DAYTON, Tenn. – Ledge-fishing was the name of the game Thursday as Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., brought a five-bass limit to the scales weighing 23 pounds, 8 ounces to take the lead after day one of the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Chickamauga presented by Chevy. Haynes holds a very slim 1-ounce lead over Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky., heading into the second of four days of competition in the tournament that features the world's best bass-fishing anglers casting for the top cash award of up to $125,000.
"I caught around a dozen keepers today," said Haynes, who was earned a victory earlier this season at the FLW Tour event on Lake Eufaula. "A lot of them were pretty small, though. The smallest fish that I weighed in today was 3 pounds, which was kind of disappointing considering I had three over 5 (pounds)."
Haynes said that he was fishing around 20 different areas, and rotating around to them throughout the day.
"I think that the areas that I am fishing are all obvious," Haynes said. "It's real crowded out there. I don't know what I'm doing differently. I'm just doing what I do."
Haynes was not ready to divulge his specific baits or the depths that he was targeting. He did say that a few times throughout the day he would have a two or three fish flurry, but that his bigger bites were coming at random times.
"This one is going to be a tough tournament," said Haynes.
Coming into this tournament, many pros thought that drawing an early takeoff number in the pre-event boat draw would be a key factor. Haynes did not believe his draw had any effect on his day.
"I was boat 54 today. I'll be boat 90 tomorrow. It really didn't matter too much," Haynes said. "Everyone took up the good areas first thing this morning. I think that it's best just picking one here, one there. I'll be doing the same thing tomorrow."
The top 10 pros after day one on Lake Chickamauga are:
For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.
Day won the 3M ScotchBlue Big Bass Award on the pro side Thursday with a fish weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces, worth $500.
Overall there were 600 bass weighing 1,785 pounds, 5 ounces caught by 139 pros Thursday. The catch included 94 five-bass limits.
Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify. The 2013 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Shreveport, La., Aug. 15-18 on the Red River. Coverage of the Forrest Wood Cup will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC when "FLW" airs Sept. 29 from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET.
Anglers are also vying for the prestigious 2013 Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year presented by Kellogg's title that will be determined by the most points accumulated over the six Tour events in 2013. Coming into this final tournament of the season for Angler of the Year points, Dayton, Tenn., native Andy Morgan held a nine-point lead over Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C.
Jason Johnson of Gainesville, Ga., leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 19 pounds, 8 ounces followed by Shane Winchester of Glasgow, Ky., in second place with five bass weighing 18-11.
The top 10 co-anglers are:
For a full list of results visit FLWOutdoors.com.
Garrett Olivotti of Rockford, Ill., caught Thursday's 3M Peltor Big Bass weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces in the co-angler division to win $250.
Overall there were 374 bass weighing 968 pounds, 2 ounces caught by co-anglers Thursday. The catch included 33 five-bass limits.
Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $25,000 this week plus 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.
Anglers will take off from the Dayton Boat Dock located at 175 Lakeshore Drive in Dayton at 6:30 a.m. each morning. Friday's weigh-in will be held at the Dayton Boat Dock beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday's final weigh-ins will be held at the Walmart located at 3034 Rhea County Highway in Dayton beginning at 4 p.m.
Fans will also be treated to the FLW Outdoors Expo at the Walmart on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public. Also on Sunday, country music artist Dylan Scott will perform a free live concert on the Walmart weigh-in stage at 3 p.m.
Coverage of the Lake Chickamauga tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when "FLW" airs Aug. 4 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.
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