2013 Bassmaster Classic Grand Lake O' the Cherokees - Tulsa, OK, Feb 22 - 24, 2013

Coldest Classic in history?

8:02 am CST, Feb 20, 2013 | By Ken Duke

In case you're wondering, the coldest day in Bassmaster Classic history was a tie between Day 3 of the 2009 Classic in Shreveport, La., and Day 1 of the 2010 Classic on Lay Lake in Ala. Both mornings started at 28 degrees. Only six Classic days have dipped below freezing. Do northern anglers have an advantage in the cold? Maybe ... maybe not. Skeet Reese -- of California -- won in 2009 and Kevin VanDam -- Michigan -- took home the trophy in 2010. As long as they can launch their boats, most of these guys can catch 'em in just about any weather. That is, as long as they can find them. The extended forecast for this week calls for a low of 21 on Friday (Day 1). If it's right (and those predictions are usually a lot closer than we give them credit for), it'll be the coldest day in Classic history by a wide margin.

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