UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Okeechobee

Marvin’s monsters

Boom! Marvin Reese of Gwynn Oak, Md., enters the stratosphere of big bass with these monsters, weighing in four bass on the final day for 32 pounds, 10 ounces to win the Rayovac event on Santee Cooper in record breaking fashion.

MANNING, S.C., -- Imagine catching nine bass that weigh 64 pounds, 7 ounces. Sound surreal? Sound impossible?

Not for co-angler Marvin Reese of Gwynn Oak, Md., who essentially stole the show at the Rayovac FLW Series event on Santee Cooper this week by catching pure monster bass and winning in record-breaking fashion.

On day one of the event, Reese took a zero and his chances of winning looked pretty bleak. But that's when he drew "the man," veteran Santee Cooper guide Lindwood Thornhill. When this is the smallest bass you pull out of your bag, you know you

On day two, Thornhill put Reese on a magic carpet ride of big bass that flew him straight into the tournament lead with five monsters weighing in at 31 pounds, 13 ounces, including a 9-9 and 10-2.

Since Thornhill was the pro leader and Reese was the co-angler leader, the two were paired again on the final day and the monster show continued.

On day three, Reese only had four bites, but they weighed an astounding 32 pounds, 10 ounces - almost a pound heavier than the previous day when he weighed in a limit.

Over two days Reese, weighed in nine bass for 64 pounds, 7 ounces.

To put that in perspective, that's a ballpark average of 7 pounds per bass. With that, Reese broke the heaviest winning margin record for a co-angler in a Rayovac event, winning by 32 pounds, 12 ounces.
Marvin Reese finds the Rayovac Co-angler Division trophy to be a featherweight after heaving around eight and nine pound bass all day.
"All I can say is Lindwood is the man!" Reese said. "Because of where we were fishing, every time I got a bite, I was thinking monster - and every time, it was sure enough a monster."

Reese caught the majority of his fish along the riprap in the Diversion Canal on a Zoom Trick worm (green pumpkin) rigged on a 1/8-ounce shaky head. He used a spinning rod and reel spooled with 20-pound braid to haul the fish in.

In addition to having the dream fishing week of a lifetime, Reese also took home a new Ranger Z117 with 90 HP outboard.

Hammer second

Dave Hammer of Taylorsville, N.C., finished runner-up in the Co-angler Division with a three-day total of 31 pounds, 11 ounces worth $5,000.

Hammer also zeroed on day one, but made a valiant comeback on day two with 16 pounds, 12 ounces to qualify 10th on the final day. Today he rocketed to second with four bass weighing 14 pounds, 15 ounces.From 10th to second for co-angler Dave Hammer of Taylorsville, N.C., who finished runner-up with 31 pounds, 11 ounces.

Hammer found most of his success during the week on a Chatterbait, but also caught key fish on a Senko, a rattle trap and a swimbait.

New third

Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., finished third with a three-day total of 22 pounds, 3 ounces worth $4,000

New's primary lure included a Shane's Baits Mini Blades of Glory umbrella rig tipped with Zipper Dipper swimbaits,

Conklin, Kmucha round out top five

Douglas Conklin of Harmony, Fla., finished fourth with a three-day total of 21 pounds, 4 ounces worth $3,500.

And Wendy Kmucha of Harrisburg, Ill., rounded out the top five with 20 pounds, 15 ounces worth $3,000

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top-10 pros in the Rayovac FLW Series event on Santee Cooper:

6th: Blaine Bucy of Weirton, W.V., three-day total of 20-14, $2500
7th: Mark Allen Seals of Laurinburg, N.C., three-day total of 20-9, $2000
8th: Lonnie Drusch of Sumter, S.C., three-day total of 19-5, $1750
9th: Rodney Jordan of Sumter, S.C., three-day total of 18-14, $1500
10th: Ken Sharpless of Babson Park, Fla., three-day total of 17-8, $1250

Tags: rob-newell  co-angler-headline  2014-03-13-santee-cooper 

/tips/2016-07-28-flw-podcast-128-mark-rose

FLW Podcast 128 - Mark Rose

READ MORE »

/tips/2016-07-23-1000-islands-day-3-midday-update

1000 Islands Day 3 Midday Update

READ MORE »

/tips/2016-07-22-1000-islands-midday-update-day-2

1000 Islands Midday Update Day 2

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Mercury at 1000 Islands got started on a slightly different note this morning when FLW’s tournament directors declared Lake Ontario off limits due to hazardous conditions. The change threw a few of the top pros off their primary plans, but regardless the 137-boat field will be cut down to the top 10 after today, so adjustments need to be made in order to qualify to fish the weekend. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-07-19-flw-podcast-126-icast

FLW Podcast 126 - ICAST

READ MORE »

/tips/2016-07-14-2017-walmart-flw-tour-schedule

2017 Walmart FLW Tour Schedule

In what has become an annual tradition at FLW, the 2017 Walmart FLW Tour schedule was announced at a press conference and industry gathering held Thursday on the show floor at ICAST in Orlando, Fla. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-07-12-si-se-puede-yes-we-can

