David Walker is leading after a grueling Day One on the Louisiana Delta.
Day Two of the 2001 BASS Master Classic has Kevin VanDam in the lead by 10 ounces.
Storm's a brewin' between VanDam and Rook, it may make for a turbulent final day.
Jay Yelas steps out of the shadows and captured the 2002 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake.
The spots aim to raise awareness of the Bassmaster Classic, providing a better understanding of what the sport is all about while positioning the event as an entertaining and worthwhile viewing experience.
Japanese pro Takahiro Omori conjured up some last-minute heroics Sunday to become the first non-American to win the Bassmaster Classic and capture the sport's world championship title.
"I have been totally shocked at the magnitude of what winning the Classic has meant." VanDam says. "Without a doubt, bass fishing is far more mainstream than ever before."
With air temperatures pushing the century mark each day and steamy water temperatures above 90 degrees, few bass experts believed the Classic's weight record would fall in the vast Louisiana Delta … except Hite, that is.
Thanks to torrential rains in Louisiana and Texas from Tropical Storm Allison, the 45 Classic contenders didn't find the cooperative fish they were looking for during their six days of prefishing.
After all, he's considered one of bassing's greatest competitors, but the elusive Classic crown had always been missing from his trophy case.