UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Detroit River

Farlow Leads Day 1 on Lake Erie

Farlow Leads Day 1 on Lake Erie
Neil Farlow

Lake Erie’s exceptional fishing was on full display in the opening round of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division tournament presented by Polaris and hosted by Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission. Forty-four limits weighing at least 20 pounds each were caught. Even co-anglers got in on the smallmouth bonanza, as nine of them brought back limits that totaled 20 pounds or better.

Though Neil Farlow of St. Catherines, Ontario, leads the 169 pros fishing the event with 24-4, there’s not much daylight between him and the rest of the top 50. Farlow is an ounce ahead of Ben Wright of Peru, N.Y., and a difference of 4 pounds, 4 ounces separates the Canadian from Bill Chapman of Salt Rock, W.Va., who’s in 44th place with 20 pounds.

Farlow didn’t provide many details about his day, except to say that he fished spots in Canada and the U.S. and culled a couple of times.

“I used drop-shot rigs and tubes, and tubes seemed to work better when the wind got up in the afternoon,” says Farlow, whose 6-6 smallmouth was the big fish of the day. “I’m running a Ranger 522D deep-V, so the wind wasn’t that big a problem for me. Tomorrow [Friday] I’m going to do what the wind let’s me do. Either I’m going to run my spots or stay longer on some and really fish them out.”

Farlow says mixed bottoms of rock and gravel or gravel and sand produced best for him. Perhaps even more critical is the timing of the bite. Many of the anglers with the 20-pound-plus sacks were in the first few flights and reported that the smallmouths started eating as soon as the anglers reached their first destinations. As the day progressed, however, the bite got slower.

Though the wind was manageable Thursday morning, it built during the day, and by late afternoon 6-foot waves could be seen crashing over the seawall that shelters the harbor from the wind’s main force. Stronger winds ranging to about 15 mph are predicted for Friday morning, which means some contestants with lengthy milk runs might have to shorten their daily itineraries.

Friday’s weigh-in at Safe Harbor Marina starts at 2 p.m. and involves all competitors. Saturday, the top 10 pros and co-anglers advance to the championship weigh-in at Cabela’s in Cheektowaga beginning at 3 p.m.

Top 10 pros   

1. Neil Farlow – St. Catherines, Ontario – 24-4 (5)

2. Ben Wright – Peru, N.Y. – 24-3 (5)

3. Charles Sim – Nepean, Ontario – 23-3 (5)

4. JT Kenney – Palm Bay, Fla. – 23-2 (5)

5. J Todd Tucker – Moultrie, Ga.  – 22-15 (5)

6. Austin Felix – Eden Prairie, Minn. – 22-12 (5)

7. Moo Bae – West Friendship, Md. – 22-8 (5)

8. Travis Manson – Conshohocken, Pa. – 22-6 (5)

9. Philip Jarabeck – Spout Spring, Va. – 22-5 (5)

10. Jason Kervin – Auburn, Maine – 22-3 (5)

10. TJ Lacey – Selwyn, Ontario – 22-3 (5)

Full Results

 

Ushio takes co-angler lead with 23-plus

Co-angler leader Sakae Ushio, who was paired with Cory Johnston, had 23-7 on day one. Ushio, who hails from nearby Tonawanda, N.Y., says he caught most of his fish on baits other than tube jigs and drop-shot rigs, but wouldn’t elaborate.

Tags: headline-story  2018-07-26-lake-erie-buffalo 

Lake Erie Day 3 Coverage

Lake Erie Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Erie August 11-14, 2020. READ MORE »

Lucas Takes Erie Lead

Lucas Takes Erie Lead

Day two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Erie was calmer than the previous, and the anglers making the run to St. Clair had more time to do work. That being said, Justin Lucas stuck to his guns in Erie to put together a 19-pound, 14-ounce limit to move his total weight to 41-5 overall. Behind him by just 3 ounces sits Jeremy Lawyer, who is also fishing Erie, but the rest of the pack is starting to fire up on St. Clair. READ MORE »

Lake Erie Day 2 Coverage

Lake Erie Day 2 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Erie August 11-14, 2020. READ MORE »

Lake Erie Day 1 Coverage

Lake Erie Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Erie August 11-14, 2020. READ MORE »

Live Leaderboard - Lake Erie

Live Leaderboard - Lake Erie

FLW marshals and media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the final stop of the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit regular season at Lake Erie. READ MORE »

