Fight Like a Man Fishing Team

Below, you can keep up with some of the latest news from the tournament trail.  Make sure to check back or sign up for an RSS feed.

Fishing Team featured in article in Sunday's Paper of Knoxville News Sentinel

Fight Like a Man ministries was highlighted in a great article by writer Chad Gay in the Sunday June 12th edition of the Knoxville News Sentinel.  The Sentinel has a reader coverage area of over a half a million people.  To see the article in its entirety just click here.

Special thanks to Chad Gay who wrote a great article that was very respectful and a great representation of who we are and what we are about.  

Bo Cross makes it to the weekend

Friday afternoon was a long day for Fight Like a Man Ministries Pro Bo Cross.  After weighing in early he now stood at the edge of his boyhood dream.  "I was in 14th place in an FLW Major Tour Event.  And I couldn't enjoy it, yet".  Bo knew there were many top notch and world class anglers who had yet to weigh in their day's catch.  Some were past Forrest Wood Cup Champions and Bass Master Classic Champions.  And it was a long wait.....  (Click Heading for More)

Bo's recent Interview

Listen to Bo's latest interview about his top 20 finish in his first FLW Tour event - iTunes Version.  This link will take you to iTunes where you can download it on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad.  Or just listen right here by pressing the play button.

Brad Maynard moves up

After starting slow, Brad finishes his first season as a Co-Angler on the FLW tour by moving up 75 places in the points.  To read more click here

Sponsors and Partners

Sponsors are a big part of tournament fishing and our ministry loves this concept.  Why?  Because each sponsor that we take on we consider partners.  We not only love their products but also their people and what they stand for.  Having people that are actually out using their products helps these organizations to make improvements so they can offer their customers the best.  We have had many organizations ask to sponsor or partner with us, but only a few have we felt a true partnership connection with.  While we are still adding more and more, we especially believe in these organizations and would whole heartedly recommend that you do business with them as well.

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Professional National Tournament Trails we are on this year

National Pro Tours that we are active on this year include:

FLW Fishing pro Bo Cross talks about our sponsors

FLW Fishing pro Bo Cross talks about our sponsors

2011 - FLW Tournament Trail Photo Album

2011 - FLW Tournament Trail Photo Album

Tim Godsey, New Pro Team Member

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Tim Godsey of Chickamauga Georgia is the Newest Pro Team Member.  Tim has been involved in tournament fishing all his life with many wins and tour series championships on the ABA (American Bass Anglers) as well as many wins and high place finishes in local tournaments and tours in his area.  Tim also works with the youth at his church to involve them in bass fishing and provide mentors from older Christian brothers.  Tim will soon be fishing the Walmart Bass Fishing League.  You will also notice that he is the father of our first Junior Pro Member, Ryan Godsey.

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Ryan Godsey - First Junior Pro Member

Ryan Godsey was the first Junior Pro team member of Fight Like a Man and Fight for Manhood Fishing team.  Already fishing tournaments with his dad, who is also a Pro Team Member, his claim to fame is fishing a bait casting reel when he was just 4 or 5 years old.  

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Below you can see Ryan at the Fight Like a Man booth at the FLW Tour event autographing a shirt for a fan next to Bo.

Two New Members of the Team

Clayton Tibbit - Junior Pro

The Fight for Manhood fishing team added two new members this weekend at the Red River in Shreveport Louisianna.  Brandon St. Amant, a local fireman, has been fishing for many years with a successful track record in local tournaments.  Clayton Tibbit, the Junior Pro selection, has started fishing tournaments with his father and is looking forward to someday trying his luck at real tournament fishing.  Both live and fish in the Northern Louisiana and Eastern Texas area.  Be on the lookout for them if you are ever on the lake in that area!

Bo Cross saves little girl

Bo comes across little girl being beaten in an parking lot and comes to her rescue only to get injured himself.  To read more click here

Red River Tour Stop

After signing her shirt "To Ralph, you are at work and your wife is at the fishing show" he decided to show up the next day.  A good sport.

Good friend of the ministry, Shane Long, last years PAA Table Rock Lack Champion

The Red River that flows through Shreveport Louisianna among other cities and towns was over the banks during the last FLW stop.  Bo Cross came agonizingly close to another $10,000 payday - a mere 12 ounces - but did move up in the points standings.  More details to come soon.  Here are some pictures from the weekend.

Three Generations of Fishermen

Director of Marketing and Communications has a big laugh with Brad

FLW Tour - Chickamauga

After a slow first day, Bo Cross has the 10th largest weight on day 2.  "I didn't adjust well to the drop in water level.  The spot I had was blocked on Thursday.  There was maybe an inch or two of water at the entrance.  I could sit there and look back in the pocket and see the big ones swimming around back there but couldn't get to them."  But day 2 was different.  "I went to my strength and went way up the river.  I just about had it all to myself.  It didn't take long for me to start filling the boat.  It's hard not to wonder what would have happened if I would have done that on day one."  Bo didn't realize that his weight on day 2 - almost 17pounds - if also caught on day 1, would have put him in 9th place and kept him fishing for the $125,000.

FLW Tour Lake Hartwell

Fight Like a Man Ministries will have a booth at the "Fun Zone" Event in Greenville SC at the Carolina First Center.  Make sure you stop by and see us!  Here is a map of where we will be located click on it to enlarge.

Scheduled Appearances

During most of the tournaments the ministry will have a booth setup at the FLW Tour Family Event and Expo.  Here is the current schedule of when you can find us there, just click on each date to find more information:

3/26 - 3/27:  Lake Harwell, Greenville SC

4/16 - 4/17:  Lake Chickamauga, Chattanooga TN

5/7 - 5/8:  Table Rock Lake, Branson MO

5/21 - 5/22:  Red River, Shreveport LA

6/18 - 6/19:   Kentucky Lake, Gilbertsville, KY

Bo Cross FLW Tour partnership

Bass fishing's popularity has risen drastically over the last few years and many of our graduates are avid bass anglers. The Bass Elite Series and the FLW Tour are the most elite of professional anglers - equal to the NFL, NBA, or Major League Baseball. Bass anglers seem to be a very open audience to the message of Fight Like a Man. The ministry will have a booth at most of the Tour stops where fans can come by and get information.....  (Click Heading for More)

Brad Maynard finishes high

At the start of the week Brad didn't know what to expect on his drive to Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden Alabama.  But his drive home left him wondering.  After day 1 of the tournament, Brad couldn't complete a limit and brought in only 4 bass but his total weight was still good enough to be in striking distance of the lead.  "I'm still so new at this and I over thought what I was doing.  I left my main spot with the fish still biting.  I didn't think anyone else would be able to get back to where I was, so I thought it was safe.  By 8:30AM I had about 9 pounds in the boat.  I figured I had the rest of the day to flip for a big bass and catch a few easy spots to finish my limit out at about 11 pounds.  I figured that would be enough to keep me in the running.  Then Friday I would go and wear out my spot to make the cut.  Wrong move.  You never leave a spot until you have a limit.  My overconfidence got me."  Brad couldn't get that 5th fish in the boat over the next 8 hours and finished day one in 33rd place.

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