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Posted By The Bass Hog

May 4, 2017--LA CROSSE, Wis. – The FLW Tour, the most competitive circuit in professional bass fishing, is set to compete on the Mississippi River May 18-21 in an event presented by Evinrude, when 322 of the world’s most decorated bass pros and co-anglers will be casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the Pro Division and up to $25,000 cash in the Co-angler Division. The event, which is hosted by Explore La Crosse, is the sixth stop of 2017 – the Tour’s 22nd season.

FLW Tour anglers will launch in Pool No. 8, and have the option to lock upriver to Pool No. 7 or downriver to Pool No. 9. These three impoundments provide an ample amount and variety of cover for bass to reside. Vast swaths of vegetation, wing dams, rock jetties, backwater pools and shallow laydowns will all be targeted by anglers.

“I’m hoping the weather warms up a little as the tournament approaches,” said Yamamoto Baits pro Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, a 14-year Tour veteran and six-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. “If it does, it’s going to be on fire and they’re really going to catch them. The bass are getting ready to spawn, but this cold snap we’ve had has kind of shut them down. It’s going to all come down to the temperature for this event.

“If the weather warms, both smallmouth and largemouth bass are going to be very active,” Monsoor continued. “They’ll be able to catch both species together in the same spot, which is going to surprise some of the competitors. There are several great backwater lakes in all three pools. Each of them has the potential to produce what’s needed to win this tournament – that’s how good they are.”

Monsoor said the dominant cover for largemouth bass will likely be wood, while smallmouths should converge near rock.

“I’m going to utilize a jig because you can catch both species with it,” said Monsoor. “The rest of the field will be running a variety of lures including ChatterBaits, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, frogs, worms – they’re going to use just about everything. Whatever technique each angler specializes in, they’re going to catch them doing it.”

“It could take more weight to win, but it will depend on how consistent the guys can be,” said Monsoor. “It’s anybody’s game – believe me. These guys are going to come up here and find bass that have never been fished. They’re going to look at things different than everyone else, and someone’s going to find spots that are new and unique. It’s going to be a fun tournament.”

Competitors will take off at 6:30 a.m. CDT each day from Veterans Freedom Park, located at 1 Clinton St., in La Crosse. Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins, May 18-19, will be held at Veterans Freedom Park beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s weigh-ins, May 20-21, will also be held at Veterans Freedom Park, but will begin at 4 p.m.

In FLW Tour competition, pros and co-anglers are randomly paired each day, with pros supplying the boat, controlling boat movement and competing against other pros. Co-anglers fish from the back deck against other co-anglers. The full field competes in the two-day opening round. Co-angler competition concludes following Friday’s weigh-in, while the top 20 pros based on their two-day accumulated weight advance to Saturday. Only the top 10 pros continue competition Sunday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.

The total purse for the FLW Tour at Mississippi River presented by Evinrude is more than $800,000, including $10,000 through 50th place in the Pro Division.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

In the 20-year history of the FLW Tour, there has never been a back-to-back winner in a single season. There have been pros who have won multiple events in a season. And there have been pros who have won on the same lake in back-to-back seasons. But never has an FLW Tour pro won two consecutive events in a season.

That all changed Sunday when Mark Rose, fresh off his Tour win at Guntersville, raised the winner’s trophy at the FLW Tour presented by Quaker State on Lake Travis. The historic win made Rose the first back-to-back winner in FLW Tour history.

However, Rose had to earn that record the hard way. For the second time in three weeks, Rose fought off a hard charge from Bryan Thrift in what has become an ongoing heavyweight bout between two of the Tour’s most decorated stars.

On the final day at Guntersville, Thrift entered the day in second place, and methodically tracked Rose all day, closing in on him by the hour. And just when it looked like Thrift had Rose down for the count, Rose thwarted Thrift’s victory charge with a last-minute 6-pounder to win by just 15 ounces.

Sunday, the roles were reversed. Rose entered the day in second place by just a pound and was the one who had to close in on Thrift. And right when it looked like Rose had Thrift in his sights, Thrift tried to give Rose a taste of his own medicine by catching a 5-pounder in the last hour in an attempt to hold off Rose.

“I’m blown away right now,” Rose said after accepting the trophy. “I’m speechless. I consider Bryan to be the best angler on the planet. He is what pushes me every day to be a better angler. This kind of competition at the top of the game is what this sport is all about. I don’t even know what to say right now except that God is good.”

With his back-to-back wins, Rose has also broken his reputation of being a Tennessee Valley-only winner. All of his previous Tour wins have been along the Tennessee River. This one, however, marks his first win away from his favorite river basin, proving he is a far more diverse angler than just being a summertime “ledgemaster.”

