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Stewart Leads FLW Tournament at Lake Champlain

Stewart Leads FLW Tournament at Lake Champlain Tyler Stewart leads day one of the FLW Tour at Lake Champlain
 

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (June 27, 2019) – Pro Tyler Stewart of West Monroe, Louisiana, caught a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 3 ounces to sit atop the leaderboard after day one of the FLW Tour at Lake Champlain. Tied for second place with 20-7 are pros John Voyles of Petersburg, Indiana, and Tom Redington of Royse City, Texas. The full field of 163 anglers, who are casting for a top award of up to $125,000, will continue competition Friday on day two, with just the top 30 fishing Saturday and the final 10 competing Sunday.

  

“On the first day of practice, I spent the whole day [focusing] on largemouth. On day two, I tried smallmouth, but just really couldn’t anything going,” said Stewart, a second-year FLW Tour pro. “On the third day of practice I focused on largemouth again and got a little something going, and that’s kind of what I ran with today.

“It started happening pretty quick [this morning]. I caught my weight by like 10:30 [a.m.],” continued Stewart. “I had a 2-pounder in my livewell, and at 11, I caught a 4-pounder that culled, then I left. I’m keeping a flipping stick in my hand all day. I only have a couple of small areas and that’s basically what I’m doing – flipping them up in pretty shallow water.”

  

Stewart said he caught around 10 keepers throughout his day. He did weigh one smallmouth, a fish he caught after leaving his primary areas.

  

“I ended up making a quarter-pound cull, which could be pretty crucial,” said Stewart.

  

The top 10 boaters after day one on Lake Champlain are:

               1st:          Tyler Stewart, West Monroe, La., five bass, 22-3           

               2nd:         John Voyles, Petersburg, Ind., 20-7  

               2nd:         Tom Redington, Royse City, Texas, five bass, 20-7      

               4th:          Casey Scanlon, Lake Ozark, Mo., five bass, 20-0         

               5th:          Kurt Mitchell, Milford, Del., five bass, 19-15           

               6th:          Hensley Powell, Whitwell, Tenn., five bass, 19-14          

               7th:          Daryl Biron, South Windsor, Conn., five bass, 19-12

               8th:          Jeff Dobson, Bartlesville, Okla., five bass, 19-9

               9th:          Tommy Dickerson, Orange, Texas, five bass, 19-8       

               10th:        Kurt Dove, Del Rio, Texas, five bass, 19-5

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Ryan Salzman of Huntsville, Alabama, earned Thursday’s $500 Big Bass award after bringing a 5-pound, 12-ounce bass to the scale – the largest fish of the day.

Overall there were 804 bass weighing 2,494 pounds, 3 ounces, caught by 163 pros Thursday. The catch included 157 five-bass limits.

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