FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE
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
ICAST 2014 is in the rearview mirror. Like usual, it was a whirlwind of handshakes, shutter snaps and Q&A with the tackle industry’s best product designers and marketers. If you missed any of the action, don’t worry. You can still check out all of FLW’s coverage from the show at FLWOutdoors.com/ICAST. We sent a team of 14 writers, photographers and videographers to Orlando to report on all the great new gear and gadgets that made it to the Orange County Convention Center.
Colin Moore, Jeff Samsel, Ross Robertson and Keith Jackson
FLW announced its 2015 Walmart FLW Tour schedule yesterday at a press conference during the ICAST show in Orlando. Within the crowd of more than 100 people who came by to witness the unveiling were about 30 Tour pros, all anxious to see where they’d be competing next season. Once the schedule was revealed, we asked a few pros for their reaction. Here’s what they had to say.
With Clent Davis
In Episode 37, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White broadcast live from ICAST and talk with BassFan's Todd Ceisner and FLW Tour pro Clent Davis about the show and the newly released 2015 Walmart FLW Tour schedule. Then they break down some recent tournament news on the Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Champlain, College Fishing on the Chesapeake and a multitude of BFL events.
ORLANDO – It’s official; during a press conference held at ICAST, the fishing industry’s largest annual trade show, FLW announced the locations of its 2015 Walmart FLW Tour stops in front of anglers, fans and industry media. Beginning with a swing through Florida in early March and winding up near the nation’s capital in June, the Tour will visit six of the best bass fisheries in the United States.
So there I was, near the Blood River, leading the Walmart FLW Tour event on Kentucky Lake after days two and three, trying to concentrate and bring home the trophy and $100,000 top prize. Standing in my hip pocket was a cameraman, to my left were a dozen spectator boats, in front of me were 3-foot waves that periodically crashed over the front of the boat, and above me were clouds that intermittently threw rain and wind gusts my way. Oh yeah, and behind me, and I mean right behind me, were nine top pros who were all within a few pounds of my lead. Brutal conditions, a slow bite and a rapidly ticking clock … not exactly the meditative environment Plato or Aristotle would have chosen for contemplating the mysteries of life.
It says a lot about the growth of fishing and the fishing tackle industry that the first national fishing tackle show was held in the ballroom of Chicago’s Sherman House Hotel in 1958. And it wasn’t a very big ballroom. In fact, a few of the exhibitors simply rented nearby suites and showed their wares there. About 20 of the 30-some-odd companies that exhibited in that first show – then called the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association Fishing Tackle Trade Show – still exist, and their names resonate in the fishing world: Zebco, Bagley, Frabill, Plano, Berkley, PRADCO, South Bend, Wright & McGill and Yakima Bait Company among them.
Walmart FLW Tour pro Jim Dillard has announced a raffle to win his 2014 BassCat Puma FTD with a Yamaha 250 SHO outboard, Minn Kota Fortrex 112 Trolling Motor, two 12-foot Minn Kota Talons and electronics. Raffle tickets can be purchased online for $20 per ticket and contestants may purchase as many tickets as they would like. Majority of the proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Mia Moo Fund to help raise awareness and fund research and treatments of cleft lip/palate.
Witnessing history as FLW’s best anglers vie for the richest championship package in fishing is the main attraction, but there are a lot of bonuses for those who attend the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup in Columbia, S.C., presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country Aug. 14-17.
A Walmart FLW Tour season is a long and eventful thing. For 24 days, more than 300 pros and co-anglers – the best anglers in the world – duel it out in bass-fishing competition across the country. Stories develop every day. News is made. Techniques are perfected. There are daily highlights. We could never list them all, so we didn’t. But we did come up with a list of 12 highlights that we think best tell the story of the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season. Click on the links to read more about each.
With Jason Lambert
In Episode 36, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with 2014 Walmart FLW Tour Rookie of the Year Jason Lambert about his first season on tour, his pre-practice for the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray, giant spoons and a variety of other topics. Then they react to some recent fishing news and preview the FLW College Fishing event on the Chesapeake Bay and then look ahead to the Rayovac FLW Series event on Champlain.
Well, it actually happened. For the first time in eight years, I’ll be sitting on the sidelines at the Forrest Wood Cup. As I sit here and drink in the intoxicatingly sour flavor that this revelation has left in my mouth, somehow I find myself savoring the flavor. Perhaps that’s because it’s the flavor of something that I will never taste again. At least that’s how I feel, anyway; that’s how I’m taking it. Never again.
As I noted previously, Bryan and I were able to find a free weekend between tournaments to actually have a wedding. It was a miracle, I tell you. After our wedding on July 21, 2007, we headed to Edisto Island in South Carolina for our honeymoon. We had a great time, but it was a very rushed trip. After all, Bryan had to be back quickly so he could head to Hot Springs, Ark., to practice for the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. It was his first ever and he was psyched.
Every pro entered in a Walmart FLW Tour event wants to fish all four days. It just doesn’t happen. The full field gets to fish the first two days, then the top 20 go on to the next round. Finally, it’s down to 10 on the last day.
With Skip Johnson
In Episode 35, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Skip Johnson about his win on Kentucky Lake, his key spot, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie and get some general background information on him. Then they break down the rest of the news from Kentucky Lake, ranging from the Kellogg’s AOY to spoons and talk about Saturday’s BFL events.