UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - California Delta

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Top 5 Patterns from Shasta Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Shasta Day 2
Miles Howe deals with his fourth keeper of the day, a small spotted bass.

Day two of the Costa FLW Series presented by Minn Kota on Shasta Lake confronted the competitors with horrible weather and a lot of opportunity to move up, as many of the leaders faltered. In fact, half the members of the top 10 weren’t in it after day one of the Western Division 2016 inaugural. One of the replacements is Greg Gutierrez, who took over the lead with a two-day total of 27-2 and is ahead of second-place Richard Dobyns by 2 pounds, 7 ounces.

Read about Gutierrez’s leading pattern here.

Complete results

 

Richard Dobyns

2. Richard Dobyns – Marysville, Calif. – 24-7 (10)

After pacing the field with 16-2 on day one, Dobyns caught a small limit on day two that was good enough to put him in second place and within striking distance of leader Gutierrez.

Perhaps more than anyone else, Dobyns was hampered by the strong wind and waves that dominated the morning weather.

“I had to make a big adjustment and head way up the river as far as I could go to scratch out a limit,” says Dobyns. “Finally the wind broke a little bit and I bailed out and went back out to the main lake and that was where I caught all my weight. But all in all the weather just killed everything.”

Though the California pro relied on moving baits and finesse offerings on day one, he was unable to garner any kind of reaction bite on day two.

Dobyns’ day one pattern

 

Bryant Smith

3. Bryant Smith – Castro Valley, Calif. – 24-6 (10)

Buoyed by the big fish of the tournament so far – a giant 7-2 spotted bass he caught on day one – Bryant Smith also had a decent second round. He brought in 9-9 on day two to keep himself in the hunt.

Day one saw Smith running and gunning points, but the program changed on day two.

“It was the same plan until the wind started blowing,” recalls Smith. “I just had to find some protected water and start from scratch again.”

Starting from scratch for Smith meant junk-fishing out of the wind, and a spinnerbait, crankbait and Senko provided most of his weight.

“A little wind would help tomorrow [Saturday’s championship round], but I think I’ll have to slow down more,” speculates Smith. “It kind of got post-frontal after a while today, and I couldn’t get the reaction fish to go at all.”

 

Jeff Michels

4. Jeff Michels – Lakehead, Calif. – 24-2 (10)

One of the favorites heading into the event, Michels showed off his knowledge of Shasta by running all over a sizeable amount of it to improve from 20th to fourth on day two.

“Both days I ran way up the Sac (the Sacramento River arm), and both days I didn’t catch anything up there. Then I went back to the Squaw Creek arm,” reveals Michels. “Yesterday I caught about 35 fish on a crankbait up there, and today I caught about two on it. But, I found a couple key areas and slowed down with a Keitech swimbait and a Senko.”

After ditching the Squaw Arm and heading all the way back into the Sac with a solid limit in the livewell, Michels again struck out. Then he wound up catching his biggest fish of the day on a Senko within sight of takeoff.

“I dunno what the plan is tomorrow, whichever way the boat is pointed is the way I’m gonna go,” says Michels. “I’ve won here before, and it was great and I was on them big and knew I could contend for the win. This time I had a terrible practice, but it would be quite a bit more special to win because I’ve had to make a lot of adjustments and do things I usually don’t do.”

 

Miles Howe

5. Miles Howe – San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – 23-5 (10)

Howe, who finished second in the Western Division AOY race in 2013, threw a swimbait for an impressive 16-1 on day one but was unable to replicate that success two days in a row.

“I was expecting the bite to be similar to yesterday, when I was throwing nothing but swimbaits and everything I caught was big,” says Howe. “Today I went in the same area and threw the same bait, but the fish I caught were about the size of the bait.

“Tomorrow I’m going to live in that general area. The fish are still there; I just might have to change up my techniques a little.”

 

Tournament Details

Format: All boaters and co-anglers will compete for two days. The top 10 boaters and co-anglers based on cumulative weight after two days of competition will advance to the third and final round, with the winner in each division determined by the heaviest cumulative three-day weight.

Takeoff Time: 7:00 a.m. PT

Takeoff Location: Bridge Bay Resort, 10300 Bridge Bay Road, Redding, Calif.

Weigh-In Time: Days 1 and 2 at 3 p.m.; Day 3 at 3:30 p.m.

Weigh-In Location: Bridge Bay Resort, 10300 Bridge Bay Road, Redding, Calif.

