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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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  • Lew's renews FLW deal

    Lew's renews FLW deal

    FLW announced today that Lew's, the manufacturer of reels, rods and fishing accessories, has signed on as a sponsor for the second consecutive year.

    “Lew’s is a high-quality, well-respected brand," said FLW marketing president Trish Blake. "Their products are a favorite among our anglers and FLW is proud to continue our association with such a powerful brand.”

    Said Lew's CEO Lynn Reeves: “FLW has proven to be a good fit and marketing partner for the Lew’s brand and our products. As does FLW, we also have something for every level of tournament angler from weekend participants to top-tier Tour pros. We’re pleased to continue the relationship into 2015 and will be supporting some of the events with our tournament trailer and new angler incentive programs.”

  • Martens, Avena will join Ike

    Martens, Avena will join Ike

    Bassmaster Elite Series stalwart Aaron Martens and FLW Tour pro Adrian Avena will be Mike Iaconelli's guests for a holiday edition of Ike Live! The show will be live-streamed from 8 to 9:30 p.m. ET on Monday (Dec. 22) at

    The show will be followed by a discussion period during which viewers can call in or tweet.

  • Crews signs rod deal with Cashion

    Crews signs rod deal with Cashion

    Cashion Fishing Rods announced today it has signed Bassmaster Elite Series angler John Crews to its pro staff.

    “I joined Cashion Rods because the growth potential is huge with this company," Crews said. "Most companies have a top down approach and introduce a product to fit the market. Cashion is the exact opposite. They developed materials that lead to introducing superior fishing rods. With this company the product and materials used are everything.”

    Cashion's national sales manager Paul Benson said the company is excited to work with Crews, who joins FLW Tour angler Michael Neal and Elite Series angler Tracy Adams on the company's pro staff.

    “John Crews is the epitome of professional and he demands the best equipment available," Benson said. "In
    John’s position he could choose to work with any company, but he chose Cashion because of our innovation and vision."

    “2015 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet for Cashion Rods," added company founder Matthew Cashion. "We have a terrific team of top-level anglers, we are introducing new rod lines, and the Cashion Rods Tour will be the biggest and best ever."

  • Balog: Displacement could be devastating

    Balog: Displacement could be devastating

    Is releasing tournament-caught bass at locations that are many miles from where the fish entered an angler's livewell a practice that could be harmful to fisheries? Joe Balog, who holds a degree in fisheries biology, certainly believes so, and he's even more convinced after reviewing a recent study conducted at Lake Champlain.

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

  • Review: Megabass Orochi XX rods

    Review: Megabass Orochi XX rods

    Megabass has made a strong push into the North American bass fishing market over the last couple years with the introduction of the Orochi XX line of rods.

    At ICAST last summer, the Japanese tackle giant unveiled six new technique-specific models to be added to the Orochi family. Over the past several weeks, BassFan's Tim Carini has been able to test a couple of the new models.

    To check out his review of the new Megabass rods, click here.

  • Five Spot: Ott DeFoe

    Guess how many fish Ott DeFoe caught in his first tournament while fishing his dad? Not many. He also thinks reigning Elite Series Angler of the Year Greg Hackney "looks mean."

    Check out what else the Tennessee native had to say in the latest edition of the BassFan Five Spot (embedded video below).

    If you missed last week's Five Spot with David Dudley, you can click here to check it out.

  • King says he's cancer-free

    FLW Tour angler Stacey King received some positive news today from his doctors in his fight with squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer he was diagnosed with this spring.

    Following is a post from King's Facebook fan page from earlier today:

  • Sonar: Fun in front of the camera

    Sonar: Fun in front of the camera

    BassFan columnist Miles "Sonar" Burghoff has recently embarked on a new professional venture as co-host of a multi-species TV show. Filming for the initial season is in the books and he's finally had a little time to reflect on the whirlwind project that played out over the span of just a couple of months.

    To read the newest Sonar Sound-Off column, click here.

