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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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  • Update on military sponsorship issue

    Political website TheHill.com posted an article today on a potential showdown looming on the floor of the House of Representatives next month when the ...

  • Jones DQ’d

    Alton Jones was disqualified today at the Lake Michigan Elite Series after his boat become lodged on a sandbar shortly after takeoff and he received assistance ...

  • Finesse classic is back

    <b><font color=maroon>Finesse classic is back</font></b>

    Berkley has brought back the 4-inch Ribworm by popular demand. The high-action design is offered in an array of colors and might be just the ticket the ...

  • Martens' hot streak continues

    Aaron Martens caught a 20-00 stringer today – the lone angler to crack 20 pounds – and leads after day 1 of the Lake Michigan Elite Series. He holds a ...

  • McKinnis: Boundary insulting

    McKinnis: Boundary insulting

    In his most recent column on the Bassmaster website, B.A.S.S. co-owner Jerry McKinnis blasted the Wisconsin DNR and voiced his frustration over the boundaries ...

  • Clausen aligns with Hooch

    Clausen aligns with Hooch

    FLW Tour pro Luke Clausen has signed on to endorse Chattahoochee Herbal Snuff, also known as Hooch Snuff, a non-tobacco/nicotine product that he says ...

  • BoatUS contest offers trip with Zona

    BoatUS contest offers trip with Zona

    If you're an angler and you know what a "slaunch" is, chances are you're a fan of Mark Zona, the self-proclaimed "knucklehead" host ...

  • Alan Report – Lake Michigan

    Alan Report – Lake Michigan

    In his latest Alan Report, former B.A.S.S. emcee Keith Alan writes about the difficulty of keeping secrets when it comes to mystery lakes. To read it, ...

  • Big Bite Lookback: Miss. River

    <b><font color=green>Big Bite Lookback: Miss. River</font></b>

    From a strategic standpoint, Kevin VanDam can't think of anything he would've done differently to move up one more place and into the 12-cut at last week's ...

  • Clausen, Yelas seeing green

    BassFan Big Sticks Luke Clausen and Jay Yelas both focused on smallmouths during the first 2 days of practice for this week's Champlain FLW Tour. Yelas ...

  • Chapman unimpressed

    Brent Chapman, the current leader in the Toyota Tundra B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year standings, ...

  • Sunline Strong Performer: Miss. River

    <b><font color=green>Sunline Strong Performer: Miss. River</font></b>

    Jamie Horton went from 39th place after day 1 of the Mississippi River Bassmaster Elite Series to 3rd after day 2. His second-day sack, which weighed ...

  • Reorg at BRP

    Reorg at BRP

    BRP, parent company of Evinrude, has announced that it's regrouping all of its outboard engine activities under a single leader – new VP and GM Alain ...

  • Berkley trailer headed to Spokane

    Berkley trailer headed to Spokane

    The Berkley Experience Trailer will be at the White Elephant Store in Spokane, Wash., Thursday through Saturday (June 28-30). The 60-foot trailer offers ...

  • Battery deal for DeFoe

    Battery deal for DeFoe

    Bassmaster Elite Series angler Ott DeFoe has signed a sponsorship agreement with battery manufacturer Lithium Pros.

    “Lithium Pros is serious about ...

  • 'Uncle Homer' dies at 97

    'Uncle Homer' dies at 97

    B.A.S.S. reported today that legendary fishing writer Homer Circle has died at age 97. His final fishing excursion occurred just 5 days prior to his passing.

    To ...

  • The ultimate fish-catcher

    There are no bass in the video linked here – if there ...

  • Hollowell plans to go all out at Champlain

    Hollowell plans to go all out at Champlain

    Some FLW Tour anglers are heading to Lake Champlain knowing the Forrest Wood Cup will have to wait until next year. Others are already inside the cut ...

  • FLW AOY tiebreaker scenario

    Should the race for FLW Tour Angler of the Year (AOY) end in a tie next week at Lake Champlain, the crown will go to the pro who accumulates the most ...

  • A versatile topwater

    <b><font color=maroon>A versatile topwater</font></b>

    Everybody loves to fish topwater baits when that bite is on. Poppers, chuggers, walkers – they're all a riot!

    The Sebile Splasher combines all three ...

  • Slumping Suggs looking for answers

    Slumping Suggs looking for answers

    This was supposed to be a worry-free season for Scott Suggs. He came into it having already qualified for the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup by virtue of his Top-5 ...

