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|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 9, 2018 at 9:55 AM|
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|Posted on June 3, 2018 at 10:30 AM|
A college laboratory has solved what has been a maddening 13-year mystery: what killed so many of the prized smallmouth bass in the lower Susquehanna and Juniata rivers, beginning in 2005?
The answer — a shocker to Pennsylvania and federal investigators — is largemouth bass virus.
It’s a disease that was known to be present in Susquehanna smallmouths but had been ruled out early on because it was thought it couldn’t harm them.
Turns out it can be lethal when the shallow water near the banks of the river where young bass roam becomes stagnant and hot, turning into a soupy cauldron of deadly pathogens.
In that environment, the virus does not kill the bass, but it allows lesions and ugly sores where bacteria and fungus settle in, proving fatal.
AD CRABLE | Staff Writer
|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
|Posted on June 2, 2018 at 12:35 AM|
You don't always get what you want, but do you get what you need? While pre-fishing for a tournament at Bull Shoals Lake in Missouri, we had some of the strangest things happen to us in three days there, than at any other lake we had ever been to then or since.
Now don't get me wrong, we love Missouri, but this tournament and the things that happened were a nightmare. We started our drive from Delaware in 1998, (we decided to go in March to pre-fish), and we stopped at a gas station in Ohio, and not having that much experience with our trailer and new truck yet, and the excitement of the Big Bass World Championship coming up soon, momentarily clouded my perception, and we clipped the side of the pumps and took out the wheel and the whole fender had to be taken off. We arrived at some cabins near Bull Shoals, and low and behold the water was down, I mean REALLY DOWN! We checked in and launched the boat. The mud was so soft that we got stuck while it started to snow. It was freezing the whole time but we made the best of it. The following morning, at 36 degrees, and a good wind, we left the lodge at 8 am. The motor ran for about 45 seconds and quit! We started it up again, several times in the next 2 hours, but finally 100 spouts and spurts later, it quit altogether.
We decided right then and there that we would catch fish before we would leave! We used the new MinnKota trolling motor, that we just got a week before, and slowly maneuvered to the closest point. We started catching some real nice hybrids, and some largemouth, and really starting to develop a pattern for that area, and the trolling motor short circuited, and smoke came out! It was completely broken.
We paddled the bass boat back to the marina where we were staying and told him what happened. The local tournament was out, and so was going more than 100 yards now, but he said, I'll give you my trolling motor so you can still go." We thanked him, and went to the dock where he said it was. It was a transom mount motor with about 28 pounds of thrust! Not exactly standard fare on Table Rock or Bull Shoals in March, with a Nitro. But we were determined. We went out to the point where we were the day before, started catching some more fish, and the trolling motor he lent us broke. Not only did it break, but it actually broke at the shaft, it was a mess! We paid for the trolling motor, checked out of the cabin, (as it started to snow again), and started the 15 hour drive back home. We had fished for about 4 hours, in 7 days! We stopped at a motel on the way back, and my brother said, "I'll bet there's somebody in there that can fix a motor" "look at all the boats in the lot." We pulled in and in the lot after we registered, two older gentlemen were standing out by their rooms talking and my brother say "Do you guys know anything about boat motors?'. The guy says " DO I!", I've fixed motors my whole life" Hey Joe, he says to his friend, "I'll bet I can fix this guys motor faster than you!", his friend and he came over, took off the motor cover, and had it running in less than 10 minutes. We were dumbfounded and overjoyed at the same time. We couldn't thank them enough, and you could tell they were enjoying doing it. I was so excited, I jumped off the bow to the concrete, and broke my ankle.
Many hours later, after the hospital, we went out again, determined to fish somewhere and catch something at this point. We put in the boat, and started flipping the docks with a jig. I hooked into what felt like the World Record Bass on the second flip. It pulled so hard, I was shaking, a few minutes later I landed my 20 pound carp!
After a few choice words, I started to laugh and so did my brother Kurt. We composed ourselves and started casting around the docks again. A few minutes later, he set the hook on a monster. A beautiful 25 pound Carp! We loaded the boat, and headed back home. Sometimes it's just time to quit. We went to these lakes again, and had many great experiences in the Midwest. My brother even won a tournament or two, and he was the Big Bass World Champ/De, in 1999 and 2001, but that one week in March of 1998, was one of those ones that you never forget.
|Posted on June 1, 2018 at 6:40 PM|
Leading wire-to-wire, the University of Louisiana-Monroe team of Hunter Freeman and Thomas Soileau smashed 15 pounds, 13 ounces on the final day to seal the deal in the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance C-Map Genesis on the Red River. With a total of 42-8, Freeman and Soileau earned the school’s second National Championship title and brought home a Ranger Z175 with a 115-hp outboard for their efforts. Tomorrow the pair will fish off for a chance to represent College Fishing from the front of the boat at the Forrest Wood Cup.
|Posted on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM|
The biggest challenge that the T-H Marine BFL All-American qualifiers will face this week on Cross Lake in Louisiana might be Louisiana itself. Or, at least, the scorching hot weather that’s beating down this region of the country.
Highs are forecast to reach triple digits this week, which is going to make the All-American a grueling tournament. Then again, maybe that’s the way it should be. Championships should never be easy.
The 49 boaters and their co-angler partners who qualified through 2017’s BFL Regionals and Wild Card and the 2018 The Bass Federation National Championship blasted off at the American Legion Hall in Shreveport on Cross Lake’s eastern end this morning at 7 a.m. CT. They’ll start weighing fish at 4 p.m. behind the Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City.
Practice reports were mixed, with most anglers recounting pre-practice trips that included a couple tough days and a couple good days. That suggests they needed a little time to figure out this unique shallow-water fishery. Yesterday was the final official practice day, which followed a nine-day off-limits period.
Cross Lake is the water-supply reservoir for Shreveport. It’s a shallow impoundment of Cross and Paw Paw bayous. Though there’s not a lot of current through the lake, it’s a dynamic fishery with several inflowing creeks, an outflow at the dam, and pump-in and pump-out stations on the east end.
The western end is home to vast cypress forests that flank the bayous. Half the field could easily spread out into these areas and virtually vanish.
|Posted on May 30, 2018 at 9:25 PM|
May 30, 2018 by David A. Brown
Thomas Soileau and Hunter Freeman knew the Red River would yield a shallow bite; but the University of Louisiana-Monroe anglers also knew 167 other teams probably had that figured out, so they went off-script, caught a limit of 14 pounds, 7 ounces and took the day-one lead at the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance C-Map Genesis.
|Posted on May 30, 2018 at 3:05 PM|
Wow!! That;s all I can say today.... School shootings, babies being abused... 14 years olds pregnant...
Bullying to the point of suicide! Now we have people in bass fishing doing things that we would have never considered 30 years ago!
I was brought up to respect the police, follow the rules, if you see a guy fishing a certain area just stay away from him and it wasn't even a tournament!! Just fun fishing for us that's just the way people were. We left our doors unlocked and neighbors came in and checked on you.. We left the cars open and nothing was taken.. Nobody put razor blades or drugs in the halloween candy!! .. Now today on Facebook, I had some moron leave the discussion group and that wasn't enough for him to just leave and be done with it!1 NO!!!! .. He had to make a comment and say " GET OFF FACEBOOK and quit inviting people to join groups!" Really!?? Get off Facebook becasue I asked you to join a group that discusses bass fishing? Get a life!
Then to top it all off, I was posting a new Youtube video on our channel, and after saw a guy who had posted previously on The Bass College forums about his new Youtube Channel and was asking people to subscribe, (as they all do) I watched his video and the few others he had and while they werent all that good I thought i'd help him out and subscribe and make a nice comment. Well, later I talked to him and told him if he wanted me too I would help promote his channel for free and help him with it and videos, and in return if he liked what he saw at our site and liked what we do, that he could help promote the Bass College to people and it would link him to our site and help him out. I told him that we give free baits with Tackle Warehouse orders and we give part of the profits to the kids and military that we make fom them. Was he thankful or grateful ?? No!! Instead he replied whats in it for me?? I said free baits, the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping the kids and military, and a lot of hits and new subscribers to your videos?? He replied I can get better deals than that from a local bait store!! REALLY?? well then do it!
I blocked him and removed him from the group. Was that enough for him?? LOL No! He then proceeded to make nasty comments all over different Facebook pages until I deleted them all and reported them?? Thats enough for me for today see you all soon when I recover from the eye transplant surgery . lol Tight lines, Steve
|Posted on May 30, 2018 at 2:45 PM|
May 29, 2018 by Jody White FLW
It’s almost June in Louisiana and the highs are going to be in the mid- to upper-90s every day of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance C-MAP Genesis. Held on the Red River in Shreveport, La., 168 teams will contend for the title of National Champions, but don’t expect the fish to come easy – the Red River is going to be a tough nut to crack.
In years past, the Red River had tons of hydrilla and lily pads in the backwaters making the fishing pretty consistent and very good in the spring. Back in 2013, Randall Tharp won the Forrest Wood Cup on the Red fishing shallow with a swim jig and tossed a frog in thick pads, and while that may get the job done this week, the options are going to be slimmer.
Due to spring floods in 2015 and 2016, the amount of vegetation – especially submerged vegetation – has dramatically decreased, and former College Fishing National Champion Brett Preuett has had a front-row seat.
“I grew up only 10 minutes from Pool 3, and growing up it had an abundance of hydrilla and pads and hyacinths,” says Preuett. “It was very common in local tournaments for people to catch 20-pound bags and for a lot of big bags to be weighed. Now there’s hardly any hydrilla or lily pads left, and it’s also silted in a lot of the good backwaters. Now people have a lot more success on the main river – rocks and stuff play more of a factor because the weights have dropped. It’s been super tough for two or three years now, but I’ve heard that this is the first year where some lily pads are starting to come back.”
Despite the lack of vegetation, even if it is making a comeback, there are still a lot of options for the college anglers despite the water temperature sitting over 85 degrees. The backwaters of the Red are loaded with stumps and laydowns, and the main river has lots of rock and manmade cover from industry. There’s also the possibility of spawning bream or shad, as well as some schooling activity that could be in play. Still, without the comfort and habitat that good grass provides, the Red is definitely off her game.
|Posted on May 26, 2018 at 5:35 PM|
WOMEN IN PROFESSIONAL BASS FISHING
By Steve vonBrandt
I had surgery last week and couldn’t fish or drive, so I was working on the website and talking to some friends on Facebook while watching some live tournament coverage, and the subject of why we don’t see many women fishing in professional bass events came up.
It really made me think because I hadn’t paid as much attention to this as I should have.
I decided to contact some old friends in professional bass fishing both male and female and get their thoughts on it, and I think you’ll be surprised at what some of them said.
First, in case you weren’t aware it, women haven't always been allowed to fish B.A.S.S. events.
The first woman to compete in a co-ed B.A.S.S. tournament was Vojai Reed. She fished the 1991 Missouri Invitational and finished 58th! not bad, but it wasn’t anything to indicate that women were going to win a lot of Bassmaster Angler of the Year awards or start taking home Bassmaster Classic trophies.
And as of 2018, they haven’t!
I had a tackle store, guide service, and a radio show at the very beginning of the internet.
I had been involved in the old Redman Tour where I met a lot of anglers who are fishing at a professional level today, and I had opened Bass Pro shops in Harrisburg, Pa where I did seminars for TTI Blackmore, allowing me to associate with a lot of professionals in bass fishing. I contacted Andre Moore,who had Reaction Innovations and started carrying his baits, and interviewing him on the radio shows.I was at the Classic when he proposed to Kim Bain on stage.
I thought, how perfect is this, a team like that fishing the Classics together, she will go far.
Kim Bain-Moore was the first woman to compete in the Bassmaster Classic. She qualified by winning the 2008 Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year title. In the Classic, she finished 47th out of 51 anglers. It was her first and last!
Pam Martin-Wells became the second woman to fish the Classic. Like Kim Bain-Moore, she qualified after winning the 2009 WBT AOY award. She finished 22nd out of 51 anglers in the Classic.
Pam Martin-Wells is easily the most accomplished female angler in B.A.S.S. history.
Martin-Wells ranks 123rd on the B.A.S.S. all-time prize money list with $308,321.14. Ninety-nine percent of that was earned through the WBT or in her one and only Classic appearance.
After the dissolution of the WBT in 2011 no woman has even come close to qualifying for the championship.
Janet Parker came pretty close to qualifying for the Elites in 2011.
Sabrina Thompson was profiled a while back on a local news station in Texas, she is a Pro Angler and was participating in that weekend's Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Opens.
So why is that a big deal?
She was the first black woman ever to compete in the bass fishing tournament.