But in order to pull off this win, Rose did have to resort to his comfort zone – offshore structure in depths ranging from 18 to 50 feet.

Ironically, Rose started the event far up the Colorado River, cranking shallow river banks to the tune of 11 pounds, 9 ounces. He had practiced offshore but couldn’t get anything going, so he resorted to the river.

On day two, Rose returned to his offshore wheelhouse.

“I started doing what I should have been doing the first day – fishing out – way out,” Rose says. “I started fishing those big flat points on the lower end. At first I was trying to fish up on top of them, dragging a jig across the tops in about 18 feet of water. I caught a few that way, but every time I eased up there to cast up on the points, I could see big arches on my graph on those 25-to-45-foot breaks. So I backed out some more and started dragging that Strike King Tour Grade Football Jig down those deeper breaks – what I called stair-step ledges – that fall off those points. I caught some fish as deep as 50 feet here this week. I even dropped down from 17 to 15-pound Seagaur Tatsu to decrease the line resistance at those extreme depths.”

On the morning of day three, Rose tied on a big 6-inch swimbait fastened to a 1-ounce Strike King Squadron Head to see if he could entice those suspended bass by winding the big swimmer over the top of them. His first cast with the swimbait produced a 6-pounder.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors,Rob Newell.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

JONESTOWN, Texas (Feb. 2, 2017) – The second tournament of the 22nd season of the FLW Tour, the most competitive circuit in professional bass fishing, is coming to Jonestown Feb. 16-19 with the FLW Tour at Lake Travis presented by Quaker State. The event, hosted by the City of Jonestown and the Austin Sports Commission, will feature 330 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the Pro Division and up to $25,000 cash in the Co-angler Division.

“This tournament is going to be a lot of fun because many of us haven’t fished Lake Travis competitively,” said FLW Tour pro Tom Redington of Royse City, Texas. “A lot of the field will be making new discoveries in terms of fishable cover and structure. I think there will be a few anglers that break away and do something really unique.”

“If it gets windy and sight-fishing isn’t an option, I see a jerkbait or crankbait doing well out deep,” continued Redington. “The water on the main lake is above full pool, which means there’s a ton of submerged cover for bass to suspend in. We may be fishing trees, rocks and bushes that are 50 feet down. Some of the points run a half-mile out into the lake. Finesse jigs and drop-shots rigged with soft-plastics will be big. If competitors want to be shallow but still fish the main lake, a spinnerbait or flipping a creature-bait will do the trick.” 

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 22, 2016) – After three career Walmart FLW Tour top-20 finishes, numerous wins at the AAA-level and two career championship appearances, pro James Watson of Nixa, Missouri, earned the first FLW Tour victory of his career and $95,400 Saturday at the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational at Norris Lake presented by Quaker State with a final day's catch of four largemouth and one smallmouth bass weighing 9 pounds, 12 ounces.

 

“I thought I blew it today, so I am absolutely floored,” said Watson, who pushed his FLW career earnings to more than $276,000. “I’ve won a B.A.S.S. Open, I’ve won a P.A.A. event, but I’ve never won an FLW Tour event. I’ve been fishing these things a long time and I bleed FLW. This is such a huge win for me – by far the biggest financial win of my career. And to punch my ticket to the Forrest Wood Cup before the season even starts, this is big time.”                                                 Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 16, 2015) – FLW announced the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour regular-season schedule Thursday in a live press conference held at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST). The 2016 season will feature six tournaments, broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network, which will showcase the best bass anglers in the world competing in the most competitive and lucrative circuit in the sport.
 
2016 Walmart FLW Tour Regular-Season Schedule:
  • February 4-7        Lake Okeechobee              Clewiston, Fla.   
             Hosted by Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort and the Hendry County Tourism Development Council
  • March 17-20         Lake Hartwell                     Anderson, S.C.   
              Hosted by the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • April 14-17           Beaver Lake                        Rogers, Ark.       
             Hosted by Visit Rogers
  • May 5-8                 Pickwick Lake                    Florence, Ala.     
             Hosted by the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Bureau
  • June 9-12             Kentucky Lake                   Gilbertsville, Ky.
             Hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • June 23-26           Lake Champlain                 Plattsburgh, N.Y.              
             Hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau
 
The 2016 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart will be held Aug. 4-7. The location for the championship event will be unveiled on-stage at the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Legendary Texas Angler Beats 140 Pros, Wins $125,000 in Nationally Televised Event
 
MARBURY, Md. (June 28, 2015) – When professional angler Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, was forced to withdraw from the Walmart FLW Tour in 2014 after suffering a heart attack he wasn’t sure if he’d ever be able to fish competitively again. After a few months of recovery and undergoing cardiac rehabilitation, Wendlandt made the decision to return to the Tour in 2015.
 
