I get a bunch of questions each winter about what to get the fisherman who has everything, so I figured I’d address that question in my blog this month.
To run or not to run, that is the question
The farthest I ever ran in a tournament was in 2000. It was the FLW Tour event on the Mississippi River out of Memphis, Tenn. I ended up running 180 miles one way, fishing two hours, and running 180 miles back. I checked in with four minutes to spare.
Circuit Breaker star blogs about sponsorships, filming a reality series and the 2014 season
It has been a while since my last blog but I will now be doing a monthly blog on FLWOutdoors.com which will be featured during the second week of every month. I’ve spent the last few months since the Forrest Wood Cup catching up, visiting family, working on stuff to be prepared for 2014 and getting back to some fun fishing. Fall is a great time to be fishing on the TVA and Guntersville has been on fire so I have spent some time out there working on set ups and trying to improve on some weaknesses. Obviously living in the south I have spent quite a few Saturdays watching college football and the Tide is still rolling which should make for a great Iron Bowl.
Thrift blogs about Halloween, his unassuming personality and recalls old EverStart tournaments on Okeechobee
Here goes round No. 2 of my blog. Things are relatively quiet around the house as we enjoy the holidays. We had a good Halloween. I didn’t dress up, but my son Wylie was a sushi roll and my wife Allison was what she called a “hot mess” where she wore a bunch of strangely mismatched clothes. Her costume was more of a last-minute deal, but she put a lot of effort into Wylie’s sushi roll. She planned to save a bunch of money and make it herself, but after several trips to Walmart I don’t think that happened. The costume turned out great though; Allison is really good at stuff like that.
FLW Tour pro Adrian Avena discusses the importance of being ready to fish any situation at a moment’s notice
On the water, every cast brings a different scenario. A point may come up, there might be a rock on a bank that you stumble upon, a fish may have just busted through the water or you suddenly see a brush pile come up on your Lowrance that you just ran over. The list of different fishing possibilities goes on and on, most of which requires a different presentation. As a result, having the bait of choice at your feet ready to be picked up and fired out there with only the bend of your knees could result in a game changing bass.
Castrol pro David Dudley weighs in with his first blog entry for FLWOutdoors.com
When it comes to fishing, whether you realize it or not, you are working out math problems and different angles all day long with everything you do. And to be sure, those calculations could mean the difference between winning a tournament, an Angler-of-the-Year title or finishing in the back of the pack.
FLW Tour pro attempts to articulate the origins of his love for tournament bass fishing in latest blog entry
I’ve been asked a zillion questions over the years, but that particular one was a first, and for some reason it really made me begin to reminisce and think about things. Could there possibly be just one single reason why I love this sport? Not likely.
FLW Tour pro Tom Redington weighs in on Lone Star State fishing with his first-ever blog entry for FLWOutdoors.com
When I looked for a place to start a fishing career not long after college, one place stood out to me – and I’m happily still here years later. You guessed it, I’m talking about Texas. I’m sure that’ll elicit a few groans from folks in the other 48 states that harbor bass, but consider a few things that I love about Texas bass fishing:
Three-time AOY discusses logical thought vs. intuitive thought
I want to thank FLW for asking me to make a monthly contribution as a guest blogger. I look forward to it, and hopefully will tackle some topics that deal with what makes our sport so great. My first subject is one of my favorite topics. Actually it’s one of the things that make our sport so difficult, awesome, challenging, different – the list could go on and on. Logical thought vs. intuitive thought. Intuitive thinking is what separates a great fisherman from a good one.
Japanese native and FLW Tour pro Shinichi Fukae weighs in on the Forrest Wood Cup, offseason exploits in his first-ever blog for FLWOutdoors.com
First of all, this is my first blog for FLWOutdoors.com. Honestly I am not really a sit-at-your-desk type of person. And, in addition, there are some language barriers for me so I’m going to do my best to entertain the readers as much as I can. However, despite some of these hurdles, I like a new challenge and will give it a try.
FLW Tour pro Adrian Avena discusses the importance of keeping expectations in check during tournament time
Every anglers’ dream is to roll up to the spot they found during their practice period, take a few casts and catch nothing but "ga ga ga giant bass" like Dave Mercer will say. Unfortunately, more times than not, these types of days do NOT happen … at least for me.
