Gary Klein earned the status of legend, has long been a personal hero to me and now I'm proud to call him a friend.
Don Barone talks to 2013 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year Hank Cherry about the moments in life that REALLY count.
Narrated by Ken Duke, this slideshow takes a look at the history of the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year award.
He's been Rookie of the Year, nearly won AOY in 2012 and won the very first All-Star Week competition, but 20 Questions is where you'll get to know Tennessee's Ott DeFoe.
Has Cliff Pace collected his trophy yet? If not, it may be just a formality.
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.
I grew up in the era where men had specific roles in life.
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 Bassmaster Classic is the Super Bowl of bass fishing, and like the Super Bowl it's sometimes a nail biter and sometimes a blowout.
Baseball had the Curse of the Bambino and still has the Curse of the Billy Goat. In fishing, there's the Curse of the Bassmaster Classic Local Favorite.