Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Chris and Cory Johnston Win 2017 B1 Team of the Year and St. Francis Event!

Brothers sack 49.03lbs on Lake St. Francis for win!
By Luigi De Rose 

Cory and Chris Johnston enjoy the windfall. (Photo: Cory Johnston)
The fishing was as red hot as the weather on Lake St. Francis in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec. The 108 two-man teams battled it out on one of the most specatular smallmouth bass fisheries on the planet. Unfortunately,  catching the huge smallmouth became a trying experience for most. With temperatures in the low 30C, the bass were not in their predictable early autumn locations. Many found the bass disinterested even with the best presented baits and blamed countless bass tournaments throughout the summer and early fall for the fickly bass. Regardless, the Johnston brothers displayed once again why they are top FLW Touring pros and sacked a tremendous two-day limit of 49.03lbs for ten bass. Day 1 leaders, Lenny Devos and Jeff Magee came the closest to dethrore the Johnston boys who just won the Emerald Isle tournament the weekend prior.
Along with grand prize of $20 000 cash, Cory and Chris also won a Ranger Boat package plus  additional Ranger Boat and Garmin contingency prizes. Quite a haul for the last B1 Event of 2017

Top 5

  1. Chris and Cory Johnston 49.03 lbs
  2. Lenny Devos and Jeff Magee 48.95 lbs
  3. Mathieu Dansereau and Jean Charles Goulet  44.41 lbs
  4. Ryan Thornton and Josh Lewis 44.41 lbs
  5. Denny Andrade and Scott Nagy 44.19 lbs

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jacob Powroznik Going to 2018 BASSMASTER Classic!

Powroznik prevails.
By Bryan Brasher
Jacob grabbed early lead and never looked back.
(Photo: BASS)
For the past three years, Jacob Powroznik has qualified for the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods by finishing inside the cut in the season-long Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points standings on the Bassmaster Elite Series.

This year, he had to work overtime to get to the Classic.

But he’ll be there just the same.

Powroznik defeated four anglers in five days to win this week’s Classic Bracket on Pokegama Lake, outscoring Steve Kennedy in the two-day first round, Dave Lefebre in the semifinals and Ish Monroe in Friday’s closely contested finale.

The Virginia pro caught 16 pounds, 11 ounces of bass Friday — compared to the 14-8 landed by Monroe — to earn the tournament’s automatic Classic berth.

“It’s unbelievable, man,” Powroznik said with tears in his eyes. “It’s just such a relief. It’s the most pressure I’ve ever fished under — and I mean ever.

Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 Bassmaster Classic Bracket Showdown on Lake Pokegama Day 3

Monroe and Powroznik prevail.
By Bryan Brasher
Then there was two. Ish and Jacob battle for last Classic spot.
(Photo: BASS)

When the Bassmaster Elite Series season began, 110 of the best pro fishermen in the world had a chance to qualify for the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

Now, after eight months and thousands of miles traveled on the nation’s interstates and waterways, that race for a last-chance berth is down to two.

California pro Ish Monroe and Virginia pro Jacob Powroznik both won their matches during Thursday’s semifinal round of the Bassmaster Classic Bracket event on Pokegama Lake, Minnesota. That means they’ll battle head-to-head Friday from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CT for an automatic Classic berth.

The Classic Bracket started Tuesday with the Top 8 anglers from the final Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings who failed to qualify for the Classic. All of the action from the catch-weigh-release event has been carried by Bassmaster LIVE online at

Thursday, September 21, 2017

2017 Bassmaster Classic Bracket Showdown on Lake Pokegama Day 2

Monroe, Iaconelli, Lefebre and Powroznik all advance
By Bryan Brasher

After two full days of fishing the Bassmaster Classic Bracket last-chance tournament on Pokegama Lake, four anglers moved a step closer to earning a berth in the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods to be held on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell.
During the morning session, California pro Ish Monroe won his head-to-head battle with Jonathon VanDam and earned a spot in the semifinals, while New Jersey veteran Michael Iaconelli kept his chances alive for a 17th straight Classic berth with a victory over second-year B.A.S.S. pro Adrian Avena.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 Bassmaster Classic Bracket Showdown on Lake Pokegama Day 1

Dock bite key to Day 1 success

Last week, 39 anglers qualified for the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods through the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship.

But eight more barely missed their shot at a Classic berth — and they’re getting one more chance this week with all of the action shown on Bassmaster LIVE.

The Classic Bracket at Pokegama Lake features the first eight anglers to miss Classic qualification battling it out in a head-to-head, match-style format. Every fish caught during the catch-weigh-release event will be aired live on — and when the dust settles on Friday, the final angler standing will receive an automatic berth into the Classic, which will be held on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell next March.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2017 Bassmaster Classic Bracket Showdown on Lake Pokegama

Two matches, with a camera on each angler's boat, will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m today and the other two matches will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the anglers will complete their six-hour matches in the other time slot, morning to afternoon and vice versa.On Thursday, there will be two full-day matches simultaneously, and the final will be on Friday.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Brandon Palaniuk is the 2017 BASS Elites Angler of the Year!

