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LA PLATA, Md. (June 21, 2014) – William Kemp of Scotland Neck, N.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on the Potomac River with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 45 pounds, 9 ounces. For his victory, Kemp earned $38,936.
 
      Kemp, who weighed a tournament-best 19-2 on Thursday, moved up from fifth place on the final day to earn his second win in FLW competition.
                                                              
      “I caught most of my fish in the morning on a topwater bait,” said Kemp. “I was throwing a fry-colored Lobina Lures Rico. I threw it around matted grass at low tide. I fished all the way around the mat and caught one flipping and one on a ChatterBait, then I picked that topwater up and probably caught thirty fish on it.
 
      “I flipped grass in the middle of the day and culled for ounces,” Kemp added. “Then, at the very end of the day, I hit one spot with some wood and I caught a 5-pounder and a 3-pounder on a black and blue-colored Strike King Bitsy Flip Jig with a NetBait Paca Craw trailer.
 
      “When I had my big bag on the first day I had to go to lighter line and smaller baits,” Kemp explained. “I had to finesse them a little this week.
 
      “After I caught my two big fish at the end of the day today, I thought I had a shot to win,” finished Kemp. “I wasn’t sure, but I knew I had a chance. It’s unbelievable to win. I have to thank my wife. I was considering not fishing this event, but she pushed me and it just worked out.”
 
      Kemp also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday – a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $286.
 
      Congratulations to Kermit "Knuck" Crowder of Matoaca, Va., won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, as well as $5,000 for being Ranger Cup qualified, with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 39 pounds, 8 ounces.
       
      Ives caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Thursday – a 7-pound, 7-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $190.
 
   
                                       COURTESY OF  FLWOutdoors.com

 
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2011 Forrest Wood Cup champion predicts big weights
 
MARBURY, Md. (June 10, 2014) – The Rayovac FLW Series is headed to the Potomac River June 19-21 for a tournament presented by Evinrude when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the first stop of 2014 in the Northern Division.
 
      “My favorite thing about the Potomac is that you have a lot of fishable water,” said Evinrude pro Scott Martin, who won a Walmart FLW Tour event there in 2012. “The whole river is good. This time of the year the fish will be postspawn and it will fish really similar to how I won two years ago. Everything is a little behind schedule this year though.”
 
      Martin said that he thought moving baits like crankbaits, spinnerbaits and ChatterBaits would be effective in addition to flipping plastics around the river’s plentiful grass beds.
 
      “There are two flipping approaches,” explained the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup champion. “One is a lighter weight where you will flip the scattered grass or shoreline wood. The second flipping deal is more of a punching setup where you will actually look for mats of grass around low tide.
 
      “There are ways to catch them on every tide depending on what someone is comfortable with. I ran the river quite a bit to follow the tides when I won. But, some guys might be more comfortable just sitting in an area and waiting for the tide to get right.
 
      “The Potomac is a pretty consistent fishery,” said Martin. “I would say that 19 pounds per day will earn the win.”
          
      Anglers will take off from Smallwood State Park located at 2750 Sweden Point Road in Marbury, Md., at 6 a.m. daily. Weigh-ins will be held at the launch site beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Saturday’s final weigh-in will take place at 3:30 p.m. at Walmart, located at 40 Drury Drive in La Plata, Md. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
 
      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 FLWOutdoors.com
 

 
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Sward Wins Co-angler Title
 
 
FLORENCE, Ala. (June 7, 2014) – Fishing in his second BFL All-American, boater Marcus Sykora of Osage Beach, Mo., went wire-to-wire to win the 2014 Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy on Wilson Lake after bringing five bass weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces to the scale Saturday. Sykora’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 66-4 bested second-place boater Jayme Rampey of Liberty, S.C., by 4½ pounds. Sykora took home $100,000 and earned a spot in the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Murray Aug. 14-17.
 
     “Since I’ve gotten here to start my practice, this has been a dream come true,” Sykora said. “My first two days were unbelievable. Today was very nerve-racking. I’m so exhausted. I haven’t slept. There was no wind and it was hotter than a sauna. I didn’t know if I had enough weight to cover everybody. Now, I feel awesome.
 
     “I had found a good school,” Sykora said. “The first two days of the tournament, my co-anglers and I caught more than 100 pounds of bass off of one area. Today, the schools were completely gone. I was thrilled that my 12 pounds was enough to get the win.”
 
