Honeycutt tops co-anglers on humbling Rayburn

Co-angler Keith Honeycutt of Temple, Texas, captured another title this week on Sam Rayburn with nine fish over two days that weighed 23-2.

JASPER, Texas - One of the best co-anglers in the game Keith Honeycutt of Temple, Texas, added another title to his resume this week on a tough Sam Rayburn Reservoir. This victory made it No. 5 in his career with FLW, his second on Rayburn in the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division. It is also his 15th top-10 finish, sixth on Rayburn. Honeycutt started the week paired with day-one pro leader Ray Hanselman. Co-angler Keith Honeycutt adds another trophy to his collection this week."Thursday was just a great day," smiled Honeycutt. "I bet I caught three limits of fish that day on a swimbait in the grass. I actually was out-fishing my pro for a while before I gave him a swimbait. The key for that deal was using 15-pound Berkley 100 percent fluorocarbon. My pro was throwing the exact same swimbait on 20 pound test and didn't get bit until he dropped to 15-pound fluoro." Today was a slightly different story for the seasoned co-angler. "I just had to keep chucking and winding today because we fished more grass. That drop of the water temperature made it tough. I caught two fish on a trap, one on a Carolina rig and one on a swim jig. My last fish came right before we checked in. I asked my pro to stop in the back of this pocket and caught my last fish - a 2-pounder." The swimbait he used on day one was a pearl white Powell's Custom swimbait. The trap he threw today was red craw colored and his plastic on the Carolina rig was a Strike King Game Hawg. "I didn't lose any fish this week so I'm proud of that. This is just a great way to start the season and hopefully I can carry this momentum into the FLW Tour opener in a few weeks on Okeechobee." Honeycutt was awarded a new Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower outboard and $5,000 for his victory. Gressett second Co-angler Kevin Gressett of Tioga, Texas, claims second place with a two-day total of 22-4.Kevin Gressett of Tioga, Texas, made a big splash on day two after throwing down the biggest bag of the tournament for the co-anglers. He started his week out with just two fish that weighed 4-11 to sit in 30th place. Today, Gressett hauled in 17-9 - one of only five limits - to rally all the way to second place. His two-day total stood at 22-4 which was enough to cash a check worth $4,200. Like much of the field, Gressett found his success ripping traps through the grass. He alternated between red and silver/black back traps to do his damage. Gates drops to third He started the week with the lead after day one but in the end Jason Gates of Kountze, Texas, couldn't repeat his day-one magic of 15 pounds. He brought in three fish weighing 5-15 to make his overall total 20-15. That earned Gates a check worth $3,360. Gates rotated between red and gold Rat-L-Traps this week to produce his catch. Hope, Wilson round out top five Steve Hope of Alba, Texas, claims fourth place on the co-angler side with his two-day total of 20 pounds.Steve Hope of Alba, Texas, caught three bass on day one weighing 5-9. He caught a rare limit on day two worth 14-7 to jump up to fourth place with a two-day total weight of 20 pounds. He walked away with a check for $2,940. "I caught my fish on a gold Rat-L-Trap," said Hope. "I threw that thing until my arm about fell off." Dan Wilson of Pilot Point, Texas, remained stationary to capture fifth place. His four fish on day one weighed 13-0 and he followed that up with three bass today for 6-14. His 19-14 two-day total proved he could get quality bites and cashed him a check worth $2,520. Wilson caught his fish on a Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome with a black back color. Big Bass Randall Vaughan of Blanco, Texas, took big bass honors for the co-anglers on day two with his 7-2 giant.Randall Vaughan of Blanco, Texas, claimed big bass honors for the co-anglers with a 7-2 Rayburn stud. He was awarded $149.50 for his catch. Rest of the best Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers in the Rayovac FLW Series event on Sam Rayburn: 6th: Larry Regina of South Bend, Ind., seven bass, 19-0, $2,100 7th: Ted Robbins of Longview, Texas, three bass, 17-5, $1,680 8th: Clint Farris of Joshua, Texas, five bass, 16-2, $1,470 9th: Rusty Harvey of Nederland, Texas, six bass, 15-14, $1,260 10th: Elton Brock of Denton, Texas, eight bass, 15-7, $1,050

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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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5 Pros to Watch at Lewis Smith

