Minnesota Viking pillages Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. - Local pro Gerrick McComsey predicted a trollfest and that prophecy came full circle on day four of the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Championship. Richard Nascak led after three days, but Scott Allar had just placed a solid four-walleye limit on the scale. Before a raucous Pierre area crowd, the title was up for grabs until Nascak lugged out a 7-pound kicker. Pro Richard Nascak lands the monster that helped catapult him to the top of the 2006 FLW Walleye Tour Championship on Lake Oahe.That 7-pound monster anchored a four-fish limit weighing 10 pounds, 10 ounces. While the tournament was in doubt until the last fish, Nascak's final round total of 28 pounds bested Allar by nearly 8 pounds. In winning the FLW Walleye Tour Championship on Lake Oahe, Nascak claimed $150,000 - the largest payday for a no-entry-fee championship in the history of walleye fishing. The Mississippi River guide from Winona, Minn., savored his championship triumph. "This is incredible," Nascak said. "This is by far the greatest achievement of my career. The weight was really lifted off my shoulders when the big fish came. I'm just happy. When you think about it, yesterday was the day I needed the big bag and I got it." Richard Nascak holds up his 7-pound kicker which propelled him to victory at the 2006 FLW Walleye Tour Championship.Nascak's steady pattern of catching a limit each day continued on day four. Even though the finalists were restricted to two lines, Nascak still finished early. In fact, he never fished past 11:30 a.m. during each of the four days of competition. Nascak caught his fish by contour trolling a giant flat located about five miles south of the Highway 212 bridge. His baits of choice on the final day were Rapala Glass Shad Raps pulled on leadcore with a new FireLine Crystal leader. Nascak said the new Fireline looks just like monofilament. Each of the first three days, he also mixed in Reef Runners. In fact, the slot fish liked the Shad Raps better while the Reef Runners tricked the big fish. Planer boards also played a role in his success, although he didn't use them Saturday with only two lines allowed. "I think I was fishing a little deeper than the other guys," said Nascak, who shared water with Allar, Tom Brunz and Scott Steil. "I had nearly all my line out so I could skim the bottom at about 40 to 42 feet." Bridesmaid again for Allar After yet another stellar performance, Allar finished the championship in second. Second place is no stranger to Allar as he finished runner up to pro Jeff Ryan earlier this year on his home water of the Mississippi River near Red Wing, Minn. Allar also finished second at the 2003 FLW Walleye Tour Championship on the Mighty Miss. Scott Allar holds up his biggest fish from SaturdayHis Lake Oahe tournament ended with a limit on day four that weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces. While he was the model for consistency all week, he actually changed areas early Saturday afternoon. "At about noon, I crossed over into Stove Creek," said the Welch, Minn., pro. There he picked up two fish to fill out his limit and maintain second place. His key bait was the No. 5 Berkley Frenzy Flicker Shad. Allar said it looked just like a rainbow smelt. In contrast to Nascak, Allar was trolling along breaklines in about 30 feet of water. "When I went out today, I told myself I was going to box everything I caught. The plan was to fish for second and hope for first." Allar's final-round weight was 20 pounds, 6 ounces, which earned him a check for $75,000. For the record, his career earnings now sit at just over $275,000. While he's due for a victory, that milestone might not be too far off. The 2007 FLW Walleye Tour returns to his home water May 2-5. Brunz rises to third Tom Brunz moved up to third place after catching an 8-pound, 13-ounce limit on day four. Fishing within sight of Nascak and Allar, Brunz stayed focused with the task at hand and boated a four-fish limit of his own Saturday. Those four walleyes weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces bringing his two-day total to 17 pounds, 14 ounces. The Madison Lake, Minn., pro finished in third place and cashed a check for $40,000. "It's been a wonderful experience," said Brunz. "I've been at this a long time and this very well could be the peak of my career. I've gotten beat by a couple of really good guys. I don't feel bad at all." McQuoid fourth Kevin McQuoid finished the 2006 FLW Walleye Tour Championship on Lake Oahe in fourth place.Finishing in fourth place was Kevin McQuoid of Isle, Minn. McQuoid caught four walleyes Saturday, bringing his final-round total to 17 pounds, 3 ounces. He was one of only four pros to catch a limit each day. McQuoid's pattern was to target migrating fish by trolling crankbaits with leadcore and Fireline. His fourth-place finish earned him $25,000. Olson fifth Rick Olson of Mina, S.D., earned $14,500 and finished in fifth place with a final-round weight of 16 pounds, 12 ounces. On the first two days of the tournament, Olson braved 100-mile trips to the Moreau Pro Rick Olson caught three walleyes Saturday that weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Olson ended the tournament fifth.River near Mobridge, S.D. "I gave two co-anglers the ride of their life," said the 2001 Angler of the Year. "As it turned out we had a lot of wind." Those long runs left Olson with only two hours of fishing time. When the winds increased for the final round, he switched to an area near the Cheyenne River. There he targeted walleyes in 12 feet of water. Rest of the best Rounding out the top 10 pro finalists at the FLW Walleye Tour Championship on Lake Oahe: 6th: Steil of Richmond, Minn., 12-15, $14,700 7th: Dustin Kjelden of Brookings, S.D., 10-8, $13,700 8th: Richard Franklin of Bemidji, Minn., 8-2, $6,000 9th: Gerrick McComsey of Fort Pierre, S.D., 8-2, $11,700 10th: Troy Morris of Bismarck, N.D., 5-15, $10,700

