FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE
COLUMBIA, S.C. – When Bryan New left the dock at Dreher Island State Park this morning, he could hardly control his excitement. Before him lay an opportunity, and it was an opportunity he believed he could seize. After catching 7 pounds, 9 ounces on day one of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray, New came into today’s competition atop the co-angler leaderboard by more than 2 pounds. All he needed to do was catch a couple of solid fish and he’d have a shot at the win. Three keepers would almost certainly seal the deal. After two consecutive top-five finishes at the Forrest Wood Cup, this was New’s best shot at the title. And he went out and earned it.
Suffice it to say that Philip Jarabeck has admired the accomplishments of his uncle, Castrol pro David Dudley, but today he showed there’s plenty of talent in the family by taking over the lead Dudley set on day one of the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country. Dudley, a past Forrest Wood Cup champion, posted the event’s heaviest sack with his first-round weight of 17 pounds, 14 ounces. Today, Jarabeck hauled in 17 pounds and raced up the standings from his 19th-place finish on day one. “I was just super-blessed today,” Jarabeck says. “I had a great day today. I culled three or four times. I had multiple keepers that I threw back.”
David A. Brown
Lake Murray, known as the “Jewel of South Carolina,” is glimmering brightly under the hot August sun today during the second day of competition at the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. Weather.com currently lists the air temperature in Columbia, S.C., as 88 degrees, but the humidity and nearly flat-calm conditions are making the “feels like” temperature seem much higher. FLW’s On the Water crew has reported only a handful of limits and just as few kicker bites thus far. Most of the action occurred early in the morning. Once the sun rose above the treetops, the eat switch flipped to the off position.
Few will disagree that qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup by way of the Walmart Bass Fishing League is among the most difficult challenges in competitive bass fishing. The journey to the Cup through the BFLs is one requiring immense skill and flawless execution over the course of five regular-season circuit events, a 160-boat regional and a three-day championship against the best weekend warriors on the planet.
Shallow or deep? That was the No. 1 question posed by pros and pundits alike going into the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray, and after one day of competition, weigh-in results and observation suggest that the answer might to be “both.” Shallow and deep patterns played a part in top bags from day one, and at this point it would be difficult to say which fish will be the key to victory.
In the field of 45 pros hoping to raise the trophy at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country, five have enjoyed that magical moment before. After a strong day-one performance, Castrol pro David Dudley is looking a lot like a man on a mission for No. 2.
David A. Brown
The Forrest Wood Cup is the biggest tournament in bass fishing, and you’ve likely heard a lot of chatter about the anglers in the field, the fishing techniques and all the events that surround the tournament. But how much do you know about Lake Murray itself? We got into town early, and, rather than work, we decided to head out on the water for a tour of the lake. Here’s what we found.
Curtis Niedermier and Jesse Schultz
Ashley claims top co-angler honors
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – James Ciferni of Hammond, N.Y., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Champlain. For his victory, Ciferni earned $3,926.
Hess nets co-angler victory on Ohio River at Golconda
GOLCONDA, Ill. – Cole Jezek of Salem, Ill., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division tournament of 2014 on the Ohio River. For his victory, Jezek earned $4,009.
Fry claims co-angler title on Ohio River at Tanner's Creek
LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Pete Justice of Sharonville, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 10 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division tournament of 2014 on the Ohio River at Tanner’s Creek. For his victory, Justice earned $3,926.
Buckeye, Illini, and Northeast Divisions set for Aug. 9
The 2014 Walmart BFL season continues with three tournaments on Saturday, Aug. 9. The Buckeye Division will fish on the Ohio River out of Tanner’s Creek, the Illini Division will compete on the Ohio River at Golconda and the Northeast Division will take on Lake Champlain. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively.
Mud lines caused by a lot of boat traffic sometimes are good places to fish in the summer. They provide shade and cover for baitfish, which in turn attract bass.
Porento takes co-angler title on St. Clair
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Randy Ramsey of Ceresco, Mich., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Michigan Division tournament of 2014 on Lake St. Clair. For his victory, Ramsey earned $6,917.
Andres claims co-angler title on Ohio River
CANNELTON, Ind. – Kyle Weisenburger of Ottawa, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division tournament of 2014 on the Ohio River. For his victory, Weisenburger earned $4,426.
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.