Lefebre Blog: A new Tour season

Kellogg's pro Dave Lefebre boat flips a keeper.

(Editor's note: Once again, veteran bass pro Dave Lefebre has agreed to take time to share his insights into each FLW Tour event of the season. After every event, Lefebre will give his thoughts on tournament strategy, winning techniques and other behind-the-scenes stories/information that is compelling to our readers. The following blog provides a brief overview of the upcoming 2013 Walmart FLW Tour season. The 2013 FLW Tour season is rapidly approaching and, for some reason, I'm more excited about competing than I've ever been. I can't wait to get out there and get back into shape both mentally and physically as we've been "off" for way too long. I've also been preparing myself to get at least six hours of sleep - something I neglected last year and paid heavily for during the first practice days at Okeechobee. Right now, I'm still in the process of completely reorganizing my tackle and preparing for the upcoming season in my new garage and office. Although I enjoy the work, I promise you that I'm ready for it to be done (I'm out in the garage from early morning until late evening every day working). I've spent more than two weeks out there so far and probably need another two or three days. After that, I can then start pairing rods and reels, putting line on reels and getting the baits together that I will need for the first event in Florida. We also have to load the camper and get it ready. It's hard to believe that we leave in just about a week. For sure, we're all excited to get moving southward and escape this arctic craziness. The FLW season will be a lot shorter this year, but I'm definitely staying focused on the positives. Every event's importance is magnified more than ever and the urgency to win has never been more overwhelming. It will be challenging, but it is for everyone else as well, and I like that. Overall, I do feel strangely energized for a fresh start - of course, being pre-qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup helps. I really like the schedule this year with the exception of Beaver Lake, although I'm starting to do a little better there as of late. The rest of the Tour schedule looks like it will be dominated by power-fishing and/or sight-fishing techniques, which I'm down with. I'm probably most excited about going back to Eufaula because I did well when we were there a few years back. During that event, I made the cut with a Terminator spinnerbait, but unfortunately I let the win slip right through my fingers. I think Guido won that one on some riprap somewhere? I'm mostly nervous about the very first tournament of the year which is coming up in Florida on Lake Okeechobee. I always do well there, but my goal has always been to leave the Sunshine State "alive." Florida can make or break you as far as points and momentum go and that's why I get a tad more anxious when preparing for these Florida tournaments. It would be nice to fish down there with reckless abandon, but I'm leaning toward my usual philosophy of playing it safe for now, but who knows. Our second event of the season will be held on Lewis Smith Lake, a place we've been to before and a lake I've done fairly well on in the past. We also have a new stop on the Tour this year in June on Grand Lake in Oklahoma, a lake I've never seen. I hear it should be a good event and our timing could also work out perfectly. I'm looking forward to that one for sure. The 2013 schedule will conclude with two bodies of water that couldn't suit me any better - Lake Chickamauga and the Red River, the site of this year's Forrest Wood Cup. I've done well on the mighty Red in past events, but stumbled ridiculously on Chick in 2011 despite having the most incredible practice period of my entire life. I never saw so many 4-pound bass. I remember the water dropping drastically for day one and the fish I had found simply disappeared ... and that's all I'm going to say about that, other than I'm looking forward to some revenge there. So overall, the short season looks promising to me. To fill in the gaps in the Tour schedule however, I may jump into some of the Northern EverStart Series events as that schedule is "loaded" with power-house fisheries. I always look forward to those tournaments as they feature good lakes, they're a little less stressful and I get to see some of the guys I used to fish with in the good old days ... fun! Finally, aside from my usual partners in crime, I've added Igloo Yukon to my sponsor lineup for 2013 and beyond, as well as Terminator and Sufix, both Rapala lines. I've been with Rapala for several years now and I'm proud to be part of such a stand-up company who continually raises the bar on innovation and also supports tournament fishing 100 percent. My other great sponsors include Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Ranger Boats, Chevy Silverado HD, Mercury Outboards, Kinami Baits, Solar Bat shades, Dobyns rods, Lowrance HDS electronics and Power-Pole shallow-water anchors. Well, I'll check back in after the season opener on Lake Okeechobee with my first FLW Tour Recap. Don't forget to play Fantasy Fishing and watch the "live" weigh-ins from Roland and Mary Ann Martin's Marina in Clewiston, Fla., beginning at 3 p.m on February 7. I'm ready ... it's going to be an awesome season! To read more about Dave's life on the road, check out On Tour With Dave and Anne, sponsored by Chevy. Throughout the 2013 FLW Tour season, Dave and his wife, Anne will be keeping a detailed blog of their experiences while traveling the country in their Chevy Trucks.

