Sophomore pro blogs about season opener, scouting Hartwell and his new title sponsor
The first FLW Tour event of the season at Lake Okeechobee is in the books. It wasn’t the tournament I had hoped for but I squeaked out of there with a small $4,000 check. The first day of the tournament was just one of those days where if it could go wrong, it did. At takeoff I had an issue with my hot foot and had to come back in to get it fixed and lost the only two decent bites I had in the event. Although I had some issues, at this level you need to be able to overcome those things and still catch them. Tharp had the same problem with the hot foot and still managed to whack ‘em and finish in the top five.
Hosts Joe Opager and Jody White interview Brett Hite, the winner of the recent Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee
In Episode 16, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White interview Brett Hite about his big Walmart FLW Tour win at Lake Okeechobee, the biggest mistake people make when fishing a ChatterBait, his thoughts on angler disqualifications and more.
Knowing when to fight or join the crowd come tournament time
In the first FLW Tour event of the year at Lake Okeechobee, most of the anglers who did well fished the giant grass beds in and around Harney Pond, the Monkey Box area, Fisheating Creek, Bird Island and the North Shore on the Northwest part of the lake. Many of the top anglers in the event fished different patterns within the giant area. Some were flipping, while others cast swimbaits, jigs and ChatterBaits over and around the grass. Both techniques worked well and many used a one-two punch employing both patterns.
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes team pro Dave Lefebre provides an inside look at the latest FLW Tour event in Clewiston, Fla.
What a way to kick off 2014, although it was not exactly the way I envisioned it.
After competing in regional tournaments at a high level for many years, Greg Bohannan fished his first Walmart FLW Tour season in 2008. Each of his first three years on Tour was productive and concluded with trips to the Forrest Wood Cup. But instead of continuing that progression, Bohannan’s last three seasons have largely been substandard.
Brett Hite wins on Lake Okeechobee.
Arizona pro goes wire-to-wire to claim $125,000 prize
CLEWISTON, Fla. – Brett Hite sealed up his second win on the Walmart FLW Tour this week in dominating fashion. Though his weights slipped every day, Hite still pulled away with 6-pound, 6-ounce margin of victory. The best part for Hite was that he did it his way. He is known to be one of the best with fishing a vibrating jig and he proved it this week after hauling in 88-14 from the Big O.
California’s Dehart Wins Co-Angler Title, $20,000
B. Hite goes with plan b to hold his lead.
Tougher day still has Arizona pro on top by 12-3
CLEWISTON, Fla. – The first two days of competition on Lake Okeechobee saw numerous bags of 20-plus pounds brought in to the scales. Today, however, seemed to reflect more of a traditional Saturday on the Big O where the fish go into hiding from the amount of pressure the receive each weekend. Despite lower catches, Brett Hite still clings to what is now a 12-pound, 3-ounce lead heading into the final day.
California co-angler captures first title in photo finish
CLEWISTON, Fla. – On a lake like Okeechobee anything can happen from day to day. One day you are having the tournament of your life, and the next you are left scratching your head in frustration. For co-angler Billy Dehart that perfect day came at the perfect time as his tournament-best limit of 23 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday was enough to carry him to victory.
Arizona pro distancing himself with lead of 12-9
CLEWISTON, Fla. – Brett Hite has found success on Okeechobee in the past but never to the extent he is experiencing this week. The Phoenix, Ariz., pro is keeping the momentum rolling as he busted 23 pounds, 8 ounces today to take a commanding lead to the tune of 12-9 that he will carry into day three.
Despite a lengthy fog delay, Arizona pro Brett Hite brings in a 34-15 lb bag to lead the tournament on day 1 at Lake Okeechobee.
Arizona pro catches second-largest bag in Walmart FLW Tour history to take lead
CLEWISTON, Fla. – The question that lingered around the stage before weigh-in for day one of the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee was which Big O would we see? Would it be the monster-bag beast it can be or would the stingy side be shown. It didn’t take long to find out the answer as 17 pros threw bags of over 20 pounds on the scales today – including Brett Hite’s personal-best and limit of 34 pounds, 15 ounces to take a comfortable lead.
Warm weather boosts bite to start the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season
CLEWISTON, Fla. – With the majority of the country enduring below-average temperatures, things on Lake Okeechobee are just starting to heat up. Florida has seen its fair share of cold weather this winter putting the largemouths in a stubborn mood. A sure-fire way for these bass to swing out of their funk is warmer weather. As the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour kicks off on the Big O a recent warming trend could be just what the doctor ordered to see some heavy-hitting weights this week.
Yesterday FLW announced that Brandon McMillan of Clewiston, Fla. was disqualified from the 2014 FLW Tour season opener on Lake Okeechobee. McMillan was disqualified for violating FLW Tour rule No. 5, which contains provisions restricting who pros and co-anglers can practice with.
Hosts Joe Opager and Jody White recap the recent Rayovac FLW Series and college fishing tourneys, discuss the second season of Circuit Breaker
In Episode 15, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White broadcast from the angler registration meeting prior to the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee. They cover all the week’s fishing news, recap last weekend's Rayovac FLW Series and FLW College Fishing events and unveil the new focus of Circuit Breaker Season 2.
South Florida warming trend could produce record stringers
CLEWISTON, Fla. – The 19th season of the major leagues of bass-fishing, the Walmart FLW Tour, kicks off Feb. 6-9 with the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee presented by Mercury. The tournament will feature 180 of the world’s best bass-fishing pros and 180 co-anglers casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division.
FLW Tour pro Koby Kreiger discusses the upcoming FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee, the A-rig and the most annoying cliché in bass fishing
Last Friday, FLW anglers volunteered their time to come and fish alongside sponsors for the inaugural Channing Crowder Charity Bass Tournament. The tournament raised money for the local Broward County Boys and Girls clubs through sponsor boats and a silent auction.
Japanese native and FLW Tour pro Shinichi Fukae weighs in on his first Florida tourney of the season as well as the upcoming FLW Tour Lake Okeechobee event
After having a great New Year’s Eve party with friends and eating black-eyed peas and collard greens – traditional southern foods – my wife and I left for Florida to fire up our new tournament season.
Former Walmart FLW Tour champion John Cox has been added to the 2014 field.
FLW has announced the disqualification of two anglers for the Walmart FLW Tour season opener at Lake Okeechobee Feb. 6-9.
Chris Brasher of Longview, Texas, will be starting his third year as a pro on the Walmart FLW Tour in just a few weeks. For Brasher, this is part of a dream he has had since he could remember.