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The Heaviest Ounce and other contemplations…

April 8, 2010 3 comments

Will there be sight fishing at Smith Mountain Lake? Bo thinks so...

Smith Mountain Lake – What will the Smith Mountain Lake fish be doing next week when the Elite Series pros hit the lake?  Many experts are predicting that it will not be a sight fishing tournament like it was a year ago.   I will boldly go against the grain here and predict that there will be plenty of fish on the beds by the time the tournament starts.

What is my logic?  Last weekend I fished three different bodies of water here in North Central Alabama; a large reservoir, a medium lake, and a small pond.  All three places had more bass locked on beds than I have ever seen.   Even I could hook a few without spending much time coaxing them–and I am such a pitiful caster that I have to cast twenty times before I can get a plastic near a bed.   Shaw Grigsby, Kelly Jordon, and company would have had a field day catching all these fish.  Read more…

Lure Chat with Byron Velvick

March 29, 2010 8 comments

This is a must read interview for anyone wanting to learn how to fish swimbaits.

Byron Velvick slings his BV3D swimbait at the Golden State Shootout. (Photo: Seigo Saito / BASS)

If you listen to dock talk among fishermen out West, you will learn that the WON US Open tournament rivals The Bassmaster Classic in terms of prestige out there.  Because he won two US Open championships during the 90s, Byron Velvick earned his reputation as a big stick out West.  Back East, however, he is known as much for being “that bachelor dude” as anything else.  (That “bachelor dude” refers to his appearance on season 6 of ABC’s “The Bachelor” TV show). Read more…

Lure Chat with John Crews

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

John Crews used plastics in hydrilla to win the Duel on the Delta. (Photo: BASS / Seigo Saito)

In this chapter of lure chat I talk with Elite Series pro John Crews about his recent win at the 2010 Duel in the Delta. I will ask the reader in advance to forgive my eccentric questions about psychology and statistics in the beginning of the interview—rest assured that we do talk lures and fishing before the interview ends.

As you read this, it is interesting to keep in mind that John had 18 keepers that weighed 72-06, narrowly defeating Skeet Reese who had 20 keepers weighing 72-05. This is one of the few Elite Series tournaments I can remember where the winner did not catch his limit on multiple days. Read more…

Vote! Who is the best angler?

March 23, 2010 Leave a comment

To my knowledge, BassFan is the only organization that ranks anglers from the FLW and BASS in the same ranking.  In the BassFan World Rankings, KVD was ranked a solid #1 for a long time. That changed recently when Brent Ehrler took the #1 spot last week. Shortly thereafter Skeet Reese leapfrogged Brent and took the top spot after a strong finish at Clear Lake.

Kevin VanDam is currently ranked #3 in the BassFan World Rankings.

I recently wrote that the BassFan World Ranking formula should be tweaked.   ( BassFan has updated their rankings since I wrote that post, but the principle is the same ).

What do you think?  Vote in our poll…

Post California AOY Standings Commentary

March 22, 2010 Leave a comment

If Bradley Roy is this good at 19 years old, how good will he be in ten years? (Photo courtesy of Seigo Saito / BASS)

Below are the Elite Series AOY standings after the California swing as published on  I have highlighted two items of interest.


Alabama anglers, both natives and imports, are highlighted in blue.  The top 36 in AOY standings at the end of the year qualify for the Bassmaster Classic.  Statistically, if Alabama anglers pull their weight, we should have 5.03 anglers represent the state at the 2011 Bassmaster Classic via the Elite Series. Read more…

The BCS meets Bass Fishing–the latest BassFan World Rankings are here

March 18, 2010 3 comments

Kevin VanDam is the reigning BASS Angler of the Year, the reigning Bassmaster Classic Champion, and is quite probably the best angler the sport has ever seen.   Yet in the current BassFan World Rankings, KVD’s recent accomplishments rank him second place behind Brent Ehrler.

Yes you read that first paragraph correctly.  They have KVD listed as second.  KVD is the best that has ever been and he is currently playing at his peak level.  How can he only be ranked second? Read more…

Meet Alabama Rookie Keith Poche

March 11, 2010 4 comments

Rookie Keith Poche makes his Elite Series debut today. (Photo courtesy of BASS)

As I am sure many of our readers have noticed, the Armchair Anglers are biased towards Alabama.  This was not the original plan when we started this blog and podcast—it just kind of evolved that way.

While visiting our podcast, our friend Kent Brown from Ultimate Bass Radio took a few good natured jabs at our beloved state and the fishermen in it.  After that I thought hey, there is nothing wrong with showing a little pride in the hometown heroes.

With that in mind I have to say that it would make me extremely happy to see an Alabama angler win these tournaments in California AGAIN.  Import Alabamian Aaron Martens could easily win the Duel in the Delta…AGAIN.  Or Native Alabamian Steve Kennedy could win the Golden State Shootout. AGAIN.

What would be even more cool is to see the ultimate underdog from Alabama win.  With that in mind I would like to introduce you to the Keith Poche.  Keith is the only rookie that calls Alabama home competing on the Elite Series this year. Read more…

Careers at stake in this year’s ROY race

March 11, 2010 Leave a comment

As I type the 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series is beginning on the California Delta.  I’ll bet money that the seven rookies competing in their first Elite Series event are tweaked out of their minds right now.  Once they get their first fish in the boat, their nerves will settle a little.  Once they have their fifth fish in the boat their nerves will settle even more.

There is much about professional bass fishing I’ve learned since starting this little blog and podcast.   Chief among the new things I’ve learned is how incredibly hard it is for a new angler to successfully compete on the Elite Series trail.   Note the emphasis on the word “successfully”—as many anglers have come and gone over the last five years. Read more…

Ken Duke and Mark Zona featured in this month’s podcast

March 3, 2010 Leave a comment

The March 2010 episode of The Armchair Anglers Podcast is now available.  In this month’s episode the panel discusses the 2010 Bassmaster Classic, the Alabama Bass species, and the upcoming 2010 Elite Series season.

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BASS to Return to Alabama for 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series Postseason

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment

BASS will return to Alabama, site of the 40th Bassmaster Classic and the state in which BASS was founded more than 40 years ago, for the second Bassmaster Elite Series postseason.

Toyota Trucks Championship Week is set for July 24-31 and will be played out once again on two productive Alabama fisheries. The first leg, the July 24-25 Trophy Chase, returns to Lake Jordan out of Wetumpka. The finale, the Evan Williams Bourbon Trophy Triumph, is slated for July 30-31 on the Alabama River from Montgomery.

With the Bassmaster Classic this week in Birmingham and on Lay Lake, Alabama has hosted 11 Classic events. The 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series season, which starts March 11 with the Duel in the Delta out of Stockton, Calif., will culminate with the two-event postseason in July. Read more…

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