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

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Lake Eufaula Day 1 Coverage

Lake Eufaula Day 1 Coverage
Clent Davis is slingin' on an offshore spot.

Quick Links

Live On The Water Feed - click here and scroll to the bottom of the page

Day 1 Takeoff Gallery - click here

Day 1 OTW Gallery - click here

Full Lake Eufaula Gallery - click here

 

2:30 p.m.: Haynes, Avena and Davis are out in front

There's a logjam of weights in the low to mid-teens right now, but it's a three-man runoff for the lead among Clent Davis, Rayndy Haynes and Adrian Avena. They're all pushing toward the 20-pound mark with just a few minutes left before weigh-in begins.

A light breeze picked up this afternoon, but it's too little to offer any creature comforts for the anglers still out on the water. Weather aside, the current flowing through Eufaula this afternoon is really the story. Dam managers were scheduled to start the flow from 12 to 8 p.m. They turned it on as scheduled and simultaneously turned on the bite for the offshore contingent.

The unknown right now is how the sunshine and heat will affect the shallow bite in the final minutes. If someone can snatch up a shallow kicker or two, he could make a charge after the leaders.

That's it today for the coverage blog. Tune in to FLW Live at 3 p.m. CT to watch the day-one weigh-in.

 

1:42 p.m.: Step aside, Haynes and Avena. Clent Davis takes over the lead.

It's a conservative estimate, but Clent Davis thinks he has about 21 pounds. His limit includes a 6-pounder and a 7-pounder. He's fresh off a top 10 at the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division event at Kentucky Lake and has some momentum going into the heart of summer, which is when he shines brightest.

Davis is part of a group of pros who have gotten their hands on a new Nichols ledge-fishing swimbait that was designed by ledge expert Ben Parker. We prodded Davis for some info on it at weigh-in, but he wouldn't say much - though that's not to say that he was actually using it today. We'll find out more at weigh-in.

 

12:51 p.m.: Haynes and Avena dueling it out

Let's get right to it: Ledgemaster Randy Haynes had 15 pounds before he caught another 4-pounder just minutes ago. And Adrian Avena has what we think is just shy of 19 pounds. He's definitely in the lead right now.

Behind those two are Zack Birge and Ramie Colson Jr. with 14 pounds each. Birge and Colson had their fish early, but Haynes and Avena have been working on their limits throughout the day.

Expect to see a few others in that mid- to upper teens range now that they're pulling current in the lake. The ledge bite is getting stronger now.

 

12:23 p.m.: Conditions are changing at Eufaula

There's a little more current flowing through Eufaula now, and that has the offshore fish snapping just a little more. If it keeps up, someone should be able to track down a few active fish in brush piles or on drop-offs and get them to bite.

The shad spawn pattern was good early, then gave way to the run-and-gun anglers such as Adrian Avena, who is still the unofficial leader. Now it seems like the offshore contingent should get its chance. Several pros fishing offshore said their bite was better in the afternoon during practice anyway, so now they're due to start catching them. We're less than three hours from the start of weigh-in. Now's the time to make a move.

 

11:10 a.m.: Adrian Avena sets the pace

He practiced late into the night. He's running and gunning like a mad man. He's due for a major tournament win.

"He," in this instance, is Adrian Avena, and right now "Jersey Boy" has about 19 pounds in the livewell, making him the unofficial leader. Avena is hopping from one spot to the next and making no more than about five casts per stop - we call that the Bryan Thrift style of fishing.

This feels like the type of tournament where that system would work best, since the fish are in transition, offshore fish are not schooled up but are in isolated brush, and the shallows aren't replenishing. In those conditions, maybe just running around and hoping to intercept five good fish is the best program. It has been so far.
 

10:45 a.m.: Pros wondering when the current will flow

Updates have been fairly slow over the last hour. Some shallow fish are still being caught, and the offshore bite is steady for small bass. The big ones just aren't biting - though it seems like a dozen or so pros have reported losing good quality fish.

The shallow contingent is hoping that the lake level will stay up and that dam managers won't pull out any water. The offshore crew is still waiting on some more consistent current to fire up the deep fish. Randy Haynes was wrenching on them on an offshore school, but he's not around the kind of fish needed to win just yet.

