UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Erie

Lake Eufaula Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Eufaula Top 5 Patterns – Day 1
Scott Montgomery

Michael Smith established the pace at the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event on Lake Eufaula with a five-bass first-day limit that weighed 25 pounds, 7 ounces. He leads a crew of mostly offshore sticks that are mining Eufaula’s brush piles and ledges for some seriously big bass. Though, it’s worth pointing out that several in the top 10 did catch some or all of their keepers up shallow today. 

Here’s a rundown of the top five after one day of fishing.

Complete results

Smith’s day-one report

 

2. Josh Stracner – Vandiver, Ala. – 23-9 (5) 

Coming into the tournament, Josh Stracner’s name was being tossed around as one to watch for in the standings. Stracner, of Vandiver, Ala., which is about three hours north of Eufaula, came through on day one with a second-place effort worth 23 pounds, 9 ounces.

“Everybody’s fishing deep. Everybody’s out on these ledges. That’s how I caught mine,” he says. “I caught ’em early. I caught ’em late. Seems like that middle of the day you can’t hardly get a bite.

“They’re not pulling water ’til 1 o’clock, and it really doesn’t trigger the fish until about 2,” Stracner adds. “So we pretty much miss it. I did get on a little flurry and caught my two best fish in the last 10 minutes.”

Stracner says the fish have been out on the ledges for a couple weeks, and he knows where to find them. The biggest hurdle is having to share water with other ledge sticks. 

“You’ve just got to run the whole lake and fish a bunch of places,” he says. “I was lucky to get on the place I wanted to start on. I caught about 18 pounds on it. I don’t think I got on a fresh school the rest of the day. I was shooting for 20 pounds, and I had about 20 pounds until the last 10 minutes and caught my biggest fish in the last 10 minutes and had to go. Tomorrow, I’m going to miss that late bite and really don’t know what to expect.”

 

3. Scott Montgomery – Eufaula, Ala. – 23-5 (5)  

If you checked the midday update article on the FLW website today, you saw a photo of Eufaula local Scott Montgomery steering a tail-walking 6-pound, 10-ounce bass into the net. That fish (also shown as the lead image in this article) earned Montgomery the day-one Big Bass prize and helped him claim a spot in the top five.

“I’m just running down the lake looking for points in real deep water; anywhere that tops out in about 20 foot and goes off into about 40,” he says. “I’m trying to find them ganged up on points and throwing a few different baits. I was throwing a Strike King 10XD. I threw a 7-inch Suicide Shad [swimbait] by Big Bite Baits. And I’ve been rotating an 8-inch finesse worm. Like, if I can see the school on 360 but can’t make them fire, I’ll work them with a worm until I get them to fire. Then I’ll back off and try them again.”

Montgomery pulled his keepers from about 10 spots. He thinks some of the better schools have gotten smaller as more bass have relocated to the banks to capitalize on easy pickings with the mayflies.

“I’m not sure if I can do it again tomorrow, but I’ll sure try,” Montgomery adds. 

 

4. Shane Powell – Dothan, Ala. – 23-0 (5)  

Dothan, Ala., pro Shane Powell was in the first flight and wound up being the first angler to weigh in a 20-plus bag today. Having that early boat draw was a real benefit for Powell’s offshore game plan.

“I started off fast. I caught some good fish off ledges on a crankbait,” he says. “Then after that, midmorning, it slowed down, and this afternoon it picked up again. I think it’s more of a timing thing. The sun this afternoon helped a lot I think. 

“From last week to this week, there’s so many more fish out deep that I think that’s going to be the only way to stay consistent day after day is to stay out there.”

 

5. Josh Bragg – Jacksonville, Ala. – 20-12 (5)  

Completing an Alabama sweep of the top five, Josh Bragg started off with a limit worth 20 pounds, 12 ounces. 

With a late boat draw, Bragg had to take what spots he could get. He says he “jumped on the ledges that were open” and banged away at them all day, culling another 15-pound limit throughout the day.

“I’m probably running about 50 or 60 spots,” says Bragg, who won his first BFL on Eufaula in 2017. “I’m throwing up on those ledges, and I’m giving them 10 casts. If I can get them fired up in about 10 casts, I’ll stay there with them for a few minutes, and then I’m moving on to the next. 

“There was a lull between about 9 and 12. I caught them pretty good early and pretty good late. I may try to change my rotation up tomorrow [with an early draw].”

Tags: curtis-niedermier  headline-story  2020-06-04-eufaula 

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 »

Lake Chickamauga Day 2 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 2 Coverage

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

Wheeler leads with 24-9 on Chick

Wheeler leads with 24-9 on Chick

Day one of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga featured good fishing with a lot of pressure put on the offshore fish. Making the most of his local knowledge, Jacob Wheeler weighed 24 pounds, 9 ounces to take the lead on day one. Behind him, John Cox weighed in 23-6 for second place. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 1 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 1 Coverage

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

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Chickamauga

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Chickamauga

FLW marshals and media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the fourth stop of the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin. READ MORE »

Several Patterns in Play at Ouachita BFL

Several Patterns in Play at Ouachita BFL

FLW has a long history of hosting multiple-day summertime tournaments on Lake Ouachita, where pros have to grind it out for three days in what are usually tough conditions. On June 27, when the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Arkie Division takes to Ouachita, the Natural State’s best bass anglers will need to game plan a little differently. With only one day to fish and a three-bass limit, they’ll have to swing for the fences with big-bass patterns to have a shot at winning. READ MORE »

HS Championship Will be a Frog-Fest

HS Championship Will be a Frog-Fest

If you wanted to design the perfect frog-fishing tournament, you might host it at Guntersville or the Cal Delta, but you could also copy the agenda for the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River out of La Crosse, Wis. READ MORE »

Dixon, Houchin Win on Dardanelle

Dixon, Houchin Win on Dardanelle

Boater Wayne Dixon of Morrilton, Arkansas, brought three bass to the scale totaling 10 pounds, 11 ounces to win Saturday’s event and earn $5,127, but Mabelvale’s Quincy Houchin was the big winner on the weekend. Houchin finished second Saturday – good for $3,139 – then backed it up with a win on Sunday, which earned him the top prize of $12,309, including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus contingency award. READ MORE »