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Suzuki Powers Dean Rojas to a First Place and a $100,000 Pay Check After Winning the (MLF) Major League Fishing

Bass Pro Tour – Stage Five on Smith Lake Cullman AL.

CULLMAN, Ala. – You have heard it before, Fish where fish are. That is sound advice and that is what you will hear from MLF pro Dean Rojas after his first place tournament win on Smith Lake. Rojas’s Stage Five win is his first MLF win and Suzuki Marine’s first win in a Major Bass Fishing Pro-Competition


Arizona native Dean Rojas stated “It’s not too often that you get into a Championship Round where the fish are biting like that and you can use multiple baits to rack up a big lead,” Rojas said. “The conditions were right: we had overcast skies, a breeze, warm temperatures, and the fish were just feeding in the area. I knew I had to catch as many fish as I could early to put some distance between me and the field.”
“At the end of the first period, that was the end of (the bite),” Rojas explained. “It was a big deal that I caught as many fish as I could to build a big lead. Period 2 and Period 3 were a matter of catching a few here and there, but I was struggling because they just wouldn’t bite.”
Rojas added additional Bass weighing 9-1 in the second and third periods to slam the door, finishing with total weight of 47-0 to keep a 6-pound lead over second place competitor Brent Chapman.

Dean Rojas fishes out of a 21’ Blazer Bass Boat powered by a Suzuki DF250SS. This combination of speed, power and reliability keeps Dean out in front of the competition and able to concentrate on Fishing and not worrying about dependability. “The Suzuki DF250SS has a great hole shot and is a strong runner across the whole power band. I can get to my Secret Fishing Spots, put fish in the boat, and get back to the launch ramp without a second thought about my engine, said Rojas.

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Cobbs Trade Horse Lessons for Horsepower

While South Carolina pro Brandon Cobb was racing to a record setting win at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest event on Lake Fork, his bride Amy was back home in South Carolina cancelling the equestrian lessons she teaches at Lander University in order to surprise her husband on stage moments after he was awarded the winner’s trophy and keys to a brand new Toyota Tundra.

Cobb’s winning 4-day tournament weight of 114 pounds included an 11 pound 1 ounce giant bass he landed on Day 3 of competition. It was the biggest bass of the event, and in turn, won him the prize 381 horsepower Toyota Tundra.

“Not only did I catch the biggest bass of my life this week, but I also caught the biggest 5-bass limit of my life with 37 pounds 15 ounces. And on top of that, I got a new Toyota. That’s just incredible,” says the always happy-go-lucky Cobb.

“The fact that Toyota supports B.A.S.S. in so many ways, and then gives away a Tundra on top it all for big fish in this tournament tells you all you need to know about how Toyota does for our sport,” says the grateful and humble Clemson grad, who majored in fisheries and wildlife science.

Cobb caught most of massive limits of fish using a Duel Hardcore jerkbait to fool largemouth that were munching on spawning shad. But he and Amy caught one another while they were in college together at Clemson.

She loves horses, like he loves largemouth. And two years into their marriage on a sunny Monday afternoon on the shores of famed Lake Fork, they celebrate their second Bassmaster Elite victory of the season, a 2020 Bassmaster Classic berth, the $100,000 prize, and a new Tundra.

Now that’s definitely worth cancelling a few equestrian lessons, and booking a fast flight to Texas for.

Dean Rojas Rides Hot Morning Bite to Win at Bass Pro Tour Stage Five

CULLMAN, Ala. (May 5, 2019) – It’s an age-old question in competitive bass fishing: pattern or location? If you ask Major League Fishing® (MLF) pro Dean Rojas this week, he’ll come down firmly on the side of “location”.
Fishing an area on the upper end of Smith Lake that he had found during practice for the Bass Pro Tour Phoenix Boats Stage Five Presented by Mercury Marine, the Arizona pro went to work on the Sunday-morning shad spawn with a mix of baits (primarily a crankbait, swim jig, frog and swimbait). By the end of the first period, Rojas had put 23 fish on SCORETRACKER® for 36 pounds, 5 ounces – enough spotted and largemouth bass that Rojas could’ve put his rods down for most of the rest of the day and still won.
“It’s not too often that you get into a championship round where the fish are biting like that and you can use multiple baits to rack up a big lead,” Rojas said. “The conditions were right: we had overcast skies, a breeze, warm temperatures, and the fish were just feeding in the area I was in. It was just about capitalizing on this format. I knew I had to catch as many fish as I could early to put some distance between me and the field.”
Rojas added an additional 9-1 in the second and third periods for good measure, finishing with 47-0 and a 6-plus-pound win over Brent Chapman (40-14), Michael Neal (34-15), Jason Christie (32-6) and Todd Faircloth (32-2). Mark Rose (29-14), Brent Ehrler (26-0), Dustin Connell (24-14), Mike Iaconelli (17-14) and Fred Roumbanis (10-1) rounded out the Top 10.
“At the end of the first period, that was the end of (the bite),” Rojas admitted. “It was a big deal that I caught as many fish as I could to build a big lead. Period 2 and Period 3 were a matter of catching a few here and there, but I was struggling because they just wouldn’t bite.”
Rojas Cashes in on “Money Spot”  
 
Rojas was one of a handful of anglers in the 80-man field who identified his primary area, a stretch of bushes in the Ryan Creek Arm. Rojas hit the area throughout the week of competition, sharing it periodically with Boyd Duckett, etc., but had the whole stretch to himself on Championship morning.
MLF pro Dean Rojas caught them early and often on Championship Sunday at Smith Lake, finishing Period 1 with 23 bass totaling 36-5 to put him atop SCORETRACKER and the position he stayed for the rest of the competition.
(Photo by Josh Gassmann. Click to enlarge/download)
“I had to mix it up to catch all those fish, but there was bait all over that area, so I had a feeling the fish should be there this morning,” Rojas said. “I went to that spot every morning in the ride-around to see if they were still spawning, because that’s what they were doing in practice. I didn’t go to it until the Elimination Round because my other stuff wasn’t working, and then didn’t fish it in Knockout because Boyd was fishing there. I went there this morning and they were busting, so I sat down on it and fished it out.”
Chapman Made a Late Run at Rojas
 
Just 24 hours after qualifying for the finals thanks to a 3-13 largemouth that he caught with 10 seconds left, Chapman made another final-period run at the top of SCORETRACKER®, catching a 3-14 largemouth and a 4-10 largemouth in the final 20 minutes of competition to cut Rojas’ lead in half.
MLF pro Brent Chapman made a strong run in the final period of Championship Sunday, but fell about 6-pounds short of catching up to Rojas’ winning weight. (Photo by Josh Gassmann. Click to enlarge/download)
“I noticed going into the third period that things were getting tough, and thought of that little point where I had caught a fish on every bush when there was a shad spawn going on,” Chapman said. “I figured that my best chance was to go somewhere where I knew I was putting my bait around fish on every single cast. I figured that was my best chance to at least put myself in position to have a chance to win.”
Championship Notes
 
Rojas’ Bass Pro Tour Stage Five win is his first tour-level win since a Bassmaster Elite Series title on Toledo Bend Reservoir in 2011, a span of 80 events … Neal fished his third Championship Round in five events this season … Sunday’s round was the first Bass Pro Tour Championship Sunday without Edwin Evers: the current Bass Pro Tour Points Race leader finished 16th, to add to his previous finishes of second, first, fourth and seventh … Faircloth was named the MLF Autism Awareness Champion on Sunday after weighing the most fish in April (Autism Awareness Month).
Championship Round Final Results
 
To see full details of the Championship Round, as well as all results for all rounds during the week on Smith Lake, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com and click “Results.”

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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 Discovery Channel, World Fishing Network, CBS, CBS Sports Network, Discovery Channel, Sportsman Channel and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). The new Bass Pro Tour consists of eight events and the Bass Pro Tour Championship, the REDCREST. MLF will also continue its popular Cup events and World Championship, all of which use the same entertaining and conservation-friendly catch, weigh and immediate-release format. For more information, visit www.majorleaguefishing.com and follow MLF on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Also, for more information about MLF anglers, see Game & Fish magazine, the official publication of MLF.

