We were so excited just now to see that Brandon Palaniuk's photo from his boat was chosen as GoPro's Photo of the Day on Instagram. Why is that so awesome? I'll tell you why. Palaniuk, who was likely the first Bassmaster Elite Series pro on Instagram (you can find him at @brandonpalaniuk), had amassed more followers on the photo-sharing platform than any other pro. He had 5,300 followers at the beginning of this week.
Alabama's 53rd governor, Robert Bentley, joined Birmingham mayor Robert Bell, one of B.A.S.S.'s owners Don Logan and B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin to cut the ribbon that officially opened the Outdoor Expo. Gov. Bentley has been an active supporter of various outdoor activities in the state, especially bass fishing.
Although it’s not quite Duck Dynasty-length, Mike Iaconelli’s beard is as long as he’s ever sported it in Bassmaster competition. “I’m real proud of it,” Ike told me in a pre-Classic interview. His wife, Becky? Not so much. "She hates the thing!” Ike says. He’ll have to win the Classic to keep his hirsute look. “I actually have a side bet with my wife. If I win, I get to keep the beard the rest of the year. If I don’t, I’ve got to shave it. So I’ve got extra motivation to win this year!”
Classic anglers take off on Day One of the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.
Here are a few pictures of myself, Trait Crist and our team of volunteers from Auburn University setting up 55 GoPros on the anglers' boats as they launched. Photos by Ben Curry.
See the competitors as they launch on Day One of the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.
As you read this, I’m on Lake Guntersville trying to stuff my livewell with big bass with hopes of making a run at my fifth Bassmaster Classic title.
I qualified for my first GEICO Bassmaster Classic back in 1997, which coincidentally was held right here in Birmingham.
What lure type will win the 2014 GEICO Classic? It's anybody's guess, but here's what the competitor's think.