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Welcome to BassFan's Dock Talk section, where you will see brief, newsworthy items that for one reason or another can't be made into full-blown news articles. Despite the name, and in keeping with BassFan's editorial policy, every effort will be made to avoid publishing outright rumors.

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  • Xcite signs a pair

    Xcite Baits, which manufactures "Texas-sized" soft-plastics, signed Elite Series pro Grant Goldbeck and former Elite pro Brian Clark to its ...

  • Kurita to tour Montgomery

    Kurita to tour Montgomery

    George Kramer blogs about an interesting news bit today: World record co-holder Manabu Kurita's going to visit Lake Montgomery, where George Perry caught ...

  • Ashley adds Jewel

    Ashley adds Jewel

    Elite Series pro Casey Ashley will now officially throw Jewel jigs as part of a new sponsorship agreement with the company.

    Jewel president Gayle ...

  • Attraxx adds seven

    Seven more pros are now affiliated with Attraxx and its parent company Mystic Tackle Works – Ramie Colson, Brandon Coulter, Steve Daniel, Keith Monson, ...

  • BassFans choosing Biffle

    BassFans choosing Biffle

    According to the new BassFan Poll, Tommy Biffle is the favorite among readers to win the Bassmaster Classic. As of this morning, he led the voting with ...

  • Brody: saga of the hand

    Brody: saga of the hand

    BassFans probably noticed Brent "Brody" Broderick's name within the 2011 Elite Series field. Brody fished the Elite Series in 2009 as a rookie, ...

  • Redneck navy?

    Interesting story recently by Fred Bonner in the Garner (N.C.) News. He remembers fishing a tournament in southern Florida a few years back, when two ...

  • Jordon: faster is better

    <b><font color = maroon>Jordon: faster is better</b></font>

    Bassmaster Elite Series pro Kelly Jordon is thrilled with the new high-speed version of the Abu Garcia Revo Premier baitcasting reel and is looking forward ...

  • New poll

    Thanks to all the BassFans who pointed out that the BassFan poll was a little outdated. There's a new poll up that asks: Who do you think will ...

  • Tyler takes a hiatus

    Tyler takes a hiatus

    Bassmaster Elite Series veteran Mark Tyler told BassFan today that he's taking a break from tour-level fishing to focus on a couple of non-fishing businesses ...

  • Palaniuk gets clothing deal

    Palaniuk gets clothing deal

    Reigning B.A.S.S. Federation Nation national champion and 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Brandon Palaniuk of Idaho has signed a sponsorship deal ...

  • Strike King joins FLW

    Strike King joins FLW

    FLW Outdoors announced Thursday that Strike King Lure Company has signed on as a sponsor and will serve as the title sponsor of the Angler of the Year ...

  • TWC + ESPN3

    The news comes too late for some BassFans: Time Warner Cable finally struck a deal with ESPN to offer the Internet-based ESPN3 to its subscribers.

    Last ...

  • Wolak with Jackall

    Wolak with Jackall

    North Carolina's Dave Wolak, a two-time winner on the Bassmaster Elite Series, is the newest member of the Jackall ...

  • Clunn's new weapons

    Clunn's new weapons

    Rick Clunn now has an official rod-and-reel sponsor again. He signed a deal this week with Wright & McGill (W&M) to fish and promote the company's Skeet ...

  • More Ike: cool vid

    All right, there's a lot of bass-oriented video out there (of varying quality), but the stuff we're seeing out of Bass Parade has a polish and edge that's ...

  • Ike writes new book

    Ike writes new book

    Mike Iaconelli's biography – Fishing on the Edge – was a great read that resonated with a lot of fans. Ike's back with a new book, co-written by legendary ...

  • Zebco sponsors FLW

    Zebco sponsors FLW

    FLW Outdoors announced another endemic sponsor today in Zebco. The deal covers this season. Under the agreement, Zebco will offer its trout pond in Walmart ...

  • Denali grabs Gluszek

    Denali grabs Gluszek

    Denali Rods announced that it's added veteran New Jersey pro and The Bass University co-founder Pete Gluszek to its pro staff. He joins Terry Bolton, ...