His decision was validated Sunday when the three-time Angler of the Year brought a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 14 ounces to the scale to win the Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats. Wendlandt’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 60 pounds even earned him the win by a 4-pound, 4-ounce margin over Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tennessee, and the top cash award of $125,000 in the internationally-televised event that featured 142 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world competing in the final regular-season tournament of the season.
 
Wendlandt may have not even made the top-10 cut to fish Sunday had it not been for an incredible act of sportsmanship by fellow competitor Shinichi Fukae.  Wendlandt started day three in first place, but soon experienced mechanical problems that would effectively end his day and force him to get an early tow back to the marina. However Fukae, who was fishing at a nearby location, offered to let Wendlandt use his boat for the remainder of the day – a decision that would allow Wendlandt to finish his day on the water and remain in contention for the win, but guarantee Fukae a zero for the day and a 20th-place finish.
 
“Without Shin, this win wouldn’t have been possible,” Wendlandt said. “I can’t say enough about him. What he did yesterday, giving me his boat… I cannot thank him enough.”
 
After this week’s strong showing on the Potomac Wendlandt ended the season ranked 18th in the Angler of the Year Race and qualified for the 16th-Forrest Wood Cup appearance of his career – the first since 2012.
 
Overall there were 50 bass weighing 118 pounds, 13 ounces caught by pros Sunday. All of the top-10 professionals weighed in five-bass limits.
 
Pro Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, clinched the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour Rookie of the Year award Friday, which is awarded to the rookie pro angler who finishes the season with the highest point total.
 
Jim Jones of Big Bend, Wisconsin, won the co-angler division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 25 pounds, 2 ounces, followed by Kyle Prskalo of Hobart, Indiana, who finished in second place with eight bass weighing 23 pounds, 15 ounces worth $7,081.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Advisory for Monday, June 29, 2015
 
WHAT:  FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with China to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the world’s most populous country. The agreement will be signed by Gang Li, Vice President of the Florida Culture Exchange Association representing Sunny Lake (Beijing) Sport Development, LLC, at a scheduled news conference at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST).
 
WHEN:                 Thursday, July 16, 2015
 
WHERE:               Booth #3179
                              International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST)
                              Orange County Convention Center
                              9990 International Drive
                              Orlando, Fla.
 
NOTES: Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Earlier this year FLW expanded its presence on the world stage yet again with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad.
 
China will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of the host country, to a new international division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. The highest finisher among countries represented in the international division will then advance to the Forrest Wood Cup, making it the sport’s only true world championship.  
 
Canada and South Korea have already signed on as FLW partners under the new program and are set to begin hosting FLW-sanctioned tournaments in 2015. China is the third country to sign on for international sanctioning. Details on their hosted tournaments will be available soon.
 
Additional FLW qualifying tournaments in other countries are forthcoming. Watch FLWFishing.com for details. 
 
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Wisconsin’s Jones Wins Co-Angler Title, $25,000
 
MARBURY, Md. (June 26, 2015) – Pro angler Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, brought five bass to the scale Friday weighing 17 pounds, 13 ounces to grab the lead on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats. Wendlandt now has a two-day catch of 10 bass totaling 32-10 and holds a 1-pound, 12-ounce lead over second place pro Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Maryland, in the four-day tournament, hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners, that features 142 of the top bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
 
“I focused on a lot of the same areas that I did yesterday,” said Wendlandt, who is chasing his fourth tournament win as a professional on the FLW Tour. “I didn’t catch a whole lot of fish today but the ones I did bring in were good-sized.”
 
Of the handful of bass Wendlandt did catch, he said it was the 5-pounder he reeled in around 11 a.m. that gave him a much-needed confidence boost.
 
“On this river that’s a big fish right now,” said Wendlandt “I’d say catching that fish is what really set today’s performance apart from yesterday.
 
“If this wasn’t a tidal fishery there’s no way my pattern would hold up,” continued Wendlandt. “But the fact that the water is constantly moving in and coming up and changing the location of the fish, there’s definitely an opportunity for it to work.”
 
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s top-20 showdown, Wendlandt said he has a few spots left to try and pull together a solid limit.
 
“I may hit some of the new stuff,” said Wendlandt. “It just really depends on how the day is going. I could see myself going in there and catching them quick or I could see it being a struggle. It’s just really hard to tell right now.”
 
Mike Boyles of Kimberling City, Missouri, won the Bridgford Big Bass Award on the pro side Friday with a bass weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the $500 prize.
 
