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Thursday, June 21, 2018
2018 Costa FLW Series Northern Lake Champlain Day 1: Brett Carnright Tops with 21-07lbs!
Canadian Cory Johnston 4th
by Jody White
FLW PRESS RELEASE
Smallmouth key to Carnright.
one of the Costa FLW Series tournament presented by Power-Pole on Lake
Champlain was a smashfest – everyone in the top 10 weighed 19 pounds or better
and the vast majority of that was brown. Leading the way, Brett Carnright
caught 21 pounds, 7 ounces to get things underway. In second, Austin Felix
tuned up 20-15 of smallmouths and sits just 8 ounces off the lead.
everyone in the top 10 is primarily or exclusively targeting bedding
smallmouths, and Carnright is no different. He made the top 10 last year on
Champlain with spawning brown bass, and he’s got it going on again this year.
had my five that I wanted to catch, and I caught all five of them, and those
were the only fish I caught today,” says Carnright. “I went searching for new
fish the rest of the day after about 9 o’clock. It was pretty relaxing – my
co-angler had his five even before my five.”
off with 21+ is great, but consistency is key on Champlain. Carnright finished
ninth in last weekend’s T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) event on Champlain
and seems to think he can keep the ball rolling.
had 18-10 in the BFL, but I saved fish then and actually caught two that I
would have weighed in the BFL today,” says the local angler. “Practice was
good, I had four full days on the water and had a much better practice size
wise than last year.
don’t think I can catch that amount of weight again, but I can definitely catch
a good bag. I found some new fish today, and I feel like I have the area to
myself. I didn’t see a lot of boats around me.”
Top 10 pros
Brett Carnright – Plattsburgh, N.Y. – 21-7 (5)
Austin Felix – Eden Prairie, Minn. – 20-15 (5)
Ron Nelson – Berrien Springs, Mich. – 20-11 (5)