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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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  • Peek snatches lead with 18-05 sack

    Peek snatches lead with 18-05 sack

    Alabama's Richard Peek, an FLW Tour rookie this year, built a lead of nearly 3 pounds at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship Friday as he caught an 18-05 stringer that gave him a 2-day total of 31-04.

    I was pretty much a phone call away from not even coming to the tournament, said Peek, whose wife is due to give birth to the couples first child this weekend. But I decided to come on over and Im glad I did.

    Its all about timing right now. Yesterday I had a good flurry at about 1 oclock and I caught three of the fish I weighed-in in that window. Today it happened around 10 a.m. and it was over by 11 a.m., but I caught four of my keepers in six casts."

    He said the places he's keying on contain a lot of laydowns and other structure.

    It's all close to creek channels and bends, and I think when the fish pull up to feed you catch them. Today the wind got up after lunch. I dont know if Ill even be able to fish some of my places tomorrow because the waves might be too big.

    Right behind Peek in 2nd place is veteran Chris Baumgardner of North Carolina with 28-06.

    Here's are the numbers for the anglers who'll be back on the water for the final day:

    1. Richard Peek: 31-04
    2. Chris Baumgardner: 28-06
    3. (tie) Todd Auten: 28-00
    4. (tie) Zach Birge: 28-00
    5. George Kapiton: 27-15
    6. Randy Haynes: 25-12
    7. Jay Yelas: 25-03
    8. Chris McCall: 25-00
    9. Casey Gallagher: 24-08
    10. Bryan Thrift: 24-03

  • The biggest of them all

    The Outdoor Hub published a story today on world-record bass of several species. It contains some interesting tidbits and the highlight is a video by Kentucky Afield honoring David Hayes, who set the smallmouth standard with his 11-15 monster from Dale Hollow Lake in 1955.

    For more, click here.

  • Kapiton takes early lead at Wheeler

    Kapiton takes early lead at Wheeler

    Florida's George Kapiton caught an 18-02 stringer on day 1 to grab the initial lead at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship at Alabama's Wheeler Lake. He holds a half-pound lead over FLW Tour pro and Tennessee River stalwart Randy Haynes.

    I thought I could catch a good bag today, said Kapiton. I had a tough practice, but I stumbled onto something on the third day so I knew the potential was there.

    It could have been even better. I left my area when I had four bass and I had lost a big one. Then I stumbled onto a 6-pounder on a bluff on the main lake right before the end of the day.

    Despite changing weather conditions in the forecast, Kapiton was confident that he could carry his day-1 success forward.

    I have one area that I have to myself, but it is very small, he said. My other main area has about a half-dozen boats in it, but nobody is doing what Im doing. Its a long ride to my area it took me 45 minutes to get there today, and it might take twice as long tomorrow. Im really trying to manage my fish each day. I dont know how many fish are there and that is the only thing I have going.

    Kapiton was understandably coy about his presentation details, but did say that he caught all of his fish on one bait, though he used others throughout the day.

    Here's how the early Top 10 stacks up:

    1. George Kapiton: 18-02
    2. Randy Haynes: 17-10
    3. Koby Kreiger: 17-06
    4. Todd Auten: 15-00
    5. Casey Gallagher: 14-14
    6. Joe Holland: 14-08
    7. Scott Canterbury: 14-03
    8. Adrian Avena: 14-00
    9. Mark Tucker: 13-15
    10. Mike Brueggen: 13-07

  • Crews' head games

    Bassmaster Elite Series pro John Crews is often faced with several tough decisions each day while in the heat of tournament competition. Some of them have to do with fishing, some don't.

    Check out the video below as he explains a dilemma he's come up against frequently in recent tournaments.




  • Balog: The back-seater dilemma

    Balog: The back-seater dilemma

    Joe Balog has a great deal of experience competing in high-level events and knows the impact that co-anglers can have on the outcome of those derbies. In the wake of FLW's recent decision to limit their participation at the Tour level, he examines how the advancement model (co-angler eventually morphs into pro) does not appear to be working at any level of the sport.

    To read the newest Balog's Bass War, click here.

  • Five Spot: Stetson Blaylock

    In this week's installment of the BassFan Five Spot, FLW Tour angler Stetston Blaylock offers up an interesting take on who his ultimate fishing partner would be if he could take anybody fishing for a day.



    In case you missed last week's Five Spot with Russ Lane, you can click here to check it out.

  • BFL fees, payouts up

    BFL fees, payouts up

    FLW recently posted an article on its website detailing the changes for 2015 in its grassroots BFL series. Entry fees will see a slight increase across the board, but payouts will also go up and more competitors will qualify for regional competition.

    For the full story, click here.

  • Swindle recounts 22-foot fall

    Swindle recounts 22-foot fall

    Bassmaster Elite Series angler Gerald Swindle, who also co-hosts Moultrie's The Hit List on Outdoor Channel, details a recent fall from a treestand in a story published today on OutdoorChannel.com. Unlike Cliff Pace, who was forced to miss this year's Bassmaster Classic and Elite Series season after a similar fall last January, Swindle suffered no debilitating injuries, but he was in a great deal of pain before and during the AOY Championship at Michigan's Bays de Noc.

    To read the story, click here.

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