|Posted on September 27, 2018 at 11:35 AM|
Well, it's happening and may change the face of professional Bass Fishing soon. Many anglers currently fishing the Bassmaster Elite Series and others who have fished the FLW Tour for years are switching to Major League Fishing this year joining names like Hackney and Evers,Stay tuned here and on our new discussion forums page on Facebook and on our tournament page on Facebook for more news video and upcoming events in MLF.
|Posted on August 13, 2018 at 10:50 AM|
August 12, 2018 by Sean Ostruszka
Little less than a year ago Clent Davis was contemplating giving up the sport of professional bass fishing for good. Now, he’s the Forrest Wood Cup champion.
Despite starting the final day at Lake Ouachita in 10th place, Davis crushed the largest bag of the tournament – 17 pounds, 13 ounces – to be the first angler to make up nine places on the final day of the Cup. His 36 pounds, 13 ounces was more than 7 pounds better than second-place pro James Niggemeyer.
“I don’t even know what to do or what I’m feeling,” a stunned Davis said on stage after day-two leader Wes Logan lifted his hand to show he had only one fish in his bag. “This is incredible.”
TOP 10 PROS
1. Clent Davis – Montevallo, Ala. – 36-13 – $300,000
2. James Niggemeyer – Van, Texas – 29-9 – $60,000
3. Justin Atkins – Florence, Ala. – 28-12 – $50,000
4. Nick LeBrun – Bossier City, La. – 28-6 – $37,500
5. Jason Lambert – Michie, Tenn. – 27-15 – $30,000
6. Zack Birge – Blanchard, Okla. – 26-13 – $24,000
7. Wes Logan – Springville, Ala. – 25-9 – $23,000
8. John Cox – DeBary, Fla. – 24-7 – $22,000
9. Brandon Cobb – Greenwood, S.C. – 23-1 – $21,000
10. Bradford Beavers – Summerville, S.C. – 20-8 – $20,000
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|Posted on August 1, 2018 at 3:00 PM|
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For the second time in the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series season, B.A.S.S. was forced to postpone an Elite event because of massive flooding and unsafe boating conditions. And for the first time in Elite Series history, one of those events has been canceled altogether, the organization announced today
The Huk Bassmaster Elite at Upper Chesapeake Bay presented by Mossy Oak Fishing will not be rescheduled, said Bruce Akin, CEO.
“By the time conditions on the upper Chesapeake Bay improved enough for competition, our great hosts at Harford County, Md., were unable to accommodate our event,” he said. “We could have switched the event to another fishery, but in consideration of Elite anglers who had important obligations during the times we had available, we elected to end the season with eight qualifying events, instead of the nine we had planned.
“We are really disappointed that we could not conduct the Maryland event as planned. We were anticipating huge crowds of spectators and excellent fish catches — as we always have on the upper Chesapeake.”
The regular season will end with the Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River presented by Black Velvet, to be held Aug. 23-26 at Waddington, N.Y. Elite anglers ranked in the Top 50 of the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points list after that event will compete in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship at Chatuge Lake at Young Harris, Ga., Sept. 20-23.
That championship will pay $1 million to the qualifiers based on cumulative AOY points, and it will determine the 2018 Bassmaster Angler of the Year as well as pro qualifiers for the Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods at Knoxville, Tenn., next March.
|Posted on July 29, 2018 at 5:55 PM|
|Posted on July 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2018
B.A.S.S. Postpones Chesapeake Bay Elite Due To Unsafe Boating Conditions
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Due to recent heavy rainfall and increasingly dangerous water conditions, B.A.S.S. officials decided to postpone the Huk Bassmaster Elite at Upper Chesapeake Bay presented by Mossy Oak Fishing that was originally scheduled for July 26-29 out of Harford County, Md.
Our number one priority is the safety of our anglers and anyone else who might be on the waters of the Upper Chesapeake Bay,” said B.A.S.S. Tournament Director Trip Weldon. “After consulting with authorities regarding increased water releases, debris and current hazardous conditions on tournament waters, B.A.S.S. is postponing this week's event.”
The tournament will likely be scheduled for later in the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series season, which concludes with the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in September.
Officials from B.A.S.S., event sponsors and local host organizations will be meeting in coming days to discuss options pertaining to rescheduled dates.
