100% or nothing

Dave Lefebre

Editor’s Note: The writer's opinions and observations expressed here are his own, and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views, policies or positions of FLW. Back in my band days, I was focused on playing music. I practiced every waking minute. I wanted to be the best. I breathed, ate and slept music. When I made even the slightest mistake I was extremely critical of myself and worked even harder to make sure it never happened again. There were very few things out of my control that could happen. I felt that if I worked extra hard, nothing could go wrong other than the occasional broken stick or string. I also had no distractions in those days. In 2002, when I started to dabble in the bigger bass tournaments with their bigger payouts, I had to make a choice. I was not going to do anything 50/50, and I made a decision to jump into this sport all the way. When I qualified for both B.A.S.S. and the FLW Tour as a rookie, I quit the band and once again was 100 percent focused on something, again, with few distractions … repeat first paragraph. At this point in my career, I’m not only more distracted, but the “uncontrollables” are working overtime. Bad things have been happening and at the worst possible times. Absolutely, I still want to win every time I’m on the water, and I work just as hard as I ever did, but overcoming distractions and the many unmanageable situations has just not been the case with me lately. Some guys can still perform at a high level with distractions all around them. Take Kevin VanDam, for example. He has dominated at times even while flying from one place to the next, appearing to be spread out way too thin. My plate, however, needs to be a bit cleaner, and my attention needs to be more narrowly focused on fishing. As far as the uncontrollables are concerned, well, that’s just the way this sport is. Everybody knows that. You simply can’t let them drag you down. All you can do is have confidence in your equipment and trust it, as I do. The Walmart FLW Tour has the best fishermen in the sport. The ratio of potential “winners” to “donators” is higher here than anywhere else. If you crack, or open the door even a little, you can automatically assume somebody is going to jump through and bury you up to your eyeballs. It’s no big secret; I’m in the middle of the worst season of my 12-year fishing career. I know things can turn around with one win tomorrow, but that’s not what my career has been based on to this point, and it’s certainly not what makes me tick. Not that a big win wouldn’t be welcomed, but consistency has always been my ambition. To not be performing at the highest level in the sport right now is a tough pill for me to swallow. In this game you can’t run on autopilot as I’ve been doing. You can’t dwell on the negatives or on what happened in the past – it’s done. I’ve allowed doubt to filter in, and negative thoughts have consumed me, even during tournament days when the first uncontrollable of the morning strikes. I had a forgettable (uncontrollable) first day to the season, and it has snowballed downhill since. Why? Because I allowed it to. Coincidentally, I was also launching a new business at the same time, which required an immense amount of work and attention – another big distraction. Despite all of this, I know what it means to have rock-solid positive mental attitude. I know how important having a strong work ethic and unshakeable focus is in order to compete at this level. I know these things, even preached the lessons to others over the years. Confidence, perseverance and belief are practically everything. The first step toward treatment and recovery is to diagnose the problem. I don’t know why, but I feel a fresh fire in my gut all of the sudden. I’m going fishing now. Follow Dave on Facebook and see his stats on his FLW Profile.

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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 »