FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE
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.
Hook more fish
Walmart FLW Tour pro Clent Davis believes many anglers use hooks that are bigger than necessary, whether it’s a treble hook on a reaction bait, a jighead on a swimbait or a worm hook for heavy cover.
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.
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.
Todd and Troy Hollowell each filming fishing show
Todd is the Type A older brother with an obsession for bass fishing. Troy is the Type B younger sibling that enjoys the whole buffet, whether it’s bass, crappie, walleye, muskie or whatever.
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
Former FLW College Fishing angler Jared Spickelmier of Boise, Id., died November 4, according to a source close to the deceased.
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?
It’s been a couple months since I fished my last FLW event, the Forrest Wood Cup in Columbia, S.C., where I got to watch history in the making. The championship weigh-in was very exciting as it featured the local favorite Anthony Gagliardi taking home the top prize with a 1-ounce margin of victory.
The FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Invitational at Sam Rayburn Reservoir Oct. 25-26 was a close one with first, second and third place decided by barely more than a pound of Texas bass. The top teams found similar patterns and game plans in Rayburn’s shallow grass, and each committed to a small area for the entirety of the event.
The Lamar University team of Brandon Simoneaux of Bridge City, Texas, and Josh Bowie of Port Neches, Texas, won the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Invitational tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Sunday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 29 pounds, 5 ounces. The victory earned the club $4,000 and qualified the team for the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
At the FLW College Fishing Southeastern Invitational Oct. 18-19, Lake Chickamauga reminded anglers of its more famous brother to the south, Lake Guntersville in Alabama. It was laden with thick grass mats, topped out amid the changing leaves of autumn, which competitors tackled with frogs and punching gear. Not surprisingly, schools from Alabama with ample experience in the green stuff took the top three spots.
It wasn’t hard for the top three teams at the Oct. 11-12 FLW College Fishing Western Conference Invitational at Clear Lake to figure out that a crankbait would be the most effective lure for the cooling fall conditions. Each team stuck with a crankbait almost exclusively, yet each also fished a different area of the lake and focused on a unique cover and depth.
The Potomac River was the site of the 2014 FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Invitational Oct. 11-12, and like always on the Potomac, the tides and grass were the dominant factors. As evidenced in the top three patterns, the most successful teams understood how to adjust their strategies based on tidal movements and the effect the tide has on bass positioning within the abundant grass beds of the big river.
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.
FLW College Fishing has exploded in popularity over the past few years and it is now being taken to the next level. Most of the hundreds of teams across the country are clubs with varying affiliations with the schools.
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?”
Fishermen are starting to catch on to the importance of profile when using buzzbaits, especially in the fall when the fish are more particular. When you’re fishing a buzzbait and the fish either miss it or just swirl at it, usually it’s a speed thing or the profile in the water isn’t right. They’re keying on something, and you’ve got to figure it out.