Archive for April, 2016
April 16, 2016 12:23 pm
The 14 divisional finalists - seven boaters and seven co-anglers - winding up the 2016 The Bass Federation National Championship's final round on Table Rock Lake fished under a sullen gray sky in Saturday's morning session.
As day three of the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Jack Link's takes off onto Beaver Lake out of Prairie Creek, everyone is conscious of the changeable nature of the lake.
Twelve fully rigged Ranger bass boats carried 22 high school anglers from Port of Kimberling to compete in the 2016 TBF/FLW Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on Table Rock Lake. Most were doing their best to hide emotions, but the excitement was evident as they passed by the check-in station. Held in conjunction with the TBF National Championship, this premier HSF event features prep anglers representing five high school conferences from around the country.
April 15, 2016 7:00 pm
Day two of the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Jack Link's on Beaver Lake was filled with drama. Across the board, there were big rises and some steep falls, but the man on top of it when it all settled was Darrel Robertson. The Jay, Okla., pro weighed 16-4 on day two and now boasts a total of 31 pounds, 2 ounces, just one ounce ahead of Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury.
My biggest worry right now is trying to figure out how to cancel my flight for tomorrow. That's a good worry to have since I'm now fishing on day three.
The 2016 The Bass Federation National Championship will be decided Saturday when the seven divisional winners in Friday's semi-final round vie for the title. All seven boaters and seven co-anglers have already earned berths in the 2016 FLW Bass Fishing League All-American set for June on Lake Barkley. As for the individual championship and its lucrative "Living the Dream" package, it belongs to Mississippi boater Joseph Webster until one of the other six contenders takes it away from him in the championship round. Webster leads the field with a two-day total of 28 pounds, 12 ounces. He caught a five-fish limit Friday that weighed 16-07. Pat Klausen of Nebraska, with 25-9, is his closest competitor.
Darrel Robertson may be leading the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Jack Link's on Beaver Lake, but he was not the only one who raced to the front of the leaderboard with a big catch today. Scott Canterbury and Matt Arey both gained some serious ground with big catches today as well. Here is a look at how some of the new names in the top five moved up.
Just when anglers held out hope that fishing couldn't get any tougher on Table Rock Lake after Thursday's opening round of the 2016 The Bass Federation National Championship, it did - at least in Friday's morning session. Most likely the weather had something to do with that, because whatever was working for the top anglers on Thursday needed more of the same type of weather in round two. They didn't get it. In fact, Friday morning's weather was far removed from Thursday's in terms of sunshine and warmth. Where the sun played peekaboo with the clouds in the balmy opening round, it was dreary and chilly on day two.
Day two of the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Jack Link's on Beaver Lake has started with even better weather than day one. It's slightly warmer, calm for now, and word is that we've got some wind on the way to help out the cranking bite. JT Kenney lead day one in style with 18-5, but he knows as well as anyone that nothing is guaranteed on Beaver Lake.