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Posted By The Bass Hog
Tennessee Angler Amasses 51 Pounds of Bass, Wins $500,000
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Aug. 23, 2015) – Professional angler Brad Knight of Lancing, Tennessee, crossed the stage with a five-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces Sunday to claim the title of Forrest Wood Cup Champion at the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita presented by Walmart. Knight, with a four-day total of 20 bass for 51-12, won by a 3-pound, 15-ounce margin over Ramie Colson Jr., of Cadiz, Kentucky, and won the $500,000 top award in professional bass fishing’s world championship that featured 50 of the best professional anglers in the world casting for the sport’s largest prize.
“I had such a tough practice,” Knight continued. “We get three days to figure out the lake, and on the second and third day of practice I did not have a single keeper bite. I found an area in the back of Blakely Creek that was the only place that I was confident that I could even get a single bite and that spot turned out to be gold.”
“When you win a Tour-level tournament, that is a career-changer and a great feather in your cap,” Knight said. “But, when you win the Forrest Wood Cup, that is a life-changer. I’ve got a 3-year-old girl who now has college paid for. I can write a check and pay off my house when I get home. The thoughts that are running through my head right now are how I can best provide for my family. This is just a humbling, humbling experience.”
Sunny Hawk of Salt Lake City, Utah, won the co-angler division and $50,000 Friday with a two-day total of eight bass weighing 19 pounds, 11 ounces followed by Bryan New of Belmont, North Carolina, in second place with nine bass weighing 16-6 worth $10,000.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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OT SPRINGS, Ark. (Aug. 20, 2015) – Fifty of the best professional bass anglers in the world began their four-day competition for a top cash award of $500,000 at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, at Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Thursday.
Jacob Wheeler of Indianapolis, Indiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 2 ounces to take the early lead after day one of the four-day event. Wheeler now holds a slim 1-pound, 2-ounce lead over Lowrance pro Ishama Monroe of Hughson, California, who caught five bass weighing 15 pounds even, good for second place.
“The Forrest Wood Cup is a totally different tournament,” Wheeler said. “There is so much on the line – not only the money. One of these years, someone is going to become the first ever two-time champion. I know Scott (Martin) wants to win it. I know (Luke) Clausen wants to win it. No one has ever won it twice.
Sunny Hawk of Salt Lake City, Utah, leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 6 ounces followed by Bryan New in second place with five bass weighing 10 pounds, 15 ounces. Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $50,000.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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Midday giant helps Martens seal wire-to-wire win at Chesapeake Bay


NORTH EAST, Md. – Aaron Martens could feel it all slipping away.

After starting Sunday’s final round of the Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Chesapeake Bay with a 5-pound lead, he was struggling as the clock ticked toward noon. And to make matters worse, Bill Lowen, his closest competition coming into the day, was off to a red-hot start.

But just when some watching on Bassmaster LIVE were ready to count him out, Martens landed a 7-pound, 2-ounce largemouth that helped him put together a final-day bag of 21-5. Both numbers ranked as the best of the tournament, and they helped Martens secure his second win of the season with a four-day weight of 70-2.

He had a tough morning and once trailed Lowen in the unofficial standings by close to 10 pounds. Martens had one three-hour stretch without a bite and then lost several bass in the 3- to 5-pound range once the fish finally started feeding.

He broke the ice with a 12-inch keeper and 2-pounder around 10 a.m. Then the big fish started biting.

Throughout the week, Martens used a drop shot rig, a spinnerbait, a standard vibrating jig and a Chatterbait.

His biggest fish almost spit the bait out before Martens was able to get a hand on it.

Lowen did all he could to catch Martens, putting a solid limit in the boat early and culling his way up to 18-5 – his best bag of the event. But Martens’ furious finish kept the Indiana angler from reaching his first B.A.S.S. victory.

Courtesy of BASS Communications/Bryan Brasher

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SANDUSKY, Ohio (Aug. 18, 2015) – The Rayovac FLW Series is headed to Lake Erie August 27-29 for a tournament presented by Evinrude when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the third and final regular-season stop of 2015 in the Northern Division.
Lefebre said that fans can expect to see a lot of competitors focusing on choosing baits that imitate goby.
“Gobies are the name of the game this time of year,” said Lefebre. “Beige- or pumpkin-colored baits on drop-shot rigs and tubes will be a player. I could also see people reaching for smoky- and natural-colored baits as well. It’s really all about preference. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits could come in to mix things up, but it is a little early yet.”
“22 pounds a day should be strong,” said Lefebre. “It’s gonna be a whackfest with a lot of 3½-pounders.”
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Advisory for Friday, August 14, 2015
WHAT:  FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with Mexico to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the United States’ southern neighbor as part of the international division of the Rayovac FLW Series. The agreement will be signed by Jaime Luengo, President and CEO of LUTCOM SA DE CV, at a scheduled signing during the “FLW Morning Show” on the morning of August 21st at the Forrest Wood Cup.  
WHEN:                 Friday, August 21, 2015
WHERE                FLW Morning Show
                              Brady Mountain Resort & Marina
                              Corps of Engineers Launch Facility
              4120 Brady Mountain Road
                              Royal, Ark.
NOTES: Mexico will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of the host country, to a new international division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. The highest finisher among countries represented in the international division will then advance to the Forrest Wood Cup, making it the sport’s only true world championship.  
Mexico is set to become the fourth country to sign on for international sanctioning, joining Canada, South Korea and China as FLW partners under the new program and will begin hosting FLW-sanctioned tournaments in 2016. Details on the internationally-hosted tournaments will be available soon.
Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Earlier this year FLW expanded its presence on the world stage yet again with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad.
Additional FLW qualifying tournaments in other countries are forthcoming. Watch for details. 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Ten minutes. That’s how long it took Randy Howell to win the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open #2 presented by Allstate.
Howell, of Springville, Ala., desperately wanted to win at Oneida Lake after losing a 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament here by 6 ounces to Boyd Duckett. Settling the score seemed impossible.
Howell had four small bass in the livewell just minutes before his official check-in time of 2 p.m. Coming in late meant a costly weight penalty, plus he was 2 pounds from the lead.
With the check-in station in view, a school of bass erupted in a feeding frenzy over a rocky shoal. Howell hooked a 4-pound largemouth on the first cast and proceeded to upgrade his catch.
He arrived with only 45 seconds remaining on the clock. The last-minute heroics paid off with a winning weight of 49 pounds, 2 ounces. Michael Gagliardi finished second with 48-10. Kraig Kettelkamp, who led the first two days of the event, dropped to third place with 48-0.
“Being strong willed and wanting to win this tournament, erasing that loss was my greatest motivation,” said Howell, the 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion. “The biggest key for my win was attitude.”
Credit the birds, too. Howell kept a lookout for diving seagulls that signaled other surface feeding action like he found in the final minutes.
“A lot of anglers, surprisingly, don’t look out for the birds,” he added. “The birds are an easy giveaway to the presence of the bait.”
That activity accounted for Howell’s catch early in the week, when a deepwater bite was successful. Plenty of perch roamed shallow water, too, where he caught largemouth on the final day.
Howell’s hero bait in the final minutes was a 3-inch Bass Pro Shops Speed Shad in a hologram shad color. He rigged the soft plastic bait to a 1/4-ounce jighead tied to 12-pound Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon. A Daiwa Tatula reel and 7-foot, medium/light action rod from the brand completed the package.
Spooking the bass and shorter casts were only preventable during windy conditions. Calm conditions early on the final day hampered Howell’s success.
“The wind helped move the bait and that made the bass more active,” he said.
Earlier in the week, Howell used a Livingston Lures Walking Boss, casting the topwater lure into the feeding schools of bass. When the feeding ceased, he switched to slower tactics and lures.
Those included a weightless, wacky rigged, 5-inch Gary Yamamoto Senko and the brand’s 4-inch Shad Shaped Worm. He rigged that bait on a 3/8-ounce drop shot rig.
Gagliardi focused on roaming schools of smallmouth following the perch hatch. Active fish were caught on a Zoom Super Fluke. He switched to a drop shot rig to coax slow biters.
Kettelkamp led the tournament on the first two days, only to suffer a setback on the final round. A largemouth he guessed weighing 4 pounds broke off at the boat.
“Losing that fish haunted me for the remainder of the day,” he said.
Howell’s prize included a Skeeter/Yamaha boat with accessories and trailer valued at $45,000.
Scott Shafer and James Schneider tied for first place in the co-angler division after both anglers caught 27-15. Shafer, of Glenville, N.Y., won in a tiebreaker for catching the single heaviest day catch between the two anglers. Shafer’s prize was a Triton/Mercury package valued at $30,000.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.