UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Lake Champlain

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Newton rules blustery Rayburn semifinals

Newton rules blustery Rayburn semifinals
Pro Jonathan Newton of Rogersville, Ala., caught five bass weighing 17 pounds, 8 ounces Friday to lead the semifinal round of the EverStart Series Central Division season opener on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper.

Goen claims top co-angler spot

JASPER, Texas - It was cold, windy and downright miserable fishing in Friday's semifinal round of the EverStart Series Central Division contest at Sam Rayburn Reservoir, but that didn't stop Rogersville, Alabama's Jonathan Newton from landing a nice five-bass weight of 17 pounds, 8 ounces to take over the Pro Division lead.

Temperatures never climbed above 40 degrees and the cold wind blasted at a steady 10 to 15 mph Thursday, making it rough on EverStart anglers out on the big reservoir. Some competitors came in reporting 6-foot swells and a few subsequently battled some boat trouble.

"It was miserable out there today," local co-angler Bill Rogers said. "It's amazing how many people showed up here (to watch) this week."

It was rough, but the anglers still managed to catch some fish.

Newton took advantage of the windy conditions. Pitching a blue-and-black jig in shallow water, he focused on three areas sheltered from the wind.

"I think the wind helped me because a lot of people out in the grass couldn't get out and get to it," he said.

The Sam Rayburn water level dropped about 6 inches and fell about 3 degrees in temperature since Thursday, which caused havoc with many semifinalists' patterns. But Newton said it helped him.

"In practice, my fish were up in the trees. They were so far back in there that I couldn't get them," he said.

The forecast is calling for similarly harsh conditions Saturday. As far as the cold is concerned, the hardy pro leader plans to stick to his shallow-water pattern Saturday to take advantage of the big females that are itching to spawn.

"I don't think the cold is affecting the fish that much. They're committed to coming in shallow," he said. "It's affecting me. It about froze my hands right off. It's been miserable. This has probably been the worst two days I've ever spent on the water."

Pro David Truax of Beaumont, Texas, who qualified for the semifinals in second place, held onto the runner-up spot Friday with a four-bass weight of 15 pounds, 6 ounces.

It wasn't an easy chore for him, however. Fishing a crawfish-colored Rat-L-Trap, Truax only had one bass in his livewell by 1 p.m., and his prospects began to look as bleak as the weather.

"My partner had five fish by the time I had one," he said. "I already had my excuse speech planned, then I caught a 4-pounder at 2 o'clock. I hope I don't have to wait that long for them tomorrow."

Pro Dicky Newberry of Houston battled the shifting fishing conditions into a third-place weight of 14 pounds, 5 ounces.

While he caught a limit, Newberry said it was tough to come by: "Every day has been a change, and it's been very difficult."

Fourth place went to opening-round leader Trey Morgan of Goldonna, La., who weighed in five bass worth 12 pounds, 13 ounces. Morgan returned to the fruitful fishing spot that helped him gain the lead in the opening round and caught 10 keepers, including a 5-pound, 3-ounce kicker largemouth.

Fifth place went to Larry Sisk of Evansville, Ind., who caught the fourth and final five-bass limit of the day in the Pro Division. His fish weighed 10 pounds, 4 ounces.

Goen lands sole co-angler limit

Barry Goen of Hartsburg, Mo., took the top spot in the co-angler semifinals with a five-bass weight of 11 pounds, 12 ounces. His was the only limit of the day in the Co-angler Division.

"It feels great," he said. "I've been knocking on the door all week and I finally caught a five-fish limit."

Goen, a division manager for Unilever, caught his bass by throwing a shad-color Lucky Craft in deeper water than his shallow-casting pro partner, Truax, was fishing. He had five bites all day and landed them all.

Jeary Wheeler of Batesville, Ark., who set an EverStart Series single-fish record Thursday with a monster 12-pound, 11-ounce largemouth, claimed the second spot in the Co-angler Division Friday with a three-bass weight of 5 pounds, 13 ounces.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are third-place Mike Neal of Dexter, Kan. (three bass, 5 pounds, 7 ounces); fourth-place Lonnie Fuller Jr. of Hemphill, Texas (two bass, 5 pounds, 1 ounce); and fifth-place Dean Morgan of Port Arthur, Texas (one bass, 4 pounds, 15 ounces).

Final round Saturday

Final-round action begins Saturday at 7 a.m. at Twin Dikes Marina in Brookeland. All competitors will restart the day with zero weight. The final weigh-in will be held at the Wal-Mart store located at 800 W. Gibson in Jasper beginning at 4 p.m.

The winning pro will take home a guaranteed cash award of $10,000 plus a new Ranger 519VS Comanche equipped with Garmin electronics and powered by an Evinrude or Yamaha outboard. If the winner is the original owner of a Ranger boat, he will receive an additional $10,000 cash bonus from Ranger for a total of $61,900 in cash and prizes. Ranger will also award an additional $3,000 to the winner if he is a Ranger Cup participant, and Garmin will award $1,000 to the winner if his boat is equipped with a fixed-mount Garmin Fishfinder or combination GPS/Sounder.

The winning co-angler is guaranteed $5,000 cash. If the winning co-angler is a registered Ranger owner, he will also receive a new Ranger 519VS Comanche for a total of $27,800 in cash and prizes.

Day-three links:

Photos
Results
Tomorrow's pairings
Press release

Tags: jeff-schroeder  headline-story  2003-02-05-sam-rayburn 

Elrod Runs Tide, Wood on James River

Elrod Runs Tide, Wood on James River

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on the James River after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 10 ounces. For his efforts, Elrod took home $3,637. READ MORE »

Mittlestat Tops at St. Clair

Mittlestat Tops at St. Clair

Dan Mittlestat of Woodhaven, Michigan, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair presented by Navionics Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 7 ounces. Mittlestat netted $6,552 for his win. READ MORE »

Schmitt Takes Champlain Title

Schmitt Takes Champlain Title

FLW Tour pro Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Maryland, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Champlain presented by Navionics after catching five bass weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces. For his win, Schmitt earned $7,209 and 250 points in the Northeast Division presented by Gajo Baits standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Peter T and Crew Win ICAST Cup

Peter T and Crew Win ICAST Cup

Representing Lew’s, the team of John Carman, Peter Thliveros and Matthew Mattingly won the 2019 ICAST Cup at Lake Toho this morning with a five-bass limit that weighed 20 pounds, 4 ounces. It’s the first time in the ICAST kickoff event’s five-year history that a team has won two titles, and they come back-to-back – though this time it was an outright win.  READ MORE »

Kilgore on Top at Neely Henry

Kilgore on Top at Neely Henry

Andy Kilgore of Kingston, Georgia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Neely Henry. Kilgore pocketed $4,426 for his win in the event and earned 250 points in the Bama Division Angler of the Year (AOY) standings. The winner of the division’s AOY title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Experience Carries Siggers

Experience Carries Siggers

Dennis Siggers of Danville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory, Siggers earned $2,585 for his victory. READ MORE »

Melton Wins on Rough River

Melton Wins on Rough River

John Melton of Corydon, Indiana, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on Rough River Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces. Melton netted $4,838 for his win. READ MORE »

Jenkel Flips Bushes on Rend

Jenkel Flips Bushes on Rend

Derek Jenkel of Pinckneyville, Illinois, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces. Jenkel earned $4,384 for his victory. READ MORE »

Campbell Gets a Hat Trick

Campbell Gets a Hat Trick

Brody Campbell of Oxford, Ohio, won the rescheduled T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on Rough River Lake presented by Navionics Sunday after catching four bass weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Campbell earned $5,703 for his win. READ MORE »

Harlin Sacks 24 for Ozark W

Harlin Sacks 24 for Ozark W

Michael Harlin of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 9 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake of the Ozarks. Harlin pocketed $4,463 for his win in the event and 250 points in the Ozark Division presented by Bassing Bob standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Day 4 Coverage

