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Welcome to BassFan's Dock Talk section, where you will see brief, newsworthy items that for one reason or another can't be made into full-blown news articles. Despite the name, and in keeping with BassFan's editorial policy, every effort will be made to avoid publishing outright rumors.

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  • Chapman signs with Bass Minder

    Chapman signs with Bass Minder

    Equipment-organization product manufacturer Bass Minder announced that it's added Bassmaster Elite Series angler Brent Chapman to its pro staff.

    "The ...

  • Lew's launches school program

    Lew's launches school program

    Lew's has announced a new program designed to assist high school and college fishing clubs and teams with their rod-and-reel needs. The company is also ...

  • Berkley trailer is 'Bama-bound

    Berkley trailer is 'Bama-bound

    The Berkley Experience Trailer will kick off its 2012 tour this Friday through Sunday (Feb. 3-5) at the Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, Ala. The 60-foot trailer ...

  • 'Cat Hunt' a success

    <b><font color=red>'Cat Hunt' a success</font></b>

    The "Cat Hunt" is over – the sought-after 'Cat is in the bag.

    Springfield, Mo. resident Gerald Fleming is the current owner of the first ...

  • Vision 110+1: A lot to like

    The Megabass Vision 110 jerkbait has proven that it can entice fish when most other offerings can't (witness last year's FLW Tour event at Beaver). Now ...

  • Z-Man page is live

    Z-Man page is live

    The Z-Man Pro Page here at BassFan is now up and running. It consists of archived material featuring the company's products, along with interviews and ...

  • Petition to ban A-Rig online

    Petition to ban A-Rig online

    An online petition to ban the Alabama Rig and other umbrella-style rigs in professional tournaments has been launched. The underlying premise is that ...

  • A-Rig propels Harris to Shasta win

    A-Rig propels Harris to Shasta win

    K.C. Harris of Shasta Lake, Calif., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 11-01 Saturday to win the Shasta Western EverStart with a 3-day total of 42-02.

    “Usually ...

  • Lane, Brown prevail at Toho with 64.64

    Lane, Brown prevail at Toho with 64.64

    Bobby Lane has a pretty good memory for where fish are in a lake, where a specific piece of cover or structure may have a wrinkle and what to do to catch ...

  • Harris on top at Shasta

    Harris on top at Shasta

    Local ace K.C. Harris caught a tournament best 18-01 stringer Friday to move into the lead at the Shasta Western EverStart in California. He has an advantage ...

  • Lane, Brown take Toho lead

    Lane, Brown take Toho lead

    The team of Bobby Lane and Gerald Brown brought a 10-pounder to the scale for the second straight day and took over the lead Friday at the PAA Tour Team ...

  • Revo Premier spinning: 2 new sizes

    <b><font color=maroon>Revo Premier spinning: 2 new sizes</font></b>

    The spinning version of the Abu Garcia Revo Premier has been well-received since its introduction in 2010, and now there are twice as many models to choose ...

  • KY Lake bridge hit by ship

    The Eggner Ferry Bridge at Kentucky Lake was struck by a ship carrying parts for a space rocket on Thursday night, destroying two spans. To read a report ...

  • Landscape deal for Combs

    Landscape deal for Combs

    Bassmaster Elite Series angler and Toyota Texas Bass Classic champion Keith Combs has signed a sponsorship deal with BLV Enterprises, a 30-year-old company ...

  • Rapala, B.A.S.S. launch photo contest

    Rapala, B.A.S.S. launch photo contest

    B.A.S.S. and Rapala are challenging anglers to “snap to it” and enter the ...

  • Peterson on top at Shasta

    Peterson on top at Shasta

    Tony Peterson caught a 17-07 bag to take the day-1 lead at the Shasta Western EverStart in California. The resident of Livermore, Calif. has a lead of ...

  • Morgenthaler, Browne lead at Toho

    Morgenthaler, Browne lead at Toho

    The team of Chad Morgenthaler (pictured) and Glenn Browne combined to catch a 31.89-pound bag today to capture the early lead at the PAA Tour Team Challenge ...

