Scott survives

Ricky D. Scott of Van Buren Ark., wins the 2006 Stren Series Championship with a two-day total of 23-8.

DECATUR, Ala. - From the time Ricky D. Scott of Van Buren, Ark., noticed giant gizzard shad swimming in bunches around hard structure in Wheeler Lake, he began formulating a tournament strategy that involved big spinnerbaits. For four days of the Stren Series Championship, Scott put that strategy to use to catch enough bass to win the event with a two-day total of 23 pounds, 8 ounces. Saturday, Scott slipped off his five-fish-per-day pace and brought in only four bass weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces, but it was enough to bolster his 16-pound, 2-ounce catch from day three and fend off a charge from Florida's J.T. Kenney for the win. "I really had to scramble today," Scott said after collecting $125,000 for his win. "Everything that has worked for me all week kind of fizzled out today, and I had to cover new water. Even though I had a 6-pound lead from yesterday, I really thought I left the door open today with just four fish." Scott employed two homemade spinnerbaits this week. His most productive one was a 3/8-ounce model that featured two large white willow blades, a No. 4 1/12 and a No. 5, a white skirt and a red head. The other spinnerbait was a 1-ounce model that featured a large No. 7 hammered blade. "We have those gizzard shad back home, and those are the spinnerbaitsChampion Ricky D. Scott with wife Tracy and two daughters, Brooke and BreeAnna. I throw to mimic the big shad," Scott said. "I look for windy banks, shady banks and mud lines, and that's pretty much what I did here." Scott stayed around the Decatur area all week, between Ingalls Harbor and the bridges. Some of his best spots included bank riprap, the bridge riprap, barge tie-ups, various mud lines and one particular soybean factory. "My best spot on day one was that soybean plant," Scott revealed. "When it would rain, it would wash that soybean residue into the water, and the shad would stack up in there thick, feeding on it, and the bass weren't far behind." But when the rain quit after day one, the soybean-wash pattern died. "That's when I had to just start fishing," he said. "Several of my best fish on days two and three came on the white spinnerbait from mud lines created by wind or boat traffic." Another key spot for Scott was the barge tie-up at the soybean plant. "Those shad would get up there and bump against that tie-up," he said. "And that's where I used the big 1-ounce spinnerbait. I'd pitch it up there and let it flutter down the tie-up." For his win, Scott was also the highest-finishing pro from the Central Division, giving him a berth into the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup. Kenney second Second place pro J.T. Kenney of Daytona Beach, Fla., shows off a 5-pounder.J.T. Kenney of Daytona Beach, Fla., ground out another 9 pounds, 4 ounces today to finish second with a two-day total of 19 pounds, 4 ounces worth $55,000. Kenney relied on an 1/8-ounce Spot Sticker jighead teamed with a Reaction Innovations new large Flirt Worm on 8-pound-test Vanish line. He fished the finesse rig on G. Loomis' new 822 Shaky Head Rod. "I was just running creek mouths, current breaks and eddies all up and down the river," Kenney said. "There was nothing special about it. I covered new water each day, just fishing whatever looked good." Kenney did make one last stand on the Decatur Flats vegetation late this afternoon to no avail. "I went back to where I caught them the first day and punched some vegetation, but it had all changed from three days ago, and it just didn't work." In addition, Kenney took the Northeast Division ticket to the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup as well. Lefebre winds up third Bringing in the biggest limit of the day for 10 pounds, 3 ounces was Dave Lefebre ofDave Lefebre of Union City, Pa., finished third. Union City, Pa. The last-round charge took him to third place with a two-day total of 18 pounds, 1 ounce worth $38,000. Late in the day, Lefebre got on a topwater toad bite. "At about 1:30, I saw a fish bust," he said. "So I pulled out the Stanley Ribbit, and the big ones started crushing it, but I couldn't get them in the boat. I had seven big blowups and only caught two - the two best fish I weighed in." Lefebre reported catching his other keepers earlier in the day on a Kinami Nories Bug. Defoe battles to fourth Pro Ott Defoe of Knoxville, Tenn., finished in fourth place and took the Southeastern Division Berth into the Forrest Wood Cup.Ott Defoe of Knoxville, Tenn., brought in an impressive limit weighing 9 pounds, 3 ounces to finish in fourth place worth $31,000. "Since I couldn't get into my best spot with the water down, I started right here at the ramp this morning," he said. "I threw a Bandit 100 crankbait and Mimic crankbait on the riprap there by the ramp until I culled at about 9:30." From there, Defoe went into the back of a creek on the lower end and flipped a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver to cull up several more times. Defoe also nabbed a spot in the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup for being the highest Stren Championship finisher from the Southeast Division. Le winds out top five Thanh Le of Las Vegas stuck to his Carolina rigging game plan to catchThanh Le of Las Vegas, Nev., took fifth place. five fish weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces to finish fifth with a two-day total of 15 pounds, 8 ounces worth $24,000. Le reported catching his fish on baby brush hogs in green-pumpkin and watermelon colors. Rest of the best Rounding out the top 10 pros in the 2006 Stren Series Championship: 6th: Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla., two day total of 14-14; $22,000 7th: Stacey King of Reeds Springs, Mo., two day total of 11-0; $11,000 8th: Jason Borofka of Salinas, Calif., two day total of 7-12; $15,000 9th: Mark Shepard of Labelle, Fla., two day total of 6-6; $9,000 10th: Sam Bass of Section, Ala., two day total of 5-15; $18,000

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 »