best when the water was moving – at the end of the incoming tide and the beginning of the outgoing tide."

Langford went on to say that he caught a key fish in the very back of a creek during low tide around 1:30 p.m. using a white 3/8-ounce Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer with a white Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper trailer.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Todd Langford, Great Falls, Va., five bass, 15-2, $2,600

               2nd:         Thomas Svec, Chesapeake, Va., five bass, 14-1, $1,440

               3rd:          Greg Lahr, Fayetteville, N.C., five bass, 13-8, $900

               4th:          Ronnie Baker, Providence Forge, Va., five bass, 11-0, $810

               5th:          Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., five bass, 10-5, $460

               5th:          Jim Jarvis, Timberville, Va., three bass, 10-5, $460

               7th:          Brian Mullaney, New Market, Md., five bass, 10-4, $400

               8th:          Kermit Crowder, Matoaca, Va., five bass, 10-0, $510

               9th:          Dennis Middleton, Madison Heights, Va., five bass, 9-15, $320

               10th:        Travis Lugar, McGaheysville, Va., five bass, 9-12        

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Svec caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $240.

Shawn Huwar of Fredericksburg, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,320 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 11 pounds, 6 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Shawn Huwar, Fredericksburg, Va., four bass, 11-6, $1,320

               2nd:         Costas Melendez, Shenandoah, Va., four bass, 8-15, $600

               3rd:          Michael Taylor, Providence Forge, Va., five bass, 8-10, $600

               4th:          Jeff Mellott, Warfordsburg, Pa., five bass, 7-10, $280

               5th:          Keith Allen, Sumerduck, Va., five bass, 7-6, $240

               6th:          John Poos, Manassas, Va., four bass, 7-5, $420

               7th:          Hayward Thaxton III, Emmitsburg, Md., three bass, 6-14, $200

               8th:          Barker Plake, Hodges, S.C., three bass, 6-4, $180

               9th:          John Castro, Lorton, Va., three bass, 6-1, $160

               10th:        Timothy Patch, Lorton, Va., two bass, 5-14

Huwar also caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 10 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $120.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About FLW

FLW is the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Thrift Clinch's First FLW Cup Victory, Moves to No. 2 on All-Time FLW Leading Money Winner List

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Aug. 11, 2019) – Pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the stage weighing 10 pounds, 13 ounces, Sunday to claim the title of FLW Cup Champion at the FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton. Thrift, with a three-day total of 15 bass for 38 pounds, 7 ounces, won by a 5-pound, 1-ounce margin over pro Kyle Walters of Grant Valkaria, Florida, who caught a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 33-6, good for $60,000. Sunday's final weigh-in marked the finale of the 2019 FLW Cup, which featured 52 of the best professional bass anglers from across North America. Thrift led the tournament on all three days of competition and took home the top prize of $300,000.

"I feel like this tournament was an event that everybody thought I would eventually win one day, except for myself," said Thrift, who pushed his career earnings to more than $3 million dollars and is now the No. 2 all-time leading money winner in FLW history. "I felt like I would eventually get a chance, and I felt like this tournament was the first Cup that I truly had a chance to win. I still can't believe that I won it, this is an amazing feeling."

Thrift said that his tournament was a "mixed bag" each day. Of the 15 bass that he weighed in, he caught them on eight different baits, including a buzzbait, a topwater walking bait, a Texas rig, a drop-shot rig, five different crankbaits, a frog, a Damiki Underspin and a Damiki Armor Shad Paddle Tail swimbait.

"Fishing in August, you have to fish everything," Thrift said. "Every morning I'd start fishing shallow – the bank and shade lines – then I'd fish a few boat docks, and then I'd move out and fish some brush. I even caught some fish that weren't around anything, just around bait and suspended. I caught them on seven or eight different patterns, and you have to have that in August because two or three of them will let you down."

The only time that Thrift really stuck a lot of fish in a hurry was Sunday when he pulled up to his first spot and fish were busting the surface over a 200-yard span.

