Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 01/12/2018

Story by Matt Pangrac - Photos courtesy of Jeff Sprague

Point, TX - Since beginning his career fishing as a professional on the FLW Tour four years ago, Jeff Sprague has become familiar with the check line.   In 25 regular season FLW Tour events, Sprague has cashed a check in 17 of them.  

He narrowly missed qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup in 2014 and 2015, but has made back-to-back Cup appearances the past two seasons and has become one of the most consistent anglers on Tour.  After a breakout season in 2016, where he led the AOY race midway through the year before eventually finishing in 6th place, Sprague stated that he began to look at his career in a different light.  

“I’ve looked up to a lot of the guys that I compete against since I started bass fishing,” explained Sprague in a 2016 article that ran on The BASS ZONE.  “Once I took the lead, I was like, ‘OK, I still look up to these guys and I still admire them, but now maybe it’s time for me to notch out my spot and start trying to solidify myself in this sport.”  

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Sprague proved that 2016 wasn’t an anomaly, as he backed up his breakout season with a 4th place finish in the 2017 FLW Tour AOY standings.   Out of the seven regular season Tour stops, he recorded six Top 50 finishes and three Top 20 finishes.  He capped off the year with a 12th place finish at the Forrest Wood Cup in August of 2017.  

With confidence and momentum rolling into his fifth season on Tour, Sprague recently announced that there will be some changes for him in 2018, most notably the fact that he will be running a Bass Cat Boat when the Tour season kicks off the end of the month on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee.   

“We spend a lot of time on the water, and that becomes our office,” he explained.  “Bass Cat really emphasizes the family aspect and that was very appealing to me.   To have the control over the build of my boat was a huge deal, and their attention to detail is second to none.”  Sprague said that he will be running a Bass Cat Eyra with a Mercury.  

With a number of  fisheries on the 2018 FLW Tour schedule that bring the potential for long runs into play (including Okeechobee, Harris Chain, Lake Cumberland, Kentucky Lake, and Lake St. Clair), Sprague said that the added speed he will pick up will be a bonus.   “If I’m able to add another 15 minutes of fishing time each day that could be huge because I’m making more casts and giving myself more opportunities to catch fish,” he explained.   “Over the last two seasons I’ve had several times on Tour when I pulled up to a spot and caught the majority of my weight in less than 20 minutes.”

Sprague will also enter the 2018 season with a new title sponsor, Gene Larew.   He has worked with Larew for the past two seasons and is looking forward to continuing his relationship with the company and working on product development.   “Larew is one of the oldest companies around in the fishing industry, but they have grown leaps and bounds over the past several years,” he explained.  “It’s humbling to be representing the company as my title sponsor.”  

Overall, Sprague said that he couldn’t be happier with how his career has progressed over the past four seasons.  “I just feel like I’ve become so much more comfortable with my preparation and decision making.  Everyone out here is a good angler, but it’s the little things that make the difference and put you in the position to have success.”