Hippert hops into the lead

Jeff Hippert of Hamburg, N.Y., is now in charge at the EverStart Series Championship at Kentucky Lake.

PARIS, Tenn. - The top-20 pros fishing the EverStart Series Championship on Kentucky Lake lost an hour and a half of fishing time this morning due to a fog delay and it impacted the day three results. Half of the top-10, including two top-5 pros, faltered from lost time and dropped out of the top-10 cut and were replaced with pros in the bottom half of the top-20 that moved up to take their spots. Not surprisingly, veteran FLW Tour pros are climbing up through the standings with each new day's challenges and condition changes. Dan Morehead, Koby Kreiger and Jim Tutt just keep chugging away with consistent limits, putting them in third, fourth and fifth respectively. Also not surprising, the Alabama rig is once again the top technique. Co-angler Troy Anderson of Galesville, Wis., took top honors in the Co-angler Division with it today and four of the top five pros are throwing it. If you want to see the Alabama rig in action, check out FLW Outdoors live video streams on Sunday to see who all is throwing it. Sunday's morning story will include the list of pros with streaming cameras in their boats, as well as a link to video streams. Now leading the event is Jeff Hippert of Hamburg, N.Y., who checked in 15 pounds, 10 ounces today to take the lead going into the last day with a three-day total of 45 pounds, 8 ounces. Hippert is on a strong group of fish as demonstrated by his consistent 15-pound-per-day average and the fact that Anderson won from the back of his boat with an 18-pound, 4-ounce catch today. Hippert is catching his fish on the Alabama rig, something he had never even thrown until the first day of the tournament. "I heard all about it after Guntersville, but I did not have one during practice," Hippert said. "Then we heard the Alabama rig folks were coming over here to sell them so I stood in line and bought some. I went out the first morning of the tournament and caught my first keeper on it on the third cast." Hippert is running north and fishing Kentucky waters. He is focusing all his efforts in one bay. Each day he has to make some minor adjustments within that bay in terms of where the fish have moved to, but he is not running long distances up and down the lake. "I really only have one spot and that really helped me with the fog delay this morning," Hippert noted. "Instead of wondering about a bunch of different spots, I just stayed in my one area. Each day the fish change in there: some days they're in the very back of the pockets, some days they're out on the ends of the secondary points. But having just one area and one lure has helped me settled down and make the right adjustments in there each day." Martin second Lendell Martin of Nacogdoches, Texas, slipped to second place today with four fish weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce, giving him a three-day total of 43 pounds, 9 ounces. Lendell Martin of Nacogdoches, Texas, slipped to second place today with four fish weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce, giving him a three-day total of 43 pounds, 9 ounces. Martin is fishing a big saltwater Zara Spook far south in Tennessee. His pattern has been solid until today when the fish would not completely eat the bait. "What's strange is I had more bites on it today, but they were just blasting it out of the water and not getting it," Martin said. "It was crazy to watch. A couple of times one would blow it out of the water and as soon as it touched down, another one would blast it back into the air. It was a frustrating deal. If I can get them hooked up, I can have 16 or 17 pounds tomorrow." Morehead third Prevacid pro Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky., is now in third place with a three-day total of 41-15. Kentucky Lake local and Prevacid pro Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky., is steadily chugging his way up through the standings with an Alabama rig and consistent, solid limits. Today he caught another 14 pounds, which put him in third with a three-day total of 41 pounds, 15 ounces. "All around it was a much tougher day," Morehead said. "I've been averaging about 15 keepers a day and today that fell to just six keepers bites. Some of it was the lost time in the fog delay, but some of it was just post-frontal conditions. For the first time this week I could feel fish just kind of nipping at my Alabama rig and not really eating it." Kreiger fourth Koby Kreiger of Okeechobee, Fla., moved into fourth place with a 12-pound, 10-ounce catch, giving him a three-day total of 41 pounds. Koby Kreiger of Okeechobee, Fla., moved into fourth place with a 12-pound, 10-ounce catch, giving him a three-day total of 41 pounds. When fog delays throw the field a curve ball, veterans like Kreiger know how to compensate to stay in the hunt. And today was an example of that for Kreiger. "I've been running way north and fishing the Alabama rig," he said. "But today with the fog delay, I decided to just stay close, maximize my time and go to a small flatside crankbait made by Craig Powers to scratch out a limit. I figured a 12 pound limit would move me up a couple spots today and that's exactly what happened." Tutt fifth Kellogg's pro Jim Tutt of Longview, Texas, checked in 14 pounds, 3 ounces today to move into fifth place with a three-day total of 40 pounds, 14 ounces. Kellogg's pro Jim Tutt of Longview, Texas, checked in 14 pounds, 3 ounces today to move into fifth place with a three-day total of 40 pounds, 14 ounces. "It's all about the A-rig for me," Tutt said. "I mean, yeah, I'm throwing other lures," he joked, "I threw a spook for four casts today if that counts." Rest of the best Rounding out the top-10 pros in the EverStart Series Championship: 6th: Jess Caraballo of Danbury, Conn., three-day total of 39-14 7th: Chad Prough of Chipley, Fla., three-day total of 39-9 8th: Todd Castledine of Nocogdoches, Texas, three-day total of 39-8 9th: Brad Knight of Wartburg, Tenn., three-day total of 39-5 10th: Mike McDonald of Randleman, N.C., three-day total of 38-13 The fourth and final day of the EverStart Series Championship begins Sunday at 7 a.m. at Paris Landing State Park.

