UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Dale Hollow Lake

Another homer for Haynes

Another homer for Haynes
Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., wins the Pickwick Lake American Fishing Series event for the second time in his career.

FLORENCE, Ala. - If FLW Outdoors continues to have American Fishing Series events on Pickwick Lake, they might have to consider changing the name of the event to the Randy Haynes Benefit Tournament.

For the second time in his fishing career, Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., has won an AFS event on Pickwick Lake. His first win came in June of 2008 and Haynes is also credited with piloting a fishing team to victory in a PAA Corporate Cup in 2008 as well.

Today Haynes put an exclamation point on his Pickwick dominance with a closing limit of 20 pounds, 9 ounces to give him a three-day total of 63-10, over a 10-pound margin of victory. He collected $18,933 for his win.

"Anytime I win on Pickwick it's special to me," said the 37-year old hardwood flooring contractor. "It's my home lake and I feel like I've defended my turf."

Haynes key baits during the week included a Strike King 6XD crankbait (sexy shad), a Strike King Sexy Spoon, a ¾-ounce football head jig teamed with a Rage Craw trailer and Carolina-rigged Zoom Brush Hog.

Haynes noted that the biggest difference between his win in '08 and now is the sheer numbers of bass in Pickwick these days.

"Back then there were not as many fish in the lake, so I had to use a grub a lot," Haynes said. "But now, there are so many fish out there, and they're so competitive, that I can use a crankbait and sometimes a spoon to catch them."

Haynes also said that this time of year the bait and bass tend to stack up higher in the water column than in the early summer.
Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., dominates Pickwick again with fish like these.
"In June, a lot of time those fish will hunker down on the bottom on those ledges and dragging lures are more of a key," he said. "But now, they're up chasing shad around. When I ride over a place I can tell what mode the fish are in just by looking at my depthfinder. I can't really explain it, but based on how those fish look on my graph determines what I throw to catch them."

Haynes spent a majority of his fishing time from Bear Creek to the Tennessee State line (Tennessee water was off-limits) where the ledges are deeper and grass has less of an influence. His best ledges were 14 to 22 feet deep.

"I know a lot of people probably think I go to the same holes over and over again for these wins," Haynes said. "But I can tell you that's not the case. A lot of ledge fishing is just like any other type of fishing, you have to keep an open mind and constantly search out new places and try different lures - these lakes are always changing and the fish are always moving."

"I've been fishing this lake for 12 years and each time I've won a big tournament out here I've found the winning spot during the practice round - they were totally new spots to me," he continued. "The spot that produced the best for me in this tournament, I found Wednesday afternoon and it was a place I had never fished before. Even with ledge fishing you can't get too set in your ways and stop experimenting. These fish move so much, each week new spots develop out there as fish move from one ledge and stack up on another. But that's the part of this game I love so much - there's always a new gem to find out there."

Davis second
William Davis of Sheffield, Ala., finished second with a three-day total of 53 pounds, 2 ounces.
William Davis of Sheffield, Ala., finished second with a three-day total of 53 pounds, 2 ounces worth $6,437.

Davis spent much of the week slow-rolling a 1/2-ounce L.B.'s spinnerbait (white and chartreuse) along deep grass lines.

He also used a football-head jig and a Carolina-rigged Brush Hog on deeper ledges at times. He did most of his fishing between the Trace and Indian Creek.

"My ledge fish moved on me and I never really figured out where they moved to," Davis said. "So my back up pattern was the grass where I slow-rolled the spinnerbait."

Snider third
Kevin Snider of Elizabethtown, Ky., finished third with a three-day total of 45 pounds, 14 ounces and is now qualified for the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup..
Kevin Snider of Elizabethtown, Ky., finished third with a three-day total of 45 pounds, 14 ounces worth $4,544.

In addition, Snider was also the AFS points leader in the Southeast Division meaning he has now qualified for the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup to be held at Lake Ouachita in Arkansas next August.

