Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Eric Johnston
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Steve Huegerich
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Bill Heller
Today, on the way to the Elite tourney in La Crosse, Wisc., I got to visit Pure Fishing's operation in Spirit Lake, Iowa. This is a legendary facility where they do research and production for their brands, such as Berkley. Two things I was very impressed with: 1) there's a tremendous amount of science behind their products, and 2) it was exciting to see fishing gear being made in America, using innovative manufacturing processes. More to come on this story in the weeks ahead!
The Mississippi River has hosted some of the most notorious battles among Bassmaster Elite Series pros — including the one last year held in La Crosse, the first professional B.A.S.S. tournament held in Wisconsin in years. Don't let the action from the event on the Mighty Miss pass you by! If you can’t be in La Crosse, Wis., for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole to see the action for yourself, we’ve got you covered. You can keep up online in a way that will make you feel like you’re there for the action. Here are nine ways we’ll keep you informed:
You get a front row seat to the weigh-ins each day. From the comfort of your home, you can watch the pros weigh in right in front of you on your computer screen without delay. You’ll know who wins at the same time the winner finds out! Tune in to the live weigh-ins at 3:20 p.m. CT all four days of competition.
Listen to what B.A.S.S. officials hear from the water -- when they hear it -- via the Lowrance War Room. If you have a question, just ask it in the comments box below the War Room video, and the producers will make every effort to get your question answered.
The War Room opens at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday and Sunday and provides updates on the hour until 2 p.m. CT.
In fewer than 140 characters apiece, you can read updates of the tournament as it is happening. From your laptop, phone or desktop, you can watch the event unfold, tweet by tweet.
There are several ways to follow along on Twitter. You can follow the official B.A.S.S. Twitter account, www.twitter.com/BASS_nation, where you’ll get insider info provided by B.A.S.S.’s on-site staff, B.A.S.S. emcees and tournament officials.
You can follow the official hashtag of B.A.S.S., #bassmaster. Anyone connected to or interested in the tournament can tag his or her posts with this keyword, and fans can read multiple perspectives on the tournament’s goings-on. Even the pros post with this hashtag, so you could get actual updates from contenders who have spectators on the water tweeting for them. To follow the hashtag, whether you have a Twitter account or not, just go to http://tweetchat.com/room/bassmaster.
You can also follow the pros’ or insiders’ Twitter accounts. Click these links to follow the lists of Bassmaster Elite Series pros, including Kevin VanDam and Mike Iaconelli, or to follow B.A.S.S. insiders, including emcee Dave Mercer and host Mark Zona.
BASSCam is a series of videos shot on the water and uploaded immediately so you can get near-live updates of what’s happening out there, often in the pros’ own words. Videos are posted all four days of competition.
Fans of B.A.S.S.’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bass, get updates and photos throughout the day right in their newsfeed. You can comment, ask questions and share photos, all within Facebook. Plus, most of the Bassmaster Elite Series contenders have their own fan pages, so you can watch your favorites (and get their fishing advice) all year long.
During the live weigh-ins, fans can watch the Live Leaderboard to see who’s on track to make the Top 50 cut for Saturday or the Top 12 cut for Sunday.
B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer and The Bassmasters hosts Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona team up for Toyota Hooked Up!, a live video special, which airs at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday and Sunday. After the champion has been crowned, you’ll hear from the winner in his own words — while he’s still absorbing the shock of his win.
8. Live Blog
The Live Blog is where our reporters’ and Marshals' on-the-fly updates will be posted throughout the competition. B.A.S.S. reporters take to the Mississippi River on Saturday and Sunday, seeking out contenders and trying to get the scoop, which we then deliver to you, right here.
The very popular BASSTrakk has been revamped and now includes a map so fans can see exactly where their favorite anglers are fishing. When a contender catches a fish, his Marshal reports the estimated weight, which in turn is posted online so you can see how your favorite pro is doing — and where the fish are. BASSTrakk is live only on Saturday and Sunday. (Prior to Saturday, the link redirects to Alabama River coverage.)
All nine of these options are completely free! We invite you to tune in, interact and enjoy!
Bassmaster Marshal Bill Heller caught this bass on a stump with a shallow crank before meeting at the Best Western.
Our next Elite Series tournament is June 20-23, the Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole in La Crosse, Wis. You can now set your lineup for that event. The first-place winner gets a $2,500 Bass Pro Shops gift card, and all of the Top 10 will get a B.A.S.S.-branded jersey from Gemini Sports Marketing.
The deadline is June 20 at 8 a.m. ET. Be sure to set your team before the pros launch on Thursday!