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Spring 2015 Magazine Hi All, With the spawning season upon us, it is an exciting time in the bass fishing world. We wait for big limits, double-digit fish and the spring issue of WesternBass.com, which is now here for your enjoyment. We have many events ahead to look forward to including the long-awaited, much-anticipated western swing of the Bassmaster Elite Series, the 2nd stop of the FLW Rayovac Western Division on the California Delta, California, the 3rd annual WON Bass California Open on the famed big bass fishery of Clear Lake and one of the biggest draws on our tidal waters - the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge. Stay tuned to WesternBass as we bring updates from these and other events. Our site is made possible by many great sponsors, please consider them when making your fishing related purchases. See you on the water, Wayne
Winter 2015 Magazine We’ve just wrapped up another successful year at Angler’s Marine Bass-A-Thon and are about to launch into the 2015 International Sportsmen’s Expo (ISE) in Sacramento.  Show season can only mean one thing ... the start of another new fishing season is upon us.  To help fill your year with more bass catching opportunities, WesternBass will again offer exclusive seminar coverage of both sports shows in the VIDEO section as wells as the new year’s manufacturer catalogs in our INTERACTIVE PRODUCT section For 2015, you can continue to look forward to the free magazine, weekly front page features, video clips, pro tips, tournament announcements, lake info and more. WesternBass has several new sponsors on board for the magazine and the website. We ask that readers support those that help us bring the site to you and express our deepest appreciate for your continued support of WesternBass.com. Wishing everyone a year of new personal bests, Wayne
Fall 2014 Magazine Hi, The weather is turning cooler as we move into fall and with that comes TOC season. We are excited for all of the upcoming events here in the West. We will do our best to bring you all of the tournament announcements, updates and results that are available. I would like to thank all of the participants in the first annual Don Lee Memorial Tournament for their support in an event to honor a man that was instrumental in the sport. I would also like to congratulate Clifford Pirch for joining the ranks of Mike Folkestad and Aaron Martens with three U.S. Open championships following his win at Mead this month. Lastly, I want to thank all of the site users that are growing our FB site by leaps and bounds and hope that you enjoy our new feature that allows quick and easy photo uploading to the site. It is something that we implemented due to your suggestions. Thank you for being part of WesternBass. always, good fishing! Wayne

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Sportsmen Urge Senate to Abandon Efforts to Harm Fish, Wildlife, Clean Water WASHINGTON - Sportsmen yesterday joined together in condemning attempts by the U.S. Senate to derail a federal rule that would improve the health of America's fisheries and wetlands and the safety of its drinking water, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers announced. This morning, the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife convened a hearing to consider legislation that would scuttle the "Waters of the U.S." rulemaking, a multi-stakeholder process aimed at restoring clarity to the federal Clean Water Act and conserving the headwaters streams and wetlands important to fish, wildlife, waterfowl and sportsmen. The confusingly named "Federal Water Quality Protection Act" (S. 1140), introduced by Sens. John Barrasso and Joe Donnelly in April, is strongly opposed by sportsmen, who decry the negative impacts its passage would have on hunting, angling and other recreational opportunities, as well as the clean water supplies relied upon by millions of Americans. "No more fundamental American value exists than clean water," said BHA Executive Director Land Tawney, "whether it's the free-flowing stream where we cast a line for trout, the healthy wetlands depended upon by ducks and other waterfowl, or the drinking water we rely on for sustenance. The legislation introduced by Senators Barrasso and Donnelly does not represent the interests and values of our citizenry. It is, quite simply, un-American. "The Clean Water Act began as a bipartisan effort to conserve and sustain the resources central to our nation and crucial to our survival," continued Tawney. "It remains one of our most important natural resources laws, but its impact has been diluted over the years. The rulemaking underway represents a good-faith effort to restore the letter of this critical law, conserve our fish and wildlife populations and uphold the integrity of our supply of drinking water. We must strongly oppose efforts to undermine it - and question the motives of those who would put a halt to this process and the beneficial impacts it would have on our natural resources and our economy." Economic issues took center stage this afternoon at a hearing convened by the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, which met to consider the fiscal implications of the Waters of the U.S. rulemaking. Sportsmen testified at the hearing in support of the rule's impacts on America's outdoors-based economy. "Access to healthy habitat creates recreational opportunity that drives economic activity and jobs," said Benjamin Bulis, president and CEO of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association. "Our industry provides the waders, rods, guides and boats that 47 million sportsmen and women utilize every time they step foot in their favorite piece of water. Their quality of experience, and thus our return sales to enhance those days, is dependent on access to clean water." AFFTA represents the fly fishing industry, including manufacturers, retailers, outfitters and guides. Outdoor recreation in the United States sustains a robust and growing economy, providing $646 billion in revenues annually and supporting 6.1 million non-exportable jobs. The administration is expected to release a final version of the Waters of the U.S. rule for public comment shortly. BHA, along with more than 200 sportsmen's organizations, has joined 1 million-plus Americans who have submitted public comments in favor advancing the rule and protecting the nation's clean water.
