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.
This album contains images of the 2011 Bassmaster rookies.
Fifteen anglers will go into the Feb. 18-20 Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Delta as first-time Classic rookies, they're called. Some of those anglers, however, have a lot more rookie in them than others with the same label.
Now that the field is set, let's look at the 2011 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers as a group. Words tell great stories, but numbers can reveal truths that words only hint at.
Notebook news gives some Bassmaster fishing highlights. Retired, Vermont's first, the youngest Classic qualifier, no. 50, coming up, and the ouch of the ounce, each take a place on its pages.
B.A.S.S. pro, Brandon Palaniuk, wins the 2010 Federation Nation Championship. It was this win that earned Palaniuk an invitation to compete in the Elite Series.
This album features photos from the third day of competition at the 2010 B.A.S.S. Federation Championship.
This album features images from day two of weigh-ins at the 2010 Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship.
2010 BASS Federation Nation Day 2: LaClair takes the lead
Go behind the scenes at 2010 Bassmaster Federation National Championship.