Monday, November 28, 2022

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Expanded Elite Series Field Will Feature 104 Anglers In 2023

Expanded Elite Series Field Will Feature 104 Anglers In 2023

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After a record-breaking 2022 Elite Series season that awarded eight Century Belts, crowned four first-time champions and garnered over 18.5 million views on FOX and the FOX Sports channels, B.A.S.S. announced the new expanded field for the 2023 Elite Series.

Next year, 104 anglers will compete for an Elite Series purse of over $6.9 million. Joining the ranks of the most prominent circuit in sportfishing are 12 qualifiers from the hotly contested St. Croix Bassmaster Opens presented by Mossy Oak Fishing, the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation champion and legendary Bassmaster Classic champion and two-time Angler of the Year Larry Nixon.

“I can’t wait for the 2023 season to start and think the schedule sets up really well for big catches, big drama and big excitement,” said the Elite Series Tournament Director Lisa Talmadge. “The Elite Series field is absolutely stacked, and fans are going to love following their favorite anglers as well as meeting this talented crop of rookies. And the new guys in the field have such broad appeal to those who love bass fishing, from a true icon of the sport in former Classic and AOY champion Larry Nixon to Cole Sands, who won a College Series National Championship just two years ago.”

With the exception of four anglers who retired, the entire 2022 Elite roster is returning next year. This list of returning anglers includes 2022 Bassmaster Classic champion Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., who also claimed a blue trophy on Chickamauga Lake last season. Idaho pro Brandon Palaniuk took Progressive Insurance Bassmaster Angler of the Year honors — his second time to earn the coveted title — while Jay Przekurat of Stevens Point, Wis., earned a Century Belt with all smallmouth — a feat never before accomplished — to claim a victory on the St. Lawrence River en route to winning Falcon Rods Rookie of the Year.


Friday, November 11, 2022

2023 Bass Pro Tour roster is set

TULSA, Okla. – Major League Fishing has announced the roster for the 2023 Bass Pro Tour, the fifth season of professional bass fishing’s most competitive tournament circuit. The field of 80 of the world’s top bass-fishing professionals will compete across seven fisheries during the Bass Pro Tour regular season for a total purse of more than $7.7 million. 

The 2023 Bass Pro Tour roster includes two-time Bally Bet Angler of the Year (AOY) Jacob Wheeler as well as 2020 AOY Jordan Lee, 2019 AOY Edwin Evers, REDCREST II champion Dustin Connell, two-time AOY runner-up Ott DeFoe, and the most decorated angler in the history of professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam

Monday, November 7, 2022

Nation: Davis wins Championship, Classic berths secured

FLORENCE, Ala. — Will Davis, Jr. said earlier this week that despite difficult fishing on 

Pickwick Lake, the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship was setting up well for him.

Boy, was he right.

Davis, a 30-year-old from Sylacauga, Ala., caught a tournament-best limit of 16-12 during Friday’s final round, including the Big Bass of the tournament – a 5-4 whopper of a smallmouth that anchored his haul — to finish with a three-day total of 43 pounds, 8 ounces and seize a come-from-behind victory at McFarland Park.

“I’m very tired,” Davis said, minutes after hoisting the Bryan J. Kerchal Memorial Trophy and being joined on the Bassmaster stage by family and friends for a joyful, and tearful, celebration.

Ohio Angler Lands 10 Pound Smallmouth on Lake Erie! (ON THE WATER VIDEO)

Potential Ontario Record!

By Luigi De Rose  

Photo: Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The November heat wave has kept bass guys on the water but Gregg Ghallerger of Fremont, Ohio might be the luckiest to venture out. He might be the luckiest angler ever if his mammoth 10.15lb Lake Erie smallmouth meets official criteria and becomes the new Ontario record. 

On November 3, 2022, Gregg and his son Grant ventured from across Erie into Canadian waters near Pelee Island. After landing the 23.75-inch smallmouth on a drop-shot and eight-pound test they headed back to connect with the Ohio DNR for an official weight and measurement. 

Naturally, the story of the potential Ontario record circulated late Thursday online. Internet warriors have been flooding chatboards debating the merit of Gregg’s catch. The questions and debates raged, several questions emerged: was the fish released? Can a released bass be considered a true record? How old was it? 

To celebrate the catch, Ross Robertson of Big Water Fishing sits down with the Gallergers and relives the epic catch. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Legendary angler and Bassmaster Classic champion Larry Nixon to fish Bassmaster Elites in 2023

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Bassmaster Classic champion and two-time Angler of the Year Larry Nixon will be among the Elite Series field when the 2023 season kicks off on Lake Okeechobee, Fla., on Feb. 16 officials announced today.

“I’ve missed B.A.S.S. for 16 years … B.A.S.S. has always been at the top of my list,” said Nixon. “This is something I’ve wanted to do for the past 2 to 3 years, and I am superexcited to have the opportunity. And I want to make the Classic and hear that roar again.”

The first Bassmaster millionaire, Nixon’s consistency on the trail has been unmatched. For 12 seasons between 1977 and 1988, Nixon never ranked lower than eighth in the Angler of the Year points standings. For nine consecutive years — 1979-1987 — he was in the Top 5, with AOY titles coming in 1980 and 1982. In addition to winning the 1983 Bassmaster Classic on the Ohio River, the 25-time Classic qualifier finished in the Top 10 an astounding eight times.

“Larry is truly an icon in the sport, and we are excited to welcome him to the Elite Series,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Chase Anderson. “Larry’s name is written all over the B.A.S.S. record books — not only with his Classic victory and AOY titles but also Megabucks tournaments and Team Championships. With tournament success across four decades, Larry is why we have the Legends exemption in place, and we’re happy he accepted the invitation to compete in 2023.”