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Top 5 Patterns from Lake Eufaula Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Eufaula Day 1
Troy Morrow gets in your face with two-fifths of his 21 1/2-pound limit.

Clent Davis, the day-one leader of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Quaker State on Lake Eufaula, described his fishing methodology as being a “numbers game.” He’s hitting as many isolated pieces of offshore cover as possible in a single day. Some of the other leaders behind him used similar terminology to describe their fishing.

 Here’s how the rest of the top five got it done today.

 

2. Troy Morrow – Eastanollee, Ga. – 21 pounds, 8 ounces         

Day-one runner-up Troy Morrow brought 21 pounds, 8 ounces to the scale today fishing with a similar strategy as Davis used.

“I probably hit 25 places out of the 150 I’ve located and caught maybe 15 or 20 keepers,” Morrow says. “I pull up to each one and make about 10 casts, then I’m gone. Or if a small one bites it on the first cast, I’m gone. I’m looking for a big bite on the first cast or two.”

Morrow shed a little more light on the isolated cover pattern, saying the fish have not made it out to the true river ledges yet.

“They haven’t quite gone that deep,” he says. “The ones I’m trying to catch are staging on single pieces of cover in the flats – a brush pile, a big stump, a rock, a sunken log – it doesn’t really matter. They leave the bank and head for the main river. But they kind of filter out there, stopping at those little places along the way.”

Morrow put in four long days of pre-practice on Eufaula, spending a lot of time scanning flats for cover. Once he located a piece, he probed it with a MarCum underwater camera to see what it was and what was living there.

“I found some interesting things,” Morrow says, “including how different species of fish use the cover differently. I ended up marking the ones I felt had the most potential, and those are the ones I kept in my Lowrance units.”

 

Adrian Avena caught 20-10 on day one and will head into day two in third place.

3. Adrian Avena – Vineland, N.J. – 20 pounds, 10 ounces          

Consider Adrian Avena in the “running the numbers” category as well. His reported 60 stops today yielded 12 keepers that worked up to 20 pounds, 10 ounces. He says he averaged six to eight casts per spot.

“There are fish on most all that stuff we are fishing,” Avena says. “When I graph them, you can see the fish. They might not all be bass, but the brush piles are loaded with fish. For me, the fewer fish I see in a pile, the better my chances of catching a big one. Also, it seems to me that the biggest ones bite first. So if I catch a small one or two, I leave.

“I see these piles as staging spots as they move out to the main river,” he adds. “Everything I’m fishing is in the flats or secondary channels leading to the main river. They’re almost like in-between types of places.”

 

Ramie Colson Jr. looks on as his fish are bagged up before being weighed.

3. Ramie Colson Jr. – Cadiz, Ky. – 20 pounds, 10 ounces          

Ramie Colson Jr. is the only angler in the top five who did not employ a run-and-gun, multiple-stop program. Instead, he used a more traditional ledge-fishing manner by grinding back and forth along a 75-yard-long break.

“I’d go up it with one lure, catch a couple, then go back down it with another lure and catch a couple,” he says. “But most of my action tapered off after about 10 o’clock, so I’m going to run some other stuff tomorrow.”

 

The Birge train rolls on through Alabama as the rookie stud weighed another big bag today - 19 pounds, 13 ounces.

5. Zack Birge – Blanchard, Okla. – 19 pounds, 13 ounces

Now back to the numbers program – Zack Birge ran eight to 10 of his brush piles today for a 19-pound, 13-ounce catch.

Birge says he only has about 15 key brush piles that he found during practice, but he was very selective on the ones he waypointed.

“I nearly fell asleep out there side-scanning for piles,” Birge says. “There are a lot out there, but I only marked the ones that I thought were the freshest, based on how they looked, how many fish were around them and how they felt when I threw a lure in them.”

Birge also fished and then revisited three of his marked brush piles today and caught better fish the second time around.

“There are a lot of fish around these piles,” he explains. “I can see them all around the brush on a graph. I think when I catch one or two, it disrupts the school. If I catch a fish off one, I try to let it settle down for at least a couple of hours before I go back and try it again.”

 

Complete Results

 

 

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New Dominates Seminole Regional

New Dominates Seminole Regional

Belmont, N.C., angler Bryan New, who’s regularly one of FLW’s top performers in the grassroots ranks, had established a dominant pace. New weighed in 22 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and added 20-2 on day two to carry a lead of 6 pounds, 15 ounces into the finals. A roughly 7-pound margin isn’t necessarily a sure thing on Seminole, but the fall bite was a bit slower than what the lake can produce, and it was obvious New was cruising. READ MORE »

Hays Rallies for Ozark Title

Hays Rallies for Ozark Title

The final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude was no walk in the park for the top 10 pros. With a cold front passing through at the start of the event, a high-pressure system settled in for the final round of fishing. While most struggled, Dylan Hays of El Dorado, Ark., sacked up 14 pounds, 6 ounces today – the biggest limit brought in during the final day – and finally was able to wrangle his first FLW title. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 3

