Storage solutions for 2013

Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad XP Lighted with USB charging systemThe Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad XP Lighted comes with a USB charging system powered by an AC or DC adaptor, or an optional clip-on solar panel. The front pocket holds a mobile device and charging system and an integrated 3000mAh rechargeable lithium battery is included. Storage compartments hold up to four medium and two small trays. 

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2014 Elite Series targets America’s hottest bass lakes

The 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series promises to be one for the history books. The 100 or so Elite Series anglers who compete on the nation’s premier bass tournament circuit will visit rivers, reservoirs and natural lakes in 11 states as they vie for fame, fortune and a berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.Several of the fisheries are steeped in B.A.S.S. lore, and the others soon will be.“We’ve just finished an Elite Series season that saw record attendance, record Internet traffic and record media coverage,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin, “but we’re already looking forward to all that 2014 will hold.”The Elite Series, which has included eight events for the past five years, will grow to nine tournaments next year, he added, and one of them will include a fan-attracting “BASSfest” reminiscent of the old summertime Bassmaster Classics and with a $1,000,000 prize purse.And for the first time in Bassmaster tournament history, the ninth and final event of the Elite Series will be the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in which the Top 50 Elite anglers will compete for a share of the $900,000 AOY payout, along with Bassmaster Classic berths and what many of the pros consider the ultimate prize, the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year trophy.The Elite Series kicks off in Bainbridge, Ga., at Lake Seminole, March 13-16. Seminole has been the site of 13 previous B.A.S.S. events, including the very first tournament ever conducted under the auspices of B.A.S.S., fishing’s largest membership organization. Two earlier events were run by founder Ray Scott in 1967, but the organization had not yet been formally created. This will be the first Elite event on Seminole and the first B.A.S.S. event on its waters since a Bassmaster Southern Open in 2010.From Seminole, the Elite anglers will head southeast to Palatka, Fla., and the St. Johns River, March 20-23, where 18 previous professional tournaments have taken place, including Elite events in 2011 and 2012. The St. Johns produced the first 10-pound bass in B.A.S.S. competition history in 1973, and double-digit fish could be plentiful at this springtime event. Edwin Evers won the 2011 Elite stop at the St. Johns, while Alton Jones took top honors in 2012.

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Major League Fishing Toughens Handling Rule

In an effort to further tighten its already strict fish-handling rules, Jack Link’s Major League Fishing has updated its penalty governing how caught fish are landed. The league now insists that anglers not only keep fish off the carpet, but away from their bodies as well, Major League Fishing Commissioner Don Rucks announced today.Under the new rule, an angler cannot allow a fish to touch any part of his body other than his hands or forearms.In an initial effort at improving fish care, Major League Fishing in 2012 adopted a rule that penalized anglers any time a fish touched the bottom of their boats. The new rule is aimed at eliminating the cradling of fish.“We made a conscious decision early on that we would focus on two distinct goals. First, we want to be as careful as possible in the way our anglers handle fish, because we believe this is the right thing to do. To put it in simple terms, we want to take care of the fish as much as possible,” Rucks said. “Second, since Major League Fishing features the best anglers in the world, we have no problem asking that they abide by rules that are much tougher than rules enforced at traditional bass tournaments.”- See more at:

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There is no win-win

"There's no such thing as a win-win."That's what the leader of a major American corporation once told a friend, who worked as a hotel manager.She had tried to split the difference between winning and losing on the rates for a multi-room booking with the company. She explained that it was the lowest room-rate they'd ever offered, and it was one in which the hotel could still make a profit."It's a win-win," she smiled.The corporate man in charge sneered, "There's no such thing as a win-win. There's a WINNER, and there's a LOSER."No such thing as a win-win? It seems unreasonably harsh and especially ugly. The reality of it, however, appeared this week in Detroit, of all places – the city that has seen a winner and now what appears to be a loser.The winner here Saturday was Aaron Martens, who clinched the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Toyota Angler of the Year title on Day Three of the Plano Championship Chase. The loser Saturday was Edwin Evers, who entered the event with the title all but tucked away.The Evers clan, from Talala, Okla., had come to Detroit for the all-but-certain capper to an incredibly consistent Elite Series season. Evers finished first once and never worse than 30th though seven events. 

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War Room: Evers' Reaction

2013 Elite Series Plano Championship Chase

Edwin Evers on the water

Edwin Evers is gunning for Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year -- and today could make or break him.

