UPCOMING EVENT: Walmart Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Okeechobee

Dan’s the man

Morehead lands biggest sack of the tournament, claims EverStart pro title at his old Kentucky home

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. - Dan Morehead says that it is extremely gratifying to win a bass-fishing tournament on his home lake. He would know. After weighing in a tournament-high catch of 21 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday, he won the Pro Division title at the EverStart Series Central Division contest at Kentucky and Barkley lakes. This marks the fifth time in his career that the Paducah, Ky., native has won an FLW Outdoors event on his home waters.

"This means so much," Morehead told the capacity crowd gathered at the Benton, Ky., Wal-Mart for the final weigh-in. "It means as much as the FLW win."

He's referring to the Wal-Mart FLW Tour victory he captured here in 1998 (the other three Kentucky Lake wins were BFL tournaments). Morehead capitalized on the knowledge - and acclaim - he gained from that FLW tournament four years ago to find the edge here this week. The 34-year-old collected $15,000 and a new Ranger boat for this week's victory.

Morehead didn't have time to practice much coming into this event, so in the opening round he went back to the same locations on the lower end of Lake Barkley that won it for him at the FLW tournament. The spots yielded good stringers, giving him the lead on Wednesday and advancing him past the opening round.

In the semifinals Friday, Morehead's reputation helped him grab the third spot heading into the finals. As he was fishing a cove on Barkley another boat came up on his spot. The angler, whom Morehead recognized but didn't know by name, saw that he was encroaching on Morehead's spot, apologized and left the area. It was an unnecessary but extremely generous gesture - and one that was not lost on the hometown hero.

"That really makes you feel good," he said.

Saturday the water on the lakes rose about a foot, and that had anglers scrambling to find the bass that would bite. Relying on his homegrown knowledge of the fishery, Morehead went to the upper end of Barkley where he knew the fish would be less pressured. He also changed tactics. He caught the majority of his bass in earlier rounds using a top-water bait, but decided to switch to flipping a jig, a 1/2-ounce brown-and-black Stone jig, into bushes.

"I was kind of excited when the sun came out," he said. "It helped me by concentrating the fish in the bushes. ... I was running memories. If I hadn't caught a big fish (in a spot) in the past, I wouldn't go there."

The tactical shift paid off. He caught four good keeper bass by 10:30 in the morning and looked solid. Later, with about 17 pounds of fish already in his livewell, he ran into another creek and caught his biggest bass of the day, a largemouth that he estimated weighed over 6 pounds. He was back to the check-in point at Moors Resort by 2 o'clock.

Though his 21-pound stringer didn't show it, the fishing was tougher for Morehead as well as the other competitors Saturday. "Today you had to be precise," he said. "You couldn't just throw the jig into the bushes. You had to pitch it into the heart of the bushes and hop it two or three times before they would hit."

Scheide shies away from the crowd for second

Following Morehead was Ray Scheide of Cookson, Okla., who collected $10,000 for second place. Scheide, the day-two leader, tried to target isolated areas throughout the week.

"I went into small pockets with isolated trees," he said. "If (the pockets) had four willow trees in it, I wouldn't stop. If they had one willow, I would."

He caught five bass weighing 13 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday using both a spinner bait and a jig, and wasn't sure where that would put him in the final standings.

"Last night I was feeling really confident and I thought I could win, but that rising water really killed everybody's bite," he said. "I was really just praying that I'd get a top-five (finish)."

Rest of the top five

Jeremiah Kindy, who led day three, finished third and collected $9,000 with four bass weighing 12 pounds, 12 ounces. The 24-year-old rookie from Benton, Ark., flipped a green-pumpkin brush hog most of the week and was happy with the results. It was his second top-five finish of the year on the EverStart Series.

"I've been so fortunate this week," he said.

Rounding out the top five in the Pro Division were two Tennessee anglers, both also former FLW Tour champions. Craig Powers of Rockwood claimed fourth place ($8,000) with three solid bass weighing 12 pounds and Wesley Strader of Spring City finished fifth ($7,500) with five bass weighing 11-1.

"When I caught those two good fish this morning, I thought I had a shot to win," said Powers. "But it just didn't work out."

"That's fishing, isn't it?" Strader said. "It's a puzzle, and you've got to figure the puzzle out."

There's no puzzle about what's next on the EverStart Series. The next tournament is an Eastern Division tournament - the last one of the year in that division - to be held June 5-8 at Guntersville Lake near Guntersville, Ala. The next and final Central Division event is a June 12-15 affair at the Red River in Shreveport, La.

Day-four links:

Caskey claims EverStart co-angler title
Final results
Press release

Tags: headline-story  jeff-schroeder 


Devere Takes BFL Wild Card Win

The decision of what to fish come tournament time can be difficult for most. For others – like Mike Devere – relying on a single bait that you have confidence in is all you need. Devere’s one bait, one rod method was strong enough to carry him to victory by nearly 2 pounds in the BFL Wild Card held on Lake Hartwell. READ MORE »


Hanselmania 4.0

Saturday, in Paducah, Ky., on the shores of the Ohio River, Ray Hanselman rewrote history for the second time this season. After winning all three 2015 Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division events, which had never been done before, Hanselman came to Kentucky and won the Rayovac FLW Series Championship. READ MORE »


Rayovac Championship Day 3 Coverage

The final day of the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on the Ohio River will largely be fished on the Tennessee River, as all but two anglers rolled up it to chase smallmouths. READ MORE »


Hanselman on the Verge of Four-Peat

Day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on the Ohio River was fished primarily on the nearby Tennessee River and resulted in a major shuffling of the leaderboard. In the end, Ray Hanselman rose from second to first and will lead the top 10 into the final day with 30 pounds, 14 ounces. READ MORE »


Top 5 Patterns from the Ohio River Day 2

After two days of competition, Ray Hanselman leads the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on the Ohio River, but as the leaderboard has reflected, the river’s hefty smallmouths are certainly capable of producing some fireworks and providing some surprises. READ MORE »


Rayovac Championship Day 2 Coverage

Down at Paducah, the start of day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Championship was just about perfect – a light wind, temps in the low 40s and no fog. That’s not the case elsewhere. READ MORE »


Barnes Blasts 21 on the Ohio

On day one of the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on the Ohio River David Barnes Sr. of China, Maine, hauled exactly 21 pounds of smallmouth across the stage to take the lead on a day that was tough for many. READ MORE »


Top 5 Patterns from the Ohio River Day 1

Shortly after David Barnes electrified the Rayovac FLW Series Championship weigh-in with his leading weight of 21 pounds of smallmouths, Ray Hanselman followed suit with an all-smallmouth limit weighing 19 pounds. READ MORE »


Rayovac Championship Day 1 Coverage

Updates from day one of the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on the Ohio River. READ MORE »


McCaig Wins Neely Henry Regional

There are times that a little local knowledge helps you in a bass tournament, and then there are times it does not. And sometimes, it pays to ignore past experiences altogether, as Mark McCaig figured out en route to winning the Oct. 22-24, 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Neely Henry out of Gadsden, Ala. By disregarding what his local experience might have suggested he do and approaching the tournament a little differently, the Oxford, Ala., boater posted a three-day total weight of 45 pounds, 7 ounces to take home the $20,000 winner’s purse as well as a 2015 Ranger Z518C with 200-hp outboard. READ MORE »


Goodwin Wins at Lake of the Ozarks

Day-two leader Shonn Goodwin of Moore, Okla., held on to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional presented by Mercury at Lake of the Ozarks Oct. 22-24 by bringing four bass to the scale on the third and final day. Those fish weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces. His three-day total of 14 bass weighed 43-13. For the win, Goodwin earned $20,000 and a new Ranger bass boat. READ MORE »


Walters Wins Wateree BFL Regional

Todd Walters relied on a combo pattern to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional on Lake Wateree. The North Carolina boater fished rocky cover upstream and brush piles in the lake's clear lower end. The two-part program produced a three-day winning weight of 47 pounds, 4 ounces, which was 11 pounds better than second place. READ MORE »


Uribe By An Ounce

After Jody Jordan brought 24 pounds, 5 ounces to push his total past 66 pounds on the final day the crowd waited with bated breath for day two leader Joe Uribe Jr. to bring his fish to the scale. As Uribe transferred his third bass from the bag to the scale, he shook his head and whispered back “you’ve got it,” to the watching Jordan. READ MORE »


Anderson Wins KY Lake Regional

You might say there weren’t any surprises at the 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake Oct. 15-17. The techniques of the top 12 pros who fished the final day were typical of the Tennessee River in fall: surface fishing with frogs and Zara Spooks and winding Rat-L-Traps and ChatterBaits. The winners weren’t surprising either: Ryan Sykes of Hamilton, Ohio, won the co-angler division for the second consecutive year, and Tennessee pro Brent Anderson earned his sixth win on the Kentucky/Barkley system since 2009. READ MORE »


Grover Takes Co-angler Title on Clear Lake

Rick Grover of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., pulled in 55 pounds, 5 ounces of bass for the Rayovac FLW Series co-angler win on Clear Lake. All told, it was worth a new Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower outboard and $5,000. READ MORE »


Clear Lake Midday Update Day 3



Uribe Takes Lead and AOY at Clear Lake

Joe Uribe Jr. jumped into the lead going into the final day of the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Evinrude on Clear Lake. Uribe caught 20 pounds, 13 ounces on day two for a total of 44 pounds, 8 ounces and was the only pro to weigh more than 20 pounds both days. READ MORE »


Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

When the scales had closed after the second day of the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division tournament presented by Evinrude on Clear Lake, no doubt more than a few anglers breathed a sigh of relief that they were still in contention. READ MORE »


Clear Lake Midday Update Day 2

Day two of the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Evinrude on Clear Lake has been a little slower than day one. READ MORE »


Crutcher Cracks 29-9

Midway through a weigh-in that was noticeably lacking in super-sized bags, Mark Crutcher of Lakeport, Calif., lit up the leaderboard with 29 pounds, 9 ounces of Clear Lake goodness. READ MORE »