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Posted By The Bass Hog

Sixth-Year Costa FLW Series angler Earns First Career Victory – and $83,340

Link to photo of tournament champion Wayne Vaughn

MASSENA, N.Y. (Sept. 21, 2019) – Pro Wayne Vaughan of Chester, Virginia, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the three-day Costa FLW Series on the St. Lawrence River presented by Realtree Fishing.

Vaughan's three-day total of 15 bass weighing 63 pounds, 5 ounces was enough to earn him the victory by a 1-pound, 9-ounce margin over second-place pro Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Michigan, and earn him $83,340, including a new Ranger Z518L boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard. The tournament was the third and final regular-season tournament of the year for anglers competing in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits.

"I caught a few fish this week on a tube, but every fish that I weighed in came drop-shotting a Redbone-colored Z-Man Jerk Shadz," said Vaughan, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. "I fished basically from takeoff all the way down to Clayton, hitting 20 to 25 spots each day.

"The first day my numbers were not that great – I think I only caught 10 fish," Vaughan continued. "On the second day I caught around 25, and today I only caught 10. I was fishing around the ends of points – I caught them all in 35- to 55-feet-of-water. Yesterday the current was moving really well, so it had the fish up a little higher – around 35 feet. Today, I couldn't get them that shallow and had to go real deep. I caught one down 55 feet."

When asked what he felt was the key to his victory, Vaughan was honest and blunt with his answer – "luck."

"I had no keys," Vaughan joked. "I think my key was luck. I had caught a couple of fish in practice, but the last day I caught a 6-pounder way out deep. I told myself, 'That is definitely where the big ones live, and I'm committing myself to this.' It was a grind – I was only getting one or two fish on each of those spots.

"It's been a great year, and to win at the last event of the year is just a great way to end the season," Vaughan went on to say.

The top 10 pros on the St. Lawrence River finished:

              1st:          Wayne Vaughan, Chester, Va., 15 bass, 63-5, $83,340

              2nd:         Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 15 bass, 61-12, $14,199

              3rd:         A.J. Slegona, Pine Bush, N.Y., 15 bass, 59-7, $11,115

              4th:         Casey Smith, Macedon, N.Y., 15 bass, 58-12, $9,096

              5th:         Jason Burger, Bridgeton, N.J., 14 bass, 54-10, $8,186

              6th:         Neil Deleeuw, Fenwick, Ontario, Canada, 15 bass, 54-4, $7,277

              7th:         Ken Golub, Pittsford, N.Y., 14 bass, 54-1, $7,967

              8th:         Brian Hughes, Barrie, Ontario, Canada, 15 bass, 53-8, $5,458

              9th:         Jonathan Kelley, Old Forge, Penn., 15 bass, 50-4, $5,548

              10th:       Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 50-0, $3,638

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

Vaughan weighed in a 6-pound, 5-ounce bass Friday – the heaviest of the tournament in the Pro Division – and also earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $256.

Noah Winslow of Naugatuck, Connecticut, won the Co-angler Division with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 50 pounds, 11 ounces. For his win, Winslow took home the top prize package of a new Ranger Z175 boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor, worth $27,100.

The top 10 co-anglers on the St. Lawrence River finished:

              1st:          Noah Winslow, Naugatuck, Conn., 15 bass, 50-11, $27,100

              2nd:         Dexter Andrews, King George, Va., 15 bass, 50-3, $4,874

              3rd:         Grant Loney, Beamsville, Ontario, Canada, 14 bass, 49-2, $3,723

              4th:         Jeff Zeisner, Arva, Ontario, Canada, 15 bass, 49-1, $3,258

              5th:         Gary Haraguchi, Antioch, Calif., 14 bass, 48-6, $3,042

              6th:         Michael Sciacca, Augusta, N.J., 14 bass, 43-2, $2,327

              7th:         Will Litchfield, London, Ontario, Canada, 14 bass, 40-13, $1,862

              8th:         Joshua Hertzog, Ephrata, Penn., 14 bass, 39-0, $1,729

              9th:         Jeff Melsop, East Liberty, Ohio, 12 bass, 38-12, $1,396

              10th:       D. Brett Walker, Kansas City, Mo., 11 bass, 33-1, $1,163

Henry McKee of Haddon Heights, New Jersey, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Friday, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces. He earned the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $170.

