UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Dale Hollow Lake

Morrow Marches Ahead

Morrow Marches Ahead
Troy Morrow weighed 18-1 on day two and raised his total to 39-9 - he'll carry the lead into the weekend.

The “numbers game” continued at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Quaker State on Lake Eufaula today, and weights fell off a bit as anglers began to realize that some of their “numbers” were also the numbers of other anglers. In essence, anglers can only run so many brush piles before the brush piles being hit start to overlap, and that pressure took its toll today.

In addition to the fishing pressure, cloudy skies and windy conditions made for far less efficient fishing of the brush when compared to day one’s hot, sunny, slick conditions.

One angler who was able to avoid the pressure to some extent was Troy Morrow, who took over the lead today. Morrow backed his day-one catch of 21 pounds, 8 ounces with 18-01 today for a two-day total of 39-09.

Morrow says that being in the last flight was a huge help because it allowed him to run some of his better brush piles after many other anglers had left for weigh-in.

“I only had 7 or 8 pounds for the longest time today,” he says. “I figured I needed at least 10 pounds to fish on Saturday, so I ‘dinked around’ with a drop-shot to get to about 10 or 11 pounds.”

Once he hit that weight, Morrow began running his best brush piles with bigger baits. He caught his fish on a crankbait yesterday but had to switch to another big lure today.

“Right at the end of the day I got into an area where I had three brush piles in a row,” he says. “I got the fish to fire up, and I culled from 11 pounds to 18 pounds pretty quickly. I’m really not sure if it was the bait change or the time of day or what. But the fishing suddenly got really good for a few minutes, and I took advantage of it. Being in the last flight worked to my favor big time.”

Troy Morrow dejectedly swings a small keeper aboard.

Morrow admits that he had to burn more of his premium brush piles over the last two days than he wanted to.

“I was trying to save some of the ace piles for the finals, but I had to tap them today,” he says. “I still have a lot of marginal piles left that I haven’t fished, but I don’t feel they’re as good as the ones I relied on today.”

While some anglers fishing brush piles are using marker buoy to mark the cover when fishing it, Morrow says he does not believe in using buoys.

“It’s far too time consuming to set one out and then pick it back up,” he says. “When I’m done with a pile, I want to move to the next one immediately, not idle over and pick up a buoy, then idle around and set it out again. I know the exact casts I want to make on those piles without marking them.”

Morrow feels that with most of the field eliminated going into tomorrow’s top-20 day, fishing should improve.

“Letting those piles rest so the fish can set back up in them is a key, I think,” he adds. “Having more room tomorrow should only help.”

 

Top 10 Pros

1. Troy Morrow – Eastanollee, Ga. – 39-09 (10)

2. Clent Davis – Montevallo, Ala. – 38-05 (10)

3. Randy Haynes – Counce, Tenn. – 36-07 (10)

4. Jeff Gustafson – Keewatin, Ontario – 35-11 (10)

5. Zack Birge – Blanchard, Okla. – 35-06 (10)

6. Adrian Avena – Vineland, N.J. – 34-13 (10)

7. Bryan Thrift – Shelby, N.C. – 34-11 (10)           

8. David Fritts – Lexington, N.C. – 32-10 (10)           

9. Scott Martin – Clewiston, Fla. – 32-08 (10)

10. Derrick Snavely – Rogersville, Tenn. – 32-01 (10)

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