2014 Bassmaster Elite at Delaware River Delaware River - Philadelphia, PA, Aug 7 - 10, 2014

2014 Elite Series: Delaware River Live Blog

Nice jersey!

3:45 pm EDT, Aug 11, 2014

Steve Bowman, who leads the tournament coverage for Bassmaster.com, enjoyed Philadelphia so much he and wife Barb stayed an extra day to take in a Phillies game. Check out the souvenir he picked up! 

Parting shot

6:09 pm EDT, Aug 10, 2014

The tanks are all empty. Time for the BASS tournament staff to start taking down the weigh-in and packing up for the next Elite. See you in NY at Cayuga!

(Gene Gilliland)

All eyes on Ike

6:08 pm EDT, Aug 10, 2014

Elite Series pro Michael Iaconelli's audience included a flotilla of pleasure craft.  

(Photo by Gene Gilliland)

Ike hangs with fans

6:00 pm EDT, Aug 10, 2014

Ike is always great with fans, especially kids. 

(Photo by Gene Gilliland)

Team Iaconelli

5:21 pm EDT, Aug 10, 2014

The Champ and his fans

5:15 pm EDT, Aug 10, 2014

Iaconelli jumps into crowd with trophy

4:22 pm EDT, Aug 10, 2014

Huge crowd

4:01 pm EDT, Aug 10, 2014

Craziest crowd I've ever seen

3:35 pm EDT, Aug 10, 2014

A belated thanks to Thad!

3:15 pm EDT, Aug 10, 2014
| By Ken Duke

Black bass have not always lived in the Delaware River. You might think they're a native species, but they're not. They were introduced to the river by Thaddeus Norris, an 18th-century angler and fly-rod maker, and a group of anglers from Easton and Philadelphia.


Norris (1811-1877) wrote The American Angler's Book (1865) and was a successful Philadelphia merchant. Though his book didn't cover black bass fishing, it was probably the most important fishing title published in the United States to that time.