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Woman holding Bass

Carter Koza is senior at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Georgia. His sister, Lee Rose Koza, is a sophomore at Carson-Newman University in Knoxville, Tennessee. Both siblings have fished competitively for the past several years, and credit their father, Jamie, for their love of fishing and drive to compete. “My dad fished tournaments ever since he was a little kid, so he got us involved early,” says Carter, adding that their dad also runs a tackle shop. “We were…

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Derek Hudnall

Denham Springs, Louisiana angler, Derek Hudnall, is entering his third year of competition in the Bassmaster Elite Series. For Hudnall, victory in bass fishing happens when preparation and opportunity meet. “That’s when victory happens,” he says. “When those two meet and it comes together. Victory can happen in any singular moment, or along journey.” Indeed, Hudnall’s journey in professional bass fishing has provided distinct and memorable victories. “Coming up through the Bassmaster Opens, qualifying for the Elite Series and, of…

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Female Angler with Speckled Trout

The spring inshore run along the Gulf coast of Texas is as constant as the tides, happening year over year as bull reds and speckled trout move into the rich, shallow marshes to feed. Though the recent 100-year storm event that brought record cold temperatures and unprecedented snowfall to south Texas has pushed things back a bit on this year’s calendar, veteran anglers like St. Croix pro and lifelong inshore angler, Joseph Sanderson, know what’s coming. A former collegiate FLW and…

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Angler landing bass

We learned as children that good things come to those who wait. Well, for anxious bass anglers spending the past six weeks learning, reading, and chatting in online forums about St. Croix’s all-new, American-made Victory Series rods, the wait is over. Eight all-new technique-specific Victory Series rods – each designed, engineered, and handcrafted to deliver all manner of bass anglers more wins – are available for purchase right now at select St. Croix dealers, both online and at retail locations…

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Angler Lands Spotted Bass

Before last year, Pat Schlapper of Eleva, Wisconsin had a rewarding and stable career with a large sporting goods retailer. Early in 2020 – at the age of 37 – he walked away from that job to pursue his dream of fishing in the Bassmaster Elite Series, a move most would describe as risky, at best. But in nearly every aspect of life, few rewards come without risk. Schlapper believed he could mitigate the risks through preparation, ability and determination.…

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