Si Se Puede ... Yes We Can

Mexico’s Lake Zimapan is different in many ways from the lakes to the north such as Florida’s Lake Okeechobee and California’s Clear Lake, but one element it has in common with those famous fisheries is big bass. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-07-11-5-rookie-lessons-learned

5 Rookie Lessons Learned

People have asked me what my first year on the Walmart FLW Tour was like. Well, it was like running headfirst into a hurricane for a few months. I came out the other side a little battered, bruised and smelling like fish. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-07-11-flw-podcast-125-scott-martin

FLW Podcast 125 - Scott Martin

READ MORE »

/tips/2016-07-08-review-lew-s-custom-speed-stick-lite

Review: Lew’s Custom Speed Stick Lite

Recently I had the opportunity to try one model in particular – the 7-foot, 4-inch Magnum Pitchin’ rod. After fishing with it several times, I’ve concluded that it performs as advertised, is sensitive and lightweight, and is well worth the money. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-07-08-reunited-and-it-feels-so-good

Reunited, and it Feels so Good

This year I really had a reunion with finesse fishing. Most of my better tournaments came from fishing some type of finesse presentation. Finesse tactics seemed to always give me a certain confidence about the day. While finesse tactics are nothing new to the game of bass fishing, this year I regained the confidence and joy of catching bass on smaller offerings. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-07-08-2016-icast-preview

2016 ICAST Preview

The doors to ICAST don’t open until next week, when everyone gets out on the showroom floor in Orlando, Fla., but there are already plenty of snippets of information available. FLW’s media crew will be there in full force to bring you coverage of the hottest new products, as well as the annual New Product Showcase awards. For now, take a gander at some of the early birds. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-07-07-flw-canada-kicks-off-at-tri-lakes

FLW Canada Kicks Off at Tri-Lakes

Among these Canadian all-stars was the eventual winning team of Chris Vandermeer of Peterborough and Jeff Slute of Millbrook. Capitalizing on a strong day one shallow-water smallmouth pattern, the duo took advantage of the slick-calm conditions using a silver-hued topwater popping plug to agitate the lake’s bronzebacks into attack. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-06-30-flw-tour-pro-cooksey-recovering-after-accident

FLW Tour Pro Cooksey Recovering After Accident

Walmart FLW Tour sophomore Dalton Cooksey of New Concord, Ky., is recovering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee following a single-car accident that took place Wednesday afternoon. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-06-30-flw-podcast-124-jeremy-lawyer

FLW Podcast 124 - Jeremy Lawyer

READ MORE »

/tips/2016-06-29-stetson-blaylock-s-recipe-for-a-wacky-rig

Stetson Blaylock’s Recipe for a Wacky Rig

From March until the end of the fishing season I’m going to have a wacky rig on deck. It’s a really effective way to fish anytime the fishing is tough, or if the fish are up cruising banks. Anytime fish are about 5 feet deep or less, I can catch them on the wacky rig. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-06-28-morgan-claims-third-flw-tour-angler-of-the-year-title

Morgan Claims third FLW Tour Angler of the Year Title

MINNEAPOLIS – Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tennessee, added to his incredible fishing resume by winning his third Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year title Saturday at the FLW Tour's final 2016 regular-season event on Lake Champlain.... READ MORE »

/tips/2016-06-24-three-things-by-dd-kentucky-lake

Three Things by DD: Kentucky Lake

Kentucky Lake did not go the way I intended. I was pumped and ready to rock out a top-20 finish. I had great expectations of myself, but nothing seemed to come together. Practice was dicey, but I thought for sure I could put something together to make the cut. That was until day one came, and the whole vibe of my day instantly went from eager to agitated. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-06-23-how-to-catch-smallmouths-with-hair-jigs

How to Catch Smallmouths with Hair Jigs

The “right” hair jig for smallmouths is a small 1/16- to 1/8-ounce marabou jig with a round or mushroom-shaped head. The jig is similar to marabou jigs used by crappie fishermen, but bass models will often have a larger, stronger hook and possibly a longer or thicker skirt. Naturally, anglers have their favorites, and there are subtle differences in jigs that make some better than others. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-06-22-two-exciting-events-to-look-forward-to

Two Exciting Events to Look Forward To

We are in the last stretch of the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour. Awaiting us is the Lake Champlain tournament in just a few days. A couple of things will be settled there: the pro field for the Forrest Wood Cup and the Angler of the Year. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-06-21-tagging-along-with-sprague-in-kentucky

Tagging Along with Sprague in Kentucky

Through the first four events of the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour season, Jeff Sprague finished inside the top 20 every time and challenged for the win at Beaver Lake. After stop No. 4 on Pickwick, Sprague took over the lead in the Angler of the Year race. This is the story of his first tournament as the AOY leader – stop No. 5 on Kentucky Lake. Currently, Sprague is preparing for the finale on Lake Champlain. He’s in second place in the AOY standings. READ MORE »