UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Dale Hollow Lake

Shaffer wins $335,975 EverStart Series Championship on Old Hickory Lake

GALLATIN, Tenn. – Pro angler Dick Shaffer of Celina, Ohio, qualified for the 2002 EverStart Series Championship on Alabama’s Lake Martin and finished in 10th place. A year later, Shaffer hit the jackpot by winning the 2003 EverStart Series Championship on Old Hickory Lake near Gallatin, Tenn., with a five-bass catch Saturday that weighed 14 pounds, 8 ounces. For the win, Shaffer earned $25,000 cash and an Evinrude- or Yamaha-powered Ranger boat for a total first-place prize of $66,900.<br> READ MORE »

Slam-dunk

Slam-dunk

GALLATIN, Tenn. – All week long, top-tier tour veterans with already well-stocked trophy cases dominated the leaderboard at a tough-fishing Old Hickory Lake. But in the end, it was a 44-year-old concrete contractor from Celina, Ohio, who barely qualified for this week’s tournament taking home the 2003 EverStart Series Championship trophy.<br><br>Dick Shaffer won Saturday’s final round with an astonishing five-bass total weighing 14 pounds, 8 ounces, crushing the rest of the pro finalists. He collected $25,000 in cash plus a new Ranger boat for his efforts. READ MORE »

Quick Bites: EverStart Championship, Day 4

Quick Bites: EverStart Championship, Day 4

Drama unfolds as cameras roll, bouncing bass and an angler who keeps on tickin’. READ MORE »

Wickham wins EverStart/Evinrude Co-Angler Award

Wickham wins EverStart/Evinrude Co-Angler Award

BENTON, Ky. – FLW Outdoors announced Saturday that the first-ever EverStart Batteries and Evinrude Outboard Engines Co-angler Award will go to EverStart Series Western Division co-angler Jim Wickham of Morristown, Ariz. Wickham earned points during the regular season by wearing an EverStart/Evinrude shirt and an EverStart/Evinrude baseball cap on stage during final-round appearances. READ MORE »

Final championship battle begins

Final championship battle begins

GALLATIN, Tenn. – From zero to champion in less than eight hours. That’s the prospect that faced each of the 10 Pro Division anglers who boated away from Bull Creek Marina at 7 a.m. Saturday to commence EverStart Championship action – but only one can fish past the challenge to realize the goal. READ MORE »

Scary good

Scary good

<I>All-American champ Christian leads another one, lands over 10 pounds in EverStart Halloween semifinals</I><br><br>GALLATIN, Tenn. – Tony Christian’s so good at this that it’s starting to get a little spooky. The reigning BFL All-American champion from Hull, Ga., caught the day’s only stringer weighing more than 10 pounds Friday and led the Pro Division in semifinal-round action at the EverStart Series Championship on Old Hickory Lake. Anchoring that stringer was a kicker bass weighing nearly 5 pounds, and, on this Halloween, that has to be one scary prospect for the other nine pros who will face him in tomorrow’s finals. <B><I>Plus:</b> <a href="/article.cfm?id=141066">Day-four preview</a></i> READ MORE »

Ringo’s star on the rise

Ringo’s star on the rise

GALLATIN, Tenn. – There’s not a single angler in all of California happier than Mario Ringo that FLW Outdoors brought the EverStart Series out west this year. The Western Division angler from Arcadia, Calif., won the Co-angler Division of the 2003 EverStart Series Championship this week after failing to make a single cut in regular-season competition all season long.<br><br>For the win, Ringo took home $10,000 and a brand new Ranger Boat from Old Hickory Lake. READ MORE »

Christian leads semifinal round of $335,975 EverStart Series Championship on Old Hickory Lake

GALLATIN, Tenn. – On a tough day of fishing, Tony Christian of Hull, Ga., caught three bass weighing 10 pounds, 11 ounces to lead the Pro Division into Saturday’s final round of the $335,975 EverStart Series Championship on Old Hickory Lake. Christian, an EverStart Series rookie who is rapidly developing a reputation for catching big bass under pressure, won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League All-American Championship on the Mobile-Tensaw Delta in May and collected $100,000 after winning an incredible five of seven BFL qualifying events. Christian also finished second in the EverStart Series Eastern Division point standings anchored by a win on Lake Martin in February. READ MORE »

Quick Bites: EverStart Championship, Day 3

Quick Bites: EverStart Championship, Day 3

Karma visits the EverStart Championship on Halloween and the Baldwin family enjoys angling success. READ MORE »

