The rich outdoor heritage of Louisiana blends perfectly with the 2011 Bassmaster Classic, which is just as much a celebration of the outdoors as it is a world-class competition.
Angler wait for warmer weather to practice for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans.
Photo gallery of Ryan Said's journey to the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
Now I've told this story on several occasions before, and I'm going to try and tell it again, from a different angle. The story is about how a little pound and a half bass, which doesn't have a clue as to what's going on above the water, can be so important to so many fans.
NEW ORLEANS, La. ;All weekend long, anglers have talked about the cold weather being a major factor effecting the fishing. Almost equally important has been the low water, making navigating and fishing more difficult.
Photos of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic pros practicing on the Louisiana Delta, Louisiana.
NEW ORLEANS, La; In the words of Matt Herren, the last three days have been nothing but a "wasted practice."
Photos from practice day three for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
NEW ORLEANS, La; On the opposite end of the Delta from Venice, over at Bayou Segnette State Park, anglers were finding more of the same: the water is still cold, the fish are still cold and bites are still hard to come by.
This photo gallery features photo from the second day of practice leading up to the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.