The Costa FLW Series on the St. Lawrence River presented by Realtree Fishing was hosted by the Town of Massena. It was the third and final tournament in the 2019 regular season for Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits anglers. The next tournament for FLW Series anglers will also be in the Western Division, the Costa FLW Series at the California Delta presented by Power-Pole, held Sept. 26-28 in Bethel Island, California. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

The Costa FLW Series consists of five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – along with the International division. Each U.S. division consists of three regular-season tournaments with competitors vying for valuable points that could earn them the opportunity to compete in the season-ending Costa FLW Series Championship. The 2019 Costa FLW Series Championship is being held Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky.

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


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Chester's Deciucis Wins Co-angler Division

HENRICO, Va. (Sept. 16, 2019) – Boater Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 29 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division super-tournament on the James River Sunday. Elrod earned $3,542 for his efforts.

"I started each morning making the 45-minute run down to Chickahominy Creek, then I'd work my way back up with the low tide," said Elrod, who earned his fifth career BFL victory – third this season. "I was flipping a green-pumpkin Zoom Brush Hog and throwing a 4- to 6-foot diving crankbait around wood. I probably caught around 7 or 8 keepers each day."

Elrod said that of the 10 fish that he brought to the scale, five came on the Brush Hog and five came on the unnamed crankbait.

"I was just rotating the baits, throwing them in the same areas," Elrod said. "I think there were two keys to my victory. One was my Evinrude outboard. I made a long run on both days and it ran efficiently and flawlessly – a huge weight off of your shoulders when we're on the water. I also think that my local knowledge of the river was key. With the tides, you have to be in the right area at the right time and I knew what I was looking for."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., 10 bass, 29-7, $3,542

              2nd:         Wesley Farmer, New Kent, Va., 10 bass, 26-13, $1,821

              3rd:         Keith Estes, Spring Grove, Va., 10 bass, 26-8, $1,578

              4th:         Rob Uzzle, Hampton, Va., 10 bass, 25-14, $902

              5th:         Richard Owen, Chester, Va., 10 bass, 25-2, $648

              6th:         Brandon Stapleton, Temperanceville, Va., 10 bass, 24-2, $594

              7th:         Todd Langford, Great Falls, Va., 10 bass, 22-12, $540

              8th:         Ryan Powroznik, Hopewell, Va., five bass, 11-15

              9th:         Joe Pautler, Catonsville, Md., five bass, 11-7

              10th:       Stephen Miller, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 11-7

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Uzzle caught a 4-pound, 7-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the event's Boater Big Bass award of $146.

Chester, Virginia's Davis Deciucis won the Co-angler Division and $1,621 Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 22 pounds, 15 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

              1st:          David Deciucis, Chester, Va., 10 bass, 22-15, $1,621

              2nd:         Jamie Newton, Falls Church, Va., 10 bass, 20-4, $957

              3rd:         Brandt Thompson, Richmond, Va., nine bass, 17-4, $791

              4th:         Patrick Lambert, Woodbridge, Va., five bass, 13-13, $478

              5th:         Danny Crickenberger, Charlottesville, Va., seven bass, 12-7, $324

              6th:         Gregory Chuhta, Germantown, Md., six bass, 9-13, $297

              7th:         Anthony Shanz, Selbyville, Del., five bass, 9-6, $320

              8th:         David Barlow, Disputanta, Va., three bass, 6-11

              9th:         Dillon Reid, Ashland, Va., two bass, 6-4

              10th:       Rob Hilliard, Vinton, Va., four bass, 6-3

Newton caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces. The catch earned him the event's Co-angler Big Bass award of $146.

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 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

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

Maryland's Gardner Wins Co-angler Division

HUDDLESTON, Va. (Sept. 9, 2019) – Boater Rick Hawkins of Roanoke, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 31 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division super-tournament on Smith Mountain Lake. Hawkins earned $4,682 for his efforts.

"I chose to fish the Roanoke arm the first day and the Blackwater arm the second day," said Hawkins, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. "However, it was the same pattern – finding baitfish that were relating to structure in that 20-foot-range and throwing crankbaits."

