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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A.R.E. Accessories, the Ohio-based maker of truck caps and tonneau covers, has signed on as the title sponsor for the Elite tournament May 12-15 on Toledo Bend, B.A.S.S. announced today.

In addition, as part of a multi-year partnership between B.A.S.S. and A.R.E. Accessories, the company will once again be a supporting sponsor of the Bassmaster Elite Series.

The A.R.E. Truck Caps Elite at Toledo Bend promises to be a big-bass bonanza for the nation’s top professional anglers. Since May of last year, 50 bass weighing 10 pounds or more have been verified by the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program. The lake, which straddles the Texas-Louisiana border, ranked No. 1 on Bassmaster Magazine’s Best Bass Lakes list for 2015.

B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin said that the partnership is a perfect pairing of boats and tow vehicles used by bass anglers with A.R.E.’s American-made truck caps and tonneau covers. “We’re pleased that fishermen across the country will continue to learn more about these great accessories,” he said.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to sponsor the Toledo Bend Elite Series event,” added Andy Clutter, A.R.E.’s marketing manager for A.R.E. “A large majority of the Elite Series anglers use our truck caps and covers, so we enjoy supporting them, and B.A.S.S., through our sponsorship.

“We look forward to collaborating with B.A.S.S. and the town of Many, La., to help create an amazing event for the anglers and attendees.”

During the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro March 4-6 at Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, A.R.E. will exhibit its products at the Classic Outdoors Expo in Tulsa’s Cox Business Center, while the weigh-ins are staged at nearby the BOK Center.

This will be the first Classic since 2006 that was not held in late February. “If moving the event improves odds of good fishing weather, that's a bonus,” Akin said. “But we proved in 2013, as well as the 2015 Classic on Lake Hartwell (South Carolina), that freezing temperatures don't hamper the anglers' fishing success, nor do they hurt attendance.”

The 2013 Tulsa Classic recorded the second highest attendance in history, with an estimated 106,850 fans visiting one or more of the venues. Economic impact was $22.7 million, according to VisitTulsa.

Along with eight Elite Series events annually, A.R.E.’s supporting sponsorship covers nine Opens tournaments spread across the country in the Northern, Southern and Central divisions. The first of those was Jan. 28-30 at Florida’s Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. The next is set for March 31-April 2 at Alabama’s Smith Lake.

A.R.E.’s sponsorship also includes B.A.S.S. Nation events and Carhartt Bassmaster College Series tournaments.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.

Posted By The Bass Hog

MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 15, 2016) – FLW announced today that registration for the 2016 FLW Fantasy Fishing season is now open. Fantasy Fishing is free to play and allows fishing fans from across the globe to compete for the largest fantasy cash prizes in the sport while following along with each Walmart FLW Tour event.

The 2016 Fantasy Fishing season will coincide with the six regular-season Walmart FLW Tour events, along with the championship Forrest Wood Cup. Prior to each event, players may log on to and select a roster of 10 pro anglers that they think will finish highest in the upcoming tournament. Fifty prizes will be awarded after each tournament, including a $5,000 top prize. In addition, 10 cumulative prizes, including a $10,000 grand prize, will be presented to the top cumulative scoring teams from all seven tournaments.

The first tournament of the Fantasy Fishing season officially kicks off Feb. 4, in conjunction with the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats in Clewiston, Florida. The season will culminate Aug. 4-7 at the Forrest Wood Cup on Wheeler Lake in Huntsville, Alabama.

At each event, players will select a roster of 10 pro anglers at predetermined values within a $200 salary cap. The value of each angler will change for each event, so players will have to adjust, not just to the fishery, but also to the valuation of each angler to create their best team.

FLW members are given access to Member’s Advantage tools to help select their rosters and gain an edge over fellow players. Detailed angler profiles, lake reports, pundit picks, fantasy trends and real-time scoring are all perks offered only to FLW members. To sign up for an FLW membership, visit

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.