I imagine I'm preaching to the choir when I say there are few things that get an angler's heart racing like a bass exploding on a topwater bait. On Lady Bird Lake in Austin, I had a 5-pound northern strain breach on my plug like the Red October.
After driving into the early morning hours, we arrived in Austin, Texas, in anticipation of a full day ahead. With only a day left to fish, and the reality that we'd have to cut out the Louisiana swing we had to find a place close by that we could catch a northern from kayaks while we waited for the Guadalupe River outfitters to open their doors.
On paper, catching all eight species of bass in five days sounded like a superior plan. But it was more difficult than we anticipated as we found ourselves questioning the Guadalupe.
For a brief moment, Bobby Lane was one of the Top 12. A slip-up at Iowa sent him back down the ranks. Can he mount a comeback?
Going into the last event of the regular season, Skeet Reese is looking to make history. The 2009 Bassmaster Classic champion will be gunning hard to join Mark Davis in winning both the Classic and the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title in the same calendar year.
My dad has never been much of a fisherman. I had a grandpa I hardly knew who I'm told loved to be on the water. The few fishing stories my dad tells are from times he was out with his father-in-law, my grandpa.
Today's winning purse amounts, and the prestige that goes with winning, are inconceivable compared to what they were when some of the anglers first started in competition.
Being Angler of the Year now is a far cry from what it was in Roland Martin's day.
Randy Doyle of Redding, California, has a monster fish story, unfortunately it's undocumented
Chris Horton update you on BASS Conservation and, if you're a Zoniac, you can stay in tune with Mark Zona.