You Can’t Win It If You’re Not In It

Simms Pro, Ish Monroe May Be the Last Man In the 2017 Bassmaster Classic But he Likes His Odds.
By Joel Shangle

It’s been a roller-coaster couple of weeks for Elite Series pro Ish Monroe. Just six days after finishing the 2016 season in 40th place in Angler of the Year standings – exactly one point out of qualifying to fish the 2017 Bassmaster Classic in March – Monroe learned that he had actually qualified for the Classic when the winner of the Northern Open on Lake Oneida failed to meet all criteria to claim that event’s automatic Classic berth — Monroe is officially the “last man in”.

We connected with the four-time B.A.S.S. winner shortly after he got the Classic invite, and questioned him about his off-season preparation, his 2016 season as a whole and how he feels about his chances next March 24-26 when the Classic arrives on Lake Conroe in Texas.

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