Opens Classic qualifiers

Seven spots to the 2019 Bassmaster Classic came from the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series. The Championship consisted of 28 of the top anglers from the Central and Eastern Opens. The seven Classic spots were determined on the points race and the specific outcome of the Opens Championship. Here are the qualifiers and who they impacted with their finishes.

Opens Championship winner: Jared Lintner

Eastern Opens points
1st: Brandon Lester (took his name off the Classic Bracket competition list)
2nd: Bobby Lane (Double qualified and bumped Keith Poche into the Classic)
3rd: Garrett Paquette
Central Opens points
1st: Frank Talley
2nd: Brad Whatley
3rd: Derek Hudnall

Seven more spots to the Bassmaster Classic remain. Three will be settled at the Classic Bracket event, three more at the B.A.S.S. Nation National Championship and one final entry at the Bassmaster Team Championship fish-off.

Knoxville local news reports on Classic announcement

Many people in East Tennessee are incredibly excited about the 2019 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods arriving in Knoxville on March 15-17. Here's a look at some of the regional news coverage of the announcement by B.A.S.S. and local officials.

2019 Classic announcement event

Local news outlets gathered during the press conference to announce Knoxville hosting the 2019 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods.

Speakers included B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin; B.A.S.S. Executive Vice President, Director Chase Anderson; Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero; and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.

Tennessee Elites Brandon Coulter, Brandon Card, John Murray, David Walker, David Mullins, Wesley Strader and Ott DeFoe were on hand for the announcement as well.