UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Kentucky / Barkley Lake

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Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

With just one keeper from his three primary pockets, leader Jake Morris might have left the door open on the final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division tournament at Table Rock Lake. His frog pattern might be fizzling out due to clear water and changing conditions. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 2

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 2

Fishing pressure and a cold front have shut down the bite at Table Rock Lake for stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division season. The lake's largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are not coming easy. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 2

A few spawning bass are making their way to the scale in the top pros' bags, but most of the consistent action has come flipping or fishing topwater for largemouths, smallmouths and spotted bass at Table Rock. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 1

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 1

Catching fish is hardly the problem right now at stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division at Table Rock Lake. It seemed like every pro our on-the-water crew pulled up on today, be it on the lower end or up the rivers, was setting the hook with reckless abandon. Unfortunately, the quality has been extremely lacking. READ MORE »

Everything on the Table at Table Rock

Everything on the Table at Table Rock

Stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson, is primed to be an all-out show. It seems like the lake’s entire population of bass is rushing to the bank to spawn, with all three species willing to eat a vast array of offerings. The only question: Will Mother Nature play nice? READ MORE »

Spawn in Full Bloom on Table Rock

Spawn in Full Bloom on Table Rock

Stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division should shape up to be quite the catchfest. Coming off of the division opener on Kentucky Lake, where pros were challenged with tough fishing, this week’s event, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson, should be stellar in terms of both numbers and quality of fish.  READ MORE »

How to Catch Winter Spotted Bass

How to Catch Winter Spotted Bass

Some of the best fishing of the year in the South occurs on the reservoirs with spotted bass in Georgia and the Carolinas. As a guide on Lake Lanier, FLW Tour pro Rob Jordan is adept at staying on the spots all winter. He knows when to fish deep or go shallow, and how to apply a jigging spoon, jig, underspin and crankbait to take full advantage of the opportunities. READ MORE »

How to Fish Jerkbaits Around Brush

How to Fish Jerkbaits Around Brush

Throwing a jerkbait during cool-water periods for suspended fish isn’t anything new, but FLW Tour pro Braxton Setzer likes to dial it in by fishing two particular jerkbaits around brush piles. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Shasta

Top 10 Baits from Shasta

If you’re headed to Lake Shasta in the spring or late winter, you should probably consider taking along some of the following baits. READ MORE »

Gutierrez Slams The Door On Shasta

Gutierrez Slams The Door On Shasta

Banking on a finesse bite while many others sought to catch them on moving baits, Greg Gutierrez of Red Bluff, Calif., locked up the win in the first Costa FLW Series Western Division event of the year in style. READ MORE »

Gutierrez Jumps Into Lead On Shasta

Gutierrez Jumps Into Lead On Shasta

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event on Shasta Lake featured wild weather and a boatload of changes on the leaderboard. Coming out on top after the second day of the three-day tournament presented by Minn Kota was Greg Gutierrez of Red Bluff, Calif., who caught five bass for 15 pounds, 13 ounces on day two and has a total of 27-2. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Shasta Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Shasta Day 2

Day two of the Costa FLW Series presented by Minn Kota on Shasta Lake confronted the competitors with horrible weather and a lot of opportunity to move up, as many of the leaders faltered. In fact, half the members of the top 10 weren’t in it after day one of the Western Division 2016 inaugural. READ MORE »

Dobyns Grabs Slim Lead at Shasta

Dobyns Grabs Slim Lead at Shasta

Day one of the Costa FLW Series presented by Minn Kota on Shasta Lake featured nasty weather and a ton of spotted bass. When it had all settled, Richard Dobyns of Marysville, Calif., came out with the lead on the strength of a 16-2 limit. READ MORE »

Slob Spots

Slob Spots

Cody Meyer has firsthand knowledge of the potential of Western spotted bass fisheries. In May 2014, he won a local tournament on Bullards Bar Reservoir in California with a 40 1/2-pound limit of all spotted bass. His sack of spots included fish weighing 7.14, 7.46, 7.80, 9.01 and 9.10 pounds. READ MORE »

Running a Spot Spawning Pattern

Running a Spot Spawning Pattern

In lakes where there are spotted bass, smallmouths and largemouths, the spawn can get complicated. Largemouths tend to bed in shallower, warmer water, but smallmouths and spotted bass might bed anywhere from the shallows to so far out it’s hard to see their beds. READ MORE »

Topwater Takes Birge to the Top

Topwater Takes Birge to the Top

On a day when chilly, windy post-front conditions challenged many Walmart FLW Tour anglers who were relying on sight-fishing for spawning bass, Zack Birge bucked the trend and pulled out a pair of topwaters to haul in 17 pounds, 14 ounces. Birge jumped from third place past day-one leader Drew Benton to take over the top spot on Lewis Smith Lake in the event, which is presented by Evinrude. Birge’s two-day total of 36-13 has him positioned 1 pound ahead of Benton. READ MORE »

5 Pros to Watch at Lewis Smith

5 Pros to Watch at Lewis Smith

The second stop of the Walmart FLW Tour season rolls to Lewis Smith Lake – or “Smith” as most refer to it – which is located in northern Alabama. It offers a stark contrast to the first event held on Toho, as the fishery is a clear, deep impoundment with little grass to speak of. Traditionally spotted bass have dominated this tournament due to their abundance and better average size. That will likely be the case again this week, however, largemouth may surprise some people since water temperatures are prime for them to swarm the bank. Smith Lake is often overshadowed by its neighboring lakes of Guntersville and Wheeler but has pumped out several world-class spotted bass over the years. In fact, back in the 1970s and 1980s several world record spots were produced in Smith, and the current 8-pound, 15-ounce Alabama state record was caught from here. READ MORE »

Spotted Bass Reign Supreme at Smith

Spotted Bass Reign Supreme at Smith

When the Walmart FLW Tour visited Alabama’s Lewis Smith Lake in March 2013, Brent Ehrler dominated wire-to-wire by amassing a hefty 60 pound, 9 ounces over four days and besting runner-up Jacob Powroznik by more than 7 pounds. Catching 60 pounds over four days is a pretty stout performance on most bodies of water, but the fact that Ehrler was targeting spotted bass more or less exclusively makes it truly special. In general, spotted bass are a whole lot of fun to catch, but usually don’t grow shoulders thick enough to produce tournament stringers that can rival their cousins, largemouth bass. READ MORE »

World Record Alert

World Record Alert

On Saturday, Feb. 21, Lou Ferrante of Sparks, Nev., caught a 10.95-pound spotted bass from Bullards Bar Reservoir in California. If certified, it will be the new world record, beating out the current world record caught last year by Keith Bryan by about a half pound. READ MORE »

Holy Spot!

Holy Spot!

“I’ll take the memory of that day to my grave,” said Jason Johnson, the day after he and Repel pro Cody Meyer put together a 38-pound limit of spotted bass. Little did he know that limit would turn out to be the “smaller” limit of spots just a couple of days later. Johnson, a longtime co-angler on the Walmart FLW Tour who plans to compete as a rookie pro in 2015, has been planning to make it out west, away from his native Lake Lanier, for a while. So far, the trip has been worth it. After cracking a 30-pound limit on a local largemouth lake to start the trip, Meyer and Johnson never returned to it – the lure of the region’s magnum spotted bass was too strong, and the spotted bass fishing has been far too good. They shared their story, which has been playing out on Meyer and Johnson’s Facebook pages this week. READ MORE »