UPCOMING EVENT: Rayovac FLW Series - 2015 - Lake Champlain

Hanselman handles early lead at Rayburn

Ray Hanselman of Del Rio, Texas leads day one of the Texas Division EverStart with 26-4.

JASPER, Texas - After day one of the EverStart Series event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir it is apparent that the grass bite is a solid game plan, but to catch the quality fish bunched up, mining the deeper haunts is the way to go. Ray Hanselman of Del Rio, Texas, tapped just such a green goldmine first thing Thursday morning to catch 26 pounds, 4 ounces of bass, including an 8-pound, 4-ounce brute, to take the day-one lead. "It was an easy day at the office," Hanselman said. "I caught what I weighed in by 9:30 and then backed off the sweet spot to kind of guard it. I let my co-angler catch a few out of there too, and he caught a big one that tied for big bass on the co-angler side. So I think there is a pretty good group of fish in there." Hanselman found the wad of big fish almost by happenstance. He fished the FLW Tour event last year at this time of year and finished 10th on a pretty generous deep spot. When he returned to check it this year, good fortune smiled upon him. "I pulled up to check the spot from last year and my father-in-law, who was practicing with me, fired a Carolina rig completely out the other way and caught a 5-pounder," Hanselman recounted. "Well, I eased over there to where he threw and I caught a 5-pounder, too. As it turns out, there is a bunch of big fish there. And the crazy part is, there is nothing on the GPS mapping where these fish are. The good looking stuff is over there where my original spot from last year is - not out there where they are now. It really makes no sense, but that's fishing for you." Hanselman says he has no idea what to expect tomorrow. "There could be a lot more like that there, I just don't know because I backed off and fished some other stuff in the area," he added. "But we're going to find out tomorrow." Hudgens secondWade Hudgens of Longview, Texas, is in second place with a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 1 ounce. Wade Hudgens of Longview, Texas, is in second place with a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 1 ounce. Hudgens made the grass bite work for him, catching all his fish from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the green stuff. "I went to back to an area where I caught a bunch small ones in practice and the big ones showed up today," Hudgens said. "I don't know what the difference was. It did seem like there was more bait moving around in there today than the other day - almost like the bait is moving into the pockets." Hudgens said he did not save anything and was fishing for all he could get. "On this lake you have to catch them while you can," he added. "Trying to save fish for another day, especially in the grass, is a mistake. So I kept it to the floor and hit the area as hard as I could." Grice Third Dustin Grice of Hewitt, Texas, cracked the 20-pound mark today for third place with 20 pounds, 10 ounces. Dustin Grice of Hewitt, Texas, cracked the 20-pound mark today for third place with 20 pounds, 10 ounces. Grice worked a one-two punch combination, fishing shallow grass early and then moving out deep for quality. "I probably caught a 13-pound limit from the grass early," Grice said. "Once I got to 13 pounds, I felt comfortable enough to go gamble on some of the deeper stuff and it paid off with two big bass that culled me way up." "That was my plan going in today," Grice said. "Get a decent limit in the livewell shallow, then commit to the deep bite for upgrades and it worked out perfectly. Having a solid limit helps commit to that deep bite. So I'll go with the same plan tomorrow. Crelia fourth Philip Crelia of Center, Texas, is in fourth place with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 8 ounces. Philip Crelia of Center, Texas, is in fourth place with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 8 ounces. Crelia did his damage early fishing out deep then went practicing shallow. "I had what I weighed in by 9:30 or 10 o' clock," Crelia said. "Most of them came off basically two deep spots. I didn't get to practice much here this week so I spent the rest of the day fishing shallow, looking for something else but didn't find anything that would help me. So I'll probably be back to the deeper stuff tomorrow." Wells fifth Jason Wells of Center, Texas, rounds out the top five with a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 15 ounces. Jason Wells of Center, Texas, rounds out the top five with a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 15 ounces. Rest of the best Rounding out the top-10 pros in the EverStart Series event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir after day one: 6th: Kris Wilson of Montgomery, Texas, five bass, 18-9 7th: Randy Sitz of Prosper, Texas, five bass, 18-7. Sitz also landed the big bass of the day in the Pro Division weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces. 8th: Jerrel Pringle of Hemphill, Texas, five bass, 17-5 9th: Chris McCall of Brookeland, Texas, five bass, 17-4 10th: Austin Terry of San Angelo, Texas, five bass, 16-13 Knight leads co-anglers Ron Knight of San Angelo, Texas, leads the Co-angler Division with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 15 ounces.Ron Knight of San Angelo, Texas, leads the Co-angler Division with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 15 ounces. Things did not start out so great for Knight initially. In fact, he did not catch a keeper until 1:30 p.m. "I didn't catch my first fish until 1:30 and then I caught my last fish on the very last cast of the day," he said. "I got off to a late start, but it turned out for the best." Ralph Logan, Sr., of Magnolia, Texas, is in second place with four bass weighing 11 pounds, 10 ounces. Jack Knox of Seymour, Texas, holds down the third place spot with three bass for 11 pounds, 9 ounces, but one of those bass tied for big bass of the day in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Shawn Simon of Jennings, La., is in fourth place among co-anglers with a five-bass limit for 11 pounds, 2 ounces. Mike Power of Conroe, Texas, rounds out the top-five co-anglers with four bass for 10 pounds, 5 ounces. Rest of the best Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers in the EverStart Series event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir after day one: 6th: Joe Garcia of Hobson, Texas, five bass, 9-13 7th: Brent Cutrer of Natchez, Miss., three bass, 9-11, including a tie for big bass in the Co-angler Division at 6 pounds, 11 ounces. 8th: Bill Fussell of Thibodaux, La., five bass, 9-8 9th: Michael Bass of Austin, Texas, four bass, 8-2 10th: Randall Vaughan of Blanco, Texas, five bass, 7-14

