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Posted By The Bass Hog

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Television’s biggest name in fishing is now entering its 20th season on ESPN. The 2019 season of the award-winning program The Bassmasters will see expanded airtime on ESPN networks as part of the sports giant’s increased coverage of B.A.S.S. fishing.

Beyond its 30 hours of coverage of Bassmaster Elite Series events and the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, ESPN has nearly doubled (54 hours) its shows on ESPN Classic for the 2019 season.

“For two decades, ESPN has had an incredibly strong relationship with B.A.S.S., giving millions of bass fishing fans innovative, quality coverage of professional bass fishing,” said Mike McKinnis, vice president of media content for JM Associates and producer of Bassmaster LIVE and The Bassmasters. “No matter the sport, ESPN has the best networks for coverage, and we’re excited that ESPN has committed fantastic coverage for our shows.” (View the schedule here, https://www.bassmaster.com/tv-schedule )

In addition to the television coverage, ESPN will now be streaming 24 hours of “Bassmaster LIVE” programming from each Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on both ESPN3 and the ESPN App – up from 18 hours per tournament in 2018. Counting nine regular-season Elite events, the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship and the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods, B.A.S.S. will be live-streaming 252 hours of programming through ESPN and Bassmaster.com this year, an increase of 27 percent in streaming hours over last year.

Coverage of B.A.S.S. will also extend to ESPNU, with nine hours of programming from events in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops as well as the Mossy Oak Fishing High School Series.

The Bassmasters will begin airing on ESPN2 with back-to-back weekends from the biggest stage in tournament fishing, the Bassmaster Elite Series. March 9 will kick off with the inaugural event of the Elite season, the Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River, Fla., followed the next weekend, March 16, by the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Lanier, Ga.

The GEICO Bassmaster Classic will be covered in three episodes airing on Sunday mornings, March 31, April 7 and April 14.

McKinnis noted that the recently announced agreement with the Pursuit Channel to air The Bassmasters has been expanded to 130 hours for 2019, providing for a total of 223 hours of television time to complement the on-the-water streaming programming.

“Along with our industry-leading magazines, website and social media following, the increased programming hours on ESPN networks and the Pursuit Channel, more fans will now be able to enjoy their favorite sport wherever, whenever and however they want to follow it,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “This means the biggest stage in bass fishing just got even bigger.”

About B.A.S.S.

B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. With more than 510,000 members internationally, B.A.S.S. is not only home to the nation’s premier fishing tournament trails, but it also boasts the most expansive and comprehensive media network in the fishing industry. Its media include The Bassmasters on the ESPN networks, more than 130 hours of tournament programming on the Pursuit Channel, 250 hours of on-the-water streaming coverage onBassmaster LIVE and 1 million monthly visitors to the flagship website on bass fishing – Bassmaster.com. B.A.S.S. also provides more than 4.4 million readers with the best in bass fishing coverage through Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times, and its radio and social media programs and events reach hundreds of thousands each month.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, culminating in the ultimate event on the biggest stage for competitive anglers, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The trail also includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, BassPro.com Bassmaster Open Series, B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series, and the Bassmaster Team Championship.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

SHREVEPORT, La. (June 2, 2018) – For the third time in YETI FLW College Fishing history, the National Championship winners Hunter Freeman and Thomas Soileau from the University of Louisiana-Monroe faced off Saturday in a one-day fish-off on the Red River to decide which team member would represent their school at the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.

After the scales settled and the final fish had been weighed, Freeman won the automatic entry into the Forrest Wood Cup after weighing a five-bass limit totaling 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Soileau weighed a five-bass limit totaling 6 pounds, 9 ounces, giving Freeman the win and advancing him to compete against the best anglers in the world August 10-12 on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas, at the Forrest Wood Cup.

"This has been an incredible week," said Freeman, a junior majoring in business administration who resides in Monroe, Louisiana. "I've been on the water so much over the past few weeks that I am mentally and physically exhausted, but winning the championship with Thomas and now getting to compete at the Forrest Wood Cup makes it all so worth it."

