CHRIS LANE OFFERS TOP CHOICES FOR CONROE
Chris Lane was doing double duty in Little Rock, recording videos at JM Associates before taking his son and his friend on an Arkansas duck hunt. While he was in town, we asked the 2012 Classic champ to offer some top fantasy picks for the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic.
Lane, who missed qualifying for the Classic by four points, picked a couple of the usual suspects, but he started close to home with his brother, Bobby Lane.
“I’m going to throw Bobby at No. 1, because he’s done very well at that lake, because he’s my brother, because he’s finished second and fourth and because he’s never missed a Classic cut,” he said. “He has probably one of the hottest streaks in making consecutive Classics.
“So he’s been there – the hype and the glamour isn’t going to bother him as much as it could some rookies.”
Lane’s next choice is probably the odds-on favorite, Keith Combs, who lives in Huntingdon, Texas, less than two hours away from Lake Conroe. Combs has plenty of experience there, including two Toyota Texas Bass Classic victories.
“Combs has won there many times, has guided there forever and he really owns the Texas lakes around there,” Lane said. “And of course, you have to throw (Kevin) VanDam in there. Four-time classic winner and coming off a very hot streak – three wins last year – so he would be one that I would definitely look at.”
Head one state north to Oklahoma for the final angler on Lane’s short list, but don’t expect a Classic repeat.
“One more I would have to put in there is Jason Christie,” he said of the 2015 TTBC runner-up on Conroe and 2016 Classic runner-up. “He lives in the central part of the United States and can be deadly there on the Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas lakes.”
BOBBY LANE’S IMPRESSIVE CLASSIC RECORD
Rick Clunn holds the longest streak of consecutive Classic appearances at 28, and KVD is second at 24. Mike Iaconelli holds the longest current streak of 16 consecutive Classics, but Bobby Lane has quietly compiled a run of 10.
Chris thinks his older brother’s track record of making the cut in each Classic he’s fished and never finishing below 20th should put him on a lot of fantasy teams.
“The Classic and Bobby Lane go together – they seem to fit his style,” he said of the three-day events.
Bobby hasn’t missed a Classic since his first in 2008, where he finished fourth on Lake Hartwell. He was runner-up to Casey Ashley at Hartwell in 2015.
“Bobby doesn’t let the voices rattle him,” Chris said. “He knows what his job is. He’s going to go out there and fish and try to win the Bassmaster Classic. I think he needs that one lucky bite and he’s going to win.”