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Wiley X Sponsors Edwin Evers

Wiley X® Inc. is sponsoring top B.A.S.S. Elite Series pro Edwin Evers as he fishes his way to the finish line of an exciting and action-packed 2013 Bassmaster tournament season. For the remainder of this year and throughout the 2014 B.A.S.S. season, Wiley X will provide Evers with the clear vision he needs to see and catch more fish, along with the confidence to fish hard day after day in changing and challenging conditions.When he faces off against 98 other top B.A.S.S. Elite Series anglers August 22-25 on Lake St. Clair, Michigan, Evers will have more than a “typical” tournament win in his sights. He currently leads the Toyota Bassmaster 2013 Angler of the Year standings, and how Evers finishes in this season’s final event will determine if he brings home professional bass fishing’s most prestigious title and the $100,000 payday that comes with it. However it turns out, it will be an exciting race to the finish for the competitors and bass fishing fans around the world. Evers has been the Angler of the Year points leader after the past five events, but other top professionals have been steadily closing the gap. Evers currently holds a 30-point lead over Aaron Martens, with seven-time Angler of the Year winner Kevin VanDam just 39 points behind. Fellow Wiley X-sponsored bass pro and former Angler of the Year winner Skeet Reese currently sits at 10th in the points standings, and could still make some noise.“This will be a very exciting weekend for bass fishing enthusiasts worldwide, and we’re proud to be a part of it,” said Wiley X Co-Owner Myles Freeman, Jr. “It’s by no means sewn up, but the title is Edwin’s to win with just one tournament to go. Given our long history with Edwin, and his reputation both as an angler and a competitor who rises to the occasion, we like his chances. All of us at Wiley X will be rooting for him as he battles it out with the world’s best fishermen on Lake St. Clair,” added Freeman.Professional anglers like Evers depend on stylish Wiley X sunglasses for several reasons.

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Sprint to the finish line

With just one event to go in the 2013 Elite Series season, the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race is no longer a marathon. It's a sprint.And just as you typically have dozens to thousands of runners in any marathon, sprints usually have just a few competitors. It's the same with the AOY race at this point.What started with 100 anglers all chasing a dream, is now down to just eight — eight fishermen with a mathematical shot to win fishing's most prestigious title. Realistically, though, the number is actually much smaller. I'd put it at three.Here are the eight — the top anglers in the AOY race through seven of eight events — and their point totals:1.         Edwin Evers - 594 2.         Aaron Martens - 564 3.         Kevin VanDam - 555 4.         Bobby Lane - 535 5.         Chris Zaldain - 521 6.         Keith Combs - 518 7.         Alton Jones - 502 8.         John Crews - 501While all eight have a mathematical shot at AOY, only Evers, Martens and VanDam have anything like a real chance to win the title. The rest need too many things to happen to get there. Think NFL playoffs going into the final weekend. John Crews is the Washington Redskins. He needs to win while the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants all lose and the Dolphins and Patriots end their season in a scoreless tie while neither quarterback throws a single pass ... and the stadium lights go out and they play under a full moon.So for, Lane, Zaldain, Combs, Jones and Crews, 2013 has been a very good year, but it's time to focus on staying in the top eight rather than moving up. If they can maintain, they'll qualify for Toyota All-Star Week in September. All are a lead-pipe cinch to qualify for the 2014 Classic, even if they don't catch a fish in the final event. Combs is in by virtue of his Falcon win. The rest are in on points.And Evers is in the driver's seat for AOY. It's not my favorite sports cliché, but he "controls his own destiny." As long as he finishes in the top 30, no one can catch him and he'll claim his first AOY title.He's had a remarkable year, too. Not only did he win an event (on the Alabama River), but he's never finished worse than 30th all year long. How special is that?

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Outdoors: Talala's Edwin Evers in good position for Angler of Year honor

All bass fan eyes are on Edwin Evers. The Talala bass pro has a chunky 30-point lead in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year race heading into this week's final contest on the Elite Series schedule, and most predict the 39-year-old will collect the title; most, but not all, and particularly not Evers. He won't say he has it in the bag. "No, not at all, not at all," he said. "I'm going into it and I'm going to have a good finish; that's the goal, that's the plan." While Evers is an established and popular pro on the circuit, the Angler of the Year title is one of those pinnacle achievements that boosts and solidifies an angler's status on the national stage, and for most, including Evers, it is a lifelong dream. "It's the hardest thing to accomplish. It'd be a dream come true for me," he said. A perennial top performer on the tour, Evers has come close in the Angler of the Year race before. He finished in second place twice and has been in fifth and sixth place before, as well. On Evers' tail this time are two other perennial top finishers. In second place is Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., who won Angler of the Year in 2004 and has come painfully close several more times.

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The Final Push on Lake St. Clair

Lake St. Clair promises another big smallmouth fest for the field of 99 Bassmaster Elite Series pros at next week’s regular-season finale out of Detroit.The Aug. 22-25 event, the Plano Championship Chase, will be the pros’ last chance to make headway in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race. They’re sprinting toward the prestigious Angler of the Year title and the $100,000 that comes with it. They’re also after qualifications for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic and the Sept. 27-29 Toyota All-Star Week and Evan Williams Bourbon Championship postseason.Not to mention the Chase’s Elite Series first-place prize of $100,000 and an instant Classic qualification.The Elite Series field just came off the smallmouth bass extravaganza of the Aug. 8-11 Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River out of Waddington, N.Y. Many of the anglers hauled their boats straight from New York to the Detroit area to be on deck for three days of practice time beginning Aug. 19.All eyes will be on the outcome of the AOY race. Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., has been the points leader after each of the past five events. But he doesn’t have the crown sewn up.


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