I may have unnecessarily tempted the weather gods with my earlier report of balmy temperatures. We had a few unexpected raindrops on the way into town. They've stopped, but the clouds are barreling across the sky and the wind is howling here at the take-off site.
As we caravan to the lake, we just passed a small town bank with a large sign announcing the temperature -- 59 degrees. That's warmer than it ever got last year at Grand Lake. It means that all of the heavy outerwear I brought will likely stay in the hotel room all week. That's fine with me. I'd rather focus on sunblock and short sleeves than insulated boots, dry gloves and face masks.
A look back at what the home-field advantage has really meant to Classic anglers, and who will reap the "benefits" at Lake Guntersville.
Classic competitors register, grab their SWAG and attend angler meeting.
Spotted this ribbon on Elite Series angler and Bassmaster Classic champion Mark Davis at registration today of the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic.
James Overstreet captures the looks on the faces of Classic competitors as they gathered in Birmingham today for official registration for the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic.
Local favorites are always a tempting pick, but don't put too much stock in the "home pillow advantage".
This Classic could well be won by an Alabama competitor, so choose natives on your Fantasy roster.
For every pound of fish that Gerald Swindle catches during the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro, he and his wife are donating $5 to the Menendez family.
Will bass survive after being caught on Lake Guntersville and hauled approximately 80 miles to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center for the Bassmaster Classic weigh-ins? Fishery expert says yes!