Throughout the years many anglers have earned the respected title 'Angler of the Year,' but only a select few have held it more than once.
The race is on, but the end is in sight. There's just one more Elite event left in 2012, and it looks like we'll be crowning a brand new champion. Here are the past winners and a look at the anglers who still have a chance to win this year.
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.
As the son of a former Bassmaster Classic competitor, Steve Kennedy got more home schooling than most anglers, yet he welcomes competing against more knowledgeable anglers.
The bass of the James aren’t tall and they don’t need a lot of headroom either, so super-shallow water is key.
Rookies have been a part of the Bassmaster Classic since the very beginning -- 1971, when all the anglers were rookies. In 2011, there will be 15 Classic rookies competing. It seems like a big number, but it's actually quite average.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Lew's proudly announces that Bassmaster Elite Series angler and former Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Tim Horton has picked Lew's for his choice of reels, starting immediately. The popular Muscle Shoals, Ala., angler's decision to join Lew's places him among other high profile anglers who have recently signed with the brand that is turning heads in the fishing industry.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. While many fishing tackle companies have been trimming their pro staffs, the Lew's team continues to get stronger. Lew's, a great tradition in American bass fishing equipment, has been busily assembling a group of high-profile anglers to help launch their new lineup of baitcast and spinning reels and rods for 2011.
Keith Combs won the points title in the Bassmaster Central Opens, qualifying for his first Bassmaster Classic in the process. He'll be a rookie on the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2011, and likely a force to be reckoned with for many years down the road. Here's how he fared against our 20 questions.