Michael Murphy

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Michael Murphy recaps his 2015 FLW Tour event on Lake Eufaula

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Michael Murphy talks MinnKota Talons and Humminbird 360

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Michael Murphy Demonstrates How To Record Sonar On A Humminbird Onix For Navionics Sonar Logging

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Michael Murphy Demonstrates How To Record Sonar On A Humminbird For Navionics Sonar Logging

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Michael Murphy Navionics Crayfish Webinar

Friday, May 8, 2015

Michael Murphy Recaps His FLW Tour Event On Beaver Lake 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Deps SlideSwimmer 175

Friday, April 10, 2015

Michael Murphy Post 2015 FLW tour Lewis Smith Lake Recap

Saturday, March 28, 2015

2015 FLW Tour Lake Toho Michael Murphy recap

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Using your Navionics App to get current wind condition and forecast.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pro's Pointers, January Jerkbaiting

Monday, January 26, 2015

The number one thing anglers struggle with when fishing jerkbaits in cold water is getting the setup rod right. "Having a rod that is designed perfectly for your technique is more important in the winter than it is any other time of the year. It's already cold, your hands may not work as well, and you're likely wearing a bunch of gear. If you're frustrated from fighting with backlashes or missing and losing fish (which are all things that happen with jerkbaits when you don't have the right rod), you're not going to be successful or have fun." To Read More...

Lake Murray December Fishing Report

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

For the most part, fishing in the month of November was pretty slow. However, fishing should pick up in December as the water temperatures have pretty well cooled off. The length of day will be at its shortest; the lake will have recovered from turnover; and fish will be well into their fall areas and moving into their winter areas. To Read More...

5 Tips for Fishing Walking Topwater Lures in Open Water

Monday, September 15, 2014

It’s hard to find an angler who doesn’t love topwater fishing—there’s something about seeing a giant bass explode at the water’s surface that never gets old. Although it may not be an ideal technique throughout the entire year, you’re in luck right now. As the shad begin making their annual shallow water migration, this is a perfect time to cover water quickly with your favorite walking topwater lure. To Read More...

Understanding Crawfish Color Transitions in Bass Fishing

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Late Summer Dock Fishing

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Weedless Approach to Prop Bait Fishing

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

With all of the topwater lures in today’s bass fishing world, it’s easy to overlook the effectiveness of prop baits. As boiling water temperatures continue to wreak havoc on bass fishing opportunities throughout the country, these oft forgotten lures can elicit violent strikes when others fall short. To Read More...

BassFan In The Boat – The Kahara KJ Crank with Michael Murphy

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lake Murray August Fishing Report

Friday, August 1, 2014

In the month of August, the water temperatures are pretty warm ranging in temperature from the mid to upper 80-degree range and cooling to about 80 degrees or so by the end of the month. This time of year, the fish are suspending much more, and many of the fish are feeding more at night. To Read More...

Michael Murphy on the move

Monday, May 26, 2014

South Carolina’s Michael Murphy has packed two lifetimes of bass fishing into his 33 years. He currently competes in the Southern and Northern Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens with the goal of qualifying for the Elite Series. To Read More...

Lake Murray May Fishing Report

Thursday, May 1, 2014

On Lake Murray, May is the month when bass are finishing spawning, and shad will start to spawn. Fish in the upper reaches will be finishing up spawn, but many of the fish will still be spawning on the lower end of the lake, with the shad spawn starting lake wide. Look for largemouth to be strong in the shallows and moving to secondary points out in front of spawning bays feeding on shad and blueback herring by the end of the month. To Read More...

Lake Murray April Fishing Report

Saturday, March 30, 2014

April on Murray is the month of spawn. It is typically when the biggest waves of fish come to the banks for their yearly ritual and will be roaming the banks and in the shallows. Fishing techniques for largemouth bass will be different for both ends of the lake. Look for largemouth lake-wide to be staging on secondary points or deeper banks outside of spawning areas, as well as moved up into spawning coves with sand or hard bottoms. To Read More...

Murphy and Rikard take first in Fishers of Men on Santee Cooper with 28.93

Monday, March 15, 2014

Leading the way was the team of Michael Murphy and Greg Rikard who dropped a bag on the scales that weighed 28.93 included in their bag was an 8.84 beauty which on most days would take Big fish. To Read More...

