Know what to do before you hit the water

What if you knew the winning weight and winning pattern of tournaments, even major ones like the Bassmaster Classic, before the tournament even started? With the new BassGold bass patterning tool, you can – and right now, you can get $5 off the registration price when you click here and use code BFB001. accurately predicted the winning patterns and weights of the Bassmaster Classic and the first Bassmaster Elite Series event, something The Bassmasters host Mark Zona calls "eerie." (The data from the Bassmaster Elite Series Power-Pole Slam on Lake Okeechobee isn't in yet.)

At the 2012 Bassmaster Classic on the Red River in February, BassGold showed that past winners and high finishers were more likely to fish Pool 5 first and Pool 4 second. It also showed they would throw soft plastic baits in BassGold's "tube/grub/craw" category around wood and underwater vegetation, and that 17 pounds per day (51 pounds total) would win.

What happened? Winner Chris Lane fished exactly that cover in Pools 4 and 5 with a tube and craw, and weighed in 51 pounds, 6 ounces.

A few weeks later, when Elite Series pros hit Florida for the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series St. Johns River Showdown, BassGold predicted correctly again. The patterning tool showed that past winners and high finishers would fish underwater vegetation and spawning beds along the shoreline mostly with worms, a category in BassGold that includes Yamamoto Senko-like lures. It indicated that the winning weight would be around 70 pounds.

What happened? Alton Jones won that event by fishing spawning beds in vegetation with a Senko-like Yum Dinger, and weighed in 75 pounds, 9 ounces.

Think about that for a second. What could you do with such a tool on the lakes you fish, whether you fish tournaments or not? Here's a short list: find more fish faster, catch more fish, have more fun and become smarter on the water. (And, if you play Fantasy Fishing, as some BassGold users do, you'll make more informed picks.)

The easiest way to describe BassGold is it's the ultimate patterning tool for bass anglers. “BassGold takes bass fishing pattern forecasting to another level," said retired B.A.S.S. pro and Bass Fishing Hall of Fame member Ken Cook. "Astounding accuracy.”

Jerry McKinnis: "It's just a tremendous tool that all anglers will benefit from, and how it will evolve is really incredible. We're going to make sure all B.A.S.S. members understand what it can do for their fishing."

That's why B.A.S.S. announced a partnership with BassGold at this year's Bassmaster Classic.

Why all the excitement? Because no one's ever seen pattern information like this. To understand what that means, take a few minutes to watch the video below, but here are a few highlights:

1. BassGold has taken decades of winning and placing (2nd-5th) pattern information and turned it into data that can be sifted and searched different ways. Our pattern data – now at almost 3,500 patterns and counting – goes back to the first B.A.S.S. tournament in 1967 and includes several-thousand patterns exclusive to BassGold.

2. BassGold allows you to do a few key things:

a) See pattern information – whether tournament patterns or just fishing log entries – in ways you've never seen it before. Example: Have you ever seen a bar graph like this?


Seeing pattern info that way enables you to get key insights ("gold") from the data itself and also in how you interpret the data using your own fishing experience (more "gold").

b) Easily surf pattern details for thousands of patterns, saving TONS of time and giving you better info – because these pattern details are input and edited by bass fishermen.

3. Upload your own pattern information and keep it private if you want. Why upload your own patterns? So you can: a) remember pattern details you'd otherwise forget (or remember wrong!); and b) so you can use the tools BassGold provides to mine your own pattern data for bass "gold."

"BassGold is a tool, like a depthfinder is a tool," explained BassGold creator Jay Kumar. "The more you use it, the more you'll get out of it. And BassGold will evolve just like depthfinders did, except faster. The earlier you start using it, the more valuable it will be to you."

To sign up for 15 percent off the regular price, click here and use code BFB001.