Morgan maintains lead on Day Two of FLW Tour at Lake Cumberland
Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published April 14, 2018
Pro Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tennessee, brought a 15-pound, 12-ounce limit of bass to the scale Friday to maintain his lead after Day Two of the FLW Tour at Lake Cumberland presented by General Tire. Morgan's two-day total of 10 bass weighing 34 pounds, 11 ounces gives him a 1-pound, 6-ounce advantage heading into the third day of competition in the four-day event that featured a field of 183 of the world's best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers competing for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division.
The field is now cut to 30 as anglers resume competition Saturday morning, with only the top 10 anglers advancing to Championship Sunday. Former Forrest Wood Cup Champions Darrel Robertson (2nd place, 33-5), Polaris pro David Dudley (22nd place, 28-0), Scott Martin (24th place, 27-13), and Justin Atkins (29th place, 27-4) remain in competition, along with reigning Pennzoil Marine Angler of the Year Bryan Thrift (4th place, 32-13).
Thrift weighed another five-bass limit Friday - his 51st consecutive limit weighed in FLW Tour competition - breaking the FLW Tour's all-time record of 50, set in 2014 by pro Cody Meyer of Auburn, California. Thrift has the opportunity to extend his record Saturday.
"Despite my weight being down, today was actually a better day for me," said tournament leader Morgan, a 20-year Tour veteran who has 38 career top-10 Tour finishes. "I caught a lot more fish, and I had a shot at a really good bag. It might have just been bad luck, but a lot of fish were just slapping at my bait and would come off, for no real rhyme or reason. I lost four or five really good ones today - including a 5-pound largemouth."
Morgan is fishing in the lower end of the lake, running pockets and covering water with a spinnerbait and a jig. He estimated that he caught around 20 keepers on Friday and weighed in a limit consisting of four largemouth and one smallmouth bass.
"I started the day running totally new water, but this afternoon I ended up going back through some things that I did yesterday," Morgan said. "The water is fairly clean, but a little windblown in some places. It really didn't matter where I fished, though. They were biting.
"Tomorrow I think everyone will blast them again and we're going to see a lot of fish caught," Morgan went on to say. "Anyone fishing can still win this deal. There is a 20-pound bag lurking around out there, and 20 pounds can go far here. I'm going to continue to do more of the same, and going to keep doing it until it quits."
The top 30 pros that made the first cut and will fish Saturday on Lake Cumberland are: