UPCOMING EVENT: HIGH SCHOOL FISHING - 2019 - Pickwick Lake

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Riding with Weaver for Day 2 Practice

Riding with Weaver for Day 2 Practice

Flip through Joshua Weaver’s stat sheet and you’d quickly get the vibe that he is a Florida native based on his career performance in the Sunshine State – both as a pro and co-angler. Although he calls Macon, Ga., home, Weaver has a knack for catching bass in Florida. In just his third year on the FLW Tour he already holds three top 10s – one of which came last year on the Harris Chain.

Being that Weaver and Florida go together like peanut butter and jelly it only seems fitting to jump in the boat with him as he prepares for round two of the Harris Chain this week in the second stop of the Tour, which is presented by Lowrance.

 

The second day of practice starts off at the boat ramp on Lake Eustis around 6:30 a.m. As I pull up, Josh and his brother, Daniel, are prepping the boat and loading rods. I load my gear and in no time they have the Ranger in the water.

Weaver’s plan for the day is to check some stretches of shoreline and canals that he caught some keeper fish from last year, so we ease out of the ramp and make a short run toward a canal.

 

It is a still, mild morning on the lake and Weaver wastes no time grabbing a buzzbait and getting to work. This particular canal held some keepers last year, Weaver recalls, and he wants to give it a quick look before moving on.

The canal looks super bass-y. From docks to lily pads and Kissimmee grass, it seems like there is no way there couldn’t be a bass in there. Unfortunately, after spending about 20 minutes working down the canal, not a bass has been caught and it’s time to roll.

 

We make another short run to a bank lined with Kissimmee grass and docks – which is what much of Lake Eustis consists of. The brothers get right back to work. Daniel is fishing as a co-angler on Tour this year, so the brothers get to spend more time together on the water and they are a fluid team. Josh covers the outer edge of the grass, while Daniel works deeper into the grass.

“It’s really nice having Daniel in the boat for practice this year,” Josh explains. “He can throw one thing and I can throw something else. It is even better here in Florida because you have a lot of big flats where you might want to throw a vibrating jig, a lipless crankbait or a Senko. With the two of us we can cover water more efficiently.”

 

While working down the bank, the brothers notice lots of bait flicking around on the surface and occasionally fish busting on them. Josh takes a moment to cut off the buzzbait and tie on a popping frog. With the frog in hand, he’s back on the trolling motor covering water.

 

After fishing a couple hundred yards down the bank, fish are still busting on bait but the brothers still have yet to connect. Josh takes another timeout to tie on a spinnerbait and a topwater popper before he’s back working the edge of the Kissimmee grass.

Once again, another hundred yards or more has been worked with nothing to show so it is time to make a move.

 

By now the sun is easing up and it is starting to warm up. We are working our way to a canal that Josh is almost certain he will get bit in.

 

After arriving to the canal, Josh grabs a lighter Texas rig and begins flipping to bushes and docks. It takes all of five minutes for him to finally get bit. It’s no monster, but he is pretty happy to finally flip one aboard his Ranger.

 

As he works deeper into the canal he keeps a flipping rod handy. After noticing a bass that busted the surface near some grass, Josh suspects that it might be on a bed. He makes a flip to it, hops the bait a few times and finally the buck bites.

“Look how weird this fish is,” Josh says. “It doesn’t have a dorsal fin. I’ve never seen that before. That’s pretty cool.”

 

Josh continues flipping down the canal with another small bite to show for it, so he decides it is time to make another move.

Daniel hasn’t caught a fish yet and says he needs to take a minute to regroup. Nothing a little social media on your phone can’t fix.

 

While running to the next spot, Josh sets down after noticing something on his graph. He idles around for a minute before getting up to fire some casts at a small drop with some hydrilla on it.

 

It takes about two casts for Josh to hook up on a crankbait. It is a chunky keeper and maybe the biggest of the day so far. The spot looks prime and could be a sleeper place to catch a nice limit. Both Weavers seem very interested in it.

Despite some very thorough prospecting, not another bass is caught. Time to head back to the ramp to change lakes.

 

As we work back to the ramp I notice that both Weavers are fairly organized with their rods. Daniel is a tad messier, though it is tough to keep rods straight on the passenger side of a boat. Meanwhile, the front deck looks neat and clean – almost like you’d see on Bryan Thrift’s front deck.

 

After Daniel jumps on the dock to retrieve the truck, Josh decides it is sandwich time.

“I suppose I’ll be a good big brother and make one for Daniel while I’m here,” Josh jokes.

 

After getting the boat on the trailer and handing Daniel his sandwich, the brothers make quick work of strapping the rig down to trailer over to Lake Griffin.

Josh wasn’t pleased with the dirtier water color on Eustis and the lack of bites. He’s hoping to find some cleaner water this afternoon and maybe some more hydrilla. So far, it has been a mediocre day, but the brothers still have plenty of daylight to find what they’re looking for. Plus, sometimes a little food and some caffeine is all it takes to get you rejuvenated for the day. Good luck, guys.

