UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Ft. Gibson

Lake Cumberland Top 10 Baits

Lake Cumberland Top 10 Baits

In classic Southern smallmouth fashion, crankbaits and jigs dominated the top 10 at Lake Cumberland during the 2019 Costa FLW Series Championship. The only exceptions were a few finesse baits and the tackle used by two pros who targeted largemouths.

Here’s what worked. 

 

1. To earn his second win on a Southern smallmouth fishery, Andrew Upshaw caught some fish on a Ned rig with a 1/8-ounce Gene Larew Pighead Jig Head and a Strike King Ned Ocho Worm, but he did most of his work with a green pumpkin Strike King Bitsy Flip Jig and matching Strike King Baby Rage Craw trailer.

 

2. Rob Burns targeted smallmouths on steep banks by burning three crankbaits: a Storm Wiggle Wart, a Luck-E-Strike American Originals G5 and a 6th Sense Curve 55. All sported orange craw patterns.

 

3. Three patterns worked for Matt Pangrac, but he used a couple of baits: 1) a SPRO RKCrawler 55 (solid red in cloudy conditions and translucent red in the sun) fished on 12-pound-test Sunline FC Crank fluorocarbon with a Duckett White Ice II 7-foot, 4-inch Timmy Horton cranking rod, and 2) a 6-inch Roboworm Straight Tail Worm (bold bluegill or morning sunrise) on a 2/0 drop-shot hook with 3/8-ounce weight and 7-pound-test Sunline FC Leader tied to 12-pound-test Sunline SX1 Braid.

 

4. The only bait Luke Plunkett needed was a 1/2-ounce double-Colorado spinnerbait by Coosa Custom Baits. It had a yellow skirt with a little bit of chartreuse.

 

5. Travis Manson cranked with a Rapala DT 14 in either brown craw or red craw, or a SPRO RKCrawler 55 in red craw. To follow up the cranks, he used a drop-shot with a Roboworm Straight Tail Worm in morning dawn.

 

6. California’s Rusty Salewske fished a 3/4-ounce green and brown football jig that was made for him by a friend in Arkansas. He paired it with a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver trailer.

 

7. Florida’s Laramy Strickland caught his fish grinding a red SPRO RKCrawler 55 into the bottom or banging it off trees. He fished it on a 7-foot, 4-inch, medium-heavy Fitzgerald Fishing Bryan Thrift Series cranking rod with 12-pound-test fluorocarbon line.

 

8. Steve Floyd fished exclusively for largemouths. He caught two keepers the last day on a 3/8-ounce white spinnerbait, but all of his other fish fell for a green pumpkin Berkley Havoc Pit Boss Texas-rigged with a 1/2-ounce weight. 

 

9. Brent Algeo was the only other pro to commit to the largemouth bite. He fished a black Berkley Choppo and a War Eagle spinnerbait in the spot remover color with tandem gold and silver willow-leaf blades and a Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper trailer. 

 

10. California’s David Valdivia targeted smallmouths with a 3/8- or 1/2-ounce Deek’s Jigs football jig in green pumpkin with a craw trailer.

Tags: flw  bass-fishing  fishing-tournament  costa-championship  curtis-niedermier-and-rob-matsuura  post-tournament  2019-10-31-lake-cumberland 

Sight-Fishing with Swimbaits

Sight-Fishing with Swimbaits

Ron Nelson, the Pro Circuit Angler of the Year leader and a renowned sight-fisherman, used a Keitech Swing Impact FAT for blind-fishing and sight-fishing at Martin and earned a runner-up finish. California’s Kevin Hugo took seventh at Lake Havasu and caught some of his biggest bass sight-fishing with a Little Creeper All American Trash Fish or Sunfish. Though the reasons why they settled on swimbaits varied, both pros can offer valuable lessons for any angler tackling a spawning scenario. READ MORE »

Vlog: Becker's 3 Patterns from Martin

Vlog: Becker's 3 Patterns from Martin

Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit pro Matt Becker recently shared a great video that details the three patterns he used to earn a fourth-place finish at the season’s third stop on Lake Martin. Becker, who’s currently second in the Angler of the Year race, caught both largemouth and spotted bass and capitalized on a variety of tactics for a top finish. His patterns included targeting staging and spawning spotted bass on shoals, skipping docks and sight-fishing for spawning largemouths.  READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Martin

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Martin

Spotted bass dominated the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on Lake Martin, but they didn’t win it. Sure, the sheer abundance of spotted bass in Martin left most pros’ thumbs bloody and raw from catching so many fish. Yet, it was the key largemouth that really separated the field, and what helped Jason Abram earn his first victory. READ MORE »

AOY Update: Lake Martin

AOY Update: Lake Martin

Through three events of the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, second-year pro and 2019 Polaris Rookie of the Year Ron Nelson remains atop the Angler of the Year standings after a second-place finish at Lake Martin. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Lake Martin

Top 10 Baits from Lake Martin

Bites were easy to come by at Lake Martin. It was getting the quality bites that separated the field. READ MORE »

