The city of Houston has hosted several key major sporting events in recent years, including the 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four and of course, most recently, Super Bowl LI earlier this year. Now they’re hosting the Super Bowl of bass fishing in the form of the Bassmaster Classic, which airs Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16 on ESPN2. The tournament takes place on Lake Conroe, a 21,000-acre reservoir north of Houston. Weigh-ins will take place at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros.
Although he’s fished in 15 Classics, pro angler Shaw Grigsby has yet to bag bass fishing’s biggest prize. Still, the 61-year-old angler who hosts the popular fishing show “One More Cast” has quite a list of accomplishments in his sport, including nine Bassmaster Elite Series tournament wins and nearly 60 top-ten finishes. Along the way he’s weighed in over 9,500 pounds of fish, earning over $2 million.
Despite the fact that, like golf, fishing is a popular leisurely sport, it is not an easy one to compete in at its highest level. Anglers have certain skills they excel at, and those they don’t, and weather is always a factor over the course of a multiple-day event. Despite what Mother Nature serves up, the bass fishing show almost always goes on. Grigsby is known as one of the better sight-fisherman (targeting fish on their beds) on the circuit and perhaps in Houston his best skill will earn him a Bassmaster Classic title.
Full Name: Shaw Grigsby
Born: May 11, 1956
Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
Career Wins: 9
Times in the money: 183
Bassmaster Classics: 15
Honors and Achievements: Host of “One More Cast” for 20 television seasons, Gold Medal Winner at ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games, 2002, 2003