FantasyFishing.com." /> FantasyFishing.com." />

UPCOMING EVENT: Walmart Bass Fishing League - 2015 - Ohio River

5 Pros to watch at Pickwick

Randy Haynes began his day at the south end of Kentucky Lake, but with just one keeper in the box, made a move within the first hour and headed back up to the north end.

The end is in sight for the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour as the field prepares for event No. 5 on Pickwick Lake this week. At this point in the season, anglers near the top 35 of the AOY standings are focusing on earning enough points to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray Aug. 14-17. The rest are chasing checks. FLW Fantasy Fishing players also have a shot at cashing in on great prizes this week. At each event of the Tour season - six regular-season tournaments and the Forrest Wood Cup - more than $7,000 in cash and prizes are awarded to the top 50 Fantasy Fishing teams. There will even be cash prizes awarded to the top 10 teams at the end of the season based on cumulative point totals, including a $10,000 top prize. It's summertime on the Tennessee River, and that can only mean one thing - ledge fishing. That's all the hype around this event. Pickwick is known to give up some tremendous smallmouth and largemouth opportunities from its offshore structure. While the TVA impoundment stands at an impressive 43,000 acres and sprawls 53 miles, it will most likely fish small for the majority of anglers who will scour the ledges for "mega schools" of bass. There might be some pros probing the shallow grass present on Pickwick, which could lead to some big bags over the first few days. However, it's yet to be seen whether or not that pattern can hold up for the entire competition. With that in mind, below are five pros that bear monitoring as competition begins Thursday. If you haven't finalized your Fantasy Fishing team, do so now at FantasyFishing.com. Always in contention on the Tennessee River, pro Randy Haynes is less than 2 pounds off the lead after two days of fishing. 1. Randy Haynes - By now, if you don't know who this ledge-fishing guru is, then you better crawl out from under your rock. He most recently made headlines by winning the Rayovac FLW Series event on Kentucky Lake last week, which wasn't his first time bringing home the top hardware. Flash back to last year when Haynes won the Rayovac event on Pickwick doing what he does best - cranking ledges. He crushed more than 79 pounds of bass in three days of fishing, including a 33-pound bag on the first day. Haynes then rolled that momentum into his first Tour win on Lake Eufaula two weeks later, again in dominating fashion by fishing offshore. The Counce, Tenn., pro has four top 10s on Pickwick - three of which are victories. In terms of Fantasy Fishing, Haynes carries a hefty price tag at $55. Despite the large cost, he is a good bet for a solid return on the investment. Benton, Ky., pro Brandon Hunter jumped out to the early lead at Kentucky Lake with more than 27 pounds. He 2. Brandon Hunter - This Benton, Ky., native might be a rookie on the FLW Tour this year, but he is far from it when it comes to tracking down big bass offshore. This final leg of the season is what he has been waiting for all year. He is coming off a solid fifth-place showing at the Kentucky Lake Rayovac tournament last week where he hung with some of the big dogs of the ledge game. He has spent the last few years learning from one of the best in the game - Brent Ehrler - and is proving to be a quick study. These last two events will surely be the ultimate test for Hunter, and you can bet he is up for the challenge. Hunter is a Fantasy Fishing steal at only $11. If you need someone to help round out your team then Hunter is your man. Chevy team pro Jay Yelas oftentimes will attack standing timber by first fishing a crankbait through stumps to see if he can trigger a bite. 3. Jay Yelas - It's not too often that a legend like Jay Yelas gets mentioned as a dark horse for an event, but when it's summer on the Tennessee River his abilities often go overlooked. If you're wondering how he fared the last time the Tour stopped on Pickwick back in 2011, the answer is not good - placing 83rd. But here's the thing: Yelas loves to fish the way he is most comfortable, which is flipping shallow cover. And in an event where the vast majority of the field will be looking at their electronics out deep, it could leave a window of opportunity open for one of the best shallow anglers around. Make no doubt about it, the shallow grass sprawling the backwaters holds bass in the 6- to 10-pound class that haven't really been pressured since back during the spawn. Despite much of the dock talk saying the backwaters can't sustain pressure throughout the event, Yelas is the man that can prove that theory wrong. As far as his Fantasy Fishing price is concerned, he sits at the $42 price. It is a little steep for an outside pick, but when Yelas gets room to work that is when he is his most dangerous. Andy Morgan caught this smallmouth-largemouth combo with just 20 minutes left to fish on the final day. 4. Andy Morgan - The reigning Kellogg's Angler of the Year is poised to make another run at the title this year as he leads the point race going into Pickwick. Sure, the Tennessee River system can be considered his home water, but that doesn't necessarily give him an advantage over the field. With today's electronics there are no more secrets on the water. So what gives Morgan an edge if his years of experience don't? It's simple: versatility. The guy is an absolute animal when it comes to fishing off instinct - one of the main reasons he has the most top 10s on the Tour. In a tournament like this, Morgan is just as likely to pound the bank one day and jump out on the ledges the next. He took 40th on Pickwick back in 2011, but this time around is a new game. He is riding a phenomenal hot streak, and it's as if he can't do wrong. At $52, Morgan is heavily favored to have a solid showing. If you play the numbers, then chances are good he will place high enough to earn some valuable points in Fantasy Fishing. To be honest, there really isn't a bad tournament to pick this Tennessee pro. Keystone Light pro Casey Martin reels in a Lake Okeechobee largemouth. 5. Casey Martin - In his sophomore season, Martin is experiencing the traditional slump. He currently sits 114th in the points, but lucky for him the final two tournaments take place on lakes that fit in his comfort zone. Martin had his breakthrough performance last year when he won the final Tour event of the season on Lake Chickamauga. Yes, he won that tournament on an umbrella rig, which is no longer allowed on Tour, but that doesn't mean he doesn't know how to entice bass from TVA impoundments on standard baits. Martin spends much of his free time guiding on Guntersville, so you can bet he has been practicing for hypothetical situations he could see on Pickwick - he did the same prior to his Chickamauga victory. The Keystone Light pro placed 30th in a Rayovac event on Pickwick before and also took eighth on nearby Wheeler Lake in an FLW Tour Open. He is very proficient with deep-diving crankbaits and swimbaits and is equally as savvy with his electronics. This is the tournament for Martin to earn some serious cash. Martin is the perfect pick for Fantasy Fishing players on a budget. He's available for just $22 and holds all the tools one needs to succeed in this tournament.

