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    You’ve heard about Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi’s storybook season, and the techniques he used to win the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. Beyond that, we thought it was time to get to know the South Carolina pro himself.

    09/01/2014

    Jody White



    Bass fishing: the sport that we all love so much. It has been a huge part of my life for many years. In fact, it’s been a huge part of my life for almost all of my years.

    08/29/2014

    JT Kenney


    With Bryan New
    In Episode 43, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Forrest Wood Cup co-angler champion Bryan New about his experience at the Cup, practicing with Chevy pro Bryan Thrift and his future plans. Then they break down some recent FLW tournament news, talk about Anthony Gagliardi’s place in history, who will be the first two-time Forrest Wood Cup champion and then recap the BFL Weekly Update.

    08/28/2014


    This past week, Bryan fished his eighth Forrest Wood Cup. Wylie and I joined him in Lexington for the entire week, practice included. We normally just come the Wednesday before a tournament starts, but this one was close to home, and with so much to do in nearby Columbia, we thought it would be a great idea to go early.

    08/28/2014

    Allison Thrift


    08/27/2014

    Bryan Thrift


    08/25/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Hot spots run out, get moved in on by others and change with conditions, but the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup wasn’t about spots. Lake Murray’s deep fish followed roving herring, and shallow fish were widespread. Therefore, most pros changed areas daily, moved frequently through the day or stayed on the move all the time. Some ran specific patterns, while others junk-fished. Unpredictable action, including inexplicable hero-to-zero days, began during practice, and everyone knew the uncertainty would continue through the tournament. Of course, knowing that today’s action promises nothing about tomorrow doesn’t make it any easier when the bite actually tapers and keeps you out of a cut or prevents you from finishing the job, especially when you’re fishing for half a million dollars and the title of world champion. We asked several pros that experienced a costly drop-off to share their perspective on what went wrong.

    08/21/2014

    Jeff Samsel


    Anthony Gagliardi didn’t even have time to savor his Forrest Wood Cup victory on Lake Murray before the naysayers started showing up. He isn’t a good sportsman, say some. His victory should be nullified, say others.

    08/21/2014

    Colin Moore


    With Anthony Gagliardi
    In Episode 42, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Forrest Wood Cup champion Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi about his experience at the Cup, his day four, his future goals and plans for the $500,000. Then they break down the Cup, from the weigh-in to Lake Murray, before previewing the Rayovac FLW Series event on the James River and the College Fishing event on Lake Chautauqua.

    08/21/2014


    I understood Anthony Gagliardi’s strategy as I watched him on the final morning of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, but it still was odd to watch. He wasn’t casting at all. Just standing, watching and waiting. He was waiting to cast to largemouths when they busted blueback herring on the surface. Fish feeding on herring during the summer only come up for an instant, and the only way to catch them is to cast immediately to the spot where they break. Gagliardi didn’t want his bait a cast’s distance away to the left when he really needed to make a cast to the right. And so he waited. “That’s the best way to do it when they’re schooling,” Gagliardi said during the press conference right after he won the championship. “When one breaks you have about three seconds to put the bait there.”

    08/20/2014

    Jeff Samsel



    Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi achieved what had been considered by many to be an impossible goal here Sunday in bass fishing’s richest championship tournament. After disqualification from the season-opening Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee because of an inadvertent rules infraction, the South Carolina angler completed a five-tournament comeback in regular season to qualify for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. Finally, here before a standing-room-only crowd in Colonial Life Arena, Gagliardi capped off his comeback by winning the four-day test on Lake Murray, his home fishery. Gagliardi’s four-day weight of 51 pounds, 2 ounces earned him $500,000 For the complete story of Gagliardi’s championship victory, click here. Visit ForrestWoodCup.com for complete results. Here’s how the rest of the top 10 earned their share of the $1.2 million tournament purse.

    08/17/2014

    Curtis Niedermier and Kyle Wood


    Watch South Carolina's Anthony Gagliardi win the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray.

