UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Lake Champlain

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Top 10 Patterns from Fort Gibson

Top 10 Patterns from Fort Gibson

The Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Fort Gibson was one of the more challenging tournaments in recent memory. Consider that with 115 pros fishing over three days, there were only 13 limits caught, and it took just 18 pounds, 2 ounces for two days to make the top-10 cut. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Fort Gibson

Top 10 Baits from Fort Gibson

The final Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event of the year was a true grinder. In fact, both first and second place only landed 13 keepers all week on Fort Gibson. When it’s that tough, little differences between baits can sometimes make a difference. Below is what the top 10 threw to get it done. READ MORE »

First Top 10 is a Win for Burke

First Top 10 is a Win for Burke

For three years, Johnny Burke, a 63-year-old retired county commissioner from Creek County, Oklahoma, has been fishing the Costa FLW Series as a co-angler just hoping he might score a top 10. Today, Burke not only scored his first top-10 finish, but he took it all the way to the top spot for the win. READ MORE »

Dickerson Wins by Tiebreaker

Dickerson Wins by Tiebreaker

For the second time this season in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division, a tournament was settled by tiebreaker after the top two pros finished the tournament with identical three-day weights. Tommy Dickerson of Orange, Texas, came into the final day at Fort Gibson in first place. Kyle Cortiana of Coweta, Okla., started the day in fourth. The two anglers finished the tournament with 32 pounds, 6 ounces. Because Dickerson was higher in the standings after day two, he was declared the champion. Dickerson, who is Ranger Cup qualified, earned a prize package worth more than $80,000, including a new Ranger bass boat. READ MORE »

Fort Gibson Midday Update – Day 3

Fort Gibson Midday Update – Day 3

Things got a little crazy in the final-day action of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Fort Gibson. First, falling water levels overnight threw a major curveball to tournament leader Tommy Dickerson and third-place angler Cody Bird. For the last two days both pros have been shimmying their way through a rocky shoal far up a feeder creek. Yesterday, both said if the water dropped just 3 or 4 inches, the small crevice they’ve been following through the shoal would dry up and they would be denied access. When they awoke and checked water levels this morning, indeed the water had dropped. READ MORE »

Fort Gibson Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Fort Gibson Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Getting off the beaten path. Finding something off the wall. Thinking outside the box. Trying something unconventional. These have all been the common themes of the top pros facing a very obstinate Fort Gibson Lake this week for the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury. To give some idea of just how stubborn Fort Gibson has been, only three pros have caught a limit both days of the tournament. Even more stunning is that the top-10 cut weight after two days among pros stands at just 18 pounds, 2 ounces. READ MORE »

Fort Gibson Midday Update – Day 2

Fort Gibson Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury on Fort Gibson dawned much sunnier and breezier this morning. Anglers had high hopes that the wind might help improve the bite a smidge, but it’s remained tough. Tournament leader Kyle Cortiana got off to a fast start in his primary spot with two immediate keepers, but then his action died. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Fort Gibson – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Fort Gibson – Day 1

When looking out across Fort Gibson Lake on day one of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury, one word came to mind: stagnant. For the last couple of weeks, the late-summer doldrums have set in across northeastern Oklahoma with warm, humid conditions. Current is virtually nonexistent in the lake. Aside from a couple of showers this morning and a little afternoon breeze, the lake was calm for much of the day. In all, things were pretty stale. During the day, anglers struggled to crack the stagnant code. Local pros leaned heavily on their home field knowledge, pulling out all the stops by fishing brush piles, obscure rock formations and anywhere there might be a breath of current. Local pro Kyle Cortiana compounded his home court edge into the tournament lead with 15 pounds, 8 ounces. Behind him, 11- and 12-pound limits were enough to earn a top-five spot on day one. READ MORE »

The Search is on at Fort Gibson

The Search is on at Fort Gibson

The last event of the 2018 Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division kicked off under rain clouds this morning out of Taylor’s Ferry Landing on Fort Gibson Lake. The event, which is presented by Mercury and hosted by the Wagoner County Chamber of Commerce, includes a field of 116 pros and co-anglers who will be scouring Fort Gibson’s highly pressured waters during the doldrums of late summer, trying to find an overlooked pattern or technique. READ MORE »