Off The Bank: A Trip with Bobby Barrack By The world renowned California Delta is, without question, one of the best fisheries in the world. It has excellent striped bass, sturgeon, and catfish, and when the times are right, it can be a fun salmon fishery. I was first introduced to the Delta by Bobby Barrack several years ago and I have been intrigued by this waterway ever since. Since my introduction to the Delta, I have fished it several times and never enough times.
Get Hooked Up By As fishing continues to evolve, so does the tackle. Terminal tackle, like hooks, are no exception and the selection to choose from has become almost overwhelming. To simplify things, I like to utilize hooks that can be used for more than one purpose and reduce my size selection to a few sizes. That way it’s easy for me to switch soft plastics on the water, without having to retie or switch to a different hook.

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Ranger Pro Bryan Thrift Wins FLW Tour Event on Lake Eufaula FLIPPIN, ARK. - Ranger Pro Bryan Thrift came into the FLW Tour event on Lake Eufaula as one of the tournament's clear favorites. His resume, beyond being one of the most feared anglers on Tour, included two second place finishes in his last two major events held on the lake. His final day's total of five bass weighing 15 pounds, 5 ounces was enough to propel him to the fourth FLW Tour victory of his career and a $125,000 payday.
Cousins Adds New Long Range Rail Rod Premium rod manufacturer Cousins Tackle Corp. has added five long-range "Rail Rod" models to its popular, American-made SE Offshore Series graphite composite rod collection. These rods have been specially engineered by leading rod designer Wade Cunningham to provide the strength, action and features needed to beat big fish — including giant cow and "super cow" yellowfin — aboard long-range boats.
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio Interviews Stacey King PRINGFIELD, Mo. – Stacey King, Bass Pro Shops/NITRO national fishing team member, talks about his career as a pro bass angler, including being recently inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. The hour-long radio show airs Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time on RURAL RADIO's SiriusXM channel 80. Steve Mason, product development for Tracker Marine, shares news about two new Tracker aluminum fishing boats.
BoatUS Collegiate Championship Banquet to Feature Forrest Wood, Hank Parker SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The 10th Anniversary BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Presented by Cabela's Registration Banquet will take place on May 20 at the Shoals Marriott Conference Center in Florence, Alabama. Anglers will be able to begin registration check in at 2:30pm preceding the rest of the evening's activities including guest appearances from Forrest Wood and Hank Parker, courtesy of Ranger Boats.
Multi-Agency Arizona OUI Checkpoint Slated for Weekend KINGMAN, Ariz. –– The Arizona Game and Fish Department will participate in a multi-agency enforcement effort on the Colorado River system this weekend, checking for individuals operating under the influence (OUI). Game and Fish, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the National Park Service, will be enforcing Arizona's OUI legal limit of .08 blood-alcohol content. All boaters passing through the checkpoint will be subject to a systematic safety inspection this weekend. Operators will be checked for alcohol impairment and required safety equipment, such as proper life jackets and working fire extinguishers. "The responsibility for boating safety among watercraft users is critically important," said Velma Holt-Buhr, west sector supervisor for Game and Fish's regional office in Kingman. "The area is growing quickly, and we share these waterways with California and Nevada. It's becoming very congested, which lends itself to more potential hazards." Holt-Buhr advises boaters to review requirements in the regulations prior to launching. To avoid some of the more common violations, be sure to have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejacket for each individual on board, a working fire extinguisher and a Type IV throwable personal floatation device (PFD). Anyone 12 and under must wear a lifejacket at all times. Additional multi-agency OUI checkpoints will occur on the Colorado River and its reservoirs throughout the boating season. Game and Fish encourages boaters to take part in a boating education class. For a listing of classes, visit www.azgfd.gov. Did you know? The Arizona Game and Fish Department has trust responsibility for managing more than 800 native wildlife species – the most of any inland state – for current and future generations of Arizona citizens. www.azgfd.gov/h_f/northamericanmodel.shtml