UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Potomac River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Hallman Hangs On

Hallman Hangs On
Bradley Hallman

Bradley Hallman has been fishing FLW events since 2002. According to him, none has been better than this one.

It started with his jaw-dropping 23 pounds, 11 ounces of spotted bass to set the pace on day one. But for Hallman, his proudest achievement was the fact that he had to completely change patterns each and every day to meet the conditions, culminating in his second Tour victory at the FLW Tour presented by Ranger on Lake Lanier. His total of 68 pounds, 4 ounces beat out fellow Oklahoman Zack Birge by roughly 2 ½ pounds and he earned $102,700 for his efforts.

Day four coverage blog

Complete results

“I fished the best week of my entire life,” says Hallman, who hails from Norman, Okla. “I caught them four different ways; changing every day.”

Hallman’s best week hardly could’ve started better when he had “one of those days” when everything went right. Fishing the clear water below Brown’s Bridge, Hallman ran more than 45 points with a Megabass Vision 110 +1 jerkbait and a swimbait on a ½-ounce head. He had more than 20 pounds by 1 p.m. and even when he went to try and help his co-angler catch a limit, he caught another giant to cull him up again.

Best of all, he knew he had a second pattern he’d barely touched sitting in his back pocket in case of emergencies. As it happened, he had to break that glass on day two when classic post-frontal conditions of high winds and bright skies changed the game.

“I only had one fish at 1 p.m.,” says Hallman. “So I had to go to my ‘fence panda’ pattern.”

Apparently, there’s a local pattern on Lanier of tossing a swimbait along the outside walls (fences) of marinas. The walls may sit over 100 feet of water, but some giant bass (pandas) like to hide underneath them, particularly on any points in the fences. Doing that, Hallman quickly crushed 18-7 to extend his lead to more than 7 pounds.

A third day brought a third weather change, with clouds eventually rolling in around noon. Thus, it also brought a third pattern. Neither his deep points or fence pandas were cooperating, forcing him to scramble around skipping a Zoom Trick Worm on a shaky head under shallow docks and walkways to fill out the rest of his limit.

Up until day four, all of Hallman’s damage had come on the lower end. Yet, he was open about the fact he didn’t know how to catch those spots in the clear water when it was cloudy.

“I decided to throw a curveball,” says Hallman. “I knew when I got up that I needed sun, and I also knew I wasn’t going to get it today. Coming in [on Saturday] I got a couple bites on a spinnerbait up the rivers. So today I fished the rivers.”

Hallman never caught a fish more than three miles from takeoff today, hitting docks and patches of emergent dogfennel in the backs of pockets to grab a quick limit of largemouths and spots. Though he tried for his fence pandas again on the lower end, that didn’t pan out at all. Coming back up the river in the afternoon, Hallman culled up once more to 13-1, which was just enough to hold off Birge.

“Birge lives 10 miles from my house,” says Hallman. “When he went by me the other day I told him he’s been knocking on the door for a while. [With the way my weights had dropped every day] this might be your time. Fortunately, I adjusted just enough.

“You have to be blessed and fortunate to win one of these, let alone two.”

 

Hallman in action on day two

 

Top 10 pros

1. Bradley Hallman – Norman, Okla. – 68-4 (20) – $102,700

2. Zack Birge – Blanchard, Okla. – 65-10 (20) – $30,100

3. Joseph Webster – Fulton, Miss. – 65-2 (20) – $25,000

4. Jason Johnson – Dawsonville, Ga. – 65-1 (20) – $20,000

5. Braxton Setzer – Montgomery, Ala. – 63-2 (20) – $19,000

6. Cody Meyer – Auburn, Calif. – 62-10 (20) – $18,000

7. Jeff Gustafson – Keewatin, Ont. – 62-3 (20) – $17,000

8. David Williams – Maiden, N.C. – 61-12 (20) – $16,000

9. Jordan Osborne – Longview, Texas – 60-6 (20) – $15,000

10. Austin Felix – Eden Prairie, Minn. – 57-11 (19) – $14,000

Complete results

 

Tags: headline-story  2018-03-08-lake-lanier 

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 »

Crowder Camps for Potomac W

Crowder Camps for Potomac W

Kermit Crowder of Matoaca, Virginia, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River presented by Navionics after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces. For his day on the water, Crowder earned $4,454. READ MORE »

Keller Earns Second Title

Keller Earns Second Title

Mike Keller of Metropolis, Illinois, took top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on the Ohio River at Golconda Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces. For his efforts, Keller pocketed $3,083. READ MORE »

The Boltons Win FLW Charity Derby

The Boltons Win FLW Charity Derby

In a couple weeks, Terry Bolton will be competing in the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton with $300,000 on the line. This weekend, however, Terry and his wife, Dacy, are celebrating getting the win in the 2019 FLW Foundation Benefit Tournament on Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »

LeClere, Johnson Tie at Ohio River

LeClere, Johnson Tie at Ohio River

Chris LeClere of Cannelton, Indiana, and Daniel Johnson of Lebanon, Tennessee, both brought a weigh-in bag to the scale Saturday totaling 9 pounds, 9 ounces, to tie for the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division event on the Ohio River. With his Ranger Cup contingency LeClere was the big winner, taking home $4,061, while Johnson earned $3,511 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Mastodons Win at Wabasha

Mastodons Win at Wabasha

The Purdue University Fort Wayne duo of Connor Landis of Edgerton, Ohio, and Blake Spurgeon of Fort Wayne, Indiana, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on the Mississippi River presented by Evinrude Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Mastodon’s bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Hahne Flips, Frogs on Mighty Miss

Hahne Flips, Frogs on Mighty Miss

Darren Hahne of Ottawa, Illinois, brought in a three-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River Saturday. Hahne earned $6,466 for his victory. READ MORE »

Champlain Midday Update – Day 3

Champlain Midday Update – Day 3

While day two was windy and rough, day three has pretty much been calm from the get-go. It has also been hot as blazes. It’s made fishing a little tougher than expected, with a lot of anglers reporting missed or lost fish and a generally slower bite. That said, a slow bite on Champlain is a great bite most everywhere else, so we’re still going to see plenty of bass. READ MORE »

Thrift All the Way on Champlain

Thrift All the Way on Champlain

Taking the win in wire-to-wire fashion, Bryan Thrift tallied 18 pounds, 4 ounces on the final day for an even 57-pound total in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Champlain. For the win, Thrift earned $44,200 and a new Ranger boat, and it’s his 11th win with FLW. The Northern Division is presented by Gajo Baits and the tournament was presented by Polaris.  READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Lake Champlain Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

One of the windier tournament days in recent memory did a lot to reshape the leaderboard of the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Champlain. The run south to Ticonderoga was not impossible, but the wind up north kept a lot of pros from effectively fishing their best stuff. That made weights drop pretty much across the board on day two. READ MORE »

Thrift Still Ahead on Champlain

Thrift Still Ahead on Champlain

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on Champlain featured a bunch of wind and a lot of turnover on the leaderboard. Though he struggled to replicate his massive day-one success, Bryan Thrift still managed 16 pounds, 6 ounces for a 38-12 total to retain the lead. Behind him, Scott Dobson rose from ninth to second with a robust bag of smallmouths worth 18-10 for a 37-14 total. READ MORE »