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  • For The Love Of Bass

    By Joe Balog

    Effectively tired of mediocre catches, I was convinced the best way to a really big fish was with a shiner. Without question, more big bass in Florida are caught more

  • Luring Customers

    By Joe Balog

    With the darkness of winter comes anticipation for bass anglers. It’s the time of year when new product showcases grace the pages of our favorite magazines and more

  • Support From The Masses

    By Joe Balog

    Keeping up with current events, big news comes this week with the start of the tournament season as things got under way in south Florida at the Lake Okeechobee more

  • The End Of An Era?

    By Joe Balog

    After a brief period away from my duties here, I’m excited to get back to business. The world of bass fishing leaps into the New Year with an optimistic direction, more

  • Ain't No "I" in Team

    By Joe Balog

    The final Bassmaster Classic qualifier was determined last weekend via the Team Championship Fish-Off held on Lake Guntersville. Claiming the last slot was Thomas more

  • Lots Of Irons In The Fire

    Lots Of Irons In The Fire

    By Miles Burghoff

    Okay, I know, I 've been a bit quiet as far as my column here on BassFan is concerned. Believe me, it’s not because of a lack of things to talk about. Since more

  • Pro Fishing’s Future

    By Joe Balog

    Last weekend, competitors clashed in one of the biggest bass tournaments in the country, yet it slipped under the radar of many fans. We all know it wasn’t the more

  • The Fish Of A Lifetime

    By Joe Balog

    Unpacking a few boxes after my recent move, I came across a special memento. It’s a plaque containing photos of many of my favorite Great Lakes fishing memories; more

  • The Primary Consideration

    By Joe Balog

    As the tournament world settles into preparation for next season, it’s a good time to take a step back and focus on important issues in our sport. Several areas more

  • Tournament Bass Fishing’s Greatest Accomplishment

    By Joe Balog

    There have been special moments in professional bass fishing where one competitor repeatedly rose above the rest, to be forever written in the history books. Often more

  • Calling Out FLW

    By Joe Balog

    Previously, I investigated questions being posed by bass fishing fans all around the world regarding the apparent direction of the FLW Tour. This week, I intended more

  • State Of The Union

    By Joe Balog

    Big news continues to trickle in across the world of professional bass fishing, with the latest coming from the FLW camp. We first heard news of a change a more

  • Throwing Chairs

    By Joe Balog

    I keep a file of interesting facts and compelling quotes and one recently caught my eye: Former basketball coach Bobby Knight talked about what it means to love more

  • Change is Good, I Think

    By Joe Balog

    This is the time of year when bass pros across the country are looking ahead to next year. As many climb into or out of a deer stand, spend time tinkering with more

  • Mandatory Sponsorships

    By Joe Balog

    This week brought some truly breakthrough journalism in the world of pro bass fishing, or at least the beginning of it. While other information sources continue more

  • Pea-Sized Thoughts

    By Joe Balog

    “If you get one on, whatever you do, don’t lose him.” Such were the words of a prominent bass pro to his co-angler partner in a major FLW event, televised years more

  • Ten Golden Tickets

    By Joe Balog

    Well, it's official – the 2015 professional bass fishing season is now in the books. FLW takes a break while B.A.S.S. awaits a few more Classic qualifiers through more

  • Floatplane Ride Offers Time To Reflect

    Floatplane Ride Offers Time To Reflect

    By Miles Burghoff

    The intensely deep growl of the Beaver 60TF floatplane reverberates in my bones as the propeller struggles to free the pontoons from the water. The heavy load more

  • Line In The Sand

    By Joe Balog

    B.A.S.S. recently released the 2016 Elite Series schedule to much anticipation of anglers and fans. Big news was of the tour’s expansion to nine regular-season more

  • A-Mart Kills The Suspense

    By Joe Balog

    Summer turned to fall recently with the passing of Labor Day, and things are about wrapped up for the 2015 professional tournament season. The lone exception, more

  • FLW Needs To Examine Final Day Format

    By Todd Ceisner

    Imagine Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth being told before the final round of the Masters or U.S. Open, or any PGA event for that matter, that they can’t use the more

  • The Great Adventure

    By Joe Balog

    The boat smells like a commercial fishing vessel as I unload it one last time. Mondays have always been the day to clean and patch up my gear, tighten a few screws more

  • The Latest King Is Crowned

    By Joe Balog

    This week marked another milestone in the world of pro bass, as Brad Knight became the new Forrest Wood Cup champion, pocketing a cool half-a-mil. Like most of more

  • The New Era

    By Joe Balog

    Like many of you, I’m a pretty serious fan of professional fishing. If it were football, I’d be the guy who wears a team jersey over his suit to the office on more

  • Nature’s Marketing Department

    By Joe Balog

    “Try to center on a word, or a sound.” The yoga instructor was attempting to get our class focused while in meditation. At the time I was new to the stretching more

  • Throw The Book At Him

    By Joe Balog

    We've again saw a display of dominance in pro bass fishing as Edwin Evers became the first-ever Elite Series back-to-back event winner with his triumph at the more

  • A Rational Mind Comes Forward

    By Joe Balog

    This week, Elite Series competitors take on the St Lawrence River, one of the nation’s first popular northern bass fisheries and site of countless memory-making more

  • Truly Going Old School

    By Joe Balog

    An ad in a fishing publication got me thinking. Featured was FLW Tour Angler of the Year Scott Martin behind the wheel of his Ranger, likely at a tournament blast-off. more

  • Careless Smiles

    By Joe Balog

    I never would have guessed that someday I’d be one of the thousands of bass anglers who'd been beaten in a tournament by Bill Dance. But it just happened. Good more

