UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Cumberland

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2
Casey Scanlon

When the top three anglers from the day before fail to crack 11 pounds – with your leader unable to catch a limit – you know the fishing is tough.

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.

Three of the five biggest bags were weighed in on day two, including the lone bag to crack the 20-pound mark. So, there’s still plenty of big fish willing to bite. Here’s how the pros made it happen.

Watson's leading pattern

Complete results

 

Dale Andrews

2. Dale Andrews – Jay, Okla. – 32-15 (9)

Someone who had never been to the lake before, had a horrible practice and who only weighed in four fish on day one is probably not the person you’d expect to be within 2 ounces of the lead. But, catching a 20-pound, 1-ounce bag will certainly right the ship quick.

“I did the same thing today as yesterday,” says Andrews. “I’m flipping and junk fishing. Throwing a spinnerbait and vibrating jig a lot. Covering a lot of water up the river.”

Where up the river?

“I don’t even know where I’m at to be honest,” admits Andrews. “This lake, it all looks a lot alike to me, and the big white condos are everywhere.”

Well, he may not know where he’s at, but he has figured out a key deal “throwing, pitching and casting at any piece of cover that looks good that he thinks a fish would be on” with one specific lure he plans to keep under wraps for now.

One pleasant surprise for him today was that a day after only getting four keeper bites, his bites started early.

“I had two fish earlier than thought I would, probably by 9 a.m.,” says Andrews, who also commented on how incredible his co-anglers have been this week. “I really hadn’t planned on catching a fish until 10 a.m. or even 11 a.m. So that was a beautiful thing.”

 

Casey Scanlon

3. Casey Scanlon – Lake Ozark, Mo. – 31-4 (10)

There’s always pressure on a favorite, and being that Scanlon is an FLW Tour pro who happens to guide on Lake of the Ozarks, he clearly was a favorite. Yet, things certainly haven’t come easy for him despite being in third and bringing in 17-9 today.

“Basically, I’m playing a numbers game, running a lot of high-percentage areas,” says Scanlon, who only had two fish at 11:30 a.m. today. “With fishing being tough, every once in awhile you stumble on to a spot that’s got one or two of them for you. So I just keep bouncing around between shallow and deep and making small adjustments.”

Scanlon figures he hit 30-40 spots today, fishing completely different from yesterday, when he focused mainly off the bank. Today, he did both deep and shallow, catching two off docks and three out deep, rotating between a 5/8-ounce Trophy Bass Company jig of his design, a worm and a spinnerbait.

As for tomorrow, he figures more adjusting will probably be necessary.

“Tomorrow is going to be different with the lack of cloud cover,” says Scanlon. “Though, that might allow me to get back on some of my sneaky places, cover-related stuff.”

 

Dylan Hays

4. Dylan Hays – El Dorado, Ark. – 29-8 (10)

Hays sure has been cutting it close so far.

“Today, I caught number five at 2:49 p.m.,” says Hays, who brought in 17-12 today. “And I caught one over 4 pounds at 3:15 p.m., and I had to leave by 3:22 p.m.

“I only caught six keepers all day, and only six keepers all day yesterday.”

While the number of keepers remained the same, one thing that didn’t was his stubbornness to try and make them eat a topwater, which he says he wasted 4 hours doing on day one. Today, he did it for an hour and then went to focusing on brush.

“I figured that was the only way I could catch a big bag,” says Hays. “So I stuck to the plan, and it worked out.”

Hays says he trying to find “sneaky” brush piles he doesn’t think everyone is hitting. Some of those are in 4 feet of water and some in 20 feet, but the 10-15 foot range seems to be his sweet spot. Regardless of location, he’s hitting them with either a ¾-ounce football jig with a Zoom Super Speed Craw or ½-ounce Texas-rigged Zoom Brush Hog.

As for tomorrow, expect more of the same.

“I don’t think [the fishing] is going to get better [with the weather], because it ain’t easy,” says Hays, “but I don’t think it will hurt it.”

