UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Grand Lake

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Leaders lay up at Santee Cooper

Leaders lay up at Santee Cooper
Pro leader Scott Dameron of Ghent, W.Va., shows his two-bass catch that allowed him to lay-up with 36 pounds, 1 ounce today.

First-round leaders coast into top-20 cut on day two of EverStart Series Eastern event; Dameron takes lead

MANNING, S.C. - Most of the day-one leaders were able to lay up at the EverStart Series Eastern event today and coast into the top 20.

Scott Dameron of Ghent, W.Va., who was in third yesterday, caught two bass today that weighed 11 pounds, 13 ounces to take the day-two lead with 36 pounds, 1 ounce.

Dameron said he made one pass through his primary area on Lake Moultrie, caught a 6-pound bass and then left. Later in the day, he moved up to Lake Marion and caught another 6-pound bass.

Dameron is counting on his best place in Moultrie tomorrow. "The area has had a lot of boats in it," he said. "I hope that the reduced field will alleviate that pressure tomorrow, and I can get in there and really fish it right."

Surprisingly, the current leader only had one day of practice on Santee Cooper lakes. "My daughter got baptized on Sunday, and I wanted to see that so I did not leave until Monday," Dameron said. "That left me with one day of practice on Tuesday, but I have fished here several times before."

Melvin goes practicing for second

Sandy Melvin of Boca Grande, Fla., did not even go to the place that produced 25 pounds, 7 ounces for him yesterday. Instead, he went practicing in areas near his primary spot on Lake Moultrie and is now in second place.

"I tied on a Gambler spinner bait and just went fishing," said Melvin about his four bass that weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces. "The spinner bait had a small Colorado in the front and a big number 6 blade on the back."

Melvin says he will be returning to his primary area tomorrow, but he is concerned about the wind. "My best spot is in the wide open. If it blows, I will just have to do that back up deal I found today with the spinner bait."

Strader strikes again

Wesley Strader of Spring City, Tenn., brought in the second biggest bag of bass today that weighed 19 pounds, 8 ounces. His two-day total is now 32 pounds, 15 ounces, which puts him in third place.

Strader says he is fishing isolated cypress trees that have ditches running by them. "These are places where the fish are stopping as they migrate from the shallows," he said. "They kind of funnel out to these trees."

Strader is fishing the Cow Pasture area in Lake Moultrie with a 3/8-ounce War Eagle spinner bait and a Lake Fork Top Dog lizard. "I am fishing the same trees with the spinner bait and lizard," he added. "I just got two big bites today."

Powroznik eases up too

After leading the tournament with 26 pounds, 9 ounces yesterday, Jacob Powroznik of Prince George, Va., made just one pass through his primary area on Lake Marion this morning. "I caught a 3-1/2-pounder and left," he said. "Then I went sight-fishing in Eutaw Creek and caught a couple more off the bed."

Powroznik is now in fourth with 32 pounds, 14 ounces. "This has been the longest day of my life," he said. "I am ready to go back to my best area and start catching them again. I still think there is a large quantity of bass down there. I am going to try to catch about 16 or 17 pounds tomorrow. Once I get that, I'll leave it alone again."

Christian rounds out top five

The Eastern EverStart's points leader, Tony Christian of Hull, Ga., remains just under the radar screen in fifth place. He brought in 12 pounds, 15 ounces today for a total of 29 pounds, 5 ounces.

Christian says he is out of fish at Santee Cooper. But those who have watched Christian take their money this year know better.

Major gains for Gainey

Today's biggest comeback story belongs to Nick Gainey of Charleston, S.C. Gainey weighed in 22 pounds, 15 ounces with just four fish. He jumped 83 places into seventh with the catch.

"I've got one great staging area that is only about 50 yards by 100 yards," he said. "I went there yesterday and did not do any good. I returned this morning and caught three giants in five casts. I am still shaking just thinking about it. I am going to live or die there tomorrow."

Gainey caught his fish on a spinner bait in Lake Moultrie.

Unintentional laying up

Speaking of easing off, Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn., eased himself into a standstill today when he zeroed. Fortunately, Morgan caught 19 pounds, 3 ounces yesterday, and that catch kept him in the top 20 - barely. He is in 19th with only a pound to spare.

"Hey, I did not zero on purpose," exclaimed Morgan. "I fished like a madman today, but I lost the only two bites I had."

Deak leads co-anglers

In the Co-Angler Division, John Deak of Phillipsburg, Ohio, leads with 17 pounds, 6 ounces. He has caught all of his fish this week on a 1/2-ounce Predator spinner bait in a parrot color with two gold willow-leaf blades.

In second place is Ron Warren of Ocklawaha, Fla., with 16 pounds 10 ounces. He reported catching his fish, including today's co-angler big bass, on a watermelon Senko tied to 8-pound-test line.

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Ken Crumpler of Marianna, Fla., (third) with 14 pounds, 6 ounces; Jeff Haywood of Troy, N.C., (fourth) with 14 pounds, 1 ounce; and James Hill of Ozark, Ala., (fifth) with 12 pounds, 15 ounces.

Top-20 action resumes tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. at the John C. Land III Boating Facility.

Click here for a preview of day three.

Day-two links:

Photos
Results
Day-three pairings
Press release

Tags: rob-newell  headline-story  2003-04-02-santee-cooper 

New Dominates Seminole Regional

New Dominates Seminole Regional

Belmont, N.C., angler Bryan New, who’s regularly one of FLW’s top performers in the grassroots ranks, had established a dominant pace. New weighed in 22 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and added 20-2 on day two to carry a lead of 6 pounds, 15 ounces into the finals. A roughly 7-pound margin isn’t necessarily a sure thing on Seminole, but the fall bite was a bit slower than what the lake can produce, and it was obvious New was cruising. READ MORE »

Hays Rallies for Ozark Title

Hays Rallies for Ozark Title

The final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude was no walk in the park for the top 10 pros. With a cold front passing through at the start of the event, a high-pressure system settled in for the final round of fishing. While most struggled, Dylan Hays of El Dorado, Ark., sacked up 14 pounds, 6 ounces today – the biggest limit brought in during the final day – and finally was able to wrangle his first FLW title. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 3

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 3

The final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude is fixing to get fun based on what’s already happened today and what could happen. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Sure enough, with conditions changing from rain and clouds to sun and wind, the Costa FLW Series Central Division on Lake of the Ozarks, which is presented by Evinrude, has made it tough on guys. Of course, day-two leader James Watson predicted that some of the biggest bags of the event would come in today despite the conditions, and he was right. READ MORE »

Consistency Puts Watson Out Front

Consistency Puts Watson Out Front

Weather has been the storyline leading up to the Costa FLW Series Central Division finale on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude. With storms and rain blowing through yesterday ahead of a cold front, the cooler weather set in today making fishing tough on some, but others took advantage of the change. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 2

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 2

A cold front that brought temperatures in the 40s, rain and wind has the bass in a funk on day two of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Evinrude on Lake of the Ozarks. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 1

Even some of the best locals were driving the struggle bus all day trying to find ways to adapt to fish that moved thanks to the heavy storms. Yet, some guys did adapt well, with the best being Ladd Shannon and his 19-pound, 6-ounce tournament-leading bag. READ MORE »

Shannon Leads the Ozark Charge

Shannon Leads the Ozark Charge

After losing over an hour of fishing time due to a massive thunderstorm that rolled through the area early this morning causing a lightning delay, day one of the Costa FLW Series Central Division finale on Lake of the Ozarks looked to be a grinder of an event. The tournament, which is presented by Evinrude, saw plenty of fish catching by midday, but no size to speak of. Ladd Shannon of Atkins, Ark., managed to scrape up a limit worth 19 pounds, 6 ounces by the end of the day and sits in first by 1-11 over FLW pro Greg Bohannan. READ MORE »

Rampey Stays Red Hot on Hartwell

Rampey Stays Red Hot on Hartwell

After winning a T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Super Tournament on Lake Hartwell a few weeks ago, Jayme Rampey of Liberty, S.C., was certainly one of the favorites heading into the BFL Regional on the same pond this past weekend. Lo and behold, he wouldn’t disappoint, and notched his 11th career BFL win – five of which have come on Hartwell – and won a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower motor, plus $20,000 cash for his efforts. READ MORE »

Warren Mounts Furious Comeback on Grand

Warren Mounts Furious Comeback on Grand

Curt Warren was a paragon of consistency over three days at Grand Lake, and the result was a victory in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine. Warren turned in limits of 14-5 on day one and 16-9 on day two, but it was his day-three limit of 15-9 that was the most impressive – no other pro even cracked the 13-pound mark battling the tough post-frontal conditions Grand had to offer on day three. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 2

When conditions changed, Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas completely scrapped his day-one pattern, caught a limit that weighed 13-11 and took over the lead of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event, presented by T-H Marine, with a two-day total of 32-14. Here’s what the rest of the top five was up to on day two. READ MORE »

Bird Moves Ahead on Grand

Bird Moves Ahead on Grand

After his sizzling day-one pattern fizzled, Cody Bird adjusted his focus to a completely different scenario and sacked up a limit of 13-11 on day two to take over the lead in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine, with a two day total of 32-14. Going into Saturday’s final round, Bird holds a 7-ounce lead over day-one leader and Grand Lake stick Jason Christie. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 1

Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., leveraged his intimate understanding of Grand Lake’s tendencies to catch a five-bass limit that weighed 22 pounds, 10 ounces to take the lead on day one of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event Presented by T-H Marine. Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

Christie Blasts 22-10 on Grand

Christie Blasts 22-10 on Grand

Oklahoma stick Jason Christie overcame the unsettling effects of a passing cold front to sack up a five-bass limit that weighed 22 pounds, 10 ounces for the day one lead in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Midday Update - Day 1

Grand Lake Midday Update - Day 1

After several weeks of hot, sunny conditions, anglers launched with cloudy skies, stout winds and air temperatures in the low 60s. By midday, the temperature rose into the mid to upper 60s and the wind started to subside, however, the first couple of hours saw Grand Lake’s temperamental side. READ MORE »

Beavers Focused on Bluebacks

Beavers Focused on Bluebacks

FLW Tour pro Bradford Beavers of Summerville, South Carolina, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 28 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division super-tournament on Lake Hartwell Sunday. Beavers earned $6,345 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Sac State Wins on the Delta

Sac State Wins on the Delta

The Sacramento State University duo of Ilya Guryanov of West Sacramento and Will Karnthong, of Antioch, California, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on the California Delta presented by Bass Pro Shops with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces. The victory earned the Hornets’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Carolina Rig Carries Lewellen

Carolina Rig Carries Lewellen

Kyle Lewellen of Byhalia, Mississippi, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 34 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division super-tournament on Pickwick Lake Sunday. Lewellen earned $5,690 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Stracner Wins Again, Clinches AOY

Stracner Wins Again, Clinches AOY

Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Alabama, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 35 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division super-tournament on Lake Eufaula Sunday. Stracner earned $6,694 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Turner Ran Brush on Lanier

Turner Ran Brush on Lanier

Brock Turner of Jasper, Georgia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 33 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division super-tournament on Lake Lanier Sunday. Turner earned $8,266 for his efforts. READ MORE »