Cobb’s Giant Day Gives Him The Lead At Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest On Lake Fork Inbox x

Cobb’s Giant Day Gives Him The Lead At Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest On Lake Fork
LAKE FORK, Texas — After catching two bass in the 8-pound range by 10 a.m., Brandon Cobb was already having one of the best days of fishing he’s ever had.

Brandon Cobb rockets into the lead after boating a five-bass limit for 37 pounds, 15 ounces during Day 3 of the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at Lake Fork for a combined three-day total of 84-1.  Photo by  Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S

Then the bite of a lifetime at 2 p.m. moved the day to the very top of his list.

The giant afternoon bass, which weighed 11 pounds, 1 ounce and ranked as his biggest ever, lifted Cobb’s five-bass limit for the day to 37-15.

Now, with a three-day total of 84-1, he will enter the final day of Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Lake Fork with margin of 7-5 over his closest competition.

“I’ve never had a day like this before — not even close,” said Cobb, who recorded his first Bassmaster Elite Series victory in April on Lake Hartwell. “A 29-pound limit was my best ever until the other day (Thursday), when I caught 31-11. Now this is without a doubt the most amazing day I’ve ever had on the lake.”

Cobb went into the day with two-part game plan.

He expected to spend much of his time fishing shallow shellbeds away from the shoreline where bass have been feasting all week on spawning shad. Then he planned to fish shoreline cover where he’s been catching good numbers of solid bass, but nothing huge.

The shad-spawn bite paid off big time, as he caught an 8-8, an 8-13 and a 4-4 — all before noon. Then when he moved to the shoreline, he found something he wasn’t expecting.

“When I went to fish the bank, honestly, I expected to catch 3-pounders,” Cobb said. “That was my goal for the day — to catch big ones off the shad spawn and then fill a limit fishing the bank.

“But then, when I went to the bank, I caught an 11 and a 5.”

The 11-1 monster not only helped Cobb jump into the overall lead, it put him in first place for Toyota Tundra Big Bass of the Week. The prize for that award is a new Toyota Tundra truck.

Cobb was fishing a frog down a shoreline when he noticed the big bass sitting on a bed. He dropped his Power-Poles, believing the bass weighed 7 or 8 pounds.

Then he proceeded to pester the fish until it bit.

“It was one of those fish that looked like it was gonna bite every cast,” Cobb said. “Every cast I would make, it would kind of nose down and look at it. It took about 20 minutes to finally get it to eat. But with the way she was acting, I knew I could catch her.”

Cobb’s meteoric rise was aided in part by the struggles of Michigan pro Chad Pipkens. After catching 30-plus pounds the first two days and entering Day 3 with more than an 11-pound lead, Pipkens caught just four fish Sunday that weighed 5-8.

That allowed Cobb, Garrett Paquette (76-12), Brandon Card (73-4), Micah Frazier (70-13), Drew Cook (70-5) and Keith Combs (69-10) to all move past him in the standings. Pipkens will start Championship Monday in seventh place with 68-6.

After catching 28-12 Sunday, Paquette, a first-year Elite Series pro from Michigan, said he believes he’ll need at least 30 pounds — and maybe a little luck — to catch Cobb and win the $100,000 first-place prize.

“Brandon caught an 11-pounder and two 8-pounders today, and you can’t bank on doing that every day,” Paquette said. “So if I can catch 30 pounds, I’ll feel like I did everything I could have done.”

Unlike Cobb, who is spending much of his time shallow, Paquette is fishing offshore areas in about 10 feet of water — and with the way the bite has been working, he could create some last-hour drama Monday.

“It’s been really slow out there in the mornings,” he said. “It seems like the longer I can wait to get on my best stuff, the better it works out for me. About 2 o’clock (an hour before quitting time) seems like the best time.”

Card caught 25-11 Sunday, but he has even more ground — almost 11 pounds — to make up during the final round.

