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FLW Announces Pro Field for 2015 Tour

FLW announced today the complete pro angler roster of 152 for the upcoming 2015 Walmart FLW Tour season, the 20th anniversary season of the FLW Tour. In addition to offering the sport’s top prizes, the FLW Tour will pay out $10,000 down to 60th place, offering tournament anglers the best overall payouts for the lowest overall investment.

Strike King picks up Meyer, Lee Brothers

Strike King Lure Company only signs the best anglers with the best reputations in the sport. If you get a chance to join their team, do it.

FLW Tour standout Cody Meyer got that chance and accepted. He will represent Strike King going forward into 2015 and, likely, beyond.

Jordan Lee and Matt Lee, brothers who will fish the Bassmaster Elite series in 2015 have also signed-on with the lure giant. What an incredible opportunity for two young anglers!

Good luck to Cody, Matt, Jordan and the entire Strike King pro staff in 2015!

Yamamoto signs Elite Series Pros Fletcher Shryock, Davy Hite

Gary Yamamoto has ventured into hard baits with his new line 'Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits'. And to help promote the product line, GYCB has signed Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Fletcher Shryock. 

The company likes Shryock's youth and energy, as well as his ability to connect with fishing fans.

Shryock likes the 'ground floor' opportunity with the new line of lures.

Yamamoto has an established reputation with soft baits. Davy Hite has an established resume with a Bassmaster Classic win, a Forrest Wood Cup championship, and a 2 Bassmaster Angler of the Year titles.

Cotton Cordell Dies

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Born Carl Richey Cordell, Jr. and known better as "Cotton" due to the color of his hair, Cordell invented some of the fish-catchingest lures ever designed.

The Red Fin, Hot Spot and Gay Blade have filled tackle boxes for decades. Cordell even helped Fred Young with the Big O which started the crankbait craze in 1973. 

Cordell supported the industry in many ways, including sponsorship of Bill Dance's first TV fishing show.

Rose, Dudley, Jacobs named to FLW Walmart Fishing Team

Walmart announced the members of its professional angling team that will hit the water in 2015. The Walmart team will be comprised of pros Mark Rose of West Memphis, Arkansas, David Dudley of Lynchburg, Virginia, and co-angler Nicole Jacobs of New Brighton, Minnesota.

Larew signs Wheeler

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24-year old bass fishing phenom Jacob Wheeler (left) and Gene Larew Lures owner Chris Lindenberg close the deal with a handshake, as Wheeler becomes the newest member of Larew's national pro staff.



Larew signs young million-dollar winner Jacob Wheeler to pro staff


Page, Murphy win IFA championship and a Ranger boat on Hildebrandt Drum Roller

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So it was a redfish tourney, but it bore similarities to bass tournaments:  It was won on a spinnerbait, It was held on the Louisiana Delta and won in the Venice area, the top prize included a Ranger boat. All of that could happen next time you fish a tourney in South Louisiana so read on!

Humminbird adds new regions to Lake Master coverage

EUFAULA, AL (January 6, 2015) – Humminbird is now ready to bring the LakeMaster experience to more anglers across the U.S. than ever before. Our survey team has expanded the High Definition map coverage into the MidAtlantic and NorthEast regions with new, Version 1 Editions for anglers.



Top This re-ups with FLW Tour Pro Kevin Stewart

Top This (Premier Accessory Outfitters) today announced  a sponsorship agreement for 2015 with FLW Tour Pro Kevin Stewart of Elk Grove, California.  This is the 4th consecutive year these two have combined forces.  Top This (Premier Accessory Outfitters) will remain Kevin's title sponsor. 


Abu Garcia signs-on with ABA


Athens, Ala. (January 6, 2015) - American Bass Anglers (ABA) announced today that Abu Garcia has signed a multiyear sponsorship agreement with American Bass Anglers. Introduced in Sweden in 1941, Abu Garcia has emerged as a premium global fishing brand, producing some of today’s most advanced fishing gear. Abu Garcia is the official and exclusive Rod and Reel of American Bass Anglers and all of its tours.

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