UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - California Delta

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Bauman’s bonanza

Bauman’s bonanza
Ryan Bauman of Fleetwood, Pa., proudly displays his first-place trophy after capturing the co-angler title on the Chesapeake Bay.

NORTH EAST, Md. - Fishing in the biggest tournament of his career, Ryan Bauman of Fleetwood, Pa., saved his best for last. After qualifying for the finals in third place, Bauman recorded a whopping 17-pound, 6-ounce catch in the finals, blowing away the rest of the competition in the process. In the end, Bauman turned a 2-pound deficit into a 5-pound lead and never looked back, capturing the tournament title on the Chesapeake Bay in dramatic fashion.

"It was a perfect day," said Bauman, who netted a three-day total catch of 38 pounds, 2 ounces. "It's definitely the biggest victory of my career. I can't even explain it."

In many respects, Bauman's week defied explanation. On day two, with time winding down, Bauman's pro partner blew out his engine just a few miles from the marina. Facing the prospect of a massive penalty for coming in late, Bauman and his partner needed to rely on some timely assistance from a fellow competitor. And they got it. Pro Mike Moran happened to be passing by and when he saw what had happened, he graciously carted the two anglers back to the marina.

"I have to give Mike a lot of credit," said Bauman. "We got back with 12 seconds to spare. I can't thank him enough."

Ironically, Bauman drew Moran during the final day of competition - and that partnership almost wound up producing two titles. While Moran came up short, Bauman was able to capitalize on his opportunities. But it wasn't easy.

"I didn't have a fish in the boat until 11:30 a.m.," he said. "I also lost a couple of fish that would have helped me."

But then things turned around ... quickly.

"We're targeting wood, fishing in really shallow water and then the tide left," he said. "And that really concentrated the fish in our area. From that point on, I was really able to start getting fish in the boat."

EverStart co-angler Ryan Bauman of Fleetwood, Pa., shows off part of his three-day, 38-pound, 2-ounce catch en route to capturing a tournament title on the Chesapeake Bay.Using a Lucky Craft, square-bill crankbait, Bauman went to work. Ultimately, he managed to haul in the biggest stringer recorded during the entire tournament in the Co-angler Division. Once again, the timing couldn't have been better for Bauman.

"It's just been crazy this week," he said. "It's been nuts. Every day was tough. Every day was a challenge. But I guess I saved the best for last."

In the end, Bauman walked away with a brand new, fully rigged Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower engine for his efforts.

Reese nabs second

Although Marvin Reese of Gwynn Oak, Md., came into the finals as the top qualifier, Reese ultimately had to settle for second place after recording a total, three-day catch of 33 pounds, 6 ounces.

Co-angler Marvin Reese of Gwynn Oak, Md., grabbed second place overall at the EverStart Series event on the Chesapeake Bay."Today was pretty stressful. I guess that sums it up best," he said. "I struggled all day today. I only had two fish in the boat until the final two hours. Then I caught two more but I could never get a limit. The last two days I only had four keepers and that hurt me."

Reese said that he targeted wood, boat docks, rocks and a variety of other hard cover to land the majority of his catch. He said he employed a versatile arsenal consisting of jigs, spinnerbaits and ChatterBaits.

"Frank (Poirier) was a great partner and he put me on fish so I can't really complain," said Reese. "I didn't get to pre-fish at all, I had to do a lot of adjusting each day and I haven't been to this body of water in three years. Ryan (Bauman) also set the bar pretty high today. Overall, I had a great tournament. And given everything that happened this week, I'm pretty proud of my performance."

For his efforts, Reese netted nearly $3,400 in winnings.

Gum finishes third

Co-angler Dick Gum of Woodbridge, Va., ended up in third place at the EverStart Series event on the Chesapeake Bay.After three tough days of fishing, Dick Gum of Woodbridge, Va., parlayed a 27-pound, 3-ounce stringer into a third-place finish.

"It was a good week," he said. "Anytime you get in the money on the final day it's a good tournament."

Gum said he targeted a combination of grass, wood and rock with spinnerbaits, worms and topwater frogs to land the majority of his catch.

"For the most part, everything went well this week," he said. "I would have liked to have done a little bit better today but I'm satisfied. I have no complaints."

In the end, Gum took home more than $2,800 in winnings for his efforts.

Pyles finishes where he left off

Jerry Pyles of Middletown, Md., recorded a total catch of 26 pounds, 15 ounces and finished the Chesapeake Bay event in fourth place overall, exactly where he'd started the day.

"I had a very good week," said Pyles, who targeted bass with a black-and-blue jig for the majority of the competition. "All week I tried to keep an open mind and it worked out well for me. It's just been a fantastic experience. I've really enjoyed it."

Pyles ultimately took home nearly $2,400 in winnings.

Best of the rest

Lenny Baird of Stafford, Va., made his third top-10 cut of the year, finishing the Chesapeake Bay event in fifth place overall. Baird finished the tournament with over $2,000 in winnings.

Rounding out the top-10 co-angler finalists:

6th: Thomas Bavaro III of Joppa, Md. - 24 pounds, 10 ounces.
7th: Manuel Cruz of Clifton, N.J. - 20 pounds, 12 ounces.
8th: James Goins of Baltimore, Md. - 18 pounds, 13 ounces.
9th: Chris Land of Joppa, Md. - 17 pounds, 6 ounces.
10th: Andy Dick of Wilmington, Del. - 16 pounds, 10 ounces.

Manuel Cruz was officially recognized as the 2013 EverStart Northern Division Co-angler of the Year champion. Cruz ultimately finished the Chesapeake Bay event in seventh place.Manuel Cruz was also officially recognized as the 2013 EverStart Northern Division Co-angler of the Year champion. The award brings an automatic invitation to fish in the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.

"I knew it was going to be close," said Cruz of his narrow win over co-angler Lenny Baird. "I was a little nervous yesterday when I lost a 3-pounder right at the boat. But once I (qualified) for the finals, I knew I had it wrapped up. So it feels great. That's what everyone works to accomplish, making it to the Forrest Wood Cup. To know that I'm going to get to fish against some of the best is a wild dream come true. It's awesome."

For a complete list of co-angler results, click here.


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: gary-mortenson  co-angler-headline  2013-09-12-chesapeake-bay 

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 »

Walters Punches for Guntersville Win

Walters Punches for Guntersville Win

Kyle Walters of Grant Valkaria, Fla., won the 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Guntersville with a two-day total weight of 44 pounds, 3 ounces. Walters punched grass mats for two days, utilizing the same approach in the same area as when he won the 2013 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Regional on Guntersville. The champ dropped 24-4 – the biggest limit of the event – on the scale today to hold off a charge by Bryan Thrift. READ MORE »

Jocumsen Glides to Guntersville Lead

Jocumsen Glides to Guntersville Lead

For the last four or five years, FLW pro Carl Jocumsen has been tinkering and testing, experimenting and dialing in ways to incorporate glide baits into his tournament arsenal. He’s been trying to figure out how it can shift gears from being a big-bass bait to a tournament tool. Apparently, he’s getting really close to nailing down those details. Today, Jocumsen used a glide bait to pound out a 20-pound, 2-ounce limit at Lake Guntersville to establish the lead at the 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship. “It’s one of those days you’ll never forget,” he says. “I hope I can back it up tomorrow.” READ MORE »

Freeman Best From the Back

Freeman Best From the Back

The first time Steve Freeman of Eddysville, Ky., laid eyes on Lake of the Ozarks was just a few days ago. Now, he’s heading back to Kentucky with some hardware and a certificate for a Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard, plus $5,000 cash for being Ranger Cup qualified for winning the co-angler side of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude. READ MORE »