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Shallow Patterns from Chickamauga

Shallow Patterns from Chickamauga

While Michael Wooley was patching together an offshore pattern that ultimately gained him the win, Dudley and Davis climbed into the top 10 by fishing shallow water almost exclusively. Their results are worth a second look. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Chickamauga

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Chickamauga

Considering the complexity of catching summertime bass on highly pressured Tennessee River impoundments, Michael Wooley’s winning baits at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers on Lake Chickamauga were pretty simplistic. His win came on a Zoom Magnum Trick Worm fished on a 1/2-ounce hand-poured shaky head with a 5/0 hook as well as a 3/4-ounce Strike King football jig teamed with a Rage Lobster. Both lures were fished on 17-pound-test Seaguar fluorocarbon. Wooley dragged his baits on a shell bed in about 13 feet of water that dropped off to a channel some 20 feet deep. Here is a look at some of the other patterns that were working at Lake Chickamauga. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Lake Chickamauga

Top 10 Baits from Lake Chickamauga

Michael Wooley locked up his first Walmart FLW Tour win on Lake Chickamauga with a green pumpkin Zoom Magnum Trick Worm on a 1/2-ounce shaky head. He also mixed in a 3/4-ounce green pumpkin craw-colored Strike King Tour Grade Football Jig. READ MORE »

Mammoth Win for Wooley

Mammoth Win for Wooley

One spot plus two lures plus 92 pounds, 4 ounces of Lake Chickamauga bass equals a $125,000 Walmart FLW Tour win for Michael Wooley. Wooley, a second-year pro on the FLW Tour who hails from Collierville, Tenn., spends most of his fishing time somewhere on the Tennessee River, mostly on either Pickwick or Kentucky Lake. Despite his deep knowledge of Tennessee River bass, Wooley’s win on Lake Chickamauga was about as straightforward as it gets. There were no big flashy spoons, secret hair jigs or new must-have crankbaits involved in his victory. There were no mega-schools or timing of tricky rotations. READ MORE »

Wooley Wins Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Chickamauga Presented By Igloo Coolers

Wooley Wins Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Chickamauga Presented By Igloo Coolers

DAYTON, Tenn. (June 14, 2015) – FLW Tour pro Michael Wooley of Collierville, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 19 pounds, 6 ounces to win the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers. Wooley’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 92-4 gave him a 1-pound, 6-ounce margin of victory over second place angler Livingston Lures pro Stetson Blaylock of Benton, Arkansas, in the nationally-televised event that featured 146 of the best professional bass-fishing anglers in... READ MORE »

Chickamauga AOY Update

Chickamauga AOY Update

On the heels of his third consecutive Walmart FLW Tour top-10 finish, Shelby, N.C., pro and 2010 Angler of the Year Bryan Thrift moves into the lead in the 2015 AOY race going into the final event on the Potomac River in LaPlata, Md., June 25-28. Thrift won the Tour’s fourth stop on Lake Eufaula back in May and followed it up with a ninth-place finish this week on Lake Chickamauga. His AOY point total through five of six events is 945. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 4 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 4 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers. READ MORE »

Wooley Extends His Lead

Wooley Extends His Lead

Today’s weigh-in following day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers at Lake Chickamauga turned into a big-fish parade as the top 20 pros showed off a couple of dozen 6- to 8-pound-class fish. The catch is that only six pros figured out how to get more than one big kicker bite, and they were the only ones to top 20 pounds. Michael Wooley, who was in second after day one and moved to first on day two, extended his lead today by bringing in 23 pounds, 7 ounces. His three-day total of 72-14 is more than 6 pounds better than that of second-place pro Stetson Blaylock, who hauled in 25-12 today – the day’s biggest limit. Behind Blaylock is Bryan Thrift, who’s fresh of a Tour win on Lake Eufaula. Thrift also cracked the 25-pound mark today, but he’s still more than 10 pounds back of Wooley. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga Day 3

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga Day 3

While Michael Wooley has tapped a single hot spot for the tournament lead at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers at Lake Chickamauga, his competition has had to hustle both deep and shallow just to have a shot at catching him. His lead is now more than 6 pounds ahead of second-place pro Stetson Blaylock. The patterns working at Chickamauga right now are all over the map. Shallow grass, bream beds, middepth bars in bays, river ledges and even some long-lining are all represented in the top 10. Here are the details for the top five. READ MORE »

Wooley Extends Lead On Day Three Of Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Chickamauga Presented By Igloo Coolers

Wooley Extends Lead On Day Three Of Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Chickamauga Presented By Igloo Coolers

DAYTON, Tenn. (June 13, 2015) – Pro Michael Wooley of Collierville, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday, weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces, to retain his lead after day three of the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers. The tournament now heads into the fourth and final day of competition and the field is cut to the final 10 in the four-day event, hosted by the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council, that featured 146 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world casting for the top... READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 3 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 3 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers. READ MORE »

Wooley Takes Lead On Day Two Of Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Chickamauga Presented By Igloo Coolers

Wooley Takes Lead On Day Two Of Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Chickamauga Presented By Igloo Coolers

DAYTON, Tenn. (June 12, 2015) – Pro Michael Wooley of Collierville, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale weighing 23 pounds, 5 ounces to take the lead after day two of the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers. Wooley’s two-day cumulative weight of 49-7 gives him a 4-pound, 2-ounce lead over second place pro Billy McDonald of Greenwood, Indiana, who has a two-day weight of 10 bass worth 45-5 as the tournament heads into the third day of competition. The field is now cut to the top 20 in the... READ MORE »

Wooley Takes the Lead

Wooley Takes the Lead

The last time the Walmart FLW Tour visited Lake Chickamauga in June 2013, the term “mega-school” was thrown around a lot. At this year’s Chickamauga event, which is presented by Igloo Coolers, you will hardly hear that term at all at the weigh-in. Michael Wooley of Collierville, Tenn., knows the difference between mega-schools and the “regular” kind. After sacking 26 pounds, 2 ounces on day one and 23-05 on day two to take the tournament lead with 49-07, Wooley says his fish are certainly not swimming in a mega-school. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga Day 2

Two days into the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers on Lake Chickamauga, one thing is for sure: The ledge bite along the main Tennessee River drag has not been much of a factor among the top 10. When interviewing the top anglers, the words “back in a creek,” or “back in a bay,” or “back inside” or “up shallow” have been used a lot more than the words “on the main river.” That goes for tournament leader Michael Wooley and most of the pros chasing him into the weekend. For whatever reason, the main Tennessee River flow is not the headliner at Chickamauga this week, especially when compared to postspawn tournaments on other lakes in the chain, such as Kentucky Lake and Pickwick. READ MORE »

LaFleur Earns Co-angler Win

LaFleur Earns Co-angler Win

Co-angler Paul LaFleur of Benton, Ark., earned his first top-10 finish and first win with FLW on the back of a 17-pound, 2-ounce day-two bag that gave him a tournament total of 31-04 at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers on Lake Chickamauga. “I threw a big worm and a drop-shot the whole time,” says LaFleur. “Today was mainly the big worm. The ledge bite wasn’t good. I caught two real quick, and then it went dead and I caught all the rest up shallow.” READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 2 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 2 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers. READ MORE »

Billy Mac Smacks 29

Billy Mac Smacks 29

A combo strategy of running deep and shallow patterns helped Bill McDonald put together a whopping 29-pound, 12-ounce limit in the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers on Lake Chickamauga. McDonald took the day-one lead by 3 pounds, 10 ounces over Tennessean Michael Wooley, who brought in 26-02. While many pros say the Chick is fishing tougher than its reputation usually suggests, 15 pros still cracked the 20-pound mark. And 67 pros caught at least 15 pounds. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga Day 1

The story on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers on Lake Chickamauga was not dominated by the mega-school juggernaut that occurred the last time the Tour visited “Chick” in 2013. Bill McDonald’s leading limit of 29 pounds, 12 ounces had nothing to do with a mega-school. In fact, two of his bigger bass – in the 7- to 8-pound class – came from shallow grass. This time around it seems as if the boats are spread out a little more compared to last time, when four- to six-angler clusters tried to share big ledge schools. Some pros say that’s because the current didn’t run until later in the day today, which had the main-river community holes off the pace of last time. Others believe a delayed spawn still has fish scattered from the bays to the river. READ MORE »

McDonald Leads Day One Of Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Chickamauga Presented By Igloo Coolers

McDonald Leads Day One Of Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Chickamauga Presented By Igloo Coolers

DAYTON, Tenn. (June 11, 2015) – Pro Billy McDonald of Greenwood, Indiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Thursday weighing 29 pounds, 12 ounces – the third-largest stringer ever weighed on Lake Chickamauga in FLW competition – to grab the lead on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers. McDonald will start the second day of competition with a 3-pound, 10-ounce lead in the nationally televised tournament, hosted by the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council, that features 146... READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 1 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 1 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers. READ MORE »