BTL discuss the cancellation
|Posted on July 25, 2018 at 11:20 AM|
|Posted on July 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM|
The Bassmaster Elite Series will once again be at the Upper bay this time launching from Flying Point Park on Day one and two and weighing in at the same location. One days three and four they will weigh in at Ripken Stadium and you will have full coverage by The Bass College with exclusive interviews from Hank Cherry, Jacob powroznik and others. The Reelagent.com represents Hank and jacob and The Bass College will be working with them as well providing a different perspective and interviews. For more information visit our Facebook page and our Youtube channel
|Posted on July 2, 2018 at 10:15 AM|
July 1, 2018 by Sean Ostruszka
After the day-three weigh-in at the FLW Tour event presented by Mercury on Lake St. Clair, then-leader Dylan Hays said whoever cracked 25 pounds between he, Chad Grigsby and Brad Knight would win. He was right.
With all three fishing within earshot of one another, it was Grigsby who got to whoop it up the most today. He caught a 6-pounder early and never looked back, bringing in 26 pounds, 4 ounces to nearly crack the century mark on smallies and win the final FLW Tour stop of the 2018 season.
|Posted on June 30, 2018 at 11:05 PM|
Mark Daniels Jr. of Tuskegee, Ala., takes the lead on the second day of the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Lake Oahe presented by Abu Garcia, with a two-day total weight of 39 pounds.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.
June 30, 2018
Mark Daniels Jr. Slams Lake Oahe Smallmouth To Take Lead In Bassmaster Elite Event
PIERRE, S.D. — Alabama’s Mark Daniels Jr., who was sitting in second place after the opening round Friday, vaulted to the lead on the strength of a monster 20-pound, 4-ounce limit today in the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Lake Oahe presented by Abu Garcia.
However, before Daniels and the rest of the 107-angler field were able to make a single cast, they had to patiently wait through a 1 1/2- hour wind delay. A brutal storm passed through Pierre last night, pushing 70-mph winds and several inches of rain across the region, turning the 370,000-acre fishery into an angry ocean.
But once the water settled and the anglers were set free, Daniels started off the second round of competition just like he ended Day 1.
“Smallmouth are random. I fish randomly. Sometimes we just intersect,” explained Daniels, whose 20-4 worth of smallmouth gave him a two-day total of 39 pounds to take the event lead.
“I’m fishing transition areas where these big females are leaving spawning flats and chilling out before going deep,” the Alabama pro said. “I’m seeing a lot of the fish I’m catching on my Garmin Panoptix unit, doing the ‘video game deal.’ It’s how I like to fish.”
Daniels believes his fishing spots are replenishing daily with more big smallmouth. “The beauty of the areas I’m fishing is that postspawners should reload the spots. If I’m right, I should be able to bring in another 20 pounds tomorrow,” he said.
North Carolina pro David Fritts proved that his impressive first-day limit of Oahe smallmouth (19-7) was no fluke by bringing in an 18-pound, 1-ounce bag for Round 2. This gives the 1993 Bassmaster Classic champion a two-day total of 37-8, good enough for second place heading into Day 3.
“I’m proud of what I caught today, because where I was fishing, the wind was brutal. I had waves crashing over the bow of my boat all morning,” Fritts related. He believes this intense wave action has cost him the lead.
“I lost a 5-pounder at the trolling motor today. I’ve almost fallen overboard setting the hook, and then I had a 4-pounder come off. It’s just tough trying to manage staying on the boat in conditions like this. If it will just settle down a little bit, I’ll be able to bring in more weight tomorrow.”
South Carolina’s Casey Ashley, a self-labeled smallmouth hater, rolled across the weigh-in stage with the day’s heaviest limit of smallmouth, pushing the scales to 20 pounds, 6 ounces, putting him in third place with a two-day total of 37-6.
“I like to throw at stuff,” Ashley said, “and with smallmouth you are just as likely to catch one throwing over your shoulder as you are throwing in front of the boat. Once I figured out that I had to thoroughly fish an area instead of ‘fishing stuff,’ I started liking smallmouth a little more.”
Ashley likely will begin a love affair with the brown fish after this tournament, based on how quickly he landed his limit. “I caught all those fish in 15 minutes this morning and just kinda protected the area the rest of the day. There could be a much bigger limit there if I bear down.”
Rounding out the Top 6 for Day 2 are Boyd Duckett, 33-11; Josh Bertrand, 33-3; and Justin Lucas, 32-14.
Fred Roumbanis took over the Phoenix Boats Big Bass battle with a 5-pound, 6-ounce smallmouth. It was the only fish the Arkansas pro brought to the scales.
“That sucker was so big, it took me all day to land it,” he quipped about coming in four fish shy of a limit. “But seriously, I saw that bass on my new Garmin Panoptix Livescope, cast to it and watched it eat. It was awesome.” If the fish ends up being the biggest of the event, Roumbanis will earn a $1,500 bonus.
The field was cut to the Top 50 anglers for the semifinal round Sunday. Daily takeoffs occur each competition day at 6 a.m. CT from the Spring Creek Resort & Marina, and weigh-ins are held at Steamboat Park in Pierre at 3:45 p.m.
The Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoors Expo is being held in conjunction with the tournament. The Expo will take place at Steamboat Park on Sunday beginning at noon. It features boat demo rides, an aquarium, free prizes and the latest fishing products on the market. All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, visit Bassmaster.com.
2018 Bassmaster Elite At Lake Oahe Title Sponsor: Berkley
2018 Bassmaster Elite At Lake Oahe Presenting Sponsor: Abu Garcia
2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota
2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Huk
2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Phoenix Boats, T-H Marine
MARK DANIELS JR WINS!! $ 100,000
|Posted on June 21, 2018 at 10:50 PM|
June 21, 2018
Pipkens On Top After First Round At Mississippi River Bassmaster Elite
LA CROSSE, Wis. — Nonstop soaking rain, increasing river levels and heavy limits of big smallmouth and largemouth bass were of hot discussion after Thursday’s opening round of competition at the 2018 Bassmaster Elite at Mississippi River presented by Go RVing.
Thirty-four-year-old pro Chad Pipkens of Lansing, Mich., took control of the top spot after an impressive five-bass limit that weighed 17 pounds, 15 ounces.
The derby pays $100,000 to the top-scoring angler, and the dandy 5-8 largemouth has Pipkens also in charge of the Phoenix Boats Big Bass award. That fish could earn him an extra $1,500 once the event wraps up.
“It rained all day long,” he said. “And with the rising river levels, I was very pleased with what I caught today. I had a pretty difficult practice, and I really wasn’t sure what to expect. But I learned a lot today. The big question is how will the water levels affect the bite each day.”
The Upper Mississippi is expected to be at 12 foot high by Sunday. Twelve feet is considered flood stage, which will certainly change the fishing from day to day.
The spot Pipkens was fishing proved to hold the right size of fish to help him take the lead, but he learned more about it as the day went on.
“I only caught seven bass today,” he said. “I had what I weighed by about 1 p.m., and that allowed me to run around and learn more about the overall area. I think the fishing will stay pretty good, even with more water coming in.”
Like every other angler, how the increasing river levels will impact the bite is a pretty big mystery.
“I really don’t have any idea what to expect. The key to catching a good limit each day here will come down to the anglers who adapt the quickest and make the best decisions,” Pipkens said. “Today went great, and my goal is to go out tomorrow and do the same thing again.”
In a tie for second place, Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., and Jacob Powroznik of North Prince George, Va., each weighed a five-bass limit of 16-14.
“I got real fortunate today and caught three good ones,” Pace said. “Each of those bass weighed about 3 3/4 pounds, which on this fishery are very solid bass. If I can catch a few like that each day, I’ll feel very confident about finishing real strong, maybe even winning.”
Pace weighed a mixed bag of both small- and largemouth bass, which is very typical on this fishery. As most anglers do, Pace kept his cards pretty close to the vest, not willing to reveal much about the techniques he was using to catch his fish.
Powroznik agrees that how the river will fish in coming days is largely unknown.
“I fished only one area today that is pretty expansive, and I believe it will hold up for a few more days,” he said. “I feel confident about what I have going on, but with the unknowns in how the rising river will impact the bite, I’m staying cautiously optimistic. The right fish are there, I know that much.”
Rounding out the Top 5 are Dave Lefebre with 16-9, and Casey Ashley and Gerald Spohrer tied for fifth with 16-7.
Take off will occur at Veterans Freedom Park at 6 a.m. CT, and weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. at the same location again on Friday. The weigh-in will move for Saturday and Sunday to Valley View Mall on Clinton Street in La Crosse.
