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HALLMAN LEADS WIRE-TO-WIRE FOR FLW TOUR WIN ON LANIER

Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 03/11/2018

Story and photo courtesy of FLW Communications

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – After weighing in a limit of spotted bass in each of the first three days of competition, pro Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, weighed a five-bass limit of largemouth Sunday totaling 13 pounds, 1 ounce, to clinch his victory at the FLW Tour at Lake Lanier presented by Ranger Boats and win $100,000. Hallman led the event for four-straight days after weighing in a tournament-best 23-pound, 11-ounce limit of spotted bass Thursday on Day One, and won by a 2-pound, 10-ounce margin over fellow Oklahoman Zack Birge who finished with 65-10.

“It was a great, great week,” said Hallman, who earned his second career win on the FLW Tour. “I probably fished the best week that I have ever fished in my entire life. I say that because I had to catch these fish a different way each day.”

Hallman said that he caught his huge Day One limit of spotted bass fishing points with a Sexy Shiner-colored Megabass Vision 110+1 jerkbait and a sexy shad-colored Keitech 3.8-inch swimbait with a ½-ounce Buckeye Lures J-Will Swimbait Head. On Day Two, Hallman fished the points but only managed one keeper by 1 o’clock. He changed patterns and began targeting seawalls in marinas with the swimbait and managed to bring 18-7 to the scale.

Day Three, Hallman only caught one fish with the swimbait off of the seawalls, and no fish off of the points. He was forced to change patterns again, this time catching a limit inside marinas, under shallow docks and walkways, with a green-pumpkin Zoom Trick Worm on a ¼-ounce shaky-head rig.

“This morning I knew that I needed the sun to position those fish on the docks, and with the cloud cover I wasn’t going to have it,” Hallman said. “I had stopped a couple of times and fished the river near takeoff in my last 10 minutes before checking in each day and caught a couple with a spinnerbait. So, I made the decision this morning to fish the river all day.”

Hallman never caught a fish more than three miles from takeoff Sunday, hitting docks and patches of emergent dogfennel in the backs of pockets. He said that his key bait was a ½-ounce, double willow-bladed, chartreuse and white War Eagle spinnerbait.

“I’m really blessed and fortunate to win one Tour event, let alone two,” Hallman went on to say. “I’m real good at finishing 135th too, so I take the good with the bad and I’m just trying to enjoy this one for all I can.”

The top 10 pros on Lake Lanier finished:
1st: Bradley Hallman, Norman, Okla., 20 bass, 68-4, $100,000
2nd: Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 20 bass, 65-10, $30,000
3rd: Joseph Webster, Winfield, Ala., 20 bass, 65-2, $25,000
4th: Jason Johnson, Dawsonville, Ga., 20 bass, 65-1, $20,000
5th: Braxton Setzer, Montgomery, Ala., 20 bass, 63-2, $19,000
6th: Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 20 bass, 62-10, $18,000
7th: Jeff Gustafson, Keewatin, Ontario, Canada, 20 bass, 62-3, $17,000
8th: David Williams, Maiden, N.C., 20 bass, 61-12, $16,000
9th: Jordan Osborne, Longview, Texas, 20 bass, 60-6, $15,000
10th: Austin Felix, Eden Prairie, Minn., 19 bass, 57-11, $14,500

Complete results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 49 bass weighing 148 pounds, 9 ounces caught by pros Sunday. Nine of the final 10 pros weighed in five-bass limits.

Joe Anders of Easley, South Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 31 pounds, 10 ounces, followed by Brad Wiley of Alto, Georgia, who finished in second place with 10 bass totaling 31-1, worth $7,550.