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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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  • Want to discover your "fish personality"?

    Have you ever wondered which of the world's many fish species your personality most resembles? Probably not. If you're even mildly interested in discovering the answer, however, a quiz that purports to pinpoint your place in the piscatorial realm is now available.

    The multiple-choice exercise, developed by a couple of European academic types, was launched this week by the fishing social media app FishBrain. To take it, click here.

  • New gear: Abu Garcia Revo Beast

    New gear: Abu Garcia Revo Beast

    Like to heave big baits while searching for big bass? The Abu Garcia Revo Beast, winner of the best new freshwater reel award at ICAST 2014, is packed with features that have big-fish hunters in mind.

    From an oversized spool to the super-sized handle and 22 pounds of drag, the Beast will give you the tools to overpower just about any bass in any situation. To learn more, click here.

  • Hall tabs King, Allen, Wirth, Huntley

    Hall tabs King, Allen, Wirth, Huntley

    Two veteran competitors, a successful entrepreneur and a prolific writer comprise the 2015 class of inductees for the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.

    Professional anglers Stacey King and Harold Allen will be joined by Bill Huntley of Bumble Bee Baits and T-H Marine fame and longtime Bassmaster Magazine writer Don Wirth as they latest honorees. The quartet will be inducted on the eve of the Bassmaster Classic (Feb. 19) at a banquet in Greenville, S.C.

    “These four gentlemen have all lived their lives with the best interests of the sport of bass fishing always front and center,” said BFHOF president Sammy Lee. “On behalf of the members, past inductees and board of directors of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, I commend Harold, Bill, Stacey and Don for their contributions to the sport. The are all very deserving and we hope all the fans of the sport of will join us in celebrating their induction with them this coming February.”

    Following is a brief biographical sketch of each inductee (listed in alphabetical order):

    > Harold Allen – One of the original members of the “Hemphill Gang” of professional anglers and guides on Toledo Bend Reservoir, Allen competed in 263 B.A.S.S. tournaments, winning one and finishing in the Top 5 in four out of the 15 Bassmaster Classics for which he qualified. He was the runner-up in the ’81 Classic on the Alabama River by less than a pound to Stanley Mitchell. He finished "in the money" 115 times in B.A.S.S. events, including 61 Top-20 showings and continues to compete in FLW tournaments. One of the pioneers of deep-water structure fishing, he shares his expertise in plastic-worm fishing with thousands of anglers during his guided fishing trips, seminars and video programs.

    > Bill Huntley – Huntley and his wife Pat started Bumble Bee Bait Company in 1967, making spinnerbaits and jigs at night on the kitchen table. He had several sales reps helping to sell his lures, even though their primary business was to sell parts and accessories to the marine industry. Realizing there were many items he could use in his boat that simply were not available, he began to manufacture those needed parts and found much success in the marine industry. After selling Bumble Bee Baits in 1983, he remained in the marine industry and became a partner of T-H Marine Supplies, basically a small machine shop with one product to sell — a power trim switch for outboards that mounted on the throttle/gear shift handle. The second product T-H Marine introduced was a foot-operated trolling motor control switch. Today, the company is one of the largest manufacturers of accessories for the boating industry in the U.S. At age 81, he still competes in local bass tournaments and remains active in product development for T-H Marine.

    > Stacey King – King has fished for bass since he was big enough to hold a rod and reel and guided on his favorite body of water, Table Rock Lake, for many years. He became excited about tournament fishing about the time Ray Scott started B.A.S.S. and competed in local and regional tournaments until the early 1980s, when he began fishing B.A.S.S events. He qualified for 12 Bassmaster Classics and has also fished the FLW Tour, where he has qualified for four Forrest Wood Cups. He served on the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame and the Professional Anglers Association boards of directors and won the BFHOF tournament on Lake Ouachita in 2001 and the PAA tournament on Table Rock in 2011. He's also known for appearing often on fishing shows, specifically “The Bass Pros." As much as catching fish himself, he enjoys working with kids and teaching people of all ages about fishing.

    > Don Wirth – One of the most prolific writers on the bass fishing scene, Wirth's articles and photos appear regularly in Bassmaster, B.A.S.S. Times, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, In-Fisherman, North American Fisherman and other outdoor publications. A winner of numerous awards for his writing, photography and video work in his 40-year-plus career, he also consults in the bass boat industry. A resident of Nashville, Tenn., Wirth sold his first article to Bassmaster Magazine in 1970 and has written for virtually every issue of the publication since. Among Bassmaster readers, he’s perhaps best known for his humor series "The Adventures of Harry ’n’ Charlie," but his other columns – "The Weekend Angler," "Bass Fishing Basics" and "A Day on the Lake with a Pro" – have made him a favorite of pros and other bass anglers throughout the world.

    In addition to the formal induction ceremonies, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame's annual dinner also includes an auction featuring bucket-list fishing trips, premium rods and reels, hunting gear and special fishing-celebrity memorabilia. Details on the dinner’s location and time will be announced at a later date.

    For more information, visit or the BFHOF Facebook, or call (888) 690-2277.

  • PRADCO buys Bandit Lures

    PRADCO buys Bandit Lures

    PRADCO Outdoor Brands, the parent company of YUM, Booyah, Rebel and other lure manufacturers, announced today that it's acquired Mississippi-based Bandit Lures.

