With experience, credentials and undeniable star power, the 2012 Bassmaster Classic field just might be one for the ages.
If you've been bass fishing as long as I have and know as many bass fishermen as I do, there's no doubt you've heard more than your share of theories about why bass do this, that or something else.
It's been a couple of months since the "new" Alabama Rig gained popularity, and since that time much of the furor surrounding the device has died down, but I'm still shocked at just how divisive the rig continues to be.
Certain anglers have a reputation as big bass catchers. Some of them may not always come to the scales with a limit, but more often than most they have a "kicker," and sometimes that one fish gets them a check.
The 2012 Classic and Elite fields will be set soon. Here are the compelling stories coming up.
With everyone catching limits almost every day, big bass are important to the Elites. Who's the best at catching them?
A Bassmaster Elite Series tournament is a little like a game in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The goal is to survive (win) and move on to the next round. The more you survive, the greater the reward.
Ask any Elite Series angler if there's such a thing as momentum or a "streak" in professional bass fishing, and he'll tell you, "Yes."
Unless the event is a slugfest, you can pretty much count on one of the top two ranked anglers after the third round to take home the trophy when it's over.
It is hard to mount a comeback in a Bassmaster Elite Series event. Basically, they're rare, and unless the tournament is a slugfest, you can just about forget it.