Jason Abram Wins Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin

Jason Abram Wins Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. – After fishing at FLW’s top pro-level circuit for 11 years, competing in his 76th career event, pro Jason Abram of Piney Flats, Tennessee, finally got it done. Abram earned his first career victory in a dramatic finale Saturday at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin... READ MORE »

Tennessee’s Abram Extends Lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin

Tennessee’s Abram Extends Lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. – It was more of the same Friday on Day Three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin in Alexander City, Alabama – everyone caught a limit of bass and tournament leader pro Jason Abram of Piney Flats, Tennessee, continued to hold on to his top spot. Abram... READ MORE »

Tennessee’s Abram Takes Lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin

Tennessee’s Abram Takes Lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. – Pro Jason Abram of Piney Flats, Tennessee, caught five bass weighing 17 pounds, 10 ounces Thursday to take control of the leaderboard after Day Two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin in Alexander City, Alabama. Abram’s two-day total of 10 bass weighing... READ MORE »

Georgia Rookie Adams Leads Day One of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin

Georgia Rookie Adams Leads Day One of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. – A field of bass fishing professionals from around the world began their four-day competition for a top award of up to $135,000 at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin Wednesday in Alexander City, Alabama... READ MORE »

FLW To Reschedule Tournaments Through April 5

FLW To Reschedule Tournaments Through April 5

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. – FLW announced today that out of an abundance of caution and the uncertainty of venue availability amid rapidly evolving restrictions, the organization will reschedule all tournaments through April 5, except for the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event on Lake Martin in Alexander... READ MORE »

FLW Shifts Start Date of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin

FLW Shifts Start Date of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (March 17, 2020) – FLW announced today that this week’s Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event at Lake Martin, originally scheduled to start Thursday, has been shifted and will now begin competition Wednesday. Hosted by the Alexander City Chamber, the tournament will remain four days and will READ MORE »

Rocky Mount’s Steckler Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake of the Ozarks

Rocky Mount’s Steckler Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake of the Ozarks

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – Boater Cory Steckler of Rocky Mount, Missouri, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri. For his victory, Steckler... READ MORE »

Lynchburg’s Dice Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Smith Mountain Lake

Lynchburg’s Dice Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Smith Mountain Lake

HUDDLESTON, Va. – Boater Jack Dice of Lynchburg, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 22 pounds even to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston, Virginia. For his victory, Dice earned a total of $5,246... READ MORE »

Kentucky’s Graham Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Dale Hollow Reservoir

Kentucky’s Graham Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Dale Hollow Reservoir

BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. – Boater Brett Graham of Cold Spring, Kentucky, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 18 pounds, 11 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Mountain division opener at Dale Hollow Reservoir in Byrdstown, Tennessee. For his victory... READ MORE »

Top Patterns and Baits from Okeechobee

Top Patterns and Baits from Okeechobee

Though the total weights didn’t live up to some expectations, the Toyota Series Southern Division event on Lake Okeechobee was still a lot of fun. The weather was great, there were plenty of fish caught the first two days, and there was a truly dramatic race for the win on the final day. READ MORE »

Lake Placid’s Medlock Wins Toyota Series Tournament at Lake Okeechobee

Lake Placid’s Medlock Wins Toyota Series Tournament at Lake Okeechobee

CLEWISTON, Fla. – Pro Brandon Medlock of Lake Placid, Florida, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday totaling 19 pounds, 4 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at Lake Okeechobee event in Clewiston, Florida. Medlock’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 54-4 earned him the win by a 5... READ MORE »

Glendale’s Au Leads Wire-to-Wire, Wins Toyota Series Tournament at Lake Havasu

Glendale’s Au Leads Wire-to-Wire, Wins Toyota Series Tournament at Lake Havasu

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – General Tire pro Tai Au of Glendale, Arizona, brought five bass to the scale Saturday totaling 16 pounds, 15 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at Lake Havasu event in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Au won the event by a 1-pound, 12-ounce margin after bringing a three... READ MORE »

FLW Postpones Abu Garcia College Fishing and High School Fishing Events in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

FLW Postpones Abu Garcia College Fishing and High School Fishing Events in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

BENTON, Ky. – FLW, the world’s largest tournament fishing organization, announced today the cancellation and postponement of multiple Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI and High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing events due to travel restrictions implemented by universities and... READ MORE »

Major League Fishing and FLW Suspend Public Gatherings:

Major League Fishing and FLW Suspend Public Gatherings:

TULSA, Okla. - Major League Fishing and FLW announced the suspension of all public gatherings associated with their events through April 12, 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made to safeguard the health and well... READ MORE »

Lake Havasu Midday Update – Day 1

Lake Havasu Midday Update – Day 1

The fishing is hot at Lake Havasu. By 9:30, many of the anglers we’d seen on the water for day one of the Toyota Series Western Division season opener already had limits or had kicker largemouths in the box. Most of those fish were caught off beds, with the majority being caught sight-fishing and the rest coming just by fishing through likely spawning areas. Others were caught out in front of spawning areas and around marinas. The fishing should only get better, too. Currently, there are scattered rain showers, but the sun is shining across many parts of the reservoir, making it a little easier to spot fish on beds.  READ MORE »