UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Potomac River

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7 Terrific Topwater Baits

7 Terrific Topwater Baits
Combine a jointed jighead design with a buzzbait and you get Strike King’s Swinging Sugar Buzz. The jointed design helps keep head-thrashing fish hooked and gives the Sugar Buzz maximum vibrating action. It’s a single-blade buzzbait that comes in 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 ounce. StrikeKing.com

If you don’t like fishing topwater, just give up fishing already. These seven new baits will help you get your surface-fishing fix next season.

Read about 10 New Frogs and Toads here.

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Storm has gotten into the big walking bait market with its Arashi Top Walker. The bait comes in two sizes - 4 1/4 inches, 3/4 ounce; 5 1/8 inches, 1 1/8 ounce - with three hooks and four ball bearings. The bearings are different sizes for a unique

Storm Arashi Top Walker

Storm has gotten into the big walking bait market with its Arashi Top Walker. The bait comes in two sizes – 4 1/4 inches, 3/4 ounce; 5 1/8 inches, 1 1/8 ounce – with three hooks and four ball bearings. The bearings are different sizes for a unique “variable pitch” sound. Storm designed the Top Walker with somewhat flat sides, which the company says allow it to walk without rolling so that the hooks stay down where they can do their jobs. It comes in 10 colors. Rapala.com

 

It's a walker, it's a wobbler and it's a clacker - the Walking Boss Part II is a hybrid bait that can do it all thanks to a jointed hard-plastic body and a cupped mouth reminiscent of the classic Arbogast Jitterbug. The bait is 5 inches long and heavy enough to cast a mile, plus it features Livingston's sound-emitting technology. Price is $17.99. It comes in about a dozen colors. LivingstonLures.com

Livingston Walking Boss Part II

It’s a walker, it’s a wobbler and it’s a clacker – the Walking Boss Part II is a hybrid bait that can do it all thanks to a jointed hard-plastic body and a cupped mouth reminiscent of the classic Arbogast Jitterbug. The bait is 5 inches long and heavy enough to cast a mile, plus it features Livingston’s sound-emitting technology. Price is $17.99. It comes in about a dozen colors. LivingstonLures.com

 

The BBZ-1 Rat isn't entirely new, but this season SPRO released a couple of

SPRO BBZ-1 Rat Nos. 30 and 40

The BBZ-1 Rat isn’t entirely new, but this season SPRO released a couple of “gateway” models of the bait that are small enough to ease folks who might still be a little reluctant to fish with big baits into the rat bait world. The No. 40 is 7 inches from nose to the tip of the tail with a 4-inch body. It weighs 1 ounce. The No. 30 is an inch shorter in both overall length and body length and weighs 1/2 ounce. The best part is that you can cast either size on ordinary jig, cranking or topwater rods. SPRO.com

 

Combine a jointed jighead design with a buzzbait and you get Strike King's Swinging Sugar Buzz. The jointed design helps keep head-thrashing fish hooked and gives the Sugar Buzz maximum vibrating action. It's a single-blade buzzbait that comes in 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 ounce. StrikeKing.com

Strike King Swinging Sugar Buzz

Combine a jointed jighead design with a buzzbait and you get Strike King’s Swinging Sugar Buzz. The jointed design helps keep head-thrashing fish hooked and gives the Sugar Buzz maximum vibrating action. It’s a single-blade buzzbait that comes in 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 ounce. StrikeKing.com

 

Probably the most interesting feature of the Megabass i-Jack wake bait is its pendulum-mounted one-knocker rattle. The rattle ball is attached to a flat, hinged piece of metal that swings side-to-side as the bait wobbles. Megabass says that this creates a very consistent knocking sound. The bait weighs 1 ounce and is a hair shy of 4 1/4 inches long. It's a good

Megabass i-Jack

Probably the most interesting feature of the Megabass i-Jack wake bait is its pendulum-mounted one-knocker rattle. The rattle ball is attached to a flat, hinged piece of metal that swings side-to-side as the bait wobbles. Megabass says that this creates a very consistent knocking sound. The bait weighs 1 ounce and is a hair shy of 4 1/4 inches long. It’s a good “in-between” size of wake bait that’s smaller than most jointed models but bigger than most round-body wake baits. With a pointed tail and shad-shaped body, the i-Jack wobbles and rolls when in motion, according to the video the company showed off in its booth. It costs about $20 and comes in five colors. MegaBassUSA.com

 

There are quite a few pencil poppers at ICAST this year, but this model from DUO Realis is the most unique. Available in 110mm and 148mm models, the Pencil Popper has an extremely durable internal structure that eliminates

DUO Realis Pencil Popper

There are quite a few pencil poppers at ICAST this year, but this model from DUO Realis is the most unique. Available in 110mm and 148mm models, the Pencil Popper has an extremely durable internal structure that eliminates “crush zones” so that it can be fished for salwater species, powerful freshwater predators and cool exotics such as peacock bass that can destroy lesser topwaters. On the bigger model, a single knocker slides back and forth against two metal balls in the tail, and the belly hook hanger swivels to help keep fish buttoned up. The smaller model is silent but has a clever internal wire hook-hanger system that won’t ever pull free. DUO designed the bait with a cool curved shape so that it floats tail-down, giving it an up-and-down tail action whether it’s chugging or walking. Twelve colors are available. Cost is about $16. duo-inc.co.jp/bass/en/realis/

 

New to the prop-bait market is the HeliPs Grande, a bream-imitating compact bait that should cast farther than balsa models and will last longer too. The sides slope down to create somewhat of a triangular body shape in cross-section. Five colors are available. It costs $16.99. 