Lake Murray March Fishing Report

Monday, March 10, 2014

In the month of March, the water temperatures on Lake Murray will begin to warm, climbing above 60 degrees by the end of the month. Fish will be in full swing of pre-spawn, typically beginning to spawn by the end of the month, roaming the banks and into the shallows. Fishing techniques for largemouth bass will differ depending on which end of the lake you are fishing. Lake wide, look for largemouth to be staging on secondary points or deeper banks outside of spawning areas, as well as to be moved into spawning coves with sand, rock or hard bottoms. To Read More...

Murphy finishes 3rd at BASS Southern Open on Smith Lake

Saturday, March 8, 2014

South Carolina's Michael Murphy culled through 30 bass Saturday to bring 14 pounds, 3 ounces to the scales. It moved him up one spot to third place with a total of 47 pounds, 15 ounces. To Read More...

Michael Murphy flipping a Reins TG Slip Sinker and the New Reins Ring Craw

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lake Murray February Fishing Report

Monday, February 3, 2014

Although still cold, the water temperatures on Lake Murray will begin to warm by the end of February. Fish will begin to move from their winter patterns into their pre-spawn patterns, and the lake level will continue to rise to full pool, bringing the fish closer to the banks and into the shallows. Focus should be on the main flow areas of the lake, around the mouths of creek arms and on both primary and secondary points, as well as steep banks, focusing on rock and hard-bottom areas. To Read More...

Faculty of Fishing: Species Specific Michael Murphy Topwater Course Now Available!

Wednesday, January 2, 2014

Looking to become a better topwater angler? Learn from the very best, Michael Murphy, and how he approachings topwater fishing. When it works, strategies and how to be the most efficient topwater angler. Sign Up Here!

Lake Murray January Fishing Report

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In January, the water temperatures on Lake Murray are usually at their coldest, and fish should be strong in their winter patterns. With the lake down this year, unlike the past few years, fish have congregated, and tournament weights have been strong resulting in fish over 7 pounds being caught on a regular basis. Focus should be on the main flow areas of the lake, around the mouths of creek arms and on both primary and secondary points, as well as steep banks, primarily on rock and hard-bottom areas. To Read More...

The Reins Advantage

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tungsten weights are the same across the board, right? So why should you hunt down the ones from Reins, which may not yet be as easy to find as some of the “major” brands, and might even cost a few pennies more? To Read More...

Lake Murray December Fishing Report

Thursday, December 5, 2013

By December, the water temperatures are pretty well cooled off. Fishing has been slow, and the water has been slow to cool down this year, making migration a couple weeks behind schedule. However, that doesn’t mean fishing is bad. Typically, this is the time of year when fishing will pick up after being in a lull the past couple months. To Read More...

Winter change over: What to expect

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tournament angler Michael Murphy has and education in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, which you can imagine can come in handy when the specifics of fishing come into play; such as turnover. Rahfish.com asked Murphy what his take on the winter change over is and to elaborate on what we can expect this time of year. To Read More...

A Review: Denali Michael Murphy Jerkbait Rod

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I have been using the Denali Michael Murphy Jerkbait rod all year long and am ready to give my full review, I put it to the test and it held up well during a long season. I started fishing it in March and used it throughout the year with jerkbaits of different sizes and also experimented with different applications. To Read More...

Michael Murphy's Fall Fishing Locations

October, 2013

South Carolina’s Michael Murphy has a history as a top level tournament angler and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences from Purdue University. This combination of tournament experience and scientific knowledge gives him a unique outlook on the changing seasons and their effects on the locations of bass during the different seasons. Here he shares his knowledge on bass locations during the fall, both from a biologist’s perspective as well as fisherman’s point of view. To Read More...

How to switch a MinnKota Fortrex with a Terrova iPilot Link using a quick release bracket

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Check out how easy it is to use both a Fortrex and a Terrova iPilot Link with a MinnKota Quick Release bracket.

Don’t Retire Your Flits in the Summer

Friday, July 5, 2013

Many bass anglers elect to put away their jerkbaits once the cold-water bite for prespawn bass has concluded. That’s a mistake, says South Carolina pro Michael Murphy. The natural baitfish profile that these minnow imitators provide can be deadly well into the summer months if worked properly. Actually, they’re effective year-round. He worked hard with the IMA engineers to create various sizes of the Flit, as well as the newer Floating Flit, to ensure that these baits are not one-season wonders – as long as you tailor your approach to the season. To Read More...

