DRAGONFLY - RAYMARINE

THE STORIES

McMILLAN FINDING HIS OKEECHOBEE GROOVE AGAIN

“Right now, the fishing on Okeechobee is unbelievable and there’s really no way to describe it. It’s pretty awesome.” - Brandon McMillan

2011 IN FOCUS

Some of The BZ’s best photos from the 2011 season ....

BEHIND THE STAGE

The BZ’s best quotes from behind the weigh-in stage during the 2011 Elite Series season....

WORDS OF ADVICE

The BZ remembers the best educational quotes from 2011

ROUMBANIS’ AND REMITZ’ SOUTH AFRICA ADVENTURE

“It’s not very often that you see a lion or a rhino drinking water when you’re bass fishing on Lake Guntersville.” – Derek Remitz

Q & A WITH JVD

“The amount of stuff that I learned just last year alone is probably more than everything I’d learned up until that point combined.” – Jonathon VanDam

SAID STEPPING DOWN FROM THE ELITES

“It was everything that I had hoped it would be. I loved being on the road for that long and I loved fishing the new bodies of water.” – Ryan Said

TIETJE TO TAKE MEDICAL EXEMPTION FOR 2012 SEASON

“My back was keeping me from fishing at 100%. It was really tough knowing what I should be able to do and not being able to get it done.” – Dennis Tietje

SPRING TRAINING REVISITED

The BZ takes a look back at some of the big questions that were answered during the 2011 season

DO YOU HAVE THE WORST TACKLE ROOM IN AMERICA?

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CROCHET INTENDS TO CHANNEL HIS COMPETITIVE DRIVE

“Adversity builds character and the second half of last season was filled with adversity. I hated it but you’ve got to go through it and learn from it in order to get better.” – Cliff Crochet

MERCER ON (AND OFF) THE RECORD: PART TWO

“There’s a comfort that develops over time with anything that you do and I don’t care if it’s writing an article, riding a bike, fishing a bass tournament, or emceeing the Bassmaster Classic.” – Dave Mercer

MERCER ON (AND OFF) THE RECORD

Bassmaster Elite Series emcee, Dave Mercer, talks Facts of Fishing, breaks down his first season behind the microphone with the Elite Series, and look ahead to 2012.

EHRLER IS CONSTANTLY IN THE HUNT

“I want to be consistent. I want to be in the hunt for Angler of the Year. I want to win.”

LEDOUX COMMITS TO THE ELITES FOR 2012

I didn’t know if it would ever come true but this goes to show that with a lot of hard work and dedication that you can make it happen.” - Kevin Ledoux

NIGGEMEYER LOOKS TO TURN OPEN SUCCESS INTO ELITE GOLD

“I want to push myself to not be content with a good day or a good bag, to always try to push it more.”

IT'S A GRAND CLASSIC IN 2013

Oklahoma's Grand Lake O' the Cherokees will be the playing field for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic....

ROJAS AND KISSELBURG TAKE THE FISH & CHIPS TITLE...

Dean Rojas and Jayson Kisselburg win their second Fish & Chips title at Grand Lake

THE 2011 CABELA'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM

VanDam, Rose, Christie, Swindle and DeFoe headline the 2011 CABELA'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM

COMBS EDGES IACONELLI FOR TTBC TITLE

Keith Combs wins the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Conroe in a fish-off...

THE BZ'S BEST OF 2011

The BASS ZONE breaks down the most intriguing performances during the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tour seasons.....

ELIAS GOES BIG WITH THE ALABAMA RIG

Paul Elias breaks the century mark to easily win the FLW Tour Open on Lake Guntersville

REEHM LOOKS TO OVERCOME 2011'S "BOOM OR BUST" CYCLE

Fifth year pro says he's still looking for a breakthrough moment....

ANTHONY HUNT LOOKING TO MOVE TO THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN

Chef Anthony makes the move from co to pro....

PETER T. MAKES THE MOVE TO FLW

“It’s not a decision that I came on lightly because B.A.S.S. has been my home for 26 years.” – Peter Thliveros

MILLER'S MONTH AHEAD

From the Bassmaster Central Open on Table Rock Lake to the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship, Oklahoma’s Jared Miller is looking to capitalize on his upcoming opportunities.

SIMONTON HOPING TO MAKE THE JUMP

After winning the Bassmaster Northern Open points title, Michael Simonton is optimistic about his chances of joining the 2012 Elite Series

WOLAK'S MIXED BAG FORMULA

"I think that especially on lakes where you are equally apt to win on either species, over the course of a multiple day tournament you’re going to have to chance species and zone in on that change.”

HARTLEY HOPES TO TRANSLATE OPEN SUCCESS TO THE ELITES IN 2012

"I really feel like I should be able to make a Top 12 cut every year." - Charlie Hartley

LINTNER LIVING LARGE AGAIN

Tour life is a year to year decision for soft-spoken California pro

SHRYOCK HEADED TO THE ELITE SERIES

After a 5th place finish in the Northern Open point standings, Fletcher Shryock will test his skills on the 2012 Elite Series.

OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION

The “win and you’re in the Classic” format for the 2011 Bassmaster Opens has created some interesting scenarios…

ZALDAIN ONE STEP FROM THE ELITE SERIES

“I’m not counting on the fact that I’m going to make the Elite Series yet. There are no guarantees in fishing but I’m just about there.” – Chris Zaldain

BROWNE LOOKING FOR THE FLW TOUR OPEN POINTS TITLE

After a solid performance on Champlain, Glenn Browne leads the points heading into the homestretch

WOLAK WINS FLW TOUR AT LAKE CHAMPLAIN

Dave Wolak blows the field away with 81-0 in the FLW Tour Open at Lake Champlain