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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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  • Ramada renews deal with B.A.S.S.

    Ramada renews deal with B.A.S.S.

    Ramada Worldwide will return in 2013 as an official supporting sponsor of the Bassmaster Elite Series. Ramada also signed on as the title sponsor of the third event of the Elite season, set for April 18-21 at Arkansas' Bull Shoals Lake

    “Ramada is proud to be a sponsor of B.A.S.S. for the sixth year in a row,” said Mark Young, brand senior VP of Ramada Worldwide. “We know B.A.S.S. members are the most avid fishing enthusiasts and we want them to know that we are here to take care of them for all their lodging needs."

  • Berkley trailer heads to Classic

    Berkley trailer heads to Classic

    The Berkley Experience Trailer will be at the Bassmaster Classic Expo in Tulsa, Okla. this Friday through Sunday (Feb. 22-24). The 60-foot trailer provides fun and fishing education for anglers of all levels.

    Features include updated videos, knot-tying seminars, contests and product demonstrations. The Berkley Experience staff will be on hand to answer questions.

    "We are excited about having the Experience Trailer at the 2013 Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Okla., and stopping at many new locations across the country," said Berkley marketing director Andrew Marks. "Our Experience Trailer team is ready to help anglers of all ages and skill levels learn about our broad spectrum of products and how best to use them to catch more fish."

    Each stop has special retail promotions available only while the trailer is at the location. These include not only line and bait, but rods, reels and combos.

    Upcoming stops will be at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo. (March 1-3) and St. Louis, Mo. (March 8-10).

  • iRod signs FLW pro Frazier

    iRod signs FLW pro Frazier

    California-based rod manufacturer iRod Fishing has added FLW Tour angler Micah Frazier to its national pro staff, where he joins Fred Roumbanis and Marty Stone.

    "Micah is Mr. Consistent on the FLW Tour," said iRod owner Matt Newman. "To cash checks in 13 of 17 events is no small feat. He first caught my eye last year when he finished 2nd on Lake Hartwell, behind only my good friend Brent Ehrler. There's no doubt Micah has a bright future and I want iRod Fishing rods to be a part of it."

    Said Frazier: "I've been using these rods for a few months now and I am impressed. They are light, strong and sensitive and I know they'll help my fishing."

  • Duckett Fishing adds 3 Elites

    Duckett Fishing adds 3 Elites

    Duckett Fishing Owner and CEO Boyd Duckett announced today that Bassmaster Elite Series anglers Kenyon Hill, J. Todd Tucker and Byron Haseotes have joined the company’s pro staff.

    “We are delighted that Duckett Fishing is growing, and we’re pleased to announce that these three terrific anglers have joined our professional staff,” Duckett said. “Kenyon, and J Todd bring a great deal of experience to our team, and Byron is a terrific angler with a lot of good finishes ahead of him.”

    Hill, Tucker and Haseotes join Elite Series anglers Terry Scroggins, Kelly Jordon, Timmy Horton, Byron Velvick, Jason Quinn, Jason Williamson and Pete Ponds and FLW veteran Chris Baumgardner on the Duckett Fishing team.

  • Kinami bags Blaylock

    Kinami bags Blaylock

    Kinami baits announced that it's added FLW Tour angler Stetson Blaylock to its pro staff.

    "I've always fished Kinami and Yamamoto products – there's probably not a pro angler anywhere who doesn't," he said. "They are without question the best soft-plastic bait makers in the world. Their baits have helped me earn many checks over the years and I know they will be a big part of many more."

    Said Yamamoto and Kinami pro-staff director Ron Colby: "We’ve known Stetson for quite a while and we like the way he handles himself on and off the water. He's a consummate professional and a future star in our sport. We are especially proud of the fact Stetson has been using our products successfully for years. It just made sense to add him to our pro team.

  • Elite event at Falcon gets title sponsor

    Elite event at Falcon gets title sponsor

    Rigid Industries, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of high performance LED lighting products, will be the title sponsor of the second event of the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series, B.A.S.S. announced today.

    The Rigid Industries Falcon Slam will take place March 21-24 on Falcon Lake out of Zapata, Texas.

    “The collaboration to align functional LED lighting that improves safety on boats, trucks and trailers with an organization that cares about their community and fan base the way B.A.S.S. does is an incredible opportunity that we’re extremely excited about,” said Dave Davis, director of sales for Arizona-based Rigid Industries.

    Said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin: “We are proud to have the Rigid Industries’ name and reputation paired with our premier tournament trail, the Bassmaster Elite Series. B.A.S.S. members and fans who have not had a chance to see the LED lighting products from Rigid Industries are in for a treat.”

    The sponsorship is an extension of Rigid Industries’ foray into professional bass fishing. The company recently signed Elite pro Brandon Palaniuk to be on its “Torture Team.” Palaniuk’s truck and boat are wrapped to showcase the Rigid logo and graphics.

  • Elite Tungsten picks up Pace

    Elite Tungsten picks up Pace

    Elite Tungsten announced today that it's signed Bassmaster Elite Series angler Cliff Pace of Mississippi to a sponsorship agreement.

    “I am very excited to be a part of the Elite Tungsten pro staff," he said. "I’m a big fan of their weights. Whether you fish for a living or are a weekend angler, every bite counts and using Elite Tungsten weights ensures that I capitalize every time.”

    Said Elite Tungsten owner Jimmie Underwood: “We are proud to have Cliff on board. What makes us proud also is that Cliff has been a big fan of Elite Tungsten. If anyone knows Cliff, they know that he is very picky about his tackle. He’s a great angler and we look forward to working with him in the future.”

  • Livingston brings Rago into fold

    Livingston brings Rago into fold

    Livingston Lures continues to make waves in the fishing industry. Recently, they inked Jeff Kriet, Randy Howell and reigning Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Brent Chapman to its pro staff.

    Now, the Texas-based company is bringing one of the top lure designers in the business into the fold. Jerry Rago, known across the industry for his large swimbait designs, will work with Livingston on a new Pro Series of hardbaits with considerable input coming from Kriet, Howell and Chapman.

    “It’s exciting to get to build these baits to what they want instead of trying to get them to fish what I want them to fish,” Rago told BassFan on Sunday. “I think it’ll come together really well.”

    The California-based Rago, who operates his own company (Rago Baits), has designed baits that have won three Elite Series events, including consecutive tournaments in early 2010 (Bryon Velvick at Clear Lake and Skeet Reese at Smith Mountain Lake). He presently holds six lure design patents, including one for his Rago Bait Ball umbrella-style rig that was formally awarded earlier this month.

    "We sat down with our pros a few weeks ago and discussed their ideas,” said Livingston Lures CEO Fred Battah. “After that meeting, we knew we needed someone special to design these baits. We have some great concepts in the works, and they should be ready to preview at ICAST in July. When we looked for bait designers around the world one name kept coming up – Jerry Rago. There are very few single bait designers that have made tour level event-winning baits, and even fewer that have won multiple tour level events. What we found most amazing is the number of wins that have come on his baits, and he only has a few dozen baits in total. That ratio of wins to designs is amazing."

    Rago has crossed paths before with Howell and also Chapman as he worked with Tightlines UV (one of Chapman’s sponsors) on soft-plastic designs. He’s anxious to get started on crafting some hardbaits, which will feature Livingston’s unique sound vibration technology.

    “It’s just a little, tiny thing and that part just blows my mind,” he said. “It’s not just about one sound either. It’ll be a match-the-hatch type of deal. I've been designing hard baits of all shapes, sizes and actions for years. I have many customers who are extremely successful with many of my non-swimbait designs. Truth be told, non-swimbait style baits are easier to design than swimbaits. With swimbaits we are looking to replicate the exact movement of a fish. With traditional baits, swim actions are much easier to create. Using lips, body shape and weight dispersion I can create baits to exactly match the action and look that the Livingston pros want."

  • Brauer wins at T-Bend

    Brauer wins at T-Bend

    Semi-retirement seems to be suiting Denny Brauer pretty well.

    The 17-time B.A.S.S. winner, who stepped away from Elite Series competition following the 2012 season, added his first FLW trophy to his showcase today as he closed out the victory at the Toledo Bend Texas EverStart. His 17-00 stringer today gave him a 3-day total of 57-08.

    “It feels awesome,” said Brauer. “It was definitely a struggle today and I went through a lot of different emotions all day long wondering if I was going to end up with enough weight to win. I am totally elated.

