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Lew's Expands Springfield, MO Facility

Lew's has announced plans for a new $3.5M corporate headquarters and consolidated distribution center in Springfield, Mo. A public groundbreaking ceremony for the 58,000 sq. ft. facility is scheduled for Friday, October 31, at 1 p.m., with Lew's personnel hosting the event and a number of professional anglers participating, including David Fritts, Wally Marshall and Kevin Short. 

 

Howell tops Walker in first-ever B.A.S.S. Brawl

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Randy Howell caught one bass that weighed 0.39 pounds. It was all he needed to beat David Walker in the first-ever football-themed B.A.S.S. Brawl on the Tennessee River near Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN.

The socring rules award 7 points for first bass caught, 7 points for biggest bass, and 3 points every bass caught. So in a 'defensive struggle' the Classic Champ bested his buddy by a score of 17-0.

Howell represented the University of Alabama and Walker represented the Tennessee Volunteers - the two schools play each other in gridiron action this Saturday.

FLW has announced the 2015 Rayovac FLW Series schedule

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FLW has announced the 2015 Rayovac FLW Series schedule, which will again consist of three events in each of the five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Texas and Western.

Regarding the no-entry-fee Rayovac FLW Series Championship to be held on the Ohio River in Paducah, Ky.:
 
“Paducah’s identity was authored by the river,” said Fowler Back, Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau Sales Director. “The major waterways that surround Paducah are the lifeblood of this community. Our interaction with the river has always included fishing, yet the Ohio River at Paducah remains an overshadowed fishery on a national scale. Hosting the 2015 Rayovac FLW Series Championship in Paducah will bring positive attention to the fishing resources here and our new boat launch will be an excellent portal to make this happen.”
 
The top 30 pros and co-anglers in the final point standings in each division after three qualifying tournaments will advance to the 2015 Rayovac FLW Series Championship provided they fished all three qualifiers in a division.
 
“The Ohio River at Paducah is a tremendous fishery,” said FLW Series Tournament Director Ron Lappin. “It is not uncommon for it to take well over 20 pounds to win a single-day tournament there. Anglers who have not fished the river in a few years will be pleasantly surprised with how well it fishes.”
Details of the 2015 are as follows:

Local Pro Hank Cherry says Lake Norman will test contestants at this week's Bassmaster Southern Open

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Bassmaster Elite Series pro Hank Cherry of Maiden, N.C., will fish Lake Norman in the 2014 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open #3 presented by Allstate, Oct. 2-4. This is the final event in the 2014 Southern Opens Series.

Photo by Gary Tramontina/Bassmaster

Brownridge wins B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional

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Ontario angler Doug Brownridge wins the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional on New York's St. Lawrence River, sacking a three-day total of 72 pounds, 9 ounces. Photo by Tyler Wade/Bassmaster

WADDINGTON, N.Y. — Doug Brownridge has finished two tournaments with 71 pounds and ended up second. He had no plans to finish second in the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional, so he resolved to catch 72 pounds — and win.
 

Brownridge still leads B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional

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Doug Brownridge of Ontario, Canada, leads Day 2 of the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional on the St. Lawrence River out of Waddington, N.Y., with a two-day total weight of 48 pounds, 7 ounces. 

Photo by Tyler Wade/Bassmaster

WADDINGTON, N.Y. — Doug Brownridge followed up his massive 24-pound, 5-ounce bag on Day 1 of the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional with one that weighed 24-2, extending his lead in the tournament on the St. Lawrence River to nearly 6 pounds.

“I’m still not comfortable yet,” said Brownridge, a member of the Mississauga Bassmasters in the Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation. “I’m going to have to fish hard all day tomorrow.”

Lake Hartwell's Bassmaster Classic - Who's In?

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Ken Duke wrote the following excellent explanation regarding who's in for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic to be held on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell in February. For more, visit Bassmaster.com.

Doug Brownridge leads B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional with big sack of smallies

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Doug Brownridge of Ontario, Canada, takes the Day 1 lead in the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional on the St. Lawrence River out of Waddington, N.Y., with 24 pounds, 5 ounces.

Photo by Tyler Wade/Bassmaster

WADDINGTON, N.Y. — When Doug Brownridge took off on Day 1 on the St. Lawrence River, he knew exactly where he was heading. He chose correctly, and he currently leads the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional with 24 pounds, 5 ounces.

Greg Hackney Takes Bassmaster Angler Of The Year Title

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Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., wins the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year (AOY) Monday at the Toyota Bassmaster AOY Championship held on Bays de Noc out of Escanaba, Mich.

Photo by Seigo Saito/Bassmaster

ESCANABA, Mich. — Louisiana’s Greg Hackney, 41, is the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year (AOY). Over nine events, Hackney outpracticed, outstrategized, outfished and ultimately outlasted the other 107 Bassmaster Elite Series anglers who started the season.
 

Action Red-Hot at BFL on Okeechobee!

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As the Walmart Bass Fishing League continues to hold two-day super tournaments, fishing continues to be slow. Co-anglers have had it worse than their partners on the front decks. In some cases co-anglers have placed among the Top 10 with 2 or 3 fish over two days of competition. That's September!

Not so on Okeechobee.

Action on the South Florida bass factory has remained red hot. Look at the numbers from the recent BFL – even back deck anglers needed daily limits in order to compete:

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