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Gustafson Increases Lead At Bassmaster Elite Series Event On Tennessee River

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — With a five-bass limit that weighed 15 pounds, 5 ounces on Saturday, Jeff Gustafson held onto the lead for the third straight day in the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Tennessee River.

Jeff Gustafson, of Keewatin, Ontario, Canada, is leading after Day 3 of the 2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Tennessee River with a three-day total of 48 pounds, 13 ounces.  Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

The Canadian pro has a three-day total of 48-13, potentially setting himself up for his first career Elite Series victory.

Gustafson holds just nearly an 8-pound advantage over Alabama pro Steve Kennedy, who rebounded on Day 3 with a 20-14 bag of largemouth that lifted him from 19th to 2nd place with a three-day total of 40-15.

Unlike the previous day where he suffered through a couple of lulls and struggled to land his fifth keeper, Gustafson caught fish most of the day Saturday, filling his limit of 18-inch smallmouth within the first hour.

“I went right back to my best spot where I caught all my fish yesterday, and it took about 40 minutes to get my limit and yesterday it took me all day,” he said. “The 18-inch thing is tough. I caught a lot of 17-inchers today. I threw a 13-pound bag of those back. You have to get the right ones.”

Using the same technique as the previous two days, the Keewatin, Ontario, native expanded his area and caught quality fish, culling twice around midday.  He added that he felt a few more bass have moved into his “juice” spot.

“With all the current happening, those fish are moving around and hopefully there will be a little batch of them tomorrow,” he said. “I’ve had a couple of those little flurries and it happens quick. Hopefully it happens again tomorrow.”

During the afternoon, Gustafson said he made a couple of big drifts searching for more bass, catching one or two occasionally but never going back over his best spot. With dams along the Tennessee River open to account for the heavy rain pushing through the area, the current in Gustafson’s spot has ratcheted up and he isn’t sure exactly how that will affect his bite.

If he is able to pull off the wire-to-wire victory, he will become just the second Canadian angler to win a Bassmaster Elite Series event. The first was Chris Johnston, who claimed his first title on the St. Lawrence River in 2020.

“I’m very confident there are five there for me, I just have to catch them,” Gustafson said. “I’m in a good spot and have a good program going and I just have to do my job tomorrow. I’m going to have three spinning rods on the deck and that’s going to be how it goes.”

After catching just two bass Friday, Kennedy recovered in a big way Saturday with the biggest bag of the tournament.

The jig he was throwing on Day 1 failed to produce on the second or third days, so Kennedy switched techniques on Saturday and found the big bites he needed to jump into the cut. He is fishing for bass migrating into prespawn areas.

“Yesterday was 45 and raining and I didn’t feel like they would be up there shallow, but everyone caught them and so I had to figure out how to catch them,” Kennedy said. “They called me on (Bassmaster) LIVE after I caught a 4-pounder. I went around the curve and caught a 4-pounder.”

As he was ready to make a move, the Bassmaster LIVE crew called Kennedy via Skype again — and again, the call proved to be a good-luck charm.

“I was ready to leave. It took forever to talk to them,” he said. “So, I went around the corner and there was one tree that I had run the boat over top of that I didn’t get a good cast to. I was talking to them and made one cast and caught that huge fish on Live.

“I kept wondering when they were going to call me again.”

The 6-5 largemouth earned the Auburn, Ala., native the Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the day and clued Kennedy in to the type of water he needed to be fishing. He culled several more times to reach the 20-pound mark, the first angler to do so in this event.

“They are moving obviously,” he said. “The main river is 47 degrees, the creeks are 52 or 53. They are wanting to move in but the water dropped. Some were coming in and some were coming out. I don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow.”

Floridian John Cox caught 14-3 to jump from fifth to third heading into the final day with a three-day total of 38-1. Cox caught two fish earlier in the day when the water temperature was still low, each of which was barely hooked.

“It fell to that 51, 52 range and I haven’t been catching anything on that Berkley Frittside until about 53 degrees. So, I kind of started off and I could feel it bump fish and every once in a while one would swat at it. The first one I caught, one little bit of the hook got him.

“I lost a really good one and then I came back an hour later to where I lost that good one and hooked it again. They weren’t eating. Once that water temperature rose to about 53, I caught the rest of my keepers.”

