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MANNING, S.C. - To say that Allan Glasgow had J.T. Kenney's number all week would probably be the understatement of the season. During Wednesday's competition on Santee Cooper, Glasgow set the all-time, single-day catch record in EverStart Series history with a behemoth five-fish stringer weighing 32 pounds, 13 ounces. As it turned out, Glasgow's sack was 1 ounce larger than the previous record-setting stringer, weighed in by Kenney two months earlier at the EverStart Southeast Division event on Lake Okeechobee. However, as fate would have it, that wouldn't be the last time Glasgow would leave Kenney scratching his head in disbelief during this Southeast Division event. A mere three days later, during Saturday's final weigh-in, Kenney would lose out to Glasgow once again - only this time, the stakes were much higher. Heading into the finals in fifth place, Kenney stormed back into the lead after changing gears on the last day - switching from a finesse fishing style to a flipping stick in an effort to "go for broke." And, until the final minutes of weigh-in, it appeared that his strategy was going to pay off. Although J.T. Kenney mounted a furious comeback in the finals, he fell just short of victory in the EverStart event on Santee Cooper."I had been fishing these weenie worms the past couple of days instead of flipping, the way I really like to fish," Kenney said. "But my girlfriend came down and told me that she would be proud of me no matter where I finished, whether it was first or 10th. So, I decided to go for it. I picked up my flipping stick and decided to try to win this tournament." Kenney, one of the best flippers in the nation, parlayed his new approach into the largest stringer recorded during Saturday's finals - a 14-pound, 3-ounce bag - which gave him a healthy two-day total of 25 pounds, 6 ounces. But then it was Glasgow's turn to take the stage. Without any hint of what was to follow, the 34-year-old EverStart rookie from Ashville, Ala., produced a five-fish stringer weighing 11 pounds, 15 ounces - giving him the exact same two-day weight as Kenney. But due to the official tournament rules, which award tiebreakers to the angler who compiles the largest combined weight over the opening two days of competition, Glasgow was declared champion. Pro Allan Glasgow proudly displays his first-place trophy after winning the EverStart event on Santee Cooper."This is awesome. It's the biggest win of my career. It's a great feeling," said Glasgow, who led all qualifiers heading into the final two days of competition with a mammoth two-day catch of 44 pounds, 15 ounces. "But my hat's off to J.T. He's a great fisherman. I'm just lucky he wasn't able to use his big flipping stick the other three days of this tournament or I could've been in real trouble." For his first-place finish, Glasgow received $10,000 as well as a fully rigged Ranger boat, for a total value of cash and prizes of $51,000. "I still can't believe it," said Glasgow. "Man, this is awesome. I kept thinking about that fish I missed yesterday, but I realized I had to put it out of my mind. Then, when I saw the size of J.T.'s bag today, I was really nervous. I was just very fortunate today." Glasgow said he landed the majority of his catch in a two-acre area, targeting matted grass with a Denny Brauer flipping tube and Gary Yamamoto craw worm. In the end, Glasgow said he couldn't have written a better script for this week's tournament. "There are some guys fishing this tournament that do this 365 days a year," said Glasgow, fishing in only the second EverStart event of his entire career. "There's definitely some tough competition here. And J.T. is one of the best. For me, just finishing in the top 10 would have been an accomplishment." Kenney suffers another heartbreak After finishing the Lake Okeechobee EverStart event this past January in second place by a mere 1 pound, 10 ounces behind the winner, Kenney, not surprisingly, had a harder time stomaching his second consecutive runner-up finish in as many Southeast Division tournaments. "Of course it's heartbreaking," said Kenney, who only managed to catch four fish in the finals. "I had the fifth fish on, but it just got off. It's definitely tough. It's my second second-place finish in a row. I lost by a little over a pound last time and by 0 ounces this time. So, it's kind of hard to swallow right now." However, with a 14th-place finish at the first FLW Tour event of the 2005 season and a fourth-place finish at the FLW event at Lake Toho last month, Kenney can be consoled by the fact that he's arguably fishing as well as anyone in the nation right now. J.T. Kenney of Frostburg, Md., holds up his second place trophy after losing a difficult tie-breaker to Allan Glasgow in the EverStart finals on Santee Cooper."You know, overall it was a good week," Kenney finally admitted. "Right now, I'm headed to Ouachita (the third FLW Tour event of the 2005 season). And hopefully I can do well there, too." Ironically, Kenney had planned to head to the Ouachita River tournament earlier this week in order to get in some valuable practice days. However, his stellar performance on Santee Cooper kept him around a lot longer than he initially expected. "Now, I'll only have one day to practice," he said. "Hopefully, this will be worth it." Despite the tough loss, Kenney still managed to walk away from the Santee Cooper event with a nice consolation prize of $10,000. Ormand nets third place Bolstered by a two-day catch of 21 pounds, 7 ounces, Alex Ormand of Bessemer City, N.C., captured third place overall, winning a check for $8,950 in the process.Bolstered by a two-day catch of 21 pounds, 7 ounces, Alex Ormand of Bessemer City, N.C., captured third place overall, winning a check for $8,950 in the process. "I'll tell you what," said Ormand, "coming into this tournament, I wouldn't have given one plug nickel (on the odds) that I had any chance of winning this at all. I had a big fish on today - a real toad - but I didn't land it. I guess it wasn't meant to be. But overall, I had a good time." Mauldin comes up short Pro Mark Mauldin finished the EverStart Santee Cooper event in fourth place.After leading the Santee Cooper event after the third day of competition, Mark Mauldin knew that it was his tournament to lose heading into the finals. Unfortunately for Mauldin, a native of Cleveland, Tenn., he just couldn't get the big bites when it counted most. "I knew I needed three big bites today," said Mauldin. "I could have run around and thrown a little worm around the boat docks and got a small limit, but those big fish kept calling my name today. In the end, I just could never get those big bites. But this is a fantastic lake. And I had an awesome tournament." For his efforts, Mauldin took home $7,950 in prize money. Best of the rest Warren Wyman of Calera, Ala., used a total two-day catch of 16 pounds, 6 ounces to capture fifth place overall and win $7,450 in prize money. Rounding out the top 10 pro finalists at the EverStart Santee event: 6th: Yancy Windham of Gordo, Ala., 15-9 7th: Richard Szczerbala of New Hill, N.C., 13-0 8th: Sean Stepp of Stafford, Va., 10-10 9th: Pat Fisher of Danielsville, Ga., 7-4 10th: Jason Knapp of Uniontown, Pa., 6-5 EverStart Southeast Division action resumes April 27-30 at Lake Eufaula, located in Eufaula, Ala..

