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Bull Shoals better than ever

Apr 22, 2012

If you're wondering why more major tournaments haven't been held on Bull Shoals over the years, maybe it's because the fishing has traditionally been pretty bad. In the six previous B.A.S.S. events here, the average fish weighed less than 1.75 pounds. That's pretty small! To make matters worse, few of them were being caught! That's all changed this week, when the average bass has weighed 2.77 pounds — more than a pound above the historical Bull Shoals average! and almost everyone is catching a limit. The bassing average over the first three days has been a remarkable 4.96 out of a possible 5.00. Bull Shoals is better than ever — or at least the best its been since the heydays right after it was impounded in 1951.

If the season ended yesterday ...

Apr 22, 2012

If the Elite season ended after Day Three of the Bull Shoals event, your Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year would be ... wait for it ... drum roll please ... Brent Chapman, in a landslide! Chapman would have 285 points on the strength of three consecutive top six finishes. The runner-up would be Randy Howell with 263. Skeet Reese would be 6th and Kevin VanDam 7th.

Flippin' technique introduced at Bull Shoals

Apr 22, 2012

The flippin' technique was born on the California Delta but was introduced to the rest of the world when its inventor, Dee Thomas, won the 1975 Arkansas Invitational on Bull Shoals Reservoir. It was the first BASS event ever held on Bull Shoals.

Past tournaments on Bull Shoals

Apr 21, 2012

This year's Elite event marks BASS' seventh professional tournament on Bull Shoals Reservoir and the first since a WBT event in 2006. It's been more than 20 years (1991) since the top BASS pros competed there. That event (the 1991 Arkansas Bassmaster Top 100) was won by Ron Shuffield.

Looking Back: History of Bull Shoals

Apr 20, 2012

This year's Elite event marks B.A.S.S.' seventh professional tournament on Bull Shoals Reservoir.

World record spotted bass

Apr 20, 2012

Eleven years ago, a California pharmacist caught the biggest spotted bass anyone's ever seen. Here's how he did it.

Spinnerbaits: The blade's the thing

Apr 16, 2012

In the early 1970s, Steve Porter realized that bigger spinnerbait blades would better mimic the big baitfish lunker bass wanted. He changed the way we think of spinnerbaits today.

How is your fantasy life?

Apr 13, 2012

If you're one of the 50 recent winners of B.A.S.S. Fantasy Fishing presented by Toyota Trucks, your fantasy life is pretty rich.

Setting the Record Straight

Apr 12, 2012

History can get murky. Here's the real scoop on the Okeechobee Big-Blade spinnerbait.

Keeping Florida bass pure

Apr 10, 2012

Rapid growth patterns and the genetic ability to reach 20 pounds are just a couple of things that keep Florida bass in demand.