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  • The Fuel To Succeed

    As it is for all competitive sports, coming out on top in fishing tournaments often comes down to making very small adjustments to your approach that results in more

  • Stacked Deck

    By Joe Balog

    The 2018 FLW regular season is now complete, with the final event being the show-stopper we needed. As predicted, Mark Rose held on to the Angler of the Year title more

  • Sleepless Night

    By Joe Balog

    I wouldnít want to be Mark Rose today. But I doubt he feels the same. Yes, today marks the first day of the final event of the FLW Tour season, and Rose, more

  • The Answers Within

    By Joe Balog

    Life had been a little stressful lately. Workplace complications put several projects on hold, leading to a few uneasy clients, and a recipe for potential disaster. more

  • Bassmen 2043

    I was intrigued by an article in the latest edition of Bassmaster Magazine. Prognostications of the Bassmen took an inside look at our predictions for the sport more

  • Replace The Fakes

    As a kid, one of my favorite dinners was when mom made baked tilapia on Friday night. IIíll never forget the warm, buttery smell through the kitchen when us kids more

  • Trophy Hunter: Edition One

    By Joe Balog

    My fishing has always bordered on obsession, but since Iím consciously aware of it, it prevents me from being classified a madman. When Iím not fishing, Iím usually more

  • Keep To The Code

    Iíd never heard of anything like it. Apparently, early on the third day of the recent FLW Tour event on Kentucky Lake, tournament leader Randy Haynes decided to more

  • Unwinding

    By Joe Balog

    A buddy of mine loaded a new app on my television; one sure to expand my outdoor programming choices. Truthfully, I hadnít given much thought to my lineup lately. more

  • The Tapp

    By Joe Balog

    Recent headlines brought back a memory. As a young tournament angler, I had just been given an annual beating by a group of Carolinians on Buggs Island Reservoir. more

  • That Uncomfortable Feeling

    By Miles Burghoff

    I've never been one to get too focused on one particular style of fishing, or on individual lakes. To me, one of the most satisfying aspects of tournament fishing more

  • The Greatest

    "Kevin isn't going to beat himself. He's found that space where only a few have been, and he's not even close to the last chapter of what he's writing.Ē - more

  • Help Me Help Myself

    By Joe Balog

    Several years ago, I received a call from a sponsor on a Sunday. Such usually means one of two things: either youíre about to get a raise, or youíre about to get more

  • Back Deck Notebook Ė Vol.1

    By Joe Balog

    Throughout my time here with you, Iíve tried to focus on the most pressing issues affecting bass fishermen in America. Safety, conservation and angling rights more

  • Reinventing The Wheel

    By Joe Balog

    Iíve always been fascinated with the lures used to win bass tournaments. More specifically, the rise and fall in popularity of certain techniques intrigues me more

  • Picking Your Days

    By Joe Balog

    This week, we saw a complete stoppage of a professional tournament due to flooding, as the Bassmaster Elite event scheduled for the Sabine River in Orange, Texas more

  • Louisiana's Situation Is Not Pretty

    By Steve Rockseiler

    (Editor's note: The following is a rebuttal to BassFan columnist Joe Balog's March more

  • The Road To Paradise

    This week brought news of the Louisiana waterway access laws revisited, as B.A.S.S. officially endorsed House Bill 391 Ė legislation that would attempt to conquer more

  • Just Like You And Me

    It was the final-day weigh-in of the Bassmaster Classic and with the microphone now in front of him, Gerald Swindle was pulling out all the stops. After several more

  • Classic Prophecy

    The big game is upon us, as we kick off the 2018 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell. As I mentioned last week, I truly feel the sport has progressed beyond the more

  • Local Shootout

    By Joe Balog

    The 47th annual Bassmaster Classic will kick off at Lake Hartwell next week, bringing with it competitive excitement and agony, along with fan enthusiasm, like more

  • New World Order

    By Joe Balog

    International champions seem to be a theme this year, as Canadian Chris Johnston grabbed the most recent title in pro fishing with his FLW Tour win at Florida's more

  • Quietly Ponder

    For the first time in a while, I find myself in the shop, tinkering with tackle. Once a ritual performed several times weekly, lately Iíve gotten away from the more

  • Game-Changers

    Last night, I dreamt I had a side-imaging transducer sewn into a pair of waders. No lie. So important has technology become, and I so dependent on it, I canít more

  • Faulty Practice Plan Leads To Dud

    Iíve always considered practice to be the most crucial part of the tournament fishing process. Sure, the tournament is when the rubber meets the road, and when more

  • The Fansí Focus

    By Joe Balog

    Iím stunned at how times have changed. Again. In the early 2000s, I spent a morning riding around Lake St. Clair looking for tournament fishermen. The Canadian more

  • Trending Now

    Like many of you, Iím constantly searching for information on new bass fishing techniques, digesting everything I can from any source available. With todayís endless more

  • The Life You Save

    By Bernie Schultz

    As almost all of you know by now, a serious boating accident occurred during the recent FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee. Boater Bill Kisiah and co-angler Nik more

