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THE BEST BZ STORIES AND VIDEOS FROM 2017

Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 12/18/2017

Here are some of the highlights and updates from the best stories and videos that The BASS ZONE covered in 2017: 

ARTICLE: WARREN TAKES HIS SHOT AT THE TOUR (CLICK HERE)  
ORIGINALLY POSTED:  January 4, 2017 

"I know that if I want to continue to fish at this level, I not only need to catch fish but I need to make money doing it,” he explained.  “I don’t have a trust fund or a big wad of cash sitting around.  If I don’t win some money, I’ll come home in a pretty tight spot.”   

UPDATE:  Warren had a strong Costa Series showing in 2017, finishing 20th overall in the Southwestern points and pocketing a cool $12,500 with a 3rd place showing at the Costa Series on Grand Lake in April.  On the Tour side, he struggled through the first six events of the year with his highest finish being a 74th place.

At the final stop of the 2017 FLW Tour season on the Potomac River, Warren rallied and finished in 2nd place to win $30,100. Despite the runner-up finish, he ended the year in 116th place in the Tour AOY Standings and did not requalify for the 2018 FLW Tour season.  

ARTICLE: TRIPLE DIGITS (CLICK HERE)
ORIGINALLY POSTED: March 8, 2017

“The 11 anglers currently sitting in 100th place or below in the TAOY standings have combined for three Bassmaster Classic titles and 35 B.A.S.S. victories.  Six of those anglers also qualified for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic in two weeks on Lake Conroe.”

UPDATE:  One of the anglers sitting in 100th place or below after the first two Elite Series tops of the 201 season was Skeet Reese, who opened up with finishes of 97th place on Cherokee and 82nd place on Okeechobee.  Reese rebounded, finishing in the top 40 six times in the remaining eight tournaments to end the season in 33rd place and make the 2018 Classic.  

VIDEO: LINE LINKZ: BOBBY LANE VS. ANDY BEAN (CLICK HERE)  
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: March 13th, 2017

This was just a BZ original where Elite Series pro Bobby Lane attached a golf ball the then end of his fishing rod and competed against former PGA Tour pro Andy Bean cast for shot on a Florida golf course.  

Note:  Look for more Line Linkz coming in 2018  

VIDEO: IN THE HOUSE WITH SHAW GRIGSBY (CLICK HERE)
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED:  May 9, 2017

Following the Elite Series stop in Florida, Shaw Grigsby was kind enough to open his home to The BZ crew to film a three-part feature of In The House.   The segments included Grigsby’s impressive office, his tackle building, trail cameras, and even his prized lemon tree.  

VIDEO: THE FANS HAVE DIALED IN . . .  (CLICK HERE)
ORIGINALLY POSTED: July 7, 2017

In May of 2017, Mark Jeffreys opened up the BASS TALK LIVE phone lines and invited fans of the show to “dial in” and voice their opinions (good or bad) about the sport of professional bass fishing.  The response was incredible and in the end, one caller received a rather impressive prize pack for his rant.  

This video highlighted some of the best “dialed in” messages that were received.  It shows the level of passion that fans of professional bass fishing have and also highlights how educated many fans are when it comes to their favorite sport.  

ARTICLE: TROPHIES, TITLES, AND A MILLION BUCKS (CLICK HERE)
ORIGINALLY POSTED: August 18, 2017

This article highlighted five young Alabama pros who took the tournament fishing world by storm in 2017.

“Since the beginning of 2017, these five have combined for over $1,080,000 in tournament earnings and hold the titles of Bassmaster Classic champion, Forrest Wood Cup champion, Elite Series champion, Bassmaster Open champion, and current Elite Series Rookie Of the Year leader. They have combined for seven Top 12 finishes in Elite Series competition and two Top 10 finishes in FLW Tour competition.”  

UPDATE:  Jesse Wiggins would go on to win the final Southern Open of the season on Smith Lake, Dustin Connell would go on to win the Elite Series Rookie Of the Year, and Jordan Lee would finish in 4th place in the TAOY point standings.

ARTICLE: THE 2017 ALL-BZ TEAM (CLICK HERE)
ORIGINALLY POSTED: September 20, 2017

For the seventh consecutive year, The BASS ZONE published the ALL-BZ Team that took into account overall performance on the FLW Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series, Forrest Wood Cup, and Bassmaster Classic.  

This year’s ALL-BZ Team was especially impressive with Bryan Thrift’s historic run of Top 10 finishes, Mark Rose’s back-to-back FLW Tour wins, and Brandon Palaniuk’s TAOY title.  This year’s list is also historic because for the first time in the seven year history of the ALL-BZ Team, three of the five selections were under 30 years old.   

ARTICLE: THE BFL CONNECTION (CLICK HERE)
ORIGINALLY POSTED: October 25, 2017

This article explored the connection between wining at the BFL level and success at the Elite Series level.  In total, 32 of the Elite Series anglers from the 2017 season had a win at the BFL Level.  

“Over the course of the past season, one question that kept popping up among members of the bass fishing media was whether or not success at the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) level was a reliable indicator for future success at the Elite Series level.  

While the two trails are entirely independent of each other (The Elite Series is run by B.A.S.S. while the T-H Marine BFL is run by FLW), the majority of Elite Series pros have competed in at least one BFL tournament over the course of their careers.”

Update: The 2018 Elite Series rookie class is filled with experience, including Ray Hanselman, Jr. (four Costa Series wins) and Roy Hawk (U.S. Open and FLW Tour win), but out of the nine classified rookies in 2018, only Kyle Monti has posted a BFL victory (2013 on Okeechobee).