Prosperity’s reign

Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S.C., tallied 47 pounds, 4 ounces Friday and Saturday, the heaviest FLW Tour final-round weight on record.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - En route to setting four new tour weight records, the top pro finalists put on one of the most amazing big-bass displays the Wal-Mart FLW Tour has ever seen Saturday. Emerging from the Lake Murray parade of bass after bass weighing 7 and 8 pounds was South Carolina's own Anthony Gagliardi, who tallied a final-round record weight of 47 pounds, 4 ounces to win $200,000 at the 2006 Chevy Open. This was a good one, folks. Gagliardi's 47-4 broke Steve Kennedy's previous record - set in the modern era of the two-day final round - with immense help from the five-bass limit he caught Saturday, which weighed 28-4 and became the fifth-heaviest single-day stringer in FLW Tour history. And that wasn't even the heaviest sack of the day. That honor belonged to Tim Carroll, who, if only he'd landed a limit Friday instead of just three fish, might have stolen the show from the hometown favorite. Carroll caught a new FLW Tour single-day record weight of 30 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday, besting Jeff Coble's longstanding mark of 29-6 caught at Santee Cooper lakes in 1996. Then there was Brennan Bosley, who pounded out his third limit over 20 pounds in three days - 24-13 - and grabbed his first $100,000 check for finishing second with a final weight of 45-12. While Gagliardi's weight topped them all, all three of them - Gagliardi, Bosley and Carroll, who totaled 45 pounds, 10 ounces in the finals - broke Kennedy's previous record of 44-14, set at Kentucky Lake in 2003, for heaviest weight in the FLW's two-day final-round era. And - fishing through relentless rain, cold and wind Saturday - they each did it on one of the most miserable days of fishing they'll likely see all year. Not only that, Lake Murray already holds the FLW Tour record for opening-round weight - 49 pounds, 8 ounces - which was set by Darrel Robertson in 2003. Simply put, this bass fishery puts on quite a show. "That's truly a testament to this lake more so than it is to me," Gagliardi said. "What we saw here today shows you what this lake is capable of, not just in the numbers of fish it has, but in their size." Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S.C., cleared $200,000 for victory at the 2006 Chevy Open.Hometown hero The star of the show, of course, was Gagliardi. The crowd showed up in force to support its hometown favorite from nearby Prosperity, S.C., and it was handsomely rewarded by Gagliardi's record-setting performance. It was the second FLW Tour victory for the 28-year-old pro, who now has well over a half-million dollars in FLW Outdoors career earnings. His first victory came at Kentucky Lake in 2004 - coincidentally, another tournament where he outfished out Bosley on the final day. But, to take a big one on his home lake, there was no doubt which win was sweeter for Gagliardi. "Kentucky Lake was my first win, but there is no comparison," he said. "All those big fish coming out of the livewells at the same time today had my nerves worked up. To break the final-round weight record and win the tournament at the same time is an amazing feeling." Nervous at weigh-in, maybe, but he was as cool as they come on the water. Gagliardi keyed on a deepwater bass bite all week long. Mostly, he threw a 1/2-ounce All-Terrain jig at deep rock piles on secondary points leading into creeks, fishing anywhere from 18 to 30 feet of water. Friday, however, he discovered some bigger fish holding on brush piles, so he focused on those Saturday and landed his two biggest fish. But he also caught his other three keepers Saturday on a crankbait, a chartreuse-and-root beer Brian's Bee B10, in shallower water down to 10 feet. "In a way, this was a lot like Kentucky Lake. I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I got here," Gagliardi said. "I planned on dedicating my practice to fishing deep." Still, the