UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Dale Hollow Lake

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 1

Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., leveraged his intimate understanding of Grand Lake’s tendencies to catch a five-bass limit that weighed 22 pounds, 10 ounces to take the lead on day one of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event Presented by T-H Marine.

Adjusting to the day’s conditions, Christie caught fish on a mix of reaction baits and slower presentations. Click here to read about his leading pattern.

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

 

Cody Bird

2. Cody Bird — Gransbury, Texas — 19-3 (5)

Drawing upon his familiarity with coastal Texas tidal fisheries, Cody Bird seized an opportunity created by hydrological dynamics and caught a second-place limit that weighed 19-3.

“I had caught a good fish off this one spot in practice, and I thought I’d run and check it,” Bird says. “The water was really dirty there, and I didn’t think it would be any good, but we pulled up there and wham, wham, wham, wham. We left them biting.

“I’m probably going to start on that spot tomorrow, because I don’t think anyone saw me on that spot. It looks so terrible anyway. I don’t think anyone would fish it, but they were there.”

Bird says he attributes the spot’s productivity to an increase in the Pensacola Dam release schedule.

“It seems like they started pulling the water really hard around 11 [a.m.],” he recalls. “I can read tides because I fish the coast a lot, but it looked like the water pulled from 10 to 12. I showed up at the right time.”

Bird says he caught his fish on a mix of reaction baits and flipping presentations. He thanked his co-angler — day one leader Robin Babb — for sharing a key bait.

“I already had a limit, but I caught a good one on the bait she gave me, so I’ll be making a mad dash to the store tonight,” Bird says.

 

Todd Castledine

3. Toddy Castledine — Nacogdoches, Texas — 18-6 (5)

Texas pro Todd Castledine came in to the tournament with a good idea of how he needed to fish, but as day one unfolded, he put together the pieces of a puzzle that delivered his third-place weight of 18-6.

“I figured something out today,” Castledine says. “It’s a timing deal; there’s a couple of things going on that I wasn’t aware of.

“I did this in practice; I just had a bite or two and then left. Today, it just kind of materialized. I actually went back over water I had already fished and caught more, so I kind of figured it out.”

Holding his cards low on the specifics, Castledine says his success hinged on both his bait choice and the specific presentation. The only concern, he says, is that Grand Lake’s potentially falling water might disrupt his pattern on day two.

 

Toby Hartsell

4. Toby Hartsell — Afton, Okla. — 17-14 (5)

Calling his day a classic fall junk-fishing deal, Oklahoma’s Toby Hartsell caught a limit of 17-14. With random success on a wide range of reaction baits and slow presentations, Hartsell says the day’s mix of clouds and sunny conditions did not hinder him.

“I caught them just as good when the sun came out; it didn’t seem like it mattered,” he admits. “Of course, I think the sun puts them on cover tighter. I caught them pretty much all day long, off and on.”

Hartsell says he never found a consistent habitat preference. For him, targeting windward banks was more important.

“I’m just fishing; slinging here, flipping here,” he explains. “I had 18 rods on my deck, and I used every one of them. Probably four different baits produced my weight.”

 

Paul (Ryan) Heavener

5. Paul Heavener — Tulsa, Okla. — 14-11 (5)

While many lamented the limitations of cold front conditions, Paul Heavener said he actually welcomed the change. His perception was evidenced in a limit of 14-11 that landed him in fifth place.

“I think the cold front helped me out,” Heavener says. “Practice was really tough and hot, so I think the weather change was a blessing. I feel like the fish bit pretty good. I was expecting a lot better weights from everybody, but I had a strong day.

“I feel like the fish were more comfortable cruising up shallow. The bait’s up shallow, so it’s just a matter of time until the big fish get up there with them. With the sunny days we’ve had, they just weren’t up there.”

Fishing the mid-lake area, Heavener rotated among several key stretches of bank. He says he caught all of his fish on reaction baits. His main bait was a square-bill crankbait.

Complete day one results

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Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Prize

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Prize

Boater Cade Laufenberg of Onalaska, Wisconsin, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 50 pounds, 1 ounce to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at the Mississippi River. For his victory, Laufenberg earned $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic entry into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship, June 3-5, at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee. READ MORE »

Butler Runs Brush for Cherokee Win

Butler Runs Brush for Cherokee Win

Boater Josh Butler of Hayden, Alabama, brought a three-day total of 12 bass to the scale weighing 29 pounds, 3 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at Lake Cherokee. For his victory, Butler earned $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic entry into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship, June 3-5, at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee. READ MORE »

