"What we wanted to do was have a tournament in which kids on prospective state teams would be invited to come and fish."
"My guiding basically supports my work in kids ministry," said Jens, who is on the board of directors for the United Special Sportsmen Alliance.
Don Corkran, B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Director, said, "I feel that this organization is stronger and more vibrant than ever."
When most people think of water chestnuts, they may imagine the white crunchy morsels that are often found in Chinese take-out food. Unfortunately, the unrelated Asian water chestnut plant is not the least bit tasty.
While returning home from long stints on the Bassmaster Elite Series trail, Preston Clark still stops and chats with Federation Nation buddies whenever he sees them on the road.
Growing up on the Tennessee River, Steve Daniel had only one rule. "When they don't move the water," he said, "I don't fish the river."
It's easy to catch bass on Old Hickory Lake. It's difficult to catch five largemouth bass that meet the 14-inch minimum length limit.
A Florida Wildlife Commission officer had just the opposite reaction when Pennington handed him his fishing license during a routine check later that day. It looked like a pretty bad one.
In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they prepare to launch on Day Two of the 2008 Elite Series Tennessee Triumph on Old Hickory Lake, near Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Brutal as the fishing was, the consolation is that a decent fish or two will still propel just about anyone to a paycheck.
BASS rules place stiff penalties for any angler who comes in late for his appointed weigh-in time. Stiff, as in a one-pound penalty for every minute past the deadline.