UPCOMING EVENT: Rayovac FLW Series - 2015 - Lake Erie

Rose knows Pickwick

Mark Rose is off to a 22-5 lead in the Stren Series Championship on Pickwick Lake.

FLORENCE, Ala. - When a major league bass tournament comes to Pickwick Lake in the fall, you can bet that Arkansas pro Mark Rose is going to be on fish. Rose won a Walmart FLW Series event on Pickwick in October 2007. Then in 2008 he lead a team of anglers to victory in the PAA corporate cup event held here in October. Now Rose is well on his way to earning a kind of Pickwick hat trick by taking the early lead in the Stren Series Championship after day one with five bass weighing 22 pounds, 5 ounces. Pros' predictions were right on about Pickwick's productivity this week. Before the Stren Championship began, many believed there would be a handful of limits in the 19- to 20-pound category, with 15 pounds being in the top-10 cut after day one. And that's exactly how the day played out. While Rose has nearly a 3-pound lead, he has a couple of Walmart FLW Tour sticks right on his heels: Jonathan Newton is in second with 19-3, and Dave Lefebre is in third with 19 even. Rose's leading limit was anchored by a 7-pound, 6-ounce behemoth largemouth, which easily took the day-one Folgers Big Bass award worth $500. "I started real close to the launch site here this morning and caught a solid limit weighing about 13 pounds pretty quick," Rose said of his day. "That got me settled down, and I started working my way down the lake, hitting a variety of different spots. I caught the big one about 11 a.m. far down the lake." When fishing Pickwick in the fall, Rose normally drags around in the 18- to 20-foot zone with heavy jigs, but this time around he is fishing shallower. "Some of the places I'm fishing are just little subtle breaks and rises off the primary flats," Rose said. "Where I caught the big one today is about 10 feet deep. But some of the places are so shallow I'm catching them on topwaters. My two best places are actually schools of fish - one is real close (to the launch site), and the other is a pretty good run. And in between those two schooling spots, I've got a milk run of grass and small drop-offs in the flats. But as this water continues to fall, I'm going to keep checking my deep places, because those should get better as the water drops." Newton second National Guard pro Jonathan Newton of Rogersville, Ala., is in second place after day one with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 3 ounces. National Guard pro Jonathan Newton of Rogersville, Ala., is in second place with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 3 ounces. Even though the fishing on Pickwick has been pretty good the last couple of years, Newton decided to take a risk on locking up into Wilson Lake today, and it paid off handsomely. He noted that a total of 16 boats joined him in the lock this morning. "The gambler in me wanted to lock up, and I did," Newton revealed. "Fishing up there (Wilson) has not been good at all - it's been way off. I practiced two afternoons up there and never caught a bass. But I went and checked it again the last day of practice, and it seemed like it was getting a little better, so I went for it this morning. "It was not easy by any means," he continued. "I only got seven bites, but they were all the right ones." And just because Newton caught his fish in Wilson today does not mean he is going to spend the rest of the week up there. "Pickwick's been awfully good lately, and I've got some good spots on it, so it's not like I've completely written it off," he added. "I might even fish down here tomorrow, but I'm going to wait until the morning to make that decision. I made my decision to lock up this morning at the very last minute - in fact I was the last one in the lock. And that's the way I'm going to play it in the morning; I'm just going to wait and see what my gut tells me." Lefebre third Kellogg's pro Dave Lefebre of Union City, Penn., nabbed the third place position after day one with a five bass limit weighing 19 pounds.Kellogg's pro Dave Lefebre of Union City, Pa., nabbed the third-place position after day one with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds. Lefebre is fresh off a huge win at the PAA Championship in Texas, so he feels the momentum from that win. "Yeah, I believe in momentum in that way, but I also think it has a lot to do with comfort zones, and one of my comfort zones is post-frontal conditions like we're having here," Lefebre said. "Post-frontal conditions tend to make things tougher. If this tournament had been last week, the weights would be double - everybody would be catching them. But after that front went through, things got tougher, and I like that." As for his fishing on Pickwick, Lefebre also noted that he has had to change his approach due to the influx of grass. "I used to come here and fish hard structure offshore," he said. "But that's not so much the deal anymore. You can still catch fish that way, but the grass has been here about three years, and the fish are starting to relate to it a lot more. Most of the places I fished today were grass-related. I caught a solid limit early - maybe 15 or 16 pounds - on a schooling spot in about five casts, then I went and played in the grass to cull up." Pace fourth Pro Keith Pace of Monticello, Ark., is in fourth place with a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces. Keith Pace of Monticello, Ark., is in fourth place with a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces. Pace spent time in both lakes today, locking up into Wilson and then locking back down into Pickwick. "I probably caught about 12 pounds up in Wilson and then locked backed down here about 11 o'clock," Pace said. "I had a couple of places where I caught some big fish pretty close here, and I culled up three times down here in Pickwick." Pace noted that his fish are all current-related, and he is not fishing grass at all. "Some fish are coming shallow power-fishing, and others are coming out deep with finesse lures, but they are all set up in the current," he added. Robinson fifth Robert Robinson of Mobile, Ala., rounded out the top five in the Pro Division with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 9 ounces. Rest of the best Pro Robert Robinson of Mobile, Ala., rounded out the top five in the Pro Division with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 9 ounces. Rounding out the top 10 pros in the Stren Series Championship on Pickwick Lake after day one: 6th: Greg Gleason of Houma, La., five bass, 15-10 7th: Scott Canterbury of Springville, Ala., five bass, 15-8 8th: Lloyd Pickett of Bartlett, Tenn., five bass, 15-6 9th: Matthew Jones of Spokane, Mo., five bass, 15-4 10th: Jerry Green of Cullman, Ala., five bass, 15-3 Yund leads top five co-anglers George Yund of Albany, N.Y., caught a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 2 ounces to take the day-one lead in the Co-angler Division of the Stren Series Championship. George Yund of Albany, N.Y., caught a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 2 ounces to take the day-one lead in the Co-angler Division of the Stren Series Championship. David Kayda of Crosby, Texas, is in second place in the Co-angler Division after day one with five bass weighing 12 pounds, 4 ounces. Mark White of Tucson, Ariz., caught a five-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces to grab the third-place position in the Co-angler Division after day one. Jeff Grant of La Mirada, Calif., is in fourth place with 11 pounds, 3 ounces. Phil Jarmon of Apex, N.C., rounds out the top five co-anglers with 11 pounds, 2 ounces. Big bass Mike Power of Canyon Lake, Texas, caught the Folges Big Bass in the Co-angler Division on day one. It weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and netted him $250. Rest of the best Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers in the Stren Series Championship on Pickwick Lake after day one: 6th: Terry Olmstead of Lockhaven, Pa., five bass, 10-13 7th: Greg Hamblin of New Albany, Miss., five bass, 10-9 7th: Matt Price of Manhattan, Ill., five bass, 10-9 7th: Robert Russell of Smyrna, Tenn., five bass, 10-9 10th: Brian Futch of Goreville, Tenn., five bass, 10-7 10th: James Jenkins of Marion, Ind., five bass, 10-7 Day two of the Stren Series Championship on Pickwick Lake will begin Friday at 6:30 a.m. from McFarland Park located at 200 James Spain Drive.

Tags: headline-story  rob-newell 

/news/2015-08-29-matual-masters-erie

Matual Masters Erie

David Matual of Chicago, Ill., leaned on his spot hard and sacked up the biggest bag of day three weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces. For his final-day rally he claimed the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division victory on Lake Erie with a three-day total of 65 pounds, fending off Jared Rhode by a mere 7 ounces. Drop-shotting over shallow reefs delivered all of Matual’s fish and earned him a check worth more than $31,000. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-29-lake-erie-day-3-midday-update

Lake Erie Day 3 Midday Update

Lake Erie put on a different face for day three of the final Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event. After a rough day one, yesterday’s calm and mostly sunny conditions offered comfortable running and fishing conditions. Today was still a far cry from the brutal waves of day one - and prior practice days - but windier conditions and overcast skies seemed to present a more challenging scenario. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-28-top-5-patterns-from-lake-erie-day-2

Top 5 Patterns From Lake Erie Day 2

Pennsylvania pro Dave Lefebre and Ohio pro Jared Rhode tied for the day-two lead in Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division action on Lake Erie with 43 pounds, 9 ounces. Both pros caught their fish on drop-shots. Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-28-lefebre-rhode-tied-at-the-top

Lefebre, Rhode Tied at the Top

Notching his second day of 20-plus pounds, FLW Tour pro Dave Lefebre tallied 43 pounds, 9 ounces and tied day-one leader Jared Rhode for the day-two top spot at the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie. Lefebre caught his 22-3 limit on Rapala DT-10 crankbaits, while Rhodes tempted his 19-15 catch with drop-shots. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-28-lake-erie-day-2-midday-update

Lake Erie Day 2 Midday Update

With winds shifting from yesterday’s northerly blow to a warmer southerly direction, day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie brought calmer conditions with greater ability to methodically work key spots. Offshore, waves ran 1 to 2 feet, with leeward areas behind the Lake Erie Islands nearly flat. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-27-rhode-cracks-23-10-for-erie-lead

Rhode Cracks 23-10 for Erie Lead

Jared Rhode played his cards and the gamble paid off better than expected, as the pro from Port Clinton, Ohio, took the day-one lead at the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie with a limit catch weighing 23 pounds, 10 ounces. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-27-top-5-patterns-from-lake-erie-day-1

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Erie Day 1

Taking off this morning, the FLW Tour pro from Erie, Pa., knew the day’s north wind would keep him from making a long run to a big-fish spot close to his home. However, keeping it local and fishing a little past Pelee Island to the west delivered a solid second-place catch. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-27-lake-erie-day-1-midday-report

Lake Erie Day 1 Midday Report

Winds have subsided considerably since practice, but Lake Erie’s still showing her temperamental side to Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division anglers fishing the last divisional event out of Sandusky, Ohio. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-25-top-10-patterns-from-the-forrest-wood-cup

Top 10 Patterns from the Forrest Wood Cup

If you don’t believe that summertime bass fishing in the dog days of August is all over the map, just take a look at the top 10 patterns from the best bass pros on earth at the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. Brad Knight captured the Cup by mining one small creek end for four days. But beyond that, the rest of the top 10 patterns ran the gamut, from targeting schoolers over 40 feet to wolf packs of bass on the bank to brush piles to grass to mud flats and everywhere in between. Here’s a rundown. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-23-knight-slays-ouachita

Knight Slays Ouachita

Lancing, Tenn., pro Brad Knight won the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Ouachita with a four-day total of 51 pounds, 12 ounces. In front of a standing-room-only crowd at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs, Ark., Knight weighed in 11-07 on day four to surpass Jacob Wheeler, who started the day with a 12-ounce lead. Fishing in just one area all four days, Knight locked up the first win of his FLW career. He earned $500,000 for his victory and pushed his career earnings total to more than $688,000. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-23-forrest-wood-cup-day-4-coverage

Forrest Wood Cup Day 4 Coverage

Daily updates from the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-22-wheeler-back-in-front

Wheeler Back in Front

Jacob Wheeler loves Lake Ouachita. It’s where he fished his first Forrest Wood Cup in 2011, and it’s where he’ll take the tournament lead into the final day of competition at the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Wheeler, the 2011 Cup champion, led this tournament on day one and slipped a couple spots on day two. He now has a very slim 12-ounce lead over Tennessean Brad Knight. The anglers will square off tomorrow on Ouachita starting at 7 a.m. against the rest of the top 10 pros for the top prize of $500,000. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-22-top-5-patterns-from-the-cup-day-3

Top 5 Patterns from the Cup Day 3

Jacob Wheeler may have regained his lead in the Forrest Wood Cup on day three, but Brad Knight is right on his heels. Going into the final day, the two pros are separated by just 12 ounces. The margin is tight, and what’s going to make the final day fun to watch is the difference in the two anglers’ strategies. Wheeler is running a topwater pattern on the main lake, and fishing new water is part of his plan. Knight, however, has caught almost all of his weight from one 250-yard stretch of bass-rich creek channel. He literally knows every target he is fishing by heart. On the surface, Knight’s area looks to be the better bet. But he has shared the general area with Brandon Cobb and Mark Daniels Jr. for three solid days. And the bad news, at least for Knight, is that both Cobb and Daniels will be sharing the water with him again on the final day as both made the top-10 cut. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-22-forrest-wood-cup-day-3-coverage

Forrest Wood Cup Day 3 Coverage

Daily updates from the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-21-ramie-races-into-the-lead

Ramie Races into the Lead

On the back of a 17-pound, 14-ounce limit, which is the biggest of the tournament thus far, Ramie Colson Jr. jumped from seventh place to take over the lead at the halfway point of the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart. Colson’s two-day total is 31 pounds, 1 ounce, which puts him almost 3 pounds ahead of Tennessee’s Brad Knight. The Forrest Wood Cup, which is hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, moves into its top-20 round on Saturday. The top 10 pros after Saturday’s weigh-in advance to Sunday’s final round for a shot at the $500,000 top prize. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-21-top-5-patterns-from-the-cup-day-2

Top 5 Patterns from the Cup Day 2

At times, bass fishing can be a lot like real estate, where the three most important rules are location, location and location. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita presented by Walmart is starting to become a bit of a real estate game where location is the primary consideration in who climbs the leaderboard. And those mining the backs of creeks and tributaries are on the prime pieces of real estate. Consider that after day two, four of the top five pros are concentrating their fishing efforts in the back ends of creeks or rivers. All of these areas fit a classic late-summer, early-fall pattern where shad pack into the back of creek ditches that meander through shallow flats. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-21-forrest-wood-cup-day-2-coverage

Forrest Wood Cup Day 2 Coverage

Daily updates from the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-20-wheeler-hunting-history

Wheeler Hunting History

It’s never been done before, and it hasn’t happened yet, but Jacob Wheeler is in prime position to become the first two-time Forrest Wood Cup champion in history. Wheeler, of Indianapolis, Ind., brought in a 16-pound, 2-ounce limit of Lake Ouachita bass on the first day of the Cup, which is presented by Walmart and hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-20-top-5-patterns-from-the-cup-day-1

Top 5 Patterns from the Cup Day 1

After day one of the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita, several things have come to light. For one, this event is not likely to produce a runaway win for anyone like it did when Scott Martin won here in 2011. Second, when the pros said Ouachita was going to be stingy, they meant it – only 29 of the 50 pros checked in limits today. Third, firm patterns are hard to come by on Lake Ouachita in August. Jacob Wheeler took the lead on day one in the event that’s presented by Walmart and hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. With the help of a 5-pound bass, Wheeler weighed in a limit of 16 pounds, 2 ounces, but he had to sample a lot of different areas for his catch. Here’s how the rest of the top five got it done. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-20-forrest-wood-cup-day-1-coverage

Forrest Wood Cup Day 1 Coverage

Daily updates from the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. READ MORE »