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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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  • TTBC announces music lineup

    TTBC announces music lineup

    The Toyota Texas Bass Classic has announced the concert lineup for the 2015 event, which takes place Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25) at Lake Fork. Concerts will be headlined by Billy Currington on Saturday, May 23; Lee Brice on Sunday, May 24 and Rodney Atkins and Joe Nichols on Monday, May 25.

    “It is an exciting musical lineup this year,” said TTBC tournament director Lenny Francoeur. “Combining country music’s biggest stars, the best bass anglers in the world, large outdoor expos and countless fan-friendly activities, the ninth year of TTBC promises to be one of the most exciting yet.”

    Tickets go on sale March 11 and will be available online at www.ToyotaTexasBassClassic.com, as well as Toyota dealerships, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Brookshire’s Grocery Stores and Kim’s Convenient Stores throughout east Texas.

  • Chapman to challenge everyday anglers

    Chapman to challenge everyday anglers

    Bassmaster Elite Series angler Brent Chapman is in the process of creating a TV show that will have him squaring off against everyday anglers around the country. Potential contestants for Brent Chapman's Pro vs. Joe Hometown Challenge can submit their applications at www.BrentChapmanFishing.com (click on the Pro vs. Joe icon in the upper right corner).

    The show will put contestants in Chapman's boat for a 4- to 6-hour competition on the challenger's home body of water.

    "I look forward to seeing a bunch of new bodies of water and meeting grassroots anglers from all over," Chapman said. "I imagine I will learn a lot. That's the great thing about fishing – you can never know everything. I also think I will be able to share my experience and knowledge with the challengers. If it goes as planned, we should both end the day better fishermen."

    Chapman said he's been working on the show concept for several years now.

    "I've always wanted to have a show. Having a friendly competition with grassroots-level anglers is something that I think a lot of viewers will relate to. Currently we are working on several different ways of distribution of the show. Right now we aren't ready to announce where it will air. One thing's for sure, it's going to be pure reality TV. I'm hoping we don't end up with shows where no fish are caught, but if that's what happens, then that's what we'll show.

    "We will be selecting 13 challengers in 2015 from all over the country. We'll be filming most of the shows on off weeks between Elite Series events. This year we'll be traveling from coast to coast, which makes filming in almost any state a possibility."

    Selections will be made throughout the year starting in the next few weeks and continuing through early fall.

  • Line can make muscles

    An international team of scientists has discovered that fishing line can be combined with thread to produce powerful artificial muscles. Such muscles may eventually be used for applications in which superhuman strengths are sought, such as robots and exoskeletons.

    To read the report, click here.

  • FLW signs Boat Bling

    FLW signs Boat Bling

    FLW announced this week that Boat Bling, the manufacturer of boat-detailing products, has joined the organization's sponsor list for 2015.

    “Boat Bling’s detailing products have been embraced by our anglers on the Walmart FLW Tour,” said Patterson Leeth, FLW vice president of marketing. “This partnership allows us to continue to showcase their products to our broad consumer base of anglers, members and their families, and we look forward to continuing to help them reach this loyal audience.”

    Boat Bling will be represented on the FLW Tour by anglers Cody Meyer, Cody Kelley, Michael Murphy and Troy Hollowell.

    In conjunction with its sponsorship, Boat Bling announced the “2015 Boat Bling Challenge – Beat a Pro, Win a Boat” contest. One entrant will win a VIP trip to the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Ark. Airfare, hotel and VIP access will be given to the winner, as well as the opportunity to fish against a Boat Bling pro on Aug. 24. If the winner catches more weight than the pro, the contestant will win $1,000 and a chance at a brand new Ranger boat worth $50,000.

  • Berkley trailer going to Springfield

    Berkley trailer going to Springfield

    The Berkley Experience Trailer will be at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo. for a 3-day stop next weekend (March 13-15). The trailer, now in its 10th year of traveling the country, offers entertainment and education to anglers of all ages and skill levels.

    Highly trained Berkley professionals are on hand to provide in-depth knowledge on products, knot-tying, line selection and how to select the best baits to "Catch More Fish."

    "The Experience Trailer is a great way to step into our world," said Berkley brand marketing manager Chris Hockley. "Our team loves to provide insight into what has been helping anglers catch more fish for many years."

    Upcoming stops will be at the Bassmaster Elite Series opener in Orange, Texas (March 20-22) and Cabela's in Budd, Texas (March 27-29).

    For more information about the trailer, click here.

