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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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  • 12 Days: Day 12 winner

    For our 12 Days of Bassmas giveaway, we saved a big prize for last and BassFans certainly responded. Out of more than 900 entries (a Bassmas record!), Rodney Arnold was selected as the lucky winner.

    Rodney will receive a Halo Fishing 7'11" Twilite flipping rod along with an assortment of Reins Tungsten punching weights. We're not sure it'll fit in his stocking, but it'll sure look nice under the tree.

    Congratulations, Rodney!

    We want to thank everyone for participating in our 2-week Bassmas giveaway, including the companies that generously donated the products. It was our most popular giveaway ever and we're excited to do similar promotions in the future. We know some folks encountered some technical issues along the way and we'll continue to refine our giveaways so we avoid those types of annoyances.

    Again, Merry Christmas to everybody and thanks for making 2013 a banner year for BassFan. Cheers!

  • Wiley X signs on with MLF

    Jack Link’s Major League Fishing announced today that Wiley X, makers of polarized sunglasses, will be a sponsor of the league’s 2014 telecasts.

    “Wiley X is well-known not only in the fishing industry, but with all types of outdoorsmen and women, as a company that makes quality products and shows tremendous interest in the customers it serves," said Major League Fishing general manager Jim Wilburn. "We couldn’t be happier to announce this partnership between Wiley X and Major League Fishing."

    Wiley X sponsors Major League Fishing angler Edwin Evers and has previous sponsorship ties to MLF angler Skeet Reese.

  • 12 Days: Day 11 winners

    Yesterday, we said we had two Pflueger Supreme reels to give away.

    We don't anymore because Troy Krodinger and Chris Warren were selected as the Day 11 winners in the 12 Days of Bassmas holiday giveaway. Each will receive a brand-new reel.

    Congratulations, guys!

    Today marks the end of Bassmas – we're sad, too – but we're finishing it off in style by giving away a 7'11" Halo Fishing flipping stick and a collection of Reins tungsten punching weights, the same gear Randall Tharp and J.T. Kenney use to wrestle bass out of thick, matted vegetation.

  • 12 Days of Bassmas – Day 12 giveaway

    Well, we've reached the end of our holiday celebration giveaway. Congratulations to all of the winners so far. To those who haven't won, you have one last chance to cash in.

    For the final giveaway, we've teamed up with Halo Fishing and Reins to offer you a couple of the tools that helped Randall Tharp get to where he's at today – Forrest Wood Cup champion and ranked among the Top 10 in the BassFan World Rankings.

    To you have a chance to take home a Halo Twilite Flipping Stick and a supply of Reins tungsten slip sinkers, click here for your chance to win.

  • HMG is reborn

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    It's been 40 years since Fenwick set an industry standard by introducing the first graphite rod – the HMG. It's still a viable option today, and the company has given it several upgrades for 2014, including a newly designed blank that increases strength while keeping weight to a minimum.

    To learn more, click here to visit the Catch More Fish page.

  • B.A.S.S. announces Team Championship

    B.A.S.S. announces Team Championship

    B.A.S.S. today released details of the Toyota Bassmaster Team Championship, which will qualify one grassroots angler for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.

    The championship will be held in late fall of 2014 at a date and location to be announced later. Teams from across the country will compete for the Team Championship crown. Following the team portion of the event, the Top 3 pairs of fishermen will be split up and will compete individually, from separate boats, for a berth in the Classic.

    “A key focus at B.A.S.S. is providing an opportunity for anglers of all ages and skill levels to fish competitively,” said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Nation director and manager of the Team Championship program. “Recent additions include the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series and the High School Championship, and now we’re excited to offer an avenue for team tournament anglers to reach a national stage.”

    As many as 200 teams will compete in the championship. To qualify, they must finish as the top teams in a participating team tournament trail. Sanctioned Bassmaster Team Championship tournament trails will enroll their anglers as B.A.S.S. Team Members. Collectively, the charter trails that have already signed on span the country and represent more than 7,500 participants.

    “Team tournaments are incredibly popular among grass-roots fishermen,” said B.A.S.S. tournament director Trip Weldon, who competes in weekend team competitions when he’s not running a Bassmaster Elite Series event. “The angler who wins a berth in the Classic will have to outfish some incredibly talented fishermen along the way.”

    Additional charter team tournament trails include: AC Tournament Trail, U.S. Angler’s Choice Tournament Trail/West Coast, Allstar Bass Fishing Tournaments, Carolina’s Bass Challenge, Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail, Joe Bass Team Trail, Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation, McNider Marine Iron Man Tournament Trail, Morristown Marine Team Trail Invitational, New Hampshire B.A.S.S. Nation, Ozark Mountain Team Trail, Priority Automotive James River Team Series, Sylacauga Marine and ATV Nitro/Tracker Big Bucks Buddy Trail, Tom’s Marine Team Trail and The Top Stick Tournament Series.

  • New poll: Pick your favorite win of '13

    BassFan recently recapped the Elite Series and FLW Tour wins during the 2013 season. All told, there were 14 different winners across 16 events.

    What was your favorite winning moment among them?

    To vote, go to the homepage and scroll down the right side.

  • BassU reveals instructor list

    BassU reveals instructor list

    The Bass University today revealed its lineup of instructors for its 2014 seminar series:

    Raleigh, N.C.
    Jan. 11 – Mike Iaconelli, Ott DeFoe, Kevin Short
    Jan. 12 – Brandon Palaniuk, Pete Gluszek, Ish Monroe

    Edison, N.J.
    Jan. 11 – Davy Hite, Fred Roumbanis, Pete Gluszek
    Jan. 12 – Mike Iaconelli, Gerald Swindle, Adrian Avena

    Niagara Falls, N.Y,
    Jan. 25 – Mike Iaconelli, John Murray, Bernie Schultz
    Jan. 26 – Pete Gluszek, Chris Zaldain, Ott DeFoe

    Worcester, Mass.
    Feb. 8 – Mike Iaconelli (two additional instructors TBA)
    Feb. 9 – Randy Howell, Pete Gluszek, John Crews

    Tulsa, Okla.
    March 2 – Ish Monroe, Mark Davis, Mike Iaconelli
    March 3 – Jeff Kriet, Pete Gluszek, Cliff Crochet

    One-day and full weekend passes are available. To register or obtain more information, click here.

