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The Next Bite Fishing Show to Air 100th Episode This Season

The Next Bite to Air 100th Episode This Season

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What started out as a simple idea among three of North America’s most hard-core anglers is reaching a true milestone in 2012. Professional anglers Keith Kavajecz (Kaukauna, Wisc.), Pete Maina (Hayward, Wisc.) and Gary Parsons (Glidden, Wisc.) first toyed with the idea of producing their own TV fishing show over a decade ago. The show would be focused on their favorite fish species, Walleye, Muskie and Pike; Fish with Teeth! Pete Maina recalls; “We discussed what would make a great and successful TV show and wanted it to have a very unique format, one that every angler, from beginner to fanatic, would appreciate and enjoy.”

The formula seems to have worked, as their show, The Next Bite, is getting ready to begin its eighth season on the air.

Maina continues, “It started with three individual fishing personalities with differing specialties. We wanted hard core info, real fish catching with the whole story surrounding that success and effort. And it had to be FUN; something that anglers everywhere could relate to.”

And relate they have. The show’s popularity has gained momentum each and every year. Keeping it “Fun” is important, as Kavajecz often stresses, but it’s the high level of education the TNB crew brings to their audience that brings them back week after week.

“Although I fish tournaments for a living,” says Kavajecz, ”hosting The Next Bite show allows me to really get into the details of fishing for walleyes in different locations. All of us try to not only catch fish but then educate the audience so they can go out and be more successful on the water.”

Gary Parsons has been teaching other anglers how to catch walleyes most of his adult life. In his opinion, what makes The Next Bite show so successful is, that “we try to fish in lakes and rivers that relate to everyday fishermen and women.  One week we may be on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin, the next trolling muskies on the St. Lawrence River, but in every location we talk technique… so our viewers leave their chairs with a little better understanding of how to get their Next Bite.”

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No doubt the highlight of Season 8 for The Next Bite fans will be the show’s 100th episode, scheduled to air the week of February 20. This will be only the second episode in the show’s history that all three TNB crew members will be sharing a boat at the same time, the first time being the very first episode to air back in 2005. The 100th episode will feature some of the crews favorite moments from the past seven seasons.

The Next Bite airs on the NBC Sports Network (formerly the Versus Network) during the NBC Sports Outdoors block, Tuesdays at 1:00 PM ET and again on Thursdays at 10:00 AM ET beginning December 27, 2011. It can also be seen on WFN (World Fishing Network).

The Next Bite

Darrin Schwenkbeck – Professional Amsoil Sponsored Angler

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Eric Buell Racing – 1190 Ready To Race in Ohio

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EBR 1190 Ready To Race in Ohio

July 07, 2011

A pipe dream is about to become a reality this weekend in Ohio.  The AMSOIL sponsored Erik Buell Racing (EBR) 1190 RS has been in production for the past several months, with more than 30 bikes already in the hands of customers.  At the AMA Pro Road Racing event held in Lexington, Ohio this weekend, the EBR 1190 will race for the first time.

The new bike will be replace the Buell 1125 that top rider Geoff May has been riding so far this season in the American Superbike class.  The new bike will bring more horsepower, better aerodynamics and smoother handling to the Mid-Ohio Raceway.  For company founder Erik Buell, it’s the next step in Eric Buell Racingrebuilding a brand.

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AMSOIL Racing: Erik, we know you’re excited.  How is Geoff doing?

Erik Buell:  Extremely excited, but cautious. We know we are just getting started racing the EBR 1190RS, but we all know what a huge amount of effort it took to get here. The whole EBR team, including suppliers and sponsors like AMSOIL, has been working so hard to get us to this point that it will be a very rewarding moment to see all their efforts on track at last.

AR: So you guys got approved by the AMA.  Not an easy process, right?

EB: This was a complex process, unlike in the past. We had to prove we had produced a certain number of fully street legal 1190RS models that met all EPA/DOT regulations. No special allowances for modifications, or using legality in some other country as a means to qualify. Also we had to supply a complete set of critical parts, all detailed drawings for the parts with tolerances, as well as parts manuals, owner’s manuals, etc. Everything to make sure they can validate that we are racing the street bike with only allowable modifications, nothing custom just for our team.

AR: The bike has a little more get-up-and-go over the 1125?

EB: The bikes will have a bit more than the 1125RR race bikes had,  but they have not been refined or tweaked yet. Basically stock motors, with a base gasket removed to increase compression, and a race muffler and race ECM. So about 180 RWHP.

AR: Is there anything also about the bike we can add?

EB: The bikes started as stock 1190RS models that the race department received about two weeks ago.  And the 1190RS is completely new from front to rear from the old 1125. The radically different bodywork is the visual cue, but from front axle to rear, it is a new bike. So the team has a lot to learn, but are very excited about the potential.

AR: Good luck this weekend.

EB:  Thank you and many thanks to everyone at AMSOIL for their help in getting this bike on the race track.

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Top Truck Challenge Day 1: Tow Test, Frame Twister And Mud Pit

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Top Truck Challenge Day 1: Tow Test, Frame Twister & Mud Pit

June 08, 2011

We just got a report from AMSOIL Powersports Technical Product Manager Len Groom, who is live on the scene of the 2011 Top Truck Challenge in Hollister Hills, CA. The challenge kicked off Tuesday with the competitors being introduced to the 2011 event by the Tow Test, Mud Pit and Frame Twister. While the Tow Test claimed only a broken driveshaft on a buggy, the Frame Twister lived up to its name and kept most competitors from even finishing.  The Frame Twister event is a brutal proving ground filled with holes, rocks and logs aimed at taking out these monstrous trucks with little effort. Len Groom reported that is was the most demanding Frame Twister yet and summed up what has been seen so far in one word: Tough.

After numerous extractions and broken parts in the Frame Twister, the challenge moved on to the Mud Pit event. These rigs don’t typically do well in this type of sludge but competitor Mike Keller hit the mud flying and skimmed along the top, making it look easy. We are now in Day 2 of the 2011 Top Truck Challenge, which will see the competitors battle the Obstacle Course, Hill Climb and Mini Rubicon. Judging by the photos we have received thus far, things are just getting good.

Who will emerge victorious in the 2011 Top Truck Challenge? Be sure to check back for more photos, updates and quotes directly from the competitors right in the thick of it.