Chapman leads AOY points race

Posted by admin on July 3, 2012

brentChapman_BassProSites.pngOne fish on Texas' Lewisville Lake spawned a surge of confidence in Brent Chapman and, in turn, has made him a tidy sum of money. That fish was a 6-pound, 5-ounce largemouth bass caught on a miserably cold Sunday fish-off for a win at the season opening Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open. That day has snowballed Chapman’s confidence, and now the 39-year-old Lake Quivera, Kan., angler is leading the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race.  >>> read more

Rojas Jumps Martens For Lead As Weights Fall Off

Posted by admin on July 2, 2012

dean_rojas_BassProSites200.pngOn day 1, Aaron Martens was the lone Bassmaster Elite Series angler to bring 20 pounds of Lake Michigan bass to the scales. Today, it seemed like 18 pounds was the elusive number as only Takahiro Omori broke that threshold. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but it's safe to say things slowed down a bit on day two of the Lake Michigan Elite Series event. Both Dean Rojas and Martens, who sit 1-2 in the standings now, saw their weights drop off by 2 and 3 pounds, respectively. >>> read more


Zaldain enters the weekend in the Top 10

Posted by admin on June 29, 2012

gb_200.jpgTop Shelf Pro, Chris Zaldain, completes day 2 of the Green Bay Challenge with 16-12 and enters the weekend in 7th place. < leader board >

Zaldain makes top 10 with Top Shelf Swimbaits

Posted by admin on June 29, 2012

zaldain200.jpgGREEN BAY, Wis. – Elite anglers are always looking for the magic spot, the unchartered water, the "promised land" of bass fishing. At the Green Bay Challenge event on Lake Michigan, some pros may have found just that -- but there are plenty with a cast's distance. "There were at least 85 boats up north today and that's within a 3- to 5-mile stretch," said Brandon Palaniuk, who currently sits in fourth place with 18 pounds even. "I played the chess match game and fished in the crowd of people, but I was fishing both shallow and deep throughout the day." >>> read more

Zaldain makes top 12 cut at Toledo bend

Posted by admin on June 23, 2012

zaldain200.jpgIt would be relatively easy to pick any Elite Series pro in the bottom half of the current Toyota Tundra Angler Of the Year standings and write a legitimately interesting article about how they struggled through the Florida swing, couldn't find the quality bite at Bull Shoals, and failed to get the long-lining memo at Douglas Lake. >>> read more

King claims number 2 spot

Posted by admin on May 10, 2012

kentuckyKing.jpegBringing in the day’s first 20-pound stringer was Zach King of Clarksville, Ark., who brought in five bass weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces, good for second. King also has one of the day’s most interesting backstories, having spent a mere eight hours in practice for this tournament because of some recent surgery he had. “It’s the best day I’ve ever had fishing,” King said. “The good Lord blessed me today.” King’s day was so good, in fact, that he quit fishing at 10 a.m. after catching no fewer than 30 keepers. He let his co-angler fish while he hunted around for new spots, making up for his lost practice time. “I’m ledge-fishing in about eight feet of water, then catching deeper ones in about 20 feet of water,” King said. He said of the four schools of fish he found in practice, he hit only two of them today, primarily using a five-inch Top Shelf Magnum Deep Runner swimbait and a Strike King 6XD. >>> read more

Swindle and Zaldain in the weekend Top-50

Posted by admin on April 21, 2012

chrisZaldain_weekend200.jpgBULL SHOALS, Ark. — Nobody saw this coming. No one, not even the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers from Arkansas, knew that Bull Shoals Lake was holding anything like what has been revealed in the first two days of the TroKar Quest. "I'm blown away. I really am," said Jeff Kriet. "I had no idea. Honest to goodness, it's absolutely amazing. Unbelievable." If you know Kriet, the 42-year-old veteran B.A.S.S. competitor from Ardmore, Okla., you know he isn't easily impressed. Even though he lives in a neighboring state, Kriet's only previous experience on Bull Shoals Lake was an eight-hour "Day On The Lake" TV show taped on a 20-degree day a few years ago. >>> read more

swindleDay3_adamHarbottle200.jpgDay 3 Analysis on the Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Norman for Top Shelf Tackle Pro -

Key pattern and strategy so far: The first day I went sight fishing and caught bass guarding fry. I caught them on a Zoom Super Fluke and Top Shelf Swimbait. Yesterday I backed off and caught nearly all my fish out in deep water. I was throwing a big jig and crankbait.

Biggest challenge in making the cut: Being number 177 of 184 boats on the first day. By the time I got out there everything was gone. Every place I wanted to fish had either a boat on it or another boat nearby. It was about trying to make the very best of a bad boat number during a sight fishing bite. (photo - Adam Harbottle) >>> read more

swindleOverstreet.jpgPALATKA, Fla. — Alton Jones’ Sunday victory on the St. Johns River was all the sweeter for the redemption sprinkled on top. He finally got the St. Johns Bassmaster Elite Series win that slipped through his fingers last season. That memory, and the fact that he ran out of time Sunday to entice a lunker he could see on a bed, gave the pro from Woodway, Texas, a few tense moments as he was waiting for the final-day trek to the scales. He was feeling shaky despite the 9-pound lead he had going into the day.(photo - James Overstreet) >>> read more

kcHariss250.jpg28.Jan.2012 by Gary Mortenson
REDDING, Calif. – Heading into the final day of EverStart Series competition on Lake Shasta, pro K.C. Harris boasted a rather significant 4 ½-pound lead over his next closest rival. However, in the end, Harris had to hang on for dear life, stave off a hard-charging effort from fellow California native Zack Thompson and settle for an emotionally draining 13-ounce victory. >>> read more

Play-icon24yellow.pngK.C. Takes the Stage [video]