The water temperature has been key for Cox, who has had very little success with temperatures below 53 degrees.

“(Today) I knew the water was going to be kind of cold, but I didn’t know how cold,” he said. “It’s just so dead until the temperatures start rising and then they start swimming into the area.

“The crappie are coming in, the bass are coming in. It’s really cool to watch them come in there.”

The Frittside has been the bait of choice for Cox, an angler who historically hasn’t thrown crankbaits, after he realized every fish he weighed-in on Day 1 came on the bait.

“A lot of them weren’t hooked good. They would swat at it and I would get them,” he said. “I ruled out the ChatterBait and everything that they had to actually take.”

The Top 10 anglers will compete for $100,000 on Championship Sunday starting at 7 a.m. ET from Volunteer Landing. Anglers will check in at 3 p.m. and weigh-in shortly after at World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn.

Live coverage of the event can be streamed on Bassmaster.com and the FOX Sports digital platforms. FS1 will also broadcast live from the tournament beginning at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

The tournament is being hosted by the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission.

2021 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2021 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Ranger Boats, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha

2021 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: AFTCO, Bass Pro Shops, Garmin, Huk Performance Fishing, Marathon, Rapala

2021 Bassmaster Elite Series Conservation Partner: AFTCO

2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Tennessee River Local Host: Visit Knoxville Sports Commission

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship, Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

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Dustin Connell Wins REDCREST 2021 on Lake Eufaula

Full results for the entire field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Overall, there were 59 bass weighing 176 pounds, 10 ounces caught by the final 10 pros in the Championship Round Friday.

Alabama Pro Catches 12 Fish Weighing 36 Pounds, 15 Ounces to Earn First Career MLF Victory, Win $300,000

Birge won Friday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award, weighing in a 5-pound, 3-ounce largemouth in Period 1. Thrift won the $7,000 overall Berkley Big Bass award with his 7-pound, 1-ounce bass that he weighed in on Day 1 of competition.

Television coverage of REDCREST 2021 Presented by Old Wisconsin Sausage, the Bass Pro Tour championship, will be showcased across two two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, July 3 on the Discovery Channel. A one-hour special episode of MLF Inside the REDCREST will premiere at 2 p.m. ET, Sunday, July 18 on CBS. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

REDCREST 2021 Presented by Old Wisconsin Sausage, the Bass Pro Tour championship at Lake Eufaula, was hosted by the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and was the conclusion of the 2020 Bass Pro Tour season.

The 2021 season of the Bass Pro Tour is set to open next month, March 21-26 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper, Texas. The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at each event – competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2022 championship.

For complete details and updated information on REDCREST 2021, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitter,  Instagram, and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Founded in 2011, Major League Fishing (MLF) brings the high-intensity sport of competitive bass fishing into America’s living rooms on Outdoor Channel, Discovery, CBS, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network, Sportsman Channel, and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). According to Nielsen ratings, Major League Fishing remains the number one series on Outdoor Channel for five years and MLF premiered as the number one outdoor show in their time slot on Discovery in 2019.

In 2019 MLF acquired FLW, which expands their portfolio to include the world’s largest grassroots-fishing organization, including the strongest five-biggest-fish format professional bass fishing tour, the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers, as well as the MLF Toyota Series, MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine, MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI, and MLF U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing.

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Sumrall Smiling into Saturday

It was a good day to be a duck here in Knoxville for day two of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite on the Tennessee River. Elite Series pros were faced with 45-degree temperatures and a bone soaking, all day rain that began an hour after take off and continued through weigh-in.

Unfortunately the change in forecast didn’t seem to make the fish bite much better for most of the field, with the exception of guys like Xpress-Yamaha pro Caleb Sumrall. After bringing two keepers to the scale yesterday, which had him tied for 60th place, Sumrall weighed an impressive 13-lbs 14-ounces on day two. 

Sumrall’s bag of fish ended up being one of the largest of the day and rocketed him up the leaderboard into 25th place. After finishing a disappointing 83rd at the first event of the year in Florida, Sumrall said his solid bag of fish “meant everything” today.

“After struggling at the St. Johns River – a place I feel I should do well – I needed a good tournament here,” Sumrall admitted. “I ‘ve been beating myself after the last derby, so today was huge for my confidence. Momentum, your confidence, and even financial struggles all play in to how you fish each day.

