UPCOMING EVENT: YETI FLW COLLEGE FISHING - 2019 - Lake Erie

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Okeechobee Day 2 Coverage

Okeechobee Day 2 Coverage

Quick Links

Live On The Water Twitter stream (scroll to the bottom)

Complete Day One Results

Day 2 Takeoff Photo Gallery

Day 2 On-the-Water Photo Gallery

Day 1 Takeoff Photo Gallery

Day 1 On-the-Water Photo Gallery

Day 1 Weigh-in Video

 

2:30 p.m.: Join us on FLW Live

Weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. ET at FLWFishing.com. The FLW Live feed will be up shortly. Tune in to see who makes the top 20 cut.

 

2:00 p.m.: Bradley Hallman continues to set the pace

With one hour left to go until weigh-in, Bradley Hallman is the clear leader. By our estimates he has 20 to 22 pounds. This afternoon he really cranked it up and put together a flurry of fish catches to reclaim the lead from Alex Davis.

Reports are that the water temperature hasn't dropped as much as some anglers expected. Though, the water has gradually gotten dirtier as the day has gone on due to this relentless wind that continues to blow.

Clewiston faithful are starting to roll in to weigh-in here at Roland and Mary Ann Martin's Marina and Resort. Join us wherever you are via FLW Live at 3 p.m. ET.

 

1:30 p.m.: Hallman hammering away

Move over Alex Davis, because Bradley Hallman wants his lead back.

The Norman, Okla., pro is into some fish. He missed two bites then filled his limit with a 5-pounder. A few minutes later, Hallman culled out a 1 1/2-pound bass with a 6-pounder and made a huge upgrade. He thinks he has 20 pounds, but pros always underestimate. He very well could be in the 22-pound range now.

Hallman is the man to beat.

It's not clear what has caused the sudden uptick in the action. It might have to do with the beautiful sunshine and 67-degree air finally warming up the shallows and prompting some new bass to move into their spawning areas. The wind is certainly blowing and has a chill to it, but in protected areas it seems that the fish might be recovering.

 

12:50 p.m.: Hallman is on the move

Day-one leader Bradley Hallman might not have a limit yet, but his four keepers are the right kind. He thinks they'll weigh 14 to 15 pounds. He's got himself in position to maintain the lead with plenty of fishing time left.

Behind Hallman, local ace Brandon McMillan has only three bass that weigh about 6 pounds. He's got some ground to make up. McMillan is using a trio of presentations to pick apart the cover as he bounces around the south end of the lake.

Alex Davis lit up the Twitter feed this morning when he quickly sacked up an 18-pound limit, but he's been quiet ever since then. He was in third after day one.

So far, these three seem to be establishing themselves as the favorites. They should be neck and neck after today's weigh-in, unless one of them cracks a couple of hawgs this afternoon.

 

11:45 a.m.: Slow going as we hit the midday mark

There were a lot of questions regarding whether or not the south end of the lake could hold up with today's stiff north wind, or whether pros would be better off heading north. Right now, there's still no real answer to those questions. The pros who did go north are struggling a bit, but that area was slow yesterday too. And down south, no one is lighting up the world. Alex Davis caught a quick 18 pounds in the south end, but we haven't had an update in almost two hours. Others in the top 10 who are fishing down south are catching far fewer bass than yesterday.

The only real conclusion that can be drawn is that this post-frontal weather has really hurt the bite.

 

10:25 a.m.: Shaking up the top five

It's still really early on this second day of competition, but already the top five is shaking up. Tournament leader Bradley Hallman recently made a move to a more outer area where the water is dirtier but he's a little more protected from the wind. He has just one keeper. It's a good one, but that's it.

Local favorite Brandon McMillan's livewell is still empty. He said yesterday that he wasn't sure what would happen out there today with this high water and wind switch. Just give him time though. He knows Okeechobee better than most. He'll figure something out before the day ends.

Alex Davis has made the biggest move. Though he's been quiet for about an hour, Davis already has about 18 pounds in his livewell. He's the unofficial leader.

Joshua Weaver in fourth place has a pair of keepers, but they aren't big. Still, he's only a fish away from making a run at Hallman's lead.

Flipping is the dominant technique among the top pros. It's slow fishing, but it can pay off big time when the fish hunker down in thick cover after a cold front.

 

Jeff Sprague caught two hawgs on day one. See him in action here:

 

Watch Wesley Strader catch his day-one limit

 

9:35 a.m.: Davis has 18 pounds

Alex Davis continues to be the story of day two. The Alabama pro just culled up to almost 18 pounds. On a morning when a lot of pros are struggling, he seems to have figured out something that's working. He's the unofficial leader for sure now.

 

9 a.m.: Alex Davis is hammering away, trying to catch Hallman

Two 4-pounders anchor an early limit for Alabama's Alex Davis, who came into today in third place. He was an even 4 pounds off Hallman's lead after day one. He's the unofficial new tournament leader.

It seems like more pros are flipping today, while yesterday was a pretty even split between flipping and winding moving baits. This cold front certainly prompted the slowdown.

Despite the wind blowing out of the north, several of the pros in the top of the standings still ran south.

One thing's for sure: The rim canal will be busy today. Not many pros are going to run the open water of the main lake in this stout wind.

 

 

 

8:15 a.m.: Check out the day two takeoff photo gallery

Click here

 

7:30 a.m.: Pros brace for a windy, wild day on Okeechobee

Today's second round of competition is sure to be a challenging one for the pros fishing the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee. Last night, a steady rain rolled through Clewiston, leaving behind tough post-frontal conditions with sustained - and quite chilly - north winds at about 20 mph. Instead of flip-flops and shorts, pros were donning stocking caps and heavy jackets at takeoff.

The forecast is for the wind to taper off slightly, but its effects are already being felt by the anglers, mostly in the form of uncertainty regarding how to fish today. Most of the action yesterday was in the south end of the lake, but the wind was blowing out of the south.The wind did a complete 180 overnight. Now that it's blowing straight in on the south end, fishing there could completely shut off.

Still, this is Okeechobee, and somebody will figure out how to catch them. The tough conditions only serve to level the playing field a bit and open the door for anyone to move into the top 20.

 

Conditions

Current temperature: 54 degrees

Forecast high: 64 degrees

Sky: partly cloudy

Precipitation: 0 percent chance

Wind: N at 21 mph

 

Weigh-in Details

Watch the day two weigh-in live at FLWFishing.com starting at 3 p.m. ET.

Click here for complete tournament details.

 

Tags: okeechobee  headline-story  2016-02-04-lake-okeechobee 

Reese Goes Wire-To-Wire

Reese Goes Wire-To-Wire

The final weigh-in of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event on the Potomac was one of the most intense of the season. In the end, with just enough to hold on, Marvin Reese weighed four for 8 pounds, 5 ounces to earn the win with a 38-15 total. For his win, which was his first on the boater side, Reese earned $38,026. Finishing second, Troy Morrow rocked up from tenth with 14-7, which was the biggest bag of the day. READ MORE »

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Through two days of competition on the Potomac in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event the weights haven’t been nearly what the river is capable of kicking out. That said, all the top pros have managed to put at least one good day together, and some have maintained really strong consistency, just at a lesser pace than would be the norm in June or some other time of the year. READ MORE »

Better Day Keeps Reese Out Front

Better Day Keeps Reese Out Front

A lovely morning gave way to a dismal afternoon on day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the Potomac River, but despite the difference in conditions, Marvin Reese kept on plugging. Weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces on day one, Reese added 15-14 on day two for a 30-10 total. With his day two bag, Reese has now weighed the two biggest bags of the event, which is presented by Lowrance, and he’s widened his lead over Justin Atkins to nearly 4 pounds. READ MORE »

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 2

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event on the Potomac has been quite a swing from day one. However, despite dramatically different weather, some of the top pros are still catching, and it looks like a tight race is setting up for the final day. READ MORE »

