Bolton Leads FLW Tournament at Sam Rayburn ReservoirBolton Leads FLW Tournament at Sam Rayburn Reservoir Bolton Leads FLW Tournament at Sam Rayburn Reservoir
BROOKELAND, Texas (Jan. 11, 2019) – Terry Bolton of Benton, Kentucky, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Friday weighing 33 pounds, 9 ounces, to vault to the top of the leaderboard on Day Two of the FLW Tour at Sam Rayburn Reservoir after starting the day in 10th place. Bolton's two day total of 10 bass weighing 54-3 will give him a 5-pound, 15-ounce advantage over second place angler Nick LeBrun of Bossier City, Louisiana, (48-4) who led the competition after Day One. The field of 170 anglers is now cut to just the top 30 as they continue their competition for the top award of up to $125,000.
"I think I caught more fish today than I caught all last year on Tour," joked Bolton, a 13-time FLW Cup qualifier. "It was a really special day. I had a pretty good day yesterday and this was the same place that I caught my big ones. There is bigger fish there and it's just a timing deal.
"I actually found the place in practice by pure luck," Bolton continued. "I was idling along – I'm a Kentucky Lake ledge fisherman and I always watch my depth finder – and I happened to idle over the needle in the haystack. I thought there was some big ones there when I saw them, and I caught a 6-pounder and a keeper and left. Now that I've gotten to fish it for two days, I'm starting to figure it out."
Bolton said that the fish are suspended, and he estimated that he caught more than 50 bass from the area on both Thursday and Friday. His baits of choice has been Rapala DT14 and Rapala DT16 crankbaits, in Demon and Caribbean Shad colors.
"It's just something that happens here – early in the year those fish stage over the hydrilla," Bolton said. "I've done it here in the past, and I know tournaments have been won here that way. When I got up around 26 to 27 pounds I started to leave. I thought, no, I'll stay here just a little longer. Then I caught the 9-8 and I realized I was throwing back fish that were 5 pounds so I knew it was time to go.
"Tomorrow I'm going to do the exact same thing that I've done the last two days and just go fishing and enjoy myself. That's what this year is all about – me having fun," Bolton went on to say. "Last year, I had no fun. I thought about retiring. So this year I decided I'm going to come back and get back to just having fun. Now, of course, catching 33 pounds helps to have fun. But, regardless, the secret to doing well is enjoying yourself. Don't let the highs get you too high – and this is definitely a high. But there will be lows, and you can't let the lows get you too low.
"I may have to start over, tomorrow. But, I'm prepared for that and if so I'm going to enjoy myself."
The top 30 pros that made the cut and will fish Saturday on Sam Rayburn Reservoir are:
1st: Rapala pro Terry Bolton, Benton, Ky., 10 bass, 54-3
2nd: Nick LeBrun, Bossier City, La., 10 bass, 48-4
3rd: Evinrude pro Jim Tutt, Longview, Texas, 10 bass, 45-4
4th: Chad Warren, Sand Springs, Okla., 10 bass, 44-6
5th: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 43-15
6th: Miles Burghoff, Hixson, Tenn., 10 bass, 42-8
7th: Billy Shelton III, La Crosse, Va., 10 bass, 42-1
9th: Sam George, Athens, Ala., 10 bass, 39-9
10th: Andy Wicker, Pomaria, S.C., 10 bass, 38-14
20th: Kurt Mitchell, Milford, Del., 10 bass, 33-6
22nd: Jon Englund, Farwell, Minn., 10 bass, 32-9
30th: Christopher Brasher, Longview, Texas, 10 bass, 31-5
Wicker earned Friday's $500 Big Bass award in the pro division thanks to an 11-pound, 2-ounce largemouth. The fish was the 9th largest Big Bass Award winner in FLW Tour history. Overall there were 750 bass weighing 1,902 pounds, 8 ounces caught by 164 pros Friday. The catch included 136 five-bass limits.
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