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  • Shake Your Teeth Out

    A recent interview with Brett Hite took me to ChatterBait utopia, and I wondered where weíd go from here. Not long ago Ė just back in 2008 Ė the lure was having more

  • If You Rest, You Rust

    ďTo be a successful bass pro today, a guyís got to be young and committed. It takes total dedication to the goal; there can be no side projects or distractions more

  • A New Set Of Rules

    After a dull early season full of cancelations and delays, pro bass fishing rebounded with a fury this month. Both the Bassmaster and MLFLW crews took it to the more

  • The Erie Rebound

    By Miles Burghoff

    As much as I think I know which lakes I'll have a good event at, Iím always surprised at how the venues that are seemingly outside of my wheelhouse ultimately more

  • Digital Thrillers

    By Joe Balog

    A friend and I recently took a trip down memory lane. The subject was bass fishing television and, not surprisingly, we both harped on the good olí days. There more

  • Escape The Madness

    Iíve only received one piece of negative feedback here at BassFan. Well, one that I took to heart, anyway. Sure, there have been disagreements that Iíve contemplated more

  • Whatís the Plan?

    I thought we had seen the end of big-water bass fishing; I really did. By that, Iím referring to the tendency of major tournament organizations to get away from more

  • X-Factor

    By Joe Balog

    Iím fascinated by fish. Since my early childhood, Iíve always wanted to learn more about them in a constant quest to uncover secrets behaviors. I suppose the underlying more

  • Slowing The Momentum

    By Joe Balog

    After spending a few days out of the loop, I was surprised by the headlines when I signed back on. Shocked, really. ďBPT Anglers Likely To Pay Entry Fees In more

  • Making The Rules

    By Joe Balog

    Iíve always been one to question the accepted principles, especially when they apply to fishing. Maybe itís a generational thing, I donít know, but Iíve never more

  • Chick Code Finally Cracked

    By Miles Burghoff

    There are some lakes where your decision-making seems to be consistently sluggish, or just downright wrong most of the time, which produces poor results. That more

  • Super Duper!

    By Joe Balog

    Iíve got to say, pro bass fishing has come a long way. While itís always hard to accept change, the recent expansion of our sport has made for some blockbuster more

  • Overlooked Gems

    By Joe Balog

    In the course of a year, I interview dozens of people involved in the fishing industry. Some of my favorite chat sessions are with the most successful tournament more

  • Majors, Minors And Zeroes

    By Joe Balog

    When it comes to fishing, you just canít force it. Deep down I knew this, but I found myself sweating it out anyway. The locals had warned me when I moved to more

  • Nothing Else Mattered

    By Joe Balog

    Iíd left my Coke on top the truck. It was evident now, as I watched 32 ounces of it slosh around the bed, along with a foam Wendyís cup I hoped wouldnít blow out more

  • Life Of A Ringer

    By Joe Balog

    With tension and negativity crowding the headlines, I thought we could use a little fun. Luckily, I stumbled across a concept that would provide just that and more

  • Game On

    By Joe Balog

    Last week, we looked into the revised and refigured 2020 FLW Pro Circuit and how it may change the careers of many involved. This time, letís check in on the Bassmaster more

  • New Game

    By Joe Balog

    Barring any unforeseen changes, professional bass fishing will again be under way in about a month, although the look of it all may change. Crowd control, weigh-in more

  • Florida Bass To The Rescue

    By Joe Balog

    Is bigger always better? I wondered as I dove into a recent article. It seems the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation plans to stock Grand Lake with more

  • Round 2

    By Miles Burghoff

    Itís been nearly two months since I made the drive home from the last FLW Pro Circuit event on Lake Martin. Since then, we have all watched as the world changed more

  • Will History Ever Repeat?

    By Joe Balog

    America loves the Cinderella story. Tin Cup. The Miracle on Ice. Carl the Greenskeeper. The underdog story permeates even pro bass fishing with regularity. more

  • Reflections

    By Joe Balog

    I have an organization sickness. Iíve known about it for quite some time and struggle daily not to let it overrun me. Nowadays, my ailment probably has a name, more

  • Waiting It Out

    By Joe Balog

    Like many of you, I sit back and wait to see what happens. With our quarantine comes a period of great uncertainty Ė for the country, our people and our passion. more

  • Fishingís Last Innovation?

