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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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  • Murray's 3rds

    Murray's 3rds

    Take a look at John Murray's record this year and one thing immediately jumps out – back-to-back 3rds this summer in New York. The first was at the Erie/Niagara ...

  • Good rods, good value

    Today on The Bass Buzz we take a look at the new Berkley Tactix series of rods – pretty ...

  • Watch the Waker

    Is it a buzzbait or is it a crankbait? Good question. The Mann's Waker Elite Series is actually sort of both, and will help you put more fish in the boat. ...

  • Two kids, two trails

    Californian Robert Faaborg enjoys fishing bass tournaments with his two sons. But since all three can't fish together in the same events, he competes ...

  • Hawkes 2nd in F&S event

    Texas FLW Tour angler Mike Hawkes took 2nd place in the 2007 Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge. The finals were held last weekend in Springfield, ...

  • Reese loses ground

    The BassFan World Rankings presented by Tru-Tungsten were recently updated to reflect the Bassmaster Legends Major. The biggest news is that a 3rd-place ...

  • Ray's personal best

    Ray Scott recently caught a 13-09, which was his personal best. It triggered within him a rush of emotions, then recollections, and he writes about it ...

  • Norman revisited

    Skipping swimbaits under docks anyone? Today on The Bass Buzz Jay Yelas talks about ...

  • Recon: Champlain

    New Jersey pro Pete Gluszek won last September's northern Stren Series tourney on Lake Champlain. This year he's fishing the FLW Series there – and tells ...

  • LMBV found in Winnipesaukee

    The New Hampshire Fish and Game Dept. (FGD) reported today that regular testing has detected largemouth bass virus (LMBV) in Lake Winnipesaukee smallmouths. ...

  • What Morgenthaler learned

    What Morgenthaler learned

    FLW Tour pro Chad Morgenthaler cut his tournament teeth on some of the ultra-tough fisheries in Illinois – places where it's common to be the third or ...

  • Duckett's bucket

    Sure, Scott Suggs is guaranteed to be the big winner this year. He pocketed $1 million at the Forrest Wood Cup. But Boyd Duckett's bottom line is pretty ...

  • Erie's shallow secrets

    It wasn't surprising that Mike Trombly won the recent Detroit River Northern Stren. He's a stud in those parts. What's surprising, though, is that he ...

  • FLW climbers

    The 2007 FLW Tour season is of course over, but FLW Tour pros will continue to move up and down in the BassFan ...

  • Clausen sidelined

    Clausen sidelined

    Luke Clausen's season ended prematurely a few weeks ago when he underwent surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his right elbow. The former Bassmaster ...

  • Master the Chatter

    Bryan Thrift has made a lot of noise the past few years. After three Stren wins in 2 years (two as a co-angler, one as a pro), he went on this year to ...

  • Baseball/boat winner

    Baseball/boat winner

    The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation recently announced the winner of its national Take Me Fishing contest. The lucky guy of the contest, which ...

  • Radio: all via podcast

    Radio: all via podcast

    This is just a quick note to let BassFans know they can now receive every new BassFan Radio program via podcast. This includes BassFan Radio with Terry ...

  • 'Hot' tips on radio

    The latest installment of BassFan Radio with Terry Brown features Joe Crosby of Sworming Hornet Lures, who gives up some tips on how to boat fish in extreme ...

  • Our Revenge test

    Have you checked out Revenge spinnerbaits – specifically, the compact Deep Runners? They're pretty hot in tournament circles right now, and the BassFan ...

  • Putin's fishing trip

    Putin's fishing trip

    For the second time in the past month and a half, Russian President Vladimir Putin and fishing have made the news. First it was his fishing trip with ...

  • Hornet-vision

    Here's a timely YouTube segment. Anglers all over the country are chasing "schoolies" right now, and one of the best ways to catch 'em is with ...

  • Faircloth's teens

    Faircloth's teens

    Todd Faircloth's 9th-place standing in the Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year (AOY) race ...

  • Frog contest winner

    The BassFan Army's "It's Frog Time" contest is officially a wrap, and the winner is Brad Patterson of Bryant, Ark. He correctly identified our ...

  • Recon: Fork

    Bassmaster Elite Series pro James Niggemeyer had to re-embrace his California roots to do well in tournaments on Texas' Lake Fork. So he's a good person ...

  • B. Hite on Cup

    B. Hite on Cup

    Western BassFans likely watched this year as Arizona's Brett Hite returned to ...

