UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Erie

Leader of the Pack

Leader of the Pack
Pro Mark Pack leads all competitors after opening day on Beaver Lake with a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 13 ounces.

ROGERS, Ark. - A lot of spinning rods got benched in rod lockers on day one of the Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake as spinnerbaits, ChatterBaits, crankbaits, jigs and bulky creature baits made up the varsity team on the flooded impoundment.

Many pros crossing the stage expressed relief in being able to roll out the heavy-action rods and 20-pound-test line instead of spinning "fairy wands" and 8-pound-test, which is usual fare for the clear waters of Beaver Lake.

With plenty of flooded cover and water the color of dirt to mine, Wal-Mart FLW Tour pros were like bulls on parade with the heavy gear.

Texas native Mark Pack leads the Wal-Mart Open after day one with five bass for 14 pounds, 13 ounces.

Pack is known as sight-fisherman, but when it come to muddy water, he says don't threaten him with a good time.

"I'm from Texas and we have a lot of muddy water there, so I'm pretty comfortable with it," Pack said. "I'm fishing real muddy water in about 2 feet of water with a worm and a crankbait. Between my partner and I, we probably caught about 60 fish with maybe 30 being keepers."

Pack did not travel far to catch his fish, either.

"I'm fishing from five miles below here (Prairie Creek) to five miles above here," he said. "I'm running a pattern, and that pattern is pretty strong right now. I can run just about anywhere in this midlake region and make it work."

Reyes second

Another Texas native - Jason Reyes of Humble - is in second place with five bass weighing 14 Pro Jason Reyes of Humble, Texas, is in second place with five bass weighing 14 pounds.pounds.

This is Reyes second year on the FLW Tour, and he took what he learned from the Wal-Mart Open on Beaver last year and tempered it with his power-fishing background from Texas to put together a successful combination.

"I started the day by finesse fishing in the lower end, just to get a limit and get comfortable," Reyes said. "I secured a limit by about 9:30 and started culling. I stayed down there for a while after that, but I was culling up by just ounces. So with about an hour left, I came back up here to the upper end, switched gears and started power fishing. And that resulted in two bigger fish - one about 4 pounds - that helped me cull way up."

As for tomorrow, he says he plans to do the same thing.

"I'll stay on the lower end until I get a limit - that's the most important thing for me," he added. "Then I'll move up here and try to upgrade again."

Richardson tied for second

Pro Joel Richardson of Kernersville, N.C., is tied for second place with five bass for 14 pounds.Joel Richardson of Kernersville, N.C., is tied for second place with five bass for 14 pounds.

Richardson says he feels right at home on Beaver when it's flooded because it reminds him of his home lake of Buggs Island, another flood-control reservoir that often swells with high, muddy water.

"I love Beaver Lake when it's high like this," Richardson said. "It fishes exactly like Buggs Island when it's high; the fish bunch up on little subtle stretches of flooded shoreline just like they do back home."

Richardson is using a spinnerbait and crankbait to catch his fish.

"I'm fishing places that are just a few miles on either side of the bridge," Richardson added. "They are the same places I fished when Beaver has been high in the past. The FLW Tour has been here just two other times when the water was high, and both times I missed the cut by just an ounce. Hopefully I'll make it this time."

Bohannan fourth

Local pro Greg Bohannan of nearby Rogers, Ark., is in fourth place with five bass weighing 13-12.Rogers, Ark., pro Greg Bohannan is in fourth place after day one on his home lake.

Bohannan's limit included a Beaver Lake slam: a largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass all in the same bag. He noted that his fish are ganged up in key spots, and he can catch them quick. He made his first cast at 7:01 this morning and finished his limit at 7:12.

Bohannan is utilizing his local knowledge of Beaver to his advantage.

"When the lake floods like this, these fish get on a certain type of rock," he said. "I know where a lot of that type of rock is from my years spent fishing here. In some places you can actually see that kind of rock on the bank, and other guys have figured it out because they are on those places. But I have about three key spots where that rock exists out off the bank under the water. I'm just hoping those places will hold up so I can make the finals."

Newby fifth

Rounding out the top five after day one is Berkley pro Sam Newby of Pocola, Okla., with five bass for 13 pounds, 7 ounces.

Big bass

Rob Digh of Denver, N.C., caught the Snickers Big Bass in the Pro Division on day one weighing 6 pounds even.

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top 10 pros in the Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake after day one:

6th: Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky., five bass, 13-3
7th: Dion Hibdon of Stover, Mo., five bass, 13-1
7th: Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., five bass, 13-1
9th: Shinichi Fukae of Mineola, Texas, five bass, 12-12
9th: Alvin Shaw of State Road, N.C., five bass, 12-12

Winborn leads co-anglers

Brett Winborn of Alma, Ark., leads the Co-angler Division of the Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake after day one with a five bass limit for 11 pounds, 12 ounces.Brett Winborn of Alma, Ark., leads the Co-angler Division of the Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake after day one with a five-bass limit for 11 pounds, 12 ounces.

Winborn's limit was anchored by the Snickers Big Bass in the Co-angler Division weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces.

Winborn, who caught nine keeper bass today, gave all the credit for his catch to his pro partner, Andy Montgomery.

"Andy got me around the fish, I just caught them," Winborn said. "We did a lot of flipping around flooded bushes, grass and timber."

Taliaferro flips into second

Jared Taliaferro of Rogers, Ark., is in second place after day one with a five bass limit for 11 pounds, 11 ounces.

Taliaferro flipped a 3/8-ounce Arkie jig with a Paca Chunk trailer behind pro Keith Williams for his catch.

Rest of the best

Ty Hester of Russellville, Ala., holds down the third-place position with a five bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 2 ounces.

Scotty Villiness of Ponca, Ark., is in fourth place with five bass weighing 10 pounds, 1 ounce.

Mike Drain of Purcell, Okla., rounds out the top five co-anglers with 9 pounds, 10 ounces.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers in the Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake after day one:

6th: Bobby King of Rogers, Ark., five bass, 9-5
7th: Gary Ledbetter of Springdale, Ark., five bass, 9-0
8th: Danny Faught of Rogers, Ark., five bass, 8-15
8th: Andrew Stanphill of Green Forrest, Ark., five bass, 8-15
10th: Burl Smith of Prairie Grove, Ark., five bass, 8-14

Day two of the Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake will begin Friday at 6:30 a.m. from Prairie Creek Marina located at 1 Prairie Creek Marina Drive in Rogers, Ark.

Tags: rob-newell  headline-story  2008-05-15-beaver-lake 

Pirowski Flips for Potomac Title

Pirowski Flips for Potomac Title

Boater Alex Pirowski of Occoquan, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. For his victory, Pirowski earned a total of $5,337. READ MORE »

Richmond Wins on Ouachita

Richmond Wins on Ouachita

Boater Russell Richmond of Sheridan, Arkansas, brought three bass to the scale Saturday totaling 11 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Ouachita in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Richmond topped his nearest competitor, Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Arkansas, by 1-pound, 1-ounce and earned $4,394 for his victory. READ MORE »

McClain, Drake Take Hoosier Double-Header

McClain, Drake Take Hoosier Double-Header

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Bloomington with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Monroe events presented by Fish-Intel. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March. READ MORE »

Okie Double-Header on Arkansas River

Okie Double-Header on Arkansas River

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Muskogee with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Arkansas River events. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March. READ MORE »

Losee, Tweite Close out High School Championship

Losee, Tweite Close out High School Championship

The Riceville (Iowa) High School team of Lawson Losee and Kooper Tweite won the 2020 Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River out of La Crosse, Wis., with a three-day (three bass per day) total weight of 30 pounds, 4 ounces. Losee and Tweite topped 194 of the top high school teams in the country. READ MORE »

It’s All Wheeler on Chickamauga

It’s All Wheeler on Chickamauga

You’re not going to find a bass angler on a hotter streak right now than Tennessee’s Jacob Wheeler. Prior to this week, the 29-year-old pro had won five multiple-day tournaments since the start of the 2019 season. Today, the No. 1 ranked angler in the world added a sixth victory to his impressive run by dominating the first-ever Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga. Wheeler’s four-day total of 93 pounds, 12 ounces earned him the win by a margin of more than 11 pounds. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 4 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

Losee, Tweite Take Over High School Lead

Losee, Tweite Take Over High School Lead

Lawson Losee and Kooper Tweite of Riceville High School in Riceville, Iowa, have the lead going into the final day of the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wis. Their two-day total of 19 pounds, 2 ounces (three-fish limit per day) has Losee and Tweite 1 pound, 1 ounce ahead of the second-place team. The top 10 teams compete tomorrow for the title.  READ MORE »

Wheeler Crushes 25-12 to Retake Lead

Wheeler Crushes 25-12 to Retake Lead

Day three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament was another banner day on Chickamauga, but it was a really stupendous day for Jacob Wheeler. Weighing 25-12 with a 10-pounder for a 72-6 total, Wheeler cruised back into the lead with no problem. Heading into the final day, Wheeler has a 4-13 edge over Jason Reyes, who weighed 17-11 and dropped to second with a 62-3 total. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 3 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

Mains, Chapman Lead High School Championship

Mains, Chapman Lead High School Championship

Legacy Christian Academy (Lenexa, Kan.) anglers Ryder Mains and Mason Chapman have the early lead at the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis. With a three-fish limit worth 11 pounds, 11 ounces, Mains and Chapman lead the second-place team by 1 pound, 9 ounces.  READ MORE »

Reyes Surges Ahead

Reyes Surges Ahead

The big fish bit on day two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga. While the first day featured plenty of good fishing, both Jason Reyes and Cole Floyd caught bags that crossed the 25-pound mark on day two. Weighing 27 pounds, 4 ounces, Reyes surged into the lead with a 49-14 total. READ MORE »

High School Championship Under Way at La Crosse

High School Championship Under Way at La Crosse

La Crosse, Wis., has been inundated with bass boats this past week as young anglers pre-fished and boat drivers got them into casting position on the mighty Mississippi for the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite National Championship. This three-day lure-slinging event, June 24-26, 2020, is likely to showcase this area’s amazing bass fishery, as well the diversity of techniques that can be used to catch them in early summer.  READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 2 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 2 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

Wheeler leads with 24-9 on Chick

Wheeler leads with 24-9 on Chick

Day one of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga featured good fishing with a lot of pressure put on the offshore fish. Making the most of his local knowledge, Jacob Wheeler weighed 24 pounds, 9 ounces to take the lead on day one. Behind him, John Cox weighed in 23-6 for second place. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 1 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Chickamauga

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Chickamauga

FLW marshals and media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the fourth stop of the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin. READ MORE »

Dixon, Houchin Win on Dardanelle

Dixon, Houchin Win on Dardanelle

Boater Wayne Dixon of Morrilton, Arkansas, brought three bass to the scale totaling 10 pounds, 11 ounces to win Saturday’s event and earn $5,127, but Mabelvale’s Quincy Houchin was the big winner on the weekend. Houchin finished second Saturday – good for $3,139 – then backed it up with a win on Sunday, which earned him the top prize of $12,309, including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus contingency award. READ MORE »

Morgan, Chandler Win on High Rock

Morgan, Chandler Win on High Rock

Boaters Brian Morgan of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 22 pounds even to win Saturday’s event, while Kevin Chandler of New London, North Carolina, brought in a limit weighing 19 pounds, 3 ounces on Sunday to earn the win. Morgan earned $5,511 for his win Saturday, while Chandler won Sunday’s top prize of $4,359. READ MORE »

Bama Division Goes Back-to-Back

Bama Division Goes Back-to-Back

Boaters Jason Nixon of Wetumpka, Alabama, and Byron Smith of Tyrone, Georgia, both brought a five-bass limit to the scale totaling 13 pounds, 10 ounces to tie for the win at Saturday’s event, while Hunter Hayes of Gadsden, Alabama, brought in a limit weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces on Sunday to earn the win. Nixon and Smith each earned $2,937 for their wins Saturday, while Hayes won Sunday’s top prize of $4,545. READ MORE »