Bassmaster Classic 2011: What's All the Fuss About?

Heather Chaet
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bassmaster classicThe biggest competitive fishing tournament, the Bassmaster Classic 2011, is underway down in New Orleans. Yup, competitors are backcasting their rods. Anglers are deadticking.

Ummm, yeah, I have no idea what I'm writing about. I don't know squat about fishing, let alone competitive fishing. I fully admit all of those things.

But I am a curious soul and I have a fish. Princess Fishy Fish, a goldfish (as you can guess, my daughter had naming rights). She's gold and white and swims in a bowl.

Princess Fishy Fish and I haven't had a chance to really bond like a mom and royal fish should. So, I thought this Bassmaster Classic happening this weekend could be the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together.

Come to find out, this weekend's competition is huge in the fishing world. Like the Super Bowl of bass fishing. The Kentucky Derby for anglers. Over a three-day period, 50 men compete for $500,000. But apparently the money isn't it. The prestige that comes with the victory is what they are after.

That's all well and good, but how do you win? Number of fish? Cutest bait thingamabob? Nope. The guy with the highest total weight of fish caught over those three days wins. But not just any fish. The fish have to be at least 12 inches long and alive for weigh-in (this made Princess Fishy Fish swim a little easier, as she is only an inch long).

So, to do this mama-fish bonding, we'll tune in to the live video over on ESPN.com and watch these guys fish. For three days. I'm thinking we'll have to come up with some games to play while we watch. Like any time Cliff Pace catches a "hawg" (a large bass), I give her a bit of fish food and I take a swig of vino. Or if Tommy Biffle breaks out his Fishfinder (a sonar device to find fish), we yell, "Hide fishies!"... or something like that. 

As we found out more about this, Princess Fishy Fish and I are kinda, well, impressed, but also bored. If you are a fan -- rumor has it Kevin Costner and Martha Stewart are big fishing fans -- you will love it. Kinda reminds me of watching golf. If you are a golf fan, you will love watching hours and hours of putting. If you aren't, well, you'd rather be organizing your sock drawer.

In the effort of full disclosure, I have to tell you Princess Fishy Fish and I decided to switch off the Bassmaster Classic. We're kicking back with a favorite of ours: Bubble Guppies.

Are you a Bassmaster Classic fan?

 

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