Chris Lane spent his time in the minors then toiled for several years in the big leagues, but now he’s found the juice and has become a feared power hitter on the Bassmaster Elite Series. Lane is batting an impressive .300 in the past 10 regular season Elite events, with last month’s Sabine win completing a triple crown of victories. This week Lane has a home game on Lake Guntersville, where he moved his family five years ago. It was there that his life situation settled, where he developed other aspects of his game and regained his fishing mojo.
Brauer entered the 1998 Bassmaster Classic with 10 tournament victories and the 1987 Angler of the Year crown already on his resume.
Cliff Pace was injured last year, but he won the last Classic he competed in.
Throw all your Fantasy Fishing rule books out the window for the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic.
Davy Hite won the 29th Classic with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 55 pounds, 10 ounces; 9-15 more than runner-up Denny Brauer. The Classic was held July 29-31, 1999, in Louisiana Delta, La.
The fourth annual Kurt Dove’s Pro-Bass Camp for anglers ages 13 to 18 will take place June 23-27, 2015, on Texas’ Lake Amistad.
Clifford Pirch and Joe Sancho of the Bassmaster Elite Series have joined the pro team of Ardent Reels for 2015.
Perhaps the most imposing figure in fishing is Denny Brauer. Although he no longer competes in the Elite Series, he left an indelible impression.
More than half of the Elite field will likely be composed of anglers who weren’t there when the deal kicked off in 2006.
In 1980, a young Massachusetts angler packed his bags for the B.A.S.S. Chapter Championship. Thirty-four years later he has returned to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on the Ouachita River for another shot at championship glory.