  • Sonar: Failure and redemption

    Sonar: Failure and redemption

    Miles Burghoff weighed 12-pound sacks recently in one-day tournaments at Lake Okeechobee on back-to-back weekends. He was quite disappointed with the ...

  • Megabass: Welcome to the Jungle

    Megabass: Welcome to the Jungle

    Japanese powerhouse Megabass has introduced new products in the rod, reel and bait categories for 2012.

    The company's new rod series, Destroyer Black ...

  • Triton Gold registration under way

    Triton Gold registration under way

    Triton Boats announced that registration for the 2012 Triton Gold contingency program is under way. The program pays up to $7,000 to qualifying Triton ...

  • RMC joins FLW

    RMC joins FLW

    FLW announced today that RMC BoatWorks, best known for its Trol-Lok trolling-motor mount, has signed a sponsorship deal with the organization.

    “RMC ...

  • A look at what's down there

    A look at what's down there

    Numa Optics pro-staffer Sean Alvarez created a YouTube video that graphically illustrates the benefits of high-quality, polarized glasses during a recent ...

  • Kentucky classes set for Feb. 11-12

    Kentucky classes set for Feb. 11-12

    Mark Menendez (pictured), Bernie Schultz and Joe Thomas will conduct a series of classes at West Kentucky Community and Technical College on the weekend ...

  • Luck "E" Strike bonuses available

    Luck "E" Strike bonuses available

    B.A.S.S. announced today that lure-maker Luck "E" Strike will be awarding bonuses to Bassmaster Elite Series and Bassmaster Open competitors ...

  • Picasso adds Roumbanis

    Picasso adds Roumbanis

    Picasso Lures announced the addition of Bassmaster Elite Series pro Fred Roumbanis to its pro staff.

    "Picasso is a company that has always ...

  • FLW, Brunswick extend

    FLW, Brunswick extend

    FLW announced today that it's signed a multi-year contract extension with Brunswick Corporation, parent company of Mercury, MotorGuide and Brunswick Zone.

    Mercury ...

  • B.A.S.S. offers KVD sweepstakes

    B.A.S.S. offers KVD sweepstakes

    A fishing outing with Kevin VanDam is a rare prize, but it’s being offered in a sweepstakes happening now at Bassmaster.com.

    The Fish with a Pro sweepstakes ...

  • Tony Bean dies

    Tony Bean dies

    BassFan learned today that smallmouth guru Tony Bean has died at age 63. The Tennessee resident (pictured with Ray Scot) was a popular seminar speaker ...

  • Lane cruises to Open victory

    Lane cruises to Open victory

    Chris Lane captured the third Bassmaster Southern Open victory of his career Saturday, and this one came by a large margin. He caught a tournament-best ...

  • Medlock: Two in a row at Big O

    Medlock: Two in a row at Big O

    Brandon Medlock caught a 15-03 bag Saturday to win the Okeechobee Southeastern EverStart in Florida for the second year in a row with a 3-day total of ...

  • Lane pulls ahead at Harris

    Lane pulls ahead at Harris

    Bassmaster Elite Series pro Chris Lane caught a 23-14 sack today to move into the lead at the Harris Chain Bassmaster Southern Open with a 2-day total ...

  • Medlock in control at EverStart

    Medlock in control at EverStart

    Brandon Medlock appears headed toward his second straight Okeechobee Southeastern EverStart victory. The Lake Placid, Fla. angler boated a massive 35-07 ...

  • FLW clarifies A-Rig stance

    FLW clarifies A-Rig stance

    The Alabama Rig, which was banned from use in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic and 2012 Elite Series this week, will be allowed in all FLW events this year. ...

  • Get out in the cold

    <b><font color=maroon>Get out in the cold</font></b>

    Although bass get lethargic in cold water, they still have to eat. They just won't move very far to do it.

    Bassmaster Elite Series pro Bradley Roy ...

  • PAA fees dropped

    PAA fees dropped

    The Professional Anglers Association announced today that entry fees for the 2012 PAA Tournament Series will be reduced by $1,000. The organization stated ...

  • Luck "E" Strike renews with FLW

    Luck "E" Strike renews with FLW

    FLW announced today that lure-maker Luck "E" Strike U.S.A. has renewed its sponsorship agreement with the organization.

    Said Luck "E" ...

  • McMillan in 2nd at Okeechobee

    McMillan in 2nd at Okeechobee

    Fishing just 3 weeks after his father Jimmy was killed during a robbery attempt at their family-owned grocery store, Brandon McMillan caught a 19-12 limit ...

  • Frederick grabs big lead at Open

    Frederick grabs big lead at Open

    The talk all week was that a cold front would slow the fishing and anglers would be lucky to bring 15 or 16 pounds to scales at the Harris Chain of Lakes ...

  • Rapala, MarCum join forces

    Rapala, MarCum join forces

    Rapala announced today that it's formed a strategic manufacturing and exclusive ...

  • PowerTeam adds Fralick

    PowerTeam adds Fralick

    PowerTeam Lures announced that it's added South Dakota Bassmaster Elite Series angler Jami Fralick to its pro staff.

    "I was introduced to PowerTeam ...

  • Clunn opens new market

    Clunn opens new market

    Four-time Bassmaster Classic champion Rick Clunn recently returned from Italy, where he participated in a B.A.S.S. Federation Nation event and expanded ...

  • A-Rig out for Classic, Elites

    A-Rig out for Classic, Elites

    B.A.S.S. has banned the Alabama Rig and other multi-lure rigs from use in the Bassmaster Classic and Bassmaster Elite Series. A press release issued by ...

  • Washington facing proposed lead ban

    Anglers in Washington state are rallying to oppose a bill supported by PETA, the Audubon Society and other organizations that would ban all lead fishing ...

  • TTBC scheduled for Sept. 28-30

    TTBC scheduled for Sept. 28-30

    The 2012 Toyota Texas Bass Classic will take place Sept. 28-30 at Lake Conroe. The tournament will again feature anglers from the Bassmaster Elite Series, ...

  • BoatUS Angler sponsoring Opens

    BoatUS Angler sponsoring Opens

    B.A.S.S. announced today that BoatUS Angler has signed a sponsorship ...

  • BPS boosts incentives

    BPS boosts incentives

    Bass Pro Shops has announced enhancements to its Tour Fishing Team Incentive program for 2012.

    New this year is the B.A.S.S. Elite Series Gold level ...

  • Frabill aligns with FLW

    Frabill aligns with FLW

    FLW announced today that fishing gear and apparel manufacturer Frabill will join the organization's sponsorship lineup for the 2012 season.

    “Frabill ...

  • Bass Cat joins MLF

    Bass Cat joins MLF

    Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today that Bass Cat Boats has joined ...

  • Twice the action

    <b><font color=maroon>Twice the action</font></b>

    What sets the Gary Klein-designed Berkley HAVOC Deuce apart from the numerous other twin-tail grubs on the market? Action and versatility.

    The Deuce's ...

  • Sebile beefs up staff

    Sebile beefs up staff

    Sebile has made several notable additions to its pro staff for 2012. On the B.A.S.S. side, Bobby Lane joins longtime staffers Jeff Kriet and Todd Faircloth. ...

  • Rodgers with SW

    Rodgers with SW

    Dearal Rodgers, a second-year FLW Tour pro from South Carolina, has signed a sponsorship deal with Utah-based outdoor gear retailer Sportsman's Warehouse. ...

  • Glasses deal for Horton

    Alabama's Jamie Horton, the 2011 Federation Nation national champion, has inked a sponsorship deal with Gone Fishing Polarized Optics. Horton will compete ...

  • Tennessee A-Rig clarifications

    Tennessee A-Rig clarifications

    WRCB TV in Chattanooga, Tenn. recently produced a 9 1/2-minute segment with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency fisheries chief Bobby Wilson that attempts ...

  • Lowrance, FLW extend

    Lowrance, FLW extend

    FLW announced today that it's agreed to a long-term sponsorship extension with marine electronics producer Lowrance.

    “Lowrance continues to lead the ...

  • Pinnacle picks Card

    Pinnacle picks Card

    Pinnacle announced today that it's signed Bassmaster Elite Series rooke Brandon Card to its pro staff.

    “I’m excited to be a part of the Pinnacle Pro ...

  • Lane sporting Big Bite

    Lane sporting Big Bite

    Here's a photo of Russ Lane's boat and truck wrap for the 2012 season (click the photo to see a larger image). Both vehicles are adorned in the colors ...

  • McMillan case: second arrest

    A second arrest has been made in the Jan. 2 murder of Florida businessman and angler Jimmy McMillan. To read the report, click ...

  • PAA: A-Rig pros and cons

    PAA: A-Rig pros and cons

    A story launched on the PAA website today in which anglers and wildlife officials express their thoughts on the Alabama Rig and its future in pro bass ...

  • Western history book on sale

    Those interested in the long and storied history of Western tournament fishing now have the opportunity to purchase “A Gathering of Eagles – The History ...

  • VRX inks McDonald

    Rod Glove-maker VRX Fishing Products announced that it's signed FLW angler Billy McDonald to its pro staff. It's the company's second signing of the new ...

  • 'Bird, Lowrance settle out of court

    Johnson Outdoors, parent company of Humminbird, announced in a press release today that it's reached a settlement in its suit against Navico involving ...

  • Power-Pole renews with B.A.S.S.

    Power-Pole renews with B.A.S.S.

    B.A.S.S. announced today that JL Marine Systems, supplier of Power-Pole shallow-water anchors, has renewed its sponsorship with the organization and will ...

  • Mercury, MotorGuide with MLF

    Mercury, MotorGuide with MLF

    Engine-maker Mercury and trolling-motor manufacturer MotorGuide today announced their sponsorship of Major League Fishing (MLF). Mercury served as the ...

  • Arrest made in McMillan case

    A 19-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in last week's shooting death of Florida angler and businessman Jimmy McMillan. ...

  • Kids can fish like Ike

    <b><font color=maroon>Kids can fish like Ike</font></b>

    Looking for the ideal combo to get a young angler started off right? Take at look at the new Mike Iaconelli-designed Ike Dude Combo from Abu Garcia. It'll ...

  • Walker chronicling trip to Japan, China

    Walker chronicling trip to Japan, China

    Bassmaster Elite Series angler and Koppers LiveTarget pro staffer David Walker is traveling to both Japan and China this week to aid in product development ...

  • ANPAC joins FLW

    ANPAC joins FLW

    FLW announced today that insurance provider American National Property And Casualty Company (ANPAC) has joined the organization's list of sponsors.

    “We’re ...

  • Booyah back with B.A.S.S.

    Booyah back with B.A.S.S.

    B.A.S.S. announced today that Booyah Bait Company is back as a sponsor of the organization following a 2-year absence. The company will support the Bassmaster ...

  • VRX grabs Horton

    VRX grabs Horton

    VRX Fishing Products, maker of the Rod Glove, announced that it's signed 2011 B.A.S.S. Federation Nation national champion and 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series ...

  • DeFoe joins Rugged Shark

    DeFoe joins Rugged Shark

    Shoe manufacturer Rugged Shark announced that it's added Bassmaster Elite Series angler Ott DeFoe to its pro staff.

    "I'm extremely excited about ...

  • Crews making soft baits

    Crews making soft baits

    Virginia Bassmaster Elite Series angler John Crews announced today that he's launched a soft-bait company called Missile Baits.

    “This is a project ...

