Monday, January 30, 2023

Chris Zaldain Moves to Nitro Boats/Mercury and Johnny Morris in 2023!

Chris Zaldain and Trait Zaldain sit down in the latest episode of The Bilge x  @battlebornbatteries  to discuss his biggest sponsor change of his fishing career and the thought process behind his major sponsorship changes over the last two years. Digital media and content big player in move to Bass Pro Shops. To understand their though process and the move in sponsorship is a long haul move.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Bassmaster Kayak Series expands competition days for 2023 season

BASS Press Release

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After crowning its first Angler of the Year in 2022, the Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series powered by TourneyX now has its much-anticipated five-tournament regular-season schedule in place. New for 2023, every tournament will feature two days of competition.

“It’s been really fun to watch anglers enjoy this trail as the sport — and our trail — continues to evolve and grow,” said B.A.S.S. Vice President of Tournaments Chris Bowes. “We value the feedback of anglers who are traveling from across the country to fish with B.A.S.S., and the two-day events we experimented with last season were extremely well-received.

“We’re excited to offer expanded competition on some iconic lakes. The 2023 season will showcase fisheries where the Kayak Series has already made history as well as some exciting new waters.”

Monday, January 23, 2023

Brandon Palaniuk Moves to Megabass USA!

Brandon Palaniuk, 2 Time BASS Elite Angler of the Year, has made the move to Megabass USA. After a decade with Rapala, he will start the 2023 Elite season with Megabass USA. 

Brandon made the announcement on Instagram. He wrote, "A new chapter in this book we call life has begun 🙌🏼 We are officially part of the @megabassamerica team and I can’t wait to bring this partnership to life. So much innovation, creativity, and drive to make products that earn the right to be in your tackle arsenal and we are going to bring it to you through a fresh lens. This speaks to my constant drive for growth personally and what matters most to me as much as anything else. 

Thursday, January 19, 2023

RAPALA® Signs Welcher to Further Bolster Pro Staff

Rapala, a legendary company already in possession of the industry’s most accomplished and diverse set of pro-staffers, announces the addition of Bassmaster Elite Series pro Kyle Welcher.

Welcher joins a team that includes past Bassmaster Anglers of the Year such as Gerald Swindle, Davy Hite, Mike Iaconelli and Seth Feider, as well as Bassmaster Classic winner Ott DeFoe, and Jacob Wheeler, generally considered to be the hottest bass angler on the planet right now.

Welcher is particularly excited to offer his R&D ideas and to swap information with his fellow pros. “We’re going to talk through things and it’ll be a team effort,” he explained. “Most of us are on the same page about the value of Rapala’s high quality, even if we have our own styles on the water.

About Kyle Welcher
As he enters his fifth season in the Elite Series, Kyle Welcher has quickly established himself as one of the top up-and-coming pros anywhere, with two Bassmaster Classic appearances under his belt. The Alabama pro, who will turn 30 this February, was the runner-up in the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” in 2022. Perhaps more impressively, he’s finished in the money in 27 of 34 B.A.S.S. events, just under 80 percent. A lot of those checks have been earned on the back of Rapala products.

Monday, January 16, 2023

2022 Bassmaster Classic Champion Jason Christie on Team Skeeter!

With no fanfare or even a simple post, Jason Christie has made the switch from aluminum rig to a new 2023 Skeeter FXR. Check out his latest video where he displays his new battleship for the up-coming 2023 BASS Elite season. 

Thursday, January 12, 2023

The 2023 Toronto Boat Show Start January 20th

The 2023 Toronto Boat Show will be unlike any other in its history!!!

Honestly, we can barely contain how happy we are!
Over 400 Exhibitors confirmed, and still adding more daily! ✅
1 Million Square Feet of Exhibit Space Confirmed! ✅
Halls A, B, C, D Confirmed! ✅
Heritage Court Confirmed! ✅
Mariner’s Marketplace Confirmed! ✅
Cottage Country Confirmed! – ✅
More New Products on Display than EVER before – ✅
Over 350 Seminars & Workshops – ✅
That’s just the start of what we’re excited about – stay tuned and keep following us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!
We cannot wait for everyone to enjoy the 2023 Toronto Boat Show happening January 20-29, 2023.
Click here to see our exhibitor list which is updated daily:

Monday, January 9, 2023

Mercury Marine Releases their Avator 100% Electric Motor


An Avator electric outboard is designed to let anyone take the helm with confidence. Intuitive tiller or remote controls are comfortable, responsive and easy to use, putting boating freedom in your hands. And with its near-zero-maintenance design, it’s ready to go when you are.

With its whisper-quiet motor and ultra-smooth performance, an Avator electric outboard lets you hear every detail of every adventure. It’s outboard technology that helps you fully immerse in the natural world around you.

Avator electric propulsion systems transform the boating experience by making boating possible with no exhaust fumes and zero direct emissions. And each outboard is crafted with many components that are recyclable or reusable. So you can have fun today knowing you’re making a positive impact for tomorrow.

It’s not just what’s under the cowl that counts. With the Mercury badge on it, you can trust that an Avator outboard has been built to the same high standards and backed by the same network of authorized dealers that have made Mercury the industry leader.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Jacob Wheeler Crafts New Bass Boat for IKON Boats!

IKON Bass Boat revealed a 2023 Bassmaster Classic

Just before the Christmas holidays started, Major League champion, Jacob Wheeler made a video announcement on social media.  He stated that; "I'm building my own bass boat."  Apparently, Jacob has been working with Ikon Boats on a new bass boat for the upcoming season and provided a quick teaser of the new bass boat. The official launch will happen at the Bassmaster Classic in Knoxville, Tenn on March 24, 2023.

Ikon Boats is a subsidiary of HCB Yachts. This will be their first bass boat to hit the market. Jacob has been a Triton boats team member for most of his career and this venture into the bass boat market might solidify his dominance.

To see the sneak peak from Wheeler himself, link here

Monday, January 2, 2023

Cory Johnston Moves to 6th Sense Fishing!

After years with Spro, Canadian Elite star Cory Johnston has made the move to 6th Sense Fishing lures. The announcement was made on Johnston's Instagram page where he thanked Spro for years of support but is excited to move to his new sponsor. 

Cory wrote, "In 2023 and beyond I am proud to say that I have joined @6thsensefishing we have some special things in the works. Let’s go win some blue trophies!"

See the announcement for yourself. Link here