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    The Walmart FLW Tour has been a big part of my adult life, as I’ll relate in future blogs that involve some of the tournament stories that Stetson and I share. Before I get into the fun stuff, though, I’ll give you a little background on Stetson and me. I’m a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor’s and master’s in middle childhood education, and I worked in the medical and insurance fields for eight years. After meeting Stetson at summer church camp when I was 15, we started dating a year later in December 2003 and were married in 2009. “Girlfriend” and – eventually – “wife” weren’t my only titles in those days, as I was also Stetson’s fishing partner for numerous tournaments and circuits while we were dating and at the start of our married life.

    04/18/2014

    Lindsey Blaylock


    April, was that really you? It was a fair question asked by the anglers who participated in the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac last week. After all, Beaver Lake bass and the weather are supposed to be on the same page by this time of year, but everything seemed out of whack by a month when the Tour visited Rogers, Ark.

    04/18/2014

    Colin Moore


    Professional tournament fishing is normally a rollercoaster ride with plenty of ups and downs, but this season so far is nothing but downs.

    04/17/2014

    Dave Lefebre


    Fans can submit podcast questions for 2014 FLW Tour Beaver Lake winner now
    On Tuesday, April 22, the FLW Podcast team of Jody White and Joe Opager will interview FLW Tour pro Matt Arey of Shelby, N.C., the winner of the 2014 FLW Tour Beaver Lake event, as part of the ongoing FLW Podcast series.

    04/16/2014


    In parts of China, where fishing for sustenance is more the rule than the exception, fish are still caught in the ancient manner: A domesticated cormorant, one of several the fisherman owns, is taken out on a body of water and allowed to dive down on a tether and catch fish.

    04/16/2014

    Colin Moore


    Three patterns dominated the Beaver Lake Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac and hosted by Visit Rogers. Winner Matt Arey and fourth-place finisher Travis Fox ran up the river to stained water and fished for shallow largemouths.

    04/16/2014

    Curtis Niedermier



    Matt Arey proves why Beaver Lake is his favorite stop on the FLW Tour.

    04/13/2014

    Rob Newell


    All week long, North Carolina pro Matt Arey has been dialed in on Beaver Lake’s first wave of bass transitioning from prespawn to the spawn. And in the end, no one could keep up with his consistency. Arey won the Walmart FLW Tour Beaver Lake event presented by Rayovac and hosted by Visit Arkansas with a four-day total of 59 pounds, 3 ounces. You can read the full story of Arey’s win here. Here’s a rundown of how the rest of the top 10 found success at Beaver Lake.

    04/13/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Prior to this week, if you tried to define the current status of Beaver Lake’s largemouth bass spawn and the career of Shelby, N.C., pro Matt Arey, you needed only one phrase: close, but not quite there. After today’s weigh-in at the John Q. Hammons center in Rogers, Ark., Arey proved that both he and the bass have arrived in a big way. In four days, Arey hauled in a total of 59 pounds, 3 ounces of Beaver Lake bass to win the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac and hosted by Visit Rogers.

    04/13/2014

    Curtis Niedermier



    New faces show up on the leader board on day three of Beaver Lake.

    04/12/2014

    Rob Newell


    $25,000 prize earned by first-time Tour winner
    ROGERS, Ark. – Winning on the Walmart FLW Tour from the back of the boat is no small feat and often time highlights a career for that lucky person. This week, that honor belongs to longtime FLW angler Mike McDonald who tackled a tough Beaver Lake and came out on top.

    04/12/2014

    Kyle Wood


    Tar Heel pro takes lead with tournament's biggest limit
    Matt Arey is trending in all the right ways. This morning, the North Carolina pro bagged a nice Beaver Lake keeper in front of the FLWOutdoors.com camera crew during an on-the-water interview. The footage, available here and on the FLWFishing YouTube channel, has already been viewed by hundreds of FLW fans. Then this evening, he continued the trend of showing up to weigh-in with a better limit than the day before. Arey increased from 13 pounds on day one to 14 pounds, 6 ounces on day two to 16 pounds, 4 ounces today. His day-three limit is the heaviest of the tournament thus far and only the third bag to top 16 pounds. He did it on a day when seven of the top 20 pros didn’t even crack double digits.

    04/12/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    04/12/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    04/12/2014


    Beaver Lake turns from windy to calm on day 2.

    04/12/2014

    Rob Newell


    It’s Beaver Lake Marathon Week on the Walmart FLW Tour, and the angler at the front of the pack is Arkansas pro Spencer Shuffield. Shuffield brought in a day-two limit that weighed 13 pounds, 11 ounces today to boost his two-day total to 29 pounds. He goes into the weekend with only a 1-pound, 1-ounce lead over Andy Morgan, though it seems like Shuffield is hitting the right stride to take home his first Tour title at this event, which is presented by Rayovac and hosted by Visit Rogers.

    04/11/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Arkansas pro Spencer Shuffield took over the lead going into the weekend at the Walmart FLW Tour Beaver Lake event presented by Rayovac and hosted by Visit Rogers. His two-day total is 29 pounds, but there’s a string of veteran pros and fellow rising stars stacked up behind him in the standings, looking to snatch away the trophy that the 24-year-old covets so much.

    04/11/2014

    Curtis Niedermier



    Day 1 at Beaver Lake features high winds, smallmouths, and a red-hot Bryan Thrift.

    04/11/2014

    Rob Newell


    Confidence is effective medicine in professional bass fishing, and right now Chevy pro Bryan Thrift is benefitting from a heavy dose. The FLW millionaire took the early lead at the Beaver Lake Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac with a 16-pound, 2-ounce limit. Thrift’s success today comes on the heels of his final-day come-from-behind victory at the Sam Rayburn Tour event just two weeks ago, where Thrift broke out of an early season slump that began with finishes of 59th and 107th place at the first two events.

    04/10/2014

    Curtis Niedermier




    A big shad kill three weeks ago at Beaver Lake has the bass in a foul mood says Scott Suggs.

    04/09/2014

    Rob Newell