When boys are born, some fathers will place a small baseball mitt in their crib. Legend has it that Chad Brauer's basinet contained an assortment of Strike King jigs.
Mark Zona breaks down Denny Brauer's jig fishing.
Read how Denny Brauer and his son Chad have both signed up for the Bassaster Elite series and are looking forward to traveling together and competing against one another in 2006.
Denny Brauer is well on the road to recovery after having back surgery to relieve him from suffering a painful sciatic nerve problem.
There are a lot of new names fishing the CITGO Bassmaster Classic this year. A few you may recognize, or not.
In response to a scheduling change to the FLW Championship that conflicts with traditional CITGO Bassmaster Classic dates, BASS officials have responded by calling the move damaging to the sport of professional bass fishing.
As Brauer enjoyed the view from atop bass-fishing's highest mountains, a wild wave smashed into his boat while he competed in a 1999 tournament on Lake St. Clair near Detroit.
Some anglers have won from the lead, while others have stormed back from behind to claim fishing's biggest prize.
Thirty-four-year-old Takahiro Omori, a two-time Classic contender now living in Emory, Texas, became the first Japanese angler to lead the prestigious three-day world championship.
"I have been totally shocked at the magnitude of what winning the Classic has meant." VanDam says. "Without a doubt, bass fishing is far more mainstream than ever before."