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Seeing is Believing

Cypress, CA (September 17, 2021) – Line watching is an art. Only highly observant anglers can distill what’s happening beneath the surface by analyzing line behavior. They know a fish is taking when line slips away at an unusually fast rate. Perceptive anglers also appreciate line twitches. Those quick tics on an otherwise leisurely lure drop that signify something’s amiss. To satisfy this acuteness, Daiwa introduces J-Braid Grand x8 in an immensely visible Chartreuse color.

Daiwa’s J-Braid Grand x8 in new Chartreuse color is the brightest line in the boat.

The stunningly bright line excels in other situations, too. Seeing, as well as manipulating line in low-light conditions is challenging. Line gets wrapped around rod guides, even the cleat on a dock or tiller if you can’t see nearby hazards. J-Braid x8 Grand in new Chartreuse color lends supplemental visibility when natural lighting wanes. Moreover, Chartreuse yields visibility in deeply stained and muddy water so you can see where your line enters the water.

Color aside, Daiwa’s established J-Braid x8 Grand is an exceptional performer. The minimal diameter line is composed of premium 8 carrier braid using only the finest materials from Japan. J-Braid Grand 8x is spun with the patented IZANAS™, a new state-of-the-art material that utilizes 8 carriers.

So, what are the benefits? For one, J-Braid Grand x8 is four times more abrasion resistant than the commonplace 4 carrier. Despite the added carriers, J-Braid Grand x8 maintains a narrow diameter and is well-bodied to lay smoothly on the spool.

Attributes don’t end there. J-Braid Grand x8 is famous for its long casts and silky line delivery from the reel. Moreover, it’s sensitivity is unmatched, and knot-strength exceptional.

To enter the element of invisibility, from a fish’s position, Daiwa recommends tying-in the appropriate length and weight of J-Fluoro Leader. Known for its invisibility, abrasion resistance and strength, the 100% fluorocarbon leader material is a favorite in both freshwater and saltwater.

J-Braid Grand x8 is available in 6, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 65 and 80-lb. weights. Available spool sizes are 150 yards (6 to 50-lb.), 300 yards (all weights) and 3,000-yard bulk spools (10 to 80-lb.).

OTHER COLOR OPTIONS:

ISLAND BLUE

A majestic blue tone with high visibility while incorporating water and sky contrast.

GREY LIGHT

Light gray and is visible in low-light but blends into the water color spectrum.
DARK GREEN

Dark Green is preferred in situations where you tie directly to the hook or lure without a leader.

For Daiwa’s latest color catalog and/or information on Daiwa products, call Daiwa’s Customer Service Department at 562-375-6800 or e-mail inquiries to: [email protected] The URL for Daiwa’s website is Daiwa.us

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.us

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Dayton, Tennessee Angler Boats Heaviest Championship Round Weight in Bass Pro Tour History – 58 Bass Weighing 168-11 – to Earn First Career Victory, $100,000

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (Sept. 15, 2021) – Dayton, Tennessee pro angler “The Real Deal” Michael Neal has long been considered one of the best pros in the world without a signature professional win. For nine years, Neal has made a name in the pro bass-fishing world with his consistency – always near the top of the leaderboard, but never ON the top. Wednesday, at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Neal finally came out on top.

Neal caught 58 smallmouth bass totaling 168 pounds, 11 ounces – a new Bass Pro Tour Championship Round record for the heaviest one-day weight – to win by a 76-pound, 2-ounce margin over second place – also a new Bass Pro Tour record for the largest margin of victory.

“What a week! I really am not sure what to say at this point,” Neal joked in his post-game interview. “The first win of my career. I won the (Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit) Angler of the Year title earlier this year, but this is my first actual tournament win and it feels really, really good to get the monkey off of my back. I’ve had so many second-place finishes – I finished second this year at REDCREST. I never would have expected my first win would be with smallmouth. I’ve never been a smallmouth guy – I grew up on the Tennessee River fishing offshore. But, I’ll take it.”

