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Posted By The Bass Hog
Legendary Texas Angler Beats 140 Pros, Wins $125,000 in Nationally Televised Event
 
MARBURY, Md. (June 28, 2015) – When professional angler Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, was forced to withdraw from the Walmart FLW Tour in 2014 after suffering a heart attack he wasn’t sure if he’d ever be able to fish competitively again. After a few months of recovery and undergoing cardiac rehabilitation, Wendlandt made the decision to return to the Tour in 2015.
 
His decision was validated Sunday when the three-time Angler of the Year brought a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 14 ounces to the scale to win the Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats. Wendlandt’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 60 pounds even earned him the win by a 4-pound, 4-ounce margin over Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tennessee, and the top cash award of $125,000 in the internationally-televised event that featured 142 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world competing in the final regular-season tournament of the season.
 
Wendlandt may have not even made the top-10 cut to fish Sunday had it not been for an incredible act of sportsmanship by fellow competitor Shinichi Fukae.  Wendlandt started day three in first place, but soon experienced mechanical problems that would effectively end his day and force him to get an early tow back to the marina. However Fukae, who was fishing at a nearby location, offered to let Wendlandt use his boat for the remainder of the day – a decision that would allow Wendlandt to finish his day on the water and remain in contention for the win, but guarantee Fukae a zero for the day and a 20th-place finish.
 
“Without Shin, this win wouldn’t have been possible,” Wendlandt said. “I can’t say enough about him. What he did yesterday, giving me his boat… I cannot thank him enough.”
 
After this week’s strong showing on the Potomac Wendlandt ended the season ranked 18th in the Angler of the Year Race and qualified for the 16th-Forrest Wood Cup appearance of his career – the first since 2012.
 
Overall there were 50 bass weighing 118 pounds, 13 ounces caught by pros Sunday. All of the top-10 professionals weighed in five-bass limits.
 
Pro Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, clinched the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour Rookie of the Year award Friday, which is awarded to the rookie pro angler who finishes the season with the highest point total.
 
Jim Jones of Big Bend, Wisconsin, won the co-angler division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 25 pounds, 2 ounces, followed by Kyle Prskalo of Hobart, Indiana, who finished in second place with eight bass weighing 23 pounds, 15 ounces worth $7,081.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Advisory for Monday, June 29, 2015
 
WHAT:  FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with China to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the world’s most populous country. The agreement will be signed by Gang Li, Vice President of the Florida Culture Exchange Association representing Sunny Lake (Beijing) Sport Development, LLC, at a scheduled news conference at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST).
 
WHEN:                 Thursday, July 16, 2015
 
WHERE:               Booth #3179
                              International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST)
                              Orange County Convention Center
                              9990 International Drive
                              Orlando, Fla.
 
NOTES: Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Earlier this year FLW expanded its presence on the world stage yet again with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad.
 
China will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of the host country, to a new international division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. The highest finisher among countries represented in the international division will then advance to the Forrest Wood Cup, making it the sport’s only true world championship.  
 
Canada and South Korea have already signed on as FLW partners under the new program and are set to begin hosting FLW-sanctioned tournaments in 2015. China is the third country to sign on for international sanctioning. Details on their hosted tournaments will be available soon.
 
Additional FLW qualifying tournaments in other countries are forthcoming. Watch FLWFishing.com for details. 
 
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Wisconsin’s Jones Wins Co-Angler Title, $25,000
 
MARBURY, Md. (June 26, 2015) – Pro angler Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, brought five bass to the scale Friday weighing 17 pounds, 13 ounces to grab the lead on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats. Wendlandt now has a two-day catch of 10 bass totaling 32-10 and holds a 1-pound, 12-ounce lead over second place pro Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Maryland, in the four-day tournament, hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners, that features 142 of the top bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
 
“I focused on a lot of the same areas that I did yesterday,” said Wendlandt, who is chasing his fourth tournament win as a professional on the FLW Tour. “I didn’t catch a whole lot of fish today but the ones I did bring in were good-sized.”
 
Of the handful of bass Wendlandt did catch, he said it was the 5-pounder he reeled in around 11 a.m. that gave him a much-needed confidence boost.
 
