UPCOMING EVENT: Rayovac FLW Series - 2015 - Lake Erie

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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Matual Masters Erie

David Matual of Chicago, Ill., leaned on his spot hard and sacked up the biggest bag of day three weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces. For his final-day rally he claimed the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division victory on Lake Erie with a three-day total of 65 pounds, fending off Jared Rhode by a mere 7 ounces. Drop-shotting over shallow reefs delivered all of Matual’s fish and earned him a check worth more than $31,000. READ MORE »

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Hicks Tops Co-angler Field on Erie

At 8:30 a.m., Justin Hicks turned to the camera boat following him and Jared Rhode – who split the day-two lead with Dave Lefebre – and said: “I sure would like to win this.” Eight hours later, the young man from Roanoke, Va., lifted the first place trophy at the final Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie. READ MORE »

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Lake Erie Day 3 Midday Update

Lake Erie put on a different face for day three of the final Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event. After a rough day one, yesterday’s calm and mostly sunny conditions offered comfortable running and fishing conditions. Today was still a far cry from the brutal waves of day one - and prior practice days - but windier conditions and overcast skies seemed to present a more challenging scenario. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns From Lake Erie Day 2

Pennsylvania pro Dave Lefebre and Ohio pro Jared Rhode tied for the day-two lead in Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division action on Lake Erie with 43 pounds, 9 ounces. Both pros caught their fish on drop-shots. Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

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Lefebre, Rhode Tied at the Top

Notching his second day of 20-plus pounds, FLW Tour pro Dave Lefebre tallied 43 pounds, 9 ounces and tied day-one leader Jared Rhode for the day-two top spot at the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie. Lefebre caught his 22-3 limit on Rapala DT-10 crankbaits, while Rhodes tempted his 19-15 catch with drop-shots. READ MORE »

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Lake Erie Day 2 Midday Update

With winds shifting from yesterday’s northerly blow to a warmer southerly direction, day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie brought calmer conditions with greater ability to methodically work key spots. Offshore, waves ran 1 to 2 feet, with leeward areas behind the Lake Erie Islands nearly flat. READ MORE »

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Rhode Cracks 23-10 for Erie Lead

Jared Rhode played his cards and the gamble paid off better than expected, as the pro from Port Clinton, Ohio, took the day-one lead at the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie with a limit catch weighing 23 pounds, 10 ounces. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns from Lake Erie Day 1

Taking off this morning, the FLW Tour pro from Erie, Pa., knew the day’s north wind would keep him from making a long run to a big-fish spot close to his home. However, keeping it local and fishing a little past Pelee Island to the west delivered a solid second-place catch. READ MORE »

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Hunting Erie’s Brown Fish

It’s going to be an Easter egg hunt on Lake Erie, but at least the great lake will behave a little better during the final Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event than it did during practice. READ MORE »

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Smallmouth Slugfest on Tap at Erie

Florida pro Glenn Browne leads the race with 492 points, largely due to his win at the previous divisional event on Lake Champlain. Following well within striking distance are Canadian pro Cory Johnston (484 points) and Louisianan Gerald Spohrer (483), who found his way into the Northern Division quite incidentally. READ MORE »

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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 »

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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 »

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Top 10 Patterns from Lake Dardanelle

Jason Lieblong, who won the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division event on Lake Dardanelle, devoted most of his time to fishing reed lines with a mix of chatterbaits, frogs and Texas-rigged worms. He also caught fish by dragging a Texas-rigged 10-inch worm past brush piles in 6-8 feet. Lieblong amassed a three-day total of 46 pound, 3 ounces. READ MORE »

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Lieblong Dominates Dardanelle Rayovac

Having lead the event for two days, the pro from Conway, Ark., carried a 14-ounce lead into the final round. After weighing a limit of 12 pounds, 2 ounces on day three, Lieblong closed the door with a tournament total of 46-3 and a 2-pound, 2-ounce margin of victory. READ MORE »

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Smith Takes Co-Angler Title At Dardanelle

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Dardanelle Midday Update Day 3

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Lieblong Holds On To Lead At Dardanelle

Current events proved perplexing for Jason Lieblong, even though he retained his lead at the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division event on Lake Dardanelle. The pro from Conway, Ark., topped the day-one leaderboard with 19 pounds, 10 ounces, but saw his second day’s productivity slip to 14-7 for a total weight of 34-1 and a 14-ounce lead going into the final round. READ MORE »

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Top 5 Patterns From Lake Dardanelle Day 2

Arkansas pro Jason Lieblong held on to the top spot in Rayovac FLW Series Central Division action on Lake Dardanelle with 34 pounds, 1 ounce. Flipping plastics and a jig produced all of his fish. READ MORE »

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DARDANELLE MIDDAY UPDATE DAY 2

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Lieblong Leads on Dardanelle with 19-10

Rising water brought increased current to Lake Dardanelle, and Jason Lieblong leveraged this dynamic to take the lead on day one of Rayovac FLW Series Central Division action on this Arkansas River impoundment. He brought in a limit that weighed 19 pounds, 10 ounces. In the early hours of his day the pro from Conway, Ark., alternated between backwaters and main-lake banks in an effort to determine where the fish were most active. Once the sun gained altitude and harsh light had pushed the fish tight to cover, he committed to the bank. “I just put the trolling motor down and went fishing and found some fish on your obvious stuff like laydowns and grass. I even caught some in open water with no structure whatsoever,” Lieblong says. “I found a little current, and that’s key.” READ MORE »