Latest Classic Series News

Casey Ashley Goin' Shallow

Feb 21, 2014

Casey Ashley is known for his ability to sack bass in shallow water. He's geared up for shallow bass this morning. I see a couple of crawfish colored crank baits, shallow runners. And at least four of the six rods on his front deck are matched with jigs in different colors. The word is that crankbaits and jerkbaits  are going to be a big players in this tournament, but I certainly expect jigs to play a big role here. Jigs catch big bass, and they are great cold water baits.

Ready to rock Guntersville

Feb 21, 2014

We're ready to get this party started.

Lugar plans to be mobile

Feb 21, 2014

Virginia's Jeff Lugar plans to do a "whole lot of moving around today," fishing multiple areas with a variety of presentations. He predicts it'll take 28-30 pounds today "just to be in contention;" so there's no saving anything for tomorrow.

Kilgore: First to arrive

Feb 21, 2014

David Kilgore was the first competitor at the take-off on Day One of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic.

Getting close to take-off

Feb 21, 2014

  It' an hour before takeoff for the first day of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Rock music blasts from the stage at Lake Guntersville to entertain the throngs of fans that line the bank. Dave Kilgore is the first to come around from the ramp and pull up to the dock. He is ready. He is predicting a shallow bite. Thelures on his deck say he isn't lying. I see two shallow crankbaits, a lipless rattler and two chattering jigs.

Crews talks cold

Feb 21, 2014

John Crews doesn't seem too concerned about the cold front that blew through the area last night.   "These fish are gonna eat," he said. "You just have to get around them."   Crews pointed to a recent local tournament in which water temperatures were much colder and the winning weight was more than 30 pounds.

Anglers dropping in at Guntersville

Feb 21, 2014

Anglers started dropping their boats in the water a few minutes ago, and I've heard several comments about this morning's much colder temperatures.

How to watch Day One of the Classic

Feb 21, 2014

Sure, you know how to watch a bass tournament, but this isn't just any bass tournament. It's the Bassmaster Classic, and things are very different.

Video: 2009 Bassmaster Classic

Feb 21, 2014

Two years after losing the Classic by 6 ounces, Skeet Reese filled a void in his angling career by winning the 39th annual Bassmaster Classic.

Murray surprises HOF with gift

Feb 21, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Bobby Murray gave an unexpected rousing start to the annual Bass Fishing Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Murray won the first Bassmaster Classic in 1971, and on Thursday evening he donated the trophy to the future facility, to be built in Cullman, Ala. "I've been shining this thing for 43 years like it was Aladdin's lamp," Murray said. "It's brought lots of good luck to me. That's why I want to turn it over to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame."

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