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Lake Champlain pigs all around!

2:12 pm EDT, Jul 30, 2014

Photo submitted by richardejf.

Another giant smallie

2:09 pm EDT, Jul 30, 2014

Last cast of practice. Nice way to end the day. Hopefully it holds up. They have moved around a lot with this crazy weather. Update from Joshua Cook, Austin Peay State University.

JT Kenney previews Northern Open

9:23 am EDT, Jul 30, 2014

Cook lands a nice Champlain smallie

8:52 am EDT, Jul 30, 2014

Joshua Cook lands this 5-pound smallie in practice on Lake Champlain.

Can smallmouth win Champlain?

8:49 am EDT, Jul 30, 2014

Elite Series pro Charlie Hartley checks in from practice on Lake Champlain for the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open #2 presented by Allstate.

Cunningham's nice practice bass

2:05 pm EDT, Jul 29, 2014

Co-Angler Chuck Cunningham would like to find this bass again on Thursday when the Northern Open begins. A good practice catch. 

Rough start to Champlain practice

9:39 am EDT, Jul 29, 2014

Day 1 of official practice at Lake Champlain was ROUGH!!


Update by Dan Owens.

Lorefice checks in from Champlain

9:21 am EDT, Jul 28, 2014

My co-angler, Anthony Lorefice, caught this with me today. 


Photo by James Root

Weigh-in festivities have begun

1:23 pm EDT, May 31, 2014

Things are starting to happen here at the Bass Pro Shops in Kodak, Tenn. Get here soon to get a good seat and check out all the festivities. The weigh-in is set to begin at 3 p.m. ET. Going to be exciting.

DeFoe culling, has 14 pounds

10:46 am EDT, May 31, 2014

It’s broken wide open upriver for Ott DeFoe.


We’re in the middle of a school of largemouth mixed in with white bass. The fish clearly are in the middle of a feeding frenzy.


He’s on his third round of culling.


The bait of choice is a crankbait that he’s working through the schools of baitfish and bass.


Estimated weight: 14 pounds. His smallest fish weighs probably 2 1/2 pounds.