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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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  • Coble snares Kingston Open win

    North Carolina angler Jeff Coble became the first non-Canadian to win the Kingston Canadian Open after he tallied up 72.05 pounds over 3 days last weekend at Lake Ontario. Coble overcame a small deficit entering the final day with a 24.15-pound haul that saw him finish with the highest winning weight in the 5-year history of the event.

    According to a report in the Kingston Whig-Standard, a daring bit of fish management on the final day also aided Coble's cause as he made an hour-long ride back to shore to weigh in three fish after one of his keepers was showing signs of stress in his livewell. He ran back out to another spot and finished his stringer with two fish that weighed 11.15 pounds.

    Day-2 leader Doug Brownridge finished 2nd with 70.95. Two-time champion Cory Johnston was 3rd with 69.45.

    For complete tournament results, click here. To read the Whig-Standard's full report, click here.

  • BassFan shirts now available

    BassFan shirts now available

    BassFan long-sleeve t-shirts are now available for purchase.

    We have two different styles – a pre-shrunk 100% cotton version and a moisture-wicking style, both featuring the well-known BassFan logo in a distressed blue finish.

    Quantities are limited. To find out more, click here.

  • New gear: Team Lew's Lite Speed Spool

    New gear: Team Lew's Lite Speed Spool

    The reel engineers at Lew's continue to raise the bar when it comes to producing high-performance products to fit virtually any angler's budget.

    The new Team Lew's Lite Speed Spool, introduced at ICAST earlier this month, is attractive to look at and even more fun to fish. At 5.6 ounces, it's feather-light but still packs all the durability and casting ease BassFans have come to expect from the new generation of Lew's reels.

    To hear more from Jay Yelas about the newest addition to the Lew's reel family, click here.

  • Bondy's dropshot bait hits shelves

    Bondy's dropshot bait hits shelves

    Former Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jon Bondy, a guide at Lake St. Clair, dropped a note over the weekend to announce that his dropshot bait, the Bondy Perch, is now available at retail outlets. It was chosen the top new dropshot bait for 2014 by Outdoor Canada magazine.

    Bondy says it's effective anywhere that bass eat perch. It's sold at select dealers and online at

  • Balog: Must-haves and other stuff

    Balog: Must-haves and other stuff

    As promised, Joe Balog checks in today with some observations from last week's ICAST show in Orlando, Fla. He came across a lot of noteworthy stuff – some he'd like to use himself and some that ... well, might appeal to somebody else.

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

  • New gear: Megabass I-SLIDE and Orochi XX Leviathan rod

    New gear: Megabass I-SLIDE and Orochi XX Leviathan rod

    BassFan stopped by the Megabass booth at ICAST last week and caught up with reigning Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Aaron Martens to hear about two of the company's new products that should catch the eye of swimbait anglers.

    To read and hear more about the new I-SLIDE swimbait and Orochi XX Leviathan rod, click here.

  • Report: Elites back to Sabine in '15

    Rumors about the 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule were rampant in the aisles of ICAST last week. There's talk of a Western swing to Lake Havasu and the California Delta at the start of the season and possibly using the St. Lawrence River as the venue for BASSFest, should B.A.S.S. opt to repeat the concept that seemed to be a hit at Lake Chickamauga last month.

    It was reported in March that the Elite Series will return to the St. Lawrence in August 2015.

    Another event appears to be locked in at this point as a report in Tuesday's Orange County (Texas) Record says the Elites will be returning to the Sabine River in March of next year.

    The dates mentioned in the report are March 19-22, 2015 with Orange, Texas, serving as the host city and Stark Cultural Venues lending its support as it did when the Elites first came to the Sabine in 2013. That event was a runaway success in terms of attendance and the financial impact on the local economy. Organizers are hoping for even better results next year.

    “We really didn’t know what to expect that first year. They have a huge fan base and following,” Ida Schossow, president of the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce, told the newspaper. “We began working on this one the day after the 2013 one.”

    To read the full report, click here.

  • PAA schedule update: Two down, two to go

    The Professional Anglers Association (PAA) website was updated recently with new information about the 2014 tournament schedule.

    It was previously reported that Douglas Lake would be the venue for a tournament on Oct. 16-18, but the dates have been changed to Sept. 25-27. It was moved because of a conflict with a Major League Fishing event.

    In addition, the PAA will have a tournament at Kentucky Lake on Oct. 9-11 with Moors Resort and Marina in Gilbersville, Ky., serving as the launch facility.

    The remaining two events are still being planned, according to the PAA website.

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