FLW announced registration dates for the 2014 EverStart Series season, which features three events in each of the five divisions with increased payouts and a no-entry-fee championship.
California pro secures first EverStart victory by 2 ounces
LAKEPORT, Calif. – No lead is safe on a fishery that cranks out as many 25-pound plus bags as Clear Lake. At the end of the day it boiled down to just two men, day-two leader Jason Borofka and Jody Jordan. Both anglers sacked over 25 pounds on the final day of the EverStart Series Western Division on Clear Lake, but when the weights settled, Jordan claimed the title by just 2 ounces.
Nevada co-angler finally lands EverStart victory
LAKEPORT, Calif. – Every angler experiences that moment when they realize they can handle the fierce competition they face. For co-angler Dante Ray of Sparks, Nev., that time was today as he won his first EverStart event since he began fishing FLW in 2003.
Ray wins co-angler title
Monster 10-pound kicker anchors biggest limit of event
LAKEPORT, Calif. – While the trend on most bass fisheries is to see weights drop after day one in multiple-day events, then again, Clear Lake isn’t your average fishery. Day two of the EverStart Series Western Division on Clear Lake showcased some of the largest bags of the event, including a 32-pound, 1-ounce bag that boosted Jason Borofka into the driver’s seat to start the final day.
California pro capitalizes on solid practice to sack 28-6
LAKEPORT, Calif. – By many accounts, the opening round of the final EverStart Series Western Division event on Clear Lake was tough. Although, the word tough can all be relative. If you consider that out of the nearly 100 pros in the event only half brought in limits – then yeah, it was tough. On the flip side, there were 24 bags weighing over 20 pounds today including one belonging to leader Chris Costello who hauled in a whopping 28 pounds, 6 ounces.
Final Western Division event faces fall conditions to close out season
LAKEPORT, Calif. – There couldn’t be a better way to close out the 2013 EverStart Series Western Division than on the famed northern California fishery known as Clear Lake. Huge swimbaits and giant largemouth provide an exciting atmosphere for anglers, however, the one thing that could hinder the bite the week is the arrival of fall.
Texas pro maintains composure to win EverStart Series on Rayburn
JASPER, Texas – Jason Wells of Center, Texas, remembers vividly fishing the FLW Tour Open on his home lake of Sam Rayburn last October.
Bray claims co-angler title
JASPER, Texas – Jason Wells of Center, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Texas Division event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Power-Pole. Wells’ three-day total of 15 bass weighing 57 pounds, 14 ounces earned him $24,881.
Race tightens up going into final day of EverStart Series event
JASPER, Texas – The deep bite on Sam Rayburn Reservoir showed its true colors today, leaving many pros who tapped deep fish successfully on day one hanging out to dry on day two.
Del Rio Texas pro taps deepwater hotspot for 26-4
JASPER, Texas – After day one of the EverStart Series event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir it is apparent that the grass bite is a solid game plan, but to catch the quality fish bunched up, mining the deeper haunts is the way to go.
Stalled fall finds Lake Sam Rayburn low and warm for final Texas Division EverStart Series event
JASPER, Texas – While autumn has graced some parts of the United States with cooler temperatures and changing leaves, Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas has barely seen a breath of fall.
Maryland pro crushes field on final day to net EverStart Series Northern Division title on the Chesapeake Bay
NORTH EAST, Md. – Before the start of the EverStart event on the Chesapeake Bay, Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Md., was having second thoughts about entering the contest. With a brand new baby at home, Schmitt had some real reservations about leaving his young family behind to go out and fish a tournament. However, as it turned out, the decision to fish this week is something he surely won’t regret.
Pennsylvania angler routs co-angler field on final day to net EverStart title on Chesapeake Bay
NORTH EAST, Md. – Fishing in the biggest tournament of his career, Ryan Bauman of Fleetwood, Pa., saved his best for last. After qualifying for the finals in third place, Bauman recorded a whopping 17-pound, 6-ounce catch in the finals, blowing away the rest of the competition in the process.
Virginia pro keeps overall lead for second consecutive day during EverStart Northern Division tilt on the Chesapeake Bay
NORTH EAST, Md. – During Friday’s EverStart Series competition on the Chesapeake Bay, the sun finally appeared, the wind picked up and the fishing was notably improved over Thursday’s opening round of tournament action. In fact, it was difficult to find many similarities between the first two days of Northern Division competition – with one major exception. And that exception was Frank Poirier.
Virginia pro nets overall lead during opening round of EverStart Northern Division competition on the Chesapeake Bay
NORTH EAST, Md. – By almost any metric, fishing on the Chesapeake Bay was brutal today. Normally one of the most prolific fisheries on the East Coast, the “Bay” left plenty of EverStart Series anglers shaking their heads as they paraded across the stage Thursday – observing in almost lockstep accord that they’ve never seen this body of water fish so tough.
EverStart Series anglers commence final Northern Division contest of 2013 season on Chesapeake Bay
NORTH EAST, Md. — With smothering humidity, light winds and overcast skies setting the table for Thursday’s action, EverStart Series Northern Division anglers departed the Anchor Marina shortly after 7 a.m. with the goal of unlocking the “transitional” puzzle that the Chesapeake Bay has thrown their way.
MINNEAPOLIS – FLW has announced the 2014 EverStart Series schedule, which now features three events in each division with significantly increased payouts plus a no-entry-fee championship.
Michigan pro catches 21-pound, 6-ounce stringer to complete comeback
TRENTON, Mich. – Two consecutive days without wind is a rarity on Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair. Three consecutive days is virtually unheard of and true to form, the third and final day of the EverStart Series Central Division finale was wet, windy and wild. Each of the top 10 pros started with the intention of running east to Erie, but only one ended up fishing the entire day. That brave soul was Michael Sitko.
Indiana co-angler wins EverStart Series Central Division finale
TRENTON, Mich. – Jim Hippensteel has been around the block enough to know how hard it is to win a tournament from the back of the boat. Numerous things have to go right, including several that are out of your control. That’s why when Hippensteel’s pro partner Heath Wagner turned around and retreated from a rough Lake Erie this morning, Hippensteel was convinced another opportunity at victory had slipped away.
Indiana pro retains lead despite several missed fish
TRENTON, Mich. – Heath Wagner received everything he asked for on day two of EverStart Series Central Division finale. Calm winds once again allowed him to reach his best spots on Lake Erie with relative ease. And once he was there, the big smallmouths bit. But his execution was lacking, so instead of a 4-pound lead, he’ll head into the final day in front by just 9 ounces.
Indiana pro opts for Lake Erie on opening day
TRENTON, Mich. – With calm winds and high temperatures only reaching the mid-70s, day one of the EverStart Series Central Division finale proved to be the perfect chance to wrestle with Lake Erie. Known for both huge rollers and huge smallmouth bass, Erie produced only the latter on opening day as each of the top five pros chose to fish the big lake.
Final EverStart Series Central Division event under way
TRENTON, Mich. – Late July is supposed to mark the dog days of summer, complete with uncomfortable heat and humidity, even in the Upper Midwest. But it feels more like late September this week in the Detroit area with highs only reaching the mid 70s. And unlike Florida largemouths, northern smallmouths still bite (and bite ferociously) during cold fronts – providing the perfect venue to close the EverStart Series Central Division season.
Central Division makes final stop July 25-27
TRENTON, Mich. – The EverStart Series is headed to the Detroit River July 25-27 for a tournament presented by Mercury when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers take to the water for the final stop of the 2013 season in the Central Division.
Long runs carry Vermont pro to EverStart Northern win on Champlain
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – During the long run from the Ticonderoga region of southern Lake Champlain back to the EverStart Northern Division tournament site at Plattsburgh, N.Y., Thomas Lavictoire Jr. had the worst feeling that he had blown his 2-day lead. He was wrong.
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