UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Hartwell

Lindner maintains Texoma lead

Lindner maintains Texoma lead
Day-one leader Troy Lindner held onto the top spot with a limit of smallmouth.

POTTSBORO, Texas - Yesterday, Troy Lindner couldn't do what he wanted to do, but he ended up leading the EverStart Series Texas Division tournament on Lake Texoma. Today - ditto on both accounts.

After locating a nice pile of smallmouth on main lake points during practice, the Los Angeles, Calif. angler had hoped to get back on those brown fish during day one. Mother Nature, however, had other plans, as a nasty line of storms moved across southern Oklahoma during the predawn hours prior to the day-one take-off. This system arrived on the leading edge of a cold front, which dropped air temperatures some 30 degrees and blasted Texoma with northwest winds of 20-25 mph.

Needless to say, the main lake stuff wasn't happening. Lindner adjusted by fishing protected marina waters for largemouth and took the first-round lead with 27 pounds, 8 ounces - the tournament's largest bag in two days. Worth repeating - this was Lidner's first time fishing a Texas lake.

At today's takeoff, Lindner had every intention of sticking with his day-one game plan, but he found theTroy Lindner watches intently as his second-day marina fish less than cooperative. (The high pressure and bluebird skies of a post-frontal day probably had the big green sissies in a bad mood.) Knowing he needed a change of scenery, it wasn't too hard for him to come up with a Plan B.

"I missed a nice limit of largemouth this morning and that kind of spun me out," Lindner said. "I missed fish yesterday too, but they bit better. I didn't have a limit until noon when I went back out to those smallmouth spots. I also fished some new smallmouth spots and they were pretty cooperative."

Today, Lindner added 16-6 for a two-day total of 43-14. Lindner caught his smallies on an undisclosed swimbait and the new Rapala Scatter Minnow (perch color). Introduced in late February, the latter features a curved lip that causes the bait to dart side-to-side with a frantic action that mimics and fleeing baitfish.

Swimbaits and a Rapala Scatter Minnow were the top baits today for  Troy Lindner."It's pretty erratic and I think that's what these smallmouth love," Lindner said. "I have manually impart this action with (other baits), but with the Scatter Minnow, I just have to throw it out and reel it and it does it on its own."

Lindner said he got on his quality largemouth around 2 o'clock and only had about an hour of good fishing. Nevertheless, he was pleased with Texoma's ability to produce competitive limits of largemouth and smallmouth bass.

"That saved me today," he said. "The largemouth just weren't happening, so I switched gears to the smallmouth. I love smallmouth - they always bite."

Of his final-round plan, Lindner said: "I'll probably start on smallmouth tomorrow and if I can get a decent limit of even 13 pounds I'll be pretty happy. I'm still trying to learn this lake. These (Texas anglers) spend so much time on this lake they know what happens when the weather changes. I'm still learning it."

Reneau makes big move to second

Tim Reneau, of Del Rio, Texas made a solid showing on day one, with a 17-pound, 9-ounce limit thatA big day two pushed Tim Reneau into second place. put him in 13th place. Well, today, he made things interesting by sacking up the event's second-largest limit - 24-13 and pulling within a pound and 8 ounces of Lindner with 42-6.

Reneau fished the mid-lake region and focused on rocky, transitional banks. Spots where the rocks prominently extended into water were most promising and those in the wind were best. After experimenting with two initial baits, Reneau figured out that a third reaction bait (undisclosed) was the ticket.

"They let me know pretty early what they wanted and then it was like a 45-minute flurry," Reneau said. "The first two were big ones and they got off, so I just regrouped, put a trailer hook on and then caught them."

Another flurry came at 10 a.m. and during this activity, he culled two 3-pounders for a pair of 4's. That key bait he identified early served him throughout the day and produced all of his keepers.

Cade drops a spot to third

A custom blade jig produced again on day two for  Jeff Cade.Jeff Cade, of Richardson, Texas said the last two hours of his day were barren, but getting off to a good start and producing throughout the day delivered a limit catch of 17-6. Pairing that with his second-place effort of 22 pounds on day one put him in third place with 39-6.

"I had a limit by about 8:30 and that settled me down and I could really focus," he said. "I had 12-15 keepers today and upgraded several times."

Cade said that, just like day one, he stuck with a pattern that produced well in practice. He caught his fish on a custom bladed jig with a split tail trailer.

"It's really been working," Cade said."I've about worn the hook off that bait."

McAlester moves up to fourth

Spencer McAlester, of Denison, Texas gained four spots today on the strength of his 18-pound, 13-When his brush pile bite fizzled,  Spencer McAlester moved out deep with a crankbait.ounce limit. His day-two weight was an ounce heavier than his day-one bag of 18-12. A total weight of 37-9 moved him from eighth place to fourth.

"I was catching them out of brush piles yesterday, but today it was like they just quit," McAlester said. "I just went offshore and started throwing out deep.

McAlester caught four of his fish on a Bill Norman DD22 in 8-15 feet. One of his keepers bit a Texas-rigged worm in a brush pile.

