Thrift dominates in FLW Cup
North Carolina's Bryan Thrift never trailed during the three-day competion on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas to become the 2019 FLW Cup Champion.
Thrift took home the Forrest Wood Cup and its $300,000 purse for first prize after holding on to the top spot on the leaderboard throughout the event. The Power-Pole equipped pro caught his bag limit all three days to finish with a event total of 38 pounds, 7 ounces -- including 10 pounds, 13 ounces on the final day.
Thrift used eight different baits in landing his three-day limit, including a buzzbait, a topwater walking bait, a Texas rig, a drop-shot rig, five different crankbaits, a frog, a Damiki Underspin and a Damiki Armor Shad Paddle Tail swimbait.
“Fishing in August, you have to fish everything,” Thrift said. “Every morning I’d start fishing shallow – the bank and shade lines – then I’d fish a few boat docks, and then I’d move out and fish some brush. I even caught some fish that weren’t around anything, just around bait and suspended. I caught them on seven or eight different patterns, and you have to have that in August because two or three of them will let you down.”
2019 FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton Top Ten:
1st: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 38-7, $300,000
2nd: Kyle Walters, Grant Valkaria, Fla., 15 bass, 33-6, $60,000
3rd: Dakota Ebare, Denham Springs, La., 14 bass, 32-2, $50,000
4th: Bass Pro Shops pro Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., 15 bass, 31-6, $37,500
5th: Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 15 bass, 31-2, $30,000
6th: Lowrance pro Austin Felix, Eden Prairie, Minn., 15 bass, 30-6, $24,000
7th: Joseph Webster, Winfield, Ala., 15 bass, 28-2, $23,000
8th: Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala., 15 bass, 26-12, $22,000
9th: Josh Douglas, Isle, Minn., 14 bass, 26-3, $21,000
10th: Jordan Osborne, Longview, Texas, 10 bass, 22-6, $20,000
Full result can be found at FLWFishing.com.