On the first day of the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Florida's Harris Chain of Lakes, Grant Goldbeck weighed in one small bass for 1 pound, 1 ounce. If one is the loneliest number — as Three Dog Night once claimed — Goldbeck was in a lonely place, indeed, ranking a dismal 97th out of 99 anglers.
LEWISVILLE, Texas -- Mark Tucker knew it. He just didn't have it. But he did avoid mayhem.
Dave Mercer would rather emcee the 2011 Bassmaster Classic than compete in it.
There's an old saying about the Bassmaster Classic that you can't win it in one day, but you can surely lose it. Just ask Basil Bacon, who blanked on the first day of the 1979 Classic then came roaring back to finish second, just three pounds - one good fish - behind Hank Parker.
NEW ORLEANS -- For professional fishermen, the Bassmaster Classic is widely regarded as the be-all end-all in competitive fishing. Why? For starters it's got a $500,000 purse, winning it will give your career a degree of longevity and qualifying for it is one of the most daunting tasks in bass fishing. The only thing more difficult than qualifying for the Classic is winning it. Win or lose, first time or 29th, the Classic makes an impression on all who compete.
The Bassmaster Classic is a tournament full of tradition and lore. With the 41st Classic this weekend, it's a good time to explore some of the old bromides about fishing's greatest championship.
Randall Tharp has only been fishing competitively for five years, but he was ready for our 20 Questions.
Clark Reehm has been fishing B.A.S.S. events on the pro side since 2002, and is one of the youngest on the Elite circuit at age 30. He's begun to make a name for himself with his second Bassmaster Classic berth, and is looking to be around for a while. Here's how he answered our 20 Questions:
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