UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Potomac River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Top 5 Patterns from the Delta Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from the Delta Day 2
That would be a 10-pounder and Valdivia's "smaller" kicker.

Joe Uribe Jr. is out in front on the California Delta with a chance to be the second pro of 2015 to win back-to-back Rayovac FLW Series events. Ray Hanselman was the first en route to sweeping the Texas Division.

Uribe won the Western Division opener on Lake Havasu in February by almost 15 pounds, but to follow it up this week, he’ll need a big bag on Saturday.

Uribe leads second-place pro David Valdivia by just 1 ounce, and he has a lead of only 1-6 over 10th-place pro Wade Curtiss.

Overall, the standings shook up today after an extreme weather change, from windy and cold to sunny, warm and slick. The conditions helped the morning topwater bite and the flipping bite, which showed in an increase in the number of 6-pound-plus bass brought to weigh-in today.

Here’s how Uribe’s closest competition got it done.

 

2. David Valdivia – Norwalk, Calif. – 40 pounds, 15 ounces

David Valdivia shocked the crowd in the final minutes of the day-two weigh-in when he pulled a 10-pound bass out of his weigh bag. That brute, which is the biggest of the tournament so far, boosted his limit to 26-3 and rocketed the Norwalk, Calif., pro from 48th to second place.

The crazy part about Valdivia’s limit today is that he had a pair of 2-pounders in his limit that he just couldn’t cull. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that he just got one lucky big bite, though. Valdivia had on two more bigguns, including another giant, that could have pushed him easily past 30 pounds.

That’s fishing though, and Valdivia thinks he’s finally figured out the tidal timing in his best spot well enough that he can duplicate his good fortune tomorrow and not have a repeat of day one, when he weighed in just 14-12.

Whatever happens, Valdivia is just thrilled to have had such a great day in front of some very important people in his life.

“This isn’t my home fishery,” Valdivia says, “but it’s almost my home because my family lives out here. I’m able to see my cousins and stay close to the ramp.

“I didn’t make any drastic changes today,” he adds. “The only difference is that I didn’t go to my best area at the right time yesterday [day one]. I did today. The tide has to be perfect – an outgoing tide.”

The 10-pounder that he caught today was a mammoth of a bass, but Valdivia wasn’t surprised at all when she bit.

“I knew that fish was there,” he says. “I saw her two or three days ago [in practice]. I fished for her yesterday but couldn’t get her to bite. I couldn’t see her today because I was staying way far away and casting to her. I threw my bait out there, and as soon as I felt pressure I knew it was her, and she started running. It was sick. Then right after that I went around the corner and caught a 6, and then I caught a 5.”

Valdivia is relying on his primary area because he knows it’s full of big fish. The other spots he fished produced a lot of bites, but none of any real size. With tomorrow’s late high-tide switch, however, and an early check-in at around 1:45, he’ll have to make hay quickly when the tide is right and rely on getting a few other bites with reaction baits before and after.

 

3. Chris Parks – Eugene, Ore. – 40 pounds, 10 ounces          

Chris Parks is one of the most consistent pros in the tournament. He caught 19 pounds, 15 ounces on day one and 20-11 today, but his good fortune really began in the afternoon on Thursday.

“Yesterday at 10:30 I had four small ones in the boat,” he says. “Then the pattern changed, and I caught a 4 and started culling right away. The tide changed, and I got on them. I caught a 7-pounder and culled four more times in the last half-hour.

“This morning we changed it up a little and went to reaction baits, and we were culling by 7:15,” he continues. “I got back to being able to read the tides.”

Parks figured out that he could get the reaction baits going early, but as the tide drops he can catch fish with a frog. If it works again tomorrow, he’ll be right there on Uribe’s tail. He’s currently only 6 ounces off the leader.

 

      

4. Ken Mah – Elk Grove, Calif. – 40 pounds, 6 ounces

Ken Mah’s goal all week has been to catch 22 pounds a day. Today, he came up a little shy with 18 pounds. His limit included one Cal Delta kicker.

“Where I started was not happening. My reaction bite wasn’t happening,” Mah says. “I’m not saying the fish weren’t there, but hyacinth blew up on my bank, and I couldn’t present my bait properly. I went to my backup area and only caught little ones.”

From there, Mah left and ran to a spot where he’s been fishing a “painstaking” pattern – he’s fishing very slowly, targeting big fish, but without many bites.

