Memo to tournament fans: Never walk up to a pro minding his sponsor’s booth at a weekend Walmart FLW Tour Expo and ask him how come he’s not out fishing. Chances are he won’t hurt you, but there’s no guarantee.
Every pro entered in a Walmart FLW Tour event wants to fish all four days. It just doesn’t happen. The full field gets to fish the first two days, then the top 20 go on to the next round. Finally, it’s down to 10 on the last day. Getting to fish on Sunday is every angler’s goal, especially when a berth in the Forrest Wood Cup is at stake. Some anglers don’t make the cut because they’re not tuned in to what’s going on at that fishery. More often than not, others have to sit out Sunday because they have a streak of bad luck or circumstances work against them. Here are a few examples of that from the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Evinrude on Kentucky Lake.
Charlie IngramCharlie Ingram backed up a great day one effort with a hefty 22-10 on day two.
Day 1: 22-06 (4th place)
Day 2: 22-10 (3rd place)
Day 3: 12-11 (18th place)
The second day, I went to my spot, and pretty soon a local comes up and starts watching me fish. He watched me all day and even talked to me some. Saturday morning, there was a local “fruit jar” tournament, and he was in it. When I showed up, there he was sitting dead-on that spot and fishing away. It was a stretch that was only about 30 yards long, and he was fishing the best of it. I had caught fish on two different baits the day before, and he was using one of them. I guess he couldn’t find a place to buy the other one. Anyway, I started fishing, and he yells at me: “Hey, man, I noticed you’re in third place. You might win this thing.” About that time, he rears back and brings in a 4-pounder. I told my partner, Theo [Corcoran], “We gotta go, because I’m fixing to get in trouble if I stay here.” Later on, I lost a 5-pounder on another spot, but it wouldn’t have helped me that much. It was a very frustrating way to end my tournament.