UPCOMING EVENT: Rayovac FLW Series - 2015 - Lake Champlain

Kennedy back out front

FLORENCE, Ala. - As the top 10 pros came back to the start line after lap three of the EverStart Series Championship on Pickwick Lake Friday, Steve Kennedy pulled back into the lead by a scant 4 ounces. Adjustments became a big factor today as anglers scrambled to keep up with changing conditions, and Kennedy was one of those that zigged when he needed to zig and zagged when he needed to zag. The Auburn, Ala., pro qualified for the top 10 on the strength of a buzzbait fished along bluff walls on Pickwick. But after several fruitless hours of surface buzzing this morning, Kennedy put the buzzbait down, pulled out a football-head jig and headed for deeper water. He targeted underwater ledges and rock in 12 feet of water, and the change produced two keeper largemouths. But the thought of big smallmouths crushing his buzzbait along shallow, rocky bluffs began to eat at him, so he switched back to the buzzbait late in the afternoon. For Kennedy it was an instance of correct adjustments: The buzzbait netted him three keeper smallmouths in the waning hours of the day. "I haven't quite got the timing of that buzzbait bite down," he said. "I thought it had something to do with current, but now I think it might be more of an afternoon bite. You have to cover miles of water with that buzzbait, and when you finally get a bite, you can usually get two or three pretty quick." Even though Kennedy is leading the event, he's not exactly thrilled about it. "To tell you the truth, I don't like it at all," he said of his 4-ounce lead. "I've led two of these tournaments this year going into the last day - both by about 4 pounds - and I gave both of them away on the last day. So, no, I'm not real comfortable with this right now." Bolivar flip-flops to second After qualifying for the 10th position yesterday, Gabe Bolivar of Ramona, Calif., shot toGabe Bolivar ended the opening round in 10th but landed in second on day three with a limit weighing 11 pounds, 14 ounces. second place today with five bass for 11 pounds, 14 ounces. Bolivar is fishing a shallow-running crankbait on Pickwick. "I'm fishing miles and miles of water," Bolivar said. "It's a real hit-or-miss deal. I'll go a while without a bite and then catch a few. I caught them much better yesterday - about 14 keepers - but today I only caught seven. I thought they would bite much better today with the clouds and wind; they didn't and I don't know why." Bolivar now stands 4 ounces off the lead. "I think this area has the potential to win," he added. "I caught some really big fish there in practice. The winning string is there, and if it's meant to be, it will happen." Newby third Pro Sam Newby of Pocola, Okla., made adjustments on day three to sack a limit of bass weighing 10 pounds, 10 ounces to take third.Sam Newby of Pocola, Okla., made a critical adjustment today that allowed him to bring in a five-bass limit weighing 10 pounds, 10 ounces for third. "I made one pass down the stretch of grass I had been fishing on Pickwick, caught one keeper and decided it was time for a change, so I went to plan B," Newby said. Plan B meant fishing docks. "If fished a few docks, got a couple of bites and a dock pattern became evident," he said. "The way the wind was blowing onto the docks, the pattern was pretty easy; I knew where the next fish was going to be." Gadlage fourth Jack Gadlage of Benton, Ky., moved into his best position of the week, fourth place, withJack Gadlage caught 9 pounds on day three to enter the final day of competition from the No. 4 spot. four bass for 9 pounds even. "Every day I have to adjust to keep up with the fish," said Gadlage, who is fishing in Pickwick. "I have been catching them shallow, but today I had to back out to 11 or 12 feet of water to get the bites." Gadlage is targeting largemouths with tubes. "Each day I get in my area and fish around for a while before I get a bite or two to clue me in," he added. "After that, the bites come a little easier." Hawk fifth Pro Roy Hawk of Salt Lake City moved into fifth place after day three with four bass weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces.Roy Hawk of Salt Lake City also moved up to his best position of the week, fifth place, with four bass weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces. Hawk is fishing in Wilson Lake and focusing his efforts on structure in 5 to 20 feet of water. He is using a Pepper jig and drop-shotting a Slim Senko. "I didn't get the same number of bites as I did yesterday," said Hawk who sacked 14 pounds, 4 ounces on Thursday to move into the top 10. "I think the fish are still there, I just need to get a couple of those quality bites like I had yesterday." Rest of the best Rounding out the top 10 pros after day three of the EverStart Championship on Pickwick Lake: 6th: Jonathan Newton of Rogersville, Ala., three bass for 6-8 7th: Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn., three bass for 5-0 8th: Jerry Green of Justiceburg, Texas, one bass for 4-3 9th: Dave Lefebre of Union City, Pa., one bass for 2-4 10th: Toby Hartsell of Livingston, Texas, one bass for 2-2 The final day of the EverStart Championship on Pickwick Lake begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at McFarland Park.

