Watch as the B.A.S.S. pros talk about what winning the tile "Angler of the Year" means to them.
The B.A.S.S. pros talk about the effect their families had on them learning how to fish.
The top three in the final points standings earn berths in the Bassmaster Classic next February on the Red River in Shreveport, La. The top 10 will be invited to fish on the 11-event Bassmaster Elite Series that begins in March on Lake Amistad.
Many of the pros, sitting atop bags much bigger than anticipated, targeted the bass holed up the large grass mats.
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$ 1. Randall Tharp Gardendale, Ala. 5 29-06 Day 1: 5 29-06 2. Matt Herren Trussville, Ala. 5 26-09 Day 1: 5 26-09 3. Chris Ludwig Lawrenceburg, Ind. 5 25-14 Day 1: 5 25-14
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$ 1. Danny Clark Cleveland, Tenn. 5 22-13 Day 1: 5 22-13 2. Keith Sykes Clintwood, Va. 5 21-02 Day 1: 5 21-02 3. William Helton Calhoun, Tenn. 5 19-11 Day 1: 5 19-11
In this photo gallery you will see images of the 2008 southern open #3 on Lake Guntersville in Alabama. It is the first day launch.
About 200 Southern Open pros will compete Oct. 16-18 for the event's title and $45,000 first-place prize. An equal number of co-anglers will be out to win their division's first-place prize, a boat package valued at $32,000.
Known as one of the better bass fisheries in the South, this northeast Alabama reservoir is the beneficiary of stable water levels and lots and lots of grass.
Several Elite pros will be anxiously watching the final Southern Open on Guntersville Lake this week, hoping for a miracle of sorts. They're the bubble guys.