DRAGONFLY - RAYMARINE

THE STORIES

JACOB WHEELER REVISITED

“People are asking me if I’ve come off of my high, but I still get up every morning and it’s still hard to believe that I actually won and it’s real.”

THE GOLDEN TICKET CONCEPT

The Golden Ticket concept would add one additional spot to the Bassmaster Classic field that would be filled by the B.A.S.S. member who was holding the Golden Ticket.....

INSIDE THE WON BASS U.S. OPEN

“It is certainly a thinking man’s tournament." - Dean Rojas

THE GUIDING ROUTE

“Guiding and tournament fishing require two completely different mentalities.” – Justin Rackley

UNDER THE RADAR

Six stories you should know from the 2012 Elite Series season.

HERREN BACKED IT UP IN 2012

“I made the decision that I wasn’t going to get outworked. I might get outfished, but I wasn’t going to get outworked anymore.” - Matt Herren

THE TTBC IN PHOTOS

A look a back at Toyota Texas Bass Classic week on Lake Conroe

THRIFT'S CONROE COMEBACK

Bryan Thrift comes from 9th place to win the TTBC in convincing fashion.

SNOWDEN TAKES THE TTBC LEAD

Brian Snowden leads Edwin Evers and Fred Roumbanis after two days on Lake Conroe.

FAIRCLOTH AND MOYNAGH LEAD TTBC

Todd Faircloth and Jim Moynagh reach the 17 pound mark on Lake Conroe

TTBC PREVIEW: LAKE CONROE

“You’re liable to catch one deep and then catch the next one extremely shallow." - David Walker

AARON MARTENS: ALL-STAR WEEK CHAMPION

Aaron Martens outduels Edwin Evers to take the title in Illinois.

MARTENS VS. EVERS IN ALL-STAR FINALE

Edwin Evers and Aaron Martens prevail on a tough Lake Decatur.

ON TO LAKE DECATUR...

The final four is set – Evers, DeFoe, Martens, and Swindle advance at Toyota Trucks All-Star Week in Illinois

EVERS FINDS A LIMIT

Edwin Evers brings in the only five bass limit on Thursday to lead All-Star Week in Decatur, Illinois.

ALL-STAR UPDATE: IT’S TOUGH ON SHELBYVILLE

No sandbagging here – it’s all about getting a keeper in the boat.

BIFFLE TAKES CARE OF BUSINESS ON THE RIVER

Tommy Biffle wins the PAA Tournament Series on the Arkansas River.

SEAN STAFFORD WINS U.S. OPEN

While a large portion of the field showed their dexterity, in the end it was Sean Stafford who made the best decisions and emerged as the 2012 WON Bass Nitro Boats / Mercury Outboards U.S. Open Champion.

THE ROOKIE REALITY

“Fishing the Elite Series was like knowing basic math and getting thrown into a calculus class two days before the final exam.” – Michael Simonton

VANDAM ON 2012

“I was never in contention to win a tournament all year long, and that was really disappointing.” - Kevin VanDam

PHOTOS OF THE YEAR - ON STAGE

The BZ's Dave Rush breaks down his best shots from the 2012 Elite Series season.

PHOTOS OF THE YEAR - ON THE WATER

The BZ looks back on the best photos of the 2012 Elite Series season.

Z ON BZ - THE FINAL REPORT CARD

Chris Zaldain breaks down Oneida Lake and recaps his 2012 rookie season.

SOUNDZ OF SUNDAY - ONEIDA LAKE

Hear audio clips from the top finishers recorded moments after they weighed-in at Oneida Lake.

WHAT WENT WRONG? TERRY BUTCHER AT ONEIDA LAKE

Learn from the pros’ mistakes in The BASS ZONE’S post-tournament feature.

BOYD DUCKETT ON THE POST-GAME SHOW

Oneida Lake Champion, Boyd Duckett joins Mark in studio, Matt and Dave on location at Oneida Lake after the final day action.

CHEERS....DUCKETT WINS ONEIDA, CLASSIC BOUND

Boyd Duckett is going back to the Classic. The Alabama pro earned a trip to Grand Lake with a huge final day limit weighing 17 pounds. Randy Howell finished 2nd, just 6 ounces behind Duckett.

HOWELL AFTER 3 - CHAPMAN EARNS AOY - CARD EARNS ROY

Brent Chapman earned his first career Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year on Day 3 at Oneida Lake. He caught 13-07 and qualified for the final day in 6th place, his fifth top 12 finish of the season. No change in the Top 3, Howell, Duckett and Rook.

HOWELL / DUCKETT ON THE POST-GAME SHOW

Randy Howell and Boyd Duckett joins Mark in studio, Matt and Dave on location at Oneida Lake after the Day 2 action.

HOWELL LEADS ONEIDA - CHAPMAN SLAMMING THE DOOR

Randy Howell earned a 16-06 limit today to take the lead after 2 days at Oneida Lake. Boyd Duckett made a big move to 2nd with a huge 17 pound limit. Chapman on cruise control.

DAY 1 ONEIDA LAKE POST-GAME SHOW

Mark, Matt and Dave welcome special guest, David Walker.

IKE OWNS DAY 1 - CHAPMAN IN CONTROL OF AOY

Mike Iaconelli brought an impressive limit to the stage on Thursday weighing 20-3 to take the lead at the final Elite Series stop.

DAY 1 AT ONEIDA MORNING UPDATE

The morning of Day 1 at Oneida Lake. Interviews with Chapman, DeFoe and Prince.

ONEIDA LAKE PRE-GAME SHOW

Bobby Lane joins Mark in studio, Matt and Dave on location at Oneida Lake. What is the scoop from the final Elite Series event of the year? Find out now.

ONEIDA ON THE HORIZON

The final Elite Series tournament of the 2012 regular season kicks off this week in New York