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    The Walmart FLW Tour has been a big part of my adult life, as I’ll relate in future blogs that involve some of the tournament stories that Stetson and I share. Before I get into the fun stuff, though, I’ll give you a little background on Stetson and me. I’m a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor’s and master’s in middle childhood education, and I worked in the medical and insurance fields for eight years. After meeting Stetson at summer church camp when I was 15, we started dating a year later in December 2003 and were married in 2009. “Girlfriend” and – eventually – “wife” weren’t my only titles in those days, as I was also Stetson’s fishing partner for numerous tournaments and circuits while we were dating and at the start of our married life.

    04/18/2014

    Lindsey Blaylock


    April, was that really you? It was a fair question asked by the anglers who participated in the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac last week. After all, Beaver Lake bass and the weather are supposed to be on the same page by this time of year, but everything seemed out of whack by a month when the Tour visited Rogers, Ark.

    04/18/2014

    Colin Moore


    Professional tournament fishing is normally a rollercoaster ride with plenty of ups and downs, but this season so far is nothing but downs.

    04/17/2014

    Dave Lefebre


    In parts of China, where fishing for sustenance is more the rule than the exception, fish are still caught in the ancient manner: A domesticated cormorant, one of several the fisherman owns, is taken out on a body of water and allowed to dive down on a tether and catch fish.

    04/16/2014

    Colin Moore


    Three patterns dominated the Beaver Lake Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac and hosted by Visit Rogers. Winner Matt Arey and fourth-place finisher Travis Fox ran up the river to stained water and fished for shallow largemouths.

    04/16/2014

    Curtis Niedermier



    Matt Arey proves why Beaver Lake is his favorite stop on the FLW Tour.

    04/13/2014

    Rob Newell


    All week long, North Carolina pro Matt Arey has been dialed in on Beaver Lake’s first wave of bass transitioning from prespawn to the spawn. And in the end, no one could keep up with his consistency. Arey won the Walmart FLW Tour Beaver Lake event presented by Rayovac and hosted by Visit Arkansas with a four-day total of 59 pounds, 3 ounces. You can read the full story of Arey’s win here. Here’s a rundown of how the rest of the top 10 found success at Beaver Lake.

    04/13/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Prior to this week, if you tried to define the current status of Beaver Lake’s largemouth bass spawn and the career of Shelby, N.C., pro Matt Arey, you needed only one phrase: close, but not quite there. After today’s weigh-in at the John Q. Hammons center in Rogers, Ark., Arey proved that both he and the bass have arrived in a big way. In four days, Arey hauled in a total of 59 pounds, 3 ounces of Beaver Lake bass to win the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac and hosted by Visit Rogers.

    04/13/2014

    Curtis Niedermier



    New faces show up on the leader board on day three of Beaver Lake.

    04/12/2014

    Rob Newell


    $25,000 prize earned by first-time Tour winner
    ROGERS, Ark. – Winning on the Walmart FLW Tour from the back of the boat is no small feat and often time highlights a career for that lucky person. This week, that honor belongs to longtime FLW angler Mike McDonald who tackled a tough Beaver Lake and came out on top.

    04/12/2014

    Kyle Wood


    Tar Heel pro takes lead with tournament's biggest limit
    Matt Arey is trending in all the right ways. This morning, the North Carolina pro bagged a nice Beaver Lake keeper in front of the FLWOutdoors.com camera crew during an on-the-water interview. The footage, available here and on the FLWFishing YouTube channel, has already been viewed by hundreds of FLW fans. Then this evening, he continued the trend of showing up to weigh-in with a better limit than the day before. Arey increased from 13 pounds on day one to 14 pounds, 6 ounces on day two to 16 pounds, 4 ounces today. His day-three limit is the heaviest of the tournament thus far and only the third bag to top 16 pounds. He did it on a day when seven of the top 20 pros didn’t even crack double digits.

    04/12/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    04/12/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    04/12/2014


    Beaver Lake turns from windy to calm on day 2.

    04/12/2014

    Rob Newell


    It’s Beaver Lake Marathon Week on the Walmart FLW Tour, and the angler at the front of the pack is Arkansas pro Spencer Shuffield. Shuffield brought in a day-two limit that weighed 13 pounds, 11 ounces today to boost his two-day total to 29 pounds. He goes into the weekend with only a 1-pound, 1-ounce lead over Andy Morgan, though it seems like Shuffield is hitting the right stride to take home his first Tour title at this event, which is presented by Rayovac and hosted by Visit Rogers.

    04/11/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Arkansas pro Spencer Shuffield took over the lead going into the weekend at the Walmart FLW Tour Beaver Lake event presented by Rayovac and hosted by Visit Rogers. His two-day total is 29 pounds, but there’s a string of veteran pros and fellow rising stars stacked up behind him in the standings, looking to snatch away the trophy that the 24-year-old covets so much.

