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Posted By Hawgsrus
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (Jan. 27, 2015) – The Rayovac FLW Series is headed to Lake Havasu Feb. 5-7 for a tournament presented by Mercury Marine when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the first stop of 2015 in the Western Division.
“The lake is fishing really good right now, and there should be a really good bite for this tournament,” said Walmart FLW Tour pro Jimmy Reese of Witter Springs, California, who has 20 top-10 finishes on Western fisheries in FLW competition.
“This is a tournament where you could have 10 different rods on the front of your boat deck,” Reese continued. “Anglers are going to have three main options to choose to fish. They can choose to fish the backwater ponds and sloughs up the Colorado River. They can fish the main lake and target the man-made structure and wood. Or, they can run down the river and fish in the deep water, coves, pockets and target the rocks and points.
“Shallow-diving crankbaits, pitching and flipping tubes and jigs, spinnerbaits and Yamamoto Senkos will all be popular baits on the river,” said Reese. “Guys fishing the main lake will be drop-shotting RoboWorms, throwing Frenzy Baits Umbrella Rigs, ripping jerkbaits and fishing Carolina rigs.”
Reese said that the winning angler would most likely have a few different patterns and areas each day, and that adapting to the conditions would be the key to winning the tournament.

“The weather will have a lot to do with it,” Reese said. “Water levels are down about a foot right now, but that could change overnight. The biggest factor in this tournament will be the wind. I predict that it will take right around 60 pounds to win this tournament.”
Anglers will take off from the Windsor Beach boat ramps at Lake Havasu State Park located at 699 London Bridge Road in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, at 7 a.m. MST each day. Weigh-in will be held daily at the marina beginning at 3 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. The event is being hosted by the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Pros will fish for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.
The Rayovac FLW Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the Rayovac FLW Series Championship. The 2015 Rayovac FLW Series Championship is being held Oct. 29-31 on the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

Posted By Hawgsrus
MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 13, 2015) – FLW, the world’s largest bass fishing tournament organization, has announced a sponsorship renewal with Z-Man Fishing Products, Inc., the fastest-growing lure brand in America. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“FLW is proud and pleased to continue its partnership with Z-Man Baits,” said Patterson Leeth, FLW vice president of marketing. “They have been a fantastic long-standing partner and we are excited to have them with us for the 2015 tournament season.”
As part of the agreement, Z-Man Fishing Products will receive exposure across multiple FLW media platforms including its websites, tournaments and expos, social media and FLW Bass Fishing magazine.
“One of our primary goals is to expose the most avid participants in bass fishing to our latest ElaZtech bait designs and newest ChatterBait models,” said Daniel Nussbaum, vice president of Z-Man Fishing Products. “Our relationship with FLW allows us to speak directly to the most diehard bass anglers through a variety of channels.”
For nearly three decades, the Charleston, South Carolina-based company has enjoyed a strong presence on the tournament-fishing circuit. Their products like the ChatterBait, ElaZtech plastic baits, and EZ silicone skirts, all continue to be favorites among winning tournament anglers and there are very few anglers who don’t recognize the Z-Man brand. Z-Man continues to work with some of the leading professional bass anglers and saltwater pros to develop some of the most innovative and eye-catching soft plastics on the market.
For more than 25 years, Charleston, SC-based Z-Man Fishing Products has prided itself on bringing technology to anglers. Z-Man has long been one of the industry’s largest suppliers of silicone skirt material, but until recently the Z-Man name was unknown to many fishermen. Today, Z-Man’s amazing 10X Tough ElaZtech® soft plastics and Original ChatterBait® brand bladed jigs are among the world’s premier fresh- and saltwater baits, positioning the company as one of the fastest-growing lure brands in the US.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

