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The 2015 bass tournament season is officially underway and I am super-excited about the changing dynamics. There is no doubt that the economy is improving and the 250-boat field that fished the first Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee is testament to that.


Ish Monroe

With Val Osinski
In Episode 62, hosts Jody White and Kyle Wood talk with Val Osinski, the winner of the recent Rayovac FLW Series tournament on Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole. They talk about his techniques and adjustments, as well as Bugsy and what running a lure company is like. Then they recap the Rayovac on Okeechobee, discuss the record-breaking FLW College Fishing event on Sam Rayburn and cover some other fishing news.


Crankbaits, jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits are popular search baits in the prespawn, but to me it’s hard to beat a spinnerbait. You might not get the same numbers of fish as the other baits will, but as a general rule you’ll get bigger fish.


Terry Bolton

Igloo Products Corp., the industry leader in cooler manufacturing, has renewed its partnership with FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


With Drew Benton and Trevor Fitzgerald
In Episode 61, Jody White talks with Drew Benton and Trevor Fitzgerald about the Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole. Then Jody White and Kyle Wood break down some recent fishing news and layout the plans for the Rayovac coverage.


There’s no telling how many times I’ve sat in my boat after dark or before daybreak trying to find a bait in a locker or spooling new line. All the while I’d be holding a Maglite in my mouth or trying to adjust a headlamp where I need the light.


Adrian Avena

With Keith Daffron of Ranger Boats
In Episode 60, hosts Jody White and Kyle Wood talk with Keith Daffron, vice president of sales at Ranger Boats, about his history with the iconic boat builder, the recent sale to Bass Pro Group and some other aspects of Ranger's business. Then they break down? sponsorship news, talk through the newly announced Walmart FLW Tour field, make some predictions and pick their teams for the Rayovac Rumble.


FLW has renewed its sponsorship agreement with Z-Man Fishing Products, Inc., the fastest-growing lure brand in America, for the fifth consecutive year.


My dad started taking me fishing when I was two. My very first job was at Hi’s Tackle Box and after that I spent a few years working for Fisherman’s Choice. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve been able to spend my life doing what I love and enjoy doing.


Ish Monroe

With Mike Surman
In Episode 59, hosts Jody White and Kyle Wood talk with FLW Tour pro Mike Surman about some changes on Lake Okeechobee, the upcoming Rayovac FLW Series event there, his experience on Lake Toho and the Channing Crowder Bass Tournament. Then they cover some recent news, mostly consisting of angler sponsor updates, before giving the first BFL Weekly Update of 2015.


California pro Jimmy Reese has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Top This (Premier Accessory Outfitters) for 2015.


Gene Larew Lures announces the addition of Walmart FLW Tour pro Jacob Wheeler to its pro-staff, bringing together one of the oldest names in soft-plastic lures with one of the youngest million-dollar earners along the top tournament trails.


Pro Tips Weekly with Ish Monroe
Everybody has his own ideas about the best baits and approaches for bedding bass, but I’ve had the best luck using the 7-inch Mizmo Ish Tube for fish that weigh more than 5 pounds.


Ish Monroe

Walmart FLW Tour pro Clent Davis has signed on Mister Twister as his title sponsor for 2015.


Rod lockers require extra tugging to loosen frosty grips, and your shadow swells with the layers of fleece and hooded sweatshirts. Nevertheless, bass will still bite when frosty air nips at your nose. Walmart pro Wesley Strader knows that despite the shivering conditions, this time of year is ripe with big-bass potential.


David A. Brown

FLW, the world’s largest bass fishing tournament organization, has announced a sponsorship agreement with Navionics, a leader in electronic navigation charts and systems for marine and outdoor sporting use.


Most anglers, pros included, look for any little edge to increase their catch, and that includes even the knots they tie to attach lures to their lines. With that in mind, picking the best knot to use with all of today’s lines can be a challenge.


Tom Redington

Bass Pro Group announced today an agreement to acquire Fishing Holdings, LLC, a manufacturer of fishing boats that include Ranger Boats and the Stratos and Triton boat brands from Platinum Equity.


Brush Pile Basics
December and January are the two months when anglers really start preparing for the coming season, whether it’s firming up sponsorships, planning tournament schedules or restocking baits and equipment. This is also the time of year when a lot of anglers plant cover in the lake or the lakes where they fish so they’ll be productive the following year.


It’s no secret that one of the best baits you can throw at lethargic bass in chilly water is a suspending jerkbait. Just in time for this year’s prespawn brawl, here is a new twist on the darting, diving minnow imitator that’s sure to put a twinkle in the bass’ eye without putting a big dent in your tackle budget.


Matt Williams

FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, has announced a multiyear sponsorship renewal with Strike King Lure Company, an industry-leading manufacturer of lures, baits and fishing apparel.


The colder and nastier winter gets, the more any vertical cover such as bluff banks and standing timber comes into play.


Greg Bohannnon


Lindsey Blaylock