  • PAA gets three new board members

    PAA gets three new board members

    The Professional Anglers Association (PAA) announced that Scott Burns and Johnny Grice, both of Texas, and Kelly Power of Missouri have been elected to ...

  • Dudley dialed in

    Dudley dialed in

    David Dudley is leaving for Plattsburgh, N.Y., tomorrow to begin preparations for the final FLW Tour Major of the season at Lake Champlain. He’ll make ...

  • Ostrom, Normark co-founder, dies

    Ostrom, Normark co-founder, dies

    Ray Ostrom, the co-founder of Normark, passed away this week at the age of 85, according to an obituary published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

    The ...

  • Giving cranks a kick

    Fishhound.com reported today on an intriguing innovation out of Japan: a crankbait weight that will randomly cause a plug to "kick out" and ...

  • Bananas for B.A.S.S.

    Bananas for B.A.S.S.

    (Editor's note: Industry rep Alan McGuckin traveled to La Crosse, Wis. for this week's Bassmaster Elite Series event and is impressed by what he's ...

  • Alan Report – Mississippi River

    Alan Report – Mississippi River

    In his latest Alan Report, former B.A.S.S. emcee Keith Alan discusses how the ever-changing Mississippi River can foil even the best-laid plans of the ...

  • Sportsman Channel renews with NHF Day

    Sportsman Channel has renewed its partnership with National Hunting and Fishing Day, the annual event dedicated to sportsmen and wildlife.

    This year’s ...

  • Win a new Revo

    Win a new Revo

    Abu Garcia is planning to give away more than $20,000 worth of its newly-redesigned Revo reels as part of its Experience The New Revo-lution Sweepstakes.

    Subscribers ...

  • BassFan goes social

    It's been a few days since we rolled out our Twitter feed and Facebook page and we've been impressed by the response of BassFans.

    For those who may ...

  • Chapman, Martens in different boats

    Brent Chapman made two pre-fishing trips to the Mississippi River out of La Crosse, Wis., ahead of official practice for this week's Bassmaster Elite ...

  • Typhoon tabs Blaylock

    Typhoon tabs Blaylock

    Typhoon Polarized Optics had added FLW Tour angler Stetson Blaylock to its pro staff.

    "It goes beyond a sponsorship deal for me," Blaylock ...

  • Plano acquires Frabill

    Plano acquires Frabill

    Plano Molding Co. and Frabill Inc. have announced that they are joining forces, uniting two iconic fishing tackle brands that have been serving anglers ...

  • FLW issues open letter on Guard partnership

    FLW published an open letter to its fans on its website last Friday accusing Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., and Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., of micromanaging ...

  • Wagy holds on for James River win

    Wagy holds on for James River win

    Joshua Wagy brought in four fish today weighing 7-7, just enough to close out the victory at the James River Bassmaster Northern Open with a 3-day total ...

  • Carmell goes wire to wire at Kerr Lake

    Carmell goes wire to wire at Kerr Lake

    Christopher Carmell was two fish shy of a limit, but his 5-2 catch today allowed to him to capture the wire-to-wire win at the Kerr Lake Northern EverStart ...

  • Wagy out front at James River

    Joshua Wagy boxed 19-11 today and has 31-13 through 2 days of competition at the James River Bassmaster Northern Open. His total is good for a 2-06 lead ...

  • Carmell leads by 6+ at Kerr Lake

    Christopher Carmell caught 14-05 today and extended his lead to nearly 6 1/2 pounds with 30-15 after 2 days of competition at the Kerr Lake Northern EverStart.

    George ...

  • Report: Elite pros jeer GB boundaries

    Several Bassmaster Elite Series anglers voiced their displeasure with the recent announcement that boundaries for the upcoming Lake Michigan event will ...

  • Berkley trailer bound for Idaho

    Berkley trailer bound for Idaho

    The Berkley Experience Trailer will be at the Black Sheep Sporting Goods store in Coeur d'Alene, Id., Thursday through Saturday (June 22-24). The 60-foot ...

  • New poll: FLW Tour AOY

    Who's it going to be? Will David Dudley repeat at FLW Tour Angler of the Year (AOY)? Can Jim Moynagh cap off a great season with a crowning achievement? ...

  • Redesigned Revos

    <b><font color=maroon>Redesigned Revos</font></b>

    Abu Garcia wasn't content to rest on the laurels that its Revo baitcasting reels had achieved in recent years, so it's redesigned them to be even more ...

  • Dillard on top at James River

    Dillard on top at James River

    FLW Tour pros Jim Dillard and Kevin Hawk are 1-2 after 1 day of competition at the James River Bassmaster Northern Open.

