The Bassmaster Classic is a tournament where heroes are made and winners become household names. But what about the other guys?
For every Rayo Breckenridge, Jack Hains or Jack Chancellor (who all won a Classic yet are mostly unknown to young fans), there's a Roland Martin, Bill Dance or Jimmy Houston who have earned almost all the accolades but never picked up the big hardware.
You don't have to qualify for more than one Bassmaster Classic to leave your mark on the sport's greatest championship. These anglers did it even though they were one and done.
The "Mystery Lake" concept is an important part of B.A.S.S.' rich history. The first six Bassmaster Classics were held at mystery locations; Classic qualifiers had boarded a plane en route to the secret fishery before they ever found out where they'd be fishing.
The numbers may not hold much drama, but they can definitely help to put any tournament into perspective. Here are some of the key numbers of the 2012 Classic.
After a successful debut in 2011, Toyota Trucks All-Star Week is back in 2012, this time in Decatur, Ill., Sept. 20-23.
Once a Bassmaster Classic champion, always a Classic champion. It's one of those things that truly can't be taken away from you. These anglers know what it means to hoist this trophy and be introduced as a world champion.
So this is my final blog talking about my top 10 most favorite fishing buddies. Anglers that I have spent lots of time with in a boat.
BOOYAH Bait Company is a new Official Supporting Sponsor of the Bassmaster Elite Series, the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens.
The eight anglers competing in the Bassmaster Legends Tournament last Sunday during Toyota Trucks All-Star week averaged 68 years of age.