Rob Messenger shows us the lined up boats of the first day of practice at the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.
B.A.S.S. Social Media Editor Tyler Wade teaches 2013 Bassmaster Classic competitor Albert Collins how to send images from his phone to the B.A.S.S. Nation blog in preparation for all the fish he'll catch this week!
And, what's the perfect image to use a learning tool: a selfie.
See Collins' first selfie above!
Ron Welch, the California B.A.S.S. Nation representative, had a bit of boat trouble when prefishing on the Ouachita River.
"I hit a stump on the river and completely broke my motor mount on my big motor and bent the shaft on my front motor," Welch said. "This morning I took my boat to the Mercury service crew here onsite, and they fixed it right up for me!"
Welch said the fix came just in time because he to take full advantage of the first official practice day Tuesday.
"I owe him," Welch said. "He even got my spare motor ready to go!"
Australian B.A.S.S. Nation angler Troy Danes celebrated his 37th birthday in the United States.
"If he flew home today, he'd miss his birthday completely," said B.A.S.S. Nation director Jon Stewart. "We're glad he's here to celebrate with us!"
Danes also visited Bass Pro Shops for the first time Sunday.
"I thought I would spend $50," Danes said. "But, I ended up spending $450 because there was so much great stuff!"
When New Jersey B.A.S.S. Nation representative Mike Sentore was preparing to fish the Ouachita River in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, he booted up his electronics only to learn he didn't have any data for the river.
"I let a representative from Navionics know that I couldn't get information on the Ouachita River," said Sentore. "Once they knew we were fishing a major national tournament here, they immediately aggreed to send 60 updated chips for all of the B.A.S.S. Nation competitors."
"They told me they'll be here tomorrow, and that's awesome" Sentore said.
Ian MacDonald from Illinois sends in this update over the weekend:
Almost out of the prairie state and ready to leave the frost behind. Very tempted to make a pit stop at Newton Lake but can't stop now... Only 8 more hours! Is it Tuesday yet?
Leaving Ontario and Mother Nature has the last laugh after we made a joke about Ontario snow!
Gianni Rizzo came over from Italy to represent his country in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.
But before he settled in at the tournament site in Monroe, he visited Falcon Lake in Texas and caught these beasts! They don't grow 'em like that in Italy. Welcome to America, Gianni!
Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation Contender Doug Brownridge has the boat loaded and is looking for warmer weather!
Edit: This isn't actually Doug's boat, just a joke. He does expect some snow before they leave on Saturday, though.
Bass Angling in Namibia is very excited and honored to be part of the B.A.S.S. Nation.
Traveling half way across the globe to get from Windhoek Namibia, to Monroe LA., is a true challenge. I had to leave from Windhoek (Namibia), to Johannesburg (South Africa - where i still am at the moment).
From here I will fly to Dubai (UAE) and then on to Dallas TX.
From there we are taking a "road trip" from Dallas TX to Monroe TX.
I am traveling with Mr. Neil Engelbrecht (and his wife). Neil is the President of the B.A.S.S. Nation Namibia, and will represent Namibia at the B.A.S.S. Nation meetings.