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

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Davis Bounces Back … And Then Some

Davis Bounces Back … And Then Some

By his own admission, Clent Davis came close to being the Forrest Wood Cup champion that wasn’t. Davis, of Montevallo, Ala., was crowned the 2018 Cup champion Sunday evening in Hot Springs’ Bank OZK Arena by virtue of a three-day sack that totaled 36 pounds, 13 ounces. In his remarks before the standing-room-only crowd of 9,000, however, Davis noted that he almost decided to forego the 2018 season and return to a job with an Alabama power company. He attributed his change of heart to a phone conversation he had with Bill Taylor, FLW’s senior director of tournament operations, last fall. Taylor convinced the 32-year-old Davis that instead of giving up a promising career as an angler, he return to the FLW Tour fold. READ MORE »

Go Big or Go Home Worked for Farlow

Go Big or Go Home Worked for Farlow

In any tournament on the eastern end of Lake Erie, a competitor’s flight number often dictates whether he goes after numbers or size first thing. When Neil Farlow left Safe Harbor Marina in boat 156 on the opening morning of the Costa FLW Series North Division event presented by Polaris and hosted by Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, his was an easy choice to make: He opted for quality over quantity. READ MORE »

One and Done on Lake Erie

One and Done on Lake Erie

A stubborn weather front packing westerly winds lingered overnight in the eastern basin of Lake Erie near Buffalo and forced the cancellation of the final day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division tournament presented by Polaris. Ron Lappin, Costa FLW Series tournament director, made the call at about 4 a.m. after boating out to the mouth of the protected harbor where the tournament was headquartered. READ MORE »

Day Two on Lake Erie is Cancelled

Day Two on Lake Erie is Cancelled

High winds that churned up the eastern basin of Lake Erie overnight and prompted a small craft advisory also forced cancellation of day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division tournament presented by Polaris. Sustained southwesterly winds of 14 mph and gusts up to 26 mph were forecast for Friday, making boating conditions untenable. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Erie Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Erie Day 1

Friday’s semi-final round is expected to produce more exceptional stringers, and perhaps changes in the top 10, where only a pound and an ounce separate 10th place from first place. Meanwhile, here’s a look at some of the anglers trying to tip Farlow out of the top spot. READ MORE »

Smallmouths and the wind are cooperating in Costa Erie Event

Smallmouths and the wind are cooperating in Costa Erie Event

Lake Erie lived up to its billing as a top smallmouth destination Thursday morning, much to the satisfaction of anglers competing in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Polaris. By midmorning, several limit stringers had been reported by FLW reporters and photographers as anglers fishing in the shadow of the Buffalo, N.Y., skyline were in the process of culling their weights from the mid to high teens into the 20s. READ MORE »

Costa Smallmouth Derby Begins on Erie

Costa Smallmouth Derby Begins on Erie

Stop two in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division got underway under clear skies this morning on Lake Erie out of Buffalo. The event, which drew 169 boats, is presented by Polaris and hosted by Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission. The field features some of the top smallmouth sticks in the Northeast. The big question at game time was not whether anglers would catch plenty of fish, but how many and of what size. READ MORE »

Another Smallmouth Smackdown?

Another Smallmouth Smackdown?

A lot can change about a fishery in seven years, and not always for the best. The consensus on Lake Erie at Buffalo, N.Y., site of the second Costa FLW Series Northern Division tournament this weekend, is that the smallmouth fishing is better than 2011 when the Series last visited. This year’s event, presented by Polaris and hosted by Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, begins Thursday morning at 6 a.m. ET out of Buffalo’s Safe Harbor Marina and will involve about 180 pros and an equal number of co-anglers. READ MORE »

Bass Have Gone Global

Bass Have Gone Global

It’s safe to say that before last fall many, if not most, fishermen in this country weren’t aware that bass lived anywhere except the northern half of the Western Hemisphere and a few places in Asia and Africa. Turns out that bass are a lot more international in their range than we might have originally thought, and it portends an interesting future. READ MORE »

A Strong Finish for Scott Dobson

A Strong Finish for Scott Dobson

When the end of an FLW Tour season comes into view with only a single tournament left, a lot of pros get nervous. Mental pressure builds as they realize that this is it: their last chance either to bump up a few places and qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup or else hold on to their placement in the top 40. READ MORE »

