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Gator Division event set for Jan. 31
The 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League continues its tournament season the weekend of Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The Gator Division tournament will be held on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Fla. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively in the one-day event.
The 2015 season started off in fine style on Okeechobee this past Saturday. Each Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division season-opener on the Big O since 2011 has featured a first-time winner. This year’s was Benny Townend of Boynton Beach, Fla., who caught the first 10-pounder of the season, a lunker that was worth $1,000 on its own and keyed his $6,000 win.
Forthun wins co-angler title
CLEWISTON, Fla. – Benny Townend of Boynton Beach, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 27 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Okeechobee. For his victory, Townend earned $6,000.
Is cabin fever getting the best of you? If so, why not go bass fishing this winter? Let’s see what top competitors have to say about where and how to catch a few.
2015 season kicks off at Okeechobee
It’s here, finally. This weekend marks the kickoff to the 2015 FLW season with the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee on Jan. 3, followed shortly by a Rayovac FLW Series event Jan. 22-24, also on Okeechobee. The 2015 FLW season is sure to be a wild ride. Though the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita will be hard-pressed to live up to the drama of Anthony Gagliardi’s win at Lake Murray in 2014, it is a great location, and history suggests that we could be crowning the first two-time champ come August. The rest of the Walmart FLW Tour schedule also offers a lot to look forward to, though it is but a fraction of the 240 tournaments that FLW will run in 2015. In fact, up to $20.5 million in awards are potentially on the table in 2015, and 2,321 trophies, from the Forrest Wood Cup to a BFL co-angler trophy, will be handed out at more than 80 unique bodies of water from Virginia to California.
What a year it was. 2014 ranks as one of the most exciting seasons in FLW history, and that includes everything from the Walmart Bass Fishing League level to the Forrest Wood Cup. On the cusp of a new year and a new season, we decided to take a look back at our 10 favorite stories of 2014. Please share your highlights from this season with FLW fans at Facebook.com/FLWFishing.
Gator Division event set for Jan. 3
The 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League will kick off its tournament season the weekend of Saturday, Jan. 3. The Gator Division tournament will open the season on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively in the one-day event.
A new Ranger, a Lowrance HDS, a set of Power-Poles – chances are Santa will bring us a few of the things we’ve asked for on Christmas, but some items might have to wait for another yuletide or until the Claus household becomes a bit more financially stable.
The season finale on Kentucky Lake not only showcases the last event leading up to the Forrest Wood Cup, but also takes a unique look back at the storied past that veteran pro anglers JT Kenney and Chad Grigsby share with this body of water.
Although you couldn’t tell it by the weather up north, bass are moving toward their spawning areas in a lot of Southern lakes. In south Florida, where the FLW tournament season is set to begin in about a week, they’re already spawning. Though there are certain rules that apply to fishing the spawn, I’ve developed an approach that has helped me catch fish when other things have failed.
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.
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.
Don’t let the chill of Jack Frost dissuade you from getting out on the lake this winter. Fish are still catchable, and bass will often congregate in schools this time of year, so the action can be faster than you’d expect once you find them.
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.
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?
When day one of the Walmart Bass Fishing League Chevy Wild Card on Kentucky Lake commenced, J.R. Henard got right to the point, sacking up a limit by 8:30 a.m. and never looking back. For two days, he kept his foot on the gas and hauled in a tournament-winning total of 42 pounds, 5 ounces – nearly 12 pounds better than second place – and a top prize of $4,478, plus entry into the 2015 BFL All-American.
David A. Brown
FLW recently announced the 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League schedule with 128 tournaments in 24 divisions offering more than $7.9 million in awards, including as much as $120,000 to the winning boater and $60,000 to the winning co-angler in the prestigious All-American. The All-American boater champion also advances to the Forrest Wood Cup for a shot at winning $500,000, the biggest payday in bass fishing.
Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat – that’s a fitting summary of Hamilton, Ohio, boater Chris Martinkovic’s nail-biter win at the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional on Kentucky Lake Oct. 16-18.
David A. Brown