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  • Live Bait – It’s Great!

    By Joe Balog

    I was somewhat surprised to see my photo in the most recent issue of In-Fisherman magazine. It had slipped my mind that I’d contributed to a piece on big bass more

  • Life’s Too Short

    By Joe Balog

    I jumped at the chance recently to appear on Ike Live – the junkie podcast hosted by Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek – invited on to voice my view of the rapidly more

  • Plan B

    By Joe Balog

    If this were a movie, you’d say they planned it all along. Modern-day cinema is so full of twists and turns that, as soon as you figure out who done it, the entire more

  • Who’s Paying Who?

    By Joe Balog

    An ordinary email came across my desk; FLW was taking applications for the 2020 FLW Pro Circuit marshal program. It’s a pretty easy concept: those interested pay more

  • Thank You, Mom

    Thank You, Mom

    By Miles Burghoff

    As I’ve pointed out in this column before, there is a misconception that the sport of competitive fishing is a solitary one. This, of course, couldn’t be further more

  • Fishing Is Everything

    By Joe Balog

    Throughout a 20-plus year career in fishing, I’ve worn a lot of hats. Sure, the fishing part is always the most fun, but other aspects of the business are often more

  • A Man With Another Answer

    Like many of you, I was overwhelmed. After hearing all the hubbub about Major League Fishing’s purchase of FLW and the resulting overhaul of the FLW Tour, I could more

  • Winning Tactics Of The BPT

    Previously we explored winning lures on the 2019 FLW and B.A.S.S. Elite tours in an attempt to uncover the secrets of champions. Keeping with our theme, we’ll more

  • Elite Investigation

    Early last month, I shared with you the near-death experience of much of my tackle, as I considered selling off goods I no longer use. A close investigation of more

  • Inaugural Address

    Late last week, we learned of Major League Fishing’s acquisition of FLW, easily the largest organizational change in the history of our sport. This week, additional more

  • All Aboard!

    Things couldn’t have been better. After a prolonged period away, I was finally back on the river. My first spot produced four bass on as many casts – no giants, more

  • Fitting End

    First God created bass, dividing them into three groups, each to uniquely challenge man. The largemouth occupied the swamps and ponds of the South, growing to more

  • Good Timing

    Scott Canterbury still remembers his first day on the job as a professional bass fisherman. Having made a few dollars fishing Costa and BFL events, Canterbury more

  • Turning Into My Dad

    Every day there are more aspects of pop culture I don’t understand. Maybe it’s a sign of getting old. I’ve always held to the belief that you knew you were old more

  • Taking Stock Of Year 1

    The dust is finally settling after my rookie season as an FLW Tour professional. It was a year full of great successes, including leading the AOY race with more

  • Proud Parents

    I’m always intrigued by the subtle aspects of professional fishing and the way the sport fits into modern society. One such detail is the perception by up-and-coming more

  • Useless Tackle

    By Joe Balog

    Two of the three national tournament trails have completed their seasons, giving us the opportunity to gather real-time data on championship methods. Many of you more

  • Real-Time Leaderboards

    By Joe Balog

    What a weekend for professional bass fishing! With divided attention, we witnessed a new star in Jamie Hartman ¬– taking down his second Elite Series title of more

  • That Deep, Dark, Native Tan

    By Joe Balog

    As anglers, we’re subjected to a number of potential hazards in our daily routine. Without question, the most common threat originates from prolonged exposure more

  • Exclamation Point!

    We are witnessing history. I know; I’ve seen it before. I saw it when Fritts put 300 grand in the bank in one year, fishing FLW alone. I saw it when KVD took more

  • Crowning The Next King

    By Joe Balog

    This week it’s all about the Cup as FLW prepares for another edition of its championship event and outdoor show, sure to bring excitement, entertainment and scrumptious more

  • Freedom

    By Joe Balog

    Sorting through memories, I came across a familiar old photo. Maybe once used in a tourism brochure, or a flyer for a guide service, the angler in the picture more

  • The Question On Everyone’s Lips

    By Joe Balog

    ICAST is always a good place to check the pulse of the fishing industry. This year a strong economy, combined with large-scale technological advancements, had more

  • Lessons From A Lackluster Finish

    By Miles Burghoff

    The last two months have come and gone with breakneck speed. The final two regular season FLW Tour events at Chickamauga and Champlain are in the books. more

  • Dethroning The King Of San Diego

    By Joe Balog

    “Bass have the ability to take a snapshot in their mind. That’s how they live – they know you’re there, or if things are out of place. The fish aren’t out there more

  • Trending Now: ICAST

    This week, all eyes are on the annual ICAST show, where manufacturers showcase their best new options in fishing tackle. Held annually in Orlando, ICAST reminds more

  • Crossing The Finish Line

    By Joe Balog

    In the winter of 2016, Casey Scanlon was at a crossroads. The young Ozark pro had just completed his fifth full season on the Bassmaster Elite Series and, frankly, more

  • Unbalanced Diet

    By Joe Balog

    About a year ago, my wife convinced me to get a Kindle. Well, she convinced me that the little electronic reader would be a nice Christmas gift for her to give more

  • King Kong vs. Godzilla

    By Joe Balog

    David Dudley is no stranger to last-minute triumphs. At the age of 26, he gambled on a hunch, running new water on the final day in what was then the richest bass more

  • Team Unity

    By Joe Balog

    My work as a journalist allows me the pleasure of interviewing all walks of life in the world of bass fishing. Well, it’s usually a pleasure. In any case, I often more

  • The Spray Boat Cometh

    By Joe Balog

    Circling back around, you may recall my piece on reader-generated column ideas earlier this year. After soliciting suggestions from you, I was quite impressed more

  • Second Verse, Same As The First

    My job isn’t always easy. Sure, I celebrate the opportunity to get paid for something I truly enjoy – keeping tabs on the sport of bass fishing, forming an opinion more

  • Update: The War On Carp

    By Joe Balog

    “We really need this to work. If it works, and we get the money, we’re on our way to winning this thing.” Judge Wade White was confident, but understandably more

  • Science Doesn’t Lie

    By Joe Balog

    Continuing with our forward-thinking theme, I’ve got another great resource to share. Jimmy Liao’s Fish more

  • The Bright Side Of A Bad Finish

    By Miles Burghoff

    From time to time, this sport tends to remind you that the difference between success and so-called “failure” can be an ultra-thin line. I’ve been fishing more

  • Fresh Thinking

    By Joe Balog

    Around this time each year, In-Fisherman magazine releases its Bass Guide – a collection of articles custom-made for bass junkies covering everything from bucket-list more

  • Further Commitment

    It seems the new world order has settled in, as three pro tours are now the norm and the fans are keeping up with their favorites. Live coverage has been a slight more

  • Get Off The Couch

    Alaska is the only state in the nation void of bass, but for Miles Burghoff, it might as well be the bass capital of the world. “Alaska and its people are some more

  • So Far, So Good

    By Miles Burghoff

    When I was preparing for my first year fishing on the FLW Tour, the goals I set for myself were primarily performance-related – to make sure I was prepared before more

  • Captain Morgan Sails Again

    The formation of the Bass Pro Tour brought monumental changes to professional bass fishing. As the sport’s biggest players transitioned, and new formats were adapted, more

  • Leading The Charge

    I was intrigued recently by Bassmaster’s expanded coverage of environmental issues on its website. Had I been missing this all along? Corporate headquarters clued more

  • Blade Fanatic

    By Joe Balog

    Often, in terms of bass fishing techniques, what goes around comes around. Such seems to be the case lately with one of our basic shallow-water staples, the spinnerbait. more

  • Mysteries Of The Deep

    By Joe Balog

    As I continued to fill the spread sheet, I paused to reflect what I was reading. Sometimes numbers are just numbers, regardless of what they represent, so I needed more

  • Old Soul

    Around here, we call it an old soul. A person who holds value or appreciation for things often thought to be from a bygone area or way of thinking. It could be more

  • Can The Fairytale Prevail?

    Once again, the sport’s biggest event – the Bassmaster Classic – is upon us. Each year, fans welcome Classic season with anticipation like none other in competitive more

  • Bad Taste

    By Joe Balog

    Spring was in the air one pleasant afternoon as I left behind office duties to do a little fishing. Increased travel commitments had condensed my schedule, leaving more

  • Challenges

    By Joe Balog

    A few weeks ago, I pleaded for help with my occasional writer’s block, asking readers for ideas on topics that we may later discuss here. Your response – always more

  • Leaving History Behind

    You’d think that if there was a fishery on a tournament schedule that you have put in thousands of hours on, you’d be chomping at the bit looking forward to it. This more

  • 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

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