  • Wendlandt's combo wrap

    Wendlandt's combo wrap

    Texas FLW Tour pro Clark Wendlandt has a new wrap for 2011. It features Cabela's, which was his primary sponsor last year, along with newcomer Mountain ...

  • Jerseys for St. Jude

    Jerseys for St. Jude

    Here's a cool fundraiser that a lot of BassFans should take a look at. Several tour jerseys are being auctioned to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research ...

  • Murphy joins Faculty

    Murphy joins Faculty

    There's an interesting learning product out there called Faculty of Fishing. It was developed by Terry McClymont, a tournament angler and commercial-airline ...

  • Goodwill extends FLW deal

    Goodwill extends FLW deal

    Goodwill Industries International announced that it's extended its partnership with FLW Outdoors, with Minnesota pro Chad Grigsby (pictured) continuing ...

  • PAA All Star details

    PAA All Star details

    Fifty pro anglers will attack Lake Ray Hubbard in April in the inaugural Bass Pro Shops PAA All Star Series tournament. The no-entry fee tournament will ...

  • Record spot in TX?

    Record spot in TX?

    Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) geneticist Dijar Lutz-Carrillo is conducting DNA analysis on a 5.62-pound bass caught from Lake Alan Henry ...

  • Lew's hires president

    Lew's hires president

    Longtime outdoor-industry executive Lew's Gary Remensnyder has been named president of Lew's, ...

  • Swindle: win + in

    Swindle: win + in

    Gerald Swindle edged Bobby Lane by exactly 3 pounds at the Toho Bassmaster Southern Open and thus became the first "win & you're in" pro of ...

  • Combs bags jumper-maker

    Combs bags jumper-maker

    Texan Keith Combs, who'll compete in the Bassmaster Classic next month and then make his Bassmaster Elite Series debut in March, has signed a sponsorship ...

  • It's right for night

    Nighttime fishing isn't for everybody, but devotees of angling after dark often catch bigger fish than their daytime counterparts. Also, night fishing ...

  • Classic data

    Here's some random Bassmaster Classic numbers using this year's field.

  • 15 – Number of Classic rookies in the 50-boat ...

  • Roland's rollin'

    BassFans excited for the return of Roland Martin take note: He's in 8th place after day 1 of the Toho Bassmaster Southern Open with 18 pounds. The bad ...

  • KVD, Skeet weigh in

    KVD, Skeet weigh in

    The two anglers most affected by the 2-year experiment of deciding the Bassmaster Angler of the Year (AOY) via a two-event, post-season shootout were ...

  • 'Little Alton' triumphs

    'Little Alton' triumphs

    Alton Jones Jr., who spent many years traveling the top pro circuits with his father, logged his most significant angling achievement to date last weekend ...

  • ProPatterns offers incentives

    ProPatterns, the online info-sharing community for serious anglers, has announced an incentive program for 2011 that will feature cash payouts of up to ...

  • Burly Ike

    Burly Ike

    Mike Iaconelli's sported several different looks over the years, from clean-shaven to goateed to other facial-hair varietals. But check out his new look, ...

  • Prof. Menendez

    Prof. Menendez

    Did you know that Elite Series pro Mark Menendez has a degree in fisheries biology from Murray State? It's served him well over his long pro career, and ...

  • B.A.S.S AOY: like it was

    <b><font color = red>B.A.S.S AOY: like it was</b></font>

    Today's B.A.S.S. announcement concerned the Toyota Trucks B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year (AOY) title. Effective this season, the AOY title will be decided ...

  • Not flyin', fryin'!!!

    Not flyin', fryin'!!!

    Chad Grigsby signed an associate sponsorship agreement for one of the cooler products we've seen in a while. He now endorses and helps market the Fryin' ...

  • Mega Megabass!

    Mega Megabass!

    All right, a lot of BassFans know that Megabass is one of the two largest Japanese lure companies. Its stuff is ultra hot, and baits such as the Vision ...

  • Classic: Ray speaks

    Classic: Ray speaks

    Ray Scott issued some sentiments today about B.A.S.S., the Classic and a few other topics. Here are some highlights.

