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

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2018 ICAST Sneak Peek

2018 ICAST Sneak Peek
Zman Bait BinderZ Doublewide

ICAST, the largest trade show in the fishing industry, kicks off tomorrow in Orlando, Fla. We will have the FLW media team there to give in-depth breakdowns of new products throughout the week. In the meantime, check out some of the products that have already been revealed.

Abu Garcia Revo Rocket

The new Abu Garcia Revo Rocket packs a punch when it comes to delivering high-speed performance. Featuring the new 10.1:1 rocket gear ratio (delivering 41 inches of line per turn), the new Revo Rocket gives anglers speed, compact design and power all in one package. The Revo Rocket also features an extended handle with oversized EVA handle knobs, 10 stainless-steel HPCR bearings and an Abu Garcia Infini brake system. 

 

Berkley Choppo

Adding to the company’s tackle product portfolio, is the Berkley Choppo, which is part of a lineup of new and exciting topwater lures. Designed in partnership with Berkley pro-staff angler Justin Lucas, the Choppo is an easy-to-use plopping topwater lure. 

 

PowerBait Jester

Japanese inspiration meets proven PowerBait formula in the 4-inch PowerBait Jester, whose crawdad profile mimics key forage and explodes with action on the smallest movements to grab the attention of the wariest bass.

 

 

Shimano Curado DC Baitcasting Reels

Utilizing a microcomputer to control brake force at every moment of the cast, Shimano brings its I-DC4 digital control technology to a new series of Curado baitcasting reels. Built upon a reel already known for its durability, dependability and versatility, the new Shimano Curado DC reel will quickly allow all anglers to cast smarter by monitoring spool speed 1,000 times every second and applying the perfect amount of braking to prevent backlash and maximize distance.

With the I-DC4 braking technology, anglers can fish a variety of lures and in any weather conditions, with limited-to-no adjustments to the reel. There are four external adjustable brake settings depending on fishing situations. The settings are "max distance mode" for ultra-long casts in calmer conditions; a "braid/mono mode" when using those types of lines on the reel; a "fluorocarbon mode" that is best when using these stiffer lines and a "skipping mode" for putting lures in hard-to-reach spots like under docks or when flipping laydowns.

Available in August, the DC series includes the Curado DC150 and left-hand retrieve DC151 with 6.2:1 gear ratios and 26 inches per crank (IPC), the Curado 150HG and 151HG with 7.4:1 gear ratios and 31 IPC, and the even higher speed Curado 150XG and 151XG with 8.5:1 gear ratios and 36 IPC.

Designed within the Curado series, the new DC reels include key Shimano features including MicroModule gears, rigid HAGANE body, CI4+ material side plate, X-Ship and A-RB anti-rust bearings. All six reels will hold up to 105 yards of 40-pound-test PowerPro braid, or up to 90 yards of 14-pound-test mono. Paying homage to its Curado roots with green accents to the handle and spool, reels in the series retail for $249.99.

 

Z-Man Bait BinderZ Doublewide

The futuristic elements in Z-Man’s ElaZtech also necessitate specialized storage to keep the ElaZtech material separate from other types of plastics. Storing Z-Man baits in their original packages is best, and it's now easier than ever thanks to the Bait BinderZ Doublewide, Z-Man’s newest soft-bait storage solution. With twice the bait-storage capacity of the original Bait BinderZ, the Bait BinderZ Doublewide offers ample real estate to house two side-by-side stacks of Z-Man ElaZtech bait bags — up to 20 packs or more.

Within the tough 500 denier nylon satchel, two sets of corrosion-resistant nickel-plated rings align to accept pre-punched holes on all standard-size Z-Man bait bags. Re-sealable bait bags allow anglers to access individual baits without removing packaging. The Bait BinderZ Doublewide is further outfitted with clear plastic pockets sized to store an array of jigheads, terminal tackle, leader spools and other essential tools.

 

13 Fishing Concept Z3

Make room for the Concept Z’s big brother, the Concept Z3. Manufactured with American made CZB (Concept Zero Bearings) polymer technology bearings and built tough as nails, this is one of the lightest reels of its size on the market at 9.7 ounces, but it’s no lightweight. The Concept Z3 boasts an incredible 30-plus pounds of drag and huge Hamai cut hardened brass H.A.M. gearing to handle big fish. The Z3 is built tough for big fish and big bait situations.

