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    FLW Tour rookie Dustin Grice is going to fish any way needed to be successful on Sam Rayburn Reservoir this week.

    03/26/2014

    Rob Newell


    Sam Rayburn Reservoir has been a trip down memory lane for Jay Yelas this week.

    03/26/2014

    Rob Newell


    Fresh off a top 10 at the Rayovac tournament on Toledo Bend, Texas pro Jim Tutt says things will be different at Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

    03/25/2014

    Rob Newell


    Sam Rayburn Reservoir marks the third of six regular-season stops on the Walmart FLW Tour. It’s the first time the FLW Tour has been back to Rayburn since the Open held in the fall 2012. With the season already a third of the way over, the race is beginning to tighten for the Angler of the Year title along with earning valuable points to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup Aug. 14-17. Rayburn is a massive fishery that sprawls nearly 115,000 acres of grass, stumps and offshore structure. Sight-fishing is predicted to play a vital role, however, both pre- and postspawn patterns shouldn’t be ruled out. With that in mind, below are five pros that bear monitoring as competition begins Thursday.

    03/25/2014

    Kyle Wood


    Brett Hite is living right and talks about fishing Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

    03/25/2014

    Rob Newell


    Texas pro Clark Wendlandt is not sure if it is going to be a fishing or sight-fishing tournament at this week’s FLW Tour event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

    03/24/2014

    Rob Newell


    Walmart pro Wesley Strader is relying on his Typhoon sunglasses for sight-fishing this week on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

    03/24/2014

    Rob Newell


    The FLW Tour pre-tournament report will begin with special guest Phil Marks who won an FLW Tour Open on Rayburn in 2012.

    03/24/2014

    Rob Newell


    Cold, snow, ice – it’s matter of course for states north of the Mason-Dixon Line. This winter, however, Texas has seen its own share of slippery, wet, nasty conditions, and the cold could have lingering effects on the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Chevy at Sam Rayburn March 27-30.

    03/24/2014


    Bridgford Foods pro Randy Blaukat muses on what’s likely to happen when the Walmart FLW Tour makes its third stop of the season, this time on Sam Rayburn Lake in east Texas.
    As many anglers who have been there know, there’s something special about driving through the pine forest-laden areas of east Texas in March, especially when the destination is Sam Rayburn Lake.

    03/21/2014

    Randy Blaukat


    Wow, 50 straight days with a limit – it’s so incredible to me to have that record. Obviously, when I started fishing the Walmart FLW Tour in 2010, I never thought of breaking the record for most consecutive limits weighed in. My focus was just on trying to get a limit every single day I fished so I could do well.

    03/20/2014

    Cody Meyer


    Cold winter - How long will it delay the spawn
    Every place I’ve been this year – with the exception of Florida, which exists in its own little bubble – has had a really cold winter. It’s a winter that seemingly just won’t end. Just when you think it’s about to warm up, boom, there’s another bout with ice and really cold temperatures. As such, there are some intriguing questions developing: How delayed will the spawn be; how long might it last; and is water temperature the only variable that will be affected?

    03/14/2014

    Clark Wendlandt


    “… A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” Although the poet Robert Browning wasn’t referring to bass tournaments when he wrote that bit of verse, it’s applicable to those who aspire to great things on the Walmart FLW Tour. The quest should be worthy of the goal. For sure, reaching for the stars doesn’t guarantee an angler success, and it’s especially frustrating when he comes close until the fish or circumstances move the goalposts farther away from him. Consider some of the anglers who made a run at the Lake Hartwell championship, only to fall short in the end.

    03/13/2014

    Colin Moore


    South Carolina pro Casey Ashley dominated the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats event at Lake Hartwell last week, winning in wire-to-wire fashion in front of a hometown crowd. Yet, he wasn’t the only pro to successfully navigate the up-and-down weather conditions of the event for a high finish. Here’s a look at the entire roster of top-10 finishers from Hartwell and the lures they used to get to the final day.

