Hollowell Signs on to Host New WFN Show - the Bass Dr.
Todd recently announced his signing on to host a new hit fishing show on the World Fishing Network (WFN) called the Bass Dr. Stay tuned for updates on the journey that lies ahead....
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The Castaic umbrella rigs allow fisherman to catch more bass. When bass school offshore, they often form in groups of hundreds of fish.
Being the opportunistic predators they are, bass will attack schools of minnows and the Castaic umbrella rig looks just like a school of minnows.
Cast the rig, count it down to the correct depth and hang on! It's very common to catch multiple bass on one cast. Even 5 bass have been captured on one cast!
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Riding off the momentum of 2013, I'm looking forward to taking it to the next level in 2014. With a full tournament schedule on the horizon, I'm keeping my skills sharp and eyes on the prize. You can follow me on tour by checking out my Tournament Trail page with my complete schedule with results as they come in. Check back often and hope to see you on the water.
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Our first FLW Tour event from Lake Okeechobee is now in the books, and the season is under way. When I received my text from FLW with the results from day one showing me in 142nd place, it was obvious that it wasn’t exactly the way I had envisioned my season starting off. I lost one big fish early that morning that would have put me in the top 25.
After finishing 117th at Okeechobee in 2013 and having missed qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup by only 14 points, I realized that one more fish last year would have made all the difference. Suddenly, I was facing the fact that Okeechobee may sting me again in 2014. The mental game of fishing plays a tremendous role in why some anglers succeed consistently. There’s not a worse feeling than having to return messages, calls, and e-mails to family, friends, and supporters after a bad day or a bad event. The feeling that you have let them down and disappointed them sometimes even embarrasses yourself. So what thoughts go through your head when this happens? How do you bounce back? Can you bounce back? Will you bounce back?
A few months ago, my brother and fellow FLW Tour Pro, Troy Hollowell, shared with me a speech from Al Pacino in the movie “Any Given Sunday” that talked about football being a game of inches. That really hit home with me, and I’ve been able to relate that speech to fishing and to life as a whole. Every day, we are faced with challenges and adversity. And in this sport of professional bass fishing, the competition is fierce and the margin for error is razor-thin. It’s the toughest game I’ve ever played – mentally speaking. One missed bite, one broken line, one wrong decision – they can all be the difference between getting paid and going home with nothing. So you have to be ready for opportunities, and you have to trust that those opportunities will come to you.
On day two, I made a commitment to fight for every inch I could. With about 90 minutes of fishing time left, I had a stout 8-pound limit and was facing another poor finish on Okeechobee. I had scrambled around trying to make the right adjustment, and it finally happened at 2 p.m. that day. I moved to an area where I had caught some keepers in practice but hadn’t visited on tournament day. And on my first cast I landed a 7-pound fish on a River Rat Tackle Swim Jig that changed the course of the day. I caught two more key fish in the next 30 minutes and made a move to 77th place overall, sneaking away with a check and some valuable points. I packed up the Red Gold Tomatoes truck and boat and headed to practice for the next event at Lake Hartwell – it’s what we do.
Sometimes, some of the smallest victories are the most important – and recognizing those victories can unlock the key to allowing more victories into your life. Life is indeed a game of inches, and so is fishing. So as I reflect on the first event, I know that I fought for those inches. I believe that at the end of the season those inches will make the difference in qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup.
Don’t underestimate the power of the mental game of fishing and of life. It can make all the difference in the world.
We’re just a few anxious weeks away from the Walmart FLW Tour season opener on Lake Okeechobee. Thanks to a new and innovative rule change from FLW, there is one question that seems to be on a lot of minds. It has nothing to do with the umbrella rig, or the new 30-day restricted access period, or even some of the Elite Series anglers crossing over to fish the FLW Tour this year. But rather, the question that many are asking is: How will FLW’s new social media rule impact the 2014 season?
If you have not been made aware yet, FLW implemented a new, never-seen before rule that now allows the use of cell phones “for pros to post social media updates.” Up until this point in time, pros have only been able to use cell phones to communicate with lockmasters on certain river systems where locking is allowed or in emergency situations, such as an equipment failure. FLW has taken an aggressive step forward in trying to bring the sport closer to the fans by implementing this new rule. Now, it’s up to the anglers to turn this into a positive rule change. Anglers can now access Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites while the tournament is going on. So I’m anxious to see how it plays out this season. Are you?
Unlike many sports that are televised where fans can watch the game unfold, there is no possible way to logistically film 180 anglers during the course of a tournament day. One of the most popular online features from FLW over the past few years has been the “On the Water Updates,” which has included Twitter updates as well. These updates have kept fans informed on how anglers are doing as the tournament day progresses, and arguably has brought the fans closer to the tournament without actually being there. However, there is a finite number of FLW reporters to do the updates and they can only reach a select few anglers that are in the area of the lake that they are covering. There is a constant challenge in trying to bring the fans to the sport, as fishing is a uniquely and predominantly a participant sport – one where people enjoy fishing more than they do watching someone else fish. I think FLW is on the right track with allowing social media updates for people to follow their favorite angler and get updates throughout the day. And it’s these types of progressive-thinking ideas that will continue to drive the sport’s future and expand its reach to its fans.
There are a lot of FLW Tour anglers who have a loyal following of fans and that have a strong social media presence. Guys like Tom Redington, Wesley Strader, and Travis Fox all have a strong online following and are from different regions of the country – and there is no doubt that their fans will appreciate getting updates from them during tournament days. The pros who embrace the new rule stand to gain new fans from this platform that FLW has created. Does that mean that pros who don’t embrace social media will lose out on something? Not necessarily. But it’s hard to argue the power of social media for those that use and understand it.
Now, the real question is: How will anglers use this new rule change to bring updates to their fans? Will there be any negative repercussions from the rule? Will anyone abuse the rule and how so? These are questions that have been on my mind the last few weeks, and I certainly don’t have the answers. In fact, I’m not even sure how I’m going to use this new rule change during the course of my day. I’ve tried to take time to learn Facebook and Twitter over the past few years and have become somewhat efficient with it. However, I’m on the fence on how much time I will actually spend using it during an eight-hour tournament day – after all, each minute spent updating a social media status is a minute that could be used to make a few casts. I’m guessing you can count on one to two updates from me during the course of the day. But I’ll be interested to see how much others send updates. Will you see my top secret bait of choice? Probably not. Will I give away my location for where I’m fishing and catching fish? Probably not. Will this take away from people watching the weigh-ins on FLW Live? Probably not.
I think this will be a good change and one that helps fans connect with anglers during a tournament – but only time will tell. What do you think about it?
If you are like some fishermen, you’re sometimes hesitant to use lures that have treble hooks because you have had fish come off on these lures before. Whether it was a crankbait or a jerkbait, something happened and the treble hooks didn’t stay hooked up. Have you ever thought that the hooks you’re using could be the reason why?
Today’s Prescription of the Week will help increase your percentages of landing fish on treble hooks by keeping your hooks sharp.
First, always keep a hook sharpening tool in your boat, like a simple hook file. Occasionally throughout the day, check each treble hook on your bait to make sure each hook point is razor
sharp. The hooks on a quality crankbait, like a Reaction Strike RSC2, come straight out of the pack razor sharp. But as you are bumping this crankbait off of rocks and wood throughout the day, occasionally it will get hung or stuck and cause the hook to become dull. Take your
hook file out and run it away from your body down the hook towards the point a few times until it’s sharp again.
Next, once you’ve filed your hook down to a certain point – it’s hard to get it to sharpen any further. At that point, you simply want to change the hook. To do this, you’ll want to keep a small box of extra treble hooks in your boat. Grab a new treble hook and a pair of pliers. Use your pliers to pull the split ring back and start to remove the old hook by moving it about halfway around the split ring – but before you take it completely off, go ahead and get your new treble
hook started onto the split ring. Simply work the new hook around until the old hook falls off, and the new hook latches into places once it makes it around the split ring one full turn. And there you have it – a brand new treble hook, changed in just a few seconds and sometimes that can mean the differencein catching that one extra fish during your day.
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