May 22, 2014
HARDIN, Ky. - The Rayovac FLW Series is headed to Kentucky Lake May 29-31 when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers take to the water for the second stop of 2014 in the Central Division.
"There will be a mixed bag of patterns," said George Foreman pro Dan Morehead, who lives nearby and has built his career on Kentucky Lake. "There are still fish shallow, so there will be a good shallow pattern flipping bushes and stuff like that. But some of the fish are starting to move out on the ledges too.
"It can be the best time of the year to ledge fish but, it is in the very early stages so there's no consistency," explained Morehead. "You can pull up on a place and catch 20 pounds and then they'll be gone the next day. The bass haven't had time to move out onto river edges and real main lake stuff yet. If you hit it right you can be a hero, but if you don't it can be a real struggle.
"There's another major tournament going on at the exact same time," the Paducah native added. "That will play a big factor, too. Usually my favorite thing about Kentucky Lake is that you can make long runs and get away from people because it is so big. This tournament won't be like that.
"As far as ledge fishing goes, I'd say jigs, worms, crankbaits and Carolina rigs will be good," Morehead said. "There's a shad spawn going on shallow so spinnerbaits will work. Possibly some topwater baits, and of course flipping plastics in the bushes."
Morehead predicted that it would take a three-day total between 64 and 68 pounds to come away with the win.
Anglers will take off from Kenlake Resort State Park located at 524 Kenlake Road in Hardin, Ky., at 6 a.m. daily. Weigh-ins will be held at the launch site beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Saturday's final weigh-in will take place at 4 p.m. at Country Chevrolet, located at 104 W. 5th St. in Benton, Ky. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Pros will fish for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.
The Rayovac FLW Series consists of five divisions - Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the Rayovac FLW Series Championship. The 2014 Rayovac FLW Series Championship is being held Oct. 30-Nov. 1 on Wheeler Lake in Rogersville, Ala.
The Rayovac FLW Series tournament on Kentucky Lake is being hosted by the Marshal County Tourist Commission.
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