    “I really didn’t see a lot people out there doing what I was doing. That’s the neat thing about Toledo Bend. It’s such a good lake and there is so much cover that boat docks are not the premier player here. Most people ignore the docks. The fact that I had them all to myself probably enabled me to win the tournament.”

    Dustin Grice, who started the day in 2nd behind Brauer, caught 16-15 to retain the runner-up slot with 53-12. Stephen Johnston was 3rd with 46-06.

    Here’s a look at how the Top 10 finished up:

    1. Denny Brauer: 57-08
    2. Dustin Grice: 53-12
    3. Stephen Johnson: 46-06
    4. Jeromy Francis: 46-04
    5. Todd Castledine: 45-04
    6. Jim Tutt: 45-03
    7. Keith Combs: 45-02
    8. Andrew Upshaw: 39-08
    9. Kelly Owens: 34-08
    10. Bill Glascock: 33-03

    A story detailing Brauer’s winning pattern will be published soon.

  • Get rigged up

    The umbrella-rig market has become absolutely flooded over the past year and it can be difficult to distinguish a high-quality rig from one that was cobbled together in order to turn a quick buck. Berkley's offering in this category has a couple of things going for it – it's lighter than most and it's constructed entirely of high-quality components.

    To learn more about it, click here to visit the Catch More Fish page.

  • Abu, Spiderwire pro staffs announced

    Abu, Spiderwire pro staffs announced

    The 2013 pro staffs for Abu Garcia and Spiderwire were released today. The combined lists appear below.

    “The Abu Garcia pro team is our face to the millions of anglers across North America,” said Abu Garica business manager Andrew Wheeler. “This audience closely follows the tournament triumphs of these tremendous fishermen to learn more about the fishing techniques these pro anglers successfully use. In addition, these anglers provide invaluable information to our engineers as we develop new products.”

    Said Spiderwire business manager Ron Kliegl: “Spiderwire adds that edge to fishing that influences the very way we bass-fish. Our Spiderwire pros live up to the brand’s reputation for leadership in recreational and competitive fishing.”

    Bassmaster Elite Series
    Josh Bertrand (Abu Garcia reels)
    Brandon Card (Spiderwire)
    Ott Defoe (Abu Garcia reels)
    Charlie Hartley (Abu Garcia rods and reels)
    Mike Iaconelli (Abu Garcia rods and reels, Spiderwire)
    Jeff Kriet (Abu Garcia reels)
    Bobby Lane (Abu Garcia rods and reels, Spiderwire)
    Chris Lane (Abu Garcia reels)
    Bill Lowen (Abu Garcia reels)
    Brandon Palaniuk (Abu Garcia rods and reels)
    Keith Poche (Abu Garcia reels)
    Jason Quinn (Abu Garcia reels, Spiderwire)
    Skeet Reese (Spiderwire)
    Scott Rook (Abu Garcia reels)
    Bradley Roy (Abu Garcia rods and reels)
    Fletcher Shryock (Abu Garcia rods and reels, Spiderwire)
    Michael Simonton (Spiderwire)
    Byron Velvick (Abu Garcia reels)

    Bassmaster Opens, FLW and PAA
    Guy Eaker (Abu Garcia reels)
    Scott Canterbury (Abu Garcia rods and reels)
    Clay Dyer (Abu Garcia rods and reels)
    Larry Draughn (Abu Garcia rods and reels, Spiderwire)
    Brent Ehler (Abu Garcia reels)
    Mark Goines (Abu Garcia rods and reels)
    Brett Hite (Abu Garcia reels)
    Justin Lucas (Abu Garcia reels)
    Jacob Powroznik (Abu Garcia rods and reels)
    Scott Suggs (Abu Garcia rods and reels)

  • Gene Larew schedules open house

    Gene Larew schedules open house

    Tulsa, Okla.-based Gene Larew Lures is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its famous Salt Craw soft-plastic bait with an open house and several other special activities coinciding with the Bassmaster Classic.

    On Thursday, Feb. 21 and Friday, Feb. 22 from 7 to 10 a.m., Larew is opening the doors to its 22,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and warehouse to the public for viewing of how Larew bass lures and Bobby Garland crappie baits are made. Tours will be conducted each half-hour throughout the timeframe on both mornings. Plus, Larew has partnered with ONEOK, another Tulsa company and a leader in the natural gas and natural gas liquids industries, to help host and add to the community flavor of the lure company's hometown activities planned for the week.

    Dubbed "The Bass Talk Coffee Shop," the Larew open house will feature a front lobby that has been converted into a social zone for local and visiting fishing fans to gather and discuss the Classic and fishing in general. Several top fishing pros and celebrities will be in attendance, including previous Bassmaster Classic competitors Dale Hightower and Andrew Upshaw. Also present will be 2012 PAA Tournament Series Gerald Brown and former Oklahoma State and NFL football player Rashaun Woods.

    Top crappie pros include Missouri's Kevin Rogers, Texas' Jeff Schwieterman and Chris Waters, and Alabama's Dan Dannenmueller, the 2011 and 2012 Crappiemasters National Team Angler of the Year. Barry Stokes, host of the Southwest Outdoors Report television show, will attend on Friday.

    Sunny Leigh, part of the morning crew for Tulsa's legendary country music station KVOO, will be providing live radio remotes from Larew on Thursday and Friday mornings. All visitors to the open house will be treated with Daylight Donuts and coffee and given Salt Craw 30th anniversary souvenir lure packs.

    The facility is located at 10702 E. 11th St. in Tulsa.

  • Berkley to give away Trilene boat

    Berkley to give away Trilene boat

    Berkley announced that it will give away its lake-ready Trilene Tour Boat in a contest that begins Feb. 22 and runs through Nov. 1. The boat is a 2012 Skeeter ZX190 outfitted with a 150-hp Yamaha VMax HPDI outboard, a Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance sonar.

    The boat will be on display in the Berkley booth at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo Feb. 22-24. From there, it will tour the country for viewing at the eight Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments.

    There are four ways to enter for a chance to win:

    > Visit one of the eight Elite tournaments where the boat will be on display. Locate the official iPad entry kiosk and complete the entry in its entirety and click "Submit" to finalize and enter the sweepstakes.

    > Visit the online sweepstakes site, follow all entry instructions to complete the entry form in its entirety and submit.

    > Visit the contest Facebook page, click "Like" to become a fan of the page, click the Sweepstakes tab, follow all entry instructions to complete the entry form in its entirety and submit.

    > Opt-in to join the Berkley Trilene Mobile Club, receive text messages from the club and get a link to the Sweepstakes Mobile Entry Form. Text the Keyword “TRILENE” to short code “55678” from an SMS and web-enabled mobile phone. Visit the Mobile Entry Site link and follow all entry instructions to complete the entry form in its entirety and submit.

    There is a limit of one entry per person per day. The sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on Nov, 1, 2013. The random drawing for the grand prize will be held approximately two weeks after the sweepstakes closes.

    In addition to the boat, 25 randomly drawn entrants will win a 3,000-yard spool of Berkley Trilene XT monofilament fishing line. Another 25 randomly drawn entrants will also win a 1,000-yard spool of Berkley Trilene XT.

  • Card lands Suzuki deal

    Card lands Suzuki deal

    Brandon Card, the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the Year, will become the first Elite angler to run a Suzuki motor. Suzuki will share space on his boat and truck wraps with Floatback Lures, another new sponsor.

    “The 250SS is a sweet outboard,” he said. “I’ll be the first angler on the Elite circuit
    to run a Suzuki and I couldn’t be prouder. And Suzuki’s commitment to me is just as strong.”

  • Scanlon's truck to feature missing kids

    Scanlon's truck to feature missing kids

    Bassmaster Elite Series angler Casey Scanlon has teamed up with the Morgan Nick Foundation and its "Picture Them Home" campaign. His Toyota truck will display the photos of two missing children during each Elite event this year.

    Photos will be changed as Scanlon travels the country in an attempt to feature children who may have been last seen in that region.

    “We are thankful to former Crawford County (Kansas) sheriff’s investigator Aaron Beshears, who approached MNF with this idea after he left the department in 2010 to pursue a career in professional bass fishing," said the foundation's Colleen Nick. "Aaron has worked diligently to create this partnership with the world of professional bass fishing in hopes that a missing child will be recovered.

    "MNF is extremely excited to have someone of Casey’s caliber who is committed to the 'Picture Them Home' program and is willing to stand up and be a voice for missing children. Through these combined efforts we expect to see children returned safely home."

  • Triton to host Classic kick-off party

    Triton to host Classic kick-off party

    Triton Boats will host a Bassmaster Classic kick-off party that's open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. next Thursday at Nichols Marine in Tulsa, Okla.

    "This will be a great event for the public to meet Triton pros and view many of the Triton boats,” said company founderEarl Bentz. “Our top angling pros will be on hand to talk with folks about fishing and Triton Boats. This is a great opportunity to meet the Triton pro staff and enjoy some great food.”

    The list of anglers scheduled to attend consists of: Shaw Grigsby, Brent Chapman, Kenyon Hill, Gerald Swindle, Jeff Kriet, Randy Howell, Stephen Browning, Terry Scroggins, Fred Roumbanis, Casey Ashley, Andy Bravence, Albert Collins, Mark Pierce, Bradley Roy, Gary Klein, Byron Velvick, Paul Elias, Derek Remitz, Boyd Duckett, Matt Lee, Jonathon VanDam and Brandon Card.

    “There’s nothing better than a party to start things off right,” said Grigsby. “This is a great event to set the mood for the entire Classic. The pros value the time spent with our fans, and we all look forward to seeing you at the Triton and Nichols Marine event.”

    The dealership is located at 6556 E. 21st St. For more info, call (918) 838-2500.

  • VanDam Classic giveaway

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    Feeling lucky? Head on over to our Facebook page and enter our new gear giveaway contest. G. Loomis and Shimano are giving BassFans the opportunity to win a new GLX rod or a Curado reel for simply guessing Jonathon VanDam's total weight at next week's Bassmaster Classic.

    To check it out, click here.

  • Evers to plug gear-retrieval device

    Evers to plug gear-retrieval device

    Louisiana-based Bell Outfitters announced today that Oklahoma Bassmaster Elite Series pro Edwin Evers will endorse the company's H20 Gear Pro –a lightweight device that attaches to various types of gear and, upon submersion in water, deploys a highly visible float to the surface of the water so that the gear can be located and retrieved.

    "After much consideration, we felt it was a great fit for Bell Outfitters and Edwin Evers," said Brandon Bell. "Edwin is someone who has great moral values while having a great connection with consumers. Our goal is to make a difference in the fishing industry by allowing people to get back items that would have otherwise been lost."

    Said Evers: "I'm extremely excited to be working with Brandon and his team at Bell Outfitters. Being a hardcore outdoorsman and having lost numerous items over the years either to the elements or altogether, the H2O Gear Pro will certainly help prevent that in the future."

    The device will be on hand at Evers' booth (No. 1018) at next week's Bassmaster Classic.

  • CastAway lands Lane

    CastAway lands Lane

    CastAway Graphite Rods announced today it has added Bassmaster Elite Series angler Russ Lane to its pro staff for 2013.

    "We've been very impressed with Russ and are pleased to be working with him," said CastAway's Adam Murray. "He is a true professional who is not only great at what he does, he also enjoys sharing his expertise and love of fishing with others. We're proud to be associated with Russ and we know he'll be a great representative for CastAway."

    Said Lane, "I bought and used CastAway rods for years while fishing local team tournaments. Recently, I decided to go back to my roots and use CastAway rods again. The Skeleton series is just a perfect fit for my fishing style. Durability and precise actions are what I'm looking for and these guys deliver on both fronts. I truly can't tell you how excited I am to start the year off at the Bassmaster Classic with a CastAway rod in my hand."

  • Crews' new 'Cat

    Crews' new 'Cat

    Here's a picture of Bassmaster Elite Series angler and Classic qualifier John Crews' new Missile Baits/Spro-wrapped Bass Cat Eyra and Toyota Tundra.

  • Palaniuk signs with Simms

    Palaniuk signs with Simms

    Brandon Palaniuk has garnered a sponsorship deal with a company from his home region – the Idaho Bassmaster Elite Series angler has joined the pro staff of Montana-based apparel manufacturer Simms.

    “Clearly, we are intrigued by Brandon being one of the rising stars on the B.A.S.S. tour,” said Simms senior director of marketing and brand management Diane Bristol. “We hold our relationships with pro anglers and guides very dear. The feedback we glean from them after hundreds of days on the water helps us continue to design and produce the best products for anglers.”

    Said Palaniuk: "Growing up surrounded by serious anglers equipped head to toe in Simms gear has certainly made me aware of the quality of their products. I’m fortunate to be putting Simms gear to the test on the tournament trail in 2013.”

  • Berkley trailer to OK City

    Berkley trailer to OK City

    The Berkley Experience Trailer will be at the Oklahoma City this Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 15-17) for the second stop on its 2013 tour. The 60-foot trailer provides fun and fishing education for anglers of all levels.

    Features include updated videos, knot-tying seminars, contests and product demonstrations. The Berkley Experience staff will be on hand to answer questions.

    "This is the 8th year for the Berkley Experience Trailer and we have many new locations across the country," said Berkley marketing director Andrew Marks. "The Berkley Experience Trailer team is ready to help anglers of all ages and skill levels learn about our broad spectrum of products and how best to use them to catch more fish."

    Each stop always has special retail promotions only available while the trailer is at the location. These include not only line and bait, but rods, reels and combos.

    The store is located at 200 Bass Pro Dr. The phone number is (405) 218-5200.

    Upcoming stops will be Feb. 22-24 at the Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Okla. and March 1-3 at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo.

  • Petition targets Maine's soft-plastics bill

    Petition targets Maine's soft-plastics bill

    Keep America Fishing has launched a petition drive to combat legislation recently introduced in Maine that would ban soft-plastic baits in that state. To learn more about the bill and to sign the petition, click here.

  • Lucas joins Tightlines staff

    Lucas joins Tightlines staff

    FLW Tour pro Justin Lucas has signed a primary sponsorship deal with Tightlines UV.

    "Last year I nearly won the FLW Tour event at the Potomac River on the UVenko," he said. "I caught two huge bags in that tournament strictly on that bait, not to mention the biggest fish of the whole event. The UV-enhanced technology that is put in these baits absolutely gets me extra bites. I have seen it firsthand many times over the past year."

    Said Brett Ware of Tightlines UV: "Justin is a great ambassador for our sport. He works with college anglers, has a huge social media presence and is always ready and willing to share a tip with the weekend angler. Justin is a strong angler, and although his tournament winnings are already akin to many veterans, we believe his career is still budding."

  • Triton adds year to contingency program

    Triton adds year to contingency program

    Triton announced today that it's added a year to its Triton Gold contingency program, making owners of 2011 models eligible. The program offers up to $7,000 to the winners of select events.

    "Adding the model year 2011 to our Triton Gold program is a big deal," said Triton VP Adam Adkisson. "It gives those anglers and boaters who have a 2011 Triton an opportunity to cash in on all the opportunities with the Triton Gold program.”

    The Triton Gold registration fee is $100 for the calendar year. For more information, visit
    www.tritonboats.com/triton_gold.aspx or call (888) 8TRITON.

  • Picasso picks up Morehead

    Picasso picks up Morehead

    FLW Tour pro Dan Morehead has added Picasso Lures to his sponsorship portfolio.

    “I’m a jig and spinnerbait man, everyone knows that,” he said. "Back in the day I made a lot of money on the old Picasso spinnerbait and Spider Jig. Well, they’re both back and that made my decision easy to jump on board with Picasso. On top of that, looking over the terminal tackle line, I knew I was right at home. I’ve spent some time dragging their Fantasy Football head this winter and will be adding it to my weapons this spring."

    Said Picasso owner Terry Monteleone: "I am really looking forward to working with Dan on the development of future projects. He is very technical on how he wants a lure to perform. His opinion will be highly valued.”

  • Lane gets tow-shield sponsorship

    Lane gets tow-shield sponsorship

    Alabama Bassmaster Elite Series angler Russ Lane has signed a sponsorship deal with Towtector. The company (www.Towtector.com) produces a protective shield that attaches to a vehicle's trailer hitch and guards a boat and trailer from debris generated by the tow vehicle's tires.

    "The guys at Towtector saw a picture of my truck and boat recently and contacted me about their product," he said. "The Towtector easily attaches to the hitch on my Toyota truck and can be removed in only a few seconds. It protects my 921 Phoenix and trailer from flying debris and even road grime while towing all around the country.

    "Whether you are towing your bass boat, camper or anything that you want to fully protect, Towtector is an easy and affordable solution for protecting your valuable cargo."

  • Berkley announces 2013 pro team

    Berkley announces 2013 pro team

    Berkley today announced is 31-member pro staff for 2013, which includes anglers competing on the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens, FLW Tour and PAA Tournament Series.

