Tips & Techniques Industry News

Veteran Walmart FLW Tour pro Greg Bohannan recently announced he has signed Ardent as his reel sponsor. The Rogers, Ark., pro is a three-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. In addition to fishing the FLW Tour in 2014, Bohannan will also compete in the Central Division of the Rayovac FLW Series. An Ozarks region expert, Bohannan also guides in the area.


RICHMOND, Ky. - Front Deck Entertainment recently announced that Andrew Luxon has signed with Legend Boats for the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season. Luxon will make his debut as a pro angler fishing in a 2014 Alpha 211. Luxon fished the last three seasons as co-angler on the Tour, qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup in each of the previous two. In addition, he competed for several years on the FLW College Fishing circuit.


BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Falcon Rods has signed on as title sponsor for Oklahoma native Jason Christie, perhaps the fastest rising competitor on the national bass tournament scene.


Walmart FLW Tour pro Alex Davis, known as the Spinnerbait Kid, announced the signing of four new sponsors for the 2014 tournament season. Davis, an accomplished regional pro and popular guide on Lake Guntersville, has added The Tackle Trap, Chevrolet of Boaz, G.Loomis, Shimano and Power Pro to his sponsor portfolio.


MINDEN, La. - Walmart FLW Tour pro Clent Davis will represent Mister Twister for 2014 season. Mister Twister invented the Curly Tail in 1974 and has been a leader in soft plastic bait innovations ever since.


The 2014 Chevy Silverado was named North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.


Jason Johnson of Gainesville, Ga., has been dominant from the back of the boat throughout his two years of fishing the Walmart FLW Tour. For 2014, Johnson has added both Luxaire Heating and Cooling and John Megel Chevrolet to his sponsor portfolio.


LADSON, SC — If you survey the top finishers of virtually any professional bass fishing tournament across the country about their go-to lures of choice, chances are The Original ChatterBait® brand bladed swim jig will receive substantial praise. The ChatterBait has become a mainstay among serious tournament anglers and now can be found in most top pros’ tackle boxes—and in virtually every tackle shop—from coast to coast.


Hullspeed Performance Marine Coating announced this week that it will be represented by two anglers in the major league of bass fishing: the Walmart FLW Tour. HullSpeed’s 2014 presence on the tour will showcase its newest product, Smart Armor, which is a protectant/ performance hull coating.


Several Walmart FLW Tour pros are involved in a new pay-per-view live online seminar series called Pro Web Live, which was announced Thursday. The initial lineup of anglers includes Jason Christie, Brent Ehrler, Dave Lefebre, Jimmy Houston and Mark Rose as well as Edwin Evers, Brandon Palaniuk, Shaw Grigsby, Aaron Martens and Ott Defoe.


Walmart FLW Tour pro Matt Arey announced he has added T-H Marine to his list of sponsors for the 2014 tournament season. Arey, a seven-year FLW Tour veteran, recently finished 18th at the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, his third consecutive trip to the year-end championship.


Walmart FLW Tour co-angler Bryan New, the winner of the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Eufaula, signed a sponsorship agreement with Shane Bait’s, an upstart tackle company owned by former FLW College Fishing standout Shane Lehew, who is embarking on his rookie FLW Tour season.


STURTEVANT, Wis., - BRP announced today the "Experience Even More Boat Show Sales Event" for its Evinrude outboard engine brand.


KERNERSVILLE, N.C. - FLW Tour pro Clent Davis has joined the Creative Fish Company's Slide-Off Weedguard pro team for the 2014 season. Slide-Off Weedguard is a patented and innovative product developed by Creative Fish Company that can be placed on almost any hook to make it weedless.


Trips to be offered on famous Lake Guntersville and Lake St. Clair
NEW HOPE, Ala. – FLW Tour champion Casey Martin has announced that he will begin offering “fish with a pro” instructional trips via his website Martin who recently completed his USCG Captain’s training will offer trips on legendary Lake Guntersville in northern Alabama and the No. 1 rated lake in the country – Lake St. Clair near suburban Detroit.


Walmart FLW Tour pro and New Jersey native Adrian Avena will be joining Zorro Bait Company for the 2014 season. Avena is proving to be a rising star on Tour and the young pro didn’t disappoint in 2013. He took eighth to start the season at Okeechobee and remained consistent to finish seventh in the Angler of the Year standings. He even made his first Forrest Wood Cup appearance where he nearly made the top-10 cut and ultimately finished 11th.


Plano, Ill.– Besides being the greatest ice show on earth, the recent St. Paul Ice Fishing Show serves as a general barometer for the ice fishing industry. With a large and diverse swath of ice anglers in attendance, product popularity is easily judged by booth traffic and cash register tape.


College anglers compete to win over $100,000 in Lowrance prizes
Tulsa, Okla. – Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 and GPS navigational systems since 1992, announced its new Insight Genesis™ College Cup 2014 competition. Kicking off Jan. 1 and running through Dec. 31, 2014, college anglers registered with FLW College Fishing or the Bassmaster Collegiate Series are eligible to participate in the College Cup and will receive a free subscription to Insight Genesis for 2014 — the revolutionary personal map-generation tool.


Castrol pro angler Darrel Robertson will be on hand to sign autographs and answer consumer questions Saturday, Dec.14 at Rogers Garage Express Lube at 875 South Dogwood Street in Siloam Springs, Ark.


PADUCAH, Ky.—The public is invited to the ribbon cutting celebration for the City of Paducah Ohio River Boat Launch. The ribbon cutting will be Tuesday, December 10 at 1 p.m. at the new boat launch located at 6th and Burnett Streets.


In a tournament, time and accuracy is paramount. T-H Marine's all new G-Force Cull System has everything you need to quickly and accurately cull your catch for the optimum weight. Tested and endorsed by pro Gerald "G-Man" Swindle, this is a winner!


MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - Denali Rods is excited to add FLW Tour anglers Troy Hollowell of New Concord, Ky., and Clayton Batts, of Macon, Ga., to the pro staff for 2014. Both have been studs on the co-angler side for some time, and are ready to move to the front deck.


Plano, Ill. – So what’s the no-brainer this winter? Try Frabill hitting bait shop shelves with ice fishing specific tackle storage. When Plano, the masters of tackle storage solutions, took on the trusted leader in ice fishing gear, within mere weeks plans were hatched for the Frabill Softbag.


Veteran pro and two-time Walmart FLW Tour champion Dave Lefebre announced recently he’s starting an ice fishing guide service called Erie ice Fishing Adventures. In addition to being an excellent bass fisherman, the Erie, Pa., pro regularly targets crappies, walleyes, perch and bluegills.


MINNETONKA, Minn. - This year, revolutionary hook manufacturer VMC® is turning up the pressure on elusive, over-confident hawgs with the introduction of a new set of ever-so-enticing spoons and jigs that promises to drive fish crazy beneath the ice.