No one comes to the Bassmaster Classic planning to wave a white flag, but few planned to launch in 19-degree weather, either. I wrote an article with Kevin Short for Bassmaster Magazine recently — 10 tips for tough tournaments. Kevin told me he likes tough tournaments because about half the field gives up before they ever launch; you don’t have to beat them because they’ve already beaten themselves. Of course, the Classic is a bit different. I don’t think anyone’s going to give up before they launch, but a few anglers might throw in the towel emotionally if things aren’t going well by noon or 1:00 on Friday. I know KShort wishes he had qualified for this Classic. It just might shape up to be his kind of derby.