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Arey Does it Again

Quaker State pro Matt Arey of Shelby, N.C., wowed the crowed in Rogers, Ark., today with an incredible 17-pound, 3-ounce five-bass limit to come from behind and win the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake. This is Arey’s second consecutive Beaver Lake FLW Tour victory. Arey’s final-day surge was enough to surpass two-time reigning Angler of the Year Andy Morgan, who led yesterday but weighed in only 9-08 today and fell to third. Arey’s four-day total was 55-06, earning the pro $125,000. READ MORE »

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Beaver Lake Day 4 Coverage

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Morgan Maintains His Lead

One of Andy Morgan’s fishing mottos is to make the best of what you have got “in front of you” to survive and fish another day. Beaver Lake doesn’t give much. So when an angler as resourceful as Morgan gets to a lake that doesn’t give out many resources, the two work well together. Instead of worrying about hitting it out of the park or putting immense pressure on himself to come up with a grand winning strategy, Morgan just scraps, scrapes and claws at the ground right in front of him, making the best of what he’s got. Morgan’s performance on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake was a prime example of his “make the best of it” attitude. After burning up the spawning fish he had located in practice during the first two days of the tournament, he was forced to fish by the seat of his pants today – something he thoroughly enjoys. READ MORE »

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Gordon and Gagner Crowned TBF Champs

Two more anglers qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup today by winning the 2015 The Bass Federation National Championship on Grand Lake in Grove, Okla. Shawn Gordon of Russellville, Ark., earned the TBF crown on the boater side by catching a three-day limit of 50 pounds, 2 ounces, capped by the largest limit caught today – 18 pounds, 10 ounces. Gordon earned $5,000 for his win, but more importantly, he’ll be competing against the best pros in the business in August at the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. Gordon also won the TBF “Living The Dream” package, which includes paid entry into the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour, a travel stipend, and use of a wrapped truck and Ranger bass boat. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Beaver Lake Day 3

Andy Morgan didn’t light up the world on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake, but he caught what he needed to maintain the lead and put a 1-pound, 9-ounce cushion between he and Matt Arey. Most of the rest of the top 20 scrambled today, abandoning their patterns and trying new options to try and make the final-day cut. Here’s how the top five got it done. READ MORE »

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Beaver Lake Day 3 Coverage

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Make Way for Morgan

“Hidden largemouths” is quickly becoming the buzz term at the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac, as those atop the leaderboard are using the term to refer to spawning largemouths that are so well hidden that other competitors never found them. These hidden fish are covered by thick brush, hidden so deep that they were only found during the very rare windows of sunshine during practice or located off the beaten path. The latter are not in obvious pockets or places where one would expect to find beds, but rather out on the main bluff channels where few ever look. On day one, Jacob Wheeler caught hidden largemouths to take the lead. On day two, former Beaver Lake champion Andy Morgan caught hidden largemouths to take over the pole position going into the weekend. His catch of 15 pounds, 7 ounces today gives Morgan a two-day total of 28-09 to take the lead by just 11 ounces. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Beaver Lake Day 2

At halftime of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac, the top five reads like a who’s who of Beaver Lake. Leader Andy Morgan is a former Beaver Lake champion. Behind him, Darrel Robertson has been very close to winning here with a runner-up finish in 2005. In third is 2014 Beaver Lake champion Matt Arey. Bryan Thrift, in fourth, has never won on Beaver Lake, but has led here before. And finally, fifth-place pro Stetson Blaylock knows his way around this lake pretty well, too, with a couple of top 10s. READ MORE »

