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  • Belief

    By Joe Balog

    John Cox doesn’t care what you think. He’s not concerned if you call him "Tin Man" or scoff at the possibility of him competing against anglers with more

  • $300,000 Worth Of Sacrifice

    By Joe Balog

    Another FLW championship is in the books, another champion has been crowned. As predicted, this year’s event was a real memory-maker, resulting in an outcome never more

  • The Summer Championship

    By Joe Balog

    The first week of August brings us the FLW World Championship, as 50 anglers will take to Alabama’s Wheeler Lake in pursuit of the Forrest Wood Cup. Interest more

  • Attention Readers

    By Joe Balog

    I’ve always appreciated a show of athletic dominance in professional fishing. Recently, the best players on each major tour didn’t disappoint, as KVD put the screws more

  • As Good As It Gets

    By Miles Burghoff

    I have, on rare occasions, asked myself, “Is there anything else I would want to do with my life?” Usually this question comes up in situations of duress – more

  • The Results Are In

    By Joe Balog

    Last week brought the ICAST show to Orlando, and attendees were greeted with everything new in fishing. As reported here, I attended in order to uncover all the more

  • Orlando Gold Rush

    By Joe Balog

    It was the 1930s – a time when fishermen sought dinner, not fortune and fame. Long before anything resembling a fishing “industry” took hold, a man in Finland more

  • New Regs Will Have Positive Impact On Florida

    By Steve Boyd

    After reading Joe Balog's opinion piece, I hope someone provided him with a chill pill. I was anxiously waiting for his thoughts on this new law, especially after more

  • Management For The Future

    By Joe Balog

    The state of Florida recently made a bold move with a major change in harvest regulations for largemouth bass. While tournaments will be exempt provided they play more

  • Only Human

    By Joe Balog

    You gotta feel bad for the guy. Greg Hackney was poised to wrap up another Bassmaster Angler of the Year title. He had won the same award in 2014; multiple more

  • Inside Mark Rose (Part 2)

    By Joe Balog

    “I’m a hunter. And good hunters learn the movements of the critter they’re after.” At this point, I was beginning to see the true Mark Rose. My relentless questioning, more

  • The Ledge Master

    By Joe Balog

    There’s three things you can count on this time of year: the spawn’s over, the fish have moved offshore, and Mark Rose is going to catch them. It seems each more

  • Cream Rises To The Top

    By Joe Balog

    Give praise where it’s due. Today, I give praise to Edwin Evers. I’m sure the 2016 Classic champ isn’t overly concerned about earning my recognition, with all more

  • Confidence And Momentum

    Confidence And Momentum

    By Miles Burghoff

    Confidence and momentum are everything in this sport. Everyone is looking for that little boost that propels them toward achieving their goals. In fishing, more

  • Hey, It’s A Free Country

    By Joe Balog

    In a recent post on the Bassmaster more

  • These Are The Days

    By Joe Balog

    As an obsessive fan of professional bass fishing, I can attest that we have entered the second golden age since the turn of the century. I’ll always argue that more

  • Luke’s Take

    By Joe Balog

    “I’m not going to give up and lay down, (but) my year’s pretty much screwed. My head’s definitely not with it right now, with all this going on”. Luke Clausen more

  • What’s Next?

    By Joe Balog

    We discussed last week the series of events that occurred during the Bassmaster Elite event at Lake Wheeler and, in particular, the disqualification of pro fishing more

  • Diversification Helps Pay The Bills

    Diversification Helps Pay The Bills

    By Miles Burghoff

    Nobody said it’d be easy. In fact, when it comes to trying to make a living in the fishing profession, almost everyone says it’s quite the opposite. I’m more

  • Fuzzy Lines

    By Joe Balog

    Wheeler’s in the books, and with it came a few notable events. Takahiro returned to the winner’s circle, an original FLW grinder finally showed his stuff and the more

  • Fishing’s True Superpower

    By Joe Balog

    I grew up in a different era. When I was a teenager, guys still gathered around to talk fishing at the local tackle store. Exaggerated truths were the norm, but more

  • Continued Sun Exposure May Lead to Cancer

    By Joe Balog

    Last week, we talked sun safety, dispelled a few myths, and got the ball rolling on how to better protect ourselves. As we discussed, skin cancer is more prevalent more

  • That Deep, Dark, Native Tan

    By Joe Balog

    A few fishing trips with close friends here in Florida got me thinking. All shared a common factor: while spending quality time in the boat, I learned each of more

  • Jersey Boys

    By Joe Balog

    Sport-show season can be a bore, but it often leads to interesting conversation. As industry insiders have extra time on their hands while standing around, any more

  • A Nice Gesture

    By Joe Balog

    Recent news took the bass tournament industry by storm, as the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) enacted rules governing tournaments on the state’s more

  • Lessons From The Master

    By Joe Balog

    “For the first time in my life, I no longer feared death.” – Rick Clunn, describing the final day of the 1990 Bassmaster Classic. Sometime around 2002, more

  • Cook Called, Clunn Answered – I Listened

    Cook Called, Clunn Answered – I Listened

    By Alan McGuckin

    I went to the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament in Palatka, Fla., last Tuesday afternoon looking for a payphone – the payphone that helped change the life of more

  • New Potomac Regs Anger Anglers

    By Steve Chaconas

    What happened to the Potomac River? Through the early B.A.S.S. tournament days, the Nation's River was the site of perennial pro slugfests and was near the top more

  • Mental Mastery

    By Joe Balog

    The headlines seemed almost contradictory. One day, the big news was all about how badly Bryan Thrift had slumped, the next day I’m reading about him winning a more

  • An Honor Just To Be There

    By Miles Burghoff

    It's now a cliché, but when people say, “Fishing is a humbling sport,” there is an overwhelming truth in that. There is no other sport in the world that I more

  • The Greatest Classic Triumph?

    By Joe Balog

    There are certain moments in professional bass fishing that will always be ingrained in the minds of fans. Last Sunday, on the final day of the 2016 BassMaster more

  • Potential For A Record-Breaker

    By Joe Balog

    The Classic is upon us. As I mentioned last week, nothing gets me charged like the Big Show. It’s here we see true validity in our sport; even occasional credibility more

  • Game-Changers

    By Joe Balog

    Ah, the Classic. Bass fishing’s undisputed Super Bowl. No event brings more excitement to our sport; nowhere is the tension so high. I’ve seen the Classic turn more

  • (Un)explainable

    By Joe Balog

    Things have been relatively quiet this week in the world of pro bass fishing. We’ve got the Classic coming up; always the highlight of my year as a press observer. more

  • New Year Off To A Hectic Start

    New Year Off To A Hectic Start

    By Miles Burghoff

    The new year is here and it has hit the ground running! I can’t believe how quickly time has passed since we rang in 2016, but I guess that's just a sign that more

  • Science, Nature and Ethics: Creating Balance

    By Joe Balog

    Over the last few weeks, we’ve discussed here the potential impacts of targeting bass during their nesting season and how that may affect the overall health of more

  • Science And The Impact Of Bed-Fishing

    By Joe Balog

    Last week, I discussed the impact of catching bass during the nesting season. A subject of debate likely since bass fishing began, the topic today is of even greater more

  • 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

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