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August 26, 2017--MARBURY, Md. – Boater Mike Hicks of Goochland, Virginia, weighed five bass totaling 16 pounds, 14 ounces, Saturday to win the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale on the Potomac River presented by Plano. Hick’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 48 pounds, 10 ounces, was enough to earn the win and $42,200.

“I’ve had a lot of top-10 finishes in past FLW events on the Potomac River, but never a win,” said Hicks, who earned his first career-victory as a boater in FLW Series competition. “I told my wife that I didn’t want to make the top 10 again – I wanted to win. I went out there, swung for the fences and it paid off.”

Hicks said he spent his mornings in Aquia Creek, picking apart grass beds with offshore milfoil clumps. He said he worked through a couple of community holes each day before moving on to different areas.

“I don’t normally fish community holes, but they produced a couple of good bites for me this week,” said Hicks. “The bigger fish were relating to the outermost clumps, and I weighed in three on Day One using a black Lobina Rio Rico topwater bait. I then ran to some wood and lily pads in Aquia and Potomac Creeks and filled out my limit.”

On Day Two, Hicks said he managed to catch another three keepers from the milfoil clumps on the Rio Rico, but wasn’t able to fill out a limit at his secondary areas. He said he decided to make a run to an area 25 miles north, near Pohick Bay, around 1:30 p.m. There, Hicks said he used a Team Daiwa TD Pencil topwater bait to complete his limit.

“I caught three in the back of a grass flat where the wind had blown out sediment and created a ditch,” said Hicks. “The sandy bottom was key. I think it was a good place for fish to ambush food.”

On Day Three, Hicks once again worked through his milfoil clumps, but couldn’t get anything to bite his Rio Rico.

“I noticed other anglers were catching them on swim jigs, so I picked up a 3/8-ounce bluegill-colored (Lil’ Hustler) swim jig with a Dirty Sanchez-colored (Reaction Innovations) Skinny Dipper and caught two of my biggest of the day,” said Hicks.

Hicks capitalized on his big bites and caught another three using the TD Pencil. He noted that his later catches on Day Three came from clearer water.

“When the water clears up, I think the Rio Rico is too big and makes too much noise,” said Hicks. “I’d call the TD Pencil more of a finesse-style topwater bait. I caught my last fish around 1:30 (p.m.) and that’s what I brought in.”

A complete list of results is available at

Tim Dube of Nashua, New Hampshire, caught a 5-pound, 15-ounce bass Thursday – the heaviest of the tournament in the Pro Division. For his catch, Dube earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $300.

Richard Perez of Naples, Florida, won the Co-angler Division and a new Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor with a three-day total of 12 bass weighing 28 pounds, 3 ounces. 

Darrin Wells of Stafford, Virginia, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Thursday, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces that earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $200.

Congratulations Mike it's been a long time since we fished Lake Anna and Smith Mountain tournaments together you have surely earned this one.

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ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 22, 2016) – After three career Walmart FLW Tour top-20 finishes, numerous wins at the AAA-level and two career championship appearances, pro James Watson of Nixa, Missouri, earned the first FLW Tour victory of his career and $95,400 Saturday at the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational at Norris Lake presented by Quaker State with a final day's catch of four largemouth and one smallmouth bass weighing 9 pounds, 12 ounces.


“I thought I blew it today, so I am absolutely floored,” said Watson, who pushed his FLW career earnings to more than $276,000. “I’ve won a B.A.S.S. Open, I’ve won a P.A.A. event, but I’ve never won an FLW Tour event. I’ve been fishing these things a long time and I bleed FLW. This is such a huge win for me – by far the biggest financial win of my career. And to punch my ticket to the Forrest Wood Cup before the season even starts, this is big time.”                                                 Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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SANDUSKY, Ohio (Aug. 18, 2015) – The Rayovac FLW Series is headed to Lake Erie August 27-29 for a tournament presented by Evinrude when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the third and final regular-season stop of 2015 in the Northern Division.
Lefebre said that fans can expect to see a lot of competitors focusing on choosing baits that imitate goby.
“Gobies are the name of the game this time of year,” said Lefebre. “Beige- or pumpkin-colored baits on drop-shot rigs and tubes will be a player. I could also see people reaching for smoky- and natural-colored baits as well. It’s really all about preference. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits could come in to mix things up, but it is a little early yet.”
“22 pounds a day should be strong,” said Lefebre. “It’s gonna be a whackfest with a lot of 3½-pounders.”
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Advisory for Monday, June 15, 2015
WHAT:  FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with South Korea to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the Eastern Asian nation. The agreement will be signed by Jin-Soo Kang, CEO of MiruNamu, Inc., and Director of OBS broadcasting immediately preceding the June 26 weigh-in on the Walmart FLW Tour stage.
WHEN:                 Friday, June 26, 2015
WHERE:               Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats
                              Smallwood State Park
                              2750 Sweden Point Road
                              Marbury, Md.
NOTES: Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Earlier this year FLW expanded its presence on the world stage yet again with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad.
South Korea will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of the host country, to a new international division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. The highest finisher among countries represented in the international division will then advance to the Forrest Wood Cup, making it the sport’s only true world championship.  
Canada has already signed on as FLW’s first partner under the new program and is set to host an FLW tournament in 2015 with at least three events slated in Canada for 2016. South Korea is the second country to sign on for international sanctioning. Details on their hosted tournaments will be available soon.
Additional FLW qualifying tournaments in other countries are forthcoming. Watch for details. 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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LeJeune wins co-angler title
POTTSBORO, Texas (May 2, 2015) – Ray Hanselman of Del Rio, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event on Lake Texoma presented by Evinrude with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 58 pounds, 13 ounces. Hanselman is the first person to ever win three consecutive tournaments in a single season on any Rayovac FLW Series circuit. For his win, Hanselman earned $30,431.
“The win really hasn’t sunk in yet. I tried to keep the record out of my mind so I wouldn’t get nervous fishing,” said Hanselman, a six-year Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division veteran. “I just came into this event focused on winning Angler of the Year.”
Hanselman said that he targeted mid-lake pockets, particularly where there was a separation between the bank and flooded weeds.
“The fish feed in there and there’s some spawning going on so the larger males tend to guard the area,” Hanselman said.
“On day one, I hooked two big smallmouths and lost them,” continued Hanselman. “Around 10 a.m. I decided to focus on the largemouth bite and boated a 3½-pounder. I caught three more comparable fish in 30 minutes, then went to a different pocket and caught another three. By 2 p.m. I had a quality stringer.”
Using a Power Tackle rod and a Strike King Sexy Frog, Hanselman went into days two and three looking to capitalize on his day one pattern.
“On day two I retraced my tracks and went to the same spots from Thursday and caught a 5-pounder early. By 10 a.m. I had about 18 or 19 pounds of fish in the livewell,” Hanselman said. “After bringing in 23 pounds for the day, I knew I could take the tournament.”
Hanselman said the flooded creeks and tributaries that filled the lake with red, muddy water worked to his advantage.
On the final day of competition, Hanselman said he stuck to his original pattern and quickly caught his winning limit.
“The day started out slow and I began to get nervous. Luckily, I caught my 5-pound kicker at 9:30 a.m. and finished out a solid limit by 10:45,” Hanselman said.
Hanselman went on to say that staying focused and fishing smart was his key to victory.
“I watched guys burn through their pockets in no time,” said Hanselman. “I went out there and did my best to fish calm and it worked.”
Complete results can be found at
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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MINNEAPOLIS (April 7, 2015) – Walmart FLW Tour pros Guido and Payden Hibdon, both of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, informed FLW of their decision to withdraw from the remaining four regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season. Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, and Jeremy Starks of Scott Depot, West Virginia, have agreed to replace the Hibdons on Tour and will fish the remaining four events this season. The full tournament field will remain at 154.
Guido’s son and Payden’s father, Dion Hibdon, the 2000 Forrest Wood Cup champion, will continue to fish the Tour. He’ll travel to tournaments with his younger son, Lawson, 18, who is fishing the Tour as a co-angler.
“It’s up in the air right now, but we want to continue our fishing careers,” says Payden. “It’s just been difficult to get sponsors now, the way everybody got dropped all at once. It was too late in the year to pick up anybody new.”
In FLW Tour competition, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita and is hosted by Visit Hot Springs. The Forrest Wood Cup Champion could win as much as $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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GROVE, Okla. (April 7, 2015) – The Rayovac FLW Series is headed to Grand Lake April 16-18 for a tournament presented by Power Pole when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the first stop of 2015 in the Central Division.
