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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Zach Hingson and Tyler Benedict had only fished Lake Springfield one time prior to Sunday’s Costa Bassmaster High School Midwestern Open presented by TNT Fireworks.

So when they had a good five-fish limit just 35 minutes after takeoff, they were thrilled.

Maybe a little too thrilled.

With the anglers losing focus in all of the excitement, their boat captain Alan Hingson called one of the eight timeouts allotted by B.A.S.S. rules to calm them down. From there, the team members from Illinois’ Arthur Levington Atwood Hammond High School culled their way up to 18 pounds, 8 ounces and walked away with the victory.

Dailus Richardson and Trevor McKinney of Benton High School in Illinois placed second with 14-11 on a day when wind gusts reached 32 miles per hour.

“When they had a limit in just 35 or 40 minutes, I think they were shell-shocked a little bit,” Alan Hingson said. “They were almost wrapping fish up in the trolling motor and just going crazy. I called timeout and told them to put their rods down for a minute to settle down.”

Just a few minutes after the timeout, Hingson and Benedict caught one of their largest fish, a largemouth that weighed 4-2. Their bag also included a 5-2 that tied Richardson and McKinney for big fish of the tournament.

Benedict listed a long line of baits that produced fish.

“Crankbaits, Chatterbaits, Carolina rigs, beavers — a little bit of everything,” he said. “We caught fish on everything we threw.”

All three participants had a feeling a win was meant to be when Benedict made his first cast with a Carolina Rig.

His reel backlashed, and the bait only traveled about 20 feet. But when he cleared the backlash and lifted his rod tip, he had a fish on his line.

“That’s when I knew somebody was looking out for us,” Benedict said. “That’s the kind of good luck we had today.”

The team’s catch of 18-8 was three pounds heavier than the winning weight of a tournament filled with adult anglers on Lake Springfield Saturday. It was enough to help them easily past a solid field that brought plenty of fish to the scales.

Of the 34 boats in the event, 33 weighed in at least one fish. The Top 10 teams all had at least 10-3, and the Top 5 had 12-9 or better.

Richardson and McKinney came in a distant second with 14-11. They said their catch, which was anchored by a 5-2 largemouth, came mostly by way of flipping a beaver.

Luke Jasper and Tommy Rimbo of Illinois’ Lemont High School placed third with 13-9. They used jigs and Texas rigged plastics to catch their fish.

The Top 3 teams earned berths into the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by TNT Fireworks. The tournament is scheduled for July 22-25 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn.

“I’ve never been to Kentucky Lake,” Zach Hingson said. “But I’m looking forward to see it. I can’t wait to get there.”

At every event on this year’s Costa Bassmaster High School Series, an act of courage, courtesy or sportsmanship is recognized as the “Costa Moment.” The honor for this event went to Anthony Fazio and Grant Olsen of Illinois’ Minooka Anglers Club for towing fellow tournament anglers Sean Cook and Tommy Zobel of Joliet Central High School back to the weigh-in site.

“We ran out of juice,” Zobel said. “Our trolling motor battery and our cranking battery were both dead, and they took their last 20 minutes of fishing time to bring us in. It was pretty cool of them.”

Courtesy of BASS Communications.