 

Follow FLW

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Periscope

Tags: shasta-lake  spotted-bass  jody-white  headline-story  2016-02-18-shasta-lake 

Co-Angler Winslow Goes Light to Win

Co-Angler Winslow Goes Light to Win

Fishing with eventual winner Wayne Vaughan on the final day, Winslow utilized a light-weight technique to catch 15 pounds, 2 ounces (and 50-11 total) to win the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale presented by Gajo Baits. READ MORE »

Vaughan Gets Dream Win on St. Lawrence

Vaughan Gets Dream Win on St. Lawrence

Making a key adjustment on the final day, Vaughan turned a small limit into a tournament-winning 20-pound, 11-ounce stringer to take home the victory in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale on the St. Lawrence River, presented by Gajo Baits. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River – Day 2

Four of the top seven anglers in the Angler of the Year points race for the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale presented by Gajo Baits made the top-10 cut, and three of them – Scott Dobson, Casey Smith and Wayne Vaughan – are in the top five with real chances at winning both the tournament and AOY. READ MORE »

Kelley Grabs Lead with 43 Pounds

Kelley Grabs Lead with 43 Pounds

Down near Ogdensburg, N.Y. – roughly 45 miles from takeoff – was the area on day one of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale presented by Gajo Baits, as the majority of the top bags came from there. A day later, it was the anglers who ran 75 miles or more down to Clayton, N.Y., and beyond who scored big, while the Ogdensburg bunch either capitalized in small windows or not at all. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River – Day 1

Moving and transitioning fish, changing winds, long runs that didn’t always pan out and a 1-ounce lead at the top. Day one of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale on the St. Lawrence River, presented by Gajo Baits, certainly hasn’t lacked storylines. READ MORE »

Hatch Leads by 1 Ounce

Hatch Leads by 1 Ounce

There were no 25-pound mega-bags coming across the stage at weigh-in of the final leg of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division. The event on the St. Lawrence River, presented by Gajo Baits, hasn’t been the slugfest many expected after one day of fishing. There were still plenty of 20-pound bags, though, and the St. Lawrence on a bad day is still a tremendous fishery. READ MORE »

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 1

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 1

The final leg of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the St. Lawrence River opened to perfect conditions for anyone looking to burn some gas. Yes, it was a crisp 40 degrees at takeoff, but it was clear and calm. In fact, the current is ripping so hard it’s keeping the river as flat as most anglers have ever seen. Most pros should’ve been able to run all 95 miles to Lake Ontario (and into the lake if they wanted to) with little trouble. READ MORE »

Seal Sticks to River

Seal Sticks to River

Zackery Seal of Findley Lake, New York, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 44 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division super-tournament at the 1000 Islands Sunday. Seal earned $6,066 for his efforts. The Northeast Division is presented by Gajo Baits. READ MORE »

Elrod Nets a Hat Trick

Elrod Nets a Hat Trick

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 29 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division super-tournament on the James River Sunday. Elrod earned $3,542 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Fitzpatrick Notches No. 7

Fitzpatrick Notches No. 7

Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Missouri, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 36 pounds, 3 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Ozark Division presented by Bassing Bob super-tournament on Lake of the Ozarks Sunday. For his victory, Fitzpatrick earned $6,891 for his efforts. READ MORE »

No. 6 for Schroeder

No. 6 for Schroeder

Billy Schroeder of Paducah, Kentucky, brought a two-day total of seven bass to the scale Sunday weighing 22 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division super-tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. Schroeder earned $6,122 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Murray Wins on Watts Bar

Murray Wins on Watts Bar

John Murray of Spring City, Tennessee, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 28 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division super-tournament on Watts Bar Lake Sunday. Murray earned $7,334 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Rampey Takes Another on Hartwell

Rampey Takes Another on Hartwell

Jayme Rampey of Liberty, South Carolina, added another BFL victory to his impressive resume Sunday, bringing a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 31 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division super-tournament on Lake Hartwell. Rampey earned $5,665 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Leary Frogs and Flips on G-Ville

Leary Frogs and Flips on G-Ville

Jim Leary of Guntersville, Alabama, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 37 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division super-tournament on Lake Guntersville presented by Cortland Line Sunday. Leary earned $5,869 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Bryan Schmitt’s ChatterBait Box

Bryan Schmitt’s ChatterBait Box

“I’m pretty wild on color selection,” says Schmitt. “I always have my shad colors. I always have my black and blues. But I fall in love with trying to find a niche color. Especially when you get into the fall of the year on the Potomac. I love to find a crayfish pattern, and I feel like then a crayfish-imitating ChatterBait out-fishes anything else. And I also like to find a bluegill pattern at times, so I play with the colors.” READ MORE »

Humbard Claims Another Cherokee W

Humbard Claims Another Cherokee W

Bill Humbard of New Market, Tennessee, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mountain Division tournament on Cherokee Lake Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts on the water, Humbard took home $6,337. READ MORE »

Youngstown Wins on Erie

Youngstown Wins on Erie

The Youngstown State University duo of Jeffrey Jardine of Niles, Ohio, and Mike Soots of McDonald, Ohio, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Erie with a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds even. The victory earned the Penguins’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championshi READ MORE »

Williams Winds and Flips on Dardanelle

Williams Winds and Flips on Dardanelle

Charles Williams of Clarksville, Arkansas, won this weekend’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Lake Dardanelle presented by Navionics after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 35 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts, Williams took home $4,868. READ MORE »

Shadowens Drags Docks on Grand

Shadowens Drags Docks on Grand

Mark Shadowens of Kiefer, Oklahoma, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on Grand Lake Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 29 pounds, 3 ounces. For his finish, Shadowens pocketed $5,704. READ MORE »

Smith Needed One Rod on Shelbyville

Smith Needed One Rod on Shelbyville

Bradley Smith of Saint Jacob, Illinois, took home the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Lake Shelbyville Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces. For his win, Smith pocketed $7,310. READ MORE »