We enjoy celebrating the winning momentum of Ranger anglers all over the country.
Big wins and strong finishes were in full force this past week and it didn’t matter if you were fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass or walleye, the livewells were full of fish and Ranger guys were reaping the rewards of the Ranger Cup Contingency Program.
Let’s start at the Potomac where the FLW Tour Major and BFL All-American took place. Scott Martin from Clewiston, FL captured the boater title for the Major while Chris Dillow from Waynesboro, VA took home the honors in the co-angler division. In addition to these victories, Ranger Pro David Dudley finished third and by doing so continues to lead the FLW Tour Angler of the Year, but also has moved to the top of the BassFan World Rankings. Brian Maloney from Osage Beach, MO punched his ticket to the Forrest Wood Cup with his win in the pro division of the BFL All-American. Also, heading to Lake Lanier and the Forrest Wood Cup is co-angler James Waller from Cypress, TX through his winning of the co-angler division in the BFL All-American. In both events on the Potomac, the winning pro anglers led the event each day to capture their victories.
Moving westward, let’s talk about one of the biggest and most prestigious smallmouth bass tournaments in the nation - the Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament. The event is held in Sturgeon Bay, WI and is limited to 200 boats. The participants are some of the biggest names in fishing…we didn’t say just bass fishing, we said fishing. Leading walleye anglers like Mark Courts, Dean Arnoldussen and Chip Leer were forces to contend with at this bass event. Perhaps best known for their multi-species prowess, Mark and Dean both compete on The FLW Walleye Tour while Chip is the Host of The FLW Walleye Tour and tries to catch anything that swims. In the most recent FLW Walleye Tour event at Lake Erie, Dean weighed in five walleye for an astonishing weight of 45 pounds even.
The competitor roster was also full of well-known bass anglers like Gary Dobyns, Bob Izumi, the Johnston Brothers, and Richard Dobyns to name just a few. When the two day event was through, the Ranger team of Chris and Cory Johnston weighed in 12 smallmouth for a total of 61.29 pounds (5.1 pound average) to capture the title of 2012 Sturgeon Bay Open Champions. They took home a fully rigged Ranger Z-118 with Mercury Outboard along with an additional $1,000 for being Ranger Cup qualified.
Ranger Walleye Pro Rick Olson and his partner Tom Wiehoff wrapped up the weekend by winning the MWC in Huron, OH. The team weighed in 10 fish for two days totaling 85.74 pounds and took home a payday of over $13,000 that included a $1,000 bonus in Ranger Cup money. The next MWC event will be next week at Mille Lacs, MN and will coincide with the Cabela’s NTC.
Congratulations to these winners and all of the Ranger anglers who look to the exclusive features and winning experience of Ranger to drive them to dominate!