2016 marks Benton’s fourth season on the FLW Tour. A native of Panama City, FL, Benton started fishing the Rayovac FLW Series in 2009 as a Co-Angler and has quickly moved up the ranks as a professional. Benton successfully claimed his first FLW Tour title Lake Okeechobee. He shocked the rest of the field by winning his first Tour-level event as a rookie. Introduced to the outdoors by his mother and father at a very young age, Benton has spent countless hours in the deer stand and on some of the most pristine bass waters all over the southeastern U.S. Ever since his first bass tournament at the age of 16, Benton has been consumed with a passion for the sport. Benton says he’s always been a competitor, competing in athletics all the way through college where he played college baseball. Upon graduating from Florida State University, Benton set a career goal to become a professional bass fisherman. The dream has now become a reality, as Benton qualified to fish the FLW Tour and now gets to enjoy his fantasy coming to life.
Bohannan is a power fisherman who loves to throw a crankbait. He began fishing FLW tournaments in 1999 in the Ozark Division of the BFL circuit, and cashed his first check in 2005 by winning at Grand Lake. Bohannan is married and has a son. He and his wife are honorary chairmen for the EOA Children’s House in northwest Arkansas, which serves as a long-term treatment center for abused and neglected children in the United States.
Bolton, a former junior college tennis player, has racked up just shy of $1 Million in earnings in his FLW career. This Kentucky native has seen more than half of his top-10 finishes come from the legendary ledges at Kentucky and Barkley lakes. He has also done well at the Forrest Wood Cup, finishing in the top-10 several times. Bolton has fished the FLW Tour, FLW Series, EverStart Series and BFL tournaments throughout his career. Bolton is a self-described “metal-head” and loves to fish a spinnerbait on his favorite body of water, Kentucky Lake. When not fishing, he enjoys duck hunting.
Glenn Browne has been fishing professionally since 1998 and signed with Lew’s in January 2011. He gave his Team Lew’s TL1H a good workout at the FLW Tour’s event on Lake Okeechobee where he finished in 11th place. He said, "They’re one of the best I’ve ever put in my hand. I can’t believe how far I can throw and how smooth they are. They’ve come out with a fantastic product."
Hot Springs, AR
Stephen Browning is a strong competitor on the Bassmaster Elite Series, having earned nearly $884,000 throughout his B.A.S.S. career and an additional $189,000 in FLW Outdoors tournaments. In early 2012, Browning joined Team Lew's and will be fishing with Lew's reels. On a recent outing for bass and stripers, he reported back to us, saying, "There's a lot of torque on the reels, and the drag is flawless."
Park Hill, OK
Christie, an Oklahoma angler who resides at Park Hill near Lake Tenkiller, has mostly fished FLW tournaments over the past dozen years. He's earned nearly $650,000 on that trail, including the top prize money from five BFLs on Grand Lake. He's also added another $105,000 in earnings from B.A.S.S. events, with most of that coming from his two Bassmaster Open wins in 2012. One of those, his July win on the Detroit River in Michigan while fishing in the Northern Open series, is what qualified him for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. He also won the Central Open tournament on Oklahoma's Fort Gibson Lake in September 2012. Christie joined Team Lew's in early 2013 and will be fishing Lew's reels.
Mount Ida, AR
Mark Davis has been a regular on B.A.S.S. tournament leader boards ever since entering his first event with that trail in 1986. Davis is gearing up with Lew's rods and reels for the 2012 tournament season. Davis' first baitcast reels were Lew's Speed Spools given to him on his 16th birthday by his dad. Raised on spinning gear, Davis credits his introduction to Lew's baitcasters as being instrumental in his fondness for fishing deep-diving crankbaits.
Former President and CEO of FLW, Evans is no stranger to the stage. Throughout his years with the company, Evans would often be found hosting the FLW weigh-ins and talking to anglers as they came off the water. He began fishing FLW tournaments at the BFL and Rayovac Series events back in 1999, gaining the confidence and knowledge needed to compete at the highest levels of the FLW. When he left his office job in 2010, he decided to further pursue his angling career. Charlie had a highly successful first season as co-angler in 2011, finishing ninth in the overall Co-Angler of the Year race. This was enough to persuade him to make the switch in 2012 to fish as a professional boater on the Tour.
David Fritts has the most history with the Lew's brand having been a primary spokesman for the Lew's name over much of his nearly two decades of tournament fishing. Fritts helped put the Lew's BB1N Speed Spool on the map through his prowess at throwing big-lipped crankbaits a "mile" and "feeling" them all the way back to the boat. Over a career that includes six FLW tournament wins and five BASS victories, including the 1993 Bassmaster Classic, Fritts has won more than $2 million in competitive fishing.
Muscle Shoals, AL
Timmy Horton has picked Lew's for his choice of reels and has already incorporated the all-new Lew's baitcast and spinning reels into his fishing arsenal for 2011. Horton, known for his offshore deep-cranking skills, has had 27 top 10 finishes in his 15 years along the BASS tournament trail and earned the coveted BASS Angler of the Year award in 2000. He's recorded wins in four of the events and earned more than $1.2 million along the way.
Brad Knight has fished at nearly every level of FLW competition on his way to the top. After first qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup in 2014, Knight qualified again in 2015 and earned the biggest win of his career on Lake Ouachita. Born and raised in east Tennessee, Knight enjoys following the Vols and college football in the offseason. Though it hasn't been huge for his success in on Tour, Knight's favorite bait is probably a big swimbait and he's know for his interest and skill in that area.
Bio coming soon
In 10 years on the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bill Lowen has earned seven Bassmaster Classic berths and landed 14 Top 10 finishes.
