Ingram uses local expertise for Eufaula domination

EUFAULA, Ala. - Sometimes being the hometown hero on a lake can lead to the "local jinx," and sometimes it can pay off handsomely. In the case of Ryan Ingram of Phoenix City, Ala., it paid of handsomely Saturday in the form of about $60,000 - including a fully rigged Ranger boat and $20,000 cash - for winning the Stren Series Southeast event on Lake Eufaula, his home lake. Ingram is well-known for his winning ways in local and regional events on Eufaula, but he said that his biggest challenge for the Stren Series was trying to manage fish for a four-day tournament. "Most of the events I fish around here are one- or two-day events," said Ingram, who was fishing his first Stren Series event. "But to fish four days in a row against some of the high-caliber anglers on the Stren Series was a little unnerving." Ingram was on a pile of fish, and he managed them carefully throughout the event, making sure that both he and his co-anglers caught fish before pulling off his primary areas each day at about 9 a.m. As an indication of just how many fish Ingram was on, not only did he win the event with an 8-pound margin, but his co-angler Saturday, Curt Fannin, won the Co-angler Division, and his co-angler from yesterday, Mike Mahady, finished second. "I really thought I messed up and pulled off my fish too early yesterday when I saw these guys bringing in those big strings," he said. "I underestimated just how long they could keep catching them shallow in this falling water." Needless to say, Ingram didn't let up today, bringing in 22 pounds even to the scales for a two-day total of 40 pounds, 13 ounces. "It feels good to win," he said. "These guys are no slouches. Even with how good I know the lake, I'm truly amazed at how they can come in from out of town and keep catching them day after day." Ingram fished staging areas, stumpy flats and primary breaks in 3 to 8 feet of water adjacent to spawning bays. The falling water helped him tremendously. "If they had backed that water up at anytime during this event, those shallow-water guys probably would have skinned me alive," he noted. His key baits included a 1-ounce Ledgebuster spinnerbait (single willow), a 3/4-ounce jig and soft-plastic craws (watermelon) Texas-rigged to 3/8- and 1/2-ounce weights. Devere second Pro Shannon Devere of Berea, Ky., finished second with a two-day total of 32-12.When day-three leader Shannon Devere of Berea, Ky., said he was out of big fish yesterday, he meant it. He brought in 12 pounds, 9 ounces today for a two-day total of 32 pounds, 12 ounces worth $10,000. "I couldn't find anymore big ones like I did yesterday," Devere said. "I just kept scrambling around catching a few here and there, but with this falling water, no more big ones moved up." Devere spent the week covering shallow water with a Texas-rigged Zoom Speed worm on the upper end of the lake. When he would find a fish locked on bed, he would stop and fish for it with tubes and lizards. "I could get a small limit with the speed worm like I did today, but all my better fish were coming off bed," he added. Kreiger climbs to third Koby Kreiger of Okeechobee, Fla., should buy property on Lake Eufaula. This wasPro Koby Kreiger of Okeechobee, Fla., finished third with a two-day total of 31-4. Kreiger's sixth top-10 on Eufaula, which includes a win, in seven years. Today, Eufaula donated another $9,000 to Kreiger's bank account after he brought in 18 pounds to claim third place with a two-day total of 31 pounds, 4 ounces. "I really like this lake," Kreiger said, "especially in the spring when I can sight-fish." And that is exactly what Kreiger did all four days of the tournament, using an 8-inch Zoom blueberry lizard and Gambler Bacon rind. "It's not like I've got one magical place that produces all these fish," Kreiger said. "I fished different places every day of the tournament. The first day, I usually have a few staked out from practice, but after that I just run around and catch one here and one there. Once I get my limit, I use the rest of the day to look for more fish for the next day." Little fourth Pro Timothy Little of Acworth, Ga., finished fourth with a two-day total of 29-10.Timothy Little of Acworth, Ga., finished fourth with a two-day total of 29 pounds, 10 ounces worth $8,000. He used a black-and-blue Chatterbait and a green-pumpkin Senko to catch his fish this week. "I fished the middle portion of the lake all week," Little said. "I targeted spawning bass that I couldn't see. I was actually using braided line on my Senko because I was casting up there so shallow in that thick, weedy vine, and the only way I could get the fish out was on braid." Little also took a 26-point lead in the Stren Series Southeast Division points standings with one tournament remaining. Le moves to fifth Thanh Le of Davie, Fla., brought in 17 pounds, 9 ounces to take fifth place with a two-dayPro Thanh Le of Davie, Fla., finished fifth with a two-day total of 29-4. total of 29 pounds, 4 ounces worth $7,500. Le developed a unique pattern that centered on throwing a 1/2-ounce Pepper Jigs spinnerbait (double willows) on 15-pound-test Maxima line along shallow grass lines in the lower end of the lake. "There were fish spawning up in the grass, but the bigger females were sitting out there on the edge of the grass," he said. "I'd cast parallel down the grass line and sort of roll the bait down the edge." Rest of the best Rounding out the top 10 pros in the Stren Series Southeast at Lake Eufaula: 6th: Billy Bowen of Ocala, Fla., with a two-day total of 28-9, $6,500 7th: Ken Ellis of Bowman, S.C., with a two-day total of 25-8, $5,500 8th: Michael Conley of Bainbridge, Ga., with a two-day total of 22-0, $5,000 9th: Scott Hamrick of Denver of N.C., with a two-day total of 16-6, $4,500 10th: Patrick Pierce of Jacksonville, Fla., with a two-day total of 16-5, $4,000 The next Stren Series event takes place March 22-25 in the Central Division at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper, Texas. The next Southeast Division event is the final one of the regular season and will take place April 19-22 at Santee Cooper lakes in Manning, S.C.

