Bassmaster Emcee Dave Mercer welcomes the B.A.S.S. Nation competitors, presidents, youth and conservation directors to Monroe, La., at the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Sponsor Night.
After collecting all their sponsor swag, the competitors get ready for dinner.
Rob Digh with a good fish from the Ouachita River.
Among the many flags at the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship this week, Don Barone meets some South Africans who found new friends and a new place to love.
Richard is hoping his luck improves later today. He likes the scenery though.
There's only one night leading up to the annual B.A.S.S. Nation Championship where the staff gets to relax together -- and that's the Yardbird Party.
Bret Reid is out on practice day 2 with Rich Lindegard. As you can see, the rain has found them. They also met a Louisiana angler.
Mark Wiese, Jr. of Missouri says this is the first decent bass he's found during practice. Looks pretty good, Mark.
Bret Reid captures the sights and sounds of the first day of practice at the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. Look for last year's Classic contender Paul Mueller as well as Danny Ryan taking out of the Ouachita.
In 1980, a young Massachusetts angler packed his bags for the B.A.S.S. Chapter Championship. Thirty-four years later he has returned to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on the Ouachita River for another shot at championship glory.