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  • Winning is Everything

    By Joe Balog

    “Plain and simple, you win.” That was Larry Nixon’s advice on how to gain sponsorships as a pro bass fisherman, as told to Terry Batisti in an interview more

  • Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt (For Everyone Else)

    By Joe Balog

    A recent post on Outdoor Hub detailing the world’s biggest bass got my wheels spinning. For the time being, let’s forego any further talk of entry fees, Classics more

  • The Demise Of The Co-Angler

    By Joe Balog

    “I’m not denying myself some great things, I just don’t have expensive hobbies.” - Bill Gates Among all of the excitement, I overlooked an more

  • Turn and Face the Strain ... Ch, Ch, Changes

    By Joe Balog

    Although this time of year brings no competition among the tour-level bass circuits, it’s certainly not without news and excitement. As next year's schedules are more

  • This Will Only Hurt For A Second

    By Joe Balog

    Within the rumor mill of pro bass, we’ve been hearing of these changes for quite some time. Truthfully, I was beginning to doubt if they’d ever take place. more

  • Ignorance is Bliss

    By Joe Balog

    A friend and I stood by the weigh-in stage and re-lived our days. Mine was one of disappointment, with lost fish costing me quite a few bucks. Despite weighing more

  • The Expanding World Of Bonus Prizes

    By Joe Balog

    I remember when I first realized what the word marketing meant. Long before a successful promotional business, before any knowledge of sponsor negotiations, press more

  • 'Twas the Witch Of November Come Stealin’

    By Joe Balog

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a Bassmaster Elite Angler of the Year. Finally. After a woefully delayed postseason event on Lake Michigan that nearly more

  • Big Adjustments After Norman

    By Miles Burghoff

    This season has seen me go through many lifestyle changes – an increase in my workload, along with increased personal and professional responsibilities. To say more

  • Cheaters Rarely Win

    By Joe Balog

    The restaurant owner was trying to gather his thoughts when I further explained the premise: There’s a guy in the front of the boat fishing as a pro and a guy more

  • It's Just Fishing (For Money)

    By Joe Balog

    “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”John Steinbeck It should have been easy. I had just posted the largest stringer of more

  • A Kingdom Without Its Crown

    By Joe Balog

    This week perhaps the biggest headline in professional bass fishing isn’t about accomplishments, but a lack of one. As the Bassmaster Elite Series winds down with more

  • A Look Into the Future?

    By Joe Balog

    “I’m kind of done talking about it.” Anthony Gagliardi was understandably a bit frustrated. Since winning the Forrest Wood Cup a few weeks ago, after a more

  • Bass Interference?

    By Steve Chaconas

    It’s a shame that a great championship event presented by FLW Outdoors, with Anthony Gagliardi emerging victorious by the slimmest of margins, has become tarnished. more

  • Cups And Classics

    By Joe Balog

    Wow. As most of you know by now, last week’s Forrest Wood Cup concluded with one of the greatest finishes in the history of pro bass tournament fishing. Hometown more

  • He Did It … Again

    By Joe Balog

    Boy, that Iaconelli is something else. I gotta hand it to the guy, he seems to just have an extra level sometimes. The great ones are like that. Whether you more

  • Can’t Complain About Champlain

    By Miles Burghoff

    I never thought I’d have so much fun missing out on a check! Usually there is no enjoyment associated with missing the cut, but at the recent Bassmaster Northern more

  • The Summer Championship

    By Joe Balog

    Next week is a very big week in pro fishing. It’s the premier event on the FLW Tour – this summer’s Forrest Wood Cup. Another champion will be crowned. I’m more

  • Determining The Best

    By Joe Balog

    The basic purpose of a bass tournament is to measure the skills of finding and catching bass among its competitors. We, as competitors at any level, long ago recognized more

  • Uncovering ICAST

    By Joe Balog

    Last week brought the annual ICAST show, which is without question the biggest event in the sportfishing industry. As many of you now know, numerous breakthrough more

  • The Greatest Show On Earth

    By Balog's Bass War

    It’s a big week in sport fishing. While the pro bass tours take a lazy summer break, the entire fishing world focuses on the industry’s annual “buzz” event: ICAST. more

  • The 'Almost' Angler Of The Year

    The 'Almost' Angler Of The Year

    By Joe Balog

    “I couldn’t have won Angler of the Year, and I wouldn’t have done anything different." Cody Meyer was trying to convince me, or perhaps himself, that his more

  • Slow and Steady Wins the Race

    Slow and Steady Wins the Race

    By Joe Balog

    I used to think that guys like Andy Morgan were a dying breed. While the latest class of pro bass superstars became more technologically advanced, and ventured more

  • America’s Pastime

    By Joe Balog

    A stormy morning quickly dispelled any hopes I had of going fishing. Deadlines, office clutter and a list of obligations helped the cause. But before the rest more

  • BASSFest: The Fans Win

    By Miles Burghoff

    As part of my very hectic schedule, I was fortunate to be able to participate in the very first BASSFest as part of the Shimano Experience Team. At first, I wasn’t more

  • BASSFest: A New Era?

    By Joe Balog

    As we head into the final stretches of this season’s professional bass tours, without question the biggest event of late was the recent BASSFest at Lake Chickamauga. more

  • More About Florida’s Plan

    By Joe Balog

    Last week we chatted about the State of Florida’s redirection of fisheries management goals and the increased emphasis it's placing on trophy bass management. more

  • The King Wants His Crown Back

    By Joe Balog

    I remember seeing an old, black-and-white photo my dad held onto from an early trip to the bass mecca of Florida. Featured was a much younger and thinner version more

  • Elite Goal Will Be Tough To Reach

    Elite Goal Will Be Tough To Reach

    By Miles Burghoff

    Sometimes no matter how well you prepare, and no matter how many controllable factors you take into account, it’s just not your time. The recent Bassmaster more

  • Is A World-Record Smallmouth On The Horizon?

