Pat Golden's plan to defend his slim lead in the Sunshine Showdown, the season opener of the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series, is, if it worked once, repeat. He plans to return to the same area on Friday. "You got to go with what brought you here," he said.
As the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series kicks off, some of bass fishing's major players are battling ailments.
This gallery is a compilation of photos featuring all 50 of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic competitors.
The Opens have proven to be very popular with anglers looking for a highly competitive circuit with opportunities to advance to the most prestigious tournament levels in bass fishing.