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Posted By The Bass Hog

LA CROSSE, Wis. ¾ Edward Rude III arrived in La Crosse, Wis., by way of a 16-hour drive from his hometown of Falling Waters, W.Va. He was in an unfamiliar town to fish in a tournament on an even more foreign body of water. It was the Mississippi River, a complex fishery to understand for an angler from the mountains of West Virginia.

 

Rude, 19, didn’t let the river’s daunting size and complex maze of backwaters confuse him for long. The West Virginia University business student found a game-winning strategy and took first place in the Carhartt College Series Midwest Super Regional. His two-day total was 31 pounds, 1 ounce and just good enough to shut out the 30-10 effort staged by Eric Tessmer and Korey Sybrant of St. Cloud University.

 

Rude was all alone in his area because it simply didn’t make sense to be there for anybody but an out-of-towner. His obscure area was located up the Black River in a small no-name bay. Its bare bank sloped at a 45-degree angle into a 25-foot channel. There was nothing fishy for its entire run of 300 yards.

 

But the name of the game was the presence of baitfish. Rude saw them breaking the surface upon entering the area during a blind, random stop there on the final practice day.

 

Being on a strange body of water pointed Rude to a familiar choice in his tacklebox. With little else to go on, he tied it on and went to work.

 

“A jerkbait is definitely a confidence lure for me,” he said. “So I threw it just for the confidence of knowing that if I could get something going on it, then I would be fine.”

  

Certain the bass would stay with the bait, he vacated the area at 8:30 a.m. Back at the weigh-in, Rude held on to second place with a 4-ounce deficit behind the 15-11 weight of leaders Tessmer and Sybrant.

 

On the final day, Rude arrived at the spot within minutes of the 5:30 a.m. takeoff time. Another limit was on board by 6:15 a.m. The bait hadn’t diminished in quantity, and the bass were showing themselves again during their feeding attacks.

 

Rude stayed for the remainder of the day to upgrade his catch. The effort paid off with a 15-10 catch that measured up as the biggest sack of the tournament.

 

The confidence lure was a No. 8 clown colored Rapala X-Rap. He fished the jerkbait on 15-Seaguar InvizX that was spooled to Quantum bait cast reels. He fished the combo on a variety of medium-heavy action rods.

 

His technique was as simple as the area itself. All he did was cast the rig into the mix of bass and bait for the hookups.

 

Tessmer and Sybrant fished a backwater area featuring a mix of isolated boulders and stumps scattered along the shoreline. The setup is common in river pools 7 and 8 where the competition played out, with one notable exception.

 

Casting swimbaits at the boulders forming riprap and to the stumps was the team’s strategy. The presence of current was a key.

 

“The fish were behind and down current of the rocks and stumps,” said Sybrant. “They were holding in that slack water and then coming out to feed on the crawfish as they came by them.”

 

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Virginia’s Dillow Wins Co-Angler Title, $20,000
 

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (May 20, 2012) – Before the FLW Tour on the Potomac River presented by the National Guard began this week, National Guard pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., dedicated his efforts to his wife, who has been a vital part of his support over the course of his career. Martin, the reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion, led the first three days of the event and on Sunday he got to dedicate a victory to her, as well. At the end of the day, Martin’s five bass worth 13 pounds, 7 ounces gave him a total four-day weight of 66 pounds, 6 ounces – just 3 ounces heavier than second place – as well as a championship trophy and $126,000. The win boosted Martin’s career winnings past the $2 million mark.

 

 
Martin’s teammate, National Guard pro Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala., narrowly missed earning his first Tour win and posted a total weight of 66 pounds, 3 ounces to claim second place. Lucas won $34,276 for his efforts.
 
“Every win is just so special, but this one here is unbelievable,” said Martin, who now has five Tour-level victories. “I dedicated it to my wife earlier in the week before practice started and was able to pull it off. Usually when you say you’re going to do something like that you kind of jinx yourself, so this is one of the most proud (wins) I’ve ever had.”
 

Martin said he fished excruciatingly slowly and picked apart grass beds with a Bruiser Baits paddle tail worm. 

   

Chris Dillow of Waynesboro, Va., won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 47 pounds, 3 ounces followed by Greg Knick of Ansonia, Ohio, in second place with 15 bass weighing 46-11 worth $7,238. 
  
Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Hensley leads Co-anglers
 
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (May 17, 2012) –Leading the pack was National Guard pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., who crossed the stage with a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 10 ounces. Martin now holds a comfortable 4 pound, 6 ounce lead over Snickers pro Chris Baumgardner of Gastonia, N.C., and fellow National Guard pro Mark Rose of West Memphis, Ark., who each caught five bass weighing 18-4. The tournament features a field of anglers from all across the United States, Canada, Spain and Japan.
 
 
 
“I ran about 40 miles total and hit about 15 spots,” said Martin, who is the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup Champion. “I was fishing some areas that had as many as 20 boats in there. The thing that made the difference for me today was that I was paying attention to the pressure that certain grass beds were getting. I would wait for the beds that I could see weren’t getting a lot of pressure to open up and was usually able to get a good bite out of them; that’s how I got one of my 6-pounders.
 
