UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Okeechobee

Take it to the limit

After leading the pro division for two days, Robbie Dodson completed his quest with a win on Norfork Lake.

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - After weighing four-fish bags during both qualifying days, Harrison, Ark., pro Robbie Dodson finally filled out a limit catch to win the Stren Series Central Division event on Norfork Lake.

Having led the pro field for two days, Dodson fished a Tim Hughes custom-painted Rogue and a 3-inch Lucky Strike perch-colored grub. His 10-pound, 5-ounce stringer gave him a total of 28-9. For his efforts, Dodson won $25,000 and a Ranger boat package.

"It started off really good," he said. "I went to my first bank and caught a keeper, went to the second Two days of 4-fish stringers motivated pro winner Robbie Dodson to secure his limit in the final round.bank and caught a keeper, went to the third bank and caught a keeper. I fished two more banks before I caught my next keeper, but at least I started off with three good fish."

He said making a slight adjustment in positioning proved prudent: "I had been fishing the bushes earlier in the week, but with the sun out today, I thought the fish might be a little more aggressive and suspended. So I tried to fish a little farther from the bank. I basically fished the same route I'd been fishing this week, but instead of flipping the bushes, I just pulled out and started fishing little channel swings."

Fishing between Henderson Point and the Norfolk Dam, Dodson caught his fish in 10 to 15 feet of water. Boating keeper No. 4 gave him a short-lived confidence boost.

"When I got four, I thought I've probably got (the win)," Dodson said. "But then I thought, `Man, I've had a lot of bites, but if I'm having that many, I'm sure someone else is too.' I caught my last keeper with 10 Local pro Preston Havens bagged a 5-pound, 8-ounce smallmouth on his way to a second place finish.minutes to go, so if I hadn't had that fish, I wouldn't have won."

Havens handles hefty smallmouth for second

Hometown favorite Preston Havens of Mountain Home, Ark., caught four fish weighing 13-6 - the day's biggest stringer. Moving up from fourth place on day two, he totaled 26 pounds, 11 ounces and took home $7,462.

His catch included a whopping 5-pound, 8-ounce smallmouth that hit a firetiger Wigglewort in the back of Pigeon Creek. The feisty fish struck early and took Havens on a hectic dance around the boat.

"That fish hit right off the bat, first thing this morning," he said. "I was throwing a crankbait and ka-bing - I thought it was a carp. He ran through the prop and around the motor. I ran 90 mph across the boat."

After jamming the rod in the water, Havens was able to retrieve the monster.

Havens' other three keepers ate a jig with a green-pumpkin crawdad. He fished the bushes early and then moved out to a mud ledge with a rock pile later in the morning. Helpful, he said, was the power generation of the Norfork Dam.

"They've been running the generators, and with the (rain) runoff, we've been getting a lot of current," Havens said. "Anytime you get current, it's a fisherman's dream. All you do is position your bait the right way and let a fish come up to it."

Fox warms up to third

Entering Saturday's final round in second place, Springdale, Ark., pro Travis Fox caught four fish Springdale, Ark. pro Travis Fox carefully places a chunky largemouth in the weigh tank.weighing 9-14 and slipped to third. His tournament total of 24-9 won $6,716.

Throwing a jerkbait, jig and spinnerbait, Fox fared well by locating an area of higher water temperature. "I just found a spot with warm water in it, plus the presence of baitfish played a key role. It's amazing the difference 3 to 4 degrees can make."

Fox said he was concerned that he may have fished out his primary spot on day two: "I think I hurt them too bad yesterday. I probably caught 30 fish within a 100-yard stretch between me and my co-angler. Today I caught four there - plus two very nice crappie."

Endicott slows down, takes fourth

Targetting ledge rocks in the backs of coves, Wes Endicott finished fourth with 11-4.Wes Endicott of Joplin, Mo., improved from a ninth-place position on day two to fourth in the final round. Four fish weighing 11-4 gave him a 22-13 total and earned $5,970.

After a tough start, Endicott followed some good advice: "I had a terrible practice. I went two days without a bite. Then I got a tip from a friend, and I adjusted by slowing way down. I could get bit now and then, but it seemed like I'd go three or four hours."

Targeting ledge rocks with gravel in the backs of coves, Endicott threw Mann's Stingray grubs on a 3/16-ounce ball-head jig. He also fished a swimming minnow on an 1/8-ounce jighead.

Ruff rallies to fifth

Rising three spots to fifth place, Steve Ruff of Wentzville, Mo., threw a Smithwick Rogue and caught a limit weighing 10-1 for a 21-12 total worth $5,224. Despite a slow start, Steve Ruff enjoyed a midday frenzy during which he and co-angler winner Howard Fulgham boated 18 fish in 15 minutes.

A slow start had him scratching his head, but once Ruff located the right spot, the action was fast and furious.

"At 10 a.m. I didn't have a fish and my co-angler was wondering what I was doing. My first two spots just didn't pan out, but I said, `I have one more spot that we need to go try.'

"We pulled in there, and on my first cast I caught a fish. While my co-angler was getting the net for me, his bait got bit. We caught 18 fish in 15 minutes and had nine keepers. We were having a ball."

Best of the rest

Sarcoxie, Mo. pro Jeremy Lawyer tallied enough weight to take sixth place.Rounding out the top 10 pro leaders at the Stren Series Central event at Lake Norfork:

6th: Jeremy Lawyer of Sarcoxie, Mo., 18-2
7th: Greg Ryan of Nixa, Mo., 17-3
8th: Tim Fleetwood or Forsyth, Mo., 15-6
9th: Mike Foree of Osage Beach, Mo., 15-0
10th: Tom Murphy of Richland, Mo., 14-6

Tags: david-a-brown  headline-story  2008-03-05-norfork-lake 

/news/2016-07-24-penn-state-taps-docks-at-chautauqua-

Penn State Taps Docks at Chautauqua

The Penn State University duo of Clayton Frey of York, Pennsylvania, and Derek Horner, of State College, Pennsylvania, won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event at Chautauqua Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and qualified the team for the 2017 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-23-thompson-co-angler-champ-on-1000-islands

Thompson Co-angler Champ on 1000 Islands

The 1000 Islands is a great place to take a vacation, especially if you are from the south and want to escape the heat. That is exactly what co-angler Joe Thompson of Clayton, Ga., did and wound up capturing the top spot in the co-angler division bringing home a Ranger Z117 with a 90 hp motor. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-23-penn-state-university-wins-flw-college-fishing-northern-conference-event-on-chautauqua-lake

Penn State University wins FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Event on Chautauqua Lake

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. – The Penn State University duo of Clayton Frey of York, Pennsylvania, and Derek Horner, of State College, Pennsylvania, won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event at Chautauqua Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and qualified the team for the 2017 FLW College Fishing National... READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-23-michigan-s-dobson-leads-wire-to-wire-wins-costa-flw-series-event-at-1000-islands-presented-by-mercury

Michigan’s Dobson leads wire-to-wire, wins Costa FLW Series Event at 1000 Islands presented by Mercury

CLAYTON, N.Y. – Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Michigan, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event at 1000 Islands presented by Mercury with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 68 pounds, 8 ounces. For his win, Dobson earned $82,669, including a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or... READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-23-dobson-dominates-1000-islands

Dobson Dominates 1000 Islands

Scott Dobson didn’t expect it to come so quickly, but 30 minutes is all it took for him to find the winning pattern during his first day of practice for the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Mercury at 1000 Islands. That pattern would lead him to three consecutive limits of more than 20 pounds, including today’s final-round bag worth 21-12 – the day’s biggest limit, yet his smallest of the tournament. His three-day total weight of 68-8 earned him a check for more than $37,000 along with a Ranger Z518C with a 200-hp engine for being Ranger Cup qualified. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-22-1000-islands-top-5-patterns-day-2

1000 Islands Top 5 Patterns Day 2

Strong winds limited competition to only the St. Lawrence River on day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Mercury at 1000 Islands, but that was no problem for the majority of the top 10. Even though most of them fished Lake Ontario on day one, they were able to adjust and stay on the fish today. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-22-dobson-extends-lead-at-1000-islands

Dobson Extends Lead at 1000 Islands

A windy day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on the 1000 Islands didn’t stop day-one leader Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Mich., from sacking up the biggest bag of the day. Dobson threw down an impressive 22-pound, 3-ounce limit to extend his lead to 5 pounds over Cal Climpson – a noted Lake Ontario maestro. Dobson’s two-day total stands at 46-12, and with lighter winds tomorrow some big bags are expected. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-22-lake-ontario-out-for-day-2

