Archive for May, 2014
May 29, 2014 4:45 pm
It's a chess match on Kentucky Lake this week for stop No. 2 of the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division, and Benton, Ky., pro Brandon Hunter has all his pieces in the right place. Hunter opened the tournament with a 27-pound, 9-ounce limit and a lead of nearly 2 pounds. He heads up a field of ledge-fishing experts that brought in stringers of more than 20 pounds through 29th place. Weights that high suggest that catching quality stringers is easy right now, but that's not entirely true. Finding schools and getting bites has been a breeze, but finding the kind of bass that can win and protecting those schools is a challenge.
You've heard them before, as you watched an FLW tournament weigh-in being streamed on the website - anglers invited by a weighmaster to say something to loved ones back home. If they're not too nervous, most anglers who are asked take advantage of the opportunity. Almost invariably, they look into the camera's lens, and the first words they utter go something like this: "I want to say hello to my wife and thank her for her support all these years. I wouldn't be here without her." Mike Gabel would give just about anything to be able to say that, knowing that his wife, Richay, was out there watching and listening. The last time he spoke of her, at a Walmart Bass Fishing League weigh-in, he also spoke of his wife's battle with brain cancer, and how a surgeon had removed a malignant tumor two years previously and that Richay was finally going to get better. Except she didn't, or at least not for long. In early January of this year Richay succumbed to pneumonia after being stricken with another brain tumor that wasn't operable.
In Episode 30, hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk with Keystone Light pro Casey Martin about his season, getting a new pet, ledge fishing and a variety of other topics. Then they preview the upcoming College Fishing event on the Mississippi River as well as the Rayovac FLW Series event on Kentucky Lake and break down some other recent news.
There are no secrets on Kentucky Lake this week. If you want to catch a winning stringer, you'd better be ledge fishing. Rayovac FLW Series anglers launched out of Kenlake State Resort Park this morning to near-perfect ledge-fishing conditions for the start of the second Central Division event of the season.
May 28, 2014 8:11 am
<b>Finding the right angle for ledge bass</b> The best part of the ledge-fishing season is when bass first move out in late spring and early summer. The fish aren't pressured too much yet so they're not hugging the bottom and they're more aggressive. When I find fish on a ledge, the first thing I'll do is move to the outside and cast a crankbait in over the fish.
May has been a busy month. I've been doing a lot of work on the water, in particular guiding on Lake Guntersville. Last November I traveled to Panama City, Fla., to get my U.S. Coast Guard captain license. I then started a guide service that sees me on Lake Guntersville in the spring and fall and on Lake St. Clair in Michigan during the summer.
May 27, 2014 12:08 pm
Veteran Texas pro Clark Wendlandt experienced a heart attack early Memorial Day Monday and will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour.
May 26, 2014 6:30 am
Life was good for Milner until 2013, but then it got great. He won the Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American championship on Tennessee's Lake Nickajack and earned $100,000 for first place, plus a Ranger Cup contingency award of $20,000. The Arkie Division angler also locked up an automatic berth in the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup, and that's where his luck kicked into high gear.
Scott Martin talks to us from the water of Kentucky Lake about his practice for the final two events of the season.
May 23, 2014 6:34 am
We live in a unique time in human history. Social media has brought people together like nothing else - ever. Can you imagine 50 years ago being able to trade hunting stories with Fred Bear? How about asking Ernest Hemingway about writing "The Old Man and the Sea," and what his inspiration for it was? It would have been pretty cool, huh?