Topics: Classic

The most popular tent

Feb 22, 2013

The most popular people this morning are three ladies in a tent serving coffee, hot chocolate and "more coffee." They're all shivering, though. "They promised us there'd be a heater," said Alicia Pimental. She's still cheerful, but with temps dropping that may not last long. Coffee works, but it becomes a struggle when nature calls.

Spectators are here

Feb 22, 2013

Because of the distance from Tulsa to the takeoff, I was skeptical about seeing big crowds this morning. But when photographer Jerry Cunningham and I arrived at 5:05, there were already about 200 cars and trucks in the parking lot. I hope they dressed in ample layers, because it's cold!

Eleventh-hour preparations

Feb 22, 2013

With frigid temperatures descending on Grand Lake, you'd figure the Classic contenders would be bundled up in hotel rooms and campers the night before Day One of the tournament. Not Aaron Martens. The noted outside-the-box thinker was spotted at the Grove, Okla., Walmart a little before 9 p.m. buying Cheerios among other things. Not for his kids, though -- they're in Tulsa, probably already tucked in. One can only wonder if the noted tackle-tinkerer still has to tweak some lures or respool reels.  

Soakin' it in

Feb 22, 2013

The weather’s been a little tough out here, but I have to tell you that this has really been a fun Classic for me and the family.

Twenty pounds a day?

Feb 21, 2013

Gene Gilliland, a fisheries biologist who has studied Grand Lake for 30 years, shares his perspective on what it takes to win there.

A truly 'unique' Classic

Feb 21, 2013

Here we go – my 23rd Bassmaster Classic - and what a special one it’s going to be.

Last-minute prep

Feb 21, 2013

It’s Thursday, the last day for prep before the Classic starts. It’s been a fairly busy day but nothing got out of control.

Breakfasts of champions

Feb 21, 2013

On the morning of the biggest competition of your life, what do you eat and drink to get you going?

Weather won't rule everything, say competitors on Bassmaster Classic eve

Feb 21, 2013

Cold, ice, sleet, rain, thunder and lightning — Tulsa has seen it all in the days leading up to the Friday-through-Sunday world championship of bass fishing on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.

BASSTrakk concerns resolved

Feb 21, 2013

There will be a real-time scoreboard at the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, but the 53 competitors won't see it during competition. That ruling, made Thursday, ended two days of considerable angler anxiety.

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