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The 52 anglers had been practicing on Lake Hartwell near Anderson, S.C., since Friday, March 9, but the first big Classic event is the Night of Champions after Wednesday's final day of practice. Here, Bassmaster TV host Mark Zona takes a photo with reigning Toyota Angler of the Year and his girlfriend, Tiffanie McCall, after interviewing them for a live red carpet web cast. Palaniuk spoke of rising from humble beginnings to make his mark in the bass fishing world, and several times he imitated and poked fun at Jordan Lee and his explanation of how he won the 2017 Classic with only 12 fish.
Photo: Mike Suchan