Some anglers have won from the lead, while others have stormed back from behind to claim fishing's biggest prize.
"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."
Tropical Storm Barry is moving slowly toward the Big Easy with sustained winds of 40 mph. As a result, an official Tropical Storm Watch has been posted for the southeastern portion of Louisiana, which includes the Classic fishing waters.
A hurricane threatening the Louisiana Gulf coast wasn't enough to prevent Kevin VanDam from claiming the world championship of professional angling in the 31st Bassmaster Classic. Classic XXXI (31) was held Aug. 2-4, 2001 at Louisiana Delta, LA.