Florida's Rich Howes qualified for the classic via his win 13 months ago in the Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Toho. He tells us about his experience this past year and this past week as he makes final tackle adjustments in his boat durind Classic Media Day.
FLW Tour pro Cody Meyer placed 5th in the recent FLW Tour season-opener on Lake Okeechobee and he did so on the strength of the sasuteki rig. Meyer used a Zappu Sasuteki Weight on the bottom - that's right, the bottom - of a Jackall Sasuteki Craw to get into thick mats with a lighter lure package. Hear him tell how he did it. While not exactly brand new, this technique hasn't quite caught on. But it will. Be the first among your bassin' buddies to pick up the sasuteki rig.
Van Soles brought in the 2nd-heaviest sack of the tournament (and the only the 2nd one to exceed 20 pounds) to close out the win with over 50 pounds on three tough fishing days at the Bassmaster Southern Open on Florida's Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.
Morgan Sprull and Tom Ridley made a statement on the final day with nearly 20 pounds to pull off the win by 0.02 pounds - that's two one-hundredths of a pound - over Donnie Feagle and Joey Wood. They pocketed over $9,500 plus big fish money - not a bad payout for winning a 25-boat tournament. Hear them tell how they won the big money in the Bienville Plantation Big Bass Blast Clasic.
Jake Gipson and Charlie Hurst, fishing for the University of Alabama, placed 2nd among 130 boats in this weekend's Carhartt College Southern B.A.S.S. Regional. Gipson has been there before. In fact, he's been better. He and former partner Matt Wercinsky founded the University of Florida club and won a pair of national titles for the fishing Gators when Gipson was an undergrad - and half of the most dynamic duo to ever compete in collegiate fishing. Now a grad student, Gipson has taken his winning ways to an established collegiate angling program.
Alabama's Jake Gipson and Charlie Hurst had taken the lead with a 24 pound, 15 ounce sack of Okeechobee bass but Kyle Oliver and Hunter McKamey from the University of Central Florida stepped to the scale with more than 20 pounds of their own to run their 2-day total to 39-12 and win the Carhartt College Southern B.A.S.S. Regional! See them do it, hear them tell how.