Tags: article 

/tips/2015-08-28-planned-power-outage-in-ky-office

Planned Power Outage in KY Office

A planned power outage is in effect around the Benton, Ky., area causing phone lines and internet to be temporarily unavailable. It should last until roughly 5 p.m. CT. Do not call the help line or try to register online during this time. Instead, if you'd like to sign up for an event call the tournament director for the particluar tournament you'd like to fish. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-27-state-fish-art-contest-best-in-show-winner

State-Fish Art Contest Best in Show Winner

McKenna Litynski, 12, likes to draw, but she admits her older sister, Brenna, is the better artist and the one who teaches her most of what she knows. Both are pretty talented, though, especially considering they’ve each been state winners in previous years of the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest presented by FLW. They both did so again in 2015, but McKenna did something this year that her older sister hasn’t: She won best in show. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-26-top-10-baits-from-the-forrest-wood-cup-

Top 10 Baits from the Forrest Wood Cup

READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-25-2015-bass-bbq-festival-results

2015 Bass & BBQ Festival Results

The Bass and BBQ Festival presented by KSSN-FM took place in conjunction with the Forrest Wood Cup in Hot Springs, Ark. The two-day competition was sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS), which boasts more than 19,000 members worldwide and is the largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-22-white-wins-tbf-junior-world-championship

White Wins TBF Junior World Championship

West Virginia’s Tyler White hit the mother lode of schooling bass to win the 2015 The Bass Federation Junior World Championship Aug. 21-22 on Arkansas’ Lake Hamilton. In doing so, he topped a hard-fishing field of 39 TBF junior state champions ranging in age from 11 to 15 years old, and claimed a $2,500 scholarship to the school of his choice, plus a $250 Cabela’s gift card. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-22-huntsville-wheeler-lake-to-host-2016-forrest-wood-cup

Huntsville, Wheeler Lake to Host 2016 Forrest Wood Cup

FLW and the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced Saturday that Huntsville, Ala., will be hosting the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, Aug. 4-7, 2016, on Wheeler Lake. This event marks the first time that the Forrest Wood Cup has visited Wheeler Lake. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-21-young-leads-tbf-junior-world-championship

Young Leads TBF Junior World Championship

Kentucky’s Hunter Young worked the “ceiling” with a vengeance to sack a five-bass limit weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces and claim the overall lead on day one of the 2015 The Bass Federation Junior World Championship on Arkansas’ Lake Hamilton. The event is being held in conjunction with the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. “My day went pretty well, even though I lost a few fish that cost me more weight than what I had,” he says. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-21-flw-sanctions-mexican-bass-tournaments

FLW Sanctions Mexican Bass Tournaments

This morning, FLW signed an agreement with LUTCOM SA DE CV, of Mexico City, Mexico, to bring its internationally sanctioned bass fishing tournaments to the United States’ southern neighbor as part of the International Division of the Rayovac FLW Series. The agreement was signed by Jaime Luengo, president and CEO of LUTCOM SA DE CV, and FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel during the FLW Morning Show before the day-two takeoff of the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-13-british-bbq-star-heading-to-hot-springs

