After all a Classic angler has been through, here is the big day. You have a grueling process to qualify. You come to pre-practice and scout. You buy and/or order extra and new baits. You have to wait and think about it all the time. You practice more. You find yourself in a whirlwind of media, excitement, jitters, and the best bass anglers in the world. Now the first day of the Bassmaster Classic is here. It has all culminated to this.
Bryan Schmidt is fishing his first Bassmaster Classic. He qualified for the Classic by winning the BASS Federation Nation Championship. He is from Olney, Texas. About 3,500 people live there. Many more people will attend the weigh-ins for the Bassmaster Classic than live in his hometown. You would guess that nerves are running high through Bryan's whole body this week. You would guess right.
When fishing the Classic you have already prepared thoroughly, so what do you do with the official practice day? In this article, you can read how the answer to this golden question is different every year for the same angler.
When the official Classic pre-practice is over, you need a butterfly net to keep your stomach in your shirt. If you didn't, you would need to just hang it up. The anticipation is continuing to build. From Rick Clunn (although he may not readily admit it) to an Open rookie, everyone feels it. After all the time preparing, now it is time for the big show.
In this article, read about the angler prepares for the Classic; also, the importance of keeping a routine and how that contributes to a high performance level.
The 2007 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl was held at Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, VA.
In this photo gallery you will see the junior world championships on Lake Onondaga behind the scenes.
In this photo gallery you will see the 2008 elite series champion's choice on Lake Oneida. It is the second day behind the scenes.
The largemouth was the only thing that Kevin Short couldn't catch at the Champion's Choice.
In this photo gallery we will see images of the 2008 elite series Empire Chase on Lake Erie. It is The third day weigh in.