Feeling Green

JASPER, Texas - It's been a pretty good year for Jerry Green. And it's not even March. First, Green comes out of nowhere to claim a top-10 berth at the Wal-Mart FLW Tour season opener on Lake Okeechobee. Then, barely a month later, he waltzes into the EverStart Series Central Division opener on Sam Rayburn Reservoir with only a little more than a day's worth of practice and wins the whole thing. "I started practicing during the tournament," said Green, whose previous-best finish on the EverStart Series was 40th at last year's event on Kentucky Lake. "I blew a motor at Amistad and I brought it down here, planning on fishing with my trolling motor." Green wound up borrowing the brand-new rig of Beaumont, Texas, pro Mark Martin, but he still didn't have hardly any practice time to speak of. And what little practice time he did have produced only one keeper bass. "I didn't know what to do," he said. "I decided to go to fresh water and chunk a spinner bait." The spinner bait, tossed from the front deck of a borrowed rig, treated Green well, as he finished 13th after day one with a five-bass catch weighing 18 pounds, 6 ounces. He followed that up on day two with another 16 pounds, 7 ounces that allowed him to slip into the finals in 10th place, the very last spot. Jerry Green weighs in one of the fish that earned him an EverStart Series victory."On day one I was fishing creek arms and pockets and points," he said. "I went back there the next day and didn't get a bite, so I went practicing again. "My co-angler, Mike Curry, had caught fish on the other side of the creek in another tournament the weekend before. I caught fish again that day, and I expanded from there." Realizing he'd run out of his bass-nabbing spinner baits, Green ran to the store to buy some more, only to discover it was closed. He then ran into fellow pro Jim Tutt, who gave him a few more Santone spinner baits to fish with. Armed with a new batch of baits, Green vaulted to the top of the leaderboard on day three, when a cold front coupled with sunshine all but shut the fishing down. Green's day-three catch of 14 pounds, 11 ounces was one of only three five-bass limits that day and put him 1 pound, 6 ounces ahead of opening-day leader David Curtis, who had proved to be a constant threat over the course of the week. Curtis was once again a viable contender on the final day, hauling in five bass that brought his two-day total weight to 23 pounds, 15 ounces that took the lead away from Darrel Robertson, who eventually finished third.Jerry Green scored his first EverStart Series victory at the Central Division opener on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The last to weigh in, the crowd in Jasper waited to see what Green had. Could he beat Curtis? Did he have enough? Indeed he did, weighing in five bass that weighed 13 pounds for a two-day weight of 27 pounds, 11 ounces, just short of 4 pounds heavier than Curtis' two-day stringer. "I slow-rolled the spinner bait around buck brush and milfoil," said Green, who said the 1/2-ounce bait was white with blue glimmer and a white skirt. "I got fewer bites every day, and every day I slowed down a little more." For the win, Green took home $10,000 cash plus a fully rigged Ranger boat, and he also earned another $10,000 from Ranger for meeting contingency guidelines. This was his first victory in any FLW Outdoors event. Curtis claims second Like Green, Curtis also operated on very limited practice time after competing in last weekend's Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail event on Lake Amistad. Curtis led Wednesday's opening day and never fell below third in the standings before landing in second place to close out the tournament.David Curtis weighs in one of his bass on day four of the EverStart Central opener. "I've had an incredible tournament," said Curtis, who fished with co-angler winner Robert Lebert on days three and four. "I was fishing tubes and a 1/2-ounce spinner bait (on day one), and I did the same thing on the second day, except I mixed it up with a Senko." Curtis credited Lebert's valuable local knowledge in helping him land in the No. 2 spot and earn $10,000 cash. "I had the best partner anybody could ever have," Curtis said. "He saved this tournament for me and allowed me to get where I am." Robertson catches day's biggest stringer, takes third Darrel Robertson shows the crowd his big bass at the day-four weigh-in at Sam Rayburn.Veteran pro Darrel Robertson brought in the day's heaviest stringer, a 15-pound, 7-ounce limit, to score a third-place finish with a two-day total of 23 pounds, 11 ounces. The finish ties Robertson's best EverStart Series finish. "You couldn't come to a better place," said Robertson, who is well-known for winning both the FLW Tour Championship and the lucrative Ranger M1 tournament in the same year. "Sometimes (the fish) beat you, but this lake's full of them." Robertson knew his chances of winning were slim, even with a 15-plus-pound catch, because of his relatively subpar day-three performance. "I didn't feel like I could win it and catch three fish yesterday," he said. Newbies round out top five Vienna, Ill., pro Travis Loyd finished fourth in his first-ever EverStart Series event with a two-day total catch of six bass weighing 20 pounds, 2 ounces. He brought in five bass today weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce, a far cry from his one-bass catch from day three that weighed a mere 5 pounds, 1 ounce. Behind Loyd in fifth is Memphis pro Zack Bull, competing in only his second EverStart Series event. Like Loyd, Bull also rebounded from a mediocre day-three catch, hauling in five bass Saturday that weighed 13 pounds, 1 ounce that brought his two-day total to 19 pounds, 3 ounces. Best of the rest Rounding out the top 10 pros on Sam Rayburn: The top 10 pros at the EverStart Central opener on Sam Rayburn wait in line before weighing their fish.6th: William Davis of Russelville, Ala., nine bass, 18-12 7th: Eric Ambort of Mabelvale, Ark., seven bass, 18-9 8th: Kevin Lasyone of Dry Prong, La., seven bass, 15-9 9th: Ed Dunnaway of Flowood, Miss., five bass, 12-11 10th: James Fredieu of St. Martinville, La., five bass, 11-7 Coming up The EverStart Series will next visit the Santee Cooper lakes near Manning, S.C., March 2-5 for the second Southeast Division event of the season. The next Central Division stop is March 16-19 on the Columbus Pool near Columbus, Miss.

