BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A few days ago, everyone wondered who would be the champion of the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.
Many of the pundits picked recent Classic winners, such as Kevin VanDam, Skeet Reese and Mike Iaconelli.
Others picked locals, such as Aaron Martens and Gerald Swindle.
Few focused on Randy Howell.
But Howell showed everyone who's boss.
Below is the transcript from the lively Twitter chat. You can also read transcripts from other Bassmaster Elite Series pros here.
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The #basschat with @theRandyHowell is about to begin! Post your questions with the #basschat hashtag.
If you could give just a few tips to an upcoming angler, what would you tell them?
There is no substitute for time on the water - fish as much as you can! Try new things!
Would you rather take 100 elite wins, or 1 classic win?
That's a tough one! Classic win right now. It's the biggest, most special deal of my life.
Got a lot of investments to make, but maybe on the next win!
Well played.. Well played.
What was your first bass boat?
18' dyna-trak when I was 13 years old, it had 150 mercury and ran 70 mph.