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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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  • PRADCO buys Bandit Lures

    PRADCO buys Bandit Lures

    PRADCO Outdoor Brands, the parent company of YUM, Booyah, Rebel and other lure manufacturers, announced today that it's acquired Mississippi-based Bandit Lures.

    Bandit was founded in 1976 by Jim Winter, who launched a series of spinnerbaits at that time. In 1980, the company exploded onto the crankbait scene with introduction of the 200 Series, which was followed by other models.

    Former Bandit owner Chris Ross will remain on board as a brand manager.

    “I’ve lived and breathed Bandit for the past 21 years and it’s an extremely important part of my life,” he said. “I’m very excited that it’s becoming a part of the PRADCO family. I look forward to working with the new team and feel very good about the future of Bandit. PRADCO has proven over time that it cares deeply about historic fishing lure brands such as Heddon, Arbogast, Bomber and many others.”

    The Bandit operation in Mississippi will be shut down immediately and the business will be operated from PRADCO's Fishing Division in Fort Smith, Ark. All product development and marketing functions will be managed in Fort Smith.

    “Bandit is an iconic brand with a strong crankbait product set for bass fishing,” said Bruce Stanton, VP and GM of PRADCO's Fishing Division. “Chris Ross has done a tremendous job with product development – particularly colors – and will be an important part of the brand going forward.”

  • Pace will fish Norman Open this week

    Pace will fish Norman Open this week

    Cliff Pace, the 2013 Bassmaster Classic champion who missed the entire 2014 Elite Series season while recovering from a broken leg, will return to tournament competition this week at the Lake Norman Southern Open.

    Pace's name is listed among the 147 pros slated to compete in the final Bassmaster Open of the season. It'll be his first B.A.S.S. tournament since competing in the Elite Series All-Star event last September in Michigan.

    The Southern Open at Lake Norman begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. To read the entire angler roster, click here.

  • TBF headed for Grand Lake again

    TBF headed for Grand Lake again

    The Bass Federation, FLW and the Student Angler Federation announced recently that the Grand Lake Association and Grove, Okla., will host the TBF Federation National Championship for a third consecutive year. Additionally, the TBF/FLW High School Fishing National Championship will be added to the event.

    Both events will be held on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees April 23-26, 2015, launching out of Wolf Creek Park in Grove, and will be held in conjunction with the FLW Tour event being held just across the state line on Beaver Lake in Rogers, Ark.

    "Without a doubt there is not a better facility to host these events in the country today," said TBF national president Robert Cartlidge. "It was by the anglers' choice from our survey information from past years that led us back to Grand Lake for an unprecedented third year. Grand Lake is an awesome fishery with something for every type of angler, so it truly is anyone's event to win."

    The TBF National Champion boater and co-angler will advance to the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup. The winning boater also will receive the $100,000 "Living the Dream" prize package to include a prize check, fully paid entry fees on the 2016 FLW Tour as a pro, travel expense stipends for each event and use of a "Living the Dream" wrapped Chevy truck and Ranger boat for the year. The top co-angler will receive fully paid entry fees into the Rayovac FLW Series division of choice.

  • FLW, B.A.S.S. to expand no-fly zones in 2015

    The advent and growing popularity of remote-operated drones or quad-copters this year has prompted both FLW and B.A.S.S. to revise their "fly over" rules to prohibit the use of such camera-equipped devices at the tour level in the future.

    Both circuits are still putting the finishing touches on their tournament rules for the 2015 season, but officials with both organizations confirmed to BassFan today that use of remote-controlled drones will now fall under the rules that prohibit contestants from flying over tournament waters during off-limits, official practice and competition days.

    "Our 2015 rules will not be released for another couple of weeks, but I can tell you that our intent is to prohibit the use of drones for the purposes of locating fish or otherwise gaining a competitive advantage during practice and competition," said Dave Precht, B.A.S.S.'s vice president of communications.

    As it's currently written, Elite Series Rule C3.ii reads, "Flying over tournament waters, other than a ticketed commercial airline, is prohibited during off-limits, official practice and competition unless approved by the Tournament Director."

    FLW will be adding language regarding drone use to the final paragraph of FLW Tour Rule 5 that states, "Flights over tournament waters are not permitted beginning with the start of the off-limits period, extending through practice and competition days."

    "I don't think there a lot of people who would try to do it," said FLW tournament director Bill Taylor. "It takes somebody with quite a skill set to operate one of those, but it's something we have discussed internally and will be addressing."

    Remote-control drones equipped with action cameras such as GoPros or iONs have had a more visible presence at tour events over the last couple years, but have been mainly used by media outlets or anglers' sponsors to capture tournament footage. A drone being used during the Bassmaster Classic this year crashed into the waters of Lake Guntersville while its on-board camera was shooting footage of Randall Tharp.

    Some anglers have purchased drones for personal use and the new rules will ensure they won't be used to gain a competitive advantage, especially at pre-spawn tournaments where the aerial view provided by drones could help competitors easily identify locations of spawning fish.

  • A hundred grand for a lure?

    The Outdoor Wire published a story today on the world's most expensive antique lures. You probably don't have any of these sitting in a tackle box in the rafters of your garage, but with a couple of them carrying six-figure price tags, it might be worth a quick look.

    For more, click here.

  • Balog: To fish or not to fish

    The long delay at the Elite Series Angler of the Championship poured more fuel on the age-old debate about whether bass tournaments belong on the Great Lakes.

    Joe Balog weighs in on his stance in the newest installment of Balog's Bass War, here.

  • Sonar: Big adjustment coming

    Sonar: Big adjustment coming

    With one Bassmaster Southern Open remaining, Miles Burghoff still has faint hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Classic and Elite Series. If those don't materialize, he'll make some major moves for 2015 that'll temporarily put his quest to reach the tour level on hold.

    To read newest Sonar Sound-Off, click here.

  • Report: Platinum shopping Ranger

    News organization Reuters reported Monday that Platinum Equity is seeking a buyer for Ranger Boats.

    Reuters cited three sources in its report, which indicated a second round of bidding is set for next month, despite assertions that there could be some problems with the process.

    Platinum Equity acquired Ranger, and several other boat brands, as part of its acquisition of bankrupt Genmar Holdings in 2010. Platinum bought nearly all of Genmar's assets for $70 million.

    There was no mention of whether Triton or Stratos would be part of any sale involving Ranger. Both Triton and Stratos are also Platinum Equity properties and are made in Flippin, Ark., home of Ranger since 1968.

    Earlier this year, Platinum liquidated its Rec Boat Holdings (Four Winns, Glastron, Wellcraft and Scarab) to the Bénéteau Group, but maintained control of Fishing Boat Holdings, which includes Ranger, Stratos and Triton.

    To read the complete article, click here.

  • Updated Classic field

    Now that the dust has settled and the waves have calmed after the Angler of the Year Championship at Lake Michigan concluded on Monday, the field for next year's Bassmaster Classic has come more into focus.

    There are still three events remaining – Lake Norman Southern Open, B.A.S.S. Nation Championship and the new Bassmaster Team Championship – that will determine the final spots in the Classic, but the majority of berths have been claimed. Below is a rundown of who's headed to Lake Hartwell next February.

    2015 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers
    (* denotes double qualifier; # denotes Classic berth to Elite Series AOY points since Mark Tyler didn't fish all Central Opens; ^ denotes Pace received injury exemption)

    Automatic berths

    > Lake Seminole Elite Series: Brett Hite*
    > St. Johns River Elite Series: Chris Lane*
    > Table Rock Lake Elite Series: Mike McClelland*
    > Toledo Bend Elite Series: Jacob Powroznik*
    > Lake Dardanelle Elite Series: Jason Christie*
    > Lake Chickamauga BASSFest: Jacob Wheeler
    > Delaware River Elite Series: Mike Iaconelli*
    > Cayuga Lake Elite Series: Greg Hackney*

    > Lake Amistad Central Open: Andy Young
    > Red River Central Open: Stephen Browning
    > Arkansas River Central Open: Mark Tyler #

    > Lake Toho Southern Open: Van Soles
    > Lewis Smith Lake Southern Open: David Kilgore
    > Lake Norman Southern Open (Oct. 2-4):

    > Douglas Lake Northern Open: Ott DeFoe*
    > Lake Champlain Northern Open: Shinichi Fukae
    > Detroit River Northern Open: Chad Pipkens

    > Bassmaster College Classic champion: Brett Preuett (University of Louisiana-Monroe)
    > B.A.S.S. Nation Division champions (Nov. 6-8):
    > Bassmaster Team Championship winner (Dec. 10-13):
    > 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion: Randy Howell*
    > 2013 Bassmaster Classic champion: Cliff Pace^

    2014 Elite Series AOY Points

    > Todd Faircloth
    > Aaron Martens
    > Mark Davis
    > Keith Combs
    > Skeet Reese
    > Jared Lintner
    > Dean Rojas
    > Casey Ashley
    > Justin Lucas
    > Randall Tharp
    > Gerald Swindle
    > Matt Herren
    > Brandon Palaniuk
    > Chad Morgenthaler
    > John Crews
    > David Walker
    > Scott Rook
    > Edwin Evers
    > Paul Elias
    > Cliff Crochet
    > James Niggemeyer
    > Brandon Lester
    > Morizo Shimizu
    > Bill Lowen
    > Bobby Lane
    > Brian Snowden
    > Andy Montgomery
    > Clifford Pirch
    > Takahiro Omori
    > Kevin Short

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