Pro Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, clinched the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour Rookie of the Year award Friday, which is awarded to the rookie pro angler who finishes the season with the highest point total.
 
Jim Jones of Big Bend, Wisconsin, won the co-angler division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 25 pounds, 2 ounces, followed by Kyle Prskalo of Hobart, Indiana, who finished in second place with eight bass weighing 23 pounds, 15 ounces worth $7,081.
 
J.P. Sims of Cookeville, Tennessee, caught Friday’s Bridgford Big Bass in the co-angler division, a bass weighing 4 pounds, 2 ounces to win the $250 prize.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
MARBURY, Md. (June 27, 2015) – Pro angler Clark Wendlandt of Leander, Texas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 8 ounces to extend his lead on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats. The tournament now heads into the fourth and final day of competition and the field is cut to the final 10 in the four-day event, hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners, that featured 142 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world casting for the top cash award of up to $125,000.
 
Wendlandt’s three-day cumulative weight of 47-2 extended his lead to 3 pounds, 12 ounces over second-place angler Adrian Avena of Vineland, New Jersey, who has a three-day weight of 15 bass totaling 43-6.
 
“Today I focused on two key areas that I’ve been hitting all week,” said Wendlandt, who is seeking his first win on the Walmart FLW Tour since 2001. “I’m keeping things fairly simple and just trying to grind it out as much as I can.
 
“I arrived at my first area and caught three keepers before 10 a.m.,” continued Wendlandt. “That’s when I began to experience engine trouble. It wasn’t long before I was stuck out there.”
 
Wendlandt planned to use his trolling motor to scrape together whatever he could for the day and get an early tow in back to the marina. However, fellow competitor Shinichi Fukae, who was fishing at a nearby location, in a tremendous showing of sportsmanship offered to let Wendlandt use his boat for the remainder of the day – a decision that would guarantee Fukae a zero for the day and a 20th-place finish.
 
“It’s probably one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship I’ve seen in my time bass fishing,” Wendlandt said. “We’re all out here competing for a lot of money so for him to do that really shows his true character.
 
“After switching boats I was able to move around in my areas more freely and ended up catching four more bass,” said Wendlandt.
 
Wendlandt said he caught eight keepers in less than two feet of water over the course of the day using two primary baits.  
 
“I’m really not sure how I’m going to fish tomorrow,” said Wendlandt. “It’s going to be interesting because of the amount of rain we’re getting. All I know is that I’ll be returning to my main areas.”
     
For the first time in his storied career, pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Florida, wrapped up the Angler of the Year title on Saturday. He narrowly edged out pro John Cox of DeBary, Florida, in a tightly contested race that thrilled fishing fans throughout the season. Martin, who clinched the first Angler of the Year title of his career as well as a check for $100,000, also will receive an automatic berth into the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
MARBURY, Md. (June 26, 2015) – FLW announced today an exclusive licensing agreement with MirooNamoo Media Group from South Korea to begin sanctioning FLW bass-fishing tournaments in the Eastern-Asian country at a contract signing preceding the weigh-in at the Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats.
 
South Korea will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of the host country, to a new international division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. Two anglers will compete as pros with FLW providing Ranger boats and two will compete as co-anglers. The top pro award at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship is $95,000, including a Ranger Z518C if the pro is Ranger Cup qualified, and the top co-angler award is a Ranger Z117.
 
The highest finishing pro from the newly introduced International Division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship will advance to the following year’s Forrest Wood Cup for the chance to compete on the sport’s biggest stage for $500,000 – the biggest payday in bass fishing. FLW will also provide a Ranger boat for use in the Forrest Wood Cup.
 
“There are many fisherman in South Korea, but not many opportunities to compete in tournaments,” said Jin-Soo Kang, CEO of MiruNamu, Inc., and Director of OBS broadcasting. “Bringing FLW tournaments to Korea will bring a great boost in popularity and awareness to the sport of tournament bass-fishing.”
 
Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Earlier this year FLW expanded its presence on the world stage with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad.
 
“We are very excited to announce our partnership with the MirooNamoo Media Group to bring FLW tournaments to South Korea,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “Our television show has aired in South Korea for many years and there are many anglers there that are very excited at the prospect of advancing to the Rayovac FLW Series Championship and ultimately the Forrest Wood Cup.”
 
South Korea is the second country to sign on for international sanctioning. Canada has already signed on as FLW’s partner under the new program and is set to host an FLW tournament in 2015 with at least three events slated in Canada for 2016. Additional FLW qualifying tournaments in other countries are forthcoming. Watch FLWFishing.com for details. 

                                                 Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.