UPCOMING EVENT: YETI College Fishing - 2019 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir


Top Picks From ICAST

Gene Larew Wheeler’s Punch Out Craw.

A few days of walking the floor at ICAST is enough to exhaust a body, but it isn’t enough to know exactly what’s worthwhile. For that, you need some time to reflect and probably a few tournament seasons to fly by to see what rises up. After a weekend of driving and fishing, I can’t claim to know what’s going to be the next Curado or Wiggle Wart, but I can at least tell you what stuck with me.

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Nichols Lures Magnum Swimbait Head.

Nichols Lures Magnum Swimbait Head

The Magnum Swimbait Head has been out in the wild since early summer, but I hadn’t seen it in action or up close until ICAST. It is built around an 8/0 Mustad hook and the ability to secure a swimbait with broken off toothpicks instead of glue. After seeing it in action, I think it is genius and I’d love to see the concept tried on a smaller scale for some non-giant applications.

You can get the Magnum Swimbait Head in 3/4- and 1-ounce sizes and they sell for $6.49 for a 2-pack. NicholsLures.com


Greenfish Tackle Shin Spin Kami.

Greenfish Tackle Shin Spin Kami

Greenfish Tackle built the Shin Spin Kami off the already successful Shin Spin head. As you might have guessed from the name, Shin Fukae had a hand in designing it, and word is that he caught a lot of key fish offshore on it en route to his 11th-place FLW Tour AOY finish in 2015. Subtle spinners have been gaining ground very quickly in bass fishing and combining that trend with hair seems like a really good idea.

The Shin Spin Kami comes in five colors and ranges from 3/8 to 1 ounce. It will be available in late August and sells for $10.99. GreenfishTackle.com


SpoolTek Lures Pro Series 4-Inch Fatty.

SpoolTek Lures Pro Series 4-Inch Fatty

SpoolTek swimbaits have been around for a while now and the 4-inch version introduced at ICAST that might be the ticket for someone curious about the technology, but unsure about tossing a 6-inch bait in their local waters.

The bait is made of a hard plastic head with a replaceable soft plastic tail, and the deployable hook and leader system is built into the head. A medium-strength jerk will pull the hook and cable out to keep the leverage the fish can get during the fight to a minimum. The theory behind the bait is the same as a line-thru, but it should be a little more durable and the connection point on top might help keep the whole system more inline than on some other big swimbaits.

The 4-inch Fatty costs $14.99, comes in 12 colors, is packaged with a replacement tail and should be available in just a few weeks. SpoolTekLures.com


Gene Larew Wheeler's Punch Out Craw.

Gene Larew Wheeler’s Punch Out Craw

Sometimes stuff just looks good. Wheeler’s Punch Out Craw isn’t wildly different from a typical craw or punch bait, but it seems like a really sweet size to me and I dig the ability to pick it apart and make a few different baits. If you flipped it all in one without separating the claws you would likely be giving the fish a look they haven’t seen before. The same is probably true if you pull off the claws and turn it into a very subtle Berkley Havoc Devil Spear type bait.

Wheeler’s Punch Out Craw is 3 3/4-inches long, available in 12 colors and $5.49 will get you eight craws. You should be able to get your hands on them the first of November.  GeneLarew.com


Z-Man RaZor ShadZ.

Z-Man RaZor ShadZ

One of the great pairings in fishing over the last few years has been a ChatterBait and a Lake Fork Live Magic Shad. Now, Z-Man has an in-house answer that could be an all-time great ChatterBait trailer too. The RaZor ShadZ is obviously inspired by the Magic Shad – the big design difference is that the tail on the Razor ShadZ is vertical like a fish and the tail on the Magic Shad is horizontal like a dolphin. You can’t know until you fish it, but the orientation of the tail could turn out to be the difference between a dud and an exceptional producer.

The other difference is the plastic – the RaZor ShadZ is made of the extremely durable ElaZtech. The prospect of gluing your trailer on to start the day and getting multiple limits of bass in the boat without changing is a very appealing one.

The RaZor ShadZ is 4 1/2-inches long and a 4-pack sells for $4.99. They are likely to be available around the beginning of September. ZManFishing.com


Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Bull Worm.

Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Bull Worm

The Bull Worm is pretty hawg. Measuring a solid 10-inches, it is basically a really up-sized trick worm. It isn’t the first big straight-tailed worm on the market, but it sure looks good in person and it has the familiar softness and coffee scent that denote it as a Strike King bait. I’m not sure that Michael Wooley had the Bull Worm in his arsenal when he won on Chickamauga, but I bet it would have really caught them with it there. Regardless, the Bull Worm seems headed for success on big shaky heads and Texas rigs on the Tennessee River ledges.

Bull Worms will cost $5.99 for a 6-pack and come in 10 colors. It is available now. StrikeKing.com


Jackall ChunkCraw.

