FLW Cherokee Lake Day 1 Coverage
Apr 11th, 2019 by Keith Worrall 262
Modified Apr 11th, 2019 at 4:08 PM
1:00 p.m. – Final update
Marty Lawrence has quietly had a strong day on Cherokee. He has been steadily making culls and now finds himself with over 16 pounds in the box and sitting in third place.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Cherokee Lake, it’s that the lake is plump full of fish that are willing to bite. Today has certainly exceeded expectations as far as the action goes. Everyone is doing an alright job of finding 2-pounders, but at the end of the day, the 3- to 4-pounders are the fish that these guys need. We’re closing down the blog and leaderboard now, but can confidently say a lot will happen between now and weigh-in.
Be sure to watch weigh-in at 3 p.m. ET on flwfishing.com.
12:40 p.m. – 5-pounder
Darrel Robertson’s marshal reported the Oklahoma pro catching a 5-pounder. That would be the first fish over five pounds that we have heard of. It was also a largemouth.
Scott Martin caught a four-pound smallmouth to cull out his only largemouth. Now Scott’s limit is up over 16 pounds. Unless something crazy happens Scott should be in the top 10 at the end of the day.
Billy McCaghren has a limit and is now culling his smallest keepers with more tiny keepers. His marshal said, “We’ve reached that point where every fish has gone on a low-carbohydrate diet.”
12:05 p.m. – Helping hand
Oklahoma’s Chad Warren is lending a helping hand to Brandon Mosley, who’s boat is broken down. It sounds like Chad is content with the 14 pounds he has in his livewell and is basically going to focus on helping Mosley, rather than keep fishing. Talk about a testament of sportsmanship by Warren.
Bryan Schmitt is all about green fish today. He might be the only pro who we has a limit that doesn’t include at least one smallmouth. Unfortunately, his largemouth aren’t exactly giants. We have him at 11 pounds, but he could easily hook into a few bigger largies to gain some weight.
Other than Upshaw and Snavely, the top 10 is pretty tight. Nobody can afford to weigh in any less than five fish per day in this tournament. The weights are just way to close right now.