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    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


    My recap of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Kentucky Lake has less to do with this particular event than it does a feat I consider to be one of the most amazing in modern-day tournament fishing – but I’ll get to that later.

    07/02/2014

    Dave Lefebre


    By now you’ve either heard about the Ben Parker Signature Series Magnum Spoon and are frantically trying to find one, or you’ve spent too much time watching World Cup soccer and completely missed out on a major bass-fishing storyline. Let me recap: Giant, 8-inch hubcaps flying through the air, fluttering through the water, being eaten by Kentucky Lake’s biggest, hulking bass. That’s what you missed last week if you weren’t tuned in to FLWOutdoors.com’s coverage of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Kentucky Lake. About half of the top 10 was throwing a the new jumbo casting spoon, perfected by bass pro Ben Parker, and the news quickly spread throughout the anglers in the field and the fishing community.

    07/01/2014

    Curtis Niedermier




    Skip Johnson wins and Rookie of the Year Jason Lambert takes second.

    06/29/2014

    Rob Newell


    06/29/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Slow and steady often times wins the race. In the case of Skip Johnson of Goodells, Mich., that was exactly the approach he took to claim his first victory with FLW in dramatic fashion at the season-ending event for the Walmart FLW Tour on Kentucky Lake presented by Evinrude. He saved the best for last as he brought his biggest bag of the week to the Paris, Tenn., Walmart and dropped 24 pounds on the scale and take the title by a mere 1 pound, 2 ounces. Johnson wrapped up the week with a four-day total weight of 88-10 and earned a $100,000 check.

    06/29/2014

    Curtis Niedermier




    The secret is out - mega spoons for mega schools. Hear what the bait designer, Ben Parker, and the leaders, Jason Lambert, Randy Haynes, Clent Davis, who threw the eight inch spoon have to say about it. Along with interviews from Tom Redington and Brett Hite.

    06/28/2014

    Rob Newell


    In what was one of the most dominating seasons in Tour history - and one of the most nail-biting finishes - Tennessee pro Andy Morgan successfully sealed up his bid for a second consecutive Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year title. He finished the final tournament on Kentucky Lake in 14th place, one spot ahead of AOY runner-up Cody Meyer, and won the AOY race by nine points.

    06/28/2014

    Kyle Wood


    PARIS LANDING, Tenn. – The third time was indeed the charm for Cody Kelley here at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Evinrude on Kentucky Lake, as the Arkansas fisherman won the co-angler title with a combined stringer weight of 54 pounds, 9 ounces.

    06/28/2014

    Colin Moore



    At the final Walmart FLW Tour stop of 2014, which enters its third day of competition this morning on Kentucky Lake, the best ledge-fishing pros in the business have revealed the next must-have lure for offshore fishing: the Magnum Spoon.

    06/27/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Lambert rallies for Rookie of the Year title
    Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tenn., rallied to solidify his rank as No. 1 in the Rookie of the Year race while also trying to round out his season with another top-10 finish this week in the Walmart FLW Tour event on Kentucky Lake presented by Evinrude.

    06/27/2014

    Kyle Wood



    Interviews from Day 2 with Tom Redington, Scott Martin, Charlie Ingram, Randy Haynes, Jason Lambert and Andrew Upshaw.

    06/27/2014

    Rob Newell



    06/27/2014

    Colin Moore


    Evinrude is giving test drives of their new E-TEC G2 outboard on Kentucky Lake at the Walmart FLW Tour event.

    06/27/2014


    Interviews with Brett Hite, Randy Haynes, Scott Martin, Tom Redington, Michael Neal and AOY leader Andy Morgan.

    06/26/2014

    Rob Newell


    After starting out the season red hot with a win on Okeechobee, Brett Hite is looking to end the season in the same fashion after whacking 24 pounds, 14 ounces to take the lead on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour on Kentucky Lake presented by Evinrude. He has his work ahead of him though, as the heavily favored Randy Haynes sits just 2-3 behind Hite.

    06/26/2014

    Curtis Niedermier



    FLW Tour anglers (Tom Redington, Mike Surman and Tim Malone) had a fun morning at the W.G. Rhea Public Library yesterday morning with about 60 children, ages 5-8, from the Paris summer camp program as part of our Get Outdoors. Go Fish! program.

    06/26/2014


    In Episode 34, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White review the week's fishing news, ranging from the Rayovac on the Potomac to a full slate of BFL events before looking ahead to the FLW Tour event on Kentucky Lake. Additionally, Jody White previews the final stop of the 2014 FLW Tour season with Terry Bolton, Repel pro Cody Meyer and Stetson Blaylock.

