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Posted By The Bass Hog

Athens, Ala. – American Bass Anglers announces the renaming of its Weekend Series to the Weekend Bass Tour. The Weekend Bass Tour consist of 20 divisions with 5 divisional events each with a Boater/Co-Angler format.  Professional crews will continue to operate these divisions for the weekend bass angler as it has done for years.

 

Each of the divisions will host 4 one-day divisional events and 1 two-day divisional championship. Divisional one-day events have an entry fee of $200 for boaters and $100 for co-anglers. First place can earn as much as $13,000 from winnings and sponsor bonuses. Two-day divisional championship entry fees are $300 for the boaters and $150 for the co-anglers. First place at a two-day divisional championship could earn as much as $16,000 from winnings and sponsor bonuses.

 

From Divisional Championships, anglers advance to Regional Championships with a 100 percent payout. Top boaters from each Regional Championship qualify for the $100,000 first place and top co-anglers will qualify for the $50,000 first place at the 2014 National Championship.

 

ABA will provide several enhancements for the 2014 season such as:


• Increased payouts
• No online entry handling fees
• Only an ABA membership required with new benefits
• New Division(s)
• Very special news coming soon on the 2014 Championship

 

The Weekend Bass Tour 2014 schedule will be announced in early October and registration will begin October 21, 2013.

 

About American Bass Anglers
 ABA was formed in 1974 as the Military Bass Anglers Association and continues its pledge to offer low-cost, close-to-home tournaments to all weekend anglers nationwide. In addition to the newly named Weekend Bass Tour, ABA offers the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series and Military Team Bass Tournaments.

 

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A licensing agreement that grants American Bass Anglers Inc. (ABA) the use of B.A.S.S. marks with respect to the Weekend Series will not be renewed after 2013, ABA and B.A.S.S. LLC announced in a joint statement today.
 
“The agreement, which began in 2007, will end Dec. 31. ABA, based in Athens, Ala., will continue to conduct a series of one- and two-day professional bass fishing tournaments named the Weekend Bass Tour, or WBT,” said Morris Sheehan, president of ABA. “ABA will continue to offer well-run weekend tournaments for its members and other anglers throughout the country. The newly named tour will not be associated with B.A.S.S. or its brands.”
 
“The Bassmaster Weekend Series has enabled B.A.S.S. members to compete on fisheries in their local regions, and we are grateful to ABA for providing those opportunities,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “The time has come to consider other grass-roots formats, including some that will enhance the B.A.S.S. Nation network of competitive events. We wish ABA success in its endeavors.”      
 
“We are proud of our association with B.A.S.S. and the Bassmaster brand over the past seven years,” Sheehan said. “American Bass Anglers, our staff and our tournament directors throughout the country have always been dedicated to serving weekend fishermen, and we will continue that tradition in the years to come.”
 
About American Bass Anglers
ABA was formed in 1974 as the Military Bass Anglers Association and continues its pledge to offer low-cost, close-to-home tournaments to all weekend anglers nationwide. In addition to the newly named Weekend Bass Tour, ABA offers the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series and Military Team Bass Tournaments. For information about ABA, contact Morris Sheehan, president, msheehan@americanbassanglers.com.
 
About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., has served as the authority on bass fishing for more than 45 years. On behalf of its 500,000 members, the organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles.

Courtesy of BASS Communications. 


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

 

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — With the conclusion of the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series, the majority of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic field is now set. Forty-four of the 56 eventual competitors in the “Super Bowl” of bass fishing have been identified.
 
The remainder of the field will be determined via three remaining Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens, the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Bassmaster Classic Bracket, the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series operated by American Bass Anglers and the Bassmaster Wild Card tournament.
 
The Wild Card — a new event in the Bassmaster lineup — will be held Dec. 7 at Lake Okeechobee, Fla. It is open to Elite Series anglers and pros who fished three or more Bassmaster Opens this year but failed to qualify through those circuits.

 

 

Here is an alphabetical list of competitors and their hometowns:
 
Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C.
Josh Bertrand, Gilbert, Ariz.
Tommy Biffle, Wagoner, Okla.
Patrick Bone, Cleveland, Ga.
Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark. (contingent on his competing in two remaining Central Opens)
Brent Chapman, Lake Quivira, Kan.
Hank Cherry, Maiden, N.C.
Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla.
Keith Combs, Huntington, Texas
John Crews, Salem, Va.
Cliff Crochet, Pierre Part, La.
Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark.
Ott DeFoe, Knoxville, Tenn.
Edwin Evers, Talala, Okla.
Todd Faircloth, Jasper, Texas
Randy Howell, Springville, Ala.
Richard Howes, Oviedo, Fla.
Alton Jones, Lorena, Texas
Steve Kennedy, Auburn, Ala.
David Kilgore, Jasper, Ala.
Gary Klein, Weatherford, Texas
Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla.
Chris Lane, Guntersville, Ala.
Bill Lowen, Brookville, Ind.
Aaron Martens, Leeds, Ala.
Yusuke Miyazaki, Forney, Texas
Ish Monroe, Hughson, Calif.
Rick Morris, Virginia Beach, Va.
John Murray, Phoenix, Ariz.
Takahiro Omori, Emory, Texas
Cliff Pace, Petal, Miss.
Brandon Palaniuk, Rathdrum, Idaho
Clifford Pirch, Payson, Ariz.
Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif.
Dean Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Fred Roumbanis, Bixby, Okla.
Terry Scroggins, San Mateo, Fla.
Morizo Shimizu, Osaka, Japan
Gerald Swindle, Warrior, Ala.
Jonathon VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Greg Vinson, Wetumpka, Ala.
David Walker, Sevierville, Tenn.
Chris Zaldain, San Jose, Calif.
 