    Dillard, a Louisiana native, ...

  • Carmell leads at Kerr Lake ES

    Carmell leads at Kerr Lake ES

    Christopher Carmell caught 16-10 to seize the day-1 lead at the Kerr Lake Northern EverStart Series today. He was the lone angler to crack the 16-pound ...

  • Duckett sells tank biz

    Duckett sells tank biz

    Boyd Duckett announced today that he has sold his company, Southern Tank Leasing, to Houston-based management group Sprint Holdings LLC. Duckett has owned ...

  • BassFan on Twitter, Facebook

    We’ve done it! BassFan has joined the social media universe.

    Today, we’re unveiling our Twitter feed @BassFanNews ...

  • Elites: Sturgeon Bay out

    Elites: Sturgeon Bay out

    B.A.S.S. announced today that fish-rich Sturgeon Bay will be off-limits to Bassmaster Elite Series competitors for the June 28-July 1 event at Lake Michigan ...

  • No equipment needed

    You say you're too broke to buy a rod, reel, line and terminal tackle? Well, it is possible to successfully fish for bass without all that stuff, as the ...

  • Sunline Strong Performer – T-Bend

    <b><font color=green>Sunline Strong Performer – T-Bend</font></b>

    There were lots of instances at the Toledo Bend Bassmaster Elite Series of anglers catching strong bags one day and then failing to crack 10 pounds the ...

  • Sonar: Odyssey ends

    Sonar: Odyssey ends

    In his latest Sonar Sound-Off column, Miles Burghoff recaps his whirlwind adventure of competing in the BFL All-American, the Oakley KVD Big Bass Challenge ...

  • Big Bite Lookback – T-Bend

    <b><font color=green>Big Bite Lookback – T-Bend</font></b>

    Scott Ashmore's failure to make the final cut at the recent Toledo Bend Bassmaster Elite Series was attributable to a phenomenon that has plagued anglers ...

  • Report: GB organizers lobby for beer

    A yacht club adjacent to the launch site for the upcoming Lake Michigan Elite Series tournament is trying to get the city of Green Bay, Wis., to sign ...

  • BFA trivia contest set

    BFA trivia contest set

    The Bass Fishing Archives has announced that it'll launch a weekly trivia contest on July 2. The prize for the first edition will be a $20 e-coupon good ...

  • Sunline Strong Performer – KY Lake

    <b><font color=green>Sunline Strong Performer – KY Lake</font color></b>

    Dan Morehead has fished Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley for nearly 40 years, so it stands to reason why the native of nearby Paducah was a little peeved ...

  • Rankings: Chapman to No. 2

    David Dudley holds onto the No. 1 slot in the newest edition of the BassFan World Rankings, while tournament winners Brent Chapman (now 2nd) and Dave ...

  • Big Bite Lookback – KY Lake

    <b><font color=green>Big Bite Lookback – KY Lake</font></b>

    Longtime Kentucky Lake stick Terry Bolton likened his experience last week to fishing a new body of water considering the low water, lack of current and ...

  • TBF issues release on Okeechobee tragedy

    TBF issues release on Okeechobee tragedy

    (Editor's note: The Bass Federation (TBF) issued a release today regarding the death of a competitor in the Southern Divisional due to a lightning ...

  • Report: TBF competitor killed

    BassFan has received reports from several sources that a competitor at the The Bass Federation (TBF) Southern Divisional at Florida's Lake Okeechobee ...

  • Look for Berkley trailer in S.D.

    Look for Berkley trailer in S.D.

    The Berkley Experience Trailer will be at the Dakotamart store in Pierre, S.D., Thursday through Saturday (June 15-17). The 60-foot trailer offers consumers ...

  • Olcott Beach, N.Y. wins Ultimate vote

    Olcott Beach, N.Y., a small hamlet on the shores of Lake Ontario, has been voted America’s Ultimate Fishing Town through a competition run by the World ...

  • Halbert hangs it up — for now

    Halbert hangs it up — for now

    While FLW Tour pros were sinking their teeth into another day of practice at Kentucky Lake this past Monday, Lancen Halbert was focused more on, well, ...

  • Uncommon versatility

    <b><font color=maroon>Uncommon versatility</font></b>

    If a boot-tailed swimbait isn't part of your arsenal throughout most of the year, you're probably leaving some fish in the lake. Depending on how they're ...

  • Baksay on the mend

    Baksay on the mend

    Terry Baksay is skipping the Kentucky Lake FLW Tour Major this week after undergoing hernia surgery early last week. The veteran pro from Easton, Conn., ...

  • Long, hot day at T-Bend

    Long, hot day at T-Bend

    Editor's Note: Alan McGuckin of Dynamic Sponsorships is taking in the heat and humidity at the Toledo Bend Bassmaster Elite Series this week. He submitted ...

  • NY wants to ease bass sales regulations

    A proposed change to commercial black bass regulations in New York would make it easier for farm-raised bass to be resold by food retailers.

    Under ...

  • Z-Man vs. Renosky update

    Attorneys for Renosky Lure, Inc. last month filed an objection to a South Carolina magistrate judge’s recommendation that the motion for partial summary ...

  • Suit against Bass Pro Shops tossed

    Suit against Bass Pro Shops tossed

    Courthouse News Service reported that a federal judge in Houston has thrown out the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's race-discrimination lawsuit ...

  • Yelas Barkley-bound, Clausen may run

    Jay Yelas didn't run into any monster bites during practice for the Kentucky Lake FLW Tour Major, but he's hopeful he can contend fishing Barkley Lake, ...

  • Alan Report: Toledo Bend

    Alan Report: Toledo Bend

    Former B.A.S.S. emcee Keith Alan has submitted his Alan Report for this week's Elite Series event at Toledo Bend. He focuses on the need for anglers to ...

  • Upgrades in store for Classic

    The city of Grove, Okla., is set to make substantial upgrades to a boat ramp on Grand Lake after it was chosen as the official launch site for next year’s ...

  • BoatUS Angler in action

    BoatUS Angler in action

    Tanner Parker is a construction management major at Georgia Southern University so he’s well-versed in matters involving tensional stress and load factors. ...

  • Tough day at TB

    BassFan Big Stick Brent Chapman didn't find much that seemed real promising on the first day of practice for this week's Toledo Bend Bassmaster Elite ...

  • Berkley to sponsor Fish-A-Thon

    Berkley to sponsor Fish-A-Thon

    Berkley has signed on as the title sponsor for the Recycled Fish 24 Hour Fish-A-Thon.

    “This conservation stewardship project reflects the goals of ...

  • Take survey for chance at prizes

    BassFan is conducting a survey of its readership, asking easy questions centered around how often you fish, how many tournaments you compete in per year, ...

  • Barone returns

    Popular B.A.S.S. columnist Don Barone will be writing from this week’s Toledo Bend Elite Series just weeks after having prostate cancer surgery. To read ...

  • Flambeau bags Lowen

    Flambeau bags Lowen

    Flambeau Outdoors announced its official partnership with Bassmaster Elite Series angler Bill Lowen to develop and promote both its fishing and hunting ...

  • Faircloth feeling it

    Faircloth feeling it

    Todd Faircloth is halfway to yet another rock-solid season. The easy-going Texan is 6th in Toyota ...

  • KY Lake: Big changes since ‘11

    Jay Yelas and Luke Clausen checked in with their day-1 practice reports from the Kentucky Lake FLW Tour Major. Their early take on the bite so far: Things ...

  • Freeman prevails at TB

    Freeman prevails at TB

    Glen Freeman of Converse, La. caught a 24-12 sack on Saturday – the biggest of the day by nearly 6 pounds – to win the Toledo Bend Texas EverStart with ...

  • Harvey out front at Toledo Bend

    Harvey out front at Toledo Bend

    David Harvey backed up his 25-10 catch from day 1 with a 20-01 stringer today to take over the lead at the Toledo Bend Texas EverStart with a 45-11 total.

    With ...

  • Report: Future La. Classics in limbo

    Report: Future La. Classics in limbo

    B.A.S.S. has informed the Shreveport/Bossier City Convention & Tourist Bureau the Bassmaster Classic won’t return to Louisiana unless a state law prohibiting ...

  • Berkley trailer off to S.D.

    Berkley trailer off to S.D.

    The Berkley Experience Trailer will be at the Scheels store in Sioux Falls, S.D., Thursday through Saturday (June 8-10). The 60-foot trailer offers consumers ...

  • Reneau leads TB EverStart

    Reneau leads TB EverStart

    Del Rio, Texas resident Tim Renau grabbed the early lead at the Toledo Bend Texas EverStart on Thursday with a 26-10 sack – one of seven bags exceeding ...

  • Berkley: Three-quarters of a century

    <b><font color=maroon>Berkley: Three-quarters of a century</font></b>

    Berkley's 75th anniversary celebration will kick off June 11 in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where a teenaged Berkley Bedell began selling flies he'd hand-tied ...

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