Bobby Padgett of LaGrange, Georgia, took the early lead at the Walmart BFL All-American on Kentucky Lake with a five-bass limit weighing 27 pounds, 13 ounces. Padgett will begin day two of the three-day competition with a 3-pound lead over second-place angler Curtis Richardson of Belleville, Ontario, Canada, who weighed in five bass totaling 24 pounds, 13 ounces.
â€œIt feels great to be leading on day one but it would feel even better to be leading on day three,â€ said Padgett, who has accumulated 20 top-10 finishes in FLW competition. â€œI just have to go out there and grind it out again tomorrow.â€
Padgett said he spent his morning targeting secondary points, flats and small kick-outs in mid-lake areas between Paris Landing and Moors Marina.
â€œThe bass are active along the secondary stuff because they’re pulling so much current,â€ said Padgett. â€œI used a Carolina-rigged Red Bug-colored Zoom Ol’ Monster Worm and caught a decent limit by 10 a.m.â€
Around 10:45, Padgett said he ran to a different location and reeled in a 7 ½-pounder using the Red Bug-colored Zoom Ol’ Monster Worm, this time Texas-rigged.
â€œIt was near a barge that I had found in the river channel. It was 40 feet down and rose up to about 17 feet,â€ Padgett said.
To finish out his day, the Georgia angler targeted fish that were fired up from thunderstorms that had passed through over lunchtime.
â€œI hit three places in 40 minutes and culled out three 3 ¾-pounders with 5-pounders,â€ Padgett said. â€œI gained about four pounds in an hour using a Two Timer-colored Profound Outdoors Crankbait.â€
Padgett said he ended up catching about 25 keepers by the end of the day.
â€œMost of the fish came between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.,â€ said Padgett. â€œTomorrow I’m going to stick to a similar pattern but focus more on the spots where I caught my biggest fish.â€
The top 10 boaters after day one on Kentucky Lake are:
1st: Bobby Padgett, LaGrange, Ga., five bass, 27-13
2nd: Curtis Richardson, Belleville, Ontario, Canada, five bass, 24-13
3rd: Dennis Middleton, Madison Heights, Va., five bass, 24-10
4th: Chris Martinkovic, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 24-9
5th: Billy Schroeder, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 22-5
6th: Jeff Johnston, Marion, Ark., five bass, 21-10
6th: Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., five bass, 21-10
8th: Lloyd Pickett Jr., Bartlett, Tenn., five bass, 20-13
9th: J.R. Henard, Rogersville, Tenn., five bass, 20-11
10th: Chris Daves, Spring Grove, Va., five bass, 20-1
For a full list of results visit FLWFishing.com.
Michael Gross of Gurdon, Arkansas, leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 19 pounds, 3 ounces followed by James Hatch of Gainesville, Florida, in second place with five bass weighing 18-14.
The top 10 co-anglers are:
1st: Michael Gross, Gurdon, Ark., five bass, 19-3
2nd: James Hatch, Gainesville, Fla., five bass, 18-14
3rd: Bob Burgess, Charleston, W. Va., five bass, 18-10
4th: Joshua Pullins, Bonne Terre, Mo., five bass, 18-5
5th: Will Treadwell, Buford, Ga., five bass, 16-9
6th: Joe Eubanks, Marietta, Ga., five bass, 16-6
7th: Jacob Harris, Bonne Terre, Mo., five bass, 16-5
8th: Charles Hardin, Evansville, Ind., five bass, 16-3
9th: Ryan Sykes, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 16-1
10th: Cole Huskins, Mount Holly, N.C., five bass, 15-15
Hosted by the Henry County Alliance, the Walmart BFL All-American features the top 49 boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the 24-division BFL circuit will cast for cash prizes of up to $120,000 in the Boater Division and $60,000 in the Co-angler Division, plus an opportunity to compete for the Forrest Wood Cup Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas.