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As if winning a national championship and a berth to the Bassmaster Classic didn’t have Virginian Jeff Lugar feeling affluent enough, he now feels even richer thanks to the $1,000 check he recently received from BoatUS Angler’s “Weigh-to-Win” program.
As a kid, growing up on Chicago’s South Side, summer weekends often meant driving to Michigan with my dad to catch, or at least attempt to catch, the elusive “Gator Kong” – my name for Northern Pike.
Maybe it was the fact that they looked like “Eddie the Head” who appeared on Iron Maiden album covers that made me love them. No doubt, three footers with fins and teeth are captivating, and as a kid, big Northern Pike were the Mike Tyson of the early 90s in the freshwater fish world.
Jason Christie had an April full of tournament success that was more like a dream than reality. In back-to-back weeks, the former college basketball player won two professional tournaments.
First he won the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake, AR, then headed 120 miles east to Bull Shoals Reservoir and won the Bassmaster Elite Series event. His winnings totaled more than $225,000 in about eight calendar days.
SHREVEPORT, La., April 23, 2013 -- There’s a BoatUS Angler “Weigh-to-Win” decal on the gunnel of Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Champion Matt Lee’s bass boat. He believes in the goodness of the association that makes it their mission everyday to take care of anglers and boaters in need. And a couple of months ago, Matt Lee became an angler in need.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 2, 2013 – Angler-friendly service and benefit organization BoatUS Angler has graciously extended its helpful hand by becoming a new sponsor and the Official Towing Service of the B.A.S.S. Nation.
Now entering its third tournament season, BoatU.S. ANGLER’s “Weigh-to-Win” cash contingency program becomes even more generous as it now includes payouts for non-boaters too in 2013.
Hundreds of tournament anglers have already signed up at http://www.boatusfishing.com/ for the bonus program the past two years, and obviously, the inclusion of non-boaters in “Weigh-to-Win” will further increase its popularity. For example, the highest finishing eligible BoatUS Angler non-boater in a Bassmaster Open, EverStart or PAA event will win $150.
Southern Illinois’ Travis Cockburn is a highly accomplished outdoorsman. The 40-year-old insurance man has cashed many tournament paychecks in regional events, and he recently arrowed one of the largest whitetails in Illinois history.
Still, no amount of experience in a tree stand, or on a trolling motor, can compensate for a dropped cylinder in your outboard when your 50 miles from the weigh-in ramp.
On an auditorium stage inside the Wagoner, Oklahoma Civic Center, Casey Scanlon was awarded a paycheck in front of hundreds of his fellow competitors long before anybody made a cast at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Fort Gibson Lake.
Scanlon posed quickly for photographers and accepted a round of applause at the pre-tournament meeting while holding the oversized check for $300. He received the bonus from BoatUS ANGLER for his participation in their Weigh-to-Win program and his win at the most recent Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Table Rock Lake.
As a Construction Management major at Georgia Southern University, Tanner Parker has made a study of tensional stress and load factors. However, a high-speed collision with a piece of floating debris shortly after takeoff at the 2012 BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on Pickwick Lake introduced a load of stressful tension the 21-year-old never could have expected.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, BoatUS Tow Captain Dave Anderson may have some making up to do. But accomplished female tournament angler Janet Parker will forever be grateful for the assistance he provided her during the Bassmaster Central Open on Table Rock Lake.
Yes, Janet swears it’s true, Captain Anderson actually declined a cell phone call from his own mother while assisting her with a dead battery in the midst of competition on Day One of the tournament.