Bohlke’s big bounce-back

Marty Bohlke Jr's whopping 23-pound, 3-ounce Day One limit positioned him well for the co-angler victory.

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. - For Marty Bohlke Jr., winning the American Fishing Series Central Division opener on Lake of the Ozarks was like an Oreo, only the sweet stuff was on the ends rather than in the middle. A resident of Nixa, Mo., Bohlke blasted to the top of the Co-angler Division on day one with a stunning limit of 23 pounds, 3 ounces - the event's heaviest bag in both divisions and the only one to break 20 pounds. His impressive catch from the back of the boat included a 7-pounder - the biggest bass of day one - and left Bohlke with a lead of more than 11 pounds. Bohlke stumbled on the second day and brought no fish to the scale. That allowed Michael Penix to takeSticking with a Megabass jerkbait proved effective for Marty Bohlke Jr. over the lead on day two. However, Bohlke's overwhelming day-one effort kept him in the hunt, and he entered the final round trailing by only an ounce. He only caught two fish on day three, but they were quality bass and his 6-13 bag gave him a three day total of 30 pounds and a winning margin of 4-4. He earned $8,930 for the win. A self-proclaimed jerkbait fanatic, Bohlke split his time between two models. "I used a Megabass (jerkbait) when the water was clear, and I used a (Smithwick) Rattlin' Rogue when the water was dirty." A late-season cold front that marched through the area Saturday morning brought windy, rainy weather with occasional snow flurries. Daytime temperatures never broke out of the upper 30s, and Bohlke noted that the weather limited the bites on day three. Nevertheless, he persevered and closed the deal. "I fished really hard, worked that jerkbait slow and made every fish count," Bohlke said. "I did drop a 6 1/2-pounder the first day, which I thought would cost me." Penix slips to second After leading the co-angler field on Day Two, Michael Penix slipped to second in the final round.Hailing from Lewisburg, Tenn., Penix resisted the jerkbait fever that infected most of the tournament field and stuck with his confidence bait - a green-pumpkin Zoom Baby Brush Hog Texas-rigged on a 3/0 hook. Casting and retrieving with a superslow cadence was the key for him. Unfortunately, day three did not deliver the opportunities he needed, and Penix weighed only a 2-pound, 8-ounce fish and finished with 25-12 worth $3,572. Penix started the tournament in fourth place with four fish weighing 11 pounds on day one. He overtook hisThird place finisher Rickey Alexander had the biggest bass of the co-angler division on Day Two. division's top spot on day two with another quartet, this one a 12-4 effort. Best of the rest Rickey Alexander of New Lenox, Ill., finished third with 22-5 worth $1,786. He had the biggest bass of the Co-angler Division on day two. In fourth place, Jeremy Huddleston of Jefferson City, Mo., had 22-3 and earned a check for $1,563, and Mark Horton of Nicholasville, Ky., was fifth with 20-14 worth $1,340. Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers at the FLW American Fishing Series Lake of the Ozarks event: 6th: Mike Williams of Cottage Hills, Ill., 19-2 7th: Mark Martin of Ozark, Mo., 18-4 8th: Jeffrey G. Risinger of Bridgeton, Mo., 16-14 9th: Jeff McCarnan of Henderson, Ky., 14-12 10th: Bruce Obrien of Normal, Ill., 14-5

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Day 2 Remember

Brad Roberts didn’t just catch more weight than his pro. By the time day two was over, the co-angler had weighed in the biggest bag of any angler on the day. Leading the co-angler side going into the second day of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Evinrude on Lewis Smith Lake, Roberts sacked a giant 18 pounds, 13 ounces to complete a two-day sweep with an impressive 32-1. “This feels awesome,” Roberts says. “I could only fish three [FLW Tour] events this year, and I picked this one because it’s a lot like Dale Hollow and Lake Cumberland back home. Obviously, I picked the right one.” How impressive was what the Faubush, Ky., angler pulled off? His 18-13 beat the biggest pro weight on day two by 9 ounces (Jason Reyes, 18-4), and his 32-1 cumulative weight would have put him in fourth on the pro side after two days. READ MORE »

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O’Donnell Earns Co-angler Win

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Randles Takes Co-angler Crown

The whole premise behind being a successful co-angler is to fish the spots that the guy in the front of the boat hasn’t already hit. Here on Lake Toho and connected lakes – with their miles of lily pad fields and vast mats of various types of aquatic vegetation – finding such targets of opportunity is never a problem, though some co-anglers are better than others at mining the ones that actually have bass in them. Chad Randles of Elkhorn, Neb., proved he had what it takes to pry bass out of their Toho cubby holes as he won the co-angler title here in the Walmart FLW Tour season-opener presented by Mercury. Randles weighed in a pair of limits over two days that totaled 29 pounds, 15 ounces. Mark Holman of Cornelius, N.C., was second with 27-11, while John Hunter of Shelbyville, Ky., placed third with 27-7. READ MORE »

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Tour Opener Timed Right for Florida Spawn Fireworks

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Meyer Motivated by “Catch” of a Lifetime

Cody Meyer had a tremendous Walmart FLW Tour season in 2014 – three top-10 finishes, his seventh consecutive Forrest Wood Cup qualification and a second-place finish in the Angler of the Year race. Suffice it to say, the seventh-year pro from Auburn, Calif., carries significant momentum into 2015, but that’s not all he’ll bring. Meyer’s recently intensified motivation comes from something you can’t find on stat sheets or in a tackle bag. Put it this way: Meyer has hoisted plenty of nice largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, but on Jan. 14, he lifted the most precious “catch” he’s ever held: Brooke Emily Meyer. READ MORE »

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Carrillo Cool in Victory

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Leue Lands Co-angler Title

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Clewiston Native Wilson is Co-angler Champ

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Top 3 Patterns – BFL Wild Card

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Callaghan Wins Co-Angler Title

ROGERSVILLE, Ala. – James Callaghan got matched up with the right pros when it counted the most here in the 2014 Rayovac FLW Series Championship on Lake Wheeler and his three-day total weight of 24 pounds, 3 ounces won him the co-angler title and the Ranger Z117 boat package that went with it. READ MORE »

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Top 3 Patterns – Kentucky Lake Regional

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Top 3 Patterns – Sam Rayburn Regional

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Top 3 Patterns – St. John's River Regional

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Top 3 Patterns – Pickwick Lake Regional

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Top 3 Patterns – Lake Cherokee Regional

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Top 3 Patterns – James River Regional

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Cifuentes wins Co-angler Title

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Gillespie Claims Co-angler Crown

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Co-Angler Crocker Sweeps James River

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New Crowned Co-angler Champ

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