Baseball had the Curse of the Bambino and still has the Curse of the Billy Goat. In fishing, there's the Curse of the Bassmaster Classic Local Favorite.
Gerald Swindle's first step to getting ready for the "big event" is to acclimate himself to the weather.
Jonathan Carter, the first Classic representative ever from Maine, is letting his thick Northern blood work in his favor.
TSgt. Paul Hickey and his Air Force comrades will be cheering for a certain angler.
B.A.S.S. member Glen Jorgensen will celebrate his birthday at the Bassmaster Classic presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla.
B.A.S.S. employees and Classic contenders helped choose the lineup for the Classic launches via a random draw.
Here's the order the anglers will take off on Day One of the 2013 Classic.
B.A.S.S. employees and special guests randomly pick the boat order of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.
Randy Howell and Aaron Martens will be next to each other during the launch lineup at the Bassmaster Classic.
Matt Lee is looking forward to his first Classic, representing the College Series and his Auburn University team.