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Ranger Pro Terry Bolton Wins FLW Tour Season Opener on Sam Rayburn

Ranger Pro Terry Bolton Wins FLW Tour Season Opener on Sam Rayburn
 Ranger pro notches first FLW Tour win


FLIPPIN, Ark. (January 15, 2019) – Ranger Boats Pro Terry Bolton brought in a total of 91 pounds, 3 ounces, to win the FLW Tour season opener at Sam Rayburn, January 14. The victory marks Bolton’s first FLW Tour win after competitively fishing the tour since its inception. Bolton won the $100,000 first-place prize along with an additional $25,000 in Ranger Cup winnings.


After contemplating retirement after a dismal 2018 season, Bolton received encouragement from his wife to take it up one more year and to just try and have a good time.


“I had one of the worst seasons professionally,” said Bolton. “I really didn’t give it my best effort. My wife told me to go out and do what I love to do, and that’s what I did. After 23 years of doing this, I think sometimes you can not enjoy the moment. I really enjoyed this one and will savor it for long time.”


Bolton returned to Rayburn after a several-year hiatus and brought along his past experience on fishing the Texas lake when water levels were high and knew what to look for during the competition.


“I had been here when the water was high,” said Bolton. “I knew I wanted to look for inside and outside hydrilla grass lines. I went back to some old areas where I used to catch them 15 to 20 years ago and didn’t really find what I was looking for. I caught three keepers and none of them were doing the same thing.”


The angler put in near the bridge on day two of pre-fishing a located a couple of inside areas holding quality fish. Bolton made thesehis first stops during each day of the competition. Finding a few other locations gave Bolton an idea that he could have a decent tournament, but a serendipitous troll over a grass line would eventually prove key to winning.


“I went back onto that creek that I spent all of day two scouting and was idling along this hydrilla line and there was a void in the grass where it stopped growing,” said Bolton. “I looked at that void on my Humminbird unit and there were dots all in that clear area. I knew I found something and had a pretty good feeling but, lo and behold, I didn’t know I would catch a 33-pound stringer there on day two.”


Bolton spent the early morning on his first hole where he quickly boated a limit before moving on to other promising locations. Each day, the angler found himself revisiting the void where he would cull out his original limit each day. Day one, Bolton weighed a respectable 20-pound, 10-ounce, limit, but really wowed the weigh-in crowd on day two with 33 pounds, 9 ounce.


Going into day three with a near 6-pound lead, Bolton continued with his pattern and hit up the same locales.

“I knew I had a lead but I didn’t know how that would hold up,” said Bolton. “After I caught 33 pounds, I had a lot of people watching me. The place started to get more attention from the local anglers. It was becoming evident it was starting to slow down. I had to focus on not fumbling the ball and feather my lead to win.”


Bolton weighed 19 pounds, 10 ounces, on the third day and retained the lead by 4-plus pounds.


“I knew I had some really good fishermen chasing me and I would have to catch good fish to win,” said Bolton. “I felt I had to catch 17 to 19 pounds to have a chance. I only caught 17 and needed every ounce. It was a pretty stressful time until it was all over.”


The angler’s 17 pounds, 6 ounces, was enough to beat the hard-charging Nick Lebrun, who finished just 12 ounces out of the lead. Bolton relied on Rapala DT crankbaits – a DT10, DT14 and DT16 – along with a ¾-ounce Accent spinnerbait. Along with crediting his tackle, Bolton relied heavily on his Ranger for his first ever FLW Tour win.


“You got enough things to worry about when it comes to bass tournaments,” said Bolton. “I always like to have the variables you can control taken care of, and Ranger controls some of that for me by building a great boat. The quality, dependability and the fishability of a Ranger boat is what I have always said puts them apart. Once you drop that trolling motor, you learn a lot about a boat. It tracks well, stays straight and is a great stable platform to fish from and that was big this weekend.”


Getting the first win of the season can do wonders for an angler’s confidence. With a refreshed view on professional fishing, Bolton is looking forward to the rest of the season.


“I am still kind of in shock,” said Bolton. “I’ve had a lot of seconds, thirds and fourths, to finally get the win was really big for me. It kind of solidifies you in the sport after you win an event. A lot of people have reached out. There are so many calls and texts that I can’t respond to them all. It makes me feel good to see how happy people are for me.”

About Ranger Boats

Headquartered in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats is the nation’s premier manufacturer of legendary fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, with acclaimed models and series in the bass, multi-species, fish ‘n play, saltwater, waterfowl utility and pontoon boat segments. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest-quality, strongest-performing boats on the water. For more information, go to

FishUSA Welcomes Kayak Bass Angler and Educator, Gene Jensen, to Pro Staff

FishUSA Welcomes Kayak Bass Angler and Educator, Gene Jensen, to Pro Staff


FAIRVIEW, Pa. [January 15, 2019] – FishUSA®, America’s Tackle Shop®, is proud to welcome Gene Jensen to its Pro Staff. Jensen will join fellow bass and kayak angler, Chad Hoover, and Great Lakes open water anglers Pete Alex, Tony Roach, and Ross Robertson, as the newest spokesperson and collaborator on the dynamic team. Also known by his wildly popular moniker, Flukemaster, Gene has amassed an extensive following through his work as an instructive member of the angling community.


