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Team Tournament Angler Fulfills Dream To Qualify For The Bassmaster Classic

Matthew Robertson wins the 2018 Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off on Harris Chain of Lakes, out of Leesburg, Fla., with a two-day total of 57 pounds, 9 ounces.

                                                                               Photo by Andy Crawford/B.A.S.S.

LEESBURG, Fla. — Matthew Robertson said he’s spent the past 20 years working toward a chance to compete in the Bassmaster Classic.

Following a commanding performance at the Bassmaster Team Championship and the ensuing Classic Fish-Off, Robertson’s time has arrived.

Robertson, a 32-year-old resident of Kuttawa, Ky., was dominant both Friday and today on the Harris Chain of Lakes here in central Florida. His two-day total weighed a whopping 57 pounds, 9 ounces, which gave him almost a 24-pound cushion over the nearest competitor in the field of six anglers.

Robertson caught a five-bass limit on Friday that weighed 25-10, but he saved his best for last — a 31-15 sack that was the heaviest bag weighed in either the Team Championship or the Fish-Off.

Robertson teamed with Kentucky B.A.S.S. Nation Team Trail partner Wendell Anderson on Thursday to catch a 29-1 limit; the second-heaviest of the week. Robertson’s 25-10 limit on Friday was the third heaviest.

The victory earned Robertson the 52nd and final berth in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The Classic, the most prestigious bass fishing championship in the world, will be held March 15-17 in Knoxville, Tenn.

“Those guys (already in the Classic) don’t know who I am right now,” Robertson said. “But come March, I want them to show them what I can do.”

The Top 3 finishers among 197 teams entered in the national team championship qualified for the Fish-Off, which began Friday as the anglers competed individually for a spot in the Bassmaster Classic. Robertson and Anderson finished second in the team event, largely because of that 29-1 limit on Day 2, which vaulted them from a tie for 59th place after Day 1 straight into the Fish-Off.

But Robertson took things to a whole new level in the individual competition.

Many of the nearly 400 anglers competing this week fished grassbeds and shorelines throughout the Harris Chain — normal strategy for this fishery. Robertson, however, opted to fish 150 yards offshore in about 9 to 10 feet of water. He said there was no visible structure there; just a hard spot on the lake’s bottom. Robertson said the area measured 40 by 50 yards, and when he idled over it in practice, he saw big bass on his electronics.

“When Wendell and I got down here, we decided we were gonna’ fish exclusively offshore,” Robertson said. “We idled every inch of (Lake) Eustis and Harris and Little Harris in practice and we found the spot. We actually couldn’t get them to bite at practice, so that’s why we want back over to Eustis on Day 1 (of the Team Championship.)

“When we only caught 11 pounds in Eustis, we knew we had to make a change. If we were going to die, we were going to die doing what we do well, and that’s fishing offshore. So, we went back to that hard spot and pulled out some big swimbaits, a big spinnerbait and a big crankbait. We went to work on them.”

Anderson graciously relinquished the spot to his partner in the Fish-Off, and it replenished itself both days. Each of the bass Robertson caught Friday weighed between 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 pounds, but he caught a 7-4 Saturday to anchor the 31-15 bag.

Robertson’s key lures included a SPRO Big John (citrus) crankbait and a 7-inch swimbait with a 1-ounce jighead. The combination worked as he caught a limit within 75 minutes of takeoff both days of the Fish-Off.

He upgraded his catch several times on both days, and put back more pounds of bass than several of competitors weighed in the Fish-Off.

Robertson said he’s extremely confident in his abilities, but humbled by his chance to represent everyday anglers in the Classic.

“This is very special,” he said. “I’m just your ordinary working man. I represent every common man and that’s who I’m going to be fishing for in the Classic.”

Jayme Copenhaver III of the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Bass Association finished second in the Fish-Off with a two-day total of 33-12. Copenhaver caught a 21-6 limit Friday and trailed Robertson by 4 1/4 pounds heading into the final day of competition. He couldn’t get enough big bites today, however, to pressure Robertson.

Rounding out the Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off field are: third, Adam Dysart, Chattanooga Bass Association, 22-3; fourth, William “Clay” Samples, U.S. Angler’s Choice, 15-5; fifth, Anderson, 10-4; and sixth, Charles “Tyler” Purcell of U.S. Angler’s Choice, 7-1.

The Greater Orlando Sports Commission hosted the tournament with the assistance of Florida’s Lake County.

In all, 197 tandems (394 anglers) from 35 states and three foreign countries competed in the Bassmaster Team Championship. A total of $120,000 in cash and prizes were distributed to the top 39 teams.

2018 Bassmaster Team Championship Premier Sponsors: Abu Garcia, Berkley, HUK, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro, Power-Pole, Skeeter, Yamaha

2018 Bassmaster Team Championship Supporting Sponsors: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt, Livingston, Phoenix Boats, T-H Marine

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. 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 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For 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, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Series presented by Magellan Outdoors, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

Robertson Takes Lead For Bassmaster Classic Spot With Huge Limit From Lake Harris

Matthew Robertson of the Kentucky B.A.S.S. Nation team trail leads the first day of the 2018 Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish Off on Harris Chain of Lakes, out of Leesburg, Fla., with 25 pounds, 10 ounces.

Photo by Andy Crawford/B.A.S.S.

LEESBURG, Fla. — Matthew Robertson has been wearing a hat the past few days that pretty much sums up his experience this week on the Harris Chain of Lakes.

“ON ‘EM,” the hat reads in block white letters against a black field.

Robertson was “on” the Florida-strain bass yet again today, the first round of the Bassmaster Classic Fish-Off — a tandem event that followed the Bassmaster Team Championship held here earlier this week.

Robertson caught a five-bass limit today that weighed 25 pounds, 10 ounces. That put him more than 4 pounds ahead of Jayme Copenhaver III of the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Team Trail; Copenhaver caught a 21-6 limit Friday.

Members of the top three duos from the Team Championship qualified for the fish-off, which offers a single berth in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods to the top finisher. After fishing alongside each other all week — all year, in fact — the teammates had their weights zeroed today as they began competing individually on the Harris Chain.

Though there’s still a full day of competition remaining, Robertson certainly looks like he could become the angler to fill the 52nd and final spot in the world championship of bass fishing. The 32-year-old Kuttawa, Ky., resident teamed with Kentucky B.A.S.S. Nation partner Wendell Anderson to finish second in the team tournament earlier this week. They bagged a 29-1 limit on Thursday (the heaviest of the two-day event) to leapfrog dozens of teams and reach the fish-off.

Robertson’s 25-10 today was the second heaviest bag weighed this week — trailing only the 29-1 he and Anderson posted a day earlier. After launching from Ski Beach Park at 6:45 a.m. ET, Robertson headed to Lake Harris, where he needed only an hour to catch a limit.

He upgraded his catch a few times later in the morning, but with more than 25 pounds in the livewell, the hardest work of the day was done.

His heaviest bass weighed 5 3/4 pounds, and the lightest was a 4 1/2-pounder, which proved the consistency of the bite he’s located here in the central Florida fishery.

“I’m just going out there and fishing my style,” Robertson said. “The fish are there. I’ll just see if I can get five bites.”

Robertson wants to fish professionally, and he said he’s spent the past 20 years preparing for the chance to compete in the Bassmaster Classic. With only one day of solid fishing between him and his lifelong goal, his confidence is high.

“I’m fishing calm and collected,” he said. “I’m making the right decisions and not letting my emotions get the best of me. I’m ready for this.”

So is Copenhaver, it appears.

After Robertson wowed the crowd with his 25-plus pounds, Copenhaver slipped onto the stage and threw up his own impressive limit. He’s 4-4 behind the leader, but said the right bites are there to overcome the deficit. He had the big bass on Friday (a 6-12) to prove it.

“This morning, my bite was fast and furious for a bit,” Copenhaver said. “When you have some wind in the morning, you get some bites. When it dies down, it’s painfully slow; like watching paint dry. When you a get a blip of wind, you have to capitalize on it.”

Virginia’s William “Clay” Samples, a member of the U.S. Angler’s Choice Team Trail who paired with Charles “Tyler” Purcell to win the team championship, is in third with a limit that weighed 14 pounds. Adam Dysart of the Chattanooga Bass Association is fourth with four bass weighing 11 pounds, and Anderson of the Kentucky B.A.S.S. Nation is fifth with five bass weighing 10-4.

Purcell, also of U.S. Angler’s Choice team, is sixth after catching one bass that weighed 1-12.
Launch for the final day of the fish-off will begin at 6:45 a.m. ET at Ski Beach Park in Leesburg. Weigh-in is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. at the same location.

The Greater Orlando Sports Commission is hosting the tournament with the assistance of Florida’s Lake County.

2018 Bassmaster Team Championship Premier Sponsors: Abu Garcia, Berkley, HUK, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro, Power-Pole, Skeeter, Yamaha

2018 Bassmaster Team Championship Supporting Sponsors: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt, Livingston, Phoenix Boats, T-H Marine

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. 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 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For 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, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Series presented by Magellan Outdoors, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish Off

12/7/2018 – 12/8/2018

Harris Chain of Lakes – Venetian Gardens – Leesburg, FL

STANDINGS DAY 1

Name # Fish Lbs – Oz

1 Matthew Robertson KY BN Team Trail 5/25-10

2 Jayme Copehhaver III Chattanooga Bass Association 5-21-6

3 William Samples Anglers Choice 5/14-0

4 Adam Dysart Chattanooga Bass Association 4/11-0

5 MWendell Anderson KY BN Team Trail 5/10-4

6 Charles Purcell Anglers Choice 1/1-12

BIG BASS

Day Name City,State Lbs-Oz

1 Jayme Copenhaver III Ooltewah, TN 6-12

TOTALS

Day # Fish Lbs-Oz

1 25 84-0

2 0 0-0

Registration Opens For The Bassmaster Marshal Program

Bassmaster Elite Series marshals get to ride along with the pros in competition, and many enjoy filing blog posts and photos from their day.

                                                                                                                   Photo by B.A.S.S.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Registration is now open for B.A.S.S. members who are interested in serving as marshals for the 2019 Bassmaster Elite Series.

The marshal program, created by B.A.S.S. in 2009 as a way to attract observers who would ride along with the pros, allows people to spend two to four days on the water with some of the best professional anglers in the sport. Marshals are not allowed to fish, but they are encouraged to take photos, send blog posts to Bassmaster.com and serve as an extra set of eyes for B.A.S.S. tournament officials, making sure all rules are observed.

The marshal experience appeals to those from all walks of life. But since it allows people to gather tips and tricks, it obviously appeals most to serious bass fishermen.

“I marshaled for the first time about five years ago — just one tournament — because B.A.S.S. was holding an event in the western part of the United States, and it was something I had been wanting to do,” said Rick Moore, a retired California resident who fishes more than 100 days a year. “Since then I’ve just done it more and more, and now I think I’m scheduled to marshal seven events this coming year. It’s just become one of my hobbies.”

Moore said he expects to learn something on every trip.

