Archive for June, 2016
June 10, 2016 4:19 pm
Jeremy Lawyer widened his lead on the second day of the FLW Bass Fishing League All-American at Lake Barkley with a limit of bass that weighed 14 pounds, 12 ounces. That put the Missouri angler at 33-02, more than 4 pounds ahead of second-place fisherman Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tenn., who brought in 11-09 Friday and now has 28-13.
The weather turned hotter on Lake Barkley on the second morning of the 2016 FLW Bass Fishing League All-American, but unfortunately for many of the 98 anglers in the event, which is hosted by Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism, the fishing couldn't match it.
Day two of the Walmart FLW Tour on Kentucky Lake presented by Mercury and hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau looks to be setting up almost exactly like day one, only a little hotter. On the first day, many pros scuffled in the morning, but by the end of it, a long list of the best ledge anglers as well as the best all-around anglers had caught `em pretty good. The fishing might be even better today.
June 9, 2016 8:15 pm
Often we hear tournament anglers reporting a late-day kicker, perhaps a limit-maker, caught within close proximity to the takeoff/check-in site. Conversely, it's no rarity for an angler to clear takeoff and quickly hook back to a starting spot within eyesight of the ramp. Fact is, distance is no requisite for success. Nothing wrong with a good run, but savvy anglers such as FLW Bass Fishing League All-American day-one leader Jeremy Lawyer know that the close game merits consideration.
In all, 14 limits over the 20-pound mark were weighed in today (plus two on the co-angler side). Many of those came from pros playing the school game along the main Tennessee River channel. And some of the usual suspects of TVA ledge fishing are certainly in the mix.
Anglers have come to know Kentucky Lake as a ledge-fishing paradise. A place where fish flock offshore come summer, forming mega schools by the hundreds that can't resist jigs, big worms, crankbaits or flutter spoons. Well, the ledges are still there, the fish sure are on them, and the same-old lures are working. Only problem is the schools are acting funny. The giant schools won't bite, the little schools are suspended and any school seems liable to disappear at a moment's notice.
With a couple of exceptions, the contestants currently holding down second through fifth places in the 2016 FLW Bass Fishing League All-American on Lake Barkley followed Jeremy Lawyer's lead in the opening round of the event hosted by Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism. Lawyer, an Ozark Division qualifier, admits he was able to amass his tournament-leading 18 pounds, 6 ounces by junk-fishing with a variety of reaction baits fished in water from 4 to 8 feet deep. Likewise, most of the leaders relied on the same approach, though with varying results.
Reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion Brad Knight of Lancing, Tenn., caught the day's big bass (a whopping 8-pound, 9-ounce largemouth) and weighed 23 pounds, 6 ounces total. That was enough to grab a narrow lead on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Mercury and hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau. Knight leads by just three ounces over Shinichi Fukae, who was the only other pro to break 23 pounds.
Jeremy Lawyer of Sarcoxie, Mo., grabbed the lead in the opening round of the 2016 FLW Bass Fishing League All-American on Lake Barkley with a limit stringer that hefted 18 pounds, 6 ounces. The Ozark Division pro's bag was anchored by a 5-pound, 4-ounce smallmouth. Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tenn., is currently second with 17-04 while John Vanore of Mullica Hill, N.J. is third with 15-14. The tournament is hosted by Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism.
Predictably, some fish seemed to be in a post-front funk Thursday morning as the FLW Bass Fishing League All-American Championship got underway at Lake Barkley. What fish that were caught came on a variety of presentations, including giant worms and flipping jigs, square-bill and deep-diving crankbaits, and even topwater frogs.