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Florida Angler Amasses 53 Pounds of Bass, Wins $500,000

 
 
SHREVEPORT, La. (Aug. 18, 2013) – EverStart pro Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., crossed the stage with a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds even Sunday to claim the title of Forrest Wood Cup champion at the Forrest Wood Cup at the Red River presented by Walmart. Tharp, with a four-day total of 20 bass for 53 pounds, 2 ounces, won by a 4-pound margin over the reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion Jacob Wheeler of Indianapolis, Ind., who caught five bass weighing 14-3 for a four-day total of 20 bass weighing 49-2, which was good for $75,000. Sunday’s final weigh-in marked the finale of the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup, which featured 46 of the best professional bass anglers from across the country. Tharp won $500,000 plus a $1,000 Power-Pole bonus.
 
 “Two years ago at the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita, I fished what I thought was the most perfect tournament of my life and came up second,” said Tharp, who has now accumulated more than $1.25 million dollars in his FLW career. “If I said that one didn’t sting a little bit, it would be a lie. Last year when the schedule came out and I saw that the Cup was going back to the Red River and Shreveport, I knew that it was going to be my time.”
 
“The weather change this week definitely made it more of a challenge,” Tharp said. “I was averaging 40 to 50 bites a day in practice, but today I only caught seven fish. It was painstakingly slow fishing today. The fish here just like the hot weather. The big fish weren’t biting until the sun came up and it warmed up in the afternoon, and that’s pretty stressful for a tournament fisherman.”
 
Tharp said that he had several key baits this week. His primary bait was a 3/8-ounce bluegill-colored 4x4 swimming jig trailered with a Strike King Rage Craw, which he used to weigh in several of his fish throughout the week, including his bigger kickers. He said that he boated a few keepers throwing a Lucky Craft RC 1.5 square-bill crankbait and his three biggest fish from Sunday came on two different sizes of Spro Frogs – a smaller white-colored frog with orange tails and a Spro Bronzeye 65.
  
“I’m so happy that I won,” Tharp went on to say. “I started out fishing BFLs and club tournaments before moving up to the EverStart series and now fishing the Tour. I’ve been making a living fishing for the last five years now, and they have been the best five years of my life.”
    
Theo Corcoran of Kansas City, Mo., won the co-angler division and $50,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 10 ounces followed by Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., in second place with 10 bass weighing 19-1 worth $10,000.
 
  
Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com
 

 
Posted By The Bass Hog

North Carolina Angler Takes 4-Ounce Lead In To Final Day

 
 
SHREVEPORT, La. (Aug. 17, 2013) – Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., brought a five-bass limit to the scales weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces to lead day three of the Forrest Wood Cup at the Red River presented by Walmart. Thrift, with a three-day total of 15 bass for 39-6, holds a 4-ounce lead over previous leader EverStart pro Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., who weighed five bass weighing 9-7 for a three-day total of 15 bass for 39-2. The Forrest Wood Cup, professional bass fishing’s world championship, features 46 of the best professional anglers from across the country casting for the top cash award of $500,000.
     “Well, I’d rather have the lead then be in second,” said Thrift, who finished in third place at the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup. “It’s still anybody’s game, though. Somebody in sixth or seventh could go out tomorrow and try something off the wall and catch 18 pounds like Randall and I did on the first day and win this thing. The river is capable of producing those type of weights, so I really don’t believe that anybody is out of this.”
 
     Thrift said that despite taking the lead, he struggled for most of the day. He estimated that he only had eight or nine keeper bites throughout the day, and four were barely over the 12-inch mark.
   
     Despite running and gunning, Thrift said that all of his big fish have come from the same area.
 
     “I’ve caught my big fish each day off of this little point in a backwater area,” said Thrift. “They all came on an Evercast Lures Shaky Head rigged with a 6½-inch Damiki Finesse Miki Worm. I’ve also been catching fish on an original Z-Man Chatterbait.
 
      Final results for the remaining field can be found on FLWOutdoors.com.
  
     Theo Corcoran of Kansas City, Mo., won the co-angler division and $50,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 10 ounces. 
    
Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
Posted By The Bass Hog

ATHENS, Ala. – David Barker finished with flair by winning the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Maryland Division 21 regular season ender, held Aug. 10, 2013, on the Potomac River.

Running out of Smallwood State Park in Marbury, Md., the 50-year-old angler from Emmitsburg, Md., caught five bass weighing 16.20 pounds to secure the Boater Division victory. The anglers had to fight periodic rain squalls with water temperatures in the low to mid-80s and air temperatures in the 70s.

In second for the boaters, Kermit C. Crowder of Petersburg, Va., landed four bass for 15.87 pounds with a 5.77-pound kicker. Jason M. Tibbetts of Centreville, Va., took third with a five-bass tournament limit going 15.11 pounds. Omari Hopkins Navies of Fort Washington, Md., finished fourth with five bass at 14.88 pounds including a 3.99-pound kicker. Robert L. Grike of Dumfries, Va., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass and 14.80 pounds. Sonny Kyle of Chesterfield, Va., landed the tournament big bass, a 6.07-pounder.

In the Co-Angler Division, David T. Williams, a 49-year-old firefighter from Fredericksburg, Va., won with three bass going 10.83 pounds. He fished frogs over thick grass all day long.

“I had a really good boater,” Williams explained. “We started in the grass beds and I caught two right off the bat. The water was really high, so I threw a frog all day. I caught my biggest fish at about 1:30 p.m. I caught five bass and culled twice.”

Taking second for the co-anglers, Randy S. Walsh of Stafford, Va., brought in a three-bass division limit for 8.86 pounds. Anthony Lohr of Hamstead, Md., placed third with three bass going 8.58 pounds. Lamar Spade of Brodheadsville, Pa., landed in fourth place with three bass for 8.56 pounds. Pete Lumpkins of Avenue, Md., finished fifth with three bass at 7.75 pounds. Vince Parisi of Franklinville, N.J., took sixth place with three bass at 7.70 pounds, but landed the Co-angler Division lunker, a 4.43-pounder.

Slated for Sept. 7-8, 2013, the two-day divisional championship will also be held on the Potomac River out of Smallwood State Park. At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

The Bass Hog Jonathan Marlow finished 20th in this tournament.  Final Standings here:

http://www.americanbassanglers.com/BWS/results/634.pdf 

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.
 

 

 

 
Posted By The Bass Hog

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — On Day 2 of the Bass Pros Shops Bassmaster Northern Open on Oneida Lake, New York pro Jim Bianchi landed the largest limit of the tournament, 19 pounds 4 ounces, to build a lead of more than 2 pounds over his closest competitor. Today he added 17-7 to his total, once again the largest single catch of the day, and extended his lead over a hard-charging Tracy Adams by a pound to earn the victory in only his second Open entry.
  
While he will not compete in the Classic next February, Bianchi nevertheless called this the biggest win of his fishing career, nothing that, “This never gets old.”
 
Despite his extensive experience on Oneida, he said that the lake fished quite differently than normal, with neither of his typical largemouth or smallmouth patterns working out in practice. Fortunately, his backup plan worked even better.
 
“After practice, I knew I had the potential to do it,” he said. “I felt good about what I had found.”
 
“I found something pretty cool,” he said. “I knew that area had some big fish, but it wasn’t until I caught a few that I figured out why. I brought up some fish that had weeds with them, and in the weeds there were hundreds of microscopic crawfish. Either the bass there were eating their parents, or else the baitfish were there eating them.”
 
Regardless of what drew the bass to the diminutive prey, Bianchi relied on a one-two punch of presentations to keep them active — a  traditional flipping jig and a finesse plastic on a drop shot rig.
 
“They would bite in spurts,” he said. “For a while they’d eat a jig, and then they wouldn’t eat it right. They’d just mouth it. Usually that meant you had to finesse them. Other times you could snap it and get them to react.”
 
He didn’t need all of his 17-7 final weight to outlast Adams, but from the water Bianchi, didn’t know that. Late in the day he made a strategic adjustment he’d been planning on all week.
 
“There was one area that I’d saved all (through the) tournament,” he explained. “I knew that around 12 or 1 o’clock, the smallmouth usually get going, so I went over there around 12:30.”
 
In short order, he culled three of the fish in his livewell with a 4-pound smallmouth, a 4 1/2-pound largemouth and a 3-pound smallmouth.
  
 
“I had what I had in 45 minutes today,” he said. “It was all in one little, little area. If I got outside of it, I didn’t get a bite. All of the grass around it looked exactly the same, so I still don’t know why they were there.”
 
Adams said he was fortunate to catch his fish early, because “once the wind started blowing, it laid the grass down, and you couldn’t buy a bite.” Most of his fish were caught flipping a Zoom Speed Craw.
 
Virginia pro Jacob Powroznik, who was tied with Adams in third place entering the final day of competition, held onto that spot today on the strength of his second consecutive 15-15 limit. He primarily targeted schooling smallmouth and reported catching nearly 60 of them today. He said that the key to catching the bigger ones was to let his umbrella rig ride lower in the water column.
 
“When they’re busting the surface, they’re harder to catch,” he said. “If you fish it up near the top, you might catch some that are 2 or 2 ½ pounds, but if you let it go to the bottom before you start reeling, you can catch 3-pounders.”
 
Co-angler Tom Hill of Kentucky, fishing behind Powroznik today, jumped from third place to first to claim the co-angler crown.

 

Courtesy of Bass Communications.