UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

'Class' act

'Class' act
Top co-angler George Coffman caught only two fish on day four, but a strong effort during the previous three days sustained him.

DENISON, TEXAS. - He was worried that missed opportunities would cost him, but as it turned out, Marlow, Ok. angler George Coffman had more than enough to ride his day-three lead all the way to the big finish at the Stren Series Texas Division event on Lake Texoma.

Entering the final round atop his division with 35 pounds, 4 ounces - a 2-9 lead over second - Coffman paired with pro winner Dave Parsons and sacked just two fish weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces. Fortunately, none of his fellow co-anglers amassed enough weight to overcome his steady performance.

After second-place finisher Stephen Francis - second to last on stage - temporarily took the lead byAfter cranking his way through most of the qualifying days, George Coffman caught his final-round fish on a jig. just 15 ounces, it was clear that Coffman was the winner even before weighing his fish. At that moment, all remorse over opportunities missed melted in the warm glow of victory.

Recalling the anticipation of watching nine competitors taking their shot at his lead, Coffman said: "Besides the birth of my children and marrying my wife, that's the most nervous I've ever been."

Coffman, who serves as Marlow's Superintendent of Schools said he already has plans for his $5,000 winnings: "My kids have wanted to go to New York to see the Yankees play - I think this will get us there."

Crankbaits had been his primary bait earlier in the week, but after losing two good fish on his Lucky Craft, Coffman decided to switch up when Parsons moved to a spot with more cover. He caught one of his fish on a jig and the other on a Sweet Beaver.

Francis sticks with spinner and seals second
Finishing second, Stephen Francis relied on a 3/8-ounce double willow leaf Terminator spinnerbait all week.Brookeland, Texas angler Stephen Francis practiced consistency by sticking with one bait all week. Slinging his 3/8-ounce double willow leaf, chartreuse and white Terminator spinnerbait, he placed 14th on day one, fourth on day two and second on day three. Holding on to the No. 2 spot, he caught two fish in the final round and tallied a 36-3 total.

Bait positioning, Francis said was the key to his success. While most used spinnerbaits to imitate shad, he also relied on the shad to help him determine his presentation depth.

"When I was reeling, I could feel the shad attacking the spinnerbait," he said. "Maybe they were scared of it or maybe they were trying to ward it off. As the day went on, it seemed like they dropped down as the sun (rose). If I kept that spinnerbait in the pecking zone, I'd get a bite."

As the day's heat pushed the shad, retrieve speed became a critical factor for Francis. "I was reeling three times slower than (any of the pros) I was fishing with. I was dragging the bottom. They were fishing high on the docks and I was catching the ones down below."

Underwood enjoys diversity en route to third
Gaining one spot, David Underwood of Waco, Texas caught one of only two limits in the co-angler Splitting his time between a homemade spinnerbait and a 6-inch Yamamoto grub delivered a third-place finish for David Underwood.division. His 8-pound, 13-ounce bag gave him a tournament total of 32-5. Underwood relied on a homemade chartreuse/white spinnerbait made by a friend of his from Temple, Texas and a 6-inch purple/emerald flake Yamamoto grub.

"I was throwing mainly at docks and isolated structure that the guys on the front of the boat left, but there wasn't much left," he joked.

After four days of reveling in Texoma's diversity, Underwood lauded the lake's appeal. "This fishery is awesome. It has (multiple) species of bass - smallmouth, spots, blacks - and I caught all of them."

Cassill catches biggest bag for fourth
Twenty-year-old Zac Cassil made a strong showing with a fourth-place finish.Twenty-year-old Zac Cassill of Fairfax, Iowa caught the other co-angler limit, this one weighing 9-14 - the division's heaviest. Gaining six places in the final round, he recorded a total of 30 pounds, 11 ounces.

Cassill fished a Lethal Weapon jig on Cabela's 15-pound fluorocarbon line. Wearing the National Guard jersey, he gave a shout out to American service members. "I want to thank all of our (armed forces) who allow us to do what we're doing here. Any of these people are welcome to fish with me anytime."

Rose rises to fifth
Entering the final round in eighth place, Terry Rose of Eastland, Texas caught three fish weighing 6 Fishing a spinnerbait, crankbait and dropshot, Terry Rose moved up three notches to finish fifth.pounds, 13 ounces and posted a 29-3 total. Fishing around docks in five to 15 feet of water, Rose caught his fish on a spinnerbait, dropshot and crankbait.

Best of the rest

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

6th: Bo Middleton, Elgin, 28-0
7th: Gary Evans, Basalt, Co., 27-3
8th: Chris Bobo, Sherman, Texas, 27-2
9th: Darin Deatherage, Shawnee, Ok., 26-11
10th: Rusty Harvey, Nederland, Texas, 26-7

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

Co-Angler Fernengel Finishes Strong

Co-Angler Fernengel Finishes Strong

He got bumped from the top spot by an ounce on day one, and slipped the third on day two. But Erick Fernengel of Lake Waukomis, Mo., finally ended up on top when it mattered most.  READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Grand Lake

Top 10 Patterns from Grand Lake

Curt Warren knew what he wanted to do, and it had nothing to do with weeding through a bunch of small fish up shallow. Rather, he focused his attention on deeper Grand Lake spots with chunk rock and brush and amassed a three-day total of 46 pounds, 7 ounces to win the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine. Here’s how the rest of the top 10 caught their fish and earned their checks on Grand. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Grand Lake

Top 10 Baits from Grand Lake

A cold front moving in at the start of Grand Lake’s fall transition put a damper on seeing a bunch of big weights during the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, which was presented by T-H Marine, but plenty of pros managed to find the right fish to make things exciting on the final day. READ MORE »

Meador Repeats Co-Angler Win on Grand

Meador Repeats Co-Angler Win on Grand

Defending his title as co-angler winner in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, which was presented by T-H Marine, was impressive enough, but the way Steven Meador did it was truly remarkable. After earning the 2018 win on Grand by 3 pounds, 6 ounces, the Bentonville, Ark., co-angler repeated the victory with a three-day total of 27-15 for a much slimmer winning margin this time around – just 10 ounces. READ MORE »

Warren Mounts Furious Comeback on Grand

Warren Mounts Furious Comeback on Grand

Curt Warren was a paragon of consistency over three days at Grand Lake, and the result was a victory in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine. Warren turned in limits of 14-5 on day one and 16-9 on day two, but it was his day-three limit of 15-9 that was the most impressive – no other pro even cracked the 13-pound mark battling the tough post-frontal conditions Grand had to offer on day three. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Grand Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Typically, the first day or two following a cold front put bass in a bad mood, and today, Grand Lake’s fish are following the script. This has created a challenging scenario for the top-10 finalists in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 2

When conditions changed, Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas completely scrapped his day-one pattern, caught a limit that weighed 13-11 and took over the lead of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event, presented by T-H Marine, with a two-day total of 32-14. Here’s what the rest of the top five was up to on day two. READ MORE »

Bird Moves Ahead on Grand

Bird Moves Ahead on Grand

After his sizzling day-one pattern fizzled, Cody Bird adjusted his focus to a completely different scenario and sacked up a limit of 13-11 on day two to take over the lead in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine, with a two day total of 32-14. Going into Saturday’s final round, Bird holds a 7-ounce lead over day-one leader and Grand Lake stick Jason Christie. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Grand Lake Midday Update – Day 2

You know fishing’s tough when the most common greeting we receive is the goose egg hand signal. No question, day two of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine, had a lot of anglers scratching for bites and scratching their heads. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 1

Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., leveraged his intimate understanding of Grand Lake’s tendencies to catch a five-bass limit that weighed 22 pounds, 10 ounces to take the lead on day one of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event Presented by T-H Marine. Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

Christie Blasts 22-10 on Grand

Christie Blasts 22-10 on Grand

Oklahoma stick Jason Christie overcame the unsettling effects of a passing cold front to sack up a five-bass limit that weighed 22 pounds, 10 ounces for the day one lead in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Midday Update - Day 1

Grand Lake Midday Update - Day 1

After several weeks of hot, sunny conditions, anglers launched with cloudy skies, stout winds and air temperatures in the low 60s. By midday, the temperature rose into the mid to upper 60s and the wind started to subside, however, the first couple of hours saw Grand Lake’s temperamental side. READ MORE »

Changes Afoot at Grand Lake

Changes Afoot at Grand Lake

Fall is a time of change and movement; two notions bound to impact the outcome of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine, on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. Typical fall migrations are underway, but an approaching cold front will likely complicate the already challenging nature of autumn’s transition. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from the Cal Delta

Top 10 Patterns from the Cal Delta

The Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta featured all the typical Delta tactics. Punching, vibrating jigs, finesse and even a frog made an appearance in the top 10. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from the Cal Delta

Top 10 Baits from the Cal Delta

The Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta had a lot of punching as usual, but it was far from the only thing going. Due to the lush grass and windy and touch conditions, vibrating jigs and finesse played a big role as well. READ MORE »

Farage Earns Fourth Co-Angler Win

Farage Earns Fourth Co-Angler Win

Weighing 14 pounds, 2 ounces on the final day of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta, Jack Farage totaled 37-2 to edge ahead of Cesar Laguna for the co-angler win. The win is Farage's fourth as a co-angler at the FLW Series level and he took home a brand new Ranger boat because of it.  READ MORE »

Wire-to-Wire for Dyer

Wire-to-Wire for Dyer

Blake Dyer set the pace on day one with a 27-pound, 3-ounce bag and he never relinquished the lead in the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta. Weighing 15-8 on the final day, Dyer totaled 62-13 to stay ahead of a final-day charge from Jason Borofka. For his win, which is his first with FLW, Dyer takes home $31,114 and a trophy that will last forever. READ MORE »

Cal Delta Midday Update – Day 3

Cal Delta Midday Update – Day 3

Tournament fishing is full of highs and lows and today, the latter may play a key role in determining the outcome of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event resented by Power-Pole on the California Delta. Specifically, several anglers expressed their hopes of doing their best work during the afternoon low tide period. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from the Cal Delta – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from the Cal Delta – Day 2

Blake Dyer has dominated through two days of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Power-Pole on the Cal Delta. With a total nearing 50 pounds, he’s also one of just two pros to bring in back-to-back 20-pound limits. However, that doesn’t mean the rest of the crew hasn’t been doing work, and with the big fish in the Delta, anything is possible on the final day. READ MORE »

Dyer Weighs 20+ Again

Dyer Weighs 20+ Again

Backing up his monster 27-pound, 3-ounce bag from day one, Blake Dyer added 20-2 to for a 47-5 total to pad his lead in the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta. In second, Austin Wilson also managed to break the 20-pound barrier again and moved up from fifth place with a 21-14 bag and a total of 42 pounds. READ MORE »