20-Pound plus bags weighed-in on Day One of the Capital Clash on the Potomac.
The poignant irony of the Bassmaster American is that some of the very pros that Kerchal beat in that fateful event on High Rock Lake are here fishing the Major.
Lee Bailey, one of the first to weigh fish, told the crowd quite sincerely that "everybody needs to say a private prayer for the guys who are still out there."
High winds and rolling waves on Day One of the Empire Chase cracked boat hulls, overcame engines and swamped boats.
"I'm really hoping I don't have to throw mine out," angler Gary Klein said, "but depending on the wind it could be one, two or even three."
In this article, Gary Klein, veteran pro, talks about the value of swimbaits and how the pros are figuring out how to adapt them to tournament competition.
In this article, you can read the pros approaches to dock fishing - whether to skip, pitch or flip and how to develop patterns within patterns.
Two different football-head jigs did the trick for Gary Klein at the 2007 Bassmaster Classic.
Just how did Boyd Duckett out-fish the world's best at the 2007 Bassmaster Classic?
Most of the anglers at the Bassmaster American are pleasantly surprised with their Day One weights.