The second stop of the Walmart FLW Tour season rolls to Lewis Smith Lake – or “Smith” as most refer to it – which is located in northern Alabama. It offers a stark contrast to the first event held on Toho, as the fishery is a clear, deep impoundment with little grass to speak of. Traditionally spotted bass have dominated this tournament due to their abundance and better average size. That will likely be the case again this week, however, largemouth may surprise some people since water temperatures are prime for them to swarm the bank. Smith Lake is often overshadowed by its neighboring lakes of Guntersville and Wheeler but has pumped out several world-class spotted bass over the years. In fact, back in the 1970s and 1980s several world record spots were produced in Smith, and the current 8-pound, 15-ounce Alabama state record was caught from here. READ MORE »

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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 »

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Weekend Wrap-Up

A recent warming trend and resulting rising water temperatures across the country had many anglers targeting fish that were moving back into spawning areas. Both the LBL and Okie division tournaments proved that the big girls are moving shallow. READ MORE »

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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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5 to Watch at Toho

If you haven’t finalized your FLW Fantasy Fishing team, keep these anglers in mind when you head over to FantasyFishing.com and make your picks. READ MORE »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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Cifuentes wins Co-angler Title

ZAVALLA, Texas – Imagine traveling FLW Outdoor’s fishing circuits as a co-angler with legendary pro Larry Nixon…practicing with him…rooming with him…and just talking bass fishing 24-7 with one of the most decorated bass fishing pros in the modern world. READ MORE »

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Gillespie Claims Co-angler Crown

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Carl Gillespie of Old Hickory, Tenn., couldn’t have asked for a better week. It seemed hard enough for many of the pros to connect with quality bites, let alone the co-anglers. But Gillespie stayed focused and posted double-digit limits every day of the event en route to his first title as a co-angler. READ MORE »

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Co-Angler Crocker Sweeps James River

RICHMOND, Va. – Coming to the scales with only two bass on the final day of the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on the James River had Michael Crocker a little nervous, but strong performances the first two days enabled the Maryland co-angler to complete the wire-to-wire victory. READ MORE »

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New Crowned Co-angler Champ

COLUMBIA, S.C. – When Bryan New left the dock at Dreher Island State Park this morning, he could hardly control his excitement. Before him lay an opportunity, and it was an opportunity he believed he could seize. After catching 7 pounds, 9 ounces on day one of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray, New came into today’s competition atop the co-angler leaderboard by more than 2 pounds. All he needed to do was catch a couple of solid fish and he’d have a shot at the win. Three keepers would almost certainly seal the deal. After two consecutive top-five finishes at the Forrest Wood Cup, this was New’s best shot at the title. And he went out and earned it. READ MORE »

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New Nets Co-angler Lead

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Calling your day on the water a “grind” is one of the biggest clichés in the sport of bass fishing. However, it is probably the best way to describe day one of the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country. When the scale closed Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., set the bar with four bass that weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces to take the lead by 2-5. READ MORE »

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Kelley Crowned Co-angler Champ

PARIS LANDING, Tenn. – The third time was indeed the charm for Cody Kelley here at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Evinrude on Kentucky Lake, as the Arkansas fisherman won the co-angler title with a combined stringer weight of 54 pounds, 9 ounces. READ MORE »

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Crowder Clinches Potomac Win

MARBURY, Md. – Kermit Crowder, of Matoaca, Va. completed his wire-to-wire victory with the largest sack of day three, 12-15, and tallied a total of 39-8 in the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on the Potomac River. READ MORE »

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Co-Angler Setzer Steals the Show

FLORENCE, Ala. – At just 26 years old, Braxton Setzer of Auburn, Ala., is experiencing a phenomenal sophomore season on the Walmart FLW Tour from the back of the boat. He already holds two top-10 finishes from Hartwell and Beaver Lake – where he came close to grabbing the title – and now he gets to taste victory after crushing 21 pounds, 5 ounces today to claim the $20,000 check. READ MORE »

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Sward Swings, Connects on Wilson

FLORENCE, Ala. – Everyone wants to be on top – and Justin Sward eventually got there at the BFL All-American presented by Walmart on Wilson Lake. But entering the final round one notch off the lead gave the co-angler from Birmingham, Ala., a sense of tranquility that no doubt contributed to his banner day READ MORE »

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Vieira Wins Delta Nail-biter

BETHEL ISLAND, Calif. – In the final round of Rayovac FLW Series Western Division action on the California Delta, Darren Vieira learned how to through a punch. Actually, a punch bait, is more accurate and the co-angler from Martinez, Calif., used this knowledge to lock up his first FLW victory with a 3-day total of 42 pounds 2 ounces. READ MORE »