UPCOMING EVENT: YETI FLW COLLEGE FISHING - 2019 - Lake Erie

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Top 5 Patterns from Texoma – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Texoma – Day 2

Jeff Reynolds alternated between his shallow and deep games to take over the lead on day two of the Costa FLW Series presented by Frabill on Lake Texoma. Reynolds worked some topwater action, but also caught fish on slower baits. Overall, it’s a pretty solid mix of shallow and deep, but while cranking did a lot of damage in the wind on day one, slower presentations seemed to do the heavy lifting on a much calmer day two.

Reynolds’ leading pattern

Complete results

 

T.R Andreas

2. T.R. Andreas – Kerrville, Texas – 33-7 (10)

Sacrificing some early potential paid off for T.R. Andreas, who sacked up 15-7 and rose a notch to second place with a 33-7 total. Basically, the Texas pro determined that parking on a spot he knew would produce was a more prudent decision than chasing a maybe.

“The cloud cover really hampered my bite; I didn’t catch a fish until 10 o’clock,” Andreas says. “I was looking for a topwater bite in the morning but I had to get away from that because I had a key spot that I knew if I didn’t get on, somebody was going to be fishing it.

“So I sat there for three hours before I got a bite. Once the fish started biting, in two hours I got my limit. The sun was key. When the sun came out, I got bit.”

Andreas caught his fish by fishing a Texas-rigged creature bait and a shaky head over what he described as a hump that rose from 12 to 4 1/2 feet. Patient presentations were essential.

“I had to dead stick it,” Andreas says. “It couldn’t be moving. The bite was really light today – they’d just pick it up and start swimming with it.”

 

Alton Wilhoit

3. Alton Wilhoit — Noble, Okla. — 32-12 (10)

Alton Wilhoit is facing a tough situation in which dropping water levels are threatening to kill the sweet spot he’s milked for two days. Nevertheless, the Oklahoma pro made the most of a stretch of laydowns and rocks that gave up another good limit today. Wilhoit’s day-two limit of 14-15 moved him up from fifth to third with a total of 32-12.

“The biggest problem I have is that they’re pulling the lake down to winter pool and I’m losing about 3 inches of water a day,” Wilhoit says. “I’m afraid I might run out of water.”

Wilhoit is fishing his spot with a double willow spinnerbait. Most of his bites are coming from the shallower reaches.

“It was a lot easier today because the falling water is concentrating the fish in a smaller area,” Wilhoit says. “Yesterday, I didn’t have a limit until 1 o’clock and this morning I had it at 9:00.”

 

Hayden Burkett

4. Hayden Burkett — Bokchito, Okla. — 32-4 (10)

He stuck with the same general game plan he followed on day one, but Hayden Burkett’s key bait adjustment delivered a limit of 19-7 — the event’s heaviest — and rocketed the Oklahoma pro from 34th place to fourth with a total weight of 32-4.

“I got a lot of bites yesterday, I just changed up my colors and the big ones bit today,” Burkett says. “I’m fishing in dirty water and yesterday, I didn’t adjust quickly enough. I was throwing more clear water stuff. But today, I went with a brighter color with more chartreuse and they were choking it.”

Remaining mum on his bait selection, Burkett noted that he’s fishing laydowns as shallow as 6-inches and brush piles in 15 feet. Sky conditions are dictating when he rotates locations.

“Up until about 10 o’clock, I fished shallow and then I went deep,” he says. “I got the routine down today. Yesterday, my timing was off, but today I hit it perfectly. When the sun isn’t out, you go shallow and pray and when it’s sunny, you go offshore and jack ‘em.”

 

Kevin Gressett

5. Kevin Gressett — Tioga, Texas — 30-7 (10)

His game plan ultimately worked out, but Kevin Gressett says he probably could’ve saved some unproductive time by making an earlier adjustment. The Texas pro moved up to fifth place today after posting a limit catch of 14-3.

“The clouds hurt me for about half the day, but once the sun came out, I did all right,” Gressett says. “I was fishing deep brush piles, but I hadn’t practiced shallow, so I just stuck with my plan. It didn’t work out until about noon.”

Gressett says he fished spots in about 22 feet of water and hit about 24 different brush piles. Slowly soaking Texas-rigged worms worked best.

