UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Potomac River

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Devere Takes BFL Wild Card Win

Devere Takes BFL Wild Card Win

The decision of what to fish come tournament time can be difficult for most. For others – like Mike Devere – relying on a single bait that you have confidence in is all you need. Devere’s one bait, one rod method was strong enough to carry him to victory by nearly 2 pounds in the BFL Wild Card held on Lake Hartwell. READ MORE »

Walters Wins Wateree BFL Regional

Walters Wins Wateree BFL Regional

Todd Walters relied on a combo pattern to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional on Lake Wateree. The North Carolina boater fished rocky cover upstream and brush piles in the lake's clear lower end. The two-part program produced a three-day winning weight of 47 pounds, 4 ounces, which was 11 pounds better than second place. READ MORE »

Duvall Wins Sinclair BFL Regional

Duvall Wins Sinclair BFL Regional

Work obligations in North Carolina kept John Duvall of Madison, Ga., from practicing for the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional on Lake Sinclair, held Oct. 8-10, but a straightforward approach of flipping and buzzing boat docks produced a winning three-day weight of 36 pounds, 13 ounces for Duvall. Duvall credits fellow competitor Kip Carter (who finished fourth) for helping him get on the right kind of fish without the opportunity to practice. READ MORE »

Why the Wheels Fell Off: Lake Murray

Why the Wheels Fell Off: Lake Murray

Hot spots run out, get moved in on by others and change with conditions, but the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup wasn’t about spots. Lake Murray’s deep fish followed roving herring, and shallow fish were widespread. Therefore, most pros changed areas daily, moved frequently through the day or stayed on the move all the time. Some ran specific patterns, while others junk-fished. Unpredictable action, including inexplicable hero-to-zero days, began during practice, and everyone knew the uncertainty would continue through the tournament. Of course, knowing that today’s action promises nothing about tomorrow doesn’t make it any easier when the bite actually tapers and keeps you out of a cut or prevents you from finishing the job, especially when you’re fishing for half a million dollars and the title of world champion. We asked several pros that experienced a costly drop-off to share their perspective on what went wrong. READ MORE »

Cup Blog: Contrasting Efficiencies

Cup Blog: Contrasting Efficiencies

I understood Anthony Gagliardi’s strategy as I watched him on the final morning of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, but it still was odd to watch. He wasn’t casting at all. Just standing, watching and waiting. He was waiting to cast to largemouths when they busted blueback herring on the surface. Fish feeding on herring during the summer only come up for an instant, and the only way to catch them is to cast immediately to the spot where they break. Gagliardi didn’t want his bait a cast’s distance away to the left when he really needed to make a cast to the right. And so he waited. “That’s the best way to do it when they’re schooling,” Gagliardi said during the press conference right after he won the championship. “When one breaks you have about three seconds to put the bait there.” READ MORE »

Dalbey Honored with Leadership Award

Dalbey Honored with Leadership Award

“I’ve often said there are a lot more good people than bad people. The bad ones just get all the publicity. We wanted to give attention to a good one,” said Forrest L. Wood, the namesake of the Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award, as he helped honor this year’s award recipient, Rich Dalbey, on stage before the day-two weigh-in at the Forrest Wood Cup. The annual award recognizes a Walmart FLW Tour pro who exemplifies ideals of sportsmanship and community leadership. Dalbey, who just completed his second year on Tour as a professional angler, was selected in part based on the task he took on of coordinating food drives at every FLW Tour stop. READ MORE »

Day 1: Shallow Observations & Deep Thinking

Day 1: Shallow Observations & Deep Thinking

Shallow or deep? That was the No. 1 question posed by pros and pundits alike going into the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray, and after one day of competition, weigh-in results and observation suggest that the answer might to be “both.” Shallow and deep patterns played a part in top bags from day one, and at this point it would be difficult to say which fish will be the key to victory. READ MORE »

Lying Bass and Tough Talk

Lying Bass and Tough Talk

Usually anglers call one another liars (especially in regard to what they’ve found during a tournament practice), but David Dudley says that about fish. Specifically, he refers to bass caught during a practice that can lead an angler astray because conditions are changing and they don’t present a clear picture of what will happen come tournament time. READ MORE »

