UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Pickwick Lake

Carnright Stays in Control

Carnright Stays in Control
Brett Carnright

Perfect weather and another cavalcade of smallmouths were the primary features of day two of the Costa FLW Series event presented by Power-Pole on Lake Champlain. Hanging tight to the lead, Brett Carnright of Plattsburgh, N.Y., put 19 pounds, 8 ounces on the scale and now boasts a 40-pound, 15-ounce total. In second, last year’s champion Ron Nelson of Berrien Springs, Mich., weighed 19-13 for a total of 40-8 and sits just 7 ounces off the lead.

Carnright’s day one pattern

Top five patterns 

Complete results

Through two days, Carnright has mined bedding smallmouths north of Plattsburgh to tally up an impressive 20-pound average. Nearly everyone in the top 10 is leaning hard on spawning brown fish, but Carnright has things a bit more to himself than some of the other pros.

“I am fishing a lot deeper than any boat I’ve seen around me,” says the local angler. “I had 10 fish that I went to catch, and all 10 of them have been there. I’m very lucky that none of them had been picked. Some of them are very easy to catch, and some have just swum up to the trolling motor to look at the boat. It’s definitely extraordinary, but you have to have something extraordinary to win these.”

Going into the final day, it will be tough for Carnright to stay on his pace, but he’s still got plenty of decent fish left on beds to catch.

“I feel pretty good about it,” relays Carnright, who only needed to catch seven keepers on day two. “I’m not sure exactly how heavy some of the fish are. I caught a few in practice and weighed ‘em, and I looked at three that are still there that are over 3 1/2 pounds. I found a lot of new ones today, I don’t know exactly how big those ones are, but it’s possible to catch another 19 or 20 pounds.”

Last year Carnright finished fifth in the opener on Champlain. Back in 2016, he finished seventh in the Bassmaster Open held in September. Now, he’s got a shot at easily the biggest win of his young career.

“It’s definitely going to be the most important day of my life tomorrow,” says Carnright. “Bar none. It’s going to be do or die, it could be a career-maker type of deal.”

 

Top 10 pros   

1. Brett Carnright – Plattsburgh, N.Y. – 40-15 (10)

2. Ron Nelson – Berrien Springs, Mich. – 40-8 (10)

3. Austin Felix – Eden Prairie, Minn. – 40-7 (10)

4. Cory Johnston – Cavan, Ont. – 39-11 (10)

5. Chris Adams – Shrewsbury, Vt.  – 39-7 (10)

6. Ryan Latinville – Plattsburgh, N.Y. – 39-6 (10)

7. JJ Judd – Saint Albans, Vt. – 38-10 (10)

8. Chris Johnston – Peterborough, Ont. – 38-5 (10)

9. Bradley Dortch – Atmore, Ala. – 38-5 (10)

10. Joseph Wood – Westport, Mass. – 38-0 (10)

Complete results

 

Hesson ahead on co-angler side

Chalking up a total of 33-2, Kevin Hesson of Seneca, Penn., is having a great week from the back of the boat on Champlain. With 16-1 behind Carl Jocumsen on day one and another 17-1 behind Chris Johnston on day two, Hesson has gotten a pair of dream draws.

“I basically went to school with bed-fishing with Chris Johnston,” Hesson says of his day. “It was an experience. We caught fish from the beginning and it was like that all day long. It was just bed after bed after bed.”

Hesson says he’s caught about 15 fish each day and is just throwing “standard smallmouth stuff.” If he can do it again tomorrow he might walk away with a big payday.

Complete results

 

Tags: jody-white  headline-story  2018-06-21-lake-champlain 

6 Super Tournament Story Lines

6 Super Tournament Story Lines

The expanded field list for the new Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournaments brings with it some very fun matchups and the potential for some record chases to reignite. Because many of the newly added Major League Fishing anglers have had longer careers than those at the top of the Pro Circuit, they’re in a unique position to chase down some records that otherwise may not have been touched this year. In other cases, it’s simply going to be a pleasure to watch the best of the best duel on some epic bodies of water. READ MORE »

Pickwick Will Produce in a Big Way

Pickwick Will Produce in a Big Way

The second stop of the Toyota Series Central Division ought to be a really good one. Set for Pickwick Lake in late May, the offshore bite ought to be in full swing, with plenty of shallow fish as well. READ MORE »

