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

2013 Bassmaster Classic Live Blog

Velvick meets ladies of B.A.S.S.

2:33 pm CST, Feb 23, 2013 |

Elite Series pro Byron Velvick stopped by the DotCom room at the BOK Center this afternoon, and the female B.A.S.S. employees couldn't resist grabbing a photo with the former "Bachelor." From left: Tyler Reed, B.A.S.S. social media editor; Byron Velvick; Jennifer Dome, assistant editor; Laurie Tisdale, assistant art director and photography manager; Helen Northcutt, editorial assistant.

Ike back on top with a bullet

2:25 pm CST, Feb 23, 2013 |

Probably settled down from his boat issues, Ike threw a little razzle-dazzle with his latest catch and is back on top of the BASSTrakk standings, moving 3 ounces ahead of Cliff Pace.

 

Meanwhile, there's been confirmation that KVD is still at four fish. There's not much time left. Those with a 2:45 check-in are on their way in, or soon will be. The 3:15 flight has a touch more time for similar heriocs as Ike.

 

Here are the current BASSTrakk standings.

1

Michael Iaconelli

10

36lbs 8oz

-

5

15lbs 0oz

8

2

Cliff Pace

10

36lbs 5oz

3oz

5

14lbs 13oz

6

3

Brandon Palaniuk

10

34lbs 9oz

1lbs 15oz

5

17lbs 15oz

7

4

Hank Cherry

10

31lbs 11oz

4lbs 13oz

5

10lbs 12oz

7

5

Shaw E Grigsby

10

29lbs 2oz

7lbs 6oz

5

13lbs 3oz

6

6

Jonathan Carter

10

28lbs 13oz

7lbs 11oz

5

10lbs 2oz

8

7

Bobby Lane

10

28lbs 7oz

8lbs 1oz

5

13lbs 0oz

8

8

Kevin VanDam

9

28lbs 5oz

8lbs 3oz

4

8lbs 9oz

4

9

John Crews

10

26lbs 15oz

9lbs 9oz

5

13lbs 5oz

11

10

Tracy Adams

9

26lbs 11oz

9lbs 13oz

4

7lbs 1oz

4

Last-minute heroics for Ike?

2:22 pm CST, Feb 23, 2013 |

Last-minute heroics for Ike? After all he's been through today, apparently he hasn't forgotten his mantra of "never give up." Overstreet just reported that Mike ducked in behind a dock to fish one very specific piece of cover. He switched up to a lure we hadn't seen much of today and hung a good fish.

 

Unfortunately, the fish wrapped him around a cable, but, with an appropriate balance of finesse and power, Iaconelli got to it and lipped the fish. Once it was safely in the boat he let out a yell that could be heard back in New Jersey. The crowd, which has not diminished one iota, responded in kind.

Palaniuk changes it up

2:01 pm CST, Feb 23, 2013 |

Brandon Palaniuk just moved about a mile deeper into Horse Creek. He's fishing a big windy point with chunk rock, a vastly different area than where he just left.

 

We just heard about Iaconelli's meltdown from some spectators. We're sorry we missed that.

Cherry and KVD fishing the same pattern

2:00 pm CST, Feb 23, 2013 |

"They're being mean to me," Hank Cherry said as he rounded a dock. His fish aren't quite cooperating, but what might also be a problem is the fact that him and Kevin VanDam have been sharing fish for the past two days. These fish are shallow and active which makes them vulnerable to being caught, and they don't seem to be replenishing. If the two of them stick to this pattern, they might end up canceling each other out and leaving the door open for Cliff Pace.

Ike's boat fixed

1:49 pm CST, Feb 23, 2013 |

Ike's boat is fixed. Too late for him to use it today, but he'll be back in business tomorrow. Man, I need access to a service crew.

The crucial afternoon bite

1:47 pm CST, Feb 23, 2013 |

Practice days before the Classic aren't limited by anything but a willingness to stay out on Grand Lake. Several anglers practiced from daylight until dark, including Randy Howell.

 

"I think it starts getting good again around 1:00, 1:30," Howell said Friday. "I practiced for 12 hours a day, and there was a lot of good fishing in the afternoon."

 

Jason Christie did the same and agreed, saying, "I was getting more bites in the last three hours (of practice) than I did in the previous eight."

 

But tournament days are considerably shorter, so you can't afford to waste any time now.

 

"You don't want to be running around when they're biting," said Mike McClelland. "It's time to be real careful."

Palaniuk's armada grows

1:44 pm CST, Feb 23, 2013 |

You have to love modern technology. Unless you'd like to fish sans crowd.

 

Brandon Palaniuk had six boats following him when we pulled up on this somewhat hidden spot. Now there are 15. It's not as crowded as the armadas on KVD and Ike, but it goes to show you the power of technology.

Palaniuk spinning

1:36 pm CST, Feb 23, 2013 |

Palaniuk just picked up a spinning rod and is throwing some kind of soft plastic. I'm guessing it's a jig head with a finesse worm, but it's hard to see from my vantage point.

 

I've mentioned several times today that the wind hasn't blown as much today. That doesn't mean it's calm, though. It's blowing about 3-4 mph now, and more importantly here on Palaniuk's spot, it's blowing directly into a small gravel point that's producing fish.

 

Palaniuk just told us he's catching about two drum for every bass, and having just hooked a drum, it may soon be time for the target species.

Ike's boat back at ramp

1:31 pm CST, Feb 23, 2013 |

Ike's boat is back at the ramp -- technicians are working on the power-supply issue.

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