Bowes Promoted To New Bassmaster Vice President Of Tournaments Role

Longtime Bassmaster Opens Series Senior Tournament Manager Chris Bowes has been promoted to Vice President of Tournaments, B.A.S.S. announced today. In this newly created role, Bowes will not only manage the Tournaments Department but also collaborate across departments as part of the B.A.S.S. Executive Leadership Team.

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Bassmaster Fishing 2022 Game Launches October 28 With Multiplayer Mode And More

Gamers and aspiring anglers alike can experience the thrill of battling big bass and other players across a variety of real-world venues when Bassmaster Fishing 2022, the Official Video Game, releases October 28.  Read more...

Bassmaster High School Combine To Showcase Anglers From 28 States

When the inaugural Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Combine kicks off on Oct. 15, 85 gifted anglers from 28 states will have the opportunity to showcase their talents for a host of college coaches. The three-day event will be held on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala. Read more...

Akin Retiring As CEO Of B.A.S.S.

After 10 years serving as CEO of B.A.S.S., Bruce Akin will be retiring September 30, company officials announced today. B.A.S.S. Chairman Chase Anderson will be assuming responsibility for the organization’s day-to-day operations and serving as CEO.  Read more...

B.A.S.S. Returns As Presenting Sponsor For The 2021 Big Bass Zone Junior Championship

In an effort to inspire more youth involvement in bass fishing, B.A.S.S. has extended its presenting sponsorship of the 2021 Big Bass Zone (BBZ) Junior Championship, an online tournament for anglers ages 13 to 19. In 2020, the event’s second year, 52 anglers from 48 states qualified for the championship event. Read more...

Lake Eufaula Lands 2021 Bassmaster Team Championship Event

The last spot in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk will be filled on historic Lake Eufaula as this Alabama fishery hosts the Bassmaster Team Championship and Classic Fish-Off Dec. 8-11, 2021.

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FOX Sports To Feature Live Coverage Of All Bassmaster Elite Events And Bassmaster Classic Beginning 2021

For the first time in history, all nine Bassmaster Elite events, as well as the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk will feature live television coverage as the Elite Series moves to the FOX Sports platforms beginning in February 2021.

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Amazon And Anglers Team Up For New Bassmaster YouTube Series

Fishing fans will delve into the daily adventures of professional anglers on the new series Zaldaingerous, presented by Amazon, premiering July 13 at 9:00 a.m. CST on the Bassmaster YouTube channel.

Each episode of Zaldaingerous lures fans into the exciting lives of Bassmaster Elite Series angler Chris Zaldain, and his wife, Trait, a pro on the Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series. Along with a transparent look into the Zaldain’s home life with their rescue dog, Nebo, hard-fought victories and heartbreaking defeats, the grind of the tournament season and exhilarating road trips, viewers will enjoy unprecedented insight into the outdoors, gear and fishing techniques.

“As a married couple fishing our own tournaments around the country, we have to split time following each other and focusing on our own events,” said Trait. “In our downtime, we find ourselves looking for new fishing experiences that don't have anything to do with competition, tournaments or bass!”

“We hope people walk away from the show smiling and ready to get outdoors,” Chris added. “The whole goal is to show how beautiful the outdoors is and that anyone can experience a beautiful sunrise or sunset no matter where they live.”

Running July 13 through Dec. 14, each of the 12 bi-weekly episodes will be accompanied by a live YouTube chat hosted by Chris and Trait. Additionally, episodes will be available to stream on Amazon Prime and view on Amazon’s various social media platforms as well as the Zaldaingerous YouTube channel and Bassmaster.com.

In the first episode — “Desert Tripping” — the Zaldains head to the Wild West for fishing and fun in the deserts of Arizona, California and Nevada.

“Whether it’s a river flowing through a city, out on the coast or even in the desert, everyone has water close by, and we hope to showcase these great waterways,” said Trait.

Reflecting on shooting the series, Trait also shared the joy of sharing new places and experiences with their camera operator, Mack. “Seeing him light up — smiling — just like we did our first time to the desert and the other places around the country reminds us how amazing the road we are on really is!”

The series is part of a larger partnership between B.A.S.S. and Amazon, which will also feature custom-curated gift and gear guides for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts by the Bassmaster Magazine staff.

“We’re thrilled to help Amazon connect with enthusiastic Bassmaster.com readers and fans of sportfishing,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “Amazon is the ideal partner to help grassroots anglers find the same gear their favorite pros use regardless of what waters they call home.”

Bassmaster Classic Reels In Award For Economic Impact

The 2019 Bassmaster Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., has been recognized as a 2019 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism (Mid-Market Division) by Sports Destination Management.  Read more...

Chris Johnston Smashes St. Lawrence Smallmouth For Day 1 Lead

Expectations for the 2019 Berkley Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River presented by Black Velvet were slightly muted going into Day 1. After all, last year’s event on this storied fishery was dubbed as the best smallmouth tournament in the history of man, and practice for most of the Elite Series pros this time around was tough. There was no way, according to reports from the competitors, that this year’s event could match the statistics from the previous year. However, Chris Johnston proved that The No. 1 fishery in the nation according to Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings was still top of the class. The Canadian pro boated 24-7, including a 5-13 behemoth, to take the Day 1 lead. 

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Bassmaster LIVE Program Honored With National ‘Telly’ Award

JM Associates, the video production arm of B.A.S.S., has won the Silver Telly Award for its Bassmaster LIVE coverage of the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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Final-Day Comeback At Guntersville Gives Hartman First Elite Series Victory

When Jamie Hartman burst onto the scene with the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2017, he seemed like a virtual lock to eventually hoist one of the trail’s coveted blue winner’s trophies.

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