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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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  • Siller still up with 1 day left

    Siller still up with 1 day left

    Four tour-level winners are among the Top 5 in the standings at the Lake Champlain Bassmaster Northern Open with 1 day to go. The lone exception in that quintet is leader Scott Siller, who'll attempt to nail down a wire-to-wire victory on Saturday.

    Siller, a policeman from Milwaukee, Wis., boxed 19-02 on day 2 to give him a 39-02 total. He has a 1-02 edge over FLW Tour standout Shinichi Fukae.

    “Yesterday was a really awesome day after the weigh-in to be on the top of a Bassmaster leaderboard,” Siller said. “It was like a birthday all day long, so I almost didn’t want today to come around.”

    “(Friday) was a tough day. I had a couple of fish I wished I could have culled out.”

    He caught two keeper bass early on a jig, but when he couldn’t get any more bites, he switched to a square-bill crankbait. On the second cast with the plug, he caught a 5-pounder.

    “I stuck with that for a while and then went back to the jig; I just mixed it up a bit to try to figure out what would trigger the fish to bite."

    Siller didn’t throw the square-bill in practice.

    “I am not a big crankbait fisherman, but the conditions and the cover and structure I was fishing pointed toward a crankbait."

    Fukae caught 19-03 on day 2 to move up two places to 2nd. Former tour pro and longtime Champlain ace Dave Wolak was 3rd, followed by Mike Iaconelli and Aaron Martens.

    Here are the totals for the 12 competitors who advanced to the final day:

    1. Scott Siller: 39-02
    2. Shinichi Fukae: 38-00
    3. Dave Wolak: 37-02
    4. Mike Iaconelli: 36-15
    5. Aaron Martens: 36-02
    6. Sam George: 35-10
    7. Chris Daves: 35-08
    8. Jordan Lee: 34-08
    9. Micah Frazier: 34-04
    10. Ott DeFoe: 34-03
    11. Kotaro Kiriyama: 34-02
    12. Sean Wilkes: 33-14

  • Two dead in boat wreck near San Diego

    Two anglers, ages 20 and 21, were killed at El Capitan Lake near San Diego Thursday evening when the boat they were fishing from was stuck by a bass boat that was allegedly traveling in excess of the lake's 35-mph speed limit.

    To read a report on the incident from, click here.

  • Rapala Giveaway: Guess Ike's Delaware River weight

    <b><font color=red>Rapala Giveaway: Guess Ike's Delaware River weight</font color></b>

    It's no secret that Mike Iaconelli is in need of a couple strong finishes at the end of the Elite Series season if he has any hope of qualifying for next year's Bassmaster Classic. The New Jersey resident will have what many feel will be a home-water advantage at the upcoming Delaware River Elite Series, which starts Thursday in Philadelphia, Pa.

    We've teamed up with Rapala to bring BassFans an opportunity to win some of Ike's personal favorite baits, including some that were just released at ICAST last month. Simply tell us what weight you think Ike will finish with at the Delaware and you could take home the Rapala prize pack.

    To check out the contest details and enter your guess, click here.

  • Wisconsin cop grabs Champlain lead

    Wisconsin cop grabs Champlain lead

    Scott Siller, a 44-year-old policeman from Milwaukee, Wis. who's in his second season of competing in the Bassmaster Northern Opens, took the day-1 lead in the event at Lake Champlain on Thursday with a stringer weighing 20 pounds even.

    “I really didn’t have a very good practice,” he said. “I had a couple of areas where I caught some big fish (largemouth), and I went in there today and within an hour and a half I had about 20 pounds.”

    Siller held a 10-ounce lead over Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mike Iaconelli, who sacked 19-06. Iaconelli, who's in the midst of a mediocre season on the Elite trail, may need a victory to get into the 2015 Bassmaster Classic barring a big move up the standings in the final two regular-season events and the AOY championship. He secured his berth in this year's Classic by winning the Open at Lake Erie last September.

    Ryan Cooper was 3rd with 19-01, followed by FLW Tour standout Shiniki Fukae in 4th with 18-13. Richard Nitkiewicz, making his debut at the Open level, completed the Top 5 with 18-11.

    Here's a look at the initial Top 12:

    1. Scott Siller: 20-00
    2. Mike Iaconelli: 19-06
    3. Ryan Cooper: 19-01
    4. Shinichi Fukae: 18-13
    5. Richard Nitkiewicz: 18-11
    6. James Vitaro: 18-09
    7. Jordan Lee: 17-13
    8. Joseph Wood: 17-09
    9. Aaron Martens: 17-07
    10. Dave Wolak: 17-06
    11. Chris Daves: 17-03
    12. Richard McCrone: 17-02

  • Tackle Grab to launch race-related contest

    Tackle Grab to launch race-related contest

    Tackle Grab announced this week the 2014 Rods, Reels and Racing online sweepstakes. Working with partner, Earnhardt Outdoors, the lifestyle brand founded by siblings Kerry Earnhardt, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., the two organizations will offer three prizes for participants who “Like” the Tackle Grab Facebook page or spread the word about the contest via the Facebook “Share” function.

    The sweepstakes prizes include:

    > Grand Prize (one winner): One all-expenses paid trip for two to the stock car race weekend in Homestead, Florida in November, a meet-and-greet with Kerry, Kelley and Dale Earnhardt Jr., and a private fishing excursion with Kerry Earnhardt. Prize includes round-trip airfare, four nights hotel accommodations, $500 spending cash and two tickets to all three series races.

    > Second Prize (five winners): Each winner receives a Dobyns rod and a Daiwa reel.

    > Third Prize (10 winners): Each winner receives Tackle Grab apparel and 3-month credit for gift membership.

    For more information, go to

  • Bloomberg looks at meter madness produced a story this week about the ongoing battles among depthfinder manufacturers concerning the rights to technological advancements. It notes that more than a half-dozen U.S. patent-infringement suits have been filed in the past year between the five top makers of marine electronics, including three complaints lodged over the past 2 months.

    To read the article, click here.

  • Go where the fish live – literally

    Got any scuba gear lying around? If so, you might consider taking it along the next time you go fishing to turn the excursion into a three-dimensional affair.

    The YouTube video embedded below was shot at Green Lake in Minnesota.

  • 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

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