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Bassmaster

May 2019

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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
B.A.S.S., LLC.
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9 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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the spirit is alive and well

It makes sense that a competition held on the water should attract a sea of people. When that competition is the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, a.k.a. the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing, a.k.a. the biggest stage in professional fishing, the waves are more than just people, they are the heart and soul of the fishing industry. Those waves of people are both fans and participants of the sport. Those waves are members of the B.A.S.S. family, a fraternity that proudly wears a shield to display their passion. As each Classic angler rolled through with impressive five-bass limits, you could see the heartbeat of our sport pound through claps and shouts of support. When the winner was crowned and the confetti was cleared from the jam-packed Thompson-Boling…

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celebrating devotion

I GO TO a lot of sporting events. My daughter attends the University of Alabama (Roll Tide), so the football games are a great time to catch up. In my hometown of Birmingham, Ala., there is a minor-league baseball team (the Barons), a minor-league hockey team (the Bulls) and my stepdaughter plays lacrosse on her high school squad. As I sit in the stands to watch these games unfold (and no, I do not understand the rules of lacrosse), my half of the stands cheer not only for, but against, the opposing team and its throng of supporters. As I think about it, that is the way every sport works. Well, every sport except bass fishing. As I sat in the stands at the recent GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by…

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brock mosley

Let’s start with the basics. Where do you fish in Collinsville, Miss.?I grew up in Collinsville, born and raised. But there’s not a lot of places to fish. I’ve got Ross Barnett about an hour and 15 minutes away. Other than that, there’s a small reservoir about 2 miles from my house that’s about 3,700 acres. It’s not big at all.So, essentially, you’re an Elite Series angler who grew up bank fishing farm ponds?That’s right. When I was a kid in the mid-’90s, my dad owned a boat dealership, but we didn’t actually have a boat. He would sometimes take me out in a johnboat or some piece of junk he had in stock from a trade deal.I actually remember the first bass I caught from a boat. I was…

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scientific angle

ACTIVE ANGLEROn Thanksgiving of 2016, Chad Pipkens boarded a ski lift in Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin. In his pocket, he carried an engagement ring. “The idea was to go down the hill and ask her to marry me,” Pipkens remembers.In the span of a few minutes, Pipkens would do two things that altered his future permanently: He proposed to his longtime girlfriend, the soon-to-be Mrs. Melanie Pipkens, and he caught a bad edge on his snowboard, breaking his right hand. They happened in reverse order.“I wanted to take three runs and then get engaged,” he recalls. “On the second run, I broke my wrist, but I was so jacked up and nervous that at first I couldn’t really feel it. On the third run, she said yes.” A few hours later,…

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datebook

 1 May Day. Though not the official start of summer, this traditional holiday usually marks the end of cold weather for good.4 Star Wars Day. “Fish or do not. There is no try.”8 No Socks Day. Why not take a stab at fishing barefoot? Some anglers swear that the added sensitivity helps them detect bites. Some anglers also believe in Sasquatch.13 Frog Jumping Day. Because you needed another excuse to hit the pad fields with your favorite topwater lure.27 Sunscreen Day. This actual holiday comes as a timely reminder to stock up on UV protection for the summer.…

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conservation

In Washington, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) secured $3.5 million to fight pests on the Louisiana coast. The money, which comes from the 2019 agricultural appropriations bill, will be used to eradicate insects destroying Roseau cane, a wetland reed that covers a large portion of the state’s coastal ecosystem.“Roseau cane is vital to maintaining the integrity of our vibrant coastline, and we need to do everything we can to protect it. This funding will help quash the pests that are greedily gnawing away and destroying the Roseau cane reeds,” Kennedy said.Elsewhere, in the Pacific Northwest, bass anglers find themselves in a tangle with state lawmakers. The Washington state legislature introduced HB 1579, which seeks to remove limits on the catch of bass. That bill alleges that bass populations are reducing…

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