UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Ouachita

/tips/2016-02-02-time-to-shine-for-setzer

Time to Shine for Setzer

With three years on Tour and a Co-angler of the Year (COY) award under his belt, Braxton Setzer believes now is his time to start casting from the front. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-01-28-john-cox-gives-himself-a-makeover

John Cox Gives Himself a Makeover

Last fall there was a rumor going around that John Cox was entering the electronics age and souping up his boat with sonar gear. Just to clear the air, the Florida pro reports that though he did flirt with the notion of incorporating an offshore strategy centered on depth finders into his act, he eventually abandoned the idea. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-01-27-austin-felix-is-ready-for-the-big-time

Austin Felix is Ready for the Big Time

Back in the spring of 2014, Austin Felix and his University of Minnesota teammate Chris Burgan were on the top of the FLW College Fishing world. With a win in the National Championship on Lake Keowee, Felix was headed to the Forrest Wood Cup as a pro. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-01-22-making-the-case-for-haynes-as-aoy

Making the Case for Haynes as AOY

As many have noted, the Walmart FLW Tour schedule for this season looks a lot like it did in 2014. Back then, in his sophomore year on Tour, Randy Haynes had one of the strangest seasons you’ll ever see. He finished 104th at Okeechobee, 149th at Sam Rayburn (ouch) and cranked out top-30 finishes everywhere else. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-01-12-still-fishing-after-50-years

Still Fishing After 50 Years

The year that Jimmy Houston first fished a bass tournament of any consequence, he was a senior at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma and contemplating going to law school after graduation. In the larger world outside, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson was contemplating sending more American troops to a distant spot on the map called Vietnam to help resolve a conflict there. Teenage girls were contemplating whether to purchase the new fashion sensation called a “mini-skirt” and what their parents might say about it, and millions of young married couples were contemplating whether they could afford the median sales price of $21,700 to buy a new house. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-01-05-working-the-system

Working the System

For five seasons, Brad Knight struggled on the Walmart FLW Tour. From unexpected breakdowns to lost fish and missed chances, the part-time pharmacist from Lancing, Tenn., cracked the top 50 only once. That all changed with a 19th-place finish in the annual standings and a 20th-place showing in the Forrest Wood Cup in 2014. In 2015, his momentum continued to shift into high gear as he made it into a couple of semifinal rounds in regular-season events, then capped it all off with a dramatic Forrest Wood Cup win on Lake Ouachita. READ MORE »

/tips/2016-01-04-cobb-learning-the-ropes

Cobb Learning the Ropes

Since he placed third in the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita last August, life has been pretty darn good for Greenwood, S.C., pro Brandon Cobb. In fact, considering he is about to enter his junior season on the Walmart FLW Tour, it might be more accurate to say that things are great – in and out of a boat. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-12-29-the-end-of-his-ride

The End of His Ride

In 2013, the Zapf brothers became fishing partners when Andrew enrolled at Ramapo. The result was a win at Smith Mountain Lake in their first tournament. They would finish 10th in the Northern Conference Invitational that year and added a pair of top 10s in 2014 to get back to the National Championship. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-12-28-adams-building-momentum

Adams Building Momentum

After taking a break from Walmart FLW Tour competition for five seasons, North Carolina pro Tracy Adams returned with a strong 2015 performance that now has him chomping at the bit and eager to tackle a new season. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-12-18-catching-up-with-canterbury

Catching up with Canterbury

For Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury, the offseason couldn’t be going any better. Although the Alabama angler is itching for the start of the next Walmart FLW Tour season, he’s been taking advantage of what will amount to a five-month break. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-12-16-proving-she-belongs

Proving She Belongs

An inch over 5 feet tall and sporting long blond hair, Brianne hardly resembles the typical tournament angler, but she can hold her own in a bass boat. Against the grain, perhaps, but to those who know anything about south Florida fishing, it’s enough to say that she’s a McMillan. As a member of that talented family, Brianne grew up fishing with and against the likes of cousins Brandon and Jared McMillan, as well as dad, Jeff, a fellow Bass Fishing League angler and FLW Series competitor. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-12-15-slob-spots

