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Orlando, Fla. -- Chris Lane of Guntersville, Ala., made it look easy on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes in the kick-off event of the 2012 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open series. As the only angler to weigh in 20 or more pounds of bass each day on the way to his third B.A.S.S. win with a three-day total of 72-11 pounds. Clifford Pirch of Payson, Ariz., finished second with 58-1.

 

 

 

“I caught fish on several soft plastics, including 7-inch Gambler Sweebo worms, Gambler Cane Toads and the Gambler Big Easy, but I found my bass with a chartreuse Lucky Strike RC2 crankbait,” Lane said. “I used it as a search bait. When I found bass with it, I’d pick up the soft plastics and really work the area over.”

 

Despite having a five-pound lead going into the final round, Lane had a scare on Saturday morning. After catching a couple of small keepers, his co-angler caught two bass weighing a cumulative 15 pounds on consecutive casts.

 

 

“I was rattled,” Lane admitted, “but I knew what I had to do. I was making mistakes, and I needed to slow down.”

 

 

And he did. Lane’s next bass was his best of the day, a lunker that inhaled a Sweebo worm. When the day was over, his best five weighed 28-5, good enough for the Lucky Strike heavyweight of the tournament.

 

 

 

Michael Bradford of Scottsboro, Ala., saw McCormick’s stumble as an opportunity. His three-day total of 27-9 earned him $35,000 in cash and merchandise, including a Triton-Mercury boat and motor package.

 

 

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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Glunt wins co-angler title
 
OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2012) – Brandon Medlock of Lake Placid, Fla., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Southeast Division event presented by Mercury on Lake Okeechobee with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 68 pounds, 2 ounces. For his victory, Medlock earned $35,000.
 

 

 

“I was flipping all week with my dad’s jig, the Medlock Jig, and using Gambler Crickets. That’s really it, nothing special. I covered a lot of water, staying in places less than an hour. The first day I wasted five hours in one area because of the wind, but the last two days I was able to move around a lot more and I think that really helped. I was targeting very specific stuff and if it didn’t look right I moved on. I will be fishing the FLW Tour Open in a few weeks so I don’t really want to talk a lot about what I was targeting.
 
Medlock believes that the FLW Tour Open, which takes place on Lake Okeechobee February 9-12, will be another record breaking weight tournament. He along with many of the other pros that fished the EverStart this past week stated that Lake Okeechobee wasn’t fishing it’s best but that in a couple of weeks it will be on fire again. A full moon and warmer weather will really change things for the upcoming Open.
 
  
Medlock caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Pro Division Friday – a 10-pound, 8-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $300.               
 
Rodney Glunt of Orlando, Fla., won the Co-angler Division and a Ranger 177TR with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of 11 bass weighing 29 pound, 4 ounces.
 
 
Curtis Seale caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Thursday – a 7-pound, 13-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $200.
 
 Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
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Tavares, Fla. — The talk all week was that a cold front would slow the fishing and anglers would be lucky to bring 15 or 16 pounds to scales at the Harris Chain of Lakes in the first Bass Pro Shops Southern Open of 2012. The talk was mostly right, but fortunately for Tim Frederick, he wasn't listening. The Leesburg, Fla., pro had a limit weighing 28 pounds, 3 ounces to take a commanding lead over 196 other anglers. He is nearly eight pounds ahead of Bassmaster Elite Series pro Chris Lane.

 

 

 

Frederick was mostly tight-lipped about his day. After all, there are still two days of competition left, tens of thousands of dollars and a berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic at stake. But he did say that he was expecting the tournament to be a sight-fishing event, but that a recent cold snap had thwarted most of the bass's spawning efforts.

 

 

 

 

Chris Lane of Guntersville, Ala., is in second place with 20-8 and believes the bass are beginning to move shallower to spawn. He's hopeful he can repeat his success tomorrow, but said that "the Harris Chain is notorious for good fishing one day and tough fishing the next." He admitted that his most successful area had been heavily pressured on the first day and that he'd need to make adjustments to his location and methods if he was to do as well in the second round.

 

 

Heath Smith's 8-11 largemouth made a run at Wisdom's daily lunker and helped to put Smith in fifth place with 18-11. "I was catching little ones in practice and just hoping to finish in the money," he said. "The big one was my second bass of the day. I'm fishing a perfect prespawn area that should reload, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

 

 

 

 

On the co-angler side, Mobile, Alabama's Avery McCormick leads the way with a three bass limit weighing 12-7 and George Hirapetian has the big bass at 8-2.

 

 


 
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SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. — Everything starts with a “launch” of some kind, and the 2012 Bassmaster Classic is no exception. When 49 of the best bass anglers in the world prepare to take off from Red River South Marina, Feb. 24, 25 and 26, the Red River Waterway Commission will be there as presenting sponsor of the launch and the hospitality tent offering complimentary coffee and doughnuts for fans attending the beginning of each competition day.

 

 

 

But coffee and doughnuts aren’t the only perks being offered as a result of the RRWC’s sponsorship. B.A.S.S. will produce a limited number of specially branded Red River Waterway scorecards to be distributed by RRWC staff at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo, held at the Shreveport Convention Center, Feb. 24-26.

