5 to Watch on Okeechobee

By Kyle Wood - Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, 7:16 AM
This year, the Big O is giving the 169-boat field a different look than they've seen in past years in the form of high, dirty water. The odds could favor the locals more than in years past, though the caliber of skill among the entire field is over the top. Really, it could be anyone's tournament.

Okeechobee Practice with Scott Martin

By Jody White - Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, 10:50 PM
Scott Martin is heading into the first Walmart FLW Tour event of the season with a full head of steam. After earning what might be the first of many Angler of the Year titles in 2015, he gets to kick off the year sleeping in his own bed and fishing Lake Okeechobee, the place where he grew up and where he has caught more than 50 bass weighing more than 10 pounds.

Okeechobee Heating Up

By Kyle Wood - Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, 2:20 PM
The weather over the last few weeks in Florida has been, well, not so Florida-like. Wave after wave of cold front has riddled the Sunshine State, leaving the bass in lockdown mode. Hope is on the horizon, though, for the entire field of the Walmart FLW Tour with a forecast calling for warmer weather in the days leading up to the start of the season-opener on Lake Okeechobee Feb. 4-7.

How to Play FLW Fantasy Fishing

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, 8:53 AM
Registration for the 2016 FLW Fantasy Fishing season is now open. Fantasy Fishing is free to play and allows fishing fans from across the globe to compete for the largest fantasy cash prizes in the sport while following along with each Walmart FLW Tour event. To enter, participants can log on and register at FantasyFishing.com. FLW Members will need to enter their member number to be eligible for “Members Advantage” tools.

Opener to be a Shootout on the Big O

By Kyle Wood - Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, 4:53 AM
Excitement is in the air as the first Costa FLW Series event of 2016 prepares to kick off on Thursday morning. This past weekend the first FLW Bass Fishing League event of the season took place on Okeechobee, and the lake definitely showed out.

Lake Okeechobee Preview

By FLW - Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, 12:23 AM
Lake Okeechobee, or the “Big O,” as it's commonly known, is one of the most famed bass fisheries on the planet.

5 Pros to Watch at Lewis Smith

By Kyle Wood - Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015, 12:17 PM
The second stop of the Walmart FLW Tour season rolls to Lewis Smith Lake – or “Smith” as most refer to it – which is located in northern Alabama. It offers a stark contrast to the first event held on Toho, as the fishery is a clear, deep impoundment with little grass to speak of.

Traditionally spotted bass have dominated this tournament due to their abundance and better average size. That will likely be the case again this week, however, largemouth may surprise some people since water temperatures are prime for them to swarm the bank.

Smith Lake is often overshadowed by its neighboring lakes of Guntersville and Wheeler but has pumped out several world-class spotted bass over the years. In fact, back in the 1970s and 1980s several world record spots were produced in Smith, and the current 8-pound, 15-ounce Alabama state record was caught from here.

Australian Wins Lake Toho FLW Fantasy Fishing

Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015, 2:58 PM
FLW Fantasy Fishing player Tom Slater of Indooroopilly, Queensland, Australia, correctly picked four of the top 10 anglers the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Toho presented by Mercury. For his picks, Slater won the season's first FLW Fantasy Fishing event and its $5,000 top prize.

Fantasy Fishing Players Win Big

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 11:59 AM
Steve Pasker of Waterloo, Iowa, was the top-scoring FLW Fantasy Fishing player in 2014 and won the season-long grand prize of $10,000. Pasker scored 12,081 points throughout the seven-event season (six Walmart FLW Tour events and the Forrest Wood Cup).

His victory closely mirrors Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi's 2014 season, which began with disqualification at the season opener and culminated with a Forrest Wood Cup win by 1 ounce over Scott Canterbury.

Pasker struggled in the first Fantasy Fishing event at Okeechobee, but he outlasted Michael Austin of Elmhurst, Pa., by just 2 points in the final standings to squeak through to victory.

“This is awesome,” says Pasker. “I didn't think I had any chance after the first tournament of the year at Lake Okeechobee. I didn't have a good finish at all in that tournament, but in the next six events I did pretty well.

Gagliardi Overcomes

By David A. Brown - Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, 4:25 PM
How much is enough? For Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, it was an ounce. That's what it took to edge Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury and win the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country with 51 pounds, 2 ounces. Gagliardi hoisted the Cup before a packed house at Colonial Life Arena.

Details on top finishers will follow, but here's the upshot: Just 11 ounces separated first and fifth places. For fans of this sport, a weigh-in like this delivers memories not soon forgotten. Safe to say, that sentiment runs a good bit deeper for the local favorite from Prosperity, S.C.

“It just falls in line with everything else that happened this year,” he says. “I made it into the (Cup) by one ounce. It's just fitting.”

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