UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Ouachita

Curtis crushes at the ‘Rock’

David Curtis of Trinity, Texas blew the Stren Series Championship away by catching 22-12 on Table Rock on the final day of competition.

BRANSON, Mo. - David Curtis of Trinity, Texas, loves fishing in the summer and fall for one reason: It's the time of year that big bass school up on offshore structure.

"This is my time of year," Curtis said after leading day two of the Stren Series Championship at Table Rock Lake earlier this week. "I love it when I find big bass grouped up offshore. It's like searching for a needle in a haystack, but when you find them - it's absolutely unbelievable."

And if you are wondering just what Curtis means by "absolutely unbelievable," perhaps the limit of bass he weighed in on the final day of the Stren Series Championship is a better definition: 22 pounds, 12 ounces.

"Absolutely unbelievable!" Curtis reiterated today after weighing in the biggest limit of the tournament to win the Stren Series Championship by more than 5 pounds.

"I had a deep place I'd been kind of saving all week, and when I got lined up on it right today it was l-l-loaded," said Curtis, intentionally exaggerating the `l' for emphasis.

"I probably caught twenty fish off it, just one big one after another."David Curtis added another $155,000 to his FLW Outdoors bank roll.

This win is reminiscent of Curtis' two Texas Tournament Trail Championship victories, where he located offshore schools of big bass in the fall of the year.

In fact, this is Curtis' fifth FLW Outdoors win between his efforts in the Stren Series and the Texas Tournament Trail. His $155,000 win today brings his FLW Outdoors winnings to just over $600,000.

Curtis has not only become accomplished at finding such schools of fish, he has also mastered the art of managing those fish throughout the course of multiple-day tournaments.

Earlier in the week, Curtis talked of his "two-fish" hole, where he caught two of his biggest keepers each morning. But it was not the two-fish hole he was saving. His winning stringer today actually came off his secondary spot - a deep ledge located far up the White River.

"This place had a long straight ledge along the channel, and at the very end of it, the ledge turned and formed a corner in about 18 feet of water," Curtis described. "I knew the corner was the sweet spot; when I found it in practice, it had a bunch of fish on it - they were smaller, but it was loaded."

Each day of the tournament, Curtis would start at the two-fish hole, pluck two quality fish and then move to the secondary spot.

"The long, straight ledge had a lot of spotted bass on it," he continued. "And each of the first two days I would actually finish off a limit before I got to the sweet corner - so I never even fished it.

"Yesterday, that spot produced one decent cull fish, but I did not really take the time to line it up right and fish it hard."

When Curtis returned to the corner today, he idled over it with his electronics, and the screen lit up with more arches than McDonalds. Needless to say, Curtis got a little excited.

He began his largemouth assault with a Bass-X ¾-ounce football jig. After throttling through a multitude of keepers for a "decent" limit, he then picked up a Norman DD-22 and culled up even further.

"There's no way to explain it when you find a school like that," Curtis said. "It's what I live for."

Additionally, for the second year in a row, Curtis will be attending the Forrest Wood Cup on a Stren Series Championship berth.

"To win this event and get a Forrest Wood Cup invitation through the Stren Series ..." Curtis paused. "It's been a pretty special week."

Bohannan rallies for second

Kellogg's pro Greg Bohannan of Rogers, Ark., electrified the audience with a 20-pound, 6 ounce catch which put him in second place.David Curtis was not the only pro to stun the weigh-in crowd at the Branson Convention Center today.

Before Curtis weighed in, Kellogg's pro Greg Bohannan of Rogers, Ark., electrified the audience with a 20-pound, 6-ounce catch.

Even more amazing was that Bohannan used a buzzbait to do his damage.

The video footage provided by FSN on the JumboTron showed closeup clips of Bohannan's white War Eagle buzzbait sputtering along the surface before being annihilated by a large bass. It's the kind of scene most bass anglers see in their sleep at night.

Bohannan's big bag rocketed him to second place with a two-day total of 30 pounds, 6 ounces for a $49,000 check and a 2009 Forrest Wood Cup berth.

"I made the finals on a Wiggle Wart, but when that cold, cloudy weather came in late yesterday afternoon, I knew I needed to throw a buzzbait," Bohannan said. "I don't know what it is about that kind of weather on these Ozarks lakes that makes those bass go crazy for a buzzbait, but, man, it's fun! I threw it all day long and probably caught 15 keepers on it."

The Arkansas pro fished flat, shallow pockets in the Cape Fair area for his big catch.

Martin third
Day three leader, Rick Martin of Cherry Valley, Ill., finished third with two-day total of 27 pounds, 8 ounces worth $24,000.
Day-three leader, Rick Martin of Cherry Valley, Ill., finished third with two-day total of 27 pounds, 8 ounces worth $24,000.

Martin spent his week up the James River throwing spinnerbaits to flooded brush and bushes.

