Despite the weather, high hopes prevail for the first Bass Pro Shops Central Open.
The Fishing Tigers of Louisiana State University meet Alabama's Crimson Tide.
Photo Gallery of the 2011 Bassmaster College Classic
NEW ORLEANS -- For professional fishermen, the Bassmaster Classic is widely regarded as the be-all end-all in competitive fishing. Why? For starters it's got a $500,000 purse, winning it will give your career a degree of longevity and qualifying for it is one of the most daunting tasks in bass fishing. The only thing more difficult than qualifying for the Classic is winning it. Win or lose, first time or 29th, the Classic makes an impression on all who compete.
NEW ORLEANS -- On the final Classic practice day, 29-time Classic qualifier Gary Klein seemed confident, but not overconfident.
Casey Ashley hopes to make some waves in Music City this year as he adds the finishing touches to a country music demo album. He hopes this abbreviated album will positively affect professional fishing, as well as get him some work on Music Row in Nashville, Tenn.
It's a technique every structure fisherman should know. If you bring up a bass from 20 feet deep or more, odds are that the pressure change will cause the fish's swim bladder to inflate, preventing the fish from swimming upright and, in some cases, from returning to the depth at which it was caught.
Until now a Bassmaster Open has eluded Gerald Swindle.
Gerald Swindle hopes to close out the 2011 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open.