UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Potomac River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Pair of kickers lands Corcoran out front

Pair of kickers lands Corcoran out front
Theo Corcoran was all smiles as he took the lead for the co-anglers in his very first Forrest Wood Cup.

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. - It is no surprise that the Red River in the middle of August would present a tough bite. That only compounds with the level of difficulty that inherently goes with being a co-angler and fishing behind the best pros at the Forrest Wood Cup. One way to make a bang, however, is to jump out to an early lead - something Theo Corcoran did on day one.

This year at the Forrest Wood Cup a new format was presented to the co-anglers. Instead of fishing their normal three days of competition to crown a champion, there is only two. Capitalizing on quality bites became even more of a necessity to ensure a top finish. After weighing a 14-pound, 13-ounce limit on day one, Corcoran will carry nearly a 5-pound lead as he heads to the final day of co-angler competition.

"I'm just a kid chasing his dream," said Corcoran. "This is amazing right now, I can hardly talk."

Co-angler Theo Corcoran holds up two giant Red River largemouths Thursday afternoon. Corcoran, who is from Kansas City, Mo., was paired with Spencer Shuffield to kick off his first appearance at the Cup and it didn't take long for the duo to put fish in the boat.

"I had my limit by 9:30 today," said the 23 year old. "It was an absolute blast. I was just trying to fish different and doing some crazy stuff. But I have to say that I got lucky, too."

Corcoran qualified for this year's Cup by fishing the 2012 FLW Tour Opens and sat the 2013 season out. He works as a collections specialist back in Kansas City but is trying to focus more on his ultimate goal - fishing the FLW Tour as a pro.

"I fish as much as I can at home. It will only be a matter of time before I can take it to the next level. I know that if I keep working hard at this it will happen."

For obvious reasons, Corcoran didn't want to give out any secrets just yet, but he is confident he will catch some good fish tomorrow with what he learned today.

"I just want to thank Bill Taylor, FLW, Mike Williamson and of course my mom, you can't forget mom. This is just unbelievable, wow, this is the Forrest freaking Wood Cup."

Woodford in second

Co-angler Alan Woodford will start day two in second place thanks to his 10-pound bag from day one. Also making his Forrest Wood Cup debut this week is Alan Woodford of Winslow, Ind. Winslow brought a limit of bass to the stage at the Century Link Center that weighed 10 pounds. He has a sizeable deficit to overcome in order to pass the leader Corcoran, but with a kicker bite, anything is possible.

Woodford was paired with Chevy pro Bryan Thrift (who sits in second currently) and knew it would be tough to pull fish behind the known power fisherman.

"Very seldom do you do well when fishing the same way as the pro," said Woodford. "I tried to mix things up throughout the day but most of what I caught was power bites. I even made a few culls later in the day."

One big bonus for Woodford today was that he was able to catch the elusive kicker fish that swim in the Red River - a 5-pounder. That big fish actually came from the same spot where Thrift caught his 7-pound beast nearly 20 minutes later.

The Indiana native is actually used to fishing condition as tough as we are seeing on the Red River.

"Back home I fish an area of the Ohio River that is actually pretty similar to this," Woodford explained. "It is a similar style of fishing which helped me today. I think I have the right technique down for this tournament.

"Tomorrow all that matters is hopefully my pro (David Dudley) is on fish. And knowing David, he is."

Peek perched in third

Richard Peek corralled 9-5 worth of Red River largemouths to hold down the third-place position.  As if winning the 2013 Co-Angler of the Year award wasn't enough, Richard Peek decided to throw his hat in the mix for the Forrest Wood Cup title. His 9-5 limit was enough to seat him near the top of the leaderboard, a place that Peek has became very comfortable with.

Peek rose through the ranks of the FLW College Fishing world and has been one of the most consistent anglers from the back of the boat over the past few years. So it seemed only fitting that he was paired with Paul Clark - the 2013 College Fishing champion from the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

The pair started their day by locking into pool 4 and running to a place known as the Little Jungle.

"We basically camped back there until about 2 o'clock," said Peek. "I had four fish when we made a move back up to pool 5. I needed one more fish and ended up catching two in the last 20 minutes or so.

"I used a frog, a Tightlines UV beaver and a squarebill all day. It was tough, but I stuck with it. I only got those six keeper bites all day."

Despite his young age, Peek has already displayed veteran poise he needs to stay focused on the job at hand.

"Every tournament has been a grind this year, but this is by far the toughest," said the Alabama native. "This river fishes a lot like the rivers and backwaters at home so I do feel comfortable."

When asked how he felt about the tough conditions Peek just grinned and said, "I'd rather it be tough like this than anything."

Day in fourth

Glenn Day of Cumming, Ga., pulled in a 9-pound, 1-ounce limit from the Red River to take the fourth-place position as the co-anglers look towards their final day tomorrow. He sits nearly 6 pounds out of the lead.

Hardin Sr., Mosley tie in fifth

Mike Hardin Sr. of Robertsdale, Ala., caught an 8-14 limit in tough conditions to tie for the fifth position.

Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., rounds out the top five with his 8-14 limit to keep him in contention tomorrow.

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers from day one on the Red River:

7th: Josh Smith of Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 8-9
8th: Benjie Seaborn of Guin, Ala., five bass, 8-5
9th: Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., five bass, 8-3
10th: Patrick Stines of Granger, Ind., five bass, 8-2


Tomorrow's takeoff is scheduled for 7 a.m. Central time from Red River South Marina located at 250 Red River South Marina Road in Bossier City, La.

As a proud sponsor of FLW, Walmart offers one of the most comprehensive selections of fishing tackle and equipment in the industry. To find great deals on Walmart's entire collection of rods, reels, baits and electronics, click here.



Tags: kyle-wood  co-angler-headline  2013-08-15-forrest-wood-cup-red-river 

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 »

Spawn in Full Bloom on Table Rock

Spawn in Full Bloom on Table Rock

Stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division should shape up to be quite the catchfest. Coming off of the division opener on Kentucky Lake, where pros were challenged with tough fishing, this week’s event, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson, should be stellar in terms of both numbers and quality of fish.  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 »

2019 Lake Chickamauga Preview

2019 Lake Chickamauga Preview

Lake Chickamauga in east Tennessee is a big-bass playground where anglers regularly catch trophy fish that surpass 10 pounds. In early May, it'll host the FLW Tour for the third time in six years. Previous events were held in June, so this stop promises to offer a different look at the Chick. 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 »

2019 Grand Lake Preview

2019 Grand Lake Preview

Grand Lake is situated in Northeast Oklahoma among the foothills of the Ozarks. The impoundment was created in 1940 when the Pensacola Dam was finished along the Grand River. The 46,500-surface-acre reservoir now hosts plenty of recreational opportunities, but more importantly, is also home to some of the best bass fishing in the country. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Seminole

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Seminole

Prespawn bass were the main storyline for the third stop of the FLW Tour on Lake Seminole presented by Costa. Finding areas that held concentrations of staging bass was vital to fishing all four days and most of the pros rode individual spots to their respective finishes. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Lake Seminole

Top 10 Baits from Lake Seminole

Vibrating jigs and Texas-rigged soft-plastic creature baits, along with a few finesse baits, were the primary tools used to catch prespawn bass from hydrilla beds on Lake Seminole in March. Learn how to put more early spring fish in the boat with the lures used by the top 10 pros. READ MORE »

B. Lat Becomes a Champion

B. Lat Becomes a Champion

The final day of the FLW Tour presented by Costa on Lake Seminole was fireworks from start to finish. All day long, Braxton Setzer, Sheldon Collings and Brian Latimer traded blows, landing one big one after another. In the end, Brian Latimer weighed 21-3 for an 80-15 total – enough to hold on to his lead and earn the first Tour win of his career. READ MORE »

Latimer Leads the Charge

Latimer Leads the Charge

After a fog delay to start day three of the FLW Tour presented by Costa on Lake Seminole, Braxton Setzer set off fireworks early, sacking up more than 20 pounds within minutes of his first cast. On the other hand, Brian Latimer was slow and steady, catching his bass throughout the day to assemble 23 pounds even by the afternoon. Heading into the final day, Latimer leads with 59 pounds, 12 ounces, and Setzer is 1-10 behind with 58-2. READ MORE »

Beavers Moves Ahead on Seminole

Beavers Moves Ahead on Seminole

While the weather may have been nicer on day two of the FLW Tour event on Lake Seminole presented by Costa, the fishing fell off to a degree. Overall, the weights were lower across the board, and getting off to a good start yesterday proved to be vital today. READ MORE »

Setzer Sets Seminole Pace

Setzer Sets Seminole Pace

Despite frigid temperatures at takeoff, day one of the FLW Tour presented by Costa at Lake Seminole produced the standard slew of big bags. In first, Braxton Setzer sacked up 25 pounds, 15 ounces, and Joseph Webster and Bradford Beavers both caught over 25 pounds as well. 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 »

Burghoff Checks Out Toho on Day 2

Burghoff Checks Out Toho on Day 2

FLW Tour rookie Miles “Sonar” Burghoff kicked off his freshman season with a strong performance on Sam Rayburn, where he just missed fishing the final day with a 12th-place finish. Now, the Tour is on a system he is more than familiar with, having spent countless hours on Lakes Toho and Kissimmee while attending college at the University of Central Florida. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Okeechobee

Top 10 Patterns from Okeechobee

Whether it was a canal or small sections of the lake, each pro in the top chose to hunker down in an area and milk it for all it was worth in the season opener of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division presented by Power-Pole. Here’s a look at how the action unfolded. READ MORE »