UPCOMING EVENT: Walmart Bass Fishing League - 2015 - Ohio River

Bauman’s bonanza

Ryan Bauman of Fleetwood, Pa., proudly displays his first-place trophy after capturing the co-angler title on the Chesapeake Bay.

NORTH EAST, Md. - Fishing in the biggest tournament of his career, Ryan Bauman of Fleetwood, Pa., saved his best for last. After qualifying for the finals in third place, Bauman recorded a whopping 17-pound, 6-ounce catch in the finals, blowing away the rest of the competition in the process. In the end, Bauman turned a 2-pound deficit into a 5-pound lead and never looked back, capturing the tournament title on the Chesapeake Bay in dramatic fashion. "It was a perfect day," said Bauman, who netted a three-day total catch of 38 pounds, 2 ounces. "It's definitely the biggest victory of my career. I can't even explain it." In many respects, Bauman's week defied explanation. On day two, with time winding down, Bauman's pro partner blew out his engine just a few miles from the marina. Facing the prospect of a massive penalty for coming in late, Bauman and his partner needed to rely on some timely assistance from a fellow competitor. And they got it. Pro Mike Moran happened to be passing by and when he saw what had happened, he graciously carted the two anglers back to the marina. "I have to give Mike a lot of credit," said Bauman. "We got back with 12 seconds to spare. I can't thank him enough." Ironically, Bauman drew Moran during the final day of competition - and that partnership almost wound up producing two titles. While Moran came up short, Bauman was able to capitalize on his opportunities. But it wasn't easy. "I didn't have a fish in the boat until 11:30 a.m.," he said. "I also lost a couple of fish that would have helped me." But then things turned around ... quickly. "We're targeting wood, fishing in really shallow water and then the tide left," he said. "And that really concentrated the fish in our area. From that point on, I was really able to start getting fish in the boat." EverStart co-angler Ryan Bauman of Fleetwood, Pa., shows off part of his three-day, 38-pound, 2-ounce catch en route to capturing a tournament title on the Chesapeake Bay.Using a Lucky Craft, square-bill crankbait, Bauman went to work. Ultimately, he managed to haul in the biggest stringer recorded during the entire tournament in the Co-angler Division. Once again, the timing couldn't have been better for Bauman. "It's just been crazy this week," he said. "It's been nuts. Every day was tough. Every day was a challenge. But I guess I saved the best for last." In the end, Bauman walked away with a brand new, fully rigged Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower engine for his efforts. Reese nabs second Although Marvin Reese of Gwynn Oak, Md., came into the finals as the top qualifier, Reese ultimately had to settle for second place after recording a total, three-day catch of 33 pounds, 6 ounces. Co-angler Marvin Reese of Gwynn Oak, Md., grabbed second place overall at the EverStart Series event on the Chesapeake Bay."Today was pretty stressful. I guess that sums it up best," he said. "I struggled all day today. I only had two fish in the boat until the final two hours. Then I caught two more but I could never get a limit. The last two days I only had four keepers and that hurt me." Reese said that he targeted wood, boat docks, rocks and a variety of other hard cover to land the majority of his catch. He said he employed a versatile arsenal consisting of jigs, spinnerbaits and ChatterBaits. "Frank (Poirier) was a great partner and he put me on fish so I can't really complain," said Reese. "I didn't get to pre-fish at all, I had to do a lot of adjusting each day and I haven't been to this body of water in three years. Ryan (Bauman) also set the bar pretty high today. Overall, I had a great tournament. And given everything that happened this week, I'm pretty proud of my performance." For his efforts, Reese netted nearly $3,400 in winnings. Gum finishes third Co-angler Dick Gum of Woodbridge, Va., ended up in third place at the EverStart Series event on the Chesapeake Bay.After three tough days of fishing, Dick Gum of Woodbridge, Va., parlayed a 27-pound, 3-ounce stringer into a third-place finish. "It was a good week," he said. "Anytime you get in the money on the final day it's a good tournament." Gum said he targeted a combination of grass, wood and rock with spinnerbaits, worms and topwater frogs to land the majority of his catch. "For the most part, everything went well this week," he said. "I would have liked to have done a little bit better today but I'm satisfied. I have no complaints." In the end, Gum took home more than $2,800 in winnings for his efforts. Pyles finishes where he left off Jerry Pyles of Middletown, Md., recorded a total catch of 26 pounds, 15 ounces and finished the Chesapeake Bay event in fourth place overall, exactly where he'd started the day. "I had a very good week," said Pyles, who targeted bass with a black-and-blue jig for the majority of the competition. "All week I tried to keep an open mind and it worked out well for me. It's just been a fantastic experience. I've really enjoyed it." Pyles ultimately took home nearly $2,400 in winnings. Best of the rest Lenny Baird of Stafford, Va., made his third top-10 cut of the year, finishing the Chesapeake Bay event in fifth place overall. Baird finished the tournament with over $2,000 in winnings. Rounding out the top-10 co-angler finalists: 6th: Thomas Bavaro III of Joppa, Md. - 24 pounds, 10 ounces. 7th: Manuel Cruz of Clifton, N.J. - 20 pounds, 12 ounces. 8th: James Goins of Baltimore, Md. - 18 pounds, 13 ounces. 9th: Chris Land of Joppa, Md. - 17 pounds, 6 ounces. 10th: Andy Dick of Wilmington, Del. - 16 pounds, 10 ounces. Manuel Cruz was officially recognized as the 2013 EverStart Northern Division Co-angler of the Year champion. Cruz ultimately finished the Chesapeake Bay event in seventh place.Manuel Cruz was also officially recognized as the 2013 EverStart Northern Division Co-angler of the Year champion. The award brings an automatic invitation to fish in the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. "I knew it was going to be close," said Cruz of his narrow win over co-angler Lenny Baird. "I was a little nervous yesterday when I lost a 3-pounder right at the boat. But once I (qualified) for the finals, I knew I had it wrapped up. So it feels great. That's what everyone works to accomplish, making it to the Forrest Wood Cup. To know that I'm going to get to fish against some of the best is a wild dream come true. It's awesome." For a complete list of co-angler results, click here. As a proud sponsor of FLW, Walmart offers one of the most comprehensive selections of fishing tackle and equipment in the industry. To find great deals on Walmart's entire collection of rods, reels, baits and electronics, click here.

