FLW Tour Recap: Lake Hartwell

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre captured 14-6 worth of bass from Lake Hartwell on day one.

(Editor's note: Kellogg's Frosted Flakes team pro Dave Lefebre has agreed to take time to share his insights into each FLW Tour event of the 2014 season. After every event, Lefebre will give his thoughts on tournament strategy, winning techniques and other behind-the-scenes stories/information that is compelling to our readers. The following blog represents his second installment of the 2014 FLW Tour season. Lefebre ultimately finished the Lake Okeechobee event in 25th place with a two-day total of 24 pounds, 2 ounces. For his efforts, Lefebre took home $10,000 in winnings.) It feels pretty good to get out of South Carolina with a decent finish, but I've still got a pretty big mountain to climb to make this year's Forrest Wood Cup, back in South Carolina on Lake Murray. The Forrest Wood Cup is everything in this sport and my main goal each season is to get there again. I've managed to make it every year since my rookie season back in 2004, but I've never been this deep in a hole from the start. A 25th-place finish at Hartwell helps a lot though, as I just passed 85 guys in the AOY standings - even after a last place showing at the first event of the season on the `Big O.' I need top 20s from here on out, and a nice win would sure be welcome along the way. Hartwell was a tough one, unexpectedly. I think we all thought it would be a slugfest, but the unseasonably cold winter had the fish a bit funky. I personally liked the cold weather in practice and I always welcome the tougher events, especially during the pre-spawn. My big regret was not sneaking into that top 20, day-three cut, because I would have stroked them under those day-three and day-four conditions. But that is the way it goes sometimes and I'm now moving my attention to the next tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas. I caught fish at Hartwell on a Storm Wiggle Wart, a Rapala Shad Rap #6 (in shad color), and a 5-inch Yamamoto green pumpkin blue worm on a 3/16-ounce Giggy Head. The worm was going to play for me big time had I made the cut to day three, the cranks were the deal on days one, two and four. I took out some Kellogg's friends while the top 10 and 20 were competing and we caught some really big fish. I then filmed a "Beyond the Basics" video during competition hours about pre-spawn cranking and caught a few more pretty nice sized largemouth on camera. I almost hated to leave the south, but those ice crappies were calling my name! Randall Tharp wrestles fish number five into the boat on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell.Big sacks were taken out of the creek I focused on last week. I saw Randall Tharp, Skip Johnson, Ramie Colson, Clark Wendlandt and other high finishers running around in there every day. We all seemed to be doing completely different things, which is a reason many pros love going to Lake Hartwell. It is true that you can catch them there doing whatever you like to do ... within reason of course. Vibrating jigs, like the new Fizzle used by Randy Howell in the Classic were big during this event as well. On day one of practice, The Lack Attack (Alton Lackie) and I had a fun time casting the Fizzles around. Terminator Spinnerbaits, Rippin' Raps, and the good old Shad Rap were big producers too. The water conditions were clear in places, muddy in other places, and everything in between, so color choices obviously varied a little, but the baits remained the same. Some were caught on jigs I guess; I believe Casey Ashley employed one to win the event by a landslide, but I couldn't make the jig work for me this particular time for some reason. I may have given up on it too soon, or maybe I just had one too many crankbait or worm bites in practice? As far as locations go, again this lake just has them everywhere ... fish I mean. Any creek was good. I fished the mid-section of a larger creek, guys whacked them all the way in the mud in the back and they caught them at the mouth. Others were catching them on the main lake in the clearest water also. This is truly a wide open fishery and it is absolutely gigantic, which is another thing I love about it! Hartwell is not on the schedule for next season unfortunately, but I'm certain we will return sometime in the near future as it's just too perfect for big events like the FLW Tour Majors. And having a tiger on the side of your boat and Chevy truck doesn't hurt with Clemson University being so close by! You can follow Dave on Twitter @DaveLefebre and "Like" him on Facebook at Facebook.com/davelefebre The writer's opinions and observations expressed here are his own, and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views, policies or positions of FLW.

Tags: blog  dave-lefebre 

/tips/2015-04-14-blog-back-in-the-groove

Blog: Back in the Groove

It feels good to be in full swing of the tournament season again. We just finished the second stop of the Walmart FLW Tour on Lewis Smith Lake, and it was an excellent event. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-04-14-5-pivotal-moments-in-my-career

5 Pivotal Moments in my Career

The FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake marked the beginning of my senior campaign. While it was great to get on some open water for the first time in months (though we didn’t finish very well), it also had me looking back at five events that, more than any others, led me to this point. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-04-14-a-year-of-new-firsts

A Year of New Firsts

There are a lot of firsts in my life now: my first full year on the Walmart FLW Tour, the first time not to fish any full B.A.S.S. circuit in many years, the first time to fish with co-anglers in a long while, the first time to compete at Beaver Lake, and so on. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-04-10-up-then-down-again

Up, Then Down Again

The highs and lows in this sport are amazing. They are amazing and sometimes hard to deal with. Sometimes you just have to test yourself on how thick your skin really is. For example, consider my highs and lows in the last few months. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-04-07-sweet-home-alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

Hey everyone, I'm just getting back and caught up from the second stop of the Walmart FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake. The lake was fishing like never before, and all the fish have grown up quickly on those blueback herring. Now that I've been back home a week and watched all the videos and read all the articles about the top 10 anglers I can say I have zero regrets! READ MORE »

/tips/2015-04-02-when-everything-comes-together

When Everything Comes Together

Dave Lefebre describes what baits and techniques he used to win the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lewis Smith Lake in this week's blog. READ MORE »

/news/2015-03-29-lefebre-wins-walmart-flw-tour-on-lewis-smith-lake-presented-by-evinrude

Lefebre Wins Walmart FLW Tour On Lewis Smith Lake Presented By Evinrude

JASPER, Ala. (March 29, 2015) – FLW Tour pro Dave Lefebre of Erie, Pennsylvania, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces to win the Walmart FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude. Lefebre’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 65-5 gave him a 1-pound, 14-ounce margin of victory over second place pro... READ MORE »

/news/2015-03-29-lefebre-lands-on-top

Lefebre Lands on Top

He left the dock this morning in 7th place, eight and a half pounds off the lead. And when he returned this afternoon, Dave Lefebre shocked the weigh-in crowd with a come-from-behind Walmart FLW Tour win that left his competitors shell-shocked. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-03-18-expect-change-and-adapt-to-it

Expect Change and Adapt to It

Ish Monroe explains how to adapt to changing conditions and recommends to always fish your strengths in this weeks blog. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-03-17-so-you-want-to-be-a-co-angler-

So You Want to be a Co-Angler?

First and foremost, I know I’m fishing the tournament as a co-angler and I make sure that I not only stay out of my pro’s way, but I do what I can to assist him throughout the day. This starts at the ramp with assisting him with the launch where possible. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-03-16-a-30-piece-puzzle-with-four-pieces-missing

A 30-Piece Puzzle with Four Pieces Missing

The whole time I was down in Florida during the FLW Tour opener on Lake Toho I felt like I was trying to put together a 30-piece puzzle with four pieces missing. The weather was right, the water temperature was right, the thousands of acres of vegetation looked right, but one thing was wrong: the fish! READ MORE »

/tips/2015-03-12-a-clean-slate

A Clean Slate

The 2015 season opener of the Walmart FLW Tour wasn’t at Okeechobee, as in recent years, but at Lake Toho in central Florida. I was excited about the change, and even more pumped to start a fresh new season after blowing my motor on day one of the first event last year. READ MORE »

/news/2015-03-11-lefebre-signs-with-quigley-4x4

Lefebre Signs with Quigley 4x4

Quigley Motor Company, manufacturer of four-wheel-drive conversions for Ford, General Motors and Nissan, announces its yearlong sponsorship with top-ranked professional angler Dave Lefebre. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Lefebre and his family will travel the Walmart FLW Tour in a Quigley 4x4 Van. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-02-27-toho-bound

Toho Bound

You have to understand that having home field advantage in fishing is the absolute worst. There are so many demons; you have too much information, you start fishing the lake’s history – it goes on and on and it’s very hard for a professional angler to mentally break that barrier. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-02-25-3-thoughts-on-toho

3 Thoughts on Toho

I was without power for three days after the first storm, but it snowed again this weekend and there is supposed to be more weather on the way. Suffice to say, I can’t get to Florida and Lake Toho fast enough. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-02-20-east-to-west

East to West

As a tournament angler, I realize that a primary aspect of my job is to be able to catch fish anywhere, in all types of fisheries, under a variety of conditions. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-02-12-from-swamp-pro-to-bass-pro

From Swamp Pro to Bass Pro

When most people hear the name “T-Roy Broussard,” they think of me as the Texan in the big green airboat on the reality television show Swamp People. Three years ago I was introduced to households across the world as a burly alligator hunter that made a living off of the land. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-01-29-here-we-go

Here We Go

The 2015 bass tournament season is officially underway and I am super-excited about the changing dynamics. There is no doubt that the economy is improving and the 250-boat field that fished the first Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee is testament to that. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-01-13-are-you-taking-care-of-business-

Are You Taking Care of Business?

My dad started taking me fishing when I was two. My very first job was at Hi’s Tackle Box and after that I spent a few years working for Fisherman’s Choice. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve been able to spend my life doing what I love and enjoy doing. READ MORE »

/tips/2014-12-30-the-ebb-and-flow-of-sponsorships

The Ebb and Flow of Sponsorships

Many of the readers who follow FLW know me as one of the pros who fishes the Walmart FLW Tour. What many of you don’t know is that I also work in the industry. I get to see what happens behind the scenes more than the average fisherman or fellow fan does. I get to see the sponsor contracts, and the ins and outs of how business works. READ MORE »