    04/11/2014

    Curtis Niedermier



    Day 1 at Beaver Lake features high winds, smallmouths, and a red-hot Bryan Thrift.

    04/11/2014

    Rob Newell


    Confidence is effective medicine in professional bass fishing, and right now Chevy pro Bryan Thrift is benefitting from a heavy dose. The FLW millionaire took the early lead at the Beaver Lake Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac with a 16-pound, 2-ounce limit. Thrift’s success today comes on the heels of his final-day come-from-behind victory at the Sam Rayburn Tour event just two weeks ago, where Thrift broke out of an early season slump that began with finishes of 59th and 107th place at the first two events.

    04/10/2014

    Curtis Niedermier




    A big shad kill three weeks ago at Beaver Lake has the bass in a foul mood says Scott Suggs.

    04/09/2014

    Rob Newell



    Beaver Lake’s pockets were iced over this winter and that is music to Canadian pro Jeff "Gussy" Gustafson’s ears.

    04/09/2014

    Rob Newell


    Is there such as a thing as water that is too clear for Cody Meyer?

    04/08/2014

    Rob Newell


    Arkansas pro Stetson Blaylock says the water in the lower end of Beaver Lake is as clear as he has ever seen it.

    04/08/2014

    Rob Newell


    Beaver Lake marks the fourth of six regular-season stops on the Walmart FLW Tour. This trip will be the 16th time the Tour has made a stop to the White River impoundment. With the season half over with at this point every decision becomes more vital for those looking to earn valuable points in order to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray Aug. 14-17. After a much colder winter than usual on Beaver – causing ice to form on parts of the lake for the first time that many locals can remember – it has the fish behind schedule. Recent rains have water quality in the lake lower than normal and when coupled with cooler water temperatures you have a recipe for a tough bite. Prespawn bass will be the focus this week with a slim shot at some early bed fish by the weekend if the weather warms up. With that in mind, below are five pros that bear monitoring as competition begins Thursday.

    04/08/2014

    Kyle Wood


    We’re at the halfway point of the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season, and already we’ve witnessed records being set and streaks ended, as well as what’s shaping up to be one of the most star-studded Angler of the Year races in FLW history. To get you up to speed on where we are now, we present the 10 most notable highlights from the first half of 2014.

    04/08/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Chevy pro Bryan Thrift is fresh off a win at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Can he make it two in a row with a win at Beaver Lake?

    04/08/2014

    Rob Newell


    Bridgford pro Randy Blaukat believes the winning Beaver Lake pattern will develop during the tournament and not during practice.

    04/07/2014

    Rob Newell


    Pre-tournament reports from Beaver Lake kick-off with local pro Greg Bohannan who says a lot of stained water in the rivers will level the playing field.

    04/07/2014

    Rob Newell


    Mark Rose is a man on a mission. The Walmart FLW Tour pro from Marion, Ark., maintains his focus with a clear sense of priorities. For him, it’s all about his Christian faith, family and fishing – in that order.

    04/04/2014

    David A. Brown


    04/04/2014

    Luke Clausen


    Bridgford pro Randy Blaukat gives his insight on what to expect at the upcoming Walmart FLW Tour presented by Rayovac event at Beaver Lake.

    04/04/2014

    Randy Blaukat



    Too much wind, not enough wind. Water too clear, water too muddy. Too much sunshine, not enough sunshine. Pick your rationale for catching bass or not catching bass – they were all in play at Sam Rayburn Reservoir last week when the Walmart FLW Tour pulled in for stop No. 3 in the current campaign season.

    04/01/2014

    Colin Moore


    The Walmart FLW Tour event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Chevy was plagued by up-and-down weather swings that left plenty of bass a bit confused about whether or not to head for the banks to spawn. Some pros, such as Mark Rose and Jason Meninger, parked on prespawn stopping points that they hoped would bring transitioning fish to them. Others spent most of their time running and gunning grass and wood cover away from the bank with moving lures. A third group concentrated on the bank with thorough tactics aimed at tempting bedding bass that weren’t visible in Rayburn’s dingy water. In the end, it was Chevy pro Bryan Thrift’s protected backwater area, fished with extremely slow tactics, that held out for the win.

    03/31/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Slow and steady wins the race for shallow water specialist Bryan Thrift.

    03/30/2014

    Rob Newell


    If you were to script the perfect scenario for a Bryan Thrift victory, those would be the key pieces. But today at the Sam Rayburn Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Chevy, Bryan Thrift proved that he can not only break his own stereotype, but he can win when he does it.

