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

Inside the numbers of the 2013 Classic

Mark Pierce hefts his 7-4 largemouth from Day 1.Gary TramontinaMark Pierce hefts his 7-4 largemouth from Day 1.

• B.A.S.S. Nation qualifier Mark Pierce caught the big bass of the tournament, a 7-4 largemouth that struck on the first day. Pierce becomes the 10th B.A.S.S. Nation angler to catch a daily big bass in Classic history and the fourth to catch the biggest of the event. The last B.A.S.S. Nation angler to have big fish of the Classic was Thomas Vickers of Denver, N.C., at the 1996 Classic on Lay Lake in Alabama. Pierce's 7-4 lunker may or may not be the heaviest caught by a Nation angler, but it's certainly the largest ever to take big bass honors. (In tournaments when bigger bass were caught — e.g., the 2006 Classic on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes — a Nation angler might have weighed in a bass bigger than 7-4, but it didn't get recognized because several larger bass were caught.)

• Apart from Pierce's big bass (his lone fish on Day 1), the Nation struggled in this Classic. Only Maine's Jonathan Carter made the cut and fished the final round. Carter finished 17th after being in seventh place at the end of each of the first two days. Ultimately, it seems that he ran out of fish as his catch fell precipitously each day. The other five Nation qualifiers finished between 35th and 52nd.

• Auburn University's Matt Lee was unable to improve upon the finish of last year's College B.A.S.S. qualifier, Andrew Upshaw of Stephen F. Austin University. Upshaw finished 32nd in 2012. Lee was 46th this year. Nevertheless, the man who bested his brother to get to the Classic (in extraordinarily dramatic fashion, by the way) quickly became a fan favorite.

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