VENICE, La. It plain stinks to be stuck out in the middle of the marsh with no one around for miles, but for at least five of the anglers fishing out of the Venice area, beaching the boat was a fact of life on the first day of official practice.
Rookies have been a part of the Bassmaster Classic since the very beginning -- 1971, when all the anglers were rookies. In 2011, there will be 15 Classic rookies competing. It seems like a big number, but it's actually quite average.
Photos of anglers prep for their first day of practice before the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
Fifteen anglers will go into the Feb. 18-20 Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Delta as first-time Classic rookies, they're called. Some of those anglers, however, have a lot more rookie in them than others with the same label.
B.A.S.S. pro, Brandon Palaniuk, wins the 2010 Federation Nation Championship. It was this win that earned Palaniuk an invitation to compete in the Elite Series.
This album features photos from the third day of competition at the 2010 B.A.S.S. Federation Championship.
This photo gallery features images from day three of competition at the 2010 Bassmaster Federation Nation National Championship.
Go behind the scenes on day two at the 2010 Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship.
This album features images from day two of weigh-ins at the 2010 Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship.
This photo album features images from the launch of day two of competition at the 2010 Bassmaster Federation National Championship.