UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Norman

Terry gets it done on Amistad

Terry gets it done on Amistad
Winning at Lake Amistad proved to Austin Terry that his 2012 success was no fluke.

DEL RIO, Texas - Last year, after making a big splash in his first full season as an EverStart Series Texas Division pro - three top 10s and sixth place in points - Austin Terry was adamant about proving his 2012 season was no fluke. Suffice to say, his victory on Lake Amistad provided a huge shot of legitimacy for the 21-year-old angler from San Angelo, Texas..

"I wanted to start off this year good and make another run at (the points title)," Terry said. "In the last (Texas Division) event last year at Lake of the Pines, I felt like I had a shot to win it, but I lost a couple of key fish each day. You can't do that with these guys; you have to fish clean. I lost some big ones this week too - I just caught some really big ones to make up for it."

Terry started off with a strong day-one performance and took seventh place with 19 pounds, 5 Austin Terry pulls out one of his winning fish.ounces. The next day, he sacked up 26-1 (the event's heaviest catch) and stormed into the top spot. On day three, Terry saw his productivity decline to a limit weighing 13-13, but his earlier work had given him a 5-pound lead going into the final round. That advantage helped him stave off several challengers with a three-day total of 59-3 and a winning margin of 1-13.

"I had a pretty good lead yesterday but I knew this is Amistad and how many big fish are out there," Terry said.

Terry fished the lake's Mexican side about 12 miles from the tournament site and essentially targeted prespawn areas outside spawning pockets. He identified these areas during practice and said he had great optimism for their potential during the tournament.

"I found this place in practice and it just set up right for all these fish that would be coming in to spawn," Terry explained. "There were only 2-pounders and some up to 3 in there four or five days before the tournament. But I knew with it warming every day, and I was watching the moon, this could set up and we could really get it right."

His spot did indeed start to blossom and Terry caught bass on a selection of moving baits. He started his days by throwing a Fury squarebill crankbait and switched to a Revenge swim jig with a Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper later in the day.

Austin Terry caught his fish on a squarebill crankbait and a swim jig."My fish were really shallow - especially the later bite," Terry said. "All of mine today probably came in less than two feet. I've seen some pretty clean beds in there but right now (most of the fish) are getting ready to pull up; they're staging right now. But another week or so there's probably going to be a bunch on beds."

Terry and his fellow competitors struggled with a greatly depleted Lake Amistad. With drought conditions plaguing the region, downstream agricultural needs have prompted significant water release. This has been largely disruptive to the seasonal spawning migrations, hastened by warming temperatures and today's full moon. The fish want to move up, but declining water has had them in a state of flux that many anglers believed has held back the lake's true potential.

Terry overcame this by focusing on the drains accessing these spawning areas and working the outside edges of hydrilla beds. Tournament mornings were dim and foggy, with sunny conditions prevailing on the afternoons of days one and two. These late-day warm-ups triggered better action, but the final day offered no afternoon sunbath, so Terry never found a day-three big bite. Nevertheless, a win is a win and Austin Terry has officially made his mark in EverStart competition.

Combs improves to second

Just a few days removed from a bout with the flu, Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas, seemed justDespite a bout with the flu, Keith Combs turned in a second-place performance. fine on the water. Day one saw him take 15th place with 16-12 but a day later, he had boosted his position to fifth after catching a limit of 22-6. In the final round, Combs weighed 18-4 and gained three more spots to finish second with 57-6.

"I didn't get much practice time so I just decided to cover water," Combs said. "The grass is mostly shallow so I stayed shallow.

"I threw three baits this week: I threw a jerkbait when the water was really clear and in dingy water I picked up a Strike King Redeye Shad or a Strike King 1.5 squarebill. I threw these on 15-pound fluorocarbon line and Power Tackle Rods and just covered water."

Combs said he fished from mile marker 5 to 9 on the lake's Mexican side.

Johnston stays shallow, takes third

Staying shallow and fishing the grass was essential for third-place Stephen Johnston.Stephen Johnston wasn't about to repeat the mistake he made at last year's Lake Amistad event. And after three days of fishing very differently than he did last year, the Ranger pro from Hemphill, Texas, earned a third-place finish with 57-1.

"I came down here last week and the weather was beautiful, the water temp was in the high 40s and I just went fishing," Johnston said of his practice. "I'm a grass guy. I've made a lot of cuts down here by fishing deep but last year I stayed out too deep I thought, so this year I stayed up shallow. I put my head down in the grass and just went fishing."

Johnston caught his fish on a Strike King 1.5 squarebill and a V&M Lightning Blade. As the tournament progressed, he saw his list of practice spots dwindling with the falling water.

"Since I've been here, I think the water has fallen 3 1/2 feet," Johnston said. "Some of the waypoints where we caught them earlier in the week are dry."'

Big finish lifts Loyd to fourth

Lamonte Loyd of Gilmer, Texas, was the tournament's comeback kid. After placing 56th on day oneTwo days of 20-plus pound stringers led  Lamonte Loyd to fourth place. with 13-3, Loyd stepped on the gas and made a huge advance into tenth place by sacking up 22-3. He continued his campaign on day three with a bag that went 20-10 and ended in fourth place with 56-0.

Loyd caught all of his fish on a custom-painted Strike King 6XD crankbait. Notably, Loyd was the only pro to break 20 pounds on day three and the only one to break 20 twice in the event.

Wilson winds up fifth

 Kris Wilson used a Sixth Sense deep diving crankbait to earn fifth place.Kris Wilson of Montgomery, Texas, tallied a three-day total of 54-4 and finished in fifth place. Wilson caught all of his day-one fish on a jerkbait. He kept that bait in play for day two, but also worked in a swimbait. In the final round, he caught all of his fish on a Sixth Sense deep-diving crankbait.

Best of the rest

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

6th: Shane Moore, of Argyle, Texas, 52-9
7th: Dusty Schultz, of Willis, Texas, 52-3
8th: Gene J. Eisenmann, of Frisco, Texas, 50-6
9th: Mark Rouse, of League City, Texas, 48-14
10th: TW Hardy, of Silsbee, Texas, 45-10

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

Burton Wins on the Detroit River

Burton Wins on the Detroit River

Boater Wilson Burton of Findlay, Ohio, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 40 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Michigan Division Super-Tournament at the Detroit River. READ MORE »

Eslinger Earns Shelbyville Win

Eslinger Earns Shelbyville Win

Boater Archie Eslinger of Paris, Illinois, brought a two-day total of eight bass to the scale weighing 27 pounds, 8 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Illini Division Super-Tournament at Lake Shelbyville. For his victory, Eslinger earned $6,197. READ MORE »

Lake County Wins at Home

Lake County Wins at Home

The Lake County High School duo of Payton Lyndall and Tyler Brant brought five bass to the scale Sunday weighing 17 pounds, 14 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Clear Lake Open in Clearlake, California. READ MORE »

Mifflinburg Wins on the Chesapeake Bay

Mifflinburg Wins on the Chesapeake Bay

Pennsylvania’s Mifflinburg High School duo of Ty Stroup and Daniel Walter ground out three fish Saturday weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces to win the very tough High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Chesapeake Bay Open event in Edgewood, Maryland. READ MORE »

Williams Tops on Rayburn

Williams Tops on Rayburn

Boater Shane Williams of Keithville, Louisiana, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 30 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Cowboy Division Super-Tournament at Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Navionics. READ MORE »

Simpson Cruises at Clear Lake

Simpson Cruises at Clear Lake

The Simpson University team of Luke Blanchard of Vancouver, Washington, and Nathan Phillips of Kelseyville, California, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Clear Lake event Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 13 ounces. The victory advanced the Simpson bass club to the 2021 College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Adrian Wins Again

Adrian Wins Again

The Adrian College team of Grant Gallagher of Fremont, Ohio, and Ben Statly of Fenton, Michigan, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at the Chesapeake Bay event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 2 ounces. READ MORE »

Manson Wins on Indian Lake

Manson Wins on Indian Lake

Boater Scott Manson of Covington, Ohio, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 10 pounds, 15 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Buckeye Division Tournament at Indian Lake. For his victory, Manson earned $3,804. READ MORE »

Au Rallies for Clear Lake Win

Au Rallies for Clear Lake Win

Steadily climbing the leaderboard all week, Tai Au dropped 26 pounds, 4 ounces today – the biggest bag of the week – to jump from fourth and claim his second title of the 2020 Toyota Series Western Division season. With 63-3 overall, Au wraps a phenomenal season where he won on Havasu back in March, placed 10th on the California Delta in August and closed the season with yet another win this week on Clear Lake. In winning, Au also wrapped the Strike King Angler of the Year title for the Western Division for the first time in his career. READ MORE »