Understanding the swimbait with Michael Murphy

Friday, June 14, 2013

For a lot of anglers, the swimbait seem scary. It’s somewhat of a new technique that you haven’t really given a valid chance at, so you steer clear..fair enough. With that said, even though you may not have spent a lot of time figuring out the swimbait, fact is, you may know more about them than you think. To Read More...

Dealing with Internal Fishing Pressure

Monday, April 15, 2013

Anger management courses withstanding, most common folks don't deal well with pressure, myself included. Most folks manifest their own pressure causing an unnecessary amount of stress, even in activities as simple as fishing. Fishing pressure no doubt affects how we fish and more importantly whether we catch or not. To Read More...

Sanders, Murphy win big Santee tournament

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Targeting cypress trees along drains in Lake Marion, Gilbert's Kevin Sanders and Michael Murphy of Lexington beat out 168 other teams to win the Santee-Cooper leg of the Carolinas Bass Challenge on March 30. To Read More...

Murphy glad to be back fishing in Southern Open on Douglas Lake

Thursday, April 4, 2013

With his recovery from shoulder surgery on track, maybe even a little ahead of schedule, Michael Murphy is glad to be back on the water fishing and he is making the most of it. To Read More...

Applying crayfish seasonal behavioral to your fishing with Michael Murphy

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Changes in feeding behavior of the bass we target is due to time of year and weather conditions, but mainly due to the migration of baitfish, crayfish and other types of forage. Anglers strive to figure out what presentation to use and when, as they hope to increase their catch ratios. Rahfish.com caught up with tournament angler Michael Murphy and having an education in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, we asked Murphy to give us some scientific insight to the crayfish migration and when to switch to a crayfish style presentation. To Read More...

Navionics launches SonarCharts™ and Freshest Data update capabilities.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Navionics continues to improve their products by adding Freshest Data and SonarCharts™ updates and downloads to their website. Check out this how to video on how easy it is to use.

Lew's Signs Murray and Murphy

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Although they live on almost exactly the same latitudinal line but nearly 2,000 miles apart, professional bass anglers John Murray of Phoenix, Ariz., and Michael Murphy of Lexington, S.C., have a lot more in common than just the map reference and their fishing careers. Both anglers have recently inked new sponsorship deals with Lew's, a 60-year-old rod and reel name that has launched itself from a faded presence of a few years back to now being one of the hottest brands in the industry again. To Read More...

Ima Bone Flit 120 Floating

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The lighter, more buoyant plastic lets you wake it or use it as a super shallow jerkbait, perfect for tempting sluggish bass that are holding shallow. To Read More...

"Murphy's 2013 Optimum Choice"

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Murphy talks about 2013, his position with Optimum Bait Company, and his upcoming season. To Read More...

Fall Fishing Locations

Saturday, October 27, 2012

South Carolinas Michael Murphy has a history as a top level tournament angler and also holds a Bachelors Degree in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences from Purdue University. This combination of tournament experience and scientific knowledge gives him a unique outlook on the changing seasons and their effects on the locations of bass during the different seasons. Here he shares his knowledge on bass locations during the fall, both from a biologist’s perspective as well as fishermans point of view. To Read More...

Ima Pro Michael Murphy Connects the Dots for Fall Fishing

Friday, October 12, 2012

As children, we probably all have played with connect-the-dots books. Each page starts as a puzzle, and by connecting the dots, a pattern appears. Fall fishing can be the same way, puzzling at first, but by connecting the different parts, successful patterns emerge. To Read More...

Cayuga is no Oneida

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It was at the ramp that I ran into my new guardian angel, Michael Murphy. He is one of the nicest guys on the Bassmaster Open circuit. Not only did Murphy have a spare mount for my trolling motor, he spent 45 minutes of his practice time to install it. What a guy! Ryan and I were back in business by noon. To Read More...

Pro Angler Michael Murphy on the Keelshield

Friday, August 3, 2012

Michael Murphy has been fishing professional for years and has been actively involved in the industry ever since. He has been with KeelShield for a long time and he chooses to stay with KeelShield for several major reasons. We talked with him to find out what makes KeelShield better than the rest. "Honestly, there are some great products on the market for keel protection and I am not going to say KeelShield is the only good one just because they are one of my sponsors. I realize there are some good products out there and everyone says theirs is the best," says Murphy. To Read More...