  • Ray on the change in B.A.S.S. ...

  • TTBC: Back to Conroe

    TTBC: Back to Conroe

    The Toyota Texas Bass Classic will return to Lake Conroe and the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center this fall. Dates for the 3-day tournament and outdoor ...

  • B.A.S.S. announcement coming

    Jerry McKinnis, part of the new B.A.S.S. ownership group, will deliver a special video announcement Wednesday regarding Bassmaster tournaments in 2011 ...

  • Stratos unveils promo

    Stratos has introduced its Step Up or Step Back retail sales promotion, which runs through March 31. It offers customer incentives of up to $1,000 on ...

  • 3 more for Lew's

    3 more for Lew's

    Reel manufacturer Lew's has added three more prominent anglers to its pro ...

  • As light as they come

    <b><font color=maroon>As light as they come</font></b>

    A lot of BassFans are familiar with the Pflueger Patriarch baitcasting reel, but have you seen the new spinning version? It's the lightest reel in its ...

  • Ram to sponsor Said

    Ram to sponsor Said

    The Ram Truck Brand announced that it has reached an agreement in principle to sponsor Michigan's Ryan Said, a Chrysler engineer and the 2010 Bassmaster ...

  • MWC unveils MBC

    MWC unveils MBC

    The news broke last fall that the Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) would launch a new bass series. The North American Membership Group, which owns and operates ...

  • BU MA: bring your maps!

    BU MA: bring your maps!

    Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek want to do a quick shout-out to anglers who plan to attend this weekend's Bass University in Framingham, Mass. Bring your ...

  • Wave Away looking

    Wave Away, maker of sonar- and GPS-screen cleaning products, is looking for field-staff members to help with promotion. According to the company, members ...

  • Anyone an inventor?

    Anyone an inventor?

    If so, BoatUS wants to hear from you. Its Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition is calling for out-of-the-box life-jacket design entries. But there's ...

  • Lew's adds Short

    Lew's adds Short

    Reel manufacturer Lew's has added another notable angler to its expanding ...

  • Oakley BBT begins

    Oakley BBT begins

    The Oakley Big Bass Tour, which includes several stops titled after Oakley tour pros like Kevin VanDam, Gerald Swindle and Kelly Jordon, is ready to begin ...

  • Brody's entrance music?

    Brody's entrance music?

    At the Bassmaster Classic, the pros get to choose their entrance music. Some of it's good, some of it's hokey. But we're betting that if Brent "Brody" ...

  • Ranger launches its promo

    The boat-selling season is underway and manufacturers are announcing their 2011 sales incentives. Ranger unveiled its incentive program today and here's ...

  • Finances forced Tucker's hand

    Finances forced Tucker's hand

    Missouri veteran Mark Tucker, a seven-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, badly wanted to fish the Elite Series this year now that B.A.S.S. is under the ...

  • Fantasy Fishing: beefier

    Fantasy Fishing: beefier

    FLW Outdoors today announced details of its 2011 Fantasy Fishing game and opened the game for play. While there's still no $1 million prize like in the ...

  • Exclusive reports: Velvick, Stone

    Two significant stories today on the front page of BassFan: Marty Stone retires and Byron Velvick undergoes back surgery after a season of severe pain ...

  • McCall's new gig

    McCall's new gig

    Former FLW Tour pro Chris McCall of Texas (at right in photo) has joined forces with veteran guide Scott Soisson to open a tackle shop and guide service ...

  • Lew's lures Browne

    Lew's lures Browne

    Florida FLW Tour pro Glenn Browne announced today that he's inked a sponsorship deal with reel-maker Lew's.

    "I ...

  • Clough back with B.A.S.S.

    Former B.A.S.S. conservation director (2004-07) Noreen Clough is back with B.A.S.S. in the same capacity. Chris Horton held the position from Clough's ...

  • Clunn: Razor edge

    Clunn: Razor edge

    Interesting story on Rick Clunn this week from Brent Frazee of the Kansas City Star. The focus is Clunn's decline: Frazee describes him as an athlete ...

