On the first day of the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Florida's Harris Chain of Lakes, Grant Goldbeck weighed in one small bass for 1 pound, 1 ounce.
The Bassmaster Classic was born in the desert of the Nevada, but it's rarely thrived so well as in the Louisiana Delta. The 2011 edition was a record setter in lots of ways.
The most telling number about the Bassmaster Classic after two days of competition is that the leader goes on to win 57.5 percent of the time.
Day One by the numbers
15 anglers making first appearance in event
The B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and the Bassmaster Classic go back a long way — almost as far back as the first Classic, in fact.
Now that the field is set, let's look at the 2011 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers as a group. Words tell great stories, but numbers can reveal truths that words only hint at.
Of the 39 numbers we're covering in this Countdown to the 39th Bassmaster Classic, none is bigger or more important to Classic history than today's entry — four.
Five is an undeniably great number. Not only is it the number of fingers or toes we have on our hands and feet, it's also a number that factors very prominently into a string of the greatest Classic performances in history.
Six has never had the sweetness of 16, the roundness of 10, the luck of seven or even the natural appeal of five. But six is still a good, solid number with a lot going for it ...
Seven is a lucky number. It's also the number of today's Countdown story and a number that factors very prominently in Bassmaster Classic history and in this year's Classic.
Eight is a very interesting number in Bassmaster Classic history for a couple of reasons.
Like the game of baseball, the 2009 Bassmaster Classic abounds with the number 9.
Choosing the Bassmaster Classic story that goes along with the number 11 was easy ...
Twelve seems like a harmless enough number until you bring it up to Peter Thliveros, or Peter "T," as his many fans know him.
When we started this Classic Countdown on Bassmaster.com, we were confident that we'd have something relevant to say about each and every number between 39 and 1.