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    What is Bass Intelligence?

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    What is Bass Intelligence? Bass aren't terribly smart fish, right?  Well, I think there are generations of anglers that have been outsmarted by bass, but that is not really what we mean by Bass Intelligence. Bass Intelligence is all of the knowledge and skill that an angler might need to be successful. Just like our country has a Central Intelligence Agency to collect intelligence on our friends and enemies from around the world, we believe there should be a Central Bass Intelligence Organizatio
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    What is Bass Intelligence? Bass aren't terribly smart fish, right?  Well, I think there are generations of anglers that have been outsmarted by bass, but that is not really what we mean by Bass Intelligence. Bass Intelligence is all of the knowledge and skill that an angler might need to be successful. Just like our country has a Central Intelligence Agency to collect intelligence on our friends and enemies from around the world, we believe there should be a Central Bass Intelligence Organization that collects and organizes intelligence, or information and strategies, for anglers to use regardless of their skill level. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned angler, Bass Intelligence is a community for you. A beginner can shorten the learning curve by using our resources and asking questions. A seasoned angler can be that resource or teacher, while also learning something new along the way. Bass Intelligence strives to be the premier online community to serve the over 30 million bass anglers in the United States and the millions of others from around the world. 


    Bass Intelligence Features

    While there are many current features and a laundry list of planned features, here are the top features available on Bass Intelligence. 

     

    1. Logging in could not be easier. With Facebook and Google integration, you can use your Facebook and Google account to create an account and log in. 

    2. Forums - Categories and Topics will continue to grow. Post, comment, react and follow.  The content is searchable through the site and on Google. Some content from Facebook Groups will be automatically added. 

    3. Videos - A growing instructional video library from tournament anglers and fishing professionals. As our site grows, this may be opened up to members who create their own instructional content. 

    4. Clubs - Are you involved in a bass club or would you like to create your own mini-community without the skill and overhead of owning your own site? We've got you covered. Create your own public or private club, invite members and format your community and content. Add forums, calendars, blogs, galleries, etc. 

    5. Fishing Logs - Capture your fishing trips online and share with the community. Use this feature as your personal fishing log database, show off or solicit feedback for a bad day on the water. 

    6. Community Map - Bass Intelligence is capturing information on fishing destinations. Review or comment on the locations. We will also be looking for State or regional moderators to add and keep up with locations. 

    7. Product Recommendations - So much of what we do involves equipment. Instead of being a reseller of products, we want to recommend products for use. This list will continue to grow and change based on trends and availability. 

    As our community grows, the features of Bass Intelligence will continue to grow. Join today and tell your friends. Let's build a community that will be a resource for us and the scores of new anglers joining our great sport everyday. 

    Have recommendations on what we can add, change or do better? Let us know!

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    Back last year, I received an email from B.A.S.S advertising the opportunity to Marshal for the upcoming years tournaments, including the Bassmaster Classic. With Hartwell being my home lake, I thought - wow... what an experience that would be. Thinking that I wouldn't have a shot at it, I decided to sign up anyway. On that morning, as soon as registration opened, I entered only to find out that I was immediately put onto a waiting list. So at that point, I figured that there was no chance, but I had given it a good try. However, a couple of months I received an email from B.A.S.S that informed me that I had been selected. While I have been a Marshal for MLF before, I was really excited that I would be participating in the Classic! 

    The learning experience that you get from this kind of exposure is priceless. You can pay for guides, but nothing beats riding with the pros. For the Classic, Marshals were able to ride along for the official practice day and the first 2 days of the classic. We were paired with a different angler on each day, so we were able to experience 3 different anglers, which is great for learning. Some anglers may not talk much, especially in a tournament like the classic, but surprisingly, one of my anglers wanted to talk more than I did! However, what is better than talking is the front row seat that you have. You get to see what they use, how they use it. You get to see how they approach an area or technique and compare it to how you would approached it. 

    A Few Takeaways

    I came away from this awesome experience with a lot of learning, but there are a few things that stand out. 

    1. Lure placement is absolutely key! Being able to put your lure under a dock, or just beside a stump or blowdown is the difference in catching or not. These guys can cover water fast because their lure placement is near perfect.  They move quickly through areas because their target selection is very specific.  While they would do it occasionally, there was very little casting at nothing. 
    2. Learn your electronics.  I was fortunate enough to be with a couple of guys that used Garmin LiveScope. While I understand the technology and what can be done with it, this was the first time I've actually seen someone locate and catch that many fish. I'm sold... 
    3. Even the Pros make bad choices or have bad days. One of my anglers made the decision to make a long run on day 1 of the Classic.  After a couple of hours or so, he realized that the 30 minutes we had run didn't pay off. We ran all the way back down the lake and finally found some fish, but that decision cost him. Some anglers didn't even catch a limit. It happens to the best of them.  They learn from it and move on.

    While there are many other things I learned about lures, techniques and equipment, these were some high level take aways.  If you get the chance to participate as a Marshal for B.A.S.S or MLF, I promise it will be worth it.  The knowledge and insight you will gain in one weekend will be more than you would have expected. It will make you a better angler!

    Have questions? Feel free to reach out to me. 

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