Today was the last practice day before competition starts on Friday. I had a pretty good practice, all things considered. At least I accomplished some of the things I wanted to get done. That's not to say it's getting much better out there, though. It's still really tough.
At the Classic qualifier level there isn't as much difference between these guys' fishing skills as you might think. Longtime competitors didn't get here by accident. You don't survive in this business if you can't fish.
Day 1 of practice was one of the few times I've fished in an absolute blizzard. Our predictions of this cold winter Classic are coming true.
Overall, I'm really excited. I think BASS did a good job of putting us on premier bass fisheries at the right times. And this schedule should help me fish to my strengths. How could I not be excited about something like that?
In this photo gallery, you'll find images of anglers and lunkers from the Day 3 weigh-in at the 2007 Bassmaster Classic held on Lay Lake near Birmingham, Alabama.
Like most of you I've been thinking about the Classic. What I'd like to do over the next few weeks is talk about the venue, give you my thoughts about the anglers and then we'll see how I did.
Darryl Worley and Chris Young to perform at the 2010 Bassmaster Classic at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center.
In this special video edition of 'The B.A.S.S. Reporters' from the Bassmaster Classic in Birmingham, Alabama, the guys talk about what to expect from this tournament.
Gerald Swindle in the Veteran's day parade in Birmingham Alabama
BASS announced that the 2010 Bassmaster Classic will return in February to Lay Lake in Shelby County, Ala., site of three previous Classics - 1996, 2002 and 2007.