The two newest Bassmaster Classic rookies could hardly be more different from each other.
Earlier this week Elite Series pro John Murray described himself as a truck driver who occasionally gets to fish. In order to claim the crown at the Northern Open, local pro Kelly Pratt had to beat a whole bunch of long-distance haulers.
While the competitors fishing Day Two of the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open may have the opportunity to catch quality fish today, it’s all but a steel trap lock that no 10-pounders will be weighed in.
The bass of the James aren’t tall and they don’t need a lot of headroom either, so super-shallow water is key.
For some competitors the Opens are a steppingstone to the Elite Series, but anyone who thinks this week’s event on the James River is a Triple-A level affair is sorely mistaken.
Woo Daves, who won the 2000 Classic, hopes to turn the first Northern Open on his home water into his 18th Classic berth.
This week two entries into the 2012 Bassmaster Classic are on the line in two very different tournament circuits.
I’ve never fished the James River before, but, based on what I’ve seen, I expect a lot of limits.
I get my first look at the James River on the Saturday before the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open there. I'm fishing it as a boater.
This is the story about one tournament pro just trying to leave town to go and do his job. Sometimes stuff happens.