James Nealy Wins Co Angler Title

James Nealy of Yale, Virginia, won the co-angler division at the recent St. Croix Bassmaster Northern Open at James River with a two-day total of 26-14. Nealy took home the $25,183 top prize along with the $250 Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award and $500 in St. Croix Rod Rewards for being the highest-finishing co-angler fishing St. Croix Rods. Nealy got off to a fast start on Day 1, catching four bass around shallow wood with reaction baits, including an 8-2…

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Drew Cook Wins Santee Cooper

Yamaha/Skeeter Boats Pro Team member Drew Cook weighed in 24 pounds, 9 ounces on the final day of the Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the Santee Cooper Lakes, taking home the coveted blue trophy and $100,000 grand prize. “Yamaha congratulates Drew on an impressive win, which follows on the heels of Jason Christie’s Bassmaster Classic victory for team Yamaha,” said Roxanne Flores, Supervisor, Pro Staff and Dealer Training, Yamaha Marine Engine Systems. “The Yamaha Pro Team is experiencing great momentum as…

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The Ike Foundation® attended the Bassmaster Classic this past weekend in Greenville, SC. Attendance was record setting with almost 155,000 people enjoying the Outdoor Expo. Many children joined their parents to walk the halls of the Greenville Convention Center, scooping up fishing items; rods, reels, tackle, etc. but most importantly to spot a Bassmaster Elite series Pro. As Jason Christie was fishing Lake Hartwell and securing his place in history as a Bassmaster Classic Champion, Mike Iaconelli and The Ike…

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Welcher Takes 2nd

Team 13 Fishing Pro Kyle Welcher went into the 52nd Annual Bassmaster Classic with odds of 40:1 to win it. By the end of day two he had fished his way to a dead even tie with Jason Christie, a seasoned veteran who has been fishing professionally since before Welcher even had a driver’s license. Christie, a favorite to win fishing’s biggest event, had his odds set at 4:1. Staying true to his poker player mindset, in an interview prior to…

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Gussy with Bass

Keewatin, Ontario-based Bagley Bass Elite Series pro Jeff Gustafson and Panama City, Florida-based Drew Benton Bagley Baits pro are well versed when it comes to early-season bass. Nowhere was this experience tested more than at the recent Academy Sports and Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk on Lake Hartwell in Greenville, South Carolina. With a three-day total of 54 pounds, Oklahoma pro Jason Christie took the honors at the event. Both Gustafson and Benton fished well on days 1 and…

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