Be ready for rough waters and bumpy roads if you're going to be a marshal for the 'Big Boys'.
In this photo gallery, you'll find weigh-in images from Day One of the 2009 Elite Series Diamond Drive on Lake Dardanelle, near Russelville, Arkansas.
Todd Auten, Stephen Browning, Chris Lane and Steve Daniel talk about fishings trials and tribulations.
BUFFALO — At all but two Bassmaster Elite Series events during the 2008 season, a professional angler has lurked among the co-angler ranks. He's even been featured on magazine covers. This year, he took home money at eight of nine tournaments in which he's competed. At the Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance, he finished in second out of 100-plus co-anglers.
In this photo gallery, you'll find weigh-in images from Day One of the 2008 Elite Series Tennessee Triumph on Old Hickory Lake, near Hendersonville, Tennessee.
In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers, co-anglers, sponsors and B.A.S.S. staff as they navigate through the registration process for the 2008 Elite Series Bluegrass Brawl on Kentucky Lake, near Gilbertsville, Kentucky.
"The ledge was the only place I got quality fish, so I bent the hook on my jig and made one pass and I had 11 bites on one pass on that bluff. That's where I stayed."
"It's wonderful. Points winner is a great title to have on my resume — and I'm going to the Classic, a lifetime dream," said the 43-year-old Hartley, a veteran Elite pro who's been competing in BASS events since 1996.
The father of a 7-month-old son and owner of a car dealership — two factors that keep him too busy to compete as much as he'd like to — Ippoliti, 44, posted close to 15 pounds each day, a consistency he credited to a technique which he preferred not to discuss.
Lake Wylie is just as fresh as ever, with a youthful renewal that shows itself year after year.