  • Daniels excited about Circuit Breaker role

    Daniels excited about Circuit Breaker role

    Former TBF National Championship winner and second-year tour pro Mark Daniels Jr. will be featured this year on the FLW YouTube series Circuit Breaker. A native of California formerly employed as an agricultural biologist, Daniels moved his entire family (wife and three children) to Alabama last year to pursue a career in professional fishing.

    He follows Casey Martin, who starred during the show's first season in 2013, and Chad Grigsby and J.T. Kenney, who shared the role last year.

    "I'm really excited about it and I was happy to even be considered as a candidate," Daniels said. "This game's all about exposure and being in this position will definitely make me more visible."

    He unsure weather the constant attention he'll receive from FLW camera operators will affect his fishing.

    "I'm not 100 percent sure because we haven't done any filming in a tournament yet," he said earlier this week. "There might be a few times when having a camera in my face won't be an ideal situation, but for me the overall objective is bigger than that inconvenience."

  • Evers, Optima team up to help troops

    Evers, Optima team up to help troops

    Bassmaster Elite Series angler Edwin Evers and Optima Batteries have announced a new effort to raise awareness and funds for America’s combat-wounded Purple Heart veterans and their needs, as well as heal their physical and emotional wounds.

    Together with the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIA), Evers and Optima will kick off the “Healing Heroes in Action Tour” on March 12, before the official practice period for the Sabine River Elite Series in Orange, Texas.

    The tour will feature four other events coinciding with Evers’ travels on the tournament trail. At each event, Evers will partner with a combat-wounded Purple Heart veteran identified by WWIA to compete in a head-to-head fishing contest. The two-man challenger team will be selected by an online auction held on Evers’ Facebook page.

    The schedule is as follows (exact bodies of water will be announced, but will be within driving distance of the Elite Series sites):

    > March 14 – Orange, Texas
    > April 4 – Guntersville, Ala.
    > May 30 – Paris, Ten.
    > July 25 – Waddington, N.Y.
    > Aug. 8 – Cecil County, Md.

    All funds raised through this effort will go to WWIA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to serving the nation's combat-wounded Purple Heart veterans by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities. The foundation will identify those who will fish with Evers and will provide transportation, lodging and assistance for them at the chosen body of water.

    Optima and Evers’ other sponsors will be providing additional resources for the events and prize packages for both the veteran and the highest-bidding team, who will compete against Evers and his partner.

    “Edwin Evers and Optima Batteries share a deep admiration and appreciation for the sacrifice made by our troops who serve at home and abroad,” said Cam Douglass, marketing director for Optima Batteries. “We decided to team up with Wounded Warriors in Action to give deserving veterans the experience of a lifetime and at the same time, raise needed funds for an organization that is all about providing healing experiences in the outdoors for those who need it most.”

    For those interested in the chance to compete head-to-head against Evers and his partner, supporting this worthwhile cause and receiving a gear package from Evers’ sponsors, visit Facebook.com/EdwinEversFishing and watch for posts indicating auction times and dates.

    “I hear from people all the time who say they would love to fish with or even against me,” said Evers. “Now is their chance to do just that, and to sweeten the deal, each team will get some incredible gifts from my very generous sponsors and the opportunity to help our nation’s combat-wounded veterans in a really special way.”

    Information about the first outing can be found below in this post from Evers' Facebook page:

    For more information on the Healing Heroes in Action Tour, to find out how to donate or bid on the chance to fish against Evers and his veteran partner at one of the events, please visit OptimaBatteries.com.

  • Balog: Classic pressure-cooker

    Balog: Classic pressure-cooker

    For the second straight year, Joe Balog spent the first 2 days of the Bassmaster Classic observing competitors as a marshal. In this week's edition of Balog's Bass War, he discusses how the pressure of the sport's biggest event might prevent anglers having slow days from punting their original game plans and trying something radically different.

    To read the column, click here.

  • Ashley, Lane cash in

    Ashley, Lane cash in

    Casey Ashley and Bobby Lane’s 1st- and 2nd-place finishes at the Bassmaster Classic, along with their longtime participation in Toyota Bonus Bucks, has netted them $7,500 and $2,500 in respective cash bonuses.

    Ashley has bought four Toyota Tundras in his relatively short and highly decorated pro career.

    “Yep, this is my fourth Tundra that I’m driving right now, and to me, the pulling power is the best feature of a Tundra,” he said. “All you gotta do is change the oil and rotate the tires and it’ll carry you as far as you want to go."

