Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes team pro Dave Lefebre provides an inside look at the latest FLW Tour event in Seneca, S.C.
It feels pretty good to get out of South Carolina with a decent finish, but I’ve still got a pretty big mountain to climb to make this year’s Forrest Wood Cup, back in South Carolina on Lake Murray.
Japanese native and Cheez-It/Pringles team pro Shinichi Fukae weighs in on his performance during the first Tour stop of the 2014 season
Heading into the opener of 2014 Walmart FLW Tour event at Lake Okeechobee, I pre-fished for several days before the cut-off. Usually, pre-fishing helps me find the best areas to fish as well as the best methods for targeting those fish, but Lake Okeechobee is a bit different than a lot of other bodies of water since the lake conditions can often change dramatically in a few weeks.
Ramapo College qualifier Joe Zapf details his team’s long journey to college fishing’s ultimate tournament
In less than two weeks the top 50 college teams in the country will compete for the biggest title of the college season, the FLW College Fishing National Championship. It is the most important tournament for any college angler, and the winning team will have the chance to move on to the biggest tournament in bass fishing, the Forrest Wood Cup. As I am sitting up here in northern New Jersey at Ramapo College, I cannot wait to head down to South Carolina’s Lake Keowee and get the tournament started.
Joe Zapf - Ramapo College Bass Fishing Team
Bridgford Foods pro Randy Blaukat provides an inside look at the March 6-9 Walmart FLW Tour event in Seneca, S.C.
The second Walmart FLW Tour event of the 2014 season on Lake Hartwell (March 6-9) will be a radical departure from the Tour opener last month on Okeechobee.
FLW Tour pro Tom Redington provides some tips for catching bass in cold-water conditions
In spring, cold fronts are the norm, not the exception. So instead of griping about it, top anglers adapt and still catch them well. Having to stay on bass with new customers every day while guiding on Lake Fork for the past decade, I’ve found a basic gameplan that might help you get pointed in the right direction on your lake too.
Scott Martin: It’s more than just fishing along the FLW tournament trail
With the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour under way, there’s a lot more to do than just go fishing every day. I just finished up the Lake Okeechobee event in my hometown of Clewiston, Fla., where I snuck out of town with a 17th-place finish.
So, you want to be a fishing TV star like Jimmy Houston, Hank Parker or Mark Zona? Sounds like a dream life being a Hollywood fishing celebrity, right? Well, not so fast. There is a ton of work – and cost – associated with producing a television show.
Thrift blogs about Okeechobee opener, previews Lake Hartwell and talks about filming television commercial with family
As I sit down to write this blog we’re in the middle of a rare North Carolina snowstorm. It’s kind of fun to watch it from the warmth of home, but it also makes me want to head right back to Florida where it’s warm.
Our first FLW Tour event from Lake Okeechobee is now in the books, and the season is under way. When I received my text from FLW with the results from day one showing me in 142nd place, it was obvious that it wasn’t exactly the way I had envisioned my season starting off. I lost one big fish early that morning that would have put me in the top 25.
Castrol pro David Dudley weighs in the dangers of staying in cruise control
I was recently in a conversation with a friend of mine about people who seem to have a knack for making things happen. As I was listening, he made a statement that made me stop him dead in the middle of a sentence and go back to repeat. “It’s all about finding your fuel,” he said.
Sophomore pro blogs about season opener, scouting Hartwell and his new title sponsor
The first FLW Tour event of the season at Lake Okeechobee is in the books. It wasn’t the tournament I had hoped for but I squeaked out of there with a small $4,000 check. The first day of the tournament was just one of those days where if it could go wrong, it did. At takeoff I had an issue with my hot foot and had to come back in to get it fixed and lost the only two decent bites I had in the event. Although I had some issues, at this level you need to be able to overcome those things and still catch them. Tharp had the same problem with the hot foot and still managed to whack ‘em and finish in the top five.
Knowing when to fight or join the crowd come tournament time
In the first FLW Tour event of the year at Lake Okeechobee, most of the anglers who did well fished the giant grass beds in and around Harney Pond, the Monkey Box area, Fisheating Creek, Bird Island and the North Shore on the Northwest part of the lake. Many of the top anglers in the event fished different patterns within the giant area. Some were flipping, while others cast swimbaits, jigs and ChatterBaits over and around the grass. Both techniques worked well and many used a one-two punch employing both patterns.
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes team pro Dave Lefebre provides an inside look at the latest FLW Tour event in Clewiston, Fla.
What a way to kick off 2014, although it was not exactly the way I envisioned it.
Japanese native and FLW Tour pro Shinichi Fukae weighs in on his first Florida tourney of the season as well as the upcoming FLW Tour Lake Okeechobee event
After having a great New Year’s Eve party with friends and eating black-eyed peas and collard greens – traditional southern foods – my wife and I left for Florida to fire up our new tournament season.
The question that many are asking is: How will FLW’s new social media rule impact the 2014 season?
FLW Tour pro Tom Redington provides tips for using your electronics to find bass in areas that other anglers miss
The fact that the new sonar units are so powerful has created a fishing paradox. The maps are so good and the displays are so easy to read that it seems like every angler on the lake can find the spots that were, until recently, the secrets of a few locals.
Thrift recaps Lake Okeechobee Rayovac FLW Series event, previews Walmart FLW Tour opener
I just got back from the Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee. I’m still a little bitter about how I finished, but I guess I have to discuss both the good and the bad with my blog. I got there Sunday before the tournament and immediately thought the lake looked really good – the water level is up and everything looks healthy. Certain parts of the lake were crowded, but that’s just the way the lake is – typical Okeechobee to me.
FLW Tour pro Adrian Avena discusses the delicate balance between tournament fishing, the off-season and social media
One of the most important components I have found is the social media aspect.
I’m having a super busy offseason so far and I don’t see a break in the action until my family and I jump in the suburban in late January to start the two-day drive to the FLW Tour opener on Lake Okeechobee. I’ve been working on promoting my new ice-fishing business and preparing for my first annual Ice Fishing Writer’s Camp this coming Monday through Wednesday.
It’s been a long winter break without any tournaments and I’m excited for the new FLW season to start on Lake Okeechobee. During the break I was contacted by ex-Miami Dolphin captain, Channing Crowder, to host a benefit fishing tournament with him. His idea was to get a bunch of former and current NFL players to join forces with a bunch of FLW bass fishing pros to form an event to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
Getting rid of the excess
As 2014 rolls around and the temperatures are still below freezing, I think of getting all of my tackle organized – hopefully in a place in my truck or boat where I can find it if I need it. This is not my favorite job.
Japanese native and FLW Tour pro Shinichi Fukae weighs in on what it takes to get ready for the upcoming 2014 season
After finally getting back to the U.S., I have been crazy busy preparing for the upcoming Walmart FLW Tour season. As you know, December is the one of busiest times of the year for most people and I am no exception – although I am not crazy about Christmas shopping.
FLW Tour pro Todd Hollowell blogs about rusty hooks, rain gear and the start of the 2014 season
The months surrounding the holidays are some of the most enjoyable months of the year for me. It’s a time when the competitive fishing season has drawn to a close and the new tournament schedules are finally unveiled. It’s a time to reflect and a time to hope for better things to come in the following year – all while enjoying time at home with the family. Life just seems to slow down for a few months.
FLW Tour pro Adrian Avena discusses the hottest baits of the 2013 season and the must-haves for 2014
Since the holidays are right around the corner and gift ideas are at a premium, I am dedicating this blog to reviewing the hottest baits of 2013, and the must haves for 2014.
Castrol pro David Dudley weighs in on the relative importance of talent, confidence and mental toughness
I did a survey recently on my Facebook page that I thought was really interesting, especially considering the responses that I got. If you get a chance, go visit and read some of the comments that people left - very interesting! The question was, "Out of 100 percent, what percentage do you feel that mental toughness, confidence and talent play in fishing?" The results were 47 percent for mental toughness, 31 percent for confidence and 22 percent for talent.