UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - California Delta

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Morris Still Rocking Table Rock

Morris Still Rocking Table Rock
Jake Morris

Jake Morris might not say much, but right now, he doesn’t have to say much. His fishing is doing plenty of talking for him.

By bringing in 15 pounds, 3 ounces today, the McKee, Ky., pro has now led all five days of competition in the Costa FLW Series Central Division this season (he won wire-to-wire at the first event on Kentucky Lake). His 32-7 two-day total gives him a slim 8-ounce lead over FLW Tour pro Todd Castledine in this event, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson.

“I’m just numb right now,” Morris says of his hot streak. “I don’t even know what to say about it, and I don’t say a whole lot anyway.”

At this point, there’s not much left to say.

Morris basically replicated his game plan from yesterday, making an hour-plus run almost as far up the James River as you can go before it truly turns into river and can barely be considered part of Table Rock Lake.

Up there he’s found three shallow pockets full of flooded brush and loaded with largemouths willing to crush a Reaction Innovations Swamp Donkey hollow-bodied frog.

“They look like sharks when they eat it,” Morris says of how aggressive his fish have been.

That said, like most pros today, it was a little slower for him … it took him an extra half hour to fill his limit instead of the hour he did it in yesterday. Once he had five for that kind of quality, Morris knew he’d fish tomorrow and simply packed up and started fishing his way back down the lake.

“I keep trying to find back-up patterns or to replicate what I’m doing up there,” Morris says. “I’m catching a bunch of fish, but nothing that’s been helping me.”

That may not be a good thing, because Morris admits that the forecast for tomorrow has him “bad scared.” The temperature is supposed to dip down to around 50 degrees, with rain showing up around 4 a.m. and not stopping until right around the time the pros will get off the water.

“If it gets cold again, the fish are so shallow it could make them leave,” Morris says. “Of course, I was scared today until my fifth cast when I caught a 3-pounder. Those feelings went away after that.

“We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I may go up there and zero, but I’ve got to go back up there.”

Complete results

 

Top 10 pros

1. Jake Morris – McKee, Ky. – 32-7 (10) 

2. Todd Castledine – Nacogdoches, Texas – 31-15 (10) 

3. Matt Wood – Jessieville, Ark. – 30-10 (10) 

4. Eric Olliverson – Lampe, Mo. – 29-11 (10) 

5. Dakota Ebare – Denham Springs, La. – 29-9 (10) 

6. Greg Bohannan – Bentonville, Ark. – 29-8 (10) 

7. Jason Bonds – Lufkin, Texas – 28-12 (10) 

8. Wesley Rogers – Mammoth Spring, Ark. – 28-0 (10) 

9. Greg Mansfield – Louisburg, Kan. – 28-0 (10) 

10. Kyle Minke – Lindstrom, Minn. – 27-15 (10)

 

Robbie Bartoszek

Consistent Bartoszek leads co-anglers

Hampshire, Tenn., co-angler Robbie Bartoszek jumped five places to take over the co-angler lead today. Though he hasn't weighed in the biggest co-angler limit either day so far, Bartoszek's lead is thanks to his consistency. He's weighed in limits of 12-9 and 13-3. He'll fish with pro leader Jake Morris on Saturday with a 14-ounce lead over Missouri's Dennis Meyer.

 

Top 10 co-anglers

1. Robbie Bartoszek – Hampshire, Tenn. – 25-12 (10) 

2. Dennis Meyer – Ballwin, Mo. – 24-14 (10) 

3. Mark Howard – Mesquite, Texas – 24-6 (10) 

4. Kurt Chelminiak – Delafield, Wis. – 24-6 (10) 

5. Rob Crane – Fairview Heights, Ill. – 23-12 (9) 

6. Michael Catt – Jacksonville, Fla. – 23-8 (10) 

7. Todd Adamitis – Glen Carbon, Ill. – 23-5 (10) 

8. Scott Parsons – Rogers, Ark. – 23-3 (10) 

9. Wes Proctor – Manhattan, Kan. – 22-10 (10) 

10. Todd Lee – Jasper, Ala. – 21-10 (10)  

Complete results 

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Co-Angler Winslow Goes Light to Win

Co-Angler Winslow Goes Light to Win

Fishing with eventual winner Wayne Vaughan on the final day, Winslow utilized a light-weight technique to catch 15 pounds, 2 ounces (and 50-11 total) to win the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale presented by Gajo Baits. READ MORE »

Vaughan Gets Dream Win on St. Lawrence

Vaughan Gets Dream Win on St. Lawrence

Making a key adjustment on the final day, Vaughan turned a small limit into a tournament-winning 20-pound, 11-ounce stringer to take home the victory in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale on the St. Lawrence River, presented by Gajo Baits. READ MORE »

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 3

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 3

Weights were already tight going into the final day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale on the St. Lawrence River, which is presented by Gajo Baits. Little more than a pound separated leader Jonathan Kelley from Casey Smith in fifth place. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River – Day 2

Four of the top seven anglers in the Angler of the Year points race for the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale presented by Gajo Baits made the top-10 cut, and three of them – Scott Dobson, Casey Smith and Wayne Vaughan – are in the top five with real chances at winning both the tournament and AOY. READ MORE »

Kelley Grabs Lead with 43 Pounds

Kelley Grabs Lead with 43 Pounds

Down near Ogdensburg, N.Y. – roughly 45 miles from takeoff – was the area on day one of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale presented by Gajo Baits, as the majority of the top bags came from there. A day later, it was the anglers who ran 75 miles or more down to Clayton, N.Y., and beyond who scored big, while the Ogdensburg bunch either capitalized in small windows or not at all. READ MORE »

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 2

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 2

With slightly warmer weather and similar sun and wind conditions, day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the St. Lawrence River should’ve presented optimal conditions for smallmouth. Instead, nearly every angler our on-the-water crew encountered today said the same thing: It’s tougher. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River – Day 1

Moving and transitioning fish, changing winds, long runs that didn’t always pan out and a 1-ounce lead at the top. Day one of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale on the St. Lawrence River, presented by Gajo Baits, certainly hasn’t lacked storylines. READ MORE »

Hatch Leads by 1 Ounce

Hatch Leads by 1 Ounce

There were no 25-pound mega-bags coming across the stage at weigh-in of the final leg of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division. The event on the St. Lawrence River, presented by Gajo Baits, hasn’t been the slugfest many expected after one day of fishing. There were still plenty of 20-pound bags, though, and the St. Lawrence on a bad day is still a tremendous fishery. READ MORE »

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 1

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 1

The final leg of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the St. Lawrence River opened to perfect conditions for anyone looking to burn some gas. Yes, it was a crisp 40 degrees at takeoff, but it was clear and calm. In fact, the current is ripping so hard it’s keeping the river as flat as most anglers have ever seen. Most pros should’ve been able to run all 95 miles to Lake Ontario (and into the lake if they wanted to) with little trouble. READ MORE »

To Run or Not to Run

To Run or Not to Run

The final leg of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division on the St. Lawrence River, presented by Gajo Baits, is primed to be a smallmouth smashfest, as usual. That said, this year’s event, which is presented by Realtree Fishing, will launch out of Massena, N.Y., instead of the usual Clayton. So, what was once a 15-or-so-mile run to the mouth of the lake from takeoff – and roughly 30-plus miles to Gallo Island or Main Duck – will now be about a 95-mile run just to get to the lake. READ MORE »

Seal Sticks to River

Seal Sticks to River

Zackery Seal of Findley Lake, New York, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 44 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division super-tournament at the 1000 Islands Sunday. Seal earned $6,066 for his efforts. The Northeast Division is presented by Gajo Baits. READ MORE »

Elrod Nets a Hat Trick

Elrod Nets a Hat Trick

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 29 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division super-tournament on the James River Sunday. Elrod earned $3,542 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Fitzpatrick Notches No. 7

Fitzpatrick Notches No. 7

Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Missouri, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 36 pounds, 3 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Ozark Division presented by Bassing Bob super-tournament on Lake of the Ozarks Sunday. For his victory, Fitzpatrick earned $6,891 for his efforts. READ MORE »

No. 6 for Schroeder

No. 6 for Schroeder

Billy Schroeder of Paducah, Kentucky, brought a two-day total of seven bass to the scale Sunday weighing 22 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division super-tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. Schroeder earned $6,122 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Murray Wins on Watts Bar

Murray Wins on Watts Bar

John Murray of Spring City, Tennessee, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 28 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division super-tournament on Watts Bar Lake Sunday. Murray earned $7,334 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Rampey Takes Another on Hartwell

Rampey Takes Another on Hartwell

Jayme Rampey of Liberty, South Carolina, added another BFL victory to his impressive resume Sunday, bringing a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 31 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division super-tournament on Lake Hartwell. Rampey earned $5,665 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Leary Frogs and Flips on G-Ville

Leary Frogs and Flips on G-Ville

Jim Leary of Guntersville, Alabama, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 37 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division super-tournament on Lake Guntersville presented by Cortland Line Sunday. Leary earned $5,869 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Humbard Claims Another Cherokee W

Humbard Claims Another Cherokee W

Bill Humbard of New Market, Tennessee, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mountain Division tournament on Cherokee Lake Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts on the water, Humbard took home $6,337. READ MORE »

Youngstown Wins on Erie

Youngstown Wins on Erie

The Youngstown State University duo of Jeffrey Jardine of Niles, Ohio, and Mike Soots of McDonald, Ohio, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Erie with a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds even. The victory earned the Penguins’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championshi READ MORE »

Williams Winds and Flips on Dardanelle

Williams Winds and Flips on Dardanelle

Charles Williams of Clarksville, Arkansas, won this weekend’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Lake Dardanelle presented by Navionics after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 35 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts, Williams took home $4,868. READ MORE »