FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE
FLW recently announced its 2015 Rayovac FLW Series schedule with more than $5.1 million on the line in 15 qualifying tournaments from California to New York, plus the no-entry-fee Rayovac FLW Series Championship on the Ohio River in Paducah, Ky.
Rayovac FLW Series Western Division co-angler Todd Kline has been on a roll. The former pro surfer and current Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) commentator has won three Western Division events in the past two seasons and back-to-back Strike King Co-Angler of the Year titles.
With Adrian Avena
In Episode 50, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with FLW Tour pro Adrian Avena about fishing his way up from college, his practice for the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on Wheeler Lake and his 2015 goals. Then they review the FLW action on Clear Lake, break down the Northern Conference Invitational on the Potomac River, look ahead to the weekend’s slate of tournaments, and give the BFL Weekly Update.
Kline wins co-angler title
Pro Aaron Britt, of Yuba City, Calif., sacked a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 5 ounces for a three-day total of 70 pounds to win top honors and $32,448 at the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division Clear Lake event presented by Evinrude.
Ray Rises Through Co-Angler Ranks
On the wings of a 23-pound, 14-ounce limit, pro Kyle Grover, of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., vaulted from sixth place on day one into the lead on day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division Clear Lake event.
California pro brings in 29 pounds to claim the day-one lead in Rayovac FLW Series event
Aaron Britt of Yuba City, Calif., sacked a 5-bass limit weighing an impressive 29 pounds to top the leaderboard among the 106 pros competing on day one of the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division Clear Lake tournament.
Challenging conditions including low water, abundant baitfish and a late-season algae bloom set the stage for an epic bass battle among the 212 pros and co-anglers vying for top honors Oct. 9-11 in the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division Clear Lake tournament, which kicked off this morning at 7:30 a.m. PT. Presented by Evinrude, the three-day event promises plenty of drama. Anglers are competing for lucrative paybacks, including $32,448 in cash for first place on the pro side, plus a fully rigged Ranger Z518C with 200-hp Evinrude outboard if the winner is Ranger Cup compliant, for a total purse worth more than $80,000. On the co-angler side, the victor claims a fully rigged Ranger Z117 with 90-hp Evinrude, plus $5,000 in Ranger Cup cash if entered in that contingency program.
Practicing with a legend paves the winning way
ZAVALLA, Texas – Imagine traveling FLW Outdoor’s fishing circuits as a co-angler with legendary pro Larry Nixon…practicing with him…rooming with him…and just talking bass fishing 24-7 with one of the most decorated bass fishing pros in the modern world.
Consistency key to Rayovac FLW Series win
ZAVALLA, Texas – When Tournament Director Ron Lappin asked pro Albert Collins what it takes to win a Rayovac FLW Series event on Rayburn Reservoir, Collins immediately responded, “Weighing in 17 pounds a day.”
Wind hampers bite again in Rayovac event
ZAVALLA, Texas – Churning out consistency day to day – that seems to be the key to winning multiple day FLW events on Rayburn Reservoir these days.
Oklahoma pro goes ‘survival fishing’ to claim the day-one lead in Rayovac FLW Series event
ZAVALLA, Texas – As the old saying goes, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. And did things ever go awry for Rayovac FLW Series anglers fishing the Texas Division event on Rayburn today.
Rayovac pros find famous Texas fishery to be on an upswing
ZAVALLA, Texas – If Sam Rayburn Reservoir were a stock on Wall Street, now would be the time to buy.
With Jay Yelas
In Episode 48, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Chevy pro Jay Yelas about the upcoming Rayovac on Sam Rayburn and his season on Tour. Then they cover some recent news, make picks for the Rayovac Rumble, talk with FLW Tour pro Clent Davis about his new puppy, preview the weekend’s slate of BFL Regionals and give the BFL Weekly Update.
Right now a lot of tournament fishermen are trying to land sponsor deals for 2015. Consequently, I guess it’s pretty accurate to say that the No. 1 question any long-term pro angler gets asked this time of year is, “How do I get sponsors?”
With Travis Fox
In Episode 47, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with FLW Tour pro Travis Fox about getting into fishing, his finish in the Rayovac on the Mississippi River and winning the Strike King Angler of the Year title in the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division. Then they review the Rayovac on the Mississippi, congratulate Greg Hackney, play a little Over/Under and give the BFL Weekly Update.
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Call it redemption for local stick Jimmy Johnson who finally claimed a Rayovac FLW Series title on his home water of the Mississippi River after years of close calls. Despite the trying conditions anglers dealt with this week, Johnson still managed to tally up 45 pounds, 7 ounces worth of bass in three days to go wire-to-wire on his home water.
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Carl Gillespie of Old Hickory, Tenn., couldn’t have asked for a better week. It seemed hard enough for many of the pros to connect with quality bites, let alone the co-anglers. But Gillespie stayed focused and posted double-digit limits every day of the event en route to his first title as a co-angler.
To begin my ridiculously long off-season, I’ll reflect on my 2014 tournament season. The Walmart FLW Tour was hard on me. Of course, it started with that mechanical disaster en route to the first-day weigh-in at Okeechobee (the season-opener) and concluded with my first whiff on the Forrest Wood Cup in 13 years. I’ve erased it completely already, so I can’t reflect on any of it. It was atrocious!
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Mother Nature continued to test the field on day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division event on the Mississippi River. Not only did anglers face another drop in water level, but they also had to deal with howling south winds (15 to 20 miles per hour) blowing against the current. Despite bringing almost half of his day-one weight to the stage, local Jimmy Johnson held tight to his lead with an 11-pound, 6-ounce limit to give him a 2 ½-pound lead for the final day and 31-10 overall.
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Fishing high water is no easy task to begin with on the Mississippi River. But when the water has been high and stable for several days and then drops nearly a foot or more overnight it makes for some seriously tough fishing. That’s when putting your time in on the river really shines. Enter Jimmy Johnson of La Crosse, Wis., who cracked 20 pounds, 4 ounces on day one to take a hefty lead in the final event of the year for the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division.
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Things are much different since the last time the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division launched from the Clinton Street Landing back in 2012. Cooler temperatures, higher water levels and scattered fish will make things interesting for the 119 pros and co-anglers this week on the Mississippi River.