Outdoors

Chapman by the numbers

$100,000-plus — The value of Chapman's boat when totally stocked with tournament gear.

$100,000 — How much Chapman has twice been paid for winning a bass tournament.

$75,000 — Combined annual tournament entry fees Chapman paid the years he fished the BASS and FLW bass circuits.

30,000 — Number of miles the Chapman family has driven some years on the tournament trail.

$25,000 — Chapman's prize for finishing fifth in February's Bassmaster Classic.

$5,000 — Entry fee to fishing in the BASS Elite 100 tournaments.

3,000 — Estimated number of casts some bass pros make a day when fishing fast baits at a tournament.

57 — The most keepers (15 inches) Chapman has caught in a day of tournament fishing. Eight times he had two bass at the same time on the same crankbait.

75 percent — Decrease in funding to professional bass anglers from corporate sponsors because of the recession.

34 pounds, 8 ounces —Chapman's best tournament day with a five-fish limit at Falcon Lake. Still, 20 anglers had better weights that day.

23 — The age at which Chapman began fishing bass tournaments as a full-time occupation.

18 — The age at which Chapman was named an All-American bass angler by the Red Man tournament series.

9 pounds, 8 ounces — Chapman's biggest bass. "I think I've caught about six that size, three in tournaments," he said. "I just can't quite break that 10-pound mark."

Falcon Lake — Chapman's favorite bass lake, (besides Lake Quivira) in a remote part of south Texas. There's plenty of perfect habitat and lots of largemouths between six and 12 pounds.

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