Fishing & Boating News
(Oct 20, 2020 - Golden Valley, Minn.) Omnia Fishing® today announces the addition of Ralph Castner to its advisory board. Castner previously served as Cabela's Chief Financial Officer for 17 years and was instrumental in helping the company navigate rapid expansion and ultimately its acquisition by Bass Pro Shops in 2017.
Shreveport’s Johnson Wins By 11-Ounce Margin Over Whitehouse’s Schroeder
(Oct 19, 2020 - BROOKELAND, Texas) Aaron Johnson of Shreveport, Louisiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 14 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at the Sam Rayburn Reservoir tournament in Brookeland, Texas. Johnson’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 54-14 earned him the win by an 11-ounce margin over second-place angler Blake Schroeder of Whitehouse, Texas, and earned Johnson the top payout of $31,751 in the third and final tournament of the 2020 Toyota Series Southwestern Division.
Meyer Coasts to Victory after Shattering Records on Day 2 Shotgun Round at General Tire World Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops
California pro Catches 68 Largemouth Totaling 123-12 on Minnesota’s Lake Pokegama to Advance Directly to Sudden Death Round
(Oct 19, 2020 - GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.) Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Cody Meyer of Auburn, California, had a pretty special day on Lake Pokegama that premiered Saturday morning on Discovery.
Przekurat, Sebastian Win National Walleye Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's Championship at Huron, Ohio
Korey Sprengel wins NWT Angler of the Year
(Oct 19, 2020 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) Jason Przekurat, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, weighed a combined total of 73.25 pounds to win the National Walleye Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's Championship at Huron, Ohio, on October 17. The two-day championship paid out more than $289,000 in total winnings.
(Oct 19, 2020 - Alexandria, VA) Today, the nation’s leading hunting, fishing, and habitat conservation organizations released a statement on the Thirty by Thirty Initiative (30 by 30 Initiative) to establish a goal of placing 30% of the planet’s lands and waters under protected status by the year 2030.
Co-angler Victory Goes to Tennessee’s Bible
(Oct 19, 2020 - JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn.) Boater Josh Butler of Hayden, Alabama, brought a three-day total of 12 bass to the scale weighing 29 pounds, 3 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at Lake Cherokee.
(Oct 19, 2020 - DAYTON, Tenn.) Lee Livesay had options, but he committed to a singular game plan based on patience and execution to win the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake with a four-day total of 58 pounds, 2 ounces.
(Oct 19, 2020 - HUNTINGTON, Tenn.) Despite losing an hour of fishing with boat problems early in the day, the team of Jack Myers and Lucas Gerlach from Colorado secured four fish for 9 pounds, 1 ounce to take the Day 1 lead at the 2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior National Championship on the Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake.
(Oct 18, 2020 - DAYTON, Tenn.) The tournament’s shortest fishing day yielded Lee Livesay’s biggest bag, which allowed the angler from Longview, Texas, to take the Day 3 lead of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake with a three-day total of 43 pounds.
(Oct 15, 2020 - MANY, La.) Albert Collins “didn’t change a thing” on Thursday after staking himself to the Day 1 lead in the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional at Toledo Bend Reservoir. The repeat performance paid dividends.
(Oct 14, 2020 - MANY, La.) Albert Collins thought an average weight of 12 or 13 pounds per day could put him in contention at the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional at Toledo Bend Reservoir. After Day 1, he’s right on target.
(Oct 13, 2020 - Mt Home, AR) Arkansas angler Quincy Houchin may not be a household name on a national level, but chances are if you live in the vicinity he has likely taken some of your money during tournament competition.
(Oct 13, 2020 - DAYTON, Tenn.) Buddy Gross is hoping everything’s cool at the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake; but not for any concern over camaraderie or sportsmanship. Rather, the Elite Series rookie from Chickamauga, Ga., is eager for a healthy dose of the seasonal chill.
Co-angler Victory Goes to Hiawassee’s McClure
(Oct 13, 2020 - ANDERSON, S.C.) Boater Troy Morrow of Eastanollee, Georgia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 32 pounds even, to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Savannah River Division Super-Tournament at Lake Hartwell image003.jpgpresented by Fish-Intel. For his victory, Morrow earned $6,415.
South Carolina pro Advances Directly to Sudden Death Round, Remaining Seven Anglers to Compete in Elimination Round
(Oct 12, 2020 - GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.) Pro Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg, South Carolina, caught 19 bass totaling 42 pounds, 6 ounces to win the opening Shotgun Round of competition at the General Tire World Championship in Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Co-angler Victory Goes to Vonore’s Lemons
(Oct 12, 2020 - DAYTON, Tenn.) Boater Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tennessee, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 40 pounds, 11 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at Lake Chickamauga.
Co-angler Victory Goes to Maryland’s Bae
(Oct 12, 2020 - HENRICO, Va.) Pro Chris Daves of Spring Grove, Virginia, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 50 pounds, 1 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship on the James River.