Lake Ontario Out for Day 2

It is never good when you wake up the morning of a tournament and every flag you see is standing straight out at 3 a.m., but that was the case this morning for day two of the Costa FLW Series event on the 1000 Islands. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-21-1000-islands-top-5-patterns-day-1

1000 Islands Top 5 Patterns Day 1

Past experience on this fishery seems to be a big advantage for the top pros through one day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Mercury at 1000 Islands. Scott Dobson leads the way with 24 pounds, 9 ounces, yet there are some serious hammers right on his heels. Dobson fished both the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario for his limit, while others went straight to the lake and stayed there. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-21-dobson-drops-24-9

Dobson Drops 24-9

Despite the weights being dropped on the scale for the opening round of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on the 1000 Islands presented by Mercury, it has actually been a tough day of fishing. Strong winds made it hard for the anglers regardless of if they were fishing the lake or river. Smallmouth guru Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Mich., sacked up 24 pounds, 9 ounces on day one to take a 1-8 lead over Canadian stick Cal Climpson. Dobson utilized both the river and lake for his limit, which could play to his advantage if the wind blows like the weathermen are forecasting tomorrow. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-21-professional-bass-fishing-s-forrest-wood-cup-set-to-visit-wheeler-lake

Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup set to visit Wheeler Lake

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of professional bass fishing, will visit Wheeler Lake and the Huntsville, Alabama, area August 4-7 to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2016. Hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the tournament will feature 50 of the world’s best bass-fishing... READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-21-1000-islands-midday-update-day-1

1000 Islands Midday Update Day 1

Day one of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Mercury at 1000 Islands hasn’t been about if the wind will blow, but when. Everyone knew the gales were coming eventually. Still, the majority of anglers hung a left out of the dock this morning and charged toward Lake Ontario into a steady breeze that turned into a howling wind by midmorning. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-21-2016-forrest-wood-cup-angler-intro-music

2016 Forrest Wood Cup Angler Intro Music

Each season, the anglers that make the Forrest Wood Cup get to choose the intro music that will play when they walk out on stage at weigh-ins. Naturally, the selections vary as widely as the anglers’ personalities and backgrounds – David Dudley once selected the Chicken Dance song, if that tells you anything. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-21-transition-time-at-1000-islands

Transition Time at 1000 Islands

The second tournament of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division kicked off on 1000 Islands in an event presented by Mercury this morning out of the Clayton Village Ramp. The 137 pros and co-anglers are challenged with the tough task of dissecting not only the massive St. Lawrence River but also Lake Ontario in search of jumbo-size smallmouths. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-20-solving-the-1000-islands-puzzle

Solving the 1000 Islands Puzzle

For its second stop, the 2016 Costa FLW Series Northern Division heads back to the 1000 Islands region of upstate New York for the first time since 2012. The 1000 Islands region includes the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario and produces some of the best smallmouth fishing on the planet with 4- and 5-pounders being the norm, not the exception. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-19-forrest-wood-cup-attractions-

Forrest Wood Cup Attractions

Fifty FLW anglers all taking a run at the most coveted title in bass fishing will without doubt take center stage over the course of the four-day Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart in Huntsville, Ala., Aug. 4-7, but fans won’t have to wait for the daily weigh-in times to soak up all the action. FLW and its sponsors and partners put together a full schedule of additional events to coincide with the 2016 Cup. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-19-2016-icast-wrap-up

2016 ICAST Wrap-up

Even at a distance, ICAST can be a blur of new fishing stuff. Below, we’ve gathered everything we published from the week at ICAST – if you missed something, you can find it here. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-18-sisk-by-ounces-on-ohio-river

Sisk by Ounces on Ohio River

Marty Sisk of Evansville, Indiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 13 ounces, Saturday to win the third FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament of 2016 on the Ohio River. For his victory, Sisk took home $7,456. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-18-boggs-flipped-shallow-wood-for-title

Boggs Flipped Shallow Wood for Title

Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 10 ounces, Saturday to win the fourth FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament of 2016 on Old Hickory Lake. Boggs took home $3,028 for his victory. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-18-profile-jeremy-lawyer

Profile: Jeremy Lawyer

A year ago, Jeremy Lawyer endured a harsh reality as the door to a Forrest Wood Cup berth slammed shut on his runner-up finish at the BFL All-American on Kentucky/Barkley lakes. Flash-forward to June 11 and the boater from Sarcoxie, Mo., saw life come full circle with his All-American win on Barkley. READ MORE »