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Posted By The Bass Hog

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Eight pros earned their way Sunday into the Bassmaster Elite Series postseason, Toyota Trucks All-Star Week set for Sept. 20-23 out of Decatur, Ill.

 

Beginning today Aug. 28, fishing fans can begin to cast their votes for four more Elite pros they believe deserve to be in the 2012 postseason. Voting continues through Sept. 10.

 

First on the list of the initial eight All-Star qualifiers was Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kan., the newly minted 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year. The other seven postseason qualifiers were: Ott DeFoe, Knoxville, Tenn.; Terry Scroggins, San Mateo, Fla.; Todd Faircloth, Jasper, Texas; Randy Howell, Springville, Ala; Matt Herren, Trussville, Ala.; Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Edwin Evers, Talala, Okla.

 

They were the top finishers in the 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race, which reached the finish line Sunday at the Elite Series season finale on New York’s Oneida Lake. They’ll be joined by the four Elite pros who receive the most votes from online voting on Bassmaster.com.

 

The roster so far includes new names, as well as postseason veterans. VanDam, for example, qualified for his fourth consecutive postseason; he’s been in each postseason since B.A.S.S. created the event in 2009. Evers qualified for his third appearance. Herren and Chapman will experience their first. DeFoe will return as defending champion.

 

“I’ve thought about it a lot,” DeFoe said. “I’m looking forward to that tournament. The lakes will be hard to figure out. Before cutoff, I talked to a friend there, and it sounds challenging. I like places where you catch a lot of fish, and where 2- and 3-pounders are key.”

 

It’s a two-event, elimination-format tournament that will start on Lake Shelbyville. After two days of eliminations, the competition probably will move to Clinton Lake. The final leg had been set for Lake Decatur, but low water there put Clinton on the schedule as a possibility.

 

The anglers will compete for a slice of the $100,000 prize pie. The winner will take home $60,000. Second place will pay $10,000, and two third-place prizes of $7,000 will be awarded. Fifth through 12th place will receive $2,000 each.

 

Fans who go to Bassmaster.com to cast their votes will be entered in the Toyota Trucks All-Star Fan Favorite Sweepstakes. Twelve lucky voters will be virtually paired with the 12 All-Star anglers. The fan whose name is paired with the triumphant pro will win a Skeeter ZX190 bass boat powered by a Yamaha VZ 150 TL motor .

 

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Maybe Brent Chapman will let up now. The man many regard as the most focused, single-minded angler of the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series has accomplished exactly what he set out to do at the beginning of the season.

 

Saturday, Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kan., was crowned 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, the sport’s MVP award. The title comes with a $100,000 prize.

 

“This is what we all strive for,” Chapman said as he accepted the trophy in front of a crowd at The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, where the Bassmaster Elite Series is holding its final two weigh-ins of the regular season.

 

“I feel like a huge weight has been taken off my back,” Chapman said. “To achieve a lifetime goal — well, I’ve never done that before. It’s probably going to take several days before it sinks in. It’s truly unbelievable.”

 

The newly crowned Angler of the Year triumphed in the most hotly contested race of many years. He took the lead in points after the third event. One of his closest friends and his traveling buddy, Randy Howell, was often one of his strongest threats. Howell even took the lead from Chapman at one point (but they remain friends to this day). Todd Faircloth and, after him, Ott DeFoe stepped up and turned up the heat.

 

Coming into the final event on Oneida Lake, Chapman was 13 points ahead of DeFoe, and 20 points in front of Faircloth. Others, such as Terry Scroggins, could have made a run on Chapman by shining at Oneida and walking through a door Chapman opened if he had made mistakes.

 

Saturday, he added to his Day 1 and Day 2 catch of 30 1/2 pounds by putting about 13 pounds in his livewell by 9:30 a.m. Only then, he said, did he begin to believe the AOY crown might be his. But he still didn’t know what DeFoe had caught, so Chapman was not confident. Back at the weigh-in site, he waited in the wings offstage for his turn to weigh his fish and find out if he won.

