NEW ORLEANS -- For professional fishermen, the Bassmaster Classic is widely regarded as the be-all end-all in competitive fishing. Why? For starters it's got a $500,000 purse, winning it will give your career a degree of longevity and qualifying for it is one of the most daunting tasks in bass fishing. The only thing more difficult than qualifying for the Classic is winning it. Win or lose, first time or 29th, the Classic makes an impression on all who compete.
This gallery is a compilation of photos featuring all 50 of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic competitors.
NEW ORLEANS -- If the Bassmaster Classic was a bake-off, Wednesday wouldn't be the day when you made your cake. You might add the icing, perhaps put the candles on top, but for the most part the hard work would have already been done.
This album features images from the registration day for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic. The 2011 Bassmaster Classic was held on the Louisiana Delta, Louisiana.
With a tough Friday-Sunday practice finally behind them, Bassmaster Classic anglers are bone-tired. But that feeling is almost incidental to their relief about the end of frigid air over the Louisiana Delta. In the nick of time, milder weather is on its way.
Photos of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic pros practicing on the Louisiana Delta, Louisiana.
This photo gallery features photo from the second day of practice leading up to the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
Predications on who will be the Bassmaster Classic champion are a dime a dozen. Every newspaper article or website having anything to do with the outdoors has a guess from people who think they know the winner.
Heeeeeeeere's Jeff. Although he's not gone completely Jack Nicholson yet, Classic competitor Jeff Kriet admits his Ardmore, Okla., household is stir crazy.
Photos of several 2011 Bassmaster Classic anglers who have previous Classic wins or near-wins