A look at Classic tournaments that's received plenty of attention.
There's an old saying about the Bassmaster Classic that you can't win it in one day, but you can surely lose it. Just ask Basil Bacon, who blanked on the first day of the 1979 Classic then came roaring back to finish second, just three pounds - one good fish - behind Hank Parker.
The Bassmaster Classic is a tournament full of tradition and lore. With the 41st Classic this weekend, it's a good time to explore some of the old bromides about fishing's greatest championship.
As a veteran of 16 previous Bassmaster Classics, Tommy Biffle knows all about fishing's biggest stage. As a two-time runner-up, Biffle also knows about being so close to your dream that you can almost taste it.
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.
The Bassmaster Classic is more than just the biggest and best bass tournament in the world. It's an event, a test of the very best and a stage where legends are made.
Have you ever seen a 22-pound, 4.97-ounce largemouth bass? Few have, but you can join their ranks by attending the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans, La., and stopping by the Yamaha booth at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick's Sporting Goods.
In the annals of Bassmaster Classic history, there are many records. You probably know most of them — Rick Clunn's four championships, Luke Clausen's 56-2 winning catch in 2006, Preston Clark's 11-10 lunker from the same year. These are our World Series and Super Bowl marks.
Jonathon VanDam to become the new Kalamazoo Kid. JVD will join the Elite Series for the 2011 season.