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SANDUSKY, Ohio (Aug. 18, 2015) – The Rayovac FLW Series is headed to Lake Erie August 27-29 for a tournament presented by Evinrude when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the third and final regular-season stop of 2015 in the Northern Division.
 
Lefebre said that fans can expect to see a lot of competitors focusing on choosing baits that imitate goby.
 
“Gobies are the name of the game this time of year,” said Lefebre. “Beige- or pumpkin-colored baits on drop-shot rigs and tubes will be a player. I could also see people reaching for smoky- and natural-colored baits as well. It’s really all about preference. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits could come in to mix things up, but it is a little early yet.”
 
“22 pounds a day should be strong,” said Lefebre. “It’s gonna be a whackfest with a lot of 3½-pounders.”
 
 
 Courtesy of FLWOutoors.com 

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
SOUTH KOREA TO SIGN FLW INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONING AGREEMENT
 
Advisory for Monday, June 15, 2015
 
WHAT:  FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with South Korea to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the Eastern Asian nation. The agreement will be signed by Jin-Soo Kang, CEO of MiruNamu, Inc., and Director of OBS broadcasting immediately preceding the June 26 weigh-in on the Walmart FLW Tour stage.
 
WHEN:                 Friday, June 26, 2015
 
WHERE:               Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats
                              Smallwood State Park
                              2750 Sweden Point Road
                              Marbury, Md.
 
NOTES: Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Earlier this year FLW expanded its presence on the world stage yet again with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad.
 
South Korea will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of the host country, to a new international division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. The highest finisher among countries represented in the international division will then advance to the Forrest Wood Cup, making it the sport’s only true world championship.  
 
Canada has already signed on as FLW’s first partner under the new program and is set to host an FLW tournament in 2015 with at least three events slated in Canada for 2016. South Korea is the second country to sign on for international sanctioning. Details on their hosted tournaments will be available soon.
 
Additional FLW qualifying tournaments in other countries are forthcoming. Watch FLWFishing.com for details. 
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
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Honeycutt wins co-angler title

HENRICO, Va. (June 6, 2015) – Cory Johnston of Peterborough, Ontario, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division opener on James River presented by Mercury with a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 46 pounds, 14 ounces. For his win, Johnston earned $31,229 and a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
 
“It feels absolutely incredible to win this tournament,” said Johnston, who has nine career top-10 finishes. “I’ve finished in second place too many times in these events before so I couldn’t be happier.”
 
On day one of competition, Johnston said he targeted the outside edges of lily pad fields throughout 15 different spots on Chickahominy River.
 
“It was raining so we had some flood tide,” said Johnston. “I started out using a Jackall square-billed crankbait but soon switched to flipping a jig. Shortly before noon I caught a 6-pound, 6-ouncer which helped get the momentum going.”
 
With 30 minutes left in his day, Johnston said he lost a fish at the side of the boat which would’ve capped off his five-bass limit.
 
“It was a tough bite all day,” said Johnston. “I only ended up catching four keepers.”
 
Heading into day two, Johnston followed a similar pattern as head the previous day but quickly changed strategies – a move he described as the turning point in the tournament.
 
“Shortly after takeoff I realized what I was doing wasn’t working,” Johnston said. “I began flipping into shallow pads and lost a good one. At that point I grabbed a black and blue-colored Punisher Jig with a black-colored Zoom Super Chunk and started flipping to the inside of pad beds instead of the outside. As the day went on I found success in inconspicuous spots that weren’t being hit by other competitors.”
 
Johnson said he finished the day by catching nearly 20 fish, all on the Punisher Jig.
 
“As day three approached I knew exactly what I was going to do,” said Johnston. “I had five or six key spots that I wanted to hit. They were all in anywhere from 1 to 3 feet of water. I went to the first spot and caught two small keepers. After a few minutes, I boated a 7-pounder. I had three good-sized fish before 8 a.m. and figured I was in contender for the title.”
 
Keith Honeycutt of Temple, Texas, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 30 pounds, 10 ounces. Honeycutt’s win was his seventh as a co-angler with FLW.
 
The Rayovac FLW Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the no-entry-fee Rayovac FLW Series Championship. The 2015 Rayovac FLW Series Championship is being held Oct. 29-31 on the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
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Jeter wins co-angler title
 
 
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (May 23, 2015) – Clint Brown of Bainbridge, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Southeast Division event on Lake Seminole presented by Evinrude with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 52 pounds, 11 ounces. For his victory, Brown earned $40,000.
 