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Arey Does it Again

Quaker State pro Matt Arey of Shelby, N.C., wowed the crowed in Rogers, Ark., today with an incredible 17-pound, 3-ounce five-bass limit to come from behind and win the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake. This is Arey’s second consecutive Beaver Lake FLW Tour victory. Arey’s final-day surge was enough to surpass two-time reigning Angler of the Year Andy Morgan, who led yesterday but weighed in only 9-08 today and fell to third. Arey’s four-day total was 55-06, earning the pro $125,000. READ MORE »

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Beaver Lake Day 4 Coverage

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Morgan Maintains His Lead

One of Andy Morgan’s fishing mottos is to make the best of what you have got “in front of you” to survive and fish another day. Beaver Lake doesn’t give much. So when an angler as resourceful as Morgan gets to a lake that doesn’t give out many resources, the two work well together. Instead of worrying about hitting it out of the park or putting immense pressure on himself to come up with a grand winning strategy, Morgan just scraps, scrapes and claws at the ground right in front of him, making the best of what he’s got. Morgan’s performance on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake was a prime example of his “make the best of it” attitude. After burning up the spawning fish he had located in practice during the first two days of the tournament, he was forced to fish by the seat of his pants today – something he thoroughly enjoys. READ MORE »

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Gordon and Gagner Crowned TBF Champs

Two more anglers qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup today by winning the 2015 The Bass Federation National Championship on Grand Lake in Grove, Okla. Shawn Gordon of Russellville, Ark., earned the TBF crown on the boater side by catching a three-day limit of 50 pounds, 2 ounces, capped by the largest limit caught today – 18 pounds, 10 ounces. Gordon earned $5,000 for his win, but more importantly, he’ll be competing against the best pros in the business in August at the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. Gordon also won the TBF “Living The Dream” package, which includes paid entry into the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour, a travel stipend, and use of a wrapped truck and Ranger bass boat. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Beaver Lake Day 3

Andy Morgan didn’t light up the world on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake, but he caught what he needed to maintain the lead and put a 1-pound, 9-ounce cushion between he and Matt Arey. Most of the rest of the top 20 scrambled today, abandoning their patterns and trying new options to try and make the final-day cut. Here’s how the top five got it done. READ MORE »

