Michael Iaconelli won the 2003 Bassmaster Classic in the last 5 minutes of the tournament.
"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.
Tropical Storm Barry is moving slowly toward the Big Easy with sustained winds of 40 mph. As a result, an official Tropical Storm Watch has been posted for the southeastern portion of Louisiana, which includes the Classic fishing waters.
On Friday, the Kalamazoo, Mich., pro took a giant step toward filling a key gap in his otherwise immaculate resume by moving into his first place after a rough and tumble Day 2 at the 31st BASS Masters Classic.
Round one goes to the wind, waves and weather.That was the opinion of a number of anglers Thursday after the first round of the 31st Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Delta.
Ray Scott opens Classic events with pizazz
A hurricane threatening the Louisiana Gulf coast wasn't enough to prevent Kevin VanDam from claiming the world championship of professional angling in the 31st Bassmaster Classic. Classic XXXI (31) was held Aug. 2-4, 2001 at Louisiana Delta, LA.