 
“The first two days of the tournament I was mainly sight fishing,” said Brown, who earned the win in just his fourth tournament with FLW. “Coming in to this tournament I has around 20 fish marked that I knew were on the beds, and I knew that I would be able to catch them come tournament time. My bait of choice was an Okeechobee-Craw-colored Bruiser Baits Intruder, Texas-rigged with a ¼-ounce weight.”
 
Brown said that he tried very hard to manage his bed fish throughout the three-day tournament. He caught four on day one, then filled out his limit with a frog. On day two he caught three off of the bed, then again filled his limit with a frog. He said that he was out of fish for the third and final day of competition and was forced to just go fishing.
 
“Today, I went to an area where I had gotten one bite in practice,” Brown said. “I hadn’t seen any other anglers fishing it throughout the week. I went to the back of a pocket that had a lot of shad and managed to catch eight keepers on a shad-colored Dirty Jigs swimjig.
 
“I had a decent five-bass limit, but I had two small fish,” Brown continued. “In the last hour of the day I had a hunch to switch things up and I ended up catching my two biggest fish of the day on a chartreuse and white ½-ounce buzzbait. Sometimes you just have to trust your instinct and hope you make the right decision. I did today, and to get the win on my home lake is just awesome.”
 
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
 
Wayne Christopher of Huntsville, Alabama, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Friday – a fish weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $300.
 
Greg Jeter of Bainbridge, Georgia, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 12 bass weighing 41 pounds even.  
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
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LeJeune wins co-angler title
 
POTTSBORO, Texas (May 2, 2015) – Ray Hanselman of Del Rio, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event on Lake Texoma presented by Evinrude with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 58 pounds, 13 ounces. Hanselman is the first person to ever win three consecutive tournaments in a single season on any Rayovac FLW Series circuit. For his win, Hanselman earned $30,431.
 
“The win really hasn’t sunk in yet. I tried to keep the record out of my mind so I wouldn’t get nervous fishing,” said Hanselman, a six-year Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division veteran. “I just came into this event focused on winning Angler of the Year.”
 
Hanselman said that he targeted mid-lake pockets, particularly where there was a separation between the bank and flooded weeds.
 
“The fish feed in there and there’s some spawning going on so the larger males tend to guard the area,” Hanselman said.
 
“On day one, I hooked two big smallmouths and lost them,” continued Hanselman. “Around 10 a.m. I decided to focus on the largemouth bite and boated a 3½-pounder. I caught three more comparable fish in 30 minutes, then went to a different pocket and caught another three. By 2 p.m. I had a quality stringer.”
 
Using a Power Tackle rod and a Strike King Sexy Frog, Hanselman went into days two and three looking to capitalize on his day one pattern.
 
“On day two I retraced my tracks and went to the same spots from Thursday and caught a 5-pounder early. By 10 a.m. I had about 18 or 19 pounds of fish in the livewell,” Hanselman said. “After bringing in 23 pounds for the day, I knew I could take the tournament.”
 
Hanselman said the flooded creeks and tributaries that filled the lake with red, muddy water worked to his advantage.
 
On the final day of competition, Hanselman said he stuck to his original pattern and quickly caught his winning limit.
 
“The day started out slow and I began to get nervous. Luckily, I caught my 5-pound kicker at 9:30 a.m. and finished out a solid limit by 10:45,” Hanselman said.
 
Hanselman went on to say that staying focused and fishing smart was his key to victory.
 
“I watched guys burn through their pockets in no time,” said Hanselman. “I went out there and did my best to fish calm and it worked.”
       
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (March 10, 2015) – The Rayovac FLW Series is headed to Lake Guntersville March 19-21 for a tournament presented by Mercury Marine when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the second stop of 2015 in the Southeast Division.
 
“The fishing is going to be a little tougher this tournament,” said Keystone Light pro Casey Martin of New Hope, Alabama, a two-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier “We’ve had a lot of rain, which has pushed clay down into the river and lake. The water is usually fairly clear but right now its muddy.
 
“Anglers will definitely be targeting spots up the river where there is more grass. It’s also a bit shallower and warms up the quickest,” Martin said. “Specifically, areas up from Goose Pond and Mud Creek, which is the creek that usually fires first.”
 
Martin said that the grass on Guntersville is very healthy right now, and that lipless crankbaits would be a force to be reckoned with.
 
“The threadfin and gizzard shad stay in the grass, which in turn keeps the fish in there,” Martin said. “It’s one of those deals where they prefer the grass over open water. Anything that is loud, like Rat-L-Traps in sexy shad or red colors, will be productive.”
 
Martin also said that anglers have found success around bridges, but he doesn’t expect those spots to hold up for three days.
 
“A lot of recent tournaments have been won around the bridges, but I think they’ll be over exposed,” he said. “Too many guys will be practicing in those areas so there won’t be a very good shot at a winning stringer there.”
 
Pondering what kind of weight will win this tournament, the Guntersville veteran said anywhere from 60 pounds to 75 pounds over the three day stretch is plausible.
 
“It’s Guntersville, so someone always catches them,” said Martin. “This is the time of year where someone could come out of nowhere and win the tournament.”
 
Anglers will take off from Lake Guntersville State Park located at 7966 Alabama Highway 227 in Guntersville at 7 a.m. CDT each day. Weigh-in on days one and two will be held at the marina beginning at 2:30 p.m. On day three, weigh-in will be at Walmart located at 11697 U.S. Highway 431 in Guntersville beginning at 3:30 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. The event is being hosted by the Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
Pros will fish for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
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Carrillo wins co-angler title
 
DEL RIO, Texas (Feb. 14, 2015) – Local angler Ray Hanselman of Del Rio, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event on Lake Amistad presented by Frabill with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 50 pounds, 14 ounces. For his victory, Hanselman earned $33,300.
 
“I’ve been close, but I’ve never won at this level,” said Hanselman, who earned his first career victory after fishing FLW-sanctioned tournaments since 2002. “It feels great to finally come out on top.”
 
Hanselman overcame the tough fishing conditions on Lake Amistad by focusing on two different areas. On day one he fished the river drain mouths and grass near the main lake. He caught a couple of keepers on a Wahoo Lures Wing Ding, a deep-diving crankbait and an umbrella rig rigged with clear-colored Strike King Shadalicious swimbaits.
 
Looking for more action, Hanselman made a bold move by heading 50 miles up the Rio Grande to a spring running off of a canyon, a favorite spot of his.
 
“I caught three of my biggest fish up there using a Top Shelf Magnum Deep Runner swimbait,” said Hanselman. “I just slow rolled it over some boulders and found some large females that thrive in the warmer water.”
 
The Rio Grande spring proved to be the hot spot as Hanselman followed a similar pattern on day two.
 
“Warmer weather had moved in Thursday night and the sun was out, so I knew the fish would be actively swimming up that river,” said Hanselman. “I caught seven keepers at the spring with the swimbait, and a Texas-rigged green pumpkin-colored Strike King Baby Rage Craw.”
 
Moving into the final day of competition, Hanselman decided to stick to his original pattern, fishing the grass near the drain mouths throwing the Wing Ding. He caught three keepers before running up the Rio Grande one final time to catch a 6-pound beast on a Texas-rigged green pumpkin-colored Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw.
 
“Many of the fish on Lake Amistad are in the 80 to 100 foot depths right now,” Hanselman continued. “I was lucky enough to find suspended prespawn fish in the grass near the drains. Once they sit in the grass, they don’t move. Luckily the spring up the river helped me cap off my stringers.”
 
Brauer caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday – a fish weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $224.
 
Ricardo Carrillo of Laredo, Texas, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117 with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 11 bass weighing 23 pounds, 13 ounces.  
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
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Leue wins co-angler title
 
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 7, 2015) – Joe Uribe Jr. of Surprise, Arizona, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 26 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division event on Lake Havasu presented by Mercury Marine with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 67 pounds, 3 ounces. For his victory, Uribe earned $40,000.
 
“This victory is ever so sweet,” said Uribe, who earned the first victory of his career. “I’ve been so patient, and I knew that sooner or later it would be my time. This has been a really exciting tournament and I’ve had a fantastic week. My co-angler and I had a great time today – we must have caught 30 fish, and we caught them all day long.”
 
Uribe said that he fished three primary areas throughout the tournament that he found on the last day of practice. Uribe found that he was having a lot of success fishing bays south of the marina that included shad, birds and striped bass. He said that the birds and the striper would trigger the largemouth and he was able to key in on the specific bays that were holding fish. He fished shallow – from 3 to 6 feet deep – and targeted the tule lines making extremely long casts.
 
“My areas were replenishing each day, which usually doesn’t happen on the Colorado River,” Uribe said. “I caught my fish by 9 a.m. on the first day, then 8:30 a.m. on the second day. I was definitely trying to manage my fish, so as soon as I had a solid limit I would leave the area alone. I was fishing the shady side of the bay, and as soon as the sun was up I was out of there.”
 