Neal caught his fish this week mainly off of one key area near the mouth of the Detroit River in Lake Erie – a spot that he described as a massive grass flat with some high spots, rock and depressions mixed in. He estimated that the flat was about ¾ of a mile long, and loaded with smallmouth.

“I came here in Day 2 of practice, really because I was just sick of fighting the wind,” Neal said. “I doubled up on a crankbait, then caught one or two more, then left. I really had no idea what this area really held. On Day 1 of the tournament, this was actually my fourth stop. And you can see what was here… it was just crazy.

“I got to catch them on a little bit of everything,” Neal continued. “I caught some on a vibrating jig, a drop-shot rig and a crankbait. The crankbait was by far my number one bait. And they all had Gamakatsu G Finesse treble hooks that were designed by Aaron Martens. Even though he couldn’t be out here with us this week, I want to give a special shoutout to Aaron for designing those hooks. You’re going to lose some fish when you’re fishing smallmouth, no matter what. But I caught the majority of them, and those hooks were key.”

For his accomplishments Neal earned the top prize of $100,000, but most important to him – the giant red Bass Pro Tour winner’s trophy that he now will keep forever.

“It feels so good to finally win. I caught tons and tons of fish, had a great time and broke several records this week,” Neal went on to say. “But records are meant to be broken, and I’m sure someone else will break them the next time we go to another phenomenal smallmouth fishery.

“I’m really looking forward to getting that trophy. I’m way more excited about the trophy than I am the money, at this point. Just to have that – nobody can ever take that away from you. I’ll spend the money, but now I’ve got the trophy to take home and have forever.”

The top 10 pros from the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft finished:

1st: Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 58 bass, 168-11, $100,000
2nd: Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas, 30 bass, 92-9, $45,000
3rd: Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 31 bass, 85-12, $38,000
4th: Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 26 bass, 77-9, $32,000
5th: Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 27 bass, 73-6, $30,000
6th: David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 19 bass, 52-3, $26,000
7th: Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark., 16 bass, 51-3, $23,000
8th: Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas, 14 bass, 43-9, $21,000
9th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 14 bass, 40-3, $19,000
10th: Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 11 bass, 27-2, $16,000

A complete list of results for the entire field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Overall, there were 246 bass weighing 712 pounds, 3 ounces caught by the final 10 pros on Wednesday.

Roumbanis won Wednesday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award, weighing in a 5-pound, 2-ounce smallmouth that bit his medium-diving crankbait in Period 2. Morgan won the $3,000 Berkley Big Bass award for the largest bass of the event with his 6-pound, 5-ounce largemouth bass that he weighed in on Day 5 in the Knockout Round of competition.

Academy Sports + Outdoors pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, clinched the 2021 Bass Pro Tour Angler of the Year (AOY) Tuesday and the $50,000 prize. Wheeler needed to finish 13 spots ahead of Blaine, Tennessee’s Ott DeFoe to clinch the title, and after DeFoe finished the event in 32nd place, Wheeler’s 5th place finish locked up the first career AOY title for the 31-year-old pro.

Link to Photo of 2021 Bass Pro Tour Angler of the Year Jacob Wheeler
Link to Video of Wheeler’s AOY Trophy Presentation

The CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft featured anglers competing with a 2-pound minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The MLF Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft was hosted by Macomb County, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit Sports Commission. The six-day tournament showcased the 80 top professional anglers from around the world competing for a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

Television coverage of the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Nov. 13 on the Discovery Channel. 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.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – 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 the Bass Pro Tour, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, the World Fishing Network, the Sportsman Channel and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with offices in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. In 2019 MLF acquired FLW and rebranded it as MLF BIG5, which expanded its portfolio of catch, weigh and immediate release events to include the sport’s strongest five-biggest-fish format tournament circuits. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams, and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.

Major League Fishing – WE ARE Bass Fishing™

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Lester’s Secrets for Fishing the Salad

For anglers not used to picking apart coontail, eel grass, milfoil, and hydrilla, as shown from left to right in the attached photo, approaching massive acres of aquatic vegetation can be as intimidating as a high school quarterback walking into an NFL stadium full of fired-up fans.

Team Toyota’s Brandon Lester has made a detailed study of how to pluck bass from grass en route to winning $800,000 thus far in his short pro career. And he graciously shares a look at his playbook in timely fashion as early fall often begins the best ‘grass fishing’ of the year.

A garden variety is best

To the casual observer with an untrained eye, expansive acres of matted vegetation might all look the same. Look closer at a place like iconic Lake Guntersville and you’ll see coontail, eel grass, milfoil, and hydrilla often mixed together like Olive Garden’s famous house salad.

“Anytime you see three or four species of vegetation growing together, I can almost assure you that’s going to be a great place to get bites. In fact, you need to look for places where one kind of grass marries up against the other to form a sort of a transition, that’s the juice,” grins Lester.

Punching hydrilla and frogging milfoil

“I want to be careful about not speaking too general here, but in order to make grass fishing a little easier to grasp, typically, hydrilla grows a little deeper near the main river or creek channel, versus milfoil that grows a bit shallower toward the back of the creek,” says Lester.

“So, for the most part, hydrilla is best suited for punching a little beaver-style creature bait on a 1.5 ounce-weighted Texas rig. Whereas milfoil may only have two or three feet of water under its mats, so they can find a frog a lot easier,” he explains.

He uses 50-pound Vicious No Fade Braided line when frogging, and 60-pound braid when punching a Texas rig.

Create a disturbance, then listen for the Rice Crispies

One trick Lester learned from the ‘old timers’ was to run his boat up into the middle of grass mat to stir the ecological pot beneath. Obviously, this should be done with caution because you can’t be totally sure what hazards lay beneath the huge carpets of vegetation, but it most always rings the dinner bell.

And the best way to tell if the dinner bell has been properly rung is to stop and listen for a couple minutes before ever making a cast. Lester and others will tell you if the bluegill, bugs, and baitfish are active it will sound like Rice Crispies cereal crackling in a bowl of milk.

“If you’ll be patient and listen for two or three minutes, you’ll be able to hear if things are popping and crackling, and if they are, you’re chances of getting bit are good. But if you don’t hear the ‘Rice Crispies’ you should move on,” says Lester.

Drop some BBs in Kermie’s belly

Asked to pick just one frog amid a fishing tackle universe that is overpopulated by amphibian look-alikes, Lester chose a Spro 65 size Bronzeye in a color called natural red, but he adds a little magic to Kermie’s belly.

“I’ll drop two or three BBs into my hollow bodied frogs to add a little noise, and if the grass mats are super thick like hydrilla often gets, I’ll actually add a single ¼-ounce worm weight inside my frogs to make them sit deeper in the water as they bulldoze their way through the thick stuff,” explains Lester.

Listen to Lester’s wisdom, and these once intimidating large acres of aquatic vegetation will have you plucking fat bass from hydrilla and milfoil like a top chef dicing through romaine and iceberg.

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Morgan Rolls in Knockout Round, Wheeler Clinches AOY at MLF Bass Pro Tour Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (Sept. 14, 2021) – Pro Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tennessee, boated 28 scorable largemouth bass Tuesday weighing 93 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Knockout Round and advance to the final day of competition at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. The final 10 anglers are now set, and competition will resume Wednesday morning with the Championship Round. Weights are zeroed, and the angler that catches the most weight will win the top prize of $100,000.

Wheeler Ends Round in Fifth to Clinch First Career Angler of the Year Title and Earn $50k, Final 10 Anglers Set for Championship Wednesday and $100,000 Final-Day Shootout

The six-day tournament, hosted by Macomb County, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit Sports Commission, features 80 of the top pro bass-fishing anglers from around the world competing for a purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

The top eight pros from Tuesday’s Knockout Round that will compete in Wednesday’s Championship Round on Lake St. Clair are:

1st: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 28 bass, 93-1
2nd: Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark., 23 bass, 70-4
3rd: David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 23 bass, 69-3
4th: Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 23 bass, 68-4
5th: Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 26 bass, 67-1
6th: Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas, 20 bass, 62-0
7th: Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas, 23 bass, 60-7
8th: Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 20 bass, 58-1

They’ll be joined by Qualifying Round Winners:

Group A: Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn.
Group B: Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn.

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

“To be totally honest I am just tickled to have a good tournament right here at the end of the year,” Morgan said in his post-game interview. “It’s been a grueling journey for me this year, for sure. The toughest year of bass fishing that I have had since the beginning of my career. But we struggled through it, caught a few here and there and now have a strong ending to the season.”

Morgan put a big flipping stick with a heavy weight and braided line in his hands and went to work, Tuesday. He targeted largemouth, flipping shallow mats and vegetation and never put the flipping stick down throughout the day.

“Whatever we can catch tomorrow, I’m pretty happy with it,” Morgan went on to say. “Of course we’re going to really try like hell to catch all we can catch, but no matter what we caught them today. I may not catch one tomorrow, but I caught them today.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, ended the Knockout Round in 5th place and punched his ticket to the Championship Round, clinching the 2021 Bass Pro Tour Angler of the Year (AOY) and the $50,000 prize. Wheeler needed to finish 12 spots ahead of Blaine, Tennessee’s Ott DeFoe to clinch the title, and after DeFoe ended the event in 32nd place, Wheeler’s 5th place finish locked up the first career AOY title for the 31-year-old angler.

“Unbelievable. To win this award means so much to me,” Wheeler said when he learned that he had clinched the title. “There has been one title that has eluded me in my career – the Angler of the Year. I’ve had seconds, thirds, fourths. After Stage Three at the Harris Chain I thought there was no way I was going to be able to make up the deficit. This has just been an unbelievable season.

“I need to give a huge shout out to Ott (DeFoe),” Wheeler continued. “He is an insane fisherman, just an insane angler. We pushed each other to fish harder, and he pushed me so much this year. Winning a Championship event is awesome, but when you can win Angler of the Year that means you are the best for the entire year. And to do that against this group of anglers… I don’t know what to say. I am speechless.”

Rounding out the top 40 finishers were:

11th: Bradley Roy, Lancaster, Ky., 19 bass, 54-9, $10,000
12th: Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 18 bass, 54-2, $10,000
13th: Jesse Wiggins, Addison, Ala., 17 bass, 53-1, $10,000
14th: Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala., 17 bass, 49-13, $10,000
15th: Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark., 16 bass, 45-13, $10,000
16th: Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif., 15 bass, 45-8, $10,000
17th: Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark., 14 bass, 45-0, $10,000
18th: Matt Lee, Cullman, Ala., 14 bass, 41-2, $10,000
19th: Dustin Connell, Clanton, Ala., 14 bass, 39-12, $10,000
20th: Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn., 13 bass, 39-2, $10,000
21st: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 11 bass, 37-2, $10,000
22nd: Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 13 bass, 34-10, $10,000
23rd: Jason Lambert, Michie, Tenn., 13 bass, 34-5, $10,000
24th: Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 12 bass, 34-4, $10,000
25th: Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 11 bass, 32-11, $10,000
26th: Paul Elias, Laurel, Miss., 11 bass, 31-7, $10,000
27th: Fletcher Shryock, Guntersville, Ala., 12 bass, 31-1, $10,000
28th: Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 12 bass, 30-12, $10,000
29th: Mark Rose, Wynne, Ark., 10 bass, 30-10, $10,000
30th: Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 10 bass, 29-14, $10,000
31st: Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich., 11 bass, 28-8, $10,000
32nd: Ott DeFoe, Blaine, Tenn., 11 bass, 27-11, $10,000
33rd: Gerald Spohrer, Gonzales, La., 10 bass, 25-8, $10,000
34th: Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., nine bass, 25-3, $10,000
35th: James Watson, Lampe, Mo., eight bass, 21-12, $10,000
36th: Dean Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., nine bass, 21-7, $10,000
37th: Alton Jones, Lorena, Texas, nine bass, 21-2, $10,000
38th: Ish Monroe, Oakdale, Calif., seven bass, 20-9, $10,000
39th: Matthew Stefan, Junction City, Wis., six bass, 19-5, $10,000
40th: Scott Suggs, Alexander, Ark., four bass, 11-7, $10,000

There were 542 bass weighing 1,565 pounds, 7 ounces caught by the 38 pros Tuesday, which included two 6-pounders and four 5-pounders.

Morgan also won Tuesday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award, weighing a 6-pound, 5-ounce largemouth bass that he caught flipping during Period 3 to earn the prize. Berkley will award $1,000 to the angler who weighs the biggest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the largest bass of the tournament.

The 40 Anglers in Group A competed in their two-day qualifying round on Lake St. Clair on Friday and Sunday – the 40 anglers in Group B on Saturday and Monday. After the two-day Qualifying Round, the anglers that finished in 2nd through 20th place from both groups advanced to Tuesday’s Knockout Round, while the winner of each group advanced directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round. In the Knockout Round, weights were zeroed and the remaining 38 anglers competed to finish in the top 8 to advance to the Championship Round. Tomorrow, in the final-day Championship Round, weights are zeroed and the highest one-day total wins the top prize of $100,000.

The final 10 anglers will take off from the 9-Mile Ramp, located in St. Clair Shores, at 8 a.m. ET Wednesday. The General Tire Takeout ceremony and trophy presentation will also be held at the Launch Ramp, beginning at 5 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend the Championship Round takeoff and takeout ceremonies and also encouraged to follow the event online throughout the day on the MLF NOW!® live stream and SCORETRACKER® coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft features anglers competing with a 2-pound minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – 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.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action each day of competition from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. MLF NOW!® will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Nov. 13 on the Discovery Channel. 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.

For complete details and updated information on the Bass Pro Tour, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, the World Fishing Network, the Sportsman Channel and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with offices in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. In 2019 MLF acquired FLW and rebranded it as MLF BIG5, which expanded its portfolio of catch, weigh and immediate release events to include the sport’s strongest five-biggest-fish format tournament circuits. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams, and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.

Major League Fishing – WE ARE Bass Fishing™

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Strader Targets Largemouth for Qualifying Round Win at MLF Bass Pro Tour Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (Sept. 13, 2021) – Pro Wesley Strader of Spring City, Tennessee, caught 30 scorable bass totaling 73 pounds, 4 ounces to win the two-day Qualifying Group B round Monday at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Strader’s two-day total of 64 bass weighing 166 pounds, 8 ounces earned him the round win by a 36-pound, 1-ounce margin and advances him directly into Wednesday’s final-day Championship Round of competition. The six-day tournament, hosted by Macomb County, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit Sports Commission, showcases the 80 top pro bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

While Lake St. Clair is widely-known as a world-class smallmouth bass fishery, Strader has done his damage this week targeting solely largemouth.

“Finally! I’m so happy to win one. Golly bum, that is so hard to do,” Strader said in his post-game interview. “I tell you what’s even harder, though – I went against the grain and did it with the wrong species. What a great two days of fishing it has been.”

Like Day 1, Strader spent most of his day fishing shallow, alternating between a Z-Man Evergreen Jack Hammer ChatterBait paired with a Zoom Z-Swim and a Neko-rigged Zoom Zlinky.

“I don’t know what’s up with that spot – just more and more fish keep getting on it,” Strader continued. “I know it’s probably going to get played out, but I’m looking forward to getting back out there on Wednesday and seeing how this shakes out.”

Pro Fred “Boom Boom” Roumbanis of Russellville, Arkansas, caught a two-day total of 45 bass weighing 130-7 to end the round in second place. Favorite Fishing pro Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, finished the round in third place with a two-day total of 41 bass weighing 122-6. Alton Jones Jr. of Waco, Texas, weighed in 37 scorable bass over two days totaling 115-14 to end the round in fourth, while local favorite Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Michigan, who qualified for this event via the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, rounded out the top five finishers with a two-day total of 39 bass weighing 107-2.

The remaining 38 anglers – 19 from Group A and 19 from Group B – will now compete Tuesday in the Knockout Round, where weights are zeroed, and the anglers compete to finish in the top eight to advance to Championship Wednesday. Wednesday’s Championship Round will feature Group A winner Michael Neal, Group B winner Wesley Strader, and the top eight anglers from the Knockout Round competing in a final-day shootout for the top prize of $100,000.

The top 20 pros in Qualifying Group B that now advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round on Lake St. Clair are:

1st: Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 64 bass, 166-8 – ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
2nd: Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark., 45 bass, 130-7
3rd: Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 41 bass, 122-6
4th: Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas, 37 bass, 115-14
5th: Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 39 bass, 107-2
6th: Dustin Connell, Clanton, Ala., 27 bass, 93-5
7th: David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 30 bass, 91-10
8th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 32 bass, 91-5
9th: Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark., 32 bass, 90-13
10th: Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 32 bass, 90-10
11th: Scott Suggs, Alexander, Ark., 29 bass, 86-8
12th: Jason Lambert, Michie, Tenn., 27 bass, 76-15
13th: Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., 25 bass, 73-15
14th: Matt Lee, Cullman, Ala., 26 bass, 73-11
15th: Alton Jones, Lorena, Texas, 23 bass, 70-1
16th: Dean Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 25 bass, 67-11
17th: Ott DeFoe, Blaine, Tenn., 24 bass, 66-10
18th: Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn., 25 bass, 66-9
19th: Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark., 22 bass, 61-5
20th: Mark Rose, Wynne, Ark., 16 bass, 58-3

A complete list of results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Overall, there were 457 bass weighing 1,366 pounds, 2 ounces caught by 38 pros on Monday.

Birge won the $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award Monday with a 5-pound, 10-ounce smallmouth bass that he caught on a crankbait during Period 2. Berkley will award $1,000 to the angler who weighs the biggest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the largest bass of the tournament.

The 40 Anglers in Group A competed in their two-day qualifying round on Lake St. Clair on Friday and Sunday – the 40 anglers in Group B on Saturday and Monday. Now that each two-day qualifying round is complete, the anglers that finish in 2nd through 20th place from both groups advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round, while the winner of each group advances directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round. In tomorrow’s Knockout Round, weights are zeroed and the remaining 38 anglers compete to finish in the top 8 to advance to the Championship Round. In Wednesday’s final-day Championship Round, weights are zeroed and the highest one-day total wins the top prize of $100,000.

Anglers will take off from the 9-Mile Ramp, located in St. Clair Shores, at 8 a.m. ET each day of competition. With strong winds being forecast for Tuesday, Bass Pro Tour Tournament Director Aaron Beshears has decided to allow Knockout Round competitors to trailer their boats. Anglers must remain at the 9-Mile Boat Ramp until 8 a.m. and then will be allowed to depart to the desired launch ramp of their choosing.

The General Tire Takeout ceremonies will also be held at the Launch Ramp, beginning at 5 p.m. each day. Fans are welcome to attend all takeoff and takeout ceremonies and also encouraged to follow the event online throughout the day on the MLF NOW!® live stream and SCORETRACKER® coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft features anglers competing with a 2-pound minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – 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.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action each day of competition from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. MLF NOW!® will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the CarParts.com Stage Seven at Lake St. Clair Presented by Covercraft will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Nov. 13 on the Discovery Channel. 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.

For complete details and updated information on the Bass Pro Tour, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, the World Fishing Network, the Sportsman Channel and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with offices in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. In 2019 MLF acquired FLW and rebranded it as MLF BIG5, which expanded its portfolio of catch, weigh and immediate release events to include the sport’s strongest five-biggest-fish format tournament circuits. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams, and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.

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