Rose Leads $1.1 Million Walmart Open on Beaver Lake
Hawk leads field of Co-Anglers
“On Beaver Lake, it’s all about getting in a comfort zone and then being able to go fishing,” said Rose, who has won more than
“I caught a little limit of spots and then went flipping and was fortunate to catch my big fish on a Strike King Rodent in a bush,” Rose added. “The fish got me hung up, but I was able to get it out.”
Rose said he caught one of his larger fish in water he called “very clear.” He added the water he fished Thursday had little to no color at all. According to reports from many anglers, Beaver Lake has returned to its traditional clear state after heavy rains for an extended period of time in the area. During the 2008 Walmart Open, Beaver Lake was uncharacteristically muddy, and most fisherman caught fish using power fishing techniques.
“I got a few key bites that really helped me, but you never really know with fish,” Rose said. “I’ve got an area that has some keepers, but as far as getting those kicker fish that you need to get you over the hump on Beaver Lake two days in a row … that’s really hard on Beaver Lake. I’ve kind of clued in to what’s going on. It’s just a matter of getting the right bites.”
Rose said his strategy won’t change for the second day of competition. He said he would like to repeat his Day 1 performance and perhaps even eclipse the 13-pound mark.
“I’m not going to do anything different,” Rose said. “I’ve got an area I started in today that nobody tried to come in on. Hopefully I’ll get there in the morning and try to catch a limit and go from there.”
Rounding out the top five places are
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Overall there were 702 bass weighing 1,233 pounds, 15 ounces caught by 154 pros Thursday. The catch included 118 five-bass limits.
Pros are competing for a top award of
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are
Overall there were 424 bass weighing 620 pounds, 9 ounces caught by 139 co-anglers Thursday. The catch included 37 five-bass limits.
Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of
Anglers will take off at
In conjunction with the weigh-ins Saturday and Sunday, FLW Outdoors will host a free Family Fun Zone and outdoor show at the John Q. Hammons Center from
In FLW Tour competition, pros and co-anglers are randomly paired each day, with pros supplying the boat, controlling boat movement and competing against other pros. Co-anglers fish from the back deck against other co-anglers. The full field competes in the two-day opening round for one of 10 slots in Saturday’s competition based on their two-day accumulated weight. Weights are cleared for day three, and co-angler competition concludes following Saturday’s weigh-in. The top 10 pros continue competition Sunday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from days three and four.
The total purse for the Walmart Open event at Beaver Lake is more than
Coverage of the Beaver Lake tournament, hosted by the Rogers Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on VERSUS, the network which brings anglers the best fishing programming on television featuring the most-trusted authorities on the water. The Emmy-nominated “FLW Outdoors,” will air
The FLW Tour will award more than
FLW Outdoors, named after
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SOURCE FLW Outdoors