Buck’s Classic Bid

Last year, when Grae Buck arrived for practice at the Bassmaster Open at Lake Oneida in Syracuse, NY, the goal was to be fishing the Bassmaster Classic in 2020. The plan was to utilize a pattern he found years ago and continue an impressive run of tournament success that includes finishing in the top 12 five times since 2016. His confidence in Oneida Lake stems from a pair of BFL wins in 2017 and 2019, runner up in 2016, and third in 2018.

Buck also fished a Bassmaster Open in 2013 as a co-angler and cashed a check in 16th place.

“Yeah, I’m pretty good there,” Buck said laughing, “I got into a little deal and have lots of places on that lake I can go and run the pattern. The entire reason that I fished the Eastern Opens last year was to win Oneida, fish the classic, and of course try to qualify for the Elites.”

Although he doesn’t fun fish there anymore, whenever there is a tournament on the schedule for Oneida, he does his best to get there between fishing on the FLW Pro Circuit, FLW Toyota Series, Bass Opens, and all the travel and fishing trips with his wife, Jessica.

Speaking of his wife, Grae met his then-girlfriend Jessica in high school, where they eventually went to Penn State together and got right into the Bass Fishing Club.