Archive for June, 2015
June 6, 2015 3:16 pm
Pro leader Kelly Pratt had a good morning and was culling by about 9:30. He returned to the shallow creeks and coves inside the Chickahominy River where he's been targeting spawning fish all week. With a limit of about 13 pounds by 10, Pratt was still looking for his big fish to turn on later in the day. He's throwing at gaps and drains in the spatterdock, along with various structure from laydowns to duck blinds. Pratt's using reaction baits for his primary presentation and following up any missed bites with a finesse worm.
June 5, 2015 3:54 pm
High water on the James River has created a challenging scenario for much of the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division field. For top pro Kelly Pratt, however, it has brought a bounty of opportunity reflected by his tournament-leading weight of 33 pounds, 4 ounces. Michael Crocker, the leader on day one with 16-10, slipped to 22nd in the second round as he could only muster three fish for 5-09. Georgia pro Troy Morrow shadows Pratt with 31-0.
Gaining two spots today, the FLW Tour pro from Eastanolee, Ga., again committed his day to the Chickahominy - a major James River tributary known for the quantity and quality Morrow sought. Today's limit added 15-14 to Morrow's total. "I caught them all day again, but still no size early," he says. "Every once in a while I'd pick off a big one. Morrow says he's been catching fish on several types of shallow habitat from wood to vegetation, but one particular bait has produced all of his weight. He wouldn't divulge the particulars, but he did say it was a bait "that moves a little."
Most anglers seemed to have been struggling for most of the morning on the James River in round two of the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division opener, including day-one leader Michael Crocker. The Maryland pro started his day by running up to the Chickahominy River where he fished a variety of habitat ranging from pads and cypress trees to stumps and docks.
June 4, 2015 3:52 pm
Michael Crocker stepped to the front of the boat and fished his way to the front of the pro field in the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division opener on the James River. Crocker won this event's co-angler division in 2014 and now the Pasadena, Md., pro has positioned himself well at the other end of the boat with a limit catch of 16 pounds, 10 ounces. The morning delivered an early round of action, albeit short-lived. "I got a couple of bites and then it just died on me," Crocker recalls. "Then, about halfway through the day, I made a change and nailed two really fast. I made another move and nailed another one really quick and that's all I caught. I caught five fish today."
Hailing from Williamsburg, Va., Pratt says he fared well in conditions that challenged many of his competitors. Essentially, the week's full-moon cycle brought extremely high tides to a river already swollen by recent heavy rains. This contrasted the period of extreme low tides leading up to tournament week. High water allows fish to push farther into cover, but Pratt said he didn't allow that to hinder him.
Youngsters who visit select Walmart stores during FLW's National Fishing & Boating Week kickoff event, June 5-7, will receive a free Largemouth Bass Trading Card from an FLW Ambassador as part of the annual Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest. A code is printed on each card, and if it's written on the back on a 2016 State-Fish Art entry, the youngster will receive a free fishing lure.
We quizzed four of the best offshore anglers around on the rod that they get the most out of and why they like it. If you need a new rod and have ledges on the brain, these four are worth your consideration.
If Walmart FLW Tour pro John Cox manages to win the 2015 Angler of the Year title, he'll be the first angler of modern times to do so without the use of what is widely considered one of the most important fish-locating tools in today's bass boat: a transducer. Cox, who trails only Wesley Strader and Bryan Thrift in the current AOY standings, made a strategic decision before the Tour season started to focus exclusively on shallow water, regardless of the seasonal pattern or tournament venue. "As soon as I saw the 2015 Tour schedule, I knew that if the weather cooperated, I could stay shallow all season and be competitive," notes the Florida pro. Now, with just two Tour events to go at Lake Chickamauga and the Potomac River, Cox is looking forward to the heart of the summertime Tour swing and the start of ledge-fishing season, and he's about to find out just how far his skinny-water gamble will take him.