UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Lawyer Stays in First at All-American

Lawyer Stays in First at All-American

Missouri pro Jeremy Lawyer put distance between himself and current second-place fisherman Drew Boggs on day two of the FLW Bass Fishing League All-American at Lake Barkley hosted by Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism with a 14-pound, 12-ounce limit. It gave him a two-day total of 33 pounds, 2 ounces, while Boggs has 28-13 after weighing in 11-09. Lawyer hopes to put the title away Saturday when the top 10 contenders and their co-anglers compete in the championship round.

Besides Lawyer and Boggs, the field includes Kyle Weisenburger of Ottawa, Ohio, (28-09); Clabion Johns of Covington, Ga., (27-10); Todd Walters of Kernersville, N.C., (27-09); John Vanore of Mullica Hill, N.J., (27-03); Nelson Walker of Manning, S.C., (26-15); Jim Eakin of Clarksville, Tenn., (26-14); Thomas Helton of Charleston, Tenn., (26-13); and Mike Devere of Berea, Ky., (26-13).

Although Friday’s fishing could only be described as dismal for most of the 49 boaters and their co-angler partners, it didn’t have much effect on the top 10 as only two anglers were bumped from the list. If anything, the finalists were mildly surprised and greatly relieved to reach the championship round, and it serves as a compliment to their ability to adjust to trying circumstances. Depending on whom one asks, the fish have been playing hard-to-get because of a decrease in current, uncomfortably high water temperatures near the bank, scattered shad that aren’t schooling offshore yet because the water’s too cold, too much fishing pressure or all of the above. Only 20 limits were brought in – 17 by boaters and three by co-anglers.

Lawyer, who had 18-06 in Thursday’s opening round, didn’t have a keeper until 9:50 a.m. on day two, despite a well-laid offshore approach that had him fishing stair-stepping ledges festooned with stumps at the mouths of large feeder creeks, channel ledges and brush piles planted in water anywhere from 6 to about 14 feet deep. Fortunately for him, he had an abundance of choices.

“I didn’t catch any fish anywhere I caught them on Thursday,” says Lawyer, who was the All-American runner-up in 2015. “I fished 10 different baits and even picked up a spinning rod, which is not something I normally do. The fish just aren’t biting. I don’t know why that is; this place has me stumped. I do know I’m cutting back to about five rigs on Saturday. I’m going to tie on baits that, if they get in front of fish, they’re going to get ate. I said it before: It’s just a grind, and you’ve got to grind it out with them.”

Lawyer’s biggest concern is the dearth of fish early in the morning. While the flipping specialists have been catching bass from the get-go each day, Lawyer’s fish have been showing up later. There’s practically no current in the morning, but, then again, it hasn’t been helping him too much in the afternoon when it picks up a bit.

“I need to figure out how to get more bites in the morning. I’m going to think about it. I might run some and try some new stuff,” he says. “I can’t count on an offshore bite early. It’s not much better in the afternoon when there is a little current running. You’d think the current would get the fish going a little bit, but not much where I’m fishing that I can tell. I think the wind that came up in the day Friday helped more than the current did.”

If Lawyer seems to be a bit flummoxed by what he should be doing in the championship round, it’s no less of a puzzle for the rest of the top 10, who don’t seem too confident in their prospects or generous in their expectations. Still, they’ve fared better to this point than the ones who won’t be fishing Saturday.

Boxing champion and sometimes philosopher Mike Tyson once dismissed the pre-fight notions of an opponent by musing that, “Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth.”

While bass tournaments are hardly comparable to boxing matches, many an All-American contender with well-laid plans became discombobulated this week by a figurative punch in the mouth from Barkley bass that were there one day, gone the next or never there at all.

The agony of musing that one more bass, one more good cast to the right spot might have boosted an angler into the championship round is excruciating, but such is fishing. And there’s consolation in knowing that wherever he finished, a competitor in the 2016 All-American was for certain among a handful of qualifiers who were actually there, out of the several thousand others who wished they could have been.

The final weigh-in is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Kentucky Dam Village Marina following the semi-final weigh-in of the Walmart FLW Tour event being staged simultaneously on Kentucky Lake.

