Hunting & Fishing

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

In this issue

1 min.
second thoughts

Elite Series pro Robbie Latuso is holding his breath. You can see it in his face. There’s not an angler on earth that wouldn’t be doing the same thing in this particular situation. Latuso was fishing Day 1 of the first Elite derby on Florida’s St. Johns River. The Louisiana pro detected the bite he was looking for and the hook landed true. He had a world-class largemouth on the end of his line with a $100,000 payday in his sights. When was the last time he retied? Had he checked his line lately, making sure the wood cover in the area hadn’t scuffed the fluorocarbon? Is there anything under the water this monster bass might find to get snagged? A thousand questions race through your mind when you see…

3 min.
if you can take the heat

“STICK YOUR HAND into the fire and see how much you can take.” That’s Bassmaster Elite Series pro Drew Benton’s formula for climbing to the highest ranks in professional bass fishing. The 30-year-old Florida native has had a meteoric rise to the summit of our sport in just four years on the Elite Series. However, Benton didn’t grow up in a bass fishing family. The first fishing trips he can remember were for catfish and bream while tagging along with his grandfather. It wasn’t until high school that Benton started fishing for bass. “My friends and I would sneak into golf course ponds, private ponds, public lakes, you name it. If we thought there was a piece of water that would hold a bass, we’d go dob a worm in it.…

3 min.
quentin cappo

You’ve been a serious threat in the Opens for the past three years, but now you’re in the big show. What did it feel like to earn that invite to the Elite Series? Obviously, man, it felt amazing. To be able to take your skill level and put it on another level — because you have to or you go home — it feels amazing. The Elite Series is something that we’ve shot for for a long time. We went on the Opens to try to get it done and we got it done. When did you first set the goal of becoming an Elite Series pro? To be honest with you, I didn’t even know how to get there. I was just a guy tournament fishing. I grew up idolizing guys on…

1 min.

Florida news station WJCT Public Media reported that 90,000 tons of sewage sludge has been dumped into the St. Johns River in the past decade. Residents say that sewage — the result of cleaning wastewater — is the direct result of a 2007 ban on sludge dumping in the Lake Okeechobee watershed and that lawmakers are “playing whack-a-mole” with the toxic material. When the Okeechobee ban took place, state lawmakers allowed material previously dumped in the Big O to head northward to waterways like the St. Johns River, where regulations are not as strict. Bassmaster’s Robert Montgomery tackled the issue, noting a public outcry that has prompted the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to form an advisory committee to address the matter. The Biosolids Technical Advisory Committee is set to evaluate agricultural…

1 min.
on the tournament trail

4-7 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Hartwell, Anderson, S.C. 11-14 Bassmaster Elite at Winyah Bay, Georgetown, S.C. 17-19 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional, Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, Ala. 25-27 Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Smith Lake, Jasper, Ala. 25-27 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Bull Shoals Lake presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mountain Home, Ark. 28 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Central Open presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Norfork Lake, Mountain Home, Ark.…

1 min.
bass city, usa | georgetown, s.c.

The South Carolina coastal city of Georgetown may be small in stature at just over 7 square miles, but its community packs enormous historic and economic weight. Today, Georgetown is a regular host of Bassmaster Elite Series events in neighboring Winyah Bay. B.A.S.S. returns to Georgetown this month. 960,000 Tons of material handled at the Port of Georgetown each year 2 Number of signatures on the Declaration of Independence from Georgetown 4 Number of rivers that converge at Georgetown 27,000 Total number of B.A.S.S. fans who attended the 2016 Elite Series event in Georgetown…