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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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  • Balog: What's the best test?

    Balog: What's the best test?

    Joe Balog found himself in a debate with a friend recently over which type of tournament is best for determining the most skillful anglers – a slugfest or a tough-bite event. There are points to be made on both sides.

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

  • 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.

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