One thing I’ve learned about smallmouth is they will…

"One thing I’ve learned about smallmouth is they will come a long way to bite the jerkbait in clear water." – Kevin VanDam

Kevin VanDam on jerkin’ Niagara smallies
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Jerkbaits have always been one of my favorite lures for locating largemouth and smallmouth bass in clear water because it is such a sight-oriented presentation.That’s why I relied heavily on it here at the Bassmaster Classic Bracket event this week on the Niagara River.

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Keep your eye on these anglers!

Keep your eye on these anglers!

The top 30 anglers under 30
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There are a greater number of bass anglers waiting in the wings to swoop down and capture tournament titles than ever before, and we’ve taken up the task of narrowing them down to the top 30 anglers under 30 years of age.

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This week’s Monday Morning Big Bass via @fishermandave1.

This week’s Monday Morning Big Bass via @fishermandave1. Share your best catch photos with us on our wall for a chance to be featured next week!
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Nice 5lb smallie!! Good fight on my Shimano Stradic, dark tubes were the key!

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When things seem to not be going right, most of us…

"When things seem to not be going right, most of us tend to stop thinking that good things will happen to us. They start thinking that yesterday’s results will be tomorrow’s. It becomes a vicious cycle." – Fletcher Shryock on what he learned from Rick Clunn Professional Angler

A life lesson from Rick Clunn
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The first year I fished with B.A.S.S., I had a chance to spend some time with Rick Clunn at ICAST. It was amazing – I was just a rookie in the Opens and not only was the four-time Bassmaster Classic winner talking to me, but he told me that he was envious of me.

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To celebrate Rick Clunn Professional Angler’s 70th…

To celebrate Rick Clunn Professional Angler’s 70th birthday, we dug through the archives to find 70 images of the Elite Pro’s B.A.S.S career.

Rick Clunn at 70
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Rick Clunn was born on July 24, 1946, and he began fishing B.A.S.S. tournaments in 1974.

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A must-read if you are frustrated with trying to get a…

A must-read if you are frustrated with trying to get a crankbait down to the bottom.

How deep will my crankbait really run?
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I hear a lot of anglers say their crankbaits don’t run as deep as the manufacturer says they’ll run. We all face that issue. Here are my thoughts on the subject. My reference for what I’m about to say is Strike King. That’s not because they’re the only maker of great crankbaits but because I’m the m…

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When you think about fishing quiet don’t think of…

"When you think about fishing quiet don’t think of quiet as the absence of sound. Think of quiet as natural sound, and think of noise as unnatural sound." – Ish Monroe Professional Angler

Fishing quiet is important
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Being quiet is important if you expect to catch big fish. But being quiet doesn’t mean not making noise. It means not making unnatural noise. Here are a couple of examples of what I’m talking about.

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Kevin VanDam took home another Elite Series trophy…

Kevin VanDam took home another Elite Series trophy and punched his ticket to the Classic!
How would you grade our first Elite bracket?

Kevin VanDam wins Bassmaster Classic Bracket
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In the final round of the Bassmaster Classic Bracket event on the upper Niagara River, Michigan’s Kevin VanDam collected his 23rd B.A.S.S. win in a dramatic ending to this first-of-its-kind tournament.

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Kevin VanDam is in the lead this afternoon.

Kevin VanDam is in the lead this afternoon. Do you think he’ll take home the Classic berth from Niagara River?

KVD goes to work on Day 4 of the Bassmaster Classic Bracket
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Steve Bowman caught up with Kevin VanDam as he got to work on the Niagara River on the final day of the 2016 Classic Bracket. The…

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Weights are zeroed, and it’s time for our #Bassmaster…

Weights are zeroed, and it’s time for our #Bassmaster Classic Bracket anglers to go all in!

Bassmaster Classic Bracket LIVE
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Kevin VanDam vs Brett Hite

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You don’t make it to the finals if you don’t win…

"You don’t make it to the finals if you don’t win the semifinals, and I almost didn’t win it." – Kevin VanDam

KVD’s Day 3
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Kevin VanDam started Day 3 fishing near Strawberry Island. He’d had success here all week.

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What are the biggest differences you’ve seen while…

What are the biggest differences you’ve seen while fishing in different regions?

A bass is not a bass
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It’s an accepted truth just about everywhere, and to this day I still hear lots of people say it, even top pros. It was the worst piece of advice that I ever got.

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A blowout and a tiebreaker today.

A blowout and a tiebreaker today. Who knows what tomorrow will bring!

Hite And VanDam to face off in Championship Round of Bassmaster Classic Bracket
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Kreiger clawed from a 7-pound deficit to take the lead with only two hours left in the round. VanDam, however, fished his way back one 6-ounce cull at a time and tied Kreiger at 11 pounds with only 20 minutes left in the day.

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Kevin VanDam and Brett Hite Fishing will compete for a…

Kevin VanDam and Brett Hite Fishing will compete for a Classic berth tomorrow, and every fish they catch will count toward their total weight.
Who do you think will be our first Elite bracket champion?

Bassmaster Classic Bracket rules change for Championship Friday

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I’ve got a chance to win this thing, Brett Hite…

"I’ve got a chance to win this thing," Brett Hite Fishing said to Koby Kreiger.

It’s a bridge party
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Koby Kreiger joined Brett Hite at the North Grand Island Bridge, and for just a few minutes, Hite wasn’t real happy to see him.

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We’ve got our Snapchat camera on Kevin VanDam todayAdd…

We’ve got our Snapchat camera on Kevin VanDam today

Add me on Snapchat! Username: bass_nation
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Snapchat lets you easily talk with friends, view Live Stories from around the world, and explore news in Discover. Life’s more fun when you live in the moment!

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And then there were four!

And then there were four!

Hite, VanDam lead The Final Four at the Bassmaster Classic Bracket
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The first round of the Bassmaster Classic Bracket tournament on the upper Niagara River is over and half the field is driving back home.

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Jacob Powroznik has laid down his rod and a chance at…

Jacob Powroznik has laid down his rod and a chance at $10,000 to help fellow competitor and roommate Koby Kreiger.
Would you do the same?

Coaching the competition
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Jacob Powroznik not only refused to fish today in an effort to help his roommate Koby Kreiger have a shot at the Classic berth that is on the line here, but is now coaching Kreiger along.

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Niagara Bass, I love you!

"Niagara Bass, I love you!" – Dean Rojas Pro Angler

Dean Rojas grabs Round 1 victory with last minute catch

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Dean Rojas Pro Angler and Brett Hite Fishing move on…

Dean Rojas Pro Angler and Brett Hite Fishing move on to the semifinals. Day 2 for the other side of the Bassmaster Classic Bracket starts at 1:15 pm.

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