UPCOMING EVENT: Rayovac FLW Series - 2015 - Lake Erie

The going gets tough at Cumberland

SOMERSET, Ky. - Lake Cumberland bass got a severe case of the post-frontal lockjaw Friday at the EverStart Series Championship in Kentucky. Clear blue skies and plummeting water temperatures set up the toughest conditions these anglers have faced since competition began. Out of the top 10 pros and 10 co-anglers, not one single five-bass limit was brought to the weigh-in. Increasingly in FLW Outdoors tournaments, it seems that when the going gets tough, the western anglers get going. That trend continued today as Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif., brought in four bass weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces to take the day-three lead in the championship. But what may surprise some is that he did not catch his fish on a drop-shot rig. "I caught them on a jig, spinnerbait and top-water," Ehrler revealed. Ehrler has been running and gunning the lake and fishing tiny points and cuts in the bank. "I'll pull up to a spot and maybe make two casts and go," he said. "If a fish is there, it usually bites on the first cast." But Ehrler said did not fish as fast today. "Because of the high pressure, I tried to slow down and work a couple of the places more thoroughly," he said. Another key to Ehrler's fishing is not getting too caught up in places and lures he has already fished. "When I go back to the places where I've caught them, I don't catch much, but as soon as I start running completely new water, I'll catch a few," he added. "Like today, I picked up a spinnerbait for the first time in the tournament and caught one on it. And that's really what I'm going to do tomorrow - just fish the way I see the day developing." Pro Warren Wyman of Calera, Ala., caught three bass weighing 5 pounds, 2 ounces and placed second.Wyman in second Warren Wyman of Calera, Ala., has an Alabama address, but he is originally from the West, too. He weighed in three bass today for 5 pounds, 2 ounces to take second place. "It took me a while to figure it out, but I think the fish moved closer to the shoreline with the colder weather," Wyman opined. "I've been fishing out over open water this week, but I couldn't get bit out there today, so I moved to the bank and caught a couple, including a big largemouth, off shallower wood with a jig." Pro Greg Pugh of Cullman, Ala., caught two bass weighing 4 pounds, 9 ounces for third place.Pugh's last-minute cast Pedigree pro Greg Pugh of Cullman, Ala., is in third with 4 pounds, 9 ounces. Pugh only caught two bass today, but one was a keeper smallmouth that he caught with just minutes remaining. "I pulled up near weigh-in at the end of the day to make few last casts," Pugh said. "I heard a big splash and saw a shad fleeing for its life. I fired a spinnerbait over there and caught that big smallmouth." Sumpter stays in the hunt In fourth place, with four bass weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces, is local favorite H.C. Sumpter of Nancy, Ky. Sumpter went after quality smallmouths this morning for about four hours. When his efforts proved fruitless, he dropped back and punted by catching spotted bass on a jig. "I'm going to try for those smallmouth again tomorrow," he said. "All it takes is a couple of those to get back out front." Colson in fifth Ramie Colson of Cadiz, Ky., is in fifth place with four bass weighing 3 pounds, 3 ounces. Brent Ehrler, with co-angler Richard Vizcarra on the net, tries to land a nice bass Friday.Rest of the best Rounding out the top pros are Pete Gluszek of Franklinville, N.J., in sixth place with 2 pounds, 6 ounces; Mark Fletcher of Palmetto, Ga., in seventh place with 2 pounds, 1 ounce; Lloyd Pickett of Bartlett, Tenn., in eighth place with 1 pound, 13 ounces; Dion Hibdon of Stover, Mo., in ninth place with 14 ounces; and Scott Emery of Livonia, Mich., in 10th place with 12 ounces. The final day of competition begins tomorrow at 7 a.m. at General Burnside Park.

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Matual Masters Erie

David Matual of Chicago, Ill., leaned on his spot hard and sacked up the biggest bag of day three weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces. For his final-day rally he claimed the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division victory on Lake Erie with a three-day total of 65 pounds, fending off Jared Rhode by a mere 7 ounces. Drop-shotting over shallow reefs delivered all of Matual’s fish and earned him a check worth more than $31,000. READ MORE »

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Lake Erie Day 3 Midday Update

Lake Erie put on a different face for day three of the final Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event. After a rough day one, yesterday’s calm and mostly sunny conditions offered comfortable running and fishing conditions. Today was still a far cry from the brutal waves of day one - and prior practice days - but windier conditions and overcast skies seemed to present a more challenging scenario. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns From Lake Erie Day 2

Pennsylvania pro Dave Lefebre and Ohio pro Jared Rhode tied for the day-two lead in Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division action on Lake Erie with 43 pounds, 9 ounces. Both pros caught their fish on drop-shots. Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

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Lefebre, Rhode Tied at the Top

Notching his second day of 20-plus pounds, FLW Tour pro Dave Lefebre tallied 43 pounds, 9 ounces and tied day-one leader Jared Rhode for the day-two top spot at the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie. Lefebre caught his 22-3 limit on Rapala DT-10 crankbaits, while Rhodes tempted his 19-15 catch with drop-shots. READ MORE »

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Lake Erie Day 2 Midday Update

With winds shifting from yesterday’s northerly blow to a warmer southerly direction, day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie brought calmer conditions with greater ability to methodically work key spots. Offshore, waves ran 1 to 2 feet, with leeward areas behind the Lake Erie Islands nearly flat. READ MORE »

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Rhode Cracks 23-10 for Erie Lead

Jared Rhode played his cards and the gamble paid off better than expected, as the pro from Port Clinton, Ohio, took the day-one lead at the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie with a limit catch weighing 23 pounds, 10 ounces. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Lake Erie Day 1

Taking off this morning, the FLW Tour pro from Erie, Pa., knew the day’s north wind would keep him from making a long run to a big-fish spot close to his home. However, keeping it local and fishing a little past Pelee Island to the west delivered a solid second-place catch. READ MORE »

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Lake Erie Day 1 Midday Report

Winds have subsided considerably since practice, but Lake Erie’s still showing her temperamental side to Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division anglers fishing the last divisional event out of Sandusky, Ohio. READ MORE »

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Top 10 Patterns from the Forrest Wood Cup

If you don’t believe that summertime bass fishing in the dog days of August is all over the map, just take a look at the top 10 patterns from the best bass pros on earth at the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. Brad Knight captured the Cup by mining one small creek end for four days. But beyond that, the rest of the top 10 patterns ran the gamut, from targeting schoolers over 40 feet to wolf packs of bass on the bank to brush piles to grass to mud flats and everywhere in between. Here’s a rundown. READ MORE »

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Knight Slays Ouachita

Lancing, Tenn., pro Brad Knight won the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Ouachita with a four-day total of 51 pounds, 12 ounces. In front of a standing-room-only crowd at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs, Ark., Knight weighed in 11-07 on day four to surpass Jacob Wheeler, who started the day with a 12-ounce lead. Fishing in just one area all four days, Knight locked up the first win of his FLW career. He earned $500,000 for his victory and pushed his career earnings total to more than $688,000. READ MORE »

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Forrest Wood Cup Day 4 Coverage

Daily updates from the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. READ MORE »

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Wheeler Back in Front

Jacob Wheeler loves Lake Ouachita. It’s where he fished his first Forrest Wood Cup in 2011, and it’s where he’ll take the tournament lead into the final day of competition at the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Wheeler, the 2011 Cup champion, led this tournament on day one and slipped a couple spots on day two. He now has a very slim 12-ounce lead over Tennessean Brad Knight. The anglers will square off tomorrow on Ouachita starting at 7 a.m. against the rest of the top 10 pros for the top prize of $500,000. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from the Cup Day 3

Jacob Wheeler may have regained his lead in the Forrest Wood Cup on day three, but Brad Knight is right on his heels. Going into the final day, the two pros are separated by just 12 ounces. The margin is tight, and what’s going to make the final day fun to watch is the difference in the two anglers’ strategies. Wheeler is running a topwater pattern on the main lake, and fishing new water is part of his plan. Knight, however, has caught almost all of his weight from one 250-yard stretch of bass-rich creek channel. He literally knows every target he is fishing by heart. On the surface, Knight’s area looks to be the better bet. But he has shared the general area with Brandon Cobb and Mark Daniels Jr. for three solid days. And the bad news, at least for Knight, is that both Cobb and Daniels will be sharing the water with him again on the final day as both made the top-10 cut. READ MORE »

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Forrest Wood Cup Day 3 Coverage

Daily updates from the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. READ MORE »

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Ramie Races into the Lead

On the back of a 17-pound, 14-ounce limit, which is the biggest of the tournament thus far, Ramie Colson Jr. jumped from seventh place to take over the lead at the halfway point of the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart. Colson’s two-day total is 31 pounds, 1 ounce, which puts him almost 3 pounds ahead of Tennessee’s Brad Knight. The Forrest Wood Cup, which is hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, moves into its top-20 round on Saturday. The top 10 pros after Saturday’s weigh-in advance to Sunday’s final round for a shot at the $500,000 top prize. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from the Cup Day 2

At times, bass fishing can be a lot like real estate, where the three most important rules are location, location and location. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita presented by Walmart is starting to become a bit of a real estate game where location is the primary consideration in who climbs the leaderboard. And those mining the backs of creeks and tributaries are on the prime pieces of real estate. Consider that after day two, four of the top five pros are concentrating their fishing efforts in the back ends of creeks or rivers. All of these areas fit a classic late-summer, early-fall pattern where shad pack into the back of creek ditches that meander through shallow flats. READ MORE »

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Forrest Wood Cup Day 2 Coverage

Daily updates from the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. READ MORE »

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Wheeler Hunting History

It’s never been done before, and it hasn’t happened yet, but Jacob Wheeler is in prime position to become the first two-time Forrest Wood Cup champion in history. Wheeler, of Indianapolis, Ind., brought in a 16-pound, 2-ounce limit of Lake Ouachita bass on the first day of the Cup, which is presented by Walmart and hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from the Cup Day 1

After day one of the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita, several things have come to light. For one, this event is not likely to produce a runaway win for anyone like it did when Scott Martin won here in 2011. Second, when the pros said Ouachita was going to be stingy, they meant it – only 29 of the 50 pros checked in limits today. Third, firm patterns are hard to come by on Lake Ouachita in August. Jacob Wheeler took the lead on day one in the event that’s presented by Walmart and hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. With the help of a 5-pound bass, Wheeler weighed in a limit of 16 pounds, 2 ounces, but he had to sample a lot of different areas for his catch. Here’s how the rest of the top five got it done. READ MORE »

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Forrest Wood Cup Day 1 Coverage

Daily updates from the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. READ MORE »