Classic contenders choose their tunes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Once an angler qualifies for the Bassmaster Classic, one of the first big decisions he has to make is: What song will he walk out to on the biggest stage in bass fishing?

Some guys choose a song based on the message. Some choose their tune for the high energy blast that will accompany their boat riding up to the stage. And some choose a song because, well, they’re just a big Katy Perry fan.

Some guys, like Tim Johnston and Randy Howell, make up their own music.

Here are the songs they’ve chosen for the big show. What would you pick if you were fishing the Classic?


Casey Ashley, Fisherman (Casey Ashley)

Josh Bertrand, I’m Shipping up to Boston (Dropkick Murphys)

Tommy Biffle, Fred Bear (Ted Nugent)

Patrick Bone, Boogie Shoes (KC & The Sunshine Band)

Stephen Browning, Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne)

Coby Carden, The Only Way I Know (Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan)

Brent Chapman, Dream Big (David Cook)

Hank Cherry, Here Comes the Boom (Nelly)

Jason Christie, Boondocks (Little Big Town)

Keith Combs, Light up the Sky (Thousand Foot Krutch)

John Crews, Berzerk (Eminem)

Cliff Crochet, The Back Door (Swamp Pop Wayne Toups)

Mark Davis, Centerfield (John Fogerty)

Ott DeFoe, Outsiders (Eric Church)

Mark Dove, Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf)

Edwin Evers, Dynamite (Taio Cruz)

Todd Faircloth, Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Randy Howell, Let’s Weigh ’em In (Randy Howell)

Rich Howes, Bulls on Parade (Rage Against the Machine)

Mike Iaconelli, Never Give Up (Mike Morazzini)

Tim Johnston, My Papa’s in the Classic (Skeeter Johnston)

Alton Jones, Voice of Truth (Casting Crowns)

Chris M. Jones, It’s a Long Way to the Top (AC/DC)

Steve Kennedy, Eye of the Tiger (Survivor)

David Kilgore, Cruise (Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly)

Gary Klein, Stranglehold (Ted Nugent)

Bobby Lane, Radioactive (Imagine Dragons)

Chris Lane, Power-Pole Down (Rodney Clawson)

Jordan Lee, Can’t Be Touched (Roy Jones Jr.)

Bill Lowen, Roar (Katy Perry)

Jeff Lugar, Red, White and Blue (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Aaron Martens, Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)

Yusuke Miyazaki, Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravitz)

Ish Monroe, Don’t Front (Eminem)

Chad Morgenthaler, Boys Around Here (Blake Shelton)

Rick Morris, Dream On (Aerosmith)

Paul Mueller, The Victory (Third Day)

John Murray, Good Feeling (Flo Rida)

Takahiro Omori, title not available (Mr. Amagai)

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Brandon Palaniuk, A Warrior’s Call (Volbeat)

Clifford Pirch, Awake (Skillet)

Skeet Reese, Remember the Name (Fort Minor)

Dean Rojas, Jump (Van Halen)

Fred Roumbanis, The Man (Aloe Blacc)

Terry Scroggins, Gone Fishing (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Morizo Shimizu, Godzilla (Blue Oyster Cult)

Gerald Swindle, King of the Honey Hole (Lacs)

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Randall Tharp, Ladies and Gentlemen (Saliva)

Doug Thompson, Lord, I Hope This Day is Good (Don Williams)

Jonathon VanDam, Burn it to the Ground (Nickelback)

Kevin VanDam, Thunderstruck (AC/DC)

Greg Vinson, Light ’em Up (Fall Out Boy)

Adam Wagner, Back in Black (AC/DC)

David Walker, Never Gonna Stop (Rob Zombie)

Chris Zaldain, California Love (2Pac)