  • Alan's show debuts tonight

    Alan's show debuts tonight

    Former B.A.S.S. emcee Keith Alan's Company, Ultimate Fishing Experience, has created a new show that will debut tonight on the NBC Sports Network (formerly ...

  • Another MLF teaser

    Another MLF teaser

    Major League Fishing (MLF) has produced a second teaser video in advance of the pay-per-view release of its inaugural event, held at Lake Amistad in November. ...

  • 2012 Elites: an even hundred

    2012 Elites: an even hundred

    B.A.S.S. today released the Bassmaster Elite Series roster for 2012, which consists of 100 anglers. The list includes 10 true rookies who qualified through ...

  • Who's the real Chad Bickle?

    Never heard of Mr. Bickle? He's a character on the ABC sitcom "Last Man Standing." Bickle, the "fastest-rising star on the bass pro circuit," ...

  • McMillan service set

    A funeral service will take place Friday for Jimmy McMillan, the winner of the 2009 Okeechobee Eastern FLW Series and that year's Eastern Series points ...

  • Weigh-to-Win again

    Weigh-to-Win again

    It’s simple, it’s affordable, it calms concerns about mechanical breakdowns and it pays tournament cash bonuses. For those four reasons alone, the hundreds ...

  • Bass Edge is back

    Bass Edge is back

    The bass fishing podcast, “The Edge,” is back on the air. After a year off, hosts Aaron Martin and Steve Brigman are talking bass fishing with the country’s ...

  • New Evinrude promo launched

    New Evinrude promo launched

    BRP has announced the “Experience More Sales Event” for its Evinrude outboard engine brand. During the retail promotion, U.S. consumers who purchase and ...

  • FLW, Z-Man sign extension

    FLW, Z-Man sign extension

    FLW Outdoors announced today that Z-Man has extended its sponsorship agreement with the organization.

    “Z-Man has established itself as a reputable ...

  • 'Exposed' launches today

    'Exposed' launches today

    ProPatterns launches its "Exposed: Pros on Tour" video series today, featuring 21 of the top anglers in the sport. It's available on a pay-per-view ...

  • Reward offered in McMillan case

    The Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in Monday's murder of ...

  • Two deals for Evans

    Two deals for Evans

    Former FLW Outdoors president and CEO Charlie Evans will fish the FLW Tour on the pro side this year, and he recently picked up a couple of sponsorship ...

  • Velvick's City Limits debut Thursday

    Velvick's City Limits debut Thursday

    Bassmaster Elite Series pro Byron Velvick will make his debut as host of City Limits Fishing on the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) at 8 p.m. ET ...

  • DUO comes to America

    DUO comes to America

    Japanese premium hardbait manufacturer DUO announced recently that it's entering the North American market. DUO North America will be headquartered in ...

  • Optics contingencies offered

    Optics contingencies offered

    Typhoon Polarized Optics and Gone Fishing Polarized Optics will offer "Wear It to Win It" contingency programs during the 2012 tournament seasons. ...

  • McDonald joins Numa

    McDonald joins Numa

    Numa Optics announced today that it's added Indiana FLW pro Billy McDonald to its expanding pro staff.

    “Billy is a first-class individual and a great ...

  • Oakley schedule out

    Oakley schedule out

    The Oakley Big Bass Tour, which strives to give amateur anglers some big-time tournament experience on some of the nation's best fisheries, has released ...

  • BU season starts this weekend

    BU season starts this weekend

    The Bass University will conduct its first session of the 2012 season this weekend in Shreveport, La. The speaker list consists of George Cochran, Scott ...

  • Quantum backing MLF

    Quantum backing MLF

    Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today that rod and reel manufacturer Quantum has come on board as a sponsor for 2012. Quantum counts seven pro-staff ...

  • Jimmy McMillan killed in robbery

    Jimmy McMillan killed in robbery

    Horrible news at the start of the new year – Lake Okeechobee stalwart Jimmy McMillan, winner of the 2009 Eastern FLW Series event at that venue, was killed ...

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