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Lefebre Lands on Top

Nobody saw it coming. Nobody but Dave Lefebre, that is. The Erie, Pa., pro came into the final day on Lewis Smith Lake 8 pounds, 8 ounces off the lead set by Oklahoman Zack Birge. Lefebre was in seventh place. He was chasing a rookie pro who appeared to be on a rock-solid pattern. But at takeoff ceremonies before the final day began, Lefebre hinted that he had found something special. He was confident he could catch a huge bag of fish. He suspected that Birge might struggle. And he was right on all accounts. In front of a jam-packed crowd in Jasper, Ala., Lefebre won the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Evinrude with the second-best five-bass limit of the tournament – 19 pounds, 5 ounces – in shocking come-from-behind fashion when Birge brought in only four bass that weighed 5-2. Lefebre’s four-day total of 65-5 earned him the $125,000 payday. READ MORE »

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Lewis Smith Lake Day 4 Coverage

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Birge Buzzes Ahead

Today started off with a slightly miserable 31-degree air temperature, but it didn’t take long for the top 20 pros to really heat up on Lewis Smith Lake at the second stop of the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour presented by Evinrude. Reports poured in throughout the day of big bass – especially big largemouths – being caught off beds. It looked at first as if one of the “largemouth lookers” might piece together a big enough bag to snatch the lead away from Oklahoma rookie Zack Birge, who struggled early to make his shallow topwater pattern work. Unfortunately for the rest of the field, the young gun Birge has the coolness and patience of a veteran, and he stuck with his game plan of throwing a buzzbait and soft jerkbait rig until the sun had time to warm the shallows and spur the fish to become more active. Birge tallied 17 pounds, 11 ounces today, raising his three-day total to 54-8 and giving him a lead of 3-11 over Texas veteran Clark Wendlandt in second place. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Lewis Smith Day 3

After three days, it looks as if tournament leader Zack Birge has the quality largemouth bite in the bushes wired. But behind him on the leaderboard are nine pros doing everything from sight-fishing to catching schooling bass and everything in between. Even with all the patterns in play, few have fizzled. The sight-fishers have reported finding new bedders, the schoolers are still schooling and a couple of guys have even started tapping floating docks. READ MORE »

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Lewis Smith Lake Day 3 Coverage

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Topwater Takes Birge to the Top

On a day when chilly, windy post-front conditions challenged many Walmart FLW Tour anglers who were relying on sight-fishing for spawning bass, Zack Birge bucked the trend and pulled out a pair of topwaters to haul in 17 pounds, 14 ounces. Birge jumped from third place past day-one leader Drew Benton to take over the top spot on Lewis Smith Lake in the event, which is presented by Evinrude. Birge’s two-day total of 36-13 has him positioned 1 pound ahead of Benton. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Lewis Smith Day 2

While air and water temperatures plummeted on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude, the big surprise came in the stability of the fishing patterns amidst such change. Zack Birge found plenty of production on his primary pattern to send him to the top of the leaderboard, and those under him held true to their patterns as well to secure a ticket to day three’s top 20. Among the biggest surprises was the number of pros who were still able to pluck fish off beds. Most pros that were sight-fishing say the bass are committed to beds and that the cold snap will not run them off at this point in time. Despite the cold, some even found new fish on beds that were not there yesterday. READ MORE »

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Lewis Smith Lake Day 2 Coverage

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Benton Blasts 20-12 on Lewis Smith

Panama City, Fla., pro Drew Benton jumped into the early lead at the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude with a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces. Benton caught a mix of largemouths and spotted bass, and revealed that both black bass species are spawning. He leads a tight top 20 that includes 18 pros that caught more than 15 pounds each. The first day was an absolute fish-fest. Of the 154 pros fishing this tournament, 138 weighed limits. Brad Roberts of Faubush, Ky., has a 2-ounce lead in the co-angler division with a 13-pound, 4-ounce limit. Tomorrow he’ll try to defend his lead on the final day of co-angler competition. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Lewis Smith Day 1

While Drew Benton was busy bugging bedding fish for his day-one tournament lead, several others behind him were scoring big with other fishing options on Lewis Smith Lake. Sight-fishing also played a role in the top limits produce by Tracy Adams, Scott Martin and Ish Monroe, but Clayton Batts and Zack Birge both brought in big bags with other patterns. Click here to read about Benton’s day-one performance at the second Walmart FLW Tour event of 2015, which is presented by Evinrude. Here’s how the rest of the top five got it done. READ MORE »

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Lewis Smith Lake Day 1 Coverage

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Arkansas Anglers Win College Open

Consistency was the key for the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville here in the FLW College Fishing Kentucky Lake Open as Zachary Pickle and Drew Porto won the event with a two-day total of 43 pounds, 12 ounces. READ MORE »

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Kendrick King On Guntersville

Kendrick, who is fishing the Rayovac FLW Series in hopes of qualifying for the FLW Tour, caught more than 25 pounds each day of the event and finihsid in fine fasion when it counted. Kendick was catching nearly all of his bass around big schools of bait with a Houdini pearl-colored Scottsboro Tackle swimbait from 15- to 25-feet of water. READ MORE »

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Epting's 30 Pounds Tops on Santee Cooper

SUMMERTON, S.C. – Chris Epting of Chapin, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 30 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament of 2015 on Santee Cooper. For his victory, Epting earned $3,679. READ MORE »

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Wood, Rock Key for Middleton's Victory

HUDDLESTON, Va. – Dennis Middleton of Madison Heights, Virginia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division tournament of 2015 on Smith Mountain Lake. For his victory, Middleton earned $7,199. READ MORE »

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Johnson Wins on Dale Hollow

BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. – Robby Johnson of Byrdstown, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division tournament of 2015 on Dale Hollow Lake. For his victory, Johnson earned $5,689. READ MORE »

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Griffin Gets Win on Ross Barnett

BRANDON, Miss. – Jason Griffin of Benton, Mississippi, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division tournament of 2015 on Ross Barnett Reservoir. For his victory, Griffin earned $5,349. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Guntersville Day 2

The second day of the Rayovac FLW Series Southeast Division tournament on Lake Guntersville proved as remarkable as the first – or perhaps better, considering today’s parade of big fish included a 12-pound, 10-ounce behemoth caught by fourth-place pro Trevor Fitzgerald for the day’s Big Bass prize. READ MORE »

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Hall Holds Steady For Lead

Joe Hall of Lake City, Minn. wasn’t confident about his chances going onto the second day of competition of the Rayovac FLW Series Southeast Division event on Lake Guntersville. Nonetheless, he held steady with a 27-pound, 5-ounce catch that only barely fell short of the 28-1 he weighed on the first day. With a two-day total of 55 pounds, 6 ounces, Hall holds a 1-pound, 12-ounce lead over Cameron Gautney going into the final day of the Mercury presented tournament. READ MORE »

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Missouri Anglers Lead College Open

Andrew Nordbye and Adam Almohtadi of Northwest Missouri State University of Maryville, Mo., took the lead in the opening round of the FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake with 25 pounds, 2 ounces. Heading into Saturday’s second and final round, the University of Kentucky’s Ryan Collins and Hunter Fulcher sit in second place with 22-14, while Ethan Flack and Konnor Kennedy of the University of Alabama are currently third with 22-9. Details to follow. READ MORE »