October 23, 24 & 25
(Oct 12, 2020 - Morehead,KY) On October 23, 24 & 25 beautiful Cave Run Lake near Morehead, Kentucky will be the host of the Professional Musky Tournament Trails Ranger Boats World Championship.
Ultra-soft and resilient, ever-lively Z-Man® Long ShotZ™ is catching bass right out of the gate
(Oct 12, 2020 - Ladson, SC) nglers occasionally liken dropshot fishing to dunking a wild minnow or a lively leech. It’s actually a pretty fair analogy when supernatural ElaZtech® baits enter the scene.
(Oct 12, 2020 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) Guaranteed Rate, one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the country, has signed on as the title sponsor when the Bassmaster Elite Series takes on Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake Oct. 16-19.
(Oct 6, 2020 - OSAGE BEACH, Mo.) The 2020 Toyota Series Plains Division will continue with a tournament this weekend in Osage Beach, Missouri, with the Toyota Series at Lake of the Ozarks. Hosted by the Tri-County Lodging Association, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner.
One-two Chatterbait® and ElaZtech® punch wins big at Hobie Bass Open Series Tourney
(Oct 4, 2020 - Ladson, SC) On super-busy bass lakes, kayak anglers continue to prove the value of stealthy vessels and select Z-Man baits that simply get the job done. Again and again, the Z-Man centric bait choices of these resourceful, aerobic anglers continue garnering eye-raising attention, even from the big-boat bass wo
(Oct 4, 2020 - October 1, 2020 Hicks Maintains Slim Margin At) Knowing when to shift gears allowed Justin Hicks, who’s competing for the Utah B.A.S.S. Nation Team, to fill his five-fish limit with 6 pounds, 2 ounces and retain the lead on Day 2 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead.
Study indicates significantly more red snapper in the Gulf than previously estimated
(Oct 4, 2020 - Alexandria, VA) Yesterday, Congress was briefed on the impressive preliminary findings of the Great Red Snapper Count. This unprecedented study was led by the Harte Research Institute and provides an independent and robust assessment of Gulf of Mexico red snapper stock abundance. According to a NOAA Fisheries statement on the study, the results indicate there are “up to three times as many” red snapper in the Gulf than previously thought.
(Oct 4, 2020 - SCOTTSBORO, Ala.) Frank Talley has dreamed of winning a top-level professional bass tournament his entire life. But with three small children at home, he kept that dream in his back pocket for two decades in favor of coaching youth sports teams, fishing local tournaments and just being a good husband and dad.
(Oct 4, 2020 - RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky.) While Nolan Minor and Casey Lanier have been one of the most consistent teams to grace the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops stage over the past few years, they had fallen just short of winning a national event.
(Oct 4, 2020 - RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky.) The Casey County team of Landon Pierce and Korbin Neat secured the Mossy Oak Bassmaster Junior Series title on Lake Cumberland, catching a five-fish limit Sunday that weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces on their home waters. Pierce and Neat advance to the Mossy Oak Bassmaster Junior Series National Championship scheduled for Oct. 19-20 on Carroll County 1000 Acre Lake in Huntingdon, Tenn.
(Oct 4, 2020 - RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky.) Chanler Brake and Branden Duncan from Southwestern High School in Pulaski, Ky., were the final team to cross the stage Sunday afternoon at the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School Series at Lake Cumberland presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. It was a perfect example of saving the best for last.
(Oct 2, 2020 - SCOTTSBORO, Ala.) The good news for Wes Logan is that he’s leading the NOCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville heading into Championship Saturday. The bad news is he says he’s fresh out of ideas.
(Oct 2, 2020 - HENDERSON, Nev.) Patiently waiting for his bites and then capitalizing on the window of opportunity allowed Justin Hicks, who’s competing for the Utah B.A.S.S. Nation Team, to complete his wire-to-wire victory at the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead with a three-day total of 22 pounds, 15 ounces.
(Oct 1, 2020 - SCOTTSBORO, Ala.) Professional bass anglers are some of the most notorious poor-mouthers on the planet. Even on their best days, they’re likely to tell you the fishing was tough. But at this week’s NOCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, they may actually be telling the truth — even the ones who seem to be doing well.
Veteran rep group Sokol Associates will now handle even larger territory
(Oct 1, 2020 - Bemidji, MN) Northland Fishing Tackle and the Bagley Bait Company are proud to announce the expansion of their established rep group Sokol Associates’ territory, effective October 1, 2020
Co-angler Victory Goes to Alvaton’s Botts
(Oct 1, 2020 - JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn.) Boater Bill Humbard of New Market, Tennessee, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 24 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Mountain Division Super-image003.jpgTournament at Lake Cherokee. For his victory, Humbard earned $6,230.
(Oct 1, 2020 - Alexandria, VA) Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed without objection H.R. 5126, the Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act). The bill requires recreational (including charter boats) and commercial fishermen to have on board a venting tool or descending device that is rigged and ready for use while fishing for reef fish in Gulf of Mexico federal waters.