    By Joe Balog

    Iíve been trying to find the origination of the fish hook. Perhaps itís an impossible quest, but I felt the need to do so based largely on curiosity. For some more

  • Getting Them Out There

    By Joe Balog

    Weíre doing it for the kids. Bill Siemantel had heard it all before. Fishing industry spokesmen put on the big smile when it came to youth-driven activities, more

  • More From The Society

    By Joe Balog

    Last week, you read of decreased conservation topics in a leading B.A.S.S. publication, followed by an upward trend in online reporting by the group. We linked more

  • A Decent Start, But Improvement Needed

    By Miles Burghoff

    With everything that's transpired since last fall, I didnít expect to be able to catch up on everything that I'd hoped to accomplish both on and off the water. more

  • Well-Deserved Space

    By Joe Balog

    With all of the magazines I receive each month, I do my part to keep the postal service in business. Itís my responsibility to keep abreast of professional bass more

  • So Obvious, Itís Overlooked

    By Joe Balog

    I never fish by the boat ramp. I just canít do it. And community holes? Forget it. Thereís just something about casting to a spot that sees dozens of lures more

  • Our Latest Champion

    Another year has passed; with it comes another Bassmaster Classic champion, and a deserving one at that. Now, before we go any further, I have to boast for my more

  • Classic Eve

    By Joe Balog

    'Twas the night before Christmas. Or the Classic. Even better. Yes, itís that time of year again, when a champion will be crowned and the best outdoor show more

  • Mother Nature Holds The Cards

    Last week, the MLFLW team hosted two compelling professional fishing events in the state of Florida, both of which brought fans giant fish catches through tumultuous more

  • Visiting An Old Friend

    By Joe Balog

    Giving credit where itís due, a big shout-out to Bassmaster Magazine this month. I must admit, Iíve gotten away from the B.A.S.S. bible lately, as content just more

  • A List Of Affairs

    By Joe Balog

    Thereís just so much going on in professional bass fishing. Of course, thatís the case every week lately as developments, expansions and a craving for competition more

  • Target Audience

    By Joe Balog

    Last year brought sweeping changes to the professional bass industry, and 2020 is proving to be no different. More specifically, weíre seeing modifications to more

  • A Big Challenge Met

    By Miles Burghoff

    I canít believe it's already February! It seems like just a few weeks ago that I was trailering my Nitro Z19 home from the FLW Cup in Hot Springs. In reality, more

  • JT: One Year Later

    By Joe Balog

    I have to admit, I was wrong. About this time last year, I learned that JT Kenney, the hardcore tournament grinder from Palm Bay, Fla., was going to hang up his more

  • The New World

    By Joe Balog

    In the year 2000, I dove head-first into the business of fishing, incorporating the Millennium Promotions agency and hoping for the best. With the supposed Y2K more

  • Help Me, Help You

    By Joe Balog

    ďWe recognized an overall disdain for the program,Ē Matt Phillips admitted, ďso we did a pause in operations.Ē Phillips is the leader of the Invasive Plant more

  • Adding Up The Positives

    By Joe Balog

    The New Year brings both reflection and resolution; contemplating where we went wrong, and plans to improve in the future. Just as important is realizing where more

  • Live Bait Ė Itís Great!

    By Joe Balog

    I was somewhat surprised to see my photo in the most recent issue of In-Fisherman magazine. It had slipped my mind that Iíd contributed to a piece on big bass more

  • Lifeís Too Short

    By Joe Balog

    I jumped at the chance recently to appear on Ike Live Ė the junkie podcast hosted by Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek Ė invited on to voice my view of the rapidly more

  • Plan B

    By Joe Balog

    If this were a movie, youíd say they planned it all along. Modern-day cinema is so full of twists and turns that, as soon as you figure out who done it, the entire more

  • Whoís Paying Who?

    By Joe Balog

    An ordinary email came across my desk; FLW was taking applications for the 2020 FLW Pro Circuit marshal program. Itís a pretty easy concept: those interested pay more

  • Thank You, Mom

    Thank You, Mom

    By Miles Burghoff

    As Iíve pointed out in this column before, there is a misconception that the sport of competitive fishing is a solitary one. This, of course, couldnít be further more

  • Fishing Is Everything

    By Joe Balog

    Throughout a 20-plus year career in fishing, Iíve worn a lot of hats. Sure, the fishing part is always the most fun, but other aspects of the business are often more

  • A Man With Another Answer

    Like many of you, I was overwhelmed. After hearing all the hubbub about Major League Fishingís purchase of FLW and the resulting overhaul of the FLW Tour, I could more

  • Winning Tactics Of The BPT

    Previously we explored winning lures on the 2019 FLW and B.A.S.S. Elite tours in an attempt to uncover the secrets of champions. Keeping with our theme, weíll more

  • Elite Investigation

    Early last month, I shared with you the near-death experience of much of my tackle, as I considered selling off goods I no longer use. A close investigation of more

  • Inaugural Address

    Late last week, we learned of Major League Fishingís acquisition of FLW, easily the largest organizational change in the history of our sport. This week, additional more

  • All Aboard!

    Things couldnít have been better. After a prolonged period away, I was finally back on the river. My first spot produced four bass on as many casts Ė no giants, more

  • Fitting End

    First God created bass, dividing them into three groups, each to uniquely challenge man. The largemouth occupied the swamps and ponds of the South, growing to more

  • Good Timing

    Scott Canterbury still remembers his first day on the job as a professional bass fisherman. Having made a few dollars fishing Costa and BFL events, Canterbury more

  • Turning Into My Dad

    Every day there are more aspects of pop culture I donít understand. Maybe itís a sign of getting old. Iíve always held to the belief that you knew you were old more

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