UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Okeechobee

Big Mac attack

Curt McGuire led wire to wire to claim victory on Kentucky Lake with a three-day total of 70 pounds, 3 ounces.

BENTON, Ky. - It took three days, thirteen rods, at least five different kinds of lures, and countless miles and gallons of gas for Curt McGuire to claim the EverStart Series Central Division title on Kentucky Lake, and he claimed it in decisive fashion, leading the event wire to wire before closing the deal today with a 7-pound, 6-ounce margin of victory.

McGuire's domination of this event began Thursday, when he busted a 25-pound, 2-ounce sack to lead the field. He followed that up with another 22-pound, 6-ounce haul on day two, and he slammed the door on the competition today with yet another limit, this one clocking in at 22 pounds, 11 ounces. That brought his three-day weight to an eye-popping 70 pounds, 3 ounces, earning him $40,300 in cash plus a fully rigged Ranger Z518 for being Ranger Cup qualified.

Curt McGuire hoists his EverStart Series Central Division Kentucky Lake championMcGuire and runner-up David Gnewikow maintained their No. 1 and No. 2 positions all week, with Gnewikow coming as close as an ounce on the first day. Ultimately, neither Gnewikow nor anyone else could touch McGuire and his hot spots located near his hometown of Paris, Tenn.

It wasn't just one bait, one presentation or one spot that led McGuire to his second EverStart Series victory here, but numerous schools of fish, each in different depths and each requiring different methods. He made the long run south to Tennessee again today, though he mainly stayed around Paris.

He saved himself three spots for the final day, two of which he described as not as good as the third. However, by the time he pulled up on the third, he already had 18 pounds in the livewell.

"I've never seen anybody fish them," he said. "I was north of Paris, in Paris, and south of Paris. I ran down to the spot where I caught them the first day, but I didn't catch anything. So I went south of Paris and caught 18, then went back to Paris."

In the meantime, his co-angler Steve Ralls of Buncombe, Ill., loaded up the livewell, and he went on to win the Co-angler Division. In fact, all of his co-anglers this tournament made the cut.

As for his spots, change was key.

"Each one was different," he said. "I had to fish different baits, and I had to fish them in a different way."

On stage, he mentioned using 13 rods that he rigged at one time or another with spoons, crankbaits, worms, Carolina rigs and jigs. The shallowest water he fished was 5 feet, and he fished in other places as deep as 26 feet. The difference was finding schools populated by fat ones.

"There are more 2 1/2- to 3-pounders in this lake than I've ever seen by far," he said. "It's the best lake in the country for catching those - anybody can catch 100. I probably caught 40 to 50 over 3 pounds the last three days."

Though his local knowledge is extensive and significant - he is an experienced Kentucky Lake guide - luck was on his side this week.

"I was fortunate to find stuff nobody else found," he said.

Gnewikow overcomes misfortune to hang on to second

No. 2 pro David Gnewikow shows off his two best bass.On the leaderboard, things didn't change at all for David Gnewikow, as he remained in the second-place spot he held on days one and two. But in reality, things changed dramatically for the Mount Juliet, Tenn., pro.

About 45 or 50 miles into his long run to Tennessee, Gnewikow blew his powerhead. It would enough to derail any competitor, but Gnewikow had a secret weapon - he picked up the phone and dialed Kevin Woodside and Matt Nix, two men who know the true meaning of friendship.

Woodside and Nix were waiting for takeoff at another tournament - entry fees paid and ready to go. Eerily, they had already discussed what they would do if their pal Gnewikow ran into boat trouble. So when they got the call, they didn't have to think about it - they left their tournament before it started and brought their friend a boat.

"I've got awesome friends," Gnewikow said.

Gnewikow loaded into the new boat and took off at breakneck speed back to the launch area, where he had to check in all over again with the new rig. He turned around and raced back to Tennessee, ultimately collecting a limit worth 18 pounds, 10 ounces, bringing his three-day total to 62 pounds, 13 ounces.

Gnewikow earned $15,000 for his second-place finish, a pretty penny no matter what but particularly rich when you consider the events of the day, plus the fact that he did not enter this week's tournament until the day before it started.

"I wasn't in the tournament until Wednesday, and I didn't practice," he said. "I've had three tournament wins (on Kentucky Lake) in the last month. I fished Tuesday and caught 23 pounds - and stayed off my good stuff."

It was then that Gnewikow decided to heed the suggestion of friends and sign up to fish the EverStart.

"Considering the day I've had, I'm pretty happy with what I got," he said. "I woke up at 2 o'clock this morning. For some reason, God gave me Proverbs 3:5 ("Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding"). As soon as that engine (blew), it popped back in my head. It was hard to stay cool today, but somehow I held it together."

Gnewikow caught 25-1 on day one to sit behind McGuire by only an ounce. On day two, he caught another 19 pounds, 2 ounces, and he said he caught his fish this week on a Strike King 6XD and a big worm.

"I was fishing shallower than a lot of these guys," he said. "I've had a place to myself for several years. I knew if I fished this tournament, I'd probably ruin it."

Indeed, Gnewikow reported yesterday seeing spectators watching him catch and cull on this spot. He drove down there this morning expecting it to be full of competitors from a tournament coming out of New Johnsonville, but to his amazement, the spot was still his, thanks to the generosity of these fellow fishermen.

"They asked me, `Are you David Gnewikow? We're leaving,'" he said.

Even with all the suggestions, predictions, nighttime awakenings and selfless friends, Gnewikow still doesn't feel the tournament was fated to be his.

"Even if everything had gone as it was supposed to, I still wouldn't have won," he said. "I would have needed 8 more pounds."

Rose clinches third

Walmart pro Mark Rose claimed third place with 62-7 over three days.Having stayed in the top 10 all week, Walmart pro Mark Rose of West Memphis, Ark., ultimately finished in third place with a three-day haul of 62 pounds, 7 ounces. He had his best day of the tournament today, weighing in a limit worth 23 pounds, 14 ounces that outclassed his previous catches of 18-14 and 19-11.

"I've been waiting on a tournament like this all year," he said. "I don't even want to call out a number (of fish) - I'd pull up to one spot and catch 40 to 50. It's crazy."

Rose saw his fortunes change for the better when his jig bite turned on yesterday. Prior to that, he'd been catching them on about everything - "even the kitchen sink," he said. "Yesterday they got off the fast-moving stuff and were holding tight to the bottom," he said.

So he tied on a Strike King ¾-ounce football jig tipped with a Strike King Rage Craw, both in green pumpkin, and went to town. Both were rigged on a 7-foot Kistler heavy rod with 15-pound Seaguar line on a Lew's Tournament Pro reel.

"That was the football jig setup," he said.

His fish swam a little deeper for him today, prompting a switch to a Strike King 10XD on a 7-foot, 11-inch Kistler Mark Rose Offshore 10XD Rod with 15-pound Seaguar line. He used that in 23 feet of water from the launch point at Kenlake State Resort Park to the dam. That's a change from most of the leaders, the majority of whom were running to Tennessee.

"I spent my time fishing," he said.

Snider, Morrow round out top five

No. 4 pro Kevin Snider weighed in 60 pounds, 1 ounce over three days.In fourth is Kevin Snider of Elizabethtown, Ky., with 60 pounds, 1 ounce over three days. Like Rose, he had his best day of the tournament today, bringing in a limit worth 21 pounds, 10 ounces.

"I went south today," he said. "We did a lot of running. I found probably 30 schools."

He caught his bass this week on a homemade swimbait and earned $9,000 for his fourth-place finish.

In fifth is Sam Morrow of Smyrna, Tenn., with a three-day haul of 59 pounds, 13 ounces that earned him an $8,000 check. He caught his big bass on a 6-inch PowerBait Mullet in green and natural as well as a Zoom Magnum Trick Worm on a custom-made shaky head.

Rest of the best

Randy Haynes scored another top-10 finish, claiming seventh on Kentucky Lake with a three-day catch of 58 pounds, 1 ounce.Rounding out the top 10 pros on Kentucky Lake:

6th: Clent Davis of Montevallo, Ala., 15 bass, 59-3, $7,000
7th: Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., 15 bass, 58-1, $6,000
8th: Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tenn., 15 bass, 56-6, $5,300
9th: Ray Barga of Benton, Ky., 15 bass, 47-8, $4,000
10th: Mickey Beck of Lebanon, Tenn., 13 bass, 43-10, $3,000

The EverStart Series Central Division's final event will take place on the Detroit River in Trenton, Mich., July 25-27.

Tags: jennifer-simmons  headline-story  2013-06-13-kentucky-lake 

/news/2016-07-25-top-10-patterns-from-the-1000-islands

Top 10 Patterns from the 1000 Islands

High wind and fluctuating water temperatures made things a little difficult for the anglers, but the top-10 pros adapted and utilized the whole playing field to exploit everything from deep smallmouth to shallow largemouth. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-25-mccartney-o-keefe-tie-for-win-at-flw-bass-fishing-league-great-lakes-division-event-on-mississippi-river-presented-by-navionics

McCartney, O’Keefe Tie For Win at FLW Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Event on Mississippi River Presented By Navionics

LA CROSSE, Wis. (July 25, 2016) – Mark McCartney of Davis Junction, Illinois, and Nick O’Keefe of La Crosse, Wisconsin, each weighed three bass totaling 11 pounds even, Saturday to win the third FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament of 2016 on the Mississippi... READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-25-mccartney-o-keefe-tie-on-the-mighty-miss

McCartney, O'Keefe tie on the Mighty Miss

Mark McCartney of Davis Junction, Illinois, and Nick O’Keefe of La Crosse, Wisconsin, each weighed three bass totaling 11 pounds even, Saturday to win the third FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament of 2016 on the Mississippi River presented by Navionics. For his win, McCartney earned $5,540 after bonuses, and O’Keefe took home $3,540. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-25-country-music-superstar-dustin-lynch-to-perform-free-concert-in-huntsville-presented-by-wdrm-102-1

Country Music Superstar Dustin Lynch to perform Free Concert In Huntsville presented by WDRM 102.1

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Country music superstar Dustin Lynch will perform a free concert on the Walmart weigh-in stage at the Propst Arena in the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on Sunday, August 7, starting at 4 p.m., prior to the final weigh-in of the world championship of professional bass fishing, the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart. The concert is presented by WDRM... READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-25-canterbury-s-next-challenge-

Canterbury’s Next Challenge

At the time of writing, Canterbury had been picked by every pundit and 50 percent of players overall, which is a decent bump over Morgan at 47 percent. The dollars attached obviously make a difference, but there’s no doubt that everyone expects great things. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-25-jay-kendrick-the-rookie-

Jay Kendrick – The “Rookie”

A rookie by designation if not by experience, Forrest Wood Cup contender Jay Kendrick finished 34th in the standings in his first year on the Walmart FLW Tour to clinch a spot in the championship. What makes it even more fortuitous for him is that because the Cup is taking place on Wheeler Lake, he’ll be able to stay at his own house for the event, which is just about 30 minutes from takeoff at Ditto Landing. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-25-fan-freebies-and-contests-at-the-cup

Fan Freebies and Contests at the Cup

One pro angler is going to win $300,000 at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart Aug. 4-7 on Wheeler Lake in Huntsville, Ala. That’s good for him. For fans, the chance to win is pretty good too. FLW and its partners and sponsors have lined up a sweet selection of giveaway prizes for the Cup and the accompanying FLW Expo, ranging from a tricked-out bass boat to a fishing trip with Jimmy Houston. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-24-1000-islands-top-10-baits

1000 Islands Top 10 Baits

The top pros from the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Mercury at 1000 Islands kept it pretty simple to catch both largemouths and smallmouths from this massive fishery that includes the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Drop-shots, spinnerbaits and jigs all saw action and got it done from the lake to the river. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-24-penn-state-taps-docks-at-chautauqua-

Penn State Taps Docks at Chautauqua

The Penn State University duo of Clayton Frey of York, Pennsylvania, and Derek Horner, of State College, Pennsylvania, won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event at Chautauqua Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and qualified the team for the 2017 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-23-thompson-co-angler-champ-on-1000-islands

Thompson Co-angler Champ on 1000 Islands

The 1000 Islands is a great place to take a vacation, especially if you are from the south and want to escape the heat. That is exactly what co-angler Joe Thompson of Clayton, Ga., did and wound up capturing the top spot in the co-angler division bringing home a Ranger Z117 with a 90 hp motor. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-23-penn-state-university-wins-flw-college-fishing-northern-conference-event-on-chautauqua-lake

