Saturday, February 22, 2014
Guntersville: A Fishing Town, A Fishing Lake
Many lakes offer good bass fishing -- even great bass fishing -- but many are what I would consider recreational lakes that offer great fishing. I like Guntersville because it is a fishing lake first that also offers opportunities for other recreation. When folks think of Lake Guntersville, they think about fishing, and fishing also forms the center of the culture in the town of Guntersville.
Right now, there are signs on business all over town, saying, "Welcome Fishermen," "Welcome BASS," "Welcome to the Bassmaster Classic" and such. You'd think with an event of such magnitude, you'd always see that, but you don't. Guntersville folks are fishermen, and they appreciate the fishermen who visit their town and their lake, whether for the Bassmaster Classic or for a regular weekend fishing trip. I've sensed the same welcome from the folks around town and heard the same story from the anglers and other media.
Of course, when you look at the fish coming across the stage, you can see why Guntersville has developed as such a great fishing town. And most pros seem to think the best weights are yet to come. I'm eager to see that, and for the moment, I'm just glad the Classic is being held at Lake Guntersville and that I'm here to enjoy it.