UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Lake Wylie

Niles Rallies for Co-angler Title

Niles Rallies for Co-angler Title

Breaking the 20-pound mark in a bass tournament is a solid accomplishment. To do it on the final day of a tournament as a co-angler is even more impressive.

Thliveros' winning story

Complete results

Co-angler Andy Niles of Ocean Springs, Miss., shocked the final-day field and crowd when he weighed the biggest bag of the event from either the pro or co-angler side – 21 pounds, 15 ounces – and handily won his first Costa FLW Series title with a total weight of 40-8.

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.

“I threw a homemade spinnerbait all week, and I didn’t change that today,” says Niles. “It’s a 1/2-ounce with a 4-inch grub as a trailer. I just have confidence in it. I caught that first big one and thought ‘man, this is awesome.’ Then I caught another big one right after it and knew I had a chance to win. If I did the math right on those two fish alone I had 13-13. Before I caught those, I had one keeper.

“Once I got my limit today I cut my spinnerbait off and gave it to Brett,” says the 42-year-old. “I knew then that I had a really good shot, and I wanted to help Brett fill his limit. It’s the right thing to do.”

Niles, who works as an electrical engineer for Ingalls Shipbuilding, couldn’t be happier to take home more than $6,000 in cash along with a Ranger Z175 with a 90-hp engine, but he’s more thankful for the people that support him.

“Thirteen or 14 years ago I won a buddy tournament on Clarks Hill and never thanked my dad,” Niles says. “He’s done so much for me, and I regret not telling him thank you on that day. So now, my dad is at home with my wife and kids, and I want to thank him for everything.

“And I have to thank my wife since she stays at home with our two kids while I get to come do this. She deserves a lot of credit.”

 

Top 10 co-anglers:

1. Andy Niles – Ocean Springs, Miss. – 40-8 – $6,750 plus a Ranger Z175 with a 90 hp engine

2. Todd Scherr – Coral Springs, Fla. – 32-11 – $6,725

3. Rodney Tapp – North Augusta, S.C. – 32-7 – $5,350

4. Kyle Gelles – Pingree, Idaho – 32-6 – $4,350

5. Darin Mitchell – Rutledge, Ga. – 30-12 – $3,650

6. Don Lewis – Jacksonville, Fla. – 27-14 – $3,150

7. James Hatch – Gainesville, Fla. – 27-1 – $2,650

8. Josh Driver – Hiram, Ga. – 24-8 – $2,075

9. Calvin Clatterbuck – Conway, S.C. – $1,630

10. Bryan Ray – Lake Leelanua, Mich. – 19-9 – $1,390

 

 

 

Tags: kyle-wood  co-angler-headline  2019-01-31-lake-okeechobee 

Practice Report: Lake Martin

Practice Report: Lake Martin

March in Alabama can be boom or bust in terms of weather, but luckily this week’s forecast calls for mostly gorgeous springtime weather for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin. READ MORE »

Co-angler Farage Gets Win No. 5

Co-angler Farage Gets Win No. 5

If you weren’t already aware, you need to be paying attention to the name Jack Farage. This week, the Discovery Bay, Calif., co-angler won his fifth Toyota Series Western Division tournament since 2013 by catching 43 pounds, 3 ounces at Lake Havasu. For his latest win, Farage earned a Phoenix 518 Pro with a 115-hp Suzuki outboard. READ MORE »

Niles Goes Back-To-Back

Niles Goes Back-To-Back

Hailing from Ocean Springs, Miss., Andy Niles has now won on Okeechobee two years in a row. In 2019, he picked up the win in the Southeastern Division event on Okeechobee, and this year he got the win in the second Toyota Series Southern Division event of the year. Weighing a total of 44 pounds, 7 ounces, Niles takes home a new Phoenix bass boat for his efforts. Friday was Niles’ son Cooper’s 8th birthday, and though he’s probably not going to get the boat for a present, he’ll at least get a very happy dad. READ MORE »

Bank Battle Set for Lake of the Ozarks

Bank Battle Set for Lake of the Ozarks

When it comes to prespawn in the Ozarks, there may not be a better place to catch a giant bag of bass in the spring than on Lake of the Ozarks. And though the weather has been a little up and down over the last several weeks, things are setting up for a solid start to the Toyota Series Plains Division season March 26-28. READ MORE »

Williams Grabs Hartwell Co-angler Victory

Williams Grabs Hartwell Co-angler Victory

Versatility and preparation are two of the key factors that make a good co-angler. Having those traits paid off for Khris Williams of Mount Holly, N.C., whose three-day weight totaled 32-7 and amounted to a win in the Toyota Series Eastern Division season opener at Lake Hartwell. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from the Harris Chain

Top 10 Patterns from the Harris Chain

In past FLW events on the chain, the grass was best in Griffin and Harris, but this time Dora, Beauclair, Eustis and Harris provided most of the top bags. Targeting hydrilla, eelgrass and hard spots, prespawn and postspawn fish were the focus for the vast majority of the top schools. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from the Harris Chain