"Today started out actually pretty good," he said. "I ran to a place that I knew [Bryan] Schmitt was catching them schooling, and I knew he didn't make the cut. So I went in there, and sure enough they were schooling like crazy. I caught a limit fairly quickly at probably about 8 or 8:30. It didn't weigh much; maybe 7 or 7 1/2 pounds. And I'm thinking, 'Shoot, I've got all day to upgrade. This is good. We're good to go.'

"So that helped slow me down and give me confidence. But at about 12:30 I hadn't had another bite. I had one area that I'd caught most of my weight in in the last hour and a half each day in Hot Springs Creek. So I ran in there at 12:30. I said, 'If I'm gonna win it, I'm gonna win it back here.' I didn't crank the boat until 3:30 and ended up culling three."

The spot was a small dead-end pocket with deep water running all the way to the back. The bass were pushing bait up not quite to the bank, but close.

"It's just a shallow flat," he said of that final spot. "It's got a lot of shad back there. There were three little brush piles. They weren't big. They were maybe the size of the hood of a truck; just three small, little brush piles. I'd just rotate between them. One of them, they were kind of schooling around a little bit, and I caught a couple around it while they were up schooling."

The top 10 pros at the 2019 FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton finished:

               1st:          Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 38-7, $300,000     

               2nd:         Kyle Walters, Grant Valkaria, Fla., 15 bass, 33-6, $60,000

               3rd:          Dakota Ebare, Denham Springs, La., 14 bass, 32-2, $50,000

               4th:          Bass Pro Shops pro Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., 15 bass, 31-6, $37,500

               5th:          Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 15 bass, 31-2, $30,000

               6th:          Lowrance pro Austin Felix, Eden Prairie, Minn., 15 bass, 30-6, $24,000

               7th:          Joseph Webster, Winfield, Ala., 15 bass, 28-2, $23,000

               8th:          Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala., 15 bass, 26-12, $22,000

               9th:          Josh Douglas, Isle, Minn., 14 bass, 26-3, $21,000

               10th:        Jordan Osborne, Longview, Texas, 10 bass, 22-6, $20,000

Full results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 43 bass weighing 66 pounds, 3 ounces caught by pros Sunday. Eight of the final 10 anglers weighed in five-bass limits.

The 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas, was hosted by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Visit Hot Springs. Total attendance for the three-day event was 67,453 fishing fans. The Bank OZK Arena was at 100-percent capacity, Sunday, with additional fans watching the Trace Adkins concert and final weigh-ins on the big screens at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Television coverage of the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton will premiere in the fall of 2019. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs each Saturday night at 7 p.m. EST and is broadcast to more than 63 million cable, satellite and telecommunications households in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean on the World Fishing Network (WFN), the leading entertainment destination and digital resource for anglers throughout North America. FLW television is also distributed internationally to FLW partner countries, including Canada, China, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and South Africa.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the sport's top anglers on the FLW Tour on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About FLW

FLW is the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Noraas Earns Co-Angler Title

MARBURY, Md. (July 29, 2019) – Boater Kermit Crowder of Matoaca, Virginia, won Saturday's T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River presented by Navionics after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces. For his day on the water, Crowder earned $4,454.

"I fished a mile or so of a main-river grass line. It was mid-river, about 15 minutes from the boat ramp and was the only place I went," said Crowder, who earned his fifth career win on the Potomac River in BFL competition – second as a boater. "I just went back and forth all day. Most of the fish were on the edge, dropped off in 4 to 6 feet of water, and I was sitting 6 to 7 of water. It doesn't fall off really steep – it's more of a flat. The hydrilla is so thick that when the tide gets low it moves the fish to the edge.

"I had about seven keeper bites. There were 17 or 18 boats on the stretch, but I got the right bites," continued Crowder. "I caught them on a variety of baits – one on a topwater, one of the big ones on a jig and flipping a couple of different creature baits."

Crowder's key baits included a black-colored Spro 65 Bronzeye Poppin' Frog, a 3/8-ounce, green pumpkin Sooper Bait jig with a 3-inch Mud Puppy craw, and a Texas-rigged, green-pumpkin Mud Puppy creature bait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Kermit Crowder, Matoaca, Va., five bass, 13-12, $2,454 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Barton Wines, Marshall, Va., five bass, 13-7, $1,227

               3rd:          Thomas Svec, Chesapeake, Va., five bass, 12-15, $750

               4th:          Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., five bass, 12-14, $1,076

               5th:          Joe Dixon, Bel Alton, Md., five bass, 12-10, $451

               6th:          Travis Lugar, McGaheysville, Va., five bass, 12-3, $413

               7th:          Brandon Stapleton, Temperanceville, Va., five bass, 12-2, $357

               7th:          Ryan Ingalls, Fairfax, Va., five bass, 12-2, $357

               9th:          Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., five bass, 11-13           

               10th:        Josh Willard, Carrollton, Va., five bass, 11-12

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

John Bitter of Maitland, Florida, caught a 4-pound, 8-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $215.

Matthew Noraas of Pamplin, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,227 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds, 3 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Matthew Noraas, Pamplin, Va., five bass, 11-3, $1,227

               2nd:         J.C. Miller, Washington, Pa., five bass, 9-8, $613

               3rd:          Shawn Huwar, Fredericksburg, Va., five bass, 9-6, $319

               3rd:          Jeff Mellott, Warfordsburg, Pa., five bass, 9-6, $319

               5th:          Jamie Newton, Falls Church, Va., five bass, 9-2, $225

               6th:          Brad Melton, Manassas, Va., five bass, 8-12, $207

               7th:          Chris Jackson, Front Royal, Va., five bass, 8-10, $188

               8th:          Costas Melendez, Shenandoah, Va., four bass, 8-8, $169

               9th:          Keith Allen, Sumerduck, Va., five bass, 8-4    

               10th:        Jerry Comperatore, Tarentum, Pa., five bass, 8-1        

John Castro of Lorton, Virginia, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $107.

The tournament was hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About FLW

FLW is the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

West Virginia's Peters Grabs Co-Angler Title

HENRICO, Va. (July 15, 2019) – Boater Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won Saturday's T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on the James River after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 10 ounces. For his efforts, Elrod took home $3,637.

Elrod said he fished on the lower end of the James River.

"I probably fished 8 to 10 different places during the day – all shallow to mid-depth wood in 4 to 6 feet of water," said Elrod, who earned his fourth win BFL competition – third on the James River. "It's about a 30 minute run down there [from takeoff] and, for the most part, the areas were within a few miles of each other.

"I targeted crabs on wood, which is what they were feeding on," continued Elrod. "I was just running the tide, trying to stay with the low water and flipping wood. I did that for as long as we could but by the end of the day the water was high."

Elrod said his limit came on a Texas-rigged 3½-inch green pumpkin-colored Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw. He said he caught 10 keepers throughout the tournament.

"I have a lot of local knowledge, and I know which pieces of wood can be more productive than others," said Elrod.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 16-10, $3,637

               2nd:         Austin Burton, Hopewell, Va., five bass, 15-0, $1,868

               3rd:          Mike Cherry, Hampton, Va., four bass, 14-12, $1,622

               4th:          Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., five bass, 14-9, $1,029

               5th:          Rick Tilley, Moneta, Va., five bass, 13-7, $667

               6th:          Michael Belter, Reidsville, N.C., five bass, 13-2, $762

               7th:          Chris Baldwin, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 12-13, $556

               8th:          Otto Hecht, Sneads Ferry, N.C., five bass, 12-11, $501

               9th:          Derek Brown, Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 12-1, $445

               10th:        Chris Brummett, Lynch Station, Va., five bass, 11-12, $389

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Cherry caught a 7-pound, 3-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $410.