His spinnerbait was a homemade version in a 3/8-ounce size.

"It's basically just a white and chartreuse spinnerbait with tandem willow blades," Martin said. "The best retrieve around those bushes was just a nice steady retrieve - not burning it, not slow-rolling it - but just an easy, medium speed."

Bosley fourth

Duracell pro Brennan Bosley of Benton, Ark., finished fourth with a two-day of 27 pounds, 3 ounces worth $27,000.Duracell pro Brennan Bosley of Benton, Ark., finished fourth with a two-day of 27 pounds, 3 ounces worth $27,000.

Bosley's main weapon at Table Rock this week was a pair of crankbaits: a Wiggle Wart and a Lucky Craft RC 1.5.

"I did most of my damage on the Wiggle Wart," Bosley said. "I was using it on major creek-channel swings, ledge rock and bluff ends; the 1.5 was used in the back ends of creeks."

Bosley handpaints his own Wiggle Warts.

"I'm a big fan of the green-phantom color scheme," he added. "I have about five different versions of that one color that I paint, and they work great on Ozark lakes."

Defoe fifth

Ott Defoe of Knoxville, Tenn., finished fifth with a two-day total of 25 pounds, 13 ounces. Ott Defoe of Knoxville, Tenn., finished fifth with a two-day total of 25 pounds, 13 ounces.Defoe's winnings included $20,500 and an early berth to the 2009 Forrest Wood Cup by virtue of being the highest finisher from the Southeast Division.

Defoe spent the week far up the James River, cranking a homemade crankbait crafted by Bobby Gamble in Tennessee.

"The strangest part of my pattern was that the best cranking water I found was just slick mud in the backs of creeks," Defoe said. "Not really rock, not really wood, but just mud. The only thing I can figure is that when it gets cold like this, the baitfish go to that mud because it's warmer. Some of the best spots I fished this week were nothing-looking, slick mud banks in the backs of creeks."

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top 10 pros in the Stren Series Championship on Table Rock Lake:

6th: Robbie Dodson of Harrison, Ark., two-day total of 23-11, $14,000
7th: Ricky D. Scott of Van Buren, Ark., two-day total of 22-6, $18,250
8th: Michael Iaconelli of Runnemede, N.J., two-day total of 20-1, $12,500
9th: Bobby McMullin of Pevely, Mo., two-day total of 14-12, $11,750
10th: Lendell Martin of Nacogdoches, La., two-day total of 13-14, $16,000

Tags: rob-newell  headline-story  2008-11-05-flw-all-american-series-championship 

/news/2016-02-10-dudley-links-up-with-livingston-lures

Dudley Links Up with Livingston Lures

Livingston Lures has added three-time Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year David Dudley to its pro-staff. The Virginia pro joins two-time FLW AOY Andy Morgan and former FLW Rookie of the Year Stetson Blaylock on the Team Livingston roster. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-10-power-pole-extends-partnership-with-flw

Power-Pole Extends Partnership with FLW

FLW announced yesterday that JL Marine Systems, manufacturer of Power-Pole shallow-water anchor systems, has signed a sponsorship extension for the 2016 season. This will be the sixth consecutive season that the two organizations have partnered. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-09-flw-college-fishing-western-conference-opens-season-on-shasta-lake

FLW College Fishing Western Conference Opens Season on Shasta Lake

REDDING, Calif. – FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Shasta Feb. 20 for the first of three regular-season stops in the Western Conference. A full field of college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-09-lake-shasta-set-to-host-costa-flw-series-opener-presented-by-minn-kota

Lake Shasta Set to Host Costa FLW Series Opener Presented by Minn Kota

REDDING, Calif. – The Costa FLW Series is headed to Lake Shasta Feb. 18-20 for a tournament presented by Minn Kota when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the first stop of 2016 in the Western Division. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-09-montgomery-targets-prespawn-bass-for-win

Montgomery Targets Prespawn Bass for Win

Local angler Scott Montgomery of Eufaula, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Eufaula. For his victory, Montgomery took home a check for $4,127. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-09-top-10-patterns-from-lake-okeechobee

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Okeechobee

Oklahoma’s Bradley Hallman sewed up his first Walmart FLW Tour victory at the season-opener on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats by pitching and punching reed heads in the South Bay area with a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver. Hallman stuck with his program despite up-and-down air temperatures, high winds and all the curveballs Mother Nature could throw at him. Here's how the rest of the top 10 got it done. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-08-top-10-baits-from-lake-okeechobee

Top 10 Baits from Lake Okeechobee

The Walmart FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Okeechobee went from a tight race to a runaway in a hurry when Bradley Hallman just wouldn’t stop catching the big ones. As for the lures he used, and those put to work by the rest of the top 10, some Okeechobee staples were applied as well as a few oddball baits. If you’re thinking of heading down to the Big O or anywhere else in Florida soon, you might want to acquire a few of the lures they fished. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-07-hallman-wins-walmart-flw-tour-on-lake-okeechobee-presented-by-ranger-boats

Hallman Wins Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee Presented by Ranger Boats

CLEWISTON, Fla. – Pro Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, brought just two bass to the scale Sunday totaling 6 pounds, 8 ounces, but it was still enough to earn the win at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. Hallman’s four-day cumulative total of 16 bass weighing 71 pounds, 2 ounces earned him the win by an impressive 14-pound, 14-ounce margin over second-place pro Alex Davis of Albertville, Alabama, and $100,000 in the tournament that featured 169 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world competing in the first FLW Tour event of the regular season. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-07-big-hall-man-on-okeechobee

Big (Hall)Man on Okeechobee

It was the Bradley Hallman show all week long at Lake Okeechobee at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats. Though, the Norman, Okla., pro struggled on day four and brought in only two fish for 6 pounds, 8 ounces, he pulled off the wire-to-wire victory in his first event on Tour. The 13-pound, 9-ounce lead that Hallman built up through the first three days of competition was enough that he didn't actually have to weigh his fish today. Hallman's tournament total of 71 pounds, 2 ounces far exceeded the 56-04 caught by runner-up Alex Davis. For the win, Hallman earned $100,000. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-07-lake-okeechobee-day-4-coverage

Lake Okeechobee Day 4 Coverage

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

/news/2016-02-06-top-5-patterns-from-lake-okeechobee-day-3

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Okeechobee Day 3

Across the board, weights fell off on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Roland and Mary Ann Martin's Marina and Resort and the Hendry County Tourism and Development Council. No one in the top 20 crossed the 20-pound mark. Cloud cover, which prevented the water temperature from rising much above 65 degrees, and low water clarity might both have slowed the replenishment of bass moving into spawn. Tournament leader Bradley Hallman experienced a bit of a stall in the action as well, bringing just four fish to the scales, but he still managed to increase his lead to 13 pounds, 9 ounces. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-hallman-extends-lead-on-day-three-at-walmart-flw-tour-on-lake-okeechobee-presented-by-ranger-boats

Hallman Extends Lead On Day Three At Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Okeechobee Presented By Ranger Boats

Anchored by an 8-pound, 10-ounce kicker, pro Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, brought four bass to the scale Saturday totaling 14 pounds, 3 ounces to extend his lead to more than 13½ pounds heading in to the final day of competition at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. Hallman’s... READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-can-anyone-catch-hallman-

Can Anyone Catch Hallman?

Despite catching only four keepers on day three, Norman, Okla., pro Bradley Hallman extended his lead at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Okeechobee. With a day-three weight of 14 pounds, 3 ounces and a tournament total of 64-10, his margin over second-place angler Alex Davis is now 13 pounds, 9 ounces. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-montgomery-wins-flw-bass-fishing-league-bulldog-division-opener-on-lake-eufaula

Montgomery Wins FLW Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division Opener on Lake Eufaula

EUFAULA, Ala. – Local angler Scott Montgomery of Eufaula, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Eufaula. For his victory, Montgomery took home a check for $4,127. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-okeechobee-day-3-coverage

Okeechobee Day 3 Coverage

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

/news/2016-02-05-top-5-patterns-from-lake-okeechobee-day-2

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Okeechobee Day 2

Fueled by 25 mph north winds, the Lake Okeechobee washing machine cleansed some livewells today, keeping them free of the 20-pound limits that are so common here when the weather is sunny, 75 and calm. However, a few 20-plus-pound limits still snuck through the rinse cycle to grace the scales. The biggest limit once again belonged to Bradley Hallman of Norman, Okla. He added 25 pounds, 7 ounces to the 25 he caught on day one. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-oklahoma-s-hallman-extends-lead-at-walmart-flw-tour-on-lake-okeechobee-presented-by-ranger-boats

Oklahoma’s Hallman Extends Lead at Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee Presented by Ranger Boats

CLEWISTON, Fla. – Pro angler Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, brought a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds, 7 ounces to the scale Friday to extend his lead on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. Hallman will bring an 8-pound, 8-ounce advantage into day three of the four-day competition that features 169 of the top bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-cales-earns-co-angler-win

Cales Earns Co-angler Win

Co-angler Tim Cales of Sandstone, W.Va., earned his second win with FLW after sacking up 30 pounds, 11 ounces over two days in the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-hallman-way-in-front

Hallman Way in Front

Bradley Hallman is doing his best to make the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats a one-man show. But Alabama pro Alex Davis hopes to spoil Hallman’s hopes of a wire-to-wire victory. Today, Hallman weighed in 25 pounds, 7 ounces to raise his two-day total to 50-07. He’s led the tournament each day thus far. Davis weighed in 20-15 to move from third to second but is still 8 1/2 pounds behind the leader. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-okeechobee-day-2-coverage

Okeechobee Day 2 Coverage

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