Sisk Grabs No. 6

Sisk Grabs No. 6

Boater Marty Sisk of Evansville, Indiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Ohio River in Cannelton, Indiana. For his victory, Sisk earned a total of $3,718. READ MORE »

Illini Division Goes Back-To-Back

Illini Division Goes Back-To-Back

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Paducah with two Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Ohio River events. READ MORE »

Hamilton Takes James River W

Hamilton Takes James River W

Local boater Jeff Hamilton of Henrico, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the James River in Henrico, Virginia. Hamilton earned a total of $3,756 for his victory. READ MORE »

Jordan Tops on Oconee

Jordan Tops on Oconee

Boater Rob Jordan of Flowery Branch, Georgia, brought a three-bass limit bass to the scale Saturday totaling 10 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on Lake Oconee in Buckhead, Georgia. Jordan topped his nearest competitor, Kim Carver of Milledgeville, Georgia, by just 4 ounces and earned $5,784 for his victory. READ MORE »

Falcons Win by 2 Ounces on Erie

Falcons Win by 2 Ounces on Erie

The Bowling Green State University team of Jamesen Simion of Saline, Mich., and Cameron Wilt of Alvada, Ohio, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Lake Erie event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned the Bowling Green bass club $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Hartley wins Erie Open

Hartley wins Erie Open

The Hartley duo of Braden McNamara and Mike Abbott brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Erie Open. READ MORE »

Mallory Drops 25-5 at St. Clair

Mallory Drops 25-5 at St. Clair

Boater Buck Mallory of Lawton, Michigan, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 25 pounds, 5 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township, Michigan. For his victory, Mallory earned a total of $4,652. READ MORE »

Monsoor Clinches Win on the Mississippi

Monsoor Clinches Win on the Mississippi

Weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces on the final day, Tom Monsoor totaled 54-10 to win the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament presented by OPTIMA Batteries on the Mississippi River. Leading the final three days, the win is Monsoor’s second at the top level and earned him $125,000.   READ MORE »

Carter Cruises to Wheeler Win

Carter Cruises to Wheeler Win

Anglers who have fished the Toyota Series and Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine in the southeast any length of time know the name Kip Carter of Mansfield, Ga. For years, Carter has pocketed plenty of checks from both leagues with a career total of 50 top 10s. This year, Carter decided to jump back into regional competition with the Southeastern Division of the Toyota Series, and in just his second event back, he found his way to the winner’s circle at Wheeler Lake.  READ MORE »

Wheeler Lake Midday Update - Day 3

Wheeler Lake Midday Update - Day 3

The fish were biting pretty well for the top 10 on the final morning of Toyota Series Southeastern Division event on Wheeler Lake. Overcast skies and a steady south wind put a perfect buzzbait ripple on the water back in the shallow flats in creeks – and the anglers were taking advantage of it.  READ MORE »

Mississippi River Day 4 Coverage

Mississippi River Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at the Mississippi River July 29-August 1, 2020. READ MORE »

Monsoor stays ahead on the Mississippi

Monsoor stays ahead on the Mississippi

After day three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament presented by OPTIMA Batteries on the Mississippi River the weights are stacked as tightly as they were on the first two days. With the lead, Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis., weighed 13 pounds, 5 ounces to stay in the lead with an even 42 pounds. Behind him, Zack Birge, David Walker and Scott Wiley have all crossed the 40-pound mark and are hot on his heels. READ MORE »

Carter Takes Over at Wheeler

Carter Takes Over at Wheeler

Kip Carter of Mansfield, Ga., may not have the nicest, shiniest boat in the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event this week, but it sure gets him where he needs to go. His beater aluminum tunnel hull craft has plenty of nicks and dings in it and for good reason: Getting into the places he has fished on Wheeler Lake the last two days has required enduring some scratches and dents. READ MORE »

Mississippi River Day 3 Coverage

Mississippi River Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at the Mississippi River July 29-August 1, 2020. READ MORE »

Monsoor Moves Ahead at the Mississippi

Monsoor Moves Ahead at the Mississippi

After two days of fishing in the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament presented by OPTIMA Batteries on the Mississippi River the weights are as tight as can be. Moving into the lead on day two is Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis., who weighed a second 14-pound bag for a 28-11 total. In second, Scott Wiley is one of seven anglers with 27 pounds and some ounces in the top 10, making the tournament anyone’s game in the final two days. READ MORE »