With three events in the books, he's not quite at the bottom of the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, but he's far too close to triple digits for comfort.
While rainsuits and facemasks may have been the key pieces of equipment in this season's first three tournaments, it seems that Power Poles and polarized sunglasses will finally be the anglers' most treasured possessions.
On the eve of Day One of the Blue Ridge Brawl, we asked the Elite Series anglers to pick three anglers they think should excel on Smith Mountain Lake.
In this photo gallery, you'll find images from registration prior to beginning the 2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl on Smith Mountain Lake, near Moneta, Virginia.
Read how despite the weather, Luke Clausen of Washington state had a rare wire-to-wire victory in the 36th annual Bassmaster Classic on Lake Tohopekaliga.
JAMES RIVER, Va.; Rick Clunn of Montgomery, Texas, claimed his fourth Classic crown on Aug. 25, 1990.
It was a Bitter loss to Hank Harper at the 19th. Bassmaster Classic on James River.
Guido Hibdon tells what he used to win the 18th. Bassmaster Classic.
Jelani "JJ" Hennessey hopes to fish all nine events in three Opens events as soon as his birthday comes around in January.
The 2007 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl was held at Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, VA.