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May 2021
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Bassmaster is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and the official publication of B.A.S.S. Our mission is to educate, inform and entertain bass anglers while promoting and enhancing the sport of bass fishing, remembering the legacy of our sport and spearheading trends for its future.

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B.A.S.S., LLC.
9 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
victory on ice

Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson pulled off a couple of firsts earlier this year. In February, he earned his first Bassmaster Elite Series victory with a four-day total of 63 pounds on the Tennessee River in Knoxville. Then a few days later, in March, he became the first angler to go ice fishing literally in the shadow of an Elite Series trophy. To be fair, we don’t know for sure that he’s the first to pull off that latter feat. But until someone brings us a photo of another angler doing it, we’re giving the title to Gussy. The photo depicts so many positive aspects of the Elite Series. There is satisfaction. After finishing second once before in 2019, the 38-year-old, exceedingly likeable pro from Keewatin, Ontario, finally made it across the finish line in first place at…

3 min.
i was wrong

THE SECRET TO the doughball was garlic. My brother and I spent countless hours on our grandparents’ boat dock staring at rod tips for the indication of a bite every summer of our youth that I can remember. We primarily fished for common carp, the ugly orange variety. And we mostly used Quaker Oats infused with garlic powder. Our grandmother taught us that trick. Carp, evidently, like Italian food. My brother, Gary, used a tight-line technique with a weight. I used no weight and kept my line slack. I chided him, as only a 10-year-old could, for being “dumb.” We kept count that July and he beat me by more than a dozen fish, if I remember correctly. I was wrong and not happy about it. As Gary and I aged,…

2 min.
on the hook

Kyle Welcher, Opelika, Ala. You’re most known off the water for being a poker player. Are poker tournaments and bass tournaments similar? They are similar, for sure. The difference comes in with math. Poker is a math-based game, and you can understand the variables based on math. In fishing, even pros don’t know exactly how fish move with certain variables. We just do the best we can, because there are constant changes like the moon, the water level and the weather. Tell us about the moment that hooked you on bass fishing. You were around the water a lot growing up but not necessarily a bass fisherman. The image I have in my head is a blastoff when I was 9 or 10 years old. It was a Tuesday evening tournament in the summer,…

1 min.

1 Kentucky Derby Day. Celebrate the Bluegrass State with a trip to Kentucky Lake or by loading up your livewell with spotted — aka Kentucky — bass. 5 Cinco de Mayo. Open a savings account and finally make some strides toward that dream trip to El Salto. 15 Armed Forces Day. Get involved with an organization like Take a Vet Fishing, Fishing For Heroes, Heroes On The Water or Tight Lines for Troops. 23 World Turtle Day. Try out that soft-plastic turtle bait you’ve seen at the tackle shop. C’mon, what could it hurt? 28 Sunscreen Day. Few tools are as important for your health on the water as sunscreen. Make sure you’re stocked up for the summer.…

1 min.
state of the nation

In February, Jay Evans found himself at the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional event on Lake Havasu holding a $500 Big Bass Award. But for Evans, the check and the placement are a distant second to the work his business is doing on the frontlines of COVID-19 research. Evans is at the helm of a biotech company that’s researching how to better protect people with allergies and cancer from COVID-19. Inimmune — the company Evans founded while working at a translational medicine center at the University of Montana — employs 60 researchers who are jointly putting $97 million in research funding to use alongside the university. He hopes his research will help get COVID-19 under control so fishing can again become a priority.…

1 min.
bass city, usa - richmond, va.

The host city for May’s Basspro.com Bassmaster Northern Open at James River is more than the capital of Virginia and a treasure trove of tidal bass tactics. It’s the only city in the United States with Class IV whitewater rapids within the city limits. That’s right, the abundant fishery Open anglers will be racing around has a rocky mean streak that runs right through the heart of downtown Richmond. Richmond is a culinary haven that has, in recent years, catapulted onto the national stage using local ingredients like oysters, crabs and rockfish along with the area’s rich agricultural crops. Expand your palette at local favorites like Restaurant Adarra, Longoven or Heritage. 100 Weight in pounds of the James River blue catfish that became the state’s first official fish over the century mark in…