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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: 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 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

    <b><font color=purple>Toho: Morgenthaler’s Best Bets</font color></b>

    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, 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, 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.

  • Morgan adds The Rescue Light

    Morgan adds The Rescue Light

    Two-time defending FLW Tour Angler of the Year as added The Rescue Light to his sponsorship portfolio. The stern-mounted device aids in on-water navigation and makes boats easier to locate during times of distress.

    “There is not much Andy has not seen on the water, and his commitment to safety I have witnessed personally and first-hand in many different situations,” said marketing and sales coordinator Jason Hampson. “Andy’s time and experience on the water itself lead him to being an integral part of many boating safety programs in his home state of Tennessee. We are excited to have Andy and look forward to his input this year."

  • SHL Lures buys Sworming Hornet

    SHL Lures, LLC announced today it has completed the asset purchase of Sworming Hornet Lures, LLC, including but not limited to inventory, patents, and trademarks.

    SHL Lures owners Brandon Rickman and Jon Peterson are experienced entrepreneurs with multiple past successes in creating and building companies and consumer brands in the consumer big-box retail space, while also being enthusiastic and avid fishermen.

    “We are extremely excited about the future as we continue to build upon the company’s past success in creating quality products," Rickman said. "Our flagship product, the patented Fish Head Spin, which was successful in the recent 2015 Bassmaster Classic, has become a fixture in most tackle boxes around the country. Rick Steckleberg, the company’s founder, has done a fantastic job building a loyal following to the Fish Head Spin. We look forward to strengthening the brand by working in partnership with vendors, distributors, retailers, and most importantly, the fishermen.”

    SHL has plans to expand the line with new products, along with an increased focus on the established products like the Fish Head Spin, Fish Head Shaker and Fish Head Dudes.

  • Balog: Great time in Greenville

    Balog: Great time in Greenville

    Joe Balog was more than a little bit impressed with what he witnessed at the 2015 Bassmaster Classic, and not only from a fishing perspective. It was actually the fans and their tremendous enthusiasm for the event that left him nearly awestruck.

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

  • Five Spot: Mike McClelland

    Mike McClelland tells us who he’d like to fish a team tournament with and who among his competitors he thinks would have a solid career as an MMA fighter. Find out what else the four-time Elite Series winner had to say in the latest edition of the BassFan Five Spot (embedded video below).

    In case you missed last week's Five Spot with John Crews, you can click here to check it out.

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