B.A.S.S. Nation

Darrell Ocamica gets his new boat

B.A.S.S. staff including CEO Bruce Akin pause from preparing for next week's Elite Series kickoff to meet the newest angler to join via B.A.S.S. Nation.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - B.A.S.S. staff including CEO Bruce Akin pause from preparing for next week's Elite Series kickoff to meet the newest angler to join via B.A.S.S. Nation.
Idaho native Darrell Ocamica just drove across the country in two days...
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Idaho native Darrell Ocamica just drove across the country in two days...
Darrell has plenty of humor about stepping up from the Nation to the Elites, but that's not the only reason he's visiting B.A.S.S. HQ today.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Darrell has plenty of humor about stepping up from the Nation to the Elites, but that's not the only reason he's visiting B.A.S.S. HQ today.
Before we get to that, Darrell takes a look at the new issue of <i>Bassmaster Magazine</i> that previews the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods. In addition to qualifying for the Elites, Darrell will fish in the Classic, too.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Before we get to that, Darrell takes a look at the new issue of Bassmaster Magazine that previews the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods. In addition to qualifying for the Elites, Darrell will fish in the Classic, too.
Ocamica immediately recognized Dave Precht, VP of Communications at B.A.S.S.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Ocamica immediately recognized Dave Precht, VP of Communications at B.A.S.S. "I've read a lot of articles you wrote!"
JamieDay Matthews, B.A.S.S. Communications Coordinator, shows Darrell his page in the 2017 Media Guide.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - JamieDay Matthews, B.A.S.S. Communications Coordinator, shows Darrell his page in the 2017 Media Guide.
One more picture and it's time to go find out what Darrell really wanted to see.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - One more picture and it's time to go find out what Darrell really wanted to see.
B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart and Darrell walk through the parking lot...
Photo: Chris Mitchell - B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart and Darrell walk through the parking lot...
To where Darrell's truck is parked.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - To where Darrell's truck is parked.
Darrell recently had his Tundra wrapped to match...
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Darrell recently had his Tundra wrapped to match...
...the Phoenix 921 that B.A.S.S. is providing him for fishing the Elites and Classic in 2017. Under the new
Photo: Chris Mitchell - ...the Phoenix 921 that B.A.S.S. is providing him for fishing the Elites and Classic in 2017. Under the new "Nation's Best" program the Nation angler who moves on to the Elite Series is provided a new, fully equipped Phoenix, for the season. Nice deal, right?
This is the look of a man who sees his boat for the first time.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - This is the look of a man who sees his boat for the first time.
He spent about 5 minutes...
Photo: Chris Mitchell - He spent about 5 minutes...
...just checking it out.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - ...just checking it out.
After that, he had this smile on his face the whole time.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - After that, he had this smile on his face the whole time.
He had already started thinking about how and where he could get this boat in the water as soon as possible.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - He had already started thinking about how and where he could get this boat in the water as soon as possible.
But first, he and Jon Stewart checked it out. Darrell has not used a Phoenix before.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - But first, he and Jon Stewart checked it out. Darrell has not used a Phoenix before.
...but he liked what he saw.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - ...but he liked what he saw.
Darrell and Jon participate in a Facebook Live with Social Media Editor Sara Frye. You can check it out <a href=
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Darrell and Jon participate in a Facebook Live with Social Media Editor Sara Frye. You can check it out here.
Jon and Darrell check out the compartments on the Phoenix.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Jon and Darrell check out the compartments on the Phoenix.
Darrell talks about how he's approaching the dramatic shift from fishing for the B.A.S.S. Nation in Idaho to the Elite Series and Bassmaster Classic.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Darrell talks about how he's approaching the dramatic shift from fishing for the B.A.S.S. Nation in Idaho to the Elite Series and Bassmaster Classic.
He also answers a few fan questions along the way.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - He also answers a few fan questions along the way.
Jon Stewart has a surprise for Darrell- The logo on the Phoenix features an additional, subtle reminder of where he came from, and what he represents.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Jon Stewart has a surprise for Darrell- The logo on the Phoenix features an additional, subtle reminder of where he came from, and what he represents.
Following in the footsteps of Bryan Kerchal, Mike Iaconelli, Brandon Palaniuk and Paul Mueller, Darrell Ocamica will represent the B.A.S.S. Nation at the highest level of bass fishing this year.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Following in the footsteps of Bryan Kerchal, Mike Iaconelli, Brandon Palaniuk and Paul Mueller, Darrell Ocamica will represent the B.A.S.S. Nation at the highest level of bass fishing this year.
And he has the gear to get it done. The Phoenix is loaded with Lowrance units in the dash and bow, T-H Marine equipment like a Hot Foot, a Minn Kota trolling motor and Power-Pole blades on the back. And he'll get to his spot quickly with a Yamaha outboard motor.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - And he has the gear to get it done. The Phoenix is loaded with Lowrance units in the dash and bow, T-H Marine equipment like a Hot Foot, a Minn Kota trolling motor and Power-Pole blades on the back. And he'll get to his spot quickly with a Yamaha outboard motor.
Good luck, Darrell. See you next week at Lake Cherokee.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Good luck, Darrell. See you next week at Lake Cherokee.