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  • Breaking Down The Pro Circuit Schedule

    By Miles Burghoff

    In tournament fishing, you never know when your next Top-10, win, or triple-digit finish will occur. Sure, we can usually make an educated guess about which more

  • Not Afraid To Look In The Mirror

    By Joe Balog

    A recent news release grabbed my attention. Agencies studying Toledo Bend grass decline, as reported here on BassFan, discusses the baffling disappearance more

  • You Can Bet On It

    By Joe Balog

    The new year greets us with a fresh start to big-league bass, as the major tournament trails prepare for the season ahead. As always, my goal here is to inform more

  • Waiting For The Greatest Show On Earth

    Some time ago, a friend and I were talking about the future of professional bass fishing. Now, this was well before all the recent developments in the sport. Before more

  • Our Best Customer

    By Joe Balog

    The two old-timers were at home on the river. Time stood still that morning, as it had done countless times in the past, the only interruption being an errant more

  • Competitive Reset

    By Joe Balog

    By now, weíve all read the news reports about Tucker Smith and Logan Parks, the standout college bass anglers who recently took down the biggest prize in team more

  • 30 Years Of Advancement

    By Joe Balog

    Iím not that old of a guy, but Iíve noticed more people involved in bass fishing are younger than me. Maybe thatís a sign. Regardless, Iíve also recognized more

  • Fish Of A Lifetime

    By Joe Balog

    As a kid, Iíd travel to Florida each year with my dad to fish for bass. It seemed like a long way to go, especially for friends and family who would routinely more

  • One Manís Junk

    I donít spend a lot of time browsing online fishing forums, but a particular topic grabbed my attention. Disappointing lures were the subject matter. Here, participants more

  • View From The Mountain Top

    By Joe Balog

    A little research led me to a surprising statistic. In the world of social media, fishing is failing. Fan interaction is poor. Participants arenít interested. This more

  • Fishing For Fans

    By Joe Balog

    Things look good for Jacob Powroznik. Currently atop the points standings on the Bassmaster Opens circuit, Powroznik is well on his way to qualifying for the 2022 more

  • Scientifically Proven

    By Joe Balog

    I recently found myself again talking smallmouth with anglers interested in learning more about the brown bass. Despite being out of the big-water game for some more

  • Elite Series Winners

    By Joe Balog

    With the pro-level bass trails wrapped up for the season, itís time to take inventory of winning patterns. Iíve always been a big believer in playing the numbers. more

  • Alone

    By Joe Balog

    Looking back, I vividly recognize different phases of my life through bass fishing. I guess it starts with my teenage years. Sure, Iíd fished earlier, but more

  • Perfect Record

    By Joe Balog

    I just got off the phone with the best competitor on the Bass Pro Tour. His name might surprise you. Sure, Jacob Wheeler immediately comes to mind. Iím not more

  • Showing All Sides

    By Joe Balog

    One aspect of professional fishing Iíve always enjoyed is the diversity of characters. I love to observe how competitors from different parts of the country break more

  • Hand-Picked

    By Joe Balog

    This week marks the conclusion of the Bass Pro Tour regular season as the leagueís 80 anglers duke it out on Michiganís Lake St. Clair. At stake are numerous accolades, more

  • A Strong Finish

    It seems like a pattern has arisen in how I finish out my MLF Pro Circuit seasons. Apparently, itís my ďmodus operandi to rally at the TITLE Championship more

  • Already Seasoned

    By Joe Balog

    By now, everyone knows Jacob Wheeler. A decade ago, Wheeler exploded onto the pro bass scene with a BFL All-American win, quickly followed by a Forrest Wood Cup more

  • Genuine Original

    By Joe Balog

    Sad news came this week with the passing of Lonnie Stanley. The legendary Texas lure-maker was the epitome of old-school bass and heíll be missed by lots of folks more

  • Feiderís Advance

    By Joe Balog

    I never thought of Seth Feider as a veteran tour pro. Granted, time slips by quicker these days, but to me, Feider still seemed like a newcomer. Thereís no more

  • Just Good Enough

    By Miles Burghoff

    When a new season begins, all anglers set goals and daydream about the possibilities that a clean slate offers. Goals may differ, but qualifying for the tour championship more

  • Go Out(side)

    By Joe Balog

    As hardcore fans of professional bass fishing, sometimes we get short-sighted. Thereís more to the sport than shiny new boats and six-figure prizes. But itís easy more

  • Hall Of Fame Recipe

    By Joe Balog

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently celebrated a milestone in its Trophy Catch largemouth program, checking in the 100th bass more

  • Tools Of The Trade

    By Joe Balog

    ďLive from ICAST.Ē This time of year, every media source brings us to the tackle industryís crowning achievement, the ICAST tradeshow. But rather than cram more

  • Whatís Old Is New Again?