Uribe said his two main baits throughout the week were an original Z-Man ChatterBait with a Reaction Innovation Skinny Dipper and a Basstronix Alabama-rig with Skinny Dippers as the primary bait and smaller Keitech Swimbaits rigged as teasers.
 
“I was dipping the tail of the Skinny Dipper in chartreuse for the ChatterBait,” Uribe said. “It definitely seemed to make a difference. It was pretty close, but I think that 60 percent of my fish came on the ChatterBait and 40 percent came on the A-rig.”
 
Uribe’s final day stringer of 26 pounds, 7 ounces was the largest five-bass limit ever weighed on Lake Havasu in FLW competition, and his 14-pound, 14-ounce, margin of victory tied for the third largest margin of victory in Rayovac FLW Series history.
 
Bertrand caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday – a fish weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $300.
 
Daniel Leue of Colusa, California, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 38 pounds even.  
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
DEL RIO, Texas (Feb. 3, 2015) – The Rayovac FLW Series is headed to Lake Amistad Feb. 12-14 for a tournament presented by Frabill when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the first stop of 2015 in the Texas Division.
 
“The fishing on Lake Amistad is going to be tougher than the other stops in the division,” said Walmart FLW Tour pro Clark Reehm of Huntington, Texas, runner up in the 2014 Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division Angler of the Year.  “The natural cover that has fished well in the past is almost gone due to the low water levels.
 
“You’re going to see a lot of anglers targeting suspended fish,” continued Reehm. “Jerkbaits and natural-colored football-head jigs will definitely come into play. Also, with Lake Amistad being a clear, open body of water, umbrella rigs will be a heavy favorite among the competitors.”
 
Aside from targeting the suspending fish on the main lake, Reehm said exploring rocks and finding the Rat-L-Trap bite in the grass could be dominant patterns as well.
 
“The last I heard, there was a decent amount of hydrilla which means the prespawn Rat-L-Trap bite could be really good,” added Reehm.
 
Reehm concluded that a three-day weight nearing 40 pounds will win the tournament.
 
“It’s going to come down to finding those suspended fish,” Reehm said. “This lake is capable of producing a big bite.”
 
Anglers will take off from the Diablo East boat ramp located at Highway 90 West HCR 3 in Del Rio, at 7:30 a.m. CST each day. Weigh-in will be held at the launch ramp on Thursday and Friday beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday’s final weigh-in will take place at 4 p.m. at Walmart, located at 2410 Dodson Ave., in Del Rio. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. The event is being hosted by the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce.
 
Pros will fish for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.
 
The Rayovac FLW Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the Rayovac FLW Series Championship. The 2015 Rayovac FLW Series Championship is being held Oct. 29-31 on the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
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Clewiston’s Wilson wins co-angler title
 
CLEWISTON, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2015) – Val Osinski of Pompano Beach, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Southeastern Division event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 70 pounds, 8 ounces. For his victory, Osinski earned $40,000.
 
“This feels fantastic,” said Osinski, who earned the first Rayovac FLW Series victory of his career. “So much time and effort went into this tournament. I made a few adjustments every day and the key for me was my patience flipping. I was not worried about catching a lot of fish; I was looking for big fish.”
 
The strategy paid off for Osinski, as he managed to bring five-bass stringers weighing more than 25 pounds to the stage in two of the three days of competition. He fished transition areas near spawning flats in the south end of Okeechobee targeting isolated patches of heavy cover flipping a Gambler Why Not and a Gambler Burner Craw. Osinski estimated that he caught around 47 bass throughout the three-day tournament.
 
“I fished two colors throughout the week – Junebug Shadow Blue and Gold Rush. I used the Blue in the dirtier water,” Osinski said. “The first two days the bass would hit the bait as I was pulling it out of the mat. They were very aggressive strikes.
 
“Today was a challenge,” Osinski said. “The wind was blowing from the south but switched to blowing out of the north. I had to switch to a White Lightning-colored Gambler EZ Swimmer to fill out my limit. I went back to flipping in the afternoon and was able to boat my biggest bass – weighing 9 pounds, 10 ounces – around noon.”
 
“I like Guntersville a lot,” Osinski went on to say. “I cashed a decent check there last year and it sets up well for me. Lake Seminole can be hit or miss for me, but it’s a grass lake which I am very comfortable on. I feel good about the rest of this season.”
 
Ryan Bowman of Seneca, South Carolina, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday – a largemouth weighing 9 pounds, 5 ounces that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $300.
 
Local angler Moses Wilson of Clewiston, Fla., won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 38 pounds, 2 ounces.  
 
 Steven Schoffstall of Chelsea, Alabama, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday – a 9-pound, 13-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $200.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.