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Forrest Wood Cup Preparation with Bryan New

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Bryan New had a very successful 2014 year on the FLW Tour and Rayovac Series, qualifying for both the Rayovac Championship and the biggest tournament for Co Anglers out there… The Forrest Wood Cup. We spoke with Bryan about his great 2014 as well as preparing for the Cup in this interview..

Some of New's most productive rigs.
Some of New’s most productive rigs.

FTB: Bryan, what were some of the most important baits to you throughout this season?

BN: Definitely the Charlie’s Worms Brush Buster and Finesse Worm. I caught more fish on those two baits this tournaments season than anything else. The great thing about the Brush Buster (see full review here) is the versatility-I flip it, I carolina rig it, I put it on a jig, the list goes on. Same for the Finesse Worm; it is a very versatile bait that I can carolina rig, wacky rig, etc. My favorite way to fish it, however, is on the Charlie’s Worms Superbowl Shakey Head.

FTB: Fishing as a Co Angler can be tough sometimes; how did you keep your focus day in and day out?

BN: When you are on the water, you just need to go out and fish. I kept my head down, stayed focused, and knew that it only took 5 casts to bring in a good limit. Sometimes it will happen in the first ten minutes, sometimes it will happen in the last ten. The only thing you can control is staying confident and fishing hard.

FTB: Tell us a little about this year’s Forrest Wood Cup. What do you expect the fishing to be like?

BN: Lake Murray is pretty close to my house actually, about three hours away. I have never been there in the summer though. I think it is going to be a tough tournament, with anglers both fishing deep and shallow. The two types of techniques I expect to prevail are finesse approaches and topwater baits.

FTB: How are you preparing yourself and your tackle for this event?

BN: Bryan Thrift and I have plans of making several trips down there while we can to get some practice in and scope it out. Other than that, I plan to fish a lot around my home lakes and practice the techniques I expect to use down there.

FTB: Lake Murray has a lot of Blueback Herring. Do you have much experience fishing these kind of lakes?

BN: I don’t have a whole lot of experience with Blueback, but I know that they can make things really tough for bass fishermen. I IMG_2109don’t expect them to play a huge role in this tournament though, based on the time of year (Aug 14-17).

FTB: What is your advice for Co Anglers who are preparing themselves for a big event?

BN: Scale down your tackle to what you think you will need for that lake, but make sure to bring baits for any situation. You want to be overly prepared, but you never want to take up too much space in your Pro’s boat. When you are on the water, be sure to utilize your whole day and don’t waste any fishing time! See Bryan’s article on Maximizing Fishing Time here…

FTB: Thanks Bryan, and best of luck in the FWC!


Circuits Fished: FLW Tour, FLW Bass Fishing League, B.A.S.S. Weekend Series, FLW Everstart Series

Years Co: 2 on FLW Tour, 7 total

Favorite Technique: Power fishing shallow, dirty water from the front of the boat. If fishing as a co, offshore schooling fish.

Sponsors: Lake Norman Bait and TackleCharlie’s WormsBrian’s BeesThe Rod GloveMcCorkle ConcreteShane’s BaitsStormr

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