  • EverStarts to become Rayovac Series

    EverStarts to become Rayovac Series

    FLW announced today that its triple-A circuit will undergo a name change for the fourth time in the past decade, but it's sticking with a battery theme as the EverStart Series will become the Rayovac Series.

    In a separate announcement involving Rayovac, FLW announced that 2012 Forrest Wood Cup champion Jacob Wheeler will represent that brand on Tour this year. He replaces Jason Christie, the two-tour standout who relinquished his team deal for 2014 in order to pursue his own sponsorship opportunities.

    Rayovac's parent company, Spectrum Brands Holdings, has also increased its FLW sponsorship level by adding three brands. California stalwart Cody Meyer will represent Repel, Kentucky veteran Dan Morehead will represent George Foreman and Ohioan Vic Vatalaro will wear the colors of Dingo.

    “We’re excited to be working with FLW again in 2014 and are looking to make an even bigger impression with the addition of these new brands,” said Rayovac director of marketing Harrison Smiddy Sr.

    FLW's five-division triple-A circuit was known as the EverStart Series from its inception in 1998 through 2005, and then again from 2011 through this year. It was the Stren Series for 4 seasons beginning in 2006 and was without a title sponsor in 2010, when it was known as the American Fishing Series.

  • 12 Days: Day 10 winner

    With 2 days left, we're down to the nitty gritty of the 12 Days of Bassmas.

    On Wednesday, we featured a pair of Amphibia 2112 polarized sunglasses and out of nearly 700 entries, Steven Adams was chosen as the winner. Prepare to see things a lot clearer on the water, Steven, and look sharp in the process.

    Congratulations, Steven.

    Today, you have two chances to win a Pflueger Supreme bait cast reel so be sure to enter.

  • Chick study: Most bruisers are hybrids

    Chattanooga, Tenn.-based reported this week on a study of big Lake Chickamauga bass done by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The study revealed that the vast majority of the giants being caught at the red-hot fishery are hybrids – crosses between northern- and Florida-strain largemouths.

    To read the article, click here.

  • Balog: Creating more events not so simple

    Balog: Creating more events not so simple

    In this week's installment of Balog's Bass War, Joe Balog offers up part 1 of a two-part series that examines possible avenues to create more top-level events to keep professional anglers busy. There are roadblocks at every turn, and all of them are emblazoned with dollar signs.

    To read the column, click here.

  • New gear: Another shining star from Megabass

    New gear: Another shining star from Megabass

    The Megabass Vision OneTen jerkbait has been a weapon of choice of many pro anglers over the years. For some reason, the action just seems to produce more bites on average.

    It would stand to reason that the previously unreleased forerunner to the OneTen would be just as effective. Earlier this year, Megabass released the Ito Shiner, a bit larger jerkbait than the OneTen that packs a little more bite in terms of its aggressive movements in the water.

    To read more, click here.

  • 12 Days of Bassmas – Day 11 giveaway

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    The Pflueger name has been synonymous with quality and durability since the late 1800s. It's a testament to its products that the company is still turning out affordable, high-performance fishing reels today.

    Today, you'll have two chances to win a new Pflueger Supreme baitcast reel (right hand). The lucky recipients can count on getting many years of performance and enjoyment out of this reel.

    Click here for your chance to win.

  • Allstate on board with Bassmaster Opens

    Allstate on board with Bassmaster Opens

    B.A.S.S. announced today that Allstate Insurance Company has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Bassmaster Opens Series. It's the second deal with an insurance company revealed this week, following Monday's announcement that GEICO would be the title sponsor of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

    “Our involvement with the Bassmaster Opens Series gives Allstate the opportunity to connect fishing enthusiasts with Allstate agents in each of the local event markets to talk about their boat insurance and other insurance protection needs,” said Allstate marketing director David Foster.

    Added B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin: "We are proud to join forces with the Allstate organization. B.A.S.S. is a new road for Allstate, one that we feel will lead to potential customers through our powerful digital, print and TV media platforms; event marketing; and other methods of enhancing Allstate’s existing relationship with (Opens title sponsor) Bass Pro Shops.”

  • 12 Days: Day 9 winner

    Bill Fitzgerald has been selected as the winner of the Day 9 giveaway for the 12 Days of Bassmas, meaning he'll be receiving a great assortment of baits from Z-Man Fishing, including the new QuadZilla.

    Congratulations, Bill!

    The response to our holiday giveaway has been tremendous and we're hoping to finish it off strong. Today, we're giving away a pair of Amphibia sunglasses.

  • Weedguard-maker picks up Davis

    Weedguard-maker picks up Davis

    FLW Tour pro Clent Davis has signed a sponsorship deal with the Creative Fish Company's Slide-Off Weedguard.

    "The moment I saw the Slide-Off Weedguard at ICAST last July, I knew it would change the way I fish," he said. "I used to have to decide between a lot of hang-ups with the bait I wanted to throw, or using a different bait. With the Slide-Off system, being able to fish a jig, swimbait or almost any bait in thick vegetation, around wood or on rock gives me a definite advantage."

    Said Creative Fish Company's Jim Cheshire: "Even though Clent is entering only his third year on the FLW Tour, he's proven that he is a premier angler. We believe Clent's FLW Tour Rookie of the Year title in 2012 is the first of many titles he will achieve in his career. We look forward to Clent using our product to give him a competitive advantage on tour while helping us educate other fisherman about our products."

  • 12 Days of Bassmas – Day 10 giveaway

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    Your eyes are maybe your most valuable tool on the water so they deserve the best in protection. The Amphibia 2112 polarized sunglasses offer cutting-edge technology in their frame construction combined with shatterproof polarized lenses and a stylish look that allow anglers to get a better read on what's happening under the surface.

