UPCOMING EVENT: Walmart Bass Fishing League - 2015 - Ohio River

Tosh is tops on Cal Delta

Stephen Tosh Jr broke the 20-pound mark for the second day and took over the Cal Delta lead.

OAKLEY, Calif. - Stephen "Bub" Tosh, Jr. would have loved to have had several of those big, thick California Delta mats to flip, but even though the year's new grass has yet to reach that level, he still leveraged the existing density to move into the lead at the FLW EverStart Series Western Division event on the California Delta with a two-day total of 48-4. Like yesterday, Tosh caught his fish out of thick hydrilla that still stands beneath the surface. Day two began with the latter half of the incoming tide and concluded with the outgoing stage. That falling water revealed the targets Tosh sought, while positioning fish on the outer corners. "When the tide gets low enough, you can see the grass mats," Tosh explained. "They're big Todayunderwater mats; they just haven't grown to the top yet. You have to wait until the tide gets all the way low and then you can find the grass." Tosh caught his fish by dropshotting a prototype Yamamoto worm, throwing a swimbait and punching a Bub's watermelon punch skirt with a Psycho Dad (sprayed grass) with a 7 millimeter tube rattle. The latter produced his biggest fish of the day. "The tide got lower and the grass was almost to the top so I could see it," he said. "I flipped a mat about 6 feet deep and caught that one that was close to 7 pounds. The dropshot is how I'm loading the live well and then I move to the swimbait and the punch when the tide gets right to try those kicker fish. "Every day, the tide is 6 inches to a foot lower because of the moon phase, so the fish are moving every day and repositioning. The good news is I'm fishing a small area and I think I know where they're all at." Day-two leader Stephen Tosh Jr boards the courtesy cart back to his boat.In addition to varying tide heights, the schedule of water fluctuation advances about an hour each day. Today's outgoing cycle started later than yesterday's, so Tosh found himself struggling in the early goings. "I had to wait a lot longer today," he said. "This morning I thought I would go run the same area on the incoming tide, but it didn't work." Once the outgoing tide dropped far enough for him to find what he was looking for, the action quickly picked up and he bagged a 23-pound limit. This was Tosh's second day with 20-plus pounds. He caught 25-4 on day one. "I left them biting," he said. "There was an 8-pounder I think I could have caught; I just saved her for tomorrow and I hope that doesn't come back to haunt me. In the area that I left, I saw two big ones that I think I can catch tomorrow. I didn't want to (cull) a 3 1/2-pounder to keep an 8 when I can keep an 8 tomorrow." Moulton moves up to second Patience proved to be more than a virtue for Jim Moulton, of Merced, Calif. - it was a sound strategy Second-place pro Jim Moulton made a big move up from 19th place on day two.that netted him the tournament's largest catch and fueled a huge jump from 19th place to second. Moulton's day-two catch of 26-2 plus his day-one weight of 19-4 gave him a total of 45-6. The midday picture was something very different, but Moulton persevered and reaped the rewards. "My pattern has pretty much been an afternoon bite and at 12 o'clock today, I had three fish," he said. "I had two 12-inchers and one that was maybe a pound a ¾. I just started throwing big and I got four good bites." Moulton said his better fish today bit swimbaits and chatterbaits. He targeted a mix of grass and tules, but he wasn't tied in to a specific area. "I'm probably fishing the best pattern out here - it's called the 'Luck Pattern,'" Moulton joked. "I just pull up at the right place and the right time and catch a fish." Grass holes key for third-place Michels Targeting holes in shoreline grass was the plan for Jeff Michels, who improved to third.Anglers are always proud to lift an 8-pound bass during a tournament weigh-in, but third-place pro Jeff Michels had the day's most memorable moment when he turned to Tournament Director Ron Lappin and said: "My dad passed away about 10 days ago and it's still a little emotional for me. But dad, this is for you." Safe to say, no other fish received more applause over the past two days. Besides Tosh, Michels was the only angler to break 20 pounds both days. He caught 21-3 on day one and today added 21-14 for a total of 43-1. Michels has also been leveraging the outgoing tide to catch his fish. He threw a chatterbait with a swimbait trailer over the grass and targeted the holes that offered windows of opportunity. Michels said he caught fish on the incoming outgoing tides, but found the latter most productive. "You need to lose about a foot of water and then you can start seeing the holes," he said. "When the water's high, the fish go to the bank and they're tough to reach. I'm fishing long grass beds and it's a long cast to get to the bank. As the water comes down, those fish pull off the bank and get in those holes. That just positions them where you can get at them with a chatterbait." Suzuki makes big jump into fourth Japanese pro Toshitada Suzuki also enjoyed a sizeable improvement over his 18th place Fourth-place pro Toshitada Suzuki used crankbaits and chatterbaits on day two.performance on day one. Today, his limit weight of 21-15 propelled him up to fourth place with 41-7. Suzuki said he found Lucky Craft crankbaits produced best on the morning's high tide and then later in the day, he switched to a chatterbait with a red craw trailer. "I fished (areas) with a grass and tule combination and strong current," Suzuki said. Au slips to fifth Arizona pro Vu Au slipped a notch to sixth on day two.Vu Au, of Tuscon, Ariz. had a slower day than he did on day one and gave up one spot from fifth to sixth place. Today, his weight of 16-4 followed a 23-pound, 4-ounce limit yesterday, but his 39-8 total was plenty to secure his final-round berth. "Yesterday I caught my limit in 45 minutes; today it took me three hours," Au said. "It's definitely tough out there." Au described his strategy: "I started out throwing reaction baits to locate fish and once I located them, I'd slow down and start flipping and punching." Best of the rest Rounding out the top-10 pro leaders at the EverStart Series Cal Delta event:Nick Welton bagged the event 6th: Sean Stafford, of Fairfield, Calif., 39-2 7th: Benjamin Byrd, of Moab, Utah, 38-13 8th: Aaron Lesieur, of Rancho Murieta, Calif., 37-13 9th: Miles Howe, of San Clemente, Calif., 37-6 10th: Timothy Venkus, of Wilton, Calif., 37-4 Browning moves into co-angler lead Co-angler leader John Browning, of Payson, Ariz. caught his division's biggest bass - an 8-14 - that anchored his 17-pound, 5-ounce day-two limit and pushed his tournament total to 32-8. Browning improved his position from eighth on day one. This 8-pound, 14-ounce bass pushed John Browning into the co-angler lead."I was on a reaction bite yesterday and I stayed with it again today and it came through for me two days in a row," Browning said. "It was tougher today than it was yesterday and I didn't catch nearly as many fish. I probably caught 30 yesterday and I might have caught 15 today. I had a limit of babies at 9 o'clock and then I caught my big one around 10:30 and then I was on top of the world and I knew all I had to do was just keep fishing." Browning said he caught his fish on a trio of undisclosed reaction baits. "The wind played a big role (in bait selection and the amount of moss I'm in." Kurt Chase, of Petaluma, Calif. placed second with 31-15 with Martino Adra, of Discovery Bay, Calif. placing third with 31-3. Day-one leader Dante Ray, of Sparks, Nev. took fourth with 30-1, and Jack Farage, of Discovery Bay, Calif. was fifth with 29-1. Best of the rest Rounding out the top-10 co-angler leaders at the EverStart Series Cal Delta event: 6th: Charles Peak, of San Jose, Calif., 29-0 7th: Roy O. Desmangles, of Lincoln, Calif., 28-8 8th: Barry McCoy, of Castro Valley, Calif., 27-0 9th: Neil Sterud II, of Antioch, Calif., 26-13 9th: Kenneth Mueller, of Lodi, Calif., 26-1 Day three of EverStart Series Western Division action on the Cal Delta continues at Saturday's takeoff, scheduled to take place at 6:30 a.m. (Pacific) at Russo's Marina, located at 3995 Willow Road in Bethel Island, Calif.

