UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Dale Hollow Lake

Read Bass Fishing Magazine for Free

Read Bass Fishing Magazine for Free

MLF and FLW have another solution for how anglers can continue to shelter in place safely while also scratching their fishing itch. To help everyone weather the COVID-19 pandemic at home, the organizations are offering the current April/May 2020 issue and the archived Feb./March 2020 issue of Bass Fishing magazine for FREE to everyone – subscriber or not – in digital form at FLWFishing.com/emagazine.

Here’s a summary of what’s inside the latest issue from April/May: 

 

Features

- A Tribute to Bass Fishing’s Greatest Gentleman – Bass fishing legend Hank Parker pays tribute to one of his good friends and mentors, the late Forrest L. Wood, who passed away in January at age 87. Parker’s stories and memories shine some light on why Forrest was bass fishing’s greatest gentleman.

- Treble Trouble – Not many anglers are willing to sling treble hook baits into the tight confines of docks, cypress trees and other snaggy cover … which is exactly why MLF and FLW pros Wesley Strader, James Watson and Nick LeBrun do just that. Using crankbaits, Whopper Ploppers and the like, they’re able to catch unpressured fish that many other anglers miss. 

- 8 Tidal Strategies from the Locals – Pros Bradley Dortch and Wayne Vaughan have spent decades mastering tidal river fishing in their respective backyards. We picked their brains to find eight keys to continued success on tidal fisheries no matter the season or scenario.

- From Competition Bass to Combating Carp – For former Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI angler Lance Freeman, the fight against invasive Asian carp on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley is personal. He grew up on the sister lakes, which is why he’s traded his bass boat for a commercial fishing boat and is helping to eradicate the nuisance fish one netload at a time. 

- Finding Gold in Freshwater Springs – Exploring freshwater springs that flow into lakes, rivers and reservoirs around the country is in some ways the new frontier of bass fishing. It’s also a heavily guarded secret among professional anglers. We got the scoop on how to find and fish them from any pros that were willing to talk. 

 

Columns

- Balog on Bass Fishing – Industry veteran Joe Balog details the unique “fishthem-all” approach of FLW road warrior Dakota Ebare, whose strategy for developing his fishing skills is to compete in as many major tournaments as possible. 

- Newell’s Notes – You ever wonder how a professional bass angler keeps all those rods organized on the front deck? Rob Newell did. He spends this issue’s column dishing on the obsessiveness of fishing rod organization and how it factors into some MLF pros’ fishing styles.

- Conservation – Habitat is everything when it comes to the health of our fish and wildlife species, but it’s also key to finding and catching more bass. Tournament angler and former fisheries biologist TJ Maglio offers a guide to evaluating bass habitat with the goal of catching more fish.

- Tactical Bassin – While sightfishing is fun, it’s not the only way to catch a giant bass around the spawn. Big-bass experts Tim Little and Matt Allen reveal some of their favorite “no-see” strategies for capitalizing on what they think is the best season for catching a new personal best.

 

And More …

- Tim Frederick shares a cool customized (and formerly secret) topwater bait that crushes giant bass in Florida. 

- Q&A: Wunderkind Jordan Lee answers questions about just how in the heck he got so good so fast.

- Step-by-step: How Bradley Dortch makes his buzzbait squeak even louder (that’s a good thing). 

- Winning tactics from all of MLF and FLW’s springtime events.

- Product review: 13 Fishing Trash Panda Poppin’ Frog.

- Associate Editor Justin Onslow attempts to translate some of FLW class clown Darold Gleason’s oneliners, which Onslow dubbed “Gleasonisms.”

- A look at cool new products for springtime bass fishing.

The Top 5 Limits of All Time

The Top 5 Limits of All Time

Catching 25 pounds in a single tournament day is a pretty rare feat, and catching five bass for 30 pounds in a tournament has been done fewer than 200 times in FLW history. Knowing just how special those giant limits are, we decided to dig into some of the top bags from years past. READ MORE »

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 2

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 2

The red-hot shad spawn bite that fueled the big catches on day one of the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick has fizzled this morning. READ MORE »

A New Outlook on AOY

A New Outlook on AOY

As the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit season looks to start back up in June on Lake Chickamauga, there are some new factors to consider in the Angler of the Year race.   READ MORE »

6 Super Tournament Story Lines

6 Super Tournament Story Lines

The expanded field list for the new Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournaments brings with it some very fun matchups and the potential for some record chases to reignite. Because many of the newly added Major League Fishing anglers have had longer careers than those at the top of the Pro Circuit, they’re in a unique position to chase down some records that otherwise may not have been touched this year. In other cases, it’s simply going to be a pleasure to watch the best of the best duel on some epic bodies of water. READ MORE »

Be a Super Tournament Marshal

Be a Super Tournament Marshal

The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit is professional bass fishing’s premier five-fish-limit tournament trail, and it’s about to get a whole lot more exciting for the remainder of 2020. READ MORE »

Super Tournament Roster Set

Super Tournament Roster Set

FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, released the expanded 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit roster, which now includes top Major League Fishing (MLF) pros like Jacob Wheeler and reigning REDCREST Champion Edwin Evers. When the season restarts June 23 on Lake Chickamauga, the final three regular-season Pro Circuit events will feature 209 boats and nearly $4 million in prize money. As previously announced, FLW extended invitations to all MLF anglers to compete in three “Super Tournaments” after MLF announced an abbreviated schedule due to the mid-season pause in response to the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE »

The BFL Returns on May 30

The BFL Returns on May 30

After a nearly two-and-a-half-month hiatus from fishing tournaments, FLW is excited to get back to business with the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League season. The action kicks off again on May 30 with the Volunteer Division on South Holston. From there, the BFL season will waste no time getting back in the swing of things with a full slate of tournaments scheduled nearly every weekend from the beginning of June through October. READ MORE »

2020 FLW TV Schedule

2020 FLW TV Schedule

Beginning on July 3 and running through Dec. 27, FLW will air 312 hours of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit action on the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel. New this season, episodes have been expanded to two hours long. Each show goes in depth to break down the final rounds of competition, with six unique episodes covering each day of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Championship. READ MORE »

2020 FLW TV Schedule

2020 FLW TV Schedule

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Pros’ Favorite Shad Spawn Baits

Pros’ Favorite Shad Spawn Baits

With the bass spawn winding down across the South, it’s time to capitalize on the shad-spawn bite. Shad spawn patterns usually don’t last long into the day, but fishing the shad spawn can be a fantastic way to catch a pile of fish and some big ones to boot. READ MORE »

Mark Rose’s Greatest Hits

Mark Rose’s Greatest Hits

FLW is looking forward to getting back on the water once it’s safe to come together and fish tournaments again. In the meantime, we’ll be offering a little retrospective on some of the all-time greats who’ve fished with FLW through the years. This time around we’re shining the spotlight on Mark Rose. From his Angler of the Year title to winning multiple FLW Tour events and even joining the bass-fishing millionaire club, it’s easy to see why the Arkansas pro is one of the best to have ever fished with FLW. READ MORE »

FLW Adds Free High School Minicamps

FLW Adds Free High School Minicamps

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Murray State University announced that it will not host any summer camps this year. As a result, FLW is replacing its traditional High School Fishing Camp, scheduled for July 22-24, with a series of FREE minicamps held in conjunction with three Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit tournaments. Campers already registered will receive a full refund and are invited to participate in any of the FREE minicamps.  READ MORE »

FLW Classics – Week 4

FLW Classics – Week 4

This week’s shows cover some old FLW Series Western Division events, Steve Clapper's 2007 FLW Tour Open win on the Detroit River and more high-level tournament action.  READ MORE »

FLW Making Final Preparations for Restart

FLW Making Final Preparations for Restart

FLW is looking forward to restarting the tournament season May 28-30 with the Toyota Series stop on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. There may be a few more schedule changes as states ease restrictions and reopen their economies at different rates, but FLW is optimistic that most of the schedule changes are behind us.      READ MORE »

FLW Revamps Pro Circuit

FLW Revamps Pro Circuit

FLW has extended an invitation to Major League Fishing’s pro anglers to join the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit for three newly created “Super Tournaments” that include an expanded roster and higher payouts. The Super Tournaments are made possible by the abbreviated schedules announced recently by MLF and FLW. READ MORE »

Anglers React to Super Tournaments

Anglers React to Super Tournaments

When the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit season picks back up, it will be with a new schedule, some new anglers and a lot more money in the pot than originally planned. READ MORE »

Pros’ Favorite Baits for May

Pros’ Favorite Baits for May

Across the country, May is a great time for fishing, with tons of bass in and around the spawn and a lot of baitfish species spawning as well. With warming water, it’s a great chance to throw a topwater for the first time, or really to do just about whatever you want in some parts of the country. READ MORE »

2020 MLF College Faceoffs Canceled

2020 MLF College Faceoffs Canceled

Originally announced in early March, the four-tournament series featuring the MLF-style catch-weigh-immediately-release format was set to feature 20 College Fishing teams that qualified through the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI circuit. MLF officials are hopeful that the Faceoff events will return in 2021. READ MORE »

How to Make a Buzzbait Squeak

How to Make a Buzzbait Squeak

One of the key aspects of buzzbait fishing is the sound, and Bradley Dortch modifies his with a file and some pliers to get the most squeak he can. READ MORE »

Q&A: Winnipeg Jets Goalie Connor Hellebuyck

Q&A: Winnipeg Jets Goalie Connor Hellebuyck

The Michigan native, who now spends plenty of time on the ice in Winnipeg – both playing hockey and chasing after walleyes – grew up fishing, and bass fishing has become one of his favorite fair-weather hobbies. We got a chance to chat with Hellebuyck about his background in fishing, his future on the water and his present on the ice. READ MORE »