The most interesting aspect of this final Elite tournament of the 2009 season, the Ramada Champion's Choice at Oneida Lake, is that only 12 anglers have something to lose while the remaining 86 each have something to gain. We have finally reached that point at which all the marbles are on the line.
In this edition of "Follies, Frauds and Hoaxes" we cover four notable runs at the largemouth bass world record. In the 77 years since George Perry set the bar at 22 pounds, 4 ounces, dozens of anglers have laid claim to a fish that weighed more. None have been able to substantiate their claims; some haven't even tried. Here are a few more of the most notable.
In this photo gallery you will see Kevin Vandam at the 2009 elite series Blueridge Brawl.
WBT Tournament Director Deb Wilkinson received the Arkansas Traveler Award from the Governor's Office during the Academy Sports + Outdoors WBT event at Lake Maumelle in Little Rock.
ESPN's Mike Golic and co-host Erik Kuselias, of Mike & Mike in the Morning, will make a repeat appearance in a live broadcast from the world's most prestigious fishing tournament - the 2009 Bassmaster Classic.
To keep the festivities rocking and rolling on the second day of the 2009 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 20-22 on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La., country music sensation the Zac Brown Band will perform live.
BASS announced that the 2010 Bassmaster Classic will return in February to Lay Lake in Shelby County, Ala., site of three previous Classics - 1996, 2002 and 2007.
Texas' Stephen Johnston put his experience as a guide on Sam Rayburn Reservoir to good use, putting 22 pounds of bass on the scales to claim the first-day lead in the Bassmaster Central Open.
Texas' Stephen Johnston expanded his lead to more than 8 pounds on the strength of a 19-pound, 6-ounce stringer, but he had to adjust as thick clouds rolled in for the second day of the Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
Stephen Johnston abandoned his preferred pattern during the second day of the Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn. When the scales settled, the local guide had clinched his first Bassmaster victory with a three-day total of 57 pounds, 5 ounces.