No one is fishing as strong as YUM Pro Jason Christie. In the last two weeks, the Oklahoman won an FLW Tour Event, a B.A.S.S. Elite Tournament, and just hit No. 1 on the BassFan.com World Rankings.
Christie has been a strong FLW competitor for more than six years, but only started fishing B.A.S.S. events last year after learning that the Classic would be held on his home lake. He qualified for that Classic in his second Northern Open, and won a Southern Open before the year was out. He finished seventh in the Classic.
Christie's latest victory at the B.A.S.S. Ramada Quest at Bull Shoals Lake is special for several reasons. First, it's his first B.A.S.S. Elite win in what's considered his Rookie season. Plus, his leap from 11th to first place is the biggest Day Four comeback in Elite Series history, and his final day limit of 18-pounds-even was the largest of the tournament. (His tournament total for the four-day event was 56 pounds, 8 ounces, giving him the win by 1 pound, 2 ounces.) It also put a 2014 Bassmaster Classic qualification in his pocket.
NEW HILL, N.C. - The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the Cross Point Landing Boating and Fishing Access Area on Harris Lake to the public on May 3.
The Commission and Duke Energy, which owns the lake and the site, will commemorate the opening with a ribbon cutting at 10 that morning.
The Commission replaced two existing boat ramps with four new ramps with floating docks. The site also features a floating courtesy dock and floating fishing pier. The newly paved and lighted parking lot includes 17 parking spaces for single vehicles and 124 spaces for vehicles with trailers. The entire site is now fully accessible and meets the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today released the report "Angling for Healthier Rivers: The Link Between Smallmouth Bass Mortality and Disease and the Need to Reduce Water Pollution in Chesapeake Bay Tributaries."
In a conference call hosted by the CBF for reporters, John Arway, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, stated:
"I would like to thank and commend Will Baker and CBF for taking on the challenge of explaining the significance of the smallmouth bass fish kills in Bay tributaries and how they relate to the overall Bay problem. Tom Pelton does an excellent job painting the picture of the problems using his words and those of expert fisheries scientists on this serious issue.
RIVERHEAD, NY, - Suffolk County boaters have new boating safety education requirements affecting all county residents 18 and older who operate motorized vessels. Starting November 6, 2013, county residents must take an approved boating safety course, pass an exam, and carry a boating safety certificate while boating on county waters. These requirements are in addition to existing New York state boater education laws and go into effect November 6, 2013.
To help the county's boaters understand and comply with the recently enacted requirements, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has a free, one-page fact sheet available for pick up at the six Suffolk County West Marine stores, or they may download the sheet at www.BoatUS.com/suffolkfactsheet.
As of Tuesday, the maximum legal blood alcohol level for driving a boat or for hunting in Georgia was dropped from 0.10 to 0.08, the same regulation as for automobile drivers in the state, and also a match for driving a car or a boat in many other states. The new Georgia rule also requires an online safety course for driving a boat or PWC for those born in 1998 or later, and requires a PFD to be worn by anyone 13 or younger while on board a moving watercraft. For details, visit www.georgiawildlife.org.
Back-to-back victories in consecutive weeks - one on the FLW Tour and one on the Bassmaster Elite Series - have propelled Oklahoma's Jason Christie to the top of the BassFan World Rankings presented by Livingston Lures for the first time in his career.
Christie, who won the FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake and the Elite Series derby at Bull Shoals Lake, is up five places from 6th in this edition and supplants Todd Faircloth in the No. 1 slot. Brent Chapman, Brent Ehrler and Bryan Thrift, all of whom have held the top ranking at one time or another, round out the Top 5.
PLANO RELEASES WHAT UMBRELLA RIG USERS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR: ALABAMA RIG RAP
Plano, Ill (April 19, 2013) – One fish, two fish, three fish more… And sometimes reeled in all at one time! There’s no doubting anglers have embraced the Alabama Rig as more than just a here-today-gone-tomorrow technique. Just a single cast where shad or shiners are the forage of choice is all it takes to prove this multi-hook mechanism can cause quite a commotion of flopping fish.
SIDNEY, Neb. - Cabela's Incorporated, the World's Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced today the 2013 Fish for Millions, a contest giving anglers a shot at up to $2 million in cash and nearly $275,000 in prizes by catching tagged fish in select lakes across the United States. The competition begins May 4.
Cabela's, Ranger Boats and Chevy are tagging fish in more than 100 lakes across 22 states -
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – Robert Tindell of Leesburg, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Southeast Division on Lake Seminole with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 73 pounds, 10 ounces. For his victory, Tindell earned $33,412.
“It was a great experience,” said Tindell. “Every fisherman dreams of winning something like this and I was fortunate enough to have it happen to me. Seminole is my home lake and I have been fishing it for over 30 years. This is the biggest tournament I’ve ever won.
ATHENS, Ala. – Steve Dyer found a hidden gem and mined it to win the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, North Carolina Division 5 tournament, held April 6, 2013, on High Rock Lake.
Running out of Tamarac Marina in Salisbury, N.C., to fish the 15,180-acre lake, the Mount Pleasant, N.C., angler caught five bass weighing 19.57 pounds with a 6.14-pound kicker to seal his Boater Division victory. Catching only five keepers, his bass averaged 3.91 pounds.
“I only caught one 12-inch fish in three days of practice,” Dyer said. “In the tournament, I went to the back of a creek I know. With the water high, I knew it would be tough to get under the bridge. I knew I’d have the place to myself so I could fish it slowly and pick it apart. I was targeting deeper rock banks on the way to some spawning flats with a jig and a creature bait. We were sitting in 14 feet of water. I threw it up toward the bank and worked it out slowly to about 10 feet of water. I caught a total of six fish, but only five keepers.”