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

Inside the numbers of the 2013 Classic

Cliff Pace
Gary Tramontina
Cliff Pace took top honors at the coldest Bassmaster Classic ever!

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Ken Duke

Ken Duke

Ken Duke is the Senior Editor of B.A.S.S. Publications. To get your daily dose of bass information, history and trivia, follow him on Twitter @thinkbass.

It was a mixed bag at the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees out of Tulsa, Okla. Early hype and speculation that catch records would fall dissipated as snow fell instead throughout the final practice day. Instead, it was a good tournament with solid catches and great crowds at the Expo and weigh-ins.

Here's how the 2013 Classic stacks up statistically:

• The 1,476 pounds, 2 ounces of bass weighed in over three days was the fourth most in Classic history, but that was partly a factor of having the second largest field ever. When you break it down by angler day, the average angler weighed in 11.27 pounds as he crossed the stage. That ranks fifth all-time. Best ever was 12.43 pounds on the Red River in 2009.

• Bass size was strong on Grand Lake for the Classic. The average fish brought to the scales weighed 2.69 pounds, and that ranks third in Classic history behind the St. Lawrence River in 1980 (2.93 pounds) and the Red River in 2009 (2.85 pounds).

• Cliff Pace's winning weight of 54-12 ranks as the eighth best catch in the five-bass-limit era of the Classic. Kevin VanDam's 69-11 in 2011 on the Louisiana Delta leads the way. That tournament has the top three weights in Classic history and five of the top 10.

• The Oklahoma triumvirate of Jason Christie, Tommy Biffle and Edwin Evers will probably look at this Classic as the one that got away. They finished seventh, 24th and 25th respectively despite high hopes for all three. The Curse of the Classic Local lives on!

• The Grand Lake Classic will go down in the books as the coldest ever. Morning temperatures in nearby Grove, Okla., were 21, 19 and 26 degrees on the three days of competition, respectively. Those are the three coldest temperatures ever recorded in Classic history.

• For the first time in Classic history, a competition day ended in a tie. That happened after the first round when Michael Iaconelli and Cliff Pace were knotted at 21-8. Pace came back on Day 2 with the heaviest catch of the entire tournament and went on to win comfortably.

• Pace became the eighth angler to go wire-to-wire for his Classic win ... sort of. On Day, he wasn't alone at the top, but he always held at least a share of the lead.

• Defending champ Chris Lane zeroed on the first day, but came roaring back in the second round with the fourth best catch of that day. It was the first time a defending champion ever zipped in the first round of his title defense.

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