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.
Bill Lowen, well-known shallow water specialist and one of a number of anglers observers are keeping an eye on as the 2011 Bassmaster Classic gets underway, has made a major last minute adjustment in his strategy. It's the kind of thing few anglers would do. But Lowen says he doesn't feel he has any other option.
NEW ORLEANS -- With a bright light shining in his face, Cliff Pace leaned up in his chair, a little annoyed with the line of questioning.
At the start of competition in the 41st Bassmaster Classic, 50 men are gunning for the win. Only one will wear the championship ring, of course, but all 50 have their eyes on the prize.
NEW ORLEANS -- For professional fishermen, the Bassmaster Classic is widely regarded as the be-all end-all in competitive fishing. Why? For starters it's got a $500,000 purse, winning it will give your career a degree of longevity and qualifying for it is one of the most daunting tasks in bass fishing. The only thing more difficult than qualifying for the Classic is winning it. Win or lose, first time or 29th, the Classic makes an impression on all who compete.
This album features photos taken from the 2011 Bassmaster Classic media day, Mardi Gras World.
The Bassmaster Classic is a tournament full of tradition and lore. With the 41st Classic this weekend, it's a good time to explore some of the old bromides about fishing's greatest championship.
This gallery is a compilation of photos featuring all 50 of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic competitors.