     Sykora said that his key baits over the first two days of the tournament were 6th Sense Crush 300DD and 500DD crankbaits. Today he said that he caught his fish on a Chompers football jig and Zoom Ol’ Monster worm.
 
     Overall there were 50 bass weighing 171 pounds, 3 ounces caught by 10 boaters Saturday. All 10 boaters caught five-bass limits.
 
     Justin Sward of Birmingham, Ala., won the co-angler title with 15 bass weighing 57 pounds, 15 ounces to win the top prize of $50,000. Bryan Cothran of Belton, S.C., finished in second place with 15 bass weighing 52-13 to win $15,000. 
 
       The BFL All-American is one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing. The tournament, which is hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, features the top 49 boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the country casting for top awards of up to $120,000 in the Boater Division and $60,000 in the Co-angler Division, plus the opportunity to compete in the most lucrative tournament in bass fishing – the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Murray, Aug. 14-17.
 
     Coverage of the BFL All-American will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs Aug. 17 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.
 
Courtesy of  FLWOutdoors.com

 
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EUFAULA, Okla. — Seeking shelter from the storm proved key to Josh Wray’s B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional win Friday on Oklahoma’s Lake Eufaula.
 
On many parts of the 100,000-plus acre lake, heavy rain and persistent lightning prompted several competitors to seek shelter for an hour or more. But while they were waiting it out, Wray was filling out his limit — without getting wet.
 
“When the storm hit, we pulled up into a big box culvert at this spot I’d been saving,” said the angler from Omaha, Ark. “Current was funneling through there from the main lake, going away from the nose of my boat, and I was making casts from inside there — out to the mouth of the culvert — and they were stacked up there. I filled out my limit, and we didn’t even get wet.”
 
His five-fish limit weighed 14 pounds, 9 ounces, which was more than enough to best Day 2 leader Preston Frazell, of Cleveland, Okla., who brought only 11-13 to the scales. Wray’s three-day total weight was 41 pounds, 5 ounces. Frazell’s total was 39-9.
 
An Arkansas B.A.S.S. Nation angler, Wray credited his Louisiana Nation co-angler, Destre DeDeaux, for sportsmanship and selflessness that proved instrumental in his win. Although Wray’s Power-Poles helped keep his boat positioned in the culvert as current rushed through, DeDeaux helped even more.
 
Wray had two fish in his livewell when he and DeDeaux pulled into the culvert. He caught three there on a homemade perch-pattern spinnerbait — one of which was a 5-pounder. He didn’t catch another keeper the rest of the day.
 
Far enough down in the standings to not have a chance to qualify for the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, DeDeaux didn’t make a cast all day, giving Wray access to all the fish on any given spot. In 2011, Wray and DeDeaux both qualified for the championship, fishing out of the same boat.
 
Wray caught most of his fish throughout the tournament on the spinnerbait and a 5/16-ounce brown jig with a watermelon green Yum Money Craw trailer. He mostly targeted channel swings and big boulders.
 

The top angler from each state now advances to the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, Nov. 6-8, on Louisiana’s Ouachita River. The anglers who win their divisions at the championship will advance to the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell.
  
Oklahoma won the team competition, with 104 bass for 257 pounds, 13 ounces. The victory earned them a Skeeter/Yamaha boat package valued at $40,000.
 
Alex Torkelson and William Valdez of the Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Nation won the high school team competition, with a two-day combined limit of nine bass for 22 pounds, 15 ounces. Their weight counted toward the adult team’s win.
 
The Carhartt Big Bass award was presented to Frazell for his 7-pound, 1-ounce bass.

The next divisional in which anglers will earn berths into the championship is the B.A.S.S. Nation Mid-Atlantic Divisional to be held June 25-27 onVirginia's Buggs Island Reservoir. More information is available on Bassmaster.com


                                            Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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Alabama’s Setzer Wins Co-Angler Title, $20,000
 
 
FLORENCE, Ala. (June 8, 2014) – Professional angler Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., won $100,000 at the Walmart FLW Tour on Pickwick Lake presented by Straight Talk Wireless Sunday with a four-day total of 20 bass weighing 97 pounds, 7 ounces, the heaviest four-day catch ever weighed at Pickwick Lake in FLW Tour competition. Hackney brought a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 9 ounces to the scale Sunday to clinch the victory.
 