“Once a caught a limit and felt like I should make it to fish day three, I started to fish better and it allowed me to make a few key culls. I fished the same areas, the same baits, the same everything… the difference was execution. My mind was in in a better place today, and that helped me execute on those key bites.”

It may have been wet, cold, and rainy during weigh-in but Sumrall was all smiles to be heading into Saturday in a good position. Along with some extremely valuable Angler of the Year points, Sumrall earned at least a $10,000 paycheck thanks to his Friday rally. 

Sumrall’s home in Louisiana was experiencing historic winter weather as he packed for this event, so cold temperatures were on his mind. But after checking the forecast one last time before leaving, the former oil field worker wisely made a phone call to order a few more sets of Carhartt Force Base layers, a pair of heavy gloves, and an extra rain jacket.

“Those base layers have been worth their weight in gold this week,” Sumrall said with a smile. “You hear bass fishermen talk about how much of a difference their apparel makes all the time, and on weeks like this it is absolutely true. I’m a Louisiana boy and I don’t get along real well with the cold. I’m serious when I tell you that last minute Carhartt order has been clutch.”

 

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Gustafson Sticks With Smallmouth, Maintains Lead At Bassmaster Elite On The Tennessee River

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Despite cool, rainy conditions, Jeff Gustafson maintained the lead during Friday’s second round of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Tennessee River, catching a limit of smallmouth bass that weighed 15 pounds, 10 ounces.

Jeff Gustafson, of Keewatin, Ontario, Canada, is leading after Day 2 of the 2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Tennessee River with a two-day total of 33 pounds, 8 ounces.   Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

His two-day total of 33-8 gives him more than a 3-pound advantage of Tennessee pro Brandon Card, who is second with 30-7.

Gustafson, a two-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier from Canada, said he never expected to catch two limits of smallmouth with the 18-inch minimum size restriction in place for this week’s tournament waters.

“It feels awesome,” he said. “Now with the position I’m in, there’s that stress. It’s been a good week so far. You could have signed me up for 50th place on Wednesday night. One thing I’ve learned doing this, these chances to win don’t come along very often and you just hope you take advantage of it when it happens.”

While the area Gustafson is fishing is still producing quality smallmouth, the bites didn’t come quite as fast Friday as they did on Day 1. The Keewatin, Ontario, native said he had more bass bump his bait instead of eating it.

After catching four fish in the first two hours, it took Gustafson until just before 1 p.m. to secure his final keeper.

“There are still some fish there, but they were harder to catch today and they are getting harder to catch,” he said. “I wasn’t really able to expand a whole lot, and part of that was it took me so long to catch my fifth fish.

“It was important to get that last one.”

With bass setting up in two or three “sweet spots” in his primary area, precision has been important. If he misses his spot by a couple of feet, he feels there is little chance of getting a bite.

The specific technique used to catch his fish on Day 1 has continued to produce, however.

“The way I’m fishing is the primary way we catch smallmouths back home in mid-summer through the fall, and I’ve been dying to utilize it in a tournament down here since I started fishing in 2013,” Gustafson said.

With very few options outside of his current strategy, Gustafson will return to the same area for Saturday’s semifinal round.

“I’m not leaving that area I’m fishing. I’m sure the fish are there, it’s just a matter of if I can wrangle five of them,” he said. “It seems like the morning is better and hopefully I can capitalize on that. Hit the juicy stuff first thing.”

With the big bag of the day at 16-10, Card jumped from fourth to second. The Knoxville native, who recently moved to North Carolina, used a flurry around mid-morning to secure four of his five bass, including a 4-pounder and a 3-pounder on back-to-back casts.

“I’m just grinding it out in an area,” Card said. “I have a section that seems like there is big fish. You can go hours and not even get a sniff. And then, you will catch like two or three or four in a row.

“I went from zero to five fish in literally 20 minutes. I culled and then to catch my seventh fish, it took me hours.”

While dragging an Advantage Baits Wild Card Finesse prototype jig was the key for Card on Day 1, he relied on jerkbaits and a jig on Day 2. Although he’s fishing a reaction bait, Card said he is using a deliberate approach.

“Yesterday with the high sun, they wouldn’t come up on a jerkbait,” Card said. “So yesterday, I had to drag. I’m fishing so slow it is unbelievable. I’m barely even moving.”

On his final cast Friday, Mississippi native Brock Mosley caught a 6-10 largemouth on spinning gear to anchor his limit of 14-10. The fish took Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the Day and helped move him from fifth to third with a two-day total of 27-10.

“I was stuck on four fish, and I saved enough time to hit two spots on my way back,” Mosley said. “One was the exact same spot I caught a big smallmouth yesterday.

“About 10 casts into it, I leaned into her. I actually thought I had some carpet or something until she shook her head. I got her in the boat to fill my limit and that’s huge on this place.”

With largemouth being the primary target, Mosley said he is trying to change with the conditions.

“It seems like this lake wakes up in a different mood every day,” he said. “I decided not to go to Tellico today about lunch as I was working that way. I figured I would stay up here and grind it out.

“I was really fortunate to get that last bite. Otherwise, I would have only had 8 pounds.”

The Top 50 remaining anglers will take off tomorrow from Volunteer Landing at 7 a.m. ET. Weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. at World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn. After Saturday’s round, only the Top 10 will advance to Championship Sunday.

Live coverage of the event can be streamed on Bassmaster.com and the FOX Sports digital platforms. FS1 will also broadcast the action live from 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The tournament is being hosted by the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission.

2021 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2021 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Ranger Boats, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha

2021 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: AFTCO, Bass Pro Shops, Garmin, Huk Performance Fishing, Marathon, Rapala

2021 Bassmaster Elite Series Conservation Partner: AFTCO

2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Tennessee River Local Host: Visit Knoxville Sports Commission

