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Hallman Still on top at FLW Tour on Lake Lanier

Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media
Published March 11, 2018

Oklahoma pro Bradley Hallman has one previous career win on the FLW Tour - a 2016 event on Florida's Lake Okeechobee, where he led the tournament for four straight days and won by a near 15-pound margin. Hallman is looking to match that feat this week on Lake Lanier, as he weighed another limit of spotted bass totaling 13 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday to maintain his lead for the third straight day at the FLW Tour at Lake Lanier presented by Ranger Boats. The field is now cut to the final 10 pros for Championship Sunday in the four-day event that featured a field of the world's best bass-fishing professionals competing for a top prize of up to $125,000.

Hallman's three-day total of 15 bass weighing 55-3 will give him a solid 5-pound, 9-ounce advantage over second-place pro and fellow Oklahoman Zack Birge, who has a three-day total of 15 bass for 49-10. Also trying to catch Hallman on Sunday will be Canadian pro Jeff Gustafson of Keewatin, Ontario (48-10), who sits in third after making his second straight top-10 cut on the FLW Tour after finishing second at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Florida two weeks ago, and local pro Jason Johnson of Dawsonville (48-9), who will start Sunday in 4th place after weighing Saturday's largest limit of 17-10.

"Today was a day where nothing really bad happened, but I'm happy that I salvaged what I did," said Hallman, who is fishing in his 20th career FLW Tour event. "Every day I've been doing something different and today I caught some off of docks. I only had 10 bites and I put six of them in the boat. The four that I lost were ones that I really could have used."

Hallman said that he caught his fish Saturday throwing a spinnerbait, a swimbait and a shaky-head rig.

"I caught 18 pounds fishing marinas yesterday," he said. "I only caught one today. It was hard to get them to bite without the sun - you need the sun to shine to put them in position. When it's cloudy like it was today, they just roam.

"One way or another, I'm going back to the marinas tomorrow," Hallman went on to say. "I know how difficult it is to win these Tour events and I need to have a really good day tomorrow. The key will be staying open minded, like I did today. I've really enjoyed myself this week - this place is phenomenal."

The top 10 pros advancing to the final day of competition on Lake Lanier are:

              1st:          Bradley Hallman, Norman, Okla., 15 bass, 55-3
              2nd:         Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 15 bass, 49-10
              3rd:         Jeff Gustafson, Keewatin, Ontario, Canada, 15 bass, 48-10
              4th:         Jason Johnson, Dawsonville, Ga., 15 bass, 48-9
              5th:         Joseph Webster, Winfield, Ala., 15 bass, 47-10
              6th:         Braxton Setzer, Montgomery, Ala., 15 bass, 47-5
              7th:         Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 15 bass, 46-14
              8th:         Austin Felix, Eden Prairie, Minn., 15 bass, 46-13
              9th:         David Williams, Maiden, N.C., 15 bass, 46-6
              10th:       Jordan Osborne, Longview, Texas, 15 bass, 46-4
Finishing in 11h through 30th are:
              11th:       Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn., 15 bass, 45-7, $12,000
              12th:       Polaris pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 15 bass, 45-6, $12,000
              13th:       Carl Jocumsen, Queensland, Australia, 15 bass, 45-4, $12,000
              14th:       Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., 15 bass, 45-3, $12,000
              15th:       Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 44-12, $12,000
              16th:       David Nichol, Gainesville, Ga., 15 bass, 44-10, $12,000
              17th:       Allen Boyd, Salem, Ind., 15 bass, 43-5, $12,000
              18th:       Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 15 bass, 42-12, $12,000
              19th:       James Niggemeyer, Van, Texas, 15 bass, 42-12, $12,000
              20th:       Jared McMillan, Belle Glade, Fla., 15 bass, 41-12, $12,000
              21st:        Matthew Stefan, Junction City, Wis., 15 bass, 41-9, $10,000
              22nd:       Jason Meninger, Saint Augustine, Fla., 15 bass, 41-8, $10,000
              23rd:       General Tire pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 15 bass, 40-10, $10,000
              24th:       Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, 15 bass, 40-8, $10,000
              25th:       Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas, 14 bass, 40-8, $10,000
              26th:       Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C., 15 bass, 40-8, $10,000
              27th:       James Watson, Lampe, Mo., 14 bass, 40-5, $10,000
              28th:       Grae Buck, Harleysville, Pa., 15 bass, 40-0, $10,000
              29th:       Rob Jordan, Flowery Branch, Ga., 15 bass, 39-12, $10,000
              30th:       Tim Cales, Sandstone, W. Va., 15 bass, 39-10, $10,000
For a full list of results visit FLWFishing.com.