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Posted By The Bass Hog

Millions Watch Bassmaster Comeback On Lake Eufaula

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The highly anticipated return of the Bassmaster Elite Series season and Buddy Gross’s dramatic final-day comeback lured in approximately 2.8 million viewers, who followed live, on-the-water action from the DEWALT Bassmaster Elite at Lake Eufaula for four days on ESPN2.

“Thanks to our longtime partner, ESPN, we were able to air more than 19 hours of real-time coverage, reaching more viewers and creating fans across the country,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “Our Elite Series anglers reeled in big bags while also doing an incredible job taking the time to explain the sport to those who might be watching bass fishing for the first time.”

Between televised coverage on ESPN2 and the livestream on Bassmaster.com and ESPN3, fans watched more than 85 million minutes of tournament coverage.

It wasn’t difficult for everyone from enthusiastic fishing fans to complete novices to get drawn into the action at Lake Eufaula, which saw a new leader each day of the event and featured a bevy of impressive catches. On the Final Day, Gross surged from 10th place — more than 7 pounds behind leader Scott Canterbury — to take home his first Elite Series win and the $100,000 prize.

While the increased viewership is encouraging for the growth of sportfishing, it also reflects the tremendous growth in both interest and participation that fishing is enjoying so far this year.

States across the country have seen remarkable growth in fishing license sales as many seek to reconnect with their families and the outdoors. Iowa, Minnesota, Vermont and Louisiana all report more than 50% higher fishing license sales in 2020, according to their state conservation agencies. Considered a hotbed of recreational fishing, even Alabama has experienced a 37% jump in resident fishing license sales.

An hour-long episode of The Bassmasters television show featuring highlights and analysis from the Lake Eufaula tournament will air later this year on ESPN2, ESPN Classic and the Pursuit Channel. A complete 2020 tournament schedule can be found at Bassmaster.com/tv-schedule.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Public boat ramp closures in South Carolina and Kentucky, as well as extended federal guidelines limiting social gatherings to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, have prompted B.A.S.S. to postpone four additional upcoming tournaments.

The Bassmaster Elite at Santee Cooper Lakes in Clarendon County, S.C., Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors and Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior Series at Lake Cumberland, all three to be held in Jamestown, Ky., are being rescheduled for later in the year, B.A.S.S. officials announced today.

“B.A.S.S. believes it is imperative to heed the advice not only of the CDC but of our elected officials as our country navigates this national crisis,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “We are encouraging our anglers, staff and fans to live smart and fish smart, practicing responsible social distancing measures and doing their part to help limit the spread of this disease.”

B.A.S.S. has postponed eight events originally scheduled between March and May and is evaluating upcoming tournaments based on precautions and advice from the CDC and public officials as well as local mandates regarding public spaces and events.

“Although we are disappointed to postpone the Bassmaster Elite Series event previously scheduled for April 16-19, the health and safety of event organizers, the anglers and our community is our top priority,” said Tiffany Myers, Director of Tourism for the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce. “We are continuing to work with the B.A.S.S. organization to reschedule the event at a later date.”

While the national State of Emergency is in place, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has closed boat ramps and landings on the state’s lakes, rivers and waterways. Additionally, he has ordered anyone arriving into South Carolina from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or New Orleans to self-quarantine for two weeks.

As more states adopt “shelter in place” recommendations and continue to limit operation of nonessential businesses, B.A.S.S is also considering the impact that potential logistical issues and travel restrictions, including Canadian border closures, may have on anglers’ ability to travel to tournaments.

During this national crisis and uncertain time, B.A.S.S. is encouraging people, where possible, to use this unexpected time to enjoy the outdoors and recreational fishing in a safe and responsible way with their new “Live Smart, Fish Smart” campaign.

B.A.S.S. is also producing stories and videos designed to ensure those staying inside can still connect to the sport, and people, they love. This includes upcoming content covering topics such as teaching fishing skills to kids and bank fishing basics.

 

Fans of fishing and the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers can find live Q/A videos, inspiring stories, helpful tips and more at Bassmaster.com. B.A.S.S. is also encouraging outdoor enthusiasts and tournament anglers alike to share photos with the hashtags: #livesmart #fishsmart #bassmaster.

About B.A.S.S.

B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2 and The Pursuit Channel), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

 

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship, new Huk Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX presented by Abu Garcia and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.

 


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Across the country, there are thousands of ultra-talented bass anglers who would have loved to compete in this week’s 50th Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

Only 53 got the opportunity — and from start to finish, there was no doubt which one of them owned the event.

Hank Cherry, a 46-year-old pro from Lincolnton, N.C., and an eight-year veteran of the Bassmaster Elite Series, caught five bass on Championship Sunday that weighed 19 pounds, 8 ounces. It gave him a three-day total of 65-5 and put the exclamation point on a dominant wire-to-wire victory that netted him a $307,500 first-place prize.

The competition was held at historic Lake Guntersville, but Cherry’s raw emotion shined through most back at the final weigh-in, which was held at Legacy Arena inside the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

“I talked to (fellow competitor) Paul Mueller in the boatyard, and he told me the devil was gonna try to get in my head today,” Cherry said. “He said just tell the devil to get out of your boat. He said tell him you don’t have time for him.

“That’s what I did. I caught my first fish and then I lost a big one. I could hear those voices in my head, but I didn’t listen to them. I just went and caught four more.”

This was the fifth Classic appearance for Cherry, and he had come close to hoisting the trophy once before — back in 2013 on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake, when he came in third after losing a key fish on jerkbait.

That same lure was one of his weapons of choice this week during three days of fishing that saw him catch 29-3, 16-10 and 19-8.

He did most of his damage during Friday’s first round with a Z-Man Jack Hammer ChatterBait. The bait allowed him to cut through a strong wind on his way to a tournament-best bag that featured a pair of 7-2 largemouth.

On Days 2 and 3, he relied mostly on his own Hank Cherry Signature Series Jig from Picasso in green pumpkin with a matching Berkley MaxScent Chunk trailer and the jerkbait — a Megabass 110+1 in the French pearl OB color. He replaced the factory hooks on the jerkbait with Berkley Fusion EWG No. 5s.

“I changed the hooks out to make it sink just the right way,” Cherry said. “About 90 percent of the fish I caught would be when it was directly falling. I had it heavy enough that I could see it falling, and if I saw one following it, I could watch them kill it.”

Cherry suffered an arm injury on Day 1 that he said may have limited the amount of running he did the rest of the week. But the major factor in his limited travel, he said, was the wind that blew hard on Lake Guntersville for most of the tournament.

He spent practically the whole event fishing one causeway and one grass flat.

“I never put gas in the boat all week,” Cherry said. “Y’all know me. If it’s windy, I’m not going to be making a lot of long runs — and anyway, I just didn’t need to.”

Cherry said Garmin LiveScope allowed him to keep track of the giant schools of gizzard shad that were drawing fish to the area. He also said a solid understanding of the way bass use causeways helped him catch big limits each day.

“Everybody has a misconception about those causeways,” Cherry said. “They think they should just fish the four corners. But bass use those causeways like highways. When they’re coming in, they come through the causeways and go down the rocks and to the back. Then they go exactly the same route when they come back out.

“That Garmin LiveScope just made them easy pickings.”

The win brought Cherry’s career earnings with B.A.S.S. to $934,500. He now has three career victories and 10 Top 10 finishes.

Perhaps more important than any statistic, however, was the fact that he exorcised some old demons that had lingered in the back of his mind since his near miss at Grand in 2013.

“When I caught that biggest bass on a jerkbait (Sunday), I felt some redemption,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot — and I’m still learning. I learned from this event how to handle the situation when you start with a big lead and have to protect it. I learned that your body will do wild things when you need that last fish to seal the deal, but you have to work through it.

“Those kinds of things make for an amazing feeling — and once it sinks in that I won this thing, I think that will be the most amazing feeling of all.”

South Carolina pro Todd Auten finished second with 58-10, and Arkansas angler Stetson Blaylock was third with 58-1.

Hank Cherry added an additional $7,500 to his winnings for being the highest-placing eligible angler in the Toyota Bonus Bucks program. Todd Auten was awarded an additional $2,500 for being the second-highest placing eligible angler in the Toyota Bonus Bucks program.

Virginia pro John Crews took the Berkley Big Bass award for the day with a 6-10 largemouth. But the Berkley Big Bass award for the week went to Auten for the 7-9 he caught on Day 1.

2020 Bassmaster Classic Title Sponsor: Academy Sports + Outdoors

2020 Bassmaster Classic Presenting Sponsor: Huk Performance Fishing Apparel

2020 Bassmaster Classic Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2020 Bassmaster Classic Premier Sponsors: Abu Garcia, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Ranger Boats, Skeeter Boats, Talon, Yamaha

2020 Bassmaster Classic Local Partners: Alabama Power, Black Rifle Coffee, Books-A-Million, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Jack’s Family Restaurants, Thompson Tractor, TNT Fireworks, TVA, Wind Creek Casino

2020 Bassmaster Classic Hosts: Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Alabama Tourism Department and Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau

About B.A.S.S.

B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2 and The Pursuit Channel), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship, new Huk Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX presented by Abu Garcia and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

 

2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk 3/6-3/8

Lake Guntersville, Birmingham  AL.

(ANGLER) Standings Day 3

 

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

 

1.  Hank Cherry Jr         Lincolnton, NC          15  65-05    0 $300,000.00

  Day 1: 5   29-03     Day 2: 5   16-10     Day 3: 5   19-08  

2.  Todd Auten             Lake Wylie, SC          15  58-10    0  $52,500.00

  Day 1: 5   20-00     Day 2: 5   18-00     Day 3: 5   20-10  

3.  Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR              15  58-01    0  $40,000.00

  Day 1: 5   18-05     Day 2: 5   19-04     Day 3: 5   20-08  

4.  Seth Feider            New Market, MN          15  54-00    0  $30,000.00

  Day 1: 5   16-10     Day 2: 5   15-09     Day 3: 5   21-13  

5.  Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              15  54-00    0  $25,000.00

  Day 1: 5   20-00     Day 2: 5   16-00     Day 3: 5   18-00  

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Jerry McKinnis, former B.A.S.S. co-owner, founder of JM Associates, and a legend in the fishing industry, passed away early Sunday morning. The 82-year-old McKinnis had been in the hospital for six weeks, dealing with an injury and infection sustained on a fishing trip in Wyoming.

McKinnis, along with Don Logan and Jim Copeland, purchased B.A.S.S. from ESPN in 2010, and then sold controlling interest in the organization to Anderson Media in 2017. He was the leader of JM Associates, producing award-winning television and Internet shows about fishing and the outdoors. McKinnis was also the beloved host of the television series The Fishin' Hole, which ran on ESPN for 44 years.

McKinnis was a member of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame.

“Jerry was a true friend of the angler,” said Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S. “He contributed so much to the sport of fishing, extending all the way from his days on The Fishin' Hole through his ownership of B.A.S.S.”

McKinnis and his partners hired Akin to lead the 500,000-member fishing organization shortly after they acquired it.

“Jerry was one of the most passionate people I’ve ever known as it relates to the world of bass fishing,” said Logan. “I don’t think I ever met anyone who spent more time than Jerry did thinking about how to make B.A.S.S. and bass fishing better — better for the anglers, better for the fans and members, and better for the sponsors.

“We came from very different backgrounds and totally different perspectives, but we always were able to reach common ground on any issue or problem we faced. He was not only a business partner, but he was also a true friend.”

A pioneer in outdoors television, McKinnis and his JM Associates production team took over production of the long-running television program The Bassmasters for B.A.S.S. and ESPN in 2001. Prior to that he helped create the FLW Tour and ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games, and he later developed the Redfish Cup and the Madfin Shark Series.

McKinnis was dedicated to bringing new participants into the sport of bass fishing. He held the first collegiate bass fishing championship and was instrumental in the creation of B.A.S.S.’s Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops and the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Bassmaster.com will have addition information on funeral arrangements in the coming days.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Sixth-Year Costa FLW Series angler Earns First Career Victory – and $83,340

Link to photo of tournament champion Wayne Vaughn

MASSENA, N.Y. (Sept. 21, 2019) – Pro Wayne Vaughan of Chester, Virginia, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the three-day Costa FLW Series on the St. Lawrence River presented by Realtree Fishing.

Vaughan's three-day total of 15 bass weighing 63 pounds, 5 ounces was enough to earn him the victory by a 1-pound, 9-ounce margin over second-place pro Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Michigan, and earn him $83,340, including a new Ranger Z518L boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard. The tournament was the third and final regular-season tournament of the year for anglers competing in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits.

"I caught a few fish this week on a tube, but every fish that I weighed in came drop-shotting a Redbone-colored Z-Man Jerk Shadz," said Vaughan, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. "I fished basically from takeoff all the way down to Clayton, hitting 20 to 25 spots each day.

"The first day my numbers were not that great – I think I only caught 10 fish," Vaughan continued. "On the second day I caught around 25, and today I only caught 10. I was fishing around the ends of points – I caught them all in 35- to 55-feet-of-water. Yesterday the current was moving really well, so it had the fish up a little higher – around 35 feet. Today, I couldn't get them that shallow and had to go real deep. I caught one down 55 feet."

When asked what he felt was the key to his victory, Vaughan was honest and blunt with his answer – "luck."

"I had no keys," Vaughan joked. "I think my key was luck. I had caught a couple of fish in practice, but the last day I caught a 6-pounder way out deep. I told myself, 'That is definitely where the big ones live, and I'm committing myself to this.' It was a grind – I was only getting one or two fish on each of those spots.

"It's been a great year, and to win at the last event of the year is just a great way to end the season," Vaughan went on to say.

The top 10 pros on the St. Lawrence River finished:

              1st:          Wayne Vaughan, Chester, Va., 15 bass, 63-5, $83,340

              2nd:         Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 15 bass, 61-12, $14,199

              3rd:         A.J. Slegona, Pine Bush, N.Y., 15 bass, 59-7, $11,115

              4th:         Casey Smith, Macedon, N.Y., 15 bass, 58-12, $9,096

              5th:         Jason Burger, Bridgeton, N.J., 14 bass, 54-10, $8,186

              6th:         Neil Deleeuw, Fenwick, Ontario, Canada, 15 bass, 54-4, $7,277

              7th:         Ken Golub, Pittsford, N.Y., 14 bass, 54-1, $7,967

              8th:         Brian Hughes, Barrie, Ontario, Canada, 15 bass, 53-8, $5,458

              9th:         Jonathan Kelley, Old Forge, Penn., 15 bass, 50-4, $5,548

              10th:       Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 50-0, $3,638

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

Vaughan weighed in a 6-pound, 5-ounce bass Friday – the heaviest of the tournament in the Pro Division – and also earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $256.

Noah Winslow of Naugatuck, Connecticut, won the Co-angler Division with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 50 pounds, 11 ounces. For his win, Winslow took home the top prize package of a new Ranger Z175 boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor, worth $27,100.

The top 10 co-anglers on the St. Lawrence River finished:

              1st:          Noah Winslow, Naugatuck, Conn., 15 bass, 50-11, $27,100

              2nd:         Dexter Andrews, King George, Va., 15 bass, 50-3, $4,874

              3rd:         Grant Loney, Beamsville, Ontario, Canada, 14 bass, 49-2, $3,723

              4th:         Jeff Zeisner, Arva, Ontario, Canada, 15 bass, 49-1, $3,258

              5th:         Gary Haraguchi, Antioch, Calif., 14 bass, 48-6, $3,042

              6th:         Michael Sciacca, Augusta, N.J., 14 bass, 43-2, $2,327

              7th:         Will Litchfield, London, Ontario, Canada, 14 bass, 40-13, $1,862

              8th:         Joshua Hertzog, Ephrata, Penn., 14 bass, 39-0, $1,729

              9th:         Jeff Melsop, East Liberty, Ohio, 12 bass, 38-12, $1,396

              10th:       D. Brett Walker, Kansas City, Mo., 11 bass, 33-1, $1,163

Henry McKee of Haddon Heights, New Jersey, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Friday, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces. He earned the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $170.

The Costa FLW Series on the St. Lawrence River presented by Realtree Fishing was hosted by the Town of Massena. It was the third and final tournament in the 2019 regular season for Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits anglers. The next tournament for FLW Series anglers will also be in the Western Division, the Costa FLW Series at the California Delta presented by Power-Pole, held Sept. 26-28 in Bethel Island, California. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

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 2019 Costa FLW Series Championship is being held Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Costa FLW Series on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About FLW

FLW is the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Chester's Deciucis Wins Co-angler Division

HENRICO, Va. (Sept. 16, 2019) – Boater Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 29 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division super-tournament on the James River Sunday. Elrod earned $3,542 for his efforts.