Pre-Practice Report: Tough Fishing at Lake Murray

Pre-Practice Report: Tough Fishing at Lake Murray

Tough, tough and tough – that’s the nearly universal word from pros who made trips to South Carolina’s Lake Murray to pre-practice for the Forrest Wood Cup before the lake went off limits July 28. No competitor will get to fish the lake again until the official practice begins on Aug. 3, the Sunday prior to the competition, and all seem hopeful that the bite will get at least a little bit better between now and then. READ MORE »

ICAST Impressions Part II

ICAST Impressions Part II

In part one of this two-part recap of trends from the 2014 ICAST show, we shared our observations of the electronics, terminal tackle, accessories, line and clothing categories. In this installment, we’re moving on to reels, rods, tackle storage and soft plastics. READ MORE »

ICAST Impressions Part I

ICAST Impressions Part I

ICAST 2014 is in the rearview mirror. Like usual, it was a whirlwind of handshakes, shutter snaps and Q&A with the tackle industry’s best product designers and marketers. If you missed any of the action, don’t worry. You can still check out all of FLW’s coverage from the show at FlwFishing.com/ICAST. We sent a team of 14 writers, photographers and videographers to Orlando to report on all the great new gear and gadgets that made it to the Orange County Convention Center. READ MORE »

Normalizing

Normalizing

<b>Lake Murray Report</b> <br> The mid-week high for the first full week in May in Lake Murray Country will flirt with 90 degrees, and the 10-day forecast shows no highs of less than 80. Seemingly, the cold has finally fled, allowing the lake to get back on track from the dirty, cold water that has filled the lake thus far. Lake Murray’s current surface temperature is 72.3 degrees, up 5 degrees from a week ago, based on the USGS water data website. READ MORE »

4.29.14: Everything a Step Behind

4.29.14: Everything a Step Behind

“Normally they’re pretty much done spawning by now,” said Andy Wicker of Pomaria, S.C., which is just east of Murray’s upper end. Wicker, who with a Clemson University teammate finished second in the 2012 FLW College Fishing Championship on Lake Murray, fished a local tournament recently and found that there were still large numbers of bass on the beds. READ MORE »

4.17.14: Winter's impact still lingers

4.17.14: Winter's impact still lingers

Lake Murray bass have been reading from a different script than normal this year, and the result has been good early season catches by local anglers, according to former Walmart FLW Tour pro Michael Murphy, who lives by Lake Murray. READ MORE »

Guide to treble hooks

Guide to treble hooks

As a general rule, the treble hooks on the lures of most tournament pros aren’t original equipment. Less-expensive stock trebles are usually replaced with ultra-sharp premium hooks of the angler’s choice. READ MORE »

Drawdown tactics

Drawdown tactics

As summer winds down, however, things can change quickly on a drawdown lake – a reservoir where lake managers reduce the water level in late summer and early fall. Come practice for the EverStart showdown, Dan Morehead’s fish were nowhere to be found. In fact, despite the amazing pre-practice, Morehead didn’t catch a fish during the first day and a half of practice. The dropping lake and progressing season had caused everything to change. READ MORE »

The right trailer for the task

The right trailer for the task

A jig trailer seems simple enough: a piece of molded soft plastic that dangles from a jig’s hook to add bulk, enhance action, temper the fall and suggest a crawfish or other food item. Those basic functions, though, are somewhat divergent and sometimes work against each other. READ MORE »

The Big 3 Baitfish Spawns

The Big 3 Baitfish Spawns

If you’ve ever toted a plate of cupcakes into a room filled with children, set the cupcakes down and watched what happened next, you can imagine what occurs when the forage species of bass spawn. The bass soon figure out that their favorite foods are congregated and captivated, and they show up for the feast. READ MORE »

Fishing cybertools

Fishing cybertools

When you’re fishing with an old-school bass angler, nothing will sour his face faster than seeing you slip a smartphone out of your pocket to peek at your email. As understandable as that attitude is, no one can rightly deny that today’s phones provide a tremendous amount of useful stuff. Such a device can be as valuable as your graph or a good landing net. In fact, your phone is more like a toolbox than a tool because each app serves a separate function. READ MORE »

Jerkbait guide

Jerkbait guide

Take in an early spring tournament on just about any fishery, and you’ll see dozens of anglers jerking, twitching and snapping a bevy of slender minnow-shaped jerkbaits. Yet the same select and relatively small group of anglers usually cashes the bulk of the checks on many lakes during the spring. Somehow, they manage to set themselves apart. READ MORE »