 

“People were already congratulating me,” he said. “But I’m like, ‘I haven’t got it yet. Until they hand me the trophy, I haven’t got it.’ ”

 

Chapman’s AOY triumph put an end to the reign of Kevin VanDam, who had a four-year command of the title from 2008 through 2011, and has won seven crowns so far in his career.

 

“It’s been a good run,” VanDam said. “I was trying to make it five. A lot of these guys have stepped up their game, and that’s what great about this sport.”

 

Where will he keep his newest trophy?

 

“Right up on my desk, next to the other two trophies of the year,” he said.

 

Chapman made the Top 12 cut to return Sunday to Oneida Lake for a run at the event title —- and another $100,000. Even with the crown secured, he was up for it.

 

A reporter pointed out he was about 4 pounds behind the leader, his buddy Randy Howell.

 

“I gotta root for Randy,” Chapman smiled. “I am going to do everything in my power to help him win this thing. But if I go catch a 20-pound bag, who knows what could happen?”

 

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

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Hasty Wins Co-Angler Title, $20,000

 
 
TRENTON, Mich. (Aug. 25, 2012) – Over the course of a four-day bass-fishing tournament, daily weights tend to dwindle as fishing pressure mounts. However, at the Walmart FLW Tour on the Detroit River presented by the National Guard, the bite has gotten stronger and in general, the weights have gone up every day. Chevy pro Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, Ark., the legendary angler nicknamed “The General,” has followed that general trend and increased his weights every day of competition and now sits atop the leaderboard over the best bass pros in the world.
 
Nixon weighed a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 11 ounces to take the lead and advanced to the top 10 as the crucial No. 1 seed. With a three-day catch of 15 bass weighing 64-7, he now holds a very slim 5-ounce lead in the tournament going into the final day of competition.
 
“Today was one of those great days,” said Nixon, who has won more than $1.3 million over the course of his career. “I got on my best waypoint and they were just loaded there. I caught them and caught them, and I was getting concerned because they were mostly 2- to 2 ½-pounders. Finally I caught one real big one, and another that was pretty big.”
 
That spot has been so hot for Nixon during the tournament that he nicknamed it “awesome” on his GPS. Nixon said his spot is hot early in the morning for about an hour and a half, as he had close to 20 pounds by 8 a.m.
 
Nixon said he fished the spot in about 15 ½ feet of water using a drop-shot rig by casting to the fish – a technique he referred to as “drag-shotting.” He said he switched up baits when the rig seemed to lose its effectiveness. Nixon remained tight-lipped as to what bait he switched to after the drop-shot rig. He also remained guarded about his chances of taking home the trophy at the end of the day Sunday.
 
“You just never know on Lake St. Clair,” Nixon said. “I’ve had them just completely disappear. Twenty (pounds) is realistic, but I’m going to need more than that to win.”
 
Day two leader Bill McDonald of Greenwood, Ind., advanced to the final round of 10 pros in the No. 2 spot with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 64-2. McDonald caught the largest stringer of the tournament Friday – a 25-pound, 2-ounce sack.
 
“My game plan is staying the same,” McDonald said. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’m going to go swing for the fence.”
 
McDonald said he and Nixon are fishing the same area and come to within 300 or 400 yards of each other during the course of competition.
 
Dave Hasty of Toledo, Ohio, won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 55 pounds, 2 ounces followed by Kenneth Taylor of Shelby Township, Mich., in second place with 14 bass weighing 54-7 worth $6,768.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog

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Seneca Falls, N.Y. — New Jersey’s Pete Gluszek hasn’t fished a Bassmaster Classic since 1999, but he’ll be back in 2013 after winning the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open on New York’s Cayuga Lake. Gluszek went wire-to-wire at the event, posted the best catches in the field on each of the first two days and finished with a three-day total of 56 pounds, 1 ounce. It was good enough to outdistance second-place finisher Stephen Browning of Arkansas by 4-12.

 

Gluszek fished two patterns to catch his bass — starting deep and finishing shallow, contrary to conventional bass fishing wisdom.

