When an angler gets a sponsor, he’s expected to perform, and not necessarily just in competitive events.
Nobody knows that better than Michiana’s Ken Holder who helped put a former NBA basketball player in a fully loaded Caymas CX21 with a Merc 250 from Starboard Choice Marine in Edwardsburg, Mich.
Floyd Wolkins and Steve Martin recovered from a slow start at Paw Paw Lake the first day of the Arjay’s two-day Classic to wrap up the win Sunday at Duke’s Bridge.
The 2023 Bassmaster Classic wasn’t the first time that Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson had stacked big weights and solid limits of smallmouth bass on the Tennessee River out of Knoxville, Tennessee. Back in March of 2021,
Word of the “moping” technique traveled quickly through social wires, sending serious bassers on the hunt for Gussy’s favored jig head—Bass Tactics’ Smeltinator Jig.
By Louie Stout
Ron Nelson keeps climbing the ladder.
The Berrien Springs angler won another Angler of Year title recently, taking home the Tackle Warehouse Invitational AOY.
Tackle Warehouse Invitational circuit is part of the Major League Fishing family and akin to the Bassmaster Opens.
As a result, he receives an invitation to fish the Bass Pro Tour, MLF’s equivalent of the Bassmaster Elites, and the right to compete in MLF’s Redcrest, that circuit’s version of the Bassmaster Classic.
Nelson has steadily proven he can catch ‘em with the best at each level he has fished. He says he’s ready to match wits with some of the best on the Pro Bass Tour.
“I still love bass fishing in this area, but my original goal as a younger man was to explore bass fishing in the rest of the country,” he says. “I slowly kept progressing, so I guess the natural thing now is to go to the Bass Pro Tour. But I’m waiting to see the schedule and entry fees.”
Those anglers who fish the Tackle Warehouse Invitationals (formerly FLW Circuit) will be glad to see him move up. Nelson has been a consistent threat throughout his career.
He won the Rookie of the Year title in 2019 and followed it up with the FLW Angler of Year title in 2020.
By Louie Stout
Scott Solomon not only won the junk fish pot in a tournament on St. Clair, but he blew it away.
Solomon was fishing a 2.75-inch tube on a 3/8-ounce jighead when a giant sturgeon clamped on during the Dearborn Firefighters fundraiser tournament.
And he landed the 60-inch, 75-pound monster that fish biologists estimate to be more than 25 years old.
It took him 30 minutes and he had the fish to the boat five times before he, Chad and George Lovell finally wrestled it into the boat.
And yes, it was hooked in the mouth. He caught the fish on 40-pound PowerPro braid and an American Angler spinning rod and Team Lew’s spinning reel.
“That reel took a pounding,” said Solomon, who lives in Edwardsburg, Mich. “We released the fish and provided the photo as proof to the tournament officials.”
The team finished fifth overall in the tournament.