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51st Bassmaster Classic Heads Into the Big Texas Unknown

Mystery, intrigue as 'Super Bowl of bass fishing' visits Lake Ray Roberts for first time.

51st Bassmaster Classic Heads Into the Big Texas Unknown

Bass pro Brandon Palaniuk, shown at a recent B.A.S.S. even at Pickwick Lake, Ala., says five-fish daily limits may not be needed to win the 51st Bassmaster Classic at Lake Ray Roberts, Texas, if 'he’s getting the right bites.' The tournament is scheduled June 11-13. (Photo by B.A.S.S / Seigo Saito)

They say that everything is bigger and better in Texas. And as the week of the 51st Bassmaster Classic begins, it's worth noting that some of that Lone Star State bravado is true.

Texas, after all, is the second largest state in the country, both in terms of size (second only to Alaska) and population (second only to California). There are 254 counties, elevations that range from sea level on the Gulf of Mexico to more than 8,700-plus feet in the Guadalupe Mountains. The state takes forever to traverse, sporting a vast acreage that is 773 miles across and 801 miles from top to...

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