Lindner steals the show

Troy Lindner of Los Angeles, Calif., proudly displays his first-place trophy after winning the EverStart Series contest on Lake Havasu.

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. - Heading into the final day of EverStart competition on Lake Havasu, pro Troy Lindner of Los Angeles, Calif., was sitting in ninth place overall and staring up at a nearly insurmountable deficit - almost a full 5 pounds off the overall lead. While Lindner was seemingly content to have qualified for his first EverStart top-10 finish, the California pro hit the open waters of Lake Havasu today and turned in the performance of his career - netting a 19-pound, 6-ounce stringer on the final day of competition, nearly 2 full pounds greater than any stringer brought to the scales all week. Pro Troy Lindner of Los Angeles, Calif., holds up his first place catch during final EverStart weigh-in on Lake Havasu.Although Lindner had swung for the fences and hit the metaphorical home run, there were still eight other pros - some of the best anglers in the West - standing between him and victory. But one by one, each pro fell just ounces short of Lindner's catch. Hometown favorite Terrence Rath of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., stepped onto the stage and missed Lindner's mark by a mere 7 ounces. Soon it was veteran pro Joe Uribe's turn to come up short, losing out to the California pro by 6 ounces. Finally, Chris Kinley of Durnago, Colo., stepped onto the stage. Kinley, who had led the tournament from start to finish, had not brought in a sack less than 17 pounds all week. As a result, Kinley only needed 14 pounds, 11 ounces to win the title - which would have been the very first FLW title of his career. Then tournament host Ron Lappin called out Kinley's final-day weight - 14 pounds, 9 ounces. Lindner's improbable comeback was complete. And Kinley's dream scenario had crumbled right before his eyes. "This was my first top-10 finish ever in an FLW event and I didn't think I had any chance to win this," said Lindner, who boated a total three-day catch of 49 pounds, 11 ounces. "I thought I would need something like 21 or 22 pounds to even have a chance. As far as I'm concerned, it's an absolute miracle. I'm at a loss for words right now." Lindner credited some of the hardships he faced during a number of previous FLW tournaments will helping him to succeed this time around. "I've had plenty of 100th-place finishes over the years at FLW tournaments," he said. "But I guess those tournament kind of kicked my butt and showed me what I needed to do to get better. I had the best day of the tournament today and I'm pretty proud of what I did." What Lindner did was target bass using a combination of finesse baits and little swimbaits to land the majority of his catch - specifically a rotation of Rapala Trigger X Baby Bass baits and Rapala Trigger X floating worms. "I really burned a lot of gas this week," he said. "I pretty much fished everything from the main-lake basin all the way to the I-40 bridge. This lake is just incredible. I absolutely love it here." Unlike many of the top pros, Lindner said he didn't concentrate too much on sight-fishing techniques. But when things got tough for him, he did go to that well with some success. Troy Lindner of Los Angeles, Calif., presents his winning bait and tackle combinations for Lake Havasu."Out of the 15 fish I weighed in this week, only three of them came off of beds," he said. "I caught most of my fish on main-lake points and back pockets. I'm not a very good bed fisherman because I haven't done a lot of it. But today I caught two fish on beds and that really made a difference." Another difference it made is that now Troy Lindner - son of famous fishing personality and television host Al Lindner - can now call himself champion. "I still can't believe I won," said Lindner, who walked away with $30,000 in winnings for his effort. "It's just been an amazing week." Heartbreak central for Kinley After leading the tournament each of the first two days, Chris Kinley of Durango, Colo., suffered perhaps the most painful loss of his career - ultimately losing out to Lindner by a mere 2 ounces. "I'm speechless right now," said Kinley. "I just didn't make good decisions today. Having a chance to win the tournament wire-to-wire and losing out by 2 ounces makes it pretty tough. I'm pretty emotional right now. It hurts." Day-two leader Chris Kinley of Durnago, Colo., ultimately finished the Lake Havasu EverStart contest in second place.While Kinley was understandably disappointed with the end result, there is no doubt that he fished a tremendous tournament. He was