Landmark conservation bill now moves to the President for his signature
(Oct 1, 2020 - Alexandria, VA) The U.S. House of Representatives passed without objection America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, a historic package of bills to benefit fish and wildlife conservation throughout the nation. With the U.S. Senate unanimously passing the ACE Act on September 16, it now moves to President Trump who can sign it into law.
(Sep 29, 2020 - EDGEWOOD, Md.) The Adrian College team of Grant Gallagher of Fremont, Ohio, and Ben Statly of Fenton, Michigan, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at the Chesapeake Bay event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 2 ounces. The victory earned the Adrian bass club $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship.
(Sep 29, 2020 - Hayward, Wi) The final qualifier of the Professional Musky Tournament Trail was held this past weekend September 26 @ 27 on the Chippewa Flowage near Hayward, Wisconsin. The Lake Chippewa Flowage Resort Association and Treelands Resort helped sponsor the event.
Pennsylvania’s Mifflinburg High School Wins High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Chesapeake Bay Open
(Sep 29, 2020 - EDGEWOOD, Md.) Pennsylvania’s Mifflinburg High School duo of Ty Stroup and Daniel Walter grinded out three fish Saturday weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces to win a very tough FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Chesapeake Bay Open event in Edgewood, Maryland. The event was hosted by Visit Harford.
Boater Shane Williams of Keithville, Louisiana, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 30 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League
(Sep 29, 2020 - CLEARLAKE, Calif.) The Lake County High School duo of Payton Lyndall and Tyler Brant brought five bass to the scale Sunday weighing 17 pounds, 14 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Clear Lake Open in Clearlake, California.
Keithville’s Williams Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Navionics
Co-angler Victory Goes to Natchitoches’ Faucheaux
(Sep 29, 2020 - BROOKELAND, Texas) Boater Shane Williams of Keithville, Louisiana, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 30 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Cowboy Division Super-Tournament at Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Navionics. For his victory, Williams earned $7,630.
(Sep 24, 2020 - ANDERSON, S.C.) Knowing which changes to make and when moved Patrick Walters into the Day 2 lead of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open on Lake Hartwell with a two-day total of 30 pounds, 10 ounces.
Pro Circuit Championship to Showcase 50 Pros Competing on Mississippi River for $235,000 Top Prize
(Sep 24, 2020 - LA CROSSE, Wis.) FLW and Explore La Crosse announced Thursday that the 2021 Tackle Warehouse TITLE, the Pro Circuit Championship, will be held Aug. 17-22, 2021, on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Although FLW’s top championship has been held on the Mississippi River once before – in Moline, Illinois in 1998 – this event marks the first time that FLW has hosted its premier event in La Crosse.
(Sep 24, 2020 - ) Veteran Alabama pro Matt Herren has heard the question a lot lately, “What’s a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament going to be like on Lake Guntersville in the fall?”
(Sep 23, 2020 - ANDERSON, S.C.) When the window of opportunity opened, Cody Hahner of Wausau, Wis., seized the moment and nabbed a pair of big largemouth bass to anchor a limit of 20 pounds, 4 ounces that gave him the Day 1 lead of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open on Lake Hartwell.
Tournament to Be Held at Counce’s Newly-Renovated Pickwick Landing State Park
(Sep 23, 2020 - COUNCE, Tenn.) FLW and the Hardin County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Wednesday that Counce, Tennessee, will host the prestigious 2021 Toyota Series Championship, Oct. 28-30, 2021, on Pickwick Lake. Description automatically generated
(Sep 23, 2020 - HUNTERSVILLE, N.C) The 2020 Toyota Series Eastern Division will wrap up their season with a tournament next week in Huntersville, North Carolina, Oct. 1-3, with the Toyota Series at Lake Norman. Hosted by Visit Lake Norman, Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner.
Z-Man® builds new BullZEye™ Spinnerbait with formidable vibration, flash and fish appeal
(Sep 23, 2020 - LADSON, SC) Everywhere you look, profusions of pinfish, mullet and other baitfish shimmer across shallow grass outcrops. Tail-scuttling shrimp scoot away like popcorn, deceptively fast in flight. Predators tail-thump in pursuit, leaving silty mushroom clouds and craters in the sand.
(Sep 23, 2020 - HENDERSON, Nev.) Grass-roots anglers from nine Western states will take to the iconic waters of Nevada’s Lake Mead Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2020 for the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional. Recently named one of the Best Western Bass Lakes of the Decade by Bassmaster Magazine, Lake Mead was the site of the first Bassmaster Classic back in 1971.
38th Annual Grassroots Bass-Fishing Championship to be held in Dandridge
(Sep 23, 2020 - DANDRIDGE, Tenn.) FLW announced Tuesday that the 38th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held on Tennessee’s Douglas Lake in 2021. The tournament, scheduled for June 3-5, showcases the nation’s best weekend anglers and awards the winner a $120,000 cash award,
(Sep 22, 2020 - ) Eight Alabama natives will be among the field when 85 of the world’s best anglers take to the historic waters of Lake Guntersville Sept. 30 - Oct. 3 for the NOCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, kicking off a busy schedule of fall derbies across the South.
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