News Stories & Fishing Articles

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Marine Batteries – But Were Afraid To Ask


Seasoned angler and technical expert, James Holst, gets down to the brass tacks of fishing boat batteries and the power requirements of forward-facing sonar, new trolling motor designs, etc.

2025 ABT 100 Tournament Schedule and Payout

The Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) announces the dates and locations of the 2025 ABT 100 tournament series which includes a payout reaching $300,000 for all three tournaments.

McKinney makes history with 130 pounds, 15 ounces

Written by Andrew Canulette – Photography by Andy Crawford

The Carbondale, Ill., native, exactly one week removed from his 19th birthday, finished with a four-day total of 20 bass weighing 130 pounds, 15 ounces, outlasting the field of 103 anglers in what was one of the most productive tournaments in the history of competitive bass fishing.

SFN Student Angler Series “Bass Color Vision”

This presentation is a re-formatted and illustrated version of a popular post on our website, Bass Can Only Recognize Certain Colors. The post has been seen by over 45,000 readers so I thought a version of that article would be beneficial to student anglers and even bass club meetings,

Ron McDonald
Editor & Publisher
Southern Fishing News

Power and Affordable, Hassle-Free Rigging Solutions-No Sparks, No Arcs

Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A., Connect-Ease® makes outdoor activities more enjoyable with reliable, clean power and affordable, easy, hassle-free rigging solutions

In the early 1970s, Cal Munkvold, hardcore angler, shooting sports expert/instructor, and hunter, grew up in Dakota farm country and learned at a very young age how to improvise fixes on broken equipment and machinery to keep things running smooth.

Forsyth County Angler Reels in a State Record Tie

The state fish record for yellow perch is tied.

Angler Emerson Mulhall of Cumming, GA . Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources photo

Lay goes ‘straight to the dirt’ to win Martin qualifier

Story & Original Photos By Greg McCain
Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation

Tuscaloosa angler Joe Lay has traveled to Lake Martin for years and accumulated plenty of intel on the sprawling Tallapoosa River reservoir.

One thing he knows well: When he finds muddy conditions on the lake, especially on the lower end, he can anticipate where the fish will be located. That information proved invaluable Saturday (Feb. 18) in the first Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation qualifier of 2024.

Joe Lay-First Place Boater.

Your Brand and Product’s Bass Angler Exposures Could Be Flying High!

The more bass fishermen see your name and products the better your odds of making a sale in the tackle shop. In the advertising business, this is called “share of mind” and “brand recognition”.

Huge 16-3 bass caught literally with hands

Ron McDonald, Editor & Publisher Southern Fishing News

The 16-3 caught by hand (I guess “caught” is the right word) was just shy of the Alabama record for a largemouth bass. The record bass stands at 16 lbs., 8 oz., and was caught in 1987 by Thomas (T. M.) Burgin from View Lake in Shelby County.

Sommers and Pelt win ABT Lake Jordan

By Jason Duran

The 2024 season of The Alabama Bass Trail began at Lake Jordan for the south division. 225 teams competed for a for an increased payday of $15,000 for first Place. Teams reported having a tough practice but were expecting to catch the quality 4-pound bites needed to win this event.

Eric Sommers and Robbie Pelt. ABT photo