Guntersville prepares for Team Championship

Don Barone looks at Guntersville as it prepares for the final B.A.S.S. event of the season, the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship.

There is a mythical body of water in big time bass fishing, a place where stars are made, legends formed, a place so special it only needs one name...
Photo: Don Barone - There is a mythical body of water in big time bass fishing, a place where stars are made, legends formed, a place so special it only needs one name...
...Guntersville. Three Bassmaster Classic Winners now live on it's shores, and this week 390 anglers from all over America descend on Guntersville, and one, only one, will come away with a ticket to the 2016 Bassmaster Classic...and it will be the last ticket punched for the Greatest Fishing Tournament on Earth.
Photo: Don Barone - ...Guntersville. Three Bassmaster Classic Winners now live on it's shores, and this week 390 anglers from all over America descend on Guntersville, and one, only one, will come away with a ticket to the 2016 Bassmaster Classic...and it will be the last ticket punched for the Greatest Fishing Tournament on Earth.
It's been a long year, many of us on the tour are banged and bruised, been almost 6 months on the road for many of us, dozens of hotels, thousands of miles...but...
Photo: Don Barone - It's been a long year, many of us on the tour are banged and bruised, been almost 6 months on the road for many of us, dozens of hotels, thousands of miles...but...
...this being the last tournament of the year, we the family B.A.S.S., know that it will be a couple of months before we will be together again, so to me the last tournament of the year, is special, we take time to stand around and talk about trucks, family, the holidays, we...
Photo: Don Barone - ...this being the last tournament of the year, we the family B.A.S.S., know that it will be a couple of months before we will be together again, so to me the last tournament of the year, is special, we take time to stand around and talk about trucks, family, the holidays, we...
...take time to sit and eat and tell stories of the road, laugh, listen, learn the ways of the South, the ways of the North, and oh yeah, we...
Photo: Don Barone - ...take time to sit and eat and tell stories of the road, laugh, listen, learn the ways of the South, the ways of the North, and oh yeah, we...
...EAT.
Photo: Don Barone - ...EAT.
So I got here to the Team Championship on Lake Guntersville a day early and I thought I would take them up on their suggestion and look around.
Photo: Don Barone - So I got here to the Team Championship on Lake Guntersville a day early and I thought I would take them up on their suggestion and look around.
Found these competitors giving it a shot on this first day of practice and...
Photo: Don Barone - Found these competitors giving it a shot on this first day of practice and...
...one of the Bass crew found me taking a shot...
Photo: Don Barone - ...one of the Bass crew found me taking a shot...
...kerplunk...their shot...
Photo: Don Barone - ...kerplunk...their shot...
...and mine.
Photo: Don Barone - ...and mine.
Everywhere I looked anglers from all over the country were casting about and...
Photo: Don Barone - Everywhere I looked anglers from all over the country were casting about and...
...looking for that special secret spot, that special bass, the fish that will get them into the Bassmaster Classic via a magical, mystical Bass lake that only really needs one name to stake it's fame...
Photo: Don Barone - ...looking for that special secret spot, that special bass, the fish that will get them into the Bassmaster Classic via a magical, mystical Bass lake that only really needs one name to stake it's fame...
...Guntersville.
Photo: Don Barone - ...Guntersville.