consistent pretty much all week and had arguably more quality patterns working for him than anyone else in the finals. Unfortunately, in the end, it came down to decision-making and execution. "One of my problems today was that I stuck with something a little too long. My reaction bite just died on me today" he said. "I was around the right fish to win this tournament but it didn't happen. I was targeting a 4 1/2-pounder on a bed but decided to leave it and try something else. But I think if I had stayed I would have caught it. And that obviously would have made a big difference." Kinley ultimately brought in a total three-day weight of 49 pounds, 9 ounces - good enough for a check for second-place check worth a little over $10,000. Uribe nets third place Although Joe Uribe Jr., of Lake Forest, Calif., fished an incredible tournament as well, in the end, he had to settle for third place with a total catch of 49 pounds, 5 ounces. Pro Joe Uribe Jr., of Lake Forest, Calif., finished the EverStart Lake Havasu event in third place with a total catch of 49 pounds, 5 ounces."This is my fourth top-10 finish and I was really hoping I could close the deal today. But I just came up a little bit short," said Uribe. "Like I said, it's hard to close out these tournaments. But I did all I could." Uribe said that he targeted fish on shallow grass with a combination of Megabass Ito 110 jerkbaits and tailspins. "I'd used the jerkbait in the morning and the tailspins in deeper water later in the afternoon," he said. "I tried to keep it real simple and stay pretty local. The key was that you really had to be stealthy. I was using 4-pound test line and making really long casts because you didn't want to spook those fish. The spot I found was a place where fish were constantly moving up to spawn. Today, those fish were really moving up." Although Uribe's goal of landing his first EverStart victory failed to materialize, he said that he knows his time will come. "I'll be back," he said. "I had a great time this week. And sooner or later, I'll be able to finally close the deal." For his efforts, Uribe netted nearly $8,500 in winnings. Hometown favorite nets fourth Pro Terrence Rath of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., parlayed a total catch of 49 pounds, 4 ounces into a fourth-place finish on Lake Havasu.Terrence Rath of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., parlayed a total catch of 49 pounds, 4 ounces into a fourth-place finish. "It was an awesome week, an awesome tournament and we had awesome weather," said Rath. "I lost a fish on the first day - the only one all week - and that one probably cost me. At one point, I had one fish in the boat today and my co-angler partner had a limit so I was starting to panic. But I eventually calmed down and was able to put some fish in the boat." Rath, who targeted bass with a combination of paddle-tail worms and swimbaits, walked away with over $7,600 in winnings. Tuck grabs top-five finish Pro Michael Tuck of Granite Bay, Calif., used a total catch of 48 pounds, 4 ounces to net fifth place overall on Lake Havasu.Michael Tuck of Granite Bay, Calif., used a total catch of 48 pounds, 4 ounces to net fifth place overall. "It was a fun tournament," he said. "Lake Havasu is special to me. It's one of my favorite places to fish. I have been licking my chops to come here ever since I saw it on the schedule." Although Tuck was in position to mount a charge, he knew that today's weather conditions and lack of wind would create a banner day of fishing for all. As such, Tuck thought he'd need to have his best day of the tournament just to keep up with the leaders. "When I went out there this morning I could tell right away that the guys were going to catch them," continued Tuck. "So I pretty much knew that I needed around 20 pounds to have a shot at the title. It didn't work out, but overall, I had a really good tournament." Tuck said that his fished primarily around the marina, targeting boat slips and grass ridges with a combination of 5-inch Senkos and Mann's umbrella rigs. For his efforts, Tuck took home over $6,700 in winnings. Best of the rest Rounding out the top-10 pro finalists: Pro Michael Wright of Grass Valley, Calif., finished in sixth place overall on Lake Havasu.6th: Michael Wright of Grass Valley, Calif., 45-14 7th: Jeff Michels of Lakehead, Calif., 45-0 8th: Jimmy Savoini of Prescott, Ariz., 41-12 9th: Brian Ankrum of Loveland, Colo., 39-10 10th: Duane Dunstone of Reno, Nev., 36-5 EverStart Series Western Division action resumes March 29-31 on the California Delta in Oakley, Calif.

Tags: headline-story 

/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 »