Six advance to Classic from Federation Nation


These six anglers won their respective divisions in the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and qualified for the 2007 Bassmaster Classic at Lay Lake in Birmingham, Ala., on Feb. 23-25.

Classic qualifiers

Royce Dennington
Age: 38
Occupation: Teacher
How He Qualified: Central Division; National Championship winner
Club Name: Bartlesville Bassmasters
Sponsors: Bass Cat Boats, CR Custom Tackle,
Daiwa, Gamakatsu, SPRO, Berkley, Elken
Enterprises, Flying Fishermen Sunglasses

Brent Long
South Carolina
Age: 36
Occupation: General Contractor
How He Qualified: Southern Division
Club Name: Young Guns
Sponsors: Denver Marine, E&L Lures, Gambler
Lures, G. Loomis Rods, Cocoons, South Carolina
B.A.S.S. Federation Nation

Terry McWilliams
Age: 57 Occupation: Food Service
How He Qualified: Northern Division
Club Name: Cataract Hawg Stickers
Sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine,
Ted's Aqua Marine, Solar Bass Eye Protection,
Wally G Baits, Bass Boat Saver, Honey Creek
Tackle.Com, Setyr Rods, McCoy's Custom
Painted Lures, Bite Me Jig Heads, Fishinoy.com,
Daiwa Reels

Chris Novack
Age: 43 Occupation: Corrections Officer
How He Qualified: Eastern Division
Club Name: Mansfield Hollow Bassmasters
Sponsors: CT Outdoors Tournament
Bass Fishing, Skeeter, Connecticut B.A.S.S.
Federation Nation, Hookerz Tackle, Yankee
Outdoors, 5ive Alive Baits, Fishheadz Baits,
Toga Apparel, DC Electric, Storrs It Rod
Covers, Stalker Baits, Carp Building
Structures Inc.

Shigeru Tsukiyama
Age: 41
Occupation: Priest and Fishing Writer
How He Qualified: Western
Club Name: Shonan Bass Masters Club
Sponsors: Japan B.A.S.S. Federation Nation

Kevin Waterman
Age: 41
Occupation: Plumber
How He Qualified: Mid-Atlantic Division
Club Name: Guy Brothers Pro Staff
Sponsors: Guy Brothers Marine, Maryland
B.A.S.S. Federation Nation