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

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Marks wins final 2012 Walmart FLW Tour Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Mercury

Marks wins final 2012 Walmart FLW Tour Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Mercury
Phil Marks celebrates good times!

LUFKIN, Texas - Phil Marks of Dallas, Texas, marked his spot in the FLW record books by catching a 32-pound, 12-ounce sack on the final day of competition at the Walmart FLW Tour on Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Mercury giving him a 16-pound, 5-ounce margin of victory, the third largest in FLW Tour Open history. EverStart pro Randall Tharp of Gardendale, Ala., holds the current record for largest margin of victory, 23-9, which he set at the 2012 season opener on Lake Okeechobee.

Marks' five-bass limit Sunday gave him a total weight of 82 pounds to win the tournament and $125,000. The catch gave him the win in impressive fashion over Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas, who caught a total of 20 bass weighing 65-11 and earned him $25,710.

Marks started the day with a mere 14-ounce lead over Combs, and he knew he needed a monster bag to claim victory. He believed the tournament would be won offshore and knew the early-morning bite was his most prolific all week, so he was confident all he needed was some wind and rain to turn on his fish, and Mother Nature obliged.

"The old man had a couple of tricks left," said Marks. "I knew the wind and rain would fire up my bite, and it did. I had four or five spots in a one-mile circle, and that's where all my fish came from today. I could see all the activity on my Lowrance unit, and this morning it was on fire.

"I was fishing a pattern all week," Marks went on to say. "I was targeting ditches with main-lake flats, looking for subtle changes within the flats. During practice I discovered a high spot in the middle of the drain, and yesterday I caught a 5- and 7-pounder in back-to-back casts. This morning I caught four bass in 20 minutes in that same area.

"I have had a couple of dream days like this in the past, but none of this magnitude. After I caught my third fish I knew I had about 20 pounds and thought I probably had a good chance of winning and could relax a little. But then I started to think about it and realized that days like this just don't come very often, so I kept fishing. I had what I weighed today by about 10 or 10:30 a.m.

"My key baits this week have been the Strike King 6XD and a prototype Strike King 10XD. The 10XD has the frame design of the 5XD and is designed to give off a lot of rattle and displace a lot of water. It's a big bait designed to catch big bass. Four of my 20 bass were caught with the 10XD. Today I caught three bass on the Strike King crankbaits and two on the Strike King 1-ounce football (head) jig. My 8-pounder came on the 10XD."

Marks referred to Sam Rayburn as a gem and said he has been fishing the lake for more than 20 years. Despite the high pressure the lake gets year after year, he said that his sack today was more typical of what Rayburn is capable of giving up on a regular basis. He also added that the 10XD is scheduled to be out in stores, including Walmart, in February.

Final top-10 pros standings:

1st: Phil Marks, Dallas, Texas, 20 bass, 82-0, $125,000
2nd: Keith Combs, Huntington, Texas, 20 bass, 65-11, $25,210
3rd: Fatheadz pro Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Ind., 20 bass, 53-13, $21,543
4th: Landan Ware, Jewett, Texas, 20 bass, 52-14, $17,877
5th: Goodwill pro Chad Grigsby, Maple Grove, Minn., 20 bass, 52-8, $14,210
6th: Matt Herren, Trussville, Ala., 19 bass, 50-9, $12,010
7th: Jason Wells, Center, Texas, 19 bass, 48-4, $11,277
8th: EverStart pro Randall Tharp, Gardendale, Ala., 20 bass, 47-9, $10,543
9th: Darrell Davis, Dover, Fla., 19 bass, 46-15, $9,810
10th: Ray Hanselman, Del Rio, Texas, 20 bass, 46-5, $9,077

Overall there were 49 bass weighing 138 pounds, 15 ounces caught by 10 pros Sunday. The catch included nine five-bass limits.

Clint Farris of Joshua, Texas, won the co-angler division and $25,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 13 bass weighing 33 pounds, 15 ounces followed by Jeff Gengler of Fort Collins, Colo., in second place with 13 bass weighing 33-14 worth $5,657.

The Tour stop on Sam Rayburn presented by Mercury was hosted by Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau, and was the final FLW Tour tournament of the 2012 season.

In FLW Tour Open tournaments, pros and co-anglers were competing for valuable points that ultimately helped them qualify for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup which is being held at the Red River in Shreveport, La., Aug. 15-18. The top five pro and co-anglers in the 2012 point standings from the four FLW Tour Open tournaments that qualified for the 2013 championship event are:

Pros:
1st: Chevy pro Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark.
2nd: John Cox, Debary, Fla.
3rd: Kellogg's Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa. Keith Honeycutt, Temple, Texas
4th: Bill McDonald, Greenwood, Ind.
5th: Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C.

Co-anglers:
1st: Mark Horton, Nicholasville, Ky.
2nd: Theo Corcoran, Kansas City, Mo.
3rd: Keith Honeycutt, Temple, Texas
4th: Ben Todd, Pierson, Fla.
5th; Dave Shively, Butler, Pa.

Coverage of the Sam Rayburn Reservoir tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when "FLW" airs Nov. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. "FLW" is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 559 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

Tags: press-release  2012-10-11-sam-rayburn-reservoir 

Chesapeake Bay Readies for Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

Chesapeake Bay Readies for Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

BEL AIR, Md. – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is set to visit Harford County next week, May 31- June 1, with the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at the Chesapeake Bay presented by Bass Pro Shops and the Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Open at the Chesapeake Bay presented by Costa. The tournaments, hosted by Visit Harford, will showcase some of the... READ MORE »

Vannerson Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes

Vannerson Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. – Boater Rob Vannerson of Benton, Kentucky, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes Saturday... READ MORE »

Omaha’s Matlock Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Greers Ferry Lake

Omaha’s Matlock Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Greers Ferry Lake

GREERS FERRY, Ark. – Boater 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 Lak... READ MORE »

Minnesota’s Laufenberg Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Opener on Mississippi River at La Crosse Presented by Navionics

Minnesota’s Laufenberg Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Opener on Mississippi River at La Crosse Presented by Navionics

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Boater 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 Navionic... READ MORE »

Alabama’s Quaintance Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Pickwick Lake

Alabama’s Quaintance Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Pickwick Lake

IUKA, Miss. – Boater Chris Quaintance of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake Saturday with... READ MORE »

New Jersey’s Burger Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Opener on Chesapeake Bay Presented by Navionics

New Jersey’s Burger Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Opener on Chesapeake Bay Presented by Navionics

NORTH EAST, Md. – Boater 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... READ MORE »

Chico State Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Western Conference Tournament on Clear Lake presented by Costa

Chico State Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Western Conference Tournament on Clear Lake presented by Costa

LAKEPORT, Calif. (May 20, 2019) – 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... READ MORE »

Warrenton’s Boehle Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Of The Ozarks presented by Navionics

Warrenton’s Boehle Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Of The Ozarks presented by Navionics

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (May 20, 2019) – Boater 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... READ MORE »

York's Allman Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Wylie

York's Allman Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Wylie

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Boater 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 »

Blaine's Sales Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Cherokee

Blaine's Sales Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Cherokee

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – Boater 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 »

Lake County High School Fishing Club Wins 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Clear Lake Open

Lake County High School Fishing Club Wins 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Clear Lake Open

LAKEPORT, Calif. – 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... READ MORE »

Rancho Santa Margarita’s Grover Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Clear Lake Presented by Ranger Boats

Rancho Santa Margarita’s Grover Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Clear Lake Presented by Ranger Boats

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Pro Kyle Grover of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, caught a five-bass limit weighing 26 pounds, 2 ounces, Saturday – the heaviest limit weighed in the three-day tournament – to win the Costa FLW Series on Clear Lake presented by Ranger Boats. Grover’s three-day... READ MORE »

Potomac River Readies to Host Two FLW Bass Fishing Championships – T-H Marine BFL All-American and YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship

Potomac River Readies to Host Two FLW Bass Fishing Championships – T-H Marine BFL All-American and YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. – The nation’s top weekend and collegiate bass-fishing anglers are set to compete at two of the most prestigious bass-fishing championships in the country on the Potomac River later this... READ MORE »

South Laurel High School Wins 2019 KHSAA State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake

South Laurel High School Wins 2019 KHSAA State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake

CALVERT CITY, Ky. – The South Laurel High School team of Shawn Coots and Trent Keitner brought a two-day cumulative total of 10 bass weighing 32 pounds, 13 ounces to the scale this weekend, beating out a field of 88 teams to win the 2019 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. The win earned the team... READ MORE »

Mechanicsville’s Elrod Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Presented by Navionics

Mechanicsville’s Elrod Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Presented by Navionics

HUDDLESTON, Va. – Boater 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... READ MORE »

Herron and Rutland Tie for Win at T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lay Lake

Herron and Rutland Tie for Win at T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lay Lake

COLUMBIANA, Ala. – Boaters 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... READ MORE »

Covington’s Manson Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Opener on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s Presented by Navionics

Covington’s Manson Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Opener on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s Presented by Navionics

CELINA, Ohio – Boater Scott Manson of Covington, Ohio, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces, to take top honors at... READ MORE »

Cookeville’s Wagner Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Tims Ford Lake

Cookeville’s Wagner Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Tims Ford Lake

WINCHESTER, Tenn. – Boater Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 10 ounces, to win... READ MORE »

Hodges’ Burroughs Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Hartwell

Hodges’ Burroughs Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Hartwell

ANDERSON, S.C. (May 13, 2019) – Boater Jason Burroughs of Hodges, South Carolina, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds... READ MORE »

Lampe's Olliverson Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Table Rock Lake presented by Power-Pole

Lampe's Olliverson Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Table Rock Lake presented by Power-Pole

BRANSON, Mo. – Pro Eric Olliverson of Lampe, Missouri, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the three-day Costa FLW Series on Table Rock Lake presented by Power-Pole. Olliverson’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 46 pounds, 3 ounces, was enough to earn him the victory by a 5-ounce margin over second-place pro... READ MORE »