2018 Bassmaster Elite At Mississippi River Presenting Sponsor: Go RVing
2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota
2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Huk, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole
2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Phoenix Boats, T-H Marine, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt
2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Elite Partner: Black Velvet Canadian Whisky
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2018 Bassmaster Elite at Mississippi River presented by GO RVing 6/21-6/24
Mississippi River, La Crosse WI.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$
1. Chad Pipkens Lansing, MI 5 17-15 110
Day 1: 5 17-15
2. Cliff Pace Petal, MS 5 16-14 109
Day 1: 5 16-14
2. Jacob Powroznik North Prince George, VA 5 16-14 109
Day 1: 5 16-14
4. Dave Lefebre Erie, PA 5 16-09 107
Day 1: 5 16-09
5. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 5 16-07 106
Day 1: 5 16-07
5. Gerald Spohrer Gonzales, LA 5 16-07 106
Day 1: 5 16-07
7. Randall Tharp Port St. Joe, FL 5 16-06 104
Day 1: 5 16-06
8. Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 5 16-05 103
Day 1: 5 16-05
8. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 5 16-05 103
Day 1: 5 16-05
10. Wesley Strader Spring City, TN 5 16-04 101
Day 1: 5 16-04
11. Darrell Ocamica New Plymouth, ID 5 16-02 100
Day 1: 5 16-02
12. Jacob Wheeler Harrison, TN 5 15-15 99
Day 1: 5 15-15
13. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 5 15-14 98
Day 1: 5 15-14
14. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 5 15-13 97
Day 1: 5 15-13
14. Gary Klein Mingus, TX 5 15-13 97
Day 1: 5 15-13
14. Hunter Shryock Newcomerstown, OH 5 15-13 97
Day 1: 5 15-13
17. Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, KS 5 15-12 94
Day 1: 5 15-12
18. Mark Daniels Jr. Tuskegee, AL 5 15-09 93
Day 1: 5 15-09
19. Boyd Duckett Guntersville, AL 5 15-08 92
Day 1: 5 15-08
20. Ish Monroe Hughson, CA 5 15-06 91
Day 1: 5 15-06
20. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 5 15-06 91
Day 1: 5 15-06
|Posted on June 19, 2018 at 1:05 PM|
Day one of practice is in the books for the Bassmaster Elites on the Mississippi River. National Lew's pro Marty Robinson had a great start to his practice. Could he pull of the W?
|Posted on June 12, 2018 at 3:40 PM|
The University of Delaware Bass Fishing Team will be hosting the 2nd Annual Fish for a Wish Charity tournament for the Make-A-Wish Delaware Foundation! Register today with firstname.lastname@example.org for $110 or pay $120 at the door! Payout is 60% and will payout 1st-3rd and big fish, along with sponsor prizes! Register today! Cancellation fee of $20 if cancelled within 30 days of the tournament.
|Posted on June 10, 2018 at 7:20 PM|
Greg Hackney goes wire-to-wire on the Sabine River! Bassmaster Elite.
|Posted on June 2, 2018 at 11:05 PM|
June 2, 2018
Ever since the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American awarded $100,000 to Shaw Grigsby in 1984, $100,000 paydays have become commonplace in the ranks of professional fishing. Yet, through it all, the BFL All-American has retained its essence: a place where a workingman can still springboard his hopes and dreams of professional fishing into a reality from divisional and regional competition.
The history of the All-American has propelled the careers of some of the top pro fishing names we know today. Along with Grigsby, other pros such as Rick Clunn, Joe Thomas, Stephen Browning, Clark Wendlandt and Jacob Wheeler have used an All-American $100,000 win to fuel their careers.
Today, that All-American tradition was carried on by Nick LeBrun of Bossier City, La., whose All-American win at Cross Lake reads like a story book.
As a 33-year-old tackle manufacturer’s rep, LeBrun has been preparing himself for a professional fishing career over the last few years. Today, he made great strides in achieving that dream by hauling in 62 pounds, 8 ounces of Cross Lake bass over three days to emerge victorious.
|Posted on June 2, 2018 at 11:25 AM|
TOURNAMENT DATES July 26, 27, 28, 29, 2018
TAKE-OFF TIME * 6:00 am
Contestants will go out in flights. Flights and check-in times will be
staggered to give each contestant equal fishing time.
TAKE-OFF LOCATION Flying Point Park 511 Kennard Ave.
Edgewood, MD 21040
Days 1 & 2 - 3:00 pm*
Days 3 & 4 – 3:30 pm*
DAYS 1& 2 Flying Point Park 511 Kennard Ave.
Edgewood, MD 21040
DAYS 3 & 4 Ripken Stadium 873 Long Dr.
Aberdeen, MD 21001