FLW Tour pro Chad Morgenthaler teams with Special Olympics for sixth annual bass tourney

Chad Morgenthaler is in sixth place after day 2 with 31-9.

NORMAL, Ill. - Professional bass fisherman and Professional Anglers Association (PAA) board member Chad Morgenthaler of Coulterville is hooked on Special Olympics. He is teaming up with Special Olympics Illinois and the Law Enforcement Torch Run to host the 6th Annual Chad Morgenthaler Bass Tournament presented by Jasper Engines & Transmissions on July 30 at Rend Lake in southern Illinois. The tournament is a buddy team format, with a Beat the Pro fishing contest and chances to win great prizes. Professional angler and PAA President David Mansue will attend as celebrity guest to meet and greet anglers and participate in the Beat the Pros contest with Morganthaler. The fishing tournament is limited to the first 150 boats to register. Entry is $175 per boat if registered by 5 p.m. July 22 which includes entry into the Big Bass pot. The team that still catches the Big Bass of the tournament will win a guaranteed $500, sponsored by Svada GM Motor Group. Entry fee is $200 per boat for those who register after 5 p.m. July 22. Entries will be taken until 6 p.m. Friday, July 29. Each angler receives a meal, T-shirt and goodie bag full of tackle. The first five years of the tournament raised more than $130,000 for Special Olympics Illinois. Anglers and companies interested in getting involved in the tournament may contact Henson at 800-394-0562 or email him at jhenson@soill.org. Tournament sponsors and auction items are still needed for the tournament. Auction items may be sent in care of Jeff Henson at Special Olympics Illinois, 605 E. Willow St., Normal, IL 61761. Registration for the tournament is from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn. A pre-tournament meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the hotel. The meeting includes dinner, an auction of great fishing items and a meet and greet with the pro anglers. Rend Lake Sailboat Harbor is the launch site for the tournament. For entry forms or more information, contact Jeff Henson at Special Olympics Illinois at 800-394-0562, email him at jhenson@soill.org or visit http://www.soill.org to download a form. Morgenthaler is a three-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and has several FLW Top 10 tournament finishes. He became involved with Special Olympics Illinois in 2005 when he donated a day-long fishing trip as part of an online auction sponsored by the organization. Special Olympics athletes were on hand at Crab Orchard Lake in southern Illinois to see Morgenthaler and the auction winner begin their fishing trip. That experience led to Morgenthaler's interest in hosting a charity tournament for the organization. "I was inspired by the courage and enthusiasm shown by the Special Olympics athletes," said Morgenthaler. "After talking more with Special Olympics Illinois, we agreed a fishing tournament would be an exciting way to introduce the organization and its athletes to a previously untapped audience of fishermen." Chad Morgenthaler, 44, has been a professional bass fisherman since 2002. He is sponsored by Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Phoenix Boats, Lunker Lure - Hawg Caller, Svanda GM Motor Group, Solar Bat, Power-Pole, Plano Tackle, Minn Kota, Element 21 Fishing, Optima Batteries, Fishouflage, Humminbird, Line & Lure, Mercury Outboard, BTS Protectant and El Grande Lures. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 6,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics changes lives by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org. The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fund-raising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and increase public awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics. Each year, more than 3,000 officers in Illinois run more than 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and deliver it to the State Summer Games in Normal in June.

Tags: industry-news 

/news/2015-04-23-birge-picks-up-three-new-sponsors

Birge Picks Up Three New Sponsors

READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-16-gerard-replaces-soles-on-flw-tour

Gerard Replaces Soles on FLW Tour

Walmart FLW Tour pro Van Soles of Haines City, Fla., informed FLW of his decision Friday to withdraw from the remaining four regular-season FLW Tour events of 2015. Joe Gerard of Concordia, Kan., 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. The full tournament field will remain at 154. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-16-clausen-joins-dirty-jigs

Clausen Joins Dirty Jigs

Walmart FLW Tour pro Luke Clausen has joined “Team Dirty,” the national pro-staff for Dirty Jigs Tackle. Clausen will work to promote the line of flipping, pitching, football and swim jigs, along with new products set to be released in the near future. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-14-bedrug-team-top-this-launch-pro-staff

Bedrug, Team Top This Launch Pro-Staff

Bedrug and Team Top This have joined forces to sponsor a team of professional anglers. “We are looking forward to participating in a great industry led by two premier organizations, FLW and B.A.S.S.,” says Bedrug National Sales Manager Mike Timmons. “Partnering with a team of true professionals fits well with our company and brand.” READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-14-rayovac-re-signs-with-flw

Rayovac Re-Signs with FLW

FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, has announced that Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands featured by FLW since 2012, has signed a sponsorship agreement and will remain a partner of the organization, including title sponsorship of the Rayovac FLW Series. Terms of the agreement were not released. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-08-typhoon-joins-flw

Typhoon Joins FLW

FLW announced today that California-based optics manufacturer Typhoon has renewed its sponsorship agreement for the 2015 tournament season. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-07-andy-morgan-joins-the-rescue-light-pro-staff

Andy Morgan Joins The Rescue Light Pro-Staff

Two-time reigning Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year Andy Morgan recently signed a sponsorship agreement with the makers of The Rescue Light, a new LED stern light that makes boats on any body of water safer to navigate and easier to see in emergency situations. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-01-t-roy-signs-up-with-strike-king

T-Roy Signs Up with Strike King

Strike King Lure Co. has announced the addition of TV personality and Walmart FLW Tour pro T-Roy Broussard to its national pro staff. READ MORE »

