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Posted By Hawgsrus
Waller wins Co-angler division title
 
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (May 19, 2012) – In his first BFL All-American appearance, Brian Maloney of Osage Beach, Mo., 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.
 
 
     Prior to fishing in this BFL tournament on the Potomac River, Maloney had never fished a tidal river system. Indicating that he fished what seemed like the “right thing to do”, he targeted shallow flats with contoured ditches. According to Maloney, the fish were pulling into the ditches during the outgoing tide.
 

      “I went against the grain most of the week using darker colors and crankbaits,” said Maloney, who qualified through the Missouri TBF chapter. 

 

      “Winning the BFL All-American is really a badge of honor. Few have won, and I have accomplished something that many want.”  
           
       James Waller of Cypress, Texas, won the Co-angler Division BFL All-American championship title with 13 bass weighing 33-11 worth $50,000. Bobby Drinnon of Rogersville, Tenn., took second place with 13 bass weighing 30-1 and won $15,000.
 

        Waller indicated that his key bait this week was a green pumpkin with blue flakes-colored Zoom finesse worm.

   

Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
Posted By Hawgsrus

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Since the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule was announced last summer, professional anglers have been kept in the dark about the seventh stop on the circuit — the Mystery Lake Elite June 28-July 1.

 

The secret will be revealed at 1 p.m. CT, Thursday, May 24, a month prior to the start of official practice for the event. 

  

It was easier to pull off a mystery event in the early Bassmaster Classics, after which the Mystery Lake Elite was patterned. In 1971, only two dozen competitors were invited to fish the first championship, and they weren’t told their destination — Lake Mead, Nev. — until their chartered jet was en route.

    

In the succeeding years, mystery flights embarked for airports near Wheeler Lake, Ala. (1974), Currituck Sound, N.C. (1975) and Lake Guntersville, Ala. (1976).

 

By 1976 — the first of Rick Clunn’s four Classic victories — the event had grown too big and become too popular with fans to keep a secret. 

   

The only Elite angler with Mystery Lake experience is Clunn, who fished the last three Mystery Lake Classics and won the final one on Guntersville.

                                                          

“I totally love the concept,” said Clunn. 

  

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By Hawgsrus
Akin leads Co-angler division
 
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (May 17, 2012) – Brian Maloney of Osage Beach, Mo., took the early lead at the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy, with five bass that weighed 15 pounds, 4 ounces. He has a narrow 4-ounce lead over second place angler Mark Snyder of St. Johns, Miss., in one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing.
 
     Hosted by National Harbor, the tournament features the top 49 boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the country casting for top awards of up to $130,000 in the Boater Division and $60,000 in the Co-angler Division plus the opportunity to compete in the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Lanier Aug. 11-14.
 
      The top five anglers all indicated that the early-morning outgoing tide had the fish biting better than in the afternoon. Keying in on rock and structure seemed to be the predominate pattern for most of the anglers.
 
      “I really wasn’t doing anything fancy,” said Maloney, who qualified through the Missouri TBF chapter. “The fish were moving with the tide and I was just waiting for them to come to me. I’ll play that game all week. We keyed in on the outgoing low tide pretty quickly and probably had our limit by 11 a.m.
 
      “I was looking for ditches and troughs and found a rocky area that had a mud bottom and just bounced my bait off the rocks. I was using plastics - 3/16- to ¼-inch shaky heads.”
 

      Maloney, who was fishing on the Potomac River for the first time, said he had seven or eight keepers all day and that he is hoping for the same type of weather tomorrow - bluebird skies and warm temperatures.

            

Jake Akin of Powder Springs, Ga., leads the Co-angler Division with five bass weighing 14-3 followed by Robert Hime of Odessa, Mo., in second place with five bass weighing 13-2.      

 

 Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
Posted By Hawgsrus

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Sward wins co-angler title
 
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (May 5, 2012) – Alex Davis of Albertville, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 27 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the EverStart Series Southeast Division event on Lake Guntersville with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 81 pounds, 12 ounces. For his victory, Davis earned $34,767.
 
     “I had a great week out here. It went really good today,” Davis continued. “I think I caught around 20 to 25 keepers today, with at least three limits over 20 pounds. I was fishing on the lower end of the lake. I targeted Honeycomb Creek, Brown’s Creek and I also had a few spots near Seibold Creek. It was about a 15-mile stretch that I would run, and I would just hit all of my spots. I probably had around 25 different spots that I would run to. I would stay for a bit and if I was catching fish, I would just sit on them. If I wasn’t, I would just run to the next one.
 
     “I was fishing pretty deep – anywhere from 14 to 32 feet deep,” said Davis. “Earlier this week I had some success with a big spoon, and I caught a few on a jig head rigged with a single shad-colored swimbait. However, today all of my fish came on the Alabama rig. I had it rigged with Strike King Shadalicious swimbaits, and I was using multiple different lengths and weights. If the fish were up higher, I would use the 1/8-ounce or ¼-ounce rig. If they were deeper, I would throw the 3/8-ounce or ½-ounce rig. The last week they really moved from the grass and went out deeper, and I was able to find a bunch of big schools of them. The bass are mostly out in their summer spots now, and should be there for the rest of the summer.
 
     “I guide on Lake Guntersville and have pretty much fished it every day since January,” Davis went on to say. “Coming in to this event I thought it would take around 65 to 70 pounds to win this thing. I never thought it would take me 80 pounds to get it done. I couldn’t have done this without my sponsors – Vicious fishing line, Strike King Baits, and Ranger Boats. I’m planning on joining the FLW Tour next year as a boater and have been saving my money to make the big jump, so this win is definitely a good shot in the arm for me.”
  
     
     Fleming caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Pro Division Friday – a 7-pound, 13-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $298.               
 
     Justin Sward of Birmingham, Ala., won the Co-angler Division and a Ranger 177TR with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 62 pounds, 12 ounces.
 
     Sward caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Friday – a 7-pound, 13-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $198.
 
      
 Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com