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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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  • Murphy signs with Cabin Creek Bait Company

    Murphy signs with Cabin Creek Bait Company

    Shawn Murphy, the reigning FLW Tour Rookie of the Year from Kentucky, has signed a sponsorship deal with Cabin Creek Bait Company.

    "We've watched Shawn grow in his career from a modest start fishing local tournaments to become one of the most notable professionals on the FLW Tour," said Stephen Pyle, one of the 30-year-old company's new owners. "We couldn't pass up the opportunity to support him and his efforts."

    Murphy used Cabin Creek tubes en route to a 37th-place showing, worth $10,000, in the recent FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake.

    “It’s nice to see the new ownership of Cabin Creek working hard to return the company to its former glory," he said. "They were able to overnight me a shipment of tubes that helped me catch five fish on day 2. It’s very simple, their product catches fish.”

  • Berkley trailer heads for Sioux Falls

    Berkley trailer heads for Sioux Falls

    The Berkley Experience Trailer will be at Scheels All Sports in Sioux Falls, S.D. this Friday through Sunday (April 25-27). In its 9th year, the trailer has been completely redesigned to provide anglers with a better hands-on experience.

    Four highly trained Berkley professionals will be available to provide in-depth knowledge on products, knot tying, line selection and bait choice.

    “We are extremely excited about the upgrades to the trailer and the experiences that anglers of all skill levels will have this year,” said Berkley marketing director Andrew Marks. "Our Experience Trailer team is ready to answer your questions and help anglers of all ages and skill levels learn about fishing, our passion and our company’s heritage."

    The trailer's next stop will be May 1-3 at Scheels All Sports in Fargo, N.D.

  • ESPN's Corso will speak at ICAST

    ESPN's Corso will speak at ICAST

    ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso will be this year’s State of the Industry Breakfast keynote speaker at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) in July.

    The breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. on July 16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

    Corso is known as one of college football’s most knowledgeable, opinionated and entertaining analysts. He is a key member of ESPN’s college football team, serving as an analyst on “College GameDay,” the network’s signature Saturday morning show. Corso joined ESPN in 1987 after 28 years as a coach at the college and professional levels, including 17 seasons as a head coach.

    Tickets are required and can be purchased by calling Experient customer service at (301) 694-5243 or when registering for the show.

    ICAST is produced by the American Sportfishing Association, the sportfishing industry’s trade association, which looks out for the interests of the sportfishing community. The world’s largest sportfishing trade show annually hosts 10,000 members of the global recreational fishing industry.

  • ULM won with final-day rally

    ULM won with final-day rally

    The University of Louisiana-Monroe team of Dustin Perkins and Trapper Munn weighed just three fish on the first day of the College B.A.S.S. Central Regional at the Ouachita River, but caught a double-digit limit on day 2 to claim the top slot.

    To read about it, click here.

  • B.A.S.S. Nation headed to Ouachita

    B.A.S.S. Nation headed to Ouachita

    The 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship will be held on Louisiana’s Ouachita River, Nov. 6-8, B.A.S.S. announced today. Anglers will be competing for six spots in the
    2015 Bassmaster Classic.

    The venue was also the site of the 2011 event, which Alabama’s Jamie Horton won. By virtue of his victory, Horton earned an invitation to compete on the Bassmaster Elite Series.

    “It’s always good to go back to Monroe,” said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Nation director. “The host and the community really make us feel welcome.”

    The pool of contenders is made up of anglers from 47 states, one province (Ontario, Canada) and eight foreign countries.

    “Australia and Namibia, our two newest nations, will likely send their first competitors to this year’s championship,” Stewart said.

    Both countries joined the B.A.S.S. Nation in early 2014. Other countries that are represented at the championship are Japan, Mexico, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy and Spain.

    Another country may send a qualifier, too. Portugal is working on finalizing its status as a B.A.S.S. Nation chapter. If it becomes an official member of the B.A.S.S. Nation in time, Portugal will also have a contender in the championship.

    The only contender who is currently qualified to compete in this year's championship is Jeff Lugar of Virginia, who will be defending his title from 2013. Other competitors will qualify by winning their state or nation in upcoming divisionals. Also, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Tour will send its Angler of the Year to compete.

    The first group of anglers will gain their berths in the championship will come this week, as the Southern Divisional takes place on Alabama’s Lake Eufaula. The final qualifiers will be decided months later in New York at the Eastern Divisional in September.

    Official practice for the championship will be Nov. 4 and 5.

    The winner of each division at the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship will be invited to compete in the 2015 Classic in Greenville, S.C.

  • Balog: Beaver a good barometer

    Balog: Beaver a good barometer

    In this week's edition of Balog's Bass War, Joe Balog opines that this year's FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake provides strong evidence that the most accomplished anglers will consistently finish at the top of the standings, whether umbrella rigs are in play or not. That being the case, he's still glad the contraptions have been disallowed at the tour level.

    To read the column, click here.

  • Sonar: A shared future awaits

    Sonar: A shared future awaits

    Miles Burghoff has been solely focused on his goal of becoming a tour-level angler since the summer of 2006. No longer can he think purely in individual terms, however, as he recently became engaged to be married.

    To read the newest Sonar Sound-Off, click here.

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