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    After he overtook the lead on day two, Greg Hackney never looked back during the Walmart FLW Tour event on Pickwick. Today, the Gonzales, La., pro wrapped up his first Tour victory since winning the Forrest Wood Cup back in 2009. Though it was his smallest limit of the week, Hack's 21-pound, 9-ounce limit moved his total weight for the week to 97-7 and earned him a $100,000 payday.

    06/08/2014

    Curtis Niedermier



    Day 3 interviews from Pickwick Lake with Greg Hackney, Brent Ehrler, Michael Neal, Jason Lambert and Spencer Shuffield.

    06/08/2014

    Rob Newell


    FLORENCE, Ala. – At just 26 years old, Braxton Setzer of Auburn, Ala., is experiencing a phenomenal sophomore season on the Walmart FLW Tour from the back of the boat. He already holds two top-10 finishes from Hartwell and Beaver Lake – where he came close to grabbing the title – and now he gets to taste victory after crushing 21 pounds, 5 ounces today to claim the $20,000 check.

    06/07/2014

    Kyle Wood


    There was no 30-pound mega-limit weighed in today in Florence, Ala., but tournament leader Greg Hackney still hauled in a 22-pound, 4-ounce stringer from Pickwick Lake on a day that nine of the top 10 pros described as a grind. Hackney’s three-day total is 75 pounds, 14 ounces, which extends his lead to 7-13 over California ace Brent Ehrler, who weighed an identical limit as Hackney’s today. Hackney will be boat No. 1 on the final day of this Walmart FLW Tour showdown, which is presented by Straight Talk Wireless.

    06/07/2014

    Curtis Niedermier




    Day 2 interviews from Pickwick Lake with Greg Hackney, Michael Neal, Brent Ehrler, Jason Quinn and Troy Hollowell.

    06/07/2014

    Rob Newell


    It can happen at any moment on any given ledge at Pickwick. When giant schools of bass turn on putting a 30-pound limit in the boat isn't out of the question. Greg Hackney experienced one of these phenomenal bites today and after sifting through dozens of fish he settled with a whopping 31 pounds, 6 ounces. Combined with his day-one weight of 22-4, Hackney now holds nearly a 6-pound lead heading into the weekend with 53-10 total.

    06/06/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    On-the-water video from day two at Pickwick

    06/06/2014



    Day 1 - Walmart FLW Tour Pickwick Lake presented by Straight Talk Wireless

    06/06/2014


    Day 1 Interviews from Pickwick Lake with Jeff Gustafson, Richard Peek, Michael Neal, Greg Hackney, Robbie Dodson and Casey Ashley.

    06/06/2014

    Rob Newell


    Jeff "Gussy" Gustafson of Keewatin, Ontario, jumped out to the early lead at the Walmart FLW Tour event on Pickwick Lake with a 24-pound, 8-ounce bag that was anchored by his 10-12 monster that took the honors of Bridgford Big Bass for day one.

    06/05/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Day 1 - Walmart FLW Tour Pickwick Lake presented by Straight Talk Wireless

    06/05/2014


    FLORENCE, Ala. – To listen to some of the pros gathered here for the Walmart FLW Tour on Pickwick Lake presented by StraightTalk, here’s the scenario that will play out for the next couple of days: Each morning anglers will depart the takeoff area and proceed to their first stop where, depending on their draw, they will be required to wait in line until it’s their turn to fish. Once they’ve caught a keeper, they will move on to the next community hole, where they will again repeat the process. And so the tournament will proceed until Sunday evening when the champion will be crowned. OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but not by much. Veterans and newcomers alike agree that Pickwick will fish much smaller than it really is in this, the fifth 2014 Tour stop that’s hosted by the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Bureau. Because fish-finding electronics have become so precise, most of the locations that consistently hold bass in early summer on Pickwick seem to have found their way into the waypoint logs of just about every angler entered. As veteran Texas pro Tommy Martin puts it, “either we’re going to have to play nice and share places and get along, or go find six or eight spots that nobody knows about. Good luck with that; I plan to play nice.”

    06/04/2014

    Colin Moore


    Walmart FLW Tour pros Vic Vatalaro, Scott Canterbury and Tom Redington spent their off day before the Pickwick Tour event speaking to more than 150 elementary school children about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math as part of FLW's Get Outdoors. Go Fish! community outreach program. The students assembled at the YMCA of the Shoals summer camp, where the anglers, serving as instructors for the day, shared their backgrounds and discussed the significance of a good education and how learning about science has helped their careers.

    06/05/2014



    The end is in sight for the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour as the field prepares for event No. 5 on Pickwick Lake this week. At this point in the season, anglers near the top 35 of the AOY standings are focusing on earning enough points to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray Aug. 14-17. The rest are chasing checks. FLW Fantasy Fishing players also have a shot at cashing in on great prizes this week. At each event of the Tour season – six regular-season tournaments and the Forrest Wood Cup – more than $7,000 in cash and prizes are awarded to the top 50 Fantasy Fishing teams. There will even be cash prizes awarded to the top 10 teams at the end of the season based on cumulative point totals, including a $10,000 top prize. It’s summertime on the Tennessee River, and that can only mean one thing – ledge fishing. That’s all the hype around this event. Pickwick is known to give up some tremendous smallmouth and largemouth opportunities from its offshore structure. While the TVA impoundment stands at an impressive 43,000 acres and sprawls 53 miles, it will most likely fish small for the majority of anglers who will scour the ledges for “mega schools” of bass. There might be some pros probing the shallow grass present on Pickwick, which could lead to some big bags over the first few days. However, it’s yet to be seen whether or not that pattern can hold up for the entire competition. With that in mind, below are five pros that bear monitoring as competition begins Thursday. If you haven’t finalized your Fantasy Fishing team, do so now at FantasyFishing.com.

    06/04/2014

    Kyle Wood


    MINNEAPOLIS (June 4, 2014) – FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Ranger Boats, makers of the highest-quality, strongest-performing boats on the water, announced today that Ranger has signed a multiyear extension of its exclusive sponsorship with FLW. FLW and Ranger have enjoyed the longest-running boat sponsor relationship in the sport, with a history that dates back to FLW’s formative years in the early 1980s as Operation Bass. Operation Bass was purchased in 1996 by Minneapolis businessman Irwin Jacobs and renamed FLW in honor of Ranger Boats founder Forrest L. Wood.

    06/04/2014


    Pickwick's top pick, Randy Haynes, discusses innovations in electronics and ledge fishing.

    06/04/2014

    Rob Newell


    Electronics guru Michael Neal describes what it is like to find mega schools of bass at Pickwick Lake.

    06/03/2014

    Rob Newell


    FLW Tour rookie and Pickwick Lake local Jason Lambert talks about the evolution of electronics.

    06/03/2014

    Rob Newell


    By this time of the season, reality has set in on the Walmart FLW Tour. The 167 pros still in the chase know the score: Most of them will be fishing for checks at Pickwick this weekend and at Kentucky Lake June 26-29. Only a handful will be fishing for a ticket to the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray in August. Of this latter group, some already have a fairly good idea that their future travel plans include a summer trip to Columbia, S.C. Several more on the cusp will be disappointed, and a few will be happy. One of them might be the guy the confetti gets dumped on at the final weigh-in of the Forrest Wood Cup.

    06/02/2014

    Colin Moore


    Four depth finders has become the standard for TVA ledge specialists. Angler of the Year leader Andy Morgan enters the Pickwick Lake ledge fest with just two depth finders on his boat. Will he come up short in the electronics department?

    06/02/2014

    Rob Newell