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Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Luke Dunkin had heard about them, but he didn’t really think they were real. After all, who thinks bass will hang out in 100-degree water? READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Norman

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Norman

Lake Norman is considered a “numbers lake,” where there are numerous fish scattered across numerous cover options, and success often requires fishing through dozens of areas. For that reason, familiarity with the lake and its fish-by-numbers, run-and-gun flow went a long way in the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational at Lake Norman. Not only did FLW Tour pro Bryan Thrift from nearby Shelby, N.C., tap into his vast knowledge of numerous fish-producing spots on Norman to lock up the victory, but a Norman expert with a lifetime of historical knowledge also took the runner-up spot. Here is a look at how second through 10th played the numbers game at Norman. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Lake Norman

Top 10 Baits from Lake Norman

The Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Lake Norman wrapped up with a tight race for the title and a bid to the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup. Spotted bass and largemouths fell victim to a variety of baits from shaky heads to topwaters. Below are the baits that got the job done for the top 10. READ MORE »

The Norman King

The Norman King

Bryan Thrift’s specialty is pretty much everything, but today he proved that he’s got a special kind of connection on Lake Norman. Weighing a total of 34 pounds, 12 ounces, the Shelby, N.C., pro took home top honors in the inaugural Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance on Lake Norman. Good for $71,000 and a Forrest Wood Cup berth, the win was Thrift’s second Tour-level triumph on Norman and his fifth Tour win overall. READ MORE »

Thrift Wins Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Lake Norman Presented By Lowrance

Thrift Wins Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Lake Norman Presented By Lowrance

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 17, 2016) – Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 11 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational at Lake Norman presented by Lowrance. Thrift’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 34 pounds, 12 ounces earned him the win by... READ MORE »

Lake Norman Day 3 Coverage

Lake Norman Day 3 Coverage

There have been tighter tournaments, but they don’t come around often. Today, the final day of the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance on Lake Norman, is truly anyone’s day. Less than 2 pounds separate first and ninth, and 10th isn’t far behind that. With a Forrest Wood Cup berth and more than $60,000 on the line, everyone is going to be giving it their all. With so much on the line and so many in the mix, drama is almost assured – the only downside is that we may truly have no idea who’s going to win until the final fish is weighed. READ MORE »

Lake Norman Top 5 Patterns Day 2

Lake Norman Top 5 Patterns Day 2

The run and gun play is starting to gain momentum at the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance on Lake Norman. Not only has Scott Canterbury taken the lead by covering a lot of shallow water for better quality in the afternoons, but several other runners and gunners have pulled up in the standings as well. What is amazing is how tight the weights are at this point – the top five is separated by just ounces. Here is a look at how the top five are catching them through day two. READ MORE »

Canterbury Moves Ahead on Norman

Canterbury Moves Ahead on Norman

After two days of fishing the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance on Lake Norman, it’s FLW Tour pro Scott Canterbury who’s out in the lead. Catching 12-1 on day two, the Springville, Ala., pro now leads with an even 24 pounds over Scott Beattie of Lincolnton, N.C., who weighed 23-10 over the first two days. READ MORE »

Canterbury Takes Lead on Day Two of Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Lake Norman Presented By Lowrance

Canterbury Takes Lead on Day Two of Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Lake Norman Presented By Lowrance

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 16, 2016) – Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury of Springville, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 12 pounds, 1 ounce, Friday to take the lead after Day Two of the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational at Lake Norman presented by Lowrance. Canterbury, with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 24 pounds even, will bring a slim 6-ounce lead over second-place angler Scott Beattie... READ MORE »

Lake Norman Day 2 Coverage

Lake Norman Day 2 Coverage

Contrary to day one of the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance, the pros heading out this morning on Lake Norman will have a fairly autumnal start to the day. Though light winds and warm weather are in the forecast, there’s a little chill in the air at Blythe Landing Park today and a crisp breeze to go with it. Once the sun gets up, we’re expecting another beauty of a day, and plenty of fish just like day one. READ MORE »

Lake Norman Top 5 Patterns Day 1

Lake Norman Top 5 Patterns Day 1

When the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance on Lake Norman was first announced, it was assumed locals would dominate the top of the field. Indeed, George Hirapetian of Charlotte, N.C., is holding the top spot but just behind him a few outsiders have snuck up in the top five, representing Tennessee, Florida and Georgia and proving that local advantage is not always an ace card. READ MORE »

Charlotte’s Hirapetian Takes Day One Lead at Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Lake Norman Presented By Lowrance

Charlotte’s Hirapetian Takes Day One Lead at Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Lake Norman Presented By Lowrance

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2016) – George Hirapetian of Charlotte, North Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces, Thursday to grab the early lead after Day One of the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational at Lake Norman presented by Lowrance. Right behind him... READ MORE »

Hirapetian Leads on Norman

Hirapetian Leads on Norman

Day one of the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance on Lake Norman was tough for many, but George Hirapetian of Charlotte, N.C., caught 14 pounds, 7 ounces to grab the lead. Not too far behind, Wesley Strader of Spring City, Tenn., popped an even 13 pounds on a beautiful September day and sits in second place. READ MORE »

Lake Norman Day 1 Coverage

Lake Norman Day 1 Coverage

Rolling out from Blythe Landing Park onto Lake Norman, it’s game day for 77 pros in the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance. Fishing for three days with no co-anglers, almost like the Forrest Wood Cup or the weekend of a Tour event, the field is stacked with local talent and some of the best pros on Tour. With over $60,000 and a Forrest Wood Cup berth on the line, there’s a lot to look forward to over the next three days. READ MORE »

Current Conditions on Norman

Current Conditions on Norman

When the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance gets underway on Lake Norman on Thursday, pros will be facing fairly typical September conditions. READ MORE »

Taking a Look Around Lake Norman

Taking a Look Around Lake Norman

For those of you who haven’t visited Lake Norman before or who want to see it from the air for the first time, here is your chance to view the largest man-made lake in North Carolina from a different perspective. READ MORE »

On Norman with Bryan Thrift

On Norman with Bryan Thrift

Bryan Thrift has finished in the top eight in the Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year standings in eight of the 10 years he has fished as a pro, and the Shelby, N.C., angler notched a Tour win on Lake Norman in 2010. As favorites go, Thrift is a strong one heading into this week’s Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance at Norman. That in mind, we hopped in the boat with the man who’s fast becoming a legend in his own time for a half day of scouting on the second day of practice for this week’s Invitational showdown. READ MORE »

Norman Practice with the Real Deal

Norman Practice with the Real Deal

Michael “Real Deal” Neal is fresh off a second-place showing in the Forrest Wood Cup and an eighth-place finish in the Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year race. In other words, the young pro’s star has never been brighter. For a look at how the Dayton, Tenn., angler approaches a day of practice, we jumped in the boat with him on the final prep day for the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance on Lake Norman. READ MORE »