“The afternoon is killing me,” he adds. “I haven’t been able to upgrade, but I did a tackle change today that made a big difference. I went lighter, and that helped. Plus I’m still catching a few topwater fish.”

Mah suspects that the chilly weather at takeoff this morning is partly to blame for the slow fishing today. It was 49 when many anglers crawled out of their beds this morning.

“When it gets cold here, they’re Florida [strain] fish, so it hurts them,” he says, adding that the bass were a bit sluggish in the morning. “I had six or seven fish bump my bait this morning and not get it.”

The Elk Grove, Calif., pro says he has a few areas that he’s been saving for the final day and hopes that the unpressured fish in those spots will be willing to bite, even in what could be tough conditions tomorrow – north winds on the second day after a cold front. One good kicker is all he’ll need to catch Uribe in this incredibly tight top 10.

 

5. Bub Tosh – Turlock, Calif. – 39 pounds, 13 ounces

Even though Bub Tosh is only 1 pound, 3 ounces off Uribe’s lead, he wasn’t in good spirits at weigh-in. Unfortunately, Tosh was kicking himself for lost opportunity and wondering about what could’ve been.

“I have three good spots,” Tosh says. “I went to my best spot today, and my first two fish were 5-pounders. Then I lost a 10-pounder at about 7:30. I just never recovered.”

Tosh says the fish surfaced a couple of times and actually came down on a limb that somehow just pulled the hook free as the co-angler waited with the net.

“I caught about 25 more fish after that, but no more good ones,” he says.

Yesterday Tosh relied on a trio of baits, but today he spent most of his time winding a ChatterBait or punching. Three of his five keepers that came to weigh-in were caught by punching.

“The grass where I’m fishing is further along than what a lot of guys are trying to punch,” he says. “The grass isn’t really ready everywhere. My grass is almost matted.”

Despite the lost giant, Tosh still weighed in 18-11 today.

 

Complete Results

Tags: flw-series  california-delta  curtis-niedermier  headline-story  2015-05-07-california-delta 

Mastodons Win at Wabasha

Mastodons Win at Wabasha

The Purdue University Fort Wayne duo of Connor Landis of Edgerton, Ohio, and Blake Spurgeon of Fort Wayne, Indiana, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on the Mississippi River presented by Evinrude Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Mastodon’s bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Hahne Flips, Frogs on Mighty Miss

Hahne Flips, Frogs on Mighty Miss

Darren Hahne of Ottawa, Illinois, brought in a three-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River Saturday. Hahne earned $6,466 for his victory. READ MORE »

The FLW Cup Playing Field

The FLW Cup Playing Field

It’s been 14 seasons since the FLW Cup has been held at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark. In the years since, FLW fans have likely developed some familiarity with nearby Lake Ouachita, which has been a frequent destination for the Cup and, in fact, hosted last year’s championship event. Hamilton is less-known because it hasn’t gotten the nod to host the finale since July 2005, when George Cochran won his third bass-fishing world championship . READ MORE »

Champlain Midday Update – Day 3

Champlain Midday Update – Day 3

While day two was windy and rough, day three has pretty much been calm from the get-go. It has also been hot as blazes. It’s made fishing a little tougher than expected, with a lot of anglers reporting missed or lost fish and a generally slower bite. That said, a slow bite on Champlain is a great bite most everywhere else, so we’re still going to see plenty of bass. READ MORE »

Thrift All the Way on Champlain

Thrift All the Way on Champlain

Taking the win in wire-to-wire fashion, Bryan Thrift tallied 18 pounds, 4 ounces on the final day for an even 57-pound total in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Champlain. For the win, Thrift earned $44,200 and a new Ranger boat, and it’s his 11th win with FLW. The Northern Division is presented by Gajo Baits and the tournament was presented by Polaris.  READ MORE »

Thrift Goes Wire-To-Wire, Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Lake Champlain presented by Polaris

Thrift Goes Wire-To-Wire, Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Lake Champlain presented by Polaris

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – FLW Tour pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 4 ounces, to lead the event from start to finish and win the three-day Costa FLW Series on Lake Champlain presented by Polaris... READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Lake Champlain Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

One of the windier tournament days in recent memory did a lot to reshape the leaderboard of the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Champlain. The run south to Ticonderoga was not impossible, but the wind up north kept a lot of pros from effectively fishing their best stuff. That made weights drop pretty much across the board on day two. READ MORE »

