UPCOMING EVENT: HIGH SCHOOL FISHING - 2019 - Pickwick Lake

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Top 10 Baits from Sam Rayburn

Top 10 Baits from Sam Rayburn

Pros caught fish everywhere from in the middle of flooded jungles of brush to deep main-lake drops. The top finishers pretty much all power fished with soft plastics, crankbaits and frogs. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Toho

Top 10 Baits from Toho

The second stop of the 2019 FLW Tour landed right on the spawn on Lake Toho and the other lakes on the Kissimmee Chain. Top finishers caught bass in all phases of the spawn. Collectively, they used just about every bait you’ll ever need if you want to catch a bass this time of year in the Sunshine State. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Lake Guntersville

Top 10 Baits from Lake Guntersville

You can flip it, frog it, punch it and fish any number of moving baits through it. It’s grass, of course, and Lake Guntersville is full of it. That’s why so many grass-fishing baits were in the mix among the top 10 finishers at the 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship on Guntersville. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Cross Lake

Top 10 Baits from Cross Lake

Fishing cypress trees (both in dense stands in the bayous and scattered clusters elsewhere), docks and duck blinds were the only patterns employed by the top 10 finishers at the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American on Cross Lake. The fish were definitely postspawn, and it was a scorcher of a tournament with surprisingly good weights. Here’s what the top 10 used to sack ’em up. READ MORE »

Touring Cross Lake

Touring Cross Lake

Cross has hosted the All-American before, and it’s a cool fishery for sure. At only 8,576 acres, it’s not big, but an interesting mix of developed shorelines full of docks and vast bayous full of cypress trees provides plenty of cover to fish and areas to spread out. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Kentucky Lake

Top 10 Baits from Kentucky Lake

Maybe after last week’s FLW Tour event presented by Costa Sunglasses more pros will finally start picking up the Castaic Jerky J/Scrounger combo and learning to fish it on the ledges. It’s the third tournament in three years that Jason Lambert has dominated with that bait, yet only a few other pros also used it. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Lake Cumberland

Top 10 Baits from Lake Cumberland

Though there were a few variations on the trends, the two best baits to use on Lake Cumberland during the FLW Tour event, which was presented by General Tire, were a swimbait for targeting smallmouths and a spinnerbait for targeting largemouths. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from the Harris Chain

Top 10 Baits from the Harris Chain

The typical shallow baits worked for the Harris Chain’s spawning bass during stop No. 2 of the FLW Tour event, which was presented by Lowrance. The offshore grass bite required a different approach, however. For that, pros relied on five primary tools: ChatterBaits, Speed Worms, Senkos, jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. Here are the details. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Kentucky Lake

Top 10 Baits from Kentucky Lake

Kentucky Lake was unusually stingy for the anglers who fished the Costa FLW Series Championship, but the techniques used by the top 10 pros were certainly typical of the time of year. Topwater baits thrown on main-lake bars, flats and points, and umbrella rigs thrown in deeper areas, primarily on the main lake, were the go-tos. A few anglers also targeted shallow flats in the backs of creeks, and they mostly kept topwater in their hands when they did it. Otherwise, a few single swimbaits and vibrating jigs saw some work. READ MORE »

Lake Murray Top 10 Baits

Lake Murray Top 10 Baits

Dialing in on surface activity – or near-surface activity – for bass that were chasing blueback herring seemed to be the key to success at the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray. Late-summer largemouths were often relating to brush or cane. Anglers either “called them up” with jumbo walking plugs or capitalized on visible surface activity to get bit. Here’s what the top 10 threw to make it happen. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Wheeler Lake

Top 10 Baits from Wheeler Lake

Early summer on the Tennessee River is ledge-fishing time, but Wheeler Lake – according to many anglers – doesn’t set up like its sister reservoirs on the Tennessee River chain. Bass don’t pile into mega-schools on river drops. Instead, the postspawn season can be tackled with a mish-mash of approaches, including dragging shell beds and other hard-bottom areas offshore, flipping docks, flipping and frogging grass or wood, and fishing brush. Those are the tactics that the top 10 teams used at the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance C-Map Genesis at Wheeler Lake. Here are the baits they used. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Table Rock Lake