“On this river that’s a big fish right now,” said Wendlandt “I’d say catching that fish is what really set today’s performance apart from yesterday.
 
“If this wasn’t a tidal fishery there’s no way my pattern would hold up,” continued Wendlandt. “But the fact that the water is constantly moving in and coming up and changing the location of the fish, there’s definitely an opportunity for it to work.”
 
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s top-20 showdown, Wendlandt said he has a few spots left to try and pull together a solid limit.
 
“I may hit some of the new stuff,” said Wendlandt. “It just really depends on how the day is going. I could see myself going in there and catching them quick or I could see it being a struggle. It’s just really hard to tell right now.”
 
Mike Boyles of Kimberling City, Missouri, won the Bridgford Big Bass Award on the pro side Friday with a bass weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the $500 prize.
 
Pro Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, clinched the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour Rookie of the Year award Friday, which is awarded to the rookie pro angler who finishes the season with the highest point total.
 
Jim Jones of Big Bend, Wisconsin, won the co-angler division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 25 pounds, 2 ounces, followed by Kyle Prskalo of Hobart, Indiana, who finished in second place with eight bass weighing 23 pounds, 15 ounces worth $7,081.
 
J.P. Sims of Cookeville, Tennessee, caught Friday’s Bridgford Big Bass in the co-angler division, a bass weighing 4 pounds, 2 ounces to win the $250 prize.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
MARBURY, Md. (June 27, 2015) – Pro angler Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 8 ounces to extend his lead on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats. The tournament now heads into the fourth and final day of competition and the field is cut to the final 10 in the four-day event, hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners, that featured 142 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world casting for the top cash award of up to $125,000.
 
Wendlandt’s three-day cumulative weight of 47-2 extended his lead to 3 pounds, 12 ounces over second-place angler Adrian Avena of Vineland, New Jersey, who has a three-day weight of 15 bass totaling 43-6.
 
“Today I focused on two key areas that I’ve been hitting all week,” said Wendlandt, who is seeking his first win on the Walmart FLW Tour since 2001. “I’m keeping things fairly simple and just trying to grind it out as much as I can.
 
“I arrived at my first area and caught three keepers before 10 a.m.,” continued Wendlandt. “That’s when I began to experience engine trouble. It wasn’t long before I was stuck out there.”
 
Wendlandt planned to use his trolling motor to scrape together whatever he could for the day and get an early tow in back to the marina. However, fellow competitor Shinichi Fukae, who was fishing at a nearby location, in a tremendous showing of sportsmanship offered to let Wendlandt use his boat for the remainder of the day – a decision that would guarantee Fukae a zero for the day and a 20th-place finish.
 
“It’s probably one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship I’ve seen in my time bass fishing,” Wendlandt said. “We’re all out here competing for a lot of money so for him to do that really shows his true character.
 
“After switching boats I was able to move around in my areas more freely and ended up catching four more bass,” said Wendlandt.
 
Wendlandt said he caught eight keepers in less than two feet of water over the course of the day using two primary baits.  
 
“I’m really not sure how I’m going to fish tomorrow,” said Wendlandt. “It’s going to be interesting because of the amount of rain we’re getting. All I know is that I’ll be returning to my main areas.”
     
For the first time in his storied career, pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Florida, wrapped up the Angler of the Year title on Saturday. He narrowly edged out pro John Cox of DeBary, Florida, in a tightly contested race that thrilled fishing fans throughout the season. Martin, who clinched the first Angler of the Year title of his career as well as a check for $100,000, also will receive an automatic berth into the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
MARBURY, Md. (June 26, 2015) – FLW announced today an exclusive licensing agreement with MirooNamoo Media Group from South Korea to begin sanctioning FLW bass-fishing tournaments in the Eastern-Asian country at a contract signing preceding the weigh-in at the Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats.
 
South Korea will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of the host country, to a new international division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. Two anglers will compete as pros with FLW providing Ranger boats and two will compete as co-anglers. The top pro award at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship is $95,000, including a Ranger Z518C if the pro is Ranger Cup qualified, and the top co-angler award is a Ranger Z117.
 
