Archive for March, 2015
March 11, 2015 7:49 am
Snag Proof Lures announces that it has enhanced its national pro-staff team with the addition of Tuskegee, Ala., angler Mark Daniels Jr. "I am very excited to have Mark Daniels Jr. be a part of the Snag Proof team," says Nathan Chandler, president of Snag Proof Lures. "Mark has been a longtime fan of Snag Proof and a dominant shallow-water fisherman, making this a great fit for us. It would not surprise me to see him win an event on a Snag Proof frog this year. "
Quigley Motor Company, manufacturer of four-wheel-drive conversions for Ford, General Motors and Nissan, announces its yearlong sponsorship with top-ranked professional angler Dave Lefebre. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Lefebre and his family will travel the Walmart FLW Tour in a Quigley 4x4 Van.
March 10, 2015 11:44 am
At the halfway point of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Toho on Friday afternoon, it looked as if the event would be a JT Kenney runaway win. Kenney's "red-dot" bedding program appeared to be unstoppable. But then things changed drastically: The warm-up ended, the full moon began to wane, heavy clouds took up residence over central Florida and the fairy tale of scripted plans in a multiple-day tournament came to a screeching halt. By the end of the event, several other patterns on Lake Toho quickly closed up Kenney's seemingly insurmountable lead (12-10 after two days and 12-8 after three). When the final weigh-in came to an end, the top three places were only separated by 1 pound, 5 ounces. Patterns that involved current, shell beds and even docks helped close the gap. Here's a look at some of the other top 10 patterns from the week.
Techniques used by the top pros at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Mercury on Lake Toho consisted of a mix of slow-fishing soft plastics around shallow cover, winding lipless crankbaits around open-water grass and cranking canals with current.
With the Walmart FLW Tour kicking off on Lake Toho over the weekend, all eyes were on central Florida. Toho didn't disappoint. The system kicked out numbers of giant bass, which led to a final weigh-in that turned out to be a nail-biter. What you might not have realized is that Lake Guntersville also churned out a plethora of giants in a Walmart Bass Fishing League event held there on Saturday. Here's a recap of last weekend's tournament action.
March 9, 2015 12:09 pm
Clint Moore of Big Cabin, Oklahoma, weighed four bass totaling 22 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division tournament of 2015 on Grand Lake. For his victory, Moore earned $5,337.
Rob Jordan of Flowery Branch, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Lanier. For his victory, Jordan earned $6,162.
March 8, 2015 6:30 pm
Mercury pro JT Kenney was as confident as he could be early in the week at the Walmart FLW Tour season-opener on Lake Toho. He had an incredibly refined plan built on a series of precisely placed waypoints. The waypoints marked isolated spawning areas within beds of lily pads. In the first two days of competition, Kenney looked unstoppable with limits weighing 29-14 and 22-9, respectively, to build a lead of 12-10. On day three, Kenney looked human. His limit of 14-5 could have left the door open - but after weigh-in Kenney's lead shrank by only 2 ounces. And today, it looked as if the king, despite a massive lead, was about to give up his crown. Kenney weighed in only 9 pounds, 4 ounces. But that was enough. The Florida pro squeezed through by an 11-ounce winning margin to win the first Tour event of 2015.
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.
March 7, 2015 7:23 pm
For those who don't believe that professional fishing is a game of offense and defense like any other sport, consider JT Kenney's strategy for the last three days of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Toho presented by Mercury. The first two days, Kenney ran pure "offensive plays" on key, precise bedding areas to run up the score. Today, he ran more "defensive plays" to protect his lead.