     The catch gave the 2009 Forrest Wood Cup Champion the win by a 4-pound, 1-ounce margin over 23-year-old Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn., who brought a total of 20 bass weighing 93 pounds, 6 ounces to the scale and earned $30,000.
 
     “I was beginning to wonder if this would ever happen again,” said Hackney, who has earned more than $1.1 million in FLW competition. “It’s so hard to win one of these because it’s four days. There are so many variables and these guys are so good. These tournaments are getting harder and harder, so to get the win is a blessing.”
  
     Hackney said that his key baits for the first two days were a Strike King KVD HC 2.5 square-bill crankbait and a 7 ½-inch Strike King Shadalicious swimbait fished on a ¾-ounce jig head. After the gizzard shad left his area on Saturday, Hackney switched to a ¾-ounce Strike King Denny Brauer Structure Jig in two specific colors – a green-pumpkin jig with a Double Header-colored Strike King Rage Craw and a black and blue jig with a Plum Crazy-colored Rage Craw.
 
     Braxton Setzer of Auburn, Ala., won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 51 pounds, 7 ounces, followed by John Jacobs of Birmingham, Ala., in second place with 15 bass weighing 50 pounds, 8 ounces worth $7,500.
     
                                            Courtesy of  FLWOutdoors.com

 
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Wheeler wins co-angler title
 
MARBURY, Md. (May 12, 2014) – Matthew Caffi of Fairfax, Va., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament of 2014 on the Potomac River. For his victory, Caffi earned $4,695.
 
      “I’m from the area and I’ve been catching them pretty good lately on reaction baits,” said Caffi, who earned his first BFL victory. “I sat on one of my best spots for about three hours in the morning, but I didn’t get one keeper. So, at about 10 o’clock I made a move to a little area I know where I thought the bass might be coming in to spawn.
 
      “In one or two passes down this little 100-yard stretch my co-angler caught four fish on a Senko for around 13 pounds and he was putting the hurt on me. So, I switched up to a slow-moving bait as well, and I put all my fish in the boat before he had his fifth one.
 
      “My spot was a mix of isolated wood and patches of grass,” explained Caffi. “It seems like they bit in waves with the tide. There was a pretty good rainstorm later in the day that made me decide to stay there. So I just sat in that area and I’m glad I did.
 
      “It’s great to get this win,” finished Caffi. “I have got a lot of support from everyone around here and I’m very happy. People have been saying the river is dying, but I think you just have to put your time in. I hope this tournament puts people to ease about the river. It took almost 14 pounds to get a check, and that’s pretty good for the Potomac.
 
      Caffi said he caught all of his fish on a 5-inch green-pumpkin-colored Yamamoto Senko.
 
            Craig Wheeler of King George, Va., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win $2,348 in the co-angler division.  The Bass Hog, Jonathan Marlow, fishing his first BFL since 2006, finished 17th in the co-angler division taking home a small check.
 
           The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 2-4 Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Va. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
 
                                 Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
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EUFAULA, Okla. — Preston Frazell was too polite to mention it when he weighed the 7-pound, 1-ounce kicker largemouth that gave him the Day 2 lead in the B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional on Lake Eufaula, but his co-angler Teb Jones fessed up when he weighed in moments later — Frazell had caught the biggun from the back of the boat, on one of Jones’ spots.

“I’m heartbroken,” Jones said, likely only half kidding. “He caught that fish behind me.”

Frazell, a Kansas B.A.S.S. Nation angler from Cleveland, Okla., then walked back onstage and thanked Jones for putting him on a good spot. In the B.A.S.S. Nation Divisional format, each angler — whether he’s the boater or co-angler — gets half the day to pick fishing spots and run the trolling motor. Frazell was the boater today.

“I do want to thank Teb,” he told Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Nation tournament director. “The biggun was off of his place. I hope I can go do it again tomorrow.”

“But not off his place, right?” Stewart joked. “He’s giving you the evil eye over there!”

Frazell might not need Jones’ spot. He’s got spots pretty similar to it elsewhere on the lake.
“It’s similar — the same type of structure,” he said after weighing in, understandably stopping short of providing additional details. “And that bite really keyed me into a deal.”

It could be a pretty big deal. Big enough to maybe unsaddle the horse he rode in on.

“Depending on how the day is going tomorrow, I might pull a 180 and totally change up and try to go catch some big ones,” he said.

