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A Soldier and Boat Guide on Wilson.

A Soldier and Boat Guide on Wilson.

A 2013 Operation HOOAH team fishing down the shoreline in Donnegan's Slough.

2013 Operation HOOAH team

2013 Operation HOOAH team on Pickwick.

Boat Guide Don Gowen put his wounded Soldier on some plastic jerkbait bass on the little river side.

Colbert Heights High School bass club

Class is in session

The Colbert Heights High School bass club taking advantage of the Southern Fishing News Student Angler Series free classes.

Wilson Lake bass

Another nice Wilson Lake bass.

The sun was bright and this one went for a Slider-rigged worm on drop-offs on the south side of the lake.

Miss Bailey on Wilson Lake

A serious young bass angler.

Miss Bailey will wet her hook every chance she gets from the pier on Wilson Lake.

Ms. Southern Fishing

A Slider and an odd bass.

Ms. Southern Fishing shows her odd-shaped bass that nailed her Slider head rigged with a worm fishing piers and docks.

Bluewater LED red deck

Nightclub or a bass boat?

The Southern Fishing News rig with its Bluewater LED red deck lighting makes you confused as to whether you want to dance or fish!

Little Mac

Decision time

Little Mac seems to be contemplating whether what he is using is doing the job or not.

Latest Southern Fishing News Stories


University of North Alabama Seizes Second Consecutive Cabela’s School of the Year Title

Murray State University Claims Second and Tennessee Tech University Takes Third


The University of North Alabama (UNA) landed their second consecutive Cabela’s School of the Year Title with a season destined for victory. The UNA team, comprised of over forty members, kept the Cabela’s School of the Year race as top priority for the season and through their hard work, commitment and dedication, they are once again crowned as the Cabela’s School of the Year.


Alabama’s Lake Jordan Stocked with Quarter Million Florida Bass

In May 2015, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) stocked Lake Jordan with more than 227,000 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings. This is the first of three scheduled stockings that will take place mid-May to mid-June each year through 2017. 


“Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame’s 2015 Event

Founder of the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame, Garry Mason, has released the 14th Annual “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame’s 2015 event date and venue.  This year’s inductees and guests will be boarding one of the largest paddlewheel showboats in the country – the General Jackson Showboat/Music City Queen in Nashville, TN on Saturday, August 15th dockside along the Cumberland River.

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Water water everywhere and not a bit to pump

Last year my lovely wife and I began a day of fishing the normal way, remove the trailer boat strap, transom  tie-downs and the transom saver. After running a few miles we idled up to our first fishing spot.

After about twenty minutes of fishing my fishing buddy asked, “Is there supposed to be that much water in there (pointing to the drain grates in the floor of the bass rig)?” I responded, “That’s just water that is normally in the hull from rain, hitting waves and such.”


The Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash Presented by Berkley Announces 2016 Date

San Antonio, Texas (June 26, 2015) —The Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series is proud to announce that the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash Presented by Berkley will be held on March 11-13, 2016 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee.


The University of North Alabama Continues to Lead Cabela’s School of the Year Rankings

One Remaining Event Left in the Season
Murray State University Stands in Second and Tennessee Tech University in Third 

By Cody Levy

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – With less than two weeks left in the Cabela’s School of the Year Race, the University of North Alabama shows no sign of letting up on their lead in the Cabela’s School of the Year rankings. As it currently stands, the North Alabama Bass Team has a commanding 89 point lead over the second place team of Murray State University and a 180 point lead over third place, Tennessee Tech University.


SYBM tangle with a windy Wilson Lake

The Shoals Youth Bassmasters held their June 20th club tournament on Wilson Lake, northwest Alabama, out of Fleet Harbor.

Richard Laxson, Director of the Shoals Youth Bassmasters, said, “We had a group of fifty-two young anglers from all three age divisions fish in the club tournament.” Laxson reported the weather was hot and windy challenging the endurance and patience of the contestants.


New Edition of SliderLines Published

Slider Lures has noted the new edition of the company’s newsletter, SliderLines, has been published. The quarterly digital publication features notes, stories, tips, mail and photos related to finesse fishing and Slider Lures.


Top College Anglers To Compete In National Championship

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Eighty-five collegiate bass fishing teams will converge on Lake DuBay July 9-11 for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, marking the first time for Wisconsin to host the finals.

The field of qualifiers is the largest in the history of the program, according to Hank Weldon, B.A.S.S. College tournament manager. The anglers represent 60 colleges and universities. The teams qualified for the championship through five regional tournaments and a wild card event. (Ed. Note: A University of North Alabama team made the championship with a Wild Card win on Pickwick.)

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Winds Do Not Hamper Angling for Autism Fishing Tournament

By Don Gowen and Summer Cross

Decatur, AL – June 20  The 4th Annual Angling for Autism Fishing Tournament was held out of Ingalls Harbor on Wheeler Lake, Saturday, June 20. One hundred four anglers competed in the event.

The morning began with wind, storms and lighting but turned into a good day for fishing with the exception of wind that whipped the lake plus hot temperatures.