    “Anglers across the country look to our Berkley team to learn the newest fish-catching techniques,” said Berkley marketing manager Chris Hockley. “We also listen closely to what our anglers have to say as their input helps us create new baits and line. We are extremely proud of our team, their accomplishments and their influences and are looking forward to a great year.”

    The team includes former Bassmaster Classic champions Mike Iaconelli , Paul Elias, Skeet Reese and reigning champion Chris Lane. Iaconelli, Gary Klein and Reese have also earned B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year awards. Brandon Card was the 2012 B.A.S.S. Rookie of the Year; Ott Defoe won the award in 2011 and Bradley Roy hoisted the same in trophy in 2010. Scott Suggs is a former Forrest Wood Cup champion.

    Here's the complete list:

    Bassmaster Elite Series
    Casey Ashley
    Brandon Card
    Josh Bertrand
    Ott DeFoe
    Paul Elias
    Charlie Hartley
    Mike Iaconelli
    Gary Klein
    Bobby Lane
    Bill Lowen
    Britt Myers
    Brandon Palaniuk
    Keith Poche
    Jason Quinn
    Skeet Reese
    Marty Robinson
    Scott Rook
    Bradley Roy
    Fletcher Shryock
    Michael Simonton
    Byron Velvick

    Bassmaster Opens, FLW and PAA
    Guy Eaker
    Glenn Browne
    Scott Canterbury
    Clay Dyer
    Larry Draughn
    Mark Goines
    J.T. Kenney
    Justin Lucas
    Jacob Powroznik
    Scott Suggs

  • Sonar: Lesson learned

    Sonar: Lesson learned

    After a disappointing day on Lake Guntersville during a recent BFL event, Sonar Sound-Off Columnist Miles Burghoff opted not to take the two measly fish he caught to the weigh-in stage. He greatly regrets that decision and vows that it won't happen again.

    To read more, click here.

  • Big Bite Lookback – Big "O"

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    Chris Baumgardner thinks the open-mind approach is the best way to go in competition, especially at a lake he’s been to several times in the past. Take the recent Lake Okeechobee FLW Tour, for example.

    In previous years, he’s joined the pack up along the north shore where bites are usually consistent and the chances at a difference-making fish are quite good. This year, he went against the grain and opted to fish down south, away from the crowds and it paid off in the form of an 11th-place finish to open the season. It was his best finish at the Big “O” since he was the runner-up to J.T. Kenney at the B.A.S.S. Southern Open in October 2003.

    “I usually fish up north, but I got a couple things working and was fortunate to get a decent bite about every day, which is key down there,” said the Gastonia, N.C., native. “I was happy with 11th. I wasn’t on the fish to win, but I was close to making the Top 10.”

    He says there might not be another lake where a big bite or two can make such a difference in the standings. He was the beneficiary of a couple of those last week.

    “On the first day, I was just trudging along and probably had about 10 pounds and wasn’t catching the size of fish I’d caught in practice,” he said. “Then I was swimming a jig back to the boat and it just stopped and I caught a 7 1/2-pounder. At that point, 10 pounds was probably going to put me in 100th place and I went to being in the Top 20 because of that one bite. That was at 4 and I was due in at 4:30. You can say that one bite turned my whole tournament around.”

    He topped 16 pounds on days 1 and 2, and stuck a 6-pounder off a little patch of Kissimme grass on day 3, but didn’t have much else to go with it as he closed with 12-02, which gave him 44-08 for the week. Another 1 1/2 pounds would’ve clinched a Top-10 finish.

    “I caught fish in the rim ditch and caught some on grass flats on a Zoom Magnum Super Fluke and some pitching a craw into mats,” he said. “I caught fish a lot of different ways, but all of my big fish came on a big jig.

    “Usually the north shore is pretty consistent and a lot of guys do well up there, but it gets so crowded. I figured I needed to get away from the crowd, but that can sometimes bite you. I just seem to do better when I can find something on my own and I found a little area and had it basically to myself. I had a few options and it seemed to work out.”

    The Big Bite Lookback, which focuses on the angler who's first out of the final cut at each tour-level event, is brought to you by the great folks at Big Bite Baits.

  • Wheeler aligns with Frabill, Plano

    Wheeler aligns with Frabill, Plano

    Jacob Wheeler, the 22-year-old reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion from Indiana, has signed a sponsorship agreement with foul-weather apparel and net manufacturer Frabill and tackle-storage giant Plano.

    "It’s awesome to be part of the team of two of the most well-known and innovative names in the fishing industry,” he said. “I’ve been a devoted user of Plano and Frabill gear since I was a kid, and now I have the means to share my passion for the products with others, from Plano’s amazing tackle storage solutions to Frabill’s awesome landing nets.”

    He joins an exclusive Plano staff that includes Hank Parker, Kevin VanDam and Tim Horton.

  • B.A.S.S. announces free weather app

    B.A.S.S. announces free weather app

    Bassmaster Magazine and Bassmaster.com have joined forces with www.scoutlookweather.com to release a new fishing-specific weather app for Android and iPhone markets.

    “Bassmaster is delighted to offer this feature-rich app to every fisherman, regardless of whether they are chasing bass or any other species of gamefish," said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. "ScoutLook has become the go-to weather resource for outdoorsmen, and this app will help deliver on Bassmaster’s key goal to help people catch more and bigger fish."

    The Bassmaster Fishing Weather App, found at http://www.scoutlookweather.com/mobileApps.php, simplifies planning for professional and recreational anglers alike by merging world-class weather information, wind mapping, solunar times, tides and moon, and hourly barometric changes all in one free app.

    Fishermen who wish to add logging capability can download the Bassmaster/ScoutLook Fishlog app (www.scoutlookweather.com/mobileApps.php), which includes all the functions of the basic app, plus a simple logging tool. Catch a fish, snap a photo, and capture all weather conditions at the moment and time of the catch automatically.

    The Fishlog app, available for a one-time fee of $3.99, enables the user to edit, manage, view and sort logs online at www.scoutlookweather.com. Logs can then be exported to Excel, or sorted by any weather or moon condition, lure type or water condition.

    The new free app displays a map with the user’s precise position and weather conditions. With ScoutLook’s unique DriftPoint Wind Map, users can “see the wind” for up to 72 hours at any fishing location for optimal planning. Any location saved on the app is stored and saved in a free online account at www.scoutlookweather.com.

  • Chapman the new Rankings king

    Chapman the new Rankings king

    Reigning B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Brent Chapman has moved to the top of the BassFan World Rankings for the first time in his career. Both Chapman and former No. 1 Bryan Thrift have moved past previous leader David Dudley in the first new edition of 2013, which follows last week's FLW Tour opener at Lake Okeechobee.

    "That's really exciting," Chapman said when informed of his ascension. "What a cool way to start the season for me. Other than (Kevin) VanDam, the guys who've gotten there have found it hard to stay for very long, so a good goal for me will be to try to stay there the whole year."

    For the full list, click here.

  • BassFan's new look

    If you’re clicking on BassFan.com for the first time today or for the first time in a while, you might notice a new look to site.

    Don’t be alarmed. It’s been a few years since BassFan.com has updated its appearance and we felt the time had come to give readers a fresher, cleaner look and experience.

    The changes go beyond a new coat of paint. We’ve made many of BassFan's most popular features more user-friendly, and some sections that had become obsolete over the years have been eliminated.

    Among the new additions is the biggest movers in the BassFan World Rankings. Each time the rankings are updated, you'll be able to see who made the biggest jump, who fell the most places and where the top newcomer fit in. Also, our Angler Profile section has been updated to include sortable features and larger photos.

    You can also share an individual Dock Talk item via your preferred social network (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.). Going forward, our BassFan Big Sticks feature will be called the BassFan Pro View Report as pros from both tours will continue to give us their exclusive takes on tournament practice and competition.

    Not only has the site been upgraded and given a fresh look, but it's been optimized for tablet devices, with an optimized version for mobile devices (iPhones, Androids) coming very soon. That means BassFans will be able to get the news they crave while at home or on the go.

    One thing that hasn't changed is our commitment to bring BassFans the most complete, unbiased reporting on the world of bass fishing.

    Feel free to take a look around and, as always, let us know what you think. Even that’s easier to do now by clicking on the yellow Feedback tab to your right.

  • A look at baits that ruled the Classic

    OutdoorLife.com published a feature today by B.A.S.S.' Ken Duke that details many of the baits that've been responsible for Classic victories over the years, starting with the Zorro Aggravator spinnerbait that Bobby Murray used to prevail in the first edition of the event in 1971 at Nevada's Lake Mead.