  • First, Safety

    As we discussed here last week, in the wake of tragedy, I find it necessary to discuss all we can do to prevent a similar disaster. As promised, Iíd like to discuss more

  • Searching For Progress

    While I'd hoped to report on the opposite, not much has been accomplished in the world of competitive bass fishing to answer the monumental questions created by more

  • The Unthinkable

    What a terrible week. Early last Thursday, things looked so good for bass fishing. The FLW Series was releasing a record-sized field onto the waters of Lake more

  • Time To Take Stock

    By Miles Burghoff

    Itís that time! Itís the time of the year that we reminisce on our faults from the past year, and with the new year signifying a ďfresh start,Ē the list of more

  • Hard-Headed

    By Joe Balog

    At first, I viewed the tournament angler's comment as defacing; a bit of a side-step that would likely lead to a poor finish. ďI know the best fishing is offshore,Ē more

  • Tough Read

    By Joe Balog

    Wearing many hats in the outdoor industry, I find it important to keep abreast of the issues facing sportsman all across America. After all, my passions often more

  • Death-anol

    The clerk at Loweís was understandably skeptical. Here I was again, just like yesterday, returning a leaf-blower that would no longer start. Two blowers in two more

  • My Own Man

    By Joe Balog

    My dadís a live-bait guy. Taught to hunt and fish by a sustenance-driven father, filling a stringer was always the goal of the day. Later, it just kind of stuck more

  • The Ever-Changing Business Of Fishing: 2018

    Just as autumn marks the return of great bass fishing to much of the country, the pre-holiday period also brings with it the most dreaded duty of professional more

  • Young Manís Game?

    By Joe Balog

    I have to hand it to FLW Magazine. While many print publications seem to load their pages with small snippets of nonsense, FLW continues to push the throttle forward more

  • Fishlife Crisis

    There was a time in my life when I fished or hunted nearly every day. Bass season turned to duck season; ice-fished yellow perch melted into open-water crappies. more

  • Back Where I Need To Be

    By Miles Burghoff

    When it comes to my continuing journey to become a professional tournament angler, I have seen many milestones. I have also seen a few setbacks. Moving to more

  • Political Science

    It might be hard to believe, but I donít make a habit out of creating controversy in unnecessary places. While many in todayís world just love to create problems more

  • Viva Las Vegas

    At one time, the professional bass fishing Triple Crown was represented by three of the sportís highest paying events: the Bassmaster Classic, Red Man All-American more

  • The University Of Ranger

    By Joe Balog

    At this time next week, two of the best teams in college bass fishing will compete in a tournament that will likely be the highlight of their careers. The event more

  • The Little Known, Most Important Fish in the Ocean

    By Joe Balog

    I recently attended a fascinating presentation that really got me thinking. Uniquely, the focus was on forage-based management for predator species, a principle more

  • Wake-Up Call

    Dave Lefebre is, hands down, the best bass fisherman Iíve ever been in a boat with. While that doesnít always equate to the a room full of trophies, Lefebre was more

  • Asterisk*

    I still remember the first time I witnessed an unfair advantage in a national bass tournament. Roland Martin, credited at the time as being the greatest tournament more

  • New Museum A Tribute To Wildlife Conservation

    My amazing journey in the fishing industry has taken me to some awesome places and has allowed me to meet many exceptional people. I canít really explain how all more

  • September Madness

    Despite Godís attempt to continually surround me with bad weather, Iím now back in my Florida home, moving forward with cleanup. Hurricane Irma was reported by more

  • The Open Question

    By Joe Balog

    Thereís been a bunch of chatter in the world of professional bass fishing recently over changes made to the Bassmaster Opens and how they will affect aspiring more

  • Dropping Bombs

    Although he may not play one on TV, John Crews is a businessman. Known to his fans as a touring pro and perennial Classic qualifier, Crews may be more talented more

  • Colorado Pride

    By Joe Balog

    Sometimes, as bass fishermen, we forget to consider others. You see, time and again weíve been told how bass are Americaís most popular game fish, primary drivers more

  • Generation Y

    By Joe Balog

    Well folks, we have a champion. Keeping up with the current trend, Alabamaís Justin Atkins, a former college fishing star turned hopeful pro, shocked the FLW world more

  • Champions

    By Joe Balog

    This week, weíre welcomed by one of bass fishingís biggest events, the annual FLW championship, appropriately coined the Forrest Wood Cup. After all, it was Woodís more

  • Pioneers

    By Joe Balog

    Most of us have spent a few sleepless nights in our lifetime. Parenthood is probably the leading cause; stress in the workplace another. Occasionally, a girl can more

  • Kong!

    By Joe Balog

    Nearly every piece of modern bass fishing equipment has a KVD model. There are KVD boats and motors, depthfinders and trollers. Of course thereís rods and reels more

  • Buckets, Bat Lures And Lunch With An Old Pal

    By Joe Balog

    Each summer, the ICAST show serves as a place and time to gauge the status of our industry. To reflect, if you will, on the progress weíve made toward fooling more

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