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

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Why We Need More Winter Bass Tournaments

Why We Need More Winter Bass Tournaments

Our first FLW Tour event of the year was a pretty dramatic one for sure. Anytime we have events early in the year the major concern is foul weather. Cold fronts, ice and snow are what I usually worry about. At Sam Rayburn, we actually had perfect weather. It was warm in practice, and the first two days of the tournament were cold, but that was it.

However, recent rain events created some drama. As a matter of fact, we had about 9 feet of fresh lake to fish. Usually that makes fishing shoreline cover really, really good. 

I literally lose sleep thinking about how fish move during the spring of the year. It’s so fascinating to watch how bass transition shallow, and that’s what I expected to happen, but it didn’t this time. The Rayburn event proved that high water doesn’t guarantee bass will move immediately. 

At Sam Rayburn I think we experienced our first true wintertime tournament in a very long time. Most of the fish were fat from gorging on shad, and they were caught much deeper than usual. That made fishing fun. Most of the events we fish fall on the spawn, prespawn or postspawn periods. It’s very rare that we get to visit any fisheries during the true winter period. The change in pace was a bit of a curveball, however, it created suspense and interest from all of the anglers involved. 

When we fish prime fisheries during the winter periods big things happen, and Sam Rayburn didn’t disappoint at all. It’s pretty rare to see an 11-pounder weighed in, and Andy Wicker found one.

I actually expected the weights to be lower than average with the extreme conditions, but Terry Bolton proved that he could connect with the biggest bass in the lake. Catching 33 pounds of bass like he did on day two is rare with 170 competitors. Not only is that awesome, but I was doubtful that could happen with the crazy water fluctuations we had. I was wrong. I’m always impressed with the way our Tour veterans quickly eliminate patterns that are least productive and improvise on the way to finding the juice.

Hopefully this won’t be the last time we visit Sam Rayburn. More importantly, I hope it’s not the last time we have an event scheduled during the true winter period of the year. Variety is good. Visiting different areas of the country grows our sport, and scheduling events over several seasons highlights more techniques. That’s a win for the sport, for the anglers and the fans!

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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 

As many of you know, fishing big water for giant smallmouths is my favorite type of fishing. Competing on the Great Lakes, 1000 Islands, St. Clair, Champlain and other big Northern fisheries is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes it gets rough, which is why it’s critical that you have the correct equipment and understand how to use it. READ MORE »

The First Morning with B. Lat

The First Morning with B. Lat

You won’t hear Brian Latimer complain about hot weather and tough fishing in Arkansas during this week’s FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. For B. Lat, sweating it out on the water is vastly better than working in the heat installing landscaping and mowing lawns for a living, which is what he was doing just a few years ago. A lot’s changed since those days. Now, Latimer is an FLW Tour champion, with a growing fishing media company and his first shot at a Cup title. READ MORE »

How to be a Pro Angler 

How to be a Pro Angler 

I get a lot of questions from young and old anglers alike about the steps to becoming a pro. I guess maybe sometimes I take it for granted. The process seems somewhat obvious to me. How to execute on it might not be simple, but the steps you need to take really are. There are only a couple of ways to get into this sport, and they all start at the grassroots level, in $200 and $300 tournaments.  READ MORE »

Check-in Time: Brian Latimer 

Check-in Time: Brian Latimer 

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 Brian Latimer.  READ MORE »

Introducing Myself

Introducing Myself

I want to start off by telling you a little bit about myself. I grew up in Pennsylvania about 45 minutes north of Philadelphia. I grew up fishing for whatever would bite with my grandfather and in middle school I had a friend who started taking me with his dad down to the Chesapeake Bay. That was my first time ever on a bass boat, and I was immediately hooked! READ MORE »

Riding the Roller Coaster

Riding the Roller Coaster

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Latimer, Upshaw to Discuss Wins with Radio Host Jerry Kripp

Latimer, Upshaw to Discuss Wins with Radio Host Jerry Kripp

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The History of the Drop-Shot

The History of the Drop-Shot

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From Dead Last to Making Money

From Dead Last to Making Money

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Fishing the Worst Conditions

Fishing the Worst Conditions

Watching giant bags of bass caught down in Texas and Florida on FLW Live during FLW Tour events has many anglers dying to get on the water. The only problem is that a lot of people are still facing some of the toughest conditions for catching a bass – cold, muddy, moving water.   READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Lake Seminole

Top 10 Baits from Lake Seminole

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Latimer is Champion at FLW Tour at Lake Seminole presented by Costa

Latimer is Champion at FLW Tour at Lake Seminole presented by Costa

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – In one of the most dramatic finishes in recent FLW Tour history, fourth-year FLW Tour pro Brian Latimer of Belton, South Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 21 pounds, 3 ounces to win the FLW Tour at Lake Seminole presented by Costa Sunday and the first-place prize of $100,000... READ MORE »

South Carolina's Latimer Moves into Lead at FLW Tour at Lake Seminole presented by Costa

South Carolina's Latimer Moves into Lead at FLW Tour at Lake Seminole presented by Costa

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – The weather threw anglers a curveball Saturday morning at the FLW Tour at Lake Seminole presented by Costa. A heavy, dense fog settled in over Lake Seminole and greeted the pros as they arrived to the Earle May Boat Basin in Bainbridge, prompting FLW Tournament Director Bill Taylor to delay takeoff for a little over an hour due to the low visibility... READ MORE »

How to Deal with Dock Talk

How to Deal with Dock Talk

If you fish tournaments or follow tournament fishing, you know about dock talk. It’s the chatter that goes on among bass fishermen during and around tournaments on subjects such as how the fish are biting, what patterns are in play, the weather and just how much of a grind it’s been. Dock talk can be dangerous. It can lead you astray if you listen to the wrong person. It can hurt your confidence if you hear about someone else really catching ’em doing something different. It can distract you from your game plan and your goals. Dock talk rarely gives you the complete story. READ MORE »

Moving into My New Office

Moving into My New Office

The new year to many professional fishermen also means a new boat. Some people like the smell of a new car — who doesn’t, really? But the smell of new fiberglass is better than that. It’s better than the smell of warm apple pie to me. READ MORE »

How to Work in Fishing

How to Work in Fishing

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Sam Rayburn on YouTube

Sam Rayburn on YouTube

With mandatory POV cameras and marshals this year, there's sure to more video footage than ever from the FLW Tour. In addition to simple fish catches like Andy Wicker's 11-pounder and Terry Bolton's 9-pounder, lots of pros are putting together longer videos and giving fans a front-row seat to practice and the tournament via YouTube. Below is the full gamut of videos pros have put out to this point.  READ MORE »

Get More out of Guide Trips

Get More out of Guide Trips

Guide trips are great opportunities to learn about bass fishing and to have an enjoyable day on the water without the pressure of having to find fish and figure out patterns on your own. I highly recommend them, especially if you’re sitting around during the offseason with nothing much to do. READ MORE »

Beight Rings in Marshal Program in Big Way

Beight Rings in Marshal Program in Big Way

Timmy Beight won the FLW Tour Sam Rayburn Marshal prize after marshaling for Jordan Osborne and Terry Bolton. READ MORE »