Kumar, Hackney, Palaniuk & Evers preview season; Keith Alan on wounded warriors, UFE TV


Bonus episode! We preview the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule with Bass Gold's Jay Kumar and Elite Series pros Greg Hackney, Brandon Palaniuk and Edwin Evers. Additional discussion topics include the Alabama Rig, the Hydrowave and Major League Fishing.


Also in this episode, we talk with Keith Alan about the wounded veterans featured on his TV show, "Ultimate Fishing Experience," how fishing can be great therapy for PTSD, and how anglers can volunteer to take local vets fishing.

The founder of BassGold.com, Kumar also blogs at BassParade.com. He founded BassFan.com, was a B.A.S.S. senior writer, and co-hosted the ESPN show "Loudmouth Bass" with Mark Zona.

Hackney, of  Gonzales, La., fished his 10th Classic in February, finishing 22nd. He finished 25th in the 2011 Angler of the Year race. In the 2009 Classic on the Red River, he placed 20th. A 5th-place on Lake Hartwell was his best Classic showing.

In his rookie season on the Bassmaster Elite Series, Palaniuk, of Rathdrum, Idaho, placed 4th in the 2011 Bassmaster Classic, his first, and finished 37 in Angler of the Year points. He finished a disappointing 48th in this year's Classic.

Evers, of Talala, Okla., finished runner-up to Kevin VanDam in the 2011 Angler of the Year race. Competing in his 11th Classic last week, Evers finished 8th.

Ultimate Fishing Experience founder and CEO Keith Alan is a former Bassmaster Elite Series weigh-in emcee. He now produces "Ultimate Fishing Experience," which airs Thursday nights on NBC Sports.

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