UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Kentucky / Barkley Lake

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Super Tournament Winning Patterns – Week 2

Super Tournament Winning Patterns – Week 2
Week #2

The second week of September marked the end of the season for a few more T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) divisions. The two-day Super Tournaments took place from New York to Georgia and a few places between, featuring smallmouths, largemouths and spotted bass.   

For a rundown of how each event was won, scroll down to get your fix.

 

Bulldog Division – Lake Lanier

Roger Vinson of Flowery Branch, Ga., won the Super Tournament on Lake Lanier with a two-day total weight of 28 pounds, 11 ounces. He grabbed over $6,800 for his efforts.

Vinson lives nearby and has been fishing the lake for some time, but this was his first BFL win – despite owning several top 10s. His knowledge of the lake and knowing when to make a change was crucial to his win.

He focused on the mid- to lower-end of the lake hitting humps, points, rock and creek mouths. Vinson used a variety of baits including, a white pearl-colored Zoom Super Fluke, a Roboworm Straight Tail Worm on a shaky head, a Megabass Ito Vision 110 jerkbait and a pearl white-colored SuperFish Underspin with a Zoom Fluke Jr. of the same color. He also caught a 4-12 spotted bass on a homemade jig with a Zoom Creepy Crawler trailer.

More details

Complete results

 

Michigan Division – Detroit River

Ronnie Goshen Sr. of Belleville, Mich., smashed them on the Detroit River with a winning weight of 51-10 for two days. Aside from the trophy, Goshen also took home over $5,300 for his efforts.

Goshen stuck to the Detroit River for his win and thanks to his day-two limit worth 28 pounds, the Michigan resident locked up the first win of his career.

Catching around 30 keepers each day, Goshen used a green pumpkin-colored Northland Impulse Fatty Tube, a LIVETARGET Goby Paddle Tail Swimbait with a ¾-ounce head and a ¾-ounce chartreuse and white-colored custom bullet head spinnerbait to do work.

More details

Complete results

 

Northeast Division – 1000 Islands

In another smallmouth smashfest, Brian Bylotas of Scott Township, Pa., took home the W at the 1000 Islands with 48-3 to claim a check worth $6,886.

Bylotas earned his second Angler of the Year title in the Northeast Division thanks to his victory.

Lake Ontario once again produced the winning bag and Galloo Island was the place to be. Bait was stacked thick in the area along a ¼-mile stretch of a ledge in 25 to 30 feet of water.

Bylotas plied a  3.8-inch green pumpkin-colored Keitech Sexy Impact on a drop-shot on the ledge each day, though he also caught some in the silver flash color. When he made a stop in the river on Sunday to catch a 5 ½-pounder, a 4.5-inch Quick Limit Baits Dropshot Worm (motor oil) was the deal.

More details

Complete results

 

Ozark Division – Lake of the Ozarks

Bass fishing legend Dion Hibdon of Stover, Mo., earned his fifth FLW win this past weekend with a two-day total weighing 32-10 and got a cool $8,500 to show for it.

Being that Lake of the Ozarks is covered in docks, it’s no surprise Hibdon worked a pile of them for his title. Docks with brush produced most of his fish and he ran a 20-mile stretch of them in the Osage and Niangua rivers.

He says he used a homemade black jig with a black and blue flake-colored Ledgerock Lures crawdad trailer and a brown jig with a green pumpkin-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver. He threw both on 25-pound-test Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line noting the fish aren’t line-shy.

More details

Complete results

 

Volunteer Division – Watts Bar

Chase Henley of Kingston, Tenn., won the final Volunteer Division event of the season on Watts Bar with 32-15 and earned over $5,100.

Despite falling water, Henley was able to run a pattern around the Kingston area of the lake hitting laydowns and seawalls. On day two he adjusted and moved to the mouth of the Emory River fishing rocky points and laydowns.

For baits, he used a ½-ounce green pumpkin craw-colored Strike King Greg Hackney Hack Attack jig with a hematoma-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver on the laydowns, and a 3/8-ounce Showboat Lures buzzbait with a white Zoom Split Tail trailer around the seawalls. He also caught some on a vibrating jig matched with a white Zoom Z-Craw around the rocky points.

More details

Complete results

 

Tags: kyle-wood  winning-strategy 

Rampey Stays Red Hot on Hartwell

Rampey Stays Red Hot on Hartwell

After winning a T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Super Tournament on Lake Hartwell a few weeks ago, Jayme Rampey of Liberty, S.C., was certainly one of the favorites heading into the BFL Regional on the same pond this past weekend. Lo and behold, he wouldn’t disappoint, and notched his 11th career BFL win – five of which have come on Hartwell – and won a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower motor, plus $20,000 cash for his efforts. READ MORE »

Super Tournament Winning Ways – Week 4

Super Tournament Winning Ways – Week 4

The final five T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Super Tournaments took place over the weekend, bringing BFL regular-season competition to a close. Regional tournaments will kick off Oct. 10, and by the end of the month the majority of the field for the 2020 All-American will be set.  READ MORE »

The Cal Delta is Looking Good

The Cal Delta is Looking Good

This week the Costa FLW Series Western Division will conclude with the final event of the season on the California Delta. The tournament, which is presented by Power-Pole, should showcase a different side of the Delta, given that most of the Western Division tournaments on the famed fishery take place in the spring. That said, last year’s event on the Delta fell on nearly identical dates as this year and could be a good tease for how things may shake out this time around. READ MORE »