 

Lance Williams

5. Lance Williams – Billings, Mo. – 29-0 (10)

The last three years, Williams has been wearing out Ozark fish in the fall on a “special” crankbait, and he seems to be doing it again.

Making more than an hour run up the river, Williams is tossing his crankbait – which he isn’t sharing yet – around flat, shallow docks.

“The area I’m fishing has got current and flat docks on the main river,” says Williams, who weighed 16-1 today. “There are some specific docks I’ve found over the years; certain stretches where those fish are not going anywhere.”

Fortunately, today hardly could’ve started better, as he had a 4 ½-pouder riding in his livewell right off the bat and a limit by 10 a.m. Then around 1:30 p.m. he really got well in a hurry.

“I pulled up on one dock and caught one that culled,” says Williams. “Then made another cast and caught another that culled.

“That pretty much summed up the day. Right place, right time.”

Tags: sean-ostruszka  headline-story  2019-10-10-lake-of-the-ozarks 

Culbertson Wins Wild Card

Culbertson Wins Wild Card

Boater Austin Culbertson of Columbia, Missouri, brought a two-day total of eight bass to the scale weighing 25 pounds, 9 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Wild Card Championship on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Fish-Intel.com. For his victory, Culbertson earned one of the final berths into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship. READ MORE »

Kimmel Ices Co-Angler Victory

Kimmel Ices Co-Angler Victory

Justin Kimmel has had built up a sterling record from the back of the boat on Lake Hartwell, and today he padded his stats with a win in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP. Kimmel, now with three multi-day wins on Hartwell, totaled 26 pounds, 9 ounces and banked $50,000 for the win. READ MORE »

Macy Wins the All-American

Macy Wins the All-American

Weighing 13 pounds, 1 ounce on the final day, Chris Macy totaled 34-10 to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP. Hailing from Diamond, Mo., Macy rose from fifth to first on the final day to claim the $100,000 top prize in his first time in the All-American. READ MORE »

Lake Hartwell Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Lake Hartwell Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Though there are some possibilities for interesting shallow things to happen on the final day, so far offshore spotted bass have been the name of the game in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP. With most of the action going down in the lower end of Lake Hartwell, the top 10 are packed tight, and one kicker bite could go an awful long way at the final weigh-in. READ MORE »

Goade Ahead on Hartwell

Goade Ahead on Hartwell

Though Todd Goade calls the Volunteer State home, he’s got plenty of experience on Hartwell and it's showing in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP. Catching 11 pounds, 7 ounces yesterday, Goade improved his catch today with 13-2 to slid him to the top of the leaderboard with 24-9 overall. READ MORE »

Lake Hartwell Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Hartwell Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

As projected, Hartwell isn’t giving up big limits for the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP. Still, there are plenty of fish being caught, and if you want to chase offshore spotted bass around, it’s a pretty good place to be right now. READ MORE »

Lippe Leads on Hartwell

Lippe Leads on Hartwell

Day one of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP saw a bit of everything in terms of weather with rain, fog and some brief sun, and the fishing on Lake Hartwell was maybe just as confusing. Catching fish wasn’t an issue, but the quality that calls Hartwell home eluded the majority of the field. Hauling in 12 pounds even today, Dustin Lippe took the early lead after day one, but the weights are stacked tight, with under 1 1/2 pounds separating first and 10th. READ MORE »

Live Leaderboard - Lake Hartwell

Live Leaderboard - Lake Hartwell

FLW media staff and anglers provide unofficial weight estimates for the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP READ MORE »

All-American Starts on Hartwell

All-American Starts on Hartwell

Day one of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP is going to be a wet one. Overnight, a wad of rain and storms moved into the region around Lake Hartwell, and it’s projected to stay wet all the way into Thursday morning, with almost 2-inches of rain in the forecast for today. That rain isn’t what some would like for the fishing, but it’s not going to dampen the competition for the title of All-American and the top prize of $100,000. READ MORE »

