Lester and Arey answer Classic questions

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Alan McGuckin

Brandon Lester and Matt Arey talk treble hooks, $300K and Classic memories.

Q: What are you most excited about going into this Classic?

Brandon Lester: It’s close to home, so I’ll have a ton of family and friends here. I want to do well for them, even more than for myself.

Matt Arey: It’s my first Classic! It’s my childhood dream come true.

Q: What’s your biggest concern going into this Classic?

Lester: We’re in the center of the bass fishing universe, local fishing pressure and boat traffic will impact the outcome of this tournament.

Arey: I hate to say it – but local fishing pressure. 

Q: B.A.S.S. is calling this “The Year of the Fan.” We’re all fans at heart. What’s your favorite Classic memory prior to becoming a competitor in this great event.

Lester: Ironically, the last Classic they had at Guntersville. It was 2014, witnessing that first-hand as a fan lit the fire in me, and the next year, I qualified to compete in it.

Arey: The 2004 Classic on Lake Wylie. I was about 22 years old, and my buddy and I followed the competitors on the water.

Q: What’s most likely to be playing on your Tundra’s speakers on your way to the ramp Friday morning, on Day 1 of competition?

Lester: Probably Blackberry Smoke or Cross Canadian Ragweed.

Arey: LANCO’s song “Rival.” 

Q: What percentage of the bass you weigh-in this week will be caught on lures featuring treble hooks?

Lester: 60%.

Arey: 30%.

Q: What might you buy first if you win the $300,000 first place prize?

Lester: I’d love to buy land to hunt on, and build our forever home on it too.

Arey: I’d invest it in my retirement funds.