FLW Outdoors
OAKLEY, Calif. — At 12:30 p.m. on the final day of the last Walmart FLW Series National Guard Western Division tournament of the season, Ishama Monroe had two bass weighing a combined 2 pounds in his livewell.

The Hughson, Calif., pro was an hour and a half away from a possible $125,000 payday, and the situation didn’t look good. He needed a good weight to hold off Mike Reynolds, Mark Tyler, Robert Lee and Bobby Barrack, all of whom were within 8 pounds, a pittance on the California Delta.

So what did Monroe do?

“I sat down, drank an energy drink, relaxed my head, put a couple of rods away and started all over,” said Monroe, whose four-day total of 70 pounds, 6 ounces earned him his first FLW Series win. “I went back to one of my old spots, and it paid off real well.” Read More