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  • A Welcome Friend

    Almost by accident, I came across news of a really cool program. A consumer protection service – not unlike that handled by the Better Business Bureau for everyday more

  • Disciples Of Clunn

    "I am truly a “lone traveler” and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face more

  • Clean Slate

    By Joe Balog

    History was made last week in professional bass fishing with a full-scale expansion of the tournament circuit as the new MLF Bass Pro Tour got up and running in more

  • What Do You Think?

    By Joe Balog

    I’m not entirely sure when I first began writing this column. I do remember, however, the primary reason for pleading my case to do so: the fishing industry, more

  • The Demise Of Pork And Pistol Grips

    By Joe Balog

    We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” – Ernest Hemingway Bass more

  • Off To A Good Start

    By Miles Burghoff

    When you move up to a new echelon in anything, you have to believe you can beat the best, but you really don’t have any data to prove it. So there is a more

  • World Record Bass – By Hook Or Crook

    A cool story grabbed my attention: Wanted more

  • Binge-Watching

    For weeks now, big talk in the bass fishing world has centered on the increase in live broadcasting available to fans. Much of this comes as a result of expansion more

  • How Do You Measure Success?

    By Joe Balog

    With a new year comes a new season in professional bass fishing, the likes of which we may have never seen before. Three major players now comprise the industry, more

  • Checking It Twice

    As we approach the holiday season, even I share in the giving feeling. Once a scrooge bothered by the commercialization of Christmas, as well as the inconveniences more

  • Cold-Water Brutes

    By Joe Balog

    Cold is relative. Today’s 50-degree temperatures, combined with a brisk west wind, put a glitch in the plans of the crappie fishermen in my neighborhood. It’s more

  • The Time Is Right

    By Miles Burghoff

    I’ve always been a believer that timing is the key factor that can make or break an opportunity – or possibly an entire career. Whether on the water, in your personal more

  • Transparent

    By Joe Balog

    It’s frequently apparent that JT Kenney doesn’t concern himself with the approval of others. “I’ve got a big pocketful of 'I don’t give a damn' and I’m happy more

  • Show Me The Money

    It’s easy to become oblivious to things outside of our daily norm. By that, I mean our primary focus often confuses us into thinking that ours is the only game more

  • Trophy Hunter – Vol. 3

    By Joe Balog

    The first wave of cool weather had finally arrived and the Deep South morning was one of relief rather than a continued onslaught of humidity. Opening the overhead more

  • Utter Devastation

    Utter Devastation

    By Miles Burghoff

    You never know what challenges life is going to throw at you. This is a truth that we all know so well, yet there are certain events that the magnitude of more

  • A Quality Debate

    By Joe Balog

    Bass fishing in Florida is often a feast or famine practice, thanks in large part to the drastic environmental conditions. Extreme summertime heat combines with more

  • Our Society

    A great opportunity came my way this week when I was offered a chance to speak at the Teen Sportfishing Association (TSA) meeting near my home in Volusia County. more

  • The Rest Is History

    The old cliché declares “records are made to be broken," but I’m not so sure. Realizing that key milestones in bass fishing will likely never be challenged more

  • Setting New Standards

    By Joe Balog

    Last week, we discussed the clean slate being offered with the formation of a completely new concept in professional bass fishing and how it may offer us – tournament more

  • Three Little Words

    By Joe Balog

    Grow the sport. Three little words we’re sure hearing a lot lately. Over the past several weeks, we’ve been introduced to a number of players whose more

  • Off The Deep End

    The excitement reached a fever pitch across the professional bass industry this week as more anglers came forward with the announcement of their decision to leave more

  • Inside Scoop For Junkies

    Over the last several weeks, the entire bass fishing industry has been immersed in the development of a new, high-profile tournament trail and the reaction and more

  • Realizing A Dream

    By Errol Duckett

    As with any industry, change is inevitable. The fishing industry is no different. With that change comes uncertainty and worry, especially for the players in the more

  • Rebuke

    With the absence of my Thursday edition of Balog’s Bass War, you’re probably wondering where I’ve been. Those of you quick to the draw might have read a piece more

  • Suddenly, It's Over

    By Miles Burghoff

    It’s incredible how quickly this season has passed by. It seems just like a few months ago, my wife, Katie, and I were caravanning across the country with all more

  • BPT Invite Process Flawed, But Change Is Good

    By Randy Blaukat

    Like many anglers, fans, media and sponsors, it’s my opinion that the recent announcement of the Bass Pro Tour is probably the most historic single event to ever more

  • The Big Three

    By Joe Balog

    Big news! As we all know by now, Major League Fishing has announced the formation of a new professional bass fishing circuit, the Bass Pro Tour (BPT). As of more

  • Wrapping Up 2018: Quick Notes

    By Joe Balog

    As the national tours finish up for 2018, we’re left with a few brief topics to touch on, all of which signal a continued change in professional bass fishing. more

  • Happening Now

    Wow, what a slugfest! Just when I thought that nothing could top the overall catch of smallmouth bass at the FLW Tour event on Lake St. Clair, the Bassmaster crew more

  • Controlled Substance

    By Joe Balog

    By now, most hardcore fishing fans know the story of Clent Davis and the roller-coaster ride that became his career. A solid FLW performer early on, Davis chased more

  • A Comeback For The Ages

    By Joe Balog

    The story was laid out perfect; all we had to do was watch it unfold. Given the chance, a better set of circumstances couldn’t have been drawn up by the FLW more

  • Cup Runneth Over

    By Joe Balog

    This week, we’re greeted by the Forrest Wood Cup, FLW’s world championship that pits the circuit’s best anglers against each other and the elements. While it may more

  • Weather Wins Again

    By Joe Balog

    What a bummer of a weekend for BassFans. High water forced a complete postponement (and later cancellation) of the Chesapeake Bay Elite event and big winds shortened more

  • Trophy Hunter: Edition 2

    By Joe Balog

    At least she followed it. While the big fish hadn’t gone all-in and eaten my swimbait, she’d exposed herself enough to allow me to judge her size and reveal more

  • Extinction Of The Specie

    By Joe Balog

    While I rarely lack an opinion on topics within our bass fishing community, it’s not always easy to find subject matter. Let’s face it, every once in a while things more

  • Passion

    Mark Daniels, Jr. doesn’t comprehend the word can’t; it’s apparent when you talk with him. There’s nothing he can’t do. I wonder how that can be. With more

  • 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 wouldn’t 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. II’ll 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 I’m consciously aware of it, it prevents me from being classified a madman. When I’m not fishing, I’m usually more

  • Keep To The Code

    I’d 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 hadn’t 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.” - 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 you’re about to get a raise, or you’re about to get more

  • Back Deck Notebook – Vol.1

    By Joe Balog

    Throughout my time here with you, I’ve 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

    I’ve 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 – 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

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