 

2018 Outdoor Edge ReelFlex Pak

ReelFlex is crafted for the professional fisherman to get the toughest fillet jobs done right. Some features include:

  • Double-tempered blades for superior flex
  • Corrosion resistant V-ground stainless steel
  • Rubberized TPR handles to ensure a nonslip grip when wet
  • 2-Stage carbide/ceramic sharpener to maintain a razor edge
  • Hard-side case with English/Metric rulers to size your catch

 

YUM Tip Toad

The Tip Toad was built to take over the buzz frog game by combining multiple features into one unstoppable, soft-plastic frog.

The design of the Tip Toad allows it to plane quickly. The precisely-placed tails and feet provide maximum water displacement, which creates a unique sound equivalent to fleeing prey. And, rigging the Tip Toad is easy thanks to the hook bend placement notches that perfectly fits a 4/0 or 5/0 frog hook. Arriving in 10 pro-selected color patterns, the YUM Tip Toad is sure to be a mainstay with topwater anglers.

 

 

Riot Baits Probe

The Probe is 5 inches long – 5.5 inches including the tip antenna – featuring an ample body thickness for easy rigging with a fast-tapering tail and scepter-shaped tip that is adorned with a quivering antenna that will respond to even the subtlest rod tip action.

 

Culprit Water Dragon

The Water Dragon is designed with more action features than a standard lizard. First, the head is designed with gills and gill filaments for a new look and extra gliding function on Carolina rigs. The body is filled with detail and contour to make a more realistic presentation, reflecting light in many directions and breaking up the image. Raised ribs make for easier Tex-posing your hook, a lateral line that can be easily adapted with a marker-style pen for added color and a large flat spot on the tail that really pushes water and creates a seductive tail wave.

It's available in a 7-inch size (8 per pack) and 12 colors.

 

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St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 2

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 2

With slightly warmer weather and similar sun and wind conditions, day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the St. Lawrence River should’ve presented optimal conditions for smallmouth. Instead, nearly every angler our on-the-water crew encountered today said the same thing: It’s tougher. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River – Day 1

Moving and transitioning fish, changing winds, long runs that didn’t always pan out and a 1-ounce lead at the top. Day one of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale on the St. Lawrence River, presented by Gajo Baits, certainly hasn’t lacked storylines. READ MORE »

Hatch Leads by 1 Ounce

Hatch Leads by 1 Ounce

There were no 25-pound mega-bags coming across the stage at weigh-in of the final leg of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division. The event on the St. Lawrence River, presented by Gajo Baits, hasn’t been the slugfest many expected after one day of fishing. There were still plenty of 20-pound bags, though, and the St. Lawrence on a bad day is still a tremendous fishery. READ MORE »

Buy a Hat, Help USA Bass 

Buy a Hat, Help USA Bass 

Bass fishing fans have a chance to help the USA Bass team achieve its goal of winning the 2019 Pan American Championship in Canada next month. To help fund the effort, USA Bass, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, recently launched a limited edition hat drive with the goal of selling 1,000 USA Bass hats. READ MORE »

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 1

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 1

The final leg of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the St. Lawrence River opened to perfect conditions for anyone looking to burn some gas. Yes, it was a crisp 40 degrees at takeoff, but it was clear and calm. In fact, the current is ripping so hard it’s keeping the river as flat as most anglers have ever seen. Most pros should’ve been able to run all 95 miles to Lake Ontario (and into the lake if they wanted to) with little trouble. READ MORE »

To Run or Not to Run

To Run or Not to Run

The final leg of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division on the St. Lawrence River, presented by Gajo Baits, is primed to be a smallmouth smashfest, as usual. That said, this year’s event, which is presented by Realtree Fishing, will launch out of Massena, N.Y., instead of the usual Clayton. So, what was once a 15-or-so-mile run to the mouth of the lake from takeoff – and roughly 30-plus miles to Gallo Island or Main Duck – will now be about a 95-mile run just to get to the lake. READ MORE »

A High School Kayak Tournament Experience 

A High School Kayak Tournament Experience 

A recent high school kayak bass fishing tournament showcased the potential of kayaks to get more young anglers on the water and competing. READ MORE »