Day three under way at Old Hickory

Day three under way at Old Hickory

GALLATIN, Tenn. – Temperatures have risen and the wind has picked up for the third day of competition in the EverStart Series Championship at Old Hickory Lake near Nashville. Due to a four-way tie in the Co-angler Division after the opening round, two extra boats are competing in Friday’s action. Instead of 20 sponsor-detailed Rangers, there are 22. READ MORE »

Wendlandt leads opening round of $375,975 EverStart Series Championship on Old Hickory Lake

GALLATIN, Tenn. – After an opening day characterized by a fog delay and tough fishing conditions, anglers were greeted with unseasonably warm temperatures and bluebird skies for Thursday’s conclusion of the opening round of the $335,975 EverStart Series Championship on Tennessee’s Old Hickory Lake. Leading the charge into Friday’s semifinal round is Kellogg’s pro Clark Wendlandt of Cedar Park, Texas, whose two-day total of eight bass weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces puts him first in the running for a top pro award worth as much as $76,900 in cash and prizes, including a fully rigged Ranger boat. READ MORE »

Wendlandt’s world

Wendlandt’s world

<I>FLW all-star leads EverStart Championship; rare four-way tie on co-angler side increases semifinal fields</I><br><br>GALLATIN, Tenn. – It’s Clark Wendlandt’s world; the rest of us just fish in it. At least that’s what tournament anglers must think when they see his name on the list of competitors for any given event, anyway. The FLW Outdoors all-everything pro from Cedar Park, Texas, is proving his versatility once again, this time by claiming the opening-round lead at the EverStart Series Championship on Old Hickory Lake. <i><b>Plus:</b> <a href="/article.cfm?id=141061">Day-three preview</a></i> READ MORE »

Quick Bites: EverStart Championship, Day 2

Quick Bites: EverStart Championship, Day 2

A mouse crashes the 2003 EverStart Championship, a dog applauds an angler and a co-angler earns a second shot at the top prize. READ MORE »

Out of the fog, into the blue on day two

Out of the fog, into the blue on day two

GALLATIN, Tenn. – The only thing clearer than the sky above Tennessee’s Old Hickory Lake this morning was the fact that the 298 pros and co-anglers competing in the 2003 EverStart Series Championship would have a beautiful day of fishing ahead of them. After Wednesday’s fog delay that held anglers back for nearly two hours, Thursday’s blue skies gave a green light for a full day of championship competition. READ MORE »

Tough start at EverStart Championship

GALLATIN, Tenn. – EverStart Series Championship qualifiers woke up Wednesday morning to a thick blanket of fog covering Old Hickory Lake just outside of Nashville, Tenn., in Gallatin. After approximately a one-and-half hour delay, anglers launched at about 8:30 a.m. to open the four-day, $335,975 event on the Cumberland River impoundment. READ MORE »

Fine Art

Fine Art

GALLATIN, Tenn. – Art Ferguson III leads the Pro Division by almost 2 pounds after the first day of the 2003 EverStart Series Championship, but even he was surprised by the results of Wednesday’s competition. The fishing was tough enough at Old Hickory Lake that he led with just a four-bass weight of 12 pounds, 3 ounces, which is unusually light for competition at this level. READ MORE »

Quick Bites: EverStart Championship, Day 1

Quick Bites: EverStart Championship, Day 1

Sappington bags a ballooned bass and anglers contend with a stingy bite on day one of the 2003 EverStart Series Championship. READ MORE »

Fog delays EverStart Championship

Fog delays EverStart Championship

<I>Anglers take off on Old Hickory nearly two hours late; competition honors Connie Stakely</I><br><br>GALLATIN, Tenn. – A stubborn fog delayed the start of the 2003 EverStart Series Championship for over an hour and a half Wednesday morning, leaving the 298 pros and co-anglers competing this week time to tie on extra lures, dream of the tourney’s $335,000 purse and contemplate a tough, fall bass bite on Old Hickory Lake outside of Nashville. READ MORE »

EverStart division winners ride high into championship

EverStart division winners ride high into championship

Consistency is the name of the game in points competition on the EverStart Series. Sure, every tournament champion enjoys the renown and cash rewards that come with a single win, but it’s the anglers who consistently make cuts and cash top-10-sized checks that fellow anglers watch out for. READ MORE »

Destination: Old Hickory Lake

Destination: Old Hickory Lake

<i>EverStart Series Championship, Oct. 29-Nov. 1</i><br><br>According to pro Basil Bacon of Springfield, Mo., bass on Old Hickory Lake will likely be found in grassy areas in the backs of coves, in creeks by the dam, along logs and stumps in the main lake, and in the Cumberland River. READ MORE »