Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ted Galone Addresses Loyal Anglers.

TOP BASS 2018 return
By Luigi De Rose

The founder and president of TOP BASS FISHING SERIES had to postpone the 2016 season due to poor health. TOP BASS are popular events in southern Ontario. Their absence disappointed many anglers who enjoyed fishing at a grass roots level. 
Here is a press release from Ted himself. 

Dear Anglers,

At this time I would like to inform you that while I am getting better, I still have some health issues that are preventing me from operating the Top Bass Fishing Series for the 2017 season. 

I do hope to be well enough to allow for the return of the Top Bass Fishing Series for the 2018 season. When the series returns, Team of the Year and the Angler of the Year will be honoured, as won in 2015.


Ted Galone

Monday, March 27, 2017

Jordan Lee Wins the 2017 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe with 56-10lbs!

Lee conqures Classic!
By Bryan Brasher

In 2013, Jordan Lee was a member of the Auburn University fishing team.
Today, he's on top of the professional bass fishing world.
The 25-year-old pro from Guntersville, Ala., stayed within striking distance all week at the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods. Then during Sunday's final round at Minute Maid Park, he caught five bass from Lake Conroe that weighed 27 pounds, 4 ounces, pushing his three-day total to a tournament-best 56-10.
Amazing final day makes 25 year old Lee a Classic Champ!
(Photo: BASS)
Lee earned $300,000 and the most coveted trophy in the sport, while Steve Kennedy — a resident of Auburn, Ala. — finished second with 55-1.
"To all of the guys fishing the college tournaments right now, this just says you can do it," Lee said. "It's hard work — and you're going to have a lot of days out here that aren't good.
"On this lake, I wasn't sure there was any way I could do it. But you're never out of it here."

Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017 Bassmaster Classic Lake Conroe Day 2: Brent Ehrler Leads with 43-4lbs!

Ehrler leads for second straight day.
By Luigi De Rose

Ehrler commands the Classic!
(Photo: BASS)
Not everything in Texas is bigger could be the theme of Day 2 of the 2017 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe.  Under ideal conditions, the entire field fumbled to find true Texas trophy bass which the lake is known for.  

Brent Ehrler had little to worry as he leads the field after another stellar day with a 5 bass limit for 20-01 lbs and a two day total of 43-04lbs. Ehrler maintained a steady rhythm of working brush rows and surrounding flats in the mid-section of the lake.  Brent isn’t in any secret location as many other competitors fished close to him without success. Ehrler caught the majority of this bass pitching and flipping creature baits. He also caught several key fish on a vibrating jig in mid-morning.

Dave Lefebre jumped to second with a 20-11 pound limit. His 41-01lb two-day total is only 2 pounds off the lead. He is also fishing the shallow bays and cuts in the mid to upper section of Lake Conroe.

Edwin Evers, 3rd with 39lbs for two days, was the quickest to reach 20 pound today as he cashed in on a hot shad spawn bite.  Edwin seemed to spend the rest of the day experimenting with shallow and deep presentations with minimal luck. James Elam has 4th with 37-10 lbs and Bradley Roy round out the 5th position with 37-07 lbs. 

Interestingly, 6th place Mike Iaconelli, scrambled after a horrible morning fishing deep and pieced together 16-06 pound limit by moving in close proximity to Ehrler. Social media was a buzz as BASS LIVE commentators questioned the moral justification of fishing the Day 1 leader’s prime areas. Expect fireworks if the two clash over territory tomorrow especially as Ehrler has been in command of the lead the entire tournament.

Berkley Big Bass went to Skylar Hamilton who landed a 9.01-pound brute. Saturday definitely saw a steep drop in big bass being caught. Six anglers got skunked today showcasing that not everything is big in Texas as they were shut out of landing a 16” keeper bass.   

2017 BASSMASTER Classic Lake Conroe Day 2 Mid-Day Report

Pleasant Saturday bad for anglers
By: Luigi De Rose

Ehrler working his magic.
(Photo: BASS)
It's just past 1pm central time and a lot has happened. Actually, a lot has not happened and anyone catching a few is moving up the leaderboard. Most expected the leader board to flip flop but change is happening very slowly. Most anglers have a few while many are still searching for their first keeper.