It's going to be a greuling, hot day, as pros try to find one or two quality bites that can bump them up into top 20 range.

 

9:54 a.m.: Birge and Colson with 14 apiece, but Randy Haynes just fired up a school

Randy Haynes says that on the Tennessee River ledges, it's possible to fire up a school of fish and catch a winning stringer in minutes. Lake Eufaula isn't part of the Tennessee River chain, and its offshore bite is a little different, but apparently Haynes knows how to fire them up here too. He has a small limit, and one of FLW's On The Water crewmembers reports that he just fired up a school of fish. He won here last time the Tour came to Eufaula. If he gets them going offshore in the next couple hours, he could very well be in the hunt once again this year.

Haynes will have to upgrade though if he wants to catch Zack Birge and Ramie Colson Jr. They've both already reached the 14-pound mark, which isn't too far from the 15 to 17 pounds that most pros think will be needed each day in order to win this tournament.

The offshore bite is definitely starting to pick up. There's absolutely no wind, and the sun is shining. That could drive the fish into the brush piles, and with new bass leaving the shallows as the water continues to drop, the brush bite just might be the way to win this derby.

 

9:00 a.m.: Plenty of catching, but the big-fish bite is slowing down

There's plenty of fish-catching going on at Lake Eufaula right now, but the big-fish bite is tapering off. It could be because the morning bite - specifically, the shad spawn bite - has died for the day. But also, there's some current in the lake, and that's hurting the shallow bite.

If the current stops, the shallow fishing should pick up because there's plenty of sunshine. The bright conditions will position fish in shallow cover where they can be caught on a frog.

Todd Auten hasn't upgraded since the last post. Zack Birge has already culled. He's got about 14 pounds. Those two are the unoffical leaders, though it's way, way too early to worry about that.

 

7:55 a.m.: The Lake Eufaula hawgs are showing up

Todd Auten's morning bite continues to fire. He's got a limit and added a second 4-pounder to the livewell.

Ramie Colson Jr. is also off to a good start. Colson caught a 6-pounder, and his co-angler, David Hudson, landed a 4-pounder.

So maybe the bite isn't hot everywhere, but at least a few big ones are ending up in livewells this morning.

 

7:20 a.m.: Todd Auten off to a hot start

Despite not getting out on the water until about 45 minutes after sunrise, it appears as if several pros have managed to get on the shad spawn bite, which typically ends shortly after daybreak. Leading the pack is Todd Auten. The South Carolina pro caught a 4-pounder on his first spot, then followed it up with a couple more small keepers. However, in the last 15 minutes the reports have stopped, so maybe that bite is finished until tomorrow morning.

 

7:10 a.m.: The water level continues to drop

Falling water has been part of the story here at Eufaula during practice. As the water level descends, the bass tend to leave the lake's shallow cover. Where they go, no one seems to have figured out yet because they're not showing up on offshore spots like they should be. And it means that the offshore stuff will be more crowded.

Let's see if the shallow guys can get on any fish in the early hours.

 

7 a.m.: Decision time at Lake Eufaula

The Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Quaker State at Lake Eufaula has begun, and pros had to make a quick decision this morning: try to find the shad spawn bite, run straight to the best brush piles or try and pull a good fish from the shallows.

The sun was already up by the time the pros idled out of the marina, which means that the shad spawn bite will either be done or nearly done by the time most anglers arrive at their first spots.

Some of the more popular offshore community holes and brush piles have been uncovered by many competitors, so getting there early might be smarl. Though, the shallows don't seem to be replenishing, so if anyone has located a pocket with some quality fish, the smart move could be to run straight there and catch what he can catch.

