Classic conditions and expectations

There’s no question that the weather and water conditions play a huge role in how a particular bass tournament unfolds. In fact, it’s likely the biggest factor to impact how well or how poorly each competitor performs on a given body of water.

Interestingly, many of the top bass anglers in the world almost prefer tougher to ideal conditions. Most would say it levels the playing field, or confuses some anglers to the point of mentally checking out before the derby even begins.

I doubt there’s a single angler at the 2019 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods that will check out of this event. It is the greatest bass tournament on earth, after all, and every one of them are here to win.

Coming into this week’s world championship, continued torrential rains drenched the region forcing excessive runoff into the upper Tennessee River system blowing out much of the fishable Classic waters. Fortunately, the rain has subsided and most of the fishery offers water that isn’t pea soup or chocolate milk.