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Combs Takes Lead At Walmart FLW Tour On Sam Rayburn Reservoir Presented By Mercury

Farris Continues to Lead Co-Anglers

by Julie Huber,
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Local pro Keith Combs gave the shallow bite another look today but ended up securing his weight offshore.
Photo by David Brown

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After sacking up the heaviest limit of the first two days, Todd Castledine gained 22 spots to take second place.
Photo by David Brown
(Oct. 12, 2012 - LUFKIN, TX)...

It was a new day of fishing on Sam Rayburn Reservoir as Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas, took the lead Friday at the Walmart FLW Tour on Sam Rayburn presented by Mercury. Rayburn produced, as expected, a lot of 6- and 7-pound bass, however, the bites were fewer and further between. Combs’ five-bass limit weighed 16-11 and gave him a two-day total of 33-7, and a 2-pound, 1-ounce lead over second place fellow Texan Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches.

Combs, who has fished Rayburn since he was 14 years old, said that he spent the better part of the summer preparing for this tournament. "I will not run out of spots to hit," said Combs. "I fished a lot of new water today and anticipate that I will do the same tomorrow. I am the type of angler that makes two to five casts per spot and then move on.

"I spent a long time fishing shallow yesterday, probably way more time than I should have," Combs continued. "I finally moved deep and was able to eke out a limit; I only had five bites yesterday, and luckily they were quality bites. Today I only spent about 30 minutes shallow before I moved deep. I didn’t have my first bass until about 9:30, and then I had a limit by 11. It wasn’t until about noon that I caught my two 5-pounders. I had about 15 keepers today.

"Tomorrow is going to be another new day. I really don’t know what’s going to happen. I still believe that my best chance of catching a wipeout sack is shallow. I caught nearly 25 pounds shallow the last day of practice and believe that the shallow bite could turn on again. I am not really comfortable with the offshore bite, so I will start shallow again tomorrow before I move deep and we’ll see what happens."

Combs went on to say that he was mostly targeting large flats in 12 to 25 feet of water with his most shallow fish coming in 12 feet of water. He stated that some of the areas had wood and stumps and the flats seemed to be the most productive. His key bait for the tournament so far has been Strike King’s 6XD and a Texas-style Strike King Rage Tail ReCon Worm.

Castledine is in the No. 2 spot with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 31-6. He, too, is targeting deep flats and said that he didn’t have a single fish until after 1 p.m., with both of his big ones coming after 2 p.m.

Top 20 pros that will fish Saturday on Sam Rayburn are:

1st: Keith Combs Huntington, Texas 10 bass 33-7
2nd: Todd Castledine Nacogdoches, Texas 10 bass 31-6
3rd: Phil Marks Dallas, Texas 10 bass 31-3
4th: Straight Talk pro J.T. Kenney Palm Bay, Fla. 10 bass 30-13
5th: Matt Herren Trussville, Ala. 10 bass 30-8
6th: Castrol pro Mike Surman Boca Raton, Fla. 10 bass 29-15
7th: Fatheadz pro Jacob Wheeler Indianapolis, Ind. 10 bass 29-12
8th: Jason Wells Center, Texas 10 bass 29-2
9th: John Cox Debary, Fla. 10 bass 28-4
10th: Darrell Davis Dover, Fla. 10 bass 27-14
11th: Landan Ware Jewett, Texas 10 bass 27-14
12th: Tommy Durham Whitney, Texas 10 bass 27-6
13th: EverStart pro Randall Tharp Gardendale, Ala. 10 bass 26-11
14th: Goodwill pro Chad Grigsby Maple Grove, Minn. 10 bass 26-2
15th: Jason Reyes Huffman, Texas 10 bass 25-8
16th: Tim Reneau Del Rio, Texas 10 bass 25-5
17th: Ray Hanselman Del Rio, Texas 10 bass 25-0
18th: Snickers pro Chris Baumgardner Gastonia, N.C. 10 bass 24-9
19th: Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre Erie, Pa. 10 bass 24-7
20th: Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats pro Jim Tutt Longview, Texas 10 bass 24-6

Lamonte Loyd of Gilmer, Texas, caught Friday’s big bass weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces on the pro side to win $500.

Overall there were 431 bass weighing 971 pounds caught by 110 pros Friday. The catch included 63 five-bass limits.

Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. The top five anglers in the point standings from the four Walmart FLW Tour Open tournaments will qualify.

Clint Farris of Joshua, Texas, leads the co-angler division with a two-day total of nine bass weighing 22 pounds, 3 ounces, followed by Darrell Denton of Georgetown, Texas, in second place with seven bass weighing 20-8.

Top 20 co-anglers are:

1st: Clint Farris Joshua, Texas nine bass 22-3
2nd: Darrell Denton Georgetown, Texas seven bass 20-8
3rd: Jeff Gengler Fort Collins, Colo. eight bass 19-11
4th: Ben Todd Pierson, Fla. 10 bass 19-11
5th: Alfred Williams Jackson, Miss. eight bass 19-5
6th: Wilson Burton Groves, Texas eight bass 19-2
7th: Tommy Mendoza Lake Charles, La. eight bass 18-15
8th: Scott Darragh Midlothian, Texas seven bass 16-14
9th: Gregg Swindle Katy, Texas eight bass 16-14
10th: Corbett Ross Port Neches, Texas nine bass 16-1
11th: Ryan Edwards Stuart, Fla. eight bass 15-13
12th: John Moon Brookeland, Texas nine bass 15-9
13th: Keith Honeycutt Temple Texas eight bass 15-9
14th: Kip Passant Lake Charles, La. eight bass 15-6
15th: Jeff Sprague Edgewood, Texas nine bass 15-4
16th: Casey Martin New Market, Ala. eight bass 14-15
17th: Joe Garcia Hobson, Texas eight bass 14-4
18th: Rick Rickman Gainesville, Texas eight bass 14-4
19th: Clayton Batts Macon, Ga. seven bass 14-3
20th: Roy Cheaney Grand Saline, Texas eight bass 13-14

Gengler caught Friday’s big bass weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces on the co-angler side to win $250.

Overall there were 239 bass weighing 469 pounds, 14 ounces caught by 110 co-anglers Friday. The catch included nine five-bass limits.

Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $25,000 this week plus valuable points that could help them qualify for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup. The top five co-anglers in the point standings from the four Walmart FLW Tour Open tournaments will qualify.

Anglers will take off from Cassels-Boykin County Park located at FM Road 3123 (Off State Hwy 147) in Zavalla, Texas, at 7:30 a.m. daily. Saturday and Sunday’s final weigh-ins will be held at the Walmart located at 2500 Daniel McCall Drive in Lufkin beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will be treated to the FLW Outdoors Expo at the Walmart on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.

Coverage of the Sam Rayburn Reservoir tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when "FLW" airs Nov. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. "FLW" is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 559 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit the FLWOutdoors website. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter/FLWFishing.

ABOUT FLWFLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2012 over the course of 191 tournaments across five tournament circuits, each providing an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water," through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and the world’s richest fantasy sports game - FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit the FLWOutdoors or FantasyFishing websites and look for FLW on Twitter and Facebook.

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