    To see it, click here.

  • Dance to chair NHF Day

    Dance to chair NHF Day

    Bass fishing legend Bill Dance has been selected to serve as honorary chairman for this year's National Hunting and Fishing Day, which will take place Sept. 28.

    “We are excited to have Bill Dance as honorary chairman of National Hunting and Fishing Day," said Wonders of Wildlife director of conservation programs Mindy Mitchell (the museum, located in Springfield, Mo., is the official home of NHF Day). "It’s good to have the voice and perspective of one of America’s favorite anglers. His work and dedication shows that hunting, fishing and conservation remain important in all walks of American life today."

    Congress established National Hunting and Fishing Day to recognize hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation. Since launching in 1971, the day has been formally proclaimed by every U.S. President and countless governors and mayors. Dance joins an elite fraternity of entertainment and sports figures who have served as honorary chairs, including Hank Williams Jr., Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd, Jeff Foxworthy, Jay Novacek, Robert Urich, Wade Boggs, Ward Burton, Arnold Palmer, Terry Bradshaw, the USA Olympic Shooting Team and Tony Stewart and many others.

    “A sense of outdoorsmanship was instilled in me at a very young age,” said Dance. “I couldn’t imagine where I’d be if it weren’t for folks taking time out to show me how my actions as a sportsman affect the conservation side of things. We have an obligation to future generations to expand their knowledge and capabilities in outdoor pursuits so they too can expand on our conservation efforts.”

    For more about NHF Day, click here.

  • Lew's adds Murray, Murphy

    Lew's adds Murray, Murphy

    The continually expanding Lew's pro staff has added two more members – Bassmaster Elite Series veteran John Murray (top photo) and former FLW Tour competitor Michael Murphy.

    "I was a part of the Lew's team many years ago when I was early in my western professional career," said Murray, a two-time U.S. Open winner and six-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier. "Lew's was leading the industry back then with its Speed Spools and Speed Sticks, and now here they are on top again with an all-new and highly impressive product line. My background is all about making long casts and fishing deep, and this new gear has brought a whole new level of performance to my game. I'm confident we're going to make a good team for a long time."

    Murphy, a resident of South Carolina, has 5 seasons of FLW Tour competition on his résumé and fished the Bassmaster Southern and Northern Opens in 2012.

    "I'm excited about this opportunity with Lew's because I know it's going to take my performance to a higher level," he said. "My self-proclaimed weakness is that I'm an impatient angler, often fishing faster than I should. Sometimes that has me trying too hard to make things happen instead of waiting for them to occur. Lew's has fast reels, but I know their BB1 option with 21 IPT (inches per turn) will make me slow down when I need to. My new Lew's have me really fired up about this 2013 tournament season."

    Said Lew's owner Lynn Reeves: "I realize the speed by which our Team Lew's pro staff has grown over a short period of time makes it look like we're just wanting a bunch of pros, but that's not the case. Give our roster a little more thought and you'll likely begin to see what we're doing in assembling a group of anglers, seasoned and early in their careers, that bring a diverse set of product knowledge, geographical techniques and fishing styles that we believe will serve our future well for continued development of products that are 'lighter, faster and stronger,' which was the original vision of the late Lew Childre and remains this company's mission today."

  • Sunline Strong Performer – Big "O"

    <b><font color=green>Sunline Strong Performer – Big "O"</font></b>

    Randall Tharp did not get off to the start that he, or many observers, thought he would at the Lake Okeechobee FLW Tour last week. His 10-07 day-1 weight had him mired in 81st place, nearly halfway down the 174-boat field.

    To think, almost exactly a year ago on the same lake, he tattooed the field en route to catching 101 pounds and notching a 23-pound victory. Day 2 went a little more according to expectations fishing-wise, as he sacked 23-09 and rocketed up the standings 68 spots to make the Top-20 cut in 13th. The roller-coaster ride continued, though, on day 3 when he caught just 8-02 and dropped to 15th.

    “The way practice started off for me was incredible,” Tharp said. “We had that cold front and the big ones were pulled up under the mats. I could’ve had somewhere in the mid-30s those days. I was getting a lot of bites and half of them were big fish, so I was pretty confident going in. It became pretty evident the first day things had changed."

    The only bite he had early on day 1 never made it in the boat and he was still without a keeper at 11 a.m. He moved to an area where he’d caught some fish in practice and scratched out a limit there. Interestingly, he didn’t make any changes on day 2 – the key was executing on the three big bites he got.

    “I had six keeper bites and three were big,” he added. “I had my weight by 11. I don’t think anything changed. I caught them on the same stretch where I’d lost a 10(-pounder) on day 1.”

    But his day-2 rally would've been for naught without the help of close friend Brandon McMillan. Tharp had a mechanical issue while fishing the north side of the lake and he called to inform tournament director Bill Taylor, who granted Tharp permission to call McMillan, who was fishing a different section of the lake.

    McMillan went and picked Tharp and his fish up and transported him back to the dock, sacrificing a good bit of his day in the process. McMillan, who won the Okeechobee Tour Open in 2011, finished 48th last week.

    “I know I will have to return the favor one day,” Tharp said. “I was relieved he caught enough to get a check, but neither one of us are happy with where we finished this week.”

    Heading back out Saturday, Tharp was confident he could keep the momentum going.

    “I thought I was going to jack ‘em,” he said. “But I didn’t have any bites by 11 and the north wind was perfect. Flipping has been so good for me here. I was 100 percent committed to it. It’s just unfortunate my fish weren’t going. I’d probably do it the same way again if I had the chance.”

    The Sunline Strong Performer, which focuses on the angler who makes the most significant single-day move in the standings at each tour-level event, is brought to you by the great people at Sunline.

  • Lee's Classic ride

    Lee's Classic ride

    Last year's College Classic Bracket winner Matt Lee passed along this photo of his new wrapped boat which he'll use to compete at the Bassmaster Classic later this month at Grand Lake in Oklahoma. It features Auburn University, where he's still a student.

  • Adams shows off Cashion wrap

    Adams shows off Cashion wrap

    Here's a picture of Bassmaster Classic qualifier Tracy Adams of North Carolina and the wrap he'll be sporting later this month at Oklahoma's Grand Lake. It features Cashion Rods, a company based in his home state.

  • Big "O" not kind to Classic qualifiers

    Big "O" not kind to Classic qualifiers

    Oklahoma's Grand Lake won't fish anything like Florida's Lake Okeechobee did this week when it hosts the 2013 Bassmaster Classic later this month. The five Classic qualifiers who competed in the FLW Tour derby at the Big "O" have to be real happy about that.

    The quintet – none of whom came close to advancing to the weekend – averaged a 110th-place finish. Oklahoman Jason Christie (pictured), a guy many are tabbing as a Classic favorite, was tops among them with an 82nd-place showing.

    Defending Classic champion Chris Lane was next at 89th, followed by Ish Monroe (94th), Bobby Lane (132nd) and Tommy Biffle (154th).

  • Revo goes Xtreme

    <b><font color=maroon>Revo goes Xtreme</font></b>

    Abu Garcia will unveil the newest model in the Revo line later this month at the Bassmaster Classic. The high-end MGXtreme comes in at less than 5 ounces, but is packed with features that'll make hard-core bassers salivate.

    To learn more about it, click here to visit the Catch More Fish page.

  • Vicious joins MLF sponsor ranks

    Vicious joins MLF sponsor ranks

    Major League Fishing announced today that Alabama-based Vicious Fishing has come aboard as a sponsor.

    “We are pleased that some of the top companies in America are Major League Fishing sponsors, and Vicious is a natural for our league," said MLF GM Jim Wilburn. "This company makes great products and they’re top-notch people. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Vicious Fishing to Major League Fishing."

    Said Vicious marketing director Greg Meunier: “Our entire brand team is made up of fishing fans, so it’s exciting for us to be a part of something as ground-breaking as Major League Fishing. Their team is a group of forward thinkers, and with a brand like Vicious Fishing, it’s natural for us to do things that go outside the norm as well. Major League Fishing is fishing with a little edge – and that’s Vicious Fishing."

  • Yamaha tabs five Elite Series pros

    Yamaha tabs five Elite Series pros

    Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it's added five Bassmaster Elite Series anglers to its pro staff. The quintet consists of Jeff Kriet, Jeremy Starks, Hank Cherry, Chad Pipkens and B.J. Haseotes.

