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Posted By The Bass Hog
Francis wins co-angler title
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (July 19, 2014) – Michael Marini of Slingerlands, N.Y., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Champlain with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 57 pounds, 7 ounces. For his victory, Marini earned $38,664.
“It feels incredible,” said Marini, who weighed the biggest bag of the day on Saturday to move up from fourth place and earn his first win in FLW competition. “It is honestly one of the biggest accomplishments of my fishing career. I’m looking forward to fishing more in the future. I’m very confident on this lake and it paid off.
“I fished the same exact techniques all three days,” Marini explained. “The first two days I rotated between two primary spots. Today I recognized that it was a slow bite. I stayed with one spot and milked it all day. I never fired up the main motor except to go get gas for the run back from Ticonderoga.”
Marini said that his primary area was a grass flat about the size of a football field and that he targeted depths ranging from about 4 to 6 feet.
“I don’t think the bass were in their summer pattern yet,” said Marini said. “They were spread out all through the flat and I didn’t have to target specific pockets of fish.”
Marini said he caught all his fish on a bright colored Yamamoto Senko that he either wacky-rigged or Texas-rigged with a ½-ounce weight.       
Olson and Frank Ippoliti of Mercersburg, Pa., tied for the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, each catching a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass – that earned them the Thursday and Friday Big Bass awards of $284, respectively.
Zachary Francis of Abingdon, Va., 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 46 pounds even.
Robin Roystan of Bath, N.H., caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday – a 5-pound, 8-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $189.
The Rayovac FLW Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the no-entry-fee Rayovac FLW Series Championship. The 2014 Rayovac FLW Series Championship is being held Oct. 30-Nov.1 on Wheeler Lake in Rogersville, Ala.
   Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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PARIS, Tenn. — With tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces, the Susquehanna Valley team of Garrett Enders and Nick Osman hoisted the championship trophy into the air. The Pennsylvania anglers outlasted 59 high school teams to take home the inaugural Bassmaster High School Championship presented by Carhartt trophy.
With a Day 3 weight of 7 pounds, 4 ounces, they sat in second place and were in prime position to take over the lead on the final day of competition. Using a weightless wacky rigged Senko, Enders and Osman caught four more keepers Saturday, and their Day 4 weight of 4 pounds, 11 ounces was just enough to hold off the hard-charging anglers from Benton, Ill., who jumped six places to finish second.
“It’s amazing, I mean honestly I’m still speechless, and it probably won’t sink in for a few weeks,” Osman said. “We worked so hard to get here, and it paid off. We are champions.”
Enders and Osman didn’t have an easy final day whatsoever as they were in the penalty box early Saturday morning. A 30-minute penalty was accessed to the team after they failed to promptly take their mandatory halftime break at 9:30 a.m. on Day 3. Seven minutes later they realized what had happened and took the 15-minute halftime break.
After their 30-minute penalty, the Susqehanna Valley team launched and headed straight for the Carroll County 1,000-acre Recreational Lake dam. Once they arrived at the dam they fished up and down the rocky banks with their weightless wacky rigged Senko, which they threw on spinning tackle.
For their victory, Enders and Osman received $4,000 ($2,000 per angler) in scholarship funds from B.A.S.S. They were also offered $20,000 scholarships (over four years), if they attend Bethel University.
The second place team of Dailus Richardson and Trevor McKinney of Benton High School were a force to be reckoned with this week, as the Illinois anglers were the Day 1 and 2 leaders from Kentucky Lake.
McKinney and Richardson came back to the scales on Day 3 with just three fish for 5 pounds, 3 ounces, moving them into the final day in eighth place.
“I’m a flipper, and I really like to flip a lot,” McKinney said. “But we didn’t do that until 11 o’clock on Day 3, and that cost us.”
The Benton High School team flipped creature baits into flooded timber to catch their 6-pound, 5-ounce limit on the final day. The duo received $2,000 ($1,000 each) in scholarships from B.A.S.S., as well as $1,000 from Triton. For their Day 1 efforts on Kentucky Lake, the anglers received $1,000 courtesy of Mud Hole for their Heavyweight Bag of 20 pounds,14 ounces.
The third place team of Blake Albertson and Evan Wheeler of B Town Bassers in Indiana received $1,500 ($750 each from B.A.S.S. and $1,000 from Yamaha.
Zeke Gossett and Hayden Bartee of Pell City High School in Alabama climbed from 10th to fourth to take home $1,500 in scholarships from B.A.S.S.
The fifth through 10th place teams all received $1,000 ($500 each) in B.A.S.S. scholarships.
Jack Garner received the Carhartt Big Bass for the week after he brought a 7-pound, 4-ounce Kentucky Lake largemouth to the scales. The angler from the Douglass Indians fishing team received a $1,250 scholarship courtesy of Carhartt.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.

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Athens, Al - Richard Newton of Stafford, VA weighed in 5 fish tipping the scales at 16.67 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series Maryland event 2014-07-19 on Potomac.

