Tournaments

2017 BASS Elite Rookie and Legend Field Shows Quality

The 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series roster has been set at 111 and will include at least 13 newcomers to the prestigious bass fishing circuit, B.A.S.S. announced today. The new tournament year, which begins in February, also marks the return of legendary angler David Fritts of Lexington, N.C., to B.A.S.S. competition. “We have seen less attrition among the current Elite anglers …

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Bryan Schmitt Claims Bassmaster Victory At Champlain

Bryan Schmitt fed Lake Champlain bass a steady diet of bogus crawfish this week to win the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open finale. Fishing in only his fourth Bassmaster Open, Schmitt won the pro division title and took home the top prize of $52,278, including a Triton TR-19X with a Mercury 200 Pro XS outboard worth $45,000. He finished …

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FLW Tour Invitational on Lake Norman a Tight Victory For Bryan Thrift

Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 11 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational at Lake Norman presented by Lowrance. Thrift’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 34 pounds, 12 ounces earned him the win by a slim 6-ounce margin over second place angler Scott Beattie of Lincolnton, …

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Charlie Hartley Takes First BASS Open Win on James River

Charlie Hartley, a former competitor on the Bassmaster Elite Series, earned his first B.A.S.S. victory by enduring hot weather all week in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open at the James River. The Grove, City, Ohio, angler clinched the pro division title by catching a 13-pound, 11-ounce limit during Saturday’s final round to finish with a three-day total of …

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Justin Lucas Takes First in BASS Elite Series Event on Potomac River

If professional bass fishing fans didn’t know it before, they know it now. Justin Lucas is a force to be reckoned with — and it doesn’t matter which coast he’s fishing on. The California native, who now lives in Alabama, caught five bass Sunday that weighed 19-13 to win the Bassmaster Elite at Potomac River presented by Econo Lodge. His …

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VanDam Clinches Bass Fishing’s Elite 8 Bracket Championship

In the final round of the Bassmaster Classic Bracket event on the upper Niagara River, Michigan’s Kevin VanDam collected his 23rd B.A.S.S. win in a dramatic ending to this first-of-its-kind tournament. In today’s championship match, VanDam was pitted against Brett Hite of Arizona, and fans were able to watch live on Bassmaster.com as the two Elite Series anglers clashed rods …

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Northwestern State University Leads College Series Wild Card

John Ledet and Justin Cooper credited the last fish they caught on Thursday for putting them in the lead on the second day of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Wild Card presented by Bass Pro Shops. “That big bass we caught clued us in on what to do today,” said Ledet. The fish helped the Northwestern State University bass fishing team …

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Murray State Team Seals Victory In Bassmaster College Series Midwestern Regional

Lance Freeman and Chandler Christian of Murray State University surprised even themselves by bringing in a huge limit on the final day to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Midwestern Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops on Clinton Lake Saturday. What they thought would be their toughest day of the three-day tournament was actually their best as they brought in …

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Murray State University Maintains Lead In Bassmaster College Regional

Lance Freeman and Chandler Christian of Murray State University maintained the top spot after the second day of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Midwestern Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops on Clinton Lake with a two-day total of 37 pounds, 1 ounce. The teammates caught 17-13 on a tougher Friday on Clinton Lake and have a 6-ounce lead over their …

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Shad Spawn Could Be Key To Success At Arkansas River Open

Several areas on the Arkansas River are likely to produce bass during the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open June 2-4, but the best spots could be wherever the competitors find spawning shad. Talala, Okla., angler Terry Butcher predicts the timing could be right for the shad spawn to occur during competition. “We really haven’t had (the shad spawn) here …

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