  • Fowler's Divisional pattern

    Michigan angler Don Fowler won the recent BASS Federation Nation Northern Divisional at Lake Erie. His location was key, but just as important was his ...

  • Ashley = angler + artist

    Ashley = angler + artist

    BASS reported an interesting development yesterday: Elite Series rookie Casey Ashley has been asked to contribute to a new country music compilation of ...

  • Hite out of Legends

    Davy Hite told BassFan today that he has withdrawn from the Bassmaster Legends Major at Arkansas' Lake Dardanelle due to a family issue back home in South ...

  • Radio: fish survival

    Now playing on BassFan Radio with Terry Brown, Dennis Clark of O2 Marine Technologies talks about the latest in livewell technology, and how it can help ...

  • Save your eyes (and $)

    For the next 2 weeks, BassFan Army members can get the same sunglasses worn by Mike Auten, Joe Thomas, and Edwin Evers for $10.00 off the regular retail ...

  • Roland to Nitro?

    Roland to Nitro?

    Although unconfirmed, it looks like Roland Martin will be switching from Triton to Nitro and Mako for the 2008 season. Rumors are rampant about the deal, ...

  • Taming the Monster

    Noticed the recent tournament trend back toward big worms? They've played a big role in events all summer long. In that spirit, the BassFan staff recently ...

  • Hawkes a finalist

    Hawkes a finalist

    Texas FLW Tour angler Mike Hawkes is among the 16 finalists in the 2007 Field and Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge. The finals will take place this ...

  • The long dropshot

    Today Erie stick Joe Balog tells how he fishes long dropshots in huge waves on the big lake, and how he's experimenting with stroking a dropshot. Neat ...

  • Tending to business

    The marketing of professional anglers is becoming a big business, and Professional Fishing Management's J.D. Blackburn knows it. In a new BassFan Radio ...

  • Grigsby's sun shield

    Grigsby's sun shield

    BassFans who've seen Shaw Grigsby, Jr. fishing this year likely noticed his protective head covering. The full headscarf looks a little strange at first, ...

  • Biffle's road

    Bassmaster Elite Series stalwart Tommy Biffle talks about "going against the grain" to gain success as a pro in a new BassFan Radio interview ...

  • Remitz with massive lead

    The BassFan Rookie of the Year (ROY) Race has been updated to reflect the recent Potomac River Bassmaster Elite Series. After a 19th-place finish there, ...

  • Reverse Bug

    Today on The Bass Buzz Berkley bait designer Mark Sexton talks about the development ...

  • Bishop bearing down

    Bishop bearing down

    Who's the biggest threat to chase down leader Andy Morgan in the FLW Series Eastern Division Angler of the Year (AOY) race? It's probably Kevin Bishop.

    Never ...

  • Pilot grabs NAMG

    It's been a crazy year for outdoor publishing. In summary, Intermedia bought Primedia Outdoors (including In-Fisherman and other properties) and later ...

  • Hear it from Horton

    Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Tim Horton talks with Terry Brown on BassFan Radio about his dominating win at Champlain, fishing with his heroes and the ...

  • Spro member review

    BassFan Army member Sam Russell of Prattville, Ala. recently tested the Spro Bronzeye65 through the Army's Member Product Test program. To read about ...

  • Hite high on move

    Hite high on move

    Bass hasn't staged a top-level event at Arkansas' Lake Dardanelle in more than 2 years, and the most recent winner on that venue is anxious to get back. ...

  • Lane on flipping mats

    How has Bobby Lane done so well on the FLW Tour? Two words: flipping mats. Learn to catch more fish with his tips (like why he shines his weights), featured ...

  • Recon: Truman

    This week veteran tour pro Randy Blaukat gives some insight on this weekend's Central Pro-Am derby on the lake. Read about it here ...

  • Murph on the mic

    Today on BassFan Radio with Terry Brown, FLW Tour pro Michael Murphy talks about his experience in lure design, the importance of his fisheries education, ...

  • Jacobs' other water

    Irwin Jacobs is well known for his water-based businesses Genmar Holdings Inc. and FLW Outdoors. But last year he branched into another sort of water ...

  • Hamilton benefit update

    The benefit dinner and tournament for paralyzed angler and industry friend Chris Hamilton is just around the corner. The tournament's scheduled for Sat., ...

