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

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Need for Speed?

Need for Speed?
Bryan Thrift

In case you hadn’t heard, I’ve been known to fish pretty fast.

I hit a lot spots during a tournament day, sometimes only throwing a couple casts before pulling up the trolling motor and heading to the next spot.

With that, you’d probably think I’d want the fastest boat on the water so I could hit as many spots as possible, and to a point I do.

Honestly, though, I think speed is overrated. Let me explain.

With as much tackle as I keep in my boat, “fast” is relative. I mean, there are times when every compartment is so full I have to wear my raincoat at takeoff simply because I don’t have anywhere else to put it. And with that much weight, my boat really only hits 65-ish when it’s running wide open.

Now, 65 mph is still pretty fast out on the water, but compared to some guys’ boats that will go 80-plus-mph, it’s downright slow.

Of course, even if my boat could run 80 mph, there’s just not many times when I would get to do that, much less have a reason to. I’m not going that fast if I’m just hopping over to another point unless I really want to waste gas, because there are very few times when I’m racing anyone to a spot. And even then, when everyone is blasting off in the morning it gets a little rough. Personally, I’d rather arrive second knowing my trolling motor is still in my boat when I get to where I want to go.

What I do value is torque, which is why I run an Evinrude G2. The extra torque means I get on pad faster, which adds up when I’m making 40 or 50 of those 2-mile runs in a day. That’s where I make up my time, by getting from zero to 50 mph in a hurry.

If you need one more example of what I mean, look at John Cox. He’s been fishing out of an aluminum boat the last few years and certainly isn’t touching anywhere near 70 mph. Has his lack of speed impacted his fishing? If it has, we should all want to be impacted like that, considering he’s finished in the top 10 three of the past four seasons. Oh, and he also won a Forrest Wood Cup along the way.

Am I saying that you shouldn’t modify your boat to go 80 mph? No. If you like to go fast, go right ahead. After all, in tournament fishing, time is money. So any time spent behind the wheel is time not spent casting. So you have a “valid” reason to convince your wife you need that faster boat with the bigger motor.

I’m just saying for me, I don’t worry much about it. I don’t care if I arrive second, because I can fish fast enough to make the extra casts I need to and more than make up for the couple extra minutes it took running down the lake.

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God, Grace, Grit

God, Grace, Grit

Life isn’t always easy, and we all find ourselves in situations that seem impossible to overcome. But with God, grace and grit we have not only persevered, we have risen. And we are continuing to rise together, and can commit to uplifting one another along the way. No matter what you are going through on or off the water, know that with God, grace and grit, but most of all God, anything is possible. READ MORE »

How to Prepare for Big Water 

How to Prepare for Big Water 

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Curveballs at the Cup

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When the field of 52 anglers arrived in Hot Springs, Ark., for the official practice period for the 2019 FLW Cup, they were greeted with sunshine, humidity and brutal daytime temperatures in the upper 90s. Early in the week, there was little mention of anything other than the same – a typical Arkansas summer forecast of sunny and hot. READ MORE »

Thrift and Kripp to discuss FLW Cup

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Thrift Extends Lead at Day Two of Professional Bass Fishing’s FLW Cup

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How to be a Pro Angler 

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Introducing Myself

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Nichols Wins Southeastern AOY, Shot at Tour

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The Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division finale began this morning at Santee Cooper, where even though fishing has been tough, everyone expects to see mega-bags brought to weigh-in. The bass are nearly done spawning, but a strong shad spawn in the mornings offers real potential. READ MORE »

The History of the Drop-Shot

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Costa FLW Series Heads to Santee Cooper Lakes for Tournament Presented by Power-Pole

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Grand Lake Day 4 Coverage

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Top 10 Baits From Chickamauga

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