Dean Rojas practices long hours for the Bassmaster Elite Series Tennessee Triumph.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- What do you get when you take the greatest angler of all time, put 20 Elite Series pros in a field of 193 boats and put them all on a lake that's in a prespawn funk? The first Bass Pro Shops Southern Open of 2011 on Florida's Lake Tohopekaliga.
Tomorrow, Jan. 19, Bassmaster.com will be following the Great American Fisherman, Roland Martin, as he practices for his return to tournament bass fishing.
Southern Open # 1 Kicks off 2011 Bassmaster Season
I'm pulling my tackle together for the first Bassmaster Southern Open of 2011 at the Kissimmee Chain in Florida. Since I'm fishing this one as a nonboater, I need to pare my gear down to what I can carry in one trip to my partner's boat.
Harry Potts used a Toyota Tundra to help pull B.A.S.S.'s corporate sponsor boats all across America along the Bassmaster Elite Series trail. Three decades before that, he was in Vietnam.
Dean Rojas tells the story of the one that got away.
Elite Series pro Dave Wolak says to quit beating your head against the wall and start beating the bank during summer doldrums.
Say what you want about today's trendy soft plastic baits, but when veteran anglers are after the biggest bite of the day, they reach for the venerable jig-and-pig.
Dean Rojas sits down with DB to talk about life before the Elite Series and family.