If pro Aaron Hastings posts a high finish in next week's Bassmaster Northern Open tournament on Lake Erie, he has a good chance of going home with an invitation to the 2010 Bassmaster Classic.
The final event in the 2009 Bassmaster Southern Opens should provide a real challenge for the anglers vying for the two Bassmaster Classic slots and seven Elite Series slots for 2010.
Texas' Stephen Johnston put his experience as a guide on Sam Rayburn Reservoir to good use, putting 22 pounds of bass on the scales to claim the first-day lead in the Bassmaster Central Open.
Texas' Stephen Johnston expanded his lead to more than 8 pounds on the strength of a 19-pound, 6-ounce stringer, but he had to adjust as thick clouds rolled in for the second day of the Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
Stephen Johnston abandoned his preferred pattern during the second day of the Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn. When the scales settled, the local guide had clinched his first Bassmaster victory with a three-day total of 57 pounds, 5 ounces.
27-year-old Jason Knapp of Uniontown, Pa., saved his best for last, making up more than three pounds to claim his first BASS win at the Bassmaster Northern Open event on Lake Champlain with a three-day total of 56 pounds, 3 ounces.
Chris Sumansky, of Renfrew, Pa., found 21 pounds, 5 ounces, worth of Lake Champlain bass to take the lead at the second stop of the 2009 Bassmaster Northern Open circuit. Sumansky took advantage of a week-long practice before the tournament to get re-acquainted with Champlain.
Dave Andrews of Bolton, Mass., started strong and finished stronger to take the lead at the 2009 Bassmaster Northern Open on Lake Champlain.
Sam Rayburn's a grass lake, so most of the fishing will be centered around bass relating to the hydrilla in the lake. There's going to be a ton of ways to catch them, from flipping hydrilla with a jig or some type of plastic, or working a topwater, wacky worm or whatever — but everything's going to be related to the grass.
The main question preceding the 2009 Northern Open tournament at Lake Champlain was the same as it is at every tournament here: Would the tournament be won with largemouth, smallmouth or a mixed bag?