Tags: headline-story 

/news/2015-04-20-top-10-baits-from-lake-murray

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 »

/news/2015-04-20-jig-bite-carries-holmes-on-wateree

Jig Bite Carries Holmes on Wateree

READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-20-bryan-slows-down-for-chickamauga-win

Bryan Slows Down for Chickamauga Win

READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-20-morfis-dominates-with-34-pound-limit

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 »

/news/2015-04-20-salzman-cracks-31-pounds-on-guntersville

Salzman Cracks 31 Pounds on Guntersville

READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-20-lanter-wins-on-rend-lake

Lanter Wins on Rend Lake

READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-19-top-10-patterns-from-lake-murray

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Murray

As contestants in the FLW College Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray discovered last week, fishing the blueback herring spawn can be backbreaking work. All that stooping over to grab a different rig to cast at bass busting their favorite forage, and then quickly straightening, is hard on the old spinal column. Flexing up and down is what it took to contend in the championship, however, as bass couldn’t make up their minds whether they wanted their grub served on the surface or closer to the bottom. Typically, the collegians were fan-casting Carolina rigs, umbrella rigs, hard jerkbaits and even crankbaits to likely looking points and broad flats. Sometimes they caught fish with such random prospecting, but perhaps more bass were taken when anglers found themselves within casting distance of blowups and were quick enough to grab a soft jerkbait rig or topwater lure and virtually spoon-feed it to the fish. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-18-gamecocks-win-college-title

Gamecocks Win College Title

READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-18-gamecocks-win-national-title

Gamecocks Win National Title

As any good Palmetto State bass fisherman will tell you, home lake advantage only works if you’re consistent in your catches from day to day. Anthony Gagliardi proved it here on Lake Murray last summer in the Forrest Wood Cup, and the University of South Carolina proved it again in the FLW College Fishing National Championship that concluded Saturday. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-18-hallman-prevails-on-grand

Hallman Prevails On Grand

READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-18-lake-murray-midday-update-day-3

Lake Murray Midday Update Day 3

READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-17-top-5-patterns-from-grand-lake-day-2

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake Day 2

READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-17-college-championship-race-tightens

College Championship Race Tightens

READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-17-hallman-out-front

Hallman Out Front

Spawning bite continues to produce for the anglers in the Rayovac FLW Series event on Grand Lake. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-17-lake-murray-midday-update-day-2