    The winner of today's 12 Days of Bassmas giveaway will be able to see the difference. Click here for your chance to win.

  • 12 Days: Day 8 winner

    We've hit the stretch drive of the 12 Days of Bassmas. On Monday, a brand new HydroWave Mini was the featured giveaway – a $139 value!

    From more than 700 entries, Nick Barr was selected as the lucky winner. Congratulations, Nick!

    We'll have daily giveaways right through Friday this week so please continue to check back for the latest news coming out of the bass fishing world and enter to win some great prizes.

  • 12 Days of Bassmas – Day 9 giveaway

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    If there were a hall of fame for bass fishing tackle, the Z-Man ChatterBait would get strong consideration as a first-ballot inductee. Z-Man thinks they have another star in the making with its latest innovation – the QuadZilla collapsible four-arm spinnerbait.

    If you're a fan of the ChatterBait and Z-Man's soft plastics, you're going to want in on today's 12 Days of Bassmas giveaway. It'll include an assortment of ChatterBaits and plastics as well as the new QuadZilla.

    Click here for your chance to win.

  • Martin starts guide service at Guntersville, St. Clair

    Martin starts guide service at Guntersville, St. Clair

    FLW Tour angler Casey Martin has announced he will begin offering guided fishing trips at Lake Guntersville and Lake St. Clair. According to his website, he has immediate openings for trips at Guntersville.

    Martin recently completed his U.S. Coast Guard captain's training and is looking forward to the opportunity to offer instruction and tips to his clients.

    “Having spent a number of years fishing with FLW, I have learned some top-notch techniques from some of the best in the world and want to share that knowledge with others who have the same passion for fishing,” Martin said. “There are a lot of great guides on both bodies of water so I want to offer something different than just a guided trip. My goal is to make these trips fun and educational.”

    To learn more, visit

  • Lindner: Don't look down (or up)

    Troy Lindner's off-the-water preparation for the 2014 fishing season is already in full swing. The full-time personal trainer based in Los Angeles, Calif., recently did an impromptu training session along the Pacific Ocean.

    Check out Lindner in the embedded video below as he scales a 30-foot rope at the Santa Monica Pier while inverted.

  • GEICO to be title sponsor of '14 Classic

    GEICO to be title sponsor of '14 Classic

    B.A.S.S. announced today that insurance giant GEICO has agreed to become the title sponsor of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, which will take place at Lake Guntersville and Birmingham, Ala., on Feb. 21-23.

    Financial terms of the deal were not announced, but B.A.S.S. said GEICO will be featured prominently in marketing efforts before and during the Classic as well as during the Classic-themed television broadcasts to follow.

    The GEICO Everyday Leader Award will award $1,000 to the leader on each of the first 2 days of competition. Also, the GEICO “Moneyman," who is featured in the company’s television commercials, will lead the daily takeoffs at Lake Guntersville.

    “It’s a pleasure for us to play a larger role in the Bassmaster Classic,” said Ted Ward, vice president of GEICO marketing. “Bass fishing, and the Classic in particular, is a wonderful way to enjoy what’s become an enormously popular sport. Entire industries have developed around bass fishing and we’re delighted to be part of it.”

    “This is our premier annual event, eagerly anticipated by hundreds of thousands of fans,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “As title sponsor, GEICO will enjoy the market inroads available only with the wide and deep reach the Classic achieves, not only over the three competition days, but in the weeks leading up to the event and in the months afterward.”

    The story was first reported on the Sports Business Daily website.

  • 12 Days: Day 7 winners

    We capped off the weekend with a massive giveaway on day 7 of the 12 Days of Bassmas, thanks to the support of Megabass and Bass Mafia.

    We told you ahead of time we'd be picking 12 names as winners and you responded in kind with nearly 650 entries, on a Sunday no less.

    Here are the winners. The following will receive one (1) Megabass Ito Shiner (pro blue):

    > Marty Boyle
    > Patrick Melville
    > Ed Barton
    > Derek Buchanan
    > Steven Morelock
    > Richard Spence
    > Allahan Soung
    > Jody White
    > Marty Havens
    > Greg Spencer
    > Mike Smithmier

    Grand prize winner (receives two (2) Bass Mafia Bait Coffins and one (1) Megabass Ito Shiner):
    > Justin Riddle

    Congratulations to all the winners. Check your emails or send us a private message on Facebook with your shipping address.

    We're not done with this holiday giveaway just yet – not even close actually. Today, you have a chance to win a brand new HydroWave Mini, a great piece of technology that will help improve your catch rate.

    We'll have more giveaways each day through Friday so make sure to check back daily for the latest news and your chance to win some great gear.

  • 12 Days of Bassmas – Day 8 giveaway

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    HydroWave has been on the cutting edge of new technology for several years with its sound-emitting fish feeding stimulator. With the introduction of the HydroWave Mini, just about any angler can now take advantage of the sound technology that some pros won't go on the water without.

    For Day 8 of the 12 Days of Bassmas, you have the opportunity to win the new HydroWave Mini, a value of $139. Click here for your chance to win.

  • 12 Days: Day 6 winner

    We've hit the halfway point of the 12 Days of Bassmas and we've given away some great prizes and still have plenty more left.

    Day 6 of our holiday giveaway featured Damiki Fishing Tackle products and Kyle Johnson has been selected as the winner. Congratulations, Kyle. Your assortment of Damiki gear will be on its way shortly.

    If you haven't won yet, today's your best chance to change that. We're choosing 12 winners from today's entries as we've got an exciting giveaway going with Bass Mafia and Megabass.

    Again, thanks for helping make this our biggest and best giveaway yet.

  • 12 Days of Bassmas – Day 7 giveaway

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    For Day 7 of the 12 Days of Bassmas, we've brought together two brands known for quality and high-performance for a unique giveaway that will put prizes in the hands of not one, not two, but 12 BassFans!

