UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Hartwell

St. Johns River Midday Update – Day 2

St. Johns River Midday Update – Day 2

After a warm but windy day to start the Toyota Series Southern Division opener on the St. Johns River, day two brought lower temperatures, rain and a shifting wind that blew right up the chute early this morning.

As such, running through Lake George – as much of the field did this morning – wasn’t an easy task. The return trip might be just as arduous, as the wind is still blowing, and those anglers need to be prepared for a long, potentially wet trip back to weigh-in.

Tim Frederick is making the longest run of anyone in the field this week, though it worked out for him yesterday to the tune of 19 pounds, 1 ounce. He made the same run today – an hour and a half or more – to get to his juice, which he says is about all he has to fish the rest of the week.

But somewhere between Lake George and Frederick is where much of the field has been fishing today, flipping and winding lily pads in the Astor area. That stretch is littered with pads, and Brandon Classon Sr., Wendell Causey Jr., Dean Boruff, Reid Heard, Robbie Crosnoe and Laramy Strickland were all working those areas this morning. 

Unfortunately, none of those anglers reported catching much. Classon had one small one when we checked in with him around 9:30. Causey was fishless, though he says he lost an 8-pounder early in the morning. Boruff reported having two small ones in his livewell, and Heard had one. 

Strickland, a Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit rookie this year, only had two keepers when we saw him around 10:45, but he had about 12 bites to that point, breaking off a couple giants. He says the fish just don’t seem to be eating right, which likely has a little to do with weather conditions.

Farther up the river, the fishing seems to be a tad better. Jason Blair, who entered the day in seventh place, has a limit of at least 15 pounds. He still has a couple small ones in that limit that need to be replaced, too. Additionally, his co-angler, Kevin Thomas, has a “big limit,” but we’re not sure how big exactly.

Zak Fadden, who entered day two in ninth place, has a small limit. He was working pads on the main river this morning. In third place, Kyle Welcher has four fish, but “nothing over 2 1/2 pounds.” He also made sure to voice his disgust with flipping pads, which he says he almost can’t stand to look at, mostly because they take too long to fish.

Additional anglers in the top 10 made long runs, and we weren’t quite able to track them down. There definitely seems to be a strong contingent of anglers who were aiming to leave the rest of the field to its own devices this week, mostly looking for unpressured and cleaner water. The wind certainly hasn’t helped clear things up around Lake George.

Overall, results seem to be a mixed bag right now. Some pros are on them and others are struggling, but that was the case yesterday, too. In this tournament – as with many others – consistency is going to be key for fishing on Saturday.

To see how things shake out the rest of the way, be sure to tune in to the live weigh-in on FLWFishing.com at 3 p.m. ET.

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Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga – Day 2

Brian Elder took over the lead at the 2020 Toyota Series Central Division tournament on Lake Chickamauga today by running the opposite direction of most of the rest of the top anglers. Elder went upstream, while many of his competitors ran south. As usual, most of the pros are keeping specific lures and techniques close to the vest. Here’s what the top five have revealed so far. READ MORE »

Elder Takes Over at Chickamauga

Elder Takes Over at Chickamauga

Brian Elder of Locust Grove, Ga., took over the lead at the Toyota Series Central Division event at Lake Chickamauga today with a five-bass limit that weighed 25 pounds, 4 ounces. His limit today is the biggest of the tournament so far and gives Elder a two-day total of 37-6. He’s just 10 ounces ahead of second-place pro Jim Neece Jr. and 1 pounds, 9 ounces ahead of third-place pro Brent Butler, who was tied for first after day one. The top 10 pros and co-anglers compete in tomorrow’s final round.  READ MORE »

SFA Wins National Championship

SFA Wins National Championship

After an exciting final weigh-in, the Stephen F. Austin team of Hank Harrison and Ethan LeGare were crowned champions of the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain. Due to an inadvertent violation of Rule 12, the leading McKendree University team of Nathan Doty and Jacob Louis had their final-day weight disqualified. Weighing the biggest bag of the day at 20 pounds, 8 ounces, Harrison and LeGare totaled 56-5 to win. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Midday Update – Day 2

Lake Chickamauga Midday Update – Day 2

Friday morning at the Toyota Series Central Division tournament on Lake Chickamauga was not for the faint of heart. At the 7 a.m. takeoff all was good, other than the thermometer hovering around the freezing mark. About 8:30, however, a small front moved in, bringing with it a bitter wind and a “wintry mix” to the Tennessee Valley. It began as snow with winds stout enough to blow the flakes sideways. But it soon turned into sleet and then a light, cold rain. READ MORE »

College Championship Updates - Day 3

College Championship Updates - Day 3

Day three of the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance is underway on the Harris Chain. The link to yesterday's top patterns is below, and we'll try to check in here about every hour with updates from around the field. Today is the final day, and at the end, one team is going to walk away with a new Phoenix boat and the title of National Champions. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga – Day 1

This story is supposed to be about the top five pros’ patterns, but it’s tough to write much when virtually every angler is fishing the exact same pattern. Miles Burghoff from Soddy Daisy, Tenn., and Brent Butler from Vonore, Tenn., both ended up with exactly 21 pounds, 9 ounces, creating a two-way tie for first place going into day two. They were mostly throwing lipless crankbaits. Here’s what the remaining top five anglers were doing. READ MORE »

