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

Lane ready to defend his title

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Reigning Classic champ Chris Lane answered fan questions live, right before his trip to Tulsa.

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Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade is the social media and B.A.S.S. Nation editor for B.A.S.S. Keep up with B.A.S.S. on Facebook and Twitter.

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 IaconelliKevin VanDamAaron MartensBoyd DuckettJonathon VanDamTodd FairclothBrent ChapmanRandy HowellIsh MonroeBrandon PalaniukJeremy 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.

 

 

B.A.S.S. @BASS_Nation

Welcome, @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

 

Marty Ballard ‏@Saints859

What's your go to lure or technique anywhere you go?

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

If there's grass, fish the grass. If there's not, hit the shallows.

 

hunter goad ‏@Hunter_Goad

Good luck to you at the classic! What's gonna be your go to baits ?

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

A Luck E Strike stickbait

 

Rutgers U Bass Club ‏@RU_Bassfishing

How did your practice go out on grand lake?

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

Practice didn't go very well because I wasn't there. I didn't practice this time.

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

I've fished there before and really look forward to getting out there. I've been practicing on Guntersville!

 

Rutgers U Bass Club ‏@RU_Bassfishing

How has life changed since winning last year's @BASS_nation Classic?

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

I have been able to give back to my family everything that they have put into it for the past six years!

 

Rutgers U Bass Club ‏@RU_Bassfishing

Chris, whats your best flipping outfit to get those bassquatches out of thick cover? Line, rod, reel, and bait

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

7-6 All Star rod, Revo SX, 65-lb Stren Sonic Braid, heavy hook, 1oz weight, prototype Luck E Strike Fast Lane bait

 

Z Alexander ‏@Z_Pkent

If you could only use one technique/bait in a tournament during the summer what would it be and why?

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

It would be a Fast Lane tube because you can fish it deep, shallow or in-between.

 

Gary Hanson ‏@mgaryhanson

Favorite Early Spring Lures for Bass, plastics, topwater, cranks, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits ???

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

Soft plastic for early spring because the fish are ready to move shallow and they're still a little lethargic.

 

Fishin' Outrageous ‏@TeamFOfishing

What one rod goes on the boat deck everytime your out? Or the bait you have the most confidence in?

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

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

 

Fishin' Outrageous ‏@TeamFOfishing

How's it feel to have that bullseye on your back as the defending champ Knowing everyone is after you?

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

It makes me want to work that much harder

 

Connor Edmonds ‏@bassinNC

If you weren't fishing, what job would you want to have?

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

Sales. I would want a sales position at B.A.S.S.

Joe Rinaldi ‏@JRinaldi99

What's the biggest factor in finding productive grass in tidal fisheries like the Potomac?

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

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

 

Fishin' Outrageous ‏@TeamFOfishing

You're in the first group in Fantasy fishing with some HEAVY HITTERS! Should I pick the defending champ?

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

The decision is yours. But I feel good about starting the year out on Grand Lake, a place I have done well before.

Fishin' Outrageous ‏@TeamFOfishing

Thanks a lot Chris! Wish you the best in 2013 good luck at the classic! You'll be on my team!!

 

Peyton Cockrell ‏@PeytonCockrell

What were you first thoughts at this moment last year? pic.twitter.com/GdBCXYmL

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

I did it for my entire family & friends & every kid who's inspiring to be a fisherman & coming up from grass roots

 

Sam ‏@Sam_Cudmore_4

Hey chris... big fan of yours:) I was wondering what sort of things you do to prepare for a tournament in the summer?

Chris Lane Fishing ‏@ChrisLaneFish

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.

 

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