White Rolling at Clear Lake

White Rolling at Clear Lake

Fishing was still good on day two of the Toyota Series Western Division finale at Clear Lake, though there were notably less 20-pound bags brought to the scale. Still, day-one leader Tom White managed 19 pounds, 5 ounces today to back up his 24-12 weight from Thursday and will carry a 5-10 lead heading into Saturday’s final round. This would be White’s first FLW win if he can fend off the nine other hungry pros behind him. READ MORE »

White Drops 24-12 at Clear Lake

White Drops 24-12 at Clear Lake

Tom White of Costa Mesa, Calif., fished the first two events of the Toyota Series Western Division season as a co-angler where he found decent success. Now, in the final event of the season White stepped up to the boater side and took the lead on Clear Lake after day one with a 24-pound, 12-ounce limit. The former Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI angler will hold close to a 5-pound lead over Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour pro Jared Lintner heading into day two. While 4 pounds would be a decent lead on a lot of fisheries, this is Clear Lake, and anything can happen tomorrow. READ MORE »

Big Bags on Deck at Clear Lake

Big Bags on Deck at Clear Lake

The Toyota Series Western Division wraps its season this week on famed Clear Lake in California. The lake is frequently noted as one of the best bass fisheries in the country and Clear Lake is shaping up to kick out plenty of bass this week. READ MORE »

Whitehead Tops on Pickwick

Whitehead Tops on Pickwick

Boater Christopher Whitehead of Tupelo, Miss., brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 33 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Mississippi Division Super-Tournament at Pickwick Lake. For his victory, Whitehead earned $5,942. READ MORE »

Tramel Rolls at Old Hickory

Tramel Rolls at Old Hickory

Boater Josh Tramel of Smithville, Tenn., brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 34 pounds, 5 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Music City Division Super-Tournament at Old Hickory Lake. Tramel earned a total of $5,540 for his victory.  READ MORE »

Topwater Gives Trim the W

Topwater Gives Trim the W

Boater Nick Trim of Galesville, Wis., brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 34 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Great Lakes Division Super-Tournament at the Mississippi River. For his victory, Trim earned $6,690. READ MORE »

Langford Wins on Smith Mountain

Langford Wins on Smith Mountain

Boater Todd Langford of Great Falls, Va., brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 33 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Piedmont Division Super-Tournament at Smith Mountain Lake. For his victory, Langford earned $5,065. READ MORE »

Rockefeller Frogs on Clarks Hill

Rockefeller Frogs on Clarks Hill

Boater Joshua Rockefeller of Harlem, Ga., brought a two-day total of nine bass to the scale weighing 21 pounds even to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine South Carolina Division Super-Tournament at Clarks Hill Lake. For his victory, Rockefeller earned $4,668. READ MORE »

Strong Day One Carries Sifers

Strong Day One Carries Sifers

Boater Jeramiah Sifers of Sellersburg, Ind., brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 22 pounds, 14 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Hoosier Division Super-Tournament at the Rough River. Sifers earned a total of $6,917 for his victory. READ MORE »

Lieblong Again at Dardanelle

Lieblong Again at Dardanelle

Jason Lieblong is no stranger to Toyota Series titles on Lake Dardanelle. He claimed his first back in August of 2015 and five years later thanks to a final-day bag worth 15 pounds, 15 ounces (the biggest of the event) Lieblong added his second Series trophy to the mantle. The Conway, Ark., pro finished the event with 40-9 overall, moving up the leaderboard every day of the tournament. For winning the Plains Division opener presented by Fish-Intel, Lieblong took home over $70,000 thanks largely to the FLW PHOENIX BONUS, which earned him and extra $35,000. READ MORE »

Dobson Grabs Second Toyota Series W

Dobson Grabs Second Toyota Series W

Weighing 18 pounds and 9 ounces on day three for a 59-3 total, Scott Dobson moved from second to first to win the Toyota Series Northern Division event on the Detroit River. The win is Dobson’s second in Toyota Series competition and his eighth overall with FLW. For the win, Dobson takes home $27,534 and further burnishes his record as one of the best smallmouth anglers on the planet.   READ MORE »