It's a risk, but choosing the lesser-picked anglers could pay off big.
The Bassmaster Classic is a tournament where heroes are made and winners become household names. But what about the other guys?
For every Rayo Breckenridge, Jack Hains or Jack Chancellor (who all won a Classic yet are mostly unknown to young fans), there's a Roland Martin, Bill Dance or Jimmy Houston who have earned almost all the accolades but never picked up the big hardware.
It’s Bassmaster Classic time and I’m ready. I’ve spent the last month preparing diligently, working on my equipment and tackle and thinking about Grand Lake.
You don't have to qualify for more than one Bassmaster Classic to leave your mark on the sport's greatest championship. These anglers did it even though they were one and done.
The scouting report on Alabama's Lay Lake predicted bass would be holding deep along river ledges, to escape the brutal summer heat. But George Cochran knew better. The 26th annual Bassmaster Classic was held Aug. 8-10, 1996.
When he first located the deep brushpiles on High Rock Lake, Mark Davis didn't catch a bass there. The 25th annual Classic Championship was held Aug. 3-5, 1995, in High Rock Lake, North Carolina.
Don considers the similarities between the Bassmaster Classic and the Super Bowl.
Unless Chris Lane wins the upcoming Bassmaster Classic, the next few weeks mark the end of his year in the sun.
Don Barone shares his favorite photos from the 2012 season.