Wade's world

PADUCAH, Ky. - Wade Ramsey was in 12th place after Thursday's first day of BFL All-American competition on the Ohio River. Though he was only two spots out of the top 10, he was 3 pounds behind the leader, and in a tournament where good bites seem to be few and far between, 3 pounds was a pretty substantial difference. Now, with only one tournament day remaining, Ramsey not only finds himself in the top 10, fishing on day three, but he's at the top of the leaderboard - with a whopping 3-pound, 7-ounce lead. "I was fishing for a bigger bite," Ramsey said. "It didn't really work out for me yesterday, but it kind of did today." Ramsey pulled off his incredible feat to lead the All-American on a day when the bite remained sluggish. His five-bass limit today was one of only nine Boater Division limits and weighed 11 pounds, 10 ounces, just shy of 3 pounds more than his day-one weight. In fact, he's one of only three top-10 boaters whose weights improved from day one to day two. But to hear him tell it, it wasn't so easy.Leader Wade Ramsey waves to the crowd, surrounded by his fellow top-10 anglers Michael Bryson, Brent Crow and John Pearson. "It was kind of a grind for me today," Ramsey said. "I didn't catch a lot of fish, but I caught five good, solid keepers. Today my goal was to go out and get good, quality bites." He said his day was pretty slow going, and he didn't catch his last keeper until 2 p.m., not long before check-in time. He has been fishing near the dam up the Tennessee River. "I've got about six or eight areas, but I'm primarily catching fish out of one spot," he said. "That spot seems to replenish itself every day." Luckily for Ramsey, his weight will carry into tomorrow's competition, with the $100,000 check awarded to the angler with the heaviest three-day weight. "I never imagined that I'd be leading after the second day," he said. "I like the BFLs; it's a good fit for me and my schedule. To fish for $100,000 is a big draw for me." Ramsey earned a trip to the All-American by ranking 11th in the Okie Division points standings and then finishing fourth at the Toledo Bend regional. Crow slips to second Day-one leader Brent Crow dropped to second on day two.Hartselle, Ala., boater Brent Crow led the first day with 11 pounds, 11 ounces, but managed only three fish on day two that weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces. "It was slower today," Crow said. "I had six bites - I caught three and I lost three. I feel like the best fish I had all day was one that I lost." Crow said he isn't exactly sure why the bite continued to be slow today, but said it's apparently tough everywhere. "I'm tickled to be second and still have a chance," he said. "If they bite (tomorrow) like they did today, though, it'll be tough." Beatty jumps to third Robert Beatty enters the final day of competition in the No. 3 spot.Robert Beatty of Clermont, Fla., caught four bass today weighing 6-12, enough to move him up the leaderboard from seventh to third heading into the final day. His weight of 16 pounds, 6 ounces is almost 4 pounds behind Ramsey, though he's hoping his long run will produce fruitful results. "I fished a little creek about 55 miles from here," he said. "I got in the creek about 8 o'clock and caught four keepers and lost the fifth. I lost three keeper fish." Beatty said he's pitching and flipping stump rows in the Smithland Pool, and he's undeterred by the pounds and ounces separating him from the leader. "I'm 4 pounds down, but I caught a 4-pounder yesterday, so I know they're in there," he said. Byrnes, Wagner round out top five Adam Wagner didnRick Byrnes of Tamaroa, Ill., was fourth after day one and held onto that spot on day two with a 5-pound, 7-ounce catch that brought his two-day total to 15 pounds, 15 ounces. Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tenn., fished with the No. 1 and No. 2 co-anglers - Aaron McManaway and Steve Morgan, respectively - and earned himself a chance to fish for $100,000 with a two-day catch weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces, good for fifth. Best of the rest Rounding out the top 10 boaters at the All-American: 6th (tie): Ryan Deal of Haubstadt, Ind., and Mark Richards of Houston, Texas, 15 pounds, 6 ounces 8th: Michael Bryson of LaFayette, Ga., 15-3 9th: Jeff Wooldridge of LaFayette, La., 13-9 10th: John Pearson of Perry, Ga., 13-7 The original field of 42 boaters was pared down to the final 10 based on their two-day accumulated weights. These 10 will compete again tomorrow for the top award of $100,000 cash. They will take off Saturday morning at 7 a.m. from the Paducah City Ramp, located on the riverfront in downtown Paducah.

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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 »

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Day 1 Patterns from the College Open

The Northwest Missouri State University team of Andrew Nordbye and Adam Almontadi took the day-one lead in the FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake. While their pattern seems to be effectively refined – they were using only one lure and had no others out on the deck – Nordbye and Almontadi don’t have this one sewed up yet. The rest of the top five is just a few pounds behind the leaders. Here’s how they made it into contention going into the final day. READ MORE »

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Gautney Under Pressure

Day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Southeast Division event on Guntersville is just as misty and nasty as the first. Lucky for us, the first day of the Mercury-presented event featured huge catches throughout the field. READ MORE »

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College Open Day 1 Midday Update

“You should have been here yesterday” might have been the motto for the first day of fishing in the FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake. Though many of the 194 teams entered in the two-day event out of Moor’s Resort & Marina reported good to excellent practices, many of the same anglers were complaining about a lack of fish on opening morning of the competition. READ MORE »

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Gautney Cranks Up The Lead

Gautney says he keyed on staging fish in several very specific locations and one specific depth. He and co-angler Antoni Bicy caught 59 pounds, 8 ounces off of his spots, and he seems confident about his ability to keep catching them the rest of the event. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Guntersville Day 1

The first day of the Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Guntersville was a welcome departure from the grumblings of practice. Though fans weren’t treated to multiple 30-pound limits on the pro side, like at the Walmart Bass Fishing League event at Guntersville a couple of weekends ago, it still took more than 25 pounds to get into the top five on day one of this Mercury-presented tournament. READ MORE »