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

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Wright does no wrong

Wright does no wrong
JR Wright (right) and Cody Meyer (left) celebrate after Wright won the Co-angler Division of the FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell.

GREENVILLE, S.C. - JR Wright doesn't travel on the Walmart FLW Tour with hopes of becoming rich and famous. Sure, he's competitive and wants to win, but he mainly fishes the Tour to help his close friend and protege of sorts Cody Meyer.

Back home the two fish team tournaments together. On Tour, they travel and practice collectively all season. To hear Wright tell it, he's just along for the ride. If anything, he'll help Meyer eliminate certain baits from time to time. But the truth is that the Truckee, Calif., co-angler is a rare bass-fishing talent, just like his protege. And together, they make quite a team.

At the 2010 Forest Wood Cup on Lake Lanier, Wright would have won if not for a dead-fish penalty. Eight months later and about 150 miles to the north, Wright got his redemption on Lake Hartwell.

"These lakes just kind of suit us," Wright explained, referring to his Western contingent. "And these fish haven't seen a lot of the stuff we throw."

Wright opened the tournament in second place with 16 pounds, 3 ounces. On days two and three, when the other co-anglers faltered, he was remarkably consistent - catching 12-2 and 12-4. He Co-angler champion JR Wright celebrates his FLW Tour win on Lake Hartwell. finished with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 40 pounds, 9 ounces.

"I fished three different styles this week," he said. "The first day I was fishing beds in stained water and I threw a drop-shot (rig) with a Jackall Flick Shake. On day two they were relating to the bottom so I threw a wacky-rigged Trick Worm. Today I caught them on a spinnerbait (double Colorado blades) and a drop-shot that I throw down on the Delta. The worm on the drop shot was a Margarita Mutilator. It's 7 inches long and I was using a 6-inch leader in about a foot of water. The key today was pitching to isolated stickups. But every day the fishing changed."

Wright wanted to thank his pros for giving him ample water to fish and his family for supporting him as he travels thousands of miles away from his home several times each year. And he also wanted to thank Meyer, who he considers to be like a son.

"I'm very fortunate to practice with Cody, who everyone thinks is a finesse fisherman. But believe me, he's not. He's one of the best frog fishermen I've ever seen and just an overall great angler. And all our work together paid off big time in this one."

For winning his third FLW Outdoors tournament and his first FLW Tour event, Wright took home $25,000.

Bae second

Moo Bae finished second in the Co-angler Division after catching 33 pounds over three days. Moo Bae's goal at the start of the FLW Tour season was to win the Co-angler of the Year award. And after the first two Majors of the year, Bae is off to a great start. After taking fifth at Beaver Lake to start this season, Bae finished second at Hartwell. His 11-pound, 7-ounce limit on day three brought him all the way up from seventh.

"To be honest, I was only shooting for second," he said. "I didn't think it was possible to catch JR. He had a big lead and he always catches them. I really have to thank Mike Reynolds. He was my pro partner the first day and we fished together again today."

Bae said Reynolds focused his efforts in the clear water near the dam Saturday. The West Friendship, Md., co-angler caught three largemouths and two spotted bass on a 7-inch Aaron's Magic straight-tail worm fished on a 1/8-ounce shaky head.

"JR's a great fisherman and he deserves it. It does seem like I come close a lot, but I'm very happy with two top-10s to start the season."

For finishing second with a total weight of 33 pounds, Bae earned a check worth $7,500.

Rest of the best
Co-angler Richard Peek took third with a total weight of 30 pounds, 14 ounces.
Richard Peek of Centre, Ala., launched up the leaderboard from 12th to third after catching a limit worth 11 pounds, 4 ounces. This is Peek's first season fishing the FLW Tour after stepping up from the National Guard FLW College Fishing circuit. Peek took sixth at last year's College Fishing National Championship and in 2009 won the Southeast Division qualifier on Lake Okeechobee.

He finished the Lake Hartwell tournament with 30 pounds, 14 ounces, earning $5,000.

Jeff Sprague of Forney, Texas, caught a limit Saturday weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. That moved him up from fifth to fourth place with a total weight of 30 pounds, 11 ounces. Sprague earned $4,000 for his first FLW Tour top-10 finish.

Andy Scholz of Reno, Nev., slipped to fifth place after catching four bass Saturday weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Scholz finished the event with a total weight of 29 pounds, 14 ounces, earning $3,250.

"Each of the first two days I caught a 5-pounder on a white spinnerbait," said Scholz. "That really seemed to be the key for the big ones."

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers at the FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell:

6th: Tommy Milligan of Seneca, S.C., 29-12, $2,500
7th: Mike Helton of Jeffersonville, Ind., 29-5, $2,000
8th: Nick Hensley of Cumming, Ga., 27-11, $1,800
9th: Doug Caldwell of Kane, Pa., 27-8, $1,700
10th: Spencer Shuffield of Bismarck, Ark., 26-4, $1,600

Tags: brett-carlson  co-angler-headline  2011-03-24-lake-hartwell 

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 »

Co-Angler Parsons Wins for Brother 

Co-Angler Parsons Wins for Brother 

Co-angler Scott Parsons won the Costa FLW Series Central Division event at Table Rock Lake with a combination of smallmouth and largemouth bass. He dedicated the win to his late brother, Dustin, who died of cancer in 2016. READ MORE »

Tapp Nets Santee Title and COY

Tapp Nets Santee Title and COY

Fast forward to today, and Tapp is back in the winner’s circle again, having won the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event presented by Power-Pole on Santee Cooper. His two-day weight of 32 pounds, 10 ounces didn’t just blow away the field and give him the tournament win, though. It also crowned him the 2019 Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division Co-angler of the Year. READ MORE »

Co-angler Bickers Wins by Ounces

Co-angler Bickers Wins by Ounces

One fish is unlikely to win a three-day tournament, but the right one can help an angler dig out of a hole. Just ask co-angler Troy Bickers, who rebounded from the dreaded day-one goose egg to go worst-to-first in the Costa FLW Series Central Division opener presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake with a winning weight of 20 pounds, 14 ounces. READ MORE »

Kentucky Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Kentucky Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Question marks are about the only certainty for day three of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake, as the top 10 pros scattered and left us lean on details on a day where changing weather could see changing fortunes. After two dreary days of cloudy, dim conditions, the final round brought lots of the bright, sunny stuff that pushes fish tighter to cover and makes them easier to target. Also, considerably more warmth may very well put the giddy-up on seasonal progression. No one’s getting too crazy with visions of heavy bed-fishing, but accelerated prespawn movement is certainly possible. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Kentucky Lake – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Kentucky Lake – Day 2

Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and vibrating jigs fished on rocky staging areas has been the primary pattern for catching big prespawn largemouth bass on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley at the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Lawrence. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Day 3 Coverage

Grand Lake Day 3 Coverage

Bailey Boutries leads the FLW Tour event presented by Mercury at Grand Lake in Oklahoma heading into day three. Today's forecast is for cold, with some thunderstorms, so it's going to be a challenging day for sure. It'll take a real effort to make it into the top 10. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Day 2 Coverage

Grand Lake Day 2 Coverage

Kyle Weisenburger has a big lead heading into the second day of competition at the FLW Tour event presented by Mercury at Grand Lake in Oklahoma. Follow along to see if he can maintain his pace. READ MORE »

Calvert, Lane Catch 29 at Guntersville Slugfest

Calvert, Lane Catch 29 at Guntersville Slugfest

Houston Calvert and Justin Lane of the University of North Alabama caught 29 pounds, 3 ounces to win the YETI FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference tournament at Lake Guntersville. READ MORE »

Niles Rallies for Co-angler Title

Niles Rallies for Co-angler Title

The Southeastern Division event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole was a grind no matter if you were in the front of the boat or back. Bites were few and far between, and as a co-angler just catching a keeper or two kept you in the hunt. Niles started strong with an opening-day limit worth 18-9 to have him in the lead. On day two, he cooled off and brought a goose egg to the stage. Still, his day-one weight carried him to the final round where he started the day in fourth. Paired with Brett Preuett, Niles got to work Saturday. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Day 3 Coverage

Sam Rayburn Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage of day three at the 2019 FLW Tour event presented by Polaris on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Day 1 Coverage

Sam Rayburn Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 FLW Tour event presented by Polaris on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas. READ MORE »

Co-angler Traba Completes Dream Season

Co-angler Traba Completes Dream Season

The fall of 2018 will stand out as a milestone season for Pacifica, Calif., co-angler Jacob Traba. In a span of just a few weeks, he won the Costa FLW Series Western Division finale on the California Delta, earned the Western Division Strike King Co-angler of the Year title and won the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Guntersville. READ MORE »

Walters Punches for Guntersville Win

Walters Punches for Guntersville Win

Kyle Walters of Grant Valkaria, Fla., won the 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Guntersville with a two-day total weight of 44 pounds, 3 ounces. Walters punched grass mats for two days, utilizing the same approach in the same area as when he won the 2013 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Regional on Guntersville. The champ dropped 24-4 – the biggest limit of the event – on the scale today to hold off a charge by Bryan Thrift. READ MORE »

Jocumsen Glides to Guntersville Lead

Jocumsen Glides to Guntersville Lead

For the last four or five years, FLW pro Carl Jocumsen has been tinkering and testing, experimenting and dialing in ways to incorporate glide baits into his tournament arsenal. He’s been trying to figure out how it can shift gears from being a big-bass bait to a tournament tool. Apparently, he’s getting really close to nailing down those details. Today, Jocumsen used a glide bait to pound out a 20-pound, 2-ounce limit at Lake Guntersville to establish the lead at the 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship. “It’s one of those days you’ll never forget,” he says. “I hope I can back it up tomorrow.” READ MORE »

Freeman Best From the Back

Freeman Best From the Back

The first time Steve Freeman of Eddysville, Ky., laid eyes on Lake of the Ozarks was just a few days ago. Now, he’s heading back to Kentucky with some hardware and a certificate for a Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard, plus $5,000 cash for being Ranger Cup qualified for winning the co-angler side of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude. READ MORE »

First Top 10 is a Win for Burke

First Top 10 is a Win for Burke

For three years, Johnny Burke, a 63-year-old retired county commissioner from Creek County, Oklahoma, has been fishing the Costa FLW Series as a co-angler just hoping he might score a top 10. Today, Burke not only scored his first top-10 finish, but he took it all the way to the top spot for the win. READ MORE »

Troughton Triumphs on Cal Delta

Troughton Triumphs on Cal Delta

Despite a slow day that yielded only 12 pounds, 13 ounces, Gregory Troughton of Discovery Bay, Calif., held on to his day-two lead and won the Costa FLW Series Western Division tournament presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta with a three-day total of 60-2. Days one and two saw Troughton catch all of his fish on a heavy punch rig. Day three brought challenging post-frontal conditions, and he had to vary his presentations. A popper and a ChatterBait added key fish today. READ MORE »

Traba’s Big Bag Earns Delta Win

Traba’s Big Bag Earns Delta Win

Talk about saving the best for last. Jacob Traba sacked up a limit of 17 pounds, 6 ounces — the tournament’s heaviest co-angler bag — to win his division at the Costa FLW Series Western Division tournament presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta. Traba’s three-day total was 40-2. READ MORE »

Tiano Claims Co-angler Title

Tiano Claims Co-angler Title

Catching fish from the back of the boat isn’t a big concern at the 1000 Islands where smallmouths swim around by the millions. Drew Tiano of Hudson, N.Y., took the lead on day one of the Costa FLW Series tournament presented by Navionics with 23 pounds, 9 ounces and never looked back. He sacked another 20-11 on day two to maintain the pole position and added another 15-1 on a tough day three to claim the biggest title of his career. With 59-5 overall, Tiano earned a Ranger Z175 with a 90-hp outboard and $600. READ MORE »