Mainer prepares for Classic — with ice fishing!

Some anglers might feel a little threatened by fishing in Tulsa's ultra-cold weather next month at the Bassmaster Classic.


But not Jonathan Carter.


The Classic's first ever representative from Maine is letting his thick Northern blood work in his favor, prepping for the Classic by ice fishing.


"It was brutally cold," said Carter, after fishing on Maine's Branch Lake this weekend, "with temps about 20 but a 20- to 30-mph wind, giving a wind chill probably around -5. Our sled actually tipped on the way out, and the bait dumped out on the ice and was frozen solid in about 15 seconds. It made fishing a little tough with only dead bait, so we jigged the only one we caught."


He brought in just one small lake trout.