Tags: kyle-wood  pre-tournament  2018-02-22-harris-chain-of-lakes 

Top High Schoolers Headed for Pickwick

Top High Schoolers Headed for Pickwick

This week, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reservoir touching Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama pulls double duty for a joint production of the High School Fishing National Championship (Wednesday-Friday) and the 10th annual Student Angler Federation High School Fishing World Finals (Wednesday-Saturday). READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Sam Rayburn

Top 10 Baits from Sam Rayburn

Pros caught fish everywhere from in the middle of flooded jungles of brush to deep main-lake drops. The top finishers pretty much all power fished with soft plastics, crankbaits and frogs. READ MORE »

2019 Lake Champlain Preview

2019 Lake Champlain Preview

Champlain is such a fun location for a tournament in large part because of the unpredictability involved. Nelson winning last year’s Costa FLW Series tilt with all smallmouths was something of a surprise, but given the conditions, it made plenty of sense. Exactly what will go down this year is legitimately up in the air. READ MORE »

By the Numbers: Lake Champlain

By the Numbers: Lake Champlain

The 2019 FLW Tour season comes to a close later this month on Lake Champlain, a lake that just about guarantees a fun finish and lots of smallmouths. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 1

Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 1

In today’s morning story, James Biggs made several predictions for the first day of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Based on what our media team saw this morning, Biggs’ predictions are basically spot on. Two-thirds of the field is fishing up shallow, and there aren't many big bass to speak of. READ MORE »

High Water, Good Fishing at Rayburn

High Water, Good Fishing at Rayburn

Thanks to Mother Nature, the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division, which was originally scheduled to take place on Grand Lake, will now take place at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Rayburn was supposed to host the division finale, but extreme high water on Grand forced the swap. The tournament, which is presented by Mercury Marine, kicks off on Thursday. READ MORE »

FLW Live for College Championship

FLW Live for College Championship

This week FLW Live is back for the 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship on the Potomac River. The event, which is presented by Lowrance and hosted by The Commissioners of Charles County, Md., and Dept. of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, runs Tuesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 6. READ MORE »

Breaking Down the All-American Field

Breaking Down the All-American Field

When the anglers in the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American start competition on the Potomac they’ll be up against the absolute cream of the crop of FLW’s grassroots ranks. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 2

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 2

Fishing pressure and a cold front have shut down the bite at Table Rock Lake for stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division season. The lake's largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are not coming easy. READ MORE »

Spawn in Full Bloom on Table Rock

Spawn in Full Bloom on Table Rock

Stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division should shape up to be quite the catchfest. Coming off of the division opener on Kentucky Lake, where pros were challenged with tough fishing, this week’s event, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson, should be stellar in terms of both numbers and quality of fish.  READ MORE »

Going Shallow with Lawyer

Going Shallow with Lawyer

Heading into the sixth stop of the year on Chickamauga, which is presented by Evinrude, Lawyer says he’s looking to go easy and make sure he’s on the road to Hot Springs this August for his third shot at a Cup title. With that in mind, I was happy to hop aboard and see the shallow side of Chickamauga. READ MORE »

FLW Live Schedule for Chickamauga

FLW Live Schedule for Chickamauga

FLW Live is back for 2019 FLW Tour stop No. 6 on the big-fish waters of Lake Chickamauga. The event, which is presented by Evinrude and hosted by Fish Dayton and the Rhea Economic & Tourism Council, runs Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5. READ MORE »

Get to Know Lake Chickamauga

Get to Know Lake Chickamauga

The 2019 FLW Tour event at Lake Chickamauga, which is presented by Evinrude, is hitting the lake before the primary offshore migration has occurred, which means that some ledge fishing will take place, but a whole mess of other patterns should play as well. Here’s a look at where the anglers will be competing this week. READ MORE »

By the Numbers: Lake Chickamauga

By the Numbers: Lake Chickamauga

The FLW Tour’s sixth stop of the season is Lake Chickamauga in east Tennessee. One of the gems of the South for hunting monster bass, the Lake of the Giants promises big fish – and lots of them – and perhaps the best chance of seeing the century mark broken this season. READ MORE »

Hunting Offshore With Setzer

Hunting Offshore With Setzer

If Braxton Setzer wins the FLW Tour’s sixth stop of the season fishing offshore, he has a faulty trolling motor to thank for it. READ MORE »

2019 Lake Chickamauga Preview

2019 Lake Chickamauga Preview

Lake Chickamauga in east Tennessee is a big-bass playground where anglers regularly catch trophy fish that surpass 10 pounds. In early May, it'll host the FLW Tour for the third time in six years. Previous events were held in June, so this stop promises to offer a different look at the Chick. READ MORE »

Big Weights Expected at Santee Cooper

Big Weights Expected at Santee Cooper

The Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division finishes up its 2019 season at the Santee Cooper lakes, Marion and Moultrie, in South Carolina this week. Forty pros and co-anglers will qualify for the championship, and an Angler of the Year will be crowned as the field fishes for hefty postspawn largemouths. READ MORE »

FLW Live Schedule for Cherokee Lake

FLW Live Schedule for Cherokee Lake

FLW Live is back for 2019 FLW Tour stop No. 5 at beautiful Cherokee Lake. The event, which is presented by Lowrance and hosted by the Jefferson County Economic Development Alliance, runs Thursday, April 11 through Sunday, April 14. READ MORE »

Get to Know Cherokee Lake

Get to Know Cherokee Lake

The fifth stop of the FLW Tour is presented by Lowrance and sure to be fun if you like east Tennessee, smallmouths and good fishing (who doesn’t?). Cherokee Lake plays host and promises to both challenge and delight anglers. READ MORE »

Beavers Breaks Down Cherokee

Beavers Breaks Down Cherokee

Beavers started the year off about as badly as he could, finishing 121st at Rayburn, but he’s been on a tear ever since, finishing 54th at Toho before banking back-to-back top 10s at Seminole and Grand. READ MORE »