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Opens: Tougher than ever

Updated: January 20, 2011, 10:13 AM ET
By David Hunter Jones | Senior Writer B.A.S.S. Publications

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- What do you get when you take the greatest angler of all time, put 20 Elite Series pros in a field of 193 boats and put them all on a lake that's in a prespawn funk? The first Bass Pro Shops Southern Open of 2011 on Florida's Lake Tohopekaliga.

This Open plays host to a slew of firsts: it marks the first tournament under new B.A.S.S. management (Jerry McKinnis is in attendance), it's the first professional bass tournament Roland Martin (winner of ESPN's Greatest ...

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