Thrift Still Ahead on Champlain

Thrift Still Ahead on Champlain

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on Champlain featured a bunch of wind and a lot of turnover on the leaderboard. Though he struggled to replicate his massive day-one success, Bryan Thrift still managed 16 pounds, 6 ounces for a 38-12 total to retain the lead. Behind him, Scott Dobson rose from ninth to second with a robust bag of smallmouths worth 18-10 for a 37-14 total. READ MORE »

Champlain Midday Update – Day 2

Champlain Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the Costa FLW Series event presented by Polaris on Lake Champlain is going to be quite a swing from day one. Typically turnover in the standings is common on Champlain because the weights stay so tight, but today’s turnover is going to have a lot to do with the weather. READ MORE »

Champlain Midday Update – Day 1

Champlain Midday Update – Day 1

Takeoff was a little blustery, but overall, it’s been a perfect start to the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Champlain. The event is the kickoff of the Northern Division, which is presented by Gajo Baits, and the tournament itself is presented by Polaris. READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Champlain Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Last year, every event in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division, which is presented by Gajo Baits, was won entirely with smallmouth bass. This season, the kickoff event on Champlain, which is presented by Polaris, looks destined to involve some largemouths. Everyone in the top five weighed green ones on day one, though somewhat surprisingly, the south end down by Ticonderoga didn’t play an overwhelming role, as only three of the top 10 anglers made the long run southward. READ MORE »

Thrift Takes Command on Champlain

Thrift Takes Command on Champlain

Less than three weeks removed from a third-place finish on Lake Champlain in the FLW Tour’s 2019 season finale, Bryan Thrift hauled 22 pounds, 6 ounces of green fish to the weigh-in stage to take the day one lead in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division opener, which is presented by Polaris. In second, Brandt Tumberg weighed 21-10, and Joe Wood is just an ounce behind him with 21-9 for third.  READ MORE »

Elrod Runs Tide, Wood on James River

Elrod Runs Tide, Wood on James River

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on the James River after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 10 ounces. For his efforts, Elrod took home $3,637. READ MORE »

Mittlestat Tops at St. Clair

Mittlestat Tops at St. Clair

Dan Mittlestat of Woodhaven, Michigan, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair presented by Navionics Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 7 ounces. Mittlestat netted $6,552 for his win. READ MORE »

Schmitt Takes Champlain Title

Schmitt Takes Champlain Title

FLW Tour pro Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Maryland, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Champlain presented by Navionics after catching five bass weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces. For his win, Schmitt earned $7,209 and 250 points in the Northeast Division presented by Gajo Baits standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Plattsburgh Readies For Round Two – FLW Returns With Costa FLW Series at Lake Champlain presented by Polaris

Plattsburgh Readies For Round Two – FLW Returns With Costa FLW Series at Lake Champlain presented by Polaris

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The 2019 Costa Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits will open the season next week at Lake Champlain, July 18-20, with the Costa FLW Series at Lake Champlain presented by Polaris. Hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, the three-day tournament will feature more than... READ MORE »

Peter T and Crew Win ICAST Cup

Peter T and Crew Win ICAST Cup

Representing Lew’s, the team of John Carman, Peter Thliveros and Matthew Mattingly won the 2019 ICAST Cup at Lake Toho this morning with a five-bass limit that weighed 20 pounds, 4 ounces. It’s the first time in the ICAST kickoff event’s five-year history that a team has won two titles, and they come back-to-back – though this time it was an outright win.  READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Lake Champlain

Top 10 Baits from Lake Champlain

June is a fantastic month to be on Lake Champlain, as the FLW Tour pros showcased at last week’s season finale, which was presented by T-H Marine. Smallmouths were spawning all over the place, but the winning pattern was catching postspawn largemouths down at Ticonderoga. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Champlain

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain is the kind of fishery that forces pros to make difficult decisions about where to go and what color of bass to target. This time around, in the FLW Tour 2019 finale, which was presented by T-H Marine, on the big Northern fishery, the decision was more interesting because there were spawning smallmouths everywhere up north, but the forecast was favorable for making the long run south to Ticonderoga to catch largemouths. READ MORE »

Kilgore on Top at Neely Henry

Kilgore on Top at Neely Henry

Andy Kilgore of Kingston, Georgia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Neely Henry. Kilgore pocketed $4,426 for his win in the event and earned 250 points in the Bama Division Angler of the Year (AOY) standings. The winner of the division’s AOY title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »