Shaw Grigsby is often the first to launch and today he dumped in his Triton at 5:35. He might've been surprised to find Greg Hackney and Kelly Pratt already in the water. This is the Bassmaster Classic -- every aspect of the game gets stepped up a notch.
These are the highlights, lowlights and spotlights of the year coming to a close. Before you fire up Auld Lang Syne, take a look at the biggest stories of 2011.
The two newest Bassmaster Classic rookies could hardly be more different from each other.
The pros weigh in on the final day of the Northern Open on the James River.
Kelly Pratt was at a loss for words after winning the first Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open on the James River.
Go behind the scenes at the 2011 Bass Pro Shops Northern Open 1.
Earlier this week Elite Series pro John Murray described himself as a truck driver who occasionally gets to fish. In order to claim the crown at the Northern Open, local pro Kelly Pratt had to beat a whole bunch of long-distance haulers.
Check out the Day Three launch photos from the 2011 Bass Pro Shops Northern Open on the James River.
Clark Wendlandt was the first angler to launch his boat this morning for the final day of the Northern Open on the James River.
Check out the lunkers from day two of the 2011 Northern Open 1.