UPCOMING EVENT: YETI FLW COLLEGE FISHING - 2019 - Lake Erie

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Thrift All the Way on Champlain

Thrift All the Way on Champlain

Taking the win in wire-to-wire fashion, FLW Tour pro Bryan Thrift tallied 18 pounds, 4 ounces on the final day for an even 57-pound total in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Champlain. For the win, Thrift earned $44,200 and a new Ranger boat, and it’s his 11th win with FLW. The Northern Division is presented by Gajo Baits and the tournament was presented by Polaris. 

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Top 10 baits

Top 10 patterns 

Winning co-angler pattern 

Historically, Thrift has been stellar throughout the south in his home state of North Carolina, Arkansas, along the Tennessee River and everywhere else. He hasn’t, however, really kept up his typical pace in the north country. After the last few weeks on Champlain, it’s safe to put that trend to bed.

“I’m not going to say it’s been my nemesis, but I’ve never really got in a groove on this lake until 2016 when we came for the Tour and I tied for 10th and ended up 11th,” says Thrift. “It was like the lightbulb went off then and I realized what I was doing wrong. Not that I learned what to look for, but I learned how to practice. I think that was the biggest thing.”

Thrift finished third in the FLW Tour season finale on Champlain just a few weeks ago to finish out a somewhat trying season for him. This was his third Costa FLW Series win, so he’s no stranger to them, but he says they’re all good ones.

“Man, it feels great to win,” says the Shelby, N.C., pro. “I feel like I’ve let a couple chances to win kind of slip through my fingers this year, and a couple of them were my fault. If I would have got beat in this one I would have got flat beat, and I can handle that. When I beat myself, I don’t like it.”

Thrift walloped 22 pounds of largemouths on day one, which undeniably set up the win, but the single fish that did it for him was actually a smallmouth he plucked from a rockpile in 15 feet near Plattsburgh.

“I had one spot about two miles from takeoff and I pulled in there at about 1:10, and we had to be in at 1:30,” says Thrift. “I caught a 3-10 there that culled a 2-12. That last-minute fish won the tournament for me. I was kind of mad when I caught it, because when I got there I caught a couple little ones and there were like ten 3- or 4-pounders following them to the boat. So, I’m scrambling, I’m throwing everything I’ve got tied on because I knew if I could catch two of the bigger ones I’d win it. I ended up catching one of them, and it was a madhouse. I had maybe two rods left on the deck with a bait tied on it.”

Thrift fished a lot like he did in the Tour event at the end of June. Mostly targeting shallow offshore grass on flats in Missisquoi Bay and the Inland Sea, he leaned hard on a Damiki Stinger (he says he went through at least 115 of them) in the 4- and 5.5-inch sizes on a Neko rig and a 1/4-ounce Texas rig. Day one was all largemouths, but he weighed in two smallies on day two and three on day three. In addition to the Stinger, he also mixed in a topwater and a small swimbait. 

“The biggest thing was making myself slow down and fish and weed through little fish, the first day especially,” says Thrift. “I’d catch like eight or 10 fish, not even keepers, and then I’d catch a 4-pounder. Once I saw that, it gave me the confidence to weed through and get those bigger bites.

“There were definitely little sweet spots,” Thrift says of his areas. “I don’t know what was different about them than the rest of the area; maybe the grass was a little thicker or thinner or there were more perch. But, if you went through fishing and caught one, there’d be more around. It was kind of weird. The main area I was in, it would be all smallmouth in the morning. Then, after 7:30 or 8 o’clock it would transition over to all largemouth.”

 

Top 10 Pros

1. Bryan Thrift – Shelby, N.C. – 57-0 (15) – $44,200 + Ranger Z518 with 200-horsepower outboard

2. Edward Levin – Westerville, Ohio – 56-9 (15) – $17,300

3. Scott Dobson – Clarkston, Mich. – 53-7 (15) – $12,850

4. Brandt Tumberg – Moore, S.C. – 52-7 (15) – $10,750

5. Kurt Mitchell – Milford, Del. – 52-5 (15) – $9,750

6. Jason Bacon – Nutting Lake, Mass. – 52-4 (15) – $8,375

7. Wayne Vaughan – Chester, Va. – 51-2 (15) – $7,300

8. Joseph (Joe) Wood – Westport, Mass. – 49-4 (15) – $6,600

9. Casey Smith – Macedon, N.Y. – 49-1 (15) – $5,300

10. Ron Nelson – Berrien Springs, Mich. – 48-8 (15) – $4,200

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Top 10 Baits from the Potomac River

