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

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Potomac River Day 4 Coverage

Potomac River Day 4 Coverage

Quick Links

Live On The Water Feed - click here and scroll to the bottom of the page

Day 4 Takeoff Gallery - click here

Day 4 OTW Gallery - click here

 

2:00 p.m.: Only 45 minutes left to fish

The 2015 Walmart FLW Tour season is 45 minutes away from ending, and there's only one major title left for FLW to award - the Potomac River tournament champion.

It really is too close to call right now. Several quality fish have been caught since our last post here, but we're not going to spoil the fun by revealing who caught them.

For that, you'll have to check out FLW Live at FLWFishing.com at 4 p.m. ET to watch the day-four weigh-in from La Plata, Md.

Thanks for following along all season. We'll see you in Hot Springs, Ark., for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup.

 

1:00 p.m.: Scott Martin is putting together a solid limit

The story thus far is that the top three pros still do not have limits. Adrian Avena is up to four keepers, but he doesn't yet have enough to catch Clark Wendlandt, who also has four. Bryan Schmitt is shy of his limit too.

Behind them, Andy Morgan has dock-fished his way to a limit of about 12 pounds, with plenty of time to upgrade. And in fifth place behind Morgan is the hottest pro in bass fishing, Scott Martin, the 2015 AOY. Martin has 12-plus-pounds. One observer estimated his weight to be even higher than that. Martin lit up the Twitter feed for about a 15-minute period when he put four keepers in the boat in quick succession.

This has been Martin's year. Could it be Martin's week too? You can find out at 4 p.m. ET on FLW Live.

The pros check in at 2:45 p.m. We'll post a final update to this blog in about an hour. In the meantime, follow along on the OTW feed at the link up above.

 

11:30 a.m.: Wendlandt moves closer to putting it away

He only has four keepers now, but Clark Wendlandt's fish are the right quality for winning his fourth Walmart FLW Tour event. His four fish, by our estimation, weigh about 9 1/2 pounds total. He needs to fill his limit and probably upgrade once or twice to put it out of reach, but he's got a great chance to make that happen. Wendlandt has been chucking a ChatterBait and swim jig all week and is keying on a specific area. He hasn't revealed all the details of what he's doing yet though. You can read more about it at FLWFishing.com after the tournament.

We're taking a quick break from the blog to film a midday update video where we'll get a better idea of the techniques being used on the water.

 

10:50 a.m.: The door is open for the top 10. Can anyone catch Wendlandt?

Clark Wendlandt hasn't put this tournament away by any means, but the two pros directly behind him in the standings aren't exactly running him down. Bryan Schmitt and Adrian Avena don't have limits. Schmitt just moved back to his primary spot and plans to camp there the rest of the day and live or die in that area. Avena has moved around a couple of times.

Scott Martin is chipping away. The 2015 AOY is one shy of a limit and is approaching the double-digit mark. He could catch the leader today with a couple more big bites.

Larry Nixon is also charging. He has almost 13 pounds now. He was 8 pounds back to start the day, though, so he has a long way to go.

 

9:20 a.m.: Wendlandt is on the trail of better quality fish

Clark Wendlandt doesn't have a limit yet, but the three fish he has in the livewell are all of decent quality. He's got a pair of 2-pounders and a 3-pounder. Most of his competition is scrapping with fish that weigh less than 2 pounds.

Second-place pro Adrian Avena has had a tough morning. He only has one keeper right now.

Bryan Schmitt, who's in third, has had to share water with a local, and the situation is getting under Schmitt's skin. He has two keepers right now and is rotating through about three spots.

Larry Nixon still has the hot hand today with more than 12 pounds in the box, but Randy Haynes and Jim Moynagh also have limits.

 

8:15 a.m.: Larry Nixon is on a roll

In his second consecutive top 10, Larry Nixon is putting a hurtin' on the Potomac River this morning. He's landed six keepers already and has culled up to 11 pounds. At this rate, he could work his way up into the mid-teens and take a shot at the leaderes. He's got 8 pounds to make up, but that's not an impossible margin. We've already seen major comebacks this season as proof that no lead is safe.

