UPCOMING EVENT: FLW Pro Circuit - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Thrift takes lead at Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Eufaula presented by Straight Talk Wireless

Thrift takes lead at Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Eufaula presented by Straight Talk Wireless
Chevy pro Bryan Thrift holds up his kicker from his 16-pound, 15-ounce limit that gave him the lead after a tougher day two on Lake Eufaula. He carries a two-day total of 37-5 heading to the third day of competition.

EUFAULA, Ala. - Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., brought a five-bass limit to the scales weighing 16 pounds, 15 ounces to take the lead on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Eufaula presented by Straight Talk Wireless. Thrift's two-day total of 10 bass weighing 37-5 gives him a 2-pound, 7-ounce lead over second-place pro Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., heading into day three of the four-day competition featuring the world's best bass-fishing anglers casting for the top cash award of up to $125,000.

"I'm fishing at least 50 different spots throughout the day," said Thrift, who has two previous top-10 finishes at Lake Eufaula in FLW competition. "I'm pulling in and making four or five casts, and then I'm moving somewhere else. All of the big fish that I have caught over the last two days have been biting on the first or second cast.

"Every stop I make, there is something down there - hard spots, standing timber, brush piles - something that is up off of the bottom a couple of feet," Thrift continued. "If you make the right cast and they are there, they're going to bite it."

Thrift said that he found and marked all of these areas during his practice period.

"I spent 12 hours a day idling around for three days," the Chevy pro said. "It was boring, it was hot and it was not very fun."

Thrift said that his areas were mainly offshore, and varied in depths from 6 to 15 feet. He said that he only caught seven keeper fish throughout the entire day, and three of them were well under 2 pounds. Thrift also said that he was using only one bait, but was not yet ready to divulge any specifics.

"There's really no rhyme or reason to it," Thrift said about his areas. "I can't tell which spots I'm going to get a bite out of. I caught a 51/2-pounder today where I never had a bite yesterday. The spot where I caught two 5-pounders yesterday, I never had a bite today. It's just totally random, and you just have to keep running and have the confidence that sooner or later you are going to pull up on the right place and make that right cast and catch a good one."

The top 20 pros that will fish Saturday on Lake Eufaula are:

1st: Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 37-5
2nd: Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn., 10 bass, 34-14
3rd: Straight Talk pro J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 10 bass, 34-6
4th: Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., eight bass, 33-9
5th: Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 10 bass, 31-15
6th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 31-13
7th: Kelley Jaye, Dadeville, Ala., 10 bass, 31-7
8th: Joe Don Setina, Pittsburg, Texas, seven bass, 31-4
9th: John Devere, Berea, Ky., eight bass, 30-7
10th: Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 10 bass, 30-5
11th: Castrol pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 10 bass, 29-13
12th: EverStart pro Randall Tharp, Gardendale, Ala., 10 bass, 29-1
13th: Ray Meredith, Smiths Grove, Ky., 10 bass, 28-13
14th: Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., 10 bass, 28-13
15th: Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 10 bass, 28-13
16th: Jason Meninger, Gainesville, Ga., 10 bass, 28-8
17th: Todd Hollowell, Fishers, Ind., 10 bass, 28-6
18th: Clent Davis, Montevallo, Ala., 10 bass, 28-2
19th: Zell Rowland, Montgomery, Texas, 10 bass, 28-1
20th: David Fritts, Lexington, N.C., 10 bass, 27-15

For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, won Friday's 3M ScotchBlue Big Bass Award on the pro side with a fish weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces to win the $500 prize.

Overall there were 551 bass weighing 1,350 pounds, 12 ounces caught by pros Friday. The catch included 68 five-bass limits.

Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify. The 2013 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Shreveport, La., Aug. 15-18 on the Red River.

Jason Johnson of Gainesville, Ga., maintained his lead in the co-angler division with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 24 pounds, 13 ounces followed by Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., in second place with 10 bass weighing 24-7.

The top 20 co-anglers fishing Saturday are:

1st: Jason Johnson, Gainesville, Ga., 10 bass, 24-13
2nd: Bryan New, Belmont, N.C., 10 bass, 24-7
3rd: Randy Clark, Pascagoula, Miss., 10 bass, 21-11
4th: Ronnie Green, Tampa, Fla., seven bass, 18-4
5th: Richard Peek, Centre, Ala., seven bass, 17-14
6th: Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 10 bass, 17-11
7th: Justin Jones, Apex, N.C., seven bass, 15-10
8th: John Devries, Fishers, Ind., six bass, 15-4
9th: James Mignanelli, Harmony, Pa., five bass, 15-0
10th: Tony O'Neal, Thomaston, Ga., five bass, 14-14
11th: Howard Poitevint, Bainbridge, Ga., seven bass, 14-11
12th: Mark Horton, Nicholasville, Ky., seven bass, 14-10
13th: Kenny Moser, Alba, Texas, six bass, 14-4
14th: John Kite, Festus, Mo., seven bass, 13-13
15th: Andrew Owens, Dividing Creek, N.J., six bass, 13-4
16th: Jordan Lee, Auburn, Ala., six bass, 13-1
17th: Michael Smith, Pickerington, Ohio, seven bass, 12-13
18th: Ron Shearer, Nicholasville, Ky., six bass, 12-11
19th: Keeton Blaylock, Benton, Ark., five bass, 12-8
20th: Brandon Bolton, West Point, Miss., five bass, 12-8

For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Jack Minnig of Levittown, Pa., caught Friday's 3M Peltor Big Bass weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces in the co-angler division to win $250.

Overall there were 235 bass weighing 509 pounds even caught by co-anglers Friday. The catch included seven five-bass limits.

Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $25,000 this week plus valuable points that could help them qualify for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart. The top 35 co-anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify.

Anglers will take off from Lakepoint Resort State Park located at 104 Lakepoint Drive in Eufaula at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Saturday and Sunday's final weigh-ins will be held at the Walmart located at 3176 S. Eufaula Ave. in Eufaula beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will also be treated to the FLW Outdoors Expo at Walmart on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.

Coverage of the Lake Eufaula tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when "FLW" airs June 23 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 564 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  2013-05-16-lake-eufaula 

Oklahoma’s Carper Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Florida’s St. John’s River

Oklahoma’s Carper Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Florida’s St. John’s River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PALATKA, FLA. – The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine continued competition Saturday at the St. John’s River in Palatka, Florida – the first time that the Gator Division presented by A.R.E. has opened their season on the St. John’s River – and featured... READ MORE »

FLW Series Championship Returns to Lake Cumberland in 2020

FLW Series Championship Returns to Lake Cumberland in 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BURNSIDE, Ky. – FLW (Fishing League Worldwide), in conjunction with the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission, announced today that the 2020 FLW Series Championship will be held at Lake Cumberland in Burnside and... READ MORE »

Record-Setting Field Opens Phoenix Bass Fishing League:

Record-Setting Field Opens Phoenix Bass Fishing League:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BROOKELAND, TEXAS (Jan. 6, 2020) – The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine opened competition Saturday at the historic Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas, and featured a record-setting field size – 230 boaters and 230 co-anglers. The season... READ MORE »

FLW Series Tournament Registration Off To An Impressive Start

FLW Series Tournament Registration Off To An Impressive Start

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BENTON, Ky. - FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) announced today that entries into the FLW Series have increased over last year, and nearly one-third of those competitors are new to the Series. In the first 43 days of tournament registration, the number of entrants into... READ MORE »

FLW Announces 2020 FLW Pro Circuit Roster

FLW Announces 2020 FLW Pro Circuit Roster

BENTON, Ky. – FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today the 2020 FLW Pro Circuit roster. There was high demand to compete on the 2020 FLW Pro Circuit, with more than 165 anglers requesting a spot on the circuit in its first year since the acquisition by... READ MORE »

FLW, TBF Extend Strategic Partnership

FLW, TBF Extend Strategic Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BENTON, Ky. – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) and The Bass Federation (TBF) announced today a new strategic partnership. This agreement extends bass fishing’s longest-running alliance between two pioneering organizations in service to grassroots anglers from coast to... READ MORE »

FLW Announces Schedule, Rules and Entry Dates for 2020 High School Fishing Season

FLW Announces Schedule, Rules and Entry Dates for 2020 High School Fishing Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BENTON, Ky. – Today FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) announced the schedule, rules and entry dates for the 2020 FLW High School Fishing season. New for 2020, the winning team (two anglers) at the National Championship will both advance to the 2020 FLW Series... READ MORE »

Phoenix Boats Signs as Exclusive Boat Sponsor of FLW

Phoenix Boats Signs as Exclusive Boat Sponsor of FLW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BENTON, Ky. - FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) announced Tuesday that it has reached a sponsorship agreement with Phoenix Boats, a leading boat manufacturer known for innovation, performance and an angler-centric business approach. Effective... READ MORE »

FLW Announces Schedule, Rules and Entry Date For 2020 FLW College Fishing presented by YETI

FLW Announces Schedule, Rules and Entry Date For 2020 FLW College Fishing presented by YETI

BENTON, Ky. – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced Thursday the schedule, rules and entry dates for the 2020 FLW College Fishing presented by YETI season, highlighted by the FLW College Fishing National Championship on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida, and advancement opportunities for anglers to compete in the Bass Fishing League (BFL) All... READ MORE »

FLW Announces Details for 2020 FLW Pro Circuit

FLW Announces Details for 2020 FLW Pro Circuit

TULSA, Okla. – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), announced today the full details, including rules, entry dates, schedules and the location for the 2020 Championship. The circuit will feature a field of 150 pro anglers competing across seven regular-season tournaments, which culminate to the FLW TITLE. A new event, the TITLE will showcase the top 50 pros from the FLW... READ MORE »

South Carolina’s Miller Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Wild Card Tournament on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes

South Carolina’s Miller Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Wild Card Tournament on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. – Boater Michael Miller of Greenville, South Carolina, caught a two-day cumulative total of 10 bass weighing 31 pounds even to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Wild Card tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. For his efforts, Miller earned one of the final berths into the 2020 BFL All-American Championship... READ MORE »

Major League Fishing Closes Acquisition of Fishing League Worldwide

Major League Fishing Closes Acquisition of Fishing League Worldwide

TULSA, Okla. - Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today that the acquisition of Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) has closed. This agreement brings together the league behind the no-entry-fee Bass Pro Tour and the largest grassroots organization... READ MORE »

Adrian College Wins YETI FLW College Fishing National School of the Year Title

Adrian College Wins YETI FLW College Fishing National School of the Year Title

TULSA, Okla. – The bass-fishing club at Adrian College is the best in the country, capping off the 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing season in 1st place overall with 2,350 points, and earning the team the title of 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing National School of the Year... READ MORE »

Marietta High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Hartwell Open

Marietta High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Hartwell Open

HARTWELL, Ga. – The Marietta High School duo of Carter Koza of Maretta, Georgia, and Paul Marks, of Cumming, Georgia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 10 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Hartwell Open... READ MORE »

Coastal Carolina University Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Tournament on Lake Hartwell presented by Costa

Coastal Carolina University Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Tournament on Lake Hartwell presented by Costa

HARTWELL, Ga. – The Coastal Carolina University duo of Max McQuaide of Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, and Grant Tattersall, of Sterling, Virginia, won the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at Lake Hartwell presented by Costa with a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned the Chanticleers’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College... READ MORE »

Oklahoma's Upshaw Wins Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

Oklahoma's Upshaw Wins Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

BURNSIDE, Ky. – Strike King pro Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, Oklahoma, brought a five-bass limit to the stage weighing 12 pounds, 15 ounces, Saturday to claim the title of 2019 FLW Series Champion at the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland. Upshaw, with a three-day total of 15 bass for 42 pounds, 15 ounces, won by a 1-pound, 10-ounce margin over second... READ MORE »

Upshaw Leads at Day Two of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

Upshaw Leads at Day Two of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

BURNSIDE, Ky. – Strike King pro Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, Oklahoma, crossed the stage Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce, for a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 30 pounds even, to lead after Day Two of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland. Upshaw now holds a 1-pound, 13-ounce lead over pro Rob Burns of Plano, Texas, who weighed... READ MORE »

Upshaw Leads at Day Two of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

Upshaw Leads at Day Two of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

BURNSIDE, Ky. – Strike King pro Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, Oklahoma, crossed the stage Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce, for a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 30 pounds even, to lead after Day Two of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland. Upshaw now holds a 1-pound, 13-ounce lead over pro Rob Burns of Plano, Texas, who weighed... READ MORE »

Zimbabwe Angler Cousens Leads Day One of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

Zimbabwe Angler Cousens Leads Day One of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

BURNSIDE, Ky. – A tournament field of 193 boats – each featuring a pro and a co-angler – began their three-day competition for a top cash award of $100,000 at the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland, in Burnside, Kentucky, Thursday. The no-entry fee bass-fishing championship, hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside... READ MORE »

Missouri's Roger Fitzpatrick Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Grand Lake

Missouri's Roger Fitzpatrick Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Grand Lake

GROVE, Okla. – Boater Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Missouri, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 50 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Championship on Grand Lake Saturday. For the win, Fitzpatrick earned $70,200, including a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard and automatic entry... READ MORE »