 

Complete results

 

Top 10 Boaters

1. Jeremy Lawyer – Sarcoxie, Mo. – 33-02 (10)   

2. Drew Boggs – Lebanon, Tenn. – 28-13 (10)     

3. Kyle Weisenburger – Ottawa, Ohio – 28-09 (10)        

4. Clabion Johns – Covington, Ga. – 27-10 (10)    

5. Todd Walters – Kernersville, N.C. – 27-09 (10)           

6. John Vanore – Mullica Hill, N.J. – 27-03 (10)    

7. Nelson Walker – Manning, S.C. – 26-15 (10)    

8. Jim Eakin – Clarksville, Tenn. – 26-14 (10)      

9. Mike Devere – Berea, Ky. – 26-13 (9)   

10. Thomas Helton – Charleston, Tenn. – 26-13 (10)

 

Important links

Tournament details

Day 1 Takeoff Gallery

Day 1 On-the-Water Gallery

Day 1 Weigh-in Gallery

Day 2 Takeoff Gallery

Day 2 On-the-Water Gallery

Day 2 Weigh-in Gallery

 

Wood Winds His Way into All-American Co-Angler Lead

By David A. Brown

Day two of the FLW BFL All-American on Lake Barkley served Adam Wood a completely different picture than the opening round, but the Guyton, Ga., co-angler responded by adding three keepers for 9 pounds, 5 ounces and taking the lead with a two-day total of 20 pounds.

On day one, Wood fished offshore. Today, he and his boater, Andre Dickneite, ran up Little River, where Wood caught his fish flipping and dragging baits. A late-day move proved critical to his success.

“It was just about grinding all day, and when you got the chance to make a cast, making a cast,” Wood says. “This afternoon we made a change late in the day and pulled up on a spot, and they were there and biting. My boater and I put five fish in the boat, and four of them were keepers.”

 

Top 10 Co-anglers

1. Adam Wood – Guyton, Ga. – 20-00 (7)               

2. Mike Allen – Crystal Springs, Miss. – 18-06 (6)            

3. John Duarte – Middle River, Md. – 16-07 (7)               

4. Wesley Smith – Vinemont, Ala. – 16-05 (7)                  

5. Randy Smith – Fayetteville, Ga. – 16-05 (6)                 

6. Marvin Reese – Gwynn Oak, Md. – 15-14 (7)               

7. Bill Haunert – Blue Ash, Ohio – 13-13 (6)                    

8. Jamie Eynard – Holts Summit, Mo. – 12-15 (5)            

9. John Wilkerson – Nashville, Tenn. – 12-03 (4)            

10. Jesse Parks – Avondale, Ariz. – 11-14 (5)                   

 

Coming up: Day 3 details

The top 10 boaters and co-anglers take off from Lake Barkley State Resort Park Marina at 7 a.m. on Saturday for the final round of competition. Saturday’s weigh-in begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Walmart FLW Tour stage at Kentucky Dam State Park Marina in Gilbertsville, Ky. It'll be broadcast live on FLWFishing.com.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the BFL on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

Tags: jeremy-lawyer  all-american  lake-barkley  colin-moore  headline-story  2016-06-09-lake-barkley 

Miller Wins Wild Card on Kentucky Lake

Miller Wins Wild Card on Kentucky Lake

Weighing limits of 15 pounds, 13 ounces on day one and 15-3 on day two, Michael Miller of Greenville, S.C., overcame a tough-fishing Kentucky Lake to win the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Wild Card and qualify for the All-American. READ MORE »

Coastal Carolina Wins on Hartwell  

Coastal Carolina Wins on Hartwell  

The Coastal Carolina University duo of Max McQuaide of Tyngsborough, Mass., and Grant Tattersall, of Conway, S.C., won the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at Lake Hartwell presented by Costa with a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned the Chanticleers’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Allison Comes from Behind on Cumberland

Allison Comes from Behind on Cumberland

By catching four quality smallmouth bass on the final day of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland, Missourian Chad Allison was able to come back from 10th place and win the co-angler division, earning more than $30,000. READ MORE »

Upshaw Closes on Cumberland

Upshaw Closes on Cumberland

For the second time this season, Andrew Upshaw is an FLW champion thanks to consistent days spent targeting big Southern smallmouths. The Tulsa, Okla., pro won the 2019 Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Ky., with a three-day total weight of 42 pounds, 15 ounces. The win comes less than seven months after Upshaw won the FLW Tour event on Cherokee Lake in east Tennessee. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Cumberland

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Cumberland

FLW media staff provides unofficial weight estimates for the 2019 Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland READ MORE »

Cumberland Day 3 Coverage

Cumberland Day 3 Coverage

Andrew Upshaw continues to roll on Cumberland. READ MORE »

