UPCOMING EVENT: Rayovac FLW Series - 2015 - Lake Erie

Lampman lands three lunkers, wins Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Championship

MOLINE, Ill. - A relatively monotonous 2005 Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Championship did a complete turnabout on day four, courtesy of some big-fish drama from pros Shannon Kehl and Robert Lampman. After riveting the Quad Cities crowd with two giant walleyes, Kehl reached into his bag once more, but this time it was empty. In winning the FLW Walleye Tour Championship on the Mississippi River, Lampman not only claimed his first Walleye Tour victory, he also walked away with a check for a cool $125,000. The multitasker from De Soto, Wis., savored his championship triumph. Robert Lampman holds up his trophy after winning the 2005 Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Championship on the Mississippi River."I can't find the words to describe it," Lampman said. "It's the greatest thing that has ever happened to me." Lampan's steady pattern of bringing two fish each day ended on day four. "I started out two fish, two fish, two fish; well now, at least I have three fish." Lampman said. "I thought I had enough weight to be in the top three. These guys were bringing in consistent weights. I went to one spot this morning and worked it, worked it and worked it, but only caught one small fish by 10:30. Robert Lampman"I thought, `man, this isn't going to work,' so I decided to go to a trolling bite. When I got there, the weeds were so bad I knew it wouldn't work. I decided to go back to what got me here, and in 15 minutes, I put two nice fish in the boat." Lampman finished the final round with a two-day weight of 21 pounds, 6 ounces and said he caught his fish on Pool 14 by dragging willow cats over the tops of wing dams. Kehl blames weeds, finishes second Pro Shannon Kehl pumps his fist as he weighs in his final fish, temporarily giving him the lead in the 2005 Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Championship. Shannon Kehl looked like the man to beat heading into the final day. He and his Pool 14 partner, Rick Olson, had consistently pulled big fish out of their spot all week. On day four the big fish bit, just not enough of them, as Kehl's come-from-behind bid ended a few pounds short. "I couldn't get bit up there today," said Kehl. "The weeds were really bad; you could hardly even troll." Kehl then reflected on his performance and said, "I've never really done that well on the Mississippi River. These willow-cat guys are tough, especially him. I just needed one more good bite." The Menoken, N.D., native's final-round weight was 17 pounds, 12 ounces, which earned him a check for $55,000. Goligowski zeroes, remains third Kevin Goligowski ended the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Championship disappointingly, failing to boat a walleye on day four.Kevin Goligowski was the beneficiary of a tough bite for the remaining eight anglers. Despite failing to boat a walleye, the Maplewood, Minn., pro remained in third place with 6 pounds, 13 ounces and cashed a check for $20,000. "I was casting crankbaits upstream, which was a little different than everyone else," said Goligowski. "I pulled a 28-incher in practice." Fluekiger boats two, takes fourth Finishing in fourth place was Jarrad Fluekiger of Alma, Wis. Fluekiger caught two walleyes Saturday, bringing his final-round total to 6 pounds, 1 ounce. Pro Jarrad Fluekiger caught two walleyes on day four and finished the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Championship in fourth place."I had a great year and a great tournament," he said. "I had the bites the last two days, I just dropped them. I was sweeping the wing dams with willow cats, just like I do back home. The walleyes use the wing dams to ambush baitfish." Fluekiger's fourth-place finish earned him $17,500. Grunwaldt fifth Carl Grunwaldt of Green Bay, Wis., earned $20,000 and finished in fifth place with a final-round weight of 4 pounds, 11 ounces. "Anytime you've made it to Wal-Mart, you've had a good tournament," he said. "A few more degrees and these fish would have put the feeding bag on." Rest of the best Rounding out the top 10 pro finalists at the FLW Walleye Tour Championship on the Mississippi River: 6th: Rick Olson of Mina, S.D., two walleyes, 4-1 7th: Aaron McQuoid of Isle, Minn., one walleye, 2-2 8th: Dan Stier of Pierre, S.D., one walleye, 1-15 9th: Ross Grothe of Northfield, Minn., one walleye, 1-3 10th: Jeff Ryan of Lake View, Iowa, zero walleyes, 0-0

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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 »