Call Brent Chapman the veteran. His opponent today, Josh Bertrand, is the rookie.
Bertrand, of Mesa, Ariz., is fishing his fourth Bassmaster event. Besides totaling 43 pounds, 13 ounces before this event, his B.A.S.S. profile is completed with zeroes, from times in the money to top 50 finishes.
Chapman, 39, of Lake Quivira, Kan., has 189 tournaments B.A.S.S. under his belt, including two victories and more than $1.1 million in winnings. He's fished in the Classic 10 times.
Yet none of that matters today as they fish five hours for the Bass Pro Shops Central Open title on Lewisville Lake.
Tying at 20 pounds, 9 ounces after three days in frigid conditions, the two face off from 7 a.m. to noon for the Open title and provisional berth into the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma's Grand Lake.
Stay tuned this morning as James Overstreet and Rob Russow will serve as the competitors' Marshals, all the while providing on-the-water updates. Expect blog posts, BASSCam videos and photo galleries covering every aspect of the fish-off.