Kevin VanDam proved why he is considered the best angler in the world. The 40th annual Bassmaster Classic Championship was held on Lay Lake.
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.
Jay Yelas' performance dominated on Alabama's Lay Lake as he became the first angler to claim the big bass on each day of Classic competition.
The standings changed every day, and especially in the final round, as David Fritts of Lexington, N.C., weighed in a three-day catch of 48 pounds, 6 ounces and became the 23rd Classic champion.
Robert Hamilton Jr., of Brandon, Miss., caught 59 pounds, 6 ounces, the third-highest Classic creel ever.
In this article, you can read about Dave Wolak's best and worst in the 2007 fishing season.
Read how the 12th attempt brought victory to Jay Yelas as he won his first Bassmaster Classic tournament on Lay Lake, Alabama.
BIRMINGHAM — Kalamazoo's Kevin VanDam lived up to his reputation as the "Tiger Woods" of bass fishing, roaring from 19th place into the lead as the Bassmaster Classic heads into today's final round on Lay Lake. In Tiger-like fashion, VanDam put together a rally to catch 19 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday — including the 5 pound, 7 ounce lunker of the day — to take a slim 9-ounce lead with 32 pounds, 15 ounces.
Gerald Swindle is not a happy angler, and he is paying the ultimate price for his recklessness.