Frazell caught 9-15 on Day 1 to put himself in 12th place. His 17-pound, 13-ounce Day 2 limit put him 1 pound ahead of Day 1 leader Josh Wray of Arkansas. Wray fell to second after following up his Day 1 limit of 14-13 with a Day 2 limit of 11-15.

“It got a little tougher for me today,” Wray said. “I had to work for those five.”

Wray never was able to cull up after getting his limit, as he did on Day 1. Still, he’s not ready to hit the panic button. “I saved a couple of good spots,” he said.

The wind blew less on Day 2, and there was more cloud cover. “That actually made it better, because it positioned them better,” Frazell said. “The bite kind of fizzled when the sun came out this afternoon.”

Frazell said he “bounced around a lot and hit little, specific areas,” and that timing was key. He also made better decisions and executed better on Day 2.

“I made some bad decisions yesterday,” he said. And he broke off one fish and missed another. Today he fished more cleanly. “It was really just a blessed day.”

If no bass trumps Frazell’s 7-pound, 1-ouncer tomorrow, he’ll win Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament, a prize worth $500.

In third place after Day 2 on Eufaula is Missouri competitor Mark Wiese Jr. with 25-2. Rounding out the Top 5 are Trevor Rogge of Texas with 24-4 and Albert Collins, also of Texas, with 22-15. Collins was a favorite coming into the tournament because he qualified for and competed in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.

The top angler from each state at the end of competition will advance to the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, Nov. 6-8, on Louisiana’s Ouachita River. The anglers who win their divisions there advance to the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.


Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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Tennessee’s Maynard Paces Co-Anglers
 
 
FLORENCE, Ala. (June 5, 2014) – Marcus Sykora of Osage Beach, Mo., took the early lead at the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy on Wilson Lake with a five-bass limit that weighed 26 pounds, 11 ounces. He now holds a comfortable 5-pound, 6-ounce lead over second place angler Timothy Feller of Coral Springs, Fla., in one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing.
 
     Hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, the tournament features the top 49 boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the country casting for top awards of up to $120,000 in the Boater Division and $60,000 in the Co-Angler Division, plus the opportunity to compete in the most lucrative tournament in bass fishing – the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Murray, Aug. 14-17.
 
     Sykora said that he got off to a quick start and had his weight by about 9 a.m. He caught most of his fish on a crankbait and followed up with a jig to catch a few more.
 
     “I showed up on my first spot and it was going crazy,” Sykora said. “I had 18 pounds and my co-angler (Evan Barnes, second place) had 15 pounds in the first six minutes.”
 
          Overall there were 241 bass weighing 704 pounds, 6 ounces caught by 49 boaters Thursday. The catch included 45 five-bass limits.
 
     Brandon Maynard of Cookeville, Tenn., leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 3 ounces followed by Evan Barnes of Hot Springs, Ark., in second place with five bass weighing 20-7.
 
     Overall there were 212 bass weighing 507 pounds, 11 ounces caught by co-anglers Thursday. The catch included 34 five-bass limits.
 
     Anglers will take off from Waterfront Marina located at 4451 Florence Boulevard in Florence at 7 a.m. each morning. Friday’s weigh-in will be held at Waterfront Marina beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday’s final weigh-in will be held following the Walmart FLW Tour weigh-in at Walmart located at 2701 Cloverdale Road in Florence beginning at 5:30 p.m.
 
     Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo at Walmart on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators and the Chevy Truck Tour plus the opportunity to interact with professional anglers and enjoy interactive games, activities, and giveaways provided by sponsors. Fans can also learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.
 
     Coverage of the BFL All-American will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs Aug. 17 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET. 
 
                                        Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
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Arkansas’ Kelley Leads Co-Anglers
 
 
FLORENCE, Ala. (June 5, 2014) – Pro angler Jeff Gustafson of Keewatin, Ontario, Canada, caught the biggest bass of his life Thursday – a huge 10-pound, 12-ounce monster – to anchor his five-bass limit and grab the lead after day one of the Walmart FLW Tour at Pickwick Lake presented by Straight Talk Wireless.
 
     Gustafson now holds a slim 15-ounce lead over ledge-fishing guru Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., heading into day two of the four-day event, hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, that features 165 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
 
     “I’ve never been in this position before, but it feels pretty awesome,” said Gustafson, who is fishing his second season as a professional at the sport’s highest level. “This place is a lot of fun. I’ve been fishing in Mexico five or six times and fished all over Florida, but I’ve never caught a bass over 10 pounds. It was a pretty special experience.”
 
