My one that got away happened during a 2007 Bassmaster Major at Oneida and Onondaga Lakes. It was the first round of the finals, so there were only 12 of us fishing the whole course. I had qualified fifth by throwing a 1/2-ounce football jig on Oneida Lake. After Oneida, we moved the whole tournament over to Onondaga Lake, which none of us had ever been to before.
Football jigs grabbed national headlines when Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mike McClelland used a Jewel Heavy Cover football jig and Zoom Baby Brush Hog to lap the field at the 2006 installment of the Sooner Run.
As far as I'm concerned, this is your best chance to catch the biggest smallmouth of your life. But before we talk about that, I want to say something about safety.
One of the mantras that I live by is that preparation is more important than game day. Usually that means putting in your time on the water scouting before cutoffs and then buckling down during the actual practice days.
Megabass USA, the North American arm of Japan's foremost innovator of specialized fishing tackle, announced the composition of Megabass' 2011 pro staff. The highly accomplished team includes Aaron Martens, who will fish the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series, the PAA Series and the FLW Opens; Luke Clausen, who will compete on the FLW Tour as well as in the FLW Opens and the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens; and Randy Blaukat and Shinichi Fukae, who will fish the FLW Tour, the FLW Opens, and the PAA Series. The four tour-level pros will be actively involved in product development, working closely with Megabass engineers to develop products tailored to the needs of anglers in the United States.
Official Sponsors of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. AnglerSurvey.com announced the brands and products anglers purchased most frequently in 2010. This list has been compiled from the 31,082 Internet-based surveys completed by anglers who volunteered to participate last year in AnglerSurvey.com polls.
GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Their eyes met, and smiles spread wide across both men's faces.
It's been about a week now since the Classic has been over. I have a few more thoughts about it that I'd like to share.
Sneak a peek behind the scenes on day three, at the 2011 Central Open #1, in Gapevine, Texas.