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Offifcial Press Release: MARBURY, Md. (June 28, 2015) – When professional angler Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, was forced to withdraw from the Walmart FLW Tour in 2014 after suffering a heart attack he wasn’t sure if he’d ever be able to fish competitively again. After a few months of recovery and undergoing cardiac rehabilitation, Wendlandt made the decision to return to the Tour in 2015.

His decision was validated Sunday when the three-time Angler of the Year brought a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 14 ounces to the scale to win the Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats. Wendlandt’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 60 pounds even earned him the win by a 4-pound, 4-ounce margin over Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tennessee, and the top cash award of $125,000 in the internationally-televised event that featured 142 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world competing in the final regular-season tournament of the season.

“For a long time now since the heart attack I’ve felt fine,” said Wendlandt, who had three top-20 finishes on the FLW Tour this season. “There is some damage, but I went through the rehab and got my heart back up to normal limits. I still love to fish and this season has been really, really good.”

Wendlandt spent the majority of his tournament picking apart key places in a large area in Potomac Creek. Wendlandt said his area had matted grass, docks and shallow wood, but the docks were key.

“I managed my area really well this week,” Wendlandt said. “I was only catching six to nine fish a day. Today, I only caught five. The majority of my fish came on two baits – a white Z-Man ChatterBait with a shad-colored Lake Fork Live Magic Shad and a ½-ounce green-pumpkin 4x4 Bass Jig. I caught a couple on a swimjig and a couple on a tube as well, but the ChatterBait and the jig were more effective.”

Wendlandt may have not even made the top-10 cut to fish Sunday had it not been for an incredible act of sportsmanship by fellow competitor Shinichi Fukae. Wendlandt started day three in first place, but soon experienced mechanical problems that would effectively end his day and force him to get an early tow back to the marina. However Fukae, who was fishing at a nearby location, offered to let Wendlandt use his boat for the remainder of the day – a decision that would allow Wendlandt to finish his day on the water and remain in contention for the win, but guarantee Fukae a zero for the day and a 20th-place finish.

“Without Shin, this win wouldn’t have been possible,” Wendlandt said. “I can’t say enough about him. What he did yesterday, giving me his boat… I cannot thank him enough.”

After this week’s strong showing on the Potomac Wendlandt ended the season ranked 18th in the Angler of the Year Race and qualified for the 16th-Forrest Wood Cup appearance of his career – the first since 2012.

“I love Lake Ouachita and I can’t wait to get there for the Forrest Wood Cup,” Wendlandt went on to say. “I feel like I’ve got some momentum right now and I’m excited for the opportunity to fish for a half a million dollars.”

The top 10 pros finished the tournament:

1st: Clark Wendlandt, Leander, Texas, 20 bass, 60-0, $125,000

2nd: Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 55-12, $28,309

3rd: Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 20 bass, 54-1, $23,575

4th: Darrel Robertson, Jay, Okla., 20 bass, 52-13, $18,842

5th: John Voyles, Petersburg, Ind., 20 bass, 52-10, $17,895

6th: Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 20 bass, 52-9, $16,949

7th: Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn., 20 bass, 51-14, $16,002

8th: Bryan Schmitt, Deale, Md., 20 bass, 51-12, $15,055

9th: Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark., 20 bass, 51-5, $14,109

10th: Jim Moynagh, Carver, Minn., 20 bass, 49-2, $13,162

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 50 bass weighing 118 pounds, 13 ounces caught by pros Sunday. All of the top-10 professionals weighed in five-bass limits.

For the first time in his storied career, pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Florida, wrapped up the Angler of the Year title on Saturday. He narrowly edged out pro John Cox of DeBary, Florida, in a tightly contested race that thrilled fishing fans throughout the season. Martin, who clinched the first Angler of the Year title of his career as well as a check for $100,000, also will receive an automatic berth into the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup along with a new Ranger Z518C boat.

Pro Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, clinched the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour Rookie of the Year award Friday, which is awarded to the rookie pro angler who finishes the season with the highest point total.

Jim Jones of Big Bend, Wisconsin, won the co-angler division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 25 pounds, 2 ounces, followed by Kyle Prskalo of Hobart, Indiana, who finished in second place with eight bass weighing 23 pounds, 15 ounces worth $7,081.

John Hunter of Shelbyville, Kentucky, clinched the Walmart FLW Tour Co-Angler of the Year title Friday and won a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The Walmart FLW Tour stop on the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats was hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners. It was the sixth and final regular-season tournament in the FLW Tour’s 2015 season. The final FLW Tour event of 2015 will be the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart held on Lake Ouachita, August 20-23 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The event will be hosted by the Visit Hot Springs and Arkansas Parks and Tourism. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

In addition to casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division, anglers are also competing for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The Forrest Wood Cup Champion could win as much as $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.