Tags: headline-story 

/news/2015-07-31-browne-crushes-again-leads-by-6-

Browne Crushes Again, Leads By 6+

Averaging 20 pounds or more is a difficult thing to do in a multi-day tournament on Lake Champlain, but Glenn Browne might be on his way to doing it in the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Plano. After two days, the Ocala, Fla., pro has run to Ticonderoga twice and sacked up nearly identical bags for a total of 45 pounds, 8 ounces. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-31-top-5-patterns-from-champlain-day-2

Top 5 Patterns from Champlain Day 2

Day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Plano on Lake Champlain definitely shook up the leaderboard. While Glenn Browne took a huge lead, the rest of the pack swapped around and remained pretty tight. Browne is catching his fish down south near Ticonderoga, but the north end has also produced very well for the rest of the field. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-31-champlain-midday-update-day-2

Champlain Midday Update Day 2

While day one of the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Plano on Lake Champlain was wracked by high winds and rain in the morning, day two has been almost as good as Champlain can be. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-30-cioppa-leads-on-champlain

Cioppa Leads On Champlain

David Cioppa of Hopkinton, Mass., weighed 22 pounds, 13 ounces late in the weigh-in to grab the lead after the first day of the Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Champlain. Cioppa weighed all largemouths and says that he caught the entirety of his weight by about 9 a.m. from one location in the northern end of the lake. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-30-top-5-patterns-from-champlain-day-1

Top 5 Patterns from Champlain Day 1

Lake Champlain was rough and wild on day one of the Rayovac FLW Series event presented by Plano, and a bunch of the anglers still got it done in a big way. David Cioppa caught largemouths in the Inland Sea, but the rest of the top guys spread out all over the massive lake. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-30-champlain-midday-update-day-1

Champlain Midday Update Day 1

Takeoff was placid enough, with a beautiful sunrise and a light breeze in the slightly protected corner that is Plattsburgh. By about 6:30 a.m., day one of the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Plano on Lake Champlain was already beginning to get rough. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-21-top-picks-from-icast

Top Picks From ICAST

A few days of walking the floor at ICAST is enough to exhaust a body, but it isn’t enough to know exactly what’s worthwhile. For that, you need some time to reflect and probably a few tournament seasons to fly by to see what rises up. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-20-renfrew-fished-to-win

Renfrew Fished to Win

Ian Renfrew of Phoenix, New York, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament on Oneida Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Renfrew earned $4,695. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-20-docks-and-rocks-key-for-synders

Docks and Rocks Key for Synders

Rus Snyders of Nashville, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division tournament on Old Hickory Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Snyders earned $2,703. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-20-jig-crankbait-carry-powroznik

Jig, Crankbait Carry Powroznik

Ryan Powroznik of Prince George, Virginia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament on the James River. For his victory, Powroznik earned $7,507. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-20-persistence-pays-for-arning

Persistence Pays for Arning

Ray Arning Jr. of Walnut Hill, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Arning earned $5,804. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-17-new-rod-roundup

New Rod Roundup

Rod companies continue to impress each year with a new crop of lighter, faster and more affordable (sweet!) rods. On the subject of price, these days, a tournament pro or an average angler could be fishing with rods that cost less than $100 apiece, but without giving up anything in the realm of quality. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-17-new-terminal-tackle

New Terminal Tackle

Don’t skimp where it counts the most – terminal tackle. Hooks, weights, jigheads and the like are the keys to taking all those new soft baits and swimbaits to the fish, hooking them and getting them in the boat. Here’s the best stuff we saw on the floor at ICAST 2015. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-flw-announces-2016-tour-schedule

FLW Announces 2016 Tour Schedule

FLW announced the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour regular-season schedule today in a live press conference held at the 2015 ICAST show in Orlando, Fla. With the help of six veteran Tour pros, the company unveiled each of the six events, one-by-one, to a crowd of observers gathered around the FLW booth. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-6-new-reels-to-try

6 New Reels to Try

Whether you need to replace an old reel or you’re just looking to add to the arsenal, here are some of the latest and greatest from ICAST. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-6-new-lines-from-icast-2015

6 New Lines from ICAST 2015

Line might just be the most important part of the package when it comes to landing fish. From presenting the bait to getting them in the net, your line is involved the entire way. If you’re looking for something new to try, the following lines are worth a shot. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-icast-best-of-show-winners-

ICAST Best Of Show Winners

One of the highlights of ICAST is the annual “Best of Show” awards. Not everything at ICAST is of interest to bass anglers, but the below might end up being staples for a long time to come. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-10-new-frogs-and-toads

10 New Frogs and Toads

These days, frogs and toads aren’t just mimicking frogs and toads. They’re designed to be perfect imitations of rats, bream and various oddball creatures. New models at ICAST this season offer anglers some of these “alternative” species, as well as new sizes, colors, action types and degrees of realism. Here are 10 new models that we feel are of greatest interest. Click here for complete 2015 ICAST coverage. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-7-terrific-topwater-baits

7 Terrific Topwater Baits

If you don’t like fishing topwater, just give up fishing already. These seven new baits will help you get your surface-fishing fix next season. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-critters-and-craws

Critters and Craws

Nearly everyone already has a tackle box overflowing with soft baits. That said, there are always more to try. If you’re looking for something new, the following might do the trick. READ MORE »