UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Lake Lanier

Rosefsky Grabs Grand Lead

Rosefsky Grabs Grand Lead
Illinois pro Sam Rosefsky grabbed a 3-pound lead on day one.

GROVE, Ok. - He caught `em far and he caught `em close and in the process, Sam Rosefsky earned the top spot for day one the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division tournament.

On a day marked with dreary weather - cloudy, windy, showers soaking the last hour of weigh-ins - Rosefsky found plenty to smile about. His 23-pound, 1-ounce bag topped the opening round's standings and gave him a 3-pound lead over second-place pro Wesley Strader.

Hailing from Morris, Ill., Rosefsky said he spent most of his day fishing down near the Pensacola Sam Rosefsky brings his bag to the scales on day one at Grand Lake.Dam, where he sacked up most of his weight. On the way back, he stopped on a spot just a couple of miles from the check-in site and culled up with another quality fish.

With Rosefsky and Strader the only competitors to break 20 pounds, it was clear that Grand Lake's spring spawning slugfest has yet to materialize. After an exceptionally cold Oklahoma winter, the lake's a little behind schedule due to sustained low water temperatures.

However, a warming trend that began on Tuesday has brought the lake closer to where it needs to be. Rosefsky said the fish in his areas seemed to be moving forward with their prespawn positioning.

A late-day catch helped propel Sam Rosefsky to the day-one lead."That definitely helped today - they turned on," Rosefsky said. "I prefished for six days and I had two bites. Today, they started moving back into shallow water."

Rosefsky said that a key element to finding active fish was water clarity.

"Some areas were a little murky and those were the better areas," he noted.

As for baits, Rosefsky relied on a spinnerbait, jig and worm. The spinnerbait got most of the casts in areas of dirtier water, while the jig and worm split the duty in clear water.

Rosefsky said he targeted traditional prespawn staging areas such as clay banks with gravel edges. He chose leeward areas to keep out of the wind.

"We fished about 10 different spots today," Rosefsky said. "I didn't give (each spot) any kind of time limit; if I caught a fish, I'd stay longer."

Strader switches up for second

In the parking lot prior to launching, Strader expressed concern over the fact that he'd had the mostWalmart pro Wesley Strader figured out a key adjustment and sacked up 20 pounds. difficult practice of his career. Well, he may have started his day somewhat confounded by Grand's inconsistency, but he ended the day with a new-found confidence after sacking up a second-place bag weighing 20 pounds, 1 ounce.

"I had just about what I weighed before 8 o'clock this morning and I went practicing the rest of the day, trying to look for some other stuff," Strader said. "I had two other really good bites, which I didn't (catch), but I think I've figured out a little something. I'm not getting a lot of bites but I made an adjustment and I caught (quality fish).

Strader started the day by throwing his signature series Stan Sloan Zorro Bait Company spinnerbait, but non-committal response he was getting told him he needed to make a change.

"They were bumping it, they wouldn't eat it," he said. "I said `Something's not right,' I made an adjustment and that was all the difference in the world. They started eating it."

Strader reports a bonus moment from day one: "I pulled into a spot and I said `That looks like a buzzbait spot.' I tied on a buzzbait and caught a 4-pound, 2-ounce fish on my second cast."

Fishing "really close by," Strader said that he also got dialed in on a very specific type of habitat.

"It was a real specific deal and when I found it, I got bit on it," he said.

Recovered Kreiger takes third

A trip to the local chiropractor put third-place pro Koby Kreiger back into fishing form.Florida pro Koby Kreiger has suffered from chronic back pain for many years, but this week, he arrived in Grove with debilitating discomfort that he feared might keep him from competing. Fortunately, a local chiropractor was able to get him back into shape and Kreiger sacked up a third-place bag that weighed 19-7.

Acknowledging the benefits of warming weather, Kreiger noted another meteorological consideration: "I think today's wind helped more than anything. When it was slick calm, I sort of struggled and I think that's what it's supposed to be like tomorrow. The fish that bite on days like this are liars. Tomorrow will be the true test of what happens."

Kreiger said he fished a mix of swimbaits, homemade crankbaits and other moving baits. After a slow morning, his bite picked up around 10 a.m. and continued until he had to return for check-in.

"I was just trying to find spots with wind," Kreiger said. "Sometimes, it would be a flat tapering bank and sometimes it would be a sheer bluff. I just went fishing and hopefully, I can do that again tomorrow."

Kenney adjusts for fourth

Straight Talk pro JT Kenney said it was his key tackle adjustment that enabled him to place fourth withMoving baits were the ticket for fourth-place pro Koby Kreiger. 18-14.

"I was fishing moving baits and when I do that, I use a regular graphite rod," he said. "They weren't eating it so I switched to a softer cranking rod and that made all the difference because I could them load up. I caught everything that bit after that."

Kenney said he caught a keeper on his third cast and enjoyed steady action throughout much of the day.

Finessing puts Burks in fifth

Fifth-place pro Sammy Burks cranked his way into fifth place.Sammy Burks, of Joplin, Mo., weighed a limit catch of 18-10 and finished day one in fifth place. Cranking was his primary technique, but Burks said he put a little different twist on the standard deal. He called it "finesse cranking" and while he opted not to disclose any details, he said it was a presentation that allowed him to appeal to fish that have yet to turn on.

"We've had a long, hard winter and the fish are still really sluggish," Burks said. "They're not chasing baits. You have to be convinced that the fish are there and you have to finesse them.

"You also have to slow down. I worked two spots today."

Best of the rest

Rounding out the top-10 pro leaders at the Rayovac FLW Series Grand Lake event:

6th: Blake Neighbors, of Grove, Ok.,18-0
7th: Darrel Robertson, of Jay, Ok., 17-4
8th: Dan Morehead, of Paducah, Ky., 16-0
8th: Mike Gabel, of Woodridge, Ill., 15-14
10th: Stuart Arthur, of Benton, Mo., 15-12

David Dudley, of Dublin, Ohio took Big Bass honors with his 7-pound, 5-ounce largemouth.1

Danhausen tops co-angler division

Dany Danhausen, of Kankakee, Ill. topped the co-angler division with a limit catch of 16-6. After a toughTopping the co-angler division was Dany Danhausen. practice, she was delighted to find abundant opportunity throughout the day.

"My partner knew where to go and we were on fish the whole time," she said.

Danhausen noted that she caught a lot of her fish while flipping plastics, with two undisclosed baits accounting for most of her productivity. She said her bites came from a variety of habitats.

The key to her success: "Just keeping my bait in the water and fishing hard."

Jay Scott, of Jay, Ok., took second place with 15-15, while John Diffee, of Owasso, Ok. was third with 14-13. George Kapiton, of Inverness, Fla. and Chad Wright, of Clarklake, Mich., tied for fourth with 13-6.

Best of the rest

Second-place co-angler Jay Scott caught his divisionRounding out the top-10 co-angler leaders at the Rayovac FLW Series Grand Lake event:

6th: Seth Holder, of Cave Springs, Ark., 13-2
7th: Charles Parker, of Broken Arrow, Ok., 12-10
8th: Richard Vallis, of Fort Smith, Ark., 12-9
9th: Brandon Bray, of Marble Falls, Texas, 11-10
10th: Ronnie Shephard Jr., of Oak Hill, Ok., 11-4

Day two of Rayovac FLW Series Central Division action on Grand Lake continues at Friday's takeoff, scheduled to take place at 7:00 a.m. (Central) at Wolf Creek Park in Grove, Ok.

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