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Posted By The Bass Hog
Pennsylvania Pro Smashes 19 Pounds On Final Day To Clinch Victory
 
 
JASPER, Ala. (March 29, 2015) – FLW Tour pro Dave Lefebre of Erie, Pennsylvania, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces to win the Walmart FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude. Lefebre’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 65-5 gave him a 1-pound, 14-ounce margin of victory over second place pro Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, in the nationally-televised event that featured 154 of the best professional bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for the top cash award of up to $125,000.
 
Lefebre said that he caught most of his fish this week fishing in the backs of creeks. His plan was to start each day by targeting spotted bass, then move to the largemouth once the sun came up and the temperatures warmed.
 
“In the mornings I was throwing a white- or albino-colored ½-ounce Fish Head Spin with a Yamamoto D-Shad superglued to it,” Lefebre said. “My goal was to catch one or two keeper spotted bass early and then go looking for the keeper largemouth. The largemouth were in the back of the pockets keying on the blueback herring spawn. The key was to find the pockets that the blueback were in.
 
“I caught most of my largemouth on a Rapala BX Waking Minnow,” Lefebre continued. “I caught 24 pounds in practice flipping, and I really thought that I would be fishing this tournament with a big jig. But on the last day of practice I started messing around with a few other baits and that’s when I started to get confidence in that BX Minnow. I could make super long casts, and a lot of the fish would track it for 20 feet before they would bite it. The BX is what got me here.”
 
Pro John Cox of Debary, Florida was involved in a single-boat accident on Lewis Smith Lake shortly before noon on Sunday. Cox voluntarily decided to end his day early and not weigh in at the final day weigh-in. Cox decided to seek medical attention upon his return to the ramp. While shook up, Cox has been medically cleared and will compete in the next FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake next month. Cox finished the event in 10th place with 15 bass weighing 45 pounds, 15 ounces and earned $14,000.
 
Brad Roberts of Faubush, Kentucky, won the co-angler division and $20,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 32 pounds, 1 ounce, followed by hometown angler Todd Lee of Jasper, Alabama, in second place with 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 12 ounces worth $7,500.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Not rain, nor wind, nor cold could slow Appalachian State University’s Kelly Johnson and Jeremy Gilley who added the heaviest bag Friday weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces to their Thursday weight of 13 pounds, 3 ounces to take the 2015 Carhartt College Eastern Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops lead by 6 ounces on Lake Norman.
 
Johnson and Gilley have two patterns to thank for their 28 pound, 15 ounce two-day total which has them currently sitting on top of the leaderboard.
 
“We’re on two different deals right now,” Johnson said. “We have a shallow pattern going and a deeper pattern also.”
 
Ever-changing conditions brought the air temperature down from the 80s to the 40s, all while introducing heavy rain and stiff winds to the area on Friday. As the front blows through, Saturday promises to be even colder, dropping to 25 degrees tomorrow night. Appalachian State will need both of their patterns in order to contend with the changing conditions and hold onto the lead.
 
“I think we should still be able to catch them doing what we’re doing,” Gilley said. “The weather slowed things down a little today from yesterday and might slow things down even more for tomorrow, but I think we’ll still be able to catch them pretty good.”
 
This is the first tournament with the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series for Johnson and Gilley who are graduate students at Appalachian State. Although Johnson had never fished the lake before pre-practice, Gilley has a lot of experience on Lake Norman and together the two have pooled their knowledge and a fresh set of eyes to the lake to put themselves in prime position headed into the final day.
 
For leading after Friday, Appalachian State’s Johnson and Gilley are awarded the Livingston Lures Leader Award, a $250 gift card.
 
Consistency puts Austin Neary and Alex Frazier of Western Carolina University in second place headed into the final day. With back-to-back performances in the 14-pound range, Neary is hoping to up the ante a bit tomorrow.
 
“We’ve had some bedding largemouth every day,” Neary said. “We have five or six beds with 6-pounders on them. We’ve caught some of the bucks off of them but haven’t been able to catch the females yet.”
 
The field was cut today to the Top 20 who will compete one more day on Lake Norman, vying for one of the Top 16 qualifying spots for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship to be held later this year.
 
Cole Blythe’s 6-pound, 10-ounce Carhartt Big Bass from Thursday held strong and remains the big bass for the event so far.
 
UNC-Charlotte’s Cole Blythe and John Auten also hold onto the Bass Pro Nitro Big Bag for the event with their Thursday single-day weight of 16 pounds, 12 ounces.