 

“Early in the morning I was flipping and pitching milfoil in 10 to 16 feet of water,” Gluszek said. “I was using a black 5-inch Yamamoto Senko behind a 1/2-ounce Round Valley tungsten sinker. Later in the day, as the sun came up, lots of bass were moving shallower, and I caught them by skipping a weightless black Senko underneath boat docks.”

 

Gluszek focused his attentions on a 15-mile stretch of water in the central part of Cayuga Lake. He made the switch from his deep pattern to his shallow water pattern at about 11 a.m. each day.

 

For the win, Gluszek earned $4,800 in cash and a Triton 19SE with a Mercury 200 Optimax boat and motor package worth more than $45,000, but the automatic berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake has him excited, too. He last fished the championship in 1999 when he finished 31st on the Louisiana Delta.

 

“I caught that fish on one of my first few casts of the morning. She was about 40 feet deep off a steep drop on a point,” Golub explained. “She hit a 3/4-ounce black-and-blue custom made football jig with a Pro Edge Baits JRiv Craw trailer. I was just dragging the bait across the bottom when she struck.”

 

On the co-angler side of the competition, Todd Sterner of Mechanicsburg, Pa., took first place with a three-day total of 25-12. He jumped from fifth place after Day 2 into the lead with a final round catch of three bass weighing 8-8. For his efforts he earned a Skeeter ZX190 with a Yamaha VZ150TL boat and motor package worth more than $35,000.

 

Gluszek won the pro angler award for the Luck "E" Strike Big Bag of the tournament with his Day 2 catch of 20-14. On the co-angler side, the Luck "E" Strike Big Bag of the tournament winner was Timothy Poyer with his Day 2 bag of 11-3.

 

The other race going on this week was the battle for invitations to fish the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series. The Top 5 anglers in the points standings in each of the three Opens divisions (Northern, Southern and Central) are guaranteed an invitation.

 

The top anglers in the Northern Division this season were Chad Pipkens of Michigan, Clifford Pirch of Arizona, Jason Christie of Oklahoma and Chris Daves of Virginia.  Stephen Browning and Kurt Dove of Texas tied for fifth. The final events of the Southern and Central Opens will take place over the next two months.

 

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

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Indiana angler is youngest to win championship event
 
 
DULUTH, Ga. (Aug. 12, 2012) – After Jacob Wheeler of Indianapolis, Ind., won the 2011 BFL All-American, the championship event for weekend anglers, he stated his goal was to someday win the Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. In 2012 Wheeler made the leap to the FLW Tour, which features the world’s best professional bass anglers, to pursue his goal of hoisting the Cup. And in storybook fashion Sunday at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Lanier, Wheeler’s five bass worth 11 pounds, 15 ounces gave him a total four-day weight of 60 pounds, 1 ounce as well as a wire-to-wire win and $500,000.
 
Although it may have turned out well for him, Wheeler said it wasn’t an easy road to a championship title.
 
“It was a struggle today,” Wheeler said. “I had six keeper bites all day.
 
Wheeler said he targeted fish on the Chattahoochee River using a variety of baits including a Rapala X-Rap Prop, flipping a Trigger X Flippin’ Tube and a Chatterbait-style bait. Wheeler said he caught fish Sunday by flipping creature baits, but two of his biggest fell for a prop bait.
 
“The second day I caught my two biggest ones on the X-Rap Prop,” Wheeler said. “The fish were getting accustomed to seeing bluegill-looking prop baits out there, but the elongated X-Rap Prop really showed them something different. Those fish really seemed to like that the second day, for sure.”
 
Wheeler said he fished the river to catch a limit, then made an hour-long run to an area near Brown’s bridge to switch to fishing bluegill beds for larger “kicker” fish.
 
Wheeler began fishing the weekend angler’s Bass Fishing League (BFL) in 2010, qualified for the All-American championship event his first season, and won it in 2011. He moved up to the next level of competition, the EverStart Series in 2011 and advanced to the FLW Tour, the sport’s highest level of competition, in 2012.
 
Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury of Springville, Ala., posted a total weight of 52 pounds, 12 ounces to claim second place. Canterbury won $100,000 for his efforts.
 

A complete list of results can be found at ForrestWoodCup.com.

 

Courtesy of FLW Outodoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Hensley Leads Co-Anglers
 
 
DULUTH, Ga. (Aug. 9, 2012) – Forty-six of the best professional bass anglers from all over the world began their four-day battle for a top cash award of $500,000 at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, on Lake Lanier on Thursday.
 
Fatheadz pro Jacob Wheeler of Indianapolis, Ind., weighed a five-bass limit for 21 pounds, 15 ounces to take the early lead in the tournament. Wheeler now holds an impressive 5-pound, 6-ounce lead over Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury of Springville, Ala., who caught five bass weighing 16-9.
 
“Every decision I made today was the right decision,” said the youngest competitor in the Forrest Wood Cup field. “I was so blessed with the big bites that I had.
 
“It was everything … from having the opportunity to catch a big one and my co-angler not casting there so I could catch the big one,” Wheeler added. “It was just an awesome day, and you just don’t have those very often.”
 
Although Wheeler was reluctant to give up too much information on his techniques on the first day of competition, he did say that he fished in water that was 10 feet deep or less. He said he targeted largemouth, but did catch a few spotted bass, for a day’s catch of 15 bass, including 10 keepers. All of Wheeler’s weigh fish were largemouth.
 
“I knew going into this tournament that it was going to be tough to be consistent with largemouth,” Wheeler said. “I could bust 21 pounds a day and go out again tomorrow and catch nothing. That can happen. I know my chances, but that’s where my comfort level is.
 
“Throughout this whole year, the tournaments I did well in I fished my style and what I was confident in,” Wheeler added. “So I said, ‘I’m going to fish my way, my style, and if it works out, it works out, and if not, I’m going to have a heck of a time.”
 
Nick Hensley of Cumming, Ga., leads the Co-angler Division with five bass weighing 12-2 followed by Matt Krekovich of Granite City, Ill., in second place with four bass weighing 11-9. Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $50,000.
 
Anglers will take off from Laurel Park located at 3100 Old Cleveland Highway in Gainesville, Ga., at 7 a.m. each morning. Weigh-ins will be held at the Gwinnett Convention Center located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, Ga., beginning at 5 p.m. daily.
 
Coverage of the Forrest Wood Cup will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs Sept. 16 from 1-2 p.m. ET. "FLW" is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 559 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.
 

 
Posted By The Bass Hog

FLW College Fishing

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (Aug. 5, 2012) – As a last minute entry the team of Andrew Jackson and Patrick Snellings from Virginia Tech, won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event on the Ohio River/Tanners Creek, Saturday with five bass weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces. The victory earned the team $5,000. The win also helped them advance to the Northern Conference Championship.
 
       Under overcast skies with on and off light showers the team worked wooded structure to scratch out a limit on the Ohio River.
 
      “We stayed in Tanners Creek all day,” said Snellings a senior in fisheries science. “We knew the river was a tough place to fish and we didn’t know the fishery at all so we decided to stay close. We stayed in a small area, probably ½-mile section, and just picked it apart. We targeted every shelf and log we could find and were able to scratch out a limit. We had about 10 keepers all day, but it was a grind. We didn’t have our fifth bass until about 11 a.m.
 
      “We started drop-shotting Zipper worms and then switched to weightless Texas rigs and threw a couple of topwater baits as well,” continued Snellings. “I think the thing that made the difference was that we stayed focused and didn’t give-up on our area.
 
      With the Northern Conference Championship on Philpott Lake, an hour and a half from Blacksburg, the Hokie team wanted to do everything they could to make the conference championship. Without being officially entered in Saturday’s tournament the team packed up their boat and headed to Lawrenceburg hoping they would be allowed in the tournament. As luck would have it and thanks to a few teams that decided not to make the trip, Virginia Tech was allowed to fish.
 
      “This was the best day that you could have catching 7 ½- pounds,” said Jackson, a sophomore in agricultural technology. “It was tough, but we were able to grind it out. I’ll be glad to come back. We are pretty excited.”
 
   
      College Fishing is free to enter.  
     
 Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com