Hawkins said that he used a variety of crankbaits to catch his fish throughout the weekend – Rapala DT14 and DT20s, a Strike King 6XD and a 6th Sense Cloud 9. He said he stuck mainly with shad-colored baits – lots of grays, silvers and whites.

"I landed six keeper bites each day," Hawkins continued. "However, I did have a couple come off that would have helped me. The key was relating the baitfish to the cover at the right depth. If there were baitfish but no cover, there was no fish. If there was cover but no baitfish, there was no fish. I also made around 1000 casts each day. I just kept plugging – so many casts and only six bites a day."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Rick Hawkins, Roanoke, Va., 10 bass, 31-10, $4,682

              2nd:         Chris Dillow, Waynesboro, Va., 10 bass, 31-10, $2,341

              3rd:         Bryan Humphreys, Lewisburg, W. Va., nine bass, 28-14, $1,562

              4th:         Rick Tilley, Moneta, Va., 10 bass, 28-5, $1,092

              5th:         Chris Brummett, Lynch Station, Va., 10 bass, 28-5, $936

              6th:         Trevis Towe, Daleville, Va., 10 bass, 25-13, $858

              7th:         Jack Dice, Lynchburg, Va., 10 bass, 24-6, $1,030

              8th:         Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., 10 bass, 23-15, $1,002

              9th:         Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., 10 bass, 23-12, $974

              10th:       Keith Roberts, Hurt, Va., 10 bass, 22-1, $646

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Tommy Little of Chester, Virginia, caught a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the event's Boater Big Bass award of $562.

Jessup, Maryland's Cort Gardner won the Co-angler Division and $2,622 Sunday after catching a two-day total of six bass weighing 20 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

              1st:          Cort Gardner, Jessup, Md., six bass, 20-7, $2,622

              2nd:         Brian LaClair, Denton, Md., eight bass, 19-1, $1,170

              3rd:         Sergio Render, Christianburg, Va., seven bass, 17-5, $783

              4th:         Mark Blankenship, Christianburg, Va., seven bass, 17-5, $546

              5th:         Timothy Kinder, Manassas, Va., six bass, 12-3, $668

              6th:         Andre Wynn, Windsor Mill, Md., four bass, 11-15, $429

              7th:         William Lane, Midlothian, Va., five bass, 11-12, $390

              8th:         Chris Moore, Mechanicsville, Va., six bass, 11-9, $401

              9th:         Josh Nixon, Evington, Va., four bass, 9-13, $312

              10th:       Joshua Long, Hardy, Va., two bass, 8-10, $273

Gardner also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds even. The catch earned him the event's Co-angler Big Bass award of $281.

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 Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

 

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

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

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing organization, has debuted a free Roku channel offering more than 1,000 videos ranging from coverage of the 2019 Bassmaster Classic and past Bassmaster Elite Series events to quick tips from pro anglers.

“Our goal was to make it easy for dedicated B.A.S.S. fans to find tips that improve their fishing as well as coverage of events to feed their passion for the sport,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “With an astounding 28,882 hours of our programming already streamed via Roku, it’s clear that we are filling a need among outdoor enthusiasts.”

As part of their long-term vision for the channel, B.A.S.S. will be developing additional video content in conjunction with pro anglers.

Since its soft launch in March, the free channel has been installed 15,530 times. To watch the Bassmaster Channel, users simply search the Roku streaming channel list and add Bassmaster to their own device.

Roku is the largest video streaming distribution platform in the U.S., with more than 27 million active accounts.

The Bassmaster Roku channel is just one avenue for fans to enjoy how-to videos and entertaining content dedicated to the pursuit of trophy bass. The Bassmasters, currently entering its 35th season, covers the prestigious Bassmaster Elite Series and its 10-event national tour. Original shows will continue to air on ESPN2 and ESPN Classic, as they have for 20 years, and avid fishing enthusiasts can find live coverage of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing High School Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors and College Classic Bracket on ESPNU. Live coverage of Elite Series events can be found streaming on ESPN3.

Additionally, B.A.S.S. and Pursuit Channel signed a multiyear agreement to air coverage of the Bassmaster Elite Series and Bassmaster Classic, which contributed to a 21 percent increase in reach among viewers 25-54.

About B.A.S.S.

B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 510,000-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), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For more than 50 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, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.  

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

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.