On March 5-8, Mound native Andy Young fished at Lake Tahoe in the first event of the Walmart FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) Tour. This tour includes 154 top professional bass-fishers and will include six tournaments running through the end of June.
This, his first season on the FLW Tour, is the next step after Young quit his job in December to pursue professional fishing full-time.
He first started to fish in bass tournaments in 1996 in the Lake Minnetonka area, but Young’s passion for fishing began much earlier.
Born in Hawaii, he used to go fishing with his dad.
“I’ve been in love with fishing since I was 2,” he said.
“Throw in the competition and it just gets your blood flowing,” he added.
The beginning of the FLW Tour season is always an exciting time, but this year brings twice the excitement as the size of the KrugerFarms.com FLW Tour team has doubled. If you have followed this blog and our social media, you know Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson has been doing some great things at the top level of FLW Tournaments. This year, Minnesota angler Andy Young is taking the leap up to the FLW Tour as well.
Right now both anglers are working hard and in the middle of their official practice period before the actual tournament starts this Thursday. Andy Young got down before the cutoff, where he familiarized himself with the expansive Lake Toho chain of lakes as well as getting some sun and hefty Florida largemouth. Gussy didn’t pre-practice on Toho before the cutoff, but did get down to Florida a week or so early to get knock the Canadian winter rust off and practice on some nearby lakes.