UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Dale Hollow Lake

Reneau runs away with Texoma win

Reneau runs away with Texoma win
A big day-two catch positioned Tim Reneau for his win at Lake Texoma.

POTTSBORO, Texas - Tim Reneau has been hunting his first EverStart victory for several years and after three runner-up finishes (including 2012 at Toledo Bend), the Del Rio, Texas, angler finally notched a "W" with his convincing effort at the EverStart Series Texas Division tournament on Lake Texoma.

Reneau entered the final round a pound and a half behind California pro Troy Lindner, who lit up the field on day one with 27 pounds, 8 ounces - the tournament's biggest sack. Reneau said he was particularly pleased that this event did not end with another "almost."

"I knew I had the bites to win, so (those second places) were pretty hard to swallow," Reneau said. "The way (Lindner) had been catching them I thought 'here's another second,' so this is pretty amazing."

Buoying Reneau's win was his big second-round performance in which he bagged 24 pounds, 13Tim Reneau caught most of his fish on a Strike King Titanium umbrella rig. ounces - the tournament's second-heaviest stringer. This catch boosted him to second place after his day-one weight of 17-9 put him in 13th. Adding 16-4 today gave him a three-day total of 58-10 and a winning margin of 3-7.

"It was crazy - the first two big ones got off and then I had to regroup and get back into it," he said. "I threw back probably another 17-pound bag yesterday. It was a fun week. The first day of practice I caught 'em and the next two days I just went and looked for something that nobody was going to throw. I'm not into bed fishing or going into marinas and getting in line. I found a little something special and it worked out yesterday."

Day one saw Texoma whipped into a frothy slop, complements of the severe weather system that blew across southern Oklahoma and north Texas during the early morning hours. The cold front driving this line of storms dropped air temperatures into the 50s from the daytime highs of mid-80s that anglers saw during practice. The rain stopped in time for the 7 a.m. takeoff, but cloudy skies and strong northwest winds prevailed for most of the day.

The second day brought high bright skies and more wind, though not as fierce as day one. Typically, post-frontal conditions prove challenging, but Reneau ignored conventional thought and whacked a Banks with rocks extending into the water were key for Texoma winner Tim Reneau.big sack of fish. Day three actually proved the most difficult, but his second-round surge was plenty to carry him across the finish line.

Reneau, who owns Del Rio-based Power Tackle, caught most of his day-one fish on a Strike King KVD 1.5 squarebill crankbait. On days two and three, he caught his fish on a Strike King Titanium umbrella rig baited with Strike King Caffeine Shads.

"What's different about this (rig) is that it has 100-pound titanium arms and when you reel, all of those arms compress and the baits get close together - just like a school swims," he said. "And if you stop reeling, the baits spread apart, like something scared the school."

Reneau caught most of his fish on rocky shorelines where the rocks extended into the water. Aside from dumping those day-two fish, Reneau said he fished cleanly.

"I caught everything that bit me today," he said.

Cade improves to second

Jeff Cade of Richardson, Texas, got off to a strong start with 22 pounds and a second-place positionSecond-place pro Jeff Cade caught a whopper smallmouth on day three. on day one. He'd slip one spot to third on day two with 17-6, but regain that ground on the third day by catching 15-13 and ending the week in second with 55-3.

Largemouth had comprised his previous two days, which he spent throwing a chartreuse and white blade jig around steep banks. Today, Cade showed off three nice smallmouths, including one pushing 4 pounds. He also caught these on the blade jig, but he found he needed a change of scenery.

"I got out there this morning and looked around and saw my boat and three others fishing the same area and I figured we'd probably beat that up pretty good, so I made a move," he said. "I had caught a good smallmouth in practice in one cove. It was kind of a (nondescript) looking place, so I went over there and caught all three of my smallmouths."

Cade said he fished mostly clear water so fluorocarbon line served him well. He estimated he caught a dozen keepers each on days one and three, with day two producing 16.

"I had a goal this year to make a top 10 and I finally did, so everything else is gravy," Cade said.

Lindner slips to third

California pro Troy Lindner placed third in his first outing on Texas waters.Lindner made an impressive showing in his first week of fishing a Texas lake. After his big opening day, he added 16-6 on day two and then 10-3 in the final round to finish in third place with 54-1.

"I came into this with no expectations so I'm really, really happy," Lindner said. "I knew at the end of today I would be third, maybe second. I knew I didn't have the fish to win."

Lindner caught his fish on a Rapala X-Rap, Spro swimbaits and a Texas-rigged Trigger X Spadetail worm. He said he's looking forward to future opportunities to learn Lake Texoma.

"I just didn't know where to go," he said. "I knew what I was looking for and what I wanted to see, but with the wind, I couldn't really run around. I just kept running the same areas that I had been running.

McCall gains two spots to finish fourth

Chris McCall of Brookeland, Texas, continued his path of improvement by gaining two spots to finishFourth-place pro  Chris McCall found a chunky spotted bass on Lake Texoma. fourth with 52-9. McCall took 11th place on day one with 17-14, moved up to sixth the next day with 17-5 and ended the event with a final-round catch of 17-6.

McCall worked a shad-spawn pattern around docks and caught most of his fish on a Santone swim jig and a Santone spinnerbait. One of his day-three fish bit a Gambler Giggy Head jig with a Roboworm. McCall's bag included a fat spotted bass with the classic "football-with-fins" proportions.

"It's just unbelievable how well this lake's fishing," he said of Texoma's recent upturn in productivity. "You have all three species of (black) bass - largemouths, smallmouths and spots."

McAlester finishes fifth

Local pro  Spencer McAlester took fifth place on Texoma.Spencer McAlester of Denison, Texas, caught a limit of 14-13 in the final round and tallied a three-day total of 52-6. He caught 18-12 and 18-13 the first two days. McAlester said he caught his fish on a ChatterBait, swimbait and Texas-rigged Power Worm.

"I probably had 50 keepers on Thursday," he said. "That dropped down to about 15 on Friday and today, I probably had about 12 or 13. If you get out there and let the wind be your friend, you can catch them."

Best of the rest

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

6th: Donnie O'Neal of Pflugerville, Texas, 50-3
7th: Eric Wrigh of Scurry, Texas, 49-9
8th: Rob Burns of Plano, Texas, 47-11
9th: Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, Texas, 46-6
10th: Chris Russell of Montgomery, Texas, 41-10

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

Lake Eufaula Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Lake Eufaula Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

It’s not like we didn’t already know it, but today the top 10 anglers drove home the point: To win at Lake Eufaula right now, you have to be fishing offshore. Among the ledge anglers this week is Michael Smith, who maintains his lead at the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event with a two-day total of 50 pounds. Here’s how the rest of the top performers made it to Saturday. READ MORE »

Smith Leads at Eufaula with 50 Pounds

Smith Leads at Eufaula with 50 Pounds

Competing in the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event at Lake Eufaula this week, Michael Smith weighed in 25 pounds, 7 ounces yesterday to take the lead and backed it up with 24-9 today. His 50-pound two-day total has Smith ahead of second-place pro Scott Montgomery by 5 pounds, 9 ounces.  READ MORE »

Lake Eufaula Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Eufaula Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Michael Smith established the pace at the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event on Lake Eufaula with a five-bass first-day limit that weighed 25 pounds, 7 ounces. He leads a crew of mostly offshore sticks that are mining Eufaula’s brush piles and ledges for some seriously big bass. Though, it’s worth pointing out that several in the top 10 did catch some or all of their keepers up shallow today. Here’s a rundown of the top five after one day of fishing. READ MORE »

Smith Smacks 25-7 at Eufaula

Smith Smacks 25-7 at Eufaula

It’s a 90-minute drive from Michael Smith’s Andalusia, Ala., home to Lakepoint Resort State Park where the Toyota Series Southeastern Division kicked off its season today on Lake Eufaula. That’s just close enough, says Smith, that he fishes here more than anywhere else. His understanding of how Eufaula’s bass transition from the bank to postspawn ares to the main lake really showed today while Smith put together an impressive 25-pound, 7-ounce limit to gain the day-one tournament lead. READ MORE »

Lake Eufaula Midday Update – Day 1

Lake Eufaula Midday Update – Day 1

It’s pretty clear from what went down on Lake Eufaula this morning that this lake is plumb full of fish. Almost everybody we pulled up on was catching bass. Yet, the consensus was that the bite isn’t quite as good today as it was during practice. No one reported the kind of mega-weights everyone expects to see. But there’s still some time. READ MORE »

Shad Spawn Carries Kelly

Shad Spawn Carries Kelly

Boater Danger Kelly of Somerset, Kentucky, brought five bass to the scale Saturday totaling 14 pounds, 14 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on South Holston Reservoir in Bristol, Tennessee. For his victory, Kelly earned a total of $3,021. READ MORE »

Wheeler Wins on Pickwick

Wheeler Wins on Pickwick

What started out as a scouting trip to better learn Pickwick Lake turned into another tournament victory for Jacob Wheeler’s ever-expanding career resume at the second Toyota Series Central Division event of the season. Today, Wheeler brought in a limit of bass for 17 pounds, 11 ounces to take the win with a three-day total of 56 pounds, 8 ounces worth $38,545. READ MORE »

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 3

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 3

For two days Pickwick Lake gave up some nice early morning flurries for the top10 fishing the Toyota Series Central Division event. But this morning, the lake might as well have been frozen over. Despite ample amounts of current still rolling down the lake, and fairly light fishing pressure for a beautiful Saturday morning in the Tennessee Valley, the early bite was shut down for most of the field. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Pickwick – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Pickwick – Day 2

Today’s weather was much sunnier, warmer and calmer; conditions that some think could push fish out deeper. But some are still counting on shallow grass. Here is a rundown of how the rest of the top five caught their fish on Pickwick today. READ MORE »

Murray Leads Wheeler by an Ounce

Murray Leads Wheeler by an Ounce

Sacking up 22 pounds, 10 ounces on day two of the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick Lake, John Murray rocketed up the standings from 14th place to the lead. With a total of 38-14, Murray is just one ounce ahead of Jacob Wheeler, who weighed 20-11 on day two to move up from ninth place. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Pickwick – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Pickwick – Day 1

Grass seemed to be the dominant theme at the top of the day one leaderboard at the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick Lake. Not only did Buddy Gross target grass for his leading catch, but three others in the top five seined the grass for top catches as well. READ MORE »

Buddy Blasts 24-1 on Pickwick

Buddy Blasts 24-1 on Pickwick

Buddy Gross won his first FLW Tour event on Pickwick Lake in May of 2016 fishing a shad spawn on eelgrass along the Tennessee River channel. Today, Gross rekindled those old memories from four years ago to bring in 24 pounds, 1 ounce and take the day one lead in the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick. READ MORE »

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 1

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 1

Pickwick Lake didn’t disappoint on the first morning of the Toyota Series Central Division event. As predicted, fish were biting right off the bat. READ MORE »

Abram’s Dream Comes True

Abram’s Dream Comes True

All week on Lake Martin for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit the weights have been close, so it was only fitting that the final weigh-in followed suit. READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 4 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin in Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

Abram One Day Away

Abram One Day Away

Day three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event on Lake Martin was a bit tougher for the 30 pros on the water, and while quality has been tough to come by all week, that was especially the case today READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 3 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin in Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

Abram Out Front on Martin

Abram Out Front on Martin

Same story, different day on Lake Martin for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit. When it comes to catching fish, Martin is on fire at the moment. However, just like on day one, big bites are tough to come by on the Alabama fishery. READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 2 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 2 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin in Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

Adams Leads at Martin

Adams Leads at Martin

Catching fish wasn’t going to be the issue for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event on Lake Martin and after day one that certainly was the case. With the entire field catching a limit, the weights are stacked with a little over 4 pounds separating 100th and 10th. Finding a Lake Martin kicker was Barron Adams, who sacked 17 pounds, 2 ounces to take the lead – thanks in large part to his 8-13 Berkley Big Bass. Just 15 ounces back is Derrick Snavely and the weights tighten up a lot from there. READ MORE »