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

Hall walks away with it

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - He had trouble with the sunny weather and he didn't even catch a limit, but Michael Hall somehow persevered Saturday and won the Pro Division of EverStart Series Northeast Division competition at the Potomac River by heading off a strong comeback attempt by Rick Morris. The stage was set when Morris, sitting 5 1/2 pounds behind Hall coming into the day, mounted the weigh-in stage with a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces and took the lead with a final, two-day total of 25-0. Then Hall, who led Friday with a weight of 16-12, came to the scale, but he only had three bass in his bag. "I really thought the weather was going to be different this morning. When the sun came out, I knew it was going to be very tough," Hall said. "I talked yesterday about this river being fickle, and it got fickle today." Nevertheless, Hall's three fish were of relatively good size. They weighed in at 10 pounds, 11 ounces, pushed his final total to a winning 27-7 and crushed the hopes of a resurgent Morris by almost 2 1/2 pounds. "I had no idea that I had 10-11 in those three fish. I thought they were maybe 9 pounds," the winner said. Hall - a 52-year-old electrical engineer from nearby Annandale, Va., who was competing in his first EverStart event - took home $9,400 and a new Ranger boat for the win. And this tournament basically was his to lose. Hall led three days of the event - Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - and never seemed to miss a step. "This week, everything fell into a groove; everything felt good all week," he said. "Sometimes the timing of everything just works out." However, the return of the heat and sun Saturday did throw him a curveball. He caught his big stringer Friday under rainy, windy conditions. Those conditions changed drastically on the final day. "This morning, we went into the area where we've been all week. The fish were eating bait fish, and the birds were feeding on bait fish, so it looked really good," Hall said. "On my first cast, I caught a nice keeper, but it came off. It was the first fish I lost all week. And then it really got slow." Michael HallAs the sun burned off what remained of the cloud cover, Hall's bass bite shut down. But he adjusted, moving into deeper water to try and scratch out a few keepers. Eventually, he was able to land two good, 3- to 4-pounders plus another keeper. He caught his two big fish on a 5-inch, watermelon-and-purple Yamamoto Senko and the other one on a 5-inch, pumpkinseed-and-green Senko, both of which were the baits of the week for Hall. "I was fishing at 5 feet, which is pretty deep for the Potomac," he said. "These fish were feeding on 5-inch-long shad, which is why I was using a 5-inch Senko." In addition to going deep, Hall, who rigged his Senkos wacky-style, said the key to enticing a bite when it got tough was the speed of his presentation - or lack of it. "I was fishing slower than slow," he said, "which can be hard to do when fishing in the finals of a big tournament like this." As Chris Poole looks on, Rick Morris weighs in a five-bass limit worth 13 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday. Morris finished second with a final weight of 25-0.Morris gets bit, comes up short Morris really had the best day Saturday - his was the leading stringer by 3 pounds - but he just couldn't overcome the deficit he fell into Friday. Still, he earned $9,400 for second place. "I am frustrated because I had a chance to win this tournament," the pro from Lanexa, Va., said. "But I had a great week, and I'm happy with second. I love the Potomac, and I look forward to next year." Morris was frustrated by the loss of a 5-pound bass Saturday. He pitched a 200 Series Bandit crankbait to wood cover and said he caught around 15 keeper bass. But it was the one that got away that hurt. "The key to fishing this place is to find one area where the fish move up and just sit there through the whole tide," he said. "I had to make repeated casts to the same piece of wood before they would bite." Pro J.T. Kenney of Frostburg, Md., finished in third place and added his fourth top-10 finish in EverStart competition this year to go along with his two Wal-Mart FLW Tour top-10s.Kenney third, clinches fourth EverStart top-10 Pro J.T. Kenney of Frostburg, Md., finished in third place and added his fourth top-10 finish in EverStart competition this year to go along with his two Wal-Mart FLW Tour top-10s. Flipping thick grass, Kenney caught another limit - the second heaviest of the day at 10 pounds, 12 ounces - but it wasn't enough as his final total topped out at 23-6. He earned $8,600. "I sometimes tend to pull a big one out on the last day, but not today," he said. "This is my sixth top-10 this year without getting a win, and that's pretty tough. I'm getting hungry." Rick Morris watches as pro Scott Dameron can only muster three bass for 3 pounds, 11 ounces. Dameron finished fourth with a final weight of 19-7.Dameron slides to fourth The closest challenger to Hall at just 1 pound off the lead coming into Saturday, pro Scott Dameron of Beckley, W.Va., could only muster three bass for 3 pounds, 11 ounces and finished fourth with a final weight of 19-7. "Being from West Virginia, we don't have a lot of tidal water. It kind of changed on me today," he said. "I got up this morning and I thought I had it all figured out. But when I got there, everything was backward." Dameron earned $7,600. Poole fifth Chris Poole of Manassas, Va., rounded out the top five pro finishers with a final total weight of 17 pounds, 7 ounces. He caught a limit worth 8-1 Saturday. Poole took home $7,100. Rest of the best Rounding out the top 10 Pro Division finishers at the Potomac River: 6th: Tim Peek of Sharpsburg, Ga., 8 bass, 20-5, $6,100 (opening-round leader) 7th: Mike Hicks of Mineral, Va., 7 bass, 20-3, $5,100 8th: Todd Neale of Warrenton, Va., 7 bass, 19-8, $4,600 9th: Peter Herbst of Arlington, Va., 7 bass, 18-13, $4,100 10th: Bo Curry of Monrovia, Md., 8 bass, 16-2, $3,600 Standings update Aaron Hastings of Middletown, Md., has the top spot in the Northeast Division pro standings. He finished 12th here at the Potomac River this week and has not finished outside the top 15 all season long in the division. Last month, he finished second at Lake Erie. Hastings leads second-place Pete Gluszek of Franklinville, N.J., by 29 points heading into the last event of the season. Coming up The next EverStart Series event is a Northern Division contest on Lake Michigan at Escanaba, Mich., Aug. 24-27. The next Northeast Division tournament will be the fourth and final event of the regular season, held on Lake Champlain at Plattsburgh, N.Y., Sept. 14-17.

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 »