Chris Lane was one of the most excited pros on the Bassmaster Elite Series tour when it was announced last fall that the 2014 Bassmaster Classic would be right in his backyard — on Alabama's Lake Guntersville.
And he was one of the most anxious pros on tour as the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series season was coming to a close and he was not among the qualifiers.
The fire that was within him, though, propelled him to a win on a lake far, far from home. When Lane won the Plano Championship Chase on the Detroit River, he took home not only a trophy, but also an invitation to fish the waters most dear to him on bass fishing's biggest stage.
Lane stopped by the B.A.S.S. offices today for a Twitter chat with fans. He is looking forward to fishing the Bassmaster Classic at his home lake but thinks it will be as challenging as it is fun.
Read the transcript of the chat below. You can also read transcripts from previous chats with Elite Series pros here.
Keep up with Twitter chats, tournament news and bass fishing advice by following B.A.S.S. on Twitter at @BASS_Nation.
See photos from Lane's visit and twitter chat here.
Fans, @ChrisLaneFish is here and ready to take your questions!
I'm glad to be here, and I'm looking forward to answering a lot of questions!
What is your favorite lures for large & smallmouth bass (1 for each)
Smallmouth: Reaction bait because they're so aggressive. Largemouth: Flippin' style bait because it gets a big bite.
Best way to catch fish in muddy water right now?
Spinnerbait and a Luck-E-Strike shallow running crankbait, or flipping Fast Lane Tube in chartreuse.
Hey - Biggest tip for guys fishing Erie this weekend?
Be careful in the Miracle Mile & don't try for largemouth! Biggest tip: Be careful. It can get very rough & dangerous.
Which would you rather fish for: Shark or Bass (for fun, not a competition) Good Luck in the Classic!
I do love catching shark. We've caught a lot of them down in the Everglades. Looking forward to the Classic.
Where do you search for bass first changing from summer to fall pattern?
Start in the mouth of the creeks & work toward the back
If limited to 5 rod/reel combos to fish entire season, what would they be?
1. Flippin stick rod w/ a Revo SX 2. All-Star spinnerbait rod w/ a Revo 3. Revo spinning reel w/ a All-Star drop shot rod 4. 7-1 Heavy with a Revo reel 5. 6-6 topwater rod with Revo reel
If limited to 5 lures to fish entire season, what would they be?
Luck E Strike crankbait, Fast Lane tube, @LuckEStrikeUSA jerkbait, worm and a topwater.