Bolton Breaks Through at Rayburn


000336322_original_650x650Terry Bolton nearly quit tournament fishing after 23 years without a major victory. Good thing he decided to give it a 24th shot.

Buoyed by a behemoth 33-pound, 9-ounce bag on day two of the FLW Tour opener on Sam Rayburn, Bolton finally hoisted to trophy he’s long chased.

He did the bulk of his damage tossing Rapala DT crankbaits — either a DT10, a DT14 or a DT16 — to grass edges despite the high water. He rigged his DTs on a Lew’s Custom Pro Ledge Casting rod, paired with a Lew’s BB1 Pro Speed Spool in 5.1:1 gear ratio spooled with either 12- or 14-pound Suffix Invisiline fluorocarbon. Being he’s often called “Blade,” Bolton also mixed in a white 3/4-ounce Accent spinnerbait, as well as a Carolina rig equipped with a 5-inch Zoom Lizard in green pumpkin.

So, now that Bolton finally has that 23-year monkey off his back, where does his slot in our rankings?

Considering he says 2018 was one of the worst years of his career, the steady Bolton had fallen quite a bit rankings-wise, but this victory may allow him to once again get back into double digits, as he’s now ranked 115th in the sport.

While runner-up Nick LeBrun hasn’t fished enough major-level events to be ranked yet, the guy behind him sure has, as Bryan Thrift continues to build on his No. 1 ranking. He now has a 869.948 average, further separating himself (along with No. 2 Jacob Wheeler) from the rest of the field. Thrift and Scott Martin (No. 16) are the only FLW Tour anglers currently ranked in the top 60.

Meanwhile, David Williams had a shot to be the third-highest-ranked FLW angler, but his last-place finish at Rayburn killed his average, and he fell all the way to 105th.


In other news, we’ve made a significant change to our website and rankings we’ll be unveiling soon. Hence the delay on this article. Look for more information within the next week.




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Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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