“I have a few key areas, and if you pull up on them at the right time, you can catch a lot of weight in a hurry,” Card said. “I’ll probably stay with the offshore stuff all day tomorrow and just see what happens.”

The tournament will conclude Monday with the Top 10 remaining anglers taking off at 7 a.m. CT from Sabine River Authority in Quitman. The weigh-in will be at the same site at 3 p.m.

All fish are being weighed on the water and immediately released, but each angler is allowed to bring to the “weigh-in” one bass that measures more than 24 inches.

2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2019 Bassmaster Texas Fest Title Sponsor: Toyota

2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors:  Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Talon, Triton Boats, Yamaha, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Humminbird

2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, Carhartt, Lowrance, Mossy Oak Fishing, T-H Marine, Academy Sports + Outdoors

2019 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest Beneficiary: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

2019 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest Host Sponsors: Lake Fork Chamber, Wood County Industrial Commission, the Sabine River Authority, Quitman Economic Development Commission, Emory TX Tourism

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 510,000-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 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 Open 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 and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

   2019 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 5/2-5/6
                                 Lake Fork, Emory  TX.
                           (PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1.  Brandon Cobb           Greenwood, SC           15  84-01  100
  Day 1: 5   31-11     Day 2: 5   14-07     Day 3: 5   37-15
2.  Garrett Paquette       Canton, MI              15  76-12   99
  Day 1: 5   28-12     Day 2: 5   19-01     Day 3: 5   28-15
3.  Brandon Card           Knoxville, TN           15  73-04   98
  Day 1: 5   25-11     Day 2: 5   21-04     Day 3: 5   26-05
4.  Drew Cook              Midway, FL              15  71-06   97
  Day 1: 5   25-12     Day 2: 5   25-14     Day 3: 5   19-12
5.  Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              15  70-13   96
  Day 1: 5   22-13     Day 2: 5   19-15     Day 3: 5   28-01
6.  Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          15  69-10   95
  Day 1: 5   27-01     Day 2: 5   13-01     Day 3: 5   29-08
7.  Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI             14  68-06   94
  Day 1: 5   31-15     Day 2: 5   30-15     Day 3: 4   05-08
8.  Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         15  67-01   93
  Day 1: 5   21-08     Day 2: 5   24-13     Day 3: 5   20-12
9.  Jeff Gustafson         Keewatin Ontario CANADA 14  66-14   92
  Day 1: 4   18-08     Day 2: 5   26-05     Day 3: 5   22-01
10. Cory Johnston          Cavan CANADA            15  66-04   91
  Day 1: 5   21-00     Day 2: 5   20-06     Day 3: 5   24-14
11. Luke Palmer            Coalgate, OK            15  64-11   90  $16,000.00
  Day 1: 5   26-14     Day 2: 5   15-15     Day 3: 5   21-14
12. Seth Feider            New Market, MN          15  63-15   89  $16,000.00
  Day 1: 5   17-04     Day 2: 5   18-04     Day 3: 5   28-07
13. Chris Zaldain          Fort Worth, TX          14  63-10   88  $16,000.00
  Day 1: 5   30-10     Day 2: 4   14-01     Day 3: 5   18-15
14. Derek Hudnall          Baton Rouge, LA         15  62-12   87  $16,000.00
  Day 1: 5   21-02     Day 2: 5   22-08     Day 3: 5   19-02
15. Jamie Hartman          Newport, NY             15  62-10   86  $16,000.00
  Day 1: 5   17-14     Day 2: 5   25-06     Day 3: 5   19-06
16. Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR              15  62-08   85  $16,000.00
  Day 1: 5   17-00     Day 2: 5   23-02     Day 3: 5   22-06
17. Jay Yelas              Lincoln City, OR        15  60-11   84  $16,000.00
  Day 1: 5   22-05     Day 2: 5   13-13     Day 3: 5   24-09
18. Hank Cherry Jr         Lincolnton, NC          15  60-08   83  $16,000.00
  Day 1: 5   19-11     Day 2: 5   21-00     Day 3: 5   19-13
19. Matt Arey              Shelby, NC              15  59-15   82  $16,000.00
  Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 5   22-08     Day 3: 5   24-03
20. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            15  59-14   81  $16,000.00
  Day 1: 5   15-02     Day 2: 5   22-11     Day 3: 5   22-01
21. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          15  59-02   80  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 5   20-01     Day 3: 5   25-13
22. Shane LeHew            Catawba, NC             15  58-06   79  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   20-13     Day 2: 5   13-10     Day 3: 5   23-15
23. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             15  57-01   78  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   20-10     Day 2: 5   17-13     Day 3: 5   18-10
24. Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA          15  55-13   77  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   14-06     Day 2: 5   23-04     Day 3: 5   18-03
25. Kyle Monti             Okeechobee, FL          15  55-10   76  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-03     Day 2: 5   20-02     Day 3: 5   23-05
26. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT           15  55-01   75  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   15-15     Day 2: 5   24-12     Day 3: 5   14-06
27. Hunter Shryock         Newcomerstown, OH       13  54-05   74  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 3   14-03     Day 2: 5   18-11     Day 3: 5   21-07
28. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              15  51-08   73  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   16-13     Day 2: 5   16-13     Day 3: 5   17-14
29. Patrick Walters        Summerville, SC         15  51-05   72  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   19-02     Day 2: 5   15-13     Day 3: 5   16-06
30. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN           15  50-07   71  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   20-06     Day 2: 5   11-13     Day 3: 5   18-04
31. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        15  49-03   70  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   17-07     Day 2: 5   15-08     Day 3: 5   16-04
32. Mike Huff              Corbin, KY              12  48-05   69  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 3   13-14     Day 2: 5   21-14     Day 3: 4   12-09
33. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               13  45-15   68  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   19-08     Day 2: 3   12-01     Day 3: 5   14-06
34. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL          14  45-11   67  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-14     Day 2: 5   18-14     Day 3: 4   13-15
35. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL         15  44-12   66  $13,500.00
  Day 1: 5   15-05     Day 2: 5   16-08     Day 3: 5   12-15
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        62       354      1221-03
 2        57       345      1157-00
 3        32       172       732-11
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         151       871      3110-14

