UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Potomac River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Spradley Leans on Worm, Jig for W

Spradley Leans on Worm, Jig for W
Joey Spradley

Joey Spradley of Gloverville, South Carolina, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Clarks Hill Lake. Spradley earned $3,377 for his win.

“I fished offshore in 20 to 25 feet of water on the lower end of the lake,” says Spradley, who earned his second career win on Clarks Hill Lake in BFL competition. “I used a ¾-ounce green-pumpkin-colored Buckeye Lures Mop Jig with a green-pumpkin Zoom Super Chunk trailer and a (Texas-rigged) green-pumpkin Zoom Ol’ Monster Worm with a 3/8-ounce WolfStone tungsten weight.”

Spradley focused on humps and the ends of points, staying within 15 minutes of the takeoff ramp for the majority of his day.

“Instead of using my electronics to scan the structure, I used the jig as a searchbait to find the grass line because the grass is so short,” says Spradley. “I’d use the jig up on rock structure and when I found where the rock and grass met, I put on Spot Lock [on my MinnKota Ultrex] and switched to the worm and made the same cast. I worked through the grass, down into deeper water and back to the boat.”

Spradley says he preferred 16-pound-test Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line with his 7-foot, 3-inch Cashion Elite medium-heavy casting rod.

“All of my quality fish seemed to come from where the rock line met the grass, or in the grass,” says Spradley. “As I worked in the hydrilla, they would hit the worm on the fall, or if it got down into an open patch.”

Spradley says his boat played a large role in his success Saturday.

“The boat traffic was really heavy on the lake. I run a Falcon F215 and it was critical in handling the rough water. I could cover a lot of water, even with the waves, and was able to stand on the deck and be comfortable. It was a big help.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Joey Spradley, Gloverville, S.C., five bass, 15-11, $3,377

2nd:         Lee Sidener, Harlem, Ga., five bass, 15-0, $1,989

3rd:          Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., five bass, 13-9, $1,328

4th:          Scott Browning, Franklin, N.C., five bass, 13-3, $1,146

4th:          Sean Hall, North Augusta, S.C., five bass, 13-3, $731

6th:          Dan Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., five bass, 13-1, $719

7th:          Michael Maxfield, Hanahan, S.C., five bass, 12-11, $535

7th:          Joe Anders, Easley, S.C., five bass, 12-11, $535

9th:          Eric Mora, Evans, Ga., five bass, 12-2, $450

10th:        Hunter Eubanks, Inman, S.C., five bass, 12-0, $394

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Browning brought a 6-pound, 13-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $415.

 

Lyko wins co-angler title

Joshua Lyko of Greer, South Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,789 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Joshua Lyko, Greer, S.C., five bass, 12-8, $1,789

2nd:         Stewart Uldrick, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 12-5, $894

3rd:          Donnie Davis, Greer, S.C., five bass, 11-14, $771

4th:          Ryan Lesley, Williamston, S.C., five bass, 10-14, $394

5th:          Dennis Henderson, Ware Shoals, S.C., five bass, 10-10, $338

6th:          Lee Montgomery, Hendersonville, N.C., five bass, 10-5, $310

7th:          Samson Faulk, Lyman, S.C., five bass, 9-15, $281

8th:          Matthew Guffey, Simpsonville, S.C., five bass, 9-12, $253

9th:          Christian Joyce, Greer, S.C., four bass, 9-7, $225

10th:        John McKinney, Greenville, S.C., five bass, 9-4, $197

Davis caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 4 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $207.

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Clarks Hill Lake was hosted by the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.

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. 11-13 BFL Regional Championship on the St. Johns River in Palatka, Florida. 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.

 

Tags: headline-story  2018-06-16-clarks-hill 

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 »