Wright slips to fifth

Fifth-place pro  Eric Wright sight fished again on day two, but could only catch smaller males.Eric Wright, of Scurry, Texas has been committed to bed fishing since practice and, while he caught his day-two limit by sight fishing, the bite was significantly less than day one in which he sacked up 21-11. Today, Wright's 14-pound, 4-ounce bag gave him a total of 35-15, as he slipped two spots to fifth.

"It was a little tough today and I only caught seven fish," Wright said. "That cold front blew in and blew a lot of females off the beds and everything I caught today were males - just big enough to get me in there."

Wright caught his fish on a Texas-rigged worm. Each fish, he said required about 45 minutes of effort.

Best of the rest

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

6th: Chris McCall, of Brookeland, Texas, 35-3
7th: Chris Russell, of Montgomery, Texas, 33-2
8th: Stephen Johnston, of Hemphill, Texas, 32-9
9th: Donnie O'Neal, of Pflugerville, Texas, 31-15
10th: Rob Burns, of Plano, Texas, 31-11

Reneau took Big Bass honors with his 5-pound, 15-ounce largemouth.

Peace moves atop co-angler division

Ray Peace, of Arlington, Texas caught a day-two limit of 12-10 and moved up a notch to take over theA 6-pound kicker saved an otherwise slow day for top co-angler  Ray Peace. co-angler lead with 30-11. Peace, who carries a lead of 3-4 into the final round, said he struggled to find keepers, but a big kicker saved his day.

"It went kind of slow today, I only had three fish," Peace said."I had a 6-pounder and a couple other decent fish. It was quite a bit slower than it was yesterday. I didn't change anything; I just went with what they've been biting and it seemed to do ok."

Peace said he caught his biggest fish on a weightless, Texas-rigged Senko. A shaky head with a finesse worm and a swimbait produced the others. Today's weather required him to adjust his retrieves to fit the fish's generally lethargic mood.

"I had to slow down quite a bit," he said. "The bites were few and far between."

Steve Hope, of Ovilla, Texas took second in the co-angler standings with 27-7, while Ralph Logan, Sr., of Magnolia, Texas was third with 26-7. In fourth place, Darren Scott, of Fort Worth, Texas had 24-0 as Gerald Andrews, of Ruston, La. placed fifth with 23-14.

Best of the rest

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

6th: Rick Parker, of Kaufman, Texas, 23-12
7th: Randy Hicks, of Lumberton, Texas, 22-8
8th: Clint Alford, of Atoka, Ok., 22-7
9th: Darrell Denton, of Georgetown, Texas, 22-0
10th: Gary Baldwin, of Fort Worth, Texas, 21-1

Jerry Woods earned the Big Bass honors with his 6-pound, 13-ounce fish.

Day three of EverStart Series Texas Division action on Lake Texoma continues at Saturday's takeoff, scheduled to take place at 6:45 a.m. (Central) at Highport Marina in Pottsboro, Texas.

Tags: david-a-brown  headline-story  2013-04-18-lake-texoma 

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga – Day 2

Brian Elder took over the lead at the 2020 Toyota Series Central Division tournament on Lake Chickamauga today by running the opposite direction of most of the rest of the top anglers. Elder went upstream, while many of his competitors ran south. As usual, most of the pros are keeping specific lures and techniques close to the vest. Here’s what the top five have revealed so far. READ MORE »

Elder Takes Over at Chickamauga

Elder Takes Over at Chickamauga

Brian Elder of Locust Grove, Ga., took over the lead at the Toyota Series Central Division event at Lake Chickamauga today with a five-bass limit that weighed 25 pounds, 4 ounces. His limit today is the biggest of the tournament so far and gives Elder a two-day total of 37-6. He’s just 10 ounces ahead of second-place pro Jim Neece Jr. and 1 pounds, 9 ounces ahead of third-place pro Brent Butler, who was tied for first after day one. The top 10 pros and co-anglers compete in tomorrow’s final round.  READ MORE »

SFA Wins National Championship

SFA Wins National Championship

After an exciting final weigh-in, the Stephen F. Austin team of Hank Harrison and Ethan LeGare were crowned champions of the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain. Due to an inadvertent violation of Rule 12, the leading McKendree University team of Nathan Doty and Jacob Louis had their final-day weight disqualified. Weighing the biggest bag of the day at 20 pounds, 8 ounces, Harrison and LeGare totaled 56-5 to win. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Midday Update – Day 2

Lake Chickamauga Midday Update – Day 2

Friday morning at the Toyota Series Central Division tournament on Lake Chickamauga was not for the faint of heart. At the 7 a.m. takeoff all was good, other than the thermometer hovering around the freezing mark. About 8:30, however, a small front moved in, bringing with it a bitter wind and a “wintry mix” to the Tennessee Valley. It began as snow with winds stout enough to blow the flakes sideways. But it soon turned into sleet and then a light, cold rain. READ MORE »

College Championship Updates - Day 3

College Championship Updates - Day 3

Day three of the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance is underway on the Harris Chain. The link to yesterday's top patterns is below, and we'll try to check in here about every hour with updates from around the field. Today is the final day, and at the end, one team is going to walk away with a new Phoenix boat and the title of National Champions. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga – Day 1

