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BASS Elite Series #8 - Cayuga Lake, NY
Contributed by KDove - This blog has been viewed 62 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: November 10, 2014
The week off that Elite Series anglers had between Delaware River, PA. & Cayuga Lake, NY was typically spent fishing somewhere in the Northeast. For me it was 1000 Islands… one of my favorite bass fishing waters in all the United States. As I mentioned in my previous blog I was able to take a sponsor of mine, Dixie Electric, fishing for a few days at 1000 Islands and boy did we have a blast! Big brown smallies were had by all and it was a pleasure to be able to share the great fishing of the Northeast with some good West Texas friends. Going into my last Elite Series event of the ...... Read More

Bass Elite Series #7 - Delaware River, Philadelphia, PA
Contributed by KDove - This blog has been viewed 158 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: September 25, 2014
Well we had a long break in the Elite Series AOY (Angler of the Year) events since my debacle at Lake Dardanelle. In the meantime I had a BASS Open event at Lake Douglas, TN in late May where I cashed a check to regain some momentum. In early June I participated in BassFest at Lake Chickamauga, TN which was a mediocre performance as I finished in the middle of the field. And most recently I attended a BASS Open at Lake Champlain where I just missed cashing a check. With two Elite AOY events remaining at the Delaware River and Lake Cayuga I am sitting in 85th place. Mathematically I am still ali...... Read More

BASS Elite Series #5 - Lake Dardanelle, AR
Contributed by KDove - This blog has been viewed 211 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: August 21, 2014
Just after I finished up the event on Toledo and prior to the start of the next BASS Elite Series #5 at Lake Dardanelle, AR, I drove to Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, TN. I was able to spend a few days on the lake scouting for BassFest that was to take place in June. I had a busy week thoug,h catching up on emails and also taping another episode of Bass Edge Radio (, a bi-monthly podcast on iTunes that I co-host. I was ready for some certain shallow water fishing coming up at Dardanelle and of course looking to get back on track after a disappointing week at Toledo (read previous blog...... Read More

Fantasy Football, Lake Ontario and Great Hair
Contributed by MZona - This blog has been viewed 233 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: August 11, 2014
Late summer signals the home stretch of the Bassmaster Elite Series season, plus a whole lotta Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show episodes that need to be filmed, and perhaps most importantly, me picking my fantasy football league roster.
Not to mention we’re fresh off the ICAST Show, which is the fishing tackle industry’s annual ‘show and tell’ trade show where all the cool new products are revealed.

Seeing lures I’ve been working on to develop with Strike King for months, or rod actions I’ve discussed for weeks with Shimano, all finally come to fruitio...... Read More

Sun Protection
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 261 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: August 05, 2014
When I started guiding in the late 80s, a tee shirt and shorts were appropriate attire. Sunglasses were a fashion statement. And we didn't wear sunscreen; we lathered up with sun tan oil! A sunburn was a sign of a healthy lifestyle. While my skin tone never really resulted in the bad peel and burn of overdoing sun exposure, I began to take note. I even began to get an annual check up with a dermatologist! I have opted for maximum eye protection as well with Maui Jim polarized sunglasses with superior UV protection for my eyes.
Most of the clothing in the early part of 2000 was beginning to co...... Read More

BASS Elite Series #4 - Toldeo Bend, LA
Contributed by KDove - This blog has been viewed 513 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: July 23, 2014
Concluding the Table Rock event I stopped by Lake Dardanelle to look the place over. We were going there for stop #5 on the Elite Series. It’s funny, often we don’t fish much during some pre-practice periods when we visit a lake we’ve never been too. I drove the whole lake in about 2 days and then did a little fishing on day 3. It reminded me a lot of where I grew up in Northern Virginia on the Potomac River. The Potomac is a shallow water fishery and Dardanelle is just the same. Arriving home to Del Rio later that week I was on Lake Amistad guiding almost every day until I wa...... Read More

I’m Not Allowed to Drive The Big Red Tow Boat
Contributed by MZona - This blog has been viewed 870 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: June 20, 2014
Not only was I not … not … voted the 2013 Tower of the Year, heck, I’m not even allowed to drive this giant red TowBoatUS boat.
But at BASSFest on Lake Chickamauga last week, I met the people who are, and they rock louder than Nikki Sixx.
Mark Zona in front of Twower of the Year towboat... Read More

In The Blink Of An Eye
Contributed by DGnewikow - This blog has been viewed 1157 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: June 17, 2014
My 40th birthday was Saturday, April 12th. Although most weekends I fish a tournament, my wife and I were having friends over to celebrate my transition into old age. So, I decided to forgo the bass tournament scene and take my eleven year old crappie fishing that Saturday morning. Since I am a terrible crappie fisherman, I opted to spend a few hours on the lake Friday afternoon in hopes of finding some places to keep my son’s interest. I wandered around the lake caught a few crappie and was generally enjoying a beautiful spring afternoon when my phone rang. It was my friend, Brent Sain. ...... Read More

A Classic On Top
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 1213 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: June 16, 2014
Several years ago, at a fishing expo, I passed a booth where a video showed a topwater plug I had used as a kid, but hadn’t seen in decades. I talked to the owner who was very enthusiastic about his single lure lineup! He handed me a couple and I packed them away, forgetting about the lure and where I had stashed them.
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BASS Elite Series #3 - Table Rock Lake, MO
Contributed by KDove - This blog has been viewed 1223 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: June 10, 2014
I spent the week off between St. Johns River and Table Rock at a great friend’s house on Toledo Bend. I was able to do a little practicing and get some things in the office accomplished and most importantly, relax and have a great time with friends. The bass at Toledo were just coming to the beds strong and I figured the fish at Table Rock were going to be in pre-spawn pattern. The cold weather conditions most of the country was experiencing were hanging on into these early spring months. I was excited to fish a highland reservoir that has some similarities to my home Lake Amistad. Table...... Read More