KVD Goes Wire to Wire for Number 24

Kevin-VanDam-Wins-Elite-SeriesWaddinton, NY — Sometimes in sports players hit levels of unconscious dominance that everything just seems too easy. Remember Michael Jordan’s famous shrug in the 1992 finals? How about more recently when Steph Curry tossed up a three-ball and was looking for the high-five before it went in? Well, KVD had himself one of those moments this weekend. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Faircloth Wins The Day, Martens Wins the Year

Todd-Faircloth-Wins-Elite-SeriesDetroit, Mich. — Drama was not the order of the day this weekend on Lake St. Clair. Instead, Todd Faircloth made steady, consistent improvements each day to take home his fifth B.A.S.S. career victory.

Faircloth brought a 22 pound, 2 ounce bag to the final weigh in. That was good to put him six pounds ahead of his nearest competitor. [Read more…]

Bassmaster Elite Results: Martens Flips the Bird for the Win

Aaron-Martens-wins-Bassmaster-Elite-Series-Lake-HavasuLake Havasu City, Az— Aaron Martens took “matching the hatch” to a whole new level this weekend.

The Elite Series made a stop at Lake Havasu, but it was a unique approach that took Martens to the podium.

“I’ve caught them in California, and had them spit up full-grown blackbirds,” Martens said.

Indeed, many people were skeptical at the approach, but you can’t argue with the result. Martens brought home his first B.A.S.S. trophy since 2012, along with the $100,000 dollar pay day and the ticket to the Classic.

Whether you’re buying or selling the bird technique, it certainly worked. [Read more…]

Greg Hackney Takes Home the Trophy at Cayuga Lake

Greg-Hackney-Wins-at-CayugaUnion Springs, NY– Don’t look now, but Greg Hackney is quietly putting together a list of accolades that are making the tournament fishing world stand up and take notice.

With his dominating win at Cayuga Lake, Hackney has now put 2 Elite Series trophies on his mantle. Sitting next to them, is the 2009 Forest Wood Cup.

Oh, and he’s still holding onto the lead for Angler of the Year. Winning over the weekend will likely make him a double qualifier for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic. [Read more…]