    03/30/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Can the shallow water anglers catch Rose?

    03/30/2014

    Rob Newell


    Falling weights and high pressure – both the atmospheric kind and the psychological kind – told the story of day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Chevy. In the wake of a severe Friday-night thunderstorm that knocked out power and uprooted dozens of east Texas pines, pros took to “Old Man Sam” amid a high-pressure system and high, bluebird skies. Walmart pro Mark Rose maintains his lead going into the fourth and final day, but for the second consecutive day, he failed to match his previous day’s weight.

    03/29/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    LUFKIN, Texas – If you are 24 years old and recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte there are endless options for what you could be doing. But for Eric Self, you would be fishing as a co-angler in the Walmart FLW Tour on Sam Rayburn taking home a cool $20,000 for capturing the top prize – not a bad graduation present.

    03/29/2014

    Kyle Wood


    Rose takes command, Meninger has a huge day, and Kennedy goes old-school.

    03/29/2014

    Rob Newell



    Kickers were the key to day 1 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

    03/28/2014

    Rob Newell


    Weathermen lie, but Mother Nature never does. Her power was on display on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Chevy. Forecasts called for a gloomy, potentially stormy day. But other than a light mist at takeoff and a dense fog that hung around until mid-morning, the weatherman couldn’t have been more wrong. By lunchtime, sunshine and slick conditions spread across Sam Rayburn. The bass responded quickly by repositioning deeper into shallow cover and, in some areas, heading for the bank to answer nature’s spawning call.

    03/28/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Big wind, big lakes, big bass – it’s a perfect storyline for the “everything’s-bigger-in-Texas” shootout that’s playing out at the Sam Rayburn Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Chevy.

    03/27/2014

    Curt Niedermier


    It’s more of the same for the pros on the Walmart FLW Tour – more of the same challenging weather conditions, that is. In the wake of the Lake Hartwell stop of the Walmart FLW Tour, where pros dealt with rain, temperatures in the 30s and high winds, the forecast at the Sam Rayburn FLW Tour event presented by Chevy is for air temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s all week, but rain, thunderstorms and high winds expected for the first two days.

    03/27/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    It was an exciting morning at Brandon Elementary school in Lufkin, Texas when a few Walmart FLW Tour pros stopped in for a visit as part of the Get Outdoors. Go Fish! project through the FLW Foundation. Koby Kreiger, James Watson, Robert Collins and Justin Morton all volunteered time out of their busy tournament schedule to talk with 200 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade boys.

    03/26/2014

    Allie Gibbs


    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


    Children take part in ‘Get Outdoors. Go Fish!’ essay contest, winners receive VIP fishing trip with an FLW pro on March 9
    Leading up to the Walmart FLW Tour Lake Hartwell event, ten FLW Tour pros took time out of their busy schedules to visit four area schools on March 5 to talk to students during school assemblies about science, engineering, technology, math, meteorology

    03/06/2014

    Allie Gibbs


    Up-and-down weather causes confusion at second Walmart FLW Tour qualifier
    SENECA, S.C. – Give Mother Nature credit for one thing – she is relentless. After finally bringing sunshine and seasonal temperatures to the Carolinas, she delivered yet another whopping cold front Tuesday – this one wicked enough to freeze rod guides in March. The only creatures more confused than the 176 Walmart FLW Tour pros are the Lake Hartwell bass, which were beginning to push towards the bank before slamming on the breaks.

    03/06/2014

    Brett Carlson


    Local pro Troy Morrow says Lake Hartwell has been high all winter and may impact fish behavior.

    03/05/2014

    Rob Newell


    Running the banks in shallow stained water is Shane Lehew's fishing style. Hear what this FLW Tour rookie from the Carolinas has to say about his chances at Lake Hartwell this week.

    03/05/2014

    Rob Newell


    Second of six events to take place March 6-9
    SENECA, S.C. – The second event in the 19th season of the major leagues of professional bass-fishing, the Walmart FLW Tour, kicks off March 6-9 with the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell presented by Ranger Boats. Hosted by the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau, the tournament will feature 178 of the world’s best bass-fishing pros and 178 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

    03/05/2014


    Brett Hite caught some giant largemouths to win the Lake Okeechobee Tour event, but this week at Lake Hartwell he will be shifting gears to catch giant spotted bass.

    03/04/2014

    Rob Newell


    Drop-shot connoisseur Cody Meyer says the fish are shallower this year with the higher water.

    03/03/2014

    Rob Newell


    Lake Hartwell marks the second of six regular-season stops on the Walmart FLW Tour. It’s the first of two events held in the Palmetto State, the latter being the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray Aug. 14-17. Hartwell is a diverse fishery that allows pros to fish their strengths and spread out among several major creek arms. With changing conditions and so much at stake, several storylines are beginning to emerge. Below are five pros that bear monitoring as competition begins Thursday.