“I’ve fished events in the past as a co-angler, and to me, marshaling is just a better experience,” he said. “The anglers are more relaxed and honest with you when you’re not fishing — and you can pay better attention to everything they’re doing when you’re not worried about putting fish in the boat yourself.”

Marshal spots are available for eight of the nine regular-season Elite Series events for $150. The Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department doesn’t include marshals; instead, judges are recruited to assist with the catch/weigh/release scoring process in that Elite event. Marshals also are invited to participate in the postseason event — Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in September at a site to be announced, and the 2019 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods March 15-17 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Every marshal is guaranteed to be on the water for the first two competition days. As the Elite Series field is cut to 20 for the semifinal day and 10 on Championship Sunday, marshals are selected for those bonus days based on their blogging and photography in the preliminary rounds.

Bass fishing fans who want to spend time on the water with a pro can register on the Elite Series page at Bassmaster.com or by phone at (877) BASS-USA.

2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Huk, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota

2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: T-H Marine, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Phoenix Boats

2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Elite Partner: Black Velvet

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. 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 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For 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, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Series presented by Magellan Outdoors, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

Anglers Choice Team Goes From Alternates To Winners In Bassmaster Team Championship

William Samples and Charles Purcell of the Anglers Choice team trail won the 2018 Bassmaster Team Championship on Harris Chain of Lakes, out of Leesburg, Fla., with 42 pounds, 10 ounces.

                                                                                                      Photo by Andy Crawford/B.A.S.S.

LEESBURG, Fla. — William Samples and Charles Purcell weren’t supposed to compete in the Bassmaster Team Championship held today on the Harris Chain of Lakes in central Florida.

But officials with the Anglers Choice Team Trail asked them a week ago if they could step in as alternates after another duo that did qualify couldn’t attend. Samples and Purcell made the most of the opportunity and won the Team Championship with a two-day total of 10 bass that weighed 42 pounds, 10 ounces.

Samples and Purcell outlasted a field of 197 teams from 35 states and three foreign countries to earn the win. That number included 14 fishing teams that finished ahead of Samples and Purcell in the Anglers Choice yearly standings.

Samples lives in South Boston, Va., and Purcell hails from just across the border in Townsville, N.C. They won a Nitro Z20 and Mercury 225 Pro XS boat/motor combo valued at $42,000 with their improbable victory.

“Everything just went wrong for us at the beginning of the year, until we pulled it together,” Samples said about their season on the Anglers Choice circuit. “I fell in the water in the first tournament of the year at Smith Mountain Lake. It was 46 degree water. It cost us $5,000. We had a monkey on our back until late spawn, and then we buttoned it up. We won a tournament a couple of weeks ago, and now here we are — winning the Bassmaster Team Championship.”

Samples and Purcell were in second place after Day 1 of the tournament with a five-bass limit that weighed 21-9. They were almost as good today, with a 21-1 limit of five bass.

“We found a spot in practice that I told (Purcell) was going to be a 30-pound hole,” Samples said. “Every fish we weighed came from (within 75 yards) of that hole. The bite started about 10 o’clock and ended about 11:30 a.m. In that hour and a half, there was a flurry.”

“We worked hard for this all year,” Purcell said. “Everything that could go wrong did, until we pulled it together. This is an incredible feeling.”

Matthew Robertson and Wendell Anderson, who are part of the Kentucky Bass Nation Team Trail, had the big bag of the tournament — a whopping 29-1 limit today that helped them finish second with 40-1 overall. It also earned them $14,800 in cash to split.

Adam Dysart and Jayme Copenhaver III of the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Bass Association placed third with 39-15 and won $10,000.

Those Top 3 duos now will be separated, and the six anglers will compete individually in the Classic Fish-Off to be held Friday and Saturday on the Harris Chain. All weights were zeroed after the Team Championship ended today, and the angler with the heaviest overall weight in the two-day Fish-Off will earn the 52nd and final berth in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

This year’s Classic will be held March 15-17 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Though they trailed the winners by nearly 3 pounds, Robertson and Anderson were the talk of the tournament after their tremendous 29-1 limit. They were tied for 59th after Day 1 and actually were in 85th place when they came to the scales at Ski Beach Park today.

Then the Kentuckians began hoisting Florida-strain largemouth that caused everyone to take notice. The biggest of the bunch weighed 6-12, and there were two more 6-pounders and a pair of 4-pounders in their sack.

“We just kind of hopped around and we came across something about midday,” Robertson said, taking care to not divulge too much information since he’ll fish again Friday and Saturday.

“We had some boat trouble yesterday and missed about three hours of fishing. We had a full day today and things went right. I’m doing something a little different, and not listening to what people say you should be doing.”

Dysart and Copenhagen overcame motor trouble of their own on Wednesday and still managed a limit of 19-2. They followed with a 20-13 limit on Thursday to slip into third place by a mere 6 ounces over Eddie Levin and Ryan Mallory of the Ohio Bass Nation Team Trail.

Levin and Mallory were fourth overall with 39-9 and they earned $8,000. Nevada’s Aaron Leon and Timothy Klinger of the Ultimate Bass Team Trail placed fifth with 36-8 and won $6,000.

Two bass caught today weighed more than 8 pounds and qualified for the Florida TrophyCatch program. Illinois’ Luke Estel of the U.S. Anglers Choice Team caught a 9-5 lunker that was worth $500 as the heaviest bass of the day. Matt Gorham of the West Michigan Team Trail caught an 8-6.

The six anglers who advanced to the Classic Fish-Off will take off Friday and Saturday at 6:45 a.m. ET from Ski Beach Park in Leesburg. Weigh-in is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. both days at the same location.

The Greater Orlando Sports Commission is hosting the tournament with the assistance of Florida’s Lake County.

2018 Bassmaster Team Championship Premier Sponsors: Abu Garcia, Berkley, HUK, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro, Power-Pole, Skeeter, Yamaha

2018 Bassmaster Team Championship Supporting Sponsors: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt, Livingston, Phoenix Boats, T-H Marine

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. 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 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For 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, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Series presented by Magellan Outdoors, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

Bassmaster Team Championship
12/5/2018 – 12/6/2019
Harris Chain Of Lakes – Venetian Gardens – Leesburg, FL
STANDINGS DAY 2
Today’s Activity
# Fsh Lbs – Oz
Accumulative
Name # Live # Fsh # Live Lbs-Oz PTS
1 William Samples – Charles Purcell 5 5 21- 1 10 10 42-10
Anglers Choice
2 Matthew Robertson – Wendell Anderson 5 5 29- 1 10 10 40- 1
KY BN Team Trail
3 Adam Dysart – Jayme Copenhaver III 5 5 20-13 10 10 39-15
Chattanooga Bass Association
4 Eddie Levin – Ryan Mallory 5 5 19- 3 10 10 39- 9
OH BN Team Trail
5 Aaron Leon – Timothy Klinger 5 5 20- 9 10 10 36- 8
UBTT
6 Ken Thompson – Brad Weese 5 5 23-12 10 10 35- 8
Anglers Choice
7 Steven Caudill – Rodney Roe 5 5 17- 6 10 10 34-11
NTBA
8 Dean Alexander – Tom Martens 5 5 14- 3 10 10 34- 2
TX BN Team Trail
9 Pat Schlapper – Wade Rickey 5 5 11- 8 10 10 33-11
Major League Series
10 Travis O’Quinn – Shannon O’Quinn 5 5 12- 3 10 10 32-11
Morristown Marine
11 Roger Etheridge – Chad Schroeder 5 5 17-10 10 10 32- 2
Pride of the South
12 Joe Ellis – Ronald Ellis 5 5 15- 4 10 10 31-13
Tennessee Team Trail
13 Seth Davis – Brent Butler 5 5 17- 5 10 10 31- 9
Chattanooga Bass Association
14 Taylor Smith – Dan Jensen 5 5 14- 6 10 10 31- 5
Northwest Bass
15 Steven Nieto – Lupe Nieto Jr 5 5 11-10 10 10 30-13
TX BN Team Trail
16 Blake Smitherman – Daniel Murkerson 5 5 12- 4 10 10 30- 9
Airport Marine Team Trail
17 Wesley Ward – Grant Hopson 5 5 20- 6 10 10 30- 7
Alabama Bass Trail
18 Ruben Chavez III – Wilson Couch III 5 5 11-13 10 10 29-13
Media Bass
19 Chris Glover – Jeff Hampton 5 5 12- 1 10 10 29-13
US Anglers Choice
20 Josh Busby – Timothy Taylor 5 5 15-12 10 10 29-13
Ozark Mountain
21 Shawn Larance – Scott Smiley 5 5 17- 7 10 10 29- 5
Media Bass
22 David Mccormick – Gary Shartzer 5 5 15- 2 10 10 29- 0
Ozark Mountain
23 David Chong – Doug Brownridge 5 5 15-13 10 10 28-13
Renegade Bass Tour
24 Chip Servant – Josh Cotier 5 5 14- 5 10 10 28-11
MA BN Team Trail
25 Mark Averill – Gary Tepastte 5 5 12- 0 10 10 28- 3
West Michigan Bass
26 Allan Glasgow – George Crain 5 5 15-15 10 10 28- 0
Fishers of Men
27 Matt Gorham – Jack Sage 5 5 17- 2 10 10 27- 5
West Michigan Bass
28 Mike Williams – Duane Jacobs 5 5 16-15 10 10 27- 2
Bassmania
29 Todd Buckingham – Chris Beaudrie 5 5 15-13 10 10 27- 1
KY BN Team Trail
30 Wesley Sams – Jordan Wiggins 5 5 13-13 10 10 26-14
Alabama Bass Trail
31 Greg Pugh – Charlie Cummings 5 5 11-13 10 10 26-10
Alabama Bass Trail
32 Steven Morris – Matt Vanzant 4 4 6-15 9 9 26- 7
Pride of the South
33 Luke Estel – Josh Jackson 5 5 22- 0 9 9 26- 1
US Anglers Choice
34 Jason Hopper – Chris Rounsavall 5 5 12- 0 10 10 25- 8
Pride of the South
35 Jason Ammerman – Eric Kiliszewski 5 5 12-10 10 10 25- 7
West Michigan Bass
36 Ronald Risenhoover – Larry Green 5 5 14- 2 10 10 25- 4
Media Bass
37 Mark O’Brien – Ryne Sanders 5 5 5- 7 10 10 25- 3
US Anglers Choice
38 Keith Tuma – Andy Walls 5 5 11-12 10 10 24-15
MN BN Team Trail
39 Greg Barwick – Donald Adcock 3 3 10-11 8 8 24-14
Media Bass
40 Tom Statler – Dillon Statler 5 5 15- 9 10 10 24-11
Joe Bass Team Trail
41 Casey Majni – Taylor Watkins 5 5 15- 0 10 10 24-11
Tennessee Team Trail
42 Terry Blackwood – Jerry Hoesli 5 5 13-15 9 9 24- 6
KS BASS Nation
43 Dylan Dew – Larry Dew 5 5 11-14 10 10 24- 6
Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit
44 Adam Elliott – Jason Hamaker 5 5 6- 6 10 10 24- 4
Alabama Bass Trail
45 Ty Faber – Mark Faber 5 5 10- 7 10 10 24- 4
UBTT
46 Doug Iorio – James Lipo 5 5 8-13 10 10 24- 2
Western PA Bass Series
47 Jack Rinkers – Eric Galasso 5 5 9-13 10 10 24- 2
New Jersey BN Team Trail
48 Cody Pike – Scott Banton 5 5 8- 9 10 10 24- 1
VA Elite 70
49 Douglas Schrader – Charles Schrader 5 5 16- 6 7 7 24- 0
BBT
50 Timothy Boothe – Timothy Bragg 5 5 14- 1 10 10 23-15
Anglers Choice
51 Michael Robinson – Bryan Heaberlin 5 5 9- 1 10 10 23-11
Fishers of Men
52 Dustin Huggins – Cody Kemp 5 5 10- 7 10 10 23- 3
Arkansas Bass Team Trail
53 Delmar Silva – Tanya Silva 5 5 13-13 10 10 23- 0
NM BN Team Trail
54 Justin Durden – Jacob Walker 4 4 10- 4 9 9 22-15
Airport Marine Team Trail
55 Jack Ebach – Robert Moss 5 5 7-12 10 10 22-11
West Michigan Bass
56 Mike Hicks – Ken Presley 5 5 15- 4 10 10 22-10
VA Elite 70
57 Cody Nichols – Koby Newman 5 5 14-12 10 10 22- 9
Alabama Bass Trail
58 Joshua Hubbard – Tom Catlin 5 5 8- 9 10 10 22- 9
Illinois Bass Nation
59 Bradley Jones – Charles Kilgore 5 5 11-13 10 10 22- 5
Alabama Bass Trail
60 Jeff Brauneck – Fred Brauneck 5 5 13- 1 10 10 22- 4
West Michigan Bass
61 brandon robbins – Russ Franklin 5 5 9-14 10 10 22- 2
Ozark Mountain
62 Nicholas Turner – Joe Lay 5 5 12- 9 10 10 22- 1
Alabama Bass Trail
63 Larry Baldock – Donovan Smith 5 5 10- 3 10 10 22- 1
Fishers of Men
64 Alan Bull – Shawn Gordon 5 5 13- 5 10 10 21-15
Arkansas Bass Team Trail
65 Bryan Ray – Brian Wilson 5 5 10- 9 10 10 21-15
West Michigan Bass
66 Bryan Welch – Hal Blackwelder 5 5 13-10 10 10 21-14
Anglers Choice
67 Chris Dover – Robert Fowler 5 5 13-12 9 9 21-12
Carolina Bass Challenge
68 Ralph Laster – Michael Fiedler 5 5 13-13 10 10 21- 9
Joe Bass Team Trail
69 Dean Silvester – Mark Ferguson 5 5 10-12 10 10 21- 8
Australia BN
70 Chad Ray – Clint Miller 5 5 6-15 10 10 21- 7
Alabama Bass Trail
71 Ray Covington Jr. – Phillip Williams 5 5 14- 1 9 9 21- 7
Alabama Bass Nation
72 Howard McCallister – Tim Robinson 5 5 11-13 10 10 21- 7
Ozark Mountain
73 Paul Sherman – Jed Persson 5 5 11-11 10 10 21- 6
MN BN Team Trail
74 Chris Lewis – Jason Adams 5 5 10- 6 10 10 21- 6
Anglers Choice
75 Mike Altizer – Shannon Breeding 5 5 10- 7 10 10 21- 4
Anglers Choice
76 Truett Hill Jr – Chris Coleman 5 5 8- 6 10 10 21- 0
Fishers of Men
77 Travis Salo – Garret Seppala 5 5 9- 1 10 10 20-15
NH Bass Nation
78 Bob Garman – Harry Heins 5 5 12- 1 10 10 20-13
Iowa BASS Nation Team Trail
79 Cory Ownby – Dewayne Wilson 5 5 10- 2 10 10 20-10
Tennessee Team Trail
80 Blake Bushong – Matthew Vavroch 5 5 10-11 10 10 20- 7
Iowa BASS Nation Team Trail
81 Lanny Guthrie – Lee Hurley 5 5 10-10 10 10 20- 5
Alabama Bass Trail
82 Joe Durnal – Zack Coffee 5 5 13- 3 8 8 20- 2
Angler Nation
83 Greg Alexander – Craig Morris 5 5 10-13 10 10 19-13
Delaware Bass Nation
84 Andrew Eutsler – Jared Essary 5 5 10- 8 10 10 19-11
Joe Bass Team Trail
85 John Pollard – Dallas Weldon 5 5 6- 5 10 10 19- 9
Alabama Bass Trail
86 Brian Robbins – Jeremy Talbert 5 5 6-11 10 10 19- 7
Carolina Bass Challenge
87 Gary Henries – Toby Cooper 5 5 11-13 10 10 19- 4
Dockside Marine Team Trail
88 Robert Cowan – Dallas Beasley 5 5 9- 7 10 10 19- 0
Joe Bass Team Trail
89 Travis Perret – Chris Maggio 5 5 15-11 7 7 18-14
KC Team Tour
90 Larry Franks Jr. – Larry Franks Sr. 3 3 4- 3 8 8 18-10
Alabama Bass Nation
91 Rodney Cromer – Roger Farr 5 5 9-13 10 10 18- 9
Carolina Bass Challenge
92 William Solomon – Daniel Taylor 5 5 10-13 9 9 18- 8
Morristown Marine
93 Charles Reed – Kirk Wall 5 5 11-13 9 9 18- 7
Fishers of Men
94 Brian Harvey – Mark Mauldin 4 4 11-11 9 9 18- 7
Tennessee Team Trail
95 Tony Morton – Josh Cupp 4 4 9-11 9 9 18- 4
Tennessee Team Trail
96 Jason Munch – Scott Berg 4 4 7- 3 9 9 18- 3
BBT
97 Shane Rawlings – David Osterhout 5 5 8-15 10 10 18- 1
West Michigan Bass
98 Russell Pasket – Chris DiBeradino 4 4 12-14 8 8 18- 0
TX BN Team Trail
99 Darrell Brown – Gale Brown 5 5 10-11 10 10 18- 0
Sunflower Team Series
100 Seth Brogan – Roger Castillo 5 5 13-11 9 9 17-14
Anglers Choice
101 Michael Morse – Kris Lockard 4 4 4- 4 9 9 17-14
Lakeland Bassmasters
102 David LeBlanc – Doug Hume 5 5 13-11 7 7 17- 8
NH Bass Nation
103 Lyle Armstrong – Mitchell Armstrong 3 3 3-15 8 8 17- 8
Joe Bass Team Trail
104 Luke Gritter – Jesse Weener 5 5 8- 0 10 10 17- 7
D&R Sportscenter
105 Craig Gong – Ryan Reynolds 3 3 7- 1 8 8 17- 2
Cen Cal Elite
106 Jason Porter – Steven Caldwell 5 5 10- 0 10 10 17- 1
Media Bass
107 Ray Trudeau – Fred George 5 5 8-12 10 10 17- 0
FL BN Team Trail
108 Gentry Gordy – Chad Smith 5 5 12-15 8 8 16-14
Alabama Bass Trail
109 Michael Matthee – Glen Naude 5 5 10- 2 8 8 16-14
So Africa BN Team Trail
110 Nobuyuki Terajima – Doug Castro 1 1 2- 0 4 4 16-13
TN BN Team Trail
111 Mark Hensiek – Don Douglas IV 4 4 5-13 9 9 16-12
Arkansas Team Bass
112 Mike Crowther – Josh Kimmel 3 3 7- 8 8 8 16-12
UBTT
113 Steve Clark – David Norgrove 5 5 8-12 10 10 16- 7
Bassmania
114 Peyton McCord – Aaron Cherry 4 4 5- 4 9 9 16- 6
Alabama Bass Nation
115 Arthur Fortin – Brian Sherrill 5 5 8-11 10 10 16- 4
Winter Bass O Thon
116 Lester Hawkins Jr – Matthew Adamson 5 5 12-14 6 6 16- 0
NM BN Team Trail
117 Brad Webb – Jay Ferk 5 5 8- 3 10 10 16- 0
Fishers of Men
118 Danny Morris – Joe Minor 5 5 11- 7 8 8 15-15
Pride of the South
119 Brandon Rose – Jeff Yorks 5 5 5- 7 10 10 15-15
MI BN Team Trail
120 Burton Bryan – Willie Bryan 5 5 8-12 10 10 15-12
Morristown Marine
121 Chris Pitts – John Knapp 5 5 5-11 10 10 15- 8
Pride of the South
122 Justin Orr – Brannon Holley 5 5 12- 8 7 7 15- 7
NM BN Team Trail
123 Trevor Kettles – Greg Vance 5 5 7- 3 8 8 15- 1
Iowa BASS Nation Team Trail
124 Hunter Denmark – Carson Denmark 5 5 9-11 9 9 14-14
Pride of the South
125 Fred Ingalls II – Mark Allen 5 5 7- 4 10 10 14-12
Upstate Anglers
126 Craig Ninaber – Neels Botha 3 3 9- 6 8 8 14- 9
So Africa BN Team Trail
127 Jake Lee – Dalton Price 5 5 7- 6 10 10 14- 8
Tennessee Team Trail
128 Jacob Slade – Cody Sisson 5 5 8- 0 9 9 14- 3
Media Bass
129 Rick Imler – Robert Newlon 5 5 5- 7 10 10 14- 2
Great Lakes Largemouth Series
130 Matt Looney – Larry Smith 4 4 9- 4 6 6 13-14
Angler Nation
131 David Craft – Stoney Johnson 5 5 7- 2 10 10 13-12
Chattanooga Bass Association
132 Allen Williford – Austin Moore 4 4 5- 2 9 9 13-10
Illinois Bass Nation
133 Larry Gawith – John Hughey 4 4 7- 2 9 9 13-10
Sunflower Team Series
134 Nick Deering – Conner Petropoulos 5 5 10- 2 7 7 13- 9
Maine Man vs Bass
135 Mike Merz – Duane Poole 4 4 5- 3 7 7 13- 2
Upstate Anglers
136 Brian Rodriguez – Ryan Fleck 5 5 12- 0 6 6 13- 1
FL BN Team Trail
137 Johan Van Veelan – Nikki van Veelen 5 5 9- 2 7 7 12-15
So Africa BN Team Trail
138 Chip Crews IV – Josh Stafford 5 5 8-11 7 7 12-14
Carolina Bass Challenge
139 Ryan Kelly – Joshua Schumaker 4 4 5-13 9 8 12-13
West Michigan Bass
140 Mitch Miles Jr – Scott Sawyers 4 4 6-14 9 9 12-13
Anglers Choice
141 Kyle Metzger – Jeff Currie 2 1 2- 8 7 6 12- 7
Upstate Anglers
142 Steve Stier – Marc Snyder 5 5 6-13 10 10 11-15
D&R Sportscenter
143 Josh Ingram – Ian Mcroy 5 5 7- 9 6 6 11-14
Anglers Choice
144 Tim Shafer – Gregory Lewis 5 5 5- 5 10 10 11-13
NTBA
145 Michael Byrd – Andrew Miller 5 5 9- 3 7 7 11-11
Pride of the South
146 Dion Bright – Brian Closson 4 4 6- 6 9 9 11-11
WV BN Team Trail
147 Jesse Draime – Carl Duvernay 5 5 9- 7 7 7 11- 9
Media Bass
148 Thomas Whitmore – Leonard Law 4 4 5- 9 9 9 11- 4
Anglers Choice
149 Adam Christen – Brett Coggins 3 3 7- 5 5 5 10-10
Alabama Bass Trail
150 Josh Collier – Anthony Ardizzone 0 0 0- 0 5 5 10- 2
IN BN Team Trail
151 Eric Panzironi – Robert Holcomb 0 0 0- 0 5 5 10- 1
FL BN Team Trail
152 Kevin Jackson – Bryan Jackson 3 3 4-12 7 7 10- 0
Joe Bass Team Trail
153 Dave Schneider Jr – Dave Hedge 0 0 0- 0 5 5 9- 9
IN BN Team Trail
154 Greg Marshall – Karl Schreiber 3 3 3- 9 8 8 8-15
Anglers Outpost
155 Beau Govreau – Brett Govreau 0 0 0- 0 5 5 8- 8
Anglers Choice
156 Perry Dewees – 4 4 6-12 5 5 8- 1
Morristown Marine
157 Colten Fink – Travis Hitchins 5 5 6- 3 7 7 8- 1
Cheat Lake Bass Anglers
158 Craig Hodges – Shaun Campbell 0 0 0- 0 5 5 7-15
NTBA
159 Dustin Neat – Mark Wethington 0 0 0- 0 5 5 7-14
NTBA
160 Cole Bailey – Sam Rankin 0 0 0- 0 5 5 7- 7
TBBA
161 Tony Hogan – Johnny Clark 0 0 0- 0 5 5 7- 5
Alabama Bass Nation
161 Rick Osterholt – Ronald Rokisky 0 0 0- 0 5 5 7- 5
FL BN Team Trail
163 Bryce Kalen – Bryan Kalen 0 0 0- 0 4 4 7- 5
IN BN Team Trail
164 Josh Ray – Tracy Holder 0 0 0- 0 5 5 7- 3
Arkansas Bass Team Trail
165 Kenneth Sessions – Greg Sessions 0 0 0- 0 5 5 7- 2
Pride of the South
166 James Love – Colt Love 0 0 0- 0 5 5 6-12
Anglers in Action
167 Jason Forsgren – Samuel Collins 0 0 0- 0 5 5 6- 9
Tennessee Team Trail
168 Brad Hickinbottom – Brian McCay 0 0 0- 0 4 4 6- 4
Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit
169 Vernon Silver – Gerald Butler 0 0 0- 0 4 4 6- 1
Fishers of Men
170 Don Ammerman – Wes Woodard 0 0 0- 0 5 5 5-13
West Michigan Bass
171 Josh Wray – Donald Wray 0 0 0- 0 3 3 5- 8
Ozark Mountain
172 Joey Davidson – Tullis Lanier 0 0 0- 0 1 1 5- 8
Alabama Bass Trail
173 Russell Wagy – Charles Wagy 0 0 0- 0 3 3 5- 6
VA Elite 70
174 Scott Tyrell – Jacob Saunders 0 0 0- 0 3 3 5- 4
NTBA
175 Ryan Hovatter – Bryson Grimes 4 4 3- 9 7 7 5- 3
Cheat Lake Bass Anglers
176 Kevin Dickey – Kevin McClellan 0 0 0- 0 4 4 4-10
Ozark Mountain
177 Rob Messenger Jr – John Levesque 0 0 0- 0 3 3 4-10
NH Bass Nation
178 Kevin Riney – Tobin Baker 0 0 0- 0 2 2 4-10
Arkansas Bass Team Trail
179 Jason Schade – David Doty 0 0 0- 0 3 3 4- 8
Major League Series
180 Jeff Delk – Allan Farris 0 0 0- 0 3 3 4- 0
NTBA
180 Robbie Pelt II – David Caylor 0 0 0- 0 3 3 4- 0
Alabama Bass Trail
182 Tom Ives – Steven Ives 1 1 1-13 3 3 3-15
US Anglers Choice
183 Timothy Hatcher – Brandon Underwood 0 0 0- 0 2 2 3-11
Alabama Bass Trail
184 Rick Jones – Jeremy Gilbert 0 0 0- 0 3 3 3-10
Ozark Mountain
185 Barry Isabell – Robert Freeman 0 0 0- 0 3 2 3- 8
Alabama Bass Trail
186 Ryan Grey – Michael Coomes 0 0 0- 0 3 3 3- 7
Media Bass
187 Bob Grosso – Warren Gensel 0 0 0- 0 3 3 3- 5
FL BN Team Trail
188 Hunter Penny – Chris Hopper 0 0 0- 0 3 3 2-14
Alabama Bass Trail
189 Micheal Henderson – Tim Cook 0 0 0- 0 2 2 1-15
D&R Sportscenter
190 Lowell Everett – Lawrence Curd 0 0 0- 0 2 2 1-12
Airport Marine Team Trail
191 Chris Payne – Jonathan White 0 0 0- 0 1 1 1- 5
Pride of the South
192 Bo Spence – Trey Coker 0 0 0- 0 1 1 1- 1
Pride of the South
193 James Bullard – Jonathan Bullard 0 0 0- 0 1 1 1- 0
Tennessee Team Trail
193 James Holencik – George Holencik 0 0 0- 0 1 1 1- 0
Western PA Team Bass Series
195 Colton Bryan – Henry Bryan Jr 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
Morristown Marine
195 Chris Risner – Tim Eaton 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
West Michigan Bass
195 Jeffery Walker – Larry Griffith 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
Tennessee Team Trail