Top 10 Baits from the Harris Chain

Between cold fronts and pressure, the Harris Chain has been a tough nut to crack, yet the top teams in the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance got it done with a combination of plastic and hard baits. Certainly, the teams learned a thing or two from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event held the week prior on the chain, but you still can never go wrong with a Texas-rigged worm, vibrating jig or lipless crankbait in Florida. READ MORE »

10-Pounder Lifts Myers to Co-angler Title

10-Pounder Lifts Myers to Co-angler Title

Derrick Myers, co-angler in the 2020 Toyota Series Central Division tournament on Lake Chickamauga, says he has had a “dream week.” By bringing in a final-day bag of 9-13 for 32-12 total, Myers beat out Kevin Jones, who went into the final day in first place and was actually Myers’ roommate during the tournament week, earning the co-angler championship at Lake Chickamauga. READ MORE »

SFA Wins National Championship

SFA Wins National Championship

After an exciting final weigh-in, the Stephen F. Austin team of Hank Harrison and Ethan LeGare were crowned champions of the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain. Due to an inadvertent violation of Rule 12, the leading McKendree University team of Nathan Doty and Jacob Louis had their final-day weight disqualified. Weighing the biggest bag of the day at 20 pounds, 8 ounces, Harrison and LeGare totaled 56-5 to win. READ MORE »

McKendree Cruises Ahead on Harris

McKendree Cruises Ahead on Harris

After two days on the Harris Chain for the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance, McKendree University’s Nathan Doty and Jacob Louis backed up their 22-pound, 10-ounce performance from day one with another 20-2 today to take the lead. READ MORE »

Sam Houston Leads with 24-11

Sam Houston Leads with 24-11

Day one of the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain certainly didn’t disappoint. The consensus from many of the teams during practice was that the chain was fishing tough, yet would kick up some solid bags on Tuesday. With 10 bags over 18 pounds and six over 20, it’s safe to say the Harris Chain is living up to it’s potential. READ MORE »

College Championship Kicks Off on Harris

College Championship Kicks Off on Harris

Championship week for any sport is as exciting as it gets and it’s no different for the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance this week on the Harris Chain. Competing for a $30,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard, 162 college bass fishing clubs will have free range of the chain to vie for the title. READ MORE »

Prespawn Showdown Set for Hartwell

Prespawn Showdown Set for Hartwell

Spring can be one of the best times to launch a boat in the clear waters of Lake Hartwell. That’s why the Georgia-South Carolina border reservoir might be the perfect venue to start the Eastern Division of the Toyota Series on March 3.  READ MORE »

Bartlett Gets Revenge on the St. Johns

Bartlett Gets Revenge on the St. Johns

Edwin Bartlett fished the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the St. Johns River in January, an event at which he fished as a boater and blanked after pre-practicing for five days. Today, he got his revenge. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Toledo Bend

Top 10 Patterns from Toledo Bend

The general consensus before the first Toyota Series Southwestern Division stop on Toledo Bend was that local knowledge could go a long way being the Sabine River impoundment was a little fickle. That was spot on. Aside from winner Cody Huff, the rest of the top 10 was an all-star cast of locals.   READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Toledo Bend

Top 10 Baits from Toledo Bend

Fishing offshore was the way to go for the majority of the top pros and because of that a Carolina rig, football jig and deep-diving crankbait were the main players for most of the field. Getting the win, Cody Huff relied on a jigging spoon and his graphs to hunt down suspended fish, proving that heavy metal never goes out of style for bass. READ MORE »

Huff Wins it on Toledo

Huff Wins it on Toledo

Cody Huff has had a heck of a run these last few weeks on Toledo Bend. It started when he and Dakota Pierce of Bethel University won the Bassmaster College Series event last week. This week, Huff went solo and loaded up a 61-pound, 11-ounce total for a $35,395  payday in the opening event of the Toyota Series Southwestern Division. READ MORE »

Toledo Bend Midday Update – Day 3

Toledo Bend Midday Update – Day 3

The final day of the Toyota Series Southwestern Division event on Toledo Bend is an absolutely glorious one, in terms of weather. A light breeze and sunny skies greeted anglers for the first time all week, and while it may be pleasant to be outside in, it hasn’t done much to help the fishing. READ MORE »

Kessler Takes Co-angler Title

Kessler Takes Co-angler Title

Any co-angler worth their salt knows that having faith in finesse presentations is a must, no matter the lake. Robert Kessler went all-in on that this week and it paid off with a win in the Toyota Series Southwestern Division season opener. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Toledo Bend – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Toledo Bend – Day 2

Cody Huff has been red hot on Toledo Bend for the last week and with one more day to go it’s his tournament to lose. That being said, there is a laundry list of local pros looking to take full advantage of any slip he may have in the final round of the Toyota Series Southwestern Division season opener. READ MORE »