“It’s going to be a great tournament,” said Walmart FLW Tour rookie Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma. “The lake is full of fish and the bite is better than it has been in a couple of years.”
Birge, the 2014 Rayovac FLW Series champion, said anglers will be able to catch fish in a variety of ways. He said that he predicts that the tournament winner will be fishing in the Grand River.
“With the warmer weather we’ve had, the river is where this tournament will probably be won,” Birge said. “There’s a lot of big fish up there in the wood right now in the smaller pockets. You’ll be able to throw a spinnerbait or square-billed crankbait up and down the banks around laydowns and catch a ton of fish.
“I could also see anglers choosing to head south to the dams,” Birge continued. “There’s been some nice stringers caught from that direction, but I think the bigger and more consistent bags are going to come from the river.
“Fish are going to be caught all over the lake. Some bass are already up on beds spawning, and some are still in the prespawn phase waiting to make the move. There are a lot of options for competitors in this tournament.”
Birge said that Bandit Lures 200 Series crankbaits and Rapala Shad Raps will be dominant forces in this tournament. He predicted that competitors would need to bring a three-day total of at least 55 pounds to the scale to have a shot of winning the tournament.
“At this time last year, Grand Lake was in a funk,” said Birge. “But this year they’re biting real well and we’re seeing some really impressive stringers being brought in.”
Anglers will take off from the Wolf Creek Park marina located at 963 N. 16th St. in Grove at 7 a.m. CDT each day. Weigh-in on days one and two will be held at the marina beginning at 3 p.m. On day three, weigh-in will be held at Walmart, located at 2115 S. Main St. in Grove, beginning at 4 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. The event is being hosted by the Grand Lake Association.
Pros will fish for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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Kline wins co-angler title
LAKEPORT, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2014) – Aaron Britt of Yuba City, California, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division event presented by Evinrude on Clear Lake with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 70 pounds even. For his victory, Britt earned $32,448.
“I fished a crankbait all week,” said Britt, who earned his first FLW win. “I practiced for four days prior to the tournament and found some fish shallow on a squarebill crankbait, but on the last day of practice I found some cranking fish deep.
“The first day of the tournament I went with my gut and cranked deep,” Britt continued. “I caught a big bag on day one and that made me stick with that pattern for the duration of the tournament. On day two I had some really big fish on that came off, but that just told me I needed to keep doing what I was doing.
“I had three spots that I just rotated through all day,” said Britt. “One of the spots was a rock ledge that runs along Highway 20, and the other two were very popular spots on the lake.”
Britt said that he threw Spro Little John DD, Bill Norman DD 22 and Damiki DC-400 crankbaits in 9 to 15 feet of water all week, starting the day with crawfish colors and changing to shad patterns as the sun rose higher.
“Generally the water temperature this time of year in Clear Lake is about 4 degrees lower than it is now,” Britt explained. “A lot of the fish are suspending and still out deep in their summer haunts and they haven’t moved shallow. That’s why stuck to my spots so much, because I knew the fish would move up and I wanted to be there when they did.
“This win is very emotional for me,” said Britt. “To be able to come out and compete with guys I grew up watching like Brett Hite, Ish Monroe and Jared Lintner is a great feeling. I put so much hard work and effort into this, and I’m very, very happy.”
Jennings caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Friday – a 9-pound, 7-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $212.
Todd Kline of San Clemente, California, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 56 pounds, 10 ounces.  
Ray caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday – an 8-pound, 10-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $141.
 Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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Cifuentes wins co-angler title
LUFKIN, Texas (Oct. 4, 2014) – Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event presented by Evinrude on Sam Rayburn Reservoir with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 52 pounds, 7 ounces. For his victory, Collins earned $31,071.
“Going into day three, it wasn’t a sure thing that I would win,” said Collins, who won by a near 11-pound margin. “I wasn’t even sure that I would catch a limit because of that cold front that came through. Luckily the first three fish I caught in the morning were my biggest, and I got to cull a couple of times throughout the day, so it all worked out really great.
“I have a lot of knowledge about Sam Rayburn and it helped,” said Collins, whose win was the first of his career with FLW. “Once I keyed on something, I knew where more like it was. I didn’t have to spend my practice finding spots, I just had to run and check them.
“I was mostly concentrating on main-lake points and channel swings,” Collins continued.  “I fished the bottom all week and threw Texas-rigged worms. I just tried to keep in contact with the bottom, but that was pretty tough with the wind.
“I was targeting breaks. Most of the breaks had stumps and brush on them, but that was just for a target,” added Collins. “I think the fish were relating to the drop off. I fished some areas that ranged from 8 to 12 feet deep, and some areas that were from 20 to 22 feet deep. 
“It feels great to win,” Collins finished. “I’ve been to Wheeler Lake before and I’m looking forward to going back for the Rayovac Championship.
Collins said that his primary bait was a blue fleck-colored Missile Baits Tomahawk worm, but he also threw a Mister Twister HANG 10! worm. He Texas-rigged both with a ½-ounce weight.
Crelia caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Friday – a 7-pound, 13-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $200.
Joey Cifuentes of Clinton, Arkansas, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 40 pounds, 10 ounces.  
Mark Mowery of Longview, Texas, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday – an 8-pound, 13-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $133.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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FLW Series