She serves as the Vice President of the International Federation of Black Bass Anglers, and has a non-profit organization "Texas Wrangling Anglers", where she teaches women and children the basics of fishing.
Having been involved in bass fishing in the Northeast, and traveling across the country bass fishing and guiding , for more than 30 years, I had a chance to get to know a lot of professional anglers, both male and female, I spent time with Judy Wong at the Classic, I was there at Christie Bradley’s first tournaments on the Potomac river, so I had high hopes of seeing a women win the Class or FLW tour.
Christiana Bradley posted a fourth place finish at the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open on Douglas Lake, making B.A.S.S. history.
It was the best finish ever by a woman in a co-ed B.A.S.S. event, beating Dianna Clark's fifth place finish on the Red River at a 2010 Open.
I took Mary Divincenti, Womens Bassmaster Classic champion, out prefishing for the FLW and had her on my radio shows, so I was expecting a great deal from these women in professional bass fishing, and I knew some of them personally, which is what prompted me to contact the top female and male anglers today and see what their thoughts were on why this hasn’t happened.
Here’s what they said when I asked “Why Don’t We See More Women Fishing At A Professional Level Today?”
I think with the popularity of the sport growing you will see women fishing at the highest levels soon. With the high school and college programs growing at the rate they are it's getting girls involved at earlier ages which lets them spend more time on the water to learn. Until now the guys that have done well at the professional level have many years of fishing experience with fathers, grandfathers, uncles or friends. This time on the water gives them a huge advantage over women. With women getting involved much younger and seeing a viable profession they can invest their time and effort in it will draw women to the sport.
I would say it is just the mathematical percentages. There are probably some great woman anglers, but for every one of them there are literally tens of thousands of great male anglers. That’s why no women qualify for the Elites. The first one will make a solid half million a year if she sells it! We shall see.
Statistics show that women anglers is a growing number.
Your question is why the number of competitive women anglers isn’t larger?
Personally, my story started with a family that fished, a husband who fished and now is supportive of my competing in the Lady Bass Anglers (LBAA) and before that as a co-angler in the Bassmaster Women’s Pro Tour (WBT).
I started fishing tournaments with my husband, back in the mid 80’s. I was very comfortable fishing with my husband. But, I do admit, that the first time he asked me if I’d fish a team tournament with him, I wasn’t sure the other men would welcome a lady angler. I admit, I was wrong and I was very welcomed and later my husband became known as “Martha’s husband.” ?
Making the change to fishing in a draw tournament was huge for me. Since my husband and I always fished together, I was concerned about going out with other anglers, male or female. Having a female tour (WBT) was the opportunity I needed. With that, I started fishing the BFL, and ABA Opens (both as a co-angler and a boater). Now I fish as a Pro/Boater with Lady Bass Anglers.
I also had family support.
In the 80’s, my sister would watch our two children so my husband and I could fish the Saturday tournaments.
My husband, is awesome! He is my "bass caddy" as I travel across the states competing in tournaments. He supports me and helps other ladies.
What’s needed for more women anglers:
Ladies to feel comfortable to begin the new adventure
Opportunities to “grow” the number of lady anglers
Promoting ladies involvement
letting ladies know how to get started
Currently, the women’s pro tour is the Lady Bass Anglers. The days of Bass n’ Gals and WBFA, WBT, etc… are gone. I’ve seen so many new anglers get their start with LBAA. Having the opportunity to fish with a ladies tour is huge. Some ladies need that comfort zone to get started. I did
Would love to see more support and involvement with LBAA.
Today’s women’s pro tour and opportunity for ladies is the Lady Bass Anglers. Having better sponsors, being able to offer better prize packages and payout would be huge. To many anglers the financial awards aren’t enough to warrant the long distance travel and time commitment.
Vacation time and the time to compete… LBAA now has three regular season tournaments and a Classic.
Child care – Women are typically the main person to take care of their families
In one boat families, the husband should share the “boat time with their wives”. I’ve seen to many husbands have an upcoming tournament so they have the boat and the “wife stays home with the kids.”
Ladies need to know how to feel comfortable competing in predominantly male tournaments.
To get more comfortable, start competing in team tournaments with a family member or friend
Check out team trails:
American Bass Anglers Couples Series
Fishers of Men
Local team trails
Open team tournaments
First question is how to use the restroom…
Invest in proper clothing. Dress for the weather.
