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    Another year gone, and another off-season flying by. I’m still trying to catch up on all the stuff around the house that I let go during the season. Chores like painting the garage or little fix-it-up jobs around the house and yard seem to never end. By the way, I am currently fighting it out with fire ants, and even though they seem to have won most of the battles so far, I guarantee they will not win the war.

    10/23/2014

    Casey Martin


    With Jason Johnson

    10/22/2014


    Today’s Lowrance sonar/GPS combos are so powerful, even the entry-level units are waaaay more advanced than what was available just a few years ago before we had GPS, SideScan or DownScan.

    10/22/2014

    Tom Redington


    Forrest Wood Cup Champion, Anthony Gagliardi appeared on Good Morning Columbia to discuss his win on Lake Murray and how he has spent his winnings.

    10/22/2014


    In late summer, one fishing pattern is to flip and pitch jigs or soft plastics, or to fish frogs, in matted grass where bass are hunting for bluegills and minnows to eat. When does this pattern stop?

    10/21/2014

    Shinichi Fukae




    In terms of depth, there’s not much difference between 3.2 feet and 4.8 feet – a bit over a foot and a half. In fish-catching terms, however, the difference in the fall could amount to 20 pounds of bass.

    10/16/2014

    Sean Ostruszka


    With Adrian Avena
    In Episode 50, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with FLW Tour pro Adrian Avena about fishing his way up from college, his practice for the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on Wheeler Lake and his 2015 goals. Then they review the FLW action on Clear Lake, break down the Northern Conference Invitational on the Potomac River, look ahead to the weekend’s slate of tournaments, and give the BFL Weekly Update.

    10/15/2014


    Take a in depth look at Frog Fishing with Ish Monroe.

    10/15/2014


    10/14/2014


    With Clent Davis

    10/08/2014



    With Jay Yelas
    In Episode 48, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Chevy pro Jay Yelas about the upcoming Rayovac on Sam Rayburn and his season on Tour. Then they cover some recent news, make picks for the Rayovac Rumble, talk with FLW Tour pro Clent Davis about his new puppy, preview the weekend’s slate of BFL Regionals and give the BFL Weekly Update.

    10/01/2014



    Right now a lot of tournament fishermen are trying to land sponsor deals for 2015. Consequently, I guess it’s pretty accurate to say that the No. 1 question any long-term pro angler gets asked this time of year is, “How do I get sponsors?”

    09/26/2014

    Randy Blaukat


    With Travis Fox
    In Episode 47, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with FLW Tour pro Travis Fox about getting into fishing, his finish in the Rayovac on the Mississippi River and winning the Strike King Angler of the Year title in the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division. Then they review the Rayovac on the Mississippi, congratulate Greg Hackney, play a little Over/Under and give the BFL Weekly Update.

    09/25/2014


    Fishermen are starting to catch on to the importance of profile when using buzzbaits, especially in the fall when the fish are more particular. When you’re fishing a buzzbait and the fish either miss it or just swirl at it, usually it’s a speed thing or the profile in the water isn’t right. They’re keying on something, and you’ve got to figure it out.

    09/24/2014

    Jacob Wheeler


    Tournament season is a busy time for professional anglers. For the wives they leave behind at home, life is busy too, especially if the wives are also moms. For our family, the 2014 season was one full of trials.

    09/23/2014

    Kristin Gagliardi


    To begin my ridiculously long off-season, I’ll reflect on my 2014 tournament season. The Walmart FLW Tour was hard on me. Of course, it started with that mechanical disaster en route to the first-day weigh-in at Okeechobee (the season-opener) and concluded with my first whiff on the Forrest Wood Cup in 13 years. I’ve erased it completely already, so I can’t reflect on any of it. It was atrocious!

    09/22/2014

    Dave Lefebre


    With Greg Bohannan
    In Episode 46, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts pro Greg Bohannan about his season, the upcoming Rayovac FLW Series event on the Mississippi River, the Everett Chevrolet Big Bass Tournament and a variety of other topics. Then they review the College Fishing Invitational on Kentucky Lake, preview the Rayovac, talk about a few other FLW topics and give the BFL Weekly Update.

    09/17/2014


    We’re still not done with summer yet, but the season is changing and putting the fish closer to the bank again. My three go-to baits for this time of year are a Brian’s Bee, a small Yamamoto buzzbait rigged with a Zoom Horny Toad instead of a skirt and a Yamamoto Chikara 100 square-bill.

    09/17/2014




    The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame (The Hall) in Hayward, Wis., recently announced its 2015 class of Hall of Fame inductees, and the list includes FLW President of Marketing Trisha Blake and FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel. The Bass Federation, FLW’s partner in fishing, was also inducted as an organization.

    09/15/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    When David Dudley was a kid, he started playing football, basketball and baseball with the same intensity that he eventually brought to tournament fishing. From the time he was 6 until he graduated from high school, he was involved in intermural sports every season: flat-out and full speed ahead.

    09/12/2014

    Colin Moore


    Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” might be too dramatic a description, but the message of a man’s commitment to individuality and doing things his way certainly fits Walmart FLW Tour pro Scott Martin.

    09/12/2014

    David A. Brown


    With Bill Taylor
    In Episode 45, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with FLW Tour Tournament Director Bill Taylor about putting together schedules, the date change for the FLW Tour event at Chickamauga, his appearance on the "Scott Martin Challenge" and a few other topics. Then they review the College Fishing event on New Melones, preview the College Fishing Central Conference Invitational on Kentucky Lake and give the BFL Weekly Update. ?

    09/11/2014



    I knew I was going to fish the Forrest Wood Cup on March 8, 2014, when my University of Minnesota teammate Austin Felix and I won the FLW College Fishing National Championship and earned a spot in the biggest tournament of the year. The Cup is a tournament every angler dreams of fishing, but I had no idea what the implications of a berth in this legendary tournament would bring.

    09/10/2014

    Chris Burgan



    FLW announced Friday that the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga, originally slated for June 4-7, 2015, has been rescheduled to take place the following week, June 11-14, 2015 to avoid a conflict with the recently announced 2015 B.A.S.S. Elite Series. Take-off and weigh-in locations remain unchanged.

    09/05/2014


    When the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour kicks off, California pro Jimmy Reese will be embarking on his first season – a rookie in the strictest sense of the term, but hardly a novice.

    09/05/2014

    Pete Robbins


    With Peyote Perryman
    In Episode 44, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Peyote Perryman, Executive Producer of “FLW” the TV show, about how the show is made, some of his favorite moments from his time filming, the future of bass-fishing television and a variety of other subjects. Then they preview the weekend’s slate of FLW events, from the FLW College Fishing event on New Melones to the six BFL super-tournaments.

    09/04/2014


    A lot of the guys in the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray caught fish by skipping buzzbaits under docks. A buzzbait isn’t a lure that you would normally associate with skipping docks, but you can’t argue with success. The only rule is that the flatter the bait, the better you can skip it – like a flat rock skips better than a round one.

    09/03/2014

    Scott Suggs


    Many miles up the Saluda River arm of Lake Murray, where the channel narrows and the shorelines are lined with thickets of shady willow trees, Steve Kennedy nearly made history on the final day of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.

    09/03/2014

    Mike Reeves




    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