Archive for August, 2016
August 3, 2016 6:38 pm
FLW announced today the addition of a seventh Walmart FLW Tour event to the 2017 schedule. The 2017 season will now open at Lake Guntersville, Feb. 2-5 in Guntersville, Ala.
Without question Andy Morgan is one of the best anglers on the planet and he helped drive that point home again this year after winning his third Angler of the Year title on the Walmart FLW Tour in just four years. Morgan is a grinder of a fisherman and that may be why he is one of the favorites to win the Cup this week. While his talents on the water are very known, little knowledge exists about how Morgan preps for a tournament. That's why I hopped in his boat on the final day of practice to see how Morgan breaks down water to figure out the pieces of the $300,000 puzzle.
Plenty happened in the fishing world in 2015, but the highlight of it all was unquestionably Ray Hanselman's incredible run through the Costa FLW Series. After winning all three of the Texas Division events for a sweep in the regular season, the Del Rio, Texas, pro completed the sweep by winning the Costa FLW Series Championship on the Ohio River. As a result, he qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup and put his mark on history. Though his winning streak has since come to an end, he's still got another shot at history this week on Wheeler Lake.
"Winning just one, everything has to go just right. You have to have the best fishing day of your life and then back it up with three more great days. It's tough, especially with all the media, lights and glamour. It's bound to happen, though. I'm shocked it hasn't happened yet."
August 2, 2016 9:05 am
Running 70 or so miles from the Guntersville Dam to the Wheeler Dam, Wheeler Lake isn't nearly the same from end to end. In fact, it's one of the most diverse reservoirs on the Tennessee River chain and contains a wide range of cover and structure options. When the Forrest Wood Cup heads to Huntsville, Ala., Aug.4-7, the competitors will have a lot to explore.
August 1, 2016 3:56 pm
Jeff Gustafson has been a name in Canadian fishing circles for a long time, but it took him until his fifth year on the Walmart FLW Tour to really make his mark across the border. "Gussy," as he is called by friends and admirers everywhere, finally broke through in 2017, cashing a check in every Tour event he fished and staying in the Angler of the Year hunt all season before finishing fifth in the standings. A Forrest Wood Cup rookie, Gussy was kind enough to let me hop in the boat with him and his dad, Jim, for the second day of practice on Wheeler Lake.
Chris Wilkinson of Farmersburg, Indiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 9 ounces, Saturday to win the fourth FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament of 2016 on the Ohio River. For his win, Wilkinson took home $4,309.
Randy Gillespie of Sanford, North Carolina, weighed a five bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the fourth FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament of 2016 on the James River presented by Navionics. For his win, Gillespie earned $4,247.
Michael Sitko of Pinckney, Michigan, weighed a five bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 9 ounces, Saturday to win the third FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament of 2016 on the Detroit River presented by Power-Pole. Sitko took home $6,463 for his win.
Wins, championships, dollars earned and AOY titles are the accolades by which fans rate their favorite professional bass anglers and by which pundits frame the debate regarding who is the best Walmart FLW Tour pro of all time.