    “This is the second Toyota Tundra I’ve owned,” said Lane. “It’s not only the toughest looking truck out there, but it’s also by far the best towing truck I’ve ever been in."

    By registering for Bonus Bucks, if you’re lucky enough to catch a few fish, you can make plenty of truck payments with your Bonus Bucks cash too. And you don’t even have to win your tournament to get the money, you just have to be the highest finishing Bonus Bucks angler.

    You don't have to be a top pro to win bonuses from Toyota; you simply have to be the highest eligible finisher in your qualified Bonus Bucks event. To learn the specifics of the program, check out www.ToyotaTrucksBonusBucks.com or call (918) 742-6424.

  • Five Spot: Ish Monroe

    Find out who Ish Monroe would like as a team tournament partner and what his favorite amusement part ride is in the latest edition of the BassFan Five Spot (embedded video below).



    To check out last week's Five Spot with Mike McClelland, you can click here to check it out.

  • Toho: Morgenthaler’s Best Bets

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    A new addition to our Elite Series and FLW Tour coverage in 2015 will be a Best Bets feature for which BassFan will be asking an angler from a different circuit to give us his Top 4 picks and a dark horse along with their perspectives for the upcoming event (for example, we'll quiz an FLW Tour angler for Elite Series events and vice versa).

    For this week’s Lake Toho FLW Tour, we tapped Elite Series angler Chad Morgenthaler for obvious reasons. As a former FLW tour pro himself, he’s pretty familiar with many of the competitors and, more importantly, he won the Bassmaster Southern Open at Toho back in January.

    Here are Chad’s picks to click:

    1. Andy Morgan
    > Morgenthaler says: “I just think it’ll set up to fish to his strengths. He’s a solid all-around angler and if it’s tough, it’s going to play into his hands.”

    2. Stacey King
    > Morgenthaler says: “He fishes slow and methodically and I think he’ll catch ‘em that way.”

    3. Jacob Wheeler
    > Morgenthaler says: “I know he’s been practicing his flipping a lot and he’s getting better and better at it. ”

    4. Drew Benton
    > Morgenthaler says: “He was all over me the first two days (of the Open) and he had a good idea of what was going on.”

    DH. Larry Nixon
    > Morgenthaler says: “He’s fished Florida for years now and if the worm bite turns on, it’ll be stupid.”

  • Case against Monroe closed

    The online court docket for the case against pro angler Ish Monroe in Osceola (Fla.) County Court says the case was closed Feb. 27.

    Monroe was arrested on Jan. 16 and charged with misdemeanor battery after he was involved in a scuffle on the water with fellow angler Keith Poche during the Lake Toho Bassmaster Southern Open. Monroe was released on $1,000 bond that day and was subsequently sanctioned by B.A.S.S. along with Poche for their roles in the altercation.

    The docket indicates Monroe was due to be arraigned in Osceola County Court on Feb. 27 and he entered a not guilty plea on Feb. 4. No trial date was set and the case was closed last week.

    George D. Cranton, Jr., who is listed as Monroe’s attorney on the case summary, had no comment when reached by BassFan on Tuesday afternoon.

    “The court docket says the case is closed and I’d rather not comment any further,” Cranton said.

  • New gear: Easy2Hook Flipping Hook

    New gear: Easy2Hook Flipping Hook

    Worried about your knot-tying abilities or whether your knot is strong enough to hold up when you're reeling in that kicker fish?

    Ever thought of skipping the whole knot-tying process altogether?

    A few years ago, the folks at Easy2Hook developed a hook that eliminated the need for a knot and allows anglers to maximize their line strength. Now, they've added a flipping hook to their arsenal.

    To learn more, click here.

  • Pay to the order of Powroznik

    Pay to the order of Powroznik

    Jacob Powroznik walked into the Bassmaster Classic press conference immediately after his 5th-place finish and spotted “LEER Cover Cash” officials beginning to add ink to an oversized cardboard check.

    “I won the Cover Cash, didn’t I?” Powroznik inquired confidently to the folks from LEER.

    Yes, indeed. While he fell 7 pounds short of Casey Ashley’s winning total, obviously the emotional hoopla of the bass fishing’s biggest event didn’t detract from the likeable Virginia pro knowing exactly who among the top pros had won the $1,000 cash bonus from LEER.

