No tour-level angler wants to be at the Classic as a non-competitor. It's just not in our DNA. Unfortunately, that was my role at this year's event.
Catch up with the pros in the Expo -- meeting fans and signing autographs!
Whether you're fishing from a johnboat, kayak or canoe, these types of watercraft will go where a big fancy bass boat can't.
It all started because John Oliverio needed a better way to sneak up on a fish.
Only the very best pro bass anglers in the world get a shot at competing in the Bassmaster Elite Series. Meet the field of 107 anglers, including 12 rookies, who are set to take on the challenge in 2014.
They say there's no substitute for time on the water, but there are shortcuts.
Looking back, it's not only the many foreign fishing destinations that drew me in; it was the people, too. Though there was a language barrier at times, it was clear we all had something in common.
Until that time, the largest fish I had seen in the wild was maybe 13 or 14 pounds. The Ikehara fish was clearly almost twice that size!
In 1987, the year I decided to go pro, B.A.S.S. held a team tournament on the St. Lawrence River out of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.
See how the anglers fared on the first day of the the Bassmaster Classic Wild Card on Lake Okeechobee.