Slob Spots

Cody Meyer has firsthand knowledge of the potential of Western spotted bass fisheries. In May 2014, he won a local tournament on Bullards Bar Reservoir in California with a 40 1/2-pound limit of all spotted bass. His sack of spots included fish weighing 7.14, 7.46, 7.80, 9.01 and 9.10 pounds. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-12-15-blaylock-hungry-for-another-win

Blaylock Hungry for Another Win

Since Blaylock’s inaugural season as a pro in 2009 when he was the lean, hungry Arkansas kid who won Rookie of the Year, he hasn’t triumphed in a Tour-level event. He won at Lake Norman that year – at 21, the youngest pro to ever win a Tour-level event – and now he’s hungry for another victory. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-09-21-championship-mindset

Championship Mindset

“I’ve often wondered what makes me say ‘OK, this is important’ and allows me to raise myself to the next level,” says Dudley. “Scott Martin said something in his Angler of the Year speech at the [2015] Forrest Wood Cup that made me think. He said he started fishing this year with a purpose. I think I just have a greater purpose when I fish the Cup.” READ MORE »

/tips/2015-09-14-his-own-way

His Own Way

Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” might be too dramatic a description, but the message of a man’s commitment to individuality and doing things his way certainly fits Walmart FLW Tour pro Scott Martin. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-09-03-getting-to-know-the-champ

Getting to Know the Champ

There are a few different types of Forrest Wood Cup champions. Sometimes an established pro like Anthony Gagliardi or Scott Martin wins. The Cup serves as a brilliant spot on their resumes and sets them up for life, but it likely doesn’t change anyone’s opinion about them because we already know they’re great. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-21-schenck-to-retire

Schenck to Retire

There were tears. There were moments of silence. And then there was a great applause. That was the reaction from the crowd at Bank of the Ozarks Arena, when Indiana veteran Shad Schenck announced his retirement from professional fishing near the end of the day-two weigh-in at the Forrest Wood Cup. Schenck cited the demand of balancing full-time work life with full-time fishing life as one of his primary reasons for stepping down from the Tour. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-19-fukae-honored-with-sportsmanship-award

Fukae Honored with Sportsmanship Award

It was called one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship seen in the sport. On Wednesday night, Shinichi Fukue was recognized for it. During the honorary Forrest Wood Cup pre-tournament dinner for the qualifiers, Fukae was awarded the Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award from the namesake of the trophy, Forrest L. Wood. The award recognizes the individual who displayed overall commitment of sportsmanship and community leadership, on and off the water, by displaying ethical behavior, upholding integrity, class, selflessness, conservation efforts and kindness to others. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-17-richardson-overcomes-hurdles-in-pursuit-of-his-dream

Richardson Overcomes Hurdles in Pursuit of His Dream

In the pursuit of any dream, whether the end goal is just around the corner or a long ways away, there will always be a few bumps in the road during the journey. For Curtis Richardson, the 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American winner, his dream of becoming a professional angler and fishing the Walmart FLW Tour is within sight, but getting there has required navigating a major obstruction. READ MORE »

/tips/2015-08-17-a-day-with-the-hawks

A Day with the Hawks

About 1,400 miles separate Roy Hawk’s home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., from Hot Springs, Ark., but Hawk’s path to get to Hot Springs for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup has stretched far beyond that. The Western pro’s FLW profile shows a career of ups and downs, of trials and errors. He’s fished a mishmash of tournaments, from two seasons on the Walmart FLW Tour to Bass Fishing League qualifiers in the South to Rayovac FLW Series events in the middle of the nation to dozens of tournaments in the Western states. Generally, he’s had good success. In 77 FLW appearances, Hawk has earned almost $400,000. He won back-to-back Western Division Rayovac events in 2009. That’s why out West, Hawk is known as one of the region’s best. Elsewhere, however, he’s not yet had that keystone win that’s needed to make his a household name in the bass fishing industry. Maybe that all changes this week. READ MORE »