UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - James River

Stren anglers fare well as storm skips over Texoma

Stren anglers fare well as storm skips over Texoma
Trinity, Texas pro David Curtis anchored his leading limit with a 5-pound, 13-ounce largemouth that won Big Bass honors.

DENISON, TEXAS. - They dodged a bullet, but anglers fishing the Stren Texas Division event on Lake Texoma were close enough to smell the gun smoke.

When weather forecasts include words like "hail," "tornadoes," and "strong winds," it's hard to complain about the latter when the first two fail to materialize. That was the case at Highport Marina - only minor mentions of wind weariness, but a clear sense of relief that the wicked storm system moving across north Texas elected not to unleash its violent potential on the tournament site.

No one can fault the National Weather Service for stating what a storm might do, and wise boaters Cody Martin stayed close to the check-out point and found his second place limit by 7:40 a.m.know not to take chances. Many reported that winds of up to 25 mph kept them from reaching their preferred destinations. Some, like 12th-place pro Tommy Durham of Waxahachie, Texas, adjusted their schedule to make sure they had plenty of time to reach the weigh ins.

"I fished about 10 miles from (Highport Marina), spent about 30-45 minutes there and then came back across the lake," Durham said. "I had my limit by about 7:20 this morning. I played it safe because the weather was coming from the south side of the lake and I didn't know how bad it was going to be."

Second place pro, Cody Martin of Taylor, Texas made sure he had no return troubles by keeping his game close to the launch site. "I probably didn't burn a quarter of a tank today."

After the opening round, Trinity, Texas pro David Curtis holds the top spot with an 18-pound, 4-ounce limit that includes the Snickers Big Bass winner for day one - a 5-pound, 13-ounce largemouth. Not surprisingly, Curtis was in no hurry to hand out a detailed summary of his productive pattern. He did, In third place, Robert Robinson of Mobile, Ala. stayed active and caught fish all day.however say that sitting still was not part of the plan.

"I'm just covering a lot of water and junk fishing," he said. "I'm throwing a lot of different baits and catching fish a lot of different ways. I had one thing that was working better for me. The conditions got right for it and I just had a great day."

Curtis said he enjoyed his most productive day ever on Lake Texoma. "Traditionally, this has been a tough lake for me. To catch limits, especially quality fish, has been tough, so this is incredible."

Martin fished rocky points, threw a Kicker Fish Hole Shot worm on a shaky head and had a limit that would weight 17-4 by 10 a.m. He caught most of his fish in two to five feet of water.

"I just whacked them out right quick," Martin said. "The weather didn't bother me until after I had my limit. I went and tried some different things and wore down my trolling motor fighting the wind."

Martin said he was pleasantly surprised at the size fish he encountered. "The fish were in the same A largemouth weighing 5-4 pushed Marty Sugg into fourth place.spot as they were in practice but they just grew. I worked the area really good until I had the fish I needed and then I backed off. Hopefully the other fish will still be there (on day two)."

Mobile, Alabama's Robert Robertson said mobility was the key to coming up with a 15-8 limit worth third place. "I'm covering water. My partner and I probably caught 100 fish today. They wore me out. You just have to keep culling up, culling up, culling up. We caught them all day, right until I put the trolling motor away to come in."

Marty Sugg of Pattonville, Texas comes in an ounce behind Robertson with 15-7 for fourth place, while David Mauldin of Tomball, Texas takes fifth at 15-1.


Best of the rest

Rounding out the top-10 pro leaders at the Stren Series Lake Texoma event:

6th: Buz Craft, Vidalia, La., 15-0
7th: James Stricklin Jr., Jasper, Texas, 14-12
8th: Chris McCall, Jasper, Texas, 14-7
9th: Trevor Romans, Plano, Texas, 14-0
10th: Keith Cullum, Corith, Texas, 13-12

Wilson spins into co-angler lead

Dan Wilson broke out the double-willow blade spinnerbait to fish his way into the top co-angler spot.Dan Wilson of Pilot Point, Texas caught a limit of bass weighing 12 pounds, 11 ounces to lead the co-angler division. He caught his fish on white/chartreuse spinnerbaits with double willow blades.

"We were fishing cleaner water on shallow banks," Wilson said. "We were away from everyone else."

George Coffman of Marlow, Ok. took second with 12-1, while Anthony Ferdinando of Spicewood, Texas placed third with 11-15. In fourth, Rusty Harvy of Nederland, Texas had 11-11 and Flint, Texas angler Mike Moody finished fifth with 11-5.

Best of the rest

Rounding out the top-10 co-angler leaders at the Stren Series Clear Lake event:Co-angler Chris Bobo not only caught the biggest bass, he placed seventh overall - with only a 3-fish.

6th: Rick Parker of Kaufman, Texas, 10-13
7th: Chris Bobo of Sherman, Texas, 10-12
8th: Nick Diberardino of Huffman, Texas, 10-3
9th: Ray Peace of Arlington, Texas, 10-1
10th: Mike Neblett or Denton, Texas, 9-15

Notably, Bobo reached the top 10 with only three fish. His 5-4 was the biggest on the co-angler side.

Day two of Stren Series action on Lake Texoma continues at Thursday's takeoff, scheduled to take place at 6:30 a.m. (CT) at Highport Marina, located at 120 Texoma Harbor Drive in Pottsboro, Texas.

