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Lake Chickamauga cranks out a new TN State Record?

According to a report from the folks at a high school teacher named Gabe Keen caught and landed a 15.20 lbs largemouth bass which when and if it’s certified, would take down the previous state record catch of 14.80 lbs caught back in 1954.

Keen caught the bass using an umbrella rig paired with fluke style soft plastics. The bass was weighed in at the Bi-Lo grocery store’s certified scale in Soddy Daisy, TN.

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Casey Ashley Wins Bassmaster Classic

Local favorites typically don’t win the Bassmaster Classic, at least that’s what they say.  On Sunday February 22nd, 2015 Casey Ashley did just that.  Over three days on Lake Hartwell in Greenville, SC, Ashley targeted bass using a pearl white Zoom Super Fluke rigged on a homemade fish-head spinner made by his father Danny.

Bryan Basher senior editor at quoted Ashley “I was going out and getting a good limit with that bait and then going and fishing brush piles and structure looking for big fish with a jig,” Ashley said. “I burned a lot of time doing that the first two days.
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NY Fishing License Restructuring Proposal


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s is proposing a hunting and fishing licenses restructuring program.


“Governor Cuomo Unveils NY Open for Fishing and Hunting with Plan to Reduce Cost of Hunting and Fishing Licenses”


On February 20, the Governor’s office announced NY Open for Fishing and Hunting, a plan to streamline hunting and fishing licenses and reduce license fees to support tourism opportunities and benefit sportsmen and sportswomen throughout the state. The proposal is part of the 30-day amendments to the 2013-14 Executive Budget and would reduce fees paid by hundreds of thousands of hunters, anglers and trappers while maintaining support for the states fish and wildlife programs.


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New Largemouth Bass Record in Oklahoma

Anglers lands new Oklahoma state record largemouth bass


News of the Week
For Immediate Release: MARCH 23, 2012


Largemouth bass oklahoma recordsA new Oklahoma state record largemouth bass was caught Friday, March 23, at Cedar Lake in southeast Oklahoma. The fish weighed 14 lbs. 12.3 oz. and was caught by Poteau angler Benny Williams, Jr. while on a camping trip at the 78-acre LeFlore Co. lake.

Williams caught the bass at 11 a.m. on a ¼ oz. Striker King jig. This fish measured 26 inches in length and 22 3/8 inches in girth.

Williams’ fish breaks a state record held since 1999 when William Cross caught a 14-lb. 11.52-oz. bass from Broken Bow Lake.

“Catching the state record largemouth bass in Oklahoma is a big deal and catching a fish this large is a big deal,” said Barry Bolton, chief of fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “It speaks to the quality of fishing we have in Oklahoma and also to the anglers who get out there and fish for them. We congratulate him on his great catch.”

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New Bass Record in Arkansas

New largemouth bass record set in Arkansas

News – Bassmaster

Mar 1, 2012


Paul Crowder of AK with 16.5 lb Largemouth BassWYNNE, Ark. – Almost 36 years to the day, Arkansas’s largemouth bass state record has finally been broken. On Tuesday, Paul Crowder of Forrest City set the new record on Lake Dunn near Wynne. Crowder’s lunker weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces, breaking the old record by just a single ounce.


Aaron Mardis of Memphis had held the state record since March 2, 1976. Mardis’ 16-4 fish was caught on Mallard Lake near Manilla in Mississippi County.

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Chris Lane claims Bassmaster Classic crown


By Deb Johnson
FEB 26, 2012

Chris Lane Wins Bassmaster ClassicSHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. — “Go, Chris Lane!”

As he stepped off the 2012 Bassmaster Classic stage on Sunday, Bobby Lane bellowed his brother’s name. Bobby had just been knocked out of contention. He knew Chris still had a good chance.

More than good. Chris Lane of Guntersville, Ala., won the Bassmaster Classic Sunday by more than 3 pounds, fending off hard-charging Greg Vinson. Lane’s victory was his second Bassmaster tournament title of 2012. Each came with a qualification for the 2013 Classic.

Lane brought 51 pounds, 6 ounces to the scales over three days to claim the 2012 crown of professional bass fishing and the $500,000 first-place prize. It was his first Classic win.

Vinson, of Wetumpka, Ala., had a 47-15 total. Finishing third was first-day leader Keith Poche of Pike Road, Ala., with 45-15. Fourth was 2008 Classic champ Alton Jones of Woodway, Texas, whose tournament total was 45-14. Ott DeFoe of Knoxville, Tenn., shot from 15th to finish fifth with 44-14.

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Baker wins co-angler title
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 25, 2012) – Troy Lindner of Los Angeles, Calif., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Western Division event on Lake Havasu with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 49 pounds, 11 ounces. For his victory, Lindner earned $29,665 and a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor.

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Chris_Lane_2012bChris Lane WINS the 2012 Bassmaster Classic with 51 lbs. 6 oz!  Lane says he committed to fishing for 5 big bites and not focusing on just catching a 10 or 12 pound limit.  Chris said that “he remembers watching the classic since he was 4 years old”…  now he’s living his dream!  The big turning point was making the right call and sticking to his key area… he was immediately rewarding with his biggest bass of day.
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Weather & the Bassmaster Classic

Weather talk dominates

News –

Feb. 23, 2012


SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. — No group, not even farmers, talk about weather more than fishermen, especially when big changes are blowing in the wind. So there was lots of weather chatter among the 49 competitors on the day before the Bassmaster Classic begins.

A southwest wind howling up to 30 miles an hour provided the background noise at media day Thursday, as temperatures rose to 80 degrees. When takeoff begins on the Red River at 7 a.m. Friday, the wind will have shifted to north-northwest and the temperature is predicted to be 46 degrees. Wind speeds of up to 25 miles an hour will make it feel colder.

“The weather (Friday) is going to be the biggest thing in this event,” said Mark Tucker of Kirkwood, Mo., who is fishing in his eighth Classic. “The wind is going to dictate everything.