In this photo gallery you will see images of the 2011 elite series on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in Florida. It is the first day on the water.
Ish Monroe talks about the reemergence of the straight shank hook.
Chris Zaldain is very serious about becoming a full-time pro. Having fished ponds as a kid and competed on big California fisheries since he was a teen, Zaldain, 26, now wants to qualify for the top level of competition.
Michael Iaconelli's preparation for tournaments is pretty routine.
While trolling down the bank, Monroe will often pass his boat directly over a bed containing a spawning bass. If the fish remains on the bed or quickly returns to the bed after his boat passes, he deems the bass worth his attention.
Few feelings are more heartbreaking than bowing up on a 5-pound bass only to have it pull free halfway back to the boat. For the weekend angler, in a split second the opportunity for a great photo has vanished and for a tournament angler, it could mean thousands of dollars.
For many anglers, hook selection is an afterthought. Many times anglers don't consider the hook's wire size, or if it's an extra-wide gap or straight-shank hook, as long as it fits into the body of the bait, it's good to go.
To Elite Series pro Ish Monroe, lens selection is an extremely important component to success on the water.
Torrential rains late last year caused plenty of havoc for California, but the influx of freshwater has also served to overcome the Golden State's drought conditions and refill many of its top bass fisheries.
Nate Wellman of Newaygo, Mich., surprises everyone -- himself included -- when he toted 18 pounds, 6 ounces, to the scales.