No tour-level angler wants to be at the Classic as a non-competitor. It's just not in our DNA. Unfortunately, that was my role at this year's event.
Whether you're fishing from a johnboat, kayak or canoe, these types of watercraft will go where a big fancy bass boat can't.
It all started because John Oliverio needed a better way to sneak up on a fish.
They say there's no substitute for time on the water, but there are shortcuts.
Looking back, it's not only the many foreign fishing destinations that drew me in; it was the people, too. Though there was a language barrier at times, it was clear we all had something in common.
Until that time, the largest fish I had seen in the wild was maybe 13 or 14 pounds. The Ikehara fish was clearly almost twice that size!
In 1987, the year I decided to go pro, B.A.S.S. held a team tournament on the St. Lawrence River out of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.
Kinney Birds are prime examples of true American folk-art as it relates to fishing.
More than 75 percent of the Elite pros feature some type of vehicle wrap. They know the additional signage can greatly increase the number of impressions they'll make for the companies they represent.
Over the course of three days I rediscovered the many advantages smaller boats have over big ones.