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Friday, June 23, 2017
2017 Costa FLW Series Northern Lake Champlain Day 2: McFarlin on Top With 36-10lbs!
Neil Farlow 4th & Chris Johnston in 8th
By Jody White
FLW PRESS RELEASE
Shayne McFarlin plopped 19 pounds on the scale on day one of the Costa FLW Series event presented by Power-Pole on Lake Champlain, and he followed it up with 17 pounds, 3 ounces on day two for a total of 36-10. In second, Chris Adams of Shrewsbury, Vt., is a mere 2 ounces off the lead with 36-8. Through the tournament, both the leaders have weighed solely smallmouths.
McFarlin steady as leader board changes.
Starting in the Inland Sea and fishing semi-close to Plattsburgh for the most part, McFarlin has put together two excellent bags of spawning smallmouths through the first two days.
“It was a little slower [Friday]. I ran out of fish pretty quick, but I was still done by 12,” says McFarlin of his day. “Yesterday, I finished by 10:30 a.m., but it took me a little longer to see them today.”
Despite battling weather that was very contrary to sight-fishing for most of the morning, McFarlin says he’s still run through a lot of his fish.
“Numbers aren’t the problem; it’s the weight of them,” says the Georgia angler. “I think I can run down one stretch tomorrow and catch a limit pretty quick. I didn’t think I could do 17 [pounds] today, and it happened. I think there’s some fish coming to me, but I can’t say for sure.”
Champlain is a long way from Georgia, but McFarlin has learned from one of the best smallmouth chasers in the game.
“There’s a certain type of bank that I’m looking for,” says McFarlin. “[FLW Tour pro] Austin Felix is a good friend of mine, and he’s a heck of a smallmouth fisherman, and he’s told me a lot. When I came up here I kind of had that in mind, and I based it off that. I generalized that they’re on this one type of bank with a certain degree water, but the water is getting warmer every day.”
McFarlin says he’s committed to sticking it out on the smallmouths. He won’t be looking for green ones on the final day unless things go very well or very poorly.
Top 10 pros
1. Shayne McFarlin – Martin, Ga. – 36-10 (10)
2. Chris Adams – Shrewsbury, Vt. – 36-8 (10)
3. Ron Nelson – Berrien Springs, Mich. – 36-0 (10)
4. Neil Farlow – Niagara Falls, Ontario – 35-6 (10)
5. Thomas Lavictoire Jr. – West Rutland, Vt. – 35-5 (10)