UPCOMING EVENT: YETI College Fishing - 2019 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Schultz tops low Amistad

Pro leader Dusty Schultz said he had to move around a lot to find his fish.

DEL RIO, Texas - Realistically, Lake Amistad's bass aren't going to run out of water anytime soon. However, the continued decline in water level - a function of downstream agricultural needs - took its toll on the leaderboard one day one of the EverStart Series Texas Division opener.

Amistad gave up several quality fish of 7-plus pounds, including co-angler Kevin Gressett's 9-pound, 15-ounce mule. Largely, though, anglers reported struggling to find consistency in otherwise promising conditions. Warm days, an approaching full moon and rising water temperatures should have the fish in predictable prespawn mode, but yanking several inches of water a day from their world has a way of rattling a largemouth bass.

Day one began calm and mildly chilly. Within an hour of takeoff, a dense fog had settled over Amistad. Visibility declined to the point that several competitors like sixth-place pro Stephen Johnston reported camping out in areas longer than they would have liked.

"I spent an hour and a half in this one area because I couldn't see to run," Johnston said. "Visibility got so low that you couldn't see the end of your cast."

By midday, the fog had lifted and anglers were safe to run where they pleased. Topping the pro Reaction baits were the ticket for top pro Dusty Schultz on Lake Amistad.division, Dusty Schultz, of Willis, Texas, sacked up a limit catch of 23-2. Given his experience in past Amistad tournaments, he came into the event thinking that he'd be fishing offshore winter patterns, but he said his success hinged on flexibility.

"I moved around a lot and just mixed it up," he said. "I fished the mid-range and caught a couple of fish deep."

Schultz said he caught his fish on various reaction baits and swimbaits. Targeting creek arms near deep water was his strategy.

"The fish are coming out of deep water and then they're just hanging around the first (structure points) they come across," Schultz said.

One thing working in the anglers' favor is the abundance of hydrilla throughout Amistad. Schultz reported catching some of his fish around hydrilla and other competitors pointed to this subaquatic growth as essential to their game.

Byrd flies into second

Utah pro Benjamin Byrd said he hit approximately 30 spots on day one.Benjamin Byrd was doubly happy to be fishing Lake Amistad today. First, his hometown of Moab, Utah, hadn't seen daytime highs above 20 degrees in a couple of weeks. Complementing the pleasantly warm local weather, Amistad delivered a second-place limit weighing 21-10.

"I just played the weather; I knew it was going to be warming up this week so I avoided the offshore stuff and focused on some areas where I knew the fish would be going and it panned out," he said.

Byrd said he targeted main-lake structure in the mid-depth range. He fished reaction baits and caught bass throughout the day.

"It was just hitting a bunch of spots - I'm not hitting any one area," Byrd said. "I bet I fished 30 different spots."

Reneau rides vertical walls to third

Local favorite Tim Reneau of Del Rio, Texas, also resisted the deep game and, instead, opted to stay closeLocal pro  Tim Reneau found his best bites on vertical walls. to shore and work a pattern he had identified in practice. The plan worked, and Reneau sacked up the third-place limit of 21-1.

"The fish (I found) are on vertical walls, so you have to fish slowly with a light jig," Reneau said. "It takes a lot of patience and a lot of time. You could come in with none or you could ignite a couple of schools like we did today. I hit probably 25 spots and the fish were on two.

"We got into two flurries. We messed one of them up - I jumped off a couple of 4-pounders. In the other flurry, we got two 3-pounders, a 5- and an 8."

Reneau fished his walls with a 3/4-ounce Strike King jig and a green pumpkin Rage Craw trailer. A glacial presentation, he said, was essential.

"You want to try to pull (the jig) off the shelf and let it sink vertically, right beside the vertical wall," he said.

Addison rips into fourth

A Strike King Redeye Shad lipless crankbait let  Phil Addison to a fourth-place bag.In fourth place, Phil Addison of Baytown, Texas, trails Reneau by 3 ounces, with 20-14. For him, catching a good limit was simply a matter of turning the numbers.

"I was covering a lot of water, making a lot of casts and catching a few fish here and there," he said. "It was tougher today than it has been all week. (In practice), I was catching 20 keepers a day; today I think I only caught 12."

Addison caught his fish on Strike King Redeye Shads. He fished his baits around hydrilla, where the ripping technique produced best.

"I was letting the bait go down 5 to 7 feet and ripping it out of the grass," he said. "I've been catching them that way all week."

Fifth-place Craft keeps busy

Buz Craft of Vidalia, La., caught a limit that weighed 20-8 and landed in the fifth-place spot. Day oneFifth-place pro  Buz Craft employed a mix of crankbaits and wacky-rigged worms on day one. delivered plenty of action on a variety of baits.

"We caught a lot of fish and caught them a lot of different ways," Craft said. "We caught them trapping, on a DD22, wacky worming. I'll bet (my co-angler and I) caught 30-plus good fish. Tomorrow's another day and hopefully there's some more moving up. There's a lot of fish moving around and if they weren't pulling water so strong, it would be phenomenal."

Seventh-place pro  Austin Terry took Big Bass honors with an 8-12.Best of the rest

Rounding out the top-10 pro leaders at the EverStart Series Lake Amistad event:

6th: Stephen Johnston, of Hemphill, Texas, 20-6
7th: Austin Terry, of San Angelo, Texas, 19-5
8th: Phil Marks, of Dallas, Texas, 19-2
9th: Mark Rouse, of League City, Texas, 18-10
10th: Kris Wilson, of Montgomery, Texas, 18-5

Terry took Big Bass honors with his 8-pound, 12-ounce largemouth.

Early kicker buoys Scott's co-angler lead

Fort Worth, Texas co-angler Daren Scott took the lead in his division by sacking up a limit catch of 18-11. His catch included an estimated 8-pounder that ate a 3/4-ounce Strike King jig.

"Actually, I think I caught each one of my fish on a different lure," he said. "It was just here and there. I Darren Scott leads the co-angler field with 18-11. caught that big one early and then followed up with a couple of jerkbait fish, finished off my limit with a drop-shot and then upgraded twice with a swim jig. It was a grind. It turned on a little bit after the sun came out and that's when I culled."

Kevin Gressett of Tioga, Texas, placed second with 17-0. His big fish was the largest of both divisions. Justin Lampier of San Angelo, Texas, sits in third place with 16-3, while Van Shipp of Commerce, Texas, placed fourth with 16-2. In fifth, Justin Cogburn of Eastland, Texas, had 15-15.

Best of the rest

Rounding out the top-10 co-angler leaders at the EverStart Series Lake Amistad event:

6th: Doron Pardo, of Monroe, La., 15-10
7th: David Kayda, of Huffman, Texas, 15-1
8th: Jason Gates, of Kountze, Texas, 14-9
9th: Mike Huckman, of Hemphill, Texas, 13-14
10th: David Wharton, of Del Rio, Texas, 13-6

Day two of EverStart Series Texas Division action on Lake Amistad continues at Friday's takeoff, scheduled to take place at 7:30 a.m. (Central) at the Diablo East Boat Launch in Del Rio, Texas.

Tags: david-a-brown  headline-story  2013-01-24-lake-amistad 

/news/2019-02-18-duarte-covers-ground-for-second-w

Duarte Covers Ground for Second W

John Duarte of Middle River, Maryland, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division season opener on Lake Hartwell presented by Navionics. For his win, Duarte earned $4,396. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-18-stevens-drops-32-10-on-big-o

Stevens Drops 32-10 on Big O

Kail Stevens of Boynton Beach, Florida, caught a massive five-bass limit Saturday weighing 32 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee. Stevens took home $4,766 for his efforts. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-18-aaron-plays-current-for-g-ville-win

Aaron Plays Current for G-Ville Win

Chad Aaron of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 25 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division season opener on Lake Guntersville presented by Navionics. For his win, Aaron earned $4,363. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-12-montevallo-wins-on-seminole

Montevallo Wins on Seminole

The University of Montevallo duo of Justin Barnes of Monroeville, Alabama, and Adam Carroll of Carrollton, Georgia, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Seminole Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned the Falcon’s bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-12-mount-paran-christian-school-wins-on-seminole

Mount Paran Christian School wins on Seminole

The Mount Paran Christian School duo of Lee Rose Koza and Carter Koza, both of Marietta, Georgia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Seminole Open. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-11-anders-chases-shad-for-keowee-w

Anders Chases Shad for Keowee W

Boater Joe Anders of Easley, South Carolina, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River division event on Lake Keowee presented by Navionics. Anders earned $4,164 for his efforts. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-10-toho-day-4-coverage

Toho Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-10-gross-wins-second-tour-title

Gross Wins Second Tour Title

Buddy Gross of Chickamauga, Ga., won the 2019 FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats at Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla., with a four-day total of 20 bass that weighed 85 pounds, 12 ounces. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-09-gross-grabs-toho-lead

Gross Grabs Toho Lead

Day three of the FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho was tough on the leaders, but Buddy Gross stayed steady, rising to first from fifth with 19 pounds, 12 ounces. In total, Gross has amassed 62 pounds even through three days, which is just about a pound ahead of Darrell Davis, who caught 25-12 for a 60-15 total and rocketed up to second from 13th. Going into the final day, everyone in the top six is within 5 pounds of the lead, and the way the Kissimmee Chain is pumping out big ones, that counts as the slimmest of margins. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-09-toho-day-3-coverage

Toho Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-08-cox-stays-ahead-on-toho

Cox Stays Ahead on Toho

Day two of the FLW Tour presented by Ranger on Lake Toho featured not one, but TWO 10-pounders, one caught by Casey Scanlon and the other by Jamie Horton. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-08-toho-day-2-coverage

Toho Day 2 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-07-cox-leads-toho-slugfest

Cox Leads Toho Slugfest

Day one of the FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho was the slugfest many expected. Leading the way is sight-fishing extraordinaire John Cox, who caught 31 pounds, 9 ounces and the day one big bass – a giant that went 10-9.  In second, John Voyles wrangled up 24-15, and Scott Martin is close behind him with 24-12. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-07-toho-day-1-coverage

Toho Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-04-flw-live-schedule-for-lake-toho

FLW Live Schedule for Lake Toho

Weigh-ins at the FLW Tour Lake Toho event will be broadcast daily at 3 p.m. ET days one and two and 4 p.m ET days three and four. The studio broadcast, with live in-the-boat streaming, airs Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. with hosts Travis Moran and Peter T. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-02-thliveros-brings-it-home

Thliveros Brings it Home

Nick Thliveros led after day two on Okeechobee and after weighing his lowest weight of the week, he was able to seal the deal for his first Costa FLW Series win as a pro. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-02-top-5-patterns-from-okeechobee-day-2

Top 5 Patterns from Okeechobee – Day 2

Fishing as a whole is still tough on the Big O, but there was definitely an improvement today – especially for the guys at the top of the leaderboard. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-01-thliveros-in-charge-on-okeechobee

Thliveros in Charge on Okeechobee

Nick Thliveros is one day away from taking the title in the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-01-top-5-patterns-from-okeechobee-day-1

Top 5 Patterns from Okeechobee – Day 1

Things are tough on Okeechobee, but these pros cracked some of the code to wrangle solid catches. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-31-roder-out-front-on-big-o

Roder Out Front on Big O

Okeechobee is normally the place of dreams. This week, however, it isn’t quite living up to its reputation. Day one of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event on the Big O saw plenty of fish, though the quality bites were hard to come by. Troy Roder of Brookeland, Texas, set the pace early with a 19-pound, 15-ounce limit to grab the lead in the season opener – presented by Power-Pole – with a lead of over 4 pounds heading into Friday. READ MORE »