Posted By Hawgsrus
Thompson wins co-angler title
PALATKA, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2014) – Robert Crosnoe of Inverness, Florida, weighed a three-day total of 14 bass totaling 47 pounds, 6 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the St. Johns River Saturday. For his victory, Crosnoe took home a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy 1500 Silverado as well as entry into the 2015 BFL All-American presented by Chevy. This regional tournament featured the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each of the Bama, Bulldog, Choo Choo and Gator divisions.
Crosnoe spent all of his practice time over 50 miles south of Palatka, fishing in Lake Dexter and Lake Woodruff, and made a breakthrough just before the tournament when he discovered a horde of fish in some recently-sprayed hyacinth mats in Dexter.
“Most of the mats were around 3 feet deep,” said Crosnoe. “There was some sort of viny, green plant, and where that was mixed in with the dead hyacinths is where I would get most of my bites. Practice was unbelievable. I went through that area and got 25 bites and set the hook twice and caught a 7-pounder and a 4-pounder.
“The Wednesday before the tournament, the St. Johns rose to flood stage and the state made a big stretch of river an idle zone,” Crosnoe detailed. “It took me an hour and a half to get to my spot. Once I got there, I was just flipping and punching heavy mats with a 1½-ounce weight.”
Crosnoe boxed 18-12 on day one, but lost a fish he estimated to be 7-pounds on the second day and failed to catch a five-bass limit.
“The third day I had no choice but to go back,” said Crosnoe. “I knew in my heart that the fish were there. I told my co-angler while we were in the idle zone that I could bust a 28-pound bag. In the first hour I caught a 9-pounder and two 4-pounders. Then I went and fished some new water, just like it was a practice day. I found one stretch that had a lot of bream and I caught another 4-pounder and lost one that looked like it was 8 or 9 pounds. Fortunately, I’d already caught enough to win.
“I made the right decisions, it was awesome and it feels great to get the win,” said Crosnoe, whose 22-pound, 14-ounce catch on the final day vaulted him from 10th to first.
Crosnoe said that he flipped a Hematoma-colored Reaction Innovations Kinky Beaver the entire time, and left the ramp on day three with just one rod on deck.
Ernie Thompson of Anthony, Florida, won the co-angler division with a three-day total of 14 bass totaling 34 pounds, 6 ounces. For his efforts, Thompson took home a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard along with a berth in the 2015 BFL All-American tournament.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

Posted By Hawgsrus
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Aug. 16, 2014) – FLW and Visit Hot Springs announced Saturday that Hot Springs, Ark., would once again be hosting the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, Aug. 20-23, 2015, on Lake Ouachita. The last time the Forrest Wood Cup, the sport’s richest prize, was held in Hot Springs was 2011 and Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., made professional bass-fishing history, becoming the 16th Forrest Wood Cup champion.
“We are thrilled to be returning to Lake Ouachita for our 2015 Forrest Wood Cup,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “The previous events that we have held in Hot Springs have all been extremely successful, and the attendance has been fantastic. It made returning to Lake Ouachita an easy decision. The bass-fishing community in Arkansas has always welcomed FLW with open arms, and we’re proud to return for the 20th installment of our championship event.”
Lake Ouachita and the Hot Springs area are a very familiar destination for FLW. The city has played host to both the 2007 and 2011 Forrest Wood Cups and numerous FLW-sanctioned tournaments. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will mark the 20th anniversary of the championship event. The event will be held at Bank of the Ozarks Arena, formerly known as Summit Arena.
“FLW and Hot Springs have a great history together,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. “Our audiences for the Forrest Wood Cup and other FLW events have been large and enthusiastic, and we know the 2015 Cup will be greeted with the same enthusiasm and hospitality that FLW has become accustomed to.”
                                                       Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

Posted By Hawgsrus

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MONTICELLO, Ind. (June 24, 2014) – The Wabash Valley High School team of Elijah Hamrick and Griffen Fernandes brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces to win the 2014 Indiana State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Shafer. The win earned the team the title of state champions and qualified the team to compete in a High School Fishing conference championship on Lake Erie in September.
     The 2014 Indiana State High School Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 3 teams from each of the six 2014 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2015. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
     In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all SAF members nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals, held on Lake Dardanelle in Russelville, Ark., on July 15-19. At the 2013 World Finals more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit for details.
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