UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - St. Lawrence River

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(Editor's note: The following products were originally featured in the 2013 August/September issue of Bass Fishing magazine. To read more compelling articles from Bass Fishing magazine each month, become an FLW subscriber member. If you'd like to sign up for a digital subscription to access articles online, click here). T. Allen Rods - Wave Series T. Allen Rods - Wave SeriesFlorida big bass specialist Doug Hannon, who died earlier this year, invented a lot of useful fishing tackle and equipment during his life, and the "Microwave Guide System" featured in the Wave Series of graphite spinning rods is his latest and last. The unique stripper guide captures the line's energy as it comes off the spinning reel spool and funnels it through the first guide so that it doesn't "fluff" out to the side and lose forward momentum. Longer casts and fewer snarls are two benefits. Eight models, ranging in action and length from 6 feet, 8 inches to 7 feet, 10 inches, are in the series. $199.99 to $239.99. (tallenrods.com) Stanley Ribbit Top Toad Stanley Ribbit Top ToadFollowing in a successful line of fake frogs, the hollow-bodied Ribbit Top Toad works like a standard Ribbit, but you can stop it on the retrieve and it will just sit there and float until the bass that's been chasing catches up and engulfs it. A 4-inch high-floater with 3-D eyes, the Top Toad can be twitched along when fish want something moving slower, though its paddletail feet will still move enticingly. Pair it with Stanley's 5/0 Double Take hook. Six colors are available for $4.99 for three unrigged Top Toads or $6.99 for a pack with a pre-rigged version and one unrigged Top Toad. (fishstanley.com) Lew's Spinning Reels LewThe Lew's spinning reel lineup grows by two this summer, as the company is introducing a couple of high-speed series. The four models in the Tournament HS range (matched in size to the equivalent of 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-pound-test lines) have 10 ball bearings and graphite bodies. Spools are of double-anodized aluminum and ported, and the hollow stainless-steel bails are equipped with oversized aluminum line rollers to minimize line twist. Speeds vary from 25 inches per turn for the smallest reel to 38 inches per turn for the 12-pound-test version. $79.99 LewTeam Lew's Gold reels are similar in size, design and features to the Tournament HS line, but with upgrades such as high-strength carbon C40 sealed bodies and side covers, titanium line rollers, and stainless-steel screws. $129.99. (lews.com)

Minn Kota Talon Wireless Foot Switch Minn Kota Talon wireless foot switchThe same technology used in the Talon's wireless push-button control switch has been incorporated in a new foot-control model. Put pressure on one side or the other of the foot control to raise or lower one or two units. The foot control features an LED mode display and an easy-access battery compartment. It can be mounted in a fixed position or removed easily, but in case you kick it off the deck accidentally, it's also waterproof and floats. $149.99 (minnkotamotors.com) Gene Larew Big Bug Gene Larew Big BugA 5-inch version of the original 4 1/4-inch Biffle Bug, the Big Bug is just less than 1 inch at its greatest body width and 15 percent larger than its predecessor. Gene Larew and Tommy Biffle, the namesake of the lure series, adjusted the design to accommodate the extra mass without degrading the swimming action of the bug's legs or negating the hooksetting efficiency of the thin-walled hollow body. They also retained the same flexible cupped tail as the original. Pair the fake crawdad with a Biffle HardHead, the jointed jighead that Biffle also designed. The Big Bug is available in more than two dozen colors, including the popular Sooner run, mossy pumpkin, green pumpkin and watermelon pepper. $6.49 for a package of six (genelarew.com) Tiger Headz Tungsten Shakehead Tiger Headz Tungsten Shakehead jigheadEnvironmentally safe tungsten is heavier than lead, which means it can be shaped into smaller packages to perform the same duties as lead. That factored into Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury's design of the Tiger Headz Tungsten Shakehead jighead, whose small size and distinctive shape allow it to slip through cover better without becoming snagged. Packaged in threes in black or green pumpkin, the shaky-style jighead is available in a 3/16-ounce size with 3/0 or 4/0 Mustad Ultra Point hook, and in 1/4-ounce size with 4/0 or 5/0 hook. $6 per pack (tiger-tungsten.com) Megabass Orochi XX Rods Megabass Orochi XX rodsChevy pro Luke Clausen and others have teamed up to design a new line of rods for Megabass. The Orochi XX range is made of premium graphite with Fuji components. Models include Dropshot, Shaky Head, Fast-Moving Special (crankbaits), Jerkbait Special, Flat-Side Special (an all-around model for various types of crankbaits and swimbaits, according to Clausen), Spinnerbait Special, Extreme Mission Type-F (Carolina rigs, jigs), Tour Versatile, Jig & Worm, Perfect Pitch, and Flipping Special. $275 to $299 (megabassusa.com) Lowrance Point-1 Lowrance Point-1 antennaAccuracy and repeatability are everything when you're depending on your electronics to get you back to a hot fishing spot tucked out of the way. That's why the new Point-1 antenna from Lowrance warrants attention from anglers who use HDS Gen2, HDS Gen2 Touch or Elite-7 units. The compact, waterproof antenna is engineered to provide precise position, speed and heading information. The Point-1 is sold ready-to-rig with a 4-foot cable, hardware and installation guide. $199. (lowrance.com) Dry Dudz Shorts Dry Dudz shortsDude, it's hot, and time to don clothes that will keep you as cool as possible while you're out there milking the ledges. Dry Dudz activewear shorts offer one stylish option to keep you from melting. The shorts have an inner mesh liner designed to ventilate without chaffing, and perhaps their best feature is the woven 115-gram polyester cloth that makes them light and airy. They're cut to boardshort length, meaning they will extend to or beyond the knees, and have zip or hook-and-loop pockets on the sides, rear and leg. Prices range from $25 to $75, while styles range from conservative solid gray or navy blue to wild combo colors. (drydudz.com)

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Little Rock’s Clark Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Hamilton Presented by GEARED

Little Rock’s Clark Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Hamilton Presented by GEARED

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Boater Randall Clark of Little Rock, Arkansas, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces, to win... READ MORE »

Russellville’s Cobb Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Arkie Division Opener on Lake Ouachita Presented by GEARED

Russellville’s Cobb Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Arkie Division Opener on Lake Ouachita Presented by GEARED

MOUNT IDA, Ark. (Feb. 25, 2019) – Boater Donnie Cobb of Russellville, Arkansas, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing... READ MORE »

Benton’s Wright Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Arkie Division Finale on Lake Hamilton Presented by GEARED

Benton’s Wright Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Arkie Division Finale on Lake Hamilton Presented by GEARED

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Boater Adam Wright of Benton, Arkansas, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division... READ MORE »

High-Tech Hardware for Bass Fishing

High-Tech Hardware for Bass Fishing

Nowadays, we see as many digital screens on the dash of an FLW Tour pro’s boat as there are in the typical nine-to-five office space. It makes sense though. A bass boat is a tournament angler’s “office,” and all those screens are tools to help them get the job done. READ MORE »

Davis Bounces Back … And Then Some

Davis Bounces Back … And Then Some

By his own admission, Clent Davis came close to being the Forrest Wood Cup champion that wasn’t. Davis, of Montevallo, Ala., was crowned the 2018 Cup champion Sunday evening in Hot Springs’ Bank OZK Arena by virtue of a three-day sack that totaled 36 pounds, 13 ounces. In his remarks before the standing-room-only crowd of 9,000, however, Davis noted that he almost decided to forego the 2018 season and return to a job with an Alabama power company. He attributed his change of heart to a phone conversation he had with Bill Taylor, FLW’s senior director of tournament operations, last fall. Taylor convinced the 32-year-old Davis that instead of giving up a promising career as an angler, he return to the FLW Tour fold. READ MORE »

Go Big or Go Home Worked for Farlow

Go Big or Go Home Worked for Farlow

In any tournament on the eastern end of Lake Erie, a competitor’s flight number often dictates whether he goes after numbers or size first thing. When Neil Farlow left Safe Harbor Marina in boat 156 on the opening morning of the Costa FLW Series North Division event presented by Polaris and hosted by Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, his was an easy choice to make: He opted for quality over quantity. READ MORE »

One and Done on Lake Erie

One and Done on Lake Erie

A stubborn weather front packing westerly winds lingered overnight in the eastern basin of Lake Erie near Buffalo and forced the cancellation of the final day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division tournament presented by Polaris. Ron Lappin, Costa FLW Series tournament director, made the call at about 4 a.m. after boating out to the mouth of the protected harbor where the tournament was headquartered. READ MORE »

Day Two on Lake Erie is Cancelled

Day Two on Lake Erie is Cancelled

High winds that churned up the eastern basin of Lake Erie overnight and prompted a small craft advisory also forced cancellation of day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division tournament presented by Polaris. Sustained southwesterly winds of 14 mph and gusts up to 26 mph were forecast for Friday, making boating conditions untenable. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Erie Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Erie Day 1

Friday’s semi-final round is expected to produce more exceptional stringers, and perhaps changes in the top 10, where only a pound and an ounce separate 10th place from first place. Meanwhile, here’s a look at some of the anglers trying to tip Farlow out of the top spot. READ MORE »

Smallmouths and the wind are cooperating in Costa Erie Event

Smallmouths and the wind are cooperating in Costa Erie Event

Lake Erie lived up to its billing as a top smallmouth destination Thursday morning, much to the satisfaction of anglers competing in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Polaris. By midmorning, several limit stringers had been reported by FLW reporters and photographers as anglers fishing in the shadow of the Buffalo, N.Y., skyline were in the process of culling their weights from the mid to high teens into the 20s. READ MORE »

Costa Smallmouth Derby Begins on Erie

Costa Smallmouth Derby Begins on Erie

Stop two in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division got underway under clear skies this morning on Lake Erie out of Buffalo. The event, which drew 169 boats, is presented by Polaris and hosted by Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission. The field features some of the top smallmouth sticks in the Northeast. The big question at game time was not whether anglers would catch plenty of fish, but how many and of what size. READ MORE »

Another Smallmouth Smackdown?

Another Smallmouth Smackdown?

A lot can change about a fishery in seven years, and not always for the best. The consensus on Lake Erie at Buffalo, N.Y., site of the second Costa FLW Series Northern Division tournament this weekend, is that the smallmouth fishing is better than 2011 when the Series last visited. This year’s event, presented by Polaris and hosted by Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, begins Thursday morning at 6 a.m. ET out of Buffalo’s Safe Harbor Marina and will involve about 180 pros and an equal number of co-anglers. READ MORE »

Bass Have Gone Global

Bass Have Gone Global

It’s safe to say that before last fall many, if not most, fishermen in this country weren’t aware that bass lived anywhere except the northern half of the Western Hemisphere and a few places in Asia and Africa. Turns out that bass are a lot more international in their range than we might have originally thought, and it portends an interesting future. READ MORE »

Hot Springs’ Brown Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Arkie Division Tournament on Lake Dardanelle Presented By GEARED

Hot Springs’ Brown Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Arkie Division Tournament on Lake Dardanelle Presented By GEARED

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Boater Kevin Brown of Hot Springs, Arkansas, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 2 ounces, to... READ MORE »

A Strong Finish for Scott Dobson

A Strong Finish for Scott Dobson

When the end of an FLW Tour season comes into view with only a single tournament left, a lot of pros get nervous. Mental pressure builds as they realize that this is it: their last chance either to bump up a few places and qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup or else hold on to their placement in the top 40. READ MORE »

FLW's Colin Moore featured at StepOutside.org - 10 Best Bass Waters Off The Beaten Path

FLW's Colin Moore featured at StepOutside.org - 10 Best Bass Waters Off The Beaten Path

FLW Bass Fishing Magazine Editor Emeritus Colin Moore recently posted a feature story at StepOutside.org - The 10 Best Bass Waters Off The Beaten Path. Moore showcased a few hidden gems... READ MORE »

Size Limit Lifted at Cumberland

Size Limit Lifted at Cumberland

As part of a program to determine the impact of tournaments on the fishery, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has temporarily imposed a 12-inch minimum size limit on largemouths and smallmouths during the Lake Cumberland event. Since 2001, the minimum size limit for largemouths there has been 15 inches, and 18 inches for smallmouths. The five-fish daily limit remains the same. READ MORE »

Morrilton’s Dixon Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Arkie Division Tournament on Lake Millwood Presented by GEARED

Morrilton’s Dixon Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Arkie Division Tournament on Lake Millwood Presented by GEARED

ASHDOWN, Ark. – Boater Wayne Dixon of Morrilton, Arkansas, weighed a 19-pound, 10-ounce, limit of bass Saturday to win... READ MORE »

Browne Comes Through Cancer Surgery OK

Browne Comes Through Cancer Surgery OK

After battling colon cancer last year, Glenn Browne was looking forward to returning to the FLW Tour and its first 2018 event at Lake Okeechobee next week. That plan was nixed, however, following the discovery that the cancer has metastasized into Browne’s liver. The Florida pro underwent surgery last Friday afternoon to remove a cancerous tumor, and was released from the hospital Tuesday. READ MORE »

Jay Kendrick Q&A

Jay Kendrick Q&A

I don’t want to come off cocky or overconfident, but I don’t remember having that feeling like I’d made it or anything. I never doubted I would. It was just a matter of time. Just like I have no doubt I’ll win an FLW Tour event. It’s just a matter of time, though I think that’s close. READ MORE »