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship, Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Tennessee River 2/25-2/28
Tennessee River, Knoxville  TN.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Jeff Gustafson         Keewatin Ontario CANADA 10  33-08  100
Day 1: 5   17-14     Day 2: 5   15-10
2.  Brandon Card           Salisbury, NC           10  30-07   99   $1,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   16-10
3.  Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS        10  27-10   98   $1,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-00     Day 2: 5   14-10
4.  Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            10  25-05   97
Day 1: 5   12-01     Day 2: 5   13-04
5.  John Cox               Debary, FL              10  23-14   96
Day 1: 5   09-14     Day 2: 5   14-00
6.  Scott Martin           Clewiston, FL           10  23-14   95
Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 5   13-07
7.  Scott Canterbury       Odenville, AL           10  22-15   94
Day 1: 5   10-14     Day 2: 5   12-01
8.  Justin Hamner          Northport, AL           10  22-09   93
Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   11-00
9.  Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             10  22-05   92
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   10-10
10. Taku Ito               Chiba JAPAN             10  22-04   91
Day 1: 5   09-14     Day 2: 5   12-06
11. Brandon Cobb           Greenwood, SC            7  22-02   90
Day 1: 4   08-11     Day 2: 3   13-07
12. Jake Whitaker          Fairview, NC             9  22-01   89
Day 1: 4   10-15     Day 2: 5   11-02
13. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               10  21-15   88
Day 1: 5   13-14     Day 2: 5   08-01
14. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK           10  21-13   87
Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 5   12-03
15. Ray Hanselman Jr       Del Rio, TX             10  21-12   86
Day 1: 5   12-00     Day 2: 5   09-12
16. Hunter Shryock         Ooltewah, TN            10  21-10   85
Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   12-11
17. Jamie Hartman          Newport, NY              9  21-08   84
Day 1: 4   06-14     Day 2: 5   14-10
18. Bob Downey             Hudson, WI              10  20-15   83
Day 1: 5   10-12     Day 2: 5   10-03
19. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL               7  20-01   82
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 2   06-01
20. Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO         8  20-00   81
Day 1: 4   07-09     Day 2: 4   12-07
21. Ed Loughran III        Richmond, VA            10  19-07   80
Day 1: 5   09-03     Day 2: 5   10-04
22. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ               8  19-06   79
Day 1: 3   05-07     Day 2: 5   13-15
23. Frank Talley           Temple, TX               9  18-10   78
Day 1: 5   11-02     Day 2: 4   07-08
24. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX           9  18-09   77
Day 1: 4   09-10     Day 2: 5   08-15
25. Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA           7  18-06   76
Day 1: 2   04-08     Day 2: 5   13-14
26. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN           8  17-13   75
Day 1: 5   11-00     Day 2: 3   06-13
27. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL          7  17-05   74
Day 1: 4   10-03     Day 2: 3   07-02
28. Matt Robertson         Kuttawa, KY              9  17-03   73
Day 1: 4   07-03     Day 2: 5   10-00
29. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN            9  17-01   72
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 4   07-04
30. Kyle Welcher           Opelika, AL              8  16-15   71
Day 1: 3   04-07     Day 2: 5   12-08
31. Patrick Walters        Summerville, SC         10  16-14   70
Day 1: 5   08-01     Day 2: 5   08-13
32. Pat Schlapper          Eleva, WI                8  16-14   69
Day 1: 3   08-02     Day 2: 5   08-12
33. Cory Johnston          Cavan CANADA             7  16-07   68
Day 1: 4   11-03     Day 2: 3   05-04
34. Marc Frazier           Newnan, GA               7  16-05   67
Day 1: 2   04-10     Day 2: 5   11-11
35. David Fritts           Lexington, NC            8  16-05   66
Day 1: 4   06-10     Day 2: 4   09-11
36. Lee Livesay            Longview, TX             8  16-05   65
Day 1: 5   08-03     Day 2: 3   08-02
37. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID             8  16-03   64
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 3   04-13
38. Todd Auten             Lake Wylie, SC           7  16-02   63
Day 1: 4   08-08     Day 2: 3   07-10
39. Drew Cook              Cairo, GA                7  16-00   62
Day 1: 5   10-01     Day 2: 2   05-15
40. Derek Hudnall          Denham Springs, LA       8  15-15   61
Day 1: 3   04-13     Day 2: 5   11-02
41. Koby Kreiger           Alva, FL                 8  15-14   60
Day 1: 3   05-10     Day 2: 5   10-04
42. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN            6  15-07   59
Day 1: 1   01-13     Day 2: 5   13-10
43. Seth Feider            New Market, MN           8  14-10   58
Day 1: 3   05-09     Day 2: 5   09-01
44. Bryan New              Belmont, NC              6  14-02   57
Day 1: 1   02-01     Day 2: 5   12-01
45. Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL         6  13-15   56
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 1   02-14
46. Chris Johnston         Otonabee Ontario CANADA  7  13-12   55
Day 1: 2   04-01     Day 2: 5   09-11
47. Gregory DiPalma        Millville, NJ            8  13-11   54
Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 3   04-07
48. Bryan Schmitt          Deale, MD                7  13-10   53
Day 1: 2   03-07     Day 2: 5   10-03
49. Austin Felix           Eden Prairie, MN         8  13-04   52
Day 1: 3   04-05     Day 2: 5   08-15
50. Shane LeHew            Catawba, NC              8  13-02   51
Day 1: 3   04-11     Day 2: 5   08-07
51. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL             7  12-15   50   $2,500.00