    Today's top prize will be a pair of Bass Mafia Bait Coffins and a Megabass Ito Shiner jerkbait. Eleven other winners will receive a Megabass Ito Shiner jerkbait as well. That's 12 chances to win – don't miss out.

    Click here for your chance to win.

  • 12 Days: Day 5 winner

    We've completed 5 days of the 12 Days of Bassmas and the prizes keep getting bigger and better.

    On Day 5, we gave away a new Shimano crankbait rod, some new Jackall Jockie 120 baits and a spool of PowerPro braided line. Timothy May was chosen from more than 700 entries as the winner.

    Congratulations, Timothy!

    We're not stopping just because it's the weekend, either. Today, we have a great prize pack from Damiki Fishing and Sunday, we're going to pick 12 different winners as part of a Megabass/Bass Mafia giveaway.

  • 12 Days of Bassmas – Day 6 giveaway

    Damiki Fishing Tackle has long been a staple in FLW Tour star Bryan Thrift's boat and it also helped Hank Cherry lock up Rookie of the Year honors and a victory at the Elite Series All-Star tournament this past season.

    Damiki's soft plastics and hardbaits are unique and innovative and as part of Day 6 of the 12 Days of Bassmas, we're offering you a chance to win a little bit of everything form Damiki. Click here for your chance to win.

  • 12 Days: Day 4 winner

    You can cross Day 4 of the 12 Days of Bassmas off the list.

    On a day when we were giving away one of the most anticipated new baits to hit the market in recent years – the LIVETARGET BaitBall Series hard baits – we had more than 600 entries.

    We're proud to announce Trey Lemons has been chosen as the winner. Congratulations, Trey!

    Today's giveaway is a strong one, too, highlighted by a Shimano Clarus crankbait rod and a new topwater jerkbait from Jackall.

    Also, make sure you check back this weekend as we'll have prizes to give out both Saturday and Sunday. You don't want to miss Sunday's giveaway because we'll be picking 12 different winners that day alone!

  • 12 Days of Bassmas – Day 5 giveaway

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    The brands under the Shimano umbrella have a long history of producing high-qualiy, high-performance fishing gear. Jackall's new Jockie 120 topwater jerkbait is the latest in an impressive, tournament-proven lineup of baits. Coupled with a 7' Shimano Clarus crankbait rod and some 15-pound PowerPro braided line, you'll have the upper hand on any hungry bass in the neighborhood.

    For day 5 of the 12 Days of Bassmas, we're offering you the opportunity to win an assortment of Jockie 120 baits, a new crankbait rod from Shimano and 300 yards of PowerPro line. Click here for your chance to win.

    Don't forget, we'll have two more giveaways over the weekend, including one on Sunday where we'll be picking 12 winners in one day!

  • Function, form and value combined

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    Berkley has jumped into the sunglasses market with a full line of frame styles and lenses that have undergone rigorous testing to ensure performance. The prices are also nice, with none of the styles exceeding the $50 threshold.

    To learn more about them, click here to visit the Catch More Fish page.

  • Haseotes aligns with Bass Kandi

    Haseotes aligns with Bass Kandi

    Bassmaster Elite Series angler Byron "B.J." Haseotes has joined the pro staff of Louisiana-based soft-plastics manufacturer Bass Kandi Baits.

    "His professionalism and all-around awesome personality on and off the water makes B.J. a great fit for our company," said Bass Kandi owner Mike Holland. "We look forward to working with B.J. for years to come and are honored to have him a part of our team."

    Said Haseotes: "I used Bass Kandi Baits on the Elites last year and was thrilled with the success I was having. Whether I was flipping the T-Craw or using the Speed Bug as a jig trailer, the life-like action is unlike anything else."

  • BFHOF details why it chose Cullman

    BFHOF details why it chose Cullman

    In response to questions about why it chose Cullman, Ala. as its future home, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame has put together a slide show that details the attributes of the city and surrounding locales in northern Alabama. If all you currently know about Cullman is that it sits on the shore of Lewis Smith Lake, some of the features laid out in the presentation might surprise you.

    To see it, click here.

  • 12 Days: Day 3 winner

    Three down, nine to go in our 12 Days of Bassmas holiday giveaway.

    Yesterday, we had a tremendous response to our Missile Baits giveaway with over 800 entries. From the looks of it, everyone wants to get their hands on some D Bombs.

    Steve Wayne is the lucky BassFan who will receive a $50 assortment of baits and a hat from Missile Baits.

    To those who didn't win, you still have more than 20 chances over the next nine days to take home some fantastic fishing gear for the holidays. Remember to check back each day and enter each contest for your chance to win.

  • Balog: All hail to Morgenthaler

    Balog: All hail to Morgenthaler

    Joe Balog was happy to see a "grinder" like Chad Morgenthaler win the Bassmaster Wild Card and claim the final 2014 Classic berth. He suspects, however, that Morgenthaler will be the last angler to earn a spot in the sport's premier event via that route.

    To read the latest installment of Balog's Bass War, click here.

  • 12 Days of Bassmas – Day 4 giveaway

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    The LIVETARGET BaitBall Series of hardbaits was the hot topic at ICAST this past summer and for good reason. The revolutionary design concept (placing multiple bait fish bodies inside a hardbait) won the best new hardbait award at the New Product Showcase, marking the fourth straight year LIVETARGET has taken home ICAST hardware.

    For day 4 of the 12 Days of Bassmas, we're offering you the opportunity to win the complete line of BaitBall Series baits (one of each shape). Click here for your chance to win.

  • Maine soft-plastics issue still brewing

    Maine soft-plastics issue still brewing

    Maine certainly isn't a hotbed of bass fishing. If it were, then legislation that's likely to be introduced in the state legislature next month would probably never see the light of day.

    As reported earlier this year, the Pine Tree State is considering all all-out ban on soft-plastic baits under the premise that they damage fish populations and the environment. If it passes, it could launch a domino effect leading to prohibitions on other types of tackle in that state and others around the country.

