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Episode 10: Clark Reehm

October 6, 2010 7 comments

Clark Reehm

In this month’s episode we visit with BASS Elite Series Pro Clark Reehm, Greg Huff and Rich Lindgren from the Twin City Limits Podcast (again), and we share with you how to get a copy of our secret “underground” episode.  Oh, and we also talk about Gerald Swindle’s hat (see below).




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Episode 9: Russ Lane

September 2, 2010 3 comments

Elite Series Pro Russ Lane (Photo: BASS / Seigo Saito)

Better late than never!– Podcast Episode 9 is finally here. In this episode we chat with Ramada Trophy Chase winner Russ Lane [Alabama native of course], we challenge another fishing podcast to an (un)friendly wager, and we announce a new Tackle Experts contest for our listeners.




Other notes of interest in this episode:

  • Be sure to listen for our surprise guests sprinkled throughout.
  • The Saints–Vikings game is on THURSDAY, September 9 (Clint and I both get it wrong).
  • This episode almost breaks our record for the longest episode yet (not something we are proud of).

Episode 8: Don Logan

August 11, 2010 5 comments
Don Logan discusses the purchase of BASS

Don Logan discusses the purchase of BASS

Last week ESPN announced that it has agreed to sell BASS to a group of investors, namely: Don Logan, Jerry McKinnis, and Jim Copeland.  In Episode 8 of The Armchair Anglers Podcast, we sit down one-on-one with famous media executive Don Logan to discuss the pending BASS sale.

Also included in this episode are live phone lines, comments on the 2010 AOY race, and Clint reacts to Episode 7 being labeled an “Obama love fest”.


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Experts discuss Oil Spill in May 2010 Podcast

May 6, 2010 2 comments

Legendary fisherman Roland Martin joins Andy Crawford from and LSU environmental scientist Ed Overton on The Armchair Anglers Podcast this month to discuss the Gulf of Mexico oil spill off the coast of Louisiana.

To gain an understanding of the pre-existing coastal erosion problems plaguing the Louisiana coast, I suggest watching this seven minute Swish presentation prior to listening to the podcast.


Two notes for bass fisherman listening to the podcast:

  • Every inch of marsh destroyed on front end (the coast) pushes the saltwater line further back into the marsh, destroying bass habitat on the back end.
  • Marsh bass will eat the heck out of brown shrimp.  Destroying the bottom of the food chain hurts both saltwater and freshwater fish.

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Lake Guntersville Predictions

May 5, 2010 Leave a comment

I asked two local big sticks what it would take to win at Lake Guntersville.

Troy Jens of Angling Alabama said, “I hope I am wrong, but I think the weights will be down a little this year.  Our local events have been down substantially.  I expect a 23 pound average to win, and probably 18 a day to get a check”.

Alex Davis, aka “The Spinnerbait Kid“, said, “The fishing is a lot tougher this year compared to last year when the Elites came.  I believe there will still be big bags…it will take 83-87 lbs to win and 36 lbs to get a check”.

I find it interesting that both these guys think that it will take 36 lbs to get a check (Top 47 after 2 days).  Their consensus is that the winning weight will be high 80s to low 90s…meaning my early prediction of Pickwick outfishing Guntersville will prove to be false.

If you want to improve your fishing skills, so that you can enjoy a lifetime of improved fishing success, I suggest you invest a day and fish with these gentlemen.

Smith Mountain Lake Lure Chat with Skeet Reese

April 27, 2010 4 comments

Skeet power fished when others finessed to win at SML. ( Photo: Seigo Saito / BASS)

Skeet Reese won the 2010 Blue Ridge Brawl on Smith Mountain Lake with a four day catch of 78-01.  He beat his nearest competitor by 15-09 lbs…A win like that in NASCAR that is called lapping the competition.

I caught up with Skeet as he he dodged tornadoes on his way to Florence, AL for the Alabama Charge on Lake Pickwick.

Bo Crawford (bocraw): Heading in to Smith Mountain Lake (SML), you had just lost a tournament by one solitary ounce [which is bad], but also had a commanding lead in the Toyota AOY Race [which is good].  How were you mentally heading in to the SML tournament?

Skeet Reese (Reese): The points lead doesn’t mean anything this early in the season–all you are trying to do is keep yourself in contention for the end of the season.  So going in to Smith Mountain Lake my goal was to have a good performance and a Top 10 finish.  I knew going in the potential of SML—having a history on that lake gave me understanding that allowed me to catch 20 lb bags that I wouldn’t have been able to do before. Read more…

Fearless Prediction: Pickwick will outfish Guntersville

April 25, 2010 2 comments

Bo thinks Guntersville will fish more like it did in 2006 and 2007 as opposed to 2009.

As I type Bassmater Elite Series Pros are arriving in Alabama for back-to-back Tennessee River tournaments.  The Lake Pickwick tournament starts Thursday, April 29, with Lake Guntersville following one week later.

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly.  I predict that the Lake Pickwick winning weight will be heavier than the Lake Guntersville winning weight for these upcoming tournaments.

Before you shop for straight jackets on my behalf, please allow me to elaborate.


I know you are thinking, “Whoa there Bo—didn’t Lake Guntersville produce legendary stringers last year at the exact same time”? Read more…

Is Skeet really #1?

April 22, 2010 1 comment

BassFan currently ranks Skeet Reese as #1, KVD as #2, and Brent Ehrler as #3 in the current BassFan World Rankings.  All three have had a turn in the #1 position in recent weeks.

According to our poll, most of you think the BassFan World Rankings are flawed.  Here are the results of our poll:

It seems the vast majority of you seem to think KVD is the best. Read more…

Without a Hitch?–Skeet Wins at Smith Mountain Lake

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

The Rago SKT Swimmer. Maybe bass just like swimbaits--whether they match a hatch or not. (Photo:

I am scheduled to interview Skeet Reese for a Lure Chat on Saturday.  In anticipation of that interview, I thought I’d share some Skeet related observations with you over the next few days.


It is being reported that Skeet’s weapon of choice for Smith Mountain Lake was a Rago Swimbait in light hitch color.  Sound familiar?  Byron Velvick won the Clear Lake event on a Rago swimbait in a hitch color as well.  With coast to coast, back to back wins Rago swimbaits are going to be in high demand.

But what about this hitch baitfish?  According to Byron, hitch are native to California and are NOT found in Virginia.  It doesn’t sound like Skeet was matching the hatch to me.  Hopefully we will obtain additional details from Skeet come Saturday.

2010 AOY is Skeet’s to lose

April 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The 2010 AOY Title is Skeet's to lose. (Photo: Seigo Saito / BASS)

Last week I pointed out that the 2010 Elite Series schedule favors bank beating and doesn’t set-up well for a KVD comeback.  This week Ken Duke (who is possibly the best bass fishing blogger on the net) points out that no-one has come back from fifth place after two tournaments and won AOY.  KVD currently sits in 42nd place.

The bottom line is that things are not looking good for KVD.  However, many of you may recall that in 2006 KVD was disqualified from an event and STILL made a strong push for AOY that year.  If anyone can beat the odds and make a miraculous comeback it is Kevin.

On the other end of the spectrum is Skeet Reese.  Ken points out that, “Reese’s 37-point lead is the second largest in Elite history after two tournaments”.  As bad as things look for KVD, they are looking good for Skeet.

Ken Duke’s posts are generally available to those with a Bass Insider membership.  His current post, “Two Down, Six To Go“, is available to the general public.  Check it out.

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