June 25, 2016 9:00 am
Daily tournament coverage, photos, videos and more from day 3 of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by General Tire on Lake Champlain.
June 24, 2016 8:26 pm
Out of a huge class of 28 new Walmart FLW Tour anglers, Chris Johnston came out on top as the 2016 Rookie of the Year. He was recognized with the ROY trophy at Friday's day-two weigh-in at the Walmart FLW Tour finale on Lake Champlain. He currently is in third place and will fish against the top 20 anglers on Saturday.
Day two of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by General Tire on Lake Champlain was calm and slick compared to day one's breezy conditions. As a result, leader Scott Martin had to fall back on some smallmouths to subsidize his largemouth plan. The calm conditions gave the smallmouth specialists premium opportunity to hunt bedding fish as much as 15 deep with their eyes. Yet, largemouths continue to be a big factor in four of the top five pros' limits. Here is a closer look at how second through fifth fared.
In just five years as a co-angler on the Walmart FLW Tour, Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., has won a Tour event, the Forrest Wood Cup and Co-angler of the Year, the latter coming Friday afternoon after New finished 12th at Lake Champlain in the 2016 Tour finale. Along with the COY trophy, New takes home a Ranger Z518C with a 200-hp outboard, and he earns the right to fish as a pro in the new Walmart FLW Invitational tournaments this fall.
With 103 events fished with FLW and seven years on the Walmart FLW Tour as a pro, Al Gagliarducci has given himself plenty of chances to see a win. This week, fishing as a co-angler in the Walmart FLW tour event presented by General Tire on Lake Champlain, the West Suffield, Conn., native finally got a win with a total of 33 pounds, 11 ounces of smallmouths over two days.
Today at Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, N.Y., Andy Morgan won his third Angler of the Year title and its $100,000 prize. He's not the first to win three, but Morgan is the first in FLW Tour history to win three in four years.
Florida pro Scott Martin caught a five-bass limit that weighed 20 pounds on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by General Tire on Lake Champlain to extend his lead going into the third of four competition days. Martin's two-day total is 42 pounds, 5 ounces. Trailing him in second is Bryan Schmitt, who weighed the day's biggest limit - 21-05 - and has a two-day total of 38-12.
Kentucky Lake did not go the way I intended. I was pumped and ready to rock out a top-20 finish. I had great expectations of myself, but nothing seemed to come together. Practice was dicey, but I thought for sure I could put something together to make the cut. That was until day one came, and the whole vibe of my day instantly went from eager to agitated.
Daily tournament coverage, photos, videos and more from day 2 of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by General Tire on Lake Champlain.
June 23, 2016 6:28 pm
Smallmouths or largemouths? That's the ubiquitous question every time the Walmart FLW Tour visits Lake Champlain. And on day one of the 2016 Tour finale on Champlain, which is presented by General Tire, that question again toyed with anglers' tournament strategies. From the looks of the day-one top five, both species are represented, with the advantage given to largemouths. Scott Martin holds the early lead with an all-largemouth catch of 22 pounds, 5 ounces. Behind him, there are two mixed bags and then two more all-largemouth bags.