Name City,State Lbs-Oz
BIG BASS
Day
1 Nobuyuki Terajima – Doug CaHsetromitage, TN 10-10
2 Luke Estel – Josh Jackson Murphysboro, IL 9- 5

Day # Live Lbs-Oz # Limits
TOTALS
# Fish
1 828 826 1771-14 133
2 727 726 1684-15 124

Wisconsin Bass Team Grabs First-Round Lead In Bassmaster Team Championship In Florida

LEESBURG, Fla. — If Wisconsin anglers Pat Schlapper and Wade Rickey had started today’s opening round of the Bassmaster Team Championship using sturdier fish hooks, they likely would have a considerably heavier weight than the 22-pound, 3-ounce limit they carried to the weigh-in.

Still, that limit of five bass was enough to put the Wisconsin tandem atop the leaderboard heading into the second and final day here on the Harris Chain of Lakes in central Florida.

Schlapper and Rickey had never fished in the Sunshine State, and they believed 3/0 hooks would be enough to boat the hefty Florida bass they hoped to catch. But when they did stick big bass early on Wednesday, the fish literally straightened those hooks and slipped away.

Frustrated, but undeterred, Schlapper and Rickey switched to beefier 4/0 hooks, and they started putting big bass in the boat. Rickey’s 6-pounder was the largest, and the duo rounded out their bag with a quartet of solid 4-pounders.

Schlapper and Rickey, who fish with the Major League Series back in Wisconsin, are 10 ounces ahead of the Anglers Choice team of Virginia’s William Samples and North Carolina’s Charles Purcell, who are second with 21-9. Brothers Travis and Shannon O’Quinn of Team Morristown Marine are in third place with 20-8; Eddie Levin and Ryan Mallory of the Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation Team Trail are fourth (20-6); and Dean Alexander and Tom Martens of the Texas Bass Nation Team Trail are fifth (19-15.)

“We’ve never been fishing down here, so we didn’t know what to expect,” Schlapper said. “We lost some nice fish, but we ground it out. We only fished that one spot, and we stopped fishing it hard about 10 a.m.”

Schlapper and Rickey said they found big bass on another half dozen spots they scouted in practice, but they’re not sure those places will be unoccupied when they arrive Thursday morning. The duo was, however, aboard the 151st of 197 boats to launch today. Since the takeoff order is inverted on Day 2, they’ll get an earlier start on Thursday.

“I’m confident we’re around some fish,” Schlapper said. “But not having fished here before, I don’t know which community holes we’re around. We didn’t see anyone else fishing like we were, but (a few boats saw us fishing) and got an education this morning. If one of them is ahead of us, we might come in with nothing.”

Duos from 35 different states and three foreign countries (Australia, Canada and South Africa) are competing in the Team Championship. Each team consists of two anglers trying to amass a shared five-bass limit in the team portion of the championship.

The tandem with the heaviest two-day combined weight will be crowned team champion after Thursday’s weigh-in, and also will win a Nitro Z20 boat and Mercury 225 Pro XS boat/motor combo valued at $42,000.

Brisk winds swept across central Florida on Wednesday which made moving around the Harris Chain rough on competitors. Still, anglers such as Alexander and Martens were among those who benefited from the weather, which featured temperatures in the upper 50s and clear skies to go with steady winds from 10 to 15 mph.

“(The wind) put us into a little funk, but we had a good morning,” Martens said.

Alexander caught an 8-2 largemouth that was one of three bass to qualify for the TrophyCatch Florida program on today. Adam Elliot caught a 9-4, and Tennessee’s Nobuyuki Terajima had the big bass of the day with a lunker that tipped the scales at 10-10. It was almost 3 pounds heavier than his previous best — a 7-12 he caught on Kentucky Lake.

Terajima didn’t offer details on how he caught the big bass, which earned him a $500 prize, but he did say he was worried at one point that he and his partner, Doug Castro, were in for a tough day.

“We were struggling,” Terajima said. “We had no fish at 11 (o’clock.) We moved to a new location and I got this one. I wish I could catch one more like this tomorrow. No one can tell.”

Anglers no doubt will be look for those types of bites again Thursday.

Following the Team Championship round, members of the Top 3 teams will move on to the Team Championship Classic Fish-Off, also on the Harris Chain, where they will compete individually for the final berth in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods. That tournament, the most prestigious and storied in all of competitive bass fishing, is scheduled for March 15-17 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Anglers will launch Thursday at 6:45 a.m. ET from Ski Beach Park in Leesburg. The final weigh-in for the team portion of this tournament will begin at the same location at 2:45 p.m. ET.

The Greater Orlando Sports Commission is hosting the tournament with the assistance of Florida’s Lake County.

2018 Bassmaster Team Championship Premier Sponsors: Abu Garcia, Berkley, HUK, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro, Power-Pole, Skeeter, Yamaha

2018 Bassmaster Team Championship Supporting Sponsors: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt, Livingston, Phoenix Boats, T-H Marine

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