Hough is Fighting to Fish

Hough is Fighting to Fish

Fishing just her second full season as a co-angler in the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division, mother of two and first-grade teacher Kate Hough was planning and preparing for a chance to do something no woman has ever done in her division: win Co-Angler of the Year. Instead of preparing for the Super Tournament on Lake Hartwell on Sept. 28, however, Hough is simply fighting to leave her hospital bed. READ MORE »

Super Tournament Winning Ways – Week 2

Super Tournament Winning Ways – Week 2

The second weekend in September saw seven more T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) divisions conclude their seasons with two-day Super Tournament events. From the Tennessee River to the St. Lawrence River and a few places in between, here’s a quick look at how the seven events were won. READ MORE »

Cal Delta Set to Host Weekend of Fishing League Worldwide Bass-Fishing Tournaments

Cal Delta Set to Host Weekend of Fishing League Worldwide Bass-Fishing Tournaments

BETHEL ISLAND, Calif. – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is set to visit the California Delta next week, Sept. 26-29, for three bass-fishing tournaments that will award anglers of all ages and skill levels thousands of dollars in cash and prizes... READ MORE »

Check-in Time: Matt Reed

Check-in Time: Matt Reed

From time to time, FLW checks in with its anglers to find out what they’ve been up to, what they’re listening to, who they’re following and where they’re heading while out on the tournament trail. This week, we caught up with Texas pro Matt Reed.  READ MORE »

John Murray Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Watts Bar Lake

John Murray Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Watts Bar Lake

ROCKWOOD, Tenn. – Boater John Murray of Spring City, Tennessee, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 28 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division super-tournament on Watts Bar Lake Sunday. Murray earned $7,334 for his efforts... READ MORE »

Local Guide Leary Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Guntersville presented by Cortland Line

Local Guide Leary Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Guntersville presented by Cortland Line

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Local angler Jim Leary of Guntersville, Alabama, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 37 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division super-tournament on Lake Guntersville presented by Cortland Line Sunday. Leary earned $5,869 for his efforts... READ MORE »

Findley Lake’s Seal Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event at 1000 Islands

Findley Lake’s Seal Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event at 1000 Islands

CLAYTON, N.Y. – Boater Zackery Seal of Findley Lake, New York, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 44 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division super-tournament at the 1000 Islands Sunday. Seal earned $6,066 for his efforts. The Northeast Division is presented by Gajo Baits... READ MORE »

Mechanicsville’s Elrod Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on James River

Mechanicsville’s Elrod Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on James River

HENRICO, Va. – Boater Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 29 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division super-tournament on the James River Sunday. Elrod earned $3,542 for his efforts... READ MORE »

Eldon’s Fitzpatrick Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Lake of the Ozarks

Eldon’s Fitzpatrick Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Lake of the Ozarks

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – Boater Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Missouri, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 36 pounds, 3 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Ozark Division presented by Bassing Bob super-tournament on Lake of the Ozarks Sunday. For his victory, Fitzpatrick earned $6,891 for his efforts... READ MORE »

Paducah’s Schroeder Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Kentucky Lake

Paducah’s Schroeder Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Kentucky Lake

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. – Boater Billy Schroeder of Paducah, Kentucky, brought a two-day total of seven bass to the scale Sunday weighing 22 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division super-tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. Schroeder earned $6,122 for his efforts... READ MORE »

Rampey Wins Another – Liberty Angler Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Hartwell

Rampey Wins Another – Liberty Angler Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Hartwell

ANDERSON, S.C. – Boater Jayme Rampey of Liberty, South Carolina, added another BFL victory to his impressive resume Sunday, bringing a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 31 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division super-tournament on Lake Hartwell. Rampey earned $5,665 for his efforts.... READ MORE »

When to Fish the Flashy Swimmer

When to Fish the Flashy Swimmer

In April, FLW Associate Editor Justin Onslow documented how Gross likes to cut the belly of his two favorite hollow swimbaits – the Scottsboro and the Zoom Swimmer – when rigging on a weedless hook to achieve a high hook-up ratio. However, that article didn’t break down where and why Gross prefers to use the Beast Flashy Swimmer hook versus a standard weighted, weedless swimbait hook. So we reached out to Gross for more info. READ MORE »

FLW Mourns Passing of T. Boone Pickens

FLW Mourns Passing of T. Boone Pickens

Businessman T. Boone Pickens, who in 2010 partnered with FLW to promote an alternative energy plan to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, passed away Wednesday at the age of 91.  READ MORE »