My first Bassmaster Classic experience was in 2019 when the big show was in Knoxville, TN. I was in the middle of a very pivotal moment in my life. I'll never forget conversing with fishing icon Al Lindner right before I decided to attend.
I had reached out to him online for advice, and a few days later, out of the blue, I received a phone call from a Brainerd, MN area code. I thought that was strange, so I answered, and lo and behold, it was Mr. Lindner.
Lady Anglers aren't strangers to the trail either. The likes of Pam Martin-Wells have fished it, and even an all-female team in Captain Betty Stahl and Linda Sands.