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I'm taking my career to next level this year and looking forward to a full tour schedule. With local and regional events on the horizon, I'm going to be covering a lot of water and making my share of road-trips. You can follow me on tour by checking out my Tournament Trail page with my complete schedule along with updates in my blog. Check back often and I hope to see you out on the water.
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March was a busy month for sure and was a great turning point for the season. I finished all three tournaments this month in the money. We started the month on Hartwell and ended on Rayburn. My tournament finishes this month are as follows: the FLW Tournament on Hartwell I finished in 70th Place, the Rayovac Texas Series Tournament on Rayburn I finished in 20th Place and the FLW Tournament on Sam Rayburn I finished in 43rd Place. This has moved me up in the angler of the year standings to 78th for FLW and 51st for Rayovac. Just got to have a strong finish in the few and we will be heading to South Carolina for the Forrest Wood Cup again!!
I am heading out this weekend to my favorite lake on the tour this year…BEAVER LAKE in Rogers, Arkansas. Stay tuned for my next entry about Lake Beaver.
If you think March Madness is just about basketball…Think again! In the professional fishing world March is one of the busiest months of the year. This month I have already been to Lake Hartwell in South Carolina for the FLW Majors Tour Event, I am currently at Toledo Bend on the border of Texas and Louisiana for the Rayovac Texas Series Event and when this tournament finishes I am going right next door to Sam Rayburn in Jasper, Texas for the next FLW Majors Tour Event.
March 1-8, 2014. Lake Hartwell is a man-made reservoir bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo, and Seneca Rivers. Lake Hartwell is one of the southeast's largest and most popular recreation lakes. Fishing. Hartwell is home to many different types of fish including largemouth bass, bream, hybrid and striped bass, crappie, white bass, trout, and walleye. While the week started off with beautiful with 60 degree weather and warming water temperatures and looking to be promising for a pre-spawn bite, Mother Nature threw us a ball fake. Techincal Foul for Mother Nature when she brought bone chilling temperatures, rain, and winds for the remainder of pratice through Friday afternoon of the tournament. Literally, during Monday’s practice the weather went from perfect day sunny and mid 60s to windy, rainy and 40s in a matter of 15 minutes. The first day of the tournament I did fairly well with 11 lbs 4 oz and finished in the top 50 for the day. Day two conditions were brutal and while I made some adjustements I had 6lbs and 14 oz for a total of 18lbs and 2 oz for the tourment and finishing in 70th place.
March 15-22, 2014. Toledo Bend Reservoir is a reservoir on the Sabine River between Texas and Louisiana. The lake has an area of 185,000 acres , the largest man-made body of water in, the largest in the South, and the fifth largest in the United States. With Mother Nature playing defense the beginning of this tournament season it is nice to have her maybe on offense for the next couple of tournaments (but we are in Texas, so who knows). Weather right now should be a balmy 70 degrees and sunny during the tournament. So I am on the look out for the first wave of spawners to be moving up this week. Site fishing is one of my favorite fishing techniques and I am looking for it to play a major role in this tournament. I remember in a past tournament on Toledo Bend I made a fastbreak during March one bed gave me 3 fish for 18 lbs. Keep up with the tourment on my Facebook Page or at www.flwoutdoors.com. Day 1 & 2 Weigh-In’s will be at Cypress Bend Park. Please see the address below.
Cypress Bend Park
3462 Cypress Bend Drive
Many LA 71449
March 23-30, 2014. Sam Rayburn Reservoir is an 114,000-acre lake in the Big Thicket country of Texas, with native flora including orchids, insect-eating plants and scores of animal species. At 114,000 acres, Sam Rayburn Reservoir is the largest man-made lake located totally within the boundaries of the state of Texas. The lake is located deep in the Piney Woods of Southeast Texas, nestled within the Angelina and Sabine National Forest. Sam Rayburn Reservoir is nationally renowned for its large mouth bass fishery, hosting numerous tournaments each year. Just like Toledo the tournament at Rayburn looks to be another tournament for the spawn bite. The water temperatures should be just right for the big girl bite. It will be much different then the blizzard we had there in January. Day 1 & 2 wiegh ins will be at Cassels-Boykin County Park. Please find the addresss below.
Cassels-Boykin County Park
FM Road 3123 (Off State Hwy 147)
Zavalla TX 75980
Thank you for your support throughout the year and continued prayers for safe travel. Chris Brasher---Lookin’ for a W!!!
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This week I find myself in the SUNSHINE STATE of FLORIDA for the first FLW Tour Event of the year at Lake Okeechobee. I will be competing with over 180 professional anglers for the top prize of $100,000.
I am looking forward to this event since the FLW Rayovac tournament at Rayburn last week left me frozen; I’m pretty sure I can thaw out in the 85 degree Florida sunshine for! I’ve got my shades, flip flops, and sunscreen ready!
Lake Okeechobee is the premier trophy bass fishing lake and has been known for many years as being, the most famous lake for large-mouth bass in the country.
Lake Okeechobee means "big water" in the Seminole Indian language. With a surface area of 730 square miles, it is the largest lake in the southeastern United States. Despite its impressive size, the lake is shallow, with an average depth of only 9 feet. With main fishing waters 3 to 4 feet.
On Okeechobee the two primary ways to fish are with artificial lures or wild shiners. Bass fishing on the “Big O” with wild shiners is the preferred bait for trophy bass, because it happens to be the natural food that they feed on daily. In the tournament; however, we can only use artificial baits.
Tournament Information is as follows:
Take off and Weigh In Information:
Takeoff: Days 1 & 2 - 7:30 a.m., Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina
Takeoff: Days 3 & 4 - 7:30 a.m., Clewiston Boat Basin
Days 1 & 2 Weigh-in: 3:00 p.m., Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina
Days 3 & 4 Weigh-in: 4:00 p.m., Walmart #2484
Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina & Resort
920 East Del Monte Avenue
Clewiston FL 33440
Weigh-ins will be streamed live on www.flwoutdoors.com beginning at 3:00 PM. Don’t forget Florida is an hour ahead of us in Texas so start watching at 2:00 PM. Mandy will be updating my Facebook Pages for more specific times.
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