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Posted By Hawgsrus

Arkansas’ Meador Wins Co-Angler Title, $25,000

 
 
ROGERS, Ark. (April 13, 2013) – Rayovac pro Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., caught a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to take the lead on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour at Beaver Lake presented by Kellogg’s. Christie now has a three-day catch of 15 bass weighing 47-7 and holds a 2-pound, 8-ounce lead over Keystone Light pro Brandon Coulter of Knoxville, Tenn., heading into the final day of competition in a tournament featuring the world’s best bass-fishing pros competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
Christie said that he left his main area early and caught fish steadily throughout the day. He said he caught around a dozen keepers and culled twice from his original limit. He said that not all of the fish that he caught came on an umbrella rig.
 
“The majority of my fish came on a Yum Yumbrella Flash Mob Jr.,” Christie continued. “That bait just lets me cover water. But when I come across some structure – a dock or a log – I’ll pull in and flip. I caught a few throwing a Bomber 6A crankbait and flipping a Booyah jig.
 
Steven Meador of Bella Vista, Ark., won the co-angler division and $25,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 32 pounds, 10 ounces, followed by David Lauer of Loxahatchee, Fla., in second place with 15 bass weighing 32 pounds even worth $7,500.
 
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Meador, who finished in fifth place in the co-angler division when FLW last visited Beaver Lake in 2012. “I’ve been close several times, and to finally get the win in front of my home crowd and my family on my home lake… it’s great.”
 
Meador said that he caught all of his fish Saturday on a Bass X jig, but varied his techniques throughout the week.
 
“I changed up every day,” he said. “I had been catching them on a Carolina rig. I caught some on a swimbait. Today, I put a jig in my hand. It was just a little bit of everything.”
 
Overall there were 52 bass weighing 97 pounds, 6 ounces caught by co-anglers Saturday. The catch included six five-bass limits.
 
In addition to the top award of $25,000, co-anglers were also fishing this week for valuable points that could help them qualify for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart. The top 35 co-anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify.
 
The top 10 pros will take off from Prairie Creek Park located at 9300 N. Park Road in Rogers at 7 a.m. on Sunday. Sunday’s final weigh-ins will be held at the John Q. Hammons Center located at 3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway in Rogers beginning at 4 p.m.
 

 

                                          Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com


 
Posted By Hawgsrus

Full field anticipates prespawn pattern

 

 
ROGERS, Ark. (March 28, 2013) – The Walmart FLW Tour on Beaver Lake presented by Kellogg’s will return to Rogers, Ark., April 11-14 for the third event of its 18th season. Hosted by the Rogers Convention & Visitors Bureau, the tournament will feature a full field of the world’s best bass pros and co-anglers casting for top awards up to $125,000 cash in the Pro Division and up to $25,000 cash in the Co-angler Division.
 
“Last year when we were here the spawning phase had already finished,” said Folgers pro Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., who has career winnings of more than $1.6 million dollars in FLW competition. “It’s going to be a little different this year. We just had some snow down here last week, and we will definitely still be fishing major prespawn patterns when the tournament starts.”
 
Suggs suggested that fishing may be a little tougher than previous Tour visits to Beaver Lake, but that a good number of fish would still be caught. He said tournament anglers would be employing multiple different prespawn techniques and presentations to catch their bass. Jerkbaits, crankbaits, jigs and finesse fishing with shaky-head rigs are all expected to produce, and Suggs predicted that some anglers will definitely be opting for an umbrella rig.
 
“I’m not sure how much runoff they got from the snow last week, but the lake has been about five feet low lately. It’s slowly coming up, but that’s going to take some areas out of the mix. The standing timber will make it difficult to get to some banks,” Suggs said.
 
Suggs predicted that the winning angler would have a final weight right around 56 pounds with a daily average 14 pounds a day.
 
“Chances are someone is going to smash them and catch a big weight, especially on day one,” Suggs continued. “The key to winning will be finding fish that will replenish, though. A lot of times you will see an angler have a great day, and then go out the next day and be very disappointed. Find the areas that will replenish – that’s the whole deal to winning at Beaver Lake.”
 
 
 
 
 
 Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com