(Feb 17, 2017 - Jonestown, TX)
Pro Stephen Patek of Garland, Texas, brought a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 1 ounce, to the scale Friday to take the lead after day two of the FLW Tour at Lake Travis presented by Quaker State with a two-day catch of 10 bass totaling 34-6. Patek will bring a slim 4-ounce lead over Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, into day three of the four-day event that features 164 of the top bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
Patek said he’s working through the mouth of a main-lake pocket to catch his bass. He said he’s primarily focusing on a hump that has trees around the edges and rocks over the top.
“The mouth isn’t very big, but there’s a lot of bass in there,” said Patek, who is fishing his third season as a professional on the FLW Tour. “Its deepest section is 18 feet down. I think it’s a staging area for bass to spawn, and it seems to be reloading every night.”
Patek said his bait of choice is a Carolina-rigged 3-inch soft-plastic craw.
“They seem to like the smaller profile,” said Patek. “I caught my bass on it this morning, left the hump and didn’t return.”
Patek said that he split the remainder of his day between two areas, including a main-river point that produced for him on day one.
“I caught my biggest bass there on Thursday, but I only could get a small keeper there today,” said Patek. “After those were in the boat, I ran banks and threw a 6-inch swimbait. I got a decent keeper yesterday doing that, but it didn’t give me anything today.”
The Texas pro said he plans to run a similar route on Saturday.
“I plan on spending more time on the hump and the point tomorrow,” said Patek. “I think the mouth will kick out some more bass, so I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”
The top 20 pros that made the Buck Knives Cut after day two and will fish Saturday on Lake Travis are:
1st: Stephen Patek, Garland, Texas, 10 bass, 34-6
2nd: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 34-2
3rd: Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., 10 bass, 31-11
4th: Clark Wendlandt, Leander, Texas, 10 bass, 29-10
5th: General Tire pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 10 bass, 28-12
6th: Clark Reehm, Huntington, Texas, nine bass, 28-8
7th: Costa del Mar pro Dylan Hays, Sheridan, Ark., 10 bass, 28-6
8th: Brad Knight, Lancing, Tenn., 10 bass, 26-15
9th: Scott Suggs, Alexander, Ark., 10 bass, 26-10
10th: Christopher Brasher, Longview, Texas, 10 bass, 26-4
11th: Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., 10 bass, 26-3
12th: Bradley Hallman, Norman, Okla., eight bass, 25-12
13th: Jeff Gustafson, Keewatin, Ontario, Canada, 10 bass, 25-10
14th: Bill Smith Jr., Burlington, Ky., nine bass, 25-8
15th: Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 10 bass, 25-1
16th: Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 10 bass, 24-14
17th: Clayton Batts, Macon, Ga., 10 bass, 23-6
18th: Jamie Horton, Centerville, Ala., 10 bass, 23-3
19th: Tim McDonald, Prestonsburg, Ky., 10 bass, 23-0
20th: Casey Scanlon, Lenexa, Kan., nine bass, 22-11
Wendlandt earned the day's $500 Big Bass award in the Pro Division after catching an 8-pound, 6-ounce largemouth.
Overall there were 546 bass weighing 1,109 pounds, 4 ounces caught by 154 pros Friday. The catch included 62 five-bass limits.
David Larson of Mound, Minnesota, won the Co-Angler Division and $20,350 Friday with a two-day total of six bass weighing 21 pounds, 10 ounces, followed by Thomas Martens of Jonestown, Texas, who finished in second place with 10 bass weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces worth $7,550.
The top 10 co-anglers finished:
1st: David Larson, Mound, Minn., six bass, 21-10, $20,350
2nd: Thomas Martens, Jonestown, Texas, 10 bass, 20-11, $7,550
3rd: Benjie Seaborn, Guin, Ala., 10 bass, 20-3, $5,000
4th: Gary Haraguchi, Redding, Calif., nine bass, 20-3, $4,000
5th: Keith Honeycutt, Temple, Texas, 10 bass, 17-2, $3,000
6th: Tim Beale, Hernando, Miss., eight bass, 16-11, $2,500
7th: Josh Perrymon, Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 16-8, $2,000
8th: Wataru Iwahori, Palestine, Texas, nine bass, 16-7, $1,800
9th: Kevin Carter, Spring, Texas, seven bass, 15-11, $1,700
10th: Jason Smith, Forney, Texas, eight bass, 15-2, $1,600
David Wootton of Collierville, Tennessee, earned $250 for the Big Bass award in the Co-Angler Division with a 6-pound, 7-ounce largemouth.
Overall there were 268 bass weighing 478 pounds, 9 ounces caught by 119 co-anglers Friday. The catch included 11 five-bass limits.
In FLW Tour competition, pros and co-anglers are randomly paired each day, with pros supplying the boat, controlling boat movement and competing against other pros. Co-anglers fish from the back deck against other co-anglers. The full field of anglers competes in the two-day opening round.
Co-angler competition concludes following Friday’s weigh-in, while the top 20 pros based on their two-day accumulated weight advance to Saturday.
Only the top 10 pros continue competition Sunday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.
Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of professional bass fishing. The 2017 Forrest Wood Cup will be on Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina, Aug. 11-13.
The total purse for the FLW Tour at Lake Travis presented by Quaker State is more than $800,000, including $10,000 through 50th place in the Pro Division.
Anglers will take off at 7 a.m. CST each day from Jones Brothers Park, located at 10301 Lakeside Drive, in Jonestown. Saturday and Sunday’s weigh-ins will be held at Jones Brothers Park beginning at 4 p.m.
Prior to the weigh-ins Saturday and Sunday, FLW will host a free Family Fishing Expo at Jones Brothers Park from noon to 4 p.m. The Expo is a chance for fishing fans to meet their favorite anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by FLW sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities.
Also for youth, the FLW Foundation’s Unified Fishing Derby will be held at Jones Brothers Park on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9-11 a.m. The event is hosted by FLW Foundation pro Cody Kelley along with other FLW Tour anglers, and is free and open to area youth 15 years of age and younger and Special Olympics athletes. Rods and reels are available for use, but youth are encouraged to bring their own if they own one.
The FLW Tour at Lake Travis is hosted by the City of Jonestown and the Austin Sports Commission.
Television coverage of the FLW Tour at Lake Travis presented by Quaker State will premiere in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) April 12 from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. EST. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 274 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros.