UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Lake Champlain

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Hanselman on the Verge of Four-Peat

Hanselman on the Verge of Four-Peat
Ray Hanselman took the lead with another solid limit of smallmouths.

The smallmouth smackdown on the Ohio River continued on day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Championship in Paducah, Ky., hosted by the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Paducah.

Heading into Saturday’s championship round, the top-5 positions on the leaderboard are dominated by big smallmouths caught from the same 15-mile section by anglers targeting mostly offshore current breaks. The bites in the area are generally scarce, but the quality of the fish is well worth the lack of quantity.

On day two there was a flip-flop atop the leaderboard between day-one leader Dave Barnes, Sr. and the amazing Ray Hanselman of Del Rio, Texas, who now has the pole position.

Going into the final day as the leader, Hanselman is poised to do the unthinkable in FLW history: win an unprecedented four Rayovac FLW Series events in a row. He has already won all three Rayovac Texas Division events this season and he’s eyeing the grandest of grand slams – a Rayovac Championship win.

Ray Hanselman battles one at the boat.

Friday Hanselman took the lead with an 11-pound, 14-ounce catch of smallmouths that gave him a two-day total of 30 pounds, 14 ounces, which constitutes a 2-1/2-pound lead over second-place Barnes.

“It was a harder day today,” he says. “Yesterday I had eight bites; today I only had five bites. Yesterday I caught big ones; today I really only caught one good one. So, yes, I’m leading, but things went downhill a bit today and it was much more of grind for what I weighed in.”

Hanselman is dialed in to the big smallmouth program. He is throwing large reaction-type baits and he says he can virtually predict when he’s going to get a strike by the tug of the current in the stretch of water he’s running.

“I can feel it when I’m about to get a bite,” he explains. “I’m fishing offshore current breaks and most of the time I can feel the current pulling on my bait. But then the bait will get sucked in behind one of those rips and it just goes dead – when that happens my hair stands up because I know I’m fixing to get slammed.”

“And the cool thing about it is those rips and voids in the current change minute to minute based on how the water is flowing and wavering around,” he adds. “I might throw at a spot for 10 minutes and suddenly hit one of those rips that was not there previously. That’s where those big ones are set up waiting to feed.”

Though Hanselman is not quite ready to reveal his list of productive baits, one thing’s for sure: there are no spinning rods, light line, drop-shots or shaky heads in his arsenal. He is all in with the big baits that, to his way of thinking, get the big bites.

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Forrest Wood Cup qualifiers  

Ten pros will lock up qualification for the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup this week, but so far only the Western Division representative is set. Charlie Weyer of West Hills, Calif., finished 11th and was the best of the Western Division this week. For that, he’ll get to make the trek back to Wheeler Lake next August.

The nine spots leftover will essentially go to everyone in the top 10 except whoever finishes 10th after Saturday’s final weigh-in. 

 

Top 10 pros

1. Ray Hanselman – Del Rio, Texas – 30-14 (10)

2. David Barnes Sr. – China, Maine – 28-7 (7)

3. Brian Holder – Belmont, N.C. – 27-10 (8)

4. Tyler Suddarth – Valdosta, Ga. – 27-7 (9)

5. Brandon Perkins – Counce, Tenn. – 27-5 (10)

6. Nick Prvonozac – Warren, Ohio – 22-11 (8)

7. Bill Chapman – Salt Rock, W.Va. – 22-9 (9)

8. Denny Brauer – Del Rio, Texas – 21-6 (10)

9. Jeff Hippert – Hamburg, N.Y. – 21-2 (9)

10. Trevor Fitzgerald – Belleview, Fla. – 20-10 (6)

Complete results

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Elrod Runs Tide, Wood on James River

Elrod Runs Tide, Wood on James River

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on the James River after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 10 ounces. For his efforts, Elrod took home $3,637. READ MORE »

Mittlestat Tops at St. Clair

Mittlestat Tops at St. Clair

Dan Mittlestat of Woodhaven, Michigan, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair presented by Navionics Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 7 ounces. Mittlestat netted $6,552 for his win. READ MORE »

Schmitt Takes Champlain Title

Schmitt Takes Champlain Title

FLW Tour pro Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Maryland, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Champlain presented by Navionics after catching five bass weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces. For his win, Schmitt earned $7,209 and 250 points in the Northeast Division presented by Gajo Baits standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Peter T and Crew Win ICAST Cup

Peter T and Crew Win ICAST Cup

Representing Lew’s, the team of John Carman, Peter Thliveros and Matthew Mattingly won the 2019 ICAST Cup at Lake Toho this morning with a five-bass limit that weighed 20 pounds, 4 ounces. It’s the first time in the ICAST kickoff event’s five-year history that a team has won two titles, and they come back-to-back – though this time it was an outright win.  READ MORE »

Kilgore on Top at Neely Henry

Kilgore on Top at Neely Henry

Andy Kilgore of Kingston, Georgia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Neely Henry. Kilgore pocketed $4,426 for his win in the event and earned 250 points in the Bama Division Angler of the Year (AOY) standings. The winner of the division’s AOY title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Experience Carries Siggers

