UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Kentucky / Barkley Lake

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Ralls reels 'em in

Ralls reels 'em in
Steve Ralls is the co-angler champion on Kentucky Lake with a three-day haul of 54 pounds, 10 ounces.

BENTON, Ky. - After jumping from 30th to first yesterday, Steve Ralls of Buncombe, Ill., caught a whopping 20 pounds, 4 ounces from the back of Curt McGuire's boat today to retain his status as the No. 1 co-angler at the EverStart Series Central Division event on Kentucky Lake.

That catch brought his three-day total to 54 pounds, 10 ounces, providing a margin of victory of nearly 8 pounds and earning Ralls a Ranger Z117 for the win.

Tournament director Ron Lappin chats with co-angler victor Steve Ralls."I owe most of it to Curt McGuire," Ralls said of his day-three partner, who emerged victorious on the pro side. "I was worried this morning, and he said, `Don't worry; I've got five or six more spots.'"

Ralls needn't have worried. He is the latest beneficiary of a string of Curt McGuire co-anglers who have either won or at the very least made the tournament cut.

"Curt was on about 20 schools of fish," Ralls said. "He had three or four that he hadn't fished yet. He caught him about 20 pounds and pulled me up on one and turned me loose. In about 30 minutes, I had 20 pounds."

Ralls estimates that McGuire caught 75 bass today while he caught about 45. They were ledge fishing, with Ralls using a Bomber crankbait as well as a handful of jigs he doesn't even know the name of that were given to him last night by some employees of Fast Eddie's tackle store in nearby Fairdealing.

"I went in to Fast Eddie's last night and told them I needed a Laundromat," he said. "They gave me this shirt and some lures."

Ralls fished those lures all over Tennessee today and has them - and Fast Eddie's - to thank for his good fortune.

"We fished from Blood River to New Johnsonville and hit spots along the way - most of them twice," he said.

This is his first top-10 finish and his first FLW Outdoors victory.

Brown moves from ninth to second

Michael Brown leapt from ninth to second on the co-angler side with a three-day weight of 46 pounds, 13 ounces.Making the cut in the next-to-last spot, Michael Brown of Mayfield, Ky., moved up the leaderboard to finish the tournament in second with a three-day total of 46 pounds, 13 ounces. Brown improved his weight every day of the tournament and improved his standings accordingly. On day one, he caught 14-9, good for 13th place, and followed that up on day two with 15-6 to land in ninth. He caught 16-14 today to earn $5,000 as the No. 2 co-angler.

"It's warm out, but the fishing was hot," Brown said. "I had a limit early in the morning, and in the late afternoon I started culling. Whenever they would bite the 10XD, they would just smoke it."

Brown's partner, Jason Lambert, started catching bass this morning on a swimbait, while Brown wasn't having as much luck on the crankbait. So he caught a limit on the swimbait, only to switch to the Strike King 10XD crankbait later in the day.

"I culled out every fish except for one," he said of his late-afternoon catching spree. "I caught 10 keepers in the last 30 minutes."

Sibley stays in third

Yesterday's No. 3 co-angler stayed right where he was, as Donald Sibley of Strasburg, Ohio, brought in a five-bass limit worth 14 pounds, 1 ounce today to maintain his position in third. His three-day total of 46 pounds, 10 ounces earned him $4,000.

He caught his bass on a jig, a shaky-head worm and a swimbait. He fished ledges with all three of his pro partners.

Tennell, Jackson round out top five

Jeff Tennell ended the tournament in fourth with 46-10.Jeff Tennell of Franklin, Ind., caught 46 pounds, 10 ounces over three days to claim fourth place and $3,500.

"I caught a lot of fish and had three good guides," he said. "I couldn't ask for anything better. In three days I probably caught a hundred keepers."

Tennell caught his bass on a 10-inch worm and a swimbait.

Behind him in fifth is Ben Jackson of Paducah, Ky., with 45-2 over three days. Jackson finished sixth in this event last year.

"I had a phenomenal week," he said. "Sam Morrow put me on them today, and I wouldn't have a limit if not for him."

Jackson is a Kentucky Lake regular who occasionally competes on the boater side. That didn't give him any sense of entitlement from the back of the boat, though.

"I know a lot of places, but everybody I drew was on five or six schools of big fish, so there was no point in telling them where to go," he said, adding he caught his bass today on "a big ol' spoon."

Rest of the best

Arnold Payne Jr. finished the tournament in the sixth spot with 44-15 over three days.Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers on Kentucky Lake:

6th: Arnold Payne Jr. of Noblesville, Ind., 15 bass, 44-15
7th: David Carroll of Manitou, Ky., 15 bass, 43-10
8th: Marvin Maxwell of Tunnel Hill., Ill., 14 bass, 42-3
9th: Randy Terrell of St. Louis, Mo., 12 bass, 33-15
10th: Frank Divis Sr. of Fayetteville, Ark., 11 bass, 32-3

The EverStart Series Central Division's final event will take place on the Detroit River in Trenton, Mich., July 25-27.

Tags: jennifer-simmons  co-angler-headline  2013-06-13-kentucky-lake 

Co-Angler Fernengel Finishes Strong

Co-Angler Fernengel Finishes Strong

He got bumped from the top spot by an ounce on day one, and slipped the third on day two. But Erick Fernengel of Lake Waukomis, Mo., finally ended up on top when it mattered most.  READ MORE »

Meador Repeats Co-Angler Win on Grand

Meador Repeats Co-Angler Win on Grand

Defending his title as co-angler winner in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, which was presented by T-H Marine, was impressive enough, but the way Steven Meador did it was truly remarkable. After earning the 2018 win on Grand by 3 pounds, 6 ounces, the Bentonville, Ark., co-angler repeated the victory with a three-day total of 27-15 for a much slimmer winning margin this time around – just 10 ounces. READ MORE »

Farage Earns Fourth Co-Angler Win

Farage Earns Fourth Co-Angler Win

Weighing 14 pounds, 2 ounces on the final day of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta, Jack Farage totaled 37-2 to edge ahead of Cesar Laguna for the co-angler win. The win is Farage's fourth as a co-angler at the FLW Series level and he took home a brand new Ranger boat because of it.  READ MORE »

Short Tops co-anglers

Short Tops co-anglers

Weighing a limit on day one and two bags of just four fish each over the next two days was enough to earn Jim Short the co-angler title in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the Potomac River. Weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces on the final day for a total of 29-9, Short took home a new Ranger Z175 and $5,350 in cash. READ MORE »

McKee Takes Co-Angler Title

McKee Takes Co-Angler Title

Weighing in 16 pounds, 2 ounces on day three, Henry McKee beat out co-angler superstar Gary Haraguchi for the win in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division on Champlain. With a 47-8 total, McKee won a $1,050 and a brand-new Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower outboard. READ MORE »

Co-angler Crown Goes to Freeman

Co-angler Crown Goes to Freeman

Three solid draws and three solid days of adjusting to different areas of the lake helped Arkansas co-angler Zack Freeman earn his second FLW win and his first at the Costa FLW Series level this week at the Sam Rayburn event, which is presented by Mercury. READ MORE »

Co-angler Dacey Wins Wire-to-Wire

Co-angler Dacey Wins Wire-to-Wire

Winning the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American is a feat in itself, but to win wire-to-wire from the back of the boat is a whole different level. With 11 pounds and 11 ounces on the final day, Ben Dacey of Chesterfield, Va., closed out his win with a total of 38-2. For the win, Dacey earned $50,000 and also qualified for the Costa FLW Series Championship this fall. READ MORE »

Huntze Closes Door for Co-angler W

Huntze Closes Door for Co-angler W

Logan Huntze, the youngest competitor in the co-angler field, showed that age is just a number, as the 19-year-old earned a convincing Clear Lake victory at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats by amassing a three-day total of 57 pounds, 15 ounces. READ MORE »

Co-Angler Parsons Wins for Brother 

Co-Angler Parsons Wins for Brother 

Co-angler Scott Parsons won the Costa FLW Series Central Division event at Table Rock Lake with a combination of smallmouth and largemouth bass. He dedicated the win to his late brother, Dustin, who died of cancer in 2016. READ MORE »

Tapp Nets Santee Title and COY

Tapp Nets Santee Title and COY

Fast forward to today, and Tapp is back in the winner’s circle again, having won the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event presented by Power-Pole on Santee Cooper. His two-day weight of 32 pounds, 10 ounces didn’t just blow away the field and give him the tournament win, though. It also crowned him the 2019 Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division Co-angler of the Year. READ MORE »

Co-angler Bickers Wins by Ounces

Co-angler Bickers Wins by Ounces

One fish is unlikely to win a three-day tournament, but the right one can help an angler dig out of a hole. Just ask co-angler Troy Bickers, who rebounded from the dreaded day-one goose egg to go worst-to-first in the Costa FLW Series Central Division opener presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake with a winning weight of 20 pounds, 14 ounces. READ MORE »

Kentucky Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Kentucky Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Question marks are about the only certainty for day three of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake, as the top 10 pros scattered and left us lean on details on a day where changing weather could see changing fortunes. After two dreary days of cloudy, dim conditions, the final round brought lots of the bright, sunny stuff that pushes fish tighter to cover and makes them easier to target. Also, considerably more warmth may very well put the giddy-up on seasonal progression. No one’s getting too crazy with visions of heavy bed-fishing, but accelerated prespawn movement is certainly possible. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Kentucky Lake – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Kentucky Lake – Day 2

Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and vibrating jigs fished on rocky staging areas has been the primary pattern for catching big prespawn largemouth bass on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley at the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Lawrence. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Day 3 Coverage

Grand Lake Day 3 Coverage

Bailey Boutries leads the FLW Tour event presented by Mercury at Grand Lake in Oklahoma heading into day three. Today's forecast is for cold, with some thunderstorms, so it's going to be a challenging day for sure. It'll take a real effort to make it into the top 10. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Day 2 Coverage

Grand Lake Day 2 Coverage

Kyle Weisenburger has a big lead heading into the second day of competition at the FLW Tour event presented by Mercury at Grand Lake in Oklahoma. Follow along to see if he can maintain his pace. READ MORE »

Calvert, Lane Catch 29 at Guntersville Slugfest

Calvert, Lane Catch 29 at Guntersville Slugfest

Houston Calvert and Justin Lane of the University of North Alabama caught 29 pounds, 3 ounces to win the YETI FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference tournament at Lake Guntersville. READ MORE »

Niles Rallies for Co-angler Title

Niles Rallies for Co-angler Title

The Southeastern Division event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole was a grind no matter if you were in the front of the boat or back. Bites were few and far between, and as a co-angler just catching a keeper or two kept you in the hunt. Niles started strong with an opening-day limit worth 18-9 to have him in the lead. On day two, he cooled off and brought a goose egg to the stage. Still, his day-one weight carried him to the final round where he started the day in fourth. Paired with Brett Preuett, Niles got to work Saturday. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Day 3 Coverage

Sam Rayburn Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage of day three at the 2019 FLW Tour event presented by Polaris on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Day 1 Coverage

Sam Rayburn Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 FLW Tour event presented by Polaris on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas. READ MORE »

Co-angler Traba Completes Dream Season

Co-angler Traba Completes Dream Season

The fall of 2018 will stand out as a milestone season for Pacifica, Calif., co-angler Jacob Traba. In a span of just a few weeks, he won the Costa FLW Series Western Division finale on the California Delta, earned the Western Division Strike King Co-angler of the Year title and won the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Guntersville. READ MORE »