UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Lake Champlain

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake – Day 1
Joe Uribe Jr.

Wayne Breazeale leveraged his local knowledge to find the right areas to sack up 23 pounds, 10 ounces and grab the day one lead at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Evinrude on Clear Lake.

Fishing a mix of Yamamoto Senkos, drop-shots and a darter-head jig, Breazeale sought to stay out of the wind today.

Here are the details of the rest of the top five.

Breazeale’s leading pattern

 

2. Joe Uribe Jr. – Surprise, Ariz. – 21-12 (5)

Taking advantage of an early morning reaction bite, pro Joe Uribe Jr. sacked up 21-12 for second place.

Uribe upgraded late in the day, but a strong start put about 19 pounds in the livewell by mid-morning.

“In the morning we were throwing reaction baits in low light, and we had a good productive hour and a half. Once the sun came out, it kind of slowed things down,” Uribe says. “When that happened, we resorted to drop-shots and finesse tactics the rest of the day, and that worked really well.”

Uribe used a 6-inch Roboworm (margarita mutilator) on his drop-shot. He also threw a Neko-rigged Daiwa Yamamoto Neko Fat worm.

A key element of his highly productive day is the returning grass. Clear Lake lost nearly all of its grass to herbicide treatments last year, but spotty regrowth is creating isolated oases of opportunity.

“The grass is starting to grow back, and anywhere you can find good grass there’s a lot of fish, a lot of bait, a lot of life,” Uribe says. “The fishing’s really good, but getting the quality, that’s the thing. We caught a lot of fish today, but you’re going through a lot of 2 1/2-pounders.”

Another significant element was the armada of black grebes – a water bird – that corralled baitfish and actually pushed the bass around the tule banks Uribe targeted.

 

3. Vince Hurtado – Turlock, Calif. – 19-1 (5)

With Clear Lake currently entertaining fish in all three stages of the spawn, Vince Hurtado crafted his game plan around the strategy of interception. His realized his objective by targeting the likely travel paths and the right habitat.

“These fish are coming in and out, and I’m just trying to catch them when they’re coming in,” Hurtado says. “I’m catching them in grass, but I need the right grass. I need really bright, green grass.

“We caught probably five or six limits. We caught fish all day. I caught two good ones in the morning, and I lost two more good ones.”

Noting that he fished reaction baits and bottom baits throughout the day, Hurtado says he mixed it up to give the fish different looks, but he also considered the conditions.

“The reaction baits were best in the wind, and when it died down a little, I’d drop down to the bottom,” he says.

 

4. Sunny Hawk – Salt Lake City, Utah – 18-13 (5)

He had to scrap his original game plan, but Sunny Hawk’s refocused effort yielded a strong limit of 18-13 that landed him in fourth place.

“I didn’t do what I thought I would do,” Hawk says. “I was actually planning to do an offshore postspawn/prespawn deal, but I just didn’t see that happening. The wind never picked up enough in my area.

“I found some bed fish late on the last day of practice. I caught three of them and then just fished for more. I caught a couple more on a green/black SPRO frog.”

Hawk caught his bed fish on a Yamamoto Flappin Hog in sparse tules. For the frog, he targeted gaps in the tules and the outside edges of tule berms.

 

5. Jason Borofka – Salinas, Calif. – 18-4 (5)

When Jason Borofka learned he would be the 26th boat out in the day-one takeoff order, he figured his big opportunity had likely slipped away. Fortunately, fate smiled, and the California pro got his day going with a relatively easy 6-pound, 14-ounce bed fish that buoyed a limit of 18-4 and earned him the fifth-place spot.

“I found that fish at the beginning of my practice, and it was really obvious where it was spawning, so I thought everyone had seen it,” Borofka says. “I went and checked it yesterday, three days after I’d found it, and it was still there. In practice, I got it to bite on the first cast, so I thought, ‘This is an easy one.’

“I wanted an early flight, but I was the 26th boat out. I went down to that fish just to see if anyone had found it, and there wasn’t a boat for a mile in either direction. That fish was right there, and it only took a couple of casts to put her in the boat.”

Borofka caught this fish and all his other sight-fished keepers on a Texas-rigged plastic. The big fish was on a broken dock, and the others were scattered across tule and rock habitat.

Tags: david-a-brown  headline-story  2018-05-10-clear-lake 

McCaghren Ready for Hamilton

McCaghren Ready for Hamilton

Billy McCaghren spends a lot of his free time coaching 8- to 10-year-old boys on how to swing and catch; but when the FLW Cup visits Hot Springs August 9-11, the Arkansas pro is hopeful that some of his young baseball players will be able to swing by and see the Lake Hamilton bass he plans on catching. READ MORE »

Elrod Runs Tide, Wood on James River

Elrod Runs Tide, Wood on James River

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on the James River after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 10 ounces. For his efforts, Elrod took home $3,637. READ MORE »

Mittlestat Tops at St. Clair

Mittlestat Tops at St. Clair

Dan Mittlestat of Woodhaven, Michigan, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair presented by Navionics Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 7 ounces. Mittlestat netted $6,552 for his win. READ MORE »

Schmitt Takes Champlain Title

Schmitt Takes Champlain Title

FLW Tour pro Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Maryland, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Champlain presented by Navionics after catching five bass weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces. For his win, Schmitt earned $7,209 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 »

