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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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New Dominates Seminole Regional

New Dominates Seminole Regional

Belmont, N.C., angler Bryan New, who’s regularly one of FLW’s top performers in the grassroots ranks, had established a dominant pace. New weighed in 22 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and added 20-2 on day two to carry a lead of 6 pounds, 15 ounces into the finals. A roughly 7-pound margin isn’t necessarily a sure thing on Seminole, but the fall bite was a bit slower than what the lake can produce, and it was obvious New was cruising. READ MORE »

North Carolina’s Bryan New Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Lake Seminole

North Carolina’s Bryan New Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Lake Seminole

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – Boater Bryan New of Belmont, North Carolina, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 63 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Championship on Lake Seminole Saturday. For the win, New earned $71,200, including a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard and automatic... READ MORE »

Hays Rallies for Ozark Title

Hays Rallies for Ozark Title

The final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude was no walk in the park for the top 10 pros. With a cold front passing through at the start of the event, a high-pressure system settled in for the final round of fishing. While most struggled, Dylan Hays of El Dorado, Ark., sacked up 14 pounds, 6 ounces today – the biggest limit brought in during the final day – and finally was able to wrangle his first FLW title. READ MORE »

Arkansas' Dylan Hays Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament at Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude

Arkansas' Dylan Hays Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament at Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – Beginning the day in fourth place, Nitro Boats pro Dylan Hays of El Dorado, Arkansas, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 6 ounces, to jump to the top of the leaderboard and win the three-day Costa FLW Series at Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude... READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 3

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 3

The final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude is fixing to get fun based on what’s already happened today and what could happen. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Sure enough, with conditions changing from rain and clouds to sun and wind, the Costa FLW Series Central Division on Lake of the Ozarks, which is presented by Evinrude, has made it tough on guys. Of course, day-two leader James Watson predicted that some of the biggest bags of the event would come in today despite the conditions, and he was right. READ MORE »

Consistency Puts Watson Out Front

Consistency Puts Watson Out Front

Weather has been the storyline leading up to the Costa FLW Series Central Division finale on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude. With storms and rain blowing through yesterday ahead of a cold front, the cooler weather set in today making fishing tough on some, but others took advantage of the change. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 2

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 2

A cold front that brought temperatures in the 40s, rain and wind has the bass in a funk on day two of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Evinrude on Lake of the Ozarks. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 1

Even some of the best locals were driving the struggle bus all day trying to find ways to adapt to fish that moved thanks to the heavy storms. Yet, some guys did adapt well, with the best being Ladd Shannon and his 19-pound, 6-ounce tournament-leading bag. READ MORE »

Shannon Leads the Ozark Charge

Shannon Leads the Ozark Charge

After losing over an hour of fishing time due to a massive thunderstorm that rolled through the area early this morning causing a lightning delay, day one of the Costa FLW Series Central Division finale on Lake of the Ozarks looked to be a grinder of an event. The tournament, which is presented by Evinrude, saw plenty of fish catching by midday, but no size to speak of. Ladd Shannon of Atkins, Ark., managed to scrape up a limit worth 19 pounds, 6 ounces by the end of the day and sits in first by 1-11 over FLW pro Greg Bohannan. READ MORE »

Major League Fishing to Acquire FLW

Major League Fishing to Acquire FLW

TULSA, Okla. - Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization. The Letter of Intent (LOI) sets in motion the most significant brand merger in competitive bass fishing history, linking a... READ MORE »

Newberry Wins Southwestern Division AOY

Newberry Wins Southwestern Division AOY

It was sweet redemption in many ways for the Texas legend who still owns and operates his Houston-based HVAC company despite spending so much time on the tournament-fishing circuit. Redemption for missing out on the FLW Cup in his first season. Redemption for what Grand did to him earlier this year on Tour (dropping from sixth to 41st with only one fish on day two). And, in a way, validation for a career filled with big accomplishments. READ MORE »

Rampey Stays Red Hot on Hartwell

Rampey Stays Red Hot on Hartwell

After winning a T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Super Tournament on Lake Hartwell a few weeks ago, Jayme Rampey of Liberty, S.C., was certainly one of the favorites heading into the BFL Regional on the same pond this past weekend. Lo and behold, he wouldn’t disappoint, and notched his 11th career BFL win – five of which have come on Hartwell – and won a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower motor, plus $20,000 cash for his efforts. READ MORE »

Osage Beach Readies for Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

Osage Beach Readies for Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – Already playing host to Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) this week, FLW will remain in town next weekend with two events for young anglers, Oct. 18-19, with the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at Lake of the Ozarks presented by Bass Pro Shops and the Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Open at Lake of the Ozarks presented by Costa... READ MORE »

Rampey Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell presented by Navionics

Rampey Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell presented by Navionics

SENECA, S.C. – Boater Jayme Rampey of Liberty, South Carolina, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 43 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell presented by Navionics Saturday. For the win, Rampey earned $70,000, including a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude... READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Grand Lake

Top 10 Patterns from Grand Lake

Curt Warren knew what he wanted to do, and it had nothing to do with weeding through a bunch of small fish up shallow. Rather, he focused his attention on deeper Grand Lake spots with chunk rock and brush and amassed a three-day total of 46 pounds, 7 ounces to win the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine. Here’s how the rest of the top 10 caught their fish and earned their checks on Grand. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Grand Lake

Top 10 Baits from Grand Lake

A cold front moving in at the start of Grand Lake’s fall transition put a damper on seeing a bunch of big weights during the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, which was presented by T-H Marine, but plenty of pros managed to find the right fish to make things exciting on the final day. READ MORE »

Meador Repeats Co-Angler Win on Grand

Meador Repeats Co-Angler Win on Grand

Defending his title as co-angler winner in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, which was presented by T-H Marine, was impressive enough, but the way Steven Meador did it was truly remarkable. After earning the 2018 win on Grand by 3 pounds, 6 ounces, the Bentonville, Ark., co-angler repeated the victory with a three-day total of 27-15 for a much slimmer winning margin this time around – just 10 ounces. READ MORE »

Rose, Oklahoma's Warren wins Costa FLW Series Tournament at Grand Lake presented by T-H Marine

Rose, Oklahoma's Warren wins Costa FLW Series Tournament at Grand Lake presented by T-H Marine

GROVE, Okla. – After starting the day in third place, pro Curt Warren of Rose, Oklahoma, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 9 ounces, to vault to the top of the leaderboard and win the three-day Costa FLW Series at Grand Lake presented by T-H Marine... READ MORE »

Warren Mounts Furious Comeback on Grand

Warren Mounts Furious Comeback on Grand

Curt Warren was a paragon of consistency over three days at Grand Lake, and the result was a victory in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine. Warren turned in limits of 14-5 on day one and 16-9 on day two, but it was his day-three limit of 15-9 that was the most impressive – no other pro even cracked the 13-pound mark battling the tough post-frontal conditions Grand had to offer on day three. READ MORE »