A very light breeze is rippling the trees outside of Lakepoint Marina, where FLW's website crew is headquartered for the event. Air temperature is in the mid-60s, with a forecast high of 86 and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Stay tuned throughout the day for updates, or follow us at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

 

Tags: flw-tour  lake-eufaula  headline-story  2015-05-14-lake-eufaula 

Cox Joins the Outdoor Connection with Jerry Kripp

Cox Joins the Outdoor Connection with Jerry Kripp

FLW Tour pro John Cox of DeBary, Florida, joined the Outdoor Connection with Jerry Kripp, this past Sunday, May 19, to walk listeners through his win at the... READ MORE »

Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Tyler Matlock of Omaha, Arkansas, caught 11 pounds, 9 ounces of bass Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Greers Ferry Lake. For his efforts, Matlock took home $3,205. READ MORE »

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Chris Quaintance of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 5 ounces. Quaintance netted $4,119 for his victory. READ MORE »

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

Cade Laufenberg of Goodview, Minnesota, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division opener on the Mississippi River at La Crosse presented by Navionics with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 7 ounces. For his day on the water, Laufenberg pocketed $4,355. READ MORE »

Chico Wins on Clear

Chico Wins on Clear

The Chico State University duo of Carson Leber of Dixon, California, and Chad Sweitzer of Chico, California, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Clear Lake presented by Costa Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Wildcats’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Hunter Sales of Blaine, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division event on Lake Cherokee. Sales earned $3,455 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Jason Burger of Bridgeton, New Jersey, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division opener on the Chesapeake Bay presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts, Burger pocketed $4,000. READ MORE »

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Adam Boehle of Warrenton, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake of the Ozarks. Boehle pocketed $4,938 for his win in the event presented by Navionics and 250 points in the Ozark Division presented by Bassing Bob standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Allman Wins on Wylie

Allman Wins on Wylie

Mike Allman of York, South Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division event on Lake Wylie. Allman earned $2,500 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

The Lake County High School Fishing Club duo of Cooper Goff and Nathan Phillips, both of Kelseyville, California, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Clear Lake Open. READ MORE »

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Clear Lake is always a fun place to fish, but wind, rain and cooler temperatures made things tough for the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats, and the famed fishery wasn't as kind as it can be with many pros struggling as the week went on. Kyle Grover, on the other hand, only got better as the tournament progressed. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Drop-shotting tules was the main pattern for Uribe and knowing how to reach the fish made all the difference. Adjusting to the conditions was definitely key on day two, and no doubt the rest of the top pros had to go with the flow to stay in sight of the title. READ MORE »

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

When weather woes nixed Joe Uribe Jr.’s initial objective, the resilient angler from Surprise, Ariz., refocused his effort and sacked up a limit of 19 pounds, 5 ounces to take over the lead on day two of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina with a total weight of 41-13. READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake was in a foul, foul mood this morning for the second day’s launch of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. Absent was the drizzly rain of yesterday, but the tradeoff was a 15- to 20-mph northwest wind that turned the lake into a washing machine. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., benefitted from a double dose of Clear Lake kickers when he found the right set of docks in a major spawning bay. Finesse baits did the trick up shallow for the day one leader at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats. Other slow presentations served his brief offshore work. Handling the day’s weather challenges was a big part of Olson’s success.  Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., was able to separate himself from the pack on day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats with a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds. One of four anglers to crack 20 pounds, Olson leads second-place pro Joe Uribe Jr. by 2 1/2 pounds. The rest of the top 20 are packed together with just a few pounds separating them.  READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

The weather system pushing through northern California brought dreary, drizzly conditions interspersed with occasional steady spells of light rain for day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. The sun made only a few peeking appearances, but there were several bright spots in the morning’s activity. READ MORE »

Upshaw Breaks Down Cherokee Lake on Bass Edge Radio

Upshaw Breaks Down Cherokee Lake on Bass Edge Radio

FLW Tour pro Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, Oklahoma, appeared on the latest Bass Edge Radio podcast to discuss his recent win at the FLW Tour on Cherokee Lake... READ MORE »

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

The South Laurel High School team of Shawn Coots and Trent Keltner weighed 19 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and 13-4 on day two for a 32-13 total and the win in the 2019 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »

Manson Nets Third Win

Manson Nets Third Win

Scott Manson of Covington, Ohio, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces, to take top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division opener on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Manson netted $4,046. READ MORE »