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

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Locating Winter Jerkbait Water

Locating Winter Jerkbait Water

Stay open minded. Although these tips will give you some good starting points, ultimately the fish are where you find them. Give an area 20 minutes or so, then move on. If they are not where they are supposed to be, try something off the wall. Keep an eye on your electronics when idling and running. Capitalize on opportunities as they arise. READ MORE »

Jerkbait Actions and Cadences

Jerkbait Actions and Cadences

Your rod is a key element in getting the right cadence and action. I like a 6-foot, 10-inch Megabass Orochi spinning model. It’s long enough to make a lengthy cast, yet the rod is short enough to allow quick wrist snaps. READ MORE »

The Reality of Sponsorships

The Reality of Sponsorships

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Thrill of Victory, Agony of Defeat

Thrill of Victory, Agony of Defeat

I’ve always said that professional bass fishing is the most difficult sport in the world. Most people who live outside this world and have not experienced it probably question that statement. The veterans of this sport know exactly what I’m talking about. For a moment, let’s forget about the issues that make it so difficult, and let’s discuss the real reason professional fishing is the most difficult sport in the world: the emotional challenge that everyone deals with regarding the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. READ MORE »

Hard Work Doesn’t Always Equal Success

Hard Work Doesn’t Always Equal Success

In addition to being a full-time pro angler for 30 years, I’m also a student of the sport. I love observing every aspect of professional fishing. It is arguably the most difficult sport in terms of emotional impact, controlled and uncontrolled variables, technique details, and physical and mental challenges. READ MORE »

Mentally Approaching a New Season

Mentally Approaching a New Season

Look for the positives because there is always something to be grateful for, even during those challenging tournaments or seasons. Appreciate the experience, regardless of the outcome. This will lead to humbleness, and even if you don’t attain the level of success you want, it will make you a better person outside of fishing as a result. READ MORE »

Designing and Fishing the Megabass Vision 110

Designing and Fishing the Megabass Vision 110

My initial jerkbaits, starting from about 1978, were the Rebel Spoonbill Minnow and the Smithwick Rogue that followed. I spent countless hours fishing and customizing these jerkbaits and figuring out the best method to weight them for different sink, suspend and rise rates. READ MORE »

Dealing with Letdowns

Dealing with Letdowns

In that 2002 event, I was qualified to win a life-changing $900,000 counting incentives. To finish second and win $110,000 while catching nearly 10 pounds more weight than my nearest competitor was all the incentive I needed to seek how to deal with letdowns. READ MORE »

Getting Whipped by the Young Bucks

Getting Whipped by the Young Bucks

It really goes against all logic, but logic flew out the window again at the recent Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita. Take the example of Brandon Cobb and Dion Hibdon. Cobb, at the tender age of 25, not only qualified for the Cup (the most difficult championship in the world to qualify for, much less win), but he finished in the top five. READ MORE »

Blaukat on Climate Change

Blaukat on Climate Change

As many of you know, for years I’ve been an outspoken voice on environmental issues. As a result, I’ve been celebrated by some and ostracized by others. But what some think of me being the messenger is irrelevant. It’s not about the messenger – as much as detractors try to make it out to be – it’s about getting the message out. I want to start by saying that the debate of whether or not climate change is man-made is over. It’s real, and it’s right here in our faces. READ MORE »

How to Approach a Potential Sponsor

How to Approach a Potential Sponsor

For a lot of FLW anglers, it’s crunch time in regards to sewing up sponsorships for 2015. Whether you’re fishing at the high school or college level, in BFLs, the Rayovac FLW Series or on the Walmart FLW Tour, gaining some form of sponsorship is critical to enabling you to make a profit from competitive fishing. READ MORE »

The Realities of Sponsorships

The Realities of Sponsorships

Right now a lot of tournament fishermen are trying to land sponsor deals for 2015. Consequently, I guess it’s pretty accurate to say that the No. 1 question any long-term pro angler gets asked this time of year is, “How do I get sponsors?” READ MORE »

Carolina Cup Showdown

Carolina Cup Showdown

Time really flies in professional fishing. It seems like yesterday that all of us were launching our boats on Okeechobee, with dreams of competing in the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup that begins this week on Lake Murray near Columbia, S.C. READ MORE »

Kentucky Lake will be another game of ledges

Kentucky Lake will be another game of ledges

Lots of story lines will be going down this coming week as the Walmart FLW Tour closes out its regular season with the 2014 finale on Kentucky Lake. In addition to the 35 Forrest Wood Cup qualifiers to be determined, also on the line are the $10,000 checks awarded to each of the top 60 anglers. READ MORE »

It’s likely to be a ledge game at Pickwick

It’s likely to be a ledge game at Pickwick

Of the approximately 170 anglers who’ll be competing, a relative few of them will be vying for one of the 35 Forrest Wood Cup slots available for the August championship. A few weeks later, the last Tour event of the season, at Kentucky Lake, will settle matters for good. READ MORE »

Ledge season begins

Ledge season begins

This week is the beginning of what I call the initial leg of the FLW ledge-fishing expert benefit swing. The Rayovac FLW Series event on Kentucky Lake, currently taking place, is the first in a trio of FLW events to be held on Tennessee River lakes, the latter two being the Walmart FLW Tour on Pickwick Lake and the Walmart FLW Tour grand finale on Kentucky lake. Each tournament promises to be a postspawn, offshore shootout, and like some other anglers, I’m not particularly thrilled with this part of the season, for a couple of reasons. READ MORE »

Walmart FLW Tour Preview: Beaver Lake

Walmart FLW Tour Preview: Beaver Lake

Bridgford pro Randy Blaukat gives his insight on what to expect at the upcoming Walmart FLW Tour presented by Rayovac event at Beaver Lake. READ MORE »

Rayovac FLW Series Preview: Grand Lake

Rayovac FLW Series Preview: Grand Lake

The winter of 2014 was extreme virtually everywhere, and Grand Lake and the tri-state area of Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas was not spared from the deep freeze. I live about 35 minutes from the lake, and during the 40-plus years I’ve been fishing Grand, only on two occasions have I seen the lake almost completely frozen over. One of those times was this winter. READ MORE »

FLW Tour preview: Sam Rayburn Lake

FLW Tour preview: Sam Rayburn Lake

As many anglers who have been there know, there’s something special about driving through the pine forest-laden areas of east Texas in March, especially when the destination is Sam Rayburn Lake. READ MORE »

FLW Tour preview: Lake Hartwell

FLW Tour preview: Lake Hartwell

The second Walmart FLW Tour event of the 2014 season on Lake Hartwell (March 6-9) will be a radical departure from the Tour opener last month on Okeechobee. READ MORE »