Snider spent his week fishing a ¾-ounce football-head jig teamed with a Prowler Flapping Craw in the Waterloo area. His key depth was the bottom of a 20-foot ditch that ran out of a big grass bed.

"I caught so many fish this week and I think a big key for me getting so many bites was going to light fluorocarbon in 10- and 12-pound tests," Snider said. "When it got really tough I'd drop down to 10-pound test and instantly it made a different in the number of bites I would get."

Keeton fourth
Jade Keeton of Florence, Ala., finished in fourth place with a three-day total of 44 pounds, 9 ounces.
Jade Keeton of Florence, Ala., finished in fourth place with a three-day total of 44 pounds, 9 ounces worth $3,787.

While most pros focused on grass fish or deep ledges, Keeton chose a strategy based on schooling fish in current.

He caught nearly all of his fish waking a Bomber Long A on the surface.

Wooley fifth
Michael Wooley of Collierville, Tenn., finished in fifth place with a three-day total of 44 pounds, 4 ounces.
Michael Wooley of Collierville, Tenn., finished in fifth place with a three-day total of 44 pounds, 4 ounces worth $3,408.

Wooley relied on a ¼-ounce Strike King shaky head with a green pumpkin Trick Worm tied to 15-pound line to catch most of his fish this week.

He spent most of his time fishing three humps around the Trace area that topped out in about 14 feet of water.

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top-10 pros in the FLW American Fishing Series event on Pickwick Lake:

6th: Leon Williams of Fairdale, Ky., three-day total of 44-3, $3029
7th: Nathan Brewer of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., three-day total of 42-12, $2651
8th: Adam Lynch of Hamilton, Ala., three-day total of 38-14, $2272
9th: Shawn Perrigo of Rienzi, Miss., three-day total of 36-15, $1893
10th: Erwin Cole of Murfreesboro, Tenn., three-day total of 30-14, $1515.00

Tags: rob-newell  headline-story  2010-09-30-pickwick-lake 

Lake Eufaula Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Lake Eufaula Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

It’s not like we didn’t already know it, but today the top 10 anglers drove home the point: To win at Lake Eufaula right now, you have to be fishing offshore. Among the ledge anglers this week is Michael Smith, who maintains his lead at the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event with a two-day total of 50 pounds. Here’s how the rest of the top performers made it to Saturday. READ MORE »

Smith Leads at Eufaula with 50 Pounds

Smith Leads at Eufaula with 50 Pounds

Competing in the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event at Lake Eufaula this week, Michael Smith weighed in 25 pounds, 7 ounces yesterday to take the lead and backed it up with 24-9 today. His 50-pound two-day total has Smith ahead of second-place pro Scott Montgomery by 5 pounds, 9 ounces.  READ MORE »

Lake Eufaula Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Eufaula Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Michael Smith established the pace at the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event on Lake Eufaula with a five-bass first-day limit that weighed 25 pounds, 7 ounces. He leads a crew of mostly offshore sticks that are mining Eufaula’s brush piles and ledges for some seriously big bass. Though, it’s worth pointing out that several in the top 10 did catch some or all of their keepers up shallow today. Here’s a rundown of the top five after one day of fishing. READ MORE »

Smith Smacks 25-7 at Eufaula

Smith Smacks 25-7 at Eufaula

It’s a 90-minute drive from Michael Smith’s Andalusia, Ala., home to Lakepoint Resort State Park where the Toyota Series Southeastern Division kicked off its season today on Lake Eufaula. That’s just close enough, says Smith, that he fishes here more than anywhere else. His understanding of how Eufaula’s bass transition from the bank to postspawn ares to the main lake really showed today while Smith put together an impressive 25-pound, 7-ounce limit to gain the day-one tournament lead. READ MORE »

Lake Eufaula Midday Update – Day 1

Lake Eufaula Midday Update – Day 1

It’s pretty clear from what went down on Lake Eufaula this morning that this lake is plumb full of fish. Almost everybody we pulled up on was catching bass. Yet, the consensus was that the bite isn’t quite as good today as it was during practice. No one reported the kind of mega-weights everyone expects to see. But there’s still some time. READ MORE »