  • FLW & Leer

    With Charlie Evans gone from FLW Outdoors, the company needed new hosts to replace him on the show and onstage. Regarding the bass side, they re-hired ...

  • All-Terrain re-ups two

    Both Todd Faircloth and Jim Moynagh renewed their sponsor agreements with All-Terrain Tackle this week. Both have been with the company for a long time.

    All-Terrain ...

  • Edwards 'Operation' gets news ink

    Edwards 'Operation' gets news ink

    Good story today in the Denver Post on Jarrett Edwards and his Operation Outdoors campaign for soldiers. Check it out ...

  • 2011 Elites: who dropped?

    A quick analysis of the just-announced 2011 Elite Series field shows that seven pros are not returning. They're listed below. In cases where a reason ...

  • 2011 Elite Field

    B.A.S.S. just released its final 2011 Elite Series field. The Elite Series will run 101 boats – up significantly from last year's 93-boat field. Anglers ...

  • Chevy extends with FLW

    Chevy extends with FLW

    Chevy has extended its sponsorship of FLW Outdoors under what was termed a "multiyear" agreement.

    The Chevy team will continue largely as ...

  • Barone on Bassmaster

    BassFans who lamented Don Barone's recent absence from Bassmaster.com will no doubt be happy with today's news that the popular writer's agreement with ...

  • What's up at Tru-Tungsten?

    Several months ago, it became clear that Tru-Tungsten and sister companies Mihatchii and Picasso – all of which fall under the purview of the Fish Harder ...

  • Classic draws conservation eyes

    The upcoming Bassmaster Classic will be held at the Louisiana Delta outside New Orleans. B.A.S.S. stated it will use the Classic to help draw attention ...

  • Altitude buys half of WFN

    Altitude buys half of WFN

    Colorado-based Altitude Sports & Entertainment – a sports network that's the television home of the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets – recently concluded ...

  • Controversial site ready to launch

    Controversial site ready to launch

    The car-buying process changed profoundly more than a decade ago when consumers began to research invoice pricing online. These educated consumers then ...

  • Tietje bags two

    Tietje bags two

    Second-year Bassmaster Elite Series pro Dennis Tietje of Louisiana has picked up two new sponsors for 2011 – the Coolze Heat Relief Towel and Omega Custom ...

  • First FYI of 2011

    A new world record, a giant tuna, FLW's new on-air personality and the KVD video game are featured in the first Facts of Fishing FYI episode of the new ...

  • Conroe sack tops 45

    Conroe sack tops 45

    BassFan Ron Gunter passed along info on a lake-record limit caught recently in a Sunday morning tournament at Texas' Lake Conroe out of Stow-A-Way Marina. ...

  • Shop-Vac joins FLW

    FLW Outdoors announced that wet/dry vacuum-maker Shop-Vac has rejoined the organization as a sponsor.

    Said Marketing Division president Trisha Blake: ...

  • Site for back-seaters

    Site for back-seaters

    Californian Robert Faaborg, a veteran photojournalist and a 2010 Forrest Wood Cup qualifier as a co-angler, has launched a website (BackDeckPro.com) that ...

  • Rook joins Jewel

    Rook joins Jewel

    Jewel Bait Co. announced that it's added Arkansas Bassmaster Elite Series angler Scott Rook to its pro staff.

    "Scott has dominated tournaments ...

  • Rugged Shark snags Roy

    Rugged Shark snags Roy

    Footwear manufacturer Rugged Shark announced that it's signed second-year Bassmaster Elite Series pro Bradley Roy to a sponsorship deal.

    “Becoming ...

  • Platinum Pistons?

    Just 2 weeks after Platinum Equity finalized its acquisition of American Commercial Lines (a deal with an enterprise value of about $777 million), it ...

  • Mass animal deaths: what gives?

    It's pretty strange, but there have been numerous mass animal deaths reported around the globe – fish in the Chesapeake Bay and Arkansas River, birds ...

  • Light, sensitive and durable

    Fishing rods have gotten dramatically lighter in recent years, but there are some on the market that have paid a price in durability for that reduction ...

  • 'Bird seminars at BU

    'Bird seminars at BU

    BassFans attending one of the final two Bassmaster University (BU) stops – this weekend in Shreveport, La. or next weekend in Framingham, Mass. – will ...

