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Bass Fishing Isn't Just a Boat and Fishing Pole

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UMATILLA, Ore. -- A lot of money is on the line this weekend if you are a top bass fisherman. And with top fisherman comes some top-of-the-line gadgets.

170 top anglers are taking over the Umatilla Marina this weekend for the National Guard Western Divisional Tournament.The top prize is $125,000. Wednesday was day 1 of the 4-day tournament.

"The fishing overall is pretty good," said angler Tim Klinger. "There are a lot of limits being caught. The fishing wasn't good for me. I had four bites and only ended up keeping one of them."

The tournament was in Richland last year but moved to Umatilla as organizers wanted to try out a new part of the Columbia.

"The big difference is about a 40-mile run. The water is similar but down here there is a lot dingier water because of the runoff and all the current coming into the river," says Klinger.

Some people think fishing is as simple as dropping a line into the water but technology plays much more of a part than you would think.

"You can have an onboard network where you have a console at the helm and also have a unit up on the front," says FLW Pro Staff Member Jason Cowgill. "So, what that allows you to do is say there is a particular rock pile, or a submerged log, or a particular area that you want to fish again later: You can save that point and return to fish it at a later date."

"Without our GPS, we'd be lost on these rivers," says Klinger.

"GPS is huge, " says angler Mitch Ratchford. "I fish underwater rock piles and if I didn't have that GPS I'd never be able to find them."

With the right gadgets and a little luck, anglers will be netting some big bass this weekend.

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