FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE
Hoosier and Michigan division events set for Aug. 2
The 2014 Walmart BFL season continues with two tournaments on Saturday, Aug. 2. The Hoosier Division will fish on the Ohio River and the Michigan Division will take on Lake St. Clair. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively.
Seiler wins co-angler title on Mississippi River
“I signed up for the tournament the day before, so I didn’t have much practice time,” said Malone. “I hadn’t been on the river all year. I was looking for smallmouth but that didn’t pan out. I went to my strong suit which is frog fishing. I won the Rayovac FLW Series tournament there in 2013 at about the same time of year doing basically the same thing.
Carroll wins co-angler title
“I kind of got lucky,” said Hipsher, who has 10 career top-10 finishes on Kentucky Lake in BFL competition. “The last bite I got in practice game me a clue that the fish were chasing. The next morning when we went out my plan was to fish deep ledges with a jig and a worm. But it was cloudy and the wind was blowing and I thought the fish could be up on the shallow flats.
Great Lakes and LBL division events set for July 26
The 2014 Walmart BFL season continues with two tournaments on Saturday, July 26. The Great Lakes Division will fish on the Mississippi River and the LBL Division is slated to compete on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively.
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
Sepeck takes co-angler title
MAYSVILLE, Ky. – Tim Partin of Springboro, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 8 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division tournament of 2014 on the Ohio River at Maysville. For his victory, Partin earned $6,879.
Null nets co-angler title on Rend Lake
WHITTINGTON, Ill. – Brad Porter of Bluford, Ill., weighed four bass totaling 12 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division tournament of 2014 on Rend Lake. For his victory, Porter earned $3,889.
Stephens claims co-angler victory
CREEDMOOR, N.C. – Michael Corbishley of Greenville, N.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament of 2014 on Falls Lake. For his victory, Corbishley earned $3,255.
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
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.
Buckeye, Illini and Piedmont division events set for July 19
The 2014 Walmart BFL season continues with three tournaments on Saturday, July 19. The Buckeye Division is headed to the Ohio River, the Illini Division will fish on Rend Lake and the Piedmont Division is set to take on Falls Lake. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively.
Wissinger wins co-angler division on Neely Henry
GADSDEN, Ala. – Bradley Jones of Aragon, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds even Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Bama Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Neely Henry. For his victory, Jones earned $4,766.
Haxton nets co-angler title on Detroit River
TRENTON, Mich. – Arthur Teper of Lake Orion, Mich., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds even Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Michigan Division tournament of 2014 on the Detroit River. For his victory, Teper earned $4,428.
Whittaker wears co-angler crown
MARBURY, Md. – Matthew Caffi of Fairfax, Va., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division tournament of 2014 on the Potomac River. For his victory, Caffi earned $5,037.
Goffredo takes co-angler title
BREWERTON, N.Y. – Ken Golub of Pittsford, N.Y., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament of 2014 on Oneida Lake. For his victory, Golub earned $4,394.
Inman takes co-angler title
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Ross Burns of Columbia, S.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Murray. For his victory, Burns earned $2,741.
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.
With a name like DieZel, I expected the MinnowZ from Z-Man to be one rough customer. What I didn’t expect was something tough enough to catch several dozen bass and still not need replacing. Then I remembered the nifty 4-inch swimbait is manufactured using ElaZtech, a super-soft, yet incredibly strong material that has made a name for itself as one of the most pliable and durable soft plastics used in the fresh- and saltwater fishing industries.
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.
Bama, Michigan, Northeast, Shenandoah and South Carolina division events slated for July 12
The 2014 Walmart BFL season continues with five tournaments on Saturday, July 12. The Bama Division is headed to Lake Neely Henry, the Michigan Division will hit the Detroit River, the Northeast Division takes on Oneida Lake, the Shenandoah Division will fish on the Potomac River and the South Carolina Division will compete on Lake Murray. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively.
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.
Buckeye, Bulldog, Michigan, Mississippi, Music City, and North Carolina divisions.