There’s nothing like being at a Bassmaster Classic. But if you can’t be in Oklahoma this weekend, we’ve got you covered. You can keep up online in a way that will make you feel like you’re on the water yourself.
Here are nine ways we’ll keep you informed:
You get a front row seat to the weigh-ins each day. From the comfort of your home, you can watch the pros weigh in right in front of you on your computer screen without delay. You’ll know who wins at the same time the winner finds out! Tune in to the live weigh-ins at 4:30 p.m. CT all three days of competition.
You can also tune in to the launch every morning, which takes place at 7 a.m. CT daily here.
In fewer than 140 characters apiece, you can read updates of the tournament as it is happening. From your laptop, phone or desktop, you can watch the event unfold, tweet by tweet.
There are several ways to follow along on Twitter. You can follow the official B.A.S.S. Twitter account, www.twitter.com/BASS_nation, where you’ll get insider info provided by B.A.S.S.’s on-site staff, B.A.S.S. emcees and tournament officials.
You can follow the official Classic hashtag, #bassmaster. Anyone connected to or interested in the tournament tags his or her posts with this keyword, and fans can read multiple perspectives on the tournament’s goings-on. To follow the hashtag, whether you have a Twitter account or not, just go to http://tweetchat.com/room/bassmasterclassic.
You can also follow the contenders’ or insiders’ Twitter accounts. Click these links to follow the lists of Classic contenders, including Kevin VanDam and Mike Iaconelli, or to follow B.A.S.S. insiders, including emcee Dave Mercer and host Mark Zona.
Humminbird BASSCam is a series of videos shot on the water and uploaded immediately so you can get near-live updates of what’s happening out there, often in the pros’ own words. Videos are posted all three days of competition.
Fans of B.A.S.S.’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bass, get updates and photos throughout the day right in their newsfeed. You can comment, ask questions and share photos, all within Facebook. Plus, most of the Bassmaster Classic contenders have their own fan pages, so you can watch your favorites (and get their fishing advice) all year long.
During the live weigh-ins, fans can watch the Live Leaderboard to see who’s on track to make the Top 25 cut for Sunday's finale.
B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer and The Bassmasters hosts Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona team up for Toyota Hooked Up!, a live video special, which airs at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. CT all three days of competition.
At the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, B.A.S.S. introduced the Lowrance War Room, a concept that was extremely popular with fans. The doors to the formerly private TV and production trailers have been pried open, and you now get to hear what B.A.S.S. officials hear, when they hear it.
Even better, if you have a question, just ask it in the comments box below the War Room video, and the producers will make every effort to get your question answered.
The War Room opens at 8 a.m. CT Friday, Saturday and Sunday and provides updates on the hour until 2 p.m. CT.
8. Live Blog
The Live Blog is where our reporters’ on-the-fly updates will be posted throughout the three-day competition. B.A.S.S. reporters take to Grand Lake O' the Cherokees, seeking out contenders and trying to get the scoop, which we then deliver to you, right here.
The very popular Toyota BASSTrakk will be running during competition hours all three days. When a contender catches a fish, his Marshal reports the estimated weight, which in turn is posted online so you can see how your favorite pro is doing — and where the fish are.
All nine of these options are completely free! We invite you to tune in, interact and enjoy!