Co-angler Ray shines on Toledo Bend

Co-angler winner Ronnie Ray Jr caught his division's only limit on day three.

MANY, La. - Ronnie Ray Jr. wasn't particularly fond of bed fishing, but after incorporating some precision spawning season action into his Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division win on Toledo Bend, he's probably looking at it a little differently now.Watermelon was the most effective bait color for co-angler winner Ronnie Ray Jr. Paired with second-place pro Clark Reehm, the co-angler from McKinney, Texas, spent most of his time blind casting open water, while his pro partner nosed in toward the bank to flip plastics to the beds. However, when Reehm determined that certain bed fish wouldn't help his weight, he positioned Ray for convenient shots at locked-down fish. "I was just fishing out in the middle (of the pocket) and letting Clark have all the bed fish," he said. "Once he had his, he said `Hey, I'm going to go past this one right here and it's locked on. If you can catch it when I go by, catch it.' Ronnie Ray Jr used a mix of blind casting and sight-fishing tactics on Toledo Bend."I caught it and we did two of them like that. I made two flips on each one as we went by and they were ready. He knew it - the guy I amazing." Ray said his bed fish were sitting shallow, while his blind-casting efforts targeted grassy areas in about 8 feet. He used Zoom Trick Worms and Brush Hogs for blind casting, while craw worms worked for the bed fish. The only co-angler to catch a day-three limit, Ray's winning total was 32 pounds, 9 ounces. "I've never fished a bed-fishing tournament, I hate bed fishing, but (Reehm) showed me some stuff today and I may take it up," Ray said. Power surges up to second He only caught three bass on the final day, but a hefty kicker anchored Mike Power's 10-pound, 4-Second-place co-angler Mike Power found a quality kicker on day three.ounce sack. This effort continued the upward course that took Power from 21st on day one to fifth on day two. On day three, he settled in second place with 31-7. Throughout the week, Power caught his fish on Senkos, but he used an Alabama rig with Gene Larew swimbaits. He fished the rig on 20-pound fluorocarbon line. Kitchen finishes third Day-two leader Jeff Kitchens slipped to third in the final round.Jeff Kitchens, of Henderson, Texas, made a big move from 10th to first on day two after sacking up 17-12 - the largest bag of his division. Day three proved tough and with only one fish, he slipped to third with 29-11. Barnett fourth, Bailey fifth Day-one co-angler leader Kerry Barnett, of Waldron, Ark. took fourth with 25-3. In fifth place, Ryan Bailey, of Humble, Texas had 24-3. Best of the rest Rounding out the top-10 co-angler leaders at the Rayovac FLW Series Toledo Bend event: 6th: Travis Kelehan, of Broussard, La., 23-8 7th: Clint Lipham, of Conroe, Texas, 22-3 8th: John Martin, of Buna, Texas, 21-12 9th: Dan Wilson, of Pilot Point, Texas, 20-6 10th: Neil Herline, of Silsbee, Texas, 18-6

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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

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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Top 3 Patterns – BFL Wild Card

When day one of the Walmart Bass Fishing League Chevy Wild Card on Kentucky Lake commenced, J.R. Henard got right to the point, sacking up a limit by 8:30 a.m. and never looking back. For two days, he kept his foot on the gas and hauled in a tournament-winning total of 42 pounds, 5 ounces – nearly 12 pounds better than second place – and a top prize of $4,478, plus entry into the 2015 BFL All-American. READ MORE »

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Callaghan Wins Co-Angler Title

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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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