FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE
With Richard Peek
In Episode 40, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with rookie pro Richard Peek about fishing in college, his experience as a co-angler, his thoughts going into his first Forrest Wood Cup as a pro and a variety of other topics. Then they talk about some recent news in the fishing industry, preview their Fantasy Fishing teams for the Cup and review the week’s BFL action.
Charlie Ingram’s career as a pro angler tracks like the stock market chart of a blue-ribbon company: There are a few downturns along the way, but his graph trends generally higher. This year saw a definite uptick in Ingram’s profile when he qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup with a 31st-place showing in the Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year race.
If preparation is the precursor to victory, then Spencer Shuffield is starting out in the hole. Not only did he not pre-practice at Lake Murray to prepare for the Forrest Wood Cup, he hasn’t even laid eyes on the lake since he fished the 2008 Forrest Wood Cup there. All he remembers about it is that it was the toughest championship he ever fished, and he’s competed in seven of them since beginning his FLW career as a co-angler in 2007.
“Well, Anthony, I hate to do it, but I’m going to have to disqualify you from the Okeechobee Tour event …”
Although 22, Monti has the build of a slender teenager and a face to match. Still, though he’s not yet fleshed-out, he has man-sized ambition, and his career is progressing nicely along those lines.
With Anthony Gagliardi
In Episode 39, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi about his roller-coaster season, his practice for the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray, having a home-field advantage and various other topics. Then they talk about some early favorites for the Forrest Wood Cup, the College Fishing Southern Conference event on Lake Dardanelle and review the week’s BFL action.
Rich and his wife, Frances, reside in Greenville, Texas. When he is not on the road, Rich enjoys volunteering at his local food bank. Seeking to bring an awareness of the need in some of the communities where the FLW tournaments are held, Rich invites people to bring cans of food to the FLW Expo.
We caught up with this year’s first-timers to see what it’s like to be on the eve of the biggest tournament of their lives. And rather than weigh their odds, we asked each one to share his own expectations for the Cup.
A lot of anglers equate smallmouths with rock and gravel bottoms in the summer, but they shouldn’t overlook weeds. Depending on the time of year and available forage, smallmouths will feed in vegetation just as heavily as largemouths.
Tough, tough and tough – that’s the nearly universal word from pros who made trips to South Carolina’s Lake Murray to pre-practice for the Forrest Wood Cup before the lake went off limits July 28. No competitor will get to fish the lake again until the official practice begins on Aug. 3, the Sunday prior to the competition, and all seem hopeful that the bite will get at least a little bit better between now and then.
There wasn’t enough cake to hold all the candles when the Jimmy Houston clan celebrated family birthdays over the weekend in southern Oklahoma. By Chris Houston’s count, 227 candles were required to mark the birthdays of Jimmy (who turned 70 on Monday) and Chris (Jimmy’s wife, who observed her 67th birthday on Sunday), as well as their son Jamey (44), granddaughter-in-law Misty (28), and granddaughter Alexis (18).
The Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country offers great opportunity for both the anglers and fishing fans to get in on some valuable summertime action.
With Wesley Strader
In Episode 38, host Jody White and guest host Kyle Wood talk with Walmart pro Wesley Strader about the Forrest Wood Cup, his start in fishing and a variety of other topics. Then Jody and Kyle discuss ICAST and the new Tour schedule as well as break down some recent tournament news from the Rayovac FLW Series event on Champlain, College Fishing and the weekend’s slate of BFL events.
It’s not often that a guy from the East Coast gets to go fishing with one of FLW’s top pros from the West Coast, but that was the case for Matt Borrelli of Boston in late June when he shared a boat with Chevy pro Jay Yelas.
Cody Meyer reflects on his past Forrest Wood Cup finishes.
In part one of this two-part recap of trends from the 2014 ICAST show, we shared our observations of the electronics, terminal tackle, accessories, line and clothing categories. In this installment, we’re moving on to reels, rods, tackle storage and soft plastics.
Kyle Wood, David A. Brown and Jeff Samsel