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At 8:30 a.m., Justin Hicks turned to the camera boat following him and Jared Rhode – who split the day-two lead with Dave Lefebre – and said: “I sure would like to win this.” Eight hours later, the young man from Roanoke, Va., lifted the first place trophy at the final Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie. READ MORE »

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Sunny Skies at the Top

It was his first and the Forrest Wood Cup’s last. With the Cup going exclusively to professionals next year, Sunny Hawk, like the rest of the co-anglers, knew this was the last chance for someone to be crowned a co-angler Cup champion. While many made a run at the title – including three past co-angler champions – Hawk made the most of it, weighing in three fish for 6 pounds, 5 ounces on day two for a tournament total of 19-11 to claim his first career win. “For my first win to be at the Cup, I’m pretty pumped,” Hawk said while holding the $50,000 first-place check. READ MORE »

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Sunny’s Day on the Back Deck

It’s almost as if Roy and Sunny Hawk switched bags. The father-son duo came to the Forrest Wood Cup with big aspirations – Roy on the pro side and Sunny as a co-angler. So when a Hawk weighed in a limit for 13 pounds, 6 ounces on day one, that was exactly what they hoped would happen, though they probably didn’t think it would be Sunny who did it from the back of the boat. READ MORE »

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Shafer Takes Co-Angler Title

Scott Shafer picked up the win on the co-angler side in the Rayovac FLW Series event presented by Plano on Lake Champlain with 17 pounds, 12 ounces on the final day for an even 50-pound total. He took home a new Ranger Z117 with a 90-hp outboard as a reward. READ MORE »

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Jones Wins Potomac Co-angler Crown

With a two-day total of 25 pounds, 2 ounces, Jim Jones of Big Bend, Wis., won the co-angler title at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on the Potomac River by just 1 pound, 3 ounces over Kyle Prskalo of Illinois. After opening the event in fifth place, Jones bagged a 13-03 limit to climb into the lead. Jones fished with pros Scott Wiley on day one and Ish Monroe on day two. His pro partners worked similar strategies, which allowed Jones to dial in a pattern. “It was all grass fishing,” he says. “I was mostly throwing a swim jig but caught a couple on a ChatterBait and one on a worm. I threw some chartreuse dye on my trailers as well.” READ MORE »

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Burgess Tops All-American Co-Angler Field

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LaFleur Earns Co-angler Win

Co-angler Paul LaFleur of Benton, Ark., earned his first top-10 finish and first win with FLW on the back of a 17-pound, 2-ounce day-two bag that gave him a tournament total of 31-04 at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers on Lake Chickamauga. “I threw a big worm and a drop-shot the whole time,” says LaFleur. “Today was mainly the big worm. The ledge bite wasn’t good. I caught two real quick, and then it went dead and I caught all the rest up shallow.” READ MORE »

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Co-angler Honeycutt triumphs in James River debut

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Sweet as Honeycutt

Keith Honeycutt knows how to fish his way to the tournament podium. The veteran Texas co-angler has won multiple FLW tournaments, including the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour event at Grand Lake. Still, when Honeycutt hoisted the FLW Tour co-angler champion’s trophy over his head on stage this afternoon at Lake Eufaula, he celebrated with great joy because he knows how difficult it is to attain that level of success against the best amateur anglers in the world. “It doesn’t come around very often,” says Honeycutt, who edged out Japan’s Hiroyuki Watanabe by just 2 ounces with a two-day total of 22 pounds, 12 ounces. “It’s hard to get two pro partners who fish a way that you can catch them too.” READ MORE »

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Farage Dominates Delta Co-anglers

