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

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

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.

Here’s how the rest of the top five caught their fish today.

 

2. Michael Wooley – Collierville, Tenn. – 26 pounds, 2 ounces

Michael Wooley was another pro who found success as a loner today. He didn’t share water with anyone else. An 8-pound, 11-ounce Chick brute anchored his limit.

“Once I got to my spot, it took about 20 minutes to get them fired up,” he says. “And by 8 o’ clock, I had what I weighed in – all off that one spot.”

Wooley adds that his key spot was not located along the main river.

“It’s off the beaten path, in a creek,” he says. “And I mostly dragged stuff to catch them – a jig and a worm.”

Wooley avoided the main river, not just to avoid pressure, but also because there was no current.

“I don’t like starting on the main river if there is no current,” he explains. “It really takes current to get fish along the main drag active and biting, especially on moving lures. If there is no current, I just think I’m better off back in the bays or creeks where the fish are not as conditioned to moving water.”

 

Say hello to the man who just might take over the AOY lead this week. John Cox is in third place.

3. John Cox – DeBary, Fla. – 23 pounds, 9 ounces

For further proof that a few shallow fish are still biting, John Cox hauled in 23 pounds, 9 ounces today from 4 feet of water, fishing up against the bank. Cox caught all his fish in a 20-minute flurry.

“I think it was a wolf pack of bass that had pinned some bluegills up against the bank,” Cox says. “It happened so fast that it had to be a school up there cornering some kind of bait.”

All of his fish had bloody tails.

“I believe those fish had just left the bed,” he adds. “I had actually found some nice ones still on beds in that same area during practice. I went up there to see if they were still there, but they were all gone. I fished down the bank just a bit from where they were spawning, and it’s like I found them again as postspawners, eating the first baitfish they could find.”

 

Everyone in Dayton loves the local pro Michael Neal. He opened the tournament with 23 pounds, 6 ounces, which was good enough for fourth place.

4. Michael Neal – Dayton, Tenn. – 23 pounds, 6 ounces

Hometown favorite Michael Neal spent the day doing what he does best – ledge fishing – to start the event in fourth place.

Neal confirms that fishing along the main river was tough until about noon, when the water finally started moving.

“I only had about 15 pounds at noon,” he says. “For the first half of the day, the only way I could get a bite was to drag something along the bottom.”

Neal hit some 20 spots on the day. Some were back in bays, and some were along the river.

“Once the water started moving, the bite picked up, especially on bigger moving baits,” he says. “I was finally able to start culling through my smaller fish with bigger ones caught on moving baits. Right before we had to check in, I stopped on one last place, had a flurry and culled up three times, which helped a bunch. That’s the difference the current makes late in the day.

Neal finished the day with 23 pounds, 6 ounces.

 

5. Alex Davis – Albertville, Ala. – 22 pounds, 11 ounces

Alex Davis played a game of keep-away from the crowds for his fifth-place catch of 23 pounds, 6 ounces.

“I ran down the lake looking for places where there were no boats,” he says. “If I saw a place that did not have a boat on it, I’d pull in there and fish. That’s the way I like to fish here. I can’t stay in any one place too long, especially if there are boats around.”

On one of the vacant spots, Davis hit a school and caught three big bass that culled him up.

“What’s funny is some of the places that had the most boats on them the last time we were here hardly have any boats on them this year,” he adds.

Tags: flw-tour  lake-chickamauga  rob-newell  headline-story  2015-06-11-lake-chickamauga 

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 »