Fishing his way has been a key to success for Randall Tharp.
Once playing second fiddle to nearby Pickwick Lake and Lake Guntersville, Alabama's second-largest reservoir, Wheeler Lake, is now ranked #2 in the state for bass fishing.
Gerald Swindle had a dismal Classic showing at Lake Guntersville, and no
Mark Davis continues to have fun fishing but he doesn't want to talk about it much in fear he might jinx himself.
Nooga.com Outdoors writer Richard Simms was reporting on the Bassmaster Classic when he met Chris Rose, an Alabama angler with a special story.
Neely Henry Lake attracts throngs of Alabama bass fishermen, but visitors from out of state tend to overlook it.
For Florida native Chris Lane, the win in Palatka, Fla., was like coming home for the victory parade.
There have been too many bass in the 8-, 9- and 10-pound range caught here over the previous three days for any lead to be safe.
Even with the cushion of a 12-pound lead, Chris Lane plans to work just as hard on the final day, admitting "anything can happen" on a big-fish factory like the St. John's River.
He may live in Alabama now, but he grew up in Florida.