UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Ohio River

Harris Chain Day 3 Coverage

Harris Chain Day 3 Coverage
Laramy Strickland

QUICK LINKS

Live leaderboard – click here

Tournament Preview – click here

Tournament Details – click here

Day 2 leader story – click here

Day 2 coverage blog – click here

 

2:05 - That's it for the blog

Thanks for following along throughout the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event presented by Bad Boy Mowers at the Harris Chain. It's been a great tournament full of giant bass, and this one is still too close to call. One good fish in the final hour could ultimately decide the winner. 

Will it be Strickland? Can Washam retake the lead? Or will Freeman find another keeper or two to get back in the running? 

We'll find out at 4 .m. ET during the weigh-in. Tune in live to see for yourself. 

 

1:54 - Freeman is heading for the lock

Hunter Freeman is leaving Griffin and headed back to Harris. That's big news, since he still doesn't have a limit and is vacating his primary area. We'll make one final post in a few minutes to wrap up today's on-the-water coverage. Stand by.

 

1:35 - Another cull for Strickland

The Speed Worm does the trick for Strickland, who just put another 2 3/4-pound fish in the livewell for a cull. "I seen him swim by my boat, pitched my Speed Worm to him and he ate it. What kind of luck is that?" If he keeps upgrading little by little he might be able to hold off Jimmy Washam, but there's still a lot of time left to fish. 

A few other upgrades:

Dakota Ebare now has 9 pounds. 

Jon Canada has 10-pound limit

Tyler Woolcott has had a good day, now with 15 pounds.

Miles Burghoff has started making his way back toward weigh-in. He says his best water isn't warming up fast enough for his fish to turn on, and he still needs two keepers. So he's heading to a protected canal to try to take advantage of the perfect sight-fishing conditions to try and swing for the fences on a couple of spawners. He caught a 7-plus there on day one. 

 

1:25 - Strickland back in front

Laramy Strickland and Jimmy Washam are punching back and forth. Washam took the lead, and 20 minutes later Strickland caught a 3-pounder to retake the lead. "That one felt good," he said. Strickland says he's focused on grinding in this area as long as he can. Then he's going to tidy his boat and head back through the lock to finish out the final minutes of the day. 

 

1:05 - Washam takes the lead

After a protracted fight that took him all the way around the boat, Jimmy Washam was able to slip his dip net under a 3 3/4-pound largemouth bass that culled out a 2 1/4 in his livewell. That fish puts him ahead of Laramy Strickland on our unofficial leaderboard. The full-time law enforcement officer is chasing the biggest win of his career, and he's not too far away from the finish line right now. 

"I just can't wait to cast back in there," Washam said. He's got a little something figured out and has landed several fish in the last half-hour using a Megabass Ito Shiner jerkbait.

 

12:30 - Strickland gets his limit with a kicker

Laramy Strickland caught a 1 1/2-pound bass to reclaim third place with four in the box, then added a 5 1/2-pound kicker for his limit fish. "They're starting to bite," he said on FLW Live. That's bad news for everyone else.

Meanwhile, Ron Nelson is staring at an 8-pounder on a bed. He's a lethal sight-fisherman, so stay tuned because he can make a big move if he gets that one to bite.

 

12:25 - Warren gets another

Chad Warren is piecing together a really solid day. He has 16 pounds now and is in third place on the unofficial leaderboard. 

 

John Cox

11:55 - Lots of updates

A lot has happened in the last 30 minutes. 

John Cox caught his second keeper, upping his weight to 4 1/2 pounds.

Laramy Strickland added No. 3, a 1 1/2-pounder. He's got 4 pounds total.

Jared McMillan's bite totally shut down. He's scrapping around for a bite.

Tyler Woolcott made a couple of culls to get into the low teen range.

Chad Warren, who has one giant in the box, added a 3-pounder to get to 14 1/4 pounds total.

Billy McDonald put a second 2-pounder in the livewell.

Jimmy Washam made a small cull after moving to Lake Eustis. 

Dylan Hays added a 2-pounder as well. 

 

Miles Burghoff

11:25 - Burghoff gets another

Miles Burghoff is finally heating up. He got three bites in one stretch and caught two fish pretty quickly. Burghoff now has about 6 pounds in the livewell. He doesn't have a lot of time left, though. He'll be making a long run back from Apopka. 

Also in Apopka, the McMillan brothers continue to catch fish pretty consistently. They just need to find some better quality. Both believe that bigger fish could be moving in as the day warms, but because of the travel time back, they might miss their window to catch them.

Matt Stefan, who's fishing close to the ramp, has also had a steady day of catching. He's up to 16 1/2 pounds and a top-five placement.

Finally, Laramy Strickland put down his punch rig and is throwing around a worm, just trying to figure out what has changed and what he could do to turn around his luck.

 

11:11 - Burghoff on the board, too

Miles Burghoff has his first bass now, too. He caught a 2-pounder. 

 

John Cox

11:07 - Cox gets No. 1

John Cox is finally on the board with a 1 3/4-pound bass. He'd previously said that if he couldn't catch that little guy, he was going to have some serious problems. Well, he caught it. Now he's back on a giant that's bedded down nearby.

 

Erik Luzak

10:50 - Luzak nets a giant, too

Not to be outdone, Erik Luzak just landed a kicker, too. His 6 1/2-pounder has him in the top 10 with a 12-pound limit.

Our leader from yesterday, Laramy Strickland, has switched fishing pads. He's talking about making a move to a new marsh since he can't seem to get anything going in his main area from yesterday.

 

Chad Warren

10:35 - Warren lands a giant

The first real giant of the day has fallen to Chad Warren. The Oklahoma pro caught a 7-pounder. It's his third fish of the day for a total weight of 10 pounds, 4 ounces. 

Hunter Freeman added a 2-pounder to his total. He's now our unofficial leader. John Cox is still struggling. He's spotted several good fish on beds, but they aren't willing to cooperate. He thinks most of the fish in his canal have already been caught this year. 

James Niggemeyer has had better luck bed-fishing. It took him an hour, but he was able to catch a 4-pounder to cull out a 1-pounder for a great morning upgrade. 

 

Laramy Strickland

10:20 - Another for Strickland

After getting into his "Sumter County attire," aka no shoes, Laramy Strickland caught his second keeper. It's a little 1-pounder. 

Stefan and Jared McMillan have both upgraded since the last post. There's a bit of a traffic jam at the top five, with everyone separated by one Florida kicker. 

 

Jared McMillan

10:10 - J-Mac making moves

Jared McMillan culled a 1-pounder out with a 3-pounder from a patch of reeds he hadn't previously fished all week.

"If there's that many 3-pound males in here it could go down today. That gets me excited."

Perhaps this warming weather has another batch of spawners headed up to bed. 

Jared's brother, Brandon, is also having a good day, with a limit worth almost 16 pounds. They're currently both in the top six.

 

Laramy Strickland

9:50 - Strickland on the board

Laramy Strickland landed a 1 1/2-pound bass for his first keeper of the day.

 

9:42 - Strickland (almost) catches one, Freeman gets ANOTHER giant

Laramy Strickland caught what looked like it was going to be his first keeper, but he decided the 12-incher was just too close to the line to keep and threw it back. Meanwhile, Hunter Freeman caught another magnum toad. It weighed 7 1/2 pounds on his scale. He's got just two fish for 13 1/2 pounds! "I thought that was a 10-pounder when I stuck it," he says. "Those fish came on the same exact cast." He's fishing an offshore shell bed along a breakline. 

 

9:30 - Missed opportunities

While we've had several fish caught since the last update, the real story is missed opportunities. Laramy Strickland has missed several fish so far, including losing a 3-pounder. He still has zero in the box. He thinks one of the missed fish was a giant. "They're biting it funny, but they just are starting to bite it," he says. Strickland's luck needs to turn around because these sharks behind him would gladly take his crown. Lance Crawford has also experienced some heartbreak. He lost a 5-pounder that would've been his first fish in the boat. 

 

9:15 - J-Mac misses, then hits

Jared McMillan had a brief moment of hearbreak when the fish he'd hooked up with wrapped him around some reed. Despite reaching over and trying to dig it out of the reeds, J-Mac couldn't land the fish. A few minutes later, however, he got some revenge with a 2-pounder. He's on the board. 

 

Matt Stefan

Matt Stefan

9:00 - Freeman gets a big; Stefan on a roll

Hunter Freeman just put his first bass in the livewell, and it's a good one - 6 pounds. The bass had a needlefish sticking out of its craw, so we know what the fish are eating in his area. 

Matt Stefan is having a good morning, too. He has just three keepers in the livewell that total 10 3/4 pounds. UPDATE: As soon as we made that last update, Stefan caught a 3-pounder to add to his total. He's on a roll. 

 

Jimmy Washam

8:45 - Washam upgrades twice, catches rolling in

It's sunny, with a light breeze, and overall a great day for catching bass, as you'll see if you check out the FLW Live Leaderboard. The catch reports are rolling in.

