UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Clear Lake

BFL Winning Patterns – June 6-7

BFL Winning Patterns – June 6-7

The weekend of June 6 featured six different Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine events spread across four different divisions. With a pair of double-headers mixed in, it was an action-packed weekend on the water.

Below you can read up on how the winners got it done.

You can click here to see the full schedule and click here or call (270) 252-1000 to enter a tournament.

 

Heath Eldridge

Okie Division – Lake Eufaula – June 6

In the first Okie Division event of the weekend, boater Heath Eldridge of McAlester, Oklahoma, brought five bass to the scale totaling 18 pounds, 1 ounce to win Saturday’s event.

“I had boat issues, so I only was able to run 3 or 4 miles from takeoff,” says Eldridge, who earned his first BFL victory as a boater. “There was no wind, but there was a lot of boat traffic, so I found some current near some rip rap on bridges and that turned out to be the key area.”

Eldridge says the majority of his bass came on a shaky head with a junebug-colored GrandeBass Airtail worm, but he also added a solid keeper on a shad-colored Bomber crankbait.

Complete results

 

Hayden Burkett

Okie Division – Lake Eufaula – June 7

On Sunday, boater Hayden Burkett of Bokchito, Oklahoma, brought in three bass weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces, to earn the win. Due to the heat, Sunday’s event featured a three-fish limit, and Burkett was one of two anglers to pass the 15-pound mark with their three bass.

“I was mainly cranking, but I also had a little dock pattern going,” says Burkett. “Everywhere I went today, I was catching them. I caught a big one out deep, and I caught a big one fishing docks.”

Burkett mentioned his crankbait of choice was a sexy shad-colored Strike King Series 6, but did not divulge the baits that he used on the docks. One of his three fish was a 7-13, which was also the day’s Big Bass.

Complete results

 

Jason Thomas

Piedmont Division – High Rock Lake – June 6

Boater Jason Thomas of Lexington, North Carolina, earned the win Saturday at High Rock with five for 17 pounds, 10 ounces. For his victory, Thomas earned a total of $11,794, including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus contingency award. The victory was the first win of Thomas’ FLW career.

Thomas says he ran creeks, particularly focusing on Second Creek.

“Pretty much the only creeks that I didn’t fish today were Abbott’s Creek, or up the river,” Thomas says. “I caught a few on a jig, but then things got tough and I switched to a shaky-head rig to fill out my limit.”

Thomas says his jig of choice was a ½-ounce Shooter Jig with a Strike King Rage Bug trailer, and he threw a 3/8-ounce shaky-head rig with a Zoom Trick Worm.

Complete results

 

Dustin Cooper

Mountain Division – Dale Hollow Lake – June 6

Boater Dustin Cooper of Livingston, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale totaling 18 pounds, 3 ounces to win Saturday’s event.

“I fished on the lower end of the lake, close to the dam,” says Cooper, who earned the first win of his career. “I was fishing offshore humps all day, throwing a Zoom Ol’ Monster worm.

“I’ve got a lot of experience here, and it paid off big for me. I know where the fish like to go in their summertime patterns and it worked out today.”

Complete results

 

Brad Adkins

Mountain Division – Dale Hollow Lake – June 7

Brad Adkins of West Liberty, Kentucky, brought in a limit weighing 18 pounds, 8 ounces on Sunday to earn the win. 

On Sunday, Adkins won the event flipping a jig, throwing a Carolina rig and on a crankbait.

“I caught a big one early flipping, then it really slowed down on me,” Adkins says. “Around 11 o’clock I caught two on a Carolina rig. A little later my co-angler caught one on a drop-shot rig and when he brought that fish up, there were 40 to 50 fish right with it.

“So, I picked up a crankbait and caught them right then in a flurry. It happened quick and was magical for about 30 minutes. It was one of the same spots where I caught a few Saturday, but today it was just lights-out.

“When it’s your time, it’s your time and everything just came together for me.”

