By now, the reels are spooled, the hooks have been sharpened and plastics organized and reorganized in trays and storage bins. No doubt, readying the tools of the trade stands essential for Bassmaster Classic competitors, but so is the preparation of their most important piece of equipment -- their bodies.
Even the B.A.S.S. pros have to practice. This gallery features images from the second day of practice before the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
Photos of anglers prep for their first day of practice before the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
SALEM, Va: John Crews, a five-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, is proud to announce a new promotional partnership with NOCS, a new brand of sunglasses from the makers of Solar Bat.
Once Gerald Swindle figured out the bass wanted an achingly slow presentation with his lipless crankbait, it was a matter of staying focused and grinding out his first Bassmaster tournament win.
Michael Iaconelli's preparation for tournaments is pretty routine.
John Crews advises us on Trailer Hooks.
For the first time, the Elite Series Anglers have two years of schedules in front of them. With the recent announcement of the 2009 and 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series, and with a five-month break between the last 2008 event and the Bassmaster Classic, that gives them some time to consider how they'll approach the seasons to come.
Fifty of the world's top anglers will compete for the title of Bassmaster Classic champion on the Louisiana Delta, Feb. 18-20, 2011. Check out the official 2011 Classic field below, and learn more about the qualifying anglers by clicking on their name.
John Crews gives tips on Landing bass in heavy cover.