At least in the world of tournament bass fishing, the lead is — almost always — everything.
Forget the seeds. They're meaningless except for establishing the pairings for the seven mini-tournaments to come — each one eliminating an angler and ultimately deciding our champion.
The final installment of our world record wannabes is right here. Enjoy!
In the 79 years since George Perry caught his 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth, there have been several claims to usurp the top spot. It wasn't until July 2, 2009 — with Manabu Kurita's 22-5 — that anyone could fairly claim a better fish. Here are a few of the most memorable claims that fell very, very short.
Bassmaster Rookies of the Year know about the "sophomore slump," that downward slide that the fishing gods seem to demand.
G-Man did it this year, so did David Walker, so now who's the best Elite never to win a B.A.S.S. event?
With another season in the books, it's a good time to take a look at the numbers behind the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series season.
It's obvious Denny Brauer is still a force to be reckoned with on the Elite trail.
Going into competition at the Arkansas River, nine anglers had a chance to limit every day they competed in 2011. Now each of those streaks is over — the victim of high, muddy water, scorching temperatures and a 15-inch size limit.
These odds are for entertainment purposes only. Remember, please no wagering ... unless you want to.