     Gustafson said that he fished around the ledges in the mid-lake area, but tried to target areas that were more subtle and didn’t have as much pressure.
 
     “I was one of the last boats out today, so the couple of spots that I wanted to start on were loaded up,” Gustafson said. “I just don’t have the nerve to pull up on everybody. On the last day of practice I found a spot that was pretty inconspicuous, or so I thought. I left and every 10 minutes another boat was pulling in there. That kind of turned me on to looking for the more subtle spots.”
 
     “I caught probably 40 fish throughout the day, but by 10 a.m. I only had two,” Gustafson said. “I’m not sure if they started moving water, but it picked up around lunchtime and was good for a few hours. I got on a spot where my co-angler and I both were literally catching them every cast. I caught the big one, then I caught two 3-pounders on a crankbait on the same cast.
 
         Gustafson also won the Bridgford Big Bass Award on the pro side Thursday with his monster bass weighing 10 pounds, 12 ounces to win $500.
 
     Cody Kelley of Conway, Ark., leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 19 pounds, 8 ounces followed by Jimmy Kowalski of Lake Placid, Fla., in second place with five bass weighing 19-5.
 
      
                                             Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
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DAYTON, Tenn. — In bass fishing, BASSfest is the new black.
 
June 11-15 in Dayton, Tenn., BASSfest will be the latest innovation in pro fishing. Part competition, part festival, the five-day event will feature 140 of the best anglers in the game.
 
The qualifiers come from two Bassmaster circuits. The regular Bassmaster Elite Series field of 107 will compete, plus 33 anglers from the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series presented by Allstate.
 
They’ll be after a piece of an $875,000 purse. The winner’s take will be $125,000 and an entry in the 2015 world championship, the Bassmaster Classic. The main competition will happen on Chickamauga Lake, a booming fishery that hasn’t seen a Bassmaster event since 1991.
 
All 140 anglers will compete on Chickamauga the first two days, June 11 and 12. The Top 50 will qualify for the third round on Chickamauga.
 
In a twist to the fishing competition, the third Chickamauga round won’t happen the next day. Instead, the 50 pros will appear at the BASSfest expo, conducting free seminars and meeting fans throughout the venue all day on June 13.
 
But the competition won’t stop on June 13, either. With weights zeroed, the 90 eliminated anglers will participate in a one-day, second-chance shootout on nearby Nickajack Lake. The 10 who survive the shootout will rejoin the Top 50 anglers on June 14 for the third round on Chickamauga Lake. The Top 12 will advance to the final round on Sunday, June 15 for a shot at the trophy.
 
Chickamauga Lake, a Tennessee River impoundment, is unknown to many in the field, Elite and Opens anglers alike. Even Elite Series pro David Walker, who lives about two hours away in Sevierville, Tenn., has not competed on Chickamauga in 15 years, not since he was getting started as a pro in small regional events.
 
To come up to speed for BASSfest, Walker scouted Chickamauga in the spring. What he saw impressed him.
 
“I was amazed at how big the fish were,” he said. “It was way better than it used to be. Catching any limit in the teens used to be decent. Eighteen or 19 pounds could win an event. Now, I think it’s going to take that much weight just to make a check.”
 
The release of Florida-strain largemouth fingerlings throughout the past several years could be one reason for Chickamauga’s growing population of big bass, according to Walker. Prolific vegetation to support the food chain is another, he said.
 
Walker isn’t the only one who’s saying “The Chick” is hot. The fishery was recently ranked as No. 7 on Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes list of 2014. The buzz got louder after an angler landed a 13-pound, 13-ounce largemouth in early June.
 
Howell has been tracking Chickamauga tournaments online, noting that hefty weights have been needed to win. He’s also been considering the options Chickamauga offers.

“I think this will be a full-blown summer pattern on offshore stuff,” Howell said. “Also, the lake has a good upriver section with grass. That means most everyone in the field can fish to their strengths and still be competitive.”
 
Like Walker, Howell expects to see good-size bass turned in.
 
“There seems to be a lot of 6- to 8-pounders in the lake, and I think we’ll see some every day,” he said.
 
Both Howell and Walker said productive water might get crowded.
 
Courtesy of BASS Communications.