At one time or another, everyone who has ever gone out in pursuit of bass has done so with another angler's advice on how to catch them still ringing in his ears. In most cases, the information was delivered with the best of intentions. More times than not, however, such "dock talk" is more harmful than helpful.
Now that the field is set, let's look at the 2011 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers as a group. Words tell great stories, but numbers can reveal truths that words only hint at.
Fifty of the world's top anglers will compete for the title of Bassmaster Classic champion on the Louisiana Delta, Feb. 18-20, 2011. Check out the official 2011 Classic field below, and learn more about the qualifying anglers by clicking on their name.
Last week's travel took me to a Texas ranch outside of Dallas where I met with Strike King personnel and media people for a few days of product testing, story interviews, photo sessions and some great bass fishing. Other pros in our group were Greg Hackney, my nephew Jonathon VanDam, Mark Menendez, James Niggemeyer and Mark Davis.
Deb Johnson highlights the Elite Postseason with Kevin VanDam, Skeet Reese, and Edwin Evers.
Take a look at the lunkers the B.A.S.S. pros brought in on the third day of competition. In this photo gallery you'll see images from the 2010 Elite Series Sooner Run at Fort Gibson Lake.
Check out the lunkers the Elite Series anglers brought to the day one weigh-ins. The 2010 Elite Series Sooner Run was held on Fort Gibson Lake.
Go on the water with your favorite Elite Series pro as they compete in the 2010 Tennessee Triumph.
Check out the lunkers the 2010 Elite Series pros caught on day four of the Pride of Georgia tournament.
Experience the excitement surrounding the day four launch of the 2010 Elite Series Pride of Georgia tournament.