The 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series is history, and with it 36 more spots in the 2009 Bassmaster Classic are set (defending champion, Alton Jones got the first invitation).

Who's going to the big dance? Well, it's a bunch of the usual suspects and a handful of newbies. Here's your 2009 Classic field so far: Read More

He's mixing it up, too, catching them on a topwater Reaction Innovations Vixen, drop shotting a Reaction Innovations Flirt Worm on 5-pound test Maxima line, a Berkley Hollow Belly Swimbait with a Revenge jighead and he's caught one good bass on a Hildebrandt spinnerbait.

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Like Rook, Ish Monroe also tested both his deep and shallow bites today. His best area is relatively shallow, but he's not beating the bank like a lot of other guys.

"The spot I'm fishing is actually a shallow spot, but it's an offshore shallow spot," he said. "I broke off a couple today. I don't know what this spot has on it, but it's weird. It's cutting 50-pound braid on the hookset. It's not a tree, I know that."

He had several competitors in his vicinity today, and that concerns him since he has a later boat draw tomorrow.

"I'm going to try to go back there in the morning, but I don't what it'll look like," he said. "I'll just have to ease my way up in there and fight for it. I hammered on those fish today, though. So we'll see what it's like in the morning. I'm prepared to run some new water if I have to." Read More

Bassmaster Classic Top 5 Day 1
1 Charlie Hartley 5
21- 1
2 Scott Rook 5
3 Kevin VanDam 5
20- 3
4 Terry Scroggins 5
19- 3
5 Cliff Pace 5
5 Casey Ashley 5
47 Ish Monroe 2




Friday, February 15, 2008

Bassmaster Classics come in all shapes and sizes. There have been small-weight events, slugfests, contests decided by ounces and those by pounds, but the best any BassFan could hope for would be a Classic that puts the premium on savvy. Read More.....