While most people in their early 20s are still figuring out what to do with their lives, 23-year-old Philip Jarabeck has already accomplished his goal – being a professional angler. After wrapping up his first season as a pro on the Walmart FLW Tour, Jarabeck doesn’t plan on making a career change anytime soon.
FLW Tour pro Adrian Avena discusses the importance of keeping expectations in check during tournament time
Every anglers’ dream is to roll up to the spot they found during their practice period, take a few casts and catch nothing but "ga ga ga giant bass" like Dave Mercer will say. Unfortunately, more times than not, these types of days do NOT happen … at least for me.
Castrol pro and three-time FLW Tour AOY winner David Dudley talks off-season exploits, the 2014 season schedule, new rule changes and much, much more
In an effort to bring the pros closer to the fans, FLW has announced the creation of FLW Podcast. During each audio podcast, FLW hosts Joe Opager and Jody White will discuss a host of different issues of interest to bass-fishing fans. In addition, during each podcast installment, Opager and White will interview a different FLW Tour pro in an attempt to get their thoughts on myriad topics.
Bass-fishing fans can correspond directly with Castrol team pro and three-time FLW Tour AOY winner Oct. 17
On Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. Central Time, fans will be able to interact directly with FLW Tour pro David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., during a live TweetChat.
It used to be all a person needed to be a professional angler was the ability to catch fish consistently, an ability to read water, a solid knowledge of fish behavior and a proficiency at a handful of baits and an angler could nab a few sponsors and enjoy the pro angler life. Then along came the Internet – and with it, social media.
Over the past five years, Spencer Shuffield has steadily climbed the ranks of bass fishing. After getting his feet wet as an FLW Tour co-angler, Shuffield proved he was the best from the back of the boat in winning the 2011 Co-angler of the Year award. The following season he made his pro debut and experienced mixed results. This year, he cashed checks in all but one of the regular season events, qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup and finished ahead of his legendary father in the standings for the first time.
Thrift blogs about his approach to tournament angling, recaps Forrest Wood Cup
I know a lot of the more popular fishing blogs out there try and use controversy to get more views. Well, since this is my blog and we’re doing things my way, we’re not going that route. I’m going to shoot you straight and say what’s on my mind. If that's appealing to you check back around the middle of each month for a new blog.
Texas pro discusses upcoming FLW Tour schedule, the A-rig and how tournament fishing has changed over the past decade
Moving forward, FLWOutdoors.com will be unveiling a host of new editorial content focusing exclusively on FLW Tour pros. The latest in that effort is a feature entitled “10 Questions” where FLW editors will attempt to pick the minds of FLW Tour pros by posing questions ranging from the serious to the light-hearted.
During Lefebre’s latest video blog installment, the Pennsylvania pro discusses his current preparation for the upcoming 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season
During Lefebre’s latest video blog installment, the Pennsylvania pro discusses his current preparation for the upcoming 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season.
I recently watched some behind-the-scenes footage of the Forrest Wood Cup dinner banquet, which is held the night before the championship commences. The footage was being used for the final episode of the Circuit Breaker reality show series starring FLW Tour rookie Casey Martin. But I was most struck by what I saw from Randall Tharp, who would go on to win the Cup in impressive fashion.
The following is the transcript of the live Twitter Chat with FLW Tour pro Casey Martin that took place on Sept. 26:
A quick glance before takeoff at a Walmart FLW Tour event will uncover that most of the competitors drive high-end fiberglass bass boats decked out to the max. One boat, however, is not like the others. In fact, you’d probably think the 20-foot, 2-inch aluminum boat is best suited to tackle the large bodies of water found up north – and you’d be right. The proud owner of that tin boat would be Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson, who wrapped up his first full year on Tour just months ago.
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes team pro Dave Lefebre provides an inside look at the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup in Shreveport, La.
The Forrest Wood Cup is the Super Bowl of bass fishing and the Red River, along with the city of Shreveport and Bossier City, served as the perfect venue. This was my 11th straight Cup in my 11 years on the FLW Tour and I’m so glad I got to experience this one.
Like it is for most anglers, Ken Golub’s rookie season on the Walmart FLW Tour was a trying one. Between learning new lakes and battling against the best sticks in the world, Golub admittedly was overwhelmed and at times felt lost. Year two showed marked improvement as the New York pro cashed checks in four of the six regular-season events and narrowly missed qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup.
California native sounds off on 2014 FLW Tour schedule, the A-rig and annoying bass-fishing clichés
Moving forward, FLWOutdoors.com will be unveiling a host of new editorial content focusing exclusively on FLW Tour pros. The latest in that effort is a feature entitled “Five Questions” where FLW editors will attempt to pick the minds of FLW Tour pros by posing questions ranging from the serious to the light-hearted.
It seems like just yesterday nearly all members of the bass fishing media were writing about this new bait/system that mimicked an entire school of baitfish. It’s hard to believe that it was almost two years ago that Paul Elias introduced the Alabama rig with his domination on Lake Guntersville.
It didn’t take long for the fishing fever to spread like wildfire within Mark Daniels Jr. Growing up in California, Daniels quickly realized that the San Francisco Bay area offered a slew of fishing opportunities – opportunities that would one day lay the foundation for a 2013 TBF National championship title. From catching ocean perch to watching bass fishing shows on TV, Daniels could only dream of turning his passion into a professional fishing career – a trajectory which shows nothing but promise heading into the 2014 season.
Tharp discusses his recent Forrest Wood Cup victory, tournament superstitions and some of his greatest fishing influences
Umbrella rigs no longer permitted, $10,000 to be awarded to anglers finishing 21st through 60th place
MINNEAPOLIS – FLW officials have announced the new rules for the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season as well as some additional tweaks to FLW Tour regular season qualifying event payouts. Among the highlights: Anglers who finish in 21st through 60th place will receive a $10,000 check for each and every qualifying event of the 2014 regular season.
Kerry Milner does a little bit of everything back in Bono, a small town located in Northeast Arkansas. He owns and operates a successful duck hunting guide service, a lawn care business and has worked in construction building streets and laying foundations. In 2014, Milner plans to add yet another title to his résumé – Walmart FLW Tour pro.