Wendlandt weighs in

FLW Tour pro Clark Wendlandt shows off his catch.

In professional tournament fishing today there always seems to be a prevailing pattern or area that holds most of the anglers who do well in a certain event. Guys are just flat-out good at figuring out what the dominant pattern is and where it is on the lake. In the first FLW Tour event of the year at Lake Okeechobee, most of the anglers who did well fished the giant grass beds in and around Harney Pond, the Monkey Box area, Fisheating Creek, Bird Island and the North Shore on the northwest part of the lake. Many of the top anglers in the event fished different patterns within the giant area. Some were flipping, while others cast swimbaits, jigs and ChatterBaits over and around the grass. Both techniques worked well and many used a one-two punch employing both patterns. Okeechobee has always been one of those lakes where you have to be around other boats to really do well. Every year I try to find some place that other anglers are not fishing, but most of the time that strategy does not go well. It has occassionally worked for me there finding my own area, but it has not happened very often. I finished fourth in the first FLW Tour event I fished on Lake Okeechobee and had no company at all. But for every good tournament I've had there going my own way, there are two or three bad ones. In the long run, it just doesn't pay to get away from the crowd at the "Big O." FLW Tour pro Clark Wendlandt prefers to avoid tournament crowds but sometimes itSome lakes you can find fish that you have for yourself. Lake Hartwell and Sam Rayburn, the next two stops, both have big populations of bass and can be won nearly anywhere on the lake. One huge key is grass - but not just any grass, it has to be hydrilla. If there is an area with a lot of hydrilla on a lake then it will usually dominate. Take Okeechobee for example. The area where nearly everyone fished was where all the hydrilla was. Rayburn has hydrilla as well, but thankfully it is much more widespread on that giant body of water. At the end of the day, tournament fishing in general is a lot like fishing Lake Okeechobee. It is often about fishing around other boats and just beating them. It takes being mentally tough and not worrying about the other guy. It's hard, but it's the way it is sometimes. Follow three-time FLW Tour Angler of the Year Clark Wendlandt at www.clarkwendlandt.com or on Facebook.

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The "No Excuse" Guide

Chatter can be dock talk, personal abusive talk, hater talk, fan talk and everything in between. The list goes on. I truly believe tournament fishing is all a mental game. I feel that the most successful anglers know how to tune it all out and fish in the zone. It is crucial to know how to tune out all the chatter and shut up and fish. READ MORE »

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Missed Chances at the Finale

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Top 10 Baits from the Potomac River

Clark Wendlandt earned the win with a 1/2-ounce green pumpkin-colored 4x4 flipping jig and a white Z-Man ChatterBait with a Lake Fork Tackle Live Magic Shad as the trailer. READ MORE »

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Wendlandt Wins Walmart FLW Tour On Potomac River Presented By Ranger Boats

MARBURY, Md. (June 28, 2015) – When professional angler Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, was forced to withdraw from the Walmart FLW Tour in 2014 after suffering a heart attack he wasn’t sure if he’d ever be able to fish competitively again. After a few months of recovery and undergoing cardiac rehabilitation, Wendlandt made the decision to return to the Tour in 2015... READ MORE »

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Wendlandt Back at the Top

It’s been 14 seasons since Clark Wendlandt last stood on a Walmart FLW Tour stage and hoisted a tournament championship trophy. Since that time, the Texas pro has experienced ups and downs, including an Angler of the Year title (his third) in 2009 and a major medical issue that sidelined him for most of the 2014 season. All that’s in the past now, however, and Wendlandt is right back where he belongs in the world of bass fishing – in first place after the final day on the Potomac River in the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

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Wendlandt Receives Helping Hand

Not to discredit Clark Wendlandt’s skills as a bass fisherman, but if it wasn’t for an extreme act of kindness on the part of fellow competitor Shin Fukae, Wendlandt wouldn’t be where he is this evening – leading through three days of competition at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on the Potomac River. READ MORE »

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Wendlandt in Familiar Territory

A lot of flip-flopping took place on the second day of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on the Potomac River. When the scale closed, it was three-time Tour Angler of the Year Clark Wendlandt who found himself on top with a two-day total of 32 pounds, 10 ounces. Wendlandt caught 17-13 today – the day’s second-heaviest limit – and leads Potomac local Bryan Schmitt by 1-12 going into the weekend. Wendlandt missed part of last season after suffering a heart attack but has rebounded with good success this season. He has won three times on Tour but hasn’t finished in first place since Beaver Lake in 2001. Details to come on the patterns of the top five. READ MORE »

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My Lost-Fish Troubles Continue

Lake Chickamauga is loaded with big bass, and for the first time in three previous visits I felt really good after the practice period was over. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for me, and I ended the event after day two by missing the top-20 cut by a mere 4 ounces. READ MORE »

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Blaukat on Climate Change

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Running a College Club

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Blog: I’m Hooked

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Blog: The First Time

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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

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Blog: East vs. West

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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 »