Live now : TACKLE WAREHOUSE PRO CIRCUIT 2020 Lake Erie Super Tournament

Cox Pads Lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Cox Pads Lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Sam Rayburn Reservoir
John Cox

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BROOKELAND, TEXAS – Berkley pro John Cox of DeBary, Florida, brought a five-bass limit of largemouth to the Umphrey Pavilion scale Friday weighing 18 pounds, 12 ounces, to extend his lead after Day Two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas. Cox’s two-day total of 10 bass weighing 40 pounds, 3 ounces gives him a comfortable 5-pound, 4-ounce advantage heading into Day Three of the four-day competition that features a field of 154 bass-fishing professionals from around the world casting for a top award of up to $135,000.

Pro Darold Gleason of Many, Louisiana, who was in third place after Day One, moved up to second place with a limit totaling 13-12, good for a two-day total of 34-15. Pro Tommy Dickerson of Orange, Texas, who has seven top-10 finishes on Sam Rayburn in FLW competition, is just 1-pound, 8-ounces behind Gleason in third place with 33-7. The field is now cut to 30 for Saturday’s competition with only the top 10 anglers advancing to championship Sunday.

“It’s not often that I am able to fish a tournament where I make the same cast the whole time, but that’s exactly what is happening this week,” said Cox, who is competing in his 10th season at FLW’s top level. “It’s almost painful. I’ve tried to fan cast around in the same area, but nothing else works. I have to make the exact same cast, every time.”

Cox caught his fish Friday from the same spot that he did on Thursday, an area that he described as a spot with “a little bit of sand and rock with patches of hydrilla all around it.” He said it was right at the mouth of a creek, and he thinks fish are moving into the back of the creek to prepare for the spawn.

“They’re just coming through there and they stop and rest for a few seconds to get some sun – it’s real shallow, only three feet – they sit there for a little bit and then go to the back.”

Cox said that his fish bit in the morning Friday – he didn’t catch a keeper after 11 a.m. He caught all of his fish on the same bait as Thursday – a Berkley Frittside 5 crankbait.

“I think tomorrow I might make fewer casts. It seems like every time I take a little break and re-tie or whatever and let it settle, then I make another cast and seem to get one,” Cox said. “Tomorrow I’m just planning to sit there as long as I can. It might fall apart, or I might get there and make 10 casts and decide I can’t do this anymore. I’m just fortunate to be in this position heading into the final two days.”

The top 30 pros that made the cut and will fish Saturday on Sam Rayburn Reservoir are: 

1st: John Cox of DeBary, Fla., 10 bass, 40-3
2nd: Darold Gleason of Many, La., 10 bass, 34-15
3rd: Tommy Dickerson of Orange, Texas, 10 bass, 33-7
4th: Jonathan Canada of Helena, Ala., 10 bass, 33-3
5th: Hunter Freeman of Monroe, La., 10 bass, 33-0
6th: Kerry Milner of Bono, Ark., 10 bass, 32-5
7th: Corey Neece of Bristol, Tenn., 10 bass, 32-3
8th: Greg Bohannan of Bentonville, Ark., 10 bass, 31-12
9th: Joshua Weaver of Macon, Ga., 10 bass, 31-2
10th: Chris McCall of Palmer, Texas, 10 bass, 30-15
11th: Sam George of Athens, Ala., 10 bass, 30-10
12th: Bill McDonald of Greenwood, Ind., 10 bass, 30-6
13th: Grae Buck of Harleysville, Pa., 10 bass, 30-0
14th: Ron Nelson of Berrien Springs, Mich., 10 bass, 29-11
15th: Miles Howe of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., nine bass, 29-4
16th: Mitch Crane of Columbus, Miss., 10 bass, 28-12
17th: Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Mich., 10 bass, 28-12
18th: Mike Surman of Boca Raton, Fla., 10 bass, 28-7
19th: Scott Ashmore of Broken Arrow, Okla., 10 bass, 28-5
20th: Jake Ormond of Sterlington, La., 10 bass, 27-14
21st: Alex Davis of Albertville, Ala., 10 bass, 27-12
22nd: Miles Burghoff of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., 10 bass, 27-12
23rd: Jeff Dobson of Bartlesville, Okla., 10 bass, 26-15
24th: Tim Frederick of Leesburg, Fla., nine bass, 26-12
25th: Bradford Beavers of Summerville, S.C., 10 bass, 26-11
26th: Mark Fisher of Wauconda, Ill., 10 bass, 25-12
27th: Joey Cifuentes of Clinton, Ark., 10 bass, 25-12
28th: Matt Becker of Finleyville, Pa., 10 bass, 25-11
29th: Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, Ark., 10 bass, 25-5
30th: Tyler Stewart of West Monroe, La., 10 bass, 25-5

Full results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Milner brought the largest bass of the day, a 7-pound, 2-ounce largemouth, to the scale Friday to claim the day’s $500 Berkley Big Bass award.

Overall there were 607 bass weighing 1,412 pounds, 15 ounces caught by 145 pros Friday. The catch included 90 five-bass limits.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, the full field of 154 pro anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Thursday and Friday. The top 30 pros based on their two-day accumulated weight now advance to Saturday. Only the top 10 pros continue competition Sunday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.

Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2020 FLW TITLE, the Pro Circuit Championship. The 2020 FLW TITLE will be on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York, Aug. 8-13 and is hosted by the Town of Massena.

Anglers will take off at 7:30 a.m. CST each day from the Umphrey Family Pavilion, located at 5438 Sam Rayburn Parkway, in Brookeland. Weigh-ins will be held at the pavilion, beginning at 4 p.m.

For youth, the FLW Foundation’s Unified Fishing Derby will be held at the pavilion on Saturday from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. The event is hosted by Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers, and is free and open to anyone under the age of 18 and Special Olympics athletes. Rods and reels are available for use, but youth are encouraged to bring their own if they own one. The 1st and 2nd place anglers that catch the biggest fish will be recognized Saturday on the FLW Pro Circuit stage, just prior to the pros weighing in.

Television coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Sam Rayburn Reservoir will premiere in 2020. The 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit will have 156 two-hour airings on network television, including 26 consecutive weeks of Friday night primetime airing on Outdoor Channel and 130 airings on Sportsman Channel for a total of 312 hours of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit programming.

The popular FLW Live on-the-water broadcast will air on Saturday and Sunday, featuring live action from the boats of the tournament’s top pros each day. Host Travis Moran is joined by former FLW pro Todd Hollowell to break down the extended action each day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-the-water broadcasts will be live streamed on FLWFishing.com, the FLW YouTube channel and the FLW Facebook page.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.

FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

# # #

Tags: flw-pro-circuit  -2020  -sam-rayburn-reservoir  -john-cox  flw-communications  press-release  2020-01-23-sam-rayburn-reservoir 

Lucas Moves into Lead, Nelson Clinches AOY Title at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie

Lucas Moves into Lead, Nelson Clinches AOY Title at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Wednesday weighing 19 pounds, 14 ounces, to take the lead after day two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio. Lucas’ two-day total of 10... READ MORE »

Arizona’s Bertrand Leads Day One of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie

Arizona’s Bertrand Leads Day One of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Josh Bertrand of Sun Tan Valley, Arizona, brought five bass to the scale Tuesday weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces, to jump out to the early lead after day one of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio. Bertrand will now bring an... READ MORE »

California Delta Set to Host Toyota Series Return

California Delta Set to Host Toyota Series Return

OAKLEY, Calif. – The 2020 Toyota Series Western Division is set to return to competition next week in Oakley, California, with the Toyota Series event at the California Delta, Aug. 19-21. Hosted by the City of Oakley, the three-day tournament will feature a return to action for the region’s best bass-fishing... READ MORE »

Henrico’s Hamilton Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on James River

Henrico’s Hamilton Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on James River

HENRICO, Va. – Local boater Jeff Hamilton of Henrico, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the James River in Henrico, Virginia. Hamilton earned a total of $3,756 for his victory.... READ MORE »

Wisconsin’s Laufenberg, Illinois’ Shoraga Earn Wins at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Ohio River in Paducah

Wisconsin’s Laufenberg, Illinois’ Shoraga Earn Wins at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Ohio River in Paducah

PADUCAH, Ky. – It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Paducah with two Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Ohio River events. Boater Cade Laufenberg of Onalaska, Wisconsin, brought a five-bass limit to the scale totaling 11 pounds, 8... READ MORE »

Flowery Branch’s Jordan Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Oconee

Flowery Branch’s Jordan Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Oconee

BUCKHEAD, Ga. – Boater Rob Jordan of Flowery Branch, Georgia, brought a three-bass limit bass to the scale Saturday totaling 10 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on Lake Oconee in Buckhead, Georgia. Jordan topped his nearest competitor... READ MORE »

