UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Lake Okeechobee

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Childs Holds on for Co-angler Win

For Jay Childs, the final day of competition at the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division tournament presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Amistad began and ended with excitement. And while the former proved deflating, the latter would prove triumphant, as the Houston co-angler secured the weight he needed to salvage a dramatic victory with a two-day limit of 20 pounds, 9 ounces.

Complete results

Backing up a day, Childs led Friday’s field with a limit of 17-10, which included an 8-pound, 7-ounce kicker. He entered Saturday’s final round with a 3-3 lead, but it appeared that fate might steal the victory through a fishless day. Fortunately, he would nab a pair of keepers that went 2-15, but not before a grueling wait.

“I caught those fish back-to-back at 3:50 with a few minutes to spare [before check-in], and I fished hard all day long,” Childs says. “My first bite of the morning, on literally my second cast, I set the hook and it ended up being a 5-pound striper.”

Childs caught his fish on a YUM YUMbrella Flash Mob Jr. umbrella rig fitted with Zoom Swimmin’ Super Fluke Juniors. He chose that bait to contrast the larger swimbaits his pros were throwing.

“I worked that bait as slowly as you could get it,” Childs says. “Today, we fished from 70 feet to 5 feet. I’d throw it out there, and I’d count it down to about nine or 10, and then I’d start cranking.”

Childs weighed all largemouths Friday, but today he caught one smallmouth and one largemouth.

 

Top 10 co-anglers

1. Jay Childs – Houston, Texas – 20-9 (5) – $27,000

2. Chad McClendon – Grapevine, Texas – 18-8 (7) – $4,756

3. Ray Helveston – Powderly, Texas – 17-6 (5) – $3,898

4. Mason Roach – Conroe, Texas – 16-14 (10) – $3,309

5. Julian Machuca – Pecos, Texas – 16-4 (10) – $2,794

6. Russell Truitt – Liberty Hill, Texas – 15-5 (9) – $2,328

7. Buddy Hicks – Port Neches, Texas – 15-3 (6) – $1,862

8. Mike Power – Conroe, Texas – 14-12 (8) – $1,630

9. Scotty Walton – Yukon, Okla. – 13-3 (7) – $1,397

10. Rafael Menchaca – Del Rio, Texas – 12-12 (7) – $1,164

Complete results

Tags: largemouth  smallmouth  amistad  umbrella-rig  david-a-brown  pre-tournament  2019-01-03-lake-amistad 

/news/2019-01-09-cecil-s-final-morning-of-practice

Cecil’s Final Morning of Practice

Russell Cecil is one of a number of standout Texas anglers fishing the FLW Tour opener this week on Sam Rayburn. After a lackluster rookie campaign in 2018, fishing near home is a great opportunity for the Willis, Texas, pro to get the year started off strong. Though the conditions are far from normal, a few hours on the final day of practice reveal that Cecil certainly has a read on the bass. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-08-flw-live-schedule-for-sam-rayburn

FLW Live Schedule for Sam Rayburn

The 2019 FLW Live seasons kicks off on the big bass factory of Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas. Watch your favorite stars such as Scott Martin and Bryan Thrift weigh-in at the FLW Tour season opener, and then follow the weekend action live with the top pros. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-07-top-10-patterns-from-lake-amistad

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Amistad

Wintertime patterns with just a touch of prespawn action dominated the Costa FLW Series opener presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Amistad. Crankbaits, jerkbaits, umbrella rigs, swimbaits and drop-shots were the go-to baits used by the top finishers. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-07-figuring-out-rayburn-with-powell

Figuring Out Rayburn with Powell

Hensley Powell has quickly and quietly amassed quite a record with FLW. In just three years fishing the Costa FLW Series, he’s earned over $90,000, and he got a win at Table Rock in the Central Division in 2018. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-07-sam-rayburn-lake-tour

Sam Rayburn Lake Tour

This year, the FLW Tour kicks off in Texas with a showdown presented by Polaris on Sam Rayburn. Big Sam hasn’t hosted too many FLW Tour events in the past, but it’s loaded with bass and bass fishing history. The lake is much higher than normal right now, which will no doubt produce different fishing than is typical for winter on Rayburn. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-06-top-10-baits-from-lake-amistad

Top 10 Baits from Lake Amistad

Wintertime bass fishing tactics dominated at Lake Amistad in January, as the top finishers relied on jerkbaits, crankbaits, drop-shots, swimbaits and umbrella rigs to get the job done. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-06-practice-starts-at-rayburn

Practice Starts at Rayburn

Day one of practice for the FLW Tour presented by Polaris on Sam Rayburn started this morning. We hung around takeoff to see friends we haven't seen in months and to get the season underway.  READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-05-childs-holds-on-for-co-angler-win

Childs Holds on for Co-angler Win

Jay Childs caught two giant largemouths on day one, along with a smaller keeper, to take the early lead at Lake Amistad. Then he survived today for the win with a pair of keepers that included one smallmouth. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-05-hanselman-wins-costa-flw-series-season-opener-on-lake-amistad-presented-by-ranger-boats

Hanselman Wins Costa FLW Series Season Opener on Lake Amistad Presented by Ranger Boats

DEL RIO, Texas – Local pro Ray Hanselman of Del Rio, brought five bass weighing 12 pounds, 1 ounce, to the scale Saturday to win the 2019 season-opening Costa FLW Series at Lake Amistad presented by Ranger Boats. The tournament was shortened from three days to two after... READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-05-hanselmania-wins-again-at-amistad

Hanselmania Wins Again at Amistad

Ray “Hanselmania” Hanselman won the 2019 Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Amistad today with a two-day total of 38 pounds. The tournament was shortened to two days after day one was cancelled due to severe weather. Hanselman opened the tournament Friday with a 25-pound, 15-ounce catch that put him 9-7 ahead of second place. He could’ve stayed home today and still won the tournament, but the local angler added 12-1 to finish the blowout win. Second-place finisher Tyson Patrick’s two-day total only equaled what Hanselman caught on day one. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-05-amistad-midday-update-day-3

Amistad Midday Update - Day 3

Lake Amistad was in a stingy mood for the final day of Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division action, as evidenced by a lot of long-faced anglers with lots of vacancy in their livewells. A slightly warmer day began with flat, calm conditions, but a light breeze was gaining some consistency by early afternoon. It’s possible that the growing ripples may break up the surface enough to stimulate a few fish into chasing reaction baits. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-04-amistad-midday-update-day-2

Amistad Midday Update – Day 2

Prespawn staging is probably just around the corner, but for now the big and small fish in Amistad are still in their winter patterns — holding on main lake points and structure, lounging in the low grass lining the mouths of creeks and pockets and filling their bellies. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-04-high-water-will-factor-at-rayburn

High Water will Factor at Rayburn

Typical winter fishing on Sam Rayburn would call for a lot of lipless crankbaits, Carolina rigs and a focus on offshore structure and submerged grass. However, for the FLW Tour opener January 10-13 a lot of that may be out the window – or at least a lot different than many of the Rayburn sticks in the field are used to. Sam Rayburn has risen steadily since December 10th, and as of January 3, the lake is at 171.43 feet, which is 7 feet over full pool of 164.4 feet. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-04-perfect-weather-now-on-tap-in-texas

Perfect Weather Now on Tap in Texas

Amistad is one of south Texas’ most famous reservoirs – the other being Falcon. Though it’s not the juggernaut that it was in the not too distant past, Amistad is still an incredible tournament fishery, with room to spread out and plenty of grass and rocky structure to target for big giant wintertime bass. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-04-top-5-patterns-from-lake-amistad-day-2

Top 5 Patterns From Lake Amistad – Day 2

Wintertime bass fishing tactics are in play at Lake Amistad for the Costa FLW Series opener. The tactics used today offer a good how-to lesson in dealing with early season conditions. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-04-hanselman-way-in-front-at-amistad

Hanselman Way in Front at Amistad

Ray "Hanselmania" Hanselman caught a massive 25-pound, 15-ounce limit of largemouth bass at Lake Amistad in south Texas to take the lead at the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division opener. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-04-sunset-at-amistad

Sunset at Amistad

With the canceled day one of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event on Lake Amistad almost over, FLW Editor-in-Chief Curtis Niedermier spent the waning hours down by the lake with his camera. Everyone will be back at it on Friday and Saturday, but the canceled day kept folks safe and gave us the side benefit of a few moments of peace in south Texas.  READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-03-by-the-numbers-sam-rayburn

By the Numbers: Sam Rayburn

The 2019 FLW Tour takes to the waters of Sam Rayburn Reservoir Jan. 10-13 for the opening event of the new season. Rayburn can produce some absolute giants in January, and if the weather cooperates, there’s potential for an abundance of massive bags. READ MORE »

/news/2019-01-03-day-1-canceled-at-amistad

Day 1 Canceled at Amistad

Unsafe weather conditions forced Costa FLW Series tournament officials to cancel day one of the Lake Amistad tournament in Del Rio, Texas READ MORE »

/news/2018-12-28-big-bass-expected-at-opener-on-amistad

Big Bass Expected at Opener on Amistad

Lake Amistad might not kick out quite as many massive stringers of largemouth bass as it used to, but the legendary south Texas border reservoir is still a factory for big fish. According to local guide and always tournament favorite Ray “Hanselmania” Hanselman, there are some real giants to be caught at Amistad, but they’ll be at a premium when the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division rolls into Del Rio to kick off the 2019 season on Jan. 3 READ MORE »