The Bassmaster Classic has no entry fee, but Virginia pro Jacob Powroznik spent $395 to improve his chances, not on fishing tackle, but trying to stay warm.
With a Bassmaster Rookie of the Year title and nearly $1 million in career earnings, Powroznik is positioned to represent any brand of rods and reels he deems worthy.
So many different patterns and techniques have a chance at being a factor on Hartwell that choosing your Fantasy Fishing team for the Classic may be difficult.
The 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series field is now set with a mixture of well-known veteran pros and young up-and-comers ready to zig-zag the country.
My rookie season on the Elite Series is over, and I finished lucky 13th overall. That put me 3rd in the Rookie of the Year race, behind my friends Jacob Powroznik and Justin Lucas, but every time I think about what that means I have to laugh a little.
Skeet Reese finished second at the Toyota Angler of the Year Championship, and like the first and third place finishers also fished Little Bay de Noc.
With the completion of the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship, 48 of the 56 Bassmaster Classic berths for Lake Hartwell are in the books.
Even though the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship was about Greg Hackney winning AOY, Jacob Powroznik won the tournament – his second Elite Series-level win of the year, pretty awesome for a rookie.
Over nine events, Hackney out-practiced, out-strategized, out-fished and ultimately outlasted the other 107 Bassmaster Elite Series anglers who started the season.
A stellar field of rookies competed on the Bassmaster Elite Series this season, including a past Forrest Wood Cup champion and a B.A.S.S. and FLW tournament champion.