  • Howell hooks King's Home

    Howell hooks King's Home

    Bassmaster Elite Series pro Randy Howell's primary sponsor for 2011 will be King's Home, a non-profit organization based in central Alabama. His boat, ...

  • Kellogg back with FLW

    Kellogg back with FLW

    FLW Outdoors announced today that cereal and convenience-food giant Kellogg has returned as a sponsor of the organization. The company's 1-year hiatus ...

  • Elite field?

    Elite field?

    If you're wondering what the final Bassmaster Elite Series field will look like this season, your wait's almost over. According to B.A.S.S., the final ...

  • Guntersville meeting set

    A public meeting to form the Lake Guntersville Anglers Association will take place Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the Best Western Plus, 2140 Gunter Ave., Guntersville, ...

  • Abu, Berkley grab Palaniuk

    Abu, Berkley grab Palaniuk

    Idaho's Brandon Palaniuk, the 2010 B.A.S.S. Federation Nation national champion who'll be a rookie on the Bassmaster Elite Series this year, has entered ...

  • FLW, Blaukat to promote Pickens Plan

    FLW, Blaukat to promote Pickens Plan

    FLW Outdoors announced today that the Pickens Plan, a program designed to help gain energy independence for the United States, will become a prominent ...

  • Horton aligns with Duckett

    Horton aligns with Duckett

    Veteran Bassmaster Elite Series angler Tim Horton of Alabama has joined the Duckett Fishing pro staff. The Demopolis, Ala.-based rod company is owned ...

  • Bolton to Denali

    Bolton to Denali

    Denali Rods announced that it's added FLW Tour veteran Terry Bolton to its pro staff

    “Denali is extremely excited to have Terry on our pro staff,” ...

  • Dealing with doubt

    In his newest Sonar Sound-Off column, Miles Burghoff recounts the lessons he learned while attending the Kissimmee, Fla. session of The Bass University. ...

  • Ex-Classic host canned

    Broadcaster Ron Franklin, a longtime college football and basketball voice on ESPN and the anchor of the network's Bassmaster Classic coverage back in ...

  • Attraxx sponsors FLW

    Attraxx, a new line of bio-baits from Mystic Tackleworks, has been in the news quite a bit this week and there's more Attrax news today. The bait company ...

  • Lefebre's rod move

    Lefebre's rod move

    Dave Lefebre's with a new rod company, and it's a pretty interesting story. Interesting because it's his third rod-sponsor change in recent memory, but ...

  • Parker takes his shot

    Parker takes his shot

    (Editor's note: The following news item came over the wire from B.A.S.S. It's an excellent introduction to Elite Series rookie Ben ...

  • CP, Kreiger happenings

    CP, Kreiger happenings

    Interesting news from buddies and travel partners Koby Kreiger (left) and Craig Powers: Both signed their own deal with different bait companies to design ...

  • Menendez throwing with Lew's

    Menendez throwing with Lew's

    Lew's was long one of the premier names in fishing. Its cutting-edge baitcasters time and again set new standards for innovation and quality. In fact, ...

  • Strader's record certified

    Strader's record certified

    A 6-07 spotted bass caught by FLW Tour pro Wesley Strader on the Ocoee River was recently certified as a new Tennessee state record. The resident of Spring ...

  • Ready for something BIGGGG?

    We all know the Rapala-Normark Group makes the funniest, most creative commercials in fishing. But have you seen the company's latest? It advertises Trigger ...

  • 'Rude's 2011 retail promo

    'Rude's 2011 retail promo

    The boat-show season's about to begin, which means a new round of retail promos from manufacturers. Evinrude announced its program today, titled Season's ...

  • More PAA TV

    More PAA TV

    FishPAA Television, which features coverage of the PAA Tournament Series, will now be shown additionally on ...

  • Meet McKinnis: Shreveport BU

    Meet McKinnis: Shreveport BU

    Brief note: The Bass University makes a stop at Shreveport, La. this weekend and Jerry McKinnis will make a special appearance there. On Saturday (Jan. ...

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