Jackall ChunkCraw

This is another bait that falls in the “it just looks good” category. With plenty of arms and some interestingly fat and then thin curling tails, the ChunkCraw has a little bit of everything going on. Seen in silhouette, it looks remarkably like a crayfish, and it has the right thickness to flip or just throw on a Texas rig. The ChunkCraw also appears to be very customizable, so if you don’t like it you can probably change it.

You can pick up a pack of ChunkCraws for $4.99. The 3 1/2-inch version comes in a 6-pack and the 4-inch version comes in a 5-pack. The Chunk Craw will be available in August. Jackall-Lures.com

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AOY Update: Lake Toho

 With the first two events of the 2019 FLW Tour season in the books, it’s time to take a look at how the Angler of the Year race is shaping up. At Sam Rayburn and Lake Toho the pros were tested with very different conditions, and the standings include anglers different specialties and skill sets than at this time last year, when the Tour’s first two events were both held in Florida. READ MORE »


Montevallo Wins on Seminole

The University of Montevallo duo of Justin Barnes of Monroeville, Alabama, and Adam Carroll of Carrollton, Georgia, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Seminole Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned the Falcon’s bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »


Mount Paran Christian School wins on Seminole

The Mount Paran Christian School duo of Lee Rose Koza and Carter Koza, both of Marietta, Georgia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Seminole Open. READ MORE »


Anders Chases Shad for Keowee W

Boater Joe Anders of Easley, South Carolina, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River division event on Lake Keowee presented by Navionics. Anders earned $4,164 for his efforts. READ MORE »


Top 10 Baits from Toho

The second stop of the 2019 FLW Tour landed right on the spawn on Lake Toho and the other lakes on the Kissimmee Chain. Top finishers caught bass in all phases of the spawn. Collectively, they used just about every bait you’ll ever need if you want to catch a bass this time of year in the Sunshine State. READ MORE »


Toho Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »


Gross Wins Second Tour Title

Buddy Gross of Chickamauga, Ga., won the 2019 FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats at Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla., with a four-day total of 20 bass that weighed 85 pounds, 12 ounces. READ MORE »


Gross Grabs Toho Lead

Day three of the FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho was tough on the leaders, but Buddy Gross stayed steady, rising to first from fifth with 19 pounds, 12 ounces. In total, Gross has amassed 62 pounds even through three days, which is just about a pound ahead of Darrell Davis, who caught 25-12 for a 60-15 total and rocketed up to second from 13th. Going into the final day, everyone in the top six is within 5 pounds of the lead, and the way the Kissimmee Chain is pumping out big ones, that counts as the slimmest of margins. READ MORE »


Toho Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »


Cox Stays Ahead on Toho

Day two of the FLW Tour presented by Ranger on Lake Toho featured not one, but TWO 10-pounders, one caught by Casey Scanlon and the other by Jamie Horton. READ MORE »


Toho Day 2 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »


Cox Leads Toho Slugfest

Day one of the FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho was the slugfest many expected. Leading the way is sight-fishing extraordinaire John Cox, who caught 31 pounds, 9 ounces and the day one big bass – a giant that went 10-9.  In second, John Voyles wrangled up 24-15, and Scott Martin is close behind him with 24-12. READ MORE »


Toho Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »


Roaming Kissimmee with Douglas

Hailing from Minnesota, Josh Douglas is in his third year on the FLW Tour and looking for his first FLW Cup qualification. Were it not for a disqualification in the final event of the year at St. Clair in 2018, Douglas would have sailed into the Cup. After a tough start to the year at Rayburn, he’s planning to get back on track at the FLW Tour event presented by Ranger on Lake Toho. READ MORE »


A Look at Lake Toho

Stop No. 2 of the 2019 FLW Tour takes us to Lake Toho and the several other lakes strung along the Kissimmee River. Presented by Ranger Boats, the tournament will take off from Big Toho Marina on the north end of the namesake lake, but competitors will be able to spread out down the Kissimmee River into Cypress Lake, Lake Hatchineha (Hatch), Lake Kissimmee, and perhaps even Tiger Lake and Lake Rosalie if they’re feeling adventurous. READ MORE »


FLW Live Schedule for Lake Toho

Weigh-ins at the FLW Tour Lake Toho event will be broadcast daily at 3 p.m. ET days one and two and 4 p.m ET days three and four. The studio broadcast, with live in-the-boat streaming, airs Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. with hosts Travis Moran and Peter T. READ MORE »


Thliveros Brings it Home

Nick Thliveros led after day two on Okeechobee and after weighing his lowest weight of the week, he was able to seal the deal for his first Costa FLW Series win as a pro. READ MORE »


Top 5 Patterns from Okeechobee – Day 2

Fishing as a whole is still tough on the Big O, but there was definitely an improvement today – especially for the guys at the top of the leaderboard. READ MORE »


Thliveros in Charge on Okeechobee

Nick Thliveros is one day away from taking the title in the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »


Top 5 Patterns from Okeechobee – Day 1

Things are tough on Okeechobee, but these pros cracked some of the code to wrangle solid catches. READ MORE »