Kim Bain-Moore closing in on history as Bassmaster Classic nears
The Super Bowl is Sunday at Tampa, Fla., but the Super Bowl of bass fishing is Feb. 20-22 on the Red River near Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
And my money's on the longshot: Kim Bain-Moore, an Alabama pro who on Oct. 25 became the first woman in the 38-year history of the Bassmaster Classic to qualify.
Bain-Moore, 28, infiltrated what has always been a good-old-boy network by winning the points race in the relatively new Women's Bassmaster Tour, on which she won the first event and never finished lower than sixth.
Up for grabs at the Classic: $500,000 for the winner, plus overwhelming fame and lucrative sponsorship deals that, in Bain-Moore's case, would transform her into an almost instant millionaire.
"I've dreamed about being in the Classic my whole life, and now it's really happening," says Bain-Moore, who this week tuned up by winning -- on a team with her husband and fellow bass pro Andre Moore -- a saltwater kingfish tournament in Florida.
She seems to possess a blend of luck and skill necessary to succeed at a high level, and it'd be great for bass fishing -- and a humbling experience for the rest of the field -- if Bain-Moore cracks even the top 10.
It would be a truly amazing story if she were to win.
Photo: Kim Bain-Moore is the first woman ever to qualify for the prestigious Bassmaster Classic. Credit: ESPN Communications.