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Graves grabs FLW Walleye Tour title on Lake Erie

Graves grabs FLW Walleye Tour title on Lake Erie

PORT CLINTON, Ohio - Note to Jeff Graves’ friends: Ask him to buy you dinner. The Chagrin Falls, Ohio, angler was planning on entering the Lake Erie National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event as a co-angler, but his friends coaxed him into fishing on the professional side. It’s a good thing Graves listened. READ MORE »

Close to the finish

Close to the finish

PORT CLINTON, Ohio — Keith Kavajecz hoped for a good wind on Lake Erie this morning. It doesn’t look like he’ll be getting it. The top-10 pros and co-anglers were greeted by leaden skies and slick water as they made their way out to the big lake for the final day of the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour. READ MORE »

Weights, numbers up on Erie

Weights, numbers up on Erie

PORT CLINTON, Ohio – Jeff Graves was just one of three anglers to break the 40-pound mark on the first day of the Lake Erie National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event. Today, he was just one of three to catch more than 40 pounds again. Fortunately, he was the only angler to catch two sacks more than 40 pounds. Today’s limit of 42 pounds, 7 ounces gave him the lead with a total weight of 82 pounds, 9 ounces. He and nine other professional anglers will fish for the top prize of up to $63,000 tomorrow on the final day of the event. READ MORE »

Conditions prime for big bite on Erie

Conditions prime for big bite on Erie

PORT CLINTON, Ohio - If there is a common theme among the 131 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour pros on the second day of the Lake Erie tournament, hosted by the City of Port Clinton and Lake Erie Shores and Islands, it’s optimism. After a day that produced just 20 limits, there’s no other attitude to have. A handful of anglers, including day-one leader Danny Steffens, found pods of big fish, but most anglers struggled, weighing just a few walleye from a lake that should be producing lots of heavy limits. READ MORE »

Steffens goes from hospital bed to first

Steffens goes from hospital bed to first

PORT CLINTON, Ohio – Two weeks ago, Dan Steffens was on his back in a hospital bed after suffering severe burns on his legs and ankles. The burns were so bad he had to coax his doctor into letting him spend the next two weeks in a boat. Thankfully, his doctor obliged. READ MORE »

Uncertainty looms on Lake Erie

Uncertainty looms on Lake Erie

PORT CLINTON, Ohio — The 2011 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour started off with a bang, literally, as the field’s 262 anglers were greeted by a line of powerful pre-launch thunderstorms. The weather that swept across northwestern Ohio and Lake Erie just before daylight delayed the tournament, hosted by the City of Port Clinton and Lake Erie Shores and Islands, by 30 minutes. The storm was just one in a long string of inclement weather developments that has plagued the region lately. April and early May saw one wet system after another, turning the big lake into a muddy, choppy mess. READ MORE »

Boyd cranks his way to TBF Championship win

Boyd cranks his way to TBF Championship win

When Allen Boyd was 13, his grandfather bought him an aluminum boat. His grandmother dropped him off at a local lake nearly every day during the summer, and he spent every moment he could with a fishing rod in his hand. READ MORE »

Wind up, water down, anglers cool for TBF’s final day

Wind up, water down, anglers cool for TBF’s final day

Torrential downpours and random streaks of lighting didn’t stop the bass from biting on Nickajack Lake yesterday. Limits were plentiful and weights were up. Today, however, the 14 anglers competing on the final day of the 2011 TBF National Championship are dealing with completely different conditions: winds gusting to 20 mph, a rising barometer and potentially muddy water. The storms dumped over 2 inches of rain on the region yesterday and last night. The lake level, however, is down 18 inches as the TVA opened the floodgates in anticipation of the torrential downpours. It’s just another curve ball in what will likely be a thrilling final day of competition. READ MORE »

Beale maintains lead at TBF National Championship

Beale maintains lead at TBF National Championship

KIMBALL, Tenn. - A steady, pounding rain, gusty winds and sporadic lightning didn’t stop the action on Nickajack Lake during the second day of TBF National Championship competition. Fifty-eight TBF anglers brought limits to the scales despite the rapidly deteriorating conditions - and many of those limits were heavier than yesterday’s. Kenny Beale Jr.’s limit, however, wasn’t. It weighed 16 pounds, 6 ounces, nearly 4 pounds lighter than his first day’s limit, but that didn’t matter. The Danville, Va., angler managed to fend off Mid-Atlantic Division challenger and second-place angler Ed Loughran to keep the overall lead with 36 pounds, 13 ounces. That included an 8-ounce dead fish penalty. READ MORE »

Water’s up, weather threatens on Nickajack

Water’s up, weather threatens on Nickajack

KIMBALL CITY, Tenn. — The 94 anglers competing in The Bass Federation Championship on Nickajack Lake were greeted by an unexpected sight as they backed their boats into the water Friday morning on the tournament’s second day. Water lapped at the edges of the docks at the Shellmound boat ramp and covered the walkway leading out to the dock where TBF directors ran the takeoff. The lake not only came up, it was at least a foot higher than the previous morning. While that may kill any notion of sight-fishing for bedded bass, the general consensus is that it will actually help. READ MORE »

Beale, Loughran battle for overall lead, Mid-Atlantic Division

Beale, Loughran battle for overall lead, Mid-Atlantic Division

Lake Nickajack gave up plenty of limits ­ 49, to be exact ­ for the 94 anglers in the 2011 Bass Federation championship, but one stood head-and-shoulders above the rest. Virginia angler Kenny Beale Jr. weighed a whopping 20-pound, 7-ounce limit, besting fellow Mid-Atlantic Division angler Ed Loughran by 2 ½ pounds. Beale, a 34-year-old truck driver from Danville, Virginia had a phenomenal day, thanks in large part to conditions that fit his favorite style of fishing. READ MORE »

Nickajack  Lake heats up for Federation Championship

Nickajack Lake heats up for Federation Championship

As you might expect, most of the anglers participating in The Bass Federation championship in 2011 in Kimball, Tenn., were tight-lipped prior to Thursday’s 6 a.m. takeoff. Those who did reveal a few tidbits, however, agreed on one thing: Nickajack Lake is on fire. READ MORE »

Travis’ dream comes true

Travis’ dream comes true

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brian Travis made all the right decisions over the past three days, decisions that helped him win The Bass Federation National Championship on Lake Wylie. For the 2008 national win, Travis will be able to try his hand at going pro through the “Living the Dream” prize package. On Saturday he ended up with his third limit in as many days for a total weight of 45 pounds, 9 ounces. READ MORE »

Travis retains TBF Championship lead

Travis retains TBF Championship lead

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - One of the top two anglers after the second day of TBF Championship competition traveled across the country. The other practically stepped out his front door. READ MORE »

Local angler on top in TBF

Local angler on top in TBF

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If there is such a thing as a home-water curse, you wouldn’t know it after Conover, N.C., angler Brian Travis brought his limit up to the scales on the first day of The Bass Federation National Championship on Lake Wylie. READ MORE »

Fishing for cows

Fishing for cows

Dan Wood was on fish, but he was having a problem. The three anglers of Team Atlantic Outboard were taking part in the 2006 Striper Series event in West Dennis, Mass., and couldn’t get a fish in the boat that fell within the slot limit. Almost all the fish he caught had to go back – but not because they were too small. READ MORE »

Blade-runnin’ smallmouths

Blade-runnin’ smallmouths

Winter is a great time to target smallmouths in highland lakes throughout the East. Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and a host of other states are home to some of the best smallmouth waters in the country, and winter is the best time to target concentrations of chunky fish. READ MORE »

Keisel king of Hopatcong

Keisel king of Hopatcong

MOUNT ARLINGTON, N.J. — Virginia angler David Keisel proved that it doesn’t always take a limit to win a tournament. The Virginia Beach police officer was consistent enough, however, to take first place in The Bass Federation Mid-Atlantic Divisional Championship on New Jersey’s Lake Hopatcong with a three-day total of 20 pounds, 15 ounces. READ MORE »

Keisel powers his way to TBF lead at Hopatcong

Keisel powers his way to TBF lead at Hopatcong

LAKE HOPATCONG, N.J. - No matter how tough any bass tournament gets, someone usually figures out how to catch them. Today, Virginia Bass Federation team member David Keisel was that somebody. Although Keisel failed to catch a limit, he was able to scratch and claw his way to gritty, four bass total weighing 9 pounds, 3 ounces. As a result of his yeoman-like efforts, Keisel leapfrogged from third place after yesterday’s competition into the leader slot with a two-day weight of 17 pounds, 3 ounces. READ MORE »

Stewart anchors West Virginia lead

Stewart anchors West Virginia lead

MOUNT ARLINGTON, N.J. — New Jersey Bass Federation President Tony Going was on the money when he predicted tough fishing and low weights for the TBF Mid-Atlantic Divisional Championship. Only three limits were weighed at Lake Hopatcong Wednesday, the first day of the event, and the leader, Eric Stewart of West Virginia, weighed only four bass for a total weight of 9 pounds, 4 ounces. READ MORE »