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Missed Opportunities at Beaver Lake

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Blog: What Might Have Been at Eufaula

Lake Eufaula is in the books, but ever since the tournament I haven’t slept very well. If you know me, you know I just “love” losing fish, but I think this latest event was the worst of my career. I finished 12th, which isn’t so bad, but the “what could have beens” got me again. On the last day of practice, I caught nearly 30 pounds, including one around 10 pounds and a 7 1/2-pounder, making it a day I’ll never forget. READ MORE »

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Blog: Frogging of a Different Kind

As a bass fisherman, I have a special feeling for that time of year when I can start fishing a frog again. I’m not sure if the rush of adrenaline I feel is from that first explosion when a bass crashes the frog, or the anticipation of it. Whatever it is, I love it! READ MORE »

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Blog: Make a Plan and Work the Plan

I’m not going to sugarcoat it: I’m bombarded with an array of emotions and a new to-do list every day. I’m not good enough. I don’t have the money. Make a Facebook post. Call mom. I don’t have enough time. I’m too tired. I’ll be treated poorly. Rig rods. Do sponsor work. People won’t like me. My son will miss me. I’ll miss my family. READ MORE »

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Blog: East vs. West

I’m not going to say the West is better than the East, or vice-versa. However, I am going to say that where fishing is concerned, there are some distinct differences between the two. The list is long and I’m sure that you can think of many additional differences, but here are a few things I have found that separates the two locales. For the purposes of this blog, let’s make the dividing line the Mississippi River although I think we should include Texas with the East. READ MORE »

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Blog: The Bucket List

I lived my first 25 years in the Midwest, and I used to get horrible cabin fever this time of year. Sitting in front of a television and watching Jimmy, Hank, Roland and Bill catch monster bass on a spinnerbait on every single cast only made it worse. READ MORE »

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Blog: Back in the Groove

It feels good to be in full swing of the tournament season again. We just finished the second stop of the Walmart FLW Tour on Lewis Smith Lake, and it was an excellent event. READ MORE »

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5 Pivotal Moments in my Career

The FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake marked the beginning of my senior campaign. While it was great to get on some open water for the first time in months (though we didn’t finish very well), it also had me looking back at five events that, more than any others, led me to this point. READ MORE »

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A Year of New Firsts

There are a lot of firsts in my life now: my first full year on the Walmart FLW Tour, the first time not to fish any full B.A.S.S. circuit in many years, the first time to fish with co-anglers in a long while, the first time to compete at Beaver Lake, and so on. READ MORE »

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Up, Then Down Again

The highs and lows in this sport are amazing. They are amazing and sometimes hard to deal with. Sometimes you just have to test yourself on how thick your skin really is. For example, consider my highs and lows in the last few months. READ MORE »

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Sweet Home Alabama

Hey everyone, I'm just getting back and caught up from the second stop of the Walmart FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake. The lake was fishing like never before, and all the fish have grown up quickly on those blueback herring. Now that I've been back home a week and watched all the videos and read all the articles about the top 10 anglers I can say I have zero regrets! READ MORE »

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When Everything Comes Together

Dave Lefebre describes what baits and techniques he used to win the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lewis Smith Lake in this week's blog. READ MORE »

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Lefebre Wins Walmart FLW Tour On Lewis Smith Lake Presented By Evinrude

JASPER, Ala. (March 29, 2015) – FLW Tour pro Dave Lefebre of Erie, Pennsylvania, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces to win the Walmart FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude. Lefebre’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 65-5 gave him a 1-pound, 14-ounce margin of victory over second place pro... READ MORE »

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Lefebre Lands on Top

He left the dock this morning in 7th place, eight and a half pounds off the lead. And when he returned this afternoon, Dave Lefebre shocked the weigh-in crowd with a come-from-behind Walmart FLW Tour win that left his competitors shell-shocked. READ MORE »

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Expect Change and Adapt to It

Ish Monroe explains how to adapt to changing conditions and recommends to always fish your strengths in this weeks blog. READ MORE »

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So You Want to be a Co-Angler?

First and foremost, I know I’m fishing the tournament as a co-angler and I make sure that I not only stay out of my pro’s way, but I do what I can to assist him throughout the day. This starts at the ramp with assisting him with the launch where possible. READ MORE »

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A 30-Piece Puzzle with Four Pieces Missing

The whole time I was down in Florida during the FLW Tour opener on Lake Toho I felt like I was trying to put together a 30-piece puzzle with four pieces missing. The weather was right, the water temperature was right, the thousands of acres of vegetation looked right, but one thing was wrong: the fish! READ MORE »

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A Clean Slate

The 2015 season opener of the Walmart FLW Tour wasn’t at Okeechobee, as in recent years, but at Lake Toho in central Florida. I was excited about the change, and even more pumped to start a fresh new season after blowing my motor on day one of the first event last year. READ MORE »

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Lefebre Signs with Quigley 4x4

Quigley Motor Company, manufacturer of four-wheel-drive conversions for Ford, General Motors and Nissan, announces its yearlong sponsorship with top-ranked professional angler Dave Lefebre. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Lefebre and his family will travel the Walmart FLW Tour in a Quigley 4x4 Van. READ MORE »

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Toho Bound

You have to understand that having home field advantage in fishing is the absolute worst. There are so many demons; you have too much information, you start fishing the lake’s history – it goes on and on and it’s very hard for a professional angler to mentally break that barrier. READ MORE »