FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE
When the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour kicks off, California pro Jimmy Reese will be embarking on his first season – a rookie in the strictest sense of the term, but hardly a novice.
With Peyote Perryman
In Episode 44, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Peyote Perryman, Executive Producer of “FLW” the TV show, about how the show is made, some of his favorite moments from his time filming, the future of bass-fishing television and a variety of other subjects. Then they preview the weekend’s slate of FLW events, from the FLW College Fishing event on New Melones to the six BFL super-tournaments.
A lot of the guys in the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray caught fish by skipping buzzbaits under docks. A buzzbait isn’t a lure that you would normally associate with skipping docks, but you can’t argue with success. The only rule is that the flatter the bait, the better you can skip it – like a flat rock skips better than a round one.
Many miles up the Saluda River arm of Lake Murray, where the channel narrows and the shorelines are lined with thickets of shady willow trees, Steve Kennedy nearly made history on the final day of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.
You’ve heard about Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi’s storybook season, and the techniques he used to win the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. Beyond that, we thought it was time to get to know the South Carolina pro himself.
Bass fishing: the sport that we all love so much. It has been a huge part of my life for many years. In fact, it’s been a huge part of my life for almost all of my years.
With Bryan New
In Episode 43, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Forrest Wood Cup co-angler champion Bryan New about his experience at the Cup, practicing with Chevy pro Bryan Thrift and his future plans. Then they break down some recent FLW tournament news, talk about Anthony Gagliardi’s place in history, who will be the first two-time Forrest Wood Cup champion and then recap the BFL Weekly Update.
This past week, Bryan fished his eighth Forrest Wood Cup. Wylie and I joined him in Lexington for the entire week, practice included. We normally just come the Wednesday before a tournament starts, but this one was close to home, and with so much to do in nearby Columbia, we thought it would be a great idea to go early.
Hot spots run out, get moved in on by others and change with conditions, but the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup wasn’t about spots. Lake Murray’s deep fish followed roving herring, and shallow fish were widespread. Therefore, most pros changed areas daily, moved frequently through the day or stayed on the move all the time. Some ran specific patterns, while others junk-fished. Unpredictable action, including inexplicable hero-to-zero days, began during practice, and everyone knew the uncertainty would continue through the tournament. Of course, knowing that today’s action promises nothing about tomorrow doesn’t make it any easier when the bite actually tapers and keeps you out of a cut or prevents you from finishing the job, especially when you’re fishing for half a million dollars and the title of world champion. We asked several pros that experienced a costly drop-off to share their perspective on what went wrong.
Anthony Gagliardi didn’t even have time to savor his Forrest Wood Cup victory on Lake Murray before the naysayers started showing up. He isn’t a good sportsman, say some. His victory should be nullified, say others.
With Anthony Gagliardi
In Episode 42, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Forrest Wood Cup champion Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi about his experience at the Cup, his day four, his future goals and plans for the $500,000. Then they break down the Cup, from the weigh-in to Lake Murray, before previewing the Rayovac FLW Series event on the James River and the College Fishing event on Lake Chautauqua.
I understood Anthony Gagliardi’s strategy as I watched him on the final morning of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, but it still was odd to watch. He wasn’t casting at all. Just standing, watching and waiting. He was waiting to cast to largemouths when they busted blueback herring on the surface. Fish feeding on herring during the summer only come up for an instant, and the only way to catch them is to cast immediately to the spot where they break. Gagliardi didn’t want his bait a cast’s distance away to the left when he really needed to make a cast to the right. And so he waited. “That’s the best way to do it when they’re schooling,” Gagliardi said during the press conference right after he won the championship. “When one breaks you have about three seconds to put the bait there.”
Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi achieved what had been considered by many to be an impossible goal here Sunday in bass fishing’s richest championship tournament. After disqualification from the season-opening Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee because of an inadvertent rules infraction, the South Carolina angler completed a five-tournament comeback in regular season to qualify for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. Finally, here before a standing-room-only crowd in Colonial Life Arena, Gagliardi capped off his comeback by winning the four-day test on Lake Murray, his home fishery. Gagliardi’s four-day weight of 51 pounds, 2 ounces earned him $500,000 For the complete story of Gagliardi’s championship victory, click here. Visit ForrestWoodCup.com for complete results. Here’s how the rest of the top 10 earned their share of the $1.2 million tournament purse.
Curtis Niedermier and Kyle Wood
Watch South Carolina's Anthony Gagliardi win the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray.
With the Forrest Wood Cup in town, the mention of bass is no rarity for Columbia, S.C. But how about salmon, trout, pike, sunfish, triggerfish, sailfish, catfish and marlin? Well, thanks to the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art contest, the town is enjoying a good dose of piscatorial diversity. Now in its 16th year, the contest is open to kindergarten through high school students. Contestants were judged on their artwork, along with accompanying essays explaining the related conservation thoughts behind their work. Students throughout the U.S. and Canada can focus on any official state fish, regardless of where they live. Entries from Spain and the Philippines were also accepted. Wildlife Forever (wildlifeforever.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving America’s wildlife heritage by developing stewardship, hosts the annual event for state finalists in conjunction with the Forrest Wood Cup. Doug Grann, the group’s president, says that teaching aquatic education through the arts provides a natural bridge to young minds.
David A. Brown
How much is enough? For Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, it was an ounce. That’s what it took to edge Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury and win the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country with 51 pounds, 2 ounces. Gagliardi hoisted the Cup before a packed house at Colonial Life Arena. Details on top finishers will follow, but here’s the upshot: Just 11 ounces separated first and fifth places. For fans of this sport, a weigh-in like this delivers memories not soon forgotten. Safe to say, that sentiment runs a good bit deeper for the local favorite from Prosperity, S.C. “It just falls in line with everything else that happened this year,” he says. “I made it into the (Cup) by one ounce. It’s just fitting.”
David A. Brown
Day 3 interviews with Brent Ehrler, Bryan Thrift, Anthony Gagliardi, Scott Canterbury, and Casey Ashley from the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray, SC.