Bass Fishing Articles

Brandon Cobb has made it into one Walmart Bass Fishing league regional championship, now he's trying to fish his way into a second one.

This year all the Walmart BFL Choo Choo Division tournaments were held on Lake Guntersville which set up perfectly for Johnny Patterson of Grant, Ala., since he can be on the lake in five minutes from his house – and he takes full advantage of that prime location.

By the time the weigh-in is completed and prizes have been awarded in the Carolinas Bass Challenge South Carolina Division Championship on Lake Hartwell Saturday anglers will have earned well over $250,000 in the S.C. Division this year, said Brett Collins, tournament director.

The first annual Jason Williamson Big Bass Classic on Lake Murray drew 290 anglers in September 2012 and the second annual hourly payout event on on the lake Sept. 28-29 is expected to draw well over 300, said Mark Jones with the Oakley Big Bass Tour.

Stephen Browning is tickled to death that two out of three Bassmaster Central Opens this year are behind held on rivers. He has won one Central Open river tournament already and is looking forward to the second one this week on the Arkansas River.

The Carolinas Bass Challenge keeps running at a high level of competition, with 153 teams qualified for the North Carolina Division Championship Saturday on Lake Wylie and even bigger tournament turnouts could be on the horizon in the future, said tournament director Brett Collins.

Noting that there was a big jump in numbers from the first season in 2012 to 2013, Collins said he looks for the CBC to grow even more.

“There has been a huge amount of interest in the 2014 season,” he said.

The Tom's Marine Tournament Trail has been on a little hiatus the last month or so, but it swings back into full action Saturday on Cherokee Lake with the team leading the points race looking to lock up their second straight title in the last two qualifying tournaments.

Rogne Brown is poised to claim his third Chattanooga Bass Association points title in five years in the last two CBA tournaments before the championship, but he has to finish well in Saturday's tournament on Chickamauga Lake to hold on, said tournament director Justin Medley.

Dave Lefebre has had an outstanding career in FLW Outdoors competition over the past 11 years – 46 top 10s, including five wins, and earning just shy of $1.6 million – but when he saw B.A.S.S. was going to finish the 2013 Northern Open schedule on Lake Erie, he had to cast a line in Bassmaster waters, too.

Nick Gainey has not been fishing since the middle of July in the Northern EverStart tournament on Lake Champlain. But that's all right.