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Give a man a fish, you'll feed him for a day. Let him fish in the Bassmaster Classic, he can win $500,000

Not to date myself or anything, but fishing is different than when I was a kid.  Back in the day, fishermen (and women) didn't wear suits covered with sponsor's logos; their boats weren't nearly as fast as today's; and I don't think I ever saw them signing autographs.

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Kevin Combs, of Huntington, Texas, prepares for the start of the Bassmaster Classic fishing tournament, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at the Red River South Marina and Resort in Bossier City, La.

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Edwin Evers signs an autograph at the start of the Bassmaster Classic fishing tournament at the Red River South Marina and Resort in Bossier City, La. on Friday.

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Jeff Kriet, left, talks with Kevin VanDam as they compete in the Bassmaster Classic fishing tournament, Friday.

On the Bassmaster site, angler Michael Iaconelli describes how the pros approach different water conditions: Guys who know how to research old maps and use Google Earth are the ones to watch. They’ll find little backwater places off the beaten path that are running clear and holding feeding bass. They’re also the ones who’ll be fishing out of small boats. This will not be an equal event or be wide open by any means. You’ll know real quick who’s in the hunt and who isn’t.

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