Thrift blogs about his approach to tournament angling, recaps Forrest Wood Cup
I know a lot of the more popular fishing blogs out there try and use controversy to get more views. Well, since this is my blog and we’re doing things my way, we’re not going that route. I’m going to shoot you straight and say what’s on my mind. If that's appealing to you check back around the middle of each month for a new blog.
FLW Tour pro Todd Hollowell blogs about coming to grips with the life of a tournament bass fisherman
Looking back, I used to think that the three- to four-month timeframe between October and February was the “off-season" for my fishing schedule. Boy has that changed over the past few years! I get a lot of calls and messages asking what I'm up to in my "off-season" since I'm not fishing tournaments. But the life of a professional bass fisherman rarely affords much down time or an off-season, and that fact I'm learning very quickly.
During Lefebre’s latest video blog installment, the Pennsylvania pro discusses his current preparation for the upcoming 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season
During Lefebre’s latest video blog installment, the Pennsylvania pro discusses his current preparation for the upcoming 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season.
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes team pro Dave Lefebre provides an inside look at the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup in Shreveport, La.
The Forrest Wood Cup is the Super Bowl of bass fishing and the Red River, along with the city of Shreveport and Bossier City, served as the perfect venue. This was my 11th straight Cup in my 11 years on the FLW Tour and I’m so glad I got to experience this one.
Most of you have read by now that I recently agreed to host a new WFN TV show called the "Bass Dr." How crazy! Just two short years ago, I can remember finishing the EverStart Central Division at Table Rock, qualifying for the 2012 FLW Tour. It was at that time that many of my fishing aspirations started to become realities - but never did I envision hosting a TV show!
My dad passed away a couple weeks ago. We’re still trying to wrap our heads around dealing with “stuff” and suddenly it hit me: I don’t have anyone to go fishing with when I get off work. My fishing buddy is gone.
Schools of shad, big crankbaits and better views of bass all coming to a lake near you
Indeed ICAST is a bewildering show, a fishing spectacle like no other. In truth, it would take several weeks to scour every exhibitor’s booth and truly digest the form and function of all the products displayed there.
We have fished five of the six tour events now and things are getting tight. The AOY as well as the field for this year’s Cup is going to be decided this week at Chickamauga. The AOY gets all of the attention and rightly so. The guys at the top have all had great seasons and they deserve the attention. It looks now like the top three or four anglers in the point standings all have a real shot at the title and taking home $100,000.
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes team pro Dave Lefebre provides an inside look at the latest FLW Tour event in Grove, Okla.
Despite the best weather and water conditions I could have ever dream up, I had another bomb in an FLW Tour major. Grand Lake was really high and muddy from recent severe storms in the Tulsa area, but the fishing was still quite good.
Our next stop on the FLW Tour is Grand Lake in Oklahoma. I am really looking forward to this tournament but maybe not for the same reasons all the other guys are. Yes, Grand has a giant population of 3- to 6-pounders and is a lake that you can fish deep or shallow, but I am looking forward to it because of my good friend, Mark Leach.
My last blog was after the FLW Tour Smith Lake tournament and I am now enjoying some much needed time off. I have fished five tournaments back to back, starting with the Beaver Lake tour event. From there I went to the Red River to fish a BASS Open. Then I fished back-to-back EverStart events on Pickwick and Wheeler and then finally the FLW Tour at Lake Eufaula.
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes team pro Dave Lefebre provides an inside look at the latest FLW Tour event in Eufaula, Ala.
Despite a miserable finish at Lake Eufaula, I’m still moving on up in the AOY standings. I finished 55th – just a few ounces away from a $10,000 check – and I can tell you that is not fun at all. I now sit in 36th place with two events remaining. The goal is to sneak into that top 15, which will require a couple of very strong tournaments.
I fished this past weekend with my good friend, Jim Finley, on Lake Okeechobee in the Gambler Bass Open. We had a fantastic day pitching reeds, throwing a Gambler Big EZ and swimming jigs. We started out the day catching lots of small fish, but then like many magical days we kind of got dialed into the secret that started unlocking the big ones.
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes team pro Dave Lefebre provides an inside look at the latest FLW Tour event in Rogers, Ark.
Remember way, way back two years ago, before we were allowed to throw 13 or 25 baits at a time …