    08/18/2014

    Rob Newell


    With the Forrest Wood Cup in town, the mention of bass is no rarity for Columbia, S.C. But how about salmon, trout, pike, sunfish, triggerfish, sailfish, catfish and marlin? Well, thanks to the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art contest, the town is enjoying a good dose of piscatorial diversity. Now in its 16th year, the contest is open to kindergarten through high school students. Contestants were judged on their artwork, along with accompanying essays explaining the related conservation thoughts behind their work. Students throughout the U.S. and Canada can focus on any official state fish, regardless of where they live. Entries from Spain and the Philippines were also accepted. Wildlife Forever (wildlifeforever.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving America’s wildlife heritage by developing stewardship, hosts the annual event for state finalists in conjunction with the Forrest Wood Cup. Doug Grann, the group’s president, says that teaching aquatic education through the arts provides a natural bridge to young minds.

    08/16/2014

    David A. Brown



    How much is enough? For Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, it was an ounce. That’s what it took to edge Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury and win the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country with 51 pounds, 2 ounces. Gagliardi hoisted the Cup before a packed house at Colonial Life Arena. Details on top finishers will follow, but here’s the upshot: Just 11 ounces separated first and fifth places. For fans of this sport, a weigh-in like this delivers memories not soon forgotten. Safe to say, that sentiment runs a good bit deeper for the local favorite from Prosperity, S.C. “It just falls in line with everything else that happened this year,” he says. “I made it into the (Cup) by one ounce. It’s just fitting.”

    08/17/2014

    David A. Brown



    Day 3 interviews with Brent Ehrler, Bryan Thrift, Anthony Gagliardi, Scott Canterbury, and Casey Ashley from the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray, SC.

    08/17/2014

    Rob Newell


    Get ready Arkansas because the Forrest Wood Cup is returning to Hot Springs and Lake Ouachita Aug. 20-23, 2015. FLW and Visit Hot Springs made the official site announcement tonight at the day-three weigh-in of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup in Columbia, S.C. The event will be held at Bank of the Ozarks Arena, formerly known as Summit Arena.

    08/16/2014


    COLUMBIA, S.C. – “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun,” wrote British poet Rudyard Kipling. Obviously, he didn’t know any bass fishermen. Philip Jarabeck is sweltering as waves of invisible UV rays from the overhead sun scorch any exposed layers of his skin. If that weren’t bad enough, he’s also feeling the heat of a.) leading the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup here on Lake Murray on day three, and b.) not catching any bass on a regular basis in this, the semi-final round of 20 aspiring pros. Time is ticking away, and the day is getting hotter. Around his Castrol flagship, eight boatloads of faithful fans wait patiently for him to rear back on his rod and bring a quality fish to the boat. The one bass presently residing in his livewell isn’t going to keep him in the game, much less in the Cup’s spotlight, as only the top 10 anglers from today’s competition will move on to the championship round.

    08/16/2014

    Colin Moore



    Calm conditions served up a tough bite for the young guns competing in day one of The Bass Federation Junior World Championship on Lake Wateree in South Carolina. Sean King of Villa Hills, Ky., brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 14 pounds, 4 ounces to take the overall lead among the field of youths competing in 11-to-14 and 15-to-18-year-old age groups. King is competing with the older anglers, while James Fields of Anthem, Ariz., tops the 11-to-14-year-old age group with three bass for 6 pounds, 1 ounce.

    08/16/2014

    Dan Johnson


    Day 2 interviews with Philip Jarabeck, Brent Ehrler, Bryan Thrift, Michael Wooley, Jacob Wheeler, and Anthony Gagliardi from the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray, SC.

    08/16/2014

    Rob Newell


    “I’ve often said there are a lot more good people than bad people. The bad ones just get all the publicity. We wanted to give attention to a good one,” said Forrest L. Wood, the namesake of the Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award, as he helped honor this year’s award recipient, Rich Dalbey, on stage before the day-two weigh-in at the Forrest Wood Cup. The annual award recognizes a Walmart FLW Tour pro who exemplifies ideals of sportsmanship and community leadership. Dalbey, who just completed his second year on Tour as a professional angler, was selected in part based on the task he took on of coordinating food drives at every FLW Tour stop.