Super Tournament Winning Ways – Week 3

Super Tournament Winning Ways – Week 3

The third round of T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Super Tournament action saw smallmouths, spotted bass and largemouths all make an appearance as six divisions put a bow on the season with their respective two-day events. Here’s a quick recap of what all played out in the action spanning from the Detroit River down to Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »

Super Tournament Winning Ways – Week 2

Super Tournament Winning Ways – Week 2

The second weekend in September saw seven more T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) divisions conclude their seasons with two-day Super Tournament events. From the Tennessee River to the St. Lawrence River and a few places in between, here’s a quick look at how the seven events were won. READ MORE »

Big Smallmouths, Big Water for Season Finale

Big Smallmouths, Big Water for Season Finale

Any tournament with smallmouths in it is a good one, but when the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits heads to the St. Lawrence River it's usually a show-stopper. This year’s event, which is presented by Realtree Fishing, shouldn’t be any different as the Northern Division looks to close its season out on one of the best smallmouth fisheries in the world September 19-21. READ MORE »

Super Tournament Winning Ways – Week 1

Super Tournament Winning Ways – Week 1

College football, hooded sweatshirts and the conclusion of the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) regular season are what come to mind as the calendar turns to September. This past weekend, six divisions put a feather in their cap for the year with their two-day Super Tournament events – where the payouts are bigger – but, more importantly, it’s the last chance to accumulate points to qualify for the Regionals this October. READ MORE »

How to Finesse Weed line Largemouths

How to Finesse Weed line Largemouths

When it comes to finesse baits that put fish in the boat, the Ned rig has certainly earned a spot as a go-to for bass anglers across the country. While it catches pretty much everything that swims, most of the attention gets put on catching northern smallmouths or Ozarks-region largemouths and spotted bass with it.   READ MORE »

The Smallmouth-Alewife Connection

The Smallmouth-Alewife Connection

Smallmouths across the Great Lakes region and North Country have no shortage of food to eat, but while they’re very opportunistic, they can also get locked in on certain forage from time to time. One of their favorites, when present, is the alewife. READ MORE »

Thrift Roams Hamilton on Day 2

Thrift Roams Hamilton on Day 2

In seemingly any tournament that Bryan Thrift shows up to he is without a doubt one of the favorites to win. With two FLW Tour Angler of the Year titles, six Tour wins and five Costa FLW Series wins – including his most recent on Lake Champlain just a few weeks ago – it’s easy to understand why. READ MORE »

Review: Storm 360GT Largo Shad

Review: Storm 360GT Largo Shad

While the 360GT Searchbait made some noise in the bass world, the Coastal line offers a swimbait that looks more than juicy for bass of all shapes and sizes. Enter the Largo Shad. After hearing some rumors about how good the swimbait is – and even some comparisons to Keitechs – I got my hands on a few packs and took them for a test ride. READ MORE »

Pre-Practice Report from Hamilton

Pre-Practice Report from Hamilton

For some, preparation has been in the form of map study and online research, while others have made the trek to Lake Hamilton to get eyes on the playing field, which went off limits July 22. READ MORE »

Review: Strike King Thunder Cricket

Review: Strike King Thunder Cricket

Ever since Z-Man released the ChatterBait anglers haven’t really had the need to broaden their vibrating jig horizon – and not for lack of options, but simply because the ChatterBait is so good that you don’t really need anything else. With the launch of the Z-Man ChatterBait Jack Hammer a few years ago and the instant buzz surrounding it, the bar was set high for any other vibrating jigs entering the market. 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 »

Top 10 Baits from Sam Rayburn

Top 10 Baits from Sam Rayburn

Pros caught fish everywhere from in the middle of flooded jungles of brush to deep main-lake drops. The top finishers pretty much all power fished with soft plastics, crankbaits and frogs. READ MORE »

High Water, Good Fishing at Rayburn

High Water, Good Fishing at Rayburn

Thanks to Mother Nature, the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division, which was originally scheduled to take place on Grand Lake, will now take place at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Rayburn was supposed to host the division finale, but extreme high water on Grand forced the swap. The tournament, which is presented by Mercury Marine, kicks off on Thursday. READ MORE »

Spawn in Full Bloom on Table Rock

Spawn in Full Bloom on Table Rock

Stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division should shape up to be quite the catchfest. Coming off of the division opener on Kentucky Lake, where pros were challenged with tough fishing, this week’s event, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson, should be stellar in terms of both numbers and quality of fish.  READ MORE »

2019 Lake Chickamauga Preview

2019 Lake Chickamauga Preview

Lake Chickamauga in east Tennessee is a big-bass playground where anglers regularly catch trophy fish that surpass 10 pounds. In early May, it'll host the FLW Tour for the third time in six years. Previous events were held in June, so this stop promises to offer a different look at the Chick. READ MORE »

2019 Grand Lake Preview

2019 Grand Lake Preview

Grand Lake is situated in Northeast Oklahoma among the foothills of the Ozarks. The impoundment was created in 1940 when the Pensacola Dam was finished along the Grand River. The 46,500-surface-acre reservoir now hosts plenty of recreational opportunities, but more importantly, is also home to some of the best bass fishing in the country. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Seminole

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Seminole

Prespawn bass were the main storyline for the third stop of the FLW Tour on Lake Seminole presented by Costa. Finding areas that held concentrations of staging bass was vital to fishing all four days and most of the pros rode individual spots to their respective finishes. READ MORE »