In this photo gallery, you'll find images of several Elite Series anglers who name their picks to perform well in the 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake near Birmingham, Alabama.
Today was the last practice day before competition starts on Friday. I had a pretty good practice, all things considered. At least I accomplished some of the things I wanted to get done. That's not to say it's getting much better out there, though. It's still really tough.
At the Classic qualifier level there isn't as much difference between these guys' fishing skills as you might think. Longtime competitors didn't get here by accident. You don't survive in this business if you can't fish.
Weather has dominated the discussions about the 40th Bassmaster Classic that begins Friday on Lay Lake, as winter conditions continue to hammer the southeast to create what surely will be the coldest championship in history.
Kevin VanDam gives us his perspective on rookie qualifiers at the Bassmaster Classic. Why do so many of them struggle? What makes this one tournament so difficult? Is there anything they can do to lessen the challenge?
BASS Insiders get a preview of the 2010 Bassmaster Classic weigh-in stage.
MarkTucker goes above, beyond to be 2010 Bassmaster Classic-ready
My professional performance is important to me. I want to do my best every time I launch my boat. It's not always about where I finish in a tournament, although that does matter. It's knowing that I did the best I possibly could and that I didn't leave anything out on the water.
Becky and I are in the hotel and settled down for the winter Classic of 2010. This one is going to be a mental bass tournament. Every angler out there can catch bass. That's no big deal. What's going to matter come Friday morning will be mental toughness under some of the most difficult conditions I've ever faced in a professional grade tournament.
Jim and Donna Tyree got married at Toledo Bend and are honnymooning at the 2010 Classic