    By Joe Balog

    At one time, recreational bass fishermen across the North regarded a 5-pound smallmouth as a true trophy. As time went on, fishing equipment advanced, previously more

  • Swimming With The Fishes

    By Joe Balog

    I’ve always been fascinated by the intricacies of catching bass and those anglers who become intimately familiar with their quarry. Most often, big-money events more

  • Proof Is In The Pounds: Fork Reigns Supreme

    By Joe Balog

    “Good Lord!” I said it aloud, although I was alone in my home. I had just checked the outcome of this year’s Toyota Texas Bass Classic and could hardly more

  • Time To Stop The Bleeding

    By Joe Balog

    Well, I just got back from a great vacation. I might have gone a little overboard, spending a couple thousand bucks and fishing everyday, but it was worth it. more

  • Black Tuesday?

    By Joe Balog

    Spring is in the air around my part of the world. The Great Lakes have awoken fully from there monumental winter slumber, open water is finally available, and more

  • A Long-Overdue Trip

    By Joe Balog

    After what seems like an eternity away from bass fishing, it’s finally my turn to dust the sticks off. While I’m immersed in fishing nearly every day from a business more

  • Rig Or No Rig, The Cream Rises

    By Joe Balog

    “Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.” ― George R.R. Martin, "A Game of Thrones" It wasn’t long ago that the umbrella more

  • No Longer Just For Me

    By Miles Burghoff

    August, 2006. I was on the road to my new start – my new life. I was alone. I loved it. I continued to love my selfish lifestyle for the next 7 years. I more

  • Seminars Of The Future

    By Joe Balog

    I remember one of the first pro bass seminars I ever attended. Always eager to rub elbows with my childhood heroes, I somehow convinced my mom to drive me an hour more

  • Two-Tour Pros Help the Cause

    By Joe Balog

    Like many of you, I scour the media for any information on the big-name pros. I’m always amazed at their demonstrations of skill when fishing for big money. I more

  • Back To The Future

    By Miles Burghoff

    I want to apologize for not being as on top of this column as I normally am. It’s not that I don’t have anything to report – in fact, the exact opposite is true. I've more

  • I’m Keeping Score

    By Joe Balog

    Well, we’re off and running on all cylinders in the world of pro bass. The early tournaments brought us results surprisingly like those of recent years. One man more

  • The Howeller

    By Joe Balog

    Months prior to winning the Bassmaster Classic, Randy Howell had booked an appearance at a popular spring sales event at Bass Pro Shops. There, he assumed he would more

  • What’s It Really Like to Win a Classic?

    By Joe Balog

    As fans of bass fishing, we all know by now the major events that occurred last month at the Bassmaster Classic: the top producing patterns, the best lures, the more

  • Omori Opens Up About Info

    By Joe Balog

    It was a decade ago, possibly a little more, when I met Takahiro Omori, though he might not remember. We were both at the newly built home of Rick Clunn, nestled more

  • Rare Insight

    Rare Insight

    By Joe Balog

    Of course, my flight’s delayed. In the middle of what seems like an endless winter through much of the North, I long to just get away from it all. Packing for more

  • My Pick To Win The Classic

    Ladies and gentlemen, step right up. It’s the show you’ve all been waiting for. That’s right, it’s Bassmaster Classic week, and things couldn’t be better. This more

  • DQs Dominated At Opener

    By Joe Balog

    Well, our first big event of the year has come and gone. Despite a poor opening round, my pick for the winner looked pretty good after day two, as Florida ace more

  • DQs Point Out Issues That Need Fixing

    By John Johnson

    There's nothing wrong with the FLW Tour rules that led more

  • My Pick To Win Okeechobee

    By Joe Balog

    This week marks the beginning of yet another season of professional bass fishing. While the Bassmaster Elite pros patiently wait to compete in the Classic or work more

  • A Little Birdy Told Me

    By Joe Balog

    “Civilian aviation authorities reported no confirmed occurrences of cell phones affecting flight safety on aircraft with on-board cellular base stations." So more

  • Winning Against All Odds

    By Joe Balog

    Traveling over Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon on a crystal-clear desert day last week reminded me of the tales I’d read of Rick Clunn winning the U.S. Open, fully more

  • Accountability Is Crucial

    By Miles Burghoff

    It’s an amazing feeling when you renounce the fear of failure and embrace the learning process of your trade – the ups and the downs. I can say with confidence more

  • Bass Fishing’s True Roots

    By Joe Balog

    Last week, I alluded to a conversation I had with Ott DeFoe recently. We ended up on the same flight after a promotional meeting at Minn Kota and, while we waited more

  • Tour Expansion Part 2: It's Not That Easy

    By Joe Balog

    The harsh reality of winter has now settled in through much of the country’s northern range. In my home state of Michigan, snow is severe, and excessively low more

  • A Eureka! Moment

    By Joe Balog

    Last week, I alluded to a predicament in pro fishing that’s influencing nearly all of the top players: Number of events, or a lack of them. My eureka moment thought more

  • One Happy Angler

    By Joe Balog

    Well, the Bassmaster Classic Wild Card event has come and gone, so it’s naturally relevant that we take a little time here to comment on the string of events. more

  • Nice Guys Finish First

    By Joe Balog

    I recently completed an article for In-Fisherman that will appear this spring in that magazine's annual Bass Guide. Most of you diehard bass geeks are sure to more

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