By nature, we tournament anglers tend to be well prepared and safety-conscious on the water, maybe a little more so than others. But after the tragic loss of one of our own several weeks ago on Lake Okeechobee, we thought revisiting some water-safety tips would encourage us all to be even more vigilant out on the water.
Larry Nixon may not be running entirely on original factory parts, but he’s convinced that he still has plenty of fuel in the tank to keep his long and consistent fishing career going.Nixon, who turned 67 years old on September 3rd, received for his birthday the best gift an ailing fisherman might hope for – a new left hand. Repetitive motion had worn it out so the doctor went inside and took out all of the cartilage in between his thumb and the first joint on his wrist.
The 2017 FLW Forrest Wood Cup returns on August 11 – 13 to Lake Murray, South Carolina for the premier championship event of the summer. Spanning some 50,000 acres and with approximately 500 miles of shoreline, the Saluda River impoundment will present a challenging venue for 53 of the top bass anglers in the country. Among them are Yamamoto Fishing Team Members: Shin Fukae, Roy Hawk, Larry Nixon, and Darrel Robertson. The Inside Line caught up with each of the them as they shared a quick take on the upcoming tournament.
Following a week of unseasonably hot weather that saw temperatures hover in the triple digits, the 240 plus anglers that made their way to the seventh annual Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge were greeted with cooler temperatures and changing weather conditions. At stake were 60 big bass cash prizes, entrance into the Super 12 Grand Prize Drawing for biggest bass weighed in during each official tournament weigh in period, and a cash award for the biggest overall bass of the two day event.
Yamamoto co-angler Gary Haraguchi didn’t miss the money in any of the seven FLW Tour events of 2017. In fact, the last time he missed the check line was in April of 2016 at Beaver Lake, and even then it was only by a few places. Had he made the money that week in Arkansas, he might’ve been the Tour’s top co-angler, instead of finishing second. This year he left nothing to chance and has the Angler of the Year hardware to show for it.
The 2017 season was shaping up to be the worst of Tom Monsoor’s lengthy career on the FLW Tour, and the biggest body blow occurred on his home pools of the Mississippi River. The Wisconsin pro was expected to dominate the sixth event of the season, but rising water threw him off his game and he ended up a dismal 105th.
The last few years have been somewhat brutal for me and my writing has reflected that, largely talking about lessons learned but seldom applied. If you have fished tournaments for more than a few years you know that fishing can be streaky and generally good fishing begets good fishing, but start making bad decisions and the next thing you know you are questioning every decision you make.