CELEBRATION, Fla. Mercury/Nashville recording artist Randy Montana and Casey Ashley have signed on to perform live, free concerts from the Costa stage for thousands of fishing fans filling the New Orleans Arena during the 2011 Bassmaster Classic. The Bassmaster Classic is set for Feb. 18-20 on the Louisiana Delta out of New Orleans, La.
The Bassmaster Classic is more than just the biggest and best bass tournament in the world. It's an event, a test of the very best and a stage where legends are made.
Photos of several 2011 Bassmaster Classic contenders with unique travel challenges.
Photos of several anglers whose lives were dramatically changed - or might have been - by a Bassmaster Classic win
Photos of several anglers considered to be either dark horses or sentimental favorites in the 2011 Bassmaster Classic
A Classic win, and a "never give up" statement, launched Mike Iaconelli to another level, but my point is still what I started the piece out with. Winning the Bassmaster Classic is by far the most important thing that can happen to an angler in our world.
Louisiana, host state of the Feb. 18-20 Bassmaster Classic, has produced two Classic winners: 1975 champ Jack Hains of Rayne, La., and 1980 champ Villis P. "Bo" Dowden of Natchitoches, La. Hains took his title on Currituck Sound in North Carolina; Dowden won on the St. Lawrence River in New York.
Looking back, Victoria Centak says she pretty much knew without asking that her husband would choose to celebrate his 40th birthday by taking a trip to the Feb. 18-20 Bassmaster Classic.
2011 Bassmaster Classic qualifier Ryan McMurtury got off to a bad start this season, but his correction was swift and sure. A week later, the South Carolina angler won a tournament on Lake Murray in his home state of South Carolina.
Four-time Bassmaster Classic champ Rick Clunn is scheduled to be at the TroKar booth on the afternoons of Feb. 18 and 19 at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick's Sporting Goods in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.