Giant Bass Await Elite Series Anglers At Florida’s Lake Okeechobee

The last time B.A.S.S. visited the south Florida big-bass factory was in 2012, when Hughson, Calif., pro Ish Monroe weighed one of the heaviest four-day limits in Elite Series history. Fans can expect much of the same at the 2017 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Lake Okeechobee, Feb. 23-26.

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Bassmaster Classic Anglers Will Be Hunting For 13-pound ShareLunker Bass In Lake Conroe

Will crowds at Minute Maid Park witness a double-digit bass weighed in during the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods? Considering the trophy potential of nearby Lake Conroe, where 52 of the nation’s best bass anglers will compete March 24-26, they might be treated to more than just a 10- or 11-pound bass — or two or three.

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Greenville, Lake Hartwell To Host 2018 Bassmaster Classic
Some lakes are known for how deep they are.

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Wheeler Overcomes Week Of Adversity To Win Bassmaster Elite At Cherokee Lake

At only 26 years of age, Jacob Wheeler has already won more than his share of big-money bass tournaments.

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Wiggins Rides One Spot To Day 3 Lead At Bassmaster Elite On Cherokee Lake

Jesse Wiggins wishes he had a more exciting story to tell about the Bassmaster Elite at Cherokee Lake.

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New Faces Leading The Field At Bassmaster Elite Series Event On Cherokee

With the Bassmaster Elite at Cherokee Lake having reached its halfway point, a trio of Elite Series newcomers are sitting atop the standings with a chance to make their mark on the trail very early in the season.

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ESPN Renews ‘The Bassmasters’ Under New Multi-Year Agreement

B.A.S.S. and ESPN have renewed and expanded their agreement to air Bassmaster tournaments on ESPN beginning with today's Bassmaster Elite at Cherokee Lake on Friday, February 10, at 7 a.m. ET on Bassmaster.com and WatchESPN. This multi-year agreement includes the innovative Bassmaster LIVE and Classic LIVE on-the-water video programs.

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Jones Family Living The Dream As Fifth Father/Son Duo To Fish Bassmaster Classic

When an angler grabs the lead toward the end of the final day of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, he’ll take a rest in a special chair known as the “hot seat” until someone bumps him from the top.

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Cliff Crochet Takes Lead In Bassmaster Elite On Tennessee’s Cherokee Lake

Cliff Crochet is a noted shallow-water specialist who loves to fish green vegetation during warm, spring-like conditions.

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2017 Bassmaster Postseason Announced

After a very exciting finish to the 2016 season on Minnesota’s famed Mille Lacs Lake, the 2017 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship will return to the world-class smallmouth bass factory, Sept. 14-17.

Earning a spot in this season-ending derby is no easy accomplishment. Participation is based upon performance — specifically, the number of AOY points earned across the entire Bassmaster Elite Series season. With a $1 million purse on the line, the championship will not be won by the angler who weighs the largest limit of bass; rather, the top angler in AOY standings following the tournament will be awarded the $100,000 paycheck and title.

The decision to return to the state’s second largest inland lake of 10,000 was easy after the unprecedented output in 2016. Across the three competition days, the Top 50 anglers caught 729 bass, which produced 139 limits and amassed a total three-day weight of 2,878 pounds, 5 ounces.

New this year is a $25,000 payout for the heaviest three-day limit of bass. Also, 35 coveted berths in the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods will be awarded based on the final AOY rankings.

The full field will compete for three days, (Thursday, Friday and Sunday). Bassmaster University will take place on Saturday. The fan-appreciation day will be held in the parking lot at Grand Casino, where the pros will be giving seminars, signing autographs and engaging with fans on a personal level.

“Last year’s Bassmaster tournament showed the world what an incredible jewel Mille Lacs Lake is to the fishing community,” said Tracy Sam, general manager for Grand Casino Mille Lacs. “This championship has never been held at the same location two years in a row, so building upon last year’s success, we look forward to making the 2017 Bassmaster Angler of the Year tournament the best one yet.”

The Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship will be hosted by Grand Casino and Mille Lacs Tourism.

Marshal registration for this tournament will open May 2 at 9 a.m. CT for Life and B.A.S.S. Nation members. All B.A.S.S. members can register starting May 4 at 9 a.m. Registrations must be completed online at Bassmaster.com/elite.

Bassmaster Classic Bracket Returns

In 2016, the Bassmaster Elite Series introduced the Classic Bracket to spice up the regular-season schedule. This year, instead of having the event midseason, the live-streamed tournament will begin shortly after the conclusion of the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Mille Lacs Lake.

Another twist that will make the competition even more compelling is that the eight contestants vying for a Classic invitation will be the first eight just outside the Classic cut. The Bassmaster Classic Bracket tournament will provide one of the eight a last-chance invitation to the Super Bowl of bass fishing.

This year, it’s taking place at picturesque Grand Rapids, Minn., on Pokegama Lake, Sept. 19-22. Fans will be able to follow the action on Bassmaster.com via Bassmaster LIVE.

With a Classic spot on the line, this unique tournament style will not feature a daily weigh-in; rather each bass will be weighed by a B.A.S.S. official on the competitor’s boat and immediately released.

The contestants will be fishing for a five-bass limit from their own boats, and brackets will be set based on AOY points leading into the event.

After two days of competition, four anglers will be eliminated. The semifinal round will take place on Day 3, with the remaining anglers going head to head.

The final day will pit the remaining two anglers in a head-to-head battle. The angler with the heaviest limit will receive a 2018 Bassmaster Classic berth.

“This is the first time B.A.S.S. will host a tournament on Pokegama Lake, and we are excited to show the national audience what a great fishery it is,” said Megan Christianson, executive director of Visit Grand Rapids. “Grand Rapids is a community where you will find a balance between small town charm and rich Minnesota outdoor resources. From over 1,000 lakes to fish, over 1 million public accessible forests and over 3,000 miles of groomed trails to explore. Grand Rapids is a true destination for bass anglers.

“We are pleased to welcome the Elite Series anglers vying for a berth into the most prestigious tournament, the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.”

The Bassmaster Classic Bracket will be hosted by the City of Grand Rapids, Minn.

Mild Winter Could Give Bassmaster Elite Series Anglers Multiple Options at Cherokee

When B.A.S.S. announced it would be holding its first Bassmaster Elite Series event of the 2017 season on Cherokee Lake in the mountains of eastern Tennessee in February, some anglers wondered if they might need ice suits and heaters on the front decks of their boats just to stay focused on fishing.

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Econo Lodge To Sponsor Two Bassmaster Elite Series Events In 2017

Econo Lodge, a part of the Choice Hotels family of brands, will be the presenting sponsor for two Elite Series events during the 2017 season, B.A.S.S. announced today. They include April 6-9 at Toledo Bend Reservoir out of Many, La., and June 2-5 at Lake Dardanelle out of Russellville, Ark.

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