It was frickin’ awesome to come into the arena with a big bag on the first day of the Bassmaster Classic.
The human condition is a journey we all take, and it is the stories of those journeys that we learn about each other, and ourselves.
I didn’t lose any fish that I think I should have caught, I made pretty good decisions all three days and I stayed on my game plan even when things got tough.
The Elite Series field gets stronger every year and the fan base continues to grow.
Join newly crowned Bassmaster Classic champion Casey Ashley and runner-up Bobby Lane on Ike Live!, Monday, March 2, at 8 p.m. ET.
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.
Find out what all the competitors used to catch their fish at Lake Hartwell.
The Sabine River should be a Fantasy Fishing competitor’s worst nightmare — long runs, wads of little fish, and long distances between them with nothing but prop-chewing obstacles to get in the way.
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.
Several pros were scouting Lake Guntersville for the tournament this spring when they got caught in the Southern snowpocalypse.