"I started each morning making the 45-minute run down to Chickahominy Creek, then I'd work my way back up with the low tide," said Elrod, who earned his fifth career BFL victory – third this season. "I was flipping a green-pumpkin Zoom Brush Hog and throwing a 4- to 6-foot diving crankbait around wood. I probably caught around 7 or 8 keepers each day."

Elrod said that of the 10 fish that he brought to the scale, five came on the Brush Hog and five came on the unnamed crankbait.

"I was just rotating the baits, throwing them in the same areas," Elrod said. "I think there were two keys to my victory. One was my Evinrude outboard. I made a long run on both days and it ran efficiently and flawlessly – a huge weight off of your shoulders when we're on the water. I also think that my local knowledge of the river was key. With the tides, you have to be in the right area at the right time and I knew what I was looking for."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., 10 bass, 29-7, $3,542

              2nd:         Wesley Farmer, New Kent, Va., 10 bass, 26-13, $1,821

              3rd:         Keith Estes, Spring Grove, Va., 10 bass, 26-8, $1,578

              4th:         Rob Uzzle, Hampton, Va., 10 bass, 25-14, $902

              5th:         Richard Owen, Chester, Va., 10 bass, 25-2, $648

              6th:         Brandon Stapleton, Temperanceville, Va., 10 bass, 24-2, $594

              7th:         Todd Langford, Great Falls, Va., 10 bass, 22-12, $540

              8th:         Ryan Powroznik, Hopewell, Va., five bass, 11-15

              9th:         Joe Pautler, Catonsville, Md., five bass, 11-7

              10th:       Stephen Miller, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 11-7

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Uzzle caught a 4-pound, 7-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the event's Boater Big Bass award of $146.

Chester, Virginia's Davis Deciucis won the Co-angler Division and $1,621 Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 22 pounds, 15 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

              1st:          David Deciucis, Chester, Va., 10 bass, 22-15, $1,621

              2nd:         Jamie Newton, Falls Church, Va., 10 bass, 20-4, $957

              3rd:         Brandt Thompson, Richmond, Va., nine bass, 17-4, $791

              4th:         Patrick Lambert, Woodbridge, Va., five bass, 13-13, $478

              5th:         Danny Crickenberger, Charlottesville, Va., seven bass, 12-7, $324

              6th:         Gregory Chuhta, Germantown, Md., six bass, 9-13, $297

              7th:         Anthony Shanz, Selbyville, Del., five bass, 9-6, $320

              8th:         David Barlow, Disputanta, Va., three bass, 6-11

              9th:         Dillon Reid, Ashland, Va., two bass, 6-4

              10th:       Rob Hilliard, Vinton, Va., four bass, 6-3

Newton caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces. The catch earned him the event's Co-angler Big Bass award of $146.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 3-5 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About FLW

FLW is the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Maryland's Gardner Wins Co-angler Division

HUDDLESTON, Va. (Sept. 9, 2019) – Boater Rick Hawkins of Roanoke, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 31 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division super-tournament on Smith Mountain Lake. Hawkins earned $4,682 for his efforts.

"I chose to fish the Roanoke arm the first day and the Blackwater arm the second day," said Hawkins, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. "However, it was the same pattern – finding baitfish that were relating to structure in that 20-foot-range and throwing crankbaits."

Hawkins said that he used a variety of crankbaits to catch his fish throughout the weekend – Rapala DT14 and DT20s, a Strike King 6XD and a 6th Sense Cloud 9. He said he stuck mainly with shad-colored baits – lots of grays, silvers and whites.