Gary Peters of Surveyor, West Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,873 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds even.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Gary Peters, Surveyor, W. Va., five bass, 13-0, $1,873

               2nd:         Bill Naron, Beaverdam, Va., five bass, 12-13, $834

               3rd:          Ernest McIntyre, Fayetteville, N.C., five bass, 11-14, $558

               4th:          Brad Hendrix, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 10-14, $561

               4th:          Preston Hale, Providence Forge, Va., five bass, 10-14, $361

               6th:          Timothy Kinder, Manassas, Va., five bass, 10-4, $356

               7th:          Jamie Newton, Falls Church, Va., three bass, 9-13, $278

               8th:          Andre Wynn, Windsor Mill, Md., five bass, 9-8, $236

               8th:          Bud Amend, Pleasant Garden, N.C., five bass, 9-8, $386

               10th:        David DeCiucis, Chester, Va., four bass, 9-7, $195

Peters also caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $205.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About FLW

FLW is the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Co-Angler Title Goes to Max Meadows' Rakes

HUDDLESTON, Va. (July 1, 2019) – Boater Dennis Siggers of Danville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory, Siggers earned $2,585 for his victory.

"I would say the key to my win was my 30 years of experience on this lake," said Siggers, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. "On Tuesday they filled the lake up, and I saw the bass swimming on the bank lines. So I started working down the bank lines, just throwing a topwater. I knew I'd catch them – I didn't know that I'd catch 19 pounds – but it all worked out nicely."

Siggers said he threw a Rebel Pop-R topwater bait until 10:30 a.m., then switched to a green-pumpkin and purple-colored Zoom Trick Worm.

"I would say that I caught around 10 keepers, and of the five that I brought to the scale, three came on the topwater bait and two came on the Trick Worm. My big one came on the Pop-R," Siggers went on to say.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Dennis Siggers, Danville, Va., five bass, 19-1, $2,585

              2nd:         Dennis Burdette, Pembroke, Va., five bass, 16-11, $1,375

              3rd:         Rick Hawkins, Roanoke, Va., five bass, 15-7, $784

              4th:         William Johnson, Moneta, Va., five bass, 14-7, $548

              5th:         Jack Dice, Lynchburg, Va., five bass, 13-15, $720

              6th:         Trevis Towe, Daleville, La., five bass, 13-12, $531

              7th:         Ryan Spicer, Narrows, Va., four bass, 13-10, $392

              8th:         Timothy Kowalewski, Bumpass, Va., five bass, 13-5, $502

              9th:         Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., four bass, 13-3, $613

              10th:       Michael Delvisco, Dandridge, Tenn., four bass, 13-1

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Siggers also earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $235 after weighing in a bass totaling 5 pounds, 12 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division.

Bobby Rakes of Max Meadows, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,250 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

              1st:          Bobby Rakes, Max Meadows, Va., five bass, 12-5, $1,250

              2nd:         Austin Burdette, Pembroke, Va., five bass, 10-14, $625

              3rd:         J.C. Miller, Washington, Pa., five bass, 9-5, $384

              4th:         Jarrod Egolf, Frederick, Md., five bass, 8-11, $268

              5th:         Joshua Dudley, Rustburg, Va., four bass, 8-1, $230

              6th:         Billy Brown, Dahlgren, Va., two bass, 6-8, $361

              7th:         David Deciucis, Chester, Va., four bass, 6-1, $192

              8th:         Anthony Shanz, Selbyville, Del., three bass, 5-9, $272

              9th:         Guy Maupin, Barboursville, Va., two bass, 5-8, $153

              10th:       Matt Leicester, Hertford, N.C., three bass, 5-4

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 3-5 BFL Regional Championship presented by Navionics on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About FLW

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BEDFORD, Va. (April 29, 2019) – The Apprentice School duo of Hunter Atkins of Carrsville, Virginia, and Kitt Moger of Suffolk, Virginia, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Smith Mountain Lake presented by Costa Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 6 ounces. The victory earned the Builders' bass club $2,400 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

It was the second consecutive year that the duo of Atkins and Moger won the FLW College Fishing event on Smith Mountain Lake, and Atkins credited their sight-fishing skills as the key to their tournament wins.

"We've only been to this lake three times – all three for a tournament – and we finished fourth, first and first," said Atkins, a senior majoring in business management. "Kitt and I work real well together when we're targeting beds, alternating casts and keeping a bait in front of the fish at all times. Smith Mountain Lake is also very similar to some of the lakes we have by our house and we've got a lot of practice bed fishing."

