Day One of the 2008 Weekend Series Championship
They know what a new bait will, and will not, do for them. And most importantly, they develop confidence that it will work.
North Carolina native Jeff Coble has amassed around $1.2 million in tournament prizes since 1996 with the help of his buddy David Wright.
Thousands of Bassmasters nationwide fish small bodies of water: reclaimed mining pits, county and state park lakes, stock ponds, pothole lakes, pay lakes, even golf course water hazards.
As head of the state of Washington's aquatic invasive species task force, Eric Anderson is responsible for training commercial inspectors, field officers and the general public on how to detect and control the spread of invasive species, particularly quagga and zebra mussels.
$26 million project to restore marshes at the mouth of the Mississippi River, where Michael Iaconelli won the 2003 Bassmaster Classic, moved one step closer to implementation in April after being deemed one of the year's Top 10 coastal restoration projects.
Erosion and saltwater intrusion have crippled the bass population in some areas at the mouth of the Mississippi River, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildfire and Fisheries.
"High Quality Warmwater Fishery" known for its tackle-busting smallmouth bass so it can mine the area with fewer constraints.
Already under fire over concerns about their impact on fish and mussel habitat, western Pennsylvania dredgers are now battling unprecedented noise restrictions on parts of the Allegheny River.