UPCOMING EVENT: Rayovac FLW Series - 2015 - Clear Lake

Bray wins co-angler title at Rayburn

Brandon Bray of Marble Falls, Texas, wins the Co-angler Division of the EverStart Series event on Sam Rayburn with a three-day total of 26-6.

JASPER, Texas - On day one of the Texas Division EverStart Series on Rayburn Reservoir, Brandon Bray of Marble Falls, Texas, weighed in just two bass for 3 pounds, 14 ounces and found himself floundering in 39th place. Hardly the start he had hoped for. On day two, things got considerably better for Bray as he hauled in a limit for 11 pounds, 2 ounces to make the top-10 cut in 7th place. Today, Bray was paired with pro Wade Hudgens - the very first pro he was paired with at Lake Amistad at the Texas Division season opener in January. Bray took it as sign of good things to come. And how right he was.Co-angler Brandon Bray shows off his winning kicker. After weighing 11 pounds, 6 ounces today, and taking the leader's "hot seat" at the final weigh-in in the Walmart parking lot, all Bray could do was sit and watch as six other co-anglers tried to top him. But it never happened. When the fish quit dropping and the scales quit spinning, Bray sat atop the leaderboard as the 2013 EverStart Series Texas Division Rayburn winner. "I don't know what to say," Bray said after being declared the winner. "I started the year with Wade - he was my first draw in an FLW event - and I ended the year with him, I guess it was meant to be." Bray's two primary baits for the week were a 7-1/2 inch Berkley Power worm (blue fleck) on a ¼-ounce weight and a Live Target floating frog. "Yesterday I caught most of my fish on the worm," Bray said. "And today, it was all about the frog - it produced most of my fish. Right at the end of the day we stopped on one last place and I caught a kicker on a Carolina rigged Brush Hog that put me over the top." Co-angler Kevin Burks of Kountze, Texas, finished runner-up in the Co-angler Division with a three-day total of 25 pounds, 7 ounces. Bray takes home a new fully-rigged Ranger Z117 for his win. Burks second Kevin Burks of Kountze, Texas, finished runner-up in the Co-angler Division with a three-day total of 25 pounds, 7 ounces for $3,434. Burks' key bait during the week was a Stanley Ribbit buzzing toad in a watermelon color fished on braided line. Fussell third Co-angler Bill Fussell of Thibodaux, La., finished third with a three-day total of 25 pounds, 3 ounces.. Bill Fussell of Thibodaux, La., finished third with a three-day total of 25 pounds, 3 ounces worth $2,747. Fussell's primary bait during the week was a Zoom Ol' Monster in plum rigged on a 1/2-ounce weight and tied to 17-pound test Berkley Vanish fluorocarbon. Walker, Wilson round out top five Cary Walker of Nacogdoches, Texas, finished fourth with a three-day total of 22 pounds even worth $2,404. Cary said a Senko in "any kind of green" was his key to success at Rayburn. Dan Wilson of Pilot Point, Texas, rounded out the top-five among co-anglers with a three-day total of 20 pounds, 6 ounces for $2,061. Wilson's best bait during the week was a Strike King finesse worm. Rest of the best Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers in the EverStart Series event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir: 6th: Robert Hill of Fort Worth, Texas, three-day total of 19-10, $1,717 7th: Mike Power of Conroe, Texas, three-day total of 19-9, $1,374 8th: Ralph Logan, Sr., of Magnolia, Texas, three-day total of 18-7, $1030 9th: Ron Knight of San Angelo, Texas, three-day total of 15-9, $687 10th: Michael Greer of Deridder, La., three-day total of 15-3, $549 Strike King Co-angler of the Year Congratulations to Ralph Logan, Sr. of Magnolia, Texas, who won the Strike King Co-angler of the Year award in the EverStart Series Texas Division with 732 points. His finishes this year included a 47th place at Amistad, a 10th place at Toledo Bend, a 7th place at Texoma and an 8th place at Rayburn. Logan has now earned a 2014 Forrest Wood Cup berth on Lake Murray next August.

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Hicks Tops Co-angler Field on Erie

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Sunny Skies at the Top

It was his first and the Forrest Wood Cup’s last. With the Cup going exclusively to professionals next year, Sunny Hawk, like the rest of the co-anglers, knew this was the last chance for someone to be crowned a co-angler Cup champion. While many made a run at the title – including three past co-angler champions – Hawk made the most of it, weighing in three fish for 6 pounds, 5 ounces on day two for a tournament total of 19-11 to claim his first career win. “For my first win to be at the Cup, I’m pretty pumped,” Hawk said while holding the $50,000 first-place check. READ MORE »


Sunny’s Day on the Back Deck

It’s almost as if Roy and Sunny Hawk switched bags. The father-son duo came to the Forrest Wood Cup with big aspirations – Roy on the pro side and Sunny as a co-angler. So when a Hawk weighed in a limit for 13 pounds, 6 ounces on day one, that was exactly what they hoped would happen, though they probably didn’t think it would be Sunny who did it from the back of the boat. READ MORE »


Shafer Takes Co-Angler Title

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Jones Wins Potomac Co-angler Crown

With a two-day total of 25 pounds, 2 ounces, Jim Jones of Big Bend, Wis., won the co-angler title at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on the Potomac River by just 1 pound, 3 ounces over Kyle Prskalo of Illinois. After opening the event in fifth place, Jones bagged a 13-03 limit to climb into the lead. Jones fished with pros Scott Wiley on day one and Ish Monroe on day two. His pro partners worked similar strategies, which allowed Jones to dial in a pattern. “It was all grass fishing,” he says. “I was mostly throwing a swim jig but caught a couple on a ChatterBait and one on a worm. I threw some chartreuse dye on my trailers as well.” READ MORE »


