Hallman Still Leads FLW Tournament at Lake Lanier

Hallman Still Leads FLW Tournament at Lake Lanier Bradley Hallman weighed another solid limit of spotted bass – 18 pounds, 7 ounces – to extend his lead after Day Two of the FLW Tour at Lake Lanier

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (March 9, 2018) – Oklahoma pro Bradley Hallman weighed another solid limit of spotted bass – 18 pounds, 7 ounces – to extend his lead after Day Two of the FLW Tour at Lake Lanier. The field of 184 boats is now cut to 30, with Hallman bringing a 7-pound, 5-ounce lead into Day Three of the four-day event that features a field of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers competing for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and $25,000 cash in the co-angler division.


“I feel very fortunate to catch what I did,” said Hallman, a four-year veteran of the Tour who has one previous Tour win. “Around 1 o’clock I only had one little fish. But, it was a nice afternoon for me. I pulled up on a couple of spots and they were there. I caught a 3- and a 4-pounder on back-to-back casts and that really helped me to get right.”


Hallman said that his fishing this week has been “high-risk, high-reward” and he estimated that he ran 35 spots this morning before he switched patterns.


“I’ve got a couple of different deals working and they are two totally different patterns,” Hallman said. “The way that I caught them yesterday is not how I caught them today. I’ve got a little secondary deal that I’m starting to figure out through the week. I only did it for 30 minutes yesterday and I caught a big one. This afternoon I went and did it for the last 3 hours and I caught them.”


Though Hallman didn’t want to reveal any details of his patterns, he did hint that he was throwing reaction baits and of the dozen rods that he had on his deck, 10 were baitcasters and two were spinning rods.


“This lake has been really good to me for two days in a row and it has been a lot of fun to fish here,” Hallman went on to say. “There doesn’t seem to be that many fish pushing, but if you hit the right spot at the right time you can load the boat real quick.”


The top 30 pros that made the first cut and will fish Saturday on Lake Lanier are:

              1st:          Bradley Hallman, Norman, Okla., 10 bass, 42-2

              2nd:         David Williams, Maiden, N.C., 10 bass, 34-13

              3rd:         Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 10 bass, 34-9

              4th:         Austin Felix, Eden Prairie, Minn., 10 bass, 34-6

              5th:         Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 33-5

              6th:         Joseph Webster, Winfield, Ala., 10 bass, 32-13

              7th:         Braxton Setzer, Montgomery, Ala., 10 bass, 32-7

              8th:         James Watson, Lampe, Mo., 10 bass, 32-6

              9th:         Carl Jocumsen, Queensland, Australia, 10 bass, 32-5

              10th:       Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, 10 bass, 32-4

              11th:       Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn., 10 bass, 31-15

              12th:       Jordan Osborne, Longview, Texas, 10 bass, 31-5

              13th:       Tim Cales, Sandstone, W. Va., 10 bass, 31-3

              14th:       Jason Meninger, Saint Augustine, Fla., 10 bass, 31-2 

              15th:       Jeff Gustafson, Keewatin, Ontario, Canada, 10 bass, 31-2

              16th:       David Nichol, Gainesville, Ga., 10 bass, 31-2

              17th:       Jason Johnson, Dawsonville, Ga., 10 bass, 30-15

              18th:       Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas, 10 bass, 30-14

              19th:       David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 10 bass, 30-14

              20th:       Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 10 bass, 30-8

              21st:        Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 10 bass, 30-5

              22nd:       Grae Buck, Harleysville, Pa., 10 bass, 30-3

              23rd:       Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C., 10 bass, 30-0

              24th:       Allen Boyd, Salem, Ind., 10 bass, 30-0

              25th:       James Niggemeyer, Van, Texas, 10 bass, 29-12

              26th:       Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 10 bass, 29-7

              27th:       Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., 10 bass, 29-6

              28th:       Matthew Stefan, Junction City, Wis., 10 bass, 29-6

              29th:       Jared McMillan, Belle Glade, Fla., 10 bass, 29-3

              30th:       Rob Jordan, Flowery Branch, Ga., 10 bass, 29-2


Felix earned Friday's $500 Simms Big Bass award in the Pro Division thanks to a 5-pound, 8-ounce largemouth.


Pro Aaron Britt of Yuba City, California, was disqualified from the tournament after he was found to be in violation of FLW Tour Rule No. 6. The rule states that tournament waters will go off-limits to pros 13 days prior to the first practice day in all tournaments. During the off-limits period, practice and competition days, pros may not solicit and/or receive information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters from anyone except pros confirmed in the tournament and through publicly available sources.


Overall there were 830 bass weighing 2,048 pounds, 2 ounces, caught by 183 pros Friday. The catch included 139 five-bass limits.


Joe Anders of Easley, South Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 31 pounds, 10 ounces, followed by Brad Wiley of Alto, Georgia, who finished in second place with 10 bass totaling 31-1, worth $7,550.


The top 10 co-anglers finished:

              1st:          Joe Anders, Easley, S.C., 10 bass, 31-10, $20,000 + $5,000 Ranger Cup

              2nd:         Brad Wiley, Alto, Ga., 10 bass, 31-1, $7,550

              3rd:         Joe Eubanks, Marietta, Ga., 10 bass, 25-9, $5,000

              4th:         Stephen Crawley, Bush, La., 10 bass, 25-3, $4,000

              5th:         Joel Willert, Lakeville, Minn., 10 bass, 24-12, $3,000

              6th:         Mark Guhne, Hixson, Tenn., 10 bass, 24-8, $2,500

              7th:         Greg Ravitsky, Ashburn, Va., eight bass, 24-0, $2,000

              8th:         Douglas Colson, Cadiz, Ky., 10 bass, 23-13, $1,800

              9th:         Greg Glouse, Liberty, S.C., 10 bass, 23-7, $1,700

              10th:       Adam Beckum, Martinez, Ga., 10 bass, 23-6, $1,600


Jim Hippensteel of Rochester, Indiana, earned $250 for the Simms Big Bass award in the Co-angler Division Friday with a 5-pound, 6-ounce bass. Overall there were 460 bass weighing 1,055 pounds, 2 ounces, caught by 149 co-anglers Friday. The catch included 40 five-bass limits.

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