It’s a new 2016!!!

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in BASS Elite Series Tournaments | Comments Off on It’s a new 2016!!!

By that, I mean we have moved cross-country from AZ to TN and now live on the shores of Watts Bar  lake. I’ve lived  in AZ for all my 51 years, so I thought it might be hard to re-locate- far from the truth, I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner!! Our town is just 2000 population, and about an hour to either Knoxville or Chattanooga, so big time difference from central Phoenix. TJ loves his new school, and Amy and I love the outdoor lifestyle. My commute to tournaments will be much shorter, with the longest drive this year being 13 hours! Looking forward to learning the lake lifestyle and wishing everyone a great...

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Sabine 2015

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in BASS Elite Series Tournaments | 1 comment

We kicked off the 2015 Elite season at a great, but tough venue, the Sabine River out of Orange TX. This year, I’m back to staying with Skeet and Byron, as TJ has started school and Amy tok a job at Rigid Lighting. I went a couple days early to attend Byron’s wedding, which was a great time. I was anxious for the first day of practice, because last time I had a great 2nd day and finished in the money. Unfortunately, this year, I spent the first 6 hours of practice in an area that was later determined off-limits!!  So the sum  total of practice the 1st day was a couple bites on some water from last time. The 2nd day, I stayed closer to the ramp and had lots of action and found some productive areas. The 3rd day, I actually had a great day in an area that most of the top 5 fished, but I felt it would be too crowded and never went back!! The 1st day of competition, I returned to my favorite area from last time, but could only scrape up 2 keepers for the day. The 2nd day, with a 2hour fog delay, I stayed close and caught 4 keepers and lost a 3lber at the boat to just miss the cut by 1 lb!!!! So frustrating!! The lesson learned was to stay closer and maximize the fishing time under tough conditions. i caught every keeper flipping a Gene Larew Mega tube with a 1/4 oz R2S tungsten weight on a Lews flipping rod to cypress trees. The best part of the weekend came Saturday when I got to take  a team of high school fishermen out on a championship finale to a private lake. My anglers, Brett Clark and Jared Wiggins, finished 2nd place with 8-11 for 3 bass!! Always great to meet such great young men and fine anglers, was truly a great experience. Next one is at Guntersville, and should be a slugfest- I’m...

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Classic 2014

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Bassmaster Classic | 1 comment

We are here!!  Three days of practice are in the books, and we have now checked into the Birmingham Sheraton getting ready for the big show. Practice was tough- I caught 7 keepers in 3 days, but with Amy and TJ here with me- it’s been great! We kept the motorhome out at the lake and left the boat there, because it is an hour and forty-five minute drive each way. I’ll probably make that drive in the pm and stay in the motorhome so I can sleep an extra hour in the morning. Having a great time and it is a great way yo start our new 2014...

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Okeechobee FLW

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Other Tournaments | Comments Off on Okeechobee FLW

It sure is beautiful down here in south Florida- high’s about 80 everyday and the bass are biting! The chore will be to get some big bites as is always the case here in Florida. Topwater baits like the R2S Tango Prop and the new small whopper plopper have been on fire for numbers, but the big ones usually come flipping heavy cover. With 180 boats in this tournament, even a big lake like this will seem small. Should be a fun week, and a good tune-up for the BassMasters Classic in 10 days!!

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Getting ready

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in BASS Elite Series Tournaments | 1 comment

Welcome to the 2014 season and Happy New Year!!! I just got my new Ranger z521c and now I am working on the new wrap. Protect the Harvest and Lucas Marine will be my main wrap with Gene Larew Lures, River2Sea,Plano tackleboxes and Advanced being on also. Heading out this weekend for the ISE show in Sacramento working on the Bass tank and River2Sea booth. Next couple days will be breaking in my Mercury 250 Verado Pro XS, always fun!!

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Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in BASS Elite Series Tournaments | Comments Off on Classic

What a great year! Finished 17th in AOY standings and made my 7th Bassmaster Classic in Birmingham, AL. It was our families 3rd year on the road, and our best. Thank you to all our sponsors and friends! Now, off to the US Open in Las Vegas….

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Mid July

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in BASS Elite Series Tournaments | 1 comment

We are counting down to the last 2 Elites of 2013. Both up north ( New York and Michigan) and still in the hunt for the Classic!! Check out my recent articles on and Also check out my FB page John Murray, Professional Angler!!!

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in BASS Elite Series Tournaments | Comments Off on Summer

Still here, but put my posts on Facebook under John Murray, professional angler. We are in Illinois for the summer, with 3 Elites left. Should be a great summer, I’m sitting 35th for AOY and all you can ask for is a shot to make the Classic!!!

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Bull Shoals

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in BASS Elite Series Tournaments | Comments Off on Bull Shoals

This lake is beautiful and full of bass, but it sure kicks my butt!! Finished in the 90’s again this year, and can’t do that again!! We are heading to the Mark’s outdoors tournament then Georgia for West Point, have to do better there!

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Texas Elites

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in BASS Elite Series Tournaments | 1 comment

Had a tough but fun first two tournaments in Texas! Finished 39th at the Sabine and 37th at Falcon. They were complete opposite type tourneys- Sabine took 10 lbs to make the cut, while falcon took 40lbs!! I have a couple weeks off, then heading to Bull Shoals AR, with Amy and TJ- can’t wait!!!

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