Lake Murray Midday Update Day 2

The air temperature reached a high of 53 degrees here yesterday, which tied a record for the coolest high temperature for that date. Apparently, the short-lived cold snap also had a chilling effect on the fishing at Lake Murray this morning, as several competitors in the FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance Insight Genesis College Cup reported meager results. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-16-liberty-leads-college-championship

Liberty Leads College Championship

A 22-pound, 2-ounce stringer anchored by a 7-pound, 9-ounce largemouth boosted Liberty University’s Travis Rulle and Caleb Eppler into the opening-round lead of the FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance Insight Genesis College Cup here on Lake Murray. Rulle and Eppler were the last anglers to weigh in on day one, and their five-fish limit gave them a lead of more than 3 pounds ahead of Eastern Kentucky University veterans Kyler Raymer and Ethan Snyder, who had 18-15. The surprise team of the tournament so far is Colorado Mesa University’s Josh Worth and Kennedy Kinkade, who brought in 18-10 despite never having fished east of the Mississippi River before. Worth and Kinkade are in third place, followed by Cade Laufenberg and Wyatt Stout of Winona State University, and Benn Curry and Tim Ward of Auburn University, both teams with 17-8. Lamar University’s Cameron Lafleur and Justin Royal in 10th place set the cut mark at 16-8. The entire field will fish again tomorrow, and only the top 10 based on two-day cumulative weight will fish in Saturday’s final round. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-16-castledine-stands-tall-on-grand

Castledine Stands Tall On Grand

Day one of the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Power-Pole on Grand Lake produced stunning weights. With “thousands” of bass on the beds, the pros brought in a total of exactly 2,240 pounds and it took 16 pounds to make the top 60. Rising above the crowd was Nacogdoches, Texas, pro Todd Castledine, renowned for his prowess in Texas, the sight-fishing master cracked 23 pounds, 13 ounces and leads second-place pro Jonathan Henry by 1 pound, 6 ounces. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-16-top-5-patterns-from-grand-lake-day-1

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake Day 1

The first day of the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division tournament was all about the sight-bite – from day-one leader Todd Castledine on down. The event, presented by Power-Pole and hosted by the Grand Lake Association, undoubtedly featured other patterns, but every angler who did well relied in large part on bedding bass. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-16-lake-murray-midday-update-day-1

Lake Murray Midday Update Day 1

With precipitation ranging from an incessant mist to torrential downpours sweeping the area throughout the morning, the odds favored a slow start to the FLW College Fishing National Championship being presented by the Lowrance Insight Genesis College Cup here on Lake Murray. As it turns out, however, the bass apparently liked the extra water and reacted accordingly. A number of the teams that found prime spawning areas for blueback herring in practice earlier this week returned on day one and were rewarded with limit catches of largemouths and spots by midmorning. Among them was the local favorite, the University of South Carolina, which reportedly had culled up to about 13 pounds by 11 a.m. Likewise, the Oregon State University was sitting on about 15 pounds and had culled five times. Tanner Masters and Wyatt Ryan of East Central University (of Oklahoma) caught their limit fishing seawalls and riprapped banks during the sporadic herring spawns that fired up as soon as boats reached their first fishing destinations. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-11-hanselman-wins-back-to-back

Hanselman Wins Back-to-Back

Once you get Ray Hanselman going, just get out of his way. The Del Rio, Texas, pro is riding an incredible high right now after sewing up his second consecutive Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division win. Hanselman won the opener on Lake Amistad in February, then backed it up this week with a win on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in an event presented by Mercury. For his final-day limit, Hanselman plowed deep into Rayburn’s flooded cover to track down a five-bass limit worth 16 pounds, 10 ounces, raising his three-day total to 60-08 for a win by more than 7 pounds. For his efforts, Hanselman earned a cool $35,815 check and another trophy to add to his mantle. READ MORE »