Shad Spawn
Shad spawn was amazing for Evers who quickly sacked 20 lbs. in very quick order. He did well yesterday doing the morning shad pattern but the added wind today seemed to helped him catch quality. Van Dam exploited the shad spawn yesterday yet today it was a failure. It took Kevin a few hours to get his first keeper. He is sitting in 7th with 4 bass for 11 pounds. Edwin seems to have been the only one to capitalize on the shad spawn today.

Flipping bites/wood
Brent Ehrler is fishing this pattern and it continues to work very well. Brent hit a flurry while flipping brush and using a vibrating jig in more open water. He quickly advanced pasted Evers for the unofficial lead. Several anglers are also in the same section of the lake and pattern Ehrler is on but Brent is out fishing them.  Steve Kennedy, who is sharing water with Ehrler, has moved up to 4th with almost 15 lb today. Dave Lefebre has limit for 17lbs and is sitting in 3rd. Remember that most anglers stated the best action has come in the afternoon, so anyone in the Top 10 can grabbed the lead with one giant.

Keith Coombs only catching 3 bass for 7-11 on Day 1 was a shocker. Today Alton Jones has zero. Not one! He was heavily favoured and an IBASSIN.com pick to win but things are falling apart. Clifford Pirch said he caught multiple limits yesterday but currently has 1 bass for 2 lbs. Mike Iaconelli is struggling and abandoned his deepwater fishing. He is flipping brush but only has 5 pounds with 2 bass. Wesley Strader and Matt Herren have zero so far according to BASSTrakk. This might be a computer glitch but it could be just rough fishing.

Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 Bassmaster Classic Lake Conroe Day 1: Brent Ehrler Leads with 23-3lbs!

Giant 9-12 largemouth vaults Ehrler into lead. 
By Luigi De Rose

Brent all smiles as he takes the lead on Day 1!
(Photo: BASS)
A windy, cloudy first day of the greatest tournament of the year made for finicky fishing for most Classic anglers on Lake Conroe. Focusing on the morning shad spawn worked for Van Dam and Evers but many including G-man and Coombs couldn't connect making for a terrible morning. The sight fishing bite didn't seem to materialize for most. Neither did the numerous monster Texas bass that swim in Conroe. Mid-morning and into the afternoon produced more larger bass for the top 10 anglers.

Former Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) winner Brent Ehrler grabbed the lead anchored with a 9-10lb Texas giant. That bass was the Berkley Big Bass Day 1 winner. Brent spent most of the day in the mid-lake region.

Classic rookie, Bradley Roy grabbed second with 22-01lbs. Cliff Crochet, 22-08 for third, had a steady fishing day in the shallows of the upper regions of the lake. He said the fishing was consistent and matched his power fishing style well.

Mike Iaconelli, 21-02lbs for 4th had a slow morning except for the capture of a 6 lber which kept his spirits high as he remained in the lower section of the lake.

Clifford Pirch rounded out the top 5 with 20-11lbs. Clifford started along the dam among Van Dam, Ike and several others. He had a mid-moring flurry which several key bass were landed.

Experts agree that monster bass will make the difference of whom heroes or zeros. Ehrler's near 10 pound largemouth made a world of difference; without it he would be far from the lead. Ike's morning was set with a solid 6 pounder caught on a Carolina rig. He openly stated that it helped him confidently fish slowly all day.

Surprizingly, 4 of the Top 10, Brent Ehrler, Mike Iaconelli, Dave Lefebre and Matt Herren are past  Toyota Texas Bass Classic winners. Their past wins might offer them great understanding of the nuances of these Texas big bass lakes. Saturday's sunny, calmer weather should allow Classic angler great freedom to fish throughout the lake in search of a few monsters.

2017 BASSMASTER Classic Starts TODAY!

IBASSIN.com will be up-dating you daily all three tournament days.
BASS Live start at 7:00am CT
Friday's weigh-in 4:30pm CT

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Our 3 Picks to win the 2017 Bassmaster Classic

IBASSIN.com’s picks to win the 2017 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe.
By Luigi De Rose

Predicting the winner of any sporting event is a challenge. Usually, there are just two teams so the odds are far greater you’ll get it right even with a spread. At the 2017 Bassmaster Classic, 52 anglers have a chance at victory. Sure, some anglers are lucky to just be at the Classic but the skill ranges from great and peaks at superb. Picking a winner for Conroe is exceptionally more difficult as it very new lake of almost all the competitors. Plus, the Classic is being held in March, which is much later than the past few Classics. Past TTBC on Conroe were summer tournaments and that is a world of difference.

