2009 Bassmaster Classic Red River - Shreveport, LA, Feb 20 - 22, 2009

2009 bassmaster Classic: Timmy Horton Leaves Classic With Illness

Well I did it... .I walked across the stage and weighed in at the Bassmaster Classic. That's it right there — a life's dream fulfilled!c

Kim Baine-Moore fishing at the classic.

SHREVEPORT, La. — Timmy Horton of Muscle Shoals, Ala., has withdrawn from the Bassmaster Classic after spending most of Saturday in a Shreveport hospital with digestive problems.

 Apparently Horton began feeling ill about 2 a.m., with symptoms that continued to worsen. Horton did not make it to the 7:15 a.m. launch Saturday morning on the Red River. A BASS official confirmed he is not competing today due to illness.

 Horton won the 2000 Angler of the Year title as a rookie, the only angler ever to do that, and has competed in 10 straight Classics. That active streak is second only behind two-time Classic champion Kevin VanDam.