BassWestUSA - Spring, 2012, Page 6

ThE FIRST AND FINAL WORD ON BASS FIShING

TIGhT LINES

By TOM LEOgRANDE

EDITORIAL STAFF Publisher Mark Mendez Editor Tom LeOGRAnde (tomleogrande@gmail.com) BWU TV HOST Jamie CypheRs (jamie@basswest.com) Art Director Mike MARGineAnu (contact@m-graphix.com)

paul strege, Gary dobyns, heidi Roth, Andy parsons, Brent ehrler, Justin Kerr, Mike pehanich, Aaron Martens, Mike delVisco, Kurt dove, Mike Bucca, david swendseid, Matt newman, Mark hicks, Gerald swindle, edwin evers, zell Rowland, Terry Butcher, dean Rojas, Tommy Biffle, Randy pringle, Michael Murphy, Jeff Gustafson, Jim Moynagh, Troy Lindner, Ariel Biley, don Wirth, Bill huntley, dan Thurmond, Jim duckworth, John Murray, hideyuki nomura, Leon Ames, Rod yoder, preston henson, don Wirth, Charlie ingram, Jason Williamson, Cliff pace, peter Thliveros, steve hacker, Clark Reehm, pete ponds, Bill hutcheson, Chris Armstrong, BAss Communications, FLW Outdoors, professional Anglers Association, Catch MultiMedia, Bill Bjork, Bobbi Chapman

BassWest Nation

I’m happy to announce that I am back as Editor of Bass West USA after a three year sabbatical. Since my departure in early 2009 the magazine has gone through many changes, but the quality has done nothing except get better. Bass West USA’s graphic guy, Mike Margineanu, has improved the overall look of the magazine. He continues to blow me away with his graphic work from his first day right through this magazine. During my absence, the magazine has been in great hands. My good friend Dan O’Sullivan anchored the magazine for many several years and not only did he keep it at high quality, he improved on it. Following Dan, Russ Comeau did a terrific job, as well. Jon Storm, currently of Fishound.com, preceded my first stint with the magazine and similar to that situation I once again find myself with large shoes to fill. I am up for the task and can assure you that I will work tirelessly on gathering you information from the best writers and best anglers in the sport. I believe a lot will be different this time, but at the same time what many people love about the magazine should remain the same. Some of the changes you will notice include the removal of the tournament trail section from the magazine and more in- depth articles and tips will replace the space. Next, we are changing the magazine to quarterly (four issues per year). However, this is going to keep the magazine on schedule. Keep in mind, we are adding an ad- ditional 16 pages of content to each issue which together add up to almost full extra issue per year. Bass West USA TV has had an incredible reception and has been added to several networks. Jamie Cyphers is heading that up and he’s bringing a wide range of guests into your living room for some serious bass fishing. Season one is airing now, with sea- son two filming about to begin. If you haven’t caught the show yet, you’ll find details inside that will direct you to where and how to find it. Lastly, and this one will take a few magazines to realize, but we are going to get the magazines out on time. Same excellent quality, more content per issue and four on-time magazines a year, those are my main goals for the magazine. Personally a lot has changed with myself since my last run with the magazine. Since then I have gotten married and had two daughters. Things have also changed in my role with Bass West USA and its related businesses. Previously, I ran the magazine, the tournament trails, designed and originally built SwimbaitNation.com and BassTack- leDepot.com plus I did a ton of work on all the organizations websites and more. This time around I am only working on the magazine, which will allow me to give it the focus that it deserves. It’s been our longest time frame between issues ever and we appreciate your pa- tience. I was brought on in late and we went to work hard to bring you this issue, which is feature packed and timely (for the majority of the country) articles. We could have rushed this magazine and got you a low quality magazine; instead we spent some extra time putting it together to make sure it is of the quality you have expected from Bass West USA. I am not really one to overly tout how great the magazine is or will be. I will let the magazine speak for itself, all I ask is to give us 2 issues and I prom- ise you’ll be waiting at the mailbox from then on. We have more con- tacts in the industry than ever before and a TV show to go with it. Keep reading and we are sure you are going to love the new Bass West USA magazine.

Tight Lines, Tom Leogrande - Editor

CONTRIBUTORS

EDITORIAL CONTACT Bass West usA • (800) 360-7112 420 Beatrice Court suite C, Brentwood, CA 94513 Submission requirements: Unsolicited manuscripts, accepted but not returned. Unsolicited email attachments will be deleted without opening. Please submit query letters detailing story ideas. Reader-submitted letters and photos maybe published without notification, and all rights retained by Bass West USA. Reader submitted photos will not be returned, unless requested.

ADVERTISING National Advertising Sales Mark Mendez (408) 396-8442 • mmendez@basswest.com West Advertising Sales Matt neWMAn

(818) 312-2704 • matt_newman_2001@yahoo.com

ADMINISTRATION Publisher Mark Mendez (408) 396-8442 • mmendez@basswest.com Director Of Operations Bill huTChesOn Angler’s Choice Marketing (760) 304-4411 • hutch@basswest.com Southwest/Western Region Vice President Bill huTChesOn Angler’s Choice Marketing (760) 304-4411 • hutch@basswest.com Central Region Vice President Rick ByRnes Angler’s Choice Marketing (618) 496-3610 • rickb@actournaments.com

Circulation Manager sonia CuBiC (800) 360-7112 • sonia@basswest.com Circulation Assistant sherry hARWOOd (800) 360-7112 • sherry@basswest.com

BASS WEST USA. Volume 18, Issue 1, Spring 2012 • Send $18.00 for one year; $28.00 for two years; $36.00 for three years. California residents are subject to California sales tax. All Foreign subscriptions except Canada are $20.00 additional per year additional. Subscriptions inquiries call (800) 591-7171. Mail subscriptions, address changes or adjustments to: Bass West USA, 420 Beatrice Court, Suite C Brentwood, CA 94513. For change of address, please send new address, and old address label, allowing 6 weeks for processing. First issue of new subscription delivered up to 8 weeks after receipt of or- der. • Copyright © 2012 BASS WEST USA. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Manufactured and printed in the United States of America.

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