Experience Carries Siggers

Dennis Siggers of Danville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory, Siggers earned $2,585 for his victory. READ MORE »

Melton Wins on Rough River

Melton Wins on Rough River

John Melton of Corydon, Indiana, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on Rough River Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces. Melton netted $4,838 for his win. READ MORE »

Jenkel Flips Bushes on Rend

Jenkel Flips Bushes on Rend

Derek Jenkel of Pinckneyville, Illinois, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces. Jenkel earned $4,384 for his victory. READ MORE »

Campbell Gets a Hat Trick

Campbell Gets a Hat Trick

Brody Campbell of Oxford, Ohio, won the rescheduled T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on Rough River Lake presented by Navionics Sunday after catching four bass weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Campbell earned $5,703 for his win. READ MORE »

Harlin Sacks 24 for Ozark W

Harlin Sacks 24 for Ozark W

Michael Harlin of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 9 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake of the Ozarks. Harlin pocketed $4,463 for his win in the event 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 »

Lake Champlain Day 4 Coverage

Lake Champlain Day 4 Coverage

Yesterday saw the crowning of the FLW Tour 2019 Angler of the Year (David Dudley) and Polaris Rookie of the Year (Ron Nelson). Today, there's nothing left to do but crown a champion for the Tour's last stop of the season. READ MORE »

Scanlon Wins it at Ti

Scanlon Wins it at Ti

Running south to Ticonderoga each day, Casey Scanlon weighed 19 pounds, 10 ounces on the final day of the FLW Tour event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain. With a total of 76-2, Scanlon earned the win in the final event of the season and pocketed $102,700 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Nelson Wins ROY

Nelson Wins ROY

Ron Nelson blanked on the first day of his first FLW Tour event. Then he got things on track – so on track that he finished the season ninth overall in the standings and above every other rookie to earn the Polaris FLW Tour Rookie of the Year award. Winning ROY is typically a career-setting accomplishment, and to go with the hardware Nelson will also receive a Polaris Sportsman® 570 ATV. READ MORE »

Dudley Wins Historic 4th AOY

Dudley Wins Historic 4th AOY

Taking to the second to last day of the 2019 FLW Tour season, David Dudley finally did it again, triumphing over John Cox to win a historic fourth FLW Tour Angler of the Year title. Winning his first AOY in 2008, and then going back-to-back in 2011 and 2012, Dudley is now the only pro with four titles to their credit, surpassing both Clark Wendlandt and Andy Morgan. READ MORE »

Ticonderoga Showdown Looms

Ticonderoga Showdown Looms

After three days of the FLW Tour event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain, all but one of the top five pros are turning south from Plattsburgh to chase largemouths at Ticonderoga. In the lead, Tyler Stewart of West Monroe, La., bagged up another 18 pounds, 5 ounces to boost his total to 58-6. In second and just 1-14 behind, Casey Scanlon of Lake Ozark., Mo., weighed 18-13 on day three for a 56-8 total. READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Day 3 Coverage

Lake Champlain Day 3 Coverage

We're down to 30 anglers in the FLW Tour's last stop of the 2019 season. The Angler of the Year and Polaris Rookie of the Year races are still up for grabs, and second-year pro Tyler Stewart is haflway to his first win on Tour. There will be storylines apletny today. READ MORE »

A Three-Angler Race for AOY

A Three-Angler Race for AOY

By making the top-30 cut, John Cox, David Dudley and Joseph Webster are all still in the 2019 FLW Tour Angler of the Year race. Scott Martin, who also made the cut and started the week in fourth place in the standings, cannot mathematically earn enough points to win AOY. READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Day 2 Coverage

Lake Champlain Day 2 Coverage

Tyler Stewart weighed in 22 pounds, 3 ounces yesterday to take the lead in the FLW Tour's last stop of the 2019 season. He was one of only four anglers to top the 20-pound mark, and his 1-pound, 12-ounce lead puts the second-year pro in great shape as day two kicks off. Another solid day will give Stewart and easy shot at the 30-pro cut on Saturday. READ MORE »

Stewart Stays Ahead at Champlain

Stewart Stays Ahead at Champlain

Tyler Stewart took the lead with a whopping 22 pounds, 3 ounces on day one of the FLW Tour event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain. Today, he backed it up with 17-14 to stay ahead. Running to Ticonderoga both days and boating a 40-1 total, Stewart is just 1-5 ahead of John Voyles, who’s weighed 20-7 and 18-5 from the north end of the lake for a 38-12 total. READ MORE »

Dudley Ahead in AOY Race

Dudley Ahead in AOY Race

David Dudley is unofficially in the Angler of the Year lead after one day of competition at the season finale on Lake Champlain. Dudley, who is currently in 11th place in the tournament, came into the event in second place in the AOY race and just one point behind John Cox, who’s day-one total has him in a tie for 32nd place. Dudley is unofficially in the lead by 21 points. Cox is in second, followed by Joseph Webster, Buddy Gross and Scott Martin READ MORE »