FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE
In Episode 34, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White review the week's fishing news, ranging from the Rayovac on the Potomac to a full slate of BFL events before looking ahead to the FLW Tour event on Kentucky Lake. Additionally, Jody White previews the final stop of the 2014 FLW Tour season with Terry Bolton, Repel pro Cody Meyer and Stetson Blaylock.
PARIS LANDING, Tenn. – If the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Evinrude needed a theme song, David Bowie’s rendition of “Under Pressure” would be as good as it gets. The entire field will be under more pressure than usual as the four-day competition opens this morning. There’s the pressure to win or at least take advantage of a final opportunity to take home a good check this season, the pressure to pull out all the stops and make up ground in the Angler of the Year standings and gain entry into the Forrest Wood Cup, the pressure to not take chances and lose a shot at the Cup – and so it goes.
Michael Neal predicts the leaders will have 90+ pound bags this week at Kentucky Lake.
The Walmart FLW Tour wraps up its season this week on Kentucky Lake – which is presented by Evinrude – for the sixth and final qualifier of the year. This is the last chance for anglers to make a move in the points race to try and clinch their spot for the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray taking place Aug. 14-17.
In times past, a tournament circuit rookie was a dilettante whose expectations were matched by his inexperience. He was likely to catch a few fish here and there, and hopefully learn something that might help him down the trail. In short, he paid his dues while the big boys fought it out for prominence and paychecks.
Rookie Brandon Hunter says the schools have been busted up on Kentucky Lake.
At Pickwick Lake, David Dudley tried to avoid the crowds which resulted in a poor finish. At Kentucky Lake, he vows not to run from the crown and consequently the fish.
Rookie Michael Wooley shares why community holes are beneficial to figuring out the right bait to use.
Cody Meyer is just eight points behind AOY leader Andy Morgan, but a world away in fishing style.
Meyer takes his shot at AOY
Repel pro Cody Meyer doesn’t fully define his life by fishing. In fact, the 31-year-old angler from Auburn, Calif., complements all the tournament travel and promotional activities with a couple of curious livelihood elements. The interesting part is the strong parallels – both thematic and practical – between what he does on the water and off.
David A. Brown
Lots of story lines will be going down this coming week as the Walmart FLW Tour closes out its regular season with the 2014 finale on Kentucky Lake. In addition to the 35 Forrest Wood Cup qualifiers to be determined, also on the line are the $10,000 checks awarded to each of the top 60 anglers.
Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Lufkin, Texas was the site for the third stop of the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour. Rayburn was one of the most anticipated stops of the Tour as it is a fishery not often visited in the past at the Tour level. Watch how Chad Grigsby and JT Kenney conquer these unfamiliar waters.
With Greg Hackney
In Episode 33, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with FLW Tour pro Greg Hackney about his dominating win on Pickwick Lake, a new crankbait from Strike King and his outlook for Kentucky Lake. Then they go over recent fishing news ranging from the weekend’s BFL events to FLW Fantasy Fishing and look ahead to the Rayovac FLW Series event on the Potomac River and the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference tournament on Grand Lake.
Following a fairly successful career as a college angler, I decided to keep progressing up the tournament ladder. The year after graduating from the University of Florida, I fished what was then the Rayovac FLW Series as a professional angler. While I enjoyed some success in my first two tournaments, I quickly realized I had a lot to learn as I got farther away from my home waters.
Poor Lake Barkley. It’s as spectacular as the Grand Tetons and nearly as vast and full of wildlife in and around it. With its 58,000 acres of ledges and shoreline cover packed with bass, Barkley would be the top tournament destination in most any other state.
Rich Dalbey, FLW professional angler, will host a food drive for the Food Bank of Northern Alabama. Rich Dalbey, who has won over $140,000.00 in FLW sponsored fishing events, has qualified for the Forrest L. Wood Cup Championship Tournament three times, finishing third in 2012, as a co-angler.
Walmart FLW Tour pros Randy Haynes and Mark Rose – two of the nation’s top ledge fishermen – are not lifelong buddies. They met about seven years ago during Rose’s victory at the FLW Series event on Pickwick Lake. However, the close relationship they’ve established since then is solid and a bit incongruous in a sport where individual accomplishment is paramount and friendly rivalries predominate.
David A. Brown
Here we go again. For the second year in a row, Dayton, Tenn., pro Andy Morgan carries the Walmart FLW Tour Kellogg’s Angler of the Year lead into the final event of the season. And once again, the final event is being held on the Tennessee River, this time on Kentucky Lake. Morgan seems relaxed as ever, with his nonchalant, down-home attitude overpowering any pressure he might be feeling. He’s also an expert at dodging inquiries about the AOY race when questioned about it in public. We were able to catch up with him finally, however, and we fired questions at him about the AOY, his place in bass-fishing history and, much to his delight, turkey hunting. Here is our version of 20 questions (OK, it’s actually 24 questions) with Andy Morgan.
Nearly 11 years ago Evinrude released the E-TEC engine to the world. While some minor changes have been made over this time, the E-TEC has remained mostly the same. However, this past weekend at a media and dealer event in Milwaukee, Wis., Evinrude unveiled the newest generation of outboards – the E-TEC G2.
More than 175 anglers began the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season with hopes and dreams of making it to the Forrest Wood Cup. Only 35 of them will, and with just one tournament to go, on Kentucky Lake, a handful of pros within striking distance of 35th place will have to kick it into high gear if they want to be part of the show at Lake Murray August 14-17. They’re trying to replace those pros who are already above the cut line, but with too small a cushion to rest easily. This latter group is composed of the “bubble boys” – the anglers teetering dangerously close to the line separating in and out. And of course, the prospects of the 2014 standouts at the top of the list are unofficially sealed. Barring major catastrophe, they’ll finish with enough points. The goal of a handful of these fortunate few at Kentucky Lake is to try to run down and overtake current AOY leader Andy Morgan. All this considered, we decided to take a look at some of the pros currently sitting within 10 spots of 35th place in the AOY standings, and weigh their odds of making it to the Cup.
If you had told me I’d end up tied with Mark Rose in the Pickwick Lake Walmart FLW Tour event, I would have guessed there would also be a sudden-death fish-off on Monday morning. Pickwick in Florence, Ala., is a perfect place for a big tournament and coincidently one of my favorite lakes in the country. This time around, however, it didn’t treat me so well. I finished 58th. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always happy to finish in the big money, but this entire season has been way too stressful, as I’ve been on both sides of the bubble numerous times.
With BFL All-American Champ Marcus Sykora