I honestly think it's all about to change... Girls today have the opportunity to start perfecting their bass fishing skills with support from their family, Team members and Coach from their High School Fishing Team, Not just Dad or Grandad anymore.
I think that girls interested in the sport will get a push by parents because in the end Fishing could earn them a full paid college scholarship! Then they have their college fishing team to lean on! You cant just wake up one morning and say I'm going to fish the classic this year. But its way more possible today then it ever has been. I think you will see more girls in the sport in the coming years.
Sarah Boyett Hicks
For one, the money isn't where it needs to be. But, for that to happen, more women would need to be buying the boats and motors, not fishing out of a shared boat. This topic came up many years ago with Mr. Dan Shad of Mercury.
I think one of the big problems is most women do not get involved for the right reasons. Many women fish with a boyfriend or a husband. Not because they have a through-and-through passion for the sport. I live breathe and sleep fishing. I feel like I have a natural instinct for the sport. I really think it starts at a youth level. We need to get our young girls involved in the sport as early as possible.
I have a lot to say on this subject. It’s something I ponder daily. I think there are so many reasons. Passion. Sacrifice. Families. Confidence. Duty. Responsibilities. Lack of respect. Pressure. Time. Finances.
I think a question to get to the bottom of is why women fish? Or why men fish? Why women fish could differ. Some could say- well I did it to spend time with my significant other. I did it for attention (most would never admit this). To find those that say it’s my passion and all I can think about would be few and far between and that is what it takes or make it at this level. Women feel the pressure because everyone looks at the standings to see where they finish. We are our own worst enemies because we don’t believe we can fish. We have responsibilities to our families and to be mommies. It makes us feel so selfish leaving our babies to chase our dreams when we don’t technically have to be away. That’s hard to swallow as a mom.
Sometimes you sacrifice time at home, time at your job, or too much financially to outweigh the gain of what you receive. If you do go then when the sacrifice is unbalanced then you are fishing looking over your shoulder.
Sometimes it’s just not worth it to fish for women because their male peers don’t treat them with respect. They’re not taken seriously. They’re talked down to. They are treated as they are less than the men. Also, sometimes they’re just treated like a piece of meat. Who did she sleep with to her info? Why would women want to do that when they are having to deal with all of the others?
So much more I’d love to say. We need more women. It’s how we grow and some of the best parts of life are working in your passion and living in it.
Melinda Mize Hays
I tried to contact Lauren Stamps, The First woman to get a college scholarship in bass fishing, but at time of this article, I still had not heard back from her.
I contacted Krista Fields, who operates TheReelagent.com to get her thoughts as she is the agent for Hank Cherry, Jacob Powroznik and other pro anglers.
She said she believes it is the women that are preventing themselves from competing at a professional level with the men on tour. It’s a mindset, and that they need to get out of their own heads and realize that it is a “Fishing Game Not A Gender Game”, the bass don’t know if you are a man or a woman! They don’t know who your sponsors are! Be the woman who knows that and don’t allow the judgment of others to have any control or meaning in your life. You are on the same playing field when you hit the water!
I spoke with Christie Bradley on the phone and she had a lot to say, much of what was said was very similar to what Krista Fields had said. Christie also mentioned that she also has a lot of experience with problems that occur while on the road and has confidence in her ability to fix a flat, work on the trailer or motor, and get back on the water. It doesn’t affect her mental game. Most of it is just financial for her at this point.
I had a lot of thoughts about this after speaking to everyone and reading what they had to say on the Facebook post I made.
Do we still have men today who are sexist? Sure, probably always will.
Will the sponsors who step up and promote the top high school and college female anglers today have an opportunity to be in on the ground floor of a real money making opportunity? Yes!
After talking with all of the anglers and some sponsors, one thing that stuck out was this, “The First woman to step up with the confidence and attitude that it takes to compete and win on tour with the men will not only go down in bass fishing history, but will get rich doing it!
The one and only woman’s name that stuck out, that has the ability to do that was Christie Bradley, something that anybody who knows her is in agreement with!
If we see a woman make the ELITES and make history, it will be Christie Bradley.
You can visit her and see for yourself on Facebook at https://facebook.com/christianabradley
|Posted on May 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM|
|Posted on May 25, 2018 at 9:05 AM|
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