  • Post-Potomac kids event

    Post-Potomac kids event

    This past Sunday, as the Top 12 fished the final day of the Potomac Bassmaster Elite Series, some Elite Series pros who didn't make the cut took time ...

  • Battle's back for No. 1 rank

    Battle's back for No. 1 rank

    The latest edition of the BassFan World Rankings presented by Tru-Tungsten is now live, and it looks like the battle for the No. 1 spot is back. Prior ...

  • Rook talks buzz

    Scott Rook's got a lot of good stuff to say about a buzzbait. Key for him is how to dial in a buzzbait bite when things slow down, rather than abandon ...

  • Tabu debut

    Tabu debut

    Remember all the mystery surrounding the Tabu logo on various tournament shirts? Turns out it's a new tackle company formed by five tour pros in order ...

  • Sharp on tech

    Harold Sharp recently submitted a lengthy FeedBack letter in response to the newest BassFan poll. Due to length, it was published as a BassFan Opinion. ...

  • More on FLW fantasy

    BassFan previously reported that FLW Outdoors would expand its fantasy fishing program in 2008, with prizes that largely mirror those of the FLW Tour. ...

  • Global warming worries

    Most anglers and hunters are concerned about global warming, according to a national poll of 2,602 sportsmen and women conducted by AnglerSurvey.com and ...

  • It's frog time!

    Nothing beats the explosion of a bass on a topwater frog, and this is a good time of year to see it happen. Whether you enjoy fishing frogs already or ...

  • Buckeye winner from Texas

    The lucky winner of the BassFan Army Buckeye Lures Spot Remover contest is Ken Mayfield of Burleson, Texas. He correctly identified two FLW anglers on ...

  • Suggs on FSN show

    Forrest Wood Cup winner Scott Suggs is scheduled to appear as a guest on the Fox Sports Net program the Best Damn Sports Show Period on Thursday. The ...

  • Get your weather

    Get all (or most) of your weather needs taken care of at OutdoorsFanWeather.com:

    > ...

  • AOY/Legends list

    Quick note: To view the BASS Angler of the Year standings, updated to reflect today's Potomac Bassmaster Elite Series, click ...

  • A bigger football

    A bigger football

    The football-head jig has been around for decades, but it's really taken off recently as a tournament-winning bait. One of the early innovators of the ...

  • A primer on mono

    At this point, everyone sort of takes monofilament lines for granted – yet new and improved mono lines come out every year. To learn more about the development ...

  • Premier performance

    The BassFan staff recently had the chance to put Abu Garcia's new Revo Premier to the test, and the results were published today in a Product Review. ...

  • BBZ: Tucker was 'the fuel'

    The Big Bass Zone today takes a moment to remember Tim Tucker – "The Fuel," and a man who could make things happen. Other remembrances of Tucker ...

  • Zebco buys 4 lines

    Zebco W.C. Bradley, best known as a rod and reel company, announced today that it has acquired four brands of fishing line from Shakespeare Co. LLC of ...

  • Spro site update

    Just a quick note: Spro completely redesigned and relaunched its website. Also notable is Bill Siemantel's Advanced Swimbait Tactics DVD is now available ...

  • Post features Reese

    The Elite Series pros are fishing near the Capitol today and BASS Angler of the Year leader Skeet Reese got some good national press in a Washington Post ...

  • Murray's report

    The Potomac River's like an oven right now, and John Murray just hopes he get out of Maryland with a check. To read his Elite Series practice report, ...

  • Kid Zach Talks

    Zach Alexander, a 15-year-old BASS and FLW Junior State Champion, talks to BassFan Army Radio about his aspirations and goals, and about fishing the TBF ...

  • Fishing's steroids?

    In the midst of all the hoopla surrounding Barry Bonds' just-completed quest for the all-time home run record and the suspicion that steroids have helped ...

  • IMA arrives

    IMA arrives

    Premier Japanese bait manufacturer IMA has entered the U.S. market with a new line of baits that was showcased last month at ICAST. The company has coupled ...

  • Recon: Erie

    This week Erie stick Joe Balog gives some insight on this weekend's BFL tourney on the lake. Read about it here ...

  • USA accepts first members

    The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), a hunting and fishing club designed exclusively for union members and their families, formally opened its doors ...

  • Ranger expansion

    Ranger expansion

    With a year-long 40th Anniversary celebration beginning with the release of the 2008 models, Ranger Boats has also announced the launch of Phase II of ...

