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Kennesaw, Ga. – June 30, 2020 – North Carolina native Brant McMullan has a 25-year history in Ocean Isle Beach, where his life is centered on family and fishing. He and wife Amy own and manage Ocean Isle Fishing Center, and when they’re not working, they often compete together as a family in kingfish tournaments with daughter, Caroline, and son, Brayden. In recent weeks, the McMullans have become the ‘first family’ of Yamaha’s Power Pay.
Kennesaw, Ga. – May 12, 2020 - Prior to turning full time FLW® pro five years ago, Matt Stefan made a living assuring commodities such as soybeans and gold were being traded in a fair and ethical manner. It’s no surprise the Wis. pro was quick to recognize the financial opportunities within the Yamaha Power Pay contingency program for tournament anglers, which has already paid anglers roughly $20,000 since its launch.
Jake Mims Places 18th, Takes Home $500
Kennesaw, Ga. – April 21, 2020 – Jake Mims, a student at Brewton Parker College in Central Georgia, recently became the first official competitive college angler to take home Yamaha Power Pay cash. Mims, who admits he hates to fish in a crowd, ran 34 miles away from the official launch on Lake Sam Rayburn to flip the flooded bushes that eventually led to an 18th place finish in the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series event. Impressively, his long run paid off in Power Pay winnings.
Kennesaw, Ga. – March 31, 2020 - Jacksonville redfish tournament angler Scott O’Brien makes a living tearing down buildings and turning them into recycled concrete, but his passion for inshore saltwater angling recently converted a third-place finish in the IFA Redfish® Tour® event at Steinhatchee into $2,000 worth of Yamaha Power Pay bonus cash.
Yamaha Marine will award $50,000 to the highest finishing registered eligible Power Pay angler during the 2020 Bassmaster Classic® in Birmingham, Ala., March 6 to March 8. Yamaha’s new Power Pay contingency program, which launched in the fall of 2019, provides cash bonuses to anglers who place highest in sanctioned salt and freshwater tournaments. The payout for the Classic represents the highest cash bonus opportunity available through the program.
Kennesaw, Ga. – February 21, 2020 – Darold Gleason became the first angler in America to cash-in on Yamaha’s new Power Pay contingency program for tournament anglers when he finished third in the FLW® Tackle Warehouse® Pro event on Sam Rayburn, Texas on Jan. 26.
All Predict Heavy Weights As Long As Weather Cooperates
For Drew Cook, Scott Canterbury and Patrick Walters, walking across the stage as a competitor for the first time in this year’s Bassmaster Classic® will be the realization of a life-long dream. Even for Matt Herren, Keith Combs, Bill Lowen and Mark Menendez, who have fished in previous Classics, the excitement is every bit as strong because this will be the 50th anniversary of the most famous bass tournament in the world.
Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Drew Cook is 2019 Bassmaster® DICK’s Sporting Goods® Rookie of the Year
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich., Oct. 2, 2019 - Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Scott Canterbury is the 2019 Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year. With five bass that weighed 19 pounds, 12 ounces during the final round on Tuesday, Oct. 1, Canterbury pushed his three-day total to 59 pounds four ounces, finishing in 14th place for the week at the Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year Championship on Lake St. Clair. More importantly, he finished at the top of the season points standings with 848 points, earning $100,000 and one of the most coveted titles in professional fishing.
NEENAH, Wis., July 1, 2019 – Yamaha Pro Cliff Pace took home the eighth and final trophy of the regular-season Bass Pro Tour on Green Lake, Wis., June 30. Sunday’s championship battle required more than 81 pounds to win, and Pace caught 47 bass for a total of 81 pounds, nine ounces to secure the title. Yamaha Pro Bobby Lane placed second, catching 43 bass for a total of 68 pounds, twelve ounces. For his win, Pace takes home $100,000 and the title of Stage Eight Champion.
KENNESAW, Ga., February 4, 2019 – Yamaha Pro Jordan Lee became the first angler to claim a Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour title during the 2019 season on Feb. 3 in Kissimmee, Fla. The Alabama native is a two-time Bassmaster Classic® Champion (2017 and 2018) and won a national collegiate championship in 2013 at the age of 21. Lee now boasts the most prolific Top 10 success rate in the sport of professional bass fishing; he’s made the Top 10 in over 35 percent of his tour-level tournaments.
19 Yamaha Pros to Compete in 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour
KENNESAW, Ga., January 29, 2019 – Yamaha announced today that it has joined Major League Fishing® (MLF) as an official outboard sponsor of the 2019 Bass Pro Tour, Bass Pro Tour Championship and MLF NOW!’s live streaming broadcast, which will feature more than 350 hours of coverage. In addition, Yamaha V MAX SHO® outboards will power 19 professional angler boats during 53 episodes aired on Discovery Channel®, Sportsman Channel®, CBS® and CBS Sports®. All episodes are also available on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).
Storm Surge Damages Downstairs Portion of Tharp’s Gulf Home
When Randall Tharp returned home at 3 a.m. Saturday, October 6, from an eight-day fishing exhibition in China, the tropical depression that would soon become the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Florida Gulf Coast did not appear to be a threat at all.
Yamaha Pro Justin Lucas is the 2018 Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year. Starting the tournament on Lake Chatuge with an eight-point lead in the AOY season standings, Lucas had solid catches on Thursday and Friday, stretching that lead to an almost-insurmountable 47 points. Lucas’ title marks the second consecutive AOY win for Team Yamaha; Brandon Palaniuk was named AOY in 2017.
Baudette, Minn., Sept. 12, 2018 - Yamaha Pro Brett King was named 2018 Lucas Oil® Angler of the Year title on Sept. 9 during the National Walleye Tour Championship on Lake of the Woods, Minn. King brought in a total of 41.80 pounds to finish fifth in the championship tournament, earing him the points needed to become the Angler of the Year recipient. He joins the ranks of Yamaha Pro Robert Blosser as one of only two pros to earn the Angler of the Year title twice, claiming his first title in 2011.
Team FFMD and Their Amazing Mission
The 43-foot Everglades® center console, powered by quad Yamaha F350 outboards, cruised out of Snake Creek, the cut between the Atlantic and Florida Bay at the south end of Islamorada, and headed into a breeze that would continue to pick up throughout the day. Aboard were members of Team FFMD (Fishing for Muscular Dystrophy), with owner and team captain Paul Robertson at the helm. They were competing in the final day of the Jimmy Johnson Quest for the Ring Series dubbed the National Billfish Championship, a major tournament in South Florida’s winter-long sailfish season, and considered by many to be the most prestigious.
Yamaha Marine helps a legendary charity striped bass tournament return to prominence
The morning of Friday, June 8, 2018, dawned crystal clear, with New York City’s skyscrapers just across the Hudson River providing a beautiful and inspiring view. On the docks at Liberty Landing Marina, the Manhattan Cup experienced a rebirth after a three-year hiatus.
LA CROSSE, Wisc. – June 25, 2018 – Yamaha Pro Ish Monroe brought 16 pounds, 2 ounces to the scales on Sunday, June 24, claiming a victory at the 2018 Bassmaster® Elite tournament at the Mississippi Ri
LA CROSSE, Wisc. – June 25, 2018 – Yamaha Pro Ish Monroe brought 16 pounds, 2 ounces to the scales on Sunday, June 24, claiming a victory at the 2018 Bassmaster® Elite tournament at the Mississippi River. The Hughson, Calif., native took first with a four-day total of 65 pounds, 7 ounces, marking his fifth Elite tournament win.
BAY CITY, Mich. – June 20, 2018 – Yamaha Pros Brett King and Joe Okada took first and second place during the second event of the 2018 Cabela’s® National Walleye Tour last Friday, June 15, on Saginaw Bay in Michigan. During the two-day tournament, King brought in 10 walleyes weighing nearly 50 pounds, to capture the win. Okada brought in a two-day total of 49.71 pounds, officially finishing only .12 pounds behind King.