"I landed six keeper bites each day," Hawkins continued. "However, I did have a couple come off that would have helped me. The key was relating the baitfish to the cover at the right depth. If there were baitfish but no cover, there was no fish. If there was cover but no baitfish, there was no fish. I also made around 1000 casts each day. I just kept plugging – so many casts and only six bites a day."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Rick Hawkins, Roanoke, Va., 10 bass, 31-10, $4,682

              2nd:         Chris Dillow, Waynesboro, Va., 10 bass, 31-10, $2,341

              3rd:         Bryan Humphreys, Lewisburg, W. Va., nine bass, 28-14, $1,562

              4th:         Rick Tilley, Moneta, Va., 10 bass, 28-5, $1,092

              5th:         Chris Brummett, Lynch Station, Va., 10 bass, 28-5, $936

              6th:         Trevis Towe, Daleville, Va., 10 bass, 25-13, $858

              7th:         Jack Dice, Lynchburg, Va., 10 bass, 24-6, $1,030

              8th:         Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., 10 bass, 23-15, $1,002

              9th:         Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., 10 bass, 23-12, $974

              10th:       Keith Roberts, Hurt, Va., 10 bass, 22-1, $646

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Tommy Little of Chester, Virginia, caught a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the event's Boater Big Bass award of $562.

Jessup, Maryland's Cort Gardner won the Co-angler Division and $2,622 Sunday after catching a two-day total of six bass weighing 20 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

              1st:          Cort Gardner, Jessup, Md., six bass, 20-7, $2,622

              2nd:         Brian LaClair, Denton, Md., eight bass, 19-1, $1,170

              3rd:         Sergio Render, Christianburg, Va., seven bass, 17-5, $783

              4th:         Mark Blankenship, Christianburg, Va., seven bass, 17-5, $546

              5th:         Timothy Kinder, Manassas, Va., six bass, 12-3, $668

              6th:         Andre Wynn, Windsor Mill, Md., four bass, 11-15, $429

              7th:         William Lane, Midlothian, Va., five bass, 11-12, $390

              8th:         Chris Moore, Mechanicsville, Va., six bass, 11-9, $401

              9th:         Josh Nixon, Evington, Va., four bass, 9-13, $312

              10th:       Joshua Long, Hardy, Va., two bass, 8-10, $273

Gardner also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds even. The catch earned him the event's Co-angler Big Bass award of $281.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About FLW

FLW is the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

 

Co-Angler Award Goes to Huwar

MARBURY, Md. (Aug. 19, 2019) – Boater Todd Langford of Great Falls, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces. Langford took home $2,600 for his efforts.

Langford said he fished mid-river, in Occoquan Bay. He caught them out of heavy grass mats using a Texas-rigged green-pumpkin-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver, paired with a 1¾-ounce weight.

"I really fished one area where you could get bit on– the river is fishing tough right now," said Langford, who notched his first career win in FLW competition. "The area was probably 500 yards, but had key spots within the stretch. There was some moving water in those spots and the high tide helped."

Langford's bait was rigged on a straight shank hook via snell knot, tied to 65-pound-test PowerPro Super Slick braided line on a 7-foot, 11-inch Halo Twilite Series heavy–action flipping rod.

"I caught 7 or 8 keepers during the tournament," said Langford. "They bit best when the water was moving – at the end of the incoming tide and the beginning of the outgoing tide."

Langford went on to say that he caught a key fish in the very back of a creek during low tide around 1:30 p.m. using a white 3/8-ounce Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer with a white Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper trailer.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Todd Langford, Great Falls, Va., five bass, 15-2, $2,600

               2nd:         Thomas Svec, Chesapeake, Va., five bass, 14-1, $1,440

               3rd:          Greg Lahr, Fayetteville, N.C., five bass, 13-8, $900

               4th:          Ronnie Baker, Providence Forge, Va., five bass, 11-0, $810

               5th:          Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., five bass, 10-5, $460

               5th:          Jim Jarvis, Timberville, Va., three bass, 10-5, $460

               7th:          Brian Mullaney, New Market, Md., five bass, 10-4, $400

               8th:          Kermit Crowder, Matoaca, Va., five bass, 10-0, $510

               9th:          Dennis Middleton, Madison Heights, Va., five bass, 9-15, $320

               10th:        Travis Lugar, McGaheysville, Va., five bass, 9-12        

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Svec caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $240.

