2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro
Lake Guntersville - Birmingham, AL, Feb 21 - 23, 2014

Ready to fall? A look at Classic records

Several records may be eclipsed at the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic

#5 - Heaviest average bass

The current record is 2.93 pounds set in 1980 (St. Lawrence River). This one could fall, but it won't fall by much. If I was a betting man, I'd take the "under" here and feel good about it.

Weather will make all the difference on this one.

#6 - Heaviest daily catch

Here's another record with two entries and an asterisk. The current record with a 5-bass daily limit is 29-6 set by Luke Clausen in 2006 (Kissimmee Chain). The overall record is 33-5 set by Rick Clunn in 1976 (Guntersville), but that was with a 10-bass limit.

Both of these records could fall, but Clunn's mark looks pretty secure. Again, weather is everything. Give the Classic anglers a nice warming trend leading into competition and someone might bag 35 pounds. Give them a cold front and a nasty wind whipping out of the north whipping the water to a froth and top catches will be a lot closer to 20 pounds.

I put the odds of cracking 30 pounds with a day's catch at about 35 percent.

#7 - Oldest champion

The current record is held by Woo Daves, who was 54 years, 2 months and 28 days old when he won in 2000. There are three anglers in this year's field who are older than that —Tommy Biffle, Mark Dove and Gary Klein.

What I like about their chances is that they're Classic veterans. This is Dove's third Classic, Biffle's 19th and Klein's 30th. They know what's at stake and that winning is what matters. Still, they're three anglers in a field of 55, so the odds are heavily against them (probably around 10 percent).

If you want to bet on any three anglers in the tournament and give me the other 52, I really don't care who you pick ... I'll take that action all day long!

Gary Klein will fish his 30th Classic in 2014. If he wins, he'll be the oldest champ ever.Gary Klein will fish his 30th Classic in 2014. If he wins, he'll be the oldest champ ever.

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