This story is supposed to be about the top five pros’ patterns, but it’s tough to write much when virtually every angler is fishing the exact same pattern. Miles Burghoff from Soddy Daisy, Tenn., and Brent Butler from Vonore, Tenn., both ended up with exactly 21 pounds, 9 ounces, creating a two-way tie for first place going into day two. They were mostly throwing lipless crankbaits. Here’s what the remaining top five anglers were doing. READ MORE »

Butler, Burghoff Tied for Chickamauga Lead

Butler, Burghoff Tied for Chickamauga Lead

Brent Butler, who won the 2019 Toyota Series event on Lake Chickamauga, is aiming for back-to-back victories this week in the 2020 Central Division opener on the same lake. His opening-day limit of 21 pounds, 9 ounces has him in first place and in prime position to have a shot at a second Chickamauga title. If he wants to do it, Butler will have to outlast Tennessee transplant Miles Burghoff, who’s coming off a top-10 finish at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event at the Harris Chain of Lakes and is tied for the lead on Chickamauga after one day.  READ MORE »

McKendree Cruises Ahead on Harris

McKendree Cruises Ahead on Harris

After two days on the Harris Chain for the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance, McKendree University’s Nathan Doty and Jacob Louis backed up their 22-pound, 10-ounce performance from day one with another 20-2 today to take the lead. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Midday Update – Day 1

Lake Chickamauga Midday Update – Day 1

“Tough” was the catch word during the first morning of the 2020 Toyota Series Central Division tournament on Lake Chickamauga. The overnight cold front that moved in brought a dusting of snow on the surrounding mountaintops and freezing temperatures everywhere. The bass seemingly did not appreciate the quick change in the weather. READ MORE »

College Championship Updates - Day 2

College Championship Updates - Day 2

Day two of the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance is underway on the Harris Chain. The link to yesterday's top patterns is below, and we'll try to check in here about every hour with updates from around the field.  READ MORE »

Sam Houston Leads with 24-11

Sam Houston Leads with 24-11

Day one of the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain certainly didn’t disappoint. The consensus from many of the teams during practice was that the chain was fishing tough, yet would kick up some solid bags on Tuesday. With 10 bags over 18 pounds and six over 20, it’s safe to say the Harris Chain is living up to it’s potential. READ MORE »

College Championship Updates - Day 1

College Championship Updates - Day 1

Day one of the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance is underway on the Harris Chain. READ MORE »

Strickland Hangs Tough on Harris

Strickland Hangs Tough on Harris

The final day of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the Harris Chain was a bit tougher than expected. After putting over 30 pounds on the scale on day two of the weather-shortened derby, Laramy Strickland worked up 15 pounds, 4 ounces on the final day for a 61-4 total to earn the win. For the win, the Bushnell, Fla., rookie took home $100,000 and a big win over a stacked top 30 that included some of the best anglers in the country and some superstar Floridians. READ MORE »

Harris Chain Day 3 Coverage

Harris Chain Day 3 Coverage

The weather-shortened Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event presented by Bad Boy Mowers at the Harris Chain wraps up today with the top 30 pros. Follow along all day to see who can take home the hardware and $100,000. READ MORE »

Strickland Sticks 31-Pound Megabag

Strickland Sticks 31-Pound Megabag

Florida cold fronts are supposed to shut the fishing down, but that wasn’t the case for many of the leaders through two days of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the Harris Chain. Rocketing into the lead from 35th place, Laramy Strickland popped a 31-pound, 6-ounce megabag to put his leading total at an even 46 pounds. In second, Jimmy Washam stayed steady, weighing 21-13 for second and a 41-13 total. In third, Hunter Freeman also made a big jump, hammering out 25-14 on day two to get up to 39-6. READ MORE »

Harris Chain Day 2 Coverage

Harris Chain Day 2 Coverage

The weather has made a 180 here in Leesburg, Fla., for stop No. 2 of the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the Harris Chain of Lakes. Follow along for updates on all the action. READ MORE »

Day 2 at Harris Postponed

Day 2 at Harris Postponed

Day two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the Harris Chain has been postponed due to high winds. With a lake wind advisory in effect from 10 a.m. ET until later this evening, many pros believe staying off the water today was the right call. READ MORE »

Salewske Cracks 26 at Harris Chain

Salewske Cracks 26 at Harris Chain

Day one of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event presented by Bab Boy Mowers on the Harris Chain was a catchfest, but it wasn’t quite the sight-fishing showdown that some hoped for. In the lead, Rusty Salewske weighed 26 pounds, 10 ounces. Just ounces behind him, Miles Burghoff wrangled 26-8. In third, Jared McMillan put 22-1 on the scale to kick things off. READ MORE »

Harris Chain Day 1 Coverage

Harris Chain Day 1 Coverage

Anglers are enjoying near-perfect conditions for a day-one slugfest in Leesburg, Fla., for stop No. 2 of the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the Harris Chain of Lakes. Follow along for updates on all the action. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Harris Chain

FLW Live Leaderboard - Harris Chain

FLW Marshals and media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the second stop of the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers at Florida's Harris Chain of Lakes. READ MORE »