VENICE, La. For many fans, the Classic starts February 18, when they will pack the arena to see the Day One weigh-in, but for the 50 qualifiers, the Classic begins tomorrow. Friday is the first of three grueling days of practice, a time when the Classic will likely be won or lost.
Rookies have been a part of the Bassmaster Classic since the very beginning -- 1971, when all the anglers were rookies. In 2011, there will be 15 Classic rookies competing. It seems like a big number, but it's actually quite average.
Photos of anglers prep for their first day of practice before the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
This album contains images of the 2011 Bassmaster rookies.
Travel time to New Orleans varies from big to easy for the many anglers
Here's the deal ... Denny's Grand Slam in the morning ... four cups coffee ... black. A meal that would pretty much last all day, if lunch was needed, two Butterfingers drowned by Vernor's.
'Fishing Partners' is a comedic promo for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
'Office Copier' is a comedic promo for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
'KVD Bake Sale' is a comedic promo for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
CELEBRATION, Fla. Mercury/Nashville recording artist Randy Montana and Casey Ashley have signed on to perform live, free concerts from the Costa stage for thousands of fishing fans filling the New Orleans Arena during the 2011 Bassmaster Classic. The Bassmaster Classic is set for Feb. 18-20 on the Louisiana Delta out of New Orleans, La.