    Keep America Fishing is hosting an online petition that anglers – regardless of their state of residence – can fill out in order to log their objection to such legislation. To access it, click here.

  • TTBC to air Sunday

    TTBC to air Sunday

    NBC Sports Network will broadcast the Toyota Texas Bass Classic at noon EST on Sunday, Dec. 15.

    The hour-long show, which will highlight Keith Combs' victory as well as the other festivities that make up the 3-day festival, will re-air on NBCSN at noon EST on Friday, Dec. 20.

  • 12 Days: Day 2 winner

    Day 2 of the 12 Days of Bassmas was all about looking good on the water. Thanks to G. Loomis, one lucky BassFan was going to win an apparel package featuring the famed skeleton fish logo.

    Out of 630 entries, including many folks who received bonus entries for sharing the giveaway through their Facebook pages, we're happy to announce the winner is Kevin Knipp. Congratulations, Kevin!

    To those who didn't win, you still have more than 20 chances over the next 10 days to take home some fantastic fishing gear for the holidays. Remember to check back each day and enter each contest for your chance to win.

  • 12 Days of Bassmas – Day 3 giveaway

    Today marks day 3 of our 12 Days of Bassmas giveaway. Today, you have a chance to win an assortment of soft plastics from Missile Baits worth $50 along with a Missile Baits hat.

    Click here for your chance to win.

  • BassU offering tackle-stuffed stockings

    BassU offering tackle-stuffed stockings

    The Bass University is will reward anyone who registers for a 2013 seminar or on-water training trip by Jan. 1 with an autographed, tackle-stuffed Christmas stocking. All orders received by Dec. 18 will be shipped in time for Christmas.

    All stockings will include Rapala lures and an autographed photo of BassU co-founders Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek. To register or obtain more information, click here.

  • Peak joins MLF sponsor lineup

    Peak joins MLF sponsor lineup

    Major League Fishing announced today that Peak, the manufacturer of antifreeze and other automotive products, has signed on as a sponsor of the organization.

    “Peak makes great products; the company is top-of-the-line. We are tremendously excited to welcome Peak to Major League Fishing,” said MLF GM Jim Wilburn.

    Peak's parent company, Old World Industries, is an independent, family-owned business that has been a leader in the development and distribution of high-quality automotive and heavy-duty products for more than four decades.

    “The folks at Peak are extremely customer-oriented and understand the passions and interests of their customers,” Wilburn said. “We believe we are a great fit for Peak, and Peak is certainly an outstanding sponsor for Major League Fishing.”

    Said Bryan Emrich, senior VP of marketing for Old World Industries: “Peak is thrilled to partner with Major League Fishing and to support its continued growth. Major League Fishing has captured the attention of the entire fishing community and we are pleased to be a part of a sport that has such great appeal to a broadening audience."

  • 12 Days: Day 1 winner

    We couldn't have scripted a better start to our 12 Days of Bassmas series of giveaways. First, we partnered with Rapala on a great offer that included Storm Arashi crankbaits and Rapala ScatterRaps, two of the hottest new baits of 2013.

    We had nearly 850 entries, including many folks who received bonus entries for sharing the giveaway through their Facebook pages.

    We're happy to announce the winner is Kole Schofield of Indiana. Congratulations, Cole!

    To those who didn't win, you still have more than 20 chances over the next 11 days to take home some fantastic fishing gear for the holidays. Remember to check back each day and enter each contest for your chance to win.

  • 12 Days of Bassmas – Day 2 giveaway

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    See ya, turtle doves. Hello, G. Loomis! For day 2 of the 12 Days of Bassmas, G. Loomis is offering up some of its sharp-looking branded apparel – a hoodie, a beanie cap and a t-shirt. Don't miss out on your chance to add some comfortable and stylish gear to your closet.

    Click here for your chance to win.

  • 12 Days of Bassmas – Day 1 giveaway

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    It's here!

    Today, we kick off a BassFan first – the 12 Days of Bassmas, a 2-week long series of daily giveaways of some of the newest and hottest gear and tackle in bass fishing.

    To get things under way, we've teamed up with Rapala on a fantastic giveaway that features the new Scatter Rap and Storm Arashi crankbaits as well as Sufix 832 Advanced Superline. Don't miss out on your chance to get your hands on some of the hottest new baits.

    Click here for your chance to win.

  • Morgenthaler claims Wild Card, final Classic spot

    Chad Morgenthaler erased nearly a 6-pound deficit today by catching a 20-12 sack to win the Bassmaster Classic Wild Card at Lake Okeechobee.

    The Illinois pro finished the 3-day event with 63-13, beating Jesse Tacoronte by more than 4 pounds. Shaye Baker, who led after each of the first 2 days, slipped to 3rd.

    The win, Morgenthaler's first in a B.A.S.S. tournament, earned him the 56th and final berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic at Lake Guntersville.

    Morgenthaler stuck with a flipping, pitching and punching pattern throughout the event to catch the winning fish.

    “The key for me was that most guys were abandoning the vegetation that had been sprayed and was dying,” Morgenthaler said. “I stuck with it a little longer and found out that the fish I found in practice were still there. Catching them wasn’t easy, but they were there.”

    Here's how the Top 12 finished up:

    1. Chad Morgenthaler: 63-13
    2. Jesse Tacoronte: 59-11
    3. Shaye Baker: 59-08
    4. Russ Lane: 59-02
    5. Keith Poche: 56-07
    6. Jeff Kriet: 55-05
    7. Derek Remitz: 53-05
    8. Gary Clouse: 51-04
    9. Greg Hackney: 51-03
    10. Arnie Lane: 46-02
    11. Drew Benton: 44-08
    12. Cliff Prince: 44-00

  • Baker boosts Wild Card lead at Big O

    Baker boosts Wild Card lead at Big O

    Alabama's Shaye Baker caught a 19-06 sack on day 2 of the Bassmaster Wild Card to build a 6-pound lead going into the final day at Florida's Lake Okeechobee. The winner will garner the final berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

    Only four anglers will start the final day within 10 pounds of Baker's 48-14 total. Chad Morgenthaler is 2nd with 43-01, followed by Jesse Tacoronte with 39-15 and Russ Lane with 39-06.

