Archive for February, 2015
February 14, 2015 5:18 pm
He's probably the most relaxed competitor this writer has ever encountered in tournament fishing. Just don't mistake his cool demeanor on the outside for a lack of intensity deep down inside. Ricardo Carrillo of Laredo, Texas, was all business on the water at this week's Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event on Lake Amistad presented by Frabill. Carrillo caught 11 pounds, 15 ounces, 6-10 and 5-4 in three days for a tournament total of 23-13 to win the co-angler division by more than 3 pounds. For his efforts, Carrillo earned his very first bass boat, a Ranger Z117 with 90-hp outboard.
He told the weigh-in crowd that he was tired of being a bridesmaid. He'd had enough of finishing runner-up. He was ready for his time in the limelight and wanted it to happen on this stage, in Del Rio, Texas, in front of family and friends in the town where he grew up. Finally, it happened. At the day-three weigh-in for the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division Lake Amistad event presented by Frabill, Ray Hanselman was crowned a champion. All that an emotional Hanselman could get out as he tried to hide his sobs was a one-line thank you when Tournament Director Ron Lappin handed him his trophy: "I want to thank everybody who's out here today." With that, the hometown crowd exploded with applause. Hanselman took the lead in this derby on the second day with the tournament's second-biggest stringer - 19 pounds, 6 ounces - by running almost 65 miles up the Rio Grande to a warm-water spring in the back of a spawning pocket. Getting there was a gamble that he was willing to make again today, and it paid off with a final stringer of 15-4. Hanselman was easily the most consistent pro in the field this week due to his vast local knowledge of Lake Amistad and his willingness to go where he knew the big ones lived. His three-day total of 50 pounds, 14 ounces bested second-place finisher Brian Ankrum by 5 1/2 pounds. Hanselman earned $33,300 for his victory.
MOUNT IDA, Ark. - Jeremiah Kindy of Benton, Arkansas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 1 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Arkie Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Ouachita. For his victory, Kindy earned $4,507.
It's a beautiful day for a showdown on Lake Amistad. The sun is shining. A light breeze is blowing. And this morning, no one in the top 10 really positioned himself as the outright favorite. A half-dozen pros are still in the hunt for this Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event presented by Frabill.
PROSPERITY, S.C. - Kyle Giella of Columbia, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Murray. For his victory, King earned $5,514.
February 13, 2015 5:34 pm
Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for Gabe Keen of Caryville, Tenn., who caught a 15.20-pound largemouth bass out of Lake Chickamauga that figures to be Tennessee's new state record. The prior record weighed 14 pounds, 8 ounces and was boated by James Barnett of Sugar Creek.
Compared to yesterday, the 112 pros fishing the Rayovac FLW Series Texas Division event presented by Frabill on Lake Amistad are in much better moods. A blanket of cloud cover burned off by about 9 a.m., and now the sun is shining over calm waters. It's a drastic change from yesterday's rain and gales.
February 12, 2015 4:37 pm
Denny Brauer used to spend his winters on Lake Amistad, but he and his wife loved the area so much that they moved here a few seasons ago. Now a local, Brauer says he's spent enough time on Amistad to know that the bite can change overnight, and an angler can go from zero to hero in a hurry. Today, Brauer played the role of hero on his adopted home fishery by hauling in a 17-pound, 9-ounce limit on day one of the Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Amistad presented by Frabill. He jumped into the early lead, largely thanks to a 9-pound, 7-ounce gorilla that took the day-one Big Bass honors.
MINNEAPOLIS - FLW has announced a sponsorship deal with Frogg Toggs for 2015, whichs marks the first season the two organizations will partner. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.