Archive for May, 2015
May 9, 2015 2:34 pm
It's way too close to call with just an hour left to fish on the California Delta, as the final 10 vie for the title at stop No. 2 of the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division. After yesterday's weigh-in, the margin between first place and 10th was only 1 pound, 6 ounces. You might as well call it even. Word on the water today is that the pro who can break the 20-pound mark is probably the one who'll go home with the hardware. The reaction bite was slow across the board this morning, except for little fish - they're chomping as usual. Most competitors that the On The Water team watched were flipping and fishing slowly with finesse plastics.
May 8, 2015 8:09 pm
Joe Uribe Jr. has been here before - and not too long ago. The Surprise, Ariz., pro, who fishes for the Bridgford pro-team, won the 2015Rayovac FLW Series Western Division opener on Lake Havasu back in early February. In that event, Uribe carried a lead of more than 5 pounds into the final day of competition, which is where the difference lies today. He once again has the two-day lead in a Western Division event, this one presented by Ranger Boats on the California Delta, but it's by only a slim 1-ounce margin over David Valdivia, who weighed in a 10-pound bass today en route to putting together a 26-03 limit that jumped him up the leaderboard from 48th to second. The entire top 10 is sandwiched together with just 1 pound, 10 ounces separating first from 10th. Uribe also made a big move today. He weighed in 16-15 on day one, which put him in 30th place. Today, he weighed 24-01 for a two-day total of 41 pounds even. The difference was all about timing and capitalizing on perfect conditions.
Joe Uribe Jr. is out in front on the California Delta with a chance to be the second pro of 2015 to win back-to-back Rayovac FLW Series events. Ray Hanselman was the first en route to sweeping the Texas Division. Uribe won the Western Division opener on Lake Havasu in February by almost 15 pounds, but to follow it up this week, he'll need a big bag on Saturday. Uribe leads second-place pro David Valdivia by just 1 ounce, and he has a lead of only 1-6 over 10th-place pro Wade Curtiss. Overall, the standings shook up today after an extreme weather change, from windy and cold to sunny, warm and slick. The conditions helped the morning topwater bite and the flipping bite, which showed in an increase in the number of 6-pound-plus bass brought to weigh-in today.
Randy Haynes hasn't won yet, but his leapfrogging from fifth to first on day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division event presented by Evinrude on Kentucky Lake was more than a little reminiscent of his victory in 2014. In that tournament, which took place in late May, Haynes was third after the second round behind Jason Lambert and Brandon Hunter, respectively.
This time last year, Randy Haynes was poised to win the Rayovac FLW Series tournament on Kentucky Lake, which took place out of Kenlake State Park. This year, the event is headquartered at Moors Resort & Marina farther up the lake, but otherwise everything else is pretty much the same.
We're not saying that the California Delta is fishing up to "Delta standards" just yet, but the action has certainly picked up today thanks to stabilizing weather and beautiful sunshine. Everyone that FLW's On The Water team visited with this morning was catching a lot of fish. From 6-inchers to 6-pounders, the bass were chomping as pros were finally able to shed their rainsuits and enjoy the kind of atmosphere that this legendary fishery is known for.
May 7, 2015 7:43 pm
Day one of the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats at the California Delta didn't exactly turn out as most pros expected. There were no 28- to 30-pound limits, like were predicted. And even a couple in the current top five were surprised that their mid-20-pound weights held up like they did. Current second-place pro Ken Mah summed up the opinion shared by most pros this week when he said that the Cal Delta is just "a little funky" right now. The one pro who figured it out best today is Matt Shura, who weighed in 26 pounds, 6 ounces. Thirteen pros weighed in at least 20 pounds. Shura, of Gilbert, Ariz., leads a top 12 (three of those pros are tied in 10th place) that includes nine Californians. The locals definitely seem to have an advantage right now, as groups of big spawning bass are moving into small areas to spawn, and not everyone knows where those spots are located.
Tom Redington of Royse City, Texas grabbed the day-one lead in the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division event presented by Evinrude on Kentucky Lake with a five-fish limit that totaled 24 pounds, 13 ounces. Redington has a 1-ounce lead over Chris Blackwell of Clarksville, Tenn., while Brandon Hunter of Benton, Ky., is third with 22-10.