FLW Fishing on Lake Travis
The second stop of the 2017 FLW Fishing Tour was on nearby Lake Travis. To be honest, when I heard it was coming to town I didn't bat an eye. I've never followed professional bass fishing to extent that I follow other sports, much less so actually. It wasn't until the live broadcast started airing on Saturday morning that my interested spiked. Being able to watch some of the best bass anglers in the world go to work on a local lake was tv at it's best. Come Sunday, day of the final weigh in, I decided to head up to the boat ramp at Jones Brothers Park. I also had plans to meet up with some teammates from the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team and the owner of Jackson Kayak, Eric Jackson. Eric is actually a competitor on the FLW Tour and brings along a few kayaks to be demoed at every event, all across the country. Brilliant, but make no mistake - Eric is a world class competitor and is there to win.
Escorting the Big Rig to the water for a demo paddle.
Testing out the new Jackson Mayfly, the first kayak designed specifically for fly fishing.
Announcing the raffle winner for the Jackson Coosa HD.
The final ten anglers arrive for the weigh in, fish or no fish.
Mark Rose attempting to sneak $125,000 worth of bass out of his live well.
The hometown favorite Clark Wendlandt.
Bryan Thrift was a force the entire week which led to a very close finish. Probably a close second to Wendlandt as my favorite angler to watch too. Wendlandt has a lot of experience as an outdoor TV show host and can carry a broadcast like that, but watching Thrift was like watching Lebron outjump everyone for one-handed put back. The guy has back-to-back top two finishes to start the season.
At this point Mark Rose has to know he has a good chance to become the first back-to-back winner on the FLW tour, but it's hard to tell. Rose is a stalwart, he stuck it out for the majority of the day fishing in one area and it ultimately paid off with a win.