Archive for June, 2015

Top 10 Baits from Lake Chickamauga

June 15, 2015 7:10 am
Michael Wooley locked up his first Walmart FLW Tour win on Lake Chickamauga with a green pumpkin Zoom Magnum Trick Worm on a 1/2-ounce shaky head. He also mixed in a 3/4-ounce green pumpkin craw-colored Strike King Tour Grade Football Jig.

Mammoth Win for Wooley

June 14, 2015 3:48 pm
One spot plus two lures plus 92 pounds, 4 ounces of Lake Chickamauga bass equals a $125,000 Walmart FLW Tour win for Michael Wooley. Wooley, a second-year pro on the FLW Tour who hails from Collierville, Tenn., spends most of his fishing time somewhere on the Tennessee River, mostly on either Pickwick or Kentucky Lake. Despite his deep knowledge of Tennessee River bass, Wooley's win on Lake Chickamauga was about as straightforward as it gets. There were no big flashy spoons, secret hair jigs or new must-have crankbaits involved in his victory. There were no mega-schools or timing of tricky rotations.

Chickamauga AOY Update

3:31 pm
On the heels of his third consecutive Walmart FLW Tour top-10 finish, Shelby, N.C., pro and 2010 Angler of the Year Bryan Thrift moves into the lead in the 2015 AOY race going into the final event on the Potomac River in LaPlata, Md., June 25-28. Thrift won the Tour's fourth stop on Lake Eufaula back in May and followed it up with a ninth-place finish this week on Lake Chickamauga. His AOY point total through five of six events is 945.

Lake Chickamauga Day 4 Coverage

11:00 am
posted by FLWOutdoors.com
Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers.

Wooley Extends His Lead

June 13, 2015 5:55 pm
posted by FLWOutdoors.com
Today's weigh-in following day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers at Lake Chickamauga turned into a big-fish parade as the top 20 pros showed off a couple of dozen 6- to 8-pound-class fish. The catch is that only six pros figured out how to get more than one big kicker bite, and they were the only ones to top 20 pounds. Michael Wooley, who was in second after day one and moved to first on day two, extended his lead today by bringing in 23 pounds, 7 ounces. His three-day total of 72-14 is more than 6 pounds better than that of second-place pro Stetson Blaylock, who hauled in 25-12 today - the day's biggest limit. Behind Blaylock is Bryan Thrift, who's fresh of a Tour win on Lake Eufaula. Thrift also cracked the 25-pound mark today, but he's still more than 10 pounds back of Wooley.

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga Day 3

5:42 pm
While Michael Wooley has tapped a single hot spot for the tournament lead at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers at Lake Chickamauga, his competition has had to hustle both deep and shallow just to have a shot at catching him. His lead is now more than 6 pounds ahead of second-place pro Stetson Blaylock. The patterns working at Chickamauga right now are all over the map. Shallow grass, bream beds, middepth bars in bays, river ledges and even some long-lining are all represented in the top 10. Here are the details for the top five.

Lake Chickamauga Day 3 Coverage

9:00 am
posted by FLWOutdoors.com
Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers.

Wooley Takes the Lead

June 12, 2015 4:50 pm
The last time the Walmart FLW Tour visited Lake Chickamauga in June 2013, the term "mega-school" was thrown around a lot. At this year's Chickamauga event, which is presented by Igloo Coolers, you will hardly hear that term at all at the weigh-in. Michael Wooley of Collierville, Tenn., knows the difference between mega-schools and the "regular" kind. After sacking 26 pounds, 2 ounces on day one and 23-05 on day two to take the tournament lead with 49-07, Wooley says his fish are certainly not swimming in a mega-school.

Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga Day 2

4:46 pm
Two days into the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers on Lake Chickamauga, one thing is for sure: The ledge bite along the main Tennessee River drag has not been much of a factor among the top 10. When interviewing the top anglers, the words "back in a creek," or "back in a bay," or "back inside" or "up shallow" have been used a lot more than the words "on the main river." That goes for tournament leader Michael Wooley and most of the pros chasing him into the weekend. For whatever reason, the main Tennessee River flow is not the headliner at Chickamauga this week, especially when compared to postspawn tournaments on other lakes in the chain, such as Kentucky Lake and Pickwick.

LaFleur Earns Co-angler Win

4:11 pm
Co-angler Paul LaFleur of Benton, Ark., earned his first top-10 finish and first win with FLW on the back of a 17-pound, 2-ounce day-two bag that gave him a tournament total of 31-04 at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Igloo Coolers on Lake Chickamauga. "I threw a big worm and a drop-shot the whole time," says LaFleur. "Today was mainly the big worm. The ledge bite wasn't good. I caught two real quick, and then it went dead and I caught all the rest up shallow."

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