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…]

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…]

Hometown Boy Justin Lucas Takes Home Elite Series Win On Sacramento River

Justin-Lucas-Bassmaster-Elite-SeriesSacremento, CA—The Bassmaster Elite series strolled back into our lives over the weekend, and it was a young local who took top prize.

Described by Bassmaster.com as a “California native turned Alabama Elite Series pro,” Justin Lucas bested number 2 finisher Aaron Martens by almost 2 pounds to hold on and bring home the trophy. It was just his 23rd B.A.S.S event.

“For about 17 years, I’ve been dreaming of doing something like this. It’s cool. It’s just super cool,” he would say after the win. [Read more…]

Skeet Reese Makes it Happen on Guntersville

Skeet Reese wins on GuntersvilleGuntersville, AL— Only time will tell how this Elite Series event will be remembered.

Either it will be the incredible charge by Skeet Reese to take home the trophy, or the equally incredible final day fall that saw Mike Iaconelli move from atop the leaderboard all the way down to a 12th place finish. [Read more…]

Christie Slides By The Pack With 4 Ounces To Spare

141805062915_gt412Russelville, Arkansas— It doesn’t matter if you win by 10 pounds, or 10 ounces, a win is a win.

Jason Christie put together a come from behind charge to win this weekend’s Bassmaster Elite event on Lake Dardanelle to win by the narrowest of margins. Four ounces of bass, and no doubt buckets of sweat, was all he needed to punch that ticket to the next year’s big dance. [Read more…]

Rookie Powroznik Charges Back to Win at Toledo Bend

Jacob Powroznik wins at Toledo BendMany, La – Welcome to the show, Mr. Powroznik.

You likely haven’t heard that name before, but it’s time to remember the name Jacob Powroznik. The Elite Series rookie made a late charge to best the field of pros at Toledo Bend.

To say it was smooth sailing though, would be a lie.

Sitting atop the leader board after Friday’s fishing, Powroznik couldn’t figure them out on Saturday. Add in the fact that someone decided it was a good time to perform a controlled burn that smoked him out of a great spot, and you have all the makings of a dramatic come back.

At Saturday’s end, Powroznik was looking up at Dean Rojas, and a 2 and 1/2 pound deficit.

Sunday’s word of the day was focus. Powroznik had it, and put it to work on bass taking residence on spawning beds. The reward was a 19 pound, 11 ounce bag—giving him a total of 79 pounds, 12 ounces of Toledo Bend bass.

With the win, Powroznik punches his ticket to the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.

Mark Davis Takes Another Top 5

Call him Mr. Reliable.

Arkansas pro Mark Davis grabbed fourth place, which gives him his fourth consecutive top 5 finish.

This type of consistency has Davis atop the Toyota Angler of the Year points race. These type of performances will certainly have people starting to watch eagerly.

Casey Ashley Continues to Impress

After surprising nearly everyone at the 2014 Classic, college angler Casey Ashley locked up fifth place.

Turns out the Auburn student was not just riding a little luck streak earlier this year on Guntersville—he’s proving to the world what those of us who follow the College Series already knew.

This kid can fish.

He will undoubtedly be a staple for years to come, and as he continues to improve, look for this young man to be a future champion (yes, you can quote me on that!)

Bassmaster Elite Series Schedule

Now that the Bassmaster Classic is in the history books, it’s time to have a look forward and see where the Elite Series pros will be plying their trade.

While the Elite Series does not offer the full line up of the tournaments put on by B.A.S.S., it is the series of tournaments where the best of the best will put their skills on display. If you want to have an opportunity to see your favorite pros duke it out on some fantastic bodies of water, stop by one of the tournaments below. [Read more…]

Boyd Duckett Takes Home Championship And Classic Berth In New York

Syracuse, New York– Boyd Duckett has a lot to be thankful for these days. The Demopolis, Alabama pro has a two week old son at home, a nice looking trophy and $100,000 from the Ramada Championship on Oneida, and now knows what he will be doing in February next year—fishing the Classic.

Before the tournament, Duckett was in 53rd place in the point standing, so a win was just about the only thing that would keep him from missing a second consecutive Classic. [Read more…]

JVD Wins His First Elite Series Event In Wisconsin

Kevin VanDam isn’t the only angler in town

Green Bay, Wisconsin– Jonathon VanDam may not be the most famous person in his family, but he’s off to a good start. JVD boated a four day total bag of 79 pounds, 2 ounces of smallmouth bass to win the Bassmaster Elite Green Bay Challenge on Lake Michigan.

He edged the more seasoned Brandon Palaniuk by a mere 4 ounces.

Like they say in racing, it doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile.

On top of the standard $100,000 pay day, JVD also claims his first Classic entry—an event his uncle has dominated for over a decade with four wins since 2001. [Read more…]