Since the tradition started a few years ago of anglers choosing their walk-up music, fans have been intrigued by the contenders' picks.
The Classic crowd meets at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for the Night of Champions.
Brent Chapman, the 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, ascended the ballroom stage at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino confidently but quietly, without added flair.
The final day to-do list includes two things; I accomplished the first, and made a small start toward the second.
Bassmaster Classic competitors struggle to stay warm in last hours of practice.
db and Gene Hacker take a memorable ride on Route 66.
All around the official Classic hotel, anglers and their families are buzzing about. Yesterday, we caught a glimpse of Bill Lowen and his 1-year-old son, Fischer, walking through the halls. Fischer looks like a teeny professional fisherman. Too cute!
"Is this Maine or Grand Lake?" said Jonathan Carter, the first angler from Maine ever to compete in a Bassmaster Classic. "It reminded me of home today!" Only three weeks ago, Carter was practicing for the Classic using an ice auger. This wintry weather is right up his alley.
All Mark Pierce had to say about this morning was: "Brrrrrr!"
It’s about noon. I’m on my way back from practice. As nasty and ugly as it is out there I have to say that this weather didn’t hurt my fishing or my Classic strategy one bit. In fact, it might have gotten better after this morning.