The first day of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell is in the books, and so far, the local boys have not fared well. Darrel Robertson of Jay, Oklahoma leads the event after weighing in a five-fish limit that tipped the scales at 20-6.
Jamie Horton of Centerville, Alabama is in second place with 19-12, Bee Branch, Arkansas’ Larry Nixon is in third with 19-4, and Charlie Evans of Berea, Kentucky sits in fourth place with 18-12.
Bryan Thrift, fresh off his win in last week’s FLW tournament on Santee Cooper, is in fifth place, and well within striking range of the top spot. The Shelby, North Carolina native brought a limit to the scales and weighed in with 18-3.
Chris Baumgardner of Gastonia, North Carolina is in ninth place, Mooresville’s Shane Lehew is in eleventh place. Greenwood, South Carolina native Brandon Cobb is in 21st, and Matt Arey of Shelby, North Carolina ended day one in twenty-ninth place. Wilkesboro’s Tracy Adams sits in thirty-eighth place, Powell Kemp of Scotland Neck, North Carolina is in forty-second, and Todd Auten of Lake Wylie, South Carolina is in forty-fifth place.
Notably in seventy-sixth place is Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, South Carolina. Gagliardi, who won the FLW Cup last year, struggled to catch anything of size. He managed to bring five fish to the scales, but all were small. His weight of 12-2 currently has him over 8 pounds out of the lead.
On the co-angler side, the locals did not fare much better, with Kevin Gordon of Aiken, South Carolina in fifth place, and highest in the standings among Carolina anglers.
Chuck Kavros of Grass Valley, California leads the co-anglers with 12-14, followed closely by Neil Farlow of Niagara Falls, Ontario with 12-12. Jerry Reagan is in third. The Byrdstown, Tennessee angler brought and even 12-pounds worth of bass to today’s weigh-in. Greg Mansfield of Burnsville, Minnesota in currently in fourth with 11-4.
Liberty, South Carolina’s Greg Glouse is in seventh with 10-15. Michael Corbishley of Raleigh is in eleventh place with 9-15. Joseph Marks of Duncan, South Carolina is in twelfth place, Bryan New is in thirteenth. Anthony Marks of Spartanburg, South Carolina is in the eighteenth spot. Belton, South Carolina’s Stacy Lowe is in nineteenth.
Roger Metz of Greer, and host of the Woods and Water radio show on WGTK-FM 94.5, ended day one in 146th place. Metz struggled to get anything going, coming to the scales with one fish that weighed 14-ounces.
Day one was a great day weather-wise for anglers. With bright sun, few clouds, and even less wind, many anglers took advantage of the conditions and did a lot of sight-fishing. This will surely change with the weather expected to turn cooler and cloudy with a chance of rain tomorrow. This could shake the leaderboard up quickly.
Check for tomorrow’s standings here at SouthCarolinaSportsman.com.