Mid-morning flurry seals win.

(Photo: BASS)

As the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series season progressed, Brandon Palaniuk always had a sense that he was in contention for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year crown.
But he never let himself look at the standings. He never even allowed himself to think about the race.
Now, he may never stop thinking about it.
The 29-year-old pro from Hayden, Idaho, caught 62 pounds, 3 ounces of bass to finish in 20th place at this week’s Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota. That allowed him to finish 14 points ahead of Oklahoma pro Jason Christie and secure his first career AOY title.
“I didn’t know if it would ever happen,” said Palaniuk, who topped Christie by a final margin of 902 to 888 in the AOY standings. “This has been a dream of mine since I was 8 years old. I decided 21 years ago that this is what I was going to do.
“I just made up my mind that I wanted to fish for a living — and every decision I’ve made for 21 years has led to this point.”
Hoisting the AOY trophy was the culmination of a phenomenal season that saw Palaniuk record six Top 12 finishes, including a victory on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The only time he finished outside the Top 30 in 10 Elite Series events was a disastrous 105th-place showing in the second event of the year on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

2017 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship Day 2: Palaniuk Keeps AOY Lead; Combs Leads with lbs!

AOY going down to the wire

Last second giant keeps Brandon in AOY.
(Photo: BASS)
After two days of the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship, Brandon Palaniuk is still clinging to his lead in the race for the AOY season title.
But it’s been anything but easy.
The noted smallmouth specialist from Hayden, Idaho, caught just 10 smallies from Mille Lacs LakeFriday — and if hadn’t been for a 6-pounder that bit extremely late, he might have actually fallen out of the AOY lead.
“I just struggled to get bit,” Palaniuk said. “I was just catching one here, one there — and I wasn’t really catching any big ones. But then at 3:14 (p.m.), I made one final drop and caught a 6-pounder.”

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mike Williams & Duane Jacobs Win 2017 CSFL Classic XXI

Stoney Lake's Winning Pattern
By Luigi De Rose

Duane and Mike are all smiles after the win!
(Photo: CSFL)
The 2018 CSFL Classic returned to the rugged shores of Stoney Lake in North Kawartha, Ontario on September 8 to 10th. The dynamic duo from Curve Lake, Mike Williams and Duane Jacobs were crowned champions again one year after their first Classic win. Williams and Jacobs bested the 78 team field with a three day total of 40-85lbs. Father and son team Stuart and Jesse Evans missed the win by a razor’s edge with 40-4lbs. Third was captured by Cesare Ruscio and Mike Quesnelle who sacked 39-7lbs. chatted with the newly crowned champs for a rundown on how they secured back-to-back Classic wins on Stoney Lake.

“We never practice on Stony Lake!” insists Duane Jacobs. “We have a ton of experience on that lake but most importantly we have experience during this time of year.” Early September is a tricky time of year for bass. Cool mornings and warm afternoons confuse bass and frustrate tournament anglers even more. “The conditions were fairly similar to last year when we won but this year we focused on largemouth and skipped trying for smallmouth until the last day were we landed two.”

Friday, the first day of competition, was lack luster at best with a limit of only 12.3lbs.  Saturday’s 15.6lbs limit was a big improvement.  That propelled them into 4th place and qualified them to fish on championship Sunday as part of  “Top 12”. “The trick to succeeding on Stoney Lake is to stay consistent. The guys who have a big bass will have a great day but if you don’t get that big one you’ll likely only have a 6 or 7 pound limit.” Assures Jacobs. “Over the first two days, we discovered that our largemouth spots were producing much better in the afternoon so we targeted our best spots during that prime time period.”  Sunday had Mike and Duane tried to

2017 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship: Palaniuk Leads AOY; Combs Leads with 24-15lbs!

Palaniuk leads AOY; Combs tops weight
By Bryan Brasher

Who is be the Angler of the Year?
(Photo: BASS)
It’s rare for an angler to finish 19th in the first round of a major tournament and end up totally setting the buzz for the event.
It’s rarer still for that angler to seem totally satisfied with his performance.

But after catching 21 pounds, 4 ounces of smallmouth bass and placing 19th Thursday, Brandon Palaniuk seemed to sense he was closing in on the goal he set before this week’s Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship — and that was to win his first career AOY title.

His 19th-place finish on Mille Lacs Lake — combined with a 26th-place finish by his closest AOY competitor Jason Christie (20-8) and a ninth-place showing by Tennessee pro Jacob Wheeler (22-10) — kept Palaniuk in the AOY lead by a margin of 22 points.

The three-time B.A.S.S. winner from Hayden, Idaho, is now just two more solid days away from the biggest accomplishment of his pro-fishing career.

