The 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series tour begins its 10th event of the 11-tournament season Thursday with the Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance. Lake Erie's 10,000-plus square miles — it's the 11th-largest lake in the world — and the Niagara River will be where the 106 Elites Series anglers compete for the $100,000 first place check.
Grant Goldbeck got a lesson is just how good the smallmouth bass fishing can be during practice this week at Lake Erie. As he prepared for the 10th of 11 Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments this season the Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance Goldbeck caught a 4-pound smallmouth on a bare hook.
After breaking a 14-year drought of victories on the BASS tour, the first person Kevin Wirth thanked upon winning the Elite Series Tennessee Triumph at Old Hickory Lake was Ken Hoover.
In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they prepare to launch on Day Three of the 2008 Elite Series Tennessee Triumph on Old Hickory Lake, near Hendersonville, Tennessee.
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.