Chris Lane has a lot going on.
The reigning 2012 Bassmaster Classic champion leaves tomorrow for Tulsa, where he will defend his title. He just got back from two tournaments in Florida. He and his brothers are busy preparing for the launch of their new business, LB3 Outdoors, and he's working with his hometown of Guntersville on an app that will help anglers on the world-class fishery — and will also be helpful during the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on those waters. He's also getting ready for a full season ahead, which begins only a couple of weeks after the Classic.
But the pro has been enjoying his time as the crowned king of bass fishing, and he's just looking forward to more. He told his fans that and more today during the B.A.S.S. Twitter chat. See photos of his visit here.
Below is a transcript of the chat, lightly edited for spelling and clarity. You can also check out Twitter chat transcripts from other pros, including Mike Iaconelli, Kevin VanDam, Aaron Martens, Boyd Duckett, Jonathon VanDam, Todd Faircloth, Brent Chapman, Randy Howell, Ish Monroe, Brandon Palaniuk, Jeremy Starks and Alton Jones.
Keep up with Twitter chats, tournament news and bass fishing advice by following B.A.S.S. on Twitter at @BASS_Nation.
@ChrisLaneFish ! Thanks for joining us today, when you're leaving for Tulsa tomorrow. Fans, he's taking questions now.
Chris Lane Fishing @ChrisLaneFish
Thank you for all the support over the past year, it's been a fantastic year! Looking forward to your questions
What's your go to lure or technique anywhere you go?
If there's grass, fish the grass. If there's not, hit the shallows.
Good luck to you at the classic! What's gonna be your go to baits ?
A Luck E Strike stickbait
How did your practice go out on grand lake?
Practice didn't go very well because I wasn't there. I didn't practice this time.
I've fished there before and really look forward to getting out there. I've been practicing on Guntersville!
How has life changed since winning last year's
I have been able to give back to my family everything that they have put into it for the past six years!
Chris, whats your best flipping outfit to get those bassquatches out of thick cover? Line, rod, reel, and bait
7-6 All Star rod, Revo SX, 65-lb Stren Sonic Braid, heavy hook, 1oz weight, prototype Luck E Strike Fast Lane bait
If you could only use one technique/bait in a tournament during the summer what would it be and why?
It would be a Fast Lane tube because you can fish it deep, shallow or in-between.
Favorite Early Spring Lures for Bass, plastics, topwater, cranks, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits ???
Soft plastic for early spring because the fish are ready to move shallow and they're still a little lethargic.
What one rod goes on the boat deck everytime your out? Or the bait you have the most confidence in?
A 7-2 All-Star rod with a Revo reel with 15-lb. Stren mono. The bait would be the new Luck E Strike Fast Lane baits
How's it feel to have that bullseye on your back as the defending champ Knowing everyone is after you?
It makes me want to work that much harder
If you weren't fishing, what job would you want to have?
Sales. I would want a sales position at B.A.S.S.
What's the biggest factor in finding productive grass in tidal fisheries like the Potomac?
Hit it at high tide, that will create the opportunity to find fish that aren't there at low tide but are at high tide
You're in the first group in Fantasy fishing with some HEAVY HITTERS! Should I pick the defending champ?
The decision is yours. But I feel good about starting the year out on Grand Lake, a place I have done well before.
Thanks a lot Chris! Wish you the best in 2013 good luck at the classic! You'll be on my team!!
What were you first thoughts at this moment last year? pic.twitter.com/GdBCXYmL
I did it for my entire family & friends & every kid who's inspiring to be a fisherman & coming up from grass roots
Hey chris... big fan of yours:) I was wondering what sort of things you do to prepare for a tournament in the summer?
Thank you for the support! During the summer, I prepare for flipping in shallow water lakes. In the deeper lakes, I prepare for schooling fish.