One of the challenges in the Classic was having only 10 rods in the boat--usually my main string will be around seven rods, but I'll have at least 30 in my rod locker onboard, each for a slightly different purpose, plus a few backup outfits. Most of the time my spinning reel and baitcaster are spooled with Grand Slam braid, then I'll tie on a fluorocarbon leader, about a rod-length, with an Albright knot--that's something I brought from Australia. If it's a power bite, I'll be swinging a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver; if it's a finesse bite, I'll use a Flirt Worm.
As for being the first lady at the classic**, people have used the word pioneer, but I'm a little sheepish about that. I was just proud the ladies had the opportunity for somebody to go. It's been a long time coming and it certainly adds to the tournament and helps to grow the sport.