Crews Always Provides a Welcome Mat

Consistency has been the mark of 11-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier John Crews’ pro angling career. And that includes his commitment to a pre-launch routine.

The green rag you see laying on the front deck of his Bass Cat is first used to wipe the dew off his boat seats. Then he arranges it in perfect position every morning to be used as a welcome mat for his ride-along judges and marshals to wipe their feet on as they board.

Crews’ ride along judge on Sunday at Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest on Lake Fork was sweet and jovial Amy Wisdom.

She’s a 24-year-old from East Texas who couldn’t help but laugh at the site of Crews’ green welcome mat. She’s been paired with him before and knew it would be there this morning. Especially following three wet and muddy days on Lake Fork.

“Oh yea. The towel is there every time,” she laughed. “I rode with John at the Bassmaster Elite on the Sabine River when he made it to Championship Sunday, and he had the welcome mat waiting for me that morning too.”

Crews says it’s not just any old green rag. “I actually call it “The Charlie Hartley Signature Series Towel” because Charlie is the only angler I know who is so fanatical about keeping his equipment clean, he actually washes his boat in the morning before he launches,” laughs Crews.

Not only is Crews’ towel a nice gesture, but also a common sense move by the Virginia pro to maintain resale value on his Bass Cat by avoiding visible wear and dirt stains on the front deck carpet.

This is Amy’s third tournament to ride with the Elite Series pros, and she sees the opportunity as a fast track to learning more about the sport she loves. “I’ve always been a fan, but I’m hoping to start fishing some team tournaments with my dad, so this is a great way to learn a lot really quick,” she says.

She’ll certainly garner great knowledge on everything from how to target bass that are munching on spawning shad, to shallow crankbaits and swimbaits too.

But her first lesson of the day from Crews was one centered on courtesy, and a simple way to keep your boat carpet clean.

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