FLW's Colin Moore featured at StepOutside.org - 10 Best Bass Waters Off The Beaten Path

FLW's Colin Moore featured at StepOutside.org - 10 Best Bass Waters Off The Beaten Path

FLW Bass Fishing Magazine Editor Emeritus Colin Moore recently posted a feature story at StepOutside.org - The 10 Best Bass Waters Off The Beaten Path. Moore showcased a few hidden gems... READ MORE »

Size Limit Lifted at Cumberland

Size Limit Lifted at Cumberland

As part of a program to determine the impact of tournaments on the fishery, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has temporarily imposed a 12-inch minimum size limit on largemouths and smallmouths during the Lake Cumberland event. Since 2001, the minimum size limit for largemouths there has been 15 inches, and 18 inches for smallmouths. The five-fish daily limit remains the same. READ MORE »

Browne Comes Through Cancer Surgery OK

Browne Comes Through Cancer Surgery OK

After battling colon cancer last year, Glenn Browne was looking forward to returning to the FLW Tour and its first 2018 event at Lake Okeechobee next week. That plan was nixed, however, following the discovery that the cancer has metastasized into Browne’s liver. The Florida pro underwent surgery last Friday afternoon to remove a cancerous tumor, and was released from the hospital Tuesday. READ MORE »

Texas Angler Wins Old Hickory Charity Event

Texas Angler Wins Old Hickory Charity Event

“Beginner’s luck” might not be an apt description of Clifford McCarty’s victory on Old Hickory Lake Saturday in the first annual 3Legends Cast for a Cure Bass Tournament, but it was the first time he fished a tournament in Tennessee, and the first time he fished Old Hickory. READ MORE »

3Legends Ready to Rumble at Old Hickory

3Legends Ready to Rumble at Old Hickory

Bass fishermen who have ever wondered what it would be like to fish against Roland Martin, Bill Dance or Jimmy Houston will have their chance Saturday when the Cast for a Cure Big Bass Tournament takes place on Old Hickory Lake at Hendersonville, Tenn. The 3Legends, who haven’t fished against each other in several decades, will participate in the charity fundraiser for cancer research. READ MORE »

Th3 Legends Signed up to Fish Charity Tournament

Th3 Legends Signed up to Fish Charity Tournament

Three legendary bass anglers have teamed up to lend their support to the first annual Cast for a Cure Big Bass Tournament on Old Hickory Lake near Nashville Saturday, Nov. 4. READ MORE »

Wonders of Wildlife Opens with a Collective WOW

Wonders of Wildlife Opens with a Collective WOW

No roller coasters, no rides, no people dressed in mouse suits. When the massive Bass Pro Shops Wonders of Wildlife opened in Springfield, Mo., Friday to the general public, visitors didn’t find anything that’s not connected to the real world outside their doors. READ MORE »

Larry Nixon’s Run at the Cup

Larry Nixon’s Run at the Cup

It’s no secret that Nixon considers a Forrest Wood Cup championship to be the exclamation point to his long and storied career. It’s the one jewel missing from a crown of accomplishments, and he wants it badly. It’s also safe to say that most fishing fans want it badly for the popular pro before age (he’s 66) and various physical ailments overtake him. READ MORE »

LeHew Ready for a Tough Slog

LeHew Ready for a Tough Slog

Fish are caught in Murray’s vast main lake and along its shorelines, though everything in the wide-open spaces is pretty much part of a waiting game on a typical summer day: Fishermen wait for schooling activity on long, flat points that jut into the lake’s depths, and bass wait for blueback herring or threadfin shad to come along. READ MORE »

BFL Gator Division Stalwart Joseph Kremer Passes

BFL Gator Division Stalwart Joseph Kremer Passes

Longtime FLW competitor Joseph Kremer of Osteen, Fla., passed away Saturday morning at his south Florida home after a lengthy battle with colon cancer. Kremer, 50, was a well-known regular in the Gator Division of the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League and mentored a number of south Florida anglers, defending Forrest Wood Cup champion John Cox among them. READ MORE »