Anglers React to Super Tournaments

Anglers React to Super Tournaments

When the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit season picks back up, it will be with a new schedule, some new anglers and a lot more money in the pot than originally planned. READ MORE »

Pros’ Favorite Baits for May

Pros’ Favorite Baits for May

Across the country, May is a great time for fishing, with tons of bass in and around the spawn and a lot of baitfish species spawning as well. With warming water, it’s a great chance to throw a topwater for the first time, or really to do just about whatever you want in some parts of the country. READ MORE »

How to Make a Buzzbait Squeak

How to Make a Buzzbait Squeak

One of the key aspects of buzzbait fishing is the sound, and Bradley Dortch modifies his with a file and some pliers to get the most squeak he can. READ MORE »

Throw Bigger Swimbaits in Tournaments

Throw Bigger Swimbaits in Tournaments

Fitting larger swimbaits into a tournament arsenal is a goal that a lot of anglers never hit. Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit pro Kurt Mitchell has gotten it done, and actually earned a lot of money with some of the more specialized and larger swimbaits over the past few years. READ MORE »

Bryan Thrift’s Greatest Hits

Bryan Thrift’s Greatest Hits

Thrift had a superlative career while climbing the ranks in FLW and competing on the FLW Tour. With more than $3 million in earnings in basically 15 years, Thrift has been on the leading edge of the technical side of fishing and an overpowering competitor since the start. READ MORE »

The Ultimate Clear Water Jerkbait Mod

The Ultimate Clear Water Jerkbait Mod

Schooled on tough Western fisheries with clear water and smart bass, Wade Strelic knows a thing or two about getting the most out of baits. One of his favorite modifications for super-clear water is to add a strip of holographic tape to each side of his jerkbaits. READ MORE »

Review: Berkley Frittside

Review: Berkley Frittside

Berkley’s take on a flat-side crankbait is the Frittside, a plastic bait that is designed to have the same action and attraction as balsa baits. Designed in part by David Fritts, who is one of the best crankbait anglers of all time, it seems to be a good bait at a good price. READ MORE »

Swimbait Experiments in Florida

Swimbait Experiments in Florida

In his time guiding in Florida, Brent Anderson has learned a lot. From adding standard Florida techniques to his arsenal to adapting his topwater program to the Sunshine State’s bass, he’s intentionally broadened his horizons a fair bit. Picking up big swimbaits was a bit of an accident. READ MORE »

Review: Outkast Tackle Perfect Ned Head

Review: Outkast Tackle Perfect Ned Head

There are a ton of different Ned heads on the market now, many of which are quite good. The Outkast Tackle Perfect Ned Head was designed by Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit angler Josh Douglas, and having used it pretty extensively this spring, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. READ MORE »

Review: Blade Runner Turbo Tail

Review: Blade Runner Turbo Tail

The Blade Runner Turbo Tail is a very cool variation on the standard tail spinner. READ MORE »

Florida Topwater Tips

Florida Topwater Tips

Since spending as much time on the water in Florida as he has, Anderson has applied a topwater a lot more than he expected to. READ MORE »

How to Catch Tailrace Smallmouths

How to Catch Tailrace Smallmouths

The reservoirs strung along the Tennessee River are tremendous fisheries, but they perhaps don’t get as much shine for being smallmouth producers as they should. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Lake Martin

Top 10 Baits from Lake Martin

Bites were easy to come by at Lake Martin. It was getting the quality bites that separated the field. READ MORE »

Abram’s Dream Comes True

Abram’s Dream Comes True

All week on Lake Martin for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit the weights have been close, so it was only fitting that the final weigh-in followed suit. READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 4 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin in Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

Abram One Day Away

Abram One Day Away

Day three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event on Lake Martin was a bit tougher for the 30 pros on the water, and while quality has been tough to come by all week, that was especially the case today READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 3 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin in Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

Abram Out Front on Martin

Abram Out Front on Martin

Same story, different day on Lake Martin for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit. When it comes to catching fish, Martin is on fire at the moment. However, just like on day one, big bites are tough to come by on the Alabama fishery. READ MORE »