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

As is so often the case, the first day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the Potomac River wasn’t quite as bad as some predicted in practice. Though it was hot and humid as all get out, plenty of limits hit the scale and enough pros weighed 12 pounds or better to make things really interesting READ MORE »

Reese Leads on the Potomac

Reese Leads on the Potomac

Day one of the Potomac River event, which is the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits, featured plenty of limits, but getting quality bites was definitely an issue for some. In the lead after day one, Marvin Reese of Randallstown, Md., weighed 14 pounds, 12 ounces to get things underway. Behind Reese, Justin Atkins and Jason Kervin both weighed 14-5, and Robert Grike rounded out the 14-pound brigade with 14-4. Overall, just 11 pros cracked the 12-pound mark on day one of the tournament, which is presented by Lowrance, but 8- and 9-pound limits weren’t too hard to come by.  READ MORE »

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 1

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 1

As predicted, day one of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event on the Potomac River has been fairly tough. Though most folks have a fish or two, and many will undoubtedly fill limits by weigh-in, it certainly hasn’t been a catch-fest. READ MORE »

High Tide Takes Langford to Top

High Tide Takes Langford to Top

Todd Langford of Great Falls, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces. Langford took home $2,600 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Mills Works Wood at Ohio River

Mills Works Wood at Ohio River

Craig Mills of Hamilton, Ohio, took top honors at Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on the Ohio River at Tanners Creek after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces. Mills took home $5,466 for his win. READ MORE »

Pollak Plays Current for Big Muddy W

Pollak Plays Current for Big Muddy W

Joe Pollak of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce. For his win, Pollack netted $4,586. READ MORE »

Thrift Finally Wins the Cup

Thrift Finally Wins the Cup

Everyone knew it was only a matter of time, and that time is finally now. Bryan Thrift is an FLW Cup champion. READ MORE »

Lake Hamilton Day 3 Coverage

Lake Hamilton Day 3 Coverage

Bryan Thrift has the lead with one day left to fish in the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. But to make it happen, he needs to hold off Kyle Walters, who's had a magical week so far, along with Scott Martin and a crew of other hammers. READ MORE »

What Happened to LeBrun?

What Happened to LeBrun?

Nick LeBrun cracked 15 pounds on day one of the FLW Cup by throwing a Whopper Plopper around docks and seawalls. Then he caught only two bass on day two. The Louisiana pro says he refused to change his approach on day two because he wanted to fish for the win. Though he failed, he says he wouldn't change a thing. READ MORE »

Thrift on the Brink of First Cup

Thrift on the Brink of First Cup

For the second day in a row, Shelby, N.C., pro Bryan Thrift will go to bed with the lead in the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. Today, Thrift weighed in 12 pounds, 7 ounces for a two-day total of 27-10. He leads Florida pro Kyle Walters by 1 1/2 pounds. READ MORE »

Lake Hamilton Day 2 Coverage

Lake Hamilton Day 2 Coverage

Bryan Thrift and Nick LeBrun lead the charge at the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. Today, they work toward making the cut and getting to the final day of competition for a chance at $300,000. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Hamilton

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Hamilton

FLW Marshals and media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. READ MORE »

Lake Hamilton Day 1 Coverage

Lake Hamilton Day 1 Coverage

The 2019 FLW Cup features 52 of the best bass anglers in the world competing for $300,000 at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark. READ MORE »

Greene Again on St. Clair

Greene Again on St. Clair

Kyle Greene of Ortonville, Michigan, took top honors at Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair after catching five bass weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces. Greene took home $5,753 for his win. READ MORE »

Buck Drop-shots for Oneida Win

Buck Drop-shots for Oneida Win

FLW Tour pro Grae Buck of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on Oneida Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 13 ounces. For his win, Buck earned $5,471 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 »

Gallagher Nets Win on Indian

Gallagher Nets Win on Indian

Darrell Gallagher of Maplewood, Ohio, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on Indian Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 14 ounces. Gallagher earned $3,553 his win. READ MORE »