UPCOMING EVENT: YETI College Fishing - 2019 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Lefebre Maintains Lead

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre stays in the lead on day two with a five-fish limit of 19 pounds, 13 ounces.

PLATTSBURGH, NY—In an afternoon marked by major leaderboard fluctuations among the 142 pros competing in the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Champlain, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre of Erie, Pa., held tight to the pole position, bringing a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 13 ounces for a two-day total of 41 pounds, 5 ounces.

Although he is happy to lead the field of 10 pros headed into the final round of the three-day event, sitting more than 3½ pounds ahead of his closest rival, Lefebre lamented not hooking the big bite on day two.

“It was a pretty good day; just no kicker,” he said seconds after being the first angler to cross the stage at scenic Dock Street Landing. “I just needed one of the big ones I got yesterday to really build a cushion.”

True enough, his catch did dip from a total of 21 pounds, 8 ounces on day one. But it was still a breakout performance considering that many anglers struggled to piece together limits in the midteens, let alone match their day-one catches. 

As on day one, Lefebre took advantage of a calm morning to run south to target beefy largemouths that were still on the bite. “My first two fish were 4-pounders, and that took a lot of pressure off,” he grinned. He stuck to the program throughout the day, only turning his bow toward port when it was time to race for the timer boat. Having led the first flight out, he was due in at 2 p.m., sharp. As it turned out, afternoon breezes provided a bit rougher ride than Lefebre expected. “It was real bumpy coming back,” he said. “After coming in early yesterday, I cut it way too close today.”

Looking ahead, Lefebre foresees another southern sojourn on Saturday. “I know I’m headed back down regardless of the weather,” he said. While he knows hungry largemouths await, he tempers his optimism with the knowledge that plenty of company will be there as well. “The area has gotten a lot of pressure from anglers fishing a local tournament,” he said. “I have a following of spectator boats, and when I leave, they move in and fish the spot. When I come back, there are five or six boats on it.”

In fact, with a large event in the 100-boat class set for Saturday, tournament director Ron Lappin moved takeoff from 6 a.m. to safe light, 5:15, for the finals, to give the top-10 anglers a chance to find their fishing grounds ahead of the crowds.

“My biggest obstacle will not be getting thrown off my game if I have to move around,” Lefebre added. “I need to have no preconceived notions about starting here and going there, and keep an open mind. Fortunately, I’ve got a pattern going and haven’t fished half of my spots yet. I might weigh all my fish from a place I haven’t fished yet.”

As for his evening plans, he said, “I’m going to sleep like a baby, get up and go fishing.”

Jordan Lee of Auburn, Ala., jumped from fifth to second on day two at Lake Champlain with an 18-pound, 3-ounce limit. Lee Milks Morning Reactions 
Jordan Lee of Auburn, Ala., was among the hard-charging contenders hot on Lefebre’s heels. Lee climbed from fifth place up to second on the wings of an 18-pound, 3-ounce limit that pushed his total to 37-12.

Lee tapped a blistering morning bite to make his move. “I have one spot the smallmouths are biting early,” he said. “I got them all before 8 o’clock and then it was over.”

His program included throwing strike-triggering reaction baits in depths of 10 feet or less. “I think the fish are holding deeper and moving up shallow to feed,” he said. “They’re spitting up big baitfish in my livewell.”

On day one, he credited his co-angler for sharing a red-hot bait that yielded numerous bites, and that presentation continued to produce. “I caught fish on a couple different baits, but the co-angler’s was still particularly good,” he said.

To extend the action later in the day, Lee hopes to rekindle a surface bite he discovered earlier in the week. “I was catching them on topwaters in the afternoons during practice, but haven’t caught them that way during the tournament,” he said. “If it gets really flat calm tomorrow I may try it again, though.”

Pro Chris Johnston of Peterborough, Ont., made a move to the top from 17th place to third on day two.Johnston’s Weed Game Yields 20 Pounds 
In third place, Chris Johnston of Peterborough, Ont., was one of two pros to crack the 20-pound barrier on day two. He notched a 20-pound, 3-ounce limit of largemouths to claim third with 37-10, advancing 14 places from his day-one ranking of 17th.

