News Stories & Fishing Articles

Lew’s/Strike King Offers Freshman Scholarships

Supporting youth and the future of our sport has been at the core of our brands since their inception. This effort has been supported in many fashions throughout our history. The most notable is the highly-successful Mach High School Program, which has enabled Lew’s to support many high school bass clubs across the country.

Got a “Reel Junkyard” in your garage?

Nope, I didn’t mean to type “Real Junk Yard”, although that might describe my garage. I’ m talking about all those old and malfunctioning reels piled in a drawer or in a box you have not looked at in, say, maybe twenty years.

FWC issues executive order suspending harvest and possession of shoal bass

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued an executive order on June 5, suspending the harvest and possession of shoal bass from the Chipola River and its tributaries effective immediately until the order is repealed. Anglers are still permitted to catch and immediately release shoal bass. 

Alabama Bass Trail

Alabama Bass Trail Announces 2020 Tournament Schedule and New Championship Payout

Priority Registration Opens August 1


 The Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) is pleased to unveil the 2020 tournament schedule which includes a new payout reaching over $580,000. Returning for the seventh season, the team-style tournament series is held on eleven different lakes of the Alabama Bass Trail beginning February 22, 2020, with the championship tournament to be held on October 23-24, 2020. Anglers in the no entry fee championship will be competing for over $100,000 in cash, including a $50,000 first place prize and top bragging rights for the year.

Sponsor highlight – Slider Lures

10th Annual HS Fishing World Finals & National Championship Dual Event

June 18-22 – Florence Alabama

Build it and They Will Come –
SAF High School Anglers to Compete for over 1.1 Million Dollars in scholarships and prizes on Pickwick Lake.
The Student Angler Federation’s 10th Annual High School Fishing World Finals & National Championship dual event is June 19-22 on Pickwick in Florence Ala., with a prize pool exceeding 1.1 MILLION dollars. Let that soak in.

McKendree University Wins School of the Year

SAN ANTONIO, TX (5/29/2019) – Consistency, determination, skill, and a little bit of luck.  These are all different elements that are required for a school to be crowned Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.  This year-long race is widely considered the most prestigious title in all of college bass fishing.  Schools plan their year according to which tournaments offer them the ability to earn valuable School of the Year points.  The team that capitalized best on their opportunities and won the 2018-19 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia is McKendree University.

Bethel University’s Floyd & McNeil Repeat as Champions

FLORENCE, AL (May 24, 2019) – “First feeling, man it’s awesome. To do it one time is a big deal, but to do it twice is even bigger,” said Carter McNeil of Bethel University. For the first time in the history of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, a school has repeated as champions. Not only that, the team that manages to go back-to-back is comprised of the same two anglers. Cole Floyd and Carter McNeil take home the victory this year on Pickwick Lake with 45.65 pounds.

SYBM fish first tournament of their 2019 season

The Shoals Youth Bassmasters (SYBM), Northwest Alabama fished the first of their six tournaments in the 2019 season. The event was held May 18 on Wheeler Lake in North Alabama out of the First Creek ramp.


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