It's easy to catch bass on Old Hickory Lake. It's difficult to catch five largemouth bass that meet the 14-inch minimum length limit.
A Florida Wildlife Commission officer had just the opposite reaction when Pennington handed him his fishing license during a routine check later that day. It looked like a pretty bad one.
BASS rules place stiff penalties for any angler who comes in late for his appointed weigh-in time. Stiff, as in a one-pound penalty for every minute past the deadline.
"I'm real happy with how the day went," said Wirth, who rode in the 1981 Kentucky Derby. "I got fortunate."
Old Hickory Lake's 22,500 acres have produced lots of bass in three days of practice this week. However, there have been very few caught that met the 14-inch minimum length limit for largemouths.
Old Hickory Lake's 22,500 acres impounded on the Cumberland River will be where the 107 Elites Series anglers compete for the $100,000 first-place check.
One Bassmaster Elite Series angler summed up the fishing conditions at Old Hickory Lake this way: "You might catch 40 fish and zero."
In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they work their way through the registration process for the 2008 Elite Series Tennessee Triumph on Old Hickory Lake, near Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Kevin VanDam continues to "bring Sexy back" to bass fishing, relying primarily on a Strike King Series 5 crankbait in the Sexy Shad color pattern and a Strike King Sexy Spoon.
With $100,000 on the line, the 12 pros advancing to the final round of the Bluegrass Brawl were quizzed about their lures and techniques.