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Why outboards break off bass boats paper

In our continuing coverage of large outboard motors breaking off and flipping into boats it is obvious that most incidents in recent years involve bass boats. Some reasons are obvious: bass boats run fast, bass anglers are in a hurry in bass tournaments, and bass hang out in shallow water. However this paper digs much […]

NYT article on MLF Bass Pro Tour

The New York Times published an epic article on bass tournaments titled, This is the Most Lucrative Moment in History to Catch Bass, on 18 October 2018. The feature article talks extensively about the history and business of bass fishing, The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS), a Bassmaster Elite tournament at Waddington, New York in […]

Rex Chambers speaks on The Leash: video

Rex Chambers, well known professional bass angler and his fishing partner were injured 3 May 2014 on Wheeler Lake in Alabama when they struck a submerged log, the 250 horsepower Mercury outboard motor broke off, and flipped into the boat still under power. His fishing buddy was struck in the head by the skeg. Rex […]

Randy Howell runs The Leash: video

Randy Howell and The Leash recently posted a video of Randy explaining why he runs The Leash, a tether to prevent large outboard motors from breaking off and flipping into boats after striking submerged objects or when running in rough water. Several outboard motors have flipped into boats while the outboard motor is still under […]

2018 Bassmaster Classic won by Jordan Lee, Yamaha, & Ranger

Congratulations to Bassmaster for once again putting on a great event, this time on Lake Hartwood, South Carolina March 16-18, 2018. We salute all the contestants and their families, especially Jordan Lee of Grant Alabama for becoming a two time, back to back winner of the Classic, and to Ranger boats, Yamaha outboards, and Carhartt […]

Kill Switch Public Service Announcement : Hunter Bland of U.F. bass fishing team

Hunter Bland and Conner Young of the University of Florida Bass Fishing team were ejected from their bass boat at speed during a Collegiate tournament in January 2017. A steering system failure caused the boat to abruptly turn to the right. Hunter was operating the boat and had the kill switch lanyard attached. Both young […]

Fell Marine to show MOB+ wireless kill switch at Bassmaster Classic

Fell Marine will be showing their new wireless lanyard, the MOB+ at the Bassmaster Classic in Houston March 24-26, 2017. We previously covered the MOB+ at MOB+ wireless lanyard from Fell Marine. We commend Fell Marine for exhibiting their new wireless kill switch at the Classic. The Bassmaster Classic is a tremendous family friendly free […]

Design Chart for Preventing Outboard Motors From Entering Boats updated

Back in July 2016, we posted a chart for use in designing and testing outboard motors in a way to prevent them from breaking off and entering boats when striking submerged objects. Today we are posting an updated / enhanced version of that chart. The new chart specifically identifies three more potential design / testing […]

Ejected from bass boat: kill switch saves them on VIDEO

Hunter Bland and Conner Young are members of the University of Florida Bass Fishing Team. Saturday January 14, 2017 Bland and Conner were fishing in the FLW bass tournament on Lake Seminole along Georgia’s border with Florida. It looks like the accident may have occurred shortly after blastoff as they are following a wake and […]

On The Escape of Tigers: Haddon & Bass Boat Propeller Safety

In 1970, William Haddon, Jr. a well known safety expert published a ground breaking safety article:   On The Escape of Tigers: an Ecological Note. by William Haddon, Jr. American Journal of Public Health. December 1970. Vol.60. No.12. Pages 2229-2234. The the article has since been widely republished and reprinted. The thesis of the article […]