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Lanier Spots Hallman a Dream Day

Lanier Spots Hallman a Dream Day

Every angler has “one of those days” when he can do no wrong. Today was Bradley Hallman’s.

Yes, the Norman, Okla., pro had a pattern, but he’ll also admit he got a little lucky. Regardless, the end result was a 23-pound, 11-ounce bag of fish to lead the FLW Tour presented by Ranger on Lake Lanier. But they weren’t just any fish. He weighed in 23-11 of spotted bass.

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“Today … it was such a day,” Hallman says of his dream day of spotted-bass fishing.

Case in point: Hallman knew he 20+ pounds by 1 p.m. So, he went to a spot he figured would help his co-angler finish up his limit.

“I pull up, just flip a cast out randomly and let [my co-angler] have the good area,” says Hallman. “Then it was just, ‘I’m on,’ and it’s huge. I put it in the livewell, and I have no idea what they all weigh. Their bellies are all so fat. So I balance beam and cull. Then I weigh the smallest one I have left, and it’s 4-4. I saw that and was like, ‘I’m done!’”

Being that Hallman is a known power fisherman, one might’ve expected a bag like this to come up the stained rivers and be comprised of largemouths. Yet, Hallman power-fished in his own way, hitting roughly 45 different places on the lower end, everywhere from Brown’s Bridge to the dam.

Obviously, he was a little tight-lipped about what he was specifically doing and the targets he was hitting, but he did say he was on “a herring deal,” in reference to the blueback herring in the lake. The same herring that have made Lanier’s spotted bass so fat and Lanier, itself, one of the best spotted-bass fisheries in the country.

Of course, herring bites are notoriously finicky, something Hallman is certainly aware of.

“Look, I’m not going to pretend I’m some expert on herring,” says Hallman. I feel I understand it a little from fishing some other lakes, but never like what I’m doing here.

“I got lucky today. The wind is going to change tomorrow, but I feel like I’ll still be able to catch the fish I’m catching. I may just have to change things up a little, but I have two really good areas I barely hit today I can go back to tomorrow.”

 

Top 10 pros

1. Bradley Hallman – Norman, Okla. – 23-11 (5)

2. Tim Cales – Sandstone, W.Va. – 20-5 (5)

3. Jason Meninger – Saint Augustine, Fla. – 19-5 (5)

4. Randy Haynes – Counce, Tenn. – 19-3 (5)

5. Bryan Schmitt – Deale, Md. – 18-13 (5)

6. Sheldon Collings – Grove, Okla. – 18-12 (5)

7. David Williams – Maiden, N.C. – 18-7 (5)

7. Jason Reyes – Huffman, Texas – 18-7 (5)

9. Jason Johnson – Dawsonville, Ga. – 18-4 (5)

10. Jeff Gustafson – Kenora, Ont. – 17-12 (5)

10. Rob Kilby – Hot Springs, Ark. – 17-12 (5)

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Anders Takes Co-angler Lead

Setting the pace with 17-6, Joe Anders would be in 13th on the pro side and leads by almost 2 pounds over second place among co-anglers. 

Fishing with pro Michael Wooley, Anders threw a shaky head all morning trying to get a limit. Finally frustrated, the angler from Easley, S.C. picked up a jig.

“First cast I caught a 5-pounder,” says Anders. “I caught three more on a jerkbait. Then I picked the jig back up and caught another 5-pounder. I think I’ll stick with that tomorrow.”

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