Archive for May, 2014

Treat yourself like an athlete

May 5, 2014 7:52 am
<b>Treat yourself like an athlete</b> <br> As fishermen we are considered athletes. No less than ESPN has recognized this through its ESPY awards. There is no doubt that as we spend hours fishing, we undergo a lot of physical exertion throughout the upper part of our bodies. Truth be known, however, if a majority of fishermen was required to run a seven-minute mile I don't think many of us could do it.

Scrubbing for smallmouths

7:00 am
When FLW announced its 2014 Walmart FLW Tour schedule back in 2013, Eric Olliverson grabbed his calendar and drew a great big circle around the four days spanning April 10-13 - Beaver Lake. For Olliverson, a Tour rookie, that four-day period of competition was his window to make a splash diving into the tournament-fishing world. While other pros no doubt lamented that they'd once again be visiting the northwest Arkansas reservoir, which has a reputation as being a difficult place to catch fish consistently, Olliverson had a plan that included something fans don't normally see at Beaver Lake Tour events: big smallmouth bass. He also had at his disposal a unique presentation perfectly suited for the deep, clear waters where Beaver's brownies live. For many local anglers, it's known as "scrubbing" - slowly reeling and dragging a small grub across the rocks in deep water. Olliverson's twist is to match the ultralight tackle and line normally used to scrub with a swimbait of a size more tournament-worthy. "When the schedule first came out and I saw Beaver Lake, I had goose bumps that lasted seven months," Olliverson told reporters after the day-one weigh-in, where he showed off a 14-pound, 12-ounce limit of smallmouths and spotted bass that he caught with the scrubbing technique. "Every time my wife would talk about Beaver Lake, I'd get goose bumps again. I told my wife before I left that this could be a special week. "A lot of people don't realize it, but that tournament [Beaver Lake] can be won on smallmouths alone," he adds. "I've had too many 17- to 20-pound days out there with all smallmouths. There're that many big smallmouths living in that lake." Unfortunately for Olliverson, wild weather swings put a damper on Beaver's deep-water bite, and with it his chances to win. He slipped in the standings on the second day, eventually finishing in 14th place. When the scales settled in the end, several of the top 10 anglers were also using a technique similar to that of Olliverson. We asked him to break down the scrubbing technique for us, as we all could stand to see a few more brown bass emerge boatside this spring.

Huggins makes key adjustment for victory

2:20 pm
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GREERS FERRY, Ark. - Dustin Huggins of Russellville, Ark., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 10 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Arkie Division tournament of 2014 on Greers Ferry. For his victory, Huggins earned $3,926.

Cordes targeted bushes for first victory

1:11 pm
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WHITTINGTON, Ill. - Marion Cordes of Sullivan, Ill., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division tournament of 2014 on Rend Lake. For his victory, Cordes earned $6,359.

Wyman wins on Lay Lake

12:56 pm
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COLUMBIANA, Ala. - Warren Wyman of Calera, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Bama Division tournament of 2014 on Lay Lake. For his victory, Wyman earned $3,889.

Militana cleans up with only 4 fish

12:19 pm
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MONTICELLO, Ky. (May 5, 2014) - Adam Militana of Nashville, Tenn., weighed in four bass totaling 13 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Cumberland. For his victory, Militana earned $6,792.

Burroughs chashes blueback for winning bass

11:54 am
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LAVONIA, Ga. (May 5, 2014) - Jason Burroughs of Hodges, S.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Hartwell. For his victory, Burroughs earned $6,427.

AOY Contenders

7:00 am
Surprise, surprise. Once again, Andy Morgan is at the top of the Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year standings. Through four events, the 2013 AOY and world's No. 1 angler has finished second twice, has an additional top-20 finish and hasn't placed below 22nd. He has already earned $82,000 on Tour without winning an event.

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