By winning this final divisional of the year and leading his team, Desimone and seven other anglers who finished atop their state or provincial teams advance to the BASS Federation Nation Championship, the world championship for amateur bass fishing.
BASS Federation: 2008 Eastern Divisional - Day 1
BASS Federation: 2008 Eastern Divisional - Day 2
Brotherly love has crossed the boundaries of two Western states via the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation.
Barely missing a trip to the Classic in 1980 convinced Cook to pursue going pro
Louisiana angler Jamie Laiche won his second straight BASS Federation Nation Central Divisional title at Lewis & Clark Reservoir and now he has his sights set on consecutive trips to the Bassmaster Classic.
"What we wanted to do was have a tournament in which kids on prospective state teams would be invited to come and fish."
While returning home from long stints on the Bassmaster Elite Series trail, Preston Clark still stops and chats with Federation Nation buddies whenever he sees them on the road.
The Louisiana angler had to make some adjustments, especially after today's takeoff was delayed for two hours as a severe thunderstorm passed over the lake.
On his run up the river in the morning he noticed a boat stuck in the shallows, so he pulled over to help. "It delayed 30 minutes off our time but it was my nephew (Tim Carmouche) so I had to stop and push him off," said Bourque.