Tags: headline-story 

/news/2015-08-31-top-10-patterns-from-lake-erie

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Erie

Most of the other top top-10 finishers found their fish over rocky bottom structure around the Pelee area. Drop-shots and crankbaits dominated the catches. READ MORE »

/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-webster-runs-and-guns-for-win

Webster Runs and Guns for Win

Michael Webster of Gastonia, North Carolina, brought a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 9 ounces to the scale Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division Super Tournament on Lake Wylie with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 27 pounds, 10 ounces. For his victory, Webster earned $4,476. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-29-experience-pays-for-boggs

Experience Pays for Boggs

Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tennessee, brought five bass totaling 13 pounds, 12 ounces to the scale Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division Super Tournament on Old Hickory Lake with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 27 pounds, 2 ounces. For his victory, Boggs earned $4,257. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-29-jig-crankbait-carry-gray-to-victory

Jig, Crankbait Carry Gray to Victory

Brandon Gray of Bullock, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 3 ounces Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division Super Tournament on Kerr Lake with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 32 pounds, 14 ounces. For his victory, Gray earned $5,886. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-29-hemken-searched-deep-for-bigger-bites

Hemken Searched Deep for Bigger Bites

Shawn Hemken of Walshville, Illinois, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 11 pounds, 6 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division Super Tournament on Lake Shelbyville with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory, Hemken earned $6,882. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-29-topwater-lifts-ragan-to-top

Topwater Lifts Ragan to Top

Thadeus Ragan of West Park, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 26 pounds, 8 ounces Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division Super Tournament on Lake Okeechobee with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 47 pounds, 10 ounces. For his victory, Ragan earned $6,922. READ MORE »

/news/2015-08-29-martinkovic-runs-away-with-title

Martinkovic Runs Away with Title

Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division tournament on the Ohio River. For his victory, Martinkovic earned $6,244. 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 »