Paul Mueller - 145:1
Here's another Nation guy bucking long odds to win it all. I've watched some of his YouTube videos (nice productions, Paul, but some of the intros are too long), so I know he can walk the walk, and he won the co-angler side of the FLW Cup a few years ago, but the Classic is a giant leap up. Mueller was tops in his division at the Nation Championship, but only 8th overall, and Guntersville is a long way from his Connecticut home. On the other hand, the only Nation angler ever to win a Classic (Bryan Kerchal in 1994) was from Connecticut. Can Constitution State lightning strike twice? Yeah, but it's not a good bet. A Classic berth is the giant carrot at the end of a long road for Nation anglers, and six make it each year. They're all winners in my book. If someone from your club (You are in a B.A.S.S. Nation-affiliated club, right?) has been to the Bassmaster Classic Promised Land, they have the right to tell war stories until the cows come home. A trip to the Super Bowl of bass fishing is the opportunity of a lifetime, and every Nation angler has a chance to make it a reality ... like Bryan Kerchal in 1994 and the six Nation representatives this year.
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