  • Prayers needed

    Nathaniel Luebke and his family need your prayers. To learn more about their situation, click ...

  • Two (three?) threw Brian's Bee 3

    Two (three?) threw Brian's Bee 3

    Three of the Top 5 finishers at the recent Forrest Wood Cup threw a propbait in the morning, and two of them (Clark Wendlandt and Bryan Thrift) confirmed ...

  • ICAST report – part 2

    The second part of BassFan's 2007 ICAST report is now posted. For the lowdown on all the hot new bass gear, click ...

  • Bolivar's progression

    Bolivar's progression

    Arizona's Gabe Bolivar has fished 2 seasons on the FLW Tour. He finished 7th in the Angler of the ...

  • New contingency winner

    We'd like to congratulate our latest winner in the BassFan Army contingency program – Paul Rausch of Prior Lake, Minn. He won a Big Bass Bonanza event ...

  • Costa/BASS scholarships

    Outdoor-eyewear maker Costa Del Mar and BASS are teaming up again ...

  • Suggs speaks

    Forrest Wood Cup champion Scott Suggs talks about getting the "W," the techniques he used at Lake Ouachita and his preparation for the tournament ...

  • Longshank joins Army

    Tennessee-based Longshank Baits, the inventor of the Longshank spinnerbait and buzzbait, has joined the BassFan Army as a contingency sponsor. Its uniquely ...

  • Practice overrated

    Practice overrated

    David Walker practiced for 10 days leading up to the Forrest Wood Cup at Arkansas' Lake Ouachita – the most pre-fish time he'd ever put in for a tournament. ...

  • AOY outlook

    The 10th event on the 11-tournament Bassmaster Elite Series will take place this week at the Potomac River, and the hotly contested race for Angler ...

  • Cancer benefit set

    The Vicious Fishing Elite Team will ...

  • They cometh to the Cup

    Just an observation on the way into the Summit Arena in downtown Hot Springs, Ark. today – the place is a mob scene. All the parking's used up and the ...

  • Ranger's 40th: pics

    The pics are in and the recent story on Ranger's 40th Anniversary model year has been updated. To view Ranger's new boats, including the throwback 177TR ...

  • Wendlandt's Cup numbers

    Wendlandt's Cup numbers

    This fact was included in today's Forrest Wood Cup coverage, but it's worth repeating. Clark Wendlandt will fish the final day of the Cup for the third ...

  • TEC culling system

    There's a new culling system out, and you can read about it and a few other new TEC tools today on the ...

  • Ranger's new Z520

    BassFans have already read about some of Ranger's new offerings for its 40th Anniversary model year, but news was scarce about the new Z520 bass boat. ...

  • Murray: tales of suspension

    In the newest BassFan Pro Fishing Tip, John Murray breaks down the method he used to catch suspended smallmouths at the recent Erie/Niagara Bassmaster ...

  • Local Cup coverage

    Rare is the daily newspaper writer who understands and embraces the sport of bass fishing. Alabama has Alan Clemons, but Arkansas has a good one too in ...

  • Moynagh's consolation

    Minnesota's Jim Moynagh ended up 60th in this year's FLW Tour Angler of the Year (AOY) race ...

  • Berkley Power winner

    Congratulations to James Whittman of Ruther Glen, Va., the winner of our BassFan Army Berkley Power Fisherman contest. His story brought a tear to our ...

  • What Yelas thinks

    BassFan Big Stick Jay Yelas has filed his practice report from the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Ark. He's got a good morning bite, ...

  • Final Major moved

    Due to recent unsafe conditions on the Arkansas River, BASS announced today that it will move the Bassmaster Legends Major to Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, ...

  • The ultimate 'fantasy'

    Check this out. Last month, at the registration meeting for the Detroit River FLW Tour, FLW Outdoors president and CEO Charlie Evans told the field that ...

  • Ranger turns 40

    Ranger begins its 40th Anniversary celebration this week at the Forrest Wood Cup. For the scoop on the anniversary and the four new boat models announced, ...

  • Recon: Rayburn

    This week the Bass Recon section on BassFanArmy.com has insight from Texas stick Russell Cecil about the upcoming Media Bass tourney on storied Sam Rayburn. ...

  • Bass Cat rods?!

    Bass Cat rods?!

    Nope, that headline's not a mistake. Bass Cat Boats is now offering high-performance BCB Rods. Eleven different models will soon be available, each marked ...

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