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Posted By The Bass Hog

Smallwood State Park, Nanjemoy, Maryland– Brett M. Page tubed his way to victory during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Maryland Division 21 tournament, held April 27, 2013, on the Potomac River.

Running out of Smallwood State Park in Marbury, Md., the 27-year-old King George, Va., angler caught five bass weighing 18.38 pounds for a 3.68-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 4.57-pound kicker to seal the Boater Division victory.

“The Potomac River is my home water,” Page explained. “I try to get on it at least once or twice a week. I knew the water temperature was going to be in the low to mid-60s so I wanted to fish fast-moving baits. With the tide high in the morning, I couldn’t get a bite with baits moving over the grass so I tied on a green pumpkin tube and went shallow. With the water a little stained, I just started blind casting and caught about 20 fish.”

In second for the boaters, Daniel Gray of Butler, Pa., put a five-bass tournament limit into the boat for 17.78 pounds, He anchored his bag with a 4.34-pounder.

Tommy “J.T.” Little of Chester, Va., took third among the boaters with five bass at 16.57 pounds including a 4.66-pounder, Darin Doll of York, Pa., landed in fourth place with five bass going 15.97 pounds including a 3.88-pound kicker. Ricky T. Windsor of Huntingtown, Md., placed fifth with five bass at 15.43 pounds, but his 6.38-pounder took the tournament big bass award.

In the Co-Angler Division, Jermell Fleming, 42, of Harrisburg, Pa., won with three bass weighing 12.87 pounds for a 4.29-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 5.39-pounder that won the division lunker title.

“Once we found the fish, I knew I had a great chance to win,” Fleming said. “I caught 10 bass; seven were keepers. I threw toward the banks and the fish whammed it. They were eating 7-inch shad. I caught most of my fish on a chrome and blue Rat-L-Trap worked along the edges of the grass. Some fish bit in about three feet of water and some in six to seven feet of water.”

David “Mo” M. Dickens of Manassas, Va., found a three-bass division limit for 11.88 pounds and second place among the co-anglers. Andy M. Strickler of York, Pa., followed with three bass at 11.21 pounds including a 4.98-pound kicker. Daniel Fischer of Fredericksburg, Va., finished fourth with three bass going 10.60 pounds including one 4.60-pounder. Andre A. Wynn of Windsor Mill, Md., rounded out the top co-anglers with three bass weighing 10.12 pounds. (The Bass Hog Jonathan Marlow finished 51st overall.)

For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see

About American Bass Anglers: The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series provides weekend anglers a professionally operated competitive tour with a path the world championship of bass fishing the Bassmaster Classic. American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit


Courtesy of ABA/David Hagood.

Posted By The Bass Hog

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Jeremy Percifield said Thursday all he wanted to do was not drop the ball and lose the 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Western Divisional on Clear Lake after a two-day lead. But as he was coming in with only two fish at check-in time Friday, he thought he had blown it.

“Less than an hour before check-in, I lost a monster,” said Percifield, of Kennewick, Wash. “It was at least 8 pounds. When it jumped out of the water and the hook came out of its mouth, I watched it drop back into the water and swim away in super duper slow motion.”

He thought that was the end of his lead.

But Percifield had stacked the deck on the first day with a 34-pound bag, and that put him over the edge to win the divisional, defeating 131 of his peers.

Percifield finished with 67 pounds, 6 ounces, which included a 9-2 bass. His wire-to-wire win earns him a trip to the 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, Oct. 24-26, on Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas.

Just behind Percifield was his teammate, Don Hogue of Washington, with 62 pounds, 14 ounces. Hogue actually provided the lure that helped Percifield beat him.

“We were fishing the same area,” said Percifield, referring to a quiet spot in the Anderson Marsh near the southern tip of Clear Lake. “He asked me if I was using any bladed swim jigs, and I said that I wasn’t because I don’t even know how to fish them. He cut the one he had off his line and handed it to me, then told me to fish it like a swimbait.”

The dark-colored D&M Swim Jig caught the 9-2 that put Percifield in the winner’s seat on the final day. However, his other 58 pounds over three days came from a selection of plastics he was flipping into the tules in the same area. Percifield used a Reaction Innovations Beaver, Bass Kickin’ Baits Thug and Big Bite Baits Yo Mama, all in green pumpkin. He flipped a long section of tules where he caught 7- and 8-pounders in practice on Tuesday and a 9-3 on Wednesday, the first competition day. The water was only 5 feet deep.

After Percifield broke the tip on his own rod on Thursday, he relied on a G.Loomis GLX flipping rod, loaned to him by his friend David Brinkerhoff, who was competing on the Oregon team. Percifield’s reel of choice was a Shimano Curado 201 E. He used 15-pound-test Yo-Zuri Hybrid line, a Gamakatsu 4/0 extra-wide gap heavy wire hook and 3/8-ounce Eco-Pro tungsten weights.

Joining Percifield at the championship will be other state team leaders Brian Severson, Arizona; Ron Welch, California; Ed McCaw, Colorado; Keegan Graves, Idaho; Tim Johnston, Montana; Jesse Milicevic, Nevada; Kris Bosley, New Mexico; Michael Gibney, Oregon; Mike Powell, Utah; and Joe Cole, Wyoming.

In the overall team competition, the Oregon B.A.S.S. Nation took the honors of having the most combined weight with 458 pounds, 10 ounces, a divisional record for team weight. Behind Oregon were Arizona with 456-11 and Idaho with 455-2.

Bonuses earned by anglers at the B.A.S.S. Nation event included:

· Livingston Lures Leader Award: $250 to Jeremy Percifield for his Day 2 total weight of 55-5.
· Livingston Lures Winner Award: $250 (merchandise valued) to Jeremy Percifield.
· Carhartt Big Bass of Tournament: $500 to Denton Crofts for his 10-9 bass on Day 2.
· Livingston Lures Youth Winner Awards - age group 11 - 14: $125 (merchandise valued) to Ryan Woods of Colorado B.A.S.S Nation.
· Livingston Lures Youth Winner Awards - age group 15 - 18: $125 (merchandise valued) to Chase Heaton - Washington B.A.S.S Nation.

The next anglers to qualify for the national championship will come in only two weeks at the 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional on Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tenn., April 24-26.
Courtesy of BASS Communicaitons.

Posted By The Bass Hog

Complications from recent neck surgery believed a factor claiming life of

famed fishing tackle inventor, angling authority, author and longtime TV host


TAMPA, Fla., -- 4/1/2013 -- Doug Hannon, a legend in the fishing world known as the “Bass Professor” whose unique expertise in a wide range of design skills and academic subjects in and outside of angling, died Thursday at his home in Keystone, a north Tampa suburb.

Hannon was 66.

He recently had neck surgery and was recovering at home said friend Russ Riley, a family spokesman and president of WaveSpin/MicroWave, a fishing components design company Hannon launched eight years ago, and which he served as its chief engineer.


Hannon the inventor

Hannon, who was best known by recreational anglers for catching-and-releasing over 800 largemouth bass of 10 or more pounds, also had nearly 20 patents for numerous fishing tackle, lures and boating propulsion designs. After its launch last summer Hannon was again riding the crest of worldwide acclaim with his newest innovation the MicroWave Line Control System by American Tackle, introduced at fall and winter fishing and trade shows in Australia, Asia, and Europe and recently in North America. A key component for light tackle spinning and casting rods called a guide train, Hannon’s new light weight advancement gives anglers longer and more accurate casts with far less vibration and friction to the line.

Based on MicroWave’s success across the globe with increasing sales to major rod builders, Hannon had been scheduled for more fishing show appearances in the U.S., said Riley.



From the Bass Hog to the Bass Professor..Rest in Peace Doug.





Posted By The Bass Hog

ZAPATA, Texas — Third-year Elite Series pro Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas, locked out 11 other finalists Monday in the Rigid Industries Falcon Slam, including his biggest threat after three rounds, four-time Bassmaster Classic champ and Zen master of bass fishing, Rick Clunn.

After weighing 28 pounds, 2 ounces on the final day, Combs hit and surpassed the 100-pound mark with 111 pounds, 5 ounces over four days of competition on Falcon Lake out of Zapata, Texas. In his home state on a lake he’s guided on for years, Combs took his first Bassmaster Elite Series title in wire-to-wire fashion and by a margin of nearly 6 pounds over Clunn.

Besides the Bassmaster Century Club entry, Combs walked away with $100,000, an automatic berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic and 100 points in the 2013 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race to collect $100,000 at the end of the eight-event regular season.

“I’m going to cherish this. Wins like this don’t come around often. I’ve been trying for a long time to get a tour-level win. With the Classic berth, it’s also a relief,” Combs said. “This is a huge career move for me.”

As he toted his shoulder-stretching bag to the tanks, Combs didn’t think he had the win sewn up over Clunn.

“I figured he would catch 35 again today. He’d caught it two days in a row, I didn’t see how that would change,” Combs said after he’d won.

Every day of the Slam presented ups and downs for the champ. While the first day his limit of 34-13 happened “pretty quick,” he said, the other three days he had to fight to upgrade 14-inchers.

Monday, his last bass was his largest of the tournament; it ran about 7 1/2 pounds, he estimated. But he had to wait five painful hours to get it. With four big ones in the livewell by 8:45 a.m., he was stumped. Then he went to one sweet spot he’d reserved near the check-in point.

With five minutes to go, he boated the 7 1/2-pounder.

“Every day I’ve caught one on that spot,” he said. “Today it [allowed me to cull] a 1-pounder.”

Combs said his winning lure was a Strike King 6XD in chartreuse blue. He caught all but three of his fish on the 6XD — one he hooked on a Strike King Game Hawg, and two were caught on a 10-inch plum-colored worm.

His pattern, he said, was “simple.” All four days he ran a series of main-lake rockpiles on ledges peaking at 6 feet and dropping to about 20 feet.

“I was setting my casts in 6 to 8 feet (of water) and working my bait aggressively,” he said. “I think that was the key. It was a reaction deal. I could see them on my [electronics], but just getting one to bite was hard. I would cast shallow and burn them back to the boat.”

The Top 12 Slam finalists had a day of forced rest Sunday when high winds on Falcon Lake postponed the last round until Monday. Combs said the off day “saved him.”

Clunn brought in 23-3 Monday, but it was good enough only for second place. But with a 105-6 total, Clunn achieved a goal that’s eluded him in his storied career: making the Century Club.

“That was one of my goals because we don’t get many opportunities to do that. I’ve done a lot of things in my career, but for the last several years, we’ve gone to some really good lakes like Falcon, Clear Lake and the [Louisiana] Delta where you can achieve a hundred, and I hadn’t done it,” he said.

He looked back on his Day 2 bag of 32-9 and his Day 3 catch of 36-14 — the event’s largest — as lifetime achievements.

John Crews of Salem, Va., took third place with 103-13, for the tournament’s third entry in the Century Club. He had the Berkley Heavyweight bag of the day, 29-7, as well as the day’s largest Carhartt Big Bass, an 8-6 he stuck with only three minutes left in his fishing time.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.