    06/26/2014


    PARIS LANDING, Tenn. – If the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Evinrude needed a theme song, David Bowie’s rendition of “Under Pressure” would be as good as it gets. The entire field will be under more pressure than usual as the four-day competition opens this morning. There’s the pressure to win or at least take advantage of a final opportunity to take home a good check this season, the pressure to pull out all the stops and make up ground in the Angler of the Year standings and gain entry into the Forrest Wood Cup, the pressure to not take chances and lose a shot at the Cup – and so it goes.

    06/26/2014

    Colin Moore


    Michael Neal predicts the leaders will have 90+ pound bags this week at Kentucky Lake.

    06/25/2014

    Rob Newell


    The Walmart FLW Tour wraps up its season this week on Kentucky Lake – which is presented by Evinrude – for the sixth and final qualifier of the year. This is the last chance for anglers to make a move in the points race to try and clinch their spot for the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray taking place Aug. 14-17.

    06/25/2014

    Kyle Wood


    ROY update
    In times past, a tournament circuit rookie was a dilettante whose expectations were matched by his inexperience. He was likely to catch a few fish here and there, and hopefully learn something that might help him down the trail. In short, he paid his dues while the big boys fought it out for prominence and paychecks.

    06/25/2014

    Colin Moore


    Rookie Brandon Hunter says the schools have been busted up on Kentucky Lake.

    06/24/2014

    Rob Newell


    At Pickwick Lake, David Dudley tried to avoid the crowds which resulted in a poor finish. At Kentucky Lake, he vows not to run from the crown and consequently the fish.

    06/24/2014

    Rob Newell


    Rookie Michael Wooley shares why community holes are beneficial to figuring out the right bait to use.

    06/24/2014

    Rob Newell


    Cody Meyer is just eight points behind AOY leader Andy Morgan, but a world away in fishing style.

    06/23/2014

    Rob Newell


    Meyer takes his shot at AOY
    Repel pro Cody Meyer doesn’t fully define his life by fishing. In fact, the 31-year-old angler from Auburn, Calif., complements all the tournament travel and promotional activities with a couple of curious livelihood elements. The interesting part is the strong parallels – both thematic and practical – between what he does on the water and off.

    06/23/2014

    David A. Brown


    Lots of story lines will be going down this coming week as the Walmart FLW Tour closes out its regular season with the 2014 finale on Kentucky Lake. In addition to the 35 Forrest Wood Cup qualifiers to be determined, also on the line are the $10,000 checks awarded to each of the top 60 anglers.

    06/22/2014

    Randy Blaukat


    Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Lufkin, Texas was the site for the third stop of the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour. Rayburn was one of the most anticipated stops of the Tour as it is a fishery not often visited in the past at the Tour level. Watch how Chad Grigsby and JT Kenney conquer these unfamiliar waters.

    06/20/2014


    With Greg Hackney
    In Episode 33, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with FLW Tour pro Greg Hackney about his dominating win on Pickwick Lake, a new crankbait from Strike King and his outlook for Kentucky Lake. Then they go over recent fishing news ranging from the weekend’s BFL events to FLW Fantasy Fishing and look ahead to the Rayovac FLW Series event on the Potomac River and the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference tournament on Grand Lake.

    06/19/2014


    Following a fairly successful career as a college angler, I decided to keep progressing up the tournament ladder. The year after graduating from the University of Florida, I fished what was then the Rayovac FLW Series as a professional angler. While I enjoyed some success in my first two tournaments, I quickly realized I had a lot to learn as I got farther away from my home waters.

    06/19/2014

    Jake Gipson


    Poor Lake Barkley. It’s as spectacular as the Grand Tetons and nearly as vast and full of wildlife in and around it. With its 58,000 acres of ledges and shoreline cover packed with bass, Barkley would be the top tournament destination in most any other state.

    06/19/2014

    Tom Redington


    Rich Dalbey, FLW professional angler, will host a food drive for the Food Bank of Northern Alabama. Rich Dalbey, who has won over $140,000.00 in FLW sponsored fishing events, has qualified for the Forrest L. Wood Cup Championship Tournament three times, finishing third in 2012, as a co-angler.

    06/18/2014


    Walmart FLW Tour pros Randy Haynes and Mark Rose – two of the nation’s top ledge fishermen – are not lifelong buddies. They met about seven years ago during Rose’s victory at the FLW Series event on Pickwick Lake. However, the close relationship they’ve established since then is solid and a bit incongruous in a sport where individual accomplishment is paramount and friendly rivalries predominate.

    06/18/2014

    David A. Brown


    06/17/2014


    Here we go again. For the second year in a row, Dayton, Tenn., pro Andy Morgan carries the Walmart FLW Tour Kellogg’s Angler of the Year lead into the final event of the season. And once again, the final event is being held on the Tennessee River, this time on Kentucky Lake. Morgan seems relaxed as ever, with his nonchalant, down-home attitude overpowering any pressure he might be feeling. He’s also an expert at dodging inquiries about the AOY race when questioned about it in public. We were able to catch up with him finally, however, and we fired questions at him about the AOY, his place in bass-fishing history and, much to his delight, turkey hunting. Here is our version of 20 questions (OK, it’s actually 24 questions) with Andy Morgan.

    06/17/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Nearly 11 years ago Evinrude released the E-TEC engine to the world. While some minor changes have been made over this time, the E-TEC has remained mostly the same. However, this past weekend at a media and dealer event in Milwaukee, Wis., Evinrude unveiled the newest generation of outboards – the E-TEC G2.

    06/15/2014

    Kyle Wood


    More than 175 anglers began the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season with hopes and dreams of making it to the Forrest Wood Cup. Only 35 of them will, and with just one tournament to go, on Kentucky Lake, a handful of pros within striking distance of 35th place will have to kick it into high gear if they want to be part of the show at Lake Murray August 14-17. They’re trying to replace those pros who are already above the cut line, but with too small a cushion to rest easily. This latter group is composed of the “bubble boys” – the anglers teetering dangerously close to the line separating in and out. And of course, the prospects of the 2014 standouts at the top of the list are unofficially sealed. Barring major catastrophe, they’ll finish with enough points. The goal of a handful of these fortunate few at Kentucky Lake is to try to run down and overtake current AOY leader Andy Morgan. All this considered, we decided to take a look at some of the pros currently sitting within 10 spots of 35th place in the AOY standings, and weigh their odds of making it to the Cup.

    06/16/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    If you had told me I’d end up tied with Mark Rose in the Pickwick Lake Walmart FLW Tour event, I would have guessed there would also be a sudden-death fish-off on Monday morning. Pickwick in Florence, Ala., is a perfect place for a big tournament and coincidently one of my favorite lakes in the country. This time around, however, it didn’t treat me so well. I finished 58th. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always happy to finish in the big money, but this entire season has been way too stressful, as I’ve been on both sides of the bubble numerous times.

    06/13/2014

    Dave Lefebre


    06/13/2014

    Curtis Niedermier



    With BFL All-American Champ Marcus Sykora

    06/12/2014


    Go Subtle for Pressured Ledge Bass
    What I use to fish a ledge usually depends on the time of the year and my judgment on how much the bass have been pounded.

    06/11/2014

    Wesley Strader


    06/10/2014


    Fishing the ledges of the western Tennessee River lakes in the summer is like spending another day at the office. You pretty much know what to expect. There are lots of other guys around you, doing the same job and trying to stay out of each other’s way. Starting time is set by the boss, in your case the tournament director, and the bass will let you know when it’s quitting time. Today probably will be about like yesterday. The monotony of it all can drive you crazy. Of course, there’s always the chance that a surprise might come along to spice up the routine a bit, but there’s no guarantee that the surprise will be a good one. Sometimes it can be both good and bad in the same workday, as was the case for these anglers in the Walmart FLW Tour stop on Pickwick Lake presented by Straight Talk Wireless.

    06/10/2014

    Colin Moore


    Day 4 interviews form Pickwick Lake with Greg Hackney, Michael Neal and Brent Ehrler.

    06/08/2014

    Rob Newell


    Greg Hackney set the tone for the Walmart FLW Tour event on Pickwick Lake when he weighed in a 31-pound, 6-ounce stringer on day two and took a commanding 6-pound, 1-ounce lead over the next closest competitor. He expanded his lead to 7-13 on Saturday, and today locked up his first regular-season Tour victory with a four-day total of 97-7. For the full story of Hackney’s win, click here. As for the rest of the top 10 anglers at this event, which is presented by Straight Talk Wireless and hosted by the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Bureau, here’s a rundown of how they made it to the top of the standings.

    06/08/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    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


    JT Kenney talks about what he is looking for on his electronics at Pickwick Lake this week.

    06/02/2014

    Rob Newell


    If you ask Walmart FLW Tour pro Jonathan Newton where the best tailraces are in the country, he’ll tell you the tailraces of lakes Pickwick and Wilson. If you look at the tournament schedule for June, you’ll see the fifth 2014 FLW Tour event and the Walmart BFL All-American will be held at Pickwick and Wilson, respectively.

    06/02/2014

    Sean Ostruszka



    FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Patterson Leeth will join FLW in the position of Vice President of Marketing. Leeth, who previously worked for Minneapolis-based creative agency Take It To Eleven, will report directly to Trisha Blake, President of Marketing at FLW. In this role he will be responsible for providing strategic direction for all of FLW’s marketing initiatives.

    06/01/2014