UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Curtis nears second TTT Championship victory

Curtis nears second TTT Championship victory
David Curtis caught five bass Saturday that weighed 28 pounds, 3 ounces. With one day remaining on Sam Rayburn, Curtis has over a 10-pound lead.

JASPER, Texas - Sam Rayburn lived up to its reputation as a big fish factory on day one of the Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail Championship, churning out a 28-pound limit to David Curtis and a 10-pound, 12-ounce bass to co-angler Mark Oakley.

Even more, 36 of the 49 professionals caught five-bass limits. Still, no other stringer came close to 20 pounds, which means Curtis has perhaps already established an unbeatable lead. Just two weeks ago at the Wal-Mart BFL Super Tournament, it took only 29 pounds, 12 ounces to take top honors over two days.

Curtis' 28-pound, 3-ounce catch looks golden, especially considering his track record in Texas and on Sam Rayburn. Curtis has three victories in his FLW Outdoors career, two on the TTT, including a championship win in 2004. He also won a TTT qualifier in 2004 at Sam Rayburn. His other win was a Stren Series event on nearby Toledo Bend. In 2005, he also won the Stren Series points title as well as the TTT points title.

Pro leader David Curtis smiles after placing his 28-pound limit on the scale."I outdid myself today," said Curtis. "I had no idea I could catch that much. Coming in, I was hoping for 17-20 pounds if everything went right."

The biggest fish in Curtis' limit weighed 7 pounds and the smallest weighed 4 1/2.

"I caught them pretty much all day; the big one came about a half an hour before we had to check in."

The Trinity, Texas, native said he caught a total of between 12 and 15 keepers off of two areas. He started his day by fishing shallow and moved deep as the day progressed.

"My big fish were scattered and that kind of scares me. I could go back and not catch much there."

With over a 10-pound lead, Curtis could probably retreat to one of his many backup areas and scratch out 12 pounds or so.

"I'll admit I have a lot of options."

Despite having over $300,000 in career FLW Outdoors earnings, a $75,000 victory tomorrow would be the biggest payday in his career.

Faske content in second

Marcus Faske of Austin, Texas, sits in second with a five-bass, 17-pound, 12-ounce effort. Faske likely caught more fish than Curtis, but they weren't nearly as heavy. Faske estimated that he and his co-angler caught roughly 40 bass total on the day.

Second-place pro Marcus Faske is all smiles after catching 17 pounds, 12 ounces on day one. "My co-angler caught more fish than I did," Faske said. "They didn't feed for me this morning, but they started biting strong at about 11 a.m. I replaced a 14-incher on the last cast with a 2 1/2-pounder. That really helped me."

During the feeding frenzy in the late morning, Faske caught a 6-pounder and a 5-pounder on back-to-back casts. His primary technique is ripping a crankbait through the grass in 8 feet of water.

"It wasn't a great day for Rayburn, but we caught some quality fish."

Griffin was the 22nd-ranked pro in TTT points this year.

Hodge third

In third place with a 17-pound, 4-ounce limit is pro David Hodge of Nolanville, Texas. His best fish of the day came on his third cast and was quite an ordeal.

"We both had a fish on our third cast," said Hodge, referring to his co-angler partner. "I asked him how big his was and he said it would keep. I said mine is bigger so get the net."

David Hogge is in third place with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 4 ounces.Both fish were landed successfully, Hodge's going 7 pounds.

"It got tough after 9 this morning and we kind of scrambled the rest of the day."

Hodge's pattern consisted of dragging a Carolina rig through the grass with a centipede.

"I thought I could get 15-17 pounds coming into today. I'm pretty sure I can do it again tomorrow."

Johnston, Herron round out top five

In fourth place is Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, Texas, with a five-bass limit that weighed 16 pounds, 14 ounces. Johnston is the points leader in the Stren Series Texas Division and won earlier this year on Sam Rayburn.

Behind him in fifth is Michael Herron of Paris, Texas, who has enjoyed his fair share of success from both the front and the back of the boat. Herron caught a limit of bass today that weighed 16 pounds, 13 ounces.

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top 10 pros after day one of the TTT Championship:

6th: Randy Millender of Teague, Texas, five bass, 16-7
7th: Charles Reagan of Marquez, Texas, five bass, 16-4
8th: Ricky Campbell of Waxahachie, Texas, five bass, 16-0
9th: Rick Turner of Tyler, Texas, five bass, 15-5
10th: James Bray of Jewett, Texas, five bass, 15-1

Coach Bickham takes co-angler lead

Ronnie Bickham leads the Co-angler Division with 17 pounds, 4 ounces on day one.With a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 4 ounces, co-angler Ronnie Bickham of New Boston, Texas, gave himself a 3-pound, 3-ounce lead heading into the final day of competition. Bickham was one of 12 co-anglers to catch a limit today.

A second-year TTT competitor, Bickham also fishes the Stren Series and the BFL.

"It was time for me to retire and go fishing after 36 years," said Bickham, who was a longtime high school football coach and athletic director.

Bickham caught his fish Saturday with a variety of techniques including a Carolina rig, a Texas rig, a drop shot and a Rat-L-Trap.

"If the guy's around fish tomorrow, I feel like I can catch them. If I get five swimmers I'll have a chance."

Oakley second, Williams thirdSecond-place co-angler Mark Oakley holds up a 10-pound, 12-ounce bass.

With only two keepers, co-angler Mark Oakley is in second place with a total weight of 14 pounds, 1 ounce. His big bass weighed 10 pounds, 12 ounces and was easily the largest fish of the day. The Davis, Okla., native caught the monster by burning a DD-22 crankbait in 9 feet of water around stumps.

Michael Williams is third in the Co-angler Division after day one on Sam Rayburn.Michael Williams of Greenville, Texas, caught 14 pounds with a more conventional five-bass limit. Williams, a TTT rookie, was the 49th-ranked co-angler this year based on points.

"We caught fish from the time we started until the time we came in," he said. "Most of them came in 8 feet of water."

Three tied for fourth

In a three-way tie for fourth place, Billy Eaton of Eddy, Texas, Rich Dalbey of Greenville, Texas, and Matt Rigby of San Antonio, Texas, all caught five bass on day one that weighed 13 pounds, 5 ounces.

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers after day one of the TTT Championship:

7th: Raymond Balcerowicz, Crosby, Texas, five bass, 12-7
8th: Rick Daniell of Horizon City, Texas, five bass, 12-0
9th: Jimmy Ballard of Powderly, Texas, five bass, 11-3
10th: Carl Hibler of Bertram, Texas, four bass, 10-15

The second and final day of TTT Championship competition begins tomorrow at 7 a.m. Central time as the full field takes off from the Umphrey Family Pavilion, located on Rural Road 255 north of Jasper. Tomorrow's weigh-in begins at 3 p.m., also at the Umphrey Family Pavilion. The community is invited to attend all activities.

Tags: brett-carlson  headline-story  2007-10-13-championship-presented-by-abu-garcia 

Miller Wins Wild Card on Kentucky Lake

Miller Wins Wild Card on Kentucky Lake

Weighing limits of 15 pounds, 13 ounces on day one and 15-3 on day two, Michael Miller of Greenville, S.C., overcame a tough-fishing Kentucky Lake to win the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Wild Card and qualify for the All-American. READ MORE »

Coastal Carolina Wins on Hartwell  

Coastal Carolina Wins on Hartwell  

The Coastal Carolina University duo of Max McQuaide of Tyngsborough, Mass., and Grant Tattersall, of Conway, S.C., won the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at Lake Hartwell presented by Costa with a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned the Chanticleers’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Allison Comes from Behind on Cumberland

Allison Comes from Behind on Cumberland

By catching four quality smallmouth bass on the final day of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland, Missourian Chad Allison was able to come back from 10th place and win the co-angler division, earning more than $30,000. READ MORE »

Upshaw Closes on Cumberland

Upshaw Closes on Cumberland

For the second time this season, Andrew Upshaw is an FLW champion thanks to consistent days spent targeting big Southern smallmouths. The Tulsa, Okla., pro won the 2019 Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Ky., with a three-day total weight of 42 pounds, 15 ounces. The win comes less than seven months after Upshaw won the FLW Tour event on Cherokee Lake in east Tennessee. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Cumberland

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Cumberland

FLW media staff provides unofficial weight estimates for the 2019 Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland READ MORE »

Cumberland Day 3 Coverage

Cumberland Day 3 Coverage

Andrew Upshaw continues to roll on Cumberland. READ MORE »

Upshaw Moves Ahead at Cumberland

Upshaw Moves Ahead at Cumberland

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland was a bit tougher for some, given the post-frontal conditions featuring lighter winds, sun and cold temperatures. As projected, consistency has been the key and Andrew Upshaw continued to dial in his program adding 15 pounds, 1 ounce to his day-one bag of 14-15 for a total of 30 pounds even. READ MORE »

Cumberland Day 2 Coverage

Cumberland Day 2 Coverage

Day one of the Costa FLW Series Championship proved to be about as challenging as many anglers anticipated after a tough practice period, but it wasn’t all bad. Zimbabwe’s Roger Cousens certainly wasn’t complaining. His tournament-leading 17-pound, 2-ounce bag was exactly what he had hoped for as the tournament kicked off, and he’s gunning for another big stringer today. READ MORE »

Zimbabwe’s Cousens Grabs Lead

Zimbabwe’s Cousens Grabs Lead

The FLW International Division is well represented in the Costa FLW Series Championship, and perhaps none represented the division better than Roger Cousens of Zimbabwe, who didn’t seem bothered by the stingy conditions of Lake Cumberland on day one. With the only bag that topped 17 pounds for the day (17-2), Cousens enters day two with a 3-ounce lead over Robert Nakatomi, who qualified from the Western Division. READ MORE »

Cumberland Day 1 Coverage

Cumberland Day 1 Coverage

With rain early and a cold snap forecasted to move in this afternoon, the first day of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland could present some unique challenges for the 193-boat field, especially after a fairly mild and pleasant practice period.  READ MORE »

Fitzpatrick All the Way on Grand

Fitzpatrick All the Way on Grand

Roger Fitzpatrick has had quite a fall fishing season. He won the BFL Super Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks in September, then qualified for the All-American by winning the BFL Regional on Grand Lake in October. READ MORE »

Drury Wins on Lake of the Ozarks

Drury Wins on Lake of the Ozarks

The Drury University duo of Cole Breeden of Eldridge, Missouri and Cameron Smith, of Nixa, Missouri, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Bass Pro Shops with a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Panthers’ bass club $2,650 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Myers Makes Long Run for Kentucky Win

Myers Makes Long Run for Kentucky Win

Mark Myers of Cedar Falls, Iowa, is no stranger to the victory circle with FLW, having previously won a BFL as a boater to go with two FLW Tour victories as a co-angler and two more as a co-angler in Costa FLW Series competition. But, his latest win at the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes is the realization of his long-time goal to qualify for the All-American. READ MORE »

Beavers Wins Potomac Regional

Beavers Wins Potomac Regional

A severe storm backed up the tides and drained many of the best areas on the Potomac. Adjusting to the unusual conditions and grinding out daily limits were the keys to success in the BFL Regional. READ MORE »

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 »