Archive for May, 2015
May 11, 2015 5:00 am
When the veteran Texas pro takes off at Lake Eufaula this week, he'll be doing so roughly 400 miles from Douglas Lake in Tennessee. He'll also be doing so 352 days after May 27, 2014. Those facts might seem to have zero connection to this week's Walmart FLW Tour event. They do, though, when you look at what Wendlandt has gone through in those miles and days; what he's gone through since he suffered a heart attack.
A run-and-gun pattern with just a couple of go-to baits was what lifted Wade Curtiss to the title - all the way from 10th place after two days - at the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats at the California Delta. The rest of the pros in the top 10 were primarily combining two to three patterns based on the tides or camping out in areas that they knew held quality keeper bass. Here's how the rest of the top 10 got it done on the Delta.
May 10, 2015 5:58 pm
May 9, 2015 7:37 pm
1. Wade Curtiss caught one solid keeper on a Jackall Iobee Frog fished on a "cheese" mat, but the bulk of his catch came on a bluegill-colored Ladies Man swim jig with a Zoom Horny Toad trailer and a Jackall MC 60 crankbait. He fished the latter two on "troughs" between riprap levees and inside grass lines. 2. Ken Mah began each day with a custom vibrating jig rigged with a Missile Baits D-Bomb trailer around riprap-lined levees. After that he threw a white tandem D&M Custom Baits buzzbait or punched with a 1- to 1 1/4-ounce weight, a punch skirt and a Missile Baits Missile Craw fitted to a 3/0 Gamakatsu flipping hook. 3. The reaction bite was key for third-place pro David Valdivia. He caught fish on a white tandem buzzbait and a ChatterBait with a Lake Fork Magic Shad trailer, mixing in a Yamamoto Senko when a slower presentation was needed.
All week long, the extreme variety of conditions, patterns and baits at the California Delta has challenged Rayovac FLW Series Western Division pros who were battling it out at the second divisional stop of the season, which was presented by Ranger Boats. In the end, it was the pro who ran the seemingly simplest of patterns who was most consistent, and his consistency was just what was needed to overcome a slow Delta bite. Wade Curtiss of Meadow Vista, Calif., weighed in daily limits of 20-05, 19-01 and 22-07, respectively, for a three-day total of 61-13. He climbed from 10th place to first - albeit from only 1 pound, 6 ounces back - for the come-from-behind victory.
Adapt or die. That pretty well sums up co-angler Jack Farage's runaway win at the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats on the California Delta this week. Obviously, the Discovery Bay, Calif., co-angler adapted - he changed baits every day - and made all the right moves. Farage opened the tournament with a massive 26-pound limit, followed with 11-11 yesterday and then blew the competition away with 16-14 today. His three-day total of 54-09 is 15-07 better than second-place co-angler Todd Kline's.