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Tuesday Tour Update: Amerson biding time until summer

Tuesday Tour Update: Amerson biding time until summer

Keith Amerson didn’t know what to expect in his rookie season on the Walmart FLW Tour, but the opening salvo has been remarkable. All the 44-year-old mail carrier knew was that fishing professionally has always been his dream. Thus far, it’s been a dream that he doesn’t want to wake up from. After making the top-20 cut at Okeechobee, Amerson finished 52nd at Hartwell, earning yet another five-figure paycheck. With one third of the season complete, it’s likely his best is still yet to come. READ MORE »

Hartwell’s hometown hero

Hartwell’s hometown hero

SENECA, S.C. – With the disappointment of the 2008 Bassmaster Classic still fresh in his mind, Casey Ashley crafted a meticulous revenge strategy for the next major tournament held on Lake Hartwell – one that was bulletproof and could withstand cold, wind, rain and fog. In doing so, he had to fish against his shallow-water strengths. Armed with some of the best deep brush piles on the lake, Ashley crushed the second Walmart FLW Tour event of the year from start to finish. READ MORE »

All but over for Ashley

All but over for Ashley

SENECA, S.C. – It seems nothing can stop Casey Ashley when it comes to catching bass on Lake Hartwell, his home pond – not cold, not wind, not rain and not even a three-hour fog delay. While most of the pros struggled just to put a limit in the boat Saturday, Ashley caught a 15-pound, 7-ounce stringer and built nearly a 10-pound lead. READ MORE »

Day-one Dave delivers co-angler title

Day-one Dave delivers co-angler title

SENECA, S.C. – Despite being a Walmart FLW Tour rookie, David Redington was developing a reputation back home in Texas for starting bass tournaments with a bang. The only problem was that he tended not to back up those strong day-one weights. That trend followed him to the FLW Tour where in his first tournament he caught 14 pounds, 12 ounces on opening day at Lake Okeechobee. True to form, he only boxed two keepers on day two and slid down the leaderboard. READ MORE »

Ashley widens home-lake lead

Ashley widens home-lake lead

SENECA, S.C. – It was inconceivable to think the conditions could get any worse at the Walmart FLW Tour event, but that’s exactly what happened on day two at Lake Hartwell. In addition to the wind and cold, steady rain pounded the field and changed the water color in many of Hartwell’s popular creeks from stained to burnt orange. READ MORE »

Ashley hammers 21-7 for Hartwell lead

Ashley hammers 21-7 for Hartwell lead

SENECA, S.C. – Casey Ashley may be fishing his first Walmart FLW Tour season, but he’s no stranger to big-time tournaments on Lake Hartwell. One in particular still sticks with him and not for good reason. Today, he put some big-time revenge on the Hartwell bass – catching a 21-pound, 7-ounce stringer on a day where less than half the field cracked double digits. READ MORE »

Prespawn push halted at Hartwell

Prespawn push halted at Hartwell

SENECA, S.C. – Give Mother Nature credit for one thing – she is relentless. After finally bringing sunshine and seasonal temperatures to the Carolinas, she delivered yet another whopping cold front Tuesday – this one wicked enough to freeze rod guides in March. The only creatures more confused than the 176 Walmart FLW Tour pros are the Lake Hartwell bass, which were beginning to push towards the bank before slamming on the breaks. READ MORE »

Five to watch at Hartwell

Five to watch at Hartwell

Lake Hartwell marks the second of six regular-season stops on the Walmart FLW Tour. It’s the first of two events held in the Palmetto State, the latter being the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray Aug. 14-17. Hartwell is a diverse fishery that allows pros to fish their strengths and spread out among several major creek arms. With changing conditions and so much at stake, several storylines are beginning to emerge. Below are five pros that bear monitoring as competition begins Thursday. READ MORE »

Carlson blog: A plea to tackle companies

Carlson blog: A plea to tackle companies

Tournament bass fishing season is in full swing, even if the weather in most of the country may not feel like it. From now until mid-summer, culminating with ICAST in July and the Forrest Wood Cup in August, tackle companies across the industry will be launching their newest mouse traps – all guaranteed to catch more fish than the others. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Bohannan hoping to build off opener

Tuesday Tour Update: Bohannan hoping to build off opener

After competing in regional tournaments at a high level for many years, Greg Bohannan fished his first Walmart FLW Tour season in 2008. Each of his first three years on Tour was productive and concluded with trips to the Forrest Wood Cup. But instead of continuing that progression, Bohannan’s last three seasons have largely been substandard. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Scheide feeling good, fishing good