 

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Kentucky’s Roberts Leads Co-Anglers
 
 
JASPER, Ala. (March 26, 2015) – FLW Tour pro angler Drew Benton of Panama City, Florida, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Thursday weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces to jump to the top of the leaderboard at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude. Benton will begin day two with a slim 1-pound, 3-ounce lead in the four-day event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, that features 154 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
 
“I went out today and fished the way that I love to fish and that’s by looking at them,” said Benton, who was the 2013 FLW Tour Rookie of the Year. “I had around 25 fish marked on beds that I had found during practice and I caught the biggest five that I had marked today.
 
“I wanted to sight fish all day, but that wind got up,” Benton continued. “All of these fish are bedding really deep, so when the wind gets going you can’t see them. So, I was only able to catch them off of beds for the first hour. Then I just went fishing and tried to look for more.”
 
Benton said that he was able to cull twice, upgrading two of his bed fish with larger bass that came on an unnamed topwater bait around laydowns. He estimated that he caught around 20 keepers throughout the day, and his five-bass limit consisted of two spotted bass and three largemouth.
 
“I still have fish marked, and I was able to find a few more today,” Benton said. “I should be able to catch five pretty quickly off the beds in the morning, but they’re not going to weigh much. I’ve got some spots out deep where I know that I can catch them, and I’ve had some success on a pattern with a Bagley crankbait. I’m confident that I can catch at least another 12 to 14 pounds tomorrow.”
 
Shawn Murphy of Nicholasville, Ky., won the Bridgford Big Bass Award on the pro side Thursday with a bass weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces to win the $500 prize.
 
Overall there were 738 bass weighing 1,645 pounds, 6 ounces caught by 154 pros Thursday. The catch included 138 five-bass limits.
 
Brad Roberts of Faubush, Kentucky, leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces followed by Lee Black of Danville, Alabama, in second place with five bass weighing 13-2.
 
Denney caught Thursday’s Bridgford Big Bass in the co-angler division weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces to win the $250 prize.
 
Overall there were 517 bass weighing 865 pounds, 13 ounces caught by co-anglers Thursday. The catch included 57 five-bass limits.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Ferguson wins co-angler title
 
HUDDLESTON, Va., (March 23, 2015) – Dennis Middleton of Madison Heights, Virginia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division tournament of 2015 on Smith Mountain Lake. For his victory, Middleton earned $7,199.
 
“To start the season with a win is awesome,” said Middleton. “It was a great day of fishing and I’m already looking forward to the next tournament.”
 
Middleton said that he targeted the prespawn fish in the mid lake area of Smith Mountain. He targeted the natural cover – wood, rock and a combination of the two.
 
“I threw crankbaits looking to imitate the shad that the bass were feeding on,” said Middleton. “They were really responding to shad and other natural-colored baits.”
 
As the water temperature rose, Middleton decided to change strategies and flip jigs. He used a green-pumpkin jig with Missile Baits D Bomb and Twin Turbo trailers. Middleton said he caught all of his fish in less than 10 feet of water.
 
“I was fishing 46 to 48 degree water temperatures,” said Middleton. “Over the course of the day it rose two degrees, so I knew the fish would be shallower.
 
“I only caught six keepers, but they were spread throughout the day which kept things exciting.”
 
Chip Adams of Fredericksburg, Virginia, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $585.
 
Warren Ferguson of Peterstown, West Virginia weighed in a four bass totaling 16 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win $2,100 in the co-angler division.
 
Bartlett caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $292.
 
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 15-17 Regional Championship on Lake Wateree in Camden, South Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
 
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog

ORANGE, Texas -- Chris Lane left the City of Orange Boat Ramp Sunday morning with a clear game plan in mind.

He was going to make a lengthy run to the grassy canals and ditches where he had caught the majority of his fish during the first three days of the Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River presented by STARK Cultural Venues. But if the fish were no longer biting there due to the heavy rains that fell across the region Saturday, he was going back to the main body of the Sabine to win or lose the event.

He stuck to the plan, bailing on the suddenly unproductive canals and ditches around 12:30 p.m. and traveling back to the Sabine to finish a five-bass limit that weighed 10 pounds, 6 ounces. The weight gave him a four-day mark of 50-0, earning him his seventh victory on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail and a winner’s check for $100,000.

Lane is the first angler to lead all four days of an Elite Series event since Brandon Palaniuk did it on the St. Lawrence River in 2013.

“I just kept wondering if the water was clear up there where I had been catching them,” Lane said. “I ran all the way up there, and all I caught was two keepers and a bunch of short fish. I finally just decided that I couldn’t make those fish bite, and I wasn’t going to lose the tournament right there.”

The run back to the Sabine produced three bass that helped Lane fill his five-fish limit and one more that allowed him to cull for added weight.

“Experience really gave me a confident attitude about coming back to the Sabine,” Lane said. “I caught two fish down here on back-to-back casts late Saturday, and I knew there were fish here. That was a real confidence builder.”

The decision to change locations was one of several good ones made by Lane during a week he owned from start to finish.

He targeted shallow spawning fish most of the week and caught the majority of his weight on a new plastic bait called a “Live-Motion Drop Dead Craw” from Luck-E Strike. It’s so new, in fact, that he only had 20-25 to last the entire week.

As the week drug on, Lane said he put added pressure on himself to pull of the rare wire-to-wire victory.

“With a 2-pound lead going into today on a place like this where I knew 10 pounds would probably carry me in, I wanted to put pressure on myself,” Lane said. “I didn’t want to go out there and just think I was going to catch them or just give it away because it was muddy. I wanted to finish the deal.”

With other anglers from the top of the leaderboard fading on the final day, Lane’s closest competition came from Mike McClelland. The Arkansas pro, who started Sunday in fourth place, caught 13-1 and finished the event in second with 46-0.

He caught his fish by making a 228-mile round-trip to Galveston Bay and back each day. He burned 80 gallons of gas per day and arrived back at the City of Orange Boat Ramp on Saturday with only four seconds to spare.

“The fastest I could make the run was two hours,” McClelland said. “On Saturday when it was so rough, it took me two hours, 47 minutes. It was absolutely brutal. That was the day I made it back with four seconds to spare after running 114 miles.”

Aaron Martens, who entered Sunday in second place, managed only four bass that weighed 6-15 and finished third with 44-8. He used a pattern very similar to Lane’s for most of the week, targeting shallow spawning fish in narrow, grass-lined ditches and canals.

“I had my fifth fish on about eight times, but I never put it in the boat” Martens said. “I probably had more than 20 bites. It was really frustrating, but this is a great fishery that’s going to keep getting better and better.”

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (March 18, 2015) – The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, will host a Student Angler Federation Murray State High School Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky, March 28 with the winning team receiving $4,000 in scholarships to Murray State from Independence Bank and FLW. The tournament will offer high school anglers the experience and intensity of tournament bass fishing while also testing their own bass-fishing skills against their peers.
 
“We are proud to partner with Independence Bank and the Murray State Bass Anglers to offer the winning team $4,000 in scholarships to Murray State,” said Dave Washburn, FLW vice president of operations.  “It’s a small way for us to honor the memory of Jim Carter, Murray State’s vice president for institutional advancement, who passed away February 13. Jim was a tireless supporter of College Fishing and High School Fishing. His numerous contributions to the sport will benefit students in Kentucky and across the nation for generations to come.”
 
The Murray State High School Open is a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. It is open to students from any state. Each member of the winning team will receive a $2,000 scholarship ($4,000 total for the team) to Murray State University. Registration for anglers and their coach, who will provide and drive the boat from which they compete, is open online at HighSchoolFishing.org. Participation is free for all Student Angler Federation Members. Students who are not yet SAF members will pay a $25 membership fee that includes eligibility to fish SAF tournaments at no charge; insurance coverage for students and their bass-fishing club, school and volunteers; advancement opportunities from local and state events to national events offering scholarships; a digital subscription to FLW Bass Fishing magazine; access to free online fishing education courses; and much more.
 
High School Anglers will take off from Kentucky Dam Marina located at 466 Marina Drive in Gilbertsville, Kentucky, at 6:45 a.m. Saturday. The weigh-in will be held at the marina beginning at 2:30 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. Teams should register online at HighSchoolFishing.org or a $25 late-registration fee will apply to those who register on-site.
 
Complete tournament details can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.
 
The top three teams from each of the seven TBF/FLW High School Fishing Opens held this season will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 10 percent of each state championship field. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2016. The High School Fishing national champions each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog

MANY, La. — Logan O’Dell and Blaine Marks of Buna High School in Texas wanted badly to fish shallow during Sunday’s Costa Bassmaster High School Central Open on Toledo Bend Reservoir.
 
With spring finally in the air, they knew the lake’s giant largemouth would be making their way toward the shallows to spawn, and they wanted to go after them.
 
But every time they moved in, their team captain Brandon Marks forced them to back off — and his good coaching led to a five-bass limit that weighed a tournament-best 17 pounds, 12 ounces.
 
The big bag was just enough to help O’Dell and Marks past the Louisiana team of Nicholas Wiggins and Lane Possoit of Natchitoches Central High School, who placed second with 17-11.
 
“I called seven timeouts, and I said the same thing to them with every one of them,” Brandon Marks said. “We were fishing main-lake points, and they kept wanting to move in and fish the shallow grass. I kept telling them they needed to be fishing 10 to 12 feet of water because this little cool snap we’re having this weekend has backed the fish off a little bit.”
 
O’Dell and Marks caught their fish using Carolina rigged 6-inch Zoom lizards in gourd green. Their catch was anchored by a largemouth that weighed 7-11.
 
Despite their good day, they were surprised that 17-12 was enough.
 
“We really expected somebody to come in with 25 pounds,” Marks said. “We thought we probably had enough to get in the Top 5, but we didn’t expect to win it. It’s something I’ll remember forever.”
 
O’Dell and Marks earned a $500 check made out to their high school and an automatic berth into the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship. They also earned the right to fish with select Elite Series pros Saturday in Orange, Texas, as part of the High School Elite Experience presented by Costa.
 
Wiggins and Possoit also qualified for the National Championship and the Elite Experience, taking a little of the sting out of their 1-ounce loss. But they couldn’t help but think what might have been.
 
“I think we had maybe eight bites all day, and we caught five of them,” Wiggins said. “Our two smallest fish of the day weighed 2 pounds, 11 ounces. We know for sure those other bites would have culled, and all we needed was an ounce.”
 
For a brief moment, O’Dell’s 7-11 lunker ranked as the largest bass ever caught in a Bassmaster High School event, after eclipsing the previous record of 7-5. But the mark was shattered again during Sunday’s weigh-in when Logan Bourque and Conner Chappell brought an 8-8 largemouth to the scales.
 
A new feature of the high school events this year is the “Costa Moment,” awarded for a moving act of courage, kindness or courtesy identified on stage during the weigh-in.
 
The honor for this event went to Andrew Marcantel of Louisiana’s Sulphur High School. In a field packed with anglers wearing modern equipment, Marcantel was sporting the vintage Ranger Boats hat that belonged to his late grandfather, Jerry Rice.
 
“He passed away back in 2007, and I’ve been wearing it ever since,” Marcantel said. “If it ever blows off my head, I’ll have to go swimming for it. It means that much to me. He meant the world to me.”
 
In a field of 119 boats, the Top 17 teams earned a check and the Top 12 teams qualified for the National Championship.
  

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (March 10, 2015) – FLW College Fishing is headed to Kentucky Lake March 20-21 for the inaugural FLW College Fishing Open tournament. This is the first time FLW has hosted a college tournament that allows open registration from any eligible college teams, regardless of division or location. Anglers who finish within the top 10 automatically qualify for the 2016 FLW College Fishing National Championship while the champions take home a Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard.
 
“The kind of winter we had is going to be a big factor in how the lake will fish,” said Walmart FLW Tour pro Brandon Hunter of Benton, Kentucky, currently fishing his second season at the sport’s top level. “Right now we’ve got a lot of rain and melting snow which is adding color to the water. The main lake could even be muddy by tournament time.
 
“With that being said, clear water baits like umbrella rigs and jerkbaits won’t produce like they normally do. It’s going to be crankbaits and Rat-L-Trap bites that determine success,” said Hunter.
 
Hunter went on to say that the south end of the lake from Paris Landing down to New Johnsonville is where he expects the majority of college teams to be targeting.
 
“Anglers will be targeting main-lake flats off the river channels,” Hunter said. “The fish will be suspended around the natural cover like wood and stumps, so shallow- or medium-diving baits will be favorites. You’ve also got a lot of grass down there with active fish to take into consideration.”
 
Hunter went on to predict that it will take 36 to 40 pounds to win the two-day tournament.
The registration meeting for the Open will take place Thursday, March 19 from 4-6 p.m. at Moors Resort and Marina, with a pre-tournament meeting following registration at 6:15 p.m. The entire field of competitors will compete both days of the tournament. Teams must provide their own boat in order to compete.
 
Anglers will take off from Moors Resort and Marina located at 570 Moors Road in Gilbertsville, at 7a.m. CDT each day. Weigh-in will be held lakeside each day beginning at 3:00 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
 
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.