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Posted By The Bass Hog

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Acree wins co-angler title
 
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (April 26, 2014) – Jonathan Henry of Grant, Ala., brought the largest stringer of the tournament to the scale Saturday – a five-bass limit totaling 30 pounds, 14 ounces to win the Rayovac FLW Series Southeast Division event on Lake Guntersville presented by Mercury with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 77 pounds, 8 ounces. For his victory, Henry earned $40,000.
 
      Henry started the day in ninth place but jumped to the top of the leaderboard after catching the only limit weighing more than 30 pounds throughout the three-day event.
 
      “Today I caught them off of a community hole on a bridge,” said Henry, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “The first two days I fished probably 30 spots a day. Some were shallow and some were medium-offshore.”
 
      Henry explained that the bass were feeding when he arrived at the bridge in the morning, and that he didn’t leave until he had caught over 30 pounds on a Shad 1-colored Scottsboro Tackle Fringe Swimbait.
 
      “Guntersville is the best lake in the country,” said Henry of his home waters. “I caught about 25 bass and culled three or four 5-pounders today. My co-angler thought I had it won and I thought I had a good chance. I didn’t know that I had more than 30 pounds, though. When I saw that I knew that Mark Rose would need to have a really big bag to beat me.
 
      “About a year and a half ago, Jason Christie started helping me, I fish the FLW Tour as a co-angler and practice with him,” finished Henry. “I hang around with guys that expect to win and I think that’s rubbed off on me. I hadn’t thought about the check until they handed it to me. All I wanted was that trophy. All I wanted to do was win.”    
 
      Rose and Bryan Gustafson of Fort Frances, Ontario, tied for the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division on Thursday, each weighing a bass that weighed 7-pounds, 9-ounces, to split the day’s Rayovac FLW Series Big Bass award of $300.              
 
      Malcolm Acree of Clearwater, 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 50 pounds, 12 ounces.
       
      Keller Jr. caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday – a 9-pound, 1-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Rayovac FLW Series Big Bass award of $200.
 
     
 
 Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
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SHREVEPORT, La. — Stephen Browning’s home water is the Arkansas River, but he might want to consider relocating to the Red River.
 
For the second straight year Browning has won the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on the Red River. In 2013, he rallied from 12th place to first on the final day, but this year he only had to climb from second place to repeat as the Open champion.
 
The Bassmaster Elite Series pro finished with 44 pounds, 3 ounces earning the top prize of a Nitro Z-9/Mercury 225 Pro XS valued at $40,000 and $7,765 in cash. He received the Toyota Bonus Bucks prize of $1,500 for being the highest placing eligible Toyota pro, and he also earned the Power-Pole Captain’s Cash award of $500.
 
Aaron Johnson, of Shreveport, La., also earned a Toyota Bonus Bucks prize of $1,000 for being the second-highest placing Toyota pro.
 
The area Browning caught all of his big fish on the final day of the tournament in 2013 proved to be the key spot for Browning this year also. The Arkansas pro started Saturday with a small limit while his co-angler partner, Keith Glasby, of Ovilla, Texas, got off to a fast start.
 
“Keith (who won the co-angler division) was putting it on me pretty hard and heavy, and I just kept telling myself to just breathe,” Browning said. “It was one of those deals where you have an area and a bait that you have a lot of confidence in, but if you start to scramble you are more than likely going to tank. I just kept that little plug in my hand and kept winding it around.”
 
Browning remained patient knowing that the sun would position his fish close to the wood cover from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “There was a magic moment of about 30 to 45 minutes when it all happened,” said Browning, who was able to cull all of the fish he had caught earlier.
 
On Thursday, Browning caught most of his fish on a 1/2-ounce chartreuse-and-white War Eagle spinnerbait when the wind was blowing. But when the skies turned sunny and calm on Friday and Saturday, Browning relied on the same lure (a sexy shad 3.5-inch square-bill crankbait) that made him a winner last year.
 
Flipping a Texas-rigged Missile Baits Tomahawk plastic worm in a lovebug color to stumps produced a second-place finish for Gerald Spohrer of Gonzales, La.
 
