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2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl

Apr 23, 2009

Despite his prior success here, Casey Ashley didn't have any spectator boats following him. No one had their eyes on him, and if he had his way he wouldn't have had to depend on his eyes, either.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Jordon

Apr 23, 2009

Kelly Jordon stuck to what he knows best and sight-fished his way to the Day One lead at the Blue Ridge Brawl on picturesque Smith Mountain Lake.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Wolak

Apr 23, 2009

Wolak drew the coveted No. 1 boat position and had his choice of bedding bass to start on. Yet he couldn't take advantage of the early start because of one particular fish's stubborness.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl: Day One, Launch

Apr 23, 2009

In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they prepare to launch on Day One of the 2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl on Smith Mountain Lake, near Moneta, Virginia.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl: Day One, Behind the Scenes

Apr 23, 2009

In this photo gallery, you'll find behind-the-scenes images from Day One of the 2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl on Smith Mountain Lake, near Moneta, Virginia.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl: Day One, Weigh-In

Apr 23, 2009

In this photo gallery, you'll find weigh-in images from Day One of the 2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl on Smith Mountain Lake, near Moneta, Virginia.

2009 Bassmaster Northern Open #1, Mansue

Apr 23, 2009

"This is incredible," Mansue said. "I've been fishing competitively for 10 years and it feels great to be able to say I'm a champion now."

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Broderick

Apr 23, 2009

With three events in the books, he's not quite at the bottom of the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, but he's far too close to triple digits for comfort.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Sight fishing

Apr 23, 2009

While rainsuits and facemasks may have been the key pieces of equipment in this season's first three tournaments, it seems that Power Poles and polarized sunglasses will finally be the anglers' most treasured possessions.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Picks

Apr 23, 2009

On the eve of Day One of the Blue Ridge Brawl, we asked the Elite Series anglers to pick three anglers they think should excel on Smith Mountain Lake.

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