“I ran 70 miles down south,” he said. “I caught most of my fish flipping jigs into weeds in about 4 to 5 feet of water.” Cryptically, he added that his success hinged on a tweak he’d rather not talk about until after the final weigh-in. “I was doing something a little bit different that got me more fish, and I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow,” he said.

Like Lefebre, Johnston was far from alone in the southern weedbeds. “There’s a lot of pressure down there,” he said. “I was just off the main stuff, and a lot of guys who are fishing a tournament tomorrow saw me catching fish, so that could hurt me.”

Marini Plays Green Card 
Like many pros, Michael Marini of Slingerlands, N.Y., saw his weight fall on day two. But his 18-pound, 8-ounce bag was still enough to fuel a run from ninth to fourth.Pro Michael Marini of Slingerlands, N.Y., claimed fourth place on day two with a limit weighing 18 pounds, 8 ounces.

“I was a little shy on my weight today, but that’s only because I stopped fishing at 11:30 this morning to give myself time to get back,” he said.

Once again on the hunt for greener pastures rich in largemouths, Marini headed south to ply soft baits in the weeds. “I ran down to Ticonderoga again to fish worms in the milfoil,” he said. “I found the same school of fish, and they were still biting.”

Glenn Babineau of Mechanicville, N.Y., brought in 19 pounds, 1 ounce to move into fifth place on day two.Babineau’s Junk-Fishing Genius 
Glenn Babineau of Mechanicville, N.Y., moved up from 14th place to round out the top five pros with 37 pounds, 7 ounces. His day-two largemouth limit weighing 19-1 actually marked an improvement from his 18-6 day-one limit.

“I was doing pretty much the same as yesterday—junk fishing,” he laughed. “I can’t really sit on one grass spot and get ‘em like some of the guys can. I wish I had something like that but I don’t. So I’m running around throwing a lot of baits at a lot of targets and getting quality bites.”

Babineau’s varied arsenal includes just about everything in the tackle box. “I caught fish on jigs, [Z-Man Original} ChatterBaits and crankbaits,” he said. “I’m mixing it up because I don’t have anything to go to.”

Babineau might call it junk fishing, but considering it fueled a critical leap up the leaderboard and opened the door to making the cut and competing on day three, many would call it genius.

Best of the Rest

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

6th: Derick Olson, Honey Brook, Pa., 37-5

7th: Cory Johnston, Peterborough, Ont., 36-3

8th: Mike Neilson, Markham, Ont., 35-13

9th: Mike McDonald, Randleman, N.C., 35-7

10th: Mark Daniels Jr., Fairfield, Calif., 35-1

For complete results, including the co-angler results, click here.

Day three of Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division action on Lake Champlain continues at Saturday’s takeoff, scheduled to take place at 5:15 a.m. ET at Dock Street Landing, located at 5 Dock Street in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Tags: dan-johnson  headline-story  2014-07-17-lake-champlain 

/news/2019-02-12-montevallo-wins-on-seminole

Montevallo Wins on Seminole

The University of Montevallo duo of Justin Barnes of Monroeville, Alabama, and Adam Carroll of Carrollton, Georgia, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Seminole Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned the Falcon’s bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-12-mount-paran-christian-school-wins-on-seminole

Mount Paran Christian School wins on Seminole

The Mount Paran Christian School duo of Lee Rose Koza and Carter Koza, both of Marietta, Georgia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Seminole Open. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-11-anders-chases-shad-for-keowee-w

Anders Chases Shad for Keowee W

Boater Joe Anders of Easley, South Carolina, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River division event on Lake Keowee presented by Navionics. Anders earned $4,164 for his efforts. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-10-toho-day-4-coverage

Toho Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-10-gross-wins-second-tour-title

Gross Wins Second Tour Title

Buddy Gross of Chickamauga, Ga., won the 2019 FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats at Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla., with a four-day total of 20 bass that weighed 85 pounds, 12 ounces. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-09-gross-grabs-toho-lead

