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“I’ll take the memory of that day to my grave,” said Jason Johnson, the day after he and Repel pro Cody Meyer put together a 38-pound limit of spotted bass. Little did he know that limit would turn out to be the “smaller” limit of spots just a couple of days later. Johnson, a longtime co-angler on the Walmart FLW Tour who plans to compete as a rookie pro in 2015, has been planning to make it out west, away from his native Lake Lanier, for a while. So far, the trip has been worth it. After cracking a 30-pound limit on a local largemouth lake to start the trip, Meyer and Johnson never returned to it – the lure of the region’s magnum spotted bass was too strong, and the spotted bass fishing has been far too good. They shared their story, which has been playing out on Meyer and Johnson’s Facebook pages this week.
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.
Tour Talk is a regular column where members of FLW’s media team and industry professionals – pundits, if you will – answer questions regarding tournament results, top pros and industry trends. On the agenda in this installment are the Rayovac FLW Series Championship, changes to the Walmart FLW Tour and the future of FLW College fishing.
Rod lockers require extra tugging to loosen frosty grips, and your shadow swells with the layers of fleece and hooded sweatshirts. Nevertheless, bass will still bite when frosty air nips at your nose. Walmart pro Wesley Strader knows that despite the shivering conditions, this time of year is ripe with big-bass potential.
David A. Brown
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.
FLW, the world’s largest bass fishing tournament organization, has announced a sponsorship agreement with Navionics, a leader in electronic navigation charts and systems for marine and outdoor sporting use.
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.
With Philip Jarabeck
In Episode 57, hosts Jody White and Kyle Wood cover some recent FLW news, talk about Jody’s recent trip to Ranger Boats and give a tip about jerkbait fishing. Additionally, Jody talks with FLW Tour pro Philip Jarabeck about his 2014 season, how he made his way to the FLW Tour, fishing in Florida and his five favorite hardbaits.
Brush Pile Basics
December and January are the two months when anglers really start preparing for the coming season, whether it’s firming up sponsorships, planning tournament schedules or restocking baits and equipment. This is also the time of year when a lot of anglers plant cover in the lake or the lakes where they fish so they’ll be productive the following year.
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.
A comparison of fishing styles
The 2014 Forrest Wood Cup will always be remembered as one of the most intense championships in FLW Outdoors history. In the end, a single ounce separated winner Anthony Gagliardi from runner-up Scott Canterbury.
FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, has announced a multiyear sponsorship renewal with Strike King Lure Company, an industry-leading manufacturer of lures, baits and fishing apparel.
With Matt Arey
In Episode 56, hosts Jody White and Kyle Wood talk with FLW Tour pro Matt Arey about his 2014 season, the recent co-angler rule changes, hunting, tackle organization and his plans for 2015. Then they dig into some recent news, ranging from Yamamoto Baits signing with FLW to their respective Thanksgiving breaks.
MINNEAPOLIS – FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a continued partnership with JL Marine Systems, manufacturer of Power-Pole shallow-water anchor systems. 2015 will mark the fifth consecutive season that the two organizations have partnered. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
FLW announced today that Buck Knives has signed a multiyear sponsorship agreement with the company.
The late fall-early winter period finds Walmart FLW Tour pro Jonathon Newton snooping around the creeks of Pickwick Lake and other Tennessee River impoundments in search of bass rounding up remaining shad.
David A. Brown
Consider the following fishermen who have reasons to be especially grateful this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving usually brings a lot of family time, but it can also give you a little time to get on the water, either on a local lake that has been left alone while many outdoorsmen focus more on hunting season, or on a relative’s farm pond. If you do decide to go fishing during the holiday, the tips from these pros might help you put a few more in the boat or on the bank.
The fishing season can be quite a grind, and almost everyone on Tour has had to fish through some type of ailment for at least a little while. The pros below all had some more serious issues, and they took time in the offseason to address them.
FLW and Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, a leading manufacturer of premium fishing tackle, have announced a sponsorship agreement for the 2015 season. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
FLW’s senior director of tournament operations highlights what’s coming in 2015
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.
Sometimes even the bad things that happen to people have unintended consequences that are good.