For the last several months, anglers have been working through their respective ranks to qualify for the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, which is coming up Nov. 6-8 on Louisiana's Ouachita River.
Nation anglers take to Lake Eufaula on Day 2 of competition at the B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional.
From bankers to mechanics to criminal defense attorneys, the competitors in the 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship are as varied as they come.
The frog bite was on at Sam Rayburn Lake, but Texan Albert Collins avoided that temptation and won the B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional.
For Jonathan Carter and Mark Dove, the cold weather was not a challenge.
Ask any Bassmaster Classic qualifier to describe why being in this particular tournament is cool. Most will come up something like this: “Well, it’s the Classic, isn’t it?”
In February, these 53 anglers will take to Oklahoma's Grand Lake O' the Cherokees for the biggest bass fishing event of the year.
The anglers competing for the world championship in 2013 are an interesting mix of rookies and veterans, favorites and long shots, usual suspects and virtual unknowns.