Burgess Tops All-American Co-Angler Field

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LaFleur Earns Co-angler Win

Co-angler Paul LaFleur of Benton, Ark., earned his first top-10 finish and first win with FLW on the back of a 17-pound, 2-ounce day-two bag that gave him a tournament total of 31-04 at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers on Lake Chickamauga. “I threw a big worm and a drop-shot the whole time,” says LaFleur. “Today was mainly the big worm. The ledge bite wasn’t good. I caught two real quick, and then it went dead and I caught all the rest up shallow.” READ MORE »


Co-angler Honeycutt triumphs in James River debut



Sweet as Honeycutt

Keith Honeycutt knows how to fish his way to the tournament podium. The veteran Texas co-angler has won multiple FLW tournaments, including the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour event at Grand Lake. Still, when Honeycutt hoisted the FLW Tour co-angler champion’s trophy over his head on stage this afternoon at Lake Eufaula, he celebrated with great joy because he knows how difficult it is to attain that level of success against the best amateur anglers in the world. “It doesn’t come around very often,” says Honeycutt, who edged out Japan’s Hiroyuki Watanabe by just 2 ounces with a two-day total of 22 pounds, 12 ounces. “It’s hard to get two pro partners who fish a way that you can catch them too.” READ MORE »


Farage Dominates Delta Co-anglers

Adapt or die. That pretty well sums up co-angler Jack Farage’s runaway win at the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats on the California Delta this week. Obviously, the Discovery Bay, Calif., co-angler adapted – he changed baits every day – and made all the right moves. Farage opened the tournament with a massive 26-pound limit, followed with 11-11 yesterday and then blew the competition away with 16-14 today. His three-day total of 54-09 is 15-07 better than second-place co-angler Todd Kline’s. READ MORE »


Big Day One Catch Sets Up Lejeune’s Texoma Win

No doubt, co-angler Ryan Lejeune, of Eunice, La., would have preferred two more days like his first, but a big opening effort set up his wire-to-wire win in the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division tournament on Lake Texoma. READ MORE »


Co-angler Dunkin Nearly Perfect at Beaver Lake

Having all the right lures and executing proper presentation are what catches fish in a tournament. However, Walmart FLW Tour co-angler Luke Dunkin knows that to win a Tour event and its $20,000 prize from the back of the boat, everything has to be darn near perfect. “It [perfection] starts with getting to fish your style of fishing, the right pro partner and not losing a fish during the tournament,” Dunkin says. Check, check and … almost check. Dunkin, of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., experienced as close to perfection as is possible this week on the way to winning the co-angler competition at Tour stop No. 3 on Beaver Lake. His only misstep was a single lost fish that he worried would cost him. It didn’t, and in the end his total weight of 18 pounds, 2 ounces was enough to hold off Tour veteran Todd Lee of Jasper, Ala., by just 3 ounces. READ MORE »


Triplett Takes Co-Angler Crown On Grand



Wilson Tops Co-anglers on Rayburn

Dan Wilson caught one of only three co-angler limits on the final day of competition to come back from fourth place and win the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Mercury. Consistency was key for Wilson, who weighed in 11 pounds, 1 ounce on day one, then followed with 13-04 and 14-15 on days two and three, respectively. His three-day total of 39-04 bested day-two leader Bryan New of North Carolina by 3 pounds, 12 ounces. READ MORE »


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 »


O’Donnell Earns Co-angler Win

“Every time I would think “oh no, this isn’t going right,” I would catch a big one,” says O’Donnell. “I guess it was meant to be.” READ MORE »


Randles Takes Co-angler Crown

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Carrillo Cool in Victory

He’s probably the most relaxed competitor this writer has ever encountered in tournament fishing. Just don’t mistake his cool demeanor on the outside for a lack of intensity deep down inside. Ricardo Carrillo of Laredo, Texas, was all business on the water at this week’s Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event on Lake Amistad presented by Frabill. Carrillo caught 11 pounds, 15 ounces, 6-10 and 5-4 in three days for a tournament total of 23-13 to win the co-angler division by more than 3 pounds. For his efforts, Carrillo earned his very first bass boat, a Ranger Z117 with 90-hp outboard. READ MORE »


Leue Lands Co-angler Title

Lake Havasu City, Ariz. – Believe it or not, Daniel Leue of Colusa, Calif., was the only co-angler to bring in a five-bass limit every day of competition this week in the first Western Division event on Lake Havasu presented by Mercury. Though, that doesn’t mean the second victory of his career came easy. The average quality of fish in Havasu kept Leue on his toes but thanks to his 16-pound, 2-ounce limit (the largest of the tournament) on the final day he walked away victorious. READ MORE »


Clewiston Native Wilson is Co-angler Champ

He was born and raised in Clewiston, and for the last eight years Moses Wilson has been pouring his heart and soul into building a professional fishing career on his hometown waters of Lake Okeechobee. Today, Wilson took a long step forward in his quest by winning the co-angler division of the Rayovac FLW Series Southeast Division event presented by Power-Pole on Lake Okeechobee. Wilson caught 13 pounds, 7 ounces today while fishing with pro Mark Daniels Jr. for a three-day total of 38 pounds, 2 ounces. READ MORE »