    The anglers tell much the same story so far. All of the contenders seem to be pitching, flipping and punching thickly matted vegetation on the west side of the lake.

    “My main area was beat to shreds,” Baker said. “There were about 10 other boats in there today, including several of the anglers in the Top 10. I mostly stayed put so I could guard my best patch of hyacinths. I plan to start there tomorrow.”

    Morgenthaler described the fishing on Day 2 as “a grind.”

    “I had to move out from my main area from the first day and worked really hard for my fish,” he said. “I think there’s a pile of bass in my area, but they’re not being very cooperative.”

    Here are the totals for the 12 anglers who'll return to the water on Saturday:

    1. Shaye Baker: 48-14
    2. Chad Morgenthale: 43-01
    3. Jesse Tacoronte: 39-15
    4. Russ Lane: 39-06
    5. Gary Clouse: 36-08
    6. Jeff Kriet: 36-07
    7. Greg Hackney: 36-06
    8. Derek Remitz: 35-09
    9. Arnie Lane: 35-05
    10. Keith Poche: 34-10
    11. Drew Benton: 30-12
    12. Cliff Prince: 30-07

  • Bass University adds Tulsa session

    Bass University adds Tulsa session

    The Bass University announced today that it's added Tulsa, Okla. to its lineup for 2014. The session will take place March 1-2 at the Crowne Plaza-Tulsa Southern Hills hotel.

    On the heels of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, we are very excited for the opportunity to bring The Bass University program to the greater Tulsa area,” said co-founder Mike Iaconelli, “The Tulsa, Okla. area has always been a hot bed of the bass fishing community. I couldn't think of a better place to bring some of the world’s best bass pros in an up-close and personal teaching environment.”

    Participants who register for the Tulsa session between now and Sunday (Dec. 8) receive a 15-percent discount on tuition. To sign up or obtain more information, click here.

  • BPS incentive program renewed for '14

    BPS incentive program renewed for '14

    Bass Pro Shops has announced it will continue to offer its Pro Tour Fishing Incentive Program in 2014.

    Pro anglers fishing the B.A.S.S. Elite Series, B.A.S.S. Opens, FLW Tour or PAA events can earn up to $2,000 for a tournament victory or $500 as the highest finishing Bass Pro Fishing Team member. In addition, there are incentives up to $5,000 for a championship win, up to $5,000 for Angler of the Year, and $500 for qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic, Forrest Wood Cup or Toyota Texas Bass Classic.

    Members also receive a Bass Pro Shops discount card, Preferred Rewards membership and tournament service crew support at many B.A.S.S. Elite level events.

    To learn more, you can click here to email program manager Rick Emmitt.

  • You see it, fish don't

    <b><font color=maroon>You see it, fish don't</font></b>

    Spiderwire's new Glow-Vis braid possesses a unique characteristic: It radiates above the surface of the water, but virtually disappears below. That feature allows an angler to watch for subtle pick-ups from highly pressured, line-shy fish.

    To learn more about it, click here to visit the Catch More Fish page.

  • Alabama's Baker leads Wild Card

    Alabama's Baker leads Wild Card

    Shaye Baker picked a good day to catch the biggest bass and biggest five-bass limit of his life. He weighed a 29-08 sack Thursday that was topped by 9-01 bruiser to take a 4 1/2-pound lead over fellow Alabamian and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Russ Lane at the Bassmaster Classic Wild Card.

    “I knew I was around some good fish,” said Baker, the 98th-place finisher in this year's Central Open points, “and I tried hard not to catch them during practice.”

    Baker was predictably closed-mouthed about his methods and location, but he did acknowledge that his catch came from pitching and flipping to aquatic vegetation in less than 5 feet of water. Though he wasn’t sight-fishing, he couldn’t be sure that some of his fish weren’t in the spawning process.

    As for location, Baker said that he was “in or around the Monkey Box,” a legendary fishing area on the west side of giant Lake Okeechobee.

    Just one good bass back is Elite pro Lane of Alabama with 25-00. He was more forthcoming about his methods, saying he was “pitching and punching a Big Bite Baits Real Deal Craw a in the hematoma color. Lane targeted heavy, matted vegetation for his limit, which included a lunker that weighed 8-06.

    “I used a 2- or 2 1/2-ounce sinker to penetrate the heavy weeds,” he said. “I had action all day long and caught about 40 keepers.”

    Chad Morgenthaler of Illinois ranks 3rd with 24-04. Greg Hackney of Louisiana is 4th with 21-15 and Ohio’s Fletcher Shryock rounds out the Top 5 with 20-13.

    The full complement of 49 anglers will compete again on Friday, after which the field will be cut to the Top 12 for the final round on Saturday.

    Here's a look at the initial Top 12:

    1. Shaye Baker: 29-08
    2. Russ Lane: 25-00
    3. Chad Morgenthaler: 24-04
    4. Greg Hackney: 21-15
    5. Fletcher Shryock: 20-13
    6. Jesse Tarconte: 20-06
    7. Bernie Schultz: 19-11
    8. Jeff Kriet: 18-10
    9. Gary Clouse: 17-15
    10. Patrick Pierce: 17-07
    11. Cliff Prince: 17-00
    12. Keith Poche: 16-15

  • Platinum Equity to go public?

    Marine-industry publication Soundings Trade Only reported today on speculation within the industry that Platinum Equity – the parent company of boat brands that include Ranger, Triton, Stratos and Champion – could be ready to make an initial public offering of stock in the company.

    A more efficient supply chain, increasing demand and a steady outlook were cited as incentives for the potential IPO. To read the article, click here.