Huff All the Way on Table Rock

Huff All the Way on Table Rock

Cody Huff didn’t even plan on fishing the final Toyota Series Plains Division event on Table Rock, but being it’s only on 45 minutes from his house and he already filled a deer tag he figured why not. That decision turned out to be the right one as he’d take the lead on day one with 16 pounds, 15 ounces and never look back. READ MORE »

Poche Wins on Seminole

Poche Wins on Seminole

The final day of the Toyota Series Southern Division event on Lake Seminole was tough on the folks heading down the lake and fishing around the grass. It was not tough on Keith Poche, who turned his small aluminum boat up the Flint River each day of the event to target shoal bass and largemouths north of Bainbridge. READ MORE »

Huff Cruising on Table Rock

Huff Cruising on Table Rock

After two days on Table Rock Lake for the final Toyota Series Plains Division event of the season, Cody Huff is in command, backing up his Thursday weight of 16 pounds, 15 ounces with a solid 13-15 for a 30-14 total overall. READ MORE »

Dillon McMillan Smashes 24 Pounds on Seminole

Dillon McMillan Smashes 24 Pounds on Seminole

Walloping 24 pounds, 4 ounces on day two, Dillon McMillan surged into the lead of the Toyota Series Southern Division event on Lake Seminole. With a 37-4 total, Dillon is ahead of Jared McMillan, his older brother, by a hair more than 4 pounds going into the final day. READ MORE »

Lake Seminole Midday Update – Day 2

Lake Seminole Midday Update – Day 2

A head-scratcher. That’s the best way to describe the day two morning at the Toyota Series Southern Division event on Lake Seminole. If you wonder why so many pros talk about how sensitive Lake Seminole is to fishing pressure, look at the second day of just about any event held there. For some reason, Seminole fish are just smart like that. They might bite well the first day, but they clam up the second day. READ MORE »

Huff Ahead on Table Rock

Huff Ahead on Table Rock

Jumping out to a lead over a tightly packed top 10, Cody Huff weighed 16 pounds, 15 ounces on day one of the Toyota Series Plains Division event on Table Rock Lake. Huff, who is a Bethel University student, has already won one Toyota Series event this year, and he’s now starting off another on exactly the right foot. Behind him, Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit superstar Spencer Shuffield is tied with Corey Cook for second place with 14-5 and Dale Andrews is in third with 14-1. READ MORE »

J-Mac Sticks 21+ on Seminole

J-Mac Sticks 21+ on Seminole

Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit pro Jared McMillan dropped 21 pounds, 10 ounces on the scale to kick off the Toyota Series Southern Division event on Lake Seminole. The only pro to cross the 20-pound barrier, McMillan is ahead of Jason Smith, who weighed 19-3, and MLF Bass Pro Tour pro Keith Poche and Mikey Keyso, who both brought in 17 pounds or better. READ MORE »

Lake Seminole Midday Update – Day 1

Lake Seminole Midday Update – Day 1

There was plenty of fish catching happening on day one of the Toyota Series Southern Division event on Lake Seminole; the problem was they were not the size fish Lake Seminole is known for. Instead of 5- and 6-pounders, there was an unusual number of line-burners being deposited in livewells READ MORE »

Wagner Wins on Dale Hollow

Wagner Wins on Dale Hollow

Adam Wagner is approaching legend status in central Tennessee. Storming to the win from fifth place on the final day, Wagner put a limit for 16 pounds, 1 ounce on the scale for a 34-6 total and the win in the Toyota Series Central Division event on Dale Hollow. READ MORE »

Dale Hollow Midday Update – Day 3

Dale Hollow Midday Update – Day 3

You’re not going to find a better day to be out on the lake in the fall. Unfortunately, the warming trend paired with bluebird skies, plenty of sun and very little wind hasn’t produced very good conditions for catching fish. READ MORE »

Dale Hollow Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Dale Hollow Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Dale Hollow is fishing tough. That’s about the only constant across the field in the Toyota Series Central Division finale. Everyone in the top 10 has made it to this point by finding a way to battle the difficult conditions and tricky timing, and many have done that extremely well. READ MORE »