Cortiana Leads the Pack at Fort Gibson

Cortiana Leads the Pack at Fort Gibson

Kyle Cortiana has the early lead at the Costa FLW Series event presented by Mercury at Fort Gibson. The Oklahoma pro weighed in 15 pounds, 8 ounces on what was a very challenging first day of competition. He leads Tommy Dickerson of Orange, Texas, by 1 pound, 1 ounce. Tulsa’s Robin Babb leads co-anglers with 8-7. READ MORE »

Fort Gibson Midday Update – Day 1

Fort Gibson Midday Update – Day 1

Fort Gibson is testing the pros and co-anglers alike on day one of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern event presented by Mercury. Morning reports indicate very, very few fish being caught. Lots of pros were sitting on zero or with just one fish by the noon hour. The biggest catch discovered belonged to local angler Ryan Wilbanks who had boated four keepers with at least one of them being sizable. READ MORE »

Studio Notes: Cup edition

Studio Notes: Cup edition

After two days of rather anemic action from the water at Ouachita, I was beginning to wonder if we were ever going to get any fireworks. Finally, Clent Davis delivered on the final morning, mounting a dream charge from 10th place to win and providing fishing fans with the most stunning comeback in Cup history. READ MORE »

Studio Notes: Lake St. Clair

Studio Notes: Lake St. Clair

While the first six tournaments of the season were quite a ride, FLW saved the best for last with the season finale at St. Clair and I must say, it was the most impressive event of the year. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Cross Lake

Top 10 Patterns from Cross Lake

The 2018 T-H Marine BFL All-American is in the books and it’s safe to say that Cross Lake was quite a pleasant surprise. What was expected to be a sweltering, summertime struggle-a-thon turned into a rather impressive display of big bass, with multiple 4- to 8-pound brutes being shown off at weigh-in each day. READ MORE »

All-American Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

All-American Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

As many projected, the weights on day two of the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American on Cross Lake fell off substantially. Given Cross Lake’s small size and the intensive fishing pressure it receives as a suburban fishery, it simply couldn’t keep producing the weights seen on day one (eight limits of more than 20 pounds) for multiple days. As a result, those who rose to the top of the leaderboard today had to find something different to do to survive the day-two slump. Leader Randy Deaver found success by moving out of the cypress tree jungle, down into the main lake to a mixture of cypress trees and docks along the bank. READ MORE »

Deaver Takes Over at Cross Lake

Deaver Takes Over at Cross Lake

Randy Deaver lives just seven minutes from the ramp where the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American takeoffs are being held this week, which means he’ll sleep comfortably in his own bed tonight with a 3-pound, 10-ounce lead over his good friend and day-one leader Nick LeBrun. Deaver, a fishing guide and firefighter from Blanchard, La., cracked a 25-3 limit today to go with 21-0 on day one. He’s the only angler in the field to catch two 20-pound-plus stringers, and most importantly, he figured something out today that he thinks he can repeat on championship Saturday when the All-American title will be settled. READ MORE »

LeBrun Leads Cross Lake Slugfest

LeBrun Leads Cross Lake Slugfest

An 8-pounder and a stack of 4s and 5s comprised the tournament-leading 26-pound, 9-ounce stringer caught by hometown pro Nick LeBrun on day one of the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American on Cross Lake. LeBrun, who hails from Bossier City, La., leads a pack of BFL hammers that flat out stomped on the Cross Lake bass today. There were eight limits of more than 20 pounds, and 22 limits of at least 15 pounds in the pro ranks. READ MORE »

All-American Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

All-American Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Based on the activity posted to the FLW coverage blog on day one of the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American, the 49 pro qualifiers were scoring some hefty unofficial numbers on Cross Lake. But no one knew just how hefty until Tournament Director Daniel Fennel made those numbers official at weigh-in. And Fennel said the word “twenty” a lot. READ MORE »

Studio Notes: Smith Lake

Studio Notes: Smith Lake

The fun of Studio Notes is going back in hindsight and looking at an FLW Tour event with 20/20 vision to see what happened and what could be learned. After all, when a bunch of the nation’s best bass anglers fish a lake for a week, there are a lot of observations to be made that make for some interesting theories. READ MORE »

Hallman’s Resurgence

Hallman’s Resurgence

In the span of two and a half years, Bradley Hallman of Norman, Okla., has won a quarter million dollars on the FLW Tour. Since joining the FLW Tour in January of 2016, he has fished 17 Tour events, won two of them and cashed checks in five more. Considering there are pros who have been fishing the FLW Tour for 10 years with no Tour wins, Hallman’s track record is looking pretty good for this being only his third season. READ MORE »