For what’s its worth, here are my picks to win the 2017 Classic.

Alton Jones
Texas angler, Alton Jones is a wizard with a Yum dinger this time of year. He already has one Classic win but always seem to excel during the spawn. In all three stages of the spawn, Alton knows how to catch them. Especially if the bass are in transition.  The last three Classics crowned a home state winner and the streak might continue with Jones.

Skeet Reese
With a Classic win on the Red River, a shallow, cover filled fishery, Skeet has the expertise to do well here. We won the 2015 Elite tournament on Lake Guntersville by scraping his pre-spawn pattern and targeting shallow wood on the final day to sack a 4-day total of 92-11lbs for the win. Skeet is strong this seasonal time period and doesn’t shy away when the monster bass are chomping. Not sure if he’s prowess with a swimbait will be a huge factor this weekend but Skeet is very versatile.

Dean Rojas
Dean was recently added to the list of top anglers yet to win a Classic. With several wins in Texas and a master at sight fishing he might get himself off that list this weekend. Dean is always a top finisher when the bass are shallow. He has shown now to catch them in a range on conditions. Best known for casting to beds or zipping a frog around shallow cover he came in second when TAK won the Classic and he has been dying for a trophy of his own.  If it becomes a bed-fishing event, Dean should be very close to the lead everyday.

Part 2 coming tomorrow.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lowrance Unveils 16-inch HDS Carbon

Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957
and longest running sponsor of Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.), today at
the 2017 GEICO® Bassmaster Classic, announced the production of the HDS
CarbonTM 16, a new high-performance fishfinder/chartplotter with a 16-inch screen –

the largest ever produced by Lowrance.

The massive 16-inch high-definition screen on HDS Carbon 16 displays provides an
even bigger stage to showcase the clarity, high resolution and superior target
separation of SolarMAX™ HD technology, exclusive to the HDS Carbon series. Setting
up a four-panel split on the HDS Carbon 16 gives anglers the equivalent of four

seven-inch screens on a single display.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Evergreen International Co., Ltd. and Brett Hite to launch the most premium 
ChatterBait lure ever built in conjunction with the 
2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic
Z-Man Fishing Products, manufacturer of Original ChatterBait® brand bladed swim jigs and 10X Tough ElaZtech® soft plastics, is pleased to announce the release of its next game-changing bait—the new ChatterBait Jack Hammer custom bladed jig—on March 24th at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo. A free, open-to-the-public event that showcases the latest and greatest in fishing and outdoor products, this year’s Expo will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.

As with its ChatterBait Freedom release at the 2016 Bassmaster Classic, the ChatterBait Jack Hammer reflects Z-Man’s willingness to partner with another forward-thinking tackle company—in this case, leading Japanese lure maker Evergreen—to offer anglers more bladed jig options based on its patented, tournament-winning design. Built in Evergreen’s factory, the Jack Hammer will be marketed and distributed exclusively by Z-Man in the United States.

The latest example of Z-Man’s commitment to continually evolving, improving, and expanding a bait that’s unmatched in its ability to deliver a crankbait action, jig profile, and spinnerbait flash, the ChatterBait Jack Hammer raises the bar on premium construction and detail, yet again. Built around a heavy duty black nickel Gamakatsu® flipping hook, the Jack Hammer’s head shape—equipped with lifelike 3D eyes—facilitates a low center of gravity for balance and easy skipping. It also touts a super-strong, snag-resistant Decoy® Egg Snap line tie, and hard and thin, stainless steel hexagonal ChatterBlade®. Additionally, its dual-wire trailer keepers hold all types of soft plastic trailers more securely than ever before. To round things out, the Jack Hammer features hand-tied silicone skirts in patterns that have been personally designed and selected by ChatterBait pro and bladed swim jig guru Brett Hite, in addition to highly detailed, color-matched head and blade paint schemes.