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Big Easy beckons world's best bass anglers

Updated: March 25, 2005, 2:14 PM ET
By Lynn Burkhead | ESPN Outdoors associate editor

The Big Easy is accustomed to hosting championship events like the Super Bowl. In fact, New Orleans has hosted the NFL's biggest party eight times since 1970, when the Kansas City Chiefs ascended to pro football's pinnacle.

So there should be little surprise that the land of the French Quarter will once again host a major sporting championship event.

But the only pigskin you'll find Aug. 2-4 might be the pork rind in the tackle boxes of the 45 qualifiers for this year's B.A.S.S. Masters ...

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