2022 Elite Series anglers gather in Birmingham

As 2021 draws near its conclusion, B.A.S.S. invited the 2022 Elites to Birmingham to discuss the next season.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - As 2021 draws near its conclusion, B.A.S.S. invited the 2022 Elites to Birmingham to discuss the next season.
The meeting wasn't mandatory- plenty of anglers couldn't make it due to prior commitments, but nearly half the field came to visit and discuss the future of the Elite Series.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - The meeting wasn't mandatory- plenty of anglers couldn't make it due to prior commitments, but nearly half the field came to visit and discuss the future of the Elite Series.
Clent Davis is back after recovering from shoulder surgery. He's ready to go for 2022.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Clent Davis is back after recovering from shoulder surgery. He's ready to go for 2022.
Matt Herren and David Mullins.
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Drew Benton.
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Patrick Walters (and his mustache).
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It's a very Taku Christmas.
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First everyone dined on some delicious food.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - First everyone dined on some delicious food.
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Two of the main reasons Bassmaster LIVE exists- Tommy Sanders and Mike McKinnis.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Two of the main reasons Bassmaster LIVE exists- Tommy Sanders and Mike McKinnis.
Jacob Powroznik and Steve Bowman, who heads up angler relations and captains the Elite Series and Opens tournament coverage.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Jacob Powroznik and Steve Bowman, who heads up angler relations and captains the Elite Series and Opens tournament coverage.
Josh and Bri Douglas.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Josh and Bri Douglas.
The new tournament director of the Bassmaster Opens, Hank Weldon and the new Vice President of Tournaments, Chris Bowes.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - The new tournament director of the Bassmaster Opens, Hank Weldon and the new Vice President of Tournaments, Chris Bowes.
Ronnie Moore holding court. I believe he was talking about the Arizona Cardinals?
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Ronnie Moore holding court. I believe he was talking about the Arizona Cardinals?
The next day, the anglers and B.A.S.S. staff got down to business.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - The next day, the anglers and B.A.S.S. staff got down to business.
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B.A.S.S. Chairman and CEO Chase Anderson addresses the group.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - B.A.S.S. Chairman and CEO Chase Anderson addresses the group.
Mark Menendez.
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B.A.S.S. Chief Revenue Officer Tim Sullivan.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - B.A.S.S. Chief Revenue Officer Tim Sullivan.
Dave Mercer.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Dave Mercer.
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Davy Hite.
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Three anglers discussing what it means to be an Elite Series angler- Brandon Palaniuk, Jacob Powroznik and Patrick Walters.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Three anglers discussing what it means to be an Elite Series angler- Brandon Palaniuk, Jacob Powroznik and Patrick Walters.
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I've been told the mustache will not make it to the first Elite Series event in Palatka, Florida.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - I've been told the mustache will not make it to the first Elite Series event in Palatka, Florida.
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Steve Bowman discusses how to work with the media during events.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Steve Bowman discusses how to work with the media during events.
Will Flowers, B.A.S.S. Director of Sales Development and Marketing.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Will Flowers, B.A.S.S. Director of Sales Development and Marketing.
John Crews discusses working with sponsors. He has a pretty good perspective as an angler with sponsors, and a sponsor himself with Missile Baits.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - John Crews discusses working with sponsors. He has a pretty good perspective as an angler with sponsors, and a sponsor himself with Missile Baits.
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Scott Martin speaks about his successful career representing sponsors.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Scott Martin speaks about his successful career representing sponsors.
B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliland.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliland.
Mark Menendez discusses his successful efforts to lobby Washington legislators on behalf of bass anglers.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Mark Menendez discusses his successful efforts to lobby Washington legislators on behalf of bass anglers.