 

 

 

A select group of lucky fans receiving a scorecard will have the opportunity to view the weigh-in from floor level just in front of the stage. B.A.S.S. will dedicate an area of the CenturyLink Arena in Bossier City for a group of 50 specially selected fans to be known as the “Red River Waterway Scorekeepers.”

 

 

 

“Our Classic sponsors are a special group,” noted B.A.S.S. Chief Executive Officer Bruce Akin. “In addition to being supporters of the great sport of bass fishing, they understand the value and importance of its biggest stage — the Bassmaster Classic. By partnering with us to elevate this event, they’re helping to rise the tide of an entire way of life for millions of Americans and others all around the world. The Red River Waterway Commission has done a great deal to help bring B.A.S.S. to the Red River, but also to show its commitment to this resource, this community and the great outdoors.”

 

 

 

“We are happy to welcome the Classic back to the area, and we are excited about the opportunity to showcase the Red River and all its amenities,” said Red River Waterway Commission Executive Director Ken Guidry. “In 2009, the Red River established new Classic records for the heaviest total weight and the heaviest average catch per day. 

 

Courtesy of BASS Communications. 


 
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Trott wins co-angler title
 
CLEWISTON, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2012) – Dan Blanchard of Sarasota, Fla., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 30 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee. For his victory, Blanchard earned $6,000.
     
“The cold front really shut the fish down,” said Blanchard. “But it was great for me and played to my strengths. I was able to flip under the mats and found an area on the north end of the lake holding big fish. I used craws and beaver-style baits to punch through the vegetation. Several guys came through where I was, but they were moving too fast. You really had to slow down out there.”
 
                                                                                                                                                                             Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
 
Adam Trott of Sarasota, Fla., weighed in three bass totaling 19 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win $3,000 in the co-angler division.
 
Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
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FLW College Fishing

’Big O’ set up for ‘phenomenal fishing’
 
OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2012) – National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Okeechobee Jan. 21 for the first of four stops in the Southeast Division. Forty college teams from the across the region will be competing for a top award of $5,000.
 
       “These college kids are going to have a blast,” said FLW Tour pro Glenn Browne of Ocala, Fla. “They are going to catch a bunch of fish and have a great time doing it. The fishing is as good as it was last year, if you can believe that. Spawning season is going to make for some phenomenal fishing — you’ll probably see some more records broken.
 
           Anglers will take off from C. Scott Driver Park located at 10100 West Highway 78 in Okeechobee, Fla., at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the marina beginning at 1:30 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.
 
     Okeechobee County Tourism Development Council.
 
  
       College Fishing is free to enter and FLW provides boats and drivers for each competing team along with travel allowances. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.
 
       For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow College Fishing on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing. Visit CollegeFishing.com to sign up or to start a club at your school.
 
 

 
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Big bass are abundant on the ‘Big O’
 
OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2012) – The EverStart Series opens the 2012 season on Lake Okeechobee Jan. 19-21 when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers take to the water for the first of four stops in the Southeast Division.
 
“Fishing is pretty awesome on Lake Okeechobee right now,” said EverStart pro Randall Tharp of Gardendale, Ala. “Any time you have a full or new moon in January it’s pretty special on Okeechobee. There is a full moon right now and I think when this tournament starts we will be going into a new moon phase. It is going to be special.
 
“I think the fishing is even better than it was last year and it is going to take at least one 30-pound stringer to win this event,” Tharp continued. “If you’re catching 3- and 4-pound bass you might as well not even bring them to the scale; it is going to take bigger fish than that to win. Catching a 5-pounder here is kind of a disappointment.
 

“Flipping and sight fishing will both work for this tournament,” Tharp went on to say. “The guy that can figure out the deal of the day will be the one that wins this event. Lake levels are dropping but I don’t know if that will continue. Right now there is a lot more fishable water than there was last year. 

 

Anglers will take off from C. Scott Driver Park located at 10100 West Highway 78 in Okeechobee, Fla., at 7:30 each morning. Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins will also be held at the marina beginning at 3 p.m. daily. Saturday’s final weigh-in will be held at Walmart located at 2101 S. Parrott Ave. in Okeechobee starting at 4 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
 
Pros will fish for a top award of $35,000 plus a 198VX Ranger boat 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 177TR with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.
 

 

  Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
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B.A.S.S., the worldwide authority on bass fishing, is proud to announce that JL Marine Systems, supplier of Power-Pole® shallow water anchors, has renewed its sponsorship relationship with the organization and will be a supporting sponsor of the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens and Bassmaster Marshal Program in 2012. In addition, Power-Pole® will be the title sponsor of the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series event to be held on Lake Okeechobee, Fla., March 22-25.

 

 

 

As part of the sponsorship renewal, Power-Pole® will continue its Captain’s Cash contingency program under which the top finisher in each Elite Series and postseason tournament using a Power-Pole® product will earn an additional $1,000 in prize money.

 

 

 

Just a few years ago, “shallow water anchors” were unusual features on bass boats, but with the advent of the Power-Pole®, shallow water anchor they're becoming almost as common as outboards and sonar units.

 

 

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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