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“I’ll take the memory of that day to my grave,” said Jason Johnson, the day after he and Repel pro Cody Meyer put together a 38-pound limit of spotted bass. Little did he know that limit would turn out to be the “smaller” limit of spots just a couple of days later. Johnson, a longtime co-angler on the Walmart FLW Tour who plans to compete as a rookie pro in 2015, has been planning to make it out west, away from his native Lake Lanier, for a while. So far, the trip has been worth it. After cracking a 30-pound limit on a local largemouth lake to start the trip, Meyer and Johnson never returned to it – the lure of the region’s magnum spotted bass was too strong, and the spotted bass fishing has been far too good. They shared their story, which has been playing out on Meyer and Johnson’s Facebook pages this week.
It seems that 2014 was a good year for tech junkies who love to fish. Not only did Apple release the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but Lowrance just unveiled its new HDS Gen3 system, which includes a trio of touch-screen units. Best of all, the third generation of HDS technology now allows you to synch data wirelessly with your other devices.
Tour Talk is a regular column where members of FLW’s media team and industry professionals – pundits, if you will – answer questions regarding tournament results, top pros and industry trends. On the agenda in this installment are the Rayovac FLW Series Championship, changes to the Walmart FLW Tour and the future of FLW College fishing.
In the wake of recent news that Bass Pro Group has acquired Ranger Boats, as well as Triton and Stratos brands, from Platinum Equity, folks in the industry immediately began asking questions about the future of the iconic boat builder, its relationship with FLW, and whether or not the acquisition would lead to positive change for the industry.
Most anglers, pros included, look for any little edge to increase their catch, and that includes even the knots they tie to attach lures to their lines. With that in mind, picking the best knot to use with all of today’s lines can be a challenge.
Bass Pro Group announced today an agreement to acquire Fishing Holdings, LLC, a manufacturer of fishing boats that include Ranger Boats and the Stratos and Triton boat brands from Platinum Equity.
If you are a fisherman you might know Todd Kline as the two-time Rayovac FLW Series Western Division Co-angler of the Year.
For a lot of FLW anglers, it’s crunch time in regards to sewing up sponsorships for 2015. Whether you’re fishing at the high school or college level, in BFLs, the Rayovac FLW Series or on the Walmart FLW Tour, gaining some form of sponsorship is critical to enabling you to make a profit from competitive fishing.
It’s bass fishing’s take on running the gauntlet, and most would agree that working a topwater frog over matted aquatic vegetation holds legit highlight-reel potential. Unlike the medieval punishment, this gauntlet run seeks – indeed, it relies on – violent strikes, complements of hungry largemouths lurking below.
David A. Brown
With Troy Hollowell
In Episode 54, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with FLW Tour pro Troy Hollowell about his rookie season, his recent shoulder surgery, the new Big Humble crankbait from CP Baits and his outlook for 2015. Then they dig into some recent news, talk about ranking anglers and play a game on Joe’s final episode.
With Zack Birge
Jesse Schultz interviews 2014 Rayovac FLW Series Champion, Zack Birge. Birge talks about his win, the equipment he used and his future plans for fishing the Walmart FLW Tour in 2015.
Stop number 5 of the Walmart FLW Tour brings JT Kenney and Chad Grigsby to Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. Tensions rise during ledge fishing events, when multiple boaters often crowd around the same choice spots. Can the guys each muscle their way in and turn around their lackluster 2014 season?
With Zack Birge
In Episode 53, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Zack Birge, winner of the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on Wheeler Lake. Then they review the rest of the Rayovac FLW Series Championship and talk about the 2015 FLW College Fishing changes and schedule. Finally, they chat with Patterson Leeth, FLW’s Vice President of Marketing, about his first few months with the company, his fishing and his expectations for the future.
With Bryan Thrift
Bryan Thrift used an umbrella rig almost exclusively on the final day of the Rayovac FLW Series Championship.
ROGERSVILLE, Ala. – Despite his young age, Zack Birge fished with the poise of seasoned veteran to capture the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on Wheeler Lake. Birge steadily climbed the ranks throughout the event catching more weight every day. The 23-year-old Oklahoma resident racked up 47 pounds over three days of competition and walked away with the $50,000 top prize.
Colin Moore and Kyle Wood
ROGERSVILLE, Ala. – James Callaghan got matched up with the right pros when it counted the most here in the 2014 Rayovac FLW Series Championship on Lake Wheeler and his three-day total weight of 24 pounds, 3 ounces won him the co-angler title and the Ranger Z117 boat package that went with it.
Interview with the 2014 Rayovac FLW Series champion Zack Birge.
ROGERSVILLE, Ala. – Before the week began Zack Birge of Blanchard, Okla., couldn’t have imaged the way things would ultimately play out for him. At just 23 years old, Birge was able to climb his way to the top of the standings in the Rayovac FLW Series Championship here on Wheeler Lake against some of the biggest names in tournament fishing. His catch of 47 pounds over the three days of competition was enough to secure him the title by 7 pounds and give him a $50,000 payday as well as a berth in the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup.
Interviews from Day 2 with Richard Peek, Chris Baumgardner, Zack Birge, Todd Auten and George Kapiton.
ROGERSVILLE, Ala. – Halloween delivered mores trick than treats to most of the anglers on day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Championship here on Wheeler Lake. The morning started with light rain and calm winds, but after lunch the weather took a turn for the worse. The temperature dropped steadily and the winds picked up, making it tough for those fishermen hoping to secure a spot in the top 10 to fish on the final day [Saturday]. Despite the conditions, Richard Peek dropped one of the day’s largest weights on the scale – 18 pounds, 5 ounces – to claim the leader position heading into Saturday.
Interviews from Day 1 with George Kapiton, Randy Haynes, Koby Kreiger, Todd Auten and Casey Gallagher.
ROGERSVILLE, Ala. – The first day of the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on Wheeler Lake shook out about as expected. Numbers of fish weren’t the issue. A contestant’s greater challenge was finding a kicker bite to separate him from all the 10-, 11- and 12-pound limits that were bound to cross the weigh-in stage here at Joe Wheeler State Park. Florida pro George Kapiton did just that thanks to a 6-pound toad that pushed him out front with a limit weighing 18 pounds, 2 ounces.
ROGERSVILLE, Ala. – The story was much the same among the 141 pro and co-anglers that launched out of Joe Wheeler State Park this morning for the first day of the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on Wheeler Lake. Fishing on the Tennessee River in the fall can be hit or miss and right now anglers are experiencing the latter.
With Jason Borofka
In Episode 52, Jody White talks with Rayovac FLW Series Championship competitors Jason Borofka and Joe Wood about their respective practices on Wheeler Lake and their mindsets heading into the event. Then, Jody White and Kyle Wood break down how they think Wheeler might fish, talk about some recent FLW news and give the last BFL Weekly Update of the season.