Jan 10th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jan 10th, 2013 at 12:00 AM
With the start of the 2013 FLW Tour about a month away, Erie, Pennsylvania pro Dave Lefebre is anxious about the season getting started. This year, it’s for more than just a desire to win.
He has already qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup Championship in 2013 thanks to his efforts in 2012. So his anxiety has more to do with decreased high-end tournament opportunities offered by the FLW this year.
“This is going to be my 11th season fishing the FLW Tour,” said Lefebre. “I have to say this is one of the strangest seasons I’ve ever prepared for. The big difference is the lack of high-level events put on this year by the FLW. I’m already qualified for the Cup, but now my chances to cash a big check are essentially cut in half.
“There are fewer opportunities to win, so I feel a greater sense of urgency to win. I’m so anxious, things are so uncertain.”
Although Lefebre feels anxious he is taking the lighter tournament load as a positive sign for this season.
“Right now I am not sure about filling out my extra tournaments,” said Lefebre. “With less FLW events I’m looking at some B.A.S.S. Opens and Everstarts, but I’m not sure what I am going to do right now.
“The funny thing is that this change in the FLW is happening at a good time for me. We just built a new house and the extra down time will allow me to take care of business at home.”
Although Lefebre wants to fish more FLW Tour events, he has no complaints about the FLW.
“Over the last few years, the FLW has certainly been taking more input from the anglers,” said Lefebre. “They work very well with us now. Like everyone else fishing the FLW Tour, we just need to adjust to what we have this year and hope they make more positive improvements in the future. I think this is going to be an exciting year.”