"We spent a full day on the water Thursday, just prior to the tournament, and we were on the water from sun up to sun down, just looking for and marking fish on beds," said Moger, a third year Outside Machinist Apprentice at Newport News Shipbuilding. "I think that was the key to our win – persistence. We wore that trolling motor out and didn't even really fish – we just looked for fish on the bed."

The duo said they came in to the tournament with around a dozen fish marked and they were able to put 11 keepers in the boat. They flipped Texas-rigged Strike King Rage Craws and Rage Lobsters, both black-and-blue-colored.

"I think the key was knowing how to sight fish," Atkins went on to say. "We ran into a couple of very large fish, but after a few casts we knew we were wasting our time. You have to know when it's going to bite and when to leave it alone. Luckily we ran into some that were ready."

The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2020 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st:          The Apprentice School – Hunter Atkins, Carrsville, Va., and Kitt Moger, Suffolk, Va., five bass, 16-6, $2,400

2nd:         Radford University – Christopher Butler and Zack LeMaster, both of Bedford, Va., five bass, 15-6, $1,000

3rd:         Radford University – Christian Williams, Wingina, Va., and Joshua Greenberg, Montpelier, Va., five bass, 14-12, $500

4th:         Michigan State University – Riley Welch, Beecher, Ill., and Kevin Lukens, Norton Shores, Mich., five bass, 14-3, $500

5th:         James Madison University – Blake Miles, Chesterfield, Va., and Noah Beckley, Salem, Va., five bass, 13-13, $750

6th:         Radford University – Jackson Norton, Ferrum, Va., and Nathan Brooks, Rocky Mount, Va., five bass, 12-10

7th:         Clarkson University – Tyler Robinson, Madrid, N.Y., five bass, 12-7

8th:         Clarkson University – Benjamin Seaman, Colchester, Vt., and Connor Reese, Farmington, N.Y., five bass, 12-6

9th:         Liberty University – Coleman Roberts, Fort Myers, Fla., and Alex Williamson, Gorham, Maine, five bass, 12-4

10th:       Wytheville Community College – Logan Reynolds, Stuart, Va., and Landon Siggers, Danville, Va., five bass, 12-1

Complete results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The YETI FLW College Fishing event on Smith Mountain Lake presented by Costa was hosted by Bedford Tourism and the Bedford Area Welcome Center. It was the first of three regular-season qualifying tournaments for Northern Conference anglers. The next event for FLW College Fishing anglers will be May 31 at the Chesapeake Bay in Harford County, Maryland.

YETI FLW College Fishing teams compete in three regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a college fishing club that is recognized by their school. The top 10 teams from each division's three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual FLW College Fishing Open will advance to the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. Additional teams will qualify for the National Championship if the field size in regular-season events exceeds 100 boats. The Potomac River and Marbury, Maryland, will play host to the 2019 FLW College Fishing National Championship, June 4-6, 2019.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow YETI FLW College Fishing on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
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Co-Angler Title Goes to Shelby's Scism

HENDERSON, N.C. (April 29, 2019) – Boater Robert Walser of Lexington, North Carolina, brought five bass to the weigh-in stage totaling 15 pounds, 10 ounces, to win Saturday's T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division tournament on Kerr Lake. For his efforts, Walser took home $5,718.

"I fished flooded bushes and trees, mid-lake, along an approximately 20-mile stretch," said Walser, who logged his 12th career win in BFL competition – tied for second most all-time. "I used a spinnerbait early, and then I flipped."

Walser said he used a ½-ounce white-colored Rush Lures double-willow-bladed spinnerbait with a chartreuse and silver glitter Zoom Split Tail trailer on 20-pound-test Berkley Big Game line. He flipped a green-pumpkin Zoom Baby Brush Hog with a 3/0-sized Berkley Fusion 19 EWG hook and a 3/8-ounce Eco Pro tungsten flipping weight. For flipping, he opted for 20-pound-test Berkley Trilene 100-percent fluorocarbon line.

