The Blaylocks on Tour

by Lindsey Blaylock

FLW Tour has been a big part of my adult life, as I’ll relate in future blogs that involve some of the tournament stories that Stetson and I share. Before I get into the fun stuff, though, I’ll give you a little background on Stetson and me.

I’m a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor’s and master’s in middle childhood education, and I worked in the medical and insurance fields for eight years. After meeting Stetson at summer church camp when I was 15, we started dating a year later in December 2003 and were married in 2009. “Girlfriend” and – eventually – “wife” weren’t my only titles in those days, as I was also Stetson’s fishing partner for numerous tournaments and circuits while we were dating and at the start of our married life.

I grew up in the outdoors, so to speak, and being with someone so involved in the fishing industry as Stetson is doesn’t constitute an abnormal lifestyle for me. When we first started dating I was just the supportive girlfriend who would attend one or two tournaments a year. Now I’m a full-time fisherman’s wife, mom to our son, Kei, secretary, walking calendar, and travel partner. I’d say part-time driver, too, but Stetson likes to do most of the driving.Talk about a balancing act. This Lake Okeechobee keeper hoisted by Stetson Blaylock looks like it weighs about as much as his son, Kei, in the other arm.

Traveling on the road is definitely an adventure, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Kei and I started traveling with “Stets,” as I call him, full time beginning early in the 2013 season. Traveling with a toddler isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Bad weather, common colds or nightmares can sometimes alter Kei’s normal sleeping patterns. I have to admit that there have been a few nights on the road when Kei and I watched Mickey Mouse in the truck for a few hours so Stets could get a full night’s rest. At least we can enjoy a nap later while Dad is fishing. One February night at Lake Okeechobee, I actually took Kei out at 2 a.m. to watch Mickey Mouse after a nightmare awakened him, and when he fell asleep again I was hurrying with him back to the room when the lawn sprinklers suddenly started going off. Needless to say, Kei and I went to bed a little soggy that night!

The recent Walmart FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake was an awesome tournament, and Kei and I filled our days with visiting War Eagle Mill, spending time with our “road family” that includes Kelsey and Aubrey (Spencer Shuffield’s wife and daughter), and supporting Stets. Lots of chores have to be performed on the road, such as cooking dinners, doing the laundry, shopping for groceries, running errands, etc, but it’s all worth it to be able to enjoy being a family on the road.

Stetson Blaylock and his son, Kei, share a good-luck kiss before takeoff at the Beaver Lake Walmart FLW Tour event.Beaver Lake is always a more enjoyable tournament to me because at least I know my way around, and it’s closer to home than most of our tournaments. There are so many great things to see in northwest Arkansas, and even just driving the back roads is awesome. While in Rogers we got a special treat from our Livingston Lures family who is always there to support us on the road. They took us to Shogun Japanese Steakhouse for dinner, and Kei loved it. On the road we try not to eat out much because I enjoy cooking meals so we can keep it as routine as possible for Kei, but when we get the opportunity for a fun meal we always enjoy it.

On the Monday following the Tour event, the annual Will Fish for Kids Children’s Miracle Network Charity Bass Tournament took place. The evening before, supporters were treated to a dinner and silent auction that are always a blast. It is such a great cause, and the anglers and families have an awesome time attending it. More than $75,000 was raised this year. A cold front moved through that night, and the next morning it seemed as if winter had sneaked back in. Stetson was paired with Erick Arnoldson of Livingston Lures. They weighed in 12 1/2 pounds. Of course, they nearly froze to death in the process of catching their fish as the temperature dipped into the mid-30s. The week prior we were in shorts, but on the charity tournament day we experienced snow flurries. Still, overall it was an awesome week and provided the Blaylock family with some good memories to share on road trips ahead.

The Blaylocks: Stetson, Lindsey and Kei

Speaking of which, I look forward to having you along for the journey as we head down the road toward the next tournament, with the occasional look back in the rearview mirror at some of the times we’ve had. Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions please feel free to ask us on Stetson’s Facebook page at

We’ll try to answer a few questions with every blog.

Kentucky Lake Preview Blog

Kentucky Lake is fishing different this year. The biggest difference is the “grass factor”. Due to the lack of rain and the water levels, there is a lot of grass in this lake that typically isn’t there. That should spread some anglers out. However, with the water down,

I think I am going to stick to ledge fishing. It’s paid off for me in the past and its been pretty good during practice for me. It’s just hard to find fish over three pounds. If I can get one good four plus pound fish each day I think I’ll be in good position.

The weather is setting up great for the event so I expect some big weights. Largemouth like consistent weather so the fishing should be good. If I had to guess, I think it will take over 18 a day to win this event. I think 17 pounds a day would be enough to make the top ten.

You can follow all the action on throughout the weekend. I am hoping to take STP wrapped Ranger-Mercury boat out on the water over the weekend with a shot at winning this event. My pre fish was solid, but it is fishing, so we will see.


Potomac River Preview

I wish I could say I had a great few days of practice, but that wasn’t the case. I know the kind of size this place can pump out and I am just not catching the kind of fish right now. The good news is, I didn’t really pound on a few areas that I think could hold some decent fish. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow if there are fish good enough to give me a shot at winning this event.

Last year I finished sixth on the Potomac River. It was my first tournament, and still the only tournament, where I fished as a boater on a tidal water. The good news is, I seem to do pretty well on tidal fisheries. The bad news is, the area that I fished last year is completely vacant of the grass that held them there last year. I looked for those fish, probably longer than I should have, but I had to try and figure them out. Overall, the Potomac is a different place than it was last year.

The Potomac River is a beautiful place. It’s full of wildlife and all kinds of great scenery. Just this week I have seen Mt. Vernon (George Washington’s pad), many bald eagles, as well as Washington D.C.. We aren’t able to fish up near the Pentagon due to the BFL National championship going on up there this weekend. It’s also loaded with fish, and I know there are lots of really good fish here. It’s going to take some big weight to win this event. It’s going to be an uphill battle for me, but I am up for the task.

We’ll see what happens tomorrow morning. I am excited to get the STP – Ranger going and see if I can make my own luck out there tomorrow. I’ll check back in on my Facebook page from time to time during the week. I hope to be fishing the weekend, but should things not go as well as I hope I’ll be at the Fun Zone. If that’s the case, stop by the STP booth and say hello.

Stetson Gets Airtime from Beaver Lake

Stetson Gets Airtime from Beaver Lake

From Channel 5/KSFM News: 

The tournament, on its third day, had its weigh-ins at the John Q. Hammons Center. There was a lot of excitement and pride as the top anglers brought their bass to be weighed. Only the top ten pro anglers made the cut to move on to the last round.

The tournament also brought games and activities for the entire family.

Arkansas pro angler Stetson Blaylock, said beaver lake is one of the toughest lakes to fish. Blaylock finished 26th but he did win $11,000.

“I was fourth after day one, had a tougher day on day two. But Il’l take top 30 finish anytime and always look forward to the next time, and hope to do better,” Blaylock said.

Current doesn’t start everywhere all at once

In river lakes or tidal water, current rules. It activates the food chain and gets bass stirred up. Especially during the summer, you’ll struggle to catch fish when the water isn’t moving.

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Versatility is critical to fishing success

No matter what time of year it is, you have to be adaptable to changing fishing conditions and be ready for anything. The lake or river is going to go up or down, the current is going to stop or start, the wind is going to blow a different way, the water is going to get dirtier or clearer, the light penetration is going to change, the baitfish are going to move – something is always changing. Usually that means bass move in the water column: up, down or somewhere else in between. Sometimes they move into cover tighter, or they spread out from it.

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