Shawn Huwar of Fredericksburg, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,320 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 11 pounds, 6 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Shawn Huwar, Fredericksburg, Va., four bass, 11-6, $1,320

               2nd:         Costas Melendez, Shenandoah, Va., four bass, 8-15, $600

               3rd:          Michael Taylor, Providence Forge, Va., five bass, 8-10, $600

               4th:          Jeff Mellott, Warfordsburg, Pa., five bass, 7-10, $280

               5th:          Keith Allen, Sumerduck, Va., five bass, 7-6, $240

               6th:          John Poos, Manassas, Va., four bass, 7-5, $420

               7th:          Hayward Thaxton III, Emmitsburg, Md., three bass, 6-14, $200

               8th:          Barker Plake, Hodges, S.C., three bass, 6-4, $180

               9th:          John Castro, Lorton, Va., three bass, 6-1, $160

               10th:        Timothy Patch, Lorton, Va., two bass, 5-14

Huwar also caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 10 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $120.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About FLW

FLW is the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Thrift Clinch's First FLW Cup Victory, Moves to No. 2 on All-Time FLW Leading Money Winner List

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Aug. 11, 2019) – Pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the stage weighing 10 pounds, 13 ounces, Sunday to claim the title of FLW Cup Champion at the FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton. Thrift, with a three-day total of 15 bass for 38 pounds, 7 ounces, won by a 5-pound, 1-ounce margin over pro Kyle Walters of Grant Valkaria, Florida, who caught a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 33-6, good for $60,000. Sunday's final weigh-in marked the finale of the 2019 FLW Cup, which featured 52 of the best professional bass anglers from across North America. Thrift led the tournament on all three days of competition and took home the top prize of $300,000.

"I feel like this tournament was an event that everybody thought I would eventually win one day, except for myself," said Thrift, who pushed his career earnings to more than $3 million dollars and is now the No. 2 all-time leading money winner in FLW history. "I felt like I would eventually get a chance, and I felt like this tournament was the first Cup that I truly had a chance to win. I still can't believe that I won it, this is an amazing feeling."

Thrift said that his tournament was a "mixed bag" each day. Of the 15 bass that he weighed in, he caught them on eight different baits, including a buzzbait, a topwater walking bait, a Texas rig, a drop-shot rig, five different crankbaits, a frog, a Damiki Underspin and a Damiki Armor Shad Paddle Tail swimbait.

"Fishing in August, you have to fish everything," Thrift said. "Every morning I'd start fishing shallow – the bank and shade lines – then I'd fish a few boat docks, and then I'd move out and fish some brush. I even caught some fish that weren't around anything, just around bait and suspended. I caught them on seven or eight different patterns, and you have to have that in August because two or three of them will let you down."

The only time that Thrift really stuck a lot of fish in a hurry was Sunday when he pulled up to his first spot and fish were busting the surface over a 200-yard span.

"Today started out actually pretty good," he said. "I ran to a place that I knew [Bryan] Schmitt was catching them schooling, and I knew he didn't make the cut. So I went in there, and sure enough they were schooling like crazy. I caught a limit fairly quickly at probably about 8 or 8:30. It didn't weigh much; maybe 7 or 7 1/2 pounds. And I'm thinking, 'Shoot, I've got all day to upgrade. This is good. We're good to go.'

"So that helped slow me down and give me confidence. But at about 12:30 I hadn't had another bite. I had one area that I'd caught most of my weight in in the last hour and a half each day in Hot Springs Creek. So I ran in there at 12:30. I said, 'If I'm gonna win it, I'm gonna win it back here.' I didn't crank the boat until 3:30 and ended up culling three."

The spot was a small dead-end pocket with deep water running all the way to the back. The bass were pushing bait up not quite to the bank, but close.

"It's just a shallow flat," he said of that final spot. "It's got a lot of shad back there. There were three little brush piles. They weren't big. They were maybe the size of the hood of a truck; just three small, little brush piles. I'd just rotate between them. One of them, they were kind of schooling around a little bit, and I caught a couple around it while they were up schooling."

The top 10 pros at the 2019 FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton finished:

               1st:          Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 38-7, $300,000     

               2nd:         Kyle Walters, Grant Valkaria, Fla., 15 bass, 33-6, $60,000

               3rd:          Dakota Ebare, Denham Springs, La., 14 bass, 32-2, $50,000

               4th:          Bass Pro Shops pro Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., 15 bass, 31-6, $37,500

               5th:          Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 15 bass, 31-2, $30,000

               6th:          Lowrance pro Austin Felix, Eden Prairie, Minn., 15 bass, 30-6, $24,000

               7th:          Joseph Webster, Winfield, Ala., 15 bass, 28-2, $23,000

               8th:          Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala., 15 bass, 26-12, $22,000

               9th:          Josh Douglas, Isle, Minn., 14 bass, 26-3, $21,000

               10th:        Jordan Osborne, Longview, Texas, 10 bass, 22-6, $20,000

Full results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 43 bass weighing 66 pounds, 3 ounces caught by pros Sunday. Eight of the final 10 anglers weighed in five-bass limits.

The 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas, was hosted by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Visit Hot Springs. Total attendance for the three-day event was 67,453 fishing fans. The Bank OZK Arena was at 100-percent capacity, Sunday, with additional fans watching the Trace Adkins concert and final weigh-ins on the big screens at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Television coverage of the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton will premiere in the fall of 2019. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs each Saturday night at 7 p.m. EST and is broadcast to more than 63 million cable, satellite and telecommunications households in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean on the World Fishing Network (WFN), the leading entertainment destination and digital resource for anglers throughout North America. FLW television is also distributed internationally to FLW partner countries, including Canada, China, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and South Africa.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the sport's top anglers on the FLW Tour on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About FLW

FLW is the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Noraas Earns Co-Angler Title

MARBURY, Md. (July 29, 2019) – Boater Kermit Crowder of Matoaca, Virginia, won Saturday's T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River presented by Navionics after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces. For his day on the water, Crowder earned $4,454.

"I fished a mile or so of a main-river grass line. It was mid-river, about 15 minutes from the boat ramp and was the only place I went," said Crowder, who earned his fifth career win on the Potomac River in BFL competition – second as a boater. "I just went back and forth all day. Most of the fish were on the edge, dropped off in 4 to 6 feet of water, and I was sitting 6 to 7 of water. It doesn't fall off really steep – it's more of a flat. The hydrilla is so thick that when the tide gets low it moves the fish to the edge.

"I had about seven keeper bites. There were 17 or 18 boats on the stretch, but I got the right bites," continued Crowder. "I caught them on a variety of baits – one on a topwater, one of the big ones on a jig and flipping a couple of different creature baits."

Crowder's key baits included a black-colored Spro 65 Bronzeye Poppin' Frog, a 3/8-ounce, green pumpkin Sooper Bait jig with a 3-inch Mud Puppy craw, and a Texas-rigged, green-pumpkin Mud Puppy creature bait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Kermit Crowder, Matoaca, Va., five bass, 13-12, $2,454 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Barton Wines, Marshall, Va., five bass, 13-7, $1,227

               3rd:          Thomas Svec, Chesapeake, Va., five bass, 12-15, $750

               4th:          Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., five bass, 12-14, $1,076

               5th:          Joe Dixon, Bel Alton, Md., five bass, 12-10, $451

               6th:          Travis Lugar, McGaheysville, Va., five bass, 12-3, $413

               7th:          Brandon Stapleton, Temperanceville, Va., five bass, 12-2, $357

               7th:          Ryan Ingalls, Fairfax, Va., five bass, 12-2, $357

               9th:          Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., five bass, 11-13           

               10th:        Josh Willard, Carrollton, Va., five bass, 11-12

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

John Bitter of Maitland, Florida, caught a 4-pound, 8-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $215.

Matthew Noraas of Pamplin, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,227 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds, 3 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Matthew Noraas, Pamplin, Va., five bass, 11-3, $1,227

               2nd:         J.C. Miller, Washington, Pa., five bass, 9-8, $613

               3rd:          Shawn Huwar, Fredericksburg, Va., five bass, 9-6, $319

               3rd:          Jeff Mellott, Warfordsburg, Pa., five bass, 9-6, $319

               5th:          Jamie Newton, Falls Church, Va., five bass, 9-2, $225

               6th:          Brad Melton, Manassas, Va., five bass, 8-12, $207

               7th:          Chris Jackson, Front Royal, Va., five bass, 8-10, $188

               8th:          Costas Melendez, Shenandoah, Va., four bass, 8-8, $169

               9th:          Keith Allen, Sumerduck, Va., five bass, 8-4    

               10th:        Jerry Comperatore, Tarentum, Pa., five bass, 8-1        

John Castro of Lorton, Virginia, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $107.

The tournament was hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About FLW

FLW is the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.