  • Balog: Howell's onto something

    Balog: Howell's onto something

    In this week's edition of Balog's Bass War, Joe Balog examines Bassmaster Elite Series pro Randy Howell's unique relationship with primary sponsor King's Home. He wonders whether Howell might be laying a blueprint for other anglers to pursue such non-endemic deals that greatly benefit both parties.

    To read the column, click here.

  • 12 Days of Bassmas starts Dec. 9

    12 Days of Bassmas starts Dec. 9

    In an effort to bring a little bass fishing cheer to your holiday season, BassFan has teamed up with some of the biggest and best brands in fishing to bring you the 12 Days of Bassmas.

    We've scrapped the partridge and the pear tree and the drummers drumming and even the golden rings. In their place, you'll find an incredible collection of fishing tackle and gear.

    Starting Monday, Dec. 9 and running through Friday, Dec. 20, BassFans will have an opportunity to win some great fishing products from names like Shimano, G. Loomis, Jackall, PowerPro, Megabass, Bass Mafia, Z-Man Fishing, Rapala, LIVETARGET, Damiki, HydroWave, Amphibia, Halo Fishing, Pflueger, Missile Baits and Reins, some of which isn't even on store shelves yet.

    In all, BassFans will have more than 20 chances to win.

    Entering will be easy. Each morning (weekends included), a new giveaway will be posted at All you need is an email address to enter (we'll ask for your first and last name as well). We'll randomly select winners and announce them the following day. You'll only be allowed to win once.

    We hope you enjoy this holiday giveaway as much as we did putting it together. Happy holidays and good luck!

  • Tragedy keeps Fralick out

    Tragedy keeps Fralick out

    Up until 2 weeks ago, Jami Fralick had planned to compete on the 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series. However, the unexpected death of a good friend, who was also his off-season employer, has put the South Dakotan's career in limbo.

    Fralick told BassFan today that the money he earned as a soil-sample collector this fall is tied up in his late boss' estate, which is being contested by the deceased man's brother. At this point, Fralick doesn't know when – or if – he'll see it.

    "I make all my fishing money doing that job," he said. "I told B.A.S.S. that I just can't put $8,000 (the amount of the initial 2014 deposit) on a credit card right now, and then there's another $8,000 due in February. It was a very tough decision, but I've got to go with what seems like the best move at the time."

    He hopes to fish the FLW Tour, which doesn't require such substantial up-front deposits.

    "I'm going to miss Billy McCaghren and Brian Snowden and all my other friends on the Elites, but life goes on. I'm just going to have to pick myself up and move forward."

  • 2014 Elite Series field largest ever

    2014 Elite Series field largest ever

    B.A.S.S. announced today that 112 anglers are registered for the 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series, the largest field since the Elite Series began in 2006.

    Participation has hovered around 100 each year since 2008, when 109 anglers competed.

    “The demand for the Elite Series has been incredible,” said Bassmaster tournament director Trip Weldon. “Not only is this the largest field we’ve ever had, but it may be the strongest. It’s loaded with talented, world-class anglers.”

    The announcement comes after months of back and forth between B.A.S.S. and some Elite Series pros who stood to miss out on their chance to return to the tour next year due to an exceptionally low attrition rate and record-level commitment rates from Open competitors. In the end, B.A.S.S. opted to not enforce its rule that would've forced those who finished between 91st and 100th in points to re-qualify through the Opens.

    “It speaks volumes about the importance and impact of the Elite Series that 96 out of 100 Elite anglers wanted to return this year, and that 14 of the 15 Opens qualifiers have accepted invitations,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin.

    Mark Menendez and Byron Velvick will return to the Elite Series after using hardship exemptions to sit out 2013.

    Elite Series vets Jason Quinn, Jami Fralick, Clark Reehm and Matt Greenblatt are not on the 2014 roster.

    The 14-man rookie class may be the strongest ever, thanks to a slew of Open qualifiers who have strong FLW Tour résumés. The crop of newcomers is highlighted by reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion Randall Tharp as well as Jacob Powroznik, Brett Hite, Justin Lucas and Glenn Browne.

    The 112-man field features 11 former Angler of the Year winners and 11 Bassmaster Classic champions. Two-thirds of the competitors have won a Bassmaster tournament at some level.

    Following are the 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series anglers (italics denotes a newcomer to the Elite Series).

