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November/December 2020

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
Idioma:
English
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B.A.S.S., LLC.
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2 min.
side by side

The St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario — the monster Great Lake it feeds — make up one of the largest bodies of water the Bassmaster Elite Series visited in 2020. But even with all that water to cover, the bass couldn’t hide. Some, in fact, were found by more than one of the 85-angler field. That was the case on Day 2 with Canadian angler Chris Johnston and veteran pro Clifford Pirch from Arizona. Like really the case. The two anglers, who reside 2,186 miles from one another, wound up fishing almost gunnel to gunnel during the third Elite Series event of the COVID-19-interrupted season — and that gave Pirch an up-close view of one of Johnston’s many fish catches. Johnston was just beyond Pirch’s rod tip as he battled one of the 20…

3 min.
long list of bad choices

“Time spent considering my failures would … conclude with a doctor-ordered mental health assessment.” IT’S HARD TO pick just one. When you’ve made as many bad choices as I have on the water, picking the “baddest” is no easy feat. For the record, this is not a subject on which I dwell. Too much time spent considering my failures would require a level of introspection that is not only uncomfortable, but would likely conclude with a doctor-ordered mental health assessment. Still, after reading David Brown’s “Do-Over” feature on page 54 (Elite Series pros identify a decision they’d love to have back), I couldn’t help but ponder a couple of moments of my own that I’d like to redo. Two years ago, I was the boat captain for my son, Austin, and his…

3 min.
on the hook

You started tournament fishing alone at 15 years old. How did you get to the tournaments? I fished my whole life, but they wouldn’t let me enter the tournaments until I was 15. That’s when I started tournament fishing. Most of the time, they weren’t far from where I lived, so I would either hope I wouldn’t get caught or I would drive to them in my boat. A lot of the time, I could launch in the bayous in front of and behind our house and go anywhere. I had a little bitty boat at the time, basically a 12-foot mud boat with a GO-DEVIL. I would just throw my tackle everywhere in it, and I was limited on what I could bring. In college, you helped start a college bass fishing…

4 min.
scientific angle

ACTIVE ANGLER Few on-the-water situations create as much instant anxiety, stress and frustration as a dead trolling motor. Let’s face it: When your trolling motor dies, your odds of boating a bass usually die, too. Elite Series veteran Steve Kennedy knows the sinking feeling of a trolling motor that’s on its last leg during a tournament. He’s felt it all too often, as the toll of a full day of fast fishing catches up to beleaguered batteries by midafternoon. “I’ve had lots of tournaments where I am pretty much crawling from dock to dock or drifting with the current,” says Kennedy. “I’ve always felt limited by those three Group 31 AGM batteries.” But this year, Kennedy says he’s found a solution to the issue: lithium. BLUE-COLLAR BREAKDOWN Most anglers are powering high-tech sonar, 4-stroke outboard…

1 min.
datebook

November 3 U.S. General Election Day. If you haven’t done so already, cast your vote in the most pivotal election in four years. 14 World Diabetes Day. Read up on the risks of diabetes and how to prevent a disease that affects 100 million Americans. 26 Thanksgiving. It’s the official start of the holiday season and a great reason to count your blessings. December 17 National Maple Syrup Day. Make a big breakfast and celebrate the signature product of Vermont. 23 Festivus. List your grievances with other anglers — and the year of 2020 as a whole — on this magnificent holiday “for the rest of us.” 25 Christmas. This one is hard to miss, but did you know Christmas also serves as a warm-up for December 30th’s National Bacon Day?…

1 min.
department of interior

The United States Department of the Interior says it has opened and increased more than 850 hunting and fishing opportunities across 2.3 million acres of federal land in 147 national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries. This, in addition to 1.4 million acres of land opened in 2019, represents one of the largest expansions of public land access in American history. In total, 360 of the nation’s national wildlife refuges are now open to anglers. Highlights include Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia and Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota. Fish hatcheries now open for anglers include Berkshire National Fish Hatchery in Massachusetts, San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge in California, Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado and Lamar National Fish…