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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:

Bassmaster Angler Of The Year Championship Competition Will Resume Monday

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Anglers have to wonder if patterns they found in practice and on Day 1 of competition will still hold up once fishing resumes, if it resumes, on Monday. Smallmouth are known to roam and the weather has probably changed things a bit. Will local knowledge prove to be the deciding edge?

Here is the official press release from B.A.S.S.:

ESCANABA, Mich. — Bassmaster Elite Series tournament officials postponed competition in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship for an unprecedented third consecutive day today because of unsafe boating conditions.

The third day of competition was postponed Sunday because of steady north winds gusting to 20 miles per hour which resulted in small craft advisories for the Escanaba area of Lake Michigan.

Second Day of Angler of the Year Championship Postponed due to high winds

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Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz., loads his boat back on the trailer after being notified that Day 2 of the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship held on Bays de Noc out of Escanaba, Mich., will be postponed because of strong winds.

Photo by Seigo Saito/Bassmaster

ESCANABA, Mich. — Bassmaster Elite Series tournament officials postponed competition in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship today after building winds created unsafe boating conditions.

Hite leads tourney, Hackney still leads AOY Race

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

Photo by Seigo Saito/Bassmaster

ESCANABA, Mich. — Brett Hite leads the field with 24 pounds, 6 ounces at the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Bays de Noc. Hite is already locked into a Bassmaster Classic berth by virtue of his win at the season debut at Lake Seminole. For much of the rest of the field, Classic spots are on the line.
 
“I’ve never been here before,” Hite said. “The only time I ever fished Lake Michigan was at the Classic.”

Tourney results say that quality bass have moved onto mid-depth structure across the country!

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