    03/13/2014


    Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes team pro Dave Lefebre provides an inside look at the latest FLW Tour event in Seneca, S.C.
    It feels pretty good to get out of South Carolina with a decent finish, but I’ve still got a pretty big mountain to climb to make this year’s Forrest Wood Cup, back in South Carolina on Lake Murray.

    03/11/2014

    Dave Lefebre


    Keith Amerson didn’t know what to expect in his rookie season on the Walmart FLW Tour, but the opening salvo has been remarkable. All the 44-year-old mail carrier knew was that fishing professionally has always been his dream. Thus far, it’s been a dream that he doesn’t want to wake up from. After making the top-20 cut at Okeechobee, Amerson finished 52nd at Hartwell, earning yet another five-figure paycheck. With one third of the season complete, it’s likely his best is still yet to come.

    03/11/2014

    Brett Carlson


    Ashley wins Walmart FLW Tour event wire to wire
    SENECA, S.C. – With the disappointment of the 2008 Bassmaster Classic still fresh in his mind, Casey Ashley crafted a meticulous revenge strategy for the next major tournament held on Lake Hartwell – one that was bulletproof and could withstand cold, wind, rain and fog. In doing so, he had to fish against his shallow-water strengths. Armed with some of the best deep brush piles on the lake, Ashley crushed the second Walmart FLW Tour event of the year from start to finish.

    03/09/2014

    Brett Carlson


    Deep water bass paved the way for Casey Ashley's win at the Lake Hartwell FLW Tour event.

    03/09/2014

    Rob Newell


    Win, rain, fog or shine, local pro Casey Ashley continues to compound his lead on day three of Lake Hartwell’s FLW Tour event.

    03/09/2014

    Rob Newell


    Donalds, S.C., pro widens lead at second Walmart FLW Tour event
    SENECA, S.C. – It seems nothing can stop Casey Ashley when it comes to catching bass on Lake Hartwell, his home pond – not cold, not wind, not rain and not even a three-hour fog delay. While most of the pros struggled just to put a limit in the boat Saturday, Ashley caught a 15-pound, 7-ounce stringer and built nearly a 10-pound lead.

    03/08/2014

    Brett Carlson


    Texas rookie wins Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell
    SENECA, S.C. – Despite being a Walmart FLW Tour rookie, David Redington was developing a reputation back home in Texas for starting bass tournaments with a bang. The only problem was that he tended not to back up those strong day-one weights. That trend followed him to the FLW Tour where in his first tournament he caught 14 pounds, 12 ounces on opening day at Lake Okeechobee. True to form, he only boxed two keepers on day two and slid down the leaderboard.

    03/08/2014

    Brett Carlson


    Watch local pro Casey Ashley at work on day two of the FLW Tour’s Lake Hartwell event.

    03/07/2014

    Rob Newell


    Local stick switches to spotted bass on rainy, miserable second day
    SENECA, S.C. – It was inconceivable to think the conditions could get any worse at the Walmart FLW Tour event, but that’s exactly what happened on day two at Lake Hartwell. In addition to the wind and cold, steady rain pounded the field and changed the water color in many of Hartwell’s popular creeks from stained to burnt orange.

    03/07/2014

    Brett Carlson


    Brutal weather prevailed on day one at Lake Hartwell, but local pro Casey Ashely knew how to make the best of the conditions.

    03/06/2014

    Rob Newell


    South Carolina pro uses local knowledge on cold, windy first day
    SENECA, S.C. – Casey Ashley may be fishing his first Walmart FLW Tour season, but he’s no stranger to big-time tournaments on Lake Hartwell. One in particular still sticks with him and not for good reason. Today, he put some big-time revenge on the Hartwell bass – catching a 21-pound, 7-ounce stringer on a day where less than half the field cracked double digits.

    03/06/2014

    Brett Carlson