Hey guys, several of you have asked me why I spent two weeks on the Delta this winter. Here's the answer: Part of it is because I really want to win this year. Classic opportunities only come along so often. You have to take full advantage of them.
I noticed several B.A.S.S. pros were arriving to pre-fish for the Bassmaster Classic. My memory was a mixture of envy and "Whew! I'm glad it's not me."
Some fishermen describe split shotting as the "lost finesse technique" since it often gets overlooked in place of other light line presentations that have been developed to produce well in the same situations.
I'm still on the Delta getting ready for February. I wish I could report I'm catching a lot of big ones, but the truth is I'm spending about 80 percent of my time eliminating water. That's not all bad, though.
It occurred to me that during the four or five months that I have written this blog I have said very few things about the Elite Series anglers or the people around it.
I'm on the Louisiana Delta getting ready for the Classic. Is this place ever different! I feel like I've never been here before even though this is where I won the Classic back in 2003. The storms and the response to them have really changed things.
Now that the field is set, let's look at the 2011 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers as a group. Words tell great stories, but numbers can reveal truths that words only hint at.
Many of today's anglers think the shaky head is a new technique, but the technique has been around for half a century, if not longer. Only the name is new.
Becky here. It's Thursday and Mike's out on the water fishing, so I'm going to fill in for him. A fellow won a day on the water with him through the USO. They picked today (Thursday, Nov. 11). That's kind of neat isn't it? It's fitting that the USO winner is going out with Mike on Veterans Day. It couldn't be any better.
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.