Welcome to 2022 Anglers!
It’s the first Bass Bulletin of the year, and oh boy, do we have a lot to cover!
We are going to talk about the Predator Equipment Pack, Festival of Bass
(featuring interviews with Studio Producer, Des O’Connor, and Senior Character
Artist, Jansen Turk), core game updates, beards (yes, BEARDS), and a glimpse
into the future plans for Bassmaster Fishing 2022.
Oh, and there is more! In case you missed it during the Festival of Bass,
Episode 1 of our new series Bass Gaming, hosted by Ronnie Moore (with special
guest back-to-back Bassmaster Classic winner Hank Cherry) is below, and as is a
new feature, “Did you know?” where we’ll offer you a top tip to help you
obliterate the competition.
I don’t know about you, but I’m already exhausted just listing how much is going
on! So, take a breath, and let’s cast our proverbial rod into this month’s Bass
Predator Equipment Pack
Sink your teeth into the Predator Equipment Pack, out NOW! Equip yourself with
fear-inducing boat wraps, awesome new clothing, lures – including for the first
time Bagley and brand-new lures from 13 Fishing, and unique Mastery challenges
to complete. This gripping equipment pack is for players who are looking to
dominate the competition and conquer the lake. To find out more about the
Predator Equipment Pack you can read our full article and find links to purchase
Festival of Bass
On Jan 20th we hosted our very first Festival of Bass live stream, featuring new
content from the Predator Equipment Pack, interviews with the team here at
Dovetail Games, and exclusive content made by our Dovetail Ambassadors. If you
missed the fun live, fear not, you can catch up on what you missed right here.
We showed some great educational videos from Professor Smooth
[http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrrzG9aP1lanrOojYCJBXAg] to help players who
are new to the game learn some of the basics, and some more advanced tips that
we’re sure will help even the seasoned angler!
We had interviews with our legendary Studio Producer, Des O’Connor on the
development schedule, and a first-time appearance from our Senior Character
Artist, Jansen Turk, who talked about the challenges of implementing the first
beards into Bassmaster Fishing 2022.
There was also a Premiere of Episode One of our new series Bass Gaming presented
by Ronnie Moore who takes on the 2 x Bassmaster Classic champion, Hank Cherry,
in-game – as well as finding out about what makes this historic champion tick.
We also had an original piece of content made by one of our Dovetail
Ambassadors, WobblyCaptain [http://www.youtube.com/c/wobblycaptain1] who made a
video to help players clutch up the Bassmaster Elite Series at St. Johns River.
A must-watch for all those struggling to get to grips with this challenging
To round off the event we played a game of Bassmaster Royale and a fun little
game of “Bassmaster Hide & Seek” - a challenge with the new camo clothing
included with the Predator Pack. Who will find Ben first, and win a prize?
If you’ve ever seen one of our live streams, you’ll know we have a whole host of
bearded members of the team (and those that are follically-challenged, who
certainly wish they could grow them), and as such, we understand the importance
of being able to rep a strong beard on your character.
We are pleased to announce, that we are very close to having them available in
the game! Alongside the addition of beards to Bassmaster Fishing 2022, we are
also implementing additional tools to enable you to change your hair and beard
colours giving you greater control over how your player looks.
Here are a few sneaky previews of some of the mighty fine beards you’ll be able
to rep soon.
On January 19th, we rolled out our first update of 2022 - which included various
improvements and fixes including:
* Menu – We have implemented a change that we are hopeful has resolved an
issues causing crashes when selecting “Manage” from the main menu.
* Venues – Catch rates have been balanced and we will continue to monitor catch
rates across all our venues
* Multiplayer – When a player leaves an online public server, they will be
presented with a catch summary
* Angler Hub – Improvements and fixes made to the Progression screen within
* Gameplay – Improvements made to catch shots
This update was primarily focused on improving the overall stability of the game
and that, alongside bug fixes and enhancing the overall experience will be an
ongoing effort throughout the year. To read the full list of changes in the last
update click HERE
We are already well on our way towards the next update, and we want to take the
opportunity to reiterate that we are listening to you, the players and we are
working on resolving issues you have been making us aware of. Speaking of which
here are a few of the key issues we are currently working on that are most
discussed and bought to our attention by the community.
* Career Mode - Players experiencing crashes during multi-day events
* Multiplayer - When a player tries to join a multiplayer game the player is
kicked back to the main menu
* Mastery - Mastery challenges failing to complete
If you are experiencing an issue with the game feel free to report it directly
to us using this link HERE
[http://dovetailgames.freshdesk.com/support/tickets/new]. The more information
you can provide the more details we can pass on to the team that will be
investigating the issue.
We are also working on several of the improvements you have been suggesting. We
would add that the timeframes on a project like for example, animating lures are
currently unknown. It is a highly technical physics-based system that needs to
be designed, tested, tweaked, and tested again.
There are several plans for improvements to the core game that right now we
can’t go into the details of (or provide timeframes on), but rest assured
throughout 2022, Bassmaster Fishing 2022 will see a host of new, (and,
importantly) free updates like beards and seasonal events plus additional
content such as equipment packs and venues.
When we have more information about any of these improvements, we’ll let you
This brings us neatly onto the future and what is in store for Bassmaster
Now, naturally, we don’t want to ruin any surprises, but what we can say about
one of the exciting things coming up is that the real-world Bassmaster Classic
is coming up fast. It takes place over the weekend of 4th-6th of March – and, as
a little hint, we’d recommend keeping your diaries clear - cancel your “washing
your hair” plans, take the phone off the hook, and get prepared - because the
competition is about to get real!
Did you know?
To close out this month's Bass Bulletin we are introducing a new monthly segment
called “Did you know?” where we will share advice and tips to help players learn
new mechanics and possibly even catch some giant bass!
This month's tip comes courtesy of the legend, BigTimerJ, that has helped him
reel in some monsters, and even a few Legendaries! Start with the B.A.S.S.,
Casting Rod, B.A.S.S. casting reel, and 50lb Braid Black line. Now for the
business end! Drop Shot Rig 1/2oz (14g) with the soft plastic, Tremor Shad – 7
Inch – and hello, Basszilla!
If you are umming and ahhing as to whether this loadout is worth giving a shot,
we think these catches speak for themselves!
This was a big one so if you made it this far, hi, and well done. We want to
reiterate our appreciation for you, our brilliant community.
We are listening and are committed to continuing to improve Bassmaster Fishing
2022 for everyone, and we’ll have more news on those as we get into future Bass
Bulletins in 2022.
Finally, (finally!), we have some great places for you to talk, learn, and ask
questions, so if you haven’t already, why not join our official Discord
[http://discord.com/invite/MVSuXxhU45] or Forum
[http://forums.dovetailgames.com/forums/fishing/] - there are loads of friendly
fellow anglers out there for you to share tips with, get help from, or just sit
down with a drink and chat with. See you there!
* Follow us on our social channels [http://www.facebook.com/DovetailFishing]
* Sign up to our Bassmaster® Fishing 2022 Newsletter
* Join our community Discord [http://discord.gg/z9zHX47vBv]