Lake Champlain Day 4 Coverage

Yesterday saw the crowning of the FLW Tour 2019 Angler of the Year (David Dudley) and Polaris Rookie of the Year (Ron Nelson). Today, there's nothing left to do but crown a champion for the Tour's last stop of the season. READ MORE »

Scanlon Wins it at Ti

Scanlon Wins it at Ti

Running south to Ticonderoga each day, Casey Scanlon weighed 19 pounds, 10 ounces on the final day of the FLW Tour event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain. With a total of 76-2, Scanlon earned the win in the final event of the season and pocketed $102,700 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Nelson Wins ROY

Nelson Wins ROY

Ron Nelson blanked on the first day of his first FLW Tour event. Then he got things on track – so on track that he finished the season ninth overall in the standings and above every other rookie to earn the Polaris FLW Tour Rookie of the Year award. Winning ROY is typically a career-setting accomplishment, and to go with the hardware Nelson will also receive a Polaris Sportsman® 570 ATV. READ MORE »

Dudley Wins Historic 4th AOY

Dudley Wins Historic 4th AOY

Taking to the second to last day of the 2019 FLW Tour season, David Dudley finally did it again, triumphing over John Cox to win a historic fourth FLW Tour Angler of the Year title. Winning his first AOY in 2008, and then going back-to-back in 2011 and 2012, Dudley is now the only pro with four titles to their credit, surpassing both Clark Wendlandt and Andy Morgan. READ MORE »

Ticonderoga Showdown Looms

Ticonderoga Showdown Looms

After three days of the FLW Tour event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain, all but one of the top five pros are turning south from Plattsburgh to chase largemouths at Ticonderoga. In the lead, Tyler Stewart of West Monroe, La., bagged up another 18 pounds, 5 ounces to boost his total to 58-6. In second and just 1-14 behind, Casey Scanlon of Lake Ozark., Mo., weighed 18-13 on day three for a 56-8 total. READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Day 3 Coverage

Lake Champlain Day 3 Coverage

We're down to 30 anglers in the FLW Tour's last stop of the 2019 season. The Angler of the Year and Polaris Rookie of the Year races are still up for grabs, and second-year pro Tyler Stewart is haflway to his first win on Tour. There will be storylines apletny today. READ MORE »

A Three-Angler Race for AOY

A Three-Angler Race for AOY

By making the top-30 cut, John Cox, David Dudley and Joseph Webster are all still in the 2019 FLW Tour Angler of the Year race. Scott Martin, who also made the cut and started the week in fourth place in the standings, cannot mathematically earn enough points to win AOY. READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Day 2 Coverage

Lake Champlain Day 2 Coverage

Tyler Stewart weighed in 22 pounds, 3 ounces yesterday to take the lead in the FLW Tour's last stop of the 2019 season. He was one of only four anglers to top the 20-pound mark, and his 1-pound, 12-ounce lead puts the second-year pro in great shape as day two kicks off. Another solid day will give Stewart and easy shot at the 30-pro cut on Saturday. READ MORE »

Stewart Stays Ahead at Champlain

Stewart Stays Ahead at Champlain

Tyler Stewart took the lead with a whopping 22 pounds, 3 ounces on day one of the FLW Tour event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain. Today, he backed it up with 17-14 to stay ahead. Running to Ticonderoga both days and boating a 40-1 total, Stewart is just 1-5 ahead of John Voyles, who’s weighed 20-7 and 18-5 from the north end of the lake for a 38-12 total. READ MORE »

Dudley Ahead in AOY Race

Dudley Ahead in AOY Race

David Dudley is unofficially in the Angler of the Year lead after one day of competition at the season finale on Lake Champlain. Dudley, who is currently in 11th place in the tournament, came into the event in second place in the AOY race and just one point behind John Cox, who’s day-one total has him in a tie for 32nd place. Dudley is unofficially in the lead by 21 points. Cox is in second, followed by Joseph Webster, Buddy Gross and Scott Martin READ MORE »