Coverage of the Potomac River tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) November 2 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. EDT when Season 20 of “FLW” returns this fall. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

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Michael Wooley Wins Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Chickamauga

The moment of victory, when Michael Wooley first knew that his final-day weight of 19-6 would be enough.


OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE DAYTON, Tenn. – FLW Tour pro Michael Wooley of Collierville, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 19 pounds, 6 ounces to win the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers. Wooley’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 92-4 gave him a 1-pound, 6-ounce margin of victory over second place angler Livingston Lures pro Stetson Blaylock of Benton, Arkansas, in the nationally-televised event that featured 146 of the best professional bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for the top cash award of up to $125,000.

“I grew up fishing on Pickwick Lake and Kentucky Lake,” said Wooley, who earned the first Walmart FLW Tour victory of his career in just his second season as a professional. “To get the biggest win of my life on the Tennessee River really means a lot to me. This win is just what I needed to continue my career. This lake is absolutely incredible.

“I thought I had lost the tournament today,” Wooley continued. “My key area where I have caught all of my fish this week shut down and I was only able to catch two fish there. I had to scramble and run a couple of schools that I had been practicing on each day after I’d catch my big weight. I was extremely nervous, because those schools weren’t holding the quality of fish that my original area was. Luckily I was able to pick off a few and got a couple of good bites.

“It was a grind. I thought my limit was a lot smaller than what it ended up being, so that final weigh-in was really stressful,” Wooley said.

Wooley said that he caught his fish this week on a mussel-laden bar near the Chester Frost Park boat ramp. He did most of his damage in the mornings when the gizzard shad were feeding and was catching fish in 12- to 13-feet of water. His key baits were a ½-ounce hand-poured shaky-head rig with a green-pumpkin Zoom Magnum Trick Worm and a green-pumpkin ¾-ounce Strike King Football Jig with a Strike King Rage Craw.

“I fished pretty clean all week, and I only lost one fish,” Wooley went on to say. “Lake Chickamauga will always be special to me after this one. I’ve never been to the Potomac River, but now I’ve got some momentum coming off this one and I love to fish in the grass so I’m going to give it my best shot and we’ll see what happens.”

The top 10 pros finished the tournament:

1st: Michael Wooley, Collierville, Tenn., 20 bass, 92-4, $125,000

2nd: Livingston Lures pro Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 20 bass, 90-13, $29,154

3rd: Walmart pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 20 bass, 85-9, $24,288

4th: Darrell Davis, Dover, Fla., 20 bass, 77-12, $19,421

5th: Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark., 20 bass, 72-8, $18,448

6th: Terry Bolton, Paducah, Ky., 20 bass, 71-12, $17,474

7th: Richard Peek, Centre, Ala., 20 bass, 70-3, $16,501

8th: Bill McDonald, Greenwood, Ind., 19 bass, 68-11, $15,528

9th: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 18 bass, 68-1, $14,554

10th: Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 16 bass, 62-8, $13,581

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 44 bass weighing 145 pounds even caught by pros Sunday. Seven professionals weighed in five-bass limits.

Paul LaFleur of Benton, Arkansas, won the co-angler division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 31 pounds, 4 ounces, followed by Cody Frazier of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, who finished in second place with eight bass weighing 29 pounds, 7 ounces worth $7,291.

The Walmart FLW Tour stop on Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers and was hosted by the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council. It was the fifth of six regular-season events in the FLW Tour’s 2015 season. The sixth FLW Tour event of 2015 will be held on the Potomac River, June 25-28 in Marbury, Maryland, and is presented by Ranger Boats. The event will be hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners. Boats will launch from Smallwood State Park in Marbury. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

In addition to casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division, anglers are also competing for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita and is hosted by Visit Hot Springs. The Forrest Wood Cup Champion could win as much as $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.

Coverage of the Lake Chickamauga tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) October 26 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. EDT when Season 20 of “FLW” returns this fall. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

ABOUT FLW: FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. - Release, Image, Video courtesy of FLW

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Kansas Speedway readies for NASCAR fans and Foodies!     Getty Images

What do I think of when it comes to NASCAR racing at Kansas? Well, racing on a track that's coming into it's own. Better races over the years since the demise of the COT (car of tomorrow.) A pretty dang cool track for night races. One of the best tracks on the schedule for the Camping World Truck Series. Oh, and there's the Hamburger that's made of both beef and bacon as well as BBQ Sundae. Yep, a Barbecue Sundae according to THEDECKCHEF.com!  Check out the whole story - complete with barbecue sauce HERE! You can also follow @thekentwhitaker

That's not ice cream, nuts, and a cherry! It's a BBQ Sundae! BBQ, Mashed Taters, sauce, and a Cherry Tomato! Served up at Kansas Speedway!

Images via: Getty / Kansas Speedway / Americrown

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