Dave Mercer would rather emcee the 2011 Bassmaster Classic than compete in it.
A look at Classic tournaments that's received plenty of attention.
This gallery features photos from the day one launch of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
Trip Weldon's got one of the best seats in the house at the Classic: on stage with the anglers.
Fans who attend the 41st Bassmaster Classic at the New Orleans Arena will be treated to alternating action on two stages.
Dave Mercer claims that emceeing the Classic in the New Orleans Arena is the first job he's ever studied for.
This album features photos from the 2011 Bassmaster Classic day one launch.
There's an old saying about the Bassmaster Classic that you can't win it in one day, but you can surely lose it. Just ask Basil Bacon, who blanked on the first day of the 1979 Classic then came roaring back to finish second, just three pounds - one good fish - behind Hank Parker.
Here's the deal: I'm really pumped up about this Classic. I can't say I've ever felt this way.
It's the first day of the Bassmaster Classic, and I hope I'm putting 5-pounders in my livewell as you read this.