UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Lake Champlain

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A Look Back at the Star-Studded Top 20

A Look Back at the Star-Studded Top 20

To survive the top-20 cut at a Walmart FLW Tour event is an accomplishment in itself. It always takes a high caliber of angler to get there.

At Lewis Smith Lake for stop No. 2 of the 2015 Tour, however, the top 20 featured an impressive group of anglers who not only were top performers that particular week, but have been throughout their careers.

We broke down some of their stats to show you just how good this top 20 really was.

Career earnings – Prior to this event, the top 20 pros had combined FLW earnings of $19,890,481.25. They collectively added $419,000 at Lewis Smith. Among the pros in the top 20 were the two highest earners all time with FLW. David Dudley is tops, with $3,364,466.75. Scott Martin is second with $2,257,078.

Millionaires – Nine FLW millionaires finished in the top 20. The list: Andy Morgan, Anthony Gagliardi, Clark Wendlandt, Dave Lefebre, David Dudley, Luke Clausen, Scott Martin, Shin Fukae and Wesley Strader.

Tour champs – Combined, the top 20 pros have won 29 Walmart FLW Tour events. That includes Tour Opens, Tour Majors, Forrest Wood Cups and Lefebre’s win this time. Scott Martin tops the list with five Tour wins. Lewis Smith was Lefebre’s third Tour victory. He’s previously won at Old Hickory and Kentucky Lake. The full list of past Tour champs in the top 20: Tracy Adams (1), Matt Arey (1), Drew Benton (1), Luke Clausen (2), John Cox (1), David Dudley (4), Shin Fukae (2), Anthony Gagliardi (4), Dave Lefebre (3), Scott Martin (5), Andy Morgan (1), Wesley Strader (1) and Clark Wendlandt (3). Dudley has the most FLW wins as a boater across all circuits with seven.

AOY champs – Wesley Strader currently leads the 2015 AOY race with a one-point lead over Luke Clausen and a two-point lead over Zack Birge. All three finished in the top 20 at Lewis Smith. Former AOY winners in the top 20 included David Dudley and Clark Wendlandt, the only three-time AOYs, plus Shin Fukae, Anthony Gagliardi and Andy Morgan, the two-time reigning AOY.

The Rayovac FLW Series champ – Zack Birge was the only pro who made the top 20 who has also won the Rayovac FLW Series Championship. He won the title last season. Birge was also the only rookie in the top 20.

Forrest Wood Cup appearances – The top 20 has a combined 136 Forrest Wood Cup appearances, though that includes appearances as a pro and co-angler. Take out the co-angler appearances, and that leaves 129 pro appearances. Andy Morgan leads the pack with 16, David Dudley has 15, and Clark Wendlandt and Scott Martin have 14. One of Martin’s Cup appearances was as a co-angler. Other members of the top 20 who’ve fished the Cup as a co-angler include Anthony Gagliardi (1), Clayton Batts (2) and Matt Arey (3).

Forrest Wood Cup champions – Four former Forrest Wood Cup champions made the top 20. The list includes reigning champ Anthony Gagliardi, plus David Dudley, Scott Martin and Luke Clausen.

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Top 10 Baits from Lake Champlain

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Top 10 Patterns from Lake Champlain

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Champlain

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Cortiana Recovering from Wreck

Cortiana Recovering from Wreck

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Ticonderoga Showdown Looms

Ticonderoga Showdown Looms

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Stewart Strokes 22 on Champlain

Stewart Strokes 22 on Champlain

Day one of the FLW Tour presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain was a bonafide catchfest as expected, and XX pros weighed 19 pounds or better to start things off. Leading the way, Tyler Stewart of West Monroe, La., put 22 pounds, 3 ounces on the scale to take a 1-12 lead over Tom Redington and John Voyles, who both weighed 20-7 on day one. READ MORE »

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Reserve Your FLW Cup VIP Pass Now

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Top 10 Baits from Sam Rayburn

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Top 10 Patterns from Sam Rayburn

Top 10 Patterns from Sam Rayburn

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Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 3

Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 3

Kris Wilson did everything he could this morning to put away this tournament before anyone had a chance to make a run at him. The Montgomery, Texas, pro returned to the spot where he started the first two days and boxed up a pair of 5-pounders. The leader has camped on his spot basically all morning, and now we estimate he's culled up to about 18 pounds. Wilson came into today with a lead of more than 4 1/2 pounds over second-place pro Josh Bensema, and a much greater margin over everyone else, so that limit is huge and likely has him on course for a wire-to-wire victory in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. READ MORE »

Co-angler Crown Goes to Freeman

Co-angler Crown Goes to Freeman

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Wilson Wins Big on Rayburn

Wilson Wins Big on Rayburn

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Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 2

Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 2

In terms of fish caught, tournament leader Kris Wilson had a tougher morning today than on day one. But a behemoth bass that will probably push the 8-pound mark has him in prime position to maintain his lead in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

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Wilson Still in Control at Rayburn

Wilson Still in Control at Rayburn

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Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 1

Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 1

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