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

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

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 

/news/2019-02-18-duarte-covers-ground-for-second-w

Duarte Covers Ground for Second W

John Duarte of Middle River, Maryland, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division season opener on Lake Hartwell presented by Navionics. For his win, Duarte earned $4,396. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-18-stevens-drops-32-10-on-big-o

Stevens Drops 32-10 on Big O

Kail Stevens of Boynton Beach, Florida, caught a massive five-bass limit Saturday weighing 32 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee. Stevens took home $4,766 for his efforts. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-18-aaron-plays-current-for-g-ville-win

Aaron Plays Current for G-Ville Win

Chad Aaron of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 25 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division season opener on Lake Guntersville presented by Navionics. For his win, Aaron earned $4,363. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-18-toho-on-youtube

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 »

/news/2019-02-18-maryland-s-duarte-wins-t-h-marine-flw-bass-fishing-league-south-carolina-division-opener-on-lake-hartwell-presented-by-navionics

Maryland’s Duarte Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division Opener on Lake Hartwell Presented by Navionics

ANDERSON, S.C. – Boater John Duarte of Middle River, Maryland, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the T-H... READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-18-boynton-beach-s-stevens-catches-32-pound-limit-wins-t-h-marine-flw-bass-fishing-league-gator-division-tournament-on-lake-okeechobee

Boynton Beach’s Stevens Catches 32-Pound Limit, Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Gator Division Tournament on Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. – Boater Kail Stevens of Boynton Beach, Florida, caught a massive five-bass limit Saturday weighing 32 pounds, 10 ounces, to win... READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-18-tennessee-s-aaron-wins-t-h-marine-flw-bass-fishing-league-opener-on-lake-guntersville-presented-by-navionics

Tennessee’s Aaron Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Opener on Lake Guntersville Presented by Navionics

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Boater Chad Aaron of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 25 pounds, 14 ounces, to... READ MORE »

/tips/2019-02-15-how-to-work-in-fishing

How to Work in Fishing

There was a time when the only way to make money at fishing and to express your love for our sport was by fishing tournaments, but that’s just not true anymore. With the growth curve we’ve had, the economic muscle of the fishing industry has spawned some interesting opportunities that didn’t really exist years ago.  Now, there are many jobs in the fishing industry that allow someone with a creative mind to indulge in what they love to do. I get to be around a lot of pros, but my job has also brought me into contact with a lot of folks with other jobs in fishing. So, here are four people I think you should follow and study if you know you belong in the fishing industry, but you don’t know exactly where yet. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-15-registration-open-for-2019-costa-flw-high-school-fishing-summer-camp

Registration Open for 2019 Costa FLW High School Fishing Summer Camp

BENTON, Ky. – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) in partnership with Costa Sunglasses, announced today the second annual Costa FLW High School Fishing Summer Camp, scheduled for July 24-27 on the Murray State University campus, with daily activities on the shores of Kentucky Lake – the South’s Great Lake. The all-inclusive three-day camp is designed for serious high... READ MORE »

/tips/2019-02-14-high-school-camp-registration-open

High School Camp Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2019 Costa FLW High School Fishing Camp, which will be held July 24-26, 2019 at Murray State University and Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »

/tips/2019-02-13-how-to-fish-power-plant-lakes-in-winter

How to Fish Power Plant Lakes in Winter

Some of the power-plant lakes throughout the Midwest are borderline legendary. If you live near one or are willing to travel to keep your open-water season alive, Colby Schrumpf’s system could work on just about any of them that have grass. READ MORE »

/tips/2019-02-13-high-school-fishing-camp

High School Fishing Camp

READ MORE »

/tips/2019-02-12-aoy-update-lake-toho

AOY Update: Lake Toho

 With the first two events of the 2019 FLW Tour season in the books, it’s time to take a look at how the Angler of the Year race is shaping up. At Sam Rayburn and Lake Toho the pros were tested with very different conditions, and the standings include anglers different specialties and skill sets than at this time last year, when the Tour’s first two events were both held in Florida. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-12-sam-rayburn-reservoir-set-for-weekend-of-flw-youth-bass-fishing-tournaments

Sam Rayburn Reservoir Set for Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

LUFKIN, Texas – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is set to visit east Texas next week, Feb. 22-23, with the YETI FLW College Fishing event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir and the Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Open at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The tournaments, hosted by the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau, will showcase some of the top young anglers from across the... READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-12-gator-guards-sets-tour-team

Gator Guards sets Tour Team

Gator Guards recently announced their 2019 team of FLW Tour pros. Brian Latimer and Casey Scanlon have been with Gator Guards in years past, but James Niggemeyer and John Hunter are new additions. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-12-montevallo-wins-on-seminole

Montevallo Wins on Seminole

The University of Montevallo duo of Justin Barnes of Monroeville, Alabama, and Adam Carroll of Carrollton, Georgia, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Seminole Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned the Falcon’s bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-12-mount-paran-christian-school-wins-on-seminole

Mount Paran Christian School wins on Seminole

The Mount Paran Christian School duo of Lee Rose Koza and Carter Koza, both of Marietta, Georgia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Seminole Open. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-11-anders-chases-shad-for-keowee-w

Anders Chases Shad for Keowee W

Boater Joe Anders of Easley, South Carolina, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River division event on Lake Keowee presented by Navionics. Anders earned $4,164 for his efforts. READ MORE »

/tips/2019-02-11-costa-flw-series-western-division-opener

Costa FLW Series Western Division Opener

The recent government shutdown put the Costa FLW Series Western Division opener on Lake Mead in a holding pattern, but FLW has received clearance to proceed with the event as planned, regardless of the current or future status of government operations. READ MORE »

/news/2019-02-11-top-10-patterns-from-lake-toho

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Toho

While the Lake Toho FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats fell basically right on top of a wave of spawning bass piling into the shallows, many of the top finishers targeted bass that were staging out or transitioning to or from their beds. READ MORE »