Tags: headline-story  rob-newell 


Browne Sticks To The Bank To Win

A lot would have had to happen for Glenn Browne to relinquish his hard-earned lead on the final day of the Rayovac FLW Series event presented by Plano on Lake Champlain. It turned out that a lot did happen, but with help from his friends and a great pattern, Glenn Browne socked 18 pounds, 7 ounces on the final day for a 63-pound, 8-ounce total and a payday of $34,097 plus a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-hp outboard. READ MORE »


Champlain Midday Update Day 3

Day three of the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Plano on Lake Champlain started with a beautiful sunrise and light rain that had tapered off by the beginning of takeoff. For leader Glenn Browne, the beauty was soon marred by a breakdown that occurred shortly into his run south. READ MORE »


Top 5 Patterns from Champlain Day 2

Day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Plano on Lake Champlain definitely shook up the leaderboard. While Glenn Browne took a huge lead, the rest of the pack swapped around and remained pretty tight. Browne is catching his fish down south near Ticonderoga, but the north end has also produced very well for the rest of the field. READ MORE »


Browne Crushes Again, Leads By 6+

Averaging 20 pounds or more is a difficult thing to do in a multi-day tournament on Lake Champlain, but Glenn Browne might be on his way to doing it in the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Plano. After two days, the Ocala, Fla., pro has run to Ticonderoga twice and sacked up nearly identical bags for a total of 45 pounds, 8 ounces. READ MORE »


Champlain Midday Update Day 2

While day one of the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Plano on Lake Champlain was wracked by high winds and rain in the morning, day two has been almost as good as Champlain can be. READ MORE »


Cioppa Leads On Champlain

David Cioppa of Hopkinton, Mass., weighed 22 pounds, 13 ounces late in the weigh-in to grab the lead after the first day of the Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Champlain. Cioppa weighed all largemouths and says that he caught the entirety of his weight by about 9 a.m. from one location in the northern end of the lake. READ MORE »


Top 5 Patterns from Champlain Day 1

Lake Champlain was rough and wild on day one of the Rayovac FLW Series event presented by Plano, and a bunch of the anglers still got it done in a big way. David Cioppa caught largemouths in the Inland Sea, but the rest of the top guys spread out all over the massive lake. READ MORE »


Champlain Midday Update Day 1

Takeoff was placid enough, with a beautiful sunrise and a light breeze in the slightly protected corner that is Plattsburgh. By about 6:30 a.m., day one of the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Plano on Lake Champlain was already beginning to get rough. READ MORE »


Top Picks From ICAST

A few days of walking the floor at ICAST is enough to exhaust a body, but it isn’t enough to know exactly what’s worthwhile. For that, you need some time to reflect and probably a few tournament seasons to fly by to see what rises up. READ MORE »


Renfrew Fished to Win

Ian Renfrew of Phoenix, New York, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament on Oneida Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Renfrew earned $4,695. READ MORE »


Docks and Rocks Key for Synders

Rus Snyders of Nashville, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division tournament on Old Hickory Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Snyders earned $2,703. READ MORE »


Jig, Crankbait Carry Powroznik

Ryan Powroznik of Prince George, Virginia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament on the James River. For his victory, Powroznik earned $7,507. READ MORE »


Persistence Pays for Arning

Ray Arning Jr. of Walnut Hill, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Arning earned $5,804. READ MORE »


New Rod Roundup

Rod companies continue to impress each year with a new crop of lighter, faster and more affordable (sweet!) rods. On the subject of price, these days, a tournament pro or an average angler could be fishing with rods that cost less than $100 apiece, but without giving up anything in the realm of quality. READ MORE »


New Terminal Tackle

Don’t skimp where it counts the most – terminal tackle. Hooks, weights, jigheads and the like are the keys to taking all those new soft baits and swimbaits to the fish, hooking them and getting them in the boat. Here’s the best stuff we saw on the floor at ICAST 2015. READ MORE »


FLW Announces 2016 Tour Schedule

FLW announced the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour regular-season schedule today in a live press conference held at the 2015 ICAST show in Orlando, Fla. With the help of six veteran Tour pros, the company unveiled each of the six events, one-by-one, to a crowd of observers gathered around the FLW booth. READ MORE »


6 New Reels to Try

Whether you need to replace an old reel or you’re just looking to add to the arsenal, here are some of the latest and greatest from ICAST. READ MORE »


6 New Lines from ICAST 2015

Line might just be the most important part of the package when it comes to landing fish. From presenting the bait to getting them in the net, your line is involved the entire way. If you’re looking for something new to try, the following lines are worth a shot. READ MORE »


ICAST Best Of Show Winners

One of the highlights of ICAST is the annual “Best of Show” awards. Not everything at ICAST is of interest to bass anglers, but the below might end up being staples for a long time to come. READ MORE »


10 New Frogs and Toads

These days, frogs and toads aren’t just mimicking frogs and toads. They’re designed to be perfect imitations of rats, bream and various oddball creatures. New models at ICAST this season offer anglers some of these “alternative” species, as well as new sizes, colors, action types and degrees of realism. Here are 10 new models that we feel are of greatest interest. Click here for complete 2015 ICAST coverage. READ MORE »