    Bandit was founded in 1976 by Jim Winter, who launched a series of spinnerbaits at that time. In 1980, the company exploded onto the crankbait scene with introduction of the 200 Series, which was followed by other models.

    Former Bandit owner Chris Ross will remain on board as a brand manager.

    “I’ve lived and breathed Bandit for the past 21 years and it’s an extremely important part of my life,” he said. “I’m very excited that it’s becoming a part of the PRADCO family. I look forward to working with the new team and feel very good about the future of Bandit. PRADCO has proven over time that it cares deeply about historic fishing lure brands such as Heddon, Arbogast, Bomber and many others.”

    The Bandit operation in Mississippi will be shut down immediately and the business will be operated from PRADCO's Fishing Division in Fort Smith, Ark. All product development and marketing functions will be managed in Fort Smith.

    “Bandit is an iconic brand with a strong crankbait product set for bass fishing,” said Bruce Stanton, VP and GM of PRADCO's Fishing Division. “Chris Ross has done a tremendous job with product development – particularly colors – and will be an important part of the brand going forward.”

  • Pace will fish Norman Open this week

    Pace will fish Norman Open this week

    Cliff Pace, the 2013 Bassmaster Classic champion who missed the entire 2014 Elite Series season while recovering from a broken leg, will return to tournament competition this week at the Lake Norman Southern Open.

    Pace's name is listed among the 147 pros slated to compete in the final Bassmaster Open of the season. It'll be his first B.A.S.S. tournament since competing in the Elite Series All-Star event last September in Michigan.

    The Southern Open at Lake Norman begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. To read the entire angler roster, click here.

  • TBF headed for Grand Lake again

    TBF headed for Grand Lake again

    The Bass Federation, FLW and the Student Angler Federation announced recently that the Grand Lake Association and Grove, Okla., will host the TBF Federation National Championship for a third consecutive year. Additionally, the TBF/FLW High School Fishing National Championship will be added to the event.

    Both events will be held on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees April 23-26, 2015, launching out of Wolf Creek Park in Grove, and will be held in conjunction with the FLW Tour event being held just across the state line on Beaver Lake in Rogers, Ark.

    "Without a doubt there is not a better facility to host these events in the country today," said TBF national president Robert Cartlidge. "It was by the anglers' choice from our survey information from past years that led us back to Grand Lake for an unprecedented third year. Grand Lake is an awesome fishery with something for every type of angler, so it truly is anyone's event to win."

    The TBF National Champion boater and co-angler will advance to the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup. The winning boater also will receive the $100,000 "Living the Dream" prize package to include a prize check, fully paid entry fees on the 2016 FLW Tour as a pro, travel expense stipends for each event and use of a "Living the Dream" wrapped Chevy truck and Ranger boat for the year. The top co-angler will receive fully paid entry fees into the Rayovac FLW Series division of choice.

  • FLW, B.A.S.S. to expand no-fly zones in 2015

    The advent and growing popularity of remote-operated drones or quad-copters this year has prompted both FLW and B.A.S.S. to revise their "fly over" rules to prohibit the use of such camera-equipped devices at the tour level in the future.

    Both circuits are still putting the finishing touches on their tournament rules for the 2015 season, but officials with both organizations confirmed to BassFan today that use of remote-controlled drones will now fall under the rules that prohibit contestants from flying over tournament waters during off-limits, official practice and competition days.

    "Our 2015 rules will not be released for another couple of weeks, but I can tell you that our intent is to prohibit the use of drones for the purposes of locating fish or otherwise gaining a competitive advantage during practice and competition," said Dave Precht, B.A.S.S.'s vice president of communications.

    As it's currently written, Elite Series Rule C3.ii reads, "Flying over tournament waters, other than a ticketed commercial airline, is prohibited during off-limits, official practice and competition unless approved by the Tournament Director."

    FLW will be adding language regarding drone use to the final paragraph of FLW Tour Rule 5 that states, "Flights over tournament waters are not permitted beginning with the start of the off-limits period, extending through practice and competition days."

    "I don't think there a lot of people who would try to do it," said FLW tournament director Bill Taylor. "It takes somebody with quite a skill set to operate one of those, but it's something we have discussed internally and will be addressing."

    Remote-control drones equipped with action cameras such as GoPros or iONs have had a more visible presence at tour events over the last couple years, but have been mainly used by media outlets or anglers' sponsors to capture tournament footage. A drone being used during the Bassmaster Classic this year crashed into the waters of Lake Guntersville while its on-board camera was shooting footage of Randall Tharp.

    Some anglers have purchased drones for personal use and the new rules will ensure they won't be used to gain a competitive advantage, especially at pre-spawn tournaments where the aerial view provided by drones could help competitors easily identify locations of spawning fish.

  • A hundred grand for a lure?

    The Outdoor Wire published a story today on the world's most expensive antique lures. You probably don't have any of these sitting in a tackle box in the rafters of your garage, but with a couple of them carrying six-figure price tags, it might be worth a quick look.

    For more, click here.

  • Balog: To fish or not to fish

    The long delay at the Elite Series Angler of the Championship poured more fuel on the age-old debate about whether bass tournaments belong on the Great Lakes.

    Joe Balog weighs in on his stance in the newest installment of Balog's Bass War, here.

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