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First Top 10 is a Win for Burke

First Top 10 is a Win for Burke
Johnny Burke

For three years, Johnny Burke, a 63-year-old retired county commissioner from Creek County, Oklahoma, has been fishing the Costa FLW Series as a co-angler just hoping he might score a top 10.

Today, Burke not only scored his first top-10 finish, but he took it all the way to the top spot for the win.

“This is really special,” he says. “I’ve been fishing these for several years just trying to make a top 10, and today I ended up winning it.”

Over the week, Burke fished with pros Holt Markum, Brandon Mosley and Tommy Dickerson. His biggest day happened on day two when Burke caught three bass weighing 9 pounds, 6 ounces while fishing with Mosley. With that, Burke took a 5-pound, 7-ounce lead into the final day.

Today, he caught just one bass while fishing with Dickerson, but he did not even need it to claim his $5,000 cash winnings as well as a new Ranger Z175 with 90-hp motor. His three-day total of 17 pounds, 2 ounces dominated the co-angler division. He won by 6-2.

All week Burke relied on a one-two combination of a Carolina-rigged Zoom Speed Craw (green pumpkin magic) and a Texas-rigged Zoom Baby Brush Hog (green pumpkin). He dyed the tips of both baits chartreuse.

“If I drew a pro fishing out on the main lake on points, I threw the Carolina-rigged Speed Craw,” Burke says. “If I drew a guy fishing back in creeks in close quarters, I pitched the Brush Hog. Both rigs helped me win this week.

“I always try to do something different from the pro,” he adds. “If he is throwing moving baits, I go to soft plastics and vice versa.”

 

Top 10 co-anglers

1. Johnny Burke – Bristow, Okla. – 17-2 (7) – $27,100 + Ranger Cup ($5,000)

2. Mason Roach – Willis, Texas – 11-0 (5) – $4,309

3. Tate Brumnett – Wagoner, Okla. – 10-5 (4) – $3,407

4. David See – Beggs, Okla. – 10-1 (4) – $2,982

5. Charles Parker – Broken Arrow, Okla. – 9-14 (4) – $2,556

6. Robin Babb – Tulsa, Okla. – 9-14 (3) – $2,130

7. Johnny Horton – Collinsville, Okla. – 9-5 (3) – $1,857

8. Phillip McBrien – Fairland, Okla. – 9-5 (4) – $1,491

9. Toby Wallace – Tolar, Texas – 8-14 (3) – $1,431

10. Ronnie Kane – Gravois Mills, Mo. – 7-14 (3) – $1,065

Complete results

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Huntze Closes Door for Co-angler W

Huntze Closes Door for Co-angler W

Logan Huntze, the youngest competitor in the co-angler field, showed that age is just a number, as the 19-year-old earned a convincing Clear Lake victory at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats by amassing a three-day total of 57 pounds, 15 ounces. READ MORE »

Co-Angler Parsons Wins for Brother 

Co-Angler Parsons Wins for Brother 

Co-angler Scott Parsons won the Costa FLW Series Central Division event at Table Rock Lake with a combination of smallmouth and largemouth bass. He dedicated the win to his late brother, Dustin, who died of cancer in 2016. READ MORE »

Tapp Nets Santee Title and COY

Tapp Nets Santee Title and COY

Fast forward to today, and Tapp is back in the winner’s circle again, having won the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event presented by Power-Pole on Santee Cooper. His two-day weight of 32 pounds, 10 ounces didn’t just blow away the field and give him the tournament win, though. It also crowned him the 2019 Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division Co-angler of the Year. READ MORE »

Co-angler Bickers Wins by Ounces

Co-angler Bickers Wins by Ounces

One fish is unlikely to win a three-day tournament, but the right one can help an angler dig out of a hole. Just ask co-angler Troy Bickers, who rebounded from the dreaded day-one goose egg to go worst-to-first in the Costa FLW Series Central Division opener presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake with a winning weight of 20 pounds, 14 ounces. READ MORE »

Kentucky Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Kentucky Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Question marks are about the only certainty for day three of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake, as the top 10 pros scattered and left us lean on details on a day where changing weather could see changing fortunes. After two dreary days of cloudy, dim conditions, the final round brought lots of the bright, sunny stuff that pushes fish tighter to cover and makes them easier to target. Also, considerably more warmth may very well put the giddy-up on seasonal progression. No one’s getting too crazy with visions of heavy bed-fishing, but accelerated prespawn movement is certainly possible. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Kentucky Lake – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Kentucky Lake – Day 2

Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and vibrating jigs fished on rocky staging areas has been the primary pattern for catching big prespawn largemouth bass on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley at the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Lawrence. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Day 3 Coverage

