FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE
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?”
With Travis Fox
In Episode 47, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with FLW Tour pro Travis Fox about getting into fishing, his finish in the Rayovac on the Mississippi River and winning the Strike King Angler of the Year title in the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division. Then they review the Rayovac on the Mississippi, congratulate Greg Hackney, play a little Over/Under and give the BFL Weekly Update.
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.
Tournament season is a busy time for professional anglers. For the wives they leave behind at home, life is busy too, especially if the wives are also moms. For our family, the 2014 season was one full of trials.
To begin my ridiculously long off-season, I’ll reflect on my 2014 tournament season. The Walmart FLW Tour was hard on me. Of course, it started with that mechanical disaster en route to the first-day weigh-in at Okeechobee (the season-opener) and concluded with my first whiff on the Forrest Wood Cup in 13 years. I’ve erased it completely already, so I can’t reflect on any of it. It was atrocious!
With Greg Bohannan
In Episode 46, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts pro Greg Bohannan about his season, the upcoming Rayovac FLW Series event on the Mississippi River, the Everett Chevrolet Big Bass Tournament and a variety of other topics. Then they review the College Fishing Invitational on Kentucky Lake, preview the Rayovac, talk about a few other FLW topics and give the BFL Weekly Update.
We’re still not done with summer yet, but the season is changing and putting the fish closer to the bank again. My three go-to baits for this time of year are a Brian’s Bee, a small Yamamoto buzzbait rigged with a Zoom Horny Toad instead of a skirt and a Yamamoto Chikara 100 square-bill.
The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame (The Hall) in Hayward, Wis., recently announced its 2015 class of Hall of Fame inductees, and the list includes FLW President of Marketing Trisha Blake and FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel. The Bass Federation, FLW’s partner in fishing, was also inducted as an organization.
When David Dudley was a kid, he started playing football, basketball and baseball with the same intensity that he eventually brought to tournament fishing. From the time he was 6 until he graduated from high school, he was involved in intermural sports every season: flat-out and full speed ahead.
Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” might be too dramatic a description, but the message of a man’s commitment to individuality and doing things his way certainly fits Walmart FLW Tour pro Scott Martin.
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With Bill Taylor
In Episode 45, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with FLW Tour Tournament Director Bill Taylor about putting together schedules, the date change for the FLW Tour event at Chickamauga, his appearance on the "Scott Martin Challenge" and a few other topics. Then they review the College Fishing event on New Melones, preview the College Fishing Central Conference Invitational on Kentucky Lake and give the BFL Weekly Update. ?
I knew I was going to fish the Forrest Wood Cup on March 8, 2014, when my University of Minnesota teammate Austin Felix and I won the FLW College Fishing National Championship and earned a spot in the biggest tournament of the year. The Cup is a tournament every angler dreams of fishing, but I had no idea what the implications of a berth in this legendary tournament would bring.
FLW announced Friday that the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga, originally slated for June 4-7, 2015, has been rescheduled to take place the following week, June 11-14, 2015 to avoid a conflict with the recently announced 2015 B.A.S.S. Elite Series. Take-off and weigh-in locations remain unchanged.
When the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour kicks off, California pro Jimmy Reese will be embarking on his first season – a rookie in the strictest sense of the term, but hardly a novice.
With Peyote Perryman
In Episode 44, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Peyote Perryman, Executive Producer of “FLW” the TV show, about how the show is made, some of his favorite moments from his time filming, the future of bass-fishing television and a variety of other subjects. Then they preview the weekend’s slate of FLW events, from the FLW College Fishing event on New Melones to the six BFL super-tournaments.
A lot of the guys in the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray caught fish by skipping buzzbaits under docks. A buzzbait isn’t a lure that you would normally associate with skipping docks, but you can’t argue with success. The only rule is that the flatter the bait, the better you can skip it – like a flat rock skips better than a round one.
Many miles up the Saluda River arm of Lake Murray, where the channel narrows and the shorelines are lined with thickets of shady willow trees, Steve Kennedy nearly made history on the final day of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.
You’ve heard about Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi’s storybook season, and the techniques he used to win the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. Beyond that, we thought it was time to get to know the South Carolina pro himself.