I'm on the Delta practicing for the first 2010 Elite event. This place is something else. We haven't been here for a while. I'd forgotten what it was like.
I was at the Bass Pro Shops in Cincinnati and a couple of other tackle shops in the Midwest on behalf of Venom Lures. The crowds were extraordinary.
I need to apologize to my Ohio Federation Nation friends Jody Adkins, North Canton. They qualified for the Bassmaster Classic, and I forgot to put them on my fantasy team.
In this photo gallery, you'll find images of several Elite Series anglers who name their picks to perform well in the 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake near Birmingham, Alabama.
At the Classic qualifier level there isn't as much difference between these guys' fishing skills as you might think. Longtime competitors didn't get here by accident. You don't survive in this business if you can't fish.
Like most of you I've been thinking about the Classic. What I'd like to do over the next few weeks is talk about the venue, give you my thoughts about the anglers and then we'll see how I did.
I've noticed a lot of good stuff is being written by and about Gary Klein lately. It's well deserved, and I'm going to take this opportunity to contribute by two cents' worth.
Too often we (professionals) convey the idea that you have to have a lot of fancy — and expensive — tackle to catch bass.
Once again I proved that practice time doesn't correlate positively with tournament success. In fact, it might be just the opposite, at least in my case.
Abnormally cold weather is in store for the 2010 Bassmaster Southern Open.