The 2007 BASS Federation Nation Championship doesn't look anything like the first incarnation of the tournament in 1973.
"The Classic! Oh, man, that's a dream come true," Bobby said. "My ultimate goal since I was three years old was to make the Classic."
The slender, soft plastic swimbait with a vibrating paddle-tail has become the hottest lure this season on tournament trails nationwide.
In this article, you can read how Byron Velvick unlocks the secrets of Lake G in Bassmaster's "A Day on the Lake."
This is the so-called off-season for Gutierrez, a Bassmaster Elite Series angler and two-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier who fishes tournaments only on his vacation time.
Florida's Lake Tohopekaliga promises to be a puzzle for many of the 55 amateur anglers in the Nov. 8-10 BASS Federation Nation Championship out of Kissimmee, Fla.
B.A.S.S. Federation Nation 2007 Qualifiers
Read how Professional angler Mark Davis who enjoyed a distinguished career with BASS before leaving the circuit in 2006 to fish the FLW Tour, has a decsion to make.
"The ledge was the only place I got quality fish, so I bent the hook on my jig and made one pass and I had 11 bites on one pass on that bluff. That's where I stayed."
Once College Bass officials learned of Sherbert's situation, they ruled he could fish alone. His partner in the boat at for Day One became an ESPNOutdoors.com writer on assignment to observe him and write about the experience.