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GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (May 19, 2015) – The Muhlenberg County team of Billy Hardison and Nathan Fleener brought a two-day cumulative total of 10 bass weighing 33 pounds, 11 ounces to the scale this weekend, beating out 54 other teams to win the 2015 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. The win earned the team medals, a trophy to display in their school and the title of KHSAA state champions.
The top 10 high school teams on Kentucky Lake were:
  1st:       Muhlenberg County – Billy Hardison and Nathan Flener, 10 bass, 33-11
  2nd:      Muhlenberg County – Taylor Harris and Drew Mendoza, seven bass, 29-13
  3rd:       Elizabethtown High School – Nick Ratliff and Gavin Wood, nine bass, 23-6
  4th:       Dixie Heights High School – Sean King and Nick Tekulve, seven bass, 22-7
  5th:       Johnson Central High School – Truman Salyer and Cody Harless, nine bass, 21-6
  6th:       Perry County Central High School – Matthew Roberts and Richard Cornett, eight bass, 19-6
  7th:       Calloway County High School – Cody Jackson and Trevor Salyers, four bass, 19-2
  8th:       Thomas Nelson High School – Jared Goss and Braden Maupin, seven bass, 17-6
  9th:       Wayne County High School – Bradley Dunagan and Tray Hardwick, eight bass, 17-0
  10th:     Trigg County High School – Douglas Colson and Jordan Despain, four bass, 15-12
Complete results can be found at
The Kentucky National Guard Best & Brightest Award was awarded to Tesa Hacker of Boyle County High School.
Chase Soler of Allen Central High School was awarded the Forcht Bank All-Around Excellence Award.
Cody Jackson of Calloway County High School won the tournament’s big-bass award with a nice 6-pound, 10-ounce bass weighed in on Friday.
The 2015 KHSAA Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. The event was formed after The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, partnered with the KHSAA to present the 2015 KHSAA season, which featured four regional events across Kentucky as well as the state championship.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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HARTWELL, Ga. (May 19, 2015) – FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Hartwell May 30 for the third and final regular-season stop in the Southeastern Conference. A full field of college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Southeastern Conference Championship tournament.
“There’s going to be a few different options for anglers on Lake Hartwell this time of year,” said Walmart FLW Tour pro and reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, South Carolina. “That’s what makes tournaments in early summer like this so exciting.
“The postspawn bite will be the strongest, but I’ve seen late spawners up shallow on the lower end of the lake in the past,” continued Gagliardi. “I think the postspawn fish will be feeding on herring and offshore fishing is going to play a major role in this tournament. Anglers will also find some fish up shallow around docks that haven’t moved out deep yet. Drop-shotting points and using Carolina-rigs on the main lake will be very popular as well.
“As for baits, I see competitors using green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Finesse Worms, six-inch Zoom Trick Worms and possibly even football-head jigs,” said Gagliardi. “Topwater baits and Zoom Super Flukes will do well with the offshore fish that are feeding. I’ve done well in the past with natural colors and slightly darker colors like watermelon seed.”
When asked what he thought a winning weight would be, Gagliardi predicted the victors will bring a five-bass limit nearing 19 pounds to the scale.
“If I were to fish the lake today, that’s the amount of weight I’d want in my livewell,” Gagliardi said. 
Anglers will take off from the Gum Branch Park ramp located on Vanna Waller Road in Hartwell at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the marina beginning at 2:30 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.
Schools are allowed to register up until the morning of the tournament. Entries may be made either by phone or at
FLW College Fishing teams compete in qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top fifteen teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five Conference Championship tournaments. The top ten teams from each of the five Conference Championship tournaments will advance to the 2016 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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OAKLEY, Calif. (May 11, 2015) – The Humboldt State University team of Tristan Merlaud of Sebastopol, California, and Rudy Directo of Alpine, California, won the FLW College Fishing Western Conference event on the California Delta Saturday with five bass weighing 22 pounds, 4 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Western Conference Championship tournament.
“The main factor for us today was definitely the rising tide,” said Merlaud , a sophomore majoring in Freshwater Fisheries Biology. “We caught seven fish throughout the day, and all came before the slack tide at 10 a.m.”
“We pre-fished for two days before this tournament and we felt pretty good coming in to it,” said Directo. “We keyed in on one key stretch of sparse tules and flats, and when the tide was up, it was on. We fished one long stretch – about the size of a football field – near Mandeville Island.”
