UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Santee Cooper

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

College Open Midday Update - Day 1

College Open Midday Update - Day 1
Justin Lowry, Brendan Magruder

Fishing tournaments are inherently time-sensitive undertakings, but for the 216 teams competing in the Yeti College Fishing Open on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes, time management may become as important as bait selection.

Day one of this two-day event began with cold, clear conditions and the start of a seemingly beautiful day. However, big northwest winds started building around 9 a.m. and by about 10:30, the lake was throwing a full-blown temper tantrum that’s only going to get worse as the day progresses.

While many teams worked the major creeks within about 10 miles of the Kentucky Dam Marina takeoff, we heard reports of some teams planning to fish as far as Paris, Tenn. That run would not have been too bad in the morning, but with huge afternoon winds of 15-20 mph and gusting to 30-plus, the return trip will be brutal.

Those who made the long run will need to allow an extra hour over their normal running time to account for big waves. Pushing too hard in conditions like these risks equipment damage and unnecessarily jeopardizes angler safety.

To that point, Tournament Director Kevin Hunt announced at takeoff that anglers have the option of returning early if conditions deteriorate. Official weigh-in time is 3:00 p.m. CT, but scales will open today at 2 p.m.

The teams we saw were mostly struggling for bites. Bryan College’s Trevor St. John showed us a nice keeper he caught on a worm, while Brendan Magruder of SIU-Edwardsville proudly showed off a chunky 6-pounder he caught while flipping flooded wood.

Several teams took advantage of the newly-accessible habitat afforded by a super-high lake level. Docks, riprap banks and points were also in play.

Notably, largemouth won’t be the only species at today’s weigh ins. While the green fish will almost certainly dominate the show, a couple of teams tempted keeper smallmouth. When we caught up with Western Kentucky University’s Brendan Bayer and Lucas Walz, Bayer showed us a nice brown fish he caught with a crankbait on his second cast of the day.

Elsewhere, MTSU’s Devan Whitworth showed off a plump smallie that went 3-4 pounds. He caught his fish on a jig.

Tags: david-a-brown  headline-story  2018-03-06-kentucky-barkley-lakes 

Day 2 Canceled Due to Wind

Day 2 Canceled Due to Wind

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event on Santee Cooper has ben canceled due to high winds. The full field will fish on Saturday, with the winner determined by heaviest cumulative two-day weight. READ MORE »

Santee Cooper Midday Update – Day 1

Santee Cooper Midday Update – Day 1

If ever there was a day for sight-fishing on Santee Cooper, today is it. All that’s missing so far has been the fish. Despite a forecast of clouds and wind, day one of the Costa FLW Series Southeast Division finale presented by Power-Pole on the South Carolina fishery has been nothing but blue skies, sunshine and little wind. Hence why a vast majority of the anglers we ran into out on the water today were trying to sight-fish.  READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Santee Cooper - Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Santee Cooper - Day 1

A 20-pound bag didn’t even guarantee a top-15 standing, and FLW Tour rookie and local Bradford Beavers showed off a bit of his Santee prowess to the tune of 31 pounds, 2 ounces. Running 20 years of history and a few secrets, he grabbed a 5-pound lead on day one of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event presented by Power-Pole. READ MORE »

Beavers Blasts 31 on Santee

Beavers Blasts 31 on Santee

Forty-two limits of more than 16 pounds crossed the weigh-in stage on day one of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event presented by Power-Pole on Santee Cooper, and 16 of those limits weighed at least 20 pounds. Yet, as impressive as a 20-pound limit is, it’s still a long way away from Bradford Beavers’ leading weight of 31 pounds, 2 ounces. Beavers’ mega-bag has him in the lead by 5 pounds over Todd Olds. Tennessean Daniel Taylor leads all co-anglers with 17-9. READ MORE »

Lanier Makes Right Calls on Sinclair

Lanier Makes Right Calls on Sinclair

Justin Lanier of Macon, Georgia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the 2019 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog division tournament on Lake Sinclair. Lanier earned $4,399 for his victory. READ MORE »

Joyce Claims Kerr Title

Joyce Claims Kerr Title

Keith Joyce of Apex, North Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the 2019 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont division tournament on Kerr Lake. Joyce earned $7,254 for his victory. READ MORE »

