Archive for July, 2015
July 10, 2015 8:24 am
Beyond the simple joy of slamming hooks into the mouth of a shallow, surface-feeding bass, frogs also offer technical advantages that allow anglers to capitalize on some of the best big-bass action of the summer.
Veteran Walmart FLW Tour pro Michael Williamson is recovering in a Houston hospital after suffering a stroke Saturday morning while visiting his mother. Williamson, 58, was preparing to go fishing when he was stricken just before sunrise. He retained some mobility and speech and was able to communicate his condition to his mother, Barbara Williamson. He was than transported to a hospital. Saturday evening, Williamson was undergoing tests in Houston's Memorial Hermann Neurosurgical Unit, according to his wife, Judy. Williamson, who lives in Fort Smith, Ark., has fished as a Tour pro since 2011 and often travels with Texas lure maker Gary Yamamoto. Williamson was scheduled to attend next week's ICAST fishing tackle show in Orlando, then fly to New York to compete in the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division tournament on Lake Champlain.
July 9, 2015 9:05 am
The Walmart BFL tournament on the Ohio River at Tanner's Creek slated for July 11 has been rescheduled to August 29 due to extremely high water levels. All takeoff and weigh-in locations and times will remain the same. Anglers will takeoff and weigh-in at the Lawrenceburg City Ramp, located at Tanner's Creek Drive in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. 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.
July 8, 2015 7:24 am
Sometimes an AOY season can sneak up on us. Scott Martin did the opposite of that - he declared prior to the season that he had his eye on the title and went out and got the job done. He didn't lead the whole season, but he was never far enough out to discount, and he was always a threat to finish strong at the Potomac.
Along with their pro colleagues, 50 of the best co-anglers in the country will take to the waters of Lake Ouachita Aug. 20-23 for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup. Here's the official list of qualifiers, in alphabetical order and by source of qualification.
Amigos, as you may remember, we left the past blog with a big question mark on the well-known saying, "A bass is a bass, no matter what." Well, it's time to give you a different point of view. A lot of you, while reading these lines, might start questioning my ideas.
July 6, 2015 3:21 pm
This year was something special for Zack Birge. It isn't often that a rookie competes for the Angler of the Year title on the Walmart FLW Tour, but that is exactly what Birge was doing with a third of the season left. Though he tailed off, it was a remarkable beginning at the highest level for the winner of last year's Rayovac FLW Series Championship.
Like many anglers, I am a fanatic about my equipment for the things I do. For example, I'm a four-time world champion whitewater kayaker and have won three of them in a boat of my design. I started Jackson Kayak to take kayak design to the next level and to do things that the bigger company I was working for wasn't willing to do. I am also a long-time bass fisherman, which led me to fishing 2015 Walmart FLW Tour as a co-angler.
The competitive fishing world is a small one, and when narrowed down to the competitive bass fishing world, it is even smaller in the grand scheme of things. This, of course, isn't to say that this small group doesn't have an absolutely huge impact. It does.