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Qualifies for Classic, gets third B.A.S.S. victory in a fish-off Sunday


LEWISVILLE, Texas – Fittingly for stingy Lewisville Lake, the fish-off Sunday came down to one bite. Brent Chapman got it, Josh Bertrand never did.


Chapman caught a 6-pound, 5-ounce largemouth and captured the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open title in extra innings after the two anglers tied for the lead on Day Three and had to go into a tie-breaker fish-off on Sunday. On Feb. 11, Elite Series pro Chapman weighed in three keepers, and Bertrand brought one fish to the scales. The anglers finished tied for first with 20 pounds, 9 ounces.  The fish-off, from 7 a.m. to noon CST on Sunday, was the decider.




The clinching bass very nearly never made it into the boat. Chapman was fishing a small creek that had warm water from a discharge running into the back of it. When he arrived Sunday morning, the current had disappeared, and the water was in the high 40s, a severe temperature drop.


“I didn’t know what to think,” Chapman said. “I honestly thought if there wasn’t water generation back there, it would be shot. I decided I had to at least make a pass and give it a try. After fishing for a short while without a bite, I remembered my partner a few days ago caught one on a wacky rig. On my third cast, I caught that one.” 


“If it had been the Elite Series without a net, I probably wouldn’t have caught that fish,” Chapman said. “I got that fish in the boat and the hook fell out of its mouth. If I wasn’t able to use a net, that fish would have gotten off.”


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SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER CITY, La. — Every year on Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil might or might not cast his groundhog shadow. But it’s a sure bet that by Groundhog Day, the pundits will be casting their predictions for the winner of the world championship of bass fishing, this year Feb. 24-26 on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La.


Who is most likely to succeed in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic? Qualifier Michael Iaconelli addressed that question in a recent blog: “Everyone who qualified knows how to bass fish. Any angler can jump up and win.”


While Iaconelli’s been eyeing up his competition, he’s been tapped as a serious contender for the $500,000 crown by many of the success prognosticators. The reasons are many: The Bassmaster Elite Series pro from Pittsgrove, N.J., ranked 18th in points by the end of the 2011 Elite season. He’s fresh off a second-place finish in a Professional Anglers Association event. He was the 2003 Classic champ on the Louisiana Delta.


But the most-cited reason for Iaconelli being a threat is his runner-up finish in the 2009 Classic, when the championship first came to the Red River. Skeet Reese beat Iaconelli by 11 ounces. Any red-blooded competitor would be out to erase such a painful memory with a victory.


Reese didn’t qualify for 2012, but as Iaconelli himself noted, he has 48 other anglers to take on.


Like Edwin Evers from Talala, Okla., for example. If anyone is sharp and ready to notch a big win into his career record, it’s Evers. He has had two strong seasons in a row — so strong, in fact, that he’s been runner-up for the Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year title. His recent Classic record is formidable: 11th place in 2006 and 2008; sixth in 2005; and fifth in 2009.


He knows exactly why he did not win on the Red in 2009, insight that could help him close on victory this year.


  2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha


2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: BoatUS Angler, BOOYAH Bait Company, Lowrance, Luck “E” Strike, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Ramada


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LEWISVILLE, Texas — Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mike McClelland’s feelings toward the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Lewisville Lake may well resonate with the majority of the field.


Lewisville Lake is a 29,500-acre impoundment on the Trinity River. It lies just northwest of Dallas and is almost always buzzing with anglers and pleasure boaters. The relatively small lake offers good fishing, but in select areas. This can make the lake seem crowded to a field of 150-plus anglers, which this Open expects to see. Such was the case in 2011. To win that event, Mark Tucker of St. Louis, Mo., had to find several out-of-the-way spots to catch his three-day, 15-bass total of 45-15.


According to McClelland, recent weather in the Dallas area could pose a new set of challenges to anglers for the 2012 derby.


McClelland is an accomplished open-water fisherman, but will more than likely have to beat the bank with the rest of the field.


“I’m thinking there’s a chance of a crankbait and spinnerbait bite along the shore, but the water being up opens it up to a variety of baits,” he said. “However, I hope there’s a little clarity on the lower end so a hard jerkbait – like a Spro McStick — is effective.”


“Any time a Classic berth is up for grabs, I’m going to fish hard, but I’m really going after it here at Lewisville since the next Classic is on Grand,” he said. McClelland is as familiar with the Oklahoma reservoir as any Elite Series pro.


Look for weights to be largely similar — if not a little heavier — to what they were in 2011, with 15 pounds a day easily seeing a top 12 finish.


Weigh-ins Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9 and 10, are free and will be held at 3 p.m. each day at Lewisville Lake Park, 100 E. Lake Park Rd., Lewisville. The final weigh-in, after the field has been cut to 12 pro anglers and co-anglers, will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Dr., in Grapevine, Texas.



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