Adapt or die. That pretty well sums up co-angler Jack Farage’s runaway win at the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats on the California Delta this week. Obviously, the Discovery Bay, Calif., co-angler adapted – he changed baits every day – and made all the right moves. Farage opened the tournament with a massive 26-pound limit, followed with 11-11 yesterday and then blew the competition away with 16-14 today. His three-day total of 54-09 is 15-07 better than second-place co-angler Todd Kline’s. READ MORE »

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Big Day One Catch Sets Up Lejeune’s Texoma Win

No doubt, co-angler Ryan Lejeune, of Eunice, La., would have preferred two more days like his first, but a big opening effort set up his wire-to-wire win in the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division tournament on Lake Texoma. READ MORE »

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Co-angler Dunkin Nearly Perfect at Beaver Lake

Having all the right lures and executing proper presentation are what catches fish in a tournament. However, Walmart FLW Tour co-angler Luke Dunkin knows that to win a Tour event and its $20,000 prize from the back of the boat, everything has to be darn near perfect. “It [perfection] starts with getting to fish your style of fishing, the right pro partner and not losing a fish during the tournament,” Dunkin says. Check, check and … almost check. Dunkin, of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., experienced as close to perfection as is possible this week on the way to winning the co-angler competition at Tour stop No. 3 on Beaver Lake. His only misstep was a single lost fish that he worried would cost him. It didn’t, and in the end his total weight of 18 pounds, 2 ounces was enough to hold off Tour veteran Todd Lee of Jasper, Ala., by just 3 ounces. READ MORE »

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Triplett Takes Co-Angler Crown On Grand

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Wilson Tops Co-anglers on Rayburn

Dan Wilson caught one of only three co-angler limits on the final day of competition to come back from fourth place and win the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Mercury. Consistency was key for Wilson, who weighed in 11 pounds, 1 ounce on day one, then followed with 13-04 and 14-15 on days two and three, respectively. His three-day total of 39-04 bested day-two leader Bryan New of North Carolina by 3 pounds, 12 ounces. READ MORE »

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Day 2 Remember

Brad Roberts didn’t just catch more weight than his pro. By the time day two was over, the co-angler had weighed in the biggest bag of any angler on the day. Leading the co-angler side going into the second day of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Evinrude on Lewis Smith Lake, Roberts sacked a giant 18 pounds, 13 ounces to complete a two-day sweep with an impressive 32-1. “This feels awesome,” Roberts says. “I could only fish three [FLW Tour] events this year, and I picked this one because it’s a lot like Dale Hollow and Lake Cumberland back home. Obviously, I picked the right one.” How impressive was what the Faubush, Ky., angler pulled off? His 18-13 beat the biggest pro weight on day two by 9 ounces (Jason Reyes, 18-4), and his 32-1 cumulative weight would have put him in fourth on the pro side after two days. READ MORE »

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O’Donnell Earns Co-angler Win

“Every time I would think “oh no, this isn’t going right,” I would catch a big one,” says O’Donnell. “I guess it was meant to be.” READ MORE »

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Randles Takes Co-angler Crown

The whole premise behind being a successful co-angler is to fish the spots that the guy in the front of the boat hasn’t already hit. Here on Lake Toho and connected lakes – with their miles of lily pad fields and vast mats of various types of aquatic vegetation – finding such targets of opportunity is never a problem, though some co-anglers are better than others at mining the ones that actually have bass in them. Chad Randles of Elkhorn, Neb., proved he had what it takes to pry bass out of their Toho cubby holes as he won the co-angler title here in the Walmart FLW Tour season-opener presented by Mercury. Randles weighed in a pair of limits over two days that totaled 29 pounds, 15 ounces. Mark Holman of Cornelius, N.C., was second with 27-11, while John Hunter of Shelbyville, Ky., placed third with 27-7. READ MORE »

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Carrillo Cool in Victory

He’s probably the most relaxed competitor this writer has ever encountered in tournament fishing. Just don’t mistake his cool demeanor on the outside for a lack of intensity deep down inside. Ricardo Carrillo of Laredo, Texas, was all business on the water at this week’s Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event on Lake Amistad presented by Frabill. Carrillo caught 11 pounds, 15 ounces, 6-10 and 5-4 in three days for a tournament total of 23-13 to win the co-angler division by more than 3 pounds. For his efforts, Carrillo earned his very first bass boat, a Ranger Z117 with 90-hp outboard. READ MORE »

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Leue Lands Co-angler Title

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Clewiston Native Wilson is Co-angler Champ

He was born and raised in Clewiston, and for the last eight years Moses Wilson has been pouring his heart and soul into building a professional fishing career on his hometown waters of Lake Okeechobee. Today, Wilson took a long step forward in his quest by winning the co-angler division of the Rayovac FLW Series Southeast Division event presented by Power-Pole on Lake Okeechobee. Wilson caught 13 pounds, 7 ounces today while fishing with pro Mark Daniels Jr. for a three-day total of 38 pounds, 2 ounces. READ MORE »