“Our very first fish of the day came on a white Snag Proof Ish’s Phat Frog,” Merlaud continued. “It was a good one – 7 pounds, 2 ounces. After that first bite we had a pretty good stretch where we didn’t get any bites. We ended up switching to a green-pumpkin Z-Man ChatterBaits with either Big Texan- or green-pumpkin-colored Culprit Incredi Craw trailers and caught the rest of our fish.”
“I think the switch to the ChatterBait was the key to our win,” Directo added. “A lot of teams were fishing for the reaction bites, but the green-pumpkin ChatterBait was the deal.
“I can’t wait to get back to the Conference Championship at Clear Lake,” Directo went on to say. “We qualified for the tournament last year but had a real tough event and we only weighed in one fish. We are going to get some pre-fishing practice time in and we definitely plan to be ready this time around.”
This FLW College Fishing Western Conference tournament was hosted by City of Oakley and was the second regular-season qualifying tournament. The next event for Western Conference anglers will be the Conference Championship, scheduled for Sept. 26-27 at Clear Lake in Lakeport, Calif., and is hosted by the Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina.
FLW College Fishing teams compete in qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top fifteen teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five Conference Championship tournaments. The top ten teams from each of the five Conference Championship tournaments will advance to the 2016 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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MINNEAPOLIS (May 12, 2015) – Nominations for the 2015 Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award are now being accepted. The annual award recognizes a Walmart FLW Tour professional angler who best displays an overall commitment to sportsmanship and community leadership, on and off the water, by demonstrating ethical behavior, upholding integrity, class, selflessness, conservation efforts and demonstrating kindness to others.
From conservation to community strengthening, FLW cares about the anglers, sponsors and the millions of fans that enjoy its bass fishing tournaments each year. By recognizing the outstanding individuals who set a high standard with their approach on and off the water, FLW hopes to set the tone for tournament fishing and to pass those values on to its anglers, sponsors, fans and host communities.
Eligible candidates must be a registered FLW Tour pro angler. Several criterions will be taken into consideration for the award. Anglers must exhibit profound respect and civility for all competitors, fisheries, tournament staff and fans.  Outstanding individuals will demonstrate an ability to accept victory and defeat with dignity and grace as well as uphold the highest level of humility and integrity. Award winners display the utmost commitment to conservation, community service and volunteerism.
Past winners of the prestigious award include Walmart pro Mark Rose, Jason Christie and Rich Dalbey. During the 2014 season, Dalbey coordinated food drives at every Walmart FLW Tour stop. The drives collected more than 800 pounds of food and generated enough money to pay for more than 3,000 meals in local communities. The drives were so successful that Dalbey continues to host one at all FLW Tour events.
Those interested in nominating a FLW Tour pro angler must submit a nomination form to Allie Gibbs, FLW Community Outreach Manager, no later than Friday, July 24, 2015. Submissions can be emailed to, faxed to (270) 252-1001 or mailed to FLW at 30 Gamble Lane, Benton, Kentucky, 42025. Self or peer nominations will be accepted. After all forms are completed, an FLW committee will narrow the nominees and unveil the recipient at the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
For a 2015 Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award nomination form, click here.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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Jeter wins co-angler title
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (May 23, 2015) – Clint Brown of Bainbridge, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Southeast Division event on Lake Seminole presented by Evinrude with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 52 pounds, 11 ounces. For his victory, Brown earned $40,000.
“The first two days of the tournament I was mainly sight fishing,” said Brown, who earned the win in just his fourth tournament with FLW. “Coming in to this tournament I has around 20 fish marked that I knew were on the beds, and I knew that I would be able to catch them come tournament time. My bait of choice was an Okeechobee-Craw-colored Bruiser Baits Intruder, Texas-rigged with a ¼-ounce weight.”
Brown said that he tried very hard to manage his bed fish throughout the three-day tournament. He caught four on day one, then filled out his limit with a frog. On day two he caught three off of the bed, then again filled his limit with a frog. He said that he was out of fish for the third and final day of competition and was forced to just go fishing.
“Today, I went to an area where I had gotten one bite in practice,” Brown said. “I hadn’t seen any other anglers fishing it throughout the week. I went to the back of a pocket that had a lot of shad and managed to catch eight keepers on a shad-colored Dirty Jigs swimjig.
