Lake Okeechobee Elite Series Prediction

Well it’s that time of year and very rarely does the elite series make a stop at the Famous Lake Okeechobee. Okeechobee means big water in Seminole Language and trust me it’s a very big body of water and most of it is 4ft or less and averaging 9ft at full pool. 

  The lake isn’t what it usually is right now. This time of year we usually see 25+ to win a tournament and 18+ get a check. Lately 20lbs wins and 15lbs get a check and in a BFL 9-12lbs will take you home some money. 
  Why’s the lake fishing so horribly this year well it’s quite simple actually drawdowns and over spraying and way to much pressure. For a lake of such size this year it’s fishing incredibly small with 2-3 areas of the lake playing key factors in tournaments and to fish those 2-3 areas you’ll be accompanied by 50-100+ boats. 
  The spawn this year has been completely out of whack when you find a fish on a bed take advantage of it he won’t be there tomorrow they’ll pull up and pull right off.
   What’s going to be productive your typical baits are still going to be the key to Okeechobee. Alot of flipping, spinnerbaits, swimjigs, frogs and chatterbaits will be the big key to unlocking this tournament. 
My predictions for the tournament I believe it’s going to be won up north by harney pond area as its just fishing so good and I think a variety of baits will be used to win it as you just have to fish the moment and it’ll take between 60-80lbs to win just depends on the mood the lakes in it’s fishing good one day than horrible the next.
By Bryceson Wright

Michael Coleman and Mark Lassange Take Ca State Federation Titles

Federation Champion
RB BASS Angler Michael Coleman of Pioneer Ca, Wins the Academy Sports and Outdoors California Co-Angler Bassmaster Federation title at Lake Mead Nevada.
Prior to this event Michael qualified with a second place finish at the lake Pyramid Bassmaster Federation event in Southern California.  Northern California Pro Mark Lassagne qualified by winning the Bassmaster Federation event on the California Delta.  The two Nor-Cal anglers paired up to travel to the Western Divisionals at Lake Mead.  Michael and Mark arrived at Lake Mead on April 1st pumped to start practice. Together they broke down the lake and found the areas where they felt the largest fish were at. The two Anglers covered a lot of water to find fish using a  River2sea Bling Spinnerbait and once they located fish they slowed down and picked the water apart using a Yamamoto senko in green pumpkin watermelon.  The other key tool was the Yamamoto hula grub in brown and purple, The State Champs figured out that the fish were in a  pre spawn mode and were moving shallow.  The big concentrations of fish were located at Gregs basin, Temple bar, and Coullville.
Federation Boats
  On day 1 Michael Coleman drew Sean Minderman and fished the Overton arm catching a small 3 fish co-angler limit for 4.7 pounds.  On day 2 Michael  drew David Naugle and they fished just right of the narrows.  On day 2 Michael ended up weighing 8.9 pounds for a 3 fish limit jumping from 57th to 17th place making and was able to make the final day top 20 cut.  On day 3 His partner was Jesse Milicevic they also started just out of the narrows but moving their way back to some of the water Michael had caught fish in practice at Rufus cove. Weighing in 6.9 pounds for his 3 fish limit catapulting Michael into 10th place overall!  This gave Co-Angler Michael Coleman the California State Champion title and qualified him for the Bassmaster Federation National Championships where he will be competing for a shot at the Bassmaster Classic.  Michael will  have to best 11 other contestants from the west to seal the deal and make it to the Bassmaster Classic. ” Michael stated he is just PUMPED about the chance he has”! Pro Angler Mark Lassagne of San Ramon Ca, finished the event in 15th overall with a total weight of 37-9 Lbs enough to give him the California State Champion Title.  Both Anglers will travel to the National Championships for the chance to make it to the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing the Bassmaster Classic! Michael and Mark both hope to be in the hot seat again!
Federation Hot Seat


Bassmasters B.A.S.S. Nation schedule for 2015

Bassmaster Nation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Some familiar bass fishing waters and some never visited by B.A.S.S. tournaments will play host to competitors in the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation divisionals.

California’s Clear Lake and Mississippi’s Ross Barnett Reservoir are often top choices on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail. But the Pee Dee River Basin in South Carolina and Minnesota’s Lake Vermilion will be hosting B.A.S.S. events for the first time.

Anglers who have qualified for the divisionals will have the great fortune to compete on these lakes, and the top competitor from each state will advance to the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.

