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  • Endless Scanning

    By Joe Balog

    The Western guys call it “metering”. When I was in the game, we called it “graphing”. Evidently the kids today call it “scanning”. At least that’s 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 didn’t 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

    “Here one day, gone the next.” For years, we’ve 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

    “The night before the tournament, I would have signed up for a 50th place showing.” 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, it’s 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

    “People think it’s a young guy tournament trail, and yeah, the young guys have killed it. But I don’t feel old and I don’t act old … I know that I still have more

  • It’s The Best

    By Joe Balog

    I hadn’t thrown a topwater in a while and it was good to be back. This time of year, Florida’s 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

  • One Step Ahead

    While writing continues to be a fun hobby, marketing and promotions still pay the bills in my office as my Millennium Promotions group now celebrates 20 years more

  • Preparing For The Season Ahead

    By Miles Burghoff

    No matter how good or bad a tournament season was, a new year brings with it new opportunity and a renewed sense of optimism. By no means was 2020 a bad year for more

  • Trophy Factor

    By Joe Balog

    “I don’t know about you, but I don’t get excited sitting around and talking about catching a limit of keeper fish, even though such a catch might earn me more more

  • Top Baits On The 2020 Elite Series

    By Joe Balog

    While we’re all ready to erase 2020 from our memories, we still need to check back in with the Bassmaster Elite Series and dissect last season’s winning lures. more

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