"I caught more than 30 keepers. It was hard initially, but after it warmed up it got easier," said Walser. "We had a severe cold front come through Friday afternoon and the temperatures dropped rapidly – maybe 20 degrees in 30 minutes. It rained following the temperature change, so we had a few hours of cold rain. I think it had an effect on the fish I was targeting, but after noontime I caught four or five limits."

Walser said he ended up weighing one off the spinnerbait, and the rest from the Brush Hog.

"Some of those spinnerbait fish in the morning were at those deeper bushes, and my Garmin Panoptix showed me the submerged bushes I couldn't see, which really helped me out," said Walser.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Robert Walser, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 15-10, $3,718 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Dustin Clontz, Albemarle, N.C., five bass, 14-8, $1,909

               3rd:          Jake Frye, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 14-0, $1,388

               4th:          Scott Beattie, Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 13-10, $898

               5th:          Scott Hamrick, Denver, N.C., five bass, 13-8, $655

               5th:          Randy Childers, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 13-8, $805

               7th:          Jason Wilson, Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 13-6, $990

               8th:          Carson Orellana, Mooresville, N.C., five bass, 13-0, $513

               9th:          Michael Stephens, Gastonia, N.C., five bass, 12-8, $456

               10th:        Ryan Deal, Indian Trail, N.C., five bass, 12-7, $399

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Wilson caught a 5-pound, 1-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $420.

Jeff Scism of Shelby, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,709 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Jeff Scism, Shelby, N.C., five bass, 12-5, $1,709

               2nd:         Larry Freeman Jr., La Crosse, Va., five bass, 12-3, $1,105

               3rd:          Wayne Smelser, Rural Retreat, Va., five bass, 11-1, $620

               4th:          Charles Wood, Thomasville, N.C., four bass, 10-15, $609

               5th:          Maverick Canipe, Kings Mountain, N.C., five bass, 10-1, $342

               6th:          Dwayne Parton, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 9-13, $413

               7th:          Mark Murphy, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 9-12, $285

               8th:          Barry Burford, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 9-11, $256

               9th:          Grant McPeters, Marion, N.C., four bass, 9-10, $228

               10th:        John Cook, Matthews, N.C., five bass, 9-9, $199

Wood caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 4 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $210.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The T-H Marine FLW BFL North Carolina Division tournament on Kerr Lake was hosted by the Vance County Tourism Development Authority.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2019 BFL All-American will be held May 30-June 1 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland, and is hosted by the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and the Commissioners of Charles County. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
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Raleigh's Richardt Claims Co-Angler Title

HENDERSON, N.C. (April 8, 2019) – Boater R.J. DeGrandcourt of Clarksville, Virginia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division opener on Kerr Lake. For his catch, DeGrandcourt took home $2,585.

According to post-tournament reports, DeGrandcourt caught his bass fishing flats on the upper end of the lake with a Bomber Speed Shad crankbait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          R.J. DeGrandcourt, Clarksville, Va., five bass, 18-7, $2,585

               2nd:         Ben Dalton, Keeling, Va., five bass, 16-5, $1,175

               3rd:          Travis Lugar, McGaheysville, Va., five bass, 15-9, $784

               4th:          Jack Dice, Lynchburg, Va., five bass, 15-0, $759

               4th:          Thomas Svec, Chesapeake, Va., five bass, 15-0, $509

               6th:          Curtis Talbott, Forest, Va., five bass, 14-15, $631

               7th:          Michael Delvisco, Dandridge, Tenn., five bass, 14-1, $392

               8th:          Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., five bass, 13-11, $752

               9th:          Rick Hawkins, Roanoke, Va., five bass, 13-10, $313

               10th:        Craig Wright, Rustburg, Va., four bass, 13-1, $150

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

DeGrandcourt also caught a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $235.