McKendree University Moves to Top at Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain

McKendree University Moves to Top at Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain

LEESBURG, Fla. – Illinois’ McKendree University’s team of Nathan Doty and Jacob Louis moved to the top of the leaderboard Thursday on Day Two of the 2020 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance at the Harris Chain of Lakes after... READ MORE »

Butler, Burghoff Tied for Chickamauga Lead

Butler, Burghoff Tied for Chickamauga Lead

Brent Butler, who won the 2019 Toyota Series event on Lake Chickamauga, is aiming for back-to-back victories this week in the 2020 Central Division opener on the same lake. His opening-day limit of 21 pounds, 9 ounces has him in first place and in prime position to have a shot at a second Chickamauga title. If he wants to do it, Butler will have to outlast Tennessee transplant Miles Burghoff, who’s coming off a top-10 finish at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event at the Harris Chain of Lakes and is tied for the lead on Chickamauga after one day.  READ MORE »

McKendree Cruises Ahead on Harris

McKendree Cruises Ahead on Harris

After two days on the Harris Chain for the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance, McKendree University’s Nathan Doty and Jacob Louis backed up their 22-pound, 10-ounce performance from day one with another 20-2 today to take the lead. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Midday Update – Day 1

Lake Chickamauga Midday Update – Day 1

“Tough” was the catch word during the first morning of the 2020 Toyota Series Central Division tournament on Lake Chickamauga. The overnight cold front that moved in brought a dusting of snow on the surrounding mountaintops and freezing temperatures everywhere. The bass seemingly did not appreciate the quick change in the weather. READ MORE »

College Championship Updates - Day 2

College Championship Updates - Day 2

Day two of the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance is underway on the Harris Chain. The link to yesterday's top patterns is below, and we'll try to check in here about every hour with updates from around the field.  READ MORE »

Sam Houston State University Takes Early Lead at Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain

Sam Houston State University Takes Early Lead at Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain

LEESBURG, Fla. – The Sam Houston State University duo of Bryton Kurtz and Jackson Carrell grabbed the early lead Wednesday after Day One of the 2020 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance. The Bearkats team brought a five-bass... READ MORE »

Sam Houston Leads with 24-11

Sam Houston Leads with 24-11

Day one of the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain certainly didn’t disappoint. The consensus from many of the teams during practice was that the chain was fishing tough, yet would kick up some solid bags on Tuesday. With 10 bags over 18 pounds and six over 20, it’s safe to say the Harris Chain is living up to it’s potential. READ MORE »

Kritsberg Hits Jackpot With Strickland Mega-Bag

Kritsberg Hits Jackpot With Strickland Mega-Bag

Warren “Butch” Kritsberg has only lived in Florida for a few years, and he’s still learning a lot about fishing the Harris Chain of Lakes. Fortunately, he now has a lot of new intel about where and how to catch giants after riding along with Laramy Strickland on the second tournament day of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event, which was presented by Bad Boy Mowers. READ MORE »

College Championship Updates - Day 1

College Championship Updates - Day 1

Day one of the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance is underway on the Harris Chain. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from the Harris Chain

Top 10 Patterns from the Harris Chain

Each day of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the Harris Chain of Lakes was markedly different from the day prior. Most of the field struggled a bit, and the final 30 anglers were left scrambling to figure out how to find and catch fish in the post-frontal conditions that are often so detrimental for Florida largemouths.  READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from the Harris Chain

Top 10 Baits from the Harris Chain

At Florida’s Harris Chain, in late winter, it’s a good bet the same handful of baits are going to produce more than any others, from Lake Harris down to Apopka. During the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event on the Harris Chain, presented by Bad Boy Mowers, it was Texas rigs with black and blue plastics, jerkbaits, Carolina rigs and a few other moving baits that most often got the call.  READ MORE »

Lake Hartwell Set to Host Toyota FLW Series Tournament

Lake Hartwell Set to Host Toyota FLW Series Tournament

SENECA, S.C. – The 2020 Toyota Series will continue its season next week at Lake Hartwell, March 3-5, with the Toyota Series at Lake Hartwell tournament. Hosted by Visit Oconee, the three-day tournament will feature the best regional bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to... READ MORE »

Elberton’s Partain Earns Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Hartwell

Elberton’s Partain Earns Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Hartwell

LAVONIA, Ga. (Feb. 24, 2020) – Boater Kerry Partain of Elberton, Georgia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Hartwell in Lavonia. For his victory, Partain earned $5,336... READ MORE »

Local Rookie Strickland Wins Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Harris Chain of Lakes presented by Bad Boy Mowers

Local Rookie Strickland Wins Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Harris Chain of Lakes presented by Bad Boy Mowers

LEESBURG, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2020) – Pro Laramy Strickland of Bushnell, Florida, brought five bass to the scale weighing 15 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Harris Chain of Lakes presented by Bad Boy Mowers Sunday. Strickland’s three-day total of 15 bass totaling 61 pounds, 4 ounces gave him the... READ MORE »