  • North Carolina's Gray gets last Classic slot

    North Carolina's Gray gets last Classic slot

    Brandon Gray of North Carolina dominated the 2-day individual portion of the Bassmaster Team Championship at DeGray Lake in Arkansas to claim the final berth for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.

    The 42-year-old occupational hearing conservationist (he conducts OSHA standard hearing tests for companies) was the only one of the six competitors to catch a limit on both days. His 20-03 total gave him a margin of victory of nearly 7 1/2 pounds.

    Gray said he'd come close to making the Classic three times through the Bassmaster Weekend Series National Championship. That route to the sport's premier event was supplanted by the Team Championship this year.

    “It’s been a long hard road for me,” he said. “The last 3 years I have fished it, I finished 2nd at Dardanelle and lost by 2 pounds, then lost by 2 pounds at Guntersville the year before and lost by about 3 pounds at Old Hickory last year."

    He thought spooning would be the best way to catch fish at DeGray, but changed his mind when the tactic produced only a couple of keepers in practice.

    “It’s all about making the right decisions, and I felt like I made the right decisions here,” said Gray, who decided to throw Norman DD22 crankbaits to catch his fish the last 2 days.

    The deep-diving crankbaits produced three keepers for him on Saturday, but the calm weather prompted him to make a switch. He completed his limit by catching two keepers on a 1/8-ounce shaky-head jig tipped with a black Zoom Trick Worm.

    Here are the totals for the six finalists:

    1. Brandon Gray: 20-03
    2. Jon Griffith: 12-12
    3. Royce Davis: 9-04
    4. John Stewart Jr.: 4-13
    5. Flannagan Fife: 3-00
    6. Todd Massey: 2-06

  • Navionics joins FLW sponsor ranks

    Navionics joins FLW sponsor ranks

    FLWhas announced a sponsorship agreement with electronic navigation giant Navionics. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    “The team at Navionics is committed to helping grow the sport of fishing,” said Trish Blake, FLW president of marketing. “Having them on board as a sponsor of FLW will greatly benefit our anglers, fans and the sport of professional bass fishing.”

    Founded in 1984, Navionics offers the world’s largest database of marine and lake charts, covering the salt waters of the entire planet as well as tens of thousands of lakes and rivers.

    “We put tremendous effort into developing products with content and features that are essential for anglers,” said Paul Michele, Navionics national sales manager. “And we are very excited about our partnership with FLW, which allows us to reach a very wide audience with our latest technologies."

  • Team Championship finalists DQd

    Team Championship finalists DQd

    B.A.S.S. announced today that the 2nd-place team in this week’s Bassmaster Team Championship on DeGray Lake, Arkansas, has been disqualified due to the use of an illegal bait. Members of that team have been replaced by the 4th-place team for the individual portion of the event that will determine a 2015 Bassmaster Classic berth.

    Tournament director Jon Stewart said the team of Brandon Gladish and Aaric Correll of Indiana was banished for violating Rule C7, which covers tackle and equipment.

    The rule states, “Any umbrella-type rigging, harness, or other device designed to hold more than one lure at a time – with or without hooks - is not allowed. Such rigging, harness, or device cannot be added to a single lure as described above. Traditional twin-arm spinnerbaits or buzzbaits are allowed. Trailer hooks and plastic trailers must be on the main hook of the bait; only spinner blades can be affixed to the arms. The head on the main stem may be hinged. On these spinnerbaits or buzzbaits, no more than two wires, with a maximum length of 6 inches, may extend off the main arm or body of the lure. The ‘head and hook’ portion of the lure must trail behind the blade or blades. B.A.S.S. officials have the sole authority to determine whether a lure is considered a single lure as defined above.”

    The team of Brandon Gray and Todd Massey of North Carolina moved into 2nd place, and the 4th-place team of Jon Griffith and John Stewart Jr. of Arizona moved to 3rd.

    Members of the Top 3 teams – including champions Flannagan Fife and Royce Davis of Arkansas – returned to the water today to compete individually for the Classic slot.

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