The highest finishing pro from the newly introduced International Division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship will advance to the following year’s Forrest Wood Cup for the chance to compete on the sport’s biggest stage for $500,000 – the biggest payday in bass fishing. FLW will also provide a Ranger boat for use in the Forrest Wood Cup.
 
“There are many fisherman in South Korea, but not many opportunities to compete in tournaments,” said Jin-Soo Kang, CEO of MiruNamu, Inc., and Director of OBS broadcasting. “Bringing FLW tournaments to Korea will bring a great boost in popularity and awareness to the sport of tournament bass-fishing.”
 
Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Earlier this year FLW expanded its presence on the world stage with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad.
 
“We are very excited to announce our partnership with the MirooNamoo Media Group to bring FLW tournaments to South Korea,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “Our television show has aired in South Korea for many years and there are many anglers there that are very excited at the prospect of advancing to the Rayovac FLW Series Championship and ultimately the Forrest Wood Cup.”
 
South Korea is the second country to sign on for international sanctioning. Canada has already signed on as FLW’s partner under the new program and is set to host an FLW tournament in 2015 with at least three events slated in Canada for 2016. Additional FLW qualifying tournaments in other countries are forthcoming. Watch FLWFishing.com for details. 

                                                 Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Eighty-five collegiate bass fishing teams will converge on Lake DuBay July 9-11 for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, marking the first time for Wisconsin to host the finals.
 
The field of qualifiers is the largest in the history of the program, according to Hank Weldon, B.A.S.S. College tournament manager. The anglers represent 60 colleges and universities. The teams qualified for the championship through five regional tournaments and a wild card event.
 
Weldon said Stevens Point boasts a passionate fishing community and will prove to be great hosts for the college students, many of whom will be fishing in Wisconsin for the first time.
 
“The fishing in DuBay is reported to be tough, yet we’ve seen some of the anglers practicing showing off some really big bass on their social media feeds,” Weldon said. “It’s definitely going to be a challenging event, but the world’s best collegiate anglers need to be challenged for a championship.”
 
Leading the championship qualifiers is the team of Jake Whitaker and Andrew Helms of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, who were the 2014 champions and also qualified through the Carhartt Eastern Regional. They’re the first full team to try to defend their title; other championship teams in the past have been broken up through graduation or other changes.
 
“This is the point that every college angler wants to get to,” Whitaker
said. “For us to be automatically qualified was good, but we wanted to prove that we deserved to be there again. To qualify again and have the chance to defend our title is exciting, but at the same time it’s a hard task to accomplish.”
 
The full field of teams will compete on the 6,830-acre Lake DuBay on Days 1 and 2 (July 9-10). The Top 5 teams will compete for the national championship crown on July 11. Following the team finals, the Top 4 teams will move on to the bracket format in which they will compete individually for a spot in the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on Grand Lake in Oklahoma.
 
Takeoffs will be at 6 a.m. from the Tiki Beach Bar and Grill (1126 County Road DB, Mosinee, WI 54455), and weigh-ins will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Sun Dial (2040 Portage St., Stevens Point, WI 54481).
 
Bassmaster.com will cover the event with live reports from the lake, live-streamed weigh-ins, photos and stories. Follow all of the national championship coverage on social media as well at www.facebook.com/collegebass and by using the hashtag #collegebass.
 
Local hosts for the events are the Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Stevens Point Area Central Wisconsin Sports Commission, Tike Beach Bar and Grill, Travel Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
 
To see all of the national championship contenders, click here

Below is a complete list of Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops qualifiers.
 
Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
North Carolina’s Self Leads Co-Anglers
 
MARBURY, Md. (June 25, 2015) – Pro angler Adrian Avena of Vineland, New Jersey, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Thursday weighing 16 pounds, 12 ounces to take the lead after day one of the Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats. Avena will start the second day of competition with a 1-pound, 6-ounce lead in the nationally televised four-day tournament, hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners, that features 142 of the top bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
 
Right behind Avena in second place is pro Troy Morrow of Eastanollee, Georgia, who weighed in five bass totaling 15 pounds, 6 ounces.
 
Prior to the start of the tournament many anglers were lamenting the tough conditions and wondering if they were going to be able to catch a fish, let alone a five-bass limit. However when the final fish was weighed Thursday, 114 of the 142 pros competing were able to fill their limits and the entire field caught at least one fish.
 
 “I’ve been looking forward to this event all season long,” said Avena, who has two prior top-10 finishes in FLW Tour competition, including a ninth-place finish earlier this season at Lake Eufaula. “This is the closest tournament to home, and I grew up saltwater fishing and I love tidal waters. That’s what I did today – run the tide. I probably hit 25 different places today and caught 15 keepers.
 
Avena said that he culled out a solid 12-pound limit throughout the day and left a few areas where fish were still biting.
 
“I was catching 2- and 2½-pounders, but they weren’t helping me and those fish could potentially help to get me to the weekend,” Avena said.
 
Overall there were 646 bass weighing 1,479 pounds, 14 ounces caught by 142 pros Thursday. The catch included 114 five-bass limits.
 
Eric Self of Lawndale, North Carolina, leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 14 ounces followed by Shane Melton of Kokomo, Indiana, in second place with five bass weighing 12-13.
 
Overall there were 444 bass weighing 913 pounds, 3 ounces caught by co-anglers Thursday. The catch included 39 five-bass limits.
 
Anglers will take off from Smallwood State Park located at 2750 Sweden Point Road in Marbury at 6:30 a.m. EST each day of competition.
 
Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Walmart in La Plata prior to the final weigh-ins.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
LA PLATA, Md. (June 23, 2015) – The Potomac Falls High School team of Jordon Mazza and Richard Wellhouse brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the 2015 Virginia State High School Fishing Championship on the Potomac River. The win earned the team the title of state champions and qualified the team to compete in the High School Fishing Northern Conference championship on Lake Winnipesaukee in September.
 
“This river is basically our home water so we are glad we did well,” said Mazza, a senior this fall.
 
Mazza said the duo mainly used a swimjig in grassy areas to catch most of their fish.
 
“We used a wide variety of colors, but darker baits seemed to be a little more effective,” said Mazza.
 
“We would catch a few and then they would shut off,” added Wellhouse, a recent graduate. “I think our two biggest keys to success were sticking with the swimjig and paying attention to the tide.”
 
The top team on the Potomac River that advanced to the Northern Conference Championship was:
 
1st:          Potomac Falls High School – Jordon Mazza and Richard Wellhouse, five bass, 12-2
 
Also held Saturday was the Potomac River OPEN, which featured out-of-state High School Fishing teams competing for entry into the Conference Championships. The top three teams in the Potomac River OPEN that advanced to the Northern Conference Championship were:
 
1st:          Pomfret Student Bass Anglers – Aaron Dixon and Emery Kitts, five bass, 10-2
2nd:         Susquehanna Valley Fishing Club – River Mertz and Brent Engleman, five bass, 9-15
3rd:          Lincoln County High School – Carson Cochran and Hunter White, four bass, 7-15
 
Complete results can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.
 
The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
 
In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2015 High School Fishing World Finals, held on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama, on July 8-11. At the 2014 World Finals more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit HighSchoolFishing.org for details.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Canadian Angler Wins $120,000, Entry into Forrest Wood Cup
 
BUCHANAN, Tenn. (June 20, 2015) – Curtis Richardson of Belleville, Ontario, Canada, brought a 19-pound, 9-ounce five-bass limit to the scale Saturday to win the Walmart BFL All-American on Kentucky Lake and the $120,000 payday. Richardson’s three-day cumulative weight of 15 bass totaling 66-5 gave him a 3-pound, 6-ounce edge over second-place angler Jeremy Lawyer of Sarcoxie, Missouri, in the nationally-televised event which hosted the nation’s top weekend anglers.
 
“I’m absolutely speechless right now,” said Richardson, who also qualified for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup – the world championship of bass fishing – via his win Saturday. “This win means a lot for my family and I, and my fishing career. I’m still trying to take it all in.”
 
Richardson said he secured his winning stringer by targeting a shell bed and a point littered with stumps - a pattern he’s stuck to over the three-day tournament.
 
“I knew those two areas had big ones. I ran to each of my three main spots before 9 a.m.,” said Richardson. “I used a silver Nichols Lures Ben Parker Magnum Spoon and was only able to get five bites, four of which I lost.
 
“After that I really pushed for big fish by working my way back through those spots,” continued Richardson. “During my second trip to the point, I switched to a wacky-rigged Red Bug-colored Zoom Magnum Trick Worm on a drop-shot.”
 
Around 10:30 a.m. Richardson said he caught three of his winning fish using the Trick Worm at his third spot.
 
“The drop-shot rig was the only way to get a bite,” Richardson said. “At 12:30 I returned to the point and shell bed for a third time and caught a fish at each location, including the giant 6-pounder that gave me the win.”
 
Richardson estimated he had around a dozen bites over the course of his final day on the water.
 
“I didn’t think I had anywhere close to the weight I brought in,” said Richardson. “I actually started thinking about how much prize money second place would take home on my way to the scale. I guess being in that mindset made the victory that much sweeter.”
 
Bob Burgess of Charleston, West Virginia, won the co-angler division Saturday with a three-day total of 13 bass weighing 52 pounds, 6 ounces followed by Ryan Sykes of Hamilton, Ohio, in second place with 15 bass weighing 46-15.
 
Hosted by the Henry County Alliance, the Walmart BFL All-American featured the top 49 boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the 24-division BFL circuit casting for the top cash prizes of up to $120,000 in the Boater Division and $60,000 in the Co-angler Division, plus an opportunity to compete for the Forrest Wood Cup Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Brad Weese used a rarely exploited river fishing tactic to win the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Mid-Atlantic Divisional on the Monongahela River Friday. 

In three days of undeniably some of the toughest fishing in divisional history, the West Virginian caught 19 pounds, 1 ounce to win the three-day event with 10 bass total.

His tactic focused on man-made current generated by the water release from navigational locks. Much of the tournament field of 78 anglers sharing boats locked upstream on the Monongahela into other fisheries. Not Weese, who intentionally remained within range of the discharge creating current in his area. 

“That’s why I had such a good bite in the early morning,” said Weese, who fished for the Maryland B.A.S.S. Nation as a member of its the Garrett Bassers. 

“It’s a long run into both pools so everyone was headed up there early.”

The current generated by the emptying of the 10,000-gallon lock chambers from either dam provided just enough moving water for his pattern. The bite went cold when the water returned to calm conditions. 

In another wise move, Reese chose one lure capable of covering lots of water and quickly. The single bait enabled him to focus on one technique, instead of spending costly time changing lures and modifying presentations for the area. 

His choice was a custom-made spinnerbait made by local acquaintance Brent Dodrill. The 1/4-ounce lure has a white skirt and head with twin gold Colorado blades. 

“The presentation wasn’t anything special,” he said. “I slow -rolled the spinnerbait anywhere from 6 inches to 10 feet.”

In simple terms, Weese dictated his casts and retrieve based on the shoreline features. Casting targets included isolated laydowns and stretches with concentrations of wood on the bank. 

“The key was keeping the bait in the water and not spending time running the river,” he added. 

Weese spent most of the tournament in the same area:, a boat ramp he defined as a community hole. However, the appeal of making long runs by most of the tournament field left the area open to Weese. 

The win was made sweeter for Weese because Maryland won the competition between the six states. Maryland finished with 88 pounds, 2 ounces, with Virginia taking second place with 74-9. New Jersey placed third with 63-6, and West Virginia took fourth with 62-7. Pennsylvania claimed fifth place with 57-14, and Delaware finished with 46-4 for sixth place. Scores were totaled based on the cumulative weight caught by each 14-angler team. 

For the win, Maryland received a Skeeter/Yamaha boat, motor, trailer and accessories package valued at $33,340.  

Jacob Jones and Austin Gaab of the Susquehanna Valley Fishing Club in Pennsylvania won the high school division. High school state champions fished for the final two days in the tournament under a model program that introduces students to tournament fishing at a higher level. 

Weese will go to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship in November as the top angler from Maryland. Advancing with him is Fabian Rodriguez of Delaware; Michael McMahon of New Jersey; Chad Shutty of Pennsylvania; Brian Harold of Virginia; and Sammy Bounds of West Virginia. 

Anglers earned the following sponsorship contingency awards:. Livingston Lures Leader Award: Weese earned the $250 award by leading the tournament on Day 2 with 13-7.


Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.