Jimmy Washam is having a good morning fishing his jerkbait. He had a small limit but was able to cull up twice, including with a 3-pounder. Nelson has a 10-pound limit, and so does Jacob Wall. And at least two-thirds of the top 30 pros have already checked in with bass in their livewells. 

Nothing yet for Strickland. 

 

WATCH: Laramy Strickland Blasts Massive 31-Pound Limit of Bass at Harris Chain on Day 2

You've got to watch this:

 

Brandon McMillan

8:22 - B-Mac gets a nice one; everyone has made it to their starting spots

The Apopka crew has arrived and it includes the McMillan brothers and Miles Burghoff. That means everyone has reached his starting spot this morning. Brandon McMillan got on the board pretty quickly with a 4-pounder. If those fish in Apopka are going to chew this morning, Laramy Strickland better be on his game, because Burghoff and Jared McMillan are both within reach of his lead. 

 

Jimmy Washam

8:00 - Washam, Nelson have limits

Jimmy Washam and Ron Nelson have a limit each. They're the first two to get five in the boat. Washam caught all five of his on a jerkbait, and though he's got five, it's a tiny bag of fish at less than 10 pounds. Nelson's limit will go for about 10. 

The pros fishing Griffin have arrived and should start catching pretty soon. The McMillan brothers are in the Apopka canal, so they'll be fishing before long, too.

 

Brandon McMillan

7:30 - About a third of the pros in Harris, a third headed for Griffin

Based on FLW's trackers, roughly a third of the top 30 pros stayed in Harris this morning. Another third are locking through to Griffin. The rest are spread out in the system, working their way toward Apopka or parts in between. 

While their competitors are traveling, Erik Luzak, Jimmy Washam and Ron Nelson have each put a couple keepers in the boat. It's nice to get an early start, but as we saw yesterday from Strickland, it's possible to put some gigantic weights in the boat in a short matter of time. What's really important is finding the juice and dialing in the bite. 

 

7:00 - The top 30 are at it

Here we go. There are big things coming today at the Harris Chain. Whether or not they'll be as big as Laramy Strickland's day-two limit of more than 31 pounds we'll have to wait and see, but today's forecast calls for fantastic conditions for catching some hawgs in Florida. It's supposed to be sunny and warm, with a high of 74 degrees, and only a mild breeze. If there are bigguns on beds, the top 30 pros will find them. If there are hawgs laid up in reeds and pads, these guys will catch them.

The top pros are off and running. Expect a little bit of a delayin the reporting early on as many of them are heading for Griffin and Apopka, which require extensive travel times and navigating locks. We'll keep you posted as they make their way to their starting spots to get the final day of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers event rolling this morning.

 

CONDITIONS

Temperature at takeoff: 50 degrees

Forecast high: 74 degrees

Sky: Partly cloudy

Precipitation: zero percent chance of rain

Wind: N at 5 mph

 

TOURNAMENT DETAILS

Hosted by Lake County, Fla.

Takeoff: 7 a.m. ET at Venetian Gardens - Ski Beach, 201 E Lake Harris Drive, Leesburg, FL

Weigh-in: 4 p.m. ET at Venetian Gardens

FLW Live studio show: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET

FLW Live weigh-in show: 3:50 p.m. to end of weigh-in

Tags: headline-story  2020-02-20-harris-chain 

Rogers Wins from 8th on Erie

Rogers Wins from 8th on Erie

Starting the final day in eighth place, Lee Rogers of Newton, N.J., rocketed up the leaderboard with the biggest limit of the day to win the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie. With the field confined to the area around Sandusky Bay due to wind, Rodgers brought 15 pounds, 10 ounces to the scale for a total of 48-12 to earn his first win with FLW. For his win, Rogers gets the trophy and a $32,439 paycheck. READ MORE »

Erie Midday Update – Day 3

Erie Midday Update – Day 3

With big winds present even before putting boats in the water, it was obvious that day three of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie was going to throw the anglers a curveball. After a short delay, the new boundaries were set from Marblehead Lighthouse to Cedar Point, and the pros blasted off in search of bass. READ MORE »

Lake Erie Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Lake Erie Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

The final day of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie is likely to change things up quite a bit. With many of the top pros making long runs, there’s a chance much of what happened on days one and two will be physically impossible on day three. READ MORE »

Erie Midday Update – Day 2

Erie Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the Toyota Series Northern Division event has been pretty slow across the board, and particularly for the leaders. Though the weather isn’t too bad and the wind is fairly manageable, the fishing in Erie is slower than it was yesterday. READ MORE »

