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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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  • Five Spot: Cody Meyer

    Cody Meyer wants to visit Europe and Japan … and go fishing with a goat? In the latest edition of the BassFan Five Spot (embedded video below), the FLW Tour angler also tells us about his first rod and reel and what he remembers about his first tournament experience.



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

  • Harper's role with FLW shifting

    Harper's role with FLW shifting

    Jason Harper, who helps emcee FLW Tour events and serves as co-host of FLW's TV programming, will see his role change in 2015.

    No formal announcement has been made about the changes, but Harper posted a message on social media recently indicating he was seeking a full-time job.

    When contacted by BassFan regarding Harper's status, FLW provided the following statement:

    "We’re revamping our television show for 2015 and it will no longer require a full-time host. So, Jason will be a contracted employee. He will still be working with FLW, working events and providing content for our website."

  • Yamamoto inks agreement with FLW

    Yamamoto inks agreement with FLW

    FLW and Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits have announced a sponsorship agreement for the 2015 season. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

    “Gary Yamamoto has been a fixture on the Walmart FLW Tour for more than 13 seasons,” said Trish Blake, FLW president of marketing. “His high-quality baits are used by anglers across the world and are a natural fit to join the FLW sponsor lineup for 2015.”

    The company was founded by FLW Tour pro Gary Yamamoto more than 30 years ago in Page, Ariz. Perhaps best known for the Senko, which has likely produced more tournament winnings than any other single lure over the past decade, it produces a full line of popular soft plastics and recently expanded into hard baits as well.

    I’ve fished the FLW Tour for over a decade and I want to continue to be associated with an organization that supports anglers at all levels,” said Yamamoto. “They run a premium operation. I would not partner up with an organization that didn’t share my commitment to quality.”

  • Lee brothers sign deal with Solar Bat

    Lee brothers sign deal with Solar Bat

    Brothers Jordan and Matt Lee, who'll be rookies on the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2015, have signed sponsorship deals with Solar Bat Sunglrasses.

    "Solar Bat is extremely pleased to be partnering with Jordan and Matt Lee to design and develop a line of performance sunglasses," said Solar Bat CEO and president Gary Nesty. "I believe Matt and Jordan have already established themselves as outstanding competitors and their star status in the bass fishing world will mount as they gain experience. Their accomplishments to date are impressive, to say the least. We already have design work completed and are ready to debut the new line for Christmas sales."

    Said Matt Lee: "We are happy to be associated with a cutting-edge performance fishing sunglass company like Solar Bat. We have already designed some great products and are excited to be wearing the new sunglasses on the 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series."

  • Creme picks up Cherry

    Creme picks up Cherry

    Creme Lure Company announced this week it has signed Bassmaster Elite Series pro Hank Cherry to a sponsorship deal for the 2015 season.

    Creme is the company that made what most anglers consider the largest impact on bass fishing when Nick and Cosma Creme release the first soft plastic worm back in 1949. Today, Creme Lure Company continues to produce and create soft plastic baits for anglers of many species of fish, including both freshwater to saltwater, at prices every angler can afford.

    "Creme Lure Company produces great soft plastic baits," Cherry said. "I look forward to showing the bass fishing market that they can buy these baits for far less than others and still catch fish, even at the highest level of bass fishing. I would't even consider fishing any bait that I didn't think I could catch fish and win tournaments with. Creme's entire product line is full of baits that can do that."

    Added Chris Kent of Creme Lure Company, "Hank is a quality individual with the skills to be one of the best anglers in the world. His work ethic and business aptitude shows in his tournament results and reputation in the bass fishing industry. We are proud to have Hank on our team, and working with us to continue to develop quality and affordable products for bass fisherman everywhere."

    To learn more, visit www.cremelure.com.

  • Cherry pushing to raise awareness of rare disease

    Cherry pushing to raise awareness of rare disease

    Bassmaster Elite Series angler Hank Cherry is hoping to raise awareness and funding for Sanfilippo Syndrome research after he learned the daughter of a longtime friend had been diagnosed with the disease.

    Sanfilippo Syndrome is a rare terminal disorder that affects 1 in every 70,000 young children.

    “There are so many diseases and ailments out there that get a lot of attention and support, while the tragic Sanfilippo Syndrome remains virtually unknown,” Cherry said. “I‘d like to change that.”

    Children with Sanfilippo Syndrome are born without a vital enzyme that breaks down complex carbohydrates in the cells. Over time, the waste products build up and cause severe brain damage and an early death, typically before their teenage years. There is currently no cure or treatment for the syndrome.

    It wasn’t until earlier this year that Cherry learned about Sanfilippo Syndrome.

    “My college roommate’s daughter was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome,” Cherry said, referring to 10-year-old Abby Grace Ferguson, the daughter friend John Ferguson and his wife Wendy.

    Ever since learning of Abby Grace’s diagnosis, he has spent many hours researching and educating himself about Sanfilippo Syndrome. He’s making it his objective to not only raise money for his friend’s family and to offset medical expenses, but to raise awareness so that future diagnosed children have a better chance at a longer life.

    “I’d love nothing more than for researchers and doctors to heal Abby Grace, but it’s also important to fund the research so that future kids have a chance as well,” Cherry said. “Today, it’s Abby Grace, tomorrow it could be your kid, my kid, or any kid for that matter.”

    Cherry isn’t alone in his efforts to raise money for Sanfilippo Syndrome research. Earlier this fall, fellow Elite Series angler J Todd Tucker hosted his annual Songwriters Quail Hunt and through an auction in conjunction with the event more than $5,200 was raised for the Abby Grace Foundation. Jacob Powroznik, the reigning Elite Series rookie of the year, also donated the funds to bring the Ferguson family to the 2015 Bassmaster Classic at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina in February. Cherry plans to host the Ferguson family at the Classic and make sure Abby Grace and her family have a great time.

    Cherry and Ferguson played college baseball together at UNC-Pembroke, where former teammates of theirs, headed up by Jason Lockhart, hosted a fundraiser called Strike Out Sanfillipo to raise additional funds for both research and the Ferguson family.

    For more information about Sanfillipo Syndrome and Abby Grace, visit the Abby Grace Foundation’s Go Fund Me website at www.gofundme.com/abbygracecure.

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