LA PLATA, Md. (June 21, 2014) – William Kemp of Scotland Neck, N.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on the Potomac River with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 45 pounds, 9 ounces. For his victory, Kemp earned $38,936.
      Kemp, who weighed a tournament-best 19-2 on Thursday, moved up from fifth place on the final day to earn his second win in FLW competition.
      “I caught most of my fish in the morning on a topwater bait,” said Kemp. “I was throwing a fry-colored Lobina Lures Rico. I threw it around matted grass at low tide. I fished all the way around the mat and caught one flipping and one on a ChatterBait, then I picked that topwater up and probably caught thirty fish on it.
      “I flipped grass in the middle of the day and culled for ounces,” Kemp added. “Then, at the very end of the day, I hit one spot with some wood and I caught a 5-pounder and a 3-pounder on a black and blue-colored Strike King Bitsy Flip Jig with a NetBait Paca Craw trailer.
      “When I had my big bag on the first day I had to go to lighter line and smaller baits,” Kemp explained. “I had to finesse them a little this week.
      “After I caught my two big fish at the end of the day today, I thought I had a shot to win,” finished Kemp. “I wasn’t sure, but I knew I had a chance. It’s unbelievable to win. I have to thank my wife. I was considering not fishing this event, but she pushed me and it just worked out.”
      Kemp also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday – a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $286.
      Congratulations to Kermit "Knuck" Crowder of Matoaca, Va., won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, as well as $5,000 for being Ranger Cup qualified, with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 39 pounds, 8 ounces.
      Ives caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Thursday – a 7-pound, 7-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $190.
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