Lake Lewisville new to veteran angler Tommy Martin.
NEW ORLEANS -- For professional fishermen, the Bassmaster Classic is widely regarded as the be-all end-all in competitive fishing. Why? For starters it's got a $500,000 purse, winning it will give your career a degree of longevity and qualifying for it is one of the most daunting tasks in bass fishing. The only thing more difficult than qualifying for the Classic is winning it. Win or lose, first time or 29th, the Classic makes an impression on all who compete.
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The last time Denny Brauer competed in a Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Delta he took second place in 1999. The 1998 Bassmaster Classic champion and 20-time qualifier missed out on this year's Big Show, so the Missouri pro has been enjoying his winter residence at Lake Amistad in Texas.
This album contain images from the first official 2011 Bassmaster Classic practice.
Of all the lures and presentations we use in finesse fishing, few are as well known as the plastic tube, or tube jig, first developed by the late Bobby Garland and introduced in 1964.
In other news, I just took my boat to get wrapped. I'm getting it done here in Waco, Texas, for a couple of reasons. The most important is that the wrap on a boat is subjected to a pounding that a truck wrap isn't.
By now, the reels are spooled, the hooks have been sharpened and plastics organized and reorganized in trays and storage bins. No doubt, readying the tools of the trade stands essential for Bassmaster Classic competitors, but so is the preparation of their most important piece of equipment -- their bodies.
Like the title says, there has been quite a bit of snow here in central Texas. I never thought I'd use the phrases "snowed in" and "central Texas" in the same sentence. But I am because I was!