Let me start by saying what an awesome year it's been. We have two great champions this year: Chris Lane and Brent Chapman. My family is close with both of their families, and we are very happy for them.
Open anglers look for big bass in stumps and other cover.
Anglers were fishing points and burning gas in search of the right bite on Day One of the Bass Pro Shops Central Open on Fort Gibson Lake, Okla.
With 2013 Bassmaster Classic berths on the line, several Bassmaster Elite Series pros are making their way to Oklahoma to compete in the final Bass Pro Shops Central Open of the season.
There are number of notables who will not be fishing the 2013 Bassmaster Classic without a bit of semi-divine intervention at Oneida or one of the remaining Opens.
Despite Oneida Lake's location above the Mason-Dixon Line, don't expect an all-Northerner Top 12 in the Ramada Championship.
New York's Oneida Lake is a great place to end the Elite Series regular season because the lake has a ton of fish that can be caught many different ways. That means every fisherman in the tournament has a shot at winning it.
There's a lot riding on the final Bassmaster Elite Series event of the year, including AOY, ROY and a few dozen berths in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.