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Deep Water Double Threat (AdvancedAngler.com)

Deep Water Double Threat (AdvancedAngler.com)

5/23/2012 – story by Dan O’Sullivan

This is the time of the year that the offshore bite becomes the most consistent bite on the lake. When bass leave their beds, feed up for their postspawn recovery and turn towards their offshore summer haunts; most anglers do the same.

The saying goes that, “there are always some bass in the shallows” is true. However, the savvy angler knows that the best way to put a huge hurtin’ on the bass – and the leaderboard is to turn his back on the bank and find groups of fish offshore.

So, with that being an acknowledged fact, how does an angler begin taking advantage of bass that are offshore gorging themselves on baitfish. Of course, there is the deep crankbait bite, but the bass are not always active enough for the big plug. Sometimes they become sluggish when the water is not moving, and you need another method to load the boat.

FLW Pro Stetson Blaylock, from Benton, Ark. is an angler that loves to fish offshore when the bass are there, and he has learned a few tricks of the trade that give him a chance to catch bass when they are in a mood that doesn’t have them chasing crankbaits.

“I’ve got a one-two punch for fishing on offshore structure,” he said. “Which one of them I fish depends on how fish are positioned on offshore structure, but it all revolves around a swimbait and a big worm.” His favorite baits are a 5-inch Berkley Hollow Belly and a 10-inch Berkley Power Worm.

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Blaylock Joins True Image Promotions

Blaylock Joins True Image Promotions

Novato, Calif – FLW Tour Angler and STP Pro Stetson Blaylock has agreed to terms with True Image Promotions to handle his public relations. Blaylock, one of the FLW Tour’s bright young stars, has won over $560,000 with FLW. In his fourth year as a professional on the FLW Tour, Blaylock has won one event and finished in the top ten five times with three of those coming in 2011.

“Stetson’s future in this sport is huge. He started in the back of the boat and dominated across the country. He’s settling in on the front deck and his three top ten finishes in 2011 shows that,” explained Tom Leogrande of True Image Promotions. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with Stetson and increase his exposure to the everyday angler.”

Blaylock, who’s primary sponsor is STP Products, is also excited about the added exposure. Blaylock expressed, “So far I haven’t really gained a lot of national exposure outside of FLW. FLW and its plethora of media is huge, but I think there are a lot of other opportunities for me to increase my exposure, and my sponsors exposure, outside of FLW publications, web content and television. I’ve hired True Image to help me with that process.”

True Image plans to expand Blaylock’s public image through the use of internet and print media. Leogrande explains, “We will work with Stetson to put together articles and videos to help the everyday angler catch more fish. Stetson is a gifted angler who has proven he can catch fish with the best in the world. He has a lot to offer visitors to industry websites and readers of industry media.”

About Stetson Blaylock: Stetson Blaylock has quickly become an accomplished angler on the FLW Tour. Since 2004, Blaylock has acheived five FLW Victories, two as a professional and three as a co-angler, and 24 top ten finishes combined. Stetson is married (Lindsey) and has a child due in October.

About True Image Promotions: True Image Promotions is an all-inclusive company that provides ghost writing, photography, video production, website management, social media management and public relations for professional bass anglers. For more information visitTrueImagePromotions.com

FLW Outdoors – Blaylock Fourth

FLW Outdoors – Blaylock Fourth

STP pro Stetson Blaylock caught a five-bass limit Thursday that weighed 14 pounds, 6 ounces, good enough for fourth after day one. Blaylock said several times he had nice largemouths come up to his bait, but they wouldn’t quite commit to biting.

“I had an awesome day, but I left some big ones out there,” said the Benton, Ark., pro. “My primary pattern fell through, but the back-up pattern was better than expected.”

Blaylock had most of his weight by 11 a.m. and caught his last kicker at noon. He said he weighed only largemouths and he’s targeting largemouths exclusively.

“Believe it or not, I had a couple of 20-pound sacks during practice. Considering what happened with my primary pattern, I’m still happy to have what I have.”

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Stetson Blaylock to Represent STP

Stetson Blaylock to Represent STP

MINNEAPOLIS (March 21, 2012) – FLW, the world’s leading tournament-fishing organization, announced today it has reached an agreement with STP® to become the official and exclusive fuel and oil additive of FLW. As a leading manufacturer of performance products for more than 50 years, STP®’s heritage has made it one of the most trusted names in automotive care.

STP® will receive exposure across all of FLW’s multiple media platforms, including its bass and walleye tournaments and Expos, multiple websites, FLW Bass Fishing and FLW Walleye Fishing magazines and the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world, “FLW.”  “FLW” is broadcast Sundays in high-definition (HD) to more than 559 million houses worldwide on NBC Sports Network.

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Rookie Blaylock Youngest Ever FLW Tour Winner

Rookie Blaylock Youngest Ever FLW Tour Winner

Tears in his eyes, his fiancé Lindsey by his side, 21-year old FLW Tour rookie Stetson Blaylock said he’s proof that anyone can do it – can rise through the ranks and win a tour-level event – if you just put your mind to it.

Blaylock began the day in 2nd at the Norman FLW Tour in North Carolina – 1-07 behind leader Koby Kreiger. The sight-fishing bite was dominant, and Kreiger’s one of the best ever with the technique.

Blaylock, on the other hand, “just fished.” He believed in the jig for the first 3 days and skipped docks with it. Today he mixed in a shakey-head and more sight-fish and weighed the heaviest bag of the final 2 days at 12-13.

Kreiger, meanwhile, missed three blowups on his morning topwater bite and struggled to find catchable quality on beds. He limped in with 9-02 and slipped to finish 2nd. Andy Morgan, currently ranked 14th in the world, weighed 12-09 and improved a spot to finish 2nd – exactly 1 pound behind Blaylock.

Greg Pugh rebounded after an 8 1/2-pound day 3 and put 10-12 on the scales, which moved him up from 9th to finish 4th – exactly where he finished here last year.

Sean Hoernke weighed 8-14 to about match his day-3 weight and improved a spot to finish 5th.

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Blaylock wins Castrol Co-angler of the Year title

MINNEAPOLIS — Berkley co-angler Stetson Blaylock of Benton, Ark., was named the 2008 Wal-Mart FLW Tour’s Castrol Co-angler of the Year following the tour’s final qualifier, the Chevy Open, on the Detroit River July 10-13. Blaylock won the title with a total of 1,013 points out of a possible 1,200 over six qualifying events and will enter the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Castrol in Columbia, S.C., as the No. 1 co-angler seed.

“Honestly, I wasn’t even thinking about Angler of the Year when the season started,” said the 20-year-old Blaylock, who has earned more than $158,000 in his FLW Outdoors career. “I just wanted to win an FLW Tour event. I had already qualified for the Cup through the FLW Series East-West Fish-Off. After winning the Wal-Mart Open, I completely changed my mindset and focused on Angler of the Year. ”

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