  • Lessons From ICAST

    By Miles Burghoff

    On the eve of my favorite fishing industry event, ICAST, I’m packing my bags and ironing out the details of my busy 3-day schedule. Not unlike a kid on the more

  • Throwing Cares To The Wind

    By Joe Balog

    A recent headline came across my desk that got me thinking. “Lake Jordan Stocked with More Than a Quarter Million Florida Bass, With More on the Way.” When more

  • Schmitt's Final Day Hindered By Local

    By Steve Chaconas

    The impact of local anglers on professionals competing in tournaments is nothing new. One of the most recent prominent examples was at last year’s Forrest Wood more

  • A Photo Finish For FLW

    By Joe Balog

    While B.A.S.S. moves north for its final push, the big news this week in pro fishing centers around the photo-finish ending of the FLW regular season. I must more

  • The Unlikeliest Hero

    By Joe Balog

    Though I certainly don’t consider myself a wise man, I’ve found in life that, most often, first impressions are useless. The person you least expect to relate more

  • The Evolving Bass Angler

    By Joe Balog

    The class syllabus was simple and straightforward. Field sessions would be held rain or shine. As students, we could expect to trash our clothes and come home more

  • Your $50 Bass Guide

    By Joe Balog

    “We gotta figure something out. I feel like we’re working against each other.” I was trying to keep the peace with the angler in the back of my boat. While more

  • Raising The Stakes

    By Joe Balog

    Headlines on the pro trails this week will certainly be all about BASSFest. Last year’s inaugural event was quite popular, and I’m sure the popularity will only more

  • Not The End Of The World

    By Miles Burghoff

    I’ve heard it said that successful athletes must have a short memory. It's been widely reported that the best competitors have an ability to completely forget more

  • The Making Of A Champion

    By Joe Balog

    Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky. In their primes, they were unquestionably the best at their respective games. In our sport, however, more

  • Life-Changing Bass Tournaments

    By Joe Balog

    Each October, I serve as emcee for the Central Basin Bass Benefit Tournament in Akron, Ohio. It’s a great event, benefiting kids in need at Cleveland MetroHealth more

  • What’s The Score?

    By Joe Balog

    Edwin Evers is really a powerhouse. Like many other fishing fans around the world, I watched last weekend as Evers became the first two-time champion in the history more

  • 750 Out Of 750

    By Joe Balog

    No hits, no runs, no errors. A perfect game. Though I never thought we’d see an example of such in our beloved sport of bass fishing, we finally did. Ray Hanselman more

  • Too Smart for Our Own Good?

    By Joe Balog

    A review of recent popular literature on the sport of bass fishing sent my mind wandering. For years, I’ve done all I can to learn more about the various species more

  • Band-Wagon Biologists

    By Joe Balog

    According to Google: “A natural resource is anything that people can use which comes from nature.” We are led to believe that bass, and other game fish, fit more

  • Trumping Nature

    Trumping Nature

    By Joe Balog

    Do you remember your best bass-fishing day ever? Perhaps it was toss-up between a few. What about those times makes them stand out in your mind? The number more

  • Definition Of A Pro

    By Miles Burghoff

    I’ve always taken the subject of titles very seriously. When I moved into that tin can I called home in 2006, I had one overwhelmingly intense focus in life more

  • Disaster's Helping Hands

    By Joe Balog

    Oblivious to the rest of the world, I continued to vacuum away at my boat’s carpet. Lying on the floor, contorting my body in order to clean beneath the consoles, more

  • Writing The Rule Book

    By Joe Balog

    The pro seasons are up and running, leaving us plenty to talk about. This week, a huge congratulations goes to Dave Lefebre for again proving why he is one of more

  • Unprofessional

    By Steve Chaconas

    Many people freely apply “pro” status to top-level bass anglers. Most pros are among the greatest people you will ever meet. They are family oriented and true more

  • Picture Cloudy Around Latest DQ

    By Joe Balog

    Another season has begun on the Bassmaster Elite Series, bringing us another Chris Lane win and another high-profile DQ. It seems all is normal in the world. For more

  • Faith

    By Joe Balog

    JT Kenney is a straight shooter, no doubt. In today’s world of pro bass fishing that can be a rarity, as political correctness and sponsorship concerns often more

  • Classic Conclusion

    By Joe Balog

    All Brian Snowden could do was laugh. Nearing the end of a terrible day of fishing while competing in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic, Snowden had just hooked more

  • Pressure: Part 1

    By Joe Balog

    I’m always anxious to learn from the world’s best bass pros, all the while trying to unlock their secrets. As many of you know, I participated in the press opportunities more

  • Classic Is A Networking Nirvana

    By Miles Burghoff

    Yet another Bassmaster Classic is in the books, and as I leave South Carolina for the warmer pastures of California, I must admit I’m a little bit worn around more

  • Lets’s Just Pick The Winner

    By Joe Balog

    There’s a lot of big tournaments in the bass fishing world, but there’s only one Bassmaster Classic. Last week, in Greenville, S.C., B.A.S.S. ensured it kept that more

  • The Difference

    By Miles Burghoff

    What’s the difference between making a check and finding yourself scrolling to the next page of the standings to find your name? What’s the difference between more

  • Crowning A Champion

    By Joe Balog

    The big show is here at last. After an extended time off, the Bassmaster circuit gets things up and running with the 45th Bassmaster Classic this week, to be held more

  • A Life-Changing Tournament

    By Joe Balog

    It was probably the 1989 Classic that changed my life. I’m sure that sounds strange, as I didn’t compete or even attend the weigh-in. But I can still remember more

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