Beginning Friday, Greg Hackney will compete in his 11th Bassmaster Classic, but he’s already landed a trophy largemouth that he’ll cherish the rest of his life.
It’s about noon. I’m on my way back from practice. As nasty and ugly as it is out there I have to say that this weather didn’t hurt my fishing or my Classic strategy one bit. In fact, it might have gotten better after this morning.
Defending Classic champ Chris Lane faces a formidable foe in his search for the winning pattern on Grand Lake -- Old Man Winter.
The name is Hibdon. Two of the titles (Classic championships) belong to Guido, 1988 on the James River, and Dion, 1997 on Logan Martin Lake. Guido’s grandson and Dion’s son, Payden, has a Junior title. He won the Junior Bassmaster World Championship on the Harris Chain of Lakes in 2006.
What a year this has been! I dreamed most of my life about being a Bassmaster Classic champion. But, in truth, I had no idea what it would really be like.
I just returned from Charlotte where Bill Dance, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and I finished filming more of those humorous Bass Pro Shops commercials that will air nationwide later this year.
Remember to keep an open mind. That, and having the right spinnerbait, will bring positive results.
I’m still in Florida getting ready to fish another tournament. That one should be over on Sunday. I’ll fly home as soon as possible after that to get ready for the Classic.
Rich Howes wins a fish-off to capture the Southern Open #1.
Win, lose or an even draw – that’s what two pro anglers had to deal with on what would have been the final day of the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open.