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Heckman Heads up TBF Championship Field

Some bass are still spawning in Grand Lake, and others are yet to make their way up to the shallows, but none of that interests Sam Heckman. Diligent commitment to his postspawn plan here Friday landed Heckman atop the boater field with 34 pounds, 3 ounces and locked up his Southwest Division win at the 2015 The Bass Federation National Championship. Saturday, the top boater from each of seven TBF divisions will vie for the TBF National Championship and the “Living the Dream” package that goes with it. The package includes paid entry in the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour as a pro, a Forrest Wood Cup berth and use of a custom-wrapped truck and Ranger boat on Tour for the year, as well as a travel stipend for each event. Seven non-boaters – one from each TBF division – also will fish in tomorrow’s final round for a chance at paid entry into a Rayovac FLW Series division of choice. READ MORE »

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Beaver Lake Day 2 Coverage

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Wheeler with a Slim Lead

Jacob Wheeler has a plan to win the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake this week. That plan involves primarily the largemouth species, a target weight of 14 pounds per day and a lot of fish management. Today, Wheeler surpassed his target by nearly 2 pounds with a 15-pound, 14-ounce catch that puts him in the driver’s seat at Beaver Lake, in the lead by just a scant 5 ounces over second-place pro Bryan Thrift. “Largemouths are the way to win here at Beaver Lake,” Wheeler says. “They are the fish to go the distance here, and that’s what I’m focusing on.” READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Beaver Lake Day 1

Though there were plenty of fish caught off beds at Beaver Lake on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac, the top five is rounded out by a group of anglers who relied on sight-fishing very little. Opinions on where exactly bass are in the spawning cycle at Beaver Lake vary greatly from angler to angler, but a few common denominators did come to light on day one. For starters, most agree that one major spawning cycle has already occurred. Plenty of empty beds and a lot of gaunt, postspawn fish at the scale were evidence of that. Second, there are still some bass (of all species) trying to spawn, but the ones left on beds are extremely wary. Finally, the order of difficulty to catch each species ranks as follows: smallmouth bass – extremely easy; spotted bass – not as easy; largemouth bass – extremely difficult. READ MORE »

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Griffith Grabs TBF Lead

By midday, the prospects were unclear for Jon “Scooter” Griffith here in The Bass Federation National Championship on Grand Lake, but in a roundabout way it provided just the clarity he needed to dial in a pattern that helped him take the day-one lead with an 18-pound, 13-ounce limit. Griffith began his day by sight-fishing the clear water down by the Pensacola Dam. This opening move, he says, gave him some early comfort, as it matched the transparent water he’s used to fishing near his home in Mesa, Ariz. Targeting windblown points, Griffith got his early bites with reaction baits in about 4 to 8 feet of water. Unfortunately, the plan turned out to be less productive than he had expected. READ MORE »

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Beaver Lake Day 1 Coverage

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TBF Championship Tips Off

The spawn is on at Grand Lake, but that’s not the only game in town. As the 2015 The Bass Federation National Championship plays out for the next three days, anglers will find this northern Oklahoma impoundment abounding with lots of fishing options. Brian Maloney, the 2012 Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American champion, says he was impressed with what he found in practice. “The quality of fish on Grand is just amazing,” notes the Missouri angler. “This lake continues to put out 3- and 4-pounders, and right now there’s a variety of things we can do. “There are guys sight-fishing for spawning fish, and we’re probably looking at another wave or two of fish coming in soon. I’m sure the full moon coming up in another week or so will move them in.” Adding that the lake currently has fish in all prespawn, spawning and postspawn stages, Maloney thinks that TBF contenders will be greeted by a mix of water conditions typical for Grand this time of year. READ MORE »

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Top 10 Baits from Lake Murray

Competitors in the FLW College Fishing National Championship mostly targeted bass feeding on spawning blueback herring on shallow points and main-lake pockets. Across the board, herring-imitating baits such as soft jerkbaits, swimbaits, topwaters, wake baits and umbrella rigs dominated the event. READ MORE »

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Jig Bite Carries Holmes on Wateree

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Bryan Slows Down for Chickamauga Win

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Morfis Dominates With 34-Pound Limit

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. – Joshua Morfis of Cape Coral, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 34 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Okeechobee. For his victory, Morfis earned $6,336. READ MORE »

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Salzman Cracks 31 Pounds on Guntersville

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