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  • Fish Gods

    By Joe Balog

    “Trending” is a term used to describe a hot topic, typically one gathering lots of input on social media. In our sport, “black bass management” fits the bill. more

  • Long Live the King, II

    By Joe Balog

    Each week, I bring you an opinionated take on the biggest news in professional bass fishing. Despite the constant changes in our sport, the new directions developing more

  • Ribbit Or Croak?

    By Joe Balog

    My gosh, what a beat-down! By now, everyone interested in professional bass fishing has heard of the frog-a-rama going on at the Bass Pro Tour event on the more

  • One Generation Ago

    By Joe Balog

    I’m a treasure hunter. A junkie for obscure information on bass fishing, or stories of yesteryear that ignite my passion. Recently, I learned of a few gems more

  • One To Watch

    By Joe Balog

    Fans of big-league bass fishing got their wishes last week, as we finally witnessed an event dominated by shallow-water tactics. The BPT at Lake Eufaula featured more

  • Old Favorites

    By Joe Balog

    A buddy opened a new tackle shop down the street, and my visit was overdue. I always liked his style. His previous store was a mix of hardcore bass items and old more

  • Famous To Me

    By Joe Balog

    Who is, or was, the most influential figure in the history of organized bass fishing? Always the subject of debate, this topic comes up each time I visit with more

  • Overly Effective?

    By Joe Balog

    Last week, the Wisconsin DNR provided an opportunity for public input through its annual spring hearings, and the topic of a statewide ban on “live scopes” was more

  • Another Ace

    By Joe Balog

    Selling fishing lures is no picnic. Sure, it seems easy enough. Design something unique that catches bass, and the public is sure to want to buy a carton. Perhaps more

  • Suddenly, It’s Urgent

    By Joe Balog

    In today’s media, hot topics are all the rage. When a contentious subject comes up, it seems anyone and everyone wants to get in on the debate. Often, those with more

  • Black And Red For The Win

    By Joe Balog

    Dustin Connell walked off with the REDCREST crown recently, culminating an incredible three-year span during which he’s earned over $1 million on the BPT circuit. more

  • Tulsa’s Turn

    By Joe Balog

    This year the Bassmaster Classic returns to Grand Lake, site of the 2013 and 2016 editions. Both of the previous events were notable. Cliff Pace took down the more

  • Restoring The Mighty River

    When I was kid, the St. Johns River was known as the "Bass Fishing Capital of the World". While there were other hotspots for big bass, nothing could more

  • Stacked Field

    REDCREST is upon us. The 2024 installment takes place next week at Lay Lake, just outside of Birmingham. This venue brings tremendous history in professional bass more

  • Staying Out Front

    Jacob Wheeler did it again, taking down the second stop on the 2024 Bass Pro Tour at Santee Cooper Lakes. While Wheeler’s win list is becoming too lengthy to keep more

  • What Box?

    On occasion, we investigate ways to earn a living in the fishing industry, giving readers a bit of the inside scoop. Since I haven’t held a “day job” since the more

  • Masters Of A New Game

    By Joe Balog

    Drew Gill’s MLF Invitational win at Rayburn was a defining moment in bass fishing. Not only did Gill become the youngest to win such a title, he did so utilizing more

  • Continued Dominance

    By Joe Balog

    While the high-stakes tournament season officially kicked off earlier this month at the Toyota Series opener, the fireworks boomed for the first time last weekend. more

  • Looking West

    As a fan of tournament bass fishing, it seems there’s always been something missing. A sport originating in Southern culture, the '80s boom of organized competition more

  • Method To The Madness

    By Joe Balog

    When I first read of Dakota Ebare’s decision to leave the BPT for the B.A.S.S. Open Series, I thought he was crazy. I’m sure I wasn’t alone. What seemed like more

  • Florida Primer – Part 2

    By Joe Balog

    Florida’s bass fishing season is upon us. Recent cold fronts have curbed the action a bit, but things will pick up shortly, the sun always only a day or two away. Water more

  • Destination Lunkers

    By Joe Balog

    With many locales buried in snow or blasted by arctic temperatures, winter has taken hold. It will be quite some time before the tulips pop up or the dogwoods more

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