Freeman is guaranteed at least a $10,000 paycheck, as that amount is awarded to the last-place finisher at the Forrest Wood Cup. The angler that wins the Forrest Wood Cup will earn $300,000 – professional bass fishing's most lucrative prize.

"Every little boy's dream is to fish in the biggest tournament there is, and that's the Forrest Wood Cup," Freeman said. "When they announced this tournament on the Red River, I said, 'That's my shot. If I'm ever going to make it, I have to do it.'

"I spent so much time and money up here practicing. To make it, it's a dream come true. I'm not just going to show up at the Cup; I'm going to try to bring it and represent the whole College Fishing crowd."

The final standings after the one-day fish-off on the Red River were:

  1st: University of Louisiana-Monroe – Hunter Freeman, Monroe, La., five bass, 7-11, Entry into 2018 Forrest Wood Cup

  2nd: University of Louisiana-Monroe – Thomas Soileau, Monroe, La., five bass, 6-9

Full results and standings for the 2018 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The 2018 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance C-MAP Genesis on the Red River was hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission & Red River Waterway Commission and featured 168 of the top college bass fishing clubs from across the nation competing for the top prize of $30,000, including a new Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard.

Television coverage of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance C-MAP Genesis on the Red River will premiere in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) Aug. 15 from Noon -1 p.m. EDT. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

GADSDEN, Alabama (May 22, 2018) – The Tuscaloosa County High School fishing duo of Jace McNutt and Jon Hayden Raper brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 6 ounces to win the 2018 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Alabama State Championship on Lake Neely Henry.

A field of 30 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the Coosa Landing in Gadsden. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top three teams on Lake Neely Henry that qualified for the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship were:        

  1st:     Tuscaloosa County High School, Northport, Ala. – Jace McNutt and Jon Hayden Raper, five bass, 16-6

  2nd:    Sylvania High School, Sylvania, Ala. – Hunter Hill and Riley Johnson, both of Henegar, Ala., five bass, 13-11

  3rd:     Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Hunter Porter, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Peyton Trimm, Northport, Ala., five bass, 13-3

Rounding out the top 10:

  4th:     Sand Rock High School, Sand Rock, Ala. – Colton Cash, Leesburg, Ala., and Jayce McKnight, Sand Rock, Ala., five bass    12-12

  5th:     Sylvania High School, Sylvania, Ala. – Andrew Smart, Pisgah, Ala., and Dawson Campbell, Henegar, Ala., five bass, 12-6

  6th:     Fort Payne High School, Fort Payne, Ala. – Ashton Brown, Fort Payne, Ala., and Joseph Angel, Mentone, Ala., five bass,     12-0

  7th:     Fort Payne High School, Fort Payne, Ala. – Lane Clark and Brandon Davis, both of Fort Payne, Ala., Mentone, Ala., five bass, 11-11

  8th:     Sand Rock High School, Sand Rock, Ala. – Brody Robison, Collinsville, Ala., and Levi Cox, Gaylesville, Ala., five bass, 10-11

  9th:     Alexandria High School, Alexandria, Ala. – Jacob Brown, Glencoe, Ala., and William Bearden, Ashville, Ala., five bass, 9-13

  10th:   Cherokee County High School, Centre, Ala. – Hunter Bailey and Kallie Jolly, both of Centre, Ala., five bass, 9-6

Complete results from the event can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.

Photos from the event will be posted on the Student Angler Federation Facebook page at Facebook.com/hsfishing.

The 2018 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Alabama State Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the state of Alabama. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship on Pickwick Lake, in Florence, Alabama, June 26-29. 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 2018 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship on Pickwick Lake. At the 2017 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

HUDDLESTON, Va. (May 22, 2018) – The Madison County High School duo of Connor Hughes of Brightwood, Virginia and Brian Canterbury, of Madison, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 16 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Smith Mountain Lake Open in Huddleston, Virginia. The win advanced the team to the 2018 High School Fishing National championship, held June 26-30, on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.

