With three events in the books, he's not quite at the bottom of the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, but he's far too close to triple digits for comfort.
While rainsuits and facemasks may have been the key pieces of equipment in this season's first three tournaments, it seems that Power Poles and polarized sunglasses will finally be the anglers' most treasured possessions.
On the eve of Day One of the Blue Ridge Brawl, we asked the Elite Series anglers to pick three anglers they think should excel on Smith Mountain Lake.
In this photo gallery, you'll find images from registration prior to beginning the 2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl on Smith Mountain Lake, near Moneta, Virginia.
"Stone Cold Marty Spinnerbaiting" is a pattern that will keep you ahead of the crowd in spring, and, when conditions are right, it can win a tournament, too.
As a young pro, Bernie Schultz worked with the designers at the Hildebrandt Lure Company to create the perfect spinnerbait for fishing emergent and submerged vegetation.
When I think of a swimbait I think about an artificial lure that mimics a baitfish. It's a lure that's characterized by a lifelike action and a lifelike appearance.
The pros have been swimming jigs, fishing them 8 to 10 inches under the surface over submerged vegetation, around laydowns and through other shallow cover — and they're catching a lot of bass.
Recent rain brought the river up but did not muddy it; and while bass are still in the prespawn stage, fair weather and warming temperatures have been predicted and should start pushing bass shallow.