Top 10 Baits from Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake, aka “The Rock,” challenged all 192 pros who fished the 2016 Costa FLW Series Championship. From unusually high water temps and near-summery weather in practice to a cold front and a fog delay during the tournament, anglers had a lot to deal with. Ten of them showed out and managed to make the cut to the final day mostly using classic Ozark baits such as crankbaits, jigs and buzzbaits. READ MORE »

Kentucky Lake Top 10 Baits

Kentucky Lake Top 10 Baits

A handful of patterns emerged among the top 10 pros at the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake. Flipping claimed the top two spots, while others cranked, threw swimbaits around shad spawn areas or dragged various bottom baits. Here are the details of the baits used by the top 10 pros on Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »

Getting to Know Lake Keowee

Getting to Know Lake Keowee

Lake Keowee tends to live in the shadow of its more publicized neighbor lake, Lake Hartwell. That’s too bad. Keowee is a beautiful, clear-water lake that’s filled with spotted bass and home to far more bruiser largemouths than most bass fans probably realize. This week, we might get to see just what Keowee is capable of as it plays host to the 2016 FLW College Fishing National Championship. To learn more about the fishery, we begged local angler Randy Childers to take some time away from his day job managing Lake Hartwell Fishing and Marine in Anderson, S.C., to give us a tour of the lake. READ MORE »

Breakfast with the Straders

Breakfast with the Straders

Practice for a Walmart FLW Tour event is a grueling three-day stretch where pros usually burn up every minute of daylight out on the water. But for the last few seasons, FLW Tour rules have mandated an off day on the Wednesday before each tournament begins. We wanted to see what goes into the final hours of preparation before a Tour event, and so this morning, a day before the Tour’s fifth stop begins on Lake Chickamauga, we invited ourselves over for breakfast with current Angler of the Year leader and tournament favorite Wesley Strader and his wife, Stephanie. The Straders live in Spring City, Tenn., just a few minutes up the road from the tournament site in Dayton. Here’s the story. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from the California Delta

Top 10 Baits from the California Delta

1. Wade Curtiss caught one solid keeper on a Jackall Iobee Frog fished on a “cheese” mat, but the bulk of his catch came on a bluegill-colored Ladies Man swim jig with a Zoom Horny Toad trailer and a Jackall MC 60 crankbait. He fished the latter two on “troughs” between riprap levees and inside grass lines. 2. Ken Mah began each day with a custom vibrating jig rigged with a Missile Baits D-Bomb trailer around riprap-lined levees. After that he threw a white tandem D&M Custom Baits buzzbait or punched with a 1- to 1 1/4-ounce weight, a punch skirt and a Missile Baits Missile Craw fitted to a 3/0 Gamakatsu flipping hook. 3. The reaction bite was key for third-place pro David Valdivia. He caught fish on a white tandem buzzbait and a ChatterBait with a Lake Fork Magic Shad trailer, mixing in a Yamamoto Senko when a slower presentation was needed. READ MORE »

Gallery: Top 10 Baits from Amistad

Gallery: Top 10 Baits from Amistad

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Forrest Wood Cup Top 10 Patterns

Forrest Wood Cup Top 10 Patterns

Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi achieved what had been considered by many to be an impossible goal here Sunday in bass fishing’s richest championship tournament. After disqualification from the season-opening Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee because of an inadvertent rules infraction, the South Carolina angler completed a five-tournament comeback in regular season to qualify for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. Finally, here before a standing-room-only crowd in Colonial Life Arena, Gagliardi capped off his comeback by winning the four-day test on Lake Murray, his home fishery. Gagliardi’s four-day weight of 51 pounds, 2 ounces earned him $500,000 For the complete story of Gagliardi’s championship victory, click here. Visit ForrestWoodCup.com for complete results. Here’s how the rest of the top 10 earned their share of the $1.2 million tournament purse. READ MORE »

Scouting Lake Murray

Scouting Lake Murray

The Forrest Wood Cup is the biggest tournament in bass fishing, and you’ve likely heard a lot of chatter about the anglers in the field, the fishing techniques and all the events that surround the tournament. But how much do you know about Lake Murray itself? We got into town early, and, rather than work, we decided to head out on the water for a tour of the lake. Here’s what we found. READ MORE »

X Marks the spot

X Marks the spot

Two things stand out about winter bass fishing: The fish get a little bit pickier about where they want to be, and anglers don’t want to spend as much time running a bass boat around a frigid lake trying to find them. READ MORE »