Tags: headline-story  rob-newell 

/news/2015-06-29-dobson-sticks-with-jerkbait-for-win

Dobson Sticks With Jerkbait for Win

Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Michigan, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Michigan Division tournament of 2015 on Lake St. Clair. For his victory, Dobson earned $5,804. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-29-johnston-targets-beds-for-big-limit

Johnston Targets Beds for Big Limit

Cory Johnston of Cavan, Ontario, Canada, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament of 2015 on 1000 Islands. For his victory, Johnston earned $5,632. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-29-football-jig-helps-bates-net-title

Football Jig Helps Bates Net Title

Matthew Bates of Greenville, Mississippi, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds even Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Ferguson. For his victory, Bates earned $3,963. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-29-hipsher-hops-ledges-for-victory

Hipsher Hops Ledges for Victory

Craig Hipsher of Benton, Kentucky, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League LBL Division tournament of 2015 on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. For his victory, Hipsher earned $4,385. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-29-lauer-wins-on-ohio-river

Lauer Wins on Ohio River

David Lauer of McConnelsville, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division tournament of 2015 on the Ohio River. For his victory, Lauer earned $6,289. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-29-creature-bait-does-it-for-berhorst

Creature Bait Does it for Berhorst

Dennis Berhorst of Holts Summit, Missouri, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Truman. For his victory, Berhorst earned $5,963. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-28-wendlandt-back-at-the-top

Wendlandt Back at the Top

It’s been 14 seasons since Clark Wendlandt last stood on a Walmart FLW Tour stage and hoisted a tournament championship trophy. Since that time, the Texas pro has experienced ups and downs, including an Angler of the Year title (his third) in 2009 and a major medical issue that sidelined him for most of the 2014 season. All that’s in the past now, however, and Wendlandt is right back where he belongs in the world of bass fishing – in first place after the final day on the Potomac River in the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-28-top-10-patterns-from-the-potomac-river

Top 10 Patterns from the Potomac River

Clark Wendlandt didn’t pull off any secret techniques to win the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on the Potomac River. He simply found an area with the right quality of bass to win and managed it perfectly despite facing a medley of Mother Nature’s toughest challenges. The rest of the top 10 stuck with the standard Potomac targets too, namely grass, docks and wood cover. The only underlying trend of the top 10 is that they found areas to themselves. Here’s how the rest of the top 10 got it done at the 2015 Tour finale. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-28-potomac-river-day-4-coverage

Potomac River Day 4 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-27-wendlandt-receives-helping-hand

