Classic XLV Videos: How They Started – Paul Elias

1982 Classic winner Paul Elias. Photo/Video Brenda Serrano.

1982 Classic winner Paul Elias. Photo/Video Brenda Serrano.

The Bassmaster Classic Media Day offers media folks a great opportunity to find out from the anglers themselves how they think the Classic will pan out. It’s always great to hear what they think and who they feel will do well in the biggest event of the fishing year.

But we at the Bass Fishing Archives like to look at this event in another way, to find out some of the anglers’ history – primarily how they got their start bass fishing or how they decided they could make a living catching green and brown fish. Yesterday, that’s exactly what we did. We sat down with eight anglers and asked them, “What’s your story?”

Here’s Elite Series angler Paul Elias. Elias got his start in the mid-‘70s fishing various circuits like American Bass Fisherman, National Bass and others. He made his full time Bassmaster debut in 1979 and his first Classic the same year. Elias has also been on the forefront of techniques debuts, most notably “kneeling and reeling” and the A-Rig. Click the video to see the whole interview.