Greenville, S.C. – March 19, 2018 – Yamaha Pro Angler Jordan Lee is the 2018 Bassmaster Classic® Champion. Lee, who began Sunday’s championship round in sixth place, caught five bass that weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces and won the 2018 Bassmaster Classic® with a three-day total of 47 pounds, 1 ounce. Lee also won the 2017 Classic on Lake Conroe, Texas, and joins fishing legends Rick Clunn and Kevin VanDam as the only anglers in history to win the Super Bowl of professional bass fishing two years in a row.
Alexander City, Ala. – Feb. 12, 2018 – Yamaha Pro Takahiro Omori took home the first-place trophy after the first Bassmaster® Elite tournament of 2018 on Sunday, Feb. 11. The veteran pro finished the tournament with 14 pounds on the final day of competition to capture the win on Lake Martin with a four-day total of 59 pounds 8 ounces.
Kissimmee, Fla. – Feb. 7, 2018 – Yamaha Pro Bobby Lane took home a wire-to-wire first-place finish at the first Bass Pro Shops® Bassmaster® Eastern Open on Saturday, Feb. 3 with a three-day total of 60 pounds. For the Lakeland, Fla. angler, the victory represents a hometown win long in the making.
Congratulates Veteran Pro Angler Bill Lowen on New Partnership Xpress Boats
Kennesaw, Ga., Jan. 25, 2018 – Yamaha Marine Group is pleased to welcome anglers Jordan Lee, Matt Lee, Hunter Bland, Zach Axtman, Scott Rhodes, and Troy Creasy to the Pro Team for the 2018 season. The new team members will compete within the bass and walleye professional tournament circuits, and will serve as ambassadors of the Yamaha Marine brand throughout the year. Yamaha Marine also congratulates 11-year Pro Team member Bill Lowen on his new partnership with Xpress Boats for the 2018 season.
Bassmaster® Elite Champion Advocates on Behalf of Recreational Anglers
Yamaha Pro Keith Combs is Toyota® Mille Lacs Champion
Onamia, Minn., Sept. 18, 2017 - Skeeter/Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk is the 2017 Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year. Palaniuk caught 62 pounds, 3 ounces of bass to finish in 20th place, earning the points he needed to surpass Oklahoma Pro Jason Christie by a final margin of 902 to 888 points, and claim his first Angler of the Year title during the Toyota® Mille Lacs Championship tournament.
THIRD ELITE VICTORY FOR THE 29-YEAR-OLD IDAHO PRO KNOWN AS “THE PRODIGY”
Lufkin, Texas – May 22, 2017 – Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk finished Sunday’s Toyota®Bassmaster® Elite Texas Fest with a catch of 21 pounds, 12 ounces to capture the win on Sam Rayburn Reservoir with a four-day total of 93 pounds, 12 ounces. It was the third Elite victory for the 29-year-old Idaho pro known as “the prodigy.”
FISHIN' VOL. 10, NO. 3
This Season Alton Jones Jr. Joins His Father to Fish the 2017 Bassmaster Classic® and the Elites
PRO IS VETERAN ANGLER AND AIM® CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Kennesaw, Ga., February 28, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that walleye angler Brett King has joined Yamaha’s 2017 Walleye Pro Fishing Team.
YAMAHA PRO JARED LINTNER CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY A YEAR LATE
Ever since the conclusion of the 2016 Bassmaster® Elite season this past September, Yamaha Pros have been spending the off-season in a variety of ways, but none, perhaps, quite like veteran Jared Lintner. The California-based pro and his wife Keri celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by taking a week-long cruise in the Bahamas.
CAPTURES WIN WITH FOUR-DAY TOTAL OF 72 POUNDS, 14 OUNCES
Charles County, Md. – August 15, 2016 – Yamaha Pro Justin Lucas finished Sunday’s Bassmaster® Elite tournament with a catch of 19 pounds, 13 ounces to capture the win on the Potomac River with a four-day total of 72 pounds, 14 ounces. It was the Guntersville, Ala. angler’s second career Elite victory, after winning in 2015 on the Sacramento River in California.
ICE FISHING LURE IN DEEP ROCK PILES HELPS MINNESOTAN TO STEAL WIN FROM DAKOTAN COMPETITORS
DEVILS LAKE, North Dakota – July 15, 2016 – Yamaha Pro Spencer Deutz and his wife, Carley, from Moorhead, Minn. brought in 29.86 pounds to take home the winnings for the final AIM® Weekend Walleye Series at Devils Lake AWWS Warrior Boats Open on Sunday, July 10.
COMES FROM BEHIND TO CAPTURE SIXTH B.A.S.S. WIN
DECATUR, Ala., May 2, 2016 – Yamaha Pro Takahiro Omori of Emory, Texas claimed his sixth Bassmaster® Elite Series win on Sunday, May, 1 on Wheeler Lake. Coming from behind to beat Day 2- and Day 3-leader Dave Lefebre, Omori brought in five bass on the fourth day weighing an impressive 25 pounds, three ounces to capture the win. In addition, he won the Phoenix Boats®Big Bass award for the final day with a bass weighing in at five pounds, 15 ounces. He finished with a four-day total of 81 pounds, six ounces.
YAMAHA PROS CLAIM FOUR OF TOP FIVE POSITIONS
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark., April 25, 2016 – Yamaha Pro Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla. claimed his first Bassmaster® Elite Series win on Sunday, April 24 on Bull Shoals and Norfolk lakes. Keeping a consistent approach across the two lakes during the four-day tournament, Tharp brought in five bass weighing 16 pounds, two ounces on day four of the tournament to claim the win. He finished with a four-day total of 61 pounds, 10 ounces.
FELLOW YAMAHA PROS PALANIUK AND PIPKENS TAKE SECOND AND FOURTH
DETROIT, Mich., August 31, 2015 – Veteran Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth brought 22 pounds, two ounces of smallmouth to the scales on Sunday, August 30, to win the final Bassmaster®Elite tournament of the 2015 season on Michigan’s Lake St. Clair. The Texas-based angler finished with a four-day total of 84 pounds, seven ounces, outdistancing fellow Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk, who took second with 78 pounds, six ounces.
MINNESOTA ANGLER BRINGS ADDITONAL TALENT TO 2015 ROSTER
Kennesaw, Ga., May 28, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that walleye angler Spencer Deutz has joined Yamaha’s 2015 Walleye Pro Fishing Team.
YAMAHA PROS CLAIM SEVEN OF TOP 12 POSITIONS
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 4, 2015 – Yamaha Pro Justin Lucas grew up fishing the famed California Delta, and that experience proved invaluable Sunday, May 3. Re-visiting several favorite spots he had not fished in more than a decade, Lucas brought 16 pounds to the scales the final afternoon to win the Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the Sacramento River. He finished with a four-day total of 82 pounds, 14 ounces. Fishing his second season in the Elites after three years on the FLW pro circuit, it is his first tour-level victory.
Yamaha Pro’s Mission Is To Get More Kids Fishing
Even though Michael Iaconelli’s recent week at the Bassmaster Classic® on Lake Hartwell kept him tightly focused on a winning fishing strategy – the Yamaha Pro finished 6th – he still found time to spend several hours each evening working on The Ike Foundation, a new non-profit organization devoted to getting more young people involved in the sport of fishing.
WINNERS TAKE HOME RANGER® 220 BAHIA/YAMAHA F150 PACKAGE VALUED AT $41,000
Kennesaw, Ga. - Oct. 31, 2014 – Yamaha Pro anglers Geoff Page, of Sarasota, Florida, and Rick Murphy, of Homestead, Florida won the championship event of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Cabela’s® at Houma, Louisiana, on October 25.
WINS BY MARGIN OF EIGHT POUNDS
Philadelphia, Pa., August 11, 2014 – Yamaha Pro Michael Iaconelli brought in a final day’s catch of 10 pounds, 14 ounces Sunday to win the Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the Delaware River, water he has fished since he was a youngster. His four-day total of 47 pounds, 14 ounces gave him a winning margin of eight pounds, something extremely unusual in the tough Elite competition where only ounces often separate the top finishers.
EYES 2015 CLASSIC TO DEFEND TITLE
Like virtually every Bassmaster Classic® winner before him, Cliff Pace has had an extremely busy but thoroughly enjoyable year as the reigning Bassmaster Classic® world champion. The Yamaha Pro has traveled from one corner of the country to the other on a whirlwind schedule, and admits being amazed at the growth and popularity of professional tournament bass fishing.
PACE, VINSON, JONES AND CROCHET DISCUSS PRE-TOURNAMENT SCOUTING AND STRATEGY
For most people, the Christmas and New Year’s holiday is a time of relaxation with family and friends, but that’s only part of the story for the 18 Yamaha Pros who will be fishing in the Bassmaster Classic® in February. For many of them, at least part of the Christmas season will be spent bass fishing and scouting Alabama’s Lake Guntersville, site of the 2014 world championship. The lake goes off-limits to all competitors Dec. 31.
DETROIT, Mich., August 26, 2013 - Yamaha Pro Hank Cherry claimed one of bass fishing’s toughest prizes Saturday, winning the Bassmaster® Rookie of the Year title at Michigan’s Lake St. Clair, the final event of the 2013 Bassmaster® Elite Series. Cherry, a native of Maiden, N.C., surpassed fellow Yamaha Pro Clifford Pirch for the award. The two anglers exchanged the point lead throughout the eight-tournament season.
He’s made appearances or given a seminar in every state in the Southeast and even been to California, yet Yamaha Pro Cliff Pace has only been the Bassmaster Classic® champion for two months. Literally, since claiming bass fishing’s most prestigious title in late February, Pace has been a fisherman on the go
ZAPATA, Texas, March 27, 2013 – Yamaha Pro Keith Combs, a six-year B.A.S.S.®tournament competitor, used his expertise in leading wire-to-wire to win the second Bassmaster® Elite tournament on Falcon Lake where he is also a part-time guide. His four-day total was 111 pounds, 5 ounces.
ORANGE, Texas, March 18, 2013 – Veteran Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth won the season-opening Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the Sabine River Sunday, March 17, bringing in 14 pounds, 9 ounces the final day for a four-day total of 49 pounds, 6 ounces. Fellow Yamaha Pro Dean Rojas finished second with 42 pounds 12 ounces.
Tulsa, Okla., February 25, 2013 – Yamaha Pro Cliff Pace, describing his day on the water as one of “the toughest days I’ve ever had,” boated only four fish weighing 11 pounds, eight ounces Sunday but they were enough for the Petal, Miss. angler to claim bass fishing’s biggest title, the Bassmaster Classic world championship. He finished with a three-day total of 54-12.
Mountain Home, Ark., April 23, 2012– Yamaha pro Brandon Palaniuk brought only 12 pounds, 15 ounces to the scales Sunday afternoon but it was more than enough to win the Bassmaster® Elite Series tournament at Bull Shoals Lake. The 24-year old angler from Rathdrum, Idaho finished with a four-day total of 74 pounds, six ounces.
Okeechobee, Fla., March 26, 2012– Yamaha-sponsored pro Ish Monroe scored his second career Bassmaster® Elite Series win Sunday at Lake Okeechobee, boating 108 pounds, five ounces, and leading all four days of the event. The win was the second in as many weeks for Yamaha Pros fishing the Bassmater® Elite Series, Alton Jones having won last week’s tournament on the St. Johns River in Palatka, Fla.
PALATKA, Fla., March 19, 2012– Yamaha pros Alton Jones, Todd Faircloth, and Keith Combs swept the top three spots Sunday, March 18, in the season opener of the 2012 Bassmaster® Elite Series tournament on the St. Johns River.
LACROSSE, Wis., June 25, 2012– In what he described as one of the most mentally and physically challenging tournaments he’s ever fished, veteran Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth held on Sunday to win the Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the upper Mississippi River by just over a pound. Bringing 14 pounds, 9 ounces to the scales the final afternoon, Faircloth finished with a four-day total of 62-4.
Record Largemouth Bass to be on Display at Bassmaster® Classic
Kennesaw, Ga., February 8, 2011 -- Yamaha Marine Group announced today Manabu Kurita, who officially tied the world record for the largest bass ever caught, has joined the Yamaha/Skeeter® professional fishing staff and will display his catch at the Yamaha booth during the Bassmaster® Classic in New Orleans, Feb. 17-20, 2011.