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Opportunity Knocks for Wesley Strader

Opportunity Knocks for Wesley Strader

Strader could break Meyer’s record as early as the second tournament at Lake Travis, but he isn’t the only angler with a chance to establish a new benchmark this season. Five other anglers have active streaks that give them a mathematical shot at passing 50, including David Dudley with 38, Michael Neal and Jeff Sprague with 28, Jimmy Reese with 27, and Andy Morgan with 20. READ MORE »

Strader’s Fall Buzzbait Tactics

Strader’s Fall Buzzbait Tactics

Wesley Strader loves throwing a buzzbait, and he proved how successful he can be with it in recent Walmart FLW Tour Invitationals on Lake Norman and Norris Lake. READ MORE »

Wesley’s Favorite Pitching Baits

Wesley’s Favorite Pitching Baits

Wesley Strader is one of the best when it comes to picking apart shallow cover. While a lot of people love fishing shallow, not many do it as well as Strader, and he’s parlayed that talent (along with plenty of versatility) into an impressive fishing career. READ MORE »

Parkey, Wesley and a 95-Pound Blue Cat

Parkey, Wesley and a 95-Pound Blue Cat

A few days ago Strader and I were fishing below Wheeler Dam on Wilson Lake for a media event hosted by T-H Marine when we witnessed a quarter-mile duel between a local angler and a mammoth blue catfish. READ MORE »

Scouting the Big O with Wesley Strader

Scouting the Big O with Wesley Strader

Wesley Strader is known and admired for his unique wit and constant cheer, but his consistency is what has been the true hallmark of his successful fishing career. Last week, that consistency paid off with the first big win he’s had since 2002 at the B.A.S.S. Open on the Kissimmee Chain in central Florida. Now he’s got his eye on starting the Walmart FLW Tour season on the right foot a few hours south at Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »

Flipping the Mats

Flipping the Mats

A great pattern this time of year is flipping for bass that are feeding on bluegills in grass mats along shorelines. READ MORE »

Meet the New Noodlers

Meet the New Noodlers

Shinichi Fukae has stuck his hand down the mouth of a bass before, but generally speaking the bass is fairly docile. It’s different with catfish, though, as Shin learned last Sunday morning when he went catfish noodling with Wesley Strader and a few of his acquaintances on Watts Bar Lake. “I thought it would be fun, and it was,” says Strader, who set up the noodling trip after he and Shin missed the cut at the Walmart FLW Tour stop presented by Igloo Coolers on Lake Chickamauga. Participants included Shin and his wife, Miyu; Strader’s wife, Stephanie; wildlife officer Chris Combs; and Strader friends Julie and Jake Harrell. READ MORE »

Breakfast with the Straders

Breakfast with the Straders

Practice for a Walmart FLW Tour event is a grueling three-day stretch where pros usually burn up every minute of daylight out on the water. But for the last few seasons, FLW Tour rules have mandated an off day on the Wednesday before each tournament begins. We wanted to see what goes into the final hours of preparation before a Tour event, and so this morning, a day before the Tour’s fifth stop begins on Lake Chickamauga, we invited ourselves over for breakfast with current Angler of the Year leader and tournament favorite Wesley Strader and his wife, Stephanie. The Straders live in Spring City, Tenn., just a few minutes up the road from the tournament site in Dayton. Here’s the story. READ MORE »

Strader Striding, Kenney Gaining Steam

Strader Striding, Kenney Gaining Steam

Wesley, Wesley, Wesley. If anyone is going to catch JT Kenney and overtake his 12-pound, 8-ounce lead, it appears as if Wesley Strader is the man to do it. He lit up the leaderboard and FLW’s On The Water feed yesterday when he caught more than 21 pounds in one short midday flurry. Now he’s doing it again on day four. Strader has a 9-pounder in the boat and a limit estimated at more than 20 pounds. Most of that limit was in the boat by about 9:30, leaving him plenty of time to upgrade. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Toho Day 3

Top 5 Patterns from Toho Day 3

When the Walmart FLW Tour event started at Lake Toho on Thursday, the story lines were all about spawning fish and catching bedding bass by working soft-plastic baits around isolated pad clumps. Today, the buzzwords changed to current, shell beds and reaction baits such as spinnerbaits and lipless rattlers. The change in vernacular is associated primarily with the weather. While a warm, balmy day one allowed leading pros to score big by blind bed-fishing, today’s lower temperatures, nippy northeast winds and dull gray skies caused a significant shift in productive tactics that led to a shakeup on the leaderboard. As already revealed, leader JT Kenney had to resort to a spinnerbait to adapt. Others in the top 10 have found consistency in the currents of the Kissimmee River or have adapted with new baits. READ MORE »

Giants are Falling at Toho

Giants are Falling at Toho

Let’s jump right into the details: Wesley Strader caught a 6-pounder and has a limit approaching 20 pounds. He’s the daily leader so far, but he’s got a ways to go to catch Kenney, who has a 4-pounder in his livewell. READ MORE »

Pro Tips Weekly: Walmart Pro Wesley Strader

Pro Tips Weekly: Walmart Pro Wesley Strader

First, I slide the keeper down the shank and away from the eye about 1/8 inch from its original position. Then I place the hook in a fly-tying vice and use either black or red thread to lash around the base of the keeper. READ MORE »

Pro Tips Weekly: Walmart Pro Wesley Strader

Pro Tips Weekly: Walmart Pro Wesley Strader

<b>Go Subtle for Pressured Ledge Bass</b> <br> What I use to fish a ledge usually depends on the time of the year and my judgment on how much the bass have been pounded. READ MORE »

Pro Tips Weekly: Wesley Strader

Pro Tips Weekly: Wesley Strader

Cold water slows fish down. And depending on where the lake is, when the water temperature gets down in the high 40s to mid 50s, bass are less inclined to chase big baitfish because their metabolism slows way down and they don’t need to eat as much. The best thing a fisherman can do in this situation is to downsize his/her tackle and lures and fish a lot slower. READ MORE »

Pro Tips Weekly: Wesley Strader

Pro Tips Weekly: Wesley Strader

It’s not uncommon for several fishermen to find a bunch of fish in practice and then wind up beating them up during a tournament. After a couple of days, the fish that aren’t already caught are feeling the pressure and not as eager to bite. If you’re fairly confident there are still a few fish to be caught, go after them. READ MORE »

Pro Tips Weekly: Wesley Strader

Pro Tips Weekly: Wesley Strader

Braided line will last a lot longer if you take it off your reel spools and store it indoors when you’re not going to be using it much. I have my own system for storing braided line. READ MORE »

Pro Tips Weekly: Wesley Strader

Pro Tips Weekly: Wesley Strader

Make sure you carry some electrician’s tape with you when you go fishing and keep it handy. If you knock the transducer off the bottom of your trolling motor on a stump or rock, you can always tape it back on with the tape and go back to fishing. READ MORE »

Pro Tips Weekly: Wesley Strader

Pro Tips Weekly: Wesley Strader

You hear guys talk about “firing up” or “turning on” a school of ledge fish in the summer, and that’s about as good a description as it gets. Until you can get one or two bass to bite, the school will generally ignore you and whatever you’re throwing. It’s like the commotion of fighting that first fish or two that turns them on. READ MORE »

Pro Tips Weekly: Wesley Strader

Pro Tips Weekly: Wesley Strader

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