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Van Soles latest pro to drop out of FLW Tour; Joe Gerard to step in

Walmart FLW Tour pro Van Soles of Haines City, Florida, informed FLW of his decision Friday to withdraw from the remaining four regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season. Joe Gerard of Concordia, Kansas, a 12-year veteran of the Rayovac FLW Series, has agreed to replace Soles on Tour and will fish the remaining four events this season.

Dustin Connell leads Bassmaster Open on Alabama River

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Dustin Connell of Clanton, Ala., takes the lead on Day 1 of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open #2 presented by Allstate held on the Alabama River out of Prattville, Ala. Connell brought 22 pounds, 3 ounces to the scales at Thursday's weigh-in.

Photo by James Overstreet/Bassmaster

Tearful stories about big fish being lost are common at any bass tournament. But woeful tales were legion on Thursday at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open #2 presented by Allstate on the Alabama River.
 

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY LEADS FLW COLLEGE FISHING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON LAKE MURRAY

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The Liberty University team of Travis Rulle of Denver, North Carolina, and Caleb Eppler of Sachse, Texas, took the lead after day one of 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by the Lowrance Insight Genesis College Cup Thursday with five bass weighing 22 pounds, 2 ounces.

Luke Clausen joins 'Team Dirty'

Ike holds lead, Reese closes gap at Bassmaster Elite Series tourney on Guntersville

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Michael Iaconelli of Pittsgrove, N.J., takes the lead on Day 3 of the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville. He has a three-day total of 69 pounds, 8 ounces.

Photo by Gary Tramontina/Bassmaster

Michael Iaconelli’s ever-evolving game plan for the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville took another drastic turn during Saturday’s third round.

The New Jersey pro switched to a Carolina rig – a technique he calls his “next-to-least-favorite way” to fish – and managed a five-bass limit that weighed 16 pounds, 7 ounces. It pushed his three-day total to 69-8 and kept him in the lead for the third straight day.

HANSELMAN WINS SECOND CONSECUTIVE RAYOVAC FLW SERIES TEXAS DIVISION EVENT ON SAM RAYBURN RESERVOIR

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Ray Hanselman of Del Rio, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Mercury with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 60 pounds, 8 o

Hanselman takes lead at Rayovac tourney on Sam Rayburn

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Thanks to David A. Brown and FLWOutdoors.com for the following report:

Ray Hanselman is the only angler in the Rayovac field to have weighed more than 20 pounds each day so far.

 

It seems poetically fitting that Ray Hanselman will carry a 5-pound, 6-ounce lead into the final day of the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Considering the lake denied him a trio of 5-pounders this morning, that’s some good old-fashioned redemption.

Ike still leads Bassmaster Elite Series event on Guntersville

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Michael Iaconelli of Pittsgrove, N.J., takes the lead on Day 2 of the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, bringing 24 pounds, 15 ounces to the scales for a two-day total weight of 53 pounds, 1 ounce. 

Photo by Gary Tramontina/Bassmaster

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – After rocketing into the lead with 28 pounds, 2 ounces on the first day of the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, Michael Iaconelli went back out during Friday’s second round with intentions of fishing the same way.

Setina leads Brauer by ounces at Rayovac on Rayburn

Ike leads Day 1 of Bassmaster Elite Series event on Guntersville

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Michael Iaconelli of Pittsgrove, N.J., takes the lead on the first day of the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, bringing 28 pounds, 2 ounces to the scales. 

Photo by Gary Tramontina/Bassmaster

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Michael Iaconelli arrived in Alabama Sunday limping on a swollen right ankle, and he went to bed Wednesday night worried the fish he had found in practice would disappear due to rapidly rising water temperatures.

But neither issue was a problem once he hit the water Thursday morning.

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