Gross Grabs Toho Lead

Day three of the FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho was tough on the leaders, but Buddy Gross stayed steady, rising to first from fifth with 19 pounds, 12 ounces. In total, Gross has amassed 62 pounds even through three days, which is just about a pound ahead of Darrell Davis, who caught 25-12 for a 60-15 total and rocketed up to second from 13th. Going into the final day, everyone in the top six is within 5 pounds of the lead, and the way the Kissimmee Chain is pumping out big ones, that counts as the slimmest of margins. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-09-toho-day-3-coverage

Toho Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-08-cox-stays-ahead-on-toho

Cox Stays Ahead on Toho

Day two of the FLW Tour presented by Ranger on Lake Toho featured not one, but TWO 10-pounders, one caught by Casey Scanlon and the other by Jamie Horton. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-08-toho-day-2-coverage

Toho Day 2 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-07-cox-leads-toho-slugfest

Cox Leads Toho Slugfest

Day one of the FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho was the slugfest many expected. Leading the way is sight-fishing extraordinaire John Cox, who caught 31 pounds, 9 ounces and the day one big bass – a giant that went 10-9.  In second, John Voyles wrangled up 24-15, and Scott Martin is close behind him with 24-12. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-07-toho-day-1-coverage

Toho Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-04-flw-live-schedule-for-lake-toho

FLW Live Schedule for Lake Toho

Weigh-ins at the FLW Tour Lake Toho event will be broadcast daily at 3 p.m. ET days one and two and 4 p.m ET days three and four. The studio broadcast, with live in-the-boat streaming, airs Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. with hosts Travis Moran and Peter T. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-02-thliveros-brings-it-home

Thliveros Brings it Home

Nick Thliveros led after day two on Okeechobee and after weighing his lowest weight of the week, he was able to seal the deal for his first Costa FLW Series win as a pro. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-02-top-5-patterns-from-okeechobee-day-2

Top 5 Patterns from Okeechobee – Day 2

Fishing as a whole is still tough on the Big O, but there was definitely an improvement today – especially for the guys at the top of the leaderboard. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-01-thliveros-in-charge-on-okeechobee

Thliveros in Charge on Okeechobee

Nick Thliveros is one day away from taking the title in the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-01-top-5-patterns-from-okeechobee-day-1

Top 5 Patterns from Okeechobee – Day 1

Things are tough on Okeechobee, but these pros cracked some of the code to wrangle solid catches. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-31-roder-out-front-on-big-o

Roder Out Front on Big O

Okeechobee is normally the place of dreams. This week, however, it isn’t quite living up to its reputation. Day one of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event on the Big O saw plenty of fish, though the quality bites were hard to come by. Troy Roder of Brookeland, Texas, set the pace early with a 19-pound, 15-ounce limit to grab the lead in the season opener – presented by Power-Pole – with a lead of over 4 pounds heading into Friday. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-28-anderson-tops-on-tough-okeechobee

Anderson Tops on Tough Okeechobee

David Anderson of Fort Myers, Florida, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the 2019 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division opener on Lake Okeechobee. For his win, Anderson earned $4,479.  READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-28-pitt-wins-again-on-toledo-bend

Pitt Wins Again on Toledo Bend

Local angler Cody Pitt of Many, La., caught five bass Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the 2019 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division opener on Toledo Bend Reservoir presented by Navionics. Pitt earned $6,349 for his efforts.  READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-14-bolton-hangs-on

Bolton Hangs On

With a 17-pound, 6-ounce bag on day four of the FLW Tour opener on Sam Rayburn, which was presented by Polaris, the 24-year Tour veteran did something he’s been within ounces of doing so many times before: He won. He won his first Tour event, and he did it despite a handful of tremendous anglers — including standout rookie Nick LeBrun and the best angler on the planet, Bryan Thrift — breathing down his neck in a furious effort to outpace the Benton, Ky., pro. READ MORE »