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  Lake Fork Report—September 7, 2011 After the hot and dry summer, the recent cooling trend will speed along the fall patterns. Fall typically means fast action in the shallows for numbers of fish on moving baits like spinnerbaits and crankbaits and I always look forward to the change of pace. T...
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Drawing Denny Brauer on Day One at the Bassmaster Elite on West Point Lake, Georgia Story and photos by Russ Bassdozer, editor in chief of BassWestUSA magazine I arrived elatedly in the beautiful city of LaGrange, Georgia with lofty hopes of getting some good pro partner picks to ride with as a ma...
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Scenes from the PAA All Star Series on Lake Ray Hubbard, Texas in April 2011 Here are a few of the photos and pro contacts that Bill Bjork and I made for BassWestUSA magazine at the inaugural PAA All Star championship on Lake Ray Hubbard in metropolitan Dallas, Texas. We will be running a full feat...
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BassWestUSA TV Crew Filming on Location I caught up with the BWUTV film crew yesterday on their houseboat after they got back from filming on the lake. Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots of the BassWestUSA TV filming for a Lake Powell episode. After dinner, the guys played a preview of the fi...
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Riding Along as Observers on theProfessional Anglers Association 2011 Season Opener on Lake Lanier, GA Photos courtesy of Russ Bassdozer, editor of Bass West USA magazine and Bill Bjork. John Crews was Johnny on the Spots! Young gun Kent Cella shows what he can do in PAA level competition. J...
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...for the Jerseys for St. Jude fundraising drive. 2011 Bassmaster Classic Kevin VanDam's autographed tournament jersey will be listed along with Elite Series rookie Jonathon VanDam's to highlight the final week of EBay auctions. In addition to the VanDam duo, jerseys from FLW pro Jim Moynagh, WBT a...
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Story by Russ Bassdozer Don't quote me, but what I heard was 70,000 people were expected to attend the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans, Louisiana. I was one. Difference is I was in the Classic. I spent the official practice day with Alabama pro Russ Lane. I rode along on Day One with frog ex...
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As 50 of the bass fishing biggest names became surrounded by media from around the world there was certainly a buzz in the air about the timing of this event. While the past couple of weeks have brought unseasonably cold temperatures to the Parrish’s of the southern Mississippi delta there are thoug...
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Getting Ready to Head East While I’m here in CA getting ready to leave for New Orleans Wednesday, many early week activities have gotten underway. A bit more bites maybe? According to the BASS release it appears the temperatures are slated to warm a bit. With a tough Friday-Sunday practice final...
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Over The next few days I'll be sharing a combination of News Releases and personal insights on the BassMaster Classic in New Orleans La. from an anglers point of view, from the outdoor show to a fans perspective. Louisiana’s own get behind the Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans The rich outdoor he...
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Here's a Cool Story... Superbowl Sunday marked the end of Week 2 of the Jerseys for St. Jude auctions. Of note, FLW Pro Dave Lefebre's 2010 Team Chevy jersey was up for sale. For anyone that knows Dave, he has a huge following of fans (arguably, one of the largest in the sport) and keeps connected ...
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Welcome back fishing legend Bill Siemantel as a contributor to Bass West USA magazine in 2011! Bill will be featured in a new piece called: KEEPIN' IT IN THE BBZ What is interesting about Keepin' It in the BBZ pieces is they could be any size... short yet quippy page fillers here or there of 10...
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This last week you would not have seen me on my normal stomping grounds, "The California Delta"! Instead I was busy preparing and fishing the Anglers Choice Pro-Am on Lake Oroville. I pre-fished the lake on Thursday and Friday in preparation for the Sat-Sun Tournament. Having only seen this lake onc...
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Getting in Tune This article, the fourth in a series about spinnerbaits, emphasizes the importance of tuning. I sing with the Hill Country Chorus in New Braunfels, a men’s A- Cappella Barbershop singing group. We spend countless hours tuning our voices in harmony so we can “ring” the chords, which ...
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As an angler myself, I understand being cooped up in your house for the winter months doing “honey do’s” and some of your own projects. We call that “cabin fever”. Well it is getting to that time where we want to just go out and whack ‘um, rip lips, you get the point but take a step back and “reme...
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  An effort to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital started on January 23rd. Called Jerseys for St. Jude, the fundraiser is in support of the annual Dick Hiley / St. Jude Bass Classic held in Wabasha, MN on the Mississippi River. In its 13th year, the tournament has raised nearl...
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Largest student fishing campaign in history to be operated by TBF, FLW Outdoors MINNEAPOLIS, January 27, 2011 — FLW Outdoors, in conjunction with The Bass Federation (TBF)-Student Angler Federation (SAF), has announced the formation of the National High School Fishing program, the largest student-a...
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DORA, Ala. – Once Gerald Swindle figured out the bass wanted an achingly slow presentation with his lipless crankbait, it was a matter of staying focused and grinding out his first Bassmaster tournament win. More than 80 pounds in three days might not be considered "grinding" to some anglers. But f...
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Renowned outdoor illustrator Chris Armstrong has teamed up with the contributor crew of Bass West USA magazine. Armstrong's wonderful art drawings will be featured in every issue illustrating our new humorous column, A Funny Thing Happened. You may even see an illustrated cover by Chris Armstrong ...
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Dress for SuccessVolumes have been written about dressing for success in the business world. But did you know that dressing your spinnerbait is a significant factor in fishing for success? I stated, in the first article that one reason for the safety-pin spinnerbaits’ versatility is the ability to...
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