Top 10 Baits from the Potomac River

Late summer on the Potomac is often tough fishing, so the contenders in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event had to pull out all the stops. Fishing everything from grass to docks and rocks, the anglers mixed up all sorts of power and finesse presentations to get the job done in the second stop of the season presented by Lowrance. READ MORE »

Short Tops co-anglers

Short Tops co-anglers

Weighing a limit on day one and two bags of just four fish each over the next two days was enough to earn Jim Short the co-angler title in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the Potomac River. Weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces on the final day for a total of 29-9, Short took home a new Ranger Z175 and $5,350 in cash. READ MORE »

Randallstown’s Reese Goes Wire-to-Wire, Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Potomac River Presented by Lowrance

Randallstown’s Reese Goes Wire-to-Wire, Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Potomac River Presented by Lowrance

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Reese Goes Wire-To-Wire

Reese Goes Wire-To-Wire

The final weigh-in of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event on the Potomac was one of the most intense of the season. In the end, with just enough to hold on, Marvin Reese weighed four for 8 pounds, 5 ounces to earn the win with a 38-15 total. For his win, which was his first on the boater side, Reese earned $38,026. Finishing second, Troy Morrow rocked up from tenth with 14-7, which was the biggest bag of the day. READ MORE »

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 3

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 3

The final day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event on the Potomac has offered chamber of commerce weather and some up and down fishing. The event, which is presented by Lowrance, has featured pretty tough fishing overall, and it seems like some of the top 10 may fall victim to it today. READ MORE »

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Through two days of competition on the Potomac in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event the weights haven’t been nearly what the river is capable of kicking out. That said, all the top pros have managed to put at least one good day together, and some have maintained really strong consistency, just at a lesser pace than would be the norm in June or some other time of the year. READ MORE »

Better Day Keeps Reese Out Front

Better Day Keeps Reese Out Front

A lovely morning gave way to a dismal afternoon on day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the Potomac River, but despite the difference in conditions, Marvin Reese kept on plugging. Weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces on day one, Reese added 15-14 on day two for a 30-10 total. With his day two bag, Reese has now weighed the two biggest bags of the event, which is presented by Lowrance, and he’s widened his lead over Justin Atkins to nearly 4 pounds. READ MORE »

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 2

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event on the Potomac has been quite a swing from day one. However, despite dramatically different weather, some of the top pros are still catching, and it looks like a tight race is setting up for the final day. READ MORE »

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

As is so often the case, the first day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the Potomac River wasn’t quite as bad as some predicted in practice. Though it was hot and humid as all get out, plenty of limits hit the scale and enough pros weighed 12 pounds or better to make things really interesting READ MORE »

Reese Leads on the Potomac

Reese Leads on the Potomac

Day one of the Potomac River event, which is the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits, featured plenty of limits, but getting quality bites was definitely an issue for some. In the lead after day one, Marvin Reese of Randallstown, Md., weighed 14 pounds, 12 ounces to get things underway. Behind Reese, Justin Atkins and Jason Kervin both weighed 14-5, and Robert Grike rounded out the 14-pound brigade with 14-4. Overall, just 11 pros cracked the 12-pound mark on day one of the tournament, which is presented by Lowrance, but 8- and 9-pound limits weren’t too hard to come by.  READ MORE »

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 1

Potomac River Midday Update – Day 1

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Underway on the Potomac

Underway on the Potomac

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Curveballs at the Cup

Curveballs at the Cup

When the field of 52 anglers arrived in Hot Springs, Ark., for the official practice period for the 2019 FLW Cup, they were greeted with sunshine, humidity and brutal daytime temperatures in the upper 90s. Early in the week, there was little mention of anything other than the same – a typical Arkansas summer forecast of sunny and hot. READ MORE »

High Tide Takes Langford to Top

High Tide Takes Langford to Top

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Mills Works Wood at Ohio River

Mills Works Wood at Ohio River

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Great Falls' Langford Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Potomac River

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Pollak Plays Current for Big Muddy W

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Another Potomac Rumble Looms

Another Potomac Rumble Looms

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