Terry surges ahead on Amistad

Austin Terry sacked up the event's heaviest catch - 26-1 - to take the lead on Lake Amistad.

DEL RIO, Texas - They'd probably prefer to have a little more shallow habitat than the low water levels Lake Amistad is currently offering, but anglers were able capitalize on the big shoreward movement of spawn-ready largemouth bass that day two delivered at the EverStart Series Texas Division event. For starters, the second round saw eight bags over 20 pounds; six of them over 22. Also, quality bass were fairly commonplace, with several anglers weighing fish over 6 pounds for the Big Bass award. Pro leader Austin Terry held that distinction for about 20 minutes with one over 10 pounds, until T.W. Hardy lifted his 11-1 to the scales. The fact that Lake Amistad has lost several feet of water to downstream irrigation needs has certainlyAnglers arrive at check-in after spending the day on a noticeably dry Lake Amistad. done a number on the resident bass, as several competitors lamented a lack of consistency. However, warming water, sunny days and the approach of Saturday's full moon have triggered the fish's spawning instinct. Multiple reports of big fish cruising the shorelines underscored this much-anticipated occurrence and several anglers were able to capitalize on the opportunity. Terry started the day in seventh place, but after sacking up the tournament's heaviest catch - 26 pounds, 1 ounce - the angler from San Angelo, Texas, moved into the top spot with 45-6 and a leading margin of 5-1. Terry said he did his damage in a spot where he knew that ripening conditions could deliver knockout potential. "I found this area in practice and I knew that with the weather warming up it was going to turn right - I just didn't know if it would turn right in time for the tournament," he said. "I kind of keyed on something there yesterday that helped me out and I started catching them. Today, I keyed on something earlier and I started running with it - the same kind of pattern, but I changed up my baits and how I was working them." Austin TerryTerry said his day started slowly and his biggest fish eluded him until late afternoon. However, once the flood gates opened, he knew he was into something good. "I was struggling, so I started swinging for the fence and I was like, 'Man, I need a big one,'" Terry said. "I caught a big one and I realized that I did something different on that cast and I thought I might have figured something out. I caught another big one; lost another big one. It's about to get good in there. It's an area that's getting better every day." Terry didn't want to divulge too much about his area or tactics, but he said he was targeting shallow spawning areas where knew the fish would soon arrive. He's alternating among a trio of moving baits, with his better action coming in the second half of the day. "The weather we've had the last couple of days has hurt me because I can't catch them until late," he said. "All the cloud cover and fog we've had in the morning has been putting them in a weird mood. The ones I'm catching earlier are only getting one hook, but later in the day, they're starting to eat." Wilson rises to second In terms of quantity, Montgomery, Texas pro Kris Wilson had a tougher go on day two. However, heKris Wilson climbed eight spots into second on day two. did better in the quality category and improved his position from 10th to second with a 22-pound sack that raised his total to 40-5. "The bite completely shut off on me and I caught like eight fish all day," Wilson said. "I caught (approximately) 20 yesterday, but I couldn't figure out what I needed to be doing to catch numbers today." Wilson said he caught his day-two fish on jerkbaits and crankbaits. Targeting the lake's abundant hydrilla was the key for him. Most of his catches came in 3 to 4 feet. Early action lifts Moore to third Catching the dayAlso making a big move was Shane Moore, of Argyle, Texas, who caught a limit of 22-12 and gained nine spots to place third on day two with 40-3. While many of his competitors reported faring best later in the day, Moore got off to a strong start. "On my third cast, I caught (a 7-14) so that was a good start and I thought I was going to have a blessed day," he said. "I had a limit pretty early - probably 19 or 20 pounds by 9:30. I culled a few times, but it sure makes your day a lot easier when you have a good bag early." Moore said he found most of his fish up shallow where he fished a squarebill crankbait around the fringe edges of the grass and ripped a lipless crankbait over grass with a couple feet of clearance. He also caught a 4-pounder out deep on a Carolina rig. Schultz slips to fourth Day-one leader Dusty Schultz saw his productivity decline on day two, as he yielded three spots to place fourth. The Willis, Texas, pro added 16 pounds to his first-day's catch of 23-2 for a total of 39-2. Schultz said he caught his fish on moving baits. He had plenty of action, but just struggled to find the bigger fish. "I had to go through a lot of fish today," he said. "I started out with a limit really quick and then there was a little lull from 10-11 a.m. I heard people say that when the sun came out they caught 'em. For me, when the sun came out, it died. Once we had some clouds the last hour or two, it picked right up." Combs climbs to fifth Fifth-place pro Keith Combs made a big move up from 15th on day two.Recovering from the flu, Keith Combs, of Huntington, Texas, got a good dose of largemouth bass remedy today, as he sacked up 22-6 and moved up 10 spots to fifth place with a total weight of 39-2. "I only got one day of practice so yesterday I just fished and covered water," Combs said. "Today, I did the same thing and covered new water. It was better water. I didn't get many bites, but they were good ones today. "I'm fishing reaction baits. I think I have something special, so I'm not going to mention anything (about baits) yet, but I'm just covering water. They're not stacked up anywhere." Best of the restTexas pro T.W. Hardy shows off the 11-pound, 1-ounce whopper that took Big Bass honors. Rounding out the top-10 pro leaders at the EverStart Series Lake Amistad event: 6th: Mark Rouse of League City, Texas, 38-2 7th: Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, Texas, 37-7 8th: Gene J. Eisenmann of Frisco, Texas, 36-14 9th: TW Hardy of Silsbee, Texas, 35-15 10th: Lamonte Loyd of Gilmer, Texas, 35-6 Scott stays atop co-angler division Day-one co-angler leader Daren Scott maintained his position on day two.Daren Scott, of Fort Worth, Texas, caught a limit of 12-12 and held on to his co-angler division lead with a two-day total of 31-7. "It was a little slower today; I only culled once," Scott said. "Fortunately, I had a few decent fish." Similar to day one, Scott caught his fish on a variety of baits including a jig, chatterbait, crankbait and drop-shot. All of his fish came shallow. "We saw several big fish cruising shallow today," Scott said. "There's carp everywhere; it's warming up and things are starting to look good." Johnny Matthews, of Laguna Park, Texas placed second with 28-9, while Kevin Gressett, of Tioga, Texas, took third with 27-9. Justin Cogburn, of Eastland, Texas, moved into fourth place with 26-13 and David Wharton, of Del Rio, Texas was fifth with 26-9. Best of the rest Rounding out the top-10 co-angler leaders at the EverStart Series Lake Amistad event:Walter Caddell caught the largest bass of the co-angler division - a 6-10. 6th: Dan Wilson, of Pilot Point, Texas, 26-6 7th: Kerry Barnett, of Waldron, Ark., 26-1 8th: James Lynn, of Georgetown, Texas, 26-0 9th: Justin Lampier, of San Angelo, Texas, 25-13 10th: Brendan Kennell, of Del Rio, Texas, 25-11 Walter Caddell earned Big Bass honors on the co-angler side with a 6-10. Day three of EverStart Series Texas Division action on Lake Amistad continues at Saturday's takeoff, scheduled to take place at 7:30 a.m. (Central) at the Diablo East Boat Launch in Del Rio, Texas.

Tags: headline-story 

/news/2015-04-26-beaver-lake-day-4-coverage

Beaver Lake Day 4 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-25-morgan-maintains-his-lead

Morgan Maintains His Lead

One of Andy Morgan’s fishing mottos is to make the best of what you have got “in front of you” to survive and fish another day. Beaver Lake doesn’t give much. So when an angler as resourceful as Morgan gets to a lake that doesn’t give out many resources, the two work well together. Instead of worrying about hitting it out of the park or putting immense pressure on himself to come up with a grand winning strategy, Morgan just scraps, scrapes and claws at the ground right in front of him, making the best of what he’s got. Morgan’s performance on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake was a prime example of his “make the best of it” attitude. After burning up the spawning fish he had located in practice during the first two days of the tournament, he was forced to fish by the seat of his pants today – something he thoroughly enjoys. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-25-top-5-patterns-from-beaver-lake-day-3

Top 5 Patterns from Beaver Lake Day 3

Andy Morgan didn’t light up the world on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake, but he caught what he needed to maintain the lead and put a 1-pound, 9-ounce cushion between he and Matt Arey. Most of the rest of the top 20 scrambled today, abandoning their patterns and trying new options to try and make the final-day cut. Here’s how the top five got it done. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-25-gordon-and-gagner-crowned-tbf-champs

Gordon and Gagner Crowned TBF Champs

Two more anglers qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup today by winning the 2015 The Bass Federation National Championship on Grand Lake in Grove, Okla. Shawn Gordon of Russellville, Ark., earned the TBF crown on the boater side by catching a three-day limit of 50 pounds, 2 ounces, capped by the largest limit caught today – 18 pounds, 10 ounces. Gordon earned $5,000 for his win, but more importantly, he’ll be competing against the best pros in the business in August at the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. Gordon also won the TBF “Living The Dream” package, which includes paid entry into the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour, a travel stipend, and use of a wrapped truck and Ranger bass boat. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-25-beaver-lake-day-3-coverage

Beaver Lake Day 3 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-24-make-way-for-morgan

Make Way for Morgan

“Hidden largemouths” is quickly becoming the buzz term at the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac, as those atop the leaderboard are using the term to refer to spawning largemouths that are so well hidden that other competitors never found them. These hidden fish are covered by thick brush, hidden so deep that they were only found during the very rare windows of sunshine during practice or located off the beaten path. The latter are not in obvious pockets or places where one would expect to find beds, but rather out on the main bluff channels where few ever look. On day one, Jacob Wheeler caught hidden largemouths to take the lead. On day two, former Beaver Lake champion Andy Morgan caught hidden largemouths to take over the pole position going into the weekend. His catch of 15 pounds, 7 ounces today gives Morgan a two-day total of 28-09 to take the lead by just 11 ounces. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-24-top-5-patterns-from-beaver-lake-day-2

Top 5 Patterns from Beaver Lake Day 2

At halftime of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac, the top five reads like a who’s who of Beaver Lake. Leader Andy Morgan is a former Beaver Lake champion. Behind him, Darrel Robertson has been very close to winning here with a runner-up finish in 2005. In third is 2014 Beaver Lake champion Matt Arey. Bryan Thrift, in fourth, has never won on Beaver Lake, but has led here before. And finally, fifth-place pro Stetson Blaylock knows his way around this lake pretty well, too, with a couple of top 10s. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-24-heckman-heads-up-tbf-championship-field

Heckman Heads up TBF Championship Field

Some bass are still spawning in Grand Lake, and others are yet to make their way up to the shallows, but none of that interests Sam Heckman. Diligent commitment to his postspawn plan here Friday landed Heckman atop the boater field with 34 pounds, 3 ounces and locked up his Southwest Division win at the 2015 The Bass Federation National Championship. Saturday, the top boater from each of seven TBF divisions will vie for the TBF National Championship and the “Living the Dream” package that goes with it. The package includes paid entry in the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour as a pro, a Forrest Wood Cup berth and use of a custom-wrapped truck and Ranger boat on Tour for the year, as well as a travel stipend for each event. Seven non-boaters – one from each TBF division – also will fish in tomorrow’s final round for a chance at paid entry into a Rayovac FLW Series division of choice. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-24-beaver-lake-day-2-coverage

Beaver Lake Day 2 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-23-wheeler-with-a-slim-lead

Wheeler with a Slim Lead

Jacob Wheeler has a plan to win the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake this week. That plan involves primarily the largemouth species, a target weight of 14 pounds per day and a lot of fish management. Today, Wheeler surpassed his target by nearly 2 pounds with a 15-pound, 14-ounce catch that puts him in the driver’s seat at Beaver Lake, in the lead by just a scant 5 ounces over second-place pro Bryan Thrift. “Largemouths are the way to win here at Beaver Lake,” Wheeler says. “They are the fish to go the distance here, and that’s what I’m focusing on.” READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-23-top-5-patterns-from-beaver-lake-day-1

Top 5 Patterns from Beaver Lake Day 1

Though there were plenty of fish caught off beds at Beaver Lake on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac, the top five is rounded out by a group of anglers who relied on sight-fishing very little. Opinions on where exactly bass are in the spawning cycle at Beaver Lake vary greatly from angler to angler, but a few common denominators did come to light on day one. For starters, most agree that one major spawning cycle has already occurred. Plenty of empty beds and a lot of gaunt, postspawn fish at the scale were evidence of that. Second, there are still some bass (of all species) trying to spawn, but the ones left on beds are extremely wary. Finally, the order of difficulty to catch each species ranks as follows: smallmouth bass – extremely easy; spotted bass – not as easy; largemouth bass – extremely difficult. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-23-griffith-grabs-tbf-lead-

Griffith Grabs TBF Lead

By midday, the prospects were unclear for Jon “Scooter” Griffith here in The Bass Federation National Championship on Grand Lake, but in a roundabout way it provided just the clarity he needed to dial in a pattern that helped him take the day-one lead with an 18-pound, 13-ounce limit. Griffith began his day by sight-fishing the clear water down by the Pensacola Dam. This opening move, he says, gave him some early comfort, as it matched the transparent water he’s used to fishing near his home in Mesa, Ariz. Targeting windblown points, Griffith got his early bites with reaction baits in about 4 to 8 feet of water. Unfortunately, the plan turned out to be less productive than he had expected. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-23-beaver-lake-day-1-coverage

Beaver Lake Day 1 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac. READ MORE »

/news/2015-04-23-tbf-championship-tips-off

TBF Championship Tips Off

The spawn is on at Grand Lake, but that’s not the only game in town. As the 2015 The Bass Federation National Championship plays out for the next three days, anglers will find this northern Oklahoma impoundment abounding with lots of fishing options. Brian Maloney, the 2012 Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American champion, says he was impressed with what he found in practice. “The quality of fish on Grand is just amazing,” notes the Missouri angler. “This lake continues to put out 3- and 4-pounders, and right now there’s a variety of things we can do. “There are guys sight-fishing for spawning fish, and we’re probably looking at another wave or two of fish coming in soon. I’m sure the full moon coming up in another week or so will move them in.” Adding that the lake currently has fish in all prespawn, spawning and postspawn stages, Maloney thinks that TBF contenders will be greeted by a mix of water conditions typical for Grand this time of year. READ MORE »

/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 »