Evansville’s Sisk Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Ohio River in Cannelton

Evansville’s Sisk Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Ohio River in Cannelton

CANNELTON, Ind. – Boater Marty Sisk of Evansville, Indiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Ohio River in Cannelton, Indiana. For his victory, Sisk earned a total of $3,718... READ MORE »

Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Set to Visit Sandusky For Final Event of Season

Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Set to Visit Sandusky For Final Event of Season

SANDUSKY, Ohio – The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit is set to visit Sandusky, Aug. 11-14, for its sixth and final regular-season event – the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie. Hosted by the City of Sandusky and the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center, the lucrative bass-fishing Super Tournament... READ MORE »

Hartley's Hawgs Win FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Erie Open

Hartley's Hawgs Win FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Erie Open

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Braden McNamara and Mike Abbott brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Erie Open... READ MORE »

Bowling Green State University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Lake Erie

Bowling Green State University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Lake Erie

SANDUSKY, Ohio (Aug. 3, 2020) – The Bowling Green State University team of Jamesen Simion of Saline, Michigan, and Cameron Wilt of Alvada, Ohio, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Lake Erie event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned the Bowling Green.... READ MORE »

Lawton’s Mallory Claims Title at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake St. Clair

Lawton’s Mallory Claims Title at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake St. Clair

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Boater Buck Mallory of Lawton, Michigan, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 25 pounds, 5 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township, Michigan. For his victory, Mallory... READ MORE »

Georgia’s Carter Wins Toyota Series Tournament on Wheeler Lake

Georgia’s Carter Wins Toyota Series Tournament on Wheeler Lake

DECATUR, Ala. – Boater Kip Carter of Mansfield, Georgia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at Wheeler Lake tournament in Decatur, Alabama. Carter’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 41-14 earned him the win by a comfortable 4... READ MORE »

Monsoor Wins Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries

Monsoor Wins Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The man deemed the “Godfather of the Mississippi River” finally got it done at home. La Crosse’s own 71-year-old Yamamoto Baits pro Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wisconsin, caught a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win $125,000 at the Tackle Warehouse Pro... READ MORE »

Monsoor Holds Lead Heading into Final Day at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries

Monsoor Holds Lead Heading into Final Day at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Yamamoto Baits pro Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wisconsin, brought a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 5 ounces, to the scale Friday to retain his lead after day three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries. Monsoor now enters the fourth... READ MORE »

Monsoor Vaults into Lead on Day Two of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries

Monsoor Vaults into Lead on Day Two of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Local pro Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wisconsin, caught a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 8 ounces, to vault to the top of the leaderboard on day two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries in La Crosse. Monsoor’s two-day total of... READ MORE »

Wiley Leads Day One of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries

Wiley Leads Day One of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Wiley, Alabama’s Scott Wiley brought a five-bass limit to the scale Wednesday totaling 15 pounds, 3 ounces, to take the early lead on day one of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Wiley will bring a slim 5... READ MORE »

Pennsylvania’s Lorenzo and New York’s Sperling Earn Wins at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Lake Cayuga

Pennsylvania’s Lorenzo and New York’s Sperling Earn Wins at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Lake Cayuga

UNION SPRINGS, N.Y. – It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Union Springs with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Cayuga events. Boater John Lorenzo of Kane, Pennsylvania, brought five bass to the scale Saturday totaling 21 pounds, 6... READ MORE »

Satsuma’s Buntin Earns Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Alabama River

Satsuma’s Buntin Earns Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Alabama River

PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Boater Sean Buntin of Satsuma, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit bass to the scale Saturday totaling 12 pounds, 1 ounce to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Alabama River in Prattville, Alabama. Buntin topped his nearest competitor, Ben... READ MORE »

Powhatan’s Pike and Spring Grove’s Estes Tie for Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Potomac River

Powhatan’s Pike and Spring Grove’s Estes Tie for Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Potomac River

MARBURY, Md. – Boaters Cody Pike of Powhatan, Virginia, and Keith Estes of Spring Grove, Virginia, both brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 9 ounces to tie for the win at the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland... READ MORE »

MLFNOW! Analyst Marty Stone Joins “FLW Live”

MLFNOW! Analyst Marty Stone Joins “FLW Live”

BENTON, Ky. – FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Major League Fishing (MLF) announced the addition of veteran MLF NOW! analyst Marty Stone to the FLW Live broadcast team. Stone, one of the most respected voices in the sport of professional bass fishing, joins the FLW Live... READ MORE »