UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Kline completes comeback to claim co-angler crown on Lake Havasu

Kline completes comeback to claim co-angler crown on Lake Havasu
Co-angler Todd Kline of San Clemente, Calif., shows off his whopping 9-plus-pound largemouth shortly before winning the Rayovac FLW Series tournament title on Lake Havasu.

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. - With day-two co-angler leader Blaine Christiansen sitting rather comfortably in the lead, Todd Kline of San Clemente, Calif., decided it was time to save his best for last. With the crowd eagerly looking on to see who would capture the co-angler title, Kline approached the scales and didn't disappoint.

After hauling out four nice fish, Kline reached into his bag and produced a stunning 9-pound-plus largemouth - the largest fish caught in the tournament by far. The fish singlehandedly brought the raucous crowd to their feet and Christiansen down to defeat in one swift motion.

Needless-to-say, Kline was ecstatic with the outcome.

"It's just been an amazing week. I'm definitely blessed to have caught that fish," he said.

Co-angler Todd Kline of San Clemente, Calif., proudly displays his first-place trophy after winning the Rayovac FLW Series tournament title on Lake Havasu.That one fish undoubtedly netted Kline a brand new, fully rigged Ranger Z117 bass boat as well as a lifetime of memories.

"When that fish hit I couldn't believe it," said Kline, reliving the moment. "I had tied on a crankbait, which I didn't fish with much this entire tournament, and it hit a couple of rocks and then, `bam!' I just thought, `Thank the Lord.'"

However, today's outcome was definitely in doubt up until that time. With strong westerly winds wreaking havoc on the field all day, Kline had to battle from the outset just to get to that point.

"It was a battle out there and there's blood to show for it," said Kline, pointing to his finger wrapped in gauze and still bleeding rather profusely. "But today was an absolute blessing. It's even better than my 2013 (Rayovac FLW Series) win on Lake Roosevelt. Here, with this weather, you really had to adapt every day. It was very challenging. So overall, this is probably the best tournament win of my career."

Kline said that he targeted bass with Alabama rigs, a 4-inch swimbait and his ultimate weapon - a Savage Gear crankbait.

"Basically I was fishing for anything that bit," joked Kline.

With a total catch of 41 pounds, 4 ounces, including a five-fish stringer weighing 17 pounds, 10 ounces in the finals alone, Kline said it's a tournament he'll probably never forget.

"It's the greatest win of my career," he said. "The anglers I was up against also really made this win special. It was an honor to fish against these guys. I really don't know what else to say."

As for Kline, he really didn't have to say anything else - as he let his fishing do all the talking today.

Heartbreak hotel for Christiansen

Day-two co-angler leader Blaine Christiansen of San Jose, Calif., had to settle for a second-place finish on Lake Havasu after only managing one fish in the finals.Sporting a 3 1/2-pound lead heading in the finals, the tournament title was definitely there for the taking for day-two co-angler leader Blaine Christiansen of San Jose, Calif. Coming off a catch of 21 pounds, 7 ounces in Friday's competition, it appeared that the California co-angler was destined to pull off a win - but alas, it was not to be.

On the final day, largely due to the excessive winds that swept through Lake Havasu, Christiansen could only muster a one-fish catch for 4 pounds, 4 ounces. Coupled with Kline's dramatic haul, it was just too much to overcome.

"Oh man, I thought I had a small chance there to win but when Todd pulled out that fish it was game over," he said. "But honestly, I couldn't lose to a better guy. He really deserved it."

Not surprisingly, Christiansen wasn't a big fan of the wind in today's final day of tourney action.

"It was brutal out there," he said. "It was really windy, cold and the fishing was a lot tougher," he said.

Christiansen did what he could, throwing a custom made underspin with a small swimbait in an attempt to duplicate his day-two efforts, but he just couldn't get the right fish in the boat. In the end, Christiansen walked away with $5,200 in winnings as well as some thoughts of what might have been.

"When you can taste first place it's pretty tough," he said. "But when the tournament started, I didn't think I'd even make it this far. So overall I'm pretty happy. It was a good week."

Christiansen ended the week with a total catch of 31 pounds, 4 ounces.

Haraguchi maintains third-place overall

Co-angler Gary Haraguchi of Redding, Calif., finished the Lake Havasu tournament in third place overall.Known as one of the most jovial anglers on the circuit, Gary Haraguchi of Redding, Calif., ended yet another tournament with a huge smile on his face. And why not, despite three brutally tough days of fishing, Haraguchi ground out a well-earned third-place finish to add to his long list of accomplishments - which now include 18 top-10 performances since 1997 and 14 since 2005.

"It was brutal, brutal, brutal out there today, but it was a lot of fun," said Haraguchi. "But I have to tell you, it was so windy that I could barely stand up. Luckily I'm short, otherwise I think I just might have been blown over."

Haraguchi said he fought the wind by throwing a combination of spoons, jigs, A-rigs and swimbaits, but it was only good enough to land one fish in the finals. But even still, with a total catch of 25 pounds, 5 ounces, it was still difficult to wipe the smile away from Haraguchi's face.

"I've had a blessed week," said Haraguchi, who walked away with $4,000 in winnings. "I couldn't have asked for much more."

Leue tallies fourth place overall

Co-angler Daniel Leue of Colusa, Calif., used a total, three-day catch of 25 pounds, 1 ounce to ultimately finish the Lake Havasu event in fourth place.Daniel Leue of Colusa, Calif., used a total, three-day catch of 25 pounds, 1 ounce to ultimately finish the Lake Havasu event in fourth place.

"It was rough out there," he said. `I had the bites to get a limit but I just couldn't get them in the boat - and that was my fault. Overall, it was a good week, except for today."

Leue said he targeted bass on structure, points and grass with a combination of spinnerbaits and swimbaits.

"The wind generally helped my bite but today it was just too much," he lamented. "But it was still a lot of fun. This place fishes so much differently from anywhere else out West so I really love coming here."

For his efforts, Leue took home $3,500.

Best of the rest

Despite heading into the finals as the 10th-ranked qualifier, Aaron Agner of Anderson, Calif., leapfrogged into fifth place overall on the strength of a three-day catch of 21 pounds, 4 ounces. For his efforts, Agner won $3,000.

Rounding out the top-10 co-angler finalists:

6th: Roy O. Desmangles of Lincoln, Calif., 20-10.
7th: Michael Shoffner of Roseburg, Ore., 19-13.
8th: Debbie Carnahan of Flagstaff, Ariz., 18-9.
9th: Lonnie S. Foster of Kneeland, Calif., 18-8.
10th: Roger Haas of Morro Bay, Calif., 17-1.

Bass-fishing fans take note

Rayovac FLW Series Western Division action resumes May 15-17 on the California Delta in Bethel Island, Calif.

Tags: gary-mortenson  co-angler-headline  2014-01-30-lake-havasu 

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 »