UPCOMING EVENT: Rayovac FLW Series - 2015 - Lake Erie

FLWOutdoors.com expands on-demand offerings

FLW On-Demand

Did you forget to set the TiVo when FSN aired the exciting conclusion of the 2008 Walmart FLW Tour regular season? Maybe you want to go back and watch highlights from the Forrest Wood Cup or see the first fantasy-sports millionaire get paid. And who couldn't use tips on how to fish a plastic worm from veteran bass pro Larry Nixon? All of this and much more is available in FLWOutdoors.com's recently enhanced FLW On-Demand section of the Web site, where visitor's will find a veritable treasure trove of fishing videos to peruse: "FLW Outdoors" TV episodes on FSN; how-to fishing videos with advice from the pros via Fishing 101; as well as highlights from the entire 2008 FLW Tour season along with FLW Fantasy Fishing footage. FLW On-Demand is available from the scroll-over menus of both the "Tournaments" and "Fishing" navigation tabs near the top of all FLWOutdoors.com home pages. In demand New to the FLW On-Demand lineup, "FLW Outdoors" TV episodes can now be watched online in their entirety. Currently available are shows focusing on the 2008 FLW Tour. Fishing 101, a longtime component of FLW On-Demand, is still available to FLWOutdoors.com visitors. This popular feature puts viewers in the boat with some of tournament fishing's most accomplished pros to learn tips, techniques and tricks of the trade that are useful to anglers of all skill levels. Larry Nixon, Clark Wendlandt and Scott Martin are just a few of the seasoned veterans to offer short, virtual fishing clinics. The FLW Tour section of FLW On-Demand offers bass-fishing fans copious quantities of video from throughout the last season: interviews with pros at tournament locations; on-the-water tournament practice footage; and the best moments from the weigh-ins. And whether you participated in the $7.3 million inaugural season of FLW Fantasy Fishing or are gearing up to join the action in 2009, FLW On-Demand provides many clips of interest: From tips on how to play to the first-ever $1 million fantasy-sports payday to every $100,000 winner from throughout the season - it's all right there for the viewing. For those who aren't already aware, FLWOutdoors.com also offers FLW Live, an innovative online application that brings real-time results, video and audio from event weigh-ins to the computer screens of tournament-fishing fans worldwide. To use FLW Live to watch weigh-ins from the FLW Outdoors' biggest bass and walleye tournaments, visitors need only create a free online account with FLWOutdoors.com. FLWOutdoors.com constantly strives to improve the online experience for all visitors to its site - from beginning anglers to seasoned veterans to casual fans of the sport. Without a doubt, the newly enhanced FLW On-Demand center offers something for anyone with an interest in fishing - and with on-demand convenience.

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Pros’ Preferred Ledge Rods

We quizzed four of the best offshore anglers around on the rod that they get the most out of and why they like it. If you need a new rod and have ledges on the brain, these four are worth your consideration. READ MORE »


The Next Big Ledge Bait

If you’re a ledge fisherman, go buy another Plano tackle tray, because the list of baits that you need to have in your arsenal has grown once again. Ledge maestro Ben Parker, who developed the Nichols Lures Magnum Spoon and unveiled it to the fishing world at the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour finale on Kentucky Lake, has drummed up another big hit for offshore anglers – “big” being the key word. The new Nichols MBP Swimbait (MBP stands for Magnum Ben Parker) is a jumbo swimbait that already helped FLW pros cash checks on the Tennessee River ledges at this month’s Rayovac FLW Series tournament on Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »


Sebile Action First Star Shiner

It’s no secret that one of the best baits you can throw at lethargic bass in chilly water is a suspending jerkbait. Just in time for this year’s prespawn brawl, here is a new twist on the darting, diving minnow imitator that’s sure to put a twinkle in the bass’ eye without putting a big dent in your tackle budget. READ MORE »


Magnum Rods for Jumbo Plugs

With the magnum crankbait craze spreading in 2014, it makes sense that rod companies would start building rods specifically for fishing jumbo plugs. We analyzed three tournament-worthy rods built for launching crankbaits ranging from standard deep-divers such as the Strike King 6XD up to today’s true jumbo plugs like the Strike King 10XD. Here’s how they fared. READ MORE »


Tackle Review: Strike Pro Big Bubba

Here’s a one-of-a-kind square-bill that crankbait junkies might want to think about adding to their shallow-water arsenal. I’m hesitant to call the Big Bubba new because Strike Pro actually unveiled it awhile back. READ MORE »


ICAST Trends: Big and Bold

Gizzard shad are nothing new; nor is the notion that bass like to eat them. However, the recent heroics with a Magnum Spoon by Jason Lambert, Clent Davis, Randy Haynes and others at Kentucky Lake have focused a spotlight on a point reflected in several of the new products debuted at ICAST. READ MORE »


Tackle Review: Z-Man DieZel MinnowZ

With a name like DieZel, I expected the MinnowZ from Z-Man to be one rough customer. What I didn’t expect was something tough enough to catch several dozen bass and still not need replacing. Then I remembered the nifty 4-inch swimbait is manufactured using ElaZtech, a super-soft, yet incredibly strong material that has made a name for itself as one of the most pliable and durable soft plastics used in the fresh- and saltwater fishing industries. READ MORE »


Tackle Review: Gambler Burner Worm

Just when you thought the soft-plastic worm market couldn’t get any fatter, Florida-based Gambler introduces a heavyweight surface swimmer that is designed to perform significantly better than others with a paddle-tail caboose. It’s called the Burner Worm, but it does way more than the name implies. To hear Walmart FLW Tour pros JT Kenney and Jim Tutt tell it, Gambler’s newest soft plastic is perfect for buzzing on top or crawled beneath the surface without ever missing a beat. READ MORE »


Tackle Review: Strike King Tour Grade Rage Blade

There’s a new bladed swim jig in town from Strike King, and this one is sure to shake things up once the bass fishing masses catch on to some big changes it brings to the table. Not only does it rattle your rod tip and attract violent strikes from afar, it helps solve a couple of nagging problems inherent in a posse of its predecessors – poor hookup ratios and frustrating hangups. READ MORE »


Fishing cybertools

When you’re fishing with an old-school bass angler, nothing will sour his face faster than seeing you slip a smartphone out of your pocket to peek at your email. As understandable as that attitude is, no one can rightly deny that today’s phones provide a tremendous amount of useful stuff. Such a device can be as valuable as your graph or a good landing net. In fact, your phone is more like a toolbox than a tool because each app serves a separate function. READ MORE »


Jerkbait guide

Take in an early spring tournament on just about any fishery, and you’ll see dozens of anglers jerking, twitching and snapping a bevy of slender minnow-shaped jerkbaits. Yet the same select and relatively small group of anglers usually cashes the bulk of the checks on many lakes during the spring. Somehow, they manage to set themselves apart. READ MORE »


Skarlis surges ahead on Missouri River

BISMARCK, N.D. — The community hole that powered most of the top-10 performances on day one of the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship dried up for almost everyone Friday – everyone but Evinrude pro Tommy Skarlis, that is. The walleye veteran from Waukon, Iowa, brought an impressive 21 pounds, 1 ounce to the scale today for a two-day total of 40-14 and first place. READ MORE »


Championship begins on misty Missouri

BISMARCK, N.D. — Though the FLW Walleye Tour has visited the Missouri River at Bismarck, N.D., for three championships in the past four seasons, the nation’s best marble-eye anglers will work a distinctly different fishery in 2011. To borrow a phrase, the playing field has been evened. READ MORE »


Rachal tops Co-angler Division on Sam Rayburn

JASPER, Texas — Co-angler Brett Rachal fished his first-ever FLW Outdoors event this week in the EverStart Series Texas Division event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. If he had any doubts about entering the tournament, they were surely erased Saturday when he won the event to collect a Ranger boat, motor and trailer valued at over $40,000. READ MORE »


Smith lands wire-to-wire win on Erie

ERIE, Pa. — Consistency is a hallmark of a successful tournament angler. It’s how you win tournaments, points titles and the respect of your peers. But consistency is difficult to achieve from the back of the boat, where you have no control over where you fish and only some latitude regarding how. Don Smith of Brodhead, Ky., seemed to defy that logic this week, winning the FLW American Fishing Series event on Lake Erie wire to wire. READ MORE »


Rudy can’t fail

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Brett Rudy of Burlington, Iowa, jumped into the co-angler lead in the BFL All-American championship on day two, then got paired with bullet-proof Troy Morrow, the ultimate boater champion, on Saturday for a wild final day of fishing. The 25-year-old picked up two more today for a convincing championship win and a $50,000 cash prize plus a $10,000 Ranger bonus. READ MORE »


All-American lead goes to Morrow

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — At the end of Friday’s BFL All-American weigh-in at Summit Arena, it became apparent why boater Troy Morrow was a bit tight-lipped about his fishing on Thursday: It wasn’t a fluke – the man’s on fish. He improved on his day-one weight by 2 pounds, 10 ounces for two-day total of 30-2, good enough to step from second into the lead with one final day of championship fishing to go. READ MORE »


Grape grabs early All-American lead

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Some would call it luck: Jason Grape qualified for his first BFL All-American through the Chevy Wild Card, a last-chance tourney for those who don’t make the championship via regionals; he’d never fished DeGray Lake until recently; and he made a last-minute decision to fish deep Thursday, when he’d been mixing it up depth-wise during Wednesday’s official practice day. But Grape’s 4-pound-plus lead defies luck and speaks to great angling instincts. READ MORE »


‘FLW Outdoors’ TV starts up in April

Spring usually signals the season of reruns in TV land, but not for fishing programs. “FLW Outdoors” on VERSUS Country and WFN is just getting warmed up for its 2010 season of original programming. The first show of the year – highlighting the FLW Series pro bass tournament on California’s Lake Shasta – will air Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. READ MORE »


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