ICAST 2012: Ima - New! Bone Floating Flit 120 Jerkbait

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ima Lures introduced its original Flit 120 jerkbait model in 2007 and two years later, the company brought the Flit 100 to market, for times when the bass want a snack and not a meal. Both the Flit 120 and 100 have earned a respectable place in the savvy bass experts arsenal today. To Read More...

ICAST 2012: Mad Scientist

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The victory tail is extremely versatile, said South Carolina pro Michael Murphy. It will be deadly on a dropshot rig on the Great Lakes, but I am sure closer to home on Lake Murray I will be able to really burn it on a double fluke rig. To Read More...

Murphy Reviews ima's Flit Jerkbait

Monday, March 19, 2012

The ima Flit is slowly yet surely becoming a staple jerkbait for many anglers. You dont hear too much about it, but the US distributor says sales have climbed steadily since the Flit was first designed by pro Michael Murphy a few years ago when it and ima were brand new to the USA. The Flit continues to gain popularity, making it one of the most popular ima baits sold in the USA today. Please join ima pro-staffer Michael Murphy, designer of the Flit as he reviews the Flit 120 and 100 jerkbaits. To Read More...

Fall Jerkin' with M2

Friday, October 7, 2011

South Carolina pro Michael Murphy is surely one of the best with a jerkbait. You can find M2 12 months out of the year and he is going to have a jerkbait tied on. Murphy told us that it never gets too cold or hot to throw a jerkbait, but the spring and fall really shine. Fall is a super time to tie on an Ima Flit and go to work. When the days start getting shorter and the water temp drops into the seventies, a few things start happening. To Read More...

A Convo with Michael Murphy

Thursday, September 1, 2011

We caught up with Michael Murphy fresh off his trip back from Sandusky Ohio, where he finished third in the Bassmaster Open series on Lake Erie. Murphy amassed over 61-pounds of bass during the three-day event, finishing just two-pounds ten ounces behind winner Nate Wellman. To Read More...

"Put the Wood To Them "

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Whenever I heard the term "putting the wood to 'em" growing up I would shudder. The phrase has held several meanings over my lifetime. When I was young, it meant a severe paddling was coming from a disciplinarian. Later in my teenage years when I was getting into fishing, that phrase came back into my vocabulary. To Read More...

Michael Murphy partners with Faculty of Fishing

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Faculty of Fishing (www.facultyoffishing.com), was founded by full time captain for a major airline, fishing enthusiast and tournament angler Terry McClymont. It branched from an idea originally developed for a program he and his partners, along with a team of programmers, designed to better train pilots through a fully animated and narrated online learning system (Faculty of Flight- www.facultyofflight.com). This method of learning allows pilots to easily and effectively retain valuable information, and it instantly became successful. ?I have always had a passion for fishing and thought something like this would be a great concept to help anglers,? said McClymont. Faculty of Fishing uses top anglers around North America and experts like meteorologists and biologists to aid in the development of its comprehensive and credible fishing resources. To Read More...


Saturday, November, 13 2010

Watch why you need a Keelshield. It protects your boat, and is extremely easy to install!

Michael Murphy on postspawn Carolina rigging

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Watch Michael Murphy's pro tip on postspawn Carolina rigging in this video from FLW Outdoors.

ICAST: Michael Murphy on his Denali Rods

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Michael Murphy on his Denali Rods from Bass East on Vimeo.

Ima Flit

Friday, April 2, 2010

Watch Michael Murphy's Signature Flit 120 in action. From the ima Lures 2010 Spring Newsletter.

"Denali Releases Murphy Signature Series Rods"

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

At 6'8" and a Medium Action, the New Michael Murphy Signature Jerkbait and Topwater Rod was designed with versatility and comfort in mind when fishing in a downward motion, or when there is a need to target fish around shoreline cover. "I designed this rod, because I was looking for something with a slightly shorter handle, but still a good length rod out in front of the reel. At 6'8" this rod allows me to fish lures in a downward motion without my rod dragging the water when I am fishing such things as a soft jerkbait, a hard jerkbait, like my signature IMA Flit, or a topwater. It has a good backbone for setting the hook, towards the base of the rod, but a soft tip to easily work your lure and to still achieve a long cast. To Read More...

