UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Cumberland

Crase leads Wal-Mart FLW Series event on Lake Cumberland

SOMERSET, Ky. - Following a three-hour fog delay Wednesday morning, pro Johnny Crase of Lexington, Ky., caught a five-smallmouth bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 3 ounces to lead day one of the Wal-Mart FLW Series event on Lake Cumberland near Somerset, Ky. The four-day event has a total purse of $900,000, with $100,000 cash going to the Pro Division winner and $20,000 awarded to the co-angler winner.

Many anglers are running from General Burnside State Park to the dam, which made a short day even shorter, considering it takes nearly an hour to travel that distance by boat. On top of the fog delay, several aspects are affecting the bite. Recent rains caused the lake to rise considerably and washed in a lot of wood debris into the lake. Bass were already spawning when the water level increased, which made beds much deeper than they were several days prior. The debris is also getting in the way of anglers sight-fishing. Despite the tough conditions, dozens of smallmouths weighing between 4 and 5 pounds were caught.

Crase, who has a strong Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League record on Lake Cumberland with three top-10 finishes, leads by about 1 1/2 pounds.

"I'm targeting smallmouths, but smallies on this lake are tough," Crase said. "They are there one day and gone the next. I culled once today.

"I've got about 10 spots, and I fished about four or five today," Crase explained. "I caught a couple on a drop-shot, and all of them came on finesse baits. I'm using 8-pound line. The fish are spawning about 15 feet deep. If it rains tomorrow, it could help me."

Kellogg's pro Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, one of the most accomplished anglers in the sport, caught a limit consisting mostly of smallmouths weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces.

"I like this lake; it fits my style," Wendlandt said, who has never fished Cumberland prior to this event. "The lake reminds me a lot of Beaver Lake, and I do well there.

"I caught two that I could see, and the others were bedding also, because I shook off the same type of bite in the same exact places in practice, but I couldn't see then. I'm catching them on a unique bluff, and the fish are bedding in the cracks of the bluff.

"I'd like to say I could catch 16 pounds again tomorrow, but I don't think I can. I can probably do 10 pounds each day, but I'm not sure I can do much more than that. I've got some big largemouths on beds, but it is unreal how hard the largemouths are to catch in this lake when they're on the bed."

Wendlandt caught seven keepers Wednesday.

Rounding out the top five pros are Sean Hoernke of Magnolia, Texas (five bass, 14 pounds, 11 ounces); Mike Hawkes of Sabinal, Texas (five bass, 14 pounds, 4 ounces); and Rusty Salewske of Alpine, Calif. (four bass, 13 pounds, 3 ounces).

Mark Rose of Marion, Ark., landed the day's Snickers Big Bass in the Pro Division, a 6-pound largemouth worth $750. He caught the bass sight-fishing with a white lizard.

Kevin Koone of Greenbrier, Ark., winner of the season's first FLW Series event on Lake Lanier, leads the Co-angler Division with three bass weighing 10 pounds, 1 ounce. Koone, a rookie co-angler in the professional ranks, is a senior at Arkansas Tech University.

"I was using the same finesse worm that I used at Lanier," Koone said. "I've just been getting good draws. I only caught three smallmouths and broke off two big fish. Light line, big rocks and big smallmouths just don't mix. I caught my fish in 10 to 12 feet of water."

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Jim Smith of Georgetown, Ky. (five bass, 7 pounds, 11 ounces); Ken Cothran of Locust Grove, Ga. (four bass, 7 pounds, 3 ounces); Arch Cornett of Huntsville, Ala. (three bass, 6 pounds, 1 ounce); and Matt Arey of Shelby, N.C. (two bass, 5 pounds, 11 ounces).

Mike Miller of Somerset caught the day's biggest bass in the Co-angler Division with a 5-pound, 5-ounce smallmouth and earned $250.

Overall, 531 bass weighing 1,084 pounds, 14 ounces were caught Wednesday, including 32 five-bass limits.

The new $6.5 million FLW Series features five $900,000 qualifying tournaments, each with a top award of $100,000, that advance anglers to the $2 million, 2007 Forrest Wood Cup in Hot Springs, Ark., where the winning pro will earn as much as $1 million cash.

Anglers fishing the FLW Series tournament on Lake Cumberland will take off each morning at 6:30 from General Burnside State Park. Thursday and Friday's weigh-ins will also be held at the park beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday's weigh-in will be held at the Wal-Mart store located at 177 Washington Drive in Somerset beginning at 4 p.m. Children will be treated to the Fujifilm trout pond and rides in the Kellogg's Ranger boat simulator beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the final weigh-in at Wal-Mart. All events are free and open to the public.

The entire field competes for the first three days of FLW Series events. Co-angler winners are determined on day three by the heaviest accumulated three-day weight. The top 10 professionals continue competition on day four, and the winner is determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from all four days.

In FLW Series competition, pros and co-anglers are randomly paired each day, with pros supplying the boat, controlling boat movement and competing against other pros. Co-anglers fish from the back deck against other co-anglers.

Coverage of the Lake Cumberland FLW Series tournament will be broadcast to 80 million FSN (Fox Sports Net) subscribers in the United States as part of the "FLW Outdoors" television program airing June 4. "FLW Outdoors" airs Sunday mornings at 11 Eastern time. "FLW Outdoors" is also broadcast internationally to approximately 350 million households in such countries as Germany, China, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Russia, Hungary and the United Kingdom, making it the most widely viewed weekly outdoor-sports television show in the world. Additionally, FLW Outdoors is proud to provide tournament coverage to more than 800,000 servicemembers stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard Navy ships through broadcasts on the American Forces Network.

Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Stratos Owners' Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $36.9 million through 241 events in 2006. FLW Outdoors also recently announced the addition of a striped bass circuit, which will debut in May.

Tags: press-release  2006-05-03-lake-cumberland 

MLF announces New Toyota Series Wild Card Division, Upcoming BIG5 Priority Entry Dates

MLF announces New Toyota Series Wild Card Division, Upcoming BIG5 Priority Entry Dates

BENTON, Ky. – Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the new Toyota Series Wild Card Division, a second-chance opportunity for Toyota Series pros and co-anglers to advance to the 2021 Toyota Series Championship – and the shot at winning up to $235,000 cash – along with upcoming entry dates, a perfect gift for... READ MORE »

Marietta Bassmasters Club Wins FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Hartwell Open

Marietta Bassmasters Club Wins FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Hartwell Open

ANDERSON, S.C. – The Marietta Bassmasters Club duo of Carter Koza of Marietta, Georgia, and Tanner Hadden of Evans, Georgia, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Hartwell Open in Anderson, South Carolina... READ MORE »

Columbia’s Culbertson Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Wild Card Championship on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Fish-Intel.com

Columbia’s Culbertson Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Wild Card Championship on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Fish-Intel.com

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. - Boater Austin Culbertson of Columbia, Missouri, brought a two-day total of eight bass to the scale weighing 25 pounds, 9 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Wild Card Championship on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Fish-Intel.com. For his victory, Culbertson... READ MORE »

Tennessee’s Lipscomb University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Lake Hartwell

Tennessee’s Lipscomb University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Lake Hartwell

ANDERSON, S.C. – Lipscomb University angler Dalton Dowdy of Chapin, South Carolina, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Lake Hartwell event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds even. The victory earned the Lipscomb bass club $2,000 and qualified Dowdy to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National... READ MORE »

MLF Announces Lake Chickamauga as Location of 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Open

MLF Announces Lake Chickamauga as Location of 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Open

BENTON, Ky. – Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today that Dayton, Tennessee will host the 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Open on March 30-31 at Lake Chickamauga. The famed big-bass fishery has produced some of the best trophy bass fishing opportunities in the country and has served as a highly... READ MORE »

Louisiana’s Ruston High School Wins FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Sam Rayburn Open

Louisiana’s Ruston High School Wins FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Sam Rayburn Open

BROOKELAND, Texas – Louisiana’s Ruston High School duo of Garrett Pody and Zachary McMillan brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 1 ounce to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Sam Rayburn Open in Brookeland, Texas... READ MORE »

Stephen F. Austin University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Sam Rayburn

Stephen F. Austin University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Sam Rayburn

BROOKELAND, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin University team of Cooper Thor of Mansfield, Texas, and Cody Barchenger of Taylor, Texas, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Sam Rayburn event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces. The victory earned the Stephen F. Austin bass club $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing... READ MORE »

Missouri’s Macy Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP

Missouri’s Macy Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP

ANDERSON, S.C. – Boater Chris Macy of Diamond, Missouri, won the 37th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP Friday, bringing a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 13 pounds, 1 ounce. Macy’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing... READ MORE »

