Bass Fishing Articles

I can catch ‘em shallow, I can catch ‘em deep,
Open water or the back of a creek,
The wind, the rain, to me it’s all the same,
I make a living playing this game,
I thank the Lord above every time I can,
I get to be a fisherman.

The 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell opened with Casey Ashley singing the National Anthem. It ended last Sunday with the pro angler – and accomplished singer, songwriter and musician – hoisting the winner's trophy and being serenaded by the song he recorded a few years ago about being a professional angler.

Tournament anglers are noted for two characteristics that are not necessarily related to fishing – most are very patriotic and they love to support charities, especially if they can do it while fishing. So the first ever Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Bass Tournament that will be held on Lake Keowee Saturday is the perfect combination.

The Chattanooga Bass Association opens its 2015 season on Lake Chickamauga Saturday with anglers having an increased anticipation of catching some really hefty largemouths. The reason: An angler practicing for a tournament on Feb. 13 reeled in a new state record largemouth bass at a whopping 15.2 pounds.

The Texas Team Trail tournament on Toledo Bend Saturday could be a “really crazy tournament,” according to pro angler and Toledo Bend fishing guide Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, Texas.

Jesus Villegas is leading the points going into the Gator Division's third tournament of the year on Lake Okeechobee, but if you ask him how he's catching fish he likely will tell you instead about his five daughters who love to fish.

The 2015 Carolinas Bass Challenge is off to a resounding start with 173 boats entered in the South Caroling Division opener on Lake Murray and up to 200 expected for the North Carolina Division opener on Lake Norman this Saturday.

Professional and veteran tournament anglers will not be the only ones walking across the stage to have their fish weighed in the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Downtown Greenville, S.C., during the 2015 Bassmaster Classic next week.

The Alabama Bass Trail's Southern Division 2014 Anglers of the Year Team are ready to defend their title, but they admit fishing in the division opener Saturday on Jordan Lake is going to be a tough challenge.

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When Alton Jones won the 2008 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, spotted or Alabama bass were mostly brought to the weigh-ins as limit fillers. Anglers tried to catch a couple of quality largemouths and then pad their limit with decent fish, so a lot of 2- to 3-pound spots and largemouths were weighed in.