UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Norman

Team Sweet Maria maintains overall lead at Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series Championship

Team Sweet Maria maintains overall lead at Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series Championship
Members of Team Sweet Maria show off an impressive 44-pound, 8-ounce catch. Team Sweet Maria ultimately qualified for Sunday's final day of competition at the 2006 Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series Championship in first place.

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - Team Sweet Maria, headed by Matt Henderson of Jacksonville, Fla., held on to an early lead with a kingfish weighing 44 pounds, 8 ounces to top day two of the $300,000 Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series Championship in Orange Beach where teams are competing for as much as $75,000.

Henderson and teammate Rocky Warpool of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., grabbed the day-one lead Thursday after their big kingfish ate a live blue runner near a drilling rig 30 miles south of Mobile Bay. FLW Outdoors management moved Friday's second qualifying round to Saturday when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasted rough conditions.

The northern Gulf of Mexico subsided somewhat for day two, but seas were still daunting. Considering their lead reasonably secure, the top team stayed at port Saturday.

"It was rough today, and there are only two 41-pounders and two 37s behind us," Henderson explained. "We knew it would be hard for (the tournament fleet) to come in with five 45-pound fish to push us out of the top five. So we just took some time off to rest and get all of our gear ready for tomorrow. As rough as it was, we just didn't want to be out there today beating up our boat and possibly breaking something."

Henderson and Warpool will start Sunday's final round by running to a drilling rig southwest of Mobile Bay. Tournament teams have consistently found quality kingfish at this location, so the leaders will look to secure some early confidence.

"We think that a 30-pound fish can possibly win it, so we just want to get a 30 on the boat to take some pressure off of us," Henderson said. "Then we're going to go look for a bigger fish."

Henderson expects a live blue runner to again tempt his quarry: "That seems to be the bait of choice out here. That's what the big ones like, so that's what we'll fish. We have some baits already caught, but we'll try to freshen up our supply by jigging up some blue runners on our first spot tomorrow. If the bait's there, the fish should be there."

Rounding out the top five teams are Team Psycho, captained by Gill Strelec of West Palm Beach, Fla. (41 pounds, 9 ounces); Team LoungAir/Cat Daddy, captained by Danny Mathis of Gonzales, La. (41 pounds, 6 ounces); Team Blondie, captained by James McNabb Jr. of Merritt Island, Fla. (37 pounds, 13 ounces); and Team Force 10, captained by Kevin Alexander of Conroe, Texas (37 pounds, 10 ounces).

Teams caught 18 kingfish Saturday weighing 522 pounds, 13 ounces in total.

The FLW Kingfish Series Championship is a three-day event. The winning team is determined based on the heaviest kingfish from Thursday or Saturday plus the heaviest kingfish from Sunday. Boats will launch from Zeke's Landing Sunday at 7:00 a.m., and the final weigh-in will be held at the Gulf Shores Wal-Mart located at 170 Fort Morgan Road at 4 p.m. The public is invited to watch teams take off and enjoy free coffee and doughnuts at the Folgers Morning Coffee Break Sunday from 6-7 a.m. at Zeke's Landing.

The FLW Kingfish Series consists of five divisions - East Florida, West Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina-Georgia and Gulf Coast. Each division is comprised of three events with a $100,000 purse for each event. The top 100 teams - 20 from each division after three qualifying events - qualified for the three-day, no-entry-fee $300,000 Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series Championship.

Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series, as well as the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Stratos Owners' Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $36.9 million through 241 events in 2006.

For more information on FLW Outdoors and its tournament programs, call (270) 252-1000.

Wal-Mart and many of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the world's leading supporter of tournament fishing. For more information on Wal-Mart, visit Wal-Mart.com.

Tags: david-brown  press-release  2006-10-26-kingfish-series-championship 

Major League Fishing and FLW Unify as One Brand

Major League Fishing and FLW Unify as One Brand

TULSA, Okla. – To further elevate the sport of tournament bass fishing and align multiple circuits as one company, Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today its unification with Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) as one brand, transitioning all FLW brand assets to MLF... READ MORE »

Simpson University Earns Win at Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Clear Lake

Simpson University Earns Win at Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Clear Lake

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The Simpson University team of Luke Blanchard of Vancouver, Washington, and Nathan Phillips of Kelseyville, California, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Clear Lake event Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 13 ounces. The victory advanced... READ MORE »

Lake County High School Fishing Club Wins High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Clear Lake Open

Lake County High School Fishing Club Wins High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Clear Lake Open

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The Lake County High School duo of Payton Lyndall and Tyler Brant brought five bass to the scale Sunday weighing 17 pounds, 14 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Clear Lake Open in Clearlake, California... READ MORE »

Pennsylvania’s Mifflinburg High School Wins High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Chesapeake Bay Open

Pennsylvania’s Mifflinburg High School Wins High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Chesapeake Bay Open

EDGEWOOD, Md. – Pennsylvania’s Mifflinburg High School duo of Ty Stroup and Daniel Walter grinded out three fish Saturday weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces to win a very tough FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Chesapeake Bay Open event in Edgewood, Maryland. The event was... READ MORE »

Adrian College Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Chesapeake Bay

Adrian College Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Chesapeake Bay

EDGEWOOD, Md. – The Adrian College team of Grant Gallagher of Fremont, Ohio, and Ben Statly of Fenton, Michigan, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at the Chesapeake Bay event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 2 ounces. The victory earned the Adrian bass club... READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Clear Lake

Top 10 Patterns from Clear Lake

As is usual for Clear Lake, the final Toyota Series Western Division event was a catchfest. Though weights weren’t incredibly high, many of the pros caught a pile of fish, and at least one angler caught more than 20 pounds each day. READ MORE »

Arizona’s Au Wins Toyota Series Western Division Finale at Clear Lake

Arizona’s Au Wins Toyota Series Western Division Finale at Clear Lake

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – Pro Tai Au of Glendale, Arizona, crossed the stage with a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 26 pounds, 4 ounces, to vault to the top of the leaderboard and win the three-day Toyota Series at Clear Lake tournament in Clearlake, California. Au’s three-day total of 15... READ MORE »

La Crosse Selected to Host 2021 Tackle Warehouse TITLE Championship

La Crosse Selected to Host 2021 Tackle Warehouse TITLE Championship

LA CROSSE, Wis. – FLW and Explore La Crosse announced Thursday that the 2021 Tackle Warehouse TITLE, the Pro Circuit Championship, will be held Aug. 17-22, 2021, on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Although FLW’s top championship has been held on the Mississippi River once before... READ MORE »

Pickwick Lake Named Host of 2021 Toyota Series Championship

Pickwick Lake Named Host of 2021 Toyota Series Championship

COUNCE, Tenn. – FLW and the Hardin County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Wednesday that Counce, Tennessee, will host the prestigious 2021 Toyota Series Championship, Oct. 28-30, 2021, on Pickwick Lake... READ MORE »

Toyota Series to Host Event on Lake Norman

Toyota Series to Host Event on Lake Norman

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – The 2020 Toyota Series Eastern Division will wrap up their season with a tournament next week in Huntersville, North Carolina, Oct. 1-3, with the Toyota Series at Lake Norman. Hosted by Visit Lake Norman, Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, the three-day... READ MORE »

Douglas Lake Selected to Host 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship

Douglas Lake Selected to Host 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. – FLW announced Tuesday that the 38th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held on Tennessee’s Douglas Lake in 2021. The tournament, scheduled for June 3-5, showcases the nation’s best weekend anglers and awards the winner a $120,000 cash award, but Jefferson... READ MORE »

Grand Lake to Host 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship

Grand Lake to Host 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship

GROVE, Okla. – FLW announced Monday that the 12th annual Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship will be held on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in 2021. The tournament, slated for March 3-5, showcases the nation’s best collegiate anglers and awards the winners a... READ MORE »

Georgia’s Rockefeller Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Clarks Hill Lake

Georgia’s Rockefeller Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Clarks Hill Lake

MCCORMICK, S.C. – Boater Joshua Rockefeller of Harlem, Georgia, brought a two-day total of nine bass to the scale weighing 21 pounds even to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine South Carolina Division Super-Tournament at Clarks Hill Lake. For his victory, Rockefeller earned... READ MORE »

Great Falls’ Langford Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Smith Mountain Lake

Great Falls’ Langford Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Smith Mountain Lake

HUDDLESTON, Va. - Boater Todd Langford of Great Falls, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 33 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Piedmont Division Super-Tournament at Smith Mountain Lake. For his victory, Langford earned... READ MORE »

Smithville’s Tramel Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Old Hickory Lake

Smithville’s Tramel Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Old Hickory Lake

GALLATIN, Tenn. – Boater Josh Tramel of Smithville, Tennessee, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 34 pounds, 5 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Music City Division Super-Tournament at Old Hickory Lake. Tramel earned a total of... READ MORE »

Tupelo’s Whitehead Earns Win at Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Pickwick Lake

Tupelo’s Whitehead Earns Win at Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Pickwick Lake

IUKA, Miss. – Boater Christopher Whitehead of Tupelo, Mississippi, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 33 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Mississippi Division Super-Tournament at Pickwick Lake. For his victory, Whitehead earned $5,942... READ MORE »

Sellersburg’s Sifers Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Rough River Lake

Sellersburg’s Sifers Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Rough River Lake

FALLS OF ROUGH, Ky. – Boater Jeramiah Sifers of Sellersburg, Indiana, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 22 pounds, 14 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Hoosier Division Super-Tournament at the Rough River. Sifers earned a total... READ MORE »

Galesville’s Trim Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Mississippi River in La Crosse

Galesville’s Trim Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Mississippi River in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Boater Nick Trim of Galesville, Wisconsin, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 34 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Great Lakes Division Super-Tournament at the Mississippi River. For his victory, Trim earned $6,690... READ MORE »

Conway’s Lieblong Wins Toyota Series Tournament at Lake Dardanelle presented by Fish-Intel

Conway’s Lieblong Wins Toyota Series Tournament at Lake Dardanelle presented by Fish-Intel

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Conway, Arkansas’ Jason Lieblong weighed five bass totaling 15 pounds, 15 ounces, Saturday – the largest limit of the event – to win the three-day Toyota Series at Lake Dardanelle presented by Fish-Intel tournament in Russellville, Arkansas. Lieblong’s three-day total of 15 bass... READ MORE »

Clarkston’s Dobson Wins Toyota Series Event on Detroit River

Clarkston’s Dobson Wins Toyota Series Event on Detroit River

TRENTON, Mich. – Pro Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Michigan, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at the Detroit River event in Trenton, Michigan. Dobson’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 59-3 earned him the win by a 1-pound, 7... READ MORE »