Rookies have been a part of the Bassmaster Classic since the very beginning -- 1971, when all the anglers were rookies. In 2011, there will be 15 Classic rookies competing. It seems like a big number, but it's actually quite average.
This album contains images of the 2011 Bassmaster rookies.
2011 Bassmaster Classic qualifier Ryan McMurtury got off to a bad start this season, but his correction was swift and sure. A week later, the South Carolina angler won a tournament on Lake Murray in his home state of South Carolina.
Fifteen anglers will go into the Feb. 18-20 Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Delta as first-time Classic rookies, they're called. Some of those anglers, however, have a lot more rookie in them than others with the same label.
Ryan McMurtury, a "made from scratch" fisherman.
Deb Johnson blogs about Ryan McMurtury, 2011 Classic qualifier Brandon Paulaniuk, Mississippi youth, and The Hall of Fame.
This gallery features images from the 2010 Bassmaster Weekend Series Nation Championship on day four.
Ralph Steve DeBord maintained his spot atop the leaderboard after Day Three of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series National Championship, but things are a whole lot tighter with one day left to fish.