Mark Rose, a West Memphis, Ark. resident and FLW Tour regular, made bass fishing history last month on Feb. 16 while fishing in Central Texas near Austin.


That’s because his four day total of 20 bass weighing 59 pounds, two ounces was good enough to give Rose the $100,000 top prize in the FLW Tour stop on Lake Travis.


Why is that significant?


Because just two weeks earlier on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville, Rose, also a Major League Fishing competitor and a member of the Strike King pro staff, had another stellar event.


That’s when he finished the season’s first FLW Tour stop with 20 bass weighing 79-pounds, 11-ounces, good enough for the $100,000 top prize in that event.


With those two February wins, Rose raised his career triumphs in FLW Tour competition to eight; improved his career earnings to more than $2.29 million dollars; and became the first angler in FLW history to win back-to-back tour level events.


But that’s not all that Rose accomplished with his pair of wins.


That historic performance also enabled Rose to surge up 42 spots and become the new #1 bass angler in the world according to the most recently released BassFan.com rankings.


All of the above would make for a pretty good career resume for most professional anglers.


But for FLW Tour pro Mark Rose, it all happened in a month-long stretch that he’ll never forget.