Peter T and Crew Win ICAST Cup

Peter T and Crew Win ICAST Cup

Representing Lew’s, the team of John Carman, Peter Thliveros and Matthew Mattingly won the 2019 ICAST Cup at Lake Toho this morning with a five-bass limit that weighed 20 pounds, 4 ounces. It’s the first time in the ICAST kickoff event’s five-year history that a team has won two titles, and they come back-to-back – though this time it was an outright win.  READ MORE »

Kilgore on Top at Neely Henry

Kilgore on Top at Neely Henry

Andy Kilgore of Kingston, Georgia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Neely Henry. Kilgore pocketed $4,426 for his win in the event and earned 250 points in the Bama Division Angler of the Year (AOY) standings. The winner of the division’s AOY title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Experience Carries Siggers

Experience Carries Siggers

Dennis Siggers of Danville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory, Siggers earned $2,585 for his victory. READ MORE »

Melton Wins on Rough River

Melton Wins on Rough River

John Melton of Corydon, Indiana, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on Rough River Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces. Melton netted $4,838 for his win. READ MORE »

Jenkel Flips Bushes on Rend

Jenkel Flips Bushes on Rend

Derek Jenkel of Pinckneyville, Illinois, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces. Jenkel earned $4,384 for his victory. READ MORE »

Campbell Gets a Hat Trick

Campbell Gets a Hat Trick

Brody Campbell of Oxford, Ohio, won the rescheduled T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on Rough River Lake presented by Navionics Sunday after catching four bass weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Campbell earned $5,703 for his win. READ MORE »

Harlin Sacks 24 for Ozark W

Harlin Sacks 24 for Ozark W

Michael Harlin of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 9 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake of the Ozarks. Harlin pocketed $4,463 for his win in the event and 250 points in the Ozark Division presented by Bassing Bob standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Day 4 Coverage

Lake Champlain Day 4 Coverage

Yesterday saw the crowning of the FLW Tour 2019 Angler of the Year (David Dudley) and Polaris Rookie of the Year (Ron Nelson). Today, there's nothing left to do but crown a champion for the Tour's last stop of the season. READ MORE »

Scanlon Wins it at Ti

Scanlon Wins it at Ti

Running south to Ticonderoga each day, Casey Scanlon weighed 19 pounds, 10 ounces on the final day of the FLW Tour event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain. With a total of 76-2, Scanlon earned the win in the final event of the season and pocketed $102,700 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Nelson Wins ROY

Nelson Wins ROY

Ron Nelson blanked on the first day of his first FLW Tour event. Then he got things on track – so on track that he finished the season ninth overall in the standings and above every other rookie to earn the Polaris FLW Tour Rookie of the Year award. Winning ROY is typically a career-setting accomplishment, and to go with the hardware Nelson will also receive a Polaris Sportsman® 570 ATV. READ MORE »

Dudley Wins Historic 4th AOY

Dudley Wins Historic 4th AOY

Taking to the second to last day of the 2019 FLW Tour season, David Dudley finally did it again, triumphing over John Cox to win a historic fourth FLW Tour Angler of the Year title. Winning his first AOY in 2008, and then going back-to-back in 2011 and 2012, Dudley is now the only pro with four titles to their credit, surpassing both Clark Wendlandt and Andy Morgan. READ MORE »

Ticonderoga Showdown Looms

Ticonderoga Showdown Looms

After three days of the FLW Tour event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain, all but one of the top five pros are turning south from Plattsburgh to chase largemouths at Ticonderoga. In the lead, Tyler Stewart of West Monroe, La., bagged up another 18 pounds, 5 ounces to boost his total to 58-6. In second and just 1-14 behind, Casey Scanlon of Lake Ozark., Mo., weighed 18-13 on day three for a 56-8 total. READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Day 3 Coverage

Lake Champlain Day 3 Coverage

We're down to 30 anglers in the FLW Tour's last stop of the 2019 season. The Angler of the Year and Polaris Rookie of the Year races are still up for grabs, and second-year pro Tyler Stewart is haflway to his first win on Tour. There will be storylines apletny today. READ MORE »

A Three-Angler Race for AOY

A Three-Angler Race for AOY

By making the top-30 cut, John Cox, David Dudley and Joseph Webster are all still in the 2019 FLW Tour Angler of the Year race. Scott Martin, who also made the cut and started the week in fourth place in the standings, cannot mathematically earn enough points to win AOY. READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Day 2 Coverage

Lake Champlain Day 2 Coverage

Tyler Stewart weighed in 22 pounds, 3 ounces yesterday to take the lead in the FLW Tour's last stop of the 2019 season. He was one of only four anglers to top the 20-pound mark, and his 1-pound, 12-ounce lead puts the second-year pro in great shape as day two kicks off. Another solid day will give Stewart and easy shot at the 30-pro cut on Saturday. READ MORE »

Stewart Stays Ahead at Champlain

Stewart Stays Ahead at Champlain

Tyler Stewart took the lead with a whopping 22 pounds, 3 ounces on day one of the FLW Tour event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain. Today, he backed it up with 17-14 to stay ahead. Running to Ticonderoga both days and boating a 40-1 total, Stewart is just 1-5 ahead of John Voyles, who’s weighed 20-7 and 18-5 from the north end of the lake for a 38-12 total. READ MORE »