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RANGER PROS: ALL THEY DO IS WIN
Ron Nelson wins FLW AOY!
Winning the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Angler of the Year title is no mean feat, but Ron Nelson made it look easy this year. Finishing 11th or better in the first three events at Sam Rayburn, the Harris Chain and Lake Martin, the Michigan pro kept it rolling in the second phase of the season when the Super Tournaments started.
Sprengel wins NWT at Oconto!
For the better part of a decade, Korey Sprengel has been the most dominant walleye pro in the sport. But over the last few years, other anglers have encroached on his spotlight – namely Brett King and his quest to win back-to-back Angler of the Year titles, Tom Keenan (reigning AOY) and John Hoyer and his ridiculous three-tournament stretch (two wins, one second) to close 2019. After a delayed start to the 2020 National Walleye Tour season, presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, Sprengel quickly and emphatically reclaimed the unofficial title of “hottest walleye stick on the planet.”
Johnston wins at St. Lawrence
His home waters were off-limits this week, but that didn’t stop Canadian standout Chris Johnston from winning the SiteOne Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River with a whopping four-day total of 20 smallmouth bass that weighed 97 pounds, 8 ounces.
Jones wins it all on Arkansas River
Chris Jones knew he had his work cut out for him, but he stuck to what he knows best and overcame a significant deficit to win the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on the Arkansas River with a three-day total of 42 pounds, 13 ounces.
Jordan Lee wins MLF Heavy Hitters, bags $210,000
It was a runaway victory Friday to conclude the Toyota Heavy Hitters Presented by Venmo on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. Jordan Lee took control early in the day, and ran laps around the field as he continued to target offshore brushpiles on Lake Toho.
Jason Abram wins FLW Pro Circuit on Lake Martin
One big bite – that’s all that separated the entire top 10 going into the final day on Lake Martin. Whoever got it was probably going to win. Turns out, one big bite is all Jason Abram got in five hours of fishing his main pattern today, but that one big bite anchored a bag just big enough to earn his first Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event.
Meador co-angler winner on Grand
Defending his title as co-angler winner in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, which was presented by T-H Marine, was impressive enough, but the way Steven Meador did it was truly remarkable. After earning the 2018 win on Grand by 3 pounds, 6 ounces, the Bentonville, Ark., co-angler repeated the victory with a three-day total of 27-15 for a much slimmer winning margin this time around – just 10 ounces.
Dyer wins on Cal Delta
Blake Dyer set the pace on day one with a 27-pound, 3-ounce bag and he never relinquished the lead in the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta. Weighing 15-8 on the final day, Dyer totaled 62-13 to stay ahead of a final-day charge from Jason Borofka. For his win, which is his first with FLW, Dyer takes home $31,114 and a trophy that will last forever.
Wayne Vaughan pro winner FLW Costa Series St. Lawrence River
He’s only been fishing for them for maybe 5 years, but Wayne Vaughan is eaten up with smallmouth.
“They’ve become a burning desire for me,” says the Chester, Va., pro. “I absolutely love them. I make five, six trips a year up north to fish for them.”
Well, this is one smallmouth trip he won’t soon forget. Making a key adjustment on the final day, Vaughan turned a small limit into a tournament-winning 20-pound, 11-ounce stringer to take home the victory in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale
Hoyer/McCarthy Win National Walleye Tour Championship Event Presented by Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops at Devils Lake, North Dakota
Pro angler earns more than $97,000 in winnings
Josh Gordon and Justin Champagne Bass Pro/Cabela’s NTC Champions
With a three-day total of 13 fish that weighed 74-03, Josh Gordon and Justin Champagne claimed victory at Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
Brennon McCord BFL All American Pro Champion
The first two days of the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American on the Potomac River were all about Joseph Thompson, but Brennon McCord mounted a furious comeback on the final day to overtake the Pennsylvania boater and earn a $100,000 check and a berth in the 2019 FLW Cup and the 2019 Costa FLW Series Championship.
Korey Sprengel wins Sturgeon Bay open
Their 26.57 pound day one total had Korey Sprengel and Ryan Dempsey in fourth place about a pound and a half out of first place in the 2019 Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament. Day two had the walleye specialists within striking distance. Sprengel has fished the SBOBT a handful of years recently but never in a podium finish. Dempsey had never fished a single bass tournament in his life.
Kyle Grover pro winner FLW Costa Series Clear Lake
Fishermen often describe their best area of opportunity as “the juice” and Kyle Grover spared no effort in squeezing every drop out of his en route to notching a dominant victory in the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina with a three-day total of 66 pounds, 13 ounces.
Eric Olliverson wins FLW Costa Series on Table Rock Lake
Eric Olliverson has dreamed since he was a kid of winning a big tournament on Table Rock Lake. Today, that dream came true.
In what was a tight tournament throughout the week, the local guide and former FLW Tour pro managed to beat out current FLW Tour pro Dakota Ebare by 5 ounces to win the Costa FLW Series Central Division event, which was presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson.
Powroznik Wins MLF BPT Stage 3 in Raleigh, NC
When it all comes down to it, the Major League Fishing format has always been about identifying fishing conditions on the fly, and making the right adjustments as those conditions change.
Jeremy Lawyer winner of FLW Tour on Grand Lake
At around 10 a.m. today, Jeremy Lawyer caught a line-burner he figured he’d be embarrassed to weigh in. Turns out, that squeaker was one of the most important catches of his career.
Ranger Pro Nick Thliveros wins Costa on the Big O
Back in 2013 Nick Thliveros earned the first win of his FLW career. He was a co-angler at the time, though getting that first trophy and check helped reinforce his desires to move to the front of the boat. In 2016, he committed to that dream, and now in his fourth year as a pro fishing the Costa FLW Series, Thliveros has a second win under his belt – this one from the front of the boat at the 2019 season opener for the Southeastern Division on Lake Okeechobee.
Ranger Pro Jordan Lee Notches Win in Inaugural Major League Fishing Event
Ranger Boats pro Jordan Lee reasserted his standing as the hottest professional angler with a win at Stage One on Major League Fishing's Bass Pro Tour on Florida's Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and Garcia Reservoir. Lee owns the last two Bassmaster Classic titles, and continued his hot streak at the first-ever MLF event, besting a star-studded field to take the trophy and first-place purse of $100,000 plus an additional $10,000 from the Ranger Cup contingency program.
BOLTON HANGS ON
Terry Bolton’s professional fishing career almost ended before he finally had his moment. The moment every tournament angler dreams of. The moment decades in the making, so close so many times, yet still so far out of reach.
Kyle Walters wins FLW Championship
When Kyle Walters wants to punch mats with big tungsten and sling hawgs around his boat, he doesn’t need to travel very far from his Grant-Valkaria, Fla., home to do it. That’s one of the perks of living in the Sunshine State. There is grass and bass everywhere.
Lintner wins BASS Opens Championship
Dialing into the details was the ticket to victory for Jared Lintner, winner of the 2018 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Championship on Table Rock Lake.
Skarlis and Lahr Win MWC World Walleye Championship
Escanaba, Mich.—Oct. 6, 2018—Iowa’s Tommy Skarlis and Jeff Lahr rallied on the final day to win the elite national walleye event, the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s 2018 World Walleye Championship Oct. 4-6 on Bays de Noc out of Escanaba, Michigan.
Tommy Dickerson pro winner Costa FLW Series Ft. Gibson Lake
Ounces and inches.
Those two units of measure could best sum up Tommy Dickerson’s win at the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Fort Gibson Lake.
Johnny Burke co winner Costa FLW Series Ft. Gibson Lake
For three years, Johnny Burke, a 63-year-old retired county commissioner from Creek County, Oklahoma, has been fishing the Costa FLW Series as a co-angler just hoping he might score a top 10.
Today, Burke not only scored his first top-10 finish, but he took it all the way to the top spot for the win.
Jeremy Lawyer pro winner Costa FLW Series Lake of the Ozarks
Forgetting the past can be a hard thing for a bass fisherman to do. But for Jeremy Jawyer, it proved to be the right decision.
When Lawyer left the dock this morning for the final day of the Costa FLW Series event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude, he was in fourth place and just 2 pounds, 8 ounces off the lead. Being that the top-10 weights were so close, the general consensus was that whoever caught the biggest limit on the final day would likely be crowned champion.
Steve Freeman co winner Costa FLW Series Lake of the Ozarks
The first time Steve Freeman of Eddysville, Ky., laid eyes on Lake of the Ozarks was just a few days ago. Now, he’s heading back to Kentucky with some hardware and a certificate for a Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard, plus $5,000 cash for being Ranger Cup qualified for winning the co-angler side of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude.
Troughton wins Cal Delta Costa
His final-round weight was roughly half of his day-two performance, but Gregory Troughton held on to win the Costa FLW Series Western Division tournament presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta with a three-day total of 60 pounds, 2 ounces.
Ish Monroe wins Bassmaster Elite Seris on Mississippi River
In notching his fifth Bassmaster victory and first in six years, Ish Monroe of Hughson, Calif., caught a solid limit of largemouth bass on Championship Sunday to win the 2018 Bassmaster Elite at Mississippi River presented by Go RVing.
Ronny Webb takes Kentucky Lake co-angler title
Sometimes the simplest plan is the best plan, like it was for co-angler Ronny Webb this week at the FLW Tour event presented by Costa Sunglasses on Kentucky Lake.
Walters And Ronnestrand Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit at Sturgeon Bay
Michael Walters and Luke Ronnestrand’s multi-pronged plan of attack propelled them to victory at the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s 2018 season opener May 12 on Lake Michigan’s legendary Sturgeon Bay.
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