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Friday, June 23, 2017
2017 Costa FLW Series Northern Day 1: McFarlin Leads with 19-07lbs!
Farlow 5th, Izumi 7th & Cory Johnston 8th By Jody White FLW PRESS RELEASE
Plenty of smallies still on beds. (Photo: FLW)
Leading day one of the Costa FLW Series event presented by Power-Pole on Lake Champlain, Shayne McFarlin of Martin, Ga., sacked up 19 pounds, 7 ounces of smallmouths to get the ball rolling. Behind him, he’s got a murderer’s row of out-of-town Champlain sticks and locals from Vermont and New York. Though the fishing was good on day one, weights fell slightly short of some pre-tournament expectations. Even so, eight of the top 10 weighed more than 18 pounds, and in true Champlain style, 10th place is only 1 1/2 pounds off the lead.
Like many others up high in the standings, McFarlin relied heavily on spawning smallmouths for his weight and fished the northern half of the lake.
“I pretty much stayed local,” says the Georgia pro. “I’ve got probably 20 fish marked, and I caught three of the biggest I had today. I left a few because I found a few bonus fish. I’m trying to save ’em. I don’t want to be greedy, but honestly I didn’t think I had 19 pounds.”
The forecast for Friday doesn’t look pretty. It’s supposed to blow pretty hard and storm, which could put a damper on some of the sight-fishing. Luckily for the leader he has other options.
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“That’s not my only way of catching them,” says McFarlin. “I don’t know what the rain and the wind are going to do tomorrow, but it’s been making it tough all week in practice.”
McFarlin finished 10th as a co-angler in last year’s FLW Tour event on Champlain, and he enjoyed it so much he figured he needed to return.
“It was a lot of fun,” says McFarlin of last year’s fishing. “It’s a long ways from Georgia, but it’s worth it.”
Top 10 pros
1. Shayne McFarlin – Martin, Ga. – 19-7 (5)
2. Chris Adams – Shrewsbury, Vt. – 18-13 (5)
3. Ron Nelson – Berrien Springs, Mich. – 18-10 (6)
4. Thomas Lavictoire Jr. – West Rutland, Vt. – 18-9 (5)