Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 Pan American Black Bass Championship: Team Canada Set!

Look out Okeechobee the Canadians are coming!
By Luigi De Rose 

The 8 team roster is set. Team Canada will be competing for glory and gold in Florida on February 4- 9, 2018 on Lake Okeechobee. 

Team Canada 1 Bob Izumi -Team Captain / Darren Izumi
Team Canada 2 Dave Chong / Rob Lee
Team Canada 3 Dave Bairstow / Matt Hubble
Team Canada 4 Brian Hughes / Anais Chaves
Team Canada 5 Cole Bailey / Bruce Leeson
Team Canada 6 Phil Hegarty / Stephen Hegarty
Team Canada 7 Joey Ford / Shawn McCaul
Team Canada 8 Spiro Agouros / Fern Campeau

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Funding for Dave Chong

Click here to link to GoFundMe page for Dave Chong. friend Dave Chong is seeking assistance for this newly created PAN American Black Bass Championship at Lake Okeechobee, Florida in February. The tournament has no prize money meaning that all anglers will be out of pocket to fishing for their country. Go Canada Go!

Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Pan American Black Bass Championship: Canada Sending Bass Anglers to International Tournament!

Lake Okeechobee site inaugural event
By Luigi De Rose 

Canadian team captain none other than legendary Bob Izumi. 
Canada is assembling a bass fishing team to compete in the up-coming Pan American Black Bass Championship. This event will be for national pride and bragging rights in this first ever event. Representing Canada will be team captain Bob Izumi fishing with his son Darren Izumi; David Chong & Rob Lee; Brian Hughes & Anais Chavez; Cole Bailey & Bruce Leeson; Matt Hubble & Dave Bairstow and Stephen & Philllip Hegarty (as of today). 

The PanAmerican Sportfishing Delegation and United States Angling Confederation (U.S. Angling) are hosting the first ever Pan American Black Bass Championship for Pairs (Duos). This championship will be held at the legendary Roland & Mary Ann Martins Marina & Resort on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida. All PanAmerican countries are invited to have from one to eight pairs (teams of two) participate. This event will be the starting point for the newly formed PanAmerican Sportfishing Delegation, and will be an exciting challenge for all the anglers from the Americas.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Missing FLW Angler Found

Body of Nik Kayler recovered
By Luigi De Rose 
Click photo for GOFUNDME for Nik.
Last week, at the 2018 Costa FLW Series bass tournament on Lake Okeechobee, Florida, two tournament anglers went missing on Thursday, January 4th, the first day of competition. The boater, Bill Kisiah, was found alive that night clinging to his damaged boat which drifted ashore. Unfortunately, Nik Kayler, the co-angler was not with the tournament boat and the extensive search of the lake continued. On Wednesday, January 10, six days after the accident, Nik was discovered by a commercial vessel. 
An official statement from the FWC was released Wednesday afternoon:
On Thursday, January 4, William Kisiah (DOB 4/9/1966) of Slidell, LA and Nicolas Kayler (DOB 1/1/1980) of Apopka, FL departed the C. Scott Driver boat ramp located on the Kissimmee River in Okeechobee, Florida aboard a 21’ Ranger Bass Boat. Preliminary information indicates that the vessel encountered rough waters and struck a wave and Mr. Kayler was ejected from the vessel. Mr. Kisiah made landfall at the Pahokee Marina later that evening when he made contact with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Numerous agencies, including the FWC, United States Coast Guard, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and Okeechobee Sheriff’s Office were involved in the search for Mr. Kayler. 
Mr. Kayler's body was recovered on the morning of January 10 by a commercial vessel in the vicinity of the Clewiston water tower on the lake.
All of the members of the FWC want to express our sincere sympathies to the victims and families of the victims involved in this incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. The FWC would like to take this opportunity to remind all boaters enjoying Florida’s beautiful waterways to do so safely. Please wear your life jacket and maintain 360-degree awareness at all times while boating. For boating safety tips, please visit This incident is currently under investigation by the FWC.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

GoFundMe Set Up for Kayler Family

Anglers helping anglers
By Luigi De Rose

After tragedy struck with a boating accident at the recent 2018 Costa FLW tournament on Lake Okeechobee, Florida as GoFundMe page has been established for the Kayler family. 

FLW angler Ryan Worthington has established a GoFundMe account for the family of Nik Kayler.

To view the page and make a donation, click here.

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Costa FLW Series on Lake Okeechobee Cancelled due to Tragedy.

Tournament cancelled after Day 1 due to missing anglers. 
By Luigi De Rose
Nik Kayler, wearing the blue jacket, and Bill Kisiah pictured here
before the start of Day 1.  (Photo: FLW)

On Thursday January 4th, the anglers of the Costa FLW Series were ready to kick off the 2018 season on Lake Okeechobee. Anglers were met with frigid temperatures and howling winds. As the scales closed on the first day, the weights were historically low but there was also a missing boat. Pro angler Bill Kisiah of Slidell, LA and Co-angler Nik Kayler of Apopka, Florida failed to check in and were considered missing some where on Lake Okeechobee.

FLW staff and friends of the anglers notified the authorities to start an official search. By 11:15pm, FLW posted an up-date stating that boater Bill Kisiah was found alive. His boat had washed up along the shoreline near He was initially transported to local hospital but later moved to Belle Glade, Florida. Bill was initially treated for exposure and hypothermia but by Friday morning local reports stated he was listed in serious condition.  

FLW quickly cancelled the remaining tournament days to focus on the search and for respect of the missing anglers and their families.

The search for Nik Kayler continued all weekend. Operations were being conducted under the guidance of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard.

After exhausted searches by air and boat, Nik Kayler was yet to be found. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 Costa FLW Series on Lake Okeechobee Day 1: Tucker Leads with 21 Pounds!

There’s an old theory about Florida-strain largemouth bass that suggests if they have spawned and eggs are in the nest, the fish will stay to protect them no matter how severe a passing cold front might be.
Tucker grabs big lead on cold first day.
(Photo: FLW)
Terry Tucker tested that theory on Lake Okeechobee today and found that it held true, providing him with the day-one lead in the Costa FLW Series event presented by Power-Pole. His five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 3 ounces was helped by three 6- to 7-pound females he found in practice when the water was still warm and the full moon was nearing.
“That’s something I’ve learned about these Florida bass over the years: If they have spawned, they’ll hang in there with their beds even if the water temperature drops like it did today,” Tucker says. “It’s unlikely new ones will move in, but the ones that committed before the front will stay.”
Tucker found the area that produced the three big ones on Saturday when he hooked an 8-pounder and shook off several other bites. He knew the fish had moved in to spawn and was confident they would stay despite one of the worst cold fronts Okeechobee has endured in the last several years. While other anglers lost a lot of their productive areas due to incoming muddy water, Tucker’s area stayed protected from mud.
“The water color did not change,” says the Alabama pro. “In fact, it was already a little stained when I found the area initially. Today I pulled in there, and it had that same color to it. I caught those three big ones and left. After that I went to some other places to catch two more to finish my limit.”

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Shimano announces restructure of European business

Major restructure of its business in Europe 
Originally posted in Angling-international
Shimano has announced a major restructure of its business in Europe aimed at consolidating and simplifying its operations.
The three companies – Shimano Europe B.V., Shimano Europe Fishing Holding B.V. and B.V. – have been merged into Shimano Europe Holding B.V., which has been renamed Shimano Europe B.V.
Coinciding with these changes, two new members will join Shimano Europe’s board, Taizo Shimano (Executive Vice President, Supervisor of the  Fishing Tackle Division and Chief of Marketing Officer, Bicycle Components Division) and Hiroshi Matsui (Senior Vice President, Business Administration Department and General Operations Division).
Taizo Shimano joined Shimano in 1991, serving his apprenticeship in bicycle and fishing positions overseas before progressing to management roles in Shimano’s Fishing Division.
Hiroshi Matsui joined Shimano in 2011 as VP of Corporate Administration, progressing to Director of General, Operations Division, prior to taking his current position as Senior Vice President.
At the same time, current board member, Yoshihiro Hirata, will step down. Marc van Rooij and Satoshi Yuasa will remain members of the board.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Randall Tharp Teaches Heavy Cover Punching!

If you're heading to Florida to escape this deep freeze you should pack some punching gear. It's one of the best ways to catch big bass when they're in cover. BASS Elite angler and FLW Cup Champ Randall Tharp is one of the best in the world at punching heavy grass for winter bass.