In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they work their way through the registration process for the 2008 Elite Series Tennessee Triumph on Old Hickory Lake, near Hendersonville, Tennessee.
A quick look at BASS' history on the lake reads like a Cliff's Notes version of the sport — short and sweet.
"It being right there near Nashville it gets a lot of pressure," VanDam said. "For four days — you're going to see some big limits there, but it's going to be hard to catch 20-plus-pound bags every day."
"The park where the weigh-in would have been held is completely underwater, and it'll be over a month until it is ready to be used again,"
The Florida Bassmaster Elite Series pro joined the Bassmasters of Gator Country in 1974 to learn more about bass fishing and pursue the same dream as his fellow club members.
Bakkom's tenure in the club was threatened about three years ago when he developed blood clots in his lungs and had to start taking anticoagulant medication.
Far more will be needed to alleviate the "exceptional" drought that grips this portion of Georgia, as well as much of the Southeast.
Last October, the IHSA began exploring the feasibility of holding bass tournaments to reach students who weren't involved in more traditional sports programs.
"I've always wanted to catch a ShareLunker, and to catch one in a tournament was so exciting."
Sandor said the attitude of these youngsters surprised many of the adults involved in the construction project.