UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - St. Lawrence River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Quick Bites: Stren Series Championship, Day 2

Quick Bites: Stren Series Championship, Day 2
Local angler Robert Robinson patiently waits to weigh in his fish Friday afternoon.

2007 Stren Series Championship
Mobile Delta, Mobile, Ala.
Opening round, Friday

Daily Cupdate ... In addition to the $1 million total purse, the Stren Series Championship will qualify five pro anglers and five co-anglers to the 2008 $2 million Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray. After two days of competition on the Mobile Delta, the smoke is beginning to clear and only a handful of anglers still have a shot at fishing for a first-place purse of $1 million. Mathew Saavedra of Redding, Calif., secured a spot as the only Western Division pro to make the top-10 cutoff. The remaining four divisions on the pro side are still up for grabs because there are multiple qualifiers from each division in the top 10. On the co-angler side, Young Yang of Los Angeles secured a spot in the Cup as the only Western Division co-angler to make the top-10 cutoff. Kevin McKnight of Versailles, Mo., finished 11th, missing the cut by 3 ounces, but still advanced to the Forrest Wood Cup as the highest finisher from the Central Division. Co-angler qualifiers from the remaining three divisions will be determined at the conclusion of tomorrow's weigh-in.

Pro Robert Robinson of Mobile, Ala., qualified for the final round in seventh place.Robinson rare double qualifier ... Robert Robinson, who calls Mobile home, actually qualified for the Stren Series Championship in two divisions. Robinson took ninth in the points in the Texas Division and 21st in the Central Division. While it sounds trivial, this is extremely important because he can qualify for the Cup through either division. For example, if Robinson finishes second and Texas Division qualifier David Curtis finishes first, Robinson will still advance to the Cup as the highest-ranking Central Division angler. Likewise, if Robinson finishes second and Central Division qualifier Bobby McMullin finishes first, Robinson will still advance to the Cup as the highest-ranking Texas Division angler.

A rare breed ... Although things look great for Robinson, the local stick, he wasn't particularly pleased with his opening-round performance. "I lost a 5-pounder yesterday on my second cast, and I lost three 2-pounders today," he said. "I honestly don't feel like I deserve to still be in it." With weights being zeroed across the board tomorrow, Robinson has as good as of a chance as anyone at claiming the tournament title. But this pro fisherman is a different kind of cat. For instance, why would an angler who lives in Mobile fish the Texas and Central Divisions? "Around here, you don't catch fish on a Carolina rig. Over there in Texas, you can catch 15 or 20 bass on one point. If I could fish 20 tournaments a year, I would do it. I just like to fish. The worst part of these tournaments for me is when it's over. I can't get enough." In addition to bass tournaments, Robinson also fishes local redfish, flounder and sea trout events. Talk about a fishaholic.

Curtis continues to crush ... The King of Texas is at it again, only this time he's doing his damage in Alabama. It has been a very good year for Curtis, a Trinity, Texas, native. Not only does he have a shot at the $140,000 first-place purse in Mobile, he also has a shot at the $1 million first-place purse on Sixth-place pro David Curtis caught 10 bass over the two-day opening round that weighed 17 pounds, 9 ounces.Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C. In addition to that, Curtis recently won the 2007 TTT Championship on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir and earned a total prize package worth $75,000. In his career, Curtis has four victories in FLW Outdoors competition, three on the TTT, including his first 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. "It feels good to be able to leave the state and still have that kind of success," said Curtis. "This kind of fishing is totally night and day from what we do back home in Texas. I'm catching my fish on a spinning rod and a shaky head. That rod and reel has been sitting on the bottom of my rod locker for about two years." So what has been the key to Curtis' recent success? "My faith, first and foremost. Other than that, it's just the skills that I've developed and sharpened throughout the years."

Northern, Texas going strong ... All five Stren Series divisions are represented on day two in the top-10 pro or co-angler lists, though the Central Division is missing from the top-10 co-angler tally. All total, the Northern and Texas divisions seem to be the strongest, as the Northern has six competitors in the top 10, four of which are co-anglers. The Texas Division has five in the top 10, three of which are co-anglers. The Central Division is particularly strong in the Pro Division, as four of the top 10 advanced through the Centrals.

Quick numbers:

1: Number of Western Division pros who qualified for the final round.Pro Derek Hicks shows off a 4-pound, 7-ounce bass he caught on day two of the Stren Series Championship. Hicks

2: Number of keeper bass caught in the final 20 minutes by Greg Bohannan. Those two keepers secured his spot in the top 10.

3: Average lifespan of Mobile Delta bass, in years.

4-7: Weight, in pounds and ounces, of the day's heaviest bass. Two separate pros, Derek Hicks and Doug Riha, will share the award, since they each caught a 4-7.

