UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Okeechobee

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FLW Mexico at the Starting Gate

Our excitement is so great that we wanted to share this important news with all of you. Believe me, fishermen in Mexico are talking it up as if it were dock talk surrounding the Forrest Wood Cup. What really matters at the end of the line is knowing that FLW is showing its true devotion to promoting bass fishing and making it a truly international sport. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-01-20-becoming-aware-of-your-angler-strengths

Becoming Aware of Your Angler Strengths

The ongoing sentiment among fishermen is that versatility is the key to becoming a successful professional angler. While I’m certain that statement holds some weight, I think there is an alternate perspective that is worth entertaining. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-01-07-photoperiods-and-fishing

Photoperiods and Fishing

My family business is landscaping. In a college horticultural class, I learned something that I had observed firsthand: for various reasons, warmer temperatures prompt the annual growing cycle of some shrubs and trees, while the lengthening photoperiod is the main stimulus for other plants. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-01-06-prepping-to-go-pro

Prepping to Go Pro

In 2016, I will be stepping from the back of the boat to the front deck for my rookie season as a pro on the Walmart FLW Tour. The decision to pursue my childhood dream at the next level has made my fall and winter a little different so far. OK, it’s actually been a lot different than a normal offseason. Sure, I’m cleaning reels, organizing jigs and changing the treble hooks on my crankbaits, like in years past, but there’s a lot more to consider this time around. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-01-05-reasons-to-be-excited-for-the-2016-season-

Reasons to be Excited for the 2016 Season

Ground zero for giant bass, the Sunshine State nevertheless consistently frustrates plenty of competitors not used to the ways of the native fish or who feel uncomfortable around all that seemingly endless aquatic vegetation. But the top-end is ridiculous, and the competition is fierce. There aren’t many places where a guy can drop 30 pounds on the scale and still be nervous about being overtaken in the standings. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-01-01-the-10-biggest-fishing-revolutions

The 10 Biggest Fishing Revolutions

Fishing can still be as simple as a cane pole, a worm and a hook. But if you’re a hardcore basser like me, the way we play the game has forever been changed. Here’s my list of the top 10 changes in bass fishing since Y2K. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-12-02-do-you-have-the-four-cs-

Do You Have The Four Cs?

What makes Greg Hackney so good? How can David Dudley be so consistent? How does Mark Rose keep sponsors happy for years? What does it really take to be a top-100 pro? READ MORE »

/tips/2015-11-30-dealing-with-letdowns

Dealing with Letdowns

In that 2002 event, I was qualified to win a life-changing $900,000 counting incentives. To finish second and win $110,000 while catching nearly 10 pounds more weight than my nearest competitor was all the incentive I needed to seek how to deal with letdowns. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-11-17-fishing-through-the-stress-

Fishing Through the Stress

For some of us, the Forrest Woods Cup’s memories are still fresh. They come back again and again to give us moments of satisfaction and joy as we’re reminded of the great times we had during those hot summer days at Hot Springs. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-11-09-true-sportsmanship

True Sportsmanship

In recent years it seems I’ve read an increasing number of stories about bass anglers and their lack of common courtesy: hole-jumping, waypoint-stealing, cutting off other anglers – you get the picture. With that in mind, I want to relate an incident that happened to me during the 2015 BFL Regional on the Potomac River. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-11-05-6-rules-for-fishing-safely-in-a-kayak

6 Rules for Fishing Safely in a Kayak

There will never be a replacement for the almighty bass boat. It has secured its place as the tool for the trade on so many types of waters. But there are also places where the fishing kayak reigns supreme, and many of the “who’s who” of bass fishing are discovering that a kayak is a great addition to their fishing and fun tools. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-10-21-mom-s-fishing-lessons

Mom’s Fishing Lessons

I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of great fishing friends and mentors who helped me become a better angler. However, the best inspiration for my fishing career was my mother, Cheryl, and she also gave me the best advice regarding it. She was a mother who only fished a handful of times in her life, and who was always sure she was going to fly out of my bass boat anytime I got it over 35 mph. But, boy, did she help guide me. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-10-12-an-unexpected-gift

An Unexpected Gift

What a year it has been! As I begin my very first blog post, I am thankful, humbled and extremely proud to call myself a breast cancer survivor. Not necessarily the club one expects or wants to be part of, but I am here to tell you that it has been a gift in so many ways. I know, many of you are thinking a "gift" to be diagnosed with cancer? The answer is yes. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-09-24-how-to-catch-big-fall-smallmouths

How to Catch Big Fall Smallmouths

What's the best time of year to catch lots of big smallmouth bass in the northern United States? Well, get ready, because it's going to happen in the next couple of weeks and continue until the lakes freeze solid. And the best part about it is that often times you will have entire lakes to yourself since most anglers switch gears and start their hunting seasons, leaving the lakes almost completely void of pressure. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-09-17-weekend-angler-off-the-water-practice

Weekend Angler: Off the Water Practice

Of all the excuses I hear fisherman use when it comes to fishing tournaments, the one that intrigues me the most is, "I haven't been out that much, so I couldn't practice." There is no substitute for time on the water – that is not debatable – but there are things that can be done to assist you in your weekend efforts if you can’t spend every free moment on the water. Below you’ll find just a few tips to hopefully help you become a more efficient angler. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-09-16-the-good-ol-days

The Good Ol' Days

It’s hard to believe that the dog days of summer will soon be coming to an end, seen in the shortening of days and frigid mornings. For some, fall means hanging up the rods and picking up the bow or shotgun in preparation for the upcoming hunting seasons – for others, falling water temps signify hungry bass stocking up for the descending metabolism of winter. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-09-11-frog-fishing-101

Frog fishing 101

People often ask me about what frog I use and when. It’s a good question, because there are many, many frogs available to anglers these days. The answer depends on the situation you expect to encounter. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-09-10-a-fisherman-or-fisher-of-men-

A Fisherman or Fisher of Men?

It was a series of ups, downs and way downs, though I ended my season with a nice check at the Potomac River. I thought squaring off against a prehistoric reptile in its own backyard was tough, but I have to tell you that fishing against these FLW guys was tougher than dealing with alligators back home. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-09-09-rhinos-bass-and-great-white-sharks

Rhinos, Bass and Great White Sharks

Tournament fishing in South Africa is pretty solid, with about 500 serious tournament anglers in the country. There are many more recreational anglers in the region too. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-09-01-getting-whipped-by-the-young-bucks

Getting Whipped by the Young Bucks

It really goes against all logic, but logic flew out the window again at the recent Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. Take the example of Brandon Cobb and Dion Hibdon. Cobb, at the tender age of 25, not only qualified for the Cup (the most difficult championship in the world to qualify for, much less win), but he finished in the top five. READ MORE »