UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Potomac River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Smith hauls in 18-plus to lead tough TTT championship

Smith hauls in 18-plus to lead tough TTT championship
Barry Smith leads the TTT championship with a day-one catch of five bass weighing 18 pounds, 3 ounces.

CONROE, Texas - You know it's a tough day when 50 of Texas' best bass pros bring in only 92 fish. Such it was on day one of the Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail Championship on Lake Conroe, a lake recently drawn down several feet to investigate damage on the dam in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.

Before day-one takeoff, pro Jacky Roberts said this weekend on Lake Conroe, you're either on them or you're not, and that proved to be glaringly true, with Barry Smith of Palo Pinto leading the pack with a respectable 18 pounds, 3 ounces. However, eleven pros blanked, and 13 brought in only one fish.

Not only is the lower water level a problem, but so is fishing pressure, as several anglers reported fishing crowded boat docks to try and find the fish. Weather conditions as always could play a part, as at least one competitor bemoaned the lack of wind.

Two solid fish anchored Smith's pro-leading limit of five, including one that weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces. Smith is a TTT rookie who ranked 40th to earn a spot in this weekend's championship.

"It's tough," he said. "With the water down, it's fishing small. A lot of the areas are getting beat up."

To cut through the clutter, Smith developed a pattern that is obviously getting bass in the boat.

"One of the keys is not to power fish," he said. "Slow down, and take your time."

Smith also said he's covering a lot of water, no doubt crucial when a bigger lake acts like a smaller lake.

Cecil in second

Russell Cecil landed in second place after day one with a 17-pound catch.One pound, 3 ounces behind the leader is Willis pro Russell Cecil, who brought in five bass weighing 17 pounds to end day one in second place. To hear him tell it, today's success was a lot of luck - and a conveniently situated hometown.

"The key is local knowledge - I live here," he said. "I've just got a lot of experience. I grew up here, and I kind of know where they live."

Cecil said he cranked all day to catch his limit of bass. He was the No. 36-ranked pro in 2005 to earn a championship position.

Adams behind in third

Guy Adams holds up a pair from his 14-pound, 7-ounce day-one catch that put him in third place heading into the final day.Guy Adams of Corpus Christi brought in a limit of five today weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces to sit in the No. 3 position heading into the second and final day. Like many, Adams fished boat docks on day one.

"I was fishing boat docks really, really slowly, keying on every nook and cranny," Adams said. "Everybody's fishing them, but if you slow down, you can catch them. It's nothing new."

Adams said he has two particularly prolific hot spots and claims the fishing here is getting better every day.

Henry, Morgan round out day-one top five

In fourth is Reagan Henry of Voss with a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 4 ounces.

"I caught them flipping shallow docks and shallow grass," he said. "It's not rocket science. I think it's more the bait than the whereabouts. It's a really small bait, but that seems to be what they like."
Trey Morgan ended day one in the No. 5 position with a limit weighing 13 pounds, 15 ounces.
Behind him in fifth is Trey Morgan of Goldonna, La., with a limit of five weighing 13 pounds, 15 ounces.

"I'm catching all my fish flipping," Morgan said. "I'm fishing hard baits a good bit - some crankbaits. There's a lot of pressure on the lake right now and not a lot of fishable water."

Best of the rest

Rounding out the top 10 pros after day one on Lake Conroe:

6th: Nicholas Albus of Trinity, five bass, 13-11
7th: Stan Gerzsenyi of Alba, three bass, 12-11
8th: Daren Sebek of Belton, four bass, 12-3
9th: Ronnie Wagner of Conroe, three bass, 11-11
10th: Chad Griffin of Cresson, three bass, 10-5

Lee takes co-angler lead

Todd Lee took the co-angler lead on day one with a four-bass catch weighing 10 pounds, 12 ounces.On the co-angler side, Todd Lee of Grove, Okla., leads the pack with a four-bass catch that weighed 10 pounds, 12 ounces. He fished with local pro Sean Hoernke, who ended the day in the 27th position.

"I had a good partner," Lee said. "I scrounged around and stayed versatile. I caught one on a jig, two on a crankbait and one on a Rebel Pop-R. I had to keep trying new things."

Lee is a Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League veteran but a TTT rookie who finished the year ranked 14th in co-angler points.

Rogers, Joiner in the hunt

Perennial contender Bill Rogers of Jasper once again put himself in contention for a win by bringing in three fish today that weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, good enough for second. Rogers, who competes in the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series and BFL, ranked No. 2 in 2005 TTT co-angler points.
Danny Joiner holds up a 6-pound, 7-ouncer that landed him in third place on the co-angler side.
Danny Joiner trails Rogers in third with only one bass, but it was a good one, weighing in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces. Joiner was the 31st-ranked TTT co-angler in 2005.

Craig, Morales round out top five

In fourth with two bass weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces is Casey Craig of Spring. Trailing him by 2 ounces is Frank Morales Sr. of Heath with a one-bass catch weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces.

Best of the rest

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers after day one on Lake Conroe:

6th: Trey Ellis of Humble, two bass, 5-7
7th: Alan Gregston of San Angelo, two bass, 5-4
8th: Bill Guillory of Jasper, one bass, 3-2
9th: Jerry Lee of Kiefer, Okla., one bass, 3-1
10th: Richard Carpenter of Sam Rayburn, one bass, 3-0

Competition will conclude tomorrow, and the pro and co-angler winners will be determined by the heaviest two-day weight. Tomorrow's takeoff begins at 7 a.m. from April Plaza Marina, located at 17742 Highway 105 West in Montgomery.

Tags: jennifer-simmons  headline-story  2005-10-15-ttt-championship 

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

As is so often the case, the first day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the Potomac River wasn’t quite as bad as some predicted in practice. Though it was hot and humid as all get out, plenty of limits hit the scale and enough pros weighed 12 pounds or better to make things really interesting READ MORE »

Reese Leads on the Potomac

Reese Leads on the Potomac

Day one of the Potomac River event, which is the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits, featured plenty of limits, but getting quality bites was definitely an issue for some. In the lead after day one, Marvin Reese of Randallstown, Md., weighed 14 pounds, 12 ounces to get things underway. Behind Reese, Justin Atkins and Jason Kervin both weighed 14-5, and Robert Grike rounded out the 14-pound brigade with 14-4. Overall, just 11 pros cracked the 12-pound mark on day one of the tournament, which is presented by Lowrance, but 8- and 9-pound limits weren’t too hard to come by.  READ MORE »

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 1

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 1

As predicted, day one of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event on the Potomac River has been fairly tough. Though most folks have a fish or two, and many will undoubtedly fill limits by weigh-in, it certainly hasn’t been a catch-fest. READ MORE »

High Tide Takes Langford to Top

High Tide Takes Langford to Top

Todd Langford of Great Falls, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces. Langford took home $2,600 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Mills Works Wood at Ohio River

Mills Works Wood at Ohio River

Craig Mills of Hamilton, Ohio, took top honors at Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on the Ohio River at Tanners Creek after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces. Mills took home $5,466 for his win. READ MORE »

Pollak Plays Current for Big Muddy W

Pollak Plays Current for Big Muddy W

Joe Pollak of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce. For his win, Pollack netted $4,586. READ MORE »

Thrift Finally Wins the Cup

Thrift Finally Wins the Cup

Everyone knew it was only a matter of time, and that time is finally now. Bryan Thrift is an FLW Cup champion. READ MORE »

Lake Hamilton Day 3 Coverage

Lake Hamilton Day 3 Coverage

Bryan Thrift has the lead with one day left to fish in the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. But to make it happen, he needs to hold off Kyle Walters, who's had a magical week so far, along with Scott Martin and a crew of other hammers. READ MORE »

What Happened to LeBrun?

What Happened to LeBrun?

Nick LeBrun cracked 15 pounds on day one of the FLW Cup by throwing a Whopper Plopper around docks and seawalls. Then he caught only two bass on day two. The Louisiana pro says he refused to change his approach on day two because he wanted to fish for the win. Though he failed, he says he wouldn't change a thing. READ MORE »

Thrift on the Brink of First Cup

Thrift on the Brink of First Cup

For the second day in a row, Shelby, N.C., pro Bryan Thrift will go to bed with the lead in the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. Today, Thrift weighed in 12 pounds, 7 ounces for a two-day total of 27-10. He leads Florida pro Kyle Walters by 1 1/2 pounds. READ MORE »

Lake Hamilton Day 2 Coverage

Lake Hamilton Day 2 Coverage

Bryan Thrift and Nick LeBrun lead the charge at the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. Today, they work toward making the cut and getting to the final day of competition for a chance at $300,000. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Hamilton

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Hamilton

FLW Marshals and media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. READ MORE »

Lake Hamilton Day 1 Coverage

Lake Hamilton Day 1 Coverage

The 2019 FLW Cup features 52 of the best bass anglers in the world competing for $300,000 at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark. READ MORE »

Greene Again on St. Clair

Greene Again on St. Clair

Kyle Greene of Ortonville, Michigan, took top honors at Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair after catching five bass weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces. Greene took home $5,753 for his win. READ MORE »

Buck Drop-shots for Oneida Win

Buck Drop-shots for Oneida Win

FLW Tour pro Grae Buck of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on Oneida Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 13 ounces. For his win, Buck earned $5,471 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 »

Gallagher Nets Win on Indian

Gallagher Nets Win on Indian

Darrell Gallagher of Maplewood, Ohio, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on Indian Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 14 ounces. Gallagher earned $3,553 his win. READ MORE »

Crowder Camps for Potomac W

Crowder Camps for Potomac W

Kermit Crowder of Matoaca, Virginia, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River presented by Navionics after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces. For his day on the water, Crowder earned $4,454. READ MORE »

Keller Earns Second Title

Keller Earns Second Title

Mike Keller of Metropolis, Illinois, took top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on the Ohio River at Golconda Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces. For his efforts, Keller pocketed $3,083. READ MORE »

The Boltons Win FLW Charity Derby

The Boltons Win FLW Charity Derby

In a couple weeks, Terry Bolton will be competing in the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton with $300,000 on the line. This weekend, however, Terry and his wife, Dacy, are celebrating getting the win in the 2019 FLW Foundation Benefit Tournament on Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »

LeClere, Johnson Tie at Ohio River

LeClere, Johnson Tie at Ohio River

Chris LeClere of Cannelton, Indiana, and Daniel Johnson of Lebanon, Tennessee, both brought a weigh-in bag to the scale Saturday totaling 9 pounds, 9 ounces, to tie for the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division event on the Ohio River. With his Ranger Cup contingency LeClere was the big winner, taking home $4,061, while Johnson earned $3,511 for his efforts. READ MORE »