winner only culled one fish today, so it wasn't like he was reeling in the numbers. This tournament, maybe more than any other, was more about the quality of fish than quantity. "Kentucky Lake was a different kind of tournament. That one was all about consistency and trying to catch a good limit every day," he said. "At this one, I knew we were going to have to bust a really big bag to do well." Brennan Bosley of Benton, Ark., pounded out his third limit over 20 pounds in three days - 24-13 - and grabbed second place with a final weight of 45-12.Bosley impressive, impressed Bosley, who finished seventh at the 2004 Kentucky Lake event - his only other top-10 showing on the FLW Tour - stuck to his Flat A Bomber crankbait pattern to catch his 24-pound, 13-ounce limit Saturday. "I fished the lower end of the lake all through practice and the tournament," the pro from Benton, Ark., said. "I have a lot of confidence in cold, clear water, maybe because I'm so used to Beaver (Lake, in Arkansas). All my damage today was done right down by the dam on about four or five points. This was totally a pattern tournament for me." Bosley ran a shallower rock-pile pattern, plying the bank between piles to crank up one 5- to 8-pounder after another. "This place has more big fish than any lake I've ever been to," he said. "Right now, it has the hottest bass fishing than any other lake in the world." The FLW TourCarroll third, wonders what if Taking home $50,000 for third place was Carroll, who hails from Owasso, Okla. The opening-round leader stuck to his deepwater jig pattern and might have set some really mean records if not for two lost fish on Friday. The first three days, Carroll caught three different bass weighing more than 9 pounds, and Saturday his kicker again was the biggest of the day at 8-9. But it was Friday and his three-bass weight of 14-11 that ultimately put him behind the eight-ball. "It killed me," he said. "I did go for big fish, and it was a lost opportunity yesterday. I had two big fish pull off, and I just missed another one. But that's just part of this game. It's going to be hard to top this one." Still, Carroll did take some solace in his record-setting weight Saturday. He said that, even when he knew he had close to 30 pounds in his livewell, he kept fishing to try and cull out his smallest bass, a 4 1/2-pounder, with another 8-pounder. "Yeah, that's almost unheard of," he said. "I knew it was going to be a shootout, a close one. I knew the other guys would probably bring in more than 20 pounds. So even when I had 30, I still needed another one." Wolak fourth, Kindy fifth After the top three big guns, the weights dropped off significantly in the final round. David Wolak of Warrior Run, Pa., posted his first FLW Tour top-10 finish in fourth place with a final weight of 25 pounds, 1 ounce. He earned $40,000. "The fishing's been great for me," he said. "I don't know the lake as well as some of the other guys, so I just kind of put a little milk run together." Jeremiah Kindy of Benton, Ark., finished fifth and collected $30,000 with a final weight of 21 pounds, 12 ounces. "I've never had a practice like this in my entire life," said Kindy, who mainly fished a Flat A Bomber crankbait on rocks and transitions. "I caught 10(-pounders), 12s and all kinds of 6s. It's just crazy." Rest of the best Rounding out the top 10 pro finishers at FLW Tour Chevy Open at Lake Murray: 6th: Clifford Pirch, Payson, Ariz., 21-1, $28,000 7th: David Smith, Del City, Okla., 18-13, $26,000 8th: Matt Herren, Trussville, Ala., 18-11, $24,000 9th: Katsutoshi Furusawa, Tokyo, Japan, 12-12, $22,000 10th: Terry Segraves, Kissimmee, Fla., 7-5, $20,000 Standings update With a pair of top-15 finishes in the opening two tournaments, Ralph Lester Jr. of Lees Summit, Mo., took over the lead in the Pro Division standings with 378 points. Gagliardi, who finished 30th at Lake Okeechobee, moved up to second with 371 points. Coming up The next Wal-Mart FLW Tour event, the third of the season, is scheduled for Pickwick Lake near Florence, Ala., March 1-4.

