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    Beaver Lake’s pockets were iced over this winter and that is music to Canadian pro Jeff "Gussy" Gustafson’s ears.

    04/09/2014

    Rob Newell


    Is there such as a thing as water that is too clear for Cody Meyer?

    04/08/2014

    Rob Newell


    Arkansas pro Stetson Blaylock says the water in the lower end of Beaver Lake is as clear as he has ever seen it.

    04/08/2014

    Rob Newell


    Beaver Lake marks the fourth of six regular-season stops on the Walmart FLW Tour. This trip will be the 16th time the Tour has made a stop to the White River impoundment. With the season half over with at this point every decision becomes more vital for those looking to earn valuable points in order to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray Aug. 14-17. After a much colder winter than usual on Beaver – causing ice to form on parts of the lake for the first time that many locals can remember – it has the fish behind schedule. Recent rains have water quality in the lake lower than normal and when coupled with cooler water temperatures you have a recipe for a tough bite. Prespawn bass will be the focus this week with a slim shot at some early bed fish by the weekend if the weather warms up. With that in mind, below are five pros that bear monitoring as competition begins Thursday.

    04/08/2014

    Kyle Wood


    We’re at the halfway point of the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season, and already we’ve witnessed records being set and streaks ended, as well as what’s shaping up to be one of the most star-studded Angler of the Year races in FLW history. To get you up to speed on where we are now, we present the 10 most notable highlights from the first half of 2014.

    04/08/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Chevy pro Bryan Thrift is fresh off a win at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Can he make it two in a row with a win at Beaver Lake?

    04/08/2014

    Rob Newell


    Bridgford pro Randy Blaukat believes the winning Beaver Lake pattern will develop during the tournament and not during practice.

    04/07/2014

    Rob Newell


    Pre-tournament reports from Beaver Lake kick-off with local pro Greg Bohannan who says a lot of stained water in the rivers will level the playing field.

    04/07/2014

    Rob Newell


    Mark Rose is a man on a mission. The Walmart FLW Tour pro from Marion, Ark., maintains his focus with a clear sense of priorities. For him, it’s all about his Christian faith, family and fishing – in that order.

    04/04/2014

    David A. Brown


    04/04/2014

    Luke Clausen


    Bridgford pro Randy Blaukat gives his insight on what to expect at the upcoming Walmart FLW Tour presented by Rayovac event at Beaver Lake.

    04/04/2014

    Randy Blaukat



    Too much wind, not enough wind. Water too clear, water too muddy. Too much sunshine, not enough sunshine. Pick your rationale for catching bass or not catching bass – they were all in play at Sam Rayburn Reservoir last week when the Walmart FLW Tour pulled in for stop No. 3 in the current campaign season.

    04/01/2014

    Colin Moore


    The Walmart FLW Tour event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Chevy was plagued by up-and-down weather swings that left plenty of bass a bit confused about whether or not to head for the banks to spawn. Some pros, such as Mark Rose and Jason Meninger, parked on prespawn stopping points that they hoped would bring transitioning fish to them. Others spent most of their time running and gunning grass and wood cover away from the bank with moving lures. A third group concentrated on the bank with thorough tactics aimed at tempting bedding bass that weren’t visible in Rayburn’s dingy water. In the end, it was Chevy pro Bryan Thrift’s protected backwater area, fished with extremely slow tactics, that held out for the win.

    03/31/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Slow and steady wins the race for shallow water specialist Bryan Thrift.

    03/30/2014

    Rob Newell


    If you were to script the perfect scenario for a Bryan Thrift victory, those would be the key pieces. But today at the Sam Rayburn Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Chevy, Bryan Thrift proved that he can not only break his own stereotype, but he can win when he does it.

    03/30/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Can the shallow water anglers catch Rose?

    03/30/2014

    Rob Newell


    Falling weights and high pressure – both the atmospheric kind and the psychological kind – told the story of day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Chevy. In the wake of a severe Friday-night thunderstorm that knocked out power and uprooted dozens of east Texas pines, pros took to “Old Man Sam” amid a high-pressure system and high, bluebird skies. Walmart pro Mark Rose maintains his lead going into the fourth and final day, but for the second consecutive day, he failed to match his previous day’s weight.

    03/29/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    LUFKIN, Texas – If you are 24 years old and recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte there are endless options for what you could be doing. But for Eric Self, you would be fishing as a co-angler in the Walmart FLW Tour on Sam Rayburn taking home a cool $20,000 for capturing the top prize – not a bad graduation present.

    03/29/2014

    Kyle Wood


    Rose takes command, Meninger has a huge day, and Kennedy goes old-school.

    03/29/2014

    Rob Newell



    Kickers were the key to day 1 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

    03/28/2014

    Rob Newell


    Weathermen lie, but Mother Nature never does. Her power was on display on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Chevy. Forecasts called for a gloomy, potentially stormy day. But other than a light mist at takeoff and a dense fog that hung around until mid-morning, the weatherman couldn’t have been more wrong. By lunchtime, sunshine and slick conditions spread across Sam Rayburn. The bass responded quickly by repositioning deeper into shallow cover and, in some areas, heading for the bank to answer nature’s spawning call.

    03/28/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Big wind, big lakes, big bass – it’s a perfect storyline for the “everything’s-bigger-in-Texas” shootout that’s playing out at the Sam Rayburn Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Chevy.

    03/27/2014

    Curt Niedermier