The loudest laughs of an otherwise-serious tournament briefing came when Trip Weldon described where the competitors could get supplies like lunches and drinks in the morning. “And if you need ice,” he said, drawing a few chuckles and causing him to reverse course, “You can scrape it off your windshield or the ramp.”
Two-time Classic qualifier Tracy Adams hopes that it’s cold on tournament day, partly because he believes it will deter additional boat traffic (“You don’t see too many recreational fishermen out when it’s 38 and snowing”) and partly because he has a secret weapon: Battery-powered socks.
Classic competitors come together as official tournament duties begin in earnest.
Here’s what’s great about the Bassmaster Classic and bass fishing in general: nobody really knows what’s going on until they know.
The official Bassmaster Classic angler briefing begins with a word from B.A.S.S. Tournament Director Trip Weldon.
The 2013 Bassmaster Classic field has officially convened in Tulsa, Okla.
Ott DeFoe hits Bass Pro Shops for some last-minute shopping.
We have arrived. The crew providing coverage of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic has converged on Tulsa, and are beginning our full-press coverage. The Little Rock contingent hit the road early Tuesday to arrive for today’s registration and the angler meetings. Steve Bowman, Steve Wright and James Overstreet were on my tail, and since I had some extra time, I decided to check out the Bass Pro Shop in Broken Arrow, Okla., to see what they might have going on for the Classic.