The Bassmaster Classic usually brings out the finest performances of bass fishing's elite anglers, so any blunders can prove costly in this test of the best.
The final stop on the Manabu Kurita world record bass tour came Feb. 24 in South Georgia. The Japanese angler who tied George Perry's longstanding world record visited the waters where history was made in 1932.
When you read this, I'll be on the road again headed toward Florida for the start of the Elite season. I can't wait.
This gallery features images from the 2011 Bassmaster Classic Championship. The tournament was held on the Louisiana Delta, Louisiana.
Here, you'll learn more about how to find prime fishing waters.
Mark Fisher and Joe Crosby put a plastic cup on the front table of their Wiley X booth, stuffed some dollar bills in it, and invited people to contribute toward building a playground at Tulane Hospital for Children in New Orleans.
Janet Parker, Lisa Sternard, Jan Heavener, Sabrina Thompson and Debra Hengst are among the former Women's Bassmaster Tour anglers who now compete in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open tour.
Kevin VanDam completed a flurry of ESPN show appearances called the "car wash." Every Bassmaster Classic winner in recent years has been through the "car wash."
Chris Zaldain is very serious about becoming a full-time pro. Having fished ponds as a kid and competed on big California fisheries since he was a teen, Zaldain, 26, now wants to qualify for the top level of competition.
Many of those now making decisions regarding the future of recreational angling in this country have little information upon which to base those decisions. And the fire-drill mentality that requires a national policy for management of our oceans, coastal waters and the Great Lakes within 180 days allows little time for learning.