Before last week’s GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on Lake Hartwell, two questions could be heard across Upstate South Carolina from Anderson to Greenville. First: “Why would anyone fish in 10-degree weather with icicles hanging from docks and boats freezing to their trailers? And next: “How would they catch anything in such demanding conditions?” The why was easy. Because it was the Classic, with fishing’s most-coveted trophy and a $300,000 first-place prize at stake.
I’ve always appreciated the effort that goes into producing the Bassmaster Classic, but my perspective has always been as a competitor. This year, I got a behind-the-scenes look and I’m blown away by the efforts, resources and time exhibited by B.A.S.S. officials, sponsors, the local community, companies who display at the Outdoors Expo and JM Associates, the television production company.
Join newly crowned Bassmaster Classic champion Casey Ashley and runner-up Bobby Lane on Ike Live!, Monday, March 2, at 8 p.m. ET.
Jerry McKinnis talks about how an idea 11 years ago finally came to fruition at the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
As much as I admire Casey and his performance in the Classic, I have to say that I’m disappointed in mine.
Todd Faircloth finished in the Top 11 in eight of the last nine early-season events, which includes his win when we went to the Sabine in 2013.
Take a look back at all three days of Casey Ashley's winning Classic run.
Relive the final moments of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro Day 3 weigh-in, and see Casey Ashley crowned champion.
With the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro behind us, now we can look back with 20/20 hindsight at Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing teams we created.
Lake Hartwell has been very, very good to Bobby Lane. Lake Hartwell has also been quite a difficult temptress for Bobby Lane.