Founder of the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame, Garry Mason, hosted award recipients and attendees for the 15thAnnual “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame’s 2016 Induction and Banquet. This year’s inductees and guests boarded one of the largest paddlewheel showboats in the country – the General Jackson Showboat/Music City Queen in Nashville, TN on Saturday, August 27th dockside along the Cumberland River.
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Hot temps, an overcast sky and a slight breeze, Saturday, August 13th, welcomed the Shoals Youth Bassmasters to Pickwick Lake. The B.A.S.S. Youth club launched from Colbert Park at the Natchez Trace Bridge. Fifty, dedicated, youth tournament anglers and their boat captains participated in the next to last club tournament of the 2016 season.
Florida Angler Amasses 54 Pounds of Bass, Wins $300,000
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Aug. 7, 2016) – Professional angler John Cox of DeBary, Florida, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 11 pounds, 8 ounces – enough to claim the title of Forrest Wood Cup Champion at the Forrest Wood Cup at Wheeler presented by Walmart. Cox went wire-to-wire with a four-day total of 20 bass for 54-13, winning by 4-pounds, 3-ounces over second-place angler Michael Neal of Dayton, Tennessee, and won the $300,000 top cash prize. The tournament featured 50 of the top bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for professional bass-fishing’s world championship.
PARIS, Tenn. — Redemption. That sums up the week on Kentucky Lake for Turner Mason and Ryan Wood, winners of the Costa Bassmaster High School Championship.
Last year the teenage anglers from Colorado fished this very event and failed to catch a single keeper bass all week. Today, they capped an amazing week of fishing by winning the tournament with 49 pounds, 4 ounces.
PARIS, Tenn. — Some of John Garrett’s earliest bass fishing memories come from days spent on Kentucky Lake. He remembers frequent weekend trips with his grandad — driving up from Union City, Tenn., to the fabled fishery about an hour away.
It started when I was 7 or 8 years old,” Garrett said. “For about four or five years, we’d come out here just about every weekend … He’s taught me everything he knows, and he knows his stuff pretty well.”
Those memories will always be with John Garrett, but now he has a few more for the mental scrapbook –– he’s earned a spot in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, and he did it on the same body of water where he learned to fish.
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Fliptail Lures has announced release of their new 4″ Fliptail Lizard. The new size is a follow-up to the success of Fliptail’s 6″ version of the lizard. The new, smaller Fliptail Lizard is being brought back after an absence from the market. Fliptail Lures says the new lizards will be available on their website in the upcoming weeks.
PARIS, Tenn. — It was a bad day for Kansas State. But the Wildcats’ loss was the gain of Bethel University’s John Garrett and Texas State’s Evan Coleman, who both reached the final of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops.
Lake Guntersville to Host Season Opener, Feb. 2-5
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Aug. 3, 2016) – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today the addition of a seventh Walmart FLW Tour event to the 2017 schedule. The 2017 season will now open at Lake Guntersville, Feb. 2-5, in Guntersville, Alabama.
“A seventh FLW Tour event is something that many pros have asked for in recent years,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “We announced our traditional six Tour events at ICAST last month, but we wanted to surprise the pros with this announcement to kick off the Forrest Wood Cup in Huntsville. On Saturday we will also unveil the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup date and location as part of the week’s festivities.”
HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — Beau Browning and McCoy Vereen remember what it felt like a year ago when they didn’t catch a fish in the Costa Bassmaster Junior Championship.
“It was tough,” Vereen said. “We had a long ride home. But we left knowing that we wanted a chance to redeem ourselves.”
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky’s Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.