    > Tracy Adams, Wilkesboro, N.C.
    > Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C.
    > Scott Ashmore, Broken Arrow, Okla.
    > Joel Baker, Talala, Okla.
    > Josh Bertrand, Gilbert, Ariz.
    > Tommy Biffle, Wagoner, Okla.
    > Glenn Browne, Ocala, Fla.
    > Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark.
    > Brandon Card, Caryville, Tenn.
    > Brent Chapman, Lake Quivira, Kan.
    > Hank Cherry, Maiden, N.C.
    > Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla.
    > Rick Clunn, Ava, Mo.
    > Keith Combs, Huntington, Texas
    > John Crews, Salem, Va.
    > Cliff Crochet, Pierre Part, La.
    > Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark.
    > Ott DeFoe, Knoxville, Tenn.
    > Kurt Dove, Del Rio, Texas
    > Boyd Duckett, Guntersville, Ala.
    > James Elam, Tulsa, Okla.
    > Paul Elias, Laurel, Miss.
    > Edwin Evers, Talala, Okla.
    > Todd Faircloth, Jasper, Texas
    > Grant Goldbeck, Boerne, Texas
    > Shaw Grigsby Jr., Gainesville, Fla.
    > Greg Hackney, Gonzales, La.
    > Charlie Hartley, Grove City, Ohio
    > BJ Haseotes, Centerville, Mass.
    > Kevin Hawk, Guntersville, Ala.
    > Matt Herren, Trussville, Ala.
    > Kenyon Hill, Norman, Okla.
    > Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz.
    > Davy Hite, Ninety Six, S.C.
    > Jamie Horton, Centreville, Ala.
    > Tim Horton, Muscle Shoals, Ala.
    > Randy Howell, Springville, Ala.
    > Michael Iaconelli, Pittsgrove, N.J.
    > Kelley Jaye, Dadeville, Ala.
    > Alton Jones, Lorena, Texas
    > Kelly Jordon, Palestine, Texas
    > Steve Kennedy, Auburn, Ala.
    > Mike Kernan, Wylie, Texas
    > Kotaro Kiriyama, Moody, Ala.
    > Gary Klein, Weatherford, Texas
    > Jeff Kriet, Ardmore, Okla.
    > Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla.
    > Chris Lane, Guntersville, Ala.
    > Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala.
    > Kevin Ledoux, Choctaw, Okla.
    > Brandon Lester, Fayetteville, Tenn.
    > Jared Lintner, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
    > Bill Lowen, Brookville, Ind.
    > Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala.
    > Aaron Martens, Leeds, Ala.
    > Billy McCaghren, Mayflower, Ark.
    > Mike McClelland, Bella Vista, Ark.
    > Mark Menendez, Paducah, Ky.
    > Jared Miller, Norman, Okla.
    > Yusuke Miyazaki, Forney, Texas
    > Ish Monroe, Hughson, Calif.
    > Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, S.C.
    > Chad Morgenthaler, Coulterville, Ill.
    > Rick Morris, Virginia Beach, Va.
    > David Mullins, Mount Carmel, Tenn.
    > John Murray, Phoenix, Ariz.
    > Britt Myers, Lake Wylie, S.C.
    > James Niggemeyer, Van, Texas
    > Takahiro Omori, Emory, Texas
    > Cliff Pace, Petal, Miss.
    > Brandon Palaniuk, Rathdrum, Idaho
    > Chad Pipkens, Holt, Mich.
    > Clifford Pirch, Payson, Ariz.
    > Keith Poche, Pike Road, Ala.
    > Pete Ponds, Madison, Miss.
    > Chip Porche, Bixby, Okla.
    > Jacob Powroznik, Prince Grove, Va.
    > Cliff Prince, Palatka, Fla.
    > Matt Reed, Madisonville, Texas
    > Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif.
    > Derek Remitz, Grant, Ala.
    > Marty Robinson, Lyman, S.C.
    > Dean Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
    > Trevor Romans, Plano, Texas
    > Scott Rook, Little Rock, Ark.
    > Fred Roumbanis, Bixby, Okla.
    > Zell Rowland, Montgomery, Texas
    > Bradley Roy, Lancaster, Ky.
    > Joseph Sancho, New Windsor, N.Y.
    > Casey Scanlon, Shawnee Mission, Kan.
    > Bernie Schultz , Gainesville, Fla.
    > Terry Scroggins, San Mateo, Fla.
    > Morizo Shimizu, Osaka, Japan
    > Kevin Short, Mayflower, Ark.
    > Fletcher Shryock, New Philadelphia, Ohio
    > Michael Simonton, Fremont, Ohio
    > David Smith, Del City, Okla.
    > Brian Snowden, Reeds Spring, Mo.
    > Jeremy Starks, Scott Depot, W.Va.
    > Gerald Swindle, Warrior, Ala.
    > Randall Tharp, Port Saint Joe, Fla.
    > Dennis Tietje, Roanoke, La.
    > J Todd Tucker, Moultrie, Ga.
    > Jonathon VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.
    > Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.
    > Byron Velvick, Boerne, Texas
    > Greg Vinson, Wetumpka, Ala.
    > David Walker, Sevierville, Tenn.
    > Nate Wellman, Newaygo, Mich.
    > Jason Williamson, Aiken, S.C.
    > Kenneth (Boo) Woods, Oneida, Ky.
    > Chris Zaldain, San Jose, Calif.

  • Denali adds two on FLW side

    Denali adds two on FLW side

    Denali Rods announced that it's signed Georgia's Clayton Batts and Kentucky's Troy Hollowell to its pro staff. Both anglers will fish their initial FLW Tour campaigns in 2014.

    “We have been looking to expand our tour-level staff and feel that Clayton and Troy are going to make a positive impression on fans of the sport both on and off the water," said Denali president Scott Estes. "We look forward to both having a great future in this industry.”

  • 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, manufacturer of the Power-Pole shallow-water anchor, has extended its sponsorship agreement with the organization through the 2015 season.

    "The combination of tournaments, television shows, magazines and website, together with the best anglers in the world, provides a fantastic platform for us to showcase our products,” said JL Marine Systems VP Robert Shamblin.

    Said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin: “B.A.S.S. is proud to be part of a success story like Power-Pole’s. We feel we can help JL Marine Systems introduce even more anglers to the Power-Pole – one of the true recent inventions for bass anglers.”

    Power-Pole again will offer its Captain’s Cash bonuses in the Opens Series and in the Elite Series to anglers registered for the program and with boats equipped with a Power-Pole unit. At Elite events, the highest-finishing qualifying pro will earn an extra $1,000. At each Opens event, the highest-finishing qualifying angler will receive a $500 bonus.

  • Wild card field tops out at 49

    The Bassmaster Classic Wild Card, a 3-day tournament set for later this week at Lake Okeechobee, will feature a 49-angler field, well below the 175-boat field B.A.S.S. has targeted when it announced the event in October 2012. The winner of the tournament will claim the final berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

    The disclosure was made in a story posted at over the Thanksgiving holiday. B.A.S.S. typically does not publish field sizes or identities of registered competitors prior to competition. The event was open to all Elite Series anglers who failed to qualify for the Classic as well as anglers who competed in at least three Bassmaster Opens in 2013. The full field will fish the first 2 days and the Top 12 after day 2 will advance to the final day.

    Among the 49-man field are 13 Floridians, a list highlighted by 9-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Roland Martin. Shaw Grigsby, another Florida native, and former Classic champion Boyd Duckett are among 19 Elite Series anglers in the field.

    To view the entire field list, click here.

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