Marshall, also known as Mr. Crappie, has been a true leader and visionary for the niche sport of crappie fishing and has accumulated a number of accomplishments over the past 25 years. He has qualified for 31 crappie championships, earned an angler-of-the-year title in 2002, won the Crappie Classic in 2003 and claimed top prize at the Crappie Masters One-Pole Championship in 2010. Marshall was inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2008.
McDonald, from Greenwood, Ind., has been fishing professionally for more than 30 years, with most of his focus being on FLW Tour and FLW Rayovac Series tournaments. He has multiple top-10 finishes, a Rayovac win and an FLW Cup appearance to his credit. "I love to compete and always want to win, but just having the opportunity to fish is rewarding regardless of where I finish. So in my mind there's no such thing as having a 'bad' tournament day," McDonald said. "Yes, I do like to help others learn about fishing, especially youth. It's important to me that I give back to this great sport. Lew's has the perfect range of equipment to take any angler fishing from beginner to expert. I'm proud to be part of such a legendary brand."
Menendez credits the Lew’s Speed Spool for several important career highlights, which include qualifying for the Bassmaster BP Top 100s, catching the largest bass in the first 31 years of BASS, making his first Bassmaster Classic and earning his first Bassmaster win.
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Reeds Spring, MO
After a 13 year career with the Carbondale Fire Department in which Morgenthaler had moved up to the rank of Captain, Chad decided to go for it and left the fire department to pursue his dream of fishing professionally. Growing up in a small town in rural Southern Illinois Chad did not have an opportunity to fish on the larger lakes and major river systems. He cut his teeth on local ponds and strip pits close to home. He says he has learned a tremendous amount about the sport over his career on the water, but feels there is still much to learn. Morgenthaler is known for always keeping a positive attitude and is receptive to any opportunity to help the sport grow. When not on the water, you can find Morgenthaler spending time with his family and friends and in the fall in a tree bow hunting for whitetail deer.
Michael Murphy uses his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences to help with his competitive tournament fishing. The South Carolina pro relies on the combination of scientific knowledge and his tournament experience to direct him through the seasonal patterns of finding and catching bass throughout the year. He is considered one of bass fishing’s top anglers with a jerkbait and always has one tied on regardless of when and where he’s fishing. Murphy says it never gets too hot or cold to catch ‘em on a jerkbait.
John Murray has been fishing full time as a professional angler since 1985. He's won just about every imaginable bass tournament title available in the West, and has been competing on both the FLW Tour and B.A.S.S. Elite Series trails in recent years. Among his many fishing talents, John has developed a strength many anglers have difficulty with - deep structure fishing – out of necessity from fishing the deep clear reservoirs in the west. He’s taken what he’s learned there to all parts of the country and, as a result, has added Lake Erie to Lake Mead as his two most favorite lakes to fish. Murray has won nearly $2 million in tournament earnings to date.
Robinson, from Lyman, S.C., has been competing along the Elite Series tournament trail since 2007. He has five top 10 finishes to his credit, including a third place check from the 2012 B.A.S.S. Elite event held in June on Toledo Bend Reservoir. The announcement that Robinson will fish Lew's reels was made just before the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, the second such appearance for Robinson; his first was in 2012 on the Red River out of the Shreveport-Bossier City, La., area.
West Memphis, AR
Rose has earned more than $1.6 million in winnings along the FLW trail over his 14-year career. He had two wins in 2012: a FLW Tour Opens title on Alabama's Wheeler Lake, and a BFL victory on Kentucky / Barkley Lakes. Rose won a FLW Tour Majors event in 2011 and took the FLW All American Championship in 2009. Rose also has two other FLW wins to his credit.
Scroggins has been fishing BASS tournaments since 1999, recording five wins and more than $1.2 million along the way. He says flipping is his primary strength, and that the new lightweight Lew's reels with their paddle handles are perfect for what he does best.
Spring City, TN
Strader has fished with the FLW Tour since 1997 and his remarkable consistency has been enough to push him past the $1 Million mark in career earnings. Strader’s first Tour victory came back in 2002 at Lake Ouachita. When not fishing, Strader likes making his own crankbaits and duck-hunting.
Port St.Joe, FL
In 2007, Randall Tharp was running a construction business in Birmingham, Ala., and fishing local level BFL tournaments. In August of 2013, Randall Tharp hoisted the FLW Tour Forrest Wood Cup high over his head in victory, taking his place in history as one of the best professional bass anglers in the world.
Thliveros, known to most bass fishing fans as "Peter T," has been fishing professionally for nearly 20 years. He has seven wins along the BASS trail, plus an FLW win, contributing to his nearly $2 million in combined tournament earnings.
FLW Tour Pro Andrew Upshaw grew up in east Texas along the banks of Toledo Bend Reservoir where tournament fishing is considered a standard lifestyle. While attending college at Stephen F. Austin University, he became the first collegiate angler to qualify for and compete in the prestigious Bassmaster Classic in 2012 on the Red River near Shreveport, La. In addition to the power fishing skills acquired on his home waters, he’s also become an accomplished finesse angler because of his fondness for those techniques. As a result, you’re going to always see Lew’s baitcast and spinning gear at the ready in his boat.
Yelas has been fishing professionally since 1989, spending most of his first 15 years on the B.A.S.S. tournament trail. He won the Bassmaster Classic in 2002 on Alabama's Lay Lake, and was the B.A.S.S Angler of the Year in 2003. Yelas has been fishing the FLW Tour for 11 years. He was FLW Angler of the Year in 2002 and 2007, and has added more than $800,000 in FLW earnings to his $1.3 million from his B.A.S.S. tournaments. Yelas is just as adept with finesse gear and a drop shot rig as he is with heavy gear and tossing a jig. Yelas will be one of the anglers helping Lew's broaden its spinning reel lineup for 2014.
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