UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Potomac River

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The Norman King

The Norman King
Bryan Thrift

When Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., hit the FLW Tour as a rookie 10 years ago, his unusual fishing style immediately drew the attention of fishing fans, media and, of course, his competition.

Thrift’s fishing approach was completely idiosyncratic, bolstered by multiple stops at a blistering pace. Many times his “fishing” did not look like fishing in the normal sense of the word. Instead, it looked like an extreme exercise in repetition: run, stop, trolling motor down, three casts, trolling motor up, run…repeat 50 times per day. The sheer number of miles he covered in a day was downright bewildering.

At first, his high-speed pursuit of a fish that seldom swims faster than 5 mph left a lot of people scratching their heads.

“What’s that kid doing?” some would ask.

“He is just running around like a mad man,” others would say.

Practice with Thrift

Day three coverage blog

Ten years and nearly 2 million dollars in winnings later, no one questions Thrift’s brazen high speed run and gun any more. Today, he once again proved that his turbo speed pace applied across dozens of stops per hour is his winning formula by claiming victory in the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance on Lake Norman. It’s the same approach that brought him his first Tour win here on Norman in 2010 as well as a Tour win on Eufaula in 2015 and his Costa FLW Series win on Santee Cooper back in March.

Bryan Thrift

“That’s why I love Norman, it just suits my fishing style so well,” Thrift says. “There is so much to fish here, it never gets old.”

Lake Norman suits Thrift’s style because, in essence, Norman helped mold Thrift’s fishing style. One look at Lake Norman and it doesn’t take long to understand why. Norman is a compact lake slammed full of cover and bass. In all areas and at all depths the bass can live on anything and everything from 40 feet to 4 inches.

Thrift has fished the lake all his life and has limitless places he can throw a lure to. The only way to even begin to put a dent in his exhaustive list of docks, brushpiles, rockpiles, clay points, laydowns and multiple offshore waypoints is simply to fish as fast as humanly possible.

The key to Thrift’s success is the speed and efficiency in which he carries out his mission. To him it’s not as much of a pattern game as it is a numbers game of making presentations to cover. He knows the exact line up on an offshore spot, casting angle on a rockpile or skipping lane on a dock. And he only needs a few presentations to sample each spot.

Bryan Thrift

Like a computer programmer, each day Thrift tweaks his runs and rotations to maximize his efficiency and consistency. This week he weighed in bags of 11-5, 11-12 and 11-11 to close out victory with 34 pounds, 12 ounces.

Thrift’s winning arsenal included a 4-inch Damiki Anchovy Shad swimbait threaded on a 3/16-ounce jighead. He fished the swimbait on 8-pound test P-Line and used it to target offshore brushpiles and rockpiles in about 15 feet of water. He also cranked the offshore sweetspots with a crankbait that runs 10 to 15 feet and dragged a ½-ounce jig through them as well.

When running banks he resorted to a buzzbait with a soft plastic trailer.

“The last two days I got a few more better bites running the bank with topwater,” Thrift says. “That first day I ran a lot of shallow water, but I just didn’t get any good bites fishing that way.”

In terms of having his fishing style dubbed a “numbers game” Thrift just grins and says, “I love it. I cast up there where one is supposed to be and he either bites it or he doesn’t. And then I go on to the next one. If I hit enough of spots, I figure I’ll eventually catch a good one.”

 

Top 10 pros

1. Bryan Thrift – Shelby, N.C. – 34-12 (15) – $71,000

2. Scott Beattie – Lincolnton, N.C. – 34-6 (15) – $18,340

3. Wesley Strader – Spring City, Tenn. – 33-7 (15) – $15,200

4. Todd Hollowell – Fishers, Ind. – 33-9 (15) – $12,160

5. Michael Neal – Dayton, Tenn. – 32-14 (15) – $9,120

6. Billy Shelton – La Crosse, Va. – 32-12 (15) – $7,904

7. Scott Canterbury – Springville, Ala. – 31-14 (15) – $7,600

8. Tracy Adams – Wilkesboro, N.C. – 31-7 (15) – $7,296

9. Michael Stephens – Gastonia, N.C. – 31-4 (15) – $6,992

10. John Cox – DeBary, Fla. – 31-3 (15) – $6,688

Complete results

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Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

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Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

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Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

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Chico Wins on Clear

Chico Wins on Clear

The Chico State University duo of Carson Leber of Dixon, California, and Chad Sweitzer of Chico, California, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Clear Lake presented by Costa Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Wildcats’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

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Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Jason Burger of Bridgeton, New Jersey, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division opener on the Chesapeake Bay presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts, Burger pocketed $4,000. READ MORE »

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Adam Boehle of Warrenton, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake of the Ozarks. Boehle pocketed $4,938 for his win in the event presented by Navionics 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 »

Allman Wins on Wylie

Allman Wins on Wylie

Mike Allman of York, South Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division event on Lake Wylie. Allman earned $2,500 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

The Lake County High School Fishing Club duo of Cooper Goff and Nathan Phillips, both of Kelseyville, California, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Clear Lake Open. READ MORE »

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Clear Lake is always a fun place to fish, but wind, rain and cooler temperatures made things tough for the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats, and the famed fishery wasn't as kind as it can be with many pros struggling as the week went on. Kyle Grover, on the other hand, only got better as the tournament progressed. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Drop-shotting tules was the main pattern for Uribe and knowing how to reach the fish made all the difference. Adjusting to the conditions was definitely key on day two, and no doubt the rest of the top pros had to go with the flow to stay in sight of the title. READ MORE »

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

When weather woes nixed Joe Uribe Jr.’s initial objective, the resilient angler from Surprise, Ariz., refocused his effort and sacked up a limit of 19 pounds, 5 ounces to take over the lead on day two of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina with a total weight of 41-13. READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

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Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

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Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., was able to separate himself from the pack on day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats with a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds. One of four anglers to crack 20 pounds, Olson leads second-place pro Joe Uribe Jr. by 2 1/2 pounds. The rest of the top 20 are packed together with just a few pounds separating them.  READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

The weather system pushing through northern California brought dreary, drizzly conditions interspersed with occasional steady spells of light rain for day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. The sun made only a few peeking appearances, but there were several bright spots in the morning’s activity. READ MORE »

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

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Manson Nets Third Win

Manson Nets Third Win

Scott Manson of Covington, Ohio, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces, to take top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division opener on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Manson netted $4,046. READ MORE »

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Dusty Herron of Alabaster, Alabama, and Chris Rutland of Wetumpka, Alabama, each caught five bass Saturday weighing 16 pounds even to tie for the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lay Lake. After contingency awards, Rutland earned $3,435, while Herron took home $2,435. READ MORE »

Shad Spawn Takes Elrod to Top

Shad Spawn Takes Elrod to Top

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce. For his efforts, Elrod pocketed $3,766. READ MORE »