Randles Wins Tour Event at Toho

The FLW Tour made its first stop of the 2015 year at Lake Tohopekaliga from March 5th-8th. Chad Randles, of Omaha, Nebraska, bested the Co-Angler field with a two-day total of 29 lbs 15 oz. We interviewed him to find out more about his victory, and here is what he had to say…

FTB: Chad, did you get to practice for this event?

CR: Yes, I practiced all three days with Randy Blaukat, fellow member of the Bridgford Fishing Team (Like them on Facebook!). The fishing was pretty tough; I only caught 5 fish throughout all of practice. On our first day, we tried to flip for the majority of the day, but didn’t have much luck. The second day, Randy figured out that there were a few more fish relating offshore to shellbeds, and on the last day, he further honed in on this pattern.

FTB: Tell us a little about the weather conditions throughout the tournament.

CR: On the first day, we were following a cold front that had just passed, so it was sunny and beatiful out with slight winds. It was about 75 degrees at takeoff on the second day, but a cold front came in and it cooled down to about 55 by weigh-in.

FTB: So who’d you get paired with on Day 1, and how were you catching them?

CR: James biggs was my Pro, and we started off fishing a little spot with current. Biggs caught several crappie and determined that this wasn’t the right area. The next spot we hit was another area with current, but this time, there was a bit of vegetation mixed in. Biggs had his power poles down and he was fishing the current. I decided to turn around and fish the grass. This ended up being a good idea, and I caught my big fish of the day. I continued to throw my Black and Blue Gambler Ace on an EWG Gamakatsu hook, pegged with a 1/8oz. weight for the rest of the day with a lot of luck. I would just flip it around in the holes in the grass, and I was fortunate enough to weigh in 19 lbs. of bass.

FTB: And Day 2?

CR: On day 2, Stetson blaylock was my Pro, and we started fishing around an island with kissimmee grass and shellbeds. I continued to fish my Gambler Ace in areas that Stetson was not fishing. I didn’t have access to the water that my Pro’s were fishing throughout this event, so I made sure to fish the spots that they left behind and overlooked.

FTB: What advice would you have for Co-Anglers fishing a Florida event?

CR: First off, the #1 rule for Co-Anglers in any tournament is to not compete with the guy in the front of the boat! Respect his water and fish for different bass than he is targeting. As far as Florida goes, the biggest thing is that you need to hope that you have some open water so you have more areas to fish. If not, however, and your Pro is flipping methodically, it is best to downsize your presentation from what he is using and try to hit spots that he misses. Also, you really can’t got wrong with senko-type baits presented in a slow manner.

FTB: Thanks Chad, and good luck to you this season!


Circuits fished: FLW Tour as Co, FLW Rayovac Centrals as a Pro

Years Co: 4th as a Co on the Tour

Favorite technique: Flipping all day, no matter what the cover is

Hobbies aside from fishing: Golf, traveling, spending time with family

Sponsors: Bridgford, Pro Data Computer Service