“Catching the first 6-pounder on one of my first casts this morning really set the pace for me today,” Martin continued. “I thought I had caught a catfish.”
 

Martin indicated that the tide wasn’t a do-or-die for his fishing on the Potomac. 

 

Martin said he used Bruiser Baits and was flipping creature-type baits and figured out what color and bait action really attracted the bass.
 
While Baumgarder was using chatterbaits and Zoom Speed worms, Rose said that he stuck to Strike King’s KVD 1.5 crankbaits.
    

Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

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Full field anticipates hot bite, large weights

 

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (May 4, 2012) – The Walmart FLW Tour on the Potomac River presented by the National Guard will visit National Harbor, Md., May 17-20 for the fourth major of its 17th season. Hosted by National Harbor, the tournament will feature a full field of the world’s best bass pros and co-anglers casting for top awards up to $125,000 cash in the Pro Division and up to $25,000 cash in the Co-angler Division.

Castrol pro David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., is fresh off a win at the April Tour event at Beaver Lake. Dudley, who has won more than $2.8 million in FLW competition, said the bite on the Potomac is hot right now, and he anticipates most anglers will be able to fish to their strengths and be productive.

“It was great last year, but the fish have all put on a quarter of a pound to a half pound this year, so the weights will likely be higher this year than they were last year,” Dudley added.

Dudley predicted the winning angler will haul in 18 pounds of bass a day to claim the title of Potomac River champion.

“When you hit the Potomac River in May it’s pretty much just pick your strength and fish it,” Dudley said. “Whatever power technique you like to do, you can do it. Spinnerbaits, flipping … They’re just going to be biting. I could mention 15 baits and all 15 baits will produce. I do think that it will ultimately be won by flipping.”

Anglers will take off from National Harbor Marina located at 168 National Harbor Plaza in National Harbor at 6:30 a.m. each morning. Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins will be held at National Harbor Marina beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s final weigh-ins will be held at National Harbor Marina beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will be treated to the FLW Expo at National Harbor Marina on Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public. On Sunday one lucky fishing fan will win a $500 Walmart gift card. The gift card giveaway is free to enter but the winner must be present at the conclusion of Sunday’s final weigh-in to win.

As part of the FLW Tour’s community outreach initiative, FLW will be working in conjunction with Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, Pepco and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to host the fifth annual Nation’s River Bass Tournament, which will feature more than 300 local students. The tournament provides underserved youth with a hands-on fishing and boating experience to increase their exposure to and appreciation for our nation's natural resources. The tournament and associated activities will be May 18 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the piers at National Harbor. The Nation’s River Bass Tournament weigh-in will be held on the FLW Tour stage at 11 a.m.

 

Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

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DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — Fast and furious is Britt Myers’ nature. He showed that Saturday by fishing up to 50 different spots, quickly jumping from one to another, for the bass he needed to pin down the lead for the second consecutive day — this time by almost 6 pounds — in the Douglas Lake Challenge.

 

Myers of Lake Wylie, S.C., posted 64 pounds, 10 ounces over three days of the Bassmaster Elite Series event. Going into Sunday’s final round, he was 5-13 ahead of Jeremy Starks, who moved up from third into second place with 58-13. Myers also fended off Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., who led on the first day, dropped behind Myers the second day, and on Saturday fell another spot to third with a total of 57-12.

 

The Top 12 from Saturday’s competition will battle Sunday for $100,000 and a guaranteed berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.

 

“I’m running around,” Myers said. “That’s my style. I pull up, catch one real quick and move on to the next spot. I don’t have any luck sitting on a spot for hours.”

 

Myers, who owns a shop that customizes vehicles —- a trick-your-truck kind of place — is used to living in the world of speed. He said he is always moving, juggling two careers, and he fishes that way, too. He even fished right through a Saturday morning squall, refusing to stop.

 

“I had to go to my knees. I felt like one of those mates on the crab ships on TV. It was blowing that hard,” he said.

 

He used his big motor to position the boat, the trolling motor useless in that kind of wind. But the storm passed quickly, and he got moving again. Hooking into one or two key bites was the charm.

 

“I got five of those good bites. It was just another magical day,” he said.

 

Myers is trying to rewrite the outcome of last month’s Elite event, where he finished second, trailing winner Brandon Palaniuk by almost 12 pounds. Now it’s Myers who has a strong lead, but he wasn’t confident it would be enough to secure his first Bassmaster win.

 

“Everything’s going good,” Myers said. “I do have a decent lead, but this isn’t like the last lake where everybody was catching them the same way. I could stumble and catch 10 or 11 pounds, and Jeremy Starks could have a 20-pound day and win.”

 

Most of Starks’ Saturday catch was in his livewell by 10 a.m. He weighed 19-11 and contended it might have been more if his trolling motor had not quit on him, and if he had not failed to boat three bass he hooked into.

 

“I’ve been without a trolling motor since 12 o’clock, and got too tired trying too hard to fish without it,” he said as he checked in an hour early.

 

He flipped a 4-pounder into the boat, and it flopped right back into the water. “And I jumped off two giants, maybe in the 5-pound range. I probably lost 10 fish today, and I don’t know why.”

 

Courtesy of BASS Communications.