Central Florida's Lake Tohopekaliga, near Kissimmee, will host the 2006 Bassmaster Classic.
Pittsburgh's three rivers harbor three species of bass
The Classic is the most prestigious, most watched, most exciting, most heavily anticipated, most publicized and the most lucrative tournament of all. It is simply the most important contest in competitive fishing.
2006 CITGO Bassmaster Classic Payout
2005 CITGO Bassmaster Classic Payout
"I wasn't always fishing to win, and that was a direct departure from previous years," Clunn said. "I was going for quality fish instead of using my knowledge, and I just wasn't having fun."
"I have been totally shocked at the magnitude of what winning the Classic has meant." VanDam says. "Without a doubt, bass fishing is far more mainstream than ever before."
With air temperatures pushing the century mark each day and steamy water temperatures above 90 degrees, few bass experts believed the Classic's weight record would fall in the vast Louisiana Delta … except Hite, that is.
Thanks to torrential rains in Louisiana and Texas from Tropical Storm Allison, the 45 Classic contenders didn't find the cooperative fish they were looking for during their six days of prefishing.
After all, he's considered one of bassing's greatest competitors, but the elusive Classic crown had always been missing from his trophy case.