Shad Spawn Carries Kelly

Shad Spawn Carries Kelly

Boater Danger Kelly of Somerset, Kentucky, brought five bass to the scale Saturday totaling 14 pounds, 14 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on South Holston Reservoir in Bristol, Tennessee. For his victory, Kelly earned a total of $3,021. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Pickwick

Top 10 Patterns from Pickwick

Pickwick Lake greeted Toyota Series anglers with high, stained water and stronger than normal current last week. While the last week of May usually means fishing to depths of 25 feet on Pickwick, some anglers felt Pickwick’s bass were a little behind in their summer migration to the deep ledges. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Pickwick

Top 10 Baits from Pickwick

From shallow bars to deep ledges, the offshore bite on Pickwick was the deal for the majority of the field in second stop of the Toyota Series Central Division. Because the offshore bite reigned supreme, it’s no surprise that the lures thrown by the top 10 pros were standard issue for the Tennessee River this time of year. READ MORE »

Lockard Locks up Pickwick Win

Lockard Locks up Pickwick Win

At the day-three weigh-in of the FLW Toyota Series at Pickwick Lake, the biggest five bass limit of the final day wasn’t caught from the front deck – it was caught from the back deck. READ MORE »

Wheeler Wins on Pickwick

Wheeler Wins on Pickwick

What started out as a scouting trip to better learn Pickwick Lake turned into another tournament victory for Jacob Wheeler’s ever-expanding career resume at the second Toyota Series Central Division event of the season. Today, Wheeler brought in a limit of bass for 17 pounds, 11 ounces to take the win with a three-day total of 56 pounds, 8 ounces worth $38,545. READ MORE »

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 3

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 3

For two days Pickwick Lake gave up some nice early morning flurries for the top10 fishing the Toyota Series Central Division event. But this morning, the lake might as well have been frozen over. Despite ample amounts of current still rolling down the lake, and fairly light fishing pressure for a beautiful Saturday morning in the Tennessee Valley, the early bite was shut down for most of the field. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Pickwick – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Pickwick – Day 2

Today’s weather was much sunnier, warmer and calmer; conditions that some think could push fish out deeper. But some are still counting on shallow grass. Here is a rundown of how the rest of the top five caught their fish on Pickwick today. READ MORE »

Murray Leads Wheeler by an Ounce

Murray Leads Wheeler by an Ounce

Sacking up 22 pounds, 10 ounces on day two of the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick Lake, John Murray rocketed up the standings from 14th place to the lead. With a total of 38-14, Murray is just one ounce ahead of Jacob Wheeler, who weighed 20-11 on day two to move up from ninth place. READ MORE »

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 2

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 2

The red-hot shad spawn bite that fueled the big catches on day one of the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick has fizzled this morning. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Pickwick – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Pickwick – Day 1

Grass seemed to be the dominant theme at the top of the day one leaderboard at the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick Lake. Not only did Buddy Gross target grass for his leading catch, but three others in the top five seined the grass for top catches as well. READ MORE »

Buddy Blasts 24-1 on Pickwick

Buddy Blasts 24-1 on Pickwick

Buddy Gross won his first FLW Tour event on Pickwick Lake in May of 2016 fishing a shad spawn on eelgrass along the Tennessee River channel. Today, Gross rekindled those old memories from four years ago to bring in 24 pounds, 1 ounce and take the day one lead in the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick. READ MORE »

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 1

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 1

Pickwick Lake didn’t disappoint on the first morning of the Toyota Series Central Division event. As predicted, fish were biting right off the bat. READ MORE »

Let the Ledge-fest Begin

Let the Ledge-fest Begin

With the start of the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick Lake this morning, today marks the first day back to competition in the world of professional bass fishing. READ MORE »

Abram’s Dream Comes True

Abram’s Dream Comes True

All week on Lake Martin for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit the weights have been close, so it was only fitting that the final weigh-in followed suit. READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 4 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin in Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »