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By Louie Stout

Wilson Chandler, NBA Star

Michiana angler Ken Holder poses with Carlos Thomas (left) and former NBA star Wilson Chandler pose in front of Chandler's new Caymas boat.

When an angler gets a sponsor, he’s expected to perform, and not necessarily just in competitive events.

Nobody knows that better than Michiana’s Ken Holder who helped put a former NBA basketball player in a fully loaded Caymas CX21 with a Merc 250 from Starboard Choice Marine in Edwardsburg, Mich.

It came together in a roundabout way through Holder’s relationship with another angler from northwest Indiana.

Holder built a friendship through fishing tournaments with Carlos Thomas from Crown Point, Ind. Thomas, who had made the acquaintance of former NBA player Wilson Chandler at the Bass Pro Shops in Portage, Ind.

Chandler, a Benton Harbor native who was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft, played 13 years in the NBA. He played college basketball at DePaul University.

BFHOF Report

Bass fisherman have a great opportunity to bid on tackle, lures and gear, tournament pro jerseys, exclusive fishing trips with expert anglers and more in the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame’s online auction presented by Major League Fishing.

It’s easy. Log-in with your smartphone, tablet or computer at https://one.bidpal.net/bfhof/browse/all to access the auction-dedicated website or text BFHOF to 243-725.

The website will be ‘live’ from 9 a.m. EST Friday, Sept. 22 through 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, Sept. 28, the night when many involved in the bass fishing world will be gathered to celebrate the induction of Glen Andrews, Bruce Holt, and Michael Iaconelli into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, located within Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium & Museum.

By Al McGuckin

Brandon Lester

Team Toyota’s Brandon Lester endured more stress in the final days of August than a lone goby surrounded by a school of fat smallmouth.

Three days after learning he probably would not qualify for the Bassmaster Classic for only the second time in his fantastic 10-year career, his mega-cute young daughter was hospitalized for a horrible stomach virus, and then, just hours after she began to heal, his father was hospitalized over serious pulmonary concerns.

So, here’s to hoping September brings far more smiles, and some time on the water to decompress for Lester. One thing’s for certain, the next time he launches his boat, there will be two time-proven topwaters tied on.

“No matter where you live, September signifies the first month of fall. It’s that time of year when we get our first cool nights, and lots of things start kicking into a bit of a different gear. To me, that means you better key on baitfish imitators and a trolling motor that’s in fairly constant forward motion,” says Lester.

Covering water with baits that appeal to bass looking skyward is the key, so Lester chooses a buzzbait and Super Spook Jr. as two lures all bass anglers should try during the calendar’s ninth month.