UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Potomac River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

It’s Lamar by far

It’s Lamar by far
Leading the Texas Regional from day one, Lamar University's Danny Iles and Matt Morrison won by a landslide on Sam Rayburn.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Quality and quantity - that's often an either-or deal for tournament fishermen, but Lamar University's Danny Iles and Matt Morrison got plenty of both en route to a dominant wire-to-wire victory at the FLW National Guard College Fishing Series Texas Regional Championship on Sam Rayburn Lake.

The duo began their campaign with a day one weight of 17-14 and a 12-ounce lead over their closest competitor. On day two, they added the event's biggest catch - 21-0 - and extended their lead to 6 pounds, 2 ounces. Catching the only full limit of the final round, Iles and Morrison, sacked up 12 pounds, 6 ounces for a three day total weight of 51-4. Prevailing by a margin of 8-15, the Lamar anglers won $25,000 for their college and a Ranger 177TR and engine for their bass club.

"Our goal coming in was to win it and we managed to accomplish that," Iles said.

Despite the big lead they carried into day three, plus their limit catch in the final round, Morrison said heA midday adjustment delivered big results for the Lamar University anglers. wasn't ready to celebrate until he got the official word.

"I didn't know what anybody else had, so I was sweating it the whole time," he said. "Yesterday, we got our limit fairly quickly, but today we didn't get out full 6-fish limit until about an hour before check-in time."

With a cold front arriving on the event's opening day, anglers faced strong north winds that limited where and how they could fish. Day two brought classic post-frontal conditions - high pressure, clear bright skies and less wind. That should have been the worst day of fishing, but it actually saw the greatest productivity across the board and the Lamar team got a big chunk of that action.

Matt Morrison loads one of Lamar UniversityOvernight temperatures dipped into the upper 30s and the final day saw the wind switch to the south. That change threw the proverbial monkey wrench into many game plans, but Iles and Morrison played the hand they were dealt, determined a necessary adjustment and ended up as the only team to catch their full limits each day.

"We really struggled today, but about 12:30, we figured something out and we caught what we needed to catch," Iles said. "During practice, we caught them on a (weightless, Texas-rigged) Strike King Ocho (stick worm). Today, they didn't really bite the Ocho, but we caught them on a Strike King Caffeine Shad.

"The fish had pulled out from the grass and they were hanging out around the stumps in the shade. We'd throw next to a stump and catch one. We caught some little ones and then we caught our keepers doing that."

The Lamar anglers caught four of their keepers on the Caffeine Shad, one on a spinnerbait and one on a Texas-rigged Zoom Ol' Monster worm in redbug.

"We made a big run today - we burned a tank of gas," Iles said. "We picked a lot of different places and hit them."

Texas A&M rises to second

Andrew Shafer and Paul Manley, the Texas A&M anglers who won the 2009 Western Regional, made aPaul Manley and Andrew Shafer moved Texas A&M up two notches to finish second. strong run at the repeat, but come up short with a second place total of 42-5. Nevertheless, starting day three in fourth place with 28-2 - compared to Lamar's 38-14 - the A&M anglers put together an impressive performance with the largest catch of day three - 14 pounds, 3 ounces.

"Especially being 10 pounds behind going into day three, and to be in 12th place after day one and then climbing all the way to second - it was a good comeback."

Manley started out throwing a swim jig early and then switched to a Ribbit and a Horny Toad. Shafer worked the same chatterbait he's thrown all week, and upgraded later with a Spro Frog.

"The lack of wind hurt our bite some," Manley said. "We never got a morning bite at all. I wasn't able to catch a fish until 12:30. It picked up in the afternoon, but we made a move about an hour too late."

University of Texas-Tyler slips to third

Matthew McClellan and Tyler Fisher moved the University of Texas-Tyler into the second place position A lack of big bites dropped Tyler Fisher and his University of Texas-Tyler partner Matt McClelland to third place.on day two, but gave up one spot on the third day. Their tournament total was 42-2.

McClellan and Fisher found big fish on the first two days and caught the tournament's second heaviest bag (20-12) on day two. The final day saw them coming up one fish shy of a full limit and with five fish weighing 9-6, the big bites clearly did not happen for them.

"The first day, we had a 5-pounder and the second day we had a 5-pounder and a 6-pounder," Fisher said. "Today, we just never got that bite. We never got a chance at it.

"I think the big difference was that the first two days we had winds out of the north and that positioned the big fish. Today, the wind was out of the south and that didn't put the fish in the classic spots where it was easier to catch them."

The anglers started their day fishing Rat-L-Traps over points and then switched to throwing Spro frogs over lily pads for big bites. Unlike the first two days, the pads yielded nothing today, so they weighed only the smaller fish that they caught on Traps.

LSU Shreveport improves to fourth

LSU Shreveport's Zach Caudle and Joe Landry placed 14th on day one with a four fish bag weighing 9-13. A day later, they stormed back with a full limit of 17-3 that pushed them into the top five. Anchoring
" border="1" align="right" />
that catch was Caudle's late-day bomb - an 8-pounder that hit a Strike King Redeye Shad.

On day three, Caudle again struck pay dirt, this time with one that went close to 6 pounds. Caudle caught the big fish on a Texas-rigged 10-inch worm in standing timber.

"I'm a good guide," Landry joked. "I told him to cast there. We were heading to an area of shoreline grass, but we had to pass through this timber to get to it, so I told Zach to cast in there and he caught that big fish."

LSU Shreveport ended up catching two more keepers in the standing timber. Their 3-fish bag of 10-7 gave them a fourth place total of 37-7.

Stephen F. Austin settles in fifth

Ryan Watkins and Blaze Platt of Stephen F. Austin struggled on the third day and caught just three Blaze Platt and his Stephen F. Austin partner Ryan Watkins had the big bites, but they lost several big fish in the lily pads.  keepers. With a total tournament weight of 36-15 they yielded two spots and ended with a fifth place finish.

Representing the hometown school with class and determination all week, the anglers started the day 8 pounds off the lead. Their plan was to devote their entire day to throwing Spro frogs for big fish in lily pads. On day two, they had found fish super shallow, so day three saw Watkins push poling the boat in as far as possible. They got their shots at pad giants, but unfortunately, most came unbuttoned.

"We were in a position where we had to go big or go home," Watkins said. "The opportunity was there. We had them on. That's just the way it works out, but we're happy to be where we're at so we can't hang our heads about that."

Platt said it was tough watching their chance slip away, but knowing that they put themselves in position to score big brings some consolation. "I broke off an 8-pounder, but we'd rather have the opportunity to win and lose it than to have never had the opportunity."

Tags: david-a-brown  headline-story  2010-10-28-texas-regional-sam-rayburn 

Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Tyler Matlock of Omaha, Arkansas, caught 11 pounds, 9 ounces of bass Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Greers Ferry Lake. For his efforts, Matlock took home $3,205. READ MORE »

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Chris Quaintance of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 5 ounces. Quaintance netted $4,119 for his victory. READ MORE »

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

Cade Laufenberg of Goodview, Minnesota, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division opener on the Mississippi River at La Crosse presented by Navionics with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 7 ounces. For his day on the water, Laufenberg pocketed $4,355. READ MORE »

Chico Wins on Clear

Chico Wins on Clear

The Chico State University duo of Carson Leber of Dixon, California, and Chad Sweitzer of Chico, California, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Clear Lake presented by Costa Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Wildcats’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Hunter Sales of Blaine, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division event on Lake Cherokee. Sales earned $3,455 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Jason Burger of Bridgeton, New Jersey, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division opener on the Chesapeake Bay presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts, Burger pocketed $4,000. READ MORE »

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Adam Boehle of Warrenton, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake of the Ozarks. Boehle pocketed $4,938 for his win in the event presented by Navionics and 250 points in the Ozark Division presented by Bassing Bob standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Allman Wins on Wylie

Allman Wins on Wylie

Mike Allman of York, South Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division event on Lake Wylie. Allman earned $2,500 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Clear Lake

Top 10 Patterns from Clear Lake

An unwavering commitment to one fish-laden area enabled Kyle Grover to earn his first Costa FLW Series win with a three-day total of 66 pounds, 13 ounces at the Western Division event at Clear Lake. The tournament was presented by Ranger Boaters and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. READ MORE »

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

The Lake County High School Fishing Club duo of Cooper Goff and Nathan Phillips, both of Kelseyville, California, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Clear Lake Open. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Clear Lake

Top 10 Baits from Clear Lake

Even though cold, windy and rainy conditions challenged the field throughout the event, Clear Lake still showed the caliber of fish that swim in it during the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Western Division season, which was presented by Ranger Boats.   READ MORE »

Huntze Closes Door for Co-angler W

Huntze Closes Door for Co-angler W

Logan Huntze, the youngest competitor in the co-angler field, showed that age is just a number, as the 19-year-old earned a convincing Clear Lake victory at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats by amassing a three-day total of 57 pounds, 15 ounces. READ MORE »

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Clear Lake is always a fun place to fish, but wind, rain and cooler temperatures made things tough for the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats, and the famed fishery wasn't as kind as it can be with many pros struggling as the week went on. Kyle Grover, on the other hand, only got better as the tournament progressed. READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 3

After taking a brutal pounding from the strong winds of day two, the top-10 pros and co-anglers in the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats are taking advantage of Clear Lake’s calmer final round conditions. A steady light rain began around 10 a.m., but without yesterday’s white caps, the lake’s allowing easy runs to wherever anglers want to fish. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Drop-shotting tules was the main pattern for Uribe and knowing how to reach the fish made all the difference. Adjusting to the conditions was definitely key on day two, and no doubt the rest of the top pros had to go with the flow to stay in sight of the title. READ MORE »

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

When weather woes nixed Joe Uribe Jr.’s initial objective, the resilient angler from Surprise, Ariz., refocused his effort and sacked up a limit of 19 pounds, 5 ounces to take over the lead on day two of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina with a total weight of 41-13. READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake was in a foul, foul mood this morning for the second day’s launch of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. Absent was the drizzly rain of yesterday, but the tradeoff was a 15- to 20-mph northwest wind that turned the lake into a washing machine. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., benefitted from a double dose of Clear Lake kickers when he found the right set of docks in a major spawning bay. Finesse baits did the trick up shallow for the day one leader at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats. Other slow presentations served his brief offshore work. Handling the day’s weather challenges was a big part of Olson’s success.  Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

Big Bags Coming on Rainy Clear Lake

Big Bags Coming on Rainy Clear Lake

One of the gems of California bass fishing might have its luster muted by the week’s weather, but Clear Lake will likely still provide plenty of opportunity for anglers competing in this week’s Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina.  READ MORE »

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., was able to separate himself from the pack on day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats with a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds. One of four anglers to crack 20 pounds, Olson leads second-place pro Joe Uribe Jr. by 2 1/2 pounds. The rest of the top 20 are packed together with just a few pounds separating them.  READ MORE »