Only the very best pro bass anglers in the world get a shot at competing in the Bassmaster Elite Series. Meet the field of 107 anglers, including 12 rookies, who are set to take on the challenge in 2014.
Charlie Reed, 51, of Broken Bow, Okla., became the oldest angler at that time to win a Classic, with a 21-bass, 23-pound, 9-ounce creel. The 16th annual Bassmaster Classic was held Aug. 14-16, 1986, in Chickamauga, Tenn.
The 44th annual Bassmaster Classic will feature 56 highly accomplished anglers from 23 states in what promises to be one of the most hotly contested championships in history.
Who's competing in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic? Here's the official list of who's in and how they got there.
On January 28, 1977, Dave Gliebe of won the American Bass Fisherman Hurst Open on Lake Okeechobee. You may remember Gliebe as one of the original Bassmaster Elite Series anglers in 2006, but I remember him from much further back.
Gary Klein earned the status of legend, has long been a personal hero to me and now I'm proud to call him a friend.
Fifty four anglers have already qualified for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic to be held on Lake Guntersville near Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 21-23.
Opens pro Brent Homan organized the Operation Kick Some Bass Tournament, which put nearly 50 military veterans on the water for a day.
Narrated by Ken Duke, this slideshow takes a look at the history of the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year award.
With the conclusion of the 2013 Elite Series, the majority of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic field is now set. Forty-four of the 56 eventual competitors in the “Super Bowl” of bass fishing have been identified.