In 2007, Alabama angler Boyd Duckett busted the myth that a Bassmaster Classic can't be won at home. So, thanks to Duckett, no one can hang that old "home-state curse" on 2011 Classic qualifier Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La.
Fifteen anglers will go into the Feb. 18-20 Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Delta as first-time qualifiers — Classic rookies, they're called. Some of those anglers, however, have a lot more rookie in them than do others with the same label.
Craig Schuff is far out in front, but he's far from feeling comfortable about his lead in the race to the Bassmaster Classic through the Oct. 21-23 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open season finale on Lake Texoma out of Denison, Texas.