In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they prepare to launch on Day One of the 2009 Southern Open #2 on Wheeler Lake, near Decatur, Alabama.
Jim is a pro angler fishing the Bassmaster Opens and other local tournament trails ... his dream, to be a Bassmaster Elite Pro. While climbing down from a tree stand something broke and Jim fell 20 feet to the Alabama soil.
The Advance Auto Parts Blue Ridge Brawl on Smith Mountain Lake was a classic sight fishing tournament.
Tom Mann created the Little George tailspinner lure while working as an Alabama Conservation Officer.
Jim Cardillo discovered that braided fishing line had wrapped around his prop shaft. After $4,000 in repairs, he decided to do something about the hazards of discarded braid.
BASS will return to the popular fishery for the second Bassmaster Southern Open presented by Oakley, set for April 30-May 2.
It covers approximately 67,000 surface acres and offers some of the most diverse bass fishing in our country.
Kevin VanDam picked apart a clear, deep fishery -- just like he used to do years ago as a kid in Kalamazoo -- on Smith Mountain Lake, for a victory at the Blue Ridge Brawl.
Bassmaster fishing pros answer questions about fishing.
I've been asked several times about the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race and what it means to me. The short answer is that the AOY title is my goal every year, no matter how many I win, don't win or have won. It's the most prestigious title in all of bass fishing. To win a fifth one would be an overwhelming honor.