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

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Dodson pulls ahead on Bull Shoals

Dodson pulls ahead on Bull Shoals
Despite having to change up his delivery, Robbie Dodson still managed to pull into the lead on Bull Shoals.

BULL SHOALS, Ark. - Robbie Dodson trailed the day-one top spot by 12 ounces, but today he finds himself on the other side of the narrow margin, with a 14-ounce lead going into the final round of FLW EverStart Series Central Division action on Bull Shoals Lake.

Amassing a two-day total of 29 pounds, 4 ounces, the Harrison, Ark. pro flipped green pumpkin beaver style baits on day one, but he had to change things up today due to weather and water level. The mostly sunny conditions of a day prior gave way to cloudy skies that threatened rain throughout day two. Without the bright sunlight, fish weren't grouping as tightly to cover as they had been. Also, the reservoir's water level for the second day in a row, so all of the fish that had recently moved up to spawn were ushered back a little.

"It was totally different today," Dodson said. "Yesterday, I was catching them by flipping the bushes, butRobbie Dodson they dropped the lake what looked like 6 inches to a foot last night and I couldn't get bit by flipping. I went two or three hours without a bite, so finally I went to a 2 1/2-inch Luck "E" Strike Fighting Craw on a 5/16-ounce finesse flipping jig and just started going down the bank casting."

Noting that the fish still seemed as skittish as they were on day one, Dodson removed the jig's skirt for a smaller profile. Dodson also enhanced his green pumpkin bait's appearance by dyeing the claws red.

"They didn't seem like they wanted to move as much as they did yesterday," he said. "Yesterday, I saw several fish moving around. You'd be going down the bank and they'd be boiling into the bank chasing shad. Today, it wasn't anything like that.

"It seemed like they vacated the bank, so I just backed off a little bit and it seemed to work today. Every Declining water level pushed the Bull Shoals spawners further down the banks.day's a new day on this lake with them dropping this lake. I may go out tomorrow and not have a bite if I don't figure out the right little thing."

Same as yesterday, Dodson fished the Lead Hill area. His productivity, however, was less than half of what he had on day one.

"Once I changed baits, I caught one here, one there," he said. "Yesterday, I'd get in and area and if I caught one, I'd catch three or four. Today, if I caught one, I'd slow down and really fish it, but I'd only catch one.

"Yesterday, I probably caught 25 keepers; today, I probably caught 10."

Meredith moves up to second

Ray Meredith, of Smiths Grove, Ky., added 14-10 to his day-one catch of 13-12 and moved up fiveDeclining water level pushed the Bull Shoals spawners further down the banks. spots from seventh to second with a total weight of 28-6. Targeting classic spawning scenarios of open areas with gravel banks, Meredith fished jigs and Texas-rigged plastics and found a 4-pound, 6-ounce bass in his limit.

"That's the biggest fish I've caught all week," he said. "I've caught a lot of fish, I just can't find the big fish. I don't know if they're prespawn; I've only caught one with a bloody tail (a sign of nest clearing)."

Meredith said he caught approximately 30 fish and stayed busy throughout the day.

King holds at third

Arkansas pro Zach King held on to his third-place position.On day one, Clarksville, Ark. pro Zach King found himself in a three-way tie for third place at 14-6. Today, he remained in the No. 3 spot, but shed the company. King's day-two score of 13-8 secured his final-round berth with a total weight of 27-14.

King stuck with the same one-two combo of Texas-rigged green pumpkin Zoom trick worms and Zoom speed craws that he used on day one. Yesterday, he found fish on the smaller brush between the shoreline and the larger outside brush. Today's lower water level bumped the fish to those outer bushes.

"I was just fishing bush-to-bush," King said. "Today, you couldn't see anything because of the wind and the clouds so I just stayed on the trolling motor."

Crisenbery drops to fourth

After leading the pro division on day one, Dave Crisenberry, of Flippin, Ark. had a tough go of it today Day-one leader DaveCrisenbery slipped to fourth after a tough day two.and slipped to fourth place. He caught a limit of 11-11 and tallied 27-2 in total weight.

Crisenberry again used the same baits as he did on day one: a Gitzit tube, a 3/16-ounce shaky head with a green pumpkin worm and Alabama-rigged Berkley swimbaits.

"I really struggled today," Crisenberry said. "I had three fish at 1 o'clock. I finally caught two more fish and culled a couple late this afternoon, but I just couldn't catch a big fish today."

Dalbey makes big jump to fifth

Rich Dalbey came into day two in 19th place with 12 pounds, but the Greenville, Texas pro make a big Rich Dalbey made a big move up to fifth place on day two.run all the way up to fifth place on the strength of his 14-pound, 13-ounce sack, which increased his total to 26-13.

Dalbey said he stuck with the same dark colored wacky-rigged worms he fished yesterday. He targeted buck brush along the shorelines and had to work hard to assemble his limit. Throughout the day, he found that the slow, methodical presentations worked best.

"This morning I went to a spot I hadn't fished yesterday, but on Tuesday (practice day) I had a limit by 8:30 a.m.," he said. "I just kept grinding it out and going to different spots. I had to fish really slowly. It seemed like they were all on the outside edges of the bushes.

"If I moved the bait too fast, I couldn't get bit. I just had to keep at a steady pace and let that worm flutter down there. A lot of times, they'd hit it when it was on the bottom."Arkansas pro Keith Williams took Snickers Big Bass honors with his 5-13.

Best of the rest

Rounding out the top-10 pro leaders at the Bull Shoals event:

6th: Shane Long, of Springfield, Mo., 25-15
7th: Robert Dodson, of Harrison, Ark., 25-13
8th: Justin Lucas, of Guntersville, Ala., 25-9
9th: Lance Williams, of Billings, Mo., 25-4
10th: Frank Clark, of Benton, Ill., 24-9

Keith Williams, of Billings, Mo. caught the biggest sack of the tournament (19-15) and earned Snickers Big Bass honors for his 5-pound, 13-ounce bass.

Plastics put Gillham atop co-angler field

David Gillham, of Heath, Texas began, day two in sixth place with 9-14 but after adding an even 12 Co-angler leader David Gillham used a combination of plastic baits on day two.pounds today, he climbed five spots to the co-angler lead with 21-14. Today he flipped a Zoom brush hog and fished 5-inch Senkos on wacky and Texas rigs.

"If a bank was a little bit steeper and the brush was a little bit deeper, I'd through the Texas -rigged brush hog," Gillham said. "I'd throw the Senkos on the shallower banks. They'd pretty much hit the baits on the fall."

Steve Gregg, of Florissant, Mo. added 10-14 to the 10-13 he weighed on day one and clenched his final-round spot with a second-place total of 21-11. Gregg, who also placed second on day one, trails the lead by just 3 ounces.

Jeff Johnson, of Ash Flat, Ark. placed third with 20-1, Ben Due, of Mauston, Wisc. was fourth at 17-8 and day-one leader Randy Rose, of Gainesville, Mo. took fifth with 16-14.

Best of the rest

Rounding out the top-10 co-angler leaders at the Bull Shoals event:This 4-pound, 5-ouncer earned the Snickers Big Bass award for Tommy Lowery.

6th: Tony Spinks, of Springfield, Mo., 16-14
7th: Jon Paulovich, Bryant, Ark., 16-9
8th: Thomas Loeffelman Jr., of Valles Mines, Mo., 16-6
9th: Mark Howard, of Mesquite, Texas, 15-9
10th: Steve Kumke, of Belleville, Ill., 14-10

Tommy Lowery, of Ofallon, Mo. took the Snickers Big Bass award on the co-angler side with his 4-pound, 5-ounce fish.

Day three of EverStart Series Central Division action on Bull Shoals Lake continues at Friday's takeoff, scheduled to take place at 7:00 a.m. (Central) at the Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock located on Eastwold Cove in Bull Shoals, Ark.

Tags: david-a-brown  headline-story  2012-04-04-bull-shoals 

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 »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

The weather system pushing through northern California brought dreary, drizzly conditions interspersed with occasional steady spells of light rain for day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. The sun made only a few peeking appearances, but there were several bright spots in the morning’s activity. READ MORE »

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

The South Laurel High School team of Shawn Coots and Trent Keltner weighed 19 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and 13-4 on day two for a 32-13 total and the win in the 2019 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »

Manson Nets Third Win

Manson Nets Third Win

Scott Manson of Covington, Ohio, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces, to take top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division opener on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Manson netted $4,046. READ MORE »

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Dusty Herron of Alabaster, Alabama, and Chris Rutland of Wetumpka, Alabama, each caught five bass Saturday weighing 16 pounds even to tie for the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lay Lake. After contingency awards, Rutland earned $3,435, while Herron took home $2,435. READ MORE »

Shad Spawn Takes Elrod to Top

Shad Spawn Takes Elrod to Top

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce. For his efforts, Elrod pocketed $3,766. READ MORE »

Burroughs Dials Blueback Spawn

Burroughs Dials Blueback Spawn

Jason Burroughs of Hodges, South Carolina, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds even win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Lake Hartwell. For his efforts, Burroughs was awarded $3,572. READ MORE »

Wagner Makes it a Dozen

Wagner Makes it a Dozen

Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Tims Ford Lake. Wagner took home $4,013 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

With just one keeper from his three primary pockets, leader Jake Morris might have left the door open on the final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division tournament at Table Rock Lake. His frog pattern might be fizzling out due to clear water and changing conditions. READ MORE »