Tags: david-a-brown  headline-story  2008-05-07-lake-texoma 

Falcons Win by 2 Ounces on Erie

Falcons Win by 2 Ounces on Erie

The Bowling Green State University team of Jamesen Simion of Saline, Mich., and Cameron Wilt of Alvada, Ohio, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Lake Erie event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned the Bowling Green bass club $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Bishop Hartley wins Erie Open

Bishop Hartley wins Erie Open

Ohio’s Bishop Hartley High School duo of Braden McNamara and Mike Abbott brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Erie Open. READ MORE »

Mallory Drops 25-5 at St. Clair

Mallory Drops 25-5 at St. Clair

Boater Buck Mallory of Lawton, Michigan, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 25 pounds, 5 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township, Michigan. For his victory, Mallory earned a total of $4,652. READ MORE »

Monsoor Clinches Win on the Mississippi

Monsoor Clinches Win on the Mississippi

Weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces on the final day, Tom Monsoor totaled 54-10 to win the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament presented by OPTIMA Batteries on the Mississippi River. Leading the final three days, the win is Monsoor’s second at the top level and earned him $125,000.   READ MORE »

Carter Cruises to Wheeler Win

Carter Cruises to Wheeler Win

Anglers who have fished the Toyota Series and Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine in the southeast any length of time know the name Kip Carter of Mansfield, Ga. For years, Carter has pocketed plenty of checks from both leagues with a career total of 50 top 10s. This year, Carter decided to jump back into regional competition with the Southeastern Division of the Toyota Series, and in just his second event back, he found his way to the winner’s circle at Wheeler Lake.  READ MORE »

Wheeler Lake Midday Update - Day 3

Wheeler Lake Midday Update - Day 3

The fish were biting pretty well for the top 10 on the final morning of Toyota Series Southeastern Division event on Wheeler Lake. Overcast skies and a steady south wind put a perfect buzzbait ripple on the water back in the shallow flats in creeks – and the anglers were taking advantage of it.  READ MORE »

Mississippi River Day 4 Coverage

Mississippi River Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at the Mississippi River July 29-August 1, 2020. READ MORE »

Monsoor stays ahead on the Mississippi

Monsoor stays ahead on the Mississippi

After day three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament presented by OPTIMA Batteries on the Mississippi River the weights are stacked as tightly as they were on the first two days. With the lead, Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis., weighed 13 pounds, 5 ounces to stay in the lead with an even 42 pounds. Behind him, Zack Birge, David Walker and Scott Wiley have all crossed the 40-pound mark and are hot on his heels. READ MORE »

Carter Takes Over at Wheeler

Carter Takes Over at Wheeler

Kip Carter of Mansfield, Ga., may not have the nicest, shiniest boat in the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event this week, but it sure gets him where he needs to go. His beater aluminum tunnel hull craft has plenty of nicks and dings in it and for good reason: Getting into the places he has fished on Wheeler Lake the last two days has required enduring some scratches and dents. READ MORE »

Mississippi River Day 3 Coverage

Mississippi River Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at the Mississippi River July 29-August 1, 2020. READ MORE »

Monsoor Moves Ahead at the Mississippi

Monsoor Moves Ahead at the Mississippi

After two days of fishing in the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament presented by OPTIMA Batteries on the Mississippi River the weights are as tight as can be. Moving into the lead on day two is Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis., who weighed a second 14-pound bag for a 28-11 total. In second, Scott Wiley is one of seven anglers with 27 pounds and some ounces in the top 10, making the tournament anyone’s game in the final two days. READ MORE »

Millsaps Grabs Lead on Wheeler

Millsaps Grabs Lead on Wheeler

Wheeler Lake doled out some lumps today in the second event of the Toyota Series Southeastern Division season. Only 14 pros managed to crack the 10-pound mark and six pros took a zero on the day. Leading the way is Jesse Millsaps of Jasper, Ga., with five fish weighing 14 pounds, 15 ounces. His biggest bass weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces, which was certainly the difference maker in nudging him to nearly 15 pounds in a challenging summertime grinder. READ MORE »

Wheeler Lake Midday Update - Day 1

Wheeler Lake Midday Update - Day 1

Wheeler Lake has turned out to be beyond stingy to the anglers fishing the second event in the Toyota Series Southeastern Division today. After visiting with some 20 pros this morning, the most fish reported caught by a pro was just two keepers. The rest either had just one bass or an empty livewell. READ MORE »

Mississippi River Day 2 Coverage

Mississippi River Day 2 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at the Mississippi River July 29-August 1, 2020. READ MORE »

Wiley Leads on the Mississippi

Wiley Leads on the Mississippi

As expected on the river, the weights are bunched together after the first day of fishing in the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament presented by OPTIMA Batteries. More than a quarter of the field are in the 11-12-pound range, and 10 pounds marked the exact halfway point of the field. That means leader Scott Wiley only has a 5-pound, 3-ounce lead over half the field after weighing in 15-3. READ MORE »

Live Leaderboard - Mississippi River

Live Leaderboard - Mississippi River

FLW marshals and media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the fifth stop of the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River. READ MORE »

Mississippi River Day 1 Coverage

Mississippi River Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at the Mississippi River July 29-August 1, 2020. READ MORE »

Cayuga Double-Header Shows Out

Cayuga Double-Header Shows Out

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Union Springs with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Cayuga events. READ MORE »

Estes, Pike Tie for Potomac Title

Estes, Pike Tie for Potomac Title

Boaters Cody Pike of Powhatan, Va., and Keith Estes of Spring Grove, Va., both brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 14 ounces to tie for the win at the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Potomac River in Marbury, Md. Estes earned a total of $4,262 after contingency awards, while Pike took home $10,262, including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency award. READ MORE »

Buntin By 3 Ounces on Alabama River

Buntin By 3 Ounces on Alabama River

Boater Sean Buntin of Satsuma, Ala., brought a five-bass limit bass to the scale Saturday totaling 12 pounds, 1 ounce to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Alabama River in Prattville, Ala. Buntin topped his nearest competitor, Ben Weldon of Petumpka, Alabama, by just 3 ounces and earned $4,296 for his victory. READ MORE »