    “Every year, the Yamaha Pro Team gets stronger and with the addition of these five pros, 2013 is going to be the best year yet,” said Yamaha tournament and pro staff manager David Ittner. “The incredible talent and professionalism these anglers bring to the table is a great testament to the Yamaha brand. We are proud to have them as part of the team.”

  • BU releases agenda for Philly session

    BU releases agenda for Philly session

    The Bass University today announced the list of speakers and topics for its Philadelphia session, to be held Feb. 16-17 at the Greater Philadelphia Convention Center in Oaks, Pa.

    Saturday

    > Paul Elias: (1) How to fish the Alabama Rig. (2) All-around crankbait fishing – how to catch bass on plugs from 1 to 20 feet deep.

    > Jacob Wheeler: (1) Topwater versatility – choosing the right surface plugs and how to use them. (2) Understanding river bass – how fish position themselves and feed in current situations.

    > Davy Hite: (1) Flipping A to Z – everything you need to know about short-lining giant bass. (2) Elite power fishing – learn all of the key ingredients (baits, electronics, rod, reel, line, and hooks) to power your way to big limits of bass.

    Sunday

    > Mark Menendez: (1) Using jerkbaits to cover water and find big bass - let water temperature be your guide to fishing success. (2) Structure fishing essentials – how to find productive bass-holding areas away from the bank.

    > Fred Roumbanis: (1) Shallow-water techniques - how to target bass in ultra-skinny water. (2) Deep-water techniques – how to target bass that live in the depths.

    > David Dudley: Doing things right – how to avoid the trap of just going through the motions. (2) The mental side of bass fishing – how to protect your mind from distractions and concentrate on listening to the fish.

    To register or obtain more information, click here.

  • Sunline adds Lintner

    Sunline adds Lintner

    Sunline America announced today that California Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jared Lintner is the newest member of the company's pro staff.

    "We expect Jared to have a national impact on sales and also believe he will help raise awareness for Sunline products in the Western U.S.," said Sunline America president Nubuyoki Kajio. "Jared is a great angler and a great fit for our team."

    Said Lintner: "I recently started using Sunline products in preparation for the 2013 season. The first thing that really stood out to me was the quality of the products I fished with. Secondly, the Sunline diameters are smaller than many of the (other) lines I've used. This is an advantage with many of the techniques that I fish.

    "It's been exciting to try out all their products and match them to my fishing styles."

  • Berkley trailer starts tour in 'Bama

    Berkley trailer starts tour in 'Bama

    The Berkley Experience Trailer will be at the Gander Mountain store in Opelika, Ala. this Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 8-10) to begin its 2013 tour. The 60-foot trailer provides fun and fishing education for anglers of all levels.

    Features include updated videos, knot-tying seminars, contests and product demonstrations. The Berkley Experience staff will be on hand to answer questions.

    "This is the 8th year for the Berkley Experience Trailer and we have many new locations across the country," said Berkley marketing director Andrew Marks. "The Berkley Experience Trailer team is ready to help anglers of all ages and skill levels learn about our broad spectrum of products and how best to use them to catch more fish."

    Each stop always has special retail promotions only available while the trailer is at the location. These include not only line and bait, but rods, reels and combos.

    The store is located at 1640 Parker Way on Opelika. The phone number is (334) 363-3028.

    Upcoming stops will be Feb. 15-17 at Bass Pro Shops in Oklahoma City and Feb. 22-24 at the Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Okla.

  • Summit Cup finale Saturday on NBC

    Summit Cup finale Saturday on NBC

    The championship round of the Summit Cup, Major League Fishing's second event, will be broadcast at 1 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC. The event was filmed late last summer at New York's Chautauqua Lake.

    “A core tenet of Major League Fishing is to drive a greater awareness and appreciation for the sport of bass fishing,” said MLF GM Jim Wilburn. “The airing of the championship round on NBC will give us exposure to a wider audience. We also strongly believe that Major League Fishing creates events that sports fans, not just fishing fans, will enjoy.”

    Subsequent to its airing on NBC, the finale will also air on Outdoor Channel on Thursday, Feb. 14th at 9 p.m. ET.

    Next up for MLF is the 2013 Geico Challenge Cup, which will begin airing on Thursday, April 4 at 9 p.m. ET as part of Outdoor Channel’s second-quarter programming lineup. The competition was filmed on Lake Istokpoga in Florida last October.

  • New FLW app offered

    New FLW app offered

    FLW announced today that it's produced a new iPhone, iPad and Android app to bring users the latest news, video and live tournament coverage from the organization's events. Tournament schedules, episodes of the FLW TV show, fishing tips, FLW Fantasy Fishing team management and tournament registration are also among the features.

    The app, called FLW Tournament Bass Fishing, is available as a free download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play marketplace.

    “The launch of the FLW app demonstrates our commitment to offering the best experience possible for our fans and members,” said Trisha Blake, FLW’s president of marketing. “The functionality and ease of use make it a must-own for any FLW fan."

  • Browning launches new website

    Browning launches new website

    Promising to deliver a great deal of insider information in a "Notes From The Boat" section, Arkansas Bassmaster Elite Series pro Stephen Browning has launched a new website. The site, produced by Pro Sites Unlimited, can be accessed at www.StephenBrowningOutdoors.com.

    I'm no stranger to the promotion game," he said. "But promoting our sport requires a lot more than bringing a bag of fish to the stage and rattling off 12 sponsor plugs in 23 seconds."

    He said the Notes From The Boat feature will offer tournament previews, practice reports, weight predictions and backstage anecdotes from Elite Series and Bassmaster Open events.

  • Chat with Dudley today

    <b><font color=green>Chat with Dudley today</font></b>

    Reigning FLW Tour Angler of the Year David Dudley will join us for a BassFan Pro Chat today at 6 p.m. EST on our Facebook page.

    Ask him about how practice went for the FLW Tour season opener at Lake Okeechobee or anything else that comes to mind. One thing's for sure about the top-ranked angler in BassFan's World Rankings, he always has something to say.

    To submit your questions or to join the conversation, click here to visit the BassFan Facebook page.

  • Newberry breaks BFL weight mark

    Newberry breaks BFL weight mark

    Houston resident Dicky Newberry broke the weight record for a single-day BFL event Saturday when he caught a 36-05 bag en route to winning a Cowboy Division derby at Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

    Newberry now has seven BFL wins (three at Rayburn). He also topped the 2008 Rayburn Texas EverStart.

    “I had located these fish a few weeks ago and have been doing quite well on them,” he said. “I'd been catching 20- to 25-pound stringers off the spot for a solid 3 weeks in a row. It was my planned starting point of the day and I was boat (No.) 22, so I was able to get there first.

    “When I arrived at the spot I caught a 6-pounder fairly quickly, but had some trouble getting anymore bites for the next 15 to 20 minutes. I finally moved over to another location on the same ridge and caught a fish that weighed almost 9 pounds. I quickly made another cast in there and broke one off. Immediately on the next cast I caught my biggest fish of the day, the 10-07. It all happened so fast.”

    Newberry described the spots he was fishing as staging areas in 6 to 10 feet of water. They were located on clay points, adjacent to the lake’s large spawning flats.

    His winning margin over runner-up Kevin Lasyone was more than 14 1/2 pounds.

    "Most of the fish came on a 1-ounce football jig. This is the largest stringer I've ever caught in an individual tournament. It was a very exciting day.”

    The previous record was 35-05, set by Brent Riley of Ridgeville, S.C. in 2001 at Santee Cooper.

  • DeFoe's wrap revealed

    DeFoe's wrap revealed

    Here's a shot of Bassmaster Elite Series pro Ott DeFoe's new wrap with the boat Power-Poled down on a bank of the Tennessee River near downtwon Knoxville. New graphics this year include Terminator, VMC and Fenwick.

    You can click on the image to see an enlarged version.

  • T-H Marine aligns with FLW

    T-H Marine aligns with FLW

    FLW announced today that boat parts and accessories manufacturer T-H Marine has signed on as an associate sponsor of the organization for the 2013 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • Hawk picks up Picasso

    Hawk picks up Picasso

    Kevin Hawk, the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup champion who'll fish his first Bassmaster Elite Series campaign this year, has been added to the Picasso Lures pro staff. He joins Fred Roumbanis, Brent Ehrler, Terry Bolton and Casey Martin.

    “I’ve used Picasso products throughout my career, so I am very excited to be joining the Picasso team,” he said. “I know I’ll be using the best with Picasso’s new tungsten products, and I look forward to having a helping hand in developing additional innovative products to the line.”

    Said Picasso founder Terry Monteleone: “Kevin is an incredible angler and true professional both on and off the water and sets the bar for others to strive for. (He's) a detail guy, which is a common thread with our pro-staffers.”

  • Another busy year on tap for Lane

    Another busy year on tap for Lane

    It’s no secret Chris Lane has been a busy guy over the past year. Winning the Bassmaster Classic tends to eat away at an angler’s free time. Looking ahead, 2013 is shaping up to be just as busy on the water.

    Lane competed in the Kissimmee Chain Bassmaster Southern Open last week and he’s fishing the Lake Okeechobee FLW Tour this week as he’ll one of nine pros to fish both the FLW Tour and Bassmaster Elite Series this year – his brother, Bobby, will pull double duty as well. When factoring in the eight Elite Series events plus the Classic at Grand Lake and the six FLW Tour events plus a possible trip to the Cup and the remaining two Southern Opens and a potential spot in the Toyota Texas Bass Classic, it's possible he could wind up fishing 20 or more tournaments this year.

    By comparison, he fished 14 a year ago, counting the Lake Toho PAA Series Team tournament. One reason he opted to do both tours this year was the FLW Tour schedule is pretty well consolidated in the southeast with the exception of Beaver Lake and Grand Lake.

    “It gives me the ability to try to make some money right off the bat,” he said. “Being down in Florida – I just fished the (Kissimmee Chain) Southern Open – I wanted to fish this one on Okeechobee just to try to make some money. Also, a lot of those (FLW) events are pretty close to my house. I’ve got time to see how things are shaping up and whether I decide to fish them all or not.”

    The schedule would pose some challenges along the way, especially if he qualifies for the Cup. He’ll be at the St. Lawrence River Elite Series in northern New York, a stone’s throw from Canada, the week before the Cup, which is slated for the Red River in Shreveport, La. According to Google Maps, that’s a 1,500-mile, 24-hour journey.

    “That trip from New York to the Red River is going to be a bear,” he said. “I’ll just play it by ear and do what makes sense.”

    He’s only using one boat this year and says if schedules allow for it in the future, he’ll probably be a regular on both tours.

    “The one thing about it is my job is to fish for a living,” he said. “If there’s a top event that I can get into that pays out well, I’d want to have the opportunity to fish it.”

  • Missouri schools to vote on fishing

    Missouri schools to vote on fishing

    Missouri schools will have the opportunity this spring to decide whether bass fishing should become a school activity sanctioned by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA).

    MSHSAA has announced bass fishing will be included on its annual ballot to start as an emerging activity. The ballot will be posted on the association’s website on April 1 and will be available for a school’s principal or superintendent to vote on until May 1.

    “If 50 percent plus one school of the schools voting on the ballot vote yes to approve bass fishing as an emerging activity, then it will be recognized by MSHSAA,” said MSHSAA executive director Kerwin Urhahn. “If it passes, then the schools will be able to sign up for bass fishing for the 2013-14 school year. If we have two years of 50 or more schools signed up to participate, then we will have a state series for bass fishing beginning during the 2015-16 school year.”

    MSHSAA will then begin working with the schools and fishing experts to formulate the rules and guidelines for the series.

    For more information about the proposed high school fishing program in Missouri, visit www.missourihighschoolanglers.org.

  • Blaukat signs 5-year deal with Bridgford Foods

    Blaukat signs 5-year deal with Bridgford Foods

    Bridgford Foods Corporation announced today it has entered into a long-term partnership with professional bass angler Randy Blaukat.

    Bridgford Foods, an Illinois-based company that makes a variety of meat snacks and frozen bread dough, will be Blaukat’s title sponsor beginning with the first event of the 2013 FLW Tour season at Lake Okeechobee later this week.

    “Randy's commitment to the sport of fishing and the environment made him the perfect choice to represent our company,” said Allan Bridgford Jr., Bridgford's corporate director. ”Personally, I have been an avid bass angler for 30 years. It is exciting to have watched Randy on the professional circuits and now have a long-term partnership with him.”

    "Of all the companies I've had the opportunity to work with in my 26 years as a professional angler, none have even come close to Bridgford Foods in terms of professionalism, integrity and quality,” Blaukat added. “All of their products are awesome to pack along on fishing trips or any outdoor-related activity. I’m humbled and honored to be a part of their team.”

  • New TroKar wrap for Chapman

    New TroKar wrap for Chapman

    Reigning Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Brent Chapman's boat will be sporting a new look this season.

    Lazer TroKar will be his primary wrap sponsor for 2013 and his Triton will feature a lightning blue and black color scheme. Tightlines UV, which was his previous boat-wrap sponsor, will still be featured.

    “After last season, the great people at Lazer TroKar and Wright and McGill were excited about making our relationship stronger," Chapman said. "I was, too, because I know their products had a big part of my success on the water last year. For me to have a season like that, all of my equipment had to work flawlessly and that starts with the Lazer TroKar hooks and the Wright and McGill rods and reels. Any failure, on even a single fish, could have been the difference between Angler of the Year, runner-up or worse.”

    Chapman will be debuting his new boat wrap at the Bassmaster Classic at Grand Lake in Tulsa, Okla., later this month.

    “We’ve been working with Brent for many years now, not just last season," said Lazer TroKar vice president of marketing Chris Russell. "To see how Brent excelled last season and the confidence he has going into this season, we just can’t wait for Tulsa. After last year, we knew that Brent would have lots of opportunities from many companies and we wanted to solidify our partnership. Brent’s a valuable asset to the Lazer TroKar and Wright and McGill companies and even more importantly he’s part of our family. As proud as we are of his 2012 season, we know he’s still just getting started and we are looking forward to being a part of it.”

    To learn more about Lazer TroKar hooks, click here.

  • Megabass adds Evers

    Megabass adds Evers

    Megabass of America announced today that it will sponsor veteran Bassmaster Elite Series pro Edwin Evers for the 2013 season. He’ll join fellow Elite Series pro Aaron Martens along with FLW Tour anglers Luke Clausen and Shin Fukae on the Megabass tour-level pro staff.

    “Edwin is not only one of the premier anglers in our sport today, but he also embodies the core values, work ethic and competitive spirit at the heart of the Megabass organization,” said Yuskei Murayama, VP of Megabass of America. “Edwin has exhibited a tireless drive to perfect his craft, and I know his input will be invaluable to our development efforts. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the Megabass family.”

    The announcement comes just weeks before the start of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, to be held on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake, where Evers, a native of Talala, Okla., is considered one of the favorites.

    “The Vision 110 has been in my arsenal for years,” Evers said. “It’s the premier jerkbait out there and all the pros use it. It’ll more than likely win the Classic.”

    The agreement between Megabass and Evers represents an additional step toward the company’s goal of expanding its U.S. presence and creating products specifically tailored to U.S. fisheries.

    “That’s the part that’s most exciting for me,” Evers said. “They want my direct input on anything and everything. The two things they care about are winning tournaments and product development and that’s a situation I’ve always wanted to be in.”

    To learn about Megabass, click here

  • Canterbury signs with HALO

    Canterbury signs with HALO

    HALO Fishing has announced the addition of FLW Tour angler Scott Canterbury to Team HALO.

    The former FLW Tour Rookie of the Year and runner-up in the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup will be using HALO rods during the upcoming season, which kicks off Thursday at Lake Okeechobee.

    “I’m excited to join HALO,” said Canterbury. “It’s a growing rod company that builds really good rods. They work with the anglers to build rods and adjust rods to suit our needs and that’s what I’m excited about.

    “I like the sensitivity of the rods and the bend. The bend of the rod really fights the fish for you. Some rods are really stiff with just a backbone and a tip but these HALO rods have a parabolic bend all the way down. You don’t lose many fish and that’s because of the action of the rod.”

    For more information on HALO Fishing, check out www.halofishing.com.

  • Howes wins Kissimmee tiebreaker

    Howes wins Kissimmee tiebreaker

    Rich Howes caught four bass that weighed a combined 9-10 on Sunday to win a 5-hour fish-off against Daniel Lanier Jr. and claim the crown at the Kissimmee Chain Bassmaster Southern Open.

    Lanier caught just a single keeper for 3-10 in the fish-off after the anglers had been deadlocked at the top of the day-3 standings with 47-02 totals.

    Howes and Lanier adopted different strategies in the fish-off. Howes elected to lock through from the launch site on Lake Tohopekaliga and run to his most productive area on Lake Kissimmee. It would put him on more productive water, but the long run would consume a lot of time.

    “I thought I had a chance when I got near the launch area and realized that Danny had spent all day on Toho,” Howes said. “I know how tough the fishing has been there, and I thought my bag might be enough.”

