Watch as the B.A.S.S. pros talk about what winning the tile "Angler of the Year" means to them.
The top three in the final points standings earn berths in the Bassmaster Classic next February on the Red River in Shreveport, La. The top 10 will be invited to fish on the 11-event Bassmaster Elite Series that begins in March on Lake Amistad.
Many of the pros, sitting atop bags much bigger than anticipated, targeted the bass holed up the large grass mats.
About 200 Southern Open pros will compete Oct. 16-18 for the event's title and $45,000 first-place prize. An equal number of co-anglers will be out to win their division's first-place prize, a boat package valued at $32,000.
Several Elite pros will be anxiously watching the final Southern Open on Guntersville Lake this week, hoping for a miracle of sorts. They're the bubble guys.
While it's hard to keep a bass fisherman down, fuel costs are a definite pain in the pocketbook and, no doubt, they have put millions of budget-conscious anglers on a shorter leash.
The 2007 Elite Series Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year recap.
Elite Series tournament at Lake Toho on the Kissimme Chain of Lakes, Florida.
The 2007 Elite Series Sooner Run tournament was held at Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma.
The 2007 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl was held at Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, VA.