This year, ima also released new sizes of two popular topwater baits. The Little Stik is the little brother of the Big Stik. It's a 1-ounce pencil popper that is 135mm long. The Skimmer Grande is a walking bait that's about 1/2 inch longer than the original Skimmer. imaLures.com

ima HeliPs Grande

New to the prop-bait market is the HeliPs Grande, a bream-imitating compact bait that should cast farther than balsa models and will last longer too. The sides slope down to create somewhat of a triangular body shape in cross-section. Five colors are available. It costs $16.99.

This year, ima also released new sizes of two popular topwater baits. The Little Stik is the little brother of the Big Stik. It’s a 1-ounce pencil popper that is 135mm long. The Skimmer Grande is a walking bait that’s about 1/2 inch longer than the original Skimmer. imaLures.com

 

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Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Tyler Matlock of Omaha, Arkansas, caught 11 pounds, 9 ounces of bass Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Greers Ferry Lake. For his efforts, Matlock took home $3,205. READ MORE »

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Chris Quaintance of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 5 ounces. Quaintance netted $4,119 for his victory. READ MORE »

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

Cade Laufenberg of Goodview, Minnesota, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division opener on the Mississippi River at La Crosse presented by Navionics with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 7 ounces. For his day on the water, Laufenberg pocketed $4,355. READ MORE »

Chico Wins on Clear

Chico Wins on Clear

The Chico State University duo of Carson Leber of Dixon, California, and Chad Sweitzer of Chico, California, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Clear Lake presented by Costa Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Wildcats’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Hunter Sales of Blaine, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division event on Lake Cherokee. Sales earned $3,455 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Jason Burger of Bridgeton, New Jersey, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division opener on the Chesapeake Bay presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts, Burger pocketed $4,000. READ MORE »

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Adam Boehle of Warrenton, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake of the Ozarks. Boehle pocketed $4,938 for his win in the event presented by Navionics and 250 points in the Ozark Division presented by Bassing Bob standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Allman Wins on Wylie

Allman Wins on Wylie

Mike Allman of York, South Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division event on Lake Wylie. Allman earned $2,500 for his efforts. READ MORE »

2019 BFL All-American Roster

2019 BFL All-American Roster

The 98 best boaters and co-anglers from FLW’s grassroots ranks will compete on the Potomac River May 30-June 1 in the 2019 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American presented by General Tire. READ MORE »

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

The Lake County High School Fishing Club duo of Cooper Goff and Nathan Phillips, both of Kelseyville, California, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Clear Lake Open. READ MORE »

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Clear Lake is always a fun place to fish, but wind, rain and cooler temperatures made things tough for the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats, and the famed fishery wasn't as kind as it can be with many pros struggling as the week went on. Kyle Grover, on the other hand, only got better as the tournament progressed. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Drop-shotting tules was the main pattern for Uribe and knowing how to reach the fish made all the difference. Adjusting to the conditions was definitely key on day two, and no doubt the rest of the top pros had to go with the flow to stay in sight of the title. READ MORE »

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

When weather woes nixed Joe Uribe Jr.’s initial objective, the resilient angler from Surprise, Ariz., refocused his effort and sacked up a limit of 19 pounds, 5 ounces to take over the lead on day two of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina with a total weight of 41-13. READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake was in a foul, foul mood this morning for the second day’s launch of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. Absent was the drizzly rain of yesterday, but the tradeoff was a 15- to 20-mph northwest wind that turned the lake into a washing machine. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., benefitted from a double dose of Clear Lake kickers when he found the right set of docks in a major spawning bay. Finesse baits did the trick up shallow for the day one leader at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats. Other slow presentations served his brief offshore work. Handling the day’s weather challenges was a big part of Olson’s success.  Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., was able to separate himself from the pack on day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats with a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds. One of four anglers to crack 20 pounds, Olson leads second-place pro Joe Uribe Jr. by 2 1/2 pounds. The rest of the top 20 are packed together with just a few pounds separating them.  READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

The weather system pushing through northern California brought dreary, drizzly conditions interspersed with occasional steady spells of light rain for day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. The sun made only a few peeking appearances, but there were several bright spots in the morning’s activity. READ MORE »

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

The South Laurel High School team of Shawn Coots and Trent Keltner weighed 19 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and 13-4 on day two for a 32-13 total and the win in the 2019 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »

Manson Nets Third Win

Manson Nets Third Win

Scott Manson of Covington, Ohio, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces, to take top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division opener on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Manson netted $4,046. READ MORE »

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Dusty Herron of Alabaster, Alabama, and Chris Rutland of Wetumpka, Alabama, each caught five bass Saturday weighing 16 pounds even to tie for the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lay Lake. After contingency awards, Rutland earned $3,435, while Herron took home $2,435. READ MORE »