"Michael Murphy signs with Denali Rods"

Satuday, February 6, 2010

Denali Rods would like to announce the newest member of the Denali Pro Staff, professional fisherman Michael Murphy. "Denali is extremely excited to have Michael on our pro staff," stated Denali Rods president Scott Estes. "Michael Murphy's talents as a professional angler are obvious, but that is just the tip of the iceberg when you are talking about Michael's credentials. Michael has grown up in this industry on several fronts, and along the way has built a rock solid reputation for himself based on character and integrity, and we look forward to supporting him both now and far into the future." Read the full article...

Ima Flit

Friday, July 24, 2009

"New livewell cooling system will help keep fish from dying after they're caught"

Sunday, June 28, 2009

By Chad Gay - Livewells in boats are nothing new. They are standard equipment on virtually every boat manufactured and are designed to keep fish alive on a boat. But what happens when they don't perform as they should? Most tournament fishermen earn their paychecks by bringing live fish to the scales. Costly weight penalties are incurred for bringing expired fish to the scales, and those penalties can translate into thousands, and perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read the full article...

"Kentucky Lake becomes king-size fish haven"

Sunday, June 21, 2009

By Chad Gay - The word is spreading. Just a half-day's drive from Knoxville, the always-productive Kentucky Lake is hotter than it has ever been. When anglers get together to talk about the lake, one theme seems to be the topic of conversation - grass is good. "My favorite thing about Kentucky Lake right now is the grass on the south end," said professional fisherman Andy Morgan from Dayton, Tenn. "The way it looks and the way I've seen lakes change over the years, where that grass is growing that's going to be the deal. Read the full article...

Bass Cast with Michael

Monday, June 15, 2009

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"Guntersville's FLW Change-up"

Saturday, April 4, 2009

By Billy "Hawkeye" Decoteau - Prelude to Februarys FLW Tour event on famed Lake Guntersville in Alabama, The Bass Bureau caught up with Professional Bass Anglers Michael Murphy and Jerry Green. Professor Murphy as I have titled my good friend and extremely knowledgeable Fisheries Biologist, enlightened me to his predictions on the underwater transitional movement of Guntersville's Black Bass. Read the full article...

The New Buzz: National Guard FLW College Fishing!!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Competition, camaraderie, scholarships, and of course, fishing-National Guard FLW College Fishing is sure to lure record numbers of young men and women to the sport of tournament bass fishing. But there is a catch to getting in on the action. You must belong to a fishing club recognized by a four-year college or university. If you are not currently a member of a recognized student fishing club, then start your own by following these simple steps: Click HERE To Find Out How!

Bass East Post-Tournament Fishing Log

Monday, February 25, 2009

South Carolina's Michael Murphy's name may not be listed in the Top-10 of the FLW Tour, however this National Guard Team member is still riding high on confidence! "I'm really doing everything right and my preparation time is totally focused unto the prevailing conditions during the tournament. It's just a matter of timing!" With only three years under his belt as a Professional FLW Tour Angler, Michael Murphy is determined to qualify for the FLW Championship! Read the full article...

Ima Going to Catch Fish

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Written by Brad Wiegmann - I seem to glide through the water with each twitch. Flashing, darting, pausing then fliting back and forth; I do it all. I resemble a shad, a quick meal for any fish. Ima Jerkbait with an attitude. If lures could talk, I know that is what the Ima Flit 120 would be saying. The Ima Flit 120 was the combined effort of Ima Lures (www.imalures.com) and Michael Murphy to create the perfect jerkbait. Ima Lures are well known in the fishing world as manufactures of premier Japanese lures and excellent bait designers. FLW National Guard Pro fishing team member Michael Murphy from Gilbert, South Carolina, is a Fisheries Biologist, lure designer, and professional angler knows how to design a lure that catches fish. Together, they ended up designing the Ima Flit 120. The Flit 120 is named for its erratic fleeing action and 120-millimeter length body. Its body shape resembles a flat sided Herring or shad shape prey that is common in reservoirs all across the United States. Read the full article...

Big Indiana Bass Interviews...Michael Murphy

Friday, February 13, 2009

Michael Murphy is an Indiana native done good. He is a former member of the Purdue Bass Fishing Club from whence he graduated. Following his years at Purdue, Michael went on to guide on Lake Lanier. He later became a lure designer and did promotions for the SPRO Corporation. Michael now fishes the FLW Tour, his rookie season coming in 2006. Michael currently resides in South Carolina and lives about 2 miles from Lake Murray. Big Indiana Bass reached Michael at his home before heading to Guntersville, AL for the season's first FLW Tour tournament. Read the full article...