“I pretty much stuck with the same thing (all three days),” said Spohrer, who finished with 40-12. “I didn’t scramble as much today as I had been doing the last couple of days.”
 
The rest of the Top 5 in the pro division included Johnson, Shreveport, La., in third place with 40-2; Elite Series pro Keith Combs, Huntington, Texas, fourth, 37-11; and Chad Wiley, Pineville, La., fifth, 34-14.
 
Co-angler Glasby won his second Open co-angler title with 22-8 and took home a Triton 17 Pro/Yamaha F115LA rig worth $25,000.
 
“My bread and butter was a little Bandit Series 100 crankbait in chartreuse with a black back,” said Glasby, who also won the 2012 Open as a co-angler at Lewisville Lake. “Today I switched up fishing behind Stephen Browning who is so efficient, so I went with a little (Carolina) rig with a Senko on it.”
 
Catching a 7-13 largemouth earned Johnson the Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament award of $500.
 
The Livingston Lures Leader Award of $250 for finishing as the top pro on Day 2 was presented to Spohrer. Logan Latuso, the Day 2 leader on the co-angler side, received a Livingston Lures gift pack worth $250.
 

 Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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EUFAULA, Ala. He may have saved the best for last in terms of weigh-in order, but Danny Murphy, of Granite Falls, N.C., actually got his work done early, en route to topping the Day 1 leaderboard at the B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional on Lake Eufaula.
 
With Georgia’s Chase Hancock holding the top spot with 18 pounds, 14 ounces since the beginning of the weigh-in, Murphy brought up the day’s final bag and dropped 19-12 on the scales to secure the lead. Murphy said he believes a rise in lake level stimulated an early bite that allowed him to lock up the lead by late morning.
 
“The water had been low, but it came up overnight so we got on a deeper bank today,” he said. “The fish were moving in from the main lake to the back of the pockets.
 
“My boat partner and I caught our limit by 11, and we started looking around for more areas after that,” continued Murphy. “We didn’t pound it really hard.”
 
Murphy, a member of the Riverview Bass Anglers club, said he targeted prespawn staging positions with a Hawg Caller spinnerbait and a brown Shooter jig with a Zoom Super Chunk Jr. Murphy dipped the tips in chartreuse dye for additional visual appeal.
 
“The bigger ones were shallow, like in 2 feet of water,” he said. “I caught one of them under a dock, one of them under a tree, just here and there.”
 
Overall, the Day 1 weights were much lower than expected, and the 20-pound bags that many predicted never materialized. More than half the field fell short of the five-fish daily limit. The average fish was a little more than 2 1/2 pounds. The Top 10 had 16 pounds, 10 ounces or more, but the vast majority of competitors brought in 4 to 13 pounds for their total weight.
 
A cold front blew through Eufaula with the usual chilly rain a day before the tournament. True to form, the weather cleared in time for a brilliant sunrise, followed by the dreaded bluebird skies. This high pressure and bright sunlight probably tempered what should be a strong spring bite. Fortunately for competitors, the day brought steady increases in air and water temperatures, promising cues for a more active second day.
 
Eufaula mayor and Alabama team member Jack Tibbs jokingly lamented his team’s slow start, which is currently in sixth place.
 
“We wanted to be good hosts to everyone, but that’s just for today!” said Tibbs. “That front that came through really messed the fish up. But the fishing has been on fire and it should get better the next two days.”
 
Murphy agreed. He and second-place Hancock both noted observing shad spawn aggregations, which never go unnoticed by opportunistic bass. Warming weather plus abundant baitfish should have the fish ready to go on Day 2.
 
“We started seeing some shad activity later in the day, so I think tomorrow the bite should be good by early morning,” Murphy said.
 
Murphy’s North Carolina team placed third today with 145-7 in total weight, behind first-place Georgia (163-4) and second-place South Carolina (156-13). The Georgia B.A.S.S. Nation state team has two anglers in the Top 5, as well as a 6-pound, 7-ounce lead for the state competition.