    Perhaps that’s one of the greatest things about Cover Cash – like Powroznik, you don’t have to win your tournament to win the cash. You simply have to be the highest finishing eligible “Cover Cash” participant in hundreds of sanctioned B.A.S.S., FLW, and top team tournaments such as American Bass Anglers, Lady Bass Anglers Association, Alabama Bass Trail, Arkansas Bass Team Trail, Bass Champs, D & R Sports Center Team Trail, McNider Marine Iron Man Series, Nichols Marine, Platinum Team Trail, Priority Automotive James River Team Series, Skeeter XFL, Texas Team Trail, Masters Walleye Circuit, National Walleye Tour, AIM Walleye Tournament Series, and more. Click here for a complete list of 2015 Cover Cash-supported events.

    “Not only are the Cover Cash bonuses awesome, but I also love my LEER because I can pack for a 4- or 5-week road trip and have everything I need packed in a dry and safe place,” said Powroznik. “I’ve got life jackets, outboard props, spare depthfinders, clothes, a boat cover and dang near every lure I own in my Tundra thanks to the added space my truck cap provides.”

    Anglers who purchase or already own a LEER truck cap or tonneau can sign up for Cover Cash for free at LEERCoverCash.com, or by calling (918) 742-6424. Once signed-up, the highest finishing LEER participant in any of the LEER-approved tournaments will earn a cash bonus ranging from $150 to $1,000.

  • Fishidy re-ups with FLW

    Fishidy re-ups with FLW

    FLW recently announced a sponsorship renewal with map-based fishing social network Fishidy. The platform allows members to connect with other anglers, log catches and share spot information with differing levels of privacy via its website and mobile app. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Patterson Leeth, vice president of marketing at FLW, said, “Fishidy’s innovation and engagement make them a perfect fit for FLW. We’re excited to integrate and share their unique fish-finding tools, interactive maps and social network with our passionate fan base.”

    Said Fishidy CEO Brian Jensen: “We’ve seen that tournament anglers continue to be one of our most engaged and valued customer segments. Our partnership with FLW and the exposure they provide for us have proven to deliver added quality to our membership base that will continue to position Fishidy as the premier platform for real-time fishing information and social interaction.”

  • Miyazaki goes with Suzuki

    Miyazaki goes with Suzuki

    Suzuki Motor of America has announced that Elite Series pro Yusuke Miyazaki has joined the company's pro fishing team and will run a Suzuki outboard motor in 2015.

    "I'm very excited about running a Suzuki motor this season," Miyazaki said. "Over the last 5 years, Suzuki motors have become popular in the bass fishing market in Japan. In fact, I've heard that Suzuki is so dependable and durable that a lot of my friends in Japan are using a Suzuki motor on their bass boats. I'd like everyone in the U.S. to know the advantages of having a Suzuki motor."

    Miyazaki will run a Suzuki 250SS outboard on his Ranger boat this season.

    "We are glad to have Yusuke Miyazaki as a Suzuki pro fishing team member," said a Suzuki representative. "He knows a great deal about the outboard motors and bass fishing markets both in the U.S. and Japan and we look forward to seeing more Suzuki motors in bass fishing tournaments in the future."

  • Ashley, Lane on Ike Live!

    Ashley, Lane on Ike Live!

    Bassmaster Classic champion Casey Ashley and runner-up Bobby Lane will join Mike Iaconelli on Ike Live! this evening. The show, which is streamed from www.MikeIaconelli.com, gets under way at 8 p.m. EST and will be followed by a free-form fan call-in/tweet-in at 9:30.

  • Toho's warming up

    Word coming out of central Florida is that an approaching warm front is expected to push a bunch of fish into spawning mode, possibly just in time for the start of the FLW Tour season opener at Lake Toho on Thursday.

    Luke Clausen, who won the Bassmaster Classic at Toho in 2006, didn't have a dynamite start to practice so he's hopeful the rising temperatures will trigger some bigger fish into biting. Jay Yelas spent most of Sunday getting re-acclimated to the Kissimmee chain and noted the drastic change is vegetation in Toho since his last visit in 2008.

    To check out their full day-1 recaps, click here to read out Pro View Report.

  • Sonar: A productive Classic

    Sonar: A productive Classic

    Miles Burghoff spent his time at the 2015 Bassmaster Classic trying to make inroads for his new TV show, Sweetwater. In the latest edition of Sonar Sound-Off, he reveals how some advice he's gotten from some well-respected industry insiders have helped him raise his own level of professionalism.

    To read the column, click here.

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