X Zone lure development

I’m excited about this official announcement! Beamsville, Ontario – X Zone Lures has partnered with Bassmaster Elite Series angler Brandon Lester of Fayetteville, TN, to create a new Pro Series line of soft plastic baits. X Zone Lures has helped anglers catch smallmouth for over a decade with its Slammer and Swammer hand-poured baits.  Their […]

Learning new techniques

Adapted from my monthly column in Coastal Angler/The Angler magazine Growing up in southern middle Tennessee I was very fortunate to have a lot of really good fisheries within a couple hours of my house. I had my choice between the Tennessee River lakes like Guntersville, Wheeler, and Wilson or the typical highland reservoirs located […]

Brandon Lester – Learning on the Elites

The April Elite Series event on Table Rock Lake was a tournament that I was really looking forward to. It is a deep and clear highland reservoir much like Tims Ford and Lake Normandy that I grew up fishing back home in Tennessee. I did my research going into the tournament and confirmed that I […]

My 1st BASSMASTER Elite finish! – 21st

They are calling us freshmen this year instead of “rookies” since the experience level of the Elite Series newcomers is so high.  I look around and there are Classic champs, FLW Tour and FLW Cup champions and guys I have watched on TV and looked up to since I was old enough to read.  Maybe […]

Making the Elites

Fishing the B.A.S.S Elite series is something that many of us strive to do and at a young age, we set out to “be a professional fisherman”.  With that being said, fishing the Bassmaster Elite Series is something you have to qualify for and it doesn’t come easy.  What does that mean?  It means you […]