Penn State University wins FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Event on Chautauqua Lake

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. – The Penn State University duo of Clayton Frey of York, Pennsylvania, and Derek Horner, of State College, Pennsylvania, won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event at Chautauqua Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and qualified the team for the 2017 FLW College Fishing National... READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-23-michigan-s-dobson-leads-wire-to-wire-wins-costa-flw-series-event-at-1000-islands-presented-by-mercury

Michigan’s Dobson leads wire-to-wire, wins Costa FLW Series Event at 1000 Islands presented by Mercury

CLAYTON, N.Y. – Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Michigan, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event at 1000 Islands presented by Mercury with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 68 pounds, 8 ounces. For his win, Dobson earned $82,669, including a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or... READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-23-dobson-dominates-1000-islands

Dobson Dominates 1000 Islands

Scott Dobson didn’t expect it to come so quickly, but 30 minutes is all it took for him to find the winning pattern during his first day of practice for the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Mercury at 1000 Islands. That pattern would lead him to three consecutive limits of more than 20 pounds, including today’s final-round bag worth 21-12 – the day’s biggest limit, yet his smallest of the tournament. His three-day total weight of 68-8 earned him a check for more than $37,000 along with a Ranger Z518C with a 200-hp engine for being Ranger Cup qualified. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-22-1000-islands-top-5-patterns-day-2

1000 Islands Top 5 Patterns Day 2

Strong winds limited competition to only the St. Lawrence River on day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Mercury at 1000 Islands, but that was no problem for the majority of the top 10. Even though most of them fished Lake Ontario on day one, they were able to adjust and stay on the fish today. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-22-dobson-extends-lead-at-1000-islands

Dobson Extends Lead at 1000 Islands

A windy day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on the 1000 Islands didn’t stop day-one leader Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Mich., from sacking up the biggest bag of the day. Dobson threw down an impressive 22-pound, 3-ounce limit to extend his lead to 5 pounds over Cal Climpson – a noted Lake Ontario maestro. Dobson’s two-day total stands at 46-12, and with lighter winds tomorrow some big bags are expected. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-22-lake-ontario-out-for-day-2

Lake Ontario Out for Day 2

It is never good when you wake up the morning of a tournament and every flag you see is standing straight out at 3 a.m., but that was the case this morning for day two of the Costa FLW Series event on the 1000 Islands. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-21-1000-islands-top-5-patterns-day-1

1000 Islands Top 5 Patterns Day 1

Past experience on this fishery seems to be a big advantage for the top pros through one day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Mercury at 1000 Islands. Scott Dobson leads the way with 24 pounds, 9 ounces, yet there are some serious hammers right on his heels. Dobson fished both the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario for his limit, while others went straight to the lake and stayed there. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-21-dobson-drops-24-9

Dobson Drops 24-9

Despite the weights being dropped on the scale for the opening round of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on the 1000 Islands presented by Mercury, it has actually been a tough day of fishing. Strong winds made it hard for the anglers regardless of if they were fishing the lake or river. Smallmouth guru Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Mich., sacked up 24 pounds, 9 ounces on day one to take a 1-8 lead over Canadian stick Cal Climpson. Dobson utilized both the river and lake for his limit, which could play to his advantage if the wind blows like the weathermen are forecasting tomorrow. READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-21-professional-bass-fishing-s-forrest-wood-cup-set-to-visit-wheeler-lake

Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup set to visit Wheeler Lake

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of professional bass fishing, will visit Wheeler Lake and the Huntsville, Alabama, area August 4-7 to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2016. Hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the tournament will feature 50 of the world’s best bass-fishing... READ MORE »

/news/2016-07-21-1000-islands-midday-update-day-1

1000 Islands Midday Update Day 1

Day one of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Mercury at 1000 Islands hasn’t been about if the wind will blow, but when. Everyone knew the gales were coming eventually. Still, the majority of anglers hung a left out of the dock this morning and charged toward Lake Ontario into a steady breeze that turned into a howling wind by midmorning. READ MORE »