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Top 5 Patterns from Kentucky Lake – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Kentucky Lake – Day 1
Hunter Mills

An early flurry on a prespawn staging area delivered a five-bass limit of 24 pounds, 10 ounces for McKee, Ky., pro Jake Morris, who leads day one of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake by a margin of 4 pounds, 9 ounces.

Targeting a mix of rock and wood in 5 to 6 feet of water, Morris caught his fish on a reaction bait and a jig. 

Click here to read about Morris’ leading pattern. 

Here are the details of the rest of the top five.

Complete results

 

Jimmy Washam

2. Jimmy Washam – Covington, Tenn. – 20-1 (5)

Facing a scenario of displaced fish, second-place pro Jimmy Washam (shown in the lead image above) put himself in position to intercept advancing prespawners. The strategy worked, and the Tennessee pro turned in a limit of 20-1.

“There are a lot of big fish in the lake, but right now they’re so scattered that it’s just hard to pinpoint them or put yourself in an area where you can be around five good fish,” Washam says. “We have low water, so the fish don’t know where to go. Right now they want to be on flats. They want to be in places where they’re at when it [the water temperature] is 60 degrees, but there’s not a lot of that to be had with the low water.

“Practice was tough, but we had sunshine yesterday, a warm night last night and clouds today. So I went to an area where I anticipated that those females would get off their suspended mode and actually move up on some stuff where you could fish for them.”

Washam describes his area as a funnel for fish moving into the backwaters. He fished mostly hard cover and caught four of his limit fish on reaction baits. No. 5 required him to slow down and flip.

 

Ramie Colson Jr.

3. Ramie Colson Jr. – Cadiz, Ky. – 19-0 (5)

Adjusting his focus was essential for third-place pro Ramie Colson Jr., who caught a limit of bass that went for 19 pounds. As he explains, a subtle warming trend prior to the tournament spurred the fish to move toward their spawning grounds, but today’s meteorological makeup slowed the progress.

“They’re trying to go shallow, but this cloud cover kept them out a little deeper than when I started,” the Kentucky pro says. “I started this morning catching little ones, and I had to move out a little deeper to get a bigger bite. 

“I caught five keepers today. I had three or four shorts, but I only had five keepers. It’s tough, and I’m blessed to catch five.”

Fishing in 8 to 10 feet, Colson targeted a mix of prespawn habitat, including brush piles, chunk rock and bluff walls. He caught his fish on a jig, spinnerbait and lipless crankbait.

“I fished south Lake Barkley. I ran a tank of gas out and then some,” Colson says. “I figured over there I could get away from the crowds, but it was still tough.”

 

Cole Floyd

4. Cole Floyd – Leesburg, Ohio – 17-11 (5)

A constant threat in Kentucky Lake events, the former Bethel University standout tried his usual faves, but Cole Floyd still found himself needing to scramble to locate productive options. This he did en route to catching the fourth-place bag of 17-11.

“It’s tough. The fish are scattered, there’s no current, the water’s really clear,” Floyd says. “I stopped on a couple of offshore places, and I had one bite and missed it. So I just put my head down in a couple of areas, fished slow and picked them apart.”

The grind put a quartet of keepers in his boat, but an afternoon flurry made his day as Floyd finished and made a couple of key upgrades.

“In the last five to 10 minutes I had to fish, I caught three back-to-back,” he says. “They were eating gizzard shad. On one of my better places, I could visibly see the gizzard shad.”

 

Shawn Penn

5. Shawn Penn – Benton, Ky. – 16-13 (4)

The day’s weather did Shawn Penn a solid, as the Kentucky pro took advantage of cloudy skies to fish a spinnerbait and sack up a bag of bass that weighed 16-13 and earned him a fifth-place spot to start the tournament. The flashy reaction bait is a good choice for a search bait, and that’s just what Penn needed.

“I was just covering as much water as I could to get a bite,” he says. “The cloud cover helped because it cut down the visibility in the clear water. If it was sunny, I never would have caught one on a spinnerbait today.”

Penn also points out that rising water temperatures – up about 3 degrees from his practice reading – spurred a few fish farther along their spawning migration.

“The majority of my fish were prespawn staging, but one came from spawning grounds,” Penn says. “I just think the water temperature where I was fishing rose, and they’re coming up.”

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Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 3

Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 3

Kris Wilson did everything he could this morning to put away this tournament before anyone had a chance to make a run at him. The Montgomery, Texas, pro returned to the spot where he started the first two days and boxed up a pair of 5-pounders. The leader has camped on his spot basically all morning, and now we estimate he's culled up to about 18 pounds. Wilson came into today with a lead of more than 4 1/2 pounds over second-place pro Josh Bensema, and a much greater margin over everyone else, so that limit is huge and likely has him on course for a wire-to-wire victory in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. READ MORE »

Wilson Wins Big on Rayburn

Wilson Wins Big on Rayburn

Kris Wilson pounded out another big limit – 24 pounds, 1 ounce – to win the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury at Sam Rayburn Reservoir by a margin of 13 pounds, 15 ounces. His three-day total was 72-8.  READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 2

Sam Rayburn Midday Update – Day 2

In terms of fish caught, tournament leader Kris Wilson had a tougher morning today than on day one. But a behemoth bass that will probably push the 8-pound mark has him in prime position to maintain his lead in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

On the flip side, Josh Bensema, who’s 4 pounds, 10 ounces behind Wilson, thinks he might have found the kind of Sam Rayburn motherlode that could earn him a come-from-behind victory. And while most of the rest of the top 10 are well behind Wilson, several of them hinted at being on the trail of some truly mammoth bags. READ MORE »

Wilson Still in Control at Rayburn

Wilson Still in Control at Rayburn

A 9-plus-pound bass anchored Kris Wilson’s day-two limit to help him stay in the lead at the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Wilson weighed in 21 pounds, 12 ounces today to go with 26-11 yesterday. His 48-7 two-day total has Wilson 4 pounds, 10 ounces ahead of Josh Bensema and miles ahead of the rest of the top 10.   READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Montgomery, Texas, pro Kris Wilson caught a big-time stringer of more than 26 pounds to take the day-one lead at the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury at Sam Rayburn. Wilson says he fished some of the flooded cover that’s lining Rayburn’s shorelines, but the bulk of his catch came from a series of offshore areas where bass are starting to pile up. The rest of the top five fished a mix of patterns, but their results indicate that the offshore pattern could wind up being the most consistent as the tournament goes on.  READ MORE »

Wilson Waylays 26 at Rayburn

Wilson Waylays 26 at Rayburn

The second stop of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event on Sam Rayburn, which is presented by Mercury, has certainly lived up to expectations. Plenty of fish are out there to be caught, yet finding quality is the key to separating yourself from the pack. Kris Wilson of Montgomery, Texas certainly distanced himself after hauling in 26 pounds, 11 ounces to the Umphrey Family Pavilion stage. It may not be the Texas-sized bag Rayburn is known for, however, given the conditions it is absolutely impressive. Wilson will hold a 6-7 lead over Josh Bensema heading into Friday. READ MORE »

Campbell Goes Back to Back

Campbell Goes Back to Back

Brody Campbell of Oxford, Ohio, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on the Ohio River at Tanner’s Creek Saturday with five bass weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces. Campbell netted $6,718 for his victory. READ MORE »

Shaw Drags Worm on Shelbyville

Shaw Drags Worm on Shelbyville

Wayne Shaw of Urbana, Illinois, weighed five bass Saturday totaling 13 pounds, 7 ounces, to win T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Lake Shelbyville. Shaw pocketed $4,071 for his day on the water. READ MORE »

Fox Claims No. 8

Fox Claims No. 8

Dwight Fox of Gainesboro, Tennessee, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Old Hickory Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce. For his efforts, Fox netted $2,941. READ MORE »

Ganey Cracks 20-11 on Big Sam

Ganey Cracks 20-11 on Big Sam

Rylon Ganey of Pineville, Louisiana, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir with five bass weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces. For his win, Ganey took home $6,362. READ MORE »

Walser Nets 13th Title

Walser Nets 13th Title

Robert Walser of Lexington, North Carolina, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division tournament on High Rock Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 13 ounces. With his win – his 13th on the BFL circuit – Walser tied the BFL all-time wins record held by Dick Shaffer of Rockford, Ohio. READ MORE »

College Championship Midday Update – Day 3

College Championship Midday Update – Day 3

As expected, the fishing has been great for the final day of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Potomac River. Sunny skies and moderate winds have set everyone up for success, and so far the top 10 teams are making the most of it. READ MORE »

Racers Lock Up National Championship

Racers Lock Up National Championship

The final day of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Potomac River was quite the show, especially if you watched FLW Live. After catching the biggest limit of the event worth 18 pounds, 14 ounces on day two to take the lead, the Murray State duo of Adam Puckett and Blake Albertson gave it all they had on the final day to squeak out their smallest, yet most important limit of the week. Today, Murray State caught 15-8, which was enough to edge out the Bethel University team of Tristan McCormick and Dakota Pierce by just 3 ounces to bring home the title. Along with winning a Ranger Z175 with a 115-horsepower motor for the club, Puckett and Albertson also get entry into the 2019 FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark., this August 9-11. READ MORE »

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Day one of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Potomac River had a wide variety of patterns in play among the leaders. Today, with overcast skies and gusty winds, the folks fishing grass started to pull ahead. In the lead, Adam Puckett and Blake Albertson of Murray State have managed more than 16 pounds each day, but the rest of the top-10 crew is hot on their heels. Additionally, the fishing seems to be getting better by the day, so a big bag from a team down the standings a little bit wouldn’t exactly be a shock on the final day.  READ MORE »

Murray State Races Ahead

Murray State Races Ahead

Thanks to a day-two limit worth 18 pounds, 14 ounces, Adam Puckett and Blake Albertson of Murray State University have the lead going into the final round of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance at the Potomac River. The Racers weighed 16-13 on day one to place seventh, but moved up the leaderboard today with the tournament’s biggest limit so far. READ MORE »

College Championship Midday Update – Day 2

College Championship Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Potomac River has been quite different from day one. With strong souths winds kicking up the main channel and keeping the tide back, teams have had to adjust. READ MORE »

National Championship Gets Going

National Championship Gets Going

Bright and early this morning, 148 teams of the best college bass anglers in the country rolled out for day one of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Potomac River. The 10th annual National Championship is the culmination of the 2018 season, and the winning duo qualifies for the 2019 FLW Cup and earns a new Ranger boat for its club.  READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - College Championship

FLW Live Leaderboard - College Championship

Anglers and FLW staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship on the Potomac River. READ MORE »

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Though the fishing seems markedly better than it was just a few days ago, the techniques getting it done are just as mixed as before. Unlike some years on the Potomac, slightly underdeveloped grass beds have the river fishing in a pretty diverse way. If all you want to do is fish grass, that isn’t ideal, but it has made for a lot of opportunity elsewhere. READ MORE »