A huge shout out to the B.A.S.S. backstage employees and the volunteers…this is what it looked like in the service yard this morning at 5:24am…lots of things going on but these two B.A.S.S. staff workers are bringing a bagged lunch to each and every competitor. When the anglers started the first day of practice this morning for the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship they found those lunches sitting on the front deck of each and every boat.
Rob Messenger shows us the lined up boats of the first day of practice at the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.
B.A.S.S. Social Media Editor Tyler Wade teaches 2013 Bassmaster Classic competitor Albert Collins how to send images from his phone to the B.A.S.S. Nation blog in preparation for all the fish he'll catch this week! And, what's the perfect image to use a learning tool: a selfie. See Collins' first selfie above!
Ron Welch, the California B.A.S.S. Nation representative, had a bit of boat trouble when prefishing on the Ouachita River. "I hit a stump on the river and completely broke my motor mount on my big motor and bent the shaft on my front motor," Welch said. "This morning I took my boat to the Mercury service crew here onsite, and they fixed it right up for me!" Welch said the fix came just in time because he to take full advantage of the first official practice day Tuesday.
Australian B.A.S.S. Nation angler Troy Danes celebrated his 37th birthday in the United States. "If he flew home today, he'd miss his birthday completely," said B.A.S.S. Nation director Jon Stewart. "We're glad he's here to celebrate with us!" Danes also visited Bass Pro Shops for the first time Sunday.
Anglers from across the United States and 10 other countries arrive in Monroe, La., for the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.
When New Jersey B.A.S.S. Nation representative Mike Sentore was preparing to fish the Ouachita River in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, he booted up his electronics only to learn he didn't have any data for the river. "I let a representative from Navionics know that I couldn't get information on the Ouachita River," said Sentore. "Once they knew we were fishing a major national tournament here, they immediately aggreed to send 60 updated chips for all of the B.A.S.S. Nation competitors."
Ian MacDonald from Illinois sends in this update over the weekend: Almost out of the prairie state and ready to leave the frost behind. Very tempted to make a pit stop at Newton Lake but can't stop now... Only 8 more hours! Is it Tuesday yet?
It seems like an international rush this year, but the championship has hosted teams from across the world for many years.
Leaving Ontario and Mother Nature has the last laugh after we made a joke about Ontario snow! -Laurie Charlebois