Tags: headline-story  jeff-schroeder 

/news/2015-05-23-brown-rallies-for-seminole-win

Brown Rallies for Seminole Win

When the Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Seminole started on Thursday, hot, slick conditions prevailed. The air temperatures pushed into the 90’s, water temperatures hovered between 80 and 85 degrees – summertime was on. Or was it? READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-23-jeter-takes-co-angler-crown

Jeter Takes Co-Angler Crown

Call it a local’s sweep at the Rayovac FLW Series on Lake Seminole. While local pro Clint Brown of Bainbridge, Ga., won the boater Division, his Bainbridge neighbor, Greg Jeter won the Co-angler Division to make it a local twofer. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-23-lake-seminole-day-3-midday-update

Lake Seminole Day 3 Midday Update

Second place pro Clint Brown was gaining some serious ground on Reneau as Brown had boxed four solid keepers for about 11 pounds on his very first spot – all caught from protected backwaters with a topwater. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-22-reneau-grabs-lead-on-seminole

Reneau Grabs Lead On Seminole

Though Reneau has weighed in 15-1 and 20-7 over two days for a total of 35 pounds, 8 ounces, he says he is only getting about six bites per day. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-22-top-5-patterns-from-seminole-day-2

Top 5 Patterns From Seminole Day 2

A shake-up occurred on day two of the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Evinrude on Lake Seminole. Day one was all about slow, summertime fishing in the lake’s deep timber. Overnight a frontal passage dropped water and air temperatures and left a north wind howling down the lake. As a result, the timber bite cooled off and those fishing shallower waters climbed up the leaderboard. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-22-lake-seminole-day-2-midday-update

Lake Seminole Day 2 Midday Update

The hot summer at Seminole turned back into spring this morning as a cold front blew through the area dropping air temps some 10 degrees with a blustery north wind. Sweatshirts were needed again as the cold air felt more like April than May. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-21-enfinger-leads-on-seminole

Enfinger Leads On Seminole

Enfinger said he got off to a “fast start” this morning, sacking a limit by 10 a.m., but he only upgraded twice after that, catching about eight keepers on the day. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-21-top-5-patterns-from-seminole-day-1

Top 5 Patterns From Seminole Day 1

Bradley Enfinger took the day-one lead at the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Evinrude on Lake Seminole fishing suspended bass in timber. Others in the top-5 fished both wood and grass on day one. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-21-lake-seminole-midday-update

Lake Seminole Midday Update

Lake Seminole is known to be more of a quality lake than a quantity lake and that trait showed on the morning of day one as anglers who were catching fish were not necessarily getting many bites, but 3-pound pluses seemed to be the norm for the ones hauled in over the gunnel. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-19-ledges-lift-wilson-to-top

Ledges Lift Wilson to Top

Tim Wilson of Gas City, Indiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 29 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Guntersville. For his victory, Wilson earned $5,584. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-19-two-in-a-row-for-fox

Two in a Row for Fox

Dwight Fox of Gainesboro, Tennessee, weighed four bass totaling 16 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Cumberland. For his victory, Fox earned $4,463. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-19-bluff-walls-carry-meredith

Bluff Walls Carry Meredith

GROVE, Okla. – Mitch Meredith of Hulbert, Oklahoma, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Okie Division tournament of 2015 on Grand Lake. For his victory, Meredith earned $7,165. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-19-tidwell-slows-down-for-title

Tidwell Slows Down for Title

MCCORMICK, S.C. – Brian Tidwell of Seneca, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament of 2015 on Clarks Hill Lake. For his victory, Tidwell earned $3,021. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-19-ginter-gets-the-win

Ginter Gets the Win

CELINA, Ohio – Gary Ginter of Maplewood, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division tournament of 2015 on Grand Lake. For his victory, Ginter earned $3,963. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-19-jig-does-the-trick-for-roselle

Jig Does the Trick for Roselle

MARBURY, Md. – Mike Roselle of La Plata, Maryland, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division tournament of 2015 on Potomac River. For his victory, Roselle earned $6,235. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-17-thrift-by-3

Thrift by 3

The “numbers game.” It’s a term that Bryan Thrift used to describe his fishing on Lake Eufaula back in 2013 when he finished runner-up to Randy Haynes in a Walmart FLW Tour event. The method to his numbers madness was to hit as many solitary objects – stumps, brush piles, rocks, logs – on the bottom of Lake Eufaula as humanly possible in an eight-hour tournament day. When Thrift saw that Lake Eufaula was back on the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour schedule for May of this year, he grinned that patented Bryan Thrift grin because he already knew how to crunch the numbers at Eufaula. And Thrift is still grinning. After sacking up a final-day catch of 15 pounds, 5 ounces to top off 69-14 for the week, Thrift made the numbers work for his fourth FLW Tour win. He added another $125,000 to his bank account. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-17-lake-eufaula-day-4-coverage

Lake Eufaula Day 4 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Eufaula presented by Quaker State. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-16-morrow-thrift-neck-and-neck

Morrow, Thrift Neck and Neck

Georgia pro Troy Morrow brought in 15 pounds, 4 ounces on the third day of competition at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Quaker State on Lake Eufaula to increase his tournament total to 54-13. Morrow maintains his lead for the second consecutive day, but he won’t sleep comfortably tonight with North Carolina hammer Bryan Thrift just 4 ounces off the lead with 54-09. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-16-top-5-patterns-from-lake-eufaula-day-3

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Eufaula Day 3

Troy Morrow is leading the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Quaker State on Lake Eufaula. However, with one day left to fish, he has a big problem going into the last day: Bryan Thrift. The Shelby, N.C., pro is just 4 ounces behind Morrow. Here’s how Thrift and the rest of the top five caught their fish. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-16-lake-eufaula-day-3-coverage

Lake Eufaula Day 3 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Eufaula presented by Quaker State. READ MORE »