It was a big year for B.A.S.S. in 2021. Big bass were caught on a bigger stage, fulfilling the big dream for a number of anglers.
After a historic deal with FOX Sports, the Bassmaster Elite Series was broadcast to much larger audiences. The success of Bassmaster LIVE led to TV coverage of the Basspro.com Opens and a redfish competition.
Drama unfolded daily in the Elite events, starting with rookie Bryan New winning in his first entry. In nine Elite tournaments, there were seven first-time winners. Take a Look Back at the season, complete with fishery, dates, winner, weights, big bag, big bass and notes and quotes. Now on to the Daily Limit’s favorite posts of the year.
Predictions for Elite season
Before the season began, the LIVE crew looked into their crystal balls for some prognosticating. Some were spot on, others not so much.
Tommy Sanders almost hit the trifecta, saying winners will include a previous Angler of the Year, a Rookie of the Year and an international angler. Two out of three ain’t bad, as Canadian Jeff Gustafson and Japan’s Taku Ito won, and Hank Cherry, the 2013 Rookie of the Year, doubled up on Classics.
Dave Mercer’s call for record crowds was answered, but the Bassmaster Angler of the Year race wasn’t so easy to predict — we all got it wrong when Seth Feider ran away with the point title. Ronnie Moore did get a last-minute miracle when his pick Josh Stracner climbed over a group of rookies to steal away the Rookie of the Year title on his final day of fishing.
Of course, there were more misses than hits, but it was all in fun making 2021 predictions.