Photo by Greg McCain Jonathan Edwards caught a whopper during the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship Oct. 31 on Pickwick Lake. The larger bass weighed 7.59 pounds.
A banquet after the Day 3 weigh-in capped off the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.
Six of the B.A.S.S. Nation's best anglers earned 2016 Classic berths.
Albert Collins has prepared for this day since November 2014, when the Ouachita River kept a Bassmaster Classic berth out of his reach.
This crew is here to cheer on Jamie Laiche of Louisiana, who has led both days of the championship so far. They said they're just as excited for the weigh-in as they are for the LSU v. Alabama football game tonight.
Jeff Fischer waits to weigh in on the final day of the Nation Championship.
Anglers' families are arriving and ready for the weigh-in to begin! From left to right: Sharon Pierce, Jennifer Pierce, and Stephanie Blevins.
Bruce Cooke of Zimbabwe is first in line waiting to weigh in.
2016 Elite Series rookie Brett Preuett has been my guide and camera boat while covering the Nation championship on the Ouachita River out of Monroe, Louisiana. He runs his Mercury powered Triton through the miles of bayou backwaters like he's been doing it for years. Check out this quick video as we weave through trees, brush and blowdowns. He hits hair-pin turns at 50 mph like a boss!
"I think the we could see some pretty big bags of fish today," said Brett Preuett, 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series rookie. He's fished over 30 tournaments on the Ouachita River out of Monroe, and the Louisiana native believes rain is a good thing at this event.