Bass Fishing Articles

After a very satisfying and productive off-season, Brent Chapman is toned up and tuned in for his 20th full season on the Bassmaster Tour, and eager to get started with the first Bass Pro Shops Central open tournament Feb. 5-8 on Lake Amistad.

Alabama, where professional bass fishing was born with the advent of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society in 1968, has launched a new tournament series for amateur anglers that is expected to pump millions of dollars into the state's economy.

The 2014 Bass Anglers Sportsman Society kicks off the 2014 season this week with the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open No. 1 on Lake Tohopekaliga, and Hank Cherry is “ready to get it on.”

Shane Lehew doesn't have a shot at the Denver Marine Monster Bass Invitational Winter Trail points title anymore – he's been too busy preparing for the FLW Tour which cranks up on Okeechobee in two weeks – but he probably will have a hand in whoever does win it.

Derrick Bridges (pictured) and Bo Hill won the 1st CATT SC Upstate tournament last year on KeoweeDerrick Bridges (pictured) and Bo Hill won the 1st CATT SC Upstate tournament last year on Keowee

“This is the second year for the South Carolina Upstate Division,” said Carolina Angler's Team Trail owner and tournament director Brett Collins, “and we've added Lake Russell to the schedule this year.”

The weather continues to affect the early 2014 FLW Outdoors tournaments in Florida, but somebody always catches fish and wins.

The Camp Lester Team Tournament, which kicks off the 2014 schedule Sunday on Kissimmee is “just a good, old-fashioned fish camp tournament,” said Leo Cosce at Camp Lester. “We pay 1st, 2nd and 3rd and those guys get all the money.”

The “Polar Vortex” that swept down out of the Arctic bringing sub-freezing temperatures all the way to Florida this week probably means that anglers in the Rayovac Southeast FLW Series opener on Lake Okeechobee will have to entice the bass with reaction baits, said veteran tournament pro JT Kenney of nearby Palm Bay, Fla.

A lot of factors are in play for the ABA Weekend Bass Series South Carolina Division opening season tournament on lake Murray next weekend, said tournament angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria.

Although a massive winter cold front this week sent temperatures plunging below freezing even down into Florida, things should warm up enough to have fishing back to normal by the launch Saturday of the 2014 Toho Marine Elite One Man Tour tournament on Lake Tohopekaliga, said tournament director Bob McDaniel.