Hank Parker of Denver, N.C., won the 19th annual Bassmaster Classic, held on the James River for the second consecutive year.
An early tournament win got me noticed by a writer and led to a 30-year relationship with the outdoor media.
The Bassmaster Classic is a tournament where heroes are made and winners become household names. But what about the other guys?
A tournament angler’s stock in trade is looking forward. Reminiscing about lost fish and lost opportunities doesn’t affect the scale one iota.
I grew up in the era where men had specific roles in life.
The Bassmaster Classic is the Super Bowl of bass fishing, and like the Super Bowl it's sometimes a nail biter and sometimes a blowout.
To this day, the phrase 9/11 conjures horrifying images for most Americans. I'm sure most of you know precisely where you were as the events of that sad day unfolded. I know I do. I remember it as if it happened yesterday.
A lost Manhattan tourist approaches a New York City local and asks him "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" The grizzled native responds, "Practice, practice, practice."
A Classic win, and a "never give up" statement, launched Mike Iaconelli to another level, but my point is still what I started the piece out with. Winning the Bassmaster Classic is by far the most important thing that can happen to an angler in our world.
It was a Bitter loss to Hank Harper at the 19th. Bassmaster Classic on James River.