UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Santee Cooper

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Co-angler Bickers Wins by Ounces

Co-angler Bickers Wins by Ounces
Troy Bickers

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.

Notably, the Carrollton, Ky., co-angler finished with a mere 7-ounce margin over second-place finisher Chad Allison, who led day two, but blanked in the final round. 

Bickers caught what turned out to be the winning fish on day two. 

“The mindset was just slow down and fish; cover the water behind my angler,” he says. “I did that, and luckily I got one really big bite. I had an 8-3, and that makes your bag come alive really quick.

“I knew if I could catch about 14 pounds, I could get back into the top 10. So, it worked out great.”

Bickers’ huge day-two bass was the biggest co-angler fish and second largest of the tournament, behind pro Steven Hatala’s 8-11 on day one. His first catch of the morning, that day-two kicker anchored a three-fish bag of 14-4 that earned Bickers a final-round berth by moving him from the bottom of the standings to seventh place.

On day three, Bickers added two more keepers for 6-10. He caught all of his fish on a 1/4-ounce shaky head with a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaverin the big Texan color.

“I was just trying to go slow and fish really finesse,” Bickers says. “My pros were picking apart the water, so I knew I had to go slow and light and do something a little different.”

 

Top 10 co-anglers

1. Troy Bickers – Carrollton, Ky. – 20-14 (5) – $27,196

2. Chad G. Allison – Carl Junction, Mo. – 20-7 (7) – $5,069

3. Kit Lueg – Olathe, Kan. – 19-10 (6) – $4,125

4. Christopher Stites Sr. – Lebanon, Tenn. – 19-5 (6) – $3,478

5. Bill Fussell – Thibodaux, La. – 17-8 (4) – $2,981

6. Craig Hulsey – Park Hills, Mo. – 17-3 (5) – $2,484

7. Kennith George – Edmond, Okla. – 14-15 (5) – $2,038

8. Kevin Mahlke – Wentzville, Mo. – 14-14 (4) – $1,739

9. Steve Madar – Starkville, Miss. – 14-11 (4) – $1,491

10. Howard Poitevint – Bainbridge, Ga. – 14-2 (3) – $1,492 

Complete results

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Top 10 Patterns from Cherokee Lake

Top 10 Patterns from Cherokee Lake

Targeting spawning smallmouth bass was by far the dominant pattern when the FLW Tour visited Cherokee Lake in east Tennessee in April. With a few exceptions, the top 10 pros targeted various combinations of rock and gravel banks where the fish were bedding. Finesse baits such as shaky heads, Ned rigs and small swimbaits saw the most work. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Cherokee Lake

Top 10 Baits from Cherokee Lake

The smallmouth bass spawn was on at Cherokee Lake in east Tennessee when the FLW Tour came to town in April. Most of the top pros caught their fish on Ned rigs and shaky heads, as well as swimbaits and jigs. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Kentucky Lake

Top 10 Patterns from Kentucky Lake

Power-fishing tactics with spinnerbaits, jigs, Texas rigs and ChatterBaits on prespawn cover and structure dominated the top 10 at Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in April. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Kentucky Lake

Top 10 Baits from Kentucky Lake

April is transition time in the Tennessee Valley, when bass make their push from prespawn staging areas toward spawning grounds. They set up on rocky banks, shallow points and any kind of wood cover near shore in areas adjacent to spawning pockets. As we saw at the Costa FLW Series Central Division opener presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, some of the best baits for catching bass this time of year are old-school springtime classics: spinnerbaits, jigs, shallow-running crankbaits and Texas rigs. Add in vibrating jigs and wobble-head jigs, and you have about all you need. 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 »

Morris Closes it Out on Barkley

Morris Closes it Out on Barkley

With just two fish in the bag, Jake Morris was noticeably nervous at the final weigh-in of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake. Fortunately for him, he didn’t need either one of them, as Morris caught enough the first two days to top the next closest finisher. Catching 5-12 today punctuated the wire-to-wire victory for Morris, who brought in 44-2 in three days. He caught almost every fish on a spinnerbait from one key stretch on Lake Barkley. READ MORE »

McKee's Morris Goes Wire-To-Wire, Wins Costa FLW Series on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Lowrance

McKee's Morris Goes Wire-To-Wire, Wins Costa FLW Series on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Lowrance

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. – Pro Jake Morris of McKee, Kentucky, brought just two bass weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces, to the scale Saturday, but as it turned out he could have took the day off. Morris’ big 24-pound, 10-ounce Day One limit on Thursday was enough to propel him into the early lead and go wire-to wire to win the Costa FLW Series at Kentucky Lake presented by Lowrance.... 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 »

Morris Still the Man on Top

Morris Still the Man on Top

Jake Morris of McKee, Ky., didn’t have the outing he wanted today. The tournament leader at the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake weighed in just three fish for 13 pounds, 12 ounces. Thankfully, his impressive 24-plus-pound day-one performance helped him hold off local ace Cole Floyd, who moved up a few spots to second. Morris leads Floyd by 7-6 going into the final round.  READ MORE »

Kentucky Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Kentucky Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake has seen more cloudy skies and a slight rise in temperature. However, the lack of wind presents enough of a difference to fiddle with the power-fishing patterns that produced on day one. After weighing 24 pounds, 10 ounces on day one, pro leader Jake Morris carried a lead of 4-9 into today’s competition. He might end up cherishing that big opening round, as the second morning was not as generous. Mostly throwing a spinnerbait, he boated a 5-pounder early, but a lost fish hurt him, and a lack of bites suggests his go-to area might be drying up. READ MORE »

Kentucky Lake Midday Update - Day 1

Kentucky Lake Midday Update - Day 1

It looks like the prediction of slim pickings with occasional pots of gold is holding true for day one of the Costa FLW Series Central Division opener on Kentucky Lake. We covered a lot of water and snooped around the usual haunts, as well as some tucked-away spots; but bent rods were rare. READ MORE »

Everything’s in Play on Kentucky Lake

Everything’s in Play on Kentucky Lake

A squad of 147 boaters and their co-anglers partners enjoyed a pleasant spring morning in western Kentucky for the start of the Costa FLW Series Central Division tournament presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Kentucky Lake – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Kentucky Lake – Day 1

Most of the top pros found their best action using moving baits such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs to fish shallow water where prespawn bass are starting to slide up and stage for the spawn. READ MORE »

Morris Bags 24-10 on Kentucky

Morris Bags 24-10 on Kentucky

Jake Morris of McKee, Ky., caught 24 pounds, 10 ounces of bass on Kentucky Lake to take the day-one lead at the Costa FLW Series Central Division season opener. He has a 4-9 lead over Jimmy Washam. READ MORE »

Prespawn Throwdown on Tap at KY Lake

Prespawn Throwdown on Tap at KY Lake

The Costa FLW Series Central Division hosts its season opener at Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley April 4-6. Instead of a postspawn ledge showdown, like is typical of major multi-day bass-fishing tournaments in the region, this derby should be a prespawn or spawn slugfest, with crankbaits, spinnerbaits, ChatterBaits, umbrella rigs, swimbait and jigs all playing a major role in the outcome. 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 »

Kentucky/Barkley Lakes Set to Host Costa FLW Series presented by Lowrance

Kentucky/Barkley Lakes Set to Host Costa FLW Series presented by Lowrance

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. – The 2019 Costa Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Series Central division is set to open next week at Kentucky and Barkley lakes, April 4-6, with the Costa FLW Series at Kentucky Lake presented by Lowrance. Hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, the three-day tournament will feature more than 260 of the best regional bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for... READ MORE »

Benton’s Vannerson Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes

Benton’s Vannerson Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes

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