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The all-in moment

The all-in moment

By James Hall

When rookie Elite Series pro Kyle Welcher noticed an old dredged-out barge canal on Google Earth the night before the St. Johns event started this past February, he shoved all his chips to the...

Meet Matt Clouse

Meet Matt Clouse

By James Hall

"Are you freakin' serious?” was Matt Clouse’s response when he was informed that his photo had been selected to grace the cover of this issue of Bassmaster Magazine. “Man, I’m in shock. I almost...

A season to remember

A season to remember

By James Hall

I’m a Texas Longhorns fan. It seems like yesterday when Vince Young almost singlehandedly defeated the USC Trojans for the BCS National Championship. Pretty sure I still have that game saved on my...

Lowen adding a big kid

Lowen adding a big kid

By James Hall

As a storm bears down on Bill Lowen, a ray of sunshine peaks through his day of clouds in the form of a 4-pound smallmouth. “Finally!” he yelled. He is able to cull a 1 1/2 pounder and add an adult...

Lowen is babysitting

Lowen is babysitting

By James Hall

“Man, it’s like I’m living in the nursery today,” Lowen yelled as he boated another 2-pounder. His bites have been less frequent than the past two days and the quality is certainly lacking in...

Here Today

Here Today

By James Hall

The rapid bites for Bill Lowen have slowed to a crawl. He has landed a few short fish, but the big smallmouth he’s been catching off his morning stop seemed to have disappeared. “Here today, gone...

Cardiac test

Cardiac test

By James Hall

“My heart can’t take it!” yelled Bill Lowen, as he slid his second keeper, a 3-pound smallie, into his livewell. He is fishing an area with very heavy current. These brown bass already have a...

Turtle moving fast

Turtle moving fast

By James Hall

One indicator of who might win any particular 4-day derby becomes apparent after the Day 2 weigh in. The guys at the very top of the leaderboard are considered the favorites, but the anglers who...

Harvey’s light bulb

Harvey’s light bulb

By James Hall

Our timing today has been impeccable. For the fourth time this afternoon, an angler sets the hook on a bass as we pull up to photograph him. It is Harvey Horne, and he is ecstatic. He has already...

Derby of extremes

Derby of extremes

By James Hall

It seems this year’s version of Smallmouthfest on the St. Lawrence will be defined by extremes. We have seen anglers fishing in 40 feet ... and others casting in 5. And we watched competitors with...

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