    Howes, who'll gain a berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic provided he fishes the other two Southern Opens, flipped and pitched a Gambler BB Cricket and John Bitter’s Bitter Bug with a 1 1/2-ounce tungsten weight. Full details of his winning pattern will be published soon.

  • Big chill at the Big O

    Cool temperatures and a stiff north wind today made it tough to put much together as practice for the Lake Okeechobee FLW Tour season opener got under way.

    Luke Clausen and Jay Yelas are both counting on a warmup that's expected to take place as the week wears on. That, they both say, will certainly change how the lake will fish once competition starts on Thursday. To read their day-1 practice reports, click here.

  • Fish-off required at Kissimmee Open

    Fish-off required at Kissimmee Open

    The Kissimmee Bassmaster Southern Open will go to a Sunday fish-off after Floridians Daniel Lanier, the day-1 leader, and Richard Howes, who topped the standings after day 2, both concluded day 3 with a 47-02 total.

    Lanier and Howes will fish from 7 a.m. to noon Eastern time on Sunday.

    Lanier, who led by 9 pounds after the first day, bounced back from a miserable day 2 that dropped him to 6th place by weighing 16-12 on day 3. Howes, who sacked 20-02 on day 2, weighed 14-10 on day 3.

    Here are the totals for the 12 anglers who competed on day 3:

    1. (tie) Daniel Lanier Jr.: 47-02
    1. (tie) Richard Howes: 47-02
    3. Brandon Lester: 46-10
    4. Chad Morgenthaler: 45-15
    5. Jordan Card: 39-01
    6. Trevor Fitzgerald: 38-13
    7. Bradley Jones: 38-00
    8. Todd Auten: 37-07
    9. Derek Remitz: 36-05
    10. David Walker: 36-05
    11. Tracy Adams: 36-02
    12. Glenn Browne: 34-14

  • Surman, Dudley help out at kids tourney

    Surman, Dudley help out at kids tourney

    Instead of kicking back and relaxing on the eve of the first official practice of the FLW Tour season, pros Mike Surman and David Dudley spent part of their Saturday pitching in at a children’s fishing tournament in south Florida.

    Bass Fishing Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization, held its season opener at CB Smith Park in Broward County, where Surman and Dudley were on hand to give the kids tips and share some fish stories. More than 25 kids, ranging from 6 to 17 years old, participated.

    “I am proud to be a part of this program,” Surman said. “The kids really are good anglers and they know their stuff. The parents come out and support their kids. They even cart their gear around the lake and more. It's great they support their kids and their love for fishing. It's something they can enjoy together long after the kids are full grown and out of the house.”

    It was the first of nine tournaments this year – seven qualifying events and a wild-card leading up to the Kid’s Classic, where participants in two age groups (up to 10 and 11-17) compete for a Tracker Pond Prowler boat along with a Minn Kota trolling motor.

    “Mike has done a great job with this program,” Dudley added. “(Tournament director) Gary (Waingrow) and his crew have really worked hard and it shows. Between the running of the events and tracking down sponsors, I know it has to take a lot of time. The kids are what it's all about. They are the future of more than just our sport and to see them put their energy into something positive like this is really awesome.”

  • Howes catapults into Kissimmee lead

    Howes catapults into Kissimmee lead

    Richard Howes, who began the day in 29th place, caught a 20-02 sack on day 2 of the Kissimmee Chain Bassmaster Southern Open and rocketed into the lead with 1-day remaining. Daniel Lanier, who held a 9-pound lead after the first day, weighed just two fish for 2-11 and dropped to 6th.

    “I’m flipping and pitching isolated cover with soft plastics,” Howes said. “Most of my fish are coming from 5 to 7 feet deep.

    “I only made one pass through my key area today, so I think I have a real chance at another 20 pounds.”

    He has a 14-ounce lead over Tracy Adams, who's seeking to claim his third Bassmaster Classic berth via the Opens. Adams won last year's Southern event at Norman and will compete in the Classic later this month at Oklahoma's Grand Lake.

    The Top 10 in the standings are all within 5 pounds of Howes, and the other two who'll fish tomorrow are just a few more ounces back. Those deficits can easily be erased with a single bite – specimens exceeding 8 1/2 pounds have been weighed on both days thus far.

    Here are the totals for the 12 anglers who'll return to the water for the final day:

    1. Richard Howes: 32-08
    2. Tracy Adams: 31-10
    3. Brandon Lester: 31-09
    4. Trevor Fitzgerald: 31-05
    5. David Walker: 30-13
    6. Daniel Lanier: 30-06
    7. Derek Remitz: 29-04
    8. Jordan Card: 28-12
    9. Glenn Browne: 27-13
    10. Todd Auten: 27-11
    11. Chad Morgenthaler: 27-05
    12. Bradley Jones: 27-04

  • Okuma deal for Starks

    Okuma deal for Starks

    Okuma Fishing Tackle announced today it has added Bassmaster Elite Series angler Jeremy Starks to its pro staff.

    The West Virginia native, who's preparing to fish his first Bassmaster Classic later this month, will use Okuma rods and reels during the 2013 season. (Click the photo to an enlarged version of his 2013 boat wrap).

    “I aggressively sought out Okuma this past year because I took notice of the top quality of the products,” Starks said. “I know they are moving in the right direction and in a hurry. I wanted to be a part of that, and I wanted to be able to rely on a top-quality product for my fishing success. I am truly excited to be on board.”

  • Frabill lands Rose

    Frabill lands Rose

    Frabill, a top manufacturer of raingear and landing nets, has added FLW Tour veteran Mark Rose to its pro staff. Rose has long been affiliated with Plano, which acquired Frabill last year.

    “Getting sponsored by Frabill feels natural,” he said. “Like Plano, they’re a brand that anglers can trust. From top-quality extreme-weather raingear to premium landing nets, Frabill’s got it all. And with both companies invested in the FLW Tour, it was a natural match. I’m pumped about this new alliance.”

  • Smoothness defined

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    Lots of spinning reels on the market will suit the needs of the casual angler – that guy or gal isn't making hundreds of casts during a day on the water. Hard-core bass-chasers need a reel that'll be totally reliable and won't cause fatigue halfway through the day.

    The Abu Garcia Revo SX fits that description. To find out more about it, click here to visit the Catch More Fish page.

  • Gluszek moves to Bass Cat

    Gluszek moves to Bass Cat

    More than 16 years ago, back when high-level B.A.S.S. events featured two pros paired up in each boat, Pete Gluszek and Rick Pierce were drawn to fish together on day 1 of the Virginia Eastern Invitational at Lake Gaston.

    "I lost the coin-flip to that sucker, so we had to fish out of his Bass Cat," Gluszek recalled this week. "It was bright yellow or some kind of crazy color at that time.

    "It was in the fall (late September) and the shad were way back up in the creeks, and we were triggering strikes underneath those shad schools with Rat-L-Traps. It wasn't really a dominating effort on our part, so we had a lot of time to talk and we had a good time getting to know each other."

    That was the first time that Gluszek had met the Bass Cat owner and also his initial experience fishing out of a boat made by that company. Now he's the newest member of the Bass Cat pro staff.

    A spot on the staff opened up this year when Andy Morgan moved to Bullet, and Pierce offered it to Gluszek. The New Jerseyite, who wrapped up a long stint with Ranger last year, will run a Bass Cat in next month's Bassmaster Classic, and also in the Northern Opens and FLW EverStarts when they come to his part of the country this summer.

    Gluszek will be among a lot of familiar faces – he has a long-running friendship with Bass Cat Northeastern sales representative Steve Bosley, and he's also tight with Mike Iaconelli (his fellow Bass University co-founder) and John Crews (who's been an instructor at several BU sessions).

    "One of the things that's really got me fired up about this deal is the relationships," he said. "Bass Cat has made a great commitment to BU and they want to be part of that program, and it's just a close-knit group that really gets along well together. Ike and Crews had both commented to me what a treat it was to be affiliated with a company like that."

    Pierce's memory of that day in '96 isn't quite as vivid as Gluszek's. Pierce ended up finishing 130th in a monstrous field of 332 anglers, while Gluszek was 73rd. In between them were a guy named VanDam (101st) and a fellow named Dudley (115th).

    "We didn't have a great day, but it was a fair day," Pierce said. "Both of us had our best stuff leave us and we were adjusting all day long."

    Said Gluszek: "I remember a lot of those fish just swatting at that bait, and I lost several right at the boat. That's what kept me out of the check line."

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