Art Simms Bass Fishing

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I started bass fishing after watching all of the fishing shows on tv. A few years later I thought I was pretty good, until I entered a few tournaments. I quickly realized that I wasn't as good as I thought and was only donating my money. In 1997 I joined the Viking Bassmasters of the Minnesota Bass Federation to hone my skills with some guys more experienced than me. Since that time I have learned a lot and had some major success. I have been Viking Bassmasters Club Champion three times and won sixteen club tournaments. I was the Fishers of Men Minnesota East division champion in 2006, along with a few money tournament wins and numerous top tens.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Skeet Reese - Classic Champ!

Congratulation to Skeet Reese - Bassmaster Classic Champion!

Skeet has proven he is one of the most consistent & versatile anglers on tour. With his Classic win, a few tournament wins and an Angler Of The Year title to his credit, he is setting himself up to be one of the true legends of bass fishing.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bassmaster Classic

Here are my picks to win the Bassmaster Classic, in no particular order.

Kevin VanDam - Obvious threat, any where, any time.

Greg Hackney - Somewhat of a local, the fishery fits his style.

Scott Rook - Knows how to win on river systems, may quietly sneak up on everyone.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Elite tournament

Normally, I like to keep my opinions to myself, but after reading an article on BassFan, I must vent.

Seems some morons in Virginia have organized a tournament to coincide with the Bassmaster Elite tournament on Smith Mountain Lake in April 2009. Stemming from their disapproval of the elimination of co-anglers by BASS, they are billing it as “beat the elites”. Sounds like they will mirror the Elite format with cuts, keep the take off site a secret, and even offer a $1000.00 bonus to any competitor whose four day total weight beats the pros. They claim this is their chance to prove they are as good as the pros.

First, all these guys are trying to do is feed their own egos and interfere with the Elite tournament pros. Sure, some of them will beat the pros, but being locals, some of them should. Also, we all know there will be numerous confrontations over fishing spots, which will lead to bad publicity, adding another black eye to the sport of competitive bass fishing.

Second, if indeed this is over the elimination of co-anglers, get over it! BASS is a business, they listened to the pros and did what they thought was in the best interest of the sport, and I agree with their decision.

The way I see it, nothing good will come from this tournament!