    08/15/2014

    Jeff Samsel


    COLUMBIA, S.C. – When Bryan New left the dock at Dreher Island State Park this morning, he could hardly control his excitement. Before him lay an opportunity, and it was an opportunity he believed he could seize. After catching 7 pounds, 9 ounces on day one of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray, New came into today’s competition atop the co-angler leaderboard by more than 2 pounds. All he needed to do was catch a couple of solid fish and he’d have a shot at the win. Three keepers would almost certainly seal the deal. After two consecutive top-five finishes at the Forrest Wood Cup, this was New’s best shot at the title. And he went out and earned it.

    08/15/2014

    Kyle Wood


    Suffice it to say that Philip Jarabeck has admired the accomplishments of his uncle, Castrol pro David Dudley, but today he showed there’s plenty of talent in the family by taking over the lead Dudley set on day one of the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country. Dudley, a past Forrest Wood Cup champion, posted the event’s heaviest sack with his first-round weight of 17 pounds, 14 ounces. Today, Jarabeck hauled in 17 pounds and raced up the standings from his 19th-place finish on day one. “I was just super-blessed today,” Jarabeck says. “I had a great day today. I culled three or four times. I had multiple keepers that I threw back.”

    08/15/2014

    David A. Brown



    Lake Murray, known as the “Jewel of South Carolina,” is glimmering brightly under the hot August sun today during the second day of competition at the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. Weather.com currently lists the air temperature in Columbia, S.C., as 88 degrees, but the humidity and nearly flat-calm conditions are making the “feels like” temperature seem much higher. FLW’s On the Water crew has reported only a handful of limits and just as few kicker bites thus far. Most of the action occurred early in the morning. Once the sun rose above the treetops, the eat switch flipped to the off position.

    08/15/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Few will disagree that qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup by way of the Walmart Bass Fishing League is among the most difficult challenges in competitive bass fishing. The journey to the Cup through the BFLs is one requiring immense skill and flawless execution over the course of five regular-season circuit events, a 160-boat regional and a three-day championship against the best weekend warriors on the planet.

    08/15/2014

    Mike Reeves


    With Casey Ashley and Scott Canterbury

    08/15/2014


    Day 1 interviews with David Dudley, Cody Meyer, Bryan Thrift, Scott Martin and Brent Ehrler from the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray, SC.

    08/15/2014

    Rob Newell


    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Calling your day on the water a “grind” is one of the biggest clichés in the sport of bass fishing. However, it is probably the best way to describe day one of the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country. When the scale closed Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., set the bar with four bass that weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces to take the lead by 2-5.

    08/14/2014

    Kyle Wood


    In the field of 45 pros hoping to raise the trophy at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country, five have enjoyed that magical moment before. After a strong day-one performance, Castrol pro David Dudley is looking a lot like a man on a mission for No. 2.

    08/14/2014

    David A. Brown


    Shallow or deep? That was the No. 1 question posed by pros and pundits alike going into the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray, and after one day of competition, weigh-in results and observation suggest that the answer might to be “both.” Shallow and deep patterns played a part in top bags from day one, and at this point it would be difficult to say which fish will be the key to victory.

    08/14/2014

    Jeff Samsel


    08/14/2014

    David A. Brown


    Usually anglers call one another liars (especially in regard to what they’ve found during a tournament practice), but David Dudley says that about fish. Specifically, he refers to bass caught during a practice that can lead an angler astray because conditions are changing and they don’t present a clear picture of what will happen come tournament time.

    08/13/2014

    Jeff Samsel


    It's not just about the fishing here at the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.

    08/13/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Davy Hite, 1998 Forrest Wood Champion and Lake Murray pro, talks about lake conditions for this week's event.

    08/13/2014

    Rob Newell



    We asked a number of FLW pros who didn’t qualify for the Cup this year to pick their potential winner and explain why.

    08/13/2014

    Colin Moore


    It’s over. Finished. Done. And yet, the whole shebang is really just getting started.

    08/12/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    The Forrest Wood Cup is the biggest tournament in bass fishing, and you’ve likely heard a lot of chatter about the anglers in the field, the fishing techniques and all the events that surround the tournament. But how much do you know about Lake Murray itself? We got into town early, and, rather than work, we decided to head out on the water for a tour of the lake. Here’s what we found.

    08/12/2014

    Curtis Niedermier and Jesse Schultz


    Cody Meyer says Lake Murray's largemouth are nomadic roamers that are hard to pinpoint.

    08/12/2014

    Rob Newell


    Local favorite Casey Ashley says he wants things to be tough to give him the best shot at winning the Forrest Wood Cup.

    08/12/2014

    Rob Newell


    Common themes from practice emerge
    As day-three of practice for the Forrest Wood Cup winds down and qualifiers set their final strategies, several common denominators are coming to light.

    08/12/2014

    Rob Newell


    Michael Neal is a wizard at finding fish on his electronics, but "seeing" fish on Lake Murray has proved to be a lot more difficult than on TVA lakes.

    08/12/2014

    Rob Newell


    Perhaps you heard the story or saw the online photos of Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury releasing a stringer of bass weighing in excess of 20 pounds during the second day of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Pickwick Lake.

    08/12/2014

    Colin Moore


    Demographically speaking, professional bass fishermen are getting younger and better all the time. That’s one conclusion to draw from the roster of anglers who qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup this year.

    08/12/2014

    Colin Moore


    What was it about the schedule of the Walmart FLW Tour that favored Tennessee pros in 2014?

    08/12/2014

    Colin Moore


    Jacob Wheeler hopes to be the first two-time Forrest Wood Cup winner in FLW history.

    08/11/2014

    Rob Newell


    Could the cooler weather help Brent Ehrler win a second Forrest Wood Cup?

    08/11/2014

    Rob Newell


    This week all eyes will be on local favorite Anthony Gagliardi who lives on Lake Murray. Hear his initial thoughts on how the week may unfold for the Forrest Wood Cup winner.

    08/11/2014

    Rob Newell


    Abnormally cool weather brings out the ‘liars’ at Murray
    Where are the dogs? It’s supposed to be time for the dogs. Isn’t August supposed to be the “dog days of summer” in South Carolina?

    08/11/2014

    Rob Newell


    A candid David Dudley is the first to assess the practice conditions at the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray.

    08/11/2014

    Rob Newell


    The 2013 Forrest Wood Cup champ talks fortune, fame, football and flats skiffs.

    08/07/2014

    Rob Newell


    While the pros are on the water at Lake Murray, making money in the Forrest Wood Cup, fishing fans in attendance at the FLW Expo will be saving money thanks to great Cup-only deals from FLW sponsors and vendors.

    08/11/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Time really flies in professional fishing. It seems like yesterday that all of us were launching our boats on Okeechobee, with dreams of competing in the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup that begins this week on Lake Murray near Columbia, S.C.

    08/08/2014

    Randy Blaukat




    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.

    08/07/2014




    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.

    07/31/2014

    Colin Moore


    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.

    08/04/2014

    Colin Moore


    “Well, Anthony, I hate to do it, but I’m going to have to disqualify you from the Okeechobee Tour event …”

    08/01/2014

    Rob Newell


    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.

    07/31/2014

    Colin Moore


    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.

    07/30/2014



    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.

    07/30/2014


    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.

    07/29/2014

    Sean Ostruszka


    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.

    07/30/2014

    Jim Moynagh


    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.

    07/29/2014

    Jeff Samsel



    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).

    07/28/2014

    Colin Moore




    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.

    07/25/2014

    Scott Ellison


    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.

    07/23/2014


    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.

    07/23/2014

    Colin Moore


    Cody Meyer reflects on his past Forrest Wood Cup finishes.

    07/23/2014


    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.

    07/22/2014

    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.

    07/21/2014

    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.

    07/18/2014


    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.

    07/18/2014


    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.

    07/17/2014


    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.

    07/14/2014

    Tom Redington


    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.

    07/14/2014


    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.

    07/11/2014


    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.

    07/11/2014


    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.

    07/08/2014

    Jody White


    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.

    07/10/2014


    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.

    07/03/2014

    JT Kenney


    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.

    07/07/2014

    Allison Thrift


    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.

    07/04/2014

    Colin Moore



    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.

    07/03/2014


    In just six weeks 45 of the best anglers will be competing for the top prize in professional bass fishing. And now that the roster has been set for the 18th edition of the Forrest Wood Cup – which will be held Aug. 14-17 in Columbia, S.C., on Lake Murray presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country – focus can be turned towards the emerging storylines that have begun to unfold.

    07/03/2014

    Kyle Wood