Wendlandt Receives Helping Hand

Not to discredit Clark Wendlandt’s skills as a bass fisherman, but if it wasn’t for an extreme act of kindness on the part of fellow competitor Shin Fukae, Wendlandt wouldn’t be where he is this evening – leading through three days of competition at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on the Potomac River. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-27-top-5-patterns-from-potomac-river-day-3

Top 5 Patterns from Potomac River Day 3

Pouring rain, gusting winds, a remarkable act of kindness, an Angler of the Year title on the line – day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on the Potomac River certainly was not boring. To say the top 20 anglers were waterlogged after Saturday would be any understatement, but as nasty as the weather was, it wasn’t the biggest story of the day. Shinichi Fukae generously helped Clark Wendlandt retain his lead, while Scott Martin sealed the deal on his first AOY title. Meanwhile, a number of other anglers scrambled to adjust with what the weather and the Potomac are throwing at them. Here’s how the rest of the top five caught their fish today. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-27-potomac-river-day-3-coverage

Potomac River Day 3 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-26-wendlandt-in-familiar-territory

Wendlandt in Familiar Territory

A lot of flip-flopping took place on the second day of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on the Potomac River. When the scale closed, it was three-time Tour Angler of the Year Clark Wendlandt who found himself on top with a two-day total of 32 pounds, 10 ounces. Wendlandt caught 17-13 today – the day’s second-heaviest limit – and leads Potomac local Bryan Schmitt by 1-12 going into the weekend. Wendlandt missed part of last season after suffering a heart attack but has rebounded with good success this season. He has won three times on Tour but hasn’t finished in first place since Beaver Lake in 2001. Details to come on the patterns of the top five. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-26-potomac-river-day-2-coverage

Potomac River Day 2 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-25-jersey-boy-leads-the-pack

Jersey Boy Leads the Pack

Talk about a traffic jam. And, no, we’re not talking about the streets around the Washington, D.C. area. We’re talking about the standings at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on the Potomac River. Adrian “Jersey Boy” Avena leads the way with a 16-pound, 12-ounce limit, but a total of 41 pros weighed in at least 12 pounds. Many pros lamented the tough bite today, but the results say otherwise as 114 limits were brought to the scale on the pro side. Troy Morrow trails Avena by just 1-06, and 1 ounce behind Morrow is one of the most successful tidewater bass anglers of all time, Bryan Schmitt. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-25-top-5-patterns-from-potomac-river-day-1

Top 5 Patterns from Potomac River Day 1

It might seem impossible for 405 miles of water to fish small, but space was hard to come by on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on the Potomac River. The creeks near takeoff at Smallwood State Park have seen as much traffic as a Washington, D.C. highway at rush hour. On the flip side, anglers who were able to develop patterns that got them away from the crowds, such as day-one leader Adrian Avena, have been able to reap the benefits of what has been a stingy fishery. Here’s how the rest of the pros in the top five caught their fish today. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-25-aoy-shake-up-martin-makes-his-move

AOY Shake-Up: Martin Makes His Move

Scott Martin has been talking about winning the Angler of the Year title since before the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour season started. It’s on his mind and for good reason: Angler of the Year is the only major FLW title he hasn’t won in what Martin has built into one of the most decorated professional fishing careers in FLW Tour history. Today, on the first day of competition at the Tour finale on the Potomac River, Martin has unofficially moved into the lead in the AOY race for the first time all season. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-25-potomac-river-day-1-coverage

Potomac River Day 1 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-20-richardson-wins-all-american

Richardson Wins All-American

Curtis Richardson has a way of surprising people – even himself. The Ontario angler had all but written himself off in the championship round of the Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American, thinking his limit of five bass wouldn’t hold up for long with the likes of Jeremy Lawyer and Bill Schroeder breathing down his neck. READ MORE »

/news/2015-06-20-all-american-midday-update-day-3

All-American Midday Update Day 3

Big changes might be coming in the standings of the Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American on Kentucky Lake, as some of the top 10 leaders struggled this morning to catch limits. Canadian angler Curtis Richardson, who currently is leading, had only one 3-pound keeper by midmorning. And second-place boater Billy Schroeder, who had fished just below the Paris Landing Bridge for the first two days, finally bailed out from there after catching four keepers this morning. READ MORE »