Winless No Longer, John Murray Brings It Home at Toledo Bend

John Murray wins Elite Series at Toledo BendMany, LA — 11 years is a really long time.

11 years is a really long time to pursue something.

11 years is a really long time to pursue something without the big payoff.

That is precisely what John Murray has been doing, and finally, he got to hoist the trophy and the big check. And just like he’s been doing for the past 11 years as a part of the Series, he had to fight for it. And he fought like hell. [Read more…]

Jordan Lee Explodes on the Scene, Wins Bassmaster Classic

Jordan Lee Wins Bassmaster ClassicHouston, TX — There’s an insider saying that goes, “You can’t win the Classic on the first day, but you can lose it.”

Apparently, Jordan Lee never heard the expression before.

In the first round, Lee didn’t even manage to weigh in a limit, bringing only 3 fish and 8 pounds 6 ounces to the scales. Prevailing wisdom would have been to count the young Alabama native out.  [Read more…]

Horton Takes The Title, But The Real Star Is The Big O

Tim Horton Lake Okeechobee

It’s been 10 years since Horton last won on the Elite Series

Okeechobee, Fl — Hurricanes, fluctuating water levels, and habitat and vegetation issues, Lake Okeechobee has endured them all, and through all, one fact remains—you can put a huge bag in the boat.

With the top seven finishers of A.R.E Truck Caps all weighing in over 70 pounds of Florida bass, this tournament was yet another reminder. [Read more…]

G Man Could Not Be Stopped, Wins Second AOY Title

Gerald Swindle AOY ChampionOnamia, MN — Perennial fan favorite Gerald Swindle would not be denied in 2016. The Alabama native fought hard all year, and this weekend, received the payoff.

Gerald Swindle is your 2016 Bassmaster Angler of the Year.

While he failed to put a limit in the live well on day one, he would solve the puzzle, and bring a hefty 22 pounds to the weigh ins on the final day. The title is the second AOY in his career. [Read more…]

Ott DeFoe Hoists First Trophy In Wisconsin

80d837e2-ffd1-4a4a-b70b-28ff85349ba7-1473630574792La Crosse, WI – In 2011, Ott DeFoe won the Bassmaster Rookie of the Year.

Five years later, and the Tennessee native gets to raise an Elite Series trophy overhead. A rabid field nipped at his heals to take home the final win of the season, but DeFoe was not going to be shaken, and he held onto that number one spot for three days. [Read more…]

KVD Does It Again, Hackney Dq’ed, Cayuga Gets Wild

Kevin-VanDam-Wins-Cayuga-LakeUnion Springs, NY — KVD needed to come from behind to get it done, but the living legend did so to take his second Elite Series trophy in six weeks.

Coming into Sunday, VanDam was in third place and two pounds out of the lead. 15 pounds, seven ounces later, KVD hoisted his 22nd Elite Series trophy, further extending the record he set in May. [Read more…]

Takahiro Omori Takes It All At Wheeler Lake

Omori Wins Bassmaster Elite Series on Wheeler LakeDecatur, Al— If tournament bass fishing were basketball, Omori’s win at Wheeler Lake was a buzzer beater. With a final day bag weighing 25 pounds, 3 ounces, the trophy belonged to him.

After a slow start, and a bag weighing just south of 11 pounds, Omori found himself in 72nd place at the end of the first day. Friday was kinder to him, and the 23 pounds, 3 ounces he weighed in put him in 4th place—and well within striking distance of a win.

He would continue to climb from there. [Read more…]

Edwin Evers Charges From Behind To Claim The Bassmaster Classic Title

edwin-evers-wins-2016-bassmaster-classicTulsa, OK— Right now, you will probably have a tough time convincing Edwin Evers that anything is impossible.

His charge to the Classic trophy didn’t exactly start off with a bang; only weighing in 13 pounds, 12 ounces on four fish. He stuck to an early strategy that worked well in practice rounds, but fizzled hard when competition time rolled around. [Read more…]

The Bassmaster Classic – Weighing In On The Business of Bass

Here we are a few days away from the Bassmaster Classic 2016. It seems as though it was just a moment ago when we were watching Randy Howell hoist the trophy in Alabama followed by his press conference where he revealed his winning baits.

Then last year, Casey Ashley got to the top of the bass fishing world and like his predecessors, got to experience the incredible ride that is being the current Classic champion. He too sat in front of the press and held court on his victory.

The Classic is a life changing event for that angler who is fortunate enough to walk away with the trophy; there is no denying that.

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Aaron Martens Wins AOY Crown, Ehrler Takes Rookie of the Year

Aaron-Martens-Wins-Angler-of-the-YearDoor County, WI— The final tournament of the year for the Elite Series pros is often full of drama and excitement, and this year definitely fit the bill.

There was little doubt as to who would win the Angler of the Year title, as Martens had a solid points lead going into the tournament on Sturgeon Bay.

What was in question were the fates of anglers on the bubble. [Read more…]