Stokes Pulls Ahead on Erie

Stokes Pulls Ahead on Erie

One of a number of pros who elected to make the run from Sandusky to the Detroit River, Troy Stokes pulled into the lead on day two of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie. READ MORE »

Lake Erie Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Erie Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Day one of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie was not dominated by St. Clair as some expected. Though St. Clair did produce the lead for Scott Dobson, a hodgepodge of techniques and locations got it done for the other top pros on Erie. READ MORE »

Dobson Takes Slim Lead on Erie

Dobson Takes Slim Lead on Erie

The weights on day one of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie were about what folks expected: plenty of quality fish, but a lack of the plump 4- and 5-pounders that Erie is so known for. Weighing one of only two bags over 20 pounds, Scott Dobson put 20-12 on the scale after a day of fishing that took him as far from Sandusky as the mouth of the St. Clair River. READ MORE »

Pirowski Flips for Potomac Title

Pirowski Flips for Potomac Title

Boater Alex Pirowski of Occoquan, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. For his victory, Pirowski earned a total of $5,337. READ MORE »

Richmond Wins on Ouachita

Richmond Wins on Ouachita

Boater Russell Richmond of Sheridan, Arkansas, brought three bass to the scale Saturday totaling 11 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Ouachita in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Richmond topped his nearest competitor, Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Arkansas, by 1-pound, 1-ounce and earned $4,394 for his victory. READ MORE »

McClain, Drake Take Hoosier Double-Header

McClain, Drake Take Hoosier Double-Header

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Bloomington with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Monroe events presented by Fish-Intel. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March. READ MORE »

Okie Double-Header on Arkansas River

Okie Double-Header on Arkansas River

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Muskogee with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Arkansas River events. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March. READ MORE »

Losee, Tweite Close out High School Championship

Losee, Tweite Close out High School Championship

The Riceville (Iowa) High School team of Lawson Losee and Kooper Tweite won the 2020 Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River out of La Crosse, Wis., with a three-day (three bass per day) total weight of 30 pounds, 4 ounces. Losee and Tweite topped 194 of the top high school teams in the country. READ MORE »

It’s All Wheeler on Chickamauga

It’s All Wheeler on Chickamauga

You’re not going to find a bass angler on a hotter streak right now than Tennessee’s Jacob Wheeler. Prior to this week, the 29-year-old pro had won five multiple-day tournaments since the start of the 2019 season. Today, the No. 1 ranked angler in the world added a sixth victory to his impressive run by dominating the first-ever Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga. Wheeler’s four-day total of 93 pounds, 12 ounces earned him the win by a margin of more than 11 pounds. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 4 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

Losee, Tweite Take Over High School Lead

Losee, Tweite Take Over High School Lead

Lawson Losee and Kooper Tweite of Riceville High School in Riceville, Iowa, have the lead going into the final day of the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wis. Their two-day total of 19 pounds, 2 ounces (three-fish limit per day) has Losee and Tweite 1 pound, 1 ounce ahead of the second-place team. The top 10 teams compete tomorrow for the title.  READ MORE »

Wheeler Crushes 25-12 to Retake Lead

Wheeler Crushes 25-12 to Retake Lead

Day three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament was another banner day on Chickamauga, but it was a really stupendous day for Jacob Wheeler. Weighing 25-12 with a 10-pounder for a 72-6 total, Wheeler cruised back into the lead with no problem. Heading into the final day, Wheeler has a 4-13 edge over Jason Reyes, who weighed 17-11 and dropped to second with a 62-3 total. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 3 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

Mains, Chapman Lead High School Championship

Mains, Chapman Lead High School Championship

Legacy Christian Academy (Lenexa, Kan.) anglers Ryder Mains and Mason Chapman have the early lead at the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis. With a three-fish limit worth 11 pounds, 11 ounces, Mains and Chapman lead the second-place team by 1 pound, 9 ounces.  READ MORE »

Reyes Surges Ahead

Reyes Surges Ahead

The big fish bit on day two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga. While the first day featured plenty of good fishing, both Jason Reyes and Cole Floyd caught bags that crossed the 25-pound mark on day two. Weighing 27 pounds, 4 ounces, Reyes surged into the lead with a 49-14 total. READ MORE »

High School Championship Under Way at La Crosse

High School Championship Under Way at La Crosse

La Crosse, Wis., has been inundated with bass boats this past week as young anglers pre-fished and boat drivers got them into casting position on the mighty Mississippi for the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite National Championship. This three-day lure-slinging event, June 24-26, 2020, is likely to showcase this area’s amazing bass fishery, as well the diversity of techniques that can be used to catch them in early summer.  READ MORE »