Tuesday Tour Update: Scheide feeling good, fishing good

On paper, 2013 was one of the better seasons of Ray Scheide’s 10-year Walmart FLW Tour career. The Arkansas pro cashed checks in all but one tournament, finished 24th in the points race and qualified for his sixth Forrest Wood Cup. When Scheide reflects on the season, he’s pleased with his results, but there’s one 40-minute stretch he’ll never forget – a brief window that would have transformed his year from good to great. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Mac wants supersized sophomore season

Tuesday Tour Update: Mac wants supersized sophomore season

Outside of south Florida, Brandon McMillan was unknown in professional bass fishing until February 2011 when he slammed 106 pounds, 10 ounces of Okeechobee bass on the scale – clinching the Walmart FLW Tour Open and the record for heaviest total tournament weight. Since then, McMillan has steadily increased his tournament scope and workload. READ MORE »

Bass fishing translations: What pros really mean

Bass fishing translations: What pros really mean

As a fan of the sport and a reporter/editor for the past decade, I’ve slowly learned the language of professional bass fishing. To be sure, it’s a dialect all its own that spans the entire country. So the next time you’re at a tournament or watching weigh-in via FLW Live, here are the Cliff Notes to save you some confusion. <I>Editor’s Note: This is meant as light-hearted humor, although there is a shred of truth to the translations.</I> READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Rose back on track after reality check

Tuesday Tour Update: Rose back on track after reality check

Mark Rose has been one of the top competitors on the Walmart FLW Tour for the past decade – racking up four tour-level wins and earning the moniker “ledge master” for his prowess during summertime tournaments. But in 2012, Rose uncharacteristically missed qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Improving Dodson bearish on 2014 schedule

Tuesday Tour Update: Improving Dodson bearish on 2014 schedule

The name Robbie Dodson is well known in the Ozarks, almost as commonplace in the local fishing dialogue as Storm Wiggle Warts and Smithwick Rogues. Dodson has been dominating on the clear, White River impoundments of Arkansas and Missouri for the better part of a decade with EverStart Series wins on Bull Shoals, Table Rock and Norfork Lake. But he’s also quietly improved in his five years on the Walmart FLW Tour – this past season culminating with a top-10 finish at the Forrest Wood Cup. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Shuffield seeking signature win

Tuesday Tour Update: Shuffield seeking signature win

Over the past five years, Spencer Shuffield has steadily climbed the ranks of bass fishing. After getting his feet wet as an FLW Tour co-angler, Shuffield proved he was the best from the back of the boat in winning the 2011 Co-angler of the Year award. The following season he made his pro debut and experienced mixed results. This year, he cashed checks in all but one of the regular season events, qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup and finished ahead of his legendary father in the standings for the first time. READ MORE »

Carlson blog: Tharp oozes confidence, not arrogance

Carlson blog: Tharp oozes confidence, not arrogance

I recently watched some behind-the-scenes footage of the Forrest Wood Cup dinner banquet, which is held the night before the championship commences. The footage was being used for the final episode of the Circuit Breaker reality show series starring FLW Tour rookie Casey Martin. But I was most struck by what I saw from Randall Tharp, who would go on to win the Cup in impressive fashion. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Golub grew during sophomore season

Tuesday Tour Update: Golub grew during sophomore season

Like it is for most anglers, Ken Golub’s rookie season on the Walmart FLW Tour was a trying one. Between learning new lakes and battling against the best sticks in the world, Golub admittedly was overwhelmed and at times felt lost. Year two showed marked improvement as the New York pro cashed checks in four of the six regular-season events and narrowly missed qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup. READ MORE »

Farewell to the Alabama rig

Farewell to the Alabama rig

It seems like just yesterday nearly all members of the bass fishing media were writing about this new bait/system that mimicked an entire school of baitfish. It’s hard to believe that it was almost two years ago that Paul Elias introduced the Alabama rig with his domination on Lake Guntersville. READ MORE »

Tuesday Tour Update: Milner capitalizes on Cup berth

Tuesday Tour Update: Milner capitalizes on Cup berth

Kerry Milner does a little bit of everything back in Bono, a small town located in Northeast Arkansas. He owns and operates a successful duck hunting guide service, a lawn care business and has worked in construction building streets and laying foundations. In 2014, Milner plans to add yet another title to his résumé – Walmart FLW Tour pro. READ MORE »