According to post-tournament reports, the duo caught their limit fishing down-lake points with a lot of chunk rock in 10 feet of water with a Carolina rig.

A field of 25 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the Parkway Marina in Huddleston. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.    

The top two teams on Smith Mountain Lake that advanced to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship were:           

  1st:       Madison County High School, Madison, Va. – Connor Hughes, Brightwood, Va., and Brian Canterbury, Madison, Va., five-bass, 16-2

  2nd:     New Kent High School, New Kent, Va. – Bryce Henley, Lanexa, Va., and Joshua Chaffin, Quintin, Va., five bass, 12-10

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

  3rd:      Madison High School, Marshall, N.C. – Ransom Boone, Marshall, N.C., and Russell Moore, Burnsville, N.C., five bass, 12-7

  4th:      Tunstall High School, Dry Fork, Va. – Colin Bennett, Axton, Va., and Bryan Scarce, Dry Fork, Va., four bass, 10-12

  5th:      Holston High School, Damascus, Va. – Mason Steele and Parker Newton, both of Damascus, Va., five bass,     10-0

  6th:      Junior Greenhorn Anglers – Jason Saulsberry and Aidan Kerlin, both of Chesapeake, Va., three bass, 9-10

  7th:      Pulaski County High School, Dublin, Va. – Landon McDaniel, Dublin, Va., and Paul Southern, Pulaski, Va., five bass, 9-0

  8th:      Orange County High School, Orange County, Va. – Gavin Haley, Locust Grove, Va., and Ewing Minor, Charlottesville, Va., four bass 7-13

  9th:      Franklin County High School, Rocky Mount, Va. – Peyton Brown and Ryan Shelton, both of Rocky Mount, Va., four bass, 7-12

  10th:    Eastern Alamance High School, Mebane, N.C. – Alden Patterson and Nathan Willis, both of Mebane, N.C., Texas, five bass, 7-10

Complete results from the event along with photos of the top five teams can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Smith Mountain Lake Open was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship. 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 2018 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2017 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

CADIZ, Ky. (May 29, 2018) – More than 360 pros and co-anglers are set to compete next week, June 7-9, at the Costa FLW Series at Lake Barkley presented by T-H Marine. The tournament, hosted by the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourist and Convention Commission, is the second of three regular-season tournaments scheduled in the FLW Series Central Division. The event will feature anglers competing for a top award of up to $91,000, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

"I think it will be primetime offshore fishing over the next couple of weeks," said FLW Tour veteran Terry Bolton of Paducah, Kentucky, a 13-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. "It seems like more fish are getting out there each day, and with warm weather being forecast as the week goes on, it's likely going to be in full effect.

"I think the fish should be getting out of their post-spawn funk and really starting to feed," Bolton continued. "If they stop biting a crankbait out on the ledges, a guy can pick up a worm, jig or a swimbait and catch a few doing that."

Bolton said he expects both Barkley and Kentucky lakes to see action during the event.

"That's the thing about fishing around Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake in early June – it will all be good," said Bolton. "With the rainfall we're getting, there's going to be a little more current which should help bunch those fish up. It's really going to be a good time to compete."

Bolton predicted that a three-day cumulative weight total in the 65- to 70-pound range should be enough to take home top honors.

Anglers will take off from Lake Barkley State Resort Park, located at 3500 State Park Road., in Cadiz, at 6 a.m. CDT each day of competition. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park and will begin at 2 p.m. each day. All takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

In Costa FLW Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event. At Lake Barkley pros will fish for a top prize of $91,000, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup qualified. Co-anglers will cast for a brand new Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard, and $5,000 if Ranger Cup qualified.

The Costa FLW Series consists of five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – along with the International division. Each U.S. division consists of three regular-season tournaments with competitors vying for valuable points that could earn them the opportunity to compete in the season-ending Costa FLW Series Championship. The 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship is being held Nov. 1-3 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, and is hosted by the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.