UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Grand Lake

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Two winter classics: jerkbaits and finesse crankbaits

Two winter classics: jerkbaits and finesse crankbaits

If you’ve ever picked ice from your rod guides, if you’ve ever pried Vienna sausages from juice that was more solid than liquid, if you’ve ever ignored the warning on a package of hand warmers and put them in creative places for fear you might lose life or limb, then you’ve probably spent a cold day or two in a bass boat. READ MORE »

Warrior River giants: Nick’s secret no more

Warrior River giants: Nick’s secret no more

With all the facets of media these days, we are constantly blasted with sales pitches for one “top-notch fishery.” Others claim, “You can catch a hundred fish a day here.” Or, “Trophy smallmouths roam these waters.” And my personal favorite is, “If you want to catch the fish of a lifetime, this is your place.” Unfortunately, few fisheries live up to the hype. It’s fair to say that with the exception of a few, typically all the hoopla turns out to be false advertising. READ MORE »

Frazier’s fitness boon

Frazier’s fitness boon

Over one third of adults in the United States are obese. That is a staggering statistic, especially when you take into account the larger portion of that percentage is suffering from ailments that are a direct result of their choices. READ MORE »

Fishing grass mats with Randall Tharp

Fishing grass mats with Randall Tharp

EverStart pro Randall Tharp is an all-around juggernaut when it comes to power fishing, especially on grass lakes where he can get back to his roots of frogging and flipping for giant bass. Which is why I jumped in the boat with Tharp at Lake Guntersville last fall for a lesson in how to break down matted grass and how to catch big, buried-up largemouths. Trust me, there wasn’t a spinning rod in sight. READ MORE »

A box of chocolates

A box of chocolates

The Detroit River FLW Tour Open has come and gone and it was an eye-opener for me personally. I have fished all my life and covered tournaments across the country but I’ve never seen fishing quite like its done on St Clair and Lake Erie. For starters, the contour of St. Clair seems to change less than an inch per mile. READ MORE »

Going against the grain

Going against the grain

When our coverage crew set sail on Lake Lanier to cover the Forrest Wood Cup, the common focus was down lake where most of the fishermen were located and where the tournament was one just two years earlier. The majority of the anglers were targeting deep-seated spotted bass with a drop shot and an array of other baits. Very few had turned left out of Laurel Park and headed up the Chattahoochee River. READ MORE »

Lanier report: Mann offers lay of the lake

Lanier report: Mann offers lay of the lake

The Forrest Wood Cup is the most coveted chunk of metal in all of competitive bass fishing. And right now, across the country there are 46 professional fishermen with 92 eyes set on that one silver cup. Each angler has spent months preparing for this tournament, some might say a lifetime. Hundreds of sleepless nights shared amongst them all, each oozing with the anticipation of a young boy readying himself for his first date. A date with destiny. But unfortunately for 45 anglers, only one guy is going to get the girl. READ MORE »

Champlain proved diverse and plentiful

Champlain proved diverse and plentiful

Although I had never been to Lake Champlain prior to our coverage of the Walmart FLW Tour Major held last week, I had always heard that it was as diverse a fishery as it was plentiful. The Tour anglers certainly validated both statements. During the four-day event we saw thousands of fish caught and it was dealer’s choice as to which technique was employed. There were certain baits that bested others of course, but for the most part, if you backed your boat in Champlain, you were going to catch fish. READ MORE »

To run or to work the tide?

To run or to work the tide?

The Walmart FLW Tour Major on the Potomac River was my first exposure to tidal water. As a writer I was intrigued, as a fisherman, perplexed. I have fished water before with varying levels throughout the day or week but never any that could be accurately predicted. READ MORE »

Table Rock in review

Table Rock in review

Just prior to the FLW Tour Major on Table Rock, the common starting point for most anglers was shallow. However, the prevalent notion that the event would be won sight-fishing didn’t prove true. Instead, the majority of the top-10 anglers found large limits of pre-spawn females in a 5-mile stretch of Long Creek that had the most stained water. READ MORE »

A tale of 10 tournaments

A tale of 10 tournaments

The Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell turned out to be a dealer’s choice event for the 163 pros who participated. The prevailing pattern was primarily deep, as National Guard pro Brent Ehrler wonderfully executed a game plan that he built around one stellar group of spots in about 30 feet of water. But the prevalent pattern for the top 10 was actually shallow. READ MORE »

In the right place at the right time

In the right place at the right time

The Alabama Rig did not win the Walmart FLW Tour Open on Lake Okeechobee. Though few ever believed the A Rig would play a role on the "Big O," there was still a collective sigh of relief as day one of the 2012 season came to a close. A breath of fresh air blew into the tournament world in the form of 33 pound-plus stringers snatched from matted vegetation by Okeechobee favorites, Randall Tharp and Brandon McMillan. READ MORE »

Inside out

Inside out

I have had the unequivocal honor of getting to know the finest group of people out there. READ MORE »

Still standing

Still standing

If you know David’s story, get ready for a good feeling all over. If you don’t then here’s a brief breakdown of what the guy’s been through. At 16 he was diagnosed with something I can’t even pronounce, Wegener's Granulomatosis. But I know what it does to him. Or at least I’ve heard. And seen. It puts him on his butt. Attacking his body. Making it hard for him to even breathe. READ MORE »

Show some love for the long shots

Show some love for the long shots

I watch through a half inch view finder as nostalgia is born. Visible in a set of misty eyes aimed at a flag. I can almost taste it in his unrealistic expectations. Self-inflicted naivety saturated in hope. The harsh reality that lies only a couple days away, the slipper hardly ever fits and even if it does their can only be one Cinderella. READ MORE »

A Season to Remember

A Season to Remember

Hard knocks. Tough breaks. No fun. This year has been slap full of learning experiences. I learned that you can't jump my engine off with jumper cables. Takes too many cold cranking amps. Got to have a jumper box. Had to throw back 15 pounds. That cost me a couple thousand bucks and about 60 angler of the year points. READ MORE »

Honk If You Love Lake Martin

Honk If You Love Lake Martin

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Now I Sit Alone

Now I Sit Alone

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My Last Hurrah

My Last Hurrah

This is my last hurrah. The final time I'll wear these colors and compete for my university. My last shot to represent College Fishing at the Cup. I embody every worn out cliche right now and I want it so bad I can taste it. READ MORE »

The Legend and the Lure

The Legend and the Lure

A story is best written the way it is remembered. Attempting to match his step with my stride, I bounded from one peaked rock to the next. All the while dodging the green ones. He had told me that they were dangerous, though I didn't believe it at the time. Nevertheless I refrained from trespassing as long as my grandfather was watching, venturing out of line only every now and then to test my own waters. READ MORE »