Kicker Makes the Difference for Clark

Kicker Makes the Difference for Clark

Randall Clark of Little Rock, Arkansas, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie division event on Lake Hamilton presented by Geared. Clark earned $3,901 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Smith Flips Senko on Toledo Bend

Smith Flips Senko on Toledo Bend

Ken Smith of Dallas, Texas, caught five bass Saturday weighing 21 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the 2019 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy division tournament on Toledo Bend. Smith earned $8,303 for his victory. READ MORE »

It’s all Upshaw

It’s all Upshaw

As pretty much everyone figured, the final day of the FLW Tour event presented by Lowrance on Cherokee Lake was a nail-biter. Coming down to the wire, a final-hour cull from Andrew Upshaw was enough to hold off Grae Buck and earn the Tulsa, Okla., pro his first Tour win. Weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces, Upshaw totaled up 67-10 to earn the $100,000 payday and his first trophy after eight years on Tour. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Cherokee Lake

FLW Live Leaderboard - Cherokee Lake

FLW Marshals and media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for stop No. 5 of the 2019 FLW Tour at Cherokee Lake. READ MORE »

Cherokee Lake Day 4 Coverage

Cherokee Lake Day 4 Coverage

Andrew Upshaw has a chance to go wire-to-wire for the win at the FLW Tour event presented by Lowrance on Cherokee Lake. The Oklahoma pro has led for three days thanks to his smallmouth pattern. The rest of the pros are catching mixed bags of largemouths and smallmouths. Many of the fish are spawning. READ MORE »

Upshaw Almost There

Upshaw Almost There

Andrew Upshaw is one day away from going wire-to-wire to secure his first-ever FLW Tour victory, and as long as the pressure and the nine pros behind him don’t knock him off course, the Tulsa, Okla., pro has a game plan to make it happen. READ MORE »

Cherokee Day 3 Coverage

Cherokee Day 3 Coverage

It's a catch-fest at Cherokee Lake in east Tennessee, as the top 30 pros enter the weekend with hopes of catching Andrew Upshaw, who has led for two days. Largemouths and smallmouths are both spawning, and they are eager to bite. READ MORE »

Cherokee Lake Day 2 Coverage

Cherokee Lake Day 2 Coverage

Day one of the FLW Tour event at Cherokee Lake was a doozy. Pros hammered impressive numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass on what was a perfect spring day in east Tennessee. Now, it's cut day, and everyone is hoping to make it into the top 30 and fish again on the weekend. READ MORE »

Upshaw Leads Packed Top 10

Upshaw Leads Packed Top 10

Day one of the FLW Tour presented by Lowrance on Cherokee Lake was a sure enough catchfest. Leading the way, Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, Okla., weighed 18 pounds, 6 ounces to take the lead, but 13 other pros also weighed more than 16 pounds. READ MORE »

Cherokee Lake Day 1 Coverage

Cherokee Lake Day 1 Coverage

The FLW Tour visits Cherokee Lake in east Tennessee at the perfect time for a spring showdown. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are ready to spawn, and practice reports suggest a lot of fish will be caught. READ MORE »

Gregory, Hudson and Pugh Tie on Smith

Gregory, Hudson and Pugh Tie on Smith

David Hudson of Jasper, and Greg Pugh and Dexton Gregory, both of Cullman, Alabama, ended up in a three-way tie for the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division tournament on Lewis Smith Lake after each bringing five bass weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce, to the scale. After contingency awards, Hudson earned $3,001, with Gregory taking home $2,801 and Pugh $2,501. READ MORE »

DeGrandcourt Cranks to Kerr Title

DeGrandcourt Cranks to Kerr Title

R.J. DeGrandcourt of Clarksville, Virginia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division opener on Kerr Lake. For his catch, DeGrandcourt took home $2,585. READ MORE »

Benfield Looks at 'Em on Hartwell

Benfield Looks at 'Em on Hartwell

Brad Benfield of Cornelia, Georgia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Lake Hartwell with a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 15 ounces. For his day on the water, Benfield took home $2,977. READ MORE »

Sumter Flips Shallow on Arkansas River

Sumter Flips Shallow on Arkansas River

Brit Sumter of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, brought five bass to the weigh-in stage Saturday totaling 18 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division opener on the Arkansas River. For his victory, Sumter pocketed $4,315. READ MORE »