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Richardson Wins All-American

Richardson Wins All-American
Curtis Richardson is the winner of the 2015 BFL All-American.

Curtis Richardson has a way of surprising people – even himself. The Ontario angler had all but written himself off in the championship round of the Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American, thinking his limit of five bass wouldn’t hold up for long with the likes of Jeremy Lawyer and Bill Schroeder breathing down his neck.

When weighmaster Chris Jones announced his final weight, however, Richardson’s doubt turned to elation as he won the three-day event ahead of 48 other boaters with a cumulative weight of 66 pounds, 5 ounces. Lawyer was runner-up with 62-15 and Schroeder had 62-06. Richardson collected $120,000 in prize money and a berth as a pro in the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita in August.

Yup, that'll do it.

Truth be told, many in the weigh-in audience in Paris, Tenn., figured it would be a shootout between Lawyer and Schroeder, the local favorite from Paducah, Ky. Dock talk had it that Richardson had a rough day of fishing in the New Johnsonville area, where a 150-boat tournament took place Saturday. The 31-year-old Canadian figured his spots would be covered with boats and he would have to scrounge up a limit fishing new water.

The 11th hour nail-biter between Lawyer, of the BFL’s Ozark Division, and Schroeder, a LBL Division strongboy, was exactly that. Lawyer, of Sarcoxie, Mo., and a qualifier through the Ozark Division, weighed his limit first. He had 18-12. Schroeder needed at least that much to overtake him, but when his weight of 16-14 was announced, it seemed that Lawyer might pull it off.

Then Richardson, looking a bit haggard and resigned to his fate, weighed his bag. It wasn’t even that close. His 19-pound, 9-ounce sack gave him the win by more than 3 pounds. As far as anyone can recall, going back to the old Red Man circuit days, he is the first Canadian to ever win the All-American. Richardson qualified through The Bass Federation’s National Championship, having won its Eastern Divisional at the 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River and then repeating as the top boater in his division at the TBF Championship on Grand Lake.

“This isn’t the first surprise I’ve had today,” Richardson says. “I thought other fishermen would be on my spots when I got there, there was nobody around. I thought ‘oh, boy, this is going to get good,’ but it really wasn’t because there wasn’t any current. I went to my second best spot and there was one boat on it. I told the guys I was in a tournament and had been fishing that spot for the last couple of days and they told me that they were in a tournament too, but that I could have it. They left; it was really nice of them.”

Another surprise came in the form of his choice of lures. Though Richardson fished a Nichols Lures Magnum Spoon the first couple of days, he switched to a more familiar offering on day three – one that he had confidence and which helped him qualify for the All-American in the first place.

Curtis Richardson plied a drop-shot to catch them when he couldn't make the big spoon work.

“I lost a good fish first thing with the spoon, and couldn’t get another bite after that,” he recalls. “So I switched to a drop-shot rig on 6-pound-test line, and caught all my fish on it, including the 6-pounder. But the spoon definitely got me to the championship round.”

Richardson employed Zoom Magnum Trick Worms in red bug and rigged the drop-shot wacky style. He fished bars and ledges with the spoon, which he retrieved in a series of hard sweeps followed by drops. More often than not, fish would hit the spoon on the fall. Before he travelled to Tennessee to fish the All-American, Richardson had never seen one of the large spoons, much less fished it. He taught himself to use it based on what he saw and heard on the flwfishing.com website.

“It’s going to take me a few days to recuperate from fishing the spoon,” says the self-employed businessman. “My elbow and shoulder are pretty sore.”

Curtis Richardson jumps a spoon and a fish toward the net.

He’ll take some off-time before hitting the tournament trail again. The prize money will help pay expenses, especially if he chooses to compete in his native land. By Richardson’s reckoning, $120,000 US is worth about $160,000 in Canadian dollars.  

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Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 3

Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 3

Kris Wilson did everything he could this morning to put away this tournament before anyone had a chance to make a run at him. The Montgomery, Texas, pro returned to the spot where he started the first two days and boxed up a pair of 5-pounders. The leader has camped on his spot basically all morning, and now we estimate he's culled up to about 18 pounds. Wilson came into today with a lead of more than 4 1/2 pounds over second-place pro Josh Bensema, and a much greater margin over everyone else, so that limit is huge and likely has him on course for a wire-to-wire victory in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. READ MORE »

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Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 2

Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 2

In terms of fish caught, tournament leader Kris Wilson had a tougher morning today than on day one. But a behemoth bass that will probably push the 8-pound mark has him in prime position to maintain his lead in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

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Wilson Still in Control at Rayburn

Wilson Still in Control at Rayburn

A 9-plus-pound bass anchored Kris Wilson’s day-two limit to help him stay in the lead at the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Wilson weighed in 21 pounds, 12 ounces today to go with 26-11 yesterday. His 48-7 two-day total has Wilson 4 pounds, 10 ounces ahead of Josh Bensema and miles ahead of the rest of the top 10.   READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Montgomery, Texas, pro Kris Wilson caught a big-time stringer of more than 26 pounds to take the day-one lead at the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury at Sam Rayburn. Wilson says he fished some of the flooded cover that’s lining Rayburn’s shorelines, but the bulk of his catch came from a series of offshore areas where bass are starting to pile up. The rest of the top five fished a mix of patterns, but their results indicate that the offshore pattern could wind up being the most consistent as the tournament goes on.  READ MORE »

Wilson Waylays 26 at Rayburn

Wilson Waylays 26 at Rayburn

The second stop of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event on Sam Rayburn, which is presented by Mercury, has certainly lived up to expectations. Plenty of fish are out there to be caught, yet finding quality is the key to separating yourself from the pack. Kris Wilson of Montgomery, Texas certainly distanced himself after hauling in 26 pounds, 11 ounces to the Umphrey Family Pavilion stage. It may not be the Texas-sized bag Rayburn is known for, however, given the conditions it is absolutely impressive. Wilson will hold a 6-7 lead over Josh Bensema heading into Friday. READ MORE »

Campbell Goes Back to Back

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Shaw Drags Worm on Shelbyville

Shaw Drags Worm on Shelbyville

Wayne Shaw of Urbana, Illinois, weighed five bass Saturday totaling 13 pounds, 7 ounces, to win T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Lake Shelbyville. Shaw pocketed $4,071 for his day on the water. READ MORE »

Fox Claims No. 8

Fox Claims No. 8

Dwight Fox of Gainesboro, Tennessee, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Old Hickory Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce. For his efforts, Fox netted $2,941. READ MORE »

Ganey Cracks 20-11 on Big Sam

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Walser Nets 13th Title

Walser Nets 13th Title

Robert Walser of Lexington, North Carolina, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division tournament on High Rock Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 13 ounces. With his win – his 13th on the BFL circuit – Walser tied the BFL all-time wins record held by Dick Shaffer of Rockford, Ohio. READ MORE »

College Championship Midday Update – Day 3

College Championship Midday Update – Day 3

As expected, the fishing has been great for the final day of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Potomac River. Sunny skies and moderate winds have set everyone up for success, and so far the top 10 teams are making the most of it. READ MORE »

Racers Lock Up National Championship

Racers Lock Up National Championship

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Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Day one of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Potomac River had a wide variety of patterns in play among the leaders. Today, with overcast skies and gusty winds, the folks fishing grass started to pull ahead. In the lead, Adam Puckett and Blake Albertson of Murray State have managed more than 16 pounds each day, but the rest of the top-10 crew is hot on their heels. Additionally, the fishing seems to be getting better by the day, so a big bag from a team down the standings a little bit wouldn’t exactly be a shock on the final day.  READ MORE »

Murray State Races Ahead

Murray State Races Ahead

Thanks to a day-two limit worth 18 pounds, 14 ounces, Adam Puckett and Blake Albertson of Murray State University have the lead going into the final round of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance at the Potomac River. The Racers weighed 16-13 on day one to place seventh, but moved up the leaderboard today with the tournament’s biggest limit so far. READ MORE »

College Championship Midday Update – Day 2

College Championship Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Potomac River has been quite different from day one. With strong souths winds kicking up the main channel and keeping the tide back, teams have had to adjust. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - College Championship

FLW Live Leaderboard - College Championship

Anglers and FLW staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship on the Potomac River. READ MORE »

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Though the fishing seems markedly better than it was just a few days ago, the techniques getting it done are just as mixed as before. Unlike some years on the Potomac, slightly underdeveloped grass beds have the river fishing in a pretty diverse way. If all you want to do is fish grass, that isn’t ideal, but it has made for a lot of opportunity elsewhere. READ MORE »

Minor, Raines Lead College Field

Minor, Raines Lead College Field

Nolan Minor and Thomas Raines of West Virginia University have the day-one lead at the 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance at the Potomac River. The Mountaineers’ 18-5 bag gives them a 9-ounce cushion over second-place anglers Jarrett Martin and Nickolas Marsh of Adrian College.  READ MORE »