UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Santee Cooper

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Asbill's Milk Run Earns Grand Title

Asbill's Milk Run Earns Grand Title
Nathan Asbill

Boater Nathan Asbill of Poteau, Oklahoma, caught five bass Saturday weighing a total of 18 pounds, 8 ounces, to take top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division event on Grand Lake presented by Navionics. Asbill earned $6,000 for his win.

Asbill says he fished a quarter-mile stretch of water in a mid-lake area, toward the dam, and caught eight keepers throughout the day.

“I had four stops that I would check every 30 minutes – It was a good little milk run,” says Asbill who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “In practice I was only catching 2- to 4-pounders from the stretch, but Saturday there was 5s and 6s which told me big ones were moving in.”

Asbill says he slowly fished a custom ½-ounce jig with a twin tail craw trailer to get his limit.

“They were coming into the pockets with small pea gravel and schooling in certain places,” says Asbill.

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Nathan Asbill, Poteau, Okla., five bass, 18-8, $6,000

2nd:         Jason Beem, Gravette, Ark., five bass, 18-6, $3,000

3rd:          Jason Sandidge, Centerton, Ark., five bass, 17-12, $2,000

4th:          Ryan Wilbanks, Wagoner, Okla., five bass, 17-10, $1,400

5th:          Ed Barton, Vian, Okla., five bass, 17-7, $1,200

6th:          Larry Crouch, Carthage, Mo., five bass, 17-3, $1,100

7th:          Joel Baker, Talala, Okla., five bass, 17-2, $1,200

8th:          Richard Bower III, Westphalia, Mo., five bass, 16-14, $900

9th:          Josh Hilton, Clarksville, Ark., five bass, 16-13, $900

10th:        Mark Johnson, Weleetka, Okla., five bass, 16-12, $665

10th:        Cade Alsbury, Gentry, Ark., five bass, 16-12, $665

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

John Pilcher of Kansas, Oklahoma, weighed a 7-pound, 12-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $1,000.

 

Duncan wins co-angler title

Damon Duncan of Kansas, Oklahoma, won the Co-angler Division and $3,200 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 14 pounds, 9 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Damon Duncan, Kansas, Okla., four bass, 14-9, $3,200

2nd:         Dalton Fulps, Broken Arrow, Okla., four bass, 10-15, $1,500

3rd:          Patrick Weir, Broken Arrow, Okla., two bass, 8-15, $1,500

4th:          Scott Shell, Vian, Okla., three bass, 8-12, $700

5th:          Blayke Haggard, Gans, Okla., three bass, 8-3, $600

6th:          David Lansford, Muskogee, Okla., four bass, 7-12, $550

7th:          Gary White, Lamar, Mo., two bass, 7-10, $500

8th:          Tyler Williams, Bunch, Okla., two bass, 7-8, $450

9th:          Mike Hubbard, Loveland, Colo., two bass, 7-4, $400

10th:        Bill Black, McAlester, Okla., three bass 7-1, $350

Weir caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $500.

 

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 25-27 BFL Regional Championship on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2018 BFL All-American will be held May 31-June 2 at Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

 

 

Tags: headline-story  2018-03-17-grand-lake 

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 »