It was most definitely a Classic! Forget the Olympics (and the twin U.S. hockey team disappointments). Forget the Daytona 500 (and its 9 p.m. start time). ‘Merica was most definitely on display this past weekend in Birmingham, Ala., as bass fishing fans of every age and from every corner of the globe gathered for the Bassmaster Classic which took place on Lake Guntersville. And what a Classic it was.

With the Birmingham convention center packed with a rollicking capacity crowd, hometown favorite Randy Howell popped a 29-pound, 2-ounce bag of bass on the final day of the tournament to edge out Connecticut angler Paul Mueller by a pound.Howell was in 11th place, 9 pounds behind the Day 2 leader Edwin Evers, going into the final day–the biggest final-day comeback in the history of the Classic. It is Howell’s first Classic title.

“It was the biggest bag of fish I’ve ever caught in a tournament in my career,” a tearful Howell said after his win. “To do it in the Classic is just plain unreal.”
So what bait did Randy use? For more about the Bassmaster Classic, check back with this week.