    By Joe Balog

    I just finished another fascinating read from In-Fisherman magazine. From what I understand, studies indicate bass are quite capable of learning, and pass more

  • Precious Cargo

    By Joe Balog

    After a lifetime in the bass fishing industry, Iíve interacted with a lot of anglers anxious to learn more. One topic thatís always high on the list is keeping more

  • Streets Of Gold

    We all have them. Lures we should throw away, but just canít. A particular spinnerbait comes to mind. I love gold spinnerbaits; always have. A lot of it likely more

  • Influential Beyond Compare

    By Joe Balog

    I was saddened to see recent news of the passing of Glen Lau. For those of you relatively new to the sport, possibly unfamiliar with Lau, his contributions to more

  • The Return

    By Joe Balog

    Kevin VanDam is the greatest professional bass fisherman whoís ever lived. To some this statement may seem obvious. But remember, there was a time in this sport more

  • The Classic Ė Inside And Out

    By Joe Balog

    Another Classic in the books and another back-to-back winner. Truthfully, after KVD pulled it off, I thought weíd never see a repeat again, but this makes four. more

  • Classic Time

    The Bassmaster Classic is upon us and things are shaping up for an exciting event. Lake levels are uncharacteristically high and rising, increasing the chance more

  • Expect The Unexpected

    By Joe Balog

    Like any fan of professional bass fishing, I anxiously await the Bassmaster Classic each season. That usually puts me on the edge of my seat by Valentineís Day. more

  • Clearing

    By Joe Balog

    Mondays can be difficult. This one was no exception. The work week started off with problems. Conference calls and Zoom meetings Ė now a regular part of just more

  • Shock And Awe

    By Joe Balog

    Iíve always loved the James River. The tidal fishery is truly a unique venue in terms of professional fishing tournaments. Memories at the James span the decades. more

  • Flipping Mats of T.P.

    By Joe Balog

    My earliest memories of bass fishing on Lake Erie started with the inception of what was, I believe, the first Great Lakes bass club in the state of Ohio. Weíd more

  • Keeping Up (With) The Fight

    Over the last few years, Iíve taken the opportunity to use this forum as a place to report findings on the Asian carp situation and the effects being felt around more

  • Whoís John Cox?

    By Joe Balog

    Professional bass fishermen are fascinating. The best stories often revolve around the lifestyle and endless pursuits that go into tournament angling, that drive more

  • Too Many Tournaments in One?

    By Joe Balog

    The stage was certainly set. I have to admit, I was all but giddy on the eve of the Heavy Hitters finale. The players were perfect. Andy Morgan conquered the more

  • Competition At Any Level

    By Joe Balog

    This weekís professional fishing tours revealed an eye-catching difference among venue choices. While the Basmaster Elites struggled to catch 12-inch keepers, more

  • Endless Scanning

    By Joe Balog

    The Western guys call it ďmeteringĒ. When I was in the game, we called it ďgraphingĒ. Evidently the kids today call it ďscanningĒ. At least thatís what Jordan more

  • Great Lures Of Yesteryear

    By Joe Balog

    Sometimes my own nostalgia overcomes me. Regular readers immediately recognize my love for the old-school aspects of bass fishing, especially tackle. I guess every more

  • All In Favor?

    By Joe Balog

    A major change has occurred in professional bass fishing. Winning anglers are relying on sonar to find and catch bass in ways that didnít exist just a couple years more

  • A Hit And A Miss To Start

    By Miles Burghoff

    The best and arguably the most challenging thing about this sport is how diverse the playing fields are. In a tournament season, we visit fisheries from Florida more

  • Ghost Fish

    By Joe Balog

    ďHere one day, gone the next.Ē For years, weíve heard these gripes about smallmouth. Nomadic fish. Undependable in a tournament. Roamers. For a while, that more

  • Whiz-Bang Frogs

    You all know how I love bass fishing lore. The nostalgia of our sport. Something about those days of yesteryear just ring true to the purity and innocence of it more

  • Northern Lore

    By Joe Balog

    ďThe night before the tournament, I would have signed up for a 50th place showing.Ē Jeff Gustafson was out of his comfort zone. Three days of practice on the more

  • Will the Best Man Win?

    By Joe Balog

    As we all know, itís REDCREST week. After a few minor changes, including calendar and location adjustments (twice), the crew at MLF finally got their year-end more

  • Hammer Time

    By Joe Balog

    ďPeople think itís a young guy tournament trail, and yeah, the young guys have killed it. But I donít feel old and I donít act old Ö I know that I still have more

  • Itís The Best

    By Joe Balog

    I hadnít thrown a topwater in a while and it was good to be back. This time of year, Floridaís mild winter starts to lose its grip, giving glimpses of things to more

  • Occasional Anglers

    By Joe Balog

    I wanted to catch a pompano. Since moving to Florida more than five years ago, I had run through a bucket list of saltwater species that I craved to taste, and more

  • Space-Age Problems

    By Joe Balog

    Advancements in bass fishing equipment are amazing. Likely due to the competitive factor in our sport, manufacturers continue to push the envelope, constantly more

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