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 3

The final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude is fixing to get fun based on what’s already happened today and what could happen. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Sure enough, with conditions changing from rain and clouds to sun and wind, the Costa FLW Series Central Division on Lake of the Ozarks, which is presented by Evinrude, has made it tough on guys. Of course, day-two leader James Watson predicted that some of the biggest bags of the event would come in today despite the conditions, and he was right. READ MORE »

Consistency Puts Watson Out Front

Consistency Puts Watson Out Front

Weather has been the storyline leading up to the Costa FLW Series Central Division finale on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude. With storms and rain blowing through yesterday ahead of a cold front, the cooler weather set in today making fishing tough on some, but others took advantage of the change. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 2

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 2

A cold front that brought temperatures in the 40s, rain and wind has the bass in a funk on day two of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Evinrude on Lake of the Ozarks. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 1

Even some of the best locals were driving the struggle bus all day trying to find ways to adapt to fish that moved thanks to the heavy storms. Yet, some guys did adapt well, with the best being Ladd Shannon and his 19-pound, 6-ounce tournament-leading bag. READ MORE »

Shannon Leads the Ozark Charge

Shannon Leads the Ozark Charge

After losing over an hour of fishing time due to a massive thunderstorm that rolled through the area early this morning causing a lightning delay, day one of the Costa FLW Series Central Division finale on Lake of the Ozarks looked to be a grinder of an event. The tournament, which is presented by Evinrude, saw plenty of fish catching by midday, but no size to speak of. Ladd Shannon of Atkins, Ark., managed to scrape up a limit worth 19 pounds, 6 ounces by the end of the day and sits in first by 1-11 over FLW pro Greg Bohannan. READ MORE »

Rampey Stays Red Hot on Hartwell

Rampey Stays Red Hot on Hartwell

After winning a T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Super Tournament on Lake Hartwell a few weeks ago, Jayme Rampey of Liberty, S.C., was certainly one of the favorites heading into the BFL Regional on the same pond this past weekend. Lo and behold, he wouldn’t disappoint, and notched his 11th career BFL win – five of which have come on Hartwell – and won a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower motor, plus $20,000 cash for his efforts. READ MORE »

Warren Mounts Furious Comeback on Grand

Warren Mounts Furious Comeback on Grand

Curt Warren was a paragon of consistency over three days at Grand Lake, and the result was a victory in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine. Warren turned in limits of 14-5 on day one and 16-9 on day two, but it was his day-three limit of 15-9 that was the most impressive – no other pro even cracked the 13-pound mark battling the tough post-frontal conditions Grand had to offer on day three. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 2

When conditions changed, Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas completely scrapped his day-one pattern, caught a limit that weighed 13-11 and took over the lead of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event, presented by T-H Marine, with a two-day total of 32-14. Here’s what the rest of the top five was up to on day two. READ MORE »

Bird Moves Ahead on Grand

Bird Moves Ahead on Grand

After his sizzling day-one pattern fizzled, Cody Bird adjusted his focus to a completely different scenario and sacked up a limit of 13-11 on day two to take over the lead in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine, with a two day total of 32-14. Going into Saturday’s final round, Bird holds a 7-ounce lead over day-one leader and Grand Lake stick Jason Christie. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 1

Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., leveraged his intimate understanding of Grand Lake’s tendencies to catch a five-bass limit that weighed 22 pounds, 10 ounces to take the lead on day one of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event Presented by T-H Marine. Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

Christie Blasts 22-10 on Grand

Christie Blasts 22-10 on Grand

Oklahoma stick Jason Christie overcame the unsettling effects of a passing cold front to sack up a five-bass limit that weighed 22 pounds, 10 ounces for the day one lead in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Midday Update - Day 1

Grand Lake Midday Update - Day 1

After several weeks of hot, sunny conditions, anglers launched with cloudy skies, stout winds and air temperatures in the low 60s. By midday, the temperature rose into the mid to upper 60s and the wind started to subside, however, the first couple of hours saw Grand Lake’s temperamental side. READ MORE »

Beavers Focused on Bluebacks

Beavers Focused on Bluebacks

FLW Tour pro Bradford Beavers of Summerville, South Carolina, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 28 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division super-tournament on Lake Hartwell Sunday. Beavers earned $6,345 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Sac State Wins on the Delta

Sac State Wins on the Delta

The Sacramento State University duo of Ilya Guryanov of West Sacramento and Will Karnthong, of Antioch, California, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on the California Delta presented by Bass Pro Shops with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces. The victory earned the Hornets’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Carolina Rig Carries Lewellen

Carolina Rig Carries Lewellen

Kyle Lewellen of Byhalia, Mississippi, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 34 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division super-tournament on Pickwick Lake Sunday. Lewellen earned $5,690 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Vandiver’s Stracner Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Eufaula

Vandiver’s Stracner Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Eufaula

EUFAULA, Ala. – Boater Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Alabama, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 35 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division super-tournament on Lake Eufaula Sunday. Stracner earned $6,694 for his efforts... READ MORE »

Stracner Wins Again, Clinches AOY

Stracner Wins Again, Clinches AOY

Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Alabama, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 35 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division super-tournament on Lake Eufaula Sunday. Stracner earned $6,694 for his efforts. READ MORE »