Tennessee’s Goade Takes Lead at Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP

Tennessee’s Goade Takes Lead at Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP

ANDERSON, S.C. – Fifty-five of the top weekend boaters and co-anglers from across the country continued their three-day battle Thursday for a top prize of $120,000 at the 37th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP... READ MORE »

Missouri's Lippe Leads Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP

Missouri's Lippe Leads Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP

ANDERSON, S.C. – Boater Dustin Lippe of Lampe, Missouri, took the early lead Wednesday at the 37th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP with a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds even. Right behind Lippe in second place is Leesburg, Ohio’s Cole Floyd, who brought five bass to the scale good for 11 pounds, 10 ounces... READ MORE »

Toyota Series Wraps Up Angler of the Year Awards

Toyota Series Wraps Up Angler of the Year Awards

BENTON, Ky. – Major League Fishing (MLF) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today the final standings for the 2020 Toyota Series and the eight division Strike King Angler of the Year (AOY) title winners. The top pro and co-angler from the point standings after each division’s three regular-season tournaments won the Strike... READ MORE »

Poche Wins Toyota Series Event on Lake Seminole

Poche Wins Toyota Series Event on Lake Seminole

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Keith Poche of Pike Road, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at Lake Seminole tournament in Bainbridge, Georgia. Poche’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 46-6 earned him the win by a 9-ounce margin over second-place angler Mikey Keyso, Jr. of North Port, Florida... READ MORE »

Bethel University Angler Huff Wins Toyota Series Event on Table Rock Lake

Bethel University Angler Huff Wins Toyota Series Event on Table Rock Lake

BRANSON, Mo. – Toyota Series angler Cody Huff of Ava, Missouri, who also competes on the Abu Garcia College Fishing circuit for Bethel University, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at Table Rock Lake tournament in Branson, Missouri. Huff’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 46-4 earned him the win by a 3-pound, 2... READ MORE »

Lake Hartwell Gears Up for 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP

Lake Hartwell Gears Up for 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP

ANDERSON, S.C. – The best weekend anglers from across the nation will come together Nov. 11-13 for the 37th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina. The three-day no-entry-fee event – hosted by Visit Anderson – features a boater/co-angler format, with lucrative payouts and serves as a... READ MORE »

Wagner Wins Toyota Series Event on Dale Hollow Lake

Wagner Wins Toyota Series Event on Dale Hollow Lake

BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. – Toyota Series angler Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 1 ounce to win the three-day Toyota Series at Dale Hollow Lake tournament in Byrdstown, Tennessee. Wagner’s three-day total of 12 bass weighing 34-6 earned him the win by 5 ounces over second-place angler Blake Smith of Byrdstown, and earned... READ MORE »

Toyota Series to Host Event on Lake Seminole

Toyota Series to Host Event on Lake Seminole

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – The 2020 Toyota Series Southern Division will finish its season with a tournament next week in Bainbridge, Georgia, Nov. 5-7, with the Toyota Series at Lake Seminole. Hosted by the Bainbridge Convention and Visitors Bureau, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if... READ MORE »

Toyota Series to Host Event on Table Rock Lake

Toyota Series to Host Event on Table Rock Lake

BRANSON, Mo. – The 2020 Toyota Series Plains Division will wrap up with a tournament next week in Branson, Missouri, Nov. 5-7, with the Toyota Series at Table Rock Lake. Hosted by Explore Branson, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner... READ MORE »

MLF Announces 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing Schedule, Rules and Entry Dates

MLF Announces 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing Schedule, Rules and Entry Dates

BENTON, Ky. – Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the schedule, rules, payouts and entry dates for the 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing season, culminating in the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance on Grand Lake in Grove, OK, as well as advancement opportunities for anglers to compete as boaters and co-anglers in the 2021... READ MORE »

Georgia’s Nelson Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Lanier

Georgia’s Nelson Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Lanier

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Boater Chris Nelson of Social Circle, Georgia, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 50 pounds, 13 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at Lake Lanier. For his victory, Nelson earned $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic... READ MORE »

Missouri’s Fitzpatrick Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship by Four Ounces on Table Rock Lake

Missouri’s Fitzpatrick Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship by Four Ounces on Table Rock Lake

BRANSON, Mo. - Boater Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Missouri, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 38 pounds, 4 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at Table Rock Lake. For his victory, Fitzpatrick earned $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic... READ MORE »