A born and bred Georgia native, Jensen grew up trout fishing with his father. He was later introduced to the world of bass fishing and today he can be described as an avid bass angler; which he also considers to be a huge understatement. He guided on Richmond Mill Lake in North Carolina for five years and it was there that he learned he loved to teach people how to fish. Now residing in northwest Georgia, Gene’s home lakes are Guntersville and Lake Chickamauga. It is here that Gene can often be found chasing trophy largemouth while simultaneously mentoring others and producing a variety of digital media assets.


Today, Gene owns and operates multiple social media channels, including his YouTube channel, Flukemaster. He has amassed a following of nearly 300,000 subscribers; a number that grows every day. Through social media, Gene shares his passion for bass fishing while educating others in the sport. He lives by the motto, “Teaching the World to Fish.” He says, “My calling in life is teaching people how to fish. Bass fishing is my passion but I am willing to teach anything that I learn about any species of fish.”.


Gene brings his extensive bass and kayak fishing background to FishUSA as the retailer continues to expand its selection of gear and accessories to better serve this fast-growing segment of the fishing community. Recent product line expansions from brands such as 13 Fishing, Bending Branches, Bonafide Kayaks, NRS, Seaguar, YakAttack, and more, continue to build upon FishUSA’s strong selection and further enhance the one-stop online tackle shop experience for all anglers.

The Flukemaster’s contributions to the fishing community were widely known to the FishUSA team before the partnership was reached.


“Gene is a true authority in kayak bass fishing and he fits perfectly with FishUSA’s ongoing expansion in kayak fishing. We are thrilled to have him on our team,” states Jeff Parnell, the company’s President and CEO.


FishUSA Kayak Fishing Specialist, Brandon Ryan, added “Gene has such an extensive background and history with bass fishing. I’ve been watching his videos for years and he’s definitely helped me grow as an angler. I’m excited to work with him and help introduce his followers to FishUSA. We’re all looking forward to working with him and it’s a perfect match for both of us.”


About FishUSA

FishUSA, America’s Tackle Shop, caters to anglers nationally and internationally with products for the spectrum of species and fishing techniques. Launched in 2000, the company’s website,, includes tens of thousands of SKUs and is operated by FishUSA, Inc., a privately-held company based in Fairview, Pa. The company also operates a full-service pro shop in Fairview providing anglers with access to the company’s entire product line.


Evinrude Angler Has First Career Win at the FLW Season Opener at Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Evinrude Angler Has First Career Win at the FLW Season Opener at Sam Rayburn Reservoir


STURTEVANT, Wis., January 15, 2019 – Evinrude announced today that Evinrude professional angler Terry Bolton won the first Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) event of 2019, held January 10-14 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas. This was the Benton, Kentucky resident’s first win after 24 years on the Tour.

Bolton’s total of 91-pounds, 3-ounces edged out fellow Evinrude anglers Bryan Thrift and Jim Tutt, who came in third and fifth place, respectively. His win earned him a $125,000 prize and points putting him in the lead for the Angler of the Year standings.

“I was thinking of retiring after last year, but it’s hard to give up the fun of competitive fishing,” said Bolton. “With a lot of encouragement from my wife to keep doing what I love, I decided to come back for another season. My technique and equipment are pretty well dialed in, I just needed to add a little luck. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep this momentum going throughout the rest of the year.”

“We are very excited about Terry’s win this weekend,” said Nando Zucchi, vice president of marketing and international business development, Evinrude. “With so many anglers competing in the same tournament, many fans don’t realize how hard it is to actually win. Terry is a shining example of a world class angler that exemplifies the professionalism and determination of every member of Team Evinrude. We wish him continued success in the upcoming year.”

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Catfish NOW – FREE Digital Magazine -January 2019

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Many catfish anglers across the spectrum look forward to winter fishing. It is a time when catfish tend to gather together in deeper holes in search of warmer water. According to many, wintertime fishing provides an excellent opportunity to catch a personal best. It you don’t like fishing in the cold, it is also an excellent time to try a new destination, as witnessed in this month’s issue of CatfishNow.

Catfish ConnectionsWelcome to a new year and the January 2019 edition of CatfishNow (CFN) Digital Magazine and Social Media Platform. January of each year brings the promise of new activities, new…
Winter Fishing Can Be Productiveby Ron Presley It may be cold but they still gotta’ eat. Wintertime catfishing slows down for some anglers in some parts of the country. That’s true for Terry Rogers,…
B’n’M How To: Rod Care and Maintenance With Ron Presley
Catfish Gear #012 — Custom Apparel and Display Solutions —Valley FashionsTournament jerseys with style and flair are part and parcel of the merchandise available from Valley Fashions. I was surprised at all the comments I got when I first wore…
Catfish Basics #055 – Slow Down in Winter – David Shipman, B’n’M RodsWhen the winter weather drives water temperatures down the fish respond by moving slower. You can still use the same bait and rigs in the winter. It’s just that the…
Fly to Warmer Climes for Catfish Varietyby Larry Larsen Head South to the “Summer” Dry Season Region That Lies Below the Equator When looking for the warmest waters during frigid times in North America, some smart…
CFN How To: Safety First With Chris Parker, Pulaski, TN
Catfish Basics #056 – Winter Strategies – Andy CagleMy winter strategies depend on where I am fishing. I approach cold water fish differently in lakes than I do in rivers. On Santee Cooper in the winter time I…
CATFISH CONSERVATION -Trophy Catfish for the FuturePractice Safe Fish Handling All Year Long When cold winter weather comes around a lot of catfish anglers slack off on fish care. There is a common belief that the…
Catfish Profiles in Passion – Dave Swearinginby Ron Presley Finding peace in fishing. Forty-nine-year-old Dave Swearingin’s passion for catfishing came at a very young age. Like many others, it was a family thing and he traces…

ST. CROIX ROD: Positioning for the Future

Positioning for the Future

Park Falls, WI (January 14, 2019) – St. Croix Rod CEO Paul Schluter announced a planned transition of leadership to St. Croix Team Members on January 3. Sometime in 2019, Schluter will step aside from his current role with the Park Falls, Wisconsin-based company. Paul will continue serving as a member of St. Croix’s Board of Directors, guiding strategy and monitoring performance, along with his sister Pamela Smylie, and brothers Jeff and Dave, and Chairman, John Smylie.


An internal and external search for a new CEO is underway.


Not retiring, Paul is stepping aside to allow the next CEO and trusted management team to advance the company in alignment with the goals established by St. Croix’s Board of Directors. Timely to this transition, St. Croix has adopted a Balanced Scorecard approach to operationalize and measure company performance.


“I’m grateful for the opportunity my father gave me at St. Croix. I can’t imagine a more rewarding experience,” said Paul. “We’re a family company and will continue being so. To me, it’s wonderful how we work together with the St. Croix team to create great fishing experiences.


“Someone else will be responsible for the daily operation of St.Croix, and I’ll be freer to focus on those aspects of the business which I love best.”



Brothers Dave, Jeff and Paul Schluter.



Paul’s journey with St. Croix started in 1983 when Gordon hired him to manage retailer accounts in Minnesota. A year later, Paul was promoted to Sales Manager. In 1989, Gordon stepped aside, and Paul assumed the role of President. Brothers Paul, Jeff and Dave, along with sister Pam purchased St. Croix from Gordon and Irene in 1990.


For 40 of its 70 years in business, St. Croix has been owned by the Schluter family…and continues to be today.


From day one, St. Croix has completely controlled the rod manufacturing process, which is a source of great pride for Paul. “We own and operate two state-of-the-art facilities, including the core operation at our headquarters in Park Falls, Wisconsin, where we engineer and handcraft a broad spectrum of rods for all types of freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing.” Paul adds that St. Croix does not reverse-engineer rods or source from overseas contractors. St. Croix rods are organic from butt to tip…


It’s this dedication to building premium species and technique-specific rods that has helped catapult St. Croix’s growth, as well as garner substantial accolades from the fishing trade. Since 2012, St. Croix has won 11 ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trade) New Product Showcase “Best of Show” awards, spanning the freshwater, saltwater and fly-fishing categories.


“Bringing those first two ICAST awards back to Park Falls and sharing the victory with our employees, our extended family, was a watershed moment for St. Croix,” said Paul. “It galvanized, and validated, all of the hard work and dedication that goes into building the Best Rods on Earth.”


American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) President, Glenn Hughes, spoke of Paul’s commitment to the organization, ICAST and greater wellbeing of the fishing industry: “Paul Schluter, and St. Croix Rod, have been leaders in the sportfishing industry for many years. Paul has always been committed to the success of the association and the entire sportfishing community.


“Paul served on ASA’s Board of Directors for eight years, as well, he served on several committees, including the Trade Show, Consumer Shows and Nominating Committees. The industry is a better place because of Paul’s involvement and leadership over these past 30 years.”


Beyond the ICAST award-winners, St. Croix has literally created rod categories, as well as influenced others. In 2008, the company introduced the iconic Mojo Bass series. The rod’s craftsmanship, componentry and technique-specific applications forever changed consumer expectations in its price-range.


In the realm of timelessness, St. Croix introduced the USA-made Premier series 60 years ago. It remains one of St. Croix’s best-selling rods, covering every freshwater application with 80 unique models in the series.


“Every angler deserves the best fishing experience possible, and St. Croix is positioned to deliver that to a growing number of anglers in all parts of the world,” said Paul.


After 36 years of fulltime employment at St. Croix, Paul is planning to spend more time fishing with a modest handful of the Best Rods on Earth.


This CEO recruitment process is being managed by LymanDoran. Interested candidates should contact Nora Klaphake at