UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Grand Lake

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Top Five Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks Day 2

Top Five Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks Day 2
Cory Steckler

Fall hit Lake of the Ozarks in earnest today, and while some stumbled at the onslaught, others adjusted. In all, the pros that made the cut to fish the final day of the Costa FLW Series presented by Evinrude represent some of the best talent the Ozarks have to offer and are stacked as tight as can be. Brian Maloney may be in the lead now, but the top three pros are only separated by 6 ounces, and with the lake fishing as well as it has, tomorrow is anyone’s game.

Maloney’s leading pattern

Complete results

 

Cory Steckler

2. Cory Steckler – Rocky Mount, Mo. – 38-3 (10)

Breaking out from the pack with 21-14 on day one, Cory Steckler put 16-5 in the boat on day two and dropped just ounces off the lead into second place.

“That was kind of the goal today, but it was tougher,” says Steckler of his limit. “I lost two, I lost a big one early and then one more.”

For Steckler, the recipe so far has been to run docks down the lake from takeoff.

“It’s gonna be sunny tomorrow, so I think that will help,” says Steckler. “I had two Kentucky’s (spotted bass) late, and that sun came out and I culled three or four times. So I hope the sun helps me.”

Fishing all around docks, Steckler’s primary baits have been a worm tossed around the fronts and a jig thrown around the backs.

“With the worm, I’m looking for suspended fish that haven’t moved up yet,” says Steckler. “When I get in shallow, I want something that looks more like a crawfish or a bluegill.”

Steckler’s day one pattern

 

Dion Hibdon

3. Dion Hibdon – Sunrise Beach, Mo. – 38-0 (10)

Dion Hibdon, of the legendary Hibdon clan, brought 18-4 to the scale on day two for a total of 38 pounds even and has been perhaps the steadiest pro thus far.

“It was one of those deals today where it was a little bit harder,” says Hibdon. “I pulled into the area I fished yesterday and caught a 5-pounder as soon as I got there. So I realized there were a few fish left. Then I thought that if I just fished every square inch of it I’d be done with it, I wouldn’t ever have to come back again. As soon as I caught my fourth one at about 9:30 it stopped. I looked down at my clock and I had four fish and it was 11 o’clock.”

After a quick move, Hibdon says he filled his limit and was back and rolling.

“I stayed too long in that one area,” says Hibdon. “I’m tickled to death with what I got, but I should have left sooner.”

Hibdon maintains that close to 16-pounds per day will be enough to win, but so far he and a few others are well ahead of that pace.

Fishing almost entirely docks, Hibdon says he’s caught about 90 percent of his fish on a jig, though he did lose one big one today on a Heddon Zara Spook.

“I enjoy what I’m fishing,” says Hibdon. “I never know from one to the next whether I’ll catch them deep or shallow or at the front of the dock or the back of the dock.”

With tons of docks in the lake and a load of knowledge, Hibdon ought to be in good shape for the final day.

 

Mark Tucker

4. Mark Tucker – Kirkwood, Mo. – 34-9 (10)

A Costa FLW Series Central Division top 10 would feel downright odd without Mark Tucker, so it’s no surprise to see the man who calls Lake of the Ozarks home in contention heading for the final day. With a total of 34-9, Tucker is less than 4 pounds off the lead.

“I ran into a place this morning and caught one immediately fairly deep, and then another one fairly deep and then another one shallow, a good one,” says Tucker. “Once I saw where that fish was set up that’s what I did the rest of the day.”

Bringing 19-12 in would seem to be a great day, but Tucker says he left some on the table.

“I should have had a phenomenal bag. I lost a 7-pounder and broke a 5-pounder off. It’s kind of aggravating to have those bites on a day like today when you can really make some ground up. But, It’s just the situation. You get some of them and some of them you don’t.”

Fishing shallow, up under and around the cables and walkways of the innumerable docks on Lake of the Ozarks, Tucker says his tackle and preparation are to blame for the losses.

“Hopefully I can get some jig heads tied up and get the right stuff. I ran out of stuff yesterday and I was trying to substitute and I just kept flexing the hook on the jig. That kills you. The fish are pretty mean right now, and you get one that’s big and it will work you over.

“It’s a shame they weren’t out in open water. Every fish is up behind those cables and it’s a split second decision and timing to make sure you get the hook in them and get it over the cables without breaking off.”

Tucker says that the fish have been changing almost daily over the last few weeks. If anyone is capable of adjusting on the fly if need be, it’d be Mark Tucker.

 

Derek Jenkel

5. Duke Jenkel – Pinckneyville, Ill. – 34-2 (10)

Sacking up 19-14 on day two, Duke Jenkel roared up the leaderboard to make the cut with a total of 34-2. Though he’s fished Lake of the Ozarks before, and is a veteran of the sport, Jenkel is one of only three pros from outside of Missouri to make the cut.

“I flipped docks all day, and it was just one subtle little bait change,” Jenkel. “It’s not a top secret area, but I was going behind guys and catching fish. I went into one spot behind a guy and caught three, and then came in right behind another guy and caught two.

“I really believe it was a subtle bait change that made a difference. I came up into The Glaze at the end of the day and pulled up onto some docks and culled out with a 3-pounder down here, and it was all on that bait. The bait I caught them on yesterday wasn’t working at all, but with this one it was pretty automatic.”

Though he says he has some other water in mind to go fish, Jenkel’s primary area has been getting pounded by him and a few other competitors.

“My suspicion is that it’s getting lots tougher,” says Jenkel.  “I carried 16 pounds out of there just on a bait change today, but it wasn’t near as aggressive as it was yesterday.”

 

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 determined by the heaviest cumulative three-day weight.

Takeoff Time: 7:00 a.m. CT

Takeoff Location: Public Beach #2, 711 Public Beach Road, Osage Beach, Mo. 65065

Weigh-In Time: 3:00 p.m. CT days one and two, 4:00 p.m. CT on day three

Weigh-In Location: Public Beach #2 on days one and two, day three at Walmart, 4252 Highway 54, Osage Beach, Mo. 65065

Complete details

Tags: lake-of-the-ozarks  fall    jody-white  headline-story  2016-10-06-lake-of-the-ozarks 

FLW Closes Out Season at Lake Hartwell with Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

FLW Closes Out Season at Lake Hartwell with Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

HARTWELL, Ga. –Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is set to return to Hartwell next weekend to close out their 2019 tournament season with two events for young anglers, Nov. 1-2, with the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at Lake Hartwell presented by Costa and the Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Hartwell Open... READ MORE »

Drury University Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Bass Pro Shops

Drury University Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Bass Pro Shops

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – 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... READ MORE »

Ebare Eyes Strong Finish

Ebare Eyes Strong Finish

Ebare loves to fish. A lot. And he’s fished in 20 FLW events so far in 2019. His 21st will be the Costa FLW Series Championship at Lake Cumberland at the end of October, at which he hopes to earn his first win in FLW competition. 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 »

MLF shares details of FLW Pro Circuit 2020

MLF shares details of FLW Pro Circuit 2020

TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 21, 2019) Major League Fishing (MLF) hosted a conference call for the field of 150 FLW Tour anglers to share details and specifics about the evolution of the FLW Pro Circuit in 2020 as it relates to the acquisition of FLW by MLF.. READ MORE »

Iowa's Myers Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Evinrude

Iowa's Myers Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Evinrude

BUCHANAN, Tenn. – Boater Mark Myers of Cedar Falls, Iowa, brought a three-day total of 12 bass to the scale weighing 31 pounds even to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Evinrude Saturday. For the win, Myers earned $70,000, including a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude... READ MORE »

Camdenton High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake of the Ozarks Open presented by Costa

Camdenton High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake of the Ozarks Open presented by Costa

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (Oct. 22, 2019) – The Camdenton High School duo of Reece Waters of Camdenton and Caden Kowal, of Linn Creek, Missouri, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake of the Ozarks Open presented by Costa... 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 »

South Carolina’s Bradford Beavers Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Potomac River

South Carolina’s Bradford Beavers Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Potomac River

MARBURY, Md. – Summerville, South Carolina’s Bradford Beavers, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 28 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the weather-shortened, no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Championship on the Potomac River Saturday. The event was originally scheduled for three days, but tournament officials canceled competition on day one... READ MORE »

Ohio's Cole Floyd Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville presented by Mercury Marine

Ohio's Cole Floyd Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville presented by Mercury Marine

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Boater Cole Floyd of Leesburg, Ohio, – an FLW College Fishing standout from Bethel University – brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 44 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville presented by Mercury Marine Saturday. For the win, Floyd earned $71,200, including... READ MORE »

Floyd Cashes in on Guntersville

Floyd Cashes in on Guntersville

Last weekend, Floyd added to his already lengthy list of accomplishments with a T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional victory on Lake Guntersville – the tournament was presented by Mercury – with a 44-pound, 15-ounce three-day total, and it all came down to consistency and some really good decision-making. 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 »

4 Easy Ways to Store Soft Plastics

4 Easy Ways to Store Soft Plastics

One of the easiest and most controllable ways to save time and be efficient on the water is to keep tackle organized and accessible. Hard baits are easy to organize in Plano boxes, but soft plastics can sometimes cause a bit of a headache. Here are some tips for doing it based on how I go about tackling the issue.  READ MORE »

B. Lat, MDJ Win Pan Am

B. Lat, MDJ Win Pan Am

Brian Latimer and Mark Daniels Jr. are best friends off the water, and it looks like they’ve got the makings of a deadly team on the water. Weighing five smallmouths for 21.16 pounds in the first session and 23.92 pounds in the second session, the pair totaled 45.08 pounds to win the individual competition in the Pan American Bass Championship on Lake St. Francis. READ MORE »

Canada Wins Gold at Pan Am

Canada Wins Gold at Pan Am

Though Team USA locked up the top three places, Team Canada placed six teams in the top 10 and averaged 38.98 pounds to win the Pan American Bass Championship on Lake St. Francis. Results were tallied based on the average weight brought in by each team in the two sessions of fishing, which almost guaranteed an extremely close finish. Earning a silver medal, Team USA finished just a hundredth of a pound back with a 38.97 average. READ MORE »

Canada Leads at Pan Am

Canada Leads at Pan Am

The first session of competition in the Pan American Bass Championship on Lake St. Francis was a roaring success. After the morning weigh-in, Team Canada is leading with an average of 21.16 pounds, Team USA is in second with a 19.6 average, Team Akwesasne First Nation is in third with 18.62 and Mexico had an up and down morning to accrue a 17.24-pound average. READ MORE »

More Than 400 Anglers to Visit Somerset and Burnside for Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

More Than 400 Anglers to Visit Somerset and Burnside for Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

BURNSIDE, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2019) – The Costa FLW Series will close out the 2019 season next week, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Burnside, Kentucky, at the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland. The no-entry fee bass-fishing championship, hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission, will feature more than 400 of the best regional... READ MORE »

Do you need a generator for bass fishing?

Do you need a generator for bass fishing?

Austin Felix has been running a generator for a few years now, and his primary use is during the spring in the North, when he’s spending mega-days on the water practicing for tournaments that feature bedding smallmouths. READ MORE »

Day 1 Delayed at Pan Am

Day 1 Delayed at Pan Am

Because of steady rain and hard winds at around 20 mph or more, day one of the Pan American Bass Championship has been canceled. With gusts up to 40 mph in the forecast, the organizers have decided to fish two sessions on Friday instead. READ MORE »

Pan Am Gets Underway in Canada

Pan Am Gets Underway in Canada

With the official training day in the rearview, the Pan American Bass Championship starts Thursday, Oct. 16, on Lake St. Francis in Cornwall, Ontario. Teams from Mexico, the Akwesasne First Nation, Canada and the United States will be competing the next two days for glory and country, but also to help along the movement to make bass fishing an Olympic sport. READ MORE »