Kyle Richardt of Raleigh, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,175 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Kyle Richardt, Raleigh, N.C., five bass, 12-7, $1,175

               2nd:         Trey Grow, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 11-6, $587

               3rd:          Louis Britos, Disputanta, Va., five bass, 10-10, $393

               4th:          Jamie Newton, Falls Church, Va., four bass, 10-9, $254

               4th:          Timothy Kinder, Manassas, Va., five bass, 10-9, $354

               6th:          Brandt Thompson , Richmond, Va., five bass, 10-7, $215

               7th:          Gregory Chuhta, Germantown, Md., five bass, 10-5, $196

               8th:          Danny Crickenberger, Charlottesville, Va., four bass, 10-0, $293

               9th:          Billy Brown, Dahlgren, Va., five bass, 9-13, $157

               10th:        Al Berkley, Madison Heights, Va., five bass, 9-12, $50

Crickenberger caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $117.

The tournament was hosted by the Vance County Tourism Development Authority.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2019 BFL All-American will be held May 30-June 1 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland, and is hosted by the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and the Commissioners of Charles County. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
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Co-Angler Title Goes to Kingsport's Blakely

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 1, 2019) – Boater Craig Powers of Rockwood, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces, to win Saturday's T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on South Holston Reservoir. Powers earned $3,583 for his victory.

Powers spent his day fishing wind-blown points mid-lake, not too far from takeoff. He said the bite was tough, and that he caught just six keepers all day. He weighed in two largemouth and two spotted bass from a spinnerbait and a 3-pound smallmouth on a crankbait.

"I targeted blowdowns on the points with the spinnerbait, and when the wind quit blowing I switched to a flat-sided crankbait. It was the same deal [with the crankbait] – rocky, wind-blown points – but I stayed away from the trees," said Powers, who earned his fifth win in FLW competition. "The crankbait has a tight wiggle and when they quit biting, I can usually catch a few on it.

Powers said his spinnerbait was a ½-ounce, custom-made lure with Willow Leaf and Colorado blades and a Glimmer Blue skirt, with a Zoom Split Tail trailer of the same color. His crankbait was a Root Beer-colored CP Custom Baits Series 3 balsa crankbait. He said he primarily worked in 6 to 10 feet of water.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Craig Powers, Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 17-9, $3,583

               2nd:         Kevin Powers, Unicoi, Tenn., five bass, 13-15, $1,764

               3rd:          Jonathan Bowling , Harriman, Tenn., five bass, 13-8, $1,108

               4th:          Steve Coleman, Clayton, Ga., five bass, 13-6, $707

               5th:          Nathan Hipps, Canton, N.C., five bass, 11-7, $580

               5th:          Derrick Blake, Rockwood, Tenn., two bass, 11-7, $580

               7th:          Matt Linton, Kingston, Tenn., four bass, 10-6, $505

               8th:          Doug Burke, Castlewood, Va., four bass, 10-0, $454

               9th:          Tavin Napier, Rockwood, Tenn., three bass, 9-9, $404

               10th:        Wayne Coppage, Jonesboro, Tenn., four bass, 9-1, $353

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Powers also caught a 7-pound, 13-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $355.

David Blakely of Kingsport, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $1,714 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds, 10 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          David Blakely, Kingsport, Tenn., five bass, 11-10, $1,714

               2nd:         Mark Dillard, Bluff City, Tenn., four bass, 11-7, $807

               3rd:          Clint Dyer, Jonesborough, Tenn., four bass, 10-10, $505

               4th:          Joey Boling, Walland, Tenn., three bass, 9-0, $353

               5th:          Brian Miller, Calhoun, Ga., three bass, 8-0, $303

               6th:          Audie Aultman, Knoxville, Tenn., three bass, 7-5, $278

               7th:          Bradley Watts, Afton, Tenn., four bass, 7-3, $252

               8th:          Jim Neece Sr., Bristol, Va., three bass, 6-15, $214

               8th:          Darren Kelly, Wartburg, Tenn., two bass, 6-15, $364

               10th:        Robert Barch Jr., Nelsonville, Ohio, two bass, 6-13, $177

Curtis Crooke of Washburn, Tennessee, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $177.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2019 BFL All-American will be held May 30-June 1 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland, and is hosted by the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and the Commissioners of Charles County. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
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More than 450 Bass Anglers to Descend on Marbury, Maryland for 36th annual BFL All-American and the FLW College Fishing National Championship – Two Internationally-Televised Tournaments

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (May 16, 2019) – The nation's top weekend and collegiate bass-fishing anglers are set to compete at two of the most prestigious bass-fishing championships in the country on the Potomac River later this month – the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American on the Potomac River presented by General Tire, May 30-June 1, and the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship on the Potomac River presented by Lowrance, June 4-6.

An automatic entry to compete at the 2019 FLW Cup is up for grabs to the winners of each respective event, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money and a brand new Ranger Boat. The events are hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners and Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

"The Potomac River has been fishing strong for the past few months and is the perfect fishery to host these two championships," said FLW Tour pro Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Maryland. "They're going to be hitting it at one of the best times of the year. You're going to see a lot of different tactics – ChatterBaits, swimjigs, shallow-diving crankbaits, stickbait worms and flipping creature baits. The key to winning will be finding something – a pattern or a location – that nobody else is on."

The 2019 BFL All-American on the Potomac River presented by General Tire will feature a field of the top 98 boaters and co-anglers from across the 24-division BFL circuit competing for a grand prize of up to $120,000 in the boater division and $60,000 in the co-angler division. The top boater will receive an invitation to compete for bass fishing's most coveted prize – the 2019 FLW Cup – Aug. 9-11 on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Since its inaugural event in 1983, the BFL All-American championship has visited the Potomac River just once (2012) in its 36-year history. In 2012, boater Brian Maloney of Osage Beach, Missouri, targeted shallow flats with contoured ditches with dark-colored crankbaits to claim the title and the $120,000 top prize.

The 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship at the Potomac River presented by Lowrance will be comprised of the top qualifying teams from each of the 15 regular-season events from around the country, along with the top 20 teams from the annual FLW College Fishing Open. A field of 172 teams representing 100 different colleges and universities will be competing for a prize package that includes a new Ranger Z175 boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard and an automatic qualification for both team members to move on to compete against the best bass-anglers in the world at the 2019 FLW Cup.

"Winning the FLW College Fishing National Championship last year kicked off my career as a professional angler," said 2019 FLW Tour rookie Hunter Freeman, who won the event last year on the Red River while competing for the University of Louisiana-Monroe along with partner Thomas Soileau. "The entire experience was amazing. From the banquet, to the three-day tournament, the media coverage – everything was a blast. Winning the championship showed me that I had what it takes to become a professional fisherman and gave me the confidence to sign up to compete at the highest level – the FLW Tour."

BFL All-American competitors will take off from Smallwood State Park, located at 2750 Sweden Point Road in Marbury, at 7 a.m. EDT each morning, May 30 to June 1. Thursday and Friday's weigh-ins, May 30-31, will be held at the park beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday's Championship weigh-in, June 1, will also be held at the park, but will begin at 4 p.m.

The FLW College Fishing National Championship anglers will also take off each day, June 4-6, from Smallwood State Park, at 7 a.m. EDT. All weigh-ins will be held at the State Park, beginning at 3 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

Television coverage of both events will premiere in the fall of 2019. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs each Saturday night at 7 p.m. EST and is broadcast to more than 63 million cable, satellite and telecommunications households in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean on the World Fishing Network (WFN), the leading entertainment destination and digital resource for anglers throughout North America. FLW television is also distributed internationally to FLW partner countries, including Canada, China, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Zimbabwe.

The popular FLW Live on-the-water program will air on Days Three and Four of both events – Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 for the All-American and Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6, for the College Fishing National Championship. FLW Live features live action from the boats of the tournament's top anglers each day. Host Travis Moran will be joined by FLW Tour pros Luke Dunkin and Miles Burghoff to break down the extended action each day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-the-water broadcasts will be live streamed on FLWFishing.com, the FLW YouTube channel and the FLW Facebook page.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the sport's top anglers on the FLW Tour on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.