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Posted By Hawgsrus
ZAVALLA, Texas — The frog bite was on at Sam Rayburn Reservoir but Texan Albert Collins avoided that temptation and won the B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional. While runner-up Brandon Pedigo and other contestants turned in double-digit sacks today by fishing plastic frogs in the shallow grass, Collins stuck with an offshore summertime pattern of targeting channel swings near points. He brought a 17-pound, 4- ounce limit of five bass to the scales to clinch the victory. He noted the fish were caught at various depths. “I was fishing different areas of the lake,” said Collins, who finished with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 53-4. “In some areas they were in 6 to 8 feet and in some areas they were in 18 to 20 feet. “My primary lure, the one I caught the most fish on, was a Missile Baits Tomahawk worm [in the Love Bug hue].” The 48-year- old plumber from Nacogdoches, Texas, said he rigged the worm Texas style with a 5/16-ounce lead weight and a 5/0 Gamakatsu worm hook. On the first day, he tried to fish as many different areas and types of habitat as he could to accumulate a decent weight, which he accomplished with a 16-12 limit to move into the runner- up spot behind Pedigo. The second day started slowly for Collins, but he finished strong with the heaviest bag of the tournament (19-4) and leapfrogged over Pedigo to take over the lead. Collins won the Livingston Lures award of $250 because he led the tournament on Day 2. The fishing got tougher for Collins during Friday’s final round, because he exhausted several of his best spots in order to build such a heavy stringer of bass on the second day. “It worked out well though,” said the Nacogdoches Bass Club member. “I planned everything out, and it worked.” Collins credits his partner in the draw tournament, Kevin Johnston of Missouri, for letting him call the shots in the final round. “He let me position the boat to the point to where I had a good advantage to throw at everything without getting interfered with,” he said. By winning the divisional and finishing as the top angler on his state team, Collins earned a berth in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship to be held on Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas, Oct. 24- 26. Other state winners who qualified for the National Championship were Doug Thompson of Arkansas; Beau Branine, Kansas; Ryan Lavigne, Louisiana; Randy Ladner, Mississippi; Brian Wilson, Missouri; Nick Ash, Nebraska; and Pedigo of Oklahoma. Louisiana won the team championship for the second straight year with 301 pounds, 12 ounces, while the host Texas squad finished second with 280-15. The Carhartt Big Bass Award of $500 was presented to Destre Dedeaux of Mississippi for his 8-6 largemouth caught on Day 1. For more details, visit 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Supporting Sponsors: Boat US, Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Luck-E-Strike, Power-Pole, Shimano About B.A.S.S. For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass fishing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles. The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry- leading publications — Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times — comprehensive website and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle. Courtesy of BASS Communications.

Posted By Hawgsrus

ATHENS, Ala. – Richard Lee Allen scored his second divisional victory of the season by winning the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Maryland Division 21 tournament, held July 21, 2012, on the Potomac River.

Running out of Smallwood State Park landing near Marbury, the Westminster, Md., firefighter caught five bass weighing 18.18 pounds. Catching a total of 23 keepers, he capped his catch with a 5.77-pound bucketmouth to earn tournament big bass honors. For the Boater Division victory, Allen took home a check for $3,090 with an additional check for the lunker. He also pocketed significant bonuses from Mercury outboards and MotorGuide trolling motors.

Allen started the regular season the same way he ended it. On March 17, 2012, he won with five bass weighing 22.67 pounds. He also won the Boater Division big bass title in that spring tournament with a 7.37-pounder.

“I practiced for four days and caught more fish than I’d ever caught in my life,” Allen said of his July victory. “It’s a phenomenal fishery. Unfortunately, most were about a pound to 1.5 pounds. I also caught a bunch of snakeheads. In the tournament, I caught most of my fish on a black and blue chatterbait. It had to have a black blade. I had some good blow-ups on a black frog, but couldn’t stick any fish.”

In second for the boaters, John R. Sisson of Brookeville, Md., brought in a five-bass tournament limit for 18.12 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.08-pound kicker.

Allan J. Engelmeyer of Severn, Md., landed in third place among the boaters with five bass and 17.36 pounds, followed by Rick E. Anderson of Dover, Pa., with five bass at 16.90 pounds including a 5.13-pound kicker. Rounding out the top five boaters, Ricky T. Windsor of Huntingtown, Md., brought in five fish for a 16.63-pound tally.

In the Co-Angler Division, Tom L. Carpenter of Alexandria, Va., collected his first BWS check ever and went home $1,460 richer. He landed three bass for 12.37 pounds, a 4.12-pound average. He anchored his catch with a 4.84-pounder to up his average.

“I caught my fish working dark chatterbaits very slowly and keeping it in contact with the grass,” Carpenter said. “I caught a limit within 20 minutes, but later culled all of them. I caught all my weigh fish within 45 minutes of each other.”

Lamar Spade of Brodheadsville, Pa., placed second for the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit weighing 11.38 pounds. In third, Rob Morris of Middelburg, Va., brought in three bass going 10.71 pounds, but his 5.21-pounder took division lunker honors. Robert A. Wedding of Welcome, Md., landed in fourth place with three bass and 10.38 pounds, followed by Vic J. Gauzza of Fort Washington, Md., with three bass at 10.37 pound including a 5-pound kicker.

For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner at (256) 230-5627 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see


Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.

Posted By Hawgsrus

Hewlett, Hill will face off against team from Virginia Tech


FLIPPIN, ARK. (June 1, 2012) Justin Hewlett, of Statesboro, Ga., and Geoff Hill, of Kennesaw, Ga., collegiate anglers from Georgia Southern University, recently secured the second and final slot in the Ranger Cup University Team of the Year finals. As the highest-finishing Ranger Cup University-qualified team with a total weight of 28.24 pounds during the two-day BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on Alabama's Lake Pickwick, the duo will receive an expense-paid trip to Texas' famed Choke Canyon Reservoir later this year where they will compete for over $2,000 in cash and prizes.

Hewlett and Hill will face off against Carson Rejzer and Wyatt Blevins, collegiate anglers from Virginia Tech University to determine the Ranger Cup University Team of the Year. Rejzer and Blevins qualified with their fifth-place finish in the FLW College Fishing National Championship on South Carolina's Lake Murray earlier this spring.

“I think it's great what Ranger is doing. College fishing is a growing sport and this program is available to all of the anglers, whether they own a Ranger or not. Plus, it teaches us college guys that we need to stay on top of the little things – there were 14 teams ahead of us that probably wish they would've done it,” said Hill, a mechanical engineering major heading into his junior year at Georgia Southern. “Justin and I are blessed to benefit from the Ranger Cup University program. We didn't have the big bites we needed to win the (Pickwick) tournament, but we won a $500 cash prize and get to fish Choke Canyon.”

Both teams will receive an expense-paid, grand-prize package, which includes travel, lodging and meals, as well as the opportunity to compete from fully rigged Ranger boats. The made-for-TV fishing event will be televised nationally on NBC Sports network's Americana Outdoors, representing a unique opportunity for the collegiate anglers – complete with over $2,000 in cash and prizes awarded to the winner.

Modeled after the most lucrative contingency rewards in the industry, Ranger Cup, Ranger Cup University is the first program of its kind exclusively for collegiate anglers and is open to those fishing in either FLW- or BoatUS-affiliated competitions. Signup is free, regardless of which brand of boat they own. To remain qualified in the program, anglers need only adhere to clothing and logo requirements. And as part of the Ranger Cup University program, participants will be able to receive specially discounted tournament gear through Angler Skins and Gemini Custom Apparel, with no artwork or set-up fees. Through these vendors, Ranger Cup University anglers can purchase fully customized tournament jerseys for as low as $48.

For more information on Ranger Cup University, to register and read all about the program guidelines, go online to

About Ranger Boats
Headquartered in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, which include series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest-quality, strongest-performing boats on the water. For more information, go to

Courtesy of Ranger Boats and Blue Heron Communications.

Posted By Hawgsrus




Tavares, Fla. — The Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 24-26, is only about a month away, but the 2012 Bassmaster Tournament Trail actually kicks off in Jan. 19-21 with the first Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open of the year. It should be a good one, too, as anglers from as far away as Italy gather in Tavares, Fla., to cure their cabin fever at the Harris Chain of Lakes.




The Harris Chain is made up of nine lakes connected by a system of canals and covering around 80,000 surface acres. Lakes Harris, Eustis and Griffin are the largest of the waters, but anglers often find as much success in the canals as in the lakes themselves. Just ask Shaw Grigsby, who mined one particular canal to the tune of a six-figure Elite Series payday last March.




Elite Series pro Chris Lane believes that canals can be a factor in this Open, too, but doesn’t expect weights to be on par with the spawn-heavy Elite event.




“I think this thing is going to be wide open,” Lane said. “This time around it’ll be more prespawn, but there may be a few fish on beds. However, the cold weather and early (not full) moon may have them holding off. Eustis, Harris and the canals will be the big players lake-wise, I think.”



It’s hard to imagine a better way to kick off the new season.


Courtesy of BASS Communications.

Posted By Hawgsrus

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Specialized micro site highlights Ranger's versatility, advantage over aluminum


FLIPPIN, ARK. (January 11, 2012) Multi-species anglers can vary as widely as the fish they pursue, each with a different vision of what constitutes the ultimate fishing platform. For over 40 years, industry-leading boat manufacturer Ranger Boats has listened to this group of anglers and continued to develop some of the strongest multi-species designs on the water.

Recently, Ranger unveiled a completely new section of their award-winning website devoted entirely to multi-species anglers. The new content allows visitors a glimpse into Ranger's heralded design and construction processes as well as a side-by-side look at several models and their multi-species applications.

Launching in advance of the highly anticipated boat-show season, Ranger's new multi-species micro site will be largely devoted to the brand's venerable Fisherman Series and Angler Series boats. Under the site's “Best Built Advantages” section, visitors will learn what sets a Ranger multi-species boat apart from other fiberglass boats and why aluminum boats can't compete with the performance, stability, fishability and resale value of the Fisherman and Angler Series.

In addition to boat specifications, the new Ranger multi-species micro site will also offer a host of videos and other original content as well as owner reviews, media reviews and a section highlighting the features and benefits of Ranger's custom built RangerTrail trailers.

To view the new Ranger Multi-Species micro site, click the banners on the home page or go directly to

About Ranger Boats
Ranger Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, including a series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest quality, strongest performing boats on the water.

Courtesy of Blue Heron Communications/Ranger Boats