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2008 Elite Series Empire Chase: Day One, Behind the Scenes

Jul 31, 2008

In this photo gallery, you'll find behind-the-scenes images from Day One of the 2008 Elite Series Empire Chase on Lake Erie/Niagara River Tributaries, near Buffalo, New York.

PVA Makes a Difference

Jul 31, 2008

On July 11-13, 2008, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Bass Tour returned to Waldorf, Md., to fish the Potomac River. Sixty-four disabled anglers from 27 different states rounded out the field that including 24 newly injured wounded warriors who have recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Forecasting change

Jul 31, 2008

BASS official Chuck Harbin appeared relaxed as he monitored the handful of Elite Series anglers tie up to the launch dock during Thursday's Day One launch of the Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance. He had just spoken to the National Weather Service and confirmed the fact conditions looked favorable for a seemingly comfortable and relatively safe first day of tournament action.

Pick Three

Jul 31, 2008

The 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series tour begins its 10th event of the 11-tournament season Thursday with the Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance. Lake Erie's 10,000-plus square miles — it's the 11th-largest lake in the world — and the Niagara River will be where the 106 Elites Series anglers compete for the $100,000 first place check.

The answer is blowing in the wind

Jul 31, 2008

Grant Goldbeck got a lesson is just how good the smallmouth bass fishing can be during practice this week at Lake Erie. As he prepared for the 10th of 11 Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments this season the Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance Goldbeck caught a 4-pound smallmouth on a bare hook.

Jones for the Title

Jul 31, 2008

When Alton Jones first visited Lake Hartwell in December to practice for February's Bassmaster Classic, he hardly fished at all. Instead, seeing that the impoundment was 12 feet low, he spent his time with a video camera, filming potential structure and cover that might, if the lake level were to rise, become prime bass holding areas. He marked them with his GPS, and catalogued more than 130 locations.

Top 5 Patterns of the Hartwell Classic

Jul 31, 2008

It's only fitting that the late Buck Perry was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame prior to the start of the 38th annual Bassmaster Classic.

Expect the Unexpected!

Jul 31, 2008

Let's talk this week about the importance of expecting the unexpected. I know you hear that all the time, but it's important. Being prepared is often the difference between winning and losing.

2008 Elite Series Empire Chase: Registration

Jul 30, 2008

In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they go through the registration process, eat and renew friendships prior to the 2008 Elite Series Empire Chase on Lake Erie/Niagara River Tributaries, near Buffalo, New York.

Don Butler Remembered

Jul 30, 2008

>One hundred and six anglers played a big part in the success of my first All-American tournament at Beaver Lake in 1967 but especially one man, Don T. Butler. He would have a profound effect on the history of B.A.S.S. and my life.

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