Upshaw Moves Ahead at Cumberland

Upshaw Moves Ahead at Cumberland

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland was a bit tougher for some, given the post-frontal conditions featuring lighter winds, sun and cold temperatures. As projected, consistency has been the key and Andrew Upshaw continued to dial in his program adding 15 pounds, 1 ounce to his day-one bag of 14-15 for a total of 30 pounds even. READ MORE »

Cumberland Day 2 Coverage

Cumberland Day 2 Coverage

Day one of the Costa FLW Series Championship proved to be about as challenging as many anglers anticipated after a tough practice period, but it wasn’t all bad. Zimbabwe’s Roger Cousens certainly wasn’t complaining. His tournament-leading 17-pound, 2-ounce bag was exactly what he had hoped for as the tournament kicked off, and he’s gunning for another big stringer today. READ MORE »

Zimbabwe’s Cousens Grabs Lead

Zimbabwe’s Cousens Grabs Lead

The FLW International Division is well represented in the Costa FLW Series Championship, and perhaps none represented the division better than Roger Cousens of Zimbabwe, who didn’t seem bothered by the stingy conditions of Lake Cumberland on day one. With the only bag that topped 17 pounds for the day (17-2), Cousens enters day two with a 3-ounce lead over Robert Nakatomi, who qualified from the Western Division. READ MORE »

Cumberland Day 1 Coverage

Cumberland Day 1 Coverage

With rain early and a cold snap forecasted to move in this afternoon, the first day of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland could present some unique challenges for the 193-boat field, especially after a fairly mild and pleasant practice period.  READ MORE »

Fitzpatrick All the Way on Grand

Fitzpatrick All the Way on Grand

Roger Fitzpatrick has had quite a fall fishing season. He won the BFL Super Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks in September, then qualified for the All-American by winning the BFL Regional on Grand Lake in October. READ MORE »

Drury Wins on Lake of the Ozarks

Drury Wins on Lake of the Ozarks

The Drury University duo of Cole Breeden of Eldridge, Missouri and Cameron Smith, of Nixa, Missouri, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Bass Pro Shops with a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Panthers’ bass club $2,650 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Myers Makes Long Run for Kentucky Win

Myers Makes Long Run for Kentucky Win

Mark Myers of Cedar Falls, Iowa, is no stranger to the victory circle with FLW, having previously won a BFL as a boater to go with two FLW Tour victories as a co-angler and two more as a co-angler in Costa FLW Series competition. But, his latest win at the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes is the realization of his long-time goal to qualify for the All-American. READ MORE »

Beavers Wins Potomac Regional

Beavers Wins Potomac Regional

A severe storm backed up the tides and drained many of the best areas on the Potomac. Adjusting to the unusual conditions and grinding out daily limits were the keys to success in the BFL Regional. READ MORE »

New Dominates Seminole Regional

New Dominates Seminole Regional

Belmont, N.C., angler Bryan New, who’s regularly one of FLW’s top performers in the grassroots ranks, had established a dominant pace. New weighed in 22 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and added 20-2 on day two to carry a lead of 6 pounds, 15 ounces into the finals. A roughly 7-pound margin isn’t necessarily a sure thing on Seminole, but the fall bite was a bit slower than what the lake can produce, and it was obvious New was cruising. READ MORE »

Hays Rallies for Ozark Title

Hays Rallies for Ozark Title

The final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude was no walk in the park for the top 10 pros. With a cold front passing through at the start of the event, a high-pressure system settled in for the final round of fishing. While most struggled, Dylan Hays of El Dorado, Ark., sacked up 14 pounds, 6 ounces today – the biggest limit brought in during the final day – and finally was able to wrangle his first FLW title. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 3

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 3

The final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude is fixing to get fun based on what’s already happened today and what could happen. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Sure enough, with conditions changing from rain and clouds to sun and wind, the Costa FLW Series Central Division on Lake of the Ozarks, which is presented by Evinrude, has made it tough on guys. Of course, day-two leader James Watson predicted that some of the biggest bags of the event would come in today despite the conditions, and he was right. READ MORE »

Consistency Puts Watson Out Front

Consistency Puts Watson Out Front

Weather has been the storyline leading up to the Costa FLW Series Central Division finale on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude. With storms and rain blowing through yesterday ahead of a cold front, the cooler weather set in today making fishing tough on some, but others took advantage of the change. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 2

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 2

A cold front that brought temperatures in the 40s, rain and wind has the bass in a funk on day two of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Evinrude on Lake of the Ozarks. READ MORE »