Other state leaders at the end of Day 1 are Coby Carden, Alabama; Chad Prough, Florida; Chase Hancock, Georgia; Michael Boggs, Kentucky; Danny Allen, South Carolina; and Raleigh Todd, Tennessee.
 
The winner of each state will advance to the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.
Jack Smith, of Cadiz, Tenn., is in the lead for the Carhartt Big Bass honors with his 7-pounder.
Competition resumes Thursday at 6 a.m. CT for the launch at Lakepoint State Park Marina. The weigh-in will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. CT on Bassmaster.com.
 
Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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Parker claims co-angler title
 
GROVE, Okla. (April 5, 2014) – Bill Tervin of Pocola, Okla., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series at Grand Lake presented by Power-Pole with a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 48 pounds, 5 ounces. For his victory, Tervin earned $40,000 and a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
 
     “This is pretty incredible,” said Tervin, a former Walmart FLW Tour co-angler who earned the first victory of his career. “It still hasn’t really sunk in yet. To get a win against the caliber of anglers that were in this top-10 is pretty special.”
 
     Tervin said that all of his fish that he brought to the scale this week came via a Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper, in sprayed grass-color. He fished shallow, from 1- to 2-feet deep, targeting the pea gravel and rocky transition banks near spawning flats.
 
     “On day one they just didn’t fire for me like they had been in practice,” Tervin said. “I only weighed in four fish and was in 39th place. On the second day, I was able to get on them and culled four or five times. Today, it was pretty tough again. I only caught the five fish that I weighed in.
 
     “The advice that my dad would always give me was really key this week,” Tervin continued. “He would always tell me, ‘Bill, slow down, you’re fishing too fast.’ I really slowed down and I think that was pretty important.”
 
     After qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup in three consecutive seasons as a co-angler in the mid-2000s, Tervin now controls his own destiny as he tries to qualify fishing as a professional. After one event, Tervin leads the Rayovac FLW Series Central division Angler of the Year race, with the top 30 from each division moving on the fish the 2014 Rayovac FLW Series Championship. Ten anglers from the Rayovac Championship will qualify for the richest tournament in the sport.
 
     “Fishing in the Forrest Wood Cup has always been a dream of mine,” Tervin went on to say. “My father has always encouraged me and pushed me to do my best. It’d mean everything to me to compete in the biggest tournament in the world against the best.”
 
     Charles Parker of Broken Arrow, Okla., won the Co-angler Division and a Ranger Z117 with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of 12 bass weighing 35 pounds, 9 ounces. 
 
Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com
 


 
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BRANSON, Mo. — Mike McClelland, an Ozarks lakes angler since he was 8 years old, took his time this week before he stepped into the limelight in the April 3-6 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake.
 
After the first day of competition, the Bassmaster Elite Series pro from Bella Vista, Ark.,was in 12th place. In Friday’s second round, McClelland found surer footing — and a better size of bass. He pushed up into fourth place.
 
And then he made his biggest move. McClelland grabbed Saturday’s lead by weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces for a three-day total of 49-13 and an almost 4-pound lead.
 
“It was fine for me to start in 12th. As a ‘local,’ you’re going to get so much more attention if you are leading,” McClelland said. “I kind of like to stay behind the scenes as much as I can and just let it happen.”
 
Aaron Martens, the first-day leader who dropped to third on Day 2, inched back up into second place on Saturday. Martens brought in 12-14, which brought his three-day weight to 45-14.
 
Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., shot up from 37th into third place after producing the day’s heaviest bag of bass, 19-7, which included the day’s largest single bass, a 7-8 largemouth. His total was 45-7.
 
Day 2 leader Mark Davis slipped to fourth. His three-day total was 45-7, the same as VanDam’s, but the tie-breaker of heaviest single-day catch was applied.
 
Jeff Kriet of Ardmore, Okla., secured fifth place at 44-11 after starting the day at 15th place.
 
Those five led the 12 finalists for Sunday’s championship round for a first-place prize of $100,000 and a berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.
 
McClelland has won six Bassmaster events in his career, including three Elite competitions, but not one on Table Rock. He’s trying to make this “the one” by tapping into his Table Rock encyclopedia of knowledge.
 
He said he looks for one thing: a bank with a specific characteristic, which he declined to describe.
 
He said he also has been watching for gizzard shad up shallow.
 
“I get in an area with a lot of gizzard shad around, I know without a shadow of a doubt there are some giants in that area,” he said.
 
The bass seem to prefer crawfish now, he said. The shad serve as easy meals when the crawfish cupboard is bare.
 
At one point early Saturday morning, with no bites, he switched gears. He picked up a swimbait and boated two bass.
 
“One was a good fish. That made me relax because I knew I had a decent start,” he said.
 
But he returned to his primary pattern, which as for most of the anglers needs some wind given the clear Table Rock water; bass can be easily spooked in clear water when the surface becomes glassy. The wind dropped considerably from Friday’s breezes in the teens to Saturday’s 4 to 6 mph.
 
McClelland culled several times to end up with a mixed bag of two smallmouth and three largemouth, including a 5-3, his largest of the day.
 
Martens, a California native who now lives in Leeds, Ala., weighed 12-14 Saturday. His bass were all about the same size, 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 pounds, he said.
 
“I just never got the big bite today,” he said.
 
He said the 3-15 McClelland has on him isn’t a show-stopper.
 
“McClelland’s smokin’ them, but he could have a bad day tomorrow,” Martens said. “I’d like to be 4 pounds ahead, but I like the excitement. That’s why I fish.”
 
VanDam was pleased to make the Top 12 cut.
 
 

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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(Athens, AL.) - American Bass Anglers announced today that Royal Purple, manufacturer of premium high performance synthetic oil and lubricant products, will continue its sponsorship of American Bass Anglers. As a tour sponsor, Royal Purple is the exclusive and official oil and lubricant products of the American Bass Anglers and will be represented at all ABA events.

 

For the past nine years, Royal Purple has supported anglers who fish the American Bass Anglers American Fishing Tour, Weekend Bass Series and American Couples Series. By renewing its sponsorship, Royal Purple will present the Royal Treatment program, rewarding participants with its premium products and other prizes. Royal Purple will also provide highest placing program participants with win rewards, monthly drawings and year end rewards.

 

“American Bass Anglers is very proud to have a partner like Royal Purple supporting the grass root anglers and as a Top Level Tour Sponsor,” said Morris Sheehan, ABA President. “Royal Purple has been a dedicated supporter of weekend anglers for nine years and both anglers and consumers alike realize Royal Purple manufactures the best synthetic oil and lubricant products on the market. Royal Purple marine 2-cycle oil and Max-Gear consistently outperforms other lubricants by reducing heat and wear while increasing performance. Without a doubt Royal Purple is the best and we are proud to have them as sponsor of American Bass Anglers and to continue their support of the weekend angler.”

“We are pleased to partner with American Bass Anglers again this season. The organization and anglers have become strong brand ambassadors for Royal Purple throughout the years not only for our marine products, but our entire line of synthetic high performance products,” said Randy Fisher, Royal Purple Marketing Director.

Now available for boaters is Royal Purple’s fuel system cleaner and fuel stabilizer Max-Clean. As a fuel stabilizer, Max-Clean prevents emulsion and oxidation. It contains demulsifiers that allow already phase-separated fuel to be combusted without doing harm. Max-Clean also contains rust inhibitors that protect metals against corrosion and powerful detergents that will fully remove the deposits that form in fuel systems, regardless if the vehicle is used as a daily driver or stored during the off season.

 

For more details on how to participate in the Royal Purple Royal Treatment program, see www.americanbassanglers.com/BWS/RoyalPurpleRoyalTreatment.php. For more information about ABA, call 256-232-0406 or visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

About Royal Purple: Royal Purple manufactures synthetic products for numerous industrial and consumer needs. Join Royal Purple on Facebook at facebook.com/officialroyalpurple and Twitter @Royal_Purple. For more information on Royal Purple or its products, contact Royal Purple via mail at One Royal Purple Lane, Porter, TX 77365; by calling 888-382-6300; or by visiting www.royalpurpleconsumer.com.

 

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.