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B.A.S.S. ups rod length limit to 10 feet - good or bad for sport?

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While the rod-building industry will benefit greatly, as will makers of over-sized and super deep running lures, is the new length limit good for the sport of bass fishing?

B.A.S.S. has announced that, starting in 2017, the organization will allow rods of lengths up to 10 feet to be used on all of its tournament trails – from the Elite Series and Opens to the Nation tourneys and even youth events.

First off, I am in favor of this new allowance. After all, as Skeet Reese has pointed out, “You can fish a 16-inch swimbait with a 400-pound-test leader if you wanted. There are no reel-speed restrictions. Having the length limit makes no sense. It’s antiquated.”

Gonzales goes light and slow for big ABA Ram Truck Series win on Kissimmee Chain!

Casey Gonzales won the Ram Truck Series Area 5 Championship this past weekend out of Kissimmee Lake Front Park on Lake Toho. Gonzales tallied 41.43 pounds of Kissimmee Chain bass over 2 days of competition. He won by a half-pound as Eric Conant weighed nearly 41 pounds.

Home Field Advantage: It's not just for football

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photo by AU Photographic Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bassmaster AOY Championship set to launch in the North Country

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Gerald Swindle holds a 43-point advantage as he heads to Mille Lacs to fish the Bassmaster AOY Championship. photo courtesy James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.Gerald Swindle holds a 43-point advantage as he heads to Mille Lacs to fish the Bassmaster AOY Championship. photo courtesy James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.

Legends?

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The Bassmaster Elite Series will add two provisional spots on its roster next season. The spots are reserved for veteran anglers whose bodies of work across decades have classified them as “Legends” – at least in the minds of the powers behind B.A.S.S.  

I think of guys like Roland Martin, Bill Dance, and Rick Clunn as being the pioneers of what we now enjoy as big league bassin’. To me, that makes them ‘legendary’.

Tidewater bassin' - to run the tides, or to camp? That is the question.

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Justin Lucas recently won an Elite Series tourney by camping near a pier on the tidal Potomac for 4 straight days. photo by Garrick Dixon/B.A.S.S.Justin Lucas recently won an Elite Series tourney by camping near a pier on the tidal Potomac for 4 straight days. photo by Garrick Dixon/B.A.S.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vance McCullough

I grew up in St Johns River country. Tidewater bassing can be great, but there are some adjustments that need to be made.

And Bass for All!

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The growth season for Southern fisheries is nearly all year long, so fish are going to be big.

Christina Weber fishes bass tournaments on big lakes, such as Kentucky and Fork, in her kayak. photo by Christina Weber

John Cox has made a successful professional fishing career out of a simple concept: lighten-up and go where others can’t so you can find cooperative, and often bigger, fish.

His choice is an aluminum boat made by Crestliner. At 20 feet in length the craft provides ample storage along with the length to span rough waves. It fishes a lot like a huge fiberglass boat only . . . different.

Defending Cup Champ Brad Knight focused on 'Task at Hand'

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Brad Knight will defend his Forrest Wood Cup title this week on Wheeler. photo courtesy FLWfishing.comBrad Knight will defend his Forrest Wood Cup title this week on Wheeler. photo courtesy FLWfishing.com

 

Bassmaster Classic Bracket - is this what the future of professional fishing looks like?

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Did the Bassmaster Classic Bracket set a new standard for professional fishing? photo by Steve Bowman/B.A.S.S.Did the Bassmaster Classic Bracket set a new standard for professional fishing? photo by Steve Bowman/B.A.S.S.

 

As he fished from the front deck of his bass boat, breeze rippling his jersey, Kevin VanDam reflected on a career that has seen all the changes of format that B.A.S.S. has thrown at anglers in the modern era: the MegaBucks hole-style events, the E-50's that morphed into the current Elite Series, and so on. He had high praise for the tournament in which he was competing during the final, championship, round - the Bassmaster Classic Bracket.

Kevin VanDam wins Bassmaster Classic Bracket, pending protest by Brett Hite

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Kevin VanDam is riding high after posting his 23rd career Bassmaster win - pending Brett Hite's protest. photo by Steve BowmanKevin VanDam is riding high after posting his 23rd career Bassmaster win - pending Brett Hite's protest. photo by Steve Bowman

After 4 days, 8 anglers have gone head-to-head in bracket style competition at the Bassmaster Classic Bracket. Finally, we have a winner.

Maybe.

When the seconds had ticked off the clock in today's championship round, Kevin VanDam had 20 pounds, 3 ounces on the scoreboard. Brett Hite had 13-9.

But VanDam caught a fish weighing better than 2 pounds just beyond the boundary of this week's playing field.

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