Ponca City, Okla. - The Bass Federation's brand new Dream Team Rally tournament trail is excited to announce the Belle City Bass Anglers, TBF club #5623 of Wisconsin is scheduled to host its first TBF Dream Team Rally event. The event is scheduled for July 14 on Pewaukee Lake, at Pewaukee Lake Boat Ramp, Pewaukee, Wis. The "Shootout on Pewaukee Lake" Southeastern Wisconsin TBF Dream Team Event is open to ALL TBF members, and non-TBF members wanting to join. Interested teams can go online at bassfederation.com; Dream Team; to enter, tourney # 1030. ALL interested TBF clubs and state federations can go online and register to host their own event today!
"The Belle City Bass Anglers are excited to host a TBF sanctioned Dream Team event, bringing grassroots fishing back to Wisconsin," Southeastern Wisconsin Dream Team Event Coordinator, Charles Droudes II, said. "Anglers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Each boat fishes as a team for the same prize, a coveted spot in the 2013 TBF Dream Team National Championship."
Andy Bravence of Arizona, He leads his state with 12 pounds, 7 ounces.
GREEN RIVER, WY - The 2012 Cabela's Bassmaster Federation Nation Western Divisional will be won on culling strategy: It's about accurately predicting the weight of the fish you're going to catch. If you get it wrong, you might as well not be fishing.
Competitors are not permitted to cull on Wyoming's Flaming Gorge. So if you decide to keep a 2-pounder at 9 a.m., then you catch four more fish, you're out of luck when a 5-pounder bites your line at noon. That's what happened to several anglers today during the first round of competition.
Bubba O'Neil is one of those anglers. "I let go of nine fish today, and I didn't get a limit because of that." He weighed in four fish for a total of 7 pounds, 11 ounces and currently sits in 42nd place.
O'Neil - who holds the Wyoming state record for the largest smallmouth, caught right here on Flaming Gorge in 2003 - had a set number in his mind of what he would keep. "I was out here last weekend and caught three 4-pounders and 30 over 3 pounds. So today, I decided I wasn't going to keep any fish smaller than 3 pounds."
It didn't pan out for O'Neil today, but he said he'll do the same thing tomorrow. "Go big or go home," he said. Others, like Dave Gerhardt of Colorado, swore off the tactic, saying it cost them too many fish - and too much weight. Only 33 limits were weighed in today, out of 132 anglers.
TOPEKA - Because blue-green algae populations are above minimum public safety levels, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHW) has issued a new Public Health Advisory for one public lake and has downgraded three others from a Warning to the less-severe Advisory level. KDHE samples recreational bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom. When harmful algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and other lake managers where appropriate, responds by informing the public of these conditions.
Public Health Warning
A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (i.e., wading, skiing and swimming) is prohibited. Kansas public waters currently under "Warning" status:
MURRAY, KY - The Walmart FLW Tour on Kentucky Lake presented by OFF! will visit Murray, Ky., June 7-10 for the fifth major of its 17th season. Hosted by the Marshall County Tourist Commission and the Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau, the tournament will feature the world's best bass pros and co-anglers casting for top awards up to $125,000 cash in the Pro Division and up to $25,000 cash in the Co-angler Division.
"The lake is still below summer pool," said OFF! pro Terry Bolton of Paducah, Ky., who has more than 20 FLW top-10 finishes on Kentucky Lake. "I think we're going to hit it at a pretty good time as far as the off-shore fishing goes. If we could get a little rain anywhere on the Tennessee River in the next week I think it would definitely benefit us because it would lead to more current flow."
Bolton believes there will be a good number of fish caught during the tournament and said anglers will be employing a wide variety of techniques to catch their bass. Deep-diving crankbaits such as Rapala DT16s and DT20s, plastic worms and jigs and said some anglers may even opt for the Alabama rig.
Ben Dziwulski and Ethan Cox
Florence, Alabama - - Ben Dziwulski and Ethan Cox are the 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Champions. Over the course of two days they managed to haul 45.60 pounds of bass, both largemouth and smallmouth from Lake Pickwick. For the first time in its seven year history, the traveling trophy is making a repeat visit, heading back to Raleigh, North Carolina and the campus of North Carolina State.
Ethan and Ben were the last NC State team from the Basspack to be confirmed from the waiting list. Despite having a great network of contacts in the area, their late confirmation prevented them from doing anything but online research prior to making the trip to Florence, but fortunately for the duo, they got off to a great start on the first practice day, plying one particular deep spot on Lake Pickwick with Strike King 5 and 6 XD crankbaits.
JACKSON, MS - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks (MDWFP) stocked approximately 46,000 largemouth bass fingerlings into Lake George and 16,000 into Dump Lake on May 16, 2012. Both of these oxbow lakes were formed by the Yazoo River and are located in Yazoo County, near Satartia. Recent population assessments have indicated low numbers of young bass; the additional fish were added to help improve the fishery. "Stocking largemouth bass will provide anglers with more fishing opportunities and help boost the overall fishery at these lakes," according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Jerry Brown. The bass were reared at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery.
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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - In his first BFL All-American appearance, Brian Maloney of Osage Beach, Missouri, went wire-to-wire to win the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 6 ounces. In a championship that came down to ounces, Maloney's three-day total of 15 bass weighing 43-4 beat Dick Shaffer of Rockford, Ohio, by only 6 ounces. Maloney took home $120,000 and earned a spot in the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Lanier Aug. 11-14.
The BFL All-American is one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing featuring the top 49 boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the country. This year's tournament was hosted by National Harbor.
National Guard pro Scott Martin, winner of the Walmart FLW Tour on the Potomac by 3 oz!
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - Before the FLW Tour on the Potomac River presented by the National Guard began this week, National Guard pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., dedicated his efforts to his wife, who has been a vital part of his support over the course of his career. Martin, the reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion, led the first three days of the event and on Sunday he got to dedicate a victory to her, as well. At the end of the day, Martin's five bass worth 13 pounds, 7 ounces gave him a total four-day weight of 66 pounds, 6 ounces - just 3 ounces heavier than second place - as well as a championship trophy and $126,000. The win boosted Martin's career winnings past the $2 million mark.
Martin's teammate, National Guard pro Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala., narrowly missed earning his first Tour win and posted a total weight of 66 pounds, 3 ounces to claim second place. Lucas won $34,276 for his efforts.
"Every win is just so special, but this one here is unbelievable," said Martin, who now has five Tour-level victories. "I dedicated it to my wife earlier in the week before practice started and was able to pull it off. Usually when you say you're going to do something like that you kind of jinx yourself, so this is one of the most proud (wins) I've ever had."
Although he led the entire tournament, Martin's lead shrank more and more each day. On Sunday Martin admitted he didn't think he was going to win the tournament.
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD- The Potomac River, described by several of the world's best bass anglers in the country as one of the top-10 fisheries in the country, really showed her true colors Thursday as 123 of the 144 pro anglers in the Walmart FLW Tour on the Potomac River presented by the National Guard caught a five-bass limit on day one of the event.
Leading the pack was National Guard pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., who crossed the stage with a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 10 ounces. Martin now holds a comfortable 4 pound, 6 ounce lead over Snickers pro Chris Baumgardner of Gastonia, N.C., and fellow National Guard pro Mark Rose of West Memphis, Ark., who each caught five bass weighing 18-4. The tournament features a field of anglers from all across the United States, Canada, Spain and Japan.