Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 08/01/2012

Story by Matt Pangrac - Photo courtesy of Kurt Dove

Del Rio, TX – After a three year run on the Elite Series from 2006 through 2008, Kurt Dove stepped away to begin a full-time guide service on Lake Amistad.  Dove has remained active in tournament competition, fishing various Bassmaster Opens in 2009, 2011, and 2012. 

After finishes of 46th place on the James River and 14th place on the Detroit River in the first two Bassmaster Northern Opens this season, Dove sits in 12th place in the Northern Open Angler Of the Year point standings.  With a solid finish in the final Northern Open of the year which kicks off on August 16th at New York’s Cayuga Lake, Dove will have a shot at earning an invitation to return to the Elite Series for the 2013 season. 

Kurt DoveIt’s a possibility that he’s seriously entertaining should the opportunity arise.  “After taking off the 2010 season to focus on my guide business, I started fishing the Opens again in 2011, and I had some decent finishes,” explained Dove.  “It got me thinking about whether or not I would go back and try to recapture that part of my career again if I requalified for the Elite Series.”

Dove said that over the past year, he has continued to build his guide business ( and has also had the opportunity to work with several different companies.  “I never left the industry as a career, and it’s still what I do full time,” he explained.   

“If I could go to Cayuga Lake and get lucky enough to have a quality finish and end up getting an Elite Series invite, I definitely will do everything that I can to make it happen again and fish.  You can never say that you’re 100% in, because it’s a huge commitment.  Hopefully I can qualify and make some things happen,” concluded Dove.