Johnson Wins on Sam Rayburn

Johnson Wins on Sam Rayburn

Going into the final day, Blake Schroeder was just 3 ounces ahead of Aaron Johnson in the Toyota Series Southwestern Division event on Sam Rayburn. Tight to the end, both anglers brought more than 18 pounds to the scale, but Johnson’s 18-14 bag boosted his total to 54-14 and earned him the win. For the victory, Johnson takes home $31,751 and the second FLW win of his career. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Through two days of competition, it’s looking like the shallow grass bite is the deal in the Toyota Series Southwestern Division event on Sam Rayburn. Leading the way, Blake Schroeder had tallied a pair of 18-pound bags from shallow grass, and the pros behind him aren’t slacking on the grass game either. Heading into the final day, it’s going to be a true shootout for the win, with a Texas-sized kicker a bite away for everyone in the field. READ MORE »

Schroeder Slides Ahead on Rayburn

Schroeder Slides Ahead on Rayburn

Climbing from fourth to first, Blake Schroeder took over the lead in the Toyota Series Southwestern Division event on Sam Rayburn with his second-consecutive 18-pound bag. Weighing 18-3 on day one, the Texas pro put an even 18 pounds on the scale on day two for a 36-3 total. Behind him, the weights are stacked, and five other pros are within 5 pounds going into the final day on the big Texas lake. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Sam Rayburn Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Day one of the Toyota Series Southwestern Division event on Sam Rayburn offered pretty good fishing and a lot of options. Anglers in the top 10 fished deep, shallow and in between to catch their fish, and no one pattern dominated the leaderboard. READ MORE »

Moore Sacks 21 on Rayburn

Moore Sacks 21 on Rayburn

Taking the lead on day one of the Toyota Series Southwestern Division event on Sam Rayburn, Cole Moore weighed an even 21 pounds to kick things off. Though the fishing was not really up to the massive heights it can reach on Rayburn, it was far from bad, and plenty of pros put together limits in the teens both shallow and deep. READ MORE »

Morrow Keeps Rolling

Morrow Keeps Rolling

Boater Troy Morrow of Eastanollee, Georgia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 32 pounds even, to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Savannah River Division Super-Tournament at Lake Hartwell presented by Fish-Intel. For his victory, Morrow earned $6,415. READ MORE »

Boggs Takes Regional on Chickamauga

Boggs Takes Regional on Chickamauga

Boater Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tennessee, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 40 pounds, 11 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at Lake Chickamauga. For his victory, Boggs earned $61,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic entry into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship, June 3-5, at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee. READ MORE »

Daves Wins James River Regional

Daves Wins James River Regional

Pro Chris Daves of Spring Grove, Virginia, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 50 pounds, 1 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship on the James River. For his victory, Daves earned $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic entry into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship, June 3-5, at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee. READ MORE »

Cook Goes Wire-To-Wire

Cook Goes Wire-To-Wire

He put his name on the map as one to watch on day one. Today, Corey Cook put his name on the hardware as one of the best on Lake of the Ozarks right now. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 3

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 3

Lady Luck shines on us all sometimes, but sometimes she doesn’t. For this morning, at least, she sure wasn’t shining on Corey Cook READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Scrapping plans and making long runs can be a scary deal, but the risk can be worth the reward. READ MORE »

Cook Still Leads on Lake of the Ozarks

Cook Still Leads on Lake of the Ozarks

Corey Cook stumbled a bit on day two of the Toyota Series Plains Division event on Lake of the Ozarks. Bringing in 15 pounds, 4 ounces, Cook weighed an average bag and boosted his total of 38-13, which is still more than 4 pounds ahead of second place. Behind Cook, Andy Newcomb is in second with 34-6, and Shane Long is in third with 31-9. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 2

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the Toyota Series Plains Division on Lake of the Ozarks has started out pretty much like yesterday – pretty weather but pretty short on fish. READ MORE »

Cook Blasts 23-9 on Lake of the Ozarks

Cook Blasts 23-9 on Lake of the Ozarks

Day one of the Toyota Series Plains Division event on Lake of the Ozarks was pretty tough by the standards of the fishery, with just one angler cracking the 20-pound barrier. Blowing the doors off the competition, at least on day one, Corey Cook hammered out 23 pounds, 9 ounces to take more than a 6-pound lead over second place. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 1

When the fish are on the move, it can make life miserable for anglers. Day one of the Toyota Series Plains Division event on Lake of the Ozarks showcased that pretty well. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 1

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 1

The Toyota Series visited Lake of the Ozarks this exact same week in 2019, and it launched under torrential rains, gusting winds and a strobe light's worth of lightning that delayed the takeoff until 8:15 a.m. A year later, the weather couldn’t be more beautiful for the second stop of the Plains Division. READ MORE »

Wes Monroe Wins on the Ouachita River

Wes Monroe Wins on the Ouachita River

Louisiana’s West Monroe High School duo of Jay Cash and Jackson Lemoine caught four fish Saturday weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Ouachita River Open event in Monroe, Louisiana. READ MORE »

ETBU Wins on the Ouachita River

ETBU Wins on the Ouachita River

The East Texas Baptist University team of Grant Hendrix of Livingston, Texas, and Josh Manuel of Burleson, Texas, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at the Ouachita River event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 4 ounces. READ MORE »