• Fishing Tournaments

    Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C. won the Lake Norman FLW Invitational this past weekend, and 8 other Carolina anglers finished in the top 20.

    Bryan Thrift wins FLW Invitational on Lake Norman

    North Carolina native Bryan Thrift won the Walmart FLW Invitational on Lake Norman this past weekend, narrowly beating fellow North Carolinian Scott Beattie by less than half a pound. In all, 9 anglers from the Carolinas placed in the top 20 of the event.

    September 19 at 12:18pm
    Casey Ashley needed a strong finish finish at La Crosse, and he got it with a 10th place showing.

    Casey Ashley finishes 10th at La Crosse

    Casey Ashley from Donalds, S.C. didn’t win the La Crosse Bassmaster Elite Series tournament this past weekend, but he probably wouldn’t be any happier if he did. He finished 10th, and gained plenty of valuable Angler of the Year points, and secured himself a spot in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic.

    September 11 at 8:03pm
    Casey Ashley leads the La Crosse Bassmaster Elite Series tournament after Day 1.

    Casey Ashley leads La Crosse Bassmaster Elite Tournament after Day 1

    Desperately needing a strong finish in the final tournament of the Bassmaster Elite Series Tour, Casey Ashley finished Day 1 in first place with a total of 17-10, leading 2nd place angler Ott DeFoe by 3 ounces. 

    September 08 at 7:02pm
    After running aground on a sandbar Monday evening, Casey Ashley is determined to finish strong in the last tournament of the Elite Series, which began today.

    Casey Ashley struggling to make 2017 Bassmaster Classic

    Casey Ashley’s got it made. The 32-year-old Carolina boy is truly living the dream. Way back in 4th grade, Ashley wrote a paper about his dream job – being a professional angler. He became a pro angler shortly after high school, won a ton of local bass fishing tournaments, his share of Bassmaster Opens and Elite Series tournaments and in 2015, he won the Bassmaster Classic.

    September 08 at 11:41am
    Bunker Hill High School won the FLW/TBF North Carolina state championship, and advances to the Southeastern Conference championship later this year.

    Bunker Hill High School duo wins TBF/FLW High School State Championship

    The Bunker Hill High School duo of Dylan Lamm and Austin Blair brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the 2016 TBF/FLW High School Fishing North Carolina State Championship on Lake Norman.

    June 21 at 5:11pm
    The Ashley Lauren won the 58th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, and is the only team to win the lady angler award and the Big Rock overall victory.

    Ashley Lauren wins 58th Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

    The Ashley Lauren fishing team completed an improbable double victory Saturday, winning the 58th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament just eight days after capturing the 19th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament, a single-day event that kicked off the larger six-day competition.

    June 19 at 11:47pm
    Viking 72 brought this blue marlin to the scales on day 5 of the Big Rock Tournament.

    Viking 72 catches 564.1-pound blue marlin in day 5 of Big Rock

    Day 5 of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament was a big one. It concluded with a total of 36 total billfish released, and two blue marlins brought to the scales. A spearfish was also released.

    June 18 at 12:02am
    Team Yellowfin released the 58th fish in the 58th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament today, the 4th day of the event.

    10 billfish released during day 4 of Big Rock Tournament

    The 2016 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is heading into the home stretch after day 4, which did not see any blue marlin come to the scales.

    June 16 at 9:20pm
    Gryphon brought in the lone blue marlin on day 3 of the 2016 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

    Gryphon boats 413-pound blue marlin on day 3 of Big Rock Tournament

    Day 3 of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament concluded yesterday with a smaller number of fish caught, and just one blue marlin brought to the scales, but it was an exciting day nonetheless, and the tournament continues today with several boats already reporting releases of billfish.

    June 16 at 7:23am
    The Ashley Lauren brought a 621.4-pound blue marlin to the scales on Tuesday, day 2 of the 2016 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

    Ashley Lauren boats 621.4-pound blue marlin on day 2 of Big Rock

    Tuesday was day two of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City, and it was just as big a day as Monday. Twenty-eight total billfish were released on the day, and like day one, three blue marlin were brought to the scales.

    June 15 at 10:36am
    The Marlin Gull won the Fabulous Fisherman Level award after William McSpadden brought this 564.8-pound blue marlin into the boat, which is captained by Kenny Midget.

    Marlin Gull boats 564-pound blue marlin in Big Rock tournament

    Day One of the 2016 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City is in the books, and by all accounts, it was a successful day, capped by a blue marlin that tipped the scales at over 560 pounds, which won over $433,000 for the Marlin Gull.

    June 13 at 7:40pm
    Rob Digh lead the way for North Carolina in the team division. The Denver native bagged 10 fish weighing 24-03 during the event.

    North Carolina wins team event at B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional

    North Carolina won the team competition between 18 states at the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional presented by Magellan Outdoors underway on Douglas Lake.

    May 06 at 9:05am
    The 8th annual Reeling' for Research offshore fishing tournament is this weekend out of Morehead City.

    8th annual Reelin' for Research tournament is this weekend

    The 8th annual Reelin’ for Research offshore fishing tournament benefiting the UNC Children’s Hospital and Childhood Cancer Research is set to cast off this Saturday, April 30th, out of Morehead City, NC.  

    April 28 at 9:02pm
    Andrew Shepherd allegedly cheated to win this check, as well as other checks and prizes during local and national kayak fishing tournaments.

    Kayak bass angler allegedly caught cheating In multiple tournaments

    The world of kayak bass fishing tournaments was rocked this week when tournament directors and organizers for two major tournament trails – Kayak Bass Fishing and Kayak Bass Series — revealed one of its competitors had been identified as submitting falsified photograph entries during a Kayak Bass Series tournament.

    April 20 at 11:58pm
    Capt. Stephen Fields of Charleston Fishing Company will be competing in the IFA's Atlantic Division event in Georgetown.

    IFA Redfish Tours head to Georgetown, S.C.

    Inshore anglers from across the Carolinas and surrounding regions will meet at Georgetown, South Carolina, on April 30 - May 1 for the first 2016 Atlantic Division events of the IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing.

    April 18 at 3:35pm
    Fifty-two of the world's best bass anglers will weigh in at Houston's Minute Maid Park, with fishing out of Lake Conroe March 24-26, 2017.

    2017 Bassmaster Classic location announced

    The world championship of bass fishing — the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro — will be held in Houston for the first time in the event’s 47-year history, B.A.S.S. and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, the event hosts, revealed today.

    April 15 at 5:58am