Grand Lake Day 3 Coverage

Bailey Boutries leads the FLW Tour event presented by Mercury at Grand Lake in Oklahoma heading into day three. Today's forecast is for cold, with some thunderstorms, so it's going to be a challenging day for sure. It'll take a real effort to make it into the top 10. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Day 2 Coverage

Grand Lake Day 2 Coverage

Kyle Weisenburger has a big lead heading into the second day of competition at the FLW Tour event presented by Mercury at Grand Lake in Oklahoma. Follow along to see if he can maintain his pace. READ MORE »

Calvert, Lane Catch 29 at Guntersville Slugfest

Calvert, Lane Catch 29 at Guntersville Slugfest

Houston Calvert and Justin Lane of the University of North Alabama caught 29 pounds, 3 ounces to win the YETI FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference tournament at Lake Guntersville. READ MORE »

Niles Rallies for Co-angler Title

Niles Rallies for Co-angler Title

The Southeastern Division event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole was a grind no matter if you were in the front of the boat or back. Bites were few and far between, and as a co-angler just catching a keeper or two kept you in the hunt. Niles started strong with an opening-day limit worth 18-9 to have him in the lead. On day two, he cooled off and brought a goose egg to the stage. Still, his day-one weight carried him to the final round where he started the day in fourth. Paired with Brett Preuett, Niles got to work Saturday. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Day 3 Coverage

Sam Rayburn Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage of day three at the 2019 FLW Tour event presented by Polaris on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Day 1 Coverage

Sam Rayburn Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 FLW Tour event presented by Polaris on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas. READ MORE »

Co-angler Traba Completes Dream Season

Co-angler Traba Completes Dream Season

The fall of 2018 will stand out as a milestone season for Pacifica, Calif., co-angler Jacob Traba. In a span of just a few weeks, he won the Costa FLW Series Western Division finale on the California Delta, earned the Western Division Strike King Co-angler of the Year title and won the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Guntersville. READ MORE »

Walters Punches for Guntersville Win

Walters Punches for Guntersville Win

Kyle Walters of Grant Valkaria, Fla., won the 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Guntersville with a two-day total weight of 44 pounds, 3 ounces. Walters punched grass mats for two days, utilizing the same approach in the same area as when he won the 2013 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Regional on Guntersville. The champ dropped 24-4 – the biggest limit of the event – on the scale today to hold off a charge by Bryan Thrift. READ MORE »

Jocumsen Glides to Guntersville Lead

Jocumsen Glides to Guntersville Lead

For the last four or five years, FLW pro Carl Jocumsen has been tinkering and testing, experimenting and dialing in ways to incorporate glide baits into his tournament arsenal. He’s been trying to figure out how it can shift gears from being a big-bass bait to a tournament tool. Apparently, he’s getting really close to nailing down those details. Today, Jocumsen used a glide bait to pound out a 20-pound, 2-ounce limit at Lake Guntersville to establish the lead at the 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship. “It’s one of those days you’ll never forget,” he says. “I hope I can back it up tomorrow.” READ MORE »

Freeman Best From the Back

Freeman Best From the Back

The first time Steve Freeman of Eddysville, Ky., laid eyes on Lake of the Ozarks was just a few days ago. Now, he’s heading back to Kentucky with some hardware and a certificate for a Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard, plus $5,000 cash for being Ranger Cup qualified for winning the co-angler side of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Fort Gibson

Top 10 Patterns from Fort Gibson

The Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Fort Gibson was one of the more challenging tournaments in recent memory. Consider that with 115 pros fishing over three days, there were only 13 limits caught, and it took just 18 pounds, 2 ounces for two days to make the top-10 cut. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Fort Gibson

Top 10 Baits from Fort Gibson

The final Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event of the year was a true grinder. In fact, both first and second place only landed 13 keepers all week on Fort Gibson. When it’s that tough, little differences between baits can sometimes make a difference. Below is what the top 10 threw to get it done. READ MORE »

First Top 10 is a Win for Burke

First Top 10 is a Win for Burke

For three years, Johnny Burke, a 63-year-old retired county commissioner from Creek County, Oklahoma, has been fishing the Costa FLW Series as a co-angler just hoping he might score a top 10. Today, Burke not only scored his first top-10 finish, but he took it all the way to the top spot for the win. READ MORE »

TEXAN DICKERSON WINS COSTA FLW SERIES SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION FINALE ON FORT GIBSON LAKE PRESENTED BY MERCURY

TEXAN DICKERSON WINS COSTA FLW SERIES SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION FINALE ON FORT GIBSON LAKE PRESENTED BY MERCURY

WAGONER, Okla. (Oct. 6, 2018) – Pro Tommy Dickerson of Orange, Texas, brought three bass weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces, to the scale Saturday to win the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale on Fort Gibson Lake presented by Mercury. Dickerson’s three-day total of 13 bass weighing 32 pounds, 6 ounces, was enough to earn him the top prize of $80,503, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard. READ MORE »