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Beaver Lake Day 3 Coverage

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Make Way for Morgan

“Hidden largemouths” is quickly becoming the buzz term at the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac, as those atop the leaderboard are using the term to refer to spawning largemouths that are so well hidden that other competitors never found them. These hidden fish are covered by thick brush, hidden so deep that they were only found during the very rare windows of sunshine during practice or located off the beaten path. The latter are not in obvious pockets or places where one would expect to find beds, but rather out on the main bluff channels where few ever look. On day one, Jacob Wheeler caught hidden largemouths to take the lead. On day two, former Beaver Lake champion Andy Morgan caught hidden largemouths to take over the pole position going into the weekend. His catch of 15 pounds, 7 ounces today gives Morgan a two-day total of 28-09 to take the lead by just 11 ounces. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Beaver Lake Day 2

At halftime of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac, the top five reads like a who’s who of Beaver Lake. Leader Andy Morgan is a former Beaver Lake champion. Behind him, Darrel Robertson has been very close to winning here with a runner-up finish in 2005. In third is 2014 Beaver Lake champion Matt Arey. Bryan Thrift, in fourth, has never won on Beaver Lake, but has led here before. And finally, fifth-place pro Stetson Blaylock knows his way around this lake pretty well, too, with a couple of top 10s. READ MORE »

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Heckman Heads up TBF Championship Field

Some bass are still spawning in Grand Lake, and others are yet to make their way up to the shallows, but none of that interests Sam Heckman. Diligent commitment to his postspawn plan here Friday landed Heckman atop the boater field with 34 pounds, 3 ounces and locked up his Southwest Division win at the 2015 The Bass Federation National Championship. Saturday, the top boater from each of seven TBF divisions will vie for the TBF National Championship and the “Living the Dream” package that goes with it. The package includes paid entry in the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour as a pro, a Forrest Wood Cup berth and use of a custom-wrapped truck and Ranger boat on Tour for the year, as well as a travel stipend for each event. Seven non-boaters – one from each TBF division – also will fish in tomorrow’s final round for a chance at paid entry into a Rayovac FLW Series division of choice. READ MORE »

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Beaver Lake Day 2 Coverage

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Wheeler with a Slim Lead

Jacob Wheeler has a plan to win the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake this week. That plan involves primarily the largemouth species, a target weight of 14 pounds per day and a lot of fish management. Today, Wheeler surpassed his target by nearly 2 pounds with a 15-pound, 14-ounce catch that puts him in the driver’s seat at Beaver Lake, in the lead by just a scant 5 ounces over second-place pro Bryan Thrift. “Largemouths are the way to win here at Beaver Lake,” Wheeler says. “They are the fish to go the distance here, and that’s what I’m focusing on.” READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Beaver Lake Day 1

Though there were plenty of fish caught off beds at Beaver Lake on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac, the top five is rounded out by a group of anglers who relied on sight-fishing very little. Opinions on where exactly bass are in the spawning cycle at Beaver Lake vary greatly from angler to angler, but a few common denominators did come to light on day one. For starters, most agree that one major spawning cycle has already occurred. Plenty of empty beds and a lot of gaunt, postspawn fish at the scale were evidence of that. Second, there are still some bass (of all species) trying to spawn, but the ones left on beds are extremely wary. Finally, the order of difficulty to catch each species ranks as follows: smallmouth bass – extremely easy; spotted bass – not as easy; largemouth bass – extremely difficult. READ MORE »

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Griffith Grabs TBF Lead

By midday, the prospects were unclear for Jon “Scooter” Griffith here in The Bass Federation National Championship on Grand Lake, but in a roundabout way it provided just the clarity he needed to dial in a pattern that helped him take the day-one lead with an 18-pound, 13-ounce limit. Griffith began his day by sight-fishing the clear water down by the Pensacola Dam. This opening move, he says, gave him some early comfort, as it matched the transparent water he’s used to fishing near his home in Mesa, Ariz. Targeting windblown points, Griffith got his early bites with reaction baits in about 4 to 8 feet of water. Unfortunately, the plan turned out to be less productive than he had expected. READ MORE »

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Beaver Lake Day 1 Coverage

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TBF Championship Tips Off

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Top 10 Baits from Lake Murray

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Jig Bite Carries Holmes on Wateree

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Bryan Slows Down for Chickamauga Win

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Morfis Dominates With 34-Pound Limit

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. – Joshua Morfis of Cape Coral, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 34 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Okeechobee. For his victory, Morfis earned $6,336. READ MORE »

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Salzman Cracks 31 Pounds on Guntersville

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