FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE
While most of the 45 pros fishing the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup qualified via this season’s Walmart FLW Tour, five Cup contenders earned their shot last season by winning angler-of-the-year titles in their respective Rayovac FLW Series divisions.
David A. Brown
With Wesley Strader
In Episode 38, host Jody White and guest host Kyle Wood talk with Walmart pro Wesley Strader about the Forrest Wood Cup, his start in fishing and a variety of other topics. Then Jody and Kyle discuss ICAST and the new Tour schedule as well as break down some recent tournament news from the Rayovac FLW Series event on Champlain, College Fishing and the weekend’s slate of BFL events.
In part one of this two-part recap of trends from the 2014 ICAST show, we shared our observations of the electronics, terminal tackle, accessories, line and clothing categories. In this installment, we’re moving on to reels, rods, tackle storage and soft plastics.
Kyle Wood, David A. Brown and Jeff Samsel
ICAST 2014 is in the rearview mirror. Like usual, it was a whirlwind of handshakes, shutter snaps and Q&A with the tackle industry’s best product designers and marketers. If you missed any of the action, don’t worry. You can still check out all of FLW’s coverage from the show at FLWOutdoors.com/ICAST. We sent a team of 14 writers, photographers and videographers to Orlando to report on all the great new gear and gadgets that made it to the Orange County Convention Center.
Colin Moore, Jeff Samsel, Ross Robertson and Keith Jackson
Michael Marini’s relentless assault on the leaderboard ended in victory as the Slingerlands, N.Y., pro put together a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 14 ounces for a 57-pound, 7-ounce three-day total to score a comeback win at the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Champlain.
In an afternoon marked by major leaderboard fluctuations among the 142 pros competing in the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Champlain, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre of Erie, Pa., held fast to the pole position, bringing a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 13 ounces to the scale for a two-day total of 41 pounds, 5 ounces.
ORLANDO – It’s official; during a press conference held at ICAST, the fishing industry’s largest annual trade show, FLW announced the locations of its 2015 Walmart FLW Tour stops in front of anglers, fans and industry media. Beginning with a swing through Florida in early March and winding up near the nation’s capital in June, the Tour will visit six of the best bass fisheries in the United States.
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre of Erie, Pa., sacked a five-bass limit weighing an impressive 21 pounds, 8 ounces to top the leaderboard among the 142 pros competing on day one of the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on Lake Champlain. Pro Derek Olson of Honey Brook, Pa., was the only other angler to break the 20-pound barrier, bringing a 20-pound, 2-ounce limit to the stage to the delight of weigh-in fans gathered at scenic Dock Street Landing.
Northern Division preps for second stop July 17-19
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Rayovac FLW Series is headed to Lake Champlain July 17-19 for a tournament presented by Plano when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the second of three stops in 2014 in the Northern Division.
It says a lot about the growth of fishing and the fishing tackle industry that the first national fishing tackle show was held in the ballroom of Chicago’s Sherman House Hotel in 1958. And it wasn’t a very big ballroom. In fact, a few of the exhibitors simply rented nearby suites and showed their wares there. About 20 of the 30-some-odd companies that exhibited in that first show – then called the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association Fishing Tackle Trade Show – still exist, and their names resonate in the fishing world: Zebco, Bagley, Frabill, Plano, Berkley, PRADCO, South Bend, Wright & McGill and Yakima Bait Company among them.
With Jason Lambert
In Episode 36, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with 2014 Walmart FLW Tour Rookie of the Year Jason Lambert about his first season on tour, his pre-practice for the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray, giant spoons and a variety of other topics. Then they react to some recent fishing news and preview the FLW College Fishing event on the Chesapeake Bay and then look ahead to the Rayovac FLW Series event on Champlain.
The International Game Fish Association has declared the 10.48-pound spotted bass caught in late February by Keith Bryan of Powell Rods a new all-tackle world record for that species.
A Walmart FLW Tour season is a long and eventful thing. For 24 days, more than 300 pros and co-anglers – the best anglers in the world – duel it out in bass-fishing competition across the country. Stories develop every day. News is made. Techniques are perfected. There are daily highlights. We could never list them all, so we didn’t. But we did come up with a list of 12 highlights that we think best tell the story of the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season. Click on the links to read more about each.
The first annual Don Lee Memorial Tournament is set for Saturday, Sept. 13 out of Russo’s Marina on the California Delta, and features a team format.
By now you’ve either heard about the Ben Parker Signature Series Magnum Spoon and are frantically trying to find one, or you’ve spent too much time watching World Cup soccer and completely missed out on a major bass-fishing storyline. Let me recap: Giant, 8-inch hubcaps flying through the air, fluttering through the water, being eaten by Kentucky Lake’s biggest, hulking bass. That’s what you missed last week if you weren’t tuned in to FLWOutdoors.com’s coverage of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Kentucky Lake. About half of the top 10 was throwing a the new jumbo casting spoon, perfected by bass pro Ben Parker, and the news quickly spread throughout the anglers in the field and the fishing community.
At the final Walmart FLW Tour stop of 2014, which enters its third day of competition this morning on Kentucky Lake, the best ledge-fishing pros in the business have revealed the next must-have lure for offshore fishing: the Magnum Spoon.
Evinrude is giving test drives of their new E-TEC G2 outboard on Kentucky Lake at the Walmart FLW Tour event.
Day-one leader rallies back for Rayovac Northern victory
MARBURY, Md. – Persistence and perseverance paid off for William Kemp, as the pro from Scotland Neck, N.C., turned in a strong final-round performance and won the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on the Potomac River.
David A. Brown
Local experience facilitates co-angler win in Rayovac Northern Division
MARBURY, Md. – Kermit Crowder, of Matoaca, Va. completed his wire-to-wire victory with the largest sack of day three, 12-15, and tallied a total of 39-8 in the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on the Potomac River.
David A. Brown
Rayovac field faces tough conditions in Northern Division opener
MARBURY, Md. – It’s a fish-rich waterway, but the Potomac River is not likely to yield any easy fortunes for Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division competitors.
David A. Brown
Following a fairly successful career as a college angler, I decided to keep progressing up the tournament ladder. The year after graduating from the University of Florida, I fished what was then the Rayovac FLW Series as a professional angler. While I enjoyed some success in my first two tournaments, I quickly realized I had a lot to learn as I got farther away from my home waters.
There’s a topwater bite all summer somewhere on the lake you fish; it’s just a matter of finding it. There might not be enough topwater fish to win a tournament, but it’s a lot of fun, especially if you’re just out fishing for the heck of it. Topwater fishing in the summer is all about the baitfish.
Walmart FLW Tour pros Randy Haynes and Mark Rose – two of the nation’s top ledge fishermen – are not lifelong buddies. They met about seven years ago during Rose’s victory at the FLW Series event on Pickwick Lake. However, the close relationship they’ve established since then is solid and a bit incongruous in a sport where individual accomplishment is paramount and friendly rivalries predominate.
David A. Brown