Bass East Bass Cast Interview with Michael Murphy

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

ima Shaker and Shad

Friday, January 9, 2009

You can consider the ima Shad to be pudgy but not fat. The top and bottom is rounded but it does have somewhat flattened sides. So it isnt completely round. The biggest difference is the Shads going to be more of (but not entirely) a rounded body crankbait whereas the Shaker is a flat-sided crankbait. The Shads not going to run any deeper. Both are shallow-runners, although the Shads a slightly smaller bait than the Shaker. Read the full article...

Michael Murphy added to National Guard angling team

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS - The National Guard announced Michael Murphy will join its angling team set to compete in FLW Outdoors tournaments in 2009. Murphy began his career on the Walmart Bass Fishing League, but has spent the last two seasons fishing the Walmart FLW Tour, Walmart FLW Series BP Eastern Division and the Stren Series. Read the full article...

Video: Michael Murphy talks about the ima Flit

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Video from basseast TV.

Video: Michael Murphy introduces two new Optimum baits

Friday, August 7, 2008

Video from basseast TV.

Not from 'round here: South Carolina Pro holding his own among Shoals locals

Saturday, June 7, 2008

FLORENCE, Ala. - South Carolina's Michael Murphy has muscled his way into the top 10 among a crowd of locals at Pickwick Lake... Read the full article...

Professional Angler Michael Murphy gets hooked in face

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Professional Angler Michael Murphy gets hooked in the face while filming for Ima Lures with Bill Smith Junior while fishing on Lake Murray in South Carolina.

Tabu: Tiny Tim

Tuesday, January 31, 2008

There's a fair amount of buzz about Tabu Tackle right now - it's got its pro staff in order, including its latest signee Fred Roumbanis, and the Open Water Series jig recently helped Dave Lefebre beat up on the Okeechobee bass. The company will be onsite at the Bassmaster Classic, inside the Tackle Warehouse booth (Tackle Warehouse partners with BassFan through the BassFan Store). Read the full article...

FLW Pro Michael Murphy Talks Tabu

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Gilbert, SC. - South Carolina pro Michael Murphy enjoyed a productive rookie year on the FLW Tour in 2007, with a season that culminated in an appearance at the FLW Championship in Hot Springs, Arkansas. While he's understandably proud of that achievement, as his 2008 journey commences he's equally excited about his business interests. Read the full article...

Murphy on the mend

Sunday, November 11, 2007

South Carolina's Michael Murphy battled through several nagging injuries en route to a 30th-place finish in the Angler of the Year (AOY) standings in his initial season on the FLW Tour in 2007. He's trying to rid himself of those this offseason. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last week. During the operation, it was discovered that the problem had nothing to do with the ligaments or tendons, but rather a series of bone spurs and shredded cartilage under his kneecap that had been there since the 26-year-old was in high school.

"It's a little sore as I'm trying to walk around and get mobile again," he said. "But I have no regrets about finally getting something done, and I'm very happy that I'm on my way to getting healthy again."

Up next is a magnetic resonance imaging test (MRI) on his right shoulder and left ankle, both of which caused him pain this season.

"Even if nothing needs to be done surgically, I'm looking forward to knowing 100% of what the problem is and being confident in the direction of rehabilitation I'll be taking. My thoughts are that if I had the success I had this year without ever seeing any of the lakes (previously) and being plagued with injuries, I wonder how next year will be when I'm healthy and more experienced. It makes me really confident as I look forward to next year." www.BassFan.com

TBF, Industry Sponsors Provide Support For College Teams (part 2 of a 2-part story).

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Participation in college bass fishing has increased dramatically over the past couple of years, primarily due to the formation of an organizing body for the sport (the Collegiate Bass Anglers Association, or CBAA) and the launch of the annual BoatU.S. National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship (NCBFC). [...] Read the full article

Explosive Growth Period, Bass Fishing Catching On As College Sport (part 1 of a 2-part story).

Friday, September 21, 2007

FLW Tour pro Michael Murphy was in college just a few years ago, competing for the Purdue University fishing team. He said that as recently as 2003, it wasn't uncommon to see a collegiate angler show up for a tournament with one spincasting combo and a small tackle box that contained maybe half a dozen lures and a couple of packs of plastic worms. [...] Read the full article

Michael Murphy and Dave Lefebre talk about Tabu Tackle on BassFan Radio.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

TABU stands for "Tournament Approved By Us," Dave Lefebre and company co-founder Michael Murphy talk about the enterprise, plus how they and other TABU pros are getting their custom products to market. ...Listen Now.

Murph on the mic

Friday, August 15, 2007

Michael Murphy talks about his experience in lure design, the importance of his fishery education in his fishing and his new IMA Japan jerkbait on BassFan Radio. ...Listen Now.

Michael Murphy Sacks Them at the Detroit River to Make the $2,000,000 Forrest Wood Cup!!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

As a Rookie in his first year on the 2007 Walmart FLW Tour, Michael made the Championship by finishing 30th in the year end FLW Tour Standings.

Michael Murphy Signature Series Lure to be introduced at ICAST July 11-13

Wenesday, June 27, 2007

For the last year, Michael has teamed up with IMA Japan, one of his newest sponsors, to create the latest and most innovative jerkbait, the Michael Murphy Signature IMA Flit 120. Named for its irradic and realistic movement and measuring 120mm, the Flit 120 is based on the idea that if you create a lure with the similar shape to that of the baitfish you are trying to mimic, it will more easily take on the realistic characteristics. With a uniquely designed cross section matched with its unique and realistic sounding rattle chambers, to the fish there is not any difference between the baitfish they have been feeding on and this jerkbait that they are seeing. During the testing of the prototypes at a recent trip to Lake Murray, South Carolina, on a high pressure clear blue bird day, in just hours Michael boated numerous fish over 5lbs, with the best 5 over 18lbs.

Find out more about the IMA Flit 120.

From industry insider to full-time pro

Monday, January 22, 2007 at FLW Outdoors

Last September, FLW Outdoors announced that Slim Jim, a ConAgra Foods brand, had come on board as its newest sponsor. At the time, it was also made known that Slim Jim would sponsor a pro angler, someone who would embody Slim Jim's young, energetic demographic.

That angler turned out to be pro Michael Murphy of Gilbert, S.C. How Murphy got to this point though, is quite a tale. [...] Read the full article

FLW Series Pros Eye Crucial Top 30 Mark

Thursday, September 21, 2006 at BassFan.com

A Top 30 points finish for rookie Michael Murphy might pay twice. The FLW Tour is also something that interests him, so to qualify for that, and the Cup, would be a huge accomplishment for the first-year pro. [...] Read the full article

ROY Threat Murphy Got The Break He Needed

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at BassFan.com

It didn't take Michael Murphy long to reach a crossroads in his career. Until a few months ago, the 25-year-old pro—who's currently 12th in the FLW Series points and 2nd in the BassFan Rookie of the Year Race—wasn't sure if he'd be able to fish this year. [...] Read the full article

Michael Murphy goes offshore early and into pockets late to target roving schools of Lanier spots

Originally published in the March 2006 issue of GON

Even when March bluebird skies mean cold temperatures, gusty winds and persnickety spotted bass, there will be anglers catching them. Michael Murphy of Kennesaw is one of those people. [...] Read the full article

Feeling "Froggy"? (Dean Rojas Signature Bronzeye Frog)

September, 2005 at ProBass.com

I guess I would feel a little "froggy" too if I had one bait that contributed to over $80,000 in tournament winnings on the Professional Bass trails. [...] Read the full article

Big Ten bass

Originally published in the June 2003 issue of FLW Magazine

In the summer of 1990, 18-year-old Shad Schenck received some exciting news: He had been accepted to Purdue University in Indiana. Schenck had sincere intentions of becoming a professional bass angler and felt that a college degree was an important step in achieving his goal. Consequently, he enrolled. [...] Read the full article

Fishing program to film in Union

Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at The Purdue Exponenet

An ESPN camera crew is coming to Purdue, but it has nothing to do with basketball, football or any NCAA-sanctioned sport. [...] Read the full article

Bass Fishing Club Wins Big Ten Invitational Saturday in Wisconsin

Tuesday, August 12, 2000 at The Purdue Exponent

The Purdue Bass Fishing Club, thanks to the dedication of its top member, won the fifth annual Big Ten Invitational Saturday in Madison, Wisc. It was Purdue's first title since winning the inaugural tournament as the hosts in 1996. [...]

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