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

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Top Baits From Lewis Smith

Dave Lefebre caught his winning limits with a 1/2-ounce Sworming Hornet Fish Head Spin with an albino Yamamoto D-Shad and a Rapala BX Waking Minnow. Rapala's blueback herring pattern was his go-to choice.

Dave Lefebre caught his winning limits with a blueback herring-colored Rapala BX Waking Minnow and a 1/2-ounce Sworming Hornet Fish Head Spin with an albino Yamamoto D-Shad.

 

Ringing in at second place, Clark Wendlandt threw a 1/4-ounce white 4X4 swim jig coupled with a white Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper for much of his weight. Wendlandt also bed-fished with a white tube.

Ringing in at second place, Clark Wendlandt threw a 1/4-ounce white 4X4 swim jig coupled with a white Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper for much of his weight. Wendlandt also bed-fished with a white tube.

 

Jason Reyes swam a bluegill flash-colored 2.8-inch Keitech Swing Impact FAT for most of his weight and added some with a Zoom Finesse Worm.

Jason Reyes swam a bluegill flash-colored 2.8-inch Keitech Swing Impact FAT for most of his weight and added some with a Zoom Finesse Worm.

 

Tracy Adams captured fourth place with a watermelon-colored Zoom Trick Worm rigged on a Jackall Flick Shake jighead and a Texas-rigged Zoom Centipede in the same color.

Tracy Adams captured fourth place with a watermelon-colored Zoom Trick Worm rigged on a Jackall Flick Shake jighead and a Texas-rigged Zoom Centipede in the same color.

 

Scott Martin used a variety of baits to catch schooling spotted bass, but caught all of his bedding fish on a white craw with a single Trokar TK130 flipping hook that he used for the entire event.

Scott Martin used a variety of baits to catch schooling spotted bass, but caught all of his bedding fish on a white craw with a single Trokar TK130 flipping hook that he used for the entire event.

 

After leading for two days, Zack Birge fell to sixth on the final day. He caught largemouths on a 1/4-ounce white Santone Lures buzzbait and a SPRO Bronzeye frog throughout the tournament.

After leading for two days, Zack Birge fell to sixth on the final day. He caught largemouths on a 1/4-ounce white Santone Lures buzzbait and a SPRO Bronzeye frog throughout the tournament.

 

Andy Morgan relied on a green pumpkin-colored Zoom Finesse Worm on a shaky head for most of the week and pitched a Texas-rigged Zoom Z-Craw on the final day.

Andy Morgan relied on a green pumpkin-colored Zoom Finesse Worm on a shaky head for most of the week and pitched a Texas-rigged Zoom Z-Craw on the final day.

 

Drew Benton caught a lot of fish off beds with a Bass Assassin Pure Craw, but he also used a Strike King Sexy Dawg topwater and a Bagley Sunny B crankbait to target prespawn bass.

Drew Benton caught a lot of fish off beds with a Bass Assassin Pure Craw, but he also used a Strike King Sexy Dawg topwater and a Bagley Sunny B crankbait to target prespawn bass.

 

Running far up the Sipsey River, Clayton Batts caught his fish on a Reaction Innovations Vixen topwater and a SPRO blue-colored SPRO McStick jerkbait.

Running far up the Sipsey River, Clayton Batts caught his fish on a Reaction Innovations Vixen topwater and a SPRO blue-colored SPRO McStick jerkbait.

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Top 10 Patterns from Lake Toho

While the Lake Toho FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats fell basically right on top of a wave of spawning bass piling into the shallows, many of the top finishers targeted bass that were staging out or transitioning to or from their beds. READ MORE »

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Top 10 Baits from Toho

The second stop of the 2019 FLW Tour landed right on the spawn on Lake Toho and the other lakes on the Kissimmee Chain. Top finishers caught bass in all phases of the spawn. Collectively, they used just about every bait you’ll ever need if you want to catch a bass this time of year in the Sunshine State. READ MORE »

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Marshal Program a Big Hit for Hughes

Retired minister Dan Hughes made the most money he’s ever banked in a fishing tournament, and he did it without even picking up a rod. The 70-year-old Fitzgerald, Ga., resident was the winner of FLW’s marshal contest at the Tour’s second stop of the season at Lake Toho, presented by Ranger Boats. Paired with John Cox on day one and Chris Neau on day two, Hughes’ pros combined for 41 pounds, 10 ounces during his two days on the water to take home the $2,500 top prize. READ MORE »

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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 »

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Top 10 Baits from Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee wasn’t her normal self in the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division opener presented by Power-Pole. Bites were few and far between, but the top-10 pros dialed it in and got it done. Winner Nick Thliveros relied heavily on a crankbait and so did others, but Florida faithful’s like swim jigs, soft plastics and topwaters also fared well. READ MORE »

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Sam Rayburn on YouTube

With mandatory POV cameras and marshals this year, there's sure to more video footage than ever from the FLW Tour. In addition to simple fish catches like Andy Wicker's 11-pounder and Terry Bolton's 9-pounder, lots of pros are putting together longer videos and giving fans a front-row seat to practice and the tournament via YouTube. Below is the full gamut of videos pros have put out to this point.  READ MORE »

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Beight Rings in Marshal Program in Big Way

Timmy Beight won the FLW Tour Sam Rayburn Marshal prize after marshaling for Jordan Osborne and Terry Bolton. READ MORE »

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Top 10 Patterns from Sam Rayburn

Fishing crankbaits, Carolina rigs and drop-shots around flooded hydrilla for Sam Rayburn Reservoir largemouths dominated the top 10 at the FLW Tour opener. Check out the top 10 patterns feature to learn more about effective patterns for working grass. READ MORE »

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Top 10 Baits from Sam Rayburn

Fishing deep-diving crankbait, dragging Carolina rigs and working finesse baits such as drop-shots were the keys to success at the FLW Tour opener at Sam Rayburn. Here are the bass-fishing baits that the top pros used. READ MORE »

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Top 10 Patterns from Lake Amistad

Wintertime patterns with just a touch of prespawn action dominated the Costa FLW Series opener presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Amistad. Crankbaits, jerkbaits, umbrella rigs, swimbaits and drop-shots were the go-to baits used by the top finishers. READ MORE »

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Top 10 Baits from Lake Amistad

Wintertime bass fishing tactics dominated at Lake Amistad in January, as the top finishers relied on jerkbaits, crankbaits, drop-shots, swimbaits and umbrella rigs to get the job done. READ MORE »

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Corn Wins Wild Card

Faced with brutal conditions for the final event of the 2018 T-H Marine Bass Fishing League season, everyone who managed to catch anything in the Wild Card on Old Hickory Lake in central Tennessee accomplished something. READ MORE »

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ETBU wins on Toledo Bend

The East Texas Baptist University duo of Brett Clark of Center, Texas, and Cody Ross of Livingston, Texas, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Toledo Bend presented by Bass Pro Shops Saturday with five bass weighing 19 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned the Tiger’s bass club $2,400 and a slot in the 2019 FLW College Fishing National Championship, scheduled for June 4-6, 2019 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. READ MORE »

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Top 10 Baits from Lake Guntersville

You can flip it, frog it, punch it and fish any number of moving baits through it. It’s grass, of course, and Lake Guntersville is full of it. That’s why so many grass-fishing baits were in the mix among the top 10 finishers at the 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship on Guntersville. READ MORE »

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Top 10 Patterns from Lake Guntersville

Aside from figuring out grass patterns, contestants in the championship had to deal with heavy pressure from another championship derby and major weather swings. Day one was cancelled due to the threat of severe storms, so the entire field fished Friday and Saturday. On day two, windy, overcast conditions forced many anglers to adjust. The wind died and the clouds lingered on Saturday, eventually parting and giving way to a beautiful autumn day on the water. READ MORE »

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Feldermann Consistent for Ozark Win

It’s been nearly 20 years since Mike Feldermann of Galena, Ill., has been to the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American. Now, after sacking up 45 pounds, 4 ounces of bass to win the 2018 BFL Regional presented by Mercury on Lake of the Ozarks, he’ll finally make it back to the prestigious championship. READ MORE »

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Spring Hills High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Murray Open Presented by Berkley

PROSPERITY, S.C. (Oct. 15, 2018) – The Spring Hill High School duo of Aaron Weed and Robert Wise, both of Columbia, South Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing... READ MORE »

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Top 10 Baits from Lake of the Ozarks

It may have felt like fall for the final Costa FLW Series Central Division event of the year on Lake of the Ozarks, but it didn’t exactly fish like it. The tournament, which was presented by Evinrude, saw fish caught from deep to shallow and it was clear that the majority of fish were in transition from their summer haunts to where they’ll feed up for fall. READ MORE »

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Top 10 Baits from Fort Gibson

The final Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event of the year was a true grinder. In fact, both first and second place only landed 13 keepers all week on Fort Gibson. When it’s that tough, little differences between baits can sometimes make a difference. Below is what the top 10 threw to get it done. READ MORE »

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Top 10 Patterns from the Cal Delta

Two heavy-hitting days buoyed Gregory Troughton to a 6-pound, 11-ounce lead going into a tough day three in the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta. The Discovery Bay, Calif., pro stumbled in the final round with a limit of 12-13, but outlasted the field and secured the win with 60-2. Troughton caught most of his fish by punching a Yamamoto Flappin Hog, but he added a few keepers on a Z-Man/Evergreen ChatterBait Jackhammer and a Don Iovino Splash-It popper. Read on to learn about the rest of the top 10. READ MORE »