Day 1: 2   02-15     Day 2: 5   10-00
52. Clark Wendlandt        Leander, TX              7  12-13   49   $2,500.00
Day 1: 5   09-15     Day 2: 2   02-14
53. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA               7  12-10   48   $2,500.00
Day 1: 2   03-03     Day 2: 5   09-07
54. Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR               8  12-10   47   $2,500.00
Day 1: 3   04-03     Day 2: 5   08-07
55. Drew Benton            Blakely, GA              6  12-06   46   $2,500.00
Day 1: 2   03-07     Day 2: 4   08-15
56. Chris Groh             Spring Grove, IL         5  11-06   45   $2,500.00
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 5   11-06
57. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL           7  11-06   44   $2,500.00
Day 1: 5   07-02     Day 2: 2   04-04
58. Joshua Stracner        Vandiver, AL             6  11-04   43   $2,500.00
Day 1: 5   09-00     Day 2: 1   02-04
59. Wes Logan              Springville, AL          6  11-03   42   $2,500.00
Day 1: 3   04-08     Day 2: 3   06-11
60. Buddy Gross            Chickamauga, GA          4  11-02   41   $2,500.00
Day 1: 2   04-15     Day 2: 2   06-03
61. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN         5  10-13   40   $2,500.00
Day 1: 2   04-08     Day 2: 3   06-05
62. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO         5  10-07   39   $2,500.00
Day 1: 4   08-13     Day 2: 1   01-10
63. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL            6  10-07   38   $2,500.00
Day 1: 2   03-07     Day 2: 4   07-00
64. Dale Hightower         Mannford, OK             6  10-07   37   $2,500.00
Day 1: 3   05-11     Day 2: 3   04-12
65. Randy Pierson          Oakdale, CA              5  10-01   36   $2,500.00
Day 1: 1   01-10     Day 2: 4   08-07
66. Mike Huff              Corbin, KY               4  09-08   35   $2,500.00
Day 1: 2   02-15     Day 2: 2   06-09
67. Bill Weidler           Helena, AL               6  09-08   34   $2,500.00
Day 1: 3   04-15     Day 2: 3   04-09
68. Kenta Kimura           Osaka JAPAN              4  09-03   33   $2,500.00
Day 1: 4   09-03     Day 2: 0   00-00
69. Caleb Kuphall          Mukwonago, WI            5  09-02   32   $2,500.00
Day 1: 4   07-01     Day 2: 1   02-01
70. Chad Pipkens           Dewitt, MI               5  09-00   31   $2,500.00
Day 1: 3   05-00     Day 2: 2   04-00
71. Tyler Rivet            Raceland, LA             5  08-11   30   $2,500.00
Day 1: 2   04-00     Day 2: 3   04-11
72. Destin DeMarion        Grove City, PA           5  08-09   29   $2,500.00
Day 1: 2   04-00     Day 2: 3   04-09
73. KJ Queen               Catawba, NC              4  08-00   28   $2,500.00
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 4   08-00
74. Garrett Paquette       Canton, MI               4  07-15   27   $2,500.00
Day 1: 1   01-12     Day 2: 3   06-03
75. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL              3  07-11   26   $2,500.00
Day 1: 3   07-11     Day 2: 0   00-00
76. Robbie Latuso          Gonzales, LA             3  07-09   25
Day 1: 2   05-10     Day 2: 1   01-15
77. Tyler Carriere         Youngsville, LA          3  07-04   24
Day 1: 1   03-10     Day 2: 2   03-10
78. Hank Cherry Jr         Lincolnton, NC           4  07-02   23
Day 1: 3   05-10     Day 2: 1   01-08
79. Kyle Monti             Okeechobee, FL           3  07-01   22
Day 1: 1   02-13     Day 2: 2   04-04
80. Matt Arey              Shelby, NC               4  06-13   21
Day 1: 1   01-09     Day 2: 3   05-04
81. Cody Hollen            Beaverton, OR            4  06-11   20
Day 1: 1   01-12     Day 2: 3   04-15
82. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA               4  06-10   19
Day 1: 1   01-09     Day 2: 3   05-01
83. Jay Yelas              Lincoln City, OR         3  06-09   18
Day 1: 2   04-06     Day 2: 1   02-03
84. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX               4  06-08   17
Day 1: 2   02-15     Day 2: 2   03-09
85. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC           3  06-08   16
Day 1: 1   03-03     Day 2: 2   03-05
86. Darold Gleason         Many, LA                 4  06-07   15
Day 1: 3   04-05     Day 2: 1   02-02
87. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland AUSTRALIA     2  06-06   14
Day 1: 1   02-11     Day 2: 1   03-11
88. Rob Digh               Denver, NC               4  06-04   13
Day 1: 2   03-03     Day 2: 2   03-01
89. Harvey Horne           Bella Vista, AR          2  06-02   12
Day 1: 1   02-02     Day 2: 1   04-00
90. Brad Whatley           Bivins, TX               3  05-07   11
Day 1: 1   01-13     Day 2: 2   03-10
91. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT            3  05-05   10
Day 1: 2   03-12     Day 2: 1   01-09
92. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                  2  05-01    9
Day 1: 1   01-13     Day 2: 1   03-04
93. Gary Clouse            Winchester, TN           1  04-11    8
Day 1: 1   04-11     Day 2: 0   00-00
94. Chris Zaldain          Fort Worth, TX           2  04-06    7
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 2   04-06
95. Luke Palmer            Coalgate, OK             2  04-01    6
Day 1: 1   03-00     Day 2: 1   01-01
96. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC              2  04-00    5
Day 1: 2   04-00     Day 2: 0   00-00
97. Randy Sullivan         Breckenridge, TX         2  03-13    4
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 2   03-13
98. Rick Morris            Lake Gaston, VA          2  03-13    3
Day 1: 1   01-12     Day 2: 1   02-01
99. Justin Atkins          Florence, AL             1  02-08    2
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   02-08
100. Quentin Cappo          Prairieville, LA         1  00-09    1
Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 1   00-09
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Day
1   Brandon Card             Salisbury, NC       05-09      $1,000.00
2   Brock Mosley             Collinsville, MS    06-10      $1,000.00

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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        29       300       626-05
2        39       327       724-04
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68       627      1350-09

 

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The Ultimate Design in Buzzbaits is Here

Cypress, CA (February 26, 2021) – Buzzbaits are nothing new…and won’t be going away anytime soon. Why? They flat-out catch fish. No other lure can spit as much water rhythmically on a straight retrieve. And oftentimes, it’s this consistent whirring and spraying that captivates fish.

New for 2021, Ever Green, a Japanese designer of highly refined baits, introduces LOUDBUZZ. A classic buzzbait at first glance, LOUDBUZZ is constructed of premium components that not only endure hearty strikes, but also deliver a best-of-class performance.

LOUDBUZZ’s custom offset aluminum prop throws a wave of water while keeping the bait tracking on a straight plane. The prop is affixed with an aluminum rivet and mounted on a stainless-steel shaft, yielding unmatched toughness.

Daiwa and Ever Green pro Cody Meyer is a big fan of the new LOUDBUZZ, having caught countless fish on the MLF Tour thanks to its premium, fish-attracting performance.

Meyer comments: “For starters, the name is LOUDBUZZ, and it’s extremely loud. I’ve always liked loud buzzbaits, not the quiet ones. With the LOUDBUZZ you really aggravate the fish and draw them in from a far distance and thick cover. Second off, because of the keel design, the LOUDBUZZ always tracks straight and looks more natural, and the hook-up ratio is really, really good because of the way it tracks. A lot of buzzbaits will track off to the side, to the right or left, not so with the LOUDBUZZ.”

“The LOUDBUZZ also tracks straight and spits a lot of water at slow speeds. Most buzzbaits on the market you have to really crank to get that blade moving and keep the bait on the surface. The way the LOUDBUZZ is designed with the big blade and the whole head configuration, you can work it slow and keep it on top. It also features a premium hook, and I feel like we nailed it with the colors for any fishing situation. And all of the skirts are handtied. I’m just super impressed. It’s really a deadly buzzbait—everything I’ve been looking for in one and more.”


Daiwa Field Marketing Manager Marc Mills sums up the bait, “With the LOUDBUZZ, our lure designers worked long and hard on creating the ultimate design in buzzbaits. The goal was extreme volume and accuracy in tracking and solid hookups in a bait design that would draw strikes whether worked fast or slow.”

“One feature that may not stand out to a lot of anglers but is the shape of the head, which allows the bait to plane and come to the surface quickly and keep LOUDBUZZ in the strike zone longer. Also, the angle and design of the blade is a huge factor, much like the combination of the bow and the propeller of your bass boat. The result is a one-of-a-kind buzzbait that caters to the needs of pros and everyday anglers alike—and we know it’s going to quickly become a go-to lure.”

If you’re a fan of frantic surface strikes, you’re going to want to add the new Ever Green LOUDBUZZ to your arsenal—it’s one bait that promises loads of topwater mayhem…

Ever Green’s new 3/8-ounce LOUDBUZZ comes in eight proven patterns, including Green Pumpkin, Fire Craw, White, Black, White Delight, Chartreuse Shad, Clearwater Shad and Golden Shiner. MSRP is $16.99.

About Daiwa Corporation

Daiwa’s first spinning reel rolled off the assembly line in 1955. Since then, the company has grown into one of the largest and most influential tackle companies in the world today. To handle sales and distribution in the United States, Daiwa Corporation first opened its doors on September 26, 1966, operating from a small facility in Culver City, California. Today, based in Cypress, California, Daiwa Corporation sells tackle throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America. From the very beginning, Daiwa’s emphasis has been upon innovation and quality. The result is a long list of product features, design and materials that have become standards for the fishing tackle industry. Daiwa’s long-standing record of innovation has left a visible mark on the majority of tackle manufactured today and continues to advance the sport of fishing. Learn more at daiwa.com/us.

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