Sound bites:

"I drove 42 hours one way to catch that one fish." - Atascadero, Calif., pro Gene Gray, who caught a single bass over the two-day opening round that weighed 1 pound, 12 ounces.

Pro Greg Bohannan finished the opening round in fourth place."There was five in there, but Duane's like a magician: He makes fish disappear." - pro Chris Novack, who weighed in only one keeper on day two. For the record, it was through no fault of Duane Link, the FLW Outdoors official fish bumper.

"My mom is addicted to FLW Live." - Bohannan.

Tomorrow's takeoff is scheduled to take place at 7 a.m. Central time at the Chocolotta Bay Ramp, located at 1595 Battleship Parkway in Mobile.

Tags: brett-carlson  quick-bites  2007-11-08-mobile-delta 

Breaking Down the Cup Field

Breaking Down the Cup Field

The 2018 FLW Cup field includes 56 of the best bass pros in the world who qualified over the course of the 2017 and 2018 seasons. On Aug. 10-12 at Lake Ouachita they’ll compete for their share of the $1,097,500 prize purse, which includes the $300,000 first-place prize. READ MORE »

Studio Notes: Smith Lake

Studio Notes: Smith Lake

The fun of Studio Notes is going back in hindsight and looking at an FLW Tour event with 20/20 vision to see what happened and what could be learned. After all, when a bunch of the nation’s best bass anglers fish a lake for a week, there are a lot of observations to be made that make for some interesting theories. READ MORE »

Size Limit Lifted at Cumberland

Size Limit Lifted at Cumberland

As part of a program to determine the impact of tournaments on the fishery, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has temporarily imposed a 12-inch minimum size limit on largemouths and smallmouths during the Lake Cumberland event. Since 2001, the minimum size limit for largemouths there has been 15 inches, and 18 inches for smallmouths. The five-fish daily limit remains the same. READ MORE »

FLW Live Schedule for Lake Cumberland

FLW Live Schedule for Lake Cumberland

FLW Live coverage picks up again this week at stop No. 4 of the 2018 FLW Tour at Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Ky. The event, which is presented by General Tire and hosted by Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission, runs Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 15. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Amerson biding time until summer

Tuesday Tour Update: Amerson biding time until summer

Keith Amerson didn’t know what to expect in his rookie season on the Walmart FLW Tour, but the opening salvo has been remarkable. All the 44-year-old mail carrier knew was that fishing professionally has always been his dream. Thus far, it’s been a dream that he doesn’t want to wake up from. After making the top-20 cut at Okeechobee, Amerson finished 52nd at Hartwell, earning yet another five-figure paycheck. With one third of the season complete, it’s likely his best is still yet to come. READ MORE »

Hartwell’s hometown hero

Hartwell’s hometown hero

SENECA, S.C. – With the disappointment of the 2008 Bassmaster Classic still fresh in his mind, Casey Ashley crafted a meticulous revenge strategy for the next major tournament held on Lake Hartwell – one that was bulletproof and could withstand cold, wind, rain and fog. In doing so, he had to fish against his shallow-water strengths. Armed with some of the best deep brush piles on the lake, Ashley crushed the second Walmart FLW Tour event of the year from start to finish. READ MORE »

All but over for Ashley

All but over for Ashley

SENECA, S.C. – It seems nothing can stop Casey Ashley when it comes to catching bass on Lake Hartwell, his home pond – not cold, not wind, not rain and not even a three-hour fog delay. While most of the pros struggled just to put a limit in the boat Saturday, Ashley caught a 15-pound, 7-ounce stringer and built nearly a 10-pound lead. READ MORE »

Day-one Dave delivers co-angler title

Day-one Dave delivers co-angler title

SENECA, S.C. – Despite being a Walmart FLW Tour rookie, David Redington was developing a reputation back home in Texas for starting bass tournaments with a bang. The only problem was that he tended not to back up those strong day-one weights. That trend followed him to the FLW Tour where in his first tournament he caught 14 pounds, 12 ounces on opening day at Lake Okeechobee. True to form, he only boxed two keepers on day two and slid down the leaderboard. READ MORE »

Ashley widens home-lake lead

Ashley widens home-lake lead

SENECA, S.C. – It was inconceivable to think the conditions could get any worse at the Walmart FLW Tour event, but that’s exactly what happened on day two at Lake Hartwell. In addition to the wind and cold, steady rain pounded the field and changed the water color in many of Hartwell’s popular creeks from stained to burnt orange. READ MORE »

Ashley hammers 21-7 for Hartwell lead

Ashley hammers 21-7 for Hartwell lead

SENECA, S.C. – Casey Ashley may be fishing his first Walmart FLW Tour season, but he’s no stranger to big-time tournaments on Lake Hartwell. One in particular still sticks with him and not for good reason. Today, he put some big-time revenge on the Hartwell bass – catching a 21-pound, 7-ounce stringer on a day where less than half the field cracked double digits. READ MORE »

Prespawn push halted at Hartwell

Prespawn push halted at Hartwell

SENECA, S.C. – Give Mother Nature credit for one thing – she is relentless. After finally bringing sunshine and seasonal temperatures to the Carolinas, she delivered yet another whopping cold front Tuesday – this one wicked enough to freeze rod guides in March. The only creatures more confused than the 176 Walmart FLW Tour pros are the Lake Hartwell bass, which were beginning to push towards the bank before slamming on the breaks. READ MORE »

Five to watch at Hartwell

Five to watch at Hartwell

Lake Hartwell marks the second of six regular-season stops on the Walmart FLW Tour. It’s the first of two events held in the Palmetto State, the latter being the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray Aug. 14-17. Hartwell is a diverse fishery that allows pros to fish their strengths and spread out among several major creek arms. With changing conditions and so much at stake, several storylines are beginning to emerge. Below are five pros that bear monitoring as competition begins Thursday. READ MORE »

Carlson blog: A plea to tackle companies

Carlson blog: A plea to tackle companies

Tournament bass fishing season is in full swing, even if the weather in most of the country may not feel like it. From now until mid-summer, culminating with ICAST in July and the Forrest Wood Cup in August, tackle companies across the industry will be launching their newest mouse traps – all guaranteed to catch more fish than the others. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Bohannan hoping to build off opener

Tuesday Tour Update: Bohannan hoping to build off opener

After competing in regional tournaments at a high level for many years, Greg Bohannan fished his first Walmart FLW Tour season in 2008. Each of his first three years on Tour was productive and concluded with trips to the Forrest Wood Cup. But instead of continuing that progression, Bohannan’s last three seasons have largely been substandard. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Scheide feeling good, fishing good

Tuesday Tour Update: Scheide feeling good, fishing good

On paper, 2013 was one of the better seasons of Ray Scheide’s 10-year Walmart FLW Tour career. The Arkansas pro cashed checks in all but one tournament, finished 24th in the points race and qualified for his sixth Forrest Wood Cup. When Scheide reflects on the season, he’s pleased with his results, but there’s one 40-minute stretch he’ll never forget – a brief window that would have transformed his year from good to great. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Mac wants supersized sophomore season

Tuesday Tour Update: Mac wants supersized sophomore season

Outside of south Florida, Brandon McMillan was unknown in professional bass fishing until February 2011 when he slammed 106 pounds, 10 ounces of Okeechobee bass on the scale – clinching the Walmart FLW Tour Open and the record for heaviest total tournament weight. Since then, McMillan has steadily increased his tournament scope and workload. READ MORE »

Bass fishing translations: What pros really mean

Bass fishing translations: What pros really mean

As a fan of the sport and a reporter/editor for the past decade, I’ve slowly learned the language of professional bass fishing. To be sure, it’s a dialect all its own that spans the entire country. So the next time you’re at a tournament or watching weigh-in via FLW Live, here are the Cliff Notes to save you some confusion. <I>Editor’s Note: This is meant as light-hearted humor, although there is a shred of truth to the translations.</I> READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Rose back on track after reality check

Tuesday Tour Update: Rose back on track after reality check

Mark Rose has been one of the top competitors on the Walmart FLW Tour for the past decade – racking up four tour-level wins and earning the moniker “ledge master” for his prowess during summertime tournaments. But in 2012, Rose uncharacteristically missed qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Improving Dodson bearish on 2014 schedule

Tuesday Tour Update: Improving Dodson bearish on 2014 schedule

The name Robbie Dodson is well known in the Ozarks, almost as commonplace in the local fishing dialogue as Storm Wiggle Warts and Smithwick Rogues. Dodson has been dominating on the clear, White River impoundments of Arkansas and Missouri for the better part of a decade with EverStart Series wins on Bull Shoals, Table Rock and Norfork Lake. But he’s also quietly improved in his five years on the Walmart FLW Tour – this past season culminating with a top-10 finish at the Forrest Wood Cup. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Shuffield seeking signature win

Tuesday Tour Update: Shuffield seeking signature win

Over the past five years, Spencer Shuffield has steadily climbed the ranks of bass fishing. After getting his feet wet as an FLW Tour co-angler, Shuffield proved he was the best from the back of the boat in winning the 2011 Co-angler of the Year award. The following season he made his pro debut and experienced mixed results. This year, he cashed checks in all but one of the regular season events, qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup and finished ahead of his legendary father in the standings for the first time. READ MORE »