South Florida warming trend could produce record stringers
CLEWISTON, Fla. – The 19th season of the major leagues of bass-fishing, the Walmart FLW Tour, kicks off Feb. 6-9 with the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee presented by Mercury. The tournament will feature 180 of the world’s best bass-fishing pros and 180 co-anglers casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division.
FLW Tour pro Koby Kreiger discusses the upcoming FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee, the A-rig and the most annoying cliché in bass fishing
Last Friday, FLW anglers volunteered their time to come and fish alongside sponsors for the inaugural Channing Crowder Charity Bass Tournament. The tournament raised money for the local Broward County Boys and Girls clubs through sponsor boats and a silent auction.
Japanese native and FLW Tour pro Shinichi Fukae weighs in on his first Florida tourney of the season as well as the upcoming FLW Tour Lake Okeechobee event
After having a great New Year’s Eve party with friends and eating black-eyed peas and collard greens – traditional southern foods – my wife and I left for Florida to fire up our new tournament season.
Former Walmart FLW Tour champion John Cox has been added to the 2014 field.
FLW has announced the disqualification of two anglers for the Walmart FLW Tour season opener at Lake Okeechobee Feb. 6-9.
Chris Brasher of Longview, Texas, will be starting his third year as a pro on the Walmart FLW Tour in just a few weeks. For Brasher, this is part of a dream he has had since he could remember.
The question that many are asking is: How will FLW’s new social media rule impact the 2014 season?
On paper, 2013 was one of the better seasons of Ray Scheide’s 10-year Walmart FLW Tour career. The Arkansas pro cashed checks in all but one tournament, finished 24th in the points race and qualified for his sixth Forrest Wood Cup. When Scheide reflects on the season, he’s pleased with his results, but there’s one 40-minute stretch he’ll never forget – a brief window that would have transformed his year from good to great.
Circuit Breaker star talks about his new boat, losing his phone and gearing up for 2014
Well, the season is in full swing here in Florida. I have been down in Florida since Dec. 31st and I know Lindsey is definitely missing me, but her support helps a lot while on the road and everyone knows she is my biggest fan.
FLW Tour pro Tom Redington provides tips for using your electronics to find bass in areas that other anglers miss
The fact that the new sonar units are so powerful has created a fishing paradox. The maps are so good and the displays are so easy to read that it seems like every angler on the lake can find the spots that were, until recently, the secrets of a few locals.
With the 2014 season rapidly approaching, FLW has announced the complete pro angler roster for the upcoming Walmart FLW Tour. During the kickoff event at Lake Okeechobee, FLW will pay out $4,000 down to 90th place. The season will culminate with the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, slated for Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17.
Thrift recaps Lake Okeechobee Rayovac FLW Series event, previews Walmart FLW Tour opener
I just got back from the Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee. I’m still a little bitter about how I finished, but I guess I have to discuss both the good and the bad with my blog. I got there Sunday before the tournament and immediately thought the lake looked really good – the water level is up and everything looks healthy. Certain parts of the lake were crowded, but that’s just the way the lake is – typical Okeechobee to me.
From shoeing horses to running with the pros
Patrick Bone now has switched to the pro side in the Walmart FLW Tour, and his first test will come at Lake Okeechobee in February. He’ll be fishing out of a Ranger Z119 pushed by a Mercury 225-horsepower engine.
I’m having a super busy offseason so far and I don’t see a break in the action until my family and I jump in the suburban in late January to start the two-day drive to the FLW Tour opener on Lake Okeechobee. I’ve been working on promoting my new ice-fishing business and preparing for my first annual Ice Fishing Writer’s Camp this coming Monday through Wednesday.
It’s been a long winter break without any tournaments and I’m excited for the new FLW season to start on Lake Okeechobee. During the break I was contacted by ex-Miami Dolphin captain, Channing Crowder, to host a benefit fishing tournament with him. His idea was to get a bunch of former and current NFL players to join forces with a bunch of FLW bass fishing pros to form an event to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
California pro answers 10 questions ranging from his offseason exploits to his new sponsor deal to his current music playlist
Getting rid of the excess
As 2014 rolls around and the temperatures are still below freezing, I think of getting all of my tackle organized – hopefully in a place in my truck or boat where I can find it if I need it. This is not my favorite job.
After a long circuitous tournament career fished out of various bass boats, Arkansas superstar Larry Nixon is back in a Ranger. The veteran pro and the legendary boat company reached an agreement for Nixon to join Ranger’s extensive pro staff beginning this year.
Going on the record with your favorite fishing icons
I wouldn’t say it was a perfect season, but it sure worked out. I mean, it was a good year, but not a great year. I was surprised to even have a shot to win after Beaver Lake (he finished 68th). Honestly, it was never even on my mind until someone mentioned right before Chickamauga that I had a shot at winning it.
Making a living in professional bass fishing can be hard enough, especially if you pay most of your expenses out of your own pocket. One way to make life easier is to be consistent – which is what Troy Morrow has been doing for the past few years on the Walmart FLW Tour.
Japanese native and FLW Tour pro Shinichi Fukae weighs in on what it takes to get ready for the upcoming 2014 season
After finally getting back to the U.S., I have been crazy busy preparing for the upcoming Walmart FLW Tour season. As you know, December is the one of busiest times of the year for most people and I am no exception – although I am not crazy about Christmas shopping.
FLW Tour pro Todd Hollowell blogs about rusty hooks, rain gear and the start of the 2014 season
The months surrounding the holidays are some of the most enjoyable months of the year for me. It’s a time when the competitive fishing season has drawn to a close and the new tournament schedules are finally unveiled. It’s a time to reflect and a time to hope for better things to come in the following year – all while enjoying time at home with the family. Life just seems to slow down for a few months.
FLW Tour pro Adrian Avena discusses the hottest baits of the 2013 season and the must-haves for 2014
Since the holidays are right around the corner and gift ideas are at a premium, I am dedicating this blog to reviewing the hottest baits of 2013, and the must haves for 2014.
Outside of south Florida, Brandon McMillan was unknown in professional bass fishing until February 2011 when he slammed 106 pounds, 10 ounces of Okeechobee bass on the scale – clinching the Walmart FLW Tour Open and the record for heaviest total tournament weight. Since then, McMillan has steadily increased his tournament scope and workload.