Youngest rookie 22-year-old Jonathon VanDam of Kalamazoo, Michigan, began the first day along with the rest of the 2011 crop of 15 Bassmaster Elite Series rookies. Lee Sisson of Winter Haven, Florida, 63 is at the other end of the spectrum of rookies.
An Elite Series pro could be very busy running from lake to lake to lake if he believes there is a benefit in doing so. Making multiple moves would call for very sharp time management since the lakes are separated by up to 30 minutes of travel time.
Elite Series angler Terry Scroggins talks about the build up to the 2011 Elite Series Citrus Slam, on the St. Johns River, FL.
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Go behind the scenes with a Marshal at the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
As a marshal, you're providing a great service to us by offering protection and integrity for what we do. We don't cheat and we don't want anybody to think we do.
While fishing in extreme conditions can be dangerous, Shaw Grigsby believes that "ideal" fishing days when the sun is high in the sky can actually be the most dangerous.
Peter Thliveros took fishing a soft plastic minnow bait to the next level when he popularized the "Petey Rig," featuring a finesse weight pegged 10 to 12 inches in front of a weightless, Texas rigged Fluke.
Over the course of his career, Grigsby has developed an affinity for spinning tackle and refined the best technique for landing big fish on light line.