The Classic's farthest contender

Gerry Jooste is crossing the Atlantic Ocean to compete in the Bassmaster Classic for the fifth time. He hails from Zimbabwe, representing the B.A.S.S. Nation in the Classic more than any other angler ever has.


"Beautiful warm weather here in Zimbabwe," wrote Jooste today. "My gear is ready, and my wife Alberta and I are all set for our long flight to Springfield, Mo., tomorrow. We arrive on Tuesday, collect the Nitro Z9 from Bass Pro Shops on Wednesday, and then drive to Grand Lake on Thursday. It's exciting.

"Been watching the weather at Grand's a tad colder than here!!"


Safe travels, Gerry, and best wishes with the jetlag!

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