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MERCER ON 2017 (PART 2)

The Elite Series emcee talks about Palaniuk’s AOY, Connell’s emotional win, under the radar moments, and the Arctic Circle.

MERCER ON 2017 (PART 1)

Elite Series emcee, Dave Mercer, goes on the record with The BASS ZONE to talk about the past year in professional bass fishing.

SILVESTER’S INTERNATIONAL LEARNING CURVE

In his first bass tournament in America, Dean Silvester nearly made the Bassmaster Classic.

ROUMBANIS’ YEAR OF CHANGES

“Without a doubt, 2017 has been the most emotional year of my career.”

THE SPOHRER STORY

How Gerald Spohrer climbed to the Elite Series after starting tournament fishing in 2011.

RICK MORRIS’ ELITE SERIES COMEBACK

Three years after making his last cast on the Elite Series, Rick Morris returns for the 2018 season.

COLLINGS' RAPID RISE

“I eat, sleep, and breathe fishing. Even when I’m deer hunting, I find myself thinking about how I’m going to catch my next bass.” – Sheldon Collings

ROY HAWK HEADED TO THE ELITE SERIES

“It’s a totally different mentality and a different rhythm on the Elite Series.”

THE LOST FOOTAGE: CHRIS LANE VS. BOBBY LANE

In 2015, Chris Lane and Bobby Lane took part in an epic one-on-one battle on Lake Toho...

THE POWER OF THE TROPHY

Does an Elite Series win equal longevity on the Elite Series?

HARTMAN'S HOMEWORK

“If I hadn’t done the homework, I think that I would have spun out in a lot more of the tournaments.”

CAPTURING THE CHAOS

Behind the lens with Scott Martin's on-the-road cameraman...

THRIFT’S “DUMPSTER FIRE” DOMINANCE

No pattern? No problem for Bryan Thrift.

ONE FIELD, TWO TITLES

Jordan Lee talks about his connection with the Houston Astros and Houston’s Minute Made Park.

ELITE SERIES PROS SCARIEST MOMENTS

From hotel room robbery to KVD winks, here's some of the scariest stuff that Elite Series pros have experienced over the years . . .

FIVE YEARS LATER . . .

Looking back at the 2013 Elite Series rookie class.

THE BFL CONNECTION

Does success at the FLW BFL level translate to success on the Bassmaster Elite Series?

JUSTIN PATTI WINS THE 2017 U.S. OPEN

The angler that was able to master the conditions well enough over the three-day event to earn the title of 2017 WON Bass U.S. Open Champion was Phoenix, Arizona’s Justin Patti, who won the event in wire-to-wire fashion with a total weight of 36.30 pounds.

JUSTIN PATTI LEADS DAY TWO AT THE U.S. OPEN

After opening the event with a stellar 14.71-pound limit, Patti took last years’ experience and made all the right moves to post a 13.00-pound limit that pushed his two-day weight to 27.71 pounds. His second consecutive strong day increased the margin of his lead to nearly three and a half pounds over second place pro Kyle Grover of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

JUSTIN PATTI LEADS DAY ONE AT THE U.S. OPEN

Of all of the outstanding performers, Phoenix, Ariz. pro Justin Patti proved to be the cream of the crop on the day one. It is the second consecutive years that Patti has sprinted through the tape in first positon on the first leg of the U.S. Open marathon.

2017 U.S. OPEN KICKS OFF ON MEAD

35th WON Bass, Bass Cat Boats / Mercury U.S. Open starts Monday, October 16th.

WHEELER'S WELCOME TOUR

With five Top 10 finishes in 2017, Jacob Wheeler introduced himself to the Elite Series in a big way.

KENNEDY'S 2017 WILD RIDE

“When you fish the way I fished most of the season, you have big days and you have bad days. That’s just part of it.”

HUNTER’S WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

“You have to be making money when you’re fishing at the top level of the sport. If you’re not, you’re losing.” - Hunter Shryock

THE YEAR OF THE ROOKIES

Newcomers made their mark during the 2017 season of professional bass fishing.

QUIRKY STATS AND STORYLINES FROM THE 2017 ELITE SERIES SEASON

Check out some of the cool stuff that occurred during the 2017 season on the Elite Series .. .

2017 ALL-BZ TEAM (HONORABLE MENTION)

Check out who got the job done during the 2017 season of professional bass fishing . . .

THE 2017 ALL-BZ TEAM

For the seventh consecutive year, The BASS ZONE unveils the ALL-BZ Team.

PALANIUK WINS TAOY / COMBS WINS ON MILLE LACS

Brandon Palaniuk edges Christie for Angler Of the Year, while Keith Combs wins the season finale on Mille Lacs.

COMBS KEEPS DAY TWO LEAD WHILE PALANIUK'S TAOY LEAD SHRINKS

With a total of 49-14, Keith Combs keeps the Day 2 lead on Mille Lacs while Palaniuk's TAOY lead shrinks to 12 points.

COMBS LEADS DAY ONE OF TAOY CHAMPIONSHIP ON MILLE LACS

Brandon Palaniuk maintains a 22 point TAOY lead while Keith Combs leads Day One on Mille Lacs with 24-15.

JAKE WHITAKER: COLLEGE TO THE ELITE SERIES

The 2014 Carhartt College Series National Champion qualifies for the 2018 Elite Series through the Northern Opens.

THE 2017 CHAMPS

Check out who lifted a blue trophy during he 2017 Elite Series regular season . . .

THE OPEN PICTURE AT DOUGLAS

In the last year of the current Open format, there are some interesting storylines as season comes to a close.

HAMILTON'S ROOKIE SEASON ON THE ELITE SERIES

Skylar Hamilton breaks down his rookie season on the Elite Series . . .