The Norman King

By Rob Newell - Saturday, Sep. 17, 2016, 5:10 PM
Bryan Thrift's specialty is pretty much everything, but today he proved that he's got a special kind of connection on Lake Norman. Weighing a total of 34 pounds, 12 ounces, the Shelby, N.C., pro took home top honors in the inaugural Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Lowrance on Lake Norman. Good for $71,000 and a Forrest Wood Cup berth, the win was Thrift's second Tour-level triumph on Norman and his fifth Tour win overall.

Oneida Midday Update Day 3

By Jody White - Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, 10:56 AM
Day by day in the Costa FLW Series presented by Ranger Boats on Oneida, differing fishing conditions have challenged the field. Today, on the final day, the conditions are as different as possible from the slick calm that had Oneida looking like a big puddle for much of the second day. As the top 10 anglers readied their boats in the parking lot before takeoff, a strong wind could be heard rushing through the trees overhead. On the lake, that wind translated into easy 3-footers in places that are only now beginning to subside.

With Hanselman on the Last Practice Day

By Jody White - Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, 8:59 AM
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.

Scouting Upriver with Gussy

By Jody White - Monday, Aug. 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.

Day 1 of Practice with LeHew

By Jody White - Sunday, Jul. 31, 2016, 9:02 PM
Shane LeHew has dominated the competition locally in North Carolina and nationally at the college level, but he hasn't had a signature tournament in the pro ranks yet. Now done with his third season on the Walmart FLW Tour, LeHew qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup for the second time in two years and seems poised to become more than a reliable sleeper pick in Fantasy Fishing. LeHew was kind enough to let me ride with him for the first morning of practice. Here's how he approached the day.

Canterbury's Next Challenge

By Jody White - Monday, Jul. 25, 2016, 9:13 AM
At the time of writing, Canterbury had been picked by every pundit and 50 percent of players overall, which is a decent bump over Morgan at 47 percent. The dollars attached obviously make a difference, but there's no doubt that everyone expects great things.

Top 10 Patterns at Lake Champlain

By Rob Newell - Monday, Jun. 27, 2016, 7:35 PM
Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., won the Walmart FLW Tour presented by General Tire on Lake Champlain by blending a largemouth pattern with bedding smallmouths. Not surprisingly, largemouths were a critical part of climbing into the top 10 at Lake Champlain. A few pros did make it to the final day fishing solely for smallmouths, but it was those who could reach the 19- to 22-pound mark with the help of green kickers once or twice during the week who mostly filled the top slots.

Martin Still Out Front

Saturday, Jun. 25, 2016, 5:49 PM
Despite some mechanical troubles and a tough largemouth bite, Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., still managed 16 pounds, 5 ounces to bring his total up to 58 pounds, 10 ounces. Now, he's taking a 2-pound, 5-ounce lead over Bryan Schmitt into the final day of the Walmart FLW Tour presented by General Tire on Lake Champlain.

Where to Catch Bass on Lake Champlain

By Jody White and Jesse Schultz - Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2016, 5:23 PM
Stretching 100-plus miles from it's beginning down south at Whitehall, N.Y., and running all the way up to the Canadian border between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondacks in New York, Lake Champlain is a giant of a lake. Though the competitors aren't allowed to venture into Canada, there is still plenty for the pros to break down for the season finale of the Walmart FLW Tour presented by General Tire.

Lambert Conquers Kentucky

By Rob Newell - Sunday, Jun. 12, 2016, 4:18 PM
Smashing 29 pounds even on the final day, Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tenn., totaled 97 pounds, 2 ounces over four days to win the Walmart FLW Tour on Kentucky Lake presented by Mercury and hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. The win was the first on the FLW Tour for the 2014 Rookie of the Year.
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