    03/04/2014

    Brett Carlson and Kyle Wood


    FLW Tour pro Brent Ehrler weighs in on the upcoming Lake Hartwell event, other timely topics
    Heading into the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour Lake Hartwell tournament, scheduled for March 6-9 in Seneca, S.C., FLWOutdoors.com editors decided to try and catch up with the reigning title holder from that event, Brent Ehrler. Not only did Ehrler walk away with the tournament title there in 2012, but he also finished in second place overall during the Tour event in 2011.

    03/04/2014

    Gary Mortenson


    Hear what Jason Christie, 2011 Lake Hartwell champion, has to say about this year's lake conditions.

    03/03/2014

    Rob Newell


    Previous FLW Tour records, lake facts in brief
    With the March 6-9 Walmart FLW Tour Lake Hartwell event only days away, anglers undoubtedly will be combing over the data from the two previous Tour stops there back in 2012 and 2011 to glean as much information as they can heading into the second event of the season.

    03/03/2014


    A trip-planning guide for Walmart FLW Tour stop No. 2
    Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963, Lake Hartwell owes its existence to the namesake dam on the Savannah River, which flows from the union of the Tugaloo and Seneca rivers. Extending 49 miles up the Tugaloo and 45 miles up the Seneca at normal pool elevation, Hartwell Lake comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles.

    03/01/2014

    David A. Brown


    Bridgford Foods pro Randy Blaukat provides an inside look at the March 6-9 Walmart FLW Tour event in Seneca, S.C.
    The second Walmart FLW Tour event of the 2014 season on Lake Hartwell (March 6-9) will be a radical departure from the Tour opener last month on Okeechobee.

    02/28/2014

    Randy Blaukat


    Chatterbait connoisseur Brett Hite reveals secrets of his favorite big bass technique
    One lure, over $400,000 in winnings: that’s the moral of the story for FLW Tour pro Brett Hite, who continues to make bladed swim jigs pay off handsomely in his fishing career.

    02/27/2014

    Rob Newell


    He’s qualified to fish, but don’t look for Shane Lehew at the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship next month on South Carolina’s Lake Keowee. Instead, expect him to show up with a big sack of bass that he’s caught in the Walmart FLW Tour stop at nearby Lake Hartwell the same weekend.

    02/27/2014

    Colin Moore


    Scott Martin: It’s more than just fishing along the FLW tournament trail
    With the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour under way, there’s a lot more to do than just go fishing every day. I just finished up the Lake Okeechobee event in my hometown of Clewiston, Fla., where I snuck out of town with a 17th-place finish.

    02/25/2014

    Scott Martin


    So, you want to be a fishing TV star like Jimmy Houston, Hank Parker or Mark Zona? Sounds like a dream life being a Hollywood fishing celebrity, right? Well, not so fast. There is a ton of work – and cost – associated with producing a television show.

    02/24/2014

    Jason Meninger


    Veteran Castrol pro Darrel Robertson has announced his candidacy for Oklahoma’s District 2 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican. Robertson, 63, plans to continue fishing the Walmart FLW Tour at least through June 24, when the primary takes place.

    02/20/2014

    Colin Moore


    Thrift blogs about Okeechobee opener, previews Lake Hartwell and talks about filming television commercial with family
    As I sit down to write this blog we’re in the middle of a rare North Carolina snowstorm. It’s kind of fun to watch it from the warmth of home, but it also makes me want to head right back to Florida where it’s warm.

    02/20/2014

    Bryan Thrift


    Our first FLW Tour event from Lake Okeechobee is now in the books, and the season is under way. When I received my text from FLW with the results from day one showing me in 142nd place, it was obvious that it wasn’t exactly the way I had envisioned my season starting off. I lost one big fish early that morning that would have put me in the top 25.

    02/19/2014

    Todd Hollowell


    Castrol pro David Dudley weighs in the dangers of staying in cruise control
    I was recently in a conversation with a friend of mine about people who seem to have a knack for making things happen. As I was listening, he made a statement that made me stop him dead in the middle of a sentence and go back to repeat. “It’s all about finding your fuel,” he said.

    02/18/2014

    David Dudley


    Anyone that has spent time as a professional angler will quickly realize that fishing at the highest level comes with its ups and downs. Scott Suggs has been down that road from winning the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup – and a $1 million dollar payday – to logging finishes in the 100s. After failing to qualify for the Cup last year, Suggs is back on pace to make it back to the biggest stage in bass fishing.

    02/18/2014

    Kyle Wood