/news/2015-03-31-old-spice-teams-with-bohannan

Old Spice Teams with Bohannan

Old Spice, maker of men’s toiletry products, has added Arkansas pro and veteran Walmart FLW Tour angler Greg Bohannan to its pro-staff. Terms of the agreement were not revealed. READ MORE »

/news/2015-03-30-leer-cover-cash-program-pays-anglers-at-all-levels

LEER “Cover Cash” Program Pays Anglers at All Levels

From FLW pros to Walmart Bass Fishing League competitors to top team tournament anglers, nearly any competitive fisherman who purchases a top-quality LEER truck cap or tonneau cover and signs up for free for the LEER “Cover Cash” contingency program could cash in this season. Best of all, it’s not necessary to win a tournament to get a “Cover Cash” check in the mail – simply be the highest-finishing eligible “Cover Cash” participant in any of the program’s dozens of qualified events. Plus, LEER has made coupons available to help anglers save money on their initial LEER product purchase. READ MORE »

/news/2015-03-13-a-toho-trifecta-for-the-typhoon-team

A Toho Trifecta for the Typhoon Team

When the scales closed on the final day of the Walmart FLW Tour season opener on Lake Toho, a trio of Typhoon pro anglers occupied the top three spots. Typhoon pros JT Kenney, Scott Canterbury and Wesley Strader topped the field with over 74-pounds of bass apiece. Each angler relied heavily on his polarized Typhoon sunglasses in what was an event where sight fishing was paramount. READ MORE »

/news/2015-03-12-flw-to-host-international-events

FLW to Host International Events

Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Today FLW expanded its presence on the world stage yet again with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad. Each partner country will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of the host country, to a new international division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. The highest finisher among countries represented in the international division will then advance to the Forrest Wood Cup, making it the sport’s only true world championship. READ MORE »

/news/2015-03-11-gene-larew-lures-joins-with-flw

Gene Larew Lures Joins with FLW

Gene Larew Lures, a Tulsa-based manufacturer of a full line of soft plastics, has signed on as an FLW sponsor for 2015. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “We are pleased that Gene Larew is working with FLW,” says Patterson Leeth, vice president of marketing at FLW. “The company’s soft plastics are known for their consistency and high quality, and Gene Larew’s affiliation will benefit our anglers, members and fans.” This merger brings together one of the oldest names in soft-plastic lures with the world’s largest bass-fishing tournament organization. READ MORE »

/news/2015-03-11-parkway-chrysler-dodge-jeep-ram-offers-ram-trucks-contingency-award

Parkway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Offers Ram Trucks Contingency Award

Parkway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Benton, Ky., has introduced a contingency award for Walmart Bass Fishing League anglers following last month’s announcement of a strategic marketing agreement that named Ram as the official tow vehicle of FLW. Parkway will award $750 to the highest-finishing boater and co-angler that is the owner of a 2014 or newer Ram truck purchased from the dealership in each BFL LBL Division tournament of 2015. READ MORE »

/news/2015-03-11-snag-proof-to-sponsor-mark-daniels-jr-

Snag Proof to Sponsor Mark Daniels Jr.

Snag Proof Lures announces that it has enhanced its national pro-staff team with the addition of Tuskegee, Ala., angler Mark Daniels Jr. “I am very excited to have Mark Daniels Jr. be a part of the Snag Proof team,” says Nathan Chandler, president of Snag Proof Lures. “Mark has been a longtime fan of Snag Proof and a dominant shallow-water fisherman, making this a great fit for us. It would not surprise me to see him win an event on a Snag Proof frog this year. “ READ MORE »

/news/2015-03-11-lefebre-signs-with-quigley-4x4

Lefebre Signs with Quigley 4x4

Quigley Motor Company, manufacturer of four-wheel-drive conversions for Ford, General Motors and Nissan, announces its yearlong sponsorship with top-ranked professional angler Dave Lefebre. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Lefebre and his family will travel the Walmart FLW Tour in a Quigley 4x4 Van. READ MORE »

/news/2015-02-26-everett-chrysler-dodge-jeep-ram-offers-ram-trucks-contingency-award

Everett Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Offers Ram Trucks Contingency Award

Just one day after Ram Trucks CEO Bob Hegbloom and FLW announced a strategic marketing agreement that names Ram as the official tow vehicle of FLW, Everett Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Springdale, Ark., becomes the first dealer to introduce a contingency program for Walmart Bass Fishing League anglers. READ MORE »

/news/2015-02-24-flw-adds-ram-trucks-as-official-tow-vehicle

FLW Adds Ram Trucks as Official Tow Vehicle

FLW, the world’s premier tournament-fishing organization, and the Ram Trucks brand announced today a strategic marketing agreement that names Ram as the official tow vehicle of FLW. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. READ MORE »

/news/2015-02-20-nicole-jacobs-joins-huk-performance-fishing-team

Nicole Jacobs Joins Huk Performance Fishing Team

Huk Performance Fishing, a major manufacturer of fishing apparel, has signed a sponsorship agreement with Walmart FLW Tour co-angler Nicole Jacobs. READ MORE »

/news/2015-02-20-flw-the-j-m-smucker-company-extend-partnership-

FLW, The J.M. Smucker Company Extend Partnership

LW has renewed its sponsorship agreement with The J.M. Smucker Company to feature Folgers, the iconic American coffee brand for more than 150 years. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The J.M. Smucker Company has been a valued partner of FLW for many years,” says Trish Blake, president of FLW’s marketing division. “The Folgers Morning Take Off is always a huge hit and complements the family-friendly atmosphere perfectly at our tournaments. We’re excited to partner with the company again in 2015.” READ MORE »