Rookies and the Classic

Updated: February 11, 2011, 12:25 AM ET
By Ken Duke | Editor, Bassmaster.com

Rookies have been a part of the Bassmaster Classic since the very beginning -- 1971, when all the anglers were rookies. In 2011, there will be 15 Classic rookies competing. It seems like a big number, but it's actually quite average.

This year's rookies include three anglers from the Elite Series (Morizo Shimizu, Jason Williamson and Greg Vinson), five from the Opens (Randall Tharp, Andy Montgomery, Keith Combs, Ryan Said and Tracy Adams), all six of the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation qualifiers ...

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