“It’s really exciting to get to go to new places for the B.A.S.S. Nation divisionals,” said Jon Stewart, director of the B.A.S.S. Nation. “It’s one of the many things that make the Nation unique.

“You never know what might happen on these new waters, and I’m ready to get 2015 started to see what the year will bring,” Stewart added.

The first divisional of the season is the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Western Divisional, April 8-10, on California’s famed Clear Lake. B.A.S.S. has visited this lake — one of the oldest natural lakes in North America — 11 times, including a divisional here just two years ago.

The Western Divisional in 2013 also took place in early April, and Washington’s Jeremy Percifield won the three-day event with a hefty 67 pounds, 6 ounces. The biggest bass of the tournament, caught by Idaho’s Denton Crofts, was 10 pounds, 9 ounces — a weight competitors will definitely strive to find in April 2015.

The last time the Bassmaster Elite Series competed on Clear Lake, Byron Velvick almost hit the 100-pound mark over a four-day tournament, ending with 98 pounds, 6 ounces.

The second divisional of the season is 2,893 miles east of Clear Lake only two weeks later. The Southern Divisional will take place on the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin in Georgetown, S.C., April 22-24. The watershed is North Carolina’s second-largest. If anglers aren’t familiar with fishing in the basin, they’re certainly familiar with the surrounding water bodies, Lake Norman and High Rock Lake, sites of several Bassmaster Tournament Trail events, including three Bassmaster Classics on High Rock.

Next up is Ross Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland, Miss., for the Central Divisional, June 10-12. Barnett hosted a Bassmaster Classic in 1978, which Bobby Murray won with 37 pounds, 9 ounces over three days for the October event. Just three months prior to the 2015 divisional, the pros from the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Opens presented by Allstate will compete on Ross Barnett, as well.

The following week, June 17-19, the B.A.S.S. Nation divisionals move 906 miles northeast to Fairmont, W.Va., for the Mid-Atlantic Divisional on the Monongahela River. The Mon has hosted a B.A.S.S. event once — kind of. The northern end of the river is part of the Three Rivers in Pittsburgh, Pa., site of the 2005 Bassmaster Classic. It was a tough tournament, which Kevin VanDam won with only 12 pounds, 15 ounces over three days.

As summer closes, competitors in the Northern Divisional will convene in Minnesota on Lake Vermilion, one of the most scenic lakes in the United States. The 39,000-acre lake could produce mixed bags for the anglers when they visit the fishery Aug. 26-28.

The Connecticut River in Hartford, Conn., ends the season at the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional, Sept. 18-20. The B.A.S.S. Nation previously held a divisional tournament on the river in 2007. In addition a Bassmaster Top 100 tournament was held there in 1994 during the same week of September. Veteran pro Roland Martin won that one with 49 pounds, 11 ounces over four days.

Each state sends a team of its top anglers to its respective divisional. The top angler from each state advances to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, which will be held in October or November at a site yet to be selected.


Pro Bass Class

Kurt Dove

Pro-Bass Class

 On-The-Water instructional service provided to anglers wishing to take their bass fishing skills to the next level.  Get In-Depth with 4 full time touring professional anglers that compete on the B.A.S.S. Elite Series. 

 Pro-Bass Class, Session 1, will be held at Lake Amistad Del Rio, TX.  Feb. 8-10 2014.  Instructors include Kurt Dove, Mike McClelland, Jeff Kriet and James Niggemeyer.   

 Class participants spend 4 hour sessions of On-The-Water education with each Instructor over two full days and attend evening seminar and ‘Think Tank’ style discussions that address any and all questions you may have about the sport of professional bass fishing.

 Learn keys to fishing success such as:

*Fish location:  seasonal patterns, map study and lake breakdown

*Lure logic:  Lures as tools, when and where, presentation specifics

*Mental coaching: attitude, confidence, mental toughness, angler identity

*Depth:  unlocking offshore fishing and maximizing the bank bite

*Tackle balancing:  maximizing the best rod, reel, line and hooks for the best hook to land ratio.


** Special note:  This is an example of the type of topics to be discussed, topics vary from class to class and not all will be discussed at any one bass class.

  Location:  Lake Amistad, Del Rio Texas

Session 1:  February 8-10, 2014

Class includes:  2 days On-The-Water instruction with 4 different professional anglers broken down into 4 sessions lasting 4 hours each.  Class includes evening seminars with Q & A sessions.   All accommodations and meals while attending the Class are provided.

 For additional information visit or email
Kurt Dove
Professional Angler
Phone: 830-719-3648

Pro Bass Class