"I guess when it's your day it's just your day.  After a month of having these fish located all the conditions were just right to finally do well in the area I was fishing.  The tide and cloud cover made for perfect conditions to catch numerous big fish in the area I was fishing.  All my fish came on topwater frog baits.  Unfortunately, I am having issues with one of my livewells and by 9 AM I noticed my fish were is serious distress.  I decided to call it a day and called the tournament director to arrange for an early weigh in.  By the time I got back to the launch area my three smaller fish had died and one of my big fish was in trouble.  After only fishing for three hours I was extremely fortunate that my weight held up for the win."

The Stafford Virginia antique dealer weighed in five fish that weighed 18.17 pounds before penalties, including two fish over six pounds.

Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:

1 Richard Newton 5 16.67 250 $2014
2 Kermit C. Crowder 5 16.16 249 $ 920
3 Rodney Oberdick 5 16.00 248 $ 607
4 Jason M. Tibbetts 5 14.04 247 $ 422
5 Jessie D. Moore 5 14.03 246 $ 360
6 Jesepth R. Hughes 5 13.58 245 $ 190
7 Michael A. Callahan 5 13.25 244 $ 190
8 Daniel Jeffers 5 12.99 243 $ 190
9 Michael A Phillips 5 12.77 242

$ 0


Omari Hopkins Navies

5 12.19 241 $ 0

The Boater Big Bass was caught by: Richard Newton 6.48 pounds

Contact the tournament manger Gary Conner at 256-230-5627.

Courtesy of ABA/David Hagood.

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NORTH EAST, Md. (July 12, 2014) – The Fairmont State University team of Bryson Grimes of Kingwood, W.Va., and Aaron Davis of Pleasant Valley, W.Va., won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event on the Chesapeake Bay Saturday with five bass weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Invitational tournament.
“My first cast this morning I caught a 4½-pounder,” said Grimes, a senior majoring in Criminal Justice. “We were fishing the southern end of the Susquehanna Flats, targeting the grass. All of our fish came real shallow – in two feet of water or less. We culled four or five times and I’d estimate that we caught around 10 keepers throughout the day.”
“We just moved down the grass lines,” added Davis, a freshman majoring in Occupational Safety. “We probably covered 15 square miles, but we had two spots that turned out to be pretty key for us. I would definitely say that we are comfortable fishing shallow and would consider it one of our strengths.”
The duo said that the majority of their fish came via on white and chartreuse-colored War Eagle spinnerbaits. Davis said that two key fish came late in the day on a white Spro Bronzeye Frog 65, allowing them to cull up two pounds and seal the victory.
“I fished here last year in the Conference Invitational tournament and I only weighed in one fish,” Grimes went on to say. “I really wanted to come back and redeem myself and I’m happy that we were able to do that. The Potomac River is one of my favorite fisheries so I’m really looking forward to fishing in the Invitational again and hopefully we can qualify for the National Championship.”
  Complete results can be found at
College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.
                                               Courtesy of 

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship will host the largest field since the programs inception in 2011. At the championship — held on Chatuge Reservoir in northeast Georgia, July 31-Aug. 2 — college anglers will compete for cash, prizes, bragging rights and a chance at the coveted 2015 Bassmaster Classic berth.
With a record 167 collegiate anglers representing 58 universities from across the United States, the championship intends to not only break attendance records, but also bring the toughest competition and highest skill-level anglers to the college bass fishing circuit.
“The level of competition at this championship will be the highest it’s ever been,” said Jacob Nummy, a member of the 2013 national champion team from Auburn University at Montgomery who qualified again this year. “Defending the title against a field as tough as this is intimidating, but I’ve been looking forward to it all year.”
Each team qualified through either a series of conference regionals or the last-chance Wild Card tournament held on Pickwick Lake, June 27-28.
Throughout the year, anglers put their skills to the test in hopes of earning a chance to fish the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, and this year’s qualifiers are a true representation of the best college bass fishermen in the circuit, said Hank Weldon, B.A.S.S. college tournament manager.
“Our tournament circuit produces the cream of the crop when it comes to collegiate competition,” Weldon added. “When you look at our championship field, you’re looking at the best of the best anglers.”
The the full field of 84 teams will compete the first two days on Chatuge. The five teams with the heaviest cumulative weights from the opening rounds will vye on Saturday, Aug.2, for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship title.
Immediately following the national championship, the Top 4 teams will advance to the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket, which will also be held on Chatuge Reservoir, Aug. 3-6. In the Classic Bracket competition, teammates will compete individually for one berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic to be held Feb. 20-22 on Lake Hartwell near Greenville, S.C.
Teams will take off from The Ridges Marina in Hiawassee, Ga., at 6:30 a.m. ET. (GPS help: 3499 U.S. Hwy. 76, Hiawasee, GA 30546.) Weigh-ins for the championship will be held at Young Harris College and are set to begin at 3 p.m. ET. (GPS help: 1 College St., Young Harris, GA 30582.)
Fishing fans can find championship updates on Features include live-streaming weigh-ins, real-time leaderboards, on-the-water blogs, photo galleries, BASScam videos and daily results.
Follow the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Facebook at and on Twitter using the hashtag #collegebass.
                                Courtesy of BASS Communications.