The career of a professional bass angler isn't all laughs and lunkers. There are also a great many sacrifices.
In the early 1970s, Steve Porter realized that bigger spinnerbait blades would better mimic the big baitfish lunker bass wanted. He changed the way we think of spinnerbaits today.
While bass rods have gotten longer over the years, rod guides are getting smaller ... and better.
Take a look behind the scenes on Day One of the 2012 Elite Series Power-Pole Slam from Lake Okeechobee.
Elite anglers fishing the Northern Open on Oneida might take some lessons when the Elite visit the lake next summer.
Doug Gilley won Super B.A.S.S. III in 1984, and he was a teacher, mentor and father figure to a legion of Florida anglers, many of whom fish the Bassmaster Elite Series today.
Oneida was the sole reason Elite angler Bernie Schultz signed up to fish the Northern Opens.
The pros weigh in on the final day of the Northern Open on the James River.
Earlier this week Elite Series pro John Murray described himself as a truck driver who occasionally gets to fish. In order to claim the crown at the Northern Open, local pro Kelly Pratt had to beat a whole bunch of long-distance haulers.
Go on the water with your favorite Opens anglers during the 2011 Northern Open on the James River.