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FLWOutdoors.com: A-to-Z fishing

Welcome to the new FLWOutdoors.com.

MINNEAPOLIS - FLWOutdoors.com has long served as the authority on FLW tournaments, but the Web site has branched out in recent months to address a far larger fishing community. The redesigned site now offers an array of new tools, dramatically expanded content and networking capabilities to bring that community together at a central location - FLWOutdoors.com, the ultimate fishing resource. As always, FLWOutdoors.com will continue to provide fishing fans with news, photos and results from all of its bass and walleye tournaments. But now the site also provides a wealth of information for anglers of all ages and skill levels, whether you're a touring pro or just picking up a rod and reel for the first time. All of that with improved, user-friendly navigation. On top of that, the site now brings together fishing enthusiasts from across the globe to share stories, Tournament homepage at FLWOutdoors.comtips, lake reports, photos and much more. And with sections dedicated to the lucrative $10 million FLW Fantasy Fishing game, the newly developed college-fishing program and an online shopping center, FLWOutdoors.com is truly a comprehensive center for fishing information. The following sections will provide more details about the general categories of the new FLWOutdoors.com. (And please give us your feedback regarding the new site.) Fishing The new "Fishing" section provides useful information for anyone with an interest in angling as well as entertaining and informative news features. Articles here will run the gamut: basic tips and techniques; angling adventures featuring a wide variety of fish species; focuses on baits, boating and other fishing equipment; pieces on specific fishing destinations; columns from psychologists, pros and other knowledgeable fishing figures via "Tips from the Pros"; and much more. The "Locator" tool helps people find places to fish, buddies to fish with or tournaments in which to compete. Users can submit fishing reports for any location - also accessible via "Fishing Reports" - which can then be read by people wanting to know where the bite is hot and where it's not. And each Fishing homepage at FLWOutdoors.comfunction supports a variety of criteria so users can customize their searches - by distance, lake ranking or fish species, for example. "Fishing 101: The Basics" is a great place for the novice angler to start as well as a fine resource for parents who know little about the pastime but want to help teach their children to fish. Here are just some of the categories of information found there: general information about common species of sport fish, including pictures; illustrated help with tying knots; an alphabetical glossary of fishing terms; as well as useful tips on where to find fish, the nuts and bolts of equipment and baits, safety and conservation. The "FLW On Demand" section provides videos through the "Fishing 101" tab that provide a visual aid for learning basic techniques. "Solunar Tables" try to forecast the best time of day to catch fish, while "Catch of the Week" gives anyone the chance to share pictures of their catches as well as the Community homepage at FLWOutdoors.comstories that go along with them. Community It's difficult to hone fishing skills in an information vacuum, so exchanging ideas is a key part of becoming a well-rounded angler. The new "Community" section of the Web site offers a way for anglers to do just that. Whether you're interested in telling fishing stories, offering or seeking advice on how and where to catch them, learning about hot new baits or looking for a fishing partner, the "Community" aspect of FLWOutdoors.com has got it covered. Furthermore, social networking is now part of the picture, so you can make friends and stay in touch online. Visitors can create a free online account, create their own FLW profiles and then begin interacting with others on the site. Find other FLW friends already in the system or invite yours to join the fold so you can share photos, write blogs and link up with other anglers on the water through the "Fishing Buddy Locator." The new "Forum" section lets users find tournament partners, search classifieds, connect with travel partners or just sound off about any fishing topic. And "Catch of the Week" features some of the best Shop homepage at FLWOutdoors.comfishing photos and stories submitted to FLWOutdoors.com. Shop The "Shop" section lets fishing fans browse a variety of items from the comfort of their homes, including classifieds. The FLW Online Store sports FLW Outdoors' official line of clothing - from T-shirts and sweatshirts to jackets to hats, including children's sizes for certain items - and offers discounts to FLW and TBF members. Relive the Catch lets users create their own memory books, wall calendars and other products using personal photos or pictures from an online image library. The "Shop" section also lets visitors link to a wide array of boat brands, purchase FLW Outdoors memberships and magazine subscriptions, and peruse a broad spectrum of discounted products and Collegefishing.com homepageservices for FLW members through Beneplace. Tournaments, college, fantasy But with all the new functionality of FLWOutdoors.com, we haven't lost sight of the fundamentals - we've just made them easier to navigate. FLWOutdoors.com will continue to provide full tournament coverage for all of the organization's bass and walleye tournaments. From the "Bass" or "Walleye" sections, visitors can easily jump to their circuit of interest, tournament registration, angler profiles, schedules, FLW Live or the tournament-locator tool. In addition, users can filter content by species as opposed to specific circuits by simply clicking on "Bass" or "Walleye." Fantasy Fishing homepageAnyone interested in playing FLW Fantasy Fishing or participating in, or just checking out, the new FLW National Guard College Fishing circuit in 2009 can jump directly to those home pages via FLWOutdoors.com. There's a whole lot more going on at FLWOutdoors.com in 2009, but with all the enhancements to the site and more user-friendly navigation, it's never been easier to find exactly what you want in the world of FLW Outdoors fishing.

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Pros’ Preferred Ledge Rods

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The Next Big Ledge Bait

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Sebile Action First Star Shiner

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Magnum Rods for Jumbo Plugs

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Tackle Review: Strike Pro Big Bubba

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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

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Skarlis surges ahead on Missouri River

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Championship begins on misty Missouri

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Rachal tops Co-angler Division on Sam Rayburn

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Smith lands wire-to-wire win on Erie

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Rudy can’t fail

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All-American lead goes to Morrow

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Grape grabs early All-American lead

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‘FLW Outdoors’ TV starts up in April

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