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Home cooking Not in the Offing for Arkansas Resident McClelland

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (May 16) — When the 2014 Bassmaster Elite schedule came out in the off-season, Cabela’s/GEICO For Your Boat angler Mike McClelland of Bella Vista, Ark., put a big red circle around this weekend’s event on Lake Dardanelle. Unfortunately, after two days of fishing on the familiar waterway, situated just two hours from his home, McClelland didn’t have enough ...

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Bassmaster Elite Pro Walker Easily Makes Weekend Cut in Arkansas

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (May 16) — A fast start to this weekend’s Bassmaster Elite event on Lake Dardanelle placed Cabela’s/GEICO For Your Boat pro David Walker in the 19th position in the 107-angler field, more than enough to make the first cut at the prestigious tournament. Walker caught a five-fish limit weighing 17 pounds, 7 ounces Thursday and added another five ...

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Hackney on How To Choose Between Jigs and Texas Rigs

By the time the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Lake Dardanelle concludes, just about every one of the countless shallow water targets along this sprawling 34,000 surface acre portion of the Arkansas River will have had a jig or Texas-rigged soft plastic lure pitched to it at some point. The question is “which one?” – the standard ol’ skool skirted ...

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — “Steady” was the first word John Crews came up with when asked about his first day of competition in the May 15-18 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Dardanelle. “One good one here, one good one there, and at the end of the day, it was looking really nice,” Crews said. “Rock steady” is a more accurate description of ...

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Martens Joins Solar Bat: To Design New Line of Sunglasses

Leeds, Ala. – Solar Bat Sunglasses and professional B.A.S.S. Elite Series angler Aaron have teamed up to design a line of sunglasses for the serious bass fisherman. Optometrist and owner of Solar Bat Dr. Gary Nesty stated, “I am excited to team with Aaron to design and market an Aaron Martens’ Signature Series line of sunglasses.  Aaron is one of ...

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5,4,3,2,1 at Dardanelle

From barbequed rice to burgers made of fresh ground chuck — this portion of the Arkansas River features good eats and a healthy fishery too. Five jig colors we found in one pro’s boat. Can you guess what pro it was? Black and blue still seems to be the most popular jig color among the Elite Series field – and ...

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KVD on Dardanelle: “I like this place.”

Kevin VanDam sat alone on the front deck of his boat in a less-than-glamorous hotel parking lot making final tackle preparations for Lake Dardanelle with a Waffle House sign as the only bright spot among a ceiling of grey clouds overhead. There’s nothing gloomy about VanDam’s attitude though. “I like this place,” he volunteered with a warm upbeat delivery as ...

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Cliff Notes: Volume 18

Cliff Crochet brings Volume 18 to us straight from Lake Dardanelle. Big tournament equals changing conditions. Cliff still expects solid weights and talks about his secret bag of baits. Keep up with Cliff on Facebook and on his website.

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Brandon Lester: Pre Dardanelle

Check out Brandon Lester’s practice report from the Bassmaster Elite Series on Lake Dardanelle. It is the middle of May but you can’t tell that from the weather conditions cold and rain have been the buzz words around the boat ramp. Find out how Lester sees the 5th stop of the Elite Series playing out. Keep up with Brandon on ...

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Waking Up Big Bass

It’s not like bass wake up on the wrong side of the bed every morning after the spawn, but they do. For bass postspawn is a time for some R&R after the ritual of reproduction has completed. The last thing they want is a lure waking across the surface above them. Traditionally, the postspawn period is the peak time for ...

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