South Carolina’s Beavers moves into lead at FLW Tour at Lake Seminole
Category: press release
Mar 9th, 2019 by fishing fanatics
Modified Mar 9th, 2019 at 9:32 PM
Pro Bradford Beavers of Summerville, South Carolina, caught five bass weighing 18 pounds, 12 ounces Friday to take control of the leaderboard after Day Two of the FLW Tour at Lake Seminole presented by Costa. Beavers’ two-day total of 10 bass weighing 43 pounds, 14 ounces gives him a 3-pound advantage heading into Day Three of the four-day competition that features 165 of the world’s best bass-fishing anglers competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
Although Beavers’ 18-pound, 12-ounce limit was an impressive sight on the stage, the South Carolina pro admits that he had to grind it out for the entire day. He boated four keepers in a 45-minute window right away Friday morning, then didn’t boat his fifth keeper until just three minutes before having to leave the water and head to weigh-in.
“I hooked seven fish today, but only got five of them to the boat,” said Beavers, the 2017 Costa FLW Series Champion. “I was around them. They would bump my bait, but they just weren’t going to eat.
“I spent three hours there this morning, then I finally gave up and ran around looking for another bite the rest of the day,” Beavers continued. “I don’t know if the fish are becoming more educated or the weather is changing their habits.”
Beavers said that he caught all of his fish Friday on a bladed jig.
“I finally got my last one with just three minutes left in the day,” Beavers said. “It was a huge window with nothing happening.
“Tomorrow my plan is to just go hit the one area where I have been catching them, and then just run some new water from there,” Beavers went on to say. “I’ll probably stay shallow. I don’t have anything else worth going back to, and it just takes too long to find them out deep. I hope I can find them.”
The top 30 pros that made the cut and will fish Saturday on Lake Seminole are:
1st: Bradford Beavers, Summerville, S.C., 10 bass, 43-14
2nd: Sheldon Collings, Grove, Okla., 10 bass, 40-14
3rd: Rob Kilby, Hot Springs, Ark., 10 bass, 38-15
4th: Kurt Mitchell, Milford, Del., 10 bass, 37-5
5th: Brian Latimer, Belton, S.C., 10 bass, 36-12
6th: Greg Bohannan, Bentonville, Ark., 10 bass, 36-3
7th: Hunter Freeman, Monroe, La., 10 bass, 35-5
8th: Joshua Weaver, Macon, Ga., 10 bass, 34-7
9th: Joseph Webster, Winfield, Ala., eight bass, 34-6
10th: Braxton Setzer, Montgomery, Ala., seven bass, 33-10
11th: Tyler Woolcott, Port Orange, Fla., eight bass, 33-2
12th: Miles Howe, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., nine bass, 32-12
13th: Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 10 bass, 32-7
14th: Billy McCaghren, Mayflower, Ark., 10 bass, 32-5
15th: Jimmy Brewer, Marshall, Texas, 10 bass, 31-0
16th: Jared McMillan, Belle Glade, Fla., 10 bass, 30-12
17th: Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala., 10 bass, 29-11
18th: Rapala pro Terry Bolton, Benton, Ky., 10 bass, 29-1
19th: Russell Cecil, Willis, Texas, nine bass, 28-9
20th: Matt Becker, Finleyville, Pa., 10 bass, 28-8
21st: Buddy Gross, Chickamauga, Ga., seven bass, 28-7
22nd: Jason Abram, Piney Flats, Tenn., 10 bass, 28-2
23rd: Miles Burghoff, Hixson, Tenn., 10 bass, 27-15
24th: Costa pro Dylan Hays, El Dorado, Ark., 10 bass, 27-0
25th: Andy Young, Isle, Minn., 10 bass, 26-13
26th: Matt Reed, Madisonville, Texas, 10 bass, 26-10
27th: Tommy Dickerson, Orange, Texas, nine bass, 26-8
28th: Kurt Dove, Del Rio, Texas, seven bass, 26-6
29th: Chris McCall, Palmer, Texas, nine bass, 26-3
30th: Jacob Wall, Jacksonville, Ore., eight bass, 26-0
Full results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.