“I had a decent five-bass limit, but I had two small fish,” Brown continued. “In the last hour of the day I had a hunch to switch things up and I ended up catching my two biggest fish of the day on a chartreuse and white ½-ounce buzzbait. Sometimes you just have to trust your instinct and hope you make the right decision. I did today, and to get the win on my home lake is just awesome.”
Complete results can be found at
Wayne Christopher of Huntsville, Alabama, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Friday – a fish weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $300.
Greg Jeter of Bainbridge, Georgia, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 12 bass weighing 41 pounds even.  
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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Shelby Pro Beats 149 Anglers, Wins $125,000 in Nationally Televised Event
EUFAULA, Ala. (May 17, 2015) – The Walmart FLW Tour event at Lake Eufaula presented by Quaker State promised a dramatic finish Sunday as all of the final top-10 anglers competing on the final day were within striking distance of first place and the title of Lake Eufaula Champion. When the scales settled, it was veteran pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, who had caught enough weight to earn the fourth victory of his career.
Thrift’s final-day catch of five bass weighing 15 pounds, 5 ounces gave him a four-day total of 69-14 and the win by a 2-pound, 15-ounce margin over day three leader Troy Morrow of Eastanollee, Georgia. Thrift beat out 149 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world and claimed the first place prize of $125,000.
“I fished harder this week than I ever have before,” Thrift continued. “I put 30 hours in three days of practice on my new Evinrude G2 outboard. I sat on my butt for three days just idling and looking and marking – not even fishing. I had around 200 waypoints coming in to this tournament and I was just hoping that I would be able to fish them and come across five good ones each day. The key for me was just covering a lot of water and fishing as much as I possibly could.”
After catching a 7-pounder on day one, a 6½-pounder on day two and two 5-pounders on day three, Thrift seemed to be on the big fish pattern necessary to methodically work his way to the top of the leaderboard. Despite his lack of a kicker on Sunday, Thrift said he still managed to grind out eight keepers on an unnamed swimbait and a frog, to seal the win.
“I figured someone would catch a big limit today and that I didn’t have enough to win,” Thrift said. “I never got that big bite today like I had been all week, but I can’t complain. I’ve had an awesome week.”
“The AOY race is going to go to whoever has had the best year of their entire career,” Thrift said. “Our next stop, Lake Chickamauga, is Wesley’s home lake. Everybody is going to have to hold their ground, because we know Wesley is going to catch them. It’s going to be a super-tight race and going to come down to the last fish weighed in at the last tournament on the Potomac River.”
Overall there were 49 bass weighing 124 pounds, 7 ounces caught by pros Sunday. Nine professionals weighed in five-bass limits.
Keith Honeycutt of Temple, Texas, won the co-angler division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 22 pounds, 12 ounces, followed by Hiroyuki Watanabe of Shizuoka, Honshu, Japan, who finished in second place with 10 bass weighing 22 pounds, 12 ounces worth $7,448.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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Wright wins co-angler title
MARBURY, Md. (May 18, 2015) – Mike Roselle of La Plata, Maryland, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division tournament of 2015 on Potomac River. For his victory, Roselle earned $6,235.
Mike Roselle of La Plata, Maryland, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win the Shenandoah Division tournament on Potomac River and a check worth $6,235. (FLW)
“My primary spot was on the north end of the river,” said Roselle. “The area was full of spawning fish and had a lot of scattered grass. There were also postspawn fish that had pulled off the bank and were sitting in anywhere from two to four feet of water.”
Roselle said he used a green-pumpkin-colored Strike King jig rigged with a green-pumpkin Strike King Rage Craw to catch his entire stringer of fish.
“The only time I would get a bite is when I’d break it off from the grass, so I tried to always be in contact with it,” said Roselle. “The creek has a lot of crawfish in it right now so I knew this jig would come up big.”
Roselle went on to say he fished only two spots the entire tournament.
“Once the tide goes out the fish stop feeding. Of the 15 keepers I ended catching, almost all came before noon,” said Roselle.
Darick Brumbaugh of Pratts, Virginia, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 7 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $590.
Trevor Wright of Chesterfield, Virginia, weighed in five bass totaling 14 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win $2,118 in the co-angler division.
Alex Antipenko of Brooklyn, New York, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $295.
Jonathan Marlow of Burke, Virginia finished 26th on the co-angler's side.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At just 28 years of age, it’s hard to imagine Justin Lucas has accomplished all he’s going to in professional bass fishing.

