Oakely Howell wonders “How did that fish not eat my dad?” as Livingston pro Randy Howell bags up a giant on Day 3. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Gene Larew pro Tommy Biffle loaded up a behemoth on Day 2. Photo by Joel Shangle.
King Leonidas returned to Sparta. Rather, Daiwa pro Seth Feider returned to Mille Lacs. With 26-2. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Tackle Warehouse pro Jared Lintner tucked behind two Mille Lacs tubs. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Simms pro James Elam averaged 4.5 pounds a smallmouth … and finished fifth! Photo by Joel Shangle.
Livingston pro Hank Cherry, just another toad. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Megabass pro Chris Zaldain wrestled 26-1 of Mille Lacs smallies into his Day 2 bag. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Rigid Industries pro Brandon Palaniuk: “How do I get 22 pounds of smallmouth into a 20-pound bag?” Photo by Joel Shangle.
Bass Mafia pro Greg Hackney piled up a personal-best 23-5 on Day 1.
Mercury pro Greg Hackney called this 6-pounder “Ol’ Big”. Right so, because she was ol’ and she was BIG. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Quicksilver Marine pro Jacob Powroznik loads up 23-4 on Day 2. Photo by Joel Shangle.
… when the dinosaurs came to town.
With the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Championship – and high-noon shootout between Brandon Palaniuk and Jason Christie – bearing down on us next week at Mille Lacs Lake, Minn., let’s take a stroll through the Bass Nomad archives, to one of the most prolific smallmouth showcases in history.
The Incredible Feiderman lambasted 76 pounds, 5 ounces of smallmouth in three days to run away with the overall weight title at last year’s AOY Championship, but Mille Lacs showed out with 76 bags of smallmouth weighing 20 pounds or more.
Here are some of our favorites.