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Is Skeet really #1?

April 22, 2010 1 comment

BassFan currently ranks Skeet Reese as #1, KVD as #2, and Brent Ehrler as #3 in the current BassFan World Rankings.  All three have had a turn in the #1 position in recent weeks.

According to our poll, most of you think the BassFan World Rankings are flawed.  Here are the results of our poll:

It seems the vast majority of you seem to think KVD is the best. Read more…

Vote! Who is the best angler?

March 23, 2010 Leave a comment

To my knowledge, BassFan is the only organization that ranks anglers from the FLW and BASS in the same ranking.  In the BassFan World Rankings, KVD was ranked a solid #1 for a long time. That changed recently when Brent Ehrler took the #1 spot last week. Shortly thereafter Skeet Reese leapfrogged Brent and took the top spot after a strong finish at Clear Lake.

Kevin VanDam is currently ranked #3 in the BassFan World Rankings.

I recently wrote that the BassFan World Ranking formula should be tweaked.   ( BassFan has updated their rankings since I wrote that post, but the principle is the same ).

What do you think?  Vote in our poll…


The BCS meets Bass Fishing–the latest BassFan World Rankings are here

March 18, 2010 3 comments

Kevin VanDam is the reigning BASS Angler of the Year, the reigning Bassmaster Classic Champion, and is quite probably the best angler the sport has ever seen.   Yet in the current BassFan World Rankings, KVD’s recent accomplishments rank him second place behind Brent Ehrler.

Yes you read that first paragraph correctly.  They have KVD listed as second.  KVD is the best that has ever been and he is currently playing at his peak level.  How can he only be ranked second? Read more…

Lure Chat with Brent Ehrler

March 10, 2010 2 comments

Brent Ehrler used these lures to win 125 k at Table Rock. (Photo courtesy of Brett Carlson, FLW Outdoors)

BassFan and Inside Line posted excellent articles covering Brent Ehrler’s recent FLW Tour victory at Table Rock Lake.  Brent’s successful tackle and tactics are covered, including the specific lures he used—namely; the 5-inch Single Tail Grub and Swimming Senko made by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, and the Pointer 100 DD and RC 2.5 DD made by Lucky Craft.

As many of you are aware, the person lucky enough to win our FLW Fantasy Fishing League will win some of these lures courtesy of the good folks at Tackle Experts.  It occurred to me that our readers might find it useful to get some helpful information on how to use these lures.

What follows is an interview I had with Brent as he was making his long commute back to California.

Bo Crawford (bocraw): I’m looking at this picture Rob Newell took of the lures on your deck. Was the grub the lure you caught the most numbers on?

Brent Ehrler (Ehrler): Yep-the grub is what I caught the good majority of the fish on that I weighed in. Each day a higher percentage of the fish came on the grub. The bigger fish I weighed in all week came on the Lucky Craft stuff. I had a 6 ½ on the jerkbait on the second day. On the third day of the tournament I caught a 5 ½ on the crankbait Read more…

Rookies and Veterans Represent Alabama at Table Rock

March 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Greg Pugh caught an 18-11 sack and leads at Table Rock. (Photo courtesy of Brett Carlson, FLW Outdoors)

Several Alabamians are competing in the FLW Tour tournament on Table Rock Lake that started today.  Cullman’s Greg Pugh caught an 18-11 bag and currently sits in first place.  Now that the FLW Tour has changed to a cumulative weight format, catching a big sack on the first day is not the tactical mistake it once was.

For those of us who like to pull for underdogs, there are two Alabama rookies who competed in their first FLW Tour event today.

Rookie Mark Stewart of Springville, AL caught 10-06 and is sitting in 20th place. Read more…

VOTE! What do you think about the Red River cancellation?

February 10, 2010 3 comments


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Safety should have been the Pros’ Responsibility at the FLW Red River Event

February 10, 2010 1 comment

David Dudley strongly believed conditions were unsafe to fish. (Photo courtesy of Rob Newell, FLW Outdoors)

Two articles this morning from the Shreveport Times indicate that canceling the Red River event was hardly a “no-brainer” decision.  The articles indicate that Chad Mogenthaler and David Dudley led a group of about 100 anglers that were in favor of canceling the event.  Apparently the group was so adamant and vocal that they left Charlie Evans with no choice but to cancel.  Here are links to the articles:

Part of the allure of the sport is that it pits man against nature.  Anglers are challenged to catch fish in conditions that the typical recreational angler would never fish in.  Anyone who has fished a tournament in less than perfect conditions recognizes the extremes these anglers go through to catch those little green fish.  We admire their grit.  We admire their determination.

For the real fan of the sport, tournaments with tough conditions are the most exciting to watch.

David Dudley and company put the FLW leadership on the spot and left them with no choice but to cancel the event due to liability reasons.  The FLW’s hand was forced due to co-angler safety.  It is a shame. Read more…

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