British BBQ Star Heading to Hot Springs

Now, a little barbecue and a little bass fishing are nothing out of the ordinary for Southern folks in the summertime. But Shea’s not Southern. He’s not even American. Shea is one of the premier British competitive cookers, and he’s traveling with his crew – the British Bulldogs BBQ team – across the Atlantic to test his slow-cooking mettle against some of the very best pitmasters in an event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS). READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-11-weekend-wrap-up-aug-10-2015

Weekend Wrap-Up – Aug. 10, 2015

The dog days of August are pretty well upon us now. Last weekend the BFL Illini and Northeast divisions were both in action, but that was it. Of course, there is still plenty to pay attention to as the Forrest Wood Cup gets closer by the minute. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-10-houston-rebuilding-lake-after-dam-failure

Houston Rebuilding Lake After Dam Failure

One of pro bass fishing’s true legends has vowed to rebuild it. In the process, he plans to resurrect what might have been one of the best private trophy bass fisheries the state of Oklahoma has ever seen. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-04-technical-issues-due-to-service-provider-outage

Technical Issues Due To Service Provider Outage

READ MORE »

/tips/2015-07-24-walmart-bfl-tournament-preview

Walmart BFL Tournament Preview

The 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League season will continue with a tournament on Saturday, July 25, when the Shenandoah division takes on the James River. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively in the one-day event. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-07-22-how-to-fish-the-prop-bee

How to Fish the Prop Bee

The Brian’s Bees Prop Bee isn’t the most popular topwater bait on the Walmart FLW Tour. Rather, it’s more limited in scope. It’s a niche bait. When a tournament falls into the window where the Prop Bee shines, however, it’s one of those “you-gotta-have-it” baits that is practically a shoo-in to produce a few top-10 finishes. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-07-16-flw-tournaments-headed-to-china

FLW Tournaments Headed to China

FLW announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Sunny Lake (Beijing) Sport Development, LLC, from China to begin sanctioning FLW bass fishing tournaments in the Eastern Asian nation at a contract signing today at the 2015 ICAST show in Orlando. The agreement was signed by FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel and Gang Li, vice president of the Florida Culture Exchange Association (FCEA), representing Sunny Lake Sport Development. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-07-10-walmart-bfl-tournament-preview

Walmart BFL Tournament Preview

The 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League season will continue with two tournaments on Saturday, July 11. The Great Lakes division takes on the Wolf River Chain and the Michigan division stops at the Detroit River for an event presented by Navionics. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively in the one-day events. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-07-10-5-frog-tactics-that-work-now

5 Frog Tactics that Work Now

Beyond the simple joy of slamming hooks into the mouth of a shallow, surface-feeding bass, frogs also offer technical advantages that allow anglers to capitalize on some of the best big-bass action of the summer. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-06-30-martin-earns-first-aoy-title

Martin Earns First AOY Title

Prior to the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour season, Scott Martin had banked a total of three top-10 Angler of the Year finishes in his 15-year career as a pro. It was impressive, but not indicative of his greatness. The truth of the matter is that Scott Martin was a winner, always taking risks in search of equal reward. That risky fishing has led Martin to more than $2 million in earnings, a Forrest Wood Cup win and four Tour-level wins. But the gambles burned him often enough that he never earned AOY. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-06-30-birge-dominates-roy-race

Birge Dominates ROY Race

Zack Birge isn’t wasting any time filling out his tournament-fishing resume. The Oklahoman won the 2014 Rayovac FLW Series Championship on Wheeler Lake last fall then joined up on the Walmart FLW Tour for 2015 and went on a season-long tear that earned him the Rookie of the Year award. Birge, alongside his wife, Kristina, was presented with his ROY trophy this afternoon on the weigh-in stage at the Potomac River tournament, where he finished in 77th place. He finished 29th overall in the AOY standings to best a group of 18 rookies. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-06-27-flw-signs-contract-for-south-korean-tournaments

FLW Signs Contract for South Korean Tournaments

At the day-two weigh-in of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on the Potomac River, FLW signed a contract that inked an exclusive licensing agreement with MirooNamoo Media Group from South Korea to begin sanctioning FLW bass fishing tournaments in the Eastern-Asian country. South Korea will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of the host country, to a new International Division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. Two anglers will compete as pros with FLW providing Ranger boats, and two will compete as co-anglers. The top pro award at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship is $95,000, including a Ranger Z518C if the pro is Ranger Cup qualified, and the top co-angler award is a Ranger Z117. READ MORE »