The greatest bass fishermen on the planet all gathered on the same dock in New Orleans this morning for the start of the 2011 Bassmasters Classic. The fog was dense and nerves were on edge, but the fishing has finally begun after a one-hour delay. Outdoor Life will be on hand all weekend long to bring you coverage of the Battle on the Bayou and thanks to our friends at Bassmasters you'll get wall-to-wall coverage of the greatest fishing tournament in the world. Check back frequently for updates. It was a foggy and crowded boat ramp as the sun came up.
Mike Iaconelli launches his boat. He won on the Delta in 2003.
Iaconelli always draws a crowd.
Anglers wait out the one-hour fog delay.
Boyd Duckett is looking for his second Bassmaster Classic title.
Kevin Van Dam has arrived.
John Crews and Mike McClelland launch their boats.
As of 5:30 a.m. Friday morning, the fog is getting worse at the launch ramp.
Skeet Reese, as usual, is one of the first to launch his boat on Friday morning. The fishing has begun with a flourish as anglers boat fish. Check out this live blog for up-to-the-minute fishing results. Outdoor Life handicaps the field for the Classic