Tags: david-a-brown  headline-story  2017-09-21-lake-texoma 

Reese Goes Wire-To-Wire

Reese Goes Wire-To-Wire

The final weigh-in of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event on the Potomac was one of the most intense of the season. In the end, with just enough to hold on, Marvin Reese weighed four for 8 pounds, 5 ounces to earn the win with a 38-15 total. For his win, which was his first on the boater side, Reese earned $38,026. Finishing second, Troy Morrow rocked up from tenth with 14-7, which was the biggest bag of the day. READ MORE »

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Through two days of competition on the Potomac in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event the weights haven’t been nearly what the river is capable of kicking out. That said, all the top pros have managed to put at least one good day together, and some have maintained really strong consistency, just at a lesser pace than would be the norm in June or some other time of the year. READ MORE »

Better Day Keeps Reese Out Front

Better Day Keeps Reese Out Front

A lovely morning gave way to a dismal afternoon on day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the Potomac River, but despite the difference in conditions, Marvin Reese kept on plugging. Weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces on day one, Reese added 15-14 on day two for a 30-10 total. With his day two bag, Reese has now weighed the two biggest bags of the event, which is presented by Lowrance, and he’s widened his lead over Justin Atkins to nearly 4 pounds. READ MORE »

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 2

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event on the Potomac has been quite a swing from day one. However, despite dramatically different weather, some of the top pros are still catching, and it looks like a tight race is setting up for the final day. READ MORE »

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

As is so often the case, the first day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the Potomac River wasn’t quite as bad as some predicted in practice. Though it was hot and humid as all get out, plenty of limits hit the scale and enough pros weighed 12 pounds or better to make things really interesting READ MORE »

Reese Leads on the Potomac

Reese Leads on the Potomac

Day one of the Potomac River event, which is the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits, featured plenty of limits, but getting quality bites was definitely an issue for some. In the lead after day one, Marvin Reese of Randallstown, Md., weighed 14 pounds, 12 ounces to get things underway. Behind Reese, Justin Atkins and Jason Kervin both weighed 14-5, and Robert Grike rounded out the 14-pound brigade with 14-4. Overall, just 11 pros cracked the 12-pound mark on day one of the tournament, which is presented by Lowrance, but 8- and 9-pound limits weren’t too hard to come by.  READ MORE »

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 1

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 1

As predicted, day one of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event on the Potomac River has been fairly tough. Though most folks have a fish or two, and many will undoubtedly fill limits by weigh-in, it certainly hasn’t been a catch-fest. READ MORE »

High Tide Takes Langford to Top

High Tide Takes Langford to Top

Todd Langford of Great Falls, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces. Langford took home $2,600 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Mills Works Wood at Ohio River

Mills Works Wood at Ohio River

Craig Mills of Hamilton, Ohio, took top honors at Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on the Ohio River at Tanners Creek after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces. Mills took home $5,466 for his win. READ MORE »

Pollak Plays Current for Big Muddy W

Pollak Plays Current for Big Muddy W

Joe Pollak of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce. For his win, Pollack netted $4,586. READ MORE »

Thrift Finally Wins the Cup

Thrift Finally Wins the Cup

Everyone knew it was only a matter of time, and that time is finally now. Bryan Thrift is an FLW Cup champion. READ MORE »

Lake Hamilton Day 3 Coverage

Lake Hamilton Day 3 Coverage

Bryan Thrift has the lead with one day left to fish in the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. But to make it happen, he needs to hold off Kyle Walters, who's had a magical week so far, along with Scott Martin and a crew of other hammers. READ MORE »

What Happened to LeBrun?

What Happened to LeBrun?

Nick LeBrun cracked 15 pounds on day one of the FLW Cup by throwing a Whopper Plopper around docks and seawalls. Then he caught only two bass on day two. The Louisiana pro says he refused to change his approach on day two because he wanted to fish for the win. Though he failed, he says he wouldn't change a thing. READ MORE »

Thrift on the Brink of First Cup

Thrift on the Brink of First Cup

For the second day in a row, Shelby, N.C., pro Bryan Thrift will go to bed with the lead in the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. Today, Thrift weighed in 12 pounds, 7 ounces for a two-day total of 27-10. He leads Florida pro Kyle Walters by 1 1/2 pounds. READ MORE »

Lake Hamilton Day 2 Coverage

Lake Hamilton Day 2 Coverage

Bryan Thrift and Nick LeBrun lead the charge at the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. Today, they work toward making the cut and getting to the final day of competition for a chance at $300,000. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Hamilton

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Hamilton

FLW Marshals and media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. READ MORE »

Lake Hamilton Day 1 Coverage

Lake Hamilton Day 1 Coverage

The 2019 FLW Cup features 52 of the best bass anglers in the world competing for $300,000 at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark. READ MORE »

Greene Again on St. Clair

Greene Again on St. Clair

Kyle Greene of Ortonville, Michigan, took top honors at Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair after catching five bass weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces. Greene took home $5,753 for his win. READ MORE »

Buck Drop-shots for Oneida Win

Buck Drop-shots for Oneida Win

FLW Tour pro Grae Buck of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on Oneida Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 13 ounces. For his win, Buck earned $5,471 and 250 points in the Northeast Division presented by Gajo Baits standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Gallagher Nets Win on Indian

Gallagher Nets Win on Indian

Darrell Gallagher of Maplewood, Ohio, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on Indian Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 14 ounces. Gallagher earned $3,553 his win. READ MORE »