Archive for June, 2015
June 17, 2015 12:57 pm
While Michael Wooley was patching together an offshore pattern that ultimately gained him the win, Dudley and Davis climbed into the top 10 by fishing shallow water almost exclusively. Their results are worth a second look.
Clearly, there's no such thing as home-lake advantage in the Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American. Consider the five most recent winners: Troy Morrow of Georgia in 2010 on DeGrey Lake in Arkansas, Jacob Wheeler of Indiana in 2011 on Cross Lake in Louisiana, Brian Maloney of Missouri on the Potomac River in 2012, Kerry Milner of Arkansas on Lake Nickajack in Tennessee in 2013 and Marcus Sykora of Missouri on Wilson Lake in Alabama in 2014.
June 16, 2015 12:32 pm
Lake Chickamauga is loaded with big bass, and for the first time in three previous visits I felt really good after the practice period was over. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out for me, and I ended the event after day two by missing the top-20 cut by a mere 4 ounces.
June 15, 2015 5:07 pm
Mike Parmer of Metropolis, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division tournament of 2015 on the Ohio River. For his victory, Parmer earned $4,119.
Robert Barrett of Youngsville, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament of 2015 on High Rock Lake. For his victory, Barrett earned $4,806.
Joe Pollak of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division tournament of 2015 on the Mississippi River. For his victory, Pollak earned $4,498.
Edward Gettys of Columbia, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division tournament of 2015 on Kentucky Lake. For his victory, Gettys earned $4,601.
FLW, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with South Korea to bring its internationally sanctioned bass fishing tournaments to the Eastern Asian nation. The agreement will be signed by Jin-Soo Kang, CEO of MiruNamu, Inc., and Director of OBS broadcasting, immediately preceding the June 26 weigh-in on the Walmart FLW Tour stage at Smallwood State Park in Marbury, Md., during the final stop of the Tour season on the Potomac River.
Considering the complexity of catching summertime bass on highly pressured Tennessee River impoundments, Michael Wooley's winning baits at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers on Lake Chickamauga were pretty simplistic. His win came on a Zoom Magnum Trick Worm fished on a 1/2-ounce hand-poured shaky head with a 5/0 hook as well as a 3/4-ounce Strike King football jig teamed with a Rage Lobster. Both lures were fished on 17-pound-test Seaguar fluorocarbon. Wooley dragged his baits on a shell bed in about 13 feet of water that dropped off to a channel some 20 feet deep. Here is a look at some of the other patterns that were working at Lake Chickamauga.
Shinichi Fukae has stuck his hand down the mouth of a bass before, but generally speaking the bass is fairly docile. It's different with catfish, though, as Shin learned last Sunday morning when he went catfish noodling with Wesley Strader and a few of his acquaintances on Watts Bar Lake. "I thought it would be fun, and it was," says Strader, who set up the noodling trip after he and Shin missed the cut at the Walmart FLW Tour stop presented by Igloo Coolers on Lake Chickamauga. Participants included Shin and his wife, Miyu; Strader's wife, Stephanie; wildlife officer Chris Combs; and Strader friends Julie and Jake Harrell.