Archive for December, 2014

Top 10 Stories of 2014

December 30, 2014 7:02 am
What a year it was. 2014 ranks as one of the most exciting seasons in FLW history, and that includes everything from the Walmart Bass Fishing League level to the Forrest Wood Cup. On the cusp of a new year and a new season, we decided to take a look back at our 10 favorite stories of 2014. Please share your highlights from this season with FLW fans at

The Ebb and Flow of Sponsorships

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Many of the readers who follow FLW know me as one of the pros who fishes the Walmart FLW Tour. What many of you don't know is that I also work in the industry. I get to see what happens behind the scenes more than the average fisherman or fellow fan does. I get to see the sponsor contracts, and the ins and outs of how business works.

Walmart BFL Season Kicks Off on the Big O

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The 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League will kick off its tournament season the weekend of Saturday, Jan. 3. The Gator Division tournament will open the season on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively in the one-day event.

Thrift Signs with Fitzgerald Rods

December 29, 2014 10:00 am
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Fitzgerald Rods announced that FLW Tour pro Bryan Thrift has joined Team Fitzgerald Rods as the newest member of their pro staff.

The Winning Wobble

December 26, 2014 7:00 am
Introducing a successful, highly effective new lure to the market and relying on it for several top tournament finishes sounds like a scenario that's purely positive for a professional angler. But for FLW pro Tommy Biffle, who designed the Gene Larew Biffle HardHead "articulated jig," the success of his creation comes with mixed emotions ... sort of. "It's ruined me," Biffle jokes. "It's about all I fish any more."

A Christmas Wish List

December 24, 2014 5:01 am
A new Ranger, a Lowrance HDS, a set of Power-Poles - chances are Santa will bring us a few of the things we've asked for on Christmas, but some items might have to wait for another yuletide or until the Claus household becomes a bit more financially stable.

Circuit Breaker: Kentucky Lake 2014

December 23, 2014 10:54 am
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The season finale on Kentucky Lake not only showcases the last event leading up to the Forrest Wood Cup, but also takes a unique look back at the storied past that veteran pro anglers JT Kenney and Chad Grigsby share with this body of water.

Fish the Transition

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Although you couldn't tell it by the weather up north, bass are moving toward their spawning areas in a lot of Southern lakes. In south Florida, where the FLW tournament season is set to begin in about a week, they're already spawning. Though there are certain rules that apply to fishing the spawn, I've developed an approach that has helped me catch fish when other things have failed.

Ish Monroe Travels to China

December 22, 2014 7:00 am
Among the benefits of having sponsors are the unique opportunities that they provide to you. For instance, during this offseason I got to travel to China for the first time in my life to work with one of my main sponsors, River2Sea, designing and perfecting the Ish Monroe Series. I stopped in Hong Kong on my way there and back. It's so high-tech and advanced; it's amazing.

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