Complete results

 

John Barnett

Buckeye Division – Indian Lake – June 6

Boater John Barnett of Huntsville, Ohio, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds even to win on Indian Lake. The tournament was the first of five events in the Buckeye Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

“I fished on the north end of the lake, by Long Island,” says Barnett, who earned his first career FLW win. “I was punching a mixture of grass – a lot of coon tail – keying in on patches that had deeper water around it. I got most of my good bites around 3½- to 4-foot-deep, which on this lake is relatively deep.”

Punching beaver and craw baits, Barnett swapped between ¾- and 1 ¼-ounce weights.

“I found those fish two weeks ago and pretty much just expanded on my area,” Barnett says. “I had a set game plan of what I wanted to do in this tournament, and everything worked out for me.”

Complete results

Dardanelle Midday Update – Day 3

Dardanelle Midday Update – Day 3

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Detroit River Midday Update – Day 3

Detroit River Midday Update – Day 3

With the wind laying down a bit, the top 10 anglers in the Toyota Series Northern Division event on the Detroit River have been able to go wherever they pleased today. With crisp morning temperatures, plenty of sun and a north wind, the conditions have largely been quite good, with mixed results from the anglers. READ MORE »

Dardanelle Midday Update – Day 2

Dardanelle Midday Update – Day 2

Anglers said Thursday that current didn’t matter during the first round of the Toyota Series Plains Division opener presented by Fish-Intel at Lake Dardanelle, but apparently it matters more than they thought. READ MORE »

Detroit River Midday Update – Day 2

Detroit River Midday Update – Day 2

With strong wind from the north again, the Toyota Series Northern Division field was again confined to the actual Detroit River. On day one, the fishing was quite good, and several pros crossed the 20-pound mark and plenty of limits hit the scales. Today, things seem a little tougher. READ MORE »

Tommy Skarlis, 1965-2020

Tommy Skarlis, 1965-2020

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Smith Wins Southeastern AOY

Smith Wins Southeastern AOY

Originally from Wisconsin and sometimes wearing a Green Bay Packers hoodie on stage, Dustin Smith doesn’t fit the mold of Toyota Series Southeastern Division Strike King Angler of the Year. Still, Smith hammered out a pair of top 10s and a 27th-place showing en route to the title, and his style of fishing was simply perfect for this season in the Southeastern Division. READ MORE »

Potomac Midday Update – Day 3

Potomac Midday Update – Day 3

Clouds have lingered throughout the morning, which most of the top 10 were thankful for as the bite has been better than it was during practice when conditions were calm and sunny. READ MORE »

Potomac Midday Update – Day 2

Potomac Midday Update – Day 2

Clouds once again greeted the field for day two of the Toyota Series Eastern Division event on the Potomac River and the fish were biting this morning. With low tide this morning around 8:40 a.m. ET – about an hour and a half later than yesterday – more anglers had time to capitalize on the strong bite revolving around that window today. READ MORE »

Potomac Midday Update – Day 1

Potomac Midday Update – Day 1

It was a gloomy start to the first day of competition for the Toyota Series Eastern Division event on the Potomac River, and though it seems like a fishy day, so far the fish don’t seem to think so. READ MORE »

2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Schedule

2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Schedule

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Wheeler's Wheelhouse

Wheeler's Wheelhouse

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Ft. Gibson Midday Update – Day 3

Ft. Gibson Midday Update – Day 3

Cameron Foster began the final day of the 2020 FLW Toyota Series Southwest Division event at Fort Gibson Lake with an 11-pound lead. By 8:00 a.m., Foster had returned to the honey hole that brought him to pole position with $27,070 on the line for crossing the finish line. Thanks to a hot, early bite, Foster is now nursing a four fish total with at least one 4-pounder in the boat. READ MORE »

Ft. Gibson Midday Update – Day 2

Ft. Gibson Midday Update – Day 2

Competitors in the Toyota Series Southwestern Division event at Fort Gibson Lake awoke to a completely different waterway than the one they fished yesterday. While day one brought overcast skies and a bevy of baitfish to the surface, day two screamed bluebird skies from the start and has settled into a mostly sunny blanket of blue towards midday. READ MORE »

Fort Gibson Midday Update – Day 1

Fort Gibson Midday Update – Day 1

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2021 Toyota Series Schedule

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Mitchell Tops 100 Pounds on Day 1

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Insiders Watch List

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Announcing the TITLE Groups

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