But wherever he goes from here, it’ll be hard for him to top what he experienced the past four days in the Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River.

With a giant cheering section full of friends, family and fans holding signs that read “Go Justin” and “Cal-A-Bama Kid,” the California native turned Alabama resident brought a limit of bass that weighed 16 pounds to Sunday’s championship weigh-in. It pushed his four-day mark to 82-14 and helped him claim his first career B.A.S.S. victory, under the best possible circumstances.

“This one’s perfect,” a teary-eyed Lucas said after claiming the $100,000 victory in just his 23rd career B.A.S.S. event. “For about 17 years, I’ve been dreaming of doing something like this. It’s cool. It’s just super-cool.”

Lucas began the week in eighth place with a solid catch of 21-13 Thursday. Then he bullied his way up to third with 25-14 Friday and took the lead with 19-3 during a Saturday round when difficult tidal conditions baffled much of the field.

He made at least a 90-minute run down the Sacramento River to the California Delta each of the first three days and targeted shallow largemouth with a Berkley Havoc Pit Boss in the vampire orange color pattern. He stayed with the same approach Sunday, but made an even longer run to an area he’d been holding in reserve.

“I saved that area,” Lucas said. “I knew it was going to get tougher every day. We had some other tournaments going down there, and there was a lot of pressure. I saved that area, and nobody else really knew about it.”

He said it wasn’t the type of area where an angler would normally win an event on the California Delta. But it was just what he needed on a day when many of the remaining Top 12 anglers struggled.

Five-foot waves almost convinced him not to make the journey. But he made the decision to tackle the rough water, and he put together a fast limit that he culled to upgrade before making the long journey back to Discovery Park.

“I knew there were a lot of 3-pound fish in there,” Lucas said. “That’s what I had today. I had 16 pounds, so I basically caught five 3-pound fish. I kept that area in my back pocket, and it worked out.”

His closest competition came from another California native turned Alabama resident, two-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Aaron Martens. After leading the tournament on Day 2 and entering the championship round in second, Martens caught 16-9 Sunday and finished almost 2 1/2 pounds behind Lucas with 80-7.

“I’ve known Justin for a long time,” said Martens, who finished second for the 13th time in his B.A.S.S. career. “I’ve talked with Justin a lot, and he’s a super-cool guy. I wanted to win, but I’ll take second.”

Lucas was overcome with emotion again when he thought about the list of anglers he held off to get the win.


Courtesy of BASS Communications.

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YUMA, Ariz. (April 21, 2015) – The Yuma High School team of Jonathon Parrish and Brett Edington brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 7 ounces to win the 2015 Arizona State High School Fishing Championship on Martinez Lake. The win earned the team the title of state champions and qualified the team to compete in a High School Fishing conference championship on Clear Lake in September.
The top 10 teams on Martinez Lake were:
  1st:        Yuma High School – Johnathon Parrish and Brett Edington, five bass, 17-11
  2nd:      Yuma High School – Jaysen Brooks and Brian Valasquez, five bass, 13-7
  3rd:       Yuma High School – Aaron Cadena and Ben Jackson, five bass, 13-4
  4th:       Phoenix High School – Shane Edgar and Justin Fields, five bass, 13-3
  5th:       Yuma High School – Tristan Casaus and Matthew Jimenez, four bass, 12-14
  6th:       Perry High School – Steven Mack and Morgan Nurenberg four bass, 10-10
  7th:       Phoenix High School – Nathan Cummings and Taj White, five bass, 9-14
  8th:       Yuma High School – Marco Ramirez and Seth Schlamann, five bass, 8-11
  9th:       Phoenix High School – Ian Boehm and Kade Anderson, three bass, 7-15
  10th:     Show Low High School – Mason Fagutti and Skyler Koury, five bass, 7-10
Complete results can be found at
The 2015 Arizona State High School Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top three teams from each of the seven TBF/FLW High School Fishing Opens held this season. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2016. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2015 High School Fishing World Finals, held on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama, on July 8-11. At the 2014 World Finals more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit for details.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.