Tips & Techniques Industry News

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.


FLIPPIN, Ark. - Ranger Boats, in a joint effort with BRP's Evinrude outboard engines, announces the launch of the completely redesigned, a website built to showcase the very best of the "dream rig" concept.


Day’s Boat Sales has announced a contest via Facebook where the winner will receive an expense-paid trip to Lake Okeechobee to fish with FLW Tour pro Ish Monroe from Feb. 10-12, 2014. To register, simply Like and Share the Day’s Boat Sales & Service Facebook page, which can be found here, and you will be entered into the drawing held on January 15, 2014.


FOND DU LAC, Wis. - With a 16 percent gain in holeshot performance, Mercury Propellers set a new standard in aluminum propellers by expanding its Spitfire line to include a Spitfire propeller designed to fit larger engines rated at 135 horsepower and above.


PIERRE, S.D. - A 7-pound smallmouth bass caught by Derek Valnes of Brandon, S.D., in Horseshoe Lake on Oct. 26 is the new state record for that species of fish.


SENECA, S.C. – Castrol pro angler David Dudley, the all-time leading money winner in FLW history and three-time Angler of the Year, will be on hand to sign autographs and answer consumer questions Saturday, Nov. 16 at the grand opening of the Castrol Premium Lube Express located at 830 By Pass 123 in Seneca, S.C.


New trolling-motor transducer delivers surround-scanning images to help pinpoint key fishing areas
TULSA, Okla. – Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 and GPS navigational systems since 1992 — announced today the new SpotlightScanTM Sonar trolling-motor transducer. Introducing a new level of angler-controlled, surround-scanning underwater views, the new sonar solution provides picture-like images of key fishing areas on compatible HDS Gen2* or HDS Gen2 Touch* fishfinder/chartplotter displays. Similar to the way a scanning spotlight reveals objects in the dark, SpotlightScan Sonar clearly pinpoints structure and fish targets ahead and around your boat without disturbing key areas before you fish them.


Typhoon® polarized sunglasses is proud to announce a new discount program designed specifically for professional fishing guides. Typhoon has become a very popular fishing sunglass brand within the fishing community through sponsorship of FLW® and other pro anglers for the past few years. Typhoon has created this program to allow for all pro fishing guides to receive a major discount on Typhoon sunglasses and accessories. All professional fishing guides should apply for a Typhoon Pro Fishing Guide Discount at


TULSA, Okla. - MotorGuide's popular and compact BULLDOG trolling motor now provides a bigger underwater punch with 54 pounds of thrust. Upgraded from its original 40 pounds of thrust, the BULLDOG packs MotorGuide's legendary reliability, along with plenty of power, into a minimal amount of space.