“I was hoping to catch 23 pounds a day,” Palaniuk said. “I figured that would be enough to give me a chance to win the actual event this week — and if I win, the AOY will take care of itself. So now, I just have to go out and catch 25 (Friday) to even it out.”

Palaniuk started near the launch site at Eddy's Resort, but he rarely stayed in one spot long as he culled his way up to 21-4.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Garmin Ordered to Pay Navico $38 Million in Damages

Navico – the world’s largest manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad® and B&G® brands – announced today that a Texas federal jury has found that Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) willfully infringed two of Navico’s DownScan Imaging™ sonar patents and awarded Navico $38,755,000 in damages. The district court judge has discretion to increase the damages to account for the jury’s finding that Garmin’s infringement was willful.

The unanimous jury verdict validates Navico’s long-standing claims against Garmin.  The infringement finding concerned two of Navico’s patents relating to marine sonar technology -- U.S. Patent Nos. 9,223,022 and 9,244,168 -- and the finding is consistent with separate rulings by an International Trade Commission (ITC) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) concerning Garmin’s infringement of additional Navico patents. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Remembering September 11th.

Remembering all those who work tirelessly to preserve peace for all. 

Ott DeFoe Wins 2017 BASS Northern Open on Douglas Lake with 50-03lbs!

Jet boating to French Broad River seal win.
By John Neporadny, 
Custom boat and hometown knowledge for win and 2018 Classic berth.
(Photo: BASS)
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Ott DeFoe sealed the deal today with his second Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open victory on Douglas Lake.
The Knoxville, Tenn., pro went wire-to-wire to win on his home lake in this event and received the top prize of a Triton 19 TrX/Mercury 200 Pro XS rig valued at $45,000, along with $5,291 in cash. He weighed in a 15-pound, 9-ounce limit to finish with 50-3. DeFoe also won a Bassmaster Northern Open on his home waters in May 2014.
DeFoe ran up the French Broad River again with his Tracker tunnel hull aluminum boat that produced 17-4 limits the first two days, but he struggled early today and caught only five keepers all day. However it was enough to clinch the victory. "The water has not been stable all week," DeFoe said. "I was thinking today could be really, really good, just because the French Broad had been falling but there was some extra flow in the Pigeon River this morning and it seemed to kind of throw the fishing off a little."
The local favorite caught his first fish of the day on a bladed jig and his second keeper flipping a black-and-blue 1/2-ounce Terminator Pro Jig with a Bass Pro Shops Elite Chunk. Switching to a Texas-rigged Bass Pro Shops Bull Hog, DeFoe caught his next two keepers and still had three hours to catch his fifth bass. He went to a bank where he had caught big fish in the past and boated a 4 1/2-pounder on the Terminator Jig that clinched the victory. All of his fish throughout the tournament came from 1 to 3 feet of water.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Neko Rig Hack! Never Loose Another Weight Again

Neko rigging is a super popular bass fishing technique but loosing all those nail weights is a major pain! Check out this bass fishing hack that attaches a wire keeper onto nail weights saving you money and time on the water. This approach is ideal for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Overhaul to BASS Opens for 2018

Big changes for BASS Opens in 2018. Two divisions instead of three and now 4 events per division instead of 3. Listen as BASS explains how more anglers can leap to the Elites and quality for the Bassmaster Classic.

Eastern Opens Division
Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Kissimmee, Fla. — Feb. 1-3, 2018
Total B.A.S.S. events hosted: 22, including 1977 and 2006 Classics
Most recent B.A.S.S. winner: Chad Morgenthaler (52-7), 2015 Bassmaster Southern Open, Jan. 15-17, 2015
Bassmaster 100 Best Bass Lakes Rank: 11th, Southeastern Division, in 2017
Lake Norman, Cornelius, N.C. — May 10-12, 2018
Total B.A.S.S. events hosted: 11
Most recent B.A.S.S. winner: 2014 Southern Open, Andy Montgomery (37-10), Oct. 2-4, 2014
Bassmaster 100 Best Bass Lakes Rank: 91st in 2013

Friday, September 1, 2017

Carleton University Needs Your Help!

(Photo: Carleton University)
Dr. Steven Cooke’s Lab at Carleton University is studying large- and smallmouth bass (collectively termed black bass) populations and management on Big Rideau Lake.
Knowing where fish are distributed through space and time is essential to the development of effective management strategies. Big Rideau Lake is among the most heavily “fished” water bodies in all of eastern Ontario, thus a clear understanding of black bass distribution throughout the seasons may assist in providing managers with information necessary to protect these highly sought after species. Our research on Big Rideau Lake (led by Alice Abrams and Aaron Zolderdo) employs fish tracking devices such as acoustic receivers and micro acoustic transmitters to monitor smallmouth and largemouth bass movement for 365 days a year!
Have you ever fished for bass on Big Rideau Lake? We want your angle on the black bass populations of Big Rideau Lake. Participate in our survey (takes  about 10 minutes) by following the link below: