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When bass get in the middle of the water column, a drop-shot rig can be key
Suspended bass – whether largemouths, smallmouths or spots – are notoriously difficult to catch. They’re among the most finicky and flighty targets an angler can pursue. In fact, confronted with suspended fish as the primary pattern, most anglers punt and look for a secondary pattern. That’s not always the best option; just consider what happened in August 2010.

10/27/2011

Pete Robbins


When walleyes lurk among the weeds, casting and cranking a baitfish-imitating plug is an outstanding way to lure them out
Here’s a simple walleye-fishing fact for you: Walleyes love weeds. Here’s another: Walleyes in weeds love crankbaits.

10/27/2011

Jeff Samsel


Tour elites delve into the science, new angling applications regarding these shallow-water hunters
Jacob Powroznik might very well have been the first to coin the term. It was the fall of 2006, and the Gillette/Duracell pro had just hauled in 15 pounds on the third day of the EverStart Series Northern Division tournament at Kerr Lake to finish seventh. When asked about his pattern, the Prince George, Va., pro told media that he had targeted “wolf packs.”

09/09/2011

Rob Newell


Looking for a versatile lure for summertime bass fishing? Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre suggests you take a look at the swim jig.

08/09/2011

Joe Balog


How to change your rigging system to maximize the deep bite
Nothing is the same 72 feet below the surface. That is, nothing is the same in the deepest depths of walleye country as it is in the 10- to 30-foot range where most walleye anglers fish. In fact, once you cross the 50-foot mark, the thick band of water between the surface and giant bottom-dwelling walleyes calls for an entirely different set of presentation skills, especially when it involves a live-bait rig.

08/09/2011

Ross Robertson


Clean house with this cold-water killer
The mop-style jig notched its first big-money victory at Lake Murray on a chilly day in February 2006. Spring weather had been trying to break out early in the Carolinas that year, and a string of warm days had pulled a lot of fish shallow. Tournament week marked the return of bone-chilling cold, however, and by the time the Walmart FLW Tour event began many bass were retreating back to deeper water.

04/30/2011

Jeff Samsel


A review of the top new designs to hit the market in the last two years
Advancement in lure design, crankbaits in particular, is a never-ending game that results in countless new products anglers can try. On one hand, that’s part of the fun of fishing. On the other, it’s expensive to buy new lures every year, especially when they may not produce any better than such tried-and-true stalwarts as Rapala Husky Jerks, Shad Raps and Reef Runners.

04/30/2011

Ross Robertson


Local soft baits hit national scene
Wishing and politics share some similarities. When it comes to elections, all politics are local and only a few select candidates manage to generate the widespread appeal that might elevate them to the national stage.

04/12/2011

Dave Csanda


Lowrance StructureScan isn’t just for deep water. Here’s how it can help you in the shallows
Go to a Walmart FLW Tour event this year and check out the pro’s boats before takeoff. You’ll see proof of the trend that is changing bass fishing. That trend is the ever-expanding use of side-viewing sonar technology such as Lowrance StructureScan.

03/15/2011

Curtis Niedermier


An in-depth look at the trends and tactics that excelled in 2010
Each year 150 of the world’s best bass anglers suit up to fish the Walmart FLW Tour. To find success on the water each day they reach deep into the wells of their fishing expertise. Along the way, they wring out every last drop of angling innovation to match the challenges posed by a variety of differing lakes and conditions. And the tactics and techniques they apply to catch winning stringers provide information that benefits all bass fishermen, no matter their skill level.

02/24/2011

Rob Newell


Walleye only regularly published periodical dedicated to walleye fishing
MINNEAPOLIS — FLW Outdoors, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, has rebranded the walleye edition of FLW Outdoors Magazine to just Walleye. FLW Outdoors produces FLW Outdoors Magazine (bass) and Walleye, each the world’s leading authority on their species.

02/14/2011


Electronic edition enhances magazine content
FLW Outdoors Magazine has offered quality information for expert and aspiring anglers – as well as everyone in between – for many years now. Beginning in 2011, the magazine will support an electronic edition with enhanced content and online convenience, and fishing fans can check it all out free of charge for a limited time.

01/06/2011

Patrick Baker


More than 100 products compiled
In years past we’ve done our best to pick out some of the best new products released at ICAST for our Buyer’s Guide. This year, we wanted more. We have compiled more than 100 products for this year’s Buyer’s Guide, making it our most comprehensive guide ever. Don’t worry, we still weeded out the products that should be weeded out, but we’ve included all the new products that we would normally showcase later on in the year, allowing you to see all the newest products in one place. To help you with your holiday wish list, we have also kept up the tradition of spotlighting some of our favorites.

12/14/2010


More than 100 products compiled
In years past we’ve done our best to pick out some of the best new products released at ICAST for our Buyer’s Guide. This year, we wanted more. We have compiled more than 100 products for this year’s Buyer’s Guide, making it our most comprehensive guide ever. Don’t worry, we still weeded out the products that should be weeded out, but we’ve included all the new products that we would normally showcase later on in the year, allowing you to see all the newest products in one place. To help you with your holiday wish list, we have also kept up the tradition of spotlighting some of our favorites.

12/10/2010


Advanced planer-board tactics
It’s been more than 25 years since Gary Gehrman rocked my trolling world. Prior to that day in the boat, I had always associated planer boards with trolling for Great Lakes trout and salmon. Walleyes, after all, bit on jigs and rigs along the edges of structure and on crankbaits fished in the shallows. After spending a few hours trolling down the middle of the lake with Gehrman, walleye fishing was never the same.

08/26/2010

Dave Csanda


Need five fish when nothing is working? Here are seven lures the pros use
Every tournament fisherman dreams of catching a jaw-dropping sack of bass. The dream is sweetest, of course, when the catch comes on the final day of a major tournament, with hundreds of fans watching and thousands of dollars on the line.

07/15/2010

Mark Hicks


Escape the slow dog days of summer in a lake by making a run upriver
It’s 9 a.m., and the thermometer is already pushing 90 degrees. You slide on your sunglasses because the big fireball in the sky has climbed high enough into the humid air to warrant shade. Immediately, the first sweat of the day forms on your brow and streaks down the inside of your sunglasses.

07/14/2010

Rob Newell


Using big blades to improve efficiency and quality
In the United States, “bigger is better” isn’t just a saying; it’s a way of life. Trucks, houses, value meals, fish – we want things big. And that thinking is starting to expand into spinner fishing.

07/14/2010

Ross Robertson


Heavy snap weights and superline offer an alternative to lead core
Four crankbaits wobbling on the ends of four long lengths of lead core are effective at seining the depths for deep walleyes. That is, until one of the crankbaits snags a leaf, stick or some other assorted debris. Then it runs sideways. With the other lines nearby crisscrossing in the same water depths, it doesn’t take a fishing genius to know a tangled disaster is in the making. Time to crank in that line – all 150 feet of it.

05/22/2010

Will Brantley


Just because you can’t see bass on their beds doesn’t mean they aren’t there
It was a bit of a shock for Alvin Shaw to see a group of boats working over his bedding fish. Those fish were supposed to be his backup plan for day one of the 2005 Wheeler Lake FLW Tour event. The State Road, N.C., pro had locked upstream to Lake Guntersville to fish ledges for postspawn bass, but they weren’t biting. So to see a crowd sight-fishing was heartbreaking.

04/01/2010

Curtis Niedermier


Using ice-fishing lures in open water
Northland Puppet Minnows, Northland Buck-Shot Rattle Spoons, Salmo Chubby Darters and other ice-fishing lures have a stereotype of being solely for the winter months. It is as if the lures only work when there is 18 inches of ice somewhere above them. Thing is, they are still lures that mimic what walleyes want to eat. And anglers like Dusty Minke have taken to never storing their ice boxes.

04/01/2010

Sean Ostruszka


Slow down with subtle falling lures
Big bass inhaling fast-moving lures. That’s the norm for prespawn giants in east Texas. It has been for years and assuredly will be for years to come. So when the FLW Tour visited Lake Travis in February 2007, anglers no doubt had visions of egg-laden sows gorging on lipless crankbaits.

03/16/2010

Pete Robbins


High water, swift current, soupy mud equals … great springtime fishing?
Ice-fishing is fun and all, but by the end of February, you’re admittedly tired of walking on water and using stunted fishing rods. You’re craving a warm day, the smell of some outboard exhaust, some time watching your graph, pitching a jig to shallow water and feeling the thump of a giant walleye. You’re ready for spring.

03/16/2010

Will Brantley


Where students don’t fall asleep in class. They get up early to hit the lake
In the spirit of friendly college rivalries, it is time for some college debate aimed specifically at anglers. We surveyed all 2009 National Guard FLW College Fishing anglers in the country on their clubs, their schools, their fishing lifestyles and more, and we scored the results based on the factors we thought most important for a college angler: proximity to bass fisheries, tournament opportunities, club activities, etc.

02/01/2010

Curtis Niedermier


Testing new tackle is a major task for FLW Outdoors Magazine each year. Relying on tournament pros, field editors and in-house staff, dozens of products hit the water each year, and it all starts following ICAST in summer. As usual, manufacturers didn’t disappoint in producing great new gear for 2010.

12/08/2009

FLW Outdoors Magazine Editors