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Students becoming masters

Students becoming masters

As the sun sets on the third season of National Guard FLW College Fishing, it seems like a good time to evaluate the impact of this program on some of its participants. Many young anglers have now been tested in the post-collegiate arena, and in several cases the students are becoming the masters of tournament fishing. READ MORE »

Stier steals show at Bismarck

Stier steals show at Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. — EverStart pro Dan Stier seemed to be backsliding after the opening day of the 2011 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship – he endured diminishing weights, fish counts and his place in the standings. But he never gave up on his spot or his game plan, and he was greatly rewarded for his tenacity Sunday with his first championship win. READ MORE »

Final battle at Bismarck

Final battle at Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. — It has already been a championship to remember, with big bags of fish weighed and beautiful weather gracing the 80 anglers who competed on the Missouri River at Bismarck, N.D., this week to close out the 2011 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour season. But today marks the moment the walleye world has been waiting for: the crowning of a pro champion. READ MORE »

Skarlis stays on top

Skarlis stays on top

BISMARCK, N.D. — Evinrude pro Tommy Skarlis won the 2008 championship on the Missouri River at Bismarck, N.D., and on Saturday he positioned himself to make National Guard FLW Walleye Tour history by sacking another strong limit weighing 17 pounds, 2 ounces. He now has a three-day total of 58 pounds, nearly a 5-pound lead heading into the final day and a solid shot at a repeat performance. READ MORE »

Dankert gets it done

Dankert gets it done

BISMARCK, N.D. — Todd Dankert of Anoka, Minn., has come close to a tournament title before with three prior top-10 finishes in walleye events operated by FLW Outdoors, including a runner-up finish on Lake Oahe last year. When he finally got his win Saturday, it was a big one – a championship title. READ MORE »

Skarlis surges ahead on Missouri River

Skarlis surges ahead on Missouri River

BISMARCK, N.D. — The community hole that powered most of the top-10 performances on day one of the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship dried up for almost everyone Friday – everyone but Evinrude pro Tommy Skarlis, that is. The walleye veteran from Waukon, Iowa, brought an impressive 21 pounds, 1 ounce to the scale today for a two-day total of 40-14 and first place. READ MORE »

Traffic jam downriver from Bismarck

Traffic jam downriver from Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. — The day-one weigh-in of the 2011 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship revealed it: There’s a hot spot on the Missouri about 25 miles downriver from the takeoff site at Hazelton Access Point. At least the top seven pros fished there for all or part of the day Thursday, and early reports indicated that probably half of the 40-boat field was trying to mine the same 30-yard stretch again Friday. READ MORE »

Kavajecz’s big-fish blitz

Kavajecz’s big-fish blitz

BISMARCK, N.D. — He may be a first-year FLW Walleye Tour pro, but make no mistake – Keith Kavajecz is far from a rookie. The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Famer from Kaukauna, Wis., took a commanding lead on day one of the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship on the Missouri River with five walleyes weighing a staggering 26 pounds, 12 ounces. READ MORE »

Championship begins on misty Missouri

Championship begins on misty Missouri

BISMARCK, N.D. — Though the FLW Walleye Tour has visited the Missouri River at Bismarck, N.D., for three championships in the past four seasons, the nation’s best marble-eye anglers will work a distinctly different fishery in 2011. To borrow a phrase, the playing field has been evened. READ MORE »

Parsons earns first win on Oahe

Parsons earns first win on Oahe

PIERRE, S.D. — He’s been chasing down a win since going pro seven years ago, and he got it today on Lake Oahe. Chase Parsons, son of legendary fisherman Gary Parsons, asserted himself Saturday as a pro of the highest caliber in his own right with a three-day total of 15 walleyes for 58 pounds and a National Guard FLW Walleye Tour win. READ MORE »

Hanson hangs on for co-angler crown on Oahe

Hanson hangs on for co-angler crown on Oahe

PIERRE, S.D. — Christopher Hanson of New Hope, Minn., took the Co-angler Division lead Friday on Lake Oahe, which led to his pairing Saturday with pro Chase Parsons. The pair went to town on the fish in the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour finals, landing a tournament limit of five that weighed 18 pounds, 5 ounces and ushered each of them into the winner’s circle. READ MORE »

Shootout at Peoria Flats under dark skies

Shootout at Peoria Flats under dark skies

PIERRE, S.D. — There seems to be little question the final National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event of the 2011 regular season will be decided near Peoria Flats – that’s where most if not all of the 10 boats carrying finalists were headed this morning after taking off from Spring Creek. It will be a treetop battle Saturday for the best walleyes Lake Oahe has to offer and lucrative tournament purses for the winners. READ MORE »

Parsons takes over lead on Oahe

Parsons takes over lead on Oahe

PIERRE, S.D. — Those who follow professional walleye fishing know the name Parsons: It is associated with great tournament finishes on bodies of water stretching from Lake Erie in the east to Keweenaw Waterway up north to as far south as Bull Shoals Lake and westward to Oahe. Usually the name in front of it in people’s minds is Gary, but on Friday his son Chase Parsons proved once again that he is a force to be reckoned with in his own right. READ MORE »

Walleye anglers face top-10 cut on Oahe

Walleye anglers face top-10 cut on Oahe

PIERRE, S.D. — The full field of 113 pros and 113 co-anglers fishing in the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event on Lake Oahe are competing to survive Friday’s cut. Only the top 10 in each division, based on accumulated weight over the tourney’s first two days, will qualify to fish Saturday in the finale of the last event of the 2011 regular season. READ MORE »

Peters puts on clinic in Pierre

Peters puts on clinic in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. — Pro Darrell Peters took the lead early on during the day-one weigh-in of the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event on Lake Oahe with five fish weighing 21 pounds, 9 ounces. Nearly three hours later after all 226 anglers had weighed their walleyes, he was still on top with 2 pounds and an ounce to spare. READ MORE »

In search of Oahe overs

In search of Oahe overs

PIERRE, S.D. — It’s all about the overs in this week’s National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event on Lake Oahe, according to last year’s Oahe champion, Eric Olson. As the 2011 regular season draws to a close over the next three days in central South Dakota, the 113 walleye pros and as many co-anglers fishing the tournament will all be in search of walleyes as far over the 20-inch mark as they can find. READ MORE »

Getting started in tournament fishing: A primer

Getting started in tournament fishing: A primer

How do I get started in tournament fishing? This is one of the questions most frequently asked of professional anglers. The wording may differ here and there – What tips do you have for a beginner who wants to enter tournaments? How do I become a pro? What advice do you have for a 26-year-old co-angler who fishes the BFLs? etc. – but the question endures, generation after generation. READ MORE »

Cox finally closes on Red River

Cox finally closes on Red River

SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER CITY, La. — Mercury pro John Cox has enjoyed the view from the top of an FLW leaderboard before: Last year he led the opening three days of the FLW Series Eastern on Lake Okeechobee in his home state before snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on the final day, ending it the runner-up; then he led day one of the next FLW Series event on Lake Eufaula, only to finish seventh. He even won the 2010 points race in that circuit. But he has never enjoyed a tour-level win – until today, that is. READ MORE »

Wrapping it up on the Red

Wrapping it up on the Red

SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER CITY, La. — As the final day of the fifth FLW Tour event of the 2011 season (fourth Major) began Sunday morning, John Cox might have seemed like the Gingerbread Man to nine of the 10 finalists: uncatchable. But if this event is to have a fairy-tale ending for the Debary, Fla., pro, he is undoubtedly hoping there isn’t a fox in the field to catch him at the Red River. READ MORE »

Cox stays close, retains lead

Cox stays close, retains lead

SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER CITY, La. — Mercury pro John Cox didn’t need to break his back Saturday to access his incredibly productive, nearly inaccessible fishing hole like the first two days of Walmart FLW Tour competition on the Red River. In fact, he hardly had to work up a sweat to outfish the field yet again – at least he made it seem effortless. READ MORE »