New directions

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As this photo shows, most of the Elite field attended the Birmingham meeting.

A few weeks ago, B.A.S.S. hosted a gathering of Bassmaster Elite Series pros at its headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. There were a few reasons for the meeting. 

The first was to welcome the field of anglers who committed to the 2019 Bassmaster Elite Series season. More than three-fourths of the field attended. Among them were qualifiers from the 2018 Elites, numerous rookies and some former Elites who were invited back.

Second was to give some of the pros an opportunity to work directly with BA.S.S. staff on various editorial and video projects … me included .

But the most important reason for bringing us to Birmingham was so that B.A.S.S. could present a program — an orientation really — on what we could expect from their various platforms heading into the future. After so much upheaval created by the announcement of a new tour and the many pros who left the Elite Series as a result, B.A.S.S. wanted to make a statement: They are still the leader in the sport.

The meet and greet

Like some of the other pros, I arrived early so I could work on several projects with the editorial department. Those included a one-hour podcast and two video segments for Bassmaster.com — including “One Lure, Four Seasons” and “Beginner’s Tacklebox.” 

You should see the results of those efforts soon.