Of course, once the tide bottoms out, that might shut down Nixon's bite, so we'll have to wait to see how he negotiates the tidal change.

Each of the top five pros - Wendlandt, Avena, Schmitt, Morgan and Martin - has a single keeper. It's been slow for them thus far, but give them another hour or so to figure out how to handle the dirtier water in the system today and you'll see some better catches start rolling in.

 

7:30 a.m.: It's a new day on the Potomac

Starting from scratch - that's the theme of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on the Potomac River this week. From changing, unpredictable tides to blistering heat, rain and wind, and even tornadoes, this event has showcased just about every summertime condition that Mother Nature can throw at an angler.

Clark Wendlandt has led the last two days and seems dialed in. His water is in good shape this morning, not blown out like he expected.

But behind Wendlandt are a couple of tidal hammers - Bryan Schmitt and Adrian Avena - who are hoping to snatch the trophy out of the veteran's hands.

It's cool and sunny this morning, with scattered cloud cover and a forecast for a west wind throughout the day. This afternoon we'll find out who can adapt to the post-frontal conditions to be crowned the final Tour champion of the season.

Join us as FLWFishing.com via FLW Live at 4 p.m. ET to watch the weigh-in.

Tags: flw-tour  potomac-river  headline-story  2015-06-25-potomac-river 

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 »

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Dusty Herron of Alabaster, Alabama, and Chris Rutland of Wetumpka, Alabama, each caught five bass Saturday weighing 16 pounds even to tie for the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lay Lake. After contingency awards, Rutland earned $3,435, while Herron took home $2,435. READ MORE »

Shad Spawn Takes Elrod to Top

Shad Spawn Takes Elrod to Top

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce. For his efforts, Elrod pocketed $3,766. READ MORE »

Burroughs Dials Blueback Spawn

Burroughs Dials Blueback Spawn

Jason Burroughs of Hodges, South Carolina, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds even win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Lake Hartwell. For his efforts, Burroughs was awarded $3,572. READ MORE »

Wagner Makes it a Dozen

Wagner Makes it a Dozen

Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Tims Ford Lake. Wagner took home $4,013 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

With just one keeper from his three primary pockets, leader Jake Morris might have left the door open on the final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division tournament at Table Rock Lake. His frog pattern might be fizzling out due to clear water and changing conditions. READ MORE »

Latimer, Upshaw to Discuss Wins with Radio Host Jerry Kripp

Latimer, Upshaw to Discuss Wins with Radio Host Jerry Kripp

FLW Tour pros Brian Latimer of Belton, South Carolina, and Andrew Upshaw, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, are set to appear on the Outdoor Connection with Jerry Kripp, the evening of Sunday, May 12, to,,, READ MORE »

Olliverson Triumphs on Table Rock

Olliverson Triumphs on Table Rock

Missouri pro Eric Olliverson came back from fourth place on the final day to unseat Jake Morris and company and win the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Power-Pole on Table Rock Lake. Olliverson’s 16-pound, 8-ounce bag on the final day gave him 46-3 for the tournament and the win by just 5 ounces over Dakota Ebare. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 2

A few spawning bass are making their way to the scale in the top pros' bags, but most of the consistent action has come flipping or fishing topwater for largemouths, smallmouths and spotted bass at Table Rock. READ MORE »

Morris Still Rocking Table Rock

Morris Still Rocking Table Rock

Jake Morris of McKee, Ky., continues to lead the Costa FLW Series Central Division event at Table Rock Lake. Morris, who won the season opener at Kentucky Lake, has a two-day total of 32 pounds, 7 ounces. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 1

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 1

Catching fish is hardly the problem right now at stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division at Table Rock Lake. It seemed like every pro our on-the-water crew pulled up on today, be it on the lower end or up the rivers, was setting the hook with reckless abandon. Unfortunately, the quality has been extremely lacking. READ MORE »