UPCOMING EVENT: YETI College Fishing - 2019 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir


Cal Delta Top 10 Baits

The Costa FLW Series Western Division finale presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta was dominated by reaction baits – even though the conditions made for a tough bite. Covering water efficiently made several of the top pros reach for a variety of moving baits, while others took the soft plastic approach. Regardless of preference, these baits are the deal on the Delta.


1. Charley Almassey grabbed his first Costa Series title with three primary weapons. He used a 3/8-ounce Bobby D’s Grinder in a bluegill pattern tipped with Assault Lures Ringer paddle-tail plastic, a 3/8-ounce custom made swimjig paired with a 4.8-inch Keitech Swing Impact FAT and a new ABT Lures bluegill glide bait. All of these were thrown on a variety of Spiralite Rods – which he has helped to develop.


2. Mike Birch targeted postspawn fish with a Lucky Craft BDS 2 square-billed crankbait and a Bobby D’s Grinder tipped with a Lake Fork Live Magic Shad.


3. To claim his third top-10 finish of the season and the 2016 Strike King Angler of the Year title Roy Hawk employed two baits. A Yamamoto Flappin Hog and a vibrating jig that he tipped with a Yamamoto D Shad were all he needed.


4. Robert Lee tossed a black and blue Bobby D’s Grinder matched with a Zoom Brush Hog and Lucky Craft BDS 3 to catch the bulk of his weight. He also pitched a Reaction Innovations Pocket Rocket with an 1/8-ounce weight to pluck fish from holes in the grass.


5. For his second top 10 of the season, Michael Caruso employed a wacky-rigged Yamamoto Senko and drop-shot with a 6-inch Roboworm Fat Straight Tail Worm in margarita mutilator. Both were fished on a Megabass Levante Shakey Head spinning rod.


6. Delta legend Bobby Barrack threw a Snag Proof Wobbletron Frog on a Falcon Cara T7 Bobby’s Perfect Frog Casting Rod and a Dandy Baits Spinnerbait (SLK color) paired on a 7-foot, 6-inch heavy Falcon Bucoo Micro Guide.


7. Harvey Pulliam kept it simple with a Texas-rigged Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (rythm&blues color) on a 1/4-ounce Picasso Tungsten weight, a wacky-rigged 6-inch Yamamoto Senko (black and blue) and white spinnerbait.


8. Bryant Smith used some Delta favorites for his finish. A homemade vibrating jig tipped with a Strike King Rage Twin Tail Menace Grub, a 6-inch Yamamoto Senko (green pumpkin) and a River2Sea Whopper Plopper got it done. He threw them on several different Dobyns casting rods.


9. Benjamin Byrd caught them on a Pepper Custom Baits jig with an EverSoft Custom Baits craw and a weightless Texas-rigged 6-inch Yamamoto Senko (black and red flake).


10. Strike King KVD HC 1.5 and 2.5 square-billed crankbaits and an H2O Express CRS Crankbait did all the heavy lifting for Dane Mitchell. He upgraded the stock hooks to Gamakatsu EWG Treble Short Shank 2X Magic Eye in size 2 on the 1.5 and size 1 on the 2.5. He cranked the 1.5 on a 7-2 Enigma Fishing Aaron’s Edge Crankbait rod on 16-pound Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon and he threw the 2.5 on a 7-foot medium Enigma Fishing Casting rod with 20-pound Sunline Sniper.







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Toho on YouTube

The second stop of the FLW Tour season on Lake Toho was a big-bass bonanza. Thanks to mandatory POV cameras and marshals, plenty of big bass were caught on camera. Aside from individual catches, pros also documented their practice and tournament days to give the viewer and inside look at how their event unfolded. Below is the full list of videos released by the pros at this point.  READ MORE »


Costa FLW Series Western Division Opener

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Top 10 Patterns from Lake Toho

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Top 10 Baits from Toho

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Marshal Program a Big Hit for Hughes

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Burghoff Checks Out Toho on Day 2

FLW Tour rookie Miles “Sonar” Burghoff kicked off his freshman season with a strong performance on Sam Rayburn, where he just missed fishing the final day with a 12th-place finish. Now, the Tour is on a system he is more than familiar with, having spent countless hours on Lakes Toho and Kissimmee while attending college at the University of Central Florida. READ MORE »


Top 10 Patterns from Okeechobee

Whether it was a canal or small sections of the lake, each pro in the top chose to hunker down in an area and milk it for all it was worth in the season opener of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division presented by Power-Pole. Here’s a look at how the action unfolded. READ MORE »


Top 10 Baits from Okeechobee

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Niles Rallies for Co-angler Title

The Southeastern Division event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole was a grind no matter if you were in the front of the boat or back. Bites were few and far between, and as a co-angler just catching a keeper or two kept you in the hunt. Niles started strong with an opening-day limit worth 18-9 to have him in the lead. On day two, he cooled off and brought a goose egg to the stage. Still, his day-one weight carried him to the final round where he started the day in fourth. Paired with Brett Preuett, Niles got to work Saturday. READ MORE »


Thliveros Brings it Home

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Okeechobee Midday Update – Day 3

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Nick Thliveros Wins Costa FLW Series on Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole

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Thliveros in Charge on Okeechobee

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Okeechobee Midday Update – Day 2

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Top 5 Patterns from Okeechobee – Day 1

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Roder Out Front on Big O

Okeechobee is normally the place of dreams. This week, however, it isn’t quite living up to its reputation. Day one of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event on the Big O saw plenty of fish, though the quality bites were hard to come by. Troy Roder of Brookeland, Texas, set the pace early with a 19-pound, 15-ounce limit to grab the lead in the season opener – presented by Power-Pole – with a lead of over 4 pounds heading into Friday. READ MORE »


Okeechobee Midday Update – Day 1

Power fishing and flipping lead the charge